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For a moment I have hidden my face from you.

Posted by appolus on February 2, 2016

For the LORD hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God. For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer. (Isa 54:6-8)

The times in which we live are like no other times in history. We are approaching the end of ages and the birth pangs have begun and everything that can be shaken is being shaken. This is true not only of our denominations and institutions, but also our secular institutions and governments. Arab springs and Donald Trump, the times that we are living in are certainly tumultuous.

Now, what is true for institutions and churches is also true for individuals. God’s people are being tested in ways that they have never been tested before as individuals and in their personal walk with the Lord. Are you feeling forsaken today? Your faith in God maybe steadfast but you feel forsaken. Not only do you live in a barren land but that barrenness has also touched your own soul. Not only do you feel barren but trials have mounted one on top of the other and it seems that you are under judgement. I want to encourage you today saint, the afflictions of the land is touching your soul. You do indeed live in a barren land and your righteous soul is vexed, could it be any other way? If judgement indeed begins at the house of the Lord, that judgment will affect you. Perhaps you have had to leave your church? Or, perhaps you are still there and are totally dismayed by the worldliness that surrounds you? Either way, you seem to be in a place that is hopeless? I want you to read the promise of God quoted above.

But with great mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.

And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the LORD had shut up her womb. And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of the LORD, so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat. (1Sa 1:6-7)

Can you see the agony of Hannah? She herself was surrounded by fertile women but her womb was closed and this caused her to be ridiculed by her adversary. Perhaps there is little or nothing to show for your own walk with the Lord? Perhaps you hear the enemy whisper in your own ear that all you strivings and longings have produced nothing? If we look at the state of Israel in the midst of Hannah’s troubles we see something very disturbing.

1Sa 3:1 And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision.

Can you see what was happening in the days of Eli? The word of the Lord was precious or rare and there was no open vision. People could not hear from God, the heavens were closed and when that happens then the flesh rises up and consumes. It is a bitter circle. It starts with disobedience and that creates distance from God until the voice of God grows silent and the flesh begins to dominates everything. Principally it begins with leadership, the priesthood, and the people follow suit. We see that the priesthood of Eli’s time was exceedingly wicked, demonstrated by his own two sons. This led to a famine in the land of the hearing of God’s revelation. Can I suggest that we live in such a land. The vast majority of the shepherds have gone the way of the world and this has resulted in a famine of the revealed word of God in the land. The people starve through lack of true vision and word. In the end of Eli’s time, they even sought to use ark of the covenant in order to gain a victory over their enemies and the result was they lost the ark itself. All of their identity is taken away by a worldly enemy of theirs that they proved by their actions to be no different than.

Hannah’s distress leads to the birth of Samuel, one who hears from God. The distress of the family of Eli which represents the priesthood leads to the birth of Ichabod, displaying for all to see that the presence of God has departed. We can see this today. Ichabod and the priesthood of Eli is represented by what passes for Christendom and Samuel represents God’s remnant people here on earth. Now, I want you to see in a another place where there is a separation of the ark of God from the people of God and what I believe God is showing me what that means.

Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure: come not near unto it, that ye may know the way by which ye must go: for ye have not passed this way heretofore. And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves: for to-morrow the LORD will do wonders among you. (Jos 3:4-5)

In this passage Joshua and the children of Israel are about to cross the Jordan into the promised land. As you know, they have wandered in the wilderness for forty years. Their fearfulness and lack of faith has condemned them to wander in circles until every one of fighting age in that generation had passed away, they would not enter the promised land. Now at last it was time. Can I suggest brothers and sisters that our generation has come to the very edge of the ages. It is not the Jordan that lies before us but it is the end of the ages that lie before us and we are about to see that place that the Lord Himself has prepared for us. This is our tumultuous time.

Now the ark of the Covenant and where it was positioned has always been highly significant in the Old Testament. David of course found this out the hard way, Eli heard of its capture and dies, Solomon places it in the temple and the shekinah glory falls. The Ark of the Covenant dominated the holy of Holies and represented the beating heart of God. When the Israelites moved from place to place they would set up their tabernacle in the midst of the people with the Ark of the Covenant at the very center. When they moved the Ark it was moved in the midst of the people. So we can see when it is removed from its regular place it becomes highly significant. Always remember , the Ark of the Covenant represents the presence of God. So, in the above passage we see that just prior to the children passing over into the promised land that the Ark is moved ahead of thew people by two thousand cubits and they were told not to come near it. Now, two thousand cubits is just a little shy of a mile.

Now why do you suppose that the Ark is moved a mile in front of the people when its typical place was in the midst of the people? Does there seem to be distance between you and God right now? Your faith has not left you and you have been so used to have the presence of God in your midst but now there seems to be a distance between you and God. Can I suggest that the Ark was moved to the front of the people, a mile in front of the people so that they could follow God Himself to the very point of crossing over. A great miracle was just about to happen, the Jordan would be stopped so that the way could be made for them to enter into the promised land. All of God’s children would know that it was not by might nor by any power of their own but that it was by His Spirit and His Spirit alone that they would be taken from their wilderness wanderings into the promised land.

Can I tell you brothers and sisters that the Lord’s coming is at hand. We will pass from this world soon into that place that God has prepared for us. You have not been forsaken and with great mercies He shall gather you. In a little wrath God has hidden His face but with great mercies and everlasting kindness God will finish that which He has begun. Yes He has taken His place out in front of us but only so all can see and follow Him and trust Him. The time is at hand brothers and sisters, the whole earth is being shaken because the Bride-groom is returning for His Bride. Stand fast and follow the Lord brothers and sisters, put on the full armor of God for the times are drawing to their close and with great turbulence this world is coming to its end. And the Lord will lead and guide His people and He will be with us as we pass through the waters.

10 Responses to “For a moment I have hidden my face from you.”

  1. Maureen said

    Can you please explain what it means to put on the armour of God?

    • KMH said

      http://www.austin-sparks.net/english/books/004890.html
      Stand Firm Sister!
      Thanks Brother Frank

    • appolus said

      Hi Maureen, here is the Scripture………………..

      Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, (Eph 6:10-19)

      I believe that these Scriptures are summation of our faith and how then we should live. Most of these pieces or armor are defensive and we know we face a formidable enemy. The Lord knows that too obviously and has equipped His people for battle, every day battles and also the final battles at the end of the age. We are warned that Satan has come down with great fury for he knows his time is short, and the shorter that time becomes the more furious our enemy becomes. Therefore the closer we come to the ” evil day,” ( just prior to the return of the Lord) the more imperative it is to be fully armed. The battle will be more intense in these coming days because it is the enemies last stand. Lets take the shield of faith for instance. Faith is trust and we are required to trust God. Sometimes it is easier to trust God than other times. If everything is going well in our lives, then it does not take a lot to trust God. When trials and troubles surround us, it can be more difficult to trust, but it is more imperative to trust obviously when we are surrounded by troubles and fears. Trust is a choice, we must make the choice to trust, therefore the language of ” put on,” means to choose to trust in this particular example. The same can be said for the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God. We must abide in the word, that is our choice to do that,and all the more so as we see the end of the ages approach. Obviously we must wrap ourselves in truth, we must be truthful people and stand on the truth and love the truth. We must remember that we are made righteous by the blood of the Lamb. There is great power in reminding ourselves of this truth for the enemies greatest weapon is lies and we counter those lies with the truth and the truth is we are children of God. We must be praying people people, our power is in our prayer. If we do all these things then the fiery darts and lies of the enemy cannot harm us. Now the enemy may be able to destroy our bodies but he cannot take our spirits. We defend that which is eternal and the fiercer the fight the greater the need for armor. I hope that helps Maureen, may the Lord bless you……………………bro Frank

      • Maureen said

        Thanks frank, for your reply ,yes helpful ,it is by living this armour that it is protective.
        Not the ritual praying it on each morning as was the fashion years ago.
        Not read mr sparks yet kmh ,but will do thank you very much .
        Blessings maureen.

  2. Coleen said

    Psalm 121:2-4 AMP

    My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip or to be moved; He Who keeps you will not slumber. [I Sam. 2:9; Ps. 127:1; Prov. 3:23, 26; Isa. 27:3.] Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

    The Lord NEVER slumbers or sleeps!
    He is ALWAYS faithful.

    Even if it SEEMS as in a little wrath God has hidden His face but with great mercies and everlasting kindness God will finish that which He has begun. Yes He has taken His place out in front of us but only so all can see and follow Him and trust Him.

    It has been about three months now that I have been experiencing a dryness in my spirit similar to the drought in our country.
    I call to God but can’t seem to pray on my own.
    I long to read and drink in His LIVING WATER WORD…
    And like the dark clouds promise good rain and in a flash pass over without dropping a drop of rain… So too time evaporates and the chance to DRINK the Word passes by…
    And my HEART yearns for the Water
    The ground of my heart hard and cracked and dry from drought in this season..

    Lord God Almighty
    You Who never slumbers nor sleeps
    You Who knows all thoughts and silent cries…
    Thank You for going ahead…

    For a small moment have You forsaken me; but with great mercies will You gather me. In a little wrath You hid Your face from me for a moment, (a drought season); but with everlasting kindness will You have mercy on me, say YOU the LORD my Redeemer. (Isa 54:6-8)
    HalleluYah

    Thanx Bro Frank for this timely WORD.
    Remain blessed and favoured of the King.

    • appolus said

      Hi Coleen, the seasons and the terrains that we pass through can be brutal indeed. Those who love the Lord search their hearts but oftentimes there is simply no explanations and once again we have to fall back on trust, faith in God. This is a deep grounding faith. In the depths of winter when nothing grows and all the leaves have fallen from the trees, all looks barren. If an alien were to land at that time he would not see the magnificent beauty of the tree arraigned in all it’s splendor. Yet the tree, without any leaves, focuses on it’s core, all of the sap strengthening the trunk and the branches that bear the leaves and the fruit in due season. Without the winters there could be effective springs. God bless you sister………………bro Frank

  3. Thank you for sharing what the Lord was showing you concerning this. Things for me at first felt as though the Lord was telling telling me He is going to be away working, which usually is followed by a lack of being able to feel His presence (though He never leaves us or forsakes us). Of course I’m not the best steward so over time I began to worry and think I must have done something wrong and sinned, hence the lack of presence. Lack of trust on my part, really. Though I prayed constantly for my sin to be revealed to fix this issue it was silent. Of course I’ve had to repent of my not trusting Him and still struggle with that when it comes to feeling alone or having a dryness in my spirit.

    I am thankful to know I’m not the only one going through a dryness.

    • appolus said

      Hi Unicorncoat, I wrote this to Collen and it seems to apply to you as well, God bless you……………….

      “the seasons and the terrains that we pass through can be brutal indeed. Those who love the Lord search their hearts but oftentimes there is simply no explanations and once again we have to fall back on trust, faith in God. This is a deep grounding faith. In the depths of winter when nothing grows and all the leaves have fallen from the trees, all looks barren. If an alien were to land at that time he would not see the magnificent beauty of the tree arraigned in all it’s splendor. Yet the tree, without any leaves, focuses on it’s core, all of the sap strengthening the trunk and the branches that bear the leaves and the fruit in due season. Without the winters there could be effective springs. God bless you sister………………bro Frank

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