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Ichabod and the priests of Baal and the remnant.

Posted by appolus on August 13, 2019

The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? saith the LORD. Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?(Jer 23:28-29) We live in a day when the chaff is in the wind. Everywhere we look there is chaff. Every other day we here of some “Christian leader,” or other, publicly forsaking the Lord Jesus and refuting their “faith.” Ultimately chaff will blow away in the wind. God Himself says “what is chaff to the wheat?” Why should the wheat take notice of the chaff? It is the wheat the feeds the soul, it is the wheat that makes the bread that feeds the saints. In the beginning of this chapter of Jeremiah he says “thus says the God of Israel against the shepherds who feed My people;you have scattered my flock, driven them away and not attended to them, behold I will attend to you for the evil of your doings.” Is it just me or should that terrify a man when God says I will attend to you for the evil of your doings? What was their great evil? They fed the sheep chaff and not wheat. The chaff is nothing, the wheat, the true word of God is a consuming fire, it is a hammer that breaks the rocks of opposition to pieces.

Jesus asks Peter three times in John 21 if Peter loved Him. This of course grieved the heart of Peter. Each time He asks the question and Peter answers Jesus says “feed my lambs, feed my sheep, feed my sheep.” The evidence that a shepherd loves the Lord His God above all else is that he feeds God’s sheep. The evidence of a shepherd or a minister who loves something more than God, is that he feeds himself. He promotes himself. His works, his ways, his words and the name of the Lord is forgotten as they elevate their own name, their own words, their own ways. How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart; Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbour, as their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal Jer (23:26) God is usurped by the false prophet and the unspiritual pastor. Jesus loses His place of preeminence as something other than Him is elevated. We elevate faith, prosperity, healings, revivals and other things above Jesus. Anything that elevates itself above the person of Jesus is chaff which shall be blown away in the wind.

In the beginning of 1 Sam we are introduced to Hophni and Phinehas, the two wicked priests who were the sons of Eli. Huge enormous fat men who engorged themselves with the food the people brought as a sacrifice and who slept with the women who gathered at the door of the tabernacle. Total degradation. Now, Eli, who should have known better, allows all of that to take place. He does rebuke his sons in 1 Sam 2:22 but at best, it is a half-hearted rebuke and they keep right on sinning. Now we see in verse 26 of the same chapter that “a man of God,” comes and severely rebukes Eli. God says to Eli in verse 29- “Wherefore kick ye at my sacrifice and at mine offering, which I have commanded in my habitation; and honourest thy sons above me, to make yourselves fat with the chiefest of all the offerings of Israel my people?” You see, although Eli lightly rebukes his sons, we see why it went no further than that, he himself was hugely fat by the overindulgence of the sacrifices given to God by His people. Now, at the very same time, God is raising up a His own man, Samuel.

So, what is the sin of those who lead the flocks today, those who call themselves shepherds and pastors? It is the same sin as the sin of Eli. Even although some may rebuke the sins of the Hophni and Phineahs’s of our day, they still participate is a system that promotes and allows this to continue. Why? Well, by that very system they get fat themselves. For Eli to fully rebuke his son’s in a proper manner, by removing them, he would have to repent of his own participation and step down himself. This is a bridge too far for Eli and also a bridge too far our present generation of shepherds and pastors. And so, Samuel continues to grow in the shadow of great wickedness and corruption. And we see that the very first thing God says to Samuel, his very first prophecy which will be as a fire and a hammer that shatters the rock is this in chapter 3 of 1 Sam ……………

And the LORD said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle. In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken concerning his house: when I begin, I will also make an end. For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not. And therefore I have sworn unto the house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be purged with sacrifice nor offering for ever.(1Sa 3:11-14)

Eli’s sin? He refused to restrain them, even although he knew. When a man who represents God refuses to speak, refuses to do the hard thing, refuses to take himself out of that which he knows to be corrupt,so that he might still gain the fat of the land, whether that be food or money or reputation or standing, he will find himself judged as harshly as the wicked sons of Eli and indeed Eli himself. When there is a refusal to restrain and a continued participation in what you know to be corrupt, then what happens next? In 1 Sam 4 we see that the Ark of the Covenant is captured. Israel has suffered defeat and in their panic and desire for God to move on their behalf, they bring out the Ark of the Covenant, as if the presence of God could be uses and manipulated like a genie in a bottle. The Israelites were defeated and the sons of Eli were killed. God had withdrawn His presence and allowed the symbol of His presence to fall into the enemies hands. Eli hears the news, falls over backwards and breaks his neck, being that he was so heavy. His indulgence over all the years that he did not retrain wickedness and was in fact a participator in it, finally catches up with him and kills him. Ichabod is born to Phinehas’s wife and she pronounces “The glory of God has departed from Israel.”

I would like to suggest, that for the most part today, the glory of God has departed from a system that is corrupt. Yes they try and use the symbols and traditions of God but He will not hear them. Yet just as David was being established in the time of Saul, and Samuel was being raised in the time of Eli and his sons and Jesus was being raised in the time of the Pharisees, God always has a witness and is raising up a remnant people who will be led by shepherds who love Jesus above everything and whose one desire is to serve Him and feed His sheep. God says in Jeremiah 23 that “I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase. And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the LORD.(Jer 23:3-4)

That word countries can also be translated “wilderness.” And the word “fold,” can be translated “pleasant place,” or “home.” So the Lord promises to gather the remnant from the wilderness places and bring them back to a pleasant place or home. And He also promises to raise up shepherds which shall feed His lambs and feed His His sheep. All over the world the Lord is raising up such shepherds for such a time as this. A time of Ichabod all across Christendom, but His presence is secure in the hearts of His children. He assured us that He would never leave us nor forsake us and our God is a God who never lies. Lift up your eyes brothers and sisters, for while there is great darkness and corruption in the land and persecution is riding towards us as hard and as fast as it can, and fat and unholy hirelings increase their judgments, Christ is coming. And even although the judgements will be severe the glory of the Lord will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea.

8 Responses to “Ichabod and the priests of Baal and the remnant.”

  1. Caleb Reed said

    Wow dear brother. Thank you!

    Your post reminded me of this amazing song (genre aside), from a dear brother whom I have met and love.

    Have you ever heard of anything like this?

    Interestingly, he is still pastoring a non-profit business (church) 😔, but still, I greatly respect his skill lyrically.

    Love you!

    Caleb Reed 612-269-9004

  2. Dick said

    Once again Frank you have nailed it! Your messages of late tie so closely to W. E. Smith’s book I’m reading “The Prophetic Urgency,” one I know you have also read. I’ m so grateful for the encouragement offered by you and this author. Those who wish to assemble together under the Headship of Christ to encourage one another during these increasingly evil days are pretty much at a loss to find such fellowship. As Smith mentions in the chapter, Today if you Hear His Voice, gathering together as His Body is critical NOW and will become increasing critical if we are to Stand!! We (I) will not represent Christ in these days isolated from others and I think for many they are isolated from fellowship except for the internet and/or /Blogs. Thank goodness for those like yours and others BUT as things progress rapidly the internet will not be enough! My choice right now and very likely for many others is be isolated or attend the ritualized church program of 20 minutes singing, 45-60 minutes of listening to some part of a Series of teachings on______? Collection plate is passed, maybe a token prayer and dismissal. Sunday after Sunday and they are on every corner. He has clearly said to me, “Come out of her!” I know I’ m not alone and I seek Him more than fellowship but He desires His Body “not forsake assembling together.” It is a command and a dilemma! Bless you brother and those other true prophetic voices.

    • appolus said

      Amen Dick, I meet with brothers every week, meeting today actually, and we know that as the day approaches we should meet all the more. Fellowship is vital, fellowship with like-minded saints. Most fellowships, not all, are unequally yoked with unbelievers. Its the results of constant decades of seeker friendly policies, bums on pews and cheap grace. If half of the people around us in our assemblies are not even saved (being generous) then meeting them will not help, actually it will do the opposite. Finding at meeting on a weekly basis, other saints is vital. Even if it is only two or three, the Lord promised He would be in the midst of it. I pray that every saint could have fellowship (actual fellowship) every week……………..bro Frank

  3. Dick said

    Curious as to how the fellowship you are a part of came about or developed. I’m not looking for a pattern to copy or some method to follow. I desperately want to “start” something which is a problem for I know he has said “I will build my church” not you, meaning me. I feel Man trying to start something has contributed greatly to the mess we call the church today so I’m reluctant to go down the church start-up path. Family and friends as well as acquaintances seem drawn to the familiar ritual of Sunday morning services or at most the traditional Bible Study group—-been there done that several times! Anyway, that is the context of my question and would appreciate your insights. Thanks again— likely there are others who feel caught between isolation on the one hand, and Religious meaninglessness ceremony on the other.

    • appolus said

      Hi Dick, a brother from many years ago contacted me on Facebook, an older man. We had fellowshiped some, when we both attended the same church about fifteen years prior. To be honest, I could not remember the brother, I told him that. Anyway, wanted to meet. His wife had died about ten years ago. So, I called another brother whom I had not seen in a long time and invited him and one other brother along, that was about three months ago, we have been meeting ever since. We meet once a week for about three hours and then we meet individually at various times during the week. I believe what the Lord is doing is knitting our hearts together before anything else happens……………….bro Frank

  4. KMH said

    Brother Frank and other Brothers and Sisters commenting here,
    I will pray for the Lord to bring Brother Dick fellowship. The Lord is faithful to feed His hungry people! I am living proof!!!! Thank you, Brother Frank, for this blog which is part of God’s rich nourishment for my spirit.
    I find it very interesting that the word used in Jeremiah 23:2 is paqad – meaning visit or oversee.
    https://biblehub.com/hebrew/fekadtem_6485.htm
    God is about to visit – oversee as in an overseer – of His affairs. This is the day of visitation Peter talks about – a GREAT and TERRIBLE day of judgment for God’s people – Great for the hungry and terrible for the fat.

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