"...because of what Manasseh son of Hezekiah king of Judah did in Jerusalem"(Jer 15:4)  "For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us.."(Rom 15:4) 

Here in Jeremiah 15:4 we are given the definitive reason for a most awful judgment that was about to come upon the Lord's people of that time, and it particularly related to a  precise sin - that which Manasseh did in Jerusalem (Jer 15:4).   2nd Kings chapter 21 gives us an account of what Manasseh did in Jerusalem, but even more important was - that which he did in the temple of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Now the temple in Jerusalem was the temporary place that God had chosen for His presence among His covenant people until He had made a way, by the Cross of Christ, to again tabernacle in their hearts.  At that time, if you wanted to meet with God, you could find Him in the temple at Jerusalem.  Yet, Manasseh, the king of Judah, built idol alters in both temple courts, and inside the temple he set up an asherah pole that he himself had made.  The cannanites believed that the fertility goddess asherah was the mother of baal, and so they would put an asherah pole alongside the baal alters.  It was bad enough that the Israelites were at that time sacrificing their children in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom ( just outside the wall of Jerusalem ) and on all the many "high places" throughout their God -given land, but Manasseh, the king of Judah, sacrificed his own son in the fire of molech and..."Manasseh also shed so much innocent blood that he filled Jerusalem (the city of God's pressance) from end to end -...(2 Kings 21:16)." and  "On the very day they sacrificed their children to their idols, they entered my sanctuary and desecrated it (Ezekiel 23:39)."  They desecrated God's sanctuary, God's temple. 

Now, Romans 15:4 tells us that all this was written for us, the Church.  The Church is now, and will be until the end of time, the place of God's abiding presence here on this earth. The Church was from eternity past, and is now, part of God's eternal purpose :

"To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: (Eph 3:10-11)".

In Matthew 18:20, Jesus gave us the definition of His Church, "...wherever two or three are gathered in My Name, there I am in the midst of them".  There we have it, the Church - the permanent and eternally chosen place of God's presence here on this earth, where the manifold wisdom of God can be found, and if you now want to meet with God, you can meet Him in any local Church, where there are at least two saints who are gathered in Christ's Name.  Jesus Christ is now the eternal city of God's presence, for it is in Him that the multitudes of saints are gathered together, the new Jerusalem that comes down out of heaven. 

Now just as it was reasonable for God to ask His people to attend to His sanctuary and not defile it, the Apostle Paul wrote to the Church: "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service (Rom 12:1)."  Yet, because of the widespread acceptance of so-called "contraception birth control" among God's people, (much, if not all of which is abortaficient), the very things that took place in the temple at Jerusalem through King Mannaseh, Antiochus Epiphanes in 167 B.C., and then again in 70 A.D. when the Romans set up their abominable ensigns on the eastern gate of the temple and made sacrifices to their false god jupitor, is now once again visited upon God's people.  When the disciples asked Jesus about the end of the age (i.e. the Old Covenant age which ended with the destruction of their city and temple in 70 A.D.), He quoted the prophet Daniel (Dan 12:11) in Matthew 24:15, giving His disciples the warning sign of a most terrible time that was coming upon Old Testament Israel, namely: " when ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, ...stand in the holy place".  We are now living in a similar time.  As we state on our website (www.life.org), potentially more babies die during Sunday morning Christian services in America than are murdered by all the nation's abortionists combined (priests of molech and baal) during the other six days of the week. 

The weapons of mass destruction are everywhere among our people.  They are in our Wal-Mart's, K-Mart's, Walgreen's, Target's, Kroger, Safeway's, Rite Aids and wrong aids.  They are in our schools, our offices, our hand bags, and worse yet; they are in our bodies, the temple of the Living God.  "Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that His Spirit lives in you"  If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him; for God's temple is sacred, and you are that temple (1 Cor 3:16-17)."  Babylon is warring against Babylon because America, and in particular the institutional Christian churches in America, have become like Babylon, and when Israel of old became likewise, it was exactly there that God sent them also.  Since 1930, and subsequent Lambeth Council decisions by the Anglican Church to embrace contraception birth-control, "Death has climbed in through our windows and has entered our fortresses; it has cut off the children from the streets... (Jer 9:21)." Yet in spite of all this, "The mighty men of Babylon have forborn to fight, they have remained in their holds: (Jer 51:30)".  So how is it then that the mighty men of America have refused to fight?  Simply this: "If My people who are called by My Name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven, forgive their sin and heal their land  (2Chron 7:14)."  My people, the Church, must be brought to turn from their wicked ways.  There is no other way. 

So offensive to our Lord was Manasseh's sin,  that "... Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, yet my mind could not be toward this people: (Jer 15:1)".  In 512 B.C., Jerusalem was completely demolished (We are using the bible chronology of Martin Anstey, 1913)  But, we have One greater than Moses and Samuel, who ever lives to make intercession for us, the Lord Jesus Christ.  And, "A bruised reed shall He not break, and the smoking flax shall He not quench: He shall bring forth judgment unto truth (Isaiah 42:3)."  It is the Church, the bride of The Lamb, that Jesus loved and "gave Himself up for her, to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to Himself as a radiant Church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless (Eph 5:27)."  And "I will build My Church and the gates of hades will not stand against it" (Matt16:18)"  My God is able.  May the bride of the Lamb make herself ready.

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