“Now the glory of the God of Israel had gone up from the cherub, where it had been, to the threshold of the temple. And He called to the man clothed with linen, who had the writer’s inkhorn at his side; and the LORD said to him, “Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it.” (Ezekiel 9:3-4)
When God judges a nation or city because of its evil deeds, He always “marks” those who are crying out to Him for help, mercy and justice to come to them. He takes note of our prayers people. They don’t just bounce off the ceiling and go nowhere. In this situation, the sins and abominations committed in Jerusalem were so bad that God’s judgment was to kill everyone in the city who was not marked by Him. The righteous were spared in the middle of the judgment. Just like Psalm 91 says “though a thousand fall at my side and ten thousand at my right hand, it shall not come near me.”
All over the world, in every nation, the people of God are crying out to Him for help, mercy and justice to come to them. God’s grace is abounding towards His people. That is why it is so important for the people of God to pursue more and more the intimate relationship with Him. I can’t tell you often enough or in strong enough language how very critical it is that we get as close as we possibly can to Him. Nobody knows how bad it is going to be here in the earth before the trumpet blows and we are caught up with Him to the marriage feast. Assuredly though, we will be persecuted, we will be hated and despised and our message will be scorned by many. Remember this though, just as the righteous in ancient Israel were marked by God, we too are marked for grace and mercy.
This message is to all who those know Him, and are known by Him. Those whose voices are crying and bombarding heaven for help, mercy and justice in an evil and wicked land. God hears, and God sees our plights. Don’t stop praying. Don’t stop crying out. In the middle of our trials, He walks with us. He never promised we wouldn’t walk through hard times, rather His promise is that we will be victorious if we faint not.
Stay strong believers…