A Swift Witness


Down through the ages, it seems that God’s people, have become very good at picking and choosing.  

What we see today, is actually not new; it’s just on a grander scale than it once was; at least in our time.

Surely we can agree, that there has often been a lot of showing partiality and respect of persons among our groups; among our churches.  Since so many of us were taught that we must be obedient and not question authority, we didn’t.

But we knew It takes a big person to admit that we tried too often to be a part of that system.  Giving honor to whom honor was due, was scriptural.  We won’t argue, that some were getting more honor than others.

We once enacted the belief that the ones who cleaned the church, were equal to everyone else, just as important as anyone else in the Kingdom of God.  Being in order, never meant that we were to give most all authority to one person, or just a certain few.

The word judgment, is a word that so many wish and choose to avoid today.  It does not matter that it was used so many times in the sacred texts.  It seemed that God used this action quite often when dealing with human beings; especially, many of those who were supposed to be His people.  No one wants God to bring such judgment; not if you have any real heart or love for other people.

God is going to be a swift witness against people of our hour.  He said He would.  And, whether we uphold such teachings or not now, He is going to be a witness against those who are in the house of the Lord.  Why?

He said so.  It’s easy for us to go through the list of people God spoke through Malachi about.  Sorcerers, adulterers, those falsely swearing against those who oppress the hireling in his wage, the widow and the fatherless.  And all those who do not fear Him.

If we’re honest, most of us were taught, whether in school or by the church, that we should read and take everything in context.  In so many words, don’t just pick out a few comments and leave the rest.

This chapter, is where most get their Biblical information about the paying of tithes and offerings.  But too often, they don’t think to give as much authority to the rest of the Old Testament; especially when it might pertain to them.

What was God saying above these verses?  What was He talking about?  What was His witness against them?

The LORD of Hosts said, “For I AM the LORD, I change not.”  And by the way, where have the tithes and offerings gone?

There is not really any question as to where some of it went.  Airplanes, fine cars, big houses, fine clothes and even bigger and much more impressive buildings.  There’s been so much “kingdom building,” but not for the Kingdom of God.

Throughout time, people seem always to become careless and somewhat arrogant when God does not bring such judgment upon them, for what He deems as absolute wickedness.

We sometimes think about the judgment bar; the one we are all going to stand before, one day.  But here, God was talking about us and our time, now.  Otherwise, He would not have continued this message in such a way. “Return unto me, and I will return unto you.”

Then come the rest of the promises.  He said we have not just robbed Him, but the whole nation; those who once came to us for help and salvation.

What have we given our people in return?  A swift witness?  What kind of witness, will He be towards me today?


~ Robert Blackburn

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A Swift Witness — 1 Comment

  1. I am weary, I see people looking to Trump like he is a savior, like he is going to fix whats broken, Then you have prophets coming out the wood work prophesying that clinton will be president and some prophesying that Trump will be president, now that Trump is president prophets are apologizing for missing the mark, If we miss the mark we never heard from God in the first place, including myself, No wonder the church and the nation is divided, Its time to be real.
    I am called of God to preach the gospel, called at age 12 and I am 46 now, I have have flowed in the gifts of the spirit and I had an opinion about this election and thought I heard from God, I was moved by emotion, And so are a lot of so-called prophets today, Its time to dwell at the well of our heavenly Father, Its time for the prophets, preachers, teachers, pastors, and evangelist and lay members and the whole body of Christ to honestly humble ourselves and truly seek God because we arent doing the world any favors by being moved by emotion, I believe in God.
    I believe Christ is the only way, I believe in the word of God, I have to be honest, I have seen a lot of dishonest crap in the church over the last 20 years and all I want to do is walk away from my calling because if I cant be who God needs me to be I dont wanna be anything, The flock of God is a stepping stone for men and women trying to make a name for themselves and not working to bring glory to the one who deserves it, The lost sheep are still lost, starving and spiritually dying.
    Its time to forget the hype and truly come back to the heart of worship, We need true repentance,thats the only way this nation and the church are going to be great again, The devils in the house and we think its the Lord God, We are deceived, Its time to repent and get it right, What I have said I say with love, We are in this thing together and take for granted that we are going to be held accountable one day.
    Judgement is coming, We must repent, God truly loves the peoples of the whole world, Its time to get ready to meet Jesus, May God bless us and truly lead us by the light of His Glory, Amen and Amen,