“Those who make an image, all of them are useless, And their precious things shall not profit; They are their own witnesses; They neither see nor know, that they may be ashamed.
Who would form a god or mold an image that profits him nothing? Surely all his companions would be ashamed; and the workmen, they are mere men.
Let them all be gathered together. Let them stand up; yet they shall fear, they shall be ashamed together.
The blacksmith with the tongs works one in the coals, fashions it with hammers, and works it with the strength of his arms. Even so, he is hungry, and his strength fails; he drinks no water and is faint.
The craftsman stretches out his rule, he marks one out with chalk; he fashions it with a plane, he marks it out with the compass, and makes it like the figure of a man, according to the beauty of a man, that it may remain in the house.
He cuts down cedars for himself, and takes the cypress and the oak. He secures it for himself among the trees of the forest. He plants a pine, and the rain nourishes it. Then it shall be for a man to burn, for he will take some of it and warm himself.
Yes, he kindles it and bakes bread; Indeed he makes a god and worships it, he makes it a carved image, and falls down to it. He burns half of it in the fire. With this half he eats meat. He roasts a roast, and is satisfied. He even warms himself and says, “Ah! I am warm, I have seen the fire.”
And the rest of it he makes into a god. His carved image. He falls down before it and worships it, prays to it and says, “Deliver me, for you are my god!” Isaiah 44 9:17.
“During this season of political infighting, know that the fighting has caused many scars in you. Know that your correspondence with your friends, will leave deep scars on you.
For you have surely elevated these things way above your devotion to Me. For the wounds will run deep; and what has happened to your hearts, says the Lord?
For you hate this one and love another. These have become like idols to you. For you groom them and shape them, as would anything made out of wood or stone.
You are as the disobedient children in Israel to Me. For you shape and mold these political figures into the devices that would aid you. You set them up on a shelf and give homage to one or the other.
I have told you that I AM a jealous God, and that I would have no other gods before Me.
Take them down off of the shelf!”
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?