A Line and a Net

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The Line Has Gone Out and a Net is Waiting

Some weeks ago, while listening to a prophetic word concerning this past November’s highly contested presidential election, two words were dropped into my spirit.  The first of these was line, followed a few minutes later by the word net.  When I heard “line,” I was immediately reminded of what I had written last summer in my post Smoke and Mirrors.  There, I had warned believers not to be taken in or deceived by the pandemic and the race riots which were then taking place, because they were merely diversionary tactics of the devil, designed…

  • To create a line of division between believers—to prevent them from forming a solid voting bloc for President Trump, and the other conservative candidates, as well; and,
  • To serve as a smokescreen—to hide just how far the establishment of Satan’s kingdom on earth had advanced.

When “net” was added, however, the word “line” took on a little different meaning for me.  Unlike the earlier situation, the word was now speaking to me of a plumb line that is currently being drawn by God for the purpose of…

  • Separating the Righteous from the Wicked; and,
  • Separating the Faithful from the Unfaithful Stewards of God’s Word among those Righteous.

In other words, in preparation for the judgment that will soon be coming upon the earth, God has been calling out His Sheep and marking those who have been responding in obedience.  And, while Satan has been using the Covid-19 crisis, the on-going threats of domestic violence, and the current political and economic instability to divide and conquer God’s People and to disguise the advancement of His kingdom’s agenda, God has been using these very same crises to expose the devil’s evil works while revealing those among His People…

In short, God has been using Satan’s own devices to set the wicked up for judgment; and, to call His People to the front-lines of battle, where He is taking names and singling out those who have proven themselves qualified for advancement in His Kingdom.

Of course, this MO—Method of Operation—is completely consistent with the Revelation of God that we have been given throughout Scripture; for, repeatedly, He has been revealed not as only the Creator of this world but also as its Divider and Judge.  In Genesis 1 alone, we find that after…

  • God spoke Light into the Darkness, He divided the one from the other, then judged it as good;
  • God made an Expanse of Sky He called Heaven, He placed it between the waters—thus dividing the upper waters from the lower waters—before judging it to be good;
  • God gathered together the lower waters, He called forth the Dry Land—or Earth—dividing it from the waters and then judging it as good;
  • God made the Seas, the Sky, and the Land, He made Living Creatures to inhabit those places, dividing them into various kinds and then judging them as good;
  • God made Lights for the Sky, He placed the Sun, Moon, and Stars in the Sky to rule over it, and to divide the Day from the Nightjudging this, too, as good; and,
  • God made everything else, He created Man, the Spirit Being made in His own image and likeness, whom He then placed into the two physical houses of Male and Female.  Giving them Dominion over the Earth and all that is in it, He separated them from the rest of His Creation, an act which He then judged as very good.

As for what net has to do with all of this, in verses such as these, we are reminded that, throughout the ages, the Wicked, apparently not satisfied with their own destructive behaviors or lifestyles, have purposely set out nets in which they hope to trap and bring about the destruction of the Righteous…

For without cause they [the wicked] have hidden their net for me in a pit, which they have dug without cause for my life.  Let destruction come upon him unexpectedly, and let his net that he has hidden catch himself; ​​into that very destruction let him fall. (Psalm 35:7-8)

Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from violent men, who have purposed to make my steps stumble.  ​​The proud have hidden a snare for me, and cords; they have spread a net by the wayside; they have set traps for me.  (Psalm 140:5)

Why?  Because they are like…

…Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous.  (1 John 3:12)

What the Wicked haven’t take into account, though, is the Principle of Sowing and Reaping that God has incorporated into every fiber of His Creation.  In fact, again in Genesis 1, He declared 10 times that all the living things that He has made have been designed to reproduce “…according to their kind”—a principle and a promise reaffirmed later, in Galatians 6:7-8, in this way…

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.  For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.

Be Sure You Are Found on the Side of Righteousness

So today, as we look around at the seemingly sad state of our country—where the corruption, lies, and wicked devices of the enemy have become the rule of the day—let’s remember that when all human avenues of change have been exhausted and there seems to be no hope, God is still at work.  He is examining the hearts of men and women at every level of life to see which side of the plumb line they have chosen to stand on; and, once that has been made clear, He will begin drawing in the net—the one originally laid out for destruction of the Righteous— using that to trap the Wicked and to bring them to judgment.  For…

…even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.  (Matthew 3:10)

As all of this begins to unfold in the days, weeks, and even months to come, let those of us who know and serve Christ Jesus as Lord, be quick in the examination of ourselves, yet slow in our condemnation of others—remembering the words of Jesus in Matthew 7:1-5 to…

Judge not, that you be not judged.  For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.  And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?  Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye?  Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

As we wait for God’s promised outcome, let’s be careful to…

…avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife.  And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will. (2 Timothy 2:23-26)

Then…

…if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.  (Galatians 6:1)

Remembering always…

…as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.  But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.  And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.  And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.  (Colossians 3:12-17)

And, finally…

…above all things have fervent love for one another, for ‘love will cover a multitude of sins.’ (1 Peter 4:8)

“By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35

2 thoughts on “A Line and a Net

  1. This is so true. “Let the sinners be consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked be no more. Bless thou the Lord, O my soul. Praise ye the Lord.” Psalm 104:35
    I read the book so I know who wins Praise Jesus!!!
    Dee

    • Amen, Sis! Just because things don’t go the way we think they should, that doesn’t mean that they’re not going according to God’s plan. We must keep “walking in the light of the last revelation”–that is, keep following the last set of His instructions He gave us. Then, if or when anything changes, He will be sure to let us know!

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