The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; 2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God;to comfort all who mourn;3 to grant to those who mourn in Zion—to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning,the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.4 They shall build up the ancient ruins; they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations. Isaiah 61:1-11
“What is there to be done? What is there to be done about a nation that has strayed so far from Me? Do you think that I honor your feasts? Do you think that I honor your full moon assemblies? Do you think that I honor your festivals? Many of you have mixed the things of this world with those things that you have been taught.
You are a fallen nation. You say that you are a Christian nation, but you have strayed so far from Me. Your forefathers built a nation that was to honor Me, and yet now you think that every practice is acceptable.
And so….what is to be done? You have drifted so far from Me. I have tried to bring you back to Me, but so many of you are lulled away by the things of this world. I have spoken through my prophets to you, but many of them you have shunned and put aside. Even your preachers and teachers speak only those things that are the soft words that you would want to receive.
But I have some who still honor Me. I still have some who have separated themselves from the world. These are those who are set apart. And when the time comes for the severe judgments to come, they will be kept safely when the winds come tearing across your land. Then as the darkness descends, the light that is given to them, will be spread unto others. But woe unto those who are not ready. Woe unto those who have not prepared for these days. For you will be torn asunder. You will be divided right down the middle. Your king will be toppled on that day, and you will fall into ruin. But I have a people who will rise from the ashes, and they will show you the way. Thus would say the Spirit of the Lord.” Stephen Hanson