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“Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the LORD your God, and cry out to the LORD… ‘Even now,” declares the LORD, ‘Return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.’ Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.”  Joel 1:14, 2:12-13

From Sanctify the Congregation: A Call to the Solemn Assembly and to Corporate Repentance/ Introduction: “While sin is a very real personal problem, it is not exclusively individuals who fall short of the mark God sets for them. Whole churches sin grievously as do all other religious entities, including mission boards, evangelistic agencies and entire denominations. Even nations can be guilty of sin as nations. A generation that does not know how to put away corporate sin is a generation in trouble with itself and with God.”

Below from Joseph Rowlandson’s “The Possibility of God’s Forsaking a People”: “Examine yourselves for all your departures from God and for your forsaking of Him. Humble yourselves for them. Confess with bitterness your evil therein. Weep before the Lord for the ways wherein you have grieved Him. May the Lord hear His people, from Dan to Beersheba, bemoaning themselves, Ephraim-like. Then the Lord will hear and have mercy and not leave us for His name’s sake…

“Pray fervently that the Lord will not forsake us. The Lord is sometimes gracious in answering prayers of a wayward people. Prayers have prevailed with His Majesty often before and may do so again.

“Forsake your sin whereby you have forsaken Him. Nothing less than this will prevent the awful mischief of His final withdrawal from coming upon us. If there are any among us, whether they be father or mother, son or daughter, that will not leave their sins for God, God will leave them for their sins.“

Exodus 33:7-11 – Moses took the tent and pitched it outside the camp, a good distance from the camp. He called it the place of meeting and required everyone who sought the Lord to go outside the camp, away from the place of sin, to the tabernacle to meet the Lord.

1 Samuel 7:5, 6 – Samuel required all of Israel to gather at Mizpah in a Solemn Assembly where he prayed for them and they fasted and confessed their sins.

2 Chronicles 20:3-13 Jehoshaphat called a Solemn Assembly throughout all Judah and Jerusalem and the people fasted and sought the Lord.

2 Chronicles 23:16 – Jehoiada, in a Solemn Assembly, made a covenant between himself and all the people and the king that they should be the Lord’s people. They then proceeded to cleanse the land of the evil.

2 Chronicles 3:31-33 – Josiah gathered the people together in a Solemn Assembly, and they entered into a covenant with the Lord to walk in all his ways and to perform all the words of the covenant written in the Book.

Ezra 8:21-23; 9:5-15 – Ezra proclaimed a fast at the River Ahava that they might all humble themselves and seek the Lord. They later engaged in public humiliation and putting away of sin in the form of a Solemn Assembly.

Nehemiah 8:1 – A Solemn Assembly was held in front of the Water Gate where the Book of the Law of Moses was read by the hour and an agreement was made in writing to put away sin and to seek the Lord with all their hearts.

Joel 1:13; 2:12-17, etc. – Joel called a Solemn Assembly in which all the people were required to be in attendance and where all were required to return to the Lord with all their hearts, with fasting, weeping and mourning, and where they were required to rend their hearts and not their garments.

Historical Foundations

Not only were Solemn Assemblies a very common aspect in the revivals of the Bible, but they were a very important part of the life of believers in America during all its early years. For verification of this one has only to consult the Sprague Collection of Early American Pamphlets at the Weidener Library at Harvard University. There will be found a large number of sermons that were preached at the Fast Days and Solemn Assemblies which were frequently called and earnestly attended by American believers prior to the general decline of true Christianity which characterizes twentieth-century America.

Our Fathers believed God was offended by sin. They themselves were deeply troubled both by the existence of personal sin in their own lives and by the presence of un-confessed corporate sins in the churches and in the nation. They regarded natural calamities as manifestations of the displeasure of God Almighty against sin and allowed such events as earthquakes, fires, volcanoes, epidemics, floods, and droughts to prompt them to special seeking of God’s face in fasting, prayer, and corporate repentance. They also sought the Lord in Solemn Assemblies in connection with wars, murders, rapes, etc., believing such outbursts of wickedness to be directly related to the general decline of moral and spiritual life in the churches.

Misuse of the Solemn Assembly

Like any other God-ordained means of grace, the Solemn Assembly has the potential of being corrupted. The very severe denunciations of Isaiah 1:10-15 clearly indicate God’s contempt for Solemn Assemblies that have lost their heart and have become mere form and ritual: “Bring your worthless offerings no longer, their incense is an abomination to Me. New moons and Sabbath, the calling of assemblies – I cannot endure iniquity and the Solemn Assembly. I hate your new moon festivals and your appointed feasts. They have become a burden to Me, I am weary of bearing them…”

. . . The Solemn Assembly has simply fallen into oblivion at the hands of a people too arrogant to know that their own corporate sins – especially those heart sins of pride, unbelief, and rebellion – have created a nation ripe for destruction . . .. It must be understood that these righteous judgments are the result of un-confessed corporate sins. When the people of God sin against Him and do not repent, He judges them.  . . . Corporate sin must be dealt with by corporate repentance according to divinely ordained methods. . . .

Practical Suggestions:

1. A Solemn Assembly is to be a time when all normal daily work is set aside.

2. A Solemn Assembly is a time when the entire body of people affected by the righteous judgment is required to be in attendance.

3. A Solemn Assembly is a time of fasting.

4. A Solemn Assembly is a time for sacrifice.

5. A Solemn Assembly is of protracted duration.

6. A Solemn Assembly is a season of earnest prayer.

7. A Solemn Assembly is a mandatory occasion for corporate repentance

8. A Solemn Assembly is an opportunity for Spirit-anointed preaching of the searching truths of Scripture to deeply touch afresh the lives of God’s people.

9. A Solemn Assembly is a most wonderful opportunity for children to see their parents and elders demonstrating Christianity at its deepest corporate levels.

10. A Solemn Assembly gives God an opportunity to respond to His people at a level He cannot possibly do when they are living in neglect of His Word or in direct violation of His commandments.

Obedience is still better than sacrifice. Joel’s call requires prompt response, “Consecrate a fast, proclaim a Solemn Assembly; gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land to the House of the Lord your God, and cry out to the Lord.”

Read Entire Article at http://downloads.frc.org/EF/EF09E09.pdf

JOIN US  in a volunteer type of Solemn Assembly in a way that Christians across America can participate in. No Travel. No Expense. No Technology. Enter into the presence of God in the privacy of your own home with your own family. Perhaps gathering with friends or the church family at some point in the day . . . not to laugh and hang out, but to pray and confess and fast together.  Perhaps weep.  Perhaps . . . singing praise and spending time worshipping the King of King, perhaps reading the Word aloud. Devoting the day to asking God to reveal our hearts and create clean hearts in us. Repenting of sins that we have participated in and interceding for the sins of our nation; Turn off the TV for the day, esp. ANY show that includes sin of any kind (cursing, use of God’s name in vain, sexual sin of ANY kind or reference to it, violence, murder, rape, etc.,), purge your home of anything that represents things other than what is pure and lovely . . . get rid of what God says is an abomination, protect your ear gates and your eye gates and those of your children’s.  Put a sign on the door and close your business.  Take the day off. If you absolutely cannot do this, find a time to pray at three specific times during the day and read the word. Mark what you will read prior to the day. Then give any money you make that day to the Lord . . .Trust the Lord fro provision. Sanctify yourself and the day for the Lord. This is a serious time and America is in Grave danger. Spread the Word.

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