THE WORDS OF JESUS THE WORDS OF JESUS – What Are You To Do With Them?, “The Harvest is Plentiful”, Part 42

THE WORDS OF JESUS

Creative, Causative, Prophetic, Instructional – Part 42

“The Harvest is Plentiful”

“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” – The Words of Jesus, Matthew 9:37-38

There is a chronological sequence of events leading up to the great harvest of souls. This preparation of this process actually begins with the breaking of the 6th Tribulation Seal and leads to the Great Harvest and God’s Wine press of Wrath. (Please be patient as we trace this timeline. It is important.)

The First Seal: Conqueror on a White Horse, Revelation 6:1                               (Began around the time of the birth of Christ).

The Second Seal: War, Matthew 6:3                                                                      (Ongoing since the time of Jesus’ earthly ministry).

The Third Seal: Famine, Revelation 6:5                                                                      (Ongoing since the time of Jesus’ earthly ministry).

The Fourth Seal: Death, Revelation 6:7                                                                      (Ongoing since the time of Jesus’ earthly ministry).

The Fifth Seal: Martyrs, Revelation 6:9                                                                      (Ongoing since the time of Jesus’ earthly ministry, intensifying).

The Sixth Seal: Terror, Revelation 6:12                                                                      (Future event, and it appears the time is near: The beginning of the Great 7-year tribulation period; The revealing of the antichrist; the rapture occurs).

An Interlude, Revelation 7:1                                                                                          (This and the following are future events).

The 144,000, Revelation 7:4

A Multitude from the Tribulation before God’s Throne, Revelation 7:9                (The rapture; a future event, and it appears the time is near).

The Seventh Seal: Revelation 8:1

The Trumpets, Silence for half an hour: Revelation 8:1

The first trumpet sounded: Revelation 8:7,

The second angel sounded: Revelation 8:8

The third angel sounded: Revelation 8:10

The fourth angel sounded: Revelation 8:12

The fifth angel sounded: Revelation 9:1

The sixth angel sounded: Revelation 9:13                                                                     (This is the mid-point of the 7-Year Great Tribulation period. No one will be saved beyond this point).

The Angel and the Little Scroll: Revelation 10:1

The Two Witnesses: Revelation 11:1

The seventh angel sounded: Revelation 11:15

(A recapitulation in symbols of this period:)

The Woman, Israel – A great sign appeared in heaven: Revelation 12: 1

The Red Dragon, Satan: Revelation 12:3

The Male Child, Christ: Revelation 12:5

The Male Child, Christ – War in heaven: Revelation 12:5

The Beast from the Sea: Revelation 13:1

The Beast from the Earth: Revelation 13:11

(The End of the Recapitulation).

The Lamb and the 144,000 on Mount Zion, Revelation 14:1

Vision of the Angel with the Gospel, Revelation 14:6

Doom for Worshipers of the Beast, Revelation 14:9

The Harvest: Revelation 14:14

The great wine press of the wrath of God: Revelation 14:20

The angel swung his sickle to the earth and gathered the clusters from the vine of the earth, and threw them into the great wine press of the wrath of God. And the wine press was trampled outside the city, and blood came out from the wine press, up to the horses’ bridles, for a distance of 200 miles.

This entire process, sometimes called ‘the process of sanctification’ is part of God’s Work to perfect men and women who believe in Him, into the image of Christ. It is spoken of (prophesied) in Daniel 12:1,

(RECAP of Daniel 12:1-13):

  1. And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at that time your people,
  2. everyone who is found, written in the book, will be rescued. Verse 2. And many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt. Verse
  3. 3. And those who have insight will shine like the glow of the expanse of heaven,
  4. and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. Verse 4. But as for you, Daniel, keep these words secret and seal up the book until the end of time; many will roam about, and knowledge will increase.” Verse 5. Then I, Daniel, looked, and behold, two others were standing, one on this bank of the stream and the other on that bank of the stream. Verse 6. And someone said to the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream,
  5. “How long will it be until the end of these wonders?” Verse 7. And I heard the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream, as he raised his right hand and his left toward heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever that

(a)  it would be for a time, times, and half a time; and as soon as they finish smashing the power of the holy people, all these events will be completed. Verse  8. But as for me, I heard but did not understand; so, I said, “My lord, what will be the outcome of these events?”  Verse 9. And he said, “Go your way, Daniel, for these words will be kept secret and sealed up until the end time.

  1. Verse 10. Many will be purged, cleansed, and refined, but the wicked will act wickedly; and none of the wicked will understand, but  those who have insight will understand.
  2. Verse 11. And from the time that the regular sacrifice is abolished and the abomination of desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days. Verse 12.

(a)  Blessed is the one who is patient and attains to the 1,335 days! Verse 13. But as for you, go your way to the end; then you will rest and rise for your allotted portion at the end of the age.”

The time of the Great Harvest is coming, and it will be swift and final. This is urgent as there will be no second chances. Jesus is calling – appealing for –  workers for this harvest, which includes you and me.

God is the Lord of the harvest (see also Luke 10:2). He chooses the right moment to do His work of salvation in the hearts of men and women. At the same time, God chooses to partner with us in that work (John 4:36–38). We must keep our eyes open, seizing the opportunities He presents, both to receive salvation and join with Him in offering it to others.

The fields are white for harvest means the right time to bring people into God’s kingdom is now. Paul tells Timothy (and us) to be prepared to preach the gospel “in season and out of season” (2 Timothy 4:1–2). In the agricultural world, farmers must wait between the sowing and reaping seasons. In the spiritual realm, the time for gathering in the harvest is now—whenever and wherever a crop of white-ripe souls exists. (GotQuestions.org excerpt).

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

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PERFECTION – Chapter 9 – Clues Pointing to the End – Clue #2

Chapter 9 – CLUES POINTING TO THE END – CLUE #2

THE TOWER OF BABEL

ONE WORLD?

The Bible tells of the beginnings of the idea of a One World Government and warns this system is coming again – in the Last Days.

They said, ‘Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name, otherwise we will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.’

“The LORD came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built.

“The LORD said, “Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them.” Genesis 11:4-6

DON’T BE DECEIVED

The agenda of this “migration” and Globalism or One World Government is not the stuff of just any book. It is stuff of THE BOOK, that is The Bible.

Genesis chapter 11 gives us the prophecy, the foreshadowing of the coming One World Government.

The Tower of Babel, built around, 2242 B.C., was a post-Flood rebellion against God by Noah’s descendants. As told about in Genesis 11:1-9, it is meant to explain why the world’s peoples speak different languages. According to the account, a united humanity in the generations following the Great Flood, speaking a single language and migrating eastward, comes to the land of Shinar (שִׁנְעָר). There, they agree to build a city and a tower tall enough to reach heaven.

(NOTE: “tall enough to reach to heaven” can be a metaphor for “man reaching to heaven, making himself god, to accomplish his own desires. This is the ‘Utopian dream’ of the Socialist and Communist manifestos; the State being our god – from cradle to grave)

This effort of uniting in a global community has been underway for about 4,200 years, about 100 years after ‘The Flood’, but before Abraham was born.

This is ‘forecast’ or what is Prophesied in the Bible. Is it underway? Should we PREPARE? (More on this, later).

These are exciting times in which we live! But we must be prepared to ‘endure to the end’, most likely the end of the 5th Seal of Revelation, as Jesus said in Matthew 24. And by all accounts, it would seem we are at that stage! More on this, later, too.

NEXT:  PERFECTION – Chapter 10 – Clue #3

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IF YOU UNDERSTAND THE PURPOSE OF THE TOWER OF BABEL AS DESCRIBED IN THE BOOK OF GENESIS, YOU WILL UNDERSTAND THAT WE ARE IN THE FINAL DAYS OF THE FINAL WEEK BEFORE JESUS RETURNS, USHERING IN THE “GREAT AND TERRIBLE DAY OF THE LORD”.

Revelation 21 – A Prophetic Panorama from the Birth of Jesus to Armageddon – in Dutch

Openbaring 21

 

 

Openbaring hoofdstuk 12 Is een soort vergelijking, een samenvatting door metafoor die de hele verdrukkingsperiode samenvat, beginnend met de geboorte van Jezus, rond v.Chr. 2 en verder door het oordeel van de Zesde Trompet (Dit is nuttig en nuttig om je voor te bereiden op de wederkomst van Jezus en de komende Grote en Verschrikkelijke Dag des Heren):

  • Samenvattend is hier de tijdlijn: De Messias, het Christuskind wordt geboren (Lucas 2).
  • De kruisiging, opstanding en hemelvaart. (Mattheüs 27).
  • The Times of Distress – Breaking of Tribulation Seals (1 tot 5).
  • Bij of onmiddellijk na de opname van de kerk (die samenvalt met het verbreken van het 6e verdrukkingszegel – Mattheüs 24:29-31),
  • sluit de Antichrist een verdrag met Israël. Hiermee begint de zevenjarige verdrukking. Halverwege de verdrukking (1260 dagen, wat 3,5 jaar later is), verbreekt de Antichrist het verdrag, ontheiligt hij de tempel en begint hij de Joden te vervolgen.
  • Aan het einde van de verdrukking (1260 dagen na de ontheiliging van de tempel gekenmerkt door het blazen van de 6e Trompet Oordeel), keert Jezus Christus terug naar de aarde en verslaat de strijdkrachten van de Antichrist.
  • Gedurende de volgende 30 dagen (in de aanloop naar 1290 dagen na de ontheiliging van de tempel) wordt Israël herbouwd en wordt de aarde hersteld.
  • Gedurende de volgende 45 dagen (in de aanloop naar 1335 dagen na de ontheiliging van de tempel) worden de heidense naties veroordeeld voor hun behandeling van Israël. De bedeling van het millennium begint en zal 1000 jaar duren (Openbaring 20:3, 5-6).

Openbaring 12:1, “En er verscheen een groot teken aan de hemel: een vrouw (Israël) gekleed in de zon, met de maan onder haar voeten en op haar hoofd een kroon van twaalf sterren (de 12 Stammen van Israël). vers 2. Ze was zwanger en schreeuwde het uit van de pijn bij de geboorte en de pijn van de bevalling (het Christuskind). Vers 3. En er verscheen een ander teken aan de hemel: zie, een grote rode draak (Satan), met zeven koppen en tien horens, en op zijn koppen zeven diademen. Vers 4. Zijn staart veegde een derde van de sterren van de hemel naar beneden en wierp ze op de aarde. En de draak stond voor de vrouw die op het punt stond te bevallen, zodat hij het zou verslinden als ze haar kind baarde (Jezus, het Christuskind). Vers 5. Ze baarde een mannelijk kind (het Christuskind), iemand die alle naties zal regeren met een ijzeren staf, maar haar kind werd weggevoerd naar God en naar zijn troon, vers 6. en de vrouw vluchtte naar de wildernis, waar ze een plaats heeft die door God is voorbereid, waar ze 1260 dagen zal worden gevoed (gelijk aan 3 1/2 jaar bij gebruik van de Hebreeuwse kalender van 30 dagen per maand). De interpretatie van de 1260 dagen, of 3,5 jaar, valt hier samen met Openbaring 11:2: “Maar meet de voorhof buiten de tempel niet; laat dat weg, want het zal (toekomstige tijd) worden overgegeven aan de naties, en zij zullen de heilige stad tweeënveertig maanden lang vertrappen.” Niet alleen ‘weglaten’, maar ‘uitwerpen’. De “voorhof die buiten de tempel is” werd alleen door joden betreden. Het lijkt daarom deel uit te maken van de Kerk, maar dat deel dat gescheiden is van de “binnenste kring van ware gelovigen” en deze buitenste voorhof zal aan de wereld worden overgegeven, wat hier wordt gesymboliseerd door “de heidenen”. De heidenen, de naties, betekenen gedurende de Apocalyps ofwel (1) de hele mensheid; of (2) dat deel van de mensheid dat overblijft wanneer de ware Kerk van God wordt teruggetrokken, en daarom het onrechtvaardige deel van de mensheid omarmt in tegenstelling tot het goddelijke (vgl. Openbaring 2:26; Openbaring 14:8; Openbaring 16: 19; Openbaring 18:23; 22:22).

Dit is een verder bewijs van de timing van het vijfde verdrukkingszegel, de grote afval van de kerk, vervolging van de heiligen, vindt plaats vóór het zesde verdrukkingszegel.
 
** Het is ook belangrijk op te merken dat het 6e verdrukkingszegel niet verbroken zal worden en dat de opname van de Kerk pas zal plaatsvinden nadat de antichrist is geopenbaard:
 
Lees alstublieft 2 Thessalonicenzen 2:1-3: “Wat betreft de komst van onze Heer Jezus Christus en onze samenkomst tot Hem, vragen wij u, broeders, vers 2, niet snel geschokt of verontrust te zijn, hetzij door een geest of een gesproken woord, of een brief die van ons lijkt te zijn, inhoudende dat de dag des Heren is aangebroken. Vers 3. Laat niemand u op enigerlei wijze misleiden. Want die dag zal niet komen, tenzij de opstand ( de afvalligheid, de grote afvalligheid van het geloof) komt eerst, en de mens der wetteloosheid wordt (de antichrist) geopenbaard, de zoon des verderfs (de antichrist) vers 4, die zich verzet tegen en zich verheft tegen elke zogenaamde god of voorwerp van aanbidding, zodat hij plaatsneemt in de tempel van God en verkondigt dat hij God is.”
 
Nu terug naar Openbaring 11:2: “En de heilige stad zullen zij vertreden.” De heilige stad – dat is Jeruzalem – is altijd een type van de Kerk in de Apocalyps. “De naties” (heidenen of niet-gelovigen) zijn het instrument waarmee de Kerk wordt vertreden, en de vermelding van de heidenen in verband met het afvallige deel van de Kerk leidt tot de beschrijving van de onderdrukking van Gods gelovigen door de wereld . (Dit verwijst naar de huidige en groeiende grote vervolging van de heiligen tijdens het 5e verdrukkingszegel. De gemeente wordt verwijderd – opgenomen – bij het 6e verdrukkingszegel en degenen die overblijven kunnen de kerk lijken te zijn (‘de heidenen’) zijn niet gelovigen en het omhulsel van de kerk is leeg van ware gelovigen en leeg van de Heilige Geest).
 
Samenvattend volgt hier de tijdlijn (in deze kleurtekst):
 
Bij of onmiddellijk na de opname van de kerk (die samenvalt met het verbreken van het 6e verdrukkingszegel – Mattheüs 24:29-31), sluit de Antichrist een verdrag met Israël. Hiermee begint de zevenjarige verdrukking.

Deze antichrist zal valse hoop en vrede in de wereld brengen en zal doen wat niemand anders ooit heeft gedaan: Israël en Palestina samenbrengen. In feite zal de koning een 7-jarig vredesverdrag sluiten met het volk en er zal vrede zijn voor 3 1/2 jaar, wat ons zal brengen bij de 6e Verdrukkingsbazuin – het middenpunt van de 7-jarige Grote Verdrukking. Daarna zal de Antichrist zijn gelofte breken en de Joden stoppen met al hun offers, en hij zal zichzelf in de tempel zetten en verkondigen dat hij God is. Dit wordt de ‘gruwel der verwoesting’ genoemd, waarover de profeet Daniël sprak. En hij zal het verbond met velen bevestigen gedurende één week – deze ‘één week’, of 7 jaar, ook bekend als Daniëls 70e week, vindt plaats bij het verbreken van het 6e verdrukkingszegel – en in het midden van deze week, of na 3.5 jaar, samenvallend met het blazen van de 6e Verdrukkingsbazuin, zal hij ervoor zorgen dat het offer en de offerande ophouden. “En vanwege de verspreiding van gruwelen zal hij het tot een woestenij maken, zelfs tot aan de voleinding, en dat vastbesloten zal op de woestenij worden uitgestort”. Daniël 9:27. Opnieuw in Mattheüs 24:15-16: “Wanneer gij dan de gruwel der verwoesting, waarvan gesproken is door de profeet Daniël, zult zien staan op de heilige plaats (wie het leest, laat hem het begrijpen), laat dan die in Judea zijn, vluchten naar de bergen.” En als je dit ziet, zei Jezus dat je naar de bergen moest vluchten, want dan zal er een grote verdrukking zijn, zoals er sinds het begin van de wereld niet is geweest of ooit zal zijn. En tenzij die dagen worden ingekort, zal niemand worden gespaard. Laat hem die op het dak is niet naar beneden komen om iets uit zijn huis te halen; en laat hem die op het veld is niet terugkeren om zijn kleren mee te nemen. En wee hen die zwanger zijn, en hen die in die dagen zogen! Maar bid dat uw vlucht niet in de winter zal zijn, noch op de sabbatdag. Want dan zal er een grote verdrukking zijn, zoals er niet was sinds het begin van de wereld tot op deze tijd, nee, en nooit meer zal zijn. En tenzij die dagen zouden worden ingekort, zou er geen vlees worden gered; maar ter wille van de uitverkorenen zullen die dagen worden ingekort. Mattheüs 24:15-22. Halverwege de verdrukking (1260 dagen, wat 3,5 jaar later is), verbreekt de Antichrist het verdrag, ontheiligt hij de tempel en begint hij de Joden te vervolgen. Aan het einde van de verdrukking (1260 dagen na de ontheiliging van de tempel gekenmerkt door het blazen van de 6e Trompet Oordeel), keert Jezus Christus terug naar de aarde en verslaat de strijdkrachten van de Antichrist. Openbaring 9:12: “Het eerste wee is voorbij; zie, er komen nog twee weeën. Vers 13, “Toen blies de zesde engel op zijn bazuin, (de eerste 3,5 jaar van de Grote Verdrukking zijn voorbij. Dit is het midden). en ik hoorde een stem uit de vier horens van het gouden altaar voor God, vers 14, die tegen de zesde engel zei die de trompet had: “Laat de vier engelen los die vastgebonden zijn bij de grote rivier de Eufraat.” Vers 15. Dus de vier engelen, die waren voorbereid voor het uur, de dag, de maand en het jaar, werden vrijgelaten om een derde van de mensheid te doden. Vers 16. Het aantal bereden troepen was twee keer tienduizend keer tienduizend (200.000.000 is de geschatte omvang van het Chinese leger in 2022); Ik hoorde hun nummer. Vers 17. En zo zag ik de paarden in mijn visioen en degenen die erop reden: ze droegen borstplaten in de kleur van vuur en saffier en zwavel, en de hoofden van de paarden waren als leeuwenkoppen, en vuur en rook en zwavel kwam uit hun mond. Vers 18. Door deze drie plagen werd een derde van de mensheid gedood, door het vuur en de rook en de zwavel die uit hun mond kwamen. Vers 19. Want de kracht van de paarden zit in hun mond en in hun staart, want hun staarten zijn als slangen met koppen, en daardoor verwonden ze.” Vers 20. De rest van de mensheid, die niet door deze plagen werd gedood, bekeerde zich niet van de werken van hun handen en gaf ook niet op met het aanbidden van demonen en afgoden van goud en zilver en brons en steen en hout, die niet kunnen zien of horen of lopen , vers 21. noch bekeerden zij zich van hun moorden of hun tovenarij of hun seksuele immoraliteit of hun diefstallen. (Niemand wordt gered nadat de 6e Verdrukkingsbazuin is geblazen) (Opmerking: wanneer het 6e verdrukkingszegel wordt verbroken, wat op elk moment kan gebeuren, duurt het 3,5 jaar tot de slag van Armageddon.) Gedurende de volgende 30 dagen (in de aanloop naar 1290 dagen na de ontheiliging van de tempel) wordt Israël herbouwd en wordt de aarde hersteld. • Gedurende de volgende 45 dagen (in de aanloop naar 1335 dagen na de ontwijding van de tempel) worden de heidense naties veroordeeld voor hun behandeling van Israël. • De bedeling van het millennium begint en zal 1000 jaar duren (Openbaring 20:3, 5-6). De profetie uit Daniël 12;1 vertelt ons dat, “In die tijd zal (toekomstige) Michaël opstaan, de grote vorst die de leiding heeft over uw volk. En er zal (toekomstige) een tijd van benauwdheid zijn zoals er nooit geweest is sinds er een natie was (zie ook de woorden van Jezus in Mattheüs 24:21) tot die tijd. Maar op dat moment zal uw volk worden bevrijd (bij het verbreken van het 6e zegel, het begin van de Grote en Verschrikkelijke Dag des Heren, zie Mattheüs 24:29-31), iedereen wiens naam in het boek zal worden gevonden. Vers 2. En velen van degenen die slapen in het stof der aarde zullen ontwaken, sommigen tot eeuwig leven, en sommigen tot schande en eeuwige verachting. Vers 3. En zij die wijs zijn, zullen schijnen als de helderheid van de lucht daarboven; en degenen die velen tot gerechtigheid brengen, zoals de sterren voor eeuwig en altijd. Vers 4. Maar jij, Daniël, hou je mond en verzegel het boek, tot de tijd van het einde. Velen zullen heen en weer rennen en de kennis zal toenemen.” Vers 5. Toen keek ik, Daniël, en zie, twee anderen stonden, een aan deze oever van de stroom en een aan die oever van de stroom. Vers 6. En iemand zei tegen de in linnen geklede man, die boven het water van de stroom was: “Hoe lang zal het duren tot het einde van deze wonderen?” Vers 7. En ik hoorde de man, gekleed in linnen, die boven het water van de stroom was; hij hief zijn rechterhand en zijn linkerhand op naar de hemel en zwoer bij hem die eeuwig leeft dat het voor een tijd, tijden, en een halve tijd zou zijn, en dat wanneer er een einde komt aan het verbrijzelen van de macht van het heilige volk, alle deze dingen zouden af zijn. Vers 8. Ik hoorde het, maar ik begreep het niet. Toen zei ik: “O mijn heer, wat zal de uitkomst van deze dingen zijn?” Vers 9. Hij zei: “Ga heen, Daniël, want de woorden zijn opgesloten en verzegeld tot de tijd van het einde. Vers 10. Velen zullen zich reinigen en wit maken en gelouterd worden, maar de goddelozen zullen goddeloos handelen. En geen van de goddelozen zal het begrijpen, maar zij die wijs zijn zullen het begrijpen. Vers 11. En vanaf het moment dat het reguliere brandoffer wordt weggenomen (op of vlak voor de 6e Verdrukkingsbazuin) en de gruwel die verwoesting brengt, wordt opgericht, zullen er 1290 dagen (3,5 jaar) zijn. Vers 12. Gezegend is hij die wacht en aankomt bij de 1335 dagen (gedurende de volgende 45 dagen die leiden tot 1335 dagen na de ontwijding van de tempel), worden de heidense naties veroordeeld voor hun behandeling van Israël). Vers 13. Maar ga door tot het einde. En je zult rusten en staan op je toegewezen plaats aan het einde van de dagen.” HERHALEN – Samenvattend is hier de tijdlijn: Bij of onmiddellijk na de opname van de kerk (die samenvalt met het verbreken van het 6e verdrukkingszegel – Mattheüs 24:29-31), sluit de Antichrist een verdrag met Israël. Hiermee begint de zevenjarige verdrukking. Halverwege de verdrukking (1260 dagen, wat 3,5 jaar later is), verbreekt de Antichrist het verdrag, ontheiligt hij de tempel en begint hij de Joden te vervolgen. Aan het einde van de verdrukking (1260 dagen na de ontheiliging van de tempel gekenmerkt door het blazen van de 6e Trompet Oordeel), keert Jezus Christus terug naar de aarde en verslaat de strijdkrachten van de Antichrist. Gedurende de volgende 30 dagen (in de aanloop naar 1290 dagen na de ontheiliging van de tempel) wordt Israël herbouwd en wordt de aarde hersteld. Gedurende de volgende 45 dagen (in de aanloop naar 1335 dagen na de ontheiliging van de tempel) worden de heidense naties veroordeeld voor hun behandeling van Israël. De bedeling van het millennium begint en zal 1000 jaar duren (Openbaring 20:3, 5-6). Waar brengt dit ons vandaag (12/11/2022)? Openbaring hoofdstuk 6 – zoals overeenkomend met – Mattheüs hoofdstuk 24 het 1e Verdrukkingszegel – Wereldwijde verovering en politieke intriges zijn aan de gang sinds de geboorte van Jezus. het 2e verdrukkingszegel – Oorlogen en oorlogsgeruchten zijn aan de gang sinds de geboorte van Jezus. het 3e verdrukkingszegel – Hongersnood. is aan de gang sinds de geboorte van Jezus. het 4e verdrukkingszegel –  Dood. is aan de gang sinds de geboorte van Jezus. het 5e verdrukkingszegel – Martelaren, vervolging, antichrist, afval. We hebben de afgelopen 75 jaar de periode gezien van het verbreken van het 5e verdrukkingszegel, en het wordt intenser. (Zie Matteüs 24:9-13 en Openbaring 6:9-13.) Dit omvat ook de grote afval, het afvallig worden van het geloof in Christus Een grote vervolging van christenen, De onthulling van de man des verderfs (zie deze link voor meer informatie: “Wanneer beginnen de 7-jaren?”) WAT KOMT HIERNA? Mattheüs 24:29 “Onmiddellijk na de verdrukking van die dagen (d.w.z. na verdrukkingszegels 1 tot en met 5), zal de zon verduisterd worden en zal de maan haar licht niet geven, en de sterren zullen van de hemel vallen, en de machten van de hemel zal beven. Vers 30. Dan zal aan de hemel het teken van de Mensenzoon verschijnen, en dan zullen alle stammen van de aarde rouwen en zullen ze de Zoon des Mensen zien komen op de wolken des hemels met macht en grote heerlijkheid. Vers 31. En hij zal zijn engelen uitzenden met een luid trompetgeschal, en zij zullen zijn uitverkorenen verzamelen uit de vier windstreken, van het ene uiteinde van de hemel tot het andere.” EEN BELANGRIJKE HISTORISCHE EN CHRONOLOGISCHE MARKER: “Onmiddellijk na de verdrukking van die dagen”.  Het is belangrijk om goed te letten op de bewoordingen “onmiddellijk daarna” en “de verdrukking van die dagen”, die verwijst naar iets dat eerder kwam en dat er iets zal volgen. We hebben al gelezen en vastgesteld dat de “verdrukking van die dagen” specifiek verwijst naar de tijdsperiode die bekend staat als ‘de dagen van benauwdheid’, het verbreken van de eerste vijf verdrukkingszegels, van ongeveer 1 n.Chr. tot op de dag van vandaag (voetnoot 1), (voetnoot 2). Nu zullen we ontdekken wat volgt op het verbreken van de eerste vijf verdrukkingszegels, BELANGRIJK: Mattheüs 24:21 zegt: “Want dan zal er een grote verdrukking zijn, zoals er niet is geweest vanaf het begin van de wereld tot nu toe, nee, en nooit (weer) zal zijn. specifiek, Mattheüs 24:29. De zon zal verduisterd worden, en De maan zal zijn licht niet geven, en De sterren zullen uit de hemel vallen, en De machten van de hemelen zullen wankelen. Vers 30. Dan zal aan de hemel het teken van de Mensenzoon verschijnen, en dan zullen alle stammen van de aarde treuren, en Ze zullen de Mensenzoon zien komen op de wolken van de hemel met macht en grote heerlijkheid. Vers 31. En hij zal zijn engelen uitzenden met een luid trompetgeschal, en Ze zullen zijn uitverkorenen verzamelen uit de vier windstreken, van het ene uiteinde van de hemel tot het andere. Jezus herhaalt het verbreken van het 6e verdrukkingszegel in Openbaring 6:12-17, op deze manier: “En ik keek toen Hij het zesde zegel verbrak, en er was een grote aardbeving; en de zon werd zo zwart als een zak van haar, en de hele maan werd als bloed en de sterren aan de hemel vielen op de aarde, zoals een vijgenboom zijn onrijpe vijgen laat vallen als hij door een harde wind wordt geschud. berg en eiland werden van hun plaats verwijderd. Toen verborgen de koningen van de aarde en de vooraanstaande mensen, en de commandanten en de rijken en de sterken, en elke slaaf en vrije persoon zich in de grotten en tussen de rotsen van de bergen; en Ze zeiden tegen de bergen en de rotsen: “Val op ons en verberg ons voor de aanblik van Hem die op de troon zit, en voor de toorn van het Lam; want de grote dag van hun toorn is aangebroken en wie in staat is om stellage?” BELANGRIJK:  Vervolgens, snel achter elkaar (zie Openbaring hoofdstuk 7), de windstromen van de aarde stoppen met bewegen, 144.000 uit de twaalf stammen van Israël zijn door God verzegeld; toen plotseling, vanuit de verdrukking, een grote menigte die niemand tellen kon, uit elke natie en alle stammen, volken en talen, staande voor de troon en voor het Lam, gekleed in witte gewaden, en palmtakken waren in hun handen; en zij roepen met luide stem en zeggen: “De redding is van onze God die op de troon zit, en van het Lam.” De langverwachte Opname van alle heiligen van God heeft plaatsgevonden. Elk van deze gebeurtenissen moet afzonderlijk en vervolgens collectief zorgvuldig worden overwogen. Elke gebeurtenis is een samenvatting van wat komen gaat en geeft een goed inzicht in ELKE gebeurtenis, die in meer detail wordt beschreven in het boek Openbaring. Het is belangrijk op te merken dat deze gebeurtenissen snel en tegelijkertijd of snel achter elkaar plaatsvinden. (Sommige bijbelleraren zeggen ten onrechte dat Jezus een andere keer terug zal komen om deze gebeurtenissen af te ronden en de kerk op te nemen, wat overduidelijk onjuist is. Er is maar één tweede komst en slechts één 2e verschijnt. Jezus zal al zijn teruggekeerd en blijft aanwezig, zelfs tot aan de slag van Armageddon. Jezus verschijnt niet, Mattheüs 24:30-31, verdwijnt en verschijnt dan weer in Openbaring 19:11-21.) Er zijn geen drie adventen of ‘opnieuw verschijnen’ voor een derde keer! WAAROM IS DIT BELANGRIJK en WAAROM IS HET VAN BELANG? Waarom maakt het uit “wanneer” de verdrukking begint of “wanneer” christenen zullen worden opgenomen in de hemelen? Het is van belang, want klaar zijn voor Zijn Terugkeer is het bewijs van het Ware Christendom en alleen een Ware Gelovige in Christus zal zich gegarandeerd bij Christus voegen bij het geluid van Zijn Grote Trompet en ontsnappen aan de Grote en Verschrikkelijke Dag des Heren. Het is van belang omdat gereed zijn vereist dat we geloven en doen wat Hij ons heeft opgedragen ter voorbereiding op Zijn wederkomst; Hij heeft gezegd: “Gaat daarom en maakt alle volken tot mijn leerlingen, door hen te dopen in de naam van de Vader en de Zoon en de Heilige Geest, en hun te leren onderhouden alles wat Ik u geboden heb. En zie, ik ben altijd bij je, tot het einde der tijden.” Het doet er toe omdat Hij heeft gewaarschuwd dat “Velen zullen op die dag tegen Mij zeggen: ‘Heer, Heer, hebben wij niet in Uw naam geprofeteerd en in Uw naam demonen uitgedreven en in Uw naam vele wonderen verricht? En dan zal ik tegen hen verklaren: ‘Ik heb je nooit gekend; GA UIT VAN MIJ, JIJ DIE WETTELOOSHEID BEOEFT.’” Het doet er toe omdat veel christenen werkeloos zitten te wachten op een gebeurtenis die al begonnen is en ze DOEN niet wat Hij hen vertelde te doen en kunnen daarom een groot gevaar vormen. Het is van belang omdat sommige van onze familie, vrienden en buren zich er totaal niet van bewust zijn of gewoon niet geloven dat Christus zal terugkeren en dat Gods laatste oordelen hen tot buitenste duisternis zullen veroordelen. Want als christenen spreken ons geloof, onze overtuigingen en ons gedrag luider dan onze woorden. Als u de doctrine van “Eén en klaar” van ‘een klein gebed opzeggen en Jezus aanvaarden’ hebt geaccepteerd als alles wat u hoeft te doen om gered te worden, bent u misschien misleid en bent u misschien niet klaar voor Zijn terugkeer. We moeten ‘onze redding met vrees en beven bewerken’, ons dagelijks bekeren, Hem op de voet volgen, Hem volledig gehoorzamen, vaak biechten, ons regelmatig verheugen, Hem prijzen en tot Hem bidden zonder ophouden! (Je zult het verschil kennen). VOLGENDE: “De rest van het verhaal”, verzen 7 tot en met 17. Je broer en vriend – Voorbereiding Mike Jong

THE WORDS OF JESUS – What Are You To Do With Them?, “Do You Believe I Am Able”, Part 41

THE WORDS OF JESUS

Creative, Causative, Prophetic, Instructional – Part 41

“Do you believe I am able?”

“As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed Him, screaming loudly, “Have mercy and compassion on us, Son of David (Messiah)!” When He went into the house, the blind men came up to Him, and Jesus said to them,

“Do you believe [with a deep, abiding trust] that I am able to do this?”

They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” Then He touched their eyes, saying,

According to your faith [your trust and confidence in My power and My ability to heal] it will be done to you.”

And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them:

“See that no one knows this!”

But they went out and spread the news about Him throughout that whole district.

The Words of Jesus, Matthew 9:27-31.

This may be one of the greatest teachings and greatest tests about faith. Please pay close attention. Pray, think, mediate and ask our God of mercy and compassion to reveal the truth and to give you wisdom.

QUESTION: Why would two blind men, following Jesus, cry out, “Have mercy and compassion on us, Son of David”?  What does ‘mercy and compassion’ have to do with being blind and crying out to the Son of God?

Earlier we read, in Matthew 4:23-24, “And Jesus went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every sickness among the people. So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, those oppressed by demons, those having epileptics, and paralytics, and He healed them.”

You see, these blind men knew that Jesus had what they needed and wanted, and they knew Jesus could do what they needed and wanted. This is true faith.

Their faith is expressed (pressed out) in their cries, “Have mercy (and compassion) on us, Son of David”, in essence and in fact calling Jesus the Messiah! They knew!

Faith, in and of itself, is the clear and substantive evidence of things not yet seen with the natural eyes, and the conviction in your heart, mind and soul, of their reality. These blind men, by faith in Jesus and His ability, comprehended as fact what could not be experienced by the physical senses. ( see Hebrews 11:1-3)

PLEASE NOTE: The OBJECT of their faith is not on ‘being healed’. The OBJECT of their faith is Jesus and in Him alone!

If you find yourself praying and saying, “I stand, believing for my healing” you will be disappointed.

Romans 10:11 tells us that, “For the Scripture says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM [whoever adheres to, trusts in, and relies on JESUS] WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED [in his expectations].”  (If you don’t get this, your faith will always fall short.)

What we have read here, and what Jesus has said and done, is the model of faith. Jesus tells us in Revelation 3:17, “you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked”.  So, please, put yourself in the position of these blind men and ask yourself:

THE TEST:  Are you willing, like these two blind men, to follow Jesus, screaming loudly, “Have mercy and compassion on me, Son of David – The Messiah”? (Most people would be too embarrassed and would feel foolish and would not).

Are you willing, like these blind men, to publicly come up to Him? And Jesus said to them, (Most people prefer to the “right where you are, while nobody is watching, say to Him…”)

In response to Jesus’ question,Do you believe [with a deep, abiding trust] that I am able to do this?”, are you willing to say to Him, “Yes, Lord.”? (Or, do you prefer “if it is your will”, as if you don’t really know or believe you know His willingness).

Will your testimony be like these blind men when they were healed, that is, to go out and spread the news about Him throughout your town? (Most Christians will tell each other, but will not go throughout the region telling everyone).

Jesus knows the condition of your heart, and He is saying, “you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked”, Revelation 3:17.

Are you going to be like everyone else, or like these two blind men, and express (press out) your faith in Him?

It’s the only way!

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

PS: Please do not get discouraged if you do not see your ‘success’ immediately. The Bible is replete with examples of those who doggedly pursued Jesus before finding relief. This is never easy – despite what you might hear from those wanting to ‘tickle your ears’. IT IS THE ONE WHO ENDURES TO THE END WHO IS SAVED!

(If you have any questions or remarks, please contact me).

PREVIOUS:   THE WORDS OF JESUS – What Are You To Do With Them? , New wine in fresh wineskins, Part 40.

NEXT:  THE WORDS OF JESUS – What Are You To Do With Them? , “The harvest is plentiful”, Part 42.

Additional Reading: DO YOU REALLY WANT TO KNOW?

THE POWER OF ONE

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You have probably heard this story, before. But, let me repeat it for us all.

A man was walking along a beach, upon which thousands of starfish had been washed during a storm. He came to one of the stranded starfish, picked it up, and tossed it back into the ocean.

 

People watched him with an inquisitive amusement, as he continued to toss starfish back into the ocean.

A person, who had been watching, approached him and said, “Why are you doing this? Look at this beach! You can’t save all these starfish. Besides, what difference does it make?”

The man reached down and picked up another starfish and looked into the eyes of this person and, as he tossed the starfish into the ocean, said, “I know I cannot save them all. But it makes a difference – to this ONE.”

The person thought about what the man had said an done. Inspired, this person joined in rescuing starfish, tossing a few back into the sea.

Perseverance against great odds and against the criticism of others is the very hallmark of a faith based life. Refusing to accept failure. Understanding that by the Indwelling Spirit of God, we hold the power to change a life, a mind, or a circumstance in our hands, today — right now — is a powerful insight and motivator. Faith based living, acting on faith when circumstances seem to say otherwise, has the power to inspire others to act, and sometimes in numbers significant enough to make a major or impact on our chaotic, lost and dying world.

Faith based living, also known as “Walking in the Spirit of God”, is a powerful force for change in the world, even if it is for just one. It is never too late to start.

We hear about the strength of the Thrice Braided Cord: “And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.” Ecclesiastes 4:12 This is a necessary, useful and powerful Truth from the Bible.

But, let’s not forget the Power of One.

Matthew 11:2, “Now when John, while imprisoned, heard of the works of Christ, he sent word by his disciples 3and said to Him, “Are You the Expected One, or shall we look for someone else?” Verse 4. Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and report to John what you hear and see: Verse 5, the BLIND RECEIVE SIGHT and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the POOR HAVE THE GOSPEL PREACHED TO THEM. Verse 6. “And blessed is he who does not take offense at Me.”

It only takes ONE.

PETER WALKS ON THE WATER

Matthew 14:22-33 tells us of a time when Jesus walked across the lake to the disciples, who were crying out in fear because they were in a boat caught in a storm.

“Jesus, as He approached the boat, called out to His disciples and said, ““Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

“Peter replied, “Lord, if it’s you, tell me to come to you on the water.”

“Come,” Jesus said.

“Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.

“But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

“Immediately, Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You, of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

ONLY ONE

Only one of Jesus’ disciples got out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. Only One.

The lessons we can learn from this event are numerous. But, we must remember Peter’s obedience to the Voice of his Master, his faith in Jesus and even in what appears to be an ultimate failure, innumerable people, over the last two thousand years have been inspired and influenced to do the same, all because of that ONE disciple.

MOSES MEETS WITH GOD

Moses, one man, hunted, scorned and exiled to the back side of a remote mountain, heard the Voice of God and reluctantly obeyed. And, because of his obedience, the Hebrew children were set free, the seeds of Israel were sown, and the world was changed forever. All because of ONE man.

Exodus3:13, “Then Moses said to God, “Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I will say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you.’ Now they may say to me, ‘What is His name?’ What shall I say to them?” Verse 14. God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” Verse 15. God, furthermore, said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’”

ONLY ONE

Exodus 23:1, “Then he said to Moses, “Come up to the Lord, you and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and worship from afar. Verse 2. Moses alone shall come near to the Lord, but the others shall not come near, and the people shall not come up with him.”

THE CROWDS FOLLOW JESUS

Jesus fame spread, and everywhere He went, large crowds followed Him. (Crowds Around Jesus)

But as the enemies of Christ grew in number and resistance to the Message of Jesus intensified, the crowds left. Then there were only a few.

John 6:47 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life. 48“I am the bread of life. 49“Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. Verse 50.“This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. Verse 51. “I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.”

Verse 52. “Then the Jews began to argue with one another, saying, “How can this man give us His flesh to eat?” 53So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves. Verse 54. “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. Verse 55. “For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink. Verse 56. “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. Verse 57. “As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also will live because of Me. Verse 58. “This is the bread which came down out of heaven; not as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live forever.”

Verse 60.” Therefore, many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, “This is a difficult statement; who can listen to it?”

Verse 66. “As a result of this, many of His disciples withdrew and were not walking with Him anymore. Verse 67. So Jesus said to the twelve, “You do not want to go away also, do you?” Verse 68. Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life. Verse 69. “We have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God.”

THE ONE

Matthew 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

Are you ONE of the chosen? It is easy to tell if you are ONE of the chosen.

Are you following Jesus for salvation? For healing? For safety? For provisions and protection? In other words, are you following Jesus, what you can get from Him?

Or, are you following Jesus to partake in His Life and His Death? Are you doing what He has done? Are you doing what He has sent you to do?

Matthew 28:18-20, “And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Please note, Jesus did not call the apostles. Jesus called His disciples.

ARE YOU ONE?

Let’s BE ONE and let’s DO His bidding. Let’s turn this world BACK upside down in Jesus Name! Please. Join us as part of the THRICE BRAIDED CORD and BE THE ONE to rescue just ONE.

Your Brother and Friend, always,

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Mike Young

启示录 21 – 从耶稣诞生到世界末日的预言全景

 

启示录 12

   

 

启示录第 12 章是明喻的一种,通过隐喻概括了整个苦难时期,从耶稣的诞生开始,大约在公元前 2 并继续进行第六次苦难号角审判(这对于为耶稣的再来和即将到来的主的大而可畏的日子做好准备很有帮助): Qǐshì lù dì 12 zhāng shì míngyù de yī zhǒng, tōngguò yǐnyù gàikuòle zhěnggè kǔnàn shíqí, cóng yēsū de dànshēng kāishǐ, dàyuē zài gōngyuán qián 2 bìng jìxù jìnxíng dì liù cì kǔnàn hàojiǎo shěnpàn (zhè duìyú wèi yēsū de zàilái hé jíjiāng dàolái de zhǔ de dà ér kě wèi de rìzi zuò hǎo zhǔnbèi hěn yǒu bāngzhù): 总而言之,这是时间表: • 弥赛亚,圣婴诞生(路加福音2)。 • 钉十字架、复活和升天。 (马太福音 27 章)。 • 苦难时期 – 揭开苦难封印 1 到 5)。 • 在教会被提之时或之后(与第 6 个苦难封印同时被揭开 – 马太福音 24:29-31),敌基督与以色列签订条约。 七年的苦难就此开始。 • 在大灾难的中点(1,260 天,即 3.5 年后),敌基督破坏条约,亵渎圣殿,并开始迫害犹太人。 • 在大灾难结束时(以第六号角审判的吹响为标志的圣殿被亵渎之后的 1,260 天),耶稣基督返回地球并击败了敌基督者的势力。 • 在接下来的 30 天内(圣殿被亵渎后的 1,290 天之前),以色列重建,地球恢复原状。 • 在接下来的 45 天里(在圣殿被亵渎之后的 1,335 天之前),外邦国家会因为他们对待以色列的方式而受到审判。 千禧年开始了,它将持续 1000 年(启示录 20:3、5-6)。  (qǐshì lù 20:3,5-6).

启示录12:1,“天上出现了一个大兆头:就是一个女人(以色列),身披日头,脚踏月亮,头戴十二星(以色列十二个支派)的冠冕。 第 2 节。她怀孕了,因分娩的阵痛和分娩的痛苦而哭泣(圣婴)。 第 3 节。天上又出现一个兆头:看哪,有一条大红龙(撒但),有七头十角,七头上戴着七个冠冕。 第 4 节。他的尾巴扫下天上星辰的三分之一,摔在地上。 龙站在快要生产的妇人面前,等她生下孩子(耶稣,圣婴)时,龙就可以吞吃。 第 5 节。她生了一个男孩(基督之子),那将要用铁杖统治万国的,但她的孩子被提到上帝和他的宝座那里去了,第 6 节。女人逃跑了 进入旷野,在那里她有一个上帝准备的地方,在那里她将得到 1,260 天的滋养(如果使用每月 30 天的希伯来日历,则等于 3 1/2 年)。 1260 天或 3.5 年的解释在这里与启示录 11:2 一致,“但不要量圣殿外的院子; 别管它,因为它将(将来时)交给列国,他们将践踏圣城四十二个月。” 不只是“离开”,而是“赶出去”。 “圣殿外的庭院”只有犹太人才能进入。 因此,它似乎是教会的一部分,但与“真正信徒的内部圈子”和这个外院分开的那部分将被交给世界,这里用“外邦人”来象征。 外邦人,列国,在整个启示录中,表示(1)所有人类; (2) 当真正的上帝的教会被撤回时剩下的那部分人类,因此与敬虔的人相比,它包含了人类不义的部分(参见启示录 2:26;启示录 14:8;启示录 16: 19;启示录 18:23;22:22)。 这进一步证明了第五个苦难印记的时间,教会的大叛教,对圣徒的迫害,发生在第六个苦难印记之前。 **同样重要的是要注意第 6 个苦难封印不会被打破,并且教会的被提要等到敌基督被揭露之后才会发生: 请阅读帖撒罗尼迦后书 2:1-3,“论到我们主耶稣基督的降临,以及我们被聚集到他那里,弟兄们,第 2 节,我们劝你们不要心急摇动,也不要惊慌,无论是因 精神或口头的话,或一封似乎来自我们的信,大意是主的日子已经来到。第 3 节。不要以任何方式欺骗你。因为那一天不会到来,除非叛乱( 背道,从信仰上大堕落)首先出现,不法之人(敌基督者)被揭露,毁灭之子(敌基督者)第 4 节,他反对并抬高自己反对每一个所谓的神或 敬拜的对象,甚至坐在神的殿中,自称是神。” 现在,回到启示录 11 章 2 节,“他们必践踏圣城。” 圣城——耶路撒冷——一直是启示录中教会的预表。 “列国”(外邦人或非信徒)是教会被践踏的工具,在与教会的背道部分相关的外邦人的提及导致描述世界对上帝信徒的压迫 . (这是指在第 5 个苦难印记期间,目前对圣徒的日益严重的迫害。教会在第 6 个苦难印记时被移除 – 被提,剩下的人可能看起来是教会(“外邦人”) 不是信徒,教会的外壳没有真正的信徒,也没有圣灵)。 总之,以下是时间线(在这个彩色文本中): • 在教会被提之时或之后(与第 6 个苦难封印同时被揭开 – 马太福音 24:29-31),敌基督与以色列签订条约。 七年的苦难就此开始。

.         这个敌基督者将给世界带来虚假的希望与和平,并将做其他人从未做过的事——将以色列和巴勒斯坦团结在一起。 事实上,国王将与人民签订为期 7 年的和平条约,将有 3 1/2 年的和平,这将把我们带到第 6 个苦难号角 – 7 年大苦难的中点。 之后,敌基督将违背他的誓言,阻止犹太人的一切献祭,他将自己置身于圣殿中,自称是神。 这就是先知但以理所说的“行毁坏可憎的”。 他将在一周内与许多人确认盟约 – 这个“一周”或 7 年,也称为但以理的第 70 个星期,发生在打破第六个苦难印记时 – 以及在本周中,或 3.5 之后 年,恰逢第六次苦难号角的吹响,他将停止献祭和供奉。 “为了可憎之物的蔓延,他要使它荒凉,直到终结,而那决定的将倒在荒凉的人身上”。 但以理书 9:27。 再次在马太福音 24:15-16 中: “你们看见先知但以理所说行毁坏可憎的站在圣地里(读这经的人要明白),在犹太的就当逃往山上。” 当你看到这个时,耶稣说要逃到山上,因为那时会有大苦难,这是世界开始以来没有的,以后也不会有。 而且,除非那些日子被缩短,否则没有人能幸免。 在房顶上的,不要下来拿家里的东西; 在田里的,也不要回去取衣服。 当那些日子,怀孕的和哺乳的有祸了! 但请祈祷你们的航班不要在冬天,也不要在安息日。 因为那时必有大苦难,从世界开始到现在没有,以后也不会有。 除非缩短那些日子,否则没有活人会得救; 但为了选民的缘故,那些日子将被缩短。 马太福音 24:15-22。 .          

  • 在大灾难的中点(1,260 天,即 3.5 年后),敌基督破坏条约,亵渎圣殿,并开始迫害犹太人。 • 在大灾难结束时(以第六号角审判的吹响为标志的圣殿被亵渎之后的 1,260 天),耶稣基督返回地球并击败了敌基督者的势力。 启示录9:12,“第一个祸患过去了; 看哪,还有两个灾祸要临到。 第 13 节,“然后第六位天使吹响了他的号角,(大苦难的前 3.5 年结束了。这是中点)。 我听见从神面前金坛的四个角发出声音,第 14 节,对吹号的第六位天使说:“释放那在幼发拉底大河被捆绑的四位天使。” 第 15 节。于是,那四位为时辰月年准备好的天使就被释放去杀死三分之一的人类。
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  1. 骑兵人数是二万乘一万(200,000,000是2022年中国军队的大概规模); 我听到了他们的号码。 第 17 节。这就是我在异象中看到马和骑马的人的样子:他们穿着火红色、蓝宝石色和硫磺色的胸甲,马的头像狮子的头,有火和烟 硫磺从他们口中喷出。 第 18 节。在这三场灾祸中,三分之一的人被火、烟和硫磺从他们口中喷出而死。 第 19 节。因为马的力量在于口和尾巴,因为它们的尾巴好像有头的蛇,用来伤人。 第 20 节。其余没有被这些灾难杀死的人类,并没有悔改他们手所做的,也没有放弃崇拜恶魔和金、银、铜、石头和木头的偶像,它们看不见、听不见、走不动 ,第 21 节。他们也不为自己的凶杀、行邪术、淫乱或偷窃而悔改。 (第六劫号角吹响后无人得救)          
  • (注意:当第 6 次苦难封印被打破时,这随时可能发生,距离世界末日之战将是5 年。) • 在接下来的 30 天内(圣殿被亵渎后的 1,290 天之前),以色列重建,地球恢复原状。 • 在接下来的 45 天里(在圣殿被亵渎之后的 1,335 天之前),外邦国家会因为他们对待以色列的方式而受到审判。 • 千禧年开始,将持续一千年(启示录20:3, 5-6)。 但以理书 12:1 的预言告诉我们,“那时(未来的)米迦勒将兴起,他是掌管你人民的伟大王子。 并且(未来)会有一段艰难的时期,自从有一个国家以来从未有过(也见马太福音 24 章 21 节中耶稣的话)直到那时。 但那时你的人民将得救,(在揭开第六印时,主大而可畏之日的开始,见马太福音 24:29-31)每个人的名字都将被写在册子上。 第 2 节。许多睡在尘土中的人将醒来,其中一些人将获得永生,一些人将蒙羞和永远被蔑视。 第 3 节。智慧人必发光,如同天上的光辉; 使多人归义的,如星辰,直到永永远远。 第 4 节。但你,但以理,闭上嘴巴,封上书卷,直到末日。 许多人会跑来跑去,知识会增加。” 第 5 节 我但以理观看,见有两个站着,一个在这边,一个在那边。 第 6 节。有人对溪水之上身穿细麻衣的人说:“这些奇事要到几时才结束呢?” 第 7 节。我听见那身穿细麻衣的人在溪水之上。 他向着天举起右手和左手,指着永生者起誓说,一载、二载、半载,当圣民的力量被摧毁时,一切都将结束。 这些事情就会结束。 第 8 节。我听见了,但我不明白。 然后我说:“我主啊,这些事情的结果会怎样?” 第 9 节。他说:“但以理阿,你去吧,因为话已经封闭封闭,直到末了。 第 10 节。许多人要洁净自己,洁白优雅,但恶人行恶。 恶人必不明白,聪明人必明白。 第 11 节。从常献的燔祭被取走(在吹第六次苦难号角时或之前)和设立使人荒凉的可憎之物起,还有 1,290 天(3.5 年)。 第 12 节。等候并在 1,335 天到达的人有福了(在接下来的 45 天中,直到圣殿被亵渎后的 1,335 天),外邦国家因他们对待以色列的方式而受到审判)。 第 13 节。但要坚持到底。 在日子结束时,你将休息并站在你指定的位置。” 重复 – 总之,这是时间表: • 在教会被提之时或之后(与第 6 个苦难封印同时被揭开 – 马太福音 24:29-31),敌基督与以色列签订条约。 七年的苦难就此开始。 • 在大灾难的中点(1,260 天,即 3.5 年后),敌基督破坏条约,亵渎圣殿,并开始迫害犹太人。 • 在大灾难结束时(以第六号角审判的吹响为标志的圣殿被亵渎之后的 1,260 天),耶稣基督返回地球并击败了敌基督者的势力。 • 在接下来的 30 天内(圣殿被亵渎后的 1,290 天之前),以色列重建,地球恢复原状。 • 在接下来的 45 天里(在圣殿被亵渎之后的 1,335 天之前),外邦国家会因为他们对待以色列的方式而受到审判。

今天(2022 年 11 月 12 日),这会将我们置于何地? • 启示录第 6 章 – 对应 – 马太福音第 24 章 • 第一个苦难印记——全球征服和政治阴谋自耶稣诞生以来一直在进行。 • 第二个苦难封印- 战争和战争谣言自耶稣诞生以来一直在进行。 • 第三个苦难封印- 饥荒。 自耶稣诞生以来一直在进行。 • 第 4 个苦难封印 – 死亡。 自耶稣诞生以来一直在进行。 • 第五个苦难印记——殉道者、迫害、敌基督、离弃。 在过去的 75 年里,我们正在并且一直在目睹第五苦难封印被打破的时期,而且它正在加剧。 (见马太福音 24:9-13 和启示录 6:9-13。) • o 这包括大叛教,远离对基督的信仰 o 对基督徒的巨大迫害, o 沉沦之人的显露 o(有关详细信息,请参阅此链接:“7 年什么时候开始?”) 接下来是什么? 马太福音 24:29 “那些日子的灾难一过去(即灾难印记 1 到 5 之后),日头就变黑了,月亮也不放光,众星要从天上坠落, 诸天都要震动。 第 30 节。那时人子的兆头要出现在天上,地上的万族都要悲哀,他们要看见人子有能力,有大荣耀,驾着天上的云降临。 第 31 节。他要差遣他的使者,吹响号角,从四风中,从天的一端到另一端,招聚他的选民。 一个重要的历史和年代标记: “那些日子的苦难之后”。 重要的是要仔细注意“紧接着”和“那些日子的苦难”的措辞,它指的是先前发生的事情,还有要发生的事情。 我们已经阅读并确定“那些日子的苦难”特指被称为“苦难的日子”的时期,从公元 1 年左右到今天,前五个苦难封印被打破,(脚注 1), (脚注 2)。 现在,我们将发现前五个苦难封印被打破后的情况, 重要提示:马太福音 24 章 21 节说:“那时,必有大患难,从创世以来到如今没有,也不会(再)有。 具体来说, • o ▪ 马太福音 24:29。 太阳将变暗,并且  月亮不会发光,而且  群星将从天而降, ▪ 诸天的力量将被撼动。  第 30 节。那时人子的兆头要出现在天上,然后地上的万族都要悲哀, ▪ 他们将看到人子带着能力和大荣耀驾着天上的云降临。  第 31 节。 ▪ 他们将从天堂的一端到另一端,从四风中聚集他的选民。 . 耶稣在启示录 6:12-17 中重申了揭开第六印苦难的印记,“揭开第六印的时候,我观看,不料地大震动,日头变黑,像毛麻布一样, 整个月亮变成血一样;天上的星辰坠落在地上,好像无花果树被大风摇动,落下未熟的果子。天空裂开,好像卷起的书卷,每一个 山和海岛都从原来的地方移走了。地上的君王和显赫的人民,将领和富人和强者,以及所有的奴隶和自由人都藏在山洞和岩石中; 他们对大山和岩石说:“倒在我们身上,把我们藏起来,躲避坐宝座者的视线,和羔羊的忿怒;因为他们忿怒的大日到了,谁能 站立?” 重要提示:然后,紧接着(见启示录第 7 章),

• 地球的风流停止移动,

• 以色列十二个支派中的十四万四千人是蒙神印记的;

• 然后突然间,从苦难中,有数不清的一大群人,来自各个国家、所有部落、民族和语言,站在宝座和羔羊面前,身穿白袍,手持棕树枝。 在他们手中; 他们大声喊着说:“救恩属于我们坐在宝座上的神,也属于羔羊。” 上帝所有圣徒期待已久的被提已经发生。 这些事件中的每一个都应该单独仔细考虑,然后再整体考虑。 每个事件都是对即将发生的事情的总结,并提供对每个事件的深刻见解,这在启示录中有更详细的描述。 重要的是要注意,这些事件发生得很快,或者是同时发生的,或者是快速连续发生的。 (一些圣经教师错误地说耶稣会再来一次来完成这些事件并提走教会,这显然是错误的。只有一次第二次降临,只有一次第二次出现。耶稣已经回来并继续存在 甚至直到哈米吉多顿之战。耶稣没有出现,马太福音 24:30-31,消失然后在启示录 19:11-21 中重新出现。)没有三次降临或第三次“重新出现”! 为什么这很重要,为什么重要?  为什么苦难“何时”开始或基督徒“何时”被提到天堂很重要? • 这很重要,因为为他的回归做好准备是真正基督教的证明,只有真正的基督信徒才能保证在他伟大的号角呼唤声中加入基督,并逃离主的大而可怕的日子。 • 这很重要,因为做好准备需要相信并按照他的指示去做,为他的再来做准备; 他说:“所以你们要去,使万民作我的门徒,奉父、子、圣灵的名给他们施洗,凡我所吩咐你们的,都教训他们遵守。 看啊,我永远与你同在,直到世界的终结。” • 这很重要,因为他已经警告说“那一天会有许多人对我说:‘主啊,主啊,我们不是奉你的名传道,奉你的名赶鬼,奉你的名行了许多神迹吗? 然后我会向他们宣布,‘我从来不认识你; 离开我吧,你们这些行事无法无天的人。’” • 这很重要,因为许多基督徒正无所事事地等待已经开始的事件,而他们没有按照他告诉他们的去做,因此可能是严重的危险。 • 这很重要,因为我们的一些家人、朋友和邻居完全不知道或根本不相信基督会回来,而上帝的最终审判会将他们判处在外面的黑暗中。 因为,作为基督徒,我们的信仰、信念和行为胜于雄辩。 如果你接受了“做一点祷告,接受耶稣”的“一劳永逸”的教义,认为这是你得救所需要做的一切,你可能被欺骗了,可能还没有准备好迎接他的回归。 我们要“恐惧战兢,作成我们得救的工夫”,天天悔改,紧紧跟随祂,完全顺服祂,常常认罪,经常喜乐,不住地赞美祂,向祂祷告! (你会的。知道区别)。 接下来:“故事的其余部分”,第 7 节到第 17 节。 你的兄弟和朋友 – 准备好

迈克杨 Màikè yáng

 

DO YOU REALLY WANT TO KNOW? REALLY?

REALLY?

 

“Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed.

The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

 James 5:16

(Ask, and it will be given to you – Seek, and you will find – Knock, and the door will be opened to you.)

  • Read the verse.
  • Click on the green words (links) for complete and detailed definitions of certain words, from the Strong’s Greek Bible concordance.
  • Read and study the definitions.
  • Put it all back together by writing what you have read and learned.
  • Understand that there is nothing simple or casual about “effective, fervent prayer”.
  • Understand that there is nothing simple about righteousness with God.
  • This is what the Bible says it takes to be “healed”.

“Healed” of what? (Do you really want to know?)

Matthew 4:23, “And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every sickness among the people. Verse 24. So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, those oppressed by demons, those having epileptics, and paralytics, and He healed them.”

What makes some prayers “effective”? (Do you really want to know?)

Confessing your sins to one another.

Praying for one another.

What is a “fervent” prayer? (Do you really want to know?)

Fervent, heartfelt, passionate, urgent, from a deep sense of brokenness, lack, need or want”

What makes these prayers so effective? (Do you really want to know?)

A deep sense of brokenness, lack, need, want.

Being properly energized, filled, inspired by God.

How can I do this? (Do you really want to know?)

Confessing your sins to one another.

Praying for one another.

Fervent, heartfelt, passionate, urgent, from a deep sense of brokenness, lack, need or want”

A deep sense of brokenness, lack, need, want.

Being properly energized, filled, inspired by God.

Examples:  (Do you really want to know?)

Matthew 5:3, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Verse 4. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Verse 5. “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Verse 6. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

Verse 7. “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

Verse 8. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

Verse 9. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

Verse 10. “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Verse 11. “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Verse 12. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

There is nothing – and I repeat – nothing simple about following Jesus. But, the choice is simple: Follow Jesus and live now and eternally, or go your own way and perish into an eternal darkness where there is great darkness, wailing and gnashing of teeth.

There is nothing simple or casual about “effective, fervent prayer”. But the choice is clear: Continue to live by your own guile through trial and error by man’s failed ways, or live by the Spirit of God and thrive.

There is nothing simple about righteousness with God. But the choice is simple: You will reap what you sow. “Reap into the flesh”, (do things your own way), and die physically and emotionally and spiritually, or live by the righteousness of God through Christ, (be in right standing with God and others), and live a purposeful life now and eternally with God.

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

Related post:  It Ain’t Easy – a series

PS: Below here are some extensive footnotes and study helps for the ‘hardcore’.

 

 

Commentary and Strong’s concordance definitions:

The Greek language reveals that the person praying is to consent fully, agree out and out confess, admit and acknowledge (cf. the early Hellenistic sense of the middle: I acknowledge a debt), without reservation (no holding back). (c) through giving thanks and praise.

To be healed generally means of the physical, sometimes of spiritual, disease, particularly as supernatural and bringing attention to the Lord Himself as the Great Physician . Example: [Strong’s #2390 /iáomai = “to heal”, draws the attention to the Lord, the supernatural Healer, i.e. beyond the physical healing itself and its benefits (as with 2323 /therapeúō).]

English Standard Version

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

King James Bible

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

New King James Version

Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

New American Standard Bible

Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. A prayer of a righteous person, when it is brought about, can accomplish much.

Amplified Bible

Therefore, confess your sins to one another [your false steps, your offenses], and pray for one another, that you may be healed and restored. The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) is able to accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power].

 If read in the Greek language and sentence structure:

“Much prevails (the) prayer of a righteous (man) being made effective”

(Very numerous is the strength and vigor when entered into the fray of prayer by faith when offered in great nee out of a deep personal sense of lack of any man or woman who believes in God, and out of their deepest want, lack and need, who in the eyes of God is in right standing with Him, declared innocent by Him, is energized by God to bring powerful results.) 

MUCH – 4183 polýsmany (high in number); multitudinous, plenteous, “much”; “great” in amount (extent). 4183 /polýs (“much in number”) emphasizes the quantity involved. 4183 (polýs) “signifies ‘many, numerous’; . . . with the article it is said of a multitude as being numerous” (Vine, Unger, White, NT, 113,114) – i.e. great in amount.

PREVAILS – to be strong, have power
Usage: I have strength, am strong, am in full health and vigor, am able; meton: I prevail.

HELPS Word-studies

Cognate: 2480 isxýō – properly, embodied strength that “gets into the fray” (action), i.e. engaging the resistance. For the believer, 2480 (isxýō) refers to the Lord strengthening them with combative, confrontive force to achieve all He gives faith for. That is, facing necessary resistance that brings what the Lord defines is success (His victory, cf. 1 Jn 5:4). Accordingly, faith (4102 /pístis) and 2480 (isxýō) are directly connected (Js 5:16). See 2479 (isxys).

Js 5:15,16 (Gk text): “15And the prayer characterized by faith (4102 /pístis) will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed sins with present effects, it will be forgiven him. 16Therefore, openly confess these sins to one another, and pray for the benefit of one another, for the purpose of being supernaturally healed. Very combative (engaging, overcoming, 2480 /isxýō) is the specific (urgent) request of a divinely-approved person who is energized (by God).”

[Here the believer seeks to make petitions (1162 /déēsis) in faith – i.e. which are in accord with God’s inbirthings (the persuasion of His will).]

PRAYER – supplication, prayer, entreaty.

HELPS Word-studies

Cognate: 1162 déēsis (deō, “to be in want, lack“; see the cognate 1189 /déomai, “praying for a specific, felt need“) – heart-felt petition, arising out of deep personal need (sense of lack, want).

[1162 (déēsis) ultimately roots back to 1211 /d (“really”) which likewise implies a felt need that is personal and urgent (R, 1149).]

Of a RIGHTEOUS – Definition: correct, righteous, by implication innocent
Usage: just; especially, just in the eyes of God; righteous; the elect (a Jewish idea).

HELPS Word-studies

Cognate: 1342 díkaios (an adjective, derived from dikē, “right, judicial approval”) – properly, “approved by God” (J. Thayer); righteous; “just in the eyes of God” (Souter). See 1343 (“dikaiosynē).

[“Righteous” relates to conformity to God’s standard (justice). For more on the root-idea see the cognate noun, 1343 /dikaiosýnē (“righteousness”).]

1342 /díkaios (“righteous, just”) describes what is in conformity to God’s own being (His will, standard of rightness); hence “upright.”

BEING MADE EFFECTIVE – Definition: to be at work, to work, to do
Usage: I work, am operative, am at work, am made to work, accomplish; mid: I work, display activity.

HELPS Word-studies

1754 energéō (from 1722 /en, “engaged in,” which intensifies 2041 /érgon, “work”) – properly, energize, working in a situation which brings it from one stage (point) to the next, like an electrical current energizing a wire, bringing it to a shining light bulb.

Strong’s Greek English Morphology
1843 [e] Ἐξομολογεῖσθε
exomologeisthe
Confess V-PMM-2P
3767 [e] οὖν
oun
therefore Conj
240 [e] ἀλλήλοις
allēlois
to one another RecPro-DMP
3588 [e] τὰς
tas
the Art-AFP
266 [e] ἁμαρτίας,
hamartias
sins, N-AFP
2532 [e] καὶ
kai
and Conj
2172 [e] εὔχεσθε*
euchesthe
pray V-PMM/P-2P
5228 [e] ὑπὲρ
hyper
for Prep
240 [e] ἀλλήλων,
allēlōn
one another, RecPro-GMP
3704 [e] ὅπως
hopōs
so that Conj
2390 [e] ἰαθῆτε.
iathēte
you may be healed. V-ASP-2P
4183 [e] πολὺ
poly
Much Adj-ANS
2480 [e] ἰσχύει
ischyei
prevails V-PIA-3S
1162 [e] δέησις
deēsis
[the] prayer N-NFS
1342 [e] δικαίου
dikaiou
of a righteous [man] Adj-GMS
1754 [e] ἐνεργουμένη.
energoumenē
being made effective. V-PPM-NFS

 

THE WORDS OF JESUS – What Are You To Do With Them?, “New wine into fresh wineskins”, Part 40

THE WORDS OF JESUS

Creative, Causative, Prophetic, Instructional – Part 40

“New Wine is put into fresh Wineskins”

 “Then the disciples of John came to Him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” And, Jesus said to them,

“Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.

“No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch tears away from the garment, and a worse tear is made. Neither is new wine put into old wineskins. If it is, the skins burst and the wine is spilled, and the skins are destroyed. But new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.”The Words of Jesus, Matthew 9:14-17

First, let’s please remember that this is not just a study ‘about the Bible’ or ‘about Jesus’. This is not just a story. This is The Word of God being demonstrated in real life situations. These Words are for your learning, your rebuke, your correction and training in righteousness, so that you may be thoroughly equipped for every good work? (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

This Word of God, is creative, causative, prophetic and instructional, for you to live successfully; for you and ultimately, for others to see, ‘through you’.

So, let’s ask, “what do these Words say, and what do they mean to you and to me?  And, how do we apply them to our life?

There seems to be two separate thoughts or teachings in response to John’s disciples’ question, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?”

Jesus begins with, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.

There were various reasons for fasting for a Jew. It could be as a custom or as a religious practice. It was traditional to fast during the mourning period following the death of a public figure, an acquaintance, a friend or a loved one.

Most importantly, here, Jesus is making a prophetic reference to Himself as the bridegroom and to His Body, the Church as the Bride, and about His coming death as the Sacrificial Lamb of God.

Jesus has recently condemned religious humanism and false ritual piety which was being practiced in so many churches and synagogues, when He said, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice”, quoting from Hosea 6:6. This was a teaching against the hypocritical Pharisees. Here He is reminding His listeners to “Go and learn what this means:  ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners” (Matthew 9:13). In other words, without a loving relationship with God, all the rituals in the world couldn’t help the Pharisees and anyone like them.

Additionally, Jesus is saying that fasting is much more than just a religious ritual or a tradition. Furthermore, He is saying as long as He, the bridegroom, is still with them, it is not yet time for fasting. That day is coming. Now is the time for celebration of Jesus.

Jesus then seems to suddenly change the subject from fasting to metaphors, comparing “old and new ways” with “old and new fabrics and new wine and old wineskins”.

Actually, these subjects are related. If I put this in layman’s terms, Jesus is saying a change has occurred. “Old things have passing away; behold, new things have come” 2 Corinthians 5:17-19. The Old Covenant is fulfilled by Christ’s coming and the New Covenant is begun.

NOTE: The reference to the wedding feast of the Lamb (Jesus Christ) and His bride (the Church) found in Revelation 19:7–10,

The first phase would be completed on when each individual believer places his or her faith in Christ as Savior. The dowry paid by the bridegroom’s parent (God the Father) would be the blood of Christ shed on the Bride’s behalf. The Church on earth, then, is “betrothed” to Christ, and, like the wise virgins in the parable, all believers should be watching and waiting for the appearance of the Bridegroom (the rapture).

The second phase symbolizes the rapture of the Church, when Christ comes to claim His bride and take her to the Father’s house.  “But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet blast, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.”

The third and final step is the marriage supper. It is then that the marriage supper of the Lamb takes place in heaven between immediately after the rapture, when a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, (see Revelation 6 & 7).

SET FREE FOR FREEDOM’S SAKE

Finally, and most importantly, “No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch tears away from the garment, and a worse tear is made. Neither is new wine put into old wineskins. If it is, the skins burst and the wine is spilled, and the skins are destroyed. But new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.”  Jesus is saying He is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. (Romans 10:4)

There is no longer a need for a continuing sacrifice and spilling of animal blood for forgiveness of your sins. You no longer need to endlessly repeat religious rituals for cleansing of your soul.

These two parables illustrate the fact that you can’t mix old religious rituals with new faith in Jesus. Jesus’ disciples were not fasting along with the Pharisees and John’s disciples because they were now under the new covenant of grace and faith in Christ. As mentioned earlier, Jesus fulfilled the law; therefore, there is no longer any need to continue with the old rituals. Jesus cannot be added to a works-based religion. In the case of the Pharisees, they were consumed with their own self-righteousness, and faith in Jesus cannot be combined with self-righteous rituals.

The New Covenant in Christ’s Blood need not and cannot be applied along with (in conjunction with) the Law no more than you can put new cloth on an old garment without making the tear worse, nor can you put New Wine (The New Covenant through the sacrificial Blood of Christ) into an old wineskin (The Law) for if you do, the Old Wineskin will burst and be destroyed and all the Wine will be lost.

“The Law and the writings of the Prophets were proclaimed until John; but now, the gospel of the kingdom of God has been and continues to be preached, and everyone tries forcefully to go into it. (Luke 16:16)

Jesus reminds us, however, “Do not think that I came to do away with or undo the Law of Moses or the writings of the Prophets; I did not come to destroy them, but to fulfill and complete their requirements of you. For I assure you and most solemnly say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke of the pen written in the Law will pass from the Law until all things which it foreshadows are accomplished. So, whoever breaks one of the least important of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least important in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever practices and teaches them, he will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”.  Matthew 5:17-20.

The Bible states emphatically in Galatians 5:1 that believers are free in Christ: “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free”. Before Jesus died on a cross, God’s people lived under a detailed system of laws that served as a moral compass to guide their lives. The Law, while powerless to grant salvation or produce true freedom, nevertheless pointed the way to Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:19–24). Through His sacrificial death, Jesus Christ fulfilled the Law, setting believers free from the law of sin and death. God’s laws are now written in our hearts through the Spirit of God, and we are free to follow and serve Christ in ways that please and glorify Him (Romans 8:2–8). In a nutshell, this is the definition of Christian freedom. (GotQuestions.Org).

No longer condemned to grovel. You are released from the guilt and shame. You are no longer chained to the rock of your past sins.You are set free!

Jesus, has forgiven your past, secured your present life, and given you a future.

He has satisfied all the requirements of the Law of Moses, and has set you free from the law of sin and death.

The old way, that is the Law of Moses, is now fulfilled.

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

(If you have any questions or remarks, please contact me).

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THE WORDS OF JESUS – What Are You To Do With Them?, “I desire mercy, not sacrifice”, Part 39

THE WORDS OF JESUS

Creative, Causative, Prophetic, Instructional – Part 39

“I desire mercy, and not sacrifice”

 “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice. ’For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” – The Words of Jesus, Matthew 9:12-13

Next to the Great Commission, issued by Jesus before His ascension, (Matthew 28:18-20), this is Jesus’ greatest call and model for witnessing and evangelism.

Jesus is clearly saying, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.(Jesus is the great Physician).

 (“Sick” from the Greek, kakos, means to be amiss, badly, grievously; bad or evil, in the widest sense. “Inner malice”; inwardly foul, rotten (poisoned); inner malice flowing out of a morally-rotten character, (the “rot is already in the wood”), meaning, “wickedness, inner evil.”

 Many illnesses and diseases can be traced to their origins of “kakos”. This sickness can and does manifest as physical and mental illnesses if left spiritually untreated.

However, the postmodern church has increasingly turned inward, ministering almost exclusively to those claiming to already be righteous, rather than ‘going out and making disciples.”

JESUS GOES TO THOSE WHO WERE ‘SICK’

Jesus went about all the towns, cities and countryside preaching and teaching the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people. His fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, those oppressed by demons, those having seizures, and paralytics, and he healed them. And great crowds followed him from Galilee and the Decapolis, and from Jerusalem and Judea, and from beyond the Jordan. (See Matthew 4:23-25)

JESUS SENDS HIS DISCIPLES TO THOSE WHO WERE ‘SICK’

And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction. The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus;  Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

In the middle of His instructions, Jesus says, Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’

In these few words, Jesus condemns the religious humanism and false ritual piety being practiced in so many churches and synagogues.

Hosea 6:6 reads, “For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, knowing God rather than burnt offerings.”  Why does God desire love and knowledge of Him instead of burnt offerings? The key to answering this question is found in the words of the Shema: “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD, is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might” (Deuteronomy 6:4-5). Love for God was the number-one priority for the people of Israel. The whole Law, including the offerings and sacrifices, was to serve as an expression of this love for the Lord.

However, over time, the Israelites began to worship other gods while continuing the ritual of the sacrifices. They “obeyed the Law,” yet they did not display love toward God, and they did not truly know Him. Hosea’s message was a response to Israel’s hypocrisy. God desired their love over external practices of piety. He longed for His people to long for Him rather than simply continue a religious tradition.

Scripture often notes that sacrifices to God are incomplete and even offensive without a changed heart that loves and knows the Lord. First Samuel 15:22 says, “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.” (See also Isaiah 1:11-17; Amos 5:21-24; Micah 6:6-8 and Matthew 7:21-23.) The same is said of other religious rituals, such as circumcision (Romans 2:28-29).

Jesus would later use Hosea’s teaching against the hypocritical Pharisees, saying, “Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners” (Matthew 9:13; cf. 12:7). Without a loving relationship with God, all the rituals in the world couldn’t help the Pharisees. (GotQuestions.Org)

JOB’S RELIGIOUS PIETY

Like in the case of Job, who was “blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil, and was the greatest of all the people of the east,” Job’s practice of religious piety did not save him.

His sons used to go and hold a feast in the house of each one on his day, and they would send and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. And when the days of the feast had run their course, Job would send and consecrate them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, “It may be that my children have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus, Job did continually.”

Then one day the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. The Lord said to Satan, “From where have you come?” Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.” And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?” Then Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for no reason? Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face.” (See Job chapter 1).

WHERE ARE YOU?

Many religious people participate in Christian rituals, yet their hearts do not love God and seek to know Him. Those who practice empty rituals should heed Hosea’s words. God cares more about our heart’s love for Him than the things that we do in His name. We must not substitute religious traditions for a relationship with God. Let’s pray that we may never be like those whom Jesus described: “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me” (Mark 7:6). (GotQuestions.Org)

JESUS IS CALLING YOU

Finally, Jesus says, “For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”  This is your calling also.

  1. There are some things Jesus told us to BE.
  2. There are some things He told us to HAVE.
  3. Then, there are the things He told us to DO. Please don’t be confused, they are not the same thing.

What we are told to BE and what we are told to HAVE should lead us to DO the things He told us to DO.

Example:

YOU SHALL BE HOLY FOR I AM HOLY. (The indwelling Christ makes us holy. It is not something we can DO on our own.)

You shall BE My witnesses both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and Samaria, and as far as the remotest part of the earth.”  (The indwelling Holy Spirit makes us witnesses. It is not something we can DO on our own.)

HAVE faith and Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen. (When Jesus is the object of our faith, it is Jesus who does these works through us. It is not something we can DO on our own.)

FOLLOW ME and I will make you fishers of men. (Now, this is something we DO when we are drawn to the living God. This is something we can and must DO.)

If you DO these things, you shall never fall; give diligence to make your calling and election sure:  (This is something we DO when we are drawn to the living God. This is something we must DO.)

Jesus is asking, “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not DO what I tell you?

I talk with so many Christians who resist witnessing Jesus to others. They have their excuses, and they say they have ‘alternate ways’ of witnessing, but they are not doing what Jesus has told them to do!

Here is what Jesus said, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to follow all that I commanded you”.

 Again, Jesus said, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses (martus = martyr), both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and Samaria, and as far as the remotest part of the earth.”

We call on the name of the Lord in prayer, making many requests which have little to do with what He requires of His disciples. Yet, He is faithful.

You ask God for something and do not receive it, because you ask with wrong motives or out of selfishness or with an unrighteous agenda, so that when you get what you want you may spend it on your selfish desire for pleasure and the avoidance of pain.

He has told us He will provide all we need as we first seek Him and His Kingdom. He has told us we have overcome this world. Yet, we desire, even crave the things of this world, so we straddle the fences of earthly desires and the Kingdom of Heaven.

Many make excuses, but few have reasons. One day all of us will be called to explain why we called Him “Lord, Lord, but did not do what He has told us”.

Dear Loved Ones, listen to me.  Those who are well have no need of a physician. Bring Me those who are sick.

Now, go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice. ’For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

My enduring love to you. –  Jesus.

 

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

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FEAR OF THE FUTURE?

“Fear can lead us to view the possibilities of tomorrow without the promises of God, which are true yesterday, today and forever”.

(The idea for this post comes from a sermon delivered by Pastor Chris Voorhees of Naples Covenant Church, Naples, Florida. However, I am presenting a contemporary view on the outcome of the prophetic nature of these scriptures, as a remedy and as countermeasures for today in our world of chaos, war and disease.)

An example of this can be seen from the “Y2K” scare of the year 2000. The Y2K Scare was a phenomenon at the turn of the 21st century where computer users and programmers feared that computers would stop working on December 31, 1999. The phenomenon was also referred to as the “Millennium Bug” or “Year 2000 problem” by technology experts. A lot of planning went into preparing for the ‘Millennium Bug.’ In fact, the scare led governments and private organizations to spend millions of dollars in an attempt to avert the risk.

In the 1960s and 1970s, when computer engineers worked on complex computer programs, they used two-digit codes to represent the year. The first two digits were left out. For example, instead of coding “1960”, they just used “60”. The main reason for leaving out the first two digits was to save on storage space which was too costly. For instance, a kilobyte of storage went for as high as US$100. Additionally, the programmers did not expect the programs to last up to the turn of the century. When the new Millennium neared, computer experts realized that the software would recognize “00” as 1900 instead of the year 2000. This realization posed a risk to many institutions such as banks, insurance companies, hospitals, and government departments that relied on computers to provide accurate time and date.

As the calendar approached the year 2000, anxiety spread across the world as people feared that computer systems would shut down. Banking institutions which relied on software programs to calculate daily interest were at risk of system failure. As a result, stock prices of banking institutions dropped in value as the year 2000 neared. Transport systems were also affected especially in the airline business whose operations depend on accurate time and date. There were rumors that planes would drop from the sky when clocks turned to midnight on 31st Dec 1999. This led travelers to avoid the airport on New Year’s Eve. Hospitals, power plants, and government organizations were not spared from the threats either.

Due to the severe implication of a possible shut down, organizations went to great lengths to prevent the system failure from materializing. One way the year 2000 problem was handled was by creating new software programs that saved dates as four digits instead of the two digits previously used. The remedy was very expensive to implement. The other solution was to amend the algorithm used in calculating leap years so as to recognize the year 2000 as a leap year.

On the much-awaited date of January 1st, 2000, computer programs updated to the new dates and carried on as usual. Except for a few incidents of software failures, not much happened on the date as earlier anticipated.

Computer experts were later accused of exaggerating the concept of the “Millennium Bug” as millions of dollars were spent in preparation of the Y2K problem (WorldAtlas.com).  And that was then end of it – or was it?

Let’s use a little reason and logic here, which something the computer experts are reportedly highly trained in, but apparently failed to employ. And I ask again, or did they?

What if this was just a ‘test run” in the use of unreasonable and unfounded fear to the purpose of manipulating masses of people, corporations, nations and governments for political reasons?

A second glaring example is the use of “Global Warming” scare of the late 1900’s and the early 2000’s.

You can watch this documentary video “The Great Global Warming Swindle” for detailed information on how the Globalists-Socialists have weaponized innocuous matters such as the weather and spread fear around the world for political reasons:

Then came Covid-19. This has been one of the most successful Globalist fear-inspired lockdowns in history, which is now a faint memory, but laced with unnecessary death and destruction with a cost exceeding 11 trillion dollars, and still growing.

The Covid-19 experiment proved that world populations and governments can be successfully manipulated with proper fear induced motivations.

Hence, the United Nations’ U.N.E.S.C.O, The World Economic Forum, Global Marxism, the American Democrat Party have carefully planned and executed a global coup de tat conspiracy using their Agenda-2030.

YOU HAVE TO READ IT TO BELIEVE IT

That is to say, you have to read the Agenda-2030 (and the predecessor document, Agenda-21) to believe the audacity and the temerity of it all. Which finally brings us to the point:  “Fear can lead us to view the possibilities of tomorrow without the promises of God which were true yesterday, are true today and shall be forevermore.

“Fear can tempt us to try and create our own future rather than trust God’s future for us.”.

Taken from the Old Testament book of 2 Kings 19:1-20, Pastor Voorhees outlines four important truths and reveals the tactics of Satan, our eternal enemy and how to identity his evil influencers.

FEAR OF THE FUTURE WILL OFTEN INCLUDE LIES OF THE ENEMY

  1. The enemy will tear down your trust in God and tempt you to do it your own way by telling you ‘half-truths’ (which is just another word for lies), which puts our focus on your immanent and ultimate defeat rather than on the victory God has planned for you.

 

  1. The antagonizing voices of the enemy speak about things that are true, but does not tell the truth and is void of faith.

 

  1. The enemy will seem to offer terms of compromise and peaceful coexistence that look attractive, but replace the promise of God with counterfeits and lies resulting in a hellish prison of your body, soul and spirit.

 

Just like in the events in 2 Kings 18:30-32, where Rabshakeh offers Israel and Hezekiah security, hope, sustenance, stability, land and a future of safety and prosperity against the threat of fear, defeat and death, the Marxist-Globalists of our day (The U.N., U.N.E.S.C.O., The World Economic Forum, Agenda-2030 and the American Democrat Party) in part, are offering:

(From the Preamble of the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”)

“This Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom. We recognize that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. All countries and all stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership, will implement this plan. We are resolved to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal and secure our planet. We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path. As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets which we are announcing today demonstrate the scale and ambition of this new universal Agenda. They seek to build on the Millennium Development Goals and complete what these did not achieve. They seek to realize the human rights of all and to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. They are integrated and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental.

The Goals and targets will stimulate action over the next fifteen years in areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet.

We are determined to protect the planet from degradation, including through sustainable consumption and production, sustainably managing its natural resources and taking urgent action on climate change, so that it can support the needs of the present and future generations.”

 Who would not want to achieve these goals and live in such a Utopian world? Beware. The goals are lofty, but, the methodologies, the implementation and the governing of the world they describe can be likened to the gulags of Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin, the reign of terror imposed on China by the notorious Mao Zedong or the racist Hegelian, Karl Marx’s nefarious social construct of Marxism which is responsible for the deaths of upward of 200,000,000 people. They, all, used the same Siren’s song the United Nations is using now, to lure hundreds of millions into the webs of Agenda 2030.

It must be noted that these ‘noble sounding objectives’ will come at the loss of many personal freedoms and individual liberties, according to the the World Economic’s own statements. Additionally, the Commission on Global Governance boldly states, “This agenda will be foreign to and ignores ideas precious to the American experience”.

However, there is no reason to fear what they fear, and we are not to dread what they dread. We have overcome by the blood of the Lamb and by our testimony:

For in this way the LORD spoke to me with His strong hand [upon me and instructed me not to walk in the way of this people behaving as they do, saying,

You are not to say, ‘It is a conspiracy!’

In regard to all that this people call a conspiracy,

And you are not to fear what they fear nor be in dread of it.

 “It is the LORD of hosts whom you are to regard as holy and awesome.

He shall be your source of fear,

He shall be your source of, dread, not man.

“Then He shall be a sanctuary, a sacred, indestructible shelter for those who fear and trust Him. (Isaiah 8:11-14)

You can hear pastor Chris Voorhees entire sermon here:

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

More important and relevant posts:

The tentacles of the socialist-marxist takeover/

Agenda-2030, the United Nations and Global-Marxism

 

 

 

 

 

SPEAKING OF ‘REAL FAITH’

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.  For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.” (Hebrews 11:1-3)

REPEAT:  Hebrews 11:1-3,

 “Now faith is

                         the assurance

                                                    of things hoped for,

                                                                                        the conviction of

                                                                                                                      things not seen.

For by it the people of old received their commendation.

                                                                                             By faith we understand that

the universe was created by the word of God, so that  what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.”

 Perhaps a Better Translation and a better Version taken from the Amplified Bible version:

Hebrews 11:1-3, “Now faith is the assurance, the absolute certainty, the title deed, a rock-solid confirmation of things hoped for, of things anticipated and expected by divine guarantee; it is proof positive evidence of things not yet seen and the conviction of their reality; the comprehension as fact of  what cannot be first experienced by the physical senses. For by this kind of faith the men of old gained divine approval.

“By faith that comes from an inherent trust, an enduring confidence in the power, wisdom and goodness of God, we understand that the worlds, the universe, the cosmos of all the  ages were framed, formed, created put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose by The Word of God, so that what is now visible was not made out of things which are visible.

THERE ARE FEW WHO POSSES IT

The faith as spoken of in Hebrews 11:1-3 is the necessary and key element for all Christians to live and walk effectively in the Spirit of God. It is the litmus test of a Christian’s maturity. This type of faith is difficult to obtain. It is even more difficult to hold onto. And, the cost of this faith is beyond most people’s ability. It is more precious than gold, which perishes”.

Tragically, these verses have been misrepresented and misused by preachers around the world, specifically from American pulpits, to mislead and manipulate people. It is a ‘name it and claim it’ methodology.

The worst abusers are found in the Word of Faith movement, and in many Charismatic and Pentecostal churches, with other denominations following suit in varying degrees.

The type of false teaching causes the Bible to be seen and treated as sixty-six disconnected books, each having its own message and chronology. Many, if not most, post-modern Bible teachers and preachers will connect the books though a method called eisegesis, a method by which a person interprets and reads information into Bible text that is not there, to make their own points of interpretation. (This is seen frequently when preachers or pastors need to raise money, start building programs, gain popularity or power or are ignorant and errant in their teaching.

God will hold these unfaithful men and women accountable.

The Purpose of God’s Eternal Plan is not that you act as ‘little gods’ in His place or alongside of Him, (which is from the cult of Mormonism).

 The Purpose of God’s Eternal Plan as taught throughout His Word, is Perfection.  He is maturing and perfecting His people into His image, ultimately to live in Perfect harmony with Him and with one another, in a New and Perfect heaven and earth.

This process of perfecting, also known as sanctification, can be difficult and bewildering, but it has been God’s method as seen throughout the Bible.

This type of faith is difficult to obtain. It is even more difficult to hold onto. And, the cost of this faith is beyond most people’s ability. As the Apostle Peter tells us, “It is more precious that gold, which perishes”.  Please read with me the purpose, the result and the cost of obtaining of this kind of faith:

Hebrews 11:4, “By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks.

This faith cost Abel his life, though by his faith he was commended as righteous and is commended by God.

Verse 5. “By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken, he was commended as having pleased God.

This faith caused Enoch to be taken away by God, though by this faith he pleased God.

Verse 6. “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Verse 7. “By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.

By this faith, Noah condemned the world, though by this faith he saved his household and became an heir of righteousness.

Verse 8. “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. Verse 9. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. Verse 10For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God.

By this faith, Abraham went out not knowing where he was going, lived in tents, though by this faith he was looking forward to the city of God.

Verse 11. By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised. 12 Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.

By this faith, Sarah received the power to conceive in her old age, through this faith were born innumerable descendants.

Verse 13. These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. Verse 14. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. Verse 15.  If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. Verse 16. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.

By this faith all died, no having received the things promised. They were strangers and exiles on earth, though this faith they are called their God and have a city prepared for them.

Verse 17. By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son, Verse 18, of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” Verse 19. He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back.

Verse 20. By faith Isaac invoked future blessings on Jacob and Esau.

Verse 21. By faith Jacob, when dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, bowing in worship over the head of his staff.

Verse 22. By faith Joseph, at the end of his life, made mention of the exodus of the Israelites and gave directions concerning his bones.

Verse 23. By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.

Verse 24. By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, Verse 25, choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. Verse 26. He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward.

Verse 27. By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible. Verse 28. By faith he kept the Passover and sprinkled the blood, so that the Destroyer of the firstborn might not touch them.

Verse 29. By faith the people crossed the Red Sea as on dry land, but the Egyptians, when they attempted to do the same, were drowned.

Verse 30. By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days.

Verse 31. By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.

Verse 32. And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets — Verse 33, who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,

Verse 34, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.

Verse 35. Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life.

Verse 36. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. Verse 37. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated— Verse 38, of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

Verse 39. And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, Verse 40, since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.

((This kind of faith is a far cry from the self-serving ‘naming and claiming’ heresies practiced today, that rquire no sacrifice and no personal service to God, drawing attention away from God in order to raid the treasuries of heaven. But God is no mocked. You will reap only what you sow.))

The Purpose of God’s Eternal Plan is Perfection.  He is maturing and perfecting His people into His image, ultimately to live in Perfect harmony with Him and with one another, in a New and Perfect heaven and earth.

Each and every chapter, verse and word in the Bible, when viewed within this context of  God’s Eternal Plan of Perfection, begins to make perfect sense.

TIME IS SHORT

The world has entered the final epoch of time, known by various names, such as, “The Last Days”, “The End of The Age” the “Latter Days” and “The Tribulation”, which was marked by the birth of Jesus.  There are reportedly visible and observable signs and ancient writings to help you, if you believe in such things. However, most people either don’t recognize the signs or writings or don’t believe. Even among those who believe these prophecies are coming to pass and see the signs, few know what they are seeing, where they are leading or what to do in response.

It requires faith and endurance to navigate and, to survive these last days. The best description of the purpose, length and, outcome of this end time, also known as the Great Tribulation, (see Matthew 24:21, Revelation 2:22 and Revelation 7:14) or the Wrath of the Lamb, (see Revelation 6:16), is found in

Daniel 12:1,

Now at that time Michael, the great prince who stands guard over the sons of your people, will arise. And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued. 

Verse 2. And many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt.

Verse 3. And those who have insight will shine like the glow of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. 

Verse 4. But as for you, Daniel, keep these words secret and seal up the book until the end of time; many will roam about, and knowledge will increase.”

Verse 5. Then I, Daniel, looked, and behold, two others were standing, one on this bank of the stream and the other on that bank of the stream. Verse 6. And someone said to the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream, “How long will it be until the end of these wonders?” Verse 7. And I heard the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream, as he raised his right hand and his left toward heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever that it would be for a time, times, and half a time; and as soon as they finish smashing the power of the holy people, all these events will be completed.

Verse 8. But as for me, I heard but did not understand; so, I said, “My lord, what will be the outcome of these events?” 

Verse 9. And he said, “Go your way, Daniel, for these words will be kept secret and sealed up until the end time.

Verse 10. Many will be purged, cleansed, and refined, but the wicked will act wickedly; and none of the wicked will understand, but  those who have insight will understand.

Verse 11. And from the time that the regular sacrifice is abolished and the abomination of desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days. 

Verse 12. Blessed is the one who is patient and attains to the 1,335 days! Verse 13. But as for you, go your way to the end; then you will rest and rise for your allotted portion at the end of the age.”

Please. If you do not understand this message, please talk with me. It is urgent that you have understanding and wisdom regarding these matters.

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

THE WORDS OF JESUS – What Are You To Do With Them?, “Your sins are forgiven”, Part 38

THE WORDS OF JESUS

Creative, Causative, Prophetic, Instructional – Part 38

“Your sins are forgiven”

 “And getting into a boat, he crossed over and came to his own city. And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic,

“Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.”

“And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said,

“Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” — he then said to the paralytic —“Rise, pick up your bed and go home.”

And he rose and went home. When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men.” – The Words of Jesus, Matthew 9:1-7.

The paralytic in this account is a real man, lying on a real bed. He is representative of “every man” and “every woman”, for we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Ours beds are the beds of sickness, disease, infirmity, lack, want and death that come from our sin.

Jesus is speaking words of healing, health and life to you, this very moment. It does not matter how simple or how dreadful your condition. No matter the desperation of your situation, no matter how far you may have fallen, how remote your rescue and restoration may seem or how impossible your circumstances appear, your salvation is now at hand.

If you are willing, you will be made well, made whole, made safe and made healthy. It begins, as the Bible says, ‘in a twinkling of an eye’ and you will continue to improve over your lifetime. You will be saved.

You will become well, whole, safe and healthy in your relationships.

You will become well, whole, safe and healthy in your family, with your spouse and your children.

You will become well, whole, safe and healthy in your career, with your employment and co-workers.

You will become well, whole, safe and healthy in your finances and all your wealth.

You will become well, whole, safe and healthy in your mind, will, emotions, body and spirit.

Take in these Words of Jesus and of the Bible and make them your own. They are the flesh and blood of Christ. ‘Eat them’ by taking them into your heart, your soul and your mind, ‘chew on them’, meditate on them, absorb them into your spirit, and become whole!

First, please don’t overlook the significance of these few words: “When Jesus saw their faith”.  Jesus was moved and spoke Creative words, Causative words, Prophetic words and Instructional words when He saw their faith.

Let me say it again: faith moves God to speak. Jesus was moved by their faith, and He spoke prophetic, creative, causative and instructional words into the life of this paralytic, Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.”

Jesus will be moved by your faith.

Secondly, it is important to understand the true meaning and definition of ‘sin’.  From the Greek word, ‘hamartía’, meaning ‘not taking a part in or a share of’ creating a loss or a forfeiture because of not hitting the target; missing the mark. This comes from self-willed behavior.

Interestingly, in old England, during archery competition, when an archer would miss the target completely, the judge would shout, “SIN”, because the archer missed the target. Likewise, when we miss the target of God’s Righteousness and of God’s standards, we sin, and we miss out, we suffer loss of God’s presence and provision by forfeiture.

In the foregoing illustration, the archer has no recourse except to ‘suffer the loss’, sharpen his or her aim and try again.

In our case, however, as Christians, we have recourse. We can call on our advocate, Jesus Christ, by confessing our ‘sins’ and by pleading our case to Him, our loss is reversed. Jesus suffers our loss as His own, and we are given a renewed life. We are restored and ‘shoot our arrows again toward the heart of the target’.

Hebrew 11:1-3, correctly instructs us that the “Faith that (restores us) is the assurance, the absolute certainty, the title deed, a rock-solid confirmation of things hoped for, of things anticipated and expected by divine guarantee; this faith is proof-positive evidence of things not yet seen and the conviction of their reality; the comprehension as fact of  what cannot be first experienced by the physical senses. For by this kind of faith the men of old gained divine approval.

“It is by the faith that comes from an inherent trust, an enduring confidence in the power, wisdom and goodness of God, that we understand that the worlds, the universe, the cosmos of all the  ages were framed, formed, created put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose by the word of God, so that what is now visible was not made out of things which are visible.”

This is the faith has no conclusion and no end. It is building and growing and enduring through all the ages until the end of time.

Thirdly, the outcome of this kind of faith is visible. It brings both amazement and fear to the hearts and minds of men and women, and it brings glory to God. “When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men.”

“Do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread. But the Lord of hosts, him you shall honor as holy. Let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. And he will become a sanctuary.” (Isaiah 8:12-13)

Finally, it is by this kind of faith that God grants authority to men and women; not to do works by and of themselves, but as living sacrifices, living instruments through which and by which God does His Works.

This faith is the reason God is saying to you, this day, “Take heart, my son (or daughter); your sins are forgiven.”

And behold, even in our day and time, some of our ‘scribes’, men and women, say “this man (Jesus) is blaspheming by the way they stand in judgment on His Works and His Words”.  

They call themselves interpreters, theologians, and teachers, educated in religious laws and doctrines, and in the sacred writings of the Bible, posturing with their lineage, educational degrees given by men.

Just like the Scribes of Jesus’ day, these modern day ‘Scribes’ say they examine the more difficult and subtle questions of the law; but they add to the law opinions of various kinds thought to elucidate its meaning and scope, to the detriment of The Gospel.

But Jesus, knows their thoughts, and He said then, and He continues to say today,

“Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”.

Jesus is saying to you, this day and at this moment: “Take heart, my son       (your name here)      or my daughter   (your name here)    ; your sins are forgiven.”  Rise, pick up your bed and go home.”

Let’s humbly submit to God and live!

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

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SOMETHING TO BE PROUD ABOUT

“I have read the entire Bible seven times”, he proudly stated.

“So, what have you learned?”, I asked.

“A lot”, he said.

“Like what?”, I asked.

He proceeded to tell me several things he learned about the Bible and ABOUT people in the Bible. He learned things ABOUT God, ABOUT salvation, ABOUT Jesus, ABOUT sin, ABOUT heaven, ABOUT hell, ABOUT the Old Testament feasts, ABOUT the tribulation, ABOUT the rapture ABOUT the synoptic Gospels, etc.”

“Sounds great!”, I said. “What are you doing with all you have learned ABOUT all these things?”, I pried.

He squinted his eyes and squeaked, “Huh?”

“Let me cut through all the theology and exegesis and history and socio-political-religious education and ask which “works” Jesus said we should be doing are you actually doing or have you already done?”

He sighed deeply and whispered, “What are you talking about? What are you driving at? You make no sense to me. Before I became a Christian, I sinned a lot. I was lost. I was very unhappy. I got saved, and now I am a Christian, I go to church, I teach Sunday school, I serve God in my own way, and I am going to heaven. My life is much better. I invite people to church and have even told someone about Jesus this year. Why are you asking me these things and what are you looking for?”

(note to self: count the “I’s”, “My’s” and “Me’s” in his response.)

“Nothing really. I hear from you about you, but I am Just curious as to which of Jesus’ works you are doing? You see, Jesus said we were to GO and DO certain things. He said we would DO HIS WORKS and even greater works than those, because He was going to the Father. I think that all you have said is great, and those are great things. But, the bottom line, or at least I thought the bottom line, was following Jesus and doing what He has told us to do. That’s all.”

I could tell I had irritated my friend, and it seemed that he was slightly exasperated with me.

I think most of us, as professing Christians, do a lot of good things, and a lot of those good things are “I-centered”. We do things in order to ‘get His blessings’.  We also do a lot of the things our church leaders or pastors tell us to do because we haven’t been doing, and apparently won’t do the things Jesus said we should do. We can make excuses for our lack of Works, and we make excuses because there are no good reasons.

Forgive me for saying so, but “our good works” are just not good enough. It is not about us. It is all about Jesus and what He has done (and continues to do). We are to be and do likewise.

There are a lot of discussions about these “Works”. Here are three very good resources, ranging the religious spectrum of thought. Any-and-all of them can be helpful. But the point is they all point to Jesus and His Works that we are to be found doing when He comes back to take us home.

World challenge.org – Doing the works of Jesus, David Wilkerson.

Desiring God.org – Doing the works of Jesus and greater works, John Piper.

Knowing-jesus.com – Christ’s Work

My favorite is found in John 6:29, “Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” (You have to let this one sink in, deep.)

You see, it is Jesus Who does these works. Let me say it again: It is Jesus, alone, who does these greater works.

Jesus has ascended to the Father, and He does His works through His yielded and obedient servants: you and me. It is so, because He said so. It is by this that His Works are multiplied, enlarged and magnified, bringing Him glory. He alone is due all credit and all glory.

Please read Jesus’ Words on this matter in John chapter 6.

It’s all about Jesus. It is about having Jesus as the object of our faith, and if that faith is the size of a mustard seed…

Go and ‘do these greater works’ by yielding to Him as His servants, allowing Him to work these greater works through you – as He Wills and as He pleases.

(Nothing will ever be the same!)

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

Comments?

THE WORDS OF JESUS – What Are You To Do With Them?, “Oh, you of little faith”, Part 37

THE WORDS OF JESUS

Creative, Causative, Prophetic, Instructional – Part 37

“Oh, you of little faith”

“And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.”  And he said to them,

“Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?”

Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.

“The men wondered in amazement, saying, “What kind of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”  – The Words of Jesus, Matthew 8:23-27.

Jesus is God, incarnate. God is omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent. Why would He ask His disciples, “Why are you afraid?” Shouldn’t He know?

This is an ‘emphatic interrogative’ aimed at no one in particular and everyone in general. It is not necessarily meant to garner a response, as it is meant to make everyone aware of what is going on.

These words of Jesus are a proclamation similar to a colloquial expression such as, “What is wrong with you guys?!”  A more complete and accurate translation might be, “Which certain ones of you, which someone or anyone, afraid?”

It is also important to know that the word Jesus uses, “afraid”, in the Greek is ‘deilos’ means, “fear-driven, dreadful, describing a person who loses the moral gumption and fortitude that is needed to follow the Lord.”

This word refers to an excessive fear or dread. Being fainthearted and cowardly – hence, to fall short in following Christ as Lord.

This type of fear comes from a lack of faith,Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?”  This is not the typical fear that causes ‘fight or flight’. This kind of fear renders you helpless and vulnerable to circumstances and the wiles of the devil.

Although we, as English-speaking people, may not understand the nuance of what Jesus is saying, His disciples knew exactly what He is saying. It is not the first time, nor will it be the last time Jesus chides His disciples in this manner.

This was spoken to His disciples in the boat during a storm, and it is Creative, Causative, Prophetic, Instructional. It was spoken and is written to you and to me, today!

The Bible instructs us to “fear not” or “do not be afraid” 63 times in the King James Version and 61 times in the New American Standard. Repetition is used to make a very strong and important point. “Without faith, it is impossible to please God”.

God knows all things. He knows what is coming upon you, and He even knows how you will respond and react. There is a Purpose in all things that come upon you. They may be bewildering, unpleasant, even deadly, but know this: “[With great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.”  (Romans 8:28)

The Purpose of God’s Eternal Plan is Perfection.  He is maturing and perfecting His people into His image, ultimately to live in Perfect harmony with Him and with one another, in a New and Perfect heaven and earth.

Each and every chapter, verse and word in the Bible, when viewed within this context of God’s Eternal Plan of Perfection, begins to make perfect sense.

This is a Christian’s life experience, and without having been transformed and made new, you cannot inherit the Kingdom of Heaven.

When you encounter times of trouble, trials and tribulations, fear not. Jesus says, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, if you have faith, that is personal trust and confidence in Me, and do not doubt or allow yourself to be drawn in two directions, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen as God wills it.” (Matthew 21:21, Amplified version).

Let’s be strong and courageous and pray for one another that we endure to the end, for then we are saved!

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

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Isaiah 8:12-14

“You are not to say, ‘It is a conspiracy!’
In regard to all that this people call a conspiracy,
And you are not to fear what they fear nor be in dread of it.

“It is the Lord of hosts whom you are to regard as holy and awesome.
He shall be your fear,
He shall be your dread [not man].
 
“Then He shall be a sanctuary [a sacred, indestructible shelter for those who fear and trust Him];

QUIZ TIME – Test Your Knowledge

QUESTION #1:

Everyone is entitled to an opinion”, is a recipe for what ?

ANSWER:                                      .

If you said confusion, chaos and division, you are probably right.

QUESTION #2:

Who said, “A house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand”?

ANSWER:                                    .

If you said Abraham Lincoln, you were almost right. Lincoln repeated this phrase in 1858, but Jesus first said it in or around A.D. 25. (It is recorded in Luke 11:17, Mark 3:25 and Matthew 12.25.)

QUESTION #3: 

“HOW DOES ONE OBTAIN WISDOM, KNOWLEDGE and PROSPERITY”?

ANSWER:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      .

Psalms 110:10

 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!

The reverent fear of the LORD is the beginning, the prerequisite, the absolute essential, the alphabet of wisdom; A good understanding and a teachable heart are possessed by all those who do the will of the LORD; His praise endures forever.

 Proverbs 1:7

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

The reverent fear of the LORD that is, worshiping Him and regarding Him as truly awesome is the beginning and the preeminent part of knowledge its starting point and its essence;

But arrogant fools despise skillful and godly wisdom and instruction and self-discipline.

 Proverbs 9:10

 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.

 The reverent fear of the LORD that is, worshiping Him and regarding Him as truly awesome is the beginning and the preeminent part of wisdom its starting point and its essence.

And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding and spiritual insight.

 Psalms 1:1-3

Blessed is the man, who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law, he meditates day and night.

He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.

Blessed, fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God is the man or woman who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, following their advice and example, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit down to rest in the seat of scoffers and ridiculers. But their delight is in the law of the LORD, And on His law, His precepts and teachings, he or she habitually meditates day and night.

And they will be like a tree firmly planted and fed by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season; Its leaf does not wither; And in whatever they do, they prosper and come to maturity.

It is funny (as in odd) that people in the year 2030, whether they are five years old or 90 years old or anywhere in between, seem to have ‘a better idea’ than anyone else about ‘how to live life’. Their opinion is usually based on how they feel about something because of their past experience.  The reason they formed their particular opinion was probably because their experience was unpleasant or downright destructive, so they thought up another way. (Wow. Now that’s based on serious research and study! What could possibly go wrong?)

This also probably means that the circumstances or the people these creative folks encountered (or both) were probably living their lives based in their own flawed opinions also, and harmful results surely ensued.

Why is it that people will not follow tried and true teachings and examples on how to live a peaceful, wise and informed life rather than making up new ones?

The Bible’s extensive teaching on these matters reach back over 4,000 years. The results and the proof of Biblical teaching’s success can be traced even in secular history. Still, men and women, throughout the ages, form and follow their own opinions, based on their individual appetites, greed and selfish desires choose to ignore centuries of wisdom and success, and do it their own way. The result? Wars, pain, suffering, ignorance, poverty, hate, greed, avarice, chaos, immorality, disease and death.

Does this mean that if you come to God through faith in Jesus Christ, all your problems will disappear and all your desire and wishes will be fulfilled? NO, it does not.

Does this mean you will be ‘lucky’ or ‘luckier’ in life. NO, it does not.

Life is fraught with dangers, toils and troubles for everyone. But, it is the one who is guided by and held by the mighty hand of the Creator who will endure these trials and will not fall. He or she will not only survive, they will thrive. (See the example of Job in the Old Testament, or the nation of Israel to this very day).

Psalms 34:17

When the righteous cry [for help], the Lord hears
And rescues them from all their distress and troubles.

18 
The Lord is near to the heartbroken
And He saves those who are crushed in spirit (contrite in heart, truly sorry for their sin).

19 
Many hardships and perplexing circumstances confront the righteous,
But the Lord rescues him from them all.

So, if by chance, you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, try this for, let’s see, how about for the rest of your life and find out for yourself!

“Now it shall be, if you diligently listen to and obey the voice of the LORD your God (reaching back over 6,000 years), being careful to do all of His commandments which I am commanding you today (reaching back over 4,000 years), the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth.

All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you if you pay attention to the voice of the LORD your God…

(Black italicized inserts are my own comment).

Follow me as I follow the Bible and the voice of The Lord, and let’s live a little (or a lot)!

Your Brother and friend,

Mike Young

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