Seeking Wisdom? Do you want to be filled with Wisdom? Amazing Promises and gifts are stored up for you. The secret to finding Wisdom…

Seeking Wisdom – Do you want wisdom?  A wisdom that is far beyond the wisdom of human reasoning……

  The first time we see wisdom/ being wise is in Genesis 3:6. It was Eve, she “desired to be wise” and “wanted the wisdom”  that the serpent claimed she would receive from eating the fruit. She craved the wisdom she would receive if she disobeyed God. Do you notice how we are so easily deceived? All the devil needs to do is mix a little truth into anything and so many believe the lies he spews into our ears.  We need Godly wisdom so we don’t fall into the devils trap. In James 1:5, we are told to ASK for wisdom from our generous God and He will surely give it to you – without rebuke.  We can also grow in wisdom as King Solomon did. You will grow in wisdom if you obey Him. Learning, seeking wisdom and growing in understanding never stops – pursue it forever.  Wisdom also fills our lives with promises from God.

Do you want this wisdom? Remember it starts with the Fear of the Lord, you cannot attain these promises without this foundation. For more information on the Fear of the Lord, see my last post: https://prepareforthelamb.wordpress.com/2016/03/21/what-is-the-fear-of-the-lord-listen-and-i-will-teach-you-the-fear-of-the-lord-it-is-the-beginning-of-wisdom-and-understanding/. What’s the next step? ASK for Wisdom. Pray and cry out to God for this wisdom. Want to grow in wisdom? Obey obey obey – that the key to growing in wisdom. Watch out that pride doesn’t slip in, acknowledge daily that the gifts God gives you are not of your own doing. Embrace, love, seek and prize wisdom. Keep your eyes glued on wisdom, let it fill your heart.  Continue to walk along His path always growing in understanding and knowledge of His word.

Here are just a few of the Promises that come with God’s wisdom : long life, safety, protection, understanding, saves you from evil people, gives you favor, direction, discretion, wisdom to go in the right direction, keeps you from temptation, brings honor, bright futures and fulfilled hope for what lies ahead. Wisdom will make you great! Wisdom will honor you! Wisdom will guard you! Wisdom will lead you along the right paths! (with all  humility and humbleness, because if you let pride slip in, it ruins everything)

Not only do we have these great promises with God’s wisdom, but more specifically, the Lord gives each of us wisdom with specific skills and amazing abilities. He gives us ideas, insight and direction. Look at some of the gifts of wisdom the Lord gave His people:

Examples Wisdom given from God in the bible:

  • Skilled craftmen – making garments for the priests – this was gift of wisdom from God Exodus 28:3
  • Ability and expertise in all kinds of crafts – Exodus 31:3, 35:31,
  • Ability of the engraver, the workman, the weaver Ex 35:35
  • Ability to perform any task involved in building, constructing and furnishing Ex 36:1
  • Ability and desire to work are gifts of wisdom from God
  • Ability to create and decorate – brass 1 Kings 7
  • Filled with understanding and wisdom to be leaders Dt 1:13
  • Wisdom to plant and harvest, He gives the farmer wisdom Is 28:29: to know how to level the surface, sow the seed, plant in rows, how to grind/crush  the flour- all this is from the Lord
  • To rule and govern countries – Joseph Acts 7:10, Solomon
  • To save nations, countries and families

……off subject, but when I look at the gifts/wisdom/abilities God gave above, I can’t help but think that today’s education has completely eliminated/crushed these abilities/crafts in our culture.

Examples of wise men in the bible:

  • Joseph– God gave him favor before Pharaoh and unusual wisdom to govern over all Egypt Acts 7:10
  • Joshua filled with spirit of wisdom Dt 34:9. He was chosen and given the responsibility to lead after Moses’ death, to bring the people into the Promised land
  • Solomon: first person in bible to ASK for wisdom instead of riches and fame 1 Kings 3, He asked for wisdom in governing people with justice and he kept growing in wisdom, understanding and knowledge
  • Zechariah– a man of great wisdom, unusual wisdom. He was the East Gatekeeper 1 Chronicles 26:14
  • Ezra given wisdom from God to appoint judges , King Artaxerxes noticed Ezra’s wisdom was from the Lord Ezra 7:25. Ezra was a scribe who spent much of his time studying God’s word, In fact, scripture tells us that God’s hand of graciousness was on Ezra because he was determined to study and obey God’s laws as well as teach those decrees and regulations to the people of Israel
  • Hiram of Tyre of tribe of Naphtali, a son of a widow- God filled him with wisdom to create many items of Bronze for King Solomon 1 King 7:12, he created pillars of brass, chapiters on the pillars decorated with pomegranates and lilies, he made the molten sea for the temple and the oxen holding it up. His work was decorated with lions, oxen, cherubim, lilies and pomegranates . He created many more items of brass for King Solomon
  • 4 men in Daniel – God gave them an unusual aptitude for understanding every aspect of literature and wisdom Daniel 1:17
  • Daniel was 10 times more capable than any magician and enchanter in the kingdom. God have him wisdom, strength and favor Daniel 1-5. He was found to have insight, understanding and wisdom .
  • Jesus!!! He was filled with all wisdom, He grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people
  • Stephen was full of wisdom and no one could stand against the wisdom and the Spirit with which He spoke. Acts 6:10
    ……..and many, many more……………………………….

Wise Women in the bible:

  • A woman from Tekoa 2 Samuel 14:2- a woman with a great reputation for wisdom who went before the king 2 Sam 14
  • Ex 35:26 women whose hearts stirred up in them wisdom spun goats hair
  • a wise woman from bel-beth-maacah saved her city when she threw the head of Sheba over the wall to King David’s commander Joab.
  • Deborah – a judge of Israel
  • Jael – wisdom, strength and courage to deceive and destroy Israel’s enemy, the commander of Canaan’s army named Sisera. “theLord’s victory over Sisera will be at the hands of a woman”
  • Esther– beautiful queen of Persia who, through the wisdom and favor from the Lord, saved the Jewish Nation
  • Abigail – saved her household from a great slaughter
  • The 5 bridesmaids who kept oil in their lamp
  • The Proverbs 31 woman
  • Lydia – the Lord opened her heart to hear and understand the words of Paul, saving her and all her household Acts 16
  • Rahab saved herself and family , some of the women had shrewd tactics like Lot’s daughters, Tamar (Gen 38) who pretended to be a prostitute to sleep with her father in law, Isaacs wife who told Jacob to deceive his father for the inheritance and blessing, Leah who secretly took her sisters place in the wedding bed, and the woman from Tekoa who went before King David, but hey! men were shrewd too- consider Jacob and then Laban, he was a real swindler
    …..and many more….I like the Shumanitte woman but I don’t know if she was wise or super persistenthttps://prepareforthelamb.wordpress.com/2013/06/12/it-is-well-it-is-well-said-the-shunamite-woman-2-kings-48-37/

There are many more examples of men and women in the bible filled with God’s wisdom. They saved nations, they saved their families and were able to continue in God’s strength to carry out all that God had planned for their lives. (Wisdom is mentioned 23x in the book of Job. 47x in  Proverbs. 26x in Ecclesiastics)

More facts on Wisdom from the wisest man who ever lived : King Solomon:

Fear of the Lord is the foundation and first step before Wisdom. Wisdom is given to us from the Lord. Once we have wisdom, wisdom will lead you to understanding with knowledge. Following that, God will give you discernment, good judgment and disciple. (knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment, knowledge comes to those with understanding) God’s wisdom founded the earth and preserves it, His understanding created and stretched out the heavens – can we understand or fathom how great this is!?!

Turn your ears to wisdom, ask, pray and cry out for it, for the Lord grants wisdom! It will save you from evil and twisted people, it will save you from temptation. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom, but shun evil and Fear the Lord. There is much joy to the one who finds wisdom, it is greater than silver and pays more than gold. It is more precious than a ruby, in fact nothing can compare with it.

Wisdom is like a tree of life to all those who seek and hold tightly to her. In fact, seeking and getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! If you prize wisdom, she will make you great! Embrace wisdom and she will honor you, love wisdom and she will guard you. God’s wisdom will multiply your days and add years to your life, if you find it, you will have a bright future and your hopes will not be kept short – that is an great promise!!!! Wisdom will keep you safe – Gods wisdom, but those who trust in their own insight are foolish.

Wisdom will lead you along the straight paths. Keep your eyes glued on wisdom from above, don’t be foolish seeking human wisdom. Getting wisdom will benefit you- seek her with all your might. Wisdom is enshrined in an understanding heart. In all this, watch that pride doesn’t slip in. It’s like a silent serpent, like a virus that silently tries to trap you. Check your heart for humility as you seek and grow and wisdom, for pride comes before the fall and humility comes before honor. Seek wisdom from God, not mans wisdom – for no human wisdom can stand against the Lord. For more nuggets of wisdom from King Solomon click here : https://prepareforthelamb.wordpress.com/2013/07/20/77-donts-from-king-solomon-the-wisest-man-who-ever-lived-proverbs-ecclesiastes/

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Verses to ponder and think about………………..

  • James 3:15 For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic.
  • James 3:17But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere.
  • Revelation 13:18Wisdom is needed here. Let the one with understanding solve the meaning of the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. His number is 666.
  • The fear of the Lord is true wisdom; to forsake evil is real understanding.’” Job 28:28
  • Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom. Psalm 111:10

  My thoughts : If I’m jealous and selfish, I’m not living according to God’s ways nor am I walking in the Fear of the Lord. If I am jealous or selfish, I am actually acting in an earthly demonic way – that is terrifying! God’s wisdom is peace loving and gentle – ooohhhh dear – and willing to yield to others. I’m beginning to understand that I am not fully where I want to be yet. I need to work on being gentle, but seriously…. I don’t know if its in me. Was the Shummanite woman gentle? Was Deborah gentle? If I obey the Lord’s commands I will grow in wisdom , aha! that’s the key to growing in wisdom – obedience….and that takes self discipline.

  • Psalm 51:6 But you desire honesty from the womb, teaching me wisdom even there.
  • Psalm 90:12Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.
  • Psalm 104:24 O Lord, what a variety of things you have made! In wisdom you have made them all. The earth is full of your creatures.

My thoughts: How does God teach me wisdom in the womb. That is so amazing! He must fill us with wisdom (errr some of us) or perhaps that verse was speaking of Jesus, hmm no I don’t think so, I just read the chapter. Really amazing that not only do we receive wisdom, but we can grow in wisdom. That gives me hope. God made us in His image. He is the Creator and He wants to give us creative gifts.

  • Proverbs 18:4 Wise words are like deep waters; wisdom flows from the wise like a bubbling brook.
  • Proverbs 19:8 To acquire wisdom is to love yourself; people who cherish understanding will prosper.
  • Proverbs 24:3 A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense.
  • Proverbs 29:15 To discipline a child produces wisdom, but a mother is disgraced by an undisciplined child.
  • Proverbs 9:1 Wisdom has built her house; she has carved its seven columns.
  • Isaiah 11:2And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.Out of the stump of David’s family will grow a shoot—
      

My thoughts: That’s interesting – wise words are like deep waters..like a bubbling brook. When I hear those words I can’t help think of the heart mentioned in Proverbs- beware of what goes in your heart, for out of it flow the issues of life and also Jesus spoke of living water in our hearts. This wisdom goes in our hearts and earlier we read that it its enshrined in understanding. Once this wisdom goes in our heart, it overflows into every area of our life. it also reminds me of the verse in Jeremiah 17:7-8 ‘Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, he shall be like a tree by the rivers” The roots of the tree go deep into the waters and soil and nothing can knock this tree down, nor stop it from producing fruit.  To cherish wisdom is to love our own soul. very cool.I need my house to be strong and built right by the Lord, only His wisdom can help me. Discipline produces wisdom, but ugh I feel so tired, when will I see the fruit of discipline? Sometimes I want to give up. God give me wisdom. Okay last verse – I cant help but think of the candles in the tempe – the 7 candles and with that thought, I link it to Isiah 11:2 and the 7 spirits, perhaps they are the 7 pillars or symbolic? I believe their is an order or growth in this way also: Fear of the Lord, Spirit of Knowledge, Spirit of Counsel, Spirit of Might, Spirit of Wisdom, Spirit of Understanding and the Spirit of the Lord.

  • Ecclesiastes 2:26God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy to those who please him. But if a sinner becomes wealthy, God takes the wealth away and gives it to those who please him. This, too, is meaningless—like chasing the wind.
  • Ecclesiastes 7:11Wisdom is even better when you have money. Both are a benefit as you go through life.
  • Ecclesiastes 7:12 Wisdom and money can get you almost anything, but only wisdom can save your life.
  • Ecclesiastes 7:23I have always tried my best to let wisdom guide my thoughts and actions. I said to myself, “I am determined to be wise.” But it didn’t work.
  • Ecclesiastes 7:24 Wisdom is always distant and difficult to find.
  • Ecclesiastes 7:25 I searched everywhere, determined to find wisdom and to understand the reason for things. I was determined to prove to myself that wickedness is stupid and that foolishness is madness.
  • Ecclesiastes 8:1 How wonderful to be wise, to analyze and interpret things.Wisdom lights up a person’s face, softening its harshness.
  • Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatever you do, do well. For when you go to the grave, there will be no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom.
  • Ecclesiastes 9:16 So even though wisdom is better than strength, those who are wise will be despised if they are poor. What they say will not be appreciated for long.
  • Ecclesiastes 9:18 Better to have wisdom than weapons of war, but one sinner can destroy much that is good.
  • Ecclesiastes 10:1As dead flies cause even a bottle of perfume to stink, so a little foolishness spoils great wisdom and honor.
  • Ecclesiastes 10:10 Using a dull ax requires great strength, so sharpen the blade. That’s the value of wisdom; it helps you succeed.

So what have we learned? First we must have mastered the Fear of the Lord. Then we must ask for Wisdom. Wisdom only comes from the Lord and we are told to ask and He will give it to us. Ask, pray, cry out for wisdom. Knock, Seek and Ask. We can also grow in this wisdom through obedience. God’s wisdom is filled with gifts and promises for us. It helps us, strengthens us,empowers us to teach others, comfort the weary and lead God’s people. When our leaders today – God’s shepherds stop seeking wisdom,they fail and the flocks scatter. It is so important to seek wisdom. Don’t let finances, advertising and busyness knock you off the path. If you’ve already fallen, time to make a change and get back on track. Gatekeepers, you must continue growing in wisdom and keeping God’s flock from stumbling. Remember not to put your trust in human wisdom and strength. If we boast in anything – it is that we know God. God’s wisdom is pure, it is the knowledge that the message of the cross has the power of God for Salvation. Christ is the wisdom of God and God made him to be wisdom itself.  No man can know God through human wisdom, it is only for those who believe.. 1 Cor 1:18   Cor 1:21.  1 Cor 1:24,30.

 

Is there no wisdom in this land? Is no one left to give wise counsel?

Proverbs 2:2 Proverbs 2:6 Proverbs 2:10 Proverbs 2:12 Proverbs 2:16 Proverbs 3:7 Proverbs 3:13 Proverbs 3:14 Proverbs 3:15 Proverbs 3:18 Proverbs 3:19.Proverbs 4:5Proverbs 4:6 Proverbs 4:7 Proverbs 4:8 Proverbs 4:11 Proverbs 5:1Proverbs 7:4 Proverbs 8:1 Proverbs 8:11 Proverbs 8:12 Proverbs 9:10.Proverbs 9:11 Proverbs 9:12Proverbs 14:33 Proverbs 15:33 Proverbs 16:10 Proverbs 21:30 Proverbs 23:23  Proverbs 24:7   Proverbs 24:14    Proverbs 28:26   TProverbs 29:3   Jeremiah 10:12 Proverbs 11:2 Proverbs 14:6 Proverbs 16:16Proverbs 17:24Isaiah 50:4Jeremiah 10:21Jeremiah 17:5Jeremiah 49:7.
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What is the Fear of the Lord? Listen and I will teach you the FEAR OF THE LORD! It is the beginning of WISDOM and UNDERSTANDING

 Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge Prov. 1:7

All wisdom (understanding and knowledge) begins with the fear of the Lord.  Do you want wisdom?  life? and good all of your days? Listen and pay attention!

Come, you children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
 Who is the man who desires life,
And loves many days, that he may see good?
 Keep your tongue from evil,
And your lips from speaking deceit.
 Depart from evil and do good;
Seek peace and pursue it.  The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,

And His ears are open to their cry.
 The face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
To cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. pS 34

According to Psalm 34, Fear of the Lord is defined by these 6 keys:

  • Keeping your tongue from evil
  • Your lips from speaking deceit
  • Departing from evil
  • Doing good
  • Seeking peace and pursuing it

An awesome promise follows :There is NO want to those who fear Him…those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing. When you walk with the Lord, there is no reason to fear, He promises that you will have all you need. To Fear the Lord is more than just reverence, it’s living in obedience to Him and His Ways. It is to run from evil, seek the Lord, it is the beginning of wisdom and understanding. If you want wisdom, pay close attention.

Am I living, walking, talking, thinking, acting in the Fear of the Lord?????

  •  Am I seeking Him? -really really seeking Him – not just an occasional sit down with coffee in the sanctuary
  • Is my heart right or have I put my “serving” and busyness in the way? Am I walking with Jesus?
  • Are my words pleasing to Him?
  • Are my thoughts in line with His Ways?
  • Is my mind stayed on Him?
  • Do I make an effort to live in peace with people around me or am I quick tempered and impatient?
  • Do I stay away from evil? What music am I listening to? Are the movies and television shows I watch righteous and pleasing to the Holy Spirit in me?
  • Do I do my best to live right? never lie, slow to anger, loving others, putting others before myself?
  • what books am I reading?
  • Am I mixing occult practices in with my walk with the Lord ?- (somebody is… you need to stop)

Sometimes the “Fear of the Lord” is put off to the side while we rush around in all our busy duties and traditions. Maybe we think we already have the fear of the Lord because we said the sinners prayer and go to church. However! As we read scripture, we see that there is an intentional effort that must take place on our part. When the bible says “Seek Him”, that means we may have to put aside our wants like tv and entertainment to truly seek Him.  We have to watch our words too, that takes an effort, or at least it does for me. How about being a peacemaker? If that comes easy to you, maybe you’re not around enough people – because, at least in my life, it takes an effort to put on my shoes of peace. There will always be a battle within us – the flesh vs. spirit, but we need to let God’s Spirit lead us into righteousness. We must begin living a life in the Fear of the the Lord. It takes a disciplined life to live right. Behave!

***NOT ONLY DO WE AS FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST NEED TO FEAR GOD, BUT OUR CHURCHES NEED TO FEAR GOD  – Even though many churches seem to lack this foundation – you can make a difference. Reverence His Sanctuary, Stay Silent before Him and keep His house a house of Prayer ***

I want to grow in wisdom, do you? I want to grow in understanding and knowledge just as King Solomon did. In order for us begin, we must first master the Fear of the Lord.  It is the beginning of knowledge, it is to hate evil, it is a fountain of life, it leads me away from evil, its the beginning of wisdom – it’s more precious than all the world could offer.

Let’s define  “Fear of the Lord” through scripture:

  1. is wisdom and to depart from evil is understanding Job 28:28
  2. Is clean (pure) , enduring forever Ps 19:9
  3. Is the beginning of wisdom, understanding belongs to those to who his commandments Ps 111:10
  4. Is the beginning of wisdom, understanding belongs to those who know the Holy One Pr 9:10
  5. Is the beginning of knowledge Proverbs 1:7
  6. Is to hate evil prov 8:13
  7. Is a fountain of life that turns us away from the snares of death pr 14:27
  8. Is the instruction of wisdom pr 15:33
  9. Is the key to a long life pr 10:27, pr 19:23, a life of honor and riches pr 22:4
  10. Leads us away from evil Pr 16:6
  11. In Isaiah 11:2, part of the 7 fold spirit, this being the foundation
  12. Is the instruction of wisdom – (it takes a disciplined life) Prov 15:31-33

Do you want to understand the Fear of the Lord? Do you want to find knowledge and be given wisdom by the Lord ? (pr2)Then you must:

  • Treasure His commands
  • incline your ears to wisdom
  • apply your heart to understanding
  • cry out and ask for wisdom, discernment and understanding
  • seek wisdom and understanding as you would seek a hidden treasure

PROMISES WHEN YOU SEEK THESE TREASURES: (pr2)

WISDOM WILL ENTER YOUR HEART  ( I so need that)
DISCRETION WILL PRESERVE YOU   (hello, I need that too)
YOUR WAYS WILL BE PRESERVED    (I love this promise)
YOU WILL UNDERSTAND JUSTICE   (don’t we all need this?)
YOU WILL UNDERSTAND RIGHTEOUSNESS  (one righteous man can make a difference)
YOU WILL BE DELIVERED FROM THE WAY OF EVIL  ( Amen!)
THE LORD WILL BE A SHIELD ,  GUARDING YOUR PATH (Ps91-He Protects me)
DELIVER YOU FROM THE IMMORAL WOMAN (and all temptations)

Proverbs 2:1-16

 My son, if you receive my words,And treasure my commands within you,
 So that you incline your ear to wisdom,And apply your heart to understanding;
 Yes, if you cry out for discernment,And lift up your voice for understanding,
 If you seek her as silver,And search for her as for hidden treasures;
 Then you will understand the fear of the Lord,
And find the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom;

From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;
 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright;He is a shield to those who walk uprightly;
 He guards the paths of justice,And preserves the way of His saints.
 Then you will understand righteousness and justice,
Equity and every good path.
 When wisdom enters your heart,And knowledge is pleasant to your soul,
 Discretion will preserve you;Understanding will keep you,
 To deliver you from the way of evil,From the man who speaks perverse things,
 From those who leave the paths of uprightness To walk in the ways of darkness;
 Who rejoice in doing evil,And delight in the perversity of the wicked;
 Whose ways are crooked,And who are devious in their paths;
 To deliver you from the immoral woman,
From the seductress who flatters with her words,

Hear the Word of the Lord: 

 And Abraham said, “Because I thought, surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will kill me on account of my wife.  But indeed she is truly my sister. She is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.  And it came to pass, when God caused me to wander from my father’s house, that I said to her, ‘This is your kindness that you should do for me: in every place, wherever we go, say of me, “He is my brother.”” GEN 20:11-13

Now these are the last words of David. Thus says David the son of Jesse; Thus says the man raised up on high, The anointed of the God of Jacob, And the sweet psalmist of Israel:  “The Spirit of the Lord spoke by me,  And His word was on my tongue. The God of Israel said, The Rock of Israel spoke to me:‘ He who rules over men must be just,Ruling in the fear of God. And he shall be like the light of the morning when the sun rises,A morning without clouds, Like the tender grass springing out of the earth,By clear shining after rain.’ 2 Samuel 23:1-4

Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.2 Cor 7:7

 Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied. Acts 9:31

  Let us together revisit these life changing verses and begin a journey to gain wisdom or to continue growing in wisdom. Stop and consider your ways, decide today to make a new change that your heart would be filled with a priceless gift  – Wisdom from God.  Wisdom to make the right choices, wisdom in our words, understanding justice, new gifts and abilities, right thoughts, new ideas and knowing how to live a life pleasing to our God, our Father and our Creator.

  Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
 And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.

Honor His Name, Reverence His Sanctuary, Walk in the Fear of the Lord

Don’t know which way to go? Start here with the Fear of the Lord and He will fill you will wisdom as you go forward. Jeremiah 6:16 says to Stop at your crossroad, look around, ask for the old godly (ancient) way and then go! walk in it, there you will find rest for your soul.

In Deut 17:7- Moses was giving the people instructions for life and in this passage, Moses gives the rules to follow if they they decided to have a king. One of the rules for a king was that he is to read God’s laws everyday all through His life – he was to write his own copy and “read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God…..” to observe them, that his heart not be lifted up above others, that he would not turn aside from the commands and that his life would long for him and his children.

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What are you looking at?

Now, I have said this to a few people- and certainly it wasn’t meant to be answered- rhetoric question or statement, I’d say, meaning – you better turn your head or I will run you over. Okay, maybe not so Christian like but hey! If you’re going to get out of your car at a gas station and watch me vacuum my car rugs, I will both ask you this question and then proceed to beat you with vacuum hose until you get back in your car. People are so rude, I’d give more examples, but we have a lesson to learn today. My lovely attitude is the result of living among many rude people in this section of the world. If you don’t like my reaction , then I have to ask – what are you looking at? because it’s time to look at YOU- and ask yourself, hey! what am I looking at?

My post today is for each one of us to look at what we’re looking at, what did I see today? where are my eyes going? What is in my minds eye? What am I thinking about?  I didn’t realize, or maybe I didn’t want to realize… the importance of being careful of both what we see and what we imagine in our own eyes.

Scripture has a lot to say on this – it even mentions that false teachers prophecy over the false things they imagine, and I bet they even think they are true prophets in their own eyes.

We will go over a few verses I want you to think about:

1-Matthew 14: And when peter had comedown out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, saying  Lord! Save me!

Peter was perfectly fine walking on water when he kept his eyes on Jesus, but WHEN HE LOOKED at what was coming against him, he sank. When his eyes were taken off Jesus, fear crept in and when fear crept in, he fell. When we keep our eyes on Jesus, nothing can stop us. When we look ahead at Jesus and not our problems, we will be victorious. Consider my favorite tree in Jeremiah 17:7-8, even though winds, storms and drought came along, the tree stood tall, always yeilding fruit and always growing because it’s roots ran deep along the river – it never had to fear or be afraid

2-Proverbs 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.

It doesn’t get any more obvious than this verse. What you see sinks deep in your heart and then into your life. Keep the dirt out of your heart and your life will be right.

3-Genesis 30:31 So he said, “What shall I give you?”And Jacob said, “You shall not give me anything. If you will do this thing for me, I will again feed and keep your flocks: 32 Let me pass through all your flock today, removing from there all the speckled and spotted sheep, and all the brown ones among the lambs, and the spotted and speckled among the goats; and these shall be my wages. 33 So my righteousness will answer for me in time to come, when the subject of my wages comes before you: every one that isnot speckled and spotted among the goats, and brown among the lambs, will be considered stolen, if it is with me.”34 And Laban said, “Oh, that it were according to your word!” 35 So he removed that day the male goats that were speckled and spotted, all the female goats that were speckled and spotted, every one that had some white in it, and all the brown ones among the lambs, and gave them into the hand of his sons.36 Then he put three days’ journey between himself and Jacob, and Jacob fed the rest of Laban’s flocks.Now Jacob took for himself rods of green poplar and of the almond and chestnut trees, peeled white strips in them, and exposed the white which was in the rods38 And the rods which he had peeled, he set before the flocks in the gutters, in the watering troughs where the flocks came to drink, so that they should conceive when they came to drink. 39 So the flocks conceived before the rods, and the flocks brought forth streaked, speckled, and spotted.  Then Jacob separated the lambs, and made the flocks face toward the streaked and all the brown in the flock of Laban; but he put his own flocks by themselves and did not put them with Laban’s flock. And it came to pass, whenever the stronger livestock conceived, that Jacob placed the rods before the eyes of the livestock in the gutters, that they might conceive among the rods.  But when the flocks were feeble, he did not put them in; so the feebler were Laban’s and the stronger Jacob’s.  Thus the man became exceedingly prosperous, and had large flocks, female and male servants, and camels and donkeys.

This is where this entire post started – what!  Somehow when the animals gazed or saw with their eyes- a certain outcome would happen – how can this be? The white of the trees were exposed to the goats, lambs and sheep so they would conceive. I’m not claiming to know what is going on here – but Jacob- and we know he’s done his fair share of deceiving – had a trick up his sleeve, he knew if the gaze of the animals was on this white peel (and by the way Laban means white) that something would happen- all because they saw this white peel from one of the three trees.

 

4-Matthew6:22 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

How can your eye be good or bad. You eye can only see, it can’t go out and do good works so a good eye has to see good things and a bad eye- well, it’s got it’s eye on darkness. What you see effects your body -physical and spiritual. Stop watching lifetime movies! Geeeesh, I’m preaching to myself here…..

5-Numbers 21:6-9     Then the Lord sent fiery (burning) serpents among the people; and they bit the people, and many Israelites died.  So the people came to Moses, and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord, so that He will remove the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.  Then the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent [of bronze] and set it on a pole; and everyone who is bitten will live when he looks at it.”So Moses made a serpent of bronze and put it on the pole, and it happened that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he looked to the bronze serpent, he lived.

” People! Look at this shrewd snake, when you gaze upon it, you will be healed and you will live”  It seems like another punishment to look at the snake, why would God want them to look at what would hurt them – I don’t know, but I do know that its important because Jesus brought it up again in the New testament-

6-John 3:9-16 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can these things be possible?”  Jesus replied,“You are the [great ] teacher of Israel, and yet you do not know nor understand these things [from Scripture]?  I assure you and most solemnly say to you, we speak only of what we know and testify about what we have  seen [as yewitnesses]; and you  do not accept our testimony. If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe and trust Me if I tell you heavenly things?  No one has gone up into heaven, but there is One who came down from heaven, the Son of Man[Himself—whose home is in heaven].  Just as Moses lifted up the [bronze]serpent in the desert [on a pole], so must the Son of Man be lifted up [on the cross],  so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life  “For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and]only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him[as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life. 

One of the worlds best known bible verses, John 3:16, was during a conversation between Nicodemus and Jesus. This verse immediately follows the verse where Jesus mentions the bronze serpent lifted up by Moses… isn’t that strange?  Maybe it means we looked to the serpent before – because of our sin beginning in the garden, but now we look to Jesus. Either way, whatever  the mystery, in the same way the people received life by looking at the serpent, we also receive life – eternal life, by looking to the Son of Man who was lifted up on the cross. I’m sure Nicodemus remembered these words as he saw Jesus lifted on the cross on the dark afternoon when the earth shook and Jesus died.

7-Luke 6:42 How can you think of saying, ‘Friend, let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.

I know, I know , it is so much easier to look at the faults and defects of others, I mean they have sooooo many! It’s really amazing that we can see how wrong others are even though that big log is in our own. Remember, when you judge others, you will also stand under the same judgment – by others, yes – I’m talking about today. That verse isn’t saying that you’ll get whats coming to you on judgement day – no, it’s instant, maybe tomorrow. Let’s clean up our own eyes first, our own imaginations, yes, that’s the plan.

8-Genesis 3:5God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.” At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.

The result of Eve’s first act of disobedience was that her eyes were open to sin – to shame, fear and her nakedness- and they obviously learned how to blame someone else. The man blamed the woman and the woman blamed the snake.  So the result of disobedience was open eyes – isn’t that odd…. there’s more to this, but put it in your brain library.

9- Numbers 33:55 But if you fail to drive out the people who live in the land, those who remain will be like splinters in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will harass you in the land where you live.Judges 7:17Then he said to them, “Keep your eyes on me. When I come to the edge of the camp, do just as I do.Judges 14:1Samson’s Riddle ] One day when Samson was in Timnah, one of the Philistine women caught his eye.When he returned home, he told his father and mother, “A young Philistine woman in Timnah caught my eye. I want to marry her. Get her for me.”Judges 16:21So the Philistines captured him and gouged out his eye They took him to Gaza, where he was bound with bronze chains and forced to grind grain in the prison.Judges 16:28Then Samson prayed to the Lord, “Sovereign Lord, remember me again. O God, please strengthen me just one more time. With one blow let me pay back the Philistines for the loss of my two eyes.”

Samson’s eye caused him to sin, then his eyes were gauged out and his last hour he brought revenge for the loss of his eyes.Matthew 18:9And if your eyecauses you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.

Look again at the above verse. It says to drive the people out of the land, can you think of any people who live in your land that have now become as ‘splinters in your eyes’?

10 Job 31:1 “I made a covenant with my eyes not to look with lust at a young woman.

Wow! I really wish men preachers would stop making excuses for lusting after women by saying that’s how they are genetically made. Give me a break!  You are basically giving an open door to all men to lust by saying God made you that way. Women can do the same – duh! It’s up to each person to behave themselves. Clearly, we have a choice. Here, Job, a man of God defines the way for us. Thank you Job!

11-  STOP LOOKING BACK!     Genesis 19:17 When they were safely out of the city, one of the angels ordered, “Run for your lives! And don’t look back or stop anywhere in the valley! Escape to the mountains, or you will be swept away!”Genesis 19:26 But Lot’s wife looked back as she was following behind him, and she turned into a pillar of salt.

  •  Phil 3:13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,
  • Luke 9:62Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”
  • Hebrews 6:1 Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God
  • 2 Corinthians 5:17   Therefore if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature ; the old things  have passed away. Behold, new things have come
  • Hebrews 12:1-2  Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud  OF witnesses , stripping off every unnecessary weight and the sin which so easily and cleverly entangles us, let us run with endurance and active persistence the race that is set before us,  focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith , who for the joy  set before Him endured the cross, disregarding the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God 

In Christ, you are NEW!  You’re not the old person, so why do you keep looking back? Forget what is behind, get rid of those old sins that drag you down and run the race set before you by keeping your eyes on Christ, the finisher of your faith. Keep your eyes on Christ. Have faith, also have good works in love for others at all times.

12- I could go on, but because I know that sometimes a long post is never read, I will stop here and list a few more verses to consider if you want. Bottom line is this – what you see before you and in your mind can lead you to hell or lead you along the way you should go – the narrow path, which is difficult and so few find it.  Get your act together. Amen.

 

  • Hebrews 11:27It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible.
  • Hebrews 12:2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.
  • 2 Peter 2:14 They commit adultery with their eyes, and their desire for sin is never satisfied. They lure unstable people into sin, and they are well trained in greed. They live under God’s curse.Matthew 5:28But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
  • Numbers 24:15Balaam’s Final Messages ] This is the message Balaam delivered: “This is the message of Balaam son of Beor, the message of the man whose eyes see clearly,Numbers 24:16the message of one who hears the words of God, who has knowledge from the Most High, who sees a vision from the Almighty, who bows down with eyes wide open:
  • Numbers 25:6Just then one of the Israelite men brought a Midianite woman into his tent, right before the eyes of Moses and all the people, as everyone was weeping at the entrance of the Tabernacle.
  • 1 Samuel 2:33The few not cut off from serving at my altar will survive, but only so their eyes can go blind and their hearts break, and their children will die a violent death.
  • 1 Samuel 18:9So from that time on Saul kept a jealous eye on David.
  • Job 10:4Are your eyes like those of a human? Do you see things only as people see them?
  • Job 28:21It is hidden from the eyes of all humanity. Even the sharp-eyed birds in the sky cannot discover it.
  • Isaiah 33:15Those who are honest and fair, who refuse to profit by fraud, who stay far away from bribes, who refuse to listen to those who plot murder, who shut their eyes to all enticement to do wrong—

For all sakes of sakes, I used amplified, new king james, king james and new living translation scattered about.

Have you considered where you let your eyes wander? or where you allow your thoughts to go.  Are you in fantasy land? lotto land? what are you watching? what are you looking at? Where is your mind wandering?

Keep your eyes on Jesus, get your thoughts in line, keep far away from ALL evil. When you control your thoughts, God promises that His peace will be with you!

 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.  The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. Phil 4 

What do I do?

1- Look forward to what lies ahead, just like Abraham and the prophets looked forward to the Messiah. We also look to Christ and what lies ahead.
2- Don’t fill your heart and mind with worthless and wicked ideas, movies, discussions, songs, thoughts, etc.
3- Stop looking back -once we were enemies of God, but now through Christ, we are friends.
4- Consider what your thinking and daydreaming about. Fix your thoughts
5-How many times have you looked only towards Christ today?
6- Ask God to show us any way in us that is not pleasing to Him
7- Ask myself – Are my are focuses so deep in darkness that I cant see?
7-  I know you’re better than everyone else on earth, but let’s stop judging others for their faults without considering our own.
8- Lust will lead you to hell, don’t let any fancy preacher tell you otherwise
9- Anything you do that you KNOW is wrong is a sin- Anything that you are looking at or thinking about that you know is wrong, it’s still a sin
10- What you put before you to look at can change you. It can change your destiny, your eternity, your today and your tomorrow – it can change you mentally, physically and emotionally

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2015 in review

Happy New year !  I don’t usually post the year end review but decided I would this year.  I haven’t posted much in 2015 but I’m looking forward to the upcoming year and new bible studies I have planned out. Thank you to all my fellow bloggers who keep up the good faith telling others about Jesus, thank you to to all my followers and visitors.

Keep on  keeping on-Never give up- never, never, never!

Get out of the world and its ungodly ways, don’t let sin control you!

Zechariah 8:16 Do not fear, always speak truth to one another, let justice, peace and truth lead you in all your ways, LET NONE OF YOU THINK ( or say) EVIL IN YOUR HEART AGAINST YOUR NEIGHBOR.DO NOT LIE, for these are things the Lord hates.

–and for crying out loud people, behave!  Follow the example of Christ. Can I get an amen out there?

Peace and love to all!

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AND HE WILL BE CALLED IMMANUEL, THE LORD WITH US Matthew 1:23, Isaiah 7:14

Merry Christmas from the American Center for Law and JusticePhotocredit aclj.com

May God’s peace be with you on this glorious day. For unto us a Son is given and His name is Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace

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Christ or Santa Claus; Man, am I confused!

Interesting comparison between Santa and the Lord. This would be a great family devotion. It’s not easy to completely exclude santa from everything we see and hear during the holidays, but we can teach our children and our children’s children the truth of God’s word.

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(This is a reposting of a SIH blog entry from a few years ago…)

Most of us know the basic history of Santa Claus…

Nicholas, a 17-year-old Catholic priest, became known for his generosity toward those that were in need (especially children).  Following his death the Catholic church granted him the status of sainthood.  As the Catholic church began to celebrate Christmas, they included St Nicholas in their celebration.

As time progressed, due to the influence of the reformation, the person of St Nicholas began to be changed into a variety of characters.  Different nations began to form their own description and name for this generous person.  St Nicholas’s new names ranged from Father Christmas, Christmas Man, Pere Noel and many others.  The name most commonly used in our country, Santa Claus, came from the Dutch version of St Nicholas, who was given the name, Sinterklaas.

In the early 1800s…

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Salvation for the Jewish People, last days ( BSF Lesson 13, Revelation 7, Second day Third day)

  Then I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds so they did not blow on the earth or the sea, or even on any tree. And I saw another angel coming up from the east, carrying the seal of the living God. And he shouted to those four angels, who had been given power to harm land and sea, “Wait! Don’t harm the land or the sea or the trees until we have placed the seal of God on the foreheads of his servants.” Revelation 7:1-3

Second day: Revelation 7:1-3
3. What are the four angels doing in the opening of Chapter 7?

We see from the verse above, the angels are holding back the 4 winds so they did not blow on the earth, sea or any tree. These  4 angels have the ability or power to harm the land, sea and trees.

4. a. What might the winds in the passage represent? (Jer 49:36-37, Daniel 7:2)

Now this is interesting!  If I wasn’t recently reading through Ezekiel, I probably wouldn’t have caught this, but hear me out.
If we search the scripture to find out more about the 4 winds we see that at times the 4 winds scatter people, they also release the beasts from the sea but in Ezekiel 37 – the chapter on dry bones- the 4 winds bring breath into the bodies formed from the skeletons in the valley. (Keep in mind: Rev 7 talks about the tribes of Israel being sealed immediately after the verse about the 4 winds)

 ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, O breath, from the four winds! Breathe into these dead bodies so they may live again.’” Ez 37:9b

Before we can move on, let’s go over some things from Ezekiel 37 so you can see this come together. (And hey! Maybe I’m right, maybe I’m wrong-Is Ez 37 symbolic? Or is it specific? Or is it both? Who knows!  that’s my disclaimer) Here’s what we know about the bones in Ezekiel 37.

  1. The bones are in a valley vs. 1 (Joel 3:14- could this be the valley of decision?)
  2. The bones are the people Israel 11 – “The whole house of Israel”
  3. They are bones of people who once lived and died vs 3
  4. They died in their sins because they needed to be cleansed vs 23
  5. When they were given new life, they were given God’s Holy Spirit and they would return to their land- this hasn’t happened yet so we’re going to say it’s talking about the last days
  6. They stood on their feet and became a great army. Also Zech 12:8, could this also be the army of Revelation 19:14? (That’s debatable, but they are considered a great army that goes out and fights for the Lord in the last days, no talk of white robes though- only those died in tribulation)
The Valley of Dry BonesPhoto: flickr artist Loslwl https://www.flickr.com/photos/loswl/4830572938

Okay so here we know that the 4 winds gave breath/life to the whole house of Israel that died. Notice also the very next verses in Revelation 7 talk about the tribes of Israel being sealed. Also, notice the winds weren’t allowed to harm the earth or sea (yet) but we don’t know if this wind just caused the prophecy of Ezekiel 37 to come to pass. In Rev 7:4, the People of Israel were marked with the seal of God and in Ez 37, they were given God’s Spirit (v14).  What is the seal of God? Consider the verses below

  • 2 Corinthians 1:22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
  • Ephesians 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
  • Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye aresealed unto the day of redemption.
  • 2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

So considering the word seal and the verses above, let’s move on knowing that these tribes of Israel are sealed for salvation by the Holy Spirit.

But how did this happen? Well we know the bones were given new life, but we have more clues to this moment. Let’s go to Zechariah

  • Zechariah 12:8-10 On that day the Lord will defend the people of Jerusalem; the weakest among them will be as mighty as King David! And the royal descendants will be like God, like the angel of the Lord who goes before them!  For on that day I will begin to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. “Then I will pour out a spirit of grace and prayer on the family of David and on the people of Jerusalem. They will look on me whom they have pierced and mourn for him as for an only son. They will grieve bitterly for him as for a firstborn son who has died

Look at this! Zechariah talks about the last days and a Spirit of grace and prayer poured out on the family of David. Does this prove the Holy Spirit’s seal of revelation 7 and Ezekiel 37? Possibly! We are told, in the verse above, that the people of Israel will see Christ, the Messiah, His piercings and mourn for Him as an only son, as a firstborn son who has died.

  • Ez 39:29  .  And I will never again turn my face from them, for I will pour out my Spirit upon the people of Israel. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!

Could this also be the valley of decision, since we know the bones were in a valley Ez 1 and Joel 3:14-16 talks about a valley of decision in the last days:

  • Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the Lord will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.

Putting this together: The dead of Israel are given new life, they see and believe in Christ and are sealed by God – but there’s more! Let’s move on because Jesus is going to cleanse them on this very day with water, a fountain, river :

  • Zechariah 13:1 “On that day a fountain will be opened for the dynasty of David and for the people of Jerusalem, a fountain to cleanse them from all their sins and impurity.
  • Ezekiel 47:1 The River of Healing ] In my vision, the man brought me back to the entrance of the Temple. There I saw a stream flowing east from beneath the door of the Temple and passing to the right of the altar on its south side.
  • Ez 36:25-27 “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. Your filth will be washed away, and you will no longer worship idols.  And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations.

More Proof that this chapter in Zechariah is about the Last Days:

  • Zech 14:1-9Watch, for the day of the Lord is coming when your possessions will be plundered right in front of you! I will gather all the nations to fight against Jerusalem.Then the Lord will go out to fight against those nations, as he has fought in times past. On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem. And the Mount of Olives will split apart,On that day life-giving waters will flow out from Jerusalem, half toward the Dead Sea and half toward the Mediterranean,] flowing continuously in both summer and winter. And the Lord will be king over all the earth.

I know there’s more , but for attention’s sake, let’s put some things together, assuming these verses are talking about the same day, time and moment.

This is between the 6th and 7th seal of Revelation. There will be a day and a time that the Lord God will rise of the dead of Israel who died in their sins and give them new life and a new spirit. (Consider  1 Thes 4:14-17 link in to prove  this – the dead will rise first, and also salvation is for the Jew first and then the Gentiles Romans 1-2 which may prove the Jews rise first and are given a new spirit then the dead in Christ rise up before those alive on earth rise up- and maybe this is why Jesus tells many they will see the Son on man returning on the clouds- because they will be alive again!!!)

More proof! And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.Matthew 24:30

They will be sealed with the Seal of God and nothing will be able to harm them on earth. They will see Jesus, they will mourn for Him as an only Son. A river of cleansing will cleanse them from all their sins. They will be a great army for the Lord and will rise up in the last days to fight for Him.

  •  Are these 4 winds the same 4 winds in Ezekiel that give life to Isreal?
  •  Are the tribes mentioned in Revelation 7 that are sealed the same army that God rose up out of the valley?
  • Is this the valley of decision from Joel?
  • Is this where the people of Israel see Him who was pierced and mourn for Him?

Joel 3:21- the last days war, God will pardon the peoples sins that He has not yet pardoned

Jer 3:26
Oh, my people, dress yourselves in burlap
and sit among the ashes.
Mourn and weep bitterly, as for the loss of an only son.

***Alert reader, Marilyn just brought up a great point – when exactly does this happen? Is it before or after the 1000 year reign on earth because clearly Revelation 20 tells us the Christ reigns on earth with those Martyred in the last days but what about the rest of mankind, what about Revelation 19 when Christ and His army wages war against the ungodly on earth.  When do the dead rise up? If it’s before the 1000 year reign, where are they if they are not on earth with Christ, and would it be after the 1000 year reign…..and then when exactly is the wedding feast?
  Is the 1000 years the same as the new Jerusalem… or maybe everyone is there and only those martyred reign as kings and priests, but again I thought we would all be priests ministering for Him.
   Another question was, what about the Pharisees -Jesus asked God to forgive them because they didn’t know what they were doing- so what happens to them…and He also told  the Pharisee that he would see Jesus descending down from earth.
    This is what is so awesome about God’s Holy Word. He will reveal things to us at just the right time. I don’t claim to know anything, but there is something here – a putting together of a puzzle piece, a mystery – that we will one day understand. God’s word is God’s word and interpretation, theory and ideas belong to man. Only the Holy Spirit can guide us into Truth. Ask for guidance, have a berean attitude, searching the scriptures when you are taught anything. God bless!!!

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KNIT TOGETHER WITH BONDS OF LOVE, A LOVE THAT LASTS FOREVER

  •  God’s love for us is forever
  • We are knitted together with bonds of love that are eternal
  • We are to continue to grow in love and charity in the body of Christ  This love is gentle and kind with a humble and tenderhearted attitude
  • Love never gives up
  • Love never loses faith
  • love always endures through every circumstance
  • love is always hopeful
  • love lasts forever! 1 Cor 13:8

The bible tells us that God’s love for us lasts forever.  He has chosen you as His own people(1 Thes 1:4). We are told that we are knit together with bonds of brotherly love – and this love in Christ lasts forever. Jesus told us that three things last forever – faith, hope, and love- and the greatest of these is love.  I can’t imagine a greater gift, it’s a gift that all the money in the world can’t buy. This is what it means to be rich in the things that don’t belong to this world.

  • Could all the money in the world buy eternal salvation?
  • Could all the world’s gold buy God’s love and mercy for us eternally?
  • Could all the galaxies put together be enough to pay the price for us to enter the Holy of Holies before a perfect, just and holy God?

Jesus made the greatest sacrifice for us – a love we can’t understand – that He would pay the price for us. If you read the Song of Solomon, you will read about a great love between a king and his bride. That love, that we can understand from an earthly standpoint, times infinity is the love that God in heaven has for you.

We know that this world and all the things the world craves after will one day come to an end. (1 Peter 4:7) but the love we have from the Lord and for others will never end– it’s forever!  According to scripture, when we die, the love we have for others is still alive- and it’s forever.

Brotherly love

You must show sincere love to each other as brothers and sisters. Love each other deeply with all your heart. 1 Peter 1:22

“or thy friend, which is as thine own soul” Dt 13:6

Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude. 1 Peter 3:8

Consider the verse in 1 Samuel 18:1- And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.

KNIT TOGETHER

In Colossians, Paul talks about our hearts being knit together in love. If love lasts forever, then this knitting of believers in love also lasts forever. I guess you could say this is another way of seeing the body of Christ, Christ being the head. Also, a way as seeing believers as a vine or tree as described in scripture. The Jewish people being the branches and gentiles, by God’s grace, being grafted in as heirs, sons and daughters.

“That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.” Colossians 2:2-4

 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.  Col 2:15-22

This verse says that we are to grow together in strength and knowledge in Christ, the head of the body of believers knit together in love.

A Love THAT  lasts forever

 Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! 1 Corinthians 13:8

LOVE IS

  • Patient
  • Kind
  • Not jealous or boastful or proud
  • Not rude
  • Does not demand it’s own way
  • Keeps no record of wrongs
  • Does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices in the truth
  • Never gives up
  • Never loses faith
  • Always hopeful
  • Endures allA person who has no love is dead. Real love is what Christ did for us, so we should also give our lives up for others. If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?  Let your faith grow as you walk in moral excellence, adding knowledge of God’s word in your heart and mind daily. Practice self-control and patient endurance with godly character as you walk in brotherly love with everyone.  1 John 3:141 John 3:16 1 John 3:17  2 peter 1:5-7

Walking with God : Moses, Enoch, Noah, David  and YOU

And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle Ex 33:11

And Enoch walked with God. Genesis 5:22-24

 Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless person living on earth at the time, and he walked in close fellowship with God Genesis 6:9.

 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave their testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will. Acts 13:22

God wants to walk with you

 For we are the temple of the living God. As God said: “I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people 2 Corinthians 6:16

 No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8

Image result for three things will last forever faith hope and love

All this love stuff sounds great, but if we aren’t walking right with God, we are fooling ourselves.  If we have all the gifts of God but don’t have love, we are nothing. If we could move mountains and speak the language of angels, but don’t have love, we are nothing. If we were filled with all wisdom and knowledge but didn’t love others, we are nothing. If we give to the poor and spend our time serving the church and others, but didn’t love others, we are nothing. You can boast about all these great things, but without love, you have gained nothing.

Get rid of all bitterness, anger, sin and unforgiveness. Ask God to search your heart to see if there is anything hiding  that has separated you from Christ.  Are you holy ? You were created to be holy as He is holy. Are you lukewarm? Are you half in the world and its ways and a half baked Christian? It’s time to grow up, cut off the sins and the ways of the world and get right with God. Love Him with all your heart, draw close to Him and He will draw close to you.  Grow in love, being knit together in love with other believers, bringing others in and snatching them from death.

How awesome is God’s eternal love for us! How awesome that we are knitted together in love forever!  May your love for others abound in Christ!

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A Prayer for your bible study group

Heart

    Lord,  I pray for our group this morning, fill us with a  desire to seek you and know you. Thank you Lord that you draw near to those who draw near to you. May we say as David did, “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God”.   Lord, I thank you that you have called each one closer to you to know you,
   Lord, keep my eyes on you and keep me in constant prayer for each one of your precious daughters. Let them know how much you love them even though this love is too great for us to understand. Give them time to spend with you each day even though their lives may be filled with so much the world puts on them, Lord I pray that you would give them the time to study your word and the confidence to go before your throne.
   May this study bring us closer to you, purify our hearts and keep our loyalty on you alone. Show us our wrongs and teach us  the right way.  Keep us from becoming lukewarm or indifferent to you, keep us on the narrow path to salvation.  Lord, I pray that our meetings be like those of the first apostles, full of power, faith and salvation in Christ Jesus. Lord I pray that our lives would change, we would see your amazing power and have a powerful prayer life in Christ.    As we prepare to enter you Holy Place, search our hearts, test us and know our anxious thoughts, show us anything in us that offends you and lead us along the path of everlasting life.
    May the fire of your Holy Spirit fill our hearts and may your power be present  in our gatherings as we come together to pray, worship and study your word.  
  Lord bless their lives as they seek you, give them understanding as they read your word and wisdom in the paths you have set before them.  For those who are downcast or struggling, remind them that You are the lifter of their soul, you hold them by the hand and carry them through. You are our redeeming Savior may you fill their lives with more than enough and pull them out of harms way. Your thoughts are above our thoughts,
O Lord, how can we know the way?  Open our eyes, as you did to Hagar that we can see the hope we have in you, that we know you will never leave us, you are there with us every step of the way. Light the path that we are to go, as we stop, ask and obey your leading.  Your word says that your peace will guard our heart and mind, thank you for such a wonderful gift. Lord, I pray that your supernatural peace would guard our minds and our hearts and that our hearts would meditate on your word as we say “Lord, my heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast”. Truly your glory and mercy is too much for us to understand.
                   Thank you that your ways are above ours, remind us to put our trust in You alone and not in the words of man or the logic of the world. For your ways are far above anything we could think or imagine. Fill our hearts with the Joy that comes from the Holy Spirit, that in whatever condition or situation we are in, we will always praise your great name. You are our banner, our peace, our protector, our shield, our Savior and the God who saves.  Fill us with all wisdom and understanding that we may walk in your ways. Search our heart, O God , and show us anything that is not pleasing to you.  Thank you for drawing near to each of your beloved daughters in this study.  Being in your presence through Jesus Christ and the Power of the Holy Spirit is truly the greatest gift.
                Lord, give us your servants great boldness in proclaiming your name and your Word. Stretch out your hand with healing power and may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus. We remember Lord, that you are the same today, yesterday and tomorrow. You word is send out and it never comes back void, it accomplishes all you want it to accomplish
        We praise you today, we look forward to the day when every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Lord bless our group, and look with favor upon your beloved daughters as we draw near to you and our hearts sing praises to  your name.  In Jesus name, Amen
Lord, you are 
 
El Shaddai – The all sufficient One, The One who holds me, in whom I trust
El Elyon – The God Most High, You rule the affairs of men
Adonai -Beloved Lord and Master
El Olam – The everlasting God
Jehovah Jireh– The Lord will provide, He is my helper
Jehovah Nissi – The Lord my banner, He goes before me
Yahweh – Lord, Jehova
Jehova- raah – The Lord my Shepherd
Jehovah Rapha – The Lord who heals
Jehovah Shammah – The Lord is there
Jehova Tsidkenu – The Lord our righteousness
El roi – The God who sees, and delights in our lives
Jehovah Mekoddishkem- The Lord who sanctifies you
Jehova Sabaoth – The Lord of hosts. Lord of Heavens Armies
Jehova Shalom – The Lord is peace
Elohim– The Creator
 
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What’s in the Quran? Khalifa Koran and bible prophecy

What’s in the Koran? Is it really different than the bible? Is Allah the same God as the God as Israel? Who is the long awaited Promised One spoken from ages past? Is it Jesus or was it Mohammed?

Let’s start with the Quran translated from the original by Khalifa, Ill use a few other versions if necessary for understanding.

Khalifa uses this verse many times : Quran 3 :19 The only religion acceptable to God is submission.

Most people wouldn’t have a problem with this verse, which is exactly the idea. Allah wants them to find common ground. In fact, the coined term is : “A common term between us and you”.  It calls for peace between Christians and Muslims HOWEVER…looking at the verse above we have one discrepancy and that is the definition of ‘God’. (if you see the term ‘people of the book’ or ‘people of the scripture’, it refers to Christians and Jews)

It is believed by Muslims that the quran is  the new purified scripture. The old testament and the new testament are filled with errors and mistakes so Mohammed, through the visions he saw of the man/angel giving him new messages in order to purify and edit the old scripture. brought forth the purified version. Hence, we now have the quran aka  the final testament.

Khalifa’s second verse he uses to find common ground with Christians is the following :
Quran 2:62, 5:69 Surely, those who believe, those who are Jewish, and the Christians, the converts; anyone who
1- believes in God, and 
2-believes in the hereafter, and 
3-leads a righteous life, 
will receive their recompense from the Lord; they have nothing to fear, no will they grieve.

Sounds good, right?  We can all find some truth in that, BUT again we come down to what god? Who are you serving? Who do you believe? The bible tells us that Jesus is the only way to salvation, He made a way for us to be before a Holy God. He made us right before God. All through the old testament, there needed to be a sacrifice so we could be made right before God. Yet Allah says Christ was never crucified, it was only made to seem that way so Christians would be deceived.

Proof: 

  • That they said (in boast), “We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah”;- but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not:- [171] O People of the Book! Commit no excesses in your religion: Nor say of Allah aught but the truth. Christ Jesus the son of Mary was (no more than) a messenger of Allah, and His Word, which He bestowed on Mary, and a spirit proceeding from Him: so believe in Allah and His messengers. Say not “Trinity” : desist: it will be better for you: for Allah is one Allah: chapter 4:157-171
  • Say: “If (Allah) Most Gracious had a son, I would be the first to worship.”  Glory to the Lord of the heavens and the earth, the Lord of the Throne (of Authority)! (He is free) from the things they attribute (to him)! 83] So leave them to babble and play Allah says there is no Son It is not befitting to (the majesty of) Allah that He should beget a son.

Again, let’s read the last part of the verse above:  Quran 2:62. 5.69 above say that all who believe including Christians and Jewish will receive their recompense from the Lord and have nothing to fear if they believe and lead a righteous life.

What’s wrong with that verse? Well, for starters it shuts up Christians and Jews – who – whaaa? oh? ohhhh, so allah accepts Christians and Jews – really? Let’s look whats really written:

  • Allah actually curses them : The Jews call ‘Uzair a son of Allah, and the Christians call Christ the son of Allah. That is a saying from their mouth; (in this) they but imitate what the unbelievers of old used to say. Allah’s curse be on them: how they are deluded away from the Truth! Q30
  • In blasphemy indeed are those that say that Allah is Christ the son of Mary. Say: “Who then hath the least power against Allah, if His will were to destroy Christ the son of Mary, his mother, and all every – one that is on the earth? Surah 5:17

Allah and denies the Son

  • 5:60-65Say “Shall I inform you of something worse than that, regarding the recompense from Allah: those (Jews) who incurred the Curse of Allah and His Wrath, those of whom (some) He transformed into monkeys and swines, those who worshipped Taghut (false deities); such are worse in rank (on the Day of Resurrection in the Hell-fire), and far more astray from the Right Path (in the life of this world)…... Amongst them we have placed enmity and hatred till the Day of Judgment. Every time they kindle the fire of war, Allah doth extinguish it; but they (ever) strive to do mischief on earth. And Allah loveth not those who do mischief. And if only the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) had believed (in Muhammad SAW) and warded off evil (sin, ascribing partners to Allah) and had become Al-Muttaqun (the pious – see V.2:2) We would indeed have blotted out their sins and admitted
  • The people of the book reject the truth and will not depart until they see clear evidence. Those who reject the truth ( the people of the book) will be in hell fire to dwell in , for they are the worst of creatures. But those who have faith and do good deeds are the best of creatures, and their reward is gardens of eternity. 98:1
  • say people of the book, do you disapprove of us, for no other reason than that we believe in allah, and the revelation , and perhaps that most of you are rebellious and disobedient 5.59
  • People of the book wish they could turn muslims back to infidelity only because o of their selfish envy 13:109
  • People of the book say only they enter paradise, but they say it with vain desires, say ‘prove it’ 13:111
  • Even if you were to bring to the people of the book all the signs, they would not follow. They follow their own desires and are indeed clearly wrong S 2:5  .
  • And they say: “None shall enter Paradise unless he be a Jew or a Christian.” Those are their (vain) desires. Say: “Produce your proof if ye are truthful.” Chapter 2 111 

I’ve only just begun…. we’ve only hit the introductory pages with specific scripture on the first pages . Lets go to the Quran introduction page – Proclaiming One unified religion for all people by Khalifa ( God help me)

This specific Koran (there are a few translations) starts off quoting 5 scriptures from the Holy Bible that they believe prove that Mohammed was the long awaited one prophesied through Moses and Malachi. Let’s start off with the introduction page in the quran that tries to confirm that Mohammed is the messenger purifying and unifying the old and new testaments into the final testament as stated in 3:81

Quran 3:81 God took a covenant from the prophets, saying “ I will give you the scripture and wisdom. Afterwards, a messenger will come to  confirm all existing scriptures. You shall believe in him and support him. He said “ Do you agree with this?, and pledge to fulfill this covenant?” They said, we agree and He said You have thus borne witness and I bear witness along with you.

Here’s another version of the same verse:  And [recall, O People of the Scripture], when Allah took the covenant of the prophets, [saying], “Whatever I give you of the Scripture and wisdom and then there comes to you a messenger confirming what is with you, you [must] believe in him and support him.” [ Allah ] said, “Have you acknowledged and taken upon that My commitment?” They said, “We have acknowledged it.” He said, “Then bear witness, and I am with you among the witnesses.”

The above verse is saying that God asked us to confirm our belief of the Messenger to come and believe in Him.   God gives scripture and wisdom…sounds good. A messenger will come to confirm all existing scripture….. but wait! What messenger came to confirm all existing scripture? Was it Mohammed as he claimed himself to be or was it Jesus, who fulfilled over 300 old testament prophecies? Below we dive further into scripture to discover who this messenger is using the quoted scripture on the introduction pages of the quran:

They believe that Mohammed is God’s messenger as described and they quote Luke 17:22-36 to prove it:

 Then he said to his disciples, “The time is coming when you will long to see the day when the Son of Man returns, but you won’t see it.  People will tell you, ‘Look, there is the Son of Man,’ or ‘Here he is,’ but don’t go out and follow them.  For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other, so it will be on the day when the Son of Man comes. But first the Son of Man must suffer terribly and be rejected by this generation.

 “When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day.  In those days, the people enjoyed banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat and the flood came and destroyed them all. “And the world will be as it was in the days of Lot. People went about their daily business—eating and drinking, buying and selling, farming and building— until the morning Lot left Sodom. Then fire and burning sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.  Yes, it will be ‘business as usual’ right up to the day when the Son of Man is revealed.  On that day a person out on the deck of a roof must not go down into the house to pack. A person out in the field must not return home.  Remember what happened to Lot’s wife!  If you cling to your life, you will lose it, and if you let your life go, you will save it.  That night two people will be asleep in one bed; one will be taken, the other left. 35 Two women will be grinding flour together at the mill; one will be taken, the other left.” “Where will this happen, Lord?”] the disciples asked. Jesus replied, “Just as the gathering of vultures shows there is a carcass nearby, so these signs indicate that the end is near.”

It’s very interesting that they will point out this verse to prove Mohammed was one the world was waiting for, saying part of the scripture is true and yet deny that Christ suffered because plainly it is written along the same lines in the very next sentence:  But first the Son of Man must suffer terribly and be rejected by this generation” In other words, parts of the old and new testaments are selected and other parts are deleted and refuted.

According to the Khalifa quran (supported and read by 70-85% of Muslims), God’s messenger will purify the scriptures and unify them into one universal message – according to the Koran, this happens to be Mohammed. However as far as purifying or unifying of the scriptures – we see instead a new book written claiming that the other two were completely wrong. Mohammed’s “purification” was nothing more than denying Christ as the savior, denying the resurrection, denying the cross, denying the Jewish people and their promises from God, denying salvation through Christ and a deep rooted hatred for Christians and Jews.

Another verse noted by Khalifa, author of his translated quran is Matthew 27: 24 as proof as Mohammed being the messenger:

“For as the lightning flashes in the east and shines to the west, so it will be when the Son of Man comes”

He’s trying to tell us that the savior to come was Mohammed…. But let’s look at the full context of this scripture:

26 “So if someone tells you, ‘Look, the Messiah is out in the desert,’ don’t bother to go and look. Or, ‘Look, he is hiding here,’ don’t believe it! 27 For as the lightning flashes in the east and shines to the west, so it will be when the Son of Man comes. 28 Just as the gathering of vultures shows there is a carcass nearby, so these signs indicate that the end is near.29 “Immediately after the anguish of those days, the sun will be darkened,  the moon will give no light, the stars will fall from the sky,   and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.And then at last, the sign that the Son of Man is coming will appear in the heavens, and there will be deep mourning among all the peoples of the earth. And they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.[h] 31 And he will send out his angels with the mighty blast of a trumpet, and they will gather his chosen ones from all over the world[i]—from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven.

They claim this verse was  Mohammed but …was Mohammed’s appearing in the heavens? No it wasn’t. Was there deep mourning when he arrived? No sir. (actually if you read Zechariah 12 below, mourning is mentioned among the Jewish tribes when THEY LOOK ON HIM WHOM THEY HAVE PEIRCED- you see God has a salvation plan for the Jews. God loves them with an everlasting love, yet allah despises them them and wishes them to hell fire)  Read Zechariah 12

10 “Then I will pour out a spirit  of grace and prayer on the family of David and on the people of Jerusalem. They will look on me whom they have pierced and mourn for him as for an only son. They will grieve bitterly for him as for a firstborn son who has died. 11 The sorrow and mourning in Jerusalem on that day will be like the great mourning for Hadad-rimmon in the valley of Megiddo…..On that day a fountain will be opened for the dynasty of David and for the people of Jerusalem, a fountain to cleanse them from all their sins and impurity

Look at that – “the one whom they pierced”. this is prophecy fulfilled in Christ, yet allah says this is not true. God promises a fountain to cleanse them from all their sins, there is no such promise for the Jewish people from allah.

Do you see how they are completly opposite? One God has a Son and loves the Jewish people, He came to save the Jew first and then the Gentile. Yet allah, on the other hand, has tossed aside all scripture and prophecy even though we know it to be fulfilled in Christ. He denies the Son. Scripture tells us that the one who denies the son is an antichrist.

Look again at the scripture quoted above that they believe describes Mohammed: Did Mohammed have his own angels he could send out with a mighty blast? No, in fact, if you read Mohammed’s book, he had no idea who it was that was giving him this new testament. It was his blind cousin who said : It must be the angel Gabriel! In fact, if you read biographies on Mohammed, they say that Mohammed was concerned that it was a jinn (demon) or one who was transforming himself into light as to deceive.

Also mentioned by Khalifa, quran translator,  as a prophecy of Mohammed is the old testament verse Malachi 3:1

“Look! I am sending my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. Then the Lord you are seeking will suddenly come to his Temple. The messenger of the covenant, whom you look for so eagerly, is surely coming,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.”

According to this verse, Khalifa claims this is referring to Mohammed, but this verse comes up again in the New testament  Matthew 3, let’s take a look:  Pay attention!

As John’s disciples were leaving, Jesus began talking about him to the crowds. “What kind of man did you go into the wilderness to see? Was he a weak reed, swayed by every breath of wind?Or were you expecting to see a man dressed in expensive clothes? No, people with expensive clothes live in palaces. Were you looking for a prophet? Yes, and he is more than a prophet.10 John is the man to whom the Scriptures refer when they say,

‘Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
    and he will prepare your way before you.

11 “I tell you the truth, of all who have ever lived, none is greater than John the Baptist. Yet even the least person in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he is! 12 And from the time John the Baptist began preaching until now, the Kingdom of Heaven has been forcefully advancing,[d] and violent people are attacking it. 13 For before John came, all the prophets and the law of Moses looked forward to this present time. 14 And if you are willing to accept what I say, he is Elijah, the one the prophets said would come.[e] 15 Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!

You see, Jesus tells us clearly that John was the one prophesied about in Malachi 3, not Mohammed.  But since Mohammed  “purified”  himself into the position of John and Jesus, it’s up to you on what you ultimately decide to believe.

Most importantly we know and were warned :

If someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough… For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.  2 Corinthians 11:2-4, 13-15

“But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!” Galatians 1:8-9

Khalafa was a smart educated man, he spent his life studying the quran and works of Mohammed, yet with all his knowledge, he did not have wisdom from God. For all the worlds knowledge is foolishness to God. He has trapped the wise in the snare of their own cleverness. (1 Cor 3:19)

As I finish today’s word…and I’ve only just begun, the scripture that comes to mind is :

Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful 1 Corinthians 1:27

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