Who are these people whose place was not found? (Revelation 20:11)
ANSWER: Let’s read.
Revelation 20:11 “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and no place was found for them ”.
“Those whose their place was not seen” are not humans! .. but are the “HEAVEN AND EARTH”. The translations from other languages are describing it well.
And why do they flee from his face? .. it is because of his glory… because nothing can stand before the face of God, for he is so great and holy !. Even the seraphim in heaven who are holy, still cover their faces and feet before Him..what about other creatures that live on earth?.
Job 41:10 “… .But who can stand before me?
Thus no human being can approach God by his/her holiness. But thanks be to God that there is one who is worthy to draw near to Him, and that He is no other than His only begotten Son JESUS CHRIST whom He overcame and deserved to approach God, and to sit with Him in His throne. He alone is worthy to approach God… and through Him we we have received the opportunity to draw close to God.
Revelation 3:21 “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.”
Revelation 5:11 “And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the living and the elders, and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;
12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing.
13 And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and all that is in it, saying, Blessings and honor and glory and power be to him who sits on the throne, and to the Son of man. The sheep, forever and ever ”.
So if we believe in Him and enter into Him, we will find the courage to draw closer to God, which in natural sense would not be possible at all, but it became possible through Jesus, but if we reject Jesus, then we have no confidence and we can never draw near to God, but lost forever in the lake of fire.
Hebrews 10:19 “Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus,
20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
21 And having an high priest over the house of God;
22 And let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water ”.
CLOUD OF WITNESSES, (BRETHRENS)
We believe that Jesus Christ is the God manifested in human flesh for the purpose of man’s redemption, and he is the Alpha and Omega (Rev.22: 13).
We believe Brother William Branham is the messenger of God to our generation, sent as the Prophet of this generation and his ministry fulfills a prophecy given by the prophet Malachi.
Malachi 4: 5-6 “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse”
William Branham fulfilled Malachi 4: 6b. And Brother Branham also fulfills John’s prophecy concerning the 7th Angel, on Revelation 3:14 & 10: 7
So with all our hearts, we firmly believe that He is the Messenger of the last church that we are living now (i.e Laodicean church), and there will be no other church after this, so there will be no other messenger after this one.
We do not believe that William Branham is God or Jesus. To do so is to cultivate idolatry, and to equate man with God, which is an abomination in his sight and blasphemy.
We believe in inner and outer holiness, and that, it is the duty of every Christian to live a holy life according to the Word of God as it is written in the Holy Bible.
We believe in zealously preaching the message of the last days, and baptizing people in the correct baptism, by immersion in the name of Jesus Christ according to (Acts 2:38, 8: 16,10: 48 and 19: 5).
We also believe that we are living in the last days, and Our Lord Jesus Christ will appear soon.
Shalom, welcome to bible study…
I have met a number of people who, if you try to tell them about the cross or the salvation brought by our Savior Jesus Christ, they say that the Lord Jesus was white, so they cannot follow the white man, nor the religion brought by the white man. They say “why don’t we Africans keep our beliefs, why are we imitating the things the whites brought to us? ..Why don’t we follow our own culture?, that is neo-colonialism? Why don’t we appreciate ourselves?.
This is a very big issue that confuses many people .. and it stems from a lack of confidence… Now before we go to our basic question above that asks “Was the Lord Jesus white or not!” let us first consider the following logics.
Someone who argues that “we should not follow anything brought by white” but to maintain our own… then he should reject everything brought by those western people without exceptions… including the phone he uses, not to use it anymore…the clothes he wears he/she should not wear anymore (because even the clothes they wear are made by the same industries invented by so called whites) .. so he should continue to wear his traditional clothing that the ancient Africans used to wear..
He should also not live in modern houses that has electricity, because even the construction system is from the same ones he calls whites and electricity as well, he should not also use toothpaste, iron, he should not use even a tractor to plow, he should not watch TV, he should not also use a gas stove, or a pan, and should not own a car or any fire truck because they are all brought by the same white people, if he wants to travel from one city to another he has to use a donkey…
And he must not go to any hospital or use any kind any modern and ultimately medical treatment… he/she should not send his children to school…. If all that he has succeeded in stopping using them then he will not be a hypocrite to reject the Faith brought by whites… but if he cannot stop using all the above items and instead he loves them, then he will be a HYPOCRITE to reject the faith brought by white people! For so reason.
Now, after we have considered this, let us go further….
It is an indisputable fact that the Christian faith entered Africa through missionaries from European countries…The missionaries were not Africans but white people…. Whichever way they came here, but in the end we know that it was God’s plan for them to come here to bring the News of the Savior.
Now the basic question to ask yourself is where did these Europeans missionaries get this Christian faith?…
If you are reading the Bible you will already have the answer that the Christian faith has its source in the Nation of Israel. The nation of Israel was the only nation that God chose to be the beginning of the fulfillment of His purpose on earth… So that alone was God’s chosen nation… and the rest of the nations of the world were called “NATIONS”, generally represented groups of nations from all over the world except Israel itself, and these NATIONS did not worship the one and true God of heaven and earth (Jehovah)… Only one Nation worshiped the God of heaven and earth according to His will!… and that is the Nation of Israel.
And the Israelites were not white people!… They were very close to the “Arabs”.
So if you know the human race well, you can tell the difference between white and Arab in appearance!, they are not the same, and even the Arabs are not as white as white people from Europe and far west! And they don’t have blue eyes like whites people!, and their hair is black and not gold as Europeans!….
Now our Savior Jesus Christ was born in Israel, so in appearance he was like the Israelites… And the Israelites were not strong and progressive people when the Savior lived in the world, that is why you will see that when Christ was on earth, the Romans (who were now white people) ruled over Israel. And God made Israel weak to the point of domination, because of their sins of and rebelled against Him. Thus they did not have any remarkable development compared to other white nations like Rome and Greece.
Now back to our question .. “Was Jesus white?” .. You will have found the answer according to the above description. HE WAS NOT WHITE but a man of the Nation of Israel.. Examples of whites people at the age of Jesus were Pilate and Herod who were the Romans.
Now how did these white people come to believe in the Lord Jesus who was not white as them?…
You can find such information in history, but in a short, they were also introduced to Jesus, just as we were to. The apostles such as Paul and Peter who were Jews preached the gospel arround the globe. Those who received it properly knew well that they too were Gentiles who did not deserve to be called God’s people but through one Redeemer Jesus Christ were included in that grace..which was only for the Israelites!
So as White people received the gospel from Jews, they also brought to us Africans, because in Africa it was very dark, people were worshiping idols and superstitions… .and in this last days, things have changed, it is time for Africa now to take the Gospel back to the white people, because their home is now rotten, the generation that trusted God has gone and now has merged up a generation of ungodly people, their home is the hub of gay people, blasphemous people, naked people walking on the streets shamelessly. So the gospel is much needed now for whites people More than for Africans live in Africans, as they brought it to us it is time now for us to lead them to repentance, to believe in the Savior.
Therefore, brethren, never dwell on the issue of the salvation of our Savior Jesus Christ and the “Color” The God of Israel is not racist and is worshiped by people of all races… in order to be God of heaven and earth he must be available to all people… If you see you worship God found only in Africa, or only found in Europe!… then that is proof enough that he is not the true God of heaven and earth..Because the true God of the whole world must be worshiped and proclaimed worldwide by people of all races!.
And do not forget this Savior Jesus Christ, died, rose and ascended to heaven and will return a second time, so if you have heard the gospel and still do not believe in Him, or thought that if you believed in Him you would be fulfilling the wishes of white people, or colonizers! ..
Change your mentality from now on!… judgment is coming!, so repent today if you have not repented, as well as be baptized so that your sins may be taken away and the Lord will give you the gift of His Holy Spirit who will help you overcome sin and help you understand things you did not understand about Him.
The Lord Bless us.
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Hebrews 12:14 “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.”
We are commanded by God to live peaceably with everyone. We therefore as Christians owe it a duty to be at peace with those around us.
We don’t necessarily need to repay any hurtful deed directed toward us. To quench a raging fire, you don’t have to jump into the flames but simply put it out.
Whenever we are mistreated or slandered, it’s time to act wisely and in a gentle way.
We should not retaliate with the weapon of silence nor seek revenge. An uncontrolled TONGUE is responsible for setting the course of our lives on fire:
James 3:5 “Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold,how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
6. And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.”
Knowing this, let’s control our tongues by evaluating each thought and guarding each word we say. If control our tongues and use words with restraint, we will enjoy peace.
1 Peter 3:10 “For he that will love life, and see good days,l et him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensure it.”
Staying calm at all times is the best way to avoid the annoyance of godless enemies. Being humble is a sure way to drown out all taunting noise of the enemies. It gives us poise in the midst of the world’s alarms. This way we offset the noise of the world around us.
When we are annoyed by the sneering remarks and slanderous words of those around us, we ought to respond positively. Instead of cracking down on them and silencing them, we should be gracious in our attitude toward them. We should be kind, considerate and loving in our words and actions toward them.
Returning evil with evil will always result into conflict, which eventually leads to lack of peace, and it may create resentment. He who harbours resentment will have a never-ending and profitless job.
In fact, he is the one who will suffer most.
Proverbs 15:1 “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.”
Try to be at peace with all men everywhere, at all times. Being humble does not mean a sign of weakness. Our Lord Jesus was humble and gentle (Matthew 11:28). One who is humble is always calm and of few words. He does not gossip about other people’s matters.
Phillipians 4:5 “Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.”
As Christians, we should guide well our tongues to avoid getting in trouble with it. We can accomplish much good with kind, thoughtful and wise words. Sometimes we accomplish more by not saying anything. When we are wronged, we shouldn’t take revenge, instead, we should reward evil with good, and go right on living for the Lord. As aggressively pursue peace with other people, God will bless our efforts. He has promised to make our enemies be at peace with us. And so shall we experience peace and a life of calm.
Proverbs 16:7 “When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.”
In as much as we make every effort to be at peace with all people, let’s also pursue holiness, without which no one shall see God.
There is a Spirit accompanying Names, in Scripture we find many people were who changed their names, some at the beginning of the ministry or before the ministry began. Abraham was first called Abram (Genesis 17: 5), Sarai was changed to Sarah, Jacob was changed to Israel. It is therefore important to know the meaning of the names before you give the baby a name or before you give yourself a name.
Note: If you give a name to a child no matter how good a name is or how good its translation is, if the child is not raised in godliness, he/she will still be bad, and when he/she dies they will go to a burning hell.
Likewise, a child may have a bad name, but if they are brought up in the right way, that does not stop God from not using him/her, and his/her name still can exist in the book of Life.
Because the names in the book of life are not written according to their interpretation, but according to the deeds!! There will be many good names in the Lake of Fire, and there will also many who have no good names in Heaven.
And nurturing is not only takes her/him to church every Sunday, but also to teach them the ways of the Lord daily even at home! while you as a parent showing a godly example.
But all in all it is good to give a baby a good name which has a translation!
This is the most “powerful” name, above all, for all generations to the end of the world, there will be no greater than this for all time, and its meaning is JEHOVAH THE SAVIOUR, so Jesus is the Savior of the World.
It means “Jehovah is Gracious”. Origin of this name is Jewish, John the Baptist was named this as well as John the Disciple of Jesus, Andrew’s brother.
It means “Lukania” Lukania is the southernmost point of Italy, where its interpretation remains unknown to this day.
Its translation is “The Gift of the LORD” Its origin is in the Hebrew language
It means “Humble”
It means “the LORD shall exalt or exalt”. The origin of this name is Hebrew.
Meaning. It is “Abhorred or Abused” its origin is in the Hebrew language.
Its meaning “God has heard” of its origin is the Hebrew language.
Its translation is a small stone (throwing like stone), the origin of this name is Greek.
Meaning of Grace is a special privilege that a person or thing can receive, that privilege has no specific cause. Only God gives Grace.
His translation is “Steadfast, Steady” The origin of this name is Hebrew, in the Bible he appeared to Ethan the wise man in Psalm 89
Ivan and John are the same names, except for Ivan is in the current Russian language, but the same as John, whose translation is “Jehovah is Gracious”
The name Charles comes from the German word “karl” which translates to “man”.
ANSWER: The Bible does not say which kind of ballot was cast there, whether it was a casting dice or that everyone wrote their own opinion and when they did it all seemed to be focus on Jonah.
The biggest lesson we can learn is that …God can use any means to accomplish His purpose. He can use a formal or informal way.
For example, if you are a good student of the Bible you will find out that God gave David the whole kingdom of Israel through conspiracy.
God promised him to be king over all Israel and anointed him with the hands of the prophet Samuel sometimes back… but when the day came for that prophecy to be fulfilled, the king of Israel (David) did not get the kingdom by vote but by conspiracy. That is, the king of Saul’s son was conspired, and David came to power.
It was some people who were living in the King’s palace ambushed the king and killed him, and beheaded him.
and brought to David the head of the that king, and told him today that God has avenged your enemies. Although David did not approve their wickedness … but there was no way that the throne should be by someone else and that was none other than David himself (read 2 Samuel 4: 5-12).
For when Israel saw their king killed there was no way not to make David the next king. And the prophecy of him being a king over all Israel came to pass.
Likewise, God can choose a person in any way whether formal or informal. And He can use anyone to accomplish His purpose, He can use even evil or just … whoever he wills.
If he wants to put someone in a position he can put him/her through the ballot or not through the ballot. Matthias was chosen by lot to be one of the 12 apostles of the Lord Jesus to take the place of Judas. But Peter and the other Apostles were not elected by vote/lot …And that did not make Matthias to be not one of the 12 apostles of Jesus.
So Jonah was chosen by lot to be punished by God. God could have shown the people the vision that Jonah was the source of the problem, but he did not choose that way … He could have sent an angel and appeared to them and told them that Jonah is the source of the problem but didn’t choose that way either.
Even in the election of school, village, local, or state leaders … all those who are elected and held the position, it is God himself who put them there … Whether they are set in a legitimate or illegal way such as voting or not, that doesn’t matter. It is God who put them there.
(In the last day they will answer why they stole the ballot or why they were not honest in those positions).
All presidents in office are placed by God in their positions , whether they stole the ballot or did not steal it.
some for the purpose of like that of Pharaoh, some like of Jeroboam, some like of Nebuchadnezzar, some like of the king of Assyria, some like of king Manasseh, some like of king Hezekiah … Each one is placed there by God for a specific purpose …
The Lord bless you.
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Shalom, Blessed be the name of our Lord Jesus Christ … it is good to remind ourselves of things we had previously learned or been taught. The Lord in the Old Testament prevented the children of Israel from eating animals that are not chewed the cud.
Chewing as interpreted by the Bible is not about releasing air from the stomach or vomiting… No!.
Chewing is a behavior Animals have after eating grass they store the food in their bellies and then they have the ability to return the food back and chew it again and then swallow it when it has been chewed better…
Now the animal like a pig does not chew the cud, so it is unclean … Revealing the behavior of some people who have no recollections of what they have learned, and have no tendency to think again and again when they have eaten, have no time to go back to meditating, (to chew again the food). … And that makes them easy to forget all the good things that God has done for them in the past, or to digest unclean spiritual foods.
But if we learn to remind ourselves of what we have learned in the past, and to think again and again and meditate, we place ourselves in a better position to defeat the evil one, and so in the spirit we are seen as creatures that are not defiled before God (clean to God).
So today let’s remind ourselves a bit about judgment. Let us briefly consider the judgment of the Lord Jesus to help us know what our future judgment will be after this Life.
As we know the Lord was accused by the Jews (ie Israel) but was crucified by the Romans (ie Gentiles). So both communities: Jews and we Gentiles are guilty of the Blood of Jesus. That is why redemption and forgiveness are for all of us. Because we have all sinned.
Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”
And as the Lord Jesus was exalted before the judgment seat upon this earth … And he was judged before all men (Jews and Gentiles), and gave an account of all things.
Likewise on the day of judgment all the nations of the earth will also stand before him (Jesus) on the white throne. And each one will give an account of what he has done while he/she was here on earth.
John 19:13 “When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha”
So what you do today remember that one day it will be brought into Judgment.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil”.
And again the Bible says.
Revelation 20: 11 “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire”.
The Lord Jesus and all His righteousness stood before Herod’s Judgment Seat. Who are we to avoid the coming judgment?
And let us not present that day in a group of people who will be condemned to eternal death in the lake of fire but will be judged to be rewarded in conquering the world.
Matthew 25:19 “After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents”.
Keeping in mind that there is no second chance after death, man is destined to die only once, and after death is judgment (Hebrews 9:27). No prayer can lift a person out of the fire of hell into a paradise
If you die in sin, you are already lost forever. The Bible says that where the tree falleth, there it shall be.(Ecclesiastes 11: 3) … that means if you die and go to hell you will be there forever.
Have you stood firm in the faith? .. Are you sure that if Christ comes today you will go with him to heaven?. The Lord help you, and the Lord help us all in the Name of Jesus Christ.
Be very blessed.
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By grace of the Lord, today we will reflect on the lesson which lies behind the 70 years of children of Israel to be in Babylon. One would ask Why did God decide to make it clear that they would stay in captivity for 70 years, and even ask them to build the houses and marry each other in that strange land.
In short God didn’t need no petition of anyone to return to Israel at that time , you’ll see he didn’t even advise them to live as strangers in Babylon, or to rebel against the empire, instead told them to continue with their normal activities just like they used to live in Israel, as if there is nothing wrong with the Babylonian empire . Take a close look at the whole chapter of Jeremiah 29 you will see that.
But the fact is, even if it were you today, something like that happened to you, your whole family is killed, all your properties are lost, your city is burnt with fire, and then taken away into exile and somebody is boldly telling you he would come back to take you home after 70 years have finished, But for now you just live temporarily here build your house in this strange land, live a happily life, fear not? Imagine it were you would you truly live a happy life??
Of course, you won’t be happy at all, because, all your thought would have been at home at that moment, not to wait until all 70 years have finished.
Such was the condition of the children of Israel were passing through, when they had transgressed against God, God give up on them, and allowed Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon to take them into exile. While in Babylon false prophets arose and deceiving them that they would spend only 2 years before God bring them back to their land, but God spoke through the mouth of the prophet Jeremiah and said they would stay in exile for 70 years with their enemies, they’ll always be there. and that is what we even caused the prophet Jeremiah to suffer so much to the point of wanting to be killed by the Jews, for the bad news he brought to them, because it is clear that no one wants to die in captivity,
It is very disappointing in one way or another, remembering the slavery in Egypt of how they were persecuted and today the same thing re-occurs again, they are going to be laboured, to be served, to be whipped.
But this is what the Lord told them.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end”.
Many of us read this verse but for sure we don’t know from which source are coming from … Those words God told the children of Israel when they were taken into captivity, Babylon.
They are actually words of comfort.
But what does their story teach us?
Children of Israel are likened to the children of God now, those who believed in Christ and later turned away from him, those who knew the truth and opposed it.
those whom God has often warned to turn away from their evil ways through the sermons preached daily in churches and streets, but did not want to hear, until they reached a point of drowning into serious problems that they do not know how to get out. some have drifted into fornication and now they have got AIDS,
Let me tell you that, everyone will reap what they sow, probably you have asked God to heal you but you do not see any change, your case is similar to that of the children of Israel.
Now If you have come into a true repentance, I want to tell you that don’t be sad to find yourself in that situation for a very long time. As the Israelites found out of their mistake, that is what happened to you. They stayed 70 years but one day they came out…. And don’t forget this word that. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
You have been a thief or a rapist and you are now imprisoned, you have truly repented and become a good child of God, you steal no more and you have no plans to it again … but you wonder why until now you are still in prison God does not yet deliver you there, I want to tell you, forgiveness is one thing, and punishment is also another thing, if you find yourself in such a situation, you just calm down and be a good person in prison, serve your God with all sincerity, do the work of God there, do all the tasks that come before you, as if you neither would you go out today nor tomorrow, For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Now remember when the children of Israel came to Babylon though they repented and there were only many of God’s people like Ezekiel, and Daniel, but he did not let them suffer like the exile of Egypt, he raised up such mighty and wise men as Daniel, Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego, and put them in the royal palace in front of Nebuchadnezzar, and through them the King honoured all the Jews in Babylon with their God, worshiping him in freedom and peace, living in captivity but not as long as slaves there in Egypt, such as Joseph and his brothers Even though they were all in bondage.
And after the 70 years of doom had passed God opened a great door for them to return to their homeland, but they did not return empty handed, God opened the door to receive many gifts from Persian kings, and even those who remained in Babylon and other foreign countries willingly together with those who were spread across the world we see God again raising people like Mordecai and Esther, to Persian seats, who in turn made the Jews worth twice in all the world, feared and revered, even though they were in foreign lands. You see how God’s thoughts were good for them at the end of the day, despite serving the punishment but he also infused his purpose into their punishment.
So you who had sinned against God and now met with evil, until now you are in the dungeon, and fortunately you repented of your sins, and left them altogether, it is clear that God forgave you on that day when you changed your mind and your ways. But yet you still in that sinking hole of sickness, or imprisonment, or trouble, or misery, I want to tell you not to be discouraged, continue to serve God in the situation you are in, no matter how long will take you, weeks, or months or years until it is completely open, but you continue to serve him in the situation you are and He will bless you, He will increase you, He will teach you, He will increase you to where you are, and when His time comes He will open you up directly.
Serving punishment does not mean that God does not love you.
Isaiah 44: 21 Remember these, O Jacob and Israel; for thou art my servant: I have formed thee; thou art my servant: O Israel, thou shalt not be forgotten of me.
Proverbs 3: 11 My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction:
And also, if you have not repented of your sins for fearing that God will not forgive you … That is the voice of the devil talking inside you, wanting you to fall to fall down like Judas! God wants you to repent and forgive you all your sins for free because He is merciful God … He wants you to repent of those excess evil acts you did, He wants you to repent of your superstition and occultism you are in, your murder and fraud, in your prostitution. Repent today and he will forgive you! And change you because he always says.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end
Finally, I want you to end by reflecting on these words:
11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.
14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
15 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
16 For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.
17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;
18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.
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The Bible says: Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.That means if we diligently study the Word of God we can be sure that our souls are enriched and thus extend our earthly lives.(1Kings 3:14)
As we read the book o Genesis the first chapter we see how the Lord did His work of creating the world in 6 days, and on the seventh day He ended all His works and rest, and blessed that day to show that everything was completely done,
Also, if you read again the second chapter you will see how the Lord gives Adam the instructions of how to live in the garden, he also brought him all the animals to name them, and he did so, Therefore the life of Adam and all of his creatures went on that way for quite a while.Until one day God looked at Adam and said to himself ‘it is not good this man to live alone’
We read it from..
Genesis 2:18 (KJV)
18 And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
Just imagine someone saying “It is not good“, what does it signify?, it is clear that he had noticed some shortcomings, and need to make some improvement so that to get things going well as he wants.
So it was with God, though he had already created a woman in his mind for a long time, Genesis 1: 27-28 confirms it, the woman was already created before the creation itself begun, but God allowed her not to be there as if he forgot her., So that he could pass this message titled “ IT IS NOT GOOD”, to us to teach us something.
Notice, A woman came to creation later,After Life has been going on for a space of time probably 1 or 10 or 100 years later.
Now Why did God do it? He did it because he was teaching us that he is much interested with improvements, Yes his improvements which are of great benefit to us today, try to imagine how this world would be without women, how would it be without the loving of sister, where would you taste the love of a wife today, what kind of man would you be?., No animal, no bird, no sea creature would give you a sweet confort as a woman could today?..Life would be boring as any other planet up there.
That is why we thank God for giving us this great gift, but that is all due to some improvements he made, if God said I had finished my creation, and on the 7th day I was relaxed, what we see today would not be into existance.
In the same way God expects us to make changes in our Christian lives, in our ministry of building the kingdom of heaven, not to be contented by saying everything is okay … If God who cannot be wrong improved his works, how much more are we supposed to be improve ourselves..Why be content with the same christian life that you had lived 10 years ago.?
The work of God is falling asleep, the church’s daily structures are collapsing, why not say this Is not right let me donate my money, or my energy to fix them, or my mental experience to the builders to accomplish that structure of the church … God wants us to think that way. Who knows by doing that act you would bring thousands of soul to Christ?
If you feel you have been saved and still you are living in the same situation for a long time without showing no signs of improving in your prayer line, or ability to share the gospel with others, you don’t fast, Know that you are out of the purpose of God which you were supposed to be., if we always see everything is just well around us, then we are deceiving ourselves.
It is my prayer that you and I,will begin to learn to say this word IT IS NOT GOOD, in almost every aspect of our Christian lives, Iam sure we will certainly make big changes not only in our lives but also in our ministries.
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QUESTION: What was the thorn in Paul’s flesh?
Ans: Let’s read,
2 Corinthians 12:7 “ And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me”
There has been a lot of speculation about the thorn in Paul’s body, some still think it was a real thorn placed on his side, that every time he tries to brag then it pierces him.
others say it is a memory of the bad things he did in the past so God was bringing him thoughts that were stirring him up, and that turns out to be like a thorn to him and he stops bragging/boasting.
But, in all of this, if we look closely at verse 7, it says that God had a thorn in his body a “messenger of the devil”.
That Word, “messenger”, is a Word that means a person and not some idea or some thoughts or something. Even in the common sense what does the thorn bush have to do with bragging?
So Paul wasn’t talking about a thorn bush or some disease in his body, but he was talking about someone, who was like a thorn to him.
Now another question you will ask is why does it say it is in the body and not in the spirit?
The answer is that the word body can mean the life of a person or people…
Let’s read the following verses that the Lord was telling the children of Israel and we will understand more.
Numbers 33:55 “ But if ye will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you; then it shall come to pass, that those which ye let remain of them shall be pricks in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall vex you in the land wherein ye dwell.
56 Moreover it shall come to pass, that I shall do unto you, as I thought to do unto them”.
Judges 2: 3 “Wherefore I also said, I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare unto you”
Have you seen that? .. one’s life can be compared to a body, and the person who is disturbing and torturing you in your life can be likened to a thorn in your body.
But if we return to the Apostle Paul, Who was this thorn?
When we read .. 2Timothy 4:14 says ..
“Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works:
15 Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words”
The Bible has not given much information about this Alexander, a coppersmith. But it tells us he was Paul’s greatest obstacle, in his life and ministry. He used not only the word “evil” but the word “much evil”, to show that many evil deeds this Alexander showed Paul.
Probably, he was just misrepresenting Paul all the time, he was only talking about his own shortcomings, how he had been a killer in the past (killing and persecuting Christians), witnessing false statements before people who believed in Paul.
And that made that Paul, who is famous for so many revelations, and many miracles, and great ministries, seemed to be nothing in the midst of some who believed in him.
It is not unusual to see it today, you can see it for many world leaders, God raises up opponents as a thorn for them, to speak only of their evil, or their shortcomings, no matter how many good things that leader has done. God permits this so that the leader does not boast too much.
Such was the case with Paul for the bronze-smithing Alexander. He was a great thorn, until he begged God to take him away, (to be killed)
Read, 1 Timothy 1:20 “Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme”
but God told him His grace was sufficient. So he remained with it until his time was over.
Likewise with us, if we are arrogant, we think we are something, we have done something better than others, or we have something bigger than others.
Let us remember that the Lord can lift up the thorns for us.
Shalom, Maran atha!
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