An arrogant pompous Nebuchadnezzar tried to put himself above God Almighty to try to dominate the whole world and taunted nations. Nebuchadnezzar, king of Assyrians sent messengers to Persia, and to west, Cilicia, Damascus, Lebanon, Antilebanon seacoast nations, Carmel, Gilead, Upper Galilee and great plain of Esdraelon, Samaria, Jordan, Jerusalem, Bethany, Chelous, Kadesh, Egypt Valley, Tahpanhes, Raamses, Goshen, Tanis, Memphis, borders of Ethiopia. They all rejected an order of Nebuchadnezzar to join him in war, not afraid of him as he is only one man. All sent the messengers back empty-handed. Nebuchadnezzar angry, swore by his throne and kingdom he will take revenge on all inhabitants, land of Moab, people of Ammon, Judea, Egypt, two seas coasts. He attacks King Arphaxad in battle, defeated his army, cavalry, chariots, took towns, Ecbatana, captured towers, plundered markets. In mountains of Ragau struck Axpharxes with his spears and returned to Nineveh to rest, feasts one hundred twenty days. Nebuchadnezzar told Holofernes, chief general of his army, “he is the great king lord of the whole earth so he must take strong confident men about a hundred twenty thousand foot soldiers, twelve thousand cavalry to attack surrounding nations. To match into all the land west because they refused to become vassal states. To prepare their land and water as coming in anger to attack them and to cover whole face of earth with the feet of his troops to plunder the nations. To wound and fill ravines, gullies, and swelling river with their dead, or taken captives to the ends of the whole earth. To seize territory for Nebuchadnezzar in advance. They must yield themselves and hold on till the day of punishment. All who resist show no mercy, slaughter and plunder whole region by power of his kingdom. To do so by his authority as commanded to carry out order given without delay. Nebuchadnezzar’s army attacked and plundered and planned next move but warned by Achior not to attack Israel. Holofernes left and took commanders, generals and officers of Assyrian army. One hundred twenty thousand, twelve thousand archers on horseback a great army for a campaign. A vast number of camels and donkeys, mules transport, sheep, oxen, goats for food, and huge amount of gold and silver from royal palace. Set out with whole army ahead of Nebuchadnezzar to cover whole face of earth west with chariots, cavalry, foot soldiers, mixed crowd like swarm of locusts, like dust of earth with countless multitude marched in three days from Nineveh to plain of Bectileth. Camped opposite Bectileth near mountain north of Upper Cilicia. Holofernes and army, ravaged Put, Lud plundered Rassisites, Ishmaelites on border desert south of Chelleans. They follow the Euphrates river through to Mesopotamia and destroyed all fortified towns along brook Abron near the sea. Seized territory of Cilicia, to southern borders of Japheth by Arabia. Surround Midianites, burnt their tents, plundered their sheepfolds. To plain of Damascus during their wheat harvest and burnt fields destroyed flocks, herds, ransacked towns, ravaged lands and young men to sword. Achior is tied to tree for warning Holofernes not to attack Israel is saved. Fear and dread fell on the other people along seacoast of Sidon and Tyre, Sur, Ocina, Jamnia, Azotus and Ascalon who feared Holofernes greatly. The seacoast people and all countryside welcomed him with garlands, dances, tambourines but he demolished all shrines, cut down sacred groves; for he was commissioned to destroy gods of the land so all nations should worship Nebuchadnezzar alone, and all nations and all tribes should call him their god. So he went to Esdraelon, near the Dothan great ridge of Judea to camp between Geba and Scythopolis for a whole month to collect all supplies for his army. Israelites in Judea heard of Holofernes, and greatly terrified at his approach alarmed for Jerusalem and Temple of the LORD God. They recently returned from exile, gathered together the sacred vessels, altar and the temple consecrated after profanation. So they sent word to districts Samaria, to Kona, Beth-horon, Belmain, Jericho, Choba, Aesora, and valley of Salem. They seized all high hilltops and fortified villages on them and stored food in preparation for war since fields were harvested. Then the high priest Joakim in Jerusalem at the time wrote to people of Bethulia and Betomesthaim, near Esdraelon opposite plain near Dothan to seize the mountain passes, since Judea could be invaded.Immediately it was easy to stop anyone who tried to enter, for space too narrow and only two can pass. The Israelites did as ordered by high priest Joakim and the senate of Israel in Jerusalem. Every one Israel cried out to God, humbled themselves with fasting to God. Their wives, children, cattle all resident put sackcloth and prostrated themselves before the temple. They put ashes on their heads, spread sackcloth before the LORD. They draped altar with sackcloth and cried out, praying to God of Israel not to let infants be carried off and their wives taken booty or towns inherited be destroyed, and sanctuary profaned and desecrated by malicious Gentiles. The Lord heard their prayers so had regard for their distress. People fasted so many days in Judea and Jerusalem before the Sanctuary of the LORD Almighty. The high priest Joakim and the priests stood before the Lord and ministered to the LORD in sackcloth, offered burnt, votive or freewill offerings of the people. With ashes on heads cried out to the LORD to have mercy on whole house of Israel. And reports went to Holofernes about Israel fasting and praying to God to be saved from their attacks. Achior the Ammonite said Israel descended from Chaldeans from Mesopotamia because they did not wish to follow the gods of ancestors in Chaldea. So abandoned the ways of their ancestors and worshiped the God of heaven their ancestors drove them from gods so fled to Mesopotamia, and lived there for a long time. God told them to go to the land of Canaan. They settled and grew prosperous in gold and silver and livestock. Famine in the land of Canaan led them to Egypt and a great multitude their race couldn’t be counted so the king of Egypt hostile to them; and exploited and forced them made bricks. They cried to God who afflicted whole Egypt with plagues so Egyptians drove them out. God dried the Red Sea before them and led them by the way of Sinai and Kadesh-barnea. Drove out people of the desert and resided in the land of the Amorites, destroyed all inhabitants of Heshbon; crossed Jordan and possessed all the hill country of Canaanites, the Perizzites, Jebusites, Shechemites, the Gergesites and lived there long time. As long as Israel did not sin against God they prospered for God hates iniquity so us with them. When they departed from Godsway prescribed for them they were defeated in battles and led captives to a foreign land. So temple of their God was razed to the ground, the towns occupied by their enemies. Now they returned to God from those places scattered back to Jerusalem their sanctuary and settled in the hill country uninhabited. So now my master and lord if there is any oversight in this people and they sin against their God and we find out their offense, then we can go up and defeat them. But if not a guilty nation let my lord pass them by; for their LORD their God defends them so we shall become laughingstock of the whole world. Achior’s prophesy not to fight against Israel because God defends them against god of Nebuchadnezzar is ignored, send his forces to destroy them from the face of the earth. Boasted God will not save them as the king’s servants will destroy them as one man. They will not resist the might of their cavalry. So will overwhelm them in the mountains drunk with their blood and fields full of their dead. Their footprints will perish because Nebuchadnezzar is lord of the whole earth. For he has spoken so none of his words will be in vain. Achior, thrown out to hill country and into the town by passes to perish along with Israel. Holofernes spoke that none of his words will fail to come true. Tied Achior to a tree buy saved by Israelites told Israel about plans if their enemies. The people fell down and worshipped God and cried, O Lord God of heaven, see their arrogance, and have pity on our people in humility and look kindly on faces of those who are consecrated to you. They reassured Achior and praised him highly. Uzziah took him from the assembly to his own house and gave a banquet for the elders and all night they called on the God of Israel for help. All the people, young men and women, and children, gathered around Uzziah and rulers of the town cried out with a loud voice, You did great injury not making peace with the Assyrians. We have none to help us; God sold us into their hands, to be thirsty and exhausted. Summon them and surrender the whole town as booty to the army of Holofernes and to all his forces. It is better to be captured slaves, our lives spared, and not witness our little ones dying before our eyes or our wives and children dying. We call heaven, earth and God to our LORD God so prefer to be slaves not defeated. The great lamentation in the assembly and cries to the LORD God with a loud voice, Uzziah said, “Courage, brothers and sisters let us wait five days if LORD God will turn His mercy to us again for He will not forsake us. If these days pass with no help I will do as you say. All the men went up on the walls and towers of their town. Women and children he sent home in great misery.
And when Judith heard it, called rulers of the people said its not right; you swore an oath between God and you to surrender the town to enemies if the LORD does not help in so many days. Who are you to put God to test to set time for God in human affairs do not make LORD our God angry. If he does not choose to help within five days, He has power to protect as He pleases, or destroy in presence of enemies. Don’t try to control purposes of LORD God not like humans won over by pleading. Wait for His deliverance let us call upon Him to help us, and He will hear our voice, if it pleases Him. Tribes that worship God know no other god but Him, so we trust He will not deny our nation. If captured all Judea and sanctuary plundered pays for desecration by blood of slaughtered kindred, land desolate of inheritance He will bring Gentiles to serve as slaves but the Lord God will honour us. Remember Abraham, Isaac and Jacob all tested. In Syrian Mesopotamia, tending the sheep of Laban his mother’s brother Jacob overcame. God didn’t try us with fire as he did to them to search their hearts, nor taken vengeance on us; but the LORD scourges all those close to Him in order to refine them. Uzziah said “All you said is true the people so thirsty compelled us to do what we promised by oath we cannot break. Since you are a God-fearing woman, pray for us, so the LORD to send rain to fill our cisterns so we no longer feel faint from thirst. So Judith said, “I will do something that will go down through all generations of our descendants. Stand at the town gate tonight so I may go out with my maid; within days you promised to surrender the town to our enemies, the LORD will deliver Israel by my hand. Do not try to find out what I will do for I will not tell you until I finish what I am going to do. And Judith prostrated herself, put ashes on her head, uncovered sackcloth she was wearing. At the very time when the evening incense was being offered in the house of God in Jerusalem. Judith cried out to the LORD with a loud voice and said, LORD God take revenge on strangers who tore virgin’s clothing to defile, expose to shame, pollute their womb to disgrace. You gave rulers to be killed and their beds shamed by deceits practiced stain with blood, struck slaves and princes on thrones. You gave their wives, daughters into captivity and all booty divided. Your beloved children call on you for help O God hear widow. Only you know your ways in advance. Assyrians increase force, proud of their horses, riders, boast in strength of their foot soldiers, trust in shield and spear, bow and sling. They do not know you are the LORD God who crushes wars the LORD God Jehovah Almighty is your Name. Break their strength by your MIGHT and bring down their power in your anger, they defile sanctuary and pollute tabernacle of your Glory, break off horns of altar by sword look at their pride send your wrath on their heads. Give to me a widow, strong hand to do what I plan. By deceit of my lips strike them down and crush their arrogance by hand of woman. Your Strength does not depend on numbers your MIGHT is Powerful. You are the God of the lowly, helper of oppressed, upholder of weak, protector of forsaken, saviour of those without hope. Please, God of my father, God of Israel, LORD of heaven and earth, Creator of the waters, King of all creation hear prayers. Bruise those who plan evil things against your Covenant, and your Sacred House Mount Zion to save your Children and whole nation. Let tribes know and understand you are God of all Power and might and there is no other God who Protects the people of Israel but you Alone. Judith embarks on her secret seductive mission to destroy the plans of Holofernes. Judith gets him too drunk for intimacy decapitates head to defeat Nebuchadnezzar army. Judith is celebrated as a Jewish woman who saved her people from the tyranny of Holofernes. Achior becomes proselyte in the house of Israel because of his true testimony of God and he risked his life to save Israel. So God let Achior into the house of Israel used by God to stop the destruction of Israel by Holofernes. A pagan Ammonite and chief leaders of all the Ammonites had wisdom and knowledge so understands the authority and power of Jehovah. He narrated the history of Israel and their victory won through Almighty God. So a vassal state citizen is used here to warn Holofernes who rejected good advise. It is God who decides those worthy of His salvation among the Gentiles. Achior is converted in the light of God as other righteous Gentiles of the bible. Achior is a genuine convert who witnessed the miracle power of God’s Divine move to save Israel through Judith a God fearing widow. God allows time of the Gentile to precede Israelites to provoke them to jealousy. Achior is symbolic invitation to all nations to convert for all the gentiles are included in the grand scheme plans of God to come to faith in God of Israel.
God set king Jesus upon His Holy hill of Zion to declare the decree, the LORD said to me, You are My Son; this day have I begotten you in Psalm 2:6-7. I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels in Psalm 22:14. I divide him a portion with the great so He divides the spoil with the strong; because he has poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for transgressors in Isaiah 53:12. In Genesis 35:14 as God changed Jacob’s name to Israel he gave a drink offering on an altar to God. Libations or drink-offerings are poured out liquid oil water or wine to God as part of sacrifice and worship. In Bible History, was used by Israelites in the worship of the LORD Jehovah God as HE has commanded. Burnt and grain offerings are part of God-ordained sacrifices, in the mornings and evenings in sacrifices in Exodus 29:40. A specified exact measure of wine was poured on the altar fire with lamb sacrifices in Numbers 15:4-5. Other ram sacrifices in Numbers 15:6 or bulls The offerings of animals, grain, oil and wine are aroma to the LORD. The food water and wine offerings to God as stated in the Bible are important requirements of worship. Libations formed part of ancient Judaic worship of God in the Bible. Jacob’s altar at Bethel is place God spoke to him from pillar of stones and poured out a drink offering and oil on the altar. In 2 Samuel 23:16, David poured a drink offering to Jehovah a sacrificial libation. David gave holy consecrated drink to God brought in at the risk of the lives of brave men. King David offered water libation to God poured on the ground. People of Israel on entering land gave God a drink offering of wine. People also drink rest of wine and drinks in the Temple during animal or grain offering, extra portions are kept for priests and worshippers. A drink offering is poured on the altar of burnt offering but priests forbidden to drink wine in tabernacle in Leviticus 10:9. Sacrificial food eaten in tabernacle in Leviticus 6:16. A drink offering was David’s thanksoffering to God for victory and entered rest for 40 years in the time of Solomon’s reign in Israel. Drink offering and grain offering was symbolic of works of the worshiper as fruits of land’s harvested grains, oil, and wine were thanks offerings to the LORD God. Libations were part of God-commanded service of God’s Levitical priesthood. Moses told people of Israel, God said, when you come into the land given to you and reap harvests, bring the sheaf of all first fruits of harvest to priests. He will wave sheaf before The LORD for acceptance after the Sabbath. The day he waves the sheaf offer a male lamb a year old without blemish burnt offering to The LORD. Cereal offering two tenths of ephah of fine flour mixed with oil by fire to The LORD as pleasing aroma drink offering of wine, fourth of a hin says Leviticus 23:9-13. The LORD said to Moses, “tell people of Israel, offer to The LORD from herd or flock offering by fire or a burnt offering or a sacrifice, to fulfil vow or freewill offering at your appointed feasts pleasing aroma to The LORD. Offer to God a cereal offering of a tenth of ephah fine flour, mixed with a fourth of a hin of oil and wine for drink offering, a fourth of a hin prepared with burnt offering sacrifice with each lamb, according to Numbers 15:1-5. Libations in the Bible is described in Exodus 25:29 plates, dishes, jars, bowls poured made from pure gold. Again in Exodus 37:16 is utensils of plates, dishes, bowls, and jars for libations poured made of pure gold. In Leviticus 23:18, bread, seven perfect lambs a year old, a bullock from herd, two rams burnt-offering to Jehovah to present with libations and fire-offering as sweet fragrance to Jehovah. Leviticus 23:37 on appointed seasons by Jehovah, to proclaim holy convocations, to bring fire-offering to Jehovah, burnt-offering, present sacrifice and libation. Numbers 6:15 says basket of unleavened flour is mixed with oil thin cakes anointed with oil and libations. Numbers 28:14 talks of libations of half of hin with bullock, and a third of the hin to a ram, and a fourth of hin to lamb wine, burnt-offering every month of the year. Numbers 28:3 describes continual burnt offering presented and libations. In Numbers 29:6 burnt-offering of the month presented, libations ordinances, sweet fragrance fire-offering to Jehovah as commanded. Numbers 29:11,19, goat sin offering atonement plus libations. In Numbers 29:18,21,24,27,29,30,31,37,39, to present offering and libations for bullocks, rams, sheep according to God ordinance. Deuteronomy 32:32-39 says God mocks all gods of rock in which they took refuge to eat fat of their sacrifices and drank wine drink offering to rise up and help you let them be your protection. So God says I AM HE and there is no God beside Me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and heal; and there is none that can deliver out of My hand.” God repeats warnings to gods that ate fat of the sacrifices and drank wine of their libations to rise up to help you as refuge 2 Kings 16:13 & 15. Their burnt and grain offerings, poured libations and dashed blood fellowship offerings on altar to idols and gods must save them. The God contest by Elijah on mount Carmel taunts pagan gods to deliver its followers but proved Jehovah’s Power as Real Sovereign Living God. The pagan’s drink offering in worship serves creature not Creator God Almighty of King David, says Romans 1:25.
Their burnt and their grain offerings poured to idols not like Jesus Libations metaphor used to describe Suffering Servant Jesus Who “Poured out His Life in His death in Isaiah 53:12. In New Testament libation symbolic to a Christian’s reflection. A Drink Offering Sacrifice To the LORD God Jehovah by Jesus Christ’s Love. Greater Love has no man than this to give His Life as a Ransome for many. Ultimately, LORD God’s Libation in New Covenant is Christ Jesus offered His own Blood on Cross to save all mankind. Jesus said in Luke 22:20 He gave New Covenant Cup of wine poured for you by Blood. Jesus’ sacrifice fulfills need of a drink offering. His Blood poured out when the soldier pierced His side with the spear in John 19:34. God in Christ gave His Body for our Peace Offering drink Wine Libation Sacrifice. Jesus Christ refers to pagan libation and said some present at the time told Him Galilean’s blood used by Pilate mixed with pagan sacrifices. He answered them, Do you think those Galileans are worse sinners because of what they suffered? No, unless you repent you likewise will perish. Those eighteen on whom tower in Siloam fell and killed were not worse offenders than others dwelling in Jerusalem. I tell you, unless you repent you will all likewise perish He said in Luke 13:1-5. The Cup of God Libation when compared to Christian communion in Revelations 14:10 caused poured unmixed cup of God’s wrath anger. God’s wrath against idol worship is seen during Elijah’s victory at mount Carmel. Elijah repaired ancient altar Elijah reminding them of covenant the LORD made with Israel when they crossed the Jordan into the Promised Land. He chose twelve stones of the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob to build an altar in the name of the LORD. The heathens watched Elijah continue his preparations as the prophet made a trench, puts wood and prepared bull on altar and commands the people to flood the sacrifice and altar with water libation. Filled four jugs poured on burnt sacrifice and wood, repeated water offering and filled trench. The three years severe drought in 1 Kings 17:7;18:2 meant water was very precious. Elijah prayed for fire to come down from heaven he doused the sacrifice with water three times until it filled trenches around altar. His servants in 1 Kings 18:32-35 got water from springs or brooks around the land as in 1 Kings 18:5, “Ahab said to Obadiah, “‘Search land for springs and valleys to keep horses and mules alive. Elijah prays to God to prove HIS Superiority over Baal so Israel will turn to Him. “LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, “let it be known this day You are God in Israel and I am your servant and done all things at your word. Hear me, O LORD so people will know You are LORD God and turn their hearts to you. Fire from heaven consumes sacrifice on the altar, like the pillar of fire at Red Sea separated children of Israel from Egyptian enemies. The people worship God and shout together with one voice, “The LORD, He is the God; the LORD, He is the God.” The prophets of Baal were destroyed at the Kishon Valley in 1 Kings 18:40 drought ended in 1 Kings 18:41. Soon Elijah sent servant, go and look toward sea, seven times saw cloud small as mans hand is rising from the sea. Elijah said, to Ahab, get in your chariot before rain stops you from heavy rain falling as Ahab rode to Jezreel in kings 18:43-45. Baal, Canaanite god of water and storm had drought, pagans slaughtered at a brook then there was water. Yahweh the God of water and God of Creation in new creation of the born again soul revived in John 3:1-8. The Living Water Jeremiah 2:13; 17:13; John 4:10; 7:38; Revelations 7:17. The LORD, He is God; the LORD He is God. Israel accepted God, was saved. Those who accept Jesus will not face any wrath of God because they are forgiven by God Almighty. Libation is poured from bowls of Wrath in Revelations 16 plagues. As Thyatirans and Pergamians used the libation wine ritual for idol gods not to Jehovah God. So people copied idolatrous practices of heathen religions in Canaan to invoke gods and ancestral spirits for good or an evil deed by community or individuals. The pagan practice of pouring wine as a sacrifice to the gods took root in ancient Greece. When they wanted to seek their god in a special way, they pour out some wine as sacrifice to help pave way for prayer. Over the years is the custom to pour from cup they drank as sacrifice to their gods and dead relatives. So some, Philippians out of a pagan Greco-Roman culture, mixed this type of sacrifice with an Old Testament drink offering. Taking measure of wine, gins or water mixed with flour poured out as a sacrifice to please their gods. The prayer system of pouring Libation to God Only on Altar is contaminated by a Canaanite idolatrous way of praying. Apocalyptic wrath of Jesus and God’s Wrath will judge those who serve creatures, not God Almighty Creator. The Living Water Jesus poured His Blood mixed with water from His Side to redeem us from curse of law to bring us boldly into Presence of God.
The patent owner of all resources on the earth and the firmaments deserves the best quality of first fruit harvest, water or wine for thanksgiving. The focus is to give thanks to God for sustaining life on earth and for replenished resources. So libation water celebrations take place in the years in various seasons of harvests. Libation is specifically for Living God to thank Him so what role does idol play in nurturing mankind? And Paul said in Philippians 2:17 his life is poured like a drink offering. He said, that “I am being poured out like a drink offering so he compared himself a cup of wine poured out on altar of sacrifice. Some pour on ground to mother earth and ancestors. He felt poured out as their sacrifice for the Lord’s work metaphor used twice in imagery of drink offering to describe service. In Philippians 2:17, challenged church in Philippi to live worthy of testimony in dedication to God. In 2 Timothy 4:6 of his ministry compared his life to wine poured out of vessel on the altar. Paul understood struggles of toils of apostolic ministry like libation is sacrificial service of Churches offered drinks, food, God, wine New Covenant. Paul shares joy of libation-labour with others to pour out their lives too in service to God in Phillipians 2:17-18. Ancient Romans and the other cultures use libation symbolic in their worship meetings. The Kwanzaa ritual libation uses water poured to honour their dead included in communities of African American ancestry. The practice has historic universal appeal of sharing the drink wine, water, or malt etc. Jesus Sacrifice embraced libation imagery in New Testament texts like Luke’s cup in 22:20;Philippians 2:17. Revelation points to wrong religious practice of a libation judgment John condemned the libation; wine ritual to idols and not to Jehovah by God’s enemies non allegiance to God. Jewish temples in Jerusalem were used by Greeks and Romans for ritual wine pouring in honour pagan deities and emperors veneration as lord and gods. Imperial focus on libation views by the Christians contradict an expected Godly identity in Christ alone. New Testament wine libation prayer to God Almighty is for eternal life redemption. Importance of wine as Blood in Christian Eucharist represents libation in the communities of Jesus’ followers. Red Wine poured in worship to God is through Jesus’ Blood Shed for the Christians. Libation to God demands exclusive loyalty to the Jealous God who will not share HIS GLORY with anyone. Believers are to direct worship to God in Christ alone in New Covenant. True God required the people to pour out liquids from bowls, cups and vessels at sacrificial Temple setting gatherings for libations to Him Alone like wine, honey, milk, oil and their water rituals. The Bible and Septuagint has examples of libations offered as part of sacrifices in events: Exodus 29:40; Leviticus 23:13; Numbers 15:5–10; Numbers 29; 1 Kings 18:34. Greek and Roman offered wine to gods. And the New Testament reference to libation in Luke 22:20 is libation New Covenant Blood of Jesus is poured out to save all. in ungodly ritual seen as wrong religious practices by God’s judgement. In Hebrew Bible in New Testament Cup of wine by John in Scripture supersedes worship offered to Roman deities. God’s Divine judgement against all those who worship false gods overall condoned by Roman Empire. Christian community is to choose to identify with Christ as the Citizens of heaven. Apocalypse Wrath of God is due to neglect to celebrate and honour God in Jesus Christ ALONE. SOVEREIGN GOD PREFERS NEW COVENANT CHRIST APPROPRIATE IN GOD’S DIVINE LOVE. Revelation 14 and 16 libation bowls says followers of the Lamb Jesus assured through Rapture so doom awaits Babylon and the beast. Loyalty to God in Eucharistic libation is an integral part of the Christian belief and Gidky lifestyle. Those who continue faithfully to God are not under wrath compared to those who worship beast. Children of God are purchased by Blood of Lamb Jesus offered for humanity to God. Babylon is fallen with all nations who drink wine of her sins. Those who accept Jesus are all saved from God’s judgement wrath. God’s Sacrifice is BEST SACRIFICE for all who worship HIM not the beast/s image will drink the wine of God’s anger poured in cup of wrath. Revelations 14:14–20 says winepress of God’s wrath is like sickle harvest grape’s judgement. In Joel 3:13 harvest of grain symbolizes true peace not wrath of God against the earth. Winepress blood horse height punishment is deliberate. Revelation 14 and 16 shows those not in God’s Favour liable will drink His anger, and violence blood flowing like wine. Seven libation bowl poured in the sanctuary of Temple worship. Seven angels from heaven sanctuary carry plagues. In Revelations 15:7, one of four living creatures gives the seven angels seven golden bowls full of anger of God to pour libations wrath of God. A voice calls from heaven instructing the angels to pour out their bowls, full of the wrath of God on the inhabitants of earth. Afflictions poured out are the boils, sores or turn waters to blood, burning people by sun, darkness, pain. The woman in purple, scarlet, with gold, jewels, pearls, in hand golden cup of abomination of fornication. On forehead written mystery of Babylon the great, mother of harlots, earth’s abomination seeks to destroy Jesus. John saw a woman, drunk with blood of saints and the blood of martyrs of Jesus in Revelation 17:2–6, will be repaid with double the cup she mixed in Revelations 18:6. God’s Wrath judgement is against wrongdoers imaged in winepress and drunkenness. The mixed wine libations wine press fury Wrath of God Almighty is judgement suffering. Wine offerings in Roman worship made in Jerusalem temple libations was a part of daily life in the ancient world. Libation imagery from Scripture highlights Revelation’s attacks of wrong religious practice. Who is like the Jehovah God in Exodus 51:11; Psalm 113:4–6; Isaiah 44:6–7. Revelation warns of incorrect worship of the beast highlights sinful actions against God. So Revelations condemn such a world wide worship of the beast Babylon to wreck havoc on those inhabitants of earth. Their libations refer to idol worship and so plagues of Revelation 16 subvert the real authentic God’s right worship in John’s community by Jesus worshippers. And so True worship reveres Lamb Jesus Christ, Son of God Almighty who sits on His throne Revelation in 4:9–10; 22:3–4. Wine libation imagery iused in Revelations God’s judgement to unleash suffering on those who worship incorrectly and by sinful excess in life. Revelation relies on the biblical imagery familiar to people by apocalyptic vision. Exodus 25:29 describes sacrificial items for worship of God like plates, dishes for incense, vessels to pour drink-offering of pure gold to offer liquids to God. The offering of libations instructions in biblical texts show exact liquid offering, normal ordinary sacrificial worship of Israel. God gives the precise instruction for libation in the Temple of Jerusalem in Graeco-Roman period. Worship at Jerusalem in temple during period leads up to temple’s destruction in 70 CE. In Asia Minor the new temple synagogues letters show that libation was offered at banquets or public in diaspora journey of Jews to Jerusalem. Crowds during the Passover and Pentecost from countless continents, cities over lands, seas, from east, west, north, south annual feast of sacrifices and libations to God on altar. Libation records in the Dead Sea Scrolls. Temple worship says to rejoice this day and pour out strong drink offering, new wine on altar of the LORD year by year. Book of Jubilees says Noah sprinkled wine libation on sacrificial fire offering of the wine and the water Sukkot festival by Jews. In the Second Temple era libation copied pagan wine cult worships. Divine condemnation of a wrong idol religious practice non-Israel by God of Jews is revealed by prophets to warn them.
In Hebrew Bible God is always against Babylon oppressors using their sacrifice in libations in Jeremiah 19:13; 32:29; 44:17–19. Hebrew Bible shows their libations and a drink offerings to gods offend Jehovah God so warned it is wrong. Jeremiah condemns the use of libation offerings to queen of heaven Babylon goddess opposition to the God of Israel in Chapter 44 and 32 Baal or unnamed god worship libations. Jeremiah 51:7 like Revelation 14:8 is on Babylon as a golden cup in the LORD’s hand making all the earth and nations drank by her wine went mad. Libation imagery’s of the drunkenness and immorality sources in Deuteronomy, Esther on libation of wrong religious oppression. Deuteronomy 32:37-38 asks why such gods of their libations poured are not coming to save Israelites from God’s wrath. Esther in her prayer to God said she did “not honour the king’s feast or drunk the wine of libations” in Esther 14.17. The biblical use of libations is to God on the altar but Ezekiel consistently points out the wrong behaviour of those who have deviated from the will of God. The Bible on God’s wrath in Ezekiel uses pouring out eleven times in Ezekiel 7:8; 8:8; 9:8; 14:19; 20:8; 20:13; 20:21; 20:33; 20 : 34; 22:22; 22:31; 36:18. The wrath of God is poured out against all the people who angered God by worshipping other gods disobedient to God’s rules. Ezekiel says the wrath poured is against foreign peoples and Israel. God’s wrath is meted because God’s people intermingle their worship with ungodly ideas from other nations. Ezekiel 38 is close to Revelation wrath fire in Ezekiel 22:22-31. God’s wrath in Revelations 15:5–8 texts is in this context of libations criticized. Christian group gatherings and group meetings is distinct from idol libations by Eucharist body and Blood of Christ so raising of a cup in Jesus’ honour took place as a form of libation symbolised a union with Christ communal experience but the pagan libations are rejected. So in 1 Corinthians 8; 10:14–3 Jesus’ bodily sacrifice libation of blood in the context of the Last Supper, emphasizes common cup poured out by a Covenant in Jesus’ blood in Luke 22:20. Paul’s service to Christ is poured out like libations in Philippians 2:17. The Christians reflect on Jesus’ community eternal life Gospel message saving them from God’s wrath on followers of Babylon made to “drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured in cup of his anger” in Revelation 14:10. The heavenly meal banquet on earth is replicated in Divine wine and bread in their remembrance by their communities. Some do not use the wine rather water or juice. The Creator God’s water, oil, milk and honey sacrament origins from the Creator God used in worship of the pagan gods.” The bread and water Eucharistic connects to communities with sacred food. After the prayers holy bread, wine, juice taken by Christians to prevent wine-drunkards in Church. Revelations show restriction of wine use among Jesus-following groups against pagan associations with Jewish or their Christian belief. Thyatira, Pergamum, Thyatira follow teachings against John’s eating food from idol sacrifices. Nicolaitans hold on teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put the stumbling block before the sons of Israel. They eat foods sacrificed to idols and a practice of immorality. Balaam in Numbers 24; 25:1–6 and 31:16 eating of food offered to other gods. Thyatira, members who follow Jezebel John claims teaches and beguiles God’s servants in immorality and eat food sacrificed to idols. Jezebel idol gods polluted true worship of God in 1 Kings 16:31; 18:4–19; 19:1, 2; 21:5–25; 2 Kings 9 condemn evil religious observances as stated in Revelations 2–3 speaks of eating those foods sacrificed to idols and drink libations of pagan worship. The wrath of God is against their rebellious sacrifice within communities eating non-Christian offerings to idols and still partaking at the LORD’S table. Elijah dealt with double-minded people hopping between God and idol’s contest at Mount Carmel. Libation debates now focuses on those born again Christians professing faith in God but indulging in idol libation eating drinking rituals. The LORD says choose today whom you will serve for the wrath of God is against the ones serving two masters God and gods. Salvation in Jesus means He loves you.Jacob in Genesis 28:10-22 meets God in dream of heavenly ladder and angels turned stone pillow to pillar altar Bethel House of God support and resting place built in Christ Jesus the living stone for God’s building us pillars in God’s testimony of expressing Gospel. Jacob said, This is the House of God His Church in Ephesians 2:22 manifestation of God in the flesh in man in 1 Timothy 3:15. God’s House is the New Jerusalem Holy City dwelt in by God in Revelation 4:2-3; 21:11. And Jacob’s oil libation is offering poured on the altar is like anointing oil filled by Holy Spirit from Father God in the Son Jesus in Spirit reaching us. The story of Jacob’s ladder links to Jesus our heavenly ladder in John 1:51. Christ is The Ladder Between Heaven and Earth our Bridge of Christian Church. Christ our Ladder joins us to Heaven with countless angels ascending and descending with the Son of Man in John 1: 47-51. Jesus, Ladder Connects Heaven to God’s Supernatural life with angels by love of God. The ladder in John 1:51, says, the Lord Jesus is heavenly vertical way in the Rapture and eternal in God’s Presence. The Triune God flows to anoint and fill us in house of God. The Holy Spirit anoints us so we become living stones in God’s house for God’s building 1 Peter 2:5, pillars in the Temple of God’s Church in Revelation 3: 12. The House of God’s Home is dwelling place says 1 John 2:20, 27 in us. Jacob returns to Bethel in Genesis 35:1-8 God said to Jacob to rise up go to Bethel and dwell there to make altar to God who appeared there to you as you fled from Esau your brother. Jacob told all his household with him, put away strange gods, be clean, and change your garments. Let us arise, and go up to Bethel make an altar to God answering me in the day of my distress, with me on the way as I went. They gave Jacob all strange gods in their hands and earrings in their ears, Jacob hid them under the oak by Shechem. So Jacob built altar to God.
God speaks through the clouds to reveal Himself to many people in the world to encourage believers and warn mockers. Jesus Christ will return in the clouds at any time so believers have a keen sense of expectancy. Since our citizenship is in heaven we eagerly await for Jesus our Saviour who will rapture us into heaven alive. Life continues as we, “wait for the Lord our souls wait in His Word in hope. Our soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning says Psalm 130:5–6. All events happening in the world point towards the stage being set to get ready for the return of Jesus in the clouds. The Gospel message vision clearly written in Bible will be fulfilled according to Word of God’s plans and purposes. God Our Father does not want anyone to perish. So consistently sends His Words to give hope to endure to the end during the most challenging times. Mankind has not been able to rule themselves as God intended and can never do so. Many centuries tolerate selfrule excluding God, His decision is made to return power in Christ Jesus once and for all forever and ever Amen.
God’s appointed time to act is Classified information exclusively known only by God. The world is told it will happen but the exact day or time is a Top Secret for God to decide. God speaks using clouds to appear in various forms to remind us of His place in our lives. Images, faces of God, Jesus, angels, figures, shapes and physical walks of Jesus is seen in clouds to prepare people for Jesus return in the clouds. People know and understand a cloud is symbolic of the latter rain of the abundance of open heaven blessings. Physical rains sustains and replenishes earth so latter rains Holy Spirit poured at Pentecost empowers rapidly spreads Gospel globally. God calls waters from sea to rise and fall and rain as showers of blessings to nurture crops, plants and provide for all. God quenches thirst, and provides abundantly daily with more than enough for all’s sustenance. Greed has destroyed and deprived abundance to all as God freely supplied on a thousand hills and mountains in all places. The sad reality today is extremes Jesus said that the rich gets richer as the poor are made poorer by their actions. The world is given great promises when the time comes to be elected but none is fulfilled so people are worse off but one they elected becomes tyrant insulting all the citizens on earth. Any families are in pain hurt by people supposed to lead by humility. Millions died needlessly by the selfish policies wasting resources on the few while majority are worse off. Jesus warned world 3000 years ago exactly as is happening now. Change is coming as God, after 6000 years has seen enough so will take power back from all to give to Jesus. God uses many means to shake the world to WAKE UP to reality of these changes ongoing daily globally. Jesus Loves you so much he died for you. Mankind knows how to give good gifts to own children in the same way gives latter rain Holy Spirit to those ready to receive Him in their lives. Jesus fulfilled His promised at Pentecost so today call on the Holy Spirit to help teach and to reveal God to you personally in a new way. Choose to receive to be refreshed in your Spirit to enter deeply in Sacred presence of God. God’s rain cloud is free to you to empower you to increase gift of faith. God puts rain clouds in places to water the ground to enrich the soil to produce good harvest to nourish people. God puts gift cloud in people to rain His blessings through them to enrich others. The blessings of the LORD makes rich so without sorrow so it is possible to smile, encourage, support, bless, help and give hope to others. God clouds give free rain but others do not enjoy it so it’s spiritual death not walking under the God clouds which means drought in the inner man. The dead do not praise God unless their soul goes back to God’s Presence. The blessings of the LORD makes rich to enrich others as conduits of Gods and it is possible to smile, encourage, support, bless, help to give hope to others. Jesus Loves so gives you gift of eternal life.However the walking dead need revival before it is too late. God speaks through the clouds for encouragement. So all His Children are to be in the Spirit and be prayerful at all times in private without showing off to others. A time is coming when Jesus returns in the clouds for the rapture so be ready to make informed choice among His Chosen. So physical death is not the end of life as all face judgement of God to account for life on earth. Whether one believes in God or not His clouds provide rain for food for the un/just by His Compassion, Grace and Mercy. Rain clouds bless but a cloud without rain causes drought so God says prayer for latter rain to thrive in Christ. Jesus Loves you so much and He cares for you.
Some Bible Verses on Clouds
Exodus 19:9 The LORD said to Moses, “I will come to you in thick Clouds by day and pillar of Cloud of fire at night to reveal My Presence to you.
Zechariah 10:1 Ask the LORD for rain in springtime to sends rain clouds. God’s rain clouds and showers nourish crops so pray to God for rain earth swallows.
Psalm 97:2 Clouds and thick darkness surround God Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His Throne.
Isaiah 44:22″I wipe your transgressions like thick cloud so your sins like a heavy mist Return to Me, for redeemed you.”
Hebrews 12:1 Since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us let us lay aside every sin which so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race set before us.
2 Peter 2:17 They are springs without water and mists driven by storm clouds for whom darkness is reserved.
1 Corinthians 10:1 I do not want you to be unaware that our fathers under God cloud passed through the sea.
Proverbs 25:14 Like clouds and winds without rain is one who boasts to give gifts but does not their keep promises.
Ezekiel 30:3 The day of the LORD is near as a day of clouds and time of doom for the nations.
Job 7:9 As clouds vanish so they go to Sheol and do not come up.
Jude 1:12 They are like reefs in feasts without fear caring for themselves and clouds without water carried by winds autumn trees without fruit dead and uprooted 🌦☁🌬
Isaiah 6:1 – In the year king Uzziah died I saw the LORD sitting on a throne, high and lifted up and His train fills temple. In Ezekiel 1:1 In the thirtieth year, on fifth day of the fourth month, I was by river Chebar among exiles, the heavens opened and saw visions of God. Ezekiel 1:26-28 – Above firmament over their heads is a throne of sapphire stone. On the throne is the appearance of a MAN SITTING on it. 1 Samuel 16:7 The LORD said to Samuel look not on appearance or height of his stature because the LORD sees not as man sees. Man looks at outward appearance but the LORD looks in the heart. Daniel 10:9 I heard the Voice of His words and was in deep sleep on my face on the ground. Isaiah 45:8, says “Drip down, O heavens, from above, let clouds pour in righteousness and Let the earth open up and salvation bear fruit, And righteousness spring up with it. I, the LORD created it. Genesis 7:11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life in the second month of seventeenth day of the month, on the same day the fountains of the great deep burst open and floodgates of the sky were opened.
John 1:51 He said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heavens opened and the angels of God ascending and descending with the Son of Man.” Jesus will come first in Rapture and later in a Second Coming permanently to dwell on earth. The cataclysmic events in the world points toward all these unfolding prophecies happening today concerning all humans. Whether one believes in God or not the unfolding warnings from God depends on choice made to be part of God’s Kingdom. Changes taking place are set in motion by God uses various forms of communication to people. The methods of God’s approaches used are diverse but is a meaningful message to pay careful attention to. God’s blue print manual is His Words to us in the Bible so important to seek God now while He is found. God does not want anyone to perish so persuades all in love to listen and make the right choices. Those who believe sponsor His Kingdom to thrive and to manifest in Jesus Name. Signs of the times point to birth pangs of events so the impact reflects on choices each person makes in life. And Malachi 3:10 “Bring the whole tithe into storehouse, so there may be food in My House, and test Me,” says the LORD of hosts, “if I will not open windows of heaven to pour blessings overflow. God is still in the business of speaking to His people and gives eternal life in paradise in the resurrection. Be sure to accept Jesus as Lord and follow His Voice daily to build your faith and to increase confidence in God in Jesus Name.
Pentecost this year is Sunday 9th June observed seventh Sunday after Easter April 21st or Feast of weeks. Pentecost means 50 days in Greek. The Jews called it the Feast of Harvest or Feast of Weeks mentioned in Bible in Exodus 23, Exodus 24, Leviticus 16, Numbers 28, and Deuteronomy 16. It is celebrated beginning of early weeks of harvest. Israel two harvest’s yearly is during months of May and June so the final harvest in the Fall. Pentecost was the celebration of beginning of the early wheat harvest during the middle of the month of May or in early June. Festival celebrations take place before Pentecost as Passover, Unleavened Bread, Feast of Firstfruits celebrated during beginning of barley harvest. Pentecost is 50 days from Firstfruits begins barley harvest so celebrates beginnings of wheat harvest 50 days after Firstfruits is seven weeks, so is week of weeks or Feast of Harvest Shavout and Feast of Weeks.
Pentecost & Christianity
Pentecost in Christianity is observed on the seventh Sunday Easter Resurrection of Jesus. That day celebrates blessing of Holy Spirit upon Apostles and followers of Jesus Christ in Acts 2:1-31. On the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit descended on apostles like fire. In Act 2:2 in Upper Room after Jesus ascended into heaven, Jesus’ followers gathered together pray and Holy Spirit “filled the whole house where they were sitting.” “All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Tongues of fire seen on each head. This drew large crowds so Peter stood spoke about repentance and Gospel of Christ in Acts 2:14. Holy Spirit came so Church grew by 3,000 people in Acts 2:41. Christians celebrate Pentecost and people heard and understood own languages by disciples who didn’t speak those language some thought they were drunk. Peter preached to the crowds of thousands of people from all over the world who observed Pentecost passover holiday celebrations.
1. Holy Spirit Power filled the Church
People moved by Peter’s Sermon accept the Gospel Message so God added 3,000 new believers. Through this baptism of Holy Ghost and fire the apostles became anointed with knowledge and a greater understanding of the mysteries of the Gospel. Empowered and so imbued with CONFIDENCE in God preached to people of all nations and languages.”
2. Holy Spirit in Old Testament / Jesus.
Jesus promised the Holy Spirit in John 14:26 as the Helper for His people: “The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father sends in My Name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all I said to you.” This New Testament fulfills Old Testament prophecy in Joel 2:28-29. “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.”
3 History of Pentecost
Three things about Pentecost that will help you understand Acts 2.
1. Pentecost is a pilgrimage festival.
According to Jewish Law all the adult Jewish men come to Jerusalem to attend this celebration.
2. Pentecost was a holiday.
No work is done School and shops close
3. Celebrations in Law for Pentecost.
On Pentecost, the High Priest takes two loaves of freshly baked wheat bread to offer before the LORD. The wheat bread made from the newly harvested wheat. Pentecost time of Apostles was a great and grand harvest celebration. Streets of Jerusalem filled with thousands of pilgrims from every point of compass to celebrate goodness of God and bringing in of the wheat harvest. And thank God for Passover New Covenant in Christ for salvation of Jews and Gentiles. Harvest of firstfruits is the blessing and gift from God providing physical needs. And time God’s Word was given and Holy Spirit to reap fruits of righteousness. Pentecost is thanksgiving to God for Firstfruit/s Jesus who empowered the Holy Spirit in us to bear fruits of the Holy Spirit in Christ. The Holy Spirit helps us walk in God’s statutes and obey HIS Commands in Ezekiel 36:27.Also a speeding driver in Germany and America was saved from fines and €105 (£93) fine in Germany when an eagle and a snow-white dove interceded on their behalf. The driver was caught on speed cameras – but his identity was hidden by the bird’s wings spread in flight. A light-hearted police statement suggested that perhaps “it was no coincidence the Holy Spirit” intervened reference to the dove as a symbol of that aspect of God in Christianity. “We understand the sign and leave speeder in peace the officials in Viersen by the Germany’s western border, added: “We hope the protected speeder likewise understands this ‘hint from above’ and drives appropriately in the future.” The driver was travelling at 54km/h (34mph) on stretch of road with a 30km/h speed limit, police said. Since the car and not driver identified, he was probably spared the €105 fine “thanks to the feathered guardian angel with seemingly carefully spread wings.” The Viersen police added the dove should be fined for moving so fast in the restricted zone. “Since we do not know where it is to be on time for upcoming Christian Holy day of Pentecost, we will allow mercy over justice here too.”
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