Biblical scholars are aware ‘Cush’ refers to all of Africa, sometimes to all Africa except Egypt, and sometimes to ancient Nubia, stretching from modern Aswan in the north to Khartoum in south. Most of this area lies in the Sudan. But how is the general reader to understand Cush and Cushite used 57 times in Hebrew Bible are in a designation for an African nation and people? Some versions of the Bible translate “Cush” as “Ethiopia,” but this does not ordinarily designate the modern country of that name. David Adamo suggested the best translation is simply “Africa.” All of us have a right to know and applaud important biblical role played by Africans. People of the African descent claim the deep roots of their ancestors in the Bible.Africa is in Old Testament from Genesis one of rivers of Eden is around whole land of Cush, and another encircled land of Havilah that yielded gold, onyx and bdellium in Genesis 2:10-13. These products found in antiquity in the area known as the Sudan, Egypt, Ethiopia. Tigris and Euphrates rivers located in Babylonia, shows good reason to believe rivers of Eden lay in Africa. We are told oldest human remains may be traced to Africa. Hagar, the Egyptian concubine of Abraham, derived her ancestry from south of Egypt. She alone of all the Bible characters gives God a name in Genesis 16:13. Like Abraham, she meets God in and is given a promise her progeny will become a great nation in Genesis 21:18.mmmmmMoses’ Cushite wife aroused jealousy of sister Miriam in Numbers 12:11-16. Miriam, who resents her black sister-in-law, becomes white with leprosy until she mends her ways. This Cushite wife Zipporah is Moses’ father-in-law Jethro the priest, who instituted judicial, administrative and sacrificial patterns of Israel in Exodus 18:1-27. He and his family received the exiled Moses during Moses’ forty years as shepherd in Sinai. Zipporah had understood importance of circumcision and performed the ritual on their sons in Exodus 18:1-27. Cushite wife helps Moses looks to father-in-law for guidance and direction in Numbers 10:29-32; Judges 1:16.When Israelites settled land of Canaan there were Africans among them. Some left Egypt with Israelites at the time of Exodus; others came military invaders in 1 Kings 14:25-28; 2 Chronicles 12:2-3; 14:9-15; cf. 16:8. The Ethiopian colony at Gerar buffer between Egypt and Judah. Ethiopians became permanent residents in Palestine, remaining there until time of Hezekiah in 715-685 BCE. “Journeyed to entrance of Gedor, the east side of the valley, to seek pasture for their flocks, where they found rich, good pasture the land was broad, quiet, peaceful, former inhabitants of Ham in 1 Chronicles 4:39 -40. Group of Philistines, Arabs, settled near Ethiopians in 2 Chronicles 21:16.Persons of African descent appear took active role in Israel’s social and political life. A bride in Song of Solomon is black and beautiful in Songs 1:5. A Cushite who possessed tact, discretion and high position in the royal court appeared as a trusted courtier sent to tell David news of Absalom’s death in 2 Samuel 18:19-32. Africans enjoyed royal favour, as Solomon married an Egyptian princess in 1 Kings 9:16, 24; 2 Chronicles 8:11 and received Queen of Sheba in 1 Kings 10:1-13; 2 Chronicles 9:1-2. Influential queen ruled African peoples both sides of the Red Sea. Queen Sheba, may well have come to Solomon to negotiate and trade treaty with his growing maritime power. Tested him with hard questions, in the end she told him all that was in her heart. It appears that in this black woman Solomon found a kindred spirit with whom he could discourse freely.That relationship was sexual evidenced alliance did indeed produce children as the ruling class black Jews. Zephaniah, a descendant of Hezekiah, is called son of Cushi and brings the special prophecies of Cush in Zephaniah 1:1; 3:10. Jehudi, a courtier sent to Jeremiah with message from Baruch to King Zedekiah had the Cushite ancestor in Jeremiah 36:14. And Baruch stands before the king, reading the words of God but king slashes scroll cast into fire in Jeremiah 21, 23. Ebed-Melek, confidential advisor of the king, is identified as Cushite four times in Jeremiah 38:7, 10, 12; 39:16. Believing Jeremiah was bringing God’s authentic voice to Judah, Ebed-Melek risked his life to rescue the prophet from cistern and secure for him a hearing with the king. Jeremiah commends the courtier’s faith in Jeremiah15-18, proclaims to him special covenant of God’s protection.In Genesis 16 Hagar meets God who has promised to provide for her and son. Cushite pharaohs ruled over Egypt, they contracted military alliances with both Israel and Judah, especially during the time of Twenty-fifth or Cushite Dynasty. Sabacho in 716-701 BC, is So in 2 Kings 17:4 contracted an alliance against Assyria with Hoshea, king of Israel, while Tirhakah (690-664) came to aid Hezekiah as Jerusalem was beseiged in 2 Kings 19:9; Isaiah 37:9. A mortuary figurines of Tirhakah reveal his African features of enormous statue still towers above great temple complex at Karnak.The kingdom of Cush continues to play a role in New Testament we read of the conversion of the Candace’s Ethiopian treasurer in Acts 8:26-39. Candace was the royal title of Queen Mother of Nubia powerful African nation located in what is Sudan. Greek was spoken in the court, so the chamberlain would have had no problem reading a Septuagint version of the prophet Isaiah; and Philip, a Greek-speaking Jew, easily communicated the Gospel to him. Candace wielded the real political, military power from capitol city in Meroe while her son served as a religious figurehead. Royal mother gifts to God on behalf of the kingdom sent by her chamberlain with gift to Jerusalem.Tirhakah
Tirhakah, king of Ethiopia, waged war against Sennacherib during the reign of King Hezekiah of Judah (2 Kings 19:9; Isaiah 37:9) and drove him from his intention of destroying Jerusalem and deporting its inhabitants, according to blacksinthebible.org. God used this African king to protect the Jews as HIS chosen people. Also the Arts civilization flourished at high level throughout her realm, twice her forces engaged the Roman army in battle.To the north Cyrene, capital city of the Roman province Cyrenaica famous for three schools of philosophy and native sons excelled in medicine, mathematics, rhetoric and literature. Most famous or illustrious of these was the astronomer Eratosthenes, who in approximately 200 BC computed circumference of earth with remarkable accuracy. The brilliant Hellenistic poet Callimachus, director of library at Alexandria acquired the great reputation for versatility of aptitudes. And the athletes from Cyrene excelled in Olympic competition especially in horse chariot racing. Ships carried corn, oil, wool from fertile fields of Cyrene and contraceptive sylphium to Rome. Cyrene maintained a monopoly on the herb until became extinct over harvest in AD 200. Citizens of Cyrene roamed far and wide through Mediterannean world merchants, athletes, philosophers and orators, mercenaries, entertainers. The Jewish community of the city had a deep interest in Judaism and produced an important literature including a five-book history of Maccabees by Jason the Cyrenian in 2 Maccabees 2:43. The close ties with Jerusalem is Simon of Cyrene Libya helped carry the Cross of Jesus. A devout Jew goes to Passover, Jerusalem. He became a believer his sons known to Christian community in Mark 15:21; cf. Romans 16:13.An African synagogue of the Cyreneans and Alexandrians, first objected to the preaching of Stephen in Acts 6:9, other natives of Cyrene were early adherents of Christianity and carried good news to Cyprus in Acts 11:19-26. The Cyrenians and Cyprians travelled to Antioch with innovated Gospel approach to the non-Jewish Greeks. The revolutionary action drew attention of the Jerusalem Council, and Barnabas was dispatched to assess this new development. Convinced of the authenticity of the mission, Barnabas strategized with the leaders and went to Tarsus to seek out Paul. Implementation of African’s dream require involvement of multinational and multicultural task force. As the church at Antioch prayed, searched the Scriptures and strategized for a full year core of leaders developed. Of the five named, two Africans Lucius of Cyrene and Simon called the Black in Acts 13:1-2. Translations fails to inform us “Niger” is Latin for “Black” Simon of Cyrene. Missionary agency in large part initiated, strategized, promoted directed by Africans. The story of Acts tells us Paul and Barnabas promptly sent to Cyprus, home of some members of the Antiochene community in Acts 13:4-12. Archaeological evidence of arrival of the Gospel in Cyrene by the end of first century AD Christian burials inside the Jewish cemetery at Cyrene.Byzantine writer on interpretations of Biblical questions in the first half of the third century of the common era. Suidas (s.v. Ἀφρικανός) says Africanus was a Libyan philosopher supported by Julius’ works written in Greek shows author’s knowledge of Latin. He was a native of Latin North Africa the son of Christian parents from a noble family. Took part in expedition with Septimius Severus against Osrhoene in 195. Is a friend of Abgar VIII. of Edessa whose materials from his works in archives of city. These relations reveal Oriental knowledge of Syriac, fourth chapter of his Κεστοί, he gives Syrian name of a fish. Familiar with conditions of Jews in Babylon in the Susanna Epistle Jews were living under their own jurisdiction in Exile. His works in Biblical criticism Hebrew language known. He was presbyter and bishop of Emmaus (Nicopolis) Palestine headed embassy to Rome on behalf of city. He was contemporary and friend of Origen lived in emperors Heliogabalus and Alexander Severus times. Africanus highly valued in Christianity of interest to Judaism. These works are: five books, founder of Church history, predecessor of Eusebius, source and pattern for the Byzantine chronographers for extracts from his work preserved fragments. His history of world seven epoch weeks like Jewish “Lepto Genesis” Jubilees, earliest history of human race, Jewish history synchronised general history. Put Moses 1,020 years before first Olympic date of Justus of Tiberias. Africanus source are traced various facts found in Africanus’ history parallel Josephus. In Biblical stories Africanus legends origin found in the Apocalypses and the Midrashim.AFRICANS IN THE EARLY CHURCHClement of Alexandria in 150-215 was a Christian philosopher with keen desire to win pagan intellectuals to Christ. He directed catechetical school, Alexandria and wrote important exhortations to the heathen and Christians calling them to a more perfect life in Christ. Another African, Origen in 185-254, became the director of a catechetical school at age 18 was finest mind the church produced in 300 years. Origen highly successful in debating Jews, pagans, Gnostics credited with destroying Gnosticism. Important biblical scholar, theologian, an exegete, pioneer in biblical criticism produced Hexapla comparing six version of Bible.He influenced theological thought for centuries. Tertullian in 160-225 a pagan lawyer converted to Christianity. He authored the apologetic and theological, controversial works, first theologian to write in Latin. He formulated doctrine of Trinity, and coined nearly a thousand new words to explain Christian truths. Athanasius in 296-373, was Bishop of Alexandria and a major theologian and writer. He was the chief upholder of the doctrine Christ was both man and God and principle opponent of the Arian doctrine Jesus was man not God. As a very young deacon, he was influential at the Council of Nicea. And opponents referred to him as the “black dwarf.” He was repeatedly exiled and persecuted, but his principles ultimately prevailed at the Council of Constantinople in 381.Cyril, who died in 444 was a Bishop of Alexandria. He brilliantly represented, systematized teachings of Athanasius and Alexandrians. He was a vigorous opponent of heresy. Perpetua, Felicitas two martyrs died in Carthage arena in 202. Their story was widely used in the winning of others to Christ. Cyprian Bishop of Carthage died martyr in 258. Possessed profound knowledge of Scriptures, wrote important theology, fought heresy, and insisted on unity of the Church. Lactantius in AD 317 is best known for his Institutes, described as the “most comprehensive apology Christianity created before the end of the time of persecution.” The major theme of Institutes is justice. Lactantius insisted that God had given humanity a way of life open to all people regardless of race, education, sex, colour or creed. St. Maurice of Aganum born about 287, a Roman general who refused to kill Christians during a slave revolt in Gaul. He told the emperor Maximian: We cannot obey you without denying God, Creator of all things is our Master and yours if you acknowledge it or not. He was slaughtered by imperial decree with his regiment for defense of slaves.G. Marius Victorinus in 280-363 was a neoplatonist professor of rhetoric with a brilliant record philosopher scholar. Educated in Africa but taught in Rome, wrote theological, devotional works, led to conversion of Augustine. Augustine in 354-430, Bishop of Hippo, was one of the Doctors of the Church. A profoundly influential theologian, he dealt with three heresies: Manichaeism, Donatism, and Pelagianism. Augustine remarkable insight into the human heart and soul. His most famous work is Confessions, describing his conversion to win others to Christ by detailing the philosophical basis for Christianity. And Monica in 331-387 was Augustine’s prayerful and powerful mother. Zeno of Verona was the bishop of Verona from 362 to 375. Over hundreds of his tractates survive and collection of sermons. Optatus of Melevis was Bishop in North Africa. He worked to reconcile Christians during Donatist Schism, and was influential in the East and West as well as in Africa. He died before 400 AD. By 480 Victor of Vita Bishop in the province of Byzacena. He described survival of Church during invasion of vandals. Saw persecution as religious and political. Bishop Vigilius of Thapsus participated in religious synod between Arians and Orthodox in 484. Produced important theological and ecclesiastical works.Fulgentius of Ruspe in 467-533 a Roman civil servant resigned his post to enter priesthood. In 507 was elected bishop of Ruspe. Later driven out of Africa by the Vandals, instrumental in popularizing Augustine’s work. Three early African popes: Are Pope Victor I in AD 189-199 popularized Latin as common language of church making Christianity more democratic and accessible to ordinary people. Pope Melchaides in 311-314, also known as Meltiades persecuted prior to reign as pope, considered one of African Christian martyrs. Pope Gelasius I in A.D. 492-496 worked to settle conflicts in church and believed “civil and sacred powers of divine origin is independent each in its own sphere.”Let us thank God for the important role played by Africans in Bible and early Church. Let us share Good News Christ died to redeem people of all races and nationalities. Let us proclaim that God’s love knows no boundaries. And let us affirm the amazing diversity of God’s creation! CBE advances the Gospel by equipping Christians to use their God given talents in leadership and service regardless of gender, ethnicity, or class. Together with supporters and ministry partners from 100 denominations and 65 countries, CBE works to inspire and mobilize women and men with Bible’s call to lead serve as equals in Christ.Paul says in Colossians 4:9 “Onesimus, our faithful and dear brother, who is one of you and Paul says in Philemon 1:10 Onesimus has become a son to him. Why did Jesus and Hebrews turn white in history books of Albinoes as Hebrews and Blacks originally lived and ruled in countries taken by thirty years war on continent and British civil wars of the 1600s. These race wars with religion are focal points Europe’s ancient Black and Catholic Rulers. Albinos chased out of homeland in Asia by Mongols into Black lands of Europe brought massive influx of millions of Albinos changed Europe in over two thousand years. Since then they portray Jesus and Hebrews white in books to impersonate history.
Solomon 1:6,“Don’t stare at me because I am black for sun burns me. Mother’s sons angry with me made me caretaker of their vineyards but I must take care of my own vineyard.
John looked and saw a great multitude none can count from all nations tribes, people and languages standing before Throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes with palm branches in their hands saying with loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on Throne and the Lamb in Revelation 7:9-10. Jesus is the Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world on the Cross. He paid to ransom people for God from all tribes, languages, peoples, nations in Revelation 5:9. Christ suffered and died to give victory to old martyrs of Revelation 6:11 given white robe told to wait for the Great tribulation martyrs in 3:4 whose robes are made white in the BLOOD of the Lamb in 7:14. Christ’s death on the Cross for sinners cleans all sins in 1 John 1:7. With palm branches in their hands enjoy joyous celebrations in the PRESENCE of God and the Lamb of God. Their robes are made white in BLOOD of the Lamb, Christ’s death and resurrection against God’s Wrath repent of sins. Believe in Lord Jesus Christ from all nationalities or cultural backgrounds join together by love of God and Jesus. Give your life to Jesus Christ and invite Him to take control of your life, repent and ask Jesus to forgive all your sins in Jesus Name with thanks and Glory to God Almighty.
Jesus told Philip,” as you see Me you see Father God, all who see Jesus see Father God’s Image says John 14:9. In Isaiah 6:1 the prophet saw the LORD GOD sitting on HIS Throne High and Lifted up HIS train fills Temple. On HIS Throne a MAN Seats. Ezekiel 1:26-28 described God as a MAN on Throne in heaven. God reveals HIMSELF in Bible by HIS MASCULINE gender. God is male has female qualities but CHOSES to present HIMSELF a MAN emphasising masculine quality FATHER Strong protector, MIGHTY Warrior, etc. Describes HIMSELF in Bible as KING of Kings, Judge, Husband, Master, God our FATHER and our Lord Jesus Christ. God is Spirit but reveals HIMSELF as a MAN and Father in HUMAN BODY. God’s Son Jesus came to earth in human form says John 1:1 and God manifests HIMSELF as Father did not. Jesus is Emmanuel, “God with us” in.Matthew 1:23. And Numbers 23:19 emphasizes God’s truthfulness not like mortal men God in the human form changes HIS MIND. Moses pleaded with God many times to change HIS MIND. So Bible says God appears in HIS PHYSICAL BODY. Isaiah 59:1 talks of GOD HANDS and “EAR.” Chronicles 16:9 talks of HIS “EYES.” Matthew 4:4 on GOD’S MOUTH. Deuteronomy 33:27 says God’s “ARMS.” All of these verses describe God with the anatomical emotional terms so humans can better understand HIM. These mean imply God has ACTUAL BODY FORM not just blob of invisible shapeless Spirit. To God is spirit means Father is invisible to the world in Colossians 1:15 but God is a VISIBLE GOD when HE CHOOSES to do so. 1 Timothy 1:17 praises to God, KING of ages, immortal, invisible God, honour and GLORY forevermore. God is SPIRIT, living personal being known personally. Joshua 3:10 says, “You know the LIVING God is among you.” Psalm 84:2 says “My heart and flesh sings for joy to a LIVING God.” Believers understands that as C. S. Lewis says gender deeper than human mind see. God’s MASCULINITY contains wo/man Eve made from Adam’s rib and relates to God as male and fe/male. The Church is refered to as bride of Christ so contains men and women. Ezekiel 1 saw heaven open, God on His Throne, fifth day of fourth month in a thirtieth year sitting by Chebar River. Ezekiel saw God and heard VOICE GOD ALMIGHTY like a Voice of speech noise of host Voice from firmament over their heads. Above was Throne of sapphire stone on Throne sat GOD. God of Israel seen, under HIS FEET pavement sapphire sky purity, Exodus 24:10. A magnificent meal on mountain shows God’s HU/MAN nature as HE ate with 70 elders and Moses on the Sinai mountain in Exodus 24:1-18. Bible says Covenant meal God reinforce Abraham Covenant by God inviting seventy elders to come to receive impartation of Spirit of God to lead HIS people in Numbers 11:16-30. Moses saw the LORD, spoke to God Face to face as a man speaks to HIS friend in Exodus 33:11. God is VISIBLE many people testify of HIS HU/MAN/ITY. Moses and Joshua took seventy elders to eat meat with the LORD God and lived. They saw God, Face to face yet lived to dispel myths God is too Supernatural to be approached or compared to humans in any form, shape, size. Deuteronomy 21:15-17 passage said the seventy elders were anointed because the LORD GOD told Moses to ‘Bring the 70 men…so The LORD will give you meat and to eat. God is worshipped by a believer who really understand HIS full Divine Sovereignty and Highly revered. Bibles depict God in human terms as a Father God who has Children through HIS SON Jesus Christ as joint heirs and peculiar people. Acts 7:55-60 in Bible says Stephen on the earth saw heaven opened and Jesus was standing next to God RIGHT Hand. GOD has Arms and Hands like humans sitting on His Throne. Stephen filled with Holy Spirit looks into heaven and saw GLORY of God and Jesus standing on the RIGHT Hand of God. He said I see heaven open and Son of man standing on Right Hand of God. God’s “Right Hand” is BODY part of HIS IMAGE HE created humans to be like HIMSELF. GLORY of God surrounds Throne yet Stephen saw Jesus physically standing beside God’s RIGHT HAND.Psalm’s 103:13 parental image requests God to be kind, gentle but HIS IMAGE is a FATHER and not a woman as mother. It is true both men and women share 80% physical features as human beings but have unique differences identifying them as male and females. FATHER GOD has HIS Son God Jesus confirming to the people in Bible texts, God is Our Father. JESUS calls God Abba FATHER and God has 44 physical appeared literally face to face to humans confirming God as a MAN. If God does not answer a human need HE is accused of sleeping in Bible, Psalms 44:24 but God does not slumber or sleep. Entire Bible portrays God of Israel’s Image in HIS creation and God watches over Israel without slumber. Greek medieval, modern assumption is God is different not human but Bible texts says God is a literal Man as Jesus said. God is a FATHER in same way as a human father. God said, if you know to give good gifts to your children, HOW MUCH MORE GOD YOUR FATHER is very pleased to give you what you desire. It is written in Matthew 7:11 and Luke 11 : 13, if you who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children how much more will your FATHER in heaven give good things to you. The good things God gives is HIS LOVE for HIS Children and earthly good gifts including Holy Spirit to His Children. So necessary to respect God to honour HIM as Male not female. God is definable so important Christians remember the definitive revelation of God in the Word of God is Jesus Christ. We are to pray to “Our Father God” as Jesus taught us to stop reckless attitude of humans towards the Spiritual God. As humans have flesh so God’s Spirit, soul body, HIS breath in man, not mere clay. God is SPIRIT but Has a HUMAN nature in people of flesh and spirit. So possible to manifest HIS PRESENCE in mankind as fellow human beings as HE CHOOSES to do so. And 59% YouGov survey agree GOD IS A MAN but 41 per cent of British Christians think that God has no human gender but most refer to God as Male. A professor of the Christian living history, Diarmaid MacCulloch, told the Times: unconventional thinking of Image of God as Male is around since Christianity first emerged. God is a Male like Jesus’ DEITY, SOVEREIGN, IMMORTAL. God’s DNA component within mankind in HIS IMAGE and LIKENESS. God’s SUPERIOR Image in humans help to see, hear, feel, think, talk, relate, love because God is LOVE. God’s DNA Image and likeness is represented in defined life principles to obey, be humble, forgive, be generous. GOD’S TRAITS maginify image of God in humans inherited through Christ Jesus. Justin Welby said God is not a male or a female in the human sense of the word and human language is ‘inadequate’ to describe HIM. Justin Welby talks about the division in today’s society based on gender issues. The feminist movement wants equality with men now extended to God causes this views on such things. God as a Male Patriarch requires men in societies to reach out to love their wives as Christ loved the Church of God. Jesus is the Male POWER God manifested in a Greco-Roman world, males are lord and king. Women, ladies, Queens God made with authority of God rule like men. God’s Gender does not CHANGE because world is different. FATHER GODMAN is described as “archaic terms,” by Church of England’s article of religion that God is ‘without body part or passion. Official teaching: catechism of Catholic church says HE is not wo/man HE is God. MALE LOVES all females too but Archbishop of Canterbury’s Christian Deity no Gender is archaic because some people prefer gender neutral. Bible texts of GODMAN has body so important for distinction in academic circle’s agender. God’s Gender in biological terms is based on a specific state of Jesus’ circumcision, genitalia as Male. Jesus’ physical features consistent with His genetics and physical features match heavenly DNA. This is why angel overshadowed Virgin Mary to conceive GOD’S SON Jesus. Bible texts recognize God created in the beginning male and females in Genesis two sexes used. But gender social construct masculinity or femininity is role people perform. Bible says women as weaker sex so men help them. GOD’S MALE identity confirmed in 1 Kings 22:19 by Micaiah says “Hear WORD of the LORD I saw the LORD God Sitting on HIS Throne and all host of heaven standing by HIM on HIS RIGHT Hand and on HIS left. 20 And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab, to go to Ramothgilead? They said this or other on the matter. 21 Then came a spirit and stood before the LORD and said, I will persuade him. 22 And the LORD said to him how? And he said, I will go as a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And HE said, go persuade him and prevail as you do so. 23 Therefore, the LORD put a lying spirit in the mouth of all HIS prophets spoke to deceive him due to his idolatory (judgement of Elijah Naboth’s vineyard). 24 Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah went to slap Micaiah on the cheek and said, which Spirit of the LORD spoke to you? 25 Micaiah said you will see it that day, when you go into an inner chamber to hide. Micaiah’s vision is accurate so Ahab died despite lies of 400 false prophets. Micaiah’s ACCURATE description of God on HIS Throne seen in heaven shows Micaiah knows God is Male described on HIS Throne with all on ‘Right and Left Hand.’ Bible on God’s Gender had 170 texts as Father so one cannot be FATHER unless one is Male. God CHOSE reveals HIMSELF to people as MALE. Masculine pronoun often used in Bible refers to God. Jesus Christ calls God Father several times as Masculine to refer to God. In the Bible Christ used term Father directly to refer to God 160 times. Christ said in John 10:30, “I and the Father are one as Jesus Christ came in human form a man to die on cross tp pay for sins of the world. Like God our Father, Jesus was revealed in male form and Bible records numerous instances. From Acts to Revelations 900 verses use Theos as HIS Masculine noun in Greek directly to refer to God consistent with pattern of HIS Masculine titles, nouns, pronouns for GODMAN.’ HE CHOSE the Masculine form to reveal HIMSELF to mankind. Jesus Christ’s masculine titles, nouns, and pronouns is a Male on earth. Prophets in Old Testament and apostles of New Testament refer to God or Jesus Christ with Masculine NAMES and titles. GODMAN reveals WHO HE IS to help us understand HIM not to box God to limit HIM genderless. So it is so inappropriate an Archbishop of Canterbury’s Christian Deity’s Gender ‘archaic’ prefers gender neutral reject HIM PATRIACHALISTIC.Degendentrificationdysmorphia of our FATHER God tries to overlook Biblical Supernatural overwhelming proof texts showing God’s Male Body of importance for distinction in the academic circles in terms HIS gender. In 1 Kings 2:2, David told son Solomon, “Be strong and show yourself a man.” David’s advice reflects gender seen as Moses instructs, Joshua be strong and valiant in Deuteronomy 31:7, be strong or valiant. Deuteronomy 22:5 gender boundary says woman not wear a man’s apparel or the man wear woman’s clothing because these things are abhorrent to God. So Ancient Israel significantly kept gender roles reflected in Bible prohibition against male-male anal intercourse in Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13, “a man must not lie with another man like a woman.” Males to act and be treated like men in ancient Israel, men were masculine and women feminine. As God is Man in Bible an explicit Male imagery describes God. The Song of the Sea in Exodus 15:3 says God is a MAN of war, JEHOVAH Nissi is HIS NAME. God is KING in Bible in Isaiah 44:6, God the KING of Israel is the Redeemer, Jehovah LORD of Hosts. Psalms 24:10 asks, WHO is the KING of GLORY? Jehovah of hosts is the KING of GLORY! Selah. Bible texts express God’s maleness in the Semitic language, Hebrew verbs respects God’s Gender. Hebrew noun is masculine and feminine appropriate gender verb or an adjective used. But “you” refers to both male or female. But כָּתַבְתָּ (katavta), and כָּתַבְתְּ (katavt) is written to distinguish a female and male. Unlike German, Greek the Hebrew language has no neutral gender so all items have a grammatical gender of masculine or feminine. For example a table is, שֻׁלְחָן (shulkhan) is masculine, but a bow, קֶשֶׁת (qeshet) is feminine. God in the Bible is Masculine, relevant for God’s representations. God compares woman in childbirth in Isaiah 42:14 to show HIS Maternal side. Strong scholarly consensus says that God is a non gender entity so can’t be a male or female as a Deity monosex. This is the contradiction in terms of these scholars suggesting though God is grammatically masculine has no bearing on Gender of God. Linguistic studies say its incorrect grammatical gender but understanding God’s real gender is not a trivial matter. In Bible, God is always a masculine verb or adjective so grammatical fact derives from view of God as a MAN. Description of God absolutely reinforces HE IS MAN not a halfman halfwoman amaphrodite. So GOD creates humankind in HIS OWN IMAGE and LIKENESS as MAN/KIND.God of the Creation Story is Male and Masculine view of God as KING is stated in Isaiah and Psalms as used in Garden of Eden in Genesis 1:1-2:4. The Bible confirms the Powerful God in the masculine grammatical forms as other male kings. God’s massive creations of the world is like other king’s significant building projects familiar with a king’s roles. In Genesis 1:26, נַֽעֲשֶׂה אָדָם, “let us make humans in OUR Image,” refers to God as KING consulting members of HIS royal court. The text depicts God a KING consulting royal counselors is heaven so include Jesus and angels. Androgynous God is another point of view made by using Genesis 1:27, God created man in HIS Image in the Image of God did HE create male and female did HE create them. This verse shows God is a MALE KING but men father female daughters so people are created male and female in God’s image. Genesis 1:27 verse in the Bible. God creates people in His Image to bear on God’s Male gender as Jesus told us. The Bible passages shows God provides solace ‘as a mother comforts her child.’ Referring to God as ‘her’ does not mean God’s Male Fatherhood must be abandoned. God has female Children although God’s Deity is viewed as Male and masculine. God is the FATHER of all Creation and all flesh so focus is on the Garden of Eden Image of God a Male in the Bible. The Garden identifies God as Male and Masculine FATHER. Genesis 4:1 describes Eve’s conception of Cain in text as, “God created child.”God as the Father and the Mother’s dual gender identity some have attributed to God. In Genesis and Isaiah 42:5-43:10 there is maternal side of God’s feminine caring nature of male and masculine depicted. Isaiah 42:14 depicts God as the ‘female’ woman giving birth. But I kept silent too long I Kept still and restrained Myself so WILL scream like a woman in labour and I will pant and I will gasp. God is like panting woman in labour, whose breath force can wreak havoc on the world in Isaiah 42:15. For hills and heights will I scorch, to cause all their green to wither I will turn rivers into isles, and dry the marshes up. Passages in Isaiah 40-66 God woman synonymous with the prophet Isaiah living during the Babylonian exile depicting God as a woman. Motherly Image God complex complicates picture of Gender of God in the Bible to some people. God’s Gender in Bible recognizes God as the LOVING Father like mortal father’s love for their children. God is NOT, a “wholly other,” whose HUMAN IMAGE is created in all humans. Noah story in Genesis 6:6 God regrets HE made man on earth, and HIS heart was saddened. They saw are God as a MAN with manly habits so, the biblical God’s gender recognize that in the Bible God speaks with a multiple voices of God and metaphors. Brevard Childs (1923-2007), biblical scholar, Yale University and Yale Divinity School said: The entire Bible portrays God of Israel’s Image in all HIS creations sustained by grace. God watches over Israel without slumber. Bible on political correctness recognises some people don’t have clear sexual identity or orientation due to the health reasons. Bible’s interpretation on new meanings notes and respect them. But God remains relevant and crucial as the ULTIMATE MALE role model above all men. to recognize differences. The Bible depicts God Male so HE is NOT a gender-neutral, genderless but gender inclusive. Men are not pressured to be neutral genders before an acceptance as fathers to their children. Why demand GOD denounces HIS GENDER as OUR FATHER before HE is good enough to be accepted by HIS creation. And Romans 1 warns about the changes of turning truth into a lie and turning lies into truth. God has given up people to their reprobate mind to do as they please out of freewill. But one day will face God to give an account of how they mislead people. GOD LOVES all HIS people so no respecter of persons based on gender.
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As Jesus rose from death so resurrected a pastor beaten and killed with his body left in a ditch in forest. He miraculously resurrected during the last rites to bury him as all hope was lost. Tilak, a church leader from rural India, was dead. Some of Hindu neighbours complained to a local group of violent extremists Tilak brainwashed villagers to pollute their minds with Christian faith by leading 40 families to Jesus. The extremist group kidnapped Tilak, and when he refused to deny his faith in Christ, they beat him and tortured him. Finally, he collapsed, had no pulse, Tilak was gone. Christian families from Tilak’s village found his body and brought him home. They laid him out in a hut, and people gathered to pay their last respects. Suddenly started to move, his eyes opened Tilak is alive! No one could believe it. Some militants who attacked Tilak were present when he came back to life so they must have been the most shocked of all. They knew what they had done to Tilak. They had tied him up and beaten him with sticks until he had bloody wounds all over his body. Then they made him crawl up a mountain, still beating him with their sticks to force him forwards. When Tilak had taken his last breath they sent for the village doctor to confirm he was dead. Finally, they threw his body in a ditch. There was no way he could have survived. And yet, here he is alive! As Tilak woke up, he could hear people saying, “It was because he believed in Jesus.” God is working in truly amazing ways in India. Countless stories of many believers coming to faith in Jesus Christ through miraculous healings. And the courageous church leaders like Tilak take the hope of the gospel to even the most isolated and hostile communities. But wherever God is at work, there is opposition and powers standing against the Church in India. Some believe being a Hindu is Indian identity so attacks the other faiths, militant Hindu nationalist group linked with BJP; stated they want India rid of Christians and Muslims by the end of 2021. So violent attacks take place against Christians by extremist group linked with some leading political party trying to wipe out the church, it isn’t surprising Christians in India are facing horrific levels of persecution. So about 24,000 Christians were physically attacked last year because of their faith. India is number 11 on the 2018 World Watch List, annual ranking of the 50 countries where Christians face most extreme persecution, its highest ever position. Lust for violence deadens the senses, damages the soul, dangerous, thrill seeking violence blood lust on TV regularly watched in movies or played in computer games desensitized those addicted from innocent age gratified by violent entertainment. Effect of violence viewing habits deaden senses in a way to make them treat humans as objects. It explicit violence grown up with that makes deadened senses, accustomed to shock and horror not afraid to OFFEND GOD who will judge them. The Bible in Romans says they are in error thinking a violence is for God. Book of proverbs warns against enticed violence in Bible.
Bible commands against violence out of blood lust. Christians, oppose violence because of FREEWILL choice given by God to all decide themselves to make up their own mind without pressure or fear to accept Jesus. The line between virtual and real life violence so blurred thought of hate action is normalised as a macho powerful domination not evil against a fellow human being. Church requires a childhood education to cure violence in entertainment and freedom of choice to believe in God. Gideon’s idol was asked to deal with change of belief to serve God so people not to intervene for their idol in the Bible. Extremists are stepping up efforts to rid India of the Christians needing intervention from God. Those working through local churches and partners in India since 2000, is extensive but plan a double impact to extend outreach to all corners of India in next two years. Your prayers and long-term support helps to make God’s plan reality to show powers Biblical stand of the Church’s GREATER POWER of Jesus. Gospel is preached to ALL nations according to Acts 1:8, all disciples’ of God must preach the Gospel to whole world. God orders believers to preach or demands blood of an unsaved deprived of Gospel by those who refuse to preach GOSPEL in Ezekiel 3:33. God’s Covenant made with Abraham includes all nations belonging to Jesus the Light of the world of all nations. Resurrection of Jesus derailed those who subdued the Gospel to changed everything. So whole world is being renewed in a New earth under God coming to live in Israel. The entire world is blessed through Jesus’ salvation plan freely given to all who accept God’s gift of forgiveness of sins. The Gospel message of Jesus life, death and resurrection is to be preached to all nations as God recreates the New earth by grafting in all Gentiles, all people of all nations with the Jews together. The doors to God’s Kingdom is open to the whole world to all who trust and call on the Name of Lord Jesus are saved. God’s family includes all the tribes, cultures, and languages centred around Jesus to reverse the curse of sin. The Holy Spirit in John 16:7-11 helps believer to know God’s punishment concerning evil sins, and righteousness and judgment of all nations on earth. One expects a miracle of resurrection to stir up faith to change the stony hearts to flesh to accept Jesus. Instead the miracle of the pastor raised from death, Tilak’s troubles werent over as a year later militants who attacked him first time threatened to kill entire family if they didn’t leave village. Tilak left village with family at once so not to suffer same extreme torture a year ago, didn’t want same for his family. So they carried absolutely nothing with only had the clothes worn. About six hours later arrived in village in another state; we believed we would be safe there.” By God’s grace, met a man there who heard Tilak preaching and had come to faith. Despite having very little a man offered to share his home with Tilak’s family. Just as God sent HIS angel to intervene and help Gideon defeat the enemy so God intervenes supernaturally to save HIS people. Thank God for the hut with one small room to preserve your lives in Jesus Name covered by the blood of Jesus. A bedsheet like curtain in middle of room and family using half of a room divided by curtain for sleeping in night so family uses other half is still miracle. To stay and share whatever in a house with both families is by grace of God to endure. Tilak smiles as he says, “He was a poor man with a big heart.” Another year has passed since then, and the two families are still sharing hut and doing what they can to help each other but even between them, they have very little. Your support and prayers enable partners to provide practical help. But Tilak’s family need more than just help to survive. Tilak says, “It’s a few years, traumatized so not have courage to talk to anyone in the new village or to share gospel.” A Biblical persecution survival training is helping families like Tilak’s to recover from persecution experience to better prepare for persecution they may face in future. It’s a combination of teaching from the Bible, teaching on the Indian constitution and Christians’ legal rights, and sharing testimonies of other persecuted believers to show that they are not alone. Tilak says, persecution survival training experience changes in hearts and minds to keep reminding of the things I learned in the seminar, that God loves them so will always stands by them. God always has a plan for to help persecute people through the partners. God uses prayers and support of people to show church family in India that God has a plan for them not forgotten them. Tilak says, thanks everyone who helped to pray for them and God will increase their blessings.” God rules the world by prayers of His saints as prayer is power used to conquer satan. Through prayer the Church on earth accesses POWER of God in heaven. Stand with persecuted church families in prayer because truly prayer is powerful instrument sharper than a two-edged sword. Send request to whole church to pray for persecuted church families around the world. Hear and share stories of faith and courage from the church in India and stand with them in prayer. The Lord Jesus warns of persecution like days of Nero believers literally made a long queue inviting the torturers to fastback their journey into heaven to be in PRESENCE of God. The Bible says FEAR God who kills soul and body and punishes in hell fire. All who die in Christ live eternal resurrected life with God FOREVER. So to love all people because God is LOVE and Jesus said Love your neighbour as love yourself.
Daniel 7:9-18 saw 9 THRONES in heaven and Ancient of days, GOD ALMIGHTY is sitting on HIS THRONE. God’s garment is white as snow, his hair on head like the pure wool: HIS THRONE is like the fiery flame, and HIS wheels as burning fire. 10 A fiery fire comes out near HIM and thousands of thousands minister to God. The books in heaven are opened. Apostle John saw heaven and thrones, and those who sat on thrones are the 24 elders described in Revelation 4:4. But Daniel made no mention of the elders as some think 24 elders is church mystery Old Testament saints in Ephesians 3:1-7. The Ancient of Days seated is Father GOD ALMIGHTY with God the Son Jesus. Father GOD’s white garments and white hair are the eternal characters of Father God. Daniel 7:13 distinguished between Ancient of Days and Son of Man Jesus, supports fact Ancient of Days is Father GOD not God the Son. Ancient of Days God’s appearance is glorious as prophet Daniel saw God Almighty so filled with awe as Daniel described his vision. “The Ancient of Days.” or “ONE advanced in age or in days in Daniel 7:9,13, 22. God is advanced in age as “KING of eternity,” HIS existence stretches endlessly from the past forever into the future eternity in 1 Timothy 1:17;Jude 25. God’s eternal existence is infinite in wisdom as Bible associates age with wisdom seen in Job 12:12. Eternal existence is incomparably wise God beyond human understanding says Romans 11:33, 34. Ancient of Days “sat down for judgment in Daniel 7:10, 22, 26 in the vision to judge nations of the earth in Daniel’s vision of beasts in Daniel 7:1-8. HIS clothing is white like snow, and hair of HIS head like wool.” White symbol of righteousness of purity and robe of snow whiteness means that God’s judgments are righteous and wise. merits deepest trust and respect so fair. Thousand thousands ministering to HIM, ten thousand times ten thousand stand right before HIM as heavenly ministers. The Bible says angels of God’s minister in Psalm 104:4 so countless hundreds of millions, God’s angels “carrying out HIS word”doing his will in Psalm 103:20, 21. God’s vast heavenly army is organized and busy over aeons of time. Ancient of Day’s judgments are righteous, and his wisdom trustworthy as the all-wise God. God is in HIS dwelling place in the third heaven shows HIS or Jesus’ appearance to prophets or Holy fathers in various forms depends on man’s understanding of signs of HIS PRESENCE. HIS THRONE has fiery flame: of brilliant splendour and fierce heat of judgment. The lava-like in stream of fire pours from Throne like river of vast destructive power. So Isaiah 66:15-15 says judgment of God is of fire. The LORD God will come with fire with His chariots, like whirlwind render His anger with fury and His rebuke with flames of fire. For by fire by His sword the LORD will judge all flesh and slain of the LORD is many. Wheel on THRONE is as eastern royal throne wheel represent endless activity of God. Thousands and thousands minister as innumerable angels around the THRONE of God. Ten thousands times ten thousands stand before HIM people stand before God in judgment, Books open, Bible describes BOOKS before God like: Book of living in Psalm 69:28. Book of remembrance in Malachi 3:16. Book of Life in Philippians 4:3 and again in Revelation 3:5; 13:8; 17:8; 20:12, 15;21:27 and 22:19. Daniel 7: 11-14 talks of ‘horn’ conquered by the Son of Man. Isaiah saw God in the year King Uzziah’s death Sitting on THRONE, lofty, exalted, with train of HIS robe filling the temple. In Isaiah 6:1 his eyes see the KING, Yahweh of hosts in Isaiah 6:5. He heard Voice of Yahweh, saying, “Whom shall I send and who will go for Us?” He said, Here am I. Send me!”in Isaiah 6:8. Isaiah said it because Isaiah saw GOD’S GLORY so spoke of HIM and Christ in John 12:41. Christ is Glorified, with the Glory He had before creation John 17:5 for men to believe in Jesus as the Saviour of the world. Isaiah on belief in Jesus “Him” in John 12:41 showd Jesus glorified in John 17 : 16. Son of Man glorified 17:23 so Father, GOD GLORIFIES HIS NAME Glorifying Jesus in 17:2 encourages those who did not believing in Christ 17:37 that LORD, GOD empowered Jesus to be believed by report of testimonies in 17:38. The arm of the LORD revealed in 17:38 in Christ so these things Isaiah said because he saw GOD’s GLORY and Christ’s Glory so spoke of heaven. The rulers believed in Him 17:42 so Jesus cried out and said He who believes in Me in 17:44 he who sees Me sees Father God who sent Me 17:45. In Acts 7:55–56; Romans 8:34; Ephesians 1:20; Colossians 3:1; Hebrews 1:3, Christ is Seated on His Throne at RIGHT Hand of God makes intercession for believers. In Acts 7:55 Stephen, full of Holy Spirit, looked to heaven saw God’s GLORY and Jesus standing at RIGHT Hand of God. John 12 says Isaiah saw GOD’S GLORY and Glory of Jesus in Isaiah 6. And God approved Jesus to represent Yahweh on the earth. John 12:41 says Isaiah saw Father GOD’S GLORY and Jesus Glory is as Daniel saw God and Son of Man. So Ezekiel 1:26–28 also talks of seeing God on THRONE 26 above firmament over head on HIS THRONE; of appearance as sapphire stone: and on the likeness of the THRONE is likeness of appearance of a MAN on it. 27 I saw colour of amber appearance of fire roundabout it, from HIS loins upward and downward, I saw fire and brightness round about. 28 And There appearance of rainbow like cloud in day of rain brightness roundabout in appearance of LORD God fell on face as heard Voice speak. Daniel watched the sound of pompous words horn was speaking. He watched until the beast is slain destroyed in burning flame. Rest of beast’s dominion taken away but their lives prolonged for a season and time. Daniel watched in the night vision saw One like Son of Man Jesus Coming in clouds of heaven! He came to Ancient of Days, they brought Him near HIM. Hebrew n-ʼa·dhamʹ is son of mankind, human, earthly son in Psalm 80:17; 146:3; Jeremiah 49:18, 33 a male in Numbers 23:19; Job 35:8; Jeremiah 50:40 Psalm 8:4; Isaiah 51:12; 56:2 Psalm 144:3 son of mortal man ben-ʼenohshʹ in Aramaic barʼenashʹ in Daniel 7:13. Greek hui·osʹ tou an·throʹpou, generic word for man anʹthro·pos Matthew 16:27. Book of Ezekiel, over 90 times God calls prophet “son of man” in Ezekiel 2:1, 3, 6, 8, used as prophet is human spokesman Source of his message is from Most High God, applied to prophet Daniel in Daniel 8:17. Christ Jesus, “the Son of Man” Gospel referred to in Matthew 8:20; 9:6; 10:23 occurs in Acts 7:56; Hebrews 2:6; and Revelation 1:13; 14:14. Jesus’ God’s Son ‘became flesh’ in John 1:14), ‘came out of a woman’ through conception birth by Jewish virgin Mary in Galatians 4:4; Luke 1:34-36 son of man by His human mother in 1 John 4:2, 3; 2 John 7. Jesus is crowned with Glory, splendour by His Father, who resurrects Him in Hebrews 2:8, 9; Hebrews 2:14; Philippians 2:5-9. The “Son of man,” identifies Jesus Christ as Kinsman of mankind with power to redeem them bondage to sin and death, and Avenger of blood in Leviticus 25:48, 49; Numbers 35:1-29. Jesus the “Son of David” in Matthew 1:1; 9:27 is Heir of Kingdom Covenant fulfilled in David’s line by birth. The “Son of God’s” Divine origin not sinner, second Adam perfect from God fully righteous standing with God says Matthew 16:13-17. The Sign of the Son of man is prophecy recorded at Daniel 7:13, 14 in the vision, Daniel saw “someone like a son of man” coming in clouds of heaven, gained access to “the Ancient of Days,” granted to “rule the peoples, national groups and languages all serve His Kingdom. Vision in Daniel 7:18, 22,27 speaks of “Holy ones of God” taking possession of God’s Kingdom to the “son of man” with Saints of God as a people glorified with people of Israel.’ Jesus, God’s anointed King in ‘Covenant with His followers in His Kingdom rule as kings and priests under His Headship and God’s Authority in Luke 22:28-30; Revelations 5:9, 10; 20:4-6 by Sovereign God in Revelations 2:26, 27; 3:21. Jesus’ the Son of God said you will see Son of man sitting at the RIGHT Hand of power and coming with the clouds of heaven in Matthew 14:61,62; Matthew 26:63, 64. Prophecy of coming of Son of man into PRESENCE of Ancient of Days, God is the Messiah Christ in Daniel 7:13. The literal fulfillment of prophecy resurrection to Spirit life, shows Jesus Christ, sacrificing His human nature ransom for mankind, retains Messianic “Son of man” in His heavenly position. Jesus’ told high priest Coming of Son of man in Psalm 110 is it applied to Him in Matthew 22:42-45. So this does Hebrews 10:12, 13, reveals that a waiting period for Jesus Christ before His Father would sends Him to subdue His enemies. Prophecy of Daniel 7:13, 14 time of Jesus’ resurrection, ascension to heaven, authorized by God will take action in Kingly Authority. The ‘Coming of Son of man to the Ancient of Days,’ in time presented at Revelation 12:5-10, as man-child is brought to God’s THRONE. Matthew 24:30 and Luke 21:27 on Jesus’ sign of the Son of man” mention angels in Bible associated with God’s Divine judgment of wicked humans Matthews 24:29;Luke 21:25, 26; Isaiah 13:9, 10 Joel 2:30, 31. All the tribes of earth will see the Son of man Coming on the clouds of heaven with Power and Great Glory so lament in fear in hearts of humans who do not conform to God’s WILL. Visions in Revelation 17:12-14;19:11-21 show an exercise of full Regal Power by Messiah King over “peoples, national groups and languages in (Daniel 7:14), is same “son of man” in Revelation 14:14 represents Jesus described in Revelation 1:13. The ‘Son of man’s Coming on Clouds’ seen by “every eye” in Matthew 24:30.and Revelations 1:7 Jesus given Dominion, Glory, Kingdom all people, nations, languages serve Him. His Dominion is an everlasting Dominion so not pass away, His Kingdom THE ONE CHOSEN by God shall not be destroyed. So they had their dominion taken away as the transition of human dominion on earth becomes Divine Dominion. Will happen as the Son of Man Comes and exercises Dominion over the earth to succeed the reign of the fourth beast. The sound of pompous words “little horn” of fourth beast speaks are final human dictator antiChrist boastful, blasphemous speech in Revelation 13:5-6 in the Bible. This is government or system of various beasts Daniel told King about with a different meaning: Nazi Germany, other tyrants or Catholic church. So Daniel watched until beast slain so rest of beasts had dominion taken away given to Jesus. Fourth beast destroyed others continue without dominion as Jesus will Reign. Jesus will sets up His Kingdom, empire after antiChrist completely crushed but some nations continue in Millennium. One like the Son of Man, Coming with clouds of heaven is Son of Man Jesus, used more than 80 times in four Gospel. He receives all dominion held by beasts Reigns permanently. His everlasting dominion shall not pass away. Reign of Jesus first lasting 1,000 years extends permanently so Jesus rules over earth before it is remade so satan bound for 1,000 years. In Daniel 7:15-16 his vision requests for understanding. Daniel, is grieved in his spirit within his body and visions of his head troubled him. He stood by an angel and asked him the truth of all this. He told him and made known interpretation of these things. Daniel grieved in spirit about what he saw so was troubled by lack of understanding. Grieved in spirit in body shows spirit dwells in the body joined to God in Spirit more important than the body says 1 Timothy 4:8. The state of the body has effect on state of the spirit. God put HIS SPIRIT breath in mankind to live so no Spirit no life. 2 Corinthians 5:5 says the Spirit of God in man is absent from God and the spirit absent from the body is present with God in heaven. Daniel is told in 7:17-18 the vision is of four kings conquered by God and their kingdoms given to the people of God. Those great four beasts, are four kings arising out of earth. “But Saints of the Most High receive these kingdom to possess Kingdom forever, forever and ever.” The four kings arise out of earth. Dream shows Nebuchadnezzar’s vision in Daniel 2 of four empires succeeded by Kingdom of God. Daniel’s vision saw kingdoms from God’s perspective not man’s. Daniel told Nebuchadnezzar of present plus future world empires a stately noble statue of man. God showed them as the ferocious wild animals who devour and conquer without conscience. But God demolishes them and takes back HIS Kingdom from mankind. Jesus the Lion of the Tribe of Judah in Revelation 5:5 is Lamb of God in Revelation 5:5-6 and 5:8-10. Saints of the Most High receive the Kingdom as the day of the fourth beast is over, God’s people receive the Kingdom of God. So restoration of God’s Reign and Rule on earth will literally fulfilled as prophecy of ten horns and the little horn in Jesus. Saints shall receive Kingdom of God at the return of Jesus to earth from Israel. God has given Dominion, Glory, and HIS Kingdom, all people, nations, languages, will serve God in Christ. His Dominon is everlasting dominion so shall not pass away His kingdom will not be destroyed but stand forever and forever. Daniel is grieved in spirit in his body, and visions in his head troubled him. But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever and forever and ever in Jesus. These events unfold as transition takes place globally to restore God’s Throne to Jesus on the earth as promised to King David. God Is Seen in HIS HOLY Temple in the year King Uzziah died, sitting on THRONE lofty and lifted up and HIS skirts filling the temple in Isaiah 6:1 in the year 778 B.C.E. 2 Uzziah’s reign of 52 years as king of Judah was a success. Doing what “was right in God’s eyes,” he enjoyed God’s backing of army and built agricultural ventures. Due to his success was haughty, “acted unfaithfully against God in the temple burn incense so this presumptuous act and his rage against priests who censured him, Uzziah died a leper in 2 Chronicles 26:3-22. About this time Isaiah started his prophetic service. Isaiah sees God in a vision with his physical eyes clearly in a vision as an actual sighting of ALMIGHTY looks like. Saw Creator God in awesome sight. Sitting on lofty THRONE, symbolizes HIS everlasting KINGSHIP, Judge, Universal Ruler and Source of all governments on earth. HIS long robe flows fills temple as Isaiah’s call prophetic service magnifies LORD God’s Sovereign power of justice seen God’s holiness. 4 Isaiah description of GOD’S physical appearance in vision like visions by Ezekiel, Daniel, and John sees heaven in Ezekiel 1:26-28; In Daniel 7:9, 10; Revelation 4:2, 3 vision describe GOD’S PRESENCE and plan for earth so GOD looks like Man seen in spirit realm vision convey Revelation 1:1 as Isaiah’s sees God’s real appearance to confirm Isaiah saw heaven like Jesus in Book of John. Vision shows Isaiah, God’s HOLY Temple HOLY judgment are fair, pure. Seraphs hide faces and feet 5 Isaiah said “Seraphs stand above each has six wings with two covering face and two kept feet covered, two to fly about. Isaiah 6:2 is the only place in the Bible mentioning seraph angelic creatures in God’s service high in privilege, honour surround God’s THRONE and occupy a position in all humility and modesty. In PRESENCE of heavenly Sovereign cover face with one set of wings in reverence of Holiness cover the feet with other set. Universal Sovereign God’s seraphs focus on GOD’S PERSONAL GLORY. “Seraphs” are “fiery burning radiating brightness so hide face in GOD’S GREATER GLORY Brightly. 6 Seraphs use third set of wings to fly, hover or stand. In Deuteronomy 31:15, wait on GOD obediently serve so Seraphs declare God’s holiness 7 ‘HOLY, HOLY, HOLY is Jehovah of armies the fullness of all earth is HIS GLORY” in Isaiah 6:3. Their assignment is to see to HIS GLORY is acknowledged in universe and on earth. HIS GLORY is seen in all things HE created to be discerned by all earth’s inhabitants. In Numbers 14:21; Psalm 19:1-3;Habakkuk 2:14, threefold, “HOLY, HOLY, HOLY,” is the evidence of Trinity emphasizing of GOD’S Holiness. in Revelation 4:8. Other angels near God THRONE sing melodious songs repeated to declare GOD’S Holiness and GLORY to set example to people. Heard The Voice of ONE calling, as HOUSE gradually filled with smoke in Isaiah 6:4. In the Bible, smoke or a cloud provides visible evidence of God’s PRESENCE in Exodus 19:18; 40:34, 35; 1 Kings 8:10, 11; and in Revelation 15:5-8 denotes GOD GLORY. It is in scene during vision Isaiah feels unworthy. 9 affecting Isaiah to say ‘Woe is me man unclean in lips with people of clean lips dwelling in heaven, my eyes have seen GOD KING of armies HIMSELF in Isaiah 6:5. Isaiah, Daniel and John saw GOD’S PRESENCE and so approved for special commission from HIM unlike Uzziah in 1 Kings 7:48-50. Prophet Isaiah didn’t ignore priesthood or trespass in temple, sees a vision and honoured with direct commission from God. The seraphs do not look upon the enthroned LORD of HIS HOLY Temple. Isaiah is allowed in vision to look upon the KING, God of armies!”10 Isaiah felt dreadful in vision in contrast to GOD’S Holiness and sinfulness felt unclean. So feared he will die says Exodus 33:20. He heard seraph praise God with clean lips but his unclean lip and people’s lip as a servant must reflect the Holiness of God in 1 Peter 1:15, 16. Isaiah the spokesman for GOD saw the Glorious HOLY KING in heaven. 11 So one seraphs flew and in his hands a glowing coal taken with tongs from Altar touched mouth to say: ‘Look! This touched your lips so all error and sin atoned for in Isaiah 6:6,7. In symbolic sense, fire’s purifying power glowing coal from HOLY fire of Altar to Isaiah’s lips to receive GOD’s Favour and a commission. Today we are redeemed by Jesus’ ransom of His life to receive God’s Favour in prayer in Jesus BLOOD in 2 Corinthians 5:18, 21; 1 John 4:10. It is 13 Isaiah who heard Voice of GOD saying: ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ And said: ‘Here I am! Send me in Isaiah 6:8 in response Isaiah God’s servant messenger include HIS Only begotten Son of man Jesus so told God said, “Let us make man in our own image.” in Genesis 1:26; Proverbs 8:30, 31. In heaven Only begotten Son Jesus dwells so became flesh among us in John 1:14. Isaiah response to God’s call is example set for us. 14 Isaiah did not hesitate so responds to the message: “Here I am! Send me.” His willing spirit is an example for all of God’s servant in the great commission to preach ‘Good News of kingdom in all inhabited earth.’ in Matthew 24:14. Isaiah, faithfully stick to assignment to accomplish “witness to all nations.” As Isaiah did, God is highest authority to say:“Go, and say to this people, ‘Hear again and again, men, who do not understand; or see again and again but do not get knowledge.’ heart of people or ears unresponsive their eyes together may not see with eyes and their ears may not hear or own heart may not understand and may not turn back to get healing for themselves in Isaiah 6:9, 10. Thomas doubted as Isaiah’s own people did not respond to Message no matter how faithfully Isaiah fulfilled his task. 16 The people Isaiah speaks to again and again did not accept the Gospel to gain understanding stubborn, unresponsive blind, deaf spiritually. Isaiah lets people show they do not understand to prove they closed their minds and hearts to God’s Message. Many people refused to listen to GOD’S GOOD News of a Coming Kingdom of God. Isaiah asks, How long 17“And God said: ‘Until cities crash in ruins, without inhabitants, houses be man, and ground itself is ruined into desolation removed men to far away deserted condition in midst of land says Isaiah 6:11, 12. People’s spiritual state continues as long as God’s NAME is dishonoured on earth. In Psalm 74:9-11 Isaiah’s prophecy was not completely fulfilled in his time but 18 continues in the consequence of disobedience of God covenant fulfilled in Leviticus 26:21-33; Deuteronomy 28:49-68. The nations are ruined people exiled land lies desolate. Isaiah didn’t live to see the destruction of Jerusalem and temple by Babylonian army in 607 B.C.E. He prophesied over 40 years so continued into reign of King Uzziah’s great-grandson Hezekiah. And Isaiah faithfully kept commission until he died and more than 100 years later a national disaster occurs. 19. The nations fell. 19 Destruction left Judah in “ruin in a desolation” but not hopeless in 2 Kings 25:1-26. God assured Isaiah: “There will be a tenth, again as burning big tree stump Holy seed from it in Isaiah 6 : 13. “A tenth, holy seed,” remains, a holy remnant found in his people. Although nation experienced a repeated a stump of symbolic tree of Israel remains seed, or offspring, Holy to God to sprout and tree regrown in Job 14:7-9; Daniel 4:26. 20 The words of prophecy seventy years after land of Judah desolated, God kept remnant from exile in Babylon, rebuilt temple and the city, and restored true worship in the land. This restoration of Jews to God-given homeland is a second fulfillment of prophecy God gave Isaiah says Ezra 1:1-4. 21-23. Isaiah’s prophecy in first century fulfillment of ‘Holy seed’ in the first century, preserved.21 Isaiah’s prophetic Seed Messiah Jesus Christ came 800 years later in Isaiah 8 : 18; 61:1, 2; Luke 4:16-21; and Hebrews 2: 13, 14 Though GREATER than Isaiah, Jesus is sent by Heavenly Father, said: “Look I Am Come to do Father’s WILL in Hebrews 10:5-9; Psalm 40:6-8. 22 Jesus faithfully worked but met reaction. Jews in Jesus’ day did not willingly accept His message like prophet Isaiah preached in Isaiah 1:4. Jesus granted understanding of secrets of Kingdom of heaven. Some look in vain, hear in vain get no sense of it. The heart of people unreceptive shut eyes do not see or hear with ears to turn hearts to heal them says Matthew 13:10, 11, 13-15; Mark 4:10-12; Luke 8:9, 10. So 23 quoting Isaiah, Jesus shows prophecy fulfillment in His day. The people had a heart like Jews in Isaiah’s days so blind and deaf to His Message so destroyed in Matthew 23:35-38;24:1,2. Roman forces under General Titus against Jerusalem in 70 C.E. demolished city and temple. Some listened to Jesus and become His disciples are happy in Matthew 13:16-23, 51 but should flee to mountains if army attacks them in Luke 21:20-22. So Holy seed by faith spiritual nation God Israel saved in Galatians 6:16. Isaiah’s prophecy, 24 About 60 C.E. apostle Paul in Rome arranged meeting with Jews and others concerning Kingdom of God many not accept his message so Paul in fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy in Acts 28:17-27; Isaiah 6:9, 10. Jesus’ disciples carried out commission just like Isaiah. In 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 Paul speaks of himself in third person giving personal testimony of time caught up into third heaven. It happened 14 years counting back to study Book of Acts it took place on first missionary journey as stoned at Lystra, left for dead. The LORD caught him up into third heaven and gave him glimpse but not to share all details. Paul included this first few verses speaking of his own personal experience of God caught up in vision of what it means to be in heaven with the Lord. Verse 1-10 on third heaven with thorn in the flesh had a heavenly experience yet endured all difficulties. High spiritual exaltation but suffered satanic attacks. God is still in HIS HOLY Temple and in Malachi 3:1 as Isaiah says: “Here I am! Send me to warn of imminent end of things Jesus wants people to open eyes and ears to see and to hear to be saved in Matthew 7:13, 14. Happy are all who listen so their hearts get healed in Isaiah 6:8, 10. GLORY to God for His Mercy and Grace in Jesus Name.
God’s Still Small Voice heard by Elijah in troubled times helped him to make the necessary decision to bring changes to the whole nation of Israel and himself. Rumbling earthquake noises preceded the fires announcing God’s Presence. To hear God’s voice requires listening to a still small voice. Almighty God is often perceived as talking in an exaggerated hyped high pitched thunderous voice of magnitude proportionate to His Size. It is surprising God chose to speak in that still small voice. This means we are to hear God during the quiet and the still moments of life too.
God said, “Go out and stand on mount before the LORD.” Behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the LORD but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind an earthquake but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. After fire, came God’s still voice whisper sound.
Genesis 7:11 in Bible God’s uses natural phenomenon of earthquakes volcanoes, to accomplish HIS MISSION on the earth and in the heavens. In six hundredth year of Noah’s life, second month, seventeenth day of the month, that day all fountains of great deep earth burst open windows of heavens. The monumental, geological hydrological activity occurred during the flood of Noah. Gigantic earthquakes caused Greatest Earthquakes in Bible in
Holy Land region. Earthquakes caused the year-long, global flood in the days of Noah. God used Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Volcanoes. Physical cause of earthquake was shifting of adjacent tectonic plates in Noah’s Flood to warn of God’s anger.
God shakes the earth out of its place and its pillars tremble;
There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.
For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains.
And at that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.
For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.
And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s bonds were unfastened.
When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood, and the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree sheds its winter fruit when shaken by a gale. The sky vanished like a scroll that is being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.
But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.
And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it.
You have made the land to quake; you have torn it open; repair its breaches, for it totters.
The earth is utterly broken, the earth is split apart, the earth is violently shaken.
And there were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, and a great earthquake such as there had never been since man was on the earth, so great was that earthquake.
At that time HIS Voice shook the earth, but now HE has promised, Once more I will shake the earth and the heavens.”
He who removes mountains, and they know it not, when he overturns them in his anger, who shakes the earth out of its place, and its pillars tremble;
Therefore I will make the heavens tremble, and the earth will be shaken out of its place, at the wrath of the Lord of hosts in the day of his fierce anger.
For in my jealousy and in my blazing wrath I declare, On that day there shall be a great earthquake in land of Israel.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; .
You will be visited by the Lord of hosts with thunder and with earthquake and great noise with whirlwind and tempest and the flame of a devouring fire.
“But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.
But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty.
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
And there was a panic in the camp, in the field, and among all the people. The garrison and even the raiders trembled, the earth quaked, and it became a very great panic.
Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.
Jesus left the temple and was going away, when his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple. But he answered them, “You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the close of the age?” And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray.
The mountains quake before him; the hills melt; the earth heaves before him, the world and all who dwell in it.
Then the earth reeled and rocked; the foundations of the mountains trembled and quaked, because he was angry.
For thus says the Lord of hosts: Yet once more, in a little while, I will shake the heavens and the earth and the sea and the dry land.
And every island fled away, and no mountains were to be found.
And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.
And you shall flee to the valley of my mountains, for the valley of the mountains shall reach to Azal. And you shall flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones with him.
The words of Amos, who was among the shepherds of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel, two years before the earthquake.
Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.”
For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
On that day his feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives that lies before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall be split in two from east to west by a very wide valley, so that one half the Mount shall move northward, and the other half southward.
According to the covenant that I made with you when you came out of Egypt. My Spirit remains in your midst. Fear not. For thus says the Lord of hosts: Yet once more, in a little while, I will shake the heavens and the earth and the sea and the dry land. And I will shake all nations, so the treasures of all nations shall come in, and I will fill this house with glory, says the Lord of hosts. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, declares the Lord of hosts.
And the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, with their households and all the people who belonged to Korah and all their goods.
Then the angel took the censer and filled it with fire from the altar and threw it on the earth, and there were peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning, and an earthquake.
And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.
He stood and measured the earth; he looked and shook the nations; then the eternal mountains were scattered; the everlasting hills sank low. His were the everlasting ways.
The earth staggers like a drunken man; it sways like a hut; its transgression lies heavy upon it, and it falls, and will not rise again.
Though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the close of the age?”
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.
The crash of your thunder was in the whirlwind; your lightnings lighted up the world; the earth trembled and shook.
Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.
Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.
For then there will be great tribulation, as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions;
Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
And as soon as he had finished speaking all these words, the ground under them split apart.
And what he did to Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliab, son of Reuben, how the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, with their households, their tents, and every living thing that followed them, in the midst of all Israel.
The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”
I and the Father are one.”
We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
Moses said, ‘The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers. You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you.
For in my jealousy and in my blazing wrath I declare, On that day there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel. The fish of the sea and the birds of the heavens and the beasts of the field and all creeping things that creep on the ground, and all the people who are on the face of the earth, shall quake at my presence. And the mountains shall be thrown down, and the cliffs shall fall, and every wall shall tumble to the ground.
Let those curse it who curse the day, who are ready to rouse up Leviathan.
But as for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slaughter them before me.’”
Now Mount Sinai was wrapped in smoke because the Lord had descended on it in fire. The smoke of it went up like the smoke of a kiln, and the whole mountain trembled greatly.
“And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was seen within his temple. There were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake, and heavy hail.
Now I watched when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures say with a voice like thunder, “Come!” And I looked, and behold, a white horse! And its rider had a bow, and a crown was given to him, and he came out conquering, and to conquer. When he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword. When he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” And I looked, and behold, a black horse! And its rider had a pair of scales in his hand. …
That whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
For thus says the Lord of hosts: Yet once more, in a little while, I will shake the heavens and the earth and the sea and the dry land. And I will shake all nations, so that the treasures of all nations shall come in, and I will fill this house with glory, says the Lord of hosts.
An oracle concerning Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum of Elkosh. The LORD is a jealous and avenging God; the LORD is avenging and wrathful; the LORD takes vengeance on his adversaries and keeps wrath for his enemies. The LORD is slow to anger and great in power, and the Lord will by no means clear the guilty. His way is in whirlwind and storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet. He rebukes the sea and makes it dry; he dries up all the rivers; Bashan and Carmel wither; the bloom of Lebanon withers. The mountains quake before him; the hills melt; the earth heaves before him, the world and all who dwell in it. …
When Israel went out from Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language, Judah became his sanctuary, Israel his dominion. The sea looked and fled; Jordan turned back. The mountains skipped like rams, the hills like lambs. What ails you, O sea, that you flee? O Jordan, that you turn back? …
When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood,
The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,
The earth quaked, the heavens poured down rain, before God, the One of Sinai, before God, the God of Israel.
When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold there was great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood, and the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree sheds its winter fruit when shaken by a gale. The sky vanished like a scroll that is being rolled up, every mountain and island was removed from its place. Then the kings of the earth and the great ones and the generals and the rich and powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid themselves in the caves and among rocks of mountains, calling to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb.
Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.
See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven. At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that have been made—in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.
And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many. When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!”
And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.
“Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying, I am about to shake the heavens and the earth, and overthrow the throne of kingdoms. I am about to destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the nations, and overthrow the chariots and their riders. And the horses and their riders shall go down, every one by the sword of his brother. On that day, declares the Lord of hosts, I will take you, O Zerubbabel my servant, the son of Shealtiel, declares the Lord, and make you like a signet ring, for I have chosen you, declares the Lordof hosts.”
The earth quakes before them; the heavens tremble. The sun and the moon are darkened, and the stars withdraw their shining.
I looked on the mountains, and behold, they were quaking, and all the hills moved to and fro.
Behold, the day of the Lord comes, cruel, with wrath and fierce anger, to make the land a desolation and to destroy its sinners from it. For the stars of the heavens and their constellations will not give their light; the sun will be dark at its rising, and the moon will not shed its light. I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their iniquity; I will put an end to pomp of the arrogant, and lay low the pompous pride of the ruthless. I will make people more rare than fine gold, and mankind than gold of Ophir. I will make the heavens to tremble, and the earth will be shaken out of its place, at the wrath of the Lord of hosts in the day of fierce anger.
The anger of the LORD God was kindled against HIS people HE stretched out HIS Hand against them and struck them, so mountains quaked; and corpses were as refuse in the midst of the streets. For all this HIS anger has not turned away, and HIS Hand is stretched out still.
O mountains, that you skip like rams? O hills, like lambs?
Who looks on the earth and it trembles, who touches the mountains and they smoke!
Then I heard a loud voice from the temple telling the seven angels, “Go and pour out on the earth the seven bowls of the wrath of God.” So the first angel went and poured out his bowl on the earth, and harmful and painful sores came upon the people who bore the mark of the beast and worshiped its image. The second angel poured out his bowl into the sea, and it became like the blood of a corpse, and every living thing died that was in the sea. The third angel poured out his bowl into the rivers and the springs of water, and they became blood. And I heard the angel in charge of the waters say, “Just are you, O Holy One, who is and who was, for you brought these judgments.
And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.
The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.
Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. …
When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!”
Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
On that day his feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives that lies before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall be split in two from east to west by a very wide valley, so that one half of the Mount shall move northward, and the other half southward. And you shall flee to the valley of my mountains, for the valley of the mountains shall reach to Azal. And you shall flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones with him.
The burden of the word of the Lord is against the land of Hadrach and Damascus is its resting place. For the Lord has an eye on mankind and on all the tribes of Israel, and on Hamath also, which borders on it, Tyre and Sidon, though they are very wise. Tyre has built herself a rampart and heaped up silver like dust, and fine gold like the mud of the streets. But behold, the Lord will strip her of her possessions and strike down her power on the sea, and she shall be devoured by fire. Ashkelon shall see it, and be afraid; Gaza too, and shall writhe in anguish; Ekron also, because its hopes are confounded. The king shall perish from Gaza; Ashkelon shall be uninhabited; …
And to overthrow the throne of kingdoms. I am about to destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the nations, and overthrow the chariots and their riders. And the horses and their riders shall go down, every one by the sword of his brother.
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Jews and Gentiles are one in Christ Jesus grafted together in covenant with the God of Abraham as a promise to bless all nations on earth. Old and New Testament shows Jews and Gentiles called to live as disciples of Lord Jesus. In Christ there is no Jew, Gentile, slave, free male or female only brethren in the Kingdom of God. During Passover and Easter this unity in Christ is celebrated to reaffirm the Messiah’s death burial and Resurrection. As earth’s population celebrate the Passover or Resurrection Sunday miraculous event’s redemption remind us of the close spiritual bond of Jews and Christians. Celebrations are God’s deliverance from despair of slavery and from despondency of sin. The Passover and Resurrection Sunday shed light on deep roots of Judaism and Christianity representing Supernatural hope in God in Christ’s love for His people. Celebrate this sacred season with family, friends, as Christians United for Israel together share Godly love with joy and peace. So our unity is a sign of our unconditional love for God and each other. Israel’s GREAT COMMISSION Blesses all nations of earth by freewill. All who bless Israel are blessed but all who curse Israel cursed in GENESIS 12:1-3. So 1 Now the Lord said to Abram,“Go forth from your country, from your relatives from your father’s house, To the land which I will show you; 2 And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; 3 And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed” in Genesis 12:1-3.1 God Chose to bless Abraham and all his descendants2 above other nation,3 not because of prominence or powerful pious4 or faithful after being chosen.5 God Chose to bless Abraham’s seed as testimony of His grace to bless and channel blessing to “all families on earth in Genesis 12:3. God’s blessings gifts of HIS grace not earned. Blessings belong first to Israel as a gracious gift shared with others. The stewardship of God’s gift than matter ownership.6 God made it clear the land of Canaan did not belong to Israel but BELONGS to God: So Land reclaimed because Land Belongs to ME you are foreigners residing with me in Leviticus 25:23. God removed the Canaanites from the land because of sin He does the same to Israelites if defiled the land by committing the same sins.7 God’s blessings poured out on Abraham and his descendants so that His chosen people could be instrument God blesses the world through. This blessing comes to through nation Israel as blessings to Gentiles. The Israelites relate to other nations through blessing to them. But do not confuse Canaanites and Gentiles. Distinction between Gentiles Canaanites is important as Israelites possess land of Canaan God commands HIS people to annihilate them: 14 Israel is blessed beyond all peoples with no barrenness among them or livestock after 60 CE/AD 60,000 Roman soldiers obliterated once thriving Jewish towns, none allowed to escape the Roman sword except two men. In 60 CE/AD 60,000 Roman soldiers led by General Vespasian destroyed this Jewish towns. The untouched ruins are the awful price paid in human terms of Magdala, Gamla, in north suffered same fate as Jerusalem prophesied by Jesus, and Masada. Th commander of Jewish Resistance in Galilee Yosef Bar Mattityahu escaped slaughter in Yodfat became historian Flavius Josephus. He wrote 4 books to fill in historical gaps from 0-100 CE/AD like New Testament. Standard text of His Antiquities XV111, 63 contains the most famous passage:
“About this time lived Jesus, a wise man, if indeed one ought to call him a man achiever of extraordinary deeds was a teacher of those who accept the truth gladly. He won over many Jews and many of the Greeks as Messiah. Indicted by principal men and Pilate condemned Him crucified, who came to love Him did not cease to do so; for He appeared on third day restored to life, as prophets of God foretold these countless marvelous things about Him. Tribe of Christians named after Him did not disappear to this day. At Passover we rehearse Exodus 12. “And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on lintel of the houses where they eat it. I will pass through the land of Egypt that night and will strike all the first born in the land…Now the blood shall be for you a sign……when I see the blood, I will pass over you…Keep it as a feast to the LORD throughout your generations…Exodus 12:7,12,13. Those believe instructions of Moses obeyed and took action by putting blood of the lamb on door posts and lentils of their humble homes, not all did. Obedience of God after long journey, nation of Israel was born at Sinai and given her Charter of Rights; The Ten Commandments. Let all Christians who say they worship Jesus, LISTEN and OBEY his warnings and admonitions. Remember when you are blessed, you are blessed through Israel, chosen and called to walk before you. Christians are grafted into Christ true olive tree. Israelis saved love God and Jesus’ truth revealed. Jesus returns their first born son and Messiah. “And I will pour on the house of David and on inhabitants of Jerusalem Spirit of grace and supplication: so they shall look upon Me whom they pierced. Yes they will mourn for Him as grieving for a firstborn…Zechariah 12:10. No one can say to the other’ I have no need of you…1 Corinthians 12:21. So Christians pray for willingness to see Jesus through His roots in Jewish people and in His home-Land, Israel. Do not be high minded but fear God …Romans 11;19 Jews and Christians pray for each other so grateful for the millions of dear believing Jews and Christians. Jew and Gentiles grow in wisdom understanding and favour with God and man. So pray and ask LORD God to help during season of Jesus’ Sacrifice. 15 The LORD protects from sickness and will not experience the terrible diseases known in Egypt instead God inflicts it on all those who hate you. 16 You must destroy all people whom the LORD your God is about to deliver over to you so do not pity them or worship their gods for that is snare to you in Deuteronomy 7:14-16. Book of Deuteronomy talks of treatment of Gentiles and of Canaanites by God. To distinguished Gentiles from Canaanites HIS instructions to Israel is to confront people and cities possessing the land of Canaan. Canaanites lived in the nearby cities but Gentiles lived at a distance: 10 When you a approach city to wage war against it, offer it terms of peace. 11 If it accepts terms and submits to you all the people in it become your slaves. 12 If do not accept terms of peace to make war with you lay siege to it. 13 The Lord God will deliver it over to you and you must kill every single male by the sword. 14 The women, little children, cattle all else in city plunder for yourselves as a spoil. Take from enemies so plunder what the LORD your God gives you. 15 You are to deal with all cities located far from you that do not belong to the nearby nations. 16 Cities the LORD God gives you as inheritance do not allow a single living thing to survive. 17 Instead you utterly annihilate them, the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, Jebusites as the LORD your God commands you, 18 So not to teach you abhorrent ways to worship gods so causing you to sin against the LORD God in Deuteronomy 20:10-18. God ordered annihilation of Canaanites not for living nearby but because of idolatory. Those Canaanites contaminated them with sin so had to be exterminated. Idolatry sin plunged them into depths of depravity like Sodom and Gomorrah so children, animals contaminated to be destroyed.8 Jews after victory became complacent, arrogant, self-righteous, despising the Gentiles. Eager to see all Gentiles perish, as Jonah wanted Ninevites destroyed so opposed extension of God’s grace to the Gentiles an attitude that persisted in the New Testament times:“We are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners in Galatians 2:15. This is not attitude of unbelieving Jews, its deeply embedded in the hearts of the apostles, seen from Peter’s resistance to Gentile’s home in Acts 10 and reaction of fellow-apostles to preach gospel to them.9. The Old Testament, New Testament Gospels, Acts, Jews made no distinction between Canaanites pagan or Gentiles. The Jews lumped Gentiles as not deserving God’s blessings. Self-righteous arrogance the Pharisee in Jesus’ parable in Luke 18: 9 Jesus told parable to some confident more righteous so look down on others. 10 “Two men in the temple prayed, one a Pharisee and other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee: ‘God, I thank you I am not like other people: extortionists, unrighteous people, adulterers or like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tenth of everything I get.’ 13 The tax collector, stood far off, would not look up to heaven beat his chest and said, ‘God be merciful to me a sinner. 14 I tell you this man went home justified than the Pharisee. All who exalt self will be humbled, but who humbles self is exalted in Luke 18:9-14. Jew and Gentile must acknowledge they are unworthy sinners made righteous by salvation in Christ. Paul’s words in Romans 2 says Jews more responsible and accountable to God because of greater knowledge of Old Testament Scriptures. And so Paul’s attitude after conversion on the road to Damascus changes his pride, arrogance in Philippians 3:1-6 to humility, sinner, saved by grace alone: 12 Grateful to God strengthening him in Christ Jesus our Lord, because considered faithful as put in ministry, 13 though once blasphemer persecutor, arrogant treated with mercy acted ignorantly in unbelief, 14 LORD’S grace abundant, brings faith and love in Christ Jesus. 15 Trustworthy so deserves full acceptance for Christ Jesus came in the world to save sinners and the worst of them! 16 Was treated with mercy: so as the worst, Christ Jesus demonstrates His utmost patience, as an example for those going to believe in Him for eternal life in 1 Timothy 1:12-16. Paul himself as chosen vessel for salvation he a devout Jew and example as “chief of sinners,” completely unworthy of salvation. God saved him to show ones like him could be saved. No one is beyond the reach of God’s grace. Paul is a trophy, not of self-righteous works but divine grace. God arranged Abraham and his descendants be a blessing to the whole world.
In law of Moses, God made provision for foreigners who embraced Israel’s faith to worship with the Israelites. So before Israelites left Egypt, God’s instructions says foreigner could participate in the observance of the Passover: 48 “When a foreigner lives with you and wants to observe Passover to the LORD, all his males must be circumcised, approach and observe it, and he will be like one born in the land but no uncircumcised person may eat of it. 49 This law applies to native-born or foreigners living with you in Exodus 12:48-49.10 The foreigner wants to participate in celebration of Passover can be circumcised to enter a covenant relation with Israel’s God. It is not physical circumcision an issue it is a circumcised heart that matters most to God. It is important to distinguish God’s inclusiveness to draw unbelievers to church inviting them to participate in worship and ministry. God provides a way Gentiles enter Israel’s worship but participation requires Gentiles to fully embrace by faith the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Jesus as the one TRUE God, the Creator of all things, God alone. One cannot participate in Israel’s worship without first embracing Israel’s faith in God. It is not surprising God permitted foreigners to participate in celebration of Jewish holidays as Feast of Booths:9 Moses wrote down law given to the Levitical priests, who carry ark of the Lord’s covenant, and all Israel’s elders. 10 He commanded them: “At the end of 7 years appointed time of cancellation of debts, at Feast of Temporary Shelters, 11 when all Israel appears before the LORD your God in the place HE chooses, you must read law before them to their hearing. 12 Gather the people – men, women, and children, the resident foreigners in your villages so they hear and learn to fear the LORD your God and carefully obey all the words of this law. 13 Their children, who have not known this law will hear and learn to fear the LORD your God for as long as you live in land by crossing the Jordan to possess in Deuteronomy 31:9-13. The foreigners invited together with Israel hear reading of law learn to fear God. In the law, God instructs Israel concerning sacrifices, sin offering, atonement of sin for unintentional sins of Israel and for unintentional sins of the foreigners who embraced Him as their God: 22 “‘If you sin unintentionally and do not observe commandments spoken to Moses 23 all the LORD commands by the authority of Moses from day the LORD commanded Moses and your future generations 24 if anything done unintentionally without knowledge of the community, the whole community must prepare a young bull burnt offering for pleasing aroma to the LORD with grain and drink offering, a male goat for purification offering. 25 The priest makes atonement for whole community of Israel to be forgiven, if it was unintentional brought offering, an offering made by fire to the LORD, their purification offering before the LORD, for their unintentional offense. 26 And whole community of Israelites, the resident foreigner who lives among them will be forgiven, since all people involved in unintentional offense’” in Numbers 15:22-26. Contact with people of God results in faith of Gentiles.11 For some of Egyptians believed and entered into God’s blessings with Israelites. At the time of the exodus, some Egyptians feared word of Moses, saved their cattle, and midwives saved the male born sons while others did not.12 Some attached themselves to Israelites, accompanying them to the Promised Land. Jesus is the Ultimate Sacrifice for sin superceding the annual sacrifice of sheep and goats.
13Israelites first entered land of Canaan, along with foreigners worshiping God in 2 groups: half on Mount Gerizim half on Mount Ebal as Moses instructed in Deuteronomy 27:1-8:30. So Joshua built altar LORD God of Israel on Mount Ebal, 31 as Moses, LORD’s servant commands Israelites. Moses said, make altar with uncut stones untouched by iron tool, offered burnt sacrifices and sacrificed tokens of peace. 32 In the presence of Israelites, Joshua inscribed on stones a duplicate of the law written by Moses. 33 All the people, rulers, leaders, judges standing on either side of the ark, in front of Levitical priests who carried the ark of the covenant of Lord. Both resident foreigners, native Israelites were there. Half the people stood in front of Mount Gerizim, other half in front of Mount Ebal, as Moses LORD’s servant instructed to do for a blessing ceremony. 34 Joshua read aloud all the words of the law, including blessings or curses, written in law scroll. 35 Joshua read commandments Moses gave before whole assembly of Israel, women, and children, resident foreigners who lived among them in Joshua 8:30-35. Temple built to facilitate prayers and worship of both Israelites and Gentiles. I find it interesting Solomon dedicated temple to facilitated prayers and worship of the Israelites. A place of prayer for Gentiles to worship God of Israel: 41 Foreigners who do not belong to your people Israel, will come from a distant land because of your reputation. 42 When they hear great reputation and ability to accomplish mighty deeds, they will come and direct prayers towards this temple. 43 God listened from heavenly dwelling place and answer all prayers of foreigners and all nations of earth acknowledge your reputation, obey you do to people of Israel recognize this temple I built belongs to you in 1 Kings 8:41-43. Old Testament prophets spoke of Coming of Messiah as a source of blessing for the world, and not just for Jews alone: 3 No foreigner who is a follower of the Lord should say, ‘The Lord will certainly exclude me from His people.’ Eunuch should not say, ‘Look, I am like dried-up tree. 4 This is what the Lord says: “The eunuchs who observe MY Sabbaths and chooses to please ME and faithful to MY covenant, 5 I will set up in MY temple as MY walls monument better than sons, daughters. I set up permanent monument for them that remains. 6 As foreigners become followers of the LORD and serve HIM, love name of the LORD as HIS servants, observe Sabbath so not defile it, faithful to MY covenant 7 I will bring them to MY Holy Mountain make them happy in temple where people pray to ME. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices accepted on MY altar, for MY temple known as the temple all nations pray in Isaiah 56:3-7. Our Lord was disturbed by way temple misused in His time to exclude Gentiles: 12 Jesus enters temple area and drove out all those who selling and buying in the temple courts, and turned over tables of money changers and the chairs of those selling doves. 13 And He said, “It is written, ‘My house is called house of prayer but turned into den of robbers Matthew 21:12-13. And Isaiah and prophets said salvation of all Gentiles is through Coming Messiah: 1 “Arise! Shine! As your light arrives! The splendour of the LORD shines on you! 2 For, look, darkness covers the earth and deep darkness covers nations the LORD shines on you; HIS splendour appears over you. 3 Nations come to your light, kings to your bright light in Isaiah 60:1-3. 18 “I hate deeds thought, so coming to gather nations, ethnic groups will come witness My splendour. 19 I will perform a mighty act among them send all who remain to nations to Tarshish, Pul, Lud, Tubal, Javan distant coastlands who did not hear or see my splendour. To tell nations of my splendour. 20 They will bring all your countrymen from all nations as offering to the LORD. They will bring them on horses, in chariots, in wagons, on mules, on camels to MY HOLY Hill Jerusalem,” says the LORD, as Israelites bring offerings to the LORD’s temple in pure containers. 21 And I will choose some as priests and Levites,” says the LORD. 22 “As the new heavens and the new earth I am about to make will remain standing before me,” says the Lord, so your descendants and your name will remain. 23 From one month to next, from one Sabbath to next, all people will come to worship me,” says the LORD (Isaiah 66:18-23. 21 Divide land for yourselves among the tribes of Israel. 22 Allot it inheritance among yourselves and for foreigners who reside among you who fathered sons among you. Treat them as native-born among people of Israel; they will be allotted inheritance with you among tribes of Israel. 23 Whatever tribes the foreigner resides in there you give him his inheritance,” declares the sovereign Lord in Ezekiel 47:21-23.
Abrahamic Covenant in Genesis 12:1-3 says nation Israel is a source of blessing to Gentiles. Israel is called to be a “light to the Gentiles but because Israel failed to accomplish this mission so our Lord came in the flesh to fulfill that mission. Israel’s purpose is to be a “light to the Gentiles in definition in Isaiah 58. So 6 this is kind of fast God wants to remove sinful chains, to tear away ropes of the burdensome yoke, to set free oppressed, to break burdensome yokes. 7 To share food with the hungry to provide shelter for homeless, oppressed people. When you see someone naked, clothe him! Do not turn back on own flesh and blood! 8 Then your light will shine like sunrise; your restoration quickly arrives; your Godly behavior will go before you, and the LORD’s splendour will be your rear guard. 9 Then you will call out, and the LORD will respond; you will cry out and he will reply, ‘Here I am.’ Remove the burdensome yoke from you and stop pointing fingers and speaking sinfully. 10 You must help the hungry and feed the oppressed so your light will dispel the darkness, and your darkness will be transformed to noonday. 11 The LORD will continually lead you; HE will feed you in parched regions. He will give you renewed strength like a well-watered garden a spring continually producing water. 12 Your perpetual ruins will be rebuilt; you will reestablish the ancient foundations. You will be called, ‘The one who repairs broken walls, the one who makes the streets inhabitable again in Isaiah 58:6-12.14
Israel’s “fasting” ritualistic observances an offense to God because heart of true worship was lacking. First chapter of Isaiah said Israel continued to perform religious rituals practiced and failed to defend orphans or care for widows.15 True fasting not a temporary period of self-denial unbridled self-indulgence, true fasting is love for God and love for one’s neighbour. True fasting seeks the liberation of those in bondage including oppression by men and bondage to sin. True fasting not denying self food for a time without bread given to someone in desperate need of it. Its to deny oneself empty self for Holy Spirit of God to take over.16 Sabbath is kind of fast set aside the pursuit of personal pleasure to have time to delight in the LORD.17 Caring for poor and oppressed not Old Testament obligation: Pure and undefiled religion before Father God is to care for orphans and widows in misfortune, keep oneself unstained by the world in James 1:27.
Evangelism in the Old Testament from evangelism and New Testament is: Old Testament evangelism says, Come and New Testament evangelism says, “Go.” 3 Nations come to your light kings to your bright light in Isaiah 60:3. 18 Jesus came up and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth is given to Me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. Remember, I am with you always to the end of age in Matthew 28:18-20. In the New Testament Jesus invites sinners to come to Him for their salvation.18 in Old Testament, Jonah is commanded to go preach to Gentiles. In Old Testament Gentiles joined Israelites as Rahab and Ruth did by prophets in Israel as Naaman the leper did, came to Jerusalem and temple Solomon built in 1 Kings 8:41-43. Old Testament lesson, is Gentiles drawn to land of Israel, blessed find favour with God. So Old Testament law facilitated Gentile evangelism by making Israel the haven for foreigners.
Old Testament law includes foreigners among Israelites shown charity. When you gather in the harvest of your land, you must not completely harvest the corner of your field, and you must not gather up the gleanings of your harvest. You must leave themfor the poor and the foreigner. I am the Lord your God in Leviticus 23:22. In Leviticus 19, the Israelites were instructed to love their fellow-Israelites: “You must not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the children of your people but you must love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord in Leviticus 19:18. In Leviticus 19, Israel commanded to love foreign neighbours as themselves: 33 When a foreigner resides with you in your land,you must not oppress him. 34 The foreigner who resides with you must be to you like a native citizen among you; so you must love him as yourself, because you were foreigners in the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God in Leviticus 19:33-34. The parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10 in the light of both of these texts. The lawyer seeks to put Jesus to the test by asking what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus responded by asking this lawyer what the law required, to which he replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself” in Luke 10:27. The lawyer ill at ease seeks way out asking Jesus to define term “neighbour as Leviticus 19:18 but Jesus pressed further, to the definition of Leviticus 19:33-34. So his neighbour was in need, or a foreigner like Samaritan. Fellow-Jews in great need so act neighbourly to enemies so Old Testament allowed Israelites to minister to needy Gentiles as required. The foreigner is vulnerable members of society, widows and orphans so widow without husband so defend, protect her, provide for her and orphans, parents, and foreigner with no legal standing or rights, vulnerable in distant lands. Old Testament law, this should not have been the case for a foreigner who lived in Israel. The law assured foreigners the same legal standing as the Israelite:
Both a foreigner and native citizen, I am the LORD your God says Leviticus 24:22. 19.16 You judges pay attention to issues of fellow citizens, judge fairly with one citizen or another resident foreigner. 17 Do not discriminate in judgment, but hear lowly and great not intimidated by human beings, for judgment belongs to God. If matter adjudicated too difficult bring to me for hearing in Deuteronomy 1:16-17. Gentiles come to faith “coming,” to Israel Old Testament draws Gentiles to faith not drive away as unworthy heathens. If obeyed, draws Gentiles to Israel and to faith if people of God live in obedience to God’s law so prosper: 1 “If you indeed obey the LORD your God and careful to observe commandments given you today the LORD your God will elevate you above all the nations of the earth. 2 All these blessings will come to you in abundance if you obey the Lord your God: 3 You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the field. 4 Your children will be blessed, as well as the produce of your soil, the offspring of your livestock, the calves of your herds, and the lambs of your flocks. 5 Your basket and your mixing bowl will be blessed. 6 You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out. 7 The LORD will cause your enemies who attack you to be struck down before you; they will attack you from one direction but flee from you in seven different directions. 8 The LORD will decree blessing in your barns and in everything you do, HE will bless you in the land HE is giving you. 9 The LORD designates HIS Holy people as promised you, if you keep HIS commandments to obey HIM. 10 Then all the peoples of the earth will see you belong to the LORD, and they will respect you. 11 The LORD will greatly multiply your children, the offspring of your livestock, and produce of your soil in the land HE promised your ancestors to give you. 12 The LORD will open HIS good treasure house, the heavens, to give you rain for the land in its season and to bless all you do; you will lend to many nations but you will not borrow from any. 13 The LORD will make you the head and not the tail, and you will always be up at the top and not at bottom, if you obey commandments urging you today to be careful to do. 14 Do not turn from all commandments I am giving you today, to the right or left or pursue other gods to worship them in Deuteronomy 28:1-14.
If Israel lived in obedience to God’s law, He promised to bless them greatly. An obedient people means a prosperous land. In the law, God commanded the Israelites to set aside some abundance to minister to needs of poor, Gentiles foreigners poor. Gentiles will be safe, secure in land of Israel not oppressed or victimized, as immigrants in the world. The law required Israel treat foreigners with respect and as people with same civil rights. Israel like all nations to be a place of prosperity, generosity, safety to Gentiles gravitated. Those who “came” to Israel and found salvation like Rahab, the harlot, believed God was with Israel. She joined Israel not own people saved physically and spiritually.20 Ruth too came to faith in the God of Israel, and thus attached herself to Naomi and her people.21And then there was Naaman, the leper, who was also the commander of the Syrian army. He came seeking a cure for leprosy and left believer in God of Israel.22 Naaman did not remain in Israel but returned to Syria, took some Israelite soil with him.23 Gentiles who attached themselves to David like Uriah the Hittite in Israel, married an Israelite woman, one of David’s most competent and trusted warriors.24 Other Gentiles attached themselves to David.25One is favourite one Ittai the Gittite:.19 Then the king said to Ittai the Gittite, “Why should you come with us? Go and stay with new king, for you are a foreigner and exile from your own country. 20 It seems you arrived yesterday, today should I make you wander around by going with us? I go where I go. But you go back and take your men with you. May genuine loyal love protect you!” 21 But Ittai replied to king, “As surely as the Lord lives and as my lord the king lives, wherever my lord king is, whether dead or alive I will be as well!” 22 So David said to Ittai, “Come along.” So Ittai the Gittite went along, accompanied by all his men and dependents with him (2 Samuel 15:19-22.
Like Ruth, Ittai the Gittite remains with David not desert him. David made Ittai the Gittite commander of one-third of his forces going out against Absalom.26. A Gentile came to Israel as queen Sheba, recorded in 1 Kings 10, not poor and not oppressed woman of great means heard of Solomon’s wisdom and wealth drawn to Israel into Jerusalem: The queen of Sheba heard fame of Solomon and his relation to the name of the LORD, she came to test him with hard questions in 1 Kings 10:1. Solomon an exceedingly wise man, whose wisdom came from the LORD.27 Queen of Sheba presented difficult questions to Solomon, wisdom in responss surpassed reports that drew her to Jerusalem in the first place, she acknowledged work of God in his life: 6 She said to the king, “The report I heard in my own country about your wise sayings and insight was true! 7 I did not believe these things until I came and saw them with my own eyes. Indeed, I didn’t hear half the story! Your wisdom and wealth surpass report to me. 8 Your attendants, who stand before you at all times and hear your wise sayings, are truly happy! 9 May the Lord your God be praised because he favored you by placing you on the throne of Israel! Because of the Lord’s eternal love for Israel, he made you king so you could make just and right decisions.” 10 She gave the king 120 talents of gold, a very large quantity of spices, and precious gems. The quantity of spices the queen of Sheba gave King Solomon has never been matched (1 Kings 10:6-10).
God set Abraham and offspring Israel apart for blessing so a source of blessing to the nations. God did not set Israel apart to save Jews but send them to rest the world. Israel sey apart is blessed so in turn become a channel of blessing to the nations. Salvation of Gentile, Rahab, Ruth, Naaman, and other Gentiles not meant to be viewed exception. Drawing Gentiles to Israel to faith is the rule not exception. God did not call Israel into existence to be a “reservoir”of all God’s blessings, to store it for themselves and share sparingly at their discretion. So Israel is a “river” of God’s blessings to pass through His chosen people to the other nations. Jesus condemns all those purposed to build bigger barns to hoard God’s blessings; so become distribution channels for gospel to be conveyed to those perishing. 16 He told a parable: “The land of certain rich man produced an abundant crop, 17 so he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18 Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to myself, “You have plenty of goods stored up for many years; relax, eat, drink, celebrate!”’ 20 But God said to him, ‘You fool! This night your life will be demanded from you, but who will get what you prepared yourself?’ 21 So it is with all who stores up riches for self, but not rich toward God in Luke 12:16-21.28 Like Israel of old, we are not owners of God’s blessings but stewards of God’s blessings. Do not hoard God’s blessings,29 bury them,30 or sell them for profit.31 We are to give freely.32 To do otherwise of all God entrusts to us is deceive ourselves we are blessed so we are better deserving than others. God’s blessings are the manifestation of His grace not of our goodness. The Christian life is relay race to pass the baton on in order to win. A runner sprinting ahead of his competitors passes baton to next member of his team. The only way to win race is to pass on blessings God has entrusted to us. The blessings of God are not for the elite, but for those who are in great need and know it. Jesus was criticized for associating with sinners than catering to elite, His response was simple and direct: 11 When Pharisees saw this they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 12 When Jesus heard this he said, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but those who are sick do. 13 Go and learn what this means: ‘I want mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners in Matthew 9:11-13. Queen of Sheba was drawn to Israel to observe wisdom of Solomon for herself, most came to Israel in desperate need.and they knew it. God’s law made special provision for weakest, neediest, most vulnerable segment of society: widows, orphans, and foreigners. Focus on the foreigners is a matter of heated debate in countries displacing them. Millions of dollars raised in America and elsewhere to foreign missionaries to places so they proclaim the gospel. If leading to faith in Christ lead fellow-countrymen too to faith as well and the foreign students. If those who came to the U.S. as students met Jesus Christ as Saviour through the witness of faithful Christians who reach out during their stay tudents separated from home, families and culture often curious learn about American culture, and religious beliefs. Open door families in our church with volunteers working with International Students. There are opportunities for many more to build relationships with foreign students. So Texas, California, Arizona, New Mexico, states near Mexico after destruction of twin towers in New York City on 9/11, feelings run strong about problem of immigrants. No simple political or legal solutions for problem but confident the vast majority of visitors, peace-loving people wish to provide a livelihood for themselves and their families, greatest need is a Saviour. Foreigners in our country are a field “ripe for harvest,”33 Old Testament law instructs we should respond to them and needs. As light to our neighbours involves sharing good news of Jesus Christ. Need for a Saviour is man’s greatest need so meeting this need, address physical needs of those hungry or poorly clothed. Care for their physical needs open door for meeting greatest need. Jesus preached gospel; He fed hungry and healed sick. We should do no less. We pray God strengthens us to obey Him and help our neighbours in Jesus Name to Glory of God. Gentiles in turn bless Israel applying golden rule of loving one another. The Jews and Arabs living side by side in Israel since 1978 as a small community of Wahat al-Salam, Neve Shalom – meaning “oasis of peace” was founded by 4 families of Jews and Arabs on a hill-top between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. In pioneering experiment peaceful co-existence within long-term Middle East conflict. Four decades on, it is now home to more than 60 families. 2 long-standing residents, are called Nava Sonnenschein and Daoud Boulus, spoke to share their experiences.
1 Genesis 12:1-3
11 Rahab, Ruth, and Naaman are some of the most obvious.
19 In the context, this refers to offenses against God or society such as cursing, blasphemy, murder, and personal injury.
28 I believe “being rich toward God” is, in this context, being rich toward those in need.
Copyright © 2007 by Community Bible Chapel, 418 E. Main Street, Richardson, TX 75081. This is the edited manuscript of Lesson 13 in the Following Jesus in a Me-First World series prepared by Robert L. Deffinbaugh on January 21, 2007. Anyone is at liberty to use this lesson for educational purposes only, with or without credit. The Chapel believes the material presented herein to be true to the teaching of Scripture, and desires to further, not restrict, its potential use as an aid in the study of God’s Word. Publication of this material is a grace ministry of Community Bible Chapel. Related Topics: Spiritual Life