Monday, December 26, 2022

SOLDIER of CHRIST

 


2 Timothy 2:3

King James Version

3 Thou therefore endure hardness, 

as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.


What does it mean to be a soldier of CHRIST?

What does it mean to be in His service?

First, you're born again.

You can't fight for SPIRIT, unless you're OF the SPIRIT.

What else is expected of you?

Apostle Paul tells us clearly.


BE strong in CHRIST.

2 Timothy 2:1

King James Version

2 Thou therefore, my son, 

be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.


EXPECT to teach.

2 Timothy 2:2

King James Version

2 And the things that thou hast heard of me 

among many witnesses, 

the same commit thou to faithful men, 

who shall be able to teach others also.


ENDURE hardship.

2 Timothy 2:3

King James Version

3 Thou therefore endure hardness, 

as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.


DON'T be entangled with the "affairs of this life".

2 Timothy 2:4

King James Version

4 No man that warreth 

entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; 

that he may please him 

who hath chosen him to be a soldier.


STRIVE lawfully.

2 Timothy 2:5

King James Version

5 And if a man also strive for masteries, 

yet is he not crowned, 

except he strive lawfully.


BE partaker of the fruits.

2 Timothy 2:6

King James Version

6 The husbandman that laboureth 

must be first partaker of the fruits.


LET the LORD JESUS give you ALL understanding.

2 Timothy 2:7

King James Version

7 Consider what I say; 

and the Lord give thee understanding 

in all things.


FOCUS on the SALVATION of others.

2 Timothy 2:10

King James Version

10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, 

that they may also obtain the salvation 

which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.


FOCUS on EDIFYING, not on useless words.

2 Timothy 2:14

King James Version

14 Of these things put them in remembrance, 

charging them before the Lord 

that they strive not about words to no profit, 

but to the subverting of the hearers.


RIGHTLY divide the word of truth.

2 Timothy 2:15

King James Version

15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, 

a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, 

rightly dividing the word of truth.


SHUN empty talk.

2 Timothy 2:16

King James Version

16 But shun profane and vain babblings: 

for they will increase unto more ungodliness.


DEPART from iniquity.

2 Timothy 2:19

King James Version

19 Nevertheless the foundation of God 

standeth sure, 

having this seal, 

The Lord knoweth them that are his.

And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ 

depart from iniquity.


PURGE yourself from materialism.

2 Timothy 2:20-21

King James Version

20 But in a great house 

there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, 

but also of wood and of earth; 

and some to honour, and some to dishonour.

21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, 

he shall be a vessel unto honour, 

sanctified, 

and meet for the master's use, 

and prepared unto every good work.


HAVE a PURE heart.

2 Timothy 2:22

King James Version

22 Flee also youthful lusts: 

but follow righteousness,

 faith, charity, peace, 

with them that call on the Lord 

out of a pure heart.


AVOID being embroiled in foolish, and petty, controversies.

2 Timothy 2:23

King James Version

23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, 

knowing that they do gender strifes.


DO NOT participate in quarrels.

2 Timothy 2:24

King James Version

24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; 

but be gentle unto all men, 

apt to teach, 

patient,


CORRECT those opposing the gospel, in a gentle manner.

2 Timothy 2:25-26

King James Version

25 In meekness instructing

those that oppose themselves; 

if God peradventure will give them repentance 

to the acknowledging of the truth;

26 And that they may recover themselves 

out of the snare of the devil, 

who are taken captive by him at his will.


FOCUS on JESUS alone.

1 Corinthians 2:1-2

King James Version

2 And I, brethren, 

when I came to you, 

came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, 

declaring unto you the testimony of God.

2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, 

save Jesus Christ, 

and him crucified.


TEACH, in reflection of GOD's wisdom, and not your own.

1 Corinthians 2:4-5

King James Version

4 And my speech and my preaching 

was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, 

but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, 

but in the power of God.


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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

WATCHMEN of JERUSALEM

 


Isaiah 62:6

King James Version

6 I have set watchmen upon thy walls, 

O Jerusalem, 

which shall never hold their peace day nor night: 

ye that make mention of the Lord, 

keep not silence,


What are "watchmen"?

What does the Bible say?

Let's check these Bible versions:


Isaiah 62:6

Amplified Bible

On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have appointed and stationed watchmen (prophets),

Who will never keep silent day or night;

You who profess the Lord, take no rest for yourselves,


Isaiah 62:6

Common English Bible

6 Upon your walls, Jerusalem,

    I have appointed sentinels.

Continually, all day and all night,

    they won’t keep silent.

You who call on the Lord, don’t rest,


Isaiah 62:6

Easy-to-Read Version

6 Jerusalem, I put guards on your walls.

    They will not be silent.

    They will keep praying day and night.

Guards, keep praying to the Lord.

    Remind him of his promise.

    Don’t ever stop praying.


Isaiah 62:6

Good News Translation

6 On your walls, Jerusalem, I have placed sentries;

They must never be silent day or night.

They must remind the Lord of his promises

And never let him forget them.


Isaiah 62:6-7

Living Bible

6-7 O Jerusalem, I have set intercessors[a] on your walls who shall cry to God all day and all night for the fulfillment of his promises. Take no rest, all you who pray, and give God no rest until he establishes Jerusalem and makes her respected and admired throughout the earth.


Isaiah 62:6

New Life Version

6 On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have put men to keep watch. All day and all night they will never be quiet. You who help the Lord remember, do not rest.


Yeshayah 62:6

Orthodox Jewish Bible

6 I have set shomrim upon thy chomot, O Yerushalayim, which shall never hold their peace yom nor lailah; ye that remind Hashem, keep not silence,


Isaiah 62:6

Wycliffe Bible

6 Jerusalem, I have ordained keepers on thy walls, all day and all night without end they shall not be still. Ye that think on the Lord, be not still, (Jerusalem, I have ordained guards upon thy walls, and they shall not keep silent day or night, but shall always be ready to sound the alarm. Ye who think upon the Lord, be not silent,)


In SUMMARY, "watchmen" are:

prophets

sentinels

guards

sentries

intercessors

men to keep watch

shomrim

keepers


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Tuesday, November 8, 2022

God's INVISIBLE army

 

2 Kings 6:17

King James Version

17 And Elisha prayed, and said, 

Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. 

And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; 

and he saw: and, behold, 

the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire 

round about Elisha.


Woke up this morning to the words, "God's INVISIBLE army".

I knew SPIRIT wanted me to search for verses attesting to that.

So we may know the POWER and GLORY of the GREAT GOD.

Here's one instance regarding the faith of the prophet Elisha, and how GOD fought for Israel:

2 Kings 6:8-23

King James Version

8 Then the king of Syria warred against Israel, 

and took counsel with his servants, 

saying, 

In such and such a place shall be my camp.

9 And the man of God sent unto the king of Israel, 

saying, 

Beware that thou pass not such a place; 

for thither the Syrians are come down.

10 And the king of Israel sent to the place 

which the man of God told him and warned him of, 

and saved himself there, 

not once nor twice.

11 Therefore the heart of the king of Syria 

was sore troubled for this thing; 

and he called his servants, 

and said unto them, 

Will ye not shew me which of us is for the king of Israel?

12 And one of his servants said, 

None, my lord, O king: 

but Elisha, 

the prophet that is in Israel, 

telleth the king of Israel the words 

that thou speakest in thy bedchamber.

13 And he said, 

Go and spy where he is, 

that I may send and fetch him. 

And it was told him, 

saying, 

Behold, he is in Dothan.

14 Therefore sent he thither horses, 

and chariots, and a great host: 

and they came by night, 

and compassed the city about.

15 And when the servant of the man of God 

was risen early, and gone forth, 

behold, 

an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. 

And his servant said unto him, 

Alas, my master! 

how shall we do?

16 And he answered, 

Fear not: 

for they that be with us 

are more than they that be with them.

17 And Elisha prayed, 

and said, 

Lord, I pray thee, 

open his eyes, 

that he may see. 

And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; 

and he saw: 

and, behold, 

the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire 

round about Elisha.

18 And when they came down to him, 

Elisha prayed unto the Lord, 

and said, 

Smite this people, I pray thee, with blindness. 

And he smote them with blindness 

according to the word of Elisha.

19 And Elisha said unto them, 

This is not the way, 

neither is this the city: 

follow me, 

and I will bring you to the man whom ye seek. 

But he led them to Samaria.

20 And it came to pass, 

when they were come into Samaria, 

that Elisha said, 

Lord, open the eyes of these men, 

that they may see. 

And the Lord opened their eyes, 

and they saw; 

and, behold, 

they were in the midst of Samaria.

21 And the king of Israel said unto Elisha, 

when he saw them, 

My father, shall I smite them? 

shall I smite them?

22 And he answered, 

Thou shalt not smite them: 

wouldest thou smite those whom thou 

hast taken captive with thy sword and with thy bow? 

set bread and water before them, 

that they may eat and drink, 

and go to their master.

23 And he prepared great provision for them: 

and when they had eaten and drunk, 

he sent them away, 

and they went to their master. 

So the bands of Syria came no more into the land of Israel.


Take particular note of Elisha's reassurance towards his frightened servant:

2 Kings 6:16

King James Version

16 And he answered, 

Fear not: 

for they that be with us 

are more than they that be with them.


Apostle John's words to believers in JESUS echoes that very same reassurance:

1 John 4:4

King James Version

4 Ye are of God, 

little children, 

and have overcome them: 

because greater is he that is in you, 

than he that is in the world.


There really is an unseen army from GOD, who protects all who love Him, and those whom He chooses to protect.

Exodus 14:14

King James Version

14 The Lord shall fight for you, 

and ye shall hold your peace.


More on GOD's VAST army here:

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Friday, November 4, 2022

TRANSITIONING to what?

 

1 Corinthians 6:19

King James Version

19 What? 

know ye not that your body 

is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, 

which ye have of God, 

;and ye are not your own?


Are we transitioning our little angels, to little devils?

Are you aware the gender issues being touted all over the world right now?

There is a real battle, being waged on many fronts.

We could so easily be swamped, save for the GRACE of GOD.

If you are a believer, you cannot be swamped.

You have GOD's WORD to back you up.

You stand by the ROCK that is CHRIST.

1 Corinthians 10:4

King James Version

4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: 

for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: 

and that Rock was Christ.


JESUS revealed the enemy before:

John 8:44-45

King James Version

44 Ye are of your father the devil, 

and the lusts of your father ye will do. 

He was a murderer from the beginning, 

and abode not in the truth, 

because there is no truth in him. 

When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: 

for he is a liar, and the father of it.

45 And because I tell you the truth, 

ye believe me not.


The world is in very dangerous territory, challenging the laws, and authority of CHRIST.

It's time society's attention be called to Scripture.

It wasn't by accident I had a dream many decades ago, of how young girls are to be corrupted.

And it is a woman, who will make sure of that.

The battle is real, I assure you.

Are you a parent, or a relative, confused by what your child, or ward, is going through, gender-wise?

Are you a school, establishment, institution, or society allowing, promoting, or tolerating gender ideology?

Are you aware of the hidden dangers challenging how GOD created man, and woman, in the first place?

Genesis 1:26-27

King James Version

26 And God said, 

Let us make man in our image, 

after our likeness: 

and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, 

and over the fowl of the air, 

and over the cattle, 

and over all the earth, 

and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

27 So God created man in his own image, 

in the image of God created he him; 

male and female created he them.


Genesis 2:7

King James Version

7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, 

and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; 

and man became a living soul.


Genesis 2:21-23

King James Version

21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, 

and he slept: 

and he took one of his ribs, 

and closed up the flesh instead thereof;

22 And the rib, 

which the Lord God had taken from man, 

made he a woman, 

and brought her unto the man.

23 And Adam said, 

This is now bone of my bones, 

and flesh of my flesh: 

she shall be called Woman, 

because she was taken out of Man.


Genesis 5:2

King James Version

2 Male and female created he them; 

and blessed them, 

and called their name Adam, 

in the day when they were created.


Of course, if you're not born again, you will challenge this.

If you don't believe in JESUS, you will not believe the dangers of what's going on in the world.

If you have no love for GOD, you will remain defiant.

Wherein as early as kindergarten, kids are indoctrinated to think they alone determine their genders.

Do you really expect a four to five-year-old kid to think about such things in the first place?

Who has endangered the minds of these kids?

Who is at the helm of destruction of these kids, knowing they will be the future generation?

There is a lady, Abigail Shrier, who cries for the rights of young women, not to be subjected to gender confusion, or ideology.

She wrote the book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters".

You can read a sample chapter there.

You can also watch Shrier's nearly-hour-long compassionate, and fair video:



There is a real war destroying the basic integrity of families.

There is a real war making kids confused.

There is a real war destroying kids.

There is a real way dividing people, according to race, gender, and affiliation.

It's up to parents, teachers, siblings, and institutions to wake up now, before GOD puts His wrath upon us, for destroying His beloved little children.

We, adults, are always responsible for the young, the helpless, and the infirm.

JESUS gave the warning a long time ago:

Matthew 18:6-7

King James Version

6 But whoso shall offend 

one of these little ones which believe in me, 

it were better for him 

that a millstone were hanged about his neck,

and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

7 Woe unto the world because of offences! 

for it must needs be that offences come; 

but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!


JESUS did not go through the CROSS, to suffer, to be humiliated, to be crucified, to die, be buried, and be resurrected for nothing.

He bought us with the price of His blood.

We are to honor our bodies, and protect the innocent children's bodies, keeping corruption away from them.

1 Corinthians 6:20

King James Version

20 For ye are bought with a price: 

therefore glorify God in your body, 

and in your spirit, 

which are God's.


But how could we do that, unless we're born again?

Only a born again would be taught by the SPIRIT of GOD.

Only a born again would uphold the LAWS of GOD.

It's really a war against SPIRIT now.

1 Corinthians 3:16-17

King James Version

16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, 

and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

17 If any man defile the temple of God, 

him shall God destroy; 

for the temple of God is holy, 

which temple ye are.


Curious question:

Which side are you on?


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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

HOST of HEAVEN

 

1 Kings 22:19

King James Version

19 And he said, 

Hear thou therefore the word of the Lord: 

I saw the Lord sitting on his throne, 

and all the host of heaven 

standing by him on his right hand and on his left.


I had been reading about the host of heaven -- from Scripture -- but never really looked into it.

Until now.

Prophet Micaiah spoke those words to the skeptical king of Israel (Ahab), when asked if the king should go against Ramothgilead.

More about that event can be read here.

What is the "host of heaven"?

Scripture defines it, from these Bible versions:


1 Kings 22:19

Amplified Bible

19 Micaiah said, “Therefore, hear the word of the Lord. I saw the Lord sitting on His throne, and all the host (army) of heaven standing by Him on His right hand and on His left.


1 Kings 22:19

Christian Standard Bible

19 Then Micaiah said, “Therefore, hear the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on his throne, and the whole heavenly army was standing by him at his right hand and at his left hand.


1 Kings 22:19

Common English Bible

19 Then Micaiah said, “Listen now to the Lord’s word: I saw the Lord enthroned with all the heavenly forces stationed beside him, at his right and at his left.


1 Kings 22:19

Complete Jewish Bible

19 Mikhay’hu continued: “Therefore hear the word of Adonai. I saw Adonai sitting on his throne with the whole army of heaven standing by him on his right and on his left.


1 Kings 22:19

Contemporary English Version

19  Micaiah replied:

Listen to this! I also saw the Lord seated on his throne with every creature in heaven gathered around him.


1 Kings 22:19

Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition

19 And he added and said: Hear thou therefore the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on his throne, and all the army of heaven standing by him on the right hand and on the left:


1 Kings 22:19

Easy-to-Read Version

19 But Micaiah said, “Listen to this message from the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on his throne. All of heaven’s army was standing around him, some on his left side and some on his right side.


1 Kings 22:19

Evangelical Heritage Version

The Lord’s Proclamation Against Ahab

19 Then Micaiah said:

Now hear this word from the Lord.

I saw the Lord sitting on his throne, and the whole army of heaven was standing around him, on his right and on his left.


1 Kings 22:19

Expanded Bible

19 But Micaiah said, “Hear the ·message from [L word of] the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on his throne with his heavenly ·army [hosts] standing near him on his right and on his left.


1 Kings 22:19

Good News Translation

19 Micaiah went on: “Now listen to what the Lord says! I saw the Lord sitting on his throne in heaven, with all his angels standing beside him.


1 Kings 22:19

International Children’s Bible

19 But Micaiah continued to speak. He said, “Hear the message from the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on his throne. His heavenly army was standing near him on his right and on his left.


1 Kings 22:19

International Standard Version

19 But Micaiah responded, “Therefore, listen to what the Lord has to say. I saw the Lord, sitting on his throne, and the entire Heavenly Army was standing around him on his right hand and on his left hand.


1 Kings 22:19

Living Bible

19 Then Micaiah said, “Listen to this further word from the Lord. I saw the Lord sitting on his throne, and the armies of heaven stood around him.


1 Kings 22:19

The Message

19-23 Micaiah kept on: “I’m not done yet; listen to God’s word:

I saw God enthroned,

    and all the angel armies of heaven

Standing at attention

    ranged on his right and his left.


1 Kings 22:19

Names of God Bible

19 Micaiah added, “Then hear the word of Yahweh. I saw Yahweh sitting on his throne, and the entire army of heaven was standing near him on his right and his left.


1 Kings 22:19

New American Standard Bible

19 And Micaiah said, “Therefore, hear the word of the Lord. I saw the Lord sitting on His throne, and all the [a]angels of heaven standing by Him on His right and on His left.


1 Kings 22:19

New English Translation

19 Micaiah[a] said, “That being the case, listen to the Lord’s message. I saw the Lord sitting on his throne, with all the heavenly assembly standing beside him on his right and on his left.


1 Kings 22:19

New International Reader's Version

19 Micaiah continued, “Listen to the Lord’s message. I saw the Lord sitting on his throne. All the angels of heaven were standing around him. Some were standing at his right side. The others were standing at his left side.


1 Kings 22:19

New International Version

19 Micaiah continued, “Therefore hear the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on his throne with all the multitudes of heaven standing around him on his right and on his left.


1 Kings 22:19

New Life Version

19 Micaiah said, “So hear the word of the Lord. I saw the Lord sitting on His throne. All those in heaven were standing by Him on His right and on His left.


1 Kings 22:19

New Living Translation

19 Then Micaiah continued, “Listen to what the Lord says! I saw the Lord sitting on his throne with all the armies of heaven around him, on his right and on his left.


Melachim Alef 22:19

Orthodox Jewish Bible

19 And he said, Shema Devar Hashem: I saw Hashem sitting on his kisse, and all the Tzva HaShomayim standing by Him on His right hand and on His left.


1 Kings 22:19

The Voice

Micaiah: 19 You should heed the Eternal’s message. I saw a vision of the Eternal One sitting on His throne with the heavenly army surrounding Him on all sides.


1 Kings 22:19

World English Bible

19 Micaiah said, “Therefore hear Yahweh’s word. I saw Yahweh sitting on his throne, and all the army of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left.


In SUMMARY, "all the host of heaven" means:

all the host (army) of heaven

the whole heavenly army

all the heavenly forces

the whole army of heaven

every creature in heaven

all the army of heaven

All of heaven’s army

the whole army of heaven

heavenly ·army [hosts]

all his angels

His heavenly army

the entire Heavenly Army

the armies of heaven

all the angel armies of heaven

the entire army of heaven

all the [a]angels of heaven

all the heavenly assembly

All the angels of heaven

all the multitudes of heaven

All those in heave

all the armies of heaven

all the Tzva HaShomayim

the heavenly army

all the army of heaven


We get an understanding that the "host of heaven" is GOD's army, composed of angels.

What power can GOD give ONE angel?

On such angel can slay 185,000 soldiers in one night:

2 Kings 19:35

King James Version

35 And it came to pass that night, 

that the angel of the Lord went out, 

and smote in the camp of the Assyrians 

an hundred fourscore and five thousand: 

and when they arose early in the morning, 

behold, 

they were all dead corpses.


And if you want to know the number of angels that JESUS can call upon, know this:

Matthew 26:53

King James Version

53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, 

and he shall presently give me 

more than twelve legions of angels?


A legion is composed of 4,000 to 6,000 soldiers. 

Multiply that by what ONE angel can do.

Of course, we're measuring legions by human standards.

We have no idea GOD's power.


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