Time to Shake the world – “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”

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Time to Shake the world – “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”
 
Continuing today, the LORD beginning with Proverbs 18:21, which is the quote above. The word translated “power” is the Hebrews word yad, meaning and most often rendered hand. The word “love” is the Hebrew word ‘ahab, meaning one you have affection for, or have companionship with, as a friend. It is speaking of the fruit of life and death determined by the one with which you choose to become friends. The choice is in the tongue, words spoken that produce and pronounce the death and life of the speaker.
 
Proverbs 18
1 Through desire a man, having separated himself [from Godly wisdom and into his own imagination], seeks and intermeddles with all wisdom.
2 A fool has no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself [but he seeks to prove his own ideas {self-created reason}].
3 When the wicked comes, then comes also contempt, and with ignominy [dishonor] reproach.
4 The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.
5 It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.
6 A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calls for strokes.
7 A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.
8 The words of a talebearer [like a lying lawyer – and those who induce {suborn} perjury] are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
9 He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster [mashchiyth – the trap of Jeremiah 5:26 For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that set snares; they set a trap, they catch men].
10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous run into it, and is safe.
11 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and as a high wall in his own conceit.
12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honor is humility.
13 He that answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame unto him.
14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?
15 The heart of the prudent gets knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
16 A man’s gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men.
17 He that is first in his own cause seems just; but his neighbor comes and searches him.
18 The lot [the decision – ruling] causes contentions to cease, and parts [determines] between the mighty.
19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.
20 A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.
21 Death and life are in the power of [are taken and joined with by] the tongue: and they that love [are companion with] it [death and life] shall eat the fruit thereof.
22 Whoso finds a wife [what he has looked for] finds a good thing, and obtains favor of the LORD.
23 The poor uses entreaties; but the rich [those who think they have everything and know it all] answers roughly.
24 A man that has friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.
 
The quote (Jeremiah 5:26) referenced above in verse 9, is the LORD declaring His judgment against those who have a mind (ideas – heart) set on revolting and rebellion.
 
Jeremiah 5
1 Run you to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if you can find a man, if there be any that executes judgment, that seeks the truth; and I will pardon it.
2 And though they say, The LORD lives; surely they swear falsely.
3 O LORD, are not your eyes upon the truth? you have stricken them, but they have not grieved; you have consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction: they have made their faces harder than a rock; they have refused to return.
4 Therefore I said, Surely these are poor; they are foolish: for they know not the way of the LORD, nor the judgment of their God.
5 I will get me unto the great men, and will speak unto them; for they have known the way of the LORD, and the judgment of their God: but these have altogether broken the yoke, and burst the bonds.
6 Wherefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, and a wolf of the evenings shall spoil them, a leopard shall watch over their cities: every one that goes out thence shall be torn in pieces: because their transgressions are many, and their backslidings are increased.
7 How shall I pardon you for this? your children have forsaken me, and sworn by them that are no gods: when I had fed them to the full, they then committed adultery, and assembled themselves by troops in the harlots’ houses.
8 They were as fed horses in the morning: every one neighed after his neighbor’s wife.
9 Shall I not visit for these things? says the LORD: and shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?
10 Go you up upon her walls, and destroy; but make not a full end: take away her battlements; for they are not the LORD’s.
11 For the house of Israel [God’s people at large] and the house of Judah [the leaders of God’s people] have dealt very treacherously against me, says the LORD.
12 They have belied the LORD, and said, It is not he; neither shall evil come upon us; neither shall we see sword nor famine:
13 And the prophets shall become wind, and the word is not in them [proven as they continue to speak their own words and refuse this word the LORD is sending them]: thus shall it be done unto them.
14 Wherefore thus says the LORD God of hosts, Because you speak this word, behold, I will make my words in your mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them. [as has their ideas and words, and they knew it not. Isaiah 42: 25 Therefore he has poured upon him the fury of his anger, and the strength of battle: and it has set him on fire round about, yet he knew not; and it burned him, yet he laid it not to heart.]
15 Lo, I will bring a nation upon you from far, O house of Israel, says the LORD: it is a mighty nation, it is an ancient nation, a nation whose language you know not, neither understand what they say. [John 8: 43 Why do you not understand my speech? even because you cannot hear my word. 44 You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 45 And because I tell you the truth, you believe me not.]
16 Their quiver is as an open sepulcher [grave], they are all mighty men.
17 And they shall [as locusts] eat up your harvest, and your bread, which your sons and your daughters should eat: they shall eat up your flocks and your herds: they shall eat up your vines and your fig trees: they shall impoverish your fenced cities, wherein you trusted, with the sword. [Psalms 57: 4 My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.]
18 Nevertheless in those days, says the LORD, I will not make a full end with you.
19 And it shall come to pass, when you shall say, Wherefore does the LORD our God all these things unto us? then shall you answer them, Like as you have forsaken me, and served strange gods in your land, so shall you serve strangers in a land that is not yours.
20 Declare this in the house of Jacob, and publish it in Judah, saying,
21 Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not:
22 Fear you not me? says the LORD: will you not tremble at my presence, which have placed the sand for the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree [again –Job 38: 10 And brake up for it {darkness by understanding} my decreed place, and set bars and doors, 11 And said, Hitherto shall you come, but no further: and here shall your proud waves be stayed? 12 Have you commanded the morning since your days; and caused the dayspring to know his place; 13 That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it?], that it [sea – humanity] cannot pass it: and though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail; though they roar, yet can they not pass over it?
23 But this people has a revolting and a rebellious heart; they are revolted and gone.
24 Neither say they in their heart, Let us now fear the LORD our God, that gives rain [His word from heaven], both the former and the latter, in his season: he reserves unto us the appointed weeks of the harvest. [2 Peter 3: 5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: 6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: 7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.]
25 Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withheld good things from you.
26 For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that sets snares; they set a trap, they catch men.
27 As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich.
28 They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge.
29 Shall I not visit for these things? says the LORD: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?
30 A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land;
31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will you do in the end thereof?
 
2 Peter 3
11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness.
14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that you look for such things, be diligent that you may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
15 And account that the longsuffering of our LORD is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him has written unto you;
16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
17 You therefore, beloved, seeing you know these things before, beware lest you also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness.
18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
 
Thus says the LORD in me:
 
Nehemiah [the comforter of Jehovah] 2
11 So I came to Jerusalem, and was there three days. [in the belly of Sheol {the habitation of the dead} – Jonah 2:2 And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of Sheol cried I, and you heard my voice.]
12 And I arose in the night [unknown in the darkness of confusion], I and some few men with me; neither told I any man what my God had put in my heart to do at Jerusalem: neither was there any beast with me, save the beast that I rode upon. [the donkey – these lowly few faithful – Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, your King comes unto you: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon a donkey, and upon a colt the foal of a donkey.]
13 And I went out by night [not comprehended in the darkness] by the gate of the valley, even before the dragon well [the waters wherein death lurks secretly below its surface, waiting to devour those who drink], and to the dung port [the gate between the death and life – between the trash heap and resurrection], and viewed the walls [what we trust in for our peace and security] of Jerusalem, which were broken down, and the gates thereof were consumed with fire [caused by the neglect and corrupted ideas of the keepers].
14 Then I went on to the gate of the fountain [to God’s word], and to the king’s pool: but there was no place for the beast that was under me to pass [they still could not Passover death because they could not understand the words coming from the fountain].
15 Then went I up in the night by the brook [nachal – Psalms 110:7 He shall drink of the brook in the way {this word now understood}: therefore shall he lift up the head.], and viewed the wall, and turned back, and entered by the gate of the valley, and so returned.
16 And the rulers knew not whither I went, or what I did; neither had I as yet told it to the Jews [the elect], nor to the priests, nor to the nobles, nor to the rulers, nor to the rest that did the work.
17 Then said I unto them, You see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lies waste, and the gates thereof are burned with fire: come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach.
18 Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the king’s words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for this good work.
19 But when Sanballat [the mighty men] the Horonite [who caused the fires {which burned the gates and destroyed the wall], and Tobiah [who say they are doing the good of Jehovah] the servant, the Ammonite [all the religious sects], and Geshem [who claim they are the receivers of the word of God] the Arabian [who mixed lies with the truth and mired the clarity], heard it, they laughed us to scorn, and despised us, and said, What is this thing that you do? will you rebel against the king [the LORD Jesus Christ]?
20 Then answered I them, and said unto them, The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build: but you have no portion, nor right, nor memorial, in Jerusalem.
 
Friends, the LORD said there will be no sign of His coming other than the call to repent, as Jonah first repented and came from the belly of Sheol. Now has the coming of the LORD occurred, in some of you, in me, His elect remnant; followed by signs and wonders in us, as said the prophet Isaiah after he said Immanuel (God is with us), which none of the wicked of this world see or hear.
 
Jonah 2
1 Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish’s belly,
2 And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of Sheol cried I, and you heard my voice.
3 For you had cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all your billows and your waves passed over me.
4 Then I said, I am cast out of your sight; yet I will look again toward your holy temple.
5 The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head.
6 I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet have you brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God.
7 When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto you, into your holy temple.
8 They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.
9 But I will sacrifice unto you with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD.
10 And the LORD spoke unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.
 
Isaiah 8
O Immanuel.
9 Associate yourselves, O you people, and you shall be broken in pieces; and give ear, all you of far countries: gird yourselves, and you shall be broken in pieces; gird yourselves, and you shall be broken in pieces.
10 Take counsel together, and it shall come to naught; speak the word, and it shall not stand: for God is with us.
11 For the LORD spoke thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying,
12 Say you not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear you their fear, nor be afraid.
13 Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.
14 And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
15 And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken.
16 Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.
17 And I will wait upon the LORD, that hides his face from the house of Jacob [hidden only by the ignorance of those still unwittingly wrestling with God and His word] and I will look for him.
18 Behold, I and the children whom the LORD has given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwells in mount Zion.
19 And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? [Should my people be looking] for the Living to the dead [where they will never find Him]?
20 [Or] To the law and to the testimony[?]: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
21 And they shall pass through it, hardly bestead and hungry: and it shall come to pass, that when they shall be hungry, they shall fret themselves, and curse their king and their God, and look upward.
22 And they shall look unto the earth; and behold trouble and darkness, dimness of anguish; and they shall be driven to darkness.
 
Friends, now before our eyes, the LORD is, by His presence and glory, shaking the wicked out of the world.
 
Joel 3
9 Proclaim you this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up:
10 Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning-hooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.
11 Assemble yourselves, and come, all you heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause your mighty ones to come down, O LORD.
12 Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about.
13 Put you in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great.
14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.
15 The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.
16 The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.
17 So shall you know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more.
18 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall come forth out of the house of the LORD, and shall water the valley of Shittim.
19 Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the violence against the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land.
20 But Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation.
21 For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for the LORD dwells in Zion.
 
The voice of the LORD is the same voice heard now shaking the world, and it sees nothing because they are to busy smearing (disgracing) themselves in dung.
 
Hebrews 12
22 But you are come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaks better things than that of Abel.
25 See that you refuse not him that speaks. For if they escaped not who refused him that spoke on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaks from heaven [from the heavenly Jerusalem spoken of in verse 22]:
26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he has promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.
27 And this word, Yet once more, signifies the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
29 For our God is a consuming fire.
 
Hebrews 13
1 Let brotherly love [Philadelphia] continue.
2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels [God’s voice] unawares.
3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.
4 Marriage [joining together] is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled [by the ideas, imaginations of men]: but whoremongers [those who make men their merchandise] and adulterers [those who have been unfaithful and left God for idols] God will judge.
5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as you have: for he has said, I will never leave you, nor forsake you.
6 So that we may boldly say, The LORD is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.
8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.
10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.
11 For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp.
12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.
13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.
14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.
15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
18 Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.
19 But I beseech you the rather to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner.
20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our LORD Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
 
Psalms 57
1 Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusts in you: yea, in the shadow of your wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be over-past.
2 I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performs all things for me.
3 He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth.
4 My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.
5 Be you exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be above all the earth.
6 They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah.
7 My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.
8 Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.
9 I will praise you, O LORD, among the people: I will sing unto you among the nations.
10 For your mercy is great unto the heavens, and your truth unto the clouds.
11 Be you exalted, O God, above the heavens: let your glory be above all the earth.
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Then said Jesus unto them, When you have lifted up the Son of man, then shall you know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father has taught me, I speak these things.

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Then said Jesus unto them, When you have lifted up the Son of man, then shall you know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father has taught me, I speak these things.
 
We preach Christ and Him crucified, at which all men stumble. Friends, the gospel we preach is Christ in us and rejected – because He comes to save the lost who ignorantly don’t know they are in need of saving and correction.
 
The truth we should see manifested before our eyes is Christ and rejection to varying degrees. The culture, the world, accepts antichrist, preaching the easy antigospel, which everyone accepts and extols. Those who have good in their hearts (as the foundation of their reason), and willingly sacrifice to give it, are demonized and raised up for constant ridicule. They are the light in the darkness, stars in the night, and the world, the popular culture, the wicked sitting in the seats of power, hate the light, because their deeds are evil.
 
The best examples of antichrist, those who preach and act to please the relativistic culture, and by this betrayal are accepted and exalted by the world they blind and lead into destruction, are Obama, Francis, and all the “prosperity” and “feel-good” so-called “evangelical” preachers. The world receives them because they have received (become) the world. Now, when Trump is rejected, hated without any cause other than he rejects the prejudices made popular by the culture and the relativistic world, I see Christ in him, holding him up. How many among you have willingly made the sacrifice he has? Now, if this makes me your enemy, so be it. I am not looking for the approval or commendation of man, but of God who has sent me to preach this Salvation, and (willingly, knowingly) be rejected and crucified for it.
 
2 Corinthians 10
1 Now I [Timothy, son of David] myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you:
2 But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh.
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
7 Do you look on things after the outward appearance? if any man trust to himself that he is Christ’s, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ’s, even so are we Christ’s.
8 For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the LORD has given us for edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed:
9 That I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters.
10 For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.
11 Let such an one think this, that, such as we are in word by letters when we are absent, such will we be also in deed when we are present.
12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
13 But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God has distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you.
14 For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as though we reached not unto you: for we are come as far as to you also in preaching the gospel of Christ:
15 Not boasting of things without our measure, that is, of other men’s labors; but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly,
16 To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man’s line of things made ready to our hand.
17 But he that glories, let him glory in the LORD. [But let him that glories glory in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, says the LORD.]
18 For not he that commends himself is approved, but whom the LORD commends.
 
Verse 17 above is quoted from Jeremiah 9:24, a chapter speaking of those the world exalts, who have walked in the ways of their own imaginations, by their own ideas, and glory in what they think is their knowledge. This is all the world covering themselves in their flesh minds, the uncircumcision of the earth degenerated into a more primitive state.
 
Jeremiah 9
1 Oh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people!
2 Oh that I had in the wilderness a lodging place of wayfaring men; that I might leave my people, and go from them! for they be all adulterers, an assembly of treacherous men.
3 And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, says the LORD.
4 Take you heed every one of his neighbor, and trust you not in any brother: for every brother will utterly supplant, and every neighbor will walk with slanders.
5 And they will deceive every one his neighbor, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies, and weary themselves to commit iniquity.
6 Your habitation is in the midst of deceit; through deceit they refuse to know me, says the LORD.
7 Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts, Behold, I will melt them, and try them; for how shall I do for the daughter of my people?
8 Their tongue is as an arrow shot out; it speaks deceit: one speaks peaceably to his neighbor with his mouth, but in heart he lays his wait.
9 Shall I not visit them for these things? says the LORD: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?
10 For the mountains will I take up a weeping and wailing, and for the habitations of the wilderness a lamentation, because they are burned up, so that none can pass through them; neither can men hear the voice of the cattle; both the fowl of the heavens and the beast are fled; they are gone.
11 And I will make Jerusalem heaps, and a den of dragons; and I will make the cities of Judah desolate, without an inhabitant.
12 Who is the wise man, that may understand this? and who is he to whom the mouth of the LORD has spoken, that he may declare it, for what the land perishes and is burned up like a wilderness, that none pass through?
13 And the LORD says, Because they have forsaken my law which I set before them, and have not obeyed my voice, neither walked therein;
14 But have walked after the imagination of their own heart [reasoning mind], and after Baalim [the idols/ideas of this world, which are the lords over their minds], which their fathers taught them:
15 Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will feed them, even this people, with wormwood, and give them water of gall to drink.
16 I will scatter them also among the heathen, whom neither they nor their fathers have known: and I will send a sword after them, till I have consumed them.
17 Thus says the LORD of hosts, Consider you, and call for the mourning women, that they may come; and send for cunning women, that they may come:
18 And let them make haste, and take up a wailing for us, that our eyes may run down with tears, and our eyelids gush out with waters.
19 For a voice of wailing is heard out of Zion, How are we spoiled! we are greatly confounded, because we have forsaken the land, because our dwellings have cast us out.
20 Yet hear the word of the LORD, O you women, and let your ear receive the word of his mouth, and teach your daughters wailing, and every one her neighbor lamentation.
21 For death is come up into our windows, and is entered into our palaces, to cut off the children from without, and the young men from the streets.
22 Speak, Thus says the LORD, Even the carcasses of men shall fall as dung upon the open field, and as the handful after the harvestman, and none shall gather them.
23 Thus says the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:
24 But let him that glories glory in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, says the LORD.
25 Behold, the days come, says the LORD, that I will punish all them which are circumcised with the uncircumcised;
26 Egypt, and Judah, and Edom, and the children of Ammon, and Moab, and all that are in the utmost corners, that dwell in the wilderness: for all these nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in the heart.
 
Friend, the modern preaching and the world is all about building up ego, without casting down the ideas that exalt themselves against understanding and knowing God’s ways, the elementary education of the law of nature and nature’s God. The world focuses on distorting and elevating a self-informed, self-centered ego, which is a life controlled by its own ignorance, and while in this state, pride in ignorance, rejecting any other way. This ignorance is also of the id, the inner self, asserting its primitive and natural demands, the inner animal: chaotic, and without foresight unaware. The other, yet unidentified by science because they rejects God, is the Spirit of God in us, dormant as the inner flame, as an internet waiting for a connection to God and all who have even existed or will exist. Once the connection is made, the download begins, and the reacquisition and reevaluation of data occur. Out of chaos comes order: the reformation of the conscience and understanding.
 
The word rendered “Casting down” in 2 Corinthians 10:5 is the Greek word kathaireo, from the words kata, meaning down, and haireomai, meaning to take for oneself, or prefer. It is telling bringing down the ideas men have imagined, as a matter of preference rather than validation. As we know, the law of nature and nature’s God are validated in their repeated outcome, truth proven by the means of being self-evident (self-validating in the experience). This is true science, principles proven facts: verified by their quality of repetition and repeatable results. They are not preferences, or unverified theory, which are merely products of the imagination, and by never producing the imagined outcome, the fact proven is the theory is invalid.
 
The word kathaireo tells of the casting down those things that have been proven to be fictions; and if continued, they, being known invalid, become lies, which can have only one intention if unceasing, to deceive.
 
The word kathaireo, only appearing nine times, is the word used in Acts 13:19, rendered “destroyed” in telling of the nations who occupied the promised land. They were those destroyed so God’s people could inherit the land God promised them, which is a pattern of our time and the invalid ideas that must necessarily be cast down.
 
Acts 13
16 Then [Timothy, son of David] stood up, and beckoning with his hand said, Men of Israel [the whole house of God], and you that fear God, give audience.
17 The God of this people of Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with an high arm brought he them out of it.
18 And about the time of forty years suffered he their manners in the wilderness.
19 And when he had destroyed [kathaireo] seven nations in the land of Chanaan, he divided their land to them by lot.
20 And after that he gave unto them judges about the space of four hundred and fifty years, until Samuel the prophet.
21 And afterward they desired a king: and God gave unto them Saul the son of Cis, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, by the space of forty years.
22 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave their testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfill all my will.
23 Of this man’s seed has God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Savior, Jesus:
24 When John had first preached before his coming the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.
25 And as John fulfilled his course, he said, Whom think you that I am? I am not he. But, behold, there comes one after me, whose shoes of his feet I am not worthy to loose.
26 Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you fears God, to you is the word of this salvation sent.
27 For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every Sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him.
28 And though they found no cause of death in him, yet desired they Pilate that he should be slain.
29 And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down [kathaireo] from the tree, and laid him in a sepulcher [they cast Him down thinking His ideas were His imagination].
30 But God raised him from the dead [verifying His ideas were valid and His accuser ignorant of God’s/His word]:
31 And he was seen many days of them which came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the people.
32 And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers,
33 God has fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he has raised up Jesus again [repeating and self-verifying]; as it is also written in the second psalm, You are my Son, this day have I begotten you.
34 And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David [the son raised to rule as David].
35 Wherefore he says also in another psalm, You shall not suffer your Holy One to see corruption.
36 For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption:
37 But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption.
38 Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:
39 And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses [which was our elementary education].
40 Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets;
41 Behold, you despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which you shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you.
 
The word kathaireo is used in Luke 1:52 to tell of LORD who has “put down” the mighty from their seats, and raised up those of low degree.
 
Luke 1
46 And Mary [exalted without mighty men, because of their rebellion] said, My soul does magnify the LORD,
47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior [therefore she would bring forth the son, Jehovah’s Salvation personified: Jesus].
48 For he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
49 For he that is mighty has done to me great things; and holy is his name.
50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation. [Blessed is he, are they, that come in the name of the LORD.]
51 He has shewed strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
52 He has put down [kathaireo] the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things; and the rich [those who think they have everything and know it all] he has sent empty away.
54 He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;
55 As he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.
 
These last verses are referring to what is written in verse 72 & 73 where Micah 7:20 is quoted, which tell of the LORD coming to save His fallen people.
 
Luke 1
67 And his father Zechariah [mouth now opened – see the prior post] was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying,
68 Blessed be the LORD God of Israel; for he has visited and redeemed his people,
69 And has raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;
70 As he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began:
71 That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us;
72 To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant;
73 The oath which he swore to our father Abraham,
74 That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear,
75 In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.
76 And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Highest: for you shall go before the face of the LORD to prepare his ways;
77 To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins,
78 Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring [light flowing from heaven] from on high has visited us,
79 To give light [understanding] to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide [teach – make fully straight] our feet into the way of peace.
 
Micah 7 (in the context of the above)
1 Woe is me! for I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the grape-gleanings of the vintage: there is no cluster to eat: my soul desired the first-ripe fruit.
2 The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright among men: they all lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his brother with a net.
3 That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asks, and the judge asks for a reward; and the great man, he utters his mischievous desire: so they wrap it up.
4 The best of them is as a brier: the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge [fruit that will not be gathered by the LORD, rather is good for nothing except burning]: the day of your watchmen and your visitation comes; now shall be their perplexity [confusion].
5 Trust you not in a friend, put you not confidence in a guide [the teachers of this corrupted age]: keep the doors of your mouth from her that lies in your bosom [the idols you have joined with].
6 For the son dishonors the father, the daughter rises up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own house [by confusion God’s people are their own enemies].
7 Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.
8 Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness [confusion], the LORD shall be a light [understanding] unto me.
9 I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have sinned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: he will bring me forth to the light [understanding], and I shall behold his righteousness [correctness and truth].
10 Then she that is mine enemy shall see it, and shame shall cover her which said unto me, Where is the LORD your God? mine eyes shall behold her: now shall she be trodden down as the mire of the streets [corruption {muddied, unclear ideas} of her ways].
11 In the day that your walls [strength and protection] are to be built, in that day shall the decree be far removed [speaking of Job 38:10, see below, which tells of the limit man has reached, and will progress no further – which is here removed at the beginning of the next age].
12 In that day also he shall come even to you from Assyria [from the communists], and from the fortified cities [from where they trusted], and from the fortress even to the river, and from sea to sea, and from mountain to mountain.
13 Notwithstanding the land shall be desolate because of them that dwell therein, for the fruit of their doings.
14 Feed your people with your rod, the flock of your heritage, which dwell solitarily in the wood, in the midst of Carmel: let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old.
15 According to the days of your coming out of the land of Egypt will I shew unto him marvelous things.
16 The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf.
17 They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth: they shall be afraid of the LORD our God, and shall fear because of you.
18 Who is a God like unto you, that pardons iniquity, and passes by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retains not his anger for ever, because he delights in mercy.
19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and you will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.
20 You will perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which you have sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.
 
Job 38
1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
2 Who is this [who are these men] that darken [confuse] counsel by words without knowledge?
3 Gird up now your loins like a man; for I will demand of you, and answer you me.
4 Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if you have understanding.
5 Who has laid the measures thereof, if you know? or who has stretched the line upon it?
6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;
7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
8 Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?
9 When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddling-band [a protective wrapping] for it,
10 And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors,
11 And said, Hitherto shall you come, but no further: and here shall your proud waves be stayed?
12 Have you commanded the morning since your days; and caused the dayspring to know his place;
13 That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it?
14 It is turned as clay to the seal [what validates it]; and they stand as a garment.
15 And from the wicked their light [understanding] is withheld, and the [by not understanding there works] high arm shall be broken.
16 Have you entered into the springs of the sea [the water {word} that flow to the people]? or have you walked in the search of the depth [what lies below it surface]?
17 Have the gates of death been opened unto you? or have you seen the doors of the shadow of death? [Has God given you the keys to do so?]
18 Have you perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if you know it all.
19 Where is the way where light [understanding] dwells? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof,
20 That you should take it to the bound thereof, and that you should know the paths to the house thereof?
21 Know you it, because you were then born? or because the number of your days is great?
22 Have you entered into the treasures of the snow? or have you seen the treasures of the hail, [the waters frozen {word reserved} in heaven]
23 Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?
24 By what way is the light parted [is divided and understanding appeared], which scatters the east wind upon the earth?
25 Who has divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder [the sound of the light];
26 To cause it to rain [these water to flow from heaven as this latter rain] on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness, wherein there is no man;
27 To satisfy the desolate and waste ground; and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth [to bring new life]?
28 Has the rain a father? or who has begotten the drops of dew?
29 Out of whose womb came the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who has gendered it?
30 The waters are hid as with a stone [as in Exodus 17:1 thru 7], and the face of the deep is frozen.
31 Can you bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?
32 Can you bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or can you guide Arcturus with his sons? [Can you bring the sons of God to light in the heavens?]
33 Know you the ordinances of heaven? can you set the dominion thereof in the earth?
34 Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover you?
35 Can you send lightnings [understanding that shows God is in you?], that they may go and say unto you, Here we are?
36 Who has put wisdom in the inward parts? or who has given understanding to the heart?
37 Who can number the clouds in wisdom? or who can stay the bottles of heaven,
38 When the dust grows into hardness, and the clods cleave fast together?
39 Will you hunt the prey for the lion? or fill the appetite of the young lions,
40 When they couch in their dens, and abide in the covert to lie in wait?
41 Who provides for the raven his food? when his young ones cry unto God, they wander for lack of meat [because what they are being fed has caused them and the world to stagnate – they need this meat, the deeper things of God].
 
Psalms 105
1 O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.
2 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk you of all his wondrous works.
3 Glory you in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.
4 Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore.
5 Remember his marvelous works that he has done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;
6 O you seed of Abraham his servant, you children of Jacob his chosen.
7 He is the LORD our God: his judgments are in all the earth.
8 He has remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.
9 Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac;
10 And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant:
11 Saying, Unto you will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance:
12 When they were but a few men in number; yea, very few, and strangers in it.
13 When they went from one nation to another, from one kingdom to another people;
14 He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes;
15 Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.
16 Moreover he called for a famine upon the land: he brake the whole staff of bread.
17 He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant:
18 Whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron:
19 Until the time that his word came: the word of the LORD tried him.
20 The king sent and loosed him; even the ruler of the people, and let him go free.
21 He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his substance:
22 To bind his princes at his pleasure; and teach his senators wisdom.
23 Israel also came into Egypt; and Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.
24 And he increased his people greatly; and made them stronger than their enemies.
25 He turned their heart to hate his people, to deal subtly with his servants.
26 He sent Moses his servant; and Aaron whom he had chosen.
27 They shewed his signs among them, and wonders in the land of Ham.
28 He sent darkness, and made it dark; and they rebelled not against his word.
29 He turned their waters into blood, and slew their fish.
30 Their land brought forth frogs in abundance, in the chambers of their kings.
31 He spoke, and there came divers sorts of flies, and lice in all their coasts.
32 He gave them hail for rain, and flaming fire in their land.
33 He smote their vines also and their fig trees; and brake the trees of their coasts.
34 He spoke, and the locusts came, and caterpillars, and that without number,
35 And did eat up all the herbs in their land, and devoured the fruit of their ground.
36 He smote also all the firstborn in their land, the chief of all their strength.
37 He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among their tribes.
38 Egypt was glad when they departed: for the fear of them fell upon them.
39 He spread a cloud for a covering; and fire to give light in the night.
40 The people asked, and he brought quails, and satisfied them with the bread of heaven.
41 He opened the rock, and the waters gushed out; they ran in the dry places like a river.
42 For he remembered his holy promise, and Abraham his servant.
43 And he brought forth his people with joy, and his chosen with gladness:
44 And gave them the lands of the heathen: and they inherited the labor of the people;
45 That they might observe his statutes, and keep his laws. Praise you the LORD.
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These things says He that is holy, He that is true, He that has the key of David, he that opens, and no man shuts; and shuts, and no man opens:
 
The title is from Revelation 3:7 and is the beginning of the LORD’s words to the church of Philadelphia. He speaks of the key of David as what opens and shuts, a reference to Isaiah 22:22, which speaks of the same words and thereby gives us its meaning.
 
Revelation 3
7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things says he that is holy, he that is true, he that has the key of David, he that opens, and no man shuts; and shuts, and no man opens;
8 I know your works: behold, I have set before you an open door, and no man can shut it: for you have a little strength, and have kept my word, and have not denied my name.
9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews [who say they are the true believers and entitled to God’s kingdom], and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you.
10 Because you have kept the word of my patience, I also will keep you from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which you have, that no man take your crown.
12 Him that overcomes [see 1 John 5:4 & 5 below] will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.
13 He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches.
The word translated “key” in verse 7 is the six times used Greek word kleis, from the word kleio, which is the word rendered “shuts” twice in the same verse. The verse following defines the opening as to those who kept His word and have not denied His name. It is speaking of what we now understand is the LORD manifesting His presence in His word, to those who have not denied is His presence preaching Jehovah’s Salvation: Jesus. It is John referring us to the LORD’s words in John 14, where He defines the role of the Father [sending His word – the source for the light], Son [speaking His word – the light], and the Holy Spirit [teaching by leading to understanding – the witness of/to the light]. “If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. 24 He that loves me not keeps not my sayings: and the word which you hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me. 25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. 26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will SEND IN MY NAME, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
 
We know from Revelation 1:18 the LORD also holds the keys of death, which bring to life those who have not denied Him when He comes in those He has sent in His name, to lead His people in through this open door (into all truth). “18 I am he that lives, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of Hades and of death.” He is speaking of understanding as what opens the grave and brings the dead out of its abode (contrasting it to John 14:23 above).
 
John 5
24 Truly, truly, I say unto you, He that hears my word, and believes on him that sent me, has everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
25 Truly, truly, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.
26 For as the Father has life in himself; so has he given to the Son to have life in himself;
27 And has given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.
28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,
29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which has sent me.
31 If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.
32 There is another that bears witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesses of me is true.
33 You sent unto John, and he [the Holy Spirit in him] bare witness unto the truth. [this portion is speaking of what John says in 1 John 5 {see below} describing the two witnesses – in heaven and on earth.]
34 But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that you might be saved.
35 He was a burning and a shining light: and you were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.
36 But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father has given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father has sent me.
37 And the Father himself, which has sent me, has borne witness of me. You have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.
38 And you have not his word abiding in you: for whom he has sent, him you believe not.
39 Search the scriptures; for in them you think you have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
40 And you will not come to me, that you might have life.
41 I receive not honor from men.
42 But I know you, that you have not the love of God in you.
43 I am come in my Father’s name, and you receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him you will receive.
44 How can you believe, which receive honor one of another, and seek not the honor that comes from God only?
45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuses you, even Moses, in whom you trust.
46 For had you believed Moses, you would have believed me; for he wrote of me.
47 But if you believe not his writings, how shall you believe my words?
 
1 John 5
1 Whosoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loves him that begat loves him also that is begotten of him.
2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
4 For whatsoever is born of God overcomes [see Revelation 3:12 above] the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.
5 Who is he that overcomes the world, but he that believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that bears witness, because the Spirit is truth.
7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he has testified of his Son.
10 He that believes on the Son of God has the witness in himself: he that believes not God has made him a liar; because he believes not the record that God gave of his Son.
11 And this is the record, that God has given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
12 He that has the Son has life; and he that has not the Son of God has not life.
13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may believe on the name of the Son of God.
 
This brings us once again to ask what has caused the understanding to be removed (truth shut up). The LORD gives us the first part of this answers in Matthew 16 when we are told of Peter knowing He is the Son and the LORD giving Him the keys to the kingdom. This is followed immediately by the LORD defining the “blood” aspect, which John defines above as one of the three parts of the witness in the earth. The blood is the sacrifice, the price to be paid by any who knows and confess the Son, knowing what Peter hadn’t yet fully comprehended. He wouldn’t understand until after the LORD was resurrected in Him, what the LORD understood by the life of God in Him; that all who come in this name, the LORD alive in them, will be rejected and suffer for their witness: the living waters flowing from them. This is the full message (euaggelion) of Christ, against which the gates of Hades will not stand shut.
 
Matthew 16
15 He said unto them, But whom say you that I am?
16 And Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God [“and have not denied my name”].
17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed are you, Simon [hearing – what he has been told by the Spirit] Barjona [son of Jonah – the first to rise from the belly of Sheol]: for flesh and blood has not revealed it unto you, but my Father which is in heaven.
18 And I say also unto you, That you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
19 And I will give unto you the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
20 Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.
21 From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.
22 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from you, LORD: this shall not be unto you.
23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get you behind me, Satan [resisting the work and word of God]: you are an offense unto me: for you savor not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.
24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
 
The LORD, in Matthew 23:13, uses the word kleio to tell of the scribes and Pharisees (the divided religious sects), who have shut up the kingdom of heaven.
 
Matthew 23
1 Then spoke Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,
2 Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat:
3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not you after their works: for they say, and do not.
4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.
5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,
6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,
7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.
8 But be not you called Rabbi: for one is your Master [kathegetes – guide – teacher], even Christ; and all you are brethren.
9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
10 Neither be you called masters [kathegetes – teacher]: for one is your Master [kathegetes – only used these three times], even Christ [the Spirit of God in man].
11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. [this passage is referring to what John says in Revelation 19:10, saying, “I am your fellow-servant, and of your brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”]
12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you shut [kleio] up the kingdom of heaven against men: for you neither go in yourselves, neither suffer you them that are entering to go in.
14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayer: therefore you shall receive the greater damnation.
15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, you make him twofold more the child of Gehenna than yourselves. [preaching their own kingdoms – not the full gospel of Christ]
Luke 11 uses the word kleio in verse 7 to describe when the door is “shut” in this way, by the teaching of the religious sects and it removing understanding. He prefaces this with the LORD’s pray, it ending with “lead us not into temptations, but deliver us from evil,” meaning teach us so we will not deny your presence (the temptation – Exodus 7:1 thru 7), but deliver us from those who do. This aspect is the point of the parable that follows, which is understood as it says He will answer (teach us – open) if we ask Him, as in the example of His prayer.
 
Luke 11
1 And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, LORD, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.
2 And he said unto them, When you pray, say, Our Father which are in heaven, Hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
3 Give us day by day our daily bread.
4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.
5 And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves;
6 For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him?
7 And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give you.
8 I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needs.
9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
10 For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened.
11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?
12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit [to guide them into all truth] to them that ask him?
 
Later in Luke 11, after the religious leaders call Him Beelzebub [the lord of the trash heap {Gehenna}], and vilify the work of the Holy Spirit in Him; after they ask for a sign and He tells them the only sign will be the sign (call to repent) of Jonah (when he comes from the belly of Sheol); after He tells them to cleanse the inside of men rather than making the outside clean, and tells them their churches are as tombs housing the dead; the LORD uses the word kleis to say it is the lawyers (those who define the law) who have taken away the key of knowledge.
 
Luke 11
44 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you are as graves [which hold the dead in their ideas] which appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them.
45 Then answered one of the lawyers, and said unto him, Master, thus saying you reproach us also.
46 And he said, Woe unto you also, you lawyers! for you lade men with burdens grievous to be borne, and you yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers.
47 Woe unto you! for you build the sepulchers of the prophets, and your fathers killed them.
48 Truly you bear witness that you allow the deeds of your fathers: for they indeed killed them, and you build their sepulchers.
49 Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute:
50 That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation;
51 From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zechariah which perished between the altar and the temple: truly I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation.
52 Woe unto you, lawyers! for you have taken away the key [kleis] of knowledge: you entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in you hindered.
53 And as he said these things unto them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to urge him vehemently, and to provoke him to speak of many things:
54 Laying wait for him, and seeking to catch something out of his mouth, that they might accuse him.
 
Friends the mouth of understanding of God’s people is, in ending Ezekiel 16, said to be shut up by their abominations. The chapter begins with the LORD telling the son of man to show Jerusalem her abominations, which have caused her desolation.
 
Ezekiel 16
58 You have borne your lewdness and your abominations, says the LORD.
59 For thus says the LORD God; I will even deal with you as you have done, which have despised the oath in breaking the covenant [and left the LORD for idols – the creations {ideas and advice} of men].
60 Nevertheless I will remember my covenant with you in the days of your youth, and I will establish unto you an everlasting covenant.
61 Then you shall remember your ways, and be ashamed, when you shall receive your sisters, your elder and your younger: and I will give them unto you for daughters, but not by your covenant. [the covenant you have made with death and Sheol – Isaiah 28:14 Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, you scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem. 15 Because you have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with Sheol are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves: 16 Therefore thus says the LORD God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believes shall not make haste. 17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place. 18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with Sheol shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then you shall be trodden down by it. 19 From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report.]
62 And I will establish my covenant with you; and you shall know that I am the LORD: [Jeremiah 31: 33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, says the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, says the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.]
63 That you may remember, and be confounded [realize your confusion], and never open your mouth any more because of your shame [of not reaching the end your false prophets have seen by their abominations], when I am pacified toward you for all that you have done, says the LORD God.
 
In Ezekiel 29 the LORD tells of when He has accomplished this work, after he has destroyed the rivers of Egypt: the information flowing from our captors, which caused and now keeps us captive. The LORD says He will give them into the hand of their own false prophesies, their false rock in which they rely: the lies that have caused the desolation, and their own confusion (Babylon) turned delusion shall consume them.
 
The LORD says, in that day He will open our mouths, and these captors shall know He is the LORD.
 
Ezekiel 29
13 Yet thus says the LORD God; At the end of forty years will I gather the Egyptians from the people whither they were scattered:
14 And I will bring again the captivity of Egypt, and will cause them to return into the land of Pathros [the place of the LORD’s interpretation], into the land of their habitation; and they shall be there a base kingdom.
15 It shall be the basest of the kingdoms; neither shall it exalt itself any more above the nations: for I will diminish them, that they shall no more rule over the nations.
16 And it shall be no more the confidence [the {false} rock] of the house of Israel, which brings their iniquity to remembrance, when they shall look after them: but they shall know that I am the LORD God.
17 And it came to pass in the seven and twentieth year, in the first month, in the first day of the month, the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
18 Son of man, Nebuchadrezzar [the lies of the false prophets that caused the desolation] king of Babylon [the reign of confusion] caused his army to serve a great service against Tyrus [the false rock in which they rely]: every head was made bald, and every shoulder was peeled: yet had he no wages, nor his army, for Tyrus, for the service that he had served against it:
19 Therefore thus says the LORD God; Behold, I will give the land of Egypt unto Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon; and he shall take her multitude, and take her spoil, and take her prey; and it shall be the wages for his army.
20 I have given him the land of Egypt [the captivity] for his labor wherewith he served against it, because they wrought for me, says the LORD God.
21 In that day will I cause the horn of the house of Israel to bud forth, and I will give you the opening of the mouth in the midst of them; and they shall know that I am the LORD.
 
Isaiah 22
1 The burden of the valley of vision. What ails you now, that you are wholly gone up to the housetops?
2 You that are full of stirs, a tumultuous city, joyous city: your slain men are not slain with the sword, nor dead in battle.
3 All your rulers are fled together, they are bound by the archers: all that are found in you are bound together, which have fled from far.
4 Therefore said I, Look away from me; I will weep bitterly, labor not to comfort me, because of the spoiling of the daughter of my people.
5 For it is a day of trouble [confusion], and of treading down, and of perplexity by the LORD God of hosts in the valley of vision, breaking down the walls, and of crying to the mountains.
6 And Elam [what was hidden long ago] bare the quiver with chariots of men and horsemen, and Kir [wall – the same word as in verse 5] uncovered the shield.
7 And it shall come to pass, that your choicest valleys shall be full of chariots, and the horsemen shall set themselves in array at the gate [the gate shut by ignorance and confusion].
8 And he discovered the covering of Judah, and you did look in that day to the armor of the house of the forest [the mighty men of the earth].
9 You have seen also the breaches [created by abominations: the lies of the false prophets and the misleading of false teachers] of the city of David, that they are many: and you gathered together the waters of the lower pool [the water that flows under the city].
10 And you have numbered the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses have you broken down to fortify the wall [devoured widows’ houses].
11 You made also a ditch between the two walls for the water of the old pool: but you have not looked unto the maker thereof, neither had respect unto him that fashioned it long ago [see verse 6].
12 And in that day did the LORD God of hosts call to weeping, and to mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth:
13 And behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eating flesh, and drinking wine: let us eat and drink; for to morrow we shall die.
14 And it was revealed in mine ears by the LORD of hosts, Surely this iniquity shall not be purged from you till you die, says the LORD God of hosts.
15 Thus says the LORD God of hosts, Go, get you unto this treasurer, even unto Shebna [those who have build their own kingdoms], which is over the house, and say,
16 What have you here? and whom have you here, that you have hewed you out a sepulcher here, as he that hews him out a sepulcher on high, and that graven an habitation for himself in a rock?
17 Behold, the LORD will carry you away with a mighty captivity, and will surely cover you.
18 He will surely violently turn and toss you like a ball into a large country: there shall you die [see verse 14], and there the chariots of your glory shall be the shame of your LORD’s house.
19 And I will drive you from your station, and from your state shall he pull you down.
20 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will call my servant Eliakim [who God raise] the son of Hilkiah [whose inheritance is Jehovah – in them]:
21 And I will clothe him with your robe, and strengthen him with your girdle, and I will commit your government into his hand: and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah.
22 And the key of the house of David [truth and understanding] will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.
23 And I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place [he shall be relyable]; and he shall be for a glorious throne to his father’s house.
24 And they shall hang upon him all the glory of his father’s house, the offspring and the issue, all vessels of small quantity, from the vessels of cups, even to all the vessels of flagons.
25 In that day, says the LORD of hosts, shall the nail that is fastened in the sure place [who they have relied on] be removed, and be cut down, and fall; and the burden that was upon it shall be cut off: for the LORD has spoken it.
 
This vision is of the things hidden long ago, the word of God, “kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.” The word vision is from the Hebrew word chizzayown, meaning and ecstatic state or revelation, as opposed to the shame and disappointment of the enemies of truth.
 
Zechariah 13
13 In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.
2 And it shall come to pass in that day, says the LORD of hosts, that I will cut off the names of the idols out of the land, and they shall no more be remembered: and also I will cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the land.
3 And it shall come to pass, that when any shall yet prophesy, then his father and his mother that begat him shall say unto him, You shall not live; for you speak lies in the name of the LORD: and his father and his mother that begat him shall thrust him through when he prophesies.
4 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the prophets shall be ashamed every one of his vision [chizzayown], when he has prophesied; neither shall they wear a rough garment to deceive:
5 But he shall say, I am no prophet, I am a husbandman; for man taught me to keep cattle from my youth.
6 And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in your hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.
7 Awake, O sword [this word of God, reserved from this time], against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, says the LORD of hosts: smite the [false] shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones [to gather them from where they have been scattered].
8 And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, says the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.
9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.
 
Job 33
14 For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceives it not.
15 In a dream, in a vision [chizzayown] of the night, when deep sleep falls upon men, in slumbering upon the bed;
16 Then he opens the ears of men, and seals their instruction,
17 That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.
18 He keeps back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.
19 He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and the multitude of his bones with strong pain:
20 So that his life abhors bread, and his soul dainty meat.
21 His flesh is consumed away, that it cannot be seen; and his bones that were not seen stick out.
22 Yea, his soul draws near unto the grave, and his life to the destroyers.
23 If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to shew unto man his uprightness:
24 Then he is gracious unto him, and says, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom.
25 His flesh shall be fresher than a child’s: he shall return to the days of his youth:
26 He shall pray unto God, and he will be favorable unto him: and he shall see his face with joy: for he will render unto man his righteousness.
27 He looks upon men, and if any say, I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, and it profited me not;
28 He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light.
29 Lo, all these things works God oftentimes with man,
30 To bring back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the light of the living.
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Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster [our elementary education] to bring us unto Christ [the continuing education of the Spirit], that we might be justified [made right/correct] by faith [in God ordering our mind by His Spirit – presence].

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Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster [our elementary education] to bring us unto Christ [the continuing education of the Spirit], that we might be justified [made right/correct] by faith [in God ordering our mind by His Spirit – presence].
 
The above is Galatians 3:24, and speaks of the law as only revealing sins (errors in actions and ideas), which we see further defined in chapter 4 as under the elements (stoicheion) of the world: the things we only knew by natural means.
 
Galatians 4
1 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differs nothing from a servant, though he be LORD of all;
2 But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.
3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements [stoicheion] of the world:
4 But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts [into your reasoning mind], crying, Abba, Father.
7 Wherefore you are no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ [receiving His Spirit into your mind].
8 Howbeit then, when you knew not God, you did service unto them which by nature are no gods [the mighty men of this age].
9 But now, after that you have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn you again to the weak and beggarly elements [stoicheion – the ideas of corrupted men], whereunto you desire again to be in bondage?
 
These men are weak as the law is weak: they can never take away error in the mind (conscience), which are and is the foundation of acts of error (sin) against God and man. The further education is to alter the conscience and replace it with the mind of Christ that removes the sin nature: the primitive reflex: action without rightly ordered consideration of consequence.
 
We know, these elements degenerated (into law without justice) are those Peter speaks of in 2 Peter 3; the corrupted foundational (elementary) ideas of men, which melt away in the fires they themselves create. He there tells of our looking for a new world, wherein dwells righteousness (correct, sound, well thought out ideas), which we learn through first our Godly elementary education, and further as we grow [auzano] in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. This is what necessarily frees us from the bondage under the corrupted ideas of these reprobate men.
 
2 Peter 3
10 But the day of the LORD will come as a thief in the night [in the darkness created by these men’s ideas]; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements [stoicheion – these men’s corrupted ideas that control their thinking, and blinds the minds of those following them] shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day [light] of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements [these men’s ideas and idols] shall melt with fervent heat?
13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness.
14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that you look for such things, be diligent that you may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
15 And account that the longsuffering of our LORD is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him has written unto you;
16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrestle, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
17 You therefore, beloved, seeing you know these things before [proginosko – were foreordained with this knowledge], beware lest you also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness.
18 But grow [auzano] in grace, and in the knowledge of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
 
Paul, in Romans 3 tells us the law is learned so all the world, all men, would see they are guilty and in need of learning. So, they would also, at this time, see God sent His son to willingly pay the price needed to buy us out of our errors, and now understand He is Spirit in man as Christ; the same Spirit that is Jesus Christ, doing the same work (preaching Jehovah’s message of Salvation).
 
Romans 3
1 What advantage then has the Jew [the believers]? or what profit is there of circumcision [those who have kept the law]?
2 Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles [logion – the utterances] of God.
3 For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?
4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That you might be justified in your sayings, and might overcome when you are judged.
5 But if our unrighteousness commend [suniemi – sets together – introduces] the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who taketh vengeance [which is His righteousness {correctness in His correction} brought to light]? (I speak as a man)
6 God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world?
7 For if the truth of God has more abounded through my lie [referring to verse 4 – to shows how God uses error to show His power in the manifestation of truth – 1 Corinthians 11:19 For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.] unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner?
8 And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just.
9 What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles [believers and unbelievers], that they are all under sin;
10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
11 There is none that understands, there is none that seeks after God [for understanding].
12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that does good, no, not one.
13 Their throat is an open sepulcher; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:
14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
15 Their feet are swift to shed blood:
16 Destruction and misery are in their ways:
17 And the way of peace have they not known:
18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.
19 Now we know that what things soever the law says, it says to them who are under the law: that EVERY MOUTH may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
25 Whom God has set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believes in Jesus.
27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.
28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
29 Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:
30 Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through [our] faith.
31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.
 
The oracles (logion) of God Paul mentions in verse 2 above, are defined in Hebrews 5, first in verse 12 as the first principles, from the word stoicheon showing us they are foundational elements. We then see them described as the milk, which we saw in the previous post refers to the elementary education, which must come before the meat: the deeper ideas below the surface, hidden by ignorance. These are what we have tasted here, which is the power of God to change our minds and lead us into perfection: the knowledge that reveals His presence in the preacher, and then in us.
 
(Before going on I must say again – these are not things I have figured out. They are ideas that existed in the void and are only now revealed by the power of God in me. Colossians 2: 2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgment of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; 3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 2 Corinthians 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.)
 
Hebrews 5
1 For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins:
2 Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.
3 And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins.
4 And no man taketh this honor unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.
5 So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, You are my Son, to day have I begotten you.
6 As he says also in another place, You are a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;
8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;
9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;
10 Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.
11 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing you are dull of hearing.
12 For when for the time you ought to be teachers, you have need that one teach you again which be the first principles [stoicheion] of the oracles [logion] of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
13 For every one that uses milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
14 But strong meat belongs to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
 
Hebrews 6
1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
3 And this will we do, if God permit.
4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
7 For the earth which drinks in the rain that comes oft upon it, and brings forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receives blessing from God:
8 But that which bears thorns and briers is rejected [which now appear by the power of God and His latter rain], and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.
9 But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.
The word logion appears two other times, the first in Acts 7:38 as Stephen tells of the lively oracles (the living word) received in the wilderness by Moses. In saying this, he also quotes Deuteronomy 18:15 speaking of the prophet like him (Moses), who the LORD would raise up, and who the people would hear.
 
Acts 7
35 This Moses whom they refused, saying, Who made you a ruler and a judge? the same did God send to be a ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the angel which appeared to him in the bush.
36 He brought them out, after that he had shewed wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red sea, and in the wilderness forty years.
37 This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the LORD your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall you hear.
38 This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spoke to him in the mount Sinai, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles [logion] to give unto us:
39 To whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust him from them, and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt,
40 Saying unto Aaron, Make us gods to go before us: for as for this Moses, which brought us out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.
41 And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice unto the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.
42 Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, O you house of Israel, have you offered to me slain beasts and sacrifices by the space of forty years in the wilderness?
43 Yea, you took up the tabernacle of Moloch [who required you to sacrifice your children in his fires, in the place which became Gehenna, the burning trash heap outside the city], and the star of your god Remphan [in who is not life], figures which you made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon [confusion – Amos 5:27 here quoted, says Damascus, which we know means silence of work, from words meaning tears and drunkenness].
44 Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as he had appointed, speaking unto Moses, that he should make it according to the fashion that he had seen.
45 Which also our fathers that came after brought in with Jesus [Joshua – Jehovah’s deliverer] into the possession of the Gentiles, whom God drove out before the face of our fathers, unto the days of David;
46 Who found favor before God, and desired to find a tabernacle for the God of Jacob.
47 But Solomon built him a house.
48 Howbeit the most High dwells not in temples made with hands; as says the prophet,
49 Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will you build me? says the LORD: or what is the place of my rest?
50 Has not my hand made all these things?
51 You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do you.
52 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which showed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom you have been now the betrayers and murderers:
53 Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.
 
The above is the power of God demonstrated and ends telling of the consistent response of the wicked sitting in His seats, showing (apodeiknumi – trying to prove) themselves as if they are Him. Their disguise lacks only a few things: God’s presence, power, character, truth, knowledge, wisdom, strength, justice, mercy, charity,…
 
1 Corinthians 2
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.
6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to naught:
7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the LORD of glory.
9 But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him.
10 But God has revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
11 For what man knows the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knows no man, but the Spirit of God.
12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Ghost teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
14 But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
15 But he that is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
16 For who has known the mind of the LORD, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.
 
The word rendered “demonstration,” in verse 4 above, is the Greek word apodeixis, which is only used this one time. It means manifestation, here of the Spirit and the power of God. It is from the word apodeiknumi, meaning to show or prove.
 
The last time logion is used it is by Peter in 1 Peter 4:11, telling of only speaking the utterances of God, giving them as He has given. Friends, I tell you again, as the LORD has told me, “if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.”
 
1 Peter 4
1 Forasmuch then as Christ has suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin;
2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.
3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:
4 Wherein they think it strange that you run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:
5 Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.
6 For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.
7 But the end of all things is at hand: be you therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.
8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
9 Use hospitality one to another without grudging.
10 As every man has received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles [logion] of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God gives: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
13 But rejoice, inasmuch as you are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, you may be glad also with exceeding joy.
14 If you be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are you; for the spirit of glory and of God rests upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.
16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
 
Isaiah 8
O Immanuel.
9 Associate yourselves, O you people, and you shall be broken in pieces; and give ear, all you of far countries: gird yourselves, and you shall be broken in pieces; gird yourselves, and you shall be broken in pieces.
10 Take counsel together, and it shall come to nought; speak the word, and it shall not stand: for God is with us.
11 For the LORD spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying,
12 Say you not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear you their fear, nor be afraid.
13 Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.
14 And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
15 And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken.
16 Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.
17 And I will wait upon the LORD, that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him.
18 Behold, I and the children whom the LORD has given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwells in mount Zion.
19 And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? [Should they be looking] for the living to the dead?
20 [Or] To the law and to the testimony[?]: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
21 And they shall pass through it, hardly bestead and hungry: and it shall come to pass, that when they shall be hungry, they shall fret themselves, and curse their king and their God, and look upward.
22 And they shall look unto the earth; and behold trouble and darkness, dimness of anguish; and they shall be driven to darkness.
 
Psalms 71
1 In you, O LORD, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion.
2 Deliver me in your righteousness, and cause me to escape: incline your ear unto me, and save me.
3 Be you my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: you have given commandment to save me; for you are my rock and my fortress.
4 Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.
5 For you are my hope, O LORD God: you are my trust from my youth.
6 By you have I been held up from the womb: you are he that took me out of my mother’s bowels: my praise shall be continually of you.
7 I am as a wonder unto many; but you are my strong refuge.
8 Let my mouth be filled with your praise and with your honor all the day.
9 Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength fails.
10 For mine enemies speak against me; and they that lay wait for my soul take counsel together,
11 Saying, God has forsaken him: persecute and take him; for there is none to deliver him.
12 O God, be not far from me: O my God, make haste for my help.
13 Let them be confounded and consumed that are adversaries to my soul; let them be covered with reproach and dishonor that seek my hurt.
14 But I will hope continually, and will yet praise you more and more.
15 My mouth shall shew forth your righteousness and your salvation all the day; for I know not the numbers thereof.
16 I will go in the strength of the LORD God: I will make mention of your righteousness, even of yours only.
17 O God, you have taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared your wondrous works.
18 Now also when I am old and grey-headed, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed your strength unto this generation, and your power to every one that is to come.
19 Your righteousness also, O God, is very high, who have done great things: O God, who is like unto you!
20 You, which have shewed me great and sore troubles, shall quicken me again, and shall bring me up again from the depths of the earth.
21 You shall increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side.
22 I will also praise you with the psaltery, even your truth, O my God: unto you will I sing with the harp, O you Holy One of Israel.
23 My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto you; and my soul, which you have redeemed.
24 My tongue also shall talk of your righteousness all the day long: for they are confounded, for they are brought unto shame, that seek my hurt.
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If our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
 
The above is 2 Corinthians 4:3 & 4, which, by our studies, we understand the meanings of the similitudes therein used. By them, we see the meanings hidden below the surface of the waters, in the deep darkened as it describes. We know from the chapter before, it is turning to the LORD that removes this veil of confusion: by His Spirit preaching the full message of Christ (God in the preacher, and then in the receiver – face to face, glory to glory), turning us away from those who are the cause and keepers of the darkness.
 
Friends, without Holy Spirit guided studies: the LORD manifesting His presence in the preacher, it is impossible to enter the kingdom of God. The others, those blinded by the false Christs of this age, who claim the Holy Spirit is in them, but by their words and works prove He isn’t. Those following them may develop zeal, but lacking the knowledge of God, and as He is teaching and correcting their errors, they, rather than repent and follow Him, go about trying to prove they are right.
 
The acts of these rebels themselves, prove the necessity to be fully taught before the kingdom can be entered, and shows why their elementary education doesn’t happen therein. First, in their ignorance they would distract from and oppose God’s teaching, there as they do here, some proving themselves un-correctable (atopos), which things must happen before not after entering. (Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.15 For without are dogs [those who can’t shut the mouths], and sorcerers [those who use their word to manipulate and control other people], and whoremongers [those who make people their merchandise], and murderers [of humans, born and unborn], and idolaters, and whosoever loves and makes a lie [psuedos].)
 
Matthew 25
31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats:
33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, you blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35 For I was hungry, and you gave me meat: I was thirsty, and you gave me drink: I was a stranger, and you took me in [this is not talking about opening borders or gates to invaders – rather these verses speak of giving what is needed for life – every word that proceeds from the mouth of God, teaching so they will be in Christ, and He in them, and all these things will be added – Deuteronomy 8:1 – 5]:
36 Naked, and you clothed me: I was sick, and you visited me: I was in prison, and you came unto me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, LORD, when saw we you hungry, and fed you? or thirsty, and gave you drink?
38 When saw we you a stranger, and took you in? or naked, and clothed you?
39 Or when saw we you sick, or in prison, and came unto you?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Truly I say unto you, Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me.
41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, you cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels [his messengers]:
42 For I was hungry, and you gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and you gave me no drink:
43 I was a stranger, and you took me not in: naked, and you clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and you visited me not.
44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, LORD, when saw we you hungry or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto you?
45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Truly I say unto you, Inasmuch as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.
46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
 
Matthew 7
11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him [see 2 Chronicles 1:11 below]?
12 Therefore all things whatsoever you would that men should do to you, do you even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
13 Enter you in at the strait gate [narrowed by obstacles that must be navigated to enter – the ideas of the gods of this world]: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction [when all are let in there is destruction of the city or nation], and many there be which go in thereat:
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few there be that find it.
15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16 You shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles [and bring them into their houses]?
17 Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit [as we see on our southern border – and so it is at God’s kingdom gates].
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree [the mighty men of this age, and the ideas they espouse] that brings not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them.
21 Not every one that says unto me, LORD, LORD, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, LORD, LORD, have we not prophesied in your name? and in your name have cast out devils? and in your name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you [proved by their not knowing Him and building their own kingdoms, not hearing His voice and not doing the will of the Father who sent me]: depart from me, you that work iniquity [work opposite God’s will].
24 Therefore whosoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26 And every one that hears these sayings of mine, and does them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:
29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
 
2 Chronicles 1
7 In that night did God appear unto Solomon, and said unto him, Ask what I shall give you.
8 And Solomon said unto God, You have shewed great mercy unto David my father, and have made me to reign in his stead.
9 Now, O LORD God, let your promise unto David my father be established: for you have made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude.
10 Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this your people, that is so great?
11 And God said to Solomon, Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked riches, wealth, or honor, nor the life of your enemies, neither yet have asked long life; but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge my people, over whom I have made you king:
12 Wisdom and knowledge is granted unto you; and I will give you riches, and wealth, and honor, such as none of the kings have had that have been before you, neither shall there any after you have the like.
13 Then Solomon came from his journey to the high place that was at Gibeon to Jerusalem, from before the tabernacle of the congregation, and reigned over Israel.
 
The word in the title translated “lost” is the Greek word apollumi (appearing to describe being away from the shining), said to mean to fully destroy. These are those Paul describes in 2 Thessalonians 2:10 as “perishing,” because they and those leading them: the gods of this world who have blinded their minds, “receive not the love of the truth (aletheia).”
 
2 Thessalonians 2
6 And now you know what withholds [katecho – holds down God’s truth and keeps His people from rising to meet Him] that he [these men who hold the truth in their unrighteousness] might be revealed in his time.
7 For the mystery of iniquity does already work [and has now had its full work and caused the sleep {darkness, death, drunken minds} of God’s people]: only he who now lets [katecho – holds down in ignorance] will let, until he be taken out of the way.
8 And then shall that Wicked [those vilifying this work and word of the Holy Spirit] be revealed, whom the LORD shall consume with the spirit of his mouth [this word of God], and shall destroy with the brightness [the light of His understanding] of his coming [and enlightening us]:
9 Even [enlightening us of – by truth freeing us from] him, whose coming is after the working of Satan [opposing and resisting God] with all power and signs and lying [pseudos] wonders [where we were held],
10 And with all deceivableness [apate – delusion – wrong path, which leads to destruction] of unrighteousness in them that perish [apollumi – the lost they have blinded]; because they received not the love of the truth [aletheia – the love that removes ignorance], that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion [energeia – the working of Satan in verse 9 above], that they should believe [put their faith in] a lie [pseudos – what holds them in darkness]:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not [don’t put their faith in] the truth [aletheia – what removes ignorance and darkness], but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
13 But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the LORD, because God has from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification [separation from the men and their ideas – into purity] of the Spirit and belief of the truth [aletheia, which has freed you from their hold]:
14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel [euaggelion – the full message of Christ in us], to the obtaining [peripoisis – seeming literally referring to becoming the horse the LORD rides] of the glory [presence and power] of our LORD Jesus Christ.
15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which you have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
16 Now our LORD Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which has loved us, and has given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,
17 Comfort your hearts, and establish you in every good word and work.
 
2 Thessalonians 3
1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the LORD may have free course, and be glorified [seen as the presence of God speaking His word of truth], even as it is with you: [referring to what is written in 1 Thessalonians 2:13, “when you received the word of God which you heard of us, you received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth {alethos}, the word of God, which effectually works {energeia – which is the power of God} also in you that believe]
2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable [atopos – who refuse to be reasoned with and therefore will not change the positions they hold] and wicked men [who vilify this work of God]: for all men have not faith [in this power of God to change men].
3 But the LORD is faithful, who shall establish you, and keep you from evil.
 
2 Corinthians 3
14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.
15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.
16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the LORD, the vail shall be taken away.
17 Now the LORD is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the LORD is, there is liberty.
18 But we all, with open face [Christ’s presence revealed in us] beholding as in a glass the glory [the presence] of the LORD, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the LORD.
 
2 Corinthians 4
1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;
2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost [apollumi – the self-destruction of those who reject the understanding being shined on them]:
4 In whom [the wicked sitting in the judgment seats, in God’s place preaching and teaching what is opposing His work and word] the god of this world [the gods of this age] has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the LORD; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.
6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts [our reasoning mind], to give the light of the knowledge of the glory [presence] of God in the face [person] of Jesus Christ.
7 But we have this treasure [His presence] in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed [apollumi];
10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the LORD Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
11 For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
12 So then death works in us, but life in you [His blood/life flowing from us as living waters (His word) into your minds].
13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;
14 Knowing that he which raised up the LORD Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.
15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
 
These living waters flowing are what causes those who followed lies (pseudos – falsehoods, images created by men) to perish, as Peter describes in 2 Peter 3. There he defines these misleaders’ blinded minds as ignorance, and ends saying they are the unlearned who wrestle with this word of God, to their own destruction.
 
2 Peter 3
1 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up [diegeiro – fully awaken] your pure [eilikrines – judged by the sun’s rays] minds [dianoia – deep thoughts] by way of remembrance [hupomnesis – the only use outside 2 Peter is in Paul remembering the genuine faith in Timothy]:
2 That you may be mindful of [mnaomai – re-cognize – bring into your minds] the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the LORD and Savior:
3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished [apollumi – by rejecting this light – understanding]:
7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the LORD as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
9 The LORD is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish [apollumi], but that all should come to repentance.
10 But the day of the LORD will come as a thief in the night [in the darkness of these men’s minds]; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements [stoicheion – these men’s corrupted ideas that control their thinking, and blinds the minds of those following them] shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day [light] of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements [these men’s ideas and idols] shall melt with fervent heat?
13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness.
14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that you look for such things, be diligent that you may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
15 And account that the longsuffering of our LORD is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him has written unto you;
16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrestle, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
17 You therefore, beloved, seeing you know these things before [proginosko – were foreordained with this knowledge], beware lest you also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness.
18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
 
The word in verse 18 above, rendered “grow,” is the Greek word auzano, meaning to be enlarged, here it is in grace and knowledge. The word grace is charis, meaning the influence of the Holy Spirit on our reasoning mind, as He imparts the gift of the knowledge of God – which bring (corrects and quickens) us out of darkness into understanding, from sleep to sobriety, from death to life. Without this process of learning what the LORD freely teaches us, and our allowing it to transform our minds, there is a continued wandering in blindness and its darkness.
 
Peter only used the word auzano one other time, in 1 Peter 2:2 where he describes this same growth, as we put off the old nature, and then as newborn desire the sincere (adolos – unadulterated) milk. We know from 1 Corinthians 3:2 this milk is the foundational (elementary) teaching, which readies us for the meat (the deeper truths).
 
1 Peter 1
18 Forasmuch as you know that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
20 Who truly was foreordained [proginosko, with this knowledge] before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.
22 Seeing you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that you love one another with a pure heart fervently:
23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which lives and abides for ever.
24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower thereof falls away:
25 But the word of the LORD endures for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
 
1 Peter 2
1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speaking,
2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may grow [auzano] thereby:
3 If so be you have tasted that the LORD is gracious [the source of the milk – the elementary teaching].
4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,
5 You also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believes on him shall not be confounded.
7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should shew forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light;
10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
 
Friends, if we are not taught, or we reject the knowledge of God, we are lost (apollumi).
 
1 Corinthians 2
9 But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him.
10 But God has revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
16 For who has known the mind of the LORD, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.
 
1 Corinthians 3
1 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto you were not able to bear it, neither yet now are you able.
3 For you are yet carnal [as long as you follow men – and don’t understand it is the LORD in them {as Christ} you are following]: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are you not carnal, and walk as men?
4 For while one says, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are you not carnal?
5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom you believed, even as the LORD gave to every man?
6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase [auzano].
7 So then neither is he that plants any thing, neither he that waters; but God that gives the increase [auzano].
8 Now he that plants and he that waters are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labor.
9 For we are laborers together with God: you are God’s husbandry, you are God’s building.
10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise master-builder, I have laid the foundation, and another builds thereon. But let every man take heed how he builds thereupon.
11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day [the light of the sun] shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
14 If any man’s work abide which he has built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
16 Know you not that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.
18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seems to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
20 And again, The LORD knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.
21 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;
22 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours;
23 And you are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.
 
Psalm 129
1 Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth, may Israel [all God’s people] now say:
2 Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth: yet they have not prevailed against me.
3 The plowers plowed upon my back: they made long their furrows.
4 The LORD is righteous: he has cut asunder the cords of the wicked [by which they bind {join} us to them].
5 Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion [the LORD ruling over His people].
6 Let them [the wicked] be as the grass upon the housetops, which withers afore it grows up:
7 Wherewith the mower fills not his hand [take those he has cut off]; nor he that binds sheaves his bosom [to himself he joins those he has cut down].
8 Neither do they which go by say, The blessing of the LORD be upon you: we bless you in the name of the LORD. [They don’t say the words the LORD said would need to be said before we would see Him again – the one entering through the gates of righteousness, where all the righteous will enter, in the name of the LORD.]
 
Psalms 130
1 Out of the depths have I cried unto you, O LORD.
2 LORD, hear my voice: let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.
3 If you, LORD, should mark iniquities, O LORD, who shall stand?
4 But there is forgiveness with you, that you may be feared.
5 I wait for the LORD, my soul does wait, and in his word do I hope.
6 My soul waits for the LORD more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.
7 Let Israel hope in the LORD: for with the LORD there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.
8 And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.
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But seek you first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
 
Friends, the false gospel tells people all they need do is repeat a few words and they are saved. It is akin to enrolling in a course, never attending a class and expecting (or being worthlessly given) a Ph.D. The LORD says we seek (learn) the kingdom of God and His righteousness (the ideas and ways of the truth and equity), before the blessings flow. The graduation comes when by the knowledge of God we understand Him, and are made in His image and likeness (with His mind) – and then we go to work in the world.
 
As much as it pains me to says it: most preachers are satisfied with the fables they have learned and now teach along with others they think are relevant. They are teaching their own ideas and going their own ways hoping only to reproduce followers with zeal but lacking the knowledge of God.
 
The title above is Matthew 6:33, a verse telling of the way out of man’s ignorance of the Divine nature (character, person) of God. In the original text, there is no comma after God, which tells us, seeking His kingdom and righteousness is one search. The word here translated “seek” is the Greek word zeteo, meaning to search (literally meaning be fervent in; seemingly from the words zeo, (to be hot, boil of liquid or glow of solid), and te, (meaning both or also, in the sense of connection or addition).
 
Friends, throughout history many critics have criticized the New Testament writers for (what they thought/think is) their ignorance in preaching the imminent return of the LORD Jesus Christ. What we understand is what the writers understood, the coming of Christ is in people individually, as the result of finding that for which they have diligently searched.
 
God the Father seeks (zeteo) those who will worship Him in spirit (knowing His nature – as a deliverer, not a destroyer) and truth. The word truth in Greek is aletheis, from the prefix a, which we know reverses the meaning of the word it is fixed to, which is lanthano.
 
Here is the Strong’s Greek Dictionary definition: #2990: lanthano (pronounced lan-than’-o) a prolonged form of a primary verb, which is used only as an alternate in certain tenses; to lie hid (literally or figuratively); often used adverbially, unwittingly:–be hid, be ignorant of, unawares.
 
The verse referenced above, which is the LORD speaking of those who the Father seeks, is John 4:23. It is a statement that follows a conversation about where God is worshipped, and He is speaking to those He has identified as ignorantly worshipping. He is saying the Father isn’t looking for those who will worship Him in ignorance, hidden in their lack of conscious awareness.
 
John 4
9 Then said the woman of Samaria [Israel as idol worshipers – the objects of their worship were the creations of men] unto him, How is it that you, being a Jew [Judah – now, the evangelicals – the most observant, having zeal, but lacking knowledge], asks drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.
10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that says to you, Give me to drink; you would have asked of him, and he would have given you living water.
11 The woman said unto him, Sir, you have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then have you that living water? [The woman’s statements exemplify the ignorance of the word of God, where it resides {the gift in him} and from where it flows.]
12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?
13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinks of this water [the old ways of hearing the falsely so-called word of God] shall thirst again:
14 But whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
15 The woman said unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.
16 Jesus said unto her, Go, call your husband [the one to whom you are currently joined], and come hither.
17 The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, You have well said, I have no husband:
18 For you have had five husbands; and he whom you now have is not your husband: in that said you truly [alethes – the truth that sets her free from those who must be removed so to the seventh one who has now come, the LORD, she will be faithfully joined].
19 The woman said unto him, Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet.
20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and you say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.
21 Jesus said unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour comes, when you shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
22 You worship you know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews [has always been with the most observant and zealous, seeking the LORD, even while in the sleep of ignorance].
23 But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth [aletheia – without ignorance of Him]: for the Father seeks such to worship him.
24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth [aletheia].
25 The woman [the unfaithful of God’s people, who long ago left Him] said unto him, I know that Messiah [the one anointed by God, with the oil that produces the light – understanding in the mind] comes, which is called Christ [God in his flesh speaking]: when he is come, he will tell us all things.
26 Jesus said unto her, I that speak unto you am he.
 
Friends, I again tell you in the name of the LORD, these men who now lead God’s people must be removed because they will hold them in ignorance until they are. They are those Paul speaks of in Romans 1:18, who hold (katecho – hold down) what would end ignorance (the truth captive) in their unrighteousness.
 
Romans 1
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel [euaggelion – this full message] of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believes; to the Jew [Judah – the elect remnant] first, and also to the Greek [those wallowing in the mire they call knowledge].
17 For therein [the gospel – this full message] is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by [their own] faith.
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold [katecho] the truth [aletheia] in unrighteousness;
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God has shewed it unto them.
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made even, [no comma here – and the words “made even” are translated from the Greek word te – in] his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart [reasoning mind] was darkened [degenerated into ignorance].
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the un-corruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves:
25 Who changed [metallasso – caused the change of] the truth [aletheia – the lack of ignorance] of God into a lie [pseudos], and worshipped and served the creature [the creation – their false doctrines and ignorance] more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
 
The “lies” these men have created, in which they hold men to them as law they claim leads to salvation, are defined above using the nine times used Greek word pseudos. They are the unrighteousness wherein the truth is “held,” as Paul describes above in Romans 1:18, where we saw “hold” was from the Greek word katecho. We know katecho, meaning to hold down, is the word Paul uses in 2 Thessalonians 2:6 & 7, where it is rendered “withhold” and “lets” in telling of those who hold down God’s people and will hold them until they are taken out of the way. We know these sayings are Paul further defining our (His dead body – church united) rising to meet the LORD in the air, which he had earlier described to them in 1 Thessalonians 4:17. We know this air (aer), where we meet the LORD, is the same air (the seven times used word aer) Paul describes in Ephesians 2:2, describing where we were once held (in death) but are now freed from by the LORD’s truth (removing our ignorance). In each of these passages, Paul also describes the perpetrators, who are holding the truth and God’s people in their unrighteousness, as those against whom the LORD’s wrath is revealed, of which we are eyewitnesses.
 
Ephesians 2
1 And you has he quickened [brought from death into life – from ignorance into understanding, from darkness into His marvelous light], who were dead in trespasses and sins;
2 Wherein in time past you walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air [aer], the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience:
3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5 Even when we were dead in sins, has quickened us together with Christ, (by grace you are saved;)
6 And has raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them.
 
2 Thessalonians 2
6 And now you know what withholds [katecho – holds down God’s truth and keeps His people from rising to meet Him] that he [these men who hold the truth in their unrighteousness] might be revealed in his time.
7 For the mystery of iniquity does already work [and has now had its full work and caused the sleep {darkness, death, drunken minds} of God’s people]: only he who now lets [katecho – holds down in ignorance] will let, until he be taken out of the way.
8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the LORD shall consume with the spirit of his mouth [this word of God], and shall destroy with the brightness [the light of His understanding] of his coming [and enlightening us]:
9 Even [enlightening us of – by truth freeing us from] him, whose coming is after the working of Satan [opposing and resisting God] with all power and signs and lying [pseudos] wonders [where we were held],
10 And with all deceivableness [apate – delusion – wrong path, which leads to destruction] of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth [aletheia – the love that removes ignorance], that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion [energeia – the working of Satan in verse 9 above], that they should believe [put their faith in] a lie [pseudos – what holds them in darkness]:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not [don’t put their faith in] the truth [aletheia – what removes ignorance and darkness], but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the LORD, because God has from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification [separation from the men and their ideas – into purity] of the Spirit and belief of the truth [aletheia, which has freed you from their hold]:
14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel [euaggelion – the full message of Christ in us], to the obtaining [peripoisis – seeming literally referring to becoming the horse the LORD rides] of the glory [presence and power] of our LORD Jesus Christ.
15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which you have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
16 Now our LORD Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which has loved us, and has given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,
17 Comfort your hearts, and establish you in every good word and work.
 
2 Thessalonians 3
1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the LORD may have free course, and be glorified [seen as the presence of God speaking His word of truth], even as it is with you: [referring to what is written in 1 Thessalonians 2:13, “when you received the word of God which you heard of us, you received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth {alethos}, the word of God, which effectually works {energeia – which is the power of God] also in you that believe]
2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable [who refuse to be reasoned with and therefore will not change the positions they hold] and wicked men [who vilify this work of God]: for all men have not faith [in this power of God].
3 But the LORD is faithful, who shall establish you, and keep you from evil.
 
1 Thessalonians 4
9 But as touching brotherly love [philadelphia] you need not that I write unto you: for you yourselves are taught of God to love one another.
10 And indeed you do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia [in the shambles they call the houses of God]: but we beseech you, brethren, that you increase more and more;
11 And that you study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;
12 That you may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that you may have lack of nothing.
13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that you sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the LORD, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the LORD shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16 For the LORD himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the LORD in the air: and so shall we ever be with the LORD.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
 
1 Thessalonians 5
1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I write unto you.
2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day [light] of the LORD so comes as a thief in the night [into darkness].
3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction comes upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness [not lacking understanding], that that day [understanding] should overtake you as a thief.
5 You are all the children of light [understanding], and the children of the day [where the light is]: we are not of the night [where there is no light], nor of darkness [where there is no understanding].
6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
 
When Paul, in verse 3 above, says that when these men say “peace and safety” sudden destruction comes upon them, he is telling of when they vilify God’s warnings and tell their followers not to worry about the warnings – because they are saved. The word Paul uses to tell of the suddenness of this is the Greek word aiphnidios, which is the word phaino, meaning to lighten (shine), and the letter a, which tells us the word means without light, and therefore it is saying they are without understanding.
 
Aiphnidios is only used one other time, in Luke 21:34, where it is rendered “unawares” in telling of the same destruction. Luke is telling of not seeing the light the LORD spoke of earlier in the chapter when telling of His coming.
 
Luke 21
27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws nigh.
29 And he spoke to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;
30 When they now shoot forth, you see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.
31 So likewise you, when you see these things come to pass, know you that the kingdom of God [which we seek] is nigh at hand.
32 Truly I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.
33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares [aiphinidos].
35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
36 Watch you therefore, and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
 
We know from Matthew 24 the coming of the Son of man in a cloud (where the source of the light isn’t yet seen, only the light -Job 37:21 And now men see not the bright light which is in the clouds: but the wind {Spirit} passeth, and cleanseth them.), as described above in verse 27, is as a light shining from one end of heaven to the other. This is telling of the understand being given by God, missed by those the LORD describes in Luke 21:34.
 
Matthew 24
27 For as the lightning [understanding] comes out of the east, and shines even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
28 For wheresoever the carcass is [the dead body – the sleeping church], there will the eagles be gathered together.
29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun [church] be darkened [be without understanding], and the moon [civil government] shall not give her light [understanding], and the stars [all God’s people] shall fall from heaven [from the fixed positions as lights in the air], and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
30 And then shall appear [phaino – the light shining] the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
31 And he shall send his angels [messengers] with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
We know the snare that comes upon these men is what should have been for their welfare, but instead becomes the trap they are caught in.
 
Psalms 69
22 Let their table become a snare before them: and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap.
23 Let their eyes be darkened, that they see not; and make their loins continually to shake.
24 Pour out your indignation upon them, and let your wrathful anger take hold of them.
25 Let their habitation be desolate; and let none dwell in their tents.
26 For they persecute him whom you have smitten; and they talk to the grief of those whom you have wounded. [see Isaiah 53:5 – so the blood and water would flow – and the Spirit world move men to be cleansed in them]
27 Add iniquity unto their iniquity: and let them not come into your righteousness.
28 Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.
 
Romans 11
7 What then? Israel has not obtained that which he seeks [epizeteo] for; but the election has obtained it, and the rest were blinded.
8 (According as it is written, God has given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.
9 And David says, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumbling-block, and a recompense unto them:
10 Let their eyes be darkened [without understanding], that they may not see, and bow down their back always.
11 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come [through this full message – euaggelion] unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.
12 Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing [their degeneration away from the truth] of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fullness?
13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:
14 If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them.
15 For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?
16 For if the first-fruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.
17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakers of the root and fatness of the olive tree [the oil that flows into the branches bringing life – and feeding the light];
18 Boast not against the branches. But if you boast, you bears not the root, but the root you.
19 You will say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in.
20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Be not high-minded, but fear:
21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not you.
22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in his goodness: otherwise you also shall be cut off.
23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again.
24 For if you wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?
25 For I would not, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in.
26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob [those who unawares wrestle with God and His word]:
27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins [remove their repetitive errors by understanding].
28 As concerning the gospel [euanggelion – this full message of Christ], they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the father’s sakes.
29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
30 For as you in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:
31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.
32 For God has concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.
33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
34 For who has known the mind of the LORD? or who has been his counsellor?
35 Or who has first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?
36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
 
Isaiah 48
1 Hear you this, O house of Jacob, which are called by the name of Israel, and are come forth out of the waters of Judah, which swear by the name of the LORD, and make mention of the God of Israel, but not in truth, nor in righteousness.
2 For they call themselves of the holy city, and stay themselves upon the God of Israel; The LORD of hosts is his name.
3 I have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out of my mouth, and I showed them; I did them suddenly, and they came to pass.
4 Because I knew that you are obstinate, and your neck is an iron sinew, and your brow brass;
5 I have even from the beginning declared it to you; before it came to pass I showed it you: lest you should say, Mine idol has done them, and my graven image, and my molten image, has commanded them.
6 You have heard, see all this; and will not you declare it? I have shewed you new things from this time, even hidden things, and you did not know them.
7 They are created now, and not from the beginning; even before the day when you heard them not; lest you should say, Behold, I knew them.
8 Yea, you heard not; yea, you knew not; yea, from that time that your ear was not opened: for I knew that you would deal very treacherously, and were called a transgressor from the womb.
9 For my name’s sake will I defer mine anger, and for my praise will I refrain for you, that I cut you not off.
10 Behold, I have refined you, but not with silver; I have chosen you in the furnace of affliction.
11 For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? and I will not give my glory unto another.
12 Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, I also am the last.
13 Mine hand also has laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand has spanned the heavens: when I call unto them, they stand up together.
14 All you, assemble yourselves, and hear; which among them has declared these things? The LORD has loved him: he will do his pleasure on Babylon, and his arm shall be on the Chaldeans.
15 I, even I, have spoken; yea, I have called him: I have brought him, and he shall make his way prosperous.
16 Come you near unto me, hear you this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I: and now the LORD God, and his Spirit, has sent me.
17 Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD your God which teaches you to profit, which leads you by the way that you should go.
18 O that you had hearkened to my commandments! then had your peace been as a river, and your righteousness as the waves of the sea:
19 Your seed also had been as the sand, and the offspring of your bowels like the gravel thereof; his name should not have been cut off nor destroyed from before me.
20 Go you forth of Babylon [confusion], flee you from the Chaldeans [those who use their words to manipulate and control you], with a voice of singing declare you, tell this, utter it even to the end of the earth; say you, The LORD has redeemed his servant Jacob.
21 And they thirsted not when he led them through the deserts: he caused the waters [His word] to flow out of the rock [Christ] for them: he clave the rock also, and the waters gushed out.
22 There is no peace, says the LORD, unto the wicked [who vilify this word and work to justify themselves].
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An Everlasting Gospel to Preach – The Formula for Christian Salvation, Renewing the Mind and Saving the Soul from death.

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An Everlasting Gospel to Preach – The Formula for Christian Salvation, Renewing the Mind and Saving the Soul from death.
 
Jesus Christ is the only way – meaning, as His name with intention states, Jehovah (God in His relationship with His creation) preaching (Christ) His ideas: the only way to genuine peace and security, which are the only path into what is called the kingdom of God. This place is also, with intention and for definition, called heavenly Jerusalem, meaning, where all things are rightly understood and therefore willingly lived, which produces peace and security for all its inhabitants. It is also called Mount Zion, meaning it is where God rules and all the inhabitants have willing subordinated their ideas (and opinions) and all others to His (The First Commandment). This aspect again refers to the name Jerusalem, which is from Hebrew words meaning to FLOW from, speaking of God’s mind flowing into man by teaching (correction), which then becomes the foundation of (truth) intellect and actions, and results in PEACE (as a state of mind) in both individual and society. It is the Process of being born again.
 
The self-evidently apparent other aspect is we acknowledge that all human effort and ideas are the what hinders us from seeing (understanding) God. Therefore, God sent and sends His Spirit, formerly in His prophets, and lastly in His Son, who first declared God’s will and the Son makes it understandable (as if taking the waters (the word of God) and transforming them into wine – so it affects the change in our minds).
 
Believing in the shed blood of Jesus, is demonstrated for us as He willingly came to the world preaching and teaching these ideas, not for His own sake or saving, but for (all the people of) world. As we know, the cost was His life, which is understood in pattern and reality as His life (blood and water) flowing out of Him and flowing life into us.
 
What is imparted to those who receive Him, meaning receive Him as the anointed (Christ – authorized and empowered by God in Him), is first His Spirit, and then His mind. This is again a process, removing all the old misconception; the first being that God comes to destroy anyone. All His teaching and preaching is to end the ideas that are destroying men and the world, and to replace them with those that bring life (again to men and to the world). This is the Spirit of God that must be the first foundation of all understanding and the context in which all correction must be received.
 
The only things hiding these simple truths are men, the gods of this world, who have corrupted all discourse by untruth, and fouled the rivers of the world, from where flows all teaching and ideas into the sea (the masses). We have the world condition itself, not the material condition but the spiritual, in constant chaos and confusion, as the obvious evidence. If this condition is the evidence – then what has formed and fashioned the mind is without question the cause (the data in {programing} is the only possible cause of output).
 
Therefore, these men, the gods of this world (church and state), all their teaching, ideas, and opinions, are corrupt, meaning it has degenerated from truth into untruth. These are the cause of the world’s ills, and must therefore be taken out of the way before a person can recover their right mind and life. This last statement also contains the solution to all the world’s problems – teaching God‘s better ideas, which bring peace and health to men and societies and can be exported to any who will receive them.
 
Now, just because your current state of mind think it sees flaws in the above, your opinions at their foundation haven’t followed the above first steps. And you must believe (accept because it is true) God has it all figured out, and having faith in His Spirit “we know that all things work together for good to them that love God [The First Commandment], to them who are the called according to his purpose [to save them and the world].”
 
Hebrews 11: 6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek [study and commune with] Him.
 
The word “please” above is translated from the Greek word euaresteo, a form of the word euarestos, meaning to fully agree. It tells of faith as our agreement with God, believing what He has promised (seeing as He sees) and in doing we are able first to understand the deeper meanings, and then see them as they are manifested as promised.
 
One of those promises is that if we love Him (The First Commandment) and keep His word, He would manifest Himself to us, and then be in us. This word I preaching to you, this gospel is the LORD manifesting Himself to you through His word, as He promised He would, in us, after He first comes to us in this way. Receiving this word as God speaking to you, as it is, is realizing you are in the presence of the LORD at His coming – coming to you specifically, wanting you to, inviting you to, receive Him and join him in His kingdom (wherein is life – which lasts an eternity).
John 14
19 Yet a little while, and the world sees me no more; but you see me: because I live, you shall live also.
20 At that day you shall know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.
21 He that has my commandments, and keeps them, he it is that loves me: and he that loves me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
22 Judas said unto him, not Iscariot, LORD, how is it that you will manifest yourself unto us, and not unto the world?
23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him [we live in Him, and He in us].
24 He that loves me not keeps not my sayings: and the word which you hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.
25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.
26 But the Comforter [the Paraclete], which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
28 You have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If you loved me, you would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.
29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, you might believe.
 
The word gospel is translated from the Greek word euaggelion, from the same eu prefix we saw above meaning fully, and the word aggelos, meaning messenger, itself derived from the ago, meaning to lead or drive. It is telling of the full message of God that leads us into all truth; as we are told above, in verse 26, is the work of the Comforter, the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit of God.
 
The word aggelos is rendered both messenger and angel. Its use in euaggelion is telling us the gospel is the God’s message sent to us through natural combined with super-natural means of delivery. This idea is described in Hebrews 1, which defines the difference between the message and the messenger (the external), and receiving it into ourselves (the internal affect) which makes us sons (the children of God).
 
John 1
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. [external to man]
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light [understanding – internal] of men.
5 And the light [understanding external –not yet received] shined in darkness [confusion]; and the darkness comprehended in not [because it remained external].
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness [the gospel] of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
9 That was the true Light, which lights every man that comes into the world.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not [because it did not receive him].
11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
12 But as many as received him [into themselves – into their minds], to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spoke, He that comes after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.
16 And of his fullness [the full message] have all we received, and grace for grace.
17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
18 No man has seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he has declared him.
 
In this context receive this understanding into yourselves and be born again with the mind of Christ in you.
 
Hebrews 1
1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
2 Has in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he has appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
3 Who being the brightness [understanding shed on others] of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins [cleansed us from our old minds], sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:
4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, You are my Son, this day have I begotten you? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?
6 And again, when he brings in the first-begotten into the world, he says, And let all the angels of God worship him.
7 And of the angels he says, Who makes his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire [to ignite the light in others].
8 But unto the Son he says, Your throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of your kingdom.
9 You have loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even your God, has anointed [with the oil that causes the light to shine – which is the power and authority to accomplish the mission God sends us on] you with the oil of gladness above your fellows.
10 And, You, LORD, in the beginning have laid the foundation [and the foundational ideas] of the earth; and the heavens [the high place where the word of God is separated from the lies of man] are the works of your hands:
11 They [the works of man] shall perish; but you remain; and they all shall wax old as does a garment;
12 And as a vesture shall you fold them up, and they shall be changed: but you are the same, and your years shall not fail.
13 But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make your enemies [these men who oppose God’s truth and obstruct understanding] your footstool?
14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?
 
Revelation [Apokalupsis – Apocalypse, the uncovering of what has been covered in darkness] 14
1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads [written into their minds].
2 And I heard a voice from heaven [from this rightly divided word of God], as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder [the sound of the light – understanding]: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:
3 And they sung as it were a new song [truth] before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed [received the price paid] from the earth.
4 These are they which were not defiled [corrupted] with women [by the unfaithful men {church and nation} who have strayed from God’s truth]; for they are virgins [have not had interaction with these unfaithful men]. These are they which follow the Lamb [the one who paid the price to redeem them] whithersoever he goes. These were redeemed from among men, being the first-fruits [first to come to life] unto God and to the Lamb.
5 And in their mouth [words] was found no guile [deception]: for they are without fault before the throne of God.
6 And I saw another angel [aggelos] fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel [euaggelion] to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,
7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters [this word of God, where all can freely drink].
8 And there followed another angel [aggelos], saying, Babylon [confusion ended by sending the light – the gospel which brings understanding internally] is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication [her straying away from God and listening to the advice (ideas and opinions) of corrupted men].
9 And the third angel [aggelos] followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image [what these men have created (their ideas and opinions)], and receive his mark [which is confusion] in his forehead [in their mind], or in his hand [or do the work of drawing to, or keeping others in, these men’s darkness],
10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath [His truth poured out exposing the wicked ways] of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire [the result of their own ideas] and brimstone [theion – thinking they are like God] in the presence of the holy angels [aggelos], and in the presence of the Lamb:
11 And the smoke [kapnos – adulterated intellect] of their torment ascended up [for all to see] for ever and ever: and they have no rest [no peace because they reject the only ideas that can create it] day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receives the mark of his name [Babylon – confusion].
 
1 Corinthians 1
1 Paul called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes [sos – deliverer + sthenoo – who confirms with spiritual knowledge and power {with strength}] our brother,
2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth [wherein the wall {Hebrew word qurw} is built, which keeps the enemies out], to them that are sanctified [separated from the error of the wicked] in Christ Jesus, called to be saints [made pure – holy], with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our LORD, both theirs and ours:
3 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the LORD Jesus Christ.
4 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;
5 That in every thing you are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;
6 Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:
7 So that you come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming [who has now come] of our LORD Jesus Christ:
8 Who shall also confirm you unto the end [deliver and confirm into receiving the end of our faith], that you may be blameless in the day of our LORD Jesus Christ.
9 God is faithful, by whom you were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our LORD.
10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our LORD Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
11 For it has been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.
12 Now this I say, that every one of you says, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.
13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were you baptized in the name of Paul?
14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius;
15 Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name.
16 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.
17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel [euaggelizo]: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
18 For the preaching of the cross [the same as the blood defined above] is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews [and Christians – those who claim to be the true believers and thereby are called to suffer with the same cross] a stumbling-block [where they fall – fail], and unto the Greeks [those wallowing in the mire of their own ignorance and calling it knowledge] foolishness;
24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God [to change them and give them power and strength needed], and the wisdom of God.
25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
26 For you see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, has God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to naught things that are:
29 That no flesh should glory in his presence [because the glory in man is the presence of Jesus Christ, working His plan and will to save men and the world].
30 But of him are you in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
31 That, according as it is written, He that glories, let him glory in the LORD.
 
1 Corinthians 2
1 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.
3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.
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.
6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to naught:
7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the LORD of glory.
9 But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him.
10 But God has revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yea, the deep things of God.
11 For what man knows the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knows no man, but the Spirit of God.
12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Ghost teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
14 But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
15 But he that is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
16 For who has known the mind of the LORD, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.
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The fifth horseman of the apocalypse (apokalupto) is Christ upon His elect remnant.

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The fifth horseman of the apocalypse (apokalupto) is Christ upon His elect remnant.
 
Friends, the events described in Revelation (the apokalupsis – uncovering what was covered in the darkness of ignorance and neglect) are very easy to understand when we realize the horses it mentions are a chronological representation of the effects brought on by people types, their ideas, and their works.
 
As we have seen, this understanding comes to us in Zechariah 9:9 and 10:3 – first in describing the LORD’s lowly arrival on a young donkey, and then as upon Judah who He made His goodly horse in the battle. The foal of the donkey represents those we are told of in the verses prior, under the oppression of those who have abominations in their mouth, and are after described as the horses the LORD comes to cut off. God’s people, who he comes for and upon, are those He frees from their oppressors (where they were held as if beasts of burden), who, in His presence and in their need, become as little children willing and ready to learn all things new. This loosing is what the LORD speaks of in Matthew 21:2, saying, “Go into the village over against you, and straightway you shall find a donkey tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me.”
 
In Zechariah 10 we are told of the latter rain (this word of God flowing from Him), as the LORD makes bright clouds (light – understanding not yet fully seen in the cloud). He comes against the idols (ideas) that have spoken vanity and told false things they have dreamed up, and therefore they went their own way as a flock without a shepherd. The LORD is against those who are leading them astray (shepherds and goats). Verse 2 tells us the LORD response is to visit His flock, the house of Judah (His elect remnant), and make them His goodly horse in the battle.
 
Zechariah 10:4 continues, saying that out of this elect group comes the corner (the Christ), the nail (tent-peg – the dependables), and the battle bow (telling of those who become what eventually fires the arrows – Judah {the elect} firing Ephraim {God’s people at large} when they are recovered – see Zechariah 9:13). It says out of him will come every oppressor together (nagas {to drive – governors in Judah, see Zechariah 9:7} yachad {unitedly} – workmen {rulers} united). Verse 5 then says, “And they shall be as mighty men, which tread down their enemies in the mire [their corrupted ideas] of the streets in the battle: and they shall fight, because the LORD is with them, and the riders on [these other] horses shall be confounded [because they are blinded by their own ideas].”
 
Zechariah 9
7 And I will take away his blood out of his mouth, and his abominations from between his teeth: but he that remains, even he, shall be for our God, and he shall be as a governor in Judah, and Ekron [those who I have engrafted] as a Jebusite [shall be as those who inhabited Jerusalem before it was built upon the ruins of the city before it].
8 And I will encamp about mine house because of the army [these enemies upon their horses], because of him that passes by, and because of him that returns: and no oppressor [governor – ruler] shall pass [‘abar – cover them {their eyes} by joining – pass over as a wind {spirit}] through [‘al – against] them any more: for now have I seen with mine eyes.
9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, your King comes unto you: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon a donkey, and upon a colt the foal of a donkey.
10 And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth.
11 As for you also, by the blood of your covenant I have sent forth your prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water.
12 Turn you to the strong hold, you prisoners of hope: even to day do I declare that I will render double unto you;
13 When I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim, and raised up your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O Greece [those choosing to remain in the mire], and made you as the sword of a mighty man.
14 And the LORD shall be seen over them, and his arrow {His people at large] shall go forth as the lightning [as understaning]: and the LORD God shall blow the trumpet, and shall go with whirlwinds of the south.
15 The LORD of hosts shall defend them; and they shall devour, and subdue with sling stones; and they shall drink, and make a noise as through wine; and they shall be filled like bowls, and as the corners of the altar.
16 And the LORD their God shall save them in that day as the flock of his people: for they shall be as the stones [Jewels] of a crown, lifted up as an ensign upon his land.
17 For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty! corn shall make the young men cheerful, and new wine the maids.
 
Zechariah 10
1 Ask you of the LORD rain in the time of the latter rain; so the LORD shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field.
2 For the idols have spoken vanity, and the diviners have seen a lie, and have told false dreams; they comfort in vain: therefore they went their way as a flock, they were troubled, because there was no shepherd.
3 Mine anger was kindled against the shepherds, and I punished the goats: for the LORD of hosts has visited his flock the house of Judah, and has made them as his goodly horse in the battle.
4 Out of him came forth the corner, out of him the nail, out of him the battle bow, out of him every oppressor together.
5 And they shall be as mighty men, which tread down their enemies in the mire of the streets in the battle: and they shall fight, because the LORD is with them, and the riders on horses shall be confounded.
6 And I will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house of Joseph, and I will bring them again to place them; for I have mercy upon them: and they shall be as though I had not cast them off: for I am the LORD their God, and will hear them.
7 And they of Ephraim shall be like a mighty man, and their heart shall rejoice as through wine: yea, their children shall see it, and be glad; their heart shall rejoice in the LORD.
8 I will hiss for them [sharaq – the same as saruq {speckled} – meaning to be bright red as piercing to the sight – it means to get the attention of], and gather them; for I have redeemed them: and they shall increase as they have increased.
 
Here following are the chapters containing the fifteen verses in Revelation where these horses or horsemen are revealed as the arrival of a type of people (the mindset and what their ideas and works produce).
 
Revelation 6 (verses 2, 4, 5, & 8)
1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.
2 And I saw, and behold a white horse [God’s people at His creation of them – His messengers {angels} to the earth]: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.
4 And there went out another horse that was red [the evil angels – the messengers opposing and exalting themselves above God’s word and ways – and mingled {their idols and ideas} among His people to disjoin them from God and their brothers]: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.
 
(These first verses are what is described by Zechariah 1, where the horses are seen as those sent to walk to and fro upon the earth, who lift up their own horns and scatter God’s people
 
Zechariah 1
8 I saw by night, and behold a man riding upon a red horse, and he stood among the myrtle trees that were in the bottom; and behind him were there red horses, speckled [saruq – bright red – as the “hiss,” to get our attention], and white.
9 Then said I, O my LORD, what are these? And the angel that talked with me said unto me, I will shew you what these be.
10 And the man that stood among the myrtle trees [hadac – the leaders of God’s people – see Isaiah 55:13] answered and said, These are they whom the LORD has sent to walk to and fro through the earth.
11 And they answered the angel of the LORD that stood among the myrtle trees, and said, We have walked to and fro through the earth, and, behold, all the earth sits still, and is at rest [in peace].
12 Then the angel of the LORD answered and said, O LORD of hosts, how long will you not have mercy on Jerusalem and on the cities of Judah, against which you have had indignation these threescore and ten years [the same seventy years that Israel at large was at peace in the captivity in Babylon – see Jeremiah 25:11 & 12, and 29:10]?
13 And the LORD answered the angel that talked with me with good words and comfortable words.
14 So the angel that communed with me said unto me, Cry you, saying, Thus say the LORD of hosts; I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy.
15 And I am very sore displeased with the heathen that are at ease: for I was but a little displeased, and they helped forward the affliction [progressive oppression].
16 Therefore thus says the LORD; I am returned to Jerusalem with mercies: my house shall be built in it, says the LORD of hosts, and a line [measuring – evaluating the true condition] shall be stretched forth upon Jerusalem.
17 Cry yet, saying, Thus says the LORD of hosts; My cities through prosperity shall yet be spread abroad; and the LORD shall yet comfort Zion, and shall yet choose Jerusalem.
18 Then lifted I up mine eyes, and saw, and behold four horns [the powers of the four horses {spirits – winds}].
19 And I said unto the angel that talked with me, What be these? And he answered me, These are the horns which have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem.
20 And the LORD shewed me four carpenters.
21 Then said I, What come these to do? And he spoke, saying, These are the horns which have scattered Judah, so that no man did lift up his head [see Psalms 110:7 for what will again lift up this head {Christ on the fifth horse}]: but these are come to fray them, to cast out the horns of the Gentiles [those who haven’t known the true LORD God], which lifted up their horn over the land of Judah to scatter it.)
 
Revelation 6 (continued)
5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances [signifying the removal of all justice] in his hand.
6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see you hurt not the oil and the wine.
7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hades [the earth become the habitation of the dead] followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.
9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar [in the temple {churches} here portrayed as the tombs of the dead in Christ] the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long [as in Habakkuk 2:6 Shall not all these [the dead] take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against him, and say, Woe to him that increases that which is not his {they think these people are theirs when they are God’s people}! how long {do you think this will go on}? and to him that lades himself with thick clay {‘abtiyt – take pledges of men – are surviving off what they extort from the dead – what will they do when the dead come to life}!], O LORD, holy and true, do you not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow-servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun [the churches] became black [without light – understanding] as sackcloth of hair, and the moon [civil government] became as blood [draining the life from men];
13 And the stars [all God’s people as dependable {navigable} light is the sky] of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casts her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind [these four winds].
14 And the [old] heaven [now darkened in confusion] departed as a scroll when it is rolled together [as when a book {the word ofGod} is closed]; and every mountain [the high places of the earth where the wicked are in power] and island [the places without God’s word] were moved out of their places.
15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face [presence of God] of him that sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
 
What follows are details of these same events.
 
Revelation 9 (verses 7, 9, 16, & 17)
1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit [endless fall away from God].
2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke [kapnos, only used in Revelation and Acts 2:19 quoting Joel 2:30 – in Greek it literally {kapeleuo + nous} translates to adulterated intellect] out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun [church] and the air [and the spirit in those in the church] were darkened [became without understanding] by reason of the smoke of the pit.
3 And there came out of the smoke locusts [what devoured every living {green} thing] upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions [not to kill plants but to rot men’s minds – from the inside by their words and ideas] of the earth have power.
4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal [understanding is the seal in the head {mind} and hand {work} of the righteous – see Job 38:14 & 15] of God in their foreheads.
5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he strikes a man.
6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.
7 And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses [when they carry these corrupted ideas] prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold [the rich and mighty men of the earth], and their faces were as the faces of men.
8 And they had hair as the hair of women [what covered their heads {minds} was their weakness], and their teeth were as the teeth of lions [they tear and devour with their mouths].
9 And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle.
10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.
11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon [destruction – the Hebrew word abaddown, only used five times], but in the Greek tongue has his name Apollyon [destroyer]. [Abaddown appears in Proverbs 15:11 precisely describing who it is referring to. “9 The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD: but he loves him that follows after righteousness. 10 Correction is grievous unto him that forsakes the way: and he that hates reproof shall die. 11 Sheol and destruction [abaddown] are before [seen by] the LORD: how much more then the hearts [the reasoning mind] of the children of men? 12 A scorner loves not one that reproves him: neither will he go unto the wise.” It is speaking of the wicked who reject correction and continue in their own ways into perdition {perishing}.]
12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.
13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.
15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.
16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.
17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued [word that set the earth on] fire and smoke [and corrupted intellect] and brimstone [theion – thinking they are like God].
18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths [as word expressing the corrupted ideas].
19 For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails [what follows their words and works – the product] were like unto serpents, and had heads [their ideas], and with them they do hurt.
20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:
21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries [their words of manipulation], nor of their fornication [the interactions with idols], nor of their thefts. [these are those who the LORD has been rebuking and correcting – who choose to ignore Him and continue with their same old words and works.]
 
Revelation 14 (verse 20)
1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Zion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads [in their mind as what seals them].
2 And I heard a voice from heaven [from the rightly divided word of God], as the voice of many waters [the words flowing from God – as the latter rain], and as the voice of a great thunder [the sound of the voice as thunder accompanying the light – understanding]: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:
3 And they sung as it were a new song [truth] before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.
4 These are they which were not defiled with women [the unfaithful among God’s people teaching and leading them into corruption]; for they are virgins [without men]. These are they which follow the Lamb [the one sacrificing himself to teach and lead them in the name of the LORD] whithersoever he goes. These were redeemed from among men, being the first-fruits [the elect remnant – Judah] unto God and to the Lamb.
5 And in their mouth was found no guile [deception]: for they are without fault before the throne of God.
6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,
7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.
8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon [confusion] is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.
9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead [follow the corrupted ideas these men without the spirit of God have created from their own imaginations], or in his hand [or do their work based on these ideas – to corrupt others],
10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
11 And the smoke of their torment ascends up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receives the mark of his name.
12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the LORD from henceforth: Yea, says the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them.
14 And I looked, and behold a white [pure and bright] cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.
15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in your sickle, and reap: for the time is come for you to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.
16 And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.
17 And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.
18 And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in your sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.
19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God [God’s wrath is His truth that sets men free from those controlling them].
20 And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles [even unto that which is controlling their mouths – the word they are speaking], by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.
 
Revelation 18 (verse 13)
18 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened [given understanding] with his glory [by the presence of the LORD manifested in him].
2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon [confusion] the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that you be not partakers of her sins, and that you receive not of her plagues.
5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.
6 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she has filled fill to her double.
7 How much she has glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she says in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.
8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the LORD God who judges her.
9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,
10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is your judgment come.
11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buys their merchandise any more:
12 The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble,
13 And cinnamon, and odors, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men.
14 And the fruits that your soul lusted after are departed from you, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from you, and you shall find them no more at all.
15 The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,
16 And saying, Alas, alas that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!
17 For in one hour so great riches is come to naught. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,
18 And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!
19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.
20 Rejoice over her, you heaven, and you holy apostles and prophets; for God has avenged you on her.
21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.
22 And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in you; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in you; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in you;
23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in you; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in you: for your merchants were the great men of the earth; for by your sorceries were all nations deceived.
24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.
 
Revelation 19 (verses 11, 14, 18, 19, & 21)
1 And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honor, and power, unto the LORD our God:
2 For true and righteous are his judgments: for he has judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and has avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.
3 And again they said, Alleluia And her smoke rose up for ever and ever.
4 And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.
5 And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all you his servants, and you that fear him, both small and great.
6 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the LORD God omnipotent reigns.
7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife has made herself ready.
8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
9 And he said unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he said unto me, These are the true sayings of God.
10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See you do it not: I am your fellow-servant, and of your brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy [the presence of God is manifested in His word preached by a man].
11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he does judge and make war.
12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
15 And out of his mouth goes a sharp sword [the rightly divided word of God], that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
16 And he has on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And LORD Of Lords.
17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;
18 That you may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.
19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.
20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
21 And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.
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Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
 
In the context of the previous post, the title is Acts 4:12 and is describing salvation coming only “by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.” The deeper meaning is found in the LORD’s quote in ending Matthew 23:39, where He quotes Psalms 118:26, both telling of the One who would come in the name of Jehovah, Anointed to preach Salvation, His name and these words expressing the name Jesus Christ. Until He comes He is at the right hand of the Father, until His enemies are made His footstool, which is written in Matthew 22:44 quoting Psalms 110:1.
 
Uncomprehended in the above by the ignorance and neglect of men (the enemies among us, as builders {of their own kingdoms claiming it is God’s – God is not the author of their confusion}, wolves, and serpents), is described the mystery of the LORD’s coming.
 
Acts 4
5 And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes,
6 And Annas [humble {enough to listen}] the high priest, and Caiaphas [but the light wouldn’t shine from them], and John [even though they were given Jehovah’s grace], and Alexander [and they instead chose to defend the works of men], and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem.
7 And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power, or by what name, have you done this?
8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, You rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,
9 If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole;
10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth [nazar – the one set apart and who abstains from corruption {nezer – and is crowned by God – not man, as was David}], whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him does this man stand here before you whole.
11 This is the stone which was set at naught of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.
12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
 
The above tells of those who don’t receive the one coming in the name of the LORD, which is fully understood in the contextually translated names. (Annas [humble {enough to listen}] the high priest, and Caiaphas [but the light wouldn’t shine from them], and John [even though they were given Jehovah’s grace], and Alexander [and they instead chose to defend the works of men].) These men are the pattern of those in our generation, leading and teaching God’s people with the corrupted ideas they have created to build their own kingdoms. They are those the LORD said would be among us as false prophets who would deceive all but the very elect. The elect remnant are those the LORD spoke to in John 14 telling them the time would come when not even they would see him. He says the entire world would become blind to Him until the Spirit of truth came and led them (the elect) into all truth.
 
John 14
13 And whatsoever you shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 If you shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
15 If you love me, keep my commandments.
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him: but you know him; for he dwells with you, and shall be in you.
18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
19 Yet a little while, and the world see me no more; but you see me: because I live, you shall live also.
20 At that day you shall know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.
21 He that has my commandments, and keeps them, he it is that loves me: and he that loves me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
22 Judas [Judah – representing the elect remnant – who would be the first to see Him] says unto him, not Iscariot, LORD, how is it that you will manifest yourself unto us, and not unto the world?
23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
24 He that loves me not keeps not my sayings [this word preached in the name of the LORD that would manifest His presence]: and the word which you hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.
25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.
26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
28 You have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If you loved me, you would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.
29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, you might believe.
 
Friends, what is plainly stated here is that these men would come among God’s people and the ideas and ways they preach would blind all away from understanding who the LORD is and how He comes. He comes first as an immaculate conception, apart from all the worldly preaching and teaching [without man], led only by God into life. Paul describes (1 Corinthians 15) this person as the LORD from heaven, and then as a quickening (raising the dead to life) Spirit, who would destroy death and reproduce the same life that is in him in as many as will receive Him. The ideas of those who claim they know God but are in fact preaching their own words and ways are the antithesis [strepho] of this life and the antithesis [strepho] of the knowledge of God. The One and then the many who come in the name of the LORD, are those who must be received as God’s blessing before the LORD is seen again, because He is the One, in them, preaching and teaching, reconciling the world unto Himself.
 
Friends, the LORD chose me as the first one. He is alive in me and I will not deny Him, nor will I deny the charge He has given me and the anointing upon me to accomplish it. I am as John, a witness to the light, the life and the understanding He has given me, which only comes from the hand of God. Receiving this word, this preaching as the LORD’s presence sent to you, is what raise to life and produces the mind of Christ.
 
John 1
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light [understanding] of men.
5 And the light shines in darkness [this man caused confusion that covers the world as Babylon]; and the darkness comprehended it not.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John [God is a gracious giver {of light}].
7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light [the understanding he was given, which is offered to all], that all men through him might believe [have faith in our faithful God].
8 He was not that Light [the understanding comes as the LORD to you, then in you, as He is in me], but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
9 That was the true Light, which lights every man that comes into the world.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spoke, He that comes after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.
16 And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace.
17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
18 No man has seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he has declared him.
 
As we saw in previous posts, Paul in Acts 20 tells us specifically that these grievous wolves would be among God’s people, not sparing the flock, speaking perverse things to draw them away. He goes on to describe what they are drawn away from as he commends to God, and to the word of His grace, those who have believed His preaching was Christ in him. He says this (word of God in him) is able to build them up, and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified (separated and abstaining from the words of corruption and those speaking perverse things that have drawn all the world away from sound doctrine).
 
Acts 20
28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost has made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he has purchased with his own blood.
29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.
31 Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.
32 And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.
33 I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel.
34 Yea, you yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.
35 I have shewed you all things, how that so laboring you ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the LORD Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
 
Friends, God’s elect remnant, the LORD most often describes his coming as the coming of the Son of man. This speaks of those who will come in His name, preaching His gospel of an endless life found in receiving Him.
 
The word used above by Paul, recorded by Luke in Acts 20:30, to tell of the “perverse” things the enemies among us are speaking, is the Greek word diastrepho. It is from the words dia, meaning the channel through which something comes; and strepho, meaning to twist, as in to turn completely around, to reverse.
 
Diastrepho is only used seven times, the first two in Matthew 17:17 and Luke 9:41, where it is rendered “perverse” in describing this generation. In these passages, we are told the disciples couldn’t cast the devil out of a man and therefore brought him to the LORD. Diastrepho is the word used to describe why they couldn’t. The LORD first says it is because they lacked faith (in what he was teaching them), and then told them the only way the devil is cast, as a mountain (high place) removed, is by prayer and fasting. He is telling them, what hindered their faith (believing) was everything they had been taught, which was the reverse of the truth. When He tells them of prayer and fasting as the way to faith, he is speaking of communing with God to hear His voice, and of abstaining from all the ideas of the perverse generation.
 
Matthew 17
9 And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead.
10 And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elijah must first come?
11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elijah truly shall first come, and restore all things.
12 But I say unto you, That Elijah is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them.
13 Then the disciples understood that he spoke unto them of John the Baptist.
14 And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying,
15 LORD, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatic, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falls into the fire, and oft into the water.
16 And I brought him to your disciples, and they could not cure him.
17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse [diasstrepho] generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.
18 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.
19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?
20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for truly I say unto you, If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
21 Howbeit this kind goes not out but by prayer and fasting.
 
Luke uses the word diastrepho a second time, in Luke 23:2, in telling of the false accusation of the same enemies, when they said the LORD was perverting the nation by reversing the authority of the civil government and making himself king of God’s people. These words illuminate the contradiction seen by the LORD’s response saying it was their actions that declared Him the rightful king of God’s people – and anointed by and with authority higher than the civil government.
 
Luke 23
1 And the whole multitude of them arose, and led him unto Pilate.
2 And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting [diastrophe] the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, saying that he himself is Christ a King.
3 And Pilate asked him, saying, Are you the King of the Jews? And he answered him and said, You say it [by these actions].
 
Isaiah 3
11 Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.
12 As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead you cause you to err, and destroy the way of your paths.
13 The LORD stands up to plead, and stands to judge the people.
14 The LORD will enter into judgment with the ancients of his people, and the princes thereof: for you have eaten up the vineyard; the spoil of the poor is in your houses.
15 What mean you that you beat my people to pieces, and grind the faces of the poor? says the LORD God of hosts.
16 Moreover the LORD says, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty [puffed up by pride], and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes [covet what is evil], walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet [rejoicing {glorying} in the things they have committed]:
17 Therefore the LORD will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the LORD will discover their secret parts. [the LORD will {allow the} wounding of the rightful king, to reveal the secrets of the iniquity of His people.]
 
Isaiah 53
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he has put him to grief: when you shall make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he has poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
 
Psalms 110
1 The LORD said unto my LORD, Sit you at my right hand [sit unknown in My work and word], until I make thine enemies your footstool [and the people see You in My work and word – where I told them they would find Us].
2 The LORD shall send the rod of your strength out of Zion: rule you in the midst of your enemies.
3 Your people shall be willing in the day of your power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: you have the dew of your youth.
4 The LORD has sworn, and will not repent, You are a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.
5 The LORD at your right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath.
6 He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries.
7 He shall drink of the brook [this word of God] in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head [the rightful king].
 
Psalms 118
19 Open to me the gates of righteousness [the mind of those purified]: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD:
20 This gate of the LORD [into His kingdom], into which the righteous shall enter.
21 I will praise you: for you have heard me, and are become my salvation.
22 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.
23 This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.
24 This is the day which the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
25 Save now, I beseech you, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech you, send now prosperity.
26 Blessed be he that comes in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD.
27 God is the LORD, which has shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar.
28 You are my God, and I will praise you: you are my God, I will exalt you.
29 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endures for ever.
 
Psalms 132
1 LORD, remember David, and all his afflictions:
2 How he swore unto the LORD, and vowed unto the mighty God of Jacob;
3 Surely I will not come into the tabernacle of my house, nor go up into my bed;
4 I will not give sleep to mine eyes, or slumber to mine eyelids,
5 Until I find out a place for the LORD, a habitation for the mighty God of Jacob.
6 Lo, we heard of it at Ephratah: we found it in the fields of the wood.
7 We will go into his tabernacles: we will worship at his footstool.
8 Arise, O LORD, into your rest; you, and the ark of your strength.
9 Let your priests be clothed with righteousness; and let your saints shout for joy.
10 For your servant David’s sake turn not away the face of your anointed.
11 The LORD has sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn from it; Of the fruit of your body will I set upon your throne.
12 If your children will keep my covenant and my testimony that I shall teach them, their children shall also sit upon your throne for evermore.
13 For the LORD has chosen Zion; he has desired it for his habitation.
14 This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it.
15 I will abundantly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread.
16 I will also clothe her priests with salvation: and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.
17 There will I make the horn of David to bud: I have ordained a lamp for mine anointed.
18 His enemies will I clothe with shame: but upon himself shall his crown flourish.
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Friends: I tell the truth as I have been told, form Pope thru to the TV preachers, to the preacher in the smallest church, there is no salvation in any preaching other that these good tiding of great joy. Why? Because there is Salvation only in the preaching of Jesus Christ, and He has chosen to manifest His presence in speaking His saving and resurrecting message only here.
 
All these other men are preaching their own words, taking tithes in God’s name to build their own kingdoms, meaning it all goes into making sure people hear their words. Therefore, when they use it to build bigger barns for their flocks, or to buy jets so more people can hear their words, they justify it claiming it is God’s work of evangelism. They are preaching their own words and putting on a show (lying signs and wonders), all meant to seduce and extort.
 
This understanding is the love of God’s truth, both to save these deceivers from themselves, and to save those they have deceived into following their degenerate ways. The LORD told me these men would reject this preaching, would curse me and their God, and because of it would go, as they have, into even deeper darkness, talking the world with them.
 
Hear the word of the LORD:
 
Luke 12
1 In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trod one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware you of the leaven [the corrupted and corrupting doctrine] of the Pharisees [the Evangelicals of the time – the most observant], which is hypocrisy [hupokrisis – their doctrines based on the condemnation of anyone who didn’t follow them and their rules – saying only they are saved from the wrath to come – an ideology that has led them and the world into krisis – condemnation of deny the light when it has comes from outside their sect].
2 For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.
3 Therefore whatsoever you have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which you have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.
4 And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.
5 But I will forewarn you whom you shall fear: Fear him, which after he has killed has power to cast into Gehenna; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.
6 Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?
7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: you are of more value than many sparrows.
8 Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God:
9 But he that denies me before men shall be denied before the angels of God.
10 And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemes against the Holy Ghost [vilifies this word and work of God’s Spirit – calling men out of corruption and into holiness – purity) shall not be forgiven.
11 And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers [the places of wickedness and corruption], take you no thought how or what thing you shall answer, or what you shall say:
12 For the Holy Ghost shall teach [is now teaching] you in the same hour what you ought to say.
13 And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me [asking the LORD to be their communist leader {we can only give you what we have been given, but what I have I freely give – Acts 20: 27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. 28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost has made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he has purchased with his own blood. 29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. 30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. 31 Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears. 32 And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified. 33 I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel. 34 Yea, you yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me. 35 I have showed you all things, how that so laboring you ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the LORD Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.}]
14 And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you?
15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consists not in the abundance of the things which he possesses.
16 And he spoke a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:
17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?
18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.
19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have much goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
20 But God said unto him, You fool, this night your soul shall be required of you: then whose shall those things be, which you have provided?
21 So is he that lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
22 And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what you shall eat; neither for the body, what you shall put on.
23 The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.
24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them: how much more are you better than the fowls? [These are the ravens the LORD speaks of in Job 38:41, who have not been fed in the houses without God’s word, and therefore have wandered away. “Who provides for the raven his food? when his young ones cry unto God, they wander for lack of meat.]
25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?
26 If you then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take you thought for the rest?
27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
28 If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith?
29 And seek not you what you shall eat, or what you shall drink, neither be you of doubtful mind.
30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knows that you have need of these things.
31 But rather seek you the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. [The kingdom of God is the promised land – Deuteronomy 8:1 All the commandments which I command you this day shall you observe to do, that you may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the LORD swore unto your fathers. 2 And you shall remember all the way which the LORD your God led you these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you, and to prove you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments, or no. 3 And he humbled you, and suffered you to hunger, and fed you with manna, which you knew not, neither did your fathers know; that he might make you know that man does not live by bread only, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD does man live. 4 Your raiment waxed not old upon you, neither did your foot swell, these forty years. 5 You shall also consider in your heart, that, as a man chastens [corrects] his son, so the LORD your God chastens [corrects] you. 6 Therefore you shall keep the commandments of the LORD your God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him.]
32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
33 Sell [poleo – pos + luo – whatever it take to let go {of your old ways and ideas}] that you have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that fails not, where no thief approaches, neither moth corrupts.
34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
35 Let your loins be girded about [having given up all else and thereby prepared yourself for the mission ahead], and your lights burning [your understanding conspicuously shinning];
36 And you yourselves like unto men that wait for their LORD, when he will return from the wedding [has been joined with His faithful]; that when he comes and knocks [He will know you will welcome Him], they may open unto him immediately.
37 Blessed are those servants, whom the LORD when he comes shall find watching: truly I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them [as I now serve you in His name {His presence in me doing the work and preaching the word of God}].
38 And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.
39 And this know, that if the good-man of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. [It is better to join into His faithfulness, open and be served by Him, than not, and have your house broken up.]
40 Be you therefore ready also: for the Son of man comes at an hour when you think not.
41 Then Peter said unto him, LORD, speak you this parable unto us, or even to all?
42 And the LORD said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his LORD shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat [as the ravens] in due season?
43 Blessed is that servant, whom his LORD when he comes shall find so doing.
44 Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he has.
45 But and if that servant say in his heart, My LORD delays his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens [“By the multitude of your merchandise they have filled the midst of you with violence” Ezekile 28:16], and to eat and drink [commune with idols and corrupted ideas], and to be drunken [without a sound mind]; [Ezekiel 12:17 Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 18 Son of man, eat your bread with quaking, and drink your water with trembling and with carefulness {because the bread and water of the land is defiled by men’s dung}; 19 And say unto the people of the land, Thus says the LORD God of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and of the land of Israel; They shall eat their bread with carefulness, and drink their water with astonishment [shimmamown – they shall be stupefied {devastated} by what they are consuming], that her land may be desolate from all that is therein, because of the violence of all them that dwell therein. 20 And the cities that are inhabited shall be laid waste, and the land shall be desolate; and you shall know that I am the LORD. 21 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 22 Son of man, what is that proverb that you have in the land of Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision fails? 23 Tell them therefore, Thus says the LORD God; I will make this proverb to cease, and they shall no more use it as a proverb in Israel; but say unto them, The days are at hand, and the effect [the manifestation of this devastation and stupefaction – confusion and delusion] of every vision. 24 For there shall be no more any vain vision nor flattering divination within the house of Israel. 25 For I am the LORD: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass; it shall be no more prolonged: for in your days, O rebellious house, will I say the word, and will perform it, says the LORD God.]
46 The LORD of that servant will come in a day when he looks not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder [He shall hew down the mighty men of the earth as a feller hews down trees], and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.
47 And that servant, which knew his LORD’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. [These men think the LORD doesn’t know they hear Him. He knows they are hearing, but refuse to do what He is commanding. And if they say they didn’t know it was Him – they prove themselves to not know Him.]
48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
49 I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?
50 But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!
51 Suppose you that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:
52 For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.
53 The father [the preachers] shall be divided against the son [against their flock], and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
54 And he said also to the people, When you see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway you say, There comes a shower; and so it is.
55 And when you see the south wind blow, you say, There will be heat; and it comes to pass.
56 You hypocrites, you can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that you do not discern this time?
57 Yea, and why even of yourselves judge you not what is right?
58 When you go with your adversary to the magistrate, as you are in the way, give diligence that you may be delivered from him; lest he hale you to the judge, and the judge deliver you to the officer, and the officer cast you into prison. [Those in power are going to advise against this word of God, and will in doing cast you into their prisons they themselves have created. Don’t argue with them – let them go their way and you go yours.]
59 I tell you, you shall not depart thence, till you have paid the very last mite. [These are those spoken of in Hebrews 10 when it speaks of those who have tasted this good word of God, and who instead choose to return to the prison from where there is no return.]
 
Hebrews 10
19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus [giving His life to bring us the good tidings of this truth – His life flowing into us],
20 By a new and living way, which he has consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh [which is what blinds the eyes of the unbelievers];
21 And having an high priest [in the order of Melchisedec] over the house of God;
22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience [the ideas we live by], and our bodies washed with pure water [the word that flows from God].
23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together [into one body faithful to only One God], as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as you see the day [the light – understanding that will cover all] approaching.
26 For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins,
27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose you, shall he be thought worthy, who has trodden underfoot the Son of God, and has counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified [His work and promise that set Him and His people apart for this mission], an unholy thing, and has done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
30 For we know him that has said, Vengeance belongs unto me, I will recompense [give a deserved response], says the LORD. And again, The LORD shall judge his people.
31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
32 But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great fight of afflictions;
33 Partly, whilst you were made a gazing-stock [were held up for public mocking] both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst you became companions of them that were so used.
34 For you had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that you have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.
35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which has great recompense [deserved response] of reward.
36 For you have need of patience, that, after you have done the will of God, you might receive the promise.
37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.
38 Now the just shall live by [his own] faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.
 
Friends, when the Holy Spirit quotes Habakkuk 2:4, above in Hebrews 10:38, it is to tell us both are speaking of the same understanding. These passages are telling us it is FAITH in what we are seeing and hearing that are the fulfillment of the promise written above in verse 37, which says, “He that shall come will come, and will not tarry.” Those without faith in this promise are those who draw back into perdition, as is described above in verse 26, as those who “sin willfully after” they “have received the knowledge of the truth.” This is what Habakkuk 1:5 tells us, speaking again of those who, in strife and contention, are stupefied and confused by the pervading “wrong judgment.” “For the wicked does compass about [keep in and hold down {katacho}] the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceeds. 5 Behold you among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvelously: for I will work a work in your days which you will not believe, though it be told you.”
Habakkuk 2
1 I will stand upon my watch [as the LORD has commanded us], and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what He will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved [towkechah – corrected by His word].
2 And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run [quicken – referring to the correct, and hurrying way from errors] that reads it.
3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time [these days when the world wonders and His marvelous work, and doesn’t believe it is Him, even though a man is telling them it is], but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry [Again, see Hebrews 10:37 above].
4 Behold, his [speaking of those in who the LORD has no pleasure, who have no faith in the promise or the report, and instead draw back into perishing – see Hebrews 10:38 & 39 above] soul which is lifted up [‘aphal – their presumptions – only appears one other time to describes this state of mind – in Number 14:44 when God’s people went up on the mountain and went against God’s {Moses’} advice, and because of not seeing as God see, He was not with them], is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his [own] faith [in God and His promises].
5 Yea also, because he transgress by wine [what has intoxicated and stupefied you], he is a proud man [because of pride refusing correction], neither keeps at home [navah – will not prepare themselves as the habitation of God – used one other time – Exodus 15:2 where it rendered as prepare a habitation for God our Salvation, who Him only we exalt], who enlarges his desire as Sheol [the habitation of the dead], and is as death, and cannot be satisfied [no matter how much God shows them], but gathers unto him all nations [all those who don’t know God], and heaps unto him all people: [These are the men who are preaching and teaching their own words and ways, building their own kingdoms and barns to house the flocks of the dead.]
6 Shall not all these [the dead] take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against him, and say, Woe to him that increases that which is not his [they think these people are theirs when they are the God’s people]! how long [do you think this will go on]? and to him that lades himself with thick clay [‘abtiyt – take pledges of men – are surviving off what they extort from the dead – what will they do when the dead come to life]!
7 Shall they not rise up [awaken from their stupor] suddenly that shall bite you, and awake that shall vex you, and you shall be for booties unto them?
8 Because you have spoiled many nations, all the remnant of the people shall spoil you; because of men’s blood [because of the life you have drained from those who have followed you], and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein.
9 Woe to him that covets an evil covetousness to his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of evil!
10 You have consulted shame [promised what you can’t deliver] to your house by cutting off many people, and have sinned against your soul.
11 For the stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the timber shall answer it [the things and people you have used to build your houses shall testify against you].
12 Woe to him that builds a town with blood [by draining life], and establishes a city by iniquity [injustice and violence justified by law]!
13 Behold, is it not of the LORD of hosts that the people shall labor in the very fire [these men’s idea have caused], and the people shall weary themselves for very vanity?
14 For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea [as His word flows to all people].
15 Woe unto him that gives his neighbor drink [of corruption], that put your bottle to him, and makes him drunken also, that you mays look on their nakedness [by removing the cover the LORD has provided]!
16 You are filled with shame [disappointment] for glory: drink you also, and let your foreskin be uncovered [your minds covered in flesh]: the cup of the LORD’s right hand shall be turned unto you, and shameful spewing [exposing your lies, misleading, and covetousness] shall be on your glory.
17 For the violence of Lebanon [the hewing down of mighty men as trees] shall cover you, and the spoil of beasts [who have devoured them], which made them afraid, because of men’s blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein.
18 What profited the graven image that the maker thereof has graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusted therein, to make dumb idols?
19 Woe unto him that says to the [dumb] wood, Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there is no breath [life from their mouths] at all in the midst of it [these men and their idols and ideas].
20 But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.
 
Psalm 121
1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence comes my help.
2 My help comes from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
3 He will not suffer your foot to be moved: he that keeps you will not slumber.
4 Behold, he that keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The LORD is your keeper: the LORD is your shade upon your right hand.
6 The sun [the churches] shall not smite you by day, nor the moon [civil government] by night.
7 The LORD shall preserve you from all evil: he shall preserve your soul.
8 The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.
 
Nahum 1
1 The burden of Nineveh [the offspring of those who had the light {understanding} and lost it by neglect and forgetfulness]. The book of the vision of Nahum [the comfort of] the Elkoshite [those God has ensnared].
2 God is jealous, and the LORD revenges; the LORD revenges, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserves wrath for his enemies.
3 The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD has his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.
4 He rebukes the sea, and makes it dry, and dries up all the rivers: Bashan [the fruitful] languishes, and Carmel [the land that was as the garden of Eden], and the flower of Lebanon [purity in the high places and among the mighty] languishes.
5 The mountains quake at Him, and the hills [the high places] melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein.
6 Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks [what man trusts in] are thrown down by him.
7 The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knows them that trust in him.
8 But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies.
9 What do you imagine against the LORD? he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time.
10 For while they be folded together as thorns, and while they are drunken as drunkards, they shall be devoured as stubble fully dry.
11 There is one come out of you, that imagines evil against the LORD, a wicked counsellor [leading the fight against the LORD’s presence and His word].
12 Thus says the LORD; Though they be quiet, and likewise many, yet thus shall they [the mighty] be cut down [as trees], when He shall pass through. Though I have afflicted you, I will afflict you no more.
13 For now will I break his [the wicked] yoke from off you, and will burst your bonds in sunder.
14 And the LORD has given a commandment concerning you, that no more of your name be sown: out of the house of your gods [idols and ideas] will I cut off the graven image and the molten image: I will make your grave; for you are vile.
15 Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that brings good tidings, that publishes peace! O Judah, keep your solemn feasts, perform your vows: for the wicked shall no more pass through you; he is utterly cut off.
 
Isaiah 52
5 Now therefore, what have I here, says the LORD, that my people is taken away for naught? they that rule over them make them to howl, says the LORD; and my name continually every day is blasphemed.
6 Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that does speak: behold, it is I.
7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that brings good tidings, that publishes peace; that brings good tidings of good, that publishes salvation; that says unto Zion, Your God reigns!
8 Your watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the LORD shall bring again Zion.
9 Break forth into joy, sing together, you waste places of Jerusalem: for the LORD has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem.
10 The LORD has made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.
11 Depart you, depart you, go you out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go you out of the midst of her; be you clean, that bear the vessels of the LORD.
12 For you shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight: for the LORD will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your reward.
13 Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high.
14 As many were astonished at you; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:
15 So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.
 
Isaiah 53
1 Who has believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
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