end times watchman witnessing: a new time to make great exploits

This is a message to all watchmen at this time. The time has come for all to witness and not just watch. We once thought that we could presume to merely standby and watch and perhaps share what we have seen or heard. We often prayed a typical prayer that God would send others to fill the harvest field for the respective witnessing needs.

Recent years’ events proved that no believer of Jesus Christ can continue to sit in the cozy closet and enjoy the familiar home anymore. Why? This is the time when all hands are required for witnessing the Kingdom of God.

Venturing out of the closet, this watchman has witnessed the working of God in all harvest fields. A believer who believes in the words of Jesus can lay hand on the sick and heal, speak the name of Jesus and cast out demons, proclaim the words of God and convert souls. Even the elements of nature obey the name of Jesus. The authoritative use of Jesus’ name, proclaiming the words of God, was enough weapon under the power of the Holy Spirit in all sons of God, led by the Spirit of Christ.

The prophesy of prophet Joel on the out pouring of the Holy Spirit came true during the apostles’ days. It continues to come true today. The spiritual move of God is global. The prophesy by prophet Ezekiel on dry bones coming to lives, the prophetic acts of prophet Elijah, the many miracles of Elisha, the testimonies in the lives of God’s servants living in modern days equivalent of ‘Egypt, Babylon or Persia” lands (Joseph, Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther and others in history) all coming to pass too in our days.

Why are we witnessing? To whom are we witnessing?

Here are the Bible verses in answers to the two questions.

Mark 16:15-20New King James Version (NKJV)

15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they[a] will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

Christ Ascends to God’s Right Hand

19 So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.[b]

Footnotes:

  1. Mark 16:18 NU-Text reads and in their hands they will.
  2. Mark 16:20 Verses 9–20 are bracketed in NU-Text as not original. They are lacking in Codex Sinaiticus and Codex Vaticanus, although nearly all other manuscripts of Mark contain them.

Jude 1:17-23New King James Version (NKJV)

17 But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: 18 how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. 19 These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.

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20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

22 And on some have compassion, making a distinction;[a] 23 but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire,[b] hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.

Footnotes:

  1. Jude 1:22 NU-Text reads who are doubting (or making distinctions).
  2. Jude 1:23 NU-Text adds and on some have mercy with fear and omits with fear in first clause.

time of the witnesses :

Revelation 11 [Full Chapter]
[ The Two Witnesses ] Then I was given a reed like a measuring rod. And the angel stood, saying, “Rise and measure the temple of God, the altar, and those who worship there. But leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles. And they will tread the holy city underfoot for forty-two months. And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.” …two witnesses

who are the sons and children of God?

For those who ask, here are some verses on who the sons and children of God are. They are self-explanatory. Each believer does his or her own reality check based on the sword of the Spirit – the words of God.
John 3:5-6
 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:

and not for that nation only, but also that He would gather together in one the children of God who were scattered abroad.

But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.

And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God!

The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,

and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.

That is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted as the seed.

 1 John 3:1 [Full Chapter] Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
[ Sons and Heirs ] For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!”

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.

“And it shall come to pass in the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not My people,’ There they shall be called sons of the living God.”

But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.

And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. boy redeemed

end times Sword of the Spirit: the key to become a faithful and truthful teacher

Before Jesus left for the cross, He made sure His disciples receive the best assurance ever for them to hold fast to their belief in Him in view of the tremendous happening they would soon witness. The long discourse in this chapter of John was part of His last words to them prior His crucifixion.

I post the whole chapter for cohesion and the many key verses. I shall place my brief notes in italics in brackets before the paragraph concerned. I shall bold some verses to highlight the important sword of the Spirit.

My goal is to point out that Jesus had given the sword of the Spirit to all the disciples (those who believe in Jesus, all that He said He is, all His words), to do all the works Jesus had done and even greater works than He did. Works include: the whole person that Jesus had shown to the world whilst on earth as a human, how He lived a godly and holy life, led by the Spirit and not by flesh; how He used the power of the Holy Spirit and the words of God (His words) to exercise His dominion over all natural elements and all creatures, physical and spiritual. He lived the life of a perfect man, fulfilling all the laws of God, without sinning. He demanded the same from His disciples. He expected them being able to do so because He had given them all the necessary supernatural resources, in His words and in His Holy Spirit. He also taught them how to use such supernatural empowerment.

John 14 New Living Translation (NLT)

(sword one: By faith continue to trust in God and in Jesus. Trust means not let our emotions dictate our decision. Trust is an action by faith. The disciples would receive supernatural power to carry out what Jesus had told them. In the physical they would seem to have nothing to hang on for awhile until they could walk by the Spirit. But they had to believe what Jesus had said and hang on.)

14 Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home.[a] If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?[b] When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going.”

“No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

(sword two: Abide/join to Jesus and God who are one. The words that Jesus spoke were from God who did the works through Jesus. Jesus kept a constant connection and communication with God all the time. He and God were joined as one. The disciples needed to join to the Lord Jesus and thus to God in the spirit. This key was confirmed by the Holy Spirit in 1 Corinthians 6:17  “But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.“)

Jesus told him, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is.[c] From now on, you do know him and have seen him!”

Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.”

Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me. 11 Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or at least believe because of the work you have seen me do.

(sword three: Jesus had said so and it is so. His disciples will do the same works and even greater works. sword four: His disciples can ask for anything in Jesus name, and Jesus will do it!)

12 “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. 13 You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. 14 Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!

(sword five: Jesus promised the Holy Spirit to those who love Him. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ and will live in His disciples just as Jesus has promised. God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are one, doing the works in each disciple who believes. What did the disciples have to do? Love Jesus by keeping His commandments -doing what He said, which was what God said.)

15 If you love me, obey[d] my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate,[e] who will never leave you. 17 He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.[f] 18 No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you. 19 Soon the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. Since I live, you also will live. 20 When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.”

22 Judas (not Judas Iscariot, but the other disciple with that name) said to him, “Lord, why are you going to reveal yourself only to us and not to the world at large?”

23 Jesus replied, All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them. 24 Anyone who doesn’t love me will not obey me. And remember, my words are not my own. What I am telling you is from the Father who sent me.

(sword six: the Holy Spirit will teach the disciples everything and will remind them of everything Jesus had told them. All they needed to do was to listen and obey the prompting of the Holy Spirit. They needed to learn to hear the spiritual God now that Jesus would no longer be there in physical person. )

25 I am telling you these things now while I am still with you. 26 But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.

(sword seven: Stay always in the peace of Jesus. The spiritual ruler of this world has no power over Jesus. )

(sword eight: Jesus loves God the Father and does what the Father requires of Him. His life was the testimony of His love. The disciples who love Jesus are required to do the same. Show our love for God by doing the same works as Jesus did and even greater. Jesus said we can!)

27 I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. 28 Remember what I told you: I am going away, but I will come back to you again. If you really loved me, you would be happy that I am going to the Father, who is greater than I am. 29 I have told you these things before they happen so that when they do happen, you will believe.

30 “I don’t have much more time to talk to you, because the ruler of this world approaches. He has no power over me, 31 but I will do what the Father requires of me, so that the world will know that I love the Father. Come, let’s be going.

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Who are the daughters of the Kingdom of God?

Originally posted on Kingdom of God daughter:

Who are they? Who are we? Let us read what Jesus said we are. All Bible verses are quoted from New King James Version (NKJV)/ Note how Jesus treated different types of ‘daughter’ – all with mercy and compassion!

During the time of Jesus, His ministry on earth was focused around the land of Israel where the population was mainly of Jewish origin. But He also met and healed other nationalities who came to Him for healing and deliverance. Multitudes came to Him from all over and consisted of different classes and all walks of lives. His last commission to His disciples was to go into all the world, regardless of nation or race.

Mark 16:15-18  And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe…

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end times sword of the Spirit: be faithful truthful teachers

Sword of the Spirit word on rockThe lack of truthful teaching of the words of God explains why churches and Christians still love and are engrossed in the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and pride of life, believing and doing the sins and work of the devil that Jesus had come to destroy. (1John 2:15-17; 3:8)
 
Contrary to some false teachings (that Christians are only human and cannot attain perfection, so it is okay to sin and that some sins are less terrible compared to other sins),  the truth is, every believer can become perfect under consistent faithful and truthful teaching of God’s words. Knowing the truth will set one free from the power of sin. This was what Jesus had taught His disciples.
 
One day all teachers of the words will give account to God. This watchman urges all take heed of every word in the Bible and not presume. If a teacher cannot believe in every word as Jesus had declared would not pass away, then take heed what Jesus has said about those who cause the little ones to stumble! Jesus thus warned: Matthew 18:6-7
Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!
 
The grace of God (Jesus) that brings salvation has appeared to all men,  teaching us that,
  1. denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, (Titus 2:11-13)
  2. Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. (Colossians 1:28)

How can this perfection be accomplished? Because Jesus will continue His work (through His words and the Holy Spirit) until we reach perfection: Ephesians 5:26-27 :

26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.

Jesus knew this and had lived His life in ministry of the holy words of God, teaching the godly truth and commanding His disciples to do the same.
[ Jesus Heals a Great Multitude ] And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.
And they were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

[ The Compassion of Jesus ] Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

 
Jesus went everywhere and taught the gospel of the kingdom even though some would not believe. Many preferred the commandments of men rather than the commandments of God. Why? Because loving the world appeals to the flesh (five senses) of man. Loving God requires one to be led by the Spirit and become one spirit with the Lord. (John 3:5-6; 4:23-24; 6:63; 1 Corinthians 6:17)
 
Mark 6:6 And He marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching. Matthew 15:9 And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ ”
 
 Jesus commissioned His disciples to do the same as Jesus did and even bigger things than He did: (John 14:12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. )


Matthew 28:19-20  19 Go therefore[a] and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.[b]

 The apostles and disciples faithfully and truthfully obeyed what Jesus had commanded in teaching the words of God, and changed the world!
So one came and told them, saying, “Look, the men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people!”  Acts 5:42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.  

Acts 13:12 Then the proconsul believed, when he saw what had been done, being astonished at the teaching of the Lord.  Acts 15:35 Paul and Barnabas also remained in Antioch, teaching and preaching the word of the Lord, with many others also.  Acts 18:11 And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.  Acts 28:31 preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no one forbidding him.

 Making disciples of all nations and teaching them to live godly will present every man perfect in Christ Jesus!
Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 
 

Romans 6 New King James Version (NKJV)

Dead to Sin, Alive to God

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

End times letter from a disciple: to those who are called, set apart

This is an open letter to all Christians. Read this together with Jesus’ letters in the Book of Revelation 22:

12 “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”[f]

14 Blessed are those who do His commandments,[g] that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. 15 But[h] outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.

16 “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches.

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Jude 1 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ (the Messiah), and brother of James, [writes this letter] to those who are called (chosen), dearly loved by God the Father and separated (set apart) and kept for Jesus Christ:

May mercy, [soul] peace, and love be multiplied to you.

Beloved, my whole concern was to write to you in regard to our common salvation. [But] I found it necessary and was impelled to write you and urgently appeal to and exhort [you] to contend for the faith which was once for all [a]handed down to the saints [the faith which is that sum of Christian belief which was delivered [b]verbally to the holy people of God].

For certain men have crept in stealthily [[c]gaining entrance secretly by a side door]. Their doom was predicted long ago, ungodly (impious, profane) persons who pervert the grace (the spiritual blessing and favor) of our God into lawlessness and wantonness and immorality, and disown and deny our sole Master and Lord, Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

Now I want to remind you, though you were fully informed once for all, that though the Lord [at one time] delivered a people out of the land of Egypt, He subsequently destroyed those [of them] who did not believe [who refused to adhere to, trust in, and rely upon Him].

And angels who did not keep (care for, guard, and hold to) their own first place of power but abandoned their proper dwelling place—these He has reserved in custody in eternal chains (bonds) under the thick gloom of utter darkness until the judgment and doom of the great day.

[The wicked are sentenced to suffer] just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the adjacent towns—which likewise gave themselves over to impurity and indulged in unnatural vice and sensual perversity—are laid out [in plain sight] as an exhibit of perpetual punishment [to warn] of everlasting fire.

Nevertheless in like manner, these dreamers also corrupt the body, scorn and reject authority and government, and revile and libel and scoff at [heavenly] glories (the glorious ones).

But when [even] the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, judicially argued (disputed) about the body of Moses, he dared not [presume to] bring an abusive condemnation against him, but [simply] said, The Lord rebuke you!

10 But these men revile (scoff and sneer at) anything they do not happen to be acquainted with and do not understand; and whatever they do understand physically [that which they know by mere instinct], like irrational beasts—by these they corrupt themselves and are destroyed (perish).

11 Woe to them! For they have run riotously in the way of Cain, and have abandoned themselves for the sake of gain [it offers them, following] the error of Balaam, and have perished in rebellion [like that] of Korah!

12 These are hidden reefs (elements of danger) in your love feasts, where they boldly feast sumptuously [carousing together in your midst], without scruples providing for themselves [alone]. They are clouds without water, swept along by the winds; trees, without fruit at the late autumn gathering time—twice (doubly) dead, [lifeless and] plucked up by the roots;

13 Wild waves of the sea, flinging up the foam of their own shame and disgrace; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of eternal darkness has been reserved forever.

14 It was of these people, moreover, that Enoch in the seventh [generation] from Adam prophesied when he said, Behold, the Lord comes with His myriads of holy ones (ten thousands of His saints)

15 To execute judgment upon all and to convict all the impious (unholy ones) of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed [in such an] ungodly [way], and of all the severe (abusive, jarring) things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.

16 These are inveterate murmurers (grumblers) who complain [of their lot in life], going after their own desires [controlled by their passions]; their talk is boastful and arrogant, [and they claim to] admire men’s persons and pay people flattering compliments to gain advantage.

17 But you must remember, beloved, the predictions which were made by the apostles (the special messengers) of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

18 They told you beforehand, In the last days (in the end time) there will be scoffers [who seek to gratify their own unholy desires], following after their own ungodly passions.

19 It is these who are [agitators] setting up distinctions and causing divisions—merely sensual [creatures, carnal, worldly-minded people], devoid of the [Holy] Spirit and destitute of any higher spiritual life.

20 But you, beloved, build yourselves up [founded] on your most holy faith [[d]make progress, rise like an edifice higher and higher], praying in the Holy Spirit;

21 Guard and keep yourselves in the love of God; expect and patiently wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah)—[which will bring you] unto life eternal.

22 And refute [so as to] convict some who dispute with you, and on some have mercy who waver and doubt.

23 [Strive to] save others, snatching [them] out of [the] fire; on others take pity [but] with fear, loathing even the garment spotted by the flesh and polluted by their sensuality.

24 Now to Him Who is able to keep you without stumbling or slipping or falling, and to present [you] unblemished (blameless and faultless) before the presence of His glory in triumphant joy and exultation [with unspeakable, ecstatic delight]—

25 To the one only God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory (splendor), majesty, might and dominion, and power and authority, before all time and now and forever (unto all the ages of eternity). Amen (so be it).

Footnotes:

  1. Jude 1:3 G. Abbott-Smith, Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament.
  2. Jude 1:3 G. Abbott-Smith, Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament.
  3. Jude 1:4 The use of this verb paints this kind of picture.
  4. Jude 1:20 Joseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament.

 

more invincible weapon: more praise !

Praise is truly the weapon for today. When we praise God, we are raised to His presence. He is worthy of all praises. The book of psalms is full of praises. When kings and priests and the congregations (the people of God) praised God as recorded in the history of Israel, their enemies dreaded, were confused, self=destructed, and whatever who were not destroyed fled..

This is the power of God’s presence. His glory. His holiness. His God-ship. All these come upon us as we praise. The power of praise can be experienced even by worshiping together in one accord, joined to the Lord, one Spirit with Him! I have found some resources on this subject and I personally have found them useful.

Click this link to: teachings on the power of praise and how to praise God. (Andrew Wommack)

quote: “Praise causes our faith to abound by keeping our minds stayed on the answer instead of the problem. Praise causes Satan to flee because he can’t stand true worship of God. Praise actually ministers unto God. This series will explain how praise affects the devil, God, and us. Praise is God’s antidote to fear and the pessimism of the world.”

Click this link to : Here are teachings on happiness (Andrew Wommack)

Quote from: Paul’s Secrets To Happiness By Andrew Wommack
“Are you truly happy? Selah (pause and think on that for a moment). That’s a huge question. For most Christians, if they’re honest, they’d have to admit that their happiness is very conditional. It’s sad, but it’s true. Circumstances control most people’s happiness. But that’s the problem: True joy and happiness don’t come from circumstances.

The Apostle Paul gave us a great example of this. He had a vision from God that he was supposed to go minister to the people in Macedonia.

And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us. [10] And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them.

Acts 16:9-10

Even though Paul and his companion Silas had a divine mandate from God to go and minister there, everything didn’t go perfectly. Within just a few days, they were beaten and thrown in the worst part of the prison with their feet and hands in stocks (Acts 16:16-24).

But look at Paul and Silas’s response to this:

And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

Acts 16:25

This is awesome!…” Read more from this link: http://www.awmi.net/extra/article/pauls_secrets
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“A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” chapter 17 – what God magnified above His name?

Originally posted on Journey into Sound Mind:

Psalm 138:2 New King James Version (NKJV)

 I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name For Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.
New King James Version (NKJV) The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright ©  1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

I will worship toward Your holy temple and praise Your name for Your loving-kindness and for Your truth and faithfulness; for You have exalted above all else Your name and Your word and You have magnified Your word above all Your name!

Amplified Bible (AMP) Copyright ©  1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation

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The prophet speaks: “You are God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth.”

“O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, the One who dwells between the cherubim, You are God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth.
 

I have made the earth, And created man on it. I—My hands—stretched out the heavens, And all their host I have commanded.
 

For thus says the Lord, Who created the heavens, Who is God, Who formed the earth and made it, Who has established it, Who did not create it in vain, Who formed it to be inhabited: “I am the Lord, and there is no other.
 

Thus you shall say to them: “The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth shall perish from the earth and from under these heavens.”
 
He has made the earth by His power, He has established the world by His wisdom, And has stretched out the heavens at His discretion.
 
‘Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.
 

He has made the earth by His power; He has established the world by His wisdom, And stretched out the heaven by His understanding.
 

So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord and said: “Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them,
 

and saying, “Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men with the same nature as you, and preach to you that you should turn from these useless things to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all things that are in them,
 

“God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands.
 

and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.
 

saying with a loud voice, “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.”
 

[ All Things Made New ] Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.
 
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Today’s fasting: fast the fast that God wants

Prayer-and-Fasting Isaiah 58 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

58 Shout out loud! Don’t hold back!
Raise your voice like a shofar!
Proclaim to my people what rebels they are,
to the house of Ya‘akov their sins.

“Oh yes, they seek me day after day
and [claim to] delight in knowing my ways.
As if they were an upright nation
that had not abandoned the rulings of their God,
they ask me for just rulings
and [claim] to take pleasure in closeness to God,
[asking,] ‘Why should we fast, if you don’t see?
Why mortify ourselves, if you don’t notice?’

“Here is my answer: when you fast,
you go about doing whatever you like,
while keeping your laborers hard at work.
Your fasts lead to quarreling and fighting,
to lashing out with violent blows.
On a day like today, fasting like yours
will not make your voice heard on high.

“Is this the sort of fast I want,
a day when a person mortifies himself?
Is the object to hang your head like a reed
and spread sackcloth and ashes under yourself?
Is this what you call a fast,
a day that pleases Adonai?

“Here is the sort of fast I want —
releasing those unjustly bound,
untying the thongs of the yoke,
letting the oppressed go free,
breaking every yoke,
sharing your food with the hungry,
taking the homeless poor into your house,
clothing the naked when you see them,
fulfilling your duty to your kinsmen!”

Then your light will burst forth like the morning,
your new skin will quickly grow over your wound;
your righteousness will precede you,
and Adonai’s glory will follow you.
Then you will call, and Adonai will answer;
you will cry, and he will say, “Here I am.”
If you will remove the yoke from among you,
stop false accusation and slander,
10 generously offer food to the hungry
and meet the needs of the person in trouble;
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your gloom become like noon.
11 Adonai will always guide you;
he will satisfy your needs in the desert,
he will renew the strength in your limbs;
so that you will be like a watered garden,
like a spring whose water never fails.
12 You will rebuild the ancient ruins,
raise foundations from ages past,
and be called “Repairer of broken walls,
Restorer of streets to live in.”

13 “If you hold back your foot on Shabbat
from pursuing your own interests on my holy day;
if you call Shabbat a delight,
Adonai’s holy day, worth honoring;
then honor it by not doing your usual things
or pursuing your interests or speaking about them.
14 If you do, you will find delight in Adonai
I will make you ride on the heights of the land
and feed you with the heritage of your ancestor Ya‘akov,
for the mouth of Adonai has spoken.”

 

Yeshayah 11:11 And it shall come to pass in Yom HaHu

isaiah 1111Yeshayah 11 Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB)

And there shall come forth a Khoter (Branch) out of the Geza (Stem, Stump, Stock) of Yishai, and a Netzer [Branch [see Tzemach, Moshiach Jer 23:5; 33:15; Zech 3:8; 6:12, Ezra 3:8 which give as Moshiach’s Namesake Yehoshua/Yeshua; compare Mt.2:23 OJBC] shall bear fruit of his roots:

And the Ruach [Hakodesh] of Hashem shall rest upon Him, the Ruach of Chochmah and Binah, the Ruach of Etzah (Counsel [see Isaiah 9:5) and Gevurah, the Ruach of Da’as and of the Yir’at Hashem;

And His delight shall be in the Yir’at Hashem: and He shall not judge after the sight of His eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of His ears:

But with tzedek shall He judge the needy, and reprove with mishor (equity, justice) for the anvei eretz: and He shall strike the earth with the shevet of His mouth, and with the Ruach of His lips shall he slay the reshah.

And tzedek shall be the ezor (belt) of His loins, and emunah (faithfulness) the ezor of His waist.

The ze’ev (wolf) also shall dwell with the keves, and the namer (leopard) shall lie down with the gedi (young goat); and the egel and the lion whelp and the fatling together; and a na’ar shall lead them.

And the parah (cow) and the dov (bear) shall feed together; their yeladim shall lie down together; and the aryeh shall eat teven (straw) like the ox.

And the yonek (sucking infant) shall play on the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child shall put his yad in the viper’s me’urah (hole).

They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My Har Kodesh; for ha’aretz shall be full of the da’as Hashem, as the mayim cover the sea.

10 And in Yom HaHu there shall be a Shoresh Yishai, which shall stand for a nes (banner) for the peoples; to Him [Moshiach] will the Goyim seek; and His menucha (resting place) shall be kavod.

11 And it shall come to pass in Yom HaHu, that Adonoi shall set His yad again the second time to recover the She’ar (Remnant) of His people, which shall be left [as survivors], from Assyria, and from Mitzrayim, and from Patros, and from Kush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Chamat, and from the islands of the sea.

12 And He shall raise up a nes [a banner, i.e., send a signal] for the Goyim, and shall assemble the outcasts of Yisroel, and gather together the dispersed of Yehudah from the four corners of ha’aretz.

13 The kinah (envy, jealousy) also of Ephrayim shall depart, and the adversaries of Yehudah shall be cut off; Ephrayim shall not envy Yehudah, and Yehudah shall not harass Ephrayim.

14 But they shall swoop down upon the shoulders of the Pelishtim toward the west; they shall plunder them of the east together; they shall lay their yad upon Edom and Moav; and the Bnei Ammon shall obey them.

15 And Hashem shall utterly destroy the leshon Yam Mitzrayim (tongue of the Red Sea); and with His scorchimg Ruach shall He shake His Yad over the Nahar [i.e., Euphrates River], and shall break it into seven streams, and make men go over dryshod.

16 And there shall be a mesillah (highway) for the she’ar (remnant) of His people, which shall be left, from Assyria; just as it was for Yisroel in the Yom that he came up out of Eretz Mitzrayim. ISRAEL Yom HaHu

end times church witnessing 2014: Samuel saves Israel

Jeremiah 44:4 English Standard Version (ESV)

Yet I persistently sent to you all my servants the prophets, saying, ‘Oh, do not do this abomination that I hate!’

And all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and those who came after him, also proclaimed these days.
All this took about 450 years. And after that he gave them judges until Samuel the prophet.
 
Hebrews 11:32-35 English Standard Version (ESV)

32 And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets— 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. 35 Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life.

1 Samuel 7 English Standard Version (ESV)

And the men of Kiriath-jearim came and took up the ark of the Lord and brought it to the house of Abinadab on the hill. And they consecrated his son Eleazar to have charge of the ark of the Lord. From the day that the ark was lodged at Kiriath-jearim, a long time passed, some twenty years, and all the house of Israel lamented after the Lord.

Samuel Judges Israel

And Samuel said to all the house of Israel, “If you are returning to the Lord with all your heart, then put away the foreign gods and the Ashtaroth from among you and direct your heart to the Lord and serve him only, and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.” So the people of Israel put away the Baals and the Ashtaroth, and they served the Lord only. 1samuel 7

Then Samuel said, “Gather all Israel at Mizpah, and I will pray to the Lord for you.” So they gathered at Mizpah and drew water and poured it out before the Lord and fasted on that day and said there, “We have sinned against the Lord.” And Samuel judged the people of Israel at Mizpah. Now when the Philistines heard that the people of Israel had gathered at Mizpah, the lords of the Philistines went up against Israel. And when the people of Israel heard of it, they were afraid of the Philistines. And the people of Israel said to Samuel, “Do not cease to cry out to the Lord our God for us, that he may save us from the hand of the Philistines.” So Samuel took a nursing lamb and offered it as a whole burnt offering to the Lord. And Samuel cried out to the Lord for Israel, and the Lord answered him. 10 As Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to attack Israel. But the Lord thundered with a mighty sound that day against the Philistines and threw them into confusion, and they were defeated before Israel. 1samuel-7-10

11 And the men of Israel went out from Mizpah and pursued the Philistines and struck them, as far as below Beth-car.

12 Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen[a] and called its name Ebenezer;[b] for he said, “Till now the Lord has helped us.” 13 So the Philistines were subdued and did not again enter the territory of Israel. And the hand of the Lord was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel. 14 The cities that the Philistines had taken from Israel were restored to Israel, from Ekron to Gath, and Israel delivered their territory from the hand of the Philistines. There was peace also between Israel and the Amorites.

15 Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life. 16 And he went on a circuit year by year to Bethel, Gilgal, and Mizpah. And he judged Israel in all these places. 17 Then he would return to Ramah, for his home was there, and there also he judged Israel. And he built there an altar to the Lord.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Samuel 7:12 Hebrew; Septuagint, Syriac Jeshanah
  2. 1 Samuel 7:12 Ebenezer means stone of help

Psalm 99:5-7 English Standard Version (ESV)

Exalt the Lord our God;
    worship at his footstool!
    Holy is he!

Moses and Aaron were among his priests,
    Samuel also was among those who called upon his name.
    They called to the Lord, and he answered them.
In the pillar of the cloud he spoke to them;
    they kept his testimonies
    and the statute that he gave them.

Jeremiah 15:1-3 English Standard Version (ESV)

The Lord Will Not Relent

15 Then the Lord said to me, “Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, yet my heart would not turn toward this people. Send them out of my sight, and let them go! And when they ask you, ‘Where shall we go?’ you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord:

“‘Those who are for pestilence, to pestilence,
    and those who are for the sword, to the sword;
those who are for famine, to famine,
    and those who are for captivity, to captivity.’

I will appoint over them four kinds of destroyers, declares the Lord: the sword to kill, the dogs to tear, and the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth to devour and destroy.  Jesus-Paid-It-All-Cross-PictureIsaiah 44:1-5 English Standard Version (ESV)

Israel the Lord‘s Chosen

44 “But now hear, O Jacob my servant,
    Israel whom I have chosen!
Thus says the Lord who made you,
    who formed you from the womb and will help you:
Fear not, O Jacob my servant,
    Jeshurun whom I have chosen.
For I will pour water on the thirsty land,
    and streams on the dry ground;
I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring,
    and my blessing on your descendants.
They shall spring up among the grass
    like willows by flowing streams.
This one will say, ‘I am the Lord‘s,’
    another will call on the name of Jacob,
and another will write on his hand, ‘The Lord‘s,’
    and name himself by the name of Israel.”

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