Today we see God through a prayer. Joshua has served God since young as an apprentice and later a successor to Moses. Like his teacher/trainer, he has always stayed close to God, hearing God and praying to God. When Moses took a break, Joshua continued to stay at the Tent of Meeting where God met with them. What has his prayer revealed? God is God. The Omnipotent Creator over natural scientific law, including the law that governs the planets and universes. God’s favor in answer to his prayer overrides all else.
Joshua 10:1-15 New Living Translation (NLT) Israel Defeats the Southern Armies
BACKGROUND (quoted in parts)
Adoni-zedek, king of Jerusalem, heard that Joshua had captured and completely destroyed[a] Ai and killed its king, just as he had destroyed the town of Jericho and killed its king. He also learned that the Gibeonites had made peace with Israel and were now their allies. 2 He and his people became very afraid when they heard all this …3 So King Adoni-zedek of Jerusalem sent messengers to several other kings…“Come and help me destroy Gibeon,” he urged them, “for they have made peace with Joshua and the people of Israel.” 5 So these five Amorite kings combined their armies for a united attack. They moved all their troops into place and attacked Gibeon.
6 The men of Gibeon quickly sent messengers to Joshua at his camp in Gilgal. ..
7 So Joshua and his entire army, including his best warriors, left Gilgal and set out for Gibeon. 8 “Do not be afraid of them,” the Lord said to Joshua, “for I have given you victory over them. Not a single one of them will be able to stand up to you.”
9 Joshua traveled all night from Gilgal and took the Amorite armies by surprise. 10 The Lord threw them into a panic, and the Israelites slaughtered great numbers … 11 As the Amorites retreated down the road from Beth-horon, the Lord destroyed them with a terrible hailstorm from heaven that continued until they reached Azekah. The hail killed more of the enemy than the Israelites killed with the sword.
12 On the day the Lord gave the Israelites victory over the Amorites, Joshua prayed to the Lord in front of all the people of Israel. He said,
“Let the sun stand still over Gibeon,
and the moon over the valley of Aijalon.”
13 So the sun stood still and the moon stayed in place until the nation of Israel had defeated its enemies.
Is this event not recorded in The Book of Jashar[b]? The sun stayed in the middle of the sky, and it did not set as on a normal day.[c] 14 There has never been a day like this one before or since, when the Lord answered such a prayer. Surely the Lord fought for Israel that day!
15 Then Joshua and the Israelite army returned to their camp at Gilgal.
My dear brethren in a tormented and besieged country:
In that day.your lives will be changed. I pray today that day will become today. Because time is nearer than some may imagine (that eternity will never come) So I pray the prophecy of Zechariah comes to pass.
I pray you become firepot in a woodpile, and like a flaming torch among sheaves, consuming all the surrounding adversities and adversaries. I pray that Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place—Jerusalem.
In that day the Lord will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; the one who is feeble among them in that day shall be like David, and the house of David shall be like God, like the Angel of the Lord before them. In that day the Lord will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.
And the Lord will pour on you the Spirit of grace and supplication; then you will look on Me whom you pierced. Yes, you will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn. In that day there shall be a great mourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning at Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo.
I pray that the promise of the Lord as prophesied in the book of Zechariah come to pass: “On that day a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity.”
Shalom from your Gentile friend, W.
Genesis 15:17-18 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
17 After the sun had set and there was thick darkness, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch appeared, which passed between these animal parts. 18 That day Adonai made a covenant with Avram: “I have given this land to your descendants — from the Vadi of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates River —
Zecharyah 12:6-14 Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB)
6 In Yom HaHu will I make the Aluphei Yehudah like a fire pot in the woods, and like a torch of eish in the omer (sheaves); and they shall devour kol haAm round about, on the right hand and on the left; and Yerushalayim shall be inhabited again in her own site, even in Yerushalayim.
7 Hashem also shall save the oholei Yehudah (tents of Yehudah) first, that the glory of the Bais Dovid and the glory of the inhabitants of Yerushalayim do not magnify themselves against Yehudah.
8 In Yom Hahu shall Hashem defend the inhabitants of Yerushalayim; and he that is feeble among them in Yom Hahu shall be like Dovid; and the Bais Dovid shall be like Elohim, like the Malach Hashem before them.
9 And it shall come to pass in Yom Hahu, that I will seek to destroy kol HaGoyim that attack Yerushalayim.
10 And I will pour upon the Bais Dovid, and upon the inhabitants of Yerushalayim, the Ruach (Spirit) of Chen (grace) and of Tachanunim (supplications for favor); and they shall look upon Me whom they have pierced [dakar, “pierce through” cf. Yeshayah 53:5; Targum HaShivim Tehillim 22:17], and they shall mourn for Him (Moshiach) as one mourneth for his yachid (only son), and shall grieve in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his bechor (firstborn).
11 In Yom Hahu shall there be a great mourning in Yerushalayim, as the mourning of Hadad-rimmon in the valley of Megiddon.
12 And ha’aretz shall mourn, all mishpochot apart; the mishpachat Bais Dovid apart, and their wives apart; the mishpachat Bais Natan apart, and their wives apart; [Shmuel Bais 5:14]
14 All the mishpochot that remain, all mishpochot apart, and their wives apart.
Zechariah 13:1 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
13 When that day comes, a spring will be opened up for the house of David and the people living in Yerushalayim to cleanse them from sin and impurity.
6 And in another passage God said to him,
“You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.”[a]
7 While Jesus was here on earth, he offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could rescue him from death. And God heard his prayers because of his deep reverence for God. 8 Even though Jesus was God’s Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered.
[ Jesus Blesses the Children ] One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could lay his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him.
[ Jesus Prays in Gethsemane ] Then Jesus went with them to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and he said, “Sit here while I go over there to pray.”
Then Jesus left them a second time and prayed, “My Father! If this cup cannot be taken away unless I drink it, your will be done.”
[ Jesus Preaches in Galilee ] Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.
Then Jesus left them again and prayed the same prayer as before.
[ The Baptism of Jesus ] One day when the crowds were being baptized, Jesus himself was baptized. As he was praying, the heavens opened,
But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer.
[ Jesus Chooses the Twelve Apostles ] One day soon afterward Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and he prayed to God all night.
[ Peter’s Declaration about Jesus ] One day Jesus left the crowds to pray alone. Only his disciples were with him, and he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”
Luke 11 New Living Translation (NLT)
Teaching about Prayer
11 Once Jesus was in a certain place praying. As he finished, one of his disciples came to him and said, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”
2 Jesus said, “This is how you should pray:[a]
“Father, may your name be kept holy.
May your Kingdom come soon.
3 Give us each day the food we need,[b]
4 and forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who sin against us.
And don’t let us yield to temptation.[c]”
14 They all met together and were constantly united in prayer, along with Mary the mother of Jesus, several other women, and the brothers of Jesus. 15 During this time, when about 120 believers[a] were together in one place,
Dear brothers and sisters, I urge you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to join in my struggle by praying to God for me. Do this because of your love for me, given to you by the Holy Spirit.
For I know that as you pray for me and the Spirit of Jesus Christ helps me, this will lead to my deliverance.
It is impossible for a watchman not to speak when receiving a clear message from the word of God. As posted on 7/22 (as received in an aftermath of 7/17) a mourning song from Jeremiah 9 for the nations, two more glaring horrifying air events happened with fatalities on 7/23. Within less than a fortnight (7/17-23) three tragic events were no small unnoticeable matters for watchman. The matters involve signs and nations of the world.
Here are the posts preceding this one, all within the short span of a week. Then when the latest bad news came, this watchman asked the Lord and received Jeremiah chapters 17 and 7. The day of Doom was spoken twice in chapter 17:17-18. The word “double” destruction was spoken in verse 18.
- a mourning song for the nations 07/22/2014
- Prayer call: Therefore you also be ready 07/21/2014
- conversation with God: 2014 It shall be one day Which is known to the Lord 07/21/2014
- conversation with God: 2014 these men have set up their idols in their hearts 07/20/2014
- conversation with God: 2014 Then I looked, and behold, 07/20/2014
- Conversation with God: when God spoke twice 07/19/2014
What does this mean? A watchman asked. At times like this, no watchman (messenger) can remain in each own comfort zone. what is the job of a watchman? The answer received is in the testimony (messages) of prophet Jeremiah (called to prophetic ministry in c. 626 BC) as recorded in the Bible. The instruction: read and understand the book of Jeremiah. This is the book for now.
The following are verses on the day of doom. Read and meditate the whole book of Jeremiah and Amos too. Pray and ask the Lord to reveal the messages for you today.
But, the watchman says, “here is still the GOOD NEWS”:
“But You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious…” (Psalm 86:15)
Psalm 145 (NASB)I will extol You, my God, O King,
And I will bless Your name forever and ever.
2 Every day I will bless You,
And I will praise Your name forever and ever.
3 Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised,
And His greatness is unsearchable.
4 One generation shall praise Your works to another,
And shall declare Your mighty acts.
5 On the glorious splendor of Your majesty
And on Your wonderful works, I will meditate.
6 Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts,
And I will tell of Your greatness.
7 They shall eagerly utter the memory of Your abundant goodness
And will shout joyfully of Your righteousness.
8 The Lord is gracious and merciful;
Slow to anger and great in lovingkindness.
9 The Lord is good to all,
And His mercies are over all His works.
10 All Your works shall give thanks to You, O Lord,
And Your godly ones shall bless You.
11 They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom
And talk of Your power;
12 To make known to the sons of men Your mighty acts
And the glory of the majesty of Your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
And Your dominion endures throughout all generations.
14 The Lord sustains all who fall
And raises up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look to You,
And You give them their food in due time.
16 You open Your hand
And satisfy the desire of every living thing.
17 The Lord is righteous in all His ways
And kind in all His deeds.
18 The Lord is near to all who call upon Him,
To all who call upon Him in truth.
19 He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him;
He will also hear their cry and will save them.
20 The Lord keeps all who love Him,
But all the wicked He will destroy.
21 My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,
Mourning from the prophet Jeremiah (excerpts from chapter 9)
1 Oh, that my head were waters,
And my 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 for travelers;
That I might leave my people,
And go from them!
For they are all adulterers,
An assembly of treacherous men.
3 “And like their bow they have bent their tongues for lies.
They are not valiant for the truth on the earth.
For they proceed from evil to evil,
And they do not know Me,” says the Lord…
20 Yet hear the word of the Lord, O women,
And let your ear receive the word of His mouth;
Teach your daughters wailing,
And everyone her neighbor a lamentation.
21 For death has come through our windows,
Has entered our palaces,
To kill off the children— no longer to be outside!
And the young men— no longer on the streets!
22 Speak, “Thus says the Lord:
‘Even the carcasses of men shall fall as refuse on the open field,
Like cuttings after the harvester,
And no one shall gather them.’”
23 Thus says the Lord:
“Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom,
Let not the mighty man glory in his might,
Nor let the rich man glory in his riches;
24 But let him who glories glory in this,
That he understands and knows Me,
That I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth.
For in these I delight,” says the Lord.
Bible verses from NKJV (boldness added)
Genesis 6 (boldness added)
The Wickedness and Judgment of Man
1 Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, …
3 And the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.”…
5 Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. 7 So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord…
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.
13 And God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth…
Matthew 24 (boldness added)
The Coming of the Son of Man
29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
The Parable of the Fig Tree
32 “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors! 34 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.
No One Knows the Day or Hour
36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 40 Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. 42 Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
The Faithful Servant and the Evil Servant
45 “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? 46 Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. 47 Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods. 48 But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ 49 and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, 50 the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, 51 and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Zechariah 14 New King James Version (NKJV)
14 Behold, the day of the Lord is coming,
And your spoil will be divided in your midst.
2 For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem;
The city shall be taken,
The houses rifled,
And the women ravished.
Half of the city shall go into captivity,
But the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
3 Then the Lord will go forth
And fight against those nations,
As He fights in the day of battle.
4 And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives,
Which faces Jerusalem on the east.
And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two,
From east to west,
Making a very large valley;
Half of the mountain shall move toward the north
And half of it toward the south.
5 Then you shall flee through My mountain valley,
For the mountain valley shall reach to Azal.
Yes, you shall flee
As you fled from the earthquake
In the days of Uzziah king of Judah.
Thus the Lord my God will come,
And all the saints with You.[a]
6 It shall come to pass in that day
That there will be no light;
The lights will diminish.
7 It shall be one day
Which is known to the Lord—
Neither day nor night.
But at evening time it shall happen
That it will be light.
8 And in that day it shall be
That living waters shall flow from Jerusalem,
Half of them toward the eastern sea
And half of them toward the western sea;
In both summer and winter it shall occur.
9 And the Lord shall be King over all the earth.
In that day it shall be—
“The Lord is one,”[b]
And His name one.
10 All the land shall be turned into a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem. Jerusalem[c] shall be raised up and inhabited in her place from Benjamin’s Gate to the place of the First Gate and the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananel to the king’s winepresses.
11 The people shall dwell in it;
And no longer shall there be utter destruction,
But Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited.
12 And this shall be the plague with which the Lord will strike all the people who fought against Jerusalem:
Their flesh shall dissolve while they stand on their feet,
Their eyes shall dissolve in their sockets,
And their tongues shall dissolve in their mouths.
13 It shall come to pass in that day
That a great panic from the Lord will be among them.
Everyone will seize the hand of his neighbor,
And raise his hand against his neighbor’s hand;
14 Judah also will fight at Jerusalem.
And the wealth of all the surrounding nations
Shall be gathered together:
Gold, silver, and apparel in great abundance.
15 Such also shall be the plague
On the horse and the mule,
On the camel and the donkey,
And on all the cattle that will be in those camps.
So shall this plague be.
The Nations Worship the King
16 And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. 17 And it shall be that whichever of the families of the earth do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, on them there will be no rain. 18 If the family of Egypt will not come up and enter in, they shall have no rain; they shall receive the plague with which the Lord strikes the nations who do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. 19 This shall be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.
20 In that day “HOLINESS TO THE LORD” shall be engraved on the bells of the horses. The pots in the Lord’s house shall be like the bowls before the altar. 21 Yes, every pot in Jerusalem and Judah shall be holiness to the Lord of hosts.[d] Everyone who sacrifices shall come and take them and cook in them. In that day there shall no longer be a Canaanite in the house of the Lord of hosts.
As reported previously, old folks are being raised from seaside resorts or tourist camps n sent out to the harvest field these days.
The typical age of missionaries is fifty n more. Solo or couple with no kid. Self supporting retirees or tentmakers.
Here are some perceived n real matters concerning some of these reserved forces :
Indeterminable ages. Bible believing Christians. Following the call of Jesus and braving deep and raging water, swimming to where the fishes are. Often professionals but do not boast of or reveal what they had given up in the world before. Born again. New creation. Compeled by the love of Christ. May not be sent by a religious institution.
Believe in the power of the Holy Spirit but may not be practicing. Hunger for the power of the Holy Spirit for their ministry. Hunger to see outpouring of the Holy Spirit big conversion of unbelievers like in the book of Acts.
Some may be weary n tired n wounded. Amateur in spiritual warfare. Some may have received hard knocks but continue to persevere, and persist by faith. Some may not know how to put on full armor of God or use spiritual weapons but are being preserved by God’s grace n mercy as they hold fast to the words of God.
Some have jumped out of their planes without parachutes by faith . Disillusionment does not deter them to hang on or hold fast to their belief. Spiritual Gifts may not be utilized. Work may not match gifts. Disjointed as they can’t simply trust others in the foreign harvest fields.
Need spiritual support badly. Weaker ones may have succumbed to temptations : spirit of immorality , greed , gluttony , fear of lack…
Pray : a safe sanctuary for such to worship n read the words n pray in the Spirit. A supportive n spiritual refreshing place for esp the solo missionary. Some may be in dire strait.
For a small group of believers (of all ages, grandmas, mothers, children, infant, evangelist, pastor, house wives…), praying fervently last Friday night, thirsting to know the Lord personally, receiving His every blessing in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, praying for the filling of the Holy Spirit, for healing and deliverance just as in the times of the first Apostolic church in the book of Acts, this is my prayer. I unknowingly had prayed these verses in the midst of the moving of the Lord’s Spirit, as led by the Spirit that evening. Here is the complete prayer from the apostle Paul, for all of you again. The Lord has indeed sent His Word and healed. Yes, you all said amen to the pastor’s prophetic utterance in his closing prayer, that henceforth you would not read the Word the same, worship the same, and or pray the same, for you would all be Spirit led. Amen again.
14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.