Father we come to you in the precious name of Jesus and bless your name. You Alone are the True and Living God and there is none beside you.  Let Your Kingdom come in the earth. It is your desire that we live in divine health and protection from the snares of the adversary. We pray now that the Earth  Citizens will experience that Divine Health and that we will drink from the River of Life which flows from your Throne, oh heavenly Father.

We pray now for provision of  HEALTH, healing and protection from the Ebola virus. We ask you now to send forth  Your Holy Angels to Ebola stricken nations of West Africa – bring LIFE, HEALTH and HEALING. We bind that filthy spirit of infirmity in everlasting chains and cast it back to the pits where it belongs.

Father, we forgive those who have sinned against us and will not continually harp on their errors. We ask now that you forgive us our sins.

We pray that you will deliver us from this evil plague and other ills in the planet. Do not allow the adversary to overcome the planet with death and destruction. We bind the spirit of death in the name of Jesus and command the plague to cease.

Father in the name of Jesus we lift up the blood stained banner of the cross and plead the blood of Jesus over these nations that are particularly affected by the Ebola virus. Thank you for deliverance now in the name of Jesus. You are more than able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we could ever ask or think, for the Kingdom, Power and Glory belong to you in Jesus name. Amen.

Thank you Father for hearing and answering in Jesus name. Amen.

Map of the World

1. Introduction to “Jerusalem is the GARDEN of Eden”

I had begun to write about the River Pison when I decided to explore the Hebrew word for GARDEN .

I did so because I had been thinking about  Archangel Gabriel’s Words that  “Israel is Eden, Jerusalem is the Garden of  Eden” (#Archangel #Gabriel’s Question About The Garden Of #Eden).

As I reviewed the Hebrew word for “GARDEN”  my eyes were opened to  an astonishing discovery  which  confirmed Archangel Gabriel’s Words that “Israel is Eden, Jerusalem is the Garden of  Eden.”

Here are the key texts:

And the LORD God planted a GARDEN1588   and there he put the man whom he had formed.

And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the GARDEN1588, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

And a river went out of Eden to water the GARDEN1588; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads…

And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the GARDEN1588 of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the GARDEN1588   thou mayest freely eat  (Genesis 2: 8 – 10; 15 & 16).


2. Gan, the Hebrew word for the GARDEN of Eden

A review of the cross references show that Gan,  the Hebrew word for GARDEN  was used specifically in reference to the:

  • GARDEN  of Eden
  •  GARDEN  of Eden, which was the point at which River Eden parted into four heads.
  • location of the Tree of Life
  • site of the temptation and fall of the human race into sin.

 The translators of the Hebrew text used other synonyms for  GanThese synonyms, when applied to Eden/Jerusalem, reveal that is was:

  • well watered – Genesis 13: 10; Isaiah 58: 11.
  • a garden of herbs – Deuteronomy 11: 10; 1 Kings 21: 2.
  • associated with Kings’ palaces or dwellings – 2 Kings 21: 18.
  • enclosed – Songs of Solomon 4: 12 (parallel in Isaiah 5).
  • a place where spices, pleasant fruit, flowers like lillies,  cedars and other trees grew – Songs of Solomon 4: 16 & 6: 2; Ezekiel 31: 8& 9.
  • the garden of the Lord/His place of relaxation – Genesis 13: 10; Isaiah 51: 3; Ezekiel 28: 13; Ezekiel 31: 8& 9.

As I completed this paragraphy, I heard ARCHANGEL GABRIEL SAY THAT HE IS CALLING ON ISRAEL TO RESTORE  JERUSALEM, HIS GARDEN /GAN,  BACK TO ITS FORMER  GLORY AND A PLACE WHERE THE FATHER CAN DWELL.

3. The secret that JERUSALEM IS EDEN is hidden in  GANAN/H 1598, the root word for GARDEN/Gan

As I read the texts related to  GAN/GARDEN  I decided to explore its root word  GANAN/H 1598.   GANAN/H 1598 occurs eight times in seven verses in the Hebrew concordance of the King James Version of the Bible.

GANAN/H 1598, the root word for GAN/GARDEN  is used specifically in reference to the city of Jerusalem:

  • For I will defend1598 this city, to save it, for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake – 2 Kings 19: 34.
  • And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend1598 this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake – 2 Kings 2o: 6.
  • As birds flying, so will the LORD of hosts defend1598 Jerusalem; defending1598 also he will deliver [it; and] passing over he will preserve it –  Isaiah 31: 5.
  • For I will defend1598 this city to save it for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake – Isaiah 37: 35.
  • And I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria: and I will defend1598 this city -  Isaiah 38: 6.
  • The LORD of hosts shall defend1598 them… –   Zechariah 9: 15.
  • In that day shall the LORD defend1598 the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David [shall be] as God, as the angel of the LORD before them.  – Zechariah 12: 8.

These texts serve to reveal that:

  1. Jerusalem is the GAN/GARDEN  of Eden.
  2. God will defend His GAN/GARDEN from extinction by enemies because of His Promise to David. I pray that Israel will take comfort in the Word of the Lord and look to Him for refuge and defense.

Father I ask now for blessings, peace, angelic prosperity and protection upon your people Israel.

4. Comparisons

I found three Hebrew and  one Greek word that are used for Garden. However,  they do not refer at all to Jerusalem as the Garden of  EdenGANAN/H 1598 is the only  word that does so very specifically -

  1. ginnah/H 1594
  2. gannah/H 1593
  3. garden of cucumbers 4750
  4. Greek word – garden 2779

 

 

RELATED READINGS

The Garden Of Eden

Keys to Understanding the Parable of the Garden of Eden

The Parable of the Garden of Eden – Secret One

#Archangel #Gabriel’s Question About The Garden Of #Eden

The Temptation And Fall Of Adam And Eve

The Tree of Life

1. On what day did God institute His Creation New Year?


Scriptures reveal that God established the Law of New Years by inaugurating Earth’s first New Year on SUNDAY JANUARY 1st on YEAR 1.  However, we see that humans have deviated from God’s established patterns:

  • The Gregorian calendar begins arbitrarily on any day of the week
  • The Jewish New Year (which is Nisan, according to scriptures), begins in the middle of the month of April.

Should we worry about the deviation from God’s established pattern?

Yes. God established patterns for light, darkness, days and years for a reason. I have seen, for example, a terrible consequence of beginning new days at midnight.  As I have shown, God’s pattern for new days or the 24 hour day cycle is sunrise to sunrise.   Here are FIVE consequences of starting days at midnight:

  • At least two days over lap.
  • For example, Monday 29th August “began” at midnight.
  • This means that we stole about 6 hours of Sunday
  • Sunday overlapped with Saturday
  • This is nothing but bedlam as far as God is concerned.

Detailed examination of the Holy Scriptures will reveal that people up to the time of Christ began days from sunrise to sunrise. Time therefore has “changed”, in a sense, under “newer and more modern” calculations.

2. On what day of the month did God command Moses to celebrate the Jewish New Year?

Exodus reveals that God gave the Jews a New Calendar system in order to reestablish His System for celebrating New Years on Sunday January 1st.   When God established the Jewish New Year He commanded Moses:

“This month shall be … the BEGINNING  of months… it shall be the  FIRST month of the year to you” (Exodus 12: 1)

On what day was that FIRST Jewish New Year?  The answer is revealed directly in the book of Exodus:

  • The Passover was celebrated in the evening of Saturday 14th Abib or Nisan
  • The Jews left Egypt on  Sunday 15th Nisan
  • This readily tells us that SUNDAY was the first day of the Jewish New Year and therefore the month of Nisan.

This is a perfect match with God’s Creation Calendar. I can easily show you other texts supporting this teaching that God always began New Years on Sunday 1st.

3. Is it important to follow the New Year pattern that God established?

Yes, it is:

  • God’s pattern of beginning New Years on Sunday 1st helps humans to keep accurate calculations of days, weeks, months and years.
  • Humans have disrupted God’s established order and chaos is the result.
  • We would have been able to match dates and days in history without using a calendar.
  • God uses NEW symbolically to refer to ENTIRELY NEW BEGINNINGS
  • Beginnings speak of new creation and renewal – God always starts on a new page.
  • People and nations that are renewed begin with God (three people with one name); God moving, God breathing or outpouring His Spirit, God speaking and establishing new things.

Most of all, when we follow God’s patterns, we begin to think like Him and understand how He thinks. I hear the Lord say that this is the MOST CRITICAL thing.  Blessings!

1. God commanded Adam to SUBDUE the earth

I wrote in the previous post that God made Adam in His image and likeness, thereby establishing proprietary rights to His creation.  Furthermore, God then made Adam King over the earth by first delegated the rights of  direct rule or DOMINION of the earth and its living creatures, including satan and his demons:

Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and SUBDUE it and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth (Gen 1: 28).

 

2.  What  did God mean by this command to SUBDUE the earth? 

Kabash (H3533) is the Hebrew word for subdue. I again explored how the word was used in the scriptures in order to paint a picture of what God meant when He told Adam to subdue the earth.  I was relieved to discover that kabash occurs 15 times in 13 verses in the Hebrew concordance of the KJV

  • the second reference to the word subdue occurred when Moses spoke to three tribes telling them that they had to go over Jordan with the others and war against the Canaanites until the Lord had driven out His enemies and subdued the land (Num 32: 21-22).
  • Joshua 18: 1 showed that the Israelites warred against    the Caananites, taking possession of their cities and property and as a result the land was subdued before them. 
  • 2 Samuel 8 is a brief description of  how King David subdued enemy nations in war. He took possession of their territories, placed Israeli forces there, made the people  his servants, made them bring gifts/dues to him.  King David was a terror and his enemies feared him
  • King David commanded the people to help Solomon his son, since the Lord had helped him to conquer the nations and subdue them (1 Chronicles 22: 18)
  • To subdue means to bring someone else into bondage or make them a servant or slave (2 Chro 28: 10; Neh 5: 5; Jeremiah 34: 11, 16)
  • Weapons are used to subdue enemies (Zech 9: 15)

3.  Adam was therefore given the right to exercise military strength over God’s enemy satan

It is  important to twin the words subdue and have dominion because God twinned them in Genesis 1: 28.  In discovering their meanings, we find some important revelations:

  • God commanded Adam to treat satan as an enemy and not as a friend
  • Most of the references to the action of subduing  relate to the conquest of the Land of  Canaan in which ungodly, demon worshipping nations were replaced with people who God called “a Kingdom of  priests and a holy nation” (Ex 19: 6)
  • We can therefore infer that God’s intent when  He created Adam was the deposing of satan
  • God also intended that HIS  KINGDOM  OF RIGHTEOUSNESS would be transfered into the earth through an earthly ruler 
  • Adam’s job was to fill up the earth with God- like people who would worship and serve Him  AND keep the devil in his place so he would have no territory to occupy.
  • Adam and Eve were commanded to rule over the devil with strength;  prevail against him; run him out of their earth; and teach their descendants to rule as Kings and Princes in the earth. 
  • If  you scan through the Old Testament, you will discover that the nations of the earth understood the concept of ruling as Kings and Princes in the natural sense.  However, they gave up control  of the invisible realm to the devil, allowing him to subdue them and bring them into bondage of  many heinous sins.
  • Time does not permit, but you will see that God called Abraham a Father of  many nations.  Jacob was called a Prince because he had prevailed with God.  Ishmael was also a ruler who produced 12 princes, but ungodly men.

 

4.  There are two realms of  rulership – the natural and the invisible.

Here are some important questions that I would like you to answer:

  • Are you ruling  in the natural realm but a victim  to satan? 
  •  Are you like God or like satan?
  • Are you a member of  the Kingdom of  God or the Kingdom of  satan?
  • You will know whose Kingdom you belong to based on the beliefs and lifestyle practices that you pursue
  • God’s  Kingdom can be entered only by  a rebirth of that tainted, sinful spirit.  To read more about the transformation of  your spirit, please visit

http://pppministries.wordpress.com/2009/07/17/jesus-said-tha…-be-born-again/

Blessings!

1. What was the covenant that God made with Adam?

The Lord drew to my attention the covenant that He had made with Adam.  By virtue of the fact that Adam had been created by God,  the following  truths were established:

 

  • God automatically had exclusive rights to  be called Adam’s  God.  
  • God did not sign a licensure agreement with the devil or   give “resale rights”  to satan.  Even in a natural sense, people retain rights to their inventions and ideas, patenting them for protection. 
  • Adam  had a right to love and obey God.
  • Genesis explains God’s patent rights on human beings

 

God demonstrated His rights to Adam in several ways. By:

  • making  Adam  a replica of  Himself
  • breathing “His”   Spirit into Adam
  • preparing  a  home, food, wealth, leisurely occupation and a companion for him
  • testing him in the naming of animals to see how well he would reflect  the wisdom, knowledge, understanding, discernment etc of  God.  Animals come in species, categories etc so this was not as simplistic as it appeared.
  • Teaching Adam His Word
  • giving him a commandment  to obey His Word only as well as the dangers of  rebellion
  • giving him blessings of the covenant

 

2. Blessings that come with obedience of the covenant  with God – dominion.

When God initially revealed His thoughts about man, he said that  He would create him in His own image and likeness and let them have DOMINION  in the earth (Gen 1: 26).  Here are some important revelations:

  • God made man like Him and to have dominion like Himself.  God rules in heaven and earth is His footstool.
  • The dominion of  man was spoken in a  command in the same way that  God said “let there be light etc”
  • The  dominion of man is the INITIAL  blessing that is revealed and is  important  to the  Law of   Prominence.  
  • Being like God is related to the dominion of man
  • Dominion is inherent  to God’s nature.
  • God established the covenant even before the man was actually formed – this is His prophetic plan for the human race. We are His and should love and obey NO OTHER GOD.
  • Dominion meant that God delegated rulership of the earth to Adam and he was given the  title of  Earth King under God   

 

3. What is dominion?

Radah  (H 7287) is the Hebrew word used for DOMINION in Genesis 1: 26.  I tracked its usage in scripture and found the fascinating results:

  • dominion over the fish of the sea,  fowl of the air, cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth (Gen 1: 26 & 28).  Since we are speaking in the spiritual and natural, God commanded man to rule over satan.  Humans portray demons in the form of  fishes, cattle (the Hindus worship cattle); serpents (the  Greek demon of  medicine was a serpent around a staff), scorpions and creeping things  etc.  Now do you  understand why the serpent was more subtil than any other beast of the field?  How about the signs of the zodiac?
  • Dominion refers to ruling
  • Reigning over enemies, killing them, causing them to flee even when no chase is being made (Psalm 18)
  • Ruling over people, the mighty, noble, geographic regions  (Psalm 149; Daniel 10)
  • Delegating  authority to Chiefs and Princes who would rule the  people
  • Rule with strength – no one would revolt
  • To prevail

I gave additional references to show that  God gave man dominion in BOTH the natural realm and  invisible realm.  Humans have learnt how to tame wild animals  and harness the natural resources of earth to a greater extent.  However,  we are still held captive to a tormenter who holds great power and ability to bring people into addiction and death.  If dominion related solely to being wealthy, educated etc tell me why many wealthy people are drug addicts etc  and why nations are at war. 

http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H7287&t=KJV

http://pppministries.wordpress.com/2009/12/25/adam-and-eve-w…ikeness-of-god/

http://pppministries.wordpress.com/2009/06/19/god-created-th…ith-his-breath/

http://pppministries.wordpress.com/2009/06/19/god-is-the-father-of-spirits/

Blessings and more to come!

1.  God told me to tell you that the temptation and fall of man is written in a parable 

It is important for us to understand that the account of the temptation and fall of man  is written in a parable.   God showed me that this parable is  parallel to  the way Jesus  taught  hidden truths about the Kingdom of  God by saying, “the Kingdom of heaven is like unto…”   

The parable of the temptation and fall of man is a behind the scenes view of the conflict between the Kingdom of heaven/God and the kingdom of  darkness.  It is written in a parable for several reasons:

  • to allow only seeing eyes to discover the truth
  • to show us the key players and scenarios in the conflict between the Kingdom of  God/heaven and satan
  • to show the ROOT  of the human condition – our spiritual eyes  that were designed to be open to God were ruthlessly gouged out by a merciless liar, murderer and thief.  Our fore parents were taken  into captivity and made to serve the devil, imprisoned in darkness of sin and ignorance of  God’ s  Word/truth.
  • to show that Adam came under satan’s control when he  broke his covenant with  God (say what? More on that later!)
  • to hide the sordid details of the sins and rebellion  of  Adam and Eve  (rated above R)
  • to show that  there is a natural and spiritual realm and how to identify the parallels in scriptures (only seeing eyes will see.  Father, please open my eyes).
  • to explain the nature of the conflict between the children of the kingdom of  God/heaven  and the kingdom of hell

 

 

2.   Key to the parable of the temptation and fall of man

  • the Lord God commanded the man =  Word of God; covenant with man
  • eat = practice; partake of;  believe the doctrine of  devils;  fellowship with devils (1 Corinthians 10)
  • surely die = your spirit will disconnect from Me; you will lose your purity;  you will die to truth; lose your authority to satan;  come under satan’s power and become his slave. 
  • Tree of life = Jesus, Word of God; Word of Life  
  • tree of the knowledge of good and evil = satan;  doctrine of devils, sin
  • fruit = doctrine; results; lifestyle
  • serpent = devil, satan
  • beast =   demon
  • field = earth

 

3. How do we explain the following events if the account of the  fall and temptation was written literally?

A. The death of  Adam and Eve by eating a fruit

  • Why didn’t Adam and Eve drop dead immediately after having eaten the fruit?
  • Would an apple kill anyone in the literal sense?
  • Wouldn’t it be more logical to say that the fruit was a  poison berry?
  • Why did satan make a new offer – you will not die but your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.

B. God told Adam and Eve that they would “surely die” the day that they ate the fruit. Did He mean instant,  physical death?  Not at all.  The aftermath revealed that  the results of the fall were  of a spiritual nature…

  • Adam and Eve did not drop dead immediately 
  • their eyes opened although they were not physically blind
  • they became aware of  their nakedness and became ashamed
  • They did not go to the grave immediately, but  God  killed an animal to atone for their sins  
  • Why didn’t God kill them Himself  if the “apple”  had failed to do so?  
  • God symbolically dressed them in leather in a climate that was perfect in order to help them cover their nakedness.  Humans are still obsessed over the issue of  external covering and  neglect the godly  growth and development  neglect the inner spirit. 
  • Why did God ban Adam and Eve from access to the literal tree of life if the initial death was intended to be a physical one? 

Blessings and more to come!

1. What did satan mean when he told Adam and Eve that their “eyes will be open”

Paqach (H6491) is word used for  the phrase “shall be opened” and is found 20 times in 18 verses in the KJV of the Old Testament.   I  read and categorized the usage of the word in each verse in order to understand what satan promised to eve. The opening of the eyes was  also used in these verses:

  • Adam and  Eve’s eyes were opened after they sinned (Gen 3: 7)
  • God opened Hagar’s eyes and she saw a well of water in the wilderness as she wandered with Ishmael her son (Gen 21: 19)
  • The son of the Shunnamite woman opened his eyes after Elijah resurrected him from the dead (2 Kings 4: 3 – 4)
  • Prophet Elisha prayed for his servant’s eyes to be opened, thus allowing him to see the invisible angels surrounding and protecting them  (2 Kings 6)
  • Prophet Elisha blinded the Syrian army then told them he could show them the way home, but led them instead to the  King of Israel (2 Kings 6: 18 – 20)
  • Prophet Isaiah spoke about Jesus who would open the blind eyes and bring the blind out of the prisons (Isa 42: 7)

 http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H6491&t=KJV

 

2.  What does the word  “paqach”  reveal about the opening of  the eyes?

Paqach is the same word used  in the phrase ““the opening the prison” in Isaiah 61: 1.  I wrote about this truth a few days ago at     http://pppministries.wordpress.com/2010/04/13/gods-exchange-…owledge-of-god/

In order to fully  understand the temptation and fall of Adam and Eve, we have to interpret the context  in a spiritual and not a natural sense.   This truth of interpretation will be supported when we answer  FIVE  questions:

  1. Were Adam and Eve were in full possession of their sight? Yes
  2. Since they were not physically blind, why did satan promise to open their eyes?
  3. Why did he promise them the knowledge of good and evil?
  4. Why do we commonly assume that the fruit of the tree was  an apple?
  5. Why would an apple kill two healthy people (“it keeps the doctor away”)

The current usage of  the word paqach reveals the following truths:

  • By telling Eve that her   eyes would be opened to good and evil, Satan suggested that God had hidden something from them, arousing resentment against God.
  • By telling them that their eyes would be opened to good and evil, satan suggested that they were dead.  God had told them they would die if they had this information.
  • Satan aroused lust for the knowledge of good and evil by giving  Eve a demonstration of power. This is suggested as  the dialogue said – “when the woman saw… “
  • Adam and Eve  received information that they had not know prior to  this exposure.  This is seen in the opening of Hagar’s eyes to a well that had either been hidden to her OR one that God had placed in her path.
  • They received information about the invisible realm that God wanted to protect them from
  • Satan promised them that the opening of  their eyes would make them become like God, implying a form of rebellion against God that was equal to the one that led to his exile from heaven.

 Blessings!!!

http://pppministries.wordpress.com/2009/12/24/the-fruit-of-a…ir-descendents/

1. The goring out of the captive’s eyes

I’ve been writing about the horrific practices of  oppressors who would take captives  in war and other forms of aggression. The captives and their families would be bound and taken off  to foreign lands as slaves.  Not satisfied, the captors would in some cases GORE OUT THE EYES of the captive as in the catastrophic situation of  Samson and also King  Zedekiah of  Judah whose eyes were gored out by the Babylonians. 

These captives would not have been given an anesthetic and a hot metal  instrument would be used for this  procedure. The captors  would mercilessly restrain the captives as they kicked and screamed against the searing, relentless agony.  Dripping and bleeding, the captives would then be forced to walk  the long miles to the prison house, not afforded any privileges of their status. Samson was a President and Zedekiah a King. 

 

2. Adam and Eve were the first captives whose eyes were gored out  by satan 

According to Ezekiel 28, spurred by his own beauty, wisdom, influence and wealth, the devil said, “I am a God, I sit in the seat of God in the midst of the seas”.  This is the place where God’s throne is surrounded by the sea of glass (Rev 4: 6).   Satan had once been a very important person in heaven.   He had been present in the Garden of Eden and was at one time  a prodigious musician and priest who played a leading role in heaven.   Forgetting that he was a created being, satan warred against God, but  Archangel Michael threw him  out of heaven so fast that he and his demons fell to the earth with the speed and electricity of lightning (Lk 10: 18  Rev 12: 7-10 ).

Once in the earth, satan determined that he would rule the earth and its inhabitants and establish himself as god in the earth and its airspaces.  However, he had heard God telling Adam and Eve to subdue the earth and have dominion over all its living creatures.  He knew that that these were military tactics and that Adam and Eve had authority to overpower him with the word of  God and  rule him.  

Therefore, in order to rule the earth from them, satan had to EITHER to Kill  Adam and Eve OR take them into captivity, bind them hands and feet,  and gore out their eyes.  By blinding them to God’s  truth, they would be unable to obey God and he. satan, would have control of their power forever. 

Studying Adam and Eve carefully, he discovered that Eve was more likely to give up her power in exchange for something that he could give to her. 

Here are the tactics that satan used against Adam and Eve:

  • he introduced a suggestion of doubt to Eve when he asked “hath God said?”
  • He told Eve that she would not surely die if she ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  His first choice was to kill them.
  • He told her that her eyes would be opened 
  • Adam and Eve would be like God (The lust to be God and rule heaven and earth lay at the root of satan’s fall)
  • You will  know good and evil 

 Blessings!

http://pppministries.wordpress.com/2009/12/26/the-tree-of-the-knowledge-of-good-and-evil/

http://pppministries.wordpress.com/2009/12/24/why-did-adam-and-eve-sin/

http://pppministries.wordpress.com/2009/12/24/the-fruit-of-a…ir-descendents/

Introduction

The Lord alerted me today that some people are having great difficulty believing that the devil is represented in the book of Genesis by the tree of knowledge of good and evil. This is because we have been taught, for some reason,  that Adam and Eve ate an apple in the garden.  I need therefore to add further clarity. If you read Genesis and the scriptures carefully, you will find that the word fruit, while meaning real fruits produced by trees, is also used to represent:

  1. teachings or doctrine
  2. evidence of the inner condition of the spirit
  3. people e.g. offspring
  4. productivity
  5. words are the fruit of the mouth
  6. work done for  God

1. Fruit or food (s) are used to refer to teachings or doctrines

God told the Jews that they had “… plowed wickedness … reaped iniquity… eaten the fruit of lies:” (Hosea 10: 13).  False prophets had been lying to them causing them to sin, just like the false prophet in the garden of Eden, who had appeared in such a pleasant and engaging manner to Eve. Jesus told us to beware of false prophets, because they are ravening wolves inside. Satan was a ravening wolf,  mercilessly killing  Adam and Eve, a murderer from the beginning as the Lord said.

Jesus also used the imagery of food if not fruit, to refer to His teachings. He said:

  • eat my flesh and drink my blood (Jn 6: 53-60)
  • I am the Bread of Life (Jn 6: 48-51). My teachings will give you life, but beware of the leaven of the scribes and Pharisees
  • I am the Living Bread (Jn 6: 53-60)
  • that the bread of the Last Supper represented his body while the wine represented HIs blood
  • I am the Water of Life (Jn 7: 37-39)

Apostle Peter also told the disciples to desire the sincere milk of the word for spiritual growth.

Science shows that the food that we eat will either nourish or harm our cells, leading to growth or death.  Poor nutrition will lead to obesity, cancer and other nutritional disorders. The devil’s diet led to the immediate death of Adam and  Eve’s spirit (loss of fellowship with God, infection with sin) AS WELL AS slow physical deterioration and death.  Will you eat or believe and practice the devil’s doctrine which is really based on half-truths OR will you believe the pure word of God and be saved? (Jn 8: 51).

2. Fruit is used to refer to the outward evidence of the inner condition of the spirit

People who obey God’s wisdom will produce its fruit such as an excellent spirit, prudence etc while those who refuse to follow His  wisdom will produce fruits of perversion, frowardness etc (Prov 8).

God told Jeremiah that He deals with people according to the “fruit of our doings”:

“I the LORD search the heart, [I] try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, [and] according to the fruit of his doings”  (Jer 17: 10)

We saw that Adam and Eve produced fruits of their sins. They began to cover up, hide from God an they became evasive. He had to deal with them accordingly by preventing access to the tree of Life.  While the fruit of sin will bring forth death and every evil work, the fruit or evidence of God in a believer will be God – like characteristics such as love, joy, peace etc (Gal 5: 22-23)

3. Fruit referred to  people

Fruit was used to refer to people such as offspring who were called “fruit of thy body” (Deut 28: 4); and fruit of the womb  (Ps 127: 3). God called the nation of Israel a “basket of summer fruit” that has only a temporary lifespan (Amos 8: 1,2).

Jesus referred in His teaching on false prophets, referred to two types –  good or bad false prophets or trees which produce good or bad fruit. In this parable, he said that we will know what is hidden in the prophet’s spirit by the fruit they produce. Good/true prophets trees will produce good fruit, while corrupt prophets/trees will produce corrupt fruit  (Mt 7: 15-20). If we apply Jesus’ revelation to the sin in the Garden, we will immediately understand that Adam and  Eve had no problems before they submitted to the temptation of  satan the false prophet.  He was false because he mixed truth with lies that would lead to eternal death.  Adam and Eve’s descendents were plagued by the knowledge of good and evil whose fruit was hatred, murder, lies, violence and all forms of rebellion against God.

 4. Fruit referred to productivity

Those who  fear the Lord will be productive  (Ps 1: 3) even  in their old age (Ps 92: 14).  In the parable of the Gardener and the vine, Jesus referred to unproductive believers who bore no  fruit. They had withered and dried up as a result of disconnecting from fellowship with Him. This was the situation of Adam and Eve as well as Cain. Like the branch in the parable of  John 15, they were now worthy of nothing but to be cast out of the Garden. God in His mercy, however, purged them, but did not permit them to physically live forever. Cain was cast out however, because he refused to bring forth fruits of repentance and remained obstinate about his sin.

Fruit referred to words that  we speak

Scriptures also refer to words as the fruit of the lips. If we speak good, we will reap good, but people speaking violence reap violence (Prov 12: 14  &13:2). We are also told that we will either live or die based on what we say with our lips. Proverbs 18: 21 teaches that if we love life we will speak life, but if we love death we will speak with the lips.

Jesus said that the things that come out of our mouths are really evidence of what we possess in our spirits. The spirit or the inner person is really a store house. If good is inside the spirit, we will speak good, while an evil person will bring forth evil from the spirit:

 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh (Lk 6: 45).

 Fruit referred to evidence of our work done for God

God expects believers to bring forth fruit, symbolic of other believers (Jn 15: 8).

Blessings and have a great day!

1. The devil is the serpent who tempted them

While the  word serpent is used literally in scriptures, it is used figuratively to represent wicked people who are venemous like serpents (Ps 58: 4); people who bite when they are not charmed (Ecc 10: 11). The word dragon  is also used in both Old and New Testament as a synonym for serpent. For example:

  • Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon (Strongs 8577 = tanniyn) shalt thou trample under feet   (Ps 91: 13)
  •  For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents (Strongs 8577 = tanniyn) : but Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods (Ex 7: 12)

Rev 12: 9 is the scripture that clearly shows that the devil is the serpent that taught Adam and Eve to sin:

And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man-child (Rev 12: 7, 9, 13)

This scripture refers also to past events when the devil rebelled and was cast out into the earth.  Chief Prince Michael cast him out of heaven so hard that Jesus chuckled and said that he fell like lightning (Luke 10: 18).  Once on the earth, Eve became a target.  

Genesis 3: 1 explains that the devil, the serpent (Strongs 5175 = nachash) was more subtil or crafty (Strongs H6175 = `aruwm) than any beast of the field.

2. Eve had befriended the devil, spending time with him

God called the devil a beast,  a derogatory statement.  Micheal told me that the devil is not even worthy to be called an “it”. That beast, the devil, used a friendly approach which led to Eve succumbing to his teachings.  God revealed this friendship between them when He  told the serpent that He would break up their friendship and cause them to hate each other:

And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel (Gen 3: 15).

God’s words to the devil shows us that Eve and the devil had become great friends, although they had been expressly forbidden. The Lord had told them not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. However, Eve was presented with a mixture of truth and lies. The devil spoke  truth when he said that her eyes would open and that she would become like a god, knowing good and evil if she did what he said. However, she believed him rather than God when he lied and said that she would not die.  

She and the devil had become friends. She looked at his presentation and saw that the tree THE DEVIL, was pleasant (she did not discern the deception). Furthermore, she really believed that he had the ability to make them “wise” (Gen 3: 6). Eve became resentful, believing that God had hidden knowledge from them and that she and Adam should have access to this knowledge. Following the devil’s instructions, she and her husband did all kinds of things that God knew would harm their spirits and their relationship with Him.

3. The devil, representing the tree of knowledge of good and evil influenced them to do so

Why  did God permit the devil into the earth? That’s another discussion.  Why was he called the tree of knowledge of good and evil? (Gen 2: 9). What is bad about “good”? Minister Winston first taught me in 2006 that God used the imagery of a tree to represent people – Satan (tree of knowledge of good and evil) and Jesus (Tree of Life). Following God’s example, writers in Scripture continued with the imagery.  For example, the  writer of Psalm 1 compared those who walked in God’s ways to trees that bring forth fruit in his season (Ps 1: 3). Adam and Eve were warned not to eat from the tree. That is, do not eat its fruit.

4.  They sinned because they believed satan’s knowledge and submitting to his way of evil, gained access to death

Eve, having listened to this pleasant-looking devil, took what he said and invited Adam to join in the quest for his version of knowledge and wisdom.  However, we have spoken already about the disastrous effects. What was the fruit that Eve ate? Was it an apple, as we commonly say? As I said in the previous post, the word fruit is used literally in scripture until Proverbs 8, when it is used figuratively.  My mind blew when I read this chapter this morning and I had to do so repeatedly. 

God’s wisdom, which existed before the earth, is personified, crying to us to listen to it. The chapter does three things:

  1. highlights the characteristics of wisdom, which is really an element of God’s character or Spirit
  2. it contrasts God’s wisdom with the devil’s wisdom
  3. it reveals that God is the source of true wisdom (Prov 8: 22-34

Wisdom is a characteristic of God’s Spirit and those who respect Him will  also be wise. God, who is Wisdom, reveals this as follows. God:

  • has an excellent spirit (like Jesus and Daniel)
  • speaks right things, truth (satan lied), righteousness
  • hates to speak wickedness, or anything froward or perverse
  • instructs
  • is prudent
  • discovers witty inventions
  • hates evil, pride, arrogancy, a froward mouth
  • counsels right, gives sound wisdom, is understanding and strength
  • bestows power to kings, nobles and princes
  • gives judges the ability judge
  • loves those who love Him
  • reveals Himself to those who seek Him early
  • gives durable or lasting riches and honor (not one that is gained by foul means)
  • is the way of righteousness and judgement (Adam, Eve and the devil were judged fairly)

God is the source of wisdom/He is wisdom

In very eloquent and majestic  words, Proverbs 8: 22- 32 shows that God was wisdom before the beginning, from everlasting, even before the earth was created and at its creation. His way leads to joy,  blessings, wealth, life and favor with God.

Proverbs 8 shows some of the elements of the spirit of the devil. Satan is every thing that God is not. He is perverse, lacking understanding, a liar, perverse, speaks and does evil. He is froward (Strongs 8419) – lacking faith in God (Deut 32: 20); speaks evil things (Prov 2: 12); rejoices and delights in evil (Prov 2: 14),  plans evil and mischief and sows discord (Prov 6: 14 and 16: 30); does not speak what is acceptable (Prov 10: 32); spreads tales and separates chief  friends (Prov 16: 28); lusts after women and commits adultery in the heart  (Prov 23: 33).

Now I would like to ask if you know anyone with any of these characteristics. You do? Then think of what the devil is possibly like on a small scale. Using Proverbs 8 as reference, you can explore the Hebrew words relating to the elements of God’s wisdom. This will point you to all that the devil is not.  I hope that this teaching instructed you just as it instructed me.  Let us pray that God will give us the spirit of discernment that He possesses.  He answered all of the questions in the Garden, needing no one to tell Him exactly what had happened. If you are weak and falling to temptations, there are many ways in which you can be helped. Start by confessing, asking for cleansing, then walking with the Lord for protection and deliverance from the evil one.

Blessings

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1. Introduction

Adam and Eve were created in the image and likeness  of God (Gen 1: 26-27; 5: 1,2).   However, they followed the devil’s teachings and gave him access to their spirits by obeying him. They therefore took darkness in to their spirits when they sinned against  God.  Here is what happened:

  • Satan taught Adam and Eve godless, sinful behaviors that were not a part of their spirits at the creation. God had breathed His Spirit into them and they were pure and innocent when in the sinless state. As a result of sin, their spirits  lost the light of God and they came under the dominion of the kingdom of darkness. 1 John 1: 5b says that God is Light and there is absolutely no darkness in Him. In fact, Light was the first thing that God imparted to the earth.
  • The spiritual DNA of sin and rebellion against God was passed on to all humans and all humans came under the curse of sin (1 Cor 15: 22, 45). 
  • Satan and his ways represented the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  To explain further, the word “fruit”  is used literally in scriptures until  Proverbs 8: 19 when wisdom said that her fruit was better than life.  While good things are the fruit of wisdom,  Proverbs 8 showed that those who lack wisdom are wicked, perverse, lack understanding, pride, arrogancy among others. This is a true picture of the devil.  To illustrate further, Jesus also used the  imagery of fruit to describe the outward evidence of the true condition of wicked human spirits (Matt 7: 15-23). 

 2. The fruit of sin in Adam and Eve

What was the fruit of  Adam and Eve’s sin? They had eaten or partook of the devil’s doctrine and now showed evidences that they had learnt new behaviors:

* they became aware of sin – eyes opened and they knew they were naked, having become aware of  desire, lust and sin.

* they began to cover up – noone admitted to his/her role in the rebellion. Adam blamed Eve and Eve blamed the devil.  We know that  Adam was fully aware of what he was doing (1 Tim 2: 14).

* They became afraid of God and began  to run from rather than  to Him – they hid and did not reveal their location to the Lord.

3.  Can sin be transferred?

Yes. There is a law of spiritual inheritance, just as there is a law of physical inheritance.  This is the reason that Cain, the first child, learnt to sin? Adam and Eve became infected with the sin trait and possessed the ability to pass on the sin DNA to their offspring. God had given them His DNA – which was every thing pertaining to life and godliness. Adam and Eve were created to be righteous, faithful, fearing God, understanding the fear of God fruitful, full of might, wise, self controlled etc. They were also created to be productive – to be fruitful, multiply, replenish  and subdue the earth. However, sin created blackened infection in Adam and Eve’s  spirits, causing their spirits to lose the light and life of God.  This was now an unnecessary burden for the human spirit to bear. The spirit of man now has a craving for wrongdoing and sin became the chronic infection of the spirit, in the same way that an untreated illness becomes chronic or even fatal. In the same way that offspring inherit all kinds of physical traits from parents, the trait of sin passed on to all of Adam and Eve’s offspring.  

 I’d like to use an example from scripture to illustrate.  Jesus warned the disciples to beware of the leaven or doctrine of the Pharisees (Mt 16: 11,12). Apostle Paul later warned the disciples that  a little leaven  or yeast leaveneth the whole lump (Gal 5: 9). In other words, it only takes a little bit of yeast in flour to make a large amount of bread. It only takes one wrong person or doctrine to lead others astray. Apostle Paul also aptly stated that ‘as in Adam all die, so in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Cor 15: 22). First child Cain is a sad example of the effect of sin in the human race.

Here are other examples. Isaac’s wife Rebekah was a devious woman and taught her son Jacob to lie to his father and cheat his brother. She learnt from her father and brother Laban.  Jacob’s wife’s Rachel stole her father’s idol and lied about it. She learnt from her father Laban, the master trickster who was famous for cheating his nephew Jacob. OK. Enough of the soaps!  Jacob’s wives Rachel and Leah (who were sisters) vied violently with each other for Jacob’s favor, often involving their children. What kind of example were they setting?  We don’t know what transpired in the Adam and Eve home, but somehow Cain learnt from them. Moreover, the devil might have had conversations with him. I somehow feel that satan played a role in the murder of Abel, a true worshipper of God.

I think that I should stop here, but there is a lot more to cover. Thanks for reading. Blessings.

The key revelation about the 4th beast of Daniel 7

I identified the 4th beast or World Empire of Daniel 7 in the post titled “The 4th Beast Or World Power, Its 11th Horn And The Changing Of Times And Seasons.”  The key revelation of this post is that the 4th beast, while the most terrible of the four, will be judged and entirely destroyed by God.

The vision reveals God sitting in judgment in the Court of Heaven

Prophet Daniel’s vision gave the startling revelation of the judgment of the 4th World Empire by the Heavenly and Eternal God. At the beginning of this episode, the Prophet was shown into the heavens in which he saw two members of the God Family – the Son of Man who is Christ, and the Ancient of Days, the key member of the God Family who Christ referred to as Father during His earthly ministry.

While earthly thrones and kingdoms ruled and terrorized the saints and people of earth, the Ancient of  Days set up thrones of judgment in His ETERNAL in heaven. The end of this and every other judgment preceding it was the casting down of the kingdoms of earth. This calls to mind the words,

“the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever” (Revelation 11: 15).

Prophet  Daniel said that the Ancient of Days had hair like pure wool and wore a garment that was white as snow. Apostle John saw Jesus the replica of the Father in  Revelation 1: 13 – 15, with this revelation teaching us that God is ONE.

When read carefully, the text of Daniel 7 specifically reveals that God came forth to  judge and totally annihilate the 4th Empire in the vision.

This Empire had so aggravated God that it was not permitted to remain even though the other three Empires had been also judged and “had been stripped of their authority, but were allowed to live for a period of time” (Daniel 7: 12). Apostle John confirmed this vision in Revelation 13: 2, because the World Empire of the new era was like a leopard, with feet like a bear, and mouth like a lion.

Prophet Daniel saw that God sat in judgment with “thousands upon thousands” and “ten thousand times ten thousand” saints in attendance.  The books of records in heaven were opened because God had kept record of the activities and works of this 4th World Empire, A beautiful parallel is also found in Revelation 20: 11 – 12:

“While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn, a little one, which came up among them; and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. This horn had eyes like the eyes of a human being and a mouth that spoke boastfully.

“As I looked,“thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took his seat. His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of his head was white like wool. His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze.

10 A river of fire was flowing, coming out from before him.
Thousands upon thousands attended him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. The court was seated, and the books were opened.

11 “Then I continued to watch because of the boastful words the horn was speaking. I kept looking until the beast was slain and its body destroyed and thrown into the blazing fire.

12 (The other beasts had been stripped of their authority, but were allowed to live for a period of time.)

And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them

And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works (Revelation 20: 11 – 12).

The vision reveals that ALL power belongs to God and His Christ

Prophet Daniel saw in the vision that All power and authority were given to the Son of Man, who is Christ. He came with the clouds of heaven. In the root, the Hebrew word for clouds is a poetic reference to Christ being enshrouded in clouds to hide His brightness and glory, which humans cannot tolerate. The references show that the Lord would appear to His people in the cloud and speak from inside, with the cloud being evidence of His Presence.

Jesus the Father was prophetically referred to as the Son of Man covered in the clouds because the vision shows Him after His Ministry in the Earth. While in the earth, His heavenly brightness and glory were hid by the clouds or His body of flesh. In the vision, we also see all things being put under His feet and His promotion to Head of His Church.

13 “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man,[a] coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence.

14 He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9: 6).

Christ gives the authority and power into the hands of His church

As Daniel continued in the vision, he saw that the Kingdoms of earth, including the 4th, would rage against the saints and would be permitted for a time to prevail. However, the Ancient of Days pronounced that the Saints had the right to rule in the earth forever and would be given full rule in the fullness of time. One day the earth will no longer be ruled by ungodly men and women and the laws will be those of the Kingdom of God, as Apostle John saw:

The Interpretation of the Dream

15 “I, Daniel, was troubled in spirit, and the visions that passed through my mind disturbed me.

16 I approached one of those standing there and asked him the meaning of all this.

“So he told me and gave me the interpretation of these things: 17 ‘The four great beasts are four kings that will rise from the earth.

18 But the holy people of the Most High will receive the kingdom and will possess it forever—yes, for ever and ever.’

19 “Then I wanted to know the meaning of the fourth beast, which was different from all the others and most terrifying, with its iron teeth and bronze claws—the beast that crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left.

20 I also wanted to know about the ten horns on its head and about the other horn that came up, before which three of them fell—the horn that looked more imposing than the others and that had eyes and a mouth that spoke boastfully.

21 As I watched, this horn was waging war against the holy people and defeating them,

22 until the Ancient of Days came and pronounced judgment in favor of the holy people of the Most High, and the time came when they possessed the kingdom.

23 “He gave me this explanation: ‘The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it.

24 The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom. After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings.

25 He will speak against the Most High and oppress his holy people and try to change the set times and the laws. The holy people will be delivered into his hands for a time, times and half a time.[b]

26 “‘But the court will sit, and his power will be taken away and completely destroyed forever.

27 Then the sovereignty, power and greatness of all the kingdoms under heaven will be handed over to the holy people of the Most High. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will worship and obey him.’

More to come

More on the anti – God and destructive character of the 4th beast

We have already spoken about the “mercilessness, destructiveness, harshness and cruelty” of the 4th beast/World Empire or Super Power seen in the vision by Prophet Daniel. The Prophet described the beast as dreadful and terrible. Dreadful in scripture means that this World Power caused other nations to tremble and fear.

The beast devours worldwide – breaking the bones of earth citizens into pieces (Daniel 7: 24). I noted that accused is a synonym for the original word devour (‘akal/h399). This Empire specializes in the accusation of the brethren around the world and every nation on the planet experiences its wrath as it breaks the nations into pieces and stamps or causes them to submit to the sheer force of its power:

 … a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns (Daniel 7: 7).

Then in my vision that night, I saw a fourth beast—terrifying, dreadful, and very strong. It devoured and crushed its victims with huge iron teeth and trampled their remains beneath its feet. It was different from any of the other beasts, and it had ten horns (NLT).

Prophet Daniel emphasized that  the fourth beast will exert a worldwide reign of terror and destruction:

Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour (‘akal/h399) the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces (Daniel 7: 23).

Scriptures reveal the awful behavior of the 11th horn towards God and His saints

Prophet Daniel’s showed us three main characteristics of the 11th horn on the 4th beast/King/kingdom. First,  it was very aggressive although it was smaller than the others. Secondly, it exceeded the others in character, being described by the Prophet as “more stout.”  Thirdly, it was  controlled by demonic powers and finally, it was very aggressive towards God and His saints:

“While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn, a little one, which came up among them; and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. This horn had eyes like the eyes of a human being and a mouth that spoke boastfully (Daniel 7: 8).

… whose look was more stout than his fellows (Daniel 7: 20).

Then I continued to watch because of the boastful words the horn was speaking… (Daniel 7: 11).

The 11th horn is very vocal in its aggression against the Most High God

Prophet Daniel showed us one characteristic that distinguished the 11th kingdom in this Empire from the others that had preceded it. Energized by hell, this kingdom verbalized its aggression and hatred of God to the point where the Most High was moved to judgement, according to Daniel 7: 11:

… mouth speaking great things (Daniel 7: 8).

I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame (Daniel 7: 11).

I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them (Daniel 7: 21)

And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time (Daniel 7: 25).

Prophet Daniel said that great words were uttered against the Most High and I am reminded of satan who railed against Archangel Michael with great disrespect (Jude 1). Based on the cross references, I infer that Great words mean that there are:

threats against God’s people – Daniel 2: 5.

lying and corrupt words against God – Daniel 2: 9.

laws and commands to kill God’s people in the most extreme ways – Daniel 3: 22, 28.

The 11th horn shall change times

Changing of times

Prophet Daniel showed us that God will permit the 11th horn, for a season, to exert power and terror in the earth and also to change times and laws (Daniel 7: 25).

We should pay attention to the fact that the Prophet did not qualify the nouns  with the word THE. Collinsdictionary.com (2014), explains that THE can be used with a qualifying word or phrase to indicate a particular person, object, etc, as distinct from others.

Based on this explanation, I therefore conclude that the 11th horn would change times and laws in general and not specific times and laws in specific eras of time.

Zĕman (H2166) is the Aramic word used for times in the text.  Usage shows that this Empire would change times, a reference to calendars, times and seasons appointed by God through the Jewish calendars. It could also be a reference to changing of times that are already established upon the earth:

time  as in time on a clock/a specific point in time/periods of time

Therefore at that time, H2166 when all the people heard the sound… – Daniel 3: 7.

 

Then Daniel went in, and desired of the king that he would give him time, H2166 and that he would shew the king the interpretation – Daniel 2: 16.

Wherefore at that time H2166 certain Chaldeans came near, and accused the Jews – Daniel 3: 8.

he kneeled upon his knees three times H2166 a day, and prayed… – Daniel 6: 10.

appointed time (from the root words)

that they would keep these two days according to their writing, and according to their appointed time H2165 every year – Esther 9: 27.

To confirm these days of Purim in their times H2165 appointed, according as Mordecai the Jew and Esther the queen had enjoined them – Esther 9: 31.

seasons

And he changeth the times and the seasons: H2166 he removeth kings, and setteth up kings… – Daniel

As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season H2166 and time – Daniel 7: 12.

To every thing there is a season… H2165 – Ecc 3: 1.

The 11th horn shall change laws

Dath (H1882) is the Aramic word used for the Laws in the text of Daniel 7 : 25. Based on usage, this Empire would change the laws of God and even enact legislation that is diverse from that of other nations with  the aim is to subdue peoples:

the law of the God of heaven (6 references)

… a scribe of the law H1882 of the God of heaven… – Ezra 7: 12.

human legislation (7 references)

… the thing is true, according to the law H1882 of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not – Daniel 6: 12.

 

Biblical example of the changing of laws to facilitate an ungodly agenda

I found  a text in the root word which  explains further how this Empire would change laws.  The text is found in the historical events related to the Purim. Bitterly grieved by Mordecai’ s refusal to contradict God’s law and to worship him, villain Haman complained that  Jewish laws were diverse from that of the Empire and contrary to national laws:

And Haman said unto king Ahasuerus, There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the people in all the provinces of thy kingdom; and their laws H1881 are diverse from all people; neither keep they the king’s laws: H1881   - Esther 3: 8.

He plot was to influence the king to enact legislation that would cause nationals of the Empire to murder Jews living in the Empire. This would be the first of its kind in the history of the Jewish peoples, (apart from Pharaoh commanding the murder of newborn baby boys).  However, God used Queen Esther to foil the plot and to enact a new law that the Jews should defend themselves from their enemies, causing fear to fall on the people living in the Empire.

Conclusion

Since the  prophecies related to the 4th beast specifically involve hatred and murder of the saints, I believe that Prophet Daniel saw that this Empire would change laws to such a degree that they would be:

 – diverse from international law.

- anti – God of heaven at the core.

-  merciless against Jews and Christians.

- merciless against peoples in general – Daniel said that this Empire subdued the whole earth.

Has the earth had such an Empire? What do you think.

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Introduction to the 4th beast of Daniel 7

The fourth beast  of Daniel 7 was so terrible that Prophet Daniel could not possibly describe its shape and structure. However, he saw that it was dreadful, exceedingly terrible and diverse from the other Empires (Daniel 7: 7 & 7: 19). The beast had large iron teeth (Daniel 7: 7) and nails like brass/H5174  (Daniel 7: 19).

The iron teeth symbolized the mercilessness, destructiveness, harshness and cruelty of this beast or Empire. Used in the context of Daniel 7: 19, brass comes from a root word which is also used to mean steel, a “strong, hard metal made of iron and carbon.” (Merriam-Webster, 2014). This is a double whammy in a sense, showing us that this Empire far supersedes the others in cruelty and harshness.

Further exploration of the root of brass, shows that it refers to the use of enchantment/enchantments/divination and enchantments, a clear reference to satanic empowerment.

The fourth beast appeared in a double seven – Daniel 7: 7. Seven symbolizes rest, but there is no rest for the saints, or holy ones, who I interpret to refer to the Jews and believers in Christ.

“After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast—terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns (Daniel 7: 7).

What about the horns on the head of the 4th beast?

Prophet Daniel saw that the beast had 10 horns or 10 kingsThe root word of kings as used in this context shows that kings rule over geographic regions and people and we can infer that these 10 horns are also a reference to 10 kingdoms which arose out of this Empire.

And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings (Daniel 7: 24).

However, an eleventh king will arise out of the Empire and destroyed three of the ten. This is the picture of a kingdom divided against itself. It will not stand or last. Astounded, Prophet Daniel saw that this horn was humanized, possessing the eyes of a man and a mouth that spoke boastfully against God; a possible reference to the demonic influence.

That same horn was more stout or greater than the others and made war with the saints. This horn or kingdom is very aggressive and fearless to Most High God as indicated by the nature of the verbal warfare against God::

 “While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn, a little one, which came up among them; and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. This horn had eyes like the eyes of a human being and a mouth that spoke boastfully (Daniel 7: 8).

… whose look was more stout than his fellows (Daniel 7: 20).

Then I continued to watch because of the boastful words the horn was speaking… (Daniel 7: 11).

I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them (Daniel 7: 21)

And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time (Daniel 7: 25)

In the upcoming post, I will delve into the meaning of Daniel 7: 25.

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The first post about the 144,000 in the Book of Revelation

Two weeks ago I posted on the topic  Who Are The 144, 000 Jews Seen By Apostle John In Revelation 7 and 14?  and promised to follow-up with an explanation on the seal of the Lord. We met the 144, 000 when they were being sealed by God. I would like to remind you that the 144, 000 in the Book of Revelation are the first Jewish believers who were saved. They are the first fruits to God and the Lamb:

And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.

And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,

Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. (Revelation 7: 1 – 4).

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.

And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps

And they sung as it were a new song 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

These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb (Revelation 14: 1 – 4).

 

What can we gain from the meaning of the seal in the context in which it was written

The chapter begins with four angels holding the four winds which were about to blow on the earth, a symbol of  imminent judgment and destruction from God. Prior to the outpouring of the judgment, another angel descended from heaven with a seal with which he would seal the servants of  the Lord IN THEIR FOREHEADS.

In the context, we understand that the purpose of the seal was to mark the servants of God and to separate them from His wrath – God does not hurt those who He loves:

And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea

Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads – Revelation 7: 2 & 3.

What is the seal or mark of the Living God?

The seal is sphragis (G4973), a noun,  in the Greek. The usage show us that God used seals to uniquely distinguish those who are His from those who belong to the devil. God seals those who are obedient to Him and love His Word

And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal G4973 of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised – Romans 4: 11.

Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal G4973, The Lord knoweth them that are his – 2 Timothy 2: 19.

But God’s truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription: “The LORD knows those who are his,” and “All who belong to the LORD must turn away from evil” – (NLT).

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 G4973 of God in their foreheads – Revelation 9: 4.

Read more in the post  I Will Write My New Name On Him, in which we are reminded about a parallel in Ezekiel 9.

The meaning of the sealing  (sphragizō/G4972)?

The Angel continued to cry:

 … Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed (sphragizō/G4972) the servants of our God in their foreheads – Revelation 7: 3.

Sphragizō/G4972  is a verb and the Greek word used for sealed in the text. When God seals  someone, it means that He encloses, protects and reserves that one for Eternal Life. Those who are sealed have the Holy Spirit indwelling within them and are transformed into the image of Christ by the power of the Spirit.

I should emphasize that those who have the seal of God’s Holy Spirit will produce the character and power of God in their lives:

So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing G4972 the stone, and setting a watch – Matthew 27: 66.

Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath G4972 God the Father sealed. G4972 – John 6: 27.

Who hath G4972 also sealed G4972 us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts – 2 Corinthians 1: 22.

In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with G4972 that holy Spirit of promise – Ephesians 1: 13.

And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed G4972 unto the day of redemption. – Ephesians 4: 30.

The sealing as a means of protection from God’s judgment in the earth is revealed in Ezekiel 9 and in the Book of  Revelation. We see a series of events between Revelation 7, 9 and 14 which refer to events in the earth after the 144. 000 were sealed or marked.

Subsequent to the sealing of the 144, 000 with the Holy Spirit of  Promise, a great multitude of worshipers appeared in heaven. These are the saints from all nations  who were later redeemed and brought into the Kingdom or Church of Jesus Christ.

Note too, that the sealing of the 144, 000 took place when the 6th seal in heaven was opened, with 6 representing the day of man’s creation (Revelation 6: 12 – 17).

The Book of Revelation speaks two times of the servants of God being sealed in their foreheads and two times about the Father’s name written in the foreheads. There are also three references to people receiving the mark of the beast in their foreheads.

We have a parallel in Ezekiel 9 in which Angels of God marked the foreheads of those who feared God:

And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof – Ezekiel 9: 4.

I will end here since this is a very long post and continue next time with the question, “Why were the 144, 000 sealed in their foreheads

If you are not sealed with the Holy Spirit of Promise, believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, confess that He is the Way, Truth and Life and  you shall be saved.

 

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Introduction to the assumption that the leopard is the Democratic Republic of the Congo

In a previous article, I asked the question, Which Nation Could Be The Leopard of Daniel 7: 6?”  I am about to attempt to answer this  question today with an assumption rather than a definite conclusion. My conclusions are based on the premise under which I have been writing to date:

Symbols on flags and their coat of arms are the means by which nations officially  and uniquely identify themselves. This pattern was set by God in the scripture (Nations That Are Represented As Lions).

My search showed that four the following four nations are identified with the leopard:

This finding is a far cry from the conclusions made by other writers, some of whom identified Alexander the Great as the leopard.  However, the assumption coincides with my previous argument that the leopard could refer to an African nation (The Leopard Of Daniel 7: 6).

The Democratic Republic of the Congo as the leopard?

1. The Congo is located in west-central Africa.

2. The leopard is the smallest of the cat family which could either speak to the size of the Congo in comparison to the others or to the size of the people. The country was formerly called the Belgian Congo and was inhabited by ancient Negrito peoples or the Pygmies.

3. Was the Democratic Republic of the Congo ever an Empire?

Kongo was the most sophisticated and best known kingdoms of Central Africa, emerging as early as two centuries before the Portuguese arrived  (Gondolo, 2002). Congo kingdom:

  • was located south of the Congo River and east of the Kasai river.
  • Congolese kingdom was made up of strong political institutions.
  • The king was supreme judge and legislator.
  • The people attributed political and supernatural powers to the kings.
  • The king ruled through well organized administrative systems.
  • Kingdoms had a large military force (Gondola, 2002).
  • was ruled by a King or Mani Congo from its early history. The Mani Kongo ruled over more than three million subjects by the early 15th century.  The relatively small size of the kingdom corresponds to the small size of the leopard in comparison to other members of the cat family (http://loki.stockton.edu/~kinsellt/projects/hod/history.html).
  • Alvaki, King of Congo, was described as being a man of magnificence and pomp. He had a flock of peacocks (Rogers,

Gondola (2002), alluded to the system of rulership as theocratic and wrote that it was  “sometimes referred to as divine kingship,” and that Congolese kingships “provided order, stability and economic prosperity…

In my mind, this system seems to be an aberration of the Jewish system of kingships under God. Were these people Jewish by origin?

4. Were the people ever cruelly enslaved and had their backs by rulers as represented symbolically by the four wings of a fowl whose claws ploughed the back of the leopard?

Yes, slavery was well institutionalized  by the early 15th century and continued under the rule of Belgium between 1885 – 1960 (http://www.yale.edu/gsp/colonial/belgian_congo/index.html). Under the reign of  Belgium King Leopold 11, the Congo was described as the “devil’s paradise,” mainly because his lust for wealth led to brutality, exploitation and deaths of millions of Congolese people  (Gondolo, 2002).

5. The four heads could represent various entities that ruled over the region at different points in its history:

  • Congolese kings.
  • Portugal which controlled many areas of the region after the death of King Leopold in 1665. The Portuguese first arrived in 1482. (Gondolo, 2002).
  • Belgium.
  • nationalists who ruled under circumstances of instability and civil unrest from the time of independence from Belgium on June 30th, 1960.

References

Gondola, D. (2002). The history of Congo. Retrieved from http://books.google.com.vc/books?id=QY82GNGpcDgC&q=kings#v=snippet&q=kings&f=false.

Rogers, J. (2010).  World’s great men of color, volume 2. Retrieved from http://books.google.com.vc/books?id=uTiEe2g56d4C&pg=PA542&dq=kings+of+the+congo&hl=en&sa=X&ei=3_4mVN_mIYaVyQT4lIGgDQ&ved=0CEQQ6AEwBzgK#v=onepage&q=kings%20of%20the%20congo&f=false.

Further Reading

Kings of the Congo in Google Books





The answer to the puzzle of the 144,000 in the Book of Revelation

This is a brief divergence from the question of the leopard and one that I can answer today. Apostle John wrote In Revelation 7 and 14 about 144, 000 Jews who he saw in heaven. It is commonly assumed that only 144, 000 Jews will be saved, but this cannot be true since the number of Messianic believers in the earth certainly exceeds that number. Furthermore, God’s intention was to save the Jews who were lost (the Olive Branch), then to graft in the Gentiles into the church (Romans 11):

 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.

And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,

Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. (Revelation 7: 1 – 4).

Revelation teaches us that the 144, 000 Jews are the firstfruits to enter the Church of Jesus Christ

Revelation 14: 4 teaches that the 144. 000  “… were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.”   We need to review the Old Testament scriptures in order to understand the doctrine of the firstfruits.  God commanded the Jews to give firstfruits of the harvest as offerings to the Lord. The firstfruits were:

  • gathered in at the end of the harvest
  • the first of the harvest (not the most abundant of the harvest)
  • Jews had two firstfruit celebrations:

feast of weeks – the firstfruits of the wheat harvest = feast of Pentecost – celebrated on the 50th day after the Passover.

feast of ingathering at the year end – at the end of the Harvest season = feast of Tabernacles

  • the firstfruit offerings were offered to the Lord in different ways

sacrificed

given as a wave offering = praise and worship with hands lifted to the Lord. – Lev 23: 10 – 12.

The firstfruit represented the:

  • best – Numbers 18: 12.
  • a sample of the harvest.
  • first

What is the sealing?

Sphragizō (G4972) is the Greek word used for sealed in Revelation 7: 3:

Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

The usage of the word in reference to people shows that it refers to those:

  • who have everlasting life – John 6: 27.
  • those who are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, the recognition symbol – 2 Corinthians 1: 22; Ephesians 4: 30.

Only those who were sealed entered heaven’s eternal rest. In other words, they believed on the Lord Jesus and were indwelt by the Holy Spirit. The sealing with the Holy Spirit and not works or religion was their certification for entry into eternal life.

Why were they sealed in their foreheads? This will be answered at another time, but meantime cross reference with Ezekiel 9.

A great multitude of believers from every nation appeared in heaven AFTER The firstfruits were sealed in their foreheads

Apostle John then saw another scene of  a great, innumerable multitude in heaven AFTER the firstfruits were sealed.  This great multitude represents those who were subsequently harvested and brought into the Kingdom of God and His Christ by the work and ministry of the first Jewish believers, who God refers to as firstfruits or forerunners.

The principle of the firstfruits as forerunners is therefore taught in these  scriptures. Just as the nation of  Israel represents the firstfruits or forerunners of the nations to serve God, even so, the 144, 000 were the forerunners of the saints to be saved.  This principle is revealed in :

Israel was holiness unto the Lord, and the firstfruits of his increase… (Jeremiah 2: 3).

And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body – Romans 8: 23.

Salute my well-beloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia unto Christ – Romans 16: 15.

Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. – 1 Corinthians 15: 23.

The great multitude was dressed in white robes and an Elder told Apostle John that the white robes meant that the saints had come out of great tribulation. Note that the Elder did not say THE TRIBULATION, as in a specific time period::

After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

11 And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshiped God,

12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?

14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb (Revelation 7: 9 – 14).

Tribulation in Revelation 7: 14 is NOT preceded by the word THE

First of all, we need to note that the Elder told Apostle John that the innumerable company had come out of “Great Tribulation.” The Elder did not say that the saints had come out of THE “Great Tribulation:”

If the Elder had told John that the saints had come out of THE GREAT TRIBULATION, he would have been speaking about a specific tribulation or tribulations that had come upon the earth.

This is confirmed by the literary usage of the word THE. According to Collins English Dictionary, THE is a word that is

- used with a qualifying word or phrase to indicate a particular person, object, etc, as distinct from others.

- used preceding a unit of time in phrases or titles indicating an outstanding person, event, etc. For example, match of the day, player of the year

Therefore, we need to reread the context in order to fully understand the meaning of the Elder’s reply to Apostle John. First of all, we note that the Elder spoke about an innumerable number of people from all nations, kindreds, people and languages who stood in front of the Throne of God in worship:

  1. First, the Elder did not identify a specific tribulation with the qualifying word THE. He spoke only about tribulation in a general sense.
  2. Secondly, the Elder asked John about the identity of the nations, kindreds, people or languages that worshiped in front of the Throne of God. He answered his own question by telling Apostle John that this innumerable crowd of worshipers had come out of  “GREAT TRIBULATION, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”
  3. Therefore we know at this time that the Elder spoke about saints who were saved by the blood of Jesus, and not people whose righteousness took them into heaven.
  4. it is commonly taught that this company in front of the Throne will come out of the Great Tribulation that will come on earth after the Rapture. I beg to differ. We see that these saints appeared in heaven AFTER the firstfruits were sealed, meaning that they had entered the Kingdom in the harvest of saints.
  5. Jews were the first members and reapers in the Kingdom of Christ = the 144, 000.

The meaning of tribulation in scripture – did this innumerable crowd of saints come of of “THE” GREAT TRIBULATION?

I believe that this innumerable company of worshipers represent converted Jews and Gentiles of all time who would enter into great tribulation for their faith in Christ from the inception of  His Church. I support this belief by the preceding arguments and also by the meaning of “tribulation” in scripture.  Let us therefore explore the meaning of the Elder’s words these are they which came out of GREAT TRIBULATION/Thlipsis/G2347, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”

Thlipsis is the Greek word used for tribulation in the text of Revelation. Cross reference in the scriptures show that Thlipsis refers to tribulation or persecution that come upon believers because of the Word of God. Lord Jesus Himself prophesied that believers would be hated by nations for His name and would be delivered up to be afflicted and killed as a result.

History tells us that believers in the Lord Jesus suffered great tribulation for His name’s sake, with the first martyr being Stephen. The Scribes, Pharisees and Saducees were the first persecutors of the saints, and were actively supported by Apostle Paul who persecuted the saints from city to city, hauling them into prison. Later, the Anti – Christ government of Rome joined the persecution.

When we examine cross references on tribulation/Thlipsis/G2347 as used in Revelation 7: 14, we see that it refers to Synonyms for tribulation (thlipsis/G2347) include  trouble, persecution,  affliction, death, hardship and imprisonment because of the gospel:

when tribulation G2347 or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended – Matthew 13: 21.

Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, G2347 and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sakeMatthew 24: 9.

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: G2347 but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world – John 16: 33.

Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution G2347 that arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only- Acts 11: 19.

Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation G2347 enter into the kingdom of God – Acts 14: 22.

Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions G2347 abide me – Acts 20: 23.

I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, G2347 and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ – Revelation 1: 9

Scriptures show that tribulation or  “great affliction,” in the following context, can be accompanied by famine, as in the days of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob:

Now there came a dearth over all the land of Egypt and Chanaan, and great affliction: G2347 and our fathers found no sustenance – Acts 7: 11.

We are therefore obligated to conclude that all the saints who underwent any kind of hardship, persecution etc in the earth from the time of the early church experienced  GREAT TRIBULATION. History and modern day events speak to the tribulation of the saints in many nations.

I could not find a reference to THE GREAT TRIBULATION in scripture

It would shock you to know that the scriptures never spoke of THE GREAT TRIBULATION. I could not find that pesky word THE in reference to tribulation. The scriptures rather refer to seasons and times of tribulation.

Not even Jesus spoke of THE GREAT TRIBULATION, but He rather prophesied about a great tribulation or specific period of tribulation which would come on the Jewish nation, this being fulfilled in AD 66 with the siege under General Titus and ending in the fall of Jerusalem and destruction of the Temple in AD 70:

  • When thou art in tribulation – Deuteronomy 4: 32.
  • The time of your tribulation – Judges 10: 14.
  • let him deliver me out of all tribulation – 1 Samuel 26: 24.
  • for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word – Matthew 13: 21.
  • then shall be great tribulation – Matthew 24: 21.
  • Immediately after the tribulation of those days – Matthew 24: 28.
  • But in those days, after that tribulation – Matthew 13: 24.
  • In the world ye shall have tribulation – John 16: 33.
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Tribulation is a past, present and future result of the curse

When Jesus prophesied about the destruction of Jerusalem, He referred to it as a period of GREAT TRIBULATION:

For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be – Matthew 24: 21.

THe Lord instructed us in His words that tribulation is past, present and future:

  1. past – has occurred “since the beginning of the world.”
  2. present – occurred In His era – “to this time.”
  3. And will take place in the future – “nor ever shall be.“

We see that tribulation in a generic sense, while not the tribulation of  Revelation 7: 14, can result from catastrophic events, wars, invasions etc.

Conclusion

Scriptures do not teach about THE GREAT TRIBULATION.  According to Revelation 7: 14, there is an innumerable company  of  saints who will enter heaven because they were martyred for the sake of Christ. They will undergo persecution, affliction and suffering for the gospel. Millions of Saints in communist, Islamic and other nations have this experience.  According to Revelation 7: 16, they experienced hunger, thirst and physical exposure for the sake of the gospel. Their special reward is that they will serve Christ in His temple and He will dwell with them.

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