Archive | July 2012

Political situations in the Bible?

I was reading these Scriptures in the Bible, and I came across these verses which I even shared in the Scripture reading in the Church.

1 Kings 16

Elah Reigns in Israel

In the twenty-sixth year of Asa king of Judah, Elah the son of Baasha became king over Israel, and reigned two years in Tirzah. Now his servant Zimri, commander of half his chariots, conspired against him as he was in Tirzah drinking himself drunk in the house of Arza, steward of his house in Tirzah. 10 And Zimri went in and struck him and killed him in the twenty-seventh year of Asa king of Judah, and reigned in his place.

11 Then it came to pass, when he began to reign, as soon as he was seated on his throne, that he killed all the household of Baasha; he did not leave him one male, neither of his relatives nor of his friends. 12 Thus Zimri destroyed all the household of Baasha, according to the word of the Lord, which He spoke against Baasha by Jehu the prophet, 13 for all the sins of Baasha and the sins of Elah his son, by which they had sinned and by which they had made Israel sin, in provoking the Lord God of Israel to anger with their idols.

14 Now the rest of the acts of Elah, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?

Zimri Reigns in Israel

15 In the twenty-seventh year of Asa king of Judah, Zimri had reigned in Tirzah seven days. And the people were encamped against Gibbethon, which belonged to the Philistines. 16 Now the people who were encamped heard it said, “Zimri has conspired and also has killed the king.” So all Israel made Omri, the commander of the army, king over Israel that day in the camp. 17 Then Omri and all Israel with him went up from Gibbethon, and they besieged Tirzah. 18 And it happened, when Zimri saw that the city was taken, that he went into the citadel of the king’s house and burned the king’s house down upon himself with fire, and died, 19 because of the sins which he had committed in doing evil in the sight of the Lord, in walking in the way of Jeroboam, and in his sin which he had committed to make Israel sin.

20 Now the rest of the acts of Zimri, and the treason he committed, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?

Omri Reigns in Israel

21 Then the people of Israel were divided into two parts: half of the people followed Tibni the son of Ginath, to make him king, and half followed Omri. 22 But the people who followed Omri prevailed over the people who followed Tibni the son of Ginath. So Tibni died and Omri reigned. 23 In the thirty-first year of Asa king of Judah, Omri became king over Israel, and reigned twelve years. Six years he reigned in Tirzah. 24 And he bought the hill of Samaria from Shemer for two talents of silver; then he built on the hill, and called the name of the city which he built, Samaria, after the name of Shemer, owner of the hill. 25 Omri did evil in the eyes of the Lord, and did worse than all who were before him. 26 For he walked in all the ways of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and in his sin by which he had made Israel sin, provoking the Lord God of Israel to anger with their idols.

27 Now the rest of the acts of Omri which he did, and the might that he showed, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?

28 So Omri rested with his fathers and was buried in Samaria. Then Ahab his son reigned in his place.

Ahab Reigns in Israel

29 In the thirty-eighth year of Asa king of Judah, Ahab the son of Omri became king over Israel; and Ahab the son of Omri reigned over Israel in Samaria twenty-two years. 30 Now Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the Lord, more than all who were before him. 31 And it came to pass, as though it had been a trivial thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took as wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal, king of the Sidonians; and he went and served Baal and worshiped him. 32 Then he set up an altar for Baal in the temple of Baal, which he had built in Samaria. 33 And Ahab made a wooden image.[a] Ahab did more to provoke the Lord God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel who were before him. 34 In his days Hiel of Bethel built Jericho. He laid its foundation with Abiram his firstborn, and with his youngest son Segub he set up its gates, according to the word of the Lord, which He had spoken through Joshua the son of Nun.[b]

It just occured to me now that Ahab was the son of Omri.  We all know what happened to Ahab, and Jezebel.  The Bible is so rich with practical solutions and answers to everyday problems.  Whatever happens now has happened before in the Bible, which brings in Ecclesiastes again, “There is nothing new under the sun.”  So then Elijah was born and he was the one that delivered the people of Israel from Jezebel, if I’m not mistaken.  In the book of Revelation Jesus says to one of the Churches that they have allowed that woman Jezebel to come in and to persuade people to commit sexual immorality and eat food given to idols.

We also know that two witnesses will be given – one Elijah, and there is speculation if the other one is Moses, or Enoch, but I believe it is Enoch, since Moses already saw death.

This is something to chew on and dig deeper on.  Some people are so much focused on reading the New Testament, and while that’s good for the edification of the Church as well, some of the deepest stuff is found in the Old Testament, and 16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Many times the Holy Spirit will bring a word in season, and just at the right time, we will see things, that are confirmed in the Spirit.  But like any good Christian knows it takes digging.  So let us take out our shovels, and do the laboring.  I believe this laboring is more important than laboring for money, which cannot satisfy.

The Old Testament had numerous numbers of Kings in them and what happened to them so sometimes all of our answers are in the Bible, but it takes someone just to help point it out.

The Political situations in Israel at the time when they were recorded in the Bible, were much worse than they are now in America. (well maybe only in America)  But back then they had kings being killed, and that’s how others would reign.  A King was in power until he died.  This case with Omri and Tibnih describes the factions that are going on.  Now I’m not going to say that one is better than the other.  But the nation of Israel was divided into two parts – half followed Omri and the other half followed Tibnih.  I don’t think at this point we have any Tibnih’s and even Tibnih died because he was not chosen.

But the blessed thing to know is that Jesus Christ is King over all Kings or Presidents or Prime Ministers, and if we obey Him, then we don’t have to really worry about what happens with these earthly kings because our citizenship is not of this world.
Another situation I would like to point out is that of Herod and Pilate.

Luke 23-

Jesus Faces Herod

When Pilate heard of Galilee,[b] he asked if the Man were a Galilean. And as soon as he knew that He belonged to Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent Him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time. Now when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceedingly glad; for he had desired for a long time to see Him, because he had heard many things about Him, and he hoped to see some miracle done by Him. Then he questioned Him with many words, but He answered him nothing. 10 And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused Him. 11 Then Herod, with his men of war, treated Him with contempt and mocked Him, arrayed Him in a gorgeous robe, and sent Him back to Pilate. 12 That very day Pilate and Herod became friends with each other, for previously they had been at enmity with each other.

Imagine that for all this time you have had two people, who were maybe in leadership or not,  and they despised each other, I mean really despised each other – it says they were enemies, but because of Jesus they became friends.

They both decided later that there was nothing wrong with Jesus, and they just chastised Him and let Him go (Thank You Lord for the chastisement of our peace was upon Him)

But here’s where the situation gets tricky –

Taking the Place of Barabbas

13 Then Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests, the rulers, and the people, 14 said to them, “You have brought this Man to me, as one who misleads the people. And indeed, having examined Him in your presence, I have found no fault in this Man concerning those things of which you accuse Him; 15 no, neither did Herod, for I sent you back to him;[c] and indeed nothing deserving of death has been done by Him. 16 I will therefore chastise Him and release Him17 (for it was necessary for him to release one to them at the feast).[d]

18 And they all cried out at once, saying, “Away with this Man, and release to us Barabbas”19 who had been thrown into prison for a certain rebellion made in the city, and for murder.

20 Pilate, therefore, wishing to release Jesus, again called out to them. 21 But they shouted, saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!”

22 Then he said to them the third time, “Why, what evil has He done? I have found no reason for death in Him. I will therefore chastise Him and let Him go.”

Let’s pause here, there was this leader who knew he was about to do the wrong thing, a thing he didn’t feel comfortable to do, and because of the insistence of the Crowd, if he decided not to be a people pleaser, and took a stand and just boldly said “I will  not do it, I will not allow this man to be crucified. – then maybe we would have had Pilate dying for Jesus.  But in God’s master plan it didn’t happen that way.  He knew that Jesus was going to die for all mankind and He was already slain in His father’s heart for the sins of mankind.

THE CROWD CAN BE WRONG!!!!

23 But they were insistent, demanding with loud voices that He be crucified. And the voices of these men and of the chief priests prevailed.[e] 24 So Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they requested. 25 And he released to them[f] the one they requested, who for rebellion and murder had been thrown into prison; but he delivered Jesus to their will.

Sometimes we choose darkness and slippery slopes, instead of holding on the innocent virtues.  As a society we can see the decline.  We have as a crowd over and over again chosen the way of Barabbas (rebellion) instead of the way of Jesus.  Lord forgive us.  Thank You Lord for opening our eyes to see the Truth.

That’s why in the Bible says that many will be called, but few are chosen.  Because many in turn will choose the way of Barrabbas (rebellion), instead of the way of Jesus.  The Bible also says as was in the Days of Noah,

 

Then the Lord[b] 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. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. 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.” But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.

So shall it be when the Son of Man comes.

He also says – will he really find faith here?

One aspect to that is that we are constantly bombarded with News and even prophecies, which provoke fear.  But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord, so let us all be like Noah and find the grace of God, which comes from a repentant heart, and seek out the wisdom of God.

 

 

What the life of Martin Luther, Christians, and Ecclesiastes all have in common

I have been skimming through the works of Martin Luther that is sitting on my coffee table.  As I writer I see myself getting into similar issues, and I am sure that we Christians have faced obstacles and challenges of the same kind at some point.  After the vast digest of reading, which I also glanced and skimmed over, since I’m not a big reader, but I love to write is that – we need to be careful what we do say because even in Luther’s errors, led to tremendous tragedy.  Words have more power than you think.  Life and death is in the power of the spoken and written word, and honestly this whole time people have not changed at all.  People are exactly the same, which is why I am really beginning to understand the depth that is found in Ecclesiastes where Solomon pretty much says, “There is nothing new under the sun” and basically saying people have not changed.  What’s more revealing is Solomon’s revelation just “Fear God, and Obey His Commandments.”  It makes me wonder what impact the book of Ecclesiastes had on Luther as he was translating and interpreting it.  He was a poet by nature, so sometimes at some level, the poems at their base level maybe better understood.  I find my life and my works in many ways mirroring that of Luther, but I still choose to believe that my latter days are better than my past.  As a Church, we need to look back at history.

What I have come to learn is that life really is all about Jesus Christ.  It’s all about Him.  He created the Word, both spoken and written.  He also says choose life not death.  The task is not easy, but we are all challenged with that.

A few recommended readings –

Out of the Storm by Derek Wilson

The Life of Martin Luther by Schofield

Ecclesiastes

Some learn by Bible College

Some learn by School of Hard Knocks

Some learn by the Word of God
We can spend hours and hours studying to know doctrines, and such , but at the end of the day – do we have a relationship the Person of Jesus Christ, which is more important.

 

 

 

No weapon formed against us will prosper

If you have been watching the News, you know that there are some nations that have possessed chemical and biological weapons.

We need to wake up and pray Bride, and claim this Word – No weapon formed against us will prosper, from Psalm 54.

For the People in Israel, and the Bride of Christ. – This is a time of prophecy being fulfilled.

 

A Perpetual Covenant of Peace

54 “Sing, O barren,
You who have not borne!
Break forth into singing, and cry aloud,
You who have not labored with child!
For more are the children of the desolate
Than the children of the married woman,” says the Lord.
“Enlarge the place of your tent,
And let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings;
Do not spare;
Lengthen your cords,
And strengthen your stakes.
For you shall expand to the right and to the left,
And your descendants will inherit the nations,
And make the desolate cities inhabited.

“Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed;
Neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame;
For you will forget the shame of your youth,
And will not remember the reproach of your widowhood anymore.
For your Maker is your husband,
The Lord of hosts is His name;
And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel;
He is called the God of the whole earth.
For the Lord has called you
Like a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit,
Like a youthful wife when you were refused,”
Says your God.
“For a mere moment I have forsaken you,
But with great mercies I will gather you.
With a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment;
But with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you,”
Says the Lord, your Redeemer.

“For this is like the waters of Noah to Me;
For as I have sworn
That the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth,
So have I sworn
That I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you.
10 For the mountains shall depart
And the hills be removed,
But My kindness shall not depart from you,
Nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,”
Says the Lord, who has mercy on you.

11 “O you afflicted one,
Tossed with tempest, and not comforted,
Behold, I will lay your stones with colorful gems,
And lay your foundations with sapphires.
12 I will make your pinnacles of rubies,
Your gates of crystal,
And all your walls of precious stones.
13 All your children shall be taught by the Lord,
And great shall be the peace of your children.
14 In righteousness you shall be established;
You shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear;
And from terror, for it shall not come near you.
15 Indeed they shall surely assemble, but not because of Me.
Whoever assembles against you shall fall for your sake.

16 “Behold, I have created the blacksmith
Who blows the coals in the fire,
Who brings forth an instrument for his work;
And I have created the spoiler to destroy.

Let the person with wisdom understand what this means in vs. 16.
17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
And their righteousness is from Me,”
Says the Lord.

This is a time to call for prayer and fasting not for just Israel, but for the other nations involved.  Step up Bride of Christ, and pray and claim this promise over ourselves.  This requires prayers, for those that cannot pray with fervancy, then pray with the Spirit, in all manner of prayers and supplications, and do not be lukewarm.
Heavenly Father,
We come before you as your Church, and we intercede on behalf of you with groanings and utterings, and declare your promise that NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST US WILL PROSPER, Lord we know that Your Word does not return void, so during the times and the seasons that we know, we need to put aside all foolishness, and vain teachings, but go into a spirit of intercession, quicken us, Holy Spirit, with the fire, pour out the HOly Spirit fire, that will consume us Lord with Your Passion as Your Bride, Lord God, we pray and lift up our voices to You and cry out that we may be heard among you.  Give wisdom to leaders and nations, that they may make wise decisions, and let us not be like ostriches who keep our head in the sand.  Let us wake up, and see what is going on around us.  Thank You LORD that we will not be forsaken and forgotten, and that You will protect Your Church, Your Bride, and Your Beloved nation of Israel as You have promised in Your Word.  Your Word, is Holy True, Righteous, and We proclaim, a fire and a passionate bride LORD God, Let us wake up, let us not be like the Lukewarm Church, Let us see the reality of the situation, and intercede.  We proclaim Your Word over us today, that NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST US WILL PROSPER.

IN JESUS MIGHTY NAME I PRAY!!!

 

Christ for all of the Nations of the World

This is a song I heard by Newsboys called He reigns.  I believe Christ is for the whole world to be saved.  Thanks for whoever originally posted this video.  I do not own the copy right, but I was inspired by the video.
To make a clarification on one of my earlier posts, I believe that God also God of Israel as it says in the Old Testament.  His name is YHWH (LORD)  Elohim (Creator consisting of Father, Son, and Spirit) Y’Israel.  That’s who He is and you cannot change who He is.  Just like you cannot change your own ethnicity.  You were born with it.  If you are born in Spain and of Spanish ethnicity and you go to France, and live in France and you and your Spanish spouse give birth in France, to a Spanish child, your child and you are still Spanish.  You cannot change your ethnicity even if you were born in another country.  At the same time we know that God’s Kingdom is not of this world, but is a Heavenly Kingdom, and we are just temporary residents and thank God that that Jesus came in the flesh to die for the sins of the whole world, and now the whole world can rejoice in the rejection of Christ, by the Jews, so that the Jews and Gentiles and the whole world may come to know Christ and we can all be part of God’s Kingdom when we choose Jesus as our Savior!!!!  He is also King of all nations and all Kingdoms and every culture, every race, included in God’s Heavenly Kingdom.  Hallelujah!!!  Amen!!!

For the Multitude of the nations which this blog only covers a few, but Jesus Christ wants the whole world to be His!!!

Repent, Accept Christ, and Choose Christ as your Savior for the time is near.  He loves the whole world.

God reigns over the nations; God sits on His holy throne.- Psalm 47:19

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!  Psalm 46:10

Do you have little foxes that spoil the vineyard?

Today I was reading Song of Solomon, and I came across upon –

Catch us the foxes,
The little foxes that spoil the vines,
For our vines have tender grapes.  – Song of Solomon 2:15

I’m going to take an unusual twist on this verse.  We have cats and a new litter of puppies, which gave birth and they are stray, and sometimes they “spoil” the yard and driveway.  The Hebrew word here chabal means to in some cases to offend or to destroy or to pervert.  Our situation is that these horrendous animals were defacing our property, and we had done everything in our property.  Also they made it very difficult to go outside.
Imagine the Shulamite woman who wants to go to meet the shepherd at be with the flock and her beloved, but she has a responsibility to keep the vineyards clean, but her own vineyard she has not kept clean.  Why was it – because of the foxes?
I was wondering why God was allowing all these to happen to us, and only us, but apparently I know why – He wanted to at some point make this Scripture a revelation.  Foxes can spoil a vineyard by eating or doing some kind of destruction.  If you look up the Hebrew word for foxes it means “jackal or burrower”  So let’s say you have a lawn, it may be not be garden of the year, but it’s a pretty decent lawn, and some animal, either a dog or cat has defaced the property.  So that is what is these brothers felt like.
To backtrack we go to –

My mother’s sons were angry with me;
They made me the keeper of the vineyards,
But my own vineyard I have not kept.

Imagine if your neighbors because they were mad at you and they made you clean up the yards, but in the process your own lawn looked like a mess.  This is what the Shulamite woman felt like.  She was actually dark because she had been all day cleaning up her “neighbor’s” yards.   Now she couldn’t take care of her own.

Here she is the Shulamite woman – all she wants to do is to spend time with Shepherd, and her brothers want her to catch  the foxes that spoil the vineyard.  When I first this I thought it was the daughters of Jerusalem saying this, but it is actually the brothers.

So in relation sometimes we in a Church setting have to deal with little foxes that cause offense, travail, and destruction, but all we want to do is to be fully committed to Christ.

Sometimes as the Shulamite woman we want to be fully committed to Christ, but we have distractions of this world, or we have all these little problems and issues that get in the way.

Sometimes God gives you a promise and a vision, and a calling, but because of all these misunderstandings, which come from things taking out of context without proper interpretation of cultural and historical context, we end up with little foxes that have tender grapes that must be managed and cared for.
Nobody likes to have these foxes that spoil the vineyard.  But what are we to do, keep the Shulamite woman from the Shepherd?  I didn’t like to have these dogs and cats spoil my yard, but now I can see why that happens, and I hope someone somewhere can get something from this.