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Defining Imprecatory Prayer Part 3

Imprecatory Prayer
Part 3

Defining Imprecatory Prayer
The Need For Imprecatory Prayer Today

This is the third post regarding imprecatory prayers and maybe the most important one, as evil agenda’s are quickly being released all across our Nation through legislation at the highest levels of our government and from deals being made by foreign entities seeking to gain World Economic Power. The New World Order is proudly raising its evil head.

Is there any way to stop this? How do we fight? Could it be the weapons needed to bring down the evil plans coming against our Nation and the world are already in our war chest? Are you ready to get tough? Remember that song, when the going gets tough, the tough get going. I think we are there, all hands on deck!

I know there are many who are afraid of imprecatory prayer, thinking it was only for the Old Testament and King David was probably a neurotic mental case when he used them, and we don’t curse we bless. But heed my words; Yahweh is highlighting imprecatory prayer again to the Church for a reason.

We are now dealing with perversion and evil on a level never seen before and this enemy is out to mutilate and destroy us. We cannot try to do warfare with pretty words and beg Yahweh to save us. It is time to “take the gloves off” and get real.

President Trump said this. “They are really after you, I’m just in their way.” He was right and the forces of evil power removed him through a level of in your face deception never seen before.

Now there is only one faction left standing on the front line able to keep evil from taking over the World and cancelling everything Jesus did to set us free: The Church of Jesus Christ, aka Yahshua Ha MaShiach

It is written in Daniel 7:25:

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.

Are you ready to surrender? Are you ready to worship Satan? I pray NOT, in the Name of Yahshua/Jesus. Rise up dead bones and LIVE!!

Hopefully, you are seeking God to refresh and refill you with His courage and restore your ROAR. So let us take a serious and deeper look into imprecatory prayer and how we can use these prayers in the correct manner, to shake the gates of Heaven and earnestly petition Yahweh to bring His righteous Judgment against our enemies.

Remember our enemies are God’s enemies. Why, because we have His Spirit in us, the same Spirit Yahweh put in Jesus Christ, Jesus put in us!

Satan is trying to make Government our God.
Are you ready for that? I’m not!

Here is an in depth look at what imprecatory prayers are and do. Imprecatory prayers are prayers, which “invoke evil upon or curse” one’s enemies. I want you to stop concentrating on the word “curse” and put your focus on the word “enemies” for a minute.

What is an enemy? According to the King James Bible Dictionary’s here is the definition of an enemy:

1. A foe; an adversary. A private enemy is one who hates another and wishes him injury, or attempts to do him injury to gratify his own malice or ill will. A public enemy or foe, is one who belongs to a nation or party, at war with another.

2.) One who hates or dislikes; as an enemy to truth or falsehood.

3. In theology, and by way of eminence, the enemy is the Devil; the archfiend.

4. In military affairs, the opposing army or naval force in war, is called the enemy.

So, our enemy is the one who seeks to hurt us who hates truth and by way of eminence = it is the Devil, the archfield, in other words the chief foe, the leader of those who come against us as an enemy.

Now look at who and how are we to wage war against our enemies in 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

3) For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh 4) For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

The enemies revealed here in the Scriptures expose a battle ground in the spiritual realm, raging over/in the natural realm, where Spiritual entities are ruling over earthly governments.

Imprecatory prayers are not to be used as “Carnal Weapons” against people we are mad at. These prayers are spiritual weapons released to invoke evil or a curse against enemies holding spiritual strong holds, principalities and powers and every high thing and imaginations that exalt itself against the knowledge of God and bring every thought into the obedience to Christ’s Kingdom coming.

The carnal mind will look at imprecatory prayers and immediately go into the realm of the flesh, thinking they can put a curse on anyone they don’t like, or disagrees with them. We don’t curse a classmate we are mad at, a next-door neighbor who doesn’t mow his yard, nor do we release a curse against a co-worker who made inappropriate remarks to us, someone at church with a different theology, political view, or a bully at school.

But thanks to the release of Harry Potter books all over the world, witchcraft, curses and sorcery have invaded, not only the secular part of our culture, but also the sacred. Churches all over America saw these books as great reading exercises for our younger generation and fun to read. Really?

Kids are now putting spells and curses on each other, mom, dad and anyone who does not do what they want. Even in the Trump Biden Presidential Race, we had Warlocks and Witches all over America putting spells on whatever candidate they did not want to win. Think about that!

At this time, we have at least 2 generations of young people and adults who now know how to practice witchcraft and sorcery thanks to J.K. Rowling. Her line of books by the way, contain real curses and spells found from her extensive research into witchcraft in countries all over the world. The enemy is keen to do things we which can appear good, but they have a deadly underlying spiritual agenda. If you have one of these books or movies in your house, burn them and repent. They are contacts, which the enemy can use to enter your home.

Scriptures warn us of witches and sorcerers. “Thou shalt not suffer a witch (sorceress) to live.” Exodus 22:18 and “The nations you are about to displace consult sorcerers and fortune-tellers, but the LORD your God forbids you to do such things.” Deuteronomy 18:14

We are at a time in our lives where we will have to decide to whom we will serve; The kingdom of darkness and death, or the Kingdom of Heaven with Jesus, which is of light and life everlasting.

Paul used imprecations against those who did not love Yahweh in I Corinthians 16:22: If anyone has no love for the Lord, let him be accursed. Our Lord, come! Paul was calling for the destruction of evil.

The word “accursed” from the Greek anathema, originally meant: “something dedicated,” but as it was used day to day, it began to be used only of that which was dedicated to evil. And then, it came to be used to indicate the end of things that were dedicated to evil – that is, destruction. (Liddell-Scott, Greek English Lexicon)

And if you read through Matthew 23 you will see Jesus speaking mightily over the scribes and Pharisees. For example look at verses 15 and 33.

15) Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

33) Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?

Jesus has just spoken imprecations over them and get this, the word “woe” means, “a curse.” It carries with it grief, sorrow, misery and a heavy calamity. *Yahweh’s ways are meant to save all that can be saved. These calamities are sent to turn people back to Jesus, if it is possible.

Jesus and Paul both recognized evil and had no problem coming against it.

There is more. Remember earlier we looked at imprecatory prayers, which “invoke evil upon or curse” one’s enemies.

Do you know what the word invoke means?

To invoke means to request help from someone, especially a god when you want to improve a situation; to use a law in order to achieve something.

In other words, to invoke evil upon or curse an enemy in this imprecatory prayer means we are going to the Judge of the Bible, the Holy One Of Israel, The Creator of All things, the Sovereign God Yahweh, seeking Him to improve a situation.

We are NOT personally cursing anyone. We are taking a situation to Him and petitioning Him for His Help and Power against EVIL.

When I release an imprecatory prayer to Yahweh, I leave it at His Feet, I give it to Him and how He handles it is “His Business.” This is a prophetic act to release all this stuff in me and surrender it to Him and His Power to save or destroy.

Do you TRUST Him to be wise and powerful enough to make the right decision regarding your prayer petition? I do!

Remember the Scripture: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9

Imprecatory prayers are the most powerful and safe warfare prayers to pray I know of, because we can trust Yahweh to make the right decisions regarding evil. He knows what is evil and according to over 100 Scriptures in the Bible, He hates evil and as long as we pray and let him know we hate these things too and do not condone them, I know that I know, He will bring His judgment and move against evil enemies coming against us.

Proverbs 6:16-19 says:

There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.

Today, I listened to a confirmation hearing where Senator Rand Paul was questioning President Biden’s assistant secretary of health “nominee,” Rachel Levine, who is transgender from male to female, on the issue of genital mutilation.

I must admit I was horrified at the things I was hearing Rand Paul ask, which I had no clue were happening, especially to “MINORS.”

Rand Paul question, “Do you support the government intervening to override the parents consent to give a child puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and/or amputation surgery of breasts and genitalia?”

“American culture is now normalizing the idea that minors can be given hormones to prevent their biological development of their secondary sexual characteristics,” Paul continued. “Dr. Levine, you have supported both allowing minors to be given hormone blockers to prevent them from going through puberty, as well as surgical destruction of a minor’s genitalia.”

Paul went on to argue that many children with gender dysphoria eventually have the condition resolve on its own, asking Levine if adults should interrupt that process in minors.

It should be noted the press and many of our leaders immediately raised anger against Rand Paul for even asking these types of questions and get this: Secretary Levine refused to answer his questions. However, she invited him to come talk privately with ”her” at her office, because he evidently he did not understand the “complexity of this nuanced field.”

Read more

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/paul-transgender-nominee-gender-mutulation

Now we are talking about minors here and this same thing has been happening with minors regarding abortions being done without parental consent. I am not sure at this point, what age is too young for these government leaders, where they will NOT do these things. At birth in the future and who is paying for this?

So now, we are going to take young children and mutilate their bodies at an early age. Question, how many of you know when we are children, as we grow up, our thoughts and desires change? Many tom- boys like me, grew up to be very feminine women and mothers.

How would you put back breasts and penis’ on people who grew up and changed their minds? Sorry if the graphic description offends you, but I don’t care. This is of the devil. This is fantasy. It is make believe. No matter what a girl or boy does to try and change their sex, it will never happen, their DNA and cell structure will not change. So it is a sick and evil lie. This is genitalia mutilation of children and it should be illegal for any minor….This makes me sick!

We need good godly leaders, solid counselors and intercessors to step in here and lawyers to fight for the laws to protect minors. How about the need for parental rights to be upheld and do you see the need for Imprecatory Prayers to be released to the Throne Room of Yahweh!

Oh Father Yahweh. I cry out to You for our Nation and our people. Do not let Your ear be deaf to our cries or Your Eyes blind to the anguish on our faces and tears in our hearts.

Father You see the laws being sent to the House and the Senate, which are evil in their intent. Oh My Father, have mercy, for I have heard the plans of the enemy who no longer hides, but flaunts his evil agenda for everyone to see, especially against the children of this Nation. I cry out for You, Yahweh, for Your Judgment against the evil mutilation of children and the abortion of children even after birth. Shut the mouths of the evil ones, remove them and put another in their office, In the Name of Yahshua, I pray and Father I remind you of Psalm 69:22-28

Let their own table before them become a snare; and when they are at peace, let it become a trap. Let their eyes be darkened, so that they cannot see, and make their loins tremble continually. Pour out your indignation upon them, and let your burning anger overtake them. May their camp be a desolation; let no one dwell in their tents. For they persecute him whom you have struck down, and they recount the pain of those you have wounded. Add to them punishment upon punishment; may they have no acquittal from you. Let them be blotted out of the book of the living; let them not be enrolled among the righteous. Psalms 69:22-28 ESV

The Gospel of Matthew – Lesson 4 (Continued)

LESSON 4

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW

CHPTRS. 9-11

Chapter 11

Matt. 11:4-15 Cont.’:

JESUS’ANSWER TO JOHN THE BAPTIST’S DISCIPLES

2. (Matt. 11:4-6) Jesus’ answer to John the Baptist’s disciples: tell John that prophecy regarding the Messiah is being fulfilled.
Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”

a. Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: Jesus wanted to assure both John and his disciples that He was the Messiah. But He also reminded them that His power would be displayed mostly in humble acts of service, meeting individual needs, and not in spectacular displays of political deliverance.
1). Why is it that, in these days, it is said that the miracles are rather a trial of faith than a support of it?

b. Blessed is he who is not offended because of Me: Jesus knew that the focus of His ministry was offensive to the expectation of the Jewish people, who longed for political deliverance from Roman domination. But there was a blessing for those who were not offended because of the Messiah who came against the expectation of the people.
1). Another Beatitude – The blessedness of the unoffended.

Jesus Himself said: Then He said to the disciples, “It is impossible that no [a]offenses should come, but woe to him through whom they do come!” Luke 17:1

3. (Matt. 11:7-15) Jesus speaks about John.

As they departed, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Indeed, those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses. But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet. For this is he of whom it is written: ‘Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, who will prepare Your way before You.’ Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who is to come. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

This phrase is spoken 7 times in Revelation: (Revelation 2:7; 2:11; 2:17; 2:29; 3:6; 3:13; 3:22) and in Matt. 11:15, 13:9 and 13:43

Messiah (the Coming One)?”

a. When Jesus finished commanding His twelve disciples: According to Bruce, to preach in their cities does not refer to the cities of the disciples, but the cities of Galilee. In this way Jesus gave His commissioned disciples room to do their work.

b. He sent two of his disciples: It is also possible – but perhaps less likely – that John did not ask this question for his own sake, but for the sake of his disciples – he wanted them to go to Jesus and ask the question for themselves, causing them to focus their attention on Jesus.

c. John’s arrest was mentioned in Matthew 4:12; the full story of his imprisonment will wait until Matthew 14:3-12.

d. Herod Antipas of Galilee had paid a visit to his brother in Rome. During that visit he seduced his brother’s wife. He came home again, dismissed his own wife, and married the sister-in-law whom he had lured away from her husband. Publicly and sternly John rebuked Herod. It was never safe to rebuke an eastern despot and Herod took his revenge; John was thrown into the dungeons of the fortress of Machaerus in the mountains near the Dead Sea.

e. Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another: John 1:29-36 and other passages indicated that before this, John clearly recognized Jesus as the Messiah.

John 1:29-36 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is He of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who [a]is preferred before me, for He was before me.’ 31 I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water.”32 And John bore witness, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. 3 I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.”
The First Disciples35 Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples. 36 And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!

Paul states, “Our paschal ( lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed” (1 Corinthians 5:7). The Passover sacrifice, also known as the Paschal lamb or the Passover lamb, is the sacrifice that the Torah mandates the Israelites to ritually slaughter on the evening of Passover and eat on the first night of the holiday with bitter herbs and matzo.

1 Corinthians 5:7, NASB: Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed.

The Gospel of John clearly compares Jesus to the Passover lamb by saying that Jesus was crucified the same day that the Passover lambs were being killed in the Temple (John 19:31).
In the Gospel of John it was John the Baptist who gave Jesus the title Lamb of God (John 1:29). The Book of Revelation speaks of the Lamb at least 29 times. In a vision John sees a lamb. Four living creatures and 24 elders fall before the Lamb and sing praise because he purchased all people with his blood (Revelation 5:9).

His present doubt may be explained because perhaps he himself had misunderstood the ministry of the Messiah. Perhaps he thought that if Jesus were really the Messiah, He would perform works connected with a political deliverance of Israel – or at least the deliverance of John, who was in prison.

f. It is possible that John made a mistaken distinction between the Coming One and the Christ, the Messiah. There is some indication that some Jews of that time distinguished between a prophet to come promised by Moses (Deuteronomy 18:15) and the Messiah. The dominant note here is one of confusion; John’s long trial in prison has confused him.

Deuteronomy 18:15 The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear,

Jesus Christ is the King, Priest and Prophet

a. A prophet…and more than a prophet: Jesus reminded them that John was God’s chosen herald of the Messiah, not a man-pleaser or a self-pleaser. He was in fact more than a prophet, because he alone had the ministry of serving as the Messiah’s herald. For that, he was the greatest of prophets and the greatest of men (among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist).

1). This is he of whom it is written: Matthew noted that this ministry of the Messiah’s herald was prophesied in Isaiah 40:3 and Malachi 3:1.
2). Though some might put John in a bad light because of his seeming doubts regarding Jesus, Jesus Himself spoke quite highly of John. “John had often borne witness to Jesus; now Jesus bears witness of John.”

· John was steady, not shaken easily like a reed.
· John was sober, in that he lived a disciplined life, not in love with the luxuries and comforts of this world.
· John was a servant, a prophet of God.
· John was sent, as the special messenger of the Lord.
· John was special, in that he could be considered the greatest under the Old Covenant.
· John was second to even the least in the kingdom under the New Covenant.

b. He who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he: Though John was great, he was not born again under the New Covenant. This is because he lived and died before the completion of Jesus’ work at the cross and empty tomb. Therefore, he did not enjoy the benefits of the New Covenant (1 Corinthians 11:25, 2 Corinthians 3:6, Hebrews 8:6-13).
1). As we may say, as a rule, that the darkest day is lighter than the brightest night; so, John, though first of his own order, is behind the last of the new or Gospel order. The least in the Gospel stands on higher ground than the greatest under the law.”

c. The kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force: Jesus’ reference to violence refers to both the intensity of spiritual warfare surrounding the ministry of Jesus and His herald, and also to the intensity required to persevere in following God and His kingdom.

1). The exact sense of this has been greatly debated and is made more difficult by complicated grammar. Carson probably gives the best sense of both expressions. The kingdom has come with holy power and magnificent energy that has been pushing back the frontiers of darkness. This is especially manifest in Jesus’ miracles and ties in with Jesus’ response to the Baptist…The kingdom is making great strides; now is the time for courageous souls, forceful people, to take hold of it.
2). The kingdom will never be received passively. It is always founded on God’s work on our behalf, but God’s work will always produce a response in us.
3). Frequently complaints are made and expressed by individuals who have never found a blessing rest upon anything they have attempted to do in the service of God. I have been a Sunday-school teacher for years,’ says one, ‘and I have never seen any of my girls or boys converted. No, and the reason most likely is you have never been violent about it; you have never been compelled by the Divine Spirit to make up your mind that converted they should be, and no stone should be left unturned until they were. You have never been brought by the Spirit to such a passion, that you have said, I cannot live unless God bless me as Jacob did. I cannot exist unless I see some of these children accept Jesus. Then, declaring in prayer, and putting forth afterwards your trust with the same intensity towards heaven, you would never have been disappointed, for the violent/passionate take it by force.

d. For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John: Jesus saw an era ending with John; all the prophets and the law anticipated John and his ministry as a herald. There is a sense in which John spoke for every prophet who heralded Jesus’ coming.

1). Under the Old Covenant, every other prophet announced, The Messiah is coming. John alone had the privilege of saying, The Messiah is here.
e. And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who is to come: John may also be seen as Elijah, in a partial fulfillment of Malachi 4:5. John was not actually Elijah, but he served in the same spirit and power of Elijah, thus fulfilling his office (Luke 1:17). Because John was Elijah in this symbolic sense, Jesus added “if you are willing to receive it.”
(1). Elijah did come in fact during Jesus’ ministry, during the transfiguration (Matthew 17:3). But in further fulfillment of the Malachi 4:5 promise, Elijah will come again before the Second Coming of Jesus, likely as one of the two prophets of Revelation 11:3-12.
2). If John the Baptist’s ministry was like that of Elijah, we remember that Elijah became depressed and discouraged also.
3). He who has ears to hear, let him hear! A proverbial form of speech often used by Jesus after important utterances, here for the first time in Matthew.

And in Rev. 3:20-22 we read this: Rev. 3:22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

We will continue with Les.4 next week.

The blessings of the Lord are upon you whether by blood, adoption/sonship or assignment. The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Prov. 10:22

David & Mary Sue

Imprecatory Warfare Prayer For or Against Enemies

Part Two

Imprecatory Warfare Prayer

For Or Against

Enemies

 

Hello Everyone:

This is the second post concerning imprecatory prayer and though I had never heard the term before, I am thankful to Yahweh for pouring out the much needed revelation of how to use imprecatory prayers as an offensive weapon against our enemies and at the same time, bring us into a place of spiritual rest.

Just to refresh: an imprecatory prayer is an invocation for judgment calamity or curse (anathema) upon one’s enemies or the enemies of God. An Imprecatory prayer is an appeal (cry for help) to the court of divine justice, Yahweh and His Courts in Heaven for protection, judgment and appropriate punishment for the criminals.

The Argument “against” imprecatory prayer goes like this. Christians are:

To turn the other cheek and go the extra mile.
To submit to our governing authorities.
To respond to cursing with blessing (love) our enemies
To not take our own revenge.

So, what do I do with all the righteous indignation boiling inside of my soul regarding the blasphemy against my God Yahweh and the evil I see raging in my Nation?

I don’t know about you, but I have been on an emotional rollercoaster overload for several weeks, because I didn’t know what to do to help stop what I see as the moral degradation of our Nation. I didn’t even know what or how to pray. I don’t want to pray for evil people, but I don’t want to be disobedient either. Who do I pray for and how do I pray in this situation?

I know a lot of Christians like me who are dealing with the same thing. Anger and frustration are really hard to control and some people are not doing well with what they say and do. Everyone is trying to deal with all the lawlessness and chaos, as different factions are pulling people in different directions on what kind of a Nation we are going to be. For me, to be or not to be is defined as, I want to be free, not under socialist or communist government control.

I was also dealing with discouragement? Have you felt that lately? After awhile you get so beat up, disgusted, aggravated, irritated and wore out with all of these emotions, you give in to apathy. Apathy is where we stop fighting and trying to find a solution or make a difference. We give up and shrug it off, because we just can’t deal with the stress anymore. We just need some inner peace, so we begin to condone and compromise our beliefs in order to just get along and give in to the attitude of, “Just do what you want to do, leave me alone” and try to find a cave. But God, is not wanting us to be in a cave, so we won’t find peace there either.

So, what do we do? We seek God and He is faithful to help us when we do. I went to the Internet and typed in, how do I pray for my enemies? Wha La! I found teachers of the Word of God who had been searching for the same thing I had been searching for. It didn’t take long for me to latch on to a small article regarding “Imprecatory Prayer,” which opened the door to my understanding of a very new and powerful way to pray, which was really, a very old and powerful way to pray.

I made the choice to add imprecatory prayers to my prayer time. I began to use them, crying out to Yahweh through the War Psalms. I started reading them out loud and carefully watching over my words in addressing my enemies and the issues in my spirit, which are directly coming against me, Yahweh and His Kingdom. Here’s a sample.

I am praying for chaos to enter the camps of my enemies and for them to turn upon each other. I am asking for the “whistle blowers” to come forth. I am asking Yahweh to expose all evil agendas hiding behind closed doors, where deals are made for personal advancement, power and money for self serving purposes, with no regard to our people or our Nation.

I am coming against the plans of foreign Nations who are speaking death against America and our God Yahweh. Let these assignments be thwarted and destroyed. I come against those who are murdering babies to be brought down from their high towers and for anyone who is or has released death wishes through chemical or biological warfare, spells, incantations curses, witchcraft and such, to experience a boomerang, where these things are returned to them, without any harm to this Nation or her people.

My warrior cry is, take them down Yahweh, those who are against You and raise up Your Craftsmen and Righteous Leaders to bring forth what and who we need to secure our Nation. Oh Father, hear my pleas for Your Intervention. Stop the Anger, Hate and Mob Spirit from spreading across our land. Bring us back to You and Your Ways of Righteousness and Justice, in the Name of Yahshua. I thank You and I Praise You Father Yahweh.

 

The Awakening

Today I am seeing the Hand of Yahweh moving on behalf of our Nation against our enemies. Everything is suddenly in chaos, everything. Do you see the rising up in California to sue the US Government to open the Churches and the verdict from the court to open them? Praise Yah!!! Do you see the votes to recall certain leaders coming forth, who have been dictators instead of Leaders compassionately serving the people of their States? Do you see the chaos in the government over student loans: to cancel or not to cancel? Do you see the whistle blowers coming forth in New York City, where 50% of the deaths of elderly people, were not reported?

Do you see Democrats and Republicans each having inner tension in their ranks, huge social media platforms being exposed and challenged for censoring voices of those who disagree with their theology? Do you see a press core weaponized and bending their knee to propaganda, forgetting the call to bring forth truth to the American People and the World? Do you see links to China, Russian and Iran, trying to take down cyber security and infrastructure grids, election meddling and confusion in the distribution of the COVID vaccines, with mutations B.1.1.7 and MIC-s (Multi-system Inflammatory Syndrome) targeting children?

Do you see where the Keystone XL pipeline contract was cancelled to help support the Green New Deal philosophy, cancelling 11,000 jobs and our energy independence? Do you see where fracking is now forbidden on Federal Land and in the midst of all this, one of the biggest ice storms ever in the US, hitting coast to coast, especially Texas, causing their Green New Deal windmills to fail, gas and oil lines to freeze and go off line leaving 3-4 million people without power and another storm coming.

Do you see walls, razor wire and guards around our Nation’s Capitol, but open US borders with no restrictions, including no Covid Inspections or legal immigration requirements, as a caravan of 9,000 illegals are heading through Guatemala to come to the US.

Gates open on our borders, Gates closed around our Capital. Oh my God, Help us Father Yahweh.

Why is all this happening now? Could it be because there are others like me crying out to God and praying for the take down of evil in our land. It can’t just be me praying can it? Selah! In my research I am finding a lot of posts concerning imprecatory prayer teachings released over the last two years. Is the Spirit of God whispering in our ears and giving us a warning to get on the prayer wagon with imprecatory prayers?

The Suddenly

In the midst of all this, I am suddenly not feeling the anger and frustration in me from the previous weeks from thinking I can’t make a difference or change anything that is happening. Something has shifted and I am feeling so much better. Could it be I found the key to unlock and hit the release button in my spirit, like a lid popping off a pressure cooker? Surely this is Yahweh helping me and revealing a new way to release my anguish and cares to Him by trusting Him on a higher level through these imprecatory prayers.

As I was pondering all this, a song dropped into my head I knew from a long time ago by Billy Swan and though it is a secular song, it brought me more peace. The chorus is, “If you’ve got a problem, don’t care what it is, if you need a hand, I can assure you this! I can help, I’ve got two strong arms, I can help. It would sure do Me good, to do you good, Let Me help.

I just knew God was singing to me. Can you get that? If we have a problem give it to Him, that is what imprecatory prayers are all about. As I look at all the crazy things happening everywhere in our Nation, I just know it is Him stirring it up, it has to be Him answering prayer and moving on our behalf, because evil and prideful people don’t reveal their dirty little secrets. But when Yahweh hears the cries of His people, He will reveals sin and hypocrisy.

I am reminded of a couple Scriptures concerning evil in the hearts of men: In thinking themselves to be wise, they became fools. Romans 1:22

And Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18.

So, I have this picture of Yahweh in my spirit sitting and casually looking over our country and I felt a move of His Hand toward her. A finger reached down and touched a spot here and there. He was not upset or frustrated, He was just meticulously touching places. I had the sense He was setting off things in some kind of order. Can you see the scene.

Oh, Church of Jesus Christ, open your eyes to see and open your mouth to join in and let loose an onslaught of imprecatory prayers against the enemies coming against us, our Nation, the World and our God Yahweh. Thy Kingdom come Father, Thy Will Be Done, Here in the earth, just as it is in Heaven. Bring Your Justice and Your Righteousness Father. AMEN

Imprecatory Prayers

You may ask, “are imprecatory prayers” STILL legal for us to use against spiritual entities, working through criminals, powerful and corrupt men/women in earthly governments imposing sin, bondage and evil doctrines of pagan gods upon us, against the statutes of our faith as Christians and the documents of our Nation, guaranteeing us of certain unalienable rights, through our Constitution and The Bill of Rights?

Yes they are, but they are controversial. Some in the church have overlooked them, while others dismissed them as being outdated, unnecessary and in some cases, unchristian, which is interesting since these prayers are found all through the Bible and were used by people like Asaph, King David, Paul and even our Lord Yahshua. They all spoke imprecatory prayers against their enemies, so should we not take a closer look at this type of prayer?

It is really cool to make mention of the fact, when we are praying imprecatory prayers, instead of physically going to war, using carnal weapons, we are surrendering the problems to God and letting Him make the decisions on how to handle them.

Well, we are supposed to let Him decide how, when, where and what to do. Every heard the expression, “Give it to God?”

Imprecatory Prayers Are A Crying Out To God
To Solve Problems AND Bring Justice,
“Through Repentance or Judgment
As He Wills

 

Dealing with Persecution

Dealing with Persecution
Joy and Life

By Miki Maynard

Have you been in a situation where someone didn’t like you because you are a Christian? They were mean to you and influenced the way others see you? I’ve been persecuted a lot, and when it happened there was a misunderstanding because something was misconstrued.

Misconstrue definition is – to interpret (something, such as a statement or action) wrongly : misinterpret; to form a false understanding of the meaning or intention of something that someone does or says.
Synonyms for misconstrue:
misapprehend, misinterpret, misperceive, misread,
miss, mistake, misunderstand

Jesus says we will experience persecution. In Matthew 5:11-12 TPT:

“How ecstatic you can be when people insult and persecute you and speak all kinds of cruel lies about you because of your love for me! So leap for joy—since your heavenly reward is great. For you are being rejected the same way the prophets were before you.”

“Ecstatic?” I don’t know about you, but when I was trying to help someone, and working very hard doing it, and they told others I was doing the opposite, I felt shock. I definitely was not “ecstatic” about it. When I tried to defend myself, they didn’t believe me.

Jesus says to be glad because our heavenly reward is great and others were persecuted as well. The verse says “the prophets before you.” Here at Firestorm Ministries International, like many people groups all over the world, we are a crowd of prophets, are we not? We can count on someone giving us some trouble.

But there is a dynamic that happens when they do, and that dynamic is revival.

Revival and Persecution

Just like in history, when there is persecution, revival breaks out. It was as if, COVID-19 comes and BAM, all of sudden we hear crazy talk about believers. It was just a matter of a few months and now the media is inundated with it.

There are promises we have to help us deal with persecution. Despite the persecution, God always does something special.

Over a year ago, when I was praying, I felt in the coming years that persecution in America was going to get worse. It’s already very harsh for Christians in other countries. I’ve always noticed how Americans have had it pretty easy compared to them when it comes to this. Many people have shared that they think it will get worse here too. However, we also believe that the church would experience God in a deeper way.

Part of the deeper experience with God is a burning in our hearts. He tells us that He baptizes us with the Spirit and with fire. Jesus met with two disciples after the resurrection while they were walking on the road and was telling them about the scriptures and how they foretell his life, death, and resurrection and how Jesus fulfilled what is written. After he left the Bible says:

Stunned, they looked at each other and said, “Why didn’t we recognize it was him? Didn’t our hearts burn with the flames of holy passion while we walked beside him? He unveiled for us such profound revelation from the Scriptures!” Luke 24:32

When we read the Bible and hear the Word and pray, we meet Jesus like the disciples did that day. His presence burns in our hearts. Then whatever circumstances we are faced with, we will have his burning fire in us.

The Joy of the Lord Will Shine

The interesting thing is that it is almost because of the persecution that many people realize who God is. Why is that so? I think its because of the joy and power he gives to us when we allow him to work through us.

The difficulty that we have to face is the reality of more intense persecution in America, and the fact that we need to be willing to let God help us go through it. The good news is that we can count on the Lord to give us power and joy when we are persecuted. (Photo Unsplash)

God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers.
Matthew 5:11 TLT

This isn’t a fun topic, but we have to be aware of the seasons and the times we are in as Christians. We need to prepare ourselves, and remember we have a promise that God will help us.

He Promises That We Will Be Blessed

The word blessed in the Greek is:
Blessed Μακάριοί (Makarioi)
Adjective – Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong’s Greek 3107: Happy, blessed, to be envied. A prolonged form of the poetical makar; supremely blest; by extension, fortunate, well off.

When Jesus revealed himself to me, he was the light in my darkness, and he still is. I know you want to shine in the darkness. Do you remember who was shining their light that allowed you to see him?

How were they shining? What was it that they did or what were the circumstances to where you realized who Jesus is?
Many times it is because of the fruits of the Spirit flowing from that person.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV

One of the ways he is revealed to people is through the fruits of the Spirit. If someone is persecuting you, they are watching to see how you respond, or …others are watching us be persecuted and …how we respond to them. People are watching.

I was persecuted in my own home while growing up and at times at work. The Holy Spirit gave me joy so that I could love those who wanted to give me a hard time. This is what happened.

In my opinion, while I was in the midst of this, I found there are different types of joy and comfort that he would give to me. I am not being unrealistic. In the crux of the moment, it is hard.

It requires leaning into God so we can respond in a Christ-like manner. I had some failed attempts trying to do it on my own. I didn’t yell at them or cuss at them or anything like that. I either froze up or didn’t know what to say or do. I didn’t feel like I was allowing the Spirit to guide me through it.

So, I asked him to give me a nudge the next time it happened. Sure enough, right in the heat of the battle, I felt his nudge. I even sensed Him standing right next to me! Guess what else I saw? I saw in a vision right there at work, a banqueting table in front of me. I knew it was the fruit of the Spirit! The Lord was helping me to respond the right way and we did it together!

The kingdom of God is not eating and drinking,
but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men.
Romans 14:16-18 NKJV

A great example is recently, in America, we have seen persecution happen with a group of christians in outdoor worship events across the country. Sean Feucht and his team. They had things thrown at them, people yelling at them, trying to damage their instruments and equipment. In one town, even police tried to block them from parks they were planning to set up at.

There was a recording on twitter of a satanist saying how he couldn’t believe Sean and the group were so happy after being attacked. The satanist ended up giving his heart to the Lord. Why? One reason is he experienced the fruit of the Spirit, joy! This man felt the kingdom of God and responded to God.

One of the reasons that people give their hearts to the Lord is they have experienced the fruits of the Spirit in God’s people. They have “tasted and seen that the Lord is good.”

It Can Seem Overwhelming Until We Respond in Christlikeness and Yield to the Holy Spirit

There is more persecution coming and we have seen a lot of lies in the form of christians being blamed for things like rioting in cities, burning things, breaking into federal buildings and businesses.

We have heard some say that if we don’t take a vaccine, that we may not be able to travel on planes and maybe even buy things. All sorts of rumors are going around.

Airlines are reporting that they won’t allow people with a “specific political affiliation” to fly on their planes. A professor at a university is making a stand, claiming that Christians need to be “deprogrammed” comparing our way of thinking to Nazi’s thinking. This is referring to the idea of having Christians being put into “deprogramming labor camps.”

Even Franklin Graham, Billy Graham’s son, has had someone put together a petition with thousands of signatures demanding that he is fired claiming he incited the capital riots and “supporting Trumps deadly presidency.”

We know that Franklin Graham is not doing what they are saying. We definitely do not think like Nazis. It is being misconstrued. It is unfair. We have seen big tech media is biased against Christianity. We are experiencing the misconstruing of who we really are. Yet, in the midst of this, there is a promise.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? Romans 8:35

Nothing that happens will separate us from God.

Christ and Persecution

Surely, the Lord understands when He said that we will experience this, but he says we need to be “exuberant” about it?

There needed to be a major adjustment in my perspective when I’m blamed for something I didn’t do and I need to be “exuberant” about it. How can I be glad?

After I asked for the Spirit’s help when I was being attacked, and I responded with the fruit of the Spirit, I had joy. I saw what he was talking about. It was because I knew that while I was in a hard situation, the outcome was going to be good. He was going to give me fruit and others are going to realize who he is. If I don’t learn to allow God to work in these situations, then I am missing a major part of many stories we find in the Bible and who Christ needs to be in me.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

With all of the new developments in our country, I’ve been asking God to help me. It is scary. He reminded me that people said he was doing things that he wasn’t. They said he was guilty when he was innocent. He prayed and asked the Father for help to go to the cross for us. He was beaten, mocked, tortured, and killed.

Love Those Who Persecute You

I am the kind of person that likes to encourage people and don’t want to have to talk about this. I like to share about the goodness and promises of God. Yet, in times like these we can’t bury our head in the sand. We need to look at it…and look at it, in advance… so we can respond the right way.

But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you Matthew 5:44

When I was at a missions school, a missionary spoke to the class about those who were killed when they went to remote tribes in third world countries. In one story, the father and husband went alone, leaving the family at home. The villagers killed him. Then the others from his family decided to go out to the village anyway. This time, the tribe listened, and they gave their hearts to the Lord.

The missionary speaking told us, “It isn’t a matter of “if we will die,” but rather “it is a matter of when.” It was not an easy message to listen to. It was gut wrenching. The tribe killed the husband and dad of the family. The rest of the family, moved with the love of Christ, went to the same tribe to tell them what they felt deep inside they just had to do. That Jesus is real and loves them. They forgave, despite the deadly persecution, and went to them, even though they knew they could have been killed too. The fact is, however, we belong to God, and he promises to be with us and help us. We know that others will see who God is through us.

And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony. And they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die. Revelation 12:11

I read a history book about the martyrs in the early church years ago when I was in bible school. It was very difficult to learn about the cruelty many had to endure because they would not deny their faith in Jesus.

You may not be faced with the situation of having to lay down your life for Christ. I don’t wish anyone would have to. I am compelled to ask myself, however, if I will have the courage to not deny my faith out of shock and in the face of fear or will I shrink back? (Photo Pixabay)

He will provide the joy that will burn in our hearts to share his love:

To live is Christ, and to die is gain.
There is no other life, I desire to claim.

Than the life that’s dead, that I might live again,
No more in self to pride, for I have died.
To live is Christ.

Let my life
Be a fountain of your blessing
Let my life be a fragrant sacrifice

That the hurt and bruised may know
The God that loves them so

Forever let my prayer be.
To live is Christ.

The Church Will Thrive
YOU Will Thrive

Despite the trials and tribulations, the church will thrive and move forward. God is bringing unity of coordinated efforts to reach people. There is going to be a surge of in home ministries and creative efforts from believers to reach out.

God will provide resources from people that will fund different ideas and visions for ministries and businesses. Despite the difficulties, as our President of Firestorm Ministries International, Bonnie Nelson says, the gates of hell will not prevail against the church.

Reflect on those you see around you. I know you see how much they need the Lord. You tell yourself how you know they will find so much joy when they do. Stand on the promises of God. Rise and shine because he will help you to reach those who need him so they will know that to truly live… is Christ.
*Now we need an article from Prophet Jim Mellard on “The Demonstration of the Spirit in Power and Revival”

*Do you want to be continually encouraged and get the tools you need to be effective as a Christian to reach people? Visit firestormministries.com and check out our forums.

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More verses to encourage your faith:

If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler.
Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name. 1 Peter 4:14-16

And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven. Matthew 10:28-33

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4

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Song of Solomon – Chapter 8

Song of Solomon
Chapter 8

SS 8:1 Oh, that you were like my brother, Who nursed at my mother’s breasts! If I should find you outside, I would kiss you; I would not be despised.
Jesus is our brother, joint heir with Him.

Romans 8:29, NLT: “For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.”
We are actually called brothers because of this unity, this conformity, this union with Christ. We are brothers by likeness, not just legally, but by likeness to his image.

 

Hebrews 2:11 For both He who [a]sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren,(brothers and sisters)

SS 8:2 I would lead you and bring you Into the house of my mother, She who used to instruct me. I would cause you to drink of spiced wine, Of the juice of my pomegranate.
Recall that in the dream sequence of 3:1-4, prior to their wedding and during the time of boundaries and limitations in the courtship, Shulamite longed to bring Solomon “into my mother’s house, and into the chamber of her that conceived me.”
She repeats this here. Why? She longs for the time that she was conceived, the feeling, the ecstasy of the born-again/ knowing a born from above spirit knowledge and experience.
She has not lost her 1st, chief love. Instead, she acknowledges her 1st love.
(To the Daughters of Jerusalem)

SS 8:3 His left hand is under my head, And his right hand embraces me.
The Bride verbalizes Solomon’s ability to satisfy her. He knows exactly how she receives love. The picture is beautiful because it is the perfect combination of security and intimacy. God provides this for you. In holding you close in protection while seeking to satisfy your every need.

SS 8:4 I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, Do not stir up nor awaken love Until it pleases.

To live for God is to live your life in the constant effort to try to please him through acts of service and striving to gain His affirmation. To live from God is to realize that you already possess His approval and His complete affirmation. You rest in the fact that He made you acceptable in His sight and you find rest in Him.

To the praise of the glory of his grace, in which he has made us accepted in the beloved. Eph. 1:6

Love Renewed in Lebanon

A Relative

SS 8:5 Who is this coming up from the wilderness, Leaning upon her beloved? I awakened you under the apple tree. There your mother brought you forth; There she who bore you brought you forth.

Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved…” Song of Solomon 8:5

The passion of my heart is to be able to say, “Yes, Lord,” regardless of the situation, circumstance, or challenge. It is essential to recognize and yield to the workmanship of God within if we are to grow in our walk with the Lord. A deeper relationship with the Lord is available, but it requires a trust and submission to the Lord in the daily circumstances of our lives.

Walking in a place of submission involves receiving our calling and the understanding that He has given us, then not becoming possessive of it, but saying, “Lord, I submit all of this back to You.” The door will then open for us to hear more and be led further.

Abraham knew that he had heard from God. He had been told to take his son, Isaac, up the mount and sacrifice him. If Abraham had not been open to hearing further, he may not have noticed the lamb in the thicket that the Lord provided as a substitute sacrifice. Abraham’s attitude of submissive dependence enabled him to enter the fullness of the Lord’s plan, which he understood only in part at that time.

Jesus is the potter, and we are the clay. We are in the process of becoming that which He sees us to be. We already are in the Spirit. He is all–knowing; He knows the end from the beginning. Therefore, we must trust Him fully, regardless of what our perception or thought might be at any particular moment in our lives.

There have been many times of “adjustment” in my own life. A teachable spirit that loves the Lord and continues to trust and submit, will bring us through to the full intention and purpose of our Lord—His highest and best in our lives. We must always maintain a stance of submission to the Lord, knowing that we need the continued leading and guidance of His Holy Spirit.

The Song of Solomon is a story of submission. There is an awakening to the love song of the Lord that brings an initial hunger for Him. From that initial hunger comes a continued hunger, which opens the door for the inward working of the Lord. The Bride does not turn aside from seeking the one she loves (Jesus/Yeshua), regardless of any difficulty she faces or solace offered by others. Because of her continued poise of spirit toward the Lord, she finds Him.

The Shulamite to Her Beloved

SS 8:6 Set me as a seal upon your heart, As a seal upon your arm; For love is as strong as death, Jealousy as [a]cruel as [b]the grave; Its flames are flames of fire, [c]A most vehement flame.

A signet or seal was an engraved stone used to show ownership by stamping an impression on soft clay or wax. The stone was worn on a necklace or bracelet and was so valuable that the owner would always wear it or have it near at hand. Thus, what Shulamite expresses here is her desire to be like Solomon’s signet, an object practically identified with its owner. We especially see here that while the Song may be misunderstood as primarily focused on their intimacy, pleasures they enjoy display the quality of their love, their bond and the intimacy between them.
Jealousy, flames of fire have this meaning.

The term qinah translated jealousy does not here denote the negative emotion that occurs when we fear someone taking something we have. Rather, it can denote the positive side of love in action and can be translated as “zeal” or passion (2 Kings 10:16, 19:31, Psalm 119:139).

God is a jealous God. Ex. 34:14

Paul said in 2 Corinthians 11:2, “I feel a divine jealousy for you.” In what way was Paul “jealous”? Very simply, he sought for the church to be fully devoted to Christ. His “jealousy” should be understood as a “guarding” of their relationship with God. Paul wanted the Corinthians to abandon the pursuit of anything that distracted from worshiping the Lord.

Fire- Their love is all consuming of their relationship, for the coals thereof are coals of fire, which has a most vehement flame. The consuming fire of the sort of love shared by Shulamite/Bride and Solomon/Bridegroom cannot be doused, for many waters cannot quench love.

Heb. 12:29 For our God is indeed a devouring/consuming fire. NET

In general, fire represents God’s radiant glory as an aspect of His holiness (cf. Genesis 15:17–18; Deuteronomy 4:24; Judges 13:18–20; Hebrews 12:29) Fire is used often as a symbol of holiness and often equates the idea of God’s presence with God’s holiness.
SS 8:7 Many waters cannot quench love, Nor can the floods drown it. If a man would give for love All the wealth of his house, It would be utterly despised.

The love of the Bride to Christ is inextinguishable and insuperable, by the many waters and floods of wicked and ungodly men; neither by their flattery and fair promises; nor by their cruel edicts, force and persecution; by neither can they withdraw the love of the Bride from the Bridegroom.

Song of Solomon 8:7 (MSG) Flood waters can’t drown love, torrents of rain can’t put it out. Love can’t be bought, love can’t be sold – it’s not to be found in the marketplace.
Phil 3:3 Yes doubtless, that I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord ( Yeshua Ha’Masiach): for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,

The Shulamite’s Brothers

SS 8:8 We have a little sister, And she has no breasts. What shall we do for our sister In the day when she is spoken for?

We will be lifted into a higher level of personal relationship with the Lord in which we can share with Him in the outworking of His redemptive purposes. We have progressed from working for the Lord, to working with Him. Only now could we (His Bride) say to the Lord:

“We have a little sister, and she has no breasts (she is spiritually immature): what shall we do for our sister in the day when she shall be spoken for?

Now the Lord can further instruct us in order to prepare us to function with Him in this higher level of a cooperative relationship with Him. He responded and said:
SS 8:9 If she is a wall, We will build upon her A battlement of silver; And if she is a door, We will enclose her With boards of cedar.

“If she be a wall, we will build upon her a palace of silver: and if she be a door, we will enclose her with boards of cedar.” Song of Solomon 8:9

Being a “wall” means that her spiritual experience is established on a firm foundation. Therefore, she can be brought into a higher level of spiritual substance and integrity (a palace of silver).

But if she is a swinging door (spiritually unstable, sometimes in and at other times, out), her spirituality must be protected (enclosed in boards of cedar).

Now that her vision has become single, the Lord is ready to lead her on:

But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world to our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love Him. But God has revealed them to us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yea, the deep things of God.

“For what man knows the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knows no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.” I Corinthians 2:7-12

The Heavenly Bridegroom, the Lord of all creation, stood alone, outside of all that He desired, patiently waiting for her to notice Him. He longed for her fellowship as He looked through the windows, gazing upon her in such a way that she could see His eyes. Finally, His patience met its reward. She saw Him and felt the intensity of His desire to be with her. All else faded as she responded to this and invited Him to come into the “room” of her spiritual experience.

Immediately, He came within (His manifest presence) and began to teach her concerning the way of entrance into this new realm of spiritual life that He so desired for her. Then He invited her to come with Him into His chambers that she might begin to experience this new relationship of an abiding communion with Him.

The Shulamite

SS 8:10 I am a wall, And my breasts like towers; Then I became in his eyes As one who found peace.

Thanks to her brothers’ efforts, she was a wall, protective of her purity. She is no longer the “little sister…[with] no breasts” but fully grown with the breasts of a woman and not a child, fully mature. Because of her beauty and purity, she was in His (Bridegroom’s) eyes as one that found favor.

Jesus came to announce a new thing. Luke 4:9 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD. Literally meaning I have come to proclaim favor.

SS 8:11 Solomon had a vineyard at Baal Hamon; He leased the vineyard to keepers; Everyone was to bring for its fruit A thousand silver coins.

We know that Solomon let out or leased the vineyard to keepers, meaning those who would maintain the vineyard to produce its fruit. The rental price for the fruit was 1,000 pieces of silver.

Abimelech gave Abraham 1000 pieces of silver in compensation for acting inappropriately towards Abraham’s wife, Sarah. In scripture, the term “thousand,” when in reference to time, is always used symbolically. It represents any predetermined time that God chooses. This is Kairos time of the Lord, the redeemed time of the Lord. This is the Bride’s time, the set time of God.

(To Solomon/Bridegroom)

SS 8:12 My own vineyard is before me. You, O Solomon, may have a thousand, And those who tend its fruit two hundred.

Now that she is no longer a child (immature) under her brothers’ care, unlike the literal vineyard, her vineyard (her spirit, the kingdom of God) is wholly her own to maintain and to share the fruit .

She can totally express her love to the Bridegroom with her voice.

The Beloved

SS 8:13 You who dwell in the gardens, The companions listen for your voice—Let me hear it!

Gardens are beautiful/scenic places on earth. The Bridegroom is saying , “Let me hear your voice!”

The Shulamite

SS 8:14 Make[d] haste, my beloved, And be like a gazelle Or a young stag On the mountains of spices.

Solomon/Bridegroom calls to her that dwells in the gardens and advises her that the companions hearken to hear her voice, and he asks that she cause Him to hear her voice. Recall that in 2:14, Solomon asked to hear her voice: “let me hear your voice; for sweet is your voice, and your countenance is comely.” He made that invitation to her in the context of their separation (she was “in the clefts of the rock”). Now there are no boundaries.
Shulamite invites him to make haste, my beloved, and be you like to a roe or gazelle or to a young heart or stag upon the mountains of spices. She is now mature and thus, the Song closes with Shulamite’s invitation to Solomon to totally consume her.

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SCENE X – They are United Forevermore

Son 7:11 -8:14

She runs to her Beloved Shepherd and is His forevermore. She now rests in His love. His left hand should be under my head and His right hand should embrace me. (Contrast with 2:6) Tells Him to make haste my beloved upon the Mountains of Spices. (Ref. SCENE VII)
(7:11) Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the field; let us lodge in the villages.
(7:12) Let us get up early to the vineyards; let us see if the vine flourish, whether the tender grape appear, and the pomegranates bud forth: there will I give thee my loves.
(7:13) The mandrakes give a smell, and at our gates are all manner of pleasant fruits, new and old, which I have laid up for thee, O my beloved.
(8:1) Oh that you were as my brother, that sucked the breasts of my mother! when I should find you without, I would kiss you; yes, I should not be despised.
(8:2) I would lead thee, and bring thee into my mother’s house, who would instruct me: I would cause thee to drink of spiced wine of the juice of my pomegranate.
(8:3) His left hand should be under my head, and his right hand should embrace me.
(8:4) I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, until he please.

She is betrothed!

Any man with a daughter of age will recognize this next scene. We’ve all seen our little girl all grown up coming up the driveway with her boyfriend interlocked so closely they can barely walk. Or remember yourself with your first love.

(8:5) Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved? I raised thee up under the apple tree: there thy mother brought thee forth: there she brought thee forth that bare thee. (See Eze 16:4-8)

(8:6) Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.

(8:7) Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned.
A seal is set upon her heart, the seal of the Holy Spirit. (2Cor 1:22)

Love is as strong as death and nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.
Reference: Romans 8:35-39

35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36As it is written, For your sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The Bride’s brothers express concern whether she is yet of age and whether or not she has been chaste.

(8:8) We have a little sister, and she hath no breasts: what shall we do for our sister in the day when she shall be spoken for?

(8:9) If she be a wall, we will build upon her a palace of silver: and if she be a door, we will enclose her with boards of cedar.

The Bride lets them know without a doubt.

(8:10) I am a wall, and my breasts like towers: then was I in his eyes as one that found favor.

(8:11) Solomon had a vineyard at Baalhamon; he let out the vineyard unto keepers; everyone for the fruit thereof was to bring a thousand pieces of silver.

(8:12) My vineyard, which is mine, is before me: thou, Oh Solomon, must have a thousand, and those that keep the fruit thereof two hundred.

Final words of love between Christ and His Bride

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(8:13) You that dwells in the gardens, the companions hearken to your voice: cause me to hear it

(8:14) Make haste, my beloved, and be you like to a roe or to a young hart upon the mountains of spices.

 

Discussion questions C-8:

1. The Shulamite speaks eloquently of the power of love in 8:6-7, but what is love as she uses the term?

2. Why do you think the Song ends the way it does?

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They are finally united! She tells Solomon he can keep his vineyard, she has her own! Christ says, the others listen to you (the Church), let me hear from you also (prayers, praise, worship/ communion) She replies, be about your Father’s business on the Mountains of Spices.

Conclusion:

If we read through the entire love story in the Song of Solomon, we see the story of a young woman and her true love of a Shepherd, the Bridegroom, who adores her and treats her with love, patience and tenderness. He loves her deeply and waits for her to realize it and come to her senses. As the Bridegroom and Bride we see, The Bride drawn from the world toward the Bridegroom in intimate communion and becoming mature until she says;

 

Ephesians 5:26-27 That he might sanctify and cleanse it (His wife, the Church, the Bride) with the washing of water by the word, 27That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

A Bride Adorned and has made herself ready! Rev. 19:7

“Then I heard something like the voice of a great multitude and like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.” ‭‭Revelation‬ ‭19:6‬ ‭NASB‬‬ ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

For your enjoyment:

https://www.youtube.c45214om/watch?v=S0Ke8p93QRk

Prophecy about the Bride and the Next Move of God

The next move of the Spirit will be birthed out of this place of intimacy with God, with the overshadowing of God’s Spirit in our lives. Psalm 91 declares “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” The shadow of God is the place where His glory covers our lives. It’s a place of refuge and protection from all the plots of the evil one. It’s also the place where God infuses His strength and life into us. The Bride is arising out of that place!

In Genesis 1:2-3 there is a creative force and life released under the hovering of the Holy Spirit in Creation. Under the shadow of the Spirit there is creative power and authority released to bring order out of chaos and light out of darkness. It was under the shadow of the Holy Spirit that God spoke creation into existence. When we are under His shadow there is a creative power released in us and through us to declare into existence those things that God desires to manifest in the earth.

In Luke 1:31, 35-38, it was under the overshadowing of the Spirit that Mary became pregnant with the Christ child. What was impossible became possible. The supernatural became natural. The key to Mary receiving the impartation she received from God, to carry the seed of the greatest move of the Spirit in history, the birth of the Son of God, was her simple act of agreement. Her response to the Lord was “Let it be done unto me according to your word.” In verse 45 it says “Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.” God SAYS HE needs our agreement and simple faith to receive the fullness of all He wants to give us.

As the presence of the Holy Spirit overshadows His church in this hour, there is coming an impartation to carry the seed of the next move of God. The secret place of intimacy with the Lord is vitally important to receiving the fullness of all He wants to birth in the earth. It will be out of this place of abiding under His shadow that the creative force and power of His Spirit will be released in our lives, including the move of extraordinary signs, wonders and miracles. This demonstration of God’s power through His people will be a direct result of the time spent in the secret place, under the shadow of His glory. We must guard our time with God and guard the seed He places in us. Out of the secret place of intimacy will come the release of life and power to see the glory of God cover the face of the earth! THE BRIDE IS ARISING!!

THE END!! OR THE BEGINNING!!

 

 

 

 

 

Gospel of Matthew – Lesson 2 (Continued)

LESSON 2

 THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW

 CHPTRS.4-5

 CHAPTER 5 Cont.’:

 Matt. 5:8-26

 Matt. 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.”

5:8 Graced — who are pure in heart for they see God: Aramaic NC

 ARE PURE IN HEART

  1. Singleness of heart, the honesty which has no hidden motive, no selfish interest, and is true and open in all things.
  2. Refers to one who is sincere, honest, without hypocrisy.
  3. That such a quality is necessary to see God – cf. Ps. 24:3-4.
  4. The pure in heart – those who keep their motives right as they get involved with others.


Matthew 6:2-4, II Corinthians 4:1-2, I Thessalonians 2:7-9, and I Timothy 1:5-7
Result: A prayerful heart always repenting, changing attitude, going back to the Mind of Christ.

 Matt 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.”

5:9 Graced— they who work shalom for they are called the sons of God: Aramaic NC

 ARE PEACEMAKERS

  1. These are those who devote their lives to making peace by following the Prince of Peace.

1) Involves effort to be at peace with all men – Rom. 12:18-21.

2) Involves helping others to be at peace with God by proclaiming the gospel of peace – cf. Rom. 5:1 and Eph. 6:15.

  1. At peace with God and thus themselves filled with sweet peace, they live in peace, if possible, with all men and work to keep and to make peace where peace is threatened or lost. Theirs is the work of true Christians who follow in the footsteps of the Prince of Peace.

 

1.The peacemakers – those who take on God’s mission. Point: God’s goal is to bring peace between himself and men and then to bring men to have peace with one another through their relationship with Him. Those filled up with God will now have that same mission.


Ephesians 2:13-18 – there is no peace unless people come to have peace with God.

 

Eph. 2: 14a For He Himself is our peace; Eph. 4:17 And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. 


Matthew 28:18-20 – a description of what peacemakers will do. Make disciples of all nations.

 

a.Result: Evangelistic efforts. Discipling others to Christ.

 

Matt. 5:10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

5:10 Graced — those persecuted because of justness for the sovereigndom of the heavens is their own: Aramaic NC

 ARE PERSECUTED FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS’ SAKE

  1. The tense and voice of the verb (passive perfect) may be regarded as permissive:

1) Who have allowed themselves to be persecuted, or have endured persecution.

2) The idea is that they did not flee from it but willingly submitted to when it came to them.

  1. In what way, is explained in verse 11, and includes being:

1) Reviled or reproached

2) Persecuted

3) Slandered falsely — All for Jesus’ sake.

  1. That such persecution would often afflict those who are citizens of the kingdom, see Acts 14:21-22; Ph. 1:29-30; 2 Tim. 3:12.

 Those who are persecuted for righteousness sake -Point: If you live this very different life in this world, you will receive opposition. But God will still bless a life even when it is being opposed and persecuted.


John 15:18-20, Matthew 10:24-25, II Timothy 3:12, and I Peter 1:6-7

 

e.Result: Opposition comes, but through faith it is turned into victory.

 Matt. 5:11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

5:11-12 Graced —when men reproach you and persecute you and word every evil word about you because of falsehood: then cheer and rejoice your reward abounds in the heavens: for thus they persecuted the prophets from before you. Aramaic NC

 2 Timothy 3:12-13 Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.13  But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.

Matthew 5:13  “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.”

5:13 THE POSITION OF THE TRUSTER You are the salt of the earth: and if the salt stales, with what, salt we? It goes for naught but to cast outside, and trampled by humanity. Aramaic NC

 SALT HAS SEVERAL CHARACTERISTICS…

  1. It is white, enhances flavor, preserves, purifies, etc.
  2. Based on the context, it is probably salt’s ability to enhance flavor to which Jesus refers in his illustration.
  3. Notice: but if the salt loses its flavor.
  4. Salt has the ability to give flavor to that which is otherwise bland.
  5. Job mentioned this ability in Job 6:6.

 THROUGH THE METAPHOR OF SALT

  1. Jesus/Yeshua illustrates that the relationship of the citizens of the kingdom to the world is one of:
  2. Making the world palatable to God, and possibly to others as well.
  3. In Abraham’s conversation with God over Sodom – Gen. 18: 20-32.
  4. In God’s dealing with Jerusalem – Jer. 5:1 So from God’s point of view, the citizens of the kingdom give the world what good flavor it has!

 JESUS/YESHUA GOES ON TO WARN AGAINST LOSING OUR FLAVORING ABILITY!

  1. With pure salt….
  2. It actually never loses its flavor.
  3. But when mixed with impurities salt can lose its ability to enhance flavor.
  4. We too might lose our ability to be a flavoring agent for the world
  5. If we allow impurities to reign in our lives – 1 Cor. 15:33 (our own doing, living the self-life).

 1 Cor. 15:33 Do not be deceived: Evil company corrupts good habits.

 Matt 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

5:14-16 You are the light of the world. You are not able to secrete a city built upon a mountain: nor men light a candle and place under a measure: but upon a menorah and it enlightens all who are in the house. Thus, light your light in front of the son of humanity: that they see your graced works and glorify your Father in the heavens. Aramaic NC

 YOU ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD (Mt 5:14-16)

 USED BY GOD TO TRANSMIT HIS GLORY TO THE WORLD!

  1. You are lights in a dark world – Ph. 2:14-15 2. Your purpose: to proclaim the praises of God! – 1 Pet. 2:9; Eph. 5:8b-9

 YOU ARE NOT A LIGHT IN AND OF YOURSELVES

  1. Only in the Lord – Eph. 5:8a
  2. Christ is the true or original light – John 8:12 3. (Sun/Son original light; Moon (you)- reflection of that light.
  3. Citizens of the kingdom are simply luminaries reflecting The One True Light, just as the moon reflects the sun – 2 Cor. 4:6c.
  4. As you were translated from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of Light.
  5. Although Jesus/Yeshua said: You are the light of the world. As He is so are we. 1 John 4:17

 Colossians 1:13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and [a]conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,(Light)

 Hebrew word for light is אור (Or / Ohr). God’s light,” then that would be אור אלהים (or Elohim)—light of God.

 John 1:4 In Him was life; and the life was the light of men.

 Light is knowledge. It is illumination and intelligence. Light is the source of goodness and love .(God)

 In Gen. 1:3 God said “Let there be Light ( illumination, revelation)/Glory”- Everything I am.

 CITIZENS OF THE KINGDOM HAVE A TWO-FOLD RESPONSIBILITY AS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

  1. They must be VISIBLE.
  2. Implied by Jesus/Yeshua in His use of a city and a lampstand as metaphor .
  3. Jesus/Yeshua therefore expects His followers to be SEEN by the world – e.g., John 13:35; 17:21.
  4. They must RADIATE (give light, illumination, revelation).
  5. This principle conveyed by the idea of the lamp.

1) Designed to SHINE on a lampstand.

2) Not put under a basket.

  1. This principle explicitly stated in “let your light SO SHINE before men.
  2. The purpose of such VISIBLE RADIATION: So, men may GLORIFY THE FATHER in heaven – e.g., 1 Pet. 2:11-12; 2 Cor. 9:12-13.

 Matt. 5:17-19 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”

5:17-19 YAH SHUA FULFILLS THE TORAH Presume not that I come to release the Torah or the prophets: I come not to release but to fulfill. For Amen! I word to you, that until the heavens and earth pass, one yud or one scratch passes not from the Torah until all becomes. So, all who release one of these least misvot, and doctrinates humanity thus, are called least in the sovereigndom of the heavens: and all who work and doctrinates these, are called great in the sovereigndom of the heavens. Aramaic NC

 Jesus/Yeshua fulfilled the law, every letter, jot, ( doting i’s) every tittle ( crossing t’s).So that we wouldn’t have to.

Reason for the giving of the Law:

Galatians 3:23-27 But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed.24 Therefore the law was our tutor/schoolmaster to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.25 But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

A.JESUS/YESHUA COMPLETELY FULFILLED THE LAW

DID JESUS/YESHUA BREAK THE LAW?

Did JesusYeshua break the law? That question might be more complicated than you think. And the answer can have a significant impact on the way we live as Christians. If Jesus/Yeshua  had broken the law He would not have been our Messiah.” But is that the case? Did Jesus break the law? And if He did, would that have made Him sinful? WAS JESUS/YESHUA A LAWBREAKER? Much of it depends on what we mean by “law.” Quite frequently and openly, Jesus/Yeshua broke traditional Jewish interpretation in His day of the religious laws. They accused Him of breaking laws concerning the Sabbath on multiple occasions, but Jesus/Yeshua didn’t actually break an Old Testament command. He violated the interpretations religious leaders had developed around the biblical commands of keeping the Sabbath day holy. Breaking the Jewish law would have been a sin and Scripture repeatedly affirms that Jesus/Yeshua was sinless (2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Peter 2:22, Hebrews 4:15). James 2:10 says whoever stumbles at one point of the law is guilty of breaking it all, which means Jesus/Yeshua did not break any Old Testament laws.

Jesus/Yeshua proclaimed He was the Sabbath. JESUS/YESHUA IS THE SABBATH

  1. However, to some, His coming and teaching would regard the Old Law in a negative light.
  2. Some believe, the expression to destroy means literally to to destroy utterly, to overthrow completely.

 ON THE CONTRARY, HIS PURPOSE WAS TO FULFILL THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS…NOT DESTROY

 For they FORETOLD THE COMING OF THE MESSIAH (Christ).

  1. There are approximately 330 prophecies concerning the Christ found in the Law and the Prophets.
  2. For example, Deut. 18:15,18-19; Is. 53:1-12 2.

 FOR THEY FORETOLD THE COMING OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD

 1.One example is Dan. 2:44 And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever” (Daniel 2:44).

 Jesus/Yeshua was preaching that the fulfillment of that prophecy was now at hand – Mark 1:14-15 3.

 FORETOLD THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A NEW AND DIFFERENT COVENANT (LAW) FOR THE PEOPLE OF GOD

  1. See Jer. 31:31-34 b. That Jesus brought in this new covenant is confirmed in Heb. 8:6-13.

  THEREFORE, UNTIL THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS WERE FULFILLED, JESUS TAUGHT THAT

  1. The Law would be as permanent as the heavens and the earth – Mt. 5:18.
  2. As He said in Luke 16:17, It is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one tittle of the law to fail.
  3. There would be no change at all, until it was fulfilled.
  4. Not even a jot or a tittle (Hebrew grammatical markings, similar to the dotting of an i or the crossing of a t).

 A person’s treatment of the Law (while still in force) would affect their standing in the kingdom – Matt 5:19.

 Remember that the kingdom has a FUTURE aspect – Matt. 7:21-23

  1. Those who lived before the coming of the kingdom in its PRESENT sense (i.e., the church) could still be in the kingdom and the kingdom in them- cf. Matt. 8:11 (e.g., Abraham, Isaac, Jacob)
  2. Their standing would be affected by their treatment of whatever Law of God was in effect when they were alive!
  3. For example, notice what Jesus said would happen to the sons of the kingdom, those Jews who by the Law had the right to inherit the kingdom but did not appreciate its fulfillment in the coming of Jesus Christ! ( Yeshua Ha’Masiach) – Matt. 8:12 .

  AN IMPORTANT QUESTION TO CONSIDER: DID JESUS/YESHUA FULFILL THE LAW?

 If He DID NOT…

  1. He failed His purpose in coming to this earth! – Matt. 5:17- God does not fail!

 b We had better observe the Law in its strictest sense! – Mt. 5:18-19 (including circumcision,  keeping the festivals and feasts, wearing different fabrics together, and not eating unclean meats!)

 If He DID…

  1. He accomplished His purpose! (notice John 17:4)
  2. We should not be surprised to find a NEW Law or Covenant governing God’s people today.

 Indeed, Jesus/Yeshua MUST have fulfilled the Old Law…

  1. For there has been changes:

 In the PRIESTHOOD – Heb. 7:11-14 ( Levititcal to the Priesthood of All Believers, Melchizedek Priesthood).

 In the LAW ITSELF – Heb. 7:18-19,22.

 a.Even as the Law itself foretold, it has been replaced by a New Law, the New Covenant- Heb. 8:6-13 [Though Jesus/Yeshua ultimately fulfilled the Law and the Prophets, at the time He was preaching the Sermon they had not been fulfilled. So, true to His statement in verse nineteen, He taught His disciples to be faithful.

 Matt. 22:37 Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.

 This in essence has Jesus/Yeshua teaching:

  1. That the Old Law only condemned the OUTWARD actions.
  2. But that the New Law/ New Covenant introduced by Jesus condemned the INNER conditions which led to the outer actions.

 Matt.5:20 “For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.”

5:20 For I word to you, That unless your justness abounds more than the scribes and Pherisas, you enter not the sovereigndom of the heavens. Aramaic NC

 THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE SCRIBES AND PHARISEES DEFINED

 THEY WERE KNOWN TO SAY AND DO NOT – Matt. 23:1-4

  1. Though they were often teaching the truth, they did not often practice what they preached!

 NT example: James 1:22-25 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.

 THEY WERE KNOWN TO DO THINGS TO BE SEEN OF MEN – Matt. 23:5-7

  1. They enjoyed wearing religious garments that separated them from others, and delighted in having places and titles of honor.

 THEY WERE KNOWN TO NEGLECT PARTS OF GOD’S LAW – Matt. 23:23-24 1. In their case, they would emphasize the lighter matters of the law, while neglecting the weightier commands.

 THEY WERE LOVERS OF MONEY – Luke 16:13-15 1. Mammon (WORLD) was their god, though they would be quick to deny it and try to justify themselves before men.

 This is known as a Pharisaical spirit.

 Righteousness of the Kingdom: It is possible only by the GRACE of God.

 Whereby His MERCY provides forgiveness to those in Christ – 1 John 1:9.

  1. Whereby His STRENGTH makes it possible to live according to the righteousness of the kingdom of heaven! – Phil. 4:13

We are made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus! 2 Cor. 5:21 (all received by faith)

 Matt.5:2-221 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.22 But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, “You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell (Ghenna) fire.”

5:2-221 HE VALUE SYSTEM OF YAH SHUA: MURDER, RAGE, SLANDER You heard it worded to the first, Slaughter not: and whoever slaughters is condemned to the judgment. And I word to you, That all who provoke his brother vainly are condemned to judgment: and all who word to his brother, Raqa! are condemned to the congregation: but whoever words, Lela!is condemned to the fire of Gihana. Aramic NC

 “You have heard it said”: Jesus’ repeated formula: “You have heard that it was said…But I say to you…” (Matt 5:212731333843). Seems clear enough, right? You have heard what Moses said—you shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, and so on—but I have something new and/or different to say. Moses was great, but I am greater. The old has become obsolete and is ready to disappear; the new has come.  (talking about Covenant) The law of liberty. The law of love. The law of Christ.

 1 Corinthians 9:21 to those who are without law, as without law (not being without [a]law toward God, but under [b]law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law;

 Galatians 6:2  Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

 Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

 A.JESUS APPLIES THE SIXTH COMMANDMENT AS THE LAW ORIGINALLY INTENDED (AND TAUGHT ELSEWHERE IN THE LAW)

 Not only is murder wrong, but the emotions which often lead to murder as well – (hate, anger, rage, bitterness etc.) cf. Prov. 6:16-19.

 Not only are hands that shed innocent blood (murder) an abomination to the Lord …..

  1. But also a heart that devises wicked plans and “one who sows discord among brethren. (due to anger)

 This being true, the Law should have been interpreted and applied accordingly.

 This Jesus/Yeshua does in Matt. 5:22…

 One who is angry with his brother without a cause should be in danger of the judgment/justice.

1) I.e., the local courts through Palestine….

2) Which were normally reserved for common criminals

  1. One who says to his brother Raca! (blockhead!) should be in danger of the council.

1) I.e., the Sanhedrin council …

2) Which was the high court normally reserved for special criminals.

  1. One who says, “You fool!” would be in danger of hell fire.

1) I.e., Gehenna

2) The place of torment – Mk .9:43-48 Others say a garbage dump outside Jerusalem. (Ghenna)

 In this way, the traditional interpretation and application of the Law fell far short of what it should have been.

 The righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees had just been condemning murderers when those with hateful emotions were just as guilty!

  1. The righteousness of the kingdom is in harmony with the original intent of the Law – notice Gal. 5:19-21.

 Matt 5:23 “Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you,24 leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.25 Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison.26 “Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny.”

5:23-26 So if you offer your Qurbana upon the sacrifice altar, and there remember that your brother holds whatever grudge upon you: leave there your Qurbana in front of the sacrifice altar,and go: first reconcile with your brother, and then come and offer your qurbana. SETTLING OUT OF COURT-  Agree with your ba’al of judgment quickly while you are with him on the way: lest ever the ba’al of judgment shelem you to the judge: and the judge shelem you to the bailif: and you fall into a guardhouse. Amen! I word to you, Go not from there, until you give back the final quarter. Aramaic NC

 A.JESUS/YESHUA CONTINUES TO EMPHASIZE THE SERIOUS NATURE OF SUCH EMOTIONS BY ILLUSTRATING HOW THEY AFFECT OUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH GOD AND MAN (Matt. 5:23-26)

 We should not try to worship God when we are at odds with a brother.

  1. Repair your strained relationship with a brother before worshipping God – Matt. 5:23-24.
  2. Otherwise, it won’t do us any good – cf. 1 Jn 4:20-21 , Mark 11:25
  3. We should be quick to make amends lest uncontrolled anger cause us to wind up in court, possibly prison! – Matt 5:25-26. But notice how those in the kingdom are to act – Rom. 12:18-21.

 Romans 12:18-21 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.” 20 Therefore“If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

 B.NOTHING IN THE KINGDOM WORKS WITH AN UNFORGIVING HEART! MARK 11:25

We will continue with Les.2 next week.

 The blessings of the Lord are upon you whether by blood, adoption/sonship or assignment. The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Prov. 10:22

 David & Mary Sue

 

Song of Solomon – Chapter 7

Song of Solomon Chapter 7

The Beloved- Bridegroom

SS 7:1 How beautiful are your feet in sandals, O prince’s daughter! The curves of your thighs are like jewels, The work of the hands of a skillful workman.

She is dancing for him, as we saw at the end of Chptr. 6; it is the dance of Mahanaim! Dancing off her past!

This fits contextually with Solomon’s response to the daughters that alluded to her dancing and the fact that Solomon begins with her feet and shoes. The word feet translates the Hebrew pa’am, which Strong’s defines as “a stroke, literally or figuratively (in various applications, as follow)–anvil, corner, foot(-step)….” Often the term is translated to indicate feet in motion, which fits here and explains why he bothers to mention her shoes. (e.g., Psalm 17:5, 57:6, 85:13, 119:133) The Hebrew term translated ‘feet’ signifies step and foot, portraying her as dancing with her feet going back and forth.

Her thighs are like jewels, the work of the hands of a cunning workman or talented craftsman.

The Bridegroom starts describing her body. As mentioned before nothing sexual here, all spiritual context.

 SS 7:2 Your navel is a rounded goblet; It lacks no [a]blended beverage. Your waist is a heap of wheat Set about with lilies.

Her navel is like a round goblet, which wants not liquor. In other words, Solomon likens the interior shape of her navel to a goblet or drinking glass (i.e., she is an “innie”) that never runs dry. Similarly, just as her body is figuratively an unending intoxicating drink, her belly is to be likened to endless food, like a heap of wheat set about with lilies.

Navel- symbol of the source of life and creativity- symbol of birth and life.

 SS 7:3 Your two breasts are like two fawns, Twins of a gazelle.

Continuing upward from her belly, Solomon next describes her two breasts as being like two young roes that are twins. This is almost exactly how he described her breasts in 4:5. The comparison here is two young gazelles identical in appearance standing near one another. These are not only beautiful and graceful animals, but they are young and full of life.

Breasts are symbolic of beauty, motherhood, and vitality.

SS 7:4 Your neck is like an ivory tower, Your eyes like the pools in Heshbon By the gate of Bath Rabbim. Your nose is like the tower of Lebanon Which looks toward Damascus. 

The imagery of a tower conveys strength and perhaps that her neck has a pleasant length and symmetry to it. The imagery of ivory probably conveys the elegance of being crafted from the finest materials, and this is similar to Shulamite’s earlier description of Solomon in terms of gold, gems and jewels, items that are finely crafted and artfully detailed by the great craftsman.

The nose and the eyes- Nose like the “wood of Lebanon” (3:9), “the smell of Lebanon”, the eyes –

Or the Bride to have her eyes compared to the fishpools in Heshbon would have brought to the ancient eastern mind thoughts of beauty, power, peace, and a heart to understand and build. Oh, that in our eyes our Lord might see beautiful spirits…peaceful spirits, but spirits with a passion to eagerly pursue wisdom and growth!  

 God looks on our spirit, our heart.

 1 Sam. 16:7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.

 Artist conception:

SS 7:5 Your head crowns you like Mount Carmel, And the hair of your head is like purple; A king is held captive by your tresses.

The Shulamite’s head is upon her or crowns her like Mount Carmel, suggesting she is strong and tall. Her hair is like purple. Of course, this is a simile and the purple does not indicate the color of her hair but that her hair is like the royal curtains or tapestries, which traditionally were purple, finely crafted, lengthy and elegant.

SS 7:6 How fair and how pleasant you are, O love, with your delights!

The Bride is all delight to Him; her words, her actions and gestures, her comely countenance, her sweet and pleasant voice in prayer and praise, her ravishing looks of faith and love, her heavenly airs, and evangelic walk; in all which she appeared beautiful and delightful, beyond all human thought and expression.

Lyrics to God You are Beautiful

See Your beauty in the wind

 See Your beauty in the rain

I feel Your Spirit move within

 I feel Your passion in the pain

God You’re beautiful to me

 God You’re beautiful

You can be my King

Lover of my soul

Cause You mean everything to me

Any song you sing to the Lord, He sings right back to you because You are in Him and He is in you.

Ex. Oh Son, you’re beautiful. Your face is all I see. And when My eyes are on you my child. My Grace abounds to you.

SS 7:7 This stature of yours is like a palm tree, And your breasts like its clusters.

SS 7: 8 I said, “I will go up to the palm tree, I will take hold of its branches.” Let now your breasts be like clusters of the vine, The fragrance of your [b]breath like apples,
SS 7:9 ab And the roof of your mouth like the best wine.

Solomon/ the Bridegroom quickly explains by likening her body to a palm tree, and her breasts to clusters of grapes that are ready to harvest. Solomon determines that he will go up to the palm tree and take hold of the boughs or branches with fruit on them. Her breasts shall be as clusters of grapes on the vine for Solomon’s pleasure, and the smell of her nose or breath like apples as he kisses her. And as he kisses her, the roof of her mouth will be like the best wine.

The Shulamite

 SS 7:9 cd The wine goes down smoothly for my beloved,[c]Moving gently the [d]lips of sleepers.

Solomon/Bridegroom enjoyed sharing conversation with his bride because she created within him the desire to communicate to her his thoughts as well as hear her thoughts. God loves to hear you speak and it evokes within Him the desire to communicate His love back to you. You have a way of speaking God’s truths in a way that opens doors in the hearts of those who listen to you. This is your God given gift and when you exercise that gift, you are helping others to hear God’s voice.

SS 7:10 I am my beloved’s, And his desire is toward me.

 Now with a single desire, she can enter into the harmony of Heaven and worship the Lord for who He is and find the satisfaction she was created for – her life merged into His life, to become the expression of His life in all the earth. May each of us enter into and experience all that she experienced, that we also might become the expression of His life at this present time. The call of the Lord is yet going out to the individual.

 Proverbs 8:31 Rejoicing in His inhabited world, And my delight was with the sons (daughters)of men.

WE ARE THE EXPRESSION OF CHRIST’S/BRIDEGROOM’S LIFE RIGHT NOW!!

 “I am my Beloved’s and His desire is toward me.”  Song of Solomon 7:10

 I have come from a salvation experience in which I had been satisfied to escape from God’s wrath ( really passion), into a relationship in which my life is sold out to Jesus.  As I long for His fellowship, He can say to me: “Come, My beloved, let us go out into the field; let us stay in the villages. Let us rise up early to the vineyards; let us see if the vine flowers, whether the tender grape appears, and the pomegranates bud forth; there I will give you My loves.”   SS 7:11-12

I will be sent, only after I have first come to Him.  Now, as we commune together in the vineyard, I will find all that I have longed for – “There I will give you My loves.”

 SS 7:11 Come, my beloved, Let us go forth to the field; Let us lodge in the villages.

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Summary-SCENE IX – Solomon Exposes His True Nature

 Son 6:4 -7:10

    Solomon makes one last ditch effort to impress her again with the goat and sheep analogy. But he shows his true colors in 6:8-9. “I have 60 wives, 80 mistresses and virgins without number just standing by. You are but one of them (undefiled). The Daughters of Jerusalem taunt her.

(6:4) You are beautiful, O my love, as Tirzah, comely as Jerusalem, terrible as an army with banners.

(6:5) Turn away your eyes from me, for they have overcome me: your hair is as a flock of goats that appear from Gilead.

(6:6) Your teeth are as a flock of sheep which go up from the washing, where every one bears twins, and there is not one barren among them.

(6:7) As a piece of a pomegranate are your temples within your locks.

(6:8) There are 60 queens, and 80 concubines, and virgins without number.

(6:9) My dove, my undefiled is but one; she is the only one of her mother, she is the choice one of her that bare her. The daughters saw her, and blessed her; yes, the queens and the concubines, and they praised her.(6:10) Who is she that looks forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners?(6:11)  I went down into the garden of nuts to see the fruits of the valley, and to see whether the vine flourished, and the pomegranates budded.

(6:12) Or ever I was aware, my soul made me like the chariots of Amminadib.(6:13)  Return, return, O Shulamite; return, return, that we may look upon you. What will ye see in the Shulamite? As it were the company of two armies.

(7:1) How beautiful are your feet with shoes, O prince’s daughter! the joints of your thighs are like jewels, the work of the hands of a cunning workman.

(7:2) Your navel is like a round goblet, which wants not liquor: thy belly is like an heap of wheat set about with lilies.

(7:3) Your two breasts are like two young roes that are twins.

(7:4) Your neck is as a tower of ivory; your eyes like the fishpools in Heshbon, by the gate of Bathrabbim: your nose is as the tower of Lebanon which looks toward Damascus.

(7:5) Your head upon thee is like Carmel, and the hair of thine head like purple; the king is held in the galleries.

(7:6) How fair and how pleasant are you, O love, for delights!

(7:7) This thy stature is like to a palm tree, and your breasts to clusters of grapes.

(7:8) I said, I will go up to the palm tree, I will take hold of the boughs thereof: now also your breasts shall be as clusters of the vine, and the smell of thy nose like apples;

(7:9)  And the roof of your mouth like the best wine for my beloved, that goes down sweetly, causing the lips of those that are asleep to speak.

(7:10) I am my beloved’s, and his desire is toward me.

 You can just picture the Daughters of Jerusalem lounging around their chamber teasing her about the things the King says to her. Note Rev 7:9 says the great multitude will be clothed in white robes, and palms in their hands. (v. 7:8 above)

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 SS 7:12  Let us get up early to the vineyards; Let us see if the vine has budded, Whether the grape blossoms are open, And the pomegranates are in bloom. There I will give you my love.

Come, My beloved, let us go forth into the field; let us lodge in the villages. Let us get up early to the vineyards; let us see if the vine flourish, whether the tender grape appear, and the pomegranates bud forth: there will I give you My loves.”  Song of Solomon 7:11-12

And now, we as His Bride, can respond, knowing we have found that for which we had been searching – our Bridegroom, the Lord Jesus

The time that we spend devotionally in His presence is of tremendous importance.  Each day, we should come into our “set apart place” to worship Jesus, and with a thankful heart acknowledge His goodness concerning us. We should come into His presence in submission and dependence, as being a branch that is attached to the true vine (the Tree of Life, Jesus/Yeshua) and give expression in audible worship, as we partake of communion with Him, and then devotionally read  and study His Word. 

 As we faithfully do this, day after day, an impartation (stirring up) of “Spirit” (His quickened presence) will flow into the depth of our being to build up our faith and provide us with the necessary “enabling grace” for obedience, so we can live and walk, closer to Jesus. Although we are as close as we can get. He’s in us. We just need to awake to that fact.

 “The Lord God has given to me the tongue of taught ones, to know to aide the weary [by] a word, He awakes me morning by morning, He wakes for me an ear to hear as taught ones. The Lord God opened for me the ear, And I rebelled not — backward I moved not.”  Isaiah 50:4-5  Young’s Literal Translation

 It is essential that each day, we set apart time to be in His presence.  Our attending gatherings should not be neglected, but this should never become a substitute for our devotional times alone with the Lord. Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came to them and also John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.” Luke 3:2.  And John on the isle of Patmos received the Revelation of Jesus/Yeshua. Rev. 1

 Revelation 1:1 – The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John.

 Revelation is the Greek word “apokalypsis” which means: revelation, unveiling, uncovering, or manifestation. It is important to note that if something needs to be revealed, then it is hidden.

 Communion with Him reveals Jesus Christ/Yeshua Ha’ Masiach to you.

 During Jesus time the program of the Church/Temple of that day was in full operation, but they did not have a hearing ear.  Therefore, John the Baptist was called apart to be prepared to hear a present word.

 “He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”  Revelation 3:22

 So, in communion we speak to the Lord, yes, but our main objective is to hear!

As a result of his being alone with the Lord, he came into a oneness with Jesus that could not have been accomplished in any other way.  When John was asked who he was, his response testifies to this experience.

 Come, My beloved, let us go forth into the field; let us lodge in the villages. Let us get up early to the vineyards; let us see if the vine flourish, whether the tender grape appear, and the pomegranates bud forth: there will I give you My loves.” Song of Solomon 7:11-12

We are either involved in “my own vineyard,” or, we are responding to the call of the Lord to enter with Him into His vineyard.  The contrast between these two passages of Scripture indicates that a change in both perspective and relationship has taken place.

 In the first instance, she seeks to satisfy “my mother’s children” (all those to whom she feels responsible).  She is working for the Lord, but recognizes that something is missing and realizes that she has neglected her devotional life.  She has been so busy that she did not take time to devotionally spend with the Lord.

 In the second, Jesus has become first in her life experience and she is working in communion and cooperation with Him.  As she develops spiritually, she is gaining understanding and realizes that previously, she only knew the Lord through that which she received from others.  Now, she is able to come into His presence and enjoy the fruit of an intimate relationship with Him.

“Come… let us go forth.”  We must first come before we can go.  When we come short of this or we fail to respond to the prompting of the Lord, He will “chasten” us in order to bring a correction.  This will result in our being better able to hear and respond to the Lord’s voice when He knocks on the door of our spirit.

 These “practical disciplines” result from our desire and commitment to live with the “set” of our spirit being toward the Lord, and our continual response to His dealings.  This is intended to lift us above all carnal desires and pulls to produce within us an increasing sensitivity to the voice of the Lord.

 As we take up “our” cross, we are choosing to put the Lord first and maintain His abiding presence in our daily walk.  This will greatly affect our personal comfort, as we die to our self-life. “To the victor will I give the privilege of sitting down beside Me on My throne, as I also have won the victory and have sat down beside My Father on His throne.”  Revelation 3:21 Weymouth

 What does taking up our cross really mean? Jesus took up the cross and endured until death so we wouldn’t have to.

 So, the true meaning of taking up the cross is:  It means you realize that You are already dead to self and you live by what Paul said, Gal. 2:20

 Galatians 2:20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. KJ

 But there is a price that must be paid if we are to come into the Lord’s best.  We cannot “overcome” unless there is something to overcome.  The reward for putting the Lord first is a “prize” that is beyond comparison.

 “Jesus answered and said to him, If a man love Me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and make Our abode with him.”  John 14:23

 This principle is beautifully pictured in the Song of Solomon, where the Lord expresses His desire to go into the places of ministry with His beloved, while enjoying an intimate relationship with her.  Once we have tasted ministering with the Lord (let us go forth – together), we will never be satisfied with less.

 Before the fall, the Lord walked with Adam in “the cool of the evening.”  This was a special atmosphere which was conducive to intimacy in their relationship.  When Adam transgressed he hid from the presence of the Lord.  The first thing that the Lord did was to look for Adam.  He called out to Adam and said, “Where are you?” The next thing he said was, “Who told you that you were naked?” Gen. 3:9, 11a

 The Lord knew where Adam was, but He intensely desired the place of fellowship that He once had with him, and was seeking a confession, so this relationship could be restored.  And to show Adam what the fall was all about, listening to yourself, or what the enemy said. Living by what you think, feel, hear and see.

 We should not be found in the position where the Lord has to “look for us” in our busy schedule.  We must fully understand and respond to His desire for our fellowship.

 May this principle that we are to first “come” before there is any outworking of ministry, change our daily pattern of activity.  If we will become quiet enough to listen, Jesus will be heard saying to us, “come,” that He might have those whom He can send.

 Are you ready to accept this principle?

 “If we will build the Lord a house of devotion, He will build us a house of ministry.”

 All this begins with our response to the cry that comes from within the heart of the Lord, “Deep calls.”

 I believe that the very Essence of Father’s nature is calling out, drawing us to Himself, searching for something inside us that RESONATES with His voice. Truth resonates within the spiritually hungry. There’s not much in modern ‘Churchianity’ that resonates; it is not really a ‘voice’, it is merely an echo. “Deep CALLETH unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.” (Psalms 42:7) Deep- the very depth of Who God is- is calling to the ‘depth’ within us.

 That word translated as deep, bathos in Greek, means profundity, extent, MYSTERY. It seems that you don’t hear much about ‘mystery’ these days in Church. It’s just a little too ambiguous a term to use, too mystical, seems a bit scary, it’s too hard to fit into a neat package. I believe it’s time to “launch out into the MYSTERY.” Allow me a moment to look at a bit of what the Bible has to say about ‘mystery’. Firstly, I find it interesting that the very GOSPEL itself is referred to as a mystery; “And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the MYSTERY of the gospel…” (Ephesians 6:19)

 Mysteries are being opened up to us through communion with Him. Jesus Christ revealing Himself to His people.

 We are living in the time of the last days.  The Lord will demonstrate through the present- day overcomers – those who have made this level of commitment, His life and power to this world.

 “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”  Galatians 3:28

 In the Body of Christ there is neither male nor female.  We can all function as we are enabled by the Lord, totally irrespective of gender.  Male and female become a type of our relationship to the Lord. As a “Bride,” I am dependent and become “One” with Jesus.  As a “son,” I enter into a cooperative relationship with the Lord.  I “rise above” the earthly as an “overcomer,” and His power – His very life begins to flow out through my life.  I am then able to give expression to the life of the Lord, as my life becomes the witness of His life. As “ the Bride.”

 We are approaching the last days, the time of the closing out of the Church Age and the beginning of the Millennial Kingdom, which is the government of God ruling all mankind.

 “And while they went to buy, the Bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with Him to the marriage: and the door was shut.”  Matthew 25:10

 Those who are prepared to enter with the Lord into the marriage feast, will be able to say in that day,

 “And they sung a new song, saying, You are worthy …and have made us to our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.”  Revelations 5:9-10

SS 7:13 The mandrakes give off a fragrance, And at our gates are pleasant fruits, All manner, new and old, Which I have laid up for you, my beloved.

 Mandrakes

Mandrake (Mandragora officinaruim), nearly forgotten today, is one of the most famous plants known to humanity. For thousands of years, this plant was revered by many cultures, which ascribed to it mysterious qualities. Mandrake is mentioned in the Bible (Gen. 30:14-16) and its Biblical use is generally attributed to its aroma and fertility power. Remember, Rachel wanted Jacob to eat mandrakes because it was thought to aide desire or fertility. Rachel, barren till then, wanted them so she could conceive.

 This speaks symbolically as the Seed of Christ in you.

I Peter 1:23, “For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through [by] the living and enduring word of God”

The Word of God in our heart grows and flourishes and brings us to maturity.

“You, however, are controlled not by the [flesh] but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ” (Romans 8:9) 

The Bride is speaking to Solomon and expressing her desire to bring him into the places of her past that impacted her the most.  When you grasp the depth of God’s love for you, you want to take The King of Kings into every area of your life and you desire for Him to share in every experience that you have. He is truly your life.

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Discussion questions  from C-7:

1. What is the significance of the narrator’s introduction of Shulamite in 6:10?

2.What can we glean from verses like 6:11 that present Shulamite initiating this experience with Solomon/Bridegroom?

 Discussion question C-7.

3. What sorts of experiences must be abandoned or limited as the role of the Bride is embraced?

4.How is Solomon’s praise of Shulamite’s beauty qualitatively different in 7:1-7 than in earlier descriptions?

5. What do you think Shulamite means when she says she will show Solomon “pleasant fruits, new and old” that she has “laid up for” him? What are some ways you can store away some things “new and old” for your communion with the Lord, your Bridegroom.

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Jonathan Cahn Election Day Warning

A Warning For Election Day
&
A Call to Prayer & Fasting

November 3rd, 2020

Jonathan Cahn

Video Enclosed

Hello Firestorm:

Today many of us are sensing the danger and unrest in our souls, not just from the most satanic evil day of October 31st, but from the coming election November 3rd. The future of America, Christ’s Church and even the World, hangs over our Nation like a thick dark cloud, as witches, warlocks, demonic entities and organizations ready themselves to add violence, spells, curses and incantations over Christians and anyone else who would stand in the way of their socialist agenda to take over our Nation and our lives. Our Constitution, Declaration of Independence and our Bill of Rights are on the line vs a Communist Manifesto. Have you read the policies? (See link below)

I implore you to cast your vote for “Policies,” not “Personalities,” policies which line up with the Word of Yahweh. The issue of abortion alone, the cold blooded of killing babies, selling their body parts for profit and making us compliant through our tax dollars, disgusts and horrifies my soul. This is what pagans did to worship the god Baal, they built a statue of a bull, put a fire pit in its stomach (womb) and threw babies into the fire.

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Jonathan Cahn speaks for 6 minutes and 40 seconds in this video and reveals the prophetic truth about what is happening and what could be coming. We have a window here to make a difference and bring forth a stay of Judgment and Mercy. November 3rd cast your vote and know it is a “spiritual seed.” As for me, and my house, we will serve and heed Yahweh’s Word. What about you?

Trump Accomplishments:

https://prayvotestand.org/actions

Biden/Sanders 110 Page Manifesto:

https://www.foxnews.com/transcript/mark-levin-breaks-down-the-bernie-sanders-joe-biden-manifesto

The Gospel of Matthew Lesson 2 (Continued)

LESSON 2

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW

CHPTRS.4-5

CHAPTER 5

Matthew 5:1-48
Matt. 5:1-7
THE THEME
A. THE “SETTING” LEADING UP TO THE SERMON…
1. In Matt. 3:1-3, we read of the preaching of John the Baptist.
a. Who was sent to prepare the way of the Lord.
b. The theme of his preaching concerned the kingdom of heaven.

2. In Matt. 4, we read of the beginning of Jesus’ ministry
a. After His temptation, Jesus begins preaching a message similar to John’s – Matt. 4:17.
b. His preaching in Galilee pertained to the gospel of the kingdom – Matt. 4:23.

B.PHRASES USED REPEATEDLY THROUGHOUT THE SERMON
“for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” – Mt 5:3 2. “for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” – Matt. 5:10 3. “…shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven” – Matt. 5:19 4. “…shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven” – Matt. 5:19 5. “…will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven” – Matt. 5:20 6. “Your kingdom come” – Matt. 6:10 7. “But seek first the kingdom of God” – Matt. 6:33 8. “. . . shall enter the kingdom of heaven” – Matt. 7:21
Both the SETTING and the use of a particular PHRASE should lead us to conclude that the :
C.THEMEof Jesus’ sermon on the mount is: THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.
Also note the Sermon on the Mount was Jesus speaking against some wrongs and setting things straight.

Matt. 5:21a,22a “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago…………… 22 But I tell you……………..

Sermon on the Mount
The Beatitudes
Constitution and Laws of the Kingdom of God

Matt. 5:1-2 And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. 2 Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:
5:1-2 HE MOUNTAIN MESSAGE OF YAH SHUA THE BEATITUDES And when Yah Shua sees the congregation, ascends a mountain: and when he sits, his disciples approach toward him: and opening his mouth he is doctrinating them, wording, Aramaic NC

A.The Beatitudes are 8-12 blessings recounted by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew. Each is a proverb-like proclamation, without narrative. In the Latin Vulgate, each of these blessings begins with the word beati, (beautiful) which translates to happy, rich, or blessed (plural adjective).

3107 makarios { mak-ar’-ee-os} a prolonged form of the poetical makar (meaning the same); TDNT – 4:362,548; adj AV blessed 44, happy 5, happier 1; 50
GK – 3421 { makavrio” }
blessed, happy–To be blessed means to be well off, happy, and fortunate. It is a state of well being that brings with it peace, contentment, and the knowledge that God is in control. It is something that all strive for. And even though some find wealth and fame, they never find or enjoy God’s blessing. Yet, discovering and enjoying God’s blessing is not a secret! God’s Word has revealed it already.

a.What was the first thing that God did to mankind after He created them? (Gen. 1:28) Some people believe that once God created mankind, He left them to fend for themselves. But this first act of God towards mankind shows that God wants to be actively involved with His people by blessing them.
Genesis 1:28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that [a]moves on the earth.

 

b.What kind of lifestyle will not bring the blessing of God according to Proverbs 3:33?Proverbs 3:33 The curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked, But He blesses the home of the just.
c.What kind of person will enjoy the blessing of God? (Prov. 28:20)
Proverbs 28:20A faithful man will abound with blessings, but he who hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.
Bless- Beneficial endowment of God’s power to produce well-being (happiness) in every area of a person’s life. Abundant Life John 10:10

d.Note: The first sermon/words of Jesus were Blessed. God’s first words to mankind in Gen. 1:28 were blessed.
Again, Genesis 1:28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that [a]moves on the earth.”

c. Paul then reiterated: Eph. 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

HOW MANY MORE BLESSINGS DO WE NEED?
People are always asking God to bless them when He already has!

Matt. 5:3“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
5:3 Graced — the poor spiritual, for the sovereigndom of the heavens is their own: Aramic NC
Notice a synonym of blessed is graced.

A.“BLESSED ARE “POOR IN SPIRIT”
To be poor in spirit is to have a humble opinion of ourselves; to be sensible as we have no righteousness of our own, but His righteousness; to be saved only by the rich grace and mercy of God which is totally a gift of God.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.

Matt. 5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, (have a repentant heart), for they shall be comforted.”
5:4 Graced — the mourner for they are comforted: Aramaic NC

B. “BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO MOURN FOR THEY SHALL BE COMFORTED”
MOURN not in a specific sense: but to mourn over one’s own sinfulness, like David did after his adultery with Bathsheba.
Ps. 51:3-4 For I acknowledge my transgressions, And my sin is always before me.4 Against You, You only, have I sinned,
And done this evil in Your sight—That You may be found just [a]when You speak, And blameless when You judge.

Note the relationship between these first two characteristics:
1) Unless one is first poor/humble in spirit…….
2)They will not mourn or be repentant. Those who mourn – those who are deeply sorry for their sin. Point: After seeing our sin we must see how it has hurt God and others and be deeply sorry. Yet repentance is more than being sorry, it is changing our attitude and heart back to the Mind of Christ.
Result: Will show true sorrow, even tears, both to God and to men. Will offer restitution whenever possible. Yet, tears and sorrow are only part of repentance.

Matt. 5:5” Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.”
5:5 Graced— the meek for they inherit the earth: Aramic NC

D. “BLESSED ARE THE MEEK” FOR THEY SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH”
a. I.e., gentle, easy to be entreated, a disciplined learner.
1) Would rather suffer injury than inflict it.
2) Not out of weakness, but out of humility, realizing one’s own weakness .
b. A good example of meekness is Moses ……..
1) He was certainly not a weak or timid man – Ex 32:19-20; 30-34 2) But when personally attacked, he was very humble – Num.12:1-3
The meek – those who tame themselves and submit to God. Point: Does not mean weak or fearful but instead means open, teachable, and not defensive.

Proverbs 5:11-14, Proverbs 10:17, Proverbs 12:1, Proverbs 13:18, Proverbs 15:10-12, Proverbs 31, and Proverbs 32.
Result: Will seek advice and counsel and give up defensiveness about being corrected.

Matt 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.”
5:6 Graced— they who famish and are thirsty after justness for they satiate: Aramaic NC

Satiate means to satisfy (a need, a desire, etc.) fully or to excess, to overflowing. Again, referring to abundant life.

E. “HUNGER AND THIRST FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS”

a. I.e., looking for the righteousness which will meet:
1) Their spiritual need.
2) Their mourning over the same .
b. To hunger and thirst suggests not a half-hearted search, but one exemplified by:
1) David in Ps. 42:1-2; 19:12-14
2) Paul in Ph. 3:7-15a

b.Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness – those who seek God’s will with all their hearts. Matthew 22:34-40, Matthew 13:44-46, and Philippians 3:7-11
c.Result: Will be deliberately going to God’s Word, communing with God in prayer and meditation, and other sources of spiritual enrichment and encouragement, like fellowship with the body.
d.We do know that the Lord draws us first and seeks us first.
Romans 3:10–12, says, “As it is written: ‘There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God.” Because no one naturally seeks God, God seeks us.
Romans 5:8 English Standard Version but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
e.Jesus said, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them” (John 6:44).
f.Yet, Jeremiah 29:13 God says, “You will seek me and you will find me, when you seek me with all your heart.”
And Hebrews 4:16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Rev. 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come into him and dine with him, and he with Me.
g.He makes the first step!
h.For they shall be filled.
Philippians 1:10-11 that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, 11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

Note: It is interesting to notice that the first four beatitudes have to do with getting right with God and being filled with His righteousness. The second four beatitudes have more to do with living the life of God among men.

Matt. 5:7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.”
5:7 Graced— the merciful upon their being befriended: Aramaic NC

F. ARE “MERCIFUL”
a. Loving towards those who need it. (e.g., the Good Samaritan)
b. Possessing a forgiving spirit toward those who sin against them.)
1) E.g., Jesus in Lk 23:34 2) E.g., Stephen in Ac 7:60 c. Jesus stressed this characteristic on several occasions…
1) Later in His sermon, in teaching on prayer – Mt 6:14-15 2) In His parable of The Unforgiving Servant – Mt 18:21-35.
d. This virtue grows out of our personal experience of the mercy of God. The only thing flowing from the Throne of God right now is grace and mercy.

e.The merciful – those who show to others what God has shown to them. Point: God laid down His life for us when we were so undeserving. Those who live like God must now give their lives for others even those who seem so undeserving, showing concern and forgiveness.
I John 3:16, Philippians 2:5-7, and Mark 10:45

f.Result: Involvement in the lives of others in giving ways.

“For they shall obtain mercy.”
The law of sowing and reaping is in effect.
Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

 

We will continue with Les.2 next week.

The blessings of the Lord are upon you whether by blood, adoption/sonship or assignment. The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Prov. 10:22

David & Mary Sue

The Gospel of Matthew – Lesson 2 (Continued)

LESSON 2

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW

CHPTRS.4-5
Matt.4:1-5:48

Chapter 4 Continued

Matt.4:11 Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.12 Now when Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, He departed to Galilee.13 And leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali,14 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:15 “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles:16 The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned.”

4:11-16 T hen the devouring accuser leaves him: and behold, angels approaching and ministering to him. And Yah Shua hears that Yah Chanan is shelemed and he departs to Gelila:and leaving Nasrath Deuteronomy 8:3;Psalm 91:11, 12 Deuteronomy 6:16 he comes and inhabits in Kephar Nachum upon the hand of the sea in the coasts of Zebaulaun and Naphtali: to fulfill what was worded through the hand of Yesha Yah the prophet, wording, The earth of Zebaulaun and the earth of Naphtali by the way of the sea, across Yurdenan, Gelila of the peoples: The people sitting in darkness see a great light: and whoever sits in the place and the shadow of death, light shines to them. John 9:1, 2 Aramaic NC

RELATED SCRIPTURES:
Isaiah 9:2The people who walked in darkness Have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined.
Isaiah 60:1-2 Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.2 For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you.

Matt.4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”( SAME MESSAGE AS JOHN THE BAPTIST)
4:7 YAH SHUA PREACHES, REPENT! From then, Yah Shua begins to preach and to word, Repent! For the sovereigndom of the heavens approaches. Aramaic NC

A.Definiton of Repentance: The Greek word is Metatonia. The Hebrew word for repentance is teshubah, from shub, to return. Return to what?

Repent means to change the way you think, return to the mind of Christ. But a better way to say it, is to change the way you see. What if you realized that God is really good? (It is the goodness of God that leads a man to repentance).

B. Kingdom at hand- here right now, tangible.

Matt 4:18-23 And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.19 Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”20 They immediately left their nets and followed Him.21 Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them,22 and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.

4:18-23 YAH SHUA CALLS KEPHA AND ANDREWAS
And when walking about he hand of the sea of Gelila, He sees two brothers, Shimun who is called Kepha and Andrewas his brother casting a net into the sea — for they have been fishers: and Yah Shua words to them, Come after me: and I work that you be fishers of humanity. — and they straightway leave their nets and go after him.

YAH SHUA CALLS YAAQUB AND YAH CHANAN
And when he passes over from there he sees two other brothers — Yaaqub of Zabedai and Yah Chanan his brother in a sailer with Zabedai their father preparing their nets: and he calls them: — and they straightway leave the sailer and their father and go after him. And Yah Shua is going around in all Gelila — doctrinating in their congregations, and preaching the evangelism of the sovereigndom and healing every affliction and sickness of the people: Aramaic NC

A.JESUS WENT TEACHING, PREACHING AND HEALING (IN THAT ORDER)
B.JESUS PREACHED THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM

 

a. What is the Gospel of the Kingdom?

b. The gospel of the kingdom is the whole complex of promises that God makes to those who are redeemed through Christ. The gospel of the kingdom includes the gospel of the cross plus all the promises of God.
1)Components of the Gospel of the Kingdom:
· It is the declaration of the kingdom of God together with the means of entering it.

· It is so much more than we learned in traditional Christianity. It is not a gospel of being saved from hell to go to heaven. The gospel of the Kingdom is not for after you die, but “the Kingdom of Heaven is within you now.” Most Christians do not realize what they inherit when they call on the name of Jesus and know they are born of the Spirit from the beginning. Multitudes of people sit with the seed of God on the inside of them, yet they haven’t found the way to enter into the presence and spirit of God within them. They do not know how to escape the corruption that is in the world; they cannot get free from the lusts of the flesh and the pride of life. The gospel of the Kingdom will set you free and enable you to live godly in this present evil age. Christ in you, the hope of glory!

· It is the living and abiding Word of God will divide you, and separate you, and purify you, and give you a clear and proper understanding of the Kingdom of God in you, not someday, but today.

· It is to have the King himself born within your heart. The life of the King, the zoe life of God, the nature and character of God coming alive within your consciousness.
· It is not based on what you do, but on who you are. The gospel of the kingdom is not what you can do for God, but who you are! The Word was written to reveal to you who you are in Christ from the beginning and who He is in you.

· It is signs following. Jesus preached the gospel of the kingdom and He expressed that. Preaching, teaching and healing.
“Now after John [the Baptist] was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand.

Matthew 24:14: “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.”
Matt. 4:23-24 names all manner of sickness and disease.
Jesus’ Ministry of healing as described in Matt. 4:23‑24

Matthew 4:23-24 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. 24 And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatic, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.
4:23-24 And Yah Shua is going around in all Gelila— doctrinating in their congregations,and preaching the evangelism of the sovereigndom and healing every affliction and sickness of the people: and his fame is heard in all Suriya: and they offer him all evil who are evilly worked and his fame is heard in all Suriya: and they offer him all evil who are evilly worked with diverse sickness and with oppressed torments — demonized and lunatic and paralytic: and he heals them. Aramaic NC

Matt. 4:25 Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them.25 Great multitudes followed Him—from Galilee, and from Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and beyond the Jordan.
4:25 and his fame is heard in all Suriya: and they offer him all evil who are evilly worked with diverse sickness and with oppressed torments — demonized and lunatic and paralytic: and he heals them. And going after him are many congregations of people from Gelila and from Esrat Medinata and from Uri Shelem and from Yah Hud and from across Yurdenan. Aramaic NC

A. Jesus is the Healer.
a. Note that here Jesus heals diseases, (physical) torments, (mental), (emotional pains), and demon possession (spiritual)

1. Matt. 4:23 … All manner of sickness… Grk. Nosos,
Ailments because of disorders in the soul, sick desires that arises out of insecurity or abuse in the soul, (mind, will, emotions) i.e fears, bitterness, wrong thinking etc.

2. Matt.4:23 … and all manner of disease … Grk. Malakia,
Ailments that arise because of weakness or disorder in the body; can be hereditary disorders, passed genetically, ‑family diseases, born that way, etc.

3. Matt. 4:24 … all sick people… Grk. Tous Kakos Echontas,
Those holding to that which are evil, corrupt and harmful things, physical, moral, spiritual; addictions, occult practices etc.

4. Matt. 4:23 … those taken with divers/different diseases… Grk. lit,
Those held in the custody of diseases brought on by their own sick appetites; being sick/oppression, it becomes a way of life.

5. Matt 4:24 … those taken with torments … Grk. Basanos,
All kinds of torment, torture and severe pain, including mental and emotional torment and pain, tormenting memories etc.

6. Matt. 4:24 … those which were possessed with devils, Grk. Diamonizomai
To be possessed afflicted, oppressed, vexed by a demon
Possess‑ taking over will, intellect, emotions and body, ­hindering ability to think or perform normal functions
Depression or Oppression‑ bringing gloom, sadness, discouragement
Suppression ‑ restraining, keeping people back from what they could be spiritually, mentally, emotionally or physically

7. Matt. 4:24 … those which were lunatic.. Grk. word meaning epileptic
Literally, affected by the change‑ of the moon, monthly cycles, women with menstrual suffering, PMS, menopause, etc.

8. Matt. 4:24 … those who had palsy…
Specifically, those paralyzed in any part of their body, miraculous healing often preceded by emotional and mental healing, release from negative mind sets etc., often creative miracles.

B. Jesus is Alive, the Same, He heals them ALL. He still heals every kind of sickness and disease. This is what Jesus taught in relation to healing. Jesus went about doing good and healing all.

Acts 10:38 “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
Note: the Word says all.
Also, notice that healing and deliverance were at many times synonymous.
C. We must realize that Jesus demonstrated and taught some on healing. While many of Jesus teachings can apply to healing, we have very little direct teaching relating specifically to the Scripture. However, we are told that He did three things in all the cities and villages.

D.TEACHING, PREACHING AND HEALING.

Matthew 9:35 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
We will describe the components of the gospel of the kingdom in the next lesson.
Teaching, preaching, and healing were the priorities of Jesus’ ministry. The church in the United States understands and practices the priorities of teaching and preaching. However, the priority of healing and healing ministry seems neglected in many places.
We will continue with Les.2 next week.

The blessings of the Lord are upon you whether by blood, adoption/sonship or assignment. The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Prov. 10:22

David & Mary Sue