The Family, chapter 8

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    (Jeremiah 31:27-28; Indeed, a time is coming, says the Lord, when I will cause people and animals to sprout up in the lands of Israel and Judah. In the past I saw to it that they were uprooted and torn down, that they were destroyed and demolished. But now I will see to it that they are built up and firmly planted. I, the Lord, affirm it!) Study God’s promises to Israel’s tribes and followers of Jesus through the prophets.

    Israel’s continuance, and Jerusalem enlargement is promised. When Satan is bound, and God’s righteousness seen, many will turn, and repent for having lived as what seemed right.

    (Ezek 18:30-32; Therefore I will judge each person according to his conduct, O house of Israel, declares the sovereign Lord. Repent and turn from all your wickedness; then it will not be an obstacle leading to iniquity. Throw away all your sins you have committed and fashion yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why should you die, O house of Israel? For I take no delight in the death of anyone, declares the sovereign Lord. Repent and live!)

     In this prior to Jesus’ return age, Satan is allowed to be this world’s god, but Jesus’ new righteous age is coming. Until then Satan is enjoying deceiving the majority. Jesus inspired Paul to reveal certain people types followers of Jesus need to watch for in this age.

    (2Thess 2:1-12; Now regarding the arrival of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to be with Him, we ask you, brothers and sisters, not to be easily shaken from your composure or disturbed by any kind of spirit or message or letter allegedly from us, (we apostles) to the effect that the day of the Lord is already here. Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not arrive until the rebellion comes and the man of lawlessness is revealed, (the son of destruction.)

    He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, and as a result he takes his seat in God’s temple, displaying himself as God. Surely you recall that I used to tell you these things while I was still with you. And so you know what holds him back, so that he will be revealed in his own time. For the hidden power of lawlessness is already at work.

   However, the One who holds him back will do so until he is taken out of the way, and then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will destroy by the breath of His mouth and wipe out by the manifestation of his arrival. The arrival of the lawless one will be by Satan’s working, with all kinds of miracles and signs and false wonders, and with every kind of evil deception directed against those who are perishing, because they found no place in their hearts for the truth so as to be saved.

    Consequently God sends on them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, and so all of them who have not believed the truth, but have delighted in evil will be condemned.)

    Lawless one is likely a person Satan uses, characteristically opposed to God’s righteousness and manifesting himself as an angel of light.

Pure words and the truth.

    Words, and their meaning, ‘how discerned’, creates beliefs and becomes the foundation of character. Thus, an accurate translation of God’s inspired Word is important. Consider a portion of God’s millennial prophecy from two translations. (NET BIBLE: Zephaniah 3:9 Know for sure that I will then enable the nations to give Me acceptable praise. All of them will invoke the Lord’s name when they pray, and will worship Him in unison.) (KING JAMES:(Zeph 3:9; For then I will turn to the people, a pure language, that they all call upon the name of the Lord to serve Him with one consent.) Both reveal understanding to the nations, and God reveals understanding to the people.)

    Multiple denominations will cease to exist; understanding is gifted, God makes all people serve, ‘give acceptable praise’ with knowledge. So, what’s keeping the world from understanding God’s truth? (Demonic deceptions and the nature inherited from Adam.)

    God’s plan for His people is more awesome than denominational minded folks can imagine. Jesus inspired the prophets to share the result of disobedience.

    (Zep 3:6; I destroyed nations; their walled cities are in ruins. I turned their streets into ruins; no one passes through them. Their cities are desolate; no one lives there.) Whether destruction is allowed by warring nations, or God personally destroys, it’s His doing by allowing people go their way of choice. Most prophecy is from the point of view, ‘it is done’, because God’s Word and plans are sure. Consider the prophetic events described in Revelations. It’s evident that most people will not view punishments as reason to repent and respect God.
(Zeph 3:7; I thought, ‘Certainly you will respect Me, now you will accept correction.‘ If she had done so, her home would not be destroyed by all the punishments I have threatened. But they eagerly sinned in everything they did.)

    Other prophecies indicate that people harden their hearts rather than turn to God when punishment is rendered. Few recognize that wars and destructive conditions are the result of sin; ‘not choosing a turning.’ That is, not repenting for having lived the way that seemed right to the fleshly intellect. Zephaniah’s prophecy parallels Isaiah’s and Jeremiah’s.

   (Zeph 3:8-18; Therefore you must wait patiently for Me, says the Lord, for the day when I attack and take plunder. I have decided to gather nations together and assemble kingdoms, so I can pour out my fury on them – all My raging anger. For the whole earth will be consumed by My fiery anger. Know for sure that I will then enable the nations to give Me acceptable praise. All of them will invoke the Lord’s name when they pray, and will worship Him in unison. From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia, those who pray to Me will bring Me tribute. In that day you will not be ashamed of all your rebelliousness against Me, for then I will remove from your midst those who proudly boast, and you will never again be arrogant on My holy hill.

    I will leave in your midst a humble and meek group of people, and they will find safety in the Lord’s presence. The Israelites who remain will NOT act deceitfully. They will not lie, and a deceitful tongue will not be found in their mouth. Indeed, they will graze peacefully like sheep and lie down; no one will terrify them. Shout for joy, Daughter Zion! Shout out, Israel! Be happy and boast with all your heart, Daughter Jerusalem.

     The Lord has removed the judgment against you; He has turned back your enemy. Israel’s king, the Lord, is in your midst! You no longer need to fear disaster. On that day they will say to Jerusalem, “Don’t be afraid, Zion! Your hands must not be paralyzed from panic! The Lord your God is in your midst; He is a warrior who can deliver. He takes great delight in you; He renews you by His love; He shouts for joy over you.” “As for those who grieve because they cannot attend the festivals – I took them away from you; they became tribute and were a source of shame to you.)

    The world will KEEP GOD’S festivals. God’s people will be ashamed of those not wanting to keep His festivals. Understand much prophecy, is for the millennial age, and the word, ‘Israel’ literally means, ‘those God fights for.’ Israelites include followers of Jesus, and He inspired His apostle Paul to identify true Israelites, (Review Galatians 3:26-29)

    (Zeph 3:19-20; Look, at that time I will deal with those who mistreated you. I will rescue the lame sheep and gather together the scattered sheep. I will take away their humiliation and make the whole earth admire and respect them. At that time I will lead you – at the time I gather you together. Be sure of this! I will make all the nations of the earth respect and admire you when you see ME restore you,” says the Lord.)

     Note, there is No works on the part of His Chosen People. As with the gift of salvation, God does it all. We need only boast in Him. We need to realize the degree in which the god of this age, has twisted and camouflages words. When God is camouflaged in the minds of people, worshiping Him in spirit and truth is impossible. Thinking in terms of, ‘words mattering’ consider Jesus’ words to Israelites.

    (Matt 7:7-8; Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you. For, everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.) Meaning; ones led to seek truthfully finds, and knocking has the meaning of being persistent. Does anyone suppose Jesus is okay with people asking through the name of one of the many denominations? With these truths in mind we must conclude that seeking includes truthfulness of mind, in scriptural study, prayer and meditation. A questioning of various theologies is a must, in order to be a follower of Jesus, and worship Him in spirit and truth. Thus, a follower of Jesus is spiritually led to know Jesus as He manifest Himself to be in the Holy Scriptures.

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