Aggregation of our Facebook teachings (Course in a post)

As we are turning the tide of ministry around the globe, it’s been decided that our teaching on Facebook is not reaching enough people; therefore, since we need a much larger pulpit to the world, we are migrating much of our work to here from Facebook to remove the dependency on Facebook to help us distribute. More and more, cultural and religious type posts fall under their demotion algorithm, which ruins our chances at influencing.

Please spread our information as much as possible, for this is the Will of Christ Jesus, our Lord. This is not an exhaustive amount of our teachings; however, this is what was transferred over to here. Teachings are most recent and descending. These are similar to daily devotions.

April 23, 2021: Not even the paper and ink will I use to come to you, for I want to see you face to face. (2 John 1:12).I think we should all follow John’s example, and lessen social media and impersonal notes. After all, we must make best use of our time, because the days are evil (Ephesians 5:16). When you do speak, do not be the fool who lacks understanding but just wants to speak their opinion (Proverb 18:2), but expressing your wise thought concerning whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8).

April 19, 2021: People use labels all the time, but let them. If people tie themselves to the world placing on themselves insignia (labels in their brains that are likely the mark of the beast should they be depraved instead of saved) or tattoos that make them look like a slave – you can tell them it is wrong, but if GOD wills, they may repent. Do not be dismayed that the world is suffering, for many of the world are eternally lost. If you stay on the negative side of things, you will experience despair. But, if you are on the celebratory side of things, you know you can rejoice now forevermore, because you are marked with the Holy Ghost and only desire to preach the good news – after all, it’s Heaven from hereupon. What do we have to worry about?

If you are not communing with others in an air of honor for their work for the Lord, do not expect them to do the same for you. Commune with others as you would desire they commune with you (Matthew 7:12). God’s Elect are not of the world system, as in they do not have world desires – like respect (power). However, respect as a form of honor is due for all who work well for the Lord.

People are searching for a sign: Jesus tells us look no further than that of the prophet Jonah (Matthew 12:39). Your miracle is awaiting.People are searching for identity: Jesus tells us we are made in the image of GOD (Genesis 1:27), and that we are the children of GOD foreordained before being in the mother’s womb to go about in good works (Ephesians 1:5) – not in darkness, but in His Marvelous Light (1 Peter 2:9; Jeremiah 1:5). Christ Jesus lives inside the elect, and nothing can change that (Galatians 2:20). All of the elect are one part of the Body of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27). Not servants, but friends (John 15:15). YOUR LIFE is hidden in Christ in GOD, and will remain as that way should you be an elect of GOD (Colossians 3:1-4). If you can declare Jesus as Lord and know you mean it, then you are elect. As well, if you can declare that GOD created us, and sanctified us to be in His Good Works forever – this is another assurance you are elect. Galatians 3:27 calls the elect one of Abraham’s offspring, which are heirs of the promise. What is the promise? The elect will be given eternal life and be with GOD eternally. All those of GOD’S SPIRIT (the elect) are sons of GOD (Romans 8:14-15). What is the way I as an elect shall live my life? Live it like a party, be in celebration and full of peace, joy, and righteousness forever. Seriously, celebrate. Eternal life begins now and shall remain. Just avoid foul parties that involve several bad factors (look in Galatians 5:19). See Ephesians 5 about how we should be living life. Party lifestyle is not as the world sees it, don’t be like the world. What I mean is that this interpretation says to sing to each other, enjoy each other in love, have grace, peace, love, joy, self-control, and so many more good things. Leave alone the things of the world that rot. Enjoy the things of eternal behold. Rely on these instructions to keep things on the straight and narrow (along with reading all of the word, but especially): 1 Peter 2:1-12. Also reference Psalm 23 if you feel doubt.But the point of this life is to celebrate GOD in all that you do (See Psalm 5). Avoid such things as the works of the flesh referenced above and avoid things described in 1 John 2:16-17: Lust of eyes & flesh, and the pride of life. When you are elect, this life is not yours, it belongs to GOD no matter what occurs (Romans 14:8).

April 13, 2021: Fake media. I truly dislike the world system, you know the system that tries to distract you from God? Many to most media is so fake! People are deceiving masses upon masses on multimedia, and people let themselves be enslaved to that. Why… Why do you let mass media enslave you? If we need to talk about slavery, we start with the devil’s slavery on most people of the world right now. The power to make beautiful music is what Lucifer had, and guess what? He uses it as hypnosis to enslave the entire world. So many outlets of media and sinfulness broadcast the devil’s reproach of God and God’s People. Wake up to the true reality: Slavery begets slavery, and it all started with the devil and will end with the devil. REFUSE THE MARK OF THE BEAST — BE SAVED BY GOD’S ETERNAL PLAN.

April 11, 2021: My experience with a missionary long ago was a pastor asking me about my faith. To his question, I answered, “yes, I walk by faith, not by sight, not by power, not by might, but ‘by my Spirit,’ saith the Lord.” The missionary had a look on his face… You can imagine what he was thinking.

April 8, 2021: READ CAREFULLY: If you are in a church and your pastor/leader is giving you the signal that worldliness and godliness are both good or only worldliness; and you follow that… It is a lukewarm church. They are purposely telling you that mixture is okay and giving you false teaching or prophecy to keep you bound enough to stay there and not grow too fast. This tends to be more of a focus on the church making money instead of sending disciples. If I operate a church, I always tell my members that I expect them to go eventually, but I don’t mind coming back or if they are a local missionary, because a church is a spiritual home. The Bible says a few things to note: come out from the world to be separate and unique as a Christian to set an example of godliness to attract more people to eternal life, lukewarm people will be spewed from God’s Mouth, and go and make disciples of all nations. Once you accomplish being separate of the world, you will see the freedom you have now and know just how abominable the world can be. Let’s just say to avoid spiritual inflammation.

March 31, 2021:

Ephesians 4:15 is repeatedly taken out of context “speak the truth in love,” which has been said to speak the truth softly to someone or to speak to them with no harsh tones or to keep from saying something that might offend someone. PLEASE READ THIS CONTEXT…Ephesians 4:11-16, “11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;[[DO YOU FIT THIS ^^^^^^ CATEGORY?]]12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.”So looking at this context from 14-16, it appears some deceivers will slip in among the midst of the body of Christ (the believers). Do you expect to just speak softly to them or tell them what they want to hear? NO! YOU REBUKE THEM! You tell them to straighten up the act, because they will be held at discipline before God. WE SPEAK THE TRUTH TO PEOPLE IN ANY FORMAT BECAUSE WE LOVE PEOPLE AND LOVE GOD!Try not to overdo the “carefulness aspect”, and work more on actual edification. Stand out and be free to be who God created you to be. If you want to tell someone to leave a sinful lifestyle, for example, you do so because you care for them since that sinful lifestyle is trying to destroy their life!!!Get out of the boat and into the water… You of little faith. Watch God bloom your faith big and tall.

You’re being robbed of your blessing if your preacher is only giving you soft truth and padding your armor. (1 John 3:18 < READ THIS!)

March 29, 2021: Before troubling someone, ask yourself if this would be the ideal last moment with them. If not, and you want to make sure you leave a good impression (and a good legacy), then truly decide your interaction before a meet. If someone was to be enraptured by Christ Jesus tomorrow, would you be satisfied with how they were treated… Or better yet, find this challenge… Would you be satisfied with the fact you did not talk with someone about Salvation, for if they passed tomorrow they could *possibly* not be saved and therefore be destroyed in eternal fire. BE INTENTIONAL ABOUT YOUR LIFE.

Trying to not get carried away but here goes… a bold preaching from Paul from the New Testament… I encourage marriage between a non-confused male and female, because of this one very important piece, which is that reaching sexual maturity is of high importance, for the misdeeds of sexual things of the flesh is quite harmful to the human body. Become sexually mature quickly and know that relations should be between Husband and Wife (no extramarital conduct whatsoever). The Bible is very clear of sexual problems. Don’t let it inflame your soul.

Per my recent post of the Rocks will Cry Out. This interpretation is based upon the following:Isaiah 55:12 says, “You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.” Throughout Psalm 148, there are numerous examples of created things praising their Creator—the sun, moon, stars, heavens, water, sky, animals, and people.Because of the refusal to not give praise unto the Lord, the rocks (unbelievers) would cry out in song, because they long for their ways to be “right” even though they’ll never be.So don’t let those who praise evil be able to speak loud… You encourage your voice to speak louder than the evil ones, because Our God is Greater than anything on Earth and within the heavens and the place of Hades.

March 27, 2021: Wake up sleeper, don’t be silent about the Lord, or the rocks will cry out (Luke 19:40).The peace all of you crave is hidden from you. (Luke 19:41-44)

March 23, 2021: I really believe the Bible gives a good admonition for those who don’t have personal peace. It’s found in Romans 12:1-8…1. Offer your body as a living sacrifice, so therefore, be alive to serve God forevermore.2. Do not try to conform or be as the ways of this world… It is so difficult and time consuming to impress people. It is better to renew your mind and focus on the spiritual aspects that are easily missed: Worship God, attending to nature, praying, seeing art, listening to spiritual music, and so much more.3. Don’t think you are any better than other people, just think of God and how wonderful He is.4. For those who have specific gifts as the ones listed: teaching, leading, prophecy, serving, giving, showing mercy, or encouraging – You should use these in all that you do. Beautiful spiritual blessings erupt for you when you do as you are purposed in the Holy Spirit.

March 16, 2021: People need to hear the truth, but don’t want to – afraid it may seem discriminating; however, God does not lie and will not be mocked (Galatians 6:7). Instead, people tend to gather “teachers” or “preachers” who speak things that people want to hear — example: ‘God will make you rich’, ‘God will give you what you want’, ‘Give your tithe and offering, and receive a blessing overflow’. Have you heard that if people promise you things that cannot be verified or saying “it *Will* fix your problem” – you should run the other way? This life is between GOD and you – GOD to person relationship. It only matters what He says about you. Follow His Word! Be saved from the destructive heresies. (See more in 2 Timothy 4). It is very difficult to find a truth teacher who stays fundamental to Biblical doctrine and does not allow himself to be swayed by societal norms or cultural problems. If you are in search, you are not alone. I am looking for the same, an actual fundamental preacher who matches a close Biblical finding. They are out there, and are a remnant just like the Body of Christ is just a remnant of the world.Salvation is not about you, it is about Jesus Christ. Take the blinders off and see Christ Jesus today in your life (Philippians 3:9-11). Those who have Jesus, though, are special, and blessed, and have life eternal. Yes, you will always be with GOD is you are saved. The message of Salvation seems foolish for those who are perishing, but to the Saved, it is good news that is your power from God – the only source of all power (1 Corinthians 1:18). You did not choose God… God chose you! (John 6:44).

Do not trust those who only speak well of you (spiritual leader situations) – for that is how false prophets were treated and how false prophets act as well. Everybody needs praise and rebuke, not just praise (Luke 6:26; 1 Timothy 5:20; 2 Timothy 4:2). Therefore, if your Bible teacher/preacher is not rebuking and praising, then there may be a problem.

Oh how many Christian pharisees we have today. Be on the lookout for them according to Matthew 23:1-29 – this is where Jesus instructs how to identify pharisees (which you will probably see them teaching the Bible adorned with beautiful garments and super personalities).

Note about false teachers from 2 Peter 2:2: Many will follow their evil teaching and shameful immorality. And because of these teachers, the way of truth will be slandered.

“For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.” (Matthew 24:24).

Just so you know, if you follow mass media, you are being hypnotized often. They use hypnosis in almost all facets of media. Look up music hypnosis/sound healing, visual hypnosis such as video, trigger words, hypnotic worship, etc. It goes on and on.

March 15, 2021: Basic broad rules for life:1. Live in the present 2. The past and future do not belong to you 3. You’re not promised tomorrow. There we go… Nothing grim, just celebrate today and enjoy it. Never know what the Lord could do in your life or others’ lives.

MORE CONTEXT…Past does not belong to you: Jesus told Zaccheus that He is coming to Z’s house, and Jesus said He will clean out everything bad of his past.Future does not belong to you: “Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”” (James 4:13-15).LIVE FOR TODAY! 😃“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. ” (Psalm 118:24).Also, remember 9/11….”Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all.” (Ecclesiastes 9:11).

More truth, just saying:Anyone who practices sin or habitually attends to it is of the devil (1 John 3:8). God cannot be tempted of evil nor does God tempt people (James 1:13-15). Nobody can hide from God, and also the Son of God, Jesus Christ, is the only living being on Earth without sin (Hebrews 4:13-15). This is why I have taught that when you are saved, you are expected to leave the practice of sin, which means to avoid it. Some are caught in sin on accident or because of ignorance; however, the Holy Spirit is there to protect you by convicting you that it is not the right way. Therefore, you must know that to glorify God, we must be without sin. Think about it: This is our creator. And also, when you have left sin, you will notice dramatic improvement in health, because you have closed the vulnerabilities that the enemy can use to destroy your health. The devil tries to come to steal, kill, and destroy; however, Christ Jesus came to give you life and life more abundantly (John 10:10). Somebody give God a shout of praise! Hallelujah!

March 5, 2021: God is the creator who gives life to humanity and all living things. The world is His beautiful and “very good” creation (Genesis 1:31). God is the designer, the architect, the artist, the coder, and the life giver. He good, He is loving, and He takes delight in His Creation. (Journey the Word by Prophet Jason Allen Pfoutz – chapter 1)

We know of the Deity and personality of the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3-4), who regenerates sinners (Titus 3:5), indwells believers (Romans 8:9), is the agent by whom Christ baptizes all believers into His body (1 Corinthians 12:12-14), is the seal by whom the Father promises the salvation of believers unto the day of redemption (Ephesians 1:13-14), and is the Divine Teacher who reveals the knowledge and wisdom of God to believers’ hearts and minds as they study the Word of God (1 Corinthians 2:9-12).

In case someone has the idea that they are not special, recognize the following facts…Those who are Saved in Jesus Christ have irrevocable God’s Holy Spirit within them, specifically the Spirit that speaks of Jesus Christ. The flesh may feel dead, but the Spirit is life due to righteousness (Romans 8:10). The greatest treasure lives in you (2 Corinthians 4:6-7), and Christ Jesus lives in you so you will have everlasting faith (Galatians 2:20).Our hearts are home for Jesus Christ (Ephesians 3:17). I have seen the miracles of Christ Jesus’ Name being spoken, and right before me many healings and miracles happened. He is our True Hope (Colossians 1:27). Nobody has to suffer second death or hell if they are saved in Christ Jesus – it is an absolute fact (Matthew 25:31-46).Don’t be trapped in the world or the underworld, obtain life eternal now!

February 7, 2021: Do NOT let the devil convince you that God placed an illness on you or let you have an illness so He can use it for good. The Lord may use situations for good; however, what you need to know is… Jesus healed all who came to Him (Matthew 12:15; Luke 4:40; John 14:12; Mark 6:56). If God was going around using illness to draw people close to Him, then how’s come Jesus healed ALL of them? God desires that you are healed, and by faith, you will receive the promise Jesus Christ made to you and on your behalf since He is the High Priest! (Psalms 103:2-6 and Hebrews 2:9).Endnote: If people are concerned with why Paul had a thorn in his flesh, it was because he saw the third heaven — How many people have had this happen? Very few and it was around the time of Jesus’ First Advent. I simply do not accept anyone who says that God is using sickness to draw people close to Him. God just draws people, regardless of sickness or not – adverse use of sin or not much sin – and so many other contrasting viewpoints. Put simply, the Bible does not reveal God uses sickness for His Purposes, because He allowed Jesus to willingly bear all of it so that we His People did not ever have to. If you are sick, then God wants you healed, so come to the fountain and receive a fresh outpouring! Praise the Lord!P.S. This is something most pastors and spiritual leaders will not mention, because like doctors, they want you to keep coming back to their “practice.” I don’t want to play church. I want serious things happening to serious believers, and start experiencing Heaven now. Forget the infirmity… I’d rather have peace, joy, righteousness, and love in the Holy Ghost forever and ever. Amen!

January 26, 2021: Double your portion they said… But they didn’t equip the disciple with the most important advice… Do everything in love. Come on, we need more love, love, love – not money, money, money – for ministry. Folks crave the oil of anointing, but not the oil of anointing found in the love of God. Ministry is not new age practices of applying essential oils to humans, saying you are healed, and then expecting God to “just take care of it” – when YOU the MINISTER have the power to trample scorpions, heal the sick, do miracles, deliver people from demons, and more. Applying anointing oil is a cup of blessing from God, who is the love that people need. If people cannot feel the love of the Father when they are anointed, then the anointing is a clanging cymbal – a show in other words. Don’t let your ministry be an acrobatic show — Let it be a ministry of love unto our Lord in Heaven. This prophecy must be shared. Thanks from our Lord.

January 21, 2021: Picture this: The Jewish system was in place when Christ Jesus walked the Earth. Their claims were the following: Grace does not exist because Yahweh is too holy to give out grace, so you have to follow the Mosaic Law just like everyone else. They told Jesus, being born Jewish, that He was to be obedient to the Law and stop the uprising. What the Jewish system did not know was that Jesus came to reform the Law, because He carries the Heart of the Father G-D to seek and save that which was lost. What was lost? The ability to be righteous, joy, and peace by the Holy Ghost. So why did Jesus press so hard? Because… Just because. The Heart of the Father is expressed in all things Jesus had done, but the Jewish leaders thought He was a reprobate. But, as you should know, Jesus was not a reprobate, and He came to show the Father’s Love so that we might be saved of the coming destruction of the earth. Therefore, you must know that the earth is melting and the elements are taxing the globe. Think global warming is a catastrophe like the government does… The government works for God. BUT, the government cannot stop global warming. The earth is melting just as we saw in prophecy. Jesus warned of the end of days, and they began after He was crucified and arose on the Third Day. We will begin to see day two of Revelation prophecy in the coming weeks, months, years — It’s not up to us to know the times and seasons of the LORD. Therefore, we await His Return, and thankfully us Saved humans won’t melt as the sun is getting closer to Earth every single day (look at Space Weather and NASA studies on how close the earth is getting now). Bible prophecy is being made real before our very eyes. We do not need to worry though, because once we were saved by Jesus Christ, we became part of Him and will escape destruction. This is the good news of the Gospel. Now that is something to whoa or wow about!See references: Matthew 5-7; Mark 1:40-44; (not reprobate) Mark 2:23-28; Mark 3:31-35; (prophecy on Earth melting): Isaiah 24:6; 64:1-5; Malachi 4:1; (confirmed prophecy – the scroll is opened) 2 Peter 3:10-13; Revelation 16:8-9.

January 19, 2021: Feel your value tonight… You are associated with GOD Almighty, maker of Heaven and Earth. You are the creator of your own little world just as He created His World. You are part of His World. You have the ability to live, create, shape, manipulate, divert, and blossom your Earthly destiny, but nobody can change your true Heavenly destiny. Once you live in Heaven on Earth, your mind will restore to the purpose God has you here for. Experiencing the definition of love every day in perceivable/tangible things is one of the great ways to experience GOD. What a beautiful experience to be chosen to do this, for Him, forever. We cannot be plucked out of His Hand. This is for you to take the helm and gird up your loins – you are ahead of the battle, you saw it coming, and now you are the victor, because the battle was already won by Christ Jesus when He was buried, but resurrected. He saw the end from the beginning so that we could have an expected end: the New Heavens and New Earth. But patience, pleading patience, to be here and endure the fullness of time. New Heaven and New Earth will not appear until God revokes the fullness of time and destroys Heaven and Earth as we know it. Keep Heaven in view, because it is here and now. GOD came and dwelt among men, and declared these are the last days. Be ready to see His Glory in your everyday life. Once you do that, expect only the best and never the worst. Do not catastrophize your days, but cling to each ONE DAY moment by moment. We are only promised ONE DAY at a time, and to enjoy moment by moment. We know and are rejoicing in who GOD is. Death is a lie, and we reign forever and ever in His Kingdom. This is the truth of the Gospel. Stand with your prophet here and dive into God’s Work. It is amazingly rewarding and completely beneficial now and eternally. Hallelujah!

THAT IS ALL FOR NOW. THANKS FOR BEING PART OF OUR MINISTERIAL WORK!

Lessons from the Bible on clean and unclean meats | Holiday special 5

The Bible speaks rather intently about clean and unclean meats, which was mainly for the Jews to follow; however, following the guidelines is proven to boost health significantly and make our bodies better for God’s Work. We are doing this in time for the holidays to instruct you on the better ways to eat, especially if you want to avoid gaining excess weight or doing something unhealthy (like maybe over-snacking on candy LOL).

Notice: God gave His Laws to instruct us on what is right and wrong, not as a means to strictly enforce things in our life or have a complicated conscience. They are for our own protection. Now, we don’t practice as the Jews do when it comes to strict enforcement of laws; however, sin is never tolerated by God, and a good believer knows to repent before God when he or she has sinned.

For most of the laws, there are certain risks with consuming certain foods. For example, pork is extremely popular; however, the Israelites were informed by God that it is forbidden, because diseases they might catch if they consume it, such as Trichinosis (ref). God is the authority on our conduct, and He never changes. Things did not suddenly change for God’s Law to be followed once Christ Jesus liberated the Law, because that does not modify who God is. Christ Jesus fulfilled the Law, but He did not abolish it, which meant it was still to be followed to best of a person’s ability, but that the Christian should not feel so guilty, but still repent, to show God that they are interested in pleasing Him.

Nothing will stave off the consequences of breaking God’s Law. For example, adultery and sexual immorality can destroy marriages and family, stealing can land someone in jail, and numerous other calamities that people can suffer. As said before, the Law was given to help people understand what right and wrong is, so that they can avoid those consequences. Using “liberation” doctrine to give yourself a license to sin is obviously wrong, and the Bible does not teach this whatsoever. To teach that sin is acceptable is to blaspheme God (see Ezekiel 20:27; Romans 6:1-2; 1 John 3:6; Romans 6:15-23).

Man alone cannot please God, but with Christ, all things are possible including pleasing God. Life is all about relationships: with God, with others, with animals, with plants, with foods, with material things, etc. It’s how the human mind works. God’s Word is not just a legal book, it is a book about God’s Love being demonstrated in all facets of life to send to each of His People only the best that they deserve and to challenge them. Life is also about challenges, for they prepare us for Heaven!

As relationships develop, we learn what these relationships expect of us. For example, we learn about what God expects from us, and this is highest calling, one that we should never be reprobate to. His direction and instruction provide guidelines for developing this relationship with Him. It is awesome! Everything good and respectful to God in this life is worth it!

CLEAN ANIMALS

Animals that chew the cud and part of the hoof

  • Antelope
  • Bison (buffalo)
  • Caribou
  • Cattle (beef and veal)
  • Deer (venison)
  • Elk
  • Gazelle
  • Giraffe
  • Goat
  • Hart
  • Moose
  • Ox
  • Reindeer
  • Sheep (lamb and mutton)

Fish with fins and scales

  • Anchovy
  • Barracuda
  • Bass
  • Bluefish
  • Bluegill
  • Carp
  • Cod
  • Crappie
  • Flounder
  • Grouper
  • Haddock
  • Hake
  • Halibut
  • Hardhead
  • Herring
  • Kingfish
  • Mackerel
  • Mahimahi
  • Minnow
  • Mullet
  • Perch
  • Pike
  • Pollack
  • Salmon
  • Sardines
  • Shad
  • Snapper
  • Sole
  • Steelhead
  • Trout
  • Tuna
  • Whitefish

Birds

  • Chicken
  • Dove
  • Duck
  • Goose
  • Guinea Fowl
  • Partridge
  • Pheasant
  • Pigeon
  • Prairie chicken
  • Quail
  • Sparrow
  • Swan
  • Teal
  • Turkey

Insects

Locusts, crickets, grasshoppers.

UNCLEAN ANIMALS

  • Swine such as boars or pigs.
  • Canines such as coyotes, dogs, foxes, hyenas, jackals, or wolves.
  • Felines such as cats, cheetahs, leopards, lions, panthers, or tigers.
  • Equines such as donkeys, horses, mules, or zebras.
  • Others: Armadillos, badgers, bears, beavers, camels, elephants, gorillas, groundhogs, hares, hippopotamus, kangaroos, llamas, moles, monkeys, mice, muskrats, opossums, porcupines, rabbits, raccoons, rats, rhinoceroses, skunks, slugs, snails, squirrels, wallabies, weasels, wolverines, worms, and all insects except for locusts.

Fish without scales and fins

  • Fish such as bullhead, catfish, eels, marlins, paddlefish, sharks, swordfish, sturgeons, or squids.
  • Shellfish such as abalone, clams, crabs, crayfish, lobsters, mussels, prawns, oysters, scallops, or shrimp.
  • Soft body such as jellyfish, octopus, squid, or cuttlefish.
  • Sea mammals such as dolphins, otters, porpoises, seals, walruses, or whales.

Birds of prey, scavengers, etc.

  • Albatross
  • Bats
  • Buzzards
  • Cranes
  • Crows
  • Eagles
  • Flamingos
  • Gulls
  • Hawks
  • Osprey
  • Ostrich
  • Owls
  • Parrots
  • Pelicans
  • Penguins
  • Ravens
  • Roadrunners
  • Seagulls
  • Storks
  • Swallows
  • Vultures
  • Woodpeckers

Reptiles

  • Alligators
  • Crocodiles
  • Lizards
  • Snakes
  • Turtles

Amphibians

  • Frogs
  • Newts
  • Salamanders
  • Toads

7 Lessons we can draw from the Christmas Story | Holiday special 4

From what we have observed, Christmas is one of the best times in our lives that we celebrate. There are numerous reasons why we celebrate the Christmas story, knowing first and foremost Christmas is about Jesus Christ!

What we can glean from the Bible are important truths that help us take shape an even greater story. It is hoped that these guide you into this holiday season!

1. God’s Forgiveness is available to all

We see in Isaiah 11:1-2, “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.”

We hear in the song, “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” that “God and sinners reconciled.” This is the amazing truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He provides Salvation and eternal life, and this comes from the benefit of forgiveness of sins. We see the ministry of reconciliation that God came in the form of man, Jesus Christ, to “Save His People from sin.” What an awesome thing we have in Christ!

2. God is in control of leadership of the world

Romans 13:1 says, “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.”

Our God, who has made the earth, stars, universe, heavens, and more is our commanding leader overall! Peace is within the Prince of Peace, and He alone provides rest for our souls. God regards our lowliness as well, and provides us forgiveness. He is our Great Shepherd (Psalm 23).

3. Christ Jesus is our Shepherd

Psalm 23 describes Our Lord is Our Shepherd. Ezekiel 34:15, “I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord GOD.”

Christ Jesus came to impute upon us peace, and lead and guide us through Life more abundantly. The hope of eternal life can be for all people, and we do hope we can spread it evermore to so many people.

He provides us our daily provisions, He gives us rest for our souls (as we noted above), He helps us by delivering us from evil and death, and gives us goodness and mercy forevermore.

4. God grants peace as we wait upon Him

Just as prophesied in Isaiah 9:6, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

Then, we see powerful truth in Romans 16:20, “And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.” Also note 2 Thessalonians 3:16, “Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.”

When we reflect upon God, we allow His Spirit to speak to us. We reflect on the wonder of God, our Creator, and all the beautiful things He has created! It’s truly amazing.

5. God can powerfully perform the impossible

Matthew 19:26 says, “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”

God really can do the impossible, for with Him, all things are possible. He can help in almost any situation, save us from trouble, and help improve our lives. This is something we must truly believe, for He can truly help us. Since He can help us, we know we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13).

6. God is our utmost provider

God provided the Passover lamb for us, who was born in to this world, the redeemer, Jesus Christ: “And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together” (Genesis 22:8).

This is proven in Philippians 4:19, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

7. Heaven is going to be so awesome

Knowing we had this great and merciful Savior from Heaven come, we better believe so many great things are awaiting us for our eternal destiny in Heaven!

John 14:1-3 tells us the first magnificent truth, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told* you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”

1 Corinthians 2:9-10 then tells us that we cannot imagine the awesomeness, but must know that it is so overwhelmingly awesome… “But as it is written*, Eye hath not seen, nor* ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.”

Now, we discover one of the most awesome things in Revelation 21:3-4, “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”

We will have new bodies eventually… 1 Corinthians 15:40 says, “There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.” Then also in 1 Corinthians 15:54, “So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.”

What will it look like (kind of)… Revelation 21:18-23, “And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst. And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass. And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.”

Overall, Salvation, eternal life, Christ Jesus coming, and all great things that pertain to life and godliness – How Awesome!

God truly is love! It’s amazing!

We cite many nouns in describing God, the truly existent God of all. God is Spirit, God is One, God is everywhere, and God is Love. Now, in terms of love, it involves human feelings. 1 John 4 describes God as Love twice. God is called agape (God loves humanity). This means that this is one of the characteristics of God. This means that God is the most self-sacrificial being in the universe, for coming down as Jesus and dying on the cross for our sins. Nonetheless, love is not our God, but our God is Love.

He is the perfect picture of what love really means. God chose to love this world, even if it were fallen and in error. We are His Beloved Humans. We respond to His Love, and we are blessed truly with new life. His unconditional self-sacrificial love is all we need to lead a truly awesome life.

GOD LOVES YOU! For John 3:16-18 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

If you know what GOD’s love is, however, you’d see it as unconditional and uncaused. You’d see GOD’s love as encompassing over everything. Love may be described as the most important thing ever in history. Because of love, GOD created the Earth. Because of love, GOD sent His Son (as referenced above), and allowed His Holy Spirit to come and dwell within us (John 20:22). GOD’s ultimate purpose for all this? To fellowship and share with His people, and to do it through love. Love never ends, just as stated above.

We did nothing to initiate this love. And even when we’ve sinned, caused every issue against humanity…GOD STILL LOVES US! So, if people judge you, are hateful toward you, and even despise you – there will still be GOD who LOVES YOU WITH ALL HIS HEART! His love never fails, never gives up, and never runs out (Psalm 107:1-22 and Psalm 136:1-26 and Lamentations 3:22-24).

Are presents, a tree, lights, tinsel, and more something the Bible teaches? | Holiday special 2

There are many discussions floating around the internet and YouTube about Christmas being a pagan holiday. However, this is found to be far from the truth. There are many components of Christmas that have been placed higher than Jesus Christ, which is sad, because we should be worshiping Christ at Christmas. It is all about Him!

What do presents, lights, a tree, tinsel, ribbon, etc. have to do with Christ then? Does the Bible actually support these things? We think it does. Let’s go through each segment of Christmas generally and review them according to the Bible.

Tree

So the old Douglas/Balsam/Fraser/Canaan/Grand/Noble/Concolor Fir, or the White/Scotch/Virginia Pine, how about the Blue/Norway/White Spruce, or how about the Arizona/Leyland Cypress, or even the Red Cedar? That’s about 16 types of Christmas trees. But what does the Bible say about them?

We learn about the Cedars of Lebanon, found in Isaiah 35:2; 60:13. It is a symbol of Lebanon. This is a good reference that means that the Bible acknowledges trees and loves them. It is a sign of life!

Lights

Very simply the Christmas lights mean the Light of the World that we acknowledge and love: Jesus Christ! (John 8:12). Any lights that are lit must remind us of Jesus being the Light of the World.

Tinsel

Jeremiah 10:3-4, “3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. 4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.”

Although it says these customs are vanity, if someone feels better to do them, then do them as unto the Lord!

Ribbons, bows, and other decor

Incidentally, this is not found in the Bible. Therefore, it is up to the person to decide if they can glorify God with ribbons and bows.

Presents and gifts

Gift giving is encouraged in the Bible. Look in Luke 6:38, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”

But God gifted the most perfect gift: Jesus Christ, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James 1:17; see also John 3:16).

Singing songs

This can be found in many Scriptures: the Psalms, Isaiah 44:23; 49:13; Acts 16:25.

Concluding

As you can see, many of these things point to Jesus Christ and we can feel glad that they do, for it is important to worship Jesus Christ at Christmas and enjoy the manifestation of His Presence at all times!

Is Santa Claus someone to acknowledge? | Holiday special 1

As we have taken off for the 2020 Holiday season, it is my pleasure to discuss a commonly questioned topic. This is involved in many different things about Christmas, and that is Santa Claus. We first compare the Santa Claus in fiction right now with Jesus Christ, and then we discuss who the real Santa Claus is supposed to be.

Santa ClausJesus Christ
Lives at the north poleHe is found everywhere
Rides in a sleighRides the wind and walks on water
Comes once a yearHe is an ever-present help
Fills stockings with goodiesSupplies all our needs
Comes down the chimney uninvitedStands at the door of your heart and knocks, and will come in if invited.
You wait in line to see himHe is as close as the mention of His Name
Lets you sit on his lapLets you rest in His Arms
He does not know your nameJesus knew about us before the world was created
Has a belly full of jellyHas a heart full of love
Says Ho Ho HoJesus offers help, hope, and full health
Says you better not cryHe says, “Cast all your cares on me for I care for you!”
His elves make toysGives new life, mends broken hearts and homes
Might make you laughGives us unspeakable joy
Puts gifts under your treeJesus became our gift and died on the tree.

The real Saint Nicholas

Nicholas of Myra or Bari was a Christian bishop. He lived around 270-343 AD, which was during the time of the Roman Empire. He was especially known for his generosity and nice things he did for many people. He reigned as a Christian bishop during the time of the rule of Constantine the Great in the Roman Empire.

If we are going to celebrate Christmas, we celebrate Jesus Christ at all times. It is fine to acknowledge Santa Claus, but keep in mind that it should point to the Christian bishop of old, not the novelty one as illustrated in the chart above. It is hoped this is a help to guide you in the right direction, not to take away your fun, but to make your morals better!

Apostle John’s relationship with Jesus Christ

  • John had a unique relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • John referred to Jesus as the Word of God.
  • He was known as one of the “sons of thunder.”
  • He was known as “John the Elder and Pastor.”
  • He was ordained in his youth, wherein he learned from Jesus.
  • John was part of “The Inner Circle” (which was Peter, James, and John with Jesus).
  • John refers to himself as the “one whom Jesus loves.”
  • Commissioned to write about many topics, including “The Divinity of Love,” “Real Christianity,” “God’s Will,” etc.
  • He lived through the time of Jesus’ teachings, Transfiguration, Death, Burial, Resurrection, and Ascension.
  • He also lived through the forming of the first Church, as well as the persecution of the Christians.
  • He witnessed his brother James’ martyrdom.
  • He pastored the great Church at Ephesus.
  • He was eventually banished to the Isle of Patmos, wherein he received the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
  • He had a flashing temper, which was why he was called one of the “sons of thunder.”
  • He became known as the “Apostle of Love.”

John’s declaration of Jesus was that “He is full of Truth and Glory, He is the Only Begotten of the Father.” This was found in John 1:14, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

John had knowledge of foundational truths of Jesus and the Gospel; therefore, he was entrusted to such writings. John bore record of the Word of God, and had a testimony of Jesus Christ and the things, in which, he had seen. John was singled out by God to deliver to us the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

John the Beloved has a unique relationship with Jesus Christ, which was similar to the other Johns. But, what distinguished John the Beloved was that he was filled with the love of Christ. Mark 3:14-19: “And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach, And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils: And Simon he surnamed Peter; And James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder: And Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Canaanite, And Judas Iscariot, which also betrayed him: and they went into an house.

The Inner Circle means to me that it was a small group of people who held a more intimate connection with each other. Although Jesus worked with all His Disciples, He liked also to work with individual things, so having a small group was what He had done. The Inner Circle seemed to be Peter, James, and John, because these three were the most common to be seen with Jesus in a more intimate setting. Some of the examples include being with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:37-41), when Jesus raised a ruler’s daughter from the dead (Mark 5:35-38), at the Transfiguration (Mark 9:2, Luke 9:28-29), and during a private consultation about the end times and false christs (Mark 13:3-7). James and John are also noted as being partnered with Simon (Peter) in Luke 5:10, and they followed Christ (Luke 5:10-11).

1 John 1:7 “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”

The first Truth that we see in this lesson is “We have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous” (1 John 2:1-2, “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”). We confess our sins and He only has the power to forgive and cleanse from sin!

Then, in 1 John 2:3-5, we see evidence that He dwells in us and this is how we know Him. It is a way He perfects us. The Word accompanied by the Holy Ghost gives life. So, if He is perfecting us, it’s because of the Word in us working, which is evidence we’re in Him. “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.”

In 1 John 2:6, we see that we shall abide in Him, walk with Him, and Trust Him in every circumstance in our life – if done, is evidence that He abides in us and that we’re in fellowship with Him. Also, abiding in His Word gives us endurance for every season of our lives. We must portray His footsteps in our life, and that as Jesus is obedience to the Father, we shall be also! “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.”

Next, we see in 1 John 2:7-11 the evidence of knowing Him is found in our love. When we try to witness or evangelize, the world can sense the true spirit of Love inside us. “Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning. Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth. He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.”

In 1 John 2:12-14, we see that Jesus Christ has overcome satan, which is evidence that we’re in a relationship with the Lord. We, then, are overcomers also, being children of God. “I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake. I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father. I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.”

For 1 John 2:15-17, we see another evidence that we know God, for our relationship is better for lacking love for the things of the world. We are not to love anything of the world, for the result of such is that the love of the Father isn’t in us. We see issues to avoid that are in the world, which involve the lust of the flesh and of the eyes, and the pride of life. “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”

More truths we see in 1 John 2:18-23, as this is a Prophetical Word regarding the End-Time. Unity of the Spirit will be the evidence that we know God, and that we’ll not be led astray by the antichrist. We need to let His love surpass our self-will that we can all walk together in the faith of Jesus Christ. “Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.”

Christ in us is apparent when the fragrance of His presence is in our lives. Exodus 29:7 says, “Then shalt thou take the anointing oil, and pour it upon his head, and anoint him.” Exodus 30:23-25 says, “Take thou also unto thee principal spices, of pure myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even two hundred and fifty shekels, and of sweet calamus two hundred and fifty shekels, And of cassia five hundred shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, and of oil olive an hin: And thou shalt make it an oil of holy ointment, an ointment compound after the art of the apothecary: it shall be an holy anointing oil.” David writes that Jesus is the Anointed One as we see in Psalm 45:7, “Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.”

John confirms such truths that he writes and warns us against deception, as we see in 1 John 2:26, “These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.” Even more truths are revealed to us in 1 John 2:24-29, as we see that we will remain in the Father and the Son as long as we walk in the light, be honest with ourselves, confess our troubles & deal with sin, speak the truth, walk in integrity, and being an example overall of Jesus Christ. We fulfil such desire for relationship with the Lord if we hide His Word in our heart. “Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life. These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.”

In 1 John 2:25, we see a promise that occurs when we abide in Him: “And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.” Then, we see in 1 John 2:26-27 that John has told us that he writes such things concerning them that seduce you or try to lead one into error – but, we have an anointing that abides in us, that is Jesus the Anointed One, who will teach us – so that we don’t have to worry of new doctrines or false teachers. “These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.”

As we finish out the chapter in the last two verses, 1 John 2:28-29, we see the result of abiding in Him: that we may have confidence and be unashamed before Him at His coming. If we know He’s righteous, then those that do righteousness are born of Him! Abide in Him through everything, because He will bring to us peace and confidence. “And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.”

1 John 2:27 says, “But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.” The anointing that we’ve received from the Lord abides in us, therefore, no one else needs to teach us of the anointing but the Anointed One, who is Jesus that lives in us. The anointing, I will say, teaches us to abide in Christ. It also keeps us drawn in to Him!

It’s also to note that many false teachers have a “special anointing” as claimed, so we’re admonished here that God anoints us, and that with Jesus being within us, He teaches us of the anointing so that we don’t have to worry about false teachers coming along and telling us of some “special” ungodly anointing they have (and how we can obtain it). All believers already have the true and correct anointing when they trust and abide in the Anointed One. Last thing to note: we receive this anointing as a gift, which is a graceful gift from the Lord. We don’t squander this gift, because it is part of our salvation. Therefore, we must also realize that we don’t need to “get God” in our lives, for we already have Him. We don’t need to try to get His anointing…we already have it!

We know God by His Word, because His Word is Jesus Christ. 1 John 5:20 says, “And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.” The Son has revealed the Father unto us by helping us understand Him!

The proof of Divine Life as we see in this study is love. God bestowed His love upon us, that we should be called the sons of God. Now we are the sons of God, and when He appears, we shall be like Him and see Him as He is! (1 John 3:1-2)

The Manner of Love that the Father bestowed upon us is that we should be called the sons of God. “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.”

Those who abide in Him will not sin, for them that have sin has not seen Him or known Him. In addition, that no man should deceive you, for he that does righteousness is righteous. Therefore, whoever is born of God does not commit sin.

We have two natures; those are “spiritual” and “carnal.” These natures are at war within us. We who have an understanding of the law, spiritually, we know in our experience that the law is spiritual, but that our inner man is carnal. Being carnal, a man is fleshly and incapable of being obedient unto the law – for this is where spiritual and carnal war, because our spiritual man is leading us into things of the law, but the carnal man is leading us away (– because it is incapable of being obedient). We see in Romans 7:5, “For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.” Sadly, we cannot escape this carnal way while in our flesh, as we see in Romans 7:18, “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.” The flesh naturally does not know how to be obedient or perform good so it therefore wars against the spiritual. It’s a dilemma.

There will be many ways that a person accepts and applies the Word unto their life. Some are by the way side, which are those that hear – and then come the devil that takes it away from their hearts. Those that are on the rock hear and receive the Word with joy, but they have no root – so in the time of temptation, they fall away/sin. Those that are among thorns are they that hear and receive the Word, but go forth and are choked with the cares, riches, and pleasures of this life – to which they bear no fruit. However, those that are on good ground hear and receive the Word in an honest and good heart – keep it and bring forth fruit with patience. Overall, you have most people who are not on good ground, and need shepherded back to the Lord’s ways.

Jesus’ love was His laying down of His life for us, therefore, we should be the same way in our relationships with others. We should be willing to sacrifice. We don’t necessarily have to sacrifice our life, but general sacrifice is what brings love’s true nature. Therefore, if our brother has need, we need to sacrifice our time and help. If our friend calls on us, we should have patience and see to what he/she needs. For Jesus did the greatest sacrifice so that we would not have to deal with the sacrificial system anymore, therefore, we need to apply the principle of sacrifice unto our lives in our relationships with others. The example of family he gives us is that of Cain and Abel. His heart is burdensome for people not to repeat the sin of murder like in the situation of Cain and Abel.

Nonetheless, the Assurance of Jesus’ Love is found in 1 John 3:19-24, “And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.”

God’s commandments are not grievous – this means burdensome in that His Commandments, rather, are an expression of His Love and protection for us. They are not burdensome, especially when they are kept. We receive the love of God when we keep His Commandments (1 John 5:3). The test of our love is loving as Jesus loved! He loved us first while we were yet sinners (Romans 5:8). When we walk in the love of Jesus, there is love for the saints!

What is required in the Prosperous Road is that we walk in the Truth overall. Ephesians 2:10, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 4:1-2, “I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;”

Ephesians 5:2, “And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.” Colossians 1:10, “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;” Colossians 2:6-7, “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.” 1 John 1:7, “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” 2 John 1:6, “And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.”

A guide to who the Jews were

Introducing the Jews preluding the restoration prophecy

The Promises to Abraham: One of them was in Genesis 12:1-3, as we see that he will be made a great nation and will be blessed so that the name is great. He shall be a blessing, and will bless them that bless him and curse them that curse him – and in this, all families of the earth will be blessed. The second one was in Genesis 13:15, where we see that all the land, which he sees, it will be given to him and his seed forever. A third one would be in Genesis 17:2-7, where we see that a covenant will be made that he will be a father of many nations, making them exceedingly fruitful. A fourth one would be in Genesis 22:18, which we see that by his seed that all the nations of the earth would be blessed.

Jacob was born as the son of Isaac, and had a brother named Esau. Isaac and Rebekah gave the second of these twin sons the name “Jacob,” which means, “to hold the heel.” At birth, Jacob’s hand grabbed the heel of Esau (Genesis 25:24-26). When they grew, Jacob proved his name by taking what belonged to Esau – which was the family birthright and the father’s blessing (Genesis 27:36). God was clear that Jacob was chosen, and through him, God would fulfill the promises to Abraham. God used this man to continue the line of descent from Abraham, to Isaac, and then to Jacob. The nation that God wanted was one that would be a passage of blessing. That nation was commonly called Israel, which was after the name God called him in Genesis 32:28.

For Israel, the Prince then… Israel means, “God’s fighter, God’s hero, wrestler with God, ruler with El (God), Prince of God.” The Disciples asked, “…Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom of Israel?” (Acts 1:6). Jesus answered them in a way that He said in other places about End Times, restoration, etc. that it is not of their concern when the time shall come for the restoration. In a way, He is saying that only God knows when the true restoration of Israel shall come, and that there is work to be done until then.

There was a great prophecy concerning the restoration of Israel given by Isaiah, as he says in 49:6, “And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.” Then in 63:17, “O LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear? Return for thy servants’ sake, the tribes of thine inheritance.” The word, “restoration,” in the Old Testament is taken from the Hebrew word, “shalam,” which means, “to be safe, completed, to finish, to give again, to recompense, to make restitution.” In the New Testament, it comes from the Greek word, “apokathistemi,” which means, “to reconstitute in health, home, and organization.”

Malachi prophesied a restoration as well in 4:5-6, “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.” Jesus then said in Matthew 17:11, “…Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.” In the last days, the days of restoration, when the Lord will fulfill the prophecy of Joel and send us the former rain and the latter rain together (Joel 2:23), we will have that double-portion-anointed company of saints who will be raised up as deliverers with both the anointing of Elijah and of John. They will finish the old kingdom and bring in the new kingdom of God. Elijah’s ministry was to judge the system of idolatry and John’s ministry was to proclaim, “The Kingdom of God is at hand,” and to call all men to repentance. This will be the double-portion, end-time ministry.

Israel would be a people who were peculiar, holy, and above all nations that are upon the earth (Deuteronomy 7:6; 14:2). A Redeemed and chosen people (2 Samuel 7:10-11, 23). A People with a special ministry (Exodus 6:6-8; Luke 9:60). A People whom God has blessed (Exodus 23:11, 20). A People who cannot be destroyed (Numbers 23:23-24). A perfect People (Numbers 24:3-9, 17-20). A People whose King is the Star of Jacob and the Sceptre of Israel (Numbers 24:17). Paul says in Colossians 2:17 that all the laws and rituals of Israel’s past are only a shadow of things to come. We have now come to that hour when all things are about to be fulfilled. Are you a Jew?

The Tribes of Israel

Oh Reuben… Genesis 49:3-4, “Reuben, thou art my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power: Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel; because thou wentest up to thy father’s bed; then defiledst thou it: he went up to my couch.” Moses’ prophecy for Reuben was found in Deuteronomy 33:6, “Let Reuben live, and not die; and let not his men be few.” Reuben’s great sin was laying with Bilhah, his father’s concubine, as we see in Genesis 35:22, “And it came to pass, when Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father’s concubine: and Israel heard it. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve.” As Reuben reverted back to the way he used to be – as we see in Judges 5:15-16. But, they were called to come back out and help, and Deborah sent it to them also. However, when the call came, they just mocked and hissed, saying, “Ha, who is going to battle? Not me. No thanks! I don’t want to be involved.” Reuben was a “curser,” Deuteronomy 27:13, “And these shall stand upon mount Ebal to curse; Reuben, Gad, and Asher, and Zebulun, Dan, and Naphtali.”

Hello Simeon! Genesis 49:5, “Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelty are in their habitations.” There were two great revivals in the Old Testament days, on under King Asa and one under Josiah. The one that Simeon was involved in was in 2 Chronicles 15:9, “And he gathered all Judah and Benjamin, and the strangers with them out of Ephraim and Manasseh, and out of Simeon: for they fell to him out of Israel in abundance, when they saw that the LORD his God was with him.”

A portion of that tribe was located within Judah, but they were already subjects of the southern kingdom. A small body of Simeonites formed in the norther kingdom, but many returned of their own free will. The prophecies were fulfilled when the Lord, “divided them in Jacob and scattered them in Israel,” for when the land was divided among the tribes in the days of Joshua, Simeon did not receive an independent territory in the Promised Land, but obtained his portion within the inheritance of Judah. Overall, Simeon and Levi were “divided and scattered.”

Well Levi then… Genesis 49:5-7, “Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelty are in their habitations. O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united: for in their anger they slew a man, and in their selfwill they digged down a wall. Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel: I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.” The purpose of this tribe was to become the priestly family of Israel – those that would stand and offer sacrifices on behalf of the bride (Israel). How it differs from the rest of the Tribes is that the Tribe of Levi were specifically chosen to represent the priestly family due to their zeal against idolatry, and due to the significance of being born third and given the name that means “unity.” The most important, however, is that there were three different sections of this tribe, and the Aaronic Line was the one chosen for High Priest duties. Other Levites were responsible for cleansing of the temple and preparing of sacrifices, but those of the Aaronic Priesthood were responsible for conducting the sacrifices, especially of carrying the blood into the Mercy Seat and surrendering unto God in atonement for the people’s sins.

Other Tribes could not accomplish the duty given unto the Tribe of Levi, because God created their tribe as a special tribe – one called for His Service in the Temple. This is based on Moses’ prophecy found in Deuteronomy 33:8-11, “And of Levi he said, Let thy Thummim and thy Urim be with thy holy one, whom thou didst prove at Massah, and with whom thou didst strive at the waters of Meribah; Who said unto his father and to his mother, I have not seen him; neither did he acknowledge his brethren, nor knew his own children: for they have observed thy word, and kept thy covenant. They shall teach Jacob thy judgments, and Israel thy law: they shall put incense before thee, and whole burnt sacrifice upon thine altar. Bless, LORD, his substance, and accept the work of his hands: smite through the loins of them that rise against him, and of them that hate him, that they rise not again.”

The Levites were unpermitted to be numbered, because the Lord had chosen them as His Firstfruits Company – as we see in Numbers 1:47-49. He chose Levi as His Priestly Family, to which, was His Firstborn Family out of Israel. They represented all of Israel before the Lord. Their time of service was 25 years from age 25 to 50. After that, other ministry could conduct. We see these things detailed in Numbers 8:23-26.

Remember Judah… Genesis 49:9, “Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?” Jacob’s prophecies on Judah were in Genesis 49:8-12, “Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father’s children shall bow down before thee. Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up? The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be. Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass’s colt unto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes: His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk.”

We see here in the context of Genesis 37:26 that the brothers sold Joseph to some traders who took him to Egypt. This verse is speaking that it would be no advantage to them to conceal his blood – for if it was discovered, they would be responsible for his blood and God would take vengeance upon them, therefore, it would be more profitable to sell Joseph instead of destroying him. Judah reveals his gift as an advocate and intercessor as we see in Genesis 37:27. Judah has a good influence with his brothers and is a gifted mediator. He is seen as settling crucial and difficult problems, including crises. He also speaks and others agree with him. His brothers support him well, and he makes a great international statesman. His sin is detailed in Genesis 38:1-30, however, the most important pieces of information are from… Verses 11-19, where we see that Judah did not want to give another son to daughter of Shuah, therefore, Tamar thought of a plan to disguise herself as a prostitute, which would succeed in seducing Judah. Since this was his daughter-in-law, he saw later that she was pregnant, and hoped to get rid of her, until she revealed that he was the source of the pregnancy – therefore, she shamed him.

Tamar would give birth to twins. The elder of the twins began the line of descent from Judah to David, and finally Jesus the Messiah! What is said on them? Genesis 38:26, “And Judah acknowledged them, and said, She hath been more righteous than I; because that I gave her not to Shelah my son. And he knew her again no more.” Judah was declared a chief ruler in 1 Chronicles 5:2. Further down the line, we see in Micah 5:2 that a ruler shall be in Israel that will come forth from the Tribe of Judah, and from of old and unto everlasting (Jesus was, is, and always will be King, to which, Micah is talking about here). For Moses’ prophecy in Deuteronomy 33:7, we see that Judah was the most powerful tribe, but besides protecting itself from enemies, it should help other tribes when in trouble. This tribe was also a praying and praising people (Judah’s name means, “Now will I praise the Lord” Genesis 29:35). Sadly, Moses did not speak anything of priesthood, but we know that Jesus did spring up from Judah (Hebrews 7:14). We see in Matthew 1:1-6/Luke 3:31-34, that Jesus is a member of the Tribe of Judah by lineage. We also see in Revelation 5:5 the apocalyptic vision of the Tribe of Judah – wherein we see Jesus described as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the Root of David, who prevailed to open the book and loose the seven seals! Oh Glory to the Lion of the Tribe of Judah!

Do you remember Dan? Jacob’s prophecy in Genesis 49:16-18, “Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel. Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward. I have waited for thy salvation, O LORD.” Moses’ prophecy in Deuteronomy 33:22, “And of Dan he said, Dan is a lion’s whelp: he shall leap from Bashan.” The Danites were characterized as switch and ruthless in their actions, especially when they slaughtered the people of Laish and seized the town for themselves and renaming it Dan (Judges 18:7-10, 27-29). In Genesis 46:23; Numbers 26:42; 1:38-39; 1 Chronicles 2-8… We see that the Tribes are detailed except for Dan’s Tribe.

It appears that this tribe was left out of noting down info about it. Even in Revelation 7:4-8, there is no mention of the Tribe, as if the Holy Spirit is leaving the info out about them. Dan would be at the end of different lists as well – wherein, this all remains a mystery nonetheless. We see “warlike Dan” in Judges chapters 17-18 – The Israelite Nation at the time of this story had no central government and the people in the various tribes did what they pleased, which caused problems overall. In short, people of the Tribe of Dan had never won complete control over their tribal inheritance on the Philistine coast, therefore, they were clutched between Judah and Ephraim – and pressed back from the coast by the Philistines and Amorites. The Tribe of Dan became sore, because there wasn’t much expanse to call their own. The spies from Dan set out looking for land to claim, and found a suitable area in the far north of Palestine (Laish). The spies returned with good news that the place they explored had well fertile land and quiet people – so an attack would definitely be unexpected.

The people of Dan made their way then to conquer Laish and make it theirs. Micah had been kind to them earlier in the chapter as we see, however, they ignored that and decided to raid his shrine, rob him of his images, and bribe his priest to go with them. When Micah protested, he was threatened. Meanwhile, the tribe voyaged to Laish where they brutally slaughtered the people and scorched the town to crisp. They rebuilt the town soon after, renamed it Dan, and used Micah’s priest and images to establish their own idolatrous religion. In 2 Kings 10:18-36, Jehu is seen killing off members of Ahab’s family as well as breaking down the image of Baal and his temple. However, the golden calves stayed in Bethel and Dan, which caused the heart of Dan to become the heart of idolatry. We see in Ezekiel 27:19, for example, that Dan was worldly. Yes, skillful, but worldly – to the point that the love of nice things was a great temptation to Dan.

Worldly things even caused Dan’s greatest hero to fall, and their downfall is their idolatrous activity. Dan was one to know that Samuel was anointed to be a prophet (1 Samuel 3:20). God fought for Israel in the domain of Dan, because He was fighting for Dan’s property (Joshua 10:12-14). Jacob’s prophecy for Dan (Genesis 49:18): “I have waited for thy salvation, O LORD.” Jacob intercedes so intensely more than the other tribes that Dan would be saved, restored, and redeemed.

Naphtali… Jacob’s prophecy: “Naphtali is a hind let loose: he giveth goodly words” (Genesis 49:21). There are many similarities between Naphtali and Zebulun, for they always get along very well together. Naphtali has the ability to “scribe” the words God gives her, which in this way and in her gift of light, she is close to Zebulun. Moses’ prophecy: “And of Naphtali he said, O Naphtali, satisfied with favour, and full with the blessing of the Lord: possess thou the west and the south” (Deuteronomy 33:23).

The west speaks of the land that lay to the west of Naphtali, which was the mighty Mediterranean Sea, and was the gateway to new lands and adventures – for God wants Naphtali to possess the nations and move out across the waters in new places in God both spiritually and naturally. The south speaks of the pleasant things at the foot of Naphtali, for just west of Naphtali was Zebulun. God wants the uniting of Naphtali and Zebulun, for it was in the southern coast of Naphtali that Jesus preached most of his life. God wants Naphtali to even possess the message of the Sermon on the Mount. Judges 1:33 refers to a problem… Naphtali did not complete their God-given task of driving out the enemies.

They dwelt among the Canaanites; claiming taxes from people. Nonetheless, he dwelt among the inhabitants in cowardice and sloth. Instead of collecting tribute, they should have expelled them. Because of her backsliding, God began to punish Naphtali. It began against Naphtali when King Asa of Judah leagued with King Benhadad of Syria to invade Israel (1 Kings 15:20). Eventually, the Naphtalites would be taken captive (2 Kings 15:29). More details, such as the listing of her sins was done in 2 Kings 17:6-23. Isaiah 9:1 will one day apply to Naphtali, as this verse shows God’s wonderful end-times promise to Naphtali and Zebulun, which was partially fulfilled when Jesus came preaching in their borders – but it will be completely fulfilled in the future, for Naphtali is able to travail herself through to victory. She knows the key to redemption and will cry and travail. She needs to praise, sing, prophesy, fight, leap over the hills, and trust in God as her covering. One day she shall be made glorious!

Now is Gad… The prophecies concerning Gad given by Jacob included in Genesis 49:19, “Gad, a troop shall overcome him: but he shall overcome at the last.” Gad on the east of Jordan, was more open to attack than the western tribes, but its men were fierce fighters who drove back the invaders. Gad, however, is overcome with self, the independence and strong will – God will help him overcome himself so that he may be redeemed.

Moses’ prophecy to Gad is found in Deuteronomy 33:20-21, “And of Gad he said, Blessed be he that enlargeth Gad: he dwelleth as a lion, and teareth the arm with the crown of the head. And he provided the first part for himself, because there, in a portion of the lawgiver, was he seated; and he came with the heads of the people, he executed the justice of the LORD, and his judgments with Israel.” God promises a blessing to those who bless Gad. Moses also sees Gad as a “lion” – the king of beasts, resting in confidence and strength. This depicts the ferociousness also of this tribe. Overall, they kept their promise to help other tribes conquer Canaan and they were fierce fighters. God will enlarge Gad, expand his territories, and keep him safe and secure from his enemies. He destroys his enemies at the head and the seat of the crown – hurting the subject of their strength.

Meet Asher… in Judges 1:31, that they failed to drive out whom God told them to (inhabitants), but rather, the Asherites just dwelt with the Canaanites as if nothing was wrong. They had the chance to take the whole land! We see what enables Asher to rise up in anointing to take their place as a soldier of the Lord in 1 Chronicles 7:40, “All these were the children of Asher, heads of their father’s house, choice and mighty men of valour, chief of the princes. And the number throughout the genealogy of them that were apt to the war and to battle was twenty and six thousand men.”

These men were eminent in courage and valor, willing to rise up as the heads of their fathers’ families. They had a large militia and were equipped of the Lord to battle! We see the information about the revival that occurred in 726 BC in 2 Chronicles 30:10-11, “So the posts passed from city to city through the country of Ephraim and Manasseh even unto Zebulun: but they laughed them to scorn, and mocked them. Nevertheless divers of Asher and Manasseh and of Zebulun humbled themselves, and came to Jerusalem.” They were seen confessing their sin and expressing sorrow and repentance – and then they were willing to obey God and attend his worship and ordinances.

Issachar… Prophecies first: Jacob’s, found in Genesis 49:14-15, “Issachar is a strong ass couching down between two burdens: And he saw that rest was good, and the land that it was pleasant; and bowed his shoulder to bear, and became a servant unto tribute.” We see that Issachar gained good prosperity from the good farming area they were part of, to which, they sadly submitted too often to the powerful Canaanites that controlled most of the area. Moses’, found in Deuteronomy 33:18-19, “And of Zebulun he said, Rejoice, Zebulun, in thy going out; and, Issachar, in thy tents. They shall call the people unto the mountain; there they shall offer sacrifices of righteousness: for they shall suck of the abundance of the seas, and of treasures hid in the sand.” We see that Issachar would prosper (as well as Zebulun) through the agricultural success of their region. They were shown, during the great big feast in 1 Chronicles 12:40, to have brought many provisions for the feast. They are very generous people, to which, God needs, who will give their home and supplies, and even love. They are filled with such joy and rejoicing because of their wise investment in His Kingdom.

Hello there Zebulun… Prophecy of Jacob, Genesis 49:13, “Zebulun shall dwell at the haven of the sea; and he shall be for an haven of ships; and his border shall be unto Zidon.” The Tribe of Zebulun that settled near the Mediterranean Coast was enriched with trade that passed through its territory to the sea. In addition, the burden for souls will motivate the life of Zebulun. They will go and go when she cannot go any longer to help those shipwrecked souls crying for help. Prophecy of Moses, Deuteronomy 33:18-19, “And of Zebulun he said, Rejoice, Zebulun, in thy going out; and, Issachar, in thy tents. They shall call the people unto the mountain; there they shall offer sacrifices of righteousness: for they shall suck of the abundance of the seas, and of treasures hid in the sand.”

Just as Issachar, they will also prosper through their agricultural activities. You may not get to the mission field, but you will always have a burden and call for missions overall in your life. Zebulun shall dwell in the light and attract others to her. They did serve with King David, 1 Chronicles 12:33, “Of Zebulun, such as went forth to battle, expert in war, with all instruments of war, fifty thousand, which could keep rank: they were not of double heart.” They likely had around 50,000 noted in the verse. In Judges 12:11-12, we read about the judge, Elon, a Zebulunite, “And after him, Elon, a Zebulonite, judged Israel; and he judged Israel 10 years. And Elon the Zebulonite died, and was buried in Aijalon in the country of Zebulon.” Elon means, “the prominent, elated, exalted, noble one; oak, strong one.”

He is named after one of the sons of Zebulun. In Deuteronomy 27:13, we read that Zebulun stands with Reuben, Gad, Asher, Dan, and Naphtali to utter the warnings to the people of God. We read about a revival in Zebulun in 2 Chronicles 30:10, “So the posts passed from city to city through the country of Ephraim and Manasseh even unto Zebulun: but they laughed them to scorn, and mocked them.” We see the immaturity of a Zebulonite here, as there is mocking going on, laughing, and deriding. We see in Isaiah 9:1-5 the five good prophetic verses about Zebulun, which are full of promise. Out of the darkness of the conquered regions of the north, the Messiah, the one to lead His People to victory is coming to introduce an era of light, of joy, and of peace. Oppressors will be overthrown and war will be banished (which is good news for all of the tribes, especially those aiming for peace – such as Zebulun).

Oh yes, Joseph: The unusual part about these blessings was that Jacob pronounced them over Joseph (which factored in Manasseh and Ephraim). We see the blessings as follows in Genesis 48:13-20: Let Jacob/Israel’s name be named on them, and the name of his fathers Abraham and Isaac. Let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth. Become a people, become great – a seed shall become a multitude of nations. Make him as Ephraim and Manasseh. In Genesis 49:22-26, “Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall: The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him: But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel:)

Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb: The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren.” We see at the time of Jacob’s prophecy, Joseph was very important and may have been attacked in the past – but only for God to strengthen and bless him. The two tribes descended from Joseph were likewise blessed, and though large in number, the regions they occupied were the best. Moses’ prophecy to Joseph is found in Deuteronomy 33:13-17, “And of Joseph he said, Blessed of the LORD be his land, for the precious things of heaven, for the dew, and for the deep that coucheth beneath, And for the precious fruits brought forth by the sun, and for the precious things put forth by the moon, And for the chief things of the ancient mountains, and for the precious things of the lasting hills, And for the precious things of the earth and fulness thereof, and for the good will of him that dwelt in the bush: let the blessing come upon the head of Joseph, and upon the top of the head of him that was separated from his brethren. His glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of unicorns: with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth: and they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh.” The Joseph tribes, Manasseh and Ephraim, were to inherit the best part of Canaan, and the God who once appeared in the burning bush to Moses would give them special power, so that they would become the leading tribes in the northern kingdom. In Judges 7:24, we see that Gideon sent to war against the Midianites, and sent the messengers through all the mount of Ephraim.

The Ephraimites had great victory, but then they wondered why he wanted to war with the Midianites. They blamed Gideon (a Manassite), for what God had not enabled them to do. There seemed to be quite a brotherly jealousy between the two. In Judges 12:1, we see envy and contention, as the men of Ephraim were preparing to fight with Jephthah. When they fought, the men of Gilead smote Ephraim. The Gileadites captured the fords of Jordan behind the army of Ephraim and whenever a fugitive of Ephraim tried to cross the river, the Gilead guards challenged him asking if he was a member of the Tribe of Ephraim. If he was not, they wanted him to say, “Shibboleth.” If he couldn’t pronounce it correctly, he was dragged away and killed. 42,000 of them died just then, which was of great humiliation and tragedy.

Then we see Benjamin… Jacob’s prophecy was in Genesis 49:27, “Benjamin shall ravin as a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.” Benjamin seems to have been declared too warlike for his own good, and brought trouble upon itself that it was almost wiped out. Jacob did not like calling his son this, however, there are two stages to this prophecy: One, in the morning, he ravin’s like a wolf, where he devours his prey. He looks for food, and fights for it (ravin means “tear to pieces.” He had to tear through and make his way into the world from his mother’s womb. It was at a great price he was born. This stage he was immature and youthful. In the second stage, he is seen as the one at night dividing his spoil, to which, he will share with others and reach a place of maturity willing to make sacrifices and give out the good things that God has given him.

The only time wolves share the carcass or other “spoils” is with family. God can do wonderful acts of maturity for Benjamin and the Benjaminites. For Moses’ prophecy, found in Deuteronomy 33:12, “And of Benjamin he said, The beloved of the LORD shall dwell in safety by him; and the LORD shall cover him all the day long, and he shall dwell between his shoulders.” We see that Benjamin had its special blessing when the Temple in Jerusalem was built in its territory, even though the rest of Jerusalem was in Judah’s territory. The Lord will always watch over and protect them, though, and this is definitely a promise that God will be with them, for that’s what is said for the Benjaminites that a special protection is given to them. They became mighty soldiers of Israel and they shall ask, “Lord, where do you need me on the front lines today?” What is interesting about the history of Benjamin, is that, like the other tribes did, they did not drive out the Jebusites, but rather, inhabited with them (Judges 1:21) – which was disobedience to God. They were likely lazy, and of course due to spoilage, too comfortable. When Deborah called for help certain of the tribes did not come down, but in Judges 5:14, Benjamin is noted as coming to the aid of the warriors. They don’t mind working together with a woman, and he will be happy to cooperate. It was terrible for Benjamin that he didn’t drive out the Jebusites, for the Jebusites were sinful, full of sodomy, and every kind of evil. Benjamin fell into the same sins, and in Judges 19-21, the story involves these sins.

Because of this, all Israel joined to go to warfare against Benjamin, and although they fought bravely and won two battles, in the end the tribe was almost obliterated. Six hundred were left that fled to the wilderness. Later, they found women to be with and the Tribe of Benjamin was saved. This humbled them overall, so that God may move them in the direction according to His Will. In 1 Chronicles 12:16, 18, 29, we read that the Benjaminites and the children of Judah were the very first to go down into the wilderness to David while he was still a fugitive. They were indeed of the same tribe as the King, and it proves they were willing to leave their own family connections and loyalty to join David in the wilderness – even though he was of the Tribe of Judah. The warriors had one unique thing about them, they were left-handed, as we see in Judges 20:16, “Among all this people there were seven hundred chosen men lefthanded; every one could sling stones at an hair breadth, and not miss.” They did so well shooting stones on a sling with their left hand. We see in Psalm 68:27, “There is little Benjamin with their ruler, the princes of Judah and their council, the princes of Zebulun, and the princes of Naphtali.” Little Benjamin will be important, especially in the last days! Psalm 80:2, “Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh stir up thy strength, and come and save us.” The writer of this psalm is pleading for God to stir up His Power and save Benjamin, which shall be a fulfillment in the last days that God will save Benjamin!

Jeremiah 6:1, “O ye children of Benjamin, gather yourselves to flee out of the midst of Jerusalem, and blow the trumpet in Tekoa, and set up a sign of fire in Bethhaccerem: for evil appeareth out of the north, and great destruction.” Jeremiah seemed closely connected to this tribe and seemed to have warned them of the coming judgment for Benjamin. God wants the Benjaminites in the last days of coming judgment to flee out of the midst of the cursed thing, blow the trumpet, and set up signs of warning through the fire of the Holy Ghost, for evil is again coming from the north for great destruction. Jeremiah 33:13, “In the cities of the mountains, in the cities of the vale, and in the cities of the south, and in the land of Benjamin, and in the places about Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, shall the flocks pass again under the hands of him that telleth them, saith the LORD.” No matter how hard things get, he knows there is a time of rest and peace coming again. Jeremiah 37:12, “Then Jeremiah went forth out of Jerusalem to go into the land of Benjamin, to separate himself thence in the midst of the people.” Jeremiah wanted to leave the doomed city of Jerusalem to find a place of refuge in Benjamin because he remembered the promises of God to Benjamin, but he was arrested at the city gate and put in a dungeon. In 726 B.C., we saw the great revival under King Hezekiah (2 Chronicles 31:1), and that Benjamin was in the middle of a new move of God. They went out with Judah and said, “Come and repent.” They pulled down the high places where idols were worshipped and burned up the devil’s idols, and tore up satan’s temples. There were many tribes that did move with revival, and even some mocked and scoffed – however, the Benjaminites were ready for battle, which was similar under the revival of Josiah (2 Chronicles 34:9).

Who are the Jews today then?

There are three main types of Jews as we see in the Bible that reflect what we also see today: 1. Orthodox Jews (Also called Hebrews or Mosaic Jews)(Genesis 14:13; 32:28; 46:1; Exodus 19:5-6;); 2. Messianic Jews (Jews that believe in Christ Jesus)(John 12:11; Romans 1:16; 9:27; Jeremiah 31:31; 1 Corinthians 5:7); 3. Grafted Jews (Gentile believers in Christ who have been grafted into Israel)(Acts 28:28; Romans 11:11-24; Ephesians 2:11-22). The Tribes of Israel that were originally sworn in as we see in Numbers 26:53-55, “Unto these the land shall be divided for an inheritance according to the number of names. To many thou shalt give the more inheritance, and to few thou shalt give the less inheritance: to every one shall his inheritance be given according to those that were numbered of him. Notwithstanding the land shall be divided by lot: according to the names of the tribes of their fathers they shall inherit.” This origination makes up the Natural Israel.

The Natural Israel appears to be the Israelites/Israelis (former Israel inhabitants and current inhabitants) as we see in the Bible in the verses mentioned in the previous paragraph (“The land shall be divided…the land shall be divided by lot: according to the names of the tribes of their fathers they shall inherit”). All of the physical descendants of Jacob were God’s chosen People, Israel, in the physical and national sense (natural Israel). Not all were God’s People in the inward and spiritual sense, however. The Spiritual Israel appears to be the New Israel, the one that God’s People are part of, to which, we are new Creatures in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17) (Therefore, only Messianic Jews and Grafted Jews). Those who have turned from their sins and trusted in the saving mercy and grace of God could be called the true Israel.

Those that believe upon Jesus Christ will be saved, and there is no difference to the Lord between Jew and Greek, for He is Lord of all; therefore, the both deserve equal treatment (Romans 10:12-14; Galatians 3:28-29; 1 Peter 2:9; John 1:12). Many Orthodox Jews will not be saved, as they cannot accept Christ (see John 4-5 for example). It is best to explore the difference between Mount Sinai and Mount Zion, because we learn of the two different stages of God’s People: Those under the Law of Moses, and those under the Law of Love (Jesus Christ).

Mount Sinai is the place where the Law was given to Moses (Exodus 19:12-21; Deuteronomy 4:11-12; 5:4, 23-26). It was a place where His People would not trace, it seared with fire and was full of blackness, darkness, and tempest, there was a sound of the Trumpet and the full voice of God, they could not endure what was said from the mountain, and so terrible was the sight that Moses said, “I exceedingly fear and quake!” Mount Zion (Sion) is where Grace is extended to us, for out of Zion came the Deliverer who shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob (Romans 11:26). The 144,000, that is, the elect, shall stand on the mountain with Him, having the Father’s name written in their foreheads (Revelation 14:1). It is the Capital City of the Living God (Revelation 3:12; chapter 21), it is the Heavenly Jerusalem filled with an innumerable amount of angels (Revelation 5:11-14), it is the Church of the Firstborn, those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life (Colossians 1:18), where God is the judge of all, where the Spirits of just men are made perfect (Revelation 6:9-11), unto Jesus, the Mediator of our Covenant (Matthew 26:38; Hebrews 9:15), and where the Blood of Jesus has been offered, for it speaks better things than that of humanity (Colossians 1:20; 1 Peter 1:18-23).

The Crowns of Inheritance

Works are and always have been based on God’s Will. When a man does a good work, it is based on how he/she feels God led them to do. This is the operation of a spiritually mature Christian, according to Hebrews 13:21. But… in the same verse, the glory is given unto Jesus Christ. This is important, because it shows our good works are not for nothing. However, God does remember these things (Hebrews 6:10). Good works are good and profitable unto men (Titus 3:8). Jesus commanded good works to glorify God (Matthew 5:16). However, as Ephesians 2:8-10 tells us, we are saved by grace through faith, not from ourselves, but a gift given by God that has nothing to do with works to avoid men from boasting about their own works, such as “works helped me be saved” or “works gave me eternal life.” We are His Workmanship, meaning that our good works stems directly from Jesus Christ, because God foreordained us to walk in these good works. Yes, all believers have been foreordained to be ministers. Faith is expressed by our works, because works are faith in action (James 2:14-20; Hebrews 11).

Paul tells us that we are able to obtain an award/prize, an incorruptible crown. What is the key to this? Not works, according to 1 Corinthians 9:24-25, but temperance (self-control). Peter affirms this is true that an imperishable crown is available (1 Peter 1:4). We will also be able to have a crown of rejoicing that is tied to hope and joy, and will be given shortly before the arrival of Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 2:19). Some have equated that this would be the case of wiping away every tear, with no more death and sorrow and pain (Revelation 21:4), but this is a stretch. Although this is true that we will eventually have this, it is not related to the crown of rejoicing.

Next, is the crown of righteousness, which is given to those who loved His appearing, because they endured such a hard race and fought the good fight keeping the faith (2 Timothy 4:5). Then the crown of glory, which is given by the Chief Shepherd Jesus Christ to those who feed the flock willingly without constraint, and being an ensample/example unto the flock (1 Peter 5:2-4).

Lastly is the crown of life, which is tied in with not worrying about suffering, but being faithful unto God until death – which will allow the crown of life to be given to us. He promised us eternal life, and we shall have it (Revelation 2:10; John 2:25). The crown of life is for those who endure temptation, and loving the Lord (James 1:12). So then, what are works, if Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith? These are things that emerge from the Lord unto our heart that He desires us to do. When we do them, we glorify Him (Repeat from above information).

Believers are expected to abound in good works because of their Salvation, but works do not lead to Salvation and Salvation does not lead to works. Works reveal faith to be real, while dead works or no works denote faith as useless. (Romans 3:27; 4:2-6; Galatians 2:16; 3:2-10; 5:6; 1 Thessalonians 1:3; 2 Thessalonians 2:17; Hebrews 9:14; 10:24). Judgment is according to works, with evidence of new life (Matthew 16:27; Romans 2:6; 1 Peter 1:17). Faith and good works are never contrasted in the Bible enough, but justification is based on Salvation, not referencing works (repeat of above reference).

Since we know we will be receiving an inheritance, we should work for the Lord and serve Jesus Christ (Colossians 3:23-24). We are rendered inheritance rewards according to Salvation, which include eternal life (The crown of life can be presumed), glory and honor and peace to those who do good (the crown of glory can be presumed) (Romans 2:6-10). Where will this judgment be for believers? It will be at the judgment seat of Christ that we will be judged based on every good or evil work (2 Corinthians 5:10). Good works are separate from works of the Law, because no human is justified by works of the Law for Salvation reasons, because the Law comes knowledge of sin (Romans 3:20).

We can conclude that works evidence faith; therefore, a fellow Christian can determine that someone may or may not be of faith based on their works. However, since Salvation is not based on works, it is impossible to tell whether someone is saved or unsaved just by their works. This is why required baptism for Salvation fails to function, because it is requiring works to be completed for Salvation to be given.

Back on subject, the crown of righteousness is presumed to be part of the rewards that are bestowed upon us by the Holy Ghost, because we learn that righteousness, peace, and joy are part of the Kingdom of God. Since we are granted access to the Kingdom of God through Salvation, we receive these benefits (Romans 14:17). Joy, hope, and peace overflow in us as we believe in God (Romans 15:13). This also means we are not judged by what we eat or drink or by festivals we celebrate (Colossians 2:16), but we appear to be judged by being given certain portions of the Kingdom of God that we may safely assume without heresy are an inheritance – this is found deeply interwoven with the Fruit of the Spirit. But why no crown of love? Is love the incorruptible crown? The Scripture does not say (Galatians 5:22). But what we do know is that God is Love and since He gave His Spirit to be with us, His Love is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost (Romans 5:1-5).

Where then does the incorruptible crown come in? It is the overall crown, we may assume, as we see in 1 Peter 1:4 that the inheritance we receive from God (any inheritance) is incorruptible. We become incorruptible in Salvation, and will resurrect in our new bodies as incorruptible (1 Corinthians 15:52-54). Therefore, we put on, literally immortality (2 Timothy 1:10), because of the Gospel of Jesus Christ – not because of works!

Do your good works grant you an inheritance? No. Does your Salvation grant you an inheritance? Yes. What is that inheritance? The Holy Ghost is given unto us as a mark, which allows us to put on immortality, and thereby receive each crown: glory, life, rejoicing, righteousness. God already planned for us to receive all of what He has for us. We are given grace by the measure of the gift of Christ, because we must reflect on the power of Oneness with God: One body, one Spirit, one hope of your calling, One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all – and God is above all, through all, and in all of His Believers (Ephesians 4:4-5).

Psalm 23: Our Beautiful Shepherd – The Lord

David was a shepherd, so he knew what the shepherd’s work and the sheep are like. Therefore, He was able to bridge that God is a Shepherd who cares for His Flock – His People. Let’s see the amazing imagery he gives us and how we can understand how he wrote this Psalm.

Psalm 23The Shepherd’s WorkApplication for life
The Lord is my shepherdSheep can recognize their shepherd. Care for them means ownership of them.We are like sheep under God’s care who belong to Him.
I shall not wantSome sheep wander off to greener lands, but this is dangerous.God meets my deepest needs.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:The shepherd has a crucial role to make sheep feel safe, and they will not rest until they feel safe from threats.God makes me free to rest, especially in Him.
he leadeth me beside the still waters.Sheep refuse rapid currents of waters, as they don’t swim well. Therefore, the shepherd needs to find calm water.We can drink of God’s Holy Spirit who is water to our thirsty souls.
He restoreth my soul:Some sheep struggle to get up quickly, as they may be dehydrated. The shepherd may have to prod the sheep or help it get up.God cares for and keeps the heart and mind of those who love Him and that He loves.
he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.Sheep, like humans, are creatures of habit. By overgrazing, they can destroy their own pastures and must be led to a new land. But only shepherds know the best way to get there.God will always lead us on the right path according to His Promise.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with meValleys on the way to high pastures often have the best grasses, but there are many hidden dangers that may lurk for sheep.God knows and deals with the fears and deadly dangers of life for us.
thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.Sheep need to learn to trust their shepherd. The shepherd’s rod protects them, disciplines them, and saves them. It is meant as a tool to guide them.God’s discipline, guidance, and protection keeps His People safe.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemiesUsually shepherds must prepare the pasture to remove poisons, toxins, and other bad things to ensure clean eating. Predators can wait ready to pounce on unsuspecting sheep.God provides for our hunger, even when enemies surround us.
thou anointest my head with oilFlying insects can cause problems for sheep especially during the summer. Oil is a natural bug repellent that can also heal the skin.God takes care of our bodily needs.
my cup runneth over.The good shepherd is willing to take the sheep to better grazing areas and water sources.Our provision from God is abundant.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my lifeSheep can aid in the fertility of the land and can transform wilderness into fertile fields. The good shepherd makes blessing follow his sheep.God’s goodness and Magnificent grace will be with us our entire lives.
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.Sheep are taken back to the shepherd’s property during the fall and winter.We shall be with God for eternity.

The Old Testament’s view of the shepherd

  • God is the Shepherd (Genesis 49:24; Psalm 23; 80:1).
  • God’s appointed leaders are under-shepherds (Ezekiel 34).
  • Many people in the Old Testament were actually shepherds for their jobs: Abel, Moses, David, Abraham, Isaac, Rachel, etc.
  • Foreign leaders were occasionally called shepherds because of their leadership of God’s People (Isaiah 44:28).
  • The prophets used shepherd imagery pointing to the Messiah’s coming (Ezekiel 34:22-24; 37:24; Isaiah 40:11; Zechariah 13:7; Matthew 26:31; Mark 14:27).

The New Testament’s view of the shepherd

  • Jesus is our Chief Shepherd (1 Peter 5:34), our Good Shepherd (John 10:1-30), and our Great Shepherd (Hebrews 13:20).
  • Jesus had compassion on the large crowds that came to see Him because they were as sheep without a shepherd (Matthew 9:36; Mark 6:34).
  • Jesus used sheep and shepherds in His parables (Matthew 12:11-12; 18:12-14; 25:31-46).
  • Jesus commissioned His Disciples to care for His sheep (Matthew 10:6; 10:16; John 21:16-17).
  • Jesus is the lamb of sacrifice (John 1:29; Acts 8:32; 1 Peter 1:19; Revelation 5:6).
  • Elders are shepherds under Christ (1 Peter 5:2).

Jesus’ actions in response to normal shepherd duties

Duties of the ShepherdJesus’ Work
Lead the sheep to safe water and pastures.Calls His Disciples to follow wherever He leads (Matthew 4:18-22; John 10:4-9).
Protects the sheep from predators, pests, and other dangers.Warns, intercedes, and rescued His People (Mark 8:15; John 17:12-15; Matthew 20:28; John 10:15).
Feeds the sheep, which also involves removing poisons and toxins from the food.Feeds the crowds of people, for He Himself is the Bread of Life (Matthew 14:13-21; 15:32-39; John 6:22-71).
Cares for weak or sick lambs.Cares for the weak and sick (Matthew 14:14; 14:34-36).
Disciplines the wayward sheep and retrieves the lost.Rebukes His Disciples whenever needed, and fins those who have lost their way (Matthew 14:29-31; 16:23; Luke 22:31-34).
Protects the cultivated land and crops from the sheep.Guides His Disciples in the way of caring about others (Luke 6:27-36).
Prevents over-grazing.Teaching His Disciples to be wise and harmless (Matthew 10:16).