Most are impressed with the fire power of sophisticated weapons. Read on, and find the most sophisticated weaponry possible.Â One is you, and me, while the other is making history today. With the final assault waiting occurrence through two unnamed godly assassins. As all this, manifests itself in multiple ways.
But first this note, this discussion is the result of the discussions, “The Proof is in the Pudding,” on the fifth and those that followed. Featuring the rise and fall of three great nations, Israel, Great Britain and the United States. Followed by this the concluding discussion in this short series.
Life is complex and difficult as residents in various nation states, but it’s far less complex and difficult when some very basic and fundamental truths are understood and accepted. We are instructed that, “The earth is the LORD’S and the fullness thereof; the world and they who dwell therein,” Psalms 24:1. From that awareness the practice of the following. He has shown you O man, what is good. And, what does the LORD require of you? But to do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God, Micah 6:8.
Centuries ago humans broke away from God and decided to go their own way. By forming kingdoms and nations independent of reliance upon the God of creation. So we have in Gods world two kingdoms at polar opposites with each other. Which accounts for all the misery suffered by the earths inhabitants. As we will learn, Gods weapons of warfare are His methods to encourage humanity to return to a reliance upon Him. The eternal message of His scriptures for individuals and nation states.
With some nations incorporating into their governments some semblance of recognition upon a sovereign deity. Nations like Great Britain because of Ephraim, son of Joseph whose ancestors founded that once great nation. But is now being torn apart by its Muslim population, mostly Pakistani, because of its liberal immigration polices.
Lesson learned, wake up America the children of Manasseh whose ancestors founded the United States. A nation following the path of Great Britain. Occurring in the period after Christ, or AD, Ano Domino, Latin for after Christ. Even language is being used to bury the influence of Christ through the ages. Today it’s more political correct to use the suffix when referring to a time period as CE, meaning the common era. Which has given way to the irregular form of Anno Domini. As for this padre, I have no time for political correctness it’s Ano Domino, after Christ. Keep Christ at the forefront at all times and not just at seasonal holidays.
Nations before the common era were abbreviated, B.C.C. Because God said that He would never be without a witness upon this earth. He made it happen by sending people like Moses, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Ruth, Esther, including many others, like Mary and Martha.
God exercises His ability to communicate with humanity in two ways. He sent men like Paul and Barnabas to give verbal witness that people should turn from their vanities unto the living God, who made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things in them. “Who in bygone generations allowed nations to walk in their own ways. Nevertheless He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good, gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness,” Acts 14:16-17. Make no mistake, the rains, or lack thereof is another way God offers witness of Himself to humanity.
God uses ordinary people to reveal the vanities that separate people from Him. And whenever they do something spectacular, the people want to reward the messenger with vanities. With Paul and Barnabas shunning such behaviors and responding in an appropriate manner which readers can discover by reading Acts 14:11-15. Be sure to read verse 19 because service to Christ has its consequences. Unless you are an American Christ centered person, but that is changing ever so silently through very subtle ways. When a time will come, when it will not be subtle at all.
The second way God gives witness to his displeasure with humanity is through weather patterns. Which seem to have peripheral effects through the manifestation of diseases. Severing as death destroying plagues. Which include food shortages and lack of water. Occurrences that appear to come out of nowhere, and claim millions of lives. The Godly savvy know better because we long ago mastered the truths of Psalms 24:1 and Acts 14:17.
When God exercises anger because of His displeasure with humanities behaviors. Instead of repenting from what displeases God. Most people respond by cursing God. And we see a lot that occurring today, sometimes in very subtle ways. Like denying Jesus His rightful place in our public schools and other public domains. Which was the expected, not to long ago, and the country and its people sang more songs of joy. O how wonderful it is, “food and gladness,” Acts 14:17. Simply put, turn your back on God, and God will turn His back on you. And there will not be food, or gladness, and a whole lot more.
Revelation 11, is an interesting chapter because it is near the end of Ano Domino period. God will invest unusual powers upon two unnamed assassins. Who will have the power to stop the rains, to turn the waters to blood, inflict the earth with plagues, verse six. And these final assassins will be equipped with a self defense mechanism. Resulting in the death of their assailants by fire, verse five.
People not willing to pick up His cross, and follow Him are simply declared to be not worthy of Him, Mathew 10:38. Meaning that He will not be there for them when they need Him. Watch out you fancy dressed, shiny motorized people of Sunday gathers in wood and concrete palaces. Because, Jesus was talking about you, when He spoke the words recorded in Matthew 10:27-28.
None of us, who are Christ followers can be what we should be for Christ. Compounding the matter, many of us can’t be what we want to be for Christ. So this scared edict which is ours and sets an impossible standard, but we are rescued. For there is no temptation or challenge that is not common to all Christ followers. God is faithful, who will not allow us to be tempted challenged beyond what we are able to bear. He will make away for escape that we may be able to bear it, 1 Corinthians 10:13. In addition, we have the beauty of the 23rd. Psalms. Note verse 3, “He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name sake.” And verse 6, “Surely goodness, and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD, forever!”
What Christ expects is our best effort for His cause. Through the exercise of our faith in such ways as the picking up of His cross to follow Him. Christ understands that we can’t all be a Mary or a Martha, a Paul or Barnabas.
And know the beauty of Numbers 6:24-26. For the LORD, will bless you and keep you. He will make his face shine upon you, and he will be gracious to you. And most of all, the LORD will lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
Do you have any idea what people would pay, if inner peace could be bought? Many, many bundles of dollars. And here it is for each, and every one of us Christ followers, free! No matter what our station is in bearing His cross happens to be.