Sunday, May 20, 2012

HOW THE APOSTLES DIED

All of the apostles were insulted by the enemies of their Master. They were called to seal their doctrines with their blood, and nobly did they bear the trial. Schumacher says that according to traditional statements the following was the fate of the apostles: MATTHEW suffered martyrdom by being slain with a sword, at a distant city of Ethiopia. MARK expired at Alexandria, after having been cruelly dragged through the streets of that city. LUKE was hanged upon an olive tree in the classic land of Greece. JOHN was put in a caldron of boiling oil, but escaped death in a miraculous manner, and was afterward abandoned at Patmos. PETER was crucified at Rome, with his head downward. JAMES THE LESS was thrown from a lofty pinnacle of the Temple, and then beaten to death with a fuller's club. BARTHOLOMEW was flayed alive. ANDREW was bound to a cross, whence he preached to his persecutors until he died. THOMAS was run through the body with a lance at Coromandel, in East Indies. JUDE was shot to death with arrows. MATTHIAS was first stoned and then beheaded. BARNABAS of the Gentiles was stoned to death by the Jews at Salonica. PAUL, after various tortures and persecutions, was at length beheaded at Rome by the Emperor Nero.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Significance of the Engagement/Signet Ring and It’s Place within Holy Scripture


Tradition has it when a man seeks to get married to his girlfriend he would properly ask for her hand in marriage and if she says yes, he then places a ring on her hand as a seal of engagement one to another. This means that she solely belongs to him and he solely belongs to her. They are betrothed one to another. They are sealed from anyone else until death do them part.

But giving a wife-to-be a ring for engagement is that based on the tradition of men or does the Holy Bible have more to say and given contexts to offer about this particular type of custom?

You might be surprised at the depth of information that is contained in this short paper written from Holy Scripture by the grace of God.

Follow closely by observing and it is my sincere prayer that God will give you His insight and understanding on the different correlations that will come from this paper dealing with the giving of a ring to a potential spouse. Amen!

The 1st Reference of the giving of a “ring” that is used in the Holy Bible comes from Genesis 41.

Genesis 41:37
And the thing was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of all his servants.

(God through Joseph has just finished telling Pharaoh the interpretations of his two dreams of the seven fat cows/seven thin cows and the seven fat ears of corn/seven thin ears of corn in which Joseph tells Pharaoh the dreams are interpreted as one dream in meaning. Egypt was going to have seven plenteous years of harvest followed by seven years of severe famine throughout the whole land).

Genesis 41:38
And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?

Genesis 41:39
And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all
this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art:


Genesis 41:40
Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou.

(Notice, Pharaoh states that only in the throne will I be greater than you. It is Christ who is KING of kings and LORD of lords who sits on the right hand of
God on the throne in Heaven.)

A chosen and faithful wife who is a servant to her husband and who as a woman typifies the church of Christ, responsibilities are to be over the house of her husband who if saved by grace typifies Christ. The servant/church who has the Spirit of God dwelling in their hearts use their heavenly Husband's Word as the only authority and deciding factor to lead the people to safety from the outside world’s danger, which are of Satan and his wiles.

Genesis 41:41
And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt.

Genesis 41:42
And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph's hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck;

Genesis 41:43
And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him, Bow the knee: and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt.

Genesis 41:44
And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I am Pharaoh, and without thee shall no man lift up his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.

Genesis 41:45
And Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaph’-nath-pa-a-ne’-ah [which means treasury of the glorious rest]; and he gave him to wife Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On. And Joseph went out over all the land of Egypt.

Outline of Biblical Usage of the word “ring” in verse 42:

1) ring, signet, signet ring

a) signet ring (as symbol of authority)

b) ring (as ornament)

Strong’s Exhaustive Bible Concordance of the Hebrew word and meaning for “ring”

2885 tabba`athtab-bah'-ath from 2883; properly, a seal (as sunk into the wax), i.e. signet (for sealing); hence (generally) a ring of any kind:--ring.

The 2nd Reference of the giving of a “ring” that is used in the Holy Bible comes from the book of Esther.

Esther 8:1
On that day did the king A-has-u-e’-rus give the house of Haman the Jews'
enemy unto Esther the queen. And Mordecai came before the king; for Esther had told
what he was unto her.


Esther 8:2
And the king took off his ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it unto Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai over the house of Haman.

And Esther King Ahasuerus gave Haman the ring originally before having full knowledge of the plot to terminate all the Jews in which Haman was planning. It is also note worthy to mention that when the king took off his ring from the hand of Haman, he then was killed by being hanged on the gallows. This is of great significance when reading further down in this short paper where the Holy Scriptures show an interconnection between the signet ring and God the Holy Spirit. Notice when king A-has-u-e’-rus gives Mordecai (the servant) the ring by placing it on his hand, Mordecai (the servant) is now given authority over the house of Haman.

Esther 8:3
And Esther spake yet again before the king, and fell down at his feet, and besought him with tears to put away the mischief of Haman the A’-gag-ite, and his device that he had devised against the Jews.

Esther 8:4
Then the king held out the golden sceptre toward Esther. So Esther arose, and stood before the king,

Esther 8:5
And said, If it please the king, and if I have favour in his sight, and the thing seem right before the king, and I be pleasing in his eyes, let it be written to reverse the letters devised by Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, which he wrote to destroy the Jews which are in all the king's provinces:

Esther 8:6
For how can I endure to see the evil that shall come unto my people? or how can I endure to see the destruction of my kindred?

Esther 8:7
Then the king Ahasuerus said unto Esther the queen and to Mordecai the Jew, Behold, I have given Esther the house of Haman, and him they have hanged upon the gallows, because he laid his hand upon the Jews.

Esther 8:8
Write ye also for the Jews, as it liketh you, in the king's name, and seal it with the king's ring: for the writing which is written in the king's name, and sealed with the king's ring, may no man reverse.

Strong’s Exhaustive Bible Concordance definition of the Hebrew word for “seal” are as follows:

2856 chatham khaw-tham' a primitive root; to close up; especially to seal:--make an end, mark, seal (up), stop.

I highlighted mark because it has both physical and spiritual implications that will be linked in the book of Revelation towards the end of this paper.

Esther 8:9
Then were the king's scribes called at that time in the third month, that is, the month Si-van, on the three and twentieth day thereof; and it was written according to all that Mordecai commanded unto the Jews, and to the lieutenants, and the deputies and rulers of the provinces which are from India unto Ethiopia, an hundred twenty and seven provinces, unto every province according to the writing thereof, and unto every people after their language, and to the Jews according to their writing, and according to their language.

Esther 8:10
And he wrote in the king A-has-u-e’-rus' name, and sealed [Hebrew # is 2856 chatham] it with the king's ring, and sent letters by posts on horseback, and riders on mules, camels, and young dromedaries:

The 3rd Reference of the giving of a “ring” that is used in the Holy Bible comes from
the Gospel according to Luke.

Luke 15:1
Then drew near unto him [Christ] all the publicans and sinners for to hear him.

Luke 15:2
And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.

Luke 15:3
And he spake this parable unto them, saying,

We'll mose straight to verse 11 and the beginning of Christ’s second parable: The parable of the lost son.

Luke 15:11
And he [Christ] said, A certain man had two sons:

Luke 15:12
And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.

Luke 15:13
And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.

Luke 15:14
And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.

To be in want of what, physical food or spiritual food?

The answer is Spiritual food!

The lexicon Outline of the biblical usage for the word "famine" in verse above:

1) scarcity of harvest, famine

Strong’s Exhaustive Bible Concordance for the word “famine”:
The Greek number is 3042 limos lee-mos' probably from 3007 (through the idea of destitution); a scarcity of food:--dearth, famine, hunger.

---------------Dictionary trace---------------

(3007) leipo li'-po a primary verb; to leave, i.e. (intransitively or passively) to fail or be absent:--be destitute (wanting), lack.

The famine mentioned in verse 14 speaks to the lack of hearing God’s Word, no godliness at all in that land. In Amos 8:11 it was written:

“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the
land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD.
(Amos 8:11)

Luke 15:15
And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. (Spiritually speaking swine (pigs) is referring to the ungodly and evil citizens that resist the truth of God’s Word)



Isaiah 66:17
They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the LORD.



Matthew 7:6
Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.



Luke 15:16
And he would fain [gladly] have filled his belly [their god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things (Philippians 3:19)] with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.

Notice at the very end of that verse no man gave unto him the husks that the swine ate for he would have gladly filled his belly meaning that no man gave unto him of their evil deeds despite him really wanting to participate.

But why not?

Because God would not allow it to happen and you will see why later on in this parable of the lost son.

We do not want to serve God because it is not in our nature to do so. The Holy Bible states that men love darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil (John 3:19).

Luke 15:17
And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants [The hired servants spiritually points toward the chosen elect of God] of my father's have bread [The body of Jesus (Yahushua) the Christ, He is that bread of life] enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!

Luke 15:18
I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father [Notice that this Father has a capital “F” which is referring to none other than God the Father], I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,

Luke 15:19
And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.


This is the true process of eternal salvation for those blessed individuals whom God the Father has chosen to save by first giving that person a measure of faith the size of a grain of mustard seed to recognize his/her sinful nature and to confess their sins before the Father and also giving them the ability to recognize his/her need for Christ as their Savior, for without God humankind is totally hopeless. When God begins to deal with an individual they begin to realize they are not a good person who is deserving of God’s grace (unmerited favor) and mercy. See God has to break us down beyond being nothing, even less than vanity. This process is the only way any person has a chance to live on into the next life.

Isaiah 40:17
All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.



Psalm 62:9
Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity.



Daniel 4:35
And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he[God] doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand [Hand denotes will power, the sole will power of God], or say unto him, What doest thou?




Luke 15:20
And he arose [Christ arose from the grave and the Bible states that we have risen up with him into high places. Spiritually speaking it is God who makes sure that His chosen elect is lifted up from being dead to life everlasting], and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off [His father is not even in his sights], his father saw him, and had compassion [showing grace and mercy], and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.

This is a perfect illustration spiritually speaking of God the Father having compassion and showing mercy to whom he has chosen by His grace and mercy by placing them in His love which is eternal salvation. Notice that it was his father who saw him and ran to him having compassion and love when the lost son was yet a great way off (didn’t have his father in his sights). Christ is referring to spiritually in this parable that it is of God’s decision on whom He will choose when it comes to His salvation plan by placing those whom He has chosen in His love.

Luke 15:21
And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.

Luke 15:22
But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:

Strong’s Exhaustive Bible Concordance definition of the Greek word for “ring” in verse 22:

1146 daktulios dak-too'-lee-os from 1147; a finger-ring:--ring

This verse spiritually is referring to God’s ceremonial marriage of His beloved chosen elect where the ring symbolically speaks to a sealed [engagement], between Christ Yahushua (Jesus) [who is the Husband/Master] and the true chosen believer [wife/servant].

Once the ring (the ring can be used for sealing and the seal which Scripture shows in a few verses further down is also symbolic of God the Holy Spirit) has been placed on the hand of the servant/true believer who is the faithful wife of Christ, and she now belongs solely unto Christ, her heavenly Husband, as being one, and now the servant/true believer/wife has the authority to be able to do her Husband’s will by being submissive in total service unto Him, so in return Christ, her Husband, will be glorified because of His good works being manifested in the believer [servant/wife].

Reference verses dealing with the idea of giving the chosen elect of God the best robes, which are the robes of righteousness and the color of the robes is white.

Revelation 6:10
And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?

Revelation 6:11
And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

The reference to the deceased who died in the faith of Christ who are resting until their fellow servants that should be killed are fulfilled is more in a figurative way. The chosen elect of God’s biggest enemies are not the individuals who are lost in the world but rather it is the individuals who make a profession of faith but are not truly saved from above. These individuals follow mainly after the traditions of men, just like the Pharisees, Scribes, and Sadducees did in Jesus day, than follow from the pure Word of God. They are comprised of the unsaved individuals who are called the "Jerusalem that now is and is in bondage" in Galatians 4:25.

They have not experienced the saving grace of Elohim despite them truly believing in their hearts that they are truly saved. They will fight you tooth and nail over their own eternal salvation plan.

And when someone who truly has the Spirit of God indwelling in their heart comes to them with the pure Word of Christ they are killed left and right by the individual’s tongue who thinks he/she is truly saved and that person gets highly upset and very defensive because their way of salvation has been comprised. These individuals do not want to hear the truth of God’s Word because most of the time the case is they made the choice to be born again, rather than God choosing them unto eternal Salvation.

Revelation 7:9
After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

[This verse of Holy Scripture is referring to the blessed and dreadful Judgment day when the chosen elect of God are gathered together unto Christ, the Lamb of God].

Revelation 7:10
And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

Revelation 7:11
And all the angels [The angels are God’s messengers, people who are the chosen elect - both human and angelic beings] stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,

Revelation 7:12
Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

(God is the sole reason/purpose why these blessed individuals are able to stand around the throne before Him on Judgment Day. Notice how the chosen elect are able to attribute all things unto God: blessing, glory, wisdom, thanksgiving, honour, power, and might [ability and/or capability. There is nothing in our own ability separate from God’s power that will enable us to live physically or spiritually)

Revelation 7:13
And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?

Revelation 7:14
And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Revelation 7:15
Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.



Luke 15:23
And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:

Luke 15:24
For this my son was dead [spiritually], and is alive again; he was lost, and is found [How was the lost son found?]. And they began to be merry.

Reference verses for commentary made after Luke 15:22 that deal with this idea of the believers being sealed unto the LORD by the giving of God the Holy Spirit which indwells the believer giving them the authority to do His will being sold out to Christ.

2 Timothy 2:19
Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

In this verse with the giving context of the word “seal,” it is in reference to God the Holy Spirit that indwells the true believer. The signet/engagement ring is interconnected with the Holy Spirit by this seal shown here in this verse. The ring in biblical context is used as a signet ring (a symbol of authority [ownership]) and also used as a seal.

The lexicon Outline of biblical usage for the word “seal” in verse above:

1) A seal

a) The seal placed upon books
b) A signet ring
c) The inscription or impression made by a seal

1) of the name of God and Christ stamped upon their foreheads
d) that by which anything is confirmed, proved, authenticated, as by a seal (a token or proof)

Strong’s Exhaustive Bible Concordance definition of the Greek word for “seal:”

4973. sphragis sfrag-ece' probably strengthened from 5420; a signet (as fencing in or protecting from misappropriation); by implication, the stamp impressed (as a mark of privacy, or genuineness), literally or figuratively:--seal.

1st Reference verse dealing with the idea of the name of God and Christ sealed upon the chosen elect foreheads:

Revelation 7:2
And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,

[In this given verse “the sea” is referring to large multitudes of people - Revelation 17:15].

Revelation 7:3
Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

The true elected body of Christ is not completed at this point. God has not saved His very last person so the angels are told to wait before they destroy the earth until God has saved His very last soul with the seal of God the Holy Spirit of promise (Ephesians 1:13). The final harvest is not yet come to pass because that will happen on Judgment Day.

Revelation 7:4
And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

[12 x 12 = 144; 12 biblically symbolize the fullness of God’s rulership; 144 biblically means God’s ultimate in creation.

Put together 1,000 x 144 = 144,000 this number biblically symbolizes God’s completed body.

The number twelve is symbolical of the fullness of God's program. And here He's talking about the number of believers, the fullness of believers.

Sometimes He uses it as twelve plus twelve. And so we have the twenty-four elders in Revelation.

Sometimes He uses it as twelve times twelve. And so we have the 144,000.

Sometimes He uses it as twelve times twelve times twelve. And so we have the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, which is in size 12,000 stadia by 12,000 stadia by 12,000 Stadia.

And in the Holy City Jerusalem, which is the fullness of all believers, we have twelve foundations, we have twelve gates, and we have walls that are 144 cubits thick. The whole picture, you see, is symbolical.

And so it is with the 144,000. It is the fullness of all believers.


This does not mean just a 144,000 people are going to be saved, this number is symbolic in meaning. The word “sealed” in the above verse means the total number of individuals saved are sealed with God the Holy Spirit indwelling in their hearts and minds.]

The 2nd Reference verse dealing with the name of God and Christ not sealed upon their foreheads:

Revelation 9:3
And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.

Revelation 9:4
And it was commanded them that they should, not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.

The individuals who do not have the seal of God in their foreheads are not saved from above by God the Father. These are the cursed individuals that the locusts and scorpions have power to administer hurt upon during this period of the great tribulation spoken of by Christ in Matthew 24:21.

The scorpions and the locusts refer or points toward the false prophets and false Christs (Matthew 24) who come into the external corporate churches in the name of Christ, but teach and preach contrary to the truth of God’s Word.

Everything in their lives will start to collapse and crash because they are being spiritually killed by Satan’s ministers of transformed righteousness (II Corinthians 11:13-15). These cursed individuals do not have the truth of God’s Word imbedded in their hearts and it is God who has put in their hearts a strong delusion to believe a lie and to be given over to Satan’s kingdom (II Thessalonians 2:11-12, Revelation 17:11-18).

The chosen elect of God will suffer at times to be refined and purified during this current period of great tribulation leading up to Judgment Day, but they have the seal of God the Holy Spirit dwelling in their hearts and by this they have a greater hope to look forward to and great comfort.

Their hope lies in the promise of God for the New Earth and the New Heavens. They understand that everything in this physical life is nothing more than a set of test to give them a better understanding of their need for God.

Revelation 9:5
And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.

Revelation 9:6
And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.

The 3rd Reference verses are dealing with the seal restraining Satan from deceiving them who have the seal of God upon their foreheads:

Revelation 20:1
And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.

Revelation 20:2
And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

[The thousand years is in reference to the whole New Testament era].

Revelation 20:3
And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

How can Satan being a spirit be chained and bound by setting a seal upon him?

This is talking about God the Holy Spirit, which is the power of God restraining Satan from deceiving the nations during the New Testament Era. But just like this verse states however, Satan must be loosed a little season which is referring to very end of time during the great tribulation period where Satan, the king of Babylon (Isaiah 14) shall be revealed who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped: so that he as God sitteth in the organized churches, shewing himself that he is God - 2 Thessalonians 2:4, 2 Thessalonians 4:8).

Strong’s Exhaustive Bible Concordance definition of the Greek word for “seal” in Revelation 20:3:

4972 sphragizo sfrag-id'-zo from 4973; to stamp (with a signet or private mark) for security or preservation (literally or figuratively); by implication, to keep secret, to attest:--(set a, set to) seal up, stop.

---------------Dictionary Trace---------------

4973 sphragis sfrag-ece' probably strengthened from 5420; a signet (as fencing in or protecting from misappropriation); by implication, the stamp impressed (as a mark of privacy, or genuineness), literally or figuratively:--seal.

Revelation 20:4
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

These blessed souls are the chosen elect of God who do not worship Satan in their minds (mark upon their foreheads) nor fulfill his will (mark in their hands) during the New Testament era (symbolic of a thousand years).

The lexicon Outline of biblical usage for the word “mark” in verse above:

1) a stamp, an imprinted mark

a) of the mark stamped on the forehead or the right hand as the badge of the followers of the Antichrist-Satan.

b) the mark branded upon horses

2) thing carved, sculpture, graven work

a) of idolatrous images

Strong’s Exhaustive Bible Concordance definition of the Greek word for “mark” in Revelation 20:4.

5480. charagma khar'-ag-mah from the same as 5482; a scratch or etching, i.e. stamp (as a badge of servitude), or scupltured figure (statue):--graven, mark.

Revelation 20:5
But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

The first resurrection is referring directly to being resurrected from the spiritually dead being born again with the seal of the Holy Spirit of promise (Ephesians 1:13). When a person is born again from above by the heavenly Father we reign with Christ in heavenly places. For we read this very context in Ephesians 2:5-6 as it was written:

“Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened [made alive] us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:” (Ephesians 2:5-6)

Revelation 20:6
Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

So what does this have to do with a man giving his betrothed wife an engagement ring?

How do these verses of Holy Scripture tie into the custom of placing an engagement/signet ring on the hand of a potential wife with a proposal of marriage?

Well the Holy Bible I believe is where we get the custom of giving a ring to our betrothed wife.

When a man propose marriage unto his girlfriend and she responds by saying yes and he places the ring on her hand she now belongs solely unto Him as his betrothed wife with carrying his name and now she has authority to carry out his will by representing him while he is off providing income for the family.

The Holy Bible states her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land [Proverbs 31:23] because of his wife managing the household and taking care of the children making the husband look good amongst the elders.

In all three references dealing with the idea of the ring being placed on the hand, the Holy Scriptures showed the king who typifies Christ the husband, place the ring on the hand of the servant who typifies the wife and following this exchange of the ring placed on the finger the servant was now given authority over the household.

The Holy Scriptures in a few areas also showed a direct connection between the ring and the Holy Spirit by way of a seal.

The ring is also used for sealing, and the chosen elect of God has the seal of the Holy Spirit of promise (Ephesians 1:13) upon their foreheads which means they always
have a desire/mind to do the will of God, their husband.

Amen Saints!!!

By J. Delbridge

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

THE WOMAN AND THOSE WHO GIVE SUCK IN THE DARK DAYS OF DESOLATION


When the word “woman” or the word “child” is found in Holy Scripture some immediately think of literal people when often the truth is something far more relevant to the Gospel message.

A good example of this is found in Revelation chapter twelve. There are many (believe it or not) who actually think that the woman who gives birth to the man-child there is Mary, the actual earthly mother of the Messiah.

Others think that it is the representation of a literal nation in the Middle East.

They are often predisposed to believe this, not because it is logical or Biblical (considering the given context), but because of there preconceived ideas about birth, Israel or the Church. Thus their interpretations have more to do with carelessness because of spiritual discernment being truly unsaved. God always speaks in the spiritual realm in His Holy Word with the use of literal past events, His nature, and often His Word is demonstrated parabolically, allegorically, symbolically, or figuratively in types and foreshadows.

It is only by the Almighty power and grace of God to open eyes and a person’s mind to perceive in the spiritual realm of His Holy Word. As His Elect, we are commanded by God to read and study daily to shew ourselves approved unto Him, a workman that need not be ashamed rightly dividing the Word of truth, John 5:39, II Timothy 2:15.

To interpret Holy Scripture in the physical realm is walking in the broadways
that leadeth in the pathway of eternal damnation. The phrase “sucking child of a woman” does not refer in the least bit to a prophesy of literal nursing babies as some theologians suppose. It is symbolic or spiritual language describing those who are of the Church.

It is we who are spiritually the nursing children. And the “woman” who is nursing us, is a symbolic figure of the blessed Messiah’s Church. It illustrates our spiritual rebirth from our mother above. But please do not take my word for it (because you shouldn’t), be a faithful servant of the LORD and search it out in the Scriptures to see if these things are so, Acts 17:11.

Luke 23:28
But Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, Weep not for Me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children. For behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck.

Superficial study (as much of the global church does today) of this verse would lead one to believe that Jesus was talking about a time when the literal women of Israel would be happy that they don’t have any children. But by the Holy Spirit only, the chosen Elect should know this is not what the LORD was truly illustrating.

The Messiah is speaking of Jerusalem as the Mother, and the people as “her” daughters.

This is the woman in reference. Jesus is really illustrating Old Jerusalem, and the New Jerusalem, as representing the Old Testament Congregation, and the New Testament Congregation.

The Old Jerusalem, whose children (in part) have been cut off, and the New Jerusalem represented by the spiritual Jerusalem. The congregation in the Messiah’s day (those who give suck) was in trouble, in apostasy, and on the verge of their great fall.

That is why the blessed Lamb said to them, “Behold, your house [meaning soul] is left unto you desolate.” – Matthew 23:38, Luke 13:35.

Isaiah 54:1
Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD.

This is what Jesus was referring to, and it has nothing to do with literal barren women. The truth is, this prophesy is explained further in Galatians 4:22-28. There it plainly tells us that this was an “allegory” or symbolism demonstrated in Sarah (the free Woman or the elect Congregation of the inner courts, Revelation 11:1), verses Hagar (the bondwoman or the unsaved Congregation of the outer courts, Revelation 11:2).

Galatians 4:22
For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.

Galatians 4:23
But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.

Galatians 4:24
Which things are an ALLEGORY: for these are the TWO COVENANTS; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.

Galatians 4:25
For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.

Galatians 4:26
But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.

Galatians 4:27
For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.

Galatians 4:28
Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.

(The Children of promise are the Elect in the Seed, which is Christ, Galatians 3:16. In these Scriptures there is seen clearly who these two women signify if one truly has the Holy Spirit. One is in bondage with her children, i.e. Israel of the flesh being the unsaved tares within the global church, Romans 9:6-9.)

Now we can better understand Isaiah 54:1, and what Jesus meant when He said, “Blessed are the Barren”.

Who is the desolate woman (who doesn’t give suck) in that verse, which now is blessed and can rejoice because she has many more children?

She is the very same blessed woman Christ talked about in His prophecy. This verse explains who the desolate (barren) are that have more children than Israel, she that was married to God (her husband). They are not literal barren mothers of Jerusalem who now are blessed with children. It is an allegory or “spiritual signification” of the chosen elect of the Gentile world brought into the glorious eternal kingdom and they being more fruitful, while Old Jerusalem (spiritually typifying the unsaved tares within the global church) is barren.

Isaiah 66:10
Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her:

Isaiah 60:11
That ye may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; that ye may milk out, and be delighted with the abundance of her glory.



Isaiah 60:15
Whereas thou has been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations.

Isaiah 60:16
Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob. (This is a prophecy of the New Testament Age.)



Isaiah 66:12
For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees.

Isaiah 66:13
As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem. (This is a prophecy of the New Testament Church Age.)



1 Peter 2:2
As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

Now we can understand more plainly by the sweet grace and mercy of the LORD the verse of Matthew 24:19 as it is written:

“And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!” (Matthew 24:19)

This verse is speaking of the very end of the latter days (not to be confused with the Last Days which are the entire New Testament period) when iniquity will increase. Satan is loosed and wickedness abound as false gospels arise like never before to assault the global congregations.

Those who suck or nurse at the breasts are the chosen believers (aswell as those professing) of the New Testament global congregations of Israel as like the Old, which has now became barren, i.e., the children who suck of the New Testament woman.

When unsaved man as Satan’s ambassador has taken his seat (becomes the ruler) within the Temple (the New Testament global congregations) as the abomination of desolation, than God will remove His Holy Spirit out of the way (midst) because there will be no longer that great chain, which is God the Holy Spirit mentioned in Revelation 20:1-2, to restrain Satan and His ministers of unrighteousness from taking the Word of God however faithful the Word is being preached out of the listeners’ hearts.

During those final days of Great Tribulation, only the chosen elect who have the seal of the Holy Spirit will be safe from the wrath of God’s anger as He fearfully judges His unfaithful church body giving them strong delusions in their minds that they shall believe a lie. This is horrible news for the majority who makes a profession of faith calling themselves saints of God despite not truly being saved by His grace alone.

The children in Lamentations 2:12 ask, “Where is the corn and wine?” Corn and wine are words pointing to the pure Gospel of Jesus the Christ. Jesus is the bread of life. He has poured out His righteous blood (the wine) for our eternal salvation. But now there is no corn and no wine, meaning no eternal salvation within the global harlot worship services at the very end of time. It’s woe unto them because at this (appointed) time, there is Great Tribulation and much distress as they depart from the faith, and apostasy rules in the global worship services of all denominations.

There is great deception, just as the Old Testament church was in a great apostate state when Jesus came the first time and threw the buyers and sellers out of the literal Temple because they had made it a den of thieves and robbers. Likewise, God will judge those who buy and sell (who are marked of the beast) in the New Testament Temple being the body of believers who make an profession of faith. It's woe unto them.

Woe unto the congregation of those days. This woman signifies being from above, and her children who give suck are all those who make a profession of faith being of the New Testament Church. And as it was a blessing in the early centuries of the New Testament Age, it will be woe to them in the great tribulation period towards the end as the children faint and wander to and fro outside the Temple in hopes of their thirsty souls finding the pure Gospel waters of Christ Jesus.

I am well aware of the great numbers of professing believers who assume that this refers to literal babies and literal mothers in distress in 70 A.D., but that cannot be biblically validated.

Christ’s words are Spirit (John 6:63), and the elect worships Him in Spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24). This woe of Matthew 24 is far greater than any physical hardships of A.D. 70. This refers to the desolation of the global congregations of God by false gospels, i.e., gross apostasy in spiritual idolatry.

Lamentations 4:4
The tongue of the sucking child cleaveth to the roof of his mouth for thirst: the young children ask bread [the pure and true Gospel of Christ], and no man breaketh it unto them.

Those who give suck represents the congregation commissioned to bring the nourishment of the pure Gospel to the children. Those who suck the breasts are those members of the Church, young and old. It’s woe unto the Church because there will be such a great delusion within that it would even deceive the very elect (the chosen), if. that were possible. Praise God and His Grace that it is not possible!

It’s woe to the woman because the children go without milk, corn, and wine.

Ezekiel 3:26
And I will make thy tongue cleave to the roof of thy mouth, that thou shalt be dumb, and shalt not be to them a reprover: for they are a rebellious house.



Psalm 137:6
If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.

During the time of the season of the abomination of desolation/Great Tribulation, the candlestick will be completely removed from all global corporate church bodies because of spiritual harlotry and idol worshipping within all denominations in general. As a result, there will be a severe famine of hearing the Word of God and there will be running to and fro trying to find a place that has the pure Gospel waters of eternal Salvation preached, but sadly they "shall not find it". For the LORD gives us a horrifying prophecy about the final days of the last great “spiritual” tribulation in the abomination of desolation through the mouth of the prophet Amos.

In Amos 8:11-12 it was written;

Amos 8:11
“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:

Amos 8:12
And they shall wander from sea to sea [throughout the world], and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.”

The chosen believers saved by grace alone will have been already guided and lead to come out of the great whore that sits on many waters (Revelation 17:1, Revelation 17:15) by the Holy Spirit that lives within their hearts. The Holy Spirit is no longer working within the midst of these harlot and apostate congregations in these final days of time. The true Gospel may be faithfully preached by the chosen elect, but it might possibly be too late or not effective in saving the lost as the Word of God solemnly declares that "no man buyeth their merchandise any more" during this time. Those of us who are saved shall still experience spiritual blessings, as we continue to grow in the faith because of severe tribulation and affliction by close family members and working associates.

Luke 21:16
And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.

Luke 21:17
And ye shall be hated of all [men] for my name’s sake.

Luke 21:18
But there shall not an hair of your head perish.

Luke 21:19
In your patience possess ye your souls.



Lamentations 4:5
They that did feed delicately are desolate in the streets: they that were brought up in scarlet embrace dunghills.

The word “delicately” means dainties or delight. Those who feed delicately must be the chosen born-again believers.

However, in Lamentations 4:5 they are desolate in the streets, why?

The pure Gospel waters has been desecrated or cut off as a result of the abomination of desolation. The chosen believers are desolate and are in the streets. They have been forced out of the global harlot congregational settings because of the silencing and poisoning within of the true Gospel. They are the true merchants standing afar off from these abominable congregations at the very end of times (Revelation 18:10-11).

The Abomination of desolation spoken of from the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and Daniel speaks of complete desolation of the New Testament global visible Church (the Temple - Please note here that we are not speaking of Christ's bride - His eternal Church who's names are written in heaven - Hebrews 12:23) by the spirit of Antichrist, through false gospels.

The man of sin (lawless man) ruling in the Temple as if he was God, silences the true Gospel of eternal salvation. The faithful word of God (bread) is hard to be found (famine) as those in the Church teach the error of false gospels, which cannot save.

There is a famine of bread and water (Amos 8:11), and the deadly poison of wormwood (Revelation 8:10-11) is there. Gone are the spiritual bread/manna and the living waters of life.

The children of the woman who give suck have their tongues cleave or stick to the roof of their mouth, being an illustration of this thirst. The man of sin has taken a seat in the temple replacing the man of God. He is under rule and authority of Satan, and this abomination before God will leave the Temple of God desolate, which is truly all denominations that call upon the name of Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.

That’s why we are commanded to flee to the mountains when we see this, which are the spiritual mountains of Zion and not the physical mountains of Israel. We are to flee to the pure Word of God and where the pure Word of God is faithfully preached as scarce as it is in these days of vengenance.

This fifth verse goes on to say “they that were brought up in scarlet embrace dunghills.” Those that were brought up in scarlet are God’s chosen elect. God uses the figure or symbol of scarlet to depict His Word of truth. God's elect will be forced out of the worship services, leaving those who remain within spiritual babylon to embrace dunghills.

When we research the Strong's Hebrew translation word and definition for "embrace" and "dunghill." we find the following information as to their meaning:

(embrace) H2263 chabaq khaw-bak' a primitive root; to clasp (the hands or in embrace):--embrace, fold.

(dunghill) H830 'ashpoth ash-pohth' or uashpowth {ash-pohth'}; or (contraction) shphoth {shef-ohth'}; plural of a noun of the same form as 827, from8192 (in the sense of scraping); a heap of rubbish or filth:--dung (hill).

To clasp means a firm grip or a tight embrace, i.e., in a loving embrace. So the verse of Lamentations 4:5(b) in reference to the global corporate bodies who call upon the name of Christ as Lord and Saviour that used to be somewhat faithful in preaching the Word of God (brought up in scarlet in times past), have now became a great spiritual harlot in these final days on earth preaching false words and false doctrines (embracing dunghills/heaps of filth and waste).

The word “dunghill” depicts man’s poor and sorrowful spiritual condition.

A great reference verse in dealing with the context of the word “dunghill” depicting man’s poor and sorrowful spiritual condition is in I Samuel 2:8 as it is written:

“He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the LORD's, and he hath set the world upon them.”



Luke 21:20
And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.

Luke 21:21
Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them
which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.


Luke 21:22
For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.

Luke 21:23
But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.

Luke 21:24
And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles (Revelation 11:2), until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

Woe because of the false gospels and false Messiahs deceiving them. We must be ready to come out of her that we are not snared by Satan’s deception.

But it is impossible for any elect soul to be judged because they are in a congregation that is not truthful to the Word of God.

However, we are warned in Scripture to not be unequally yoked with unbelievers, and so when unbelievers take a seat to rule in the LORD’s house, we are led to come out of her by the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We come out of the global harlot church that has forsaken God, so that we are not partakers with her plagues and sins.

The harlot global church will be judged. Woe unto the woman that give suck in those days, because her children hunger and thirst and there will be no water, milk, or bread (word of God) in that house. God is the same today, yesterday, and forever. The sucking child is symbolic of those of the Church. Those who “give suck” are symbolic of the Church itself, from the slightly different perspective of those leaders in care of the children. In Matthew chapter 21 when all the children were crying in the Temple, saying “Hosanna to the Son of David,” the chief priests and scribes were not happy, and Jesus declared to them:

Matthew 21:16 states, “...Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?”

Is Jesus saying, those who suck the breasts began to talk and say blessed is the Son of David?

No, Jesus is “equating” those who praise Him to babies those who suck the breasts. And make no mistake because that Greek word translated “sucklings” is the exact same word [thelazo] that is translated “those who suck the Breasts.”

Again, Scripture interprets Scripture.

Psalms 8:2
Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

Is God saying that literally out of those who suck the breasts we will hear words of strength, or is the LORD saying spiritually out of the sucking children’s mouths (the saints), are the words of ordained strength, that the enemy is stilled?

This is the real question. God’s Word has deeper spiritual meaning than just a literal superficial application. No enemy is stilled by a literal sucking baby’s gooings or babblings. However, they have been stilled by those sucklings, which are the children of God.

Moving on to Lamentations chapter 4. Looking at verse 12 of the very same chapter it is written:

“The kings of the earth, and all the inhabitants of the world, would not have believed that the adversary [Satan, the antichrist] and the enemy should have entered into the gates of Jerusalem.” (Lamentations 4:12)

The “gates of Jerusalem” is parabolic language signifying the spiritual gates of heaven. That is to say that the blessed Messiah is the door and the gate to the kingdom of God. He is the head and the cornerstone of the spiritual Temple of all chosen believers. His Church is the earthly gate that leads to heaven.

This 12th verse spiritually is referring to the king of Babylon (Satan) entering and ruling within the corporate worship services of Jesus the blessed Messiah. The LORD’S judgment upon the once faithful house of God takes place directly within the worldwide church body that has now transcended into the great harlot dominated by today’s continual pagan world, which is symbolized by the Old Testament world of Babylon. The fallen church is now called the Mystery Babylon of Holy Scripture in Revelation Chapter Seventeen and Eighteen and as such she has certainly opened wide her doors and alters (the gates of Jerusalem) and has embraced the sinful world of Babylon. We as the chosen believers stand afar off outside the harlot worship services in awe and in great fear for the awful judgment of the LORD against this great spiritual harlot deceiving all nations worldwide (Revelation 18:23).

Lamentations chapter 4 seems to be portraying the end time abomination of desolation in similar language/fashion as the book of Revelation chapters nine, eleven, thirteen, seventeen, and eighteen describes.

Lamentations 4:13
For the sins of her prophets, and the iniquities of her priests, that have shed the blood of the just in the midst of her,

Lamentations 4:14
They have wandered as blind men in the streets, they have polluted themselves with blood [their own menstrual cloth righteousness], so that men could not touch their garments.

Lamentations 4:15
They cried unto them, Depart ye; it is unclean; depart, depart, touch not: when they fled away and wandered, they said among the heathen, They shall no more sojourn there.

Lamentations 4:16
The anger of the LORD hath divided them; he will no more regard them: they respected not the persons of the priests, they favoured not the elders.

Jeremiah was in great affliction [tribulation] during the whole time of his ministry. Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had ravished his beloved Temple, which was located in Jerusalem as well as the surrounding cities of Judah. God commanded all of these horrible actions to take place because of the high places in the hills and mountains where the inhabitants were worshipping false idols and gods. Jeremiah and his brethren were taken forth as captives into Babylon where God would eventually take great care of them despite the terrible feelings and conditions of leaving Jerusalem and the Temple, which was the place of the ceremonial worship. The Israelites studied the Law of God in the synagogues located throughout the whole land of Judah.

Spiritually speaking, this is the final Judgment against the worldwide harlot church bodies by the LORD God. “They shall no more sojourn there” as verse fifteen states because God “will no more regard them” for the iniquities of the church priests and leaders. This was the physical Judgment of the Old Testament state church of Jerusalem and of the places of worship within the cities of Judah. And this is also a prophecy that shall come to pass of the spiritual Judgment of the global organized congregations at the very end of time during the abomination of desolation of the great “spiritual” tribulation period.

This is the ONE HOUR of New Testament eschatology. The Strong’s Greek word and definition that is translated as “hour” in this given context actually means a short season:

G5610 hōra ho'-rah apparently a primary word; an “hour” (literally or figuratively):--day, hour, instant, season, X short, (even-)tide, (high) time.

This “hour” of the LORD’S Judgment is, I truly believe, the "little season" of the abomination of desolation/Great Tribulation, Revelation 6:11.

Revelation 14:7
Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

Revelation 17:12
And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.

Revelation 18:10
Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.

Revelation 18:17
For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,

Revelation 18:19
And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate. [The end-time Abomination of Desolation of Satan’s short reign].

Scripture tells us that Satan, having been cast down to earth at the cross (Revelation 12:10) will be released for a “little season” at the conclusion of the New Testament Era:

Revelation 20:3
And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

(Keep in mind that this "Little Season" is indeed the time of judgment for the unfaithful corporate church bodies worldwide. This is the purpose for the LORD releasing Satan at the end of time, to allow him to deceive the nations of the world with his counterfeit Christianity, which is the "Abomination of Desolation".)

By Jamaal Delbridge

THE PROBLEM OF DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE IN THE CONGREGATIONS OF OUR DAY

The Holy Bible clearly commands that the wife is bound by the law to her husband until death.

"The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord."
(1 Corinthians 7:39)

Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?
For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.
So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.

(Romans 7:1-3)


Therefore, there is not to be divorce and remarriage under any situation ever.

There are no exceptions!

Passages such as Matthew 5:32 and Matthew 19:9 are being used currently to teach that divorce and remarriage are permissible by fornication.

However, a very close and careful study/analysis of the Holy Bible in passages such a Deuteronomy 22:13-21 and Deuteronomy 24:1-3 shows that this is not the case!

Congregations traditionally in the past have correctly understood this, but especially in recent years, this rule has been completely set aside, and the result is that divorce rates are as high within the church bodies globally as with the lost outside secular world.

Marriage is God’s holiest instutition by far.

Virtually every denomination has made provision(s) for divorce, and the result of this has been grave and severe upon society as a whole.

There are broken homes, mixed-up children, single parents, etc.

The solution is to go back to the Biblical statues and commandments of God pertaining to no divorce and remarriage, but we do not see this happening for a lack of Godly leadership in the most pulpits.

By Jamaal Delbridge

"BE YE NOT UNEQUALLY YOKED TOGETHER WITH UNBELIEVERS"

Thus saith the LORD God of Israel (Galatians 6:16)...

Numbers 33:55
But if ye will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you; then it shall come to pass, that those which ye let remain of them shall be pricks in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall vex you in the land wherein ye dwell.

Numbers 33:56
Moreover it shall come to pass, that I shall do unto you, as I thought to do unto them.

What are the lessons learned from the above status of the LORD God's stern commandments of the ancient Israelites and their utter failures over and over and over again to come out from the wicked world?

2 Corinthians 6:14
Be YE NOT UNEQUALLY YOKED TOGETHER WITH UNBELIEVERS: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and WHAT COMMUNION HATH LIGHT WITH DARKNESS?

2 Corinthians 6:15
And WHAT CONCORD [AGREEMENT, PART] hath Christ with Belial? or WHAT PART hath HE THAT BELIEVETH with AN INFIDEL?

2 Corinthians 6:16
And what AGREEMENT hath the TEMPLE OF GOD WITH IDOLS? for YE are the TEMPLE of THE LIVING GOD; as God hath said, I will DWELL IN THEM, and WALK IN THEM; and I will be their God, and THEY SHALL be my people.

2 Corinthians 6:17
Wherefore COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM, and BE YE SEPARATE, saith the Lord, and TOUCH NOT THE UNCLEAN THING; and I will RECEIVE YOU.

2 Corinthians 6:18
And WILL be a FATHER UNTO YOU, and YE SHALL be MY SONS and DAUGHTERS, saith the Lord Almighty.

Selah!

Sunday, May 08, 2011

THE MARKS OF A TRUE SHEPHERD


How diligently should they scrutinize their motives, who think of entering the ministry; for thousands have abused this Divine institution through love of ease, desire for authority and reputation, or love of money - and brought upon themselves "greater damnation" (James 3:1).

Thousands have invaded the pastoral office in an unauthorized manner, to fleece sheep rather than feed them, robbing Christ of His honor and starving His people.

Solemn beyond words is it to observe how sternly our Lord denounced these false shepherds of His day (Matthew 23). As [one man] rightly said, "Nothing seemed so offensive to Christ as a false teacher of religion, a false prophet, or a false shepherd. Nothing ought to be so much feared by the Church, be so plainly rebuked, opposed and exposed."

What are the marks of a true shepherd, how are God’s people to identify those called and qualified by Him to minister unto His people?

First, the genuine pastor has the doctrine of Christ on his LIPS. The ministers of the new covenant are described as those who had "renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness." Christendom today is infested with men who are full of deceit and hypocrisy, trimming their sails according to whatever direction the breeze of public opinion is blowing.

We "have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully" (2 Corinthians 4:2). The true servant of Christ holds back nothing which is profitable, no matter how unpalatable it may be unto his hearers. He is one who magnifies not himself, nor his denomination, but Christ - His wondrous Person, His atoning blood, His exacting claims.

Second, the genuine pastor has the Spirit of Christ in his HEART. It is the Spirit who opens to him the mysteries of the Gospel, so that he is "the faithful and wise servant" (Matthew 24:45). It is the Spirit of Christ who gives him a love for His sheep, so that it is his greatest delight to lead them into the green pastures of His Word. It is the Spirit of Christ who enables him to use "great boldness of speech" (2 Corinthians 3:12), so that he shuns not to declare all the counsel of God. It is the Spirit of Christ who makes him to be "prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage with great patience and careful instruction" (2 Timothy 4:2). It is the Spirit of Christ who gives efficacy to his ministry, making it fruitful according to the sovereign pleasure of God.

Third, the genuine pastor has the example of Christ in his LIFE, which is a conforming of him to the image of his Master. It is true, sadly true, that there is not one of them who does not fall far short both of the inward and outward image of Christ. Yet there are some faint tracings of His image visible in all His true servants. The image of Christ is seen in their words, spirit, actions; otherwise we have no warrant to receive them as God’s servants.

Find a man (no easy task today!) who has the doctrine of Christ on his lips, the Spirit of Christ in his heart, and the example of Christ in his life--and you find one of His genuine ministers--all others are but "thieves and robbers."

By A.W. Pink

Friday, March 11, 2011

A REAL ANTINOMIAN


An Antinomian, in the sight of God, is one who holds the truth in unrighteousness; who has gospel notions in his head, but no grace in his heart.

He is one that makes a profession of Christ Jesus, but was never purged by his blood, renewed by his Spirit, nor saved by his power.

With him carnal easepasses for gospel peace; a natural assent of the mind for faith; insensibility for liberty; and daring assumption for the grace of assurance.

He is alive without the law, the sentence of the moral law having never been sent home to him. The law of faith was never sealed on him, the law of truth was never received by him, nor the law of liberty proclaimed to him.

He was never arraigned at, nor taken from, the throne of judgment. He was never justified at the throne of grace, nor acquitted at the bar of equity. The tremendous attribute of righteousness was never seen or felt by him. The righteousness of the law was never fulfilled in him; the righteousness of the law was never fulfilled by him; the righteousness of faith was never imputed to him; nor the fruits of righteousness brought forth by him.

He is an enemy to the power of God, to the experience of the just, and to every minister of the Spirit; and is in union with none but hypocrites, whose uniting ties are the gall of bitterness and the bonds of iniquity.

He is one that often changes his opinions, but was never changed in heart. He turns to many sects and parties, but never turns to God. In word he is false to Satan by uttering truth, and false to God by a false profession. He is a false reprover in the world, and in the household of faith a false brother.

He is a child of Satan in the congregation of dissemblers, and a bastard in the congregation of the righteous.

By mouth he contends for a covenant that cannot save him, and in heart he hates the covenant that can. His head is at mount Calvary, his heart and soul at mount Sinai. He is a pharisee at Horeb, and a hypocrite in Zion. He is a transgressor of the law of works, and a rebel to the law of faith; a sinner by the ministry of the letter, and an unbeliever by the ministry of the Spirit. As a wicked servant, he is cursed by the eternal law; and, as an infidel, he is damned by the everlasting gospel.

And this is a real Antinomian in the sight of God.

By William Huntington

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

WHAT IS THE "UNCLEANNESS" SPOKEN OF IN DEUTERONOMY 24:1


Matthew 19:7
They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?

A close look at the writing of divorcement which follows will help answer the question (from God’s perspective) posed by these blind leaders of the blind:

Deuteronomy 24:1
When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give [it] in her hand, and send her out of his house.

What is the meaning of the uncleanness that the scriptures speak of in this verse?

Unfortunately the mind of unregenerate mankind has expanded the concept of this word to mean anything that benefits his/her self-centered purpose. But God in His word has given the true believer His meaning of "uncleanness." It just so happens that in the 22nd chapter of this same book (Deuteronomy) God has given the definition of this "uncleanness" (verse 14 specifically):

Deuteronomy 22:13
If any man take a wife, and go in unto her, and hate her,

The final event of the wedding ceremony that made the marriage official was the sexual union of the man and the woman. Thus what God had joined together (the two becoming one flesh) by His word during the marriage ceremony the man would complete by going in unto his wife through the process of sexual union. If he found her not to be a virgin prior to penetration he could “put her away” (hate her). This was the "uncleanness" that the law of divorcement speaks to. There must be proof that she was not a virgin (verse 15).

Deuteronomy 22:14
And give occasions of speech against her, and bring up an evil name upon her, and say, I took this woman, and when I came to her, I found her not a maid:

The definition of the word maid is as follows:

1331> bethuwliym, beth-oo-leem'; masc. plur. of the same as 1330; (collect. and abstr.) virginity; by impl. and concr. the tokens of it:-X maid, virginity.

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1330> bethuwlah, beth-oo-law'; fem. pass. part. of an unused root mean. to separate; a virgin (from her privacy); sometimes (by continuation) a bride; also (fig.) a city or state:-maid, virgin.

Deuteronomy 22:15
Then shall the father of the damsel, and her mother, take and bring forth [
[the tokens of] the damsel's virginity unto the elders of the city in the gate:


There was evidently, as inferred in this verse, a method of proof that was used to prove the virginity of a perspective bride (espoused bride). It could have been some sort of examination made by a physician prior to the wedding night, so that if a question arose on the brides virginity prior to her husband coming into her it could be cleared up by the record of this examination.

Deuteronomy 22:16
And the damsel's father shall say unto the elders, I gave my daughter unto this man to wife, and he hateth her;

Deuteronomy 22:17
And, lo, he hath given occasions of speech [against her], saying, I found not thy daughter a maid; and yet these [are the tokens of] my daughter's virginity. And they shall spread the cloth before the elders of the city.

Deuteronomy 22:18
And the elders of that city shall take that man and chastise him;

Deuteronomy 22:19
And they shall amerce him in an hundred [shekels] of silver, and give [them] unto the father of the damsel, because he hath brought up an evil name upon a virgin of Israel: and she shall be his wife; he may not put her away all his days.

Deuteronomy 22:20
But if this thing be true, [and the tokens of] virginity be not found for the damsel:

Deuteronomy 22:21
Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father's house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die: because she hath wrought folly in Israel, to play the whore in her father's house: so shalt thou put evil away from among you.

This is a very important law for it ultimately speaks to the virginity of the bride of Christ that He will take unto Himself after the judgement of the last day.

This bride that he takes unto himself will have been made a virgin by His righteousness that cleanses His elect of all their adulteress sins.

All believers have been espoused (engaged) to Christ, but on judgement day he will examine all who make a profession of faith and if that faith proves to be false, they will stand before Him naked in the fullness of their sins. There will be found no token of virginity (His righteousness). They will be cast into outer darkness.

God has, in Matthew’s gospel, given the child of God a historical view of how this law was to be understood and properly adhered to. Notice how Joseph responded to the circumstances of Mary’s pregnancy based on this law of divorcement:

Matthew 1:18
Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

Matthew 1:19
Then Joseph her husband, being a just [man], and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.

Joseph knew that Mary was pregnant and he knew that it was not his child. Although Joseph had the right, according to the law of divorcement referenced in Deuteronomy 24 and 22, to put Mary away publicly, he chose not to do so. As the next verse states he did not know that this was the work of God and not the results of some man who had been with Mary.

Matthew 1:20
But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

Matthew 1:21
And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

Matthew 1:22
Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,

Matthew 1:23
Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

Matthew 1:24
Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:

Matthew 1:25
And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.

To seek for a divorce for any reason other than that which Deuteronomy 22:13-12 speaks to is strictly prohibited by the word of God. Thus to seek for a divorce for adultery after the man has come in unto this wife is sin, whether he divorces her or she divorces him.

The permanence of this relationship is completed after intercourse, the two are now one and forgiveness must be the course of action for all that love God by being obedient to His command, “What God has joined together, let not man put asunder”.

By Roy Dean

Thursday, March 03, 2011

The Epistle of James Does Not Contradict The Writings of Paul


I've often pointed the following out relative to the "supposed" contradictions between James and Paul - which so-called contradition is nothing short of one not paying attention to what HE is reading! When Paul insisted the believer is "justified by faith only," he particularly notes that it was at the time that Abraham BELIEVED GOD relative to the promise of the birth of Isaac.

When James says we are "NOT justified by faith only," he says "We see HOW Abraham was justified by works when he OFFERED ISAAC."

When Abraham believed the promise, Isaac was not yet born; when he was justified by works when HE OFFERED Isaac, Isaac was old enough to carry his own wood for the offering - quite some times latter.

There is no contradition in James vs. Paul.

By Stanley Phillips

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

FAMILY PRAYER


Family prayer should be constantly attended to. The worship of God ought to be maintained in all the families of the saints.

It cannot but be thought a duty incumbent on matters of families, to pray with, and for their children and servants, whom providence has put under their care and inspection; a faithful attendance hereon may, at least, strike their minds with an awe of God, and lay such a check upon them, which may prevent their sinning as others do. I doubt not but many can attest to the truth of this by their experience.

Besides, as we ought to endeavour the conviction of those under our immediate notice, we can’t tell how far God may please to succeed the discharge of our duty in this particular that way; however, whether or not the effect follows, which we should desire, that is to say, the spiritual good of those about us, we shall keep clear of their blood, if we are found in the practice of our duty towards them. It is not improbable but some may say, they are convinced it is their duty to pray in their families, but that they are not furnished with suitable gifts, and therefore they are obliged to omit it; such I would ask, if they have at all attempted it? If they have not they must allow me to say, it is trifling to urge their want of proper furniture, as an excuse for this neglect.

Besides, it can hardly be thought, that a person sensible, of himself, his state by nature, his need of Christ, and of his suitableness as a Saviour, can be utterly unable to perform this branch of religious worship in his own family, where strict method, proper coherence, and fluency of expression, are not absolutely necessary to the useful discharge of it. Again, gifts improve by using: I have known some who were not eminently furnished for such a work, that upon the exercise of the abilities they had, a blessing has attended, and their improvement has been very visible. I add, that since family prayer is a duty, we ought to be careful, lest we render ourselves unfit for it, or incapable of it, by conversation, or otherwise, when we are abroad.

By John Brine (1703–1765)

Saturday, December 25, 2010

"LET US DRAW NEAR"


In Hebrews 10:19-22 We find there encouraging words for those who have been saved.

Hebrews 10:19
Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,

Hebrews 10:20
By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;

Hebrews 10:21
And having an high priest over the house of God;

Hebrews 10:22
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

The Lord says that we should have boldness to come before Him in prayer, because that is one of the privileges we have received. The Lord Jesus said: "Ask, and ye shall receive" (John 16:24).

Do we have to ask for everything?

No! God already knows what our needs are.

Can we change God's plans by our petitions?

No! God knows what we are going to ask Him, even before we were born.

But that is no reason to keep silent. That is no reason to be bashful before God, excusing ourselves that we do not know how to pray. We should pray to God when we get up in the morning, and when we go to bed in the evening and all the time in between. Through prayer and Bible study we establish an ongoing communication with God.

For example, if we do not know how to pray, we can tell the Father that we do not know how to pray. Then we can ask Him to teach us how to pray. This is one of the requests that God will fill, because it brings glory to God. And God will teach us what it means "to come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:16). It is a privilege to come before the throne of Almighty God and He always hears us.

Which other person in the world do you know who will always lend a willing ear, and who always understands what we mean?

We can ask God to give us light when we read the Bible. We can ask God to keep us faithful in His Word. We can ask God to teach us what it means to give Him all the honor and the glory. That is not a small request. We can ask God to give us a hatred for certain sins that we still embrace. We can ask God to give us a free and extrovert spirit and ability of speech when we speak with others. We can ask God to make other people receptive to the Word of God when we speak to them. We can ask God that He give us guidance and wisdom that we conduct ourselves as children of the Most High. We can ask God that our children may grow up fearing Him and honoring Him. We can ask God that He take away our fears concerning the future of our children, and that we will learn to give it all into His hand. We can ask God to teach us how to thank Him for everything that He sends our way, even those things that we do not like. We can ask God to give us a job in this church so that we will be fruitful in the furtherance of His Kingdom. We can ask God to give us boldness to step forward to offer our services for this church. As you know, we are a small congregation that is not growing. It may be God's will that we remain small, but we can ask God what we can do to help our congregation to grow. All these petitions, and many more, we may bring boldly before the throne of grace.

Do we hear Him?

If God the Son, the Second Person of the Triune Godhead, has been willing to lay down His life for us, and He has been willing to suffer the torment of the equivalent of an eternity in Hell for our sins, and we see in our life the reality of this great gift of faith He has given us, why then are we so timid?

If we truly hear Him, we will have more confidence to "draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith".

If God is with us, who can be against us?

By Alfred J. Chompff

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Christians in The Army?


Dear Sir,

I have often wondered how a gracious person can live in the army, and, along with wicked soldiers, enter into severe engagements with the enemy.

Is he not a murderer according to Galatians 5:21?

Does he not deliberately act contrary to the Saviour's instructions as recorded in Matthew 5:44?

Is it right or scriptural for a gracious person to take up arms at all against his fellow creatures?

A gracious soldier, in time of war and in engagements with the enemy, must be in a very deplorable situation. An answer will oblige Yours,

J.H.


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Answer by J.C. Philpot

Beyond all question, war, viewed in itself, is inconsistent with the gospel of peace and righteousness, and there is necessarily in the very profession of a soldier that which must shock every truly Christian heart.

So far we are fully agreed with our correspondent; but he seems to have confused two things, which we cannot but consider very different.

It surely is one thing, being a Christian, to go into the army, and another, being a Christian, to continue in the army.

We can hardly think that any man possessed of a tender conscience and the life of God in his soul would deliberately enlist as a private soldier, or purchase a commission as an officer.

But take the first case, with which we seem- more immediately concerned, that of a soldier in the ranks. A wild, reckless youth, in a moment of excitement, perhaps half drunk, or driven to it by poverty and destitution, enlists into a marching regiment.

After he has been some time in the ranks, the Lord is pleased to quicken his soul into spiritual life; and to doubt this is ever the case is to doubt the sovereignty of grace, and to deny positive facts.

Besides the burden of a guilty conscience, our poor unhappy youth has now to endure all the misery and wretchedness, the filth and wickedness, and probably the persecution of a barrack life, which has been called by those who know it, "A hell upon earth."

But what is the poor man to do?

He is like a mouse in a trap; he is in, but how is he to get out?

There are but two ways out; one he must not take, and the other he most probably cannot. These two ways are desertion or discharge. Surely J. H. would not recommend the former—at best a most terrible and perilous experiment, and subjecting a man to the disgrace and punishment of a felon.

This way, then, being thoroughly blocked out, can he avail himself of the second?

His discharge will cost him at least £40; and if he be a thoroughly good soldier, the probability is that the colonel will not part with him at any price. It is calculated that every soldier landed in India is worth to Government £100, and has probably cost twice that sum.

How will the commanding officer let that man purchase his discharge for £40?

But suppose the colonel were willing to let him go, can he always or often raise the
sum required for his discharge?

Then what alternative has he but to stay in his regiment?

Now, suppose the regiment is ordered off to India, and suppose it is sent on to Delhi or Lucknow, and suppose, as is most probable, it has to go into action against the sepoys, what is our Christian soldier to do?

Is he to refuse to march in the ranks, or not fire his Enfield rifle when the word is given to fire, or lie down on the ground when his fellow soldiers are rushing on to the charge?

It is fearful to think that he has to shed blood, but he has no alternative; and apart from his general duty as a soldier, if his comrade is about to be cut down by a sepoy, is he not to protect him, though in doing so he take the life of the enemy?

But examine the matter upon scriptural grounds.

Have we no instances of godly soldiers in the New Testament?

What was the centurion, (Matthew 8) of whom the Lord himself testified that He "had not found so great faith, no, not in Israel," but a soldier, or
rather what we should call a captain, in the Roman army, then occupying Judaea, as our troops are stationed in India?

And that this centurion was a saved man is evident from what the Lord added:

"And I say unto you, that many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven."

He had come from the west to sit first at the Redeemer's feet, and will sit down hereafter to the marriage supper of the Lamb.

And who was the first Gentile to whose house salvation came after the Lord had risen from the dead but Cornelius, "a centurion of the band called the Italian band?" — just as we might say, however odd it may sound to the ear, " A Captain in the Scotch Greys," or "A Lieutenant in the Coldstream Guards."

On this Roman captain, whom J. H. would almost call "a murderer," and if so he could not have "eternal life abiding in him," (1 John 3:15,) the Holy Ghost fell, and he was baptized in the name of the Lord, being the first Gentile Baptist.

It appears also that he was not alone in the Italian band, for "a devout soldier waited on him continually," being what we should now call "the orderly" of this gracious, God-fearing captain.

Now, suppose that this godly captain had lived for about thirty years after his baptism, which might easily have been the case, it would have found him in the very heat of that tremendous war which ended in the destruction of Jerusalem by the Roman army under Titus; and suppose he was at - the siege of that city, as Baker might have been at the siege of Delhi; now, if there had been what is called a "sortie," that is, a rush from the city of the besieged Jews, and our godly captain had been at the head of his troop, must he have fought or fled?

And if the devout soldier who waited on him, his "orderly," had been at his side, and seen a Jewish desperado aiming a blow at his captain's head, might he save his life, even though he had to kill the Jewish soldier?

And would, in this case, this devout soldier have been "a murderer," and so been cut off from eternal life?"

Nor do we want modern instances. Colonel Gardner, a man favored with one of the most remarkable experiences on record, continued in the army after his call by grace, and, in fact, died with his sword in his hand, for he was cut down at the battle of Preston Pans by the scythe of a Highlander, when fighting bravely in defence of his king, his country, and, we may add, his religion; for Pope and Pretender had conspired to rob England both of liberty and religion.

Was Colonel Gardener "a murderer," and is he now in hell?

If so, he was awfully deceived; for, if we remember right, he had a most blessed visit from his dear Lord a night or two before the battle, and a sweet assurance from his own lips that he should shortly be with him.

Though we have thus written, let it not be supposed that we are vindicating war, or justifying a godly man for going into the army.

We are merely taking up the question, whether it be possible for a man to be in such a position, and yet be a partaker of grace.

At the present moment, the question assumes to us a greater degree of interest, as, from the letter which we inserted in the October No., from a soldier in India, and another to be found in our present pages, we have every reason to believe there are a few who fear God in our Indian army.