During these days of doom and gloom, how refreshing it is to be enlightened by placing one’s faith and trust; not in Man, but in God, Yahweh and His Son Jesus Christ, who said to those who believed on Him…
31. Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on Him, “If ye continue in My word, then are ye My disciples indeed;
32. And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.”
33. They answered Him, “We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?’”
34. Jesus answered them, “Verily, Verily, I say unto you, Whosoever commiteth sin is the servant of sin.
35. And the servant abideth not in the house forever: but the Son abideth ever.
36. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
The Jews replied “We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man etc… Thus ignoring all historical facts. These were “the Jews” who believed in verse 31, and thus proved themselves not believers indeed, because they had not continued in God’s word.
The in depth study of God’s Word will reveal the truth to the most ardent (Having, expressive of, or characterized by intense feeling; passionate; fervent: an ardent vow; ardent love, intensely devoted, eager, or enthusiastic) researcher of God’s Word. Receiving in return the absolute wisdom, and knowledge resulting in true freedom of thinking, and peace of mind, which is the TRUTH.
Regardless of what the world may throw at us, the knowledge and wisdom gained by study goes a very long way in helping us to understand it for what it is, and how to deal with it.
That is why we are encouraged to study God’s Word, to strengthen our belief and faith.
11. It is a faithful saying: “For if we be dead with Him, we shall also live with Him:
12. If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him: if we deny Him, He also will deny us.
13. If we believe not, yet He abideth faithful: He cannot deny Himself.”
14. Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.
15. Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
16. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
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.
(Iniquity: 1.Gross injustice or wickedness. 2. a violation of right or duty; wicked act; sin).
11 If we are dead in Christ, then at the resurrection we are welcomed into the millennium to live with Him.
12 If we ourselves suffer for our beliefs, faithfulness, and loyalty; then we shall also reign with Him. But He will surely deny us if we deny Him.
13 Even if one doesn’t believe, but doesn’t sin, then Christ cannot deny Himself as far as that person is concerned, for in him is the Holy Spirit.
14 We must remember these things always, and remind them of these things, and charge them before God; not to quarrel about words, which do no good, but only ruins the hearers.
15 Speaks for itself: We will be asked of what we understand of Scriptures, and are response will be approved or disapproved. Timothy is saying here that there is no shame in being a workman, but to work hard to understand the word of truth by rightly dividing and diligently searching for; the TRUTH.
16. Shun or avoid, anyone or anything that treats (something sacred) with abuse, irreverence, or contempt, with vain (having no real value: idle, worthless) babblings.
20. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour and some to dishonour.
21. If a man therefore purge himself from these he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.
Gold, silver, wood, and earthenware, are all material objects in a material world, and are of no value in a spiritual world. The material world is not permanent, therefore storing up, or usurping of valuables is dishonourable. By understanding this fundamental precept we are able to purge ourselves of valuables. To this end we become Meet (useful or profitable for the master’s use). We can serve as priests in the millennium and assist Christ in whatever tasks He bestows on us.
Gold, silver, money, and other valuables are the curse of this age bringing misery, greed, violence, and murder, which are all classic traits of Satan who is prince of this earth, for a short time longer, thus the purging takes place through the understanding and study of God’s Word, and in so doing, discovering the TRUTH.
We must first unlearn the untruths we have been taught since we were children, and learn the truths taught by the word of God.
3. Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
4. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life: that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
For in the times of the Great tribulation we must endure the hardness that comes with being a good soldier of Christ. We must focus on the task at hand even while we are being persecuted, knowing that all must be played out to the full. Following in Christ’s footsteps in the race to be an overcomer, we may also be glad to please our benefactor Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen
11. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13. Wherefore (for what reason or purpose: why) take unto you the whole armour of God,
that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness.
15. And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.
16. Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Paul; who has successfully ministered to peoples all over, and in the most dangerous times of the Romans, Pharisees, and Sadducees, knows only too well what we need to prepare ourselves for the coming storm. Because of this he instructed the Ephesians of the tools they would need to withstand an onslaught from Satan and Abaddon.
The Ephesians were
the residents of the ancient City of Ephesus. The city was important from both
commercial and religious standpoints. Wealth abounded, although not every
resident was prosperous.
The location of Ephesus contributed to its importance. Situated near the mouth of the Cayster River on the western coast of Asia Minor, it lay nearly opposite the island of Samos. Perhaps you can better fix its location in mind by noting that the ruins of Ephesus are some thirty-five miles (56 kilometers) southeast of what is now known today as Izmir, Turkey.
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14. I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known Him That is from the beginning. I have written unto you young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.
15. Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.
If the woman represents only the faithful remnant, who among her is purged?
33. As I live, saith the Lord God, surely with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out, will I rule over you:
34. And I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out.
35. And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face.
The wilderness of the people, is probably another country which would be to them another wilderness in which they were tested as to whether they would hear.
36. Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, Saith the Lord GOD.
37. And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of covenant:
Passing under the rod was a manner of counting the sheep, which were numbered as they passed under the shepherd’s club: implying here that none should be lost.
Amos 9:9 For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth.
And that the restored nation should be holy to Jehovah.
41. I will accpt you with your sweet savour, when I bring you out from the people, and gather you out of the countries wherein ye have been scattered; and I will be sanctified in you before the heathen.
42. And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall bring you into the land of Israel, into the country for the which I lifted up Mine hand to give it to your fathers.
43. And there shall ye remember your ways, and all your doings, wherein ye have been defiled; and ye shall lothe (loath) yourselves in your own sight for all your evils that ye have committed.
38. And I will purge out from among the rebels, and them that transgress aginst Me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
Ezekiel 37 gives details of the joining of Judah (southern Israel) and the House of Israel (northern Israel) which is Joseph and the stick of Ephraim which becomes one stick in God’s hand. This will be the first time since the diaspora ("the movement, migration, or scattering of people away from an established or ancestral homeland"), that the coming together of the scattered nations will take place. http://godsplan.org.uk/full_ten_Tribes.htm
16. “Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions:
17. And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand.
18. And when the children of thy People shall speak unto thee saying, `Wilt thou not shew us what thou meanest by these?’
19. Say unto them, `Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah,
and make them one stick, and they shall be one in Mine hand.``
20. And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thine hand before their eyes.
21. And say unto them, `Thus saith the Lord GOD; `Behold, I will take the children of Israel (Jews, and Lost Tribes) from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land:
22. And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall no more be two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all:
23. Neither shall they defile themselves anymore with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions:
but I will save them out of all their dwelling places, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be My Puople, and I will be their God.
Ezekiel 37 is yet future for us to look forward too, not history. The stick of Joseph is in the hand of Ephraim, (UK) the leader of the lost ten tribes, and his fellow tribes of Israel, Manasseh (USA) being one of them, and Judah. Ezekiel 20:38 And I will purge out from among the rebels, and them that transgress against Me:
There are some on earth today still; who find this unacceptable, if you can believe that, although God will still bring them out from where they now live, but they will not enter Israel. This is a wonderful future to look forward too, for all those who look for peace and justice. To have king David rule over us; the apple of God’s eye, is; compared to this awful world ruled by Satan, is one of joy, gladness, love, and happiness, something that is sadly lacking in this world. What more can one wish for?
14. Therefore behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably with her.
15. And I will give her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt.
16. And it shall be at that day, saith the LORD, that thou shalt call Me Ishi; (My Husband) and shalt call Me no more Baali. (My Lord)
17. For I will take away the names of Baalim out of her mouth, and they shall no more be remembered by their name.
For they carry forward God’s promises to continue the physical nation and offer continued hope of the spiritual regeneration which Scripture promises.
Isa 14:1 For the LORD will have mercy on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel, and set them in their own land: and the strangers shall be joined with them, and they shall cleave to the house of Jacob.
25. For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part has happened to Israel, until the fullness of the gentiles be come in.
The term gentiles is derived from Latin, used for contextual translation, and not an original Hebrew or Greek word from the Bible.
That is, the fullness of times when the full number of Acts 15:17 is completed.
Acts 15:17 That the residue of men might seek after the LORD, and all the Gentiles, upon whom My name is called, saith the LORD, `Who doeth all these things.`
The residue here is the faithful remnant.
26. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, “There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob.
For they, like unbelieving Gentiles, will take Satan’s mark and give him due worship.
15. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
16. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads.
17. And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
It is believing Jews elsewhere around the world that are now his target. This will include the 144,000 of Israel who were sealed for protection. They are described as “ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes,” which indicates they keep the commandments of God.
Rev. 14:4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being firstfruits unto God and the Lamb.
Virgins: The reference is to the pollutions connected with the great religious system under antichrist in the coming days.
Besides the specially sealed 144,000, there will be many others, who come to faith by their ministry and that of the two witnesses during the time of Jacob’s Trouble. “These are scattered followers of the Lamb who did not reach the appointed place in the wilderness prepared for the main body of people symbolised by the woman.” These are those Jesus referred to as “My brethren,”
Which were provided for by the “sheep” (righteous Gentiles) who are afforded entry into the Millennial Kingdom to follow. These will be involved in preaching the gospel, because they have the testimony of Jesus Christ. We are not saying that Gentile believers will not undergo persecution. Far from it! The many passages concerning the activities of the Beast and his image, the False Prophet, and the Harlot make it painfully clear that all believers—be they Jewish or Gentile will undergo extreme danger and persecution during this time.
The wrath of the dragon has been building as he is frustrated at each of his attempts: The dragon had to redirect his anger from the Son to the woman in,
Rev. 12:5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to His throne.
…when the Son escaped his clutches. That increased his rage. He lost his place in heaven in,
Rev. 12:8, 9, 12,
8. And prevailed not, neither was their place found any more in heaven.
9. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
12. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabitors of the earth and of the sea! For the devil has come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
Angering him even more. At this point the woman has escaped to a place of refuge;
…leaving him only the woman’s remaining seed to vent his fury on.
The repeated frustration of his efforts explains the furious persecution the dragon proceeds to inflict on the faithful. But it will be very difficult for all believers; because God has revealed the awful terror of this time:
Dan. 12:1. And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy People: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy People shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
Jer. 30:7. Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it; it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.
Purged through tribulation.