BEHOLD YOUR GOD

April 22, 2020

Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound an alarm on My holy Mount [Zion].  Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of [the judgment of] the LORD is coming; it is close at hand.  (Joel 2:1)

I’m praying as I write this, asking God to give me discernment and guide me in exactly what He wants me to share.  There’s so much going on… on the surface, above the surface, beneath the surface, on the scene, behind the scenes, things we know, things we don’t know, things we think we know…. and ALL WE CAN DO is desperately cry out to the LORD to reveal TRUTH to us, and to let us know what HE WANTS US TO KNOW.

A sister in Christ sent this to me just now, “Yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.” (Proverbs 2:3-5)  This is an immediate and direct answer to prayer!  Thank You, LORD GOD!  You are SO GOOD!

Words that came to my mind the other day were, “BEHOLD YOUR GOD!”  There is one, true, living GOD Who wants to walk with us in living, breathing relationship!  He’s not just a Name typed on thin pages in a Book!  He’s ALIVE AND WELL AND HE’S MADE A WAY FOR US TO HAVE A RESTORED RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM THROUGH HIS SON JESUS CHRIST, BY THE POWER OF HIS HOLY SPIRIT!

There’s so much going on in this country and in the entire world that’s causing us to open our Bibles and actually think about Jesus’ words when He said He would return.  Exactly how and when is debated far and wide, but none of that really matters in the current scheme of things.  The fact is, He WILL BE returning!  More importantly, He’ll be returning for a spotless Bride.  That’s where we come into the picture.  If we’re claiming to know Jesus Christ, we need to be right with Him for real.  Being truly right with Him is not just with our words, but with our thoughts and with our actions.  It’s death to self and surrender to Him.  Anything less is a lie and a false gospel.

A gospel without REPENTANCE is NOT the TRUE GOSPEL!

Every Gospel presentation must honor Jesus Christ the way He sets forth in His Word.  Invitations are given to “accept Jesus Christ as LORD and Savior” without any mention of REPENTANCE.  If we do this and someone believes they can simply add Jesus to their sinful life, we’re making that person an even more sure disciple of hell, and their blood is on our hands.  This is a very serious matter and must be rectified immediately!  If we’ve personally believed this lie, this too must be rectified immediately!  God reveals what it truly looks like to become His.

“Therefore, let the whole house of Israel recognize beyond all doubt and acknowledge assuredly that God has made Him both LORD and Christ (the Messiah) – this Jesus Whom you crucified.”  Now when they heard this they were stung (cut) to the heart, and they said to Peter and the rest of the apostles (special messengers), “Brethren, what shall we do?” 

And Peter answered them, “Repent (change your views and purpose to accept the will of God in your inner selves instead of rejecting it) and be baptized, everyone of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of and release from your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  For the promise [of the Holy Spirit] is to and for you and your children, and to and for all that are far away, [even] to and for as many as the LORD our God invites, and bids to come to Himself.” 

And [Peter] solemnly and earnestly witnessed (testified) and admonished (exhorted) with much more continuous speaking and warned (reproved, advised, encouraged) them, saying, “Be saved from this crooked (perverse, wicked, unjust) generation.”  Therefore, those who accepted and welcomed his message were baptized, and there were added that day about 3,000 souls.  And they steadfastly persevered, devoting themselves constantly to the instruction and fellowship of the apostles, to the breaking of bread [including the LORD’s Supper] and prayers. 

– (Acts 2:36-42)

This is a simple illustration of following Jesus Christ.  We’re born into a selfish nature and world.  We exhaust ourselves trying to build our own kingdom because that’s all our own thinking can comprehend.  The LORD is faithful though, to draw His own, and He opens our eyes and ears to the error of our own ways.  Faithfully, He draws His children to His Word, the Bible, and to the truth that we were created not for our own kingdom but for HIS.  He successively and effectively draws His people to surrender completely to, “Not my will, but YOURS BE DONE, LORD GOD!”  These are the ones who KNOW GOD.  They are the ‘possess’ors (not just ‘profess’ors) of His gift of the new birth and eternal life, the sanctified life.

This is the life actually surrendered to Jesus Christ and made more like Him daily, continuing on and finishing well to enter God’s heavenly Kingdom by His grace alone, through what Jesus Christ did, and in the strength of His Holy Spirit.  This is SALVATION – a life that reaches eternity still walking with Jesus Christ – a life that wrestles its way through, staying fixed on Jesus, occasionally stumbling in error but never staying there, not falling back into the enemy’s kingdom but standing up again and pressing forward continuously, to finally reach the Heavenly Kingdom of God to the reception of, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things.  Enter into the joy of your LORD.”  (Matthew 25:21)  This is God’s plan for His people, and it’s for His glory and our good.  Everything else falls short of God’s truth.

It’s undeniable that most of what’s occurring on earth today is the complete opposite.  Just like there is one true God and LORD Jesus Christ, there is an enemy who has sought to steal glory from God from the very beginning.  His downfall was PRIDE and SELF.  These are the same pitfalls we face today.

If we were to try to list all the selfish, prideful things going on today, there wouldn’t be enough time in a day.  We could get drawn down any number of ‘rabbit holes’ if we aren’t careful, and there’s no shortage of “conspiracy theories” out there.  The problem is, many of them hold some truth and some error.  This just reveals the importance of being filled with the Holy Spirit.  We need Him to navigate us through things effectively.  In our own “strength” we’d be flailing and lost in a sea of confusion right now.  Thankfully, in GOD’S STRENGTH, we can stay on the straight and narrow path, focused on Jesus Christ and the Truth of His Word first, and then as He leads, gain some insight into what’s going on around us.

The LORD keeps leading me back to John chapter 10 verses 11 and 27, where Jesus said, “I am the Good Shepherd; and I know and recognize My own, and My own know and recognize Me… The sheep that are My own hear and are listening to My voice; and I know them, and they follow Me.”  Thank You, LORD GOD, for allowing us to walk with You and for revealing to us the things YOU want us to know, in the name of Jesus Christ, and for Your glory alone!

When we look in God’s Word, we see there are only TWO SIDES – the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness.  There are no other kingdoms.  Everything aligns with only one of these two kingdoms.  It’s black and white – there is no gray.  There is only ONE GOD.  From the beginning God ruled all.  Satan didn’t like that.  He wanted to be like God, rebelled against Him, and was cast down to the earth with 1/3 of the angels.  Since then, he and his minions have been diligently working to steal, kill and destroy, seeking whomever they can devour.  Followers of Jesus Christ recognize the enemy’s efforts in the distractions he sends, and in physical, mental and spiritual attacks.  Thankfully, God has given each of His children a suit of spiritual armor with which to successfully fight off these attacks and rise victorious every time.

In conclusion, be strong in the LORD [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides].  Put on God’s whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil.  For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere. 

Therefore put on God’s complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place].  Stand therefore [hold your ground], having tightened the belt of truth around your loins and having put on the breastplate of integrity and of moral rectitude and right standing with God, and having shod your feet in preparation [to face the enemy with the firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness produced by the good news] of the Gospel of peace. [Isaiah 52:7]  Lift up over all the [covering] shield of saving faith upon which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked [one].  And take the helmet of salvation and the sword that the Spirit wields, which is the Word of God.  Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty.  To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding on behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people). 

– (Ephesians 6:10-18)

On a larger scale, Satan has a horrible, evil agenda.  He does all he can to distract and draw attention to himself.  He seeks to pervert everything the LORD has done and to injure and taint the work of His hands.  His ultimate goal, just as it was in the beginning, is to steal God’s glory and claim it as his own.  Many things happening behind the scenes right now are unfathomable, and they reveal the true character of the one behind every single act of rebellion, from the least to the greatest.

Jesus said, “He who is not with Me is against Me…” (Matthew 12:30a). We either walk with Jesus Christ, or with Satan.  There is NO in between.  The path of walking with Jesus is narrow.  The path of walking with Satan is wide and includes EVERY way other than the narrow way.

COVID19, 5G, POLITICS, MAINSTREAM MEDIA/NEWS, etc….

These issues swirling in society today have the attention of many.  They’re simply the issues at the forefront right now.  They’re the things we can see.  Within each of these surface issues though, are facets we CAN see and facets we CAN’T see.  This proves once again our absolute need for a source of absolute Truth and sends us back to the Bible as our sole authority.  Amazingly, God’s Word speaks directly into the things we’re seeing right now and confirms they’re unfolding exactly as He’s ordained and told us they would.  All the puzzle pieces around us fit together, and the LORD is the only One who knows exactly how.

Unprecedented things are unfolding around us at a constant pace.  Each new part is surreal and reveals detailed effort and planning.  These things are not a surprise to God and are even alluded to in the Bible.  Those who are surrendered to Jesus Christ are taking seriously this time of quarantine to fast, pray, seek the LORD’s face, repent, get right with Him, reset, saturate themselves with the Word of God, and receive equipping from Him for all that’s coming next.

There’s more going on than we know about, something deeper, something beneath the surface.  Behind these issues we see out front, there are spiritual roots.

For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.  (Ephesians 6:12)

Everything is being empowered either by the Kingdom of God or the kingdom of darkness.  For instance, it is powerful when God’s people come together to seek Him and worship Him.

Again I tell you, if two of you on earth agree (harmonize together, make a symphony together) about whatever [anything and everything] they may ask, it will come to pass and be done for them by My Father in heaven.  For wherever two or three are gathered (drawn together as My followers) in (into) My name, there I AM in the midst of them.  (Matthew 18:19-20) 

I will build My church, and the gates of Hades (the powers of the infernal region) shall not overpower it [or be strong to its detriment or hold out against it].  (Matthew 16:18b)

We need to take seriously this command to come together often to seek the LORD and stand against the wiles of the enemy, in the name of Jesus Christ!

And let us consider and give attentive, continuous care to watching over one another, studying how we may stir up (stimulate and incite) to love and helpful deeds and noble activities, not forsaking or neglecting to assemble together [as believers], as is the habit of some people, but admonishing (warning, urging, and encouraging) one another, and all the more faithfully as you see the Day approaching.  (Hebrews 10:24-25) 

This recent social distancing has caused many churches to close their doors.  This is not by mistake.  First, the LORD is calling His people to get serious.  Second, the enemy knows there is POWER in numbers.  If Satan can hinder the Body of Christ from assembling to pray and worship the LORD together, he gains ground.  I believe strongly that while our enemy strives to keep true Christ-followers apart, his own followers are still assembling.

When God’s people come together, it gains ground for the Kingdom of God.  We must also understand that the gathering together of Satan’s people empowers the kingdom of darkness.

Vile evil practices are occurring “behind the scenes” many of us are not aware of.  The enemy despises all things of God and seeks to pervert everything our Heavenly Father has done.  He hates life.

Abortion clinics are still open during this quarantine… Babies are still being murdered and sold.

He hates children… Every week, ‘Amber alerts’ sound nation-wide, and 400,000 children disappear each year.

Basic research anyone can do reveals first-hand testimonies of satanic ritual abuse, human sacrifice, cannibalism, and many other horrific manifestations of Satan’s hatred of human life/GOD’s creation!

Satanists even pervert the LORD’s Supper/Communion.  In their horrific twisting of this precious gift of God to His people, the enemy’s camp has made a ritual of drinking human blood and eating “bread” made from semen and menstrual blood.

GOD’S PEOPLE MUST GET SERIOUS!!  THIS IS A SPIRITUAL BATTLE, and IT GOES DEEP!

There are satanic roots embedded all over the world, in leadership, and in those currently seeking to take control of all things!!  Rituals and rites are taking place now specifically to give the enemy more power against the Kingdom of God!!

IT’S TIME FOR THE SOLDIERS OF CHRIST TO RISE UP AND FIGHT THIS FIGHT WITH ALL THE WEAPONS OUR LORD GOD HAS GIVEN US!  WE’VE BEEN IN TRAINING, BUT THE TIME IS NOW!  RISE UP, WARRIORS!  WE ARE HERE FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS!!

Everything around us is pointing in one direction.  This earth is moving into a global one-world order, one-world healthcare, one-world government.

Add to this a one-world currency, and a device brazenly patented #WO 2020 060606, to be connected to a person, and to monitor their pulse and brainwaves (right hand and forehead), as well as their financial activity, etc…

Mainstream media has gone from simply ‘spin’ to ‘gaslight’ on steroids, and has manipulated Americans through fear and intimidation (the classic definition of emotional abuse) to becoming self-imprisoned in their own homes.

All because of a pandemic with actual numbers less than a typical flu.  The news says one thing about the numbers, but many things prove otherwise.  The same photographs of an Italian hospital have been used here in US news reports claiming to be of a NYC hospital.  That doesn’t add up.  Numerous civilian ‘reporters’ have taken to the streets and driven to hospitals reportedly overflowing, and found them empty.  This doesn’t add up either.

Doctors are coming forward admitting they’ve been instructed to write COVID19 as the cause of death on death certificates of patients who have died of other causes.

There’s an abundance of truth readily available if we really want to know… if we take just a few minutes to peek even slightly behind the smokescreen/ mirage/ mask/ matrix of the TV (news reports and press conferences).

The Bible speaks of this time clearly….

A large faction of those in charge of this one-world system are following the Talmud, Babylonian Zohar and Kabbalah, which worship a “holy serpent” (Satan).  They are expecting their “mashiach/messiah” (Antichrist) to arrive on the scene this year and are preparing a white robe for him.  They also plan on continuing to implement their Noahide Laws worldwide.

Hollywood is following suit.  Lady Gaga is now the voice of the World Health Organization. The recent “One World At Home Together” concert was a conglomeration of top celebrities serenading the world – a unified “pied piper” sweetly wooing the masses to their universal mandatory vaccine planned for every person on the planet – a vaccine without which one won’t be able to leave home or buy or sell or eat.  I wonder if they know these vaccines also contain nano-particles and plasma that once injected, goes in, infiltrates and attaches to a person’s bones and cells, and starts transforming and changing those cells, even to the point of reconfiguring that person’s own DNA.

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The following photos vividly represent the contrast of what’s being revealed on the surface and what’s lurking beneath the surface.  Observe the two faces of Lady Gaga.  On the front lines she’s sweet spokesperson of the World Health Organization.  Behind the scenes she wears meat and is covered in ritualistic blood.

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FATHER GOD, please open our eyes and ears to what’s really going on around us!!  This battle is spiritual!!  All darkness is and will be exposed in the light of JESUS CHRIST!!

It’s alarming seeing so many people falling, and even pushing for this agenda that seems so blatantly like a horror movie when you’ve seen beneath the surface.  It’s even more alarming that many will soon follow… including many who have claimed to know Jesus Christ.

I want to plead with those of you who have read this far.  Our only hope is Jesus Christ and the Word of God.  We need to seek God’s face like never before.  His plan is perfect and His promises are sure.  Regardless of what’s going on around us, He promises to take care of His children.

If you aren’t one of His, please get right with Him today!  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.

I want to end this with Scriptures the LORD has led me to lately.  All the passages I’ve been reading line up with what’s going on around us.  The LORD GOD of Heaven and earth is speaking clearly.  We NEED to have ears to hear what He’s saying.  Heavenly Father, PLEASE HELP US!!

And to the angel (messenger) of the assembly (church) in Sardis write:  These are the words of Him Who has the seven Spirits of God [the sevenfold Holy Spirit] and the seven stars:  I know your record and what you are doing; you are supposed to be alive, but [in reality] you are dead. 

Rouse yourselves and keep awake, and strengthen and invigorate what remains and is on the point of dying; for I have not found a thing that you have done [any work of yours] meeting the requirements of My God or perfect in His sight.  So call to mind the lessons you received and heard; continually lay them to heart and obey them, and repent. 

In case you will not rouse yourselves and keep awake and watch, I will come upon you like a thief, and you will not know or suspect at what hour I will come. 

Yet you still have a few [persons’] names in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes, and they shall walk with Me in white, because they are worthy and deserving.  Thus shall he who conquers (is victorious) be clad in white garments, and I will not erase or blot out his name from the Book of Life; I will acknowledge him [as Mine] and I will confess his name openly before My Father and before His angels.

He who is able to hear, let him listen to and heed what the [Holy] Spirit says to the assemblies (churches). 

– (Revelation 3:1-6)

But relative to the coming of our LORD Jesus Christ (the Messiah) and our gathering together to [meet] Him, we beg you, brethren, not to allow your minds to be quickly unsettled or disturbed or kept excited or alarmed, whether it be by some [pretended] revelation of [the] Spirit or by word or by letter [alleged to be] from us, to the effect that the Day of the LORD has [already] arrived and is here. 

Let no one deceive or beguile you in any way, for that day will not come except the apostasy comes first [unless the predicted great falling away of those who have professed to be Christians has come], and the man of lawlessness (sin) is revealed, who is the son of doom (of perdition), who opposes and exalts himself so proudly and insolently against and over all that is called God or that is worshiped, [even to his actually] taking his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming that he himself is God…

And then the lawless one (the antichrist) will be revealed and the LORD Jesus will slay him with the breath of His mouth and bring him to an end by His appearing at His coming.  The coming [of the lawless one the antichrist] is through the activity and working of Satan and will be attended by great power and with all sorts of [pretended] miracles and signs and delusive marvels – [all of them] lying wonders – and by unlimited seduction to evil and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing (going to perdition) because they did not welcome the Truth but refused to love it that they might be saved. 

Therefore God sends upon them a misleading influence, a working of error and a strong delusion to make them believe what is false, in order that all may be judged and condemned who did not believe in [who refused to adhere to, trust in, and rely on] the Truth, but [instead] took pleasure in unrighteousness. 

But we, brethren beloved by the LORD, ought and are obligated [as those who are in debt] to give thanks always to God for you, because God chose you from the beginning as His firstfruits (first converts) for salvation through the sanctifying work of the [Holy] Spirit and [your] belief in (adherence to, trust in, and reliance on) the Truth.  [It was] to this end that He called you through our Gospel, so that you may obtain and share in the glory of our LORD Jesus Christ (the Messiah). 

So then, brethren, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions and instructions which you were taught by us, whether by our word of mouth or by letter.  Now may our LORD Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, Who loved us and gave us everlasting consolation and encouragement and well-founded hope through [His] grace (unmerited favor).  Comfort and encourage your hearts and strengthen them [make them steadfast and keep them unswerving] in every good work and word. 

– (II Thessalonians 2:1-4,8-17)

But when you see the abomination of desolation mentioned by Daniel the prophet standing where it ought not to be – [and] let the one who reads take notice and consider and understand and heed [this] – then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.  Let him who is on the housetop not go down into the house nor go inside to take anything out of his house; and let him who is in the field not turn back again to get his mantle (cloak)….

For at that time there will be such affliction (oppression and tribulation) as has not been from the beginning of the creation which God created until this particular time – and positively never will be [again].  And unless the LORD had shortened the days, no human being would be saved (rescued); but for the sake of the elect, His chosen ones (those whom He picked out for Himself), He has shortened the days.  And then if anyone says to you, “See, here is the Christ!” or, “Look, there He is!” do not believe it.  False Christs (Messiahs) and false prophets will arise and show signs and [work] miracles to deceive and lead astray, if possible, even the elect (those God has chosen out for Himself). 

But look to yourselves and be on your guard; I have told you everything beforehand.  But in those days, after [the affliction and oppression and distress of] that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; and the stars will be falling from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 

And then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great (kingly) power and glory (majesty and splendor).  And then He will send out the angels and will gather together His elect (those He has picked out for Himself) from the four winds, from the farthest bounds of the earth to the farthest bounds of heaven. 

Now learn a lesson from the fig tree; as soon as its branch becomes tender and it puts forth its leaves, you recognize and know that summer is near.  So also, when you see these things happening, you may recognize and know that He is near, at [the very] door… Heaven and earth will perish and pass away, but My words will not perish or pass away.  

But of that day or that hour not a [single] person knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.  Be on your guard [constantly alert], and watch and pray; for you do not know when the time will come…

Therefore watch (give strict attention, be cautious and alert), for you do not know when the Master of the house is coming – in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrowing, or in the morning –

[Watch, I say] lest He come suddenly and unexpectedly and find you asleep. 

And what I say to you I say to everybody; watch (give strict attention, be cautious, active, and alert)! 

– (Mark 13:14-16,19-29,31-33,35-37)

But with righteousness and justice shall He judge the poor and decide with fairness for the meek, the poor, and the downtrodden of the earth; and He shall smite the earth and the oppressor with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked. 

– (Isaiah 11:4)

Then I saw the beast and the rulers and leaders of the earth with their troops mustered to go into battle and make war against Him Who is mounted on the horse and against His troops.  And the beast was seized and overpowered, and with him the false prophet who in his presence had worked wonders and performed miracles by which he led astray those who had accepted or permitted to be placed upon them the stamp (mark) of the beast and those who paid homage and gave divine honors to his statue.  Both of them were hurled alive into the fiery lake that burns and blazes with brimstone.  And the rest were killed with the sword that issues from the mouth of Him Who is mounted on the horse, and all the birds fed ravenously and glutted themselves with their flesh. 

– (Revelation 19:19-21)

The enemy’s end is sure.  What will be our end?

Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.  Five of them were foolish (thoughtless, without forethought) and five were wise (sensible, intelligent, and prudent).  For when the foolish took their lamps, they did not take any [extra] oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil along with them [also] with their lamps. 

While the bridegroom lingered and was slow in coming, they all began nodding their heads, and they fell asleep.  But at midnight there was a shout, “Behold, the bridegroom!  Go out to meet him!”  Then all those virgins got up and put their own lamps in order.  And the foolish said to the wise, “Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.”  But the wise replied, “There will not be enough for us and for you; go instead to the dealers and buy for yourselves.” 

But while they were going away to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were prepared went in with him to the marriage feast; and the door was shut.  Later the other virgins also came and said, “Lord, Lord, open [the door] to us!”  But He replied, “I solemnly declare to you, I do not know you [I am not acquainted with you.]” 

Watch therefore [give strict attention and be cautious and active], for you know neither the day nor the hour when the Son of Man will come. 

For it is like a man who was about to take a long journey, and he called his servants together and entrusted them with his property.  To one he gave five talents [probably about $5,000], to another two, to another one – to each in proportion to his own personal ability.  Then he departed and left the country. 

He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he gained five talents more.  And likewise he who had received the two talents – he also gained two talents more.  But he who had received the one talent went and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. 

Now after a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them.  And he who had received the five talents came and brought him five more, saying, “Master, you entrusted to me five talents; see, here I have gained five talents more.”  His master said to him, “Well done, you upright (honorable, admirable) and faithful servant!  You have been faithful and trustworthy over a little; I will put you in charge of much.  Enter into and share the joy (the delight, the blessedness) which your master enjoys.” 

And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, “Master, you entrusted two talents to me; here I have gained two talents more.”  His master said to him, “Well done, you upright (honorable, admirable) and faithful servant!  You have been faithful and trustworthy over a little; I will put you in charge of much.  Enter into and share the joy (the delight, the blessedness) which your master enjoys.” 

He who had received one talent also came forward, saying, “Master, I knew you to be a harsh and hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you had not winnowed [the grain].  So I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground.  Here you have what is your own.”  But his master answered him, “You wicked and lazy and idle servant!  Did you indeed know that I reap where I have not sowed and gather [grain] where I have not winnowed?  Then you should have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received what was my own with interest.  So take the talent away from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. 

For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will be furnished richly so that he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have will be taken away.  And throw the good-for-nothing servant into the outer darkness; there will be weeping and grinding of teeth. 

When the Son of Man comes in His glory (His majesty and splendor), and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.  All nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them [the people] from one another as a shepherd separates his sheep from the goats; and He will cause the sheep to stand at His right hand, but the goats at His left. 

Then the King will say to those at His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father [you favored of God and appointed to eternal salvation], inherit (receive as your own) the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.  For I was hungry and you gave Me food.  I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink.  I was a stranger and you brought Me together with yourselves and welcomed and entertained and lodged Me.  I was naked and you clothed Me.  I was sick and you visited Me with help and ministering care.  I was in prison and you came to see Me.’ 

Then the just and upright will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and gave You food, or thirsty and gave You something to drink?  And when did we see You a stranger and welcomed and entertained You, or naked and clothed You?  And when did we see You sick or in prison and came to visit You?’  And the King will reply to them, ‘Truly I tell you, in so far as you did it for one of the least [in the estimation of men] of these My brethren, you did it for Me.’  

Then He will say to those at His left hand, ‘Begone from Me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels!  For I was hungry and you gave Me no food, I was thirsty and you gave Me nothing to drink.  I was a stranger and you did not welcome Me and entertain Me.  I was naked and you did not clothe Me.  I was sick and in prison and you did not visit Me with help and ministering care.’ 

Then they also [in their turn] will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’  And He will reply to them, ‘Solemnly I declare to you, in so far as you failed to do it for the least [in the estimation of men] of these, you failed to do it for Me.’

Then they will go away into eternal punishment, but those who are just and upright and in right standing with God into eternal life.” 

– (Matthew 25) 

Then [the jailer] called for lights and rushed in and trembling and terrified he fell down before Paul and Silas.  And he brought them out [of the dungeon] and said, “Men, what is it necessary for me to do that I may be saved?” 

And they answered, “Believe in the LORD Jesus Christ [give yourself up to Him, take yourself out of your own keeping and entrust yourself into His keeping] and you will be saved, [and this applies both to] you and your household as well.” 

And they declared the Word of the LORD [the doctrine concerning the attainment through Christ of eternal salvation in the kingdom of God] to him and to all who were in his house.  And he took them the same hour of the night and bathed [them because of their bloody] wounds, and he was baptized immediately and all [the members of] his [household].  Then he took them up into his house and set food before them; and he leaped much for joy and exalted with all his family that he believed in God [accepting and joyously welcoming what He had made known through Christ]. 

– (Acts 16:29-34)

Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: [Let Him be your example in humility:]  Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God [possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God], did not think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped or retained, but stripped Himself [of all privileges and rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being. 

And after He had appeared in human form, He abased and humbled Himself [still further] and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the death of the cross! 

Therefore [because He stooped so low] God has highly exalted Him and has freely bestowed on Him the name that is above every name.  That in (at) the name of Jesus every knee should (must) bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth.  And every tongue [frankly and openly] confess and acknowledge that Jesus Christ is LORD, to the glory of God the Father. 

Therefore, my dear ones… work out (cultivate, carry out to the goal, and fully complete) your own salvation with reverence and awe and trembling (self-distrust, with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against temptation, timidly shrinking from whatever might offend God and discredit the name of Christ). 

[Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight. 

Do all things without grumbling and faultfinding and complaining [against God] and questioning and doubting [among yourselves], that you may show yourselves to be blameless and guileless, innocent and uncontaminated, children of God without blemish (faultless, unrebukable) in the midst of a crooked and wicked generation [spiritually perverted and perverse], among whom you are seen as bright lights (stars or beacons shining out clearly) in the [dark] world, holding out [to it] and offering [to all men] the Word of Life… 

– (Philippians 2:5-12a,12b-16a)

For this reason we also, from the day we heard of it, have not ceased to pray and make [special] request for you, [asking] that you may be filled with the full (deep and clear) knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom [in comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God] and in understanding and discernment of spiritual things – that you my walk (live and conduct yourselves) in a manner worthy of the LORD, fully pleasing to Him and desiring to please Him in all things, bearing fruit in every good work and steadily growing and increasing in and by the knowledge of God [with fuller, deeper, and clearer insight, acquaintance, and recognition]. 

[We pray] that you may be invigorated and strengthened with all power according to the might of His glory, [to exercise] every kind of endurance and patience (perseverance and forbearance) with joy, giving thanks to the Father, Who has qualified and made us fit to share the portion which is the inheritance of the saints (God’s holy people) in the Light.  [The Father] has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control and the dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in Whom we have our redemption through His blood, [which means] the forgiveness of our sins. 

– (Colossians 1:9-14)

For My people have committed two evils; they have forsaken Me, the Fountain of living waters, and they have hewn for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns which cannot hold water…

Your own wickedness shall chasten and correct you, and your backslidings and desertion of faith shall reprove you.  Know therefore and recognize that this is an evil and bitter thing; [first,] you have forsaken the LORD your God; [second,] you are indifferent to Me and the fear of Me is not in you, says the LORD of hosts…

“Return, faithless Israel,” says the LORD, “and I will not cause My countenance to fall and look in anger upon you, for I am merciful,” says the LORD; “I will not keep My anger forever.”  “Only know, understand and acknowledge your iniquity and guilt – that you have rebelled and transgressed against the LORD your God and have scattered your favors among strangers under every green tree, and you have not obeyed My voice,” says the LORD…

“Return, O faithless sons, [says the LORD, and] I will heal your faithlessness.”  [And they answer] “Behold, we come to You, for You are the LORD our God!” 

– (Jeremiah 2:13,19; 3:12b-13,22)

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