Titus Part 2
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We are continuing along here in the Book of Titus, as God using Paul to set up another church or place where God’s Word to be taught. Titus a Gentile, of the nation of Greece, someone that God could use to help the people with the Word of God. Sound advice for setting up our places of worship, the churches and their organization, and how to teach the Word of God successfully. Moving into this here in:
Titus 2:1 “But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:”
Titus 2:2 “That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.”
sober (Strong’s 3524) sober, i.e. circumspect; (from Strong’s 3525) to abstain from wine (keep sober), i.e. be discreet, watch.
grave (Strong’s 4586) venerable, i.e. honorable, grave, honest; (from Strong’s 4576) to revere, i.e. adore, religious.
temperate (Strong’s 4998) safe (sound) in mind, I.e. self-controlled (moderate as to opinion or passion); discreet.
The way we speak things of sound doctrine is to know the Bible, or The Word of God with understanding. We have to be able to show and encourage a person we are teaching or leading where it states in the Word of God that the LORD God, Himself, commanded us in His Word, not in a church doctrine or religious organizations laws or rules. That is how we speak and lead the congregations and the churches, following as best we can in the flesh, for remember, none of us is perfect, but only the Lord Jesus Christ. He showed us the way to do this lifetime perfectly, so go in the Bible and find out what Jesus did. Someone that cannot easily be accused, by being of good character, being on time, keeping your word, being honest in business and so forth. The aged men, meaning the elders, or the older men who can lead the youth with their age and experience, being sober, meaning not only don’t be a drunk, but to be discreet. Watch how you conduct yourself, think before saying something. Remember you are to be a witness as well as the leader and the teacher of the people that God is putting under you to help along in His Word. Then also someone grave, meaning honest, or one that truly loves the Lord and the Word of God and your life will show it how you treat others and your family. Sound in faith, meaning not basing your hope in this world, but rather in what God’s Word has stated and being joyous and encouraging about life, willing to serve the Lord. Not someone that is reluctant to serve, or just doing his or job as pastor, reverend, priest, rabbi, teacher, prophet, pope, or whatever else you call yourself, but a teacher that looks forward to help the people out. Somebody that has charity, not only to the community, but truly loves the LORD God with all your heart and soul, and that love shows outwardly to the people that God puts into your life around you. Someone that is patient with people, as the Lord Jesus is so longsuffering, not only giving us this flesh age, but also the Lord’s Day, or the one thousand years which begin on the first day the Lord Jesus stands at the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem as in Zechariah 14:4. Then at the Lord’s Day, as:
II Peter 3:8 “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the LORD as a thousand years, and a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”
II Peter 3:9 “The LORD is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
II Peter 3:10 “But the day of the LORD will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.”
elements (Strong’s 4747) something orderly in arrangement, i.e. a serial (basal or used for teaching beginners, fundamental, initial) constituent or one who authorizes to act as an agent, initial); rudiment or beginning, unformed or developed; (from base of Strong’s 4748) to march in (military) rank (keep step), i.e. to conform to virtue and piety, walk (orderly).
melt (Strong’s 3089) to loosen, break up, destroy, dissolve, loose, melt, put off.
The LORD is so very loving of us all that in Revelation 20:8 the majority of this final generation that began May 1948 when Israel became a nation as in Mark 13:28 and Jeremiah Chapter 24. The Lord’s Day, or when the second advent happens, will be as a thief in the night, as the world will think that Satan is Jesus as we learned in II Thessalonians 2:3-4 that the devil will sit and claim to be God before we get back together with the Lord and the world will be in a great apostacy, or going against our religious beliefs. That’s everyone but God’s election, those that withstood Satan before in the first earth age, who will do the same thing, and stand up for God by standing up for the many people, our family and our friends who will be deceived by Satan. The Lord is that very, very patient, so then as the elders of the church, someone who takes the time, goes back to the original languages, goes chapter by chapter, and verse by verse, sharing with the people what God’s Word states. Not the traditions of men, religion, or church doctrines. Moving on here:
Titus 2:3 “The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;”
Now the women here are addressed, as they have the gift of being mothers and how to conduct a family and encourage other young women in the church by their witness. What a gift that is for many of the youth today, who have this world that not only are they living in, but this world as here, as we are living in these perilous times where we have the added pressure of technology, with the internet, cell phones, movies, television, the media in which to live in.:
II Timothy 3:1 “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.”
II Timothy 3:2 “For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,”
II Timothy 3:3 “Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,”
II Timothy 3:4 “Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;”
II Timothy 3:5 “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
The way of this world in the last times is not a pretty place, with so much lack of natural affection. So then the elderly women or those with experience are then, moving along here to:
Titus 2:4 “That they may teach the young woman to be sober, to love their husbands to love their children.”
Titus 2:5 “To be discreet, chaste, keepers of home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.”
sober (Strong’s 4994) to make of sound mind, i.e. to discipline or correct; teach to be sober; (from Strong’s 4998) safe (sound) in mind, i.e. self-controlled (moderate as to opinion or passion), temperate.
husbands (Strong’s 5362) fond of man, i.e. affectionate as a wife; love their husbands.
Teaching the youth or younger women to be of sound mind, meaning with discipline and self-controlled. Not someone that gossips and causes problems, busy-bodies, so not just with alchohol. Someone the church could use as a leader or a pastor or teacher, and how do we do this? By knowing the Word of God, loving the people enough to take the time, and be very patient, so when someone asks a question, they can show them in the Word of God. Then here the word “husbands” means someone that is affectionate or loving. If a husband is an abuser, or a striker, whether it is mentally or physically, do you think God wants you to be in a situation where you can be harmed, or your children? Then to be obedient, as well as the husband should be to their wife, both respecting each other. The women leaders as discreet, not a show off or trying to outdo someone else, or good examples and witnesses as good mothers, managing their households, so someone could not easily accuse you as you are a servant of the Lord. Use common sense and wisdom, as the Lord is putting you in a place of authority and in leading the people, not with what you know, or what society or things of this world know, but His Word states to lead and guide the people along in the Word, patiently. Then here:
Titus 1:7 “For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;”
I Timothy 3:3 “Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy or filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;”
striker (Strong’s 4131) a smiter, i.e. pugnacious or destructive (quarrelsome); striker; (from Strong’s 4141) to pound, i.e. to inflict calamity
If a husband or even a wife, is a striker, or an abuser, that is not what Titus 2:5 states as the husband who is loving. IF a spouse, whether husband or wife, is bashing your head in, or yelling at you on a continual basis, you think that is loving? Be wise, and if you are listening to as a fool here:
Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: But fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
Proverbs 10:8 “The wise in heart will receive commandments: But a prating fool shall fall.”
When we go and pray to Heavenly Father in the name of His Son Jesus Christ and go to the Word of God and ask for help, that is beginning of understanding. That way we can make ourselves useful to the Lord relying on His Word, not our own ideas or opinions. So if a husband or wife is a fool, not respecting you by abusing you, then would you be someone that is obedient to that person, for they do not have Christ, Who is the Word of God as in Revelation 19:13 over their head, meaning their life? Be wise. Then also, the lady elders or the teachers and church leaders are to be not false accusers, or making up lies or gossip, basing their opinions on hearsay, as here:
Deuteronomy 19:15 “One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.”
Deuteronomy 19:16 “If a false witness rise up any man to testify against him that which is wrong;”
Deuteronomy 19:17 “Then both the men, between whom the controversy is, shall stand before the LORD, before the priests and the judges, which shall be in those days;”
If someone is not going to the source and here we see two, either three witnesses to what the accusation is against, then you have to be wise. Remember you this here is regarding setting up the church and teaching the people, here specifically, the younger women, as the older women are good examples as they many have been through motherhood, or have been a wife, worked having a good testimony for their fellow-gendered women that God can use them to help learn the Word and encourage them. Not pull people down, as I have seen this in churches, making the “Bible study” time, a social hour, with lots of gossip, things pulling people down, not lifting them up in the Word of God. Remember we are to the helpers, the servants of the people, and our guideline is the Word of God, not men’s traditions or church doctrine. Remember in the Lord’s Day, or when Zechariah 14:4 happens, Jesus stands permanently at the Mount of Olives at Jerusalem, placing His eternal kingdom on earth, God will use His election. They will stand there as judges, teachers of discipline in the Word of God:
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.”
This happens after the tribulation of the son of perdition, Satan, as we learned in II Thessalonians Chapter 2 sits in the Lord’s throne and claims he is God and the world will be in a state of apostacy, going against their faith, worshipping the devil. Then the overcomers, not because they are some “special” people, or “holy” people, but by their actions they discipline their minds in the Word of God, keeping out the strong drink of religion and church doctrine, so they are sober, watching for all the signs of Jesus’s return when HE comes after Satan. We see here one person who is named in God’s Word by what he did was John the Baptist in Matthew 14:8-11, and we know in history Paul was beheaded for serving the Lord and teaching His Word by the Roman empire. The election, or here they are called Zadok, meaning they are just, or justified by what they do, as they stand against Satan here:
Ezekiel 44:15 “But the priests the Levites, the sons of Zadok, that kept the charge of My sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from Me, they shall come near to Me to minister unto Me, and they shall stand before Me to offer unto Me the fat and the blood, saith the Lord GOD:”
Ezekiel 44:16 “They shall enter into My sanctuary, and they shall come near to My table, to minister unto Me, and they shall keep My charge.”
Zadok (Strong’s 6659) just, Tsadok; (from Strong’s 6663) to be right (in a moral or forensic, legal sense), cleanse, clear self, do just or righteous.
They, not because they are “special” people, they are well-trusted by what they did in the first earth age, and will do in this age, that is to stand against Satan and not worship him, when this entire world will as they listen to men’s traditions, church doctrines and religion. These people are the ones that the Lord will trust to come to help the people out again, for the majority again as here:
Revelation 20:7 “And when the thousand years are expired Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,”
Revelation 20:8 “And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.”
Revelation 20:9 “And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.”
Revelation 20:10 “And the devil that deceived them was cast in to the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”
Satan then who is locked in chains right now, we will get to, but here then is re-locked for his then short release at the end of the thousand years. Why? So that then the majority of this last generation will be re-tested, as today do you think they have a chance as you are very blessed if you have found a place where God’s Word is taught chapter by chapter, and line by line, with understanding. The Lord loves them very much and does not want them to perish, that means to be fully destroyed, blotted out of existence, as Satan is the only son by name as here in Revelation 20:10 who is sentenced to perish, but God is using him. We have to get through this flesh age, and then the thousand years, so make it this time! Be a leader, someone that can stand up for the people, by just being yourself, being a good witness, maybe a good mother and a wife, and what a testimony that is that may help some younger mother out. The number here is as the sand of the sea who will not make it, telling us that if we are in the minority today knowing God’s Word and loving Him, following His Word, not man’s, then God is our side so what do you have to worry about! We already have the victory in the Lord Jesus Christ Who overcame death, or the devil:
Hebrews 2:14 “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;”
Doing this lifetime perfectly, we can follow the Lord, as He did not ask us to be born in the flesh, without doing it, but HE did it perfectly! Then the elect here some of their roles will be to:
Ezekiel 44:23 “And they shall teach My People the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.”
They will do this by teaching discipline, as in the thousand years, remember we all are in spiritual bodies for flesh and blood cannot inherit, or get into, heaven, as in I Corinthians Chapter 15:40-54. We will still be able to go astray, be bored and so forth, especially those that are spiritually dead, not able to go directly to the Lord. That’s why in setting up the church, the many membered body of Christ. Not some church organization or a religion, or a building or temple, but the people that make it up, the Lord is using people, His elect, you and I that believe in His Word, trying to live by His Word daily, not on men’s tradition or religion. To lead the people, warn them of what will happen in this final generation, and to encourage them, as this is an example of what will happen and how God’s kingdom will be conducted in the next age. Be prepared and ahead of the game today, by knowing His Word as it is eternal! Satan is coming shortly, yes, his evil spirit comes to this earth, as the Holy Spirit of the LORD God:
Revelation 12:7 “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,”
Revelation 12:8 “And prevailed not, neither was their place found any more in heaven.”
Revelation 12:9 “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world, and his angels were cast out with him.”
Revelation 12:11 “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”
Revelation 12:12 “Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth, and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.”
Devil (Strong’s 1228) a traducer; specific Satan; false accuser, devil, slanderer.
Satan (Strong’s 4567) the accuser, i.e. the devil.
We see some of Satan’s names and titles, and he is the accuser, that is what his name means as both Satan or Devil. So as a church leader or a even a witness who is a Christian, don’t falsely accuse, as that is Satan using you to sift your life, as well as the accused, especially your family and friends whom God can use you to plant seeds into. It’s up to God, not you, so be patient, and be wise. Here we see that Satan is not going to waste his time taking out, spiritually, as many as he can as his short time is now as in Revelation 9:5, shortened to the five month period, when he comes in the middle of the week:
Revelation 8:1 “And when He had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.”
The hour, meaning the final hour, or period of this flesh age, or that final two and one half months Satan is here in person. Right now, what does that mean? The stage is being set up by Satan on this earth, so we need to have God’s Word locked and loaded in our minds as here in Matthew 24, the location is the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, and not one stone will be left standing there as that is where Satan will have set up his temple on earth in God‘s throne as in II Thessalonians 2:3-4:
Matthew 24:1 “And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and His disciples came to Him for to shew Him the buildings of the temple.”
Matthew 24:2 “And Jesus said unto them, “See ye not all these things? Verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”
Matthew 24:3 “And as He sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when shall these things be and what shall be the sign of Thy coming and of the end of the world?”
Matthew 24:4 “And Jesus answered and said unto them, “Take heed that no man deceive you.”
Matthew 24:5 “For many shall come in My name, saying, ‘I am Christ;’ and shall deceive many.”
Matthew 24:9 “Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for My name’s sake.”
Matthew 24:29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:”
world (Strong’s 165) properly an age; by extension perpetuity (also past); by implication the world; specifically (Jewish) A Messianic period (present or future).
tribulation (Strong’s 2347) pressure; burdened, persecution, tribulation, trouble; (from Strong’s 2346) to crowd; afflict, narrow; (from base of Strong’s 5147) a rut or worn track or path
The subject then is the return of Jesus Christ and the end of this world, meaning this age, or Messianic period both present and future, so this flesh age ends, and the Lord’s Day or the spiritual one thousand year period begins. The first words out the mouth of Jesus is to not let “Christians” or people that come in His name deceive you. This is going on right now, so we have to check out anyone, including myself, with the Word of God, going to the Word of God itself, and to the original languages to check out the language. The elect then will be delivered up before death, as Satan is death as in Hebrews 2:14, as remember as in Revelation 13:11 he will look like the Lamb, Jesus, as he will be transformed, or disguised as an angel of light as in II Corinthians 11:13-14, when the lies and deception that come out of his mouth, the dragon, as described in Revelation 13:11 like “you don’t need to understand God’s Word - just believe” or “you’ll be raptured away”, when God is against those that teach His people to fly as in Ezekiel 13:20, and against this! Then the age will end, the first tribulation of Satan appearing to be as God sitting in his throne and saying that he is as God as here:
Revelation 22:16 “I Jesus have sent Mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches, I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright and morning Star.”
Jesus is the bright and morning Star. When the first tribulation happens, at it did here God’s Word is teaching us when Satan did the same thing, and claimed he was God:
Isaiah 14:12 “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!”
Isaiah 14:13 “For thou hast said in thine heart, ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of GOD: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:”
Isaiah 14:14 “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the MOST HIGH.’”
Isaiah 14:15 “Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.”
Lucifer (Strong’s 1966) the morning-star; (from Strong’s 1984 in the sense of brightness) to be clear, to shine, to make a show, to boast, to be (clamorously or protesting loudly) foolish; to rave; to celebrate, to stultify or cause to appear foolish; boast.
Lucifer, another name or title of Satan, means morning star, as the devil is always trying to be as God and will claim he is when he comes in our very near future we just read it in Revelation 12:7-9. The stars here represent the angels, or us in angelic or spiritual bodies, as in Revelation 1:20, the angels are symbolized by stars and we have both a spiritual or celestial as well as the flesh body, or terrestrial we are living in today in I Corinthians Chapter 15:40. That’s why our minds must be sharp in His Word, sticking in it everyday, especially when teaching it if a younger person to the Word asks a question, God can use you. He cannot use someone that never cracks a Bible open, or is basing their knowledge of the Word of God on religion or a church seminary teaching or doctrine. Moving along here to the young men of the church, with their own challenges, remember God’s Word here is teaching us as we are all physically different. Men and women, just look at us! As here God took the curve, not rib as is the way this is taught to this day in church:
Genesis 2:21 “And the LORD God cause a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;”
Genesis 2:22 “And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made He a woman, and brought her unto the man.”
Genesis 2:23 “And Adam said, “This is now bone of my ones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”
Genesis 2:24 “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”
Ribs/rib (Strong’s 6763) a rib (as curved) literally (of the body) or figuratively (of a door, i.e. leaf); hence a side, literally (of a person) or figuratively (of a door, i.e. leaf); hence a side, literally (of a person) or figuratively (of an object or the sky, i.e. quarter); a timber or a plank (single or collect, i.e. a flooring)), bean, board, chamber, corner, leaf, plank, rib or side (chamber); (from Strong’s 6760) to curve; used only as demonstrative (from Strong’s 6763 to limp (as if one- sided); halt.
The word here “rib” should be translated curve, as we know today in modern medical science it is the DNA curve that the gender is how the child forming in the womb is determined. So that curve taken out of Adam, God making this man, whom HE formed the purpose of bringing forth Jesus, and then Eve came from Adam’s DNA, or cloning her a female. Then when a couple, as we are learning here in Titus 2:5 to be obedient to the husband, or the loving husband, as well as the husband to the wife for this reason. They are one unit and should behave as one, both lifting each other up and encouraging each other in God’s Word. The reason then here the Word states they are one flesh, is when children are born their DNA is from each parent. Then moving along here:
Titus 2:6 “Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.”
Titus 2:7 “In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity.”
Titus 2:8 “Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.”
gravity (Strong’s 4587) venerable or reverend, sacred, i.e. probity or uprightness, honesty
gain, not only with alcohol to be sober, but not caught up in ways of this world, living a good life, setting a good example. Being a witness by our fruit, or what we do in this life. So for example, a gambler or a playboy, or someone that swears a lot, maybe some of the challenges of a younger man, and women as well, keep God’s Word in mind. Again, nobody is perfect, but stick close to God and HE and His Word will make you a better man! Being sincere in your actions, or keeping your commitments, if you have a family provide for them, spend time with them, showing gravity, or keeping your mind sacred to his word, especially not going after other ideas, or religions, like church doctrines not founded in God’s Word. For remember:
Amos 8:11 “Behold the days will 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, 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.”
Amos 8:13 “In that day shall the fair virgins and young men fain for thirst.”
We are in those last days where there is a famine for hearing the Word of God. People go around the globe, searching the meaning of life, like in India or Eastern culture, or like to yoga which is very popular today! Especially in college or even in high school, we as younger people, I have been there! Think there is something better out there, so be careful. Be sober in the Word, as here, God, Himself, will send strong delusion. Remember the subject here is the when Satan, we just read in Revelation 20:10 the devil who will be at the end of the Lord’s Day, or thousand years, thrown in to God’s consuming that He is as in Hebrews 12:29. And we are not to let any man’s words, meaning men’s’ traditions, church doctrine or religion, get in the way of what God’s Word states regarding the Lord’s return and how we get together with Him:
II Thessalonians 2:1 “Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto Him.”
II Thessalonians 2:2 “That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter, as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.”
II Thessalonians 2:3 “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition,”
II Thessalonians 2:4 “Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the Temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.”
II Thessalonians 2:11 “And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:”
II Thessalonians 2:12 “That they all might be damned who believed, not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
falling away (Strong’s 646) defection from truth (properly the state (“apostacy” or revolt against one’s religion); falling away, forsake; (same as feminine Strong’s 647) something separative, i.e. divorce, (writing of) divorcement; (from derivative of Strong’s 868) to remove, i.e. instigate to revolt; to desist, desert; fall away, depart; (from Strong’s 575) “off”, i.e. away , and from Strong’s 2476) to stand.
perdition (Strong’s 684) ruin or loss (physically, spiritual or eternal); damnable, destruction, die, perdition, waste; (a presumed derivative of (Strong’s 622) to destroy fully (reflexive to perish, or lose), literally or figuratively destroy, die, lose, mar, perish.
Don’t even let that first letter, the first letter to the Thessalonians or I Thessalonians Chapter 4 mix you up as church tradition teaches, as the son of perdition, Satan, will sit in God’s throne claiming to be God, Jesus or the religious figurehead of your faith first. As well as then the aftermath of the world, the falling away, or great apostacy, in which if you are a Christian you go away from your faith, then worshipping the Lord’s enemy, Satan. Then if you want to know this truth, the Word of God, to your church doctrines or what some religion or church states, like the “rapture”, for example, as we know this is one of Satan’s major tools to easily trap the majority of Christians in this last generation as they have not been taught God’s Word with discipline. Then God, Himself, will send you strong delusion to keep believing what that church teaches, or your religion. If the Lord did not do this, as He loves His people so much and wants all of us to not be deceived, as we just read in II Peter 3:8-10, giving us not only this flesh age, but the thousand years, for He told us in His Word in Revelation 20:8 the majority of this final generation will be deceived. Their number as the stars in the sky, meaning you cannot count that number! Again, this teaching here in Titus to the church leaders, so if you are new convert maybe from some church or religion, or no religion at all, and then keep going back and forth, take a stand and decide what you believe for only the Lord, Himself, knows your mind, and the Word is the direct way to Him. Moving along here in Titus:
Titus 2:9 “Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again:”
Titus 2:10 “Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.”
answering again (Strong’s 483) to dispute, refuse; answer again, gainsay, speak against, deny.
purloining (Strong’s 3557 (apart or clandestinely or in secret) to sequestrate for oneself, i.e. embezzle, withdraw; keep back, purloin or steal, violation of trust.
So in today’s world, as workers in business be honest. You are there to do the job you are being paid for, so do it, and don’t talk back, or answer again. Even in families and how we conduct the church meetings, always with discipline, setting a time, maybe at the end for discussion or even questions. Not a free for all frenzy, as some churches behave in their worship, but with authority and respectively to the Lord. Remember we are in His army, not some big party, if we look to our military or even our law enforcement we see how they conduct business, with discipline and authority, respecting the leaders and their laws. Again, we are human, and we will all stray from the Word of God. Repent, move on and sin no more. Don’t keep bringing it up to Him, for that shows that you don’t have faith that the Lord’s blood could cover your sins! Moving here then not purloining, meaning doing things in secret. Even some church systems do this as a part of initiation into their faith, not some secret ceremony, as these are all tools of Satan we will see here. Being upfront with the people. Remember as teachers of God’s Word and leaders, we are to set a good example, and true to His Word, so maybe for example, taking money for the role you are in for your own benefit, while not teaching the people properly. This is the error of so many churches today, teachers, or pastors as here that teach out of men’s teachings, or their own minds, or hearts, instead of what God’s Word states, robbing people of the truth:
Ezekiel 13:1 “And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,”
Ezekiel 13:2 “Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel that prophesy, and say thou unto them that prophesy out of their own hearts, ‘Hear ye the word of the LORD;”
Ezekiel 13:3 “Thus saith the Lord GOD; ‘Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing!”
These false church leaders and church systems, the LORD here is saying to Ezekiel, go and teach against this! What are they doing but leading many people right into the arms of Satan, spiritually and in reality, when he comes before Jesus in our very near future! Never explaining what must happen, the two tribulations, not just when the Lord returns, when Satan claims he is God and sits in God’s throne as we just read in II Thessalonians Chapter 2! They teach this is God’s Word, or “Hear ye the word of the LORD”, but it’s their own ideas, not God’s Word! God says to them, watch out! That’s not good, so be careful, for we live in very critical times, where not only can our own souls be in jeopardy by our own actions, but as leaders, or teachers of the Word to many this is their souls we are playing with! Be careful, take time, and really exercise in the Word. Meaning keep going back into it over and over, as a teacher, as scripture is how Satan deceives, we saw in the Garden of Eden of Genesis Chapter 3 as we will see in Luke 4 as well as in Matthew 4. Then here regarding secrecy, when Satan comes before Jesus, sets up his one world government, has control of the world’s financial system as in Revelation 13:15-17, every nation and world leader will be involved in this, the Word calls that city of Jerusalem a harlot, as that will be Satan’s headquarters:
Revelation 17:1 “And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, “Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters.”
Revelation 17:2 “’With whom the kings of the earth, have committed fornication, and the inhabiters of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.”
Revelation 17:3 “So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.”
Revelation 17:4 “And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:”
Revelation 17:5 “And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”
revelation (Strong’s 602 disclosure; appearing, coming, lighten, manifestation, be revealed, revelation; (from Strong’s 601) to take off the cover, i.e. disclose, reveal; (from Strong’s 575) off, away, separation, departure, cessation, completion reversal), and (from Strong’s 2525) to place down (permanently), i.e. to designate, constitute, convoy, appoint.
wilderness (Strong’s 2048) lonesome, waste, desert, desolate, solitary;
mystery (Strong’s 3466) a secret or “mystery” (to shut the mouth) (through the idea of silence imposed by initiation into religious rites).
Babylon (Strong’s 897) (literally or figuratively as a type of tyranny); (from Hebrew Strong’s 894) confusion; Babel (i.e. Babylon); (from Strong’s 1101) to overflow (specifically with oil); by implication to mix; to fodder or feed for domestic animals, mingle.
The world will be a wilderness as there will be no truth taught, or only that of God’s election, including the two witnesses of Revelation Chapter 11 who will be here at the same time. The word “mystery” here means to close the mouth, or take an oath of silence through religious initiation, pointing into a way Satan will get many family and friends, who then will go and do his work, or take his mark in the right hand as in Revelation 13:16 when God’s election are delivered up to those synagogues of Satan. Then as here:
Mark 8:34 “And when He had called the people unto Him with His disciples also, He said unto them, “Whosoever will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.”
Mark 8:35 “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for My sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.”
Mark 8:36 “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”
Mark 8:37 “Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”
Mark 8:38 “Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of Man be ashamed,” when He cometh in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”
The purpose of the Bible teachers and church leaders is to take up our cross and following the Lord. Then here we are seeing an example of when this one time unforgivable sin of denying the Holy Spirit of the Lord to speak through you, God’s elect, could take place. It has not happened yet, so don’t worry. Then here the meaning the Word of God, for that is His name:
Revelation 19:11 “And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse; and He That sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He doth judge and make war.”
Revelation 19:12 “His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns; and He had a name written, that no man knew, but He Himself.”
Revelation 19:13 “And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His name is called The Word of God.”
Revelation 19:14 “And the armies which were in heaven followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.”
Revelation 19:15 “And out of His mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.”
Jesus then Who His Word is always Faithful and true to us. We can always rely on His Word, not man’s, as Satan will have his own “religion” and many will easily sucked in as they have not read God’s Word with understanding nor been taught. The Lord is a consuming as Hebrews 12:29 states, so the warmth of His Holy Spirit you feel when learning His Word and praying with Him and talking to Him. He, the King of kings, or many crowns, and His very name is the Word of God! Why wouldn’t you then want to know Him, Who will come in our very near future, that way we know the plan of God ahead of time. He loving us all that much HE gives us the gameplan so we know, as servants, what will happen, what our roles will be, and we can help our family, friends, and new people God puts into our lives! That is the purpose of the church, not to go their and socialize, maybe sing a song, and look real “religious”, this is good, but we need the entire meat of His Word so we can stand in that day when Satan sits in person on God’s throne when he is kicked down to this earth as in Revelation 12:7-9. The armies just like we are fighting for the Lord and our people here on earth, are with the Lord today, many of the servants we have read about, lived and died for the doing the same thing. These are armies, not “politically correct” people, who would not dare teach God’s Word with authority or think about what their religion or church is actually teaching them, but people God can use to help our fellow man and women out! Be in part of that army, for when God’s wrath hits when Jesus stands on this earth and every knee will bow, you are glad to receive your judgments! That is payday for those that serve the Lord! Then as here when God’s election are delivered to those synagogues of Satan:
Matthew 10:26 “Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.”
Matthew 10:27 “What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.”
Matthew 10:28 “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him Which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
Matthew 10:29 “Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.”
Matthew 10:30 “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.”
Matthew 10:31 “Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.”
Matthew 10:32 “Whosoever therefore shall confess Me before men, him I will confess also before My Father Which is in heaven.”
Matthew 10:33 “But whosoever shall deny Me before men, him will I also deny before My Father Which is in heaven.”
Matthew 10:34 “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.”
We need not to fear man, but God, basing His judgment on what HE has already told us all fairly in His Word. Then what God’s Word states we are to go out there in the light or out in the open, in public and teach it, do it! Not be a religious fanatic, but not sharing with the people the gifts you may have of teaching or encouragement, or the witness of being a good mother or father to another church member or believer. Then if we deny that Holy Spirit to be spoken when delivered up to Satan’s councils and synagogues of Revelation 2:9 and 3:9, if we don’t then the Lord will not confess us before Heavenly Father, and that’s not good! That is when that unforgivable sin of not being there for the Lord when HE needs you at that specific point in time, when II Thessalonians 2:3-4 takes place, and for God to speak, for it is not you speaking. None of God’s election will do this for God will not have put His elect in positions in which they are not testing! Then as here the Lord then says that during the one specific time when God’s elect are delivered to those synagogues of Satan, even the hairs on their heads are numbered, as here:
Daniel 3:22 “Therefore because the king’s commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flame of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego.”
Daniel 3:23 “And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.”
Daniel 3:24 “Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellers, “Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?” They answered and said unto the king, “True, O king.”
Daniel 3:25 “He answered and said, “Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have not hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the son of God.”
Daniel 3:26 “Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth and come hither.” Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, came forth of the midst of the fire.”
Daniel 3:27 “And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellers, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.”
Daniel 3:28 “Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, Who hath sent His angel, and delivered His servants that trusted in Him, and have changed the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God.”
Daniel 3:29 “Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort.”
Daniel 3:30 “Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, in the province of Babylon.”
These three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, God’s servants who refused to bow down to the king of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar, an example for Satan, son of perdition, who will come in our near future, when the world is in a state of Babylon, or confusion. There was not even a hair on their heads singed, or the smell of smoke on their clothing when they were thrown into this fiery furnace, so nothing to fear as the LORD, Himself, was with them! The Son of God, Jesus, was there in the fire with them in Daniel! Then let’s go here, the same subject of Luke 21 is the return of Jesus and the end of this world age. Again not stone will be left at the temple in Jerusalem as that is where Satan sets up his temple:
Luke 21:5 “And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, He said,”
Luke 21:6 “As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”
Luke 21:7 “And they asked Him, saying, “Master, but when shall these things be? And what sign will there be when thee things shall come to pass?”
Luke 21:8 “And He said, “Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in My name, saying, ‘I am Christ;’ and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.”
Luke 21:12 “But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for My name’s sake.”
Luke 21:13 “And it shall turn to you for a testimony.”
Luke 21:14 “Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:”
Luke 21:15 “For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.”
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.”
testimony (Strong’s 3142) something evident, i.e. evidence given or (specifically) the Decalogue or ten commandments (in the sacred Tabernacle); to be testified, testimony, witness; (presumed derivative Strong’s 3144) a witness, martyr, record.
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