Look At The Fig Tree And Know For Yourselves That Summer Is Near
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Luke 21:29—And He spoke to them a parable: “Look at the FIG tree, and ALL the trees. (30) When they are already budding, you see and KNOW for yourselves that SUMMER is now near. (World Book Encyclopedia Dict:-- Summer; Anything considered like summer in its warmth; full beauty; healthy maturity; or the like. (Summer: a horizontal bearing beam in a building, especially the MAIN BEAM supporting the girders or joist of a floor or occasionally the rafter of a roof. A large stone laid over a column in beginning a cross vault.
Hab. 2:9—Woe to him who covets evil gain for his house, that he may SET HIS NEST ON HIGH, that he may be delivered from the POWER of DISASTER! (10) You gave shameful counsel to your house, CUTTING OFF MANY PEOPLES, and sinned against your soul. (11) For the stone will cry out from the wall and THE BEAM FROM THE TIMBERS will answer it. Job 36”20—DO NOT DESIRE the NIGHT, WHEN PEOPLE are CUT OFF IN THEIR PLACE.
Mark 13:28—Now learn this PARABLE from the FIG tree: When its branch has already become tender, and puts forth leaves, you KNOW that SUMMER is NEAR. (29) So you also, when you see these things happening, KNOW that it is NEAR, at the very DOORS. (30) Assuredly, I say to you, THIS GENERATION WILL BY NO MEANS PASS AWAY TILL ALL THESE THING TAKE PLACE.
Song Of Solomon 2:11—For Lo, WINTER is PAST the rain is over and gone. (12) The flowers appear on the earth, the TIME OF SINGING HAS COME, and the voice of the TURTLEDOVE is heard in our land. (Ps. 74:19—Oh, do not deliver the life of Your TURTLEDOVE to the wild beast! Do not forget the life of Your poor forever. (20) Have respect to THE COVENANT; (Is. 49:8—I will preserve You and give You as a COVENANT to the people, to RESTORE the earth) for the DARK places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty. (21) Oh, do not let the OPPRESSED return ASHAMED! Let the POOR and NEEDY praise Your name. (22) Arise, O God, plead YOUR OWN CAUSE; remember how the foolish man reproaches You daily. (Is. 45:20—They have NO knowledge, who carry the wood of their carved image, and pray to a god THAT CANNOT SAVE. (21) Tell and bring forth YOUR CASE; yes, let them take counsel together. Who has declared this from ancient time? Who has told it from that time? Have not I the Lord? And there is NONE besides Me, a just God and a SAVIOR; (22) LOOK to ME and be SAVED, ALL YOU ENDS OF THE EARTH! For I am God, and there is NO other.) Returning to Song of Sol. 2:13--The FIG TREE puts forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender GRAPES give a good smell, rise up, my love, my fair one and come away.
Hosea 9:10—I found ISRAEL like GRAPES in the wilderness, I SAW YOUR FATHERS as the FIRSTFRUITS ON THE FIG TREE in its first season. Pro.27:18—Whoever KEEPS the FIG TREE WILL EAT ITS FRUIT: so he how WAITS on his master will be HONORED. (Pro. 18:21—DEATH and LIFE are in the POWER of the TONGUE, and those who love it will eat ITS FRUIT.) (James 3:5—Even so the TONGUE is a FIRE, a WORLD of INIQUITY. The TONGUE is so set among the members that it DEFILES the WHOLE BODY, and SETS on FIRE THE COURSE of NATURE; and it is set on FIRE by HELL.
Joel 2:22—Do not be afraid, you beasts of the field; for the open pastures are springing up and THE TREE BEARS ITS FRUIT; THE FIG TREE and the VINE YIELD their STRENGTH. (Is. 5:7—For the VINEYARD of the Lord of hosts is THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL, (Gen.32:28—And He said, “Your name shall no longer be called JACOB, but ISRAEL; for you have STRUGGLED with GOD and with MEN, and have PREVAILED.) and the men of JUDAH are His PLEASANT PLANT.) Returning to Joel 2:23--Be glad then, you children of ZION, and REJOICE in the Lord your God; For He has given you the former rain faithfully, and He will cause THE RAIN TO COME DOWN FOR YOU—the FORMER RAIN, and the LATTER RAIN in the first month.
(Pro. 16:14—As messengers of DEATH is the king’s WRATH, but a WISE MAN (Ps. 24:6—This is JACOB, the GENERATION of those who seek Him, who SEEK YOUR FACE.) Returning to Pro. 16:14--will APPEASE IT. (15) In the light of the king’s FACE is LIFE, and HIS FAVOR is like a CLOUD of THE LATTER RAIN.) (James 5:7—Therefore be patient, brethren, UNTIL the COMING OF THE LORD. See how the farmer WAITS for the precious FRUIT of the earth, waiting patiently for it UNTIL it receives the EARLY and the LATTER RAIN.) (Is. 45:8—Rain down, you heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down RIGHTEOUSNESS; let the earth open, let them bring forth SALVATION, and let RIGHTEOUSNESS spring up together. I, the Lord have created it. 2 Corin. 3:9--For if the ministry of CONDEMNATION had GLORY, the ministry of RIGHTEOUSNESS exceeds much more in GLORY. (8) how will the MINISTRY OF THE SPIRIT not be more GLORIOUS? ( Is. 27:6—Those who come He shall cause to take root in JACOB; ISRAEL shall blossom and bud and FILL THE FACE OF THE WORLD WITH FRUIT.)
Returning to Joel 2:24--The threshing floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with NEW WINE and OIL. (25) So I will RESTORE to YOU the years that the swarming LOCUST has eaten the crawling LOCUST, and the chewing LOCUST, MY GREAT ARMY which I SENT AMONG YOU. (Joel 2:11—The Lord gives voice before HIS ARMY, for His camp is very great; for strong is the One who executes His word, for THE DAY OF THE LORD IS GREAT and VERY TERRIBLE; who can endure IT?
Mal. 4:4—Remember the Law of Moses My servant, which I commanded him in HOREB for ALL Israel, with the STATUTES and JUDGMENTS. (5) Behold, I will send you ELIJAH the prophet BEFORE the coming of the GREAT and DREADFUL DAY OF THE LORD. (6) And he will TURN the hearts of the fathers TO the CHILDREN, and the hearts of the CHILDREN to their FATHERS, lest I come and strike the earth with a CURSE. Returning to Joel 2:12—Now, therefore, says the Lord, TURN to ME with ALL your HEART, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning. (13) So rend your HEART, and not your garments; RETURN to the Lord your God, for He is GRACIOUS, and MERCIFUL, slow to ANGER, and of GREAT KINDNESS; and HE RELENTS FROM DOING HARM. (14) WHO KNOWS IF HE WILL TURN and RELENT and LEAVE A BLESSING BEHIND Him. (Ps. 37:22—For those who are BLESSED by HIM shall INHERIT the EARTH, but those who are CURSED by HIM SHALL BE CUT OFF. Returning to Joel 2:15--Blow the trumpet in ZION, consecrate a FAST, call a sacred ASSEMBLY.
Is. 58:6—Is THIS not the FAST that I have CHOSEN: to LOOSE the BONDS of WICKEDNESS, to UNDO the HEAVY BURDENS, to let THE OPPRESSED GO FREE, and that you break every yoke? (7) IS IT NOT TO SHARE YOUR BREAD with the HUNGRY. (Amos 8:11—Behold the days are coming, says the Lord God, “that I will send a FAMINE on the land, NOT A FAMINE OF BREAD, nor a THIRST FOR WATER, but OF HEARING THE WORDS OF THE LORD.) Returning to Is 58:7—and that you bring to your house the POOR who are cast out; when you see the naked, that you COVER him, (Pro. 31:8—OPEN your MOUTH for the SPEECHLESS, in THE CAUSE OF ALL WHO ARE APPOINTED TO DIE. (9) Open your mouth, JUDGE RIGHTEOUSLY, and PLEAD the CAUSE of the POOR and NEEDY.) (Ps. 94:15—But JUDGMENT will return to RIGHTEOUSNESS and all THE UPRIGHT in heart will follow it.) Pro. 2:21—For THE UPRIGHT will DWELL in THE LAND, and the BLAMELESS will REMAIN in IT; (22) But the wicked will be CUT OFF FROM THE EARTH, and the UNFAITHFUL will BE UPROOTED FROM IT. (Jere. 22:16—He JUDGED THE CAUSE OF THE POOR and NEEDY; then it was WELL, was NOT THIS KNOWING ME? Says the Lord?)
Returning to Is. 58:7--and not hide yourself from your own flesh? (9) Then YOUR LIGHT shall break forth like the morning, YOUR HEALING shall spring forth SPEEDILY, (Jere. 17:14—HEAL me, O Lord, and I shall be HEALED; SAVE me and I shall be SAVED. (15) Indeed they say to me, “WHERE IS THE WORD OF THE LORD? Let it come NOW! (16) As for me, I have not HURRIED AWAY FROM BEING A SHEPHERD WHO FOLLOWS YOU, NOR HAVE I DESIRED THE WOEFUL DAY:) (John 12:46—I have come as A LIGHT into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in DARKNESS.) (Hosea 5:20—Is not the DAY OF THE LORD DARKNESS, and NOT LIGHT? (23) Take away from Me the noise of your songs, for I will not hear the melody of your stringed instruments. (24) But let JUSTICE run down like water, and RIGHTOUSENESS like a mighty stream.) (Is.42:4—He will not fail nor be discouraged, till He has established JUSTICE in the EARTH.
Returning to Is. 58:9-- and your RIGHTEOUSNESS shall GO BEFORE YOU; (Jere.51:10—The Lord has REVEALED our RIGHTEOUSNESS. Come and let us declare in ZION the work of the Lord our God.) The GLORY of the Lord shall be your REAR GUARD. (9) Then you shall CALL, and the LORD will ANSWER; You shall CRY, and He will say, HERE I AM. ‘ If you take away the yoke from your midst, THE POINTING OF YOUR FINGER, and speaking wickedness, (10) If you extend your soul to the HUNGRY and satisfy the AFFLICTED soul, then YOUR LIGHT SHALL DAWN IN THE DARKNESS, and YOUR DARKNESS shall be as the NOONDAY. (11) The Lord will GUIDE YOU CONTINUALLY, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; YOU SHALL BE LIKE A WATERED GARDEN, and like A SPRING of WATER, whose waters DO NOT FAIL. (Eph.5:26—that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of WATER by THE WORD. (27) That He might present it to Himself a GLORIOUS CHURCH, not having spot or wrinkle.) Returning to Is. 58:12-Those from among you shall BUILD the OLD WASTE PLACES; You shall RAISE UP the FOUNDATIONS of MANY GENERATIONS; and you shall be called THE REPAIRER of THE BREACH, the RESTORER of STREETS to DWELL IN. Is. 49:8—Thus says the Lord: In an ACCEPTABLE TIME I have HEARD You and in the day of SALVATION I have HELPED You; I will preserve You and GIVE YOU as A COVENANT to the people, to RESTORE THE EARTH, (Looking back at verse (6) I will also GIVE YOU as a LIGHT to the GENTILES, that YOU SHOULD BE MY SALVATION TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH.
Matt. 24:43—But KNOW THIS, that if THE MASTER of the HOUSE had KNOWN what HOUR the THIEF would come, he would have WATCHED and not ALLOWED HIS HOUSE TO BE BROKEN INTO. (45) “WHO then is a FAITHFUL and WISE servant, whom his master made ruler over HIS HOUSE-HOULD, to give them FOOD in DUE SEASON? (Ps.136:23—WHO remembered us in our lowly state, (24) and rescued us from our enemies, 925) WHO gives FOOD to ALL FLESH, for HIS MERCY ENDURES FOREVER.) Returning to Matt.24:46—Blessed is THAT servant whom his master, when he comes will find so doing. (47) Assuredly, I say to you the he WILL MAKE HIM RULER OVER ALL HIS GOODS.) (Joel 1:15—Alas for the day of the Lord is at hand: (16) Is not the FOOD CUT OFF before our eyes, JOY and GLADNESS from the house of our God?) Mark 13:32—But of that DAY and HOUR, NO ONE KNOWS, neither the angels in heaven, NOR the SON, but ONLY THE FATHER. (33) Take heed, WATCH and PRAY; for you do NOT KNOW when the time is (36) lest COMING SUDDENLY, he find you SLEEPING. (37) And what I say to you, I say to ALL: WATCH! 1 Thess. 5:4—But you, brethren, are not in DARKNESS so that this DAY should overtake you as A THIEF. (5) You are all SONS OF LIGHT and SONS OF THE DAY, we are not of the NIGHT, NOR of DARKNESS, (6) Therefore let us NOT SLEEP as others do, but let us WATCH and BE SOBER.
Matt. 25:1—Then the Kingdom of heaven shall be likened to TEN VIRGINS who took their LAMPS and went out to meet the BRIDEGROOM. (2) Now FIVE of THEM were WISE, and FIVE were FOOLISH. (3) Those who were FOOLISH took their LAMPS and took NO OIL with them, (4) but the WISE took OIL in their vessels with THEIR LAMPS. (Ps. 133:1—Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in UNITY! (2) It is like the precious, OIL upon the head, running down on the edge of his garments. (9) It is like the dew of Hermon, DESCENDING upon the mountains of ZION; for THERE the Lord commanded the BLESSING—LIFE FOREVERMORE. (Is.61:3—To console those who mourn in ZION, to give them beauty for ashes, the OIL of JOY for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called TREES of RIGHTEOUSNESS, the PLANTING of the LORD that HE MAY BE GLORIFIED. Returning to Matt. 25:5--But while the BRIDEGROOM was DELAYED they ALL SLUMBERED and SLEPT. (Is. 62:1—For ZION’S sake I will not hold My PEACE, and for JERUSALEM’S sake I WILL NOT REST, until HER RIGHTEOUSNESS goes forth as BRIGHTNESS, and her SALVATION as A LAMP that BURNS. Ps. 134:13—For the Lord has CHOSEN ZION; He has desired it for His habitation; (4) THIS is MY RESTING PLACE FOREVER; Here I will DWELL, for I have DESIRED IT. (17) THERE I will make the horn of DAVID grow; I WILL PREPARE a LAMP for MY ANOINTED. (Ps 119:105—YOUR WORD is a LAMP to MY FEET and a LIGHT to MY PATH.) (Pro. 6:23—For the commandment is a LAMP, and THE LAW is LIGHT; REPROOFS of INSTRUCTION ARE THE WAY OF LIFE. (Is. 2:3—For out of ZION shall go forth THE LAW, and the word of the Lord from JERUSALEM. (Heb. 7:12—For the PRIESTHOOD being CHANGED, of NECESSITY there is also A CHANGE OF LAW.) Heb. 5:5—So also Christ did not GLORIFY Himself to become HIGH PRIEST, but it was He who said to Him: “You are My son, Today I have begotten You. (The second Ps. goes on to read: Today I have begotten You, ask of Me and I will give you the nations for Your inheritance and the ends of the earth for Your possession.)
Returning to 1 Thess. 5:6—Therefore let us NOT SLEEP as others do, but let us WATCH and be sober. Rev. 3:1—And to the ANGEL of the CHURCH in SARDIS (prince of joy) write, these things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: I know YOUR WORKS, that you HAVE A NAME that your are ALIVE, but YOU ARE DEAD. (2) Be WATCHFUL, and STRENGTHEN the THINGS which REMAIN, that are READY TO DIE, for I have NOT found YOUR WORKS PERFECT before God. (Pro.2:21—For the UPRIGHT will dwell in the land and the BLAMELESS will REMAIN in it; (22) But the wicked will be cut off from the earth, and the UNFAITHFUL will be UPROOTED from it.) Returning to Rev.3:3--Remember therefore how you have received and heard: hold fast, and REPENT, therefore if YOU WILL NOT WATCH, I WILL COME UPON YOU AS A THIEF, and YOU WILL NOT KNOW WHAT HOUR I WILL COME UPON YOU.
Acts 3:19—REPENT therefore and be CONVERTED, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, (20) and that He may SEND Jesus Christ, who was PREACHED TO YOU BEFORE, (21) whom heaven must receive until the times of RESTORATION OF ALL THINGS, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began. Rev. 16:15—Behold, I AM COMING AS A THIEF, blessed is he WHO WATCHES, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his SHAME. (2 Tim.2:15—Be DILIGENT to PRESENT YOURSELF APPROVED to GOD, A WORKER who does NOT need to be ASHAMED, RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD OF TRUTH.) John 10:10—The THIEF does not come EXCEPT to STEAL, and to KILL, and to DESTROY. I HAVE COME that they may have LIFE, and that they may have it more abundantly. (Is. 10:7—Yet he DOES NOT MEAN SO, nor DOES HIS HEART THINK SO; but it is in his heart TO DESTROY and CUT OFF NOT A FEW NATIONS.
Is. 12:4—The noise of the multitude in the mountains, like that of MANY PEOPLE! A tumultuous noise of the KINGDOMS OF THE NATIONS gathered together! The Lord of hosts musters THE ARMY for BATTLE. (5) They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, EVEN THE LORD AND HIS WEAPONS OF INDIGNATION, TO DESTROY THE WHOLE LAND. (6) Wail for the DAY OF THE LORD IS AT HAND! It will come as DESTRUCTION from the almighty. Ps. 90:3—YOU turn man to DESTRUCTION, and say, RETURN, O children of men. Jere. 3:14—RETURN, O backsliding children, says the Lord, for I am MARRIED to you. I will take you one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to ZION.
Eze. 22:30—So I SOUGHT FOR A MAN AMONG THEM WHO WOULD MAKE A WALL, and STAND IN THE GAP BEFORE ME on BEHALF of THE LAND, that I SHOULD NOT DESTROY IT; BUT I FOUND NO ONE. Is. 59:15—So TRUTH FAILS, and he who departs from INIQUITY makes himself a PREY. Then the Lord saw it, and it DISPLEASED HIM that there was NO JUSTICE. (16) He saw that there was NO MAN, and WONDERED that THERE WAS NO INTERCESSOR. Therefore His own arm brought SALVATION for HIM; and HIS OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS, it SUSTAINED HIM. (Is. 10:21—The remnant of JACOB will RETURN, to the Mighty God. (22) For though your people, O Israel, be as the sand of the sea, yet a remnant will return; THE DESTRUCTION DECREED shall overflow with RIGHTEOUSNESS. (Is.46:12—Listen to Me, you stubborn hearted, who are far from RIGHTEOUSNESS: I BRING MY RIGHTEOUSNESS NEAR, it shall not be far off; MY SALVATION shall NOT LINGER. And I will place SALVATION in ZION, for ISRAEL My glory
Returning to Is.59:17--For he put on RIGHTEOUSNESS as a BREASTPLATE, and a HELMET of SALVATION on HIS HEAD; He put on the GARMENTS of VENGEANCE for clothing; and was clad with ZEAL as a cloak. (Is. 34:8—For it is the day of the Lord’s VENGEANCE, the year of RECOMPENSE for the CAUSE of ZION.) (19) So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the RISING of THE SUN; when the ENEMY comes IN LIKE A FLOOD, the SPIRIT of THE LORD WILL LIFT UP A STANDARD AGAINST him. (20) The Redeemer will come to ZION, and to those who TURN from TRANSGRESSION in JACOB says the Lord.
Jere.46:7—WHO is THIS coming up like A FLOOD, whose waters move like the rivers? And he says, ‘I WILL GO UP COVER THE EARTH, I WILL DESTROY THE CITY and ITS INHABITANTS. Jere. 51:25—Behold, I am AGAINST you, O DESTROYING MOUNTAIN, who DESTROYS ALL THE EARTH, says the Lord, and I will stretch out My hand against you, roll you down from the rocks, and make you a burnt mountain. (26) They shall NOT take from you a STONE for a CORNER nor a stone for a FOUNDATION. 1 Peter 2:6—Therefore it is also contained in Scripture, Behold, I lay in ZION a CHIEF CORNERSTONE, elect, precious, and he who believes on HIM will by NO means be put to SHAME. (Is.28:16—Therefore thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I lay in ZION a stone for a FOUNDATION, a tried stone, a precious CORNERSTONE, a SURE FOUNDATION;)
Is. 11:9—They SHALL NOT HURT NOR DESTROY in ALL MY HOLY MOUNTAIN, for THE EARTH SHALL BE FULL OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE LORD AS THE WATERS COVER THE SEA. (10) And in that day THERE SHALL BE A ROOT of JESSE, who shall stand AS A BANNER to the people; for THE GENTILES SHALL SEEK HIM, and HIS RESTING PLACE shall be GLORIOUS. (11) It shall come to pass in that day THAT THE LORD SHALL SET HIS HAND AGAIN THE SECOND TIME to RECOVER THE REMNANT of HIS PEOPLE who ARE LEFT. Heb. 9:28—To those who eagerly wait for Him HE WILL APPEAR A SECOND TIME, APART from SIN, FOR SALVATION.
Is. 32:7—Also the schemes of the schemer are evil; HE DEVISES wicked PLANS to DESTROY the POOR with his LYING WORDS, even when the NEEDY speaks JUSTICE. (8) But A GENEROUS MAN DEVISES GENEROUS THINGS, and BY GENEROSITY HE SHALL STAND. Pro. 14:22—Do they NOT go ASTRAY who DEVISE EVIL? But MERCY and TRUTH belong to those who DEVISE GOOD.
Is.65:8—Thus says the Lord: as the NEW WINE is found in the cluster and one says, DO NOT DESTROY IT, for a BLESSING is in IT, so will I do for My servants sake, that I MAY NOT DESTROY THEM ALL. (9) I WILL BRING FORTH DESCENDANTS from JACOB, and from JUDAH an HEIR of MY MOUNTAINS’ My ELECT shall INHERIT IT, and My servants shall dwell there. (Jere. 30:17—For I will RESTORE HEALTH to YOU and HEAL YOU of your wounds; says the Lord. Because they called you an OUTCAST saying: “THIS is ZION; NO ONE SEEKS HER. (18) Thus says the Lord: Behold, I WILL BRING BACK THE CAPTIVITY OF JACOB’S TENTS, and have MERCY on his DWELLING PLACES. (Jere. 30:6—Ask now, and see, whether a man is EVER IN LABOR WITH CHILD? So why do I see every man with his hands on his loins LIKE A WOMAN IN LABOR, and all FACES are turned PALE? (Is. 29:22—Therefore thus says the Lord, who redeemed ABRAHAM, concerning the house of JACOB: “JACOB shall NOT NOW BE ASHAMED, nor shall HIS FACE now grow PALE; (23) But when he sees HIS CHILDREN, the work of My hands, in his midst, they will HALLOW My name, (hallowed be thy name! Give us this day our daily bread? I am the living bread which comes down from heaven and gives LIFE to the world.) and hallow the HOLY ONE of JACOB, and FEAR the God of ISRAEL. (24) These also who ERRED in SPIRIT will COME TO UNDERSTANDING, and those who murmured will LEARN DOCTRINE.
Luke 9:51—Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly SET HIS FACE TO GO TO JERUSALEM, (52) and sent messengers before HIS FACE and as they went, (Pro. 16:15—In the light of the king’s FACE is LIFE and HIS FAVOR is like a cloud of the LATTER RAIN.) Returning to Luke 9:52--they entered a village of the Samaritans, to prepare for Him. (53) BUT THEY DID NOT RECEIVE HIM, because HIS FACE WAS SET FOR THE JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM. (34) And when HIS DISCIPLES James and John saw this, they said, ‘LORD, DO YOU WANT US TO COMMAND FIRE TO COME DOWN FROM HEAVEN and CONSUME THEM, just as ELIJAH DID? (55) But He turned and REBUKED them, and said, “YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT MANNER OF SPIRIT YOU ARE OF. (56) For the SON OF MAN DID NOT COME TO DESTROY MEN’S LIVES BUT TO SAVE THEM. John 3:17—For GOD DID NOT SEND HIS SON INTO THE WORLD to DESTROY the WORLD, but that THE WORLD THROUGH HIM might be SAVED.
Matt. 25:37—But as the days of NOAH were, so also will the COMING OF THE SON OF MAN BE. (38) For as in the days before THE FLOOD, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, UNTIL the day that NOAH entered the ark, (39) and DID NOT KNOW until THE FLOOD CAME and took them ALL AWAY, so also will the SON of MAN BE. Heb.11:7—By faith NOAH, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark FOR THE SAVING OF HIS HOUSEHOLD, by which HE CONDEMNED THE WORLD and became HEIR of the RIGHTEOUSNESS which is according to FAITH. (1 Peter 4:18—For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that HE MIGHT BRING US TO GOD, being put to DEATH in THE FLESH but made ALIVE by THE SPIRIT, (19) by WHOM ALSO HE WENT AND PREACHED TO THE SPIRITS IN PRISON, who FORMERLY were DISOBEDIENT, when once the longsuffering of God WAITED IN THE DAYS OF NOAH, while the ark was being prepared, in which a FEW, that is EIGHT souls were SAVED THROUGH WATER. (21) There is also AN ANTIYPE which now saves us, namely baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the ANSWER of a GOOD CONSCIENCE toward GOD,) through THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST.
Acts13:32—And we declare to you glad tidings—that promise which was made to the fathers, (33) God has FULFILLED THIS for us their children, in that HE RAISED UP JESUS. As it is also WRITTEN IN THE SECOND PS: You are My Son, today I have BEGOTTEN You. (the second ps. goes on to read: You are My Son, today I have begotten You. Ask of Me and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance and the ends of the earth for Your Possession. Heb. 1:2—(God) has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed HEIR of ALL THINGS, through whom also He made the worlds; (3) who being the brightness of HIS GLORY and the EXPRESS IMAGE of HIS PERSON, and UPHOLDING ALL THINGS by THE WORD OF HIS POWER, (Ps. 111:6—He has declared to HIS PEOPLE the POWER of His WORKS, in GIVING THEM THE HERITAGE OF THE NATIONS.) Returning to Heb. 1:3—when He had by Himself purged our sins sat down at THE RIGHT HAND of the MAJESTY on HIGH, (Heb. 8:1—Now this is the MAIN POINT of the THINGS we are SAYING: We have such A HIGH PRIEST, who is seated at THE RIGHT HAND of the throne of the MAJESTY in the heavens. (4) For IF HE WERE ON EARTH, He WOULD NOT BE A PRIEST, since there are priests who OFFER gifts according to the law; (Heb.9:28—So Christ was OFFERED once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a SECOND TIME, apart from sin for SALVATION.)
Returning to Heb.1:4—having become so much better than the angels, as He has by INHERITANCE obtained a more excellent name than they. (5) For to which of the angels did He ever say: “YOU ARE MY SON, today I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU? (John 3:16—For God so LOVED the WORLD that HE GAVE His only BEGOTTEN SON, that whoever believes in HIM should NOT perish but have everlasting LIFE. (17) For
God did not send His Son into the world to CONDEMN the world, but that the world through HIM might be SAVED. 1 John 5:6—THIS is HE who came by WATER and BLOOD—Jesus Christ: NOT ONLY BY WATER, but by WATER and BLOOD. And it is THE SPIRIT who BEARS WITNESS, because THE SPIRIT is TRUTH.
1 John 4:9—In THIS the love of God was manifested toward us, That GOD has SENT His ONLY BEGOTTEN SON into THE WORLD, that we might LIVE THROUGH HIM. (13) By THIS we know that we ABIDE in HIM and HE in US, because HE HAS GIVEN US OF HIS SPIRIT. (14) And we have seen (in the word) and testify that THE FATHER has SENT the SON AS SAVIOR OF THE WORLD.) Is. 54:8—For THIS is like THE WATERS OF NOAH to Me; for as I have sworn THAT THE WATERS of NOAH WOULD NO LONGER COVER THE EARTH, so have I SWORN that I would not be angry with you, NOR rebuke you. (10) For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but MY KINDNESS SHALL NOT DEPART FROM YOU, nor shall MY COVENANT of PEACE be REMOVED, says the Lord, who has mercy on you. Looking back at verse (8) With a little WRATH I HID MY FACE FROM YOU for a moment; (Ps. 24:6-JACOB seeks God’s FACE.)(1 Thess.5:9—For God did NOT appoint us to WRATH, but to OBTAIN SALVATION through Jesus Christ.) But with EVERLASTING KINDNESS I WILL HAVE MERCY ON YOU, says the Lord, your Redeemer.
Luke 17:20--The KINGDOM of GOD DOES NOT COME WITH OBSERVATION: (21) nor will they say, “See here!’ or see there! For indeed, THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS WITHIN YOU. (28) Likewise as it was also in the days of LOT: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; (29) but on the day that LOT WENT OUT OF SODOM it RAINED fire and brimstone from heaven and DESTROYED THEM ALL. (Luke 17:32—Remember LOT’S WIFE. (33) Whoever seeks to SAVE HIS LIFE will LOOSE IT, and whoever LOSES HIS LIFE will PRESERVE IT.) (Gen.19:17—So it came to pass, when they had brought them outside, that he said, “Escape for your life! DO NOT LOOK BEHIND you nor stay anywhere in the plain. ESCAPE to THE MOUNTAINS, lest you be destroyed. (was Lot obedient? No!) (18) Then Lot said to them, “Please NO, my lords! (19) Indeed now your servant has found favor in your sight, and you have increased your mercy which you have shown me by saving my life: BUT I CANNOT ESCAPE to THE MOUNTAINS, lest SOME EVIL OVERTAKE me and I DIE. (20) “See now, this city is near enough to flee to, and it is a little one: PLEASE LET ME ESCAPE THERE and my soul shall live. (29) And it came to pass, when God DESTROYED the cities of the plain, that GOD REMEMBERED ABRAHAM, and SENT LOT OUT OF THE MIDST OF THE OVERTHROW, when He overthrew the cities in which Lot had dwelt. (He saved Lot for Abraham’s sake! So what happened to Lot?)
Gen. 19: 35—Then they (His two daughters) made their father drink wine that night also. And the younger arose and lay with him, and he did not know when she lay down or when she arose. (36) Thus both daughters of LOT were WITH CHILD by THEIR FATHER. (37) The firstborn bore a son and called his name MOAB; he is the father of the MOABITES to THIS DAY. (38) And the younger, she also bore a son and called his name BEN-AMMI; he is the father of the people of AMMON to THIS DAY. Deut. 23:3—An AMMONITE or MOABITE shall NOT ENTER the CONGREGATION of the Lord; even to the tenth generation NONE of his DESCENDANTS SHALL ENTER THE CONGREGATION OF THE LORD FOREVER. Zeph.2:9—Zeph.2:8—I have heard the reproach of MOAB, and the revilings of the people of AMMON, with which they have reproached MY PEOPLE, and made arrogant threats against their borders. (9) Therefore, as I live, says the Lord of hosts, the GOD of ISRAEL, Surely MOAB shall be like SODOM, and the people of AMMON like GOMORRAH. Nehemiah 13:1—On that day they read from the Book of Moses in the hearing of the people, and it was found written that NO AMMONITE or MOABITE should EVER COME INTO THE CONGREGATION OF GOD. (God in His goodness RELENTS from this HARM however because in the Book of Ruth we see that Ruth was a MOABITE. (Ruth 2:2—So Ruth the MOABITESS said to Naomi, Please let me go to the FIELD, and glean HEADS of GRAIN after him in whose sight I may find favor.) (wife of Boaz: an ancestor of Jesus.)
Some notes! What good had Lot accomplished? Looking at this story through a mother’s eyes, I find it appalling that he would send his two daughters out there and say do with them as you wish. (Gen.19:8—See now, I have two daughters who have not known a man; please, let me bring them out to you, and you may DO TO THEM AS YOU WISH. I find that absolutely horrifying! Now the word says that his wife LOOKED BACK BEHIND HIM, and she became a PILLAR OF SALT. I think she must have been remembering what he had done to his two daughters and was looking BACK not because of SIN but out of LOVE for the ones she was LEAVING BEHIND. Why else would God turn her into a pillar of SALT instead of into a pillar of CINDER: Matt.5:13—You are THE SALT of the EARTH! Remember in Luke 18:32—“Remember LOT’S WIFE. This was NOT a question, but a statement. The problem with Lot was he liked to JUDGE! Gen.19:9—And they said, “stand back!” Then they said, “This one came in to sojourn, and HE KEEPS ACTING AS A JUDGE: now we will deal WORSE with you than with them. So they pressed hard against the man LOT, and came near to break down the door. (10) But the men reached out their hands and pulled Lot into the house with them, and SHUT the DOOR. (11) And they struck the men who were at the doorway with BLINDNESS, both SMALL and GREAT, so that they became weary trying to FIND THE DOOR.) You see the DOOR had not as yet been hung on the CROSS. (John 10:9—I am THE DOOR. If anyone enters by Me, he WILL be SAVED, and will go in and out and find pasture. John 12:47—And if anyone hears My words and does not BELIEVE, I DO NOT JUDGE HIM; for I did not come to JUDGE the WORLD but to SAVE the WORLD. Luke 6:37—Judge not, and you shall NOT be JUDGED. CONDEMN NOT and you shall NOT be CONDEMNED. Forgive and you will be forgiven.) (Gen.19:12—Then the men said to Lot, ‘HAVE YOU ANYONE ELSE HERE? Son-in-law, your sons, your daughters, and WHOMEVER YOU HAVE IN THIS CITY—TAKE THEM OUT of this PLACE! (13) For we will DESTROY this place, because THE OUTCRY AGAINST THEM has grown great before THE FACE of the Lord, and the Lord has sent us to DESTROY. Lot did not choose to take ANYONE else out with him but his wife and two daughters, for he was not praying for their SALVATION, but Praying AGAINST them.
Luke 17:30—Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed. (34) I tell you in that night there will be TWO MEN in ONE BED: then one will be TAKEN and the one will be LEFT. Ps. 36:4—He DEVISES WICKEDNESS on his BED; He sets himself in a way that is NOT GOOD; He does NOT ABHOR EVIL. Ps. 139:7—Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from YOUR PRESENCE? (8) If I ASCEND into HEAVEN, You are there; If I MAKE MY BED IN HELL, behold, You are there. (9) If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, (10) Even there Your hand shall lead me, and YOUR RIGHT HAND UPHOLD ME. Heb.11:6—But without FAITH it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a REWARDER of those who diligently SEEK HIM.)
Luke 18:35—Two women will be GRINDING together; the one will be taken and the other left. (Is. 3:15—What do you mean by crushing My people and GRINDING the faces of the poor?) (Are they grinding away for there OWN salvation or for the salvation of OTHERS? (Phil.2:3—Let nothing be done though SELFISH ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. (4) Let each of you look out not only for his own interest, but also for the interests of others.) (Rom. 2:7—Eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing GOOD seek for GLORY, HONOR and IMMORTALITY; (8) but to those who are SELF-SEEKING and DO NOT OBEY THE TRUTH, but obey UNRIGHTEOUSNESS—indignation and WRATH.
Returning to Luke 17:36—Two men will be in the field: the one will be taken and the other left. (37) And they answered and said to Him, “WHERE LORD?” So He said to them, WHEREVER the BODY is, there the EAGLES WILL BE GATHERED TOGETHER. (Job 39:27—Does the EAGLE mount up at your command, and make its nest on high? (28) It dwells on the ROCK and the STRONGHOLD. (29) For there it spies out the prey: Its eyes observe from afar. (20) Its young one’s suck up blood: And WHERE THE SLAIN ARE, THERE IT IS.
Returning to Luke 17:36—Two men will be in the FIELD: the one will be TAKEN and the other LEFT. (Will they be bringing them in from the field of sin? Matt. 9:37—Then He said to His disciples, “The HARVEST truly is PLENTIFUL, but the laborers are few. (38) Therefore PRAY the Lord of the HARVEST to send out LABORERS into HIS HARVEST.) Matt. 13:38—The FIELD is the WORLD, the GOOD SEEDS are the SONS OF THE KINGDOM, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. (39) The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the HARVEST is the END OF THE AGE, and the REAPERS are THE ANGELS. (4) Therefore THE TARES are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be AT THE END OF THIS AGE. (41) The Son of Man will send out HIS ANGELS, and they will gather out of His kingdom ALL THINGS that OFFEND, and those who practice lawlessness. (43) Then THE RIGHTEOUS will SHINE FORTH AS THE SUN IN THE KINGDOM OF THEIR FATHER. He who has ears to hear, LET HIM HEAR!
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Dear Sharon, at this point, I have read nothing more than just the first three paragraphs and I had to stop... had to stop and tell you that my heart leapt in me as I read. How very exciting! Oh, that some could see "summer" for what it truly is! What a wonderful time and place! And I see it, Sis, even at the doors. Even at the doors... Ah, now I shall go back and partake of more of this wondrous Bread. :)
As I read the paragraphs before them and reached Sol 2:13 and Joel 2:23, I cannot describe the singing in my heart, the rejoicing of my spirit, the lifting up of my soul as the implications of the Word of God spoke to me. Oh, that all could taste and see... And now, back to this wonderful feast, again. :)
(Amos 8:11) Sis, isn't it a saddening thought that there are already so many who do not REALLY hear? In fact, I believe that those who truly, truly hear are few and far between. And it saddens me because I know the only reason that they don't truly hear the Word because they've been taught men's doctrines for so long that they've come to believe it to be God's doctrines. But if they could, just for a moment, quiet the voice of all they've ever been taught or believed, the Word would open for them and reveal the Truth. So we pray... and we humble ourselves before God with utmost thanksgiving for having ears to hear what HE says. Okay... off that subject and back to this WONDERFUL post! :)
1 Thess. 5:4—But you, brethren, are not in DARKNESS so that this DAY should overtake you as A THIEF. There is the scripture, the confirming Word of God... and it stands there, glowing in the midst of a beautiful portrait for anyone to receive it who will. In the Light, this DAY-Light reveals Him, not as coming to us as a THIEF, but as Omnipotent, Omnipresent Redeemer and as the One whose wing covers us in mercy and grace and truth, not for a moment nor at a moment's notice, but for all time. How loving. How kind. How very much like God to give us THIS day our DAILY BREAD.
Is. 11:9—They SHALL NOT HURT NOR DESTROY in ALL MY HOLY MOUNTAIN, for THE EARTH SHALL BE FULL OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE LORD AS THE WATERS COVER THE SEA. HALLELUJAH!!! We can depend upon that Word!... of course, we can depend upon His every Word. But in this particular situation, I believe you understand just what I mean and why it is that I rejoice so over it.
Is. 29:22-24......... my, my, my. How glorious!!!! How exciting!!!! "Look at the fig tree..." Wow! Makes me feel like dancing!!!!
Why else would God turn her into a pillar of SALT instead of into a pillar of CINDER: Awesome revelation. I recall the Lord once leading me to the scriptures wherein the disciples were called "Pillars of the Church" and then immediately led me to "You are the salt of the earth" and then immediately to Lot's wife.... (whom I like to call "Lottie" because her name isn't given). :) And now, I look at all of that again with an entirely different perception. Isn't God's Word awesome?!?!... the way He gives revelation?!?!... always something new, something satisfying to our hunger, something amazing... time after time. He's so kind and giving!!!
Gen.19:(11) And they struck the men who were at the doorway with BLINDNESS, both SMALL and GREAT, so that they became weary trying to FIND THE DOOR.) You see the DOOR had not as yet been hung on the CROSS. (John 10:9—I am THE DOOR. If anyone enters by Me, he WILL be SAVED, and will go in and out and find pasture. At the foot of the cross, clothed in mercy, I see before me an opened door... :) ...the Door of Salvation in all His glory. Summer IS "near"... not in a time frame, but geographically. And I lean upon Him as one would a strong beam standing on a firm foundation. Dear Sharon, what a wonderful post! And I love the GREAT ending... a perfect ending for such a neat article, put together so wonderfully. It must be so exciting for you when God leads you through the Word in such a way that things like THIS happen. I know that it is for me. But it's sure hard to explain sometimes... especially to those who are... ummm... a little "hard of hearing." But I recall that promise... and I remember when Jesus opened the ears of the deaf... and they WILL hear... and we do pray that God send workers into the harvest. Thank you Sis, for being faithful with the works He has entrusted to you.
Oh precious brothers and sisters, I did not write this article to warn you that Christ will soon come to sweep us all away. I wrote it because I think it is imperative that we do not follow Lot who took it on the lamb, but that we follow the Lamb and pray for the whole lot. Christ is an intercessor. Eze. 22:30--So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and STAND IN THE GAP befoe Me on behalf of the land, THAT I should NOT DESTROY IT; but I found NO ONE.
Joyce you are hearing bless your heart. I love you, Sharon
You have written a stern WARNING that we must watch and be ready for the coming of the Lord. Yes, it is near. Every news event points that out. Nature screams it. The Bible teaches it and admonishes us to WATCH. You are faithful in preaching the word, and may God bless you for it....Helen
Dearest Sharon...You have gathered together such powerful Scripture verses here: words of love, encouragement, wisdom, but also words of warning and reminders that God will send His Son, again, at a time we don't know and cannot anticipate. Therefore, we need to always live our lives in ways that are pleasing to God and acceptable in His eyes. We must remain watchful and ready, and prepare our hearts daily to be given to Him entirely. I loved the personal notes that you included - they provided some special insights and helped to clarify the messages. I still encourage you to take portions of these devotionals and elaborate on them for folks like me who need added interpretation. I think that would bless many and help get God's Word out to even more people! God bless you for you are SUCH an AMAZING CHILD OF GOD and so obedient as you share His message! I love you...Peggy
Hi Sis. Sharon, It takes someone like you who is very well-versed in the Scripture to be able to put them together to emphasize a point to us readers. If I am right you mean here that we need to be ready because Jesus is coming anytime. I agree also with what Peggy wrote above on her comments that it would be nice also if you add an interpretation or insights on some of the Scripture messages for someone like me who needs some explaining. Thanks for your reminder. Love, Gloria
It would seem as though God has left His own commentary - "Repent, therefore...". What more can one add to that? Thank you once again, Sharon, for a job well done. - Dennis