And These Signs Will Follow Those Who Believe
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Is. 7:11—Ask a SIGN for yourself from the Lord your God; ask it either in the DEPTH or in the HEIGHT above. (14) Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a SIGN; Behold the VIRGIN shall conceive and BEAR a SON, and shall call His name IMMUNAUEL. (15) Curds and honey He shall eat, that He may know to REFUSE the EVIL and CHOOSE the GOOD. (16) For before the Child shall know to REFUSE the EVIL and CHOOSE the GOOD, (Deut. 30:15—See I have set before you TODAY LIFE and GOOD, DEATH and EVIL. (19) I call HEAVEN and EARTH as witnesses TODAY against you, that I have set before you LIFE and DEATH, BLESSING and CURSING, therefore choose LIFE, that BOTH you and YOUR DESCENDANTS MAY LIVE.)
Returning to Is. 7:17--The Lord will bring the king of ASSYRIA upon you and your people and your father’s house—days that have not come since the day that Ephraim departed from JUDAH. Is 10:5—Woe to ASSYRIA the rod of My ANGER and the staff in whose hand is My indignation (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. 8:7—Now therefore, behold, the Lord brings up over them the waters of the River, STRONG and MIGHTY—THE KING of ASSYRIA and ALL his GLORY; He will go up over all his channels and go over all the banks, (8) He will pass through JUDAH, He will OVERFLOW and PASS OVER, He WILL REACH UP TO THE NECK; and the STRETCHING OUT of his WINGS will fill THE BREADTH of YOUR LAND, O IMMANUEL.
(Is. 28—His breath is like an OVERFLOWING stream, WHICH REACHES UP TO THE NECK, to SIFT the NATIONS with a SIEVE of FUTILITY; and there shall be a BRIDLE in the JAWS of the PEOPLE causing them TO ERR.) (Amos 9:9—For surely I will command, and will SIFT the house of ISRAEL among ALL NATIONS, as grain is SIFTED in a SIEVE. Yet not the smallest grain shall fall to the ground. (10) ALL THE SINNERS of MY PEOPLE shall die by THE SWORD, who say, THE CALAMITY shall NOT OVERTAKE US, NOR CONFRONT US.) (Hosea 5:5—Therefore I have HEWN them by the prophets, I have SLAIN them by the WORDS of MY MOUTH.)
Is.55:10—For as the RAIN comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but WATER the EARTH, and make it bring forth and BUD, that it may give SEED to the SOWER and BREAD to the EATER, (11) So shall MY WORD be that goes forth FROM MY MOUTH; it SHALL NOT RETURN to ME VOID, but it shall ACCOMPLISH WHAT I PLEASE and it SHALL PROPSER in the THING for which I SENT IT. (12) For you shall go out with JOY, and be led out with PEACE; the mountains and the hills shall break forth into singing before you, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. (13) Instead of the THORN shall come up the cypress tree, and instead of the BRIER
(Heb.6:7—For the earth which drinks in the RAIN that often comes upon it, and bears HERBS USEFUL for those by whom it is cultivated, receives BLESSING from GOD; (8) BUT if it bears THORNS and BRIERS, it is REJECTED and near to being CURSED, whose end is to be BURNED.) (Ps.38:22—For those who are BLESSED by Him shall INHERIT the EARTH, but those who are CURSED by Him shall be CUT OFF. (Pro.15:19—The way of the SLOTHFUL man is like a HEDGE of THORNS, but the way of the UPRIGHT is a HIGHWAY.) (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 UNFAITHFULL will be UPROOTED from it.)
Returning to Is.55:13—And instead of the BRIER shall come up the MYRTLE TREE; and it shall be to the Lord for A NAME, for AN EVERLASTING SIGN THAT SHALL NOT BE CUT OFF.
(Zech 1:11—So they answered the Angel of the Lord, who stood among the MYRTLE TREES, and said, “We have walked to and fro throughout the earth, and behold, all the earth is resting quietly. (12) Then the Angel of the Lord answered and said, O Lord of hosts, HOW LONG WILL YOU NOT HAVE MERCY ON JERUSALEM and on the cities of JUDAH, against which You were angry these seventy years? (13) And the Lord-answered the angel who talked to me with GOOD and COMFORTING WORDS. (14) So the angel who spoke with me said to me, “Proclaim, saying, thus say the Lord of hosts: I AM ZEALOUS FOR JERUSALEM and for ZION with GREAT ZEAL. (15) I am exceedingly angry with the nations at ease; For I was a little angry, and they HELPED—but with EVIL INTENT. (16) Therefore thus says the Lord: I AM RETURNING TO JERUSALEM with MERCY; My HOUSE SHALL BE BUILT IN IT, (Ps.78:68—But CHOSE the tribe of JUDAH, MOUNT ZION which He loved. (69) And HE BUILT HIS SANCTUARY like the HIGHTS, like the EARTH which HE HAS ESTABLISHED FOREVER.)
Returning to Zech.1:16—My house shall be BUILT in IT says the Lord of hosts, and a SURVERYOR’S LINE shall be stretched out over JERUSALEM. Zech.2:1—Then I raised my eyes and looked, and behold a man with a MEASURING LINE in his hand. (2) So I said, “where are you going?” And he said to me, TO MEASURE JERUSALEM, to see what is its WIDTH and what is its LENGTH.” (3) And there was the angel who talked with me, going out; and another angel was coming out to meet him, (4) who said to him, “RUN, speak to this young man saying: JERUSALEM shall be INHABITATED as TOWNS WITHOUT WALLS, because of THE MUTLTITUDES of MEN and livestock in it. (5) ‘FOR I, SAYS THE LORD, WILL BE A WALL OF FIRE ALL AROUND HER, and I WILL BE THE GLORY IN HER MIDST.’ (17) Again proclaim, saying, Thus says the Lord of hosts: MY CITIES shall again spread out THROUGH PROSPERITY; THE LORD will again COMFORT ZION, and will AGAIN CHOOSE JERUSALEM.) (Zech.8:2—Thus says the Lord of hosts: I AM ZEALOUS for ZION with GREAT ZEAL; with GREAT FERVOR I AM ZEALOUS FOR HER. (3) Thus says the Lord: I WILL RETURN TO ZION and DWELL in THE MIDST of JERUSALEM. JERUSALEM SHALL BE CALLED THE CITY OF TRUTH, The Mountain of the Lord of hosts, THE HOLY MOUNTAIN.
Joel 3:14—MULTITUDES, MULTITUDES in the VALLEY of DECISION! For the day of the Lord is NEAR in the VALLEY of DECISION. (16) The Lord also will roar from ZION and utter His voice from JERUSALEM; The HEAVENS and EARTH will SHAKE, but the Lord WILL BE A SHELTER for HIS PEOPLE, and the STRENGTH of the CHILDREN of ISRAEL. (17) “So you shall KNOW that I AM THE LORD your GOD, DWELLING in ZION MY HOLY MOUNTAIN. Then JERUSALEM shall be HOLY.
Is. 48:16—COME NEAR to ME, HEAR THIS: I have NOT spoken in SECRET from the BEGINNING; from the time it was, I WAS THERE. And now the LORD GOD and HIS SPIRIT have SENT ME. (17) Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, The Holy One of ISRAEL: I am the Lord your God WHO TEACHES YOU TO PROFIT, WHO LEADS YOU by THE WAY you SHOULD GO. (Ps.25:12—WHO is the man that FEARS the Lord? Him HE SHALL TEACH in THE WAY that HE CHOOSES. (13) He himself shall dwell in PROSPERITY, and HIS DESCENDANTS SHALL INHERIT the EARTH.)
Returning to Is 48:18--Oh, that you had HEEDED My commandments! Then your PEACE would have been like a RIVER, and your RIGHTEOUSENESS, like the waves of the SEA. (19) YOUR DESCENDANTS also would have been like the SAND: HIS NAME WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN CUT OFF nor DESTROYED FROM BEFORE ME. Is.46:9—REMEMBER the FORMER THINGS of OLD, For I AM GOD and there is NO OTHER; I am God and there is NONE like Me. (10) Declaring the END from the BEGINNING, and from ANCIENT times things THAT ARE NOT YET DONE, saying my COUNSEL shall stand, and I will do ALL My PLEASURE. (Is.45:21—Tell and BRING FORTH YOUR CASE; Yes, let them take COUNSEL together. Who has declared this from ANCIENT time? Have NOT I THE LORD? And there is NO OTHER GOD besides ME. (22) LOOK TO ME and be SAVED, ALL YOU ENDS of THE EARTH! For I AM God and there is NO OTHER. (He said it and I BELIEVE it!)
Mark 16:17—And these signs will FOLLOW those who BELIEVE: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with NEW TONGUES. (Acts 2:5—Now there were dwelling in JERUSALEM Jews, devout men, FROM EVERY NATION under HEAVEN. (6) And when THIS SOUND occurred, the MULTITUDE came together, and were confused, BECAUSE everyone heard them speak IN THEIR OWN LANGUAGE. (7) Then they were ALL AMAZED, and MARVELED, saying to one another, “Look, are NOT all these WHO SPEAK GALILEANS? (8) And how is it that WE HEAR, each IN OUR OWN LANGUAGE in which WE WERE BORN? (11) CRETANS and ARABS—we here THEM speaking in OUR OWN TONGUES THE WONDERFUL WORKS OF GOD. (Acts 11:14—And as I began to speak, THE HOLY SPIRIT fell upon them, as UPON US at the BEGINNING. (16) Then I remembered THE WORD of the Lord, how He said, “JOHN indeed baptized with WATER, but YOU shall be BAPTIZED with the HOLY SPIRIT. (17) If therefore GOD GAVE THEM the same GIFT AS HE GAVE US when we BELIEVED on the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could withstand God? (18) When they heard these things they became silent; and the glorified God, saying, THEN GOD HAS ALSO GRANTED TO THE GENTILES REPENTANCE TO LIFE.
(John 5:36—But I have a GREATER WITNESS than JOHN’S, for THE WORKS which the FATHER has given Me to finish—THE VERY WORKS that I DO BEAR WITNESS of ME, that THE FATHER has SENT ME.) (John 10:37—If I DO NOT DO THE WORKS of MY FATHER, DO NOT BELIEVE ME; (38) but IF I DO, though you DO NOT believe Me, BELIEVE THE WORKS, that you may KNOW and BELIEVE that the FATHER IS IN ME, and I IN HIM.
John 14:10—Do you NOT believe that I AM IN the FATHER, and the FATHER IN ME? The WORDS that I speak to you, I DO NOT SPEAK ON MY OWN AUTHORITY; but the FATHER who DWELLS IN ME DOES THE WORKS. (11) Believe Me that I am IN THE FATHER and the FATHER IN ME, (John 17:21—that they ALL may be ONE, as YOU FATHER are IN Me, and I IN YOU; that they ALSO may be ONE in US, that the WORLD may BELIEVE that You SENT Me.) (2 Corin.13:5—Examine yourselves as to whether you are IN THE FAITH. PROVE yourselves, DO YOU NOT KNOW YOURSELVES, THAT JESUS CHRIST IS IN YOU?—UNLESS indeed you are DISQUALIFIED.) (1 John 4:12—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.)
Returning to John 14:11--or else BELIEVE ME for THE SAKE of the WORKS themselves. (12) Most assuredly, I say to you, he who BELIEVES in ME, the WORKS that I DO He will DO ALSO, and GREATER WORKS than THESE he will do, BECAUSE I go to MY FATHER. (13) And whatever you ASK in My name, that I WILL DO, that the FATHER MAY BE GLORIFIED IN THE SON. (Ps.2:8—ASK of ME and I will GIVE You the nations for Your inheritance and the ends of the earth for Your possession.) . Ps.86:8—Among the gods there is NONE LIKE YOU, O Lord; NOR are there any WORKS like YOUR WORKS. (9) ALL NATIONS whom You have made SHALL COME and WORSHIP BEFORE YOU, O Lord, and shall GLORIFY YOUR NAME. (10) For You are GREAT, and do WONDROUS THINGS; YOU ALONE are GOD.
Ps.71:17—O God, YOU have TAUGHT me from my YOUTH; and to THIS DAY I declare YOUR WONDROUS WORKS. (18) NOW also when I am OLD and GRAY HEADED, O GOD DO NOT FORSAKE ME, Until I DECLARE YOUR STRENGTH to THIS GENERATION. YOUR POWER to EVERYONE WHO IS TO COME. Ps.78:5—For He established a testimony in JACOB, and appointed a LAW in ISRAEL, which HE COMMANDED our FATHERS, that THEY should MAKE THEM KNOWN to their CHILDREN; (6) that the GENERATION to COME might KNOW THEM, the CHILDREN who WOULD be BORN, that they may ARISE and DECLARE them to THEIR CHILDREN. (7) That they may SET THEIR HOPE IN GOD, and NOT FORGET THE WORKS OF GOD, but keep His commandments. Mal.4:2—But to you who FEAR My name the SUN of RIGHTEOUSNESS shall ARISE with HEALING in HIS WINGS. (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.
(Ps.28:2—DO NOT TAKE ME AWAY with the workers of iniquity, who speak PEACE to their NEIGHBORS but EVIL is in their hearts. (5) Because they DO NOT REGARD THE WORKS OF THE LORD, nor the OPERATION of HIS HANDS. He shall destroy them and NOT BUILD them UP.) (Ps. 66:3—Say to God, HOW AWESOME are YOUR WORKS! Through the GREATNESS of YOUR POWER Your ENEMIES SUBMIT themselves to You. (4) ALL THE EARTH shall WORSHIP YOU and sing PRAISES to You; (5) COME and SEE THE WORKS OF GOD; He is AWESOME in His doings toward the sons of men. (7) HE RULES by HIS POWER; His eyes observe THE NATIONS; do not let the rebellious exalt themselves.) Ps. 75:1—We give THANKS to You, O God, we give THANKS! For YOUR WONDROUS WORKS DECLARE that YOUR NAME is NEAR. (2) When I CHOOSE the PROPER TIME I will JUDGE UPRIGHTLY.) Ps.112:1—BLESSED is the man who FEARS the Lord, who DELIGHTS greatly in HIS COMMANDMENTS.
(Ps128:1—BLESSED is every one who FEARS the Lord, who WALKS in HIS WAYS. (2) When you eat the labor of your hands, you shall be happy, and it shall be WELL with you. (3) Your wife shall be like a FRUITFUL VINE in the very heart of your house, YOUR CHILDREN like OLIVE PLANTS all around the table. (4) Behold, thus shall the man be BLESSED who FEARS the Lord. (5) The Lord BLESS you out of ZION, and may you see THE GOOD of JERUSALEM all the days of YOUR LIFE. (6) Yes, may You see YOUR CHILDEN’S CHILDREN. Returning to Ps.112:2—HIS DESCENDANTS will be MIGHTY ON EARTH; THE GENERATION of the UPRIGHT will be BLESSED. (3) WEALTH and RICHES will be IN HIS HOUSE, and his RIGHTOUENSESS ENDURES FOREVER. (4) Unto the UPRIGHT there ARISES LIGHT in the DARKNESS. (Amos 5:30—Is not the day of the Lord DARKNESS and NOT LIGHT?) 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 UNFAITHUL will be UPROOTED FROM IT. Jere.24:6—For I will set My eyes on them for GOOD, and I will BRING THEM BACK to this LAND: (promise land?) I WILL BUILD THEM and NOT PULL them DOWN, and I WILL PLANT THEM and NOT PLUCK THEM UP.
John 5:30—I can OF MYSELF do NOTHING. As I hear I JUDGE, and My JUDGMENT is RIGHTEOUS; because I DO NOT SEEK MY OWN WILL but the will of My Father who SENT Me. (Heb.10:5—Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: SACRIFICE and OFFERING You DID NOT DESIRE, but A BODY You have PREPARED for ME. (6) In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You had NO pleasure. (7) THEN I SAID, Behold, I HAVE COME in the VOLUME of THE BOOK it is written of ME—TO DO YOUR WILL, O GOD. Ps.40:6—SACRIFICE and OFFERING You DID NOT DESIRE; My EARS You have OPENED; burnt offering and sin offering You DID NOT REQUIRE. (7) THEN I said, Behold I COME IN THE SCROLL of THE BOOK it is written of me. (8) I delight TO DO YOUR WILL, O My God, and YOUR LAW is WITHIN my heart. (9) I have proclaimed the GOOD NEWS of RIGHTEOUSNESS in the GREAT CONGREGATION.
Ps.22:25—My PRAISE shall be of YOU in the GREAT CONGREGATION: I will PAY MY VOWS before those who fear Him. (27) ALL THE ENDS OF THE WORLD shall REMEMBER and TURN to THE LORD, and ALL the FAMILIES of the NATIONS, shall WORSHIP BEFORE YOU. (28) For the KINGDOM is THE LORD’S, and HE RULES OVER THE NATIONS. (Ps.65:1—PRAISE is awaiting YOU, O God, in ZION, and to You THE VOW shall be performed. (2) O You WHO HEAR PRAYER, to YOU ALL FLESH WILL COME. (5) By AWESOME deeds in RIGHTEOUSNESS You will ANSWER US, O God of our SALVATION, YOU who are THE CONFIDENCE of ALL THE ENDS of THE EARTH. (Is. 30:15—For thus says the Lord God, the HOLY ONE of ISRAEL: In RETURNING and REST you shall be SAVED; In quietness and CONFIDENCE shall be your STRENGTH. (18) Therefore the Lord will WAIT, that He might be GRACIOUS to you, and therefore HE WILL BE EXALTED that He may have MERCY on you. For the Lord is a God of JUSTICE; BLESSED are all those who WAIT for HIM. (19) For the people shall DWELL in ZION at JERUSALEM. (Heb. 9:28,b—To those who eagerly WAIT for HIM He will appear A SECOND TIME, apart from SIN, for SALVATION.)
Returning to Mark 16:18--they will TAKE UP SERPENTS (Gen.4:2—So the Lord said to him, (Moses) WHAT is that in your HAND? And he said a ROD. (3) And he cast it on the ground, and it became a SERPENT; and Moses FLED from it. (4) Then the Lord said to Moses, REACH OUT YOUR HAND and TAKE IT BY THE TAIL, and he reached out his hand and CAUGHT IT, and IT became a ROD in his hand, (5) THAT they MAY BELIEVE that the LORD GOD of their FATHERS, the GOD of ABRAHAM, the GOD of ISAAC, and the GOD of JACOB, HAS APPEARED TO YOU. (Rom. 4:13—For the PROMISE that he would be HEIR of the WORLD was NOT to ABRAHAM or to HIS SEED through the law, but through the RIGHTEOUSNESS of FAITH.) Gal.3:16—Now to ABRAHAM and HIS SEED were the PROMISES made. He does not say, and to SEEDS as of many, but as OF ONE, and to YOUR SEED, who is CHRIST. (17) And this I say, that THE LAW, which was FOUR HUNDRED and THIRTY YEARS LATER, CANNOT annul THE COVENANT that was CONFIRMED BEFORE by GOD in CHRIST, that IT should make the PROMISE of NO EFFECT.
Rom.9:6—But it is NOT that THE WORD has taken NO EFFECT. For they are NOT ALL ISRAEL who are of ISRAEL. (7) Nor are they all CHILDREN because they are THE SEED of ABRAHAM, but in ISAAC your seed shall be CALLED. Gen.26:2—Then the Lord appeared to him (ISAAC) and said: Do NOT go down to Egypt, DWELL in THE LAND (promise land?) (Pro. 2:21—For the UPRIGHT will DWELL in THE LAND, and the BLAMELESS will REMAIN in it:) Returning to Gen.26:2--of which I shall tell you. (3) Sojourn in this land, and I WILL BE WITH YOU and BLESS you; for to YOU and YOUR DESCENDANTS I GIVE ALL THESE LANDS, and I WILL PERFORM the OATH which I SWORE to ABRAHAM your father,
(Heb.6: 13—For when God made a PROMISE to ABRAHAM, because He could SWEAR by NO ONE GREATER, He SWORE BY HIMSELF. (16) For men indeed SWEAR by the greater, and an OATH for CONFIRMATION is for them and END of ALL DISPUTE. (17) Thus God determining to show the IMMUTABILITY of HIS COUNSEL, CONFIRMED IT BY an OATH, (18) that by TWO immutable things, in which IT IS IMPOSSIBLE for God to LIE, we might have STRONG CONSOLATION, who have FLED for REFUGE, to lay hold of THE HOPE SET BEFORE US. (19) This HOPE we have as an ANCHOR of the SOUL, both SURE and STEADFAST, and WHICH ENTERS the PRESENCE BEHIND the VEIL.)
Returning to Gen.26:4--and I will make your DESCENDANTS multiply as the stars of heaven; I will GIVE to your DESCENDANTS all these lands; and in your seed ALL THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH SHALL BE BLESSED; (5) BECAUSE ABRAHAM OBEYED MY VOICE, and KEPT MY CHARGE, MY COMMANDMENTS, MY STATUTES, and MY LAWS. (Gods grace?) .
Returning to Rom.9:9--That is, THOSE who are THE CHILDREN of THE FLESH are NOT the CHILDREN of GOD, but the CHILDREN of THE PROMISE are counted as THE SEED. Rom. 8:8—For what THE LAW could NOT do in that it was WEAK through THE FLESH, God did by SENDING HIS OWN SON in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin. He CONDEMNED sin in THE FLESH, (4) that THE RIGHTEOUS REQUIREMENT of THE LAW might be FULFILLED in US WHO DO NOT WALK ACCORDING to THE FLESH but ACCORDING to THE SPIRIT. (9) But you are NOT IN THE FLESH but IN THE SPIRIT, if indeed THE SPIRIT of CHRIST DWELLS IN YOU. Now if anyone does NOT have the SPIRIT of CHRIST, he IS NOT HIS. (1 John 4:13—By THIS we KNOW that we abide IN HIM and HE IN US, because HE HAS GIVEN US OF HIS SPIRIT and we have seen and testify that THE FATHER HAS SENT the SON AS SAVIOR OF THE WORLD.) John 6:28—Then they said to Him, “What shall WE DO that WE MAY WORK THE WORKS OF GOD? (29) Jesus answered and said to them, “THIS IS THE WORK OF GOD that you BELIEVE in HIM whom He SENT.)
Returning to Mark 16:18--and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; (Job 20:16—He will suck the POISON of COBRAS; the VIPERS tongue will slay him. (Luke 3:7—Then He said to the MULTITUDES that came out to be baptized by him, “BROOD of VIPERS! Who warned you to flee from the WRATH to come?) (1 Thess.5:9—For GOD DID NOT appoint us to WRATH, but to OBTAIN SALVATION THROUGH our Lord Jesus Christ) Returning to
Mark 16:18--THEY WILL LAY HANDS ON THE SICK, and THEY WILL RECOVER.
Returning to Mark 16:11-- 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, from ASSYRIA and EGYPT. (KJV) (24) And the servant of the Lord must NOT STRIVE; but be GENTLE unto ALL men, apt to TEACH, patient, (25) in MEEKNESS instructing those that OPPOSE themselves; if God peradventure will GIVE them REPENTANCE to the ACKNOWLEDGING of THE TRUTH; (26) and that they may RECOVER themselves out of the SNARE of the devil WHO WERE TAKEN CAPTIVE BY him TO DO his WILL.) (1 Thess. 2:3—For this is GOOD and ACCEPTABLE in the sight of God our Savior, (4) who DESIRES ALL men to be SAVED and to come TO THE KNOWLEDGE of THE TRUTH.) (Pro. 13:12—Hope deferred makes the HEART SICK, but when the DESIRE comes IT IS A TREE of LIFE.
Is. 33:20—Look upon ZION, the CITY of our appointed feasts; your eyes will see JERUSALEM, a quiet habitation; a TABERNACLE that will NOT be taken down; not one of its stakes will ever be removed, nor will any of ITS CORDS be BROKEN. (21) But THERE the MAJESTIC LORD will be FOR US. (24) And the INHABITANT will NOT say, I AM SICK; the people who DWELL IN IT will be FORGIVEN their INIQUITY. (John 1:29—The next day JOHN saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Behold THE LAMB of GOD WHO TAKES AWAS THE SIN OF THE WORLD!)
John 16:7—Nevertheless I tell you THE TRUTH. It is to your ADVANTAGE that I go away; for if I DO NOT go away, THE HELPER WILL NOT COME TO YOU; but if I DEPART, I WILL SEND HIM TO YOU. (8) And WHEN HE has COME, HE WILL CONVINCE THE WORLD OF SIN, and of RIGHTEOUSNESS and of JUDGMENT.(13) HOWEVER, when HE, the SPIRIT of TRUTH has come, HE WILL GUIDE YOU INTO ALL TRUTH; for HE WILL NOT SPEAK on HIS OWN AUTHORITY, but WHATEVER HE HEARS HE WILL SPEAK; and will TELL YOU THINGS TO COME. (14) He will GLORIFY ME, for HE WILL take WHAT IS MINE and DECLARE IT to YOU.
Returning to Mark 16:19--So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was RECEIVED UP INTO HEAVEN, (Acts 3:20—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.) (Is. 49:b—I will PRESERVE You and give You as A COVENANT to the people to RESTORE THE EARTH.) Returning to Mark 16:19--and SAT DOWN at the RIGHT HAND OF GOD.
(Ps.48:10—According to Your name, O God, so is your PRAISE to THE ENDS of THE EARTH; YOUR RIGHT HAND is full of RIGHTEOUSNESS. (11) Let MOUNT ZION rejoice.) (Is. 45:22—LOOK to ME and be SAVED, ALL you ENDS of THE EARTH! For I am God and there is NO OTHER.) Returning to mark 16:20--And they went out and PREACHED EVERYWHERE, the LORD WORKING WITH THEM and CONFIRMING THE WORD through accompanying SIGNS. (Is.44:26-who CONFIRMS the WORD of His servant, and performs the counsel of his messengers; who says to JERUSALEM, you shall be INHABITED to the cities of Judah “You shall be BUILT up, and I will RAISE UP her WASTE PLACES.
(Ps. 102:16—For the Lord shall BUILD UP ZION; He shall APPEAR IN HIS GLORY. (17) He shall regard the prayer of the DESTITUTE, and shall NOT despise their prayer. (18) This will be WRITTEN for the GENERATION TO COME, that a people YET to be CREATED may PRAISE the LORD. (19) For He LOOKED DOWN from the HEIGHT of HIS SANCTUARY; FROM HEAVEN the Lord VIEWED THE EARTH, (20) to HEAR the GROANING of the PRISONER, to LOOSE THOSE APPOINTED TO DEATH. (21) TO DECLARE THE NAME OF THE LORD in ZION, and HIS PRAISE in JERUSALEM. (22) When the peoples ARE GATHERED TOGETHER, and THE KINGDOM, to SERVE the LORD. (23) He WEAKENED MY STRENGTH in THE WAY; He SHORTENED MY DAYS. (24) I SAID, “O MY GOD, DO NOT TAKE ME AWAY IN THE MIDST OF MY DAYS; YOUR YEARS ARE THROUGHOUT ALL GENERATIONS.
Rom. 15:8—Now I say that Jesus Christ has BECOME a servant to the circumcision for THE TRUTH of GOD, to CONFIRM the PROMISES made by the FATHERS, (9) and that the GENTILES might GLORIFY GOD for HIS MERCY, as it is written; For THIS REASON I will CONFESS to You among the GENTILES, and SING TO YOUR NAME. (Ps.43:3—Oh send out YOUR LIGHT and YOUR TRUTH! Let them LEAD me; Let THEM bring me to YOUR HOLY HILL and to YOUR TABERNACLE.) (Ps. 2:6—Yet I have set My king on MY HOLY HILL of ZION. (7) I will declare the decree: the Lord has said to Me, YOU ARE MY SON today I have BEGOTTEN You. (8) ASK of ME and I WILL GIVE You, THE NATIONS for YOUR INHERITANCE and the ENDS OF THE EARTH FOR YOUR POSSESSION.) (I believe this Zion to be a spiritual place when we stand upon this word and ask for the nations for His inheritance and the ends of the earth for His possession.) (Is.49:6,b—I WILL also GIVE YOU AS A LIGHT to THE GENTILES, THAT YOU SHOULD BE MY SALVATION to THE ENDS OF THE EARTH.)
Ps 18:46—The LORD LIVES! Blessed by my ROCK! Let the God of my SALVATION be EXALTED. (47) It is GOD who AVENGES me, and SUBDUES the peoples UNDER ME; (48) He DELIVERES ME FROM MY ENEMIES. (49) Therefore I WILL GIVE THANKS to YOU, O Lord among the GENTILES, and SING PRAISES TO YOUR NAME. (50) Great DELIVERANCE He gives to HIS KING, and shows MERCY to HIS ANOINTED, to DAVID and HIS DESCENDANTS FOREVERMORE. (Looking back at verse 43) You have delivered me from the STRIVINGS of THE PEOPLE; YOU HAVE MADE ME THE HEAD of THE NATIONS; A people I have NOT known shall serve me. (44) As soon as they HEAR of me they OBEY ME.
Acts 2:22—Men of ISRAEL; HEAR these WORDS: JESUS of NAZARETH, a Man ATTESTED by GOD to you by MIRACLES, WONDERS, and SIGNS which God did THROUGH HIM in YOUR MIDST, as you yourselves know—(23) Him, being delivered by the determined counsel and FOREKNOWLEDGE of GOD, you have taken by lawless hands, and have put to DEATH; (24) WHOM GOD RAISED UP, having LOOSED the pains of DEATH, because it was NOT possible that He should be HELD by it. (25) For DAVID says concerning Him: I foresaw the Lord ALWAYS before MY FACE, for HE is at MY RIGHT HAND, that I may NOT be shaken; (Acts 13:22—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 HAS RAISED UP JESUS. As it is ALSO written in the SECOND PS. “YOU are MY SON, today I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU. (PS.2:6—Yet I have set My King on My HOLY HILL of ZION. (7) I will declare the DECREE: the Lord has said to Me YOU are MY SON, today I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU. (8) ASK of ME and I will GIVE You the NATIONS for YOUR INHERITANCE and the ENDS OF THE EARTH for YOUR POSSESSION.)
Acts 4:10—Let it be KNOWN to you ALL, and to ALL the people of ISRAEL, that by the NAME of JESUS CHRIST of NAZARETH, whom you CRUCIFIED, whom GOD RAISED FROM THE DEAD by Him THIS MAN stands here before you WHOLE. (11) THIS is THE STONE which was REJECTED by YOU BUILDERS, which has BECOME the CHIEF CORNERSTONE. (12) Nor is there SALVATION in any OTHER, for there is NO OTHER NAME under heaven, given among men BY WHICH WE MUST BE SAVED. (14) And seeing THE MAN who had been HEALED standing with them, they could say NOTHING AGAINST IT.
(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. (7) Therefore, to you who BELIEVE, He is precious; but to those who are DISOBEDIENT, THE STONE which THE BULDERS REJECTED has BECOME the CHIEF CORNERSTONE. 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; The CITY SHALL BE BUILT UP upon its own mound, and the palace shall REMAIN ACCORDING to ITS OWN PLAN. (19) Then out of them shall proceed THANKSGIVING and the voice of those who make MERRY; I will MULTIPLY them, and they shall NOT diminish; I will ALSO GLORIFY THEM and they shall NOT be SMALL. (20) Their CHILDREN also shall be as BEFORE, and their CONGRGATION shall BE ESTABLISHED BEFORE ME; (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.
Hosea 6:1—COME, and let us RETURN to the Lord: for He has torn, but HE WILL HEAL US; He has stricken, but He will BIND US UP. (2) After two days HE WILL REVIVE US; On the THIRD day HE WILL RAISE US UP, that WE MAY LIVE in HIS SIGHT. (3) He will come to us like THE RAIN, like THE LATTER and FORMER RAIN to THE EARTH. 2 Peter 3:8—But beloved, DO NOT FORGET THIS ONE THING, that with the Lord ONE DAY is as a THOUSAND YEARS and a THOUSAND YEARS as ONE DAY. (9) The Lord is NOT SLACK concerning HIS PROMISE, as some count SLACKNESS, but is LONGSUFFERING toward us, NOT WILLING THAT ANY SHOULD PERISH, but that ALL should COME to REPENTANCE. (Is. 30:18—Therefore the Lord WILL WAIT, that He may be GRACIOUS to you; and therefore HE WILL BE EXALTED that He may have MERCY on you. for the Lord is a GOD of JUSTICE, blessed ARE ALL THOSE WHO WAIT FOR HIM. (19) For the people shall dwell in ZION at JERUSALEM.
(Is.42:1—Behold! My Servant whom I UPHOLD, My ELECT ONE in whom MY SOUL DELIGHTS! I HAVE PUT MY SPIRIT UPON HIM; He will bring forth JUSTICE to THE GENTILES. (3) A bruised reed He will not break, and smoking flax He will not quench; HE WILL bring forth JUSTICE for TRUTH. (4) HE WILL NOT FAIL nor be DISCOURAGED, TILL He has ESTABLISHED JUSTISE IN THE EARTH; and the coastlands shall wait for His law. (6) I, the Lord, have called you in RIGHTEOUSNESS, and will hold Your hand; I WILL KEEP YOU and GIVE YOU as A COVENANT to THE PEOPLE, as A LIGHT to THE GENTILES, (7) To OPEN BLIND EYES, to bring out prisoners from the prison, those who sit in DARKNESS from the prison house.(10) Sing to the Lord A NEW SONG, and HIS PRAISE FROM THE ENDS OF THE EARTH.
Is.40:6;b—I WILL ALSO GIVE YOU AS A LIGHT to the GENTILES, that you should be MY SALVATION TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH.
Is. 8:16—Bind up the testimony, SEAL the LAW AMONG MY DISCIPLES. (John 15:8—By THIS My Father is GLORIFIED, that you BEAR MUCH FRUIT; SO you will be MY DISCIPLES.) Returning to Is.8:17--And I WILL WAIT ON THE LORD, who hides HIS FACE from the house of JACOB. (Ps.24:6—This is JACOB the GENERATION of those who seek him. who seek HIS FACE.) Returning to Is.8:16—And I WILL HOPE IN HIM. (18) HERE AM I and THE CHILDREN whom the LORD has GIVEN ME! WE ARE FOR SIGNS and WONDERS in ISRAEL from the Lord of hosts, WHO DWELLS IN MOUNT ZION.
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Thank you for constant obedience to the Lord. I am thankful for the mentor that you are in my life. Breakthrough is so close, Sharon, I can feel it and sense it. Praise God.
"And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the Word through accompanying signs." What we need today is more people going forth preaching the Word, working WITH the Lord. Then, as it was written, the accompanying signs will come. Thanks, Sharon, for exhorting with the Word to continue the work God gave us to do. Dennis
Dearest Sharon, God teaches us through His Word and you guide us so wonderfully through the Scriptures. God has said, “Come near to Me, hear this” and you draw all of us close to Him so that we can ‘hear Him’. He is urging us to look to Him and be saved for only HE can grant us salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ. “But you are NOT IN THE FLESH but IN THE SPIRIT, if indeed THE SPIRIT of CHRIST DWELLS IN YOU. By THIS we KNOW that we abide IN HIM and HE IN US, because HE HAS GIVEN US OF HIS SPIRIT and we have seen and testify that THE FATHER HAS SENT the SON AS SAVIOR OF THE WORLD. John 6:28—Then they said to Him, “What shall WE DO that WE MAY WORK THE WORKS OF GOD?” (29) Jesus answered and said to them, “THIS IS THE WORK OF GOD that you BELIEVE in HIM whom He SENT.” And as believers, we are to go out into the world to spread God’s message of TRUTH and SALVATION. Through His Word, He has provided all that we need to reach lost souls - now, we must go forth, following His lead and filled with His Spirit, to bring them Home. Once again, beautifully done, Sharon. Love, Peggy