Job 31:35—Oh that I had one to hear me! HERE is my MARK. Oh, that the Almighty would answer me, that my PROSECUTEOR had WRITTEN A BOOK! (36) Surely I would carry it on my shoulder, and bind it on me like a crown; (37) I would declare to Him the number of my steps; like a PRINCE I would APPROACH Him. Mal. 3:16—Then those who FEARED the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord LISTENED and HEARD them; SO A BOOK of REMEMBRANCE was WRITTEN before Him for those who FEAR the Lord and who MEDITATE on HIS NAME. (17) They shall be MINE, says the Lord of hosts, “On the day that I MAKE THEM MY JEWELS. And I WILL SPARE THEM as a man spares his own son who SERVES him. (18) Then you shall again discern between the RIGHTEOUS and the WICKED, between one who SERVES God and one who DOES NOT SERVE Him.
Job 23:3—Oh, that I knew where I might find Him that I might COME to HIS SEAT! Exodus 25:22—And THERE I will MEET with YOU, and I will SPEAK WITH YOU from above the MERCY SEAT, from between the two cherubim which are on the ARK of THE TESTIMONY, of ALL THINGS which I will give you in COMMANDMENT to the children of ISRAEL.
Returning to 2 Chron.5:10-- There was nothing in the ARK except the two tablets which MOSES PUT THERE at HOREB, when the Lord made A COVENANT with the children of ISRAEL, when they had come out of Egypt. 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.37:22—For those who are BLESSED by Him shall INHERIT the EARTH, but those who are CURSED by Him shall be cut off.) Ps.24:27—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.
Deut. 5:1—And MOSES called ALL ISRAEL, and said to them: Hear, O ISRAEL, the STATUTES and JUDGMENTS which I speak in your HEARING today, that you may learn them and be careful to OBSERVE them. (2) The Lord our God made a COVENANT with us in HOREB. (3) The Lord did NOT make THIS COVENANT with our FATHERS, but WITH US, those who are here today, ALL OF US WHO ARE ALIVE. (Deut. 4:9--Only take heed to yourself, lest you FORGET the things which your eyes have seen, (In the word?) and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life and TEACH THEM TO YOUR CHILDREN and your GRANDCHILDREN, (10) especially concerning the day you stood before the Lord your God in HOREB, when the Lord said to me, “GATHER THE PEOPLE TO ME, and I WILL LET THEM HEAR MY WORDS, that they may learn to FEAR Me, all the days that they live on the earth, and that they may TEACH THEIR CHILDREN. (Pro.9:10—The FEAR of the Lord is the BEGINNING of WISDOM, and the knowledge of the HOLY ONE is UNDERSTANDING.) (Pro.10:17—He who keeps INSTRUCTION is in THE WAY OF LIFE.)
Ps.74:1—O God, why have You cast us off forever? Why does Your anger smoke against THE SHEEP of YOUR PASTURE? (2) REMEMBER YOUR CONGREGATION, which You have purchased of old, the tribe of YOUR INHERITANCE, which You have REDEEMED—this MOUNT ZION where YOU have DWELT, (3) Lift up Your feet to the perpetual desolations. The enemy has damaged everything in the SANCTUARY.) (Ps.132:13—For the Lord has CHOSEN ZION; He has desired it for HIS HABITATION: (14) THIS is MY RESTING PLACE FOREVER; here I will DWELL, for I have DESIRED IT.) 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 INHERITANCE.
(I believe that this Zion is a spiritual place found right here in the word. That when we stand upon this word and ask God to give Him the nations for His inheritance and the ends of the earth for His possession that we are born again of the word.)
1 Peter 1:22—Since you have PURIFIED your souls in OBEYING the TRUTH through THE SPIRIT in SINCERE LOVE of the BRETHREN, love one another fervently with a PURE heart. (23) HAVING BEEN BORN AGAIN, not of CORRUPTIBLE SEED but INCORRUPTIBLE, through THE WORD of GOD which lives and abides forever, (24) because all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass, the grass withers, and its flower falls away, (25) BUT THE WORD OF THE LORD ENDURES FOREVER. (Is. 40:8—The grass withers, the flower fades, BUT THE WORD OF OUR GOD STANDS FOREVER. (9) O ZION, You who bring glad tidings, get up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, you who bring glad tidings lift up your voice with strength, lift it up, be NOT afraid; say to the cities of JUDAH, “BEHOLD YOUR GOD!” (10) Behold, the Lord God shall come with a strong hand, and HIS ARM shall RULE for HIM: behold, HIS REWARD is WITH HIM, and HIS WORK BEFORE HIM
Is.62:11—Indeed the Lord has PROCLAIMED to THE END OF THE WORLD; Say to the daughter of ZION, surely your SALVATION is COMING; Behold HIS REWARD is WITH HIM, and HIS WORK BEFORE HIM. (12) And they shall call them THE HOLY PEOPLE, THE REDEEMED of THE LORD; and you shall be called SOUGHT OUT, A CITY NOT FORSAKEN. (1 Peter 1: 3—Blessed be the God and FATHER of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant MERCY has BEGOTTEN us AGAIN to a LIVING HOPE through THE RESURRECTION of Jesus Christ FROM THE DEAD.
Is. 51:15—But I am the Lord your God, who divided the sea whose waves roared—The Lord of hosts is HIS NAME. (16) And I have put My words in your mouth: That I may plant the heavens, lay the foundations of the earth, and say to ZION, “YOU ARE MY PEOPLE.” Hosea 11:9—I will not execute the fierceness of My anger; I will not again destroy Ephraim. (fruitful) For I am GOD and NOT MAN. The HOLY ONE in your midst; and I WILL NOT COME WITH TERROR.
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. (3) INIQUITIES prevail against me; as for our transgressions, You will PROVIDE ATONEMENT for THEM. (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.)
Ps.40:7—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; (10) I have NOT HIDDEN YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS within my heart; I have declared YOUR FAITHFULNESS and YOUR SALVATION; I have NOT concealed YOUR LOVINGKINDNESS and YOUR TRUTH from the GREAT CONGREGATION. Ps. 25:25—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. 69:20—Reproach has broken my heart, and I am full of heaviness; I looked for someone to take pity, but there was NONE; and for COMFORTERS, but I found NONE. (21) They also gave me GALL for my food, and for my THIRST they gave me VINEGAR to drink. (29) But I AM POOR and SORROWFUL; let YOUR SALVATION, O God, SET ME UP ON HIGH. (30) I will PRAISE THE NAME of God with a song, and will MAGNIFY Him with THANKSGIVING. (32) The HUMBLE shall see this and be GLAD; and YOU WHO SEEK GOD, your HEARTS SHALL LIVE. (33) For the LORD HEARS the POOR, and does NOT despise HIS PRISONERS. (34) Let HEAVEN and EARTH PRAISE HIM, the seas and everything that moves in them. (35) FOR GOD WILL SAVE ZION and BUILD the cities of JUDAH, that they may dwell there and possess it. (36) Also, the DESCENDANTS of HIS SERVANTS shall INHERIT IT, and those WHO LOVE HIS NAME shall DWELL in IT.
Matt. 1:1—The BOOK of the genealogy of JESUS CHRIST, the SON of DAVID, the SON of ABRAHAM. Exodus 2:23—Now it happened in THE PROCESS of TIME that the king of Egypt died. Then the children of ISRAEL groaned because of the BONDAGE, and they cried out; and their cry came up to God BECAUSE of the BONDAGE. (24) So God HEARD their GROANING, and God REMEMBERED HIS COVENANT with ABRAHAM, with ISAAC, and with JACOB. (25) And God looked upon the children of ISRAEL, and GOD acknowledged them. Gal.4:22—For it is written that ABRAHAM had TWO SONS: The one by a BONDWOMAN, the other by a FREEWOMAN. (Sarah) (23) But he who of the BONDWOMAN was BORN according to THE FLESH, and he of the FREEWOMAN (Sarah) through PROMISE, (Rom. 4:13—For the PROMISE that he would be THE HEIR of the WORLD was NOT to ABRAHAM or to his SEED through the law, but through THE RIGHTEOUNESS of FAITH.) (Gal.3:29—And IF you are Christ’s, THEN you are ABRAHAM’S SEED and HEIRS according to the PROMISE.
Deut 8:18—And you shall REMEMBER the Lord your God, for IT IS HE who gives you POWER to GET WEALTH, that He may ESTABLISH HIS COVENANT which He SWORE TO YOUR FATHERS, as it is THIS DAY. Deut. 29:12—that you may enter into COVENANT with the Lord your God, and into HIS OATH, which the Lord your God makes with you today. (13) That He may ESTABLISH you today as A PEOPLE FOR HIMSELF, and that He may be GOD to YOU, just as He has spoken to you, and just as He has SWORN to your FATHERS, to ABRAHAM, ISAAC, and JACOB. (14) I make this COVENANT and this OATH, not with you ALONE, (15) but ALSO WITH HIM who stands here with us TODAY before the Lord our God, as well as with him WHO IS NOT HERE WITH US TODAY.
(Ps. 48:8—As we have HEARD, so we have SEEN in the CITY of the LORD OF HOSTS, in the CITY of OUR GOD: God will ESTABLISH it FOREVER. (9) We have thought, O God, on Your LOVINGKINDNESS, in the midst of YOUR TEMPLE. (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, let the daughters of JUDAH be GLAD, because of YOUR JUDGMENTS. Ps.87:5—And of ZION it will be said, THIS one and THAT one were BORN in HER, and the Most High HIMSELF shall ESTABLISH her.
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. (6) I have set watchmen on your walls, O JERUSALEM, who shall never hold their peace day or night. YOU WHO MAKE MENTION OF THE LORD, DO NOT KEEP SILENT, (7) and give Him NO REST till HE ESTABLISHES and till He makes JERUSALEM A PRAISE in the earth. (Ps135:21-Blessed be the Lord out of ZION, who dwells in JERUSALEM!)
Ezekiel 16:69—Nevertheless I will REMEMBER My COVENANT with you in the days of your youth, and I will ESTABLISH an EVERLASTING COVENANT with you. (62) And I will ESTABLISH MY COVENANT with you. THEN you shall KNOW that I am the Lord, (63) that you may REMEMBER and be ASHAMED, and never open your mouth anymore because of your shame, WHEN I PROVIDE YOU AN ATONEMENT for ALL YOU HAVE DONE, says the Lord God. (World Book Encyclopedia Dict. def. of atonement: The ATONEMENT: The RECONCILIATION of God with sinners through the sufferings and death of Christ.)
2 Corin.5:17—Therefore if anyone is in Christ He is a NEW creation, OLD things have passed away, behold, ALL things are become NEW. (18) NOW all things are of GOD who has reconciled us to HIMSELF through Jesus Christ, and has given us the MINISTRY of RECONCILIATION, (19) that is, that GOD was IN CHRIST RECONCILING THE WORLD to HIMSELF, NOT IMPUTING THEIR TRESPASSES TO THEM, and has committed to us THE WORD OF RECONCILIATION. (20) Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God was pleading through us: we implore you on CHRIST’S behalf be RECONCILED to GOD.
(2 Corin. 6:1--We then as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain. (2) For He says: In an ACCEPTABLE TIME I have HEARD You, and in the day of SALVATION I HAVE HELPED You. (Is.49:8--In an acceptable Ime 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. (6b) I will also give YOU as A LIGHT to the Gentiles, that YOU should be MY SALVATION to THE ENDS OF THE EARTH.
Heb.8:10---For THIS is the COVENANT that I will make with the house of ISRAEL after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I WILL BE THEIR GOD, and THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE. (11) NONE of them SHALL TEACH HIS NEIGHBOR, and NONE his BROTHER, saying, KNOW THE LORD, for ALL SHALL KNOW ME, from the LEAST of them to the GREATEST of them. (12) For I will be MERCIFUL to their UNRIGHTEOUSNESS, and THEIR SINS, and their LAWLESS deeds I will REMEMBER NO MORE. (Joel 2:28—And it shall come to pass afterward, THAT I WILL POUR OUT MY SPIRIT ON ALL FLESH; your sons, and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions; (29) And also on My menservants I WILL POUR OUT MY SPIRIT in THOSE DAYS.)
John 17:2—As You have GIVEN Me AUTHORITY over ALL flesh, that He should give ETERNAL LIFE to as MANY as You have GIVEN Him. (All) (3) And THIS is ETERNAL LIFE that they may KNOW You, the ONLY TRUE GOD, and JESUS CHRIST whom you have SENT. Matt.28:18—ALL AUTHORITY has been GIVEN to Me in heaven and on earth. (19) GO therefore and make DISCIPLES of ALL the NATIONS, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the son and of the Holy spirit, (20) teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and Lo I am with you always, EVEN TO THE END of THE AGE. (KJV) Matt.28:20,b—and lo, I am with you always, even unto the END OF THE WORLD; (Ps.22:27—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.) (John 16:8—By THIS My Father is GLORIFIED, that you BEAR MUCH FRUIT; so you will be MY DISCIPLES.)
Exodus 6:3—I appeared to ABRAHAM, to ISAAC; and to JACOB, as GOD AMIGHTY, but by MY NAME LORD I was NOT KNOWN TO THEM. (4) I have also ESTABLISHED MY COVENANT with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, in which they were strangers. (5) And I have ALSO HEARD the GROANINGS of THE CHILDREN of ISRAEL whom the EGYPTIANS keep in BONDAGE, and I have REMEMBERED MY COVENANT. (6) Therefore say to the children of ISRAEL; I am the Lord: I will bring you out from under the burden of the Egyptians, I will RESCUE you from their BONDAGE, and I will REDEEM you with an OUTSTRETCHED ARM and with great JUDGMENTS. (7) I WILL TAKE YOU AS MY PEOPLE, and I will BE YOUR GOD. THEN you shall KNOW that I am the Lord your God who brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.
Jere.46:7—Who is THIS coming up like a FLOOD, whose waters move like the rivers? (8) EGYPT rises up like a FLOOD, and its waters move like the rivers. And he says, “I will go up and COVER THE EARTH, I WILL DESTROY THE CITY and ITS INHABITANTS. (9) Come up, O horses, and rage O chariots! (10) For THIS is THE DAY OF THE LORD GOD OF HOSTS, a DAY OF VENGEANCE. Is.34:8—For it is THE DAY OF THE LORD’S VENGEANCE, the YEAR of RECOMPENSE for the CAUSE of ZION.
Is. 61:1—The Spirit of the Lord God IS UPON ME, because the Lord has ANOINTED Me to preach good tiding to the poor, He has sent Me to HEAL the BROKENHEARTED, to proclaim LIBERTY to the CAPTIVES, (Jere.34:15—Then you recently turned and did WHAT WAS RIGHT in MY SIGHT—every man proclaiming LIBERTY to his NEIGHBOR, and you made A COVENANT with me in the house which is called by MY NAME. (19) Then you turned around and profaned MY NAME, and EVERYONE of you BROUGHT BACK his male and female slaves, whom he had set at LIBERTY. (17) Therefore thus says the Lord. YOU HAVE NOT OBEYED ME in proclaiming LIBERTY, every one to his BROTHER and everyone to his NEIGHBOR.
Returning to Is.61:1—He has sent ME to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim LIBERTY to the captives and the opening of the PRISON to those who are BOUND. (2) To proclaim THE ACCEPTABLE YEAR of the Lord, and THE DAY of VENGEANCE of our God; to COMFORT ALL who MOURN; (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. (4) And they shall REBUILD THE OLD RUINS, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall REPAIR the RUINED cities. The desolations of MANY generations
1 Chron.16:11—Seek the Lord and His STRENGTH; Seek HIS FACE evermore!
(Ps. 24:6—This is JACOB the generation of those who SEEK HIM, who seek YOUR FACE.) Returning to 1 Chron.16:12--REMEMBER HIS MARVELOUS WORKS which He has done, His wonders and the JUDGMENTS of HIS MOUTH, (13) O seed of ISRAEL His servant, you CHILDREN of JACOB, HIS CHOSEN ONES. (Gen.35:10—And God said to him, “Your name is JACOB; your name shall NOT be called JACOB anymore, but ISRAEL shall be your name.) Returning to 1 Chron.14—He is the Lord our God HIS JUDGMENTS are in ALL the earth. (15) REMEMBER HIS COVENANT always, THE WORD WHICH HE COMMANDED FOR A THOUSAND GENERATIONS. (16) The COVENANT which He made with ABRAHAM, and HIS OATH to ISAAC, (17) and CONFIRMED it to JACOB for a STATUTE for an EVERLASTING COVENANT.
Heb.9:15—And for THIS reason HE IS THE MEDIATOR of THE NEW COVENANT, by means of death, FOR THE REDEMPTIONS of the TRANSGRESSIONS UNDER the FIRST COVENANT, that those who are called may receive the PROMISE of the ETERNAL INHERITANCE.) (Is.60:14—Also the sons of those who afflicted you shall come bowing to you, and all those who despised you shall fall prostrate at the soles of your feet: and they shall call you THE CITY of THE LORD, ZION of the HOLY ONE of ISRAEL. (13) Whereas you have been FORSAKEN and HATED, so that NO ONE went through you, I WILL MAKE YOU AN ETERNAL EXCELLENCE, a JOY of MANY GENERATIONS.)
Returning to Job 23:10—But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as GOLD. 14—For He performs what is appointed for me, and many such things are with Him. (15) Therefore I am terrified at His presence; when I consider this, I am afraid of Him. (17) Because I was NOT CUT OF FROM THE PRESENCE of DARKNESS, and He DID NOT hide DEEP DARKNESS FROM MY FACE.
1 John 1:5—This is THE MESSAGE which we have HEARD from Him and declare to you, that GOD IS LIGHT, and in Him is NO DARKNESS AT ALL. (6) If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and WALK IN DARKNESS, we LIE and do not PRACTICE THE TRUTH. (7) BUT if we walk in the LIGHT as HE IS IN THE LIGHT, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from ALL sin. 1 John 2:2—And He HIMSELF is the PROPITIATION for our sins, and NOT for ours only but ALSO FOR THE WHOLE WORLD. 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. (10)--In this is love, NOT that WE LOVED GOD, but that HE LOVED US and SENT His SON to be the PROPITIATION for our sins. (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.)
(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. (18) He who believes in HIM is NOT CONDEMNED, but he who does NOT believe is CONDEMNED already, because He has NOT believed IN THE NAME OF THE ONLY BEGOTTEN SON of GOD. (19) And this IS the CONDEMNATION that THE LIGHT has come into the world, and men loved DARKNESS rather than LIGHT, because their deeds were evil. (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.)
Amos 5:20—Is not THE DAY OF THE LORD DARKNESS, and NOT LIGHT? Is it not very DARK with NO BRIGHTNESS IN IT? (21) I hate I despise your feast days, and I do not savor your sacred assemblies. (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 RIGHTEOUSNESS like a mighty stream.)
(1 Thess.5:4—But you brethren, are not in DARKNESS so that this DAY should over take you as a THIEF. (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.) Returning to 1 Thess.5:5--You are all sons of LIGHT and sons of the DAY. We are not of the NIGHT nor of DARKNESS. (6) Therefore let us WATCH and be SOBER, (7) for those who SLEEP, sleep at night, and those who get DRUNK are drunk at NIGHT. (Is. 29:9—Pause and wonder! Blind yourselves and be blind! They are DRUNK but NOT with WINE, they STAGGER, but not with intoxicating drink. (10) For the Lord has poured out on you THE SPIRIT of DEEP SLEEP, and has CLOSED YOUR EYES, namely the PROPHETS, and has covered your head, namely the SEERS.) (Pro. 19:5—SLOTHFULNESS casts one into a DEEP SLEEP, and an idle person will suffer HUNGER.) (Matt.5:6—Blessed are those who HUNGER and THIRST after RIGHTEOUSNESS, for THEY shall be FILLED.) (Pro..18:9—He who is SLOTHFULL in his work is a brother to him who is a GREAT DESTROYER. (Joel 1:15—For THE DAY OF THE LORD is at hand; it shall come as DESTRUCTION from the Almighty.)
(Ps.90:3—YOU turn man to DESTRUCTION, and say, RETURN, O children of men.) Is.10:21—The REMNANT will RETURN, the REMNANT of JACOB, 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. (23) For the Lord God of hosts will MAKE A DETERMINED END in the midst of ALL the LAND. (24) Therefore thus says the Lord God of hosts: O MY PEOPLE WHO DWELL IN ZION, do NOT be AFRAID of the ASSYRIAN. 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.
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 BUILDERS REJECTED has BECOME the CHIEF CORNERSTONE, (8) and a STONE of STUMBLING, and a ROCK of OFFENSE. They stumble, being DISOBEDIENT to THE WORD to which they also were appointed. (9) But you are a CHOSEN GENERATION, a ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, a HOLY NATION, HIS OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE, that you may proclaim the PRAISES of HIM who CALLED you OUT OF DARKNESS into HIS OWN MARVELOUS LIGHT; (10) who once were not a people but are NOW the PEOPLE OF GOD, who had NOT obtained MERCY but NOW have obtained MERCY.
Matt.21:42—Jesus said to them, “Did you never hear read this in the Scriptures: The STONE which THE BUILDERS REJECTED has BECOME the CHIEF CONRNERSTONE. THIS was the LORD’S doing and it is marvelous in our eyes. Luke 20:9—Then He began to tell the people this parable: A certain man planted a vineyard, leased it to vinedressers, and went into a far country for a LONG time. (10) Now at VINTAGE-TIME he sent a servant to the vinedressers, that they might give him some of the FRUIT of the VINEYARD. But the VINEDRESSERS beat him and sent him away empty-handed. (15) So they CAST HIM OUT OF THE VINEYARD and killed him. Therefore what will the OWNER of the VINEYARD do to THEM? (16) He will COME and DESTROY those VINEDRESSERS and give the VINEYARD to OTHERS. And when they heard it they said “certainly not!” (17) And He looked at them and said, “What then is THIS that is written: The STONE which the BUILDERS REJECTED has BECOME the CHIEF CORNERSTONE? (19) Whoever falls on THAT STONE will be BROKEN; but on whomever it FALLS, it will grind him to powder. (Is. 5:7—For the VINEYARD of the Lord of hosts is the house of ISRAEL, and the men of JUDAH are His pleasant plant.)
(Ps.118:19—Open to me the GATES of RIGHTEOUSNESS; I will go through them, and I will PRAISE the Lord. (20) THIS is the GATE of the Lord, through which the RIGHTEOUS shall ENTER. (21) I will PRAISE You. For You have ANSWERED me, and have become my SALVATION. (22) The STONE which the BUILDERS REJECTED has BECOME the CHIEF CORNERSTONE. (23) This was the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. (24) This is THE DAY which the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. (25) Save NOW, I pray, O Lord; O Lord, I pray send NOW PROPSERITY. (Ps.122:6—Pray for the PEACE of JERUSALEM: May they PROSPER who LOVE you. (7) PEACE be within your walls, PROSPERITY within your palaces.) (Ps.1:3—He shall be like A TREE that is PLANTED by the RIVERS of WATER, that bring forth ITS FRUIT in ITS SEASON, whose leaf also shall NOT wither; and WHATEVER he does shall PROSPER.)
Jere.33:7—I will cause the CAPTIVES of JUDAH and the CAPTIVES of ISRAEL to RETURN, and will REBUILD those places as at the FIRST. Jere.33:6—Behold, I will bring it HEALTH and HEAING; I will HEAL them and REVEAL to them the abundance of PEACE and TRUTH. (9) THEN it shall be to Me a name of JOY, a PRAISE, and an HONOR before ALL NATION of the EARTH, who shall HEAR all the GOOD that I do to them; they shall FEAR and tremble for all the GOODNESS and all the PROSPERITY that I provide for it. (10) Thus says the Lord: Again there shall be heard in this place—of which you say, “It is desolate without man and without beast.” –in the cities of JUDAH, in the streets of JERUSALEM. (11) The voice of JOY and the voice of GLADNESS, (Joel 1”15—Alas for the day! For the DAY OF THE LORD is at hand: it shall come as DESTRUCTION from the Almighty. (16) Is NOT the FOOD CUT OFF before our eyes, JOY and GLADNESS from the house of our God?)
Returning to Jere. 33:11--the voice of the BRIDEGROOM and the voice of the BRIDE, the voice of THOSE WHO WILL SAY: “Praise the Lord of hosts, for the Lord is GOOD, for HIS MERCY ENDURES FOREVER”—and of those who will bring THE SACRIFICE of PRAISE into the house of the Lord.
Returning to Job 23:4—I would PRESENT MY CASE BEFORE HIM, and fill my mouth with arguments.
(Is. 45:21—TELL and BRING FORTH YOUR CASE; Yes, let them take counsel together. Who has DECLARED it from ANCIENT time? Who has TOLD it from that TIME? Have not I, the Lord? And there is NO other GOD besides Me, a JUST God and a SAVIOR; there is NONE besides Me. (22) LOOK to ME, and be SAVED, ALL YOU ENDS OF THE EARTH! For I am God and there is NO OTHER.) (Returning to Job 23:5—I would KNOW THE WORDS which He would ANSWER me, and UNDERSTAND what He would say to me. (6) Would He CONTEND with me in HIS GREAT POWER?
(Job 10:2—I will say to God, DO NOT CONDEMN me; SHOW ME WHY YOU CONTEND WITH ME. (6) That you should seek for my INIQUITY and SEARCH OUT my SIN,) (Elihu answers Job.) Job 36:5—Behold, God is mighty, but DESPISES NO ONE; He is mighty in strength and understanding. (16) Indeed He would have brought you out of dire distress, into a broad place where there is NO restraint; and what is set on your table would be full of richness. (17) But you are filled with THE JUDGMENT DUE THE WICKED; Judgment and justice take hold of you. (18) Because THERE IS WRATH, beware lest He take you away with one blow; (1 Thess.5:9—For God DID NOT APPOINT US TO WRATH, but TO OBTAIN SALVATION through our Lord Jesus Christ.)
Returning to Job 36:18—For a LARGE RANSOM would NOT help you avoid it; (19) Will your riches, or all the mighty forces, KEEP YOU FROM DISTRESS? (20) DO NOT DESIRE THE NIGHT WHEN PEOPLE ARE CUT OFF IN THEIR PLACE. (21) Take heed, DO NOT TURN TO INIQUITY, for you have chosen THIS (Iniquity?) rather than AFFLICTION.)
Luke 13:23—Then one said to Him, “Lord are there FEW who are SAVED? And He said to them, (24) “STRIVE to enter through the NARROW gate, for many, I say to you will seek to enter and will not be able. (Matt.7:13—Enter by the narrow gate for WIDE is the GATE that leads to DESTRUCTION, and there are MANY who go in by IT. (14) Because NARROW is the GATE and DIFFICULT is THE WAY which leads to LIFE, and there are FEW who find it.) Returning to Luke 13:25--When once the Master of the house has RISEN UP and SHUT the DOOR, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord open for us, and He will answer and say to you, ‘I DO NOT KNOW YOU, where you are from. (26) then you will begin to say, “We ate and drank IN YOUR PRESENCE, and YOU TAUGHT in our STREETS. (27) But He will say, I tell you I DO NOT KNOW YOU, where you are from. ‘DEPART FROM ME, ALL YOU WORKERS OF INIQUITY. (28) There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see ABRAHAM and ISAAC, and JACOB, and ALL THE PROPHETS IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD, and yourselves thrust out.
Ps.13:4—Have ALL the workers of INIQUITY NO KNOWLEDGE? (5) There they are in great fear, for GOD IS WITH the GENERATION of the RIGHTEOUS. (6) You shame the counsel of the poor, but the LORD is his REFUGE. (7) Oh that the SALVATION of ISRAEL would come out of ZION! When the Lord brings back HIS PEOPLE, Let JACOB rejoice and ISRAEL be GLAD.
Ps.97:5—The Mountains melt like wax at the PRESENCE of THE LORD, at the PRESENCE of THE LORD of THE WHOLE EARTH. (6) The heavens declare HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, and ALL the peoples see HIS GLORY. (7) Let all be put to shame who serve carved images, who boast of idols. Worship Him, all you gods. (8) ZION hears and is GLAD, and the daughters of JUDAH rejoice because of YOUR JUDGMENTS, O Lord. (9) For You, Lord, are most high above all the earth; You are EXALTED FAR ABOVE ALL gods. (11) LIGHT is SOWN for the RIGHTEOUS, and GLADNESS for the UPRIGHT in heart. (12) Rejoice in the Lord, you RIGHTEOUS, and give thanks at the REMEMBRANCE of HIS HOLY NAME.
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Dear Sharon, Once again, you have inspired us with God’s Word. In this study, we come to focus on many things: The KINGDOM is the Lord’s, and HE RULES OVER THE NATIONS. The Lord made a covenant with us and instructed us to teach our children. We are reminded that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” We are to love one another and know that the Word of the Lord endures forever. We must not keep God’s Word to ourselves but share this ‘good news’ with the world. We must praise HIS NAME and humbly give thanks to Him. If we seek God, we will live. We will become new creations when we come to Christ and we will be reconciled to God. We will become ambassadors for Christ as we are encouraged to make disciples of all people throughout the world, knowing Christ will be with us until the end of the age. We need to walk in His Light so that others may see Him shine through us and receive forgiveness for their sins by accepting Him as their Savior. Above all, we need to spread THE WORD: 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. He came that we may have LIFE, and that we may have it more abundantly. We rejoice knowing there is ONE GOD who will save us and we give thanks to Him in all things! Thank you, Sharon, for this annointed study and may GOD bless you, always, dear friend! With love, Peggy