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Sailor Lifestyle Condemned

Today’s verse is Isaiah 23:4 which is badly translated, glossing over the potent condemnation of the life of sailors. Specifically, the port city of Sidon will be brought to utmost shame and ruin, as the fortress of the sea condemns the port for not promoting family morality.

The life of a sailor has historically been one of gross immorality and anti-family morals. Not only is the man of the house gone (and now women) and temptation to do wrong the norm among peers, but those at home are tempted to violate marriage and morals. God designed that a family be made of a woman and man working in harmony following His Word, and children experiencing the promotion of high moral values like virginity, education, sharp mental acuity, and clean moral values and manners. With either the man or woman being away, this will not happen properly. There will be distortions and lack of balance in the home.

Specifically condemned is the fact that sailors are not there when childbirth happens. Childbirth is a long process that starts a year before birth (and longer), and becomes more intense after pregnancy. Things culminate with the painful birth process for the couple, which is followed by months of sleepless nights and worry, and intense labor to see the child gets a good start in life. The life of a sailor boycotts this whole process.

Next, a sailors life does not build capable, strong, ethical, moral young men. It builds the opposite. Boys enamored with the sea spurn education, moral values, honor of authority, dignified demeanor and conduct, and above all, God. Living at sea does not produce sound, great young men.

Next, a sailor’s life does not promote virginity, and high feminine values among girls. Instead it promotes prostitution, alcoholism, promiscuity, and everything contrary to an elevated and honored woman. Girls instead are demeaned and nothing more than sex toys, and feminism is promoted rather than godly womanhood, and motherhood.

The result of a life that is dependent on the sea is a broken down town, where crime and corruption is rampant, and where children are not raised, but instead left to their own devises or the controls of a government that will not discipline or allow proper familial love to be applied. The end result is a lawless and deadly zone that has to be completely obliterated to preserve human life and dignity.

It is interesting to note that the great sea fortresses are the ones that speak this shame on the port. Even today when the ships are actually floating cities with every possible human want supplied, promiscuity reigns supreme even on military ships. Now with women sailing with men, there is no limit to the adultery and broken lives that come from being a sailor, or navy person. Disease and uncleanness abound even on the most “sterile” of ships because of filthy sexual habits of those on board. Then when on land, it pours over like never before in unabated lust and destruction, all enhanced by drugs and alcohol.

God hates the filth that sea living has generated, and will bring an end to it all when the Messiah returns to this earth. Will you be one of those who will die at sea or in port? Flee such a life!

The “Wood” of Life

The thoughts come from the study of Revelation 22:2 in the Prophecy Guide.

This one got me thinking all day. The leaf and fruit bearing stake in heaven is commonly called the “Tree of Life.” But the word for “tree” is not used. Instead it is a stake, or piece of wood, generally prepared to be burned. In other words, it is a chopped or cut piece of wood!

Those that try to grapple with this unexpected choice of Greek words usually go to the cross, and try to say that the cross is represented in heaven, but it is alive and bearing fruit and leaves. This may be true, but it is based on human reasoning and not on any specific Scriptures that I could find.

I cannot get away with the comparison to Aaron’s rod that budded. When Moses’ and Aaron’s leadership of Israel was questioned (not a rare thing unfortunately), God decided to give Israel a clear and unmistakable sign that He had divinely appointed them. In short, the cane Moses used, not only blossomed and bore almonds, but it did so overnight. It was a cane that was several years old, and thoroughly dead, but it was fruitful from being in God’s presence.

Next, we are not told there is any soil in the New Jerusalem. Soil is something that is on earth. Trees on earth need soil to grow. However, these trees are in heaven and probably do not need soil, since all the energy they need is present in the air. They also do not need to be rooted down to survive the storms of the earth. Can you imagine having a tree that can be moved very easily? Now that would be something only Heaven could have!

Could it be that John was trying to make sure we got the message that the “Tree of Life” is just a stake that has leaves and fruit? The need of shade is a foreign concept in heaven. We would not need the protective canopy of a large tree to survive the summer days there.

If God was giving us a taste of the benefits of living in New Jerusalem, by showing what happens when a piece of wood is put in God’s presence, then if we needed the fruit of Life or healing leaves of Life for the people on earth we care for, all we have to do is get a piece of wood and collect the fruit and leaves from it.

I cannot wait to see this amazing board in heaven!

Shepherding Wild and Domestic Animals

Isaiah 11:7 has a very interesting meaning. Bears and Cows with young will be shepherded together. They will spend their time together and raise their young together.

This may be the missing element we have in the dairy herds today. Cows are easily spooked and a whole dairy can loose significant amounts of milk if the cows sense something is wrong.

With sheep, we have goats to keep the sheep calm and happy. But with cows, they don’t have any protector today except the shepherd, who is not usually present in a comforting way.

What if the purpose of the bear was to be able to defend the cows and calves, and so are equipped to do so? Perhaps the bear does not want to be a lonely creature, that reacts violently even to humans and is seen as an absolute threat to the farmer today.

When God changes the climate and atmosphere back to where it supports life better, the bear may not be in such a hungry wild state, that it could be herded with calving cows and serve as their protector, keeping other animals away during this precarious time.

The last phrase is the most telling. The lion will eat the silage that plow oxen eat. Instead of seeking meat, they will eat high protein cattle feed! This means that not only their natures will be changed, but their nutritional needs and digestive system will return to its previous function on handling vegetation.

Sorry farmer! The dream of having lions pulling plows is not part of the picture! But, how about an animal that stands by your plow ox and protects him, keeping him from being picked on by other animals? How about an animal that loves to comb and clean your oxen’s hide? How about an animal that loves the oxen that likes to play with them, and keep them active and happy? Wouldn’t that be a big asset to a farm?

Now offer the same kind of care and concern to the mother cow. Let her hide be licked with the bear’s tongue. Let her ears be scratched with the smaller claws of a friendly bear.  Let the bugs be kept at bay by a bear! Also have a bear to make sure the calf does not stray too far from its mother, and is kept from dangerous areas. What farmer would not mind feeding an extra animal that offers all that to his cows? Fencing would probably not be needed after a while. Vet bills would become a thing almost of the past. Farmers would be able to sleep better at night and spend less time fussing over trivial matters during the day.

So what are we waiting for? If you are waiting for the government to force this to happen, you will never survive as a farmer, because the government simply cannot figure out the problem of predation today. They want to think that the wildest and most dangerous animal is actually a harmless creature forced to be evil. As long and officials live in a dream world, they will never be of benefit. God, however, created all animals and knows their true nature and what the reasons were each was created. He can easily change things back to His plan. All He needs is for those created in His image (mankind) to turn and embrace Him completely. The rest will follow. But just as we cannot remove the wild and dangerous nature from the wild animals, we cannot change the heart of ungodly politicians. Both need to be removed from society for it to prosper in this day and age!

To see more on this verse and how it fits into prophecy: Isaiah 11:7 in the Prophecy Guide.

Zephaniah 1:10

Wow! What a verse! Everywhere that fish is sold there’ll be nothing but howling. People will be filled with dismay and horror when they go to the fish rack, aisle or counter, and all they find is bare and empty shelves. Everyone in the industry will be howling and crying out in horror, because their whole livelihood is gone.

So what is this saying? It is saying that the current fish industry, as we know it today, and as it has been for thousands of years, is going to stop. Even some of Christ’s disciples fished with nets, and lived off the fishing industry. In the millennium, there is no talk of a fish industry. There will be no more seas or oceans. The great fish today will be miniature fish in the future. And the small and insignificant fish of today will be the large delicious fish of the future. Furthermore it only talks about people using a fishing line in order to catch fish.

With sin out-of-the way, the labor that is involved in producing food will no longer be a hindrance or problem. If you want some fish, you walk down to the river that comes from the Temple, toss in a hook on a line, and you have immediately a good healthy fish almost ready to eat.

There will not be a need for fish markets, fishermen, regulators, packing sheds, fish processors, freezers, shippers, canners, inspectors, buyers, auction houses, boat builders, boat suppliers, boat repair, search and rescue, etc. everyone involved in any part of the industry will simply be out of a job. On the day of God they will go about howling in despair. They will meet together to commiserate and mourn the loss of their way of life.

To make sure we understand the message, the second warning of this verse says that all the secondary industries attached to fishing, will be full of wailing. In other words, the destruction of this one industry will have wide repercussions in the world. There will be a large portion of society in every country that will be impacted by this change. This would include a large portion of the vitamin and pill industry today. It would impact the medical industry and their use of shark cartilage and fish oils and many other things that come from the oceans.

But, it is widely known that this industry is already in dire straits. Something dramatic has to happen soon to change the world’s reliance on this bounty of the sea. The fish of our day are over run with parasites, worms, Mercury poisoning, and all sorts of unusual and harmful pests. The numbers of fish have dramatically declined in recent history. Fish today are generally soft and lacking in character compared to what they once were. There has been a strong degradation and all of the fish species.

The Lord Jesus Christ is returning to this Earth with the Saints, and He’s going to put things back the way they are supposed to be. The fish industry is just one element that will be completely changed. And, it must be completely changed.

But this is only one area, because there is a whole world of change that is going to take place. And to keep us from just focusing on fish, we are reminded that all the hills will be brought down. So while there is mourning going on all over the earth over the loss of this major industry, there will also be the sound of rocks crumbling, being crashed, shattered and broken in the hills wherever they are. The only mountain in the whole earth will be mount Zion. Every crooked way, every hilly area, will be leveled. So even though the oceans, seas, and lakes that we know today will be emptied, the basins where they stand will also be filled. Instead of water basins, there will be a river that will leave the Temple of God in Jerusalem, and it will flow to the four corners of the Earth. In that river, which becomes four great mighty rivers, will be an abundant supply of healthy and easily caught fish. The fish life will also be a great joy to watch and will bring happiness and entertainment to mankind. The great dangers of the oceans, of boating accidents, of dangerous sea creatures, will be a thing of the past.

So is this great mourning, and crying out over the loss of the current world system of fishing a bad thing? Not when God is orchestrating it, and bringing about a system that is safe, secure, and not plagued with sin at every level. Instead it will be a means whereby anyone can have a healthy meal when needed, just as the days when Christ baked fish he had caught for the disciples to eat. Can you imagine a world where there are no fish markets anymore? Can you imagine a world where that pungent, sickening smell of fish is gone? Can you imagine a world where fish is free? Can you imagine a world where you don’t have to check through huge manuals and pay great fees for the privilege of sticking a hook into a stream or lake, but knowing you’ll probably go home empty-handed, and with the stack of new expenses? Can you imagine a world where only clean, healthy fish are eaten, and there is no worry about where it came from, or what is in it, who has handled it, or where it is been?

Then you are dreaming of a world without all the barriers that exist today to try to block the progress and impact of sin in disease. You’re dreaming of a world where you can run great distances very quickly and easily. You are dreaming of a world where you do not need to pack your lunch; you simply go about your duty, and know that there will be fresh fruit, and fresh fish, when you get there. You’re also dreaming of the world where it will take much less to survive and do well. Why I would say, that sounds like heaven on earth!

God’s Servants on the Lowly

Today’s study was on Joel 2:29 where God promises in the Millennium to pour out His Spirit on the slaves and girl servants. He had just said His Spirit would be poured out on all creatures, and to make things clear, He further delineates that even the slaves including girl servants would be given His Spirit! Wow! No one exempt.

To see this verse click on the next link: Joel 2:29 in Prophecy.

To get the extent of this change in society, the first term used is slave. These are people who are owned by other people. They are people who have to do the work normal people consider beneath their dignity. Common tasks that must be done, or things that a person does not want to have to do, are done by slaves, or servants. But there is another broad category that the Bible includes in this group. What we correctly label as public servants. Those who work in government are slaves of the people. It is interesting that most civil servants consider themselves masters of citizens, but in fact, they are nothing more than public slaves, there to do the bidding of any citizen. An citizen can take action against a public “official” and see that they suffer for poor service, wrong-doing, or incompetence. Private servants only answer to their master.

The second group mentioned is girl slaves. These are young females that are expected to serve their owners. Because they are girls, they are not expected to do a whole lot, as is expected of men, or even boys. Thus they are relegated to simple household tasks, and often not thought of very much. They pretty much serve the servants.

So what does that mean? God is saying that there is no person that will be too “low” not to have His Spirit! Even the lowliest girl or slave will be given the Holy Spirit. They will be able to grow spiritually and understand the things of God. They will not be spiritually blind, unless they insist on ignoring the Spirit of God.

Can you imagine a society in which God’s Spirit is in all citizens? We came close in some cities when this country was organized as the United States. The Moravians, and Baptists, had exclusive cities with only church members in it where God’s Spirit was prevalent. These societies had little crime, and could grow mightily spiritually. They spun off many other such towns, and were incredibly missionary minded. People loved doing business with such people and often would join, wanting to be more like them.

In contrast you had Presbyterian and Roman Societies. These hated anyone who was saved and sought to execute them. They hurled endless hatred toward those that sought to understand the Scriptures and many good solid people died under their torments. These societies were evil and filled with hatred and ill-will. They looked upon society as worthless chattel, and sought to extract all they could from citizens. Rome took everything of gold and value and sent it to the Vatican. So, not only did you have the whole government economy extracting wealth from the citizen, you had Catholicism doing it as well. It is frankly amazing that citizens can survive under these religions at all. But then again, if you look at those that live under these conditions, they are rarely rich people. They are generally extremely poor, and lowly people.

When Christ takes control of this world, all such non-sense will be ended. No longer will religious groups exist to extract all they can from people, and government will not be oppressive and all about taxing and regulating. Instead, even the youngest and most menial will have God’s Spirit directing and leading them. There will be true repentance and humility in all, and a willingness to serve others.  What a day that will be!

God’s Spirit Poured Out

Today’s devotions centered around the famous and often misused verse, Joel 2:28. The context is how things are going to be in the Millennium, after Christ has completed his all out warfare campaign to take over the Earth.

The world has sold itself to the Devil and all that is wicked, even though it does not have the right to do so. The world stands for everything that is against God.

Mankind fully believes that sin is a luxury and privilege.  Christianity is a religion of sinful privilege, instead of a religion of separation from sin as taught in the Scriptures. As such, Churches flaunt their lack of interest in Spiritual matters and laws of Scripture for that which is sinful and condemned by God. They claim they “live by grace” but have no grace, because they have no boundaries as set forth by their Creator.

So, once there is a very bitter military campaign to take the world over again, and most of the population of the world will be killed, and the only people left are those that accept God, His Word, His salvation, and His Spirit, God’s Holy Spirit will be poured out on all.

Now the verse is very clear that this pouring out of God’s Spirit is on all creatures. Wild animals are wild because they have no spirit in them. They are just bodies controlled by lust and appetite. They have no sense of right or wrong or any sense of boundaries. It is what the world seeks to become: Human wild animals! But, just as a rabid animal has to be executed, all that adopt such thinking have to be executed as well.

But, the indication of the pouring out of all of God’s Spirit will be seen in the social changes. This verse is everything but what the Pentecostal and Charismatic cults have done with the verse! Society will be so different that the younger folks will go about proclaiming God’s word. Instead of being out there to play and abuse themselves and all they meet, they will be studying the Scriptures and going about preaching what they learn!

Next the elderly will be very energetic and full of vigor, so that they are able to dream about things, and act as if they are youngsters. The point being, instead of becoming sedentary and very weak as they age, they will remain vigorous, active and full of energy and enthusiasm.

And thirdly, the younger men will be full of vision about how things need to be and in full awareness of how to accomplish what needs to be done. The contrast is the younger men of today who are impetuous, and do things without an awareness of what they are really doing.

Those who are the true believer in God, His Son, and His redemption, are given the Holy Spirit to help them learn and develop. There are very few today that have the Holy Spirit of God indwelling them. In the future, once the world is forced to comply with God, the Spirit of God will be on all creatures of the world. “Worldliness” will be done, and gone. Wholesomeness, vitality, energy, and awareness will the norm!

So, come Lord Jesus! Lets get started!