Alexander, Jezebel,& letting liars lie

“When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death; And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.

Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself (felt remorse), and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed innocent blood, and they said, What is that to us?  see thou to that  (what’s it to us, that’s your problem)

and he cast down (threw down) the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went out and hanged himself.” Matthew 27:1-5

Most pretty much know that story but what had jumped out at me a few months ago was this, the priests, whom we all know was guilty as sin in having this done trying to cover their sins turned on Judas when his conscience finally started eating away and he thought he could somehow give the money back and no longer be guilty of the blood of Christ.

Doesn’t work that way and the priests answer pretty much said it all, What is that to us? WHY is that our problem? 

Isn’t that the popular answer today? Not my problem, Not our problem, that is YOUR problem.

Of course the priests knew the truth, they PAID Judas to sell Jesus out to them and Judas was devil enough to do it, as Jesus had already said he had called twelve and one of them was the devil.

When we know the truth, when we can come to the defense of those who cannot for whatever reason come to their own defense and we let them be betrayed, slandered, and unjustly accused because even knowing the truth, it is so much easier, more convenient, and cowardly to just ignore that truth and whisper to ourselves “not my problem” and let others be wounded, vilianized, and left twisting in the wind.

Whispering to ones own conscience to quieten down may work for a while but it is not going to work forever. 

Just as Judas conscience finally led him to attempt repentance, I use attempt because we all know he hung himself so even though he may have been trying to forgive himself he failed in the fact that he forget to ask forgive of the ONLY one who could forgive him, the Father.

Judas was not saved because  instead of asking God to save him he was trying to save himself.

The greatest weapon the devil has ever held in his arsenal is lies as Jesus said this: 

“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts (desires) of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode (stands) not in the truth, because there is NO truth in him.

When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own (from his own nature)FOR HE IS A LIAR, AND THE FATHER OF IT.”  John 8:44 

And as scripture tells us lying is an abomination to God and all liars will have their part in hell along with the fearful which means cowards, which go hand in hand, no shock there either.

So what are you to do if you find yourself surrounded by the fiery darts of the devil being shot out of the lying mouths of those who want attention so badly that they are willing to destroy anyone to get that attention and those sympathetic pats of the back?

Well first, consider it an honour, those darts have being flying at the children of God since the devil entered the serpent and all those of the Old Testament had more than their fair share of digging knives out of their backs and the apostles who were accused practically daily.

Certainly most of Jesus, whose “trail” starred the false accusations of others. Even when it hurts and destroys, it turns as a blessing:

Matthew 5:11,12: BLESSED are ye, when men shall revile (criticize, condemn, attack) you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you FALSELY, for my sake. 

REJOICE, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.  

So it is to be expected, does not mean it doesn’t shock us or hurt us when it comes but God gave us so much comfort when He said that.

And it also should not surprise us when those who know the truth could speak the truth but refuse to because it is not their problem.

Where do we go from there?

Well, nothing gets past God and the Bible gives us reassurance that even though they may be laughing now and even though they may think that just because they seem to be “getting away” with it, God is very much aware and the Bible has many teaching on how we are to deal with it.

Here is just a sample, Psalm 37:1-13: “Fret NOT thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity (don’t let them get to you) 

For they shall soon be cut down like grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be feed (feed on HIS faithfulness) 

DELIGHT thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. 

COMMIT thy way unto the Lord; TRUST also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. 

REST in the Lord, and wait patiently for him; fret NOT thyself because of him who prospereth in his way because of the man who bringeth wicked devices (schemes) to pass. 

CEASE from anger, and forsake wrath; fret not thyself in any wise (way) to do evil (let go of your anger and don’t try to take your own vengeance). 

For evildoers shall be cut off (DESTROYED) but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.

For yet a little while, and the wicked shall NOT be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be. 

But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. 

The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth (lying and bad mouthing). 

THE LORD SHALL LAUGH AT HIM (laughs at the wicked) FOR HE SEETH THAT HIS DAY IS COMING.” 

And no one can stop those days from coming to the wicked, if they fail to repent, those days come and they come with the mighty hand of God bringing that destruction.

One of the many mercies of God is the invisible hedge that is kept around humans, all humans.

Without that protection NO ONE that is saved today would have lived long enough to be saved because the enemy would have killed us off while we were lost because that is his agenda and people can push it a little too far and kept disregarding the tug of the conviction power  of the Holy Spirit, refusing to surrender to God and accept salvation and they can be turned over to reprobates to wallow in the sin they so love.

They can be lost to the FALSE belief that hell is one big party where they will have all the sin they love here, being deceived into making reservations for hell and others can just kept tormenting God’s children until they are allowed to witness the truth of the existence of the enemy for themselves.

Alexander the coppersmith was such a person, he is mentioned several places and was quite good at stirring up strife for the disciples and attempting to fight the work of God (Acts 19:32-20:1)

I want to give two passages about this, the first Paul warning others to watch out and writing of those who could have and should have but did not speak up on his behalf and giving others hope when they are faced with similar situations:

2 Timothy 4:14-17: “Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works; of whom be thou ware also (also beware of); for he hath greatly withstood our words.

At my first answer (defense) no man stood with me, but all men forsook me; I pray God it not be laid to their charge.  

Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered OUT OF THE MOUTH OF THE LION.”

We see God’s grace and deliverance for Paul so what happened to Alexander? The answer is found here:

1 Timothy 1:18-20: “This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before (the prophecies concerning the calling on Timothy’s life), that thou by them mighest war a good warfare

Holding faith, and a good conscience, which some having put away (have rejected) concerning faith have made (suffered) shipwreck: 

Of whom IS Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have delivered unto Satan,that they may learn not to blaspheme.”

People who are left to the own devices to fend off the enemy can soon learn just how much they NEED God and his protection.

Those mouths that so proudly boast soon have a way of quieting down and learning to be grateful for the mercy that they themselves never bothered to show others.

Now let’s check out one more story about not quite knowing when to give it up and trusting in the ability to save oneself.

The story of king Ahab, his wife Jezebel, and his desire to take another’s inheritance.

It is really long story, so I’ll highlight most of it but it begins 1 Kings chapter 21, you should read it in its entirety, but I want to start with this verse:

1 Kings 21:25: “But there was none like unto Ahab, which did SELL himself to work WICKEDNESS in the sight of the Lord, whom his wife Jezebel STIRRED UP (incited).” 

To get the basics on this story, most know that Jezebel was a pagan, she was evil, mean, and as that verse tells us she was more than happy to stir up trouble and Ahab went right along for the ride, because they were “two peas in a pod”.

The Lord even tells us in book of Revelation that he gave her opportunity to repent, but instead she choose to think she could control the world until God showed her who was really in control.

She was well versed in causing trouble and sparring with the prophet of God but what really nailed her coffin was having a man murdered to appease her whining husband. Ahab had a neighbor who owned a vineyard, and in the desire of thinking he should have everything he wanted he wanted this vineyard to turn into a herb garden close to his house, he offered to trade for it or even buy it but Naboth did not want to sell his inheritance because it had been handed down from his fathers and it was never to sell your inheritance for anyone.

We’ll pick it up here 1 Kings:21:4-5; “And Ahab came into his house heavy (sullen) and displeased because of the word which Naboth the Jezreelite had spoken to: for he had said, I will NOT give thee the inheritance of my fathers. 

And he laid him down upon his bed, and turned away his face, and would eat no bread.

But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said unto him, Why is thy spirit so sad, that thou eatest no bread?”  

So he goes on to tell her his story, and we’ll pick back up here: 

1 Kings 21:7,8: “And Jezebel his wife said unto him, Dost thou now govern the kingdom of Israel? (aren’t you still in charge) arise, and eat bread, and let thine heart be merry: I will give thee the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite. 

So SHE WROTE LETTERS IN AHAB’S NAME AND SEALED THEM WITH HIS SEAL, and sent the letters into the elders and the nobles that were dwelling in his city, dwelling WITH Naboth.” 

So with these letters she concocted a plan to have two men lie and accuse Naboth in the of blasphemies.

1 Kings 21:13: ” And there came in two men, children of Belial (pagans) and sat before the him; and the men of Belial witnessed (lied) against him, even against Naboth, in the presence of the people,saying, Naboth did blaspheme God and the king.

Then they carried him forth out of the city, and stoned him with stones, that he died.” 

So she goes on to tell her husband to go get his vineyard , quite happy now compared to his little tantrum of pouting and not eating because he didn’t get what he wanted but because Naboth was now dead nothing stood in his way.

Jezebel thought she was really smart using her husband’s name and her husbands seal to get the job done but God always sees, even when others may not know the truth, God does and Ahab’s little trip to take possession of “his”vineyard land was getting ready to leave a pretty bad aftertaste in his mouth.

1 Kings 21:17: “And the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite (a prophet of God) saying, Arise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, which is in Samaria: behold, he is in the vineyard of  Naboth, whiter he is gone down to possess it.

In the verses that follow God sent down the judgments concerning them, and Ahab struck with fear repented and humbled himself to the Lord and the Lord stayed the punishment to the days of his sons, but now Jezebel, she is a different story, as her wickedness spans over time and the fulfillment of the judgment against her for the murder of Naboth takes places here.

2 Kings 10:30-37: “And when Jehu was come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; and she painted her face, and tiered her head, and looked out of a window.

And as Jehu entered in at the gate, she said, Had Zimri peace, who slew his master? (is everything okay with Zimri) 

And he lifted up his face to the window and said, Who is on my side? who?

And there looked out to him two or three eunuchs, and he said, Throw her down.

So they threw her down; and some of her blood was sprinkled on the wall, and on the horses: and he trode her under foot.  

And when he was come in, he did eat and drink, and said, Go, see now this cursed woman, and bury her, for she is a king’s daughter.

And they went to bury her; but found no more of her than the skull, and the feet, and the palms of her hands.

Wherefore they came again, and told him, and he said, This is the word of the Lord, which he spake by his servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying In the portion of Jezebel shall dogs eat the flesh of Jezebel:

And the carcass of Jezebel shall be as dung upon the face of the field in the portion of Jezebel: so they shall NOT say, This is Jezebel.” 

You can’t control liars, and you can’t control what others chose to believe and if no one is willing to stand with you, not ever considering the golden rule remember God does stand with you and remember the teachings of the Bible and rest in the knowledge of this, the lessons learned from the story of Alexander and Jezebel prove what God’s children already know, they might hide it from people but it will never be hid from God.

So don’t ever think lies or letting liars lie with those lies is ever excusable and don’t ever think just because you won’t speak up and chose to let them sleep that will prevent them from one day turning those same lying mouths against YOU.

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“Sex & Violence”

“And as it was in the days of Noe  (Noah), so shall IT BE also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, UNTIL THE DAY Noe (Noah) entered the ark, and THE FLOOD CAME, and DESTROYED THEM ALL.

Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; BUT the SAME DAY that lot went out of Sodom IT RAINED FIRE AND BRIMSTONE from heaven and DESTROYED THEM ALL.

Even thus shall IT BE IN THE DAY WHEN THE SON OF MAN IS REVEALED.”  LUKE 17: 26-30 Of course Jesus speaking there concerning the end times and how to discern the time. So how was it in the days of Noah? Well, much like today, people were full of violence and hatred bred and became a spiritual force that ran one to another.

GENESIS 6:5-7,11,12 : “And God saw that the wickedness of man (humankind) was great in the earth, and that EVERY imagination of the thoughts of his heart (a persons thoughts and intents) was ONLY EVIL CONTINUALLY ( a pure evil all day long). 

And it repented the Lord THAT HE HAD MADE MAN on the earth (HE WAS SORRY THAT HE CREATED HUMANS) and IT GREIVED HIM AT HIS HEART.

And the Lord said, I WILL DESTROY MAN WHOM I HAVE CREATED FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH; both, man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air, for IT repenteth me ( I am sorry) that I have made them.

The earth also was corrupt before God, and THE EARTH WAS FILLED WITH VIOLENCE. And God looked upon the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; FOR ALL FLESH (people) had corrupted (perverted) his way upon earth.”

Most know his reference to Lot and Sodom but for those who may not, check out GENESIS chapters eighteen and nineteen. To highlight the story, Sodom and Gomorrah was two nasty little places. Abraham’s nephew Lot lived there with his family and much like today, the “cry” of the sin of the cities was reaching into heaven and God and two angels came down to see if it was as bad as they thought. God is very merciful and He is very just and He will not bring down judgments unprovoked. So, sure enough it really was that bad. In fact so bad, so twisted, and so possessed with sex that JUDE 7 states this:

Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them IN LIKE MANNER, (doing as they did) GIVING THEMSELVES OVER TO FORNICATION, AND GOING AFTER STRANGE FLESH (SEX, SEX, AND MORE SEX) are set forth FOR AN EXAMPLE, SUFFERING THE VENGENACE OF ETERNAL FIRE.”

So when God sent the two angels to get Lot and his family out before the destruction, that the men of the town demanded that the “men” be handed over to them to be gang raped instead they were blinded by the angels and the next day:

 GENESIS 19:23-25,28: ” The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar, Then the LORD RAINED UPON SODOM AND UPON GOMORRAH BRIMSTONE AND FIRE FROM THE LORD OUT OF HEAVEN; and he overthrew (DEVESTATED) those cities, and all the plain, and ALL THE INHABITANTS of those cities, and that which grew upon the ground. And he (Lot) looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace.”

Jesus using these two stories to give us the last day warning of this, when you see the world taken over by violence and hatred and when you see the sexual desires of those people take precedence over every single aspect of human existence then you will know that AS ASSUREDLY as they keep right on running until the day they WERE destroyed then also in these days it will be the same. So if God was SAD that HE EVER EVEN created humans in Noah’s time, how much more sorrow do you think he feels now?

We have far surpassed the violence of Noah’s day, People beating people just for the thrill of it, kidnapping and holding people as slaves, mothers PAY to have babies murdered and the murderers then sell the body parts. School kids shooting schoolkids, road rage, no sense of human decency and any shred of kindness to be found, everyone angry because of their color, their rights, their anything, just as long as they have a reason to let the anger of hell reside within them and unleash it on others.

It is no longer safe to go to a movie, or the mall, or even the workplace without the real possibility of being gunned down by a hate filled person. Oh I almost forgot, it is not the unhinged people who kill people, it is the guns! More of the same demonic lies that have led us to where we are. WE ARE at the end of the road.

The spirits of Sodom are just as Jesus said it would be when we have a society that no one can just keep their sex life to themselves, no, they have to wear it like a tag and now to believe that we can’t even have separate bathrooms because someone always has to be made to feel accepted. I don’t care, I do not want to use the bathroom with any guy, even if he is confused and wants to be female and may not be interested in females at all but what about the predators who only want a fabulous opportunity to attack more victims?

And what about the guys who do not want to use the bathroom with chicks whether the want to fit in with the boys or not? WHERE is my right to MY PRIVACY? Where are your rights? That does not make any one a bigot and I am so sick of hearing how they are all victims and everyone else is either prejudice or homophobic.

Just more of the divide, conquer and let everyone destroy themselves. I really thought I had seen it all, but last night I saw a site that for a donation will send you a cute, little bumper sticker of a cartoon animal holding a sign that says “Save the baby humans” and another story on a  certain possessed former Disney star that is doing her thing with abortion rights touting a pin that tells us all with a four letter word, what we can do if we don’t like women’s rights to murder their babies.

And just as those days came, So is the day of the Lord. Can you only imagine how angry He is now?

It is times like these that I just can not believe this world. Even knowing all the things that WILL come to pass, I still find it hard to believe that we have hit this level and it is just as He said it would be. I know all the arguments, the ones that laugh, that mock, that do not believe, and that is okay, He answered that also, they will do their thing until THAT DAY and they will not even know what hit them. The general thought in the world is to let people do as they wish, but you know what? To say nothing is to condone and when judgment comes no one will be able to say that did not know. If you have heard the Gospel and even by reading this, you know and God does too.

Matthew 24: 35-37,42,44: ” Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. BUT of THAT DAY and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the DAYS of Noe (Noah)  WERE, SO SHALL ALSO THE COMING OF THE SON OF MAN BE. 

WATCH therefore: FOR YE KNOW NOT what hour your Lord doth come. Therefore  BE YE ALSO READY for in such an hour as ye THINK NOT the Son of man COMETH.”

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HEART FAILURE ( HEART SERIES PART 2)

Isaiah 21:11, the question is posed ” Watchman, what of the night? Watchman what of the night?”… How would this be answered present day?
The night has grown ever darker, a darkness like never before and a darkness unlike any that has ever been.
“Earth is filled with blood and can no longer cover her slain”
As the warning symptoms have been ignored the irregular heartbeat has fast became a more grave condition, heart failure and it is in the final stages.
As in the days of Noah, every imagination of human hearts has become evil, causing as the Lord foretold, “the love of many to wax (grow) cold”. The immorality and deviancy has far surpassed anything imagined in the famed cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. The cry because of the sin is dangerously close to reaching into the heavens as did the cries of the sins of Sodom, calling down their destruction from a Holy God.
Theirs hearts blackened and congested from that sin.
“God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient (fitting): being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boastful, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful; WHO KNOWING THE JUDGMENT OF GOD, THAT THEY WHICH COMMIT SUCH THINGS ARE WORTHY OF DEATH, NOT ONLY DO THE SAME, BUT HAVE PLEASURE IN THEM THAT DO THEM.                     Romans 1: 28-32

“Howl ye Shepherds”  the flock you were to guide and to protect, you have allowed to starve and wander alone suffering many wounds, unable to defend themselves against the beasts of the field. While you, yourselves have grazed and grown fat on their pasturage.
What shall you answer YOUR Shepherd when you are required to give account for the number you were entrusted with?
“Weep Harvesters” for you will soon hear, “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and WE ARE NOT SAVED.”
Why do you not work? Why do you not labor? Do you not know that is it the eleventh hour? There is very little time left before complete darkness falls, as the Lord commanded you, work while it is yet day, for night cometh when no man can work!
Bow your heads, Watchmen! You are the worst of the whole lot. Because you have seen the sword coming and yet, you have refused to sound the trumpet, knowing perfectly well that the penalty is to be numbered to that same sword.
As the sword has already been called forth upon the treasures of Babylon, what of the things yet to be done?
Is there still hope? Is there yet time?
As he said “If my people, who are called by my name, would humble themselves”…….
Luke 14: 22,23 “And the servant said, Lord, it is done  as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. And the Lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.”
Compel, strongly urging “whosoever will” to come as there remains precious little time.
Precious little time left before what? You may ask, Before this.
“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and waves roaring (tsunami): MENS  
HEARTS FAILING THEM FOR FEAR, AND FOR LOOKING  AFTER THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE COMING ON THE EARTH, FOR THE POWERS OF HEAVEN SHALL BE SHAKEN.”             Luke 21:25-27

“The earth is also defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly. THE EARTH SHALL REEL TO AND FRO LIKE A DRUNKARD, and it shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgressions thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall and not rise again.” 
                                     Isaiah 24: 5,19,20

“THE EARTH SHALL QUAKE BEFORE THEM; THE HEAVENS SHALL TREMBLE: THE STARS SHALL WITHDRAW THEIR SHINING. AND THE LORD SHALL UTTER HIS VOICE BEFORE HIS ARMY: FOR HIS CAMP IS VERY GREAT: FOR HE IS STRONG THAT EXECUTETH HIS WORD: FOR THE DAY OF THE LORD IS GREAT AND VERY TERRIBLE; WHO CAN ABIDE IN IT?”
                                       Joel 2:10,11
Yeah, I think we may need to get that heart condition checked!

For complete series: ARRHYTHMIA (HEART SERIES PART 1)

FLAT LINED ( HEART SERIES PART 3)

CARDIAC SHOCK (HEART SERIES PART 4)

 

 

Original Post Date:05/28/2014. All rights reserved. Rev. Nina BrownJohnson 2015