Friday, February 25, 2005

John the Baptist's vision

This is an ongoing study, so you may have to go back and read previous posts

Where was I? Oh! John's vision. Go to Matthew and read chapters 1 thru 3. John had obviously seen the wrath to come. He saw the axe laid at the root of the trees. when that happened is not the question. His description of Jesus, with winnowing fork in hand, ready to clear His threshing floor, to gather His wheat and BURN UP THE CHAFF. I believe that when John asked Jesus if He was the Messiah, he did so because Jesus, his meek and gentle cousin, was not like the Messiah he saw in his visions. John saw the wrath of God and went out to warn everyone of what was to come. Like those in the film of the recently found camera of a victim of the tsunami...people will just look and get closer and have no clue of what is coming... unless those of us who know about the just wrath of God the Father and His Son, scream and warn them.

Now I know why preachers yell. besides trying to keep their sheep awake.

In fact, I've heard Jesus mentioned hell and judgment more than heaven. He didn't want to have to send anyone to hell because they didn't know about it. Especially since it is His responsibility as advocate the justice.

Balance

It was suggested that I "be very careful to balance the judgment and anger of God with the mercy and grace of God through the cross." So, I began to wonder if I had not mentioned enough about God's love in my study, and to wonder about Holy Father-love. The church family is extended as all gentiles are adopted children of God. If I had a little adopted brother and he was in the garage of his new house, my only house, playing with our dad's welding equipment, I would certainly warn him to stop what he was doing immediately since I know my dad's reaction would not be pleasant, and he would get his butt whipped. Now, why would my dad punish him? BECAUSE HE LOVES HIM.

Since my original study did not go into Jesus's reactions, and Jesus' anger, as it is only mentioned a couple of times, I have decided to re-read the New Testament and let you know what I find.

This morning I read Matthew 11 & 12. You see, in the MJ (manasseh judgment...see below) I have said, "Like Father, like Son." Therefore, Matthew 12:18-21

"Behold, My Servant whom I have chosen'
My Beloved in whom My soul is well-pleasd;
I will put My Spirit upon Him,
And He shall proclaim justice to the Gentiles.
He will not quarrel, nor cry out;
Nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets.
A battered reed He will not Break off,
And a smoldering wick He will not put out,
Until He leads (puts forth) justice (judgment) to victory.
And in His name the Gentiles (Nations) will hope."

We always see how gentle Jesus is, meek and loving. But we don't see the end verses. He will not do a thing until He brings judgment or justice, to victory. That is balance. Jesus is not only meek and gentle. He is justice personified and He is the one coming on the white horse ready to carry out His Father's will and rule. When He comes back, He will look like the one John the Baptist saw in his vision. Later!

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

The One Verse that Changed my life

The whole study is quite long and still not complete as I will study God's anger against everything and also, Jesus' anger. I wish I could get angry and not sin. Seems I can't do anything and not sin. Anyway...the One Verse that scared me.

preface...always...Manasseh had filled Jerusalem with the blood of the innocent. God had him taken into captivity where he repented, and God freed him. He went home and stopped the child sacrifice. His son, King Amon, was evil and was killed by his servants. His son, Josiah, became king at eight years old and no other king of judah loved God as much as he, with all his heart and his soul.

"However, the LORD did not turn from the fierceness of His great wrath with which His anger burned against Judah, because of all the provocations with which Manasseh had provoked Him."

So! God forgave Manasseh because he repented, but God was still angry at the NATION of Judah. He couldn't let it go. He won't let it go. Child sacrifice is unacceptable and abortion is child sacrifice.