New Foundations Ministries
God's Sword of
By George Kirkpatrick
Many times when we study the Scriptures, the verses become so familiar to us that we completely miss the meaning of what the Lord is trying to reveal to us. Many other times when things are going good, we'll forget God and His Word. At those times, we act like we deserve everything He has given us. When this happens, we need a reminder, a refresher course, in what we pledged to God when He called us to become one of His children. In his letter to the Hebrews, Paul clearly outlines how God's Word is to work in our lives:
"For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." Hebrews 4:12
This is one of the Scriptures we have become so familiar with, that we do not look into the depths of the meaning God is endeavoring to show us about His Word.
First, Paul reveals,
". . . the Word of God is quick."
The word quick is the Greek word AZO and means "alive, breathing, active, also to enjoy life." The Word of God is the only book that reveals how God wants us to live so that we may become victorious and overcome those things which are not pleasing in His sight.
To the church at Corinth, Paul revealed the steps in his own life that he had to go through to receive the ministry God had given him to do:
"Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; but have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the Word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth, commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God." II Corinthians 4:1 - 2
Paul disclosed four things he had to do to accomplish the ministry God had given him:
1 He had to renounce the hidden things of dishonesty
Paul knew that if God was going to bless his ministry, he had to be totally and absolutely honest in all his dealings and everything he said. Many who stand in the pulpits today have not come to this place. They always have a plan, a scheme to get the people to give and continue to give.
2 He would not walk in craftiness
Paul would not be deceitful in any of his dealings. He determined to be completely open in everything he did.
3 He would not handle the Word of God deceitfully
He would not use the Word of God to ensnare or corrupt the people. He determined to handle the precious Word of God with a pure heart.
4 He would manifest the truth, commending himself to every man's conscience
Paul resolutely determined to hold himself to all the moral standards that every minister of God should ascribe to. Paul stood for all these things in his ministry so he would never bring reproach to God and His Word.
Looking again at Hebrews, chapter 12, we discover that
". . . the Word of God is powerful . . ."
The Word of God should affect every act and every motive in our life. Nothing we do, act, or think should be outside of what God's Word says. Our actions should be totally motivated by the Word of God. The Word of God must become the power that directs our whole life. It is to be our guidepost; and before any action is taken, we must consider what the Word of God says about what we are about to do. An unknown Psalmist instructed us:
"The entrance of Thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple." Psalm 119:130
God's Word gives us light and understanding. The word light means "to enlighten." When our minds are enlightened by the Word of God, then we will no longer serve the spirit of darkness. When this light becomes real to us, then we can understand what is acceptable; and also what is not acceptable to God by His Word. As Paul proclaimed, " . . .the Word of God is powerful . . ."
The prophet Jeremiah proclaimed:
"Is not My Word like as a fire, saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?" Jeremiah 23:29
God's Word is like a fire. A fire cleanses or destroys. If we allow it, the Word of God will cleanse our way of thinking. Paul proclaims:
"That He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word," Ephesians 5:26
While Malachi tells us:
"But who may abide the day of His coming? and who shall stand when He appeareth? For He is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap:" Malachi 3:2
Both Paul and Malachi show us how the Word of God is to affect our lives. Jeremiah also declares God's Word is like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces. When God's Word is applied to our life, it will break the hardest of hearts. God spoke through the prophet Isaiah, and gives us a promise:
"So shall My Word be that goeth forth out of My mouth: it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." Isaiah 55:11
God's Word is never wasted. When we speak God's Word, we may never see the results of the spoken Word, but we have God's Word that it will accomplish that which He pleases. His Word will always accomplish the purpose He had for us to speak it. His Word will never return unto Him void. This is all possible because of God's powerful Word. In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul instructs us:
"Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;" II Corinthians 10:5
We need to cast down our imaginations, those thoughts that are not of God. We also need to cast down every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bring every thought we have to the obedience of Christ. When we have thoughts and imaginations that do not exalt God or our brothers and sisters in Christ, then we need to bring these thoughts and imaginations into captivity so they do not cloud our minds with things of no importance.
The apostle Paul revealed to the church at Ephesus:
"And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God." Ephesians 6:17
The Word of God is the sword of the Spirit. The sword is an offensive and also a defensive weapon. As long as we are in tune with the Spirit, then the Word of God will be active in our life.
Paul goes on to reveal to the Hebrews:
" . . . The Word of God is sharper than any two edged sword . . ." Hebrews 4:12a.
The word sharpen means "to be honed and whetted to a razor's edge." It also has the meaning "to cut with one blow." God's sword does not cut by hacking or chopping. God's sword of the Spirit goes right to the heart of the matter in one, swift blow.
Paul also reveals the sword of the Spirit is two edged. The phrase two edged means "two mouthed, or double mouthed." The mouth is something that speaks. So the two edged sword speaks both to the soul (the heart of man) and to the spirit of man. The Word of God ministers to the carnal man as well as to the spiritual man.
The Word of God is the most phenomenal book every written. We can apply the Word to the life we now live, and to the life that is yet to come. No other book has ever been able to do this.
Paul goes on to explain:
". . . the Word of God pierces even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit . . ." Hebrews 4:12b
The soul of man is the inner most part of carnal man. The soul is the mind of man that operates the fleshly part of man, his thinking, and his mode of operation. The mind detects hot and cold. The mind generates the electrical impulses that keep the heart pumping the blood through the body.
The spirit is the life of man that makes the mind do its job. The spirit of man is man's conscience that enables him to discern between good and evil. When a person is about to do something wrong, it is the conscience that convicts him to not do what he was about to do. So the two edged or two mouthed sword speaks - - - and separates between the soul of man and the spirit of life in man.
The two edged sword is what overcomes the fleshly part of man so we can live by the Spirit of God. The Word of God divides the soul and the spirit, or it ministers to what our soul (mind) should think, and how the Spirit should direct our lives so we may be pleasing to God. Without the two edged sword of the Spirit being operative in our life, we would not know what God expects of us, and know how to overcome the wicked one.
As Paul related:
". . . the sword of the Spirit divides between the joints and the marrow, Hebrews 4:12c
The two edged sword divides the moral and spiritual sense of man. Without it, man would not be able to discern between right and wrong (what is moral and immoral). Without the sword of the Spirit in man's life, he would act as a beast, doing what pleases himself and his flesh.
We witness this all around us in those who do not live by the Word of God. Those who do not live by the Word of God continue to act out of their beast nature. They exploit and abuse children. They lie, cheat, steal. They will do anything to fulfill the lust of their flesh. The apostle Peter speaks of these unregenerate people:
"But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;" II Peter 2:12
The word natural means "governed by the instincts of nature," or these only operate their life by the natural desires of the flesh. These natural brute beasts are in finance and government. They teach in our schools, and even stand in the pulpits. These natural brute beasts' lives are governed by sex, greed, and sensual pleasures. As Peter relates, these will perish in their own corruption. These live by the law of the jungle, the survival of the fittest. These will continue to speak evil of things that they do not understand.
This sounds like the news media of our day. Yes, the news media is full of those who are natural brute beasts. The news media continues to give glory to the Moslems and are very critical of the Christians who are trying to live according to God's Word.
Paul continues with his explanation to the Hebrews:
The sword of the Spirit ". . . is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart . . .", Hebrews 4:12d
The Word of God is a discerner. The word discerner means "skilled in judging." When we operate our lives by the Word of God and His Spirit, then we have no problem knowing what is right in our life. It is only when we want to operate our lives by our fleshly desires that we lose our Spiritual insight. It is only by the Word of God that we can control our thoughts. We have a beautiful promise from God through the pen of Isaiah:
"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee." Isaiah 26:3
We are promised we can have perfect peace as long as our thoughts are on Christ and His Word. If our thoughts are continually on Christ, then our God will know the intents of our heart. Paul concluded his oration with the following statement:
"Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in His sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do." Hebrews 4:13
No one can hide their thoughts from God. Many believe they can hide their sin from Him, but He is all knowing and all seeing. Nothing is hid from His eyes - - - not our thoughts, not our intents, not our motives, and especially not our actions. Jesus had this ability when He walked on the earth. When they brought a man to Jesus who was sick of the palsy, Jesus spoke to the man, "Be of good cheer, thy sins be forgiven thee," Matthew 9:2. Certain of the scribes standing near by said within themselves:
". . . this man blasphemeth." Matthew 9:3
These scribes did not speak this out loud so that Jesus could hear them but,
". . . Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?" Matthew 9:4
Jesus knew their thoughts, and asked them why they thought evil in their hearts. This is what Paul was trying to explain in his letter to the Hebrews.
Another time they brought the man who was possessed with the devil, who was blind, and could not talk. Where upon Jesus delivered him, and healed him.
"But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils." Matthew 12:24
The Pharisees were not present at this event, but when they heard of it they accused Jesus of casting out devils by Beelzebub.
"And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:" Matthew 12:25
Jesus knew their thoughts and addressed them, saying unto them, "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought into desolation." A house divided against itself cannot stand. Jesus could not only discerned their thoughts, but He also spoke much wisdom to the religious system of His day.
Another time Jesus was in Jerusalem at the Feast of the Passover, and many believed on His name when they witnessed the miracles He performed, John 2:23.
"But Jesus did not commit Himself unto them, because He knew all men, and needed not that any should testify of man: for He knew what was in man." John 2:24-25
Jesus knew what was in man. He knew their thoughts and their ways. David, the beloved psalmist, understood this about His God:
"Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, Thou understandest my thoughts afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether. Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid Thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me: it is high, I cannot attain unto it." Psalm 139:2 - 6
As David declared, God knew when he sat down and when he got up. God understood David's thoughts. God cleared David's paths everywhere he went. And God was acquainted with all his ways. God knew every word David was going to speak before he spoke it. David also knew God's protection was all around him, and that God's hand was always upon him. When God's people today get this kind of knowledge about God's protection, then they will have no need to fear.
David declared such knowledge was too wonderful for him to know. When God's people come to a complete understanding of God's knowledge and His protection, then all fear and anxiety will be done away within their life.
The Bible has much to say about the sword of God. The sword is God's Holy Word, the Bible. Another Psalmist discloses a truth all who are called by the name of Christ should take heed to.
"Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two edged sword in their hand;" Psalm 149:6
God's high praises should always be in our mouths. The praises of our God should constantly be on our lips. We should never be ashamed to honor our God with our praise. We need to give Him reverence in everything we do and say. When Jesus had called the people and His disciples to Him, He declared:
"Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when He cometh in the glory of His Father with the holy angels." Mark 8:38
If we are ashamed to declare the praises due His name now, He will be ashamed to declare our name when He comes in all His glory as the Father with all His holy angels. If we do not keep the two edged sword in our hand - - - if this precious Word of God is not in our hands daily - - - then when Christ Jesus comes in all His glory, He will not recognize us.
The psalmist goes on to explain why we should have the high praises of God in our mouths and His two edged sword in our hand:
"To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people;" Psalm 149:7
Those who are not ashamed to praise God in this sinful and adulterous generation will be with God when He executes judgment upon the heathen; and upon those who are called by His name, yet have failed to serve Him. The psalmist continues:
"To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron;" Psalm 149:8
God's judgment will be upon the high and mighty, as well as upon all those who do not give the glory due His name.
"To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all His saints. Praise ye the Lord." Psalm 149:9
God will judge according to what He has written in His Word, and His saints will be honored to be part of that judgment. But we must remember that just because we are called by the name of Christ, that does not make us a saint. A saint is not ashamed to praise the name of their God. They are not ashamed to have God's two edged sword in their hand. The prophet Isaiah foretells about these saints:
"And He hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of His hand hath He hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in His quiver hath He hid me;" Isaiah 49:2
God has made His saints' mouths like a sharp sword - - - or they speak the words that divide the soul and the spirit. They speak the words that penetrate the joints and the marrow. Their words get to the heart of the matter. Their words not only speak conviction, but healing. [see "Becoming The Word" by George Kirkpatrick] These are those who will be hid in the day of the Lord's anger. The prophet Zephaniah gives us this promise:
"Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought His judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord's anger." Zephaniah 2:3
This promise is made to the meek of the earth. It is not made to those who are high and lifted up in self. Those who will be hid in the day of the Lord's anger will be those who have learned to judge righteously and seek righteousness and meekness. Meekness is a fruit of the Spirit. Those who possess the fruit of the Spirit in their lives will be hid in the day of the Lord's anger.
These, as Isaiah describes, have become a polished shaft in the Lord's quiver. These will be hid when His anger has come to the full and is poured out in all His fury upon the heathen - - - not only upon the heathen - - - but also upon those who are called by His name, yet do not bring glory to His name. Peter informed us:
"For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?" I Peter 4:17
God's judgment must begin at the house of God. We need to understand and take heed, that His judgment will be on those in His house who do not obey His gospel - - - then His judgment will continue on to all others who have made a mockery of His Word.
Jesus gives us a warning through the pen of John when he was on the Isle of Patmos:
"Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth." Revelation 2:16
The word repent is seldom heard in the church today. The word translated repent is the Greek word METANOEO and means "to change one's mind," or simply said, "to change one's way of thinking." If we do not change our way of thinking, then when God comes, He will fight against those with the Word of His mouth.
Can anyone imagine how terrible it would be to have God fight against us? But how is He going to fight against us? It will be with the sword of His mouth, the Word of God. If we do not want to be judged by God, then we better change our way of thinking. Paul informs us:
"For everyone that useth milk is unskilful in the Word of righteousness: for he is a babe." Hebrews 5:13
So when God comes to fight against us with the sword of His mouth, are we going to be able to defend ourselves - - - or will God find us unworthy to inhabit His Kingdom?
When Jesus appeared to John on the Isle of Patmos, John stated he was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, Revelation 1:10. The Lord's day is the seventh day. God had translated John through time to the day that lies directly ahead of us.
Many teach the book of Revelation has been fulfilled, but God did not put John on a barren island to teach him history. As we discover, John heard a voice behind him. John stated this voice was as the voice of a great trumpet.
"And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;" Revelation 1:12
When John turned to see who spoke to him, he saw seven golden candlesticks. Standing in the midst of the candlesticks was one clothed with a garment down to His feet, and He had a golden girdle around His chest, Revelation 1:13.
"His head and His hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and His eyes were as a flame of fire; and His feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and His voice as the sound of many waters." Revelation 1:14 & 15
When John saw Jesus, His hair was white like wool and His eyes were flames of fire. His feet were the color of brass and His voice was as many waters. This was not Jesus as John had previously known Him when He walked the earth, and when John had leaned on Jesus' breast. This time when John saw Him, he fell at His feet, Revelation 1:17. When Jesus appeared to John on the Isle of Patmos, He did not appear to him as Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd. He appeared to John as the risen, glorified Christ Jesus. This same Christ Jesus appeared to Daniel twice in a vision when God revealed the four beast kingdoms:
"I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of Days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of His head like the pure wool: His throne was like the fiery flame, and His wheels as burning fire." Daniel 7:9
This is the same vision John saw of Christ Jesus:
"A fiery stream issued and came forth from before Him: thousand thousands ministered unto Him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened." Daniel 7:10
God revealed to Daniel the great white throne judgment, where we will all stand on that great day. Daniel was given another vision:
"His body also was like the beryl, and His face as the appearance of lightning, and His eyes as lamps of fire, and His arms and His feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of His words like the voice of a multitude." Daniel 10:6
Again, we see the same description given to Daniel that John described when Christ Jesus appeared unto Him.
"And He had in His right hand seven stars: and out of His mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and His countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength." Revelation 1:16
When John saw Christ Jesus, he saw seven stars in Christ's right hand, and out of His mouth went a sharp two edged sword. Everything He spoke to John was the Word of God. Christ Jesus told John:
"Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;" Revelation 1:19
John was not only to write the things he had seen, and the things he had heard (history), but he was then to write the things Christ Jesus would show him would happen hereafter. This is not history, but what is to come upon the earth in the day of God's judgment which lies directly ahead.
Then Christ Jesus explained the seven candlesticks and the seven stars:
"The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in My right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches." Revelation 1:20
So, the seven churches and the seven stars are revealed in a mystery. The word mystery means "hidden things, not obvious to the natural understanding."
As Christ Jesus explained, the seven stars are the angels to the seven churches. The word angels means "messengers from God." These could be prophets or pastors ordained by God to prepare His people for the coming judgment. Unfortunately, many of those who are standing in the pulpits today are hirelings who are not preparing God's people for the day God revealed to John.
The seven candlesticks are the seven churches of Asia. These seven churches represent the seven kinds of churches in the earth today.
The Church at Ephesus
The church at Ephesus had lost their first love, "Revelation 2:4. Today many churches have lost their first love for God and His Word.
The Church at Smyrna
The church at Smyrna represents those churches who do not recognize who the true Jews are. In his letter to the Romans, Paul declared:
"For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: but he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God." Romans 2:28 & 29
Those in the church at Smyrna still recognize those who call themselves Jews, because they are circumcised in the flesh. But Christ Jesus reveals:
". . .I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of satan." Revelation 2:9
The Church at Pergamos
The church at Pergamos represents those churches today who hold the doctrine of Balaam, and who have taught the children of Israel to " . . . eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication." The church at Pergamos also represents those churches who stand sodomites in the pulpit.
The Church at Thyatira
The church at Thyatira represents those churches who ". . . sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce My servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols," Revelation 2:20. The Thyatira churches today who allow those who have the spirit of Jezebel to pastor their churches will be judged severely for their sin.
The Church at Sardis
The church at Sardis represents those churches that are just plain dead. There is no life left in them.
". . . I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead." Revelation 3:1
The Sardis church today still use the name of Christ, but there is no life in them.
The Church at Philadelphia
The church at Philadelphia represents the churches today who are doing God's work, but as have not yet come into perfection and maturity.
"I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept My Word, and hast not denied My name." Revelation 3:8
God has set before the church at Philadelphia an open door to enter into His coming Kingdom, and no man can shut that door. These churches, not like the others, have kept His Word and have not denied His name.
The Church at Laodicea
The last of the seven churches described in the book of Revelation is the church at Laodicea. This church represents the churches today who have built their big, mega ministries. These revel in opulence in everything they do. God calls this church `lukewarm'. What is God's pronouncement on today's lukewarm church?
"So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of My mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:" Revelation 3:16 & 17
These Laodicean churches will suffer God's severest judgment. God is going to vomit them out of His mouth because their actions have caused them to become wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked in His sight.
God revealed these seven churches to John, so all would know the condition of His church system in the latter days. God's judgment is going to be poured out on all who do not obey His gospel. The apostle Peter gives us insight into God's coming judgment:
"But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same Word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men." II Peter 3:7
God poured out His judgment in the days of Noah, and it is only by God's Word that the earth is kept in store (preserved). The earth is held in reserve against the day of judgment and perdition. The word perdition means "utter destruction of ungodly men." God is going to judge the world by His Word. We know by Jesus' own words:
"He that rejecteth Me, and receiveth not My words, hath one that judgeth him: the Word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day." John 12:48
The last day is the sixth day when God will pour out His judgment. We are just about to the end of the sixth day. And those who have rejected God's Word or have never read His Word are going to be judged as ungodly men. In his letter to the Thessalonians, Peter foretells of that day:
"In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:" II Thessalonians 1:8
God is about to take vengeance in flaming fire on those who do not know God or obey His gospel. Jesus describe that fire, proclaiming:
"I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?" Luke 12:49
This author believes this fire that is already kindled is the nuclear hell God has allowed man to create to fulfill His judgment upon all, except those who are in the Father's hand. God's hand is the only protected place to be when man releases this hell again. After all, the United States is the only nation who has unleashed this nuclear hell on innocent people - - - and they have done it twice. God's judgment is sure upon this nation.
When John was on the barren Island of Patmos, the Spirit revealed to him how Christ Jesus will judge the earth when He returns:
"And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He doth judge and make war.
His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns; and He had a name written, that no man knew, but He Himself. And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His name is called The Word of God." Revelation 19:11-13.
This describes Christ Jesus when He comes in all His glory. He is called Faithful and True, and He will judge the earth in righteousness. His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many crowns. These crowns reveal His total authority in what He is about to do.
His clothing was dipped in blood, and His name was The Word of God.
"And out of His mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God." Revelation 19:15
Again, we see the two edged sword, and it is by this sword, The Word of God, that He will smite the nations, and set up His Kingdom upon the earth.
As He revealed to John, ". . . He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of the Almighty God,"
The word fierceness means "anger, heat, boiling up." The word wrath means "anger, indignation, and punishment." Most believe God is only a goody, goody God who would never pour out His wrath upon mankind. In his letter to the Romans, Paul explains a different side of God most have never seen:
"Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in His goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off." Romans 11:22
The word severity means "roughness and rigour." Those who suffer God's severity will be cut off when Christ Jesus comes in all His glory.
"And He hath on His vesture and on His thigh a name written, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords." Revelation 19:16
This is when the seventh angel will sound:
"And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ: nand He shall reign for ever and ever." Revelation 11:15
This will be when the saints of God will rule and reign with Christ for the one thousand year millennium.
"And the remnant were slain with the sword of Him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of His mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh." Revelation 19:21
When God's judgment is complete, then those who are slain will be dung upon the earth, and the vultures and carrion eaters will consume their flesh. God's elect will witness this, and rejoice in the day of their salvation. The prophet Isaiah saw our day, when he declared:
"But with righteousness shall He judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth; and He shall smite the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips shall He slay the wicked." Isaiah 11:4
The word rod means "authority." By His Word, God has all authority to fulfill what He sets out to accomplish. God is going to judge the poor and the meek. He is going to smite the earth with His rod, and with His breath (Spirit) He will slay the wicked.
As Paul declared to the Hebrews, ". . . the word of God is sharp and powerful."
If we live our lives by the power of God's Word, then we have nothing to fear. But Paul warns the Corinthians that if we shun His Word, then . . . . . .
"But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost." II Corinthians 4:3
Those who do not understand God's Word, it is because the Spirit has not revealed it to them. And as the Word states, it is because they are lost. The word lost means "destined for destruction." Paul continues his revelation:
"In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them." II Corinthians 4:4
If they are lost, it is because the god of this world has blinded their eyes. In other words, they could not see God because the things of this life seem more important to them than the things of God.
If God's people could only get their eyes off the glory of this life, then the glory of God would shine as a light in their life. But they must make that commitment, before the glory of God can become real in their life.
Time is so short! But there is still time to repent and turn your heart and your mind totally over to God so that you may be hid in the coming day of the Lord's anger. Praise God!
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