WHAT IS GOING ON? WHY DO WE SOMETIMES SUFFER?
(PLACE YOUR NAME IN FOR JOB’S)
And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant __________, that there is none like him (her) in the earth, a perfect and an upright man (woman), one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth __________ fear God for nought? Hast not thou made an hedge about him (her), and about his (her) house, and about all that he (she) hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his (her) hands, and his (her) substance is increased in the land.
But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he (she) hath, and he (she) will curse thee to thy face. And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD. (Job 1:8-12)
(WHAT DID JOB DO) (WHAT SHOULD WE DO)
In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly. (Job 1:22)
(JOB’S WIFE SAID, CURSE GOD AND DIE, BUT JOB SAID)
But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips. (Job 2:10)
(JOB’S SO CALLED FRIENDS SPENT 37 CHAPTERS ATTEMPTING TO CONVIENCE JOB HE WAS AT FAULT FOR WHAT WAS HAPPENING)
Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said, Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it.(Job 40:1-2)
Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous? (Job 40:6-10)
(GOD SAID, STAND UP TALL AND BE WHAT I INTENDED)
Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him? Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency; and array thyself with glory and beauty. (Job 40:6-10)
Then Job answered the LORD, and said, I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee. Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not. Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes. (Job 42:1-6)
(THE RESULT OF IT ALL)
And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before. (Job 42:10)
So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses. (Job 42:12)
(AGAIN, PLACE YOUR NAME IN FOR JOBS)
After this lived __________ an hundred and forty years, and saw his (her) sons, and his (her) sons’ sons, even four generations. So __________ died, being old and full of days. (Job 42:16-17)
A CHALLENGE FOR THE NEW YEAR – GET INTO GOD’S WORD.
A FEW REASONS WHY IT IS IMPORTANT ARE GIVEN IN THE SCRIPTURES BELOW:
Amos 8:11 (THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT REASON)
Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:
Deuteronomy 12:28 (MAKES OUR LIFE RUN SUCCESSFULLY)
Observe and hear all these words which I command thee, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee for ever, when thou doest that which is good and right in the sight of the LORD thy God.
Psalm 18:30 (IT IS OUR BUCKLER)
As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.
Proverbs 30:5 (IT IS OUR SHIELD)
Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
Isaiah 40:8 (IT IS ETERNAL TRUTH)
The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
Jeremiah 15:16 (IT BRINGS US JOY IN OUR LIFE)
Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.
Matthew 4:4 (WE ARE COMMANDED TO DO IT)
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Luke 11:28 (IT BRINGS US BLESSING)
But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
Romans 10:17 (IT IS HOW WE STRENGTHEN OUR FAITH)
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Ephesians 6:17 (IT IS OUR WEAPON)
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
2 Timothy 2:15 (IN ORDER TO NOT BE ASHAMED)
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Hebrews 4:12 (IT IS OUR POWER)
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.
Revelation 19:13 (BECAUSE JESUS IS THE LIVING WORD)
And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
GO FOR IT.
Watering the Garden
THE LOCUST ARMY
The Bible speaks of a powerful group of people that are to appear on the scene in the latter days. They are described as being strong, having the power to rip apart as a lion and causing days of darkness upon the earth. The palmerworm and the cankerworm are different stages of the locust.
On their heads they have crowns which indicate they have power, or perhaps some sort of headdress. These “locusts” are to completely strip bare the people. This brings to mind the words of Jesus to Peter when he stated that Satan wished to “sift him as wheat”.
Joel instructs the people to pass this information on from generation to generation.
Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation. That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpillar eaten. (Joel 1:3-4)
They are going to desecrate or strip his vine, the church.
For a nation is come up upon my land, strong, and without number, whose teeth are the teeth of a lion, and he hath the cheek teeth of a great lion. He hath laid my vine waste, and barked my fig tree: he hath made it clean bare, and cast it away; the branches thereof are made white. (Joel 1:6-7)
God admonishes his followers to blow the trumpet and warn the people that these enemies are more powerful then any have ever been throughout all history. These are to be a facet of the “Day of the Lord”.
Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand; A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations. (Joel 2:1-2)
In the book of Revelation we find that they are given power resembling a scorpion. How does a scorpion operate? He regurgitates on has pray and they become as mush. Remember these are men and they can only harm those that do not have the seal of God.
And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. (Revelation 9:3-4)
These locusts are prepared for battle. They have power and they appear as glorious princes of the people but note they will only be able to be in control for five months. The same amount of time as an actual locusts which is May through September. Their leader is also revealed; Abaddon and Apollyon which means destroyer.
And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails; and their power was to hurt men 5 months. And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon. (Revelation 9:7-11)
Let’s take a look at what the Hebrew and Greek Dictionary has to say concerning LOCUST AND LOCUSTS.
First used in Old Testament as Locusts and in the
New Testament as locust.
HEBREW Meaning of word (arbeh) #697 in Strong’s Concordance Hebrew Dictionary
PRONOUNCED – arbeh
a kind of locust, locust swarm
From root word etymology 7235 which means:
1) Be or become great, be or become many, be or become much, be or become numerous
GREEK Meaning of word (akris) #200 in Strong’s Concordance Greek Dictionary
PRONOUNCED – a-kre
Description is interesting:
1) a locust, particularly that species which especially infests oriental countries, stripping fields and trees. Numberless swarms of them almost every spring are carried by the wind from Arabia into Palestine, and having devastated that country, migrate to regions farther north, until they perish by falling into the sea. The Orientals accustomed to feed upon locusts, either raw or roasted and seasoned with salt (or prepared in other ways), and the Israelites also were permitted to eat them.
Could we possibly be seeing this by what is called the “Arab Spring” or “Caliphate” we have heard so much about? Are their those among the sons of Ismael, which have diverted and perverted their faith, the locust army? Could they be swarming? Could they be working in conjunction with others in this world who would like to bring down those of their own faith who do not stand with them and the Christian nations? We as Christians need to be watching and praying. Ismael, Abraham’s first son was born to him through his wife, Sarah’s handmaiden, Hagar, who was an Egyptian.
God speaking to Hagar,“And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction. And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren. (Genesis 16:11-12)
Concerning the two sons of Abraham, God made it clear what the position of each would be.
“And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee! And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him. And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation. But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year. (Genesis 17:18-21)
We have more scriptures which may shed light on this subject. In the book of Revelation John is given a vision at the Great River Euphrates which is a 1780 mile long river. This is in the sixth trumpet. Note this is at one set time in history when 4 angels will be released. These are evil angels because they were bound until this time. There are over 200,000 people who participate and they deceive or kill 1/3 of the people by what comes out of their mouth.
Beginning with verse 14
14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. 15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. 16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them. 17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone. 18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths. 19 For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt. (Revelation 9:14-19)
Our Father gives this promise concerning the Locusts army.
“And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.” Joel 2:25
It is interesting to note that God states he sent them among us.
WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED?
We have learned that during the latter days or the beginning of the “Day of the Lord”, an army of powerful men called locusts will appear along with and given power by the anti-christ and will bring harm to those who do not have the seal of God in their foreheads.
Our Father appreciates the fact that you are trying. May God’s blessing be upon this
study of His word, Amen.
Watering the Garden
Jesus explains that we will be forgiven in the same manner as we forgive.
There are those who wrong us in ignorance. Remember Jesus’ statement while dying on the cross. “Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34) Later, in the book of Acts, we have the example of Steven asking for the forgiveness of those who were stoning him. He said, “Lord, lay not this sin to their charge”. These words of Paul confirm that he did the same: “At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me. I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.” (II Timothy 4:16)
Jesus, Steven and Paul asked forgiveness for the people because of their ignorance and so can we.
We are not asked to forgive people who have intentionally harmed others or ourselves, unless they have repented or asked, but in order to have peace of mind; we may choose to forgive them in our hearts. Carrying hate in our heart can be destructive to our own life.
Peter questioned Jesus how often a person should forgive another. In the book of Matthew, Jesus answered Peter in depth: “I say not unto thee, until seven times; but, until seventy times seven.” (Matthew 18:22) The total of seventy times seven equals four hundred and ninety.
For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses (Matthew 6:14-15)
And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses. (Mark 11:25-26)
Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him. (Luke 17:3-4)
WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED?
We are forgiven in the same manner as we forgive. Jesus, Steven and Paul forgave others who had not asked because they understood their ignorance. We are not required to forgive those who do not ask, but for our own benefit we should.
Our Father appreciates the fact that you are trying. May God’s blessing be upon this
study of His word, Amen.