UFO’S: ARE THEY FOR REAL?
by the late Jack Phillips…….
Ezekiel 1:1 “Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth [month], in the fifth [day] of the month, as I [was] among the captives by the river of Chebar, [that] the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God.”
This vision took place in the thirtieth year, the fourth month and fifth day of the Babylonian captivity.
Ezekiel 1:2 “In the fifth [day] of the month, which [was] the fifth year of king Jehoiachin’s captivity.”.
The fifth day of the month just happened to also be in the fifth year of Jehoiachin’s captivity. He was king only 3 months and 10 days before Nebuchadnezzar captured Jerusalem. He was imprisoned for 36 years before he was released.
Ezekiel 1:3 “The word of the LORD came expressly [privately] unto Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans [Babylonians] by the river Chebar; and the hand [Spiritual power] of the LORD was there upon him.”
This was undoubtedly written by his scribe because of the first and second person usage of I and him respectively.
Ezekiel 1:4 “And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind [like tornado (ruach; a Spiritual apparition of the Almighty] came out of the north [God’s domain; see Isa. 14:13], a great cloud [angelic host], and a fire infolding [originating from] itself, and a brightness [glowing] [was] about it, and out of [proceeding from] the midst thereof as [like] the color of amber [highly polished bronze], out of [protruding from] the midst of the fire [of the Almighty; the consuming fire]”.
Ezekiel 1:5 “Also out of the midst thereof [came] the likeness [appearance] of four living creatures [space ships]. And this [was] their appearance; they had the likeness [appearance] of a man [intelligence].”
There were four crafts; each looked alike.
Ezekiel 1:6 “And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings.”
They each had the same appearance.
Ezekiel 1:7 “And their feet [landing gear] [were] straight feet [in line with the ship’s body]; and the sole of their feet [pads,] was like the sole of a calf’s foot [cloven; divided]: and they sparkled [glistened] like the color of burnished [highly polished] brass.”
Ezekiel 1:8 “And [they had] the hands [support structure or struts] of a man under their wings on their four [individual] sides; and they four had their [own] faces and their wings [each individual craft looked the same]”.
Ezekiel 1:9 “Their wings [were] joined one to another [solid structure]; they turned not [didn’t bank] when they went; they went every one straight forward [remained level as they maneuvered]”.
Ezekiel 1:10 “As for the likeness of their faces [appearances, standards, flags], they four had the face of a man [adamic man; Reuben; south], and the face of a lion [Judah; east], on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox [Ephriam; west] on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle [Dan, north].
Signifying all the earth is under God’s watchful eyes.” (See Rev. 4:5-7; nothing is hidden from God.)
Ezekiel 1:11 “Thus [were] their faces [appearances]: and their wings [were] stretched upward; two [wings] of every one [were] joined one to another, and two covered their bodies.”
The wings of each craft pointed upward; with the tips touching or joining to form an inverted V (/\); while the other two wings covered their bodies. This configuration was specially designed to carry or transport God’s throne.
Ezekiel 1:12 “And they went every one straight forward (remained level): whither the spirit was to go [directed], they went; [and] they turned not [leaned or banked] when they went.”
Ezekiel 1:13 “As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance [coverings] [was] like burning coals of fire [glowing embers], [and] like the appearance of lamps [flickering or blinking torches or lights]: it went up and down among the living creatures [moving lights]; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning [streaks of lightening].”
This would be similar to the flashings of the Tesla coil.
Ezekiel 1:14 “And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.”
They moved with unimaginable or lightening speed.
Ezekiel 1:15 “Now as I beheld the living creatures, behold one wheel [a spinning circular vehicle] upon the earth by the living creatures, with his four faces.”
Ezekiel 1:16 “The appearance of the wheels and their work [how they were fashioned] [was] like unto the color of a beryl [yellow jasper?]: and they four had one likeness [they looked alike]: and their appearance and their work [how they were fashioned] [was] as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel.”
An object that can whirl, whisks from place to place, can hover and does not bank when it turns or changes directions.
Ezekiel 1:17 “When they went, they went upon their four sides (they remained in a flat or level configuration): [and] they turned not (did not bank) when they went [as they moved from one position to another].”
Ezekiel 1:18 “As for their rings, they were so high that they were dreadful; and their rings [were] full of eyes round about them four.”
The eyes represent windows or portholes; therefore, the rings show that the windows completely encircled the top of the vehicle.
Ezekiel 1:19 “And when the living creatures went, the wheels [circular landing pods] went by them: and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up. ”
They were attached to the vehicle in a vertical configuration as landing pods seen on moon landing craft.
Ezekiel 1:20 “Whithersoever the spirit [jet propulsion direction] was to go [the blast], they went, thither was their spirit to go [a blast off]; and the wheels were lifted up over against them [remained attached to the sides]: for the spirit of the living creature [was] in the wheels.”
This indicates that the exhaust blast exited around or near the circular landing pods as we see today.
Ezekiel 1:21 “When those went, [these] went; and when those stood, [these] stood; and when those were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature [was] in the wheels [where the blast was visible].”
This describes a space vehicle much like the pictures we see today. The vehicle did not separate into various pieces, but remained intact.
Ezekiel 1:22 “And the likeness of the firmament upon the heads [a head covering] of the living creature [was] as the color of the terrible crystal [a clear hood providing visibility to the pilot], stretched forth over [covered] their heads above.”
Like a bubble type windshield with 360 degree view.
Ezekiel 1:23 “And under the firmament [were] their wings straight, the one toward the other: every one had two, which covered on this side, and every one had two, which covered on that side, their bodies.”
The craft’s flight and control surfaces which directs its flight path.
Ezekiel 1:24 “And when they went, I heard the noise of their wings, like the noise of great waters [jet propulsion], as the voice of the Almighty [supernatural], the voice of speech, as the noise of an host [like a loud multitude]: when they stood [landed], they let down their wings [were brought down by the control and flight surfaces].”
Ezekiel 1:25 “And there was a voice from the firmament that [was] over their heads (like a loud speaker), when they stood [landed], [and] had let down their wings.”
Ezekiel 1:26 “And above the firmament that [was] over their heads [was] the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne [was] the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.”
The Almighty [who also looks like mankind whom He created in His own image]; sat upon a throne which was above the vehicles. Apparently, the four vehicles flew in close formation, carrying the throne of God.
Ezekiel 1:27 “And I saw as the color of amber, as the appearance of fire round about and within it [the throne], from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about [glowing like a fluorescent or neon light].”
Ezekiel 1:28 “As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so [was] the appearance of the brightness round about. (A confirmation of God’s Covenant with Noah and mankind). This [was] the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw [it], I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.”
This vision, without a doubt, describes in some detail what we know today as flying saucers or space ships. What Ezekiel saw, however, was God’s throne being carried by four space vehicles — designed to not only travel in space; but to also obey the laws of flight in earth’s atmosphere as well. Satan has the ability to replicate these vehicles;
therefore, what we are hearing about today (and many claim to have seen since 1947) could very well be the angels of Satan invading the earth in preparation for his appearance.
And why 1947? Is this date a bench mark? This is the year that the State of Israel was carved out of Palestine by the United Nations. It was declared a sovereign State in May 1948! Joel was given a preview of the times before Messiah; which Peter understood by announcing its beginning in the Church age at Pentecost, (Acts 2:16-20).
Are we seeing some of these signs today? A close look at the happenings around the world, as well as in the sky, should convince any serious Bible student. Think on the Scriptures Peter quoted; then reflect on our knowledge of the mushroom cloud of the atom bomb; the world wars, the vapor trails left by jet travel today without seeing an aircraft.
If someone had seen one such vapor trail in a vision having to do with the end; which we now know is left by jets, would not he have said “signs in the sky”? What about our space shuttle reentry; a glowing trail that looks like a comet, which I’ve witnessed with an awesome reflection on prophecy? What about the lunar eclipses of ’96? I’m afraid that many “signs” are today explained away and accepted as an everyday occurrence or a scientific phenomenon.
What about the comet Hale-Bopp? Well, maybe yes; maybe no. We are continuing to watch these things closely. I trust this humble offering will help bring a little more insight into what Ezekiel actually saw. Will Satan come to earth in like manner? Most probably; because he wants to be like the Most High in order to garner the world’s population to accept him as Christianity’s Christ and Israel’s Messiah! Yes, he will be quite successful as we are warned. What should we look for? Deception! Deception! Exactly as Jesus warned in Matt. 24:5 — including false prognosticators.
Scorpions in the Bible
Many years ago I was reading a book by a popular preacher about the End Times. And he was taking everything in the Book of Revelation literally. Frogs leaping out of a beast that can hardly be described… scorpions were helicopters, or something to that effect… it was just crazy. My discerning mind knew other wise. Soon after I had discovered the late Pastor Jack who taught me to think a new way.
So, taking the book of Revelation SPIRITUALLY, let’s look at scorpions as Father would have us. The scorpion moves along in a threatening attitude, as it is approaching its prey, almost dancing like a prize fighter. Does this confuse the victim? Does this hypnotize the Contender?
Ok, the scorpion is dancing its threatening jig and coming at the contender. The champion takes a jab and another jab and final gets a hold of the contender who is now the Victim. Let’s stop right there. That’s what happens in the world of bugs… how bout the here and now?
Let’s say that the scorpions represent a System, a Political system. The Beast (system) spoken of in Revelation… which means ‘to make known’…. That should tell you that we need to study up on the book of Revelation…. Cause we are one of the characters in the mother of all show downs. Why would Father spend so much time on all of this imagery for us to just zip, rapture us out of here???
Now we have a leader or leaders of the Beast system, parading about, not making much sense yet exerting much energy… and full of babble. And the Beast system – and assorted scorpions – finally gets the attention of the people. As the victim can not break loose. When all of the sudden the stinger comes out of no where!
The stinger paralyzes the victim, the central nervous system!
The people are wondering, crying out… “This isn’t what we bargained for!?” but it is a bit too late as the stinger… the ‘hidden agenda”…. has struck in an untimely and strategic fashion. And now they are ‘socialized’ and very needy upon government. The dream of Satan the Antichrist is at hand.
Now for the yucky part…. The scorpion can Not digest food on his own, so he needs to regurgitate digestive fluids (diabolical verbage) onto the victim…. This is a relentless assault!! The key word here is DIGEST. Think about John who was “immediately in the spirit…”.“the little book”. He eats the book and in his mouth it is as sweet as honey but soon it is bitter in his belly. The Word is as sweet as honey in the beginning… It is time for Jubilation!!! You were lost, but now you are found…. And after your ‘training’ You are set out. And the bitterness begins….
So what does that have to do with the scorpion not having a digestive system? He knows the Word well enough to change words around…. But he can NOT digest the Word and understand….. Now to the study…
Abounded in the great desert.
Deuteronomy 8:15 Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint;
I can only attest of my own life and my own struggles… those times when I find myself wondering in my own desert of lostness and I become sick of myself and long to prodigal son my way back home to the Father. The ‘water’ of course symbolizing that Living Water John 4:10. We don’t want to find ourselves lured out in the desert of life. James 1:4. Incidentally, the word drawn, in James means to be dragged…
The word serpent means snake, from another word meaning; to hiss. e.i. to whisper a (magic) spell. Generally to prognosticate. Can you picture Lucifer whispering to Eve? How far away was Adam at the time I wonder… “Ye shall not surely die!” And so Eve did eat of the fruit of Lucifer’s lies (such as the scorpion’s regurgitation)…. And preachers seem to look over a minor detail in Gen. 3:15. God puts enmity between the seed of Eve and the seed of Lucifer…. The word seed as it is used means sperma… Just thought I’d throw that in there….
Keeping with the topic of our study about of scorpions…. Where are scorpions generally found? In the wilderness or under rocks… in crevices. Nasty lonely places. Places where we shouldn’t be found. A place where only fools go.
So, when the scorpions of Revelation enter the stage…. Will you find yourself caught in the wilderness? Where scorpions will find you? Stay in your Father’s Word and pray, converse, with the Almighty without ceasing. Draw nigh unto Him. And rightly divide the Word. And you will NEVER find yourself under the spell of a scorpion…
The word scorpion as it is used in Deut. 8:15 figuratively means; a scourge or knotted whip. In Mark 19:34 and Luke 18:33 the word scourged (#3164) means to war, Fig. to quarrel dispute. Satan a/k/a the Antichrist needs to appear as the lamb slain! He has to be peaceful. So his Beast system will try to lure you into the wilderness, where there is NO Living Water!
Remember Rev. 13:16 he will “….. CAUSETH all” not MAKE….
Matthew 10:17: But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; 19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
Deliver you up and scourge you in THEIR synagogues. Not YOURS. To quarrel with you. Yet we take no thought what we will say… it will be given to us through the Holy Spirit. This is crucial Dear Hearts… We MUST allow the Holy Spirit to speak through us! This is where my argument against ‘taking on’ the government lies…
- The Lord wants us so stripped of own power that we depend Souly on Him. So I caution you about the people that tell you to stock pile your ammo… This Revolution will be won by the Father. Rev. 16:21
Remember Deuteronomy 8:15? who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint;
Flint is a very hard rock and when struck can produce fire. Jesus changed the name of Simon (hearing) to Peter (rock). And upon This Rock of Faith… Jesus would build His church.
Rev. 11:5 And if any man will hurt them (the two witnesses), fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.
1 Kings 12:11 And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke: my father hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.
Ezekiel 2:6 And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.
James 5:3 ”…. And shall eat your flesh as it were fire….”
So here is where I am going with this…. If we are scourged… quarreled with…. Remember in THEIR synagogues… not at the whipping post… They strike us with their evil blasphemous words…. And fire proceeds out of our mouth! We kill, character assassinate them… Because that is what will try to do with us.
So if we do NOT heed Ezk. 2:6 and we loose faith and do NOT allow the Holy Spirit to speak through us…not a good dealio. I see 3 options…. Fight… Flight or be Right… When we are delivered up we can take up arms…. Or we can give in or we stand tall and allow the Holy Spirit to speak through us.
“dismayed at their looks” catches my eye, how ‘bout you?
Well dismayed is #H2865; to prostrate; hence to break down. Lit. by violence or Fig by confusion or fear. Jesus was tortured for over 9 hours and he did NOT break down and even preached Psalms 22 from the cross when He cried out “My God My God… why hast thou forsaken me?” and His last words are… “It is finished” The last words of Psalms 22. So I caution anyone that says…. “God forsook Jesus on the cross!” Father did NOT.
Jesus came to this earth for ONE purpose, to lay down His life John 15:13. So He knew what was going to happen.
The words “by their looks”. Intrigues me. The word looks mean face…. How and why would we become dismayed by their looks.??? I want to take a gamble here and say that they will be bluffing cause they can’t touch a hair on our heads when we are delivered up. There I have said it….
Revelation 9:5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.
The word torment is #G929 and means torture from #G928 meaning torture, pain, toil, torment, toss, vex. From #G931 meaning; a touchstone
Touchtone: 1: a black siliceous stone related to flint and formally used to test the purity of gold and silver by the streak left on the stone when rubbed by the metal 2: a test or criterion for rendering the quality of genuineness of a thing syn. standard
How genuine will those that don’t have the seal of god IN their foreheads be when they are tried?
Rev 9:4: And it was commanded them that they (the locusts) 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.
Now WHO is tormented? Those without the seal of God IN their foreheads. Which is to say their brains. It is a locust’s job to eat the green (living of the earth). So that is a dead give away that this is a Spiritual reference…
Let us read these following verses as if it were happening today. C’mon, let’s have some fun! ALSO, let us Spiritualize the verses and savourest the things that be of God (Mark 8:33). What is in His head?
Exodus 1:8 Now there arose (stood up) a new king (a fresh dynasty) over Egypt (bondage), who knew not Joseph (increase).
So today we have a fresh and liberal dynasty. The previous eight year Conservative dynasty has been removed. Looking back at the previous previous eight years were liberal with much bloodshed re: Waco, Ruby Ridge, the Murrah Federal Building and a host of mysterious deaths connected to the New King at the time.
Looking at the Companion Bible note about the word New says: Being quite different (change) of the SAME kind. So we have a NEW Dynasty….. but the same ol’ same ol’. The previous (conservative) dynasty also contained much blood shed:
The Iraq war (started over the assumption of ‘weapons of mass destruction’. Yet non were found) The war in Afghanistan because of 9/11. Anyone that is a 9/11 Truther, of which I am, has found that there is a strong belief that the attacks were an inside job or simply not even from the Taliban. My guess? Rev. 2:9 and 3:9.
The key strategy to any Conspiracy is to leak out as many angles (truths/lies) as possible as to how and why a certain event took place.
Are we in Egypt (bondage) today?. Yes. With Liberals creating laws that systematically take away our assorted freedoms and pseudo Conservatives being…. Well VERY conservative in their actions. And so the peculiar people (Duet. 14:2) have a voice that is in the minority.
The word Joseph means increase. And that Joseph did where ever he was planted. We must constantly reality check ourselves and ask ourselves:
“Am I blooming where I am planted?”
“Am I presenting the Father with my FIRST fruits?”
“Am I using the talents (spiritual currency) that Father has given me?”
Jesus’ step father’s name was also named Joseph. “He must increase while I decrease”. And so must we, as our old selves die to our new self?
Companion Bible Notes
Stood up. : Always denotes a standing up in the place of another whom he removed See Dan 2:31, 39, 44; 3:24
ON the word New: “New” here is used in the same sense of being quite different from what preceded of the same kind
1:9 And he said unto his people (as a congregated unit), Behold, the people of the children of Israel [are] more (abundant in quantity, size, age, number, rank, quality) and mightier (powerful – specifically, a paw) than we.
His people….. let’s open this nutshell and take a look at what is inside. Below is a clip from my short study on the “Deadly Wound” This should give you an example of who/what these people can be
and his deadly wound (death blow Strong’s #4127) was healed ( healed/cured (Strong- s #2323) meaning to wait upon menially. By whom? Some sort of servants, followers, political backers? That word healed #2323 is a Greek word…. ther-ap-yoo’-o. Does that not look like our English word therapeutic?
So the anomaly within the system is therapeutically resolved somehow. Cheered on by the people/politicians SIG’s et al? Strong’s #2323 is the same as Strong’s #2324 which is an obsolete word, but a derivative of Strong’s #2330 meaning servant; from a primary, meaning to heat i.e. summer.
1:10 Come on, let us deal wisely (diplomatically, as the serpent, twisting Scripture) with them (the peculiar people); lest they multiply (increase with authority) and it come to pass, that, when here falleth out (to counter) any war, they join ( to add or augment) also unto our enemies, and fight aainst us, and [so] get them up (to ascend, become higher) out of the land.
First let’s look at the word US…. Who could the US be? Why not those who claim to be of Judah and are NOT! Rev: 2:9 and 3:9. The tares mixed in with the wheat. The true culprits of ALL the evil in this world?
The word war is connected to another word meaning to feed upon. With that in mind, let’s look at Pro. 23:1 “When thou sittest to eat with a ruler.” That word eat means to eat each others words. And we are to consider diligently (rightly divide) what is before us, what is being said.
The word scourged is sometimes rendered as Strong’s # 3164. Meaning to war, quarrel dispute
Now go to James 5:3 and it reads: “…. a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire”. Now go to Rev: 11:5 “… and fire proceedeth out of their mouth”. Red hot burning words of Truth. It will not be a pleasant time for the Tares during those days.
“…. To get them up out of the land” What land? Egypt (bondage). The bandits of Rev. 2: and 3:9 do NOT want a liberated people! So ANYone that wishes to be FREE is the enemy!
Rev. 11:5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.
Pro. 23:1When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what [is] before thee:
3898 lacham a primitive root; to feed on; figuratively, to consume; by implication, to battle (as destruction):–devour, eat, X ever, fight(-ing), overcome, prevail, (make) war(-ring).
Fight 3898 lacham a primitive root; to feed on; figuratively, to consume; by implication, to battle (as destruction):–devour, eat, X ever, fight(-ing), overcome, prevail, (make) war(-ring).
Stood up: Always denotes a standing up in the place of another whom he removed See Dan 2:31, 39, 44; 3:24
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When we wonder why? This may be why……
12:1 I beseech you (to beg for urgently or anxiously) therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present (to stand beside) your bodies a living (the quick) sacrifice, holy, acceptable (well pleasing) unto God, which is your reasonable (rational logical) service.
- Paul has a way of opening a letter in order to get our attention. Notice the words in parenthesis. “To beg for urgently”! We are a LIVING Sacrifice. We are the Quick as in “The Quick and the Dead”. Remember our study in James 5:7? The Husbandman waiteth for the Precious Fruit!!! Do YOU see yourself as Precious for to the Lord?
2:2 And be not conformed (to the same pattern) to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing (renovation) of your mind, that ye may prove (test) what is that (the) good, and acceptable (well pleasing), and perfect (complete), will of God.
- The renovation of our mind. It all begins in the mind. There is a saying: Our minds can not hold a negative thought and a positive thought at the same time. The Mark of the Beast is IN the forehead, the Mind!
12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly (vain or arrogant) than he ought to think; but to think (to exercise the mind, to be disposed) soberly (to be of sound mind, to be sane), according as God hath dealt to every man the measure (a limited portion, degree) of faith.
- To think soberly means a bit more than abstaining from alcohol. Using the Strong’s numbers and the Green’s it reads: to exercise the mind into being sane. (#’s 5426,1519,3588,4993). Faith without works is dead!? We can honker down and study the Word, but unless we SHARE it…. Work it… What is the value of our Faith?We can’t loose our minds over all that is going on. See below for definition of insane: “unsoundness of mind or lack of understanding”. There are souls walking about that do NOT understand what is going on. YOU do! This is how we work our Faith.
- The definition of sober in a spiritual light ; 1 a : sparing in the use of food and drink : abstemious b : not addicted to intoxicating drink c : not drunk 2 : marked by sedate or gravely or earnestly thoughtful character or demeanor 3 : unhurried, calm 4 : marked by temperance, moderation, or seriousness 5 : subdued in tone or color 6 : showing no excessive or extreme qualities of fancy, emotion, or prejudice.The definition of Insanity: 1 : a deranged state of the mind usually occurring as a specific disorder (as schizophrenia)2 : such unsoundness of mind or lack of understanding as prevents one from having the mental capacity required by law to enter into a particular relationship, status, or transaction or as removes one from criminal or civil responsibility 3 a : extreme folly or unreasonableness b: something utterly foolish or unreasonable
12:4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office (practice, deeds)
12:5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ (Heb. 12:1- a cloud of witnesses), and every one members (a limb) one of another (reduplicated). 12:6 (But) Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether 1prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
- This is a key verse to me as this can cause some friction within our Christian camp. The word gifts is a powder keg of definitions such as charisma, grace, favor. The word differing means varying; also surpassing:–differing, divers, more excellent. Some folks have a whole lotta charisma… while others… eh, not to much. But this should not be a reason to succumb to the divisional tendencies that pride can bring. Remember the parable of the talents? Some get less, some get more.
- 1-prophecy prediction (scriptural or other) an inspired speaker
- Definition of Charisma Etymology: Greek, favor, gift, from charizesthai to favor, from charis grace; akin to Greek chairein to rejoice — more at yearn Date: 1930 1 : a personal magic of leadership arousing special popular loyalty or enthusiasm for a public figure (as a political leader) 2 : a special magnetic charm or appeal
- Proportion Strong’s #356: analogia is a compound word ana meaning up and logos meaning something said.
12:7 Or 2ministry (attendance as a servant, etc.), let us wait on our ministering: or he that 3teacheth, on teaching;
- 2-ministry attendance (as a servant, etc.); figuratively (eleemosynary) aid, (official) service (especially of the Christian teacher, or technically of the diaconate):–(ad-) minister (-ing, -tration, -try), office, relief, service(-ing).3-teacheth to teach (in the same broad application):–teach.
The gifts differing……………………….
12:8 Or he that 4exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that 5ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
- 4-exhorteth to call near, i.e. invite, invoke (by imploration, hortation or consolation):–beseech, call for, (be of good) comfort, desire, (give) exhort(-ation), intreat, pray.5-ruleth to stand before, i.e. (in rank) to preside, or (by implication) to practise:–maintain, be over, rule.
5 Gifts differing. 5 equals Grace in Biblical Numerics
12:9 Let love (affection or benevolence) be without dissimulation (to hide under a false appearance). Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. 12:10 Be kindly affectioned (fraternal towards fellow Christian) one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring (to lead the way for others) one another; 12:11 Not slothful (tardy) in (the Father’s) business (diligence); fervent (to be hot) in spirit; serving the Lord;
12:12 Rejoicing in hope (to anticipate, usually with pleasure); patient (to stay under/endure/left behind) in tribulation (pressure); continuing instant (to be earnest towards) in prayer (worship); 12:13 Distributing (to share with others) to the necessity (employment) of saints; given (to pursue) to hospitality.
12:14 Bless them which persecute (pursue. press forward) you: bless (speak well of, i.e. religiously), and curse (to doom) not.
- For the word persecute the Green’s Interlinear reads ‘ones chasing’. In Matthew 10:17 the Lord tells us that we will be ‘scourged’ in THEIR synagogues. The word scourged is Strong’s # 3164, meaning to war, quarrel dispute. Jesus was not scourged in church. Furthermore, back in Proverbs 23:1 that word ‘eat’ means to eat someone’s words. The word appetite is the Hebrew word nephesh/soul. And if we have a worldly appetite (for the spirit world?), we need to put the proverbial knife to our throats and cut off the source of evil before we digest it.And furthermorest, going ahead in time; John is given the ‘little book’ and he eats the book and so on… so what I am saying is that the persecution doesn’t necessarily have to be torture. However, if Lucifer was the most subtil beast the field, and as Christians we have a history of physical persecution…. Why would Satan use physical touch to get us to fall away during the rise of the Second (religious) Beast?.
Rev. 13:16 says that he will ‘causeth all’. NOT forseth all. Of course this happens during the time of the second (religious) beast. So I suggest a Spiritual persecution. And so great a persecution that the days will be shortened for the Elect’s sake. Mark 13:20
12:15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
Keeping company with like-souled minds.
- 1 Cor. 12:26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. 27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
12:16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things (lofty, in place or character), but condescend (to take off together) to men of low estate (depressed/ humiliated). Be not wise in your own conceits (a fanciful ideas).
- Definition of Condescend: 1 a: to descend to a less formal or dignified level. b : to waive the privileges of rank 2 : to assume an air of superiority
12:17 Recompense (to give away) to no man evil for evil. Provide (to consider in advance) things honest (valuable or virtuous) in the sight of all men.
- The word evil as it is used here means worthless. As I have said before, if I suddenly realized that there was no God, I would find life worthless to live. Given that sort of thinking, I would look upon a life without the Lord as meaningless. Hell as a state of mind without Christ.
12:18 If it be possible, (powerful or capable) as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
- If it be possible. Sometimes it is NOT possible to get along with someone.
12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge (vindicate, retaliate) not yourselves, but rather give (to be giving/to yield) place (a spot) unto wrath (desire i.e. violent passion): for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
- What I see this verse saying is that we should relent from being consumed by vengeance. Leave it to the Lord as He will do a better job. Our concern should not be to eradicate the evil (tares) but to plant the seeds, til the ground. Gen.2:5
- What was Peter’s response when they came to take Jesus away? He grabbed the sword. And what did Jesus say? NO! John 18:10. Peter cuts off the RIGHT ear of Malchus (king or kingdom). Are you seeing the symbology of words here? Peter, whose previous name Simon, meaning hearing, was NOT listening to Jesus and would go as far as to tell Jesus NOT to go to Jerusalem where He would be put to death.
12:20 Therefore if thine enemy (hateful) hunger (crave), feed (to supply with bits, i.e. to nourish) him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
- This word enemy is not the typical idea that we hold in our minds for the text book definition of the word enemy. It simply means a passively, odious, or actively, hostile person. So, how do we handle a person like this? Proverbs 15:1 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. The Green’s Interlinear calls the word feed morsel or MORSELizING
12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
“Hell is a state of mind – ye never said a truer word. And every state of mind, left to itself, every shutting up of the creature within the dungeon of its own mind – is, in the end, Hell. But Heaven is not a state of mind. Heaven is reality itself. All that is fully real is Heavenly. For all that can be shaken will be shaken and only the unshakeable remains.” C. S. Lewis ~ The Great Divorce
2 cans 6 in 1 Brand tomatoes (or pure)
1 large can tomato paste
1 beef bouillon cube
1 head of garlic
1 pound ground beef
1 cup fresh basil
garlic powder to taste
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1 tbl sugar
In a large pot saute 2 sliced garlic cloves in olive oil. Do NOT allow to brown, just golden then remove. Pour in 2 cans of pure and 1 can of paste. Stir good. Allow to cook down for about an hour and a half on a low heat, and stirring often. Meanwhile slice the top off the garlic head, cover with olive oil and wrap in tin foil. Roast at 350 for about 20 mins.
In a med to high heat skillet, place ground beef and brown. Mash the meat to break up in little bits. When beef is browned remove and deglaze skillet with 1 cup of red wine (or water). Pour juice and beef into the sauce. Add the bouillon cube to the sauce. Cook down another half to 1 hour.
Finely chop the basil and add to the sauce and some garlic powder to taste. Squeeze out the garlic from its wrapper and finely chop and add to the sauce. Add 1/2 cup cheese. If sauce is too thick add some water. As soon as sauce is done to your liking? It’s done!