Those who persecute the faithful, will in their proper time receive terrible retribution from the Great and Mighty God who parted the Red Sea. The execution of such justice belongs to God and we are not to take matters into our own hands.
We are to back off from before the anger of others, and seek peace by doing good to those who misuse us: Not fighting with them.
Oh, if only the people and nations would obey this instruction.
Romans 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 12:20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
Luke 17:1 Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.
17:3 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke [reach out to him and try to resolve the issue as per Matthew 18] him; and if he repent, forgive him.
Forgive those who wrong us as often as is necessary, and place such things in the hands of God.
17:4 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.
Yes, Lord; Increase our faith and help us to obey your instructions.
17:5 And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.
We are to obey God and follow God’s Word in all things; in doing so our faith in God will be increased, which in turn will increase God’s Spirit in us and the power to overcome.
17:6 And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.
17:7 But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat? 17:8 And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink? 17:9 Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not.
Brethren, learning and living by every Word of God is only the beginning and is not enough! We are to do all we can to PLEASE our LORD in all things.
In all that we do, let us ask ourselves: Does this please God? Does it set a godly example for others and make us a good light of example for God’s way?
When you abuse your mate, or pay others to serve you on Sabbath; does that please God, does it set a godly example?
17:10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.
17:11 And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. 7:12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: 17:13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. 17:14 And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.
Only the one leper praised and thanked God for his cleansing and he was a Palestinian.
17:15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, 17:16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.
17:17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? 17:18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. 17:19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.
The kingdom of God is ruled by the Word of God which is the law of that kingdom.
The nature of God, the Ruler of that kingdom, is internalized through sincere repentance, a baptismal commitment to STOP sinning, the application of the sacrifice of Christ for all PAST sins repented of, and the gift of the Holy Spirit.
17:20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
The Kingdom of God is within us by the presence of the Holy Spirit, if we live by every Word of God; which is the laws of that Kingdom.
Jesus speaks of his death and of his resurrection and his ascension to heaven to sit at right hand of God the Father until he returns (Psalm 110:1).
17:22 And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it.
We need not seek for the physical presence of Christ; for when he comes everyone will see him!
17:23 And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them. 17:24 For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.
It will be no secret when Christ comes to establish the Kingdom of God over all the earth.
17:25 But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation.
The wicked will not know that their correction is at hand; that includes those of today’s spiritual Ekklesia who have fallen away. They will not understand for they are not the children of the light who follow the Lamb and live by every Word of God in Christ-like zeal.
The vast majority of people calling themselves the people of God today, will be in the great tribulation because of their Sabbath pollution and idolizing of men, corporate organizations and false traditions.
These folks will be about their everyday business and will deny even the prophets of power when they come. Even at the very end of the tribulation most will be in denial and will be taken completely surprise by the actual coming of Christ in power to rule all nations on the earth.
17:26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. 17:27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
17:28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; 17:29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
17:30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
Believe the biblical signs and respond to the warnings of the two prophets of God, doing whatever they direct.
17:31 In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back.
Matthew 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
24:16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: 24:17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: 24:18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. 24:19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! 24:20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
Do not look back or long for the pleasures of this world
Luke 17:32 Remember Lot’s wife.
Many will say that it will be foolish to leave, because they love this world and its pleasures, not really desiring godliness. They love this world so much that they will prefer to stay in it, rather than obey God.
Only those willing to give up their lives, living by every Word of God and DOING his will; will be raised up to life eternal. Those who love their lives in worldliness will lose their eternal life unless they repent quickly.
17:33 Whosoever shall seek to save his [physical] life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it [in the resurrection of God’s faithful to eternal spirit].
The next passage refers to the sudden surprise of Christ’s coming with most people going about their daily business when he comes.
17:34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. 17:35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 17:36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
Where the money is the robbers will gather. At this end time there are MANY false teachers deceiving today’s brethren!
17:37 And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.
Meaning that many talented deceivers will be attracted to the body of believers to gain personal advantage.
Always have a prayerful attitude and in our needs appeal to God until an answer comes; remembering that the answer comes to those who obey God and it may not always be the answer that we want, for God knows better than we what is truly good for us.
Luke 18:1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
18:2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: 18:3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. 18:4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; 18:5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. 18:6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.
18:7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? 18:8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
This parable teaches God’s people to long for and to pray unceasingly for, the coming of the resurrection to spirit and the putting down of all evil on the earth in the Kingdom of God.
The following parable about prayer is so true today; I have heard so very many pray at services just like this Pharisee.
18:9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 18:10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 18:12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
18:13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
18:14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
Jesus taught us that we are to become like innocent, believing, obedient children; who TRUST their father, believing him and doing what he says. We are to be humble before God our heavenly Father and to have a humble contrite spirit before him; trusting, believing and obedient to our Mighty God who loves us with his whole heart. We are to love him with our whole hearts, and we are to strive with all our beings to be Just Like Him!!!
18:15 And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them. 18:16 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. 18:17 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.
Jesus was humble before God the Father at all times.
18:18 And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? 18:19 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.
Jesus begins to list some of the commandments in answer to the question
18:20Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father [which includes God the Father] and thy mother.
18:21 And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up.
This young man had one serious problem; he coveted worldly things, just as very many in today’s Ekklesia do.
Notice Christ’s answer: Did he say give all to me and my organization? NO, he said to give to others. WHY? Because Jesus Christ was not covetous himself!
18:22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.
Those who covet [set their hearts on] worldly things, cannot enter into the resurrection to spirit.
18:23 And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich. 18:24 And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! 18:25 For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
Yet, there are even some good people who being worldly rich, do not covet or put their trust in physical wealth.
18:26 And they that heard it said, Who then can be saved? 18:27 And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.
On behalf of the apostles, Peter asks: What is the reward of the faithful?
18:28 Then Peter said, Lo, we have left all, and followed thee.
18:29 And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God’s sake, 18:30 Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.
The repentant and faithful overcomers are all children of the same Father God!
Matthew 12:47 Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee.
12:48 But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? 12:49 And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!
12:50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.
Jesus then told his disciples that they were going to Jerusalem for the Passover, and speaks of the things that will happen there.
Luke 18:31 Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. 18:32 For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: 18:33 And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again. 18:34 And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.
The blind man healed by calling out to Christ in faith
18:35 And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging: 18:36 And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant. 18:37 And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by. 18:38 And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me. 18:39 And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou son of David, have mercy on me.
We all need to have our spiritual blindness healed!
When we fast, we should fast that our eyes may be opened to the spiritual truth and the teachings and sound doctrines of Holy Scripture.
Let us all ask our beloved Father in heaven to open our eyes to see ourselves as HE sees us, and to give us the Spirit of sincere repentance and zeal for doing all his will and to live by every Word of God. Let us all beg our heavenly Father to give us the obedient and humble spirit of a young child before him!!!
18:40 And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him, 18:41 Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight. 18:42 And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee. 18:43 And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God