Sunday, September 29, 2013
Friends, today we are going to look at the many people in the bible who had no time for the Lord Jesus and told the Lord Jesus to take a ticket and take a seat. To all my friends everywhere, Brother Bob says confess Jesus as Lord right now today and believe in your hearts that Jesus died for you on the cross and rose again and be saved. Hebrews 3:7 tells us Wherefore as the Holy Ghost saith, To day, if ye will hear His voice, Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness. Don't put the Lord Jesus off and say Jesus take a ticket and take a seat, I'll get to you when I can at a more convenient season. Jesus does not stand in a line waiting on His turn to see you. When Jesus knocks on your door friend, you must immediately open the door and receive Jesus as your Lord because one day it might be too late.
Pictured above we see Felix and his wife Drusilla telling Paul that they will consider Jesus as Lord at a more convenient season. Paul's testimony about Jesus made Felix tremble and reason about the righteousness, temperance and judgment to come. Unfortunately Felix told the Lord Jesus to take a ticket and take a seat and Felix' convenient season to consider Paul's testimony about Jesus as Lord did not occur. History records that Felix and Drusilla perished and suffered in an earthquake at their city for delaying to consider and accept Jesus.
The picture above is stated at Acts 24:24 and says After certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul and heard him concerning the faith in Christ. And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee. He hoped also that money should have been given him of Paul, that he might loose him; (wow Felix loved money more than Jesus and told Jesus to take a ticket and take a seat).
Friends reading this anywhere, don't be like the multitudes of people that tell the Lord Jesus later on maybe, I got a lot of stuff to do before I can accept Jesus as God. Friends, God will not wait on us. God doesn't need us. We need God. When God calls we better answer and not put God on the backburner. The bible does not say that God has to wait on us. But, the bible says that we have to wait on God. Psalm 27:14 says Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart; wait, I say, on the Lord. Isaiah 40:31 says But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint.
Another person in the bible who told Jesus to take a ticket and take a seat was King Agrippa pictured above who told Paul almost thou persuadest me to be a christian. Acts 26:27 records how Paul tried to save King Agrippa by his testimony when Paul said King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a christian. Friends everywhere let us not be like King Agrippa and just be almost persuaded to be a christian. Almost only counts in horseshoes. In Jesus name, look at Romans 14:5 and Brother Bob says let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind that Jesus is Lord and go all the way with Jesus.
So many people in this world like King Agrippa say some other day I'll think about accepting Jesus as Lord. Some other day might be a better day in our minds to accept Jesus, but today is the day of salvation in God's mind. God's schedule might not match your schedule, but your schedule better match God's schedule. Today, harden not your heart, stiff not your neck, for if you do you shall suddenly be cut off and without remedy. Proverbs 29:1 tells us He that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
Friends, be blessed and read what my good friend Sonny Mull said about the excuses people make when they tell the Lord Jesus to take a ticket and take a seat. The liquor and the bar crowd says let God wait till we make drunkards out of all your children. The movie industry says let God wait, we got entertainment worth staying home from church for. The sports crowd says let God wait, put him off until you're a pro, making a lot of money, and are famous. The sex crowd says let God wait, till you get aids and then you'll need Him. Let God wait until you got four or five illegitimate children on welfare and nobody wants you. People say wait God, wait, I'm too busy enjoying this world, maybe later. The money crowd says let God wait until I have all my worldly possessions. The drug crowd says let God wait until we can't have fun any other way.
Sonny Mull went on to say people think of God as a last chance to enjoy anything in life. They try everything in the world except Jesus. King Solomon warned us at Ecclesiastes 1:2 Vanity of vanites, saith the preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. After King Solomon realized the emptiness and vanity of this world, he concluded at Ecclesiastes 12:3 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter; Fear God, and keep His commandments; for this is the whole duty of man. Friends everywhere, put God first, not last, not second, not third; Jesus has got to be first in your life if you want a holy ghost filled powerful life.
The five foolish virgins pictured above in the back also told Jesus to take a ticket and take a seat. When there was a cry, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet Him; the five foolish virgins said to the Lord Jesus wait on us, we've got to get money and buy some oil for our lamps; we'll be right back. When they got back, the door to be with Jesus was locked. As they continuously knocked on the door saying Lord Jesus open to us, open to us, look at Matthew 7:23 and see how Jesus replied saying I never knew you, depart from me, ye that work iniquity. The five foolish virgins failed to realize that faith alone in Jesus and not money creates the oil of the Holy Ghost. As a result, the five foolish virgins were too late to meet Jesus and be in the kingdom of God in peace forevermore.
The story about the five foolish virgins is recorded at Matthew 25 and says Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them. But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet Him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. and the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
Matthew 25:9 goes on to say But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you, but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and they that were ready went in with Him to the marriage; and the door was shut. Afterward, came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But, He answered, and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Wow because the five foolish virgins told Jesus to wait, take a ticket, and take a seat, God shut the door and it was too late for them to be with Jesus. Revelation 3:7 tells us when God shuts a door, no man can open that door.
In the picture above we see another example of the people who lived during Noah's time who also told the Lord Jesus to wait, take a ticket, and take a seat. The people ignored and mocked Noah's preaching for 120 years that they needed to get into the ark because it was going to rain. They experienced the same fate as the five foolish virgins where God shut the door of the ark and it was too late for them to be with Jesus in peace. Notice that God, not Noah shut the door of the ark and as stated earlier at Revelation 3:7 when God shuts a door, no man can open that door. Genesis 7:15 proves that God shut the door and says And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life. And they that went in, went in male and female of flesh, as God had commanded him, and the Lord shut him in (God not Noah shut the door to the ark).
The scriptures that prove that Noah was a preacher of righteousness for an hundred and twenty years can be found at the following places in the bible. 2 Peter 2:5 tells us And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly. Genesis 6:3 tells us And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh; yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. Notice that this bible verse says God will not always strive or wait on us. Therefore, now friend is the time to wake up, accept Jesus as Lord, and serve the Lord Jesus for the rest of our lives.
Take time to read the following scriptures telling us to wake up and accept Jesus as Lord today. Ephesians 5:14 says Wherefore He saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly (defined as diligently, always looking to Jesus and His word), not as fools, but as wise. Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Romans 13:11 says And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand; let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.
For my final picture today, we see the rich young ruler whose love for money caused him to leave Jesus, and tell the Lord Jesus to take a ticket and take a seat. The story about this rich young ruler is found at Luke 18:18 and says And a certain ruler asked Him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? Jesus replied at Luke 18:20 saying Thou knowest the commandments. Do not commit adultery. Do not kill, do not steal, do not bear false witness, honour thy father and thy mother. And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up. 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. And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful, for he was very rich. And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, He said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God.
This rich young ruler walked away from Jesus with the excuse that he needed his money more than Jesus. This reminds Brother Bob of the three people that had excuses and told the Lord Jesus that they could not attend His great supper. Because these three people told Jesus to take a ticket and take a seat, they were not allowed to taste of Jesus' great supper. This is recorded at Luke 14:16 and says Then said He unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many. And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come, for all things are now ready. And they all with one consent began to make excuse.
The first said unto Him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it; I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them; I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I can not come. Take a look at Jesus' response to their excuses at Luke 14:24 that says For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.
My friend Sonny Mull preached a great sermon stating that when people make excuses and put off Jesus for another day for worldly pleasures, Jesus will give them up, up, and over to a reprobate mind. First, God will give them up to uncleanness, second God will give them up to vile affections, and finally God will give them over to a reprobate mind. Up, up, and over.
Up, up, and over is proven by the following scriptures. Romans 1:20 says For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse. Romans 1:24 goes on to say Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves; Romans 1:26 goes on to say For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections. Finally Romans 1:28 says And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.
Here's something to tell a Jehovah's witness who comes to your house. Ask the Jehovah witness Why don't you have a cross on your building; Tell them those to whom hell means little, the cross means less. Remember friend when Jesus died on the cross for you, it kept us out of hell. Show the love of Jesus and pray for Jehovah witnesses to be saved and confess Jesus as God, but speak out against the Jehovah witnesses false doctrine that denies Jesus as God. 1 John 4:1 warns us that any religion that says Jesus is not God come in the flesh (which is the belief of the Jehovah witnesses) is of the antichrist and is not of God. Show a Jehovah witness 1 Timothy 3:16 and tell them that Jesus was God come in the flesh and was the mystery of godliness.
As always, it is a joy writing these bible studies to lift up our Lord Jesus. Feel free to email Brother Bob anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Brother Bob Malkin, 2233 Pinetree Lane, Apt. N., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068. (614) 604-7133. Till we meet again soon to lift up our Lord Jesus, everyone have a blessed day in Jesus name.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
For our bible study this week we see pictured above Gideon threshing wheat by a winepress as an angel appears and tells Gideon that the Lord is with him, thou mighty man of valour. Gideon was chosen by the Lord Jesus to lead and deliver Israel from the Midianites. Gideon told the angel that he was not a leader because he was poor and the least in his fathers' house.. But, the Lord encouraged Gideon and said Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man. The Lord Jesus was faithful and blessed Gideon to defeat a multitude of Midianites with only 300 men.
Friend reading this anywhere, remember with the Lord Jesus you can overcome any trouble like Gideon and receive victory over any problem. Right now I claim victory for you friend in Jesus name as you say the following three scriptures. Romans 8:31 If God be for us, who can be against us. Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengetheneth me. 2 Corinthians 2:14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ.
The story about the above picture can be seen at Judges 6:11 that says And there came an angel of the Lord, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abiezrite, and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress to hide it from the Midianites (note the Lord Jesus chose Gideon who was afraid and hid his wheat from the Midianites to be the brave leader of Israel).
And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him, and said unto him The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valour. And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the Lord be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all His miracles which our fathers told us of saying, Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt? but now the Lord hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites. And the Lord looked upon him and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites; have not I sent thee. And he said unto Him, O my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel, behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house. And the Lord said unto him, Surely, I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man.
After the angel appeared to Gideon, the Lord Jesus told Gideon to throw down his father Joash's altar of Baal and cut down the grove (defined as sacred trees and poles for idol worship). Pictured above we see that Gideon immediately obeyed the Lord Jesus, and that same night removed his father's altar of Baal and the grove as he offered a bullock for a burnt sacrifice. Also pictured above we see that the next morning the men of the city were alarmed that Baal was destroyed and sought to kill Gideon. But, Gideon's faith in Jesus saved Gideon's life, as his father Joash spared his son Gideon and told the men of the city that Gideon has a new name Jerubbaal that means let Baal himself plead or contend with Gideon. The false god Baal failed to plead or contend with Gideon, and Jesus spared and preserved Gideon's life.
The story about the above picture is found at Judges 6:25 and says And it came to pass the same night, that the Lord said unto him, Take thy father's young bullock, even the second bullock of 7 years old, and throw down the altar of Baal that thy father hath, and cut down the grove that is by it. And build an altar unto the Lord thy God upon the top of this rock, in the ordered place, and take the second bullock and offer a burnt sacrifice with the wood of the grove which thou shalt cut down.
Judges 6:27 goes on to say Then Gideon took 10 men of his servants, and did as the Lord had said unto him; and so it was because he feared his father's household, and the men of the city, that he could not do it by day, that he did it by night. And when the men of the city arose early in the morning, behold, the altar of Baal was cast down, and the grove was cut down that was by it, and the second bullock was offered upon the altar that was built.
Judges 6:29 goes on to say And they said one to another, who hath done this thing? And when they enquired and asked, they said, Gideon, the son of Joash has done this thing. Then the men of the city said to Joash, Bring out thy son that he may die, because he hath cast down the altar of Baal, and because he hath cut down the grove that was by it. And Joash said unto all that stood against him, will ye plead for Baal? Will ye save him? he that will plead for him, let him be put to death whilst it is yet morning; if he be a god let him plead for himself, because one hath cast down his altar; Therefore, on that day he called him Jerubbaal, saying, Let Baal plead (defined as contend) against him, because he hath thrown down his altar.
Friends, lets be like Gideon and immediately obey any request from our Lord Jesus. Friends, like Gideon, lets immediately obey Jesus and save people for Jesus everywhere telling people to say Jesus is Lord and believe in their hearts that Jesus died for them and rose again Gideon immediately that same night obeyed Jesus' request to remove his father's altar of Baal and grove. As a result, Gideon's life was spared and Jesus blessed Gideon to be a great leader of Israel. Gideon got right with God in one day, tore the altar of Baal down that same night, and was the leader of the whole land the next day. Wow, Gideon came from a man hiding in a winepress to a man leading an army and he defeated the Midianites with just 300 men.
Notice that after God told Gideon to throw down the altar of Baal, Gideon didn't delay for 2 days, a month, or a year. Gideon immediately got up that same night and threw down his father's altar of Baal and grove. People asked my good friend Pastor Sonny Mull who inspired this writing, Sonny when did you get saved, and Sonny said April 19, 1963. Then they asked, Sonny when did you start preaching, and Sonny said April 19, 1963. Friends, lets be like Sonny and not wait 10 or 20 years to start preaching. Friend, if God has called you to preach Jesus, get in and go right now.
For my next picture, we see the Lord Jesus knocking on the door of a family saying Follow me. Friend reading this anywhere are you willing to follow Jesus and leave your entire family that might tell you to deny Jesus. Gideon in our story above followed Jesus, and when Gideon removed his father's altar of Baal and grove, Gideon said I'm gonna do what God told me to do even if my own daddy forgets me; I'm gonna do what God told me to do even if my own community kicks me out; If they excommunicate me, I don't give a flying rip; I'm gonna do what God told me to do. As a result, Gideon's daddy Joash got saved and defended Gideon by telling the people that they would die if they defended Baal. Also, the people of Israel stopped worshipping Baal and and entire nation began serving the Lord Jesus because of one man Gideon's obedience. Finally, Gideon became a blessed leader and gave the people freedom from the Midianite enemy.
Friend reading this anywhere be like Gideon and go all the way with Jesus, even if your entire family and community leaves you. If you follow Jesus and be like Brother Bob who at age 21 left his entire Jewish family (mother, father, aunts, uncles, cousins, and nephews) to serve Jesus, Jesus will bless and keep you alive because Psalm 27:10 says When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up. Jesus said at Matthew 10:37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it; and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
Thirty years ago, Brother Bob chose to follow Jesus and leave his entire Jewish family who wanted Brother Bob to deny Jesus. In 1983 my parents told me to choose Jesus or their money. After I chose Jesus, I was faced with living on the street in 0 degree weather. I called my parents for help and they hung up the phone on me and said let Jesus help you. As I cried on the cold pavement in a lonely parking lot, I looked up to Jesus and said Lord Jesus you are all I have left. Everyone has left me, mother, father, family, and even the people of the church. Jesus replied good, now Bobby I can help you. I found out that if I have Jesus only in this life, Jesus alone can fix any problem. The next day my little brother Dave drove to Columbus Ohio and gave me a place to stay and the next week I got a job that to this day 25 years later Brother Bob is still working on.
Friend, choose to follow Jesus, and Jesus will always take care of you and provide all your needs. For 30 years, Brother Bob has always had enough food, clothes, and money for a place to live all provided by Jesus. Jesus took care of Brother Bob for 30 years while his entire jewish family abandoned Brother Bob. People tell Brother Bob you are a crazy nut for leaving everything in this world and your family for Jesus. Brother Bob replies crazy but happy as he shouts praises for being with Jesus. And hallelujah, because Brother Bob like Gideon showed up for Jesus, Brother Bob's little brother Dave and his entire family got saved.
Notice also in the story above that because Gideon showed up for Jesus and immediately removed his father's altar of Baal, his whole family got saved as they saw the change in Gideon and joined Gideon as they all served the Lord Jesus. Also, when other people saw Gideon's fire and faithful obedience to Jesus, 10 other men jumped in with Gideon and offered to remove the altar of Baal and its grove. Let's all be like Gideon, and as we all lift up our Lord Jesus, other believers will see our faith and follow Jesus and nations will be changed and begin to serve the Lord Jesus.
My friend Sonny Mull stated that Gideon's sensation by quickly throwing down the altar of Baal created a new dispensation or belief in the Lord Jesus. Gideon in one night brought in a whole new way of doing things. In one night because of Gideon, the people stopped worshipping Baal and started to worship the Lord Jesus. One night changed and blessed a whole nation because of one man Gideon who obeyed God. We need a person in our nations like Gideon not ashamed of Jesus who can also in one night change and bless their nation by speaking out against false religions and beliefs that deny the Lord Jesus and the Word of God.
For my next picture, notice that only Jesus can gather together children and parents. Malachi 4:5 tells us Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse. You might say has the spirit of Elijah come to unite the children, fathers, and all generations. Brother Bob answers yes because John the Baptist had the spirit of Elijah and led us all to the Lord Jesus who unites all people of all generations. Jesus himself said at John 12:32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.
I was inspired to post the above picture after my friend Sonny Mull stated that Gideon and 10 men with 2 bulls (a young and old 7 year old bull) and some ropes removed the altar of Baal. Sonny said an anointed saying as he referred to the young and 7 year old bulls pulling down the Baal idol, that if the juniors and seniors pull together, we'll throw that Baal down. As Brother Bob has preached for thirty years, Jesus has always brought together 5 year olds, 15 year olds, 30 year olds, 50 year olds, and 90 year olds. Each generation is divided by worldly fashions and fads, but only Jesus can bring all ages together.
Friend in any nation, the eyes of Jesus are running to and fro throughout the whole earth searching for saints like Gideon who are sensitive to the Spirit and willing to do the will of God to unite nations and people to serve our Lord Jesus. This is proven by 2 Chronicles 16:9 that says For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth to shew Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him. God's eyes found a faithful man named Gideon who was strengthened to remove the altar of Baal and its grove and become a leader who delivered Israel from the Midianites.
For my final picture today I want to share a testimony about a young girl that got saved and left her entire family to serve Jesus. The little girl's faith was strengthened by 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 that says For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first; Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
The testimony of the little girl is as follows: After a young girl got saved, her family excommunicated her and kicked her out and said if you don't come back to your native religion, the family will have nothing to do with you. You will not be invited to any of the family's programs, outings, or reunions. You will be dead to us if you don't come back to your native religion. She said I'm sorry, I will not deny my Lord Jesus. The family started looking at her like she was some kind of wierdo. And finally they said if you don't come back to your native religion, you can't be buried in our cemetery. (Take time to read the anointed response from this precious little girl). The young girl replied, bury me where you will, but when my blessed Lord Jesus comes back, He'll gather up every part of my body that belongs to Him and transform it into a glorious body and take me to heaven. After she stated this, some of her family members got saved for Jesus.
Remember friend, if you like the little girl show up for Jesus, your entire family will see your blessed change and join your walk with Jesus. And per our bible study today, because Gideon served Jesus and threw down his father's altar for Baal, Gideon's dad Joash got saved, served Jesus, and spared Gideon's life. And a final thought from Brother Bob to go all the way with Jesus and leave this fading world. Tell everyone like Joshua and Caleb in the bible, you can go back to the leeks and garlick in Egypt, I'm headed for the promised land, milk and honey is my desire.
As always it is a blessing to write out these bible studies for our Lord Jesus. Feel free to email Brother Bob anytime at email@example.com or write to Brother Bob Malkin, 2233 Pinetree Lane, Apt. N., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068. (614) 604-7133. Till we all meet again soon to lift up our Lord Jesus, everyone have a blessed day in Jesus name.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
For this week's bible study we shall see how God promised the tribe of Gad (defined as a troop) victory over any troubles they faced in this world. If Gad faced the obstacles of steep mountains and swift flowing rivers pictured above, Gad would jump in and cross the river and climb any steep mountain to receive victory and conquer any enemy. Friend reading this anywhere, I pray in Jesus name that you receive today the confidence of Gad to overcome any obstacle or trouble you might face in this world. Our Lord Jesus who is the Word and represents Gad will give us all victory in every area of our lives as we daily claim Jesus as our Lord and believe Jesus died on the cross for us and rose again. 2 Corinthians 2:14 says Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of His knowledge by us in every place.
When Jacob pronounced Gad's blessing, Jacob promised that Gad would at the last overcome if Gad ignored any troubles or persecutions for their service to the Lord Jesus. Jacob's blessing given to Gad is listed at Genesis 49:19 and says Gad, a troop shall overcome him; but he shall overcome at the last. Jacob encouraged his son Gad to always do his best for the Lord Jesus and know that in the end there is a sure victory with our Lord Jesus over any troubles. Jacob told his son Gad to be confident and that no matter what came against him, in the end with the Lord Jesus, Gad would overcome and be victorious at the last.
Friend reading this, like Gad you might face troubles and persecutions for your service to the Lord Jesus. But, Brother Bob promises you that according to the Word of God, Jesus will comfort you, heal you, and give you great peace through any trouble you might face in this world. With Jesus we always win and overcome in the end over any trouble, obstacle, or roadblock we face from this world. 2 Corinthians 4:8 says We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 6:8 describes saints and says by honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true, as unknown, and yet well known, as dying, and behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; as sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing, as poor, yet making many rich, as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
Friend, remember that when you are persecuted for your walk with Jesus, people are persecuting Jesus and not you. Just rest and allow Jesus to fight your battles. Pray that your enemies repent and stop persecuting you to avoid the wrath of God. Hebrews 10:31 says It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. The Lord Jesus is described as a man of war at Exodus 15:3 that says The Lord is a man of war; the Lord is His name. Romans 12:19 says Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath; for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Remember Romans 8:31 says If God be for us, who can be against us? Also 2 Chronicles 20:15 promises us that the battle is not yours, but God's.
OK, Brother Bob is going to use the above three pictures of people looking at a river and mountain to cross, a lion, and a deer that has climbed over many steep mountains to describe the victorious Gadite warriors of the bible. 1 Chronicles 12:8 says And of the Gadites there separated themselves unto David into the hold to the wilderness men of might, and men of war fit for the battle, that could handle shield and buckler, whose faces were like the faces of lions, and were as swift as the roes (deers) upon the mountains. 2 Chronicles 12:14 goes on to say These were the sons of Gad, captains of the host; one of the least was over 100; and the greatest over 1000. These are they that went over Jordan in the first month, when it had overflown all his banks and they put to flight all them of the valleys, both toward the east and toward the west.
These scriptures describe Gad as lionlike, swift and sure footed as deer, able to climb over steep mountainous terrain or jump into and cross over any swelling river like Jordan to defeat any enemy on the other side of a steep mountain or fast moving river. Jeremiah 49:19 described Gad and stated Behold he shall come up like a lion from the swelling of Jordan against the habitation of the strong. 2 Samuel 22:34 also described Gad as a sure footed deer to climb any mountain by saying He Maketh my feet like hinds' (deer's) feet (sure footed); and setteth me upon my high places. No obstacle like a steep mountain or an overflowing river prevented Gad from fighting the enemy. I pray in Jesus name all my friends reading this anywhere be like Gad and receive lionlike courage and the sure footed feet of a deer to climb any mountain with Jesus and overcome any trouble they face in this world.
Jesus told us all at Mark 11:23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass, he shall have whatsoever he saith. The Lord Jesus promised us at Isaiah 43:2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee; when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned, neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
Friends let's be like Gad because with Jesus Romans 8:37 promises us Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. In Jesus name we are not just conquerors but more than conquerors as Jesus overcomes all problems in our lives. At birth Gad's mother Zilpah named him a victorious warrior and called Gad a troop at Genesis 30:10 that says And Zilpah Leah's maid bare Jacob a son, And Leah said A troop cometh, and she called his name Gad (defined as troop). Like Gad, when saints become born again, Jesus makes them victorious warriors over any problem of this world.
Also, notice that Gad was victorious on two fronts wining territory eastward and westward. I claim the favour of Gad in Jesus name to all my friends everywhere where the blessings of Jesus will extend eastward and westward as God enlarges our border, extends our cords, and strengthens our stakes. I claim for all my friends the blessing of Isaiah 54:2 that says enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations; Spare not, lengthen thy cords and strengthen thy stakes. Lord Jesus also bless all my friends with the prayer of Jabez at 1 Chronicles 4:10 that says Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me!
Below are the scriptures that prove that Gad always triumphed with the Lord Jesus over any enemy. 1 Chronicles 5:18 says The sons of Reuben, and the Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh, of valiant men, men able to bear buckler and sword, and to shoot with bow, and skilful in war, were 44,760, that went out to war. And they made war with the Hagarites, with Jetur, and Nephish, and Nodab. And they were helped against them, and the Hagarites were delivered into their hand, and all that were with them; for they cried to God in the battle, and He was intreated of them; because they put their trust in Him. And they took away their cattle of their camels 50000, and of sheep 250000, and of asses 2000, and of men 100000. For there fell down many slain, because the war was of God. (Notice God fought for Gad and gave Gad a great victory. God also will fight our battles and give us all great victories). And they dwelt in their steads until the captivity.
To end up our bible study today, pictured above we see a grandfather taking time to teach his grandson the bible. Let's all be like this grandfather and teach multitudes the goodness of Jesus. Friends time is so short and only what we do for Jesus will last forever. It seems like yesterday that Brother Bob was 21 and preaching revivals all over Ohio. Wow, now I'm 51 and 30 years just passed by like a second. I'm thankful that Jesus has given Brother Bob a mind to write this book for Jesus which will always last and bless many people for many years. Brother Bob did not waste away his life but reached 40000 people with this book for Jesus from a one bedroom apartment in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Friend, I encourage you also to do something for Jesus and redeem your time on this earth. Only what we do for Jesus will last.
Colossians 4:5 says Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Ephesians 5:14 says Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly (defined as diligently), not as fools, but as wise. Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Friend since we don't know what tomorrow will bring, we need to right now do all we can for Jesus. Proverbs 27:1 says Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth. King Solomon said that when you are alive and well do all you can for Jesus. Ecclesiastes 9:10 says Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.
Notice that Galatians 6:10 says As we have therefore opportunity (notice when you are alive and well and have opportunity use your time to bless people with the goodness of Jesus) let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. Also, notice that Jesus told us to occupy and get busy and tell multitudes about the goodness of Jesus. Luke 19:13 says And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy (defined as get busy and tell multitudes about the Lord Jesus) till I come.
Friends, now is the time to do all we can for our Lord Jesus and win souls to Jesus. Jesus said at John 4:35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields, for they are white already to harvest. Jesus then told us all at Mark 16:15 go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He hat believeth and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believeth not shall be damned. Finally Jude 22 tells us And of some have compassion, making a difference; And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
As always it was a great blessing to write this bible study that I pray in Jesus name strengthens and blesses my friends with peace. Feel free to email Brother Bob anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Brother Bob Malkin, 2233 Pinetree Lane, Apt. N., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068. (614) 604-7133. Till we all meet again soon to lift up our Lord Jesus, everyone have a blessed day in Jesus name.
Sunday, September 8, 2013
For our teaching today we will look at several peaceful sayings that Jesus revealed to Brother Bob this week. For our first thought look at the picture above of the robin and sparrow talking to one another. Notice that birds do not worry and just enjoy the peace of life. I pray in Jesus name that all my friends that read this in so many places be like the birds and not worry and enjoy the peace of Jesus daily. I must rewrite the saying above that says said the robin to the sparrow: I would really like to know, Why these anxious human beings rush about and worry so? Said the sparrow to the robin: Friend, I think that it must be that they have no Heavenly Father, such as cares for you and me.
Friend like the birds, don't worry about your daily needs in this world. Matthew 10:29 says Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. You might say Brother Bob how do I stop worrying daily and receive peace. The answer is one word Jesus. When the troubles of this world seem to be too much around you friend, see Jesus crucified with your hearts and commit or give all your troubles to Jesus. I guarantee that you will receive peace from Jesus to overcome any problem facing you in this world as you tell the devil Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ and Revelation 12:11, the blood of Jesus has overcome you devil and given me victory over all my problems in this world. Remember, daily after you commit your problems to Jesus, say thank you Lord Jesus for dying for me on the cross and giving me peace.
Friends, remember these scriptures when it seems like the troubles of life overwhelm you. The bible says to walk like Jesus and follow the steps of Jesus to overcome any problem at 1 Peter 2:21 that says For even hereunto were ye called; because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps. Next, 1 Peter 2:23 gives us the way to walk like Jesus to overcome any problem and says Who, when He was reviled, reviled not again; when He suffered, He threatened not; but committed Himself to Him that judgeth righteously.
When Brother Bob was persecuted for his walk with Jesus and suffered and wanted in his flesh to curse, threaten, sue, and complain, I did like Jesus said and when I suffered, I did not threaten, complain, or curse anymore, but said Jesus I commit my problems to you to carry. Jesus took away all the hurt that I felt from the persecutions and restored joy, life, and peace to Brother Bob. To sum it up, we all need Jesus to live and not die because 1 John 5:12 says He that hath the Son hath life, and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
The bible tells us to daily give by faith all our troubles to Jesus (not just one time) but daily because Jesus cares for us. 1 Peter 5:7 says Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you. Philippians 4:6 also says Be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (again Jesus tells us to give our problems by faith to Jesus) And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
For our next thought, Brother Bob wants all my friends in the many nations to receive joy. To receive joy, let's look at each letter of the word joy. I pray in Jesus name for all my friends in the many nations, that daily in their lives, Jesus is first, others second, and yourself last. The bible states this at Matthew 22:37 and says Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Psalm 105:4 also says Seek the Lord, and His strength; Seek His face evermore.
This week Jesus revealed to Brother Bob that we all need to avoid idolatry and place the Lord Jesus first in every area of our lives. You might say Brother Bob I'm not worshipping any idols. OK take time to see how the bible defines idolatry as stubbornness, arroganace, and covetousness (defined as greed to constantly obtain more material possessions) which we all need to avoid by daily looking to the Lord Jesus and the Word of God.
Idolatry is defined by the following two bible scriptures: 1 Samuel 15:23 says For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Colossians 3:5 says Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry. I pray in Jesus name we all get saved and flee from covetousness, stubbornness, and idolatry by confessing Jesus as Lord as we believe Jesus died for us on the cross and rose again. 1 John 5:21 says Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen. 1 Corinthians 10:14 says Wherefore my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.
For our next thought we look at a blessed quote from the great preacher of the 1800's DL Moody that says The bible will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from the bible. This also reminds Brother Bob of another quote that says a praying man will stop sinning but a sinning man will stop praying. You might say Brother Bob how does the bible stop us from sinning. My answer is that the bible or Word is Jesus that has removed all our sins forevermore. 1 John 1:7 tells us that the blood of Jesus cleanseth us from all sin. The bible says Jesus has mercy for thousands at Exodus 34:6 that says And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and sin.
Friend reading this anywhere, if you feel guilty because of your past sinful life, come to Jesus now today and receive abundant mercy where your sins will be forgotten forevermore. Say Jesus I confess you as Lord and believe Jesus you died for me and rose again and get saved right now. Then you can rejoice as you say 1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy (notice Jesus' mercy to remove your guilt is abundant) hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Also, notice how Romans 8:1 says There is therefore now (this says right now where our past sins are forgotten forevermore) no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
WHEN WE'VE BEEN THERE 10000 YEARS
BRIGHT SHINING AS THE SUN
WE'VE NO LESS DAYS TO SING GOD'S PRAISE
THAN WHEN WE'VE FIRST BEGUN
For my next blessed thought, I give you a quote above from the blessed hymn amazing grace written in the 1700's by John Newton that says When we've been there 10000 years, bright shining as the sun, we've no less days to sing God's praise, than when we've first begun. The words of this blessed hymn prove that the joy we all receive in heaven will be everlasting.
According to the hymn amazing grace even after 10000 years, eternity prevails where saints keep singing God's praises to Jesus as the joy goes on and on forevermore. Brother Bob saw in a vision a saint in heaven saying I've been in heaven as long as I was on earth for 85 years. And the next moment, that same saint said Wow, I've been in heaven with joy as long as the earth was in existence for 5000 years. And this joy with Jesus in heaven that I'm experiencing will go on and on forevermore. Psalm 90:4 says For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past; and as a watch in the night.
For my next blessed thought, take time to meditate on the blessed words from a hymn written by Isaac Watts in the 1700's that says in heaven There is a land of pure delight, where saints immortal reign, infinite day excludes the night, and pleasures banish pain. Revelation 21:4 speaks of heaven and says And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away. Notice all bad memories of this world will be forgotten and passed away in heaven. This is proven by one of Brother Bob's favorite bible verses at Isaiah 65:17 that says For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.
Truly in heaven no night exists as infinite day excludes the night removing darkness forevermore. Revelation 22:5 says And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light; and they shall reign for ever and ever. Isaiah 60:19 also tells us The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee; but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory. Finally, Zechariah 14:7 says But it shall be one day which shall be known to the Lord, not day nor night; but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.
Heaven truly is a land of pure delight, and Jesus in the Word promises peace and rest in heaven for all saints that trust daily in the Lord Jesus. Psalm 37:37 says Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright; for the end of that man is peace. Psalm 16:11 says Thou wilt shew me the path of life; in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. Friend reading this anywhere as you look at our Lord Jesus pictured above be comforted by the words of Jesus at Matthew 25:23 that says His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy lord. According to these scriptures, saints who believe in the Lord Jesus will soon enter a heaven full of the joy and peace of Jesus forevermore.
For my last picture and thought today, let's look at the blessed words from the hymn swing low sweet chariot, as we see a chariot of fire driven by an angel carrying Elijah home to heaven. The blessed words of the hymn swing low sweet chariot say I looked over Jordan and what did I see, coming for to carry me home, A band of angels coming after me, coming for to carry me home. Like the beggar Lazarus and Elijah pictured above, when saints leave this earth, angels will carry them to peace forevermore in heaven with Jesus. This is proven by Luke 16:22 that says And it came to pass, that the beggar (Lazarus) died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom.
Be comforted friend reading this anywhere because Jesus has many chariots and angels ready to carry all saints that believe in the Lord Jesus soon to heaven where joy lasts forevermore. Psalm 68:17 says The chariots of God are 20000, even thousands of angels; the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place. Just one final thought for today given to Brother Bob about the everlasting life that we all will soon see in heaven. There is so much abundant life in heaven where nothing ever decays or dies that the leaves of the trees will never fall off and the flowers will always be blossoming with a refreshing fragrance in heaven with Jesus.
As always, Brother Bob enjoys writing these blessed thoughts about Jesus each week. Feel free to email Brother Bob anytime at email@example.com or write to Brother Bob Malkin, 2233 Pinetree Lane, Apt. N., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068. (614) 604-7133. Till we all meet again soon to lift up the Lord Jesus, everyone have a blessed day in Jesus name.
Monday, September 2, 2013
For today's bible study we see pictured above Rabshakeh mocking and threatening the children of God and King Hezekiah. Notice that in the picture the children of God have no weapons to defend themselves against Rabshakeh and his soldiers carrying spears and shields. Rabshakeh fought for the King of Assyria named Sennacherib (defined as sin multiplied) and stated the following threat to King Hezekiah at 2 Kings 18:28 that says Then Rabshakeh stood and cried with a loud voice in the Jews language, and spake saying Hear the word of the great king, the king of Assyria (Sennacherib). Thus saith the king, Let not Hezekiah deceive you; for he shall not be able to deliver you out of his hand. Neither let Hezekiah make you trust in the Lord, saying, The Lord will surely deliver us, and this city shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria.
Remember friend reading this anywhere when someone mocks and threatens you, that person is threatening the Lord Jesus and not you. This is proven by the scripture 1 Peter 4:14 that says If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you; on their part He is evil spoken of, but on your part He is glorified. Notice this bible verse says to always be happy and glorify Jesus while people speak evil about Jesus and not you. This bible study will show you how the Lord Jesus defends his saints from persecutors like Rabshakeh and Sennacherib. Jesus told us at John 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you. The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you.
Friend in any country, learn to rejoice when an enemy persecutes you for your belief in the Lord Jesus and leap for joy because Luke 6:22 says Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company; and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy; for, behold, your reward is great in heaven; for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets. I pray in Jesus name we can have the joy of the apostles, who even after being beaten, always rejoiced and counted it a blessing to suffer shame for the name of Jesus. Acts 5:40 says And to him they agreed; and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name. And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.
Now I will proceed to discuss who King Sennacherib was and where he lived as he threatened Israel. King Sennacherib lived in Nineveh which was a part of Assyria. Many years earlier, the prophet Jonah told the people of Nineveh to repent and Nineveh was blessed as the king and all the people turned from their wicked ways and lived. Jonah 3:6 says For the word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. Jonah 3:8 further states the king of Nineveh's blessed law and says But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God; yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.
We see proof that Sennacherib forgot about this blessed king of Nineveh who lived earlier in Nineveh and chose to live wickedly and threaten Israel. Sennacherib is mentioned at 2 Kings 19 and the prophet Jonah is seen preaching to Ninevah earlier at 2 Kings 14:25 that says He restored the coast of Israel from the entering of Hamath (defined as a city of Syria near Nineveh) unto the sea of the plain, according to the word of the Lord God of Israel, which he spake by the hand of his servant Jonah, the son of Amittai, the prophet, which was of Gathhepher.
OK, the picture above shows us King Hezekiah's response after receiving the threatening letters from Rabshakeh and Sennacherib. King Hezekiah spread out the threatening letters before the Lord Jesus and sought assistance from only the Lord Jesus. Let us all be like King Hezekiah when we are threatened and persecuted for our belief in Jesus and seek assistance from Jesus only. As a result of Hezekiah's prayers, the prophet Isaiah was sent to Hezekiah and promised that King Sennacherib would do no harm to Israel.
The story about Hezekiah's prayer pictured above is found at 2 Kings 19:14 and says And Hezekiah received the letter of the hand of the messengers and read it; and Hezekiah went up into the house of the Lord, and spread it before the Lord. And Hezekiah prayed before the Lord, and said, O Lord God of Israel, which dwellest between the cheribums, thou art the God, even thou alone of all the kingdoms of the earth, thou hast made heaven and earth. Lord, bow down thine ear, and hear; open Lord, thine eyes, and see; and hear the words of Sennacherib which hath sent him to reproach the living God. Of a truth Lord, the kings of Assyria have destroyed the nations and their lands. And have cast their gods into the fire; for they were no gods, but the work of men's hands, wood and stone; therefore they have destroyed them. Now therefore, O Lord, our God, I beseech thee, save thou us out of his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the Lord God, even thou only.
The Lord Jesus answered king Hezekiah's prayer before he called unto God and had the prophet Isaiah send encouragement to Hezekiah. Friends be encouraged and like Hezekiah as we present our troubles to the Lord Jesus, Jesus has already heard us, and will give us an answer to solve all our problems. Isaiah 65:24 tells us And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. Also Jeremiah 33:3 says Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
Isaiah's earlier response to King Hezekiah's prayer is recorded at 2 Kings 19:5 and says So the servants of King Hezekiah came to Isaiah. And Isaiah said unto them, Thus shall ye say to your master, Thus saith the Lord, Be not afraid of the words which thou hast heard; with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me; Behold I will send a blast (defined as an angry wind of God's breath) upon him, and he shall hear a rumour, and shall return to his own land, and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land.
Notice that the prophet Isaiah told Hezekiah that Sennacherib was blaspheming God and that God would blast Sennacherib. Remember, friend when an enemy blasphemes God, that enemy gets blasted by the Lord Jesus. This is why we need to pray for our enemies to repent to avoid sure destruction from an angry God. Hebrews 10:31 warns us It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
Now after Hezekiah prayed, Isaiah further encouraged Hezekiah at 2 Kings 19:20 that says Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah saying, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, That which thou hast prayed to me against Sennacherib king of Assyria I have heard; (friends what a comfort to know that like Hezekiah God hears us when we pray) This is the word that the Lord hath spoken concerning him (Sennacherib); The virgin the daughter of Zion hath despised thee, and laughed thee to scorn; the daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her head at thee. Notice that Isaiah encouraged Hezekiah and said you will be laughing as Sennacherib flees to be killed in his own homeland and not place one foot in the land of Israel. I claim in Jesus name for every saint being persecuted for Jesus that reads this, that like Hezekiah they will get the last laugh and the best laugh as they see the devil flee from every area of their lives.
Finally, look at the judgment that the prophet Isaiah pronounced against Sennacherib for his evil threats to Israel. 2 Kings 19:22 says Whom hast thou reproached and blasphemed? and against whom hast thou exalted thy voice, and lifted up thine eyes on high? even against the Holy One of Israel. Isaiah proclaimed that Sennacherib was reproaching the Lord Jesus and not Hezekiah. As a result, in the picture above, God fought for Israel and that same night after Hezekiah prayed, Sennacherib's army of 185000 men was destroyed by only one angel (note only one angel and not a legion of 6826 angels took out 185000 enemies) and Sennacherib fled to his homeland where his own two sons killed him, while another son took over his throne, as the other two sons escaped to Armenia.
The story of Sennacherib's defeat pictured above is recorded at 2 Kings 19:35 and says And it came to pass that night (God answered Hezekiah's prayer quickly that same night), that the angel of the Lord went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians 185000; and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses; So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh. And it came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons smote him with the sword; and they escaped into the land of Armenia; And Esarhaddon his son reigned in his stead.
The bible tells us at Psalm 122:6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; they shall prosper that love thee. Remember, friend in any country, pray that your country will defend Israel and God will bless your country because Israel is God's country. God will always protect little Israel no matter how many large Arab countries surround and try to conquer Israel. When you get a chance watch the movie against all odds, in search of a miracle and watch how God saved the Israeli soldiers by creating a wind that uncovered thousands of mines in a field, allowing the Israeli soldiers to walk safely through the mines. This movie proves that God defends Israel and we should all pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
As always, Brother Bob enjoys writing these bible studies and I pray in Jesus name they give my friends everywhere great peace. Feel free to email Brother Bob anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Brother Bob Malkin, 2233 Pinetree Lane, Apt. N., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068. (614) 604-7133. Till we all meet again soon to lift up our Lord Jesus, everyone have a blessed day in Jesus name.