Why we should not put our trust in man or ourselves.

Written by Lee Stevenson, sorry I am not the best editor.

I am going to discuss why we should not put our faith in man but before we discuss putting faith in man we should discuss how all this got started. Got created Adam and Eve. He put them in a the garden of Eden. We do not have a word that perfectly describes what the word for Eden meant but it is similar in meaning to the words we use for amusement parks so the garden must have been very fun. God told them to be fruitful and produce and make the whole earth like the garden of Eden. God did all these wonderful things for them but gave them one rule. They could not eat from the tree of knowledge. So they had to earn the right to remain in the garden as long as they did not eat from the tree of knowledge. Satan started to desire the authority that God had so he deceived Eve, this also resulted in Adam being deceived. Satan convinced Eve the things God said were not true, then Eve convinced Adam of these things. He convinced them they would not die and that they would be like God. They had no reason to believe Satan and when they realized he was being deceptive they should not have listened to him because God told them what the consequences would be. They partook of the fruit of the tree of knowledge in rebellion against God. This was the start of man ruling and guiding ourselves because Adam and Eve did not trust or believe God. This also opened the door for Satan to be able to easily manipulate and fool man. We are seeing the end results of their rebellion in the garden.

We cannot entirely blame Satan because once Adam and Eve rebelled they became imperfect and this imperfection was passed on to us. This brought death and sin on man. We are living in a time when they will establish a one world order under the guidance of the beast which is the United Nations and it’s allies. They will require all to bow to it and reject God. If you do not you will not be able to buy sell or trade. That will be the final act of rebellion and mans rejection of God ruling over us and guiding us. Israel enjoyed peace and did not have a need for anything when God was ruling them and guiding them and they rejected him and chose to have a human king. We are seeing the end results of mans rule. Because of corruption between government entities and many corporations chronic illness is rampant on the earth, there are food shortages and famine, earthquakes are so common now that they rarely report them on the news. War is happening around the world. No sooner does one war end another starts. Diseases of many types are rampant. Violence , crime, death, suffering of many types are happening on a scale like they have never happened before. Jesus prophesied all these things. We are seeing the climax of the original rebellion of man putting their trust in themselves or man. We have tried many forms of government and we have only made things worse. There is a way out but I am going to discuss why we are being deceived and harmed by putting our trust in man. Then I will discuss why all these things and the climax of this system is a good thing. So we can see the end results of man putting their trust in themselves and the end results of those who put their trust in God and the heavenly kingdom with Jesus as our king.

Does this mean we should not obey man? Not at all God tells us we are to obey the laws of our nation and we should not speak ill of our rulers. By permitting these governments to exist it keeps some organization on the earth and keeps things from getting to out of hand. Yes Satan can influence these leaders but they do enforce many of God’s laws and try to execute justice. If we obey God’s word for the most part we will be obeying the laws of man. Is there a time where we should not obey mans laws. Yes when they go against what God requires. We are to protect ourselves from harm and remain loyal to him and bow to no one else but the one true God. We are to continue to worship in truth. The bible warns the truth will not be tolerated and that God’s word would be banned on a world wide scale. Some are already experiencing this. We are to still meet and still worship Jehovah and if force to bow to anyone other then Jehovah we should not comply. Remember it only took one act of obedience when Satan was tempting Jesus. He even offered Jesus all the kingdoms of the earth if he did. Jesus would not give in to Satan’s temptations and he quoted God’s word. So it is very important to write God’s word on our hearts while we can because when they ban his word the bible warns many will be misled and be deceived which will result in their deaths. Not writing his word into their hearts means they will not have his word to guide them when it gets taken away. We write his word on our hearts by taking it in and letting it guide all we do , the more we practice those things the more a part of us his word becomes. There may be times we will have to break mans laws to obey God.

We have the example of Daniel and his companions when they refused to break God’s laws and it could have cost them their lives. They were not certain whether they would live or die but they refused to break God’s laws and God sent angels to protect them. When we are required to reject God and submit to the authority of the beast and it’s allies we would be worshiping the beast. It may seem scary to think about but God always provided for his people when they were being tried and persecuted. We know he can easily provide because we have the example of Jesus who was given five loaves of bread and two fish. He said a blessing to God and then started breaking the bread up and sharing the fish. He fed 5000 people.

There is something I struggled with. Rahab was a prostitute. She had lied and hid God’s people. In my mind I was like she did a bad thing to protect God’s people. But we need to consider she was dealing with people who were deliberately opposing God. She was dealing with some very bad people. She lied for the right reason. She had faith in God and knew he was the true God and that he would give the land into the hands of Israel. Because of her faith in Jehovah she lived with Israel. In order for an alien resident to live with Israel they had to accept the laws that God had given Israel and obey them. So we have to weigh the situation. We should not lie if we are in court or arrested by if we are escaping deception may be necessary. When in court the bible tells us that God will send the holy spirit to call the things we have learned to mind and we will not have to worry about what to say. Many will survive and go through the great tribulation into the new system. How can we be among those who survive the great tribulation and are protected by God?

One of the first things we can do is not depend on ourselves or man. It is what got us in this mess. The bible warns us not to follow our hearts and not to learn on our own understanding. Gods thought are way higher then mans. So any thoughts or ideas we have could not protect us as much as God’s word. The bible says our hearts are the most deceptive thing. By writing God’s word on our hearts we prevent our hearts from deceiving us. If we do not know what God requires when things get very confusing it could result in us doing things that may displease him resulting in our destruction. Satan and his peoples attacks will not always be obvious they usually try little things to try and trip you up and draw you away at first. By writing God’s word on our hearts and not leaning on our own understanding when the persecution and tribulations start we will not be easily deceived or fooled into doing something that could result in us losing God’s protection. Very soon God’s word will be banned world wide and the chance to write his word on our hearts will no longer be available. When the more subtle things do not work Satan will use what I call shock and awe. He will try and overwhelm you. If God’s word is written on our hearts it can help protect us from becoming overwhelm when things like this occur.

Should we vote or get involved in politics? We have to remember the whole world lies in the power of the wicked one. Also we would be putting our faith in imperfect humans who are easily deceived and easily corrupted. If we voted would we not be putting our trust in man and be a part of the errors they make? Man does not have the foresight or wisdom to guide themselves. Humans are limited in power and even if they have good intention lack the power to bring about the many things needed to prevent the suffering on the earth. Usually any good things they may have done will be undone by someone and forgotten. This is why the bible tells us it is better to trust in Jehovah then to trust in princes. By voting are we not putting our trust in man instead of God as Israel did when they rejected God? We know Jesus is the king in heaven. He stated his kingdom was no part of this world. He knew he would be seated on the throne and it would be that kingdom that would restore the earth so it’s original purpose would be fulfilled. The bible calls Satan the God of this system. We know he has a lot of influence over human governments because he offered Jesus all the kingdoms of the earth. If he had no authority over them he could not have tempted Jesus with an offer like that. Jesus did not question that Satan had the authority to offer him those kingdoms. The bible warns us to be no part of the world , we know how corrupt it is, wouldn’t we be a part of that corruption if we got involved in the politics of this system of things. We should keep our focus on the heavenly kingdom and how we can become citizens of it.

Those who take the beast side in matters will be the ones who have to worry because they will be destroyed and there will be no future hope for them. The bible tells us when they start to arrest us and family and others start to betray us we do not have to worry if we endure because not a single hair on our heads will be harmed. So not many of those who put their trust in God will be harmed. The bible tells us when the wisdom is written on our hearts it will protect our thinking ability. The bible tells us not everyone claiming to have faith in God and to claim to have trust in Jesus will make it through the narrow gate. These will be ones who did not take the time to write God’s word on their hearts so they unknowingly will break God’s laws because they did not make them a part of their life. This is why the bible said when they try to enter Jesus would tell them get away from me I do not know you, you workers of lawlessness. So now more then ever it is very important to know what God requires and write his laws on our hearts by applying what we have learned in our lives.

It is not an easy thing to do because we are told the whole world lies in the power of the wicked one and with us being in the last days there are many following false teachers and these ones will oppose true worship. I personally experienced the hatred towards me when I started to become no part of the world. There were many I thought cared about me but when I started to worship in truth the ones I trusted the most were the ones who attacked me and schemed against me. So making these changes will not be easy at first but once you stand your ground they will stop and you will experience a certain peace of mind that others do not enjoy. This will help to protect your thinking ability. Even now while others live in panic and fear of the things that are occurring, those who know God see the signs and know that better times are very near and the original purpose for the earth is about to happen. That is for the whole earth to be like the garden of Eden and for man to dwell forever upon it.

So how will all this be brought about. We know that Jesus died for our sins , he was the ransom provided by God and he willfully gave his life for our sins. He lived life as a human and suffered the same things we have. He was even tempted. He did not sin and in doing so he defeated Satan and proved Satan’s lies wrong. God appointed Jesus as king and has sat him on the heavenly thrown. He gave Jesus full authority except over God himself . So when they turn on those who worship God in truth with their whole soul and their whole hearts they need not fear it means redemption is near and Jesus will save those who endured to the end.

When they form their one world order under the direction of the beast God will put it in their hearts to destroy false religion. After this occurs they will turn on true worship which God did not put in their hearts , when this starts to occur we may have to go into hiding and be much more careful but it also marks the time of their destruction so this will only occur a short period of time and we only have to endure a little longer. We endured so many things already. Now more then ever we need to strengthen our faith in God. It would be terrible to have endured so many things only to give up right when the new system is so near. False religion is the harlot mentioned in Revelations. When this occurs we need to prepare ourselves. This is why the bible warns if we are still partaking of things God would not approve of we need to get out of Babylon by purifying our worship and worship God in truth and being certain of what he requires. Jesus refers to the beast as the disgusting thing because it is the ultimate rebellion of man against God. The beast and it’s allies will form a one world order trying to completely replace God’s sovereignty and remove him from peoples lives. Many in Pentecost were of the 144,000 we know this because the apostle Paul mentioned they would be given a new spiritual body.

Jesus will not be alone in the heavenly kingdom the bible tells us there will be 144,000 who will rule with him as princes. We know this is a specific number because the ones who walked through the tribulation into the new system would not be numbered. Jesus mentioned the other sheep. So it would be clear there would be two sheep like classes. (John 10:13-17) . . .. 14 I am the fine shepherd. I know my sheep and my sheep know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I surrender my life in behalf of the sheep. 16 “And I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; those too I must bring in, and they will listen to my voice, and they will become one flock, one shepherd. 17 This is why the Father loves me, because I surrender my life, so that I may receive it again.) . The first sheep would be the ones who are involved in the first resurrection. They will help Jesus with the work that needs to be done and will rule as kings over the earth. These ones will rule with Jesus for the 1000 years. They will also help Jesus to judge those in the second resurrection. Those who had a resurrection of righteousness will not face the second death but those who were unrighteous will be taught about God and if they do not repent and accept God then they will experience the second death which is also when Satan and the demons will be destroyed. So who are the 144,000 that will rule with Christ. The bible tells us they are the ones who started the work of restoring true worship. They would provide the spiritual food for the other sheep Jesus mentioned. So many men and women in the days of Pentecost were of the 144,00 which is the bride of Christ or woman referred to in Revelations. Jesus has already started some of the work because we were told there would be a new heaven and new earth. When this occurred Jesus gave us the signs to watch for in Matthew 24. He said the things would occur on a grand scale like they have never occurred before. We have rapidly seen things getting worse and we are seeing some of the final prophecies being fulfilled. These things would occur because one of the first things Jesus did was clean up heaven by throwing Satan and the Demons out of heaven. The bible warns woe to the earth because Satan and the demons would know they have very little time left. Once of the final prophecies was the exposing of false religion which marked the defeat of false religion. Another sign that the end was near is the preaching of the good news of the heavenly kingdom in all the earth which many have now had an opportunity to learn about world wide.

So what kind of things can we expect to result from Jesus rule? Well he will heal those who are ill and restore our health and no one will be ill in the new earth. We will still have to work to become spiritually perfect but with time that also will occur. Since death is the final enemy that Jesus will destroy before he hands the kingdom back to God death will be brought to nothing. Humans and animals will be at peace with each other and no more harm will come to those who make it into the new earth. There will be no more wars, no more violence and no more crime. Satan and those who did his bidding will be destroyed and will never be able to bring ruin on the earth again.

These will be trying times but we can have confidence Jesus cares. He perfectly imitated his father when he was on earth giving us a reflection of the love and compassion God has for us. Jesus told us not to be anxious about what we would wear or eat because God would provide for us. We are told God cares so much for us that he remembers all our tears. We may lose things in this system soon but we do not have to worry the things in the new system will be much better and will not come with all the worry there is when we own things in this system. There is nothing man can do to us that God could not undo. Even in death we cannot be separated from the love of God and the love of Jesus. We can be certain God will not forget the love we have shown for his name and the work we have done.

(Genesis 2:15-17) 15 Jehovah God took the man and settled him in the garden of Eʹden to cultivate it and to take care of it. 16 Jehovah God also gave this command to the man: “From every tree of the garden you may eat to satisfaction. 17 But as for the tree of the knowledge of good and bad, you must not eat from it, for in the day you eat from it you will certainly die.”

(Genesis 3:1-7) 3 Now the serpent was the most cautious of all the wild animals of the field that Jehovah God had made. So it said to the woman: “Did God really say that you must not eat from every tree of the garden?” 2 At this the woman said to the serpent: “We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden. 3 But God has said about the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden: ‘You must not eat from it, no, you must not touch it; otherwise you will die.’” 4 At this the serpent said to the woman: “You certainly will not die. 5 For God knows that in the very day you eat from it, your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and bad.” 6 Consequently, the woman saw that the tree was good for food and that it was something desirable to the eyes, yes, the tree was pleasing to look at. So she began taking of its fruit and eating it. Afterward, she also gave some to her husband when he was with her, and he began eating it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized that they were naked. So they sewed fig leaves together and made loin coverings for themselves.

(1 Samuel 8:4-9) 4 In time all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Raʹmah. 5 They said to him: “Look! You have grown old, but your sons are not walking in your ways. Now appoint for us a king to judge us like all the other nations.” 6 But it displeased Samuel when they said: “Give us a king to judge us.” Then Samuel prayed to Jehovah, 7 and Jehovah said to Samuel: “Listen to everything the people say to you; for it is not you whom they have rejected, but it is I whom they have rejected as their king. 8 They are doing just as they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day; they keep forsaking me and serving other gods, and that is what they are doing to you. 9 Now listen to them. However, you should solemnly warn them; tell them what the king who rules over them will have the right to demand.”

(Ecclesiastes 8:2-4) 2 I say: “Obey the king’s orders out of regard for the oath to God. 3 Do not rush to depart from his presence. Do not take a stand for anything bad; for he can do whatever he pleases, 4 because the word of the king is absolute; who can say to him, ‘What are you doing?’”

(Revelation 13:11-18) 11 Then I saw another wild beast ascending out of the earth, and it had two horns like a lamb, but it began speaking like a dragon. 12 It exercises all the authority of the first wild beast in its sight. And it makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first wild beast, whose mortal wound was healed. 13 And it performs great signs, even making fire come down out of heaven to the earth in the sight of mankind. 14 It misleads those who dwell on the earth, because of the signs that it was permitted to perform in the sight of the wild beast, while it tells those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the wild beast that had the sword-stroke and yet revived. 15 And it was permitted to give breath to the image of the wild beast, so that the image of the wild beast should both speak and cause to be killed all those who refuse to worship the image of the wild beast. 16 It puts under compulsion all people—the small and the great, the rich and the poor, the free and the slaves—that these should be marked on their right hand or on their forehead, 17 and that nobody can buy or sell except a person having the mark, the name of the wild beast or the number of its name. 18 This is where it calls for wisdom: Let the one who has insight calculate the number of the wild beast, for it is a man’s number, and its number is 666.

(Mark 6:41-44) 41 Taking now the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves up and began giving them to the disciples to place them before the people, and he divided up the two fish for all. 42 So they all ate and were satisfied, 43 and they took up 12 baskets full of fragments, aside from the fish. 44 Those who ate the loaves were 5,000 men.

(Joshua 2:8-16) 8 Before the men lay down to sleep, she came up to them on the roof. 9 She said to the men: “I do know that Jehovah will give you the land and that the fear of you has fallen upon us. All the inhabitants of the land are disheartened because of you, 10 for we heard how Jehovah dried up the waters of the Red Sea before you when you left Egypt and what you did to the two kings of the Amʹor·ites, Siʹhon and Og, whom you devoted to destruction on the other side of the Jordan. 11 When we heard about it, we lost heart, and no one has any courage because of you, for Jehovah your God is God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath. 12 Now, please, swear to me by Jehovah that, because I showed loyal love to you, you will also show loyal love to my father’s household; and you must give me a sign of good faith. 13 You must spare the lives of my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them, and you must save us from death.” 14 At that the men said to her: “We will give our lives for yours! If you do not tell about our mission, then we will show loyal love and faithfulness toward you when Jehovah gives us the land.” 15 After that she let them down by a rope through the window, for her house was on a side of the city wall. In fact, she was dwelling on the wall. 16 Then she said to them: “Go to the mountainous region and hide there for three days, so that those pursuing you may not find you. Then, after your pursuers have come back, you can go on your way.”

(Joshua 6:24, 25) 24 Then they burned the city and everything in it with fire. But the silver, the gold, and the articles of copper and iron, they gave to the treasury of Jehovah’s house. 25 Only Raʹhab the prostitute and her father’s household and all who belonged to her were spared by Joshua; and she lives in Israel to this day, because she hid the messengers whom Joshua sent out to spy on Jerʹi·cho.

(Hebrews 11:31) 31 By faith Raʹhab the prostitute did not perish with those who acted disobediently, because she received the spies in a peaceable way.

(Psalm 146:3, 4)  3 Do not put your trust in princes Nor in a son of man, who cannot bring salvation.  4 His spirit goes out, he returns to the ground; On that very day his thoughts perish.

(Matthew 4:8-11) 8 Again the Devil took him along to an unusually high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to him: “All these things I will give you if you fall down and do an act of worship to me.” 10 Then Jesus said to him: “Go away, Satan! For it is written: ‘It is Jehovah your God you must worship, and it is to him alone you must render sacred service.’” 11 Then the Devil left him, and look! angels came and began to minister to him.

(James 4:4) 4 Adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever, therefore, wants to be a friend of the world is making himself an enemy of God.

(Psalm 118:9)  9 It is better to take refuge in Jehovah Than to trust in princes.

(2 Corinthians 4:3-6) 3 If, in fact, the good news we declare is veiled, it is veiled among those who are perishing, 4 among whom the god of this system of things has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, so that the illumination of the glorious good news about the Christ, who is the image of God, might not shine through. 5 For we are preaching, not about ourselves, but about Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God is the one who said: “Let the light shine out of darkness,” and he has shone on our hearts to illuminate them with the glorious knowledge of God by the face of Christ.

(Jeremiah 17:5)  5 This is what Jehovah says: “Cursed is the man who puts his trust in mere humans, Who relies on human power, And whose heart turns away from Jehovah.

(Isaiah 2:22) 22 For your own sakes, quit trusting in mere man, Who is only the breath in his nostrils. Why should he be taken into account?

(John 18:35, 36) . . .” 36 Jesus answered: “My Kingdom is no part of this world. If my Kingdom were part of this world, my attendants would have fought that I should not be handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my Kingdom is not from this source.”

(Matthew 10:17-23) . . .. 18 And you will be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a witness to them and the nations. 19 However, when they hand you over, do not become anxious about how or what you are to speak, for what you are to speak will be given you in that hour; 20 for the ones speaking are not just you, but it is the spirit of your Father that speaks by you. 21 Further, brother will hand brother over to death, and a father his child, and children will rise up against parents and will have them put to death. 22 And you will be hated by all people on account of my name, but the one who has endured to the end will be saved. 23 When they persecute you in one city, flee to another; for truly I say to you, you will by no means complete the circuit of the cities of Israel until the Son of man arrives.

(Luke 21:16-19) 16 Moreover, you will be handed over even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death, 17 and you will be hated by all people because of my name. 18 But not even a hair of your heads will perish. 19 By your endurance you will preserve your lives.

(1 Corinthians 15:26-28) 26 And the last enemy, death, is to be brought to nothing. 27 For God “subjected all things under his feet.” But when he says that ‘all things have been subjected,’ it is evident that this does not include the One who subjected all things to him. 28 But when all things will have been subjected to him, then the Son himself will also subject himself to the One who subjected all things to him, that God may be all things to everyone.

(2 Peter 3:5-7) 5 For they deliberately ignore this fact, that long ago there were heavens and an earth standing firmly out of water and in the midst of water by the word of God; 6 and that by those means the world of that time suffered destruction when it was flooded with water. 7 But by the same word the heavens and the earth that now exist are reserved for fire and are being kept until the day of judgment and of destruction of the ungodly people.

(Zechariah 2:7-9) 7 “Come, Zion! Make your escape, you who are dwelling with the daughter of Babylon. 8 For this is what Jehovah of armies says, who after being glorified has sent me to the nations that were plundering you: ‘Whoever touches you touches the pupil of my eye. 9 For now I will wave my hand against them, and they will become plunder for their own slaves.’ And you will certainly know that Jehovah of armies has sent me.

(2 Thessalonians 1:6-10) 6 This takes into account that it is righteous on God’s part to repay tribulation to those who make tribulation for you. 7 But you who suffer tribulation will be given relief along with us at the revelation of the Lord Jesus from heaven with his powerful angels 8 in a flaming fire, as he brings vengeance on those who do not know God and those who do not obey the good news about our Lord Jesus. 9 These very ones will undergo the judicial punishment of everlasting destruction from before the Lord and from the glory of his strength, 10 at the time when he comes to be glorified in connection with his holy ones and to be regarded in that day with wonder among all those who exercised faith, because the witness we gave met with faith among you.

(Malachi 4:1-3) 4 “For look! the day is coming, burning like a furnace, when all the presumptuous ones and all those practicing wickedness will become like stubble. The coming day will certainly devour them,” says Jehovah of armies, “and it will leave them neither root nor branch. 2 But on you who honor my name, the sun of righteousness will shine, with healing in its rays; and you will skip about like fattened calves.” 3 “And you will tread the wicked underfoot, for they will be like dust under the soles of your feet on the day when I take action,” says Jehovah of armies.

(Revelation 7:9-17) 9 After this I saw, and look! a great crowd, which no man was able to number, out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes; and there were palm branches in their hands. 10 And they keep shouting with a loud voice, saying: “Salvation we owe to our God, who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb.” 11 All the angels were standing around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell facedown before the throne and worshipped God, 12 saying: “Amen! Let the praise and the glory and the wisdom and the thanksgiving and the honor and the power and the strength be to our God forever and ever. Amen.” 13 In response one of the elders said to me: “These who are dressed in the white robes, who are they and where did they come from?” 14 So right away I said to him: “My lord, you are the one who knows.” And he said to me: “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 That is why they are before the throne of God, and they are rendering him sacred service day and night in his temple; and the One seated on the throne will spread his tent over them. 16 They will hunger no more nor thirst anymore, neither will the sun beat down on them nor any scorching heat, 17 because the Lamb, who is in the midst of the throne, will shepherd them and will guide them to springs of waters of life. And God will wipe out every tear from their eyes.”

(Matthew 24:20-22) 20 Keep praying that your flight may not occur in wintertime nor on the Sabbath day; 21 for then there will be great tribulation such as has not occurred since the world’s beginning until now, no, nor will occur again. 22 In fact, unless those days were cut short, no flesh would be saved; but on account of the chosen ones those days will be cut short.

(Acts 17:25-31) . . .. 26 And he made out of one man every nation of men to dwell on the entire surface of the earth, and he decreed the appointed times and the set limits of where men would dwell, 27 so that they would seek God, if they might grope for him and really find him, although, in fact, he is not far off from each one of us. 28 For by him we have life and move and exist, even as some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also his children.’ 29 “Therefore, since we are the children of God, we should not think that the Divine Being is like gold or silver or stone, like something sculptured by the art and design of humans. 30 True, God has overlooked the times of such ignorance; but now he is declaring to all people everywhere that they should repent. 31 Because he has set a day on which he purposes to judge the inhabited earth in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and he has provided a guarantee to all men by resurrecting him from the dead.”

(Proverbs 3:5)  5 Trust in Jehovah with all your heart, And do not rely on your own understanding.

(Jeremiah 10:23) 23 I well know, O Jehovah, that man’s way does not belong to him. It does not belong to man who is walking even to direct his step.

(Psalm 17:5)  5 Let my steps stay on your tracks So that my feet will not stumble.

(Jeremiah 17:9, 10)  9 The heart is more treacherous than anything else and is desperate. Who can know it? 10 I, Jehovah, am searching the heart, Examining the innermost thoughts, To give to each one according to his ways, According to the fruitage of his works.

(Proverbs 28:26) 26 Whoever trusts in his own heart is stupid, But the one who walks in wisdom will escape.

(Proverbs 7:1-3) 7 My son, keep my sayings, And treasure up my commandments.  2 Keep my commandments and live; Guard my instruction like the pupil of your eye.  3 Tie them around your fingers; Write them on the tablet of your heart.

(Proverbs 2:9-11) . . .The entire course of what is good. 10 When wisdom enters your heart And knowledge becomes pleasant to your soul, 11 Thinking ability will keep watch over you, And discernment will safeguard you,

(Matthew 12:33-37) 33 “Either you make the tree fine and its fruit fine or make the tree rotten and its fruit rotten, for by its fruit the tree is known. 34 Offspring of vipers, how can you speak good things when you are wicked? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 The good man out of his good treasure sends out good things, whereas the wicked man out of his wicked treasure sends out wicked things. 36 I tell you that men will render an account on Judgment Day for every unprofitable saying that they speak; 37 for by your words you will be declared righteous, and by your words you will be condemned.”

(Matthew 7:21-23) 21 “Not everyone saying to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the Kingdom of the heavens, but only the one doing the will of my Father who is in the heavens will. 22 Many will say to me in that day: ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and expel demons in your name, and perform many powerful works in your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them: ‘I never knew you! Get away from me, you workers of lawlessness!’

(Luke 21:20-24) 20 “However, when you see Jerusalem surrounded by encamped armies, then know that the desolating of her has drawn near. 21 Then let those in Ju·deʹa begin fleeing to the mountains, let those in the midst of her leave, and let those in the countryside not enter into her, 22 because these are days for meting out justice in order that all the things written may be fulfilled. 23 Woe to the pregnant women and those nursing a baby in those days! For there will be great distress on the land and wrath against this people. 24 And they will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive into all the nations; and Jerusalem will be trampled on by the nations until the appointed times of the nations are fulfilled.

(Revelation 17:15-18) 15 He said to me: “The waters that you saw, where the prostitute is sitting, mean peoples and crowds and nations and tongues. 16 And the ten horns that you saw and the wild beast, these will hate the prostitute and will make her devastated and naked, and they will eat up her flesh and completely burn her with fire. 17 For God put it into their hearts to carry out his thought, yes, to carry out their one thought by giving their kingdom to the wild beast, until the words of God will have been accomplished. 18 And the woman whom you saw means the great city that has a kingdom over the kings of the earth.”

(Revelation 18:4-8) 4 And I heard another voice out of heaven say: “Get out of her, my people, if you do not want to share with her in her sins, and if you do not want to receive part of her plagues. 5 For her sins have massed together clear up to heaven, and God has called her acts of injustice to mind. 6 Repay her in the way she treated others, yes, pay her back double for the things she has done; in the cup she has mixed, mix a double portion for her. 7 To the extent that she glorified herself and lived in shameless luxury, to that extent give her torment and mourning. For she keeps saying in her heart: ‘I sit as queen, and I am not a widow, and I will never see mourning.’ 8 That is why in one day her plagues will come, death and mourning and famine, and she will be completely burned with fire, because Jehovah God, who judged her, is strong.

(Matthew 24:15-22) 15 “Therefore, when you catch sight of the disgusting thing that causes desolation, as spoken about by Daniel the prophet, standing in a holy place (let the reader use discernment), 16 then let those in Ju·deʹa begin fleeing to the mountains. 17 Let the man on the housetop not come down to take the goods out of his house, 18 and let the man in the field not return to pick up his outer garment. 19 Woe to the pregnant women and those nursing a baby in those days! 20 Keep praying that your flight may not occur in wintertime nor on the Sabbath day; 21 for then there will be great tribulation such as has not occurred since the world’s beginning until now, no, nor will occur again. 22 In fact, unless those days were cut short, no flesh would be saved; but on account of the chosen ones those days will be cut short.

(Revelation 14:1-5) 14 Then I saw, and look! the Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who have his name and the name of his Father written on their foreheads. 2 I heard a sound coming out of heaven like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder; and the sound that I heard was like singers who accompany themselves by playing on their harps. 3 And they are singing what seems to be a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders, and no one was able to master that song except the 144,000, who have been bought from the earth. 4 These are the ones who did not defile themselves with women; in fact, they are virgins. These are the ones who keep following the Lamb no matter where he goes. These were bought from among mankind as firstfruits to God and to the Lamb, 5 and no deceit was found in their mouths; they are without blemish.

(Revelation 5:9, 10) 9 And they sing a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and open its seals, for you were slaughtered and with your blood you bought people for God out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, 10 and you made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God, and they are to rule as kings over the earth.”

(Revelation 20:5, 6) . . .. 6 Happy and holy is anyone having part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no authority, but they will be priests of God and of the Christ, and they will rule as kings with him for the 1,000 years.

(Revelation 20:4) 4 And I saw thrones, and those who sat on them were given authority to judge. Yes, I saw the souls of those executed for the witness they gave about Jesus and for speaking about God, and those who had not worshipped the wild beast or its image and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand. And they came to life and ruled as kings with the Christ for 1,000 years.

(1 Corinthians 15:50-53) 50 But I tell you this, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit God’s Kingdom, nor does corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Look! I tell you a sacred secret: We will not all fall asleep in death, but we will all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the blink of an eye, during the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised up incorruptible, and we will be changed. 53 For this which is corruptible must put on incorruption, and this which is mortal must put on immortality. . .

(Acts 24:14, 15) . . .. 15 And I have hope toward God, which hope these men also look forward to, that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous.

(Revelation 21:7, 8) . . .. 8 But as for the cowards and those without faith and those who are disgusting in their filth and murderers and the sexually immoral and those practicing spiritism and idolaters and all the liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. This means the second death.”

(Revelation 2:11) 11 Let the one who has an ear hear what the spirit says to the congregations: The one who conquers will by no means be harmed by the second death.’

(Luke 12:41-44) 41 Then Peter said: “Lord, are you telling this illustration just to us or also to everyone?” 42 And the Lord said: “Who really is the faithful steward, the discreet one, whom his master will appoint over his body of attendants to keep giving them their measure of food supplies at the proper time? 43 Happy is that slave if his master on coming finds him doing so! 44 I tell you truthfully, he will appoint him over all his belongings.

(Luke 12:41-44) 41 Then Peter said: “Lord, are you telling this illustration just to us or also to everyone?” 42 And the Lord said: “Who really is the faithful steward, the discreet one, whom his master will appoint over his body of attendants to keep giving them their measure of food supplies at the proper time? 43 Happy is that slave if his master on coming finds him doing so! 44 I tell you truthfully, he will appoint him over all his belongings.

(Acts 2:1-4) 2 Now while the day of the Festival of Pentecost was in progress, they were all together at the same place. 2 Suddenly there was a noise from heaven, just like that of a rushing, stiff breeze, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 And tongues as if of fire became visible to them and were distributed, and one came to rest on each one of them, 4 and they all became filled with holy spirit and started to speak in different languages, just as the spirit enabled them to speak.

(Philippians 4:2, 3) 2 I urge Eu·oʹdi·a and I urge Synʹty·che to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 Yes, I request you also, as a true fellow worker, to keep assisting these women who have striven side by side with me for the good news, along with Clement as well as the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.

(Psalm 110:1, 2) 110 Jehovah declared to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand Until I place your enemies as a stool for your feet.”  2 Jehovah will extend the scepter of your power out of Zion, saying: “Go subduing in the midst of your enemies.”

(Revelation 12:10-12) . . .“Now have come to pass the salvation and the power and the Kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ, because the accuser of our brothers has been hurled down, who accuses them day and night before our God! 11 And they conquered him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their witnessing, and they did not love their souls even in the face of death. 12 On this account be glad, you heavens and you who reside in them! Woe for the earth and for the sea, because the Devil has come down to you, having great anger, knowing that he has a short period of time.”

(Matthew 24:14) 14 And this good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

(Matthew 28:19, 20) Go, therefore, and make disciples of people of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all the things I have commanded you. And look! I am with you all the days until the conclusion of the system of things.”

(Revelation 21:1-4) 21 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea is no more. 2 I also saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God and prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them. 4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”

(Psalm 37:8-11) . . .Do not become upset and turn to doing evil.  9 For evil men will be done away with, But those hoping in Jehovah will possess the earth. ו [Waw] 10 Just a little while longer, and the wicked will be no more; You will look at where they were, And they will not be there. 11 But the meek will possess the earth, And they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.

(Isaiah 35:4-7)  4 Say to those who are anxious at heart: “Be strong. Do not be afraid. Look! Your own God will come with vengeance, God will come with retribution. He will come and save you.”  5 At that time the eyes of the blind will be opened, And the ears of the deaf will be unstopped.  6 At that time the lame will leap like the deer, And the tongue of the speechless will shout for joy. For waters will burst forth in the wilderness, And streams in the desert plain.  7 The heat-parched ground will become a reedy pool, And the thirsty ground springs of water. In the lairs where jackals rested, There will be green grass and reeds and papyrus.

(Isaiah 2:4)  4 He will render judgment among the nations And set matters straight respecting many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares And their spears into pruning shears. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, Nor will they learn war anymore.

(Matthew 6:28-34) 28 Also, why are you anxious about clothing? Take a lesson from the lilies of the field, how they grow; they do not toil, nor do they spin; 29 but I tell you that not even Solʹo·mon in all his glory was arrayed as one of these. 30 Now if this is how God clothes the vegetation of the field that is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much rather clothe you, you with little faith? 31 So never be anxious and say, ‘What are we to eat?’ or, ‘What are we to drink?’ or, ‘What are we to wear?’ 32 For all these are the things the nations are eagerly pursuing. Your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 “Keep on, then, seeking first the Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these other things will be added to you. 34 So never be anxious about the next day, for the next day will have its own anxieties. Each day has enough of its own troubles.

(Psalm 56:8)  8 You keep track of my wandering. Do collect my tears in your skin bottle. Are they not recorded in your book?

(Hebrews 7:24, 25) . . .. 25 So he is able also to save completely those who are approaching God through him, because he is always alive to plead for them.

(Hebrews 13:5, 6) . . .” 6 So that we may be of good courage and say: “Jehovah is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”

(Romans 8:35-39) 35 Who will separate us from the love of the Christ? Will tribulation or distress or persecution or hunger or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 Just as it is written: “For your sake we are being put to death all day long; we have been accounted as sheep for slaughtering.” 37 On the contrary, in all these things we are coming off completely victorious through the one who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life nor angels nor governments nor things now here nor things to come nor powers 39 nor height nor depth nor any other creation will be able to separate us from God’s love that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

(Hebrews 6:10-12) 10 For God is not unrighteous so as to forget your work and the love you showed for his name by ministering and continuing to minister to the holy ones. 11 But we desire each one of you to show the same industriousness so as to have the full assurance of the hope down to the end, 12 so that you may not become sluggish, but be imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

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