Trust God and Jesus above any human.

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

Why why should trust Jehovah and Jesus above any human including those taking the lead among us.

When I speak of leaders , I will be speaking of spiritual leaders put in place by God and not political leaders though they sometimes do cross each other, their purpose was mainly to guide and lead Israel and prevent them from falling away from Jehovah. They were to make sure God’s people were taken care of spiritually. I am going to discuss the errors they made and how we are not to judge them or speak ill of them or murmur about their error. The errors those God chose made often times cost many lives. Some would survive. The bible doesn’t show exactly why some survived but it is most likely because they did their best to remain blameless while these things were occurring. I am writing this to show that God does some amazing things with imperfect humans. The bible tells us we all sin and fall short. So those leading us will error. We should not murmur against them. We need to know God’s word well enough and write it on our hearts well enough so that if our spiritual leaders error we will know what God would require of us.

When Moses was leading Israel through the wilderness. They had rebelled against God. They were complaining. God still commanded Moses to provide them with water by striking a rock with his staff. It may appear that Moses did as God ask but when he did this he did not sanctify God before doing it. Sanctify means to make holy, make clean, purify or venerate. Moses did not give a reason for his faith, he did not explain why Israel needs to have faith in Jehovah. He did not explain to them the importance of fearing God over anything else. Instead Moses judged the people and was bitter. He did not bring glory to God when he performed what God had asked him to do. He and Aaron did not give thanks, he did not remind Israel the things God had done for them when they were leaving Egypt. God continued to leave Moses and Aaron lead Israel but he and those who rebelled against God would not be permitted to enter the promised land. But God used Moses and Aaron to lead Israel to the promised land. Though the ones who rebelled did not get to enter the promised land God use two imperfect humans to guide their descendants to the promised land and their descendants got to see the fulfillment of the promise.

King David committed adultery. This was punishable by being stoned to death. Then he manipulated things so the womans husband would be killed in battle which is also punishable by death. Why did Israel not stone David to death? When a leader is appointed by God they are head accountable by God. He sent Nathan to king David to tell him a parable. Davids reaction revealed his heart condition. It left Jehovah knew David would repent and feel remorse when he was disciplined. God punished David and it resulted in David’s sins being exposed and he was humiliated. Not only this but David had lost some of God’s protections so he suffered many times and his sins even effected Israel and caused them to suffer. David again let God down. God had commanded Israel not to count the people. Yet David took it on himself to go against God’s will and count the people. Many died because of David’s error. David continued to petition God and he forgave David and showed him mercy. David continued to grow spiritually to a point God called him a man after his own heart. Israel for the most part continued to follow and obey king David as their king. Israel experienced peace after this and king David died knowing his son Solomon would build the temple.

God knows our short comings and when he chooses leaders he deals with them directly. We should not speak ill of them. Korah did this and lead many astray and it cost many of lives. By questioning Moses and Aarons right to lead Israel they were directly opposing Jehovah. He chose them and by questioning this they were actually questioning God’s authority and wisdom. I am sure the rest of Israel were aware of Moses and Aarons imperfections but they respected God’s authority and took God’s side in the matter when Korah rebelled and they remained loyal to Jehovah.

Aaron made an error when he gave into pressure of the Israelites and built an idol of a golden calf at the request of the people Aaron tried to down play his error by saying worshiping the calf was a celebration to Jehovah. While Moses was absent it was Aarons job to keep the Israelite’s from going astray. Aaron even made it seem as if he melted the gold and the calf just appeared. Aaron’ error cost 3000 people their lives because he did not stand his ground and gave in to the pressure of the people. If our spiritual leaders make errors we can be confident God will set matters straight. We should not gossip, or speak ill of them. Jehovah always set matters straight. Korah and others most likely knew what God required very well. But they cannot read hearts and also do not know what gifts a person has. Jehovah can read hearts and understands our gifts better then we ourselves do. God knows we will fall short the bible even tells us that. If we claim we do not fall short the bible tells us we are a liar. So to claim we will not make errors or fall short is arrogant. God can send his holy spirit to guide us but this does not mean we will not make errors. Look at Israel they were being directly guided by God and they still fell short many times.

Very soon we will be put in positions where we have to decide do we obey God or do we obey man. We know we are to obey the superior authorities, but we are also told we obey God first. This is why it is very important to know when to let our yes mean yes and our no mean no. Since we are in the last days we know many will fall away and quit worshiping in truth even some of the elite we have been warned may fall away. If we write God’s word on our hearts and let it guide all we do when these things occur we will know what to do. If we do not trust Jehovah we could become like Korah and rebel against the arrangements God has made. Peter stated we must listen to God rather then men. Meaning in times were man may want us to disobey God, or do something contrary to what he would want us to do we must obey God because there is no authority above his. We have the example of Daniel and his companions. They chose obeying God rather then men knowing at times could put their life in danger. They also had the faith that whatever happened God would take care of them. When Daniel and his companions were wronged they did not take matters into their own hands they trusted Jehovah. We are told to love even our enemies. Now I will discuss the things Daniel and his companions endured.

Babylon had besieged Jerusalem and had taken many into captivity. Jehovah left this occur because of the rebellion of Israel against God. The king had ordered that some of the younger men that had been captured learn the language and writing of the Chaldeans. They were to be younger ones who were full of, wisdom, knowledge and discernment. They were allotted daily rations from the kings delicacies. Many of the foods they consumed in Babylon violated the laws that God had given Israel. Daniel and his companions knew they would risk offending the king if they chose not to eat those foods. In those times offending a king could cost you your life. Daniel and his companions petitioned the king and ask if they could have vegetables to eat and only water to drink. The king showed them mercy. He ask the king to compare the health of the youths who were eating the kings delicacies to the health of he and his companions at the end of ten days. The king agreed to his proposition. At the end of the ten days their appearance and health was better then the youths who were consuming the kings delicacies. Daniel and his companions eventually earned the kings respect enough they were given a lot of authority. Daniel was put in positions that many of us will experience now days. For example many medical procedures violate the laws of the new covenant Jesus had given us. Some products contain blood. We really need to do our research because they do not list all the ingredients in their products nor are they required to. Some of these products carry dangers and some are even experimental. Do you think God would want us to blindly go into things without researching them and carefully considering if this would go against what God would require? Just as in time past refusing to submit may put us in a situation where our lively hood and even our freedom may be at risk. It may even hinder our ability to worship just as in times past when , true worship was hindered and obstacles were put in the way. Obedience to Jehovah is the most important because it is him who is the giver of life. Things have progressed now to the point Satan and his people are not only trying to force things on those who worship in truth that may go against what God requires. If you do not comply there is a lot of pressure put on people. There is a lot of hatred and anger directed at them and many have lost their jobs for refusing to comply. Most are aware of who the beast is in the bible and the beast has many sub organizations set up such as WHO. WHO has been pressuring member nations to enforced these medical procedures and to put pressure on those who do not comply. They have even petitioned religious leaders world wide to pressure those in their congregations to comply. This is laying the ground work for compliance because WHO is part of the United Nations. The United Nations and it’s allies are the beast mentioned in the bible. Very soon the beast will have authority over the whole earth and we will be ask to turn our backs on God and to bow to the beast receiving the figurative mark. Those who receive the mark by submitting to the beast will, are going to be destroyed. There is a fine line between obeying the superior authorities and obeying Jehovah. Satan and his people have done a good job of blurring these lines and making it difficult to know what we should do. Jesus warned that even some of the elect may fall away and Peter reminded them to stay alert so they would not be drawn away. If this could occur to even the elect, this shows us how much more we should stay on the alert.

These are frightening times for many. Disease is rampant, famine is rampant, man is destroying the earth almost to the point of no return, violence and wars are rampant. All these are being exaggerated to induce fear. Fear causes the brain to pretty much shut down and we lose our ability to reason. If we fear God above all other things it works as a protection and prevents others from inducing panic and fear. Many corporations especially the biotech, pharmaceutical and medical industries have been caught deceiving people and doing very harmful things and then covering it up. Governments world wide have been caught often times helping them cover up the harm these industries are doing. When we are weighting matters would it not be wise to consider those things when determining if we should trust those entities before we go forward with things they may be asking us to do? Even now there are experimental medical procedure practically being forced on people. The data coming out is showing these medical procedures are causing a lot of death and harm. There is a lot of reliable information coming out showing the medical communities and governments world wide are covering up the harm these medical procedures are doing. Greed for power and money has blinded many. Fear of the consequences that a person may suffer if they do not comply is blinding people. We need to put fear of God first so we cannot be blinded as these things occur. Very soon the beast will be fully in power. The lines have become so blurred that many will bow to the beast and not even realize it until it is too late. Even now if people do not get these experimental medical procedures their religious organizations are banning their members from attending the meetings. WHO has been pressuring religious organizations world wide to pressure their members into getting these experimental medical procedures. Thousands have already died from them. You can see things are being put in place slowly for the mark of the beast. Even now they are working on a currency that would be used world wide. The United Nations has already put things in place to control trade and they are working on implementing a method of payment for goods that would be used by the whole world. So very soon the beast will be in full power. Those of us who stay alert and know what God requires have no need to fear because when these things start to occur we know it is a sign our deliverance is near. We will be put in a position very soon where we will not be able to by sell or trade if we do not bow down to the beast. Daniel and his companions set a good example of putting fear of God first instead of fear of man or the consequences they would suffer for putting obedience to God over obedience to man when obeying man would mean they would have to rebel against God.

The king had built a golden idol. We know we are not to bow down to idols. Jesus and the apostles reaffirmed this in the new covenant. Daniel and his companions refused to bow to the idol. They were called in front of the king and told if they did not bow to the idol they would be thrown into the fiery furnace. The king ordered that the furnace be made exceptionally hot and for Daniel and his companions to be thrown into the furnace. They were not sure if it would be God’s will to rescue them or not. But they informed the king if it was God’s will he would rescue them from the fiery furnace. They informed the king even if God did not rescue them they still would not bow down to his idols. The fire was so hot that the men who threw Daniel and his companions in the fire died while doing so. The next day when the king came to check on Daniel and his friends he found they were unharmed there wasn’t even the smell of smoke on them from the fire.

Very soon we will be ask to do things that we should not do. We have to keep in mind that it is little things the beast will do to get us to bow down to it. It may not be obvious, if we do not know God’s word well and have it written on our hearts, or if we leave ourselves get blinded by fear. We need to keep in mind that even death cannot separate us from the love of Jesus and the love of God. Now I will discuss when something similar happened to Daniel and his friends.

The satraps were always trying to manipulate the king so that he would turn against Daniel and punish him. The satraps were the chief representatives of the king. They had a lot of authority and over seen many things. Daniel and his friends had been put in positions of authority over them. They clearly did not like this so were constantly trying to undermine Daniel and his companions. They knew that Daniel would refuse to pray to any other God but the one true God. They knew that Daniel would continue to worship the one true God no matter what , so they manipulated the king into putting into law that no one could petition any God in matters but would have to petition the king. A petition is when a person is making a request , asking for something , or asking for relief. Though we are instructed in the bible we should petition our leaders, we are also taught to pray to God on the matters first. By implementing this law the king was removing God from the picture because Daniel was no longer permitted legally to petition God. So the law was trying to remove Daniels right to worship the one true God. The first thing Daniel did was to petition God concerning the matter. This resulted in him being thrown in a pit with lions. These were not normal lions. Often times the lions were starved and would have been very hungry. God sent his angels to protect Daniel and the lions did not harm Daniel. When the king seen this he had the men who tried to ensnare Daniel thrown into the pit and because they did not worship the one true God but rebelled against him the outcome for them was not good. But you can see how the satraps used what would seem like a little thing to try and trip Daniel up. Daniel could have false reasoned and thought as long as I obey God , I could petition the king instead of God and I will not die. But Daniel refused to cut God out of his life and his decision making. We should always put God first and in the decisions we make it should be God we petition first.

As the conclusion of this system draws nearer we need to rely on Jehovah God more then ever in our decision making. We are told in “Proverbs 14:15 15 The naive person believes every word, But the shrewd one ponders each step.” , we are also told “Proverbs 27:12 12 The shrewd person sees the danger and conceals himself, But the inexperienced keep right on going and suffer the consequences.” So we need to make sure we are not naive and we weigh our decisions and do our research and most of all we should pray to God on matters before we make our decisions. We are not to let ourselves be fooled. We have been warned the whole world lies in the power of the wicked one. We have also been warned Satan and the demons have been cast out of heaven and down to the earth and they know their time is short. We are warned Satan has great anger because of this. So we can be sure his deception and his attacks are going to increase. Jesus taught us how to stay in union with God. By trying our best to imitate him it will protect and guide us through these confusing times. As for these medical procedures they are a matter of choice. But when we make these choices we need to consider the time frame we are in. The history of the pharmaceutical industries , medical industries and government entities all working together to hide the harm being done by the pharmaceutical industry and of covering it up. These medical procedures are experimental. There is a very good chance they will cause a lot of harm. The evidence coming out now is showing this is true. Thousands have died and hundreds of thousands have been injured. They do not know what the long term effects of these experimental medical procedures will be but for many their lives have already been destroyed or even taken by these experimental procedures. Many medical professionals have been stating publicly when they try to report adverse reactions to the medical procedures they are ostracized and even lose their jobs. Their are still many medical professionals speaking out even though they know their lively hood and reputation is at stake. Many victims are speaking out stating their adverse reactions are not being reported. Why would people risk their careers and risk having their reputations smeared if these things are not true? Many medical professionals lost their jobs because they refused to get the experimental procedure base on the harm they are seeing it cause. So it would be wise to weight the risk. As for myself I will choose not to get the experimental medical procedure because of the long criminal history of the pharmaceutical industry. They have a proven record of betraying peoples trust. Many in the medical community has a history of covering up for the pharmaceutical industry. These are not conspiracy theories they are things that have been proven to occur many times. Would God really want us to put our confidence in an entity that has such a long criminal history? Not only that but would God want us to put our confidence in government entities that have been caught helping the pharmaceutical industry cover up their criminal activity? As I stated this is a matter of conscience but the bible tells us we are not to be naive, and we should be shrewd and conceal ourselves from danger.

How we treat those who make there choice should not be prejudiced, or with partiality or favoritism the bible warns if we do so we are sinning. As for me I will try to keep my distance from those who got the experimental procedure because the data coming out has shown they are the one keeping the pandemic going. This is not being partial or judgmental this is being cautious.

As for those taking the lead among us. We still have to obey and continue to take in the spiritual food they provide, but when it comes to secular decisions that is between us and Jehovah. When it comes to matters of conscience we need to consider all information, we need to look at all sides of a matter and determine the reliability of our sources. Do these sources have a reputation of being forthright and honest? Can those sources of information but trusted. We know in the last days many will fall away from Jehovah. We need to keep in mind they are imperfect humans also and will make errors. The bible says if we say we do not sin then we are a liar. The apostle Paul even mentioned the struggles he had in abstaining from sinning. If those taking the lead among us error we should not gossip or speak ill of them or do anything that may oppose Jehovah’s arrangement. Since they are appointed by Jehovah he will deal with them directly. It is not our place to question things. Jehovah always sets matters straight. He can read their hearts we cannot. We have to keep in mind we are imperfect also. Jehovah has done some amazing things throughout history with imperfect humans and he continues even now to do amazing things. Look how quickly he restored true worship even with the world conditions becoming worse. With opposition towards true worship being worse then it ever has and with all the distress and distractions now days, God still used imperfect humans to guide others back to him and taught us how to worship in truth and draw closer to him and Jesus. He accomplished all this using imperfect humans. If those taking the lead do make errors we can be certain Jehovah will set matters straight as he has in the past. This shows us the importance of being aware of our own short comings as the apostle Paul was , and the importance of putting Jehovah and what he would require before any man. We have many examples in the bible of those taking the lead falling short but they accepted God’s discipline and still carried out the work that God had ask them to do. So we have to be careful we do not judge those taking the lead. It is not our place to judge anyone especially those Jehovah has placed in position. We need to do as they have in the past. Those who knew what God required, still took in the spiritual food and did what God required while not partaking of the error. The bible tells us to test all we hear. This is something we should continue doing.

We can see how close we are to the beast being given full authority. The medical procedures were being forced on people. Those who refused them could not work, some were not even allowed to go in public so they could not go shopping for necessities. In some nations they even welded doors shut trapping people inside and they starved to death. WHO that is part of the United Nations put pressure on religious organizations to enforce much of this. This demonstrates how much authority and how easily the beast can influence people, nations and even religious organizations. We do not owe our faith to any human. Our loyalty and faith is to Jehovah God and Jesus first. We need to learn to be very aware of what the mark is and how to identify those who received the mark because it will not be as clear as people may think . If it was God would not of had it written in his world how to identify the mark and those receiving it.

Keep in mind what would be required because remember the mark of the beast is not a literal mark but a symbolic mark. So it will be acts of obedience to the beast. Putting the things the beast would require before what God would require. If we do not comply then our lively hoods, our homes, our security and even our lives will be threatened. We may even be required to put our petitions to the beast first instead of God. The symbolic acts will be subtle and not obvious. When this one world order is implemented, they will most likely implement a system of purchasing and selling things that will be used world wide. This most likely will come with things that are subtle that may require us to do things that may not seem very serious but remember God requires exclusive devotion and it is him we petition above man. We need to keep in mind that many who are worshiping in truth will also be deceived by the beast so now more then ever we need to make it a habit to give God thanks, give him glory and do all we can to sanctify his name. We should always petition God first and get in the practice of doing these things so when the time arrives we will be fully prepared and not easily deceived. We need to write this scripture of how Jesus responded when Satan was trying to tempt him. “(Matthew 4:9, 10) . . .” 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.’”

As things wind down we should question the things we hear even more. We were warned some would would sneak in among us and teach some deceptive things. Not only that but God is using imperfect humans , he told us if we know God we will know if something is from God or from their own originality. So is it wrong to question when those taking the lead tell us to do something and we have knowledge they may not have? Should we blindly obey. Of course not. The pharmaceutical and medical industry have a history of covering up the harm the pharmaceutical industry has done. Not only that but again the pharmaceutical industry had a long history criminal recored. It would not be wise for someone to blindly submit themselves to an experimental medical procedure. We need to question why the FDA tried to have the data hidden for 55 years. They have covered up for the pharmaceutical industry before. The fact they attempted to do that should have us asking questions. They are imperfect humans and cannot know everything. We are also warned there are some who can appear as angels of light so it is wise to be cautious. If they ask us to do something that we know Jehovah would not want us to do this is a matter of conscience. If they request we get an experimental medical procedure and the effects are still unknown is this something Jehovah would want us to subject ourselves to, especially considering the history of those who developed and those who are promoting these experimental injections. The information is now coming out showing these experimental medical procedures may have caused many more deaths then the Pandemic has. Many harmed by the experimental procedures are being discredited and pushed aside as being paranoid or even pretending to be ill. This will hurt their hearts but they also need to keep in mind we are all imperfect. To ignore the harm being done is a dishonor to those who have been harmed or families who lost loved ones because of the experimental injection. Jehovah knows the truth in matters and I am fully confident he will set matters straight. The apostle Paul said we must continue in the faith, this includes those taking the lead among us. So not matter what we may have to endure there is one truth and we have to continue taking in spiritual food and not let anything deter us, even things we may experience in the congregation. We need to work on developing the mindset of Christ so if something occurs that may not be what Jehovah would want us to do we will be certain of what he requires. When it comes to matters of conscience many of us know people personally who have been injured by the experimental medical procedures. To ask someone to submit to these and put pressure on others to submit to this experiment is putting undo burden on them this is something we have been told not to do. It can be a stumbling block. The apostle Paul warned all things are lawful but not all things are advantageous. The data is coming out showing those who submitted to the experimental medical procedures are the cause of the pandemic continuing. They are spreading the infections. We are to treat our bodies as our temple. If a person looks at the patents for these experimental injections they would see there are many disgusting and toxic things in those injections. They are not required to list all the ingredients so it takes diligence to find out what they contain. Often times the ingredients are in code and to find out what the ingredient is we have to do a search on Pubmed of that code. This is how I learned some of the injections have fetal tissue and animal tissues in them. Studies have shown these things cannot be completely filtered out of the injections. These experimental injections have been show to have a negative efficacy. They actually make someone more prone to Covid infection this is why those getting the injections are keeping the pandemic going. Not only this but with the new data coming out , it is becoming clear these injections severely damage the immune system making those who received them more prone to infection. We are not to seek our own advantage. If we demand someone submit to an experiment that is proving to be a dangerous and harmful one, Would we be truly seeking the advantage of others? With the data now being released showing how harmful these injections are making such demands and ignoring the evidence and demanding or pressuring people to get them could result in them being harmed or even killed. It also results in the pandemic being prolonged which could cause more harm and cost more lives could carry blood guilt. If this does occur it does not mean the person is blood guilty it may mean they do not have the knowledge or seen the harm being done and may truly believe making these types of demands are for the good of others. But this also comes back to things that are a matter of conscience. They should not ignore the concerns of others who have seen the harm first hand , or who has seen the data being released and are very aware of the harm being done. I do know Jehovah is going to hold all accountable who are responsible for the harm that is being done and has been done. Anyone who believes humans that even though the bible has warned are easily corrupted and fooled and who have a proven track record of corruption is being unreasonable if they ask others to blindly trust them or the pharmaceutical industry. This could cause a stumbling block for many. Surely we do not want this to occur. There are those who may choose the experimental medical procedure. We should not hold this against them. Some I am learning do not know how to find the information concerning these injections so only have mainstream media as a source of information. They truly may not be aware of the harm being done. It can take months for those who got the procedure to realize they have been harmed. By then the medical community will blame it on something else such as genetics or call their illness idiopathic, which is calling the cause of illness unknown. Fortunately many medical professionals and even those involved in the research are speaking out and the truth is becoming very difficult for them to hide. So much so they have been removing those speaking out from social media. But these people have been persistent and have become whistle blowers so the truth will come out. We just need to be patient and not let it deter us or cause us to lose faith and continue to cling to our spiritual family as much as possible. We may even have doubts about those taking the lead. We have to keep in mind that God restored true worship. We know the future promises he gave us. Though things may seem overwhelming , we can have confidence that some of the 144,000 will be with us through this great tribulation to guide us because the bible tells us in Revelation the end will not come until they have all been sealed. Keep in mind if someone is telling you not to question things they either have something to hide or they have doubts about what they are saying. If they had full confidence in what they were saying or recommending they would welcome questions. The truth defends itself. When a person has to be silenced there is something to hide.

Many claim that vaccines are a blessing from God. I provide a link below why this is not true.

(Numbers 20:9-13) 9 So Moses took the rod from before Jehovah, just as He had commanded him. 10 Then Moses and Aaron called the congregation together before the crag, and he said to them: “Hear, now, you rebels! Must we bring out water for you from this crag?” 11 With that Moses lifted his hand up and struck the crag twice with his rod, and much water began to pour out, and the assembly and their livestock began to drink. 12 Jehovah later said to Moses and Aaron: “Because you did not show faith in me and sanctify me before the eyes of the people of Israel, you will not bring this congregation into the land that I will give them.” 13 These are the waters of Merʹi·bah, where the Israelites quarreled with Jehovah, so that he was sanctified among them.

(Numbers 16:8-11) 8 Moses then said to Korʹah: “Listen, please, you sons of Leʹvi. 9 Does it seem to you such a little thing that the God of Israel has separated you from the assembly of Israel and allowed you to approach him in order to perform the service of Jehovah’s tabernacle and to stand before the assembly to minister to them, 10 and that he brought you near to him along with all your brothers, the sons of Leʹvi? Must you also try to secure the priesthood? 11 For this reason, you and all your supporters who are gathering together are against Jehovah. As for Aaron, who is he that you should murmur against him?”

(Numbers 16:28-30) 28 Then Moses said: “By this you will know that Jehovah has sent me to do all these things, that it is not of my own heart: 29 If these people die a natural death as all men do and if their punishment is the same as that of all mankind, then Jehovah has not sent me. 30 But if Jehovah does something extraordinary with them and the ground opens and swallows them and everything that belongs to them and they go down alive into the Grave, you will certainly know that these men have treated Jehovah disrespectfully.”

(Numbers 16:31-35) 31 As soon as he finished speaking all these words, the ground beneath them split apart. 32 And the earth opened and swallowed them up, along with their households and everyone who belonged to Korʹah and all their goods. 33 So they and all who belonged to them went down alive into the Grave, and the earth covered them over, so that they perished from the midst of the congregation. 34 All the Israelites who were around them fled at their screaming, for they said: “We are afraid that the earth may swallow us up!” 35 Then a fire came out from Jehovah and consumed the 250 men offering the incense.

(Deuteronomy 32:50-52) . . ., 51 because both of you were unfaithful to me among the Israelites at the waters of Merʹi·bah of Kaʹdesh in the wilderness of Zin, because you did not sanctify me before the people of Israel. 52 You will see the land from a distance, but you will not enter the land that I am giving to the people of Israel.

(Numbers 16:1-3) 16 Then Korʹah the son of Izʹhar, the son of Koʹhath, the son of Leʹvi, got up together with Daʹthan and A·biʹram the sons of E·liʹab, and On the son of Peʹleth, of the sons of Reuʹben. 2 They rose up against Moses along with 250 Israelite men, chieftains of the assembly, chosen ones of the congregation, prominent men. 3 So they gathered together against Moses and Aaron and said to them: “We have had enough of you! The whole assembly is holy, all of them, and Jehovah is in their midst. Why, then, should you exalt yourselves above the congregation of Jehovah?”

(2 Samuel 11:2-6) 2 One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the rooftop of the king’s house. From the rooftop he saw a woman bathing, and the woman was very beautiful. 3 David sent someone to inquire about the woman, and he reported: “Is this not Bath-sheʹba the daughter of E·liʹam and the wife of U·riʹah the Hitʹtite?” 4 Then David sent messengers to bring her. So she came in to him, and he lay down with her. (This happened while she was purifying herself from her uncleanness.) Afterward, she returned to her house. 5 The woman became pregnant, and she sent a message to David: “I am pregnant.” 6 At this David sent a message to Joʹab: “Send to me U·riʹah the Hitʹtite.” So Joʹab sent U·riʹah to David.

(2 Samuel 11:14-17) 14 In the morning David wrote a letter to Joʹab and sent it by the hand of U·riʹah. 15 He wrote in the letter: “Put U·riʹah in the front lines where the fighting is fiercest. Then retreat from behind him, so that he will be struck down and die.” 16 Joʹab had been carefully watching the city, and he stationed U·riʹah where he knew there were mighty warriors. 17 When the men of the city came out and fought against Joʹab, some of David’s servants fell, and U·riʹah the Hitʹtite was among those who died.

(2 Samuel 12:1-6) 12 So Jehovah sent Nathan to David. He came in to him and said: “There were two men in one city, the one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had very many sheep and cattle; 3 but the poor man had nothing but one small female lamb, which he had bought. He cared for it, and it grew up together with him and his sons. It would eat from the little food he had and drink from his cup and sleep in his arms. It became as a daughter to him. 4 Later a visitor came to the rich man, but he would not take any of his own sheep and cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the poor man’s lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.” 5 At this David grew very angry against the man, and he said to Nathan: “As surely as Jehovah is living, the man who did this deserves to die! 6 And he should pay for the lamb four times over, because he did this and showed no compassion.”

(2 Samuel 12:7-12) 7 Then Nathan said to David: “You are the man! This is what Jehovah the God of Israel says: ‘I myself anointed you as king over Israel, and I rescued you from the hand of Saul. 8 I was willing to give you your master’s house and put your master’s wives in your arms, and I gave you the house of Israel and of Judah. And as if that were not enough, I was willing to do much more for you. 9 Why did you despise the word of Jehovah by doing what is bad in his eyes? You struck down U·riʹah the Hitʹtite with the sword! Then you took his wife as your wife after you killed him by the sword of the Amʹmon·ites. 10 Now a sword will never depart from your own house, because you despised me by taking the wife of U·riʹah the Hitʹtite as your wife.’ 11 This is what Jehovah says: ‘Here I am bringing against you calamity from within your own house; and before your own eyes, I will take your wives and give them to another man, and he will lie down with your wives in broad daylight. 12 Although you acted in secret, I will do this in front of all Israel and in broad daylight.’”

(2 Samuel 12:7-12) 7 Then Nathan said to David: “You are the man! This is what Jehovah the God of Israel says: ‘I myself anointed you as king over Israel, and I rescued you from the hand of Saul. 8 I was willing to give you your master’s house and put your master’s wives in your arms, and I gave you the house of Israel and of Judah. And as if that were not enough, I was willing to do much more for you. 9 Why did you despise the word of Jehovah by doing what is bad in his eyes? You struck down U·riʹah the Hitʹtite with the sword! Then you took his wife as your wife after you killed him by the sword of the Amʹmon·ites. 10 Now a sword will never depart from your own house, because you despised me by taking the wife of U·riʹah the Hitʹtite as your wife.’ 11 This is what Jehovah says: ‘Here I am bringing against you calamity from within your own house; and before your own eyes, I will take your wives and give them to another man, and he will lie down with your wives in broad daylight. 12 Although you acted in secret, I will do this in front of all Israel and in broad daylight.’”

(2 Samuel 12:7-12) 7 Then Nathan said to David: “You are the man! This is what Jehovah the God of Israel says: ‘I myself anointed you as king over Israel, and I rescued you from the hand of Saul. 8 I was willing to give you your master’s house and put your master’s wives in your arms, and I gave you the house of Israel and of Judah. And as if that were not enough, I was willing to do much more for you. 9 Why did you despise the word of Jehovah by doing what is bad in his eyes? You struck down U·riʹah the Hitʹtite with the sword! Then you took his wife as your wife after you killed him by the sword of the Amʹmon·ites. 10 Now a sword will never depart from your own house, because you despised me by taking the wife of U·riʹah the Hitʹtite as your wife.’ 11 This is what Jehovah says: ‘Here I am bringing against you calamity from within your own house; and before your own eyes, I will take your wives and give them to another man, and he will lie down with your wives in broad daylight. 12 Although you acted in secret, I will do this in front of all Israel and in broad daylight.’”

(2 Samuel 24:10-14) 10 But David’s heart was struck with remorse after he had numbered the people. David then said to Jehovah: “I have sinned greatly by doing this. And now, Jehovah, please forgive your servant’s error, for I have acted very foolishly.” 11 When David got up in the morning, Jehovah’s word came to Gad the prophet, David’s visionary, saying: 12 “Go and say to David, ‘This is what Jehovah says: “I am giving you three options. Choose the one that I should bring on you.”’” 13 So Gad came in to David and told him: “Should seven years of famine come on your land? Or should you flee for three months from your adversaries while they pursue you? Or should there be three days of pestilence in your land? Now consider carefully what I should reply to the One who sent me.” 14 So David said to Gad: “It is very distressing to me. Let us fall, please, into the hand of Jehovah, for his mercy is great; but do not let me fall into the hand of man.”

(Acts 13:21-23) . . .. 22 After removing him, he raised up for them David as king, about whom he bore witness and said: ‘I have found David the son of Jesʹse a man agreeable to my heart; he will do all the things I desire.’ 23 According to his promise, from the offspring of this man, God has brought to Israel a savior, Jesus.

(1 Chronicles 22:17-19) 17 David then ordered all the princes of Israel to help his son Solʹo·mon: 18 “Is not Jehovah your God with you, and has he not given you rest on every side? For he handed over to me the inhabitants of the land, and the land has been subdued before Jehovah and before his people. 19 Now determine with all your heart and soul to seek Jehovah your God,. . .

(Exodus 32:23-29) 23 So they said to me, ‘Make for us a god who will go ahead of us, for we do not know what has happened to this Moses, the man who led us up out of the land of Egypt.’ 24 So I said to them, ‘Whoever has any gold must take it off and give it to me.’ Then I threw it into the fire and out came this calf.” 25 Moses saw that the people were unrestrained, for Aaron had let them go unrestrained, so that they were a disgrace before their opposers. 26 Then Moses took his position in the gate of the camp and said: “Who is on Jehovah’s side? Come to me!” And all the Levites gathered around him. 27 He now said to them: “This is what Jehovah the God of Israel has said, ‘Each of you must fasten on his sword and pass through all the camp from gate to gate, killing his brother, his neighbor, and his close companion.’” 28 The Levites did what Moses said. So about 3,000 men were killed on that day. 29 Then Moses said: “Set yourselves apart for Jehovah today, for each of you has gone against his own son and his own brother; today he will give you a blessing.”

(Exodus 32:1-4) 32 Meanwhile, the people saw that Moses was taking a long time coming down from the mountain. So the people gathered around Aaron and said to him: “Get up, make for us a god who will go ahead of us, because we do not know what has happened to this Moses, the man who led us up out of the land of Egypt.” 2 At this Aaron said to them: “Take the gold earrings from the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters and bring them to me.” 3 So all the people began taking off the gold earrings that were in their ears and bringing them to Aaron. 4 Then he took the gold from them, and he formed it with an engraving tool and made it into a statue of a calf. They began to say: “This is your God, O Israel, who led you up out of the land of Egypt.”

(Romans 13:1-4) 13 Let every person be in subjection to the superior authorities, for there is no authority except by God; the existing authorities stand placed in their relative positions by God. 2 Therefore, whoever opposes the authority has taken a stand against the arrangement of God; those who have taken a stand against it will bring judgment against themselves. 3 For those rulers are an object of fear, not to the good deed, but to the bad. Do you want to be free of fear of the authority? Keep doing good, and you will have praise from it; 4 for it is God’s minister to you for your good. But if you are doing what is bad, be in fear, for it is not without purpose that it bears the sword. It is God’s minister, an avenger to express wrath against the one practicing what is bad.

(1 Peter 2:13-17) 13 For the Lord’s sake subject yourselves to every human creation, whether to a king as being superior 14 or to governors as sent by him to punish wrongdoers but to praise those who do good. 15 For it is the will of God that by doing good you may silence the ignorant talk of unreasonable men. 16 Be as free people, using your freedom, not as a cover for doing wrong, but as slaves of God. 17 Honor men of all sorts, have love for the whole association of brothers, be in fear of God, honor the king.

(Acts 5:29) 29 In answer Peter and the other apostles said: “We must obey God as ruler rather than men.

(Romans 12:17-21) 17 Return evil for evil to no one. Take into consideration what is fine from the viewpoint of all men. 18 If possible, as far as it depends on you, be peaceable with all men. 19 Do not avenge yourselves, beloved, but yield place to the wrath; for it is written: “‘Vengeance is mine; I will repay,’ says Jehovah.” 20 But “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by doing this you will heap fiery coals on his head.” 21 Do not let yourself be conquered by the evil, but keep conquering the evil with the good.

(Daniel 1:3-9) 3 Then the king ordered Ashʹpe·naz his chief court official to bring some of the Israelites, including those of royal and noble descent. 4 They were to be youths without any defect, of good appearance, endowed with wisdom, knowledge, and discernment, and capable of serving in the king’s palace. He was to teach them the writing and the language of the Chal·deʹans. 5 Furthermore, the king assigned to them a daily ration from the king’s delicacies and from the wine he drank. They were to be trained for three years, and at the end of that time they were to enter the king’s service. 6 Now among them were some from the tribe of Judah: Daniel, Han·a·niʹah, Mishʹa·el, and Az·a·riʹah. 7 And the principal court official assigned names to them; he gave to Daniel the name Bel·te·shazʹzar, to Han·a·niʹah the name Shaʹdrach, to Mishʹa·el the name Meʹshach, and to Az·a·riʹah the name A·bedʹne·go. 8 But Daniel resolved in his heart that he would not defile himself with the king’s delicacies or with the wine he drank. So he asked the principal court official for permission not to defile himself in this way. 9 And the true God caused the principal court official to show Daniel favor and mercy.

(Daniel 3:3-7) 3 So the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates, and all the administrators of the provinces assembled for the inauguration of the image that King Neb·u·chad·nezʹzar had set up. And they stood in front of the image that Neb·u·chad·nezʹzar had set up. 4 The herald loudly proclaimed: “You are commanded, O peoples, nations, and language groups, 5 that when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, zither, triangular harp, stringed instrument, bagpipe, and all the other musical instruments, you must fall down and worship the image of gold that King Neb·u·chad·nezʹzar has set up. 6 Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into the burning fiery furnace.” 7 So when all the peoples heard the sound of the horn, pipe, zither, triangular harp, stringed instrument, and all the other musical instruments, all the peoples, nations, and language groups fell down and worshipped the image of gold that King Neb·u·chad·nezʹzar had set up.

(Mark 13:21-23) 21 “Then, too, if anyone says to you, ‘See! Here is the Christ,’ or, ‘See! There he is,’ do not believe it. 22 For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will perform signs and wonders to lead astray, if possible, the chosen ones. 23 You, then, watch out. I have told you all things beforehand.

(2 Peter 3:17-18) 17 You, therefore, beloved ones, having this advance knowledge, be on your guard so that you may not be led astray with them by the error of the lawless people and fall from your own steadfastness. 18 No, but go on growing in the undeserved kindness and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

(Luke 21:25-28) 25 “Also, there will be signs in the sun and moon and stars, and on the earth anguish of nations not knowing the way out because of the roaring of the sea and its agitation. 26 People will become faint out of fear and expectation of the things coming upon the inhabited earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 And then they will see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 But as these things start to occur, stand up straight and lift up your heads, because your deliverance is getting near.”

(Daniel 3:3-7) 3 So the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates, and all the administrators of the provinces assembled for the inauguration of the image that King Neb·u·chad·nezʹzar had set up. And they stood in front of the image that Neb·u·chad·nezʹzar had set up. 4 The herald loudly proclaimed: “You are commanded, O peoples, nations, and language groups, 5 that when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, zither, triangular harp, stringed instrument, bagpipe, and all the other musical instruments, you must fall down and worship the image of gold that King Neb·u·chad·nezʹzar has set up. 6 Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into the burning fiery furnace.” 7 So when all the peoples heard the sound of the horn, pipe, zither, triangular harp, stringed instrument, and all the other musical instruments, all the peoples, nations, and language groups fell down and worshipped the image of gold that King Neb·u·chad·nezʹzar had set up.

(Daniel 3:13-15) 13 Then Neb·u·chad·nezʹzar, in a furious rage, ordered Shaʹdrach, Meʹshach, and A·bedʹne·go to be brought in. So these men were brought in before the king. 14 Neb·u·chad·nezʹzar said to them: “Is it really true, Shaʹdrach, Meʹshach, and A·bedʹne·go, that you are not serving my gods and that you refuse to worship the image of gold that I have set up? 15 Now when you hear the sound of the horn, the pipe, the zither, the triangular harp, the stringed instrument, the bagpipe, and all the other musical instruments, if you are ready to fall down and worship the image that I have made, fine. But if you refuse to worship, you will immediately be thrown into the burning fiery furnace. And who is the god who can rescue you out of my hands?”

(Daniel 3:21-23) 21 So these men were tied up while still wearing their cloaks, garments, caps, and all their other clothing, and they were thrown into the burning fiery furnace. 22 Because the king’s command was so harsh and the furnace was exceptionally hot, the men who took up Shaʹdrach, Meʹshach, and A·bedʹne·go were the ones killed by the flames of the fire. 23 But these three men, Shaʹdrach, Meʹshach, and A·bedʹne·go, fell bound into the burning fiery furnace.

(Daniel 3:16-18) 16 Shaʹdrach, Meʹshach, and A·bedʹne·go answered the king: “O Neb·u·chad·nezʹzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. 17 If it must be, our God whom we serve is able to rescue us from the burning fiery furnace, O king, and to rescue us from your hand. 18 But even if he does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold that you have set up.”

(Daniel 3:26, 27) 26 Neb·u·chad·nezʹzar approached the door of the burning fiery furnace and said: “Shaʹdrach, Meʹshach, and A·bedʹne·go, you servants of the Most High God, step out and come here!” Shaʹdrach, Meʹshach, and A·bedʹne·go stepped out from the midst of the fire. 27 And the satraps, prefects, governors, and the high officials of the king who were assembled there saw that the fire had had no effect on the bodies of these men; not a hair of their heads had been singed, their cloaks looked no different, and there was not even the smell of fire on them.

(Romans 8:37-39) . . .. 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.

(Daniel 6:6-11) 6 So these high officials and satraps went in as a group to the king, and they said to him: “O King Da·riʹus, may you live on forever. 7 All the royal officials, prefects, satraps, high royal officers, and governors have consulted together to establish a royal decree and to enforce a ban, that for 30 days whoever makes a petition to any god or man except to you, O king, should be thrown into the lions’ pit. 8 Now, O king, may you establish the decree and sign it, so that it cannot be changed, according to the law of the Medes and the Persians, which cannot be annulled.” 9 So King Da·riʹus signed the decree and the ban. 10 But as soon as Daniel knew that the decree had been signed, he went to his house, which had the windows of his roof chamber open toward Jerusalem. And three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed and offered praise before his God, as he had regularly done prior to this. 11 At that time those men burst in and found Daniel petitioning and pleading for favor before his God.

(Daniel 6:12) 12 So they approached the king and reminded him about the royal ban: “Did you not sign a ban stating that for 30 days any man who makes a petition to any god or man except to you, O king, should be thrown into the lions’ pit?” The king replied: “The matter is well-established according to the law of the Medes and the Persians, which cannot be annulled.”

(Daniel 6:16, 17) 16 So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the pit of lions. The king said to Daniel: “Your God whom you are continually serving will rescue you.” 17 Then a stone was brought and placed over the entrance of the pit, and the king sealed it with his signet ring and with the signet ring of his nobles, so that nothing could be changed with regard to Daniel.

(Daniel 6:18-24) 18 The king then went to his palace. He passed the night fasting and refused any entertainment, and he could not sleep. 19 Finally at the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions’ pit. 20 As he got near the pit, he called out to Daniel with a sad voice. The king asked Daniel: “O Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God whom you are continually serving been able to rescue you from the lions?” 21 Daniel immediately said to the king: “O king, may you live on forever. 22 My God sent his angel and shut the mouth of the lions, and they have not harmed me, for I was found innocent before him; nor have I done any wrong to you, O king.” 23 The king was overjoyed, and he commanded that Daniel be lifted up out of the pit. When Daniel was lifted up out of the pit, he was completely unharmed, because he had trusted in his God. 24 The king then gave an order, and the men who had accused Daniel were brought, and they were thrown into the lions’ pit, along with their sons and their wives. They had not reached the bottom of the pit before the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.

(1 John 5:18-21) 19 We know that we originate with God, but the whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one. 20 But we know that the Son of God has come, and he has given us insight so that we may gain the knowledge of the one who is true. And we are in union with the one who is true, by means of his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and life everlasting. 21 Little children, guard yourselves from idols.

(1 Timothy 5:20, 21) . . .. 21 I solemnly charge you before God and Christ Jesus and the chosen angels to observe these instructions without any prejudice or partiality.

(James 2:8, 9) . . .. 9 But if you continue showing favoritism, you are committing sin, and you are convicted by the law as transgressors.

(Ephesians 5:6) Let no man deceive you with empty words, for because of such things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience.

(Hebrews 13:9) Do not be led astray by various and strange teachings, for it is better for the heart to be strengthened by undeserved kindness than by foods, which do not benefit those occupied with them.

(Revelation 12:7-9) 7 And war broke out in heaven: Miʹcha·el and his angels battled with the dragon, and the dragon and its angels battled 8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them any longer in heaven. 9 So down the great dragon was hurled, the original serpent, the one called Devil and Satan, who is misleading the entire inhabited earth; he was hurled down to the earth, and his angels were hurled down with him.

(Revelation 12:11, 12) . . .. 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.”

(Romans 7:21-25) 21 I find, then, this law in my case: When I wish to do what is right, what is bad is present with me. 22 I really delight in the law of God according to the man I am within, 23 but I see in my body another law warring against the law of my mind and leading me captive to sin’s law that is in my body. 24 Miserable man that I am! Who will rescue me from the body undergoing this death? 25 Thanks to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So, then, with my mind I myself am a slave to God’s law, but with my flesh to sin’s law.

(1 John 1:8-10) 8 If we make the statement, “We have no sin,” we are misleading ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous so as to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we make the statement, “We have not sinned,” we are making him a liar, and his word is not in us.

(1 John 4:1) 4 Beloved ones, do not believe every inspired statement, but test the inspired statements to see whether they originate with God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.

(2 Thessalonians 2:1, 2) However, brothers, concerning the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you 2 not to be quickly shaken from your reason nor to be alarmed either by an inspired statement or by a spoken message or by a letter appearing to be from us, to the effect that the day of Jehovah is here.

(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.

(Matthew 4:9, 10) . . .” 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.’”

(1 John 4:1) 4 Beloved ones, do not believe every inspired statement, but test the inspired statements to see whether they originate with God. . .

(2 Thessalonians 2:1, 2) However, brothers, concerning the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you 2 not to be quickly shaken from your reason nor to be alarmed either by an inspired statement or by a spoken message or by a letter appearing to be from us, to the effect that the day of Jehovah is here.

(John 7:14-17) 14 When the festival was half over, Jesus went up into the temple and began teaching. 15 And the Jews were astonished, saying: “How does this man have such a knowledge of the Scriptures when he has not studied at the schools?” 16 Jesus, in turn, answered them and said: “What I teach is not mine, but belongs to him who sent me. 17 If anyone desires to do His will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or I speak of my own originality.

(2 Corinthians 11:12-15) 12 But what I am doing I will continue to do, in order to eliminate the pretext of those who are wanting a basis for being found equal to us in the things about which they boast. 13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for Satan himself keeps disguising himself as an angel of light. 15 It is therefore nothing extraordinary if his ministers also keep disguising themselves as ministers of righteousness. But their end will be according to their works.

(Colossians 1:21-23) 21 Indeed, you who were once alienated and enemies because your minds were on the works that were wicked, 22 he has now reconciled by means of that one’s fleshly body through his death, in order to present you holy and unblemished and open to no accusation before him— 23 provided, of course, that you continue in the faith, established on the foundation and steadfast, not being shifted away from the hope of that good news that you heard and that was preached in all creation under heaven. Of this good news I, Paul, became a minister.

(2 Corinthians 1:23, 24) . . .. 24 Not that we are the masters over your faith, but we are fellow workers for your joy, for it is by your faith that you are standing.

(1 Peter 5:2, 3) 2 Shepherd the flock of God under your care, serving as overseers, not under compulsion, but willingly before God; not for love of dishonest gain, but eagerly; 3 not lording it over those who are God’s inheritance, but becoming examples to the flock.

(Romans 14:13-18) 13 Therefore, let us not judge one another any longer but, rather, be determined not to put a stumbling block or an obstacle before a brother. 14 I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; only where a man considers something to be unclean, to him it is unclean. 15 For if your brother is being offended because of food, you are no longer walking according to love. Do not by your food ruin that one for whom Christ died. 16 Therefore, do not let the good you do be spoken of as bad. 17 For the Kingdom of God does not mean eating and drinking, but means righteousness and peace and joy with holy spirit. 18 For whoever slaves for Christ in this way is acceptable to God and has approval with men.

(Colossians 3:1, 2) 3 If, however, you were raised up with the Christ, go on seeking the things above, where the Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2 Keep your minds fixed on the things above, not on the things on the earth.

(1 Corinthians 10:23, 24) 23 All things are lawful, but not all things are advantageous. All things are lawful, but not all things build up. 24 Let each one keep seeking, not his own advantage, but that of the other person.

(1 Corinthians 6:19, 20) 19 Do you not know that your body is the temple of the holy spirit within you, which you have from God? Also, you do not belong to yourselves, 20 for you were bought with a price. By all means, glorify God in your body.

(1 Corinthians 10:31-33) 31 Therefore, whether you are eating or drinking or doing anything else, do all things for God’s glory. 32 Keep from becoming causes for stumbling to Jews as well as Greeks and to the congregation of God, 33 just as I am trying to please all people in all things, not seeking my own advantage, but that of the many, so that they may be saved.

(Revelation 6:12-7:4) 12 And I saw when he opened the sixth seal, and a great earthquake occurred; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the entire moon became as blood, 13 and the stars of heaven fell to the earth as when a fig tree shaken by a high wind drops its unripe figs. 14 And the heaven departed as a scroll that is being rolled up, and every mountain and every island was removed from its place. 15 Then the kings of the earth, the high officials, the military commanders, the rich, the strong, every slave, and every free person hid in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains. 16 And they keep saying to the mountains and to the rocks: “Fall over us and hide us from the face of the One seated on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb, 17 because the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?” 7 After this I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding tight the four winds of the earth, so that no wind could blow on the earth or on the sea or on any tree. 2 And I saw another angel ascending from the sunrise, having a seal of the living God; and he called with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, 3 saying: “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, until after we have sealed the slaves of our God in their foreheads.” 4 And I heard the number of those who were sealed, 144,000, sealed out of every tribe of the sons of Israel:

(Revelation 6:10, 11) . . .” 11 And a white robe was given to each of them, and they were told to rest a little while longer, until the number was filled of their fellow slaves and their brothers who were about to be killed as they had been.

This is a link to information I put together showing vaccines are not a blessing from God.

Why did God create the earth, and what is his will for the earth?

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Written by Lee Stevenson. Sorry I am not much of a writer or an editor. I am trying the best I can.

You may wonder what is the purpose for the earth why did God create the earth. The bible tells us in Genisis 1 verse 28 God created the earth for man to fill the earth. He also put Adam in a paradise like Garden. He then created Eve and they only had to obey one command to prove their loyalty and faith . (Genesis 4:4-25) . The only words that convey a similar meaning to the word Eden in the Garden is luxury or delight. The closest modern day meaning would be similar to a modern day park that contained all a person needed to be happy and healthy. The meaning of the word Eden is not entirely clear but based on it’s usage throughout the bible it becomes clear that it means a land of delight and plenty. Death at the time was not something man would have experienced.The bible says the earth will be here forever. If he has established it to be here forever then it must have a purpose and he must have a will that he desires for it.

Psalm 104: 5  He has established the earth on its foundations; It will not be moved from its place forever and ever.

Ecclesiastes 1:4 A generation is going, and a generation is coming,But the earth remains forever.

Isaiah 45:18 “The One who formed the earth, its Maker who firmly established it, . . . did not create it simply for nothing, but formed it to be inhabited.”

The bible gave a very specific number of those who will go to heaven 144,000. It also tells us they will rule as priest with Jesus over the earth. In Revelations it shows a clear distinction between the two flocks. Those of the 144,000 would gather the other sheep Jesus mentions together and would feed them the spiritual food that Jesus mentioned.

Luke 12:32 “Have no fear, little flock, for your Father has approved of giving you the Kingdom.

Revelation 7:2And I saw another angel ascending from the sunrise, having a seal of the living God; and he called with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, saying: “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, until after we have sealed the slaves of our God in their foreheads.”

Luke 12:42And 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

John 10:16 “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.

The bible made a clear distinction between the two sheep folds.

Revelation 7:4 And I heard the number of those who were sealed, 144,000, sealed out of every tribe of the sons of Israel:

5 Out of the tribe of Judah 12,000 sealed;

out of the tribe of Reuʹben 12,000;

out of the tribe of Gad 12,000;

6 out of the tribe of Ashʹer 12,000;

out of the tribe of Naphʹta·li 12,000;

out of the tribe of Ma·nasʹseh+ 12,000;

7 out of the tribe of Simʹe·on 12,000;

out of the tribe of Leʹvi 12,000;

out of the tribe of Isʹsa·char 12,000;

8 out of the tribe of Zebʹu·lun 12,000;

out of the tribe of Joseph 12,000;

out of the tribe of Benjamin 12,000 sealed.

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

Daniel 2:44 “In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed. And this kingdom will not be passed on to any other people. It will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, and it alone will stand forever,

The 144,000 will be resurrected first to rule with Jesus.

Revelation 20: 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.

Romans 8:20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not by its own will, but through the one who subjected it, on the basis of hope 21 that the creation itself will also be set free from enslavement to corruption and have the glorious freedom of the children of God. 22 For we know that all creation keeps on groaning together and being in pain together until now
Matthew 5:5 “Happy are the mild-tempered, since they will inherit the earth

The 144,000 have to rule over someone. They will be ruling over the earth to fulfill the original purpose for the earth.

Psalm 37:29 The righteous will possess the earth,
And they will live forever on it.

This does not mean all is lost God’s will for the earth is certain take place. It has only been delayed . The earth will be filled with obedient humans who will work to make the whole earth like the Garden of Eden. God’s will for the earth to be filled with happy and healthy humans will be fulfilled. Jesus ransom sacrifice paved the way for our redemption by making payment for the sin brought on by Adam and Eves rebellion in the Garden of Eden.

Isaiah 55:10 For just as the rain and the snow pour down from heaven And do not return there until they saturate the earth, making it produce and sprout,

Giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,11 So my word that goes out of my mouth will be.It will not return to me without results,But it will certainly accomplish whatever is my delight, And it will have sure success in what I send it to do.

What life will be like when God’s original purpose for the earth is fulfilled. Death will be swallowed up so those in the new system will not die anymore. There will be no crime , no sickness or suffering. We will be able to enjoy the work of our hands and never have to worry if we will have a home to live in. The world will be at peace and there will be no violence or hatred. There will only be tears of joy not tears of sorrow.

Isaiah 33:24 And no resident will say: “I am sick.”

The people dwelling in the land will be pardoned for their error.

Isaiah 11: 6 The wolf will reside for a while with the lamb, And with the young goat the leopard will lie down,

And the calf and the lion and the fattened animal will all be together;

And a little boy will lead them.

7 The cow and the bear will feed together,

And their young will lie down together.

The lion will eat straw like the bull.

8 The nursing child will play over the lair of a cobra,

And a weaned child will put his hand over the den of a poisonous snake.

9 They will not cause any harm

Or any ruin in all my holy mountain,

Because the earth will certainly be filled with the knowledge of Jehovah

As the waters cover the sea.

Isaiah 6:21 They will build houses and live in them,

And they will plant vineyards and eat their fruitage.

22 They will not build for someone else to inhabit,

Nor will they plant for others to eat.

For the days of my people will be like the days of a tree,

And the work of their hands my chosen ones will enjoy to the full.

23 They will not toil for nothing,

Nor will they bear children for distress,

Because they are the offspring made up of those blessed by Jehovah,

And their descendants with them.

Nor will they bear children for distress,

Because they are the offspring made up of those blessed by Jehovah,

And their descendants with them.

24 Even before they call out, I will answer;

While they are yet speaking, I will hear.

25 The wolf and the lamb will feed together,

The lion will eat straw just like the bull,

And the serpent’s food will be dust.

While they are yet speaking, I will hear.

They will do no harm nor cause any ruin in all my holy mountain,” says Jehovah.

Isaiah 2: 8 He will swallow up death forever,

And the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces.

The reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth,

For Jehovah himself has spoken it.

 9 In that day they will say:

“Look! This is our God!

We have hoped in him,

And he will save us.

This is Jehovah!

We have hoped in him.

Let us be joyful and rejoice in the salvation by him.”

Revelation 21:3 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.”

1Corinthians 15:23But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 24Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27For he “has put everything under his feet.” Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. 28When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.

As and end note you may wonder why Satan rebelled against God. We get a clue to that when we read the warning given to Tyrus. The warning clearly did not completely describe his so he is talking about the power behind the bad deeds that Tyrus had done.

Ezekial 28:12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.

13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.

14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.

17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.

19 All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.

Just as man was created perfect and had free will the spirit creatures that God created also had free will to choose. We also get another clue in Isaiah. He desired God’s power and authority so he had actually become jealous of God and the authority God gave him seemed to go to his head and he became arrogant. So just as man needed God’s guidance foresight and wisdom so also did his spirit creature. It takes faith and trust to be obedient. God does not force that on his creation but does require it. He still leaves us choose whether we will have faith or not. God has don nothing but good for his creation and his actions have shown he could be trusted and we have no reason to doubt him. Satan, Adam, and Eve had no excuse because they were created perfect. We fall short of God because of the sin we inherited from their rebellion against God. Because we are now imperfect we have to learn to be faithful and to trust God and we have to learn obedience. This is why God gave us his word to guide us, show us how to overcome this imperfection and also to give us a future hope.

Isaiah 14:12  “How  you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn!

How you are cut down to the ground,

you who laid the nations low!

13  You said in your heart,

‘I will ascend to heaven;

above the stars of God

I will set my throne on high;

I will sit on the mount of assembly

in the far reaches of the north;3

14  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;

I will make myself like the Most High.’

This is also a reason things have gotten so bad on the earth because Satan did not only get man involved in the rebellion but he also got one third of the angels to rebel with him. When Jesus was seated on the throne one of the first things he did was cast those who rebelled in heaven out of the heavenly kingdom and they are now dwelling on earth. They have very little time left so they want to destroy as much of God’s creation as they can before their lives end.

Revelation 12:7 Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. 8 But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. 9 The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him. 10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:

“Now have come the salvation and the power
and the kingdom of our God,
and the authority of his Messiah.
For the accuser of our brothers and sisters,
who accuses them before our God day and night,
has been hurled down.
11 They triumphed over him
by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony;
they did not love their lives so much
as to shrink from death.
12 Therefore rejoice, you heavens
and you who dwell in them!
But woe to the earth and the sea,
because the devil has gone down to you!
He is filled with fury,
because he knows that his time is short.”

Revelation 12:4 His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child he might devour it.

You can find more accurate and information that is more clearly explained at this link. They also have a search feature with very good articles that address many questions a person may have.

https://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/2011247