Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Seven Spirits of God

Jesus had or held these seven spirits, which are the eyes of the Lord, and are represented by the seven lamps (lampstands) of fire. This concept is also spoken of by the Prophet Zechariah:

Zechariah 4:2 "And he said to me, 'What do you see?' So I said, 'I am looking, and there is a lampstand of solid gold with a bowl on top of it, and on the stand seven lamps with seven pipes to the seven lamps.'"

Zechariah 4:6 "So he answered and said to me: This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: 'Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,' Says the LORD of hosts."

Zechariah 4:10 tells us that these seven (lamps) are the eyes of the Lord. This also agrees with Revelation 3:6, but also included in the Revelation passage is reference to the seven horns.

Jesus is the Meaning Behind the Menorah from Fast Track Bible

Lampstand (Menorah) 

The Bible text about the golden lampstand (Menorah) is Exodus 25:31-35. The lampstand has often been mistakenly called a candle stand or candle stick. Rather than using candles, the lampstand had 7 lamps fueled by olive oil.

This was one of the few Tabernacle items of solid gold. It stood about as tall as a man. It had decorations on it like almond flowers, buds and branches.

Roman carving believed to be of the lampstand of Herod's temple in the Roman Arch of Titus celebrating the conquering of Jerusalem by Titus (see below). Some old Jewish images show the base to be three legs but the Roman image shows a wide inverted bowl shaped base.

This drawing is by Brent Kington. 

These are the seven facets or manifestations of the Holy Spirit in the believer's life:

1. The Spirit of Justification: " were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God." We are all justified because of God's grace and by our faith, and it is the Spirit of God who draws us and empowers us to acknowledge Jesus as our Lord and Savior (1 Corinthians 12:3). This is the first work of the Spirit when one is born again.  (1 Corinthians 6:11) And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.

2. The Spirit of Sanctification: 2 Thessalonians 2:13, "...God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth." Sanctification is the process of God's grace by which the believer is separated from sin, purified by life lived in the Spirit. (Galatians 5:16, 25 and Romans 8:1-14) The fruit of the Spirit will begin to manifest as we yield to the process of sanctification.

3. The Spirit of Life: Romans 8:2, "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death." This is the Spirit of adoption (Romans 8:15) which makes us the sons of God (Romans 8:16-19). We can now live in the resurrection power of Christ where the operation of the gifts of the Spirit cause our lives to become supernatural. The Spirit will give life to our mortal bodies. Healing and strength will come into our bodies of flesh (Romans 8:11) as well as giving us a glorified body in that day.

4. The Spirit of Truth: John 14:17 "The Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you." The truth will set us free. The truth will bring revelation knowledge as we are taught by the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of truth will reveal Jesus to us (John 15:26). Vision will be given to lead us into all truth and reveal the kingdom to us. Deception will be removed, and the lies destroyed.

5. The Spirit of Wisdom: Ephesians 1:17, "That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him." Not only will the Spirit give us a knowledge of Jesus, but it will give us insight into His mind and what He is doing (1 Corinthians 2:6-16). The Holy Spirit is our teacher (John 14:26).

6. The Spirit of Deliverance: Matthew 12:28 "But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you." It is by the power of the Holy Spirit that we are delivered from sin and by that same Spirit demons are cast out and the powers of darkness are defeated.

7. The Spirit of Prayer: Romans 8:26, "Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered." Ephesians 6:18 tells us that all prayer should be done in the Spirit.

These are the seven profound works that the Holy Spirit will do in our lives. If we allow Him to do these works in and through us, He will perfect us. There are other names of the Holy Spirit in scripture such as the Spirit of holiness, burning, etc. However, they will all be identified in the seven functions which I have listed.

The seven Spirits of God are mentioned four times in the Book of Revelation, and in the book of Isaiah it names each Spirit.

Revelation 1:4 - John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;

Revelation 3:1 - And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.

Revelation 4:5 - And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.

Revelation 5:6 - And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.


by Bill Burns
Faith Tabernacle
P. O. Box 1148
Kremmling, Colorado 80459

Saturday, May 13, 2017


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God is recorded in the Bible as having personally killed large number of people.

By His hand or by His non-human agents (angels) Because Disabeying his will...

Deuteronomy 32:39 King James Version (KJV)

39 See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.

Isaiah 45:7 King James Version (KJV)

7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.

These Are The People...

20 million (estimated).
People being evil.

Genesis 6:7
The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah (population of Sodom estimated to be 600-1200, Gomorrah presumably would be similar).
According to Genesis: Being evil and wanting to rape two angels (who visited Sodom in the form of men).

According to Ezekiel (depending on translation): Being prideful (arrogant), overfed and unconcerned (having an abundance of idleness); neglecting the poor and needy; being haughty and committing abominations before God.

The passage suggests that a mob were interested in homosexual rape in respect of the angels. Lot - the only example of a good man in the city - offered them his virgin daughters instead, but the mob were not interested.

Burnt to death by fire and a rain of burning sulfur.
Genesis 19:4-5

Ezekiel 16:46-47 (specifically Ezekiel 16:49-50)
Lot’s wife.
Pausing to look back at the spectacle of God destroying entire cities, including her own residence and all her possessions, in a massive conflagration of fire and brimstone.
Transformed in to a pillar of salt.

Genesis 19:26
Er, the firstborn of Judah.
Being "wicked in the sight of the Lord"
Not specified

Genesis 38:7
Onan (Er’s brother and apparent inventor of onanism)
Disobeying God's orders to impregnate his dead brother's wife (or “spilling his seed”).
Not specified

Genesis 38:9-10 (unlucky family)
The firstborn of Egypt.
Being firstborn when God decided to show his strength. God hardened Pharaoh's heart so he refused to let the Israelites go.
The Angel of Death.
Exodus 12:29 (Rather tough on the kids who really had nothing to do with it.)
The Egyptian army.

Refusing to disobey orders to pursue the Israelites fleeing through the Red Sea, which was parted with walls of water on both sides of the path.

Drowned when the seawater returned.

Exodus 14:28 God kills you or the boss kills you.
Nadab and Abihu, sons of Aaron.

Offering strange fire before the Lord.
Burnt to death

Leviticus 10:1-3 If you don't get the ritual right then death is the result.
Undisclosed number of Israelites.
Complaining against God

Numbers 11:1-3
Undisclosed number of Israelites.
Complaining about the food and wanting to go back to Egypt for an easier life.

Numbers 11:4-35
Ten scouts sent to explore the promised land
Spreading bad reports about this land containing giants, and being too difficult to conquer.

Numbers 14:36-38. If you don't give the answer the boss wants then you're in big trouble.
Korah, Dathan, Abiram and their respective families.

Claiming to be as holy as Moses and Aaron.
The earth opened up and swallowed them - burying them alive.

Numbers 16:27-32, which implies the children were killed, but Numbers 26:11 states Korah's children survived.
250 Israelites.

Followers of Korah (see above)
Burnt to death by fire from God.

Numbers 16:35
14,700 Israelites.
Complaining about the previous two loving assassinations concerning Korah.

Numbers 16:49 (The management thanks you for your feedback. Now die!)
Undisclosed number of Israelites.

Despairing, and complaining about the quality of bread.
Being bitten to death by divinely summoned fiery serpents, although casting a bronze snake and looking upon it would prevent them from dying.

Numbers 21:4-9 (Honestly, wouldn't it be cool just to try this to see it happen? C'mon, I dare ya...)
24,000 Israelites

Sexual immorality with Moabite women and worshiping Baal.

Numbers 25:9 (Proving once more that despite God being obviously real and very jealous, Israelites would worship a sandwich if Moses so much as popped out to buy a newspaper.)
Undisclosed number of Ammorites

Waging war against Israel, trying to protect themselves and their families from the holy slaughter that the Israelites regularly inflicted on their enemies
Sending hailstones from Heaven

Joshua 10:10-11
Either 70 or 50,070 Israelites (dependent on how the inerrant Bible is translated).
Looking into the Ark of the Covenant (Like the ending of Indiana Jones: Raiders of The Lost Ark).
Not specified

1 Samuel 6:19 (You would have thought the 50,070th Israelite would have more sense than to climb a mountain of 50,069 bodies and look into a box)

David refrained from murdering Nabal's servants or stealing from him. He expected his kindness to be repaid in the form of gifts from Nabal, but Nabal declined. God killed Nabal before David had the chance to go "avenging thyself with thine own hand."
Not specified

1 Samuel 25:38 (This was quite convenient as David, an avid collector of wives, got to marry Nabal's wife who was quite hot.)

Touching the Ark while trying to prevent it from tipping over.
Not specified.

2 Samuel 6:6-7 (Which seems grossly unfair - should he have just let it fall to the ground and be broken?)

David and Bathsheba's baby boy.
None. The baby was killed in order to punish David for his adultery with Bathsheba and subsequently arranging the death of her husband Uriah.
Not specified

2 Samuel 12:14-18 (The life of a baby is sacred, as explained by Christians, but it's worth squat when God is angry with the parents.)
70,000 assorted Israelites

Inspired by either God, or perhaps Satan - the Bible is a tad unclear - David took a census of his lands and people.

2 Samuel 24:13 , despite being told to by God in 2 Samuel 24:1. (Unless you read 1 Chronicles 21:1, where the devil did it)
An unnamed prophet

The prophet had been told by God to not eat bread, but another guy claimed he too was a prophet, and that God had commanded him to bring the prophet home for some food.
Eaten by lions

1 Kings 13:1-24 (That’s what happens when you follow the advice of self-proclaimed prophets.)
Jeroboam's son.
None. Child killed to punish Jeroboam, to save him from a massacre God was planning for the rest of Jeroboam's family, and possibly also as a sign used to confirm a prophecy.
Not specified. Died in his mother's arms.

1 Kings 14:10-18 (God euthanizes a child to save him from the terrors of...His own wrath?)
An unnamed man

Refusal to strike a prophet when ordered to do so by the prophet in question.
Killed by a lion (God really enjoys using Lions in Kings).

1 Kings 20:35-36 (Weird or what?)
King Ahaziah
Seeking medical advice from a rival god, and Baal worship.
Died in bed while recovering from an earlier fall.

1 Kings 22:51 and 2 Kings 1:16 (Baal must have been pretty good to compete with a Yahweh: the God who would incinerate your children.)

102 soldiers
Being impolite to Elijah and serving King Ahziah. (Although they would have attempted to remove Elijah by force/kill him for not obeying Ahaziah had God not intervened)
Burnt to death.

2 Kings 1:9-12 (This verse is worth reading, since it's almost comical the way in which the soldiers queue up to be incinerated.)

42 youths.
They mocked Elisha's bald head.
No kidding - God sends 2 she-bears to maul them to death.
2 Kings 2:23-24 (Evidently there weren't any lions to hand).

Some foreigners.
Not worshiping God
Killed by lions

2 Kings 17:25-26 ("Death by lion" crops up with suspicious frequency. Did the author of Kings have some kind of lion-phobia?)

185,000 soldiers.
Being at war with Israel
Killed by the angel of the Lord while they slept.

2 Kings 19:35
Rebelling against Abijah, the king of Israel based on dependence from David.
Not specified

2 Chronicles 13:20
Doing evil in the sight of the Lord.

Stricken by a disease that caused his bowels to fall out.
2 Chronicles 21:14-19 (Nasty way to go.)
Ezekiel's wife.

Literally nothing. God just wanted to make a point.
Ezekiel 24:15-18

Isaiah 45:7 King James Version (KJV)

7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.

Yes God Promit Evil Doing...

Amos 3:6 King James Version (KJV)

6 Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and
the Lord hath not done it?

1 Samuel 2:6 King James Version (KJV)

6 The Lord killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up.

Psalm 78:49 King James Version (KJV)

49 He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels among them.
1 Samuel 16:14 King James Version (KJV)

14 But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord troubled him.

1 Kings 22:20 -21-22 King James Version (KJV)

20 And the Lord said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? And one said on this manner, and another said on that manner.

21 And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the Lord, and said, I will persuade him.

22 And the Lord said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so.

Psalm 66:5 King James Version (KJV)

5 Come and see the works of God: he is terrible in his doing toward the children of men.

Malachi 3:6King James Version (KJV)

6 For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

9:15King James Version (KJV)

15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.

The Things we must do...

Proverbs 7:2King James Version (KJV)

2 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.

Leviticus 19:26 King James Version (KJV)

26 Ye shall not eat any thing with the blood: neither shall ye use enchantment, nor observe times.


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Wars and armed conflicts 

World War II 1939 Worldwide

Three Kingdoms War China

Russian Civil War Russia 1917 1921

Central, East and South Asia 1400 -1500

Vietnam War Southeast Asia

Find All War...

Battles In The Bible...

2 Kings 18-192 Chr 32
Judah vs Assyria
God says “I will defend this city and rescue it for My sake and for the sake of My servant David.”  That night the angel of the LORD went out and struck down 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians. 

Judges 9:22-57

“God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the lords of Shechem. They treated Abimelech deceitfully, so that the crime against the 70 sons of Jerubbaal might come to justice and their blood would be avenged on their brother Abimelech, who killed them, and on the lords of Shechem, who had helped him kill his brothers.” (v23-24) Abimelech is killed (v56)

21:21-35(Deut 3:1-6)
Amorites, Bashan
‘The LORD said to Moses, “Do not fear him, for I have handed him over to you along with his whole army and his land.”‘ (v34)

Josh 6
Direct commands from God, and miraculous destruction of the walls

Josh 8:1-24

1 Kings 20
Israel vs Aram
God says “I am handing it over to you today so that you may know that I am the LORD.” (20:13)”Because the Arameans have said: The LORD is a god of the mountains and not a god of the valleys, I will hand over this entire immense horde to you. Then you will know that I am the LORD.” (20:28)
After fixing the plunder issue, God commands Joshua to attack and gives strategic commands (vv1-8, 18)

Josh 10:1-13
Amorite kings
God says that he will defeat them, throws them into confusion, then sends hail storms. The stun stands still until the battle is finished. (v8-13)

Find All Battle In The Bible...

Saturday, May 6, 2017

APOCRYPHA... Do You Have Copy?

APOCRYPHA... Do You Have A Copy ?

The Apocrypha generally consists of 14 booklets of which 1 and 2 Maccabees and 1 Esdras are the main documents and form the bulk of the apocryphal writings. First Maccabees is an historical account of the struggle of the Maccabee family and their followers for Jewish independence from 167 to 134 BC. Second Maccabees covers the same ground but dramatizes the accounts and makes moral and doctrinal observations. Other books are Tobit, Judith, Baruch, Ecclesiasticus, and The Wisdom of Solomon.

The name Apocrypha (meaning hidden). Though they are all from the time before the birth of Christ, they were never included in the Hebrew Bible. However, many Christians regarded them as valuable for reading and edification, and in some editions of the Bible they were interspersed among the Old Testament books.

During the period between the completion of the Old Testament and the first writings included in the New Testament the period between 450 BC and 50 AD). Some of these documents gradually came to be regarded by certain of the believers as actually inspired.

Martin Luther,The Bible translation of 1534, extracted the apocryphal books from their usual places in the Old Testament, and had them printed at the end of the Old Testament. He stated that they “are not held equal to the Sacred Scriptures and yet are useful and good for reading.

Since neither Jesus nor the apostles make any reference to the apocryphal books, most Christians have regarded their authority as secondary to that of the 39 books of the Old Testament. Yet within these apocryphal books are passages of great piety and historical information. We should therefore approach the Apocrypha with a discerning mind and heart, and carefully discriminate between that which is in harmony with the essentials of the Christian faith and that which deviates from what is taught in the 66 books of the canon. We have the Lord’s promise that he will lead us into the truth, and we live by that promise in everything we read.