2 Malachi

יְהוָֽה־ מַלְאַ֥ךְ

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

The Bible verse (Proverbs 1:7) in the title of this blog post is also the header of my Twitter profile page. It’s one of the many aspects of Christian faith that is counter-intuitive, as hardly any Christians these days fear the Lord God, because they are trapped in modern thinking, where God is an abstract entity, rather than the Almighty Jehovah who created and owns everything you see every day, and who gave us our instructions on how we should live our lives throughout the Bible.

Many Christians prefer to focus on Jesus Christ and the salvation He offered us, whilst at the same time totally ignoring everything Jesus had to say about His father’s law.

So, very few people truly fear God these days, thinking that they know better, with their modern ways, their grasp of the Bible, and their own choices for how they live their lives day by day.

I have never been especially wise in my life, but I have always sought knowledge, and I have found that since I became a Christian a few years ago I have attained a level of understanding of the world, of humanity, of people and of my own ways, purely by being absolutely terrified of Jehovah and at the same time praying for wisdom day after day.

I was advised early on in my journey in this great faith to remain close to the Bible, as so many veer away from the many lessons it offers and follow their own heart to ruin. As a result, I read the whole of the New Testament first, which mostly covers Jesus and His time on earth, and His eventual return, with not too much focus of Jehovah Himself. That’s understandable, as long as we notice the many times that Jesus acknowledges that He is nothing by Himself, everything flows from His Father in heaven.

When I started to read through the Old Testament, a couple of things struck me very quickly. Firstly, everyone that had direct interactions with Jehovah but did not fear Him tended to come to a very sticky ending. Pharaoh, those who worshiped the golden calf,  Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, Saul, and even eventually Solomon. All of these men had no real fear of Jehovah, and so were headstrong, careless, lacking trust in the Lord, or just more keen to follow their own stupid ways rather than those of Jehovah. Solomon was the wisest man the world had even known, yet even he ended up allowing his wives to lead him to worship Ashtoreth and other gods. What a cretin, Solomon forgot Jehovah’s power and propensity to righteous wrath, and allowed his wives to lead him astray (how often do we see that in the Bible and in life generally?).

The second thing that struck me as I read through (or listened to) the Old Testament was that Jehovah never made any unreasonable demands of His people, or His Kings. All He asked was that they keep His commands and statutes and judgements. Those that did that were blessed with all manner of great rewards in their life (King David was the best example), whilst those who did not were speedily faced with trouble, death, and the destruction of all they held dear. If one truly fears the Lord, it follows that one would really want to make sure that one followed His commands and statutes. If one was not fearful, one would go one’s own way, following one’s own desires (faux-freedom) and thinking one knew better than God Himself.

So, fear Jehovah, and obey Him. Simple enough to understand, and those themes re-appear throughout the Bible, time after time after time. Yet, here we are today, in a world where not one single nation on the planet now obeys the Lord’s commands and statutes (if any reader is aware of a theonomic obedient nation, please leave a comment, I would love to be corrected, and would move to such a nation immediately).

I had occasion to leave a comment at a blog I used to read, before I knew what sort of man the writer was. I only read it occasionally now, it’s dull political stuff, full of men who believe themselves very clever, but with no wisdom at all, and no fear of Jehovah at all. The writer of the blog used to get very angry and frustrated when I used to comment there, as I was always trying to steer them towards Jehovah’s ways and His laws, but the writer is an unbeliever, and thinks he knows better (like most people these days). Eventually he accused me of not being A Christian (because other Christians, and he is partial to Catholic ways, don’t concentrate on Jehovah’s laws, commands and statutes). He accused me of worshiping a demon, which I couldn’t let stand, so I called on Jehovah to curse this man.

This blog writer likes to talk about the Bible and wants to create a state where some Christian ways are adopted, but he wants to pick and choose, and has no faith, no belief, no fear of God, and makes it clear he will not adopt all of Jehovah’s laws, just those that suit his ends. He is a big fan of usury for example, and loves globalist capitalism, including trading and making alliances with other heathen nations. I don’t know what has been the result of his accursedness.

Sadly, a former friend is a regular commenter at that blog, and it’s been fascinating to see how his lack of fear of Jehovah has lead him to follow his own heart (yet again) by supporting the blog writer in his mission, rather than sticking with God’s ways, laws and commands. Both the blog writer and my ex-friend fancy themselves to be very bright intelligent men. They think they have the answer to all of the world’s problems, and they both think they know more than God Himself. My ex-friend was the man who encouraged me to engage in ‘Bible audio immersion’, i.e. listening to the Bible for hours on end whilst it played random chapters. I love doing this, and it’s helped me to learn the two things I have already noted in this post.

However, my ex-friend became very angry when I called down a curse on the blog writer, and actually literally agreed that I worshiped a demon, not Jehovah (which he knew isn’t the case). He said that I myself would be accursed now, as I had no right to call down the curse. Sadly, his Bible immersion has been unsuccessful, as he somehow forgot Bible verses of which I was unaware when I called down the curse, but which I heard some time later when the Bible was playing randomly.

Here are the relevant verses:

‘But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

10For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.’
I instinctively knew that it was the right thing to do to call down a curse on this blog writer (his name is Jim), and so did so, for he was lying about Jehovah’s ways, lying about my own words on Jehovah’s laws, and was constantly steering people away from Jehovah’s ways towards his own ways. The final straw was when he accused me of not being a Christian and of worshiping a demon, which impugned my faith and Jehovah himself. I imagine my ex-friend was aware of these verses, yet he ‘seeks to please men’, particularly he seeks to please Jim himself, rather than remaining true to Jehovah’s ways.
It’s obvious that my ex-friend has no fear of Jehovah whatsoever, as he ignores God’s word when it suits him, thinking he knows better, or that modern ways override God’s laws. For example, he speaks against Jehovah’s health laws publicly, as he believes that modern medicine and cleanliness standards are far better than in Biblical times. I suppose he’s never heard of MRSA and other super-bugs that infect hospital patients leading to illness and even death? Similarly, despite suffering for a long-time from debilitating stomach and other auto-immune problems, he continued to eat food which Jehovah advises against (such as shell-fish), and he always relied only on modern medicine, yet never to my knowledge used the power of prayer to obtain healing, and in fact used to ask brothers not to pray for him, saying ‘the Lord’s prayer will do for me’.
I’ve mentioned the power of prayer before on my blog, and when I listen to the Bible I constantly hear advice to the faithful (well, as I type a chapter is playing on this very subject, how amazing, let me go and see which chapter it is, it was the last chapter of the Epistle of James, so let me just quote from it here and now):
 ‘Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. 14Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 15And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. 16Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. 17Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. 18And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.’
I also recently heard the verse about a headstrong King who didn’t fear God and went his own way, and also didn’t trust God to heal him, but consulted physicians, and didn’t fare too well:
‘And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said unto him, Because thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and not relied on the LORD thy God, therefore is the host of the king of Syria escaped out of thine hand. 8Were not the Ethiopians and the Lubims a huge host, with very many chariots and horsemen? yet, because thou didst rely on the LORD, he delivered them into thine hand. 9For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars. 10Then Asa was wroth with the seer, and put him in a prison house; for he was in a rage with him because of this thing. And Asa oppressed some of the people the same time.
The Death and Burial of Asa

11And, behold, the acts of Asa, first and last, lo, they are written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel. 12And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the LORD, but to the physicians. 13And Asa slept with his fathers, and died in the one and fortieth year of his reign.’

It’s interesting that this foolish King relied on a mere man (the King of Syria) in his battles, and also relied on mere men (physicians) to heal his diseased feet, and in both instances his lack of faith, and lack of wisdom, lead to a really bad result. Similarly, my ex-friend, who has been using Bible audio immersion for years does not trust in God, and seeks to provide support to and take the counsel of a mere man (Jim) ], and at the same time does not seek to pray for healing, nor request others pray for him. What is the point of listening to the Bible continually if one is just going to make the exact same stupid mistakes that the word of God tells you so many others before you made? That path shows zero wisdom, and instead a very high regard for one’s own intelligence and judgement, and the same regard for those facets of other Godless men on that blog and in the world, whilst actively ignoring Jehovah’s own counsel and commands. It’s very sad to see, and the irony of it is not lost on me. I give thanks that for whatever reason, I am terrified of getting things wrong and annoying Jehovah, and so I seem to be blessed with a very clear grasp of the right way we need to do things (and I still haven’t finished the whole Bible, not have I begun my deep study of the perfect laws, commands and statutes of Jehovah, so I have much to look forward to, praise the Lord).

Just today, I heard two Bible chapters that prompted me to write this post, as I’d been mulling the subject fora few weeks. Here are the two chapters, the second of which played just 15 minutes ago as I wrote, and is very similar to the first, which played this morning. I was convinced to write this post by these chapters:

2 Timothy 3

‘1This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. 9But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.’

Romans 1:18-32

’18For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 21Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
28And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.’

It’s fascinating to me how the chapters that keep popping up on my random listening are so often appearing at exactly the time I need to hear them, the wisdom of the Bible writers, inspired of course by Jehovah Himself, are filling me with their wisdom, it’s not my own, mostly I am just a parrot of the perfect guidebook for how we humans should live our lives. 2 Timothy 3 provides a perfect description of my ex-friend and the other puny humans who inhabit Jim’s Blog, spouting their views, all attempting to curry favour and appear smart to their leader, Jim himself. And yet Jim and my ex-friend are so fearful of the word of truth that they have each resorted to blocking my comments, Jim on his blog, where he checks my comments before allowing them to appear, and my ex-friend banning me from his forum as he disliked being reminded of his genetic background through his mother’s side of the family, and disliked seeing someone speak the truth to Jim’s lies, as he is one of Jim’s flock, rather than the flock of Jesus Christ and Jehovah. The underlined and bolded section of the scripture above serves to provide a very accurate summary of the character of my ex-friend and so many others who comment online who think they know better than Jehovah Himself. Frankly, they make me feel sick, the state of humanity today really makes me sad and angry.

Finally, and interestingly, in 2 Timothy 3, St Paul mentions ‘in the last days, perilous times shall come’. This confirms my view (but not knowledge) that we are indeed in the ‘last days’, and we do not have that long to wait until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ, as prophesied. The main reason why I think it’ll not be too long is that the ethos of the whole Bible is that nations need to be obedient to Jehovah’s laws, commands and statutes. The Bible predicts that in the end times, all nations and all nearly all people, will fall away from faith in Jehovah, and from obedience to Him and His ways. We are there already, and I do not expect Jehovah to put up with the current state of affairs for very long.

But I noticed a comment that Jim himself made within a blog post he wrote, and I challenged him on it, and my ex-friend commented too (in support of Jim and against the Bible of course). Here are the screenshots of the comments, but the last comment I tried to leave was blocked by Jim, so I saved the text:

Here’s my final comment, which wasn’t published by Jim, for obvious reasons. Please note, my ex-friend didn’t challenge Jim on his comments, not at all.

‘Even I am suprised now Jim.

Not only did you initially claim to know that Jesus Christ won’t be returning soon, directly contradicting Jesus Himself who told us only Jehovah knows the date, but now you boldly declare that such a return is practically impossible. Just for fun you pooh pooh the idea of volcanic activity picking up. Is there anything you don’t know? Your IQ must be c.666?

>’If we had a meteor strike, catastrophic global warming, gigantic volcanic eruptions, all out nuclear war, and all that it would not fulfill the end times prophecies. On the contrary it would make their fulfillment impossible because the sovereign would have difficulty exerting his authority beyond the ruins of Washington, let alone forcing Christians to acknowledge him as divine.’

‘impossible’

‘would have difficulty’

Worm-tongue eh? You must be some sort of prophet, you have the future all worked out it seems.

You think you’re wise and learned, you and your flock, that you literally know better than Jehovah?

’25At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. 26Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.

27“All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

28“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

I can testify it’s a yoke so easy one never worries about a single thing the future may bring, and it is no burden at all, other than the sadness at how many are lead astray to their deaths, and the lack of love for and obedience to our Creator.’

Since becoming a Christian I have sought out instruction, and I had some views early on that were ill-informed. I continue to seek instruction, and yet I find that the simple basic truths don’t really need any instruction whatsoever, the Bible makes it all very clear indeed, as one would expect, it’s the word of Jehovah, expressed through men.

As I was writing this post I realised that my ex-friend frequently said the same thing about the Bible as my friend in Morocco says about the Koran. My ex-friend supposedly has a very high IQ of which he’s very proud indeed, and my Moroccan friend does not, but they both said that their respective holy books are as good as impossible for men to truly understand. I tell my Moroccan friend that the genuine Word of God would not be difficult to understand, because it’s from God, and so God would ensure it could be easily grasped by even the most lowly and low-intellect man, and used that as an example for the lies within the Koran, it’s not from Jehovah. I realise that the same argument applies to the Bible, in reverse, because it truly IS the inspired word of Jehovah, if one truly fears Him, the basic messages of the Bible are very easy to grasp, and if one thinks otherwise, it’s because of lack of fear, lack of wisdom, lack of real faith and belief. Yet so many simple men have grasped its simple key messages, and have then been blessed with the ability to literally build mighty nations (Abraham, King David, Alfred the Great being just three examples).


Fear of Jehovah does indeed lead to wisdom, and as usual, St Paul had some excellent words on the subject:

Christ the Wisdom and Power of God

 18For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

19For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.

20Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. 22For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: 23But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; 24But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.


The Foolish to Shame the Wise

 

25Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

26For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called27But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: 29That no flesh should glory in his presence. 30But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 31That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

I have already said it above, but I’ll repeat it again: I have no wisdom of my own, I lived 49 years of my life in total ignorance of wisdom and truth. Many consider me foolish now, because I speak for Jehovah in my life, and advocate His ways, laws, commands and statutes. When I use Twitter and other social media platforms, and comment on blogs, I am accustomed to being mocked and ridiculed by most other users for my ‘foolish’ views about my God. Those who mock me consider themselves to be so wise, so clever, proud of their high IQ, proud of their conclusions about life, and ignorant of the evils that the ways of men always produce. Some are even Christians (in name only), and they are perhaps the most to be pitied, as they have had the chance to know Jehovah and Jesus Christ through the Bible, yet still they cling to their own ways, their own thoughts, their own intelligence, and their own whims and penchants. I have to date, as best as I can recall, only encountered two or three other men who shared my belief in the need to follow Jehovah’s laws, commands and statutes, out of thousands.

So, readers of this post, do not make that mistake, realise that Jehovah is worthy of great fear, as well as great love. Realise that His ways and His commands and statutes are LITERALLY ALL YOU NEED to run a blessed nation and to live a blessed life. You will never be perfect, but He is very forgiving of our occasional sins, as long as we repent. I pray that more men and women will come to fear the Lord, and that by doing so, the world might be given more time to conform to Jehovah’s laws, before Jehovah sees the need to send back His Son again. Amen.

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