The Greater Blessing
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Should we pick up the sword?



God has 3 levels to His will:
 
UKJV Rom 12:  
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be all of you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that all of you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
 

He has the good, acceptable, and perfect. Let me help illustrate this:

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The word "sin" in early Greek was actually an archery term; it literally meant to "miss the mark." When an archer shoots at a target, he aims at the "bull's eye" - the center of the target. When the arrow landed anywhere else, the archer "sinned" - he missed the mark. The term began to be used in Christendom when people began to miss the mark - the absolutes of God found in His character or His commands found in Scripture. In other words, when I live my life contrary to the precepts, counsel or commands of God (the center of the target for my life), I have "missed the mark, I have sinned."


This isn't the best description, as sin, described here, would mean missing the bulls eye. But sin in actuality, is missing the target altogether. Unfortunately much of Christendom hasn't had the revelation that God has 3 levels to His will. God uses three's throughout scripture as He did in Rom 12:2. The picture, seen below, the target has 3 rings, the center being the bulls eye. But there are 2 rings around the bull's-eye.

I will give you a Biblical example of this in a moment. The main purpose of this page is to show the method God desires His people in dealing with the coming New World Order, or as some call the One World Government or even Babylon. Some people believe in voting and taking political action. This would be the furthest circle from the center, as it involves physical action. (The center is the spirit, the middle would be the soul, and the outer would be physical.) Now this is "good" (political action) and can be done if the system itself isn't corrupt and change can take place. But many believe America is beyond that and the corrupt system won't allow change. Then some resort to the next step; warfare. You have militias preparing for the coming Police State and so on. On a lesser scale, you have civilians taking law into their own hands and are defending the borders. While these 2 examples are different, they both come from the same source, to defend others at the risk of one's self.

MKJV Rom 5:
7 For one will with difficulty die for a righteous one, yet perhaps one would even dare to die for a good one.


You see, this is chivalry. This is heroic. This is good. And it is a great thing to lift a sword in defense of others. But to die to self, rather than die physically is even greater. Look at this verse here:

1 John 3:
6: Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
17: But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
18: My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
19: And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.
20: For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
21: Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.

This is John speaking, and that is important and will discuss this in a bit, but he is speaking about the heart, being open to the need. It is much easier to be religious and give sacrifices for others when we are made into heroes, because we gain from it, even if it's a pride of remembrance after death. Now I know there are cases when the heart is pure and the motive right to sacrifice one's self physically for others. But that is NOT the case in all situations.

Eccl 3:1: To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven

Let's get into this greater blessing. You see John had it. Many believe Peter was the highest disciple, and this came from Catholicism, but scripture says John had the greater place.

Jn 13:23: Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.

Jn 19:26: When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!

Jn 20:2: Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.


What was the difference between Peter and John? Well Peter was a man of the sword, and when the soldiers came to take Jesus, Peter struck one and cut off his ear. While John was the only disciple who actually went to the cross to see Jesus. Peter lived by the sword and he died by the sword:

Mt 26:51: And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest's, and smote off his ear.
52: Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.


Now did Peter sin? No. But Jesus told him of this consequence. You reap what you sow, and to the degree you submit to God's perfect will is the degree of protection you have from satan (besides any other graces that may or may not be there-graces are gifts that are not earned).

Job:1:10: Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side?  thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.

Eccl 10: MKJV 
8 He who digs a pit shall fall into it; and whoever breaks a hedge, a snake shall bite him. 

Because Peter lived by the sword and John did not, Jesus discussed their last days with them:

MKJV John 21:
18 Truly, truly, I say to you, When you were young, you girded yourself and walked where you wished. But when you grow old, you shall stretch forth your hands and another shall gird you and carry you where you do not wish.
19 He spoke this signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, Follow Me.
20 ¶ Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following (the one who also leaned on His breast at supper, and said, Lord, who is he who betrays You?)
21 Seeing him, Peter said to Jesus, Lord, and what of this one?
22 Jesus said to him, If I desire that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.


You see John, whom Jesus loved, was the only disciple that church tradition and history tells us was not killed.

Well, some would say, "So what! The martyrs will be rewarded! And I am helping others." This may be true, but it's not the greater blessing. And in some cases, it will NOT help others as I will show later. Remember Moses? God would not let him into the Promised land because Moses disobeyed. Earlier when the Israelites were thirsty God told Moses to take his staff and hit the rock and water flowed. The 2nd time however, God told Moses to speak to the rock to give water to the people. But Moses got angry at the people and struck the rock instead. His anger cost him God's greater blessing. He was not allowed into the Promise Land!

There is a time for anger, even Jesus used it once in the Temple, I do not deny it. But once again, there is a time for it. But the day is coming when we need to not take up the sword. Jesus told the disciples to have swords, they told Him they had 2, He said it was enough. That's 2 swords amongst 12 disciples, showing us that the work of the sword is NOT the primary resource. Here is what God wants us to do concerning the take over by the New World Order:

Math 5: 
25: Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.
 

Jer 27: 
2: Thus saith the LORD to me; Make thee bonds and yokes, and put them upon thy neck
5: I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me. 
6: And now have I given all these lands unto the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant; and the beasts of the field have I given him also to serve him.
 

When Israel sinned, and they were beyond the point of the elect changing the nation, it was time to put away the sword and the diplomacy, because God ordained the judgment on them. Therefore resisting that judgment would be resisting God. Jeremiah told the people that if they wanted to preserve their lives and their seed, they must not fight Babylon. Another prophet came after this and said that Babylon would last only 2 years. Jeremiah warned him about prophesying peace. This prophet then took Jeremiah's yoke and broke it. Later that year that prophet died.

There are ministers today who seek to deny the coming Babylon, and are resisting it, or lessening it's danger and influence, as that prophet did to Jeremiah. This is dangerous:

1Thes:5:20: Despise not prophesyings.

Despising means to make little of, it is similar to the danger of taking away God's written word which also has a penalty:

Rev 22:
19: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.


This is the attitude we should have at such a time:

Dan 3: 
14: Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up? 
15: ... ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands? 
16: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. 
17: If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. 
18: But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
 

God will give us what we should say:

Luke 12: 
4: And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. 
11: And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: 
12: For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.


God tells us what is going to happen to those of us who resist and take up the sword:

Dan 11:
14: And in those times there shall many stand up against the king of the south: also the robbers of thy people shall exalt themselves to establish the vision; but they shall fall.
15: So the king of the north shall come, and cast up a mount, and take the most fenced cities: and the arms of the south shall not withstand, neither his chosen people, neither shall there be any strength to withstand.
16: But he that cometh against him shall do according to his own will, and none shall stand before him: and he shall stand in the glorious land, which by his hand shall be consumed.
33: And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days.
34: Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries.
35: And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed.
36: And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.
40: And at the time of the end...


These verses tell us a lot. It shows us that the coming anti-christ will succeed until God's anger is accomplished. We also see that many of God's people will be instructed by some who are "wise", and they will resist the anti-christ, but they will fall and fail. We are even shown why they fail, because God is purifying his church which became corrupted, they didn't seek His perfect will, even though some of them had great wisdom. We also see this is a prophecy of the end times, and so we can be certain this is not a prophecy that has already taken place.

Resisting the corruption in America is futile. The nobility or chivalry of such action is vain, because there will be no positive outcome. If you struggle against this, the struggle is of the soul, of self defense; or even a more righteous defense for those you love, but nonetheless this cause will not help those you love. They will fall and fail. 

What I say here has nothing to do with the rapture, nothing to do with whether the antichrist is a person or a spirit moving upon people. None of that matters. You can disbelieve in the rapture or a physical anti-christ, but God's word shows us we should not resist it's coming. I am NOT advocating the personal acceptance of sin and evil as acceptable. What Jeremiah prophesied is what Daniel's 3 friends believed when they were thrown into the fiery furnace.

Doing such things is not a sin, but as shared at the beginning of the page, it is not the bulls-eye or the "perfect" will of God. In most cases it is only the "Good" will of God.

However, it is also possible some of God's "acceptable" will, will also be done. Let's take another look at Dan 11.

Dan 11
6: And in the end of years they shall join themselves together...
14: And in those times there shall many stand up against the king of the south: also the robbers of thy people shall exalt themselves to establish the vision; but they shall fall.
15: So the king of the north shall come, and cast up a mount, and take the most fenced cities: and the arms of the south shall not withstand, neither his chosen people, neither shall there be any strength to withstand.
16: But he that cometh against him shall do according to his own will, and none shall stand before him: and he shall stand in the glorious land, which by his hand shall be consumed.
32: And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.
33: And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days.
34: Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries.
35: And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed.
40: And at the time of the end...
 

So it won't be fruitless, cause verse 32 says they will do many exploits, yet, they will fall and the anti-christ will overcome, until Jesus comes to consume him with the power of His word. You know, perhaps some folks need this because they need to be purged and made white (verse 35). If that's their goal (the leaders whom these verses call 'them of understanding'), is to reach the folks who refuse to do God's best and want take up the sword, and help them be purged and sacrifice themselves with them, I guess that would be noble cause. I guess they will even get a crown as martyr, so that's cool. The purpose here is for those believers or possible unbelievers, who wish to resist the anti-christ to get them purified in their faith. It's a self work, not a work which will stop the anti-christ or Babylon. 

Doing mighty exploits may be good or even acceptable, but it is not the perfect will of God:

Luke 10:
17: And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.
19: Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
20: Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.
 

But sometimes, there are people who are caught up in sin or selfishness, and the best way to get them pure for God, is for them to act out selflessly to help others. Their martyrdom is acceptable to God and they are given a reward. But following the way of John is the greater blessing.

Do you like to raise the sword? Perhaps you are a Son of Thunder. I discuss more about this here:

 Son of Thunder

There is one area we should resist, big government's help. Especially for defense, and some other areas. We need to have faith in God. I discuss this here:

Big Brother



Links of Interest:

 Unrighteous Judgment - The Beginning of America's End

 Prepare for the Yoke

 Scripture & Conspiracy

 Are the Governments Corrupted?

 End Time Prophecy

 The Anti-christ, Whore of Babylon, & more 

 Are You Prepared for the 2nd Coming?

 Eternal Judgment: of the Believer

 The Rapture

 Interpreting Scripture: How to understand the Bible 

 The Gospel of the Kingdom vs. The Gospel of Salvation

 The Latter Rain/Reign  

 Son of Thunder

 Big Brother

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