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RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR NEIGHBOUR


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Jesus said that the 2nd greatest Commandment is to LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR as yourself – and that all that is written in the Law & the Prophets is to help us understand how to do that! (MT.22:36-40)

Research and experience demonstrate that the one thing that Human Beings VALUE more than life itself – is RELATIONSHIPS – even though they don’t always act like it! There is a fate worse than death, and that it is to be utterly and completely alone. When Human Beings are isolated from the world, in solitary confinement or stranded in the wilderness, they quickly lose the will to live. Having no one to share life with, converse with, or help in time of need, leads to an empty and meaningless life.

And yet the sparks that fly as human beings rub shoulders, is enough to make some people greatly limit their interaction with others, withdrawing to one or two people they can stand to be around.

ETHICS is the study of HOW to MOVE most CONSTRUCTIVELY in RELATION to OTHERS.

A great case can be made that JUDEO-CHRISTIAN ETHICS are the most conducive set of ETHICS on earth to happy, healthy RELATIONSHIPS.

In what is commonly called the ‘Sermon on the Mount’ – Jesus showed His Disciples how to apply BIBLICAL LAW (Judeo-Christian Ethics) to LOVING YOUR NEIGHBOR:

“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder,’ and ‘whoever murders will be in danger of the Judgment.’ But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the Judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca (empty head)’ shall be in danger of the Council. But whoever says ‘You fool,’ shall be in danger of hell fire. Therefore if you bring your gift to the alter, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the alter, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” (MATTHEW 5:21-24 NKJV)

“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (MATTHEW 5:27,28 NKJV)

The common underlying thread in both of these Torah Laws that Jesus is quoting: moving in a way that is CONSTRUCTIVE (not destructive) to our RELATIONSHIPS with our NEIGHBORS!

Murder obviously DESTROYS a RELATIONSHIP! But Jesus wants us to understand that REVILING others with contemptuous, condescending labels – also DESTROYS a RELATIONSHIP!

Jesus also wants us to understand that PHYSICAL & MENTAL ADULTERY are both DESTRUCTIVE to our RELATIONSHIP with our SPOUSE.

This is why the Apostle Paul was inspired to write:

“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the Kingdom of GOD? Do not be deceived. Neither… ADULTERERS… nor REVILERS… will inherit the Kingdom of GOD.” (I COR.6:9,10 NKJV)

Secular Governments & Private Corporations spend millions of dollars annually training people to relate to one another with POLITICAL CORRECTNESS through mandatory training sessions.

ETHICS TRAINING used to be the role of THE CHURCH – but unfortunately THE CHURCH has neglected this role - and too many Christians aren’t trained in JUDEO-CHRISTIAN ETHICS today.

Human Beings play many ROLES in relation to one another: Familial roles like Husband, Wife, Father, Mother, Son and daughter, Grandfather, & Grandmother; Employer, Employee, Co-worker, Customer, and Commuter – to name a few.

But there is one over-arching ROLE that GOD has called us to play in relation to our fellow Man…

After committing the first murder on Earth – Cain was asked by GOD where his brother Abel was - To which Cain responded, ‘I do not know. Am I my BROTHER’S KEEPER?’” (GENESIS 4:9)

Much of the rest of your Bible answers that question in the affirmative! We are our brother’s keeper!

“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so. Do not say to your neighbor, ‘Go and come back, and tomorrow I will give it,’ when you have it with you.” (PROVERBS 3:27,28 NKJV)

“You shall not harden your heart nor shut your hand from your poor brother – but you shall open your hand wide to him and willingly lend him sufficient for his need, whatever he needs.” (DEUTERONOMY 15:7,8 NKJV)

“You shall not defraud your neighbor, neither rob him: the wages of him that is hired shall not abide with you all night until the morning.” (LEVITICUS 19:13 NKJV)

“You shall neither mistreat a stranger – nor oppress him…” (EXODUS 22:21 NKJV)

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” (EXODUS 20:16 NKJV)

“You shall not go about as a Tale-bearer among your people.” (LEVITICUS 19:16 NKJV)

“You shall not… curse a Ruler of your people.” (EXODUS 22:28 NKJV)

“You shall not curse the deaf, nor put a stumbling block before the blind.” (LEV.19:14 NKJV)

“None of you shall approach anyone who is near of Kin… to uncover his nakedness.” (LEV.18:6)

“You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.” (LEVITICUS 18:22)

A man who divorces his wife – must not take her back to be his wife, after she has become another man’s wife – it is an abomination. (DEUTERONOMY 24:1-4 NKJV)

“You shall not follow a crowd to do evil. Nor shall you testify in a dispute so as to turn aside after many to pervert justice.” (EXODUS 23:2 NKJV)

“You shall not be partial to the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty. In righteousness you shall judge your neighbor.” (LEVITICUS 19:15 NKJV)

“You shall do no injustice in Judgment, in measure of length, weight, or volume. You shall have honest scales, honest weights…” (LEVITICUS 19:35,36 NKJV)

Honor your Father & your Mother, that your days may be long upon the Land which YAHOVAH your GOD is giving you.” (EXODUS 20:12 NKJV)

“You shall rise before the Gray-Headed and honor the presence of an old man…” (LEV.19:32)

“When you build a new house, then you shall make a parapet (railing) for your roof, that you may not bring guilt of bloodshed on your Household if anyone falls from it.” (DT. 22:8 NKJV)

These are some of the 613 RULES of TORAH that the ‘Original Christians’ practiced in fulfilling their ROLE as their BROTHER’S KEEPER!

But the ‘Original Christians’ also played a special ROLE in relation to ‘ONE ANOTHER’:

“Now therefore, you are no longer strangers & foreigners, but FELLOW CITIZENS with THE SAINTS and MEMBERS of the HOUSEHOLD of GOD…” (EPHESIANS 2:19 NKJV)

“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, ESPECIALLY to THOSE WHO ARE OF THE HOUSEHOLD of FAITH.” (GALATIANS 6:10 NKJV)

Be hospitable to one another without grumbling.” (I PETER 4:9 NKJV)

“As each one has received a Gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of GOD.” (I PETER 4:10 NKJV)

Bear one another’s burdens & so fulfill the Law of Christ.” (GALATIANS 6:2 NKJV)

“And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as Christ in GOD forgave you.” (EPHESIANS 4:32 NKJV)

Confess your trespasses to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” (JAMES 5:16 NKJV)

“All of you be submissive to one another and be clothed with humility, for GOD ‘resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (I PETER 5:5 NKJV)

Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother & judges his brother speaks evil of THE LAW and judges THE LAW.” (JAMES 4:11 NKJV)

Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold the Judge is standing at the door.” (JAMES 5:9 NKJV)

Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.” (GAL.5:26)

“But if you bite & devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another. (GAL.5:15)

“Therefore, let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way.” (ROMANS 14:13 NKJV)

Therefore, let us pursue the things which make for peace & the things by which one may edify another.” (ROMANS 14:19 NKJV)

Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another.” (ROMANS 12:10 NKJV)

“GOD has shown me (Peter) that I should not call any man (that GOD is calling) COMMON or UNCLEAN.” (ACTS 10:28 NKJV)

“Do not deprive one another (in Marriage), except with consent for a time, that you may give yourselves to fasting & prayer; and come together again so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of Self-control.” (I CORINTHIANS 7:5 NKJV)

Therefore comfort each other & edify one another.” (I THESSALONIANS 5:11 NKJV)

Our Bibles also give us RITUALS to strengthen our relationship with ONE ANOTHER:

“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love & good works, NOT FORSAKING the ASSEMBLING of OURSELVES TOGETHER, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another & so much the more as you see THE DAY approaching.” (HEBREWS 10:24,25)

“And they (the Original Christians) continued steadfastly in the Apostle’s Doctrine and Fellowship, in the breaking of bread (sharing meals), and in prayers.” (ACTS 2:42 NKJV)

“If I then, your Lord & Teacher have washed your feet, YOU ALSO OUGHT TO WASH ONE ANOTHER’S FEET. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.” (JOHN 13:14,15 NKJV)

And what REGARD should we have for our NEIGHBOR?

“…with humility of mind REGARD ONE ANOTHER as more important than yourselves.” (PHILIPPIANS 2:3 NASB)

Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” (JOHN 15:13)

PATRIARCHY is a Social System in which Males hold primary power in all Social Institutions – such as the Family, Politics, and Church. Most Patriarchal Societies are also Patrilineal, meaning that Property, Title and the Family name - are passed on through the Male lineage.

PATRIARCHY has been the norm in most Human Cultures for the last 6000 years – until the last Century when it began to break down, especially in Western Civilization.

Abraham, Isaac & Jacob lived in a PATRIARCHAL SOCIETY, where the Man was the head of the household, women had few rights, andPRIMOGENITURE was practiced –giving THE FIRSTBORN Male a DOUBLE-PORTION of his father’s inheritance.

Believe it or not – your Bible says that we live in a Patriarchal Universe! Jesus said:

“Do not call anyone on Earth your father; for ONE is your FATHER, HE who is in Heaven.” (MATTHEW 23:9 NKJV)

In this text Jesus is addressing the Scribes & Pharisees usurping of GOD THE FATHER’S AUTHORITY as PATRIARCH of our lives through HIS WORD – something which began with Lucifer’s ascent into heaven to “BE LIKE THE MOST HIGH.” (ISAIAH 14:14) Jesus chided these Jewish Leaders, saying:

“Thus you have made the commandment of GOD of no effect by your tradition.” (MT.15:6)

Lucifer, coerced the first woman (Eve) to question THE FATHER’S PATERNAL AUTHORITY as well:

“Then the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not surely die. For GOD knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened & you will be like GOD, knowing good & evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes & a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit & ate. She also gave to her husband with her & he ate.” (GENESIS 3:4-6 NKJV)

Your Bible says that PATRIARCHY as WOMAN has experienced it arose in Human Civilization from Eve’s usurping of her FATHER in HEAVEN’S AUTHORITY:

“To the woman HE (YAHOVAH) said: ‘I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; in pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.” (GENESIS 3:16 NKJV)

The implication in this curse put upon Eve is that MAN being cast out of the Garden & cut off from his Maker - would now domineer woman , in an oppressive, cruel manner - which would leave her few rights – which has played out in History.

This is in stark contrast to the role that GOD originally intended for WOMAN, which was to be HELPER to the MAN – implying subordination (a support position) but not being domineered.

The Apostles Peter & Paul give us GOD’S original intent for PATRIARCHY:

“Husbands, likewise, dwell with them (your wives) with understanding, GIVING HONOR TO THE WIFE, as to the weaker vessel, and AS BEING HEIRS TOGETHER of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.” (I PETER 3:7 NKJV)

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male or female; for you are all ONE in Christ Jesus. Andif you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and HEIRS ACCORDING TO THE PROMISE.” (GALATIANS 3:28, 29 NKJV)

“But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is GOD… For man is not from woman, but woman from man. Nor was man created for the woman, but woman for the man. (I CORINTHIANS 11:3,8,9 NKJV)

“Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. Forthe husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the Church. And He is the Savior of the Body. Therefore, just as the Church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the Church and gave Himself for Her…” (EPH.5:22-25)

Let your women keep silent in the Churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the Law also says. And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is shameful for women to speak in Church… If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord.” (I CORINTHIANS 14:34-38 NKJV)

“Let a woman learn in silence with all submission.And I do not permit a woman to teach or tohave Authority over a man, but to be in silence. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. Nevertheless she will be saved in child-bearing if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control.” (I TIMOTHY 2:11-15 NKJV)

PATRIARCHY , as we discussed earlier, has a spiritual overtone in our RELATIONSHIP with GOD THE FATHER:

“But did HE not make them (Husband & Wife) one, having a remnant of the Spirit? And why one? HE SEEKS GODLY OFFSPRING. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously with the wife of his youth. For YAHOVAH GOD of Israel says that HE hates divorce…” (MALACHI 2:15,16 NKJV)

Behold what manner of love THE FATHER has bestowed on us,that we should be called the Children of GOD! Therefore the World does not know us, because it did not know HIM. Beloved, now we are Children of GOD; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when HE is revealed, we shall be like HIM, for we shall see HIM as HE is. (I JN.3:1,2)

Then comes the End, when He (Jesus) delivers the Kingdom to GOD THE FATHER, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. For HE (The Father) has put all things under His (Jesus) feet. But when HE says ‘all things are put under Him,’ it is evident that HE (The Father) who put all things under Him (Jesus) is EXCEPTED. Now when all things are made subject to HIM, then the Son Himself will also be subject to HIM who put all things under Him, THAT GOD MAY BE ALL IN ALL.” (I CORINTHIANS 15:24-28 NKJV)

So PATRIARCHY is for ETERNITY ! It’s the way that GOD wants the Family & Church run today, and it’s the way HE will run things forever. Of course there will be no gender in the Spiritual Kingdom of GOD – but we will all be forever subject to HE WHO GENERATED US.

Few Christians today, are aware of the spiritual parallels in Patriarchy, Primogeniture, and Birthright in their Bibles. So let’s understand the physical first – then we’ll look at the spiritual side of these things.

GOD ALMIGHTY dealt with the Patriarchs & the Israelites within the Culture of the Lands they lived in:

“If a man has 2 wives, one loved (like Rachel), and the other unloved (like Leah), and they have borne him children, both the loved and the unloved, and if THE FIRSTBORN SON is of her who is unloved (Cultural Law at the time made the 1st born of the 1st wife the Prime Heir), then it shall be, on the day he bequeaths his possessions to his sons, that he MUST NOT bestow Firstborn status on the son of the loved wife in preference to the son of the unloved, THE TRUE FIRSTBORN. But he shall acknowledge the son of the unloved wife as THE FIRSTBORN by giving him a double portion of all that he has, for he is the beginning of his strength; THE RIGHT of THE FIRSTBORN is HIS.” (DEUTERONOMY 21:15-17 NKJV)

Thus, Reuben, THE FIRSTBORN SON of Jacob’s FIRST WIFE Leah, was to receive a ‘double portion’ of his Father’s Inheritance, and take over as the Patriarch of the Family – upon his Father’s death. But he disqualified himself as FIRSTBORN by having sexual relations with his Father’s mistress (GEN.35:22). Therefore, THE FIRSTBORN of Jacob’s 2nd Wife (Joseph) became the primary Heir:

“Now the Sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel (Jacob), he was indeed the Firstborn, but because he defiled his Father’s bed, HIS BIRTHRIGHT WAS GIVEN TO THE SONS of JOSEPH, the son of Israel, so that the genealogy is not listed according to THE BIRTHRIGHT.” (I CHR.5:1)

The Law of PRIMOGENITURE ensured an orderly way to pass inheritance and PATRIARCHY from one generation to another. The FIRSTBORN MALE received a double portion of the inheritance , and he acted as head of the Family line after the death of his father.

Even today it is customary for women to take on the Family name of the man they marry – so this aspect of PATRIARCHY lives on. Interestingly – Jesus Himself said that we will one day take on the Family name of THE SUPREME PATRIARCH, YAHOVAH:

“He who overcomes, I (Jesus) will make him a pillar in the Temple of My GOD, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him THE NAME of MY GOD (YAHOVAH), and the name of the City of My GOD, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of Heaven from My GOD. And I will write on him My new name.” (REVELATION 3:12 NKJV)

The Apostle Paul wrote to the Church at Ephesus:

“For this reason I bow my knees to THE FATHER of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom THE WHOLE FAMILY IN HEAVEN AND EARTH IS NAMED.” (EPHESIANS 3:14,15 NKJV)

And just like in the Patriarchal Society of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – there are according to our Bibles SPIRITUAL FIRSTBORN CHILDREN in GOD’S FAMILY:

“But you have come to Mount Zion & to the City of THE LIVING GOD, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of Angels, to the ‘General Assembly’ and Church of the Firstborn who are registered in Heaven, to GOD THE JUDGE OF ALL…” (HEBREWS 12:22,23 NKJV)

If the Christian World observed the Anniversary of the founding of the New Testament Christian Church – they would understand this. Jesus began His Church on PENTECOST (count 50) which was called the Feast of Firstfruits in the Old Testament. The Apostle Paul wrote:

“Of HIS (THE FATHER’S) own will HE brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of FIRSTFRUITS of HIS creatures.” (JAMES 1:18 NKJV)

“We also who have THE FIRSTFRUITS of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.” (ROMANS 8:23 NKJV)

“These are the ones who were not defiled with women (False Religion), for they are virgins. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These were redeemed from among men, BEING FIRSTFRUITS to GOD and the lamb.” (REVELATION 14:4 NKJV)

FIRSTFRUITS are the FIRSTBORN CHILDREN of GOD’S KINGDOM – that’s why Paul called us ‘THE CHURCH OF THE FIRSTBORN’ & we are those who will be in THE 1ST RESURRECTION!

Your Bible calls it ‘THE BETTER RESURRECTION’ – because we get to be the first human beings to experience ETERNAL LIFE & all it’s benefits, while we live & reign with Christ a 1000 years, helping those who survive the Great Tribulation to become 2nd Fruits!

It’s SPIRITUAL PRIMOGENITURE! Except that it will not be FIRSTBORN based on GENDER, RACE, or CLASS:

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male or female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (GALATIANS 3:28,29 NKJV)

According to your Bible, the 2nd RESURRECTION is for “the rest of the dead” who do not live again till the 1000 years are finished. (REVELATION 20:5) Jesus said:

“It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by GOD. Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from THE FATHER comes to Me.” (JOHN 6:45 NKJV) (ISAIAH 54:11-14)

These will be 3rd Fruits, taught by GOD during a 100 year period discussed in ISAIAH 65:17-25, which is the White Throne Judgment (REVELATION 20:11-15)

SPIRITUAL PATRIARCHY &PRIMOGENITURE tell us that YAHOVAH GOD will always be our PATERNAL AUTHORITY – and THE CHURCH will be THE FIRSTBORN CHILDREN of HIS ETERNAL KINGDOM!

That’s why GOD inspired the Apostle Paul to write:

“Come out from among them (the World) and be separate, says YAHOVAH. Do not touch what is unclean (physically & spiritually), and I will receive you. And I will be A FATHER to you, and you shall be MY sons and daughters, says YAHOVAH ALMIGHTY.” (II COR.6:17,18)

Tragically there are almost 50,000 suicides every year in America! And those who love them grieve with guilt – thinking they should have - or could have done something to prevent it!

We all know Human Beings can reach a point of depravity where they literally are committing suicide through alcohol or drug abuse.

But can a NATION die by SUICIDE? That’s not a question that enough Americans think about! But former President Abraham Lincoln thought long and hard about it, writing this:

“From whence shall we (the U.S.) expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it? Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant step the earth and crush us at a blow? Never. All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure on earth in their military chest; with a (Napoleon) Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years. At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If DESTRUCTION be our lot, we must ourselves be its author & finisher. As a Nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or DIE by SUICIDE.”

Ironically, it was during Lincoln’s Presidency that the United States almost did commit suicide, losing hundreds of thousands of men in the fight to preserve a fragile Union.

Do you think the Pharaohs of Egypt, Alexander the Great, or the Caesars of Rome ever thought their Nations would COMMIT SUICIDE? At this moment in time, the United States of America holds the prestigious position of being the World’s lone Super-Power! How long?

Listen to the Italian Poet, Livy, who wrote about Roman Excess leading to their demise :

“For it is true that when men had fewer possessions, they were also modest in their desires. Lately, riches have brought avarice and abundant pleasures, and the desire to carry luxury and lust to the point of RUIN and universal perdition.”

Are we, the United States, the modern Romans? – with our tall stature in the world, and all the comforts of past kings? Many of you have had the opportunity to walk among some of these ancient ruins on vacations to Europe or Asia. Do you think the peoples of such flourishing nations and kingdoms ever thought they could come to nothing?

Our Bibles are full of examples of NATIONS & CITIES that committed SUICIDE the same way individuals do: by sinful destructive behavior.

“…the dwelling place of the wicked will come to nothing.” (JOB 8:22 NKJV)

“For Gilgal (Ancient Israelite City) shall surely go into captivity, and Bethel shall come to nothing.” (AMOS 5:5 NKJV)

“How lonely sits the City (Jerusalem) that was full of people! How like a widow is she, who was great among the Nations! THE PRINCESS among the provinces has become a slave! She weeps bitterly in the night, Her tears are on Her cheeks; among all her lovers She has none to comfort Her…” (LAMENTATIONS 1:1,2 NKJV)

NATIONAL SUICIDE is like an iniquity implosion, the weight of a Society’s collective sins collapses in on them: “WICKEDNESS OVERTHROWS the SINNER.” (PROVERBS 13:6)

And what are the SEEDS of such NATIONAL SUICIDE?

“The PERVERSITY of the unfaithful will destroy them.” (PROVERBS 11:3 NKJV)

“But it (the city) is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.” (PROVERBS 11:11)

He who despises ‘the word’ will be destroyed.” (PROVERBS 13:13)

PRIDE goes before DESTRUCTION, and A HAUGHTY SPIRIT before a FALL.” (PROVERBS 16:18 NKJV)

“The beginning of STRIFE is like RELEASING WATER…” (PROVERBS 17:14)

“He who is SLOTHFUL in his work is a brother to him who is a great DESTROYER.”

“The VIOLENCE of THE WICKED WILL DESTROY THEM…” (PROVERBS 21:7)

Every Kingdom DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF is brought to DESOLATION…” (MATTHEW 12:25 NKJV)

When Israel committed NATIONAL SUICIDE and were taken captive by the King of Babylon – ALMIGHTY GOD said to Israel:

“After 70 years are completed at Babylon, I will visit you and perform MY good word toward you, and cause you to return to this place. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says YAHOVEH, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon ME & go and pray to ME, and I will listen to you.” (JEREMIAH 29:10-12 NKJV)

“As I live,’ says YAHOVEH GOD, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O House of Israel?” (EZEKIEL 33:11 NKJV)

By contrast – what are the seeds of NATIONAL GREATNESS & PROSPERITY?

“Blessed is the Nation whose GOD is YAHOVEH…” (PSALM 33:12 NKJV) “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently OBEY the voice of YAHOVEH your GOD, to observe carefully all HIS commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your GOD will set you high above all Nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of YAHOVEH your GOD. Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country. Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks…” (DEUTERONOMY 28:1-4) “When the RIGHTEOUS ARE IN AUTHORITY the people rejoice; but when a wicked man rules (Hitler, Stalin, Hugo Chavez – Nicolas Maduro) the people groan.” (PR.29:2) “RIGHTEOUSNESS EXALTS a NATION…” (PROVERBS 14:34 NKJV) “Blessed is he (the Nation) who blesses you (Israel), and cursed is he who curses you.” (NUMBERS 24:9 NKJV) “…If MY people who are called by MY NAME will humble themselves, and pray and seek MY FACE, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (II CHRONICLES 7:14)

As famed Historian William Durant once wrote:

“There is no significant example in History, before our time, of a Society successfully maintaining Moral life, without the aid of Religion.” (William Durant)

“Thus says YAHOVEH: “Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; then you shall find rest for your souls.” (JER.6:16)


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