Heavenly Father, thank you for your many blessings. Thank you for holding us blameless in a crooked and perverse generation. Thank you for giving us the power to tread on scorpions and serpents, and for proclaiming that 'no harm shall by any means comes to us.' Let Your Will be done in our lives and on earth, as it is in Heaven, and let Your words always be mine. Praise God! Amen.
Today, as I was watching Prophet Robin Bullock's The Eleventh Hour live stream from March 8, 2022 (see video below) about living 'by faith,' I realized, yet again, exactly how great our God is! One week earlier, on March 1, 2022, I posted a blog titled "By Faith." (Read "By Faith" here.) If God has a word to be said, He will make sure it is said, all around the world, any which way He can, however we are listening!
In Robin's video below, he talks about, among other things, Hebrews 11, The Triumphs of Faith, which shows how man's faith in God has sustained and saved mankind since Abel. It is truly amazing!
By faith, Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, the people of Israel, the walls of Jericho, Rahab the prostitute, and many others, kings and prophets, all by faith in God, perpetuated mankind's existence and blessings from God. Hallelujah! Praise God! Amen.
The Triumphs of Faith
3 "By faith we understand that the worlds (universe, ages) were framed and created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.
4 By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which it was testified of him that he was righteous, and God testified by accepting his gifts. And though he died, yet through [this act of] faith he still speaks.
(See God's word to me about Cain and Abel, here.)
5 By faith Enoch was caught up and taken to heaven so that he would not have a glimpse of death; and he was not found because God had taken him; for even before he was taken [to heaven], he received the testimony [still on record] that he had walked with God and pleased Him.
6 But without faith it is impossible to [walk with God and] please Him, for whoever comes [near] to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He rewards those who [earnestly and diligently] seek Him.
7 By faith Noah, being warned by God about events not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his family. By this [act of obedience] he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness which comes by faith.
8 By faith Abraham, when he was called [by God], obeyed by going to a place which he was to receive as an inheritance; and he went, not knowing where he was going.
9 By faith he lived as a foreigner in the promised land, as in a strange land, living in tents [as nomads] with Isaac and Jacob, who were fellow heirs of the same promise.
10 For he was looking forward to the city which has foundations, [an eternal, heavenly city] whose architect and builder is God.
11 By faith even Sarah herself received the ability to conceive [a child], even [when she was long] past the normal age for it, because she considered Him who had given her the promise to be reliable and true [to His word].
12 So from one man, though he was [physically] as good as dead, were born as many descendants as the stars of heaven in number, and innumerable as the sand on the seashore." . . ."
17 "By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises [of God] was ready to sacrifice his only son [of promise];" . . ."
20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau, even regarding things to come.
21 By faith Jacob, as he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and bowed in worship, leaning on the top of his staff.
22 By faith Joseph, when he was dying, referred to [the promise of God for] the exodus of the sons of Israel [from Egypt], and gave instructions concerning [the burial of] his bones [in the land of the promise].
23 By faith Moses, after his birth, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful and divinely favored child; and they were not afraid of the king’s (Pharaoh’s) decree.
24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 because he preferred to endure the hardship of the people of God rather than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin." . . ."
27 "By faith he left Egypt, being unafraid of the wrath of the king; for he endured [steadfastly], as seeing Him who is unseen.
28 By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of the blood [on the doorposts], so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch them (the firstborn of Israel).
29 By faith the people [of Israel] crossed the Red Sea as though they were passing through dry land; but when the Egyptians attempted it they were drowned.
30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days [by Joshua and the sons of Israel].
31 By faith Rahab the prostitute was not destroyed along with those who were disobedient, because she had welcomed the spies [sent by the sons of Israel] in peace.
32 And what more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets,
33 who by faith subdued kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promised blessings, closed the mouths of lions,
34 extinguished the power of [raging] fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became mighty and unbeatable in battle, putting enemy forces to flight.
35 Women received back their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured [to death], refusing to accept release [offered on the condition of denying their faith], so that they would be resurrected to a better life;
36 and others experienced the trial of mocking and scourging [amid torture], and even chains and imprisonment.
37 They were stoned [to death], they were sawn in two, they were lured with tempting offers [to renounce their faith], they were put to death by the sword; they went about wrapped in the skins of sheep and goats, utterly destitute, oppressed, cruelly treated
38 (people of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains and [living in] caves and holes in the ground."
These are those whom will rule with Christ for a thousand years (the Millennial Reign). Rev. 20:4
Let's pray that we all, by faith, endure and remain steadfast in Christ until the end, because, truly, ours is the Kingdom of God!
Love and light in Christ,
ROBIN BULLOCK: THE ELEVENTH HOUR
Heavenly Father, thank you for your many blessings in our lives. Thank you for not forsaking us, and for your unending grace (favor) upon us. Let Your words and Your will be mine, and let Your children with eyes and ears, see and hear the words. Amen.
This is another aspect of the same story, which God began putting on my heart around the end of last year, and just today, as I was reading Genesis, yet again, showed me the following scripture, and shone His Light on it for my discernment:
“And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the Lord hath cursed.” Genesis 5:29
Gen. 5:29 is one of those scriptures I read, put to the back of my mind, and then keep going, because what the literal heck does it mean? I mean, how on earth did Noah ‘comfort’ anyone when all of mankind died in the flood except Noah and seven other human beings?
So, the LORD cursed the ground to which Genesis 5:29 refers when Adam and Eve ate the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil:
God Curses the Ground for Adam’s Sake
17 “. . . cursed is the ground for your sake; in sorrow shall you eat of it all the days of your life; 18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to you . . .”
Also, at this same time, God tells Adam that the ground will be cursed all the days of his life. What else do we know from the time of Adam?
Well, we know that there was no rain, only a mist that came up from the ground:
Genesis 2:5-6 “5. . . for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth . . . 6 But a mist went up from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.”
I read somewhere previously that this ‘mist’ came up only in certain areas, and the vegetation grew only in those areas. The rest of the land was desolate and, one could say, only yielded ‘thorns’ and ‘thistles.’
We can confirm from Hebrews 11:7 below that there was no rain until the time of the great flood:
“By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house . . .” Hebrews 11:7.
‘Being warned of God of things not seen as yet.’
Of what ‘things not seen as yet’ did God warn Noah at that time? Scripture tells us that God warned Noah of rain, and a lot of it!
“For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights . . .” Genesis 7:4
So, God warned Noah of rain, and 'by faith. . . moved with fear,' Noah listened to God. Noah, nor anyone alive, had ever heard of, or seen, rain before this time. The only water they knew of, since the time of Adam, over 1,600 years (from Adam's birth in 4114 BC to the great flood around 2458 BC), was a mist that came up from the ground. Genesis 2:6. This is why everyone was carrying on their lives as if nothing were going to happen, eating, drinking, marrying and having children. Luke 17:27.
'By faith . . . moved with fear,' Noah listened to God, but no one else had the same faith in God, or fear in God's words through Noah, and they would not listen to Noah’s warnings. They did not know what rain was until it began to rain, and then, of course, it was too late for them. They had not listened to or obeyed God, and they had not followed the standard, or flag, God placed in their lives.
As I wrote that, the Holy Spirit said write the following: We should always follow the standard, or flag, God places in our lives, to warn and direct us in times of trouble. We see example after example in the Bible of God telling His chosen how to survive the times: If the water is foretold to rise, build a boat; if the rocks are falling, take shelter; if there is famine in the land, store food; if an army is coming, run to the walled cities, et cetera. God will never allow His children to be tempted more than they can withstand! Listen to God!
In conclusion, ending where I began, at Genesis 5:29: “And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the Lord hath cursed.”
Ultimately, Noah did comfort us, not only by being found righteous in God’s eyes, and thereby saving mankind, but, also, because God blessed Noah and his sons, opened the heavens and caused it to begin raining on the earth for the first time in over 1,600 years. This gave mankind the opportunity to rise above the 'thorns' and 'thistles' with which the ground was cursed for Adam's sake.
Finally, we know that Noah comforted us because God sealed His new covenant with Noah by placing a rainbow in the clouds. God said that when He sees the rainbow, it will remind Him of His covenant with man, and to never again destroy the earth with a flood.
God is great - all the time!
So, are you listening to God 'by faith,' and 'moved with fear' even? As Jesus said, you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe who have not seen me. John 20:29
Hallelujah! Praise God. Thank you, Jesus. Amen.
Faithful and humble servant to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
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