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In follow-up to my blog yesterday titled, "BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS," God stressed or emphasized to me this morning, JUDGMENT! He put Scripture on my heart this morning, but, first, let's revisit the Breastplate of Righteousness from yesterday, or the Breastplate of Judgment.
Following is a quote from www.biblestudytools.com, titled "BREASTPLATE OF THE HIGH PRIEST" or BREASTPLATE OF JUDGMENT:
"The Hebrew word choshen, rendered in the King James Version "breastplate," means really a "pouch" or "bag." The references to it are found exclusively in the Priestly Code Exodus 25:7; 28; 29:5; 35:9,27; Leviticus 8:8. The descriptions of its composition and particularly the directions with regard to wearing it are exceedingly obscure. According to Ezra 2:63 and Nehemiah 7:65 the Urim and Thummim, which were called in the priestly pouch, were lost during the Babylonian exile. The actual pouch was a "span in length and a span in breadth," i.e. about 9 inch square. It was made, like the ephod, of "gold, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen" Exodus 28:15. In it were twelve precious stones, in rows of four, representing the twelve tribes of Israel. Apparently the pouch had two rings (perhaps four) through which passed two gold chains by which it was fastened to the ephod supplied for the purpose with ouches or clasps. The pouch was worn by the high priest over his heart when he entered the "holy place" "for a memorial before Yahweh." The presence of the high priest, the representative of the people, with the names of the separate tribes on his person, brought each tribe before the notice of Yahweh and thereby directed His attention to them. The full designation was choshen mishpaT, "pouch of judgment" or "decision." It was the distinctive symbol of the priest in his capacity as the giver of oracles. As already suggested the priestly pouch contained the Urim and Thummim which were probably precious stones used as lots in giving decisions.
In all probability the restored text of 1 Samuel 14:41 preserves the true custom. On one side stood Saul and Jonathan, and the people on the other side. If the result was Urim, Saul and Jonathan would be the guilty parties. If the result was Thummim, the guilt would fasten on the people." - T. Lewis
THIS is pretty powerful! By atonement and holy rituals decreed by God, the High Priest [Aaron] is bringing all of the sins of man before God for cleansing and mercy.
Judgment is coming, and God will not overlook sin. The Bible tells us, "It is a terrible thing to face punishment from the living God." Hebrews 10:31
Hebrews 10:26-31 ERV
26 "If we decide to continue sinning after we have learned the truth, then there is no other sacrifice that will take away sins.
27 If we continue sinning, all that is left for us is a fearful time of waiting for the judgment and the angry fire that will destroy those who live against God.
28 Whoever refused to obey the Law of Moses was found guilty from the testimony given by two or three witnesses. Such people were not forgiven. They were killed.
29 So think how much more punishment people deserve who show their hate for the Son of God—people who show they have no respect for the blood sacrifice that began the new agreement and once made them holy or who insult the Spirit of God’s grace.
30 We know that God said, 'I will punish people for the wrongs they do; I will repay them.' And he also said, 'The Lord will judge his people.'
31 It is a terrible thing to face punishment from the living God."
Hebrews 10:35-39 ERV
35 "So don’t lose the courage that you had in the past. Your courage will be rewarded richly.
36 You must be patient. After you have done what God wants, you will get what he promised you.
37 He says,
'Very soon now, the one who is coming
will come and will not be late.
38 The person who is right with me
will live by trusting in me.
But I will not be pleased with the one
who turns back in fear.'
39 But we are not those who turn back and are lost. No, we are the people who have faith and are saved."
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Hebrews 11:1
“The fear of man brings a snare: but whoso putts his trust in the LORD shall be safe.” Proverbs 29:25
"Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent." Revelation 2:5
I have said before, we have been in a Spiritual War, but, also, that God won, as he always does, when it is His Will, and like the Egyptians at the red sea, the time is at hand for God's judgment upon many people.
"And what he did unto the army of Egypt, unto their horses, and to their chariots; how he made the water of the Red sea to overflow them as they pursued after you, and how the LORD hath destroyed them unto this day;" Deuteronomy 11:4
JUDGMENT IS NIGH, BUT "THE END IS NOT YET"
"And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet." Matthew 24:6
WAKE UP! WAKE UP! WAKE UP!
2 Thessalonians 2:8-12
8 “And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spiritof his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
And, Revelation 3:3
"Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you."
TURN AWAY FROM SIN, TURN TO GOD, AND BE HEALED!
HALLELUJAH! PRAISE GOD! AMEN!