3-29-20 The enemy has cast a spell upon the world and he is entangling and entrapping with his lies at a level that has never been seen before. He has even ensnared many of My own. This man-made pestilence has put fear in the hearts of most but My saints, My chosen ones are not afraid. I tell you once again all is not as it seems. There is much hidden below the surface concerning this. The plan of the enemy is to create his beast system and it is in the works behind the scenes but I have enlightened many to his plan. Those who work for the enemy have had the multitudes look away to the distraction while evil plots, plans and schemes for the destruction of those made in My image are being put into place. The governments of this world, though not as unified as they soon will be under the beast, are working towards one goal and that is the one-world system even now. Their plan is being put into place right before everyone’s eyes and very few even see it because of the wicked spell that has been cast. It is like a veil of darkness that gets thicker and blacker by the day. No man can do anything to stop this plan. I am the only one who could even stop it! I warn My saints, My chosen ones, do not allow yourselves to even be tested for this man made pestilence (The coronavirus or Covid-19) and DO NOT BY ANY MEANS take the “so called” inoculation or “cure” for this so called “pandemic”. The phrase “the-cure-is-worse-than-the-disease” truly is the case with this. When this is administered it will truly be a “trojan horse” that will contain the plagues of the fourth seal in it. Believe Me when I say THESE ARE MUCH WORSE! This will be coupled with the technology that is being installed even now across the world. Trust in Me, pray to Me, believe the promises in My word and I will protect you from all of this technology, pestilence and plagues. This evil plan is being allowed to go forth for it is written and it is the time. It is the time of trials, testing and tribulation. Do not confuse this time of tribulation, when I allow the enemy’s wrath, with the time of My wrath. The beast is rising but you are to overcome! My saints, My chosen ones; you will overcome him by My blood and the word of your testimony and not being afraid of death in this world, for it leads to everlasting life in the world without end. You are not appointed to My wrath but the world is. You are not of the world, you are only in the world for testing and refinement. The greater part of the world has now been stirred into a frenzy of fear by the media and governments worldwide. Through this they have gained control and locked-down much of your world’s population without much of a fight. They have made rules that have never before been thought of (social distancing of 6 feet and no groups of 10 or more people) and many people are obeying this blindly out of fear. While this is going on the governments are putting troops, artillery, machinery and weaponry in place for what comes next. But even in this I am at work, for as the men of this world are having their freedoms taken from them some are crying out to Me. Is this not good? This is exactly how I work! I take what the enemy has meant for harm and used it for the good of My kingdom. My people listen to what I say now; while you are in this time of decreased physical and social activities spend more time seeking Me and learn to hear My voice better. This is imperative for the times that are ahead! Soon this messenger that I am using to give you this message and all of My other true messengers will be silenced. The false prophets shall continue to spew forth the lies of the enemy, even as they do now. You will need to listen and obey My voice yourself to navigate through the perilous journey that lies just ahead. (Isaiah 30:21) Your ears shall hear My words behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left. Do not think that you will escape this world before your work here is done. I will safeguard those who dwell in the secret place of the Most High, who are seated in heavenly places with Me, during the hour of trial that comes upon the entire inhabited earth, just as they safeguarded the Word by observing it, which requires My endurance which I give to you by My Spirit. (See Ps.91:1-2, Eph. 2:6 and Rev. 3:10 below) The beast that is rising, the little horn also called the AntiChrist, will make war with the saints, who are My holy chosen-remnant-bride and will even overpower them for a time, before I, the Ancient of Days, come and pass judgment in favor of the saints of the Most High God. At this time the beast’s kingdom destroyed forever. My saints, My chosen ones will take possession of My kingdom that lasts forever. They that will be given dominion will serve Me and obey Me. My saints, My chosen ones, please keep watch, be sober and vigilant during this time that you are in! You truly have entered into the time that is like no other. The great anointing that is coming soon shall break the yoke of oppression that the enemy has had upon you! If the Son sets you free, you are free indeed! My lights shall shine brightly in the thick darkness and overcome it, you are My lights! YOU SHALL OVERCOME! Yeshua Ha Mashiach Jesus The Christ https://holyspiritwind.net/
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Genetically modified seeds: Conceived as a weapon
GM seeds and GM food carry great risks for all nations, so much so that for many reasons it is probably imperative these foods be banned outright. This subject is too large to be discussed here, but one aspect requires brief notice. If we were to ask about the origin of GM seeds, how the idea was conceived and developed, who did the research and who provided the funding, how would we reply?
We might reasonably suggest that perhaps the concept originated in the Biology or Agricultural Department of some university, or that a government lab doing research on food supplies might have conceived and pursued the idea. Or, we might suggest a private company in the agricultural field was looking for more productive varieties of grains and stumbled on this process.
We might suggest all those answers, but in each case we would be wrong. GM seed was conceived, promoted, researched and funded by the US Department of Defense – the American War Department. GM seed was never meant as a way to feed the hungry, but was instead conceived and developed as a weapon or, more precisely, as a weapons-delivery system.
Genetically-Modified seed was never intended to support human life, but to eliminate it.
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WHO IS JESUS CHRIST
There is no other person in all of history like that of Jesus Christ.
As a teacher and a doer of things nobody ever had the sweep and vision of Jesus.Look at the actions of Jesus and you will see a rule of life that is amazing in its perfect detail.
The things Jesus taught during his earthly journey over 2000 years ago were true then, have been true in every century since and will be true forever.No one has never even come close to the perfection of the doctrine laid down by Jesus in His Sermon on The Mount.Jesus never made a mistake. Jesus never uttered a doctrine that was true at that time and then later became obsolete.
Jesus spoke the truth; He lived the truth; and the truth is eternal.Jesus is the only one ever to lead a perfect life and do everything in even a logical order.
Jesus is the only one in history who’s every action and every word still strikes a true note in the heart and mind of everyone.
He never said a foolish thing, never did a foolish act and never misled anyone.No world leader, no evangelist no pastor ever loved humanity with the love that Jesus has toward all of us forever and always.
Who then was Jesus?
He could not have been just a man, for there never was a man who had two consecutive thought’s absolute in truthful perfection.
Jesus is Lord and He is my Lord and Savior!
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IS WASTE NOT WANT NOT BIBLICAL?
The phrase ` Waste not want not` is not in the Bible. It means don`t waste it now because you might need it in the future.
The Bible does describe the reason we should not waste things. Looking in the Gospel of Luke we find misuse of assets (Luke 16:1-10), self-indulgence and self-deception and blindness to the plight of other people.
In (Luke 16:19-31 the story of the rich man and Lazarus, and the story of Zaccheus in Luke 19:1-10). Then there is the story of the Rich Young Ruler in Luke 18:18-30 who trusted his wealth or the story of the man who wasted the talents given to him by his master (Luke 19:21).
Each one of the people described had waste issues - wasted time, opportunities, money, and wasted lives.
We are called to be wise stewards of the resources God has given us, not hoarding out of fear but also not wasteful which is biblical stewardship.
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WHY DID GOD CREATE MOSQUITOES?
When God created the world, He said it was good (Genesis 1:31). This amazing world was perfect; there was no sin, disease, crime, or suffering. In God’s perfect creation, the animals were given “every green plant for food” (verse 30).
Mosquitoes were part of creation, but they were wholly vegetarian. There was no need for mosquitoes to bite humans or animals for blood.
The need for mosquitoes to prey on humans resulted from the Fall of mankind and the curse that followed. The world changed drastically with the entrance of sin.
Mosquitoes have become a vector for several diseases, aiding the spread of malaria, yellow fever, and the zika virus. The discomfort and disease caused by mosquitoes are part of the “groaning” that all creation experiences (Romans 8:22).
It’s interesting to note that not all mosquitoes bite people and animals. The male mosquito never consumes blood. It is only some females that need blood to aid them in egg production.
All mosquitoes feed on plant nectar, and some entire species of mosquitoes—male and female—feed exclusively on plant juices.
The Bible says that all things were “very good” at creation, and that includes mosquitoes. Mosquitoes play an important part in various ecosystems. They are a valuable food source for fish and migratory birds.
God created mosquitoes as part of His design for a perfect world. Unfortunately, when mankind rebelled against their Creator, they plunged the whole world into a state of misery and decay.
The good news is that Jesus is coming back to liberate creation from its bondage and reveal the glory of the children of God (verses 18–21). Jesus will fix our broken planet. There will be no more hunger, disease, or blood-sucking mosquitoes.
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It is an error to say that God never supports a war. Jesus is not a pacifist. In a world filled with evil people, sometimes war is necessary to prevent even greater evil. If Hitler had not been defeated by World War II, how many more millions would have been killed?
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Matt In West Virginia reacted to a status update: As far as the Bible is concerned, the use of guns is a matter of personal conviction.
As far as the Bible is concerned, the use of guns is a matter of personal conviction. There is nothing unspiritual about owning a gun or knowing how to use one. There is nothing wrong with protecting oneself or loved ones, even if it involves the use of weapons. We need not pretend there is never a need for guns!
Yes Sir. I agree.
I realize that which I am about to say is a part of a parable in taking away the big picture of what is meant to be communicated... but the content used within this parable is extracted from real life reality:
Mark 3:27: “But no one can enter the strong man’s house and plunder his property unless he first binds the strong man, and then he will plunder his house."
I honestly can't remember when I 1st accepted that responsibility within myself. It's been there for as long as I can remember. When I was 14 years old my father had my mother bent over backward in the kitchen after coming home late from a great night on the town to a hot, well rounded supper before him. As always, he had a great time out with his friends but when he got home, it was time to make my mother miserable. That particular night he had her bent over backward with a knife to her throat telling her... I can't even remember what was being said or what he was upset about.
That night, I had to be the strong man. I was 14 years old. If my mother was going to survive, I had to be the strong man. We lived out in the middle of no where. There was never any help for anyone out there... there's very little available even today. The very thing that enabled me to be the strongman that night, Democrats are hell bent on taking away. What was it? A sawed off, single shot shotgun that originally belonged to my grandfather on my Dad's side. I'll never forget it because it has an aluminum foreguard on the barrel that Dad made for it at work because the old wooden one was busted.
I ran to get the gun. I was afraid I wouldn't even get back to the kitchen in time to save Mom, so I let loose a round in the living room aiming at the top of the wall going into my sister's bedroom. I had two sisters in there that were sprayed by the wood splinters from the hole I just made. I popped open the barrel, the spent shell flew out, I slammed another one in, closed the gun and stepped into the kitchen.
There he was... in all his glory, a half smile and half grimace on his face, looking mostly kind of pleased with himself that he had the whole house scared to death. He saw me. I didn't say a word. I just raised my gun.
He stopped what he was doing, looking at me like a cat trying to charm a snake. But he was out of charm that night. He let my Mom go. When she stepped away, I lowered my gun to his knees. I wasn't going to kill him, but I was going to alter him in a way that he'd never be able to do that to anyone else. I was going to blow both his knees off.
Then he said, "No... No. Do it right here!" He was pointing at his mouth, opening his mouth and pointing inside with his finger. Maybe he was testing my resolve? Hope an 14 year old would just break down and cry? I don't know. But I raised my gun. It was at that moment that I found out within myself that I could kill a man. The gun was already cocked. I aimed for his mouth. I didn't exactly want to remember the vision of his brains going all over the wall behind him nor anything else about the mess that would be made, so I closed my eyes and began squeezing the trigger.
With that, he dropped his knife with a clank. It startled me. I opened my eyes to see him just standing there white as a sheet, looking at me with a holy shit moment on his face. He slowly moved to his right about 2 feet, reached for the kitchen door, opened it, left, got in his car and left. He did not come back until the next day.
Oh "Happy Days", you might say. But I knew that were not the end of it... not by a long shot.
The next day after he came home, I listened as he and Mom had a very calm conversation in the kitchen from my bedroom. They were talking low enough I couldn't understand the words, but I could hear the tone of voice. That was all I needed. I could tell from the tone which way it would go as I lay there on my bed with the shotgun laying across me, just as it had been the whole night prior waiting on Dad to return.
Eventually he came into my room. I sat up, gun on him the whole time. He looked at me with a genuine look of concern and regret. He never said a word. He reached out a piece of paper wanting me to take it, which I did. He backed up against my door and motioned for me to read it. I did. It was an apology for the way he had acted the night before. I tore it into pieces, dropped it on the floor and put both hands back on my gun. He left the room. I don't remember what he did after that, but it was peaceful, whatever it was.
End of it? Not at all.
I KNEW that that old, half broken down, sawed off 12 gauge was the only thing that saved my Mom that night... Well. That and my willingness to use it. I KNEW it was going to happen again and if I were going to have a prayer at being the "strong man" when it counted? I was going to need that 12 gauge. So I hid it and the few shells I could find for it. I was the only one that knew where it was. I wouldn't even tell Mom, and she asked.
In the months ahead, little by little, Dad started demanding I give the gun back. He eventually threatened me with every punishment you can imagine for that era in time. Some he followed through with, some not, but EVERYTHING was threatened. I never gave back the gun.
It took a while, but little by little Dad started getting louder and louder when he came in from his "after work stress release", always drunk. I eventually found out what was going on in his head when he did what he did. There was a reason, but never an excuse for doing what he did to any of us, my sisters, me and my Mom.
One night, it again escalated. In my room were windows that ALL of the old coal company houses had, single pane windows that fit loosely in a trac to open and close unless they had been painted shut. Mine were used frequently to open and close for summer so it was very loose. When I heard the argument ensue, I went out of my window as I was going to where I had my gun hidden. The walls were thin, no insulation. I raised the window as high as it would go and just let it slam shut. I KNEW Dad would hear it in the kitchen. He did.
Hitting the ground outside after exiting the window, I went to where the 12 gauge was. I could hear the argument had stopped. That is all I knew. Snow was on the ground and the path to where I was was as obvious as bear shit on your shoes. After a few minutes Dad came outside... yelling at me... demanding I get back to the house this very minute and to bring that "damned gun with you". He was standing in my footsteps at the edge of the yard, yelling into the woods where he knew I had just gone.
I sat motionless... scared to death. I didn't know what to do. He would be able to come right to me. Then it dawned on me that if he did follow me into the woods, when he got to where I was, I was going to have to kill him. And I would have. There's something that happens within a person when you've made that kind of decision... something that doesn't "hit" you like it does anything else when you've decided for sure to kill someone. I just knew I would. I didn't know what would happen to me afterward? But whatever it was, my family would still be alive because of it and the threat would be eliminated.
After a few minutes Dad stopped yelling. He went back into the house and I came down to the edge of the yard so I could listen... Nothing. I couldn't hear one word. I dreaded the thought of again having to go in there gun in hand for another showdown... But as I was thinking about all of that, Dad came out of the house, got in his car and drove off nice and slow, just like you would any other time. I went into the house, froze to death. I remember my fingers being so cold I probably couldn't have cocked that gun if I had to. It was a stiff-hammered thing.
That was the last time Dad was that kind of trouble except for once I called him out into the yard after I had grown up... but it was the last time I had to go out the window... I NEVER gave the gun back until years later, Dad had been dead a few years, when Mom passed I gave to gun to my brother. I don't know I've even told him this story. I know I told my youngest sister which was too young to remember being sprayed by wood chips as she sat in the lap of my oldest sister being cradled, both of them scared to death. My oldest sister would never forget... but she's no longer on this earth either.
So is that the end of it? Not the way I see it. I mean sure. Lots happened for my Dad before he died that I'm very grateful for. But it was hardly the end of me being the "strong man" of my house. And having just recalled all this in my mind has given me a bit of enlightenment as to possibly why I am so passionate about the Constitution today. This is very unexpected. My words are coming forth right now, this very minute, 9:49am EST on 03-12-2020 just the way you are reading them. This isn't some sort of writ I've produced to promote as planned propaganda in support of the 2nd Amendment. But this writ may be something I share with others in the future. I haven't thought that out yet.
Back when all this happened, I was 14. I hadn't even heard of the Constitution, let alone the 2nd Amendment. I spent the next..... 25 years or so not giving a hoot in the holler about anything but me and mine. Warm tail to wake up to, sex, drugs and rock & roll were my life. Oh I had kids. I loved them very much. But I didn't love them as much as I loved myself. Politics? Who needed that? I did know early on that of I were to be involved, I'd be more a Republican in platform than anything. I mean, I always KNEW what was right and what was wrong even when I decided to do wrong things. Even though I was a complete heathen, had I ever been FORCED to make up rules for a society, I would at least have to be responsible enough to do the right thing, even if I didn't live that way. That said, I still didn't pay any attention to what was happening in government. I thought that no matter who won or lost, they all had our best interests at heart. I thought all the disagreements were over petty things that didn't make any difference when you got to the core of American motives, Democrat or Republican, Tea Party, Originalist, whoever, whatever, etc., etc., etc.. I wasn't paying attention. I was dead wrong and didn't even know it because I was more than happy to live voluntarily ignorant.
A couple of decades back I did start paying attention. I reluctantly decided that if I were going to talk about the Constitution so much, I should at least give it minimal study... and I was shocked... to encounter the GOD-GIVEN knowledge, wisdom and PASSION of our Founders. Shocked. I knew none of them personally, of course. But what they stood for? The legacy they left us as an AMERICAN birthright? To learn of the sacrifices they were willing to make in deed and in fortune... to lend a supreme intelligence that could have only been granted by God? I can well understand that and I can say with God as my Witness... I love those men... I love their vision... their wisdom... and their instruction. I share their goals, which are many that haven't even yet been realized, but they are there, awaiting us to achieve each and every one.
So why am I so passionate about the 2nd Amendment now? Because come to find out, our Founding Fathers, through their extensive education of the world, human nature and its tendencies, the various governments that have occupied it, gave US a vision of government that, quite unlike all the other governments of this world, could be sustained indefinitely instead of meeting it's end in a couple of centuries.
Our Founders, through the 2nd Amendment, knew that if not properly restrained, government would become "the drunken father" leading the homes of America: Big, powerful, overwhelming... a tyrant bent on personal satisfactions and total control over the family... or worse yet, for sale to those willing to pay for trampled rights of others for their own benefit. Big government always becomes "drunk with power". History has proven it over and over to the point it cannot be intelligibly denied. In the same way, big government without checks and balances become corrupt - EACH AND EVERY TIME. And yes. It happened at my house in the middle of nowhere, West Virginia... and we have just been shown that for the last 80 YEARS it has been going on in OUR HOUSE, in Washington.
What does the 2nd Amendment do? One of the things is that it makes it possible for the RIGHT person to be the "strong man" of the house. A gun is no guarantee of anything, mind you. But it does at least give us the opportunity to make a different in the RIGHT way, for the RIGHT reasons. My story is but one example of a success that happens hundreds of thousands of times every year in America. Americans many, MANY more times than not uses their guns to enhance the lives of those around them, make a difference in the lives in such a way that it is life-changing, and most importantly, sees that we remain intact and alive. Every member in my family survived and had their lives changed forever for the better because of an 11 year old with a shotgun.
In America, we guard ourselves against ALL "drunken fathers" both foreign and domestic, no matter their position or power. From my house, to the White House and everywhere in between, our guns are tools in our way (and only way) of keeping all-powerful government in check.
The 2nd Amendment allows Americans the OPPORTUNITY to keep the "wrong man" from being the "strong man".
Sorry about such a long note, Sir. What was intended to be a short comment ended up being 5 pages. I did not mean to hijack your thread. If you wish to hide this, please do. I've saved this to file and will be using this elsewhere.
Thank you for all your comments. They are very thought provoking for me, personally.
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Matt In West Virginia reacted to a status update: SHOULD CHRISTIANS STOCKPILE FOOD AND SUPPLIES? There are certainly occasions where it
SHOULD CHRISTIANS STOCKPILE FOOD AND SUPPLIES?There are certainly occasions where it makes practicalsense to make preparations for the future. However, itis our attitude to this that is important. Our Lord Jesusmade it clear in His Sermon on the Mount that we aren’tto worry ourselves about “tomorrow,” that our HeavenlyFather knows our needs before we even ask Him, and thatHe will faithfully provide for us (Matthew 6:25-34).
Placing our faith in God for our future needs should give us confidence in His provision for us as well as an open hand for all we meet who are in need.
Look at the great example of this with the widow who fed Elijah (1 Kings 17:9-16) and how God rewarded her for her faithfulness. At the same time, there are other scriptural examples where God clearly advises about planning ahead. In the Old Testament we can see from the dream that Pharaoh had that God wanted Joseph to advise him to prepare for a forthcoming famine to keep the people from starvation (Genesis 41:15-41).
In accepting Joseph’s God-given advice, Pharaoh not only saved his own people from starvation, he also saved Joseph’s family, who were the ancestors of the coming Messiah, Jesus.
In the New Testament, when Jesus was sending out His disciples ahead of Him, He told them not to take any provisions with them (Luke 9:3; 10:1-4). And after their return He reminded them of how they were provided for (Luke 22:35). Yet in the following verse, Jesus reverses His advice and tells them to take with them a purse, a bag, and a sword (Luke 22:36).
Perhaps He knew they were to face opposition they hadn’t encountered before. He had wisdom and foreknowledge the disciples lacked, and this led Him to give different directions in different circumstances.
Practically speaking, of course it is right and sensible to make preparations for the future. But we must be careful not to place extraordinary confidence in those preparations. Jesus’ parable about the prosperous business man who wanted to build bigger barns for his crops is an example of poor planning.
The rich man was looking to his riches for his provision and security (Luke 12:16-21). There was nothing wrong, in principle, with his building bigger barns. Where his attitude was wrong was by placing his confidence in himself, without acknowledging God in his plans.
After all, it was to God he needed to be thankful for the increased crops he had, and it was God’s wisdom he would need for how he would spend his wealth. But he never consulted God, and his life was taken before he even had a chance to spend or use what he had hoarded.
The bottom line is that we must seek the wisdom of God in matters of preparation for the future. God promises to grant wisdom to all who seek it (James 1:5), and He never fails to keep His promises.
Christians must be wise stewards of what God has provided, setting aside enough for basic needs and investing our money, time and talents in a future eternity that will never fade away (Matthew 6:19-20). When preparing for tomorrow, think “eternity.”
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"The rich man was looking to his riches for his provision and security (Luke 12:16-21). There was nothing wrong, in principle, with his building bigger barns. Where his attitude was wrong was by placing his confidence in himself, without acknowledging God in his plans."
Challenging observations, Sir... but true.
Thank you for the reminder...
Possession of weapons and skills with weapons a good and useful thing.
Having looked at a number of passages that deal with weapons and self-defense, let's spend a little time discussing Scripture's view of owning weapons and being skilled in their use. The imagery of weapon use and skill at weapons use is often employed in Scripture, and it is often portrayed as a positive or desirable thing.
The Lord's might is something good, and it is often depicted using martial terms (Zec. 9:14, Psa. 7:13, 18:14, 21:12, 64:7, Hab. 3:11, Deu 32:42, 2 Sam 22:15). The Scriptures are a sword (Eph. 6:17; Heb 4:12). A sword comes out of the mouth of Christ (Rev. 1:16, 2:16, 19:15).
Possession of weapons is never discouraged in Scripture. In fact, in 1Sam 13:19ff, it is negatively reported that no spears or swords were found in Israel because of the Philistines:
1 Samuel 13:19-22 9 Now there was no blacksmith to be found throughout all the land of Israel, for the Philistines said, "Lest the Hebrews make swords or spears."... 22 So it came about, on the day of battle, that there was neither sword nor spear found in the hand of any of the people who were with Saul and Jonathan. But they were found with Saul and Jonathan his son.
Let's look at two verses from the Psalms:
Psalm 144:1 Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:
Psalm 18:34 He teaches my hands to make war, So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
Skill and ability to use weapons here, whether literal and/or metaphorical, is positively portrayed in these verses.
Further, we have accounts of David, not a soldier, not a law enforcement officer, but a youth, employing ranged weapons skillfully (with God's help) against bears and lions. This is domestic use of lethal weaponry, non-military use, with non-military training.
The weapons used by young David are not "kiddie" slingshots. They are powerful enough to kill a bear and lion--in today's market, we're talking about a .44 magnum, not a .22, in the hands of someone too young to be in the army.
We might be tempted to think that was just for dealing with animals that could threaten sheep. But aren't humans worth even more protection than sheep?
We understand that according to Scripture, in matters not of worship or church government, whatever is not forbidden is permitted. I'm not making a claim that ownership of weaponry for the purpose of self-defense is required of the believer. It is not required, but it is permitted by Scripture.
Now, let's conclude with some warnings.
Trusting in the sword
First of all, it would be a mistake to leave this class trusting in the sword. Guns, knives, weapons... these are mere tools, and none of these things can guarantee protection, any more than owning a fire extinguisher guarantees that your house won't burn down.
Psalm 44:6-7 For I will not trust in my bow, Nor shall my sword save me. 7 But You have saved us from our enemies, And have put to shame those who hated us.
We see in Nehemiah 4:14 that the people were armed and willing to use their weapons, but they were also trusting in the Lord:
"Do not be afraid of them; remember the Lord who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses.... 20 "At whatever place you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us."
Do not put your trust in weapons. They are tools that are useful, but they are only dead, inanimate tools, at the end of the day."...the LORD does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the LORD's." (1Sa 17:47 NAS)
Improperly resorting to the sword.
Secondly, beware of improperly resorting to the sword. I would hope the passages dealing with the shedding of blood impressed on you the narrow limitations for when it is proper to employ lethal force. It is never to be in hatred, never in revenge, never in jealously. David in his pride nearly murdered Nabal, but Abigail restrained him. David would have killed Nabal...and regretted it.
1 Samuel 25:32 And David said to Abigail, Blessed be Jehovah, the God of Israel, who sent thee this day to meet me: 33 and blessed be thy discretion, and blessed be thou, that hast kept me this day from bloodguiltiness, and from avenging myself with mine own hand.
Employing potentially lethal force out of anger, hatred, jealously, or revenge is always wrong and is condemned by Scripture.
Here is a warning: If you find that you have anger or self-control problems, owning weapons is unwise. The believer is to be "not soon angry, no brawler, no striker" (Titus 1:7). Lamech is an example of someone who should not own weapons (Gen. 4:23f).
When you are insulted or cursed, when your wife or your mother is insulted or cursed, you are not to resort to violence.
27 But I say unto you that hear, Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you, 28 bless them that curse you, pray for them that despitefully use you. 29 To him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and from him that taketh away thy cloak withhold not thy coat also. 30 Give to every one that asketh thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. (Luk 6:27-30)
There are a lot of great virtues depicted in the classic westerns. The propensity to break into fistfights or gunfights when honor is insulted is not a virtue. The Lord, not you, is to take vengeance and set things right. An insulting slap in the face is something you can suffer as a Christian.
What if you are badly wronged? What if your wife or daughter is badly wronged? You must stop an attack that is in progress, but afterwards, you must not seek revenge. There is no room for vigilantes.
Rom 12:19 Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord.
A wrong admiration for the "man of violence"
Thirdly, do not admire the "man of violence".
Proverbs 3:31-32 Do not envy a man of violence, And do not choose any of his ways. 32 For the crooked man is an abomination to the LORD; But He is intimate with the upright.
Those who resort to violence rather than Godliness are not to be admired. There are many similarities between David and Joab. Both were skilled at killing men, and both had killed many men.
Were they both men of violence? Here is the difference: David, first and foremost, sought the Lord, trusted the Lord, and loved the Lord. Why didn't he do violence against Saul? It wasn't because Saul was his father-in-law. Rather, it was because Saul was the Lord's anointed. It was because of David's regard first for the Lord that he would not resort to violence.
On the other hand, Joab, over and over, resorted to the sword to deal with problems. Joab was a man of violence.Proverbs 1:16 For their feet run to evil, And they make haste to shed blood.
Romans 3:15 Their feet are swift to shed blood;
Earth was destroyed in the day of Noah because "the earth was filled with violence" (Gen 6:11ff). God hates violence. There is a narrow scope in which it is applied righteously, but it is only because of sin that such skill is necessary.
Beware of influences in your life which would encourage admiration of a Joab rather than a David.
Fourthly and finally, keep the right perspective on this. Though we see sanction and even a qualified directive from Christ to possess personal weapons, we must remember three points.
First, in the remainder of the New Testament, we have no further examples of believers taking up the sword. Secondly, the emphasis in the remainder of the New Testament is decidedly not geared toward the issues of physical self-defense or righteous use of lethal force.
Rather, we see more emphasis on Godly living, suffering affliction and persecution for Christ, and grasping the precious doctrines of Christ and the Gospel.
Possession of weapons and acquiring the skill to use them in self-defense is permitted but not required by Scripture.
Believers should be conscious that personal self-defense is legitimatized by the Scriptures, just as the use of construction tools, cooking tools, transportation tools are legitimized by Scripture.
And these matters of self-defense should hold in our minds and in our affections the same position as those other legitimate, but transitory, matters.
The tendency in some circles is to make the topic of self-defense of primary importance. Though heavenly beings do battle and render judgments with the sword, in the perfection pictured in both the garden of Eden and in the Heavenly city, the primary activities are fellowship with God, fellowship with His people, singing in worship, and living in peace.
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Just to be asking, Sir... I understand that the focus here is on self-defense and I have to agree with every word said.
But on the issue of "national defense", let's say our Constitution specifically because that is the foundation defining what an American is, we do carry with us a "God-given right", that wasn't given by men nor government, and therefore cannot be taken by men nor government, to defend the foundation of our nation. Correct?
God gave many commands and consequences for broken law that was specifically for the purpose of protecting a nation. Yes?