August 2, 2015

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Part 3: “Why is Jesus seated at the Right Hand of the Throne of God?”

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Question from Reader:
What does it mean Jesus sits at the right hand of God the Father?

Key Bible Verses:
Old Testament – Psalm 110:1 “The Lord said to my Lord, ‘Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool.'”  New Testament – Matthew 22:42-45 “Jesus said, ‘What do you think about the Christ?  Whose Son is He?’  The religious leaders said to Him, ‘The Son of David.’  Jesus said back to them, ‘How then does David in the Spirit call Him ‘Lord’, saying: The Lord said to my Lord, sit at my right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool?  If David then calls Him ‘Lord’, how is He his Son?'”


Part 1 (click here): Introduction: Why is Jesus seated at the Right Hand of the Throne of God?
Part 2 (click here): Who is God? 4 Facts about God!

Part 3: What is the Holy Trinity? God is 3D!


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Reminder #4 – God is 3D (three-dimensional).

Here’s where the study of God gets even more exciting, more scientific, experiential, relational and very personal.

You are 3D too!


God is three-dimensional, and we are three-dimensional.

We, like God, are living beings, and being a living being means we are body, soul, & spirit.

God is a Spirit, Soul, & Body, and that is why in Genesis 1:26 “God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness, let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.'” (also read Genesis 11:7).  God said ‘Let Us’ make man in ‘Our image’.  Is God talking to Himself?  Does God really talk to Himself?  Yes.  Do you ever talk to yourself?  Do you ever reason within yourself?  Do you ever talk yourself through big decisions?  Of course, you do.  You were made in the image and likeness of God.  So, yes, you too talk to yourself.

Who are you talking to when you talk to yourself?  Who are you reasoning with internally when you reason with yourself?  You are talking and reasoning and thinking within your whole being – your body, soul, & spirit.  You see, you are 3D.  You are not merely a body.  Not just some physical ball of dust in motion.  Not simply flesh and fluids supported by bones.  You are a living being.  One living being, fearfully and wonderfully made, irreducibly complex, consisting of three synergistic yet distinct ‘parts’ (or ‘persons’, ‘forms’, ‘members’).  One being, three parts <– made in the image and likeness of God.

Wow, we could delve into some really deep science as it relates to your existence.  Let’s try to keep it simple for now.

  • Ever heard the expression ‘the human spirit’?
  • Ever heard the expression ‘soul-mate’? (or have you ever watched Ophra’s Super Soul Sunday?)
  • Ever heard the expression ‘an out of the body’ experience?

(btw, that’s Ophra’s cheesy replacement for God-focused church and life-changing truth)

The point is this.  You have a spirit, soul, & body.  It’s common knowledge.  Check Google or Bing if you don’t believe me.  It is possible for you and I to comprehend that God is three-in-one.  It is possible for you and I to understand that God is one being-three persons.  God, as a living being, is a Trinity, and He made us in His image and likeness, and like so, we are a trinity powered by the very breathe of God Himself.

You are a spirit, soul, & body = a living being!

A little more science for you before we read more Bible verses in the Old and New Testament about the Trinity.

Here’s a list of the dynamic tangibles and intangibles of your living being (categorized by your three synergistic parts) that work seamlessly together as the completely unique you.  You’ll recognize these right away, and this will help you understand how all this works, and who you are, and how God relates and interacts with you so very personally:

Your spirit is …

the core of your living being (your CPU if you will), your existential awareness and intelligence (as in your self-awareness and awareness of all other living and unliving things around you), your unique universal ID (that cannot be duplicated or cloned), someone or something else created your spirit / gave you your spirit (you certainly didn’t created it yourself nor did your parents).

Your soul is …

your mind, your intellectual-cognitive-reasoning ability and capacity, your personality, your emotions, your will and willpower, the motives and motivation engine of your living being.

Your body is …

the physical home of your spirit and soul, your brain, blood, bones, organs, fluids, tissues, nerves, and senses, the tangible body of your living being that puts your intelligent-existence, intents, motives, and thoughts to action.  it too is totally unique, one of a kind.

Again, this is the science of who you are – an irreducibly complex living being – made to interact, and relate, and enjoy the God who made all we see, touch, hear, taste, smell, and know (the ‘6th sense’ of our 3 dimensional being :-) –> our ‘sense’ of knowing). No other living being on earth has been given the ‘sense of knowing’ like we have been given. It is what separates us from all other living beings on earth – our God-given ability for ‘cumulative knowing‘ (cumulative knowledge vs instinctual knowledge) and ‘universal communication‘ (intra-personal communication, inter-human communication, inter-animal communication, angelic/demonic communication, and most importantly, direct communication with God Himself).

You were made, my friend.  You and I were fearfully and wonderfully made!  Now go study these Scriptures and the science they reveal about God and you – Job 33:1-33, Psalms 8:1-9, and Psalms chapter 139:1-24.

You were made to commune with the triune God!


That is great news, isn’t it?  The triune, three-in-one, 3D God has created you and I truine, three-in-one, 3D in His image and likeness so that we could personally commune with Him.  And then, it should come as no surprise that the holy, holy, holy God loves us (3 ‘holy’, one time for each person of His Being) (Isaiah 6:3, Revelation 4:8), and His love for us is 3D, three-dimensional.  Look at how God thru the Apostle Paul described His love for us – hint – also look for the the Holy Trinity in these verses.

Ephesians 3:14-21 “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, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through HIS SPIRIT in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height — to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him [<– God the Father] who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us [<– God the Spirit], to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus [<– God the Son] to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

Look at that!!!

You and I are able to comprehend the width, length, depth, and height of God’s love (three-dimensional cube).

And,

You and I are able to be filled with the fullness of God (the Father, Christ Jesus, His Spirit in the inner man).

Can you imagine?


The cool thing is we can imagine it, and we can interact, and we can relate, and we can enjoy a God like this who has a love like this for you and I.  Let’s skip back to the Old Testament and look at more incredible Scriptures that teach us about God and who He is and how He relates to us in three-dimensional fashion …

…………………………………… Continuation – July 22 2015  …………………………………..

It’s interesting, isn’t it?  We who were made to interact with, and relate to, and enjoy God on such a personal level, somehow struggle to acknowledge, accept, and allow His love to work in us, and so, we make Him use other ways to work in us.

What a pain, huh!


Have you ever wondered –> if God loves us so much, why is there so much pain?  If God is so close to us, why does He allow us to experience hurt and pain so much?  I believe we all have asked that, mainly because we have all gone through our fair share of pain.  Pain caused by ourselves.  Pain caused by others.  Pain even caused by the devil himself.  3 causes of pain – all with 1 effect –> suffering.

Why does God allow it?

Such a discussion leads us back to the Old Testament book of Job.  Of all things, back to the intersection of the Holy Trinity and us.  Have you ever stopped to consider that pain is one of the intersections that  makes us interact with God?  Other than His love, our pain is one of the main ways God works in us when He finally has our attention.  This was certainly the case for Job, a contemporary of Abraham (about 5,273ish years ago – Jewish calendar).  In fact, the book of Job may very well be the first book written in the Bible.  One reason this makes a whole lot of sense is because the book of Job is what I call a ‘complete book’ of the Bible.  The book of Job not only tells us the story of the life of Job, it also tells us about all the major Biblical doctrines that we discuss today (God, Creation, the Devil, Life, Death, Heaven, Hell, Salvation, Mercy, Righteousness, Judgment, Repentance, and Forgiveness), including Pain.

Listen to Elihu’s words to Job and thoughts on God as he educated Job on God’s work in his life even through the pain he was suffering.  Thought-provoking passage.  One of the oldest Scriptures in the Bible.

Read it slowly – hint – see if you see the Holy Trinity ‘at work’.

Job 33:1-33  “Please, Job, hear my speech, and listen to all my words.  Now, I (Elihu) open my mouth.  My tongue speaks in my mouth.  My words come from my upright heart.  My lips utter pure knowledge.  The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.  If you can answer me, set your words in order before me; take your stand.  Truly I am as your spokesman before God; I also have been formed out of clay.  Surely no fear of me will terrify you, nor will my hand be heavy on you.  Surely you have spoken in my hearing, and I have heard the sound of your words, Job, saying, ‘I am pure, without transgression.  I am innocent, and there is no iniquity in me.  Yet God finds occasions against me, He counts me as His enemy, He puts my feet in the stocks, He watches all my paths.’

{Elihu speaking} ‘Look, Job, in this you are not righteous.  I will answer you, for God is greater than man.  Why do you contend with Him?  For He does not give an accounting of any of His words.  For God may speak in one way, or in another, yet man does not perceive it.  In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls upon men, while slumbering on their beds, then He opens the ears of men, and seals their instruction.  In order to turn man from his deed and conceal pride from man.  He (God) keeps back his soul (man’s) from the Pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.  Man is also chastened with pain on his bed, And with strong pain in many of his bones, so that his life abhors bread, and his soul succulent food.  His flesh wastes away from sight, and his bones stick out which once were not seen.  Yes, his soul (man’s) draws near the Pit (Grave / Hell), and his life to the executioners.

If there is a messenger for him (man), a Mediator (aka Jesus), one among a thousand, to show man His uprightness (God’s uprightness), then God is gracious to him (man), and says, ‘Deliver him from going down to the Pit; I have found a ransom‘ (Jesus).  Then, His flesh (man’s) shall be young like a child’s, he shall return to the days of his youth.  He shall pray to God, and God will delight in him, He shall see His face with joy, for He (Jesus) restores to man God’s righteousness.  Then he (that man) looks at men and says, ‘I have sinned, and perverted what was right, and it did not profit me.’  He (God) will redeem his soul from going down to the Pit, and his life shall see the light.  Behold, God works all these things, twice, in fact, three times with a man, to bring back his soul from the Pit, that he may be enlightened with the light of life.  Give ear, Job, listen to me.  Hold your peace, and I will speak.  If you have anything to say, answer me, speak, for I desire to justify you.  If not, listen to me.  Hold your peace, and I will teach you wisdom.”  {end of Elihu’s words}

Listen to Elihu!


Question for you, when and how does God ‘work’ with man and woman, once, twice, in fact, three times to bring back our soul from the Pit?  Elihu just told us how.  Once, God the Almighty our Father.  Twice, Jesus the Mediator and Ransom for our soul.  Three times, God the Holy Spirit, the very breathe of life in us –> aka, the Holy Trinity is always at work in our lives to redeem our soul from the Pit.  Yes, even at work through our pain.  Whatever it takes to enlighten us with the light of life.  Hmmm.

Fascinating.

The reality for all of us, including Job and Elihu, is this, we are so slow to acknowledge, accept, and allow the love of God to work in us that, oftentimes, we only leave Him with our pain as the only option for Him to work in us.  Pain, in which He even experience Himself for us, when He came to ‘work’ out redemption for us.

Once, twice, three times!


Can you relate?  Are you letting the Holy Trinity work in your life?

Job knows you can.


…………………………………… to be continued soon …………………………………..

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Bible Study Tool: “The Holy Spirit in the Old Testament”

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Holy Spirit Old Testament bible verses.
All of the Bible verses and Scriptures in the Old Testament that reference the work, activity, and presence of the Holy Spirit. (given in chronological order)

The purpose of this Bible study tool is to help you study, understand, and cross reference the work, activity, and presence of the Holy Spirit and the Holy Trinity in Creation, early human history, Old Testament Messianic prophecies of Jesus first coming to earth, and still-to-be-fulfilled prophecies of Jesus’ return and second coming. Enjoy!

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Creation & The Holy Spirit:

Genesis 1:2  “The earth was without form and void, and darkness was on the face of the deep.  And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.”  Genesis 1:26  “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness, and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”  Job 26:13  “By His Spirit He adorned the heavens; His hand pierced the fleeing serpent.”

Noah’s Flood:

Genesis 6:3  “The Lord said, ‘My Spirit shall not strive with man forever for he is indeed flesh, yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.'”

The Tower of Babel:

Genesis 11:1-9 “Now the whole earth had one language and one speech.  And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there.  Then they said to one another, ‘Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.’  They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar.  And they said, ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower whose top is in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.’  But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built.  And the Lord said, ‘Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do. Now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them.  Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language that they may not understand one another’s speech.’  So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city.  Therefore its name is called Babel because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth, and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.”

The Words and Wisdom of Elihu about God (the 4th friend of Job):

Job 33:4 “The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.”  Job 34:14-15 “If He should set His heart on it, if He should gather to Himself His Spirit and His breath, all flesh would perish together, and man would return to dust.”

The Life and Story of Joseph:

Genesis 41:38 “And Pharaoh said to his servants, ‘Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom is the Spirit of God?'”

The Building of the Tabernacle:

Exodus 31:1-5 “Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah.  And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship to design artistic works, to work in gold, in silver, in bronze, in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of workmanship.” (also see Exodus 35:30-35)

The Lord’s Appointment of 70 Elders for Israel:

Numbers 11:16-17,24-30 “The Lord said to Moses, ‘Gather to Me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them, bring them to the tabernacle of meeting that they may stand there with you.  Then I will come down and talk with you there.  I will take of the Spirit that is upon you and will put the same upon them, and they shall bear the burden of the people with you that you may not bear it yourself alone.’  So Moses went out and told the people the words of the Lord, and he gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people and placed them around the tabernacle.  Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took of the Spirit that was upon him and placed the same upon the seventy elders, and it happened, when the Spirit rested upon them that they prophesied, although they never did so again.  But two men had remained in the camp: the name of one was Eldad and the name of the other Medad.  And the Spirit rested upon them.  Now they were among those listed, but who had not gone out to the tabernacle, yet they prophesied in the camp.  And a young man ran and told Moses, and said, ‘Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.’  So Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, one of his choice men, answered and said, ‘Moses my lord, forbid them!’  Then Moses said to him, ‘Are you zealous for my sake?  Oh, that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put His Spirit upon them!’  And Moses returned to the camp, he and the elders of Israel.”

The Visions & Prophecy of Balaam about the coming Messiah: (Messianic prophecy)

Numbers 24:2-4,17 “And Balaam raised his eyes and saw Israel encamped according to their tribes, and the Spirit of God came upon him.”  Then he took up his oracle and said: ‘The utterance of Balaam the son of Beor, the utterance of the man whose eyes are opened, the utterance of him who hears the words of God, who sees the vision of the Almighty, who falls down, with eyes wide open.  I see Him, but not now, I behold Him, but not near.  A Star shall come out of Jacob, and a Scepter shall rise out of Israel and batter the brow of Moab, and destroy all the sons of tumult.'”

The Inauguration of Joshua:

Numbers 27:15-19 “Then Moses spoke to the Lord saying, ‘Let the Lord, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation, who may go out before them and go in before them, who may lead them out and bring them in that the congregation of the Lord may not be like sheep which have no shepherd.’  And the Lord said to Moses: ‘Take Joshua the son of Nun with you, a man in whom is the Spirit and lay your hand on him, and set him before Eleazar the priest and before all the congregation, and inaugurate him in their sight.'”

The Spirit of the Lord in the days of the Judges & the Life and Story of Samson:

Judges 3:9-10 “When the children of Israel cried out to the Lord, the Lord raised up a deliverer for the children of Israel who delivered them: Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother.  The Spirit of the Lord came upon him, and he judged Israel. He went out to war, and the Lord delivered Cushan-Rishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand, and his hand prevailed over Cushan-Rishathaim.” Judges 6:34  “The Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon, then he blew the trumpet, and the Abiezrites gathered behind him.”  Judges 11:29  “The Spirit of the Lord came upon Jephthah, and he passed through Gilead and Manasseh, and passed through Mizpah of Gilead, and from Mizpah of Gilead he advanced toward the people of Ammon.”  Judges 13:24-25  “So the woman bore a son and called his name Samson, and the child grew, and the Lord blessed him.  The Spirit of the Lord began to move upon him at Mahaneh Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol.”  Judges 14:6  “The Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon Samson, and he tore the lion apart as one would have torn apart a young goat, though he had nothing in his hand. But he did not tell his father or his mother what he had done.”  Judges 14:19  “Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Samson mightily, and he went down to Ashkelon and killed thirty of their men, took their apparel and gave the changes of clothing to those who had explained the riddle.  So his anger was aroused, and he went back up to his father’s house.”  Judges 15:14  “When Samson came to Lehi, the Philistines came shouting against him.  Then the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and the ropes that were on his arms became like flax that is burned with fire, and his bonds broke loose from his hands.”

The Rise and Fall of King Saul & the Anointing and Rise of David:

1 Samuel 9:17 & 10:1,6-10 “So when Samuel saw Saul, the Lord said to him, ‘There he is, the man of whom I spoke to you.  This one shall reign over My people.’  Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on his head and kissed him and said: ‘Is it not because the Lord has anointed you commander over His inheritance?  Then the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man.  And let it be, when these signs come to you that you do as the occasion demands for God is with you.  You shall go down before me to Gilgal, and surely I will come down to you to offer burnt offerings and make sacrifices of peace offerings.  Seven days you shall wait, till I come to you and show you what you should do.’  So it was, when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, that God gave him another heart, and all those signs came to pass that day.  When they came there to the hill, there was a group of prophets to meet him, then the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them.'”  1 Samuel 11:6,11,14-15 “Then the Spirit of God came upon Saul when he heard this news, and his anger was greatly aroused.  So it was, on the next day, that Saul put the people in three companies, and they came into the midst of the camp in the morning watch and killed Ammonites until the heat of the day.  And it happened that those who survived were scattered so that no two of them were left together.  Then Samuel said to the people, ‘Come, let us go to Gilgal and renew the kingdom there.’  So all the people went to Gilgal, and there they made Saul king before the Lord in Gilgal.  There they made sacrifices of peace offerings before the Lord, and there Saul and all the men of Israel rejoiced greatly.”  1 Samuel 16:13-14 “Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of David’s brothers, and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward.  So Samuel arose and went to Ramah.  But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul and a distressing spirit from the Lord troubled him.”  1 Samuel 19:20,23 “Then Saul sent messengers to take David.  And when they saw the group of prophets prophesying, and Samuel standing as leader over them, the Spirit of God came upon the messengers of Saul, and they also prophesied.  So he went there to Naioth in Ramah. Then the Spirit of God was upon him also, and he went on and prophesied until he came to Naioth in Ramah. “

The List of Mighty Men who helped David run from Saul before He was King:

1 Chronicles 12:17-18 “David went out to meet them and answered and said to them, ‘If you have come peaceably to me to help me, my heart will be united with you, but if to betray me to my enemies, since there is no wrong in my hands, may the God of our fathers look and bring judgment.’  Then the Spirit came upon Amasai, chief of the captains, and he said: ‘We are yours, O David.  We are on your side, O son of Jesse!  Peace, peace to you, and peace to your helpers!  For your God helps you.’  So David received them, and made them captains of the troop.”

Psalms & Prayers of David:

Psalms 51:11-12 “Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.  Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your Generous Spirit.”  Psalms 104:30  “You send forth Your Spirit, they are created, and You renew the face of the earth.”  Psalms 139:7  “Where can I go from Your Spirit?  Or where can I flee from Your presence?”  Psalms 143:10  “Teach me to do Your will for You are my God.  Your Spirit is good.  Lead me in the land of uprightness.”

The Lord told David that his son Solomon would build the Temple:

1 Chronicles 28:6-13 “Now He said to me, ‘It is your son Solomon who shall build My house and My courts for I have chosen him to be My son, and I will be his Father.  Moreover I will establish his kingdom forever if he is steadfast to observe My commandments and My judgments, as it is this day.  Now therefore in the sight of all Israel, the assembly of the Lord, and in the hearing of our God, be careful to seek out all the commandments of the Lord your God that you may possess this good land and leave it as an inheritance for your children after you forever.’  ‘As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind for the Lord searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts.  If you seek Him, He will be found by you, but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever.  Consider now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary, be strong and do it.’  Then David gave his son Solomon the plans for the vestibule, its houses, its treasuries, its upper chambers, its inner chambers, and the place of the mercy seat, and the plans for all that he had by the Spirit, of the courts of the house of the Lord, of all the chambers all around, of the treasuries of the house of God, and of the treasuries for the dedicated things, also for the division of the priests and the Levites, for all the work of the service of the house of the Lord, and for all the articles of service in the house of the Lord.”

The Last Words of David the King and Sweet Psalmist of Israel:

2 Samuel 23:1-5 “Now these are the last words of David. Thus says David the son of Jesse, thus says the man raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel: ‘The Spirit of the Lord spoke by me, and His word was on my tongue.  The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spoke to me: ‘He who rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.  And He shall be like the light of the morning when the sun rises, a morning without clouds, like the tender grass springing out of the earth, by clear shining after rain.’  ‘Although my house is not so with God, yet He has made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and secure. For this is all my salvation and all my desire.  Will He not make it increase?”

The Words & Warning of the Prophet Azariah to King Asa:

2 Chronicles 15:1-7 “Now the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded.  And he went out to meet Asa and said to him: ‘Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin. The Lord is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you, but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.  For a long time Israel has been without the true God, without a teaching priest and without law, but when in their trouble they turned to the Lord God of Israel and sought Him, He was found by them.  And in those times there was no peace to the one who went out nor to the one who came in, but great turmoil was on all the inhabitants of the lands.  So nation was destroyed by nation, and city by city, for God troubled them with every adversity.  But you, be strong and do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded!”

Obadiah’s Conversation with Elijah about Ahab & Elijah’s Conversation with Ahab and the People:

1 Kings 18:12-18,21 “And it shall come to pass, as soon as I (Obadiah) am gone from you that the Spirit of the Lord will carry you to a place I do not know, so when I go and tell Ahab and he cannot find you, he will kill me.  But I your servant have feared the Lord from my youth.  Was it not reported to my lord what I did when Jezebel killed the prophets of the Lord, how I hid one hundred men of the Lord’s prophets, fifty to a cave and fed them with bread and water?  And now you say, ‘Go, tell your master, ‘Elijah is here.’  He will kill me!’  Then Elijah said to Obadiah, ‘As the Lord of hosts lives before whom I stand, I will surely present myself to him today.’  So Obadiah went to meet Ahab and told him, and Ahab went to meet Elijah.  Then it happened, when Ahab saw Elijah that Ahab said to him, ‘Is that you, O troubler of Israel?’  And Elijah answered Ahab, ‘I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father’s house have in that you have forsaken the commandments of the Lord and have followed the Baals.’  And Elijah came to all the people and said, ‘How long will you falter between two opinions?  If the Lord is God, follow Him, but if Baal, follow him.’  But the people answered him not a word.”

Elijah caught up to Heaven by a Whirlwind while Elisha watched & The Spirit came upon Elisha:

2 Kings 2:11-18 “Then it happened, as they continued on and talked that suddenly a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.  And Elisha saw it and he cried out, ‘My father, my father, the Chariot of Israel and its horsemen!’ So he saw him no more.  And he took hold of his own clothes and tore them into two pieces.  He also took up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him and went back and stood by the bank of the Jordan.  Then he took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him and struck the water and said, ‘Where is the Lord God of Elijah?’  And when he also had struck the water, it was divided this way and that, and Elisha crossed over.  Now when the sons of the prophets who were from Jericho saw him, they said, ‘The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha.’  And they came to meet him and bowed to the ground before him.  Then they said to him, ‘Look now, there are fifty strong men with your servants.  Please let them go and search for your master, lest perhaps the Spirit of the Lord has taken him up and cast him upon some mountain or into some valley.’  And Elisha said, ‘You shall not send anyone.’  But when they urged him till he was ashamed, he said, ‘Send them!’  Therefore they sent fifty men, and they searched for three days but did not find him.  And when they came back to him, for he had stayed in Jericho, he said to them, ‘Did I not say to you, ‘Do not go’?”

The Words & Warning of the Prophet Zechariah to the People:

2 Chronicles 24:20 “Then the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest, who stood above the people and said to them, ‘Thus says God: ‘Why do you transgress the commandments of the Lord, so that you cannot prosper?  Because you have forsaken the Lord, He also has forsaken you.'”

The Still-to-come Prophecies of the Holy Spirit poured on Children of Israel who believe:

(Messianic prophecies of Jesus 2nd return)

Joel 2:28-29  “And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh, your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.  And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.”

The Prophecy of the Holy Spirit resting on Jesus during His 1st Coming: (Messianic prophecy)

Isaiah 11:1-4 “There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse (Jesus), and a Branch shall grow out of his roots.  The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.  His delight is in the fear of the Lord, and He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes nor decide by the hearing of His ears, but with righteousness He shall judge the poor and decide with equity for the meek of the earth.”  Isaiah 42:1-7  “Behold!  My Servant (Jesus) whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights!  I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles.  He will not cry out, nor raise His voice, nor cause His voice to be heard in the street.  A bruised reed He will not break and smoking flax He will not quench; He will bring forth justice for truth.  He will not fail nor be discouraged, till He has established justice in the earth, and the coastlands shall wait for His law.’  Thus says God the Lord, Who created the heavens and stretched them out, Who spread forth the earth and that which comes from it, Who gives breath to the people on it, and spirit to those who walk on it: ‘I, the Lord, have called You in righteousness, and will hold Your hand; I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people, as a light to the Gentiles, to open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the prison, those who sit in darkness from the prison house.”

The Holy Trinity – God the Father and God the Spirit sent God the Son to Us: (Messianic prophecy)

Isaiah 48:16 “Come near to Me, hear this: I have not spoken in secret from the beginning. From the time that it was, I was there. And now the Lord God and His Spirit Have sent Me (Jesus).”  Isaiah 61:1-3,11 “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor, He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord that He may be glorified.  For as the earth brings forth its bud, as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.”  Isaiah 63:4-17 “For the day of vengeance is in My heart, and the year of My redeemed has come.  I looked, but there was no one to help, and I wondered that there was no one to uphold.  Therefore My own arm (Jesus) brought salvation for Me, and My own fury, it sustained Me.  I have trodden down the peoples in My anger, made them drunk in My fury, and brought down their strength to the earth.  I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the Lord and the praises of the Lord, according to all that the Lord has bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which He has bestowed on them according to His mercies, according to the multitude of His lovingkindnesses.  For He said, ‘Surely they are My people, children who will not lie.’  So He became their Savior.  In all their affliction He was afflicted, and the Angel of His Presence (Jesus) saved them, in His love and in His pity He redeemed them, and He bore them and carried them all the days of old.  But they rebelled and grieved His Holy Spirit, so He turned Himself against them as an enemy, and He fought against them.  Then he remembered the days of old, Moses and his people, saying: ‘Where is He who brought them up out of the sea with the shepherd of His flock?  Where is He who put His Holy Spirit within them, Who led them by the right hand of Moses with His glorious arm, dividing the water before them to make for Himself an everlasting name, Who led them through the deep as a horse in the wilderness that they might not stumble?’  As a beast goes down into the valley, and the Spirit of the Lord causes him to rest, so You lead Your people to make Yourself a glorious name.  Look down from heaven, and see from Your habitation, holy and glorious. Where are Your zeal and Your strength, the yearning of Your heart and Your mercies toward me?  Are they restrained?  Doubtless You are our Father, though Abraham was ignorant of us, and Israel does not acknowledge us. You, O Lord, are our Father; our Redeemer from everlasting is Your name.  O Lord, why have You made us stray from Your ways and hardened our heart from Your fear?  Return for Your servants’ sake the tribes of Your inheritance.”

The Holy Spirit’s Conviction of Sin:

Isaiah 30:1 “Woe to the rebellious children,’ says the Lord, ‘Who take counsel but not of Me and who devise plans, but not of My Spirit, that they may add sin to sin.'”

The Still-to-come Prophecies of the Holy Spirit poured on Children of Israel who believe:

(Messianic prophecies of Jesus 2nd return)

Isaiah 32:15 “Until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high and the wilderness becomes a fruitful field, and the fruitful field is counted as a forest.”  Isaiah 34:16  “Search from the book of the Lord and read: Not one of these shall fail; not one shall lack her mate.  For My mouth has commanded it, and His Spirit has gathered them.”  Isaiah 40:13  “Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord, or as His counselor has taught Him?  With whom did He take counsel and who instructed Him and taught Him in the path of justice?  Who taught Him knowledge and showed Him the way of understanding?  Behold, the nations are as a drop in a bucket and are counted as the small dust on the scales.  Look, He lifts up the isles as a very little thing.”  Isaiah 44:3  “For I will pour water on him who is thirsty and floods on the dry ground, I will pour My Spirit on your descendants and My blessing on your offspring.”  Isaiah 59:19,21 “So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west and His glory from the rising of the sun, when the enemy comes in like a flood the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.  ‘As for Me,’ says the Lord, ‘this is My covenant with them: My Spirit who is upon you and My words which I have put in your mouth shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your descendants, nor from the mouth of your descendants’ descendants,’ says the Lord, ‘from this time and forevermore.”

The Prophecies and Visions of Ezekiel – Israel’s Past and Future & the Surrounding Nations:

Ezekiel 2:2 “Then the Spirit entered me when He spoke to me and set me on my feet, and I heard Him who spoke to me.”  Ezekiel 3:12,14,24 “Then the Spirit lifted me up, and I heard behind me a great thunderous voice: ‘Blessed is the glory of the Lord from His place!’  So the Spirit lifted me up and took me away, and I went in bitterness in the heat of my spirit, but the hand of the Lord was strong upon me.  Then the Spirit entered me and set me on my feet and spoke with me and said to me: ‘Go, shut yourself inside your house.'”  Ezekiel 8:3 “He stretched out the form of a hand and took me by a lock of my hair, and the Spirit lifted me up between earth and heaven and brought me in visions of God to Jerusalem to the door of the north gate of the inner court, where the seat of the image of jealousy was, which provokes to jealousy.”  Ezekiel 11:1,5,24 “Then the Spirit lifted me up and brought me to the East Gate of the Lord’s house which faces eastward, and there at the door of the gate were twenty-five men among whom I saw Jaazaniah the son of Azzur, and Pelatiah the son of Benaiah, princes of the people.  Then the Spirit of the Lord fell upon me and said to me, ‘Speak!’  Thus says the Lord: ‘Thus you have said, O house of Israel for I know the things that come into your mind.  Then the Spirit took me up and brought me in a vision by the Spirit of God into Chaldea to those in captivity.  And the vision that I had seen went up from me.”  Ezekiel 36:27 “I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.”  Ezekiel 37:1,14 “The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the midst of the valley, and it was full of bones.  I will put My Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken it and performed it,’ says the Lord.”  Ezekiel 39:29 “And I will not hide My face from them anymore for I shall have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel,’ says the Lord God.”  Ezekiel 43:5 “The Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court, and behold, the glory of the Lord filled the temple.”

The Holy Spirit revealed Dreams to Daniel:

Daniel 4:8-9,18  “But at last Daniel came before me (his name is Belteshazzar, according to the name of my god; in him is the Spirit of the Holy God), and I told the dream before him saying:  ‘Belteshazzar, chief of the magicians, because I know that the Spirit of the Holy God is in you and no secret troubles you, explain to me the visions of my dream that I have seen and its interpretation.  This dream I, King Nebuchadnezzar, have seen.  Now you, Belteshazzar, declare its interpretation since all the wise men of my kingdom are not able to make known to me the interpretation, but you are able for the Spirit of the Holy God is in you.”  Daniel 5:11,14  “There is a man in your kingdom in whom is the Spirit of the Holy God.  And in the days of your father, light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods were found in him, and King Nebuchadnezzar your father—your father the king—made him chief of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers.  I have heard of you, that the Spirit of God is in you, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom are found in you.”

The Holy Spirit’s Conviction of Sin:

Micah 2:7  “You who are named the house of Jacob: ‘Is the Spirit of the Lord restricted?  Are these His doings?  Do not My words do good to him who walks uprightly?'”  Micah 3:8  “But truly I am full of power by the Spirit of the Lord, and of justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression and to Israel his sin.”

The Still-to-come Prophecies of the Holy Spirit poured on the Children of Israel who believe:

(Messianic prophecies of Jesus 2nd return & the New Temple)

Haggai 2:4-9  “Yet now be strong, Zerubbabel,’ says the Lord, ‘and be strong, Joshua, son of Jehozadak the high priest, and be strong all you people of the land,’ says the Lord, ‘and work, for I am with you,’ says the Lord of hosts.  ‘According to the word that I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt, so My Spirit remains among you; do not fear!  For thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Once more (it is a little while) I will shake heaven and earth, the sea and dry land, and I will shake all nations, and they shall come to the Desire of All Nations (Jesus), and I will fill this temple with glory,’ says the Lord of hosts.  ‘The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,’ says the Lord of hosts.  ‘The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘And in this place I will give peace,’ says the Lord of hosts.”

The Still-to-come Prophecies of the Holy Spirit poured on the Children of Israel who believe:

(Messianic prophecies of Jesus 2nd return & the New Temple)

Zechariah 4:6  So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts.”  Zechariah 6:8  “And He called to me and spoke to me saying, “See, those who go toward the north country have given rest to My Spirit in the north country.”  Zechariah 7:12  “Yes, they made their hearts like flint, refusing to hear the law and the words which the Lord of hosts had sent by His Spirit through the former prophets. Thus great wrath came from the Lord of hosts.”  Zechariah 12:10  “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication, then they will look on Me (Jesus) whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn. “

Nehemiah retells the History of Israel in the Promised Land & their Captivity in Persia:

Nehemiah 9:19-20,30-35 “Yet in Your manifold mercies You did not forsake them in the wilderness. The pillar of the cloud did not depart from them by day to lead them on the road, nor the pillar of fire by night to show them light, and the way they should go.  You also gave Your Good Spirit to instruct them and did not withhold Your manna from their mouth and gave them water for their thirst.  Yet for many years You had patience with them and testified against them by Your Spirit in Your prophets.  Yet they would not listen, therefore You gave them into the hand of the peoples of the lands.  Nevertheless in Your great mercy You did not utterly consume them nor forsake them for You are God, gracious and merciful.  Now therefore, our God, the great, the mighty, and awesome God, Who keeps covenant and mercy: do not let all the trouble seem small before You that has come upon us, our kings and our princes, our priests and our prophets, our fathers and on all Your people, from the days of the kings of Assyria until this day.  However You are just in all that has befallen us, for You have dealt faithfully, but we have done wickedly.  Neither our kings nor our princes, our priests nor our fathers, have kept Your law, nor heeded Your commandments and Your testimonies with which You testified against them.  For they have not served You in their kingdom or in the many good things that You gave them, or in the large and rich land which You set before them, nor did they turn from their wicked works.”

The Retelling of Israel’s History of Rebellion against the Spirit of God:

Psalms 106:33-48 “Because they rebelled against His Spirit, So that he spoke rashly with his lips.  They did not destroy the peoples, concerning whom the Lord had commanded them, but they mingled with the Gentiles and learned their works.  They served their idols, which became a snare to them.  They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons and shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the land was polluted with blood.  Thus they were defiled by their own works and played the harlot by their own deeds.  Therefore the wrath of the Lord was kindled against His people so that He abhorred His own inheritance.  And He gave them into the hand of the Gentiles and those who hated them ruled over them.  Their enemies also oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their hand.  Many times He delivered them, but they rebelled in their counsel and were brought low for their iniquity.  Nevertheless He regarded their affliction, when He heard their cry, and for their sake He remembered His covenant and relented according to the multitude of His mercies.  He also made them to be pitied by all those who carried them away captive.  Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the Gentiles to give thanks to Your holy name, to triumph in Your praise.  Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting!  And let all the people say, ‘Amen!’  Praise the Lord!”

God gave us His Spirit so we could become One & produce Godly Offspring:

Malachi 2:15  “But did He not make them 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.'”

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