We continue our study of the Olivet Discourse
Welcome again to another broadcast this is once again Deamwalker1960
Today we continue our multiple part series on the Olivet Discourse. We pick up from where we left off last week.
Section A – The rise of false prophets and false teachers
In Matthew 24. There are two references to this. The first is in verses 4 and 5. The next is in verse 11. After what as was explained in the previous part of this series as the transition point. So these are two separate events, even though related in part.
The precursor events of verses 4 and 5 have a stipulation from Christ Himself and it is something that all should heed and try to understand. So, let’s look at these two verses in the KJV and then break it down further so we can truly understand.
4 – And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
These false prophets have one dangerous element to them. It is something many did not even recognize, nor do they even see it today. We are warned not to allow ourselves to be deceived by our fellow humans. For we are all just the creation of God, and so we are to be alert to the truth and this can only come from knowing the true meaning of the Bible, by reading it ourselves. Let us look at the beginning of verse 5:
“For many shall come in my name.” He makes this very clear. That there will be those that say they come in the name of Jesus Christ Himself.
My – G3450 – mou- I, me, mine own, my
Name – G3686 – onoma – name, character, fame, reputation
They say they will come in the name of Christ, yet they will not. They will be there pretending to be doing the will of God through Christ but in reality, they shall be attacking upon their own belief.
A prime example of this is the popes of the Catholic Church. A church that requires to follow rituals, pray to statutes and to seek after God not through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ, but through Jesus’ mother. They also said that it was due to God that the crusades take place to take Jerusalem form Muslims. They also stated that if you give them money, they would give you a piece of paper permitting to live a life of open sin.
Their actions and behavior were finally shown for what they were when true copies of the writing of the Gospel came to light due to the fall of Constantinople, which brought Greek copies into possession of men like Martin Luther. This led to the Reformation when it was found that the Latin verses of the Gospel has been changed and perverted by those within the early Catholic Church. Does this mean that there have been no one that can call themselves “Christian,” form the Catholics? No it does not. For there are have been many that have come from that church that are truly Christian.
This however proves what Jesus was forewarning of. Those that say they are in the service of Jesus Christ, but in reality, are in service only for their own lust, greed and desires.
This is why Christ gave the warning so that those that saw the truth would not blindly follow those that did as many did in the early years of the Catholic Church. So, as you can see this statement has been relevant ever since the time that Christ Himself walked amongst us, till now and pertains to any type of religious group, and so must be tested upon through the Bible.
Section B – Rumors of wars
Now in the first part of this series I uses this as an example. At that time, I showed that this world in general has constantly be in a state of wars and rumors of wars. I also established that at the beginning of 20th century things start to change. Here things call “world wars” took place. Something that had never been even thought possible before that war actually occurred. It must also be pointed out that it was due to events that took place in this first of two world wars that laid the foundation for the return of the Jewish people to the lands that was theirs up until 70 A.D.
An uneasy peace took place between 1918 and 1939, which was really a time of rebuilding and restocking more than an actual peace. As a result, the Second World War took place, which resulted in the death of over eighty million lives worldwide and in particular the death of over six million Jews. It was the death of the latter that resulted in making the Jewish people to return to their homeland to escape a future rise in anti-Semitism, which has been on the rise since 2009 due in large part by the election of president Obama. A person who made it clear that he hated the nation of Israel and everything it stood for.
At the end of the Second World War, the world has never known peace. There have been wars and rumors of wars. The United States was involved in two wars that the same time since 9/11/02 and in reality, we still are.
At the time this was written in 2017, this was true. Events have transpired since the election of Trump to the presidency in 2016, which had not come to light at the time this was written. We are now in one war and in the process of removing ourselves from that. Also there has been several peace treaties, which I personally was shocked by. However, there are still other wars present elsewhere throughout the world.
Now to continue:
It must also be noted that these verses themselves has a division.
Matthew 24:6-7 – And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately. 7 Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.”
In the KJV it says:
6 – And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 – For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom”
Nation – G1484 – ethnos – a race, people, nation; the nations, heathen world, Gentiles
Kingdom – G932 – basileia – kingship, sovereignty, authority, rule, especially of God, both in the world, and in the hearts of men; hence: kingdom, in the concrete sense
So, let’s use this in the verse now:
For races of people will rise up against other races and countries shall rise up against other countries.
This has always been an issue, but since 2008 this has been amplified by the Obama leadership of the United States. It is also being seen in Europe. A prime example of this was the 2016 New Year’s rape parties of Muslim men that went through the streets of Germany raping German national females.
Now as I stated this was first written in 2017. At that time different leadership was present. Now in 2020 there is different leadership that has exposed a doctrine that is being spread throughout the bureaucracy and the school systems call “Critical Race Theory.” This initiative has been teaching people to actually return to a stated of racism that has not existed since the 1960’s. This has resulted in destroying the sacrifice made by Martin Luther King when he was assassinated. This has actually made these verses to be even more fulfilled than they were three years ago.
So both the prophecies of Section A and Section B are fulfilled and ongoing.
This will end this part for this series. Return next week as we continue to explore the Olivet Discourse.
We continue our study into the Olivet Discourse as we look into the first group of false prophets and wars and rumors of wars
Welcome again to another podcast and I am Dreamwalker1960. Once again, I request that if you have been listening to me to click the “Follow” button on which ever platform you are listening to these messages on as I reach another milestone with episode 25
Today, I will be starting a multiple part series that I first published on my blog site in 2017. It is about the Olivet Discourse. Within it I will also make reference to the John Walvoord Prophecy Commentaries, which I highly recommend.
In the book of Matthew, we come to the twenty-fourth chapter. Within this chapter is Jesus teaching of events to come.
Those that listen to this message is not the masses or those in religious power. This message is to those chosen by Jesus Himself to be his closest followers. His apostles. All twelve were present for this. The last time, really all would be together for this important lesson that Jesus was to bestow upon them.
For the most part they did not understand. They were still blinded to the fact the Jesus was more than a man, more than human. It is something they still stayed blind upon until after His resurrection.
Even though many have studied the word of God. Many of these are still blind to the full truth. God’s plan is complicated, as is the fact that we live within corrupt and sinful bodies. For these reasons God allows us insight to His plan as it is needed and to those that are willing to listen and understand. It has always been this way and it will continue to be so.
The fact that the apostles did not see is telling and something that all of us need to ponder and think upon. For this is much misunderstanding and misinterpretations of this Bible. This is shown in the fact that there are so many subgroups within the Christian faith itself. The Methodist think this way, the Baptist that way, and at the same time the Catholics think an entirely different way. Not realizing that they are all committing a sin, for God says we are to not do this, but to all think in the same manner. (1 Corinthians 1:10)
What is important is that each and every person study the Bible for themselves and never take the words of others as the truth. We are all to seek true understanding of the Bible. If you hear a version that is too far away from what you know. Confirm or deny it yourself by painstakingly studying the scriptures. If what the other says does not match the Bible. Turn away from them and do not listen.
Jesus had already reached this point with the people of Israel. They had rejected Him. So he taught important facts like He is about to relate only to the apostles and no one else. For at that time, even though they didn’t understand most of what he said they would later have the scales fall from their eyes and they would see and understand. That is still true today for those that have accepted Christ as our Savior. In time the scales will fall when the time is right and we will come to understand.
The prediction of the destruction of the temple
Matthew 24:1-2 – As Jesus was leaving the Temple grounds, his disciples pointed out to him the various Temple buildings. 2 But he responded, “Do you see all these buildings? I tell you the truth, they will be completely demolished. Not one stone will be left on top of another!”
It is this statement that causes the apostles to start to think and ponder as they left Jerusalem that day. What Jesus was referring to was the events that would transpire in 70 A.D. some forty year in the future, and only six years after the final completion of the overall temple itself.
Matthew 24:3 – Later, Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives. His disciples came to him privately and said, “Tell us, when will all this happen? What sign will signal your return and the end of the world?
Jesus mentioning the destruction of the temple led the apostles to think that the destruction of the second temple would signal His return to earth. This is why they posed the questions to Him in such a manner. Not realizing that their two questions had two completely different answers.
One point that does need to come to light here is the pattern in which are followed with respect to the first temple. When Solomon’s temple was destroyed in 586 B.C. it was followed by Israel’s captivity to the gentile nation of Babylon, which lasted seventy years. It is during this time period, it must be noted, that Daniel lived and wrote his prophecies.
But back on point, it is the fact the temple is destroyed and then there is exile for the Jewish people from their homeland. When the second temple is destroyed the Jewish people are spread throughout the world and do not return to Israel and re-establish the nation until 1948.
The pattern is one that is constant with the Jewish people. They have faith, they fall from their faith. They rebel, they are punished. Each time they are punished it is worse than the time before. This is God showing all that to spare the rod is to spoil the child and thus rebellion. So God never spared the rod and each punishment suited the nation as a whole, and each one worse than the last. A pattern that is in force even now.
So if they had pondered it correctly they would not have thought that the destruction of the temple meant His return, but their rejection as a nation of God once again.
In today’s climate you can see that out of all the generations before this one that is currently on the rise, there was a form of discipline. Within the last few decades though, discipline has become something discouraged and as a result the youths in all societies no longer respect their elders and in turn are rebelling. Does this not point to a coming correction form God Himself? I think it does, and woe unto to those that deny the existence of God.
So, the questions are:
- When will the temple be destroyed?
- What signs will single Christ’s return and the end of the world?
As I have just pointed out these are not related, but, to the apostles, they were. All due to their current blindness when they asked the question. The answers are covered as we progress through this series.
It is important to note that Jesus does not mention what will happen forty years later when the second temple is destroyed by Roman. What he goes into though is the true core of their question. What the disciples’ minds were truly seeking an answer for. This is where Jesus takes them in the beginning of His reply to their inquiry:
Matthew 24:4-14 – Jesus told them, “Don’t let anyone mislead you, 5 for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately. 7 Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world. 8 But all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come. 9 “Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers. 10 And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other. 11 And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people. 12 Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14 And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come.
We will look at this response one point at a time, but let’s establish these points:
A) The rise of false prophets and false teachers: “Don’t let anyone mislead you, 5 for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will deceive many.”
B) Rumors of wars: “And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately. 7 Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.”
C) Famine and earthquakes: “There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world.”
D) Persecution of Christians: “Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers.”
E) Apostasy and betrayal: “And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other.”
F) Increase in false prophets and false teachers: “And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people.”
G) Open sin will be seen everywhere: “Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold.”
H) Spreading of the Word of God to all nations: “And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it.”
What needs to be noted in Jesus response to the apostles is that it works in two parts. For there is a transition that takes place when Christ says, “But all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come.” Or in the KJV: “All these are the beginning of sorrows.” There will be events that are not as obvious to those that live in the times of these events. However, when after the beginning things will become more obvious more clearly seen, harder to deny. The events after the transition marks an escalation not only in the evidence of these events, but in magnitude to not only the numbers affected but at the speed at which is occurs. As an example. Let’s look at rumors of wars. As Roman fell apart, small countries took over former provinces of Roman and many went to war with each other. As time progressed and these new nations settled in there were still unease between many and so time to time war would break out. As we came into the 20th century wars escalated to the point of two world wars and after the second there has never been any year since when there was never any peace. The world at one point or another has been in constant war ever since 1945 till today.
Here we will end part 1 of these series, and we will continue this next week. Until then:
This is a special post taken out of protocol for my new setup of my podcast and this blog working in unison.
This is aimed at those that live in the United States and call themselves “Christian.”
Earlier this week we had our nation election for president. Both men running are seen as unsuitable. But this is not aimed at these men. This is in reference to one particular aspect that truly defines and separates these two groups, which each of these men are being the figurehead for at this time.
This one defining element is abortion.
When looked at from a Biblical perspective. (Deuteronomy 12:31, 18:10; Psalm 106:37-41) It is seen for what it truly is. Human sacrifice to whatever god those that perform these atrocities worship. Themselves, their money, their position in life, whatever.
It is still the killing of an innocent for the reward of their parent to live the life they wish to lead without the burden and financial drain this child they chose to create will place upon them.
Over 60 million Americans voted for the group that wishes to keep this practice going. Within this number are those that call themselves “Christian.”
It is these people I am here to address.
God warned Israel time and again not to turn from Him, but they did. He allowed Babylon to cast them out. Then they turned again and then the temple was desecrated. Then finally due to their disobedience in 70 AD the people were spread throughout the world. These were test from God for people He had given a blessing to.
Will this election was that very test for those that call themselves “Christian,” within the United States.
The turmoil we are not experiencing due to no clear winner being achieved on Wednesday morning is the direct result of those that call themselves “Christian” voting for abortion. Voting for human sacrifice.
Do not start to protest and get angry because you could not stand the current president.
This is not about the man.
As a “Christian” your first responsibility is to God and no one or anything else.
So, the men running are not a factor.
What is a factor is committing idolatry.
It is here that there will be those that say they have never been part of an abortion.
The Bible makes it clear that to condone or allow a sin makes you guilty of this very sin yourself. (James 4:17; Ephesians 5:3-7, 5:11; Romans 1:28-32)
So, you are guilty of committing the sins that are supported by the group that also wishes to continue abortion. You are guilty by association, and so are answerable to these sins to God.
This is why we are in turmoil right now.
This turmoil will either continue or diminish.
Which do you wish to see?
The only way to diminish these troubling times is to repent.
You must renounce your affiliation to those that wish to be of and with the world. (James 4:4)
You must return to God through Jesus Christ your Savior. You must be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.
You must turn away from sin. ALL SIN.
You must start to seek your treasures in Heaven and to end seeking treasures here on earth.
Now not tomorrow.
Before the lawsuits reach the SCOTUS.
For once they do reach the SCOTUS it will be too late if you have not repented and we will go quicker toward the Tribulation and the end of days.
For Jesus Christ will be coming within this generation, for that is what the Bible says will happen when we see the signs of His soon return. They are happening NOW!
You must repent NOW!!
Welcome to another podcast this is Dreamwalker1960. I would like to suggest that you click on the “follow” button on which ever platform you are listening to this broadcast on.
As I have established in past podcasts. I have been tasked by God to try and reach out to those that are lukewarm. Most that fall into this category don’t even know that they are, which is one of the problems I have to face in trying to cause these that fall into this group to awaken to the truth before they find themselves still here upon this earth after the first Rapture.
The lukewarm are a reality. I did not say this, the Glorified Jesus Christ says this. All my podcasts have been aimed to try and help those that fall into this group. I am being led by the Holy Spirit in what I write about and what you hear or read. Depending upon which form you partake of this message. I have been called to reprove, rebuke and exhort per 2 Timothy 4:2, just like all others that call themselves truly “Christian.” That is why I go to such effort to spell out the teaching within the Bible which point out that to not be lukewarm we must be fully active in our faith in our salvation through Jesus Christ
Too many have a false impressions upon the Truth. Which led them to first enter into the realm of the lukewarm that in turn leads them in many cases even farther away from God into the realm of the religious.
Now here I will have lost some of you. Because many have a true misunderstanding of faith and religion. They think they are one and the same. Well they aren’t.
I encountered a meme the other day in which it stated that people turned away from God because they had a bad encounters with religious people. The close of the meme was that Christ had a bad encounter as well… they crucified Him.
Now do you start to understand?
The sin that God dislikes the most is hypocrisy.
Hypocrisy – G5272 – hupokrisis – acting under a feigned part; that is (figuratively) deceit
- Feigned – pretended, sham, counterfeit
- Sham – that is not what it purports to be, a spurious imitation, fraud or hoax
This is what he called the religious leaders of the Jewish people to their face. It is they that had turned the temple in a den of thieves. For they were the thieves. It is this behavior that has been a factor in me not attending the buildings called “churches.” For I encounter more that live a religious lifestyle than I see living a righteous life.
This is something that is mentioned within the Bible.
James 2:2-4 – For example, suppose someone comes into your meeting dressed in fancy clothes and expensive jewelry, and another comes in who is poor and dressed in dirty clothes. 3 If you give special attention and a good seat to the rich person, but you say to the poor one, “You can stand over there, or else sit on the floor”—well, 4 doesn’t this discrimination show that your judgments are guided by evil motives?
Let’s key in on verse 4. Here it is in the KJV.
Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?
Partial – G1252 – diakrino – to separate thoroughly that is (literally and reflexively) to withdraw from or (by implication) oppose, figuratively to discriminate (by implication decide) [Strong’s]
Evil – G4190 – poneros – hurtful i.e. evil (properly in effect or influence)
Now how did the religious leaders behave toward Jesus Christ?
They didn’t like Him. They were jealous of His affect upon the people. He welcomed those that they turned away. He challenged their behavior to the point of Christ becoming angry when it came to the selling of offerings inside the Temple. As well as exchanging monies for those that came to Jerusalem form outside of Israel for fees that were most likely exorbitant and were a hindrance upon those that were in need to exchange their currency just so they could worship God in the Temple made for Him and the Arch of the Covenant.
This behavior can be seen throughout many of the buildings that are called “churches” today. Their focus is upon the world and filling the pews to gain income to live in expensive homes instead of someplace modest and unassuming. As well as giving most of the money that comes into their care to those in need. Instead it goes into their pockets.
While many that attend have the same focus and seek to have wealth here upon the earth and to live in luxury and splendor. This is not a righteous life but a worldly life. Thus, entering them into the realm of the lukewarm and then finally in the realm of the religious hypocrite.
Those that are religious are hypocrites. This has not changed in thousands of years.
What has changed is that people are unaware of this in many cases. Having come from generations living this same lifestyle and never questioning if it was right since it was counter to how we are told to live our lives within the Bible. May think they are right with God when in reality they have forgotten Him.
One of the many things that the religious leaders did in the time of Christ, was to go through the motions of belief thus leaving belief behind. In one instant Christ mentions the priest that stands upon the corner shouting out his prayers and going through ritualistic behavior. (Matthew 6:5)
That is how many go through life now. They are getting their rewards here and now. Not in heaven where we are told to store up our treasures. They are living their comfort and luxurious life in the here and now. This live, that at the most, lasts just over one hundred years. Before the flood a human could live hundreds of years. We are promised by God to live billions of years.
However, people would rather live gloriously in a mere hundred. Then to live a wondrous life without boundaries for billions upon billions of years.
Jesus walked amongst us. Jesus went head to head with those that lorded their positions over the common people.
Matthew 20:25 – But Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them.
“Rulers in this world”
So, they were the world. They were the leaders of the Jewish synagogue, the Jewish Temple. Yet they were the world. They were the very definition of hypocrisy. Does this start to sink in? That there are those within the church building communities that live a religious life. Nowhere near God.
2 Timothy 3:5 – They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!
“Stay away from people like that!”
For nearly two thousand years many blamed the Israelites for the death of Jesus Christ. They caused them to be persecuted, imprisoned, killed and hounded throughout the centuries. But in reality it wasn’t the Jews, but the members of the Sanhedrin that killed Him. It was the hypocrites that killed Him. It was the religious that killed Him.
Those that are religious go about acting like they are righteous when in reality they are something that is worthy of being spit out from the body of Christ. Many that are religious live openly in lives of sin. Parading like they are right with the Lord. When in truth they are not even welcome at the gates to heaven.
This is not me saying this. This is Jesus Christ saying this. For as I mentioned earlier if you are seeking to have a righteous life. Yet, you are walking into a life that is neither hot nor cold toward Jesus. You are lukewarm. Once you are fully entrenched into this life. Christ will spit you out of the Body. Where you will become fully religious living a life of hypocrisy, and no longer welcome in heaven.
Revelation 3:15-16 – “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! 16 But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!
The Glorified Jesus Christ goes on to give those that live this lukewarm life a chance to redeem themselves. For God will never abandons us. He will always give us an opportunity to turn away from the life of a hypocrite and return to Him. For it is fully up to each individual to address their own lives. To either turn toward the darkness of sin, making that sin their master and focal point. Or toward the light of salvation through Jesus Christ. To truly seek out a righteous life void of sin as best can be accomplished within these corrupt bodies we live within.
Revelation 3:17-19 – You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. 18 So I advise you to buy gold from me—gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. Also buy white garments from me so you will not be shamed by your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see. 19 I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.
Gold purified by fire is gold that is not of this world, but part of our enteral treasure that is stored for us in the life that will be lived for billions of years, not in heaven but here on earth or where ever God sends us in His service. The fire is trials and tribulations that come from turning away from sins that are now that which you love the most. Which, may include turning away from some other human being that you share this sin with, and will devastate you emotionally. But to acquire this gold this sacrifice must be made.
White garments, made so by being truly bathed in the blood of Jesus Christ our Savior. Washing the sins away from us as we repent of our sins. Pleading and even begging of God to forgive us every single day of our lives until we are called into the holding place that is called Heaven.
The ointment of being filled with the Holy Spirit and being baptized in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior. Which in turn will wash away the scales form our eyes and allow us to see the real truth. To be able to see what is righteous and what is evil. Allowing us to turn away from that which will lead us to our destruction in the life of the lukewarm.
And remember it is better to have turmoil in our lives for that means that God is seeking to correct and discipline us, for God through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ loves us. So desire to seek after a righteous life with Jesus as your King.
Revelation 3:20-22 – “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. 21 Those who are victorious will sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne.
22 “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.”
We look into who really caused the Christ to be crucified.
A look into Galatians 5:16-26
Welcome again to another Bible Study with me Dreamwalker1960
In the last few weeks I have been a bit rough in my messaging. I do not deny or regret this. As I stated the evidence is stacking up which points to the return of Jesus Christ and that the turmoil that will occur during the Tribulation. I have been led to Galatians 5 and the exhortation to allow yourself to be led by the Holy Ghost. This is how you allow yourself to turn away from the life within the lukewarm to retuning to be a fruitful part of the Holy Vine, which is Jesus Christ. So let us start to look into these verses.
Verses 16-17 – So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. 17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.
First and foremost we see here that our humanity is at conflict with that which is holy. Even after being filed with the Holy Ghost. This once again confirms that we have an active part in our relationship with God in our salvation. But let us break this verses down even further as we look first into the KJV and then into the Greek.
Verse 16 – This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
Walk – G4043 – peripateo – to tread all around, i.e. walk at large (especially as proof of ability): figuratively to live, deport oneself, follow (as a companion or votary) [Strong’s]
- Deport – to behave or conduct (oneself) in a specified way
- Votary – a person who has made a promise to serve a particular religion or god
Ye shall not – G3364 – ou me – a double negative strengthening the denial: not at all
Fulfil – G5055 – teleo – to end, i.e. complete, execute, conclude, discharge (a debt) [Strong’s]
The lust – G1939 – epithymia – a longing (especially for what is forbidden) [Strong’s]
Of the flesh – G4561 – sarx – flesh (as striped of the skin), i.e. (strictly) the meat of an animal (as food), or (by extension) the body (as opposed to the soul [spirit], or as the symbol of what is external, or as the means of kindred), or (by Implication) human nature (with its frailties [physical or moral] and passions) or (specially) a human being (as such)
This is my version of this verse:
I say to those that have promised themselves to the Holy Spirit. You shall not allow yourselves to enter into your human longings of that which is forbidden.
Verse 17 – For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
Lusteth – G1937 – epithymeo – to set the heart upon, i.e. long for (rightfully or otherwise) [Strong’s]
Contrary – G480 – antikeimai – to lie opposite. i.e. be adverse (figuratively repugnant) to [Strong’s]
- Repugnant – Extremely distasteful; unacceptable
This verse shows the internal conflict that we all experience daily. Fortifying that we are to strive toward that which is holy over the wants and desires of our human nature. It also shows that we do have a corrupt body even after being filled with the Holy Spirit. This results in the need to be ever aware of our own weaknesses. To struggle through these lust and desires by turning our eyes toward the one who died upon the cross for us. So we would not have to suffer like He did but for all eternity in the pit of fire.
Verse 18 – But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the Law of Moses.
Now let’s see what the KJV and the Greek says for this verse.
“But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.”
Ye be led – G71 – ago – properly to lead, by implication to bring drive (reflexively) go (specifically) pass (time) or (figuratively) induce
a) Induce – to persuade someone to do something
My version: If you are led by the Holy Ghost you are not under the law given to Moses.
In the next verses we are shown the rotten fruit that is born when you allow our corruptible to be our master:
Verse 19 – When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures,
So let’s look at each of these sins that we can still fall into if we do not allow ourselves to be led by the Holy Spirit.
Due to time restrictions I will not go into full detail of these sins. However, you can read the full breakdown at dreamwalker1960.com for the blog of this podcast #23.
We will use the KJV for this list:
1) Adultery – G3430 – moicheia – sex between a married man or a woman that is not who they are married to.
2) * Fornication – G4202 – porneia – harlotry (including adultery and incest) figuratively idolatry – sex between people not married to each other.
a) Harlotry – prostitution
3) Uncleanness – G167 –akatharsia – impurity (the quality) physically or morally
a) Impurity – impure – containing something unclean, ritually unclean
b) Unclean – morally wrong
4) * Lasciviousness – G766 – aselgeia – licentiousness (sometimes including other vices)
a) Licentiousness – Behavior that is sexual, in a way that is uncontrolled and socially unacceptable
The list continues in verse 20
“Idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division,”
We will still go through the KJV of this list:
5) Idolatry – G1495 – eidololatrria – image worship (literally or figuratively)
6) Witchcraft – G5331 – pharmakeia – medication (pharmacy) that is (by extension) magic (literal or figurative) sorcery
a) Sorcery – a type of magic in which spirits, especially evil ones, are used to make things happen
7) Hatred – G2189 – echthra – hostility, by implication a reason for opposition, enmity)
a) Enmity – a feeling of hate
8) * Variance – G2054 – eris – of uncertain affinity, a quarrel that is (by implication) wrangling: contention debate strife
a) Wrangling – wrangle – an argument, especially one that continues for a long time
9) * Emulation – G2205 – zelos – properly heat that is (figuratively) zeal (in favorable sense ardor, in unfavorable one jealousy as of a husband [figuratively of God] or an enemy malice)
10) Wrath – G2372 – thumos – passion (as if breathing hard)
11) * Strife – G2052 – eritheia – properly intrigue that is (by implication) faction
a) Faction – a group within a large group, especially one with slightly different ideas from the main group
12) Seditions – G1370 – dichostasia – disunion that is (figuratively) dissension
a) Dissension – arguments and disagreement, especially in an organization, group, political party
13) Heresies – G139 – hairesis – properly a choice that is (specifically) a party or (abstractly) disunion
the list continues into verse 21
“envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
14) * Envyings – G5355 – phthonos – ill will (as detraction) that is jealousy (spite)
a) Spite – a desire to hurt, annoy, or offend someone
15) Murders – G5408 – phonos – (to slay)
16) Drunkenness – G3178 – methe – an intoxicant that is (by implication) intoxication
17) Revellings – G2970 – komos – a carousal (as if a letting loose)
The implication here, when joined with verse 16, is that we are still able to fall into these sins one again and we should diligently turn away from them. For as is made clear at the conclusion of this verse is that those that do these sins will not make it into heaven.
I must also note a trend that I have noted throughout the books of the New Testament that do list sins showing various other sins. This is due to different sins affecting the different cities to which these individual letters were sent to.
People have used the fact that these sins are not all exactly the same sins as those shown in other books within the Bible. So they use this as to say there is a flaw in the message within the Bible. That is not the case, as I noted a bit ago. Each group is being addressed for their particular sins that are afflicting these servants of God in each of these locations throughout the region between and including Israel and Rome.
What is the important take away from this list of sin aren’t the sins. But what is being asked for all of us that have the Holy Spirit within us. It is to know and realize that we are still vulnerable to sin as long as we live within this earthly realm. So when we find ourselves lacking in self-control and stumble over sins like those listed here and elsewhere in the Bible. Is that we strive to note that we are slipping and do our best with the help of God through prayer that we stop indulging in any and all things that are considered sinful in the eyes of God.
I reiterate that it is made clear as to why we are to seek to have the self-control to end sin. For those that live in sin will not be welcome in Heaven.
As prove of this we are given a list of the fruits of the Holy Ghost:
Verses 22 – 23 -But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
Again we are exhorted to live in the Holy Spirit whose fruit we just read about. If we do not see these more in our lives than we see the sins. Then we need to do some self-reflection.
This chapter ends adding three more sins. These are those sins as shown in the KJV:
Desirous of vain glory, provoking one another and being envious of one another.
*Desirous of vain glory – G2755 – kenodoxos – self-conceited
- Self-conceited – having an excessive sense of one’s own importance, abilities, and value
*Provoking – G4292 – prolaleomai – to call forth to oneself (challenge), i.e. (by implication) to irritate
- Irritate – to make someone angry or annoyed
*Envying – G5354 – phthoneo – to be jealous of
Now these last three sins that are shown are very telling when you look out into the world we now live in. Many people have an attitude of self-importance. Many are jealous of what others have and so they seek after it, to the point of irritation or worse. That is something we all must individually think upon and even pray upon in many cases.
However, let us end today’s message with what that is within us if we are filled with the Holy Ghost.
Love not only for our fellow Christians but for all of humanity. Happiness with what we have and who is in our lives. Peace in our hearts, which results in no anger towards others. Patience to not allow ourselves to become angry or envious, but to approach those that are this way in a way that disarms them and opens their hearts to the Truth. Kindness to those in need of comfort. Goodness in every aspect of our lives. Faithfulness not only to God but to those that we ask to apart of our lives. Which allows us to be gentle to all. And above all is the ability to have control over our own bodies and not be tempted by or into sin.
- *- indicates I went into detail with these definitions in the podcast
How Christians are to react to darkness in this ever darkening world we live in