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Stick To Your Guns!

10 July, 2012

Greetings ya’ll! Thanks for stopping by The Countdown to see what’s new on the menu.

Here’s our first course, and for those not familiar with the ingredients to this recipe, start here and let’s call it sweet and sour…it’s today’s special about the natural world mimicking the spiritual.

Here’s the ‘sweet’ side of today’s special recipe:

http://www.un.org/disarmament/convarms/ArmsTradeTreaty/

Remember that when the U.N. (or any governmental agency) says “We need to take guns away to stop criminal activity…”, they really mean they want to keep their criminal enterprise going. After all, who could stand up to ‘evil’ without weapons?

Of course all great and  famous sweet and sour sauces, need that  ‘sour’ side…

International Arms Treaty according to the N.R.A.
http://videos.allinnra.com/cartels-next-door.aspx#.T_c7l5GDeFQ

It is the same way when dealing with things in the spirit. We have been given spiritual weapons – offensive and defensive.

So much the same in the natural. If everyone has guns, the criminals would think twice before attempting a crime!
Maybe this is why Jesus told us of a time where we should go buy a sword?

The context of the passages of the Word of God, narrative flow of His scriptures, and the tradition of the church all lead  readers to conclude that Jesus is not promoting violent self-defense, violent defense of others, the American value of a right to bear arms, or even a literal command for his disciples (let alone future believers) to invest in weapons for the use of those weapons against enemies in the natural. If Jesus is giving any teaching on how to oppose attacks from enemies it is to trust in God, fighting as members of his kingdom ought to, without weapons (John 18:36, 2 Corinthians 10:4)… obviously talking about the spiritual matters which should be our primary target, and dare we say, only target.

Yes, believers can have and use guns. No, it is not wrong to use them for defensive or sporting purposes. And it certainly isn’t a good idea to give your guns, natural or spiritual, to ANY natural governing entity, because shortly after anyone does (or did – remember history?) they usually end up dead through ‘internment camps’, or fighting with clubs, rocks and spears to stay out of them…

Even if we have bought a natural weapon, we think that your most important investment of weapons, should be the sword of the Spirit (aka the Word of God) which is far more effective at doing the work of God…let God take care of ‘bad guys’…you know at least, then, they had their last chance!

Here, take a look and see how these ingredients go together:

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

4 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.

For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.

For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.

For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.

And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.

Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:

Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.

There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.

10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.

11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

t (Ephesians 6:10-17, Hebrews 4:12).”

However, as believers, ‘a sword’ (or guns) shouldn’t be the first weapon to grab in our arsenal when the going gets tough. Obviously, believers in Yehoshua, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, are to deal with ALL things as spiritual first, then natural. Then, only if necessary, there is the ‘backup piece’, ya’ know?

Jesus said, “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. (dealing with natural things in a spiritual way, first), ” Matt. 16:19.

Obviously, shooting a demon possessed person, for example, is not the best way to set the person free, mostly because that person is just ‘a tool’ at that point for a spiritual (or dimensional) entity to ‘show itself/themselves off’. Yes, you can rid a spiritual entity from a natural one with a natural weapon, but, unless authorized by it’s Creator, you bring a on a greater judgement upon yourself – one you may not comprehend until after the fact…here is where wisdom comes into play. Having the Holy Spirit of God to guide a person is much better than relying on instincts.

If that ‘tool’, dies, then the devil will look for another ‘house’ to inhabit and repeat process…We think the whole zombie phenomenon is more like a whole bunch of possessed people walking around. Yes, I carry a real gun, but my weapons of choice, are The Sword of the Spirit, The authority to use His name, and the blood of Jesus that cleanses my sins.

22 Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw.

23 And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David?

24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.

25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:

26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?

27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.

28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.

29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.

30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.

31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.

32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.

33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.

34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.

36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

38 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.

39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:

40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

41 The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.

42 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.

43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.

44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.

45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

Matt. 12:22-45

…rendering all ‘tools’ used as conquests for hell and not souls to populate the heavens. Jesus cared for every tormented soul we’re sure even if every soul were not freed at the time:

5 And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.

And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,

Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:

Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.

And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.

But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,

And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.

For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.

And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.

10 And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country.

11 Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding.

12 And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.

13 And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.

14 And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done.

15 And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.

16 And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine.

17 And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts.

18 And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him.

19 Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.

20 And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.

Mark 5:1-20

Parallel passages: Matt 8:28f, Luke 8:26

Where did the guy send his testimony?

The Decapolis was a ten-city Greco-Roman federation, or league, occupying all of Bashan and Gilead in northeastern Palestine. The territory was contiguous except for Damascus which some believe to have been an honorary member. Eusebius records it as  the region around Hippos, Pella, and Gadara (Eusebius, Onomasticon, s.v). Created underPompey the Great, about 64-63 BCE as part of his eastern settlement, the league provided a formidable  means of defense on the eastern frontier of the empire. Such leagues existed in other parts of the Roman empire for purposes of trade and mutual protection.

 Its cities, according toPliny the Elder (CE 23-79)  were: Scythopolis (Bet She’an), Hippos (Susieh), Gadara (Umm Qais), Pella (Tabaqat Fahl), Philadelphia (Amman), Gerasa (Jerash), Dion (Adun), Kanatha (Kanawat), Damascus, and Raphana (Abila) (Pliny the Elder, Historia N v. 18). Each city in the Decapolis was a free-state (polis) whose territory included numerous small villages and rural settlements. The Decapolis dominated trade routes in the region bringing about prosperity and funding for public art and monumental Greco-Roman architecture such as that found in Gerasa.

Fertile soil and temperate climate encouraged the practice of intensive agriculture throughout the region. The presence of a significant Greek population, who settled in the region at the time of Alexander the Great and the Seleucids, is consistent with there being swine kept by the people of Decapolis (see Mark 5:11, 5:13, 5:20).

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Wow some of this last verses almost sound like this weird zombie phenomenon – ya’ know? Like, the guy lived in the tombs – probably cannibalizing the dead until he was set free from the devils, no drugs used by him or needed by Jesus…and weapons of the natural wouldn’t have worked either, at least in this particular case.

But think how many came to be future residents of the heavens! …

Oh, we almost forgot the other two courses…!
Here is where we insert some ‘research’ from another researcher, believing that there should be as many different witnesses two or three at least, for educational and instructional purposes (we, here at The Countdown believe that everyone needs to ‘do their studies’ though):

Part 1

Part2

All that being said, we still don’t think anyone should have to give up the ability or right to add power behind your word and The Word, as it were…
Until next time, Lord willing…
Cheers!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. theanine permalink
    11 July, 2012 13:29

    Greeting from over the world. excellent post I will return for more.

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    • 12 July, 2012 16:13

      Greetings to you as well! Praise God and thanks – glad you enjoyed.
      CHeers!

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