Exhortations

Troubled World

The View- Troubled World.

The truth about the troubled world has many markings that are openly linked to the mark of the Beast seen or unseen, natural or spiritual. It’s a concept that many fundamentalist believers accepted its truthfulness. Divided views among Christians about the mark of the beast make the unbelievers stay away with fear, thinking that they might be joining a false belief and feel safer if they will keep their distance away.

Christians are to keep the unbelievers closer to our faith but we also need to be aware that fellowship with darkness can have unfavorable results. As per Paul’s epistle— Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?—2Corinthians 6:14

From Genesis to Revelation, from the beginning till the end, the Bible mentioned the marking on the flesh. It is therefore written in the Bible so we should not ignore the truth about it and defending the truth is our main concern.  Receiving the knowledge of truth is not only knowing but also needs understanding the right interpretation and application for the sake of righteous and holy life. Equipped with knowledge and understanding is evidence of having wisdom and the source of wisdom is from God.  

What matters is having God in our life and work. The wisdom of God is the solution in this troubled world. Many are lost in translation due to a lack of wisdom both natural and spiritual. We have to seek God before anything else and must receive the gift of discernment. The wisdom of God will guide us to have a righteous decision and the ability to make a quality judgment. Proverbs 2:6, NIV: “For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.”  

Wisdom is the source of knowledge and the ability to understand the power, it brings to interpret and apply the proper reaction to a given action. If someone throws a stone on you in return give them bread, there is no glory in making an act of revenge but instead, promote more hatred. The direction towards a peaceful and happy living is to share the love of God. When someone lacks wisdom, ask God faithfully, humbly, and learn to know Him better through constant communication with Him using His written word. Submit to Him with all your heart and soul without a single dot of doubt. We are in the image of God and what He has we have it also.

When Sin enters the human body,  trouble begins and the shadow of God seems to be far away. Sin separated us from God and it seems that humans cannot live without sin. God separated from the human being. Going back to Genesis God put a mark on Cain’s forehead after he murdered his brother Abel, a Divine mark to protect him to not be killed or anyone to seek vengeance against him— Genesis 4:15. Many agreed that the marking is physical and why God gave protection to Cain is God’s way and His thought is not our thoughts. God can conceal things and yet give wisdom to the wise.

God asked the Israelites to mark their hand or forehead with His word. Deuteronomy 6:5-9— “4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be in your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and your gates.”

Even though the people of Israel’s unfaithfulness and disobedience, the Israelites remain to be God’s chosen people. God will never change His mind and His purpose behind it. According to Mathew, a Canaanite woman asks Jesus to be healed, Jesus answered in Matthew 15:24 “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” The mission of the Son is to deliver the mission to the Israelites. Another proof to consider was Prophet Isaiah’s prophecies which are all centered on the nation of Israel. Through Isaiah God affirmed His love to the people of Israel and restore the nation to Gold.  ‘I have engraved you on the palms of my hands. –Isaiah 49:16).

People cannot be deceived into worshipping other gods unless they do not know the true God and most likely never heard about Him or could be ignorant of His word. To worship God the Father is to know His word and pray that His plan is soon to come. The ancient Greeks used tattoos to mark the criminals and slaves that will identify them in case they escape and the Romans followed this tradition. This could be the reason why Jesus has a marking “On his robe and on his thigh he has this name wrote: the king of kings and Lord of lords.” Revelation 19:16

The trouble of the world is not acknowledging God of His existence and just by knowing the LORD of Host may not be enough to God’s standard. There are markings in our hands or foreheads that mean expressions of devotion to the LORD and there are markings that mean nothing but for decoration and their markings that also express submission to the ruler of this world and sometimes called the prince of the air.

We must consider that not all markings are visible to human eyes, the markings that the LORD put in our hearts cannot be seen by human eyes. God always sees us and we should feel it every time we misstep going in the wrong direction and it reminds us that we belong to Him and always sets us apart from those with different markings and that is our protection.

Related Scriptures: Revelation 7:3; Revelation 9:4; Ezekiel 9:3-5; Leviticus 19:28; Isaiah 44:5; Ezekiel 16:11-12—There are more scriptures related to this topic and it is written because it is important to learn why there are some scriptures that seem confusing but yet a good reason why it was written for our knowledge and understanding.

God is all in all.

Bishop Joseph

Dr. Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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