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ZADOK PUBLICATIONS MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
November 1, 2022
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"Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
This month hosts two significant events: (1) the most important election in U.S. history and (2) Thanksgiving.
In many ways, these two events are interwoven because those who came across the waters from England and other European countries came to America for the ability to govern themselves and to hold fast to Biblical teachings. From them came our celebration of Thanksgiving and the rudiments of the constitution. Their first Thanksgiving was truly a time of reflection on the mercy and grace of God. They humbly gathered together with the native Indians and celebrated the goodness of their heavenly father. They birthed a nation that reflected the principles and values of Christianity and prospered because of it.
But now, the persecution by religion and government from which they fled has surfaced with vehemency to once again restrict freedom and persecute the ancestors of those colonists. There being one difference: there is no place to flee, leaving only one alternative, to stand and to face persecution.
We should hold fast to Matthew 5:10 and realize Jesus faced these same adversaries.
It was the religious zealots who cried "Crucify Him" and depended on a salacious Roman government to carry out their wishes.
18 "If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.
19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you, 'A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. 21 But all these things they will do to you for My name's sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 He who hates Me hates My Father also. 24 If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father. 25 But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, 'They hated Me without a cause.'"
Persecution is coming and with a speed few people could have imagined.
"Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you."
Regardless of the varying eschatological views on this next passage, it has relevance today — judging from the current world condition.
"And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect's sake those days will be shortened."
Thank God for being the "elect," who are to be delivered from horrendous persecution.
The briefest study in the book of Acts will reveal the constant presence of persecution among those of the early church. The question arises when we seek the power of that early body—does it come with persecution?
2 Corinthians 1:3-4:
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
The slightest study of Paul's writing includes multiple occasions of persecution. Paul even declared that ministry is accompanied and enhanced by tribulation. (The awful treatment of pastors in Canada and the US proves this truth.)
Then the high priest rose up, and all those who were with him (which is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with indignation, 18 and laid their hands on the apostles and put them in the common prison. 19 But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, 20 "Go, stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life."
21 And when they heard that, they entered the temple early….
…At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. 2 And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him.
Paul again explains the "power-witness" of chains.
12 But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, 13 so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ; 14 and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
Paul associated true ministry with persecution on several occasions-none more flagrant than in this passage. What did Paul learn from this persecution? Two things happened: (1) The palace guard had a witness of Christ before them and (2) those commissioned to preach gained boldness when they beheld the steadfastness of Paul.
Look now at these next passages which show the fruits of ministry in adverse times.
2 Corinthians 6:3-10:
We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed. 4 But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God: in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses, 5 in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in fastings; 6 by purity, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love, 7 by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, 8 by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true; 9 as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as chastened, and yet not killed; 10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
Acknowledging his dire circumstances as current events in his life, Paul describes (below) what it takes to be a missionary of the Gospel. (If one reads about the lives of those who have pioneered in the faith-every aspect of the following description is evident.)
1 Corinthians 4:11-13:
To the present hour we both hunger and thirst, and we are poorly clothed, and beaten, and homeless. 12 And we labor, working with our own hands. Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure; 13 being defamed, we entreat. We have been made as the filth of the world, the offscouring of all things until now.
32 And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets: 33 who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. 35 Women received their dead raised to life again.
Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. 36 Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented - 38 of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth
Are we somehow better than these? Has our civilization removed us from the docket of persecution? I think not! Already, on many fronts, it has begun, and it is picking up speed in many places on earth, including the US.
…but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Is it the will of God for saints to endure tribulation? Paul's letter to the Thessalonians answers this question.
1 Thessalonians 3:1-5:
Therefore, when we could no longer endure it, we thought it good to be left in Athens alone, 2 and sent Timothy, our brother and minister of God, and our fellow laborer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you and encourage you concerning your faith, 3 that no one should be shaken by these afflictions; for you yourselves know that we are appointed to this. 4 For, in fact, we told you before when we were with you that we would suffer tribulation, just as it happened, and you know. 5 For this reason, when I could no longer endure it, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter had tempted you, and our labor might be in vain.
Jesus was appointed to suffer the pangs of tribulation to accomplish our redemption. Paul was "appointed" for this treatment.
"Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know — 23 Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; 24 whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it.
Christianity-lite fades quickly during the likes of these conditions.
'….These things says the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life: 9 "I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.
11 "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death."
(Couple this passage with the following word by Paul.)
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:
"For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter."
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
These encouraging words were attested in the lives of the apostles and the saints throughout history. It didn't matter that inquisition (Fox's Book of Martyrs) pillaged and plundered -- leaving a path of believer's blood by the sword of the Catholic church. It doesn't matter that Islamic countries cut off hands, feet and arms in order to inflict maximum pain on Christians, for these Christians are honored by Jesus.
When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. 10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, "How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?" 11 Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.
Those words came from the pen of John who understood persecution.
9 I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
What will be your testimony when the time comes?
Until Next Month,
Dr. Cosby R. Oliver, PhD.
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Here you can see that they are stuccoing, or smooth finishing, the walls.
The floor is made of red cement, so it does not need to be painted. The raised platform in the back of the church is cemented using gray cement.
This small open section was sealed yesterday. The small column cement roof supports will be completed by Saturday.
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From: Jim McCants
Jim's Jewels is a walk throughout Scripture with an eye toward the Promises of God. Jim McCants, at my request, took on the task of seeking out both obvious and hidden promises.
Below is his Leviticus quest.
Promise to Aaron and his sons
Leviticus 10:9-10 9 Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations:
10 And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean;
God's Promise to all the children of Israel
Leviticus 19:2 2 Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy.
Promise of the Land
Leviticus 20:24 24 But I have said unto you, Ye shall inherit their land, and I will give it unto you to possess it, a land that floweth with milk and honey: I am the LORD your God, which have separated you from other people.
Again, Promise of being HOLY unto HIM
Leviticus 20:26 26 And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine.
Promise of those that have a familiar spirit or a wizard shall be put to death
Leviticus 20:27 27 A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them.
Promise of the Sabbath
Leviticus 25:6 6 And the sabbath of the land shall be meat for you; for thee, and for thy servant, and for thy maid, and for thy hired servant, and for thy stranger that sojourneth with thee,
Promise of the Jubilee!
Leviticus 25:8-10 8 And thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven sabbaths of years shall be unto thee forty and nine years.
9 Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of the jubile to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month, in the day of atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all your land. 10 And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.
Promises for you obeying the Word Of The Lord
Leviticus 26:2-13 2 Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the LORD.
3 If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them;
4 Then I will give you rain in due season,
and the land shall yield her increase,
and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.
5 And your threshing shall reach unto the vintage,
and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time:
and ye shall eat your bread to the full,
and dwell in your land safely.
6 And I will give peace in the land,
and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid:
and I will rid evil beasts out of the land,
neither shall the sword go through your land.
7 And ye shall chase your enemies,
and they shall fall before you by the sword.
8 And five of you shall chase an hundred,
and an hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight:
and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.
9 For I will have respect unto you,
and make you fruitful,
and multiply you,
and establish my covenant with you.
10 And ye shall eat old store,
and bring forth the old because of the new.
11 And I will set my tabernacle among you:
and my soul shall not abhor you.
12 And I will walk among you,
and will be your God,
and ye shall be my people.
13 I am the LORD your God, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, that ye should not be their bondmen; and I have broken the bands of your yoke, and made you go upright.
Promises for those who WILL NOT OBEY
Leviticus 26:14-40 14 But if ye will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments;
15 And if ye shall despise my statutes, or if your soul abhor my judgments, so that ye will not do all my commandments, but that ye break my covenant:
16 I also will do this unto you;
I will even appoint over you terror,
and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart:
and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.
17 And I will set my face against you,
and ye shall be slain before your enemies:
they that hate you shall reign over you;
and ye shall flee when none pursueth you.
18 And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me,
then I will punish you seven times more for your sins.
19 And I will break the pride of your power;
and I will make your heaven as iron,
and your earth as brass:
20 And your strength shall be spent in vain:
for your land shall not yield her increase,
neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits.
21 And if ye walk contrary unto me, and will not hearken unto me;
I will bring seven times more plagues upon you according to your sins.
22 I will also send wild beasts among you,
which shall rob you of your children,
and destroy your cattle,
and make you few in number;
and your high ways shall be desolate.
23 And if ye will not be reformed by me by these things, but will walk contrary unto me;
24 Then will I also walk contrary unto you,
and will punish you yet seven times for your sins.
25 And I will bring a sword upon you,
that shall avenge the quarrel of my covenant:
and when ye are gathered together within your cities, I will send the pestilence among you;
and ye shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy.
26 And when I have broken the staff of your bread,
ten women shall bake your bread in one oven,
and they shall deliver you your bread again by weight:
and ye shall eat, and not be satisfied.
27 And if ye will not for all this hearken unto me, but walk contrary unto me;
28 Then I will walk contrary unto you also in fury;
and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins.
29 And ye shall eat the flesh of your sons,
and the flesh of your daughters shall ye eat.
30 And I will destroy your high places,
and cut down your images,
and cast your carcases upon the carcases of your idols,
and my soul shall abhor you.
31 And I will make your cities waste,
and bring your sanctuaries unto desolation,
and I will not smell the savour of your sweet odours.
32 And I will bring the land into desolation:
and your enemies which dwell therein shall be astonished at it.
33 And I will scatter you among the heathen,
and will draw out a sword after you:
and your land shall be desolate,
and your cities waste.
34 Then shall the land enjoy her sabbaths,
as long as it lieth desolate,
and ye be in your enemies' land;
even then shall the land rest, and enjoy her sabbaths.
35 As long as it lieth desolate it shall rest;
because it did not rest in your sabbaths, when ye dwelt upon it.
36 And upon them that are left alive of you I will send a faintness into their hearts in the lands of their enemies;
and the sound of a shaken leaf shall chase them;
and they shall flee, as fleeing from a sword;
and they shall fall when none pursueth.
37 And they shall fall one upon another,
as it were before a sword, when none pursueth:
and ye shall have no power to stand before your enemies.
38 And ye shall perish among the heathen,
and the land of your enemies shall eat you up.
39 And they that are left of you shall pine away in their iniquity in your enemies' lands;
and also in the iniquities of their fathers shall they pine away with them.
Promises concerning the Tithe
31 And if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof.
32 And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the LORD.
33 He shall not search whether it be good or bad, neither shall he change it: and if he change it at all, then both it and the change thereof shall be holy; it shall not be redeemed.
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