Ministering to the Lord Series 8 of 12: The Ministry of Justice

Ministering to the Lord Series 8 of 12: The Ministry of Justice


Prerequisites Teachings:

    Christians always say that the church is like a hospital. My response to that is, in hospitals people either die or recover. We have to make a decision as the church to be the recovery section of the hospital, and not the morgue. I have decided to start today's teaching off like this with the permission of the Holy Spirit, to make sure you understand how important today's teaching is. This teaching will be split into 3 different videos, as I believe it will be approximately 6 hours long:
    1. Justice 1 of 3 topics: Are you blind?, how this came about, prophesy,  confirmations, a message to the church from God, Isaiah 28:17Matthew 7:1-2, Jeremiah 14:11-15:7, Malachi 2,3, and 2 Kings 21:1-18, 1 Corinthians 12, Ephesians 4:1-16, Genesis 9, territory & authority, church structure & purpose, and sovereignty. 
    2. Justice 2 of 3 topics: Judgement, righteousness, justice, measuring line, plumb line, sin, repentance, blood, God's dreadful judgement, mercy, and what happens when we do not render judgement as a city/nation or live in righteousness as a person/people.
    3. Justice 3 of 3 topics: Does God cause/allow/calamities to happen without cause? Is there a spiritual court for unrepentant sins? How does God render justice, when we fail to render justice? Relenting after judgement, warnings before judgement, what about the righteous during judgement, and what can we do for the future generations to make sure they understand the word of God contextually, so that they can render justice in their judgement? 
    Justice 1 of 3:
    Do you see?

    "And Jesus said, For judgment (In Hebrew the word judgement here is means to decide to avenge or condemn) I am come into this world, that they which see (In the Hebrew the word see here, means to discern with the natural eye) not might see; and that they which see might be made blind (In the Hebrew the word blind means to be opaque, a steamed window is opaque)." - John 9:39

    "And Jesus said, For a decision on who to avenge or condemn I am come into this world, that they which discern with the natural eye not might see; and that they which discern with the natural eye might be made blind as one who cannot see through a steamed window." - John 9:39 translated 


    "I love that Jesus used the healing of a man physically born blind in John 9, to teach us that He came that those who see through the eyes of of carnality will be made blind to carnal thinking, carnal speaking, in order that they may see with their spiritual eyes, and think spiritually, and speak spiritually. This is how born-again believers are to live in this physical earth; blind to carnality, with perfect vision in the Holy Spirit [Reference Text: Romans 8:6; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Galatians 5:16-26]." We cannot truly seek justice without being blind first to carnality.

    How this came about:
    posted this post on July 7, 2019. However the Holy Spirit did not allow me to record a video to teach what's written until now. On May 25, 2020 I had a prophetic burden; in the old testament and KJV the woard burden is used to replace oracle in the NIV (Isaiah 13:1 1 Peter 4:11) [Note: This note was added on June 2, 2020. I did not realize that the murder of an innocent man happened on May 25,2020. However, God knew! I did not even know about the murder which happened on May 25, 2020 until days after the death. I found out by listening to a prayer & worship channel on YouTube. God had me to start updating this teaching post that was created on July 7, 2019, on May 25, 2020 because he knew!]. I also prayed in the Spirit for over an hour on May 25, 2020, and after avoiding distractions and being told by the Holy Spirit to focus, I had this urge as I laid down to go to sleep later on that night, to read the bible. I went downstairs to read the bible and there were more distractions. I went upstairs and my spirit just knew to seek the Holy Spirit. I was told to read Matthew 7, and after verse 2 I was stopped. Matthew 7:1-2  “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." After reading this I thought, oh no, who have I judged without your leading. To make a long story short, the Holy Spirit told me to record a teaching discussing the ways that he seeks justice, by Saturday."  

    Isaiah 28:17 "I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the plumb line; hail will sweep away your refuge, the lie, and water will overflow your hiding place."

    Isaiah 1:17 "Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow."

    Interestingly, I forgot that I had a teaching post already written that discuss what he wanted me to record, which is why he said record and not write and record. The reason the Holy Spirit led me to read Matthew 7:1-2 is to emphasize that judgement is measured back to us with the measurement we use to measure justice. From reading Ezekiel 4:4-6 , Hosea 13:12, Daniel 5:27 we know that the sins of nations are counted and stored up, and according to Isaiah 34:8 there is always a day of vengeance and a year of recompense/retribution.

    Justice, judgement, recompense, day of vengeance and the like may sound like a lot for those who are carnal Christians (are led by what they see), meaning those who believe that unpleasant and bad things are just a coincidence. However, a spiritual Christian believes the sovereignty of God, we also know that God's sovereignty doesn't allow for him to go against his own commands and or spiritual principles. For example, when there is a hail storm, a carnal Christian will think it's just bad weather. However, a spiritual Christian would at least ask God in faith, why would he allow this to happen or cause this to happen? By reading the word of God we know that hailstorms are used to render one of God's judgement, although it is not one of them as written in the old testament and new testament. 

    Isaiah 24:5-6  reads "The earth is defiled by its people; they have disobeyed the laws, violated the statutes and broken the everlasting covenant.Therefore a curse consumes the earth; its people must bear their guilt." 

    In the afternoon on May 26, 2020  I was also led to read Jeremiah 14:11-15:7 and as I was reading it I was crying, mourning, wailing, travailing, and saying oh my God in between, while speaking in tongues.  I've only been burdened like this in my spirit one other time and it was when I was around 12 [watch the video recording of this teaching to hear about it].

    A message to the church from God
    Jeremiah 14:11-15:7 Then the Lord said to me, “Do not pray for the well-being of this people. Although they fast, I will not listen to their cry; though they offer burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Instead, I will destroy them with the sword (CHINA), famine (USA) and plague(CHINA & USA).” But I said, “Alas, Sovereign Lord! The prophets keep telling them, ‘You will not see the sword or suffer famine. Indeed, I will give you lasting peace in this place.’” Then the Lord said to me, “The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I have not sent them or appointed them or spoken to them. [My notes: We will speak about this soon] 

    They are prophesying to you false visions, divinations, idolatries and the delusions of their own minds. Therefore this is what the Lord says about the prophets who are prophesying in my name: I did not send them, yet they are saying, ‘No sword or famine will touch this land.’ Those same prophets will perish by sword and famine. And the people they are prophesying to will be thrown out into the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and sword. There will be no one to bury them, their wives, their sons and their daughters. I will pour out on them the calamity they deserve. “Speak this word to them:“‘Let my eyes overflow with tears night and day without ceasing; for the Virgin Daughter, my people, has suffered a grievous wound, a crushing blow. If I go into the country, I see those slain by the sword; if I go into the city, I see the ravages of famine. Both prophet and priest have gone to a land they know not.’” Have you rejected Judah completely? Do you despise Zion? Why have you afflicted us so that we cannot be healed? We hoped for peace but no good has come, for a time of healing but there is only terror. 


    We acknowledge our wickedness, Lord, and the guilt of our ancestors; we have indeed sinned against you 
    [My notes: How to break curses -> Understanding Deliverance Series: Curses]. For the sake of your name do not despise us; do not dishonor your glorious throne. Remember your covenant with us and do not break it. Do any of the worthless idols of the nations bring rain? Do the skies themselves send down showers? No, it is you, Lord our God. Therefore our hope is in you, for you are the one who does all this. 

    Then the Lord said to me: “Even if Moses and Samuel were to stand before me, my heart would not go out to this people. Send them away from my presence! Let them go!  And if they ask you, ‘Where shall we go?’ tell them, ‘This is what the Lord says: “‘Those destined for death, to death; those for the sword, to the sword; those for starvation, to starvation; those for captivity, to captivity.’  “I will send four kinds of destroyers against them,” declares the Lord, “the sword to kill and the dogs to drag away and the birds and the wild animals to devour and destroy.” I will make them abhorrent to all the kingdoms of the earth because of what Manasseh son of Hezekiah king of Judah did in Jerusalem.  “Who will have pity on you, Jerusalem? Who will mourn for you? Who will stop to ask how you are? You have rejected me,” declares the Lord. “You keep on backsliding. So I will reach out and destroy you; I am tired of holding back. I will winnow them with a winnowing fork at the city gates of the land. I will bring bereavement and destruction on my people, for they have not changed their ways."




    What did King Manasseh do?
    2 Kings 21:1-18 Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-five years. His mother’s name was Hephzibah. He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, following the detestable practices of the nations the Lord had driven out before the Israelites. 
    • He rebuilt the high places his father Hezekiah had destroyed; he also erected altars to Baal and made an Asherah pole, as Ahab king of Israel had done. He bowed down to all the starry hosts and worshiped them. He built altars in the temple of the Lord, of which the Lord had said, “In Jerusalem I will put my Name.” In the two courts of the temple of the Lord, he built altars to all the starry hosts. He sacrificed his own son in the fire, practiced divination, sought omens, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the eyes of the Lord, arousing his anger.
    • He took the carved Asherah pole he had made and put it in the temple, of which the Lord had said to David and to his son Solomon, “In this temple and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put my Name forever. I will not again make the feet of the Israelites wander from the land I gave their ancestors, if only they will be careful to do everything I commanded them and will keep the whole Law that my servant Moses gave them.” But the people did not listen. Manasseh led them astray, so that they did more evil than the nations the Lord had destroyed before the Israelites.
    • The Lord said through his servants the prophets:“Manasseh king of Judah has committed these detestable sins. He has done more evil than the Amorites who preceded him and has led Judah into sin with his idols. Therefore this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I am going to bring such disaster on Jerusalem and Judah that the ears of everyone who hears of it will tingle. I will stretch out over Jerusalem the measuring line used against Samaria and the plumb line used against the house of Ahab. I will wipe out Jerusalem as one wipes a dish, wiping it and turning it upside down. I will forsake the remnant of my inheritance and give them into the hands of enemies. They will be looted and plundered by all their enemies; they have done evil in my eyes and have aroused my anger from the day their ancestors came out of Egypt until this day.”
    • Moreover, Manasseh also shed so much innocent blood that he filled Jerusalem from end to end—besides the sin that he had caused Judah to commit, so that they did evil in the eyes of the Lord. As for the other events of Manasseh’s reign, and all he did, including the sin he committed, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah? Manasseh rested with his ancestors and was buried in his palace garden, the garden of Uzza. And Amon his son succeeded him as king.
    Then God the Father told me to prophesy the following: "Tell my people I have declared. There will be a time of sorrow." As I was saying this, I was crying and saying omg. Tears came down my left eye and my hands were wet to my surprise, and I asked God if my hands were sweating (I usually feel the Holy Spirit heat around me so that could have been the reason), or if it was oil? Again, to my surprise he said water. I did not get it then until on May 27, 2020 when he confirmed this prophecy by using the two dreams from May 26, 2020 and Malachi 2:1-14, let's read those verses now:
    •  Malachi 2:1-14 “And now, you priests, this warning is for you. If you do not listen, and if you do not resolve to honor my name,” says the Lord Almighty, “I will send a curse on you, and I will curse your blessings. Yes, I have already cursed them, because you have not resolved to honor me. “Because of you I will rebuke your descendants; I will smear on your faces the dung from your festival sacrifices, and you will be carried off with it. And you will know that I have sent you this warning so that my covenant with Levi may continue,” says the Lord Almighty. “My covenant was with him, a covenant of life and peace, and I gave them to him; this called for reverence and he revered me and stood in awe of my name. True instruction was in his mouth and nothing false was found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and turned many from sin. “For the lips of a priest ought to preserve knowledge, because he is the messenger of the Lord Almighty and people seek instruction from his mouth. But you have turned from the way and by your teaching have caused many to stumble; you have violated the covenant with Levi,” says the Lord Almighty. “So I have caused you to be despised and humiliated before all the people, because you have not followed my ways but have shown partiality in matters of the law.” Do we not all have one Father? Did not one God create us? Why do we profane the covenant of our ancestors by being unfaithful to one another? Judah has been unfaithful. A detestable thing has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem: Judah has desecrated the sanctuary the Lord loves by marrying women who worship a foreign god. As for the man who does this, whoever he may be, may the Lord remove him from the tents of Jacob—even though he brings an offering to the Lord Almighty. Another thing you do: You flood the Lord’s altar with tears. You weep and wail because he no longer looks with favor on your offerings or accepts them with pleasure from your hands. You ask, “Why?” It is because the Lord is the witness between you and the wife of your youth. You have been unfaithful to her, though she is your partner, the wife of your marriage covenant.
    Early in the morning on May 26, 2020 as I was sleeping Jesus visited me ( I did not see him, I heard him speak audibly), and I had a series of visions, and I had three dreams and it is as follows:
    • Closed Vision #1 - Not allowed to share now, closed vision connected to closed visions that I had on May 2020
    • Closed Vision #2 -  Not allowed to share now, closed vision connected to closed visions that I had on May 2020
    • Closed Vision #3 -  Not allowed to share now, closed vision connected to closed visions that I had on May 2020
    • Closed Vision #4 - Not allowed to share now, closed vision connected to closed visions that I had on May 2020
    • Closed Vision #5-  Not allowed to share now, closed vision connected to closed visions that I had on May 2020
    • Dream #1 - Door gate: 2 Corinthians 3:4-6 - Watch the video recording of this teaching for details
    • Dream #2 - Flood coming (btw, not a real flood, a flood is a parable): Let's chat about motives - Watch the video recording of this teaching for details
    • Dream #3 - Unknown masculine woman comforting people in the world regarding events that happened because of the floor or after the flood - Watch the video recording of this teaching for details
      In the month of May 2020 I prophesied a series of prophetic videos, similar to what God the Father had me to prophesy between May 2019 - June 2019, and we see how 2020 has been thus far (plague and famine). When God sent me to prophesy, he told me in advance that his people will not change (repent), so I knew when I was prophesying in May 2020 that the body of Christ would not take heed. You maybe wondering why he would still have me prophesy, even though he know it will not produce repentance? It's because God always warns us with three witness (one of three will always be the word of God) before what he has declared will come to past. Since April 2020 I have been seeing disturbing prophetic visions regarding events that the Apostle John prophesied about in the book of Revelation, and Daniel prophesied in the book of Daniel. I am not allowed to share anything yet. The reason why I am mentioning this is to really warn the church to the best of my ability. Throw away your false religion; corporate church is just as a threat to today's church as a legalistic church. We have to humble our-self, and stop putting on, in front of our church members, the media, and the world to appear self-righteous and like we do not have to bear fruit in keeping with repentance. The Holy Spirit needs to be in control of our ministry as ministers of God.

      I believe a lot of ministers maybe questioning what the Holy Spirit is saying through me solely because God has allowed their church/ministry to grow and prosper naturally. By reading Revelation 2-3 we know that a growing church does not mean that the church is pleasing to God [Recommended teaching: What does Matthew 7:15-23 mean, we will know them by their fruit?]. The reason why God allows our church to grow whether we are pleasing him or not is because he is slow to anger, and long suffering wanting us to come into repentance as stated by the Apostle Peter in 2 Peter 3:8-10 "But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat." God will warn us for years before he judges us, and the natural could be prosperous while he is wanting us to repent before judgement comes. For greater understanding, read the teaching: God's anger, wrath, woe, judgement and restoration. The truth is God does correct us when we sin, however we have to hear him and know him for being God our Father, and not for who we want him to be. If we fail to repent from sin, then he has to to discipline us, in hopes that we repent so that he can save our soul. He has tried to discipline some of yawl (leaders and laymen/laywomen) and you still persist to be your own gods (do whatever you want to do, how you want to do it, and when you want to do it). King Solomon let's us know in Ecclesiastes 12:14 "For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil."
      Church Authority
      God has given the five-leaders authority over territory both spiritually and naturally. However, if we fail to be obedient to the word of God but persist and rule in our own effort, while being disobedient, the territory given to each five-fold leader will be given to the devil in this spiritual warfare. Recommended teaching: Territory: Reaping What We SowIsaiah 56:9-57:2  reads "Come, all you beasts of the field, come and devour, all you beasts of the forest! Israel’s watchmen are blind they all lack knowledge; they are all mute dogs, they cannot bark; they lie around and dream, they love to sleep. They are dogs with mighty appetites; they never have enough. They are shepherds who lack understanding; they all turn to their own way, they seek their own gain.  “Come,” each one cries, “let me get wine! Let us drink our fill of beer! And tomorrow will be like today, or even far better.” The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart; the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death."


      In Isaiah 3:10-15  God told Isaiah "My people, your guides lead you astray; they turn you from the path. The Lord takes his place in court; he rises to judge the people. The Lord enters into judgment against the elders and leaders of his people: “It is you who have ruined my vineyard; the plunder from the poor is in your houses. What do you mean by crushing my people and grinding the faces of the poor declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty" e know by reading the old testament, specifically Genesis 15:16 that God uses scales for justice for nations, "In the fourth generation your descendants will come back here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure." The world has dominated the church so much because the church wants to be like the world, please the world, but then try and be righteous. James tell us in James 4:1-6 " What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us? But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”

      After I posted the Hour of Change video, I too had to repent because my admiration and honor for the gifts (meaning the five-fold), led me to believe what I saw over what the bible (God's word) says. I see, know, and believe that pastors are such a great contribution to the body of Christ, and since they've been governing churches, that maybe I could subconsciously overlook the epistles, when it speaks about church order, structure, and purpose [1 Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 4:1-16].' As I mentioned in the Growing Spiritual Series 4 of 6: The Truth About Convictions there are kingdom convictions and then there are individual convictions. This should be a kingdom conviction as it impacts the nations! If pastors had the spiritual authority to govern churches, then why did Jesus give us the office of an apostle? Why did we have Paul - the apostle to the gentiles, Peter, John, James, - the apostles to the Jews, and the rest of the Apostles mentioned in the word of God? I really had to repent because I allowed my admiration for man to overshadow the truth in scripture. The reason why the church has so many church members and seat warmers instead of disciples is because we've replaced apostles with pastors, and evangelist with teachers. Pastors, as well as evangelist, teachers, and prophets are not spiritually equipped to govern churches per the word of God. I too started off as a pastor in 2018, and I did not understand then why God would have me quit my corporate job and not allow me to make ANJWC Church a church and receive tithes and offering until May 15, 2020. It was because I did not have the spiritual authority to do so, until I was appointed to stand in the office of an apostle, and have been trained as an apostle, which happened March 2020. Jesus Christ has given the church five leadership gifts, and he has gifted us differently. If we try to be another gift because we want the spotlight we are hurting not only our church but the body of Christ, and we are also being disobedient to God's word. If we cannot obey God's written word, there's no way we can obey God's spoken word.

      Isaiah 42:14-15 “For a long time I have kept silent, I have been quiet and held myself back. But now, like a woman in childbirth, I cry out, I gasp and pant. I will lay waste the mountains and hills and dry up all their vegetation; I will turn rivers into islands and dry up the pools."

      Naturally, you may ask well, if God did not want a pastor to govern a church, then why are there so many pastors governing churches? The answer is that God cannot take away our free will, he cannot force us to be obedient to the word of God. The reason why it is dangerous for a pastor and evangelist to teach if they are not led by the Holy Spirit to due so while governed by an Apostle is because in the Kingdom of God, a minister can only teach what the Holy Spirit has allowed them to experience in their own life, with the understanding given to them from the Holy Spirit regarding the word of God. If they are doing so and they are not governed by an apostle with the leading of the Holy Spirit they are teaching bad doctrine via their flesh or the devil which has hindered the church more then almost anything else.

      So unless they are being directed by the Holy Spirit while being governed by an apostle, they are teaching, preaching, and sharing their experience with limited understanding of spiritual matters and the word of God. The pursuit to be an evangelist and pastor is totally different then the pursuit to be a teacher, prophet, and apostle. Note: I said that there is a pursuit, notating that it is not necessarily easy to be a pastor and or evangelist, but in comparison to a teacher, prophet, and an apostle there's less of refinement required before appointment because pastors and evangelist were never gifted or called by God to govern or build churches. Each of the leaderships are gifted differently and that's intentionally. A pastor/evangelist maybe able to fill up a large church but without the governing of an apostle, it will take them twice as long to make disciples, which is why we have more church members then disciples. I am not saying pastors, evangelist, teachers, and prophet cannot be on the pulpit. I am saying that we should make sure that if they are it's to fulfill the purposed outlined in scripture. When we read 1 Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 4:1-16 and the epistles we can see that Jesus set the church up to be as follows:
      • Apostles - Build, govern churches, council through prophecy, teach, preach, heal & deliver, miracles, etc as the Holy Spirit directs and not based upon their own preference.
      • Prophets - Council, through prophecy not necessarily counsel.
      • Teachers - On the pulpit during the main service, to teach born-again believers how to be free from sin. Believers have to be taught how to be free from sin. Even if an evangelist or someone else delivers them, the person still has to be taught not to commit the sin again that bound them to begin with. The worst thing a deliverance ministry can do is heal & deliver people and not teach them how to be free from sin (read Matthew 12:43-45 and see below).
      • Pastors - Counsel give advice to born-again believers based upon the word of God.
      • Evangelist - Seeks to convert others to the Christian faith, by preaching, and healing & delivering. Their ministry assignment is geared to non-believers.
      Once again, I am not saying being a pastor/evangelist is easy nor did I say their pursuit was without discomfort, nor will I ever or can ever discredit their contribution to the body of Christ and their love and dedication for Christ. In order to be to be assigned ministry work as a minister from God (not from man) there is a pursuit:
      1. Calling is first = Believing in Jesus Christ Read: Matthew 21:33-46
      2. Gifts/anointed is next or is first = If we are the gift (the five-fold), then we are gifted already per the office we stand in. However, it does not mean we cannot get more gifts as we grow spiritually. If we are a layman/laywoman God will equip us with spiritual gifts in ministry. Read: 1 Corinthians 12
      3. Test are next = The test that each office will have to undergo is different because their pursuit, and purpose is different. In 2 Corinthians 13:5-7 Paul tells the church "Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test? And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test. Now we pray to God that you will not do anything wrong—not so that people will see that we have stood the test but so that you will do what is right even though we may seem to have failed." James 1:2-3 "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance."
      4. Appointment is last = By reading Luke 10:1 we know that being appointed by the Lord, comes after discipleship (following Jesus)! The Lord appointed seventy two disciples based upon what's written in Luke 9:57-62, hence the words "after this." To review a teaching of Luke 9:57-62, take a look at the teaching post titled: "Don't Give Up - The Cost of Discipleship (the video is below)"


      It is very hard to correct someone who believe bad doctrine (more faith in what they believe by what they see, then what they believe from reading the truth in the word of God), I should know, I was one of them, and it is why God allowed me to be disciplined the way that he did. A five-fold leader can be spiritually called, gifted, anointed, but appointment only comes after being tested by God and proving faithful, some people are on pulpits and haven't proved faithful, and because of that, they are preaching and teaching bad doctrine. In 1 Corinthians 4:1-4 Paul tells us "This, then, is how you ought to regard us (meaning the Apostles): as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me."

      As much as I have been helped tremendously by different churches, ministers and ministries especially pastors and evangelist, let me go on record and say that I do not believe that God has led any pastor, evangelist, teacher, and prophet to build or govern a church or be a church planter, without the governing of an apostle [notice I did not say ministries, as a ministry is different then a church]. However, I do believe God has allowed it. Psalm 127:1 reads "Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain." Church has a specific purpose according to Ephesians 4:1-16, and if the apostolic gift to the church is not there, then the purpose cannot be fulfilled (not my words, the words of the bible). It takes an appointed apostle, as well as an appointed prophet, teacher, evangelist, pastor to fulfill the purpose of church. So, yes, other offices can build the house but they labor in-vain because it will not fulfill the purpose God intended it to fulfill. If that hurts you to hear this, it has taken me a lot of time to believe this truth too, which is why I had to repent. If God did tell pastors and evangelist to build, and govern churches, it would go against his written word, and God is not a liar. I would rather believe that a believer misheard God (even if their church is a help to millions), then to believe that the word of God is a lie.  The reason why I keep emphasizing this over and over again, and I've been speaking about this for almost a year ago, over and over again is because this is the churches root problem, and is the reason why we are bearing the rotten fruit that we are bearing (nice looking Christians on the outside, who are filthy on the inside who are not disciples but seat warmers). We refuse to believe the word of God, because we believe that we know how to have a successful church over how God tells us to have a successful church. We must change after the test that is coming to the church/world. Recommended teaching: The Ministry of Hearing.

      I've stood in all the other leadership offices before being an apostle, and as an apostle, and let me share with you how the enemy tried to dominate me while standing in each office and the test God allowed me to experience, and how I've had to prove faithful before I could get promoted spiritually by God. After this you will understand why God ordained apostles to govern churches:

      Pastors: The devil attack pastors with greed and or financial/socioeconomic stability to get them to be focused on their assignment and people over the word of God. So when a pastor preach/teach (instead of counseling) they can only do so based upon their pursuit, in which the pursuit to be a pastor comes with less test, although it is not easy. Thus, they will be more inclined to preach/teach comfort and stability because that has been their journey. They would preach/teach God's love without discipline.
      • When I stood in the office of a pastor, I was tested: God told me to give up my job, my money, my travels around the world to choose his pursuit. It would be one thing if when I was born-again believer I had no carnal life experiences and wasn't making good money, that would be easy. However, I gave up financial/socioeconomic stability to be obedient to God. As a pastor, I moved five times, while being attacked spiritually and naturally, and I was born-again for less than year when this took place, and I still had to counsel folks. As much as the soul desires stability, the devil cannot use stability to lure me into giving up on God's word (obedience to the written word of God & the Holy Spirit). I've been there and done that.
      Evangelist: The devil attack evangelist by giving them supernatural experiences or having them only focus on the supernatural experiences God has given them to the point they will take the word of God out of context, to prove their doctrine for notability. So when an evangelist counsel/teach (instead of preaching & healing & delivering) they can only do so based upon their pursuit, in which the pursuit to be a evangelist comes with less test, although it is not easy. So if an evangelist counsel/teach they will be inclined to counsel/teach God's love without discipline (get healed & delivered, without needing to understand how to remain free from the sin that bound them).
      • When I stood in the office of an evangelist, I was tested: I enjoy evangelism maybe more than any other office because to be transparent it's been easier for me to evangelize (preach to & pray for) sinners then it's been to teach/prophesy/govern born-again believers. I've had to evangelize to the one lost sheep that society has tossed as dross, without spotlight and attention. I asked God if he really had me to go through what I went through during that period just to evangelize to one person. Then he took me the one lost sheep is just as important as the 99 found sheep. As much as the soul desires notability, the devil cannot use notability to lure me into giving up on God's word (obedience to the written word of God & the Holy Spirit). The gift of healing & deliverance doesn't make me a super-Christian.
      Teachers: The devil attack teachers with comfort. If a teacher does not like to be discomforted or change they will only teach the parts of the gospels and epistles to justify the wrong motives of their heart. This is where being the gift has more accountability. Teacher, prophets, and apostles are the leadership team of a church. If a teacher is teaching comfort because the teacher doesn't want to change, then the congregation will be comfortable, carnal Christians who believe the grace of God is a license to sin. This is why someone who stands in the office of a teacher, need to have more of a difficult pursuit then evangelist, and pastors. Teachers are the ones who are supposed to minister to the congregation at church services.
      • When I stood in the office of a teacher, I was tested: While I was in the refiners fire, and out of those three months there was probably 5 days (spread out) that I was comfortable. Despite being the most uncomfortable I have ever been, I still taught the word in truth, faith, and love, and I also had to be able to understand what God was telling me to change (repent from) while being extremely uncomfortable. As much as the soul desires comfort, the devil cannot use comfort to get me to give up on God's word (obedience to God's word & the Holy Spirit). I will be honest this was the hardest test to overcome, and I was tested when I was a teacher, prophet and an apostle with comfort. 
      Prophets: The devil attack prophets with the spotlight, fame, and pride.
      • When I stood in the office of an prophet, I was tested: I've had people, small, and large churches and well known leaders view my videos, prophecies and teachings. I've never led anyone to myself, I've always told them to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. People who I've met on my journey with Christ will tell you when they ask me my opinion about something, my response was did you ask the Holy Spirit. Who is Martha? Jesus Christ is your savior, the Holy Spirit is your help. I could have sold books, and marketed myself for the teachings that I've share for free on ANJWC Church. I could have easily been a Christian social media influencer (I used to be a traveling influencer), and I could also make money giving personal prophecies and word of knowledge. As much as the soul desires pride, the devil cannot use pride to get me to give up on God's word (obedience to God's word & the Holy Spirit). 
      Apostles: The devil attack apostles with distraction from God's word. When someone stands in the office of an apostle they need to be able to hear God multiple times of the day because God will call them almost every day to move in between offices. Thus a higher level of consecration is needed. The devil will send those they govern to dominate their time.
      • As an apostle: I have to count all that I've given up including my family time, friend time, a loss. I've counted everything a loss for knowing Christ, and to be able to hear God on time, and accurately. To read the apostolic pursuit to appointment, read: The Office of An ApostleAs much as the soul desires to focus on things that are normal for most people to focus on, pride, comfort, notability, and stability, the devil cannot use an unconsecrated life, pride, comfort, notability, and stability to get me to give up on God's word (obedience to God's word & the Holy Spirit). 
      If you are not an apostle, and you are governing a church without an apostle I suggest that you do the following:
      • Repent to God for not doing the word of God [James 1:21-25]
      • Ask the Holy Spirit what's next as a minister and for your ministry assignment.
      • If the Holy Spirit leads you find an apostle to govern your ministry assignment, make sure the apostle is really sent by the Holy Spirit. Test the apostles and ask them what has been their pursuit to being an apostle [Revelation 2:2]. Doing this, especially for those who have already built ministries and are well known, will take humility and contriteness. If you are not going to allow the apostle to govern but just put them on your leadership just to say that you have an apostle, then you still do not have an apostle governing. A governing apostle, would be responsible for the ministry work that the pastors, evangelist, teachers, and prophets are doing.
      PART 2 OF 3:
      JUDGEMENT
      In today's teaching we are going to use the book of Isaiah as our proof text book to see the judgment/justice God expects nations, and peoples to render. Remember, the Holy Spirit told me to "upload a teaching discussing the ways that he seeks justice, by Saturday." However, before we get started, I believe that it's important to define judgment, and justice, and to also briefly speak about sin first because it will help us understand the rest of today's teaching. We will briefly chat about sin now, and then later on speak about it in greater details. In Acts 17:30-31 the Apostle Peter told the crowd "In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead."

      What is judgment?
      In the old testament the word justice in the NIV, and NKJV is often translated to mean the word judgement in KJV.  Judgement is defined the ability to make considered decisions or come to sensible conclusions. When judgement according to God's word is not made and justice is being withheld, then we are judged by God with the same measure we've judged others, and thus, we enter into God's dreadful judgement which is defined as a misfortune or calamity viewed as a divine punishment. We will speak about God's dreadful judgement and Godly discipline later on.

      Isaiah 28:17 "I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the plumb linehail will sweep away your refuge, the lie, and water will overflow your hiding place."

      2 Kings 21:1-18 "I will stretch out over Jerusalem the measuring line used against Samaria and the plumb line used against the house of Ahab."

      Amos 7:8-10 "Then the Lord said, “Look, I am setting a plumb line among my people Israel; I will spare them no longer. “The high places of Isaac will be destroyed and the sanctuaries of Israel will be ruined; with my sword I will rise against the house of Jeroboam."

      Throughout the bible there is two things that God mentions over and over again in both the old testament and the new, and under both dispensations that he uses to judge people for and it is righteousness and justice. God uses a measuring line to judge places (e.g. cities, states, nations) for justice, and uses a plumb line to judge people for righteousness. Measuring lines (width/length/horizontal of chaos for a place) and plumb lines (depth/height/vertical of desolation of people) lets us know how severe the judgments God has declared will be and or how merciful God will show to the remnant. For greater details read: Isaiah 34:1-14; Amos 7:7-15; Zechariah 1:13-17; Zechariah 2:1-13. An example of a nation who received a full measure of God's judgement (stage 5 of curse) is Babylon as outlined in Isaiah 47:9.

      Isaiah 1:17 "Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow."

      Amos 5:23-25 "Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps. But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream! “Did you bring me sacrifices and offerings forty years in the wilderness, people of Israel?"
      Righteousness
      • Isaiah tells us in Isaiah 1:17 do right. Doing right according to the Apostle John in 1 John 3:4-10 is a practice, and we can practice righteousness because it is the gift of God given to us by grace through faith so that we can bear fruit to God, as Paul tells us in Romans. Recommended teaching: The Ministry of Reconciliation.
      "But when grace is shown to the wicked, they do not learn righteousness; even in a land of uprightness they go on doing evil and do not regard the majesty of the Lord." - Isaiah 26:10 
      Just
      • Seeking justice is an interesting term to me. Before realizing Isaiah 1:17 said seek justice, the Holy Spirit told me to upload a teaching about seeking justice. To be transparent, I had to meditate on what that meant. The work seek in Hebrew is YXZ and it means to follow justice. So I know that the Holy Spirit wanted me to upload a teaching about following God's justice. When we continue to read Isaiah 1:17 it tells us that we seek just when we: Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow." Now you maybe wondering what is God's justice? This is explained further in Isaiah 58:1-12  “Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet. Declare to my people their rebellion and to the descendants of Jacob their sins. For day after day they seek me out; they seem eager to know my ways, as if they were a nation that does what is right and has not forsaken the commands of its God. They ask me for just decisions and seem eager for God to come near them. ‘Why have we fasted,’ they say, ‘and you have not seen it? Why have we humbled ourselves, and you have not noticed?’ “Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please and exploit all your workers. Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife, and in striking each other with wicked fists. You cannot fast as you do today and expect your voice to be heard on high. Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for people to humble themselves? Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed and for lying in sackcloth and ashes? Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the Lord?  “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. “If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings."
        What is justice?
        To be just is to be impartial, unbiased, and objective according to God's word. When we read the whole bible contextually, we would read and believe that God is righteousjustloving, and kind. However, if you're like Jeremiah you maybe wondering is God really as just as we read about. Jeremiah 12 reads
        • Jeremiah's question 12:1-4:"You are always righteous, Lord, when I bring a case before you. Yet I would speak with you about your justice: Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease? You have planted them, and they have taken root; they grow and bear fruit. You are always on their lips but far from their hearts [Recommended teaching: What does Matthew 7:15-23 mean, we will know them by their fruit?]. Yet you know me, Lord; you see me and test my thoughts about you. Drag them off like sheep to be butchered! Set them apart for the day of slaughter! How long will the land lie parched and the grass in every field be withered? Because those who live in it are wicked, the animals and birds have perished. Moreover, the people are saying, “He will not see what happens to us. 
        • God's answer 5-17: “If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan? Your relatives, members of your own family—even they have betrayed you; they have raised a loud cry against you. Do not trust them, though they speak well of you. “I will forsake my house, abandon my inheritance;I will give the one I love into the hands of her enemies. My inheritance has become to me like a lion in the forest. She roars at me; therefore I hate her. Has not my inheritance become to me like a speckled bird of prey that other birds of prey surround and attack? Go and gather all the wild beasts; bring them to devour. Many shepherds will ruin my vineyard and trample down my field; they will turn my pleasant field into a desolate wasteland. It will be made a wasteland, parched and desolate before me; the whole land will be laid waste because there is no one who cares. Over all the barren heights in the desert destroyers will swarm, for the sword of the Lord will devour from one end of the land to the other; no one will be safe. They will sow wheat but reap thorns; they will wear themselves out but gain nothing. They will bear the shame of their harvest because of the Lord’s fierce anger.” This is what the Lord says: “As for all my wicked neighbors who seize the inheritance I gave my people Israel, I will uproot them from their lands and I will uproot the people of Judah from among them. "
        What is sin?
        Sin is disobedience to the truth. According to John 16:13, John 17:17 which is the word of God and the Holy Spirit. We gradually grow into obedience to the truth. Thus, we are accountable for doing the better that we know to do. As we continue to grow spiritually, and get familiar with the word and the Holy Spirit, he will reveal to us through the word, circumstances, sermons, and born-again believers what we need to change [Read James 4]. In order to be obedient to the truth we have to know what it is, which means we have to read the word of God, and get to know the Holy Spirit.

        Isaiah 26:21  "See, the Lord is coming out of his dwelling to punish the people of the earth for their sins. The earth will disclose the blood shed on it; the earth will conceal its slain no longer."

        God discipline us because of unrepentant sin; he does not discipline us because of repentant sin. When we repent from our heart, Jesus Christ will never remember the sin that we've repented from anymore according to Hebrews 8:12.

        How do we repent from sin? 
        First we need to understand and believe that we need to repent and know what we need to repent from:
        • Isaiah 30:15 reads "This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it." 
        • Isaiah 59:1-20 reads "Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear. For your hands are stained with blood,your fingers with guilt. Your lips have spoken falsely, and your tongue mutters wicked things. No one calls for justice; no one pleads a case with integrity. They rely on empty arguments, they utter lies; they conceive trouble and give birth to evil. They hatch the eggs of vipers and spin a spider’s web. Whoever eats their eggs will die, and when one is broken, an adder is hatched. Their cobwebs are useless for clothing; they cannot cover themselves with what they make. Their deeds are evil deeds, and acts of violence are in their hands. Their feet rush into sin; they are swift to shed innocent blood. They pursue evil schemes; acts of violence mark their ways. The way of peace they do not know; there is no justice in their paths.They have turned them into crooked roads; no one who walks along them will know peace. So justice is far from us, and righteousness does not reach us. We look for light, but all is darkness; for brightness, but we walk in deep shadows. Like the blind we grope along the wall, feeling our way like people without eyes. At midday we stumble as if it were twilight; among the strong, we are like the dead. We all growl like bears; we moan mournfully like doves. We look for justice, but find none; for deliverance, but it is far away. For our offenses are many in your sight, and our sins testify against us. Our offenses are ever with us, and we acknowledge our iniquities: rebellion and treachery against the Lord, turning our backs on our God,inciting revolt and oppression, uttering lies our hearts have conceived. So justice is driven back, and righteousness stands at a distance;truth has stumbled in the streets, honesty cannot enter. Truth is nowhere to be found, and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey. The Lord looked and was displeased that there was no justice. He saw that there was no one, he was appalled that there was no one to intervene; so his own arm achieved salvation for him, and his own righteousness sustained him. He put on righteousness as his breastplate, and the helmet of salvation on his head; he put on the garments of vengeance and wrapped himself in zeal as in a cloak. According to what they have done,so will he repaywrath to his enemies and retribution to his foes; he will repay the islands their due. From the west, people will fear the name of the Lord, and from the rising of the sun, they will revere his glory. For he will come like a pent-up flood that the breath of the Lord drives along. “The Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who repent of their sins,” declares the Lord."
        2 Chronicles 7:14 tells us what God is looking for. "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
        All repentance starts with a change of heart. What this means is that we have to decide in our heart that we never want to do that sin again. This doesn't mean that we have to know how to change from committing that sin at that moment, or be perfect moving forward. However, we have to really mean it in our heart because heart decisions evoke change. After we decide in our heart that we never want to do that sin again, we have to ask God for forgiveness. Again, just because we decide in our heart that we never want to commit that sin again, doesn't mean that we will not commit the sin after our decision. However, what it does mean is that by following the lead of the Holy Spirit he will help us eliminate the sin all together, gradually. Lastly, we have to ask the Holy Spirit for help to stay true to the repentance. God isn't look for perfection as much as he is a humble and contrite heart [Isaiah 66:1-3]. Paul lets us know that in Romans 3:25 and Romans 5:8, that God left some of the sin of the Israelite's unpunished, so that his son Jesus could bare the unpunished sins from before, and sins of everyone. In order for Jesus to redeem us, we have to repent from our heart. 
          How does God use judgement when justice is not rendered?
          God only disciplines us with his dreadful judgement so that we can repent. If we were to repent when God wants us to repent we would never have to experience God's dreadful judgement, although we would still be disciplined by God so that we can grow spiritually. In Isaiah 63:7-14 we know that God is distressed when we are distressed, it reads: "I will tell of the kindnesses of the Lord, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the Lord has done for us— yes, the many good things he has done for Israel, according to his compassion and many kindnesses. He said, “Surely they are my people, children who will be true to me”; and so he became their Savior. In all their distress he too was distressed, and the angel of his presence saved them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old. Yet they rebelled and grieved his Holy Spirit. So he turned and became their enemy and he himself fought against them.  Then his people recalled the days of old, the days of Moses and his people— where is he who brought them through the sea, with the shepherd of his flock? Where is he who set his Holy Spirit among them,  who sent his glorious arm of power to be at Moses’ right hand, who divided the waters before them, to gain for himself everlasting renown,  who led them through the depths? Like a horse in open country, they did not stumble; like cattle that go down to the plain, they were given rest by the Spirit of the Lord. This is how you guided your people to make for yourself a glorious name."

          Jesus Christ said in John 9:37-41 "Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.” Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. Jesus said,“For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.” Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?” Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains." This is one of the reason why Jesus Christ accomplished what he did for us when he raised and resurrected. However, we created a bad doctrine from three words in one verse in John 19:28-30 that says "it is finished." When Jesus said it is finished he meant he fulfilled the Law of Moses, the Law of the Prophets, and the Psalms as stated in Luke 24:44so that all righteousness can be fulfilled as stated in John 3:15, and because Jesus Christ fulfilled all righteousness it allowed for him to offer us the gift of righteousness, by grace through faith, as Paul explains in the book of Romans [Recommended teaching: The Ministry of Reconciliation].

          The bad doctrine that we took from John 19:28-30 which reads "it is finished" that we did not understand contextually is as follows: that because Jesus Christ did it all on the cross, we don't have to do nothing to receive from God. This contradicts everything written in the New Testament both before and after Jesus resurrected. Jesus Christ did all that he was going to do on the cross for us in regards to giving us authority to rule over sin, in regards to giving us the opportunity to be born again and Spirit filled, in regards to his promises. Thus, Jesus is not going to do what he has already done for us regarding those things. However, Jesus did not do all for us in regards to working on our behalf so that we can chill and relax on earth in our sins, and not learn how to rule over sin. Remember God through Jesus Christ gave mankind their authority back to use against the enemy. With this authority given to us by Jesus, we are to reign in life through Jesus Christ as kings and priest, while working to bring people into the Kingdom of God [Recommended teaching: Don't Give Up Series 1 of 2 - The Cost of Discipleship].

          By reading Ezekiel 4:4-6 Hosea 13:12Daniel 5:27 we know that the sins of nations are counted. Let's see what judgment/justice God expects nations, and peoples to render.
          • Isaiah 1:17 "Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow."
          • Isaiah 30:1-3 “Woe to the obstinate children,” declares the Lord, “to those who carry out plans that are not mine, forming an alliance, but not by my Spirit, heaping sin upon sin; who go down to Egypt without consulting me [My notes: Egypt is a type and shadow of the world and Pharaoh is a type and shadow of the devil]; who look for help to Pharaoh’s protection, to Egypt’s shade for refuge. But Pharaoh’s protection will be to your shame, Egypt’s shade will bring you disgrace.
          God's dreadful judgments were never meant for God's people. After God disciplines us and we repent, God yarns to show us mercy [Read Isaiah 40-45 in its entirety].
          • Isaiah 40:1-6 Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed,that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins. A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up,every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together.For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” A voice says, “Cry out.” And I said, “What shall I cry?” “All people are like grass, and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field.
          • Isaiah 40:7-11 The grass withers and the flowers fall,because the breath of the Lord blows on them.Surely the people are grass.The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” You who bring good news to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good news to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, “Here is your God!” See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power, and he rules with a mighty arm. See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him. He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.
          • Isaiah 40:12-18 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand,or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance? Who can fathom the Spirit of the Lord, or instruct the Lord as his counselor? Whom did the Lord consult to enlighten hi m, and who taught him the right way? Who was it that taught him knowledge,or showed him the path of understanding? Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket;they are regarded as dust on the scales;he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust. Lebanon is not sufficient for altar fires, nor its animals enough for burnt offerings. Before him all the nations are as nothing; they are regarded by him as worthless and less than nothing.
          • Isaiah 40:18-20 With whom, then, will you compare God? To what image will you liken him? As for an idol, a metalworker casts it, and a goldsmith overlays it with gold and fashions silver chains for it. A person too poor to present such an offering selects wood that will not rot; they look for a skilled worker to set up an idol that will not topple. 
          • Isaiah 40:21-31 Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood since the earth was founded? He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in. He brings princes to naught and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing. No sooner are they planted, no sooner are they sown, no sooner do they take root in the ground, than he blows on them and they wither, and a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff. “To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing. Why do you complain, Jacob? Why do you say, Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God”? Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary,and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
          Once again God's love doesn't exclude his discipline. This is why it's hard for the church to believe that God is sovereign. We say that we believe God is sovereign but as soon as our sovereign God allows one his dreadful judgments to manifest in order to correct and discipline, then we want to pray against what God has allowed. There is a time for the prayer of supplication if we are praying for God to relent, and it's when God is warning us. However, once something has been declared by God we need to pray the prayer of supplication for him to reveal our heart so that we can change.
          • Isaiah 19:20-25 It will be a sign and witness to the Lord Almighty in the land of Egypt. When they cry out to the Lord because of their oppressors, he will send them a savior and defender, and he will rescue them. So the Lord will make himself known to the Egyptians, and in that day they will acknowledge the Lord. They will worship with sacrifices and grain offerings; they will make vows to the Lord and keep them. The Lord will strike Egypt with a plague; he will strike them and heal them. They will turn to the Lord, and he will respond to their pleas and heal them. In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria. The Assyrians will go to Egypt and the Egyptians to Assyria. The Egyptians and Assyrians will worship together. In that day Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing on the earth.  The Lord Almighty will bless them, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance.”
          • Proverbs 3:11-12 My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.
          • Isaiah 26:16 Lord, they came to you in their distress; when you disciplined them, they could barely whisper a prayer.
          • Revelation 3:19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.
          The first time we see God's justice is in the book of Genesis is when the Lord God judged Satan for his deception in Genesis 3:14-19.
          So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,
          • “Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”
          To the woman he said,
          • “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.”
          To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’
          • “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.”
          The Types of Dreadful Judgments
          There are four types of dreadful judgement and all of the judgment are curses according to Leviticus 26:23-25. The judgement are also spoken about in  Ezekiel 5:17Ezekiel 14:21, 2 Chronicles 20:9Jeremiah 14:13, and Revelation 6:8 and they are:
          • Sword - Example: Exodus 17:8-15 When we speak about God's dreadful judgment sword is not referencing (the sword of the Spirit as mentioned in Ephesians 6:17 ). Exodus 17:8-15  The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. Moses said to Joshua, “Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.” So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this on a scroll as something to be remembered and make sure that Joshua hears it, because I will completely blot out the name of Amalek from under heaven.” Moses built an altar and called it The Lord is my Banner.
          • Famine - Example: Genesis 41:14-57 Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they quickly brought him out of the pit. And when he had shaved himself and changed his clothes, he came in before Pharaoh. And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I have had a dream, and there is no one who can interpret it. I have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.” Joseph answered Pharaoh, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.” Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Behold, in my dream I was standing on the banks of the Nile. Seven cows, plump and attractive, came up out of the Nile and fed in the reed grass. Seven other cows came up after them, poor and very ugly and thin, such as I had never seen in all the land of Egypt. 20 And the thin, ugly cows ate up the first seven plump cows, but when they had eaten them no one would have known that they had eaten them, for they were still as ugly as at the beginning. Then I awoke. I also saw in my dream seven ears growing on one stalk, full and good. Seven ears, withered, thin, and blighted by the east wind, sprouted after them, and the thin ears swallowed up the seven good ears. And I told it to the magicians, but there was no one who could explain it to me.” Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, “The dreams of Pharaoh are one; God has revealed to Pharaoh what he is about to do. The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good ears are seven years; the dreams are one. The seven lean and ugly cows that came up after them are seven years, and the seven empty ears blighted by the east wind are also seven years of famine. It is as I told Pharaoh; God has shown to Pharaoh what he is about to do. There will come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt, but after them there will arise seven years of famine, and all the plenty will be forgotten in the land of Egypt. The famine will consume the land, and the plenty will be unknown in the land by reason of the famine that will follow, for it will be very severe. And the doubling of Pharaoh's dream means that the thing is fixed by God, and God will shortly bring it about. Now therefore let Pharaoh select a discerning and wise man, and set him over the land of Egypt. Let Pharaoh proceed to appoint overseers over the land and take one-fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt during the seven plentiful years. And let them gather all the food of these good years that are coming and store up grain under the authority of Pharaoh for food in the cities, and let them keep it. That food shall be a reserve for the land against the seven years of famine that are to occur in the land of Egypt, so that the land may not perish through the famine.” Skip to down to verse 46 Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh and went through all the land of Egypt. During the seven plentiful years the earth produced abundantly, and he gathered up all the food of these seven years, which occurred in the land of Egypt, and put the food in the cities. He put in every city the food from the fields around it. And Joseph stored up grain in great abundance, like the sand of the sea, until he ceased to measure it, for it could not be measured. Before the year of famine came, two sons were born to Joseph. Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On, bore them to him.  Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh. “For,” he said, “God has made me forget all my hardship and all my father's house.”  The name of the second he called Ephraim, “For God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction.” The seven years of plenty that occurred in the land of Egypt came to an end,  and the seven years of famine began to come, as Joseph had said. There was famine in all lands, but in all the land of Egypt there was bread.  When all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread. Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph. What he says to you, do.” So when the famine had spread over all the land, Joseph opened all the storehouses and sold to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe in the land of Egypt. Moreover, all the earth came to Egypt to Joseph to buy grain, because the famine was severe over all the earth.
          • Wild beasts - Example: 2 Kings 2:23-24  From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some boys came out of the town and jeered at him. “Get out of here, baldy!” they said. “Get out of here, baldy!” He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the Lord. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the boys.
          • Plague - Example: Numbers 16:39-52 So Eleazar the priest collected the bronze censers brought by those who had been burned to death, and he had them hammered out to overlay the altar, as the Lord directed him through Moses. This was to remind the Israelites that no one except a descendant of Aaron should come to burn incense before the Lord, or he would become like Korah and his followers. The next day the whole Israelite community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. “You have killed the Lord’s people,” they said. But when the assembly gathered in opposition to Moses and Aaron and turned toward the tent of meeting, suddenly the cloud covered it and the glory of the Lord appeared. Then Moses and Aaron went to the front of the tent of meeting,  and the Lord said to Moses, “Get away from this assembly so I can put an end to them at once.” And they fell face-down. Then Moses said to Aaron, “Take your censer and put incense in it, along with burning coals from the altar, and hurry to the assembly to make atonement for them. Wrath has come out from the Lord; the plague has started.” So Aaron did as Moses said, and ran into the midst of the assembly. The plague had already started among the people, but Aaron offered the incense and made atonement for them. He stood between the living and the dead, and the plague stopped. But 14,700 people died from the plague, in addition to those who had died because of Korah. Then Aaron returned to Moses at the entrance to the tent of meeting, for the plague had stopped.
          Recommended teaching: God's Anger, Wrath, Woe, Judgement, and Restoration

          "Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish. In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins behind your back. For the grave cannot praise you, death cannot sing your praise; those who go down to the pit cannot hope for your faithfulness." - Isaiah 38:17-18

          What is God's mercy?
          God's dreadful judgement allows God to also be merciful [Proof text: Zechariah 1:13-17; Zechariah 2:1-13]. Mercy is defined as compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one's power to punish or harm.

          "Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.-Isaiah 30:18

          You maybe wondering how is it that a just God who uses dreadful judgement to judge the unjust and unrighteous can show mercy? God's justice was declared against the Israelite's for everything they did as written in the book of the prophets because they went against their covenant as agreed upon in Deuteronomy 29. Due to their disobedience towards their covenant (agreement) with God, they sinned, and someone had to pay the penalty for that sin. Since God is also merciful instead of making the Israelites pay for all of their sins, which would have left them with no remnant he made someone he loves and who was sin-free to pay for the sins of those who did not deserve mercy. Isaiah 52:1-15 reads "Awake, awake, Zion, clothe yourself with strength! Put on your garments of splendor, Jerusalem, the holy city. The uncircumcised and defiled will not enter you again. Shake off your dust; rise up, sit enthroned, Jerusalem. Free yourself from the chains on your neck, Daughter Zion, now a captive. For this is what the Lord says: “You were sold for nothing, and without money you will be redeemed.” For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “At first my people went down to Egypt to live; lately, Assyria has oppressed them. “And now what do I have here?” declares the Lord. “For my people have been taken away for nothing, and those who rule them mock,” declares the Lord. “And all day long my name is constantly blasphemed. Therefore my people will know my name; therefore in that day they will know that it is I who foretold it. Yes, it is I.” How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices; together they shout for joy. When the Lord returns to Zion, they will see it with their own eyes. Burst into songs of joy together, you ruins of Jerusalem, for the Lord has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem. The Lord will lay bare his holy arm in the sight of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God. Depart, depart, go out from there! Touch no unclean thing! Come out from it and be pure, you who carry the articles of the Lord’s house. But you will not leave in haste or go in flight; for the Lord will go before you, the God of Israel will be your rear guard. See, my servant will act wisely; he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted. Just as there were many who were appalled at him— his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being and his form marred beyond human likeness— so he will sprinkle many nations, and kings will shut their mouths because of him. For what they were not told, they will see, and what they have not heard, they will understand."

          You maybe thinking, but the Israelite's went into exile, isn't that punishment enough? If we don't understand God's measurement of justice and righteousness, or sin and it's consequences then we will not understand God's dreadful judgement. The Israelite's back then were doing the same things people are doing now-a-days (sacrificing their children to demons by killing them aka abortions, consulting the dead (evil spirits), male prostitution, and female prostitution, robbing the poor, mistreating widows and etc. The same as in the days of Noah, and the same in the days of Abraham (Sodom and Gomorrah). By reading Isaiah 24:5 we know that the earth becomes defile because of people.
          • An example of how the earth can be defiled can be found in Genesis 6-7When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.” The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown. The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God. Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth. Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out.This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be three hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide and thirty cubits high. Make a roof for it, leaving below the roof an opening one cubit high all around.Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks. I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you.You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive. You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.” Noah did everything just as God commanded him. The Lord then said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation. Take with you seven pairs of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate, and one pair of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate, and also seven pairs of every kind of bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth. Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made."  And Noah did all that the Lord commanded him. Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters came on the earth. And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives entered the ark to escape the waters of the flood. Pairs of clean and unclean animals, of birds and of all creatures that move along the ground, male and female, came to Noah and entered the ark, as God had commanded Noah. And after the seven days the floodwaters came on the earth. In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month—on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights. On that very day Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, together with his wife and the wives of his three sons, entered the ark. They had with them every wild animal according to its kind, all livestock according to their kinds, every creature that moves along the ground according to its kind and every bird according to its kind, everything with wings. Pairs of all creatures that have the breath of life in them came to Noah and entered the ark. The animals going in were male and female of every living thing, as God had commanded Noah. Then the Lord shut him in. For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth. The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water. They rose greatly on the earth, and all the high mountains under the entire heavens were covered. The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than fifteen cubits. Every living thing that moved on land perished—birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind. Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died. Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; people and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark. The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days.
          • An example of a situation where justice was proclaimed can be found in Genesis 18:20-30: Then the Lord said, “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know.” The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the Lord. Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it? Far be it from you to do such a thing—to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?” The Lord said, “If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.” Then Abraham spoke up again: “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes, what if the number of the righteous is five less than fifty? Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five people?” “If I find forty-five there,” he said, “I will not destroy it.” Once again he spoke to him, “What if only forty are found there?” He said, “For the sake of forty, I will not do it.” Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak. What if only thirty can be found there?” He answered, “I will not do it if I find thirty there.” 

          PART 3 OF 3: 
          Does God cause/allow/ calamities to happen without cause?
          In Isaiah 61:8 the Lord says “For I, the Lord, love justice; I hate robbery and iniquity." In Ezekiel 14:23 the Lord responds to Ezekiel the prophet regarding Israel's actions by telling him "You will be consoled when you see their conduct and their actions, for you will know that I have done nothing in it without cause, declares the Sovereign Lord." The question that we are answering is does God cause/allow/ calamities to happen without cause? Originally I had another question up and it was, is God the reason for calamities?

          The answer to the original question is God the the reason for calamities he is the reason for some calamities.
          •  Yes, some calamities when we define reason as to cause, explain, or justification for an action or event. He is the reason for His four dreadful judgments that are calamities. Note: He is not the reason for calamities that are similar to his judgments. What I mean is not every war (sword) is necessarily one of God's dreadful judgments, it can be the sin of nations. However, he is not the cause of the sin that nations and people choose to commit against one another. In Isaiah 54:15 the Lord says "If anyone does attack you, it will not be my doing; whoever attacks you will surrender to you." Again, if we define reason to mean, God created the evil that caused my love one to be murdered, then the answer to the question is God the reason for the calamity is, no he is not the reason. Isaiah 56:9-57:2  reads "Come, all you beasts of the field, come and devour, all you beasts of the forest! Israel’s watchmen are blind they all lack knowledge; they are all mute dogs, they cannot bark; they lie around and dream, they love to sleep. They are dogs with mighty appetites; they never have enough. They are shepherds who lack understanding; they all turn to their own way, they seek their own gain.  “Come,” each one cries, “let me get wine! Let us drink our fill of beer! And tomorrow will be like today, or even far better.” The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart; the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death." The reason I changed the question is because the original question does not give us context on the why and the who. As humans we typically have a one sided perspective of justice and who deserves justice when we do not understand, believe and follow the word of God, but instead follow our individual ideology of what we believe justice is based upon our own in-group, race, gender, carnal thinking, beliefs that are geared to pleasure (who pleases us, and what pleases us). If everyone followed there individual beliefs of what justice meant to them, instead of following one standard that comes from one who is omnipresent, omnipotent; basically one who sees it all, knows the beginning from the end as the Lord told the prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 46:10, then we would only administer justice when we believe justice should be administered, and not based upon justness but based upon our carnality or sight as Jesus tells us in John 9. Your next question maybe, well, how do I know that the Lord's justice is really just? How do I know that the Lord is really omnipresent, omnipotent?
          The answer to the revised question does God cause/allow calamities to happen without cause? No! 
          • God administers judgment when nations and peoples fail to administer justice. Godly justice is to be impartial, unbiased, and objective according to God's word (God's word and God's Spirit are truth. In which he offers both freely to anyone who believes in Jesus Christ). We often view God's dreadful judgement as heinous and we do so for two reasons: (1) it's because we are not omnipresent and we are unable to see with our natural eyes why he causes it/allows his dreadful judgments on nations and place, unlike we can see with our natural eyes the sin that people and nations commit, that are responsible for rape, molestation, violence, anger, abuse, road rage, hatred, human trafficking, murders and the like. This is why seeing with the Holy Spirit and being blind to carnality is important (2) it's because we do not understand his mercy and that he gives peoples and places ample amount of time to repent and act justly. In order to believe that God is just when he judges places with the measuring line of justice, and people with the plumb line of righteousness, we have to understand God's anger,wrath, woe, judgement and restoration. What we do not realize is that if God did not judge the world for it's injustice and unrighteousness using anyone of his four dreadful judgements, there world would be far more crimes and evilness in the world then there is now. Note: I am not saying that God is responsible for the death of everyone who died in this world. Rather, I am saying the sins that we've committed, and the sins that others committed including our nations are responsible for the deaths of one another. Again in John 9:39 translated  "Jesus said, For a decision on who to avenge I am come into this world, that they which discern with the natural eye not might see; and that they which discern with the natural eye might be made blind as one who cannot see through a steamed window." FYI the reason why I call sin a person is based upon the following definition that reads " A person (plural people or persons) is a being that has certain capacities or attributes such as reason, morality, consciousness or self-consciousness, and being a part of a culturally established form of social relations such as kinship, ownership of property, or legal responsibility."

          The Lord tells disciples in Deuteronomy 31:6 and Hebrews 13:5 that he will never leave us nor forsake us, but he is speaking to disciples who are obedient to him, as he specifies in John 15. The point that I am making is that when God is not around, the devil is [see the images above]. John 10:10 tells us that the devil comes to steal, kill and destroy, but the Lord has come so that we can have life and have life abundantly. People, including some born-again believers want to act like the devil and carry out his work, but also blame God when they are impacted by his dreadful judgments. Again, the question that we are answering is does God cause/allow/ calamities to happen without cause? In Ezekiel 18:23 "God rhetorically asked Ezekiel the prophet " Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign Lord. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?" I want to use to scriptures to further giving you an understanding of allowing/causing by reading 2 Samuel 24:1-17, and 1 Chronicles 21:1-17 
          • 2 Samuel 24:1-17 Again the anger of the Lord burned against Israel, and he incited David against them, saying, “Go and take a census of Israel and Judah.
          • 1 Chronicles 21:1-17 Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census of Israel. 
          Which one is correct 2 Samuel 24:1-17, or 1 Chronicles 21:1-17? They both are! God's anger burned against Israel due to their rebellion/idolatry and he allowed Satan to rise up against Israel and it was done by incited King David to take a census of Israel so that God could judge Israel using one of his four dreadful judgement as we spoke about earlier and is outlined in those scriptures below. 
          • 2 Samuel 24:1-17 David was conscience-stricken after he had counted the fighting men, and he said to the Lord, “I have sinned greatly in what I have done. Now, Lord, I beg you, take away the guilt of your servant. I have done a very foolish thing.” Before David got up the next morning, the word of the Lord had come to Gad the prophet, David’s seer: “Go and tell David, ‘This is what the Lord says: I am giving you three options. Choose one of them for me to carry out against you.’” So Gad went to David and said to him, “Shall there come on you three years of famine in your land? Or three months of fleeing from your enemies while they pursue you? Or three days of plague in your land? Now then, think it over and decide how I should answer the one who sent me.” David said to Gad, “I am in deep distress. Let us fall into the hands of the Lord, for his mercy is great; but do not let me fall into human hands.” So the Lord sent a plague on Israel from that morning until the end of the time designated, and seventy thousand of the people from Dan to Beersheba died. When the angel stretched out his hand to destroy Jerusalem, the Lord relented concerning the disaster and said to the angel who was afflicting the people, “Enough! Withdraw your hand.” The angel of the Lord was then at the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite. 
          • 1 Chronicles 21:1-17 Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census of Israel. So David said to Joab and the commanders of the troops, “Go and count the Israelites from Beersheba to Dan. Then report back to me so that I may know how many there are.” But Joab replied, “May the Lord multiply his troops a hundred times over. My lord the king, are they not all my lord’s subjects? Why does my lord want to do this? Why should he bring guilt on Israel?” The king’s word, however, overruled Joab; so Joab left and went throughout Israel and then came back to Jerusalem. Joab reported the number of the fighting men to David: In all Israel there were one million one hundred thousand men who could handle a sword, including four hundred and seventy thousand in Judah. But Joab did not include Levi and Benjamin in the numbering, because the king’s command was repulsive to him. This command was also evil in the sight of God; so he punished Israel. Then David said to God, “I have sinned greatly by doing this. Now, I beg you, take away the guilt of your servant. I have done a very foolish thing.” The Lord said to Gad, David’s seer, “Go and tell David, ‘This is what the Lord says: I am giving you three options. Choose one of them for me to carry out against you.’” So Gad went to David and said to him, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Take your choice: three years of famine, three months of being swept away before your enemies, with their swords overtaking you, or three days of the sword of the Lord—days of plague in the land, with the angel of the Lord ravaging every part of Israel.’ Now then, decide how I should answer the one who sent me.” David said to Gad, “I am in deep distress. Let me fall into the hands of the Lord, for his mercy is very great; but do not let me fall into human hands.” So the Lord sent a plague on Israel, and seventy thousand men of Israel fell dead. And God sent an angel to destroy Jerusalem. But as the angel was doing so, the Lord saw it and relented concerning the disaster and said to the angel who was destroying the people, “Enough! Withdraw your hand.”
          Let's use another example from the book of Job 1-2 to see how God causes and allows calamities for the sake of justice.
          • Job 1:1-14 In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. He had seven sons and three daughters, and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East. His sons used to hold feasts in their homes on their birthdays, and they would invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. When a period of feasting had run its course, Job would make arrangements for them to be purified. Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, “Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular custom. One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them. The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?”Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.” Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” “Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”  The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.”Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord [Read verses 15-22 to see how satan attacked Job]. In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.
          • Job 2:1-10 On another day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them to present himself before him. And the Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from? Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.” Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.” “Skin for skin!” Satan replied. “A man will give all he has for his own life. But now stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face.” The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, he is in your hands; but you must spare his life.” So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head. Then Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes. His wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!” He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.
          Let's continue on to answer the question does God cause/allow/ calamities to happen without cause? I suggest you read the whole book of Ezekiel in your spare time but for timing purpose we are going to read Ezekiel 14.
          • Ezekiel 14:1-11 "Some of the elders of Israel came to me and sat down in front of me. Then the word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, these men have set up idols in their hearts and put wicked stumbling blocks before their faces. Should I let them inquire of me at all?  Therefore speak to them and tell them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: When any of the Israelites set up idols in their hearts and put a wicked stumbling block before their faces and then go to a prophet, I the Lord will answer them myself in keeping with their great idolatry. I will do this to recapture the hearts of the people of Israel, who have all deserted me for their idols.’ “Therefore say to the people of Israel, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Repent! Turn from your idols and renounce all your detestable practices! “‘When any of the Israelites or any foreigner residing in Israel separate themselves from me and set up idols in their hearts and put a wicked stumbling block before their faces and then go to a prophet to inquire of me, I the Lord will answer them myself. I will set my face against them and make them an example and a byword. I will remove them from my people. Then you will know that I am the Lord.  “‘And if the prophet is enticed to utter a prophecy, I the Lord have enticed that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand against him and destroy him from among my people Israel. They will bear their guilt—the prophet will be as guilty as the one who consults him. Then the people of Israel will no longer stray from me, nor will they defile themselves anymore with all their sins. They will be my people, and I will be their God, declares the Sovereign Lord.’”
          • Ezekiel 14:12-23 The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, if a country sins against me by being unfaithful and I stretch out my hand against it to cut off its food supply and send famine upon it and kill its people and their animals, even if these three men—Noah, Daniel and Job—were in it, they could save only themselves by their righteousness, declares the Sovereign Lord.  “Or if I send wild beasts through that country and they leave it childless and it becomes desolate so that no one can pass through it because of the beasts,  as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, even if these three men were in it, they could not save their own sons or daughters. They alone would be saved, but the land would be desolate. “Or if I bring a sword against that country and say, ‘Let the sword pass throughout the land,’ and I kill its people and their animals, as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, even if these three men were in it, they could not save their own sons or daughters. They alone would be saved. “Or if I send a plague into that land and pour out my wrath on it through bloodshed, killing its people and their animals, as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, even if Noah, Daniel and Job were in it, they could save neither son nor daughter. They would save only themselves by their righteousness. “For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: How much worse will it be when I send against Jerusalem my four dreadful judgments—sword and famine and wild beasts and plague—to kill its men and their animals! Yet there will be some survivors—sons and daughters who will be brought out of it. They will come to you, and when you see their conduct and their actions, you will be consoled regarding the disaster I have brought on Jerusalem—every disaster I have brought on it. You will be consoled when you see their conduct and their actions, for you will know that I have done nothing in it without cause, declares the Sovereign Lord.”
          Court: Defender vs Prosecution
          When we live in unrepentant sin, we are on trial until we repent. We do not realize this because we cannot see that we are. By reading Zechariah 3 and Job 1-2, and Revelation 12:10-13 we should understand the accuser (the devil) accuses us before God. In Romans 8:33-34, the Apostle Paul quotes Isaiah the prophet in Isaiah 50:8-9 by saying "Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us." To understand that verse contextually view the Ministering to the Lord Series 1 of 12 - The Ministry of Reconciliation.
          • Example: The bride of Christ in court - watch the video to this teaching to hear about it!
          • Example: God the Father & Satan in the kitchen - watch the video to this teaching to hear about it!
          "The Lord takes his place in court; he rises to judge the people. The Lord enters into judgment against the elders and leaders of his people: It is you who have ruined my vineyard; the plunder from the poor is in your houses. What do you mean by crushing my people and grinding the faces of the poor declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty" - Isaiah 3:10-15 

          “Be silent before me, you islands! Let the nations renew their strength! Let them come forward and speak; let us meet together at the place of judgment." - Isaiah 41:1

          "No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the Lord." - Isaiah 54:17

          “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat.  But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” But he replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.” Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.” - Luke 22:31-34

          "I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short. ”  Revelation 12:10-13
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          Throughout the bible we read that God will do something, if people and nations do not repent. Take for example: Revelation 2:18-28, the Lord tells the church in Thyatira, "I've given her time to repent, but she is unwilling so that I will cast her on a bed of suffering." If we read the bible contextually we would find when the Lord says "I will, I am going to," administer anyone of his four dreadful judgments on nations/people then the following can be found in scripture:

          1. The Lord has given that person/nations years to repent [change].
          • Revelation 2:18-28 "You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols. I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling. So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways. I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.
          • Jeremiah 25 "The word came to Jeremiah concerning all the people of Judah in the fourth year of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah, which was the first year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon. So Jeremiah the prophet said to all the people of Judah and to all those living in Jerusalem: For twenty-three years—from the thirteenth year of Josiah son of Amon king of Judah until this very day—the word of the Lord has come to me and I have spoken to you again and again, but you have not listened."
          2. Although the Lord allows/cause these things to happen, the reason they happen is due to unrepentant sin. Meaning he gives us free will to live and to keep our territory safe by being obedient to his command to love him first and our neighbor second, or die before we are at a good ol age, by being disobedient to his command to love:
          • Ezekiel 14:23 You will be consoled when you see their conduct and their actions, for you will know that I have done nothing in it without cause, declares the Sovereign Lord. 
          • Jeremiah 25:13-38  "I will bring on that land all the things I have spoken against it, all that are written in this book and prophesied by Jeremiah against all the nations. They themselves will be enslaved by many nations and great kings; I will repay them according to their deeds and the work of their hands."
          • Isaiah 66:1-6 This is what the Lord says: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Where is the house you will build for me? Where will my resting place be? Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the Lord. “These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word. But whoever sacrifices a bull is like one who kills a person, and whoever offers a lamb is like one who breaks a dog’s neck; whoever makes a grain offering is like one who presents pig’s blood, and whoever burns memorial incense is like one who worships an idol. They have chosen their own ways, and they delight in their abominations; so I also will choose harsh treatment for them and will bring on them what they dread. For when I called, no one answered, when I spoke, no one listened. They did evil in my sight and chose what displeases me.” Hear the word of the Lord, you who tremble at his word: “Your own people who hate you, and exclude you because of my name, have said, ‘Let the Lord be glorified, that we may see your joy!’ Yet they will be put to shame. Hear that uproar from the city, hear that noise from the temple! It is the sound of the Lord repaying his enemies all they deserve.
          3. Unrepentant sin that God has told us to repent from is the open door
          Sin is the open door to oppression, possession, evil, and calamities among people and nations. God has given mankind authority to choose if they want to open the door to sin, or open the door to righteousness. Satan is an accuser, he accuses individuals and nations of sins and brings it to the Lord.
          • Genesis 15:16 In the fourth generation your descendants will come back here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure.”
          • Zechariah 5:5-6 Then the angel who was speaking to me came forward and said to me, “Look up and see what is appearing.” I asked, “What is it?” He replied, “It is a basket.” And he added, “This is the iniquity of the people throughout the land.”Zechariah 7:9-14 “This is what the Lord Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.’ “But they refused to pay attention; stubbornly they turned their backs and covered their ears.  They made their hearts as hard as flint and would not listen to the law or to the words that the Lord Almighty had sent by his Spirit through the earlier prophets. So the Lord Almighty was very angry. “‘When I called, they did not listen; so when they called, I would not listen,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations, where they were strangers. The land they left behind them was so desolate that no one traveled through it. This is how they made the pleasant land desolate.’”
          • Proverbs 20:10 Differing weights and differing measures, Both of them are abominable to the LORD.
          • Proverbs 11:1 A false balance is an abomination to the LORD, But a just weight is His delight.
          • Proverbs 16:11 A just balance and scales belong to the LORD; All the weights of the bag are His concern.
          • Proverbs 20:23 Differing weights are an abomination to the LORD, And a false scale is not good.
          • Leviticus 19:35-36 ‘Do not use dishonest standards when measuring length, weight or quantity. Use honest scales and honest weights, an honest ephah and an honest hin. I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt.
          • Proverbs 6:16-19 There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,  a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
          Can God relent after he has declared a matter?
          Yes, we see it constantly being done throughout the book of the prophets. However, he will only relent if we repent before his wrath (Recommended reading: God's anger, wrath, woe, judgement, and restoration for greater details).
          •  Jeremiah 18:9-10 "If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed, and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned. And if at another time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be built up and planted, and if it does evil in my sight and does not obey me, then I will reconsider the good I had intended to do for it." But, what about Jeremiah 15? 
          • Jeremiah 15 Then the Lord said to me: “Even if Moses and Samuel were to stand before me, my heart would not go out to this people. Send them away from my presence! Let them go! 
          • Hosea 11:8 “How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, Israel? How can I treat you like Admah? How can I make you like Zeboyim? My heart is changed within me; all my compassion is aroused.I will not carry out my fierce anger, nor will I devastate Ephraim again. For I am God, and not a man— the Holy One among you. I will not come against their cities.
          • Joel 2:13 Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.
          • Amos 7:1-3 This is what the Sovereign Lord showed me: He was preparing swarms of locusts after the king’s share had been harvested and just as the late crops were coming up.  When they had stripped the land clean,I cried out, “Sovereign Lord, forgive! How can Jacob survive? He is so small!” So the Lord relented.“This will not happen,” the Lord said.
          • Matthew 21:28-32 “What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.“Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go. “Which of the two did what his father wanted?” “The first,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.
          • Jonah 3:10;4:2 When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened. He prayed to the Lord, “Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.
          • Nahum 3:4 Another example is Nineveh whom the Lord was against [meaning he was going to allow their destruction]. The Lord was against Nineveh due to the sin of a "wanton lust of a harlot, alluring, the mistress of sorceries, who enslaved nations by her prostitution and people by her witchcraft." 
          • 1 Chronicles 21:17-19 David said to God, “Was it not I who ordered the fighting men to be counted? I, the shepherd, have sinned and done wrong. These are but sheep. What have they done? Lord my God, let your hand fall on me and my family, but do not let this plague remain on your people.” Then the angel of the Lord ordered Gad to tell David to go up and build an altar to the Lord on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite. So David went up in obedience to the word that Gad had spoken in the name of the Lord.
          • 2 Chronicles 20:1-14 After this, the Moabites and Ammonites with some of the Meunites came to wage war against Jehoshaphat. Some people came and told Jehoshaphat, “A vast army is coming against you from Edom,from the other side of the Dead Sea. It is already in Hazezon Tamar” (that is, En Gedi).Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah. The people of Judah came together to seek help from the Lord; indeed, they came from every town in Judah to seek him. Then Jehoshaphat stood up in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem at the temple of the Lord in the front of the new courtyard and said: “Lord, the God of our ancestors, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you. Our God, did you not drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend? They have lived in it and have built in it a sanctuary for your Name, saying,‘If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us.’ “But now here are men from Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, whose territory you would not allow Israel to invade when they came from Egypt; so they turned away from them and did not destroy them.See how they are repaying us by coming to drive us out of the possession you gave us as an inheritance. Our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” All the men of Judah, with their wives and children and little ones, stood there before the Lord. Then the Spirit of the Lord came on Jahaziel son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite and descendant of Asaph, as he stood in the assembly.
          How does God warn nations? 
          In the Old and New Testament he spoke through prophets. After Jesus resurrected, I believe he speaks to not only five-fold leaders but laymen and laywomen as well regarding warnings. Although, he will always speak to those who are called into the five-fold so that they can seek him for guidance. The question is, is the five-fold too busy to hear from God?
          • Amos 3:6-7 When a trumpet sounds in a city, do not the people tremble? When disaster comes to a city, has not the Lord caused it? Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.
          • Ezekiel 3:17-19 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood.  But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself."
          How much time does God give before his dreadful judgments are manifested? 
          It depends on the woes; woes can be directed towards a person, place or thing. We should know that God always sends multiple people to proclaim a matter before it is done. In the old testaments the father sent over 3 prophets to warn Israel of the consequences that would happen if they continued to break their covenant with him. [Reference text: Deuteronomy 19:15,2 Corinthians 13:1,Numbers 35:30,John 8:17,1 Timothy 5:19,Hebrews 10:28].

          Before 2020 God could have been warning us for 20, 30, 10, 5 years regarding his dreadful judgement. Which is why I always tell yawl not to judge whether or not God is pleased with you by natural fruit (success). By reading Jeremiah 25:1-8 we know that God gave Judah 23 years to repent. Jeremiah 25:1-8  "From the thirteenth year of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, even to this day, this is the twenty-third year in which the word of the Lord has come to me; and I have spoken to you, rising early and speaking, but you have not listened. And the Lord has sent to you all His servants the prophets, rising early and sending them,but you have not listened nor inclined your ear to hear. They said, ‘Repent now everyone of his evil way and his evil doings, and dwell in the land that the Lord has given to you and your fathers forever and ever. Do not go after other gods to serve them and worship them, and do not provoke Me to anger with the works of your hands; and I will not harm you.’ Yet you have not listened to Me,” says the Lord, “that you might provoke Me to anger with the works of your hands to your own hurt. “Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Because you have not heard My words,"

          What about the righteous? 
          As it is written in Isaiah 3:10-15 the righteous will enjoy the fruit of their deeds, remember we spoke earlier about righteousness and how it is a practice. Note: If the father tells the righteous to leave a certain place, but they choose to be disobedient even though they are righteous they will be destroyed as well because of their failure to adhere to the warning [Genesis 19:26].
          • In Isaiah 3:10-15 God told Isaiah the prophet to "Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds."
          • Isaiah 54:16-17 See, it is I who created the blacksmith who fans the coals into flame and forges a weapon fit for its work. And it is I who have created the destroyer to wreak havoc;  no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me, declares the Lord.
          • In Ezekiel 14:14 we read that the father will save the righteous during calamity, while allowing destruction to happen to those who are not righteous. 
          • In Genesis 18:16-33 we read that if there were 10 people in Sodom out of possible hundreds of thousands that lived there God wouldn't have destroyed Sodom. 
          What can we do to make sure the future generation do better then we did? 
          Grow our seeds of love, faith, and obedience to the word of God. Then use the authority Jesus Christ has given us, and protect our territory! The devil cannot have our city, state and or country unless we give it to him through our disobedience! In Jesus tells disciples in Luke 10:19 " I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you." Recommended teaching: Reaping What We Sow - Territory

          Once again we should: 
          • Repent to God for not doing the word of God [James 1:21-25]
          • Ask the Holy Spirit what's next as a minister and for your ministry assignment.
          • If the Holy Spirit leads you find an apostle to govern your ministry assignment, make sure the apostle is really sent by the Holy Spirit. Test the apostles and ask them what has been their pursuit to being an apostle [Revelation 2:2]. Doing this, especially for those who have already built ministries and are well known, will take humility and contriteness. If you are not going to allow the apostle to govern but just put them on your leadership just to say that you have an apostle, then you still do not have an apostle governing. A governing apostle, would be responsible for the ministry work that the pastors, evangelist, teachers, and prophets are doing.
          • Understand the bible contextually  and correctly with the help of the Holy Spirit.
          • Be led by the Holy Spirit.
          • Be obedient to the written word, not only the feel good scriptures.
          "Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him." -Isaiah 30:18
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