The crusader mentality is alive and well in western Christianity. Read the history of the crusades for the finer details, but the folks who took part in the crusades were essentially told they could break all the commandments of God on the way to their war because “God” was with them. The “church” gave these mercenaries these instructions. They stole, plundered and ravaged everything in their path.
Eze 33:25 Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord Yahweh: “You eat blood in your meat, and you raise your eyes to your idols and you pour out blood, and yet you want to take possession of the land?
Eze 33:26 You rely on your sword, you do a detestable thing, and each man defiles the wife of his neighbor, and yet you want to take possession of the land?”‘
Eze 33:27 “Thus you must say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord Yahweh: “As I live, surely whoever is in the ruins, by the sword they will fall, and whoever is on the surface of the open field, I will give him to the animals to eat him, and whoever is in the stronghold and in the cave, they will die by the plague.
Yahuah is telling the people they are breaking the commandments of God; such as, eating blood, doing pagan feasts and going after their neighbour’s wife. Then, they are relying on their sword to “take the land”. Taking the land this way is similar to us forcing the kingdom of God on an evil world, or making our causes we are fighting for in the flesh on par with God’s work. Is this not what is happening today?
Mat 26:52 Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place! For all who take up the sword will die by the sword.
Mat 26:53 Or do you think that I cannot call upon my Father, and he would put at my disposal at once more than twelve legions of angels?
Mat 26:54 How then would the scriptures be fulfilled that it must happen in this way?”
We must not take the battle into our own hands. Events are happening to fulfill prophecy. There is no earthly kingdom worthy of us taking up arms on their behalf. We are part of a different kingdom, with a different future. Authoritarian, totalitarian leaders are in place right now to punish the people breaking the covenant. It is going to get worse and fighting back will not help. The only cure is to repent and do what Yahusha told us to do, which is to stop sinning.
Rom 13:1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except by God, and those that exist are put in place by God.
Rom 13:2 So then, the one who resists authority resists the ordinance which is from God, and those who resist will receive condemnation on themselves.
Rom 13:3 For rulers are not a cause of terror for a good deed, but for bad conduct. So do you want not to be afraid of authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from it,
Rom 13:4 for it is God’s servant to you for what is good. But if you do what is bad, be afraid, because it does not bear the sword to no purpose. For it is God’s servant, the one who avenges for punishment on the one who does what is bad.
Rom 13:5 Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath but also because of conscience.
Rom 13:6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are servants of God, busily engaged in this very thing.
Rom 13:7 Pay to everyone what is owed: pay taxes to whom taxes are due; pay customs duties to whom customs duties are due; pay respect to whom respect is due; pay honor to whom honor is due.
Doing good always means doing what Yahuah commanded. There is nothing else that is good. God uses the overlords to punish his people doing evil in his sight. That’s all that we as believers need to take from these words of Paul. Peter echos these words.
1Pe 2:13 Subject yourselves to every human authority for the sake of the Lord, whether to a king as having supreme authority,
1Pe 2:14 or to governors as those sent out by him for the punishment of those who do evil and the praise of those who do good.
1Pe 2:15 For the will of God is as follows: by doing good to silence the ignorance of foolish people.
1Pe 2:16 Live as free persons, and not using your freedom as a covering for evil, but as slaves of God.
1Pe 2:17 Honor all people, love the community of believers, fear God, honor the king.
1Pe 2:18 Domestic slaves, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are unjust.
1Pe 2:19 For this finds favor, if because of consciousness of God someone endures sorrows while suffering unjustly.
1Pe 2:20 For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if you endure when you do good and suffer for it, this finds favor with God.
If we do good and are punished for it we find favour with God. What is good? Every word that comes from the mouth of Yahuah.
Deu 12:28 Be careful to obey all these things that I am commanding you, so that it will go well for you and for your children after you forever, because then you will be doing what is good and right in the eyes of Yahweh your God.
We are in the middle of Matthew 24. “Watch out that no one deceives you!”, means that there will be people deceived.
Mat 24:4 And Jesus answered and said to them, “Watch out that no one deceives you!
Mat 24:5 For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will deceive many.
Mat 24:6 And you are going to hear about wars and rumors of wars. See to it that you are not alarmed, for this must happen, but the end is not yet.
Mat 24:7 For nation will rise up against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.
Mat 24:8 But all these things are the beginning of birth pains.
Mat 24:9 “Then they will hand you over to persecution and will kill you, and you will be hated by all the nations because of my name.
Mat 24:10 And then many will be led into sin and will betray one another and will hate one another,
Mat 24:11 and many false prophets will appear and will deceive many,
Mat 24:12 and because lawlessness will increase, the love of many will grow cold.
Mat 24:13 But the one who endures to the end—this person will be saved.
If someone comes to you and tells you “Jesus” said you could break the commandments of God, that is a false Christ. It is likely the same one who has a birthday during the celebration of the Saturnalia (Christmas) and rose on a Sunday after only spending a day and a half in the grave. This false Christ uses fertility symbols such as eggs and rabbits to honour the queen of heaven. His name is really Tammuz or Mithras, but many have confused him with the true Messiah. Matthew 24:12, “and because lawlessness will increase, the love of many will grow cold.“. This “lawlessness” is not talking about breaking civil law. It is the total abandonment of righteousness through the law of God. The false prophets are not deceiving people who do not regard the Creator as anything, they are deceiving followers of Christ to abandon the covenant by breaking the commandments shamelessly.
2Th 2:7 For the mystery of lawlessness is at work already; only the one who now restrains will do so until he is out of the way,
2Th 2:8 and then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will slay with the breath of his mouth, and wipe out by the appearance of his coming,
2Th 2:9 whose coming is in accordance with the working of Satan, with all power and signs and lying wonders,
2Th 2:10 and with every unrighteous deception against those who are perishing, in place of which they did not accept the love of the truth, so that they would be saved.
2Th 2:11 And because of this, God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie,
2Th 2:12 in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth, but delighted in unrighteousness.
Yahusha told us to worship the Father in spirit and truth, not as the nations worship their gods. Untangle yourself from these worldly things that are masquerading as if they are from God. Accept the fact that evil governments are in power through God to punish us for our sin. The solution to this problem is to stop sinning against the covenant we have through Messiah Yahusha.
Joh 8:10 So Jesus, straightening up and seeing no one except the woman, said to her, “Where are those accusers of yours? Does no one condemn you?”
Joh 8:11 And she said, “No one, Lord.” So Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, and sin no more.”
Anytime truth is spoken about, such as, “in spirit and truth”, or “they love not the truth”, we must understand the definition of truth as the writers understood it. Truth is not yours to define. Truth is defined by scripture.
Psa 119:142 Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and your law is truth.
Psa 119:151 You are near, O Yahweh, and all your commands are truth.
Psa 119:160 The whole of your word is truth, and your every righteous judgment endures forever.
Joh 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Joh 14:7 If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you know him and have seen him.”
Joh 17:17 Sanctify them in the truth—your word is truth.
Do you hate his commandments, law or word? Are you a suppressor of the truth, which is any of these defined by scripture? This is what it means to not believe the truth and delight in unrighteousness! Your Christian theology that promotes lawlessness and idolatry is causing a multitude of problems. It attracts demons, and puts you under the curse of the law.
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