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The Joy Unspeakable and Full of Glory: theunfetteredpreacher

1 Peter 1:7-9

“That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.”

Trials, Tribulation, Divorce, Sickness, the loss of a job, or worse, losing a loved one, even the breakup of a friendship. All of these things can drop us into a state of depression,

We must make a choice, wallow in it, or rise above it. One is easy, giving up. The other takes an inner stregth, a determination, to put it behind us and move forward.

We all deal with troubles in our own way. Often, we cry out ‘Why Lord?’

Don’t expect an answer in the clouds, or thunder and lightning, Most often our answer will come as a peace that passeth understanding. (Phillipines 4:7)

Sometimes it is a still small voice. (1 Kings 19:12)

If we allow these troubles to draw us closer to, and not away from, our loving God, we will be purifided, made holy and acceptable. We prove to ourselves that we truly love and honor, God’s will and ways, for our life. We receive ‘Joy Unspeakable and Full of Glory.’

Our Salvation will be secure, in the knowledge of His Word.

I get so excited when I recognize something in the Word, that I have seen hundreds of times, yet never received His revelation until that moment. When I was younger in the Lord, I would stop and think Wow. Then continue reading.

Now… I stop, consider, understand, and believe, then look for other verses that either confirm or reject that revelation, I pray about it, then start to share it. Gerald Derstine, used to tell us. ‘You don’t know what you know, until you share what you know.’

Since the Lord hasn’t granted me the opportunity to Preach, I teach and share in this blog. I pray my stumbling and mumblings, in some way, encourage you to study the Word daily, to see if these things are true.

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Cherubims 2: theunfetteredpreacher

In this post I want to focus on the work of the Cherubim and Saraphim.

Cherubs first and foremost duty is to protect the Tree of Life. (Genesis 3:24), Jesus, the Creator and Supreme Ruler of all. God, who gave Himself to be a Sacrifice, so you and I could find Mercy and Grace in our times of need. (Salvation)

We find this service preformed by Peter in the Garden, as he cut off Malchus’s ear, when they arrested Jesus. (John 18:10)

When Moses was charged with building a Tabernacle, ( Exodus 25), a home, for the Lord, he was instructed to build and Ark with a Mercy Seat. It would hold Arrons rod that buds, a jar of Manna, and the Ten Commandments.

Exodus 25:17-22

And thou shalt make a mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof.

And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat.
And make one cherub on the one end, and the other cherub on the other end: even of the mercy seat shall ye make the cherubims on the two ends thereof.
And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubims be.
And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee.
And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.

Even here in the Lord’s home, he would speak to Moses and the High Priest, from between the Cherubim.

The curtains that housed, enclosed, the Ark were all decorated with Cherubim. (I find this almost an invitation to worship the Angels, as they did the serpent on a pole. ???) (Exodus 26:1; Numbers 21:9; 2 Kings 18:4).

I believe the Cherubim are there today, (Psalm 91; Matthew 4), to protect our Lord, and are privy to our prayers and desires.

The Saraphim are closely related to the Cherubim but have a completely different purpose.

The Cherubim protect our Lord Jesus, the Saraphim stand in the presence of the Jehovah. Isaiah 6:1-3,6-8

“In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.

Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. “

The Saraphim are there to Worship God, to proclaim His Holiness, also to confirm the change in our lives Salvation brings. Our speach, and our purpose changed with Salvation. We should live To Serve Him.

” HERE AM I; SEND ME. ”

How about you? Are you prepared to serve?

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They’re not babies with wings: theunfetteredpreacher

Cherubims, Angels, Messengers of the Almighty. We can find images of Cherubs, and they are sooo cute.

We even think of Cupid, as a kind of Cherub. This is not Biblical. The first mention of Angels is in Genesis 3:24. The description does not sound all cute and cuddly to me. This is probably a more accurate picture.

So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

This still may not be a valid image. Ezekiel 1:1,4-12, describes the vision he had of God.

“The heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God.”

“I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire.
Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man.
And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings.
And their feet were straight feet; and the sole of their feet was like the sole of a calf’s foot: and they sparkled like the colour of burnished brass.
And they had the hands of a man under their wings on their four sides; and they four had their faces and their wings.
Their wings were joined one to another; they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward.
As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle.
Thus were their faces: and their wings were stretched upward; two wings of every one were joined one to another, and two covered their bodies.
And they went every one straight forward: whither the spirit was to go, they went; and they turned not when they went.”

Bible History

Cherubim (which is the plural of cherub) were celestial angelic beings in the spiritual realm.

They are always associated with the holiness of God. When Adam sinned cherubim were stationed at the entrance to the Garden of Eden to guard the way to the Tree of Life. They represent the righteous government of God, and are the executers of God’s righteous and holy judgment. The Cherubim are revealed by Ezekiel in chapter 1:5-10 as four living creatures, each one having 4 different faces, the face of a man, lion, ox, and eagle.

The Cherubim

Painting of the Cherubim with the four faces.

We should also know about Seraphim, Isaiah 6:1-8. Uzziahs vision of the Lord.

“In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.”

This is not very accurate.

” Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. “

It is impossible for man to explain the wonders of God, the Lord or heaven. Even John in Revelation, in the Spirit, on the Lord’s day.

Painted word pictures, that have veried interpretations.

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It was revealed unto him: theunfetteredpreacher

Luke 2:25-26

“And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.
And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.”

Has the Holy Ghost revealed anything to you? Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? If so, the Holy Spirit drew you to this decision.

If it wasn’t for the Spirit, I doubt anyone would be saved. We, as Natural men, do not have the ears to hear, the eyes to see, or the hearts to receive the truth of Salvation.

We need not be devout, or just, to receive Salvation. We only need to Believe and Confess, Jesus, as Lord. So what happens after we Believe? We need to destroy, the Giants in our lives, the sin that so easily besets us, and the things that draw us away from, instead of leading us to, the Lord.

If we allow these Giants, to stay in our lives, they will cause us to stumble, and our Faith to grow cold. There will be no Power in our Church, our Witness will sadly, be hampered. People will see no reason, to fallow us in our Faith.

We must become just, Micah 6: 8.

“He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”

We must learn to value the poor as well as the rich. We all need the Gospel shown and lived before us. We need to deal honestly, humbly, and mercifully, as we desire others to deal with us.

Devoution ? What does that mean to be devout? Some would say to be committed to our Church, to Tithe, Attend Services, Teach, or Sing in the Choir.

I believe it is more in line with Deuteronomy 28:1-2.

“And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:

And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.”

To harken diligently, To listen intently, thoughtfully, inteligently, to be diligent in our search of the Scriptures. To turn our face like a flint to the Lord. (Isaiah 50:7)

We need to allow the Holy Spirit to dwell within, and to direct our paths in the ways, of the Lord. As we Walk in His Ways, and desire to know Him more, the Holy Spirit will reveal Himself to us.

Sometimes He uses people, Preachers, Teachers, even children, or if need be, even Angels. The Lord still desires to walk with us in the cool of the day, as He did with Adam. He never gives up, in His quest to draw us close to Him.

He desires to give us the desires of our hearts. (Psalms 37:4) We need to learn to delight ourselves in Him. If we do, He will Bless us beyond or wildest dream. (James 5:16)

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Angels in the life of Samson: theunfetteredpreacher

Angels in the life of Samson: There weren’t any, they appeared only to his parents, giving them the information that Manoah, and his wife, (no name), who was barren would have a son. He was an Angel of the Lord, who the wife idendified as a Man of God.

Manoah, prayed to God and asked for the return of the Man of God. God sent His Angel back, it seems that the Angel of God and Angel of the Lord are interchangeable in this instance.

In any case the Message was the same. They were to raise him as a Nazarite, no wine, or strong drink, His hair shall never be cut, and he would deliver Israel. (They had fallen once more from God).

They detained this Angel so they could offer a sacrifice. The Angel would stay, but the offering had to be to the Lord, not to him. When the sacrifice burned the Angel disappeared to heaven. The Angel of the Lord never returned.

Samson himself was anointed and guided through life by the Spirit of the Lord. His whole story is in Judges 13-16. Where at the end Samson called upon the Lord.

Judges 16:28-30

And Samson called unto the LORD, and said, O Lord GOD, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes.

And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars upon which the house stood, and on which it was borne up, of the one with his right hand, and of the other with his left.

And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life.”

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The Invasion of the Sisters 2: theunfetteredpreacher

Since the discovery of Bette’s bone cancer, (at the end of June, 2018), we have been surrounded with abundant love and support from her family. Her NC sister, Donna, has spent more time taking care of us, then at home, with her own family.

Her sister Eunice and husband Roger, drove from MN. to care for us as I was recuperating, from both, the hospital and rehab, and Bette was Starting Chemo. I do not know how we could of managed without them.

Eunice flew back with sister Mavis to be here for another extended stay, and they made sure both Bette and I were experiencing God’s love and care.

Her sister Janet from MN, and her daughter, from Colorado, Karmen, (and her husband Pete, and young boys, Conner and Colin), came to help and support us also.

They must have cleaned, sorted and organized every closet and cubby hole in the house. The food they cooked was wonderful, they filled our home with prayers and joy unspeakable and full of Glory.

In January , we look forward to Corrine and Roger coming for an extended stay. Bette’s family, all know and love the Lord. They are blessings that cannot be counted.

The start of the Journey. The Sisters of God’s Love and Care.

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