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copper25
Dec 28th 2008, 12:10 PM
Ezekiel 34:5) And they were scattered, because there is no shepherd: and they became meat to all the beast of the field, when they were scattered.

The mark of the beast is “Six hundred threescore and six”. “Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.” How many in this world savor the things of men rather than the things of God? Perusing worldly pleasure more than the pleasure of the truth? “even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which were not convenient.” Notice how the number 6 is a number representing ungodliness and rebellion, disobedience, and the number 7 represents holiness or completeness. It is opposite in meaning, so what does this mean? Anyone that is carnal, being rebellious is already carrying and is labeled with 666, “the number of his name”. The carnal mind is death for “to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it can not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.” Who in the carnal mind frame can please God, none. “It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto to us, that we many hear it and do it?” Notice, “hear it and do it”, “For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified”. If a carnally minded person tries to follow God they will fail because how can one not subject to the law ever be a justified doer of the law? They can’t. “Verily, Verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” and what are we born of, “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” Water and Spirit, that is a requirement, not optional.

“of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience”. Any work of the flesh, and “the pride of life”, and things of the such line up with disobedience. “Behold, I set before you the way of life, and the way of death. ” Shall disobedience be death? Yes. Shall obedience be life? Yes. Is there an in-between? No. “humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God,that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” So where does that leave us, submit or submit not, no crossroad or intersection between the two. “Behold , I set before you the way of life and the way of death”. People choose death over obedience by default when they choose not to hear his word. Can one be a doer of the unknown or that which is choked out continuously with worldly obsessions? No. Only one seed is profitable and bears fruit while the others being swallowed when “the wicked one, catcheth away that which was sown in the heart”, or because “ when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended”, or “the care of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke out the word, and he becometh unfruitful.” There is only one way up, by “the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left”.

Ephesians 6:13-17)
“Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

“And continuing instant in prayer”