Thursday, April 16, 2020

Anxiety | The Spiritual Meaning of 7


Comment I received:
"While Our Father in heaven's truth is revealed in His Word and expounded upon in your prophetic blogs (which I understand), I'm concerned about us facing Satan's physical counterfeit.
I feel we need to be physically as well as spiritually prepared. What is coming upon us, and exampled in a big way with the Covid-19 situation, is a lack of food and provisions to physically provide for us until the much anticipated "end". Emotional aspects that come along with it as well. Will we be physically prepared (as in the biblical principal of the 7 good years followed by 7 bad years) to be able to endure until the end?"

My Reply:
Matt.6: "25 “That’s why I’m telling you to stop worrying about your life—what you will eat or what you will drink—or about your body—what you will wear. Life is more than food, isn’t it, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds in the sky. They don’t plant or harvest or gather food into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. You are more valuable than they are, aren’t you? 27 Can any of you add a single hour to the length of your life by worrying? 31 “So don’t ever worry by saying, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’ 32 because it is the unbelievers who are eager for all those things. Surely your heavenly Father knows that you need all of them! 33 But first be concerned about God’s kingdom and his righteousness, and all of these things will be provided for you as well. 34 So never worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. 20 But keep on storing up treasures for yourselves in heaven, where moths and rust do not destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal, 21 because where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.””
John6: "63 It’s the Spirit who gives life; the flesh amounts to nothing. The words that I’ve spoken to you are spirit and life."

It does not hurt to be prudent and store up some supplies. But our greatest anxiety, should be to learn and do the will of God and to please the Lord.

Regarding your reference to "seven good years and seven bad years" (Gen.41:29-30)...
God was the originator of Pharoah's dream (Gen.41:25), as well as it's interpreter (Gen.40:8; 41:15-16). God was responsible for the 7 years of bounteous surplus, and the 7 years of famine. Why would God do such a thing? What is the lesson?
The numeral 7 has symbolic meaning.
(Rev.1:20; 22:6; 19:10; 8:6; Isa.58:1; Jer.35:15; Rev.5:6; Ps.19:4; Rev.4:5; Matt.6:22; Rev.5:6)
God and Christ send out the spirit of prophecy (7), into the "earth".

But Satan also has a spirit of prophecy (2Chron.18:20-21; John8:44)... that of false prophets
(Rev.12:3; 13:11; 2Chron.18:21; Rev.16:13; 19:20; Matt.24:4-5)
Prophets are messengers that are symbolized as stars/lamps/eyes, set upon hills-mountains/lampstands/congregations.
Those angels (Greek: aggeloi, means messengers - Strongs:G32)
are sent to provide light/spiritual food, to each congregation (Rev.1:20; Matt.5:14-15; Luke12:42).

Those lamps can prove to be either faithful, or unfaithful
(John5:35; Phil.2:15) or (Rev.8:10-11; Jer.23:15).

Prophecy indicates that there will be a reign of false prophets with dominion (7 heads/kings/7 hills-mountains) who rest upon and are in an alliance with, a powerful sea-Beast (Matt.24:24-25; Rev.13:1,11,14-15; 19:20; 17:3,9,14)
which at first, is able to conquer the Elect (Rev.13:7,10; Col.2:8; Rev.2:10; 1Pet.3:14,13,15).
(Matt.19:25-26; 24:22; Rev.12:12)

During that time of great test, "truth is thrown to the ground" (Dan.8:12-13; Rev.11:2).
Rather than having the voice of true prophets, edify the Elect...
a lying prophet is causing a spiritual famine and the trampling/conquering the household of Christ.
Please read the link to follow, for a more accurate version of Rev.6:5-6; 13:17; Hosea 4:7; Rom.1:25; Rev.13:8 > --(LINK)

"Seven" years of bounty, is the spiritual food we receive from God, through His true prophets (Isa.55:1-2; Mal.3:10).
Seven years of famine are the years during which the false prophets/harlots/fallen stars, reign over God's nation.
Stewards can be faithful or unfaithful (Luke12:42,47).
Faithful true prophets provide true food at the right time.
Unfaithful, false prophets, cause famine
(Isa.29:8; Rev.3:17-18; Isa.29:8-10; Jer.51:7; Rev.14:8; Isa.28:7-8).

So what is the divine Bible lesson, contained in the 7 years of bounty and 7 years of famine?

Well, Joseph advised that during the 7 years of bounty, provisions be stored up for use during the famine to come (Gen.41:35-36).
The words of God's true prophets, have been "stored up" for us, in the scriptures (2Pet.1:19-21; 2Tim.3:16-17).
During the 7 years of spiritual famine, caused by "demonic spirits" coming from the mouth of Satan, the Beast, and the false prophet (Rev.16:13-16; 2Chron.18:21);
....the "stored up" words of the true prophets could be drawn upon, for sustenance
(2Pet.1:19; Rev.8:2; 15:7; 16:1; 10:4,7; 22:6).
In this way, those with a strong hold and love for scriptural truth, could still survive such times (2Pet.1:19; Rev.22:16; 2:25; 2Pet.1:19), so that they do not perish along with those without such a firm hold and love (Rev.2:4; 2Thess.2:9-12; 2Pet.3:17).
(The above link explains how the stored up provisions of past prophets, can be drawn upon in time of famine).

Commenter's Response:
 "I don't think God wants us to have anxiety over learning or pleasing him anymore than I'd have wanted my own children to have anxiety over pleasing me. The anxiety aspect is a trigger for me Pearl....I was born in fear and anxiety about Armageddon and God judging and destroying me for every little thing i did or thought. I was around 40 before I shed the majority of this deep terror. God is love...God knows our hearts....if we are righteous inclined and abhor Evil there should not be a feeling of anxiety....however, I understand the context in which it's stated in scriptures you quoted and it suggests it's more focused on the anointed given the huge task each has. That's not to say nothing non-anointed take God's kindness for granted and/or not take in knowledge."

My Reply:
Paul said at 1Cor.7: "34 A virgin is anxious about the affairs of the Lord, so that she may be holy in body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world, that is, about how she can please her husband. 35 I’m saying this for your benefit, not to put a noose around your necks, but to promote good order and unhindered devotion to the Lord."

We know that those who comprise the Bride of Christ, are, spiritual virgins. At 2Cor.11, Paul said of them; "2 For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 3 But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ."

If such "virgins" are to remain chaste, they do need to be anxious about the affairs of the Lord, and how they will please him. Paul said that he even had fear for those candidates, and the spiritual danger they were in (2Cor.11:28). They need to be vigilant and concerned about obeying Jesus, thereby remaining in his love.
As Jesus said...
9 “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love." (John15).
There are so many scriptures that discuss the need for endurance, courage, and diligence. To practice such character traits, we must have love, vigilance, deep concern, drive, and even anxiety if we hope to stay motivated in displaying those qualities.
It is not an easy path amid all the persecution from Satan, to remain obedient and productive in Christ. If we had a relaxed attitude about it, we would never, ever, reach our goal.

Spiritual abuse and fostering fear of men (which is what the WT actually fostered), is not of God. Having that history in our lives, does require sorting out. But does it mean taking on a sense of peace and security?
Jesus himself said;
"28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in Gehenna." (Matt.10:28).
There is no way out of the fact that Satan is out there, wanting to devour those inclined toward everlasting life. This is, a matter of life and death. Anxiety is in order... even anxiety about being found faithful. -- Of course I do not want to trigger fears that are unfounded (such as about the GT and Armageddon, as taught by the WT).

....But I also do not want to give a false sense of security with God, because the days ARE wicked, and we are in great danger spiritually (Eph.5:15-17). I really don't see how, without any anxiety, we will rise to this occasion. It is not only for the anointed, because Jesus said to teach our hearers to learn, follow, and do, all that he commanded us (Matt.28:20).
If I were not anxious about pleasing God and Christ.... trust me.... there would be no Blog to read. There would be no proper food at the proper time. Each post is a test of determination and stamina, amid all manner of resistance. Without spirit,  I would not be able to do anything. Satan can cause a lot of suffering toward those who are working with Christ to take down his world dominion. If the faithful were anything less than anxious about pleasing God, you could forget it.

This applies to the Bride members:
"30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who *fears* the Lord, she shall gain praise.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates." (Prov.31)

There are no "works", praise due...
without a fear of letting God down.
Satan sees to it that faithfulness is as hard as God allows it to be. Accomplishing the will of God under those circumstances, requires more than the usual desire or wakefulness. We are at war, and so are you.
Contributed by Paula:
as follows:
"This reminds me of Phil 2:12, where we "work out our salvation with fear and trembling". The usage of the words "fear and trembling" is presented this way: "used to describe the anxiety of one who distrusts HIS ability completely to meet all requirements, but religiously does his utmost to fulfill his duty". The next verse ( Phil.2:13 ) verifies that the work wouldn't be done, unless we rely on God working within us - pleasing Him, instead of ourselves. See 2Cor.11:28 -anxiety over the care and example provided those in our charge."

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