Most Christians with whom I come in contact believe that they already "know" what happened in the beginning, in the garden of Eden, at the flood of Noah, etc.
When studying the Bible, in depth, you will often be confronted
with a choice,
"Am I to believe what I just read in God's Word,
or should I discard it and continue to believe that which I grew up believing?"
The choice is yours.
The apostle Paul gave us instruction as to how to handle "listening to man":
1 Thes. 5:21
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
If you can document from God's Word that which you believe,
then you do well, even if we disagree.
For if your attitude and mine is to believe our Father's Word,
regardless of man's traditions,
then we will eventually, through growth, harmonize in unity of thought.
If you can't document it, you may be harboring a tradition,
which could well be a lie, disguised as truth.Romans 12:2
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Again, the choice is simple, continue to be conformed to traditions,
or PROVE that which is good and acceptable.
For, behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water,
The word "behold" is an Asterismos which is a figure of speech denoting EMPHASIS!
So behold, pay attention and take note, it is written that God is going to take away the whole stay of bread,
which is the bread of life, and the whole stay of water, which is the living water of life, the Word of God!
That is the plan for these last days foretold of more than 3,000 years ago!
Of course Peter informs us that one day with our Father is as a thousand years with us,
so in spiritual reality this information is very current, isn't it?
Now the question is, "If there shall be no food in the land and there shall be no water, what will happen?"
The answer is simple!
There will be great famine and drought which shall be followed by disease and pestilence and widespread death?
And guess what?
That famine and drought is already upon us in the late hour of this final generation
and our nation has become a valley of spiritually dead, dry bones as described in Ezekiel 37.
The great prophet Amos tells us in no uncertain terms what the famine and the drought is,
i.e. what the withholding of the whole stay of bread and the whole stay of water is all about!Amos 8:11
Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:
When the knowledge and wisdom that comes from the Word of God
is removed from the minds of the people and their leaders
you can expect spiritual disease and pestilence to follow in its wake... and so they have! And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.
They shall wander from sea to shining sea, from border to border,
back and forth, here and there, from one Bethel (House of God, i.e. church) to another,
and shall not find the truth from the Word of God taught.
What a waste of time and energy!
Have you read what Amos wrote: "Seek not Bethel (Amos 5:5)".
You have the Word of God, the very Bread of Life,
right before you and there is never any want or famine for those who hunger and thirst after His righteousness!
"Seek ye Him, and ye shall live (Amos 5:4)!"
Here is His PROMISE!John 6:35
And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
FEAST or FAMINE! His Word or some Bethel!
It is your choice dear one!In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst.
You can thank all those good reverends and fancifully dressed evangelists and priests
and all those highly polished brazen preachers for the famine!
It is precisely because of the drought of His truth, the "Living Water"
having been dried up by the scorching "fire" (see Amos' second vision in his 7th chapter),
that our nation has become a valley of dry bones!
Remember what happened when Ezekiel was told to go breathe His spirit upon them,
i.e. teach the truth to them? Bone joined to bone and they came to life, spiritually that is!
Got the picture? They that swear by the sin of Samaria, and say, Thy god, O Dan, liveth; and, The manner of Beer-sheba liveth; even they shall fall, and never rise up again.
Dan and Beer-sheba were where the "golden calves" were set up for people to go and worshipis IDOLATRY, the worship of another god instead of the "I AM the Lord thy God" of the first commandment.
instead of having to go to Jerusalem according to the Word of God.
So the sin of Samaria, which means "watch mountain" (like "capital hill"), is IDOLATRY
and those who swear by the sin of Samaria are harlots and adulterers who make oaths to the false god!
Though they do it mostly because of ignorance, because they lack the knowledge of their Father's Word,
our people worship the wrong god, the false god, the instead-of-Jesus,
the god of the golden calves which were set up at the borders in Dan and Beer-sheba.
Again, the "sin" of Samaria, the capital of the 10 tribes of Israel and therefore representative of the whole,
I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
If you follow after the ways of righteousness, which is your Father's Word,
and walk in them, you are wise indeed!
If you follow the ways which "seemeth right" unto a man,
then you shall stumble and surely fall to your spiritual death!
Proverbs 14:12, 16:25 "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man,
but the end thereof are the ways of death" (spiritual death, the death of the soul).
Did you know our Father likens Himself to an evergreen (ever living) tree
and instructs the wise to get their fruit from Him?Hosea 14:8-9
Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols? I have heard him, and observed him: I am like a green fir tree. From me is thy fruit found.
Ephraim was the largest of the 10 tribes of the house of Israel
and is put here figuratively to represent the whole house,
just as we often use America symbolically to represent the free Christian nations of the world, i.e. the true house of Israel today.Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.
Once again the choice is yours!
Follow after the ways of righteousness and "it shall be well with you (Isa. 3:10)"
or follow after the ways of the wicked
and the spiritually immature minds of civil and ecclesiastic liberals
and you will reap the reward of the Sodomites, which is what you will deserve!