There may be something interesting of note in the book of Ezra. I was reading it yesterday and something popped right out at me. Before I get to that let me go over some things and summarize the first Chapters.
Cyrus the Great was convinced by Daniel that Cyrus was going to show up and take Babylon. He did. Daniel showed him the scrolls of Isaiah 44 and 45. Pretty intense to see 200+ year old scrolls with your name in them also telling what you did to take Babylon. LOL.
So in Ezra: Chapter 1, Cyrus says he's going to build the New Temple in Jerusalem and send back all the Jewish slaves as free men and women. Just a side note... I said they are now freed because of what was said about Cyrus in Isaiah 45: And I will direct all his ways; He shall build My city And let My exiles go free, Not for price nor reward
Chapter 2 basically goes over the list of who those people were that were freed. This is a pretty big gathering of people going home all at once from an entire kingdom.
Then Chapter 3... the 1st verse: "And when the seventh month had come, and the children of Israel were in the cities, the people gathered together as one man to Jerusalem."
This isn't a exactly "male child" per say... but "children of Israel"... "as one man"....! And... on the seventh month...! Tishrei 1...!!!! That's Rosh Hashanah!!! Whoa! Feast of Trumpets!
So what I just read from Ezra Chapters 1-3 is that a large gathering(or harvest) of children of Israel (now freed from bondage) are going home to Jerusalem, "as one man", and on Tishrei 1 (Feast of Trumpets) will worship in their new Temple in Jerusalem... ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
I'm reading Nehemiah today. Nehemiah is like the book of Ezra with a lot more detail about what happened in Ezra 1-3.
Nehemiah 7 verse 73: ... When the seventh month came, the children of Israel were in their cities.
Nehemiah 8 verse 1: Now all the people gathered togetheras one man in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate; and they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses, which the Lord had commanded Israel. 2 So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly of men and women and all who could hear with understanding on the first day of the seventh month. 3 Then he read from it in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate from morning until midday, before the men and women and those who could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law.
This visual matches the book of Ezra. I find this VERY fascinating!
Ezra 3:1 HEB: הַחֹ֣דֶשׁ הַשְּׁבִיעִ֔י וּבְנֵ֥י יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל בֶּעָרִ֑ים NAS: came, and the sons of Israel KJV: was come, and the children of Israel INT: month the seventh and the sons of Israel the cities
I just found this awesome forum yesterday, saw your post here last night, and so back now to join the forum! This is off topic, but are you the same uscg vet from RR forum? Where seems like all of us just got completely SHUT DOWN (was over there and can't even find the thread there; they had locked it and now it's gone).
Anyways, I'm pretty sure you are the same guy, read this thread yesterday and then went to watch the video. Just so happened I'm already subscribed to that you tube channel! Watched, and my mind was thoroughly blown (again... that has been happening a lot lately) at just how AWESOME our God is!!! I'm getting ready to read Ezra and Nehemiah myself, but wanted to thank you for sharing what The Holy Spirit shared with you! Just... wow... it seems never ending, what God has been revealing both to me and to all of us, that for me anyways, started with watching Scotty Clarke's videos on the Revelation 12 sign.
In addition to all you you have shared here, what I thought of immediately as I was watching the youtube video late last night, was how Cyrus "drained the swamp" to take Babylon. Right away I felt such conviction in my spirit, as all we hear about nowadays is "draining the swamp" (in the past 10 minutes I've heard the phrase 4 times on FOX news which is on in the background). History is repeating itself right now, and God told us about it way back in Ezra and Nehemiah! The fact that our President is Trump and VP is Pence and those two words put together sound like "trumpets". Just so much, and the more I delve into His Word the more that is revealed. So much that Daniel foretold that has indeed been "sealed up until the time of the end" and that is now being unsealed. It's such an exciting time to be alive and on this Earth, for those of us whom belong to Jesus, and have eyes to see and ears to hear.
I truly believe that Babylon is The United States. We fit everything said to a T, and now with this new parallel... how Cyrus literally drained the swamp and Trump talks about doing the same all of the time. Add that to the complete debauchery that the USA has become, how we indeed have committed adultery with all the kings of the earth, we have intoxicated the world with the wine of our adulteries (music industry, hollywood, and the list goes on). We indeed are a nation of people, multitudes, languages, and nations. And we have made those across the seas rich, exporting all of our "luxury", and how they will mourn when they see the smoke coming up from what is left of us. The seven heads being 7 nations, the leaders of 7 nations, the 7 continents??? (I don't know.) What I do know, NOW is the time to turn to Jesus for anyone whom hasn't. I truly believe last chance. I'm excited, but also terrified, because there are so many in my family, even my own children, whom I fear will be left behind and I fear they may not even have a chance to turn to Him afterwards, to refuse the mark of the beast, because I fear that America is soon to be destroyed.
Even I myself, I KICK myself on a daily basis for allowing myself to get caught up in the things of this world, to not have spent more time in His Word (how could I have not seen just how awesome and exciting it all is, especially the OT as I always focused on the NT), to have wasted so much time on petty things. And now I feel that even if I study nonstop from now until Jesus takes us home it still won't be enough. I want to know more of Him, be closer to Him, I feel like He is all that matters, just so much has changed for me these past few months. It's like my spirit is crying out to Him and I am so ready to go home! But fearful too, of the unknown a little bit, but mainly for my family... my husband, my children.
EnochWalked: sesquip: That's a good point, but I still think that the owner of a privately owned company doesn't necessarily have a moral duty to damage the value of their company by publicly supporting unpopular causes. Brave to do so, but maybe donate anonymously.
Dec 5, 2019 3:56:02 GMT -6
fitz: But you can't donate anonymously as a corporation. A legitimate company puts every single penny on the books, so no longer anonymous. See a CEO answers to a board of directors...so its not a question of publicly or privately held.
Dec 5, 2019 14:54:19 GMT -6
fitz: sesquipedalian what you are basically saying is that a Christian cannot be the CEO of a big corporation. No matter what business decisions he makes, eventually he will make one that other Christians think is immoral and anti-christian. Can't win.
Dec 5, 2019 14:57:22 GMT -6
fitz: even though he was just doing his job...which is not to be a shining example of a Christian CEO in the business world, though that's a noble pursuit, his main focus should be making money for his bosses.
Dec 5, 2019 14:59:10 GMT -6
fitz: Else he's a bad employee...which isn't very Christlike either.
Dec 5, 2019 15:00:12 GMT -6
EnochWalked: fitz: I think if a CEO owns a corporation, he can pay himself whatever salary he wants from the company's money, and then anonymously donate that. I suppose that move wouldn't be very popular with the employees, or make the company very competitive.
Dec 5, 2019 15:41:33 GMT -6
sesquipedalian: It really is disappointing to see two Christians trying to justify abandoning moral principles for the sake of profits and worldly favor. Never mind the fact that Chick-Fil-A already had sizeable profits and tremendous loyalty from their customers.
Dec 5, 2019 17:17:51 GMT -6
mike: Weighing in again, I'm disappointed. In this world there aren't too many righteous stories to be "proud" of. This was but is no more. That's the part that caused my reaction. If I boycott them I have to boycott everything
Dec 5, 2019 21:41:56 GMT -6
Bora: They had it and then they were brow-beat and lost it. To bad they caved as they had my admiration but now no. They are simply the strong that backed down in the heat of battle.
Dec 6, 2019 8:12:51 GMT -6
Joecool: Since God was always all-knowing, that means He not only knew us but He was thinking about us before the foundations of the world
Dec 6, 2019 10:17:13 GMT -6
Joecool: No sense in worrying about the battles since God is Always with us.
Dec 6, 2019 10:17:59 GMT -6
EnochWalked: sesquip: I don't think I was trying to justify "abandoning moral principles" and I'm sorry if it came across that way. I was just trying to show empathy for Christian company owners who choose to avoid controversy in order to keep their business operating.
Dec 6, 2019 16:15:01 GMT -6
EnochWalked: If the owner of Chick-fil-A had been motivated only by personal greed, or avoiding personal embarrassment in the eyes of the secular world (as your first link suggests, without evidence) then I would not justify that, but I don't know his heart (God does).
Dec 6, 2019 16:18:28 GMT -6
EnochWalked: The company is still giving to charities concerned with "education, hunger, and homelessness.", which still seems moral to me, and I wouldn't feel comfortable condemning them for that. ("He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone" Jn 8:7)
Dec 6, 2019 16:23:37 GMT -6