“And now, I pray you, consider from this day and upward, from before a stone was laid upon a stone in the temple of the LORD” (Hag. 2:15)
Consider the phrase “…before a stone was laid upon a stone in the temple of the LORD” and the one discussed in Zechariah 5:11 “to build it an house in the land of Shinar” (Edmond, Oklahoma), remember that there were two women who carried the ephah BEFORE the house is built (v. 9). And the ephah, again, is a measuring device for grains. As we read verse 16 of Haggai 2: “Since those days were, when one came to an heap of twenty measures, there were but ten”
(W)hen the husbandman having gathered in his corn, and who was generally a good judge of what it would yield, came to a heap of it on his corn floor, either of sheaves not threshed, or grain not winnowed, and expected it would have produced at least twenty measures, seahs, or bushels; afterward it was threshed and winnowed, to his great disappointment he had but ten out of it; there were so much straw and chaff, and so little grain; or when he came to a heap of grain, wheat, or barley, in his granary, where he thought he should have twenty bushels of it; but when he had measured it, proved but ten – Gill’s Commentary
And we must remember that the prophets Haggai and Zechariah are talking about God’s temple in this end time which is God’s Church. God showed Haggai and Zechariah those two distinct set of people – the Philadelphians and the Laodiceans. These are the two women grinding at the mills together (Matt. 24:41; Luke 17:35).
“…when one came to the press fat for to draw out fifty vessels out of the press, there were but twenty.” (v. 16)
There could be a connection here of the fifty (50) vessels with those of the 10,000 saints discussed in Jude 14, and that could have been the expected percentage output considering a 100% yield, yet only 20 vessels were produced out of the 50 vessels that was expected – a trivial 40% were drawn out. But why?
The answer is in the next verse:
“I smote you with blasting and with mildew and with hail in all the labours of your hands; yet ye turned not to me, saith the LORD.” (v. 17)
The word “blasting” in Strong’s also means “blight.” And in the dictionary here is what it means:
BLIGHT, v.t. To affect with blight; to blast; to prevent growth, and fertility; to frustrate.
God Himself prevents the growth and it frustrates the ministers, “yet ye turned not to me, saith the LORD”
In Haggai 2:19 we can read the root cause of what is holding back the growth –
“Is the seed yet in the barn? yea, as yet the vine, and the fig tree, and the pomegranate, and the olive tree, hath not brought forth:”
The “seed” here could be referring to the Malachi 2:15 “godly seed” (also with the same Hebrew word) and it refer to “God’s people”: (“And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.”) The word “yet” in Strong’s is:
5750. ode; properly iteration or continuance; again, repeatedly, still, more:–again, yet
The word “iteration” in the dictionary means: “Repetition; performance a second time.” While the word “barn” is interesting, in the original Hebrew word, it is,
“H4035. meguwrah; feminine of H4032; a fright; also a granary:–barn, fear.”
Even its related word suggests this;
H4032: “in the sense of fearing; a fright (objectively or subjectively): – fear, terror.”
Looking at the definitions, it can be read as: “Is the seed AGAIN in FRIGHT?” or “REPEATEDLY in TERROR?” It won’t make sense if we shall translate it that way, which could be the reason why the translators chose the word “barn” instead of “fright” or “fear”. But considering the preceding verses prior to this one, we can see that the seed or God’s people are experiencing a repetition or continuance of fright as previously experienced pointing us to Malachi 2:15.
So the correct thought should be: “Are God’s people in FRIGHT AGAIN?” They’d better be! Why? Because they are expecting fruits from those spiritual fruit bearing trees (ministers) yet they are FINDING NONE!: “yea, as yet the vine, and the fig tree, and the pomegranate, and the olive tree, hath not brought forth” – God’s people are expecting the fruits of God’s Holy Spirit from them which are listed in Galatians chapter 5 – “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” (vv. 22-23). Yet what has been evident are “the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; …hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife…”(vv. 19-21)
This is the same as written in Jude 12 referring to those SPIRITUAL TERRORISTS, “These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots.” This is what Mr. Flurry wrote about those trees:
“Regarding the trees whose fruit withered, Adam Clarke writes, “Galled or diseased trees …according to Phavorinus …a disease (in trees) which causes their fruit to wither; for although there are blossoms, and the fruit shapes or is set, the galls in the trees prevent the proper circulation of the sap, and therefore the fruit never comes to perfection” (ibid.). The trees bear no fruit. (p. 29, Jude booklet)
Mr. Flurry even admonished the ministry about the result of ABUSE and MISUSE of God’s government:
God’s ministers must be on guard against bringing sadness into our congregations. Sadness in our people could be the result of the misuse of government. When a minister begins to go sour, God’s people begin to suffer. Just look at the results of the Laodicean ministers. They have brought deep sadness, misery and tragedy into the lives of many of God’s people through the abuse of government. As Malachi prophesied, they are not only sinning, they are also causing God’s people to “stumble at the law” (Malachi 2:8).
Breaking God’s laws and abusing His government can never bring happiness! Christ gave ministers ample warning about hurting God’s “little ones.” He said, “But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea” (Matthew 18:6). All ministers must learn to use government properly. (Ezra and Nehemiah – Building God’s Temple, p. 24)
Now consider what fruit one can see from one of the accounts that have transpired in PCG Trinidad in recent time using God’s government:
Alex Harrison Threatens Members With Anger and Shouting
March 28, 2013
Regional Director Alex Harrison verbally threatened the remaining members in the Trinidad congregation with being put out of the PCG. He stated that there are “Judas’s” in the congregation, who are giving out information to the ex-members (exposed on ESN). …Harrison became visibly upset and very emotional as he started to raise his voice very loudly, at times even to the point of shouting, telling them, “Why don’t you (the Judas’s) leave the Church!”
Members became afraid and uneasy as Harrison’s facial appearance/countenance became warped and ridged as a man possessed with rage, anger, hate and bitterness. The atmosphere in the congregation immediately became tensed as Harrison instilled fear and intimidation into the frightened members. – Resigned member (Trinidad)
In an article in the Royal Vision, Mr. Flurry even emphasized a very critical point for God’s people to take a careful consideration:
SATAN THE DEVIL HAS ENACTED A GREAT PLOT over the centuries to cover up the history of God’s Church. We need to understand this plot because it is a WARNING to God’s people today. Throughout history, God’s people have had to battle to hang on to the truth. The Apostle Paul repeatedly warned God’s people against turning to another gospel – a gospel of men rather than the gospel of God (2 Corinthians 11:4; Galatians 1:6). Jude spoke of the same danger. ‘Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints’ (Jude 3). … ‘For there are certain men crept in unawares,’ verse 4 says, ‘turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness,’ or lawlessness. Men who were not converted were creeping into the Church and causing serious problems…
HERBERT W. ARMSTRONG SHOWED HOW THESE PROBLEMS IN THE CHURCH AT THAT TIME, WERE LARGELY SIMON MAGUS’S DOING. Mr. Armstrong proved how Simon Magus was at work in the Corinthian church, and how Paul’s, John’s, Jude’s and Peter’s writings show that all these apostles had to battle this man’s influence…
There was a pattern: It was the same group of people basically causing all the problems. This powerful Simon Magus kept right on coming, and rebels kept growing and multiplying and continually causing problems in God’s Church. …We need to understand this because it makes it so much more clear what God’s Church is dealing with today. MR. ARMSTRONG’S INSTRUCTION IN THIS IS REALLY CRITICAL. (The True History of God’s Church Part 2, November-December 2012 issue, page 1)
Would the “godly seed” be not FRIGHTENED AGAIN seeing that that same Magus-type group who terrorized God’s people “without fear” – over and over and over again through all the Church eras – are ONCE AGAIN in their midst?
“Jude says these spiritual terrorists are ‘feeding themselves’ when they should be feeding God’s people. And they are committing all these heinous acts “without fear.” They don’t fear breaking God’s law. They don’t fear God!” (ibid.)
Do we now understand how can there be growth if God Himself prevented it from happening, and thus no fruits are found in those trees!
Now let’s consider another eyewitness account of an incident that happened to one of the members in Australia even during the Feast of 2010:
I witnessed an assault on the Last Great Day at this year’s Feast site at Tweed Heads, Australia.
It was after services and I saw a group of about seven ministers and deacons, including Max Rumler, the regional director of Australia, follow in quick pursuit of a man going up to his family. The man must’ve been telling them to get their things because the family started picking up their bags when the group of men came and moved around this man and his family.
What followed was a heated exchange between Max Rumler and the man, I didn’t get to hear all of what was said but I did hear the man telling Rumler that he had no right in attacking his family and how the members of PCG were treated, including the youth, was completely wrong, and that he [Rumler] was not a true minister.
I saw Max Rumler getting extremely agitated and red. He then stepped forward grabbing the man’s face and spoke angrily into it. The man pushed the hands off him and a minister stepped in and yelled, ‘Hey!’ The man appeared calm but very direct, but Rumler was very aggressive. By this time I saw heaps of people watching what was going on. Rumler then proceeded to tell the man to get out–him and his family. Every time the man turned to leave Rumler would start at him again. This happened four times before the man and his family could leave. They were then escorted out of the hall.
A lot more was said but I was not close enough to hear. I was wondering if anyone knew who this family was? I heard that they were suspended and a couple of weeks later a few more people from the Brisbane congregation were kicked out. Does anyone know why this is happening??
Though the event has to be validated, would a scene like this one (if this is true) not generate FEAR and TERROR on God’s people? Indeed it would! A TERRORISTIC attack on God’s seeds by those spiritual trees that bears no fruit would make the seeds REPEATEDLY IN FRIGHT! (Hag. 2:19). And it happened even during the Feast! This fulfilled prophecy is directly connected with Haggai chapter 2:
“In the seventh month, in the one and twentieth day of the month, came the word of the LORD by the prophet Haggai, saying, …For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land.”(vv. 1, 6)
There was a message about a spiritual shaking that came to the prophet Haggai during the 7th day of the Feast of Tabernacles! No wonder Haggai’s name means, a festival. He has a message that REVOLVES around God’s festivals.
The name Haggai is …usually held to mean Festive …Other explanations are: My Feast; Feast of God. (Lange’s Commentary)
As Jude wrote referring to the spiritual terrorists in God’s Church: “These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots”. (v. 12)
God considers these spiritual terrorists as SPOTS in His feasts that feed themselves without fear! Consider yet another eyewitness account of one PCG member in South Africa that tried to go over the IRON WALL just to reach That Prophet.
May 13, 2013
(Mr. Rumler) explained to me that because the costs of the hall etc., in George for the Feast, is normally more than the funds received from the tithe of the tithe monies, he instructed Mrs. Wakelin to add R50 per day to the cost of each cabana for the South African brethren. He told me that they do the same in Australia and in Fiji. He said that the international brethren which attend the feast in George are charged an extra R100 per day for their cabana because the exchange rate for dollars is pretty good, he also said that if a room in the booked cabana is not occupied an additional R100 would be charged per room per day, the reason being that brethren must not think that they can book a cabana only for themselves. This additional money was imposed on each and every one of those attending the Feast without their knowledge or consent. …Some few of the brethren in the Johannesburg congregation noted the Collusion only because the Cabana cost document on the info table was the original document from the Seabreeze establishment and then a month and a half later was replaced with the one which was so painstakingly altered. That was done only because I had voiced a concern to Mrs. Wakelin. …Those who noted the huge costing discrepancy chose to keep quiet. Fearful, that if they spoke out, they would be accused of having a government problem and a bad attitude… (Alex Foster)
THE SEED IS AGAIN IN FEAR! (Hag. 2:19). We must remember that the prophet Haggai’s name means, festival or God’s feast, so his message is a festival message directed to His people and mainly to the ministers! (v. 11)
Here is an excerpt of a prior letter that the above PCG member sent to Mr. Flurry regarding the 2012 Feast of Tabernacles in Seabreeze in South Africa:
The 2012 Seabreeze collusion
One of our brethren is in quite a predicament due to the circumstances. He has been attending the FOT for 26 years. He is a pensioner and cannot afford the Seabreeze rates; he booked at Herolds bay in George for the FOT which is R3000.00 cheaper than Seabreeze. He has been told that he may not book at Herolds bay. He tells me that if he goes to the FOT and resides at Herolds bay he will be in trouble with the ministry, and if he does not attend the FOT due to his inability to afford the exorbitant rates at Seabreeze, he will be in trouble with God. (Confusion) This is only but one case, a number of other brethren are in a very similar position. Another of the brethren said “I am too afraid to say anything” (Fear)
Haggai 2:19 is very much the same as Habakkuk wrote in chapter 3:17; “Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:”
The supposedly expected “fruit” from those fruit bearing trees (ministers) are withered and nowhere to be found! Instead they instill FEAR among the lay membership. Let us consider another eyewitness account from one of the baffled PCG members:
Fear and Dread in PCG:
May 24, 2013
I felt I must write and speak out on some of the horrible abuses that are happening to members in Ohio.
Here in the North West Region there is much fear and suspicion in the congregations. I have had more than one member come up to me privately and tell me they now dread to come to services. They are so afraid of saying the wrong thing or ticking off the wrong busybody or snitch who will run straight to the minister and turn them in. One man came up to me last week and said “If you see Mr. Culpepper come in that door, expect heads to roll.” What kind of Religion is that? What kind of life is that? Living in fear of a minister of God?
There is a little heal clicking Gestapo-like informer in Cincinnati/Dayton area. He is a relative newcomer to the PCG–but by hook or crook has insinuated himself into the sound duties, Spokesman Club, and apparently the good graces of the ministry. He has personally turned several people in to the PCG ministers. Not only gossip but downright falsehoods and exaggerations. More than one of his victims was suspended because of this weasel.
Yes these good Christian informers will smile and shake your hand at services and then turn your posterior in at the soonest opportunity. What about that admonishment that we read about in the Bible? If your brother offend you, go to him in person. Then with a witness. Then go to the minister? (Matthew 18:15-17) Odd how the Bible gets in the way things are done in the PCG.
There have been many in Ohio suspended and disfellowshipped without any hope of coming back. They have had no counseling, no mercy, no hope. I know firsthand from some of them that they were told that they are out permanently with no hope of re-admittance. They have tried to talk to Cal Culpepper but he has simply refused to counsel them or even return their calls.
Have any of the victims in Ohio been visited or even called by the ministry? I can tell you that many have not. They told me so. They are refused any type of mercy or encouragement at all. The Ministerial Manual states that you should “err on the side of mercy.” Not so with the bloody Jehus that have care of the flock in the North West.
I just pray that God will clean out this mess! -Anonymous PCG member, Cincinnati, Ohio area
Let’s continue reading again what Mr. Flurry wrote about those trees in his Jude booklet:
Regarding the trees whose fruit withered, Adam Clarke writes, “Galled or diseased trees …according to Phavorinus …a disease(in trees) which causes their fruit to wither; for although there are blossoms, and the fruit shapes or is set, the galls in the trees prevent the proper circulation of the sap, and therefore the fruit never comes to perfection” (ibid.). The trees bear no fruit. (p. 29)
“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”(Matt. 7:15-20)
And as for those who use God’s name (His authority and government) in vain, God will deny them.
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” (vv. 21-23)
In Jude 8 we can further understand what these men are doing and have done to God’s people using God’s government: “Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.”
Despise– could also mean in Strong’s, bring to nought
Dominion – also means government.
“Despise dominion” could also be rendered this way: Bring to nought God’s government
How could a minister bring to nought God’s government? – By abusing it, they can make God evil in the sight of His people and dragging His name in vain – bringing His government to nothing.
“Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.” (Exo 20:7).
God’s name implies His authority and government. Thus, these ministers are breaking God’s 3rd commandment! Let’s move to the next phrase: speak evil of dignities.
Speak evil of – also means to vilify in Strong’s. While vilify in the dictionary means, to utter slanderous and abusive statements against; to lower in estimation or importance.
Who could most probably utter slanderous and abusive statements against anyone, except he who has the power over the other person? Who could possibly make someone to lower in estimation or importance? Is it not those who are above the others?
Dignities– could also mean glorious and in the New International Version it refers to the glorious ones.
“Yet in the same way these dreamers also defile the flesh, reject authority, and slander the glorious ones.” (NIV)
The glorious ones could refer to the lay membership of the Church. As the Apostle Paul wrote in 1Thessalonians 4: “That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us His Holy Spirit.” (vv. 6-8)
Looking at the context in Jude’s writings, Mr. Flurry clearly explained that it is primarily aimed at those who execute God’s government – the ministry.
“(Jude) wrote one of the most powerful small books in the Bible. He showed us that we must build the character to rule the universe. That is why we are here. We must learn to keep and administer God’s law—be executives of God’s government—in the World Tomorrow. That is what the gospel is all about. This is what Jude was trying to get God’s own people to fully understand. But his book is primarily prophecy for God’s end-time Church. Many of God’s people are dying spiritually today, as they were at the time of Jude’s warning. Nothing could be more important for us to comprehend. This book shows us why the angels on this Earth failed and how we can succeed (p. 19, Jude booklet)
God’s words are like a two-edged sword, so Jude 8 applies PRIMARILY to the one that administer God’s government and SECONDARILY to the lay membership in God’s Church.
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Heb. 4:12)
“We must learn to keep and administer God’s law—be executives of God’s government… Nothing could be more important for us to comprehend. This book (Jude) shows us why the angels on this Earth failed and how we can succeed.” (op.cit.)
“And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.” (Jude 6)
To better understand this, we should go back to where it all originated– Lucifer “the Shining star of the dawn”:
“Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.” (Ezek. 28:14-17)
Lawlessness was found in Lucifer “the bringer of light” and he became Satan “the adversary” because of pride and vanity. In Mystery of the Ages, Mr. Armstrong further explained:
ORIGIN OF DEMONS
Yet this superior being, trained and experienced at the very throne of the GOVERNMENT OF GOD over the universe, had resorted to wrong reasoning and made a diabolical perverted decision. He worked on the angels under him until he turned their minds to rebellion also. This, incidentally, might have taken Lucifer millions of years. In all probability he had to begin perverting the minds of his angels one at a time, at first. He had to cause them to feel dissatisfied, wronged by God, and inject into them resentment and bitterness.
When Lucifer allowed thoughts of vanity, jealousy, envy, lust and greed, then resentment and rebellion, to enter and occupy his mind, something happened to his mind! His mind became perverted, distorted, twisted! His thinking became warped. God gave him and the angels control over their own minds. They can never straighten them out—never again think rationally, honestly, rightly. (p. 71)
Lucifer and the fallen angels “kept not their first estate but left their own habitation” – they left Earth and ascended unto heaven to get the throne of God.
“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”(Isa. 14:12-14)
“Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example” (Jude 7) Why did Jude compare the fallen angels with Sodom?
Ezekiel 16 sheds more light on the problem with the people of Sodom. “Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, surfeit of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy. They were haughty, and did abominable things before me; therefore I removed them, when I saw it” (vv. 49-50, Revised Standard). They were living in great prosperous ease while consumed with pride and haughtiness. They were consumed with SELF! Sound familiar? (The Philadelphia Trumpet, November 1996)
The people of Sodom and Gomorrah were CONSUMED with SELF just like Lucifer and the fallen angels were, i.e., with so much PRIDE and VANITY! All of their minds became perverted, distorted, twisted! Their thinking revolves around satisfying the SELF! And just like the spiritual terrorists in God’s Church who feed THEMSELVES without fear instead of feeding the poor and the needy ones (Jude 12, Ezek. 16:49, Zech. 7:9-10)
Both the fallen angels and Sodom and Gomorrah did not keep their initial state – the fallen angels were initially created holy while the first man, Adam was not corrupt and perverted to begin with (Gen. 1:26-31). But both of them through time became influenced by the great master deceiver, Satan the devil! They both absorbed SATAN’S NATURE as their OWN. And like Satan, one third of the angels and all the inhabitants of Sodom both became the epitome of perversion, defilement and uncleanness in God’s eyes.
“Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.” (Jude 8)
Yet in this same manner, there are some impostors who have seen false dreams (Zech. 10:2) and they execute God’s government by using their human nature (which is actually Satan’s nature). Instead of using God’s nature to implement God’s government they have eventually brought it to nothing and as a result, they utter slanderous and abusive statements against God’s glorious ones – His frightened holy seeds. And to this effect, they are also doing it to the angelic majesties that minister unto those godly seeds (Dan. 8:10; Heb. 1:14)
God then promised to comfort His seeds in the midst of all the fright and terror happening around them:
“… (F)rom this day will I bless you” (v. 19)
In Habakkuk 3:18- 19 we can find its counterpart – “Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.”
And because of their godly fear, God’s seeds will rejoice when they learn that God is still their salvation and their strength. They will leap for joy when they shall be delivered and protected from the Great Tribulation and eventually, to be used by God the Father to plant the heavens– and that is God’s blessing to them.
“And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people.” (Isa. 51:16)
The blessing as we shall see later even involve a literal physical heaven and earth shaking significance to showcase God’s awesome power and mercy.
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