(Ver 1.1) This is now Part 5 in the essential Bible study series focused upon Christians and the people of the world obtaining an increased understanding of what God thinks about the subject of Abortion. We have covered a lot of Bible verses on this subject and we will not be repeating that information here today. Therefore, I would recommend that if you have not read from the beginning that you go and start with “Part 1” first. But also know that this lesson will stand alone revealing new information that is not dependent upon any of the previous lessons.
WARNING: I will tell you from the beginning this lesson subject and what God says about it will offend a lot of people. Truth has always been hated by the world. They crucified an innocent man named Jesus on a cross for only doing good and telling the truth. If they did that to Him without cause they can still do that today in the practice of abortion. Therefore, if you are easily offended at this subject of abortion, please go read somebody else that fits your beliefs (2 Ti 4:3).
It should be obvious to many that Christians have failed to protect the lives of the unborn in America and the world. By Christian participation in this act of abortion or simply our passivity to permit it to occur, I believe the heart of God is tremendously grieved. This act that many call a “woman’s choice” has the most severe consequences possible for their voiceless victims. This is not like taking drugs or alcohol that causes birth defects, even though that is not good for the child either. There is still opportunity for recovery using healthcare or prayer. But, this choice of abortion is not healthcare regardless of what someone tries to label it. These dismembered babies sold for parts and profit do not have their health considered.
These children in the womb have life, they can hear your voice speaking, they can feel the pain and they try to save themselves from being torn to pieces by moving away from the instruments of torture and death. But these victims are limited from escape by the walls that surround them. They cannot move far enough from the tools used by the hands that want to shed their innocent blood without a cause.
These are natural reactions for any human in the womb or out of the womb. When faced with great pain and physical hard the natural response comes from the built in divinely designed process of self-preservation and survival. Any human with feelings, will immediately remove their hand from a red hot stove. This is the same for the child in the womb. Death is still an enemy to every human born and unborn (1 Cor 15:26), yet people have become accustomed to this process of death when it is not happening to them. This comes from a deception of Satan that eliminates feelings of compassion. Just like rioters burning down businesses, it should concern everyone, but it does not because “it is not my business”. The acts of evil people must be stopped.
The thought that death should be acceptable for someone that is unseen and unable to be heard to scream is mind blowing. God please forgive us. The tolerance for these acts can come from many reasons. Satan has caused humans to believe the child is not a child until they breath air. But we have seen in previous Bible lessons that this is NOT TRUE. We can learn this from basic senses also. A sonogram will show the child sucking their thumb, reacting to sounds, and moving around. Any pregnant woman knows this baby is alive because they can move and kick her. Any good doctor can confirm this life by listening to their heartbeat. People today also have believed another lie that humans just evolved from monkeys. Therefore, there is no difference from killing animals as it is to kill a human child in the womb. But that is also not the truth and not how God created us. Humans were made in the image of God and animals were NOT.
If the opening statements have no effect on your heart and you do not feel the pain of suffering for the over 60 million children that have been killed since this evil was legitimatized as normal and legalized as acceptable, then you may be very hard hearted. If you are voting for politicians that will appoint judges to continue this insanity, you have been deceived. If you are voting for politicians that are passing laws to kill babies right up to birth or after birth, you are far from knowing God’s heart of love and compassion. People who think they are Christians may be shocked to find out that they will be held accountable for every innocent child’s blood that has been shed simply because they did not stand up against it. I heard it put this way and I totally agree. Every Planned Parenthood building should have a sign outside that says, “Abortions Performed by the Permission of Christians”. Another man named Edmund Burke said it this way “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”. This is what too many Christians have been doing.
God’s way of dealing with this issue of abortion is peaceful, loving and kind. The Bible teaches us that it is the goodness of God that will lead humans to repentance (Rom 2:4). Therefore, this lesson is not intended to judge or condemn anyone for their participation in abortion. If you have ever had an abortion the blood of Jesus is more than sufficient to forgive you and cleanse you from every unrighteous sin. It should be this all-encompassing gift of forgiveness that should help us all. I know I am grateful for what Jesus did for me and I pray you are also.
Today we are going to study God’s Word to find more of His perspective on the interior created parts of the woman that are called the “womb”. We are going to learn that God designed this womb area as a vacant temporary dwelling space. A place for the origination and continuation of life in safety, peace, and tranquility. If it were not for this designed plan of the womb, Jesus could not have been born to enter into our world legally to save us. I say thank you Jesus for being born as a human baby to save us.
However, Satan has always desired and planned to change this womb safe environment into being a place of war, death, violence, destruction, and chaos. Death is still Satan’s number one goal for every human. If Satan cannot stop the child from being born, he continues the plan to try to kill everyone on the outside of the womb. Remember, what Jesus said to us in John 10:10, “The thief comes not but to kill steal and destroy, but I have come that you might have life and that life in abundance”. These represent two opposing plans of death verses life and we can see this is still what is taking place within the womb of a woman today. Let us get started with this study. I pray that, I have not offended too many, already by this opening statement (Gal 4:16).
GOD DESIGNED THE WOMB TO BE A SAFE SPACE
Today’s Bible lesson will be different than any of the previous lessons in the series. In this lesson we are going to focus entirely on learning our Creator God’s thoughts concerning the female “womb”. For example, what was His divine purpose for this part of His creation and how does He define the womb. For example, we as Christians should all know that Jesus came into the world through the womb of a woman named “Mary” (Marriam). She was a virgin that had not yet known a man (Luke 1:34) when an angel of the LORD came to her with the news that she would have a son. I suppose she could have said “NO” but she said, “Be it unto me according to thy word” (Luke 1:38).
Can you imagine her thoughts and concerns with saying “YES”? She was engaged to man named Joseph and she could have been stoned if found to be pregnant before the marriage (Lev 20:10). If Joseph, her future engaged husband found out she was pregnant before the wedding he could have her stoned to death. He must have loved her and decided to consider “divorce” instead of her “death”. But God intervened and sent an angel to him so he would know this child was “the Son of God” and not from another human.
Think about that. Consider what would be said today on the internet if someone was claiming to be pregnant from the Holy Spirit and the claiming her child was the Son of God. Can you imagine the pressure to get an abortion today? What would they being saying about Mary today on social media? Can you imagine the wild rumors and gossiping that we could read about on the internet? What unimaginable pressure and bully words could you imagine being said about her?
Yet God trusted this woman named Mary and on the inside of her was formed “the Son of God”. Not a zygote, not an embryo, not a fetus, not a blob of tissue, NO HE WAS CALLED THE SON OF GOD even before birth. Think about that. Compare this with what you may be facing today. Let us move to another woman in the Bible named Eve.
I believe we should go back and examine the creation of woman to build a foundation for this subject of the womb. It interesting to learn from Genesis 2:22 what we can find in the original Hebrew when God takes a “woman” out of the side of the first created man Adam. The Hebrew word translated as “woman” is H802 and is transliterated as “ishshah”. The Hebrew word translated as “man” is H376 and is transliterated as “iysh”. God adds the “ah” sound which is the Hebrew letter “Hey” and this letter means “Behold” in ancient Hebrew. This would be like God saying “behold” or “wow” a different and new type of man. In fact, the English language uses a similar type of pattern of letter addition by adding “wo” to the front of the word “man”. It is noteworthy that “wo” can represent the shortened form for the word “womb” and thus a “woman” could be referred to as a “womb” “man”. In other words, Eve was created as a complimentary type or pattern of man (Adam) but with a “womb”. This caused her to have a specific type of miraculous “wow” factor in the eyes of God. This “womb” difference is our primary focus in this lesson about abortion and this may sound unusual. Yes, but this is where I believe the LORD led us today. Hopefully, we will understand better after we have studied the entire lesson.
There are two primary Hebrew words that are translated as “womb” in the Old Testament. The first word that we will focus upon is H990. It is most often translated as “womb” 31 times and 30 times as “belly”. It is interesting that this word is defined as a place that is hollow or empty. And this is the case for a woman that is NOT pregnant. There appears to be an implication given to us by God that He designed this specific location of the woman to be filled. Of course, most of us know how this happens between a husband and his wife. This infilling of the womb is a part of the physical nature that God designed to be pleasurable between a husband and his wife. Pleasure was not necessary for human reproduction. However, pleasure was a gift from God and does motivate the process. Evolutionists cannot explain the existence of beauty in a woman or the existence of pleasure in sexual reproduction. Neither are a requirement for the continuance of humanity. I guess it is an ignored topic. Let us get back on our subject of the womb.
From what we have learned so far in life and the Bible, we know that the womb was designed by God to be like a container that sits empty until it is filled. To better understand this important subject of the womb, we are now going to explore the ancient Hebrew Language. To be more specific we are going to use the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet used prior to the Babylonian captivity. This letters will help us to better understand the concepts chosen by God in His design for the woman’s womb. Here is a picture of these 22 Ancient Hebrew letters.
You may already know that the Hebrew language and alphabet reads right to left, which is the opposite of the left to right English language and alphabet. The first letter of the Hebrew alphabet is “alef” and the second letter is “beyt” and if we combine these two letters into one word, we get our English word “alphabet”. That Ancient Hebrew study is a remarkably interesting subject. This may be a new subject to many. Please note that we are not going to be able to go through the entire ancient Hebrew alphabet in this lesson. That would take us too long. But we will concentrate upon the specific letters found in our 2 key words translated as “womb”. These words will be H990 first and H7358 second.
This word H990 is “beten” and is spelled with three Hebrew letters a “Bet”, “Tet” and “Nun”. It might be interesting to some that the German word “beten” means “prayer”. That could be a message that we need to pray more for women’s decisions concerning their “womb”. God designed the Hebrew alphabet very intentionally with each letter in the alphabet having
- a form,
- a sound,
- a name,
- a meaning,
- a number
This is unlike the English alphabet that normally just has 1) a form and 2) a sound. The English alphabet does not generally contain a hidden meaning within the individual number order of the letter, the sound or the form or appearance of the letter. Let us move on to the specific Hebrew letters in the word H990 “beten” translated as “womb” to see what we have been missing.
The “Bet” in the ancient Hebrew is the 2nd letter in the alphabet and was designed in pictogram form to look like a tent floor plan with a door. It is like a remarkably simple modern architectural drawing for a home that is being built. A tent represented in Bible times the basic family dwelling place in one of two states. A tent can either be filled or empty or we could say that it is occupied or vacant. This basic dwelling place for the family represented a place of safety especially for sleep at night in Bible days. Every tent was designed with a door or entrance. The tent door was further designed as a two-way flap and it was intended to be both the entrance into and the exit from the dwelling place. In other words, there was only one designed way in and out of the dwelling place for the entire family. Our key words in this part of the Hebrew study is this letter represents “a safe tent dwelling for a family containing a door”. I pray that this information can be applied for us to see how it matches the pattern for the God created female “womb”.
We should also note that in Bible days a tent dwelling was normally made of skins. Skins can be cut with a sharp knife instrument to produce an emergency exit. Some in the medical field might call this a “C-Section” incision. “C-section” is short for “Cesarean Section”. It gets its name from Julius Caesar because some believe this was how he was born. Nevertheless, the concept of cutting the skin tent wall to get someone out is what is interesting to understand. This type of cutting of the skin of the tent dwelling was just an alternative emergency way to exit. These are just some of the meanings found within the first letter of the word that can be applied to the female womb. I am convinced this is why God chose this letter to begin this Hebrew word translated as “womb”? I know that this type of claim is not accepted by some people. But, I have become convinced that nothing in the Bible is there by accident or chance. Every little letter design was for a divine purpose.
The second letter of our word is the “Tet” and in ancient Hebrew it is the 9th letter in the Hebrew alphabet and is a pictogram that represents a basket. A round basket is remarkably like a tent because it too can be either full or empty with one opening on top to fill it with something or take something out. It is interesting that the normal basket shape is round and can also be a representative type of the general female womb shape and more specifically the fundamental female “egg” needed for conception. It is even more interesting to me that the female egg is like an empty basket container in its unfertilized state. It is this status of not being filled that allows the penetration of the male sperm cell to create a new human. Also, one basic Bible function for a basket was for the use of carrying bread, thus the term “breadbasket”. We can read about how Jesus multiplied a child’s lunch in Matthew 14:20 and after feeding 5000 men plus their families, there was 12 baskets of leftover bread pieces.
It is also interesting what people sometimes say when a woman is pregnant that she “has a bun in the oven”. That concept of bread and food making represents a key process of substance for one of the sources and supply of continued human life. Remember Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God”. Jesus also claimed to be the true bread that came down from heaven in John 6. I pray that you can see what Jesus was claiming with His coming through a womb.
Finally there are two concepts given to us between tents and baskets. First, we have a smaller basket found within a larger tent dwelling to keep the basket safe from exterior predators. This would be like the female ovum inside the womb that is also inside a safe space. The second concept found here is the idea of filling both an empty basket with bread or an empty tent with a person. Until bot are filled they are in an vacant state of existence. That brings us to the final Hebrew letter in the word “womb”. Notice even the order of each of the letters brings us meaning.
The third and last letter of the Hebrew word H990 is “Nun”. The Nun in the ancient Hebrew is the 14th letter of the alphabet and is a pictogram form that represents the image like a tadpole or sprouting seed. But, to be more specific and graphic it resembles the amazingly detailed picture of the male sperm cell which has a tail that enables it to swim up into the female empty basket (egg) that is inside the empty tent dwelling place to fertilize and produce the conception of a new family member. As soon as this occurs the dwelling and the basket inside are both filled.
This process of filling begins with the successful joining of 2 cells. When this occurs I have heard some scientists claim there is a “spark” of light that occurs. I believe this spark is God placing the spirit of the baby inside. This process creates a new human child that will continue to live in the female tent womb for approximately 9 months or 37 to 42 weeks or 259 to 294 days. The when this time is fulfilled, the child exits the tent door to be viewed by everyone in the natural world. Wow, how was it possible that this word was written in the Bible over 3500 years ago and it could describe the impregnation process to such amazingly accurate detail? There were no microscopes that many years ago. No one knew what a sperm cell or the female egg cell looked like. Yet we must conclude that God knew, and He communicated this detail to us so that we would be amazed today.
We have just discovered some deep hidden parts of the original Hebrew language and alphabet used to construct one Hebrew word H990 “beten” that many people may have never known existed. The Hebrew language was uniquely designed with picture like characters that described details that only the Creator would know and understand how to put together to reveal such amazing hidden details. Let us move on to the second Hebrew word that is often translated as “womb” to learn the additional hidden qualities that we need to understand about the female “womb”.
The second Hebrew word that is often translated as “womb” is H7358. This Hebrew word is transliterated as “rechem” and is also three Hebrew letters. It is spelled with a “resh”, a “chet” and a “mem”. Ok, we will begin with just a quick overview of the meaning of each of these letters.
A “resh” is a symbol of a man’s head. It is the first part of a human that appears during the normal birth process. However, the “resh” letter is designed as an image of a man’s head with a crown. That is interesting to say the least. When the normal birth process occurs for the baby’s exit from the internal female womb tent the process is described as the “crowning” of the baby’s head. Most people that have had a baby know that there are three main steps during a normal birth. These are the 1) dropping down or descent, 2) the rotation or turning and 3) the crowning phase before the exit. Wow is that amazing since the letter resh is wearing a crown. Do you recall what Jesus is called? Jesus is called the King of kings in Revelation 19:16. Could it be that this one of the main reasons why humans are being aborted today in such large numbers? Does the modern human have the potential to reign as a king in this life to defeat Satan’s plans? I believe it is true according to the Bible and we may talk more about this soon. Let us move to the next letter of the Hebrew word H7358.
The second Hebrew letter “chet” is a picture of a tent wall. It represents a separating barrier where being on the inside of the tent wall there should dwell peace and safety. This interior is in contrast to being outside where anything bad can attack or kill you. We could call the inside of the wall to be a realm of protection from external potential enemies. In other words, a wall was designed in Bible days as a separation barrier of protection from attack. A wall represents two opposing states of existence. The first is on the inside and is supposed to represent safety and on the outside is supposed to represent potential danger.
However, Satan has recently in the last years of human history reversed the meanings concerning the womb wall. Remember we talked about a tent with walls of skin in the first Hebrew word H990. All tent dwellings were designed and constructed with walls of skin. Even the first temple of God built by Moses from God’s designs, was a tent with walls of skins where He lived inside of skin walls. I believe all of this was patterns for the coming conception and birth of Jesus who came into the world to be our “King”. Remember when Jesus was crucified the veil inside of the temple was ripped from top to bottom signifying God’s exit from the temple. Let us move to the last Hebrew letter.
The last Hebrew letter “mem” in H7358 is the pictogram of water. Wow, a child in the womb is surrounded by water. When the child is ready to be delivered, the woman’s water breaks and this is one way she knows the time of exist has finally come. That is another amazing coincidence or NOT! I find it very interesting that the Word of God is likened to be “water”, and “seed” in the Bible and we have two of the main qualities of the Word of God being found in both of the ancient Hebrew spellings of two words that are translated as “womb”.
Finally, this letter can also represent “blood” as a liquid that is passed down from generation to generation. The family blood line comes from the father. These are all facts of reproduction and basic biology. But remember who was the Father of Jesus? It was God and therefore Jesus shed the blood of God on the cross to save us. Let us move on to what these words mean and represent in the God created childbirth process designed to produce new human life.
GOD’S ROOT DEFINITION FOR A WOMB
IS LOVE, MERCY AND COMPASSION
If we continue our study of the Hebrew word H7385, using a deeper research of the Hebrew definition from Strong’s and other dictionaries, we will discover the underlying foundation to this word is found in the essential divine concepts of “love”, “mercy”, and “compassion”. This root definition offers to help us to understand God’s designed purpose for creating a woman’s womb. A womb should be a place of walled inner peace and safety as we learned before but it should also be the object for great love that should come from the hearts of the mother and the father. Love should be the surrounding force around the child’s beginning and continued existence. Love is the key factor for that child being nurtured and fed within the (family tent) womb walls. One interesting fact about tent dwellings is that they are always temporary. This is true for the baby in the womb as well as for the human body in which our spirit lives for a short time here on the earth.
We learn about the root of love being within the womb by looking at the Hebrew word H7385 again. This word is translated “womb” 21 times and “matrix” 5 times in the KJV. By reading the Strong’s definition we find that it comes from the root Hebrew word H7355. The root word H7355 is “racham” and it is translated as “mercy” 32 times and “compassion” 8 times and is founded upon the divine gift and capacity to love. Wow, how many women feel real compassion for their child in their womb anymore? I know there are some great mothers in the world and lot of them allow a God type of love to be their focus on the inside of them during their pregnancies. Praise God for you if that is what you have experienced or are experiencing right now. But maybe you are struggling to know what to do. Maybe you do not feel loved and this reflection is being transferred down and placed upon your child in your womb? Let us look at a verse that helps us to see things as God sees them.
Isa 49:15 Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee
God is making a direct comparison to how a woman should think and act towards the son of her womb and how He will think and act concerning His people. God is strongly suggesting in these two comparisons, that they should be identical. Both should contain the same levels of mercy and love. Yet we know in a fallen world that many men and women are still capable of sinful acts that originate from wrong sinful thoughts and feelings. Still God is NOT capable of sin! God will not treat us the way some humans have treated their children. Thank you, God! The Hebrew word translated as “compassion” is H7355 the root word that we saw created the word H7385 for the filled female womb.
Notice how God structures this sentence in Isaiah 49. Shall she not have compassion (H7355) on the son of her womb (H990)? God uses the root for one of our “womb” words and the other word H990 directly for an empty “womb” that we studied at first. Remember the first word H990 was implied to be an empty tent dwelling with a two-way door. We can clearly see that the son that was inside the temporary safe womb tent (a home of love and compassion (H7358)) survived and is now at the mother’s breast feeding and her “womb” (H990) is again empty. Yet God implies that the level of her compassion for her son should be identical whether he was inside or out.
This is just a further confirmation that God views her son to be her son whether inside or outside the womb tent of safety. The only difference was that the son on the inside was fed by the umbilical cord of the mother and the same son on the outside was fed with the breast of the same mother. Wow, that is how God says He will treat us. Next, I am going to go through a very profound example of this type of love that a mother is supposed to have for her child. Let us please read Ezekiel 16 very closely and notice the contrasts of how God took an unwanted baby child and caused her to live and then loved her enough to show her equal compassion and mercy to care for her until she matured:
Eze 16:3 And say, So says the Lord Jehovah to Jerusalem, Your origin and your birth is of the land of Canaan. Your father was an Amorite, and your mother a Hittite.
Eze 16:4 And as for your birth, in the day you were born your navel was not cut, nor were you washed with water to cleanse you. And you were not salted, nor swaddled at all.
Eze 16:5 No eye pitied you, to do any of these to you, to have compassion on you. But you were thrown out into the open field, because your life was despised in the day that you were born.
Eze 16:6 And when I passed by you and saw you squirming in your blood, I said to you in your blood, Live! Yes, I said to you in your blood, Live!
Eze 16:7 I have caused you to multiply like the bud of the field, and you are grown, and you are great; and you come in the finest ornaments. Your breasts are formed, and hair is grown, yet you were naked and bare.
Eze 16:8 And I passed by you and looked on you, and, behold, your time was the time of love. And I spread my skirt over you and covered your nakedness. And I swore to you and entered into a covenant with you, says the Lord Jehovah. And you became Mine.
Eze 16:9 And I washed you with water; I washed away your blood from you, and I anointed you with oil.
Eze 16:10 I also clothed you with embroidered work, and I shod you with dugong sandals. And I wrapped you in fine linen, and I covered you with silk.
Eze 16:11 And I adorned you with ornaments, and I put bracelets on your hands and a chain on your neck.
Eze 16:12 And I put a ring on your nose, and earrings in your ears, and a beautiful crown on your head.
Eze 16:13 And you were adorned with gold and silver; and your clothing was of fine linen and silk and embroidered work. You ate fine flour and honey and oil; and you were exceedingly beautiful. And you advanced to regal estate.
Wow, I read this and almost cried. Think about what was just described by God our creator. He said to a little girl named Jerusalem in verse 3 “Your origin and birth was….”. God spoke to and about her and said that even before you were born, HE knew her origin. This would literally represent her conception. We know God is speaking figuratively to His Old Covenant wife, but everything in the Spirit realm still applies in the lesser natural realm as repeated patterns.
Verse 4 describes how God found her as an aborted child that was cast aside. A child that was not wanted by either her mother or her father. She was literally discarded in a field covered in her own blood not being cared for by her mother. However, God saw her potential even laying in her own blood and commanded her to live twice. Take notice of that statement. I believe this is what Christians should do to babies that are about to be aborted. See their potential in this world and speak to them and say “Live”. This is a basic way of God that He taught us to do in the Bible. For example, go and read Zechariah 4:7 where Zerubbabel was commanded to speak to the mountain that stood before him and call it level ground by shouting “Grace, Grace”! Let us see this as an example to learn to change our view of an unwanted children to see their potential for God’s plans to be fulfilled in their lives.
Verses 4 through 6, teach us of how bad of shape she was. Notice in verse 5 God described the heart of her mother towards the child. Her mother had no love for her. Therefore, it was not possible for her mother to show her any real pity to take her in and save her. There was no compassion for this child. It was as if her child was not human. God is describing the agenda of Satan that we can see happening called “late term abortion” and “infanticide”. Infanticide occurs after the child is born, where a woman can legally just throw them away after birth, as if they were a piece of trash. The depraved human heart leads to the absence of love which leads to the loss or departure of any pity, mercy, and compassion. The only God solution is to invite the Love of God in our hearts and He will help us to love them. When these divine qualities, morals and characteristics are not found within a growing level of humanity, there should be a loud outcry from those that have these qualities. Any child that is tossed in the trash could have been you. Why are we not thankful enough that it was not us to speak up for them and command them to “live”?
We need to be like God and act like Him with great love, mercy, and compassion to stop the killing of innocent, defenseless and voiceless human beings. We need to show the same level of love and mercy to help save these children, take care of these children, and help them grow and mature to what God wants them to become.
As you continue to read in Ezekiel with verses 7 through 13 you see the God kind of love being extended with great lovingkindness and tender mercies. She is blessed by God and grows up and matures and is given fine jewelry and clothing, etc. What a tremendous love our God had for this little girl laying in her own blood about to die. Where are the Christians that will stand up and do the same for the children today? Speak “Live” to them to help them to live and grow!
ENDING SATAN’S PLAN TO ABORT CHILDREN
There have been over 60 million abortions since 1973 in the U.S. and it does not sound like many Christians have given this enough consideration to make it a priority. It is time for Christians to unite in prayer and take a stand against this evil. We do not protest, we do not riot, we do not scream and yell at those that are doing this. But we must learn to come into agreement with God and allow Him to help us fix this crisis. If we do not doo this we will be judged someday for what is happening. Let me give you a couple of verses that apply to our situation:
Pro 24:11 Rescue captives condemned to death, and spare those staggering toward their slaughter.
Pro 24:12 When you say, “We didn’t know this,” won’t the one who weighs hearts take note of it? Won’t the one who guards your soul know it? Won’t he pay back people for what they do?
I quoted this verse from the God’s Word translation to help us to see what the LORD is trying to teach us today. God commands us to rescue captives condemned to death. That sounds exactly like a baby in the womb to me. The next phrase further confirms this by calling a slaughter and this word confirms the dismemberment in the procedure tearing their limbs from their body or sucking their brains out of their skull. God says for us to “rescue” these from this fate. Then in verse 12 God informs us that we cannot say “We didn’t know or understand” that He would hold us accountable for the murders that others were committing.
Christians should have a caring heart. We must not do nothing anymore. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal or natural. We do not fight this with our hand or our fist. We need to unite in prayer and repent for our passivity. We must repent and ask for forgiveness for all of the innocent blood that is crying out from the grounds of our nation. Like “Abel’s blood” that cried out in Genesis, these children’s blood have the same outcry that desire justice. But, we should plead for mercy because we have the “Blood of Jesus” that speaks better things for us (Heb 12:24). Besides praying we can do something else to put actions to our faith in God. God will always do what we cannot do, but what we CAN do, He will not override our inaction and non-participation. Christians must work in cooperation with Him.
We are living right now just before a monumental election in the U.S. It does not matter who you like or how you are registered to vote. It will only matter on judgment day who you voted for and if they stood for Biblical values and truths. Does your candidate support God’s “pro-life” agenda that aligns itself with the Bible? This is our essential part to work with God in solving the abortion issue. I recently heard that only 40% of Christians are even registered to vote. That is an evil work of deception taking place. It is your God given right and freedom to vote for people that will help the plan of God and promote His Biblical values. When you do not participate in this Satan is allowed to place his controlled leaders into office. It is Satan’s agenda to take everyone to hell by forcing you to take his mark. This is going to happen sooner than you think.
Read the political party platforms and then observe and research their past votes and actions. Ignore what they say to get elected! Most politicians say one thing to get elected and do something completely different after elected. Their stated party platforms (plans) and their actions on the record are all the proof and evidence that you need. Ask yourself, do their actions align with the thoughts and words of God almighty or Satan? Whose team are they on. What spirit are they working for or with? Please use discernment from the Holy Spirit and the Word of God to understand who to vote for.
Ask yourself will your candidate appoint judges to the Supreme court that are for a child’s death or their life? Never, in history has it become so clear the opposite extremes being offered as 2 choices in this election. Only one man has supported life and has already appointed 2 great pro-life judges. One more judge could change history and help get us back towards God. If you cannot tell the difference, please spend a lot of time in prayer and the Bible to get the mind of Christ before you vote.
We can already clearly see where in New York and Virginia how they have voted to allow abortions up to and including 9 months of pregnancy. These children in the womb are clearly able to survive if allowed to be born. But instead they are being permitted to be murdered. With modern technology in the medical field, children of only 22 weeks can survive a premature birth. This is amazing.
In2018, twins Keely and Kambry Ewold from Iowa survived after being born 22 weeks and 1 day. In April 2019, twins Everlei and Rylei survived being born 22 weeks and 2 days in the womb. What a blessing these children are to the world. What a testimony of modern capabilities to save life instead of to take life.
God is on the side of “life”. Let us stand with God and vote “PRO-LIFE” in 2020. This issue of Life should be every Christian’s number one priority. More than the economy. More than your desire for financial prosperity. More than your desire for a big house. More than your desire for new car. God promises us if we will seek first to advance His kingdom above all else all these other things will be added to us (Mat 6:33). But, please know that the only way God’s plan will be accomplished for life, is for you to vote!
Finally, I do not want to judge or condemn anyone that has had an abortion. If you feel the pain from this and have repented to plead the Blood of Jesus to cleanse you from this sin, it is gone as far as the east is from the west. I want to show you the same level of mercy that God showed to the little girl in Ezekiel 16. God can use what you have been through to help someone else and hopefully cause them not to go through it.
God bless you and please share this lesson with all of your friends and relatives. Sure, it might offend some and you might lose a friend. But that is how truth operates in the world. To some it will be eye opening and to others it will be offensive. However, the blood of these children being murdered will not be on your hands anymore. Thank you again and I love you and God loves you. If you would like to be brave and share your testimony with us on this subject, I know God will use you to be a blessing to a lot of people. GOD and I vote for LIFE, please join us.
Deu 30:19 I call on heaven and earth as witnesses today that I have offered you life or death, blessings or curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants will live.
(Ver 1.1) Today I believe that I am led to share a testimony from a friend. I personally believe the Bible very strongly. I believe the Bible is the inspired spoken word of an Almighty God that has been written down by human men for our spiritual benefit to learn and grow from it. God’s word says in Ecclesiastes 1:9 that there is nothing new under the sun. This verse informs me very clearly that history repeats itself. What has been will be again. And this lesson also teaches us that if we do not learn what has happened to others we can very easily fall into the same trap of Satan our self. I believe that any one of us should say “if not for the grace of God there go I” when reading about what others have done or not done. I ask you to read this testimony with an open mind but also with a heart of love, mercy and forgiveness. I know there will be some that will feel superior and self-righteous while reading this like the Pharisee in Luke 18:11 that prayed and said “I thank you God that I am not as other men” and named sins that others were guilty of like a true hypocrite would. However, this self-righteous Pharisee was condemned by Jesus for his attitude and his words and I believe that it would be very wise for us all to not to choose to do the same. Please allow me to give you the foundational Bible verse for this short lesson:
2Co 2:10 To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ;
2Co 2:11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
In verse 11 is found the primary focused warning written to Christians concerning for us to not be ignorant of Satan’s traps, plans and pursuits. But, the context of this statement is clearly about our forgiveness and more specifically about us forgiving other men for what they have done. According to the inspired word of God in Mark 11:25, if we do not forgive what others have done, God will not forgive us either of our sins. I believe this teaches us that there is a divine spiritual law of reciprocal activity. I believe that how we treat others will be how God will treat us and this is His divine reciprocal choice. Therefore, if we forgive others we will be forgiven and if we do not forgive others we are in serious trouble. Please learn to forgive others, it is an absolute necessity.
Before we read the testimony I would like us to learn another very important truth from this verse 11. This verse plainly states that if we do not forgive others it will open the door for our enemy Satan to come in and attack us. This truth is very similar to what occurred in the life of Job but Job’s sin was different than what is being spoken of here in Verse 11. Here in verse 11 God informs us that Satan is able to take advantage over any Christian if we allow Him to do so by our wrong actions of implied un-forgiveness. Perhaps soon the Lord will lead me to write a more complete Study on the subject of how we open the door for the enemy but that is really not the main subject today.
Let’s read the testimony and learn what the enemy did to one of our dear brothers in Christ. Try to think about what is said from his perspective and not your own personal viewpoint like a Pharisee.
LOST & FOUND
This is my testimony:
“I once was lost, but now I’m found, was blind but now I see.
Amazing grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch, like me.
Through many dangers toils and snares, I have already come.
How precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed.”
(lyrics, from the song, Amazing Grace)
In the safe recesses of my memory is that time so many years ago cuddling on my mother’s lap while she read to me the classic children story, “The Little Engine that Could,” by Watty Piper. I would have her read it every night if my way prevailed, and sometimes mom would read it two times in one sitting: “Again, again,” my young voice pled. It was such a monumental struggle for that little engine to pull those cars full of toys up that mountain for delivery to the children on the other side. That captivating thought flooded my mind: “I think I can, I think I can.” Despite its size, the little engine triumphantly pulls the train up that mountain. Would it? Could it? The image was real and I sensed even then that life at times could be a challenge and a true struggle. As a mere child of four, I began to grasp this lesson that life may at times be a struggle reaching the other side to that place of joy and victory.
Two decades later, in my early twenties, I found myself singing in a Christian band. Often we sang this somewhat country classic, “Life is Like a Mountain Railway.” In this song the lyrics warn, “…we must make the run successful from the cradle to the grave. Watch the curves that fill the tunnel, never falter never fail; keep your hands upon the throttle and your eyes upon the rail. Blessed Savior there to guide us, Till we reach that blissful shore, And the angels there to join us, In God’s grace…, forevermore…” I see a thread and theme from early life. Many years from those moments that single message of struggle I have surely known. Yet, the Savior of my soul has never left or forsaken me, though at times I had strayed, wandered, and taken my eyes off the rails, He has always kept His eyes upon me.
I learned early the fallacy of believing that once you confess Jesus as your personal Lord, and personally accept His sacrificial crucifixion, that life will be an effortless and pain-free endeavor. No, it has not been that. I learned a phrase when acquiring my pilot license. This phrase was a seasoned pilot’s definition of flying: “Flying,” he said, “are hours of boredom, broken up by moments of sheer terror!” Christian life might be like that too.
Another analogy which helps explains how I experience life as a Christian is to recall the two years spent in a war zone. A variation to the old pilots’ thoughts was an enemy strategy of deliberately leading us into a state of lethargy. Days would go by, weeks, and maybe a month and his presence seemed to vanish. There would be little or no confrontations. The enemy would lay low, hide, retreat, allowing the thought to develop in us that he was either beaten or uninterested. Slipping into relative peacefulness you never saw hell dropping on top of you. In the middle of a fitful sleep, the sky would explode with light and fire, concussions of rockets knocking you from your bunk. Noises of confusion as people ran yelling orders, weapons rattling as everyone scrambled for orientation, the smell of sulfurs and fears all combined in that dark. For days following such attacks, we would again become hyper vigilant to movement, sounds, and imaginations. You had to realize that the enemy was unpredictable and ruthless. No matter the seeming peaceful state you enjoyed, in a war zone you had to always remain prepared.
Clearly, a harsh reality was to know that though many people loved you at home, there were well-armed people very close by who hated you for simply being you. This was a hard concept to embrace emotionally – that another living person actually would kill you without any regret or regard. Over the two years in that place I had to be reminded on many occasions this was a war zone and blood could be spilt at any moment. Today I am reminded that Christians may struggle with the idea someone hates them and labors to harm them. We mostly tend to see ourselves as lovable, kind, sensitive, and peaceable; why would anyone hate you or desire your ruin?
I became a Christian one year after I was discharge from the U.S. Army. Although I’d never known the true Gospel or the acceptance of Jesus’ personal gift to me, memories of childhood are full of a consciousness of God’s existence and even His presence. I believed in God, I simply didn’t know His Word or just how deep and profound was my need for His righteousness and acceptance. By His plan I was led to hear the Gospel of Jesus preached, and my heart opened to ‘hear’ the Truth. With a faith, only gained as a gift, I was willing and able to call out and ask for forgiveness and acceptance, embracing Jesus’ sacrifice and the provision of His eternal life indwelling me daily. At twenty-one, my feet and heart were set on a new course. The Word of God was coming alive in me, a passion and gratefulness washed over me. I was free from guilt, free from wandering in the darkness of life and given a purpose and qualification to pursue my Heavenly Father and Lord Jesus, with the help and power of the Holy Spirit. I began to run.
After becoming ‘saved’ my resume,’ so to speak, began to grow and included a number of wonderful activities and accomplishments. I’d become the president of the Christian Fellowship in college, and the co-founder of a contemporary Christian band and theatrical ministry travelling much of New England proclaiming the good news on college campuses, coffee houses, park concerts and churches. Out of that ministry came a radio ministry which I hosted for five years. Eventually I was trained and prepared to launch out on a new church ministry. The church began with approximately twelve dedicated people as we began ministering in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
Over the following fifteen years our family at home increased, and the church too grew in new members and growing outreaches. In some ways it all seemed quite successful, with lots of effective outreaches, joys, and progress – perhaps as men judge progress. Though it was understood struggles could and did come, most things were manageable and the enemy seemed at bay and easily contained. In hindsight, and with further spiritual growth, I think too much of our methods for handling conflict were undertaken in fleshly and carnal ways, depending on our human capabilities and gifting. I had thought I was prepared and equipped for a prosperous Christian life and ministry, I don’t believe I ever would have imagined the viciousness and true spiritual battles yet to be faced in life. Though I’d studied ‘spiritual warfare’ through reading books, hearing sermons, and of course studying the Bible, the battles to come would compound beyond my imagination.
Certainly in those years simple and relatively ineffective skirmishes had to be faced. However, the first and most devastating battle and conflict came when my wife and I endured the still birth of our full term baby son, Jedidiah. The agony of losing him was unimaginable. The enemy made a move, he had a foothold. Between guilt, anger, uncertainty, hurt, loss, and unending questions living in my mind, this attack wounded deeply. In further hindsight, it was a harbinger of intense battles yet to be waged.
The toll of poor choices, such as putting other interests before our marital union, including but not limited to inattention, alienation of affections, over commitments to many so-called important activities, including ‘Christian work,’ led to the degeneration and finally dissolution of marriage. While the marriage was failing the church suffered greatly. Eventually, as people began to leave, the ministry came to a close. Not only had the battle raged externally, the inward condition was too troubled to continue reaching out to others. This seemed total devastation, and life began a further downward spiral. I sincerely began to doubt if “I could.” One might wonder if the battles were over.
No, it was far from over. Doubts flooded my soul; how could God let these things happen? How far away from God’s will had I been? Could I ever really hear God’s will and know how to follow? Had I been so unfaithful God simply did not desire my fellowship any longer? I was in a wilderness, it was hard to hear, hard to feel, sometimes hard to care. I questioned my prayer, honestly thinking perhaps I had committed an unpardonable sin (I realize today how this sounds, yet then it was overwhelming). Feeling and believing myself unworthy, with a strong sense of failure, satan was relentless. He knew I was one struggling to stay off the mat, like a fighter pummeled. Perhaps I was heading for the final knock-out. Surely it appeared faith to believe God loved me was being knocked out of me under a relentless flurry of strikes. Not only was I not able to love myself, surely God no longer cared either. Satanic influence was overwhelming. A sad consequence was running from God’s Word. What I began to see in Scripture was condemnation and judgment of so many failures. My mind was being blinded, my eyes shutting under the force of so many punches.
My behaviors reflected this loss. I became reclusive. I was afraid to speak the truth – even to myself. Little did I know, but an incident which occurred a year after the marriage ended, would soon be used as a complete knock-out punch. Not only had I been rejected by a wife, I surely must be rejected by God. Desperate for companionship and acceptance I was now susceptible to even more poor choices. What began as an innocent moment of consolation with a vulnerable woman, lapsed into inappropriate intimacy. This was but a momentary mutual action, and one which did not consummate in other than brief petting, however, it would be more than enough for Satan to throw the haymaker and accuse me of behavior which never took place. Seven years later the story had escalated and false accusations were brought against me. I was accused and convicted of an indecent assault.
The day I heard the judge pronounce a prison sentence, I certainly knew my life was finally and perhaps mercifully over. I was so alone and afraid. Clearly God must now despise me. I must have been cast out. I had some defect which I may have been unaware and which meant God could not love me. Did I bring this on myself? Nothing was clear. Would clarity ever come to me?
Within the first twenty-four hours of prison, perhaps that which I feared most seemed to face me. I was being confronted by a large African man in a prison cell block, accompanied by a Spanish speaking Porte Rican. The previous twenty-four hours found me plunging into a deep abyss of darkness, fear, anxiety, and despair believing that I would never know God’s love or care again. This seemed the ultimate abandonment, the bottom, a profound loss of hope and self abhorrence; it was a dreadful aloneness. What would become of me? What would my grandchildren think? What about my children, how could they manage this horror?
And there he was, towering over me, a huge man, speaking to me in such a thick African accent I could barely understand. His question, “Are you okay?” “Are you okay?” over and over he asked. He was blocking me and I couldn’t see anything but this giant and threatening looking man. Finally I said, “No, I am not okay!” And then as he looked at me, with what I now know were deeply compassionate eyes, the most amazing sounds came from him. He began to minister wonderful, loving words to me, expressing that God knows where I am, and that He is here with me, that He has never left me or forsaken me. He began to share that through all of this, God had a big plan for me, and He was going to use this to shape me anew….
And then his voice seemed to slip away and I no longer actually heard his continued speaking or the terrible sounds of the cell block. Rather, I seemed to leave that cell block and went someplace in my spirit that was quite, safe and peaceful. There I faced the Holy Spirit One on one. Though my questions were not directly addressed, I knew He was aware, and what He did was fill me with peace, with confidence, and with the assurance of His love and clearly His acceptance and compassionate comfort. Though I realized the answers I needed so desperately wouldn’t happen then, I knew an assurance of His control coming alive in me again. I actually knew the reality was that “all things work together for those who love Him…” Though burdened with guilt, doubts, and a sense of abandonment, and feeling profoundly lost during this season of battle, I now knew He was not going to let me go! I knew more and more would be revealed as I trusted in Him once again, fully and without apprehension or insecurity.
The suffering did not end completely that night, but the awareness I was really no longer in chains, no longer a prisoner to what I could only imagine to be failure, guilt, shame, and to letting my Lord down, began to flood my life, and has continued to this very day. And then, as if awakening from a dream, the awareness of my terrible surroundings came in to focus again and I spoke once more to this man, his name I learned was Adam. I simply said, “I am okay now!” Though still facing many unknowns, there was within a new courage, a sure hope and that certain assurance He was with me through it all.
Is it biblical as a Christian to be touched a second time, a third time, again and again? This is a question you may ask yourself. When we speak of salvation is it a one-time event, or is this an ongoing saving? Though I’ve walked through a deep and dark valley, I have found the battle is won and our Lord’s grace is sufficient for me. What I have found is that “Greater is He which is in me than he that is in the world.” What I have found is that “What (satan) intends for evil, God intends for good.” What I have found is that “When I am truly weak, He is truly strong.” What I have found is that when others forsake and bare false witness, with harsh judgment, He embraces and accepts and walks with you. What I have found is that He has a balm of healing and restoration in which He brings double, triple, and unknown levels of restoration, hope, confidence and love. All of these testify that when He saves you it is an everlasting salvation and one which Satan cannot snatch, though he may expend wicked energies and efforts to destroy us at any opportunity.
I have found we really do live in a world of spiritual battles, and unless we stand prepared to engage, with God’s Word, with unwavering faith and without doubt, anyone can stumble, anyone can fall. And there are many biblical warnings that we should never stand proud in ourselves believing we could never fall or let the Lord down. I have found the evil one is paying close attention and he is crouched at the door. But, I have found that though a child of God fall, our Father will not walk past and look elsewhere. He will stoop to our lowest place and with the heart of the Good Samaritan, He will bind our wounds, He will bring us to a safe place, and He will pay whatever the price to see we are rewarded our place with Him in His everlasting Kingdom of love and peace. And finally, for now, I have found that the Callings of God are without repentance (without a change of His heart), and that “what He began in us He is faithful to bring to pass.”
We all have failed and come short of the Glory of God. If you have never failed then you are free to cast the first stone at my friend. But for me I will not be picking up any stones. Love will always restore a brother and help a brother that is turned around and is making the effort to do what is right. There was only one sinless man on the earth and His name was Jesus Christ. He did not come into the world to condemn the world and this was the main lesson from John 8:11 and John 3:17.
Gal 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
We could spend days on this verse alone. We all too often look at another man’s faults while ignoring our own. The problem with this verse is that it is extremely conditional. Only a few people that I have seen in my life qualify to ever be called truly “spiritual”. It would take me more time to explain this truth than I also have today. I will simply inform you that I do not yet feel that I qualify to be at this level of this category. I am human as well as my friend. I have made mistakes and have been in the flesh sometime too often. It is my heart’s desire to become more spiritual and I pray that it will be yours as well.
My main point from Galatians 6:1 is that we should be on a pathway that helps to restore people back into the fellowship with Christ. If anyone that calls themselves a Christian and is not trying to build up a brother that has fallen then I believe that they are either extremely carnal Christians or I doubt seriously that they are a Christian at all.
I would like to end this mini lesson with the warning that is given to us in Galatians 6:1. Here we find a similar bit of wise counsel that we read first in 2 Corinthians 2:11. Remember when Paul said Satan could get an advantage over us? That is the similar advice being transferred to us in this statement “lest we also be tempted”. The implied words not being directly related to us is that if we don’t forgive someone for what they have done and then pursue (make an effort) to restore them back to the LORD, we our self could be carried away by the same trap of deception. I find that very powerful and more than just a suggestion to follow after.
I pray that this testimony has been an encouragement to someone. Perhaps you have fallen in a similar way. It is not too late for you to turn your life around as my friend did.
If you have a comment about this lesson, you are free to share it. However, if you are going to be mean spirited and unforgiving, I will warn you that I will probably not publish your comment. Also, if you have a good testimony like my friend about how God has worked and changed you, I would love for you to share that.
My friend that wrote his testimony is doing well. God has helped him tremendously and blessed him. He reads his Bible, and studies it. He goes to church. He prays for me and others. He has been a great encouragement to me. I believe that the Spirit of God led my new friend to contact me and get to know me. I am very happy to call him my friend and I praise God for a new brother in Christ that I will hopefully meet here or in heaven soon.
Thank you for reading and studying the Bible with me on this website. I am always amazed at the love and grace of God that permits me to do this for Him. May God bless you and keep you.