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The Light Of Ki’Shara: Part 3

The Light Of Ki’Shara: Pt 3

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“When did you know, I mean REALLY know, that you were called to be a spiritual leader?” Sa’nah’s eyes sparkled as she asked Ka’diysh the question.

 

“Humph, that’s a loaded question my young friend, are you sure you have the time for an accurate response,” he replied, in his characteristically cultured manner.

 

Sa’nah knew how long-winded her instructor could be, especially when discussing the topic he enjoyed most, himself!

 

It’s not that he was self-absorbed but rather that he had lived a truly wealthy life, rich in experience and took pleasure in sharing the benefit of his experience and recounting his experiences with others. And Sa’nah liked nothing more than to bask in the glory of the tales he told.

 

“I’m all ears,” she encouraged him.

 

Ka’diysh reposed, hands resting on his chest, fingers entwined. His flowing silver-white locks contrasted sharply with his chocolate skin.

 

A full but neat moustache flowed across his lips then down the sides of his mouth merging into a well kept beard as white as his mane. The moustache and beard framed full attractive lips, which with his light-gray eyes loaned a singular distinction to his face that projected a transcendent beauty.

 

Sa’nah considered him a truly beautiful specimen of manhood; too bad he was old enough to be her grandfather, she silently mused.

 

“Two significant things happened that steered me into my destiny, the first at age eleven and the second at twenty-one.”

 

Sa’nah leaned forward as the aged Prophet began recounting his experience.

 

“The day was sunny with just enough cloud cover to make the outdoors fun.” He began. “I was with my father at Lake Lorianda and after exploring for a while I discovered a secluded spot and immediately dove in and began frolicking.”

 

“The water was deep, just the way I liked it. I grew up next to a river, so depth was not a problem but a welcomed feature for me.”

 

“I was totally enjoying my swim when without warning I was suddenly two feet underwater sucked down by the strongest current I had ever felt in my life!”

 

“Drinking copious amounts of water I desperately struggled for the surface and the chance at a lung full of air.

 

How I appreciated the simple privilege of just breathing in and out at this point.

 

Somehow I fought my way to the surface and thankfully thought, ‘Thank Dh…’ Back under water again this time fear washed like acid through my soul eroding my calm as a deadly panic erupted within. I clawed my way frantically through the water but I was being sucked back down. The current seemed just as desperate to keep me under as I was to break the surface!”

 

“When I got my head out the water the second time I contemplated calling for help but something refrained me, later I found out it was my stupid pride. However, I was instantly cured of this when I found myself sucked under for the third time!”

“I came up screaming, HELLLPPPP! HELLLPPPP!”

 

“All I could think of while submerged was the old wives tale that went, ‘once you go under the third time… YOU’RE DEAD!'”

 

“Thank Dhios somebody heard me and responded. I discovered later it was a youth of sixteen named of Ta’erry who became my lifeguard that day.”

 

“At 11 years old however, the spiritual significance of that experience was lost on me. It was exactly ten years later that a similar experience brought it all home.”

 

Ka’diysh paused, as he often did when sharing such personal experiences. It was as though he was gathering enough emotional strength to actually live through the experience one more time.

 

Sa’nah knew enough to be patient and not ‘disturb the Emperor’s groove’ as he jokingly said whenever someone interrupted his verbal flow.

 

He continued.

 

“My father had died four years before and my mother was still missing thirteen years after her mysterious disappearance.

 

I was living (barely) on my own eking out a meager existence and suffering much mental torment. Of course I had no idea that The Nameless One had targeted me for psychic assassination then just as he had targeted me for physical death 10 years before in the lake.”

 

“Like that day also, I had reached a point in my life where I felt like I was going under for the last time, drowning in mental and emotional despair. The psychological anguish I was enduring led me to believe that suicide was my only reprieve.”

 

“I was about to commit the act, when one day my cousin asked me a question that stopped me cold… and saved my life.”

 

Sa’nah’s eyes dilated as she felt the rate of her heartbeat increase. She didn’t let a single word fall to the ground.

 

Another pregnant pause before resuming his narrative and Ka’diysh said:

 

“Things were particularly distressful that day when I went to visit my aunt. I was out of a job for months, had no income and hadn’t eaten in days.

 

My cousin asked me, ‘How are you doing these days, Ka’diysh?’ To which I glibly responded, ‘By the grace of Jzhan Christell’ and was about to turn away when she pressed me again. ‘No, seriously, how is it REALLY going for you?’

 

This time, her words struck a chord within me and I had to cogitate for a second or two. ‘BY THE GRACE OF JZHAN CHRISTELL’ I replied, this time when I said those words a spark ignited within me and I received a new revelation of who He was.

 

Just like that young man who saved me from the lake years before, I saw Jzhan Christell now stretching out His hand to save me and to give me a hope that I never had before.”

 

It took me several more years and amazing encounters to completely surrender my life to Him and commit myself to The Path but these two experiences were instrumental in me recognizing my life had specific purpose and meaning and that I had a divine destiny to fulfill.

 


Pronunciation Guide:

 

Dhios – DEE-yoce

For More Pronunciation See Part 1

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The Light Of Ki’Shara: Part 2

The Light Of Ki’Shara: Pt 2

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Sa’nah awoke with a start!

She felt cold. Not the external type that afflicted the skin but the one that chilled the soul.

Earlier that evening, they had sought shelter from the elements in an abandoned cave.

Now, as she sat up, her senses coming alive, the wisdom of that decision seemed dubious. She was sure she heard something stir from within the cave depths.

Sa’nah got up, carefully laying aside the blanket and crept from where she was so as not to disturb Ka’diysh and ventured into the darkness.

It’s not as if she wasn’t aware of the danger, she was, but it’s as though there was this compelling force that wrestled her common sense to the ground holding it captive as she proceeded.

As she stole away she glanced back at her aged Mentor; the warmth of the Glow-Stones kept him toasty and comfortable so that his sleep seemed both satisfying and deep.

Sa’nah melted into the ebony shroud of the cave and continued until the only sound was that of her faint footsteps furtively falling on the frigid floor.

What had she heard? Was it real?

She began questioning herself… until she saw them.

They appeared to be hybrid Human and Black-Hound.

She could, by the small light of the Moon-Stone necklace she wore, discern that there were two of them.

These beasts lacked the menacing demeanor of the former minions of The Nameless One and exhibited uncannily human characteristics. For one thing, they walked uprightly and secondly, they spoke.

“Hello, Youngling,” crooned the first Were-Beast as it came within talking distance.

“You can speak?” Sa’nah asked, more a statement than a question.

“Of course we do young Princess, after all, we wouldn’t make good negotiators if we lacked speech would we?” The second Man-Hound replied.

“A proposal!” He declared. “Our Master has decided to offer you and the Priest safe passage to Ellendale for one small token.”

“What’s that?” Sa’nah asked, still not completely trusting her senses to the unfolding scenario.

“Have you ever heard of The Elmerydian?” Inquired the first of the two creatures.

“Of course.” Sa’nah said, some pride spilling over the edges of her words.

“I am an Adept-in-Training. It is mine to know such things.

What is it to you, creature? I’ve dealt with your kind before and I’m not afraid of you!”

“Of course not, Princess.” Chimed the second beast. “You have Andalyon blood in your veins. You know no fear, right?”

Just then Sa’nah felt her chest beginning to constrict and became aware of the difficulty in breathing.

“Wha..? What’s h-h-hap…?” She gasped, sinking to her knees.

Why Princess, whatever is the matter? Beast two asked, a sly smirk spreading all over his face.

“Sa’nah?” The voice sounded strange, as though coming from some unfathomable depth. “Sa’nah!” It began growing stronger. “Listen to my voice, Princess! Listen to ME!”

The Man-Hounds pressed in and Sa’nah felt like a vise was slowly crushing her ribcage.

“No weapon of fear shall afflict my soul, in Jzhan Christell I’m fearless and bold.” The words ascended from her spirit as though on wings. “I have overcome and conquered all, by the power of Jzhan mine enemies fall.”

The Were-Beasts began dissolving into thin air right before her eyes. Sa’nah recognized the divine presence of The Light of Ki’ Shara releasing the healing balm of His words into her soul.

“Sa’nah!” The voice was insistent but reassuring.

Slowly, she opened her eyes to the pastoral face of her Mentor, Ka’diysh. “You suffered another residual psychic attack, this time during sleep.”

“So, I did.” Sa’nah responded. There were two of them, some kind of Man-Beasts but He delivered me just like He promised to. I can still sense His presence with me!”

“The Light of Ki’ Shara is faithful to His word, Sa’nah. He will ALWAYS perform it!”

Ka’diysh had that far away look in his eyes as though remembering some past personal promise procured.

“How long will the attacks continue, Ka’diysh?” Sa’nah’s eyes were hopeful.

“You’ve passed the worst, Princess; I sense his power has weakened. The Nameless One can only bully the ignorant and you, my young friend, are anything but.

Keep meditating on the words of The Scrolls, in them is healing for the spirit and soul.”

“As I think on Him all strife must cease, for He will keep my mind in peace.” Sa’nah quoted from the Veo-Code as they bowed their heads in prayer.

 


Pronunciation Guide:

Andalyon – An-DAHL-eon

Elmerydian – El-meh-RID-ian

For More Pronunciation See Part 1

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The Light Of Ki’Shara: Part 1

The Light Of Ki’Shara: Pt 1

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Progress was arduous while peril mounted by the minute!

The swamp was humid and musty and the moon played hide and go seek through the tree tops as the couple moved furtively through the brush.

“Ka’diysh, do you really think we’ll get through this?” Sa’nah asked nervously.

“I’ve told you before, where Jzhan Chris’tell guides He provides.”

“But how can we be sure this is the right path?” She questioned.

The older man stopped and looked at his young charge. Taking her by the shoulder, his words were comforting and reassuring.

“He’s not called The Light of Ki’ Shara for nothing you know, He promised to show the way. He said that His Spirit would teach us and guide us in ALL things and I trust Him. This is what He said to do.”

She knew why her father trusted Ka’diysh. He was the most outstanding of all The Rab Ma’ghi and when offered the Office of High Ma’ghus he respectfully declined so that he could continue serving her family. This so impressed her mother that she asked him to become Sa’nah’s personal Mentor…

The howling snapped Sa’nah out of her thoughts!

Legend had it that the mere howling of a Baewolf was enough to stop a man’s heart!

She understood why!

The sound of each howl released a fear that seemed alive, a liquid terror that seeped through the skin, paralyzing the organs within. As the howling drew closer panic stampeded through her soul!

She became rooted with fright.

The first beast leapt into view and Ka’diysh spun, eyes blazing, “FOUL TERROR! I SAY THEE NAY! STOP AND BE STILL!!” His hand outstretched and index finger pointing to a spot directly between the beast’s eyes.

It slowed and began stalking. Two more creatures joined and formed a semi-circle around the Adept and the girl.

Ka’diysh had encountered the beasts before; He pulled Sa’nah close, wrapped his cloak around her and squared off with the Black-Hounds of Shi’ades!

The closeness of Ka’diyshs’ body alleviated her fright somewhat so that Sa’nah recovered her motility and peeked from under the cloak.

The beasts all looked the same, pure black with blood-red slits for eyes, saliva dripping off their razor-sharp fangs, with claws that could dismember a man in seconds.

The term “Baewolf” was actually a misnomer, as these creatures had almost nothing in common with traditional wolves.

Their names were given on account of their legendary howling but if anything they more resembled the mythical black panther of folklore, although much larger and infinitely more ferocious.

They were growling as they circled now, so deep and low that it sounded like distant thunder.

Unfortunately, there wasn’t anything distant about the smell. The animals reeked of morbid fear and rotting flesh, a stench so putrid and thick that Sa’nah felt as though it was clinging to her, clogging her nostrils and suffocating her so that mere breathing became an unbearable exercise.

“What are we to do?” She whispered hoarsely.

Her Mentor did not speak. His entire body was tense, lips drawn back showing his clenched teeth, with eyes focused like a laser beam on the lead creature.

“These are no ordinary Baewolves!” Ka’diysh thought to himself. “They’re different, stronger somehow.” His first command should have disabled the leader but it was still moving, stalking… Thinking!

He knew that Baewolves were once humans in the service of The Nameless One, who through sorcery had their forms changed.

There were supposed to be six in all, but now three of them were after his protégé and Ka’diysh had to act decisively.

“Ka’diysh, can you defeat them?”

“No, I cannot. Not alone! But WE can, TOGETHER.”

“WE?” She sputtered, “But I…”

“Remember your training, Sa’nah.”

“In times of peril one might do, but none can resist the power of two!” She quoted from The Fifth Scroll of the VeoCode without thinking.

Ka’diysh had insisted she memorized the Scrolls. “It’s the ONLY weapon The Nameless cannot defeat,” He instructed her.

“Know them or know death!”

Now, all she ever learnt would be put to test.

The Black-Hounds closed in and Sa’nah felt their thoughts.

Because they were once human they still had the ability to think and through the black arts of The Nameless One had mastered psychic manipulation.

This was a battle of minds!

In unison the beasts began to roar with a deafening din while intensifying their psychic attack. Sa’nah resisted with every ounce of resolve but the beasts prevailed in their mental onslaught.

The psychic attack felt like millions of tiny ants crawling around the inside of her brain. She desperately cried! “Ka’diysh, help me! I can’t…”

“Fight them, Princess, you can do this!”

Now it felt like the ants were feeding, chewing on her gray matter. “I don’t… they’re too…”

“Be strong, Sa’nah, remember your training.” He commanded!

“I am with you always and My Spirit will teach you ALL things, follow My Spirit.” The words of Jzhan Chris’tell from The Fourth Scroll of the NeoCode flooded her mind as Sa’nah felt a surge of power within.

Ka’diysh was praying aloud in the Ancient Tongues as she heard The Spirit saying to her, “Sa’nah, thoughts CANNOT defeat thoughts, only your WORDS can prevail.” And she understood what she must do.

Sa’nah cast aside the cloak and stepped forward. She felt her spirit take wings as a holy boldness rose within her, “By the power of the Light of Ki’ Shara! In the name of Jzhan Chris’tell, I COMMAND YOU FOUL BEASTS… CEASE AND DESIST!!!

The animals faltered, backed away and bowed.

“IT IS WRITTEN,” she continued, “when two shall agree it must be done, to bind the power of The Nameless One! NOW BEGONE!!!”

The beasts scattered in terror as Sa’nah and Ka’diysh both breathed a sigh of relief.

This battle was over but the war had just begun.

 


Pronunciation Guide:

 

Ki’Shara – Key-SHAH-rah

Ka’diysh – Kuh-DEESH

Sa’nah – Suh-NAH

Rab Ma’ghi – Rahb-MAY-Guy

Ma’ghus – MAY-Gus

Shi’ades – SHE-Aids

Jzhan – Pronounced like the French ‘Jean’

Chris’tell – Kris-Tell

Baewolf – BAY-Wolf

Veo – VEE-oh

Neo – NEE-oh

 

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Habits of the Highly Effective Intercessor – The Word of God

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Habits of the Highly Effective Intercessor

~ The Word of God ~

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There are several successful habits of the Highly Effective Intercessor.

 

The first is reading and studying the word of God regularly.

 

We are commanded to both read and study to show ourselves approved as workers or ministers of God and particularly as effective Intercessors.

In my opinion, every Christian should read the bible through at least once in their lifetime and if called to a leadership ministry at least once every couple of years while pursuing specific areas of study along the way.

 

As an Effective Intercessor the habit of reading and studying the Word of God helps you in:

 

1) Having Accurate and Comprehensive Knowledge of the Word of God

 

Being accurate means not misquoting or misrepresenting scriptures, for instance: Saying that money is the root of all evil when the scripture actually says that THE LOVE of money is the root of all evil.

It also means understanding the meaning of the scripture and not just being able to repeat it like a parrot.

For instance, a very simple example is the 6th commandment: “Thou shalt not kill.” Have you ever killed… a Mosquito, a Fly, an Ant? Of course you have, so it doesn’t mean exactly what it says, does it?

 

No it doesn’t, it needs to be interpreted, do you see that?

What the 6th commandment actually means is, “You must not UNLAWFULLY take the life of a human being.”

 

Having a comprehensive knowledge of the bible means being familiar with the entire word of God from Genesis to Revelation and is necessary in order to fully understand the mind of God.

For instance, the book of Revelation is written with lots of signs and symbols and is generally very difficult to understand.

However, there are a lot of concepts in the book of Revelation that are also discussed in other parts of the bible like the books of Ezekiel, Daniel and Matthew, so if you were also familiar with these books it would be much easier to understand the book of Revelation.

 

Having an accurate and comprehensive knowledge of the word of God therefore, will aid you in knowing the will of God in any particular situation.

And knowing God’s will and the mind of God obviously will increase your level of effectiveness as an intercessor.

 

2) Knowing the Will of God.

 

When you are in intercession and receiving impressions from the spirit realm you must be able to match up what you receive to what the will of God actually is according to His word.

 

The reason is, you may hear not just the voice of God but also ANY voice in the spirit realm.

For instance, the enemy is always trying to trip you up and cause you to pray contrary to God’s will, so he sends you impressions that may seem like they’re coming from God but are contrary to God’s will, that’s why you’ve got to be very discerning and know God’s written will.

 

Also, you may be praying with someone who desire’s a certain thing from the Lord but what he desires is NOT the will of God for him at that time.

And this person’s thoughts and emotions may be so strong that as a prayer warrior with a very sensitive spirit you may actually pick up this person’s thoughts and feelings from the spirit realm and NOT the thoughts and emotions of God.

So, you’ve got to be intimate with the mind of God in order to keep yourself from going into error.

 

You also need to know God’s will in order to effectively judge the prayers of anyone else.

 

This may come as a surprise to some of you but you’ve got to be able to accurately judge the intelligence and godliness of the prayers that people pray.

Why, you ask?

For two reasons, first, when young or immature Christians pray they will make mistakes due to their inexperience and ignorance, this is to be expected.

So it’s the responsibility of the more mature Christians to guide these younger Christians to pray more effectively as time goes by.

 

Secondly, there are witches being sent out into churches specifically to infiltrate the prayer groups and do the enemy’s work.

While every body else is praying they may be calling up demonic spirits to oppress Christians and hinder the work of that church.

This is one reason why it is very dangerous to have prayer meetings where everyone just goes and prays alone or in which everyone just prays out loud together at the same time with no one monitoring the prayers of anyone else.

 

This environment is ripe for Satanists to cast spells and do incantations against the very prayer group and the church that it represents.

For this reason you must be able to listen and intelligently judge the content of someone else’s prayer.

“Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” 1 Cor 2:13

 

3) Possessing an Alert Mind.

 

The overall quality of your mental processes are enhanced – more speed and efficiency.

You are able to process information coming from the spirit realm and articulate it in natural speech more fluently.

Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. Ps 119:98-99

 

Remember, in intercessory prayer your spirit connects with God and receives instructions from Him, then your mind has to interpret what your spirit received making sense of it before you can speak it out loud.

The capability of your mind and quality of your mental processes will either help or hinder the effectiveness of your intercessory prayers.

 

4) Practicing Wisdom and Spiritual Maturity.

 

Zeal without wisdom is a very dangerous thing.

When God begins revealing information to you about someone that you are praying for, some of the information may be personal and sensitive and one requires wisdom to know how and when to apply that information.

Not everything that you sense from the spirit realm needs to be prayed for immediately!

It can be kept and prayed for later, in private.

 

“And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” 2 Tim 3:15

 

“All of us do many wrong things. But if you can control your tongue, you are mature and able to control your whole body.” James 3:2 (CEV)

 

I have been in several prayer meetings where someone prayed aloud about something that needed to be kept quiet and prayed about later in private because it was of a sensitive and personal nature.

This eventually caused more problems than solving them and was directly caused by  a lack of experience and wisdom.

 

5) Cultivating Discernment.

 

You are in tune with the spirit realm around you and have your spiritual senses enhanced.

You have the ability to distinguish between right and wrong, truth and error, according to the word of God and sense if a manifestation is of the Spirit of the Lord or a different spirit.

 

“But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” Heb 5:14

The spirit of Religion is a demonic spirit which imitates the Holy Spirit almost to perfection.

If you are not discerning it’s easy to get caught up believing some of the manifestations of this spirit and be fooled into accepting its doctrines.

The Bible says, “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” 2 Cor 11:14

 

When Peter, Jesus’ trusted right hand man began dissuading Him from going to the cross Jesus immediately recognized that this was not just Peter speaking but he was being influenced by a satanic spirit and rebuked it accordingly.

 

Accurate discernment is an invaluable tool in becoming an effective Intercessor and having a comprehensive and accurate understanding of the word of God goes a long way in developing Godly discernment.

 

For a detailed discussion on Intercessory Prayer and the Word of God see my Ebook:

Understanding How to Pray Effectively

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Bible Facts

Facts About the Bible

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Meaning of the word –

The word Bible comes from the Greek word biblia, which means “books” which comes from another word, byblos, meaning papyrus, a material books were made from in ancient times.

The ancient Greeks obtained their supplies of paper from the port of Byblos, in what is now Lebanon.

Their word for book — “biblion” (the singular form of biblia)— was derived from the name of this port, and from this we get our English word Bible, meaning the Book of books.

Chapters and Verses – 

The system of chapters was introduced in A.D. 1238 by Cardinal Hugo de S. Caro, while the verse notations were added in 1551 by Robertus Stephanus, after the advent of printing. 

One Unified and Cohesive Text –

Even though comprised of 66 different books by 40 different Authors, the Bible is still one UNIFIED and COHESIVE literary work!

The 66 books of the Bible were written over span of 1500 years, by over 40 authors using 3 different languages, and living on 3 different continents.

It is UNIFIED in that every book describes the same aspects of the essence, expectations, and revelations of the One Triune God.

The major emphasis throughout are the prophesies of Jesus Christ’s coming, His work on the Cross, fulfilling God’s plan for mankind and His future comings, preparing the way for Jesus Christ the savior of mankind, and establishing the new heavens and the new earth.

COHESIVE, in that all the books tie together with a single theme demonstrating the sinfulness of mankind and his need  for salvation from an everlasting hell and with instruction how to secure a position in eternity with God.

The Bible has a common story line showing mankind’s march through history from a divine perspective and God’s solution to fallen man’s greatest need: salvation from an eternity in hell.

All this with no historical errors or contradictions.

One of many examples of God’s demonstrated love in the Old Testament is in how he dealt with the Israelites who continually defied and disobeyed Him. A short summary is given in Jeremiah 31:3.

How many books are in the Bible?

The Bible contains 66 books, divided among the Old and New Testaments.

How many books are in the Old Testament?

There are 39 books in the Old Testament.

How many books are in the New Testament?

There are 27 books in the New Testament.

What does “Testament” mean?

Testament means “covenant” or “contract.”

Who wrote the Bible?

The Bible was written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit by about 40 different authors from all walks of life: shepherds, farmers, tent-makers, physicians, fishermen, priests, philosophers and kings. Despite these differences in occupation and the span of years it took to write it, the Bible is an extremely cohesive and unified book.

Which single author contributed the most books to the Old Testament?

Moses. He wrote the first five books of the Bible, referred to as the Pentateuch; the foundation of the Bible.

Which single author contributed the most books to the New Testament?

The Apostle Paul, who wrote 14 books (over half) of the New Testament.

When was the Bible written?

It was written over a period of some 1,500 years, from around 1450 B.C. (the time of Moses) to about 100 A.D. (following the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ).

What is the oldest book in the Old Testament?

Many scholars agree that Job is the oldest book in the Bible, written by an unknown Israelite about 1500 B.C. Others hold that the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible) are the oldest books in the Bible, written between 1446 and 1406 B.C.

What is the youngest book in the Old Testament?

The book of Malachi, written about 400 B.C.

What is the oldest book of the New Testament?

Probably the book of James, written as early as A.D. 45.

What is the youngest book in the New Testament?

The Book of Revelation is the youngest book of the New Testament, written about 95 A.D.

What languages was the Bible written in?

The Bible was written in three languages: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Koine Greek.

When was the Bible canonized?

The entire New Testament as we know it today, was canonized before the year 375 A.D. The Old Testament had previously been canonized long before the advent of Christ.

What does “Canon” mean?

“Canon” is derived front the Greek word “Kanon,” signifying a measuring rod. Thus, to have the Bible “canonized” meant that it had been measured by the standard or test of divine inspiration and authority. It became the collection of books or writings accepted by the apostles and leadership of the early Christian church as a basis for Christian belief. It is the standard by which all Christians throughout the ages live and worship.

When was the first translation of the Bible made into English?

1382 A.D., by John Wycliffe.

When was the Bible printed?

The Bible was printed in 1454 A.D. by Johannes Gutenberg who invented the “type mold” for the printing press. It was the first book ever printed.

What is the most reliable manuscript of the Bible now in existence?

The Textus Receptus.
 
Textus Receptus (Latin: “received text”) is the name subsequently given to the succession of printed Greek texts of the New Testament which constituted the translation base for the original German Luther Bible, the translation of the New Testament into English by William Tyndale and also the King James Version of the Bible.

What is the longest book in the Bible?

The book of Psalms.

What is the shortest book in the Bible?

2 John.

What is the longest chapter in the Bible?

Psalm 119

What is the shortest chapter in the Bible?

Psalm 117

What is the longest verse in the Bible?

Esther 8:9

What is the shortest verse in the Bible?

John 11:35

Which book in the Bible does not mention the word “God?”

The book of Esther.

Who was the oldest man that ever lived?

Methuselah who lived to be 969 years old (Genesis 5:27).

Who were the two men in the Bible who never died but were caught up to heaven?

Enoch, who walked with God and was no more (Genesis 5:22-24). Elijah, who was caught up by a whirlwind into heaven (II Kings 2:11).

Who does the Bible say was the meekest man in the Bible (not including Jesus)?

Moses (Numbers 12:3).

How many languages has the Bible been translated into?

The Holy Bible has been translated into 2,018 languages, with countless more partial translations, and audio translations (for unwritten languages). (This is an enormous amount of translations. In comparison, Shakespeare, considered by many to be the master writer of the English language, has only been translated into 50 languages.)

Is the Bible still the best-selling book in the world?

Yes. Over 4 Billion copies sold and many more distributed for free!

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References

American Bible Society, 1865 Broadway, New York, NY 10023
Halley, Henry H. Halley’s Bible Handbook (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1927, 1965).
Maxwell, Arthur. Your Bible And You (Washington D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1959).
Mickelson, A. Berkley and Alvera. Understanding Scripture (Peabody: Hendrickson Publishers, 1982, 1992).
Unger, Merrill F. TH.D., PH.D. Unger’s Bible Handbook (Chicago: Moody Press, 1967)

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Understanding the 7 Biblical Approaches to The Word of God

Understanding the 7 Biblical Approaches to The Word of God

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The Bible is the only official document sanctioned by God as a treatise on God, Man and Creation!

In it’s pages we come face to face with the knowledge of the truth!
The bible is the greatest treasure that exists on planet earth!

It is the unfathomable mind of God expressed in terms we can understand!

It’s God’s words expressing who He is, what He is, what He likes and doesn’t like!

 
We commonly use words to express ourselves, that’s why the bible is called “The Word of God.”

It’s God’s expression of Himself in words, recorded for our benefit!

 
It’s the definitive explanation of who He is, who we are and the nature of the worlds around us (spiritual and natural)!
How do we approach it?

How do we glean from its contents our necessary, daily food?

 
Over the years, I’ve identified seven practical approaches to the word of God, which can be used for the renewing of our minds.

They are… The 7 Biblical Approaches To The Word Of God

 

(1) Read the word

 
“And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read, Luke 4:16.

 
Jesus’ custom was not only to congregate but also to read the scriptures.

This is evident because at 12 years old he was in the temple discussing the scriptures intelligently with men who had the equivalent of PhD’s in scriptural knowledge!

 
When we read the scriptures, we gain information that leads to knowledge.

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path,” Ps 119:105.

 
The word of God gives spiritual light, which enables us to discern the true nature of the world around us.

Reading gives information, which produces knowledge for direction.

 
Reading gives information!

 

(2) Study the word

 
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,” 2 Tim 2:15.

We need to study, to get the deeper meaning of what was said.

For instance, “thou shalt not kill!”

Have you ever killed… a spider, an ant, or a mosquito?

This particular scripture means don’t take human life unlawfully!

 
I know this illustration is simplistic, but I believe it accurately defines my point!

What is said is not always exactly what is meant! Reading is good, but not enough!

You must study in order to fully understand what is meant by what is said!

 
When we dig below the surface of what is written we begin to acquaint ourselves with the inner workings of the mind of God, and this brings spiritual understanding!

“With all thy getting get understanding,” Pr 4:7.

Studying gives explanation, which produces understanding.

 
Studying gives explanation!

 

(3) Meditate on the word

 
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night,” Jos 1:8.

 
The word “meditate” from the Hebrew is “hagah and means “to utter, ponder or imagine.”

So therefore, biblical meditation means thinking deeply on a portion of the word of God, turning it over in your mind as though having a conversation with yourself.

And as you cogitate, you remain sensitive to the prompting of the Holy Spirit who illuminates your understanding making plain to you what you couldn’t see before.
The entrance of thy words giveth light”, Ps 119:130.

 
Meditating brings revelation.

 

(4) Discuss the word

 
“And it came to pass, that after three days they found him (Jesus) in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions,” Luke 2:46.

Jesus was listening and asking questions, He did not argue over doctrine… and neither should we!

 
Discussing the word of God with Godly associates is necessary!

God gives to no one man, organization or denomination the full revelation on anything!

To think that we have received the final revelation on any subject may be considered a sign of arrogance!

 
“For now we are looking in a mirror that gives only a dim (blurred) reflection (of reality as in a riddle or enigma), but then (when perfection comes) we shall see in reality and face to face!

Now I know in part (imperfectly), but then I shall know and understand fully and clearly, even in the same manner as I have been fully and clearly known (by God).” 1 Cor 13:12 (TAB)

 
Discussing God’s word opens our minds to new concepts and ways of thinking thus expanding our capacity to receive more knowledge!

Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “One’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.

 
Discussing the word brings mental expansion.

 

(5) Memorize the word

 
God told Joshua, “…These words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart… And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, De 6:6, 8.

In this scripture the word “bind” from the Hebrew is “qashar (pronounced kaw-shar’) and can be translated “to mentally tie ” or, “to remember”.

The word “hand” is yad (pronounced ‘yawd’) meaning “an open hand, indicating power or means.

 

“So, we can interpret Deuteronomy 6:8 as saying, “memorize these words that I’ve spoken to you and they will empower you.

 
“When the devil came to Jesus in the wilderness and tempted Him, Jesus quoted the word right back at him.

Why?

Because His spirit and soul were full of the word!

The bible says, that what the heart is full of the mouth will speak.

You fill your heart with the word of God by committing it to memory!
Whatsoever you continually allow into your soul makes a deposit in your spirit!

“When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him,” Isa 59:19.

 
When the enemy comes in like a flood, the standard that the Spirit lifts up… is the word of God you have memorized!

The Holy Spirit can only lift up against the enemy what you have deposited in your own soul and spirit!

 
If you have committed the word of God to memory, then in times of spiritual warfare you’ll have ammunition that the Holy Ghost can use!

The word of God you have committed to memory is the ammunition with which you can fight the good fight of faith!

 
Memorizing gives you ammunition!

 

(6) Confess the word

 
“For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith,” Mark 11:23.

 
Most preachers emphasize the ‘believing’ part of this verse as a means to receiving what we desired of God, but notice very carefully, Jesus said, we ought to “believe” only once in this verse but He told us to “say,” three times!

 
Nothing Jesus did or said was incidental!

He was always very specific with His words and actions, and in this verse He mentioned the word ‘say or saith’ three times, indicating it’s superior importance in receiving the things we desired!

 
The utterance of what we believe out of our mouths affects the world around us either for good or evil!

The power of death and life are in our tongues! When God speaks, He releases His breath!

His breath is synonymous with His life giving Spirit!

It is the active force behind the creative power of His words!

 
Let me explain:

 
It is God’s faith, which gives power to His words but it’s His Spirit who produces the manifestation of His words!

When God breathed the breath of life into Adam He placed a part of His Spirit into man!

Thus, we operate in exactly the same way that He does!

 
When we speak in faith we release (energize and activate) our spirit with our words, and it is our released (energized and activated) spirit which produces the environment that attracts the right people and circumstances to us which ultimately creates the manifestation of our desire!

 
Jesus said, “My words, they are spirit and they are life!”

It is the same with our words they are spiritual, life-giving tools.

They give life according to the very nature of the words spoken!
When we speak good and positive words, we give life to good and positive things.

When we speak evil and negative words, we give life to evil and negative things.

It is our choice!

Death and life are in the power of our tongue!

 
Confession brings manifestation!

 

(7) Practice the word

“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves,” Jas 1:22.

 
When we hear and understand God’s word but do not practice it we are treading on dangerous grounds!

The word is alive and powerful and can bring tremendous change to any person or situation.

But when we are exposed to that power and respond negatively to it we attract to ourselves the opposite of its intentions.

 
For instance, if that word was supposed to bless, it becomes a curse! The word of God to Israel was, “go up and possess the land!”

They did not respond to that word in faith and obedience but in unbelief and disobedience, thus every one who partook of that unbelief died in the wilderness!

The very word of blessing became a curse! So it is with you and I!

 
The bible says, if you don’t receive the truth you will believe a lie! If you believe a lie you will disobey God! And if you disobey God you will be cursed!

Obedience brings a blessing, disobedience brings a curse!

However, when we respond to the word of God in faith and obedience we activate its life-giving power and bring to pass its purpose.

 
Now the entire bible is God’s revelation of Himself, so as we consistently practice its teachings we are gradually conformed to His character.

In other words, as we learn to think and speak like God, we begin to take on God’s character and act like Him.

 
So, this is the ultimate response to the word of God, practicing the word brings spiritual maturity or what the bible calls perfection!

Over time, we’ll progress to a state of perfection, which simply means consistently acting like God!

 
Practice brings perfection!

 
Now friends, since Jesus Christ is the focal point and central theme of all scripture, it is as we consistently practice these 7 steps, trusting the Holy Spirit to do His part, that our minds become renewed to the revelation of Jesus Christ.

And the clearer we perceive Him, the clearer our own images become.

The more we discern Him, the more we understand us!

Why?

Because we are made in His image “…Let us make man in our image… Gen 1: 26. “…All things were created by him (Jesus The Christ), Col.1: 16.

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Is the Bible God’s Word or Man’s Word?

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The Bible is inspired by God and recorded by men.

 

Because God supernaturally guided the Bible Authors to write what He wanted we can be confident there are no doctrinal errors in the Word of God and can be trusted 100%.