“You must find the will of God” implored my new brother in Christ. I had just been baptized that Sunday and I didn't really know what Ed meant by that remark. But then there were many things I didn't’ understand as a new babe in Christ. As the years went by, I matured in stature and wisdom. I had recently graduated from Caldwell Seminary and was eager to serve God in whatever direction he led.
I prayed each night and asked him, “God, what is it that I'm supposed to be doing?” I knew that the fervent prayer of a righteous man was effective but all I got was silence. Although I received no answer, it didn't discourage me because I knew that God worked on his own time frame and I also knew that God had a plan for every person’s life. Then one summer night after a long prayer session, the answer came unexpectedly. It was like a bolt of lightning – a flash and then it was gone. But I heard it distinctly as if God had spoken directly into my ear.
“You must find my will.”
The puzzling remark that had baffled me for so many years suddenly crystallized in my mind’s eye and became a clear plan from God. My mission in life was simply to find his will. It was so simple! How could I have overlooked something so obvious for so many years? I literally cried that night, saying “Thank you, Lord. Thank you for reaching down to me and showing me the path.” I knew what must be done but how would I begin? How does one seek the will of God? I know it sounds crazy, but as soon as the question formed in my mind, I saw a glowing image – a floating spirit that hovered directly in front of me and spoke to my mind and said, “To find the will of God you must journey to his home. Only there will you find his will.” I cowered before the being and gathered the nerve to ask, “But how is that possible?” The angel again spoke and said, “With God, all things are possible.” Before I could speak again, the angel was gone.
Either I was seeing things or all my fervent prayer was paying off! I couldn't sleep that night, as you can imagine, and spent most of it trying to make sense of the angel’s enigmatic clues. God’s home… Heaven? Surely, the angel did not mean I had to die in order to find the will of God. What would be the point? No, there must be some other meaning. Wait a minute - the apostle Paul spoke of a man who was caught up to the third heaven. I knew from my studies of ancient Christianity that there were seven layers of heaven with God residing in the top layer so perhaps the answer was that I, like Isaiah, must journey to the seventh heaven where God made his home. But instantly I knew that was not correct. I was making this too difficult. No, I wasn't making it too difficult. I was avoiding the obvious answer all along.
Nazareth! It all made sense now. I knew that I had to go to the home of Christ, who was God in the flesh, if I had any chance of finding the will of God.
Without knowing anything more, the next morning I set off.
Being a “Bachelor of the Lord” has its benefits and the words of Paul rang true once more.
- “Now to the unmarried and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I am.”
I boarded the first plane to Israel I could find and didn't look back. It was a gorgeous flight and after spending all day in the air, I finally touched down at the Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv. The first thing to do would be find a hotel and then rest for the tour which would eventually take me to the home town of Jesus.
I found a hotel nearby and settled in with my humble belongings. Once inside my room, I plopped onto the room’s only bed and fell onto my back. I looked at the clock - 4 A.M. Sleep was now out of the question since I wanted to be in Nazareth by noon so I decided to read from my Bible and just relax for a few hours.
I opened to a random page and landed in Hebrews chapter ten. I often let God choose the parts of his word and lead me in study. I began to read and stopped after reading verse thirty-six, which read:
- “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”
The will of God! God was speaking to me through his word and I was tuned in. If I persevered I would receive the reward of God’s promise. I read the last few verses.
- “For in just a very little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay. But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him. But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.”
A chill shook me and I knew that I had misinterpreted this before to be a reference to the second coming of Jesus: the Parousia! Now, the meaning was clear. I was the one who must persevere but the one who is to come and will not delay? No, that was not a reference to Jesus. It was a reference to the evil one himself - Satan! Satan was coming and he would not delay. He was coming to test my resolve, my faith. If I shrink back, God will not be pleased with me. I felt my heart skip a beat. If I shrink back, I will be destroyed. Fear, black and cold, enveloped me. I began to see the room fading off in all directions. It expanded and vanished before my eyes. I was no longer on a bed. I was no longer in a room. I knew instantly where I was. I was in outer darkness.
I floated in darkness. But where are the wailing sounds? It was perfectly quiet. Then a voice no man could imitate, dry and scaly, whispered directly behind my head.
I was unable to speak or move. My heart had stopped beating or was it beating so fast that I couldn't feel it?
“I have come.”
An abomination arose from below me, like a shark shooting up from the murky depths, becoming larger and larger. If I shrink back, I will be destroyed. A gaping jaw opened and I heard the wailing of countless souls and the gnashing of teeth – Satan had come to take my soul. I was helpless. I began to black out. If I shrink back, I will be destroyed. I came back for a moment and looked down. My God! I mustn't shrink back. I mustn't. But what must I do? A wave of pressure pushed me upward as the cavernous jaws began to slowly close. I am lost. Consciousness began to slip quietly away. NO! I am a believer! Believers will not be destroyed. Believers will be saved! Yes, Lord, I believe. I believe.
The nightmare snapped its jaws shut just inches from my dangling feet. I tumbled upward from the force and then felt myself lying on my back. The room became solid around me and I thought I heard a dry, scratchy sound trailing off into the distance. Satan had tested me – and I had apparently passed the test. My clothes were soaked with sweat. I glanced at the clock. It was 7 A.M. I jumped up from the bed and readied myself to meet the day that God had prepared for me. I wasted no time in securing a spot on the next tour that went to Nazareth. We spent half a day visiting some of the other attractions but my mind was shifting and fading in and out, thinking about the very homeland of God.
“And now we come to the famous home of Jesus of Nazareth.” My daydream was aborted as I snapped back to the real world. When the bus finally rolled to a stop, I stepped out and found myself standing before the famous Church of the Annunciation. This is it. Nazareth – the home of Jesus! I walked through the archway and before I could take in the beautiful interior I was immediately greeted by a young boy who asked me, “Who are you?” What a cute little boy! “My name is Tim. What’s your name?” I asked the bright-eyed boy. “What are you seeking?” he asked, ignoring my question. His question stunned me at first but then I realized that God must be guiding me by sending an angel in the form of a boy. When I had gathered my thoughts I answered him. “I have come here seeking the will of God.” I confided. The little boy’s eyes suddenly lit up and taking my hand he tugged at my arm saying, “Follow me!” Where had I heard that imperative before!
I accompanied the boy as he walked from the church and headed towards some low-lying hills that seemed to be about a mile away. I didn't think it wise to question the boy because to me that would have been like questioning God himself. I had come too far not to trust in God's providence! As we grew closer to the hills, a wonderful thought occurred to me. God is using me in a mighty way! Oh, how my heart raced at the idea of being a tool in the hand of an almighty God!
We finally reached the base of a rocky hill that looked to be about two hundred feet high and the boy stopped. He looked around as if he was lost. He hesitated a moment and then walked around the base toward a large boulder the size of a truck. I followed and watched him disappear behind the boulder. As I reached the other side of it, the boy was no longer there! A surge of adrenaline caused the butterflies to flitter in my stomach and I called out. “Hey! Boy, where are you?” No answer. Great. Now what? I began to doubt I had even seen the boy and that I simply imagined him. Maybe I was having a nervous breakdown. Then a hand emerged from a small opening behind the boulder. Now an arm. It waved back and forth and I knew that I had been the butt of a joke! You little prankster… I chuckled to myself and squatted near the hole to see if it was wide enough for me to enter.
It was completely overgrown with dense shrubbery and I doubt I would have spotted it on my own. I bent down and pulled back some of the vegetation and peered into the opening. It looked hopeless but I’d come so far. I remembered the words of the angel. With God, all things are possible. With renewed resolve, I trusted God. I decided it best to go feet first. I sat down and put my legs into the opening. I halted with a yell. I have no flashlight! How am I going to see anything down there? Trust. I have to trust. The boy must know his way around down there. So, I descended slowing and turned around when my waist was in the opening. I still couldn't feel the bottom. I went further in and had to decide whether to let go and fall or pull myself back up. “Just do it!” I said to myself. I let go.
The fall wasn't more than a few feet but I wondered how the boy managed to stick his arm through the opening. I stood up and saw the dim shape of some rocks he used to get back out just to the right of the opening. So, that’s how he did it. I couldn't see the boy. I really couldn't see anything except the opening and the rocks he used to climb back out. I called out. “Boy?” My voice seemed to echo back from the left but the boy didn't answer. I decided to feel my way around toward where I heard the echo. It was fairly easy going and I called out periodically to try to see if I could follow the echoes. They weren't very strong and knowing a little about acoustics I could tell that the cave was not very large. I stumbled on a rock and fell. Dust flew up around me and I began to cough. I got up and hurried to find the source of the echo and some dust-free air. My hand found the edge of a rock that seemed to be worn smooth. I turned left and sure enough I was in a small hallway of sorts.
Where is that boy? The hallway was now completely dark and I could feel both sides of the corridor as well as the ceiling. I felt a bit claustrophobic but God had brought me here and I wasn't going to let him down. I walked forward cautiously, feeling the small rocks and clay crunch under my shoes. After about a minute of walking, my outstretched hand touch another wall. Dead end! I began to doubt again but the words of Jesus comforted me. I am with you always. I was in God’s hands and had nothing to fear. I shouted out loud, “Get thee behind me, Satan!” The words danced down the corridor and out into the main room.
My fear subsided and Jesus again spoke to me. Seek and ye shall find! I felt around and slid my hand up and down the dry walls, looking for anything. I felt nothing but the dry rock walls. After a few minutes, I got on my knees and prayed to God. Lord, I am not worthy to be your servant. You have brought me this far and I have failed you. I humble myself and seek your will. I pour out my heart to you. Show me your will!
With my head bent I began to cry. How foolish I am to think that the creator of the universe would use me in any great way! How puffed up and arrogant I am. I laid down on my back with my head at the end of the hallway. I opened my eyes and saw blackness. Reaching behind my head, my hand slid into a hole in the wall at ground level. I rolled onto my stomach and ran my hand along the edge of the opening.
It was only about twelve inches wide and a little taller. No squeezing through this one. With some hesitation, I reached into the hole. My fingers hit the front of some smooth round surface. This is no rock. I followed it up and found it had a seam and then realized it must be some kind of pottery or clay container. I pulled it out slowly and ran my fingers along the top. It was sealed. Is this what God wanted me to find? Where did the boy go?
I took my discovery and made my way back to the main room. I could now see a little better. I climbed the makeshift rock stairs and lifted the container over my head to get a better look in the light of the opening. I held it up high and thrilled at my unexpected find but then my right foot slipped off the edge of the rock. I lost my balance, juggled the container, grasped for it and missed. As I hit the ground, so did the container and I heard it shatter. “No!”, I screamed and I ran to assess the damage. In the dim light I could tell that it had shattered into at least a hundred pieces. It was ruined. But there was something in the rubble. It looked like a piece of wood but as I picked it up, I knew it was a small scroll. I had seen pictures of them during my college classes. I was so anxious to read it that I completely forgot about the clay pot and left it there as I made my way out of the secret cave.
Once into the bright daylight, I squinted a while until my eyes readjusted. The cool wind whisked through my hair and it felt good to be outdoors again. I wasn't sure if I should unroll the scroll. I thought it might crumble or crack but I decided to go slowly and check as I went. I must admit that curiosity overwhelmed me.
I quickly realized to my chagrin that it wasn't written in English. Was that Hebrew? Aramaic? Why didn't I pay more attention in college? I knew what I must do now. I’d deliver it to the Church of the Annunciation and they’d know what to do with it.
Tim never made it back to the Church of the Annunciation. His body was found several days later about half a mile from the church with a small scroll in his hand. But in a strange twist of irony, Tim did find the will of God. The following is a translation of the small scroll that Tim discovered in that hidden Nazareth cave.
I, God, formerly known as Jehovah, formerly known as Yahweh, formerly known as El, being of sound mind and spirit, do hereby bequeath all of my Holy Attributes to my faithful chosen: the twelve tribes of Israel.
To the tribe of Zebulun, I hereby bequeath my Holy Mercy as evidenced by my Holy Word.
- “Then David said to Gad, "I am in great distress. Let us now fall into the hand of the LORD for His mercies are great, but do not let me fall into the hand of man. So the LORD sent a pestilence upon Israel from the morning until the appointed time, and seventy thousand men of the people from Dan to Beersheba died.”
“When the LORD your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess and drives out before you many nations—the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites, seven nations larger and stronger than you— and when the LORD your God has delivered them over to you and you have defeated them, then you must destroy them totally. Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy.”
To the tribe of Benjamin, I hereby bequeath my Holy Standard of Morality as evidenced by my Holy Word.
- “As for your male and female slaves whom you may have--you may acquire male and female slaves from the pagan nations that are around you.”
“You may even bequeath them to your sons after you, to receive as a possession; you can use them as permanent slaves”
“If a man sells his daughter as a female slave, she is not to go free as the male slaves do.”
“The LORD said to Moses and Aaron, "This is the ordinance of the Passover: no foreigner is to eat of it; but every man's slave purchased with money, after you have circumcised him, then he may eat of it.”
“But if a priest buys a slave as his property with his money, that one may eat of it, and those who are born in his house may eat of his food.”
To the tribe of Issachar, I hereby bequeath my Holy Patience as evidenced by my Holy Word.
- “Meanwhile, David and all the house of Israel were celebrating before the LORD with all kinds of instruments made of fir wood, and with lyres, harps, tambourines, castanets and cymbals. But when they came to the threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah reached out toward the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen nearly upset it. And the anger of the LORD burned against Uzzah, and God struck him down there for his irreverence; and he died there by the ark of God.”
“On an appointed day Herod, having put on his royal apparel, took his seat on the rostrum and began delivering an address to them. The people kept crying out, ‘The voice of a god and not of a man!’ And immediately an angel of the Lord struck him because he did not give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and died.”
To the tribe of Asher, I hereby bequeath my Holy Justice as evidenced by my Holy Word.
- “Then David said to Nathan, ‘I have sinned against the LORD.’ And Nathan said to David, ‘The LORD also has taken away your sin; you shall not die. However, because by this deed you have given occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born to you shall surely die. And the LORD struck the child that Uriah's wife bore to David, and it became ill. Then on the seventh day it came to pass that the child died.”
“If men have a quarrel and one strikes the other with a stone or with his fist, and he does not die but remains in bed, if he gets up and walks around outside on his staff, then he who struck him shall go unpunished;”
“He who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death.”
“He who strikes his father or his mother shall surely be put to death.”
“If a man strikes his male or female slave with a rod and he dies at his hand, he shall be punished. If, however, he survives a day or two, no vengeance shall be taken; for he is his property.”
“He who kidnaps a man, whether he sells him or he is found in his possession, shall surely be put to death.”
“If there is a man who commits adultery with another man's wife, one who commits adultery with his friend's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.”
“Now a man or a woman who is a medium or a spiritist shall surely be put to death. They shall be stoned with stones, their bloodguiltiness is upon them.”
“Moreover, the one who blasphemes the name of the LORD shall surely be put to death; all the congregation shall certainly stone him. The alien as well as the native, when he blasphemes the Name, shall be put to death.”
“Now while the sons of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering wood on the sabbath day. Those who found him gathering wood brought him to Moses and Aaron and to all the congregation; and they put him in custody because it had not been declared what should be done to him. Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘The man shall surely be put to death; all the congregation shall stone him with stones outside the camp.’ So all the congregation brought him outside the camp and stoned him to death with stones, just as the LORD had commanded Moses.”
“He who sacrifices to any god, other than to the LORD alone, shall be utterly destroyed.”
To the tribe of Dan, I hereby bequeath my Holy Omnipotence as evidenced by my Holy Word.
- “The sons of Joseph said, ‘The hill country is not enough for us, and all the Canaanites who live in the valley land have chariots of iron, both those who are in Beth-shean and its towns and those who are in the valley of Jezreel.’ Joshua spoke to the house of Joseph, to Ephraim and Manasseh, saying, ‘You are a numerous people and have great power; you shall not have one lot only,but the hill country shall be yours. For though it is a forest, you shall clear it, and to its farthest borders it shall be yours; for you shall drive out the Canaanites, even though they have chariots of iron and though they are strong.’
Now the LORD was with Judah, and they took possession of the hill country; but they could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley because they had iron chariots.”
To the tribe of Levi, I hereby bequeath my Holy Respect for Human Life as evidenced by my Holy Word.
- "The rain fell upon the earth for forty days and forty nights. All flesh that moved on the earth perished, birds and cattle and beasts and every swarming thing that swarms upon the earth, and all mankind; of all that was on the dry land, all in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, died. Thus He blotted out every living thing that was upon the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky, and they were blotted out from the earth;”
“Thus says the LORD of hosts, 'I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel, how he set himself against him on the way while he was coming up from Egypt. Now go and strike Amalek and utterly destroy all that he has, and do not spare him; but put to death both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’”
“Elijah answered the captain, ‘If I am a man of God, may fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men!’ Then fire fell from heaven and consumed the captain and his men.”
“The LORD said to me, 'See, I have begun to deliver Sihon and his land over to you. Begin to occupy, that you may possess his land.' Then Sihon with all his people came out to meet us in battle at Jahaz. The LORD our God delivered him over to us, and we defeated him with his sons and all his people. So we captured all his cities at that time and utterly destroyed the men, women and children of every city. We left no survivor. We took only the animals as our booty and the spoil of the cities which we had captured.”
“Then we turned and went up the road to Bashan, and Og, king of Bashan, with all his people came out to meet us in battle at Edrei. But the LORD said to me, 'Do not fear him, for I have delivered him and all his people and his land into your hand; and you shall do to him just as you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who lived at Heshbon.' So the LORD our God delivered Og also, king of Bashan, with all his people into our hand, and we smote them until no survivor was left. We captured all his cities at that time; there was not a city which we did not take from them: sixty cities, all the region of Argob, the kingdom of Og in Bashan. All these were cities fortified with high walls, gates and bars, besides a great many unwalled towns. We utterly destroyed them, as we did to Sihon king of Heshbon, utterly destroying the men, women and children of every city. But all the animals and the spoil of the cities we took as our booty.”
“Now it came about at midnight that the LORD struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of cattle. Pharaoh arose in the night, he and all his servants and all the Egyptians, and there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was no home where there was not someone dead.”
To the tribe of Rueben, I hereby bequeath my Holy Impartiality as evidenced by my Holy Word.
- "The women are to keep silent in the churches; for they are not permitted to speak, but are to subject themselves, just as the Law also says. If they desire to learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is improper for a woman to speak in church.”
“And not only this, but there was Rebekah also, when she had conceived twins by one man, our father Isaac; for though the twins were not yet born and had not done anything good or bad, so that God's purpose according to His choice would stand, not because of works but because of Him who calls, it was said to her, ‘THE OLDER WILL SERVE THE YOUNGER.’ Just as it is written, ‘JACOB I LOVED, BUT ESAU I HATED.’”
“For He says to Moses, ‘I WILL HAVE MERCY ON WHOM I HAVE MERCY, AND I WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON WHOM I HAVE COMPASSION.’”
“For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, ‘FOR THIS VERY PURPOSE I RAISED YOU UP, TO DEMONSTRATE MY POWER IN YOU, AND THAT MY NAME MIGHT BE PROCLAIMED THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE EARTH.’ So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires.”
“Moses and Aaron performed all these wonders before Pharaoh; yet the LORD hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he did not let the sons of Israel go out of his land.”
“For you are a holy people to the LORD your God, and the LORD has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.”
“These twelve Jesus sent out after instructing them: ‘Do not go in the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter any city of the Samaritans; but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as you go, preach, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’’”
“Jesus went away from there, and withdrew into the district of Tyre and Sidon. And a Canaanite woman from that region came out and began to cry out, saying, "Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is cruelly demon-possessed." But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and implored Him, saying, "Send her away, because she keeps shouting at us." But He answered and said, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel."”
To the tribe of Naphtali, I hereby bequeath my Holy Omniscience as evidenced by my Holy Word.
- "On the day the LORD gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to the LORD in the presence of Israel: ’O sun, stand still over Gibeon, O moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.’ So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies, as it is written in the Book of Jashar. The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day.”
“The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises.”
“…who shakes the earth out of its place, and its pillars tremble;”
“The earth and all who dwell in it melt; It is I who have firmly set its pillars.”
“And forgettest the LORD thy maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth;”
“When the earth totters, with all its inhabitants, it is I who keep its pillars steady.”
“He raises the poor from the dust, He lifts the needy from the ash heap to make them sit with nobles, and inherit a seat of honor; for the pillars of the earth are the LORD'S, and He set the world on them.”
“After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth to prevent any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree.”
“It grew up to the host of heaven and caused some of the host and some of the stars to fall to the earth, and it trampled them down.”
“But immediately after the tribulation of those days THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED, AND THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT, AND THE STARS WILL FALL from the sky”
To the tribe of Joseph, I hereby bequeath my Holy Foreknowledge as evidenced by my Holy Word.
- "And the Lord regretted that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved at heart..”
“And the LORD regretted that He had made Saul king over Israel.”
“Then Moses entreated the LORD his God, and said, ‘O LORD, why does Your anger burn against Your people whom You have brought out from the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians speak, saying, ‘With evil intent He brought them out to kill them in the mountains and to destroy them from the face of the earth'? Turn from Your burning anger and change Your mind about doing harm to Your people. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, Your servants to whom You swore by Yourself, and said to them, 'I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heavens, and all this land of which I have spoken I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.’’ So the LORD changed His mind about the harm which He said He would do to His people.”
“Eat the food as you would a barley cake; bake it in the sight of the people, using human excrement for fuel.” 13 The LORD said, ‘In this way the people of Israel will eat defiled food among the nations where I will drive them.’ Then I said, ‘Not so, Sovereign LORD! I have never defiled myself. From my youth until now I have never eaten anything found dead or torn by wild animals. No unclean meat has ever entered my mouth.’ ‘Very well,’ he said, ‘I will let you bake your bread over cow manure instead of human excrement.’”
To the tribe of Gad, I hereby bequeath my Holy Ability to Keep A Promise as evidenced by my Holy Word.
- "For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works. Assuredly, I say to you, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom."
“These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: ‘Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans. But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as you go, preach, saying, "The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” When they persecute you in this city, flee to another. For assuredly, I say to you, you will not have gone through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.’”
“And the high priest arose and said to Him, ‘Do You answer nothing? What is it these men testify against You?’ But Jesus kept silent. And the high priest answered and said to Him, ‘I put You under oath by the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God!’ Jesus said to him, ‘It is as you said. Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.’”
“Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, ‘Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of your coming, and of the end of the age? Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near--at the doors! Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.’”
To the tribe of Judah, I hereby bequeath my Holy Purity of Thought as evidenced by my Holy Word.
- "But Rabshakeh said unto them, Hath my master sent me to thy master, and to thee, to speak these words? hath he not sent me to the men which sit on the wall, that they may eat their own dung, and drink their own piss with you?”
“There she lusted after her lovers, whose genitals were like those of donkeys and whose emission was like that of horses.”
“How fair and how pleasant you are, oh love, with your delights! This stature of yours is like a palm tree, and your breasts like its clusters. I said, ‘I will go up to the palm tree, I will take hold of its branches.’ Let now your breasts be like clusters of the vine, the fragrance of your breath like apples, And the roof of your mouth like the best wine.”
“But Onan knew that the offspring would not be his; so whenever he lay with his brother's wife, he spilled his semen on the ground to keep from producing offspring for his brother.”
To the tribe of Simeon, I hereby bequeath my Holy Consistency as evidenced by my Holy Word.
- “God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind.”
“So the LORD changed His mind about the harm which He said He would do to His people.”
“Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard.”
“Now, son of man, take a sharp sword and use it as a barber’s razor to shave your head and your beard. Then take a set of scales and divide up the hair.”
“By the works of the Law no flesh will be justified.” “For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.” “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law;” “I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly." “For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.” “On the one hand, a former commandment is set aside because of its weakness and uselessness (for the law made nothing perfect);”
“The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul.”“And He said to him, ‘Why are you asking Me about what is good? There is only One who is good; but if you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.’” “Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but what matters is the keeping of the commandments of God.” “For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.”
“When the LORD your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess and drives out before you many nations… Do not intermarry with them. Do not give your daughters to their sons or take their daughters for your sons, 4 for they will turn your sons away from following me to serve other gods, and the LORD’s anger will burn against you and will quickly destroy you.” “ Then Shecaniah son of Jehiel, one of the descendants of Elam, said to Ezra, ‘We have been unfaithful to our God by marrying foreign women from the peoples around us.’” “You are not to give your daughters in marriage to their sons, nor are you to take their daughters in marriage for your sons or for yourselves.”
“When you go to war against your enemies and the LORD your God delivers them into your hands and you take captives, if you notice among the captives a beautiful woman and are attracted to her, you may take her as your wife.” “Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite.”
“Anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress” “A husband must not divorce his wife.”
“Then Ezra the priest stood up and said to them, ‘You have been unfaithful; you have married foreign women, adding to Israel’s guilt. Now make confession to the LORD, the God of your fathers, and do his will. Separate yourselves from the peoples around you and from your foreign wives.’ (They all gave their hands in pledge to put away their wives, and for their guilt they each presented a ram from the flock as a guilt offering.)”
“Do not repay anyone evil for evil.” “You shall not murder.”
“So the water remains healed to this day, according to the word of Elisha which he spoke. Then he went up from there to Bethel; and as he was going up the road, some youths came from the city and mocked him, and said to him, "Go up, you baldhead! Go up, you baldhead!" So he turned around and looked at them, and pronounced a curse on them in the name of the LORD. And two female bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the youths.”
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
“For this reason they could not believe, for Isaiah said again, ‘HE [God] HAS BLINDED THEIR EYES AND HE HARDENED THEIR HEART, SO THAT THEY WOULD NOT SEE WITH THEIR EYES AND PERCEIVE WITH THEIR HEART, AND BE CONVERTED AND I HEAL THEM.’”
“When they were but few in number, few indeed, and strangers in it, they wandered from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another. He allowed no man to oppress them;”
“They killed your prophets, who had admonished them in order to turn them back to you; they committed awful blasphemies. So you handed them over to their enemies, who oppressed them.”
“The soul who sins is the one who will die. The son will not share the guilt of the father, nor will the father share the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous man will be credited to him, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against him.” “Fathers shall not be put to death for their children, nor shall children be put to death for their fathers; a person shall be put to death for his own sin.”
“The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.” “Surely there was no one like Ahab who sold himself to do evil in the sight of the LORD, because Jezebel his wife incited him. He acted very abominably in following idols, according to all that the Amorites had done, whom the LORD cast out before the sons of Israel. It came about when Ahab heard these words, that he tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and fasted, and he lay in sackcloth and went about despondently. Then the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying, ‘Do you see how Ahab has humbled himself before Me? Because he has humbled himself before Me, I will not bring the evil in his days, but I will bring the evil upon his house in his son's days.’”
Finally, I God, formerly known as Jehovah, formerly known as Yahweh, formerly known as El, being of ultimate power, do hereby bequeath my Holy Legacy Of Fear to all mankind for as my Holy Word says,
Signed___________ GOD _________________ .