Tragedy and a Promise

“Then the spirit of the Lord came upon Jeph’thah,
And he passed over Gilead, and Ma-nas’seh, and
passed over Gilead, and passed over Miz’peh of
Gilead, and from Miz’peh of Gilead he passed
over unto the children of Ammon.”  Judges 11.29.

It is common among Protestants to think that when the Bible uses the word spirit, it doesn’t apply to our day. The Holy Scripture uses and often refers to the spirit as important.  Yet, the modern churches generally shelve this to the Pentecostals.

This is unfortunate because the Spirit of God becomes a part of us once the immersion of the convert has taken place in water. In fact, Jesus Christ instructed the disciples to use His name. Matthew 28:19, sets this out.

“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them
in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the
Holy Ghost:”

Whenever the Holy Spirit is mentioned, most people have no concept of what is meant.

There is little if any person who can talk intelligently about the Holy Spirit in modern churches. It was Jesus Christ who said it must be that before the Spirit comes Jesus must leave this earth. In John 14:26, this is told to us.

“But the comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom
the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you
all things, and bring all things to your remembrance,
whatsoever I have said unto you.”

Jesus spoke again in John 15:26, again about this person.

“But when the comforter is come, whom I will send
unto you from the Father, even the spirit of truth,
which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify
of me:”

He is here with us NOW. It is troubling that Christians have not studied this third person (the Holy Spirit), more. It seems we are afraid to claim his presence.

From what we read, there are several names given for the spirit. They are Holy Ghost, Holy Spirit and Comforter. Life is filled with troubles, turmoil’s and disappointments every day we live. As a Christian without some help life would be unbearable. It is the spirit that supports us.

Jephthah had been treated very badly by his family. It would seem the spirit had already been a part of his life. The first section of this text uses these words “Then the spirit of the Lord came upon Jephthah….” This is the same spirit that is discussed in the New Testament by Jesus.

In the entire Bible, there are many references to the Holy Spirit (Holy Ghost). We know for a fact he incites men to action. Notable of these is found in Acts 2:4.

“And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and
began to speak with other tongues, as the spirit
gave them utterance.”

There could be many references put forth which could illustrate their point.


TAKE THE FIGHT

When the text of Judges 11:29, is read our mental eyes are opened because the Bible states Jephthah took the fight to the enemy.

“Then the spirit of the Lord came upon Jephthah,
and he passed over Gilead, and Manasseh, and
passed over Miz’peh of Gilead, and from Miz’peh
of GiIead he passed over unto the children of
Ammon.”

It’s the fault of the modern church when we do not attack the muslims on their home territory. The  number of missionaries that have dwindled downwards in the last several decades.  Thus, the worship of Baal has risen.

In the Democratic primary in 2016, there was a Jew socialist running for President. He was an Independent from New Hampshire. Because he espouses socialism, he is basically one who believes in theft. This tells us we must take the fight to the enemy – just as Jephthah did.

There are three institutions in the United States which espouse socialism and share the wealth which now our fellow countrymen listen and some accept as a way of living. These are three:

1. Public schools,
2. Most universities, and
3. Protestant and Roman Catholic Churches.

These assure that socialism, marxism and progressivism will continue as a way of life. As we live then we must be in constant conflict against these godless groups. There are several excuses why the leaders of these three groups above will not do anything. The following is a partial list:

• Afraid pensions will be forfeited,
• Little knowledge of Scripture,
• Will be pushed aside in our culture, and
• Just plain lazy.

This man Jephthah was not infected with these faults so he was able to do the so called impossible. The man was fearless. Once called to duty he acted to meet the challenge of evil. He put his fortune on the line.


COSTLY REMARK

We humans will allow our lips to move when each should be sealed. As a person sometimes our words over load common sense.

The vow which he made is found in Judges 11:31. It’s simple enough but the remark caused this noble man sorrow and deep grief.

“Then it shall be, that whatsoever cometh forth
of the doors of my house to meet me, when I
return in peace from the children of Ammon,
shall surely be the Lord’s, and I will offer it up
for a burnt offering.”

Among the Jews then the way one would worship God was to burn some animal or other personal property. We are told this often in the Old Testament. Even Noah did this often he left the ark which saved the human race from drowning according to Genesis 8:20.

“And Noah builded an altar unto the Lord; and
took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl,
and offered burnt offerings on the altar.”

When Jephthah took the battle to the enemy there was a tremendous slaughter. The number of the cities taken were 20 as we read in Judges 11:33.

“And he smote then from Ar’o-er, even till thou come
to Min’nith, even twenty cities, and unto the plain of
the vineyards, with a very great slaughter. Thus the
children of Ammon were subdued before the children
of Israel.”

Those who had abused Israel paid the price for their evil and obstructive ways. There are some nations who have forfeited the privilege to exist in the world. The nation of Ammon, (from what we know), had judgment cast upon them. It was blow back time.

Some people fall into this same judgment. What we seem to know is their description was fast and furious. In ancient times wars were over quickly. It happened in the war Ammon which was defeated. The rule was simple!

Do not start a war unless it can be won quickly. America has not learned this yet.

 

RETURN TO HOME

Our families want us to be successful. The daughter of this man was glad he was victorious. There was singing. There were instruments being played. Rejoicing. This quickly came to an end. The daughter learned of the vow. Gladness turned to a lament. There was a face to face encounter between daughter and father when he told her of the vow he made. Judges 11:35, informs us of the event.

“And it came to pass, when he saw her, that he rent
his clothes, and said, Alas, my daughter! Thou hast
brought me very low, and thou art one of them that
trouble me: for I have opened my mouth unto the
Lord, and I cannot go back.”

There were two participants in this event. Father and Daughter. From what we know she followed her father’s instructions. Other than the brief removal that we find in Judges 11:38-39, the promise was carried out.

“And he said, Go. And he sent her away for two
months: and she went with her companions,
and bewailed her virginity upon the mountains.
And it came to pass at the end of two months,
that she returned unto her father, who did with
her according to his vow which he had vowed:
and she knew no man. And it was a custom in Israel.”
Once reading this event one could easily believe there is no lesson to be learned from the latter part of Judges 11. This would be a wrong assumption. When God places in His writ, events which tells us of human nature – then we are duty bound to accept why this is recorded.

Israel, like the United States, had a history of great leadership and pagan actions by the people. All of this was due to the people not grasping the law of Moses as given by God to them.

As a people we have acted in the same ways. The great tragedy. The price must be paid. It already may be when the evil muslims are allowed into our nation. No one likes to think how these creatures would act if political asylum is given to them.

Look at history when total control is allowed. Christians are murdered. Women have no control over their own bodies. Children are treated as chattels. Yet these low life humans are brought to North America in droves by Obama.

In the same way Jephthah destroyed the Ammons so we should do the same. Even though this is unthinkable now the matter must be settled. It probably will be by purge when the blood flows. This will be brought to a head by the lying, stealing, corrupt members of Senate, House of Representatives, Judiciary and Executives who refuse to act for our safety.

As a Christian, do not follow such people as Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry or George W. Bush. Each one has no Christian answers to the world’s problems. Yes, each has been a leader but it has never been said that each was a Christian. Look at their dirty filthy records.

 

CONCLUSIONS

The issue arises as to – what can I do as a believer. Actually, very little you personally can do. As a person you can be an illustration to and for others. What you can do then is act upon it. What you cannot accomplish then let such go.

God DOES have a plan for America.

The average man on the street knows something must be done to change our culture. Yet few accept the blueprint given to right all of the wrongs put on us by governments, people and legal entities.


As yet no Jephthah has arisen. Pray that he does.


KEEP THE FAITH!

 


OPEN MY EYES THAT I MAY SEE

“Open my eyes, that I may see
glimpses of truth thou hast for me.
Place in my hands the wonderful key
that shall unclasp and set me free.
Silently now I wait for thee,
ready, my God, thy will to see.
Open my eyes; illumine me,
Spirit divine!

Open my ears, that I may hear
voices of truth thou sendest clear.
And while the wave notes fall on my ear,
everything false will disappear.
Silently now I wait for thee,
ready, my God, thy will to see.
Open my ears; illumine me,
Spirit divine!

Open my mouth, and let me bear
gladly the warm truth everywhere.
Open my heart, and let me prepare
love with thy children thus to share.
Silently now I wait for thee,
ready, my God, thy will to see.
Open my heart; illumine me,
Spirit divine!”


GERALD K. FUGIT
SEPTEMBER 18, 2016
DiggingOldWells.com

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