Isaiah 54:17 ¶No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.
These two passages on the surface seem to be contradictory, especially in light of the preaching and teaching of some. I have heard it preached and read it in print that this verse in Isaiah is NOT for Christians today. That Stephen was stoned, all the apostles died, most were killed, and we have experienced barbaric activity and treacherous acts against Christians for 2000 years.
While all this is true, the problem is, these people that teach this are looking at this life as being far more important than it really is. As a Christian, you should be ready to leave this world and go home at any moment. How you leave is not important, as some will die at the hands of tyrants, barbaric terrorists, accidents of sundry kinds, disease and yes, natural causes.
Moses died, but he was used to lead the people of Israel out of captivity against all odds and in the face of the strongest army in the world at that time. Daniel died, but God closed the mouths of the lions when Daniel was cast into the lions den. There are a few instances in the Bible where people did NOT die phyisically, but were snatched away by God. David died but God had made this frail shepherd boy the greatest king Israel has ever known. All of the saints of old, leaders, prophets and people of God have faced death in one form or another. The point is, they died in God’s time. How they died is not important, but their faithfulness in their dying was of utmost importance.
Stephen remained true to Christ until the end. David was used to write the Psalms and perform a lot of the history of Israel, not to mention being the lineage of the Christ child to come. Moses was steadfast in his knowledge and understanding of God and his devotion to Him. All of the saints and prophets from Abraham forward to today have one thing in common, their dedication and devotion to the God who made them and who saved them.
In every instance the ‘weapon formed against them’ that many Christian preachers claim that actually prospered, didn’t. Stephen was seen in heaven later. When he died, Jesus was seen STANDING at the right had of God, cheering him on. Daniel most certainly is in God’s kingdom as are the many prophets, preachers and saints of old. It just happened to be their due time. God called them home, they had done their work in this life.
If we believe that a weapon formed against us can harm us, we believe Satan is stronger to harm us than God is to protect us. My God shall supply ALL my need according to HIS riches in glory. Phil 4:19. This must be true in death as well as in life. If we believe that any weapon formed against us can prosper, we call God a liar on many levels and his promises are null and void. Or do they make a book that tells us which of God’s promises we can believe and which ones we can’t? Or is that promise of us going to heaven one of those promises that is null and void?
Numbers 23:19 King James Version (KJV)
God is as good as his promises. If he isn’t he can’t be God and we might as well quit trying.
My God is bigger than this life. My God promises that nothing evil shall befall me. Not once but many times throughout the Old and New Testaments. All we have to do is stand firm on those promises. When you are 25, you think you will live forever. By the time you erache 65, you know you won’t. But, when God is through with me he will allow me to pass from the temporal to the eternal. How that passage is done matters little. Your faith in God matters most.
May God bless the reading of this teaching. Amen!
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