GOD WILL BUILD HIS HOUSE
I CHRONICLES 12:1-17:25*
DAVID HAD TO GO THROUGH THE FIRE OF GOD’S REFINEMENT!
Saul haunted and hunted David to destroy him with soulish and demonic attacks:
I Samuel 16:23 “And it came to pass, when the evil spirit (ruach breath, life, spirit, wind) from God (Elohiym supreme God, exceeding God, mighty) was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed (ravach breathe freely, revive, refreshed) and was well (tob be better, cheer, well, good), and the evil spirit (ra’ raah bad, evil, adversity, affliction, calamity, distress, evil, misery, sorrow, trouble, wicked, wretchedness;) departed from him (sur sur turn off, depart, remove, withdraw) .”
I Samuel 18:29 “And Saul was yet (‘od’od continuance, again, repeatedly, still more, again) the more afraid (yasaph to add, to continue, get more, increase more and more, prolong; yare to fear, afraid, dread) of David; and Saul became David’s enemy continually (‘oyeb ‘oyeb hating, adversary, enemy, foe; kol kol altogether, everything, hence all, whatsoever) .”
I Samuel 19:1 “And Saul spake to Jonathan his son, and to all his servants, that they should kill (muth to kill, be dead, put to death, destroy, cause to die, slay) David.”
I Samuel 19:9-10 “And the evil spirit (ra’ raah bad, evil, affliction, distress, trouble, sorrow, vex, wicked, wretchedness; ruach same as above) from the Lord (Yehovah same as above) was upon (motion towards, near, with, against, upon) Saul, as he sat in his house with his javelin in his hand: and David played with this hand. And Saul sought to smite (nakah to strike, kill, slaughter, murder, slaughter, slay, smite) David even to the wall with the javelin; but he slipped away (patar slip away) out of Saul’s presence, and he smote the javelin in the wall: and David fled (nus vanish away, flee), and escaped (mallet to escape, slip out, leap out) that night.”
Examples of Old Testament and New Testament servant leaders experienced refining fire:
Genesis 12:1-5 “Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out (halak to walk, depart, away, move self, run along, speedily) of thy country (‘erets land, country), and from thy kindred, (moledeth birth place, native country, family) and from thy father’s house,(bayith house, family) unto a land (‘erets same as above) that I will shew thee (raah cause to see, gaze, look on, provide, show):”
Hebrews 11:10 “For Abraham looked for (ekdechomai to await, expect, look for, tarry for, wait for) a city (polis city with walls) which hath foundations (themelios something put down, substruction of a building, foundation), whose builder (technites artisan, builder, craftsman; and maker (demiourgos worker, maker, Creator; ergon to work, toil, labor) is God (theos deity, exceeding, supreme Divinity, Hebraism very God).”
Revelation 21:1-2 “And I saw (eido to see, to know, be aware, behold, look on, be sure) a new heaven (kainos new, freshness, with respect to age; ouranos elevation, sky, heaven as the abode of God) and a new (same as above): earth (ge spoil, solid part, whole of the terrene globe, earth, world) for the first (protos foremost in time, place, order, importance, before, former) heaven (Same as above) and the first earth (protos Same as above) were passed away. (parerchomai go away, perish, pass away, past; ge same as above); and there was no more (ou absolute negative, no, not; eti any longer, any more, after that) sea. (thalassa the sea)
And I John (Ioannes Joannes, John) saw (eido to see, to know, behold, look on, be sure) the holy city (hagios sacred, pure, blameless, holy; polis city with walls), New Jerusalem (kainos Same as above; Hierousalem Jerusalem), coming down (katabaino to descend, down) from God (theos deity, supreme Divinity, Hebraism very God) out of heaven, (ek ex denoting origin, the point motion or action proceeds, from out; ouranos same as above) prepared (hetoimazo to prepare, provide, make ready) as a bride (numphe to veil as a bride, wife) adorned (kosmeo to put in proper order, decorate, adorn, garnish) for her husband (amer a man, individual male, husband) .”
Ezekiel 37:1-10 “The hand (yad a hand, the open one, indicating power, means, direction) of the Lord (Yehovah self Existent or eternal, Jehovah, Jewish national name of God, Lord) was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones (male full, fullness, fully, filled; ‘etsem a bone, bones), and caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many (rab abundant, abound, exceedingly, many) in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry (yabesh dry, dried away). And he said unto me, Son of man (ben a son; Adam ruddy, human being, man, mankind), can these bones live (‘etsem Same as above) elleh these, such; chayah revive, make alive, give life, restore to life)? And I answered, O Lord (adonay the Lord, my Lord, used as a proper name of God only) God, (Yehovih God) thou knowest (yada to know, ascertain by seeing).
Again he said unto me, Prophesy (naba prophesy, speak) upon (‘al over, upon) these bones (‘etsem Same as above), and say unto them (‘amar to say, declare, tell, demand, charge, challenge), O ye dry bones (yabesh Same as above; ‘estem Same as above), hear (shama to hear intelligently, attention, obedience, give ear, understand) the word (dabar a word, a matter as spoken of, decree) of the Lord (Yehovah self Existent, eternal, Jehovah, Jewish national name of God, Lord). Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath (ruach wind, breath, life) to enter into you (bo to come, abide, to come upon), and ye shall live (chayah to live, revive, alive, give life, quicken, restore to life, be whole): And I will lay (nathan give, put, bestow, bring forth, restore) sinews upon you (giyd tendon, sinew), and will bring up (alah cause to, bring up, restore) flesh upon you (basar flesh, skin), and cover you with skin (qaram to cover; ‘or skin, hide), and put breath in you (ruach wind, breath, life), and ye shall live (chayah to live, revive, make alive nourish up, quicken, recover, restore life); and ye shall know (yada to know, ascertain by seeing, acknowledge, discern, be sure, of a surety, understand) that I am the Lord (Yehovah self Existent, eternal, Jehovah, Jewish national name of God, Lord).
So, I prophesied (naba to prophesy, speak by inspiration, prediction) as I was commanded (tsavah enjoined, appoint, charge, command): and as I prophesied (naba Same as above), there was a noise (qol qol to call aloud, voice, sound, crackling, noise), and behold a shaking (raash vibration, uproar, commotion, noise, quaking, rattling, shaking), and the bones came together, (‘estem Same as above; qarab bring near, cause to bring forth, join) bone to his bone (‘estem Same as above). And when I beheld, lo, the sinews (giyd a tendon, sinew) and the flesh (basar flesh, body, flesh, skin) came upon them (alah to ascend, fall upon, restore, recover), and the skin covered them above (‘or skin, hide; qaram to cover; maal upper part, from the top, above): but there was no breath in them (‘ayin nothing, not exist, no, none, without).
Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind (naba to prophesy), prophesy (naba Same as above), son of man, and say to the wind (‘amar to say, charge, speak; ruach wind, breath, life, spirit), thus saith the Lord God (‘amar Same as above; ‘adonoy Lord, proper name of God only, my Lord;Yehovih God); Come from the four winds (bo’ to come, abide, bring forth, come upon, be fallen; ‘arba’ arba’ah), O breath, (ruach wind, breath, life, spirit, wind) and breathe upon (nahach to puff, blow, hard, breath) these slain (harag to smite, destroy, kill, murder, put to death, death ), that they may live (chayah to live, revive, make alive, give life, quicken, restore to life, be whole).
So I prophesied (naba Same as above) as he commanded me, (tsavah charge, command, set in order) and the breath came into them (ruach wind, breath, spirit; bo to come, abide, to come in, enter in), and they lived, (chayah to live, revive, make alive, give life, restore to life, be whole) and stood up upon their feet, (‘amad to stand, raise up, made to stand, stand up, a foot as used in walking, stay up; regel a foot, be able to endure, ) an exceeding great army (me’od wholly, speedily, exceedingly, great, mighty; chayil a force, an army, valor, strength, soldiers, great company, might, strong, trained, valor, war).”
Personal Testimony: “Hearing a sound in my spirit”
John 21:12-17 “Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? Knowing that it was the Lord. Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise. This is now the third time that Jesus shewed himself to his disciples, after that he was risen from the dead.
So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest (agapao God kind of love, self-giving, unconditional) thou me more than these? (pleion pleion pleon more in quantity, number or quality, exceed, more excellent, greater, longer, more) He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love (phileo to be a friend to, fond of, have affection for, personal attachment, sentiment, feeling) thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. (bosko to pasture, to fodder, to graze, feed, keep; mou mine own, my; arnion lambkin, lamb) He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest (agapao same as above) thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love (phileo same as above) thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. (bosko mou same as above; probaton a sheep, sheep-fold) He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest (phileo same as above) thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest (phileo same as above) thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love (phileo same as above) thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep (bosko mou probaton same as above).”
DAVID HID IN ZIGLAG WHERE MIGHTY WARRIERS GATHERED
David continued to run and hide from Saul and finally gathered in the cave at Ziglag where faithful warriors came and joined him.
I Chronicles 12:1-2 “Now these are they that came to (bo to come, abide) David to “Ziglag, while he yet kept himself close (‘atsar inclose, to hold back, maintain, assemble, restrained, shut up) because of Saul the son of Kish: and they were among the mighty men (gibbor gibbor powerful, warrior, mighty men, strong men, valiant men), helpers of the war (‘azar to surround, protect, aid, help, succor; milchamah war, warfare, battle, fighting, warrior).”
I Chronicles 12:22 “And at that time day by day there came to David to help him (‘azar to surround, protect, aid, help, succour), until it was a great host (gadol gadol exceeding, great, mighty, loud, more, noble; machaneh an encampment, troops, army, soldiers, host), like the host of God (gadol gadol Same as above; ‘elohiym supreme God, exceeding God, very great, mighty).”
I Chronicles 12:32 “And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had an understanding of the times (yada to know, ascertain by seeing, recognition, aware, knowledge, privy to; biynah understanding, knowledge, wisdom; ‘eth time, especially now, season, time), to know (yada Same as above) what (ma mah ma ma meh what including how, why, when and purpose) Israel ought to do (‘asah to do, accomplish, advance, bring forth, commit, finish, labor, sacrifice, serve).”
Personal Testimony: “Vision of a globe of the world”
PURPOSE WAS TO BUILD THE KINGDOM
I Chronicles 12:18 “Then the Spirit (ruach wind, breath, life, spirit) came upon Amasai (labash labesh wrap around, put on a garment, clothe another, come upon ), who was chief of the captains, and he said, Thine are we, David, (david daviyd loving David; dod dod to boil, to love, friend) and on thy side (‘im with, equally with), thou son of Jesse: peace, peace (shalom shalom safe, well, happy, friendly, health prosperity, favor, friend) be unto thee, and peace (Same as above) to be to thine helpers (‘azar to surround, protect, aid, help, succour); for thy God (‘elohiym the supreme God, exceeding, very great, mighty) helpeth thee (Same as above). Then David received them (qabal to admit, choose, receive) and made them captains of the band.”
Personal Testimony “Cutting through the jungle”
FAILURE TO BUILD THE KINGDOM GOD’S WAY
I Chronicles 13:2-3 “And David said unto all the congregation…Let us bring again (sabab bring, bring again, fetch, return) the ark of our God to us: (‘aron ‘aron gathering a box, chest, ark; Elohiym supreme God, exceeding God, very great, mighty) for we inquired not at it (darash to follow, pursuit, search, seek, to worship, search, care for) in the days of Saul.”
I Chronicles 13:4 “And all (kol kol whole, all, every, altogether, everyone, the whole) the congregation (qahal assembly, company, congregation, multitude) said that they would do so (‘asah to do, accomplish, commit): for the thing was right (dabar a word, a matter as spoken of; yashar to be straight, right, pleasant, prosperous, fit, seem good) in the eyes of ‘ayin an eye, sight) all the people (kol kol the whole, all, everyone; ‘am a people, a congregated unit, a tribe, flock).”
I Chronicles 13:7 “And they carried (rakab to ride in a vehicle, to ride) the ark of God (‘aron ‘aron Same as above; Elohiym Same as above) in a new cart (chadash fresh, new, new thing;‘agalah something revolving, a wheeled vehicle, cart, wagon) out of the house of Abinadab: and Uzza and Ahio drave (nahag to drive forth, carry away, to proceed) the cart (‘agalah same as above).”
I Chronicles 13:8-11 “And David and all Israel played before God (sachaq to laugh, play, make merry, rejoice) with all their might (kol kol whole, all; ‘oz ‘oz strength, might, power, loud, boldness, loud), and with singing (shiyr shiyrah a song, musical, sing, song), and with harps (kinnor to twang a harp), and with psalteries (nebel nebel lyre, psaltery), and with timbrels (toph tambourine, tabret, timbrel), and with cymbals (metseleth cymbals), and with trumpets (chatsotserah trumpet, quavering note). And when they came unto the threshing floor of Chidon, Uzza put forth his hand (shalach put forth, reach forth, stretch forth; yad a hand) to hold the ark ;(‘achaz to seize, take hold; aron aron a box, chest, ark). ) for the oxen stumbled (baqar animal, ox; shamat jostle, stumble). And the anger (‘aph anger, wrath) of the Lord (Yehovah self-Existent, eternal, Jehovah, Jewish national name of God, Lord) was kindled against Uzza, (charah to blaze up, anger, be displeased, wax hot, kindled) and he smote him, (nakah strike, kill, punish, slay, smite ) because he put his hand to the ark (‘al because of; shalach put forth, reach forth; yad a hand, open hand; aron aron a box, chest, ark) and there he died before God (muth to die, kill, dead, death, destroy; paniym the face, before; Elohiym same as above) (See: Numbers 4:15 “They shall not touch any holy things, lest they die”). And David was displeased (charah to blaze up, anger, burn, be displeased, wroth), because the Lord (Yehovah Jehovah, self-Existent or eternal, Jewish national name of God. Lord) had made a breach upon Uzza: (perets a break, breach, breaking forth, gap) wherefore that place is called Perezuzza (perets ‘uz za break of Uzza) to this day. And David was afraid of God (yare to fear, frighten, afraid, revere, reverence) that day, saying, How shall I bring the ark of God home to me?”(heyk how; aron aron Same as above; bo fetch, get)
New Testament Illustration: “Peter wanted to build three tabernacles on the Mount of Transfiguration.” Matthew 17:4
OBEDIENT TO BUILD THE KINGDOM GOD’S WAY
I Chronicles 15:12-13 “And David said unto them, Ye are the chief of the fathers of the Levites (leviyiy leviy a Leviite or descendant of Levi, Levite) ; sanctify yourselves (qadash to be clean, consecrate, dedicate, hallow, holy, prepare, purify, sanctify), both ye and your brethren, that ye may bring up (alah to ascend up, bring up, carry up) the ark (aron aron Same as above) of the Lord (Yehovah Same as above) God (Elohiym same as above) of Israel (Yisrael Israel, name for Jacob) unto the place that I have prepared (kun to set up, erect, prepare). For because (kiy forasmuch, inasmuch, because) ye did it not (lo’ lo’ loh not) at the first (min minniy minney at, by reason of), the Lord (Yehovah Same as above) our God (Elohiym same as above) made a breach upon us for (parats a break out, breach; kiy Same as above), that we sought (darash to follow for pursuit or search, see, ask, to worship, diligently inquire, seek out) him not (lo’ lo’ lo’ not ), after the due order (mishpat divine law, manner of law, lawful, due order).”
I Chronicles 15:14-15 “So the priests (kohen one officiating, a priest) and the Levites (levyiyiy levviy a Levite or descendant of Levi) sanctified themselves (qadash clean, consecrate, dedicate, proclaim, purify, sanctify wholly) to bring up the ark (‘alah ascend, mount, ascend up, bring up, carry up;‘aron ‘aron a box, chest, ark) of the Lord God of Israel (Yehovah self-Existent, eternal, Jehovah, Jewish national name of God, Lord; Elohiym the supreme God, exceeding God, great, mighty). And the children of the Levites (yisrael Jisrael, name of Jacob, Israel) bare the ark (nasa nasah to lift, bring forth; aron aron box, chest, ark) of God (Elohiym supreme God, exceeding God, great, mighty) upon their shoulders (katheph the shoulder) with the staves thereon , (motah a pole, stave; ‘al above, over, upon) as Moses commanded (Mosheh drawing out, that is rescued, Mosheh, Moses ) according to the word (tsavah constitute, enjoy, command; dabar a word, as spoken, commandment) of the Lord (Yehovah self-Existent, eternal, Jehovah, Jewish national name of God, Lord).”
I Chronicles 15:16, 25-28 “And David (David Daviyd loving, David, youngest son of Jesse) spake (‘amar to say, charge, give command) to the chief of the Levites (‘sar a head person of rank, captain, chief; leviyiy leviy a Levite, descendant of Levi) to appoint (‘amad to stand, appoint) their brethren (‘ach a brother, another brother) to be the singers (shiyr shur strolling minstrelsy, to sing) with instruments (keliy something prepared, instrument) of music, (shiyr shiyrah a song, musical, singing) psalteries (nebel nebel a lyre, psaltery, viol) and harps (kinnor to twang, a harp) and cymbals, (metseleth double tinklers, cymbals) sounding by lifting up (shama’ to hear, give ear, make a sound; rum exalt, extol) the voice (qol qol a voice, sound, sing) with joy (‘si mchah blithesomeness, glee, gladness, joy, mirth, pleasure, rejoicing).
And it came to pass, when God helped (Elohiym supreme God, exceeding God, great, mighty; azar to surround, protect, aid, help, succor) the Levites (leviyiy leviy Levite or descendant of Levi) that bare (nasa nasah to lift, carry) the ark (‘aron ‘aron box, chest, ark) of the covenant (beriyth cutting, compact, passing between pieces of flesh, covenant) of the Lord (Yehovah Jehovah, Jewish national name of God, Lord), that they offered (zabach to slaughter an animal in sacrifice)”seven bullocks and seven rams.
And David (David Daviyd loving, David, youngest son of Jesse) was clothed (karbel to gird, clothe, clothed) with a robe of fine linen, (meiyl covering, robe; buts bleach, be white, fine white linen ) and all the Levites (kol kol; all every; leviyiy leviy Levite, descendant of Levi) that bare the ark, (nasa nasah lift, bear up, bring forth, carry away; aron aron box, chest, ark) and the singers, (shiyr shur strolling minstrelsy, to sing, singers) and Chenaniah (kenanyah kenanyahu Jah has planted, Kenanjah, an Israelite, Chenaniah) the master of the song (sar a head person, of rank, class; massa tribute, singing, song) with the singers: (shiyr shur same as above) David (same as above) also had upon him an ephod of linen (ephod ephod a girdle, ephod; bad flaxen thread, linen garment).
Thus all (kol kol the whole, all, every, all together) Israel (Yisrael Israel, Jisrael) brought up (alah ascend, be high, mount, carry up) the ark (‘aron ‘aron box, chest, ark) of the covenant (beriyth cutting, a compact, made by passing between pieces of flesh, covenant) of the Lord (Yehovah self-Existent, eternal. Jehovah, Jewish national name of God, Lord) with shouting, (teruah clamor, acclamation of joy, battle cry, clangor of trumpets, alarm, blowing trumpets, joyful, jubilee, loud noise, rejoicing, shouting) and with sound of the cornet, (qol qol to call aloud, a sound; shophar shophar a cornet or curved horn) and with trumpets, (chatsotserah a trumpet) and with cymbals, (metseleth double tinklers, that is cymbals) making a noise (shama make a sound, call together, declare) with psalteries and harps (nebel nebel a lyre, psaltery; kinnor to twang a harp, harp).”
I Chronicles 16:1-4 “So they brought (bo to bring forth, bring in, lift up) the ark of God, (aron aron box, chest, ark; Elohiym supreme God, exceeding God, great, mighty) and set it in the midst (yatsag to place permanently, leave, set; tavek among, middle, midst) of the tent (ohel tent, dwelling place, tabernacle, tent) that David had pitched for it: (David Daviyd loving, David, the youngest son of Jesse; natah stretched, pitch) and they offered burnt sacrifices (qarab to approach, bring forth, bring near; olah olah burnt offering, sacrifice) and peace offerings (shelem sacrifice in thanks, peach offering) before God (paniym face, presence; Elohiym supreme God, exceeding God, great, mighty).
And when David (Same as above) had made an end (kalah to end, to cease, be finished) of offering the burnt offerings (Same as above) and the peace offerings, (same as above) he blessed the people (barak to bless, abundantly, altogether, greatly; ‘am a people) in the name of the Lord.(shem name, authority; Yehovah self Existent, eternal, Jehovah, Jewish national name of God) And he dealt (chalaq distribute, divide) to every one of Israel, (kol kol the whole, every, all; Yisrael Jisrael, Israel) both man (‘rysh a man, male person) and woman, (ishshah nashiym a woman, female) to everyone a loaf of bread, (kikar a round loaf; lechem food, load, bread) and a good piece of flesh, (eshpar measured portion, good piece of flesh) and a flagon of wine (‘ashiyshah a cake of grapes, something closely pressed together, cake of raisins).”
And he appointed (nathan appoint, assign) certain of the Levites (min minniy minney a part of, out of; leviyiy leviy a Levite, descendant of Levi, Levite) to minister (sharath attend, minister, serve) before the ark (paniym the face, before;’aron ‘aron box, chest, ark) of the Lord, (Yehovah self-Existent, eternal, Jehovah, Jewish national name of God) and to record, (zakar to mark, remember, recount, record) and to thank (yadah hold out the hand, worship with extended hands) and praise (halal celebrate, glory, be worthy of praise) the Lord God (Yehovah Same as above; Elohiym supreme God, exceeding God, very great, mighty) of Israel. (Yisrael Israel, Jisrael a name of Jacob). ” Note: David delivered this psalm as recorded in I Chronicles 16:7-36 to thank the Lord.
GOD WILL BUILD HIS HOUSE
I Chronicles 17:1-7 “Now it came to pass, as David sat in his house, that David said to Nathan the prophet (Nathan given, name of an Israelite; nabiy a prophet, inspired man), Lo, I dwell in an house of cedars, but the ark of the covenant (‘aron ‘aron box, chest, ark; beriyth cutting, a compact made by –passing between pieces of flesh, covenant) of the Lord (Yehovah self-Existent, eternal, Jewish national name of God, Jehovah, Lord) remaineth under curtains (tachath below, beneath; yeriyah a hanging, curtain). Then Nathan said unto David, Do all that is in thine heart; (‘asah to do, accomplish, advance, bring forth, execute, follow; lebab the heart, mind and understanding) for God is with thee (Elohiym the supreme God, exceeding God, great, mighty;’im with, accompany, before, beside).
And it came to pass the same night, (hu hiy the same; layi leyl layelah night) that the word of God (dabar a word; Elohiym supreme God, exceeding God, great, mighty) came to Nathan, (hayah come to pass) saying, Go and tell David my servant, (halak depart, go, speedily; ‘amar to say, declare, command; ‘obed a servant, bond servant) Thus saith the Lord, (koh like this, thus; ‘amar to say, challenge, charge, command, declare; Yehovah self-Existent, eternal, Jewish national name of God, Jehovah, Lord) Thou shalt not (lo’ lo’ loh not, never) build me an house ((banah to build, begin to build; bayith a house, temple)) to dwell in: (yashab to dwell, inhabit) for I have not dwelt in an house since the day that I brought up Israel unto this day; but have gone from tent to tent, (‘ohel a tent, covering, dwelling place, home, tabernacle) and from one tabernacle to another (mishkan a residence, hut, tabernacle).
Wheresoever I have walked with all Israel, (halak to walk to and fro; kol kol whole, every one; Yisrael he will rule as God, Jisrael, name of Jacob, Israel) spake I a word to any (dabar to speak, pronounce, speak, utter; dabar a word, as spoken, command) of the judges of Israel, (shaphat to judge, to govern; Yisrael same as above) whom I commanded to feed my people, (tsavah enjoin, charge, command; raah to tend a flock, pasture it, feed, herd man, keep sheep, shepherd, pastor; ‘am people, tribe as those of Israel, flock, nation) saying, (‘amar to say, command, desire, declare, require, utter) Why have ye not (mah mah ma ma meh why; lo lo loh not, never) built me an house of cedars (banah to build; bayith a house, home, temple, place; ‘erez a cedar tree, cedar) ?
Furthermore I tell thee (nagad stand boldly, to announce, explain plainly) that the Lord (Yehovah self-Existent, eternal, Jehovah, Jewish national name of God, Lord) will build thee an house (banah to build; bayith a house, home, temple).”
I Chronicles 17:11-15 “And it shall come to pass, (hayah come to pass, accomplished) when thy days be expired (kiy assuredly, when; yom a day; male’ male’ be accomplished, fulfilled be expired) that thou must go (; halak to depart, go, walk) to be with thy fathers, (im with; ‘ab father, fore-father) that I will raise up thy seed after thee (qum to rise, raise up; zera seed; ‘achar, after, follow after), which shall be of thy sons; (‘asher which, wherein; hayah come to pass; ben a son) and I will establish his kingdom. (kun set up, establish; malkuth malkuth malkuyah rule, dominion, kingdom, realm, reign) He shall build me an house, (hu hiy’ he; banah to build; bayith a house, temple) and I will stablish his throne forever (kun erect to set up, establish, stablish; kisse’ kisseh throne, seat, canopied, covered; ‘ad duration, eternity, everlasting, perpetuity; world without end).
I will be his father, (‘aniy I myself, as for me; hayah to exist, be, come to pass, emphatically always; ‘ab father) and he shall be my son: (hu’huy’ he; hayah be, always emphatic; ben a son) and I will not take (lo’ lo’ loh not, never; sur sur to turn off, call back, decline, depart, remove, withdraw;) my mercy away from him, (chesed loving-kindness, favor, mercy; min minny minney a part of, hence, from) as I took it from him that was before thee: But I will settle him in my house (amad to stand, abide, establish, remain, stand firm; bayith house, family) and in my kingdom forever: (malkuth malkuth malkuyah rule, dominion, kingdom, realm, reign, ad as far or long as; ‘olam ‘olam eternity, always, eternal, perpetual , without end) and his throne (kisse’ kisseh covered, a throne as canopied, seat) shall be established (hayah to exist, some to pass, accomplished ; kun set up, establish, firm, ordain, stablish) for evermore (‘ad as far as time; ‘olam ‘olam eternity, always, continuance, eternal, without end).
According to all these words, (kol’ kol’ the whole, hence all, every; elleh these dabar a word, message;) and according to all this vision, (kol kol the whole, hence all, every; zeh this; chazon vision, revelation) so did Nathan speak unto David (ken properly set upright, hence just, rightly or so; Nathan given, name of Israelite; dabar properly to arrange, of words to speak, declare, promise;‘el ‘el towards, with, to; David daviyd loving, David, youngest son of Jesse).”
I Chronicles 17:22-24 “For thy people Israel (‘eth even, namely; ‘am a people, tribe, nation; Yisrael he will rule as God, Jisrael name of Jacob, Israel) didst thou make thine own people forever;(nathan to give, make, appoint; ‘am a people, tribe, nation; ‘olam ‘olam always, continuance, eternal, forever, perpetual, without end) and thou, Lord, (Yehovah self-Existent, eternal, Jehovah, Jewish national name of God, Lord) becamest their God. (hayah to exist, be or become, come to pass; Elohiym supreme God, exceeding God, great, mighty) Therefore now, Lord, (‘attah at this time, now; Yehovah self-Existent, eternal, Jehovah, Jewish national name of God, Lord) let the thing (dabar a word, a matter as spoken of) that (asher that) thou hast spoken (dabar to arrange, to speak, declare, pronounce, promise) concerning thy servant (‘al concerning, touching; ‘ebed a servant, bond-servant) and concerning (‘al Same as above) his house (bayith a house, family) being established forever, (‘aman to build up, firm, permanent, to be true, establish, steadfast, of long continuance;) and do as thou hast said (‘asah to do or make, bring forth, accomplish; ‘asher that; dabar properly to arrange, to speak, declare, promise).
Let it even be established, (‘aman to build up, permanent, be true, certain, of long continuance) that thy name (shem name, honor, authority, character, renown) may be magnified forever, (gadal to be, make large, advance, exceed, increase; ‘olam ‘olam eternity, always, eternal, continuance, without end) saying, (amar to say) the Lord of hosts (Yehovah self-Existent, eternal, Jehovah, Jewish national name of God, Lord; tsaba’ tsebaah mass of persons, worship, appointed time host) is the God of Israel, (Elohiym supreme God, exceeding God, great, mighty; Yisrael He will rule as God, Jisrael, name of Jacob, Israel) even a God to Israel: (Elohiym supreme God, exceeding God, great, mighty; Yisrael he will rule as God, Jisrael, name of Jacob, Israel) and let the house of David (bayith a house, family; David Daviyd loving, David, youngest son of Jesse) thy servant (‘ebed a servant, bond-servant) be established before thee (kun to stand, to set up, to be erect, established; paniym the face, before, presence).”
I Chronicles 17:25-27 “For thou, (kiy for, for as much) O my God, (Elohiym supreme God, exceeding God, great, mighty) hast told (galah to reveal, disclose) thy servant (‘ebed a servant, bond-servant) that thou wilt build him an house: (banah to build; bayith a house, temple) therefore thy servant (‘ebed Same as above) hath found in his heart (matsa’ find) to pray before thee. (palal intercede, pray, intreat, make supplication; paniym before, face) And now, Lord, (‘attah at this time, now; Yehovah self-Existent, eternal, Jehovah, Jewish national name of God, Lord) thou art God, (Elohiym Same as above) and hast promised (dabar to arrange, to speak, promise) this goodness (zoth this; tob good) unto thy servant: (‘ebed servant, bond-servant ) Now therefore (‘attah at this time, henceforth, now) let it please thee (yaal please) to bless (barak to bless) the house of thy servant, (bayith a house, family; ‘ebed a servant, bond-servant) that it may be before thee forever: (hayah be; paniym the face, forefront; ‘olam ‘olam always, eternity, eternal) for thou blessest, (barak to bless) Lord, (Yehovah self Existent, eternal, Jehovah, Jewish national name of God, Lord) and it shall be blessed forever (barak Same as above; (‘olam ‘olam same as above).”
I Chronicles 29:5b “And who then (miy whoever) is willing (nadab to volunteer; offer freely, offer self, willingly) to consecrate (nadab volunteer as a soldier, to present spontaneously, offer freely, willingly; male mala be full of, confirm, accomplish, consecrate, fulfil, fully, gather selves together, wholly) his service (yad an open hand, labor, ministry, yield yourself) this day (yom a space of time, day, and continually) unto the Lord (Yehovah the self-Existent or eternal, Jehovah, Jewish nation name of God, Lord)?”
I Chronicles 29:17-18 “I know also, (yada to know by seeing, observation, recognition, comprehend, discern, with understanding) my God (Elohiym the supreme God), that thou triest the heart (bachan to test, investigate, examine, prove, try; lebab the heart; leb feelings, will, intellect, understanding), and hast pleasure in uprightness (ratsah to be pleased with, to satisfy, acceptable, approve, delight, pleasure; yosher the right, upright).
As for me in the uprightness of mine heart (meyshar evenness, straightness, agreement, things that are right, uprightly; lebab same as above) I have willingly offered (nadab to volunteer as a soldier, to present spontaneously, offer freely, willingly, offer self) all these things (kol kol the whole, all, every, everything, whatsoever; elleh these things): and now have I seen with joy (attah at this time; raah to see, behold, discern, perceive; si mchag blithesomeness, glee, gladness, joy, mirth, pleasure, rejoice) thy people, (‘am a people, tribe, flock, nation) which are present here (matsa be present; poh po po this place, here), to offer willingly (nadab same as above) unto thee O Lord God (Yehovah self Existent, eternal, Jehovah, Jewish national name of God; Elohiym the supreme God, exceeding, very great, mighty) of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, our fathers, keep this forever (shamar to hedgwe about, guard, protect, attend to, take heed , preserve, regard; olam olam eternity, continuance, forever, perpetual) in the imagination (yester a form, purpose, mind, imagination) of the thoughts of the heart (machashabah machashebeth intention, plan purpose, thought, imagination; lebab the heart, mind, understanding) of thy people (‘am a people, as a congregated unit, tribe, flock, nation, people), and prepare their heart unto thee (kun to set, establish, fix, prepare appoint render sure, prepare, make provision, set aright, stablish; lebab same as above).”
I Chronicles 29:20, 22 “And David said to all the congregation (qahal assemblage, assembly, company, congregation, multitude), Now bless (na I beseech thee now; barak to kneel, to bless God, as an act of adoration, thank, praise) the Lord your God (Yehovah self Existent or eternal, Jehovah, Jewish national name of God; Elohiym supreme God). And all the congregation (kole kole the whole, every, altogether, everyone; qahal assemblage, company congregation, assembly, multitude) blessed the Lord God (barak to kneel, to bless God, as an act of adoration, abundantly, altogether, praise, thank; Yehovah same as above; Elohiym same as above) of their fathers (ab father, fore-fathers), and bowed down their heads (qadad bend the body or neck in deference, bow down the head), and worshipped the Lord (shachah prostrate, homage to God; bow self down, reverence, worship; Yehovah self Existent or eternal, Jehovah, Jewish national name of God, Lord)…And the congregation (qahal assembly, company, congregation, multitude) did eat and drink (akal to eat, consume, devour, dine with food, plenty; shathah to imbibe, banquet, drinking) before the Lord (paniym the face, before, presence; Yehovah same as above) on that day with great gladness (gadol gadol great, aloud, exceeding, loud; si mchah glee, exceeding, gladness, joyfulness, mirth, pleasure, rejoicing).”
EQUIPPING OF THE CHURCH
Matthew 16:15-18 “He saith unto them, But (de but, and, now) whom (tis whom) say ye (lego put forth, say, speak; humeis you, yourselves) that I am (me I; einai to exist, am)? And Simon (Simon, Shimon, an Israelite) Peter (Petros a piece of rock, Petrus) answered (apokrinomai to conclude for oneself, to respond, to begin to speak, answer, bring word) and said, (epo speak, say) Thou (su thou) art (ei art, be), the Christ (Christos anointed one, the Messiah, Jesus Christ) the Son (uihos son) of the living (zao to live, life, quick) God (Theos deity, the supreme Divinity, Hebraism very, exceeding God).
And Jesus (Iesous Jesus, Jehoshua the name of our Lord) answered and said (apokrinomai to conclude for oneself, to respond, to begin to speak, answer; epo to speak or say, bring word) unto him (autos him ), Blessed (makarios supremely blest, well off, blessed, happy) art (eo art. be) thou Simon (Simon that is Shimon, an Israelite) Barjona: (Barionas son of Jonas or Jonah, an Israelite) for (hoti because, for, in that) flesh (sarx flesh, body, human nature, carnal mind) and blood (aima blood, the atoning blood of Christ, blood shed) hath not (ou no, not, neither, never) revealed it (apokalupto to take off the cover, disclose, reveal) unto thee, (soi to thee) but my Father (alla but, contrariwise; mou of me, mine own, my; pater father) which is in heaven (ho he to the, one; en in; ouranos sky, by extension heaven, as abode of God, eternity).
And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, (petros a piece of rock, Petrus, an apostle) and upon this rock (epi upon; taute tauten tautes this; petra a mass of rock, rock) (Note: See I Corinthians 3:11 “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”) I will build (oikodomeo to be a house builder, construct, build) my (mou of me, mine own, my) church (ekklesia a calling out, community of believers, gathering, assembly, church); and the gates (pule gate, leaf or wing of a folding entrance, gate) of hell (hades hell, the place or state of departed souls, unseen, grave; aneu without, privation) shall not prevail against it (ou no, not, never; katischuo to overpower, prevail against; kata down, against, denotes opposition or intensity; ischuo to have or exercise force, be able, avail, prevail, be of strength).”
Acts 2:47 “And the Lord (kurios supremacy, supreme in authority, controller, God, Lord, Master) added (prostithemi to place additionally lay beside, add again, repeat, give more, increase) to the church (ekklesia a calling out, gathering, congregation, community of saints, assembly) daily (hemera day, day by day) such as should be saved (sozo to save, deliver, safe, protect, heal, preserve, make whole).”
Acts 8:1 “And Saul (Saulos that is Shaul, the Jewish name of Paul, Saul) was consenting (suneudokeo to think well of, in common, assent to, feel gratified with, allow, be pleased, have pleasure) unto his (Stephen) death. (anairesis the act of killing, death) And at that time (ekeinos that one, selfsame, same, very; hemera a period, time, day) there was (ginomai to cause to be, to become, come into being, come to pass, continue) great (megas big, exceedingly, great, mighty, large) persecution (diogmos persecution; dioko to flee, to pursue, to persecute, ensue, follow after, press toward, suffer persecution) against (epi upon, on) the church (ekklesia a calling out, a congregation, community of believers, assembly, church) which was at Jerusalem; (Hierosoluma that is Jerushalaim, capital of Palestine, Jerusalem) and they were all (pas all, every, the whole, daily, everyone, whole, as many as ) scattered abroad (diaspeiro to sow throughout, that is to distribute in foreign lands, scatter abroad; throughout (kata down in place, beyond, over against, beyond, uttermost, denotes opposition, intensity; the regions (chora empty expanse, room, a space of territory, coast, land, region) of Judea and Samaria, (Ioudaia the Judaean land, Judea, region of Palestine, Juda; Samareia Samaria, that is Shomeron city and region of Palestine) except (plen save that, except, notwithstanding) the apostles (apostolos ambassador of the Gospel, messenger, he that is sent, a sent out one).”
Acts 13:1-4 “Now (de and, now, moreover) there were in the church (ekklesia a calling out, congregation, community of believers, assembly, church) that was at Antioch (Antoicheia a place in Syria, Antioch) certain (tis some, certain) prophets (prophetes a foreteller, prophet, an inspired speaker; pro fore, that is in front of, forefront, before; phemi to show, make known ones thoughts, affirm, speak, say; phos to shine, make manifest, rays, luminousness, fire, light; phaino to lighten, shine, show, appear) and teachers;(didaskalos instructor, master, teacher; didasko to learn, to teach) as Barnabas, (Barnabas son of Nabas, that is prophecy, Barnabas an Isrealite; nebiy a prophet, prophet; nabiy a prophet, inspired man) and Simeon that was called Niger, (Sumeon that is Symeon, that is Shimon, Simon an Israelite; kaleo to call, aloud, bid, call forth; Niger, black, Niger) and Lucius of Cyrene, (Loukios Lucius, Latin origin; illuminative; Kurenaios inhabitant of Cyrene, Cyrenian, a region of Africa) and Manaen, (Manaen Manaen, of uncertain origin) which had been brought up with (suntrophos fellow nursling, that is comrade, brought up with; sun union or together, companionship; trepho bring up, pamper, rear) Herod the tetrarch, (Herodes a hero, heroic, Herod; eidos a view, that is form, appearance, fashion, shap, sight; eido to see, to know) and Saul (Saulos the Jewish name of Paul Saul).
As they ministered (autos they, together; leitourgeo a servant, minister) to the Lord, (kurios supreme in authority, controller, God, Lord, Master) and fasted, (nesteuo to abstain from food, fast; nestis not eating, abstinent) the Holy Spirit said, (hagios sacred, pure, blameless, consecrated, most holy; pneuma breath, spirit, Holy Spirit, life; epo to speak, say, by word, answer, bring word, command ) Separate me (aphorizo to set off by boundary, limit, separate; apo off, that is away from something near, denotes, separation, departure; aphorizo to set off by boundary, separate; horizo to mark out or bound, horizon, specify, determine) Barnabas (Barnabas Same as above) and Saul (Saulos same as above) for the work (ergon to work, toil, as an effort or occupation, an act, deed, doing, labor, work) whereunto (hos he ho which, what, that; hou at which place, that is where) I have called them (proskaleomai to call toward oneself, summon, invite, call unto; pros forward to, toward, by the side of, near to, destination of the relation, nearness).
And when (tote the when, that is, at the time that,) they had fasted (nesteuo to obstain from food) and prayed, (proseuchomai to pray to God, supplicate, worship, pray earnestly for) and laid their hands on them, (epitithemi lay upon, put on; cheir the hand, by Hebraism a means or instrument of power) they sent them away. (apoluo to free fully, relieve, release, dismiss, depart, let go, set at liberty) So they, being sent forth, (apoluo same as above) by the Holy Spirit (hagios pneuma same as above) departed (katerchomai to go, depart)…”
Acts 14:27 “And when they were come, (paraginomai to become near, approach, have arrived, appear publicly, be present) and had gathered the church together, (sunago to lead together, convene, assemble selves together, come together; sun denoting union, with or together, companionship, completeness) they rehearsed all (anaggello to announce in detail, declare, rehearse, report, show, speak, tell; hosos much, all, whatsoever, where so ever;) that God had done with them, (theos supreme Divinity, Hebraism very exceeding God; poieo to make or do, perform, provide, purpose, work; meta denoting accompaniment, amid, participation; autos , them, together) and how he had opened the door (hoti how that; anoigo to open to open up; thura portal door, entrance, gate) of faith (pistis persuasion, credence, conviction or truth, truthfulness of God, reliance upon Christ, constancy, assurance, faith) unto the Gentiles (ethnos a race, tribe, a foreign one, non-Jewish, pagan, Gentile, heathen, nation).”
Ephesians 4:11-12 (Larger Text 4:11-16) “And he gave some, (didomi to give, bestow, bring forth, grant, have power) apostles;(apostolos a sent-forth one, he that is sent; an ambassador of the Gospel, commissioner of Christ, with miraculous powers, messenger; apostello set apart, to send out, on a mission, send forth, set at liberty; apo off, away, departure, separation; stello to set fast, to abstain from associating with, withdraw self) and some, prophets; (prophetes a foreteller, inspired, prophet; phemi to make known one’s thoughts, speak, affirm; phos to shine or make manifest, by rays, luminousness, fire, light) and some, evangelists; (euaggelistes a proclaimer of the gospel, evangelist; euaggelizo to announce good news, evangelize the gospel, declare, glad tidings, good tidings, preach the gospel; aggelos to bring tidings, a messenger; ago to lead, to bring, to go, to bring forth, be open) and some, pastors and teachers;(poimen a shepherd, pastor; kai and, also, even, so, then, too, also, both, even, likewise; didaskalos an instructor, master, teacher; didasko to learn, to teach) for the perfecting of the saints, (pros preposition of direction, forward to, toward, pertaining to, by the side of, near to; katartismos complete furnishing, perfecting; katartizo to complete thoroughly, repair, adjust, fit, frame, mend, join together, prepare, restore; kata denotes distribution, intensity; artios fresh, complete, perfect; hagios sacred, pure, consecrated, sanctified, holy, saint; hagnos clean, innocent, modest, chaste, pure) for the work of the ministry, (eis to, into, purpose; ergon to work, toil, act, deed, doing, labor; diakonia as a servant, aid, teacher, minister, relief, service; diakonos to run errands, an attendant, a waiter at table or in other menial duties, minister, servant) for the edifying of (oikodome architecture, building, edifying; oikos a dwelling, a family, home, household; doma to build) the body of Christ: (soma the body, as a sound whole, bodily; sozo safe, to save, deliver, protect, heal, preserve, save self, do well, make whole, be whole; Christos anointed, Messiah, Jesus Christ; chrio contact, rub with oil, to consecrate, anoint; chraomai to handle, to furnish what is needed, to act towards, entreat; cheir grasping, the hand, by Hebraism a means or instrument).”
I Corinthians 14:12 “Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous (este ye are; zelotes a zealot, zealous; zeloo to have warmth of feeling for, desire earnestly, have desire; zelos properly heat, that is zeal, fervent in mind; zeo to be hot, boil, glow, earnest, be fervent) of spiritual gifts, (pneuma breath, spirit, Christ’s Spirit, Holy Spirit, life, spiritual, spiritually minded; psucho to breathe, gently; psuche breath, by implication spirit, life, heartily; zoe life; zao to live, alive, lively, quick) seek that ye may excel (zeteo to seek, desire, endeavor, enquire for, seek after, for; punthanomai to question, ascertain by inquiry, as a matter of information; perisseuo super abound, to cause to excel, more abundance, enough and to spare, exceed, increase, over and above; perissos beyond, super abundant, superior, beyond measure; peri through, all over, around, completeness) to the edifying of the church (oikodome architecture, a structure, confirmation, building, edify; oikos a dwelling, a family, home, household; doma to build; ekklesia a calling out, congregation, gathering, community of believers, assembly, church).”
Ephesians 1:22 “And (the Father) hath put all things, (hupotasso to subordinate, to obey, be under obedience, put under, subdue unto, be subject, in subjection to, submit self unto; hupo under, beneath, underneath, under; tasso to arrange in an orderly manner, assign or dispose to a certain position or lot, determine, ordain, set) under his (Son) feet, (hupo Same as above; pous a foot, foot-stood) and gave him (didomi to give, bestow, commit, grant) to be the head over all things (kephale seizing, the head, readily taken hold of, head; (huper over, above, regarding, superior to; pas all, any, every, the whole, always) to the church, (ekklesia same as above) which is his body, (soma body, as a sound whole; sozo to save, deliver or protect, heal, preserve, make whole) the fullness of him (pleroma completion, what is filled, fulfilling, fullness) that filleth all in all (pleroo to make replete, to cram, level up, to furnish, satisfy, finish task, accomplish, complete, fill up, be full, make full, perfect, supply).”
Colossians 1:18 “And he (Christ) is the head of the body, (kephale the head, seizing, readily taken hold of; soma the body, as a sound whole;) the church : (ekklesia Same as above) the firstborn from the dead; (prototokos first born, first begotten; nekros dead) that in all things (pas all, any, every, the whole, all manner, always) he might have the preeminence (proteuo to be first in rank or influence, have the preeminence; protos foremost, in time, place, order, or importance, before, beginning, best, chief, first of all; pro fore, that is in front of, prior, superior, above, before, ever).”
Philemon 1:2 “To the church (ekklesia same as above) in thy (Philemon) house (oikos a dwelling, a family, home, household).”
WORK OF THE KINGDOM
Acts 1:3 “To whom (apostles) he showed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to (lego lay forth, relate in words, systematic or set discourse; peri through, all over, around, with respect to, concerning, pertaining, completeness) the kingdom of God (basileia rule, a realm, kingdom, reign; basileus a foundation of power, a sovereign, king; theos a deity, the supreme Divinity, Hebraism very, exceeding God):”
Mathew 3:1-2 “In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven (basileia same as above; ouranos sky, heaven, abode of God, eternity) is at hand.”
Matthew 4:17 “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven (basileia same as above; ouranos same as above) is at hand.”
Matthew 4:23 “And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, (euaggelion good message, the gospel, good news; basileia same as above) and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.”
Matthew 6:13 “…For thine is the Kingdom, (basileia same as above) and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.”
Matthew 6:33 “Seek ye first (zeteo to seek, be about, go about, desire, endeavor, enquire for, seek after, seek for, seek means; proton firstly in time, place, order, importance, before, at the beginning, chiefly, first of all) the kingdom of God (basileia same as above; theos Same as above) and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Matthew 9:35 “And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, (euaggelion same as above; basileia same as above) and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.”
Matthew 16:19 “And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: (basileia same as above; ouronos same as above) and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
Acts 19:8 “And Jesus went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God (basileia same as above; theos same as above).”
Acts 20:25 “And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, (basileia same as above; Theos same as above) shall see my face no more.”
Acts 28:30-31 “And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and receive all that came in unto him, preaching the kingdom of God, (basileia Same as above; theos Same as above)and teaching those things which concerning the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.”
Personal Testimony: “Dream of devastation and restoration”
*Also see the II Samuel 7:4-29 Account
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