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1 Chronicles 21
New King James Version (NKJV)
The Census of Israel and Judah
Now Satan stood up against Israel, and moved David to number Israel. 2 So David said to Joab and to the leaders of the people, “Go, number Israel from Beersheba to Dan, and bring the number of them to me that I may know it.”
3 And Joab answered, “May the Lord make His people a hundred times more than they are. But, my lord the king, are they not all my lord’s servants? Why then does my lord require this thing? Why should he be a cause of guilt in Israel?”
4 Nevertheless the king’s word prevailed against Joab. Therefore Joab departed and went throughout all Israel and came to Jerusalem. 5 Then Joab gave the sum of the number of the people to David. All Israel had one million one hundred thousand men who drew the sword, and Judah had four hundred and seventy thousand men who drew the sword. 6 But he did not count Levi and Benjamin among them, for the king’s word was abominable to Joab.
7 And God was displeased with this thing; therefore He struck Israel. 8 So David said to God, “I have sinned greatly, because I have done this thing; but now, I pray, take away the iniquity of Your servant, for I have done very foolishly.”
9 Then the Lord spoke to Gad, David’s seer, saying, 10 “Go and tell David, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord: “I offer you three things; choose one of them for yourself, that I may do it to you.”’”
11 So Gad came to David and said to him, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Choose for yourself, 12 either three[a] years of famine, or three months to be defeated by your foes with the sword of your enemies overtaking you, or else for three days the sword of the Lord—the plague in the land, with the angel[b] of the Lord destroying throughout all the territory of Israel.’ Now consider what answer I should take back to Him who sent me.”
13 And David said to Gad, “I am in great distress. Please let me fall into the hand of the Lord, for His mercies are very great; but do not let me fall into the hand of man.”
14 So the Lord sent a plague upon Israel, and seventy thousand men of Israel fell. 15 And God sent an angel to Jerusalem to destroy it. As he[c] was destroying, the Lord looked and relented of the disaster, and said to the angel who was destroying, “It is enough; now restrain your[d] hand.” And the angel of the Lord stood by the threshing floor of Ornan[e] the Jebusite.
16 Then David lifted his eyes and saw the angel of the Lord standing between earth and heaven, having in his hand a drawn sword stretched out over Jerusalem. So David and the elders, clothed in sackcloth, fell on their faces. 17 And David said to God, “Was it not I who commanded the people to be numbered? I am the one who has sinned and done evil indeed; but these sheep, what have they done? Let Your hand, I pray, O Lord my God, be against me and my father’s house, but not against Your people that they should be plagued.”
18 Therefore, the angel of the Lord commanded Gad to say to David that David should go and erect an altar to the Lord on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. 19 So David went up at the word of Gad, which he had spoken in the name of the Lord. 20 Now Ornan turned and saw the angel; and his four sons who were with him hid themselves, but Ornan continued threshing wheat. 21 So David came to Ornan, and Ornan looked and saw David. And he went out from the threshing floor, and bowed before David with his face to the ground. 22 Then David said to Ornan, “Grant me the place of this threshing floor, that I may build an altar on it to the Lord. You shall grant it to me at the full price, that the plague may be withdrawn from the people.”
23 But Ornan said to David, “Take it to yourself, and let my lord the king do what is good in his eyes. Look, I also give you the oxen for burnt offerings, the threshing implements for wood, and the wheat for the grain offering; I give it all.”
24 Then King David said to Ornan, “No, but I will surely buy it for the full price, for I will not take what is yours for the Lord, nor offer burnt offerings with that which costs me nothing.” 25 So David gave Ornan six hundred shekels of gold by weight for the place. 26 And David built there an altar to the Lord, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings, and called on the Lord; and He answered him from heaven by fire on the altar of burnt offering.
27 So the Lord commanded the angel, and he returned his sword to its sheath.
28 At that time, when David saw that the Lord had answered him on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite, he sacrificed there. 29 For the tabernacle of the Lord and the altar of the burnt offering, which Moses had made in the wilderness, were at that time at the high place in Gibeon. 30 But David could not go before it to inquire of God, for he was afraid of the sword of the angel of the Lord.
Dear brothers and sisters…is this not what we’re up against right now? In other words, was the election NOT based on numbers? Are you sitting around angry because Obama won the election?
Let me ask you this…who do you serve? The God of all….the Great I Am? Or do you serve the world? Because as Christians, we have no need to worry about who the leader of any part of this world is or isn’t! We serve the God over everything! That’s right…GOD! Why does it matter who governs America? Is America not part of the world? Aren’t we part of the Kingdom of Heaven? Our leader is God…Jehovah Jireh…the Great I AM! The Holy One of Israel! If you are saved, you are not an American! You are an Israelite because you were adopted into the Kingdom of God…you have become God’s chosen people! Stop worrying about who leads America! This is a mere man…flesh and blood! Have faith! God is God over everything, and we serve Him!
It is written, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” I say, no one, because I trust the Word of God! We are living in the days spoken of by John the Revelator and Daniel the prophet! Let us keep our eyes on Jesus and stop trusting in a mere man to lead us out of bondage! Trust in God!
We need to stop grumbling and complaining, and stop being angry! Have a little faith in the Lord you made a covenant with when you accepted Jesus Christ as Savior!
The LORD has made everything for his own purposes, even the wicked for a day of disaster.
By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.
Who has spoken and it came to pass, unless the Lord has commanded it?
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.
Genesis 12:3 We Are Israel! Joined By The Blood Of Jesus!
And I will bless them that bless you, and curse him that curses you: and in you shall all families of the earth be blessed.
I was talking with God just a little while ago about some things when He revealed something to me. Now you, the reader, are probably aware of this already, but I had never thought of it, honestly. I mean, I know we are adopted, but I just never really thought of it quite like this before…not in these words.
I was feeling sad and disturbed about some things, and praying about them, when the Holy Spirit spoke strong to me, “You are Israel!”
I said, “Who? Me?” I thought I was just having a crazy thought. It sounded weird to me!
Quickly, He replied, “Not just you personally, all of My people who follow, love, and truly obey Me are Israel! When you read and ponder this verse, I am speaking to all of My children across the world! This verse was meant for Israel, as a nation, but then later, when the Gentile nation was adopted into My kingdom through Jesus Christ, you became one with Israel! The same in My eyes as Israel, are you to Me!
“So, dear one, My Word did not change, nor did its meaning change. The only thing that changed was that those who were NOT Israel before the death and resurrection of Jesus, but who called upon Him as Lord and Savior, became one with Israel. All of those who are truly My people will have a love and passion for Israel, because those who are Mine are all part of this nation..blood relatives through Jesus’ blood. Do you see?”
I was pondering His words, deeply.
“Lyn, at the very moment you said “I do..” to Jesus Christ, a great transition happened! You became Israel! If My people, who are called by My name…, I will bless those who bless you, and curse those who curse you…all of it! All of this people became one big family, united through the atonement of Jesus’ blood! So these verses I just mentioned directly speak to you as well!”
“Lord, I am trying to absorb all of this. It’s really heavy!” I stated.
“Lyn, if your parents found you being attacked by a ravenous wolf, what would they do?” He asked, very matter-of-factly.
I answered, “Well, they would pick me up and save me from the wolf, and if the wolf kept attacking, they would destroy the wolf.”
There was momentary silence before He spoke.
“Now, Lyn, do I not love My people more than a child’s own parents could ever possibly begin to fathom?”
I answered immediately, “Yes! You do!”
“So, with that being said, if you are My child, what will I do for you when the ravenous wolves attack?”
My eyes filled with tears, “You would pick me up and shelter me beneath Your mighty wings of protection! (Psalm 91) and under your wings I would take refuge! You would be my strength, and you would crush the enemy!”
I could feel His smile in my spirit. “Exactly. It only seems the ravenous wolves are winning the attack; but, my dear, the day will come when I snatch you away from them, just like that! And when you are finally removed, I will lay down my foot upon their heads, and crush them, until they are no more!
“Tell them..tell all of them…YOU ARE MY ISRAEL! I WILL BLESS THOSE WHO BLESS YOU, SAYS THE LORD, AND I WILL CURSE THOSE WHO CURSE YOU! Israel as a nation was first..this is what it means by ‘chosen people‘. Does My Word not say that I do not have favorites? They were the people I chose to birth all of my people from! So, as adopted children into the nation of Israel, ALL OF THE FAMILIES OF THE EARTH SHALL BE BLESSED…NOT JUST THE NATION…THE MERE PLACE ON THE MAP…BUT THE NATION OF MY PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE EARTH! GO NOW! TELL THEM, “YOU ARE ISRAEL!”
This is what He said to me, and I was weak as I stood up from where I lay praying. Sadness was upon me, and I was in distress. The Holy Spirit weighed heavy upon me. And so I have delivered this Word from the Lord to you, God’s people..those who are faithful, and those who will repent and become faithful…I have been told to share this message. You are Israel, and God will provide! He will curse all of those who curse you, my beloved sisters and brothers..and He swill bless all of those who bless you! BE BLESSED! We, together, across the world, who love and honor and trust in God….WE ARE A GREAT NATION OF PEOPLE! AMEN!
Isaiah 43:1, But now the Lord who created you, O Israel, says, Don’t be afraid, for I have ransomed you; I have called you by name; you are mine.
Genesis 12:1-3, Now the Lord said[a] to Abram, “Go from your country[b] and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”