Psa 23:1 יהוה is my shepherd; I do not lack.
Psa 23:2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside still waters.
Psa 23:3 He turns back my being; He leads me in paths of righteousness For His Name’s sake.
Psa 23:4 When I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil. For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
Psa 23:5 You spread before me a table in the face of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup runs over.
Psa 23:6 Only goodness and loving-commitment follow me All the days of my life; And I shall dwell in the House of יהוה, To the length of days!
there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; 26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. 27 And then shall they see יהוה coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh
The Bible consistently tells us that homosexual activity is a sin (Genesis 19:1-13; Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9). Romans 1:26-27 teaches specifically that homosexuality is a result of denying and disobeying יהות. When people continue in sin and unbelief, יהוה “gives them over” to even more wicked and depraved sin in order to show them the futility and hopelessness of life apart from יהוה 1 Corinthians 6:9 proclaims that homosexual “offenders” will not inherit the kingdom of יהוה
יהוהdoes not create a person with homosexual desires. The Bible tells us that people become homosexuals because of sin (Romans 1:24-27) and ultimately because of their own choice. A person may be born with a greater susceptibility to homosexuality, just as some people are born with a tendency to violence and other sins. That does not excuse the person’s choosing to sin by giving in to sinful desires. If a person is born with a greater susceptibility to anger/rage, does that make it right for him to give into those desires? Of course not! The same is true with homosexuality.
However, the Scriptures do not describe homosexuality as a “greater” sin than any other. All sin is offensive to יהוה. Homosexuality is just one of the many things listed in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 that will keep a person from the kingdom of יהוה. According to the Scripture, יהוה forgiveness is just as available to a homosexual as it is to an adulterer, idol worshiper, murderer, thief, etc. יהוהalso promises the strength for victory over sin, including homosexuality, to all those who will believe in יהוה for their salvation (1 Corinthians 6:11; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Philippians 4:13).
Michael the archangel is described in the Scripture, in the Scroll of Daniel, Jude, and Revelation, as a warrior angel who engages in spiritual combat. The word archangel means “angel of the highest rank.” Most angels in the Scriptures are portrayed as messengers, but Michael is described in all three Scrolls as contending, fighting, or standing against evil spirits and principalities (Daniel 10:13; 21; Jude 1:9; Revelation 12:7). We do not have a full picture of any angel, and only two are named in the Bible (Gabriel is the other). Scripture only gives us hints of their movements during human events, but it is safe to say that Michael the archangel is a powerful being.
Despite his great power, Michael is still in total submission to the יהוה His dependence on the יהוה power is seen in Jude 1:9. The righteous angels have a rank and are submissive to authority, and for this reason they are used as a picture of a wife’s submission to her husband (1 Corinthians 11:10). Taking into consideration the strength of Michael the archangel, his submission to יהוה is all the more beautiful. If the submission of angels is an argument for woman’s submission, we can see that submission is never meant to take away a woman’s strength or purpose or value.
The prophet Daniel is told that Michael the archangel is “the great prince who protects your people” (Daniel 12:1). Daniel’s people are the Jews, and the fact that Michael “protects” them suggests that יהוה has set various holy angels over various countries or people groups. The demons seem to have a similar hierarchy (see Daniel 10:20). The fact that Michael is a “great prince” indicates that he has authority in the spiritual realm. There are others—Daniel 10:13 says that Michael is “one of the chief princes.”
Michael the archangel has, it seems, a prominent role in the events of the end times. Daniel was told by the angel of the יהוה that, during the time of the end, Michael will “arise” and there would be a time of unsurpassed trouble—a reference to the Great Tribulation (Daniel 12:1). Israel is guaranteed protection during this time, which will be followed by a great resurrection of the dead—some to everlasting life and others to everlasting shame (Daniel 12:2). The Calling up will be accompanied by “the voice of the archangel” (1 Thessalonians 4:16); this could be a reference to Michael, but Scripture does not specifically name him here.
The last mention of Michael the archangel appears in Revelation 12:7. During the tribulation, “war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back.” Michael and the forces of heaven defeat the dragon (Satan), and the Devil is hurled to the earth. There, enraged, Satan “went off to wage war against . . . those who keep יהוה commands and right rulings (Revelation 12:17).
There is a spiritual war being fought over the hearts and souls of mankind. Michael the archangel is a strong angelic prince who protects Israel and submissively serves יהוה by doing battle against Satan. The Devil can do his worst, but “he [is] not strong enough” to conquer heaven’s forces (Revelation 12:8).
Evil in the Land
Jer 7:1 The word that came to Yirmeyahu from יהוה, saying,
Jer 7:2 “Stand in the gate of the House of יהוה, and you shall proclaim there this word, and shall say, ‘Hear the word of יהוה, all you of Yehuḏah who enter in at these gates to bow before יהוה!’ ”
Jer 7:3 Thus said יהוה of hosts, the Elohim of Yisra’ěl, “Make your ways and your deeds good, then I let you dwell in this place.
Jer 7:4 “Do not trust in these false words, saying, ‘This is the Hěḵal of יהוה, the Hěḵal of יהוה, the Hěḵal of יהוה!’
Jer 7:5 “For if you truly make your ways and your deeds good, if you truly do right-ruling between a man and his neighbour,
Jer 7:6 if you do not oppress the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place, or walk after other mighty ones to your own evil,
Jer 7:7 then I shall let you dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers forever and ever.
Jer 33:2 “Thus said יהוה who made it, יהוה who formed it to establish it, יהוה is His Name,
Jer 33:3 Call unto Me, and I shall answer you, and show you great and inaccessible matters, which you have not known.’
Pro 30:2 For I am more stupid than anyone, And do not have the understanding of a man.
Pro 30:3 And I have not learned wisdom That I should know the knowledge of the Set-apart One.
Pro 30:4 Who has gone up to the heavens and come down? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who established all the ends of the earth? What is His Name, And what is His Son’s Name, If you know it?
Pro 30:5 Every Word of Eloah is tried;a He is a shield to those taking refuge in Him.