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I don’t know how it is in your family but in mine it was a choice I had to make [personally]… either to stick with them or to go my own way. This is the same with God but not being in His family [already] you will have to make a choice [a willing and conscious decision] to join His family- or not. Just know this, it comes down to God’s way or your way and there are no other choices [no matter what the world would like to believe]. There has only been one nation [one people] God has chosen as His own… the nation of Israel and the Jewish race.

Isaiah 43:10 KJV Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.

For the Jewish people, after having been delivered (Saved) by the hand of God from Egypt, there was nothing worse they could do than fall back into idolatry… right before Moses returned with the “ten Commandments” for them- at the hands of Aaron. Aaron even said (in Exodus 32:24) it just happened, almost like he denied doing it himself. See below…

Exodus 32:24 KJV And I said unto them, Whosoever hath any gold, let them break it off. So they gave it me: then I cast it into the fire, and there came out this calf.

Exodus 32:33 KJV And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.

Jeremiah 8:3 KJV And death shall be chosen rather than life by all the residue of them that remain of this evil family, which remain in all the places whither I have driven them, saith the LORD of hosts.

For those not in God’s family [originally… that means you and I], we must realize God’s will and direction for us means we will need true alignment for us to be included- as well as knowing He will be equally hard on us. It truly comes down to how we act in accordance with what God asks of us and the actions we take. Please know if we obey His will… He will be pleased and all will be well with us but if we disobey Him we have made this choice ourselves- punishment will come. For those of us found in this state is to know [and find out] the many uses and meanings held for “Perish or Destroy.”

{Perish, Lost, Destroyed, Lose(s), Was Lost, Marred, I Perish, He Was Lost, Which Perishes}

From the Greek version of the Hebrew Bible, called ‘the Septuagint’ [including the Apocrypha… made for Greek-speaking Jews in Egypt] during the 2nd and 3rd centuries BC, comes this understanding for us to learn from- and found here. To be in denial to God’s existence, to make the conscious choice not to believe He is present in all things or suitable for us to be our God, is to [actually] cut ourselves off from God’s love He has for us. Getting back to Exodus, this is where the first curses of God were displayed [used against Pharaoh for the hardening of his heart] and sent due to refusal to listen to what God said- even through the messenger named Moses. These curses [here] came as plague(s) and a list of what it can be understood as is found here.

Exodus 9:14 KJV For I will at this time send all my plagues upon thine heart, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people; that thou mayest know that there is none like me in all the earth.

These plagues were: water turned to blood [no potable water], an invasion of frogs, dust turned to lice upon man and beast, swarms of flies, a very grievous murrain [disease affecting and killing of cattle (here only Egyptian cattle was killed, not one of those belonging to the Israelites)], boils and blains [inflamed swelling and sores on the skin] and hail, thunders and fire mingled with hail, locusts covered the land, a thick darkness for three days, all the firstborn in the land of Egypt to die.

The last of the plagues is the very reason “Passover” is the momentous celebration it is [rightly so] and cause to remember what the LORD has done… deliverance (Savior).

Parallels exist throughout the Bible: lamb to Savior, OT to NT, and many other interesting topics [pre-dating the Roman Age of their victories and speculations, and will last longer than the Greeks ever imagined].

The curses of God in Egypt [then] will be in our times as a precursor to [or during] ‘the great Tribulation’ of the end times but [and I emphasize] much worse. The totality of God’s wrath is being reserved for the children of disobedience, for those that would: mock, decry, insult, humiliate, persecute, harass and kill God’s own [those who are Jewish believers [worshippers of God Himself or those whom believe in Jesus Christ] chosen people.

Due to a friend’s questions (seen in the comment section below) I feel obligated to point out the distinct difference  between the chosen people of God [OT… Israel and the Jewish people] and the chosen people of God [NT… the body of Christ/believers/the church]. As for the NT times we are in today, the concept of us being chosen can cause some confusion. Did we not choose to believe in Him? Even though the answer [should] could be YES… we should know He first loved us, found in scripture(s) below…

1 John 4:19 KJV We love him, because he first loved us.

Revelation 1:5 KJV And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

John 17:11 KJV And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.

John 17:24 KJV Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

This in no way negates our choice because God knows the beginning of time through the end of human history but validates our choice, and is great cause for us to choose to believe in Him. Is not God: omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient… with a foreknowledge of everything that: was, is and is to come? To know His love is so great for all mankind He would come to Earth as a man [disguised] and die for us, then to rise up [revealed] again[our eternal hope is based on His resurrection- our God lives]. A living God which conquers death is our LORD and Savior [deliverer] Jesus Christ. I also hope I’ve answered the free will [choice] question vs. foreknowledge. (D.V.)

Your Brother in Christ Jesus,

Russ

P.S. In England, on the 19th of October, 2013, there will be a symposium held by Joseph Atwill, an American bible scholar [self professed]. I think he failed in his bible study completely but do not doubt that he believes what he is going to present is his truth [also one he would like us to believe]. Find this link to what you have coming England here. Here you shall find but some of the names of God, for Adonai [Lord- our Sovereign God, Owner of all], and as yet to be Jehovah Shammah for most Jewish people.

LINKS used:

1) http://www.logosapostolic.org/greek_word_studies/622_destroy_apollumi.htm

2) http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionaries/bakers-evangelical-dictionary/curse-accursed.html

3) http://uk.prweb.com/releases/2013/10/prweb11201273.htm

4) http://www.brandonweb.com/sermons/sermonpages/judges17.htm

5) http://www.longmontcoc.org/biblematerials/Names/Lesson%2022%20-%20Jehovah%20Shammah.pdf

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