Today, a BATTLEAXE is presented continuing with Scripture points on martyrdom, suffering and tragic incidents that occur among Christian believers.  As surely as Pharaoh resisted the messages, opportunities and warnings shared by Moses, there are many who sit through a bible study or sermon whose hearts are hardened, rather than delivered out of darkness.   Unknown to those outside of the sacred household established in Jesus Christ, the salvation of GOD goes beyond “saving” a person’s mortal being and “physical” life.  To be saved is to be set apart (we say, sanctified) for divine use.  All created beings and living creatures may be preserved, recovered and rescued from corruption, the operations of sin, and perdition.  Those now embraced by GOD through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, will not be disheartened, frightened, threatened, shocked, or overwhelmed by having to meet the many challenges of life and death upon the earth.  One of the writers at “Yahoo! Answers” with questionable intentions who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no other data shared) posted the following:

 

Why didn’t God save the charleston shooting victims?

Hmmm?

Christians open your minds.

 

THE BATTLEAXE:  Shot While in Church? (06/18/2015)—(6.)  2nd Corinthians 4:  1-8, King James Version (KJV):  1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;  2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.  3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:   4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.  5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.  6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

(7.)  Psalms 27:  1-3, KJV:  27 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?  2 When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.  3 Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear:  though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

(8.)  Luke 12:  4-5, KJV:  4 And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.  5 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear:  Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.

(9.)  2nd Kings 6:  15-17, KJV:  15 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do?  16 And he answered, Fear not:  for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.  17 And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw:  and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually taken into account.  (For example, (10.)  Revelation 20:  4-6, KJV:  4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them:  and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.  5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.  6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection:  on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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