Fear God, Not Man

FEAR: Fear God, Not Man

“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. 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.”
–Luke 12:4-5

Man’s PREFERRED relationship with God–according to God’s Word–might be boiled down to two words.

Fear God”

A handy guide for living man’s life upon this earth might be summed up in four words:

“Fear God, not man.”

One might think that such a simple formula would be passed along in those buildings known as the churches, but it is quite the opposite.

The modern teachings of those churches is that “fear” does NOT mean “fear”: according to the churches, “fear” means “awe” or “struck by the grandeur of God.”

HOWEVER, anyone who studies the Word of God knows that “fear of God” does indeed mean “FEAR of God.”

The best proof of this comes from the words of Jesus Christ Himself in Luke 12:4-5.

“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. 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.”
–Luke 12:4-5

Jesus used the word “afraid” when speaking of God. This is a word used when “fear” means “fear.”

MORE: Fear of the LORD: Fear is Fear

The fear of man is a snare: fear of man interferes with a fear of God.

When a man fears God, there is little else which will frighten him.

“The remarkable thing about God is that when you fear God, you fear nothing else, whereas if you do not fear God, you fear everything else.”
Oswald Chambers

“The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.”
–Proverbs 29:25

“The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.”
–Psalm 34:7

“Then the king of Syria warred against Israel, and took counsel with his servants, saying, In such and such a place shall be my camp. And the man of God sent unto the king of Israel, saying, Beware that thou pass not such a place; for thither the Syrians are come down. Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was sore troubled for this thing; and he called his servants, and said unto them, Will ye not shew me which of us is for the king of Israel? And one of his servants said, None, my lord, O king: but Elisha, the prophet that is in Israel, telleth the king of Israel the words that thou speakest in thy bedchamber.

“And he said, Go and spy where he is, that I may send and fetch him. And it was told him, saying, Behold, he is in Dothan. Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host: and they came by night, and compassed the city about. 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? And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.

“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.”
–2KINGS 6:7-9,11-18

This may all sound a bit odd to modern ears which have been indoctrinated with “God is love“–and little else.

OF COURSE, God IS love–but a loving God is only one aspect of God’s complex nature. “Holy” and “righteous” are ALSO aspects of that same God. As such, a holy and righteous God will perfectly judge those who believe that God is ONLY love.

In the meantime, some good end times advice would be: “Fear God, not man.

The fear of man is a snare which is used to pry men away from a fear of the LORD.

“Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings. For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool: but my righteousness shall be for ever, and my salvation from generation to generation.”
–Isaiah 51:7-8

DOES the reader fear man or one of the many means man uses to control the world?

It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

Make Your Calling and Election Sure: End Times Survival

DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation

THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

MORE: Eternal Salvation Through Jesus Christ: Salvation Messages from End Times Prophecy Report

[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: January 25-27, 2019.]

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