Rest and Relaxation: In the Bible

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God’s Word has a LOT to say about REST–as well as the work which creates opportunities for a rest well-earned.

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Relaxation accompanies a well-earned rest–as does that OTHER important word often employed when God’s Word refers to taking a break from one’s work: REFRESH.

When referring to REST, God’s Word VERY FREQUENTLY uses the word REFRESH in the definition.

As in Matthew 11:28-29

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
–Matthew 11:28-30

In the original Greek, the word used for ‘rest’ in Matthew 11:28-29 is anapauó.

373. anapauó
anapauó: to give rest, give intermission from labor, by impl. refresh
Original Word: ἀναπαύω
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: anapauó
Phonetic Spelling: (an-ap-ow’-o)
Definition: to give rest, give intermission from labor, by implication refresh
Usage: I make to rest, give rest to; mid. and pass: I rest, take my ease.

Rest, refreshing and relaxation appear to be a few of the REWARDS of well-considered work.

HOWEVER, when the subject is ‘REST and RELAXATION,’ one can have too much of a good thing.

The Bible ALSO has some choice words to say about SLOTH (which is sinful in the eyes of God).  Many of those words are from the Book of Proverbs.

“The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.”
–Proverbs 13:4

He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.”
–Proverbs 10:4

“For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.”
–2THESSALONIANS 3:10

“Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise”
–Proverbs 6:6

“By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.”
–Proverbs 10:18

This examination of REST was brought about by a recent question which was asked.

“Why did God rest after creating the earth and all?  He wasn’t tired; why did he rest?”

No, God certainly did not NEED to rest.

However, since God’s Word is mostly silent on the matter, we are left with speculation as to God’s reasoning behind his rest.

Maybe God took a break to CONSIDER all that He had created?

Perhaps God was taking a rest as an example to man?

Maybe God rested to give Him time to be with His new creation?

ALL is speculation.

What is NOT speculation:

When one takes a break from one’s work, a FEW may consider that the break (or REST) is part of the REWARD FROM GOD for work well-done. REST is one of the fruits of work well-done.

“There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God. “
–Ecclesiastes 2:24

“Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labour that he taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him: for it is his portion.”
–Ecclesiastes 5:18

“And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.”
–Ecclesiastes 3:13

Rest–and all that comes from that rest–are GOOD, IF the rest is a reward for labor well-done.

Too much rest–or rest and relaxation–WITHOUT work are NOT good.

In fact, rest without work is like eating without hunger: not only is it bad for the person involved, it is SIN.

HAS the reader ever experienced rest and relaxation WITHOUT first having done something worthy of the rest and relaxation?

It is not YET too late: there is still a little 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?

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DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

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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

A Reminder: The Gospel is Simple

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 3, 2022.]

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Stories Only a (Political) Junkie Could Believe

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political junkie

One who is obsessed with all things political, watches C-SPAN, and votes in every election. Rachel Maddow is often credited with coining this term.

Does the reader KNOW anyone–or KNOW OF anyone–who is obsessed with those scheme of man known as ‘politics’?

IF the answer is “yes,” then the reader (most likely) knows a POLITICAL JUNKIE.

Practically ALL political junkies are certain they are well-informed about politics.

politics

  1. methodology and activities associated with running a government, an organization, or a movement.
  2.  The profession of conducting political affairs. EXAMPLE: He made a career out of politics.
  3. One’s political stands and opinions.  EXAMPLE: Their politics are clear from the bumper stickers on their cars.
  4. Political maneuvers or diplomacy between people, groups, or organizations, especially involving power, influence or conflict.
  5. in the singularfandom slang Real-world beliefs and social issues irrelevant to the topic at hand.EXAMPLE: We’re trying to talk about comic books, don’t mention politics.

Whether those who follow the scribblings of the political press are ‘well-informed’ or not is a matter of discussion.

What is NOT a matter of discussion is that the political junkie BELIEVES himself to be well-informed on all things political. The political junkie takes pride (which is a sin) in his knowledge of the minutia which supposedly motivates political leaders.  The political junkie thinks he has politics down cold. The political junkie believes himself to be particularly well-versed in the workings of that unruly beast we call the ‘political system.’

BUT, there are stories which the political junkie swallows which are difficult for the non-political-junkie to believe.

One such story revolves around the two main political parties in America: Democrats and Republicans.

Have Establishment Republicans killed the GOP?  – The Corporate Media is all about narratives.  Scripted events, bigger than ourselves, happen and, like primitive man, modern man searches for a reason “Why?

Like the service witch doctors and shamans provided for primitives, the Corporate Media is there to provide the narratives to modern man.  The government/media has assisted in this story-telling by providing education, entertainment, the medical fields and science many of the stories they use.

When a narrative they have written fails to explain new events, they write another one.  The new narrative will be more believable for awhile–until further events provide a need for ANOTHER updated narrative.

The linked article is an updated narrative.

When the old “Republican vs Democrat” narrative failed to explain our system of voodoo government, the new narrative of “conservative vs liberal” was provided.  When that new narrative failed to explain why so many Republicans voted against the wishes of the people who (supposedly) elected them, the narrative of the “RINO (Republican in Name Only)” was born.

NOW, we have the narrative of the “Establishment Republican.”

Every time our political elites betray us, the Corporate Media will be ready with a narrative of why the betrayal makes sense.

At some point, there will be no more need for narratives.

At some point, most will understand the Corporate Media is providing a type of bedtime story for adults.

Or Jesus will come, making it all superfluous.

MORE: END TIMES DECEPTION: Tell Me a Story

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Narratives: How they work

The many stories told about the Democrats and Republicans squaring off against each other do NOT make a lot of sense.

For instance, for two political parties which supposedly are so much the opposite of the other, things do NOT seem to change much FOR THE BETTER regardless of which party supposedly controls the government.

BUT, there are OTHER hard-to-believe stories.

Remember the one about how Donald Trump–the ULTIMATE INSIDER who spent his life making deals with political swamp creatures–would ‘drain the swamp’ that is Washington insider politics?

MORE: Drain the Swamp: A Pretty Story for Our Times

Trump deceives because he CONSTANTLY LIES.

There are a LOT of stories ONLY a die-hard political junkie would believe.

“Every vote counts!”

“We have to make sure that we elect leaders who will appoint the right kind of person as a justice to the US Supreme Court!”

“You get the leaders you deserve!”

IN FACT, there are SO MANY stories anyone who is paying attention gets the idea that the political junkie is being played (def 12).

One day, we may present more examples.

God willing.

DOES the reader know of any ‘political junkies’?

WHAT does the reader think of someone who has so much confidence in politics?

It is not YET too late: there is still a little 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?

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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

A Reminder: The Gospel is Simple

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 5, 2022.]

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OBSERVATIONS: Everything A Person Believes

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OCCASIONALLY, a person wishes he could have recorded a particular discussion.

On those occasions, one usually doesn’t realize UNTIL LATER how many good points were covered AT THE TIME such a discussion took place.

And so it was that a few weeks ago, a discussion which touched on one’s BELIEFS took place–and it wasn’t until later that it was discovered that MANY good points were raised (by BOTH involved in the discussing).

As was already stated: sometimes a person wishes they had a recording of such a conversation–to later refer to and so NOTHING important would be forgotten.

BUT the conversation was NOT recorded–and so, reliance upon one’s memories will have to do–however spotty and imperfect those memories might be.

However, TWELVE points WERE remembered–and so, those TWELVE have been listed for the reader.

Therefore, SOME of the points touched upon during a discussion of one’s BELIEFS follow–along with a number of observations on those points.

1- EVERYTHING one believes: he believes what he is told.

It does NOT matter what that belief is.

This is one BIG reason Satan’s mystery of iniquity places such GREAT emphasis on education.

“Get ’em when they’re YOUNG!”

2- Education NOT ONLY teaches the points which one’s belief system is built upon, it constantly REWARDS those who memorize and learn the stories they have been told.

The ‘education system’ is all about rewarding those who learn the finer points of the stories they are told by the education system.

3- One surprising fact is that so many younger, self-reliant youth REBEL against what they are told–no matter if they are told over and over and over again.

A GREAT NUMBER of readers will agree: The youth don’t like to listen.

Oh, they’re listening, but they believe they are NOT.

One way to KNOW this is the number of formerly-rebellious youth who end up being ‘molded’ into fine, upstanding citizens.

4- Another surprising fact is the great number of those once-REBELLIOUS YOUTH–who want to learn to do things ‘their own way’–who eventually end up returning to the fold by following the stories they once rebelled against.

5- MOST people think they pick and choose what they believe.  This is because MOST like to feel they have SOME measure of control over their lives.

However, MOST do not ‘pick and choose’ what they believe. What MOST people end up believing is chosen FOR THEM by those in control of education,entertainment, the culture and other points of reference in one’s life.

6- IF the reader has been told false stories all of his life, he will come to believe lies–though the lie-believer probably does not realize he is being told falsehoods.

WHY is the reader told lies?

There is more than one reason, BUT one BIG reason folks are told so many lies:  IF One Does Not Know the Problem, One Can Never Find a Solution

7- The reader can KNOW he is being indoctrinated NOW by how repetitious the stories he reads every day are.

“But the most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly and with unflagging attention. It must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over. Here, as so often in this world, persistence is the first and most important requirement for success.”
Adolf HitlerPropaganda, the Big Lie and Adolf Hitler: 20 Hitler Quotes on Propaganda

Has the reader EVER wondered why that which he is told is constantly repeated?

Even stories which were told 20, 30 or 100 years ago are regularly repeated–by education; by entertainment; by the media–in order to keep those who believe on the hook.

8- IF ONLY the reader would think back and remember how repetitious the stories were which he was told when he was YOUNGER (by the education system, for example).

9- MOST feel they are able to choose what they believe BECAUSE they choose what to believe from a bouquet of stories they are given as a youth.

10- So-called ‘conspiracy theories’ gain a LOT of adherents because MANY who KNOW the stories they are told are NOT true LOOK AROUND for alternate explanations.

MOST discount the truth of God’s Word because one of the most constant points of indoctrination are attacks on the validity of God’s Word.

11- Eventually, most leave conspiracy theories behind because they discover that the information presented in most conspiracy theories is no more reliable than the information they KNEW was false in the first place.

The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.”
Vladimir Lenin

12- Those FEW who turn to the truth of God’s Word find they are given ‘infallible proofs’ which allow them to pierce the cover of darkness and deception which surround the world’s stories.

Since the world knows NOTHING about such information, the world assumes it must NOT exist.

Therefore, the world remains deceived.

“And the great dragon…that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world”
–Revelation 12:9

And those are the points REMEMBERED–as well as the odd observation or two–from a conversation held ONLY a few weeks ago.

HAS the reader ever wondered how he arrived at his set of beliefs?

It is not YET too late: there is still a little 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

A Reminder: The Gospel is Simple

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 5, 2022.]

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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier

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© Jeremiah J. Jameson and End Times Prophecy Report, 2012-19. © Mondo Frazier and End Times Prophecy Report, DBKP 2007-2019. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jeremiah J. Jameson and End Times Prophecy Report with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Link Disclaimer: inclusion of links to other blogs/websites is not necessarily an endorsement of all content posted in those blogs/websites.

[NOTE: The following articles are from a service. We neither endorse nor at times have much control over them–although we do, of course, enjoy articles originating from this website on this service. Some articles illustrate points made in ETPR articles; some are merely for the reader’s edification or education.

ALL such links appearing in End Times Prophecy Headlines, such as those below, should originate at ETPR.

RE: our link disclaimer: there are links, from time-to-time which appear on this site which we neither approve nor endorse. The frequency of these types of links will no doubt grow worse. All effort is made to remove such links when we become aware of them.

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