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Memorials of war

Q8:What memorials of war are there of war in heaven and on earth?

(1) Memorials of war: war injuries (sin)

(2) Memorials of war: war casalties (death)

(3) Memorials of war: war monuments (cross)

(4) Memorials of war: war is over (sabbath)

(1) War injuries - Defining sin...

Jg 20:16 Among all this people there were seven hundred chosen men lefthanded; every one could sling stones at an hair breadth, and not miss (chata).

The real meaning of the Hebrew word "chata" means to "miss the mark", and should not be translated as "sin", although in most contexts this term in English, is OK. If "sin" means to miss, what target or mark, are we missing?

Ro 2:12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;

This verse is perhaps the best verse in the Bible describing those missing. Its describes both camps, those missing who don't know law and those missing by breaking laws they know. Now all we need to know is what laws does this refer to, and what is the purpose of laws?

Hebrew words such as "torah" or the Greek "nomos" are words with broad meanings. Most people assume wrongly that laws in Scripture demand strict obedience. The purpose of laws is to define movement boundaries, which allows tremendous freedom to move within those boundaries. We have communication laws which define speech and non-verbal behaviour patterns during talking, showing emotions and feelings which are also subject to social laws. Moral laws were written to define the relationship boundaries between individuals. Let us prove this....

Jas 2:8 � If ye fulfil the royal law (torah) according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:

Le 19:18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.

Ro 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.(torah)

Ga 5:14 For all the law (torah) is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Notice that "torah-teaching" laws are rules about maleness-love.

See studies of maleness-love.

See also studies of discussion about understanding LOVE.

Love are rules or laws about defining relationship boundaries between individuals in a family.

Notice Paul explains the specific torah-teaching laws he is referring to in Romans:-

Romans 2:21 Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?

Exodus 20:15 Thou shalt not steal.

Ro 2:22 Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery?

Ex 20:14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.

Ro 2:22...thou that abhorrest idols,...

Ex 20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image,...

Le 26:1 Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the LORD your God.

2Ki 18:4 He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan.

Notice this torah teaching detailed elsewhere, shows the Jews were honouring "goodly" images, such as the Bronze Serpent of Jesus and making this into an "idol" rather than honouring GOD Himself.

Ro 2:22...dost thou commit sacrilege?

Mal 3:8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.

Notice this torah teaching detailed elsewhere, shows the Jews were defrauding God's blessings and using it for human purposes. {The Greek word sacrilege "hierosuleo" is only used once, in this verse in the NT}

Ex 20:17 Thou shalt not desire (covet)...

Paul defines torah rules as those coming from the Father's arrangement of words, what James calls the royal torah, or what most people call the 'Ten Commandments'.

Jas 2:8 � If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:

The Jews saw the torah-teachings inclusive with the Ten Commandments, thus while Paul is quoting mostly from the Ten Commandments, he is also using additional torah-teachings to expand the Ten commandments and give details to it. When Jesus came to earth, it was foretold that He magnify the torah-teachings and show the correct interpretation of them...

Isa 42:21 The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable.

Mt 5:17 � Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to complete (fulfil).

(2) War casalties - Death...

Ro 6:23 For the wages of sin-offering is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (KJV)

The penalty of missing the standards of our Father's love is eternal non existence. The second death.

Ge 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt dieing (muwth) die (muwth).

Notice the Hebrew word for death is repeated twice. The second death is the automatic result of missing the relationship perfectly in our Father's love. GOD expects our love to return, true love will obey...

De 30:15 � See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;

16 In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.

17 But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them;

18 I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it.

(3) War memorials - the cross...

Imagine the Father's love to allow His Son to die in the place of our dieing...

Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Zec 13:6 And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.

The eternal memorial of war, death and sinning, is not a cross, even though the Cross of Jesus changed the world, but the scars on the hands of Jesus, throughout eternity remind us of the infinite cost of war.

(4) War memorials - the sabbath...

The Hebrew word "shabbath" means to cease. Notice wars shall cease (shabbath) and this ceasing is a celebration of ongoing joy and living because of our Captian of Armies, Jesus Yahweh.

Ps 46:9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth;

Isa 66:23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.

24 And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.

Moon Sabbaths are celebratons that war is over...forever never to be repeated...

Even during the third coming of Jesus to earth, the war begins again, as Jesus touches the earth, and the new Zion city is lowered onto the earth, exactly where the old city of Jersaleum once was.

Zec 14:2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.

3 Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.

4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.

The war between Christ and Satan is very real, and while us humans are victims of war, we are not left to die alone, for our Saviour also came to die in this war, to give us victory over Satan and prove to the universe that GOD is love! Shalom

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