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1 THE ECCLESIA AT EPHESUS ARMAMENT REQUIRED FOR SPIRITUAL WARFARE!CLASS 4Ps 122:6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.Isa 62:6-7 I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence, And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.1 Thess 5:17 Pray without ceasing.Phil 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
2 THE HOPE OF HIS CALLING Ephesians 1:18-19 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to usward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,Through the vision provided by the Word.The Great Earthquake and the picture of a new Jerusalem.The Righteous Rule of the Lord.Nations wanting to be educated.The arrival in the Dead Sea area LIFEThe monument to GOG and the humbling features of it. BERGEN BELSENThe ascent to the Temple.The WATER OF LIFEThe TREES OF GOD`S PLANTINGThe HARMONY AMONG THE ANIMALS (No fences)The Majestic sight of the TempleThe Honour of being able to instruct the continual multitude of visitors in the TRUTH.The Spirit of Mind of having a body without the corruption of thinking.The camaraderie of participating with the first-fruits of all ages.
3 CONTINUAL WARNING! Acts 20:29-31 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.There were many enemies in Ephesus.Wolves would enter.Of your own selves shall men arise.Warned by the space of three years – tears!
4 THE SPIRITUAL WARRIOR Ephesians 6:10-12 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.The Apostle Paul would have spent many hours in the company of a Roman soldier.NT:1198 desmios (des'-mee-os); from NT:1199; a captive (as bound): KJV - in bonds, prisoner.Acts 23:18 So he took him, and brought him to the chief captain, and said, Paul the prisoner called me unto him, and prayed me to bring this young man unto thee, who hath something to say unto thee.Eph 3:1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,He now saw himself as a prisoner of Jesus Christ (4:1; 6:20) for a purpose.The letter to the ecclesia at Ephesus was written from Rome while Paul was a prisoner In God’s wisdomActs 28:16 And when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard: but Paul was suffered to dwell by himself with a soldier that kept him.Bonds NT:1199 desmon (des-mon'); or desmos (des-mos'); neuter and masculine respectively from NT:1210; a band, i.e. ligament (of the body) or shackle (of a prisoner); figuratively, an impediment or disability: KJV - band, bond, chain, string.Phil 1: So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places; And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.Acts 28:20 For this cause therefore have I called for you, to see you, and to speak with you: because that for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain.NT:254 halusis (hal'-oo-sis); of uncertain derivation; a fetter or manacle: KJV - bonds, chain.
5 IN THE POWER OF HIS MIGHT Ephesians 6:10Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.Be strong in the Lord - Strong NT:1743 endunamoo (en-doo-nam-o'-o); from NT:1722 and NT:1412; to empower: KJV - enable, (increase in) strength (-en), be (make) strong.And in the power of his might - Power NT:2904 kratos (krat'-os); perhaps a primary word; vigor ["great"] (literally or figuratively): KJV - dominion, might [-ily], power, strength.Of his might – might NT:2479 ischus (is-khoos'); from a derivative of is (force; compare eschon, a form of NT:2192); forcefulness (literally or figuratively): KJV - ability, might ([-ily]), power, strength.If he was in the presence of a Soldier it would not be the same soldier.He would likely observe that these were men of strength specially trained and equipped for their occupation.
6 THE WHOLE ARMOUR OF GOD Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.The whole armour of God. Found in both verse 11 and 13NT:3833 panoplia (pan-op-lee'-ah); from a compound of NT:3956 and NT:3696; full armor ("panoply"): KJV - all (whole) armour.Every piece had a purpose and spiritual warfare requires a suitable attire as well.Wiles NT:3180 methodeia (meth-od-i'-ah); from a compound of NT:3326 and NT:3593 [compare "method"]; travelling over, i.e. travesty(trickery): KJV - wile, lie in wait.Devil NT:1228 diabolos (dee-ab'-ol-os); from NT:1225; a traducer; specially, Satan [compare OT:7854]: KJV - false accuser, devil, slanderer.Wiles Eph 4: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;The object of the completed work of God is to provide us the ability to overcome every evil way.
7 SPIRITUAL WICKEDNESS Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.This is the description of the opponent that we have to wrestle with. Wrestling essentially means to vibrate, or wrestlePrincipalities NT:746 arche (ar-khay'); from NT:756; (properly abstract) a commencement, or (concretely) chief (in various applications of order, time, place, or rank): KJV - beginning, corner, (at the, the) first (estate), magistrate, power, principality, principle, rule.Powers NT:1849 exousia (ex-oo-see'-ah); from NT:1832 (in the sense of ability); privilege, i.e. (subjectively) force, capacity, competency, freedom, or (objectively) mastery (concretely, magistrate, superhuman, potentate, token of control), delegated influence: KJV - authority, jurisdiction, liberty, power, right, strength.Rulers NT:2888 kosmokrator (kos-mok-fat'-ore); from NT:2889 and NT:2902; a world-ruler, an epithet of Satan: KJV - ruler.Darkness NT:4655 skotos (skot'-os); from the base of NT:4639; shadiness, i.e. obscurity (literally or figuratively): KJV - darkness.World NT:165 aion (ahee-ohn'); from the same as NT:104; properly, an age; by extension, perpetuity (also past); by implication, the world; specially (Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future): KJV - age, course, eternal, (for) ever (-more), [n-] ever, (beginning of the while the) world (began, without end). Compare NT:5550.Spiritual NT:4152 pneumatikos (pnyoo-mat-ik-os'); from NT:4151; non-carnal, i.e. (humanly) ethereal (as opposed to gross), or (daemoniacally) a spirit (concretely), or (divinely) supernatural, regenerate, religious: KJV - spiritual. Compare NT:5591.Wickedness NT:4189 poneria (pon-ay-ree'-ah); from NT:4190; depravity, i.e. (specifically) malice; plural (concretely) plots, sins: KJV - iniquity, wickedness.High places NT:2032 epouranios (ep-oo-ran'-ee-os); from NT:1909 and NT:3772; above the sky: KJV - celestial, (in) heaven (-ly), high.Is this related to the comment about what would happen in Ephesus as recorded in Acts 20:28-3212.Was this is reference to what happened in Ephesus as recorded in Rev.1:213.Since we are all likely to encounter the same problem in our ecclesias, we need the same armour.
8 CASTING DOWN IMAGINATIONS 2 Corinthians 10:3-6For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.Weapons of our warfare ; weapons NT:3696 hoplon (hop'-lon); probably from a primary hepo (to be busy about); an implement or utensil or tool (literally or figuratively, especially offensive for war): KJV - armour, instrument, weapon.Warfare NT:4752 strateia (strat-i'-ah); from NT:4754; military service, i.e. (figuratively) the apostolic career (as one of hardship and danger): KJV - warfare.Pulling down NT:2506 kathairesis (kath-ah'-ee-res-is); from NT:2507; demolition; figuratively, extinction: KJV - destruction, pulling down.Strong holds NT:3794 ochuroma (okh-oo'-ro-mah); from a remote derivative of NT:2192 (meaning to fortify, through the idea of holding safely); a castle (figuratively, argument): KJV - stronghold.Casting down NT:2507 kathaireo (kath-ahee-reh'-o); from NT:2596 and NT:138 (including its alternate); to lower (or with violence) demolish (literally or figuratively): KJV - cast (pull, put, take) down, destroy.Imaginations NT:3053 logismos (log-is-mos'); from NT:3049; computation, i.e. (figuratively) reasoning (conscience, conceit): KJV - imagination, thought.
9 THAT YE MAY BE ABLE TO WITHSTAND Ephesians 6:13Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.Take the whole armour of God – we will need every part of this armour in order to stand in mind.Withstand NT:436 anthistemi (anth-is'-tay-mee); from NT:473 and NT:2476; to stand against, i.e. oppose: KJV - resist, withstand.Evil day NT:4190 poneros (pon-ay-ros'); from a derivative of NT:4192; hurtful, i.e. evil (properly, in effect or influence, and thus differing from NT:2556, which refers rather to essential character, as well as from NT:4550, which indicates degeneracy from original virtue); figuratively, calamitous; also (passively) ill, i.e. diseased; but especially (morally) culpable, i.e. derelict, vicious, facinorous; neuter (singular) mischief, malice, or (plural) guilt; masculine (singular) the devil, or (plural) sinners: KJV - bad, evil, grievous, harm, lewd, malicious, wicked (-ness). See also NT:4191.Not every day is evil and therefore this can come upon us suddenly.Done all NT:2716 katergazomai (kat-er-gad'-zom-ahee); from NT:2596 and NT:2038; do work fully, i.e. accomplish; by implication, to finish, fashion: KJV - cause, to (deed), perform, work (out).Stand implies stedfastness as in verse 11 and 14
10 LOINS GIRT ABOUT WITH TRUTH Ephesians 6:14Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;Loins girt about with Truth.NT:4024 perizonnumi (per-id-zone'-noo-mee); from NT:4012 and NT:2224; to gird all around, i.e. (middle voice or passive) to fasten on one's belt (literally or figuratively): KJV - gird (aboutself,).Ps 15:1-2 Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill? He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.Luke 12: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;No gaps for error, such as in the case of infant sprinklingGen 35: And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins; And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to thee I will give it, and to thy seed after thee will I give the land.The loins were considered to the location of the procreative parts and hence spoke of one`s influence upon others.1 Tim 4:16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.
11 THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS Ephesians 6:14Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;Breastplate of righteousness – protecting the heart. (Not the literal warrior, not the literal heart)The heart was a vital organ to defend, for warriors were trained to attack it.2 Kings 9:24 And Jehu drew a bow with his full strength, and smote Jehoram between his arms, and the arrow went out at his heart, and he sunk down in his chariot.1 John 3: And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.Rom 14: Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.James 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
12 FEET SHOD WITH THE GOSPEL Ephesians 6:15And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;Your feet shod1 Peter 3: But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.Preparation NT:2091 hetoimasia (het-oy-mas-ee'-ah); from NT:2090; preparation: KJV - preparation.Surefootedness as would be needed in battle, to be weak here is to put the whole body in jeopardy.Sometimes a warrior would walk great distances in military campaigns.One would need the ability to walk on all terrains.The cloven hoofed animal was considered `cleanIsa 6:8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.1 Peter 5:2-3 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.
13 THE SHIELD OF FAITH Ephesians 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.The Shield of Faith: A defensive weapon of great importance that is made to protect all other parts of the body. In that sense it is of greater importance.Our weapons are for the pulling down of strong holds belonging to those lacking in understanding.Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.1 Peter 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:Quench NT:4570 sbennumi (sben'-noo-mee); a prolonged form of an apparently primary verb; to extinguish (literally or figuratively): KJV - go out, quench.Neh 6:5-9 Then sent Sanballat his servant unto me in like manner the fifth time with an open letter in his hand; Wherein was written, It is reported among the heathen, and Gashmu saith it, that thou and the Jews think to rebel: for which cause thou buildest the wall, that thou mayest be their king, according to these words. And thou hast also appointed prophets to preach of thee at Jerusalem, saying, There is a king in Judah: and now shall it be reported to the king according to these words. Come now therefore, and let us take counsel together. Then I sent unto him, saying, There are no such things done as thou sayest, but thou feignest them out of thine own heart. For they all made us afraid, saying, Their hands shall be weakened from the work, that it be not done. Now therefore, O God, strengthen my hands.Dan 3: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
14 THE HELMET OF SALVATION Ephesians 6:17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:The Helmet of Salvation: Not a temporary salvation, but eternal. Based on the natural desire of a person to want to live, even forever.Intelligence required.Matt 10:37-39 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.Matt 7: Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.Rev 21:7-8 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.Rev 3: Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.
15 THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:The Sword of the SpiritHeb 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.2 Tim 2:14 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.Rev 1:16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.1 Tim 4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.Rev 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.Acts 5:5 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things.
16 WITH PRAYER AND SUPPLICATION Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;Praying always NT:4336 proseuchomai (pros-yoo'-khom-ahee); from NT:4314 and NT:2172; to pray to God, i.e. supplicate, worship: KJV - pray (X earnestly, for), make prayer.Watching NT:69 agrupneo (ag-roop-neh'-o); ultimately from NT:1 (as negative particle) and NT:5258; to be sleepless, i.e. keep awake:KJV - watch.Perseverance NT:4342 proskartereo (pros-kar-ter-eh'-o); from NT:4314 and NT:2594; to be earnest towards, i.e. (to a thing) to persevere, be constantly diligent, or (in a place) to attend assiduously all the exercises, or (to a person) to adhere closely to (as a servitor):KJV - attend (giveself) continually (upon), continue (in, instant in, with), wait on (continually).Supplication - petitionMatt 26: Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.Watch NT:1127 gregoreuo (gray-gor-yoo'-o); from NT:1453; to keep awake, i.e. watch (literally or figuratively): KJV - be vigilant, wake, (be) watch (-ful).Luke 21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, And to stand before the Son of man.Watch NT:1189 deomai (deh'-om-ahee); middle voice of NT:1210; to beg (as binding oneself), i.e. petition: KJV - beseech, pray (to), make request. Compare NT:4441.
17 TRUST IN YHWH!Deuteronomy 20:1-4 When thou goest out to battle against thine enemies, and seest horses, and chariots, and a people more than thou, be not afraid of them: for YHWH thy God is with thee, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. And it shall be, when ye are come nigh unto the battle, that the priest shall approach and speak unto the people, And shall say unto them, Hear, O Israel, ye approach this day unto battle against your enemies: let not your hearts faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye terrified because of them; For YHWH your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.The mental condition of the warrior was very important for the sake of the whole army.The outcome of the battle was either life or death.This is similar to our warfare on all sides.Deut 20:5 And the officers shall speak unto the people, saying, What man is there that hath built a new house, and hath not dedicated it? let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the battle, and another man dedicate it.Clearly a matter of civilian pursuits. The man may not have acknowledged this, but the likelihood is that he would not put his life at risk when in fact he wanted so much to live in his new home.
18 NO DOUBLEMINDEDNESS!Deuteronomy 20:5-8 And the officers shall speak unto the people, saying, What man is there that hath built a new house, and hath not dedicated it? let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the battle, and another man dedicate it. And what man is he that hath planted a vineyard, and hath not yet eaten of it? let him also go and return unto his house, lest he die in the battle, and another man eat of it. And what man is there that hath betrothed a wife, and hath not taken her? let him go and return unto his house, lest he die in the battle, and another man take her. And the officers shall speak further unto the people, and they shall say, What man is there that is fearful and fainthearted? let him go and return unto his house, lest his brethren's heart faint as well as his heart.The fruit of his labour has not yet been realized. The likelihood is that he will hold back in the day of war, thinking that he wants to eat of the fruit of his vineyard rather than die on the battlefield.A critical time when in fact the man is more likely to be thinking about his wife to be rather than risking his life in the battle. It teaches that we should not multi-task mentally, in the Lord’s work. (Something that I do)Spiritual warfare is not for the fainted hearted. He not only puts himself at risk, but also all those that he works with.Acts 15: And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose surname was Mark. But Paul thought not good to take him with them, who departed from them from Pamphylia, and went not with them to the work. And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus; And Paul chose Silas, and departed, being recommended by the brethren unto the grace of God.This event amply illustrates the effect of dropping out of the work has on others.