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Slumber

Slumber

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Published by Twe Stephens
Why would God send the spirit of delusion on his own people
Why would God send the spirit of delusion on his own people

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Published by: Twe Stephens on Apr 28, 2012
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Slumberby Arnold Murray
Have you ever wondered why so many seeds
that you plant don’t grow? You have studied God’s
Word long enough to know what you are talking about. The facts that you share with others are
biblical. What you have learned is so very clear to you. Why can’t others under
stand what seems sosimple to y
ou? Let’s begin our study in Romans with the teaching of Paul on this subject.
 
Romans 11:1 I say then, Hath God cast away His people? 
 
God forbid, For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of 
 
 Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.
 
God hasn’t forsaken anyo
ne. His plan of salvation is now open to everyone, including the gentiles.
 
Romans 11.2 God hath not cast away His people which He fore knew. Wot ye not what the Scripturesaith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying,
,~
“LOR
D, they have killed Thy 
 prophets, and digged down Thine altars; and / am left alone, and they seek my life.” 
 
Elijah had some very low points in his life, but God always provided for Elijah. Was Elijah somethingspecial? No, but he understood prophecy. That is why it is important for you to have eyes to see andears to hear, as well.
 
Romans 11:4
But what saith the answer of God unto him? “I have reserved to Myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.” 
 
These seven thousand will not worship the image of the Baal of this generation, which is to say theantichrist. It is simply not going to happen.
 
 
Romans 11:5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
 
In the time of Paul there was a remnant, and there is a remnant today who know the truth. They
understand God’s overall plan and pass that knowledge down from generation to generation.
 
Romans 11:6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it beof works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
7.
What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded.
 
Now we are getting somewhere in answering the first question I posed to you. Many seeds that you
plant don’t germinate, because many of the people have been blinded.
 
Romans 11:8 
(According as it is written, “God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they 
should not 
see, and ears that they should not hear”), unto this day.
 
There is something special about this. The word “slumber” is “katanuxis” (kat
-
an’
-oox- is), and itmeans a prickling sensation, as of the limbs asleep. That is the spirit God has given the minds of some.
This is the reason that sometimes your precious seeds of truth fall on deaf ears. Don’t give up, butdon’t be too disappointed, when others can’t hear with understanding. Their minds are asleep. Those
sleeping limbs will awaken, when the Holy Spirit speaks through you as you are delivered up beforeantichrist. Why would God pour a stupor on some? I believe it is for their own protection. If one of them was to see the truth, and then worship antichirst, it would be the unforgiveable sin.
But, don’t
forget we have the millennium, as well.
 
Romans 11:9
 And David saith, “Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and 
a recompense unto them:
 
Spiritually speaking, the food they receive from many tables becomes a snare because of falseteaching.
 
 
Romans 11:10 
Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway.” 
 
Their eyes won’t always be closed. The truth will eventually seep into their minds. How can I say that?
Because it is biblical. How many will bow their knee to Jesus Christ at the second advent? The correctanswer is every knee (Philippians 2:10). All will have the opportunity to hear truth; unfortunately, notall will hang onto the truth. We know at the end of the millennium many will fall away from it and be
destroyed. In verse eight, Paul told us, “it is written”. Where was this written? We are there, but first
turn to Deuteronomy Chapter 29.
 
Deuteronomy 29:1 These are the words of the covenant, which the LORD commanded Moses to makewith the children of Israel in the land of Moab, beside the covenant which He made with them inHoreb.
 
A covenant is a contract. If we keep our part of the contract, God always keeps His. The contract is theBible.
 
Deuteronomy 
29:2
 And Moses called unto all Israel, and said unto them, “Ye have seen all that the
LORD did before your eyes in the land of Egypt unto Pharaoh, and unto all his servants, and unto all his Iand;
 
The children of Israel had witnessed miracle after miracle as God brought the ten plagues againstEgypt.
 
Deuteronomy 29:3 The great temptations which thine eyes have seen, the signs, and those great miracles: 4. Yet the LORD hath not given you an heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear,unto this day.
 
There eyes witnessed the miracles, but their eyes couldn’t see nor their minds understand Gods plan
of salvation. He delivered them from the oppression of the Egyptians. Father received nothing but
rejection and rebellion in return. Things aren’t
 
all that much different today with those who don’t
have eyes to see and ears to hear.
 

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