ARMOR OF GOD
It's a mystery to those who forgot or don't yet understand that Christ came for the lost sheep of the House of Israel. Israelites. You and me. The 'saints' of Abraham's seed.
Let's examine by definition each word to get a better understanding of each part of the armor and what it represents.
GIRDLE OF TRUTH
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth,
'Stand' - abide, establish, stand by, be steadfast of mind, continue in, on a foundation.
'loins' - hip, procreative power.
'girt about with' - to equip one's self with knowledge of the truth.
'truth' - fact, what is true in things appertaining to God and the duties of man, morally and according to the divine laws and the doctrine of The Way, and loving the truth, speaking the truth, acting truthful.
We must be pure, un-race-mixed children of Jacob, established and knowledgeable in our history and heritage of The Way and of our God.
BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
'having on' - sink into, put on, invest, position (in place, time or state).
'breastplate' - consisting of two parts and protecting the body from neck to navel.
'righteousness' - the doctrine concerning The Way in which man may attain a state approved of God. Integrity, virtue, purity, rightness in thinking and acting. The state of one who is as one ought to be being a child of the Most High.
We must learn who we are and Whose we are by putting on and investing in the two parts of the Bible (OT/NT). The Bible is the Plan and path (The Way) for us to attain righteousness.
THE GOSPEL OF PEACE
and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
'feet' - of disciples listening to their teacher's instruction are said to be at His feet.
'shod with' - to bind, be in bonds, put on
'preparation of' - readiness, the act of preparing, the condition of a person so far forth as prepared, to prepare the minds of men to give the Messiah a fit reception and secure his blessings.
'the gospel' - the message, the history and heritage of our race, the prophecies and the promises of redemption and deliverance.
'of peace' - of Yahshua Messiah when He returns, judges, releases His rage and vengeance, and the elect righteous remain and the Kingdom is established.
We must bind ourselves with the instructions of Yahshus Christ. Preparing ourselves with knowledge and understanding of our history, heritage, laws and God. The gospel message is the reminder of our past and our future. We were born from above into the flesh body and race of Adam, we sinned, we were taken by the hand out of captivity, given the law and married to Yahweh at Sinai, we broke the law through idolatry and race mixing, Yahweh divorced us, scattered and punished us, bought us back and reconciled us with His death, is now dating us so we better act like a faithful woman, and when He returns and consumes the earth with fire, if we remain, we will be remarried to Him.
SHIELD OF FAITH
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
'Above all' - Over all, firstly.
'taking' - to take upon one's self, make one's own, associate one's self as or with.
'the shield' - four cornered shield, a door, used of any opening like a door, an entrance, way or passage into, in a parable or metaphor the door through which sheep go in and out, the name of Him who brings salvation to those who follow His guidance. The door of the kingdom of heaven denotes the conditions which must be complied with in order to be received into the kingdom of God.
'of faith' - allegiance, fidelity, loyalty, the character of one who can be relied on, conviction, belief, trust.
The most important thing is loyalty. Allegiance, the true meaning of faith. When we have allegiance, by observing the divine laws and following The Way, nothing can hurt us. Our shield and refuge is Yahweh. The shield is also a door, meaning an entrance into His refuge. Without allegiance, the wicked will consume us.
HELMET OF SALVATION
And take the helmet of salvation,
'take' - take hold of, receive, accept, have access to, to learn, claim
'the helmet' - encirclement of the head, the protection of the soul which consists in the hope (expectation) of salvation.
Helmet is the compound of another related word which means:
Metaphorically anything supreme, chief, prominent, of a husband in relation to his wife, of Christ: the husband of the Qahal, which are the descendants of Jacob.
Of things: the corner stone
Salvation is our free gift. It comes from the promises made to Abraham and his seed. When we are part of the head, or body (qahal, ecclesia) through allegiance, we can claim the hope (expectation) of deliverance.
SWORD OF THE SPIRIT
and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God:
'the sword' - for punishment, for cutting up flesh
'the Spirit' - Yahweh God Almighty, DNA, a life giving spirit.
'the Word' - that which is or has been uttered, commanded, The Plan and The Will of Yahweh.
'of God' - which one? There is only One. His name is YAHWEH. The Great I AM.
The Plan of God is our trial in the flesh, to strive to imitate Christ's example, which is a life giving spirit. The Word is to follow His Will. Only then can we inherit our position of sons/daughters as children of the Most High.
A soldier, “believer”, follower and child of Yahweh must put on the whole armor of God.
Below is a great article:
By Bertrand Comparet
There is one passage in the scriptures which is often quoted, but seldom understood. It was written by the apostle Paul, and is found in Ephesians 6:11-18, “For we wrestle not (alone) against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of Yahweh, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness: and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit, which is the word of Yahweh.”
How many who quote these verses, know what they really mean? Even the first part of it, that our opposition is really sponsored and directed by superhuman forces, is no longer believed in most churches. Those who like to consider themselves very modern and sophisticated, consider all references to anything supernatural to be only primitive superstition, and they reject it as such. There are many references to these angelic beings, both good and bad, from sources whose inspiration we cannot reject, even including our Redeemer, Yahshua. Those who do scornfully reject all this, are correctly described as sophisticated. The dictionary defines sophisticated as adulterated with some inferior substances!
Those who have made any really thorough study of present day conditions, political, economic, social, and military, certainly must agree that all the world is in the grip of a tremendous conspiracy. All the powers of human organization, everywhere are twisted and perverted out of their natural purpose and function. They are all directed toward the accomplishment of one huge, sinister purpose. This is the enslavement of all mankind, under the most cruel and evil system ever known.
To this end, our schools forbid the mention of the name of Yahweh. These evil people teach our children that patriotism is reactionary and evil. They teach it is the highest good to destroy our own nation and put it under the limitless tyranny of the uncivil and outright savage nations, who are in the majority. Even the grossest immorality is taught by some professors, as reported from time to time in our newspapers. Who are these evil people that are trying to destroy Christianity? As throughout history, they are the Canaanite and Edomite Jews. These evil people have been thrown out of just about every country (109) in the world because of their treachery and nefarious ways.
All this corruption of our children is defended as being the rightful academic freedom of the professors. Those who have gained control of our economic system, have led us deeper and deeper into debt, until it is now (1970's) admitted the debt is well over 5 trillion dollars, maybe even as high as 17 trillion dollars.
The moneychangers have so involved every industry in this system of usurious debt, that when we falter under the hopeless burden as we must, our entire economic system will all crash into ruin at the same time. This ruin is what they intend and desire to accomplish. Those who control our political system, are taxing us into bankruptcy and using our wealth to strengthen our enemies. At the same time, they oppose and betray our only real friends in the world. The result is what you have seen over many decades, the steady advance of Christ hating Jewish communism.
Those who brought communism to Russia and the world, are now ruling the country through lawless gangs, just as they are doing here in the United States. It is quite impossible that such an extensive and perfectly organized, world wide conspiracy has come about by accident or coincidence. As one of our most notorious politicians once said, we planned it that way! As the apostle Paul said, “There is spiritual wickedness in high places!” To beat this conspiracy, it is not sufficient that we shall oppose it with only human resources. Our resources are not sufficient to oppose a conspiracy which shows not only human, but actually diabolic cleverness.
We are told, “Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of Yahweh, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand.” Nothing less will suffice. Here Paul uses the simile of the Grecian armor, so well known in his day. “Your loins girt about with truth ... the breastplate of righteousness ... your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace ... the shield of faith ... the helmet of salvation ... and the sword of the spirit.”
In the Greek armor the girdle, or military belt, was used to brace the armor tight against the body, and to cover the space where the two parts of the breastplate joined. This girdle was also used as a belt on which to suspend a dagger or a short sword. The breastplate consisted of two parts. One part reached from the neck to the navel, the other part hung from the navel to the knees, then the two parts were joined by the girdle. The lower legs and feet were protected by greaves made of gold, silver, brass or iron.
The head was protected by a helmet, made of various metals. The shield was carried on the left arm, and was sometimes made of thick, strong sole leather, or sometimes was a frame of wood covered with brass or iron. All these things were defensive armor. Then there was a sword, an offensive weapon. He who had all this armor, was completely armed for combat.
This was a good simile for Paul to use. We must have defensive armor, so that we aren’t overcome by the forces of evil. We must also have the sword to destroy our enemies. As Paul indicated, it is not enough that we have only material armor and weapons, which will not suffice against the kind of enemies who are now attacking us. We must also have the spiritual weapons, if we are to win.
Now, let’s take a look at these spiritual defenses and weapons, of what do they consist? Paul uses one word to describe each of them, but what is the complete reality of which this is only the name? Certainly no man made doctrines and dogmas will suffice. We must turn to the source of all great truth, the Bible. This is where Paul begins, “having your loins girt about with truth.” In John 18:38 Pontius Pilate asked Yahshua, “What is truth?” In John 17:17 Yahshua said Yahweh’s word is truth, and is the only truth that matters.
Remember that Yahweh’s word to us has been mostly the rules by which our personal and national lives should be governed, by these laws and His commandments. Psalm 119:142, 151 tells us, “Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and Thy law is the truth. ... Thou art near O Yahweh, and all Thy commandments are truth.” How many of our churches today remember, all Yahweh’s commandments are the truth?
The churches teach that the Old Testament is just the record of Yahweh’s well meant failure to accomplish what He wanted to do, after which He gave up and started over on something within His means, in the New Testament. Some of them even apologize for the Old Testament as just a collection of the myths of a primitive people! Can such churches as this ever say they are putting on the whole armor of Yahweh? No wonder they are failures! Let’s see what Yahweh has said about those who won’t accept all of His word.
Isaiah 5:24 says, “Therefore, as the fire devoureth the stubble, and as the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up in dust: because they have cast away the law of Yahweh, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.” Proverbs 28:9 warns us, “He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.”
Hosea 4:6 gives us this terrible warning. “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to Me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” Surely our forgetting of Yahweh’s laws has resulted in our forgotten children dying in the fever ridden swamps of the tropics and the freezing mud of Korea. They have been forgotten in the scorpion infested deserts of Africa and amid the burning cities of Europe. Our children have been forgotten in wars which only accomplished the evil purposes of that hidden hand, which manipulates our politicians as its puppets. Only the whole armor of Yahweh is enough when we meet these enemies.
In Ephesians 6:11-18 Paul tells us, “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. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of Yahweh, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand, therefore having your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of Yahweh.”
Certainly what we see about us confirms Paul’s statement that all these evil conditions are not merely the result of the individual efforts of wicked men. They are all parts of one gigantic, marvelously organized conspiracy, too huge and too expertly devised to be just the product of human malice. Its origin and direction are truly diabolical. Nothing short of the whole armor of Yahweh is enough for us to withstand it.
Previously I started to analyze what makes up the whole armor of Yahweh. We see that Paul starts first with truth and he compares this to the girdle which holds the rest of the armor together. We also can see that all the commandments of Yahweh are the truth as Psalm 119:151 says. Therefore we can’t throw any part of it in the rubbish heap, as some of the churches do with the Old Testament. We must take both the Old and New Testaments as one book.
Yahshua confirms this in Matthew 5:17-19 where He says, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law till all be fulfilled. Whosoever, therefore, shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” So, the girdle of truth is to know Yahweh’s word, all of it.
Next Paul mentions the breastplate of righteousness. This we might say is to do Yahweh’s truth, this is not a new idea in the Bible. Speaking of Yahweh Isaiah 59:17 says, “He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon His head.” Paul carries this same simile into Ephesians, which we have quoted.
The Bible has much to say about righteousness and what it will do for us. Isaiah 48:18 records, “O that thou hadst hearkened to My commandments! Then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the sea.” Isaiah 32:16-18 fills out this picture. “Then judgment shall dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness remain in the fruitful field; and the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever. And My people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.”
How very different this is from the conditions we see about us today! The reason for this is we have abandoned Yahweh’s truth and lost our righteousness thereby. We are not yet able to say what Isaiah 26:1-2 says. “We have a strong city; salvation will Yahweh appoint for walls and bulwarks. Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in!” Isn’t this due, in a very significant part, to the fact that many churches have sounded the trumpet so uncertainly, that their followers have not prepared for battle?
Psalm 1:1-6 gives the rules. “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of Yahweh; and in His law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff, which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For Yahweh knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.”
The laws of Yahweh were not intended for the salvation of our soul in the next life, but for our guidance in this life. The dietary laws were concerned with your health here and now, not after death. The economic laws were to give us prosperity now, with money we spend here, and don’t take to the grave with us.
Salvation, redemption and immortality we never could have gained in any way other than by the sacrifice Yahshua made for us on the cross. The law, properly understood, does not conflict with this. If we had been taught to obey the laws of Yahweh, we would have had a more prosperous nation. A nation that is enjoying good health and free of the terrible plagues of cancer and heart disease, tuberculosis and polio. We would be a nation so powerful that no enemy could hope to stand before us. If we had put on the breastplate of truth, and obeyed the laws of Yahweh, we wouldn’t have our present troubles.
Next Paul says that our feet should be shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Not the false satanic hope of peace by reliance upon the pagan, Christ hating countries of the United Nations. Peace never comes from leaders of these pagan countries, they don’t even know the meaning of peace. However, many churches of today teach that our only hope of peace is in surrendering to the United Nations. Have they never heard the Prince of peace is Yahshua?
Peace can only come on Yahweh’s own terms, after Yahweh’s kingdom has been established. Yahshua confirms this for in Matthew 10:34 He said, “Think not that I am come to send peace on the earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.” Only under the rule of Yahweh will peace come, the scriptures verify this throughout the Bible.
In Isaiah 52:7 we read these famous words. “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of Him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, thy God reigneth!” It is only when the kingdom of Yahweh has become an effective reality on earth, the good tidings of peace can be published, and not otherwise.
Isaiah 9:6-7 records, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulders: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon His kingdom, to order it and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of Yahweh will perform this.”
It is only of Yahweh’s government and peace that there shall be no end. The scriptures have never promised us any other peace. Peace certainly cannot come under the United Nations which recognizes no god but the stone idol of Zeus, which stands in the lobby of its building in New York City.
We are told to have our feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. We are to be ready for our part in bringing our nation in joyous obedience to Yahshua our Redeemer, from whom alone can we ever hear the good news of peace. If we aren’t ready, so much the worse for us!
In Mark 13:34-37 Yahshua warned us, “For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work and commanded the porter to watch. Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh: at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: lest coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all: Watch!” How many are really watching and are ready for His coming?
Paul says we need the shield of faith. In the original Greek, from which this was translated, it says the faith. This is important, not just faith, not just belief in something, but the faith. The pagans who worshiped Moloch and Baal certainly had faith. They offered their first born sons as bloody sacrifices on the altar, but it was the wrong faith. There is far too little true faith, the faith, in the world. In Luke 18:8 Yahshua sorrowfully asks, “When the Son of man cometh, shall He find the faith on the earth?”
What is the faith? After His resurrection Yahshua defined the faith. He rebuked two of His disciples for their failure to understand what had happened, it is recorded in Luke 24:25. “O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken.” Today, most churches believe only the gospel of personal salvation. They despise all the rest that the prophets have spoken, they do not have the faith. Paul says that with the shield of the faith we will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. In ancient times, fiery darts were slender, hollow reeds, filled with combustible materials, which were ignited and shot from bows. This was for the purpose of setting fire to tents and buildings in a besieged city.
Many people believe Yahweh exists, but comparatively few believe Him in all that He has spoken through His prophets. These people are going into battle without a shield, and the enemies’ missiles will take a heavy toll. In Hebrews 11:6 we are told, “Without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to Yahweh must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.”
We are told Abraham believed Yahweh, and his faith was counted to him for righteousness. Abraham believed Yahweh in something which appeared impossible to him. This is the kind of faith which is counted for righteousness. How few of our churches, and the people who attend them, have this faith today! They have read Psalm 91:2-8 which says, “I will say of Yahweh, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust. Surely He will deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust: His truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the sorrow that flieth by day; nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.”
The people don’t believe this, they would rather hazard their lives on a treaty with Russia or China, than on the word of Yahweh! No wonder they are so lukewarm they have no faith for which they would be willing to die. The ministers and priest don’t preach from the gospel of John or the epistles of John. They reduce their Savior to the gentle carpenter of Nazareth and apologize for His strong teachings. These pseudo Christians serve on joint committees with His enemies, and eagerly raise great sums of money for those who blaspheme Yahshua’s name. They deny their Savior to avoid offending the Jews!
If they will just read the Bible, they will read Yahshua’s reply to them for doing these things. It is recorded in Revelation 3:15-16. “I know thy works, that thou are neither cold nor hot: I would that thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of My mouth.” As always, Yahshua is right. Christians who are lukewarm, are not fit for this last great battle of the great day of Yahweh the Almighty.
Next Paul lists the helmet of salvation, it is fifth on the list. You must have the first four parts of armor, before you are ready for this one. In the Old Testament, four Hebrew words are translated salvation. In the New Testament, two Greek words are translated salvation, all six have the primary meaning of safety. This is not only safety for the individual, it must also be safety for the nation. If you voluntarily let your nation lose its salvation, do you think that you as an individual, can keep yours? Among our ancient ancestors, those whose indifference allowed Baal worship to enter the land, perished with it. Personal salvation by itself is not enough. Today most Christians are running around unarmed and naked except for just a helmet.
We can’t stand passively by while this battle rages. Besides the defensive armor of Yahweh, we must also have the sword of the spirit, which Paul tells us, is the word of Yahweh. If you know this, and are not afraid to use it, you can drive the enemy out of our schools, churches and our government, even out of our land.
Satan has disarmed most people by subverting the churches. These churches are now teaching Christians must avoid anything which is controversial and teaching Christians they should love everybody, good or evil. Truth, justice and righteousness are always controversial, because the wicked always oppose them. Yahshua was the most controversial figure in all of history, and still is.
If you are ashamed of Yahshua, because He never cringed before controversy, remember you will have to explain this to Yahweh one of these days! The word of Yahweh must advance boldly against evil. In Psalm 139:21-22 David says, “Do not I hate them O Yahweh, that hate thee? And am not I grieved with those that rise up against Thee? I hate them with a perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.” In Acts 13:22 Paul tells that Yahweh said, “I have found David, the son of Jesse, a man after Mine own heart, which shall fulfill all My will.” No other man in all of history received that honor, a man after Mine own heart.
Love of the wicked, and giving help to them, is always wrong. In ancient times Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, made an alliance with the wicked King Ahab. Because of this, King Jehoshaphat was rebuked by Yahweh, as we read in II Chronicles 19:2. “Should you help the wicked and love those who hate Yahweh? For this reason, wrath has come upon you from Yahweh.”
Yahshua was always uncompromising about wickedness. Sure, He lost the votes of the left wing and the alien minority groups. But before you are tempted to sacrifice truth for the sake of popularity, remember who it was that was resurrected. A thousand generations of popular politicians are still dust in their graves.
There can be no neutrality in the battle between good and evil. Yahshua never retreated, He always attacked. His words are a ringing call to battle now! You ignore them at your peril, for He said in John 12:48, “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.”
As a real Christian, you are armed with the girdle of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, and your feet are shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. In addition you have the shield of the faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit. What are you armed for? To do battle courageously against all wickedness. Let’s go! With these arms, and under the leadership of Yahshua, YOUR DESTINY IS VICTORY!!!