Australia Ministry Trip (Sept 26-November 10, 2017)

Australia Ministry Trip (Sept 26-November 10, 2017)
From September 26 to November 10, 2017, my husband, daughter and I will be on a ministry trip in Australia and New Zealand. The places we will be visiting are shown on the map above - along with the dates in which we'll be in these places (and what we'll be doing while there). Please keep this ministry trip and all of us in your prayers! Blogs will appear daily throughout this time, as I have written them and scheduled them in advance. I welcome your comments - and enjoy them! Just know I will not have Internet access for much of this time. So, I will look forward to reading your responses upon my return. Thank you for your understanding! And please keep reading to complete the "Reading the Bible in a Year" challenge and blessing! I am very grateful to Claire for her faithful blog comments (please everyone - join her in sharing each day as a discussion blesses everyone so much more!) And I am thankful that Claire has graciously agreed to add a bit more into her daily comments during my time of absence. Please direct special comments or questions which require immediate responses to her (on this blog). Blessings as you continue your journey through God's Word this year!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Daily Bible Reading - September 24, 2017

Today's Reading:

1 John 3

2 Chronicles 36

Psalm 90

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It may be argued that there is no more powerful chapter to
prove that Yahweh intends for His people to overcome sin than 1 John chapter 3. In this chapter, John just came right out and said it plainly, leaving no wiggle room. The people of Yahweh are to stop sinning, through the power of God.
1 John 3:7-10 "Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother."
What? We're supposed to overcome our bad habits and gain victory over our Law-breaking (by definition, sin is transgression of God's Law - 1 John 3:4)? "That's perfectionism!" liberal Christianity argues. Well, dear ones, I didn't say it - John did. 

But the idea that God's people are to live as "new creatures" with our old, sinful ways "past away" is portrayed plainly in Scripture time and again. Yet, it is commonly believed that the Good News of the Gospel frees us from the Law. In effect, this means that we can continue sinning (breaking God's Law) right up to His Return. But is that the good news? Yahshua saved me, yet I have no power for a changed life? I must still live just as weakly as I did before?



The most often repeated teaching throughout the Christian world is the “Good News” of the Gospel. Ask most any Christian to rattle off a definition of the Gospel message, and he or she will likely be able to comply without very much difficulty. The Gospel, by the commonly understood definition, is the powerful “Good News” of the death, burial, and resurrection of Yahshua (Jesus) Christ that provides full and free deliverance from the penalty of sin according to the grace of God through faith in Him.   
   
Yet, in spite of the “power” advertised in this message, the number of shipwrecked  lives among Christians today is staggeringly high. Church-attending Christians struggle with many ungodly situations like: adultery, substance abuse, addictions of all kinds, pregnancy out-of-wedlock, physical and emotional abuse, and destructive demonic compulsions of all kinds.

The leaders of Christian churches today are also succumbing to the devil’s enticements. In his book, Men's  SecretWars (Baker/2006), Patrick Means reveals a confidential survey of pastors and church lay leaders. Sixty-four percent of these Christian leaders admit that they are struggling with sexual addiction or sexual compulsion including, but not limited to, the use of pornography, compulsive masturbation, or other secret, sexual activity.

In our own experience, we have learned of church elders with gambling addictions. There are church members, and even pastors, who struggle to hide the immoral behavior of their teenagers. Numerous “Christian” spouses abuse their family members, and the list goes on and on…

It is no wonder that from the outside, the worldly person can see no real difference between the professed    Christians and himself. The church-goers have the same weaknesses and failings as those lost in the world. Where is the life-change? Where is the evidence in the “born-again” life revealing that the Gospel is powerful? 

Most excuse these failings in Christianity as being proof that there need not be a life change. For “sinners are saved by grace” and “churches are hospitals for the spiritually sick.” But, in fact, churches today are not like spiritual “hospitals” at all, for the spiritually sick find no cure there. Rather, churches have become more like thinly veiled support groups for the spiritually dead.  And all of the singing, Bible study groups, clubs, and church classes do no more to bring real life-changing vitality to these poor souls than does performing C.P.R. on a mummified corpse.

So what’s wrong with Christianity today that it has left its adherents so little help for the here and now? The   problem has largely been a lack of knowledge of the full Gospel message.  As it says in Hosea 4:6, “My people are    destroyed for lack of knowledge…” The knowledge that is missing in this victory-less version of “Christianity” is the     understanding of the other half of the Gospel message. 

The Gospel is not the Good News that Yahshua (Jesus) died to save people in their sins. The Gospel is the Good News that Yahshua died to save us from our sins.  Thus, it isn’t just about the fact that Christ died and rose again, the Gospel is also about how the precious Name and  Blood of our dear Lamb is powerful today. It is about how through the power of Yahshua, we can walk free from the sins and demonic bondage that have held us enslaved. 

As it says in John 8:34-36: 


“Yahshua answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin… If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”  

And that really is Good News! Presenting only part of the Gospel, as much of Christianity does, is really far more serious than it may sound at first. For telling only a partial truth is really leaving one to believe a lie.  Thus, in sharing only part of the Gospel, Christianity has largely failed to share the true Good News at all, rather what is being taught is a perverted teaching—it is, in fact, the false Gospel the Apostle Paul warned us against in Galatians 1:3-8:

“Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Sovereign Yahshua Christ, Who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father… I marvel that ye are so soon removed from Him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel. Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed…”
Here, in Paul’s warning against this false gospel, that had begun to be shared even in his day, is a key point: the false gospel is really a “perversion” of the true Gospel message. To “pervert” in this Scripture is from the Greek word metastrepho (from which we get metastasis) meaning: “to turn… transmute or corrupt…” In other words, to “pervert” the Gospel truth is to mix it with error, causing what was once good to become corrupted. 

Not only does Paul warn against the false gospel, he also gives us keys to identifying the perversion in the false gospel teaching. They are found in 2 Timothy 3:1-7:

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,  without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,  traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away... Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”


Let us take a moment to look carefully at this important description of false Christianity as detailed by Paul in the above text. There are several characteristics which deserve our attention, as they are fruits of the false gospel.



1. The above text refers to professed Christians, because it states that these people “have a form of     godliness,” or claim to be and look like Christians; “but deny the power thereof,” meaning they do not have a transformed life to accompany the claim.


2. This Scripture is discussing a condition of professed followers of God at the end of time, because it states that this will take place in the “last days”.


3. The characteristics of these nominal “converts” are the same character traits one would find in anyone enslaved to sin and under bondage to the destroyer of souls.



The identifying mark in the false gospel is its lack of life-changing power. As it points out in 2 Timothy, those caught up in its teachings will find they are still just as selfishly motivated as they were before being “saved.” They are still disobedient, unthankful, and unholy. And while they do have some affection for God, the truth is that they love   pleasure more. It is this sick sort of pseudo-Christianity that is giving Yahshua a weak image, rendering the life-changing power and Person of Christ virtually impotent. 


But the real Good News is that this is a FALSE teaching! Yahshua is our mighty Deliverer! He has come to set the captives free. He not only forgives us our past sins, but He also provides the power now to deliver us from every   demonic tendency and every satanic enslavement.  As it says so beautifully in Isaiah: 

“Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered? But thus saith Yahweh, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children” (Isaiah 49:24-25).
The victorious Christian life isn’t about human weakness. It’s about our Heavenly Father’s strength. The Good News is that Christians aren’t supposed to be conquered by satanic suggestion and sinful inherited tendencies.  

“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us” (Romans 8:37).  
Our Heavenly Father expects us to overcome against every demonic downfall!  As Paul put it, 

“Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21).
This Heavenly expectation of weak and sinful beings should not serve to discourage us. Rather, it should be taken as a great comfort, because our Heavenly Father never expects anything of us that His power isn’t present to accomplish.  The very presence of the command to overcome is evidence of His promise to enable us to do so.


This is the other half of the Gospel message. Not only does the Gospel truth encompass justification (being made just as if we had not sinned), it also    includes sanctification (being set free from sin and devoted to a Heavenly purpose).  All of Heaven is committed to working out this wonderful plan in you. As it says in Jude 1:24:

“Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the Presence of His glory with exceeding joy.”
What does this mean to the worried Christian parent of a rebellious teen? What does this mean to the secretly addicted churchgoer? What does this mean to the church leader eaten up inside with bitterness and resentment? It means that the Saviour has the power to restore your life and home in righteousness. He can produce the beautiful Fruit of the Spirit in you while shattering these sinful chains that bind your soul.


Ultimately, the incredible Good News about the Gospel is that we can overcome through the power of Christ. Once we grasp the personal reality of Christ’s ministry on our behalf, we never need fall prey to another temptation again!  We are forever changed through what He accomplished here as our Example of victorious living, through what He did for us on the Cross as our substitutionary Sacrifice, and through what He is now doing for us as our great Heavenly High Priest (Hebrews 4:14-16). This is the vital missing other half to the Good News of the Gospel.

1 John 3:7-10 "Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother."



 

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Daily Bible Reading - September 23, 2017

Today's Reading:

1 John 2

2 Chronicles 35

Psalm 89:38-52

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Today, I would like to invite you to join us for our two Livestream broadcasts - given in honor of the Feast of Trumpets. If you want to join us Live, you will need to select the links below at the times in which these talks air. If you are watching after 5 PM (PST), you may watch the presentations from our Livestream archive, at the links given below:




Friday, September 22, 2017

Daily Bible Reading - September 22, 2017

Today's Reading:

1 John 1

2 Chronicles 34

Psalm 89:19-37

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Today, I would like to invite you to join us for our two Livestream broadcasts - given in honor of the Feast of Trumpets:



Thursday, September 21, 2017

Daily Bible Reading - September 21, 2017

Today's Reading:

John 21

2 Chronicles 33

Psalm 89

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Today, I would just like to focus on praising Yahweh. Praise is the Place where Yahweh is Enthroned. Praising Him transports us instantly into the very Presence of the Almighty. Psalm 89 begins with one of my favorite praise passages:
"I will sing of the mercies of Yahweh for ever: with my mouth will I make known Thy faithfulness to all generations."
What has Yahweh done for you?  I'd like you to think about it, and then bless us all by sharing some of your personal testimony in the Comments at the end of this blog.

I'll start us off with making known the mercies of Yahweh and declaring His faithfulness in my life.  

The most dramatic mercy of Yahweh in my life was shown 1) at Calvary and 2) in the story recorded in my book, Escaping from the Dragon's Jaws.

Remembering the insidious attack of the enemy on my life makes me grateful to my Heavenly king. For the devil sent a woman, who was a high (low) witch, to feign Christianity, become my prayer partner, and infiltrate herself into my life and family deeply enough to become my best friend. 

Her influence was dangerous - deadly. And my life quickly left the realm of the "normal" and became increasingly paranormal. Science-fiction like things became commonplace. And yet, I was deeply deceived by this time. I was losing my soul.

Over a couple of years of continually planting seeds in my mind of ideas which were of witchcraft, but which were always couched in Scripture (twisted Scripture), making them appear right, this woman was used of Satan to remove me from the path of Scriptural truth and to nearly break up my marriage and destroy my family and ministry.

But God interposed. He stepped in and grabbed me as I was falling off the cliff and into a dark abyss from which I would never have seen the light again! He pulled me back, when I was too foolish and deceived to cry out to Him to do so. He saved me, when I didn't even realize that I needed saving.

But now, looking back on my story and experience, I can join with Psalmist to say, "Yeah, though I walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death..." I have experienced the saving power of my Heavenly Shepherd's Rod. He reached down and pulled me up from the brambles of hell which were choking the life out of me. He carried me. He redeemed me! Yes:
"I will sing of the mercies of Yahweh for ever: with my mouth will I make known Thy faithfulness to all generations." 
Now, won't you encourage us with your testimony? What has Yahweh done to demonstrate His mercies to you?

Daily Bible Reading - September 20, 2017

Today's Reading:

John 20:19-31

2 Chronicles 32

Psalm 88

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Sennacherib's attack against Hezekiah and the kingdom of Judah was most insidious, as recorded in 2 Chronicles 32. It struck me how similar was his attack to a spiritual warfare battle which we face, when Sennacherib's messengers called out to God's people with words to get them to doubt the reality and delivering power of Yahweh. 

"Where is your God?" he asked. "Do you really think he can save you from me? Look what I have done to other nations! Their gods couldn't save them from me!"

What a horrible - satanic - thing to do! And how was Sennacherib's demonic doubt campaign defeated? Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah prayed - crying out to Yahweh for deliverance. And Yahweh heard their prayers and dealt with Sennacherib.

This story is much more than a historical account. It is a spiritual warfare lesson. Because the way Sennacherib attacked Judah is the way the devil attacks the people of God all the time!

So, how can we respond effectively to the words of satan, when he tries to convince us that God can't help us - and that we'd better let him have his way or he'll crush us like bugs? 
Let's look at the steps in the story from 2 Chronicles. 

Often times, when we are hit with a spiritual warfare encounter, we think we've already failed because the instant the attack comes, we don't sense peace - we are in distress. Judah, Hezekiah, and Isaiah were not peaceful about the words of Sennacherib either. They were troubled, prayerful and weeping!  

Similarly, when you are in a spiritual warfare attack, do not expect to start with peace. When you get troubled or upset, when attacks come, do not try to start with making your heart feel at peace. This is a mistake many people make. They try to conjure up some kind of feeling of peace within and succeed only in upsetting themselves more. Do not start with peace. Start with truth. Work your way back down through truth and righteousness and you will come out at peace. This is the way to begin.
Now let u s take a closer look at this battle. If we remind ourselves of these great truths, they ought to set our hearts at rest. But we all know that even though these truths often will set our hearts at rest, there are times when they do not. We are still depressed and filled with doubts.
Perhaps there is no good reason for us to feel this way. We may wake up in a blue mood even though we were happy when we went to bed the night before. There may be no good reason for our depression. There is nothing wrong physically (the physical elements of our lives can have a very great bearing on our feelings), but still we feel depressed.
Well, what is happening? We are experiencing What Paul calls here "the flaming darts of the evil one." These stratagems of Satan come to us in various forms. Sometimes they are evil thoughts and imaginations which intrude suddenly upon our thinking, often at the most incongruous times. We may be reading the Bible; we may be bowed in prayer; we may be thinking about something else entirely when all of a sudden filthy, lewd thought flashes into our mind. What is this? One of the fiery darts of the evil one. We ought to recognize it as such.
Sometimes these darts come as doubts and even blasphemies--sudden feelings that perhaps this business of Christianity is nothing after all but a big hoax or a dream. Perhaps we feel that it can all be explained psychologically or that Jesus Christ was a victim of self-delusion. Perhaps the world is not the way we have been taught to believe it is, and things are not the way the Bible says. You have doubtless experienced these times of doubt. All Christians have had this sudden feeling that perhaps it is all a fantasy. Again, these fiery darts may come in the form of sudden fears, anxieties, fleeting sensations that things are all wrong. We cannot seem to shake them off.
The Devil's Whispers
These feelings, in whatever form they may take, are always from the same source. They are the fiery darts of the wicked one. We are the biggest fools on earth if we do not see them in that light and deal with them as such. And in whatever form they may come to us, they always have two characteristics. First, they seem to rise out of our own thoughts. They seem to come right from our inner selves. We feel, "This is something I am thinking," and oftentimes it is a shocking thing.
But the Devil is really whispering to us. He is influencing us. Ah yes, but it doesn't seem like that to us. In our ignorance and innocence we blame ourselves: "How can I think a think like this if I am a Christian? Can a Christian have such a lewd and filthy thought as this? Can I really be a Christian if I think like this? I must not be one after all."
This, of course, is exactly why the Devil sent those thoughts to you. He wants you to think that way. If it is doubt (and we are always exposed to doubts, these sudden attacks upon faith, these sudden feelings that Christianity is not as sure and certain as it once seemed to us), we say to ourselves', "I must have already lost my faith or I would not think like this." What is the matter with me? How can I be a Christian and even have such a bought?" So we try to repress the thought. We think, There must be something wrong; we should not feel like this," and we push the thought down in-to our subconscious. But it is still there, lurking underneath, and we feel dishonest because we are not even willing to look at it and face it. This takes its toll on us in physical ways as well s in mental and emotional strain and tension.
We feel uncertain and confused because we are convinced that the opposite of faith is doubt. We think if we have doubts we cannot have faith and if we have faith we do not have doubts. Therefore, if we have doubts, we cannot be men and women of faith. We fail to recognize this as the lie of the Devil.
The second characteristic is that doubts are always an attack upon our position in Christ as the truth--as our righteousness and our peace. These darts are always an insinuation of doubt about those matters-never about anything else. They are an attack upon those areas of faith.
This is always the way of the Devil. He said to Eve in the garden, "Has God said unto thee--did God say that?" There is the implication of doubt. He said to Yahshua in the temptation in the wilderness, "If thou be the Son of God, then turn these stones into bread." If! There is the insinuation that these things are not true. This is the way he raises doubts, creates guilt, arouses fear. These are the attacks of the evil one.
The Quenching Process
Now, what are we to do? How are we to combat these attacks successfully? Well, the Apostle says, "Take the shield of faith, with which you can quench all the flaming darts, of the evil one." Notice that he did not say the "shield of belief." We have already reminded ourselves of our belief when we have put on the girdle of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, and--the equipment of the gospel of peace. That is our belief in what Christ is to us.
But faith is more than that. This is very important to see. Faith is acting upon belief in Christ and in His Word. Faith is decision, action, resolution. Faith is saying, "Yes, I believe the Word of God is the truth. Yahshua is my Righteousness, He is my peace. Therefore this, and this, and this, must follow." Faith is working out, the implications of belief. When you say "therefore" you move from belief into faith. Faith is particularizing; it is taking the general truth and applying it to the specific situation and saying, "If this be true, then this must follow." That is the shield of faith.
Now, have you learned how to take the shield of faith when doubts come? Do you say, "Christ is the truth. He is the basic revelation of things which really are. He has demonstrated it. Therefore, I cannot accept the thought that the Word of God is a hoax. I cannot believe that the Bible is the truth and that my doubts are true, too. I have committed myself to Christ because I have been persuaded that He has demonstrated truth fully. I stand on that ground. Therefore. I must reject this insinuation."
Do you reason that "the Word is the truth? Therefore I cannot believe this subtle philosophy which exalts man and makes God unnecessary in human affairs. I must reject it. Since I have found Christ true, I cannot believe this sudden feeling I have of unreality. I must regard it as what Christ says it is: from the Devil. God's Word says he is a liar from the beginning. Therefore this is a lie and I reject it."
Is this the way you think it through? Our problem is, that we have become so accustomed to believing our feelings as though they were facts. We never examine them. We never take them and look at them and ask, "Is this true?" We simply I say, "I feel this way. Therefore it must be true." This is why so many are constantly defeated; they accept their feelings as facts.
Rather, we are to say, "Christ is my righteousness. I am linked with Him. I am one with Him. His Life is my life and my life is His Life. I stand upon the Foundation of His Word. Therefore, I cannot believe this lie that these evil thoughts are my thoughts. They are not my thoughts at all. They are thoughts which come because of another force. It is not my thinking at all. No, it is the Devil again. I do not want these thoughts. I do not believe them. I reject them. I do not want them in my thinking; therefore the are not mine!" With this, we are using the shield of faith.
Using the shield of faith means refusal to feel condemned or to feel guilty. "God loves me. He says so. He says nothing will change that. Nothing will separate us! All right, then I will believe that, and I will not believe the thought that God does not love me and want me." You see, you cannot entertain both thoughts. "No man can serve two masters."
Christ is the ground of my peace. Therefore it is his responsibility to take me through every situation. So I cannot, I will not believe this fear, this sudden anxiety which grips my heart. I will not believe that it is from me. It is simply sent to shake my confidence in Christ. It is an attempt to destroy my peace. But Christ is adequate for even this, and I refuse to change.
Proof of Faith's Reality
This is what James calls "resisting the devil." This is the shield of faith. It is refusing to believe the lie that if you have doubts you cannot have faith. Because that is a lie. Doubt is always an attack on faith. The fact that you have doubts proves that you have faith. They are not opposites at all. Doubt is the proof of the reality of faith. Therefore reexamine the ground of your faith and reassert it. Remember that feelings are not necessarily facts at all.
And James says further that if you keep on resisting the Devil he will flee from you (James 4:7). Think of that! He will flee from you. Resist the Devil again and again every time an evil thought or doubt comes back. Refuse to give up your position. And, sooner or later, inevitably, the doubts will clear, your feelings will change, the attacks cease, and you will be back again in the sunshine of faith and the experience of the love and joy of God.
That is what Paul is talking about when he says, "Take the shield of faith. It is able to quench every fiery dart of the evil one."   (adapted from on online article by Ray Stedman)
So when the devil comes to you with the insidious doubt tactics of Sennacherib, remember the stand up on the Word of God - and resist him. Pray! And believe God's Promises. The fiery darts of the wicked one can only burn, defeat, and destroy if you let them in! So, instead, use the shield of faith in God - and in His Word.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Daily Bible Reading - September 19, 2017

Today's Reading:

John 20:1-18

2 Chronicles 31

Psalm 87

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In Psalm 87, we are reading about Zion today. To add to our understanding of this beautiful promise, here are a few verses on the Bible prophecy of Zion, which together paint a beautiful picture of what Yahweh is doing in and through His people:


Psalm 135:21
Blessed be Yahweh from Zion, Who dwells in Jerusalem. Praise Yahweh!
Psalm 76:2
His tabernacle is in Salem; His dwelling place also is in Zion.
Psalm 132:13-14
For Yahweh has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His habitation. "This is My resting place forever; Here I will dwell, for I have desired it.
Joel 3:17
Then you will know that I am Yahweh your God, Dwelling in Zion, My holy mountain. So Jerusalem will be holy. And strangers will pass through it no more.
Psalm 9:14
That I may tell of all Your praises, That in the gates of the daughter of Zion I may rejoice in Your salvation.
Isaiah 52:1-2
Awake, awake, Clothe yourself in your strength, O Zion; Clothe yourself in your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city; For the uncircumcised and the unclean Will no longer come into you. Shake yourself from the dust, rise up, O captive Jerusalem; Loose yourself from the chains around your neck, O captive daughter of Zion.
Lamentations 2:8-10
Yahweh determined to destroy The wall of the daughter of Zion. He has stretched out a line, He has not restrained His Hand from destroying, And He has caused rampart and wall to lament; They have languished together. Her gates have sunk into the ground, He has destroyed and broken her bars Her king and her princes are among the nations; The Law is no more Also, her prophets find No vision from Yahweh. The elders of the daughter of Zion Sit on the ground, they are silent They have thrown dust on their heads; They have girded themselves with sackcloth The virgins of Jerusalem Have bowed their heads to the ground.
Micah 4:6-8
"In that day," declares Yahweh, "I will assemble the lame And gather the outcasts, Even those whom I have afflicted. "I will make the lame a remnant And the outcasts a strong nation, And Yahweh will reign over them in Mount Zion From now on and forever. "As for you, tower of the flock, Hill of the daughter of Zion, To you it will come-- Even the former dominion will come, The kingdom of the daughter of Jerusalem.
Matthew 21:5
"SAY TO THE DAUGHTER OF ZION, 'BEHOLD YOUR KING IS COMING TO YOU, GENTLE, AND MOUNTED ON A DONKEY, EVEN ON A COLT, THE FOAL OF A BEAST OF BURDEN.'"
John 12:15
"FEAR NOT, DAUGHTER OF ZION; BEHOLD, YOUR KING IS COMING, SEATED ON A DONKEY'S COLT."
Zechariah 9:9
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
Psalm 78:68
But chose the tribe of Judah, Mount Zion which He loved.
Jeremiah 14:19
Have You completely rejected Judah? Or have You loathed Zion? Why have You stricken us so that we are beyond healing? We waited for peace, but nothing good came; And for a time of healing, but behold, terror!
Lamentations 2:1
How Yahweh has covered the daughter of Zion With a cloud in His anger! He has cast from heaven to earth The glory of Israel, And has not remembered His footstool In the day of His anger.
Isaiah 46:13
"I bring near My righteousness, it is not far off; And My salvation will not delay And I will grant salvation in Zion, And My glory for Israel.
Psalm 87:2
Yahweh loves the gates of Zion More than all the other dwelling places of Jacob.
Psalm 102:13-16
You will arise and have compassion on Zion; For it is time to be gracious to her, For the appointed time has come. Surely Your servants find pleasure in her stones And feel pity for her dust. So the nations will fear the Name of Yahweh And all the kings of the earth Your glory.
Psalm 133:3
It is like the dew of Hermon Coming down upon the mountains of Zion; For there Yahweh commanded the blessing--life forever.
Psalm 132:13-16
For Yahweh has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His habitation. "This is My resting place forever; Here I will dwell, for I have desired it. "I will abundantly bless her provision; I will satisfy her needy with bread.
Psalm 147:12-14
Praise Yahweh, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion! For He has strengthened the bars of your gates; He has blessed your sons within you. He makes peace in your borders; He satisfies you with the finest of the wheat.
...Thus Yahweh of hosts has said, "Zion will be plowed as a field, And Jerusalem will become ruins, And the mountain of the house as the high places of a forest."'
Micah 3:12
Therefore, on account of you Zion will be plowed as a field, Jerusalem will become a heap of ruins, And the mountain of the temple will become high places of a forest.
Isaiah 1:8-9
The daughter of Zion is left like a shelter in a vineyard, Like a watchman's hut in a cucumber field, like a besieged city. Unless Yahweh of hosts Had left us a few survivors, We would be like Sodom, We would be like Gomorrah.
Jeremiah 6:2-5
"The comely and dainty one, the daughter of Zion, I will cut off. "Shepherds and their flocks will come to her, They will pitch their tents around her, They will pasture each in his place. "Prepare war against her; Arise, and let us attack at noon. Woe to us, for the day declines, For the shadows of the evening lengthen!
Joel 2:1-2
Blow a trumpet in Zion, And sound an alarm on My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, For the Day of Yahweh is coming; Surely it is near, A day of darkness and gloom, A day of clouds and thick darkness As the dawn is spread over the mountains, So there is a great and mighty people; There has never been anything like it, Nor will there be again after it To the years of many generations.
Psalm 46:4-7
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, The holy dwelling places of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. The nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered; He raised His voice, the earth melted.
Psalm 48:1-14
Great is Yahweh, and greatly to be praised, In the city of our God, His holy mountain. Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth, Is Mount Zion in the far north, The city of the great King. God, in her palaces, Has made Himself known as a stronghold.
Psalm 125:1-2
Those who trust in Yahweh are as Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but abides forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, So Yahweh surrounds His people From this time forth and forever.
Isaiah 37:22-23
This is the word that Yahweh has spoken against him: "She has despised you and mocked you, The virgin daughter of Zion; She has shaken her head behind you, The daughter of Jerusalem! "Whom have you reproached and blasphemed? And against whom have you raised your voice And haughtily lifted up your eyes? Against the Holy One of Israel!

Zechariah 14:16
Then it will come about that any who are left of all the nations that went against Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, Yahweh of hosts, and to celebrate the Feast of Booths.
Hebrews 12:22-23
But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect,
Romans 9:33
Just as it is written, "BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE, AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED."
1 Peter 2:6
For this is contained in Scripture: "BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A CHOICE STONE, A PRECIOUS CORNER stone, AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED."
Isaiah 8:14
"Then He shall become a sanctuary; But to both the houses of Israel, a stone to strike and a rock to stumble over, And a snare and a trap for the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
Isaiah 28:16
Therefore thus says Yahweh GOD, "Behold, I Am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, A costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed. He who believes in it will not be disturbed.
Hebrews 11:16
But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them.
Revelation 14:1
Then I looked, and behold, the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the Name of His Father written on their foreheads.