Why Is God’s Word A “Two-edged Sword”?


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Why Is God’s Word A “Twoedged Sword”?

Psa 149:6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand;

Heb 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.

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.

Introduction

The phrase “His Christ” referring to those who Christ has sent as His Father sent Him appears three times in the King James Version of the New Testament (Act 4:26; Rev 11:15; and Rev 12:10).
Joh 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

This being true, you and I are sent with the two-edged sword of the Word of God in our mouths, and Psa 149:6, Heb 4:12, and Rev 1:6 are all speaking of us and the words that are already coming out of our mouths. But those verses are also telling us that we are to be those who are, and will be, Christ’s prophets, who are and will be warning His people and this world of the judgment which is coming upon this world, inwardly and outwardly.

This world will not hear us until after that judgment has taken place. Only then will they “look behind” themselves and they will know a prophet has been among them:

Eze 2:3 And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day.
Eze 2:4 For they are impudent children and stiffhearted. I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD.
Eze 2:5 And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them.

Eze 33:31 And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness.
Eze 33:32 And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not.
Eze 33:33 And when this cometh to pass, (lo, it will come,) then shall they know that a prophet hath been among them.

When you and I have been faithful to, and have simply spoken these words, this world will then know that Christ is Lord, and He and His supernaturally preserved and resurrected Christ, who have lived all these words inwardly, will now be given rule of the outward kingdoms of this world for a symbolic thousand years (Eze 7:27 and Rev 11:15 and 20:4).

Here is what is even now taking place in this outward world, even as it has been taking place within Christ’s elect for the past 2,000 years:

Eze 7:1 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Eze 7:2 Also, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD unto the land of Israel [the great harlot of Isa 1:21 and Rev 17-18]; An end, the end is come upon the four corners of the land [“The whole world” which is dominated by this great harlot religious system, Rev 17:15-18].
Eze 7:3 Now is the end come upon thee, and I will send mine anger upon thee, and will judge thee according to thy ways, and will recompense upon thee all thine abominations.
Eze 7:4 And mine eye shall not spare thee, neither will I have pity: but I will recompense thy ways upon thee, and thine abominations shall be in the midst of thee: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
Eze 7:5 Thus saith the Lord GOD; An evil, an only evil, behold, is come.
Eze 7:6 An end is come, the end is come: it watcheth for thee; behold, it is come.
Eze 7:7 The morning is come unto thee, O thou that dwellest in the land: the time is come, the day of trouble is near, and not the sounding again of the mountains [the nations are “the mountains”; what we are being told is that there will be no more proclamations of men].
Eze 7:8 Now will I shortly pour out my fury upon thee, and accomplish mine anger upon thee: and I will judge thee according to thy ways, and will recompense thee for all thine abominations.
Eze 7:9 And mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: I will recompense thee according to thy ways and thine abominations that are in the midst of thee; and ye shall know that I am the LORD that smiteth.
Eze 7:10 Behold the day, behold, it is come: the morning is gone forth; the rod hath blossomed, pride hath budded.
Eze 7:11 Violence is risen up into a rod of wickedness: none of them shall remain, nor of their multitude, nor of any of theirs: neither shall there be wailing for them.
Eze 7:12 The time is come, the day draweth near: let not the buyer rejoice, nor the seller mourn: for wrath is upon all the multitude thereof.
Eze 7:13 For the seller shall not return to that which is sold, although they were yet alive: for the vision is touching the whole multitude thereof, which shall not return; neither shall any strengthen himself in the iniquity of his life.
Eze 7:14 They have blown the trumpet, even to make all ready; but none goeth to the battle: for my wrath is upon all the multitude thereof.
Eze 7:15 The sword is without, and the pestilence and the famine within: he that is in the field shall die with the sword; and he that is in the city, famine and pestilence shall devour him.
Eze 7:16 But they that escape of them shall escape, and shall be on the mountains like doves of the valleys, all of them mourning, every one for his iniquity.
Eze 7:17 All hands shall be feeble, and all knees shall be weak as water.
Eze 7:18 They shall also gird themselves with sackcloth, and horror shall cover them; and shame shall be upon all faces, and baldness upon all their heads.
Eze 7:19 They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the LORD: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumblingblock of their iniquity.
Eze 7:20 As for the beauty of his ornament, he set it in majesty: but they made the images of their abominations and of their detestable things therein: therefore have I set it far from them.
Eze 7:21 And I will give it into the hands of the strangers for a prey, and to the wicked of the earth for a spoil; and they shall pollute it.
Eze 7:22 My face will I turn also from them, and they shall pollute my secret place: for the robbers shall enter into it, and defile it.
Eze 7:23 Make a chain: for the land is full of bloody crimes, and the city is full of violence.
Eze 7:24 Wherefore I will bring the worst of the heathen, and they shall possess their houses: I will also make the pomp of the strong to cease; and their holy places shall be defiled.
Eze 7:25 Destruction cometh; and they shall seek peace, and there shall be none.
Eze 7:26 Mischief shall come upon mischief, and rumour shall be upon rumour; then shall they seek a vision of the prophet; but the law shall perish from the priest, and counsel from the ancients.
Eze 7:27 The king shall mourn, and the prince shall be clothed with desolation, and the hands of the people of the land shall be troubled: I will do unto them after their way, and according to their deserts will I judge them; and they shall know that I am the LORD.

Here is the counterpart of Ezekiel 7 in the New Testament. This is how God’s elect will overcome and conquer the kingdoms of this world. This is how “the earth [will be] lightened with His glory”. When these words are fulfilled, they will be fulfilled by the power of these words, and all mankind’s political and military power is helpless to do anything other than to simply fulfill these words of our Lord:

Rev 18:1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.
Rev 18:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
Rev 18:3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
Rev 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
Rev 18:5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
Rev 18:6 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.
Rev 18:7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.
Rev 18:8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.
Rev 18:9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,
Rev 18:10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.
Rev 18:11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:

This will all be accomplished by the sword of the Lord, and this is that ‘two-edged sword’.

One of the edges of that sword is:

Psa 17:13 Arise, O LORD, disappoint him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, which is thy sword:
Psa 17:14 From men which are thy hand, O LORD, from men of the world, which have their portion in this life, and whose belly thou fillest with thy hid treasure: they are full of children, and leave the rest of their substance to their babes.

That is one of the edges of Christ’s two-edged sword, and that is also the first edge of the two-edged sword of the Lord’s Christ.

Here is the other edge of the Lord’s two-edged sword:

Eph 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Rev 2:16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

Rev 19:21 And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.

This is the “two-edged sword” which includes “the wicked which are [Christ’s] sword”, and with which He will subdue the nations:

Psa 149:6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand;

Pro 5:4 But her [the great harlot] end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword.

Heb 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.

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.

Just knowing and having faith in these words, which the three Hebrew children had in their God’s power to deliver them from the fiery furnace of Babylon, will be the sword with which “our Lord and His Christ” will assume the powers of “the kingdoms of this world”:

Rev 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
Rev 11:16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,
Rev 11:17 Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.
Rev 11:18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.

The eyes of our Lord look down through time because He is not contained in time, and He tells us what He has already determined for us as He told Israel what He had already determined for them:

Num 21:34 And the LORD said unto Moses, Fear him not: for I have delivered him into thy hand, and all his people, and his land; and thou shalt do to him as thou didst unto Sihon king of the Amorites, which dwelt at Heshbon.

So it is for us:

Rev 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
Rev 11:16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,
Rev 11:17 Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.
Rev 11:18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.
Rev 11:19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.

That “great hail” will wipe away the refuge of lies, “and they shall know that I am the LORD”. “They” is all mankind, who will then be made aware that God alone dictates the affairs of the kingdoms of men:

Isa 28:17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.

Dan 4:17 This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.

That verse is not telling us ‘the most high shall [in the future] rule in the kingdom of men’. That “The Most High [presently, at this very moment] rules in the kingdoms of men” was made clear by the revelation that Daniel had already given the King when he interpreted an earlier dream of this same king, King Nebuchadnezzar.

Dan 2:42 And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.
Dan 2:43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.
Dan 2:44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.

Daniel 7 is several years after Daniel 2, and King Nebuchadnezzar had forgotten the miracle of Daniel telling him the dream he had forgotten, and the interpretation of that dream in which Daniel foretold the coming of four more kingdoms which were to follow the Babylonian empire of Nebuchadnezzar, culminating in the destruction of the last kingdom of iron mixed with miry clay. “In the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed.”

That prophecy in Daniel 2 was speaking of a future kingdom which “shall [be] set up”. This prophecy in Daniel 7 is telling King Nebuchadnezzar, and all who are given ears that hear, that “the most high ruleth” presently, at this very moment, even as He is awaiting that time when He “shall set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed”.

That kingdom which was yet in the future in the prophecy of Daniel 2; that kingdom which started out as a stone that became a mountain that filled the whole earth; the king of that kingdom came to this earth, and He began establishing that kingdom within all of His servants in earnest, in a down payment form two thousand years ago. He came at that time as a lamb which was and is being led to the slaughter. That kingdom is here now within each of us, but the outward form in which Daniel saw it filling the whole earth and in the form that Christ referred to it in which His servants would fight, is still a future kingdom.

Joh 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world [Greek: aion – age], then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

But the time of the kingdom of the ten toes of the image of Daniel 2 are much closer to you and me than it was to Daniel. The kingdom of silver, the kingdom of brass and the kingdom of iron, have all come and gone, and the time of the kingdom of iron mixed with miry clay which cannot stand, is now upon us, and indeed the kingdom of which it is prophesied “they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another”, is even now upon us.

Sharia law simply is not compatible with western constitutions which have given rights to women, as but one of many, many incompatible differences, which “shall not cleave one to another”. It takes leaders who are supernaturally blinded by their Creator to fail to see and to know this, and that is exactly what we have been given as Daniel 2 continues to be fulfilled before our very eyes.

These times will require the supernatural saving faith, hope and patience, which will be given to only those who are given to be in that kingdom which will destroy all the kingdoms of this world and “which shall never be destroyed”.

Dan 2:44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.

It is those of us who cry out to our heavenly Father and say “I don’t know whether I have that kind of faith, but I hope I am given that faith, that hope and that patience” who know that what we all are, good or bad, is a work of God and not of ourselves, whose standing with God is the same as the desperate man who knew that the faith he so desperately had to have was not his own faith, but had to be a gift from God:

Mar 9:17 And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit;
Mar 9:18 And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not.
Mar 9:19 He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me.
Mar 9:20 And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming.
Mar 9:21 And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child.
Mar 9:22 And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.
Mar 9:23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
Mar 9:24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
Mar 9:25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.
Mar 9:26 And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead.
Mar 9:27 But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.

This young man and his father are you and me. We, “of a child”, have been spiritually deaf and spiritually incapable of speaking the words of Truth. We are born with a spirit that requires that we wallow in our own sins, a spirit which is intent upon our destruction. We know our condition, and we are powerless to do what we would, and instead we do what we would not, and we continue to wallow in our sins.

When Christ told this afflicted young man’s father, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes”, He was telling that father, and He is telling us, that when we are given that saving faith, we are also given the inseparable gifts of hope and patience in which we possess our own souls.

“In your patience possess ye your souls… without… faith… it is impossible to please God… [and] we are saved by hope”, are one and all true, and they are one and all the gift of God this desperate father was crying out to be given by our merciful Lord, who told us “Ask, and it shall be given you”.

Mat 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

And look what we are encouraged to ask:

Zec 10:1 Ask ye of the LORD rain in the time of the latter rain; so the LORD shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field.
Zec 10:2 For the idols have spoken vanity, and the diviners have seen a lie, and have told false dreams; they comfort in vain: therefore they went their way as a flock, they were troubled, because there was no shepherd.

False doctrines are the words of idols spoken in vanity. They are the lies seen by diviners who tell us their false dreams. Their so-called comfort is nothing less than wallowing in those lies, false doctrines and false dreams. They trouble us because they are not the words or the voice of the True Shepherd.

When we are given the faith, the hope and the patience to possess our souls, then it is a comfort to know that the God in whom we have that faith is a benevolent dictator who really is working all things after the counsel of His own will. Then these dictatorial words become words of great comfort to those who are given that saving faith, hope and patience.

Isa 45:5 I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:
Isa 45:6 That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.
Isa 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

It is because He must form light, and create darkness, make peace and create evil in all of our lives that we must be patient with that work which seems so impossibly and unbearably and endlessly long that we are brought “to [our] wits’ end”, and cry out, “Lord, I believe, help thou mine unbelief”. It is when we are given that faith, hope and patience that we can say with the apostle Paul:

Eph 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
Eph 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Eph 1:5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

It is when we are speaking, fellowshipping and living in the Words of our benevolent dictator that we are in “seated with Him in the heavens”. It is when we are together in one mind in that Word that we are in the heavens in the Christ, even as we are still standing on this earth.

Joh 3:13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.

Eph 2:6 For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. (NLT)

We will conclude by demonstrating that the two-edged sword of the word of God, which destroys the man of sin within us all at the coming of Christ and His Word into our hearts and minds, has a negative counterpart in the words and doctrines of the great harlot:

Pro 5:3 For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:
Pro 5:4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword.
Pro 5:5 Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.

But, as is always the case, the negative two-edged sword is swallowed up and destroyed by the positive two-edged sword, and the death of her doctrine is swallowed up in the victory of the Truth of these words:

1Co 15:53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
1Co 15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
1Co 15:55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
1Co 15:56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
1Co 15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

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