It took the vengeance of God to protect Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus. King Herod heard there was a king in his jurisdiction and so he, Matthew 2:16 (KJV) …slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under… He didn’t know God had taken Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus down to Egypt.  Matthew 2:19-20 (KJV) But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20 Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life. Jesus was a young child, so it was perhaps three or four years, a short period of time and Herod was dead.  I declare whatever is resisting God’s plan for your life and tampering with your destiny is stopped today. Isaiah 61:2 promises you that your day of the vengeance of God is here.

God’s vengeance is also found in the book of Acts. Ananias and his wife Sapphira sold a piece of property and decided together to keep some of the money for themselves.  Ananias took the money to the apostles and Peter said, Acts 5:3-4 (CEV) Why has satan made you keep back some of the money from the sale of the property?  Why have you lied to the Holy Spirit?  You lied to God! Ananias died right there on the spot.  Three hours later Sapphira came, not knowing her husband died and also lied. Acts 5:9,10 (CEV) Then Peter said, “Why did the two of you agree to test the Lord’s Spirit? The men who buried Ananias are by the door, and they will carry you out!” 10 At once she fell at Peter’s feet and died. Together they tried to deal deceitfully and lie to the Holy Spirit and the judgment of God fell on them.

Another of God’s judgment came in the book of Acts on a false prophet and sorcerer named Bar-jesus (or Elymas) when he opposed Barnabas and Saul as they preached the Word of God to Sergius Paulus, the governor of Paphos.  He had asked to hear the gospel, but the sorcerer was blocking this from happening.

Acts 13:9-11(GNT) Then Saul—also known as Paul—was filled with the Holy Spirit; he looked straight at the magician 10 and said, “You son of the Devil! You are the enemy of everything that is good. You are full of all kinds of evil tricks, and you always keep trying to turn the Lord’s truths into lies! 11 The Lord’s hand will come down on you now; you will be blind and will not see the light of day for a time.” At once Elymas felt a dark mist cover his eyes, and he walked around trying to find someone to lead him by the hand. 

This false prophet tried to stop the advancement of the Gospel, but God’s vengeance removed the apostle’s adversary.  God knows satan is our adversary and uses people to frustrate and fight God’s servants and hinder them from carrying out God’s instructions.  We must remember that our enemy is never flesh and blood.  Our true warfare is never with what we can see or feel and that’s why vengeance only operates supernaturally by faith.

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