What about the other men of God described in the Bible?  Did they wear panties?

Frankly, I’ve got panty burn-out.  The following concept is from Satan: “It’s unthinkable that a man of God would raise his voice.”  I know a minister right here in Denver, Colorado who has personally made that statement to me.  He doesn’t go for the idea of someone raising his voice while speaking.

What a Satanic idea firmly planted in the minds of some of the virgins of Matthew 25:1!  Until the cry at midnight comes to us, we are all asleep:

Matthew 25:1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

Matthew 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

Let’s establish one fact right up front.  If you will be a wise virgin, then the Bible will be your guide.  Matthew 4:4 will rank among the highest of your priorities.  Philippians 2:5 will be up there, too.

Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

The cry at midnight will end the famine of the word:

Amos 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:

Philippians 2:12 will be a driving force in your life:

Philippians 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

We will all understand that Revelation 20:12 is the bottom line of our judgment and we had better get it right :

Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

Since the wise virgins will go with what the Bible says, let’s look at what it says.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; 3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

We see in verse 1 that there is a time and season to every purpose under heaven.  We will see as we go through this paper that the men of God applied this principle.

Let’s examine the word “gentle.”  “Gentle” shows up five times in the New Testament:

1 Thessalonians 2:7 But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children:

2 Timothy 2:24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,

In 1 Thessalonians 2:7 and 2 Timothy 2:24, the word “gentle” is Strong’s #2261, meaning “affable, i.e. mild or kind – gentle.”

Titus 3:2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.

James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

1 Peter 2:18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.

In Titus 3:2, James 3:17 and 1 Peter 2:18, the word is Strong’s #1933, meaning “appropriate, i.e. (by impl.) mild, gentle, moderation, patient.”

“Gentleness” appears four times in the Bible—twice in the Old Testament and twice in the New Testament:

Psalms 18:35 Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.

2 Samuel 22:36 Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy gentleness hath made me great.

In Psalms and 2 Samuel, “Gentleness” is Strong’s #6038 and means “condescension, human, and subj. (modesty) or devine and obj. (clemency), gentleness, humility, meekness.

2 Corinthians 10:1 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you:

In 2 Corinthians 10:1, “gentleness” is Strong’s #1932 meaning “suitableness, i.e. (by impl.) equity, mildness, clemency, gentleness.”

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

In Galatians 5:22, “gentleness” is Strong’s #5544 meaning “usefulness, i.e. morally excellence in (character or demeanor) gentleness, good(ness) or kindness.”

So the words “gentle” and “gentleness” have their meanings and places in the Christian experience.

I was a little shocked at the meaning of “gentleness” in Galatians 5:22. Strong’s definition is not the one I would have assigned to it.  Be that as it may, there is another side to this equation, since there is a time and season to everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1).

The subject of someone raising their voice needs to be looked at.  It is very easy to see how Satan can use this to sweep certain people away into oblivion.  An abusive husband, wife, father or mother, employer, etc., in a person’s past could be a real problem here.

Being a man, I’m not sure why this is.  I understand the intimidation factor and it certainly is true that the will of some people can be broken easily.  I am 57 years old and had a hillbilly upbringing, have been in the military, had employees, and have a strong-willed wife and have been in hundreds of altercations.  To me, they come and go as water under the bridge.  Some altercations eat on my mind for a period of time due to what might have been said, but I can never remember tone of voice having been a problem.  I suppose it has to do with upbringing, life experiences and a particular person’s make-up. Is there anyone whose voice doesn’t surge in an argument?

Since there is a time and a place for all things (Ecclesiastes 3:1), are you willing to let the Bible be your guide?  If not, Luke 19:27 and Matthew 25:30 are your future.

Luke 19:27 But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.

Matthew 25:30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

How did Christ, our perfect example, do it?  We can take our cue from Him.

Matthew 23:13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.

14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.

15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

16 Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor!

“Woe” is Strong’s #3759: “exclamation of grief.”  Webster’s Dictionary says of “exclamation,”

“(1) A sudden and forceful utterance. (2) An outcry as of protest.”

I’m telling you, on the authority of Jesus Christ’s example, that if you have a problem with God’s end-time prophets and others raising their voices, your chances of being in God’s Kingdom are very slim.  I can just hear it now—Christ whispering in His feminine voice, “Woe to the Pharisees and Scribes,” as He tugs on His sagging panties.  What foolishness to submit to the thoughts of Satan!

Matthew 23:17 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?

“Fools” is Strong’s #3474: “dull or stupid (as if shut up) i.e. heedless, blockhead…”  Zodhiates’ Complete Word Study New Testament says, “silly, stupid, foolish, from which the English word ‘moron’ is taken…”

I can just picture the scene now as Christ whispers verses 17-19, all the while staring at the run in His pantyhose:

Matthew 23:17 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold? 18 And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty. 19 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift?

What insanity to think that Jesus Christ would challenge these hypocrites in a weak, monotone voice!  Weak and feminine—He, the very Son of God, who was going to die for these hypocrites!  You can bet He put all the power and authority into these statements as only the Son of God could!

Matthew 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

24 Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.

25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.

26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.

28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. 29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,

30 And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.

31 Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.

Notice the accusation in verse 33. Can’t you just hear this in a nice, feminine tone?

Matthew 23:33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?

In verses 34-36, I can just imagine Christ speaking in a soft, gentle, feminine voice, with tears of frustration streaming down his cheeks, causing His mascara to run.  Oops!  He forgot and wiped His eyes, smearing His eye shadow even more as He softly issued these threats and accusations.

What spiritual insanity to think of this all-powerful Jesus Christ in such wimpy terms!  Only a moron virgin would think that Jesus Christ never raised His voice and was afraid to call a spade a spade!

In John 2:14-17, we see some more of Christ’s emotions:

John 2:14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: 15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables; 16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise. 17 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.

In verse 15, “scourge” is Strong’s #5416: “a whip, i.e. Rom. lash as a public punishment:—scourge.”

No doubt, the anti-raise-your-voice people visualize Christ with a scourge of feathers (in other words, a feather duster).  Here, Christ is whispering in His feminine voice as He delivers lash after lash with His feather-duster-scourge on the sheep and oxen.  Oops!  His panties are down around His knees and Christ didn’t notice in all the excitement (must be bad elastic).

Let’s wake up, end-time virgins!  Satan will influence your mind at its weakest point, whatever that may be.  You can bet that when this mighty, all-powerful Jesus Christ confronted these greedy money changers, His eyes were blazing and His voice carried a tone that would wilt anyone!

What would Christ’s tone of voice be in the following verses?  Would there be any forceful voice raising here?

Matthew 15:7 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,

Matthew 16:23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.

Mark 3:3 And he saith unto the man which had the withered hand, Stand forth. 4 And he saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? But they held their peace. 5 And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.

Was Christ’s voice muffled and weak, straining to come through in a strong feminine tone, as his panties kept sagging?  It is inconceivable that the conversation of John 8:34-37 was done in a monotone, low-pitched voice.

John 8:34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. 35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. 36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. 37 I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.

What about some of the other men of the Bible—were they always gentle and soft?  And gentleness does have its place, as Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 makes clear:

Ecclesiastes 3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

Notice Stephen’s words Acts 7:51-53:

Acts 7:51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.

52 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:

53 Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.

Can’t you just picture Stephen now in his pink panties, with black lace and a red heart on one side, laying it on the line to the sons of Satan in his soft, gentle voice?  If he dared to raise his voice, his panties might rip!  In verses 54-60, he may have even shed a couple of tears of frustration as he pleaded with these naughty sons of Satan:

Acts 7:54 When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.

55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,

56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.

57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord,

58 And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul.

59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.

60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

By verse 57, he may have raised his voice to a loud whisper, judging by the reaction of the audience.

What moron (foolish) virgins we would have to be to think that Stephen wasn’t blasting these hypocrites with all the power that Almighty God would give him—raised voice and all!

What does the Bible say about John the Baptist, who is a type of the end-time Elijah?  Notice Jesus’ own words in Matthew 11:7-9:

Matthew 11:7 And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind? 8 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses. 9 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet.

In verse 7, “Did you go to see a plant quivering in the breeze?”  In verse 8, “soft” is Strong’s #3120: “soft, i.e. fine (clothing), fig. a catamite, effeminate, soft.”

“Raiment” is Strong’s #2440: “a dress (inner or outer) apparel, cloak, clothes, garment, raiment, robe, vesture.”

These verses make it very clear that we had better expect attacks from this prophet of God, the end time Elijah.  He will be patterned after the original Elijah and John the Baptist.

Luke 7:24 And when the messengers of John were departed, he began to speak unto the people concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness for to see? A reed shaken with the wind?

25 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they which are gorgeously apparelled, and live delicately, are in kings’ courts.

26 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much more than a prophet.

Clearly, John the Baptist did not wear panties with wide ruffles, fruit print, etc.  How disgusting, how pathetic, to think that some would be offended by someone pointing out God’s truth while raising his voice!  What would John the Baptist’s tone of voice have been in Matthew 3:7-10?

Matthew 3:7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

You can bet his voice wasn’t soft and effeminate!

What could Amos’ tone of voice have been in Amos 4:1-3?  Was he not implying that these people were fat sinners of major proportion?  If we call someone a cow today, we imply they are fat.

Amos 4:1 Hear this word, ye kine of Bashan, that are in the mountain of Samaria, which oppress the poor, which crush the needy, which say to their masters, Bring, and let us drink.

2 The Lord GOD hath sworn by his holiness, that, lo, the days shall come upon you, that he will take you away with hooks, and your posterity with fishhooks.

3 And ye shall go out at the breaches, every cow at that which is before her; and ye shall cast them into the palace, saith the LORD.

It’s hard to imagine Moses’ voice being kind and gentle in Numbers 20:10-11.  Seems to me he was incensed:

Numbers 20:10 And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock? 11 And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also.

Notice how the original Elijah handled the situation in 1 Kings 18:27:

1 Kings 18:27 And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.

“Mocked” is Strong’s #2048: “to deride…”  Webster’s says “deride” means, “to laugh at.  To laugh at or ridicule contemptuously.”

What?  Would a man of God laugh at or make fun of Satan’s ministers?  I guess Elijah had on his finest panties as he laughed and grinned through his cherry red lipstick.

Acts 15:39 is another example of two strong-willed men of God going eye-ball to eye-ball, as they tugged on their panties and adjusted their silk dresses, as they violently attacked each other with their soft, gentle words.  How absurd to think that temper and emotions didn’t rise between these two men of God!

Acts 15:39 And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus;

Just one final Biblical example:

Matthew 25:6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

“Cry” is Strong’s #2906: “an outcry (in notification of tumult or grief), clamour…”  Webster’s defines “clamour” as, “(1) Loud outcry, hubbub (2) a vehement expression of discontent or protest, public outcy.”  Webster’s defines “tumult” as, “(1) Commotion and noise produced by a very large crowd (2) a. a great disturbance, b. a tempestuous uprising riot.”

How foolish we would be, to be offended by God’s chosen end-time Elijah because he raises his voice to attack a sin or a sinner that we may be associated with.  If that is a point of contention for you, Satan can take you away—through something silly.  God may inspire this prophet to raise his voice and challenge you!

How about it?  Will you be a foolish (moron) virgin and let Satan steal your crown over this childish silliness?  Elijah is our ticket to eternity, because he is the only one who can make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

Luke 1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

Published April, 1999

© Edgar Y. Bennett
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