Proverbs 24:11 – Rescue Those Taken Away to Death

Gary W. Ritter

(Proverbs 23-24; 2 Corinthians 5)

The times in which we live are creating multiple schisms.  We have the big one of the day being between the vaccinated and the unvaccinated.  There are many who are working hard to cause this rift to be even greater.  They want a bifurcated society, not of haves and have-nots, but of the jabbed and jabbed-not.  Those who refuse to take the shot are being marginalized.  The proposition is out there that the unvaccinated should be denied basic necessities; some have even declared they should be locked up or simply eliminated.

We also have the split within the church of those who advocate for taking the vaccines, and those who resist with horror.  There has long been a falling away in the church from sound doctrine; this fissure is one that threatens unity in Christ.

I am unabashedly against taking these experimental biological agents that pose as vaccines.  The dangers they present to God’s marvel of creation, the human body, are extreme.  The thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of other adverse reactions are a testament to this.  Many people, however, are either unaware of this data or willfully reject the large amount of evidence that has accumulated since the shots began to be administered in December 2020.

To rectify this situation, many medical professionals who became aware of the significant peril in taking these shots began to speak out.  Because there has been a larger narrative driving the giving of these vaccines, these brave individuals were shut down in many ways from communicating the knowledge they had.  It caused some to lose their jobs or positions at hospitals and certainly tarnished their reputations, which were trashed mercilessly by those who did not want the message of truth brought forth.

There have been others of us fortunate enough not to be in situations where these kinds of pressures can be brought to bear or that might matter to us.  We have nothing to gain by speaking out against the wicked agenda and the tools being used to implement it.  But, we do so out of obligation.  For secular people doing this, they simply have a heart for others and don’t wish to see them injured.

For believers in Christ, this first reason is certainly valid, but our efforts are fueled by what the Lord has given us through the sacrificial gift of His Son, and we want to be faithful and obedient to Him in return.  It means we must stand firmly and boldly against what we believe are atrocities perpetrated upon mankind and against God Himself.  Knowing what we do, Proverbs 24:10-12 comes alive for us:

If you faint in the day of adversity,

    your strength is small.

Rescue those who are being taken away to death;

    hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.

If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,”

    does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?

Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it,

    and will he not repay man according to his work?

This is a day of adversity in many ways.  Although our strength – even the reach that we have in communicating to others – may be small, the battle isn’t ours.  It is God’s, and we must rely on His strength, not our own.  What is being done to mankind through these so-called vaccines is horrendous.  People are being deceived and encouraged to take a drug that will either kill them outright or cause deteriorating effects in their bodies, i.e. prompting them to stumble to their slaughter.

We who know the truth, whether medically educated or having learned through study over these past months, have a Godly obligation to speak out.  Consider what the Lord says in this Proverb.  God knows that we know the facts.  If we do nothing, will that not count against us?  Most assuredly it will!  For us to have learned these things and refuse to attempt to pull people from the fire is surely a sin of commission – a purposeful, willful negligence that would not go well with us when we stand before God.

Paul spoke of similar things to the church at Corinth.  They had obligations to Christ just as we do, and none of us should use the excuse that in being obedient it will cause us harm.  Paul expressed this in 2 Corinthians 5:6-10:

So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.

The important lesson for us in all this is the necessity to walk in courage by faith and not by sight.  We see the threats around us, and who knows where that might lead?  The powers that be certainly know who we are.  Yet, are we faithful to Christ regardless of what might come our way?  Does it matter what man might do to us?  Or, is it more important that we keep the eternal prospect in mind that we will someday stand before Christ at the Bema Seat of Judgment?

God, give us the strength to stand.  Might we rescue others if You allow us to do so.  Might we glorify You in all we do!


[Author Note: Briefly, I want to set the stage for you as to the nature of most of my articles in this season.  Each year I read the Bible through completely at least once – that has been my practice since I came to the Lord in 2005.  I remain astounded at what God has done in my life because of that discipline!  Each day I read from both the Old and New Testaments.  I choose a verse from one of those passages and write my commentary and reflection based on that.  In the title of my article, you’ll see the verse I chose.  In addition, you’ll see the reading for that day if you’d like to follow along with greater context.]

Gary W. Ritter is a lay pastor, Bible teacher, and prolific author.  His Whirlwind Series comprises three books: Sow the Wind, Reap the Whirlwind, and There Is A Time.  These books are contained in the collected volume of the Whirlwind Omnibus.  Gary has been given the Christian Redemptive Fiction award for three novels: The Tattooed Cat, Alien Revelation, and for his collaboration with Terry James in writing The Minion Protocols, the third book in James’ Second Coming Chronicles.  Earlier this year Gary released a four-volume set of Awaken Bible Study Notes that comment verse-by-verse through Scripture from a Biblical prophetic lens.  He is currently editing a sequel to Alien Revelation called Alien Zombie Plague, which he plans to release later in the fall of 2021.  Recently, Gary wrote a novella for the new Kindle Vella platform.  That story is called Tribulation Rising: Seal Judgments – The Coming Apocalypse.  This seven-part short work can be found at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B099Z462WD.  Each day this year Gary has been writing commentary and reflections based on his reading through the Bible in a year.  The intent in all his writings is to bring a strong Christian witness to what people read.  You can see all his books and blog articles and reach him at his website: www.GaryRitter.com or his Facebook Author page:  https://www.facebook.com/gritter3390.  You can also see his older video Bible teachings on his Gary Ritter YouTube channel – look for the fish symbol, and more recently on Rumble on his Awaken Bible Prophecy channel: https://rumble.com/c/c-783217.

2 Corinthians 3:14 – Their Minds Were Hardened

Gary W. Ritter

(Proverbs 19-20; 2 Corinthians 3)

The nation of Israel had everything going for it.  After all, when God has specially chosen you to be the focus and recipient of the purpose and destiny He has planned for mankind, surely He would pour out incredible mercy and goodness upon you.  That’s certainly the case, but Israel squandered it.

God gave Moses the Ten Commandments to teach the Israelites how to live a holy and righteous life.  But these rules were supposed to be just the beginning.  In reality, their instruction was to be a tutor and cause for the Jewish people to turn to Yahweh with willing minds and softened hearts.  There was a supernatural glory in the Ten Commandments; God’s giving of them to Moses caused such brilliance to come upon him that the people required him to wear a veil.  The reality is that he represented the sinlessness of God in that condition and they – in their sin – couldn’t stand to see such holiness.  As these things unfolded, what should have brought life to the Jews, actually brought condemnation and death.

This condition has continued for Israel to the present age.  Paul describes this in 2 Corinthians 3:14-16:

But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts. But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed.

Because the Jews as a whole have rejected Jesus as Messiah – as God – and continued believing that through the Old Covenant they will find salvation, God has kept a veil over their minds to keep them from understanding the truth.  Indeed, their minds are hardened such that some even persecute Christians for daring to appropriate their Scriptures and distort them.

This idea of a hardened mind is not limited to the Jews and their particular situation.  It appears to be something that can come upon, not only an individual, but also an entire class of people.  It can lead to misunderstanding or misinterpreting information -perhaps even a willful rejection of truth – and result in actual harm to others.

Finding a diversion of shows or movies to watch is difficult when your heart is toward the Lord.  The vast majority of such productions include gratuitous sex, language, and/or violence.  Even shows that start out well can devolve into celebrating these deviancies.  My wife and I have begun watching many a series from Netflix (in the past when we subscribed to that) and from Amazon Prime, that we’ve had to turn off and walk away from.

Recently we began watching the PBS-produced Victoria that began in 2016.  (https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B01N7IM7RE/) For anyone who enjoyed Downton Abbey, you would probably like Victoria as well.  It’s an intriguing fictional representation of Queen Victoria and her reign in the 1800s, which is exceptionally free from moral issues that cause disgust for many of us.  (There is one uh-oh storyline in Season 2, but it resolves well.)

In a Season 3 episode, a cholera epidemic hits a certain area in London.  No one knows why.  The medical establishment is clueless and expresses both their ignorance and biases in diagnosing the causes of the outbreak.  Only one doctor takes a true interest in determining the plague’s cause.  He researches, goes into the area where the infestation is rampant, and as scientifically as he can for that day, tracks down the reason so many succumb, particularly women and children.  It’s because he cares, and cares enough to act, that they end up finding the source and ending the epidemic.  His mind and heart were soft and willing to listen and to learn, unlike those of his colleagues with their hardened minds.

You may guess where I’m going with this.  The medical establishment of today is of one uniform, hardened mind as to the causes, prevention, and treatment of COVID and its related issues.  From all over the world, there are numerous videos and reports that chronicle the deadly approach doctors and hospitals have used to deal with this planned epidemic.  They have abandoned all sane medical practices by declaring that literally everyone has COVID that they see and must be treated accordingly.  Any suggestion that a patient may have some other illness – particularly when the specific symptoms indicate this – is disregarded.  Patients are dealt with as though by robots, uncaring and unaffected by reasoning from family or friends that counter their programming.  I’ve labeled these physicians and their ilk zombie doctors.

There is a dark spiritual aspect to all this.  I did a Prophecy Update on this subject called Puppet Master Conspiracy, that details the demonic manipulation going on: https://rumble.com/vl06lq-awaken-bible-prophecy-update-8-11-21-puppet-master-conspiracy.html.

A few brave medical professionals have spoken out against the wickedness that is being perpetrated by their colleagues.  They are horrified at what they see their beloved profession doing to people they are supposed to be helping.  The stand these individuals have taken has been at great cost for many of them.  They have been ridiculed and lost their positions at the hospitals they served.  They’ve been canceled and deplatformed for daring to speak truth to expose the evil lies perpetrated by Big Pharma, the government, and the lapdog media.  Their ability to get out a counter narrative has been stymied and limited to primarily alternative media sources.  If they’d been allowed to speak freely, the staggering foolishness associated with the whole COVID fiasco, from treating patients only after they were deathly ill, to the extreme vaccine injuries with the massive number of deaths associated with the shots, could have been reduced probably by greater than 75%.  This has led many of us to conclude that all this is the result of a planned genocide.  Only extremely hardened hearts could be subject to such manipulation.

Is there an answer?  Paul states it in 2 Corinthians 3:17:

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

Only by the grace of Christ can this be comprehended and stopped.  Some of the medical rebels know the Lord well, others only in passing, and still more are secular.  Regardless, I have no doubt that in one way or another the Lord has worked in the hearts of all these individuals to speak boldly against the travesty they are seeing.  It is Christ who causes these people to act in the interest of others at the expense of their own reputations and careers.

Those of us with a pre-Tribulation Rapture worldview know all that is happening in this regard is preparing the way for the Tribulation.  Nothing of what is done in those horrible seven years originates without preparation.  There is a progression of events that occurs, from devising the technical aspects necessary to institute the worldwide system for controlling buying and selling, to the conditioning of people to obey and eventually worship the son of perdition.  All this and more paves the way for Antichrist’s Beast System.

It all begins with minds that are hardened.  The only solution is Jesus.  The world as we know it isn’t going to get any better.  The demonic realm and their human minions are operating at warp speed.  They will not relent as they see NOW as their time to strike.  God is allowing this so as to define His true church.  When the conditions are right, He will remove us to allow all these wicked actors to have their way, even as He pours out His wrath upon the world.

While we wait for our blessed hope, let’s continue to stand boldly for Jesus.  Perhaps even some of these with hardened minds will see the light.


[Author Note: Briefly, I want to set the stage for you as to the nature of most of my articles in this season.  Each year I read the Bible through completely at least once – that has been my practice since I came to the Lord in 2005.  I remain astounded at what God has done in my life because of that discipline!  Each day I read from both the Old and New Testaments.  I choose a verse from one of those passages and write my commentary and reflection based on that.  In the title of my article, you’ll see the verse I chose.  In addition, you’ll see the reading for that day if you’d like to follow along with greater context.]

Gary W. Ritter is a lay pastor, Bible teacher, and prolific author.  His Whirlwind Series comprises three books: Sow the Wind, Reap the Whirlwind, and There Is A Time.  These books are contained in the collected volume of the Whirlwind Omnibus.  Gary has been given the Christian Redemptive Fiction award for three novels: The Tattooed Cat, Alien Revelation, and for his collaboration with Terry James in writing The Minion Protocols, the third book in James’ Second Coming Chronicles.  Earlier this year Gary released a four-volume set of Awaken Bible Study Notes that comment verse-by-verse through Scripture from a Biblical prophetic lens.  He is currently editing a sequel to Alien Revelation called Alien Zombie Plague, which he plans to release later in the fall of 2021.  Recently, Gary wrote a novella for the new Kindle Vella platform.  That story is called Tribulation Rising: Seal Judgments – The Coming Apocalypse.  This seven-part short work can be found at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B099Z462WD.  Each day this year Gary has been writing commentary and reflections based on his reading through the Bible in a year.  The intent in all his writings is to bring a strong Christian witness to what people read.  You can see all his books and blog articles and reach him at his website: www.GaryRitter.com or his Facebook Author page:  https://www.facebook.com/gritter3390.  You can also see his older video Bible teachings on his Gary Ritter YouTube channel – look for the fish symbol, and more recently on Rumble on his Awaken Bible Prophecy channel: https://rumble.com/c/c-783217.