The Word of God about fasting and almsgiving (1)
The Word of God about fasting and almsgiving (1)
«Now, it happened in the fifth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, in the ninth month, that all the people in Jerusalem and all the people who came from the cities of Judah to Jerusalem, proclaimed a fast before God». (Jeremiah [Hebrew]: 36/9 — The Eastern Orthodox Bible (EOB))
«And when they were sick, I dressed myself in sackcloth, humbled my soul with fasting, and prayed with my head bowed to my breast». (Ps:36/13–35 MT = 34 LXX)
«I proclaimed there a fast, at the river Aue, that we should humble ourselves before our God, to seek of Him a straight way for us and for our children and for all our property». (Ezra: 8/21)
«The men of Nineve believed God and proclaimed a fast and put on sackcloths, from the greatest of them to the least of them». (Jonah: 3/5.)
«When Jesus entered into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, “Why could we not we cast it out?”
He told them, “This kind can come out by nothing, except by prayer and fasting”.» (Mark: 9/28–29.)
«Jesus said to them, “Can the friends of the bridegroom mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then, they will fast». (Matt: 9/15; Mark: 2/20; Luke: 5/35)
About fasting and almsgiving
Selections from the Word of God on this topic
1. About fasting
A well-satiated body leads the soul into the hand of the devil. In the past, the old people had only their own skin on their body. Why? Because it was once fat and brought the soul under the slavery of the body. Then what did he say? „Wait, you body, for I put you under a yoke”, and he put the body under a yoke. What kind of yoke? Fasting and praying. The heaviest yoke for the body is fasting. Be careful, brother, fasting is considered as chains for the body. It is the best weapon to prevent the body from lusting: fasting. You should not believe that by fasting you got sick. It is found into the book that the flesh is the enemy to the soul. Take heed of My advice. If someone says that you get sick because you fast, it is not true. The Christians from the past raised the dead; they gave sight. You should remind fasting for specific things. If you fasted and you did not speak what you did it for, it was like an unwritten paper. If you have a father, you should fast to get him out. I show you a martyr who, after she died, someone got her out by fasting. Instead of having a hundred of memorial services, the best action is to write days of fasting and you will get someone out of his death. Nothing is holier on the earth like fasting. By fasting you will get out the most devilish people. Someone says: „I have enemies”. If you had many days of fasting, you would not have enemies. But you do not have fasting. Brother and sister, I did not come to break the law; I rather came against your enemies. Not even among the Christians is there any fasting. The best weapon for destruction of the evil spirits is fasting. Some among the Christians had been fasting for three days to see if My work is true, but because they were tempting, it was not shown to them. Do not put into work what is not shown to you. Someone else also fasted to be a prophet; however, do not ask for what is not given to you. Do you know who are they who do this? The scribes and the Pharisees. During their time, they were fasting and saying to put God down. God knows each one of them and what He is going to do with him. My brother, if you want to do something for your brother, fast, but do not ask for something else.
Excerpt from the Word of God, from 19–12–1965.
… Woe to the man who became an innkeeper. Woe to the man who sells meat in the fasting days, who sells drink in the fasting days! Sons, a man will come and say, “This prophetic word is a liar”. But I say take heed for the earth will open itself and swallow this man and many of you will fall, for he will come and say the same into his bed as My vessel through which I speak, and will speak against My work and My working and there will be great war.
Excerpt from God’s Word, from 25–04–1973.
… Today fornication and drunkenness are in high power, and not only these, but also masturbation and sodomy. If you never fast from eating and drinking, your body leads you into the fire, like a stallion that is too well satiated.
… Sons, set aside to shine both inside and outside. You should be like pure gold; not defiled and not sinful. You should not be angry and wicked, nor a drunkard or a smoker. The sins of today were also in the time of Sodom and Gomorrah. And Lot was always crying to the world to repent. Oh, sons, the fire came, but no one saw it coming. Come out of the world by fasting and praying, so that you may not have troubles. I am the One Who was in the flesh on the earth and I commanded them, as I do it now to you, and no one believed Me. Keep away, as he who is not with Me, goes into the fire.
Excerpt from the Word of God, from 20–06–1973.
… Sons, during the three days in the week: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, have only one meal on evenings, and let the sick people eat at twelve o’clock. This is for My things to become perfect. He, who cannot do it, is not obliged. The sick man should also fast until twelve o’clock and his food may be without oil on that day.
Excerpt from the Word of God, from 18–08–1973.
… It has been prophesied that you should keep a dry fasting for three days; for casting away of the evil spirits and for strengthening of your bodies in your spiritual life, for your enemy destruction, for the fruit in your fallow lands, for health of your bodies and your spirit, for breaking, scattering and dismissal of the spells, for killing of witches, for winning of trials which many people bring you in. Did you hear? Amen. For clearance of lusts and sins, for killing of the unclean spirits. Let him who is sick and cannot fast, fast only half of day.
Excerpt from the Word of God, from 30–08–1973.
… Preserve your health, sons, as many are sick, and for these here is what you are to do: black fasting, the best medicine: the suckling from the bosom, four hours; the child by seven years, until twelve o’clock, and the healthy ones should fast until evening, until six o’clock in the evening, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. For the healing of the soul and body, one should read within eight hours forty oratories; and during other eight hours one should read the whole Psaltery through and also the Songs of Moses. And what is besides these it concerns you. And then it comes the Hours and Canons. You should not stay without Canons in your houses, and when you pray, you should have the little note for the dead, as there are many dead who are no longer reminded in churches.
Excerpt from the Word of God, from 20–09–1973.
… My little children, I lost much blood for you and I labored and suffered much for you, but not even a quarter of a day do you suffer from hunger for Me. I told you to fast and you do not fast, and you say that you fast for Me. And you fast unwillingly, as the bread that you eat now when you have to fast, you would have it then.
… The Lord’s mother will sweep out everything that is evil on the hearth of this country. He, who is with Me, will remain. The people of God will inherit, as the foreign visitors saw what it is in Romania, and they know what it has under the bed (Under the soil of the country, r.n.), and they can hardly wait to plunder it; however, the lawless one will be burned and then his dust will be scattered by the wind and taken away from this land. Did you hear?
Excerpt from the Word of God, from 27–11–1973.
… My mother and all the prophets and all the patriarchs and all the teachers and spiritual priests pray to you to keep well the way with Me. Be faithful to God. Do not let the weeds at the root of the vineyard. Spray the tree so that the caterpillars may die from it, for the time is coming for the leaf to spring up out of the tree. The caterpillars are the desires that the Christians have in their life. Sprayed with poison, that is with feast and prayer. Be good and do not rush to get out. Let the gates be open and do not get out for outside is gnashing of the teeth and worms eating. Stay with Me Christian, be patient, for the Lord is adding you at the right time. Let not God stay with the stick into His hand against you; the Kingdom is not earned this way. Let the gates be open and let the doorkeeper not be and do not get out of the gate, for getting out, you will not come back, as outside it is the fiddler of the antichrist who plays so that you may feel yourselves.
Excerpt from the Word of God, from 14–02–1974.
… Listen, Christian: even those from your family will not let you fast, as they will say that you will wear out. One in a thousand of you is blessed thousand times to be as perfect as John the Evangelist was.
Excerpt from the Word of God, from 29–06–1974.
Israel, My child, I made you children, but on what? The angels wonder that you are still wicked. The children of old wore themselves out and did not leave Me; not even for a pinhead; they did not blaspheme Me, but you have separated from Me because of a house or a rebuke. Israel, My people, do not hide from God for the wicked man; do not hide but better arm yourself, as the power that comes in you is from Me. Only if you knew, son, how much power the faith has, and fasting without sorrow and prayer made with much peace and love!
Excerpt from the Word of God, from 04–08–1974.
… Israel son, Israel, come closer to Me, as the time ahead of you is pagan. The world in front of you and on your right and on your left and in your back has a pagan life. All the days of the life are without celebration; they are without shame and without fear of anyone. The man has an animal life, and he eats like a wolf, grumbles like a bear, and wallows like a pig.
… Israel son, the Lord speaks to you once again; both when the day comes, and when the dark comes, when it is a day of feast or a day of fasting, you should keep it. Even if the shrew urges or hits you, you should still keep it, as if not, you will fall into judgment with Me and this deed will not be forgiven to you, the same as with the one who moved the ice pond and was not forgiven too.
Excerpt from the Word of God, from 07–08–1974
… Your fathers and forefathers were fasting and you do not know as well as I know, and they were turning days of week into feasting; they chose them for the use of their life. They were choosing certain days and dedicated them for God’s honor. They were not eating on Mondays at all, nor on Wednesdays or on Fridays; however, they all eat today; even if the night were day, they would always eat and never be satisfied.
Excerpt from the Word of God, on 13–08–1974.
… Israel sons, a great lust comes for everyone. A lust for fasting comes to one, and a lust for eating comes to another one; a lust for heaven comes to one, and a lust for earth comes to another one; a lust for prayer comes for one and a lust for novels and movies comes to another one.
… In the time of the fathers and forefathers, all the people suffered if one went wrong; all the people suffered for the one who did not fast; for one that did not pray, all the people suffered; for one that committed fornication, all the people suffered; you should know that.
… How do you love God? Do you know how? With your right hand you worship and with your left hand you commit sin.
… What do you do? The wicked people come to you and take you to work on Sundays; they take you out of My little church and they take you where they want. Israel son, if you were strong in faith, in prayer and in fasting, no one would come to take you, as between you and the world it would be the fence of fasting and praying.
Excerpt from the Word of God, from 01–09–1974.
… I told you to keep away from dogs; incline your ears, as many assemblies were made against you, but you are protected. They say so to catch you. They say that they want to catch those that do not want to go to church, but they are not looking for them, but they are looking for you, who go to church. They do not prevent you from going to church, for the ruler with his wife also go to church; however, keep away from butchers, so that you may not fall into their claws. There were many martyrs who suffered and neither did they give themselves over as pray, nor did they give their shepherd over. Many assemblies were made against you, for they say that you are part of the Army of God, not because you do not go to church, where even Ceauşescu goes; however, he goes both to the pub and to dance. You would be forced to eat meat on a day of fasting. You will be asked why you do not you eat for sweet food, and this is what you are to answer: „This is what my mother and father taught me, and this is what I teach my children, and this is written in the book and in the calendar”. And if you go to church, your neighbor from there hates you because you do not do as he does.
…Sons, I let you go to your jobs but now I am sorry that I let you go, as you made your own jobs. What do you do with your money that you receive from your work? You do not do any merciful deeds and the time is coming when you will be sorry that you did not do merciful deeds; it is coming and the alms giving will be taken into consideration and you, who did not do any alms, what will you do, then? As he, who helps a poor man, helps God. Take this into consideration, as look, in Pucioasa a rich man died, and after he was buried, the news spread that he had three hundred thousand lei on H.E.C. (The House of Economy and Consignments, translator’s note.), and it was taken by the state, (When a monthly salary was one thousand seven hundred lei, r.n.) for no one could raise the money, and now he is at the customs of stinginess and can no longer pass.
Excerpt from the Word of God, from 08–09–1974.
… The citadel of Nineveh had fasted, and three quarters of souls perished by post, for all had fasted, from suckling to white hair for three days and three nights, and you should know that three thirds of the souls perished. Why? That they had no power to fast three days and three nights.
… Christian, take a good look through the cities as you will no longer see them. Look at the high towers, for you will no longer see them. Look at the shops, for you will no longer see them. I can see how you are to choose the rings with precious stones and cloths in the streets and expensive items and you will die with them into your arms.
Excerpt from the Word of God, from 15–09–1974.
… A place between heaven and earth is being prepared for My people, as here, on earth, everything is doomed to destruction. (See the selection topic: „The great tribulation”, r.n.) You do not know that. This earth will get dry, and also the whole stalk of the plants and springs. Give up all your members; give up, sons, although you are to suffer from this. My little children teach one another to know the signs of the end. Let the child in your arms know the signs of the end, and teach your children to know the days of fasting and do not let your neighbors hear your children crying for hunger. Let it be known by itself that today is a godly day and each one has to live spiritually. The days of fasting were not made now; the world was not created now; it is not now that the Monday was made; it is not now that the Wednesday was made; it is not now that the Friday was made.
Excerpt from the Word of God, from 25–09–1974.
 CT omits “and fasting” which is found in Byzantine manuscripts including PT. (E.O.B.)
 God’s Word in Romania, translated by I. A., redactor note.
 The Army of the Lord, (Romanian: Oastea Domnului), is a spiritual and moral renewal movement in Romania founded, in 1922, by Fr. Joseph Trifa, a Romanian Orthodox priest. (The first apocalyptic trumpet — See selection topic: „The apocalyptic trumpets”, r.n.) Fr. Trifa defined the Army of the Lord as a voluntary lay grassroots organization based on the Bible for revitalizing the Romanian Orthodox Church. After 1948, the movement was declared illegal by the communist regime.