Spiritual Dictionary Section W-4

Worship – There are a number of words that are used to convey the idea that worship is an event that takes place when one bows, or prostrates, oneself toward a superior being in adoration, respect, and love, and is willing to obey the directions of this superior being. Worship can be directed to God or to Satan. CO

True Worship –

          Abel brings of the flock to worship God. Genesis 4:1-4

Noah obeyed God, built the ark, and then went on board with His family. Genesis 6:8-7:1

Jacob worships God by blessing the two sons of Joseph. Hebrews 11:21

          Passover as a display of true worship of God. Exodus 12

Joshua worships Jesus by falling on his face when he recognizes Him and is willing to obey. Joshua 5:13-15

Solomon worships God and God grants him many gifts and asks Solomon to walk in His statutes and commandments and Solomon offers sacrifices and offerings. I Kings 3:4-15

Solomon places the ark of the covenant inside the oracle of the temple that he built for God and God reveals Himself by filling the temple with the cloud of His glory and then after the dedication prayer God sends fire to consume the sacrifices. II Chronicles 5-7    

Elijah calls Israel to worship the true God, they fall on their faces when God’s fire consumes the sacrifice and they worship God; then Elijah worships God by killing the prophets of Baal, and then prays to God for rain for Israel. I Kings 18

Worship scenes with Naaman seeking out the prophet of God, obeying the commandment of God’s prophet, baptizing and bowing before God, and then seeking grace for when he worships before false gods to support his king. II Kings 5

Manasseh’s true worship of taking away the strange gods from the temple and worshipping in harmony with the ways of God. II Chronicles 33:11-18

Hezekiah’s cleansing of the temple, restoration of true worship, and the responses of the people. II Chronicles 29-31

Josiah’s restoration of the temple and the peoples response of worship. II Chronicles 34:1-35:19

A Psalm of praise, honor, glory to God and a willingness to bow down before Him and obey Him. Psalms 95

Description of True Worship. Zechariah 3

Listing of changes that God will conduct to develop appropriate worship in His people. Ezekiel 36

Daniel’s worship of God by obeying dietary issues. Daniel 1

Daniel’s friends worshipping God by not worshipping idols, and they are rewarded by walking with Jesus. Daniel 3

Nebuchadnezzar finally able to worship God. Daniel 4

Daniel worships God and is delivered from the lion’s den. Daniel 6

Cyrus obeys God’s call and allows the children of Israel to return to Israel. Ezra 1:1-4; Isaiah 44:27-45:13

Wise men seek Jesus, they bow before Jesus, they give gifts, and they obey the counsel given to them by the Spirit of Prophecy. Matthew 2:1-12

The disciples left their work and followed Jesus. Matthew 4:18-22

Samaritan woman worships Jesus by believing that He is the Messiah and then going and telling others of her experience with Him. John 4:1-42

The Thief on the Cross worships Jesus and is blessed. Luke 23:39-43

The disciples were willing to be trained by Jesus and prepared for the filling of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost in accordance with God’s Word. John 20:19-Acts 2

Stephen testifies of Jesus, is stoned, sees Jesus in heaven, and the prays for his enemies while dying. Acts 7:54-60

Paul is converted and submits to the direction of God and the blessings through Ananias. Acts 9:1-22

24 Elders worship God by falling down before Him and praising Him for being the Creator. Revelation 4:10-11


False Worship –

Cain brought an offering to God with no blood; thus Cain would not bow to God nor obey Him. Genesis 4:3-7

Worship of the golden calf at Sinai. Exodus 32:1-20

Curses are a sign that the people are worshipping Satan. Deuteronomy 28:15-68 See also chapter 1 of GC where the people have chosen to have Satan be their king and they obey him and manifest his spirit toward one another.

People that Assyria brought into Samaria to replace fallen Israel did not worship God according to His commandments, laws, and ordinances, but followed the ordinances of their gods, but they did fear God but would not obey. II Kings 17:24-41

Solomon disobeyed the prophecy of Deuteronomy 17:14-20 and his heart was turned away from God’s covenant and His statutes and worshipped other gods according to their ways. I Kings 11:1-11

Jeroboam sets up a false worship system to keep the children of Israel from returning to worship at the temple in Jerusalem. I Kings 12:25-33

Israel, in rebellion, trusts in lying words, steal, murder, swear falsely, burn incense to Baal, and walk after other Gods, like the Queen of Heaven in verse 18. Jeremiah 7:8-9

Listing of abominable forms of worship that Israel was conducting in the temple of God. Ezekiel 8

Manasseh’s false worship of the images and idols he introduced into the temple of God, and all of the other acts of disobedience to God. II Chronicles 33:1-10

The last plagues show that the people have rejected the worship of God and are displaying the characteristics of their god – Satan and blaspheme the name of God and refuse to repent. Revelation 16

Pharisees worship of God is negated for they replaced God’s requirements with their traditions, thus no submission, and no obedience. Matthew 15:1-9 See Mark 7:1-13

The Jews chose Barabbas as their Messiah and rejected Jesus. Matthew 27:15-26

The Jews reject Jesus as their king and choose Caesar. John 19:1-15

Rebellious worship the creature rather than the Creator. Romans 1:25

All the world worships the Beast and His image. Revelation 13

All the world will follow/worship the great whore – Babylon. Revelation 17

Every knee will bow to God, but their hearts are still far away from God. Philippians 2:9-11


How God wants us to worship:

Do not trust in lying words, execute judgment between a man and his neighbor, do not oppress the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, do not shed innocent blood, and do not walk after other gods. Jeremiah 7:3-7

What God wants for worship is not sacrifices of animals, but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God. Micah 6:6-8

Must worship God in Spirit and in truth. John 4:19-26

Paul worshipped God by believing all things written in the law and the prophets including the truth of the resurrection of the dead. Acts 24:14-15

Elders of Israel bowed their heads and worshipped God when presented with the signs and testimony of Moses and Aaron. Exodus 4:31


Worship - true - "In order to serve Him aright, we must be born of the divine Spirit. This will purify the heart and renew the mind, giving us a new capacity for knowing and loving God. It will give us a willing obedience to all his requirements. This is true worship. It is the fruit of the working of the Holy Spirit. By the Spirit every sincere prayer is indited, and such prayer is acceptable to God. Wherever a soul reaches out after God, there the Spirit's working is manifest, and God will reveal Himself to that soul. For such worshipers he is seeking. He waits to receive them, and to make them His sons and daughters." DA 189


Worship, true- “…working together with Jesus.” 2T 24


Wounds - "The words of a talebearer are as wounds…" Proverbs 18:8


Wound – Papal – “Power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.” And, says the prophet, “I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death.” And again: “He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword.” The forty and two months are the same as the “time and times and the dividing of time,” three years and a half, or 1260 days, of Daniel 7—the time during which the papal power was to oppress God’s people. This period, as stated in preceding chapters, began with the supremacy of the papacy, A.D. 538, and terminated in 1798. At that time the pope was made captive by the French army, the papal power received its deadly wound, and the prediction was fulfilled, “He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity.” (Revelation 13:10) GC 439


Wound – Papal – “For fifteen hundred years and more, Rome had kept as strong a hand as possible in each local community around the wide world. Still, because what might be advantageous for one locale might be detrimental for another, it had always been an essential practice for Rome to make its major decisions on the premise that the good of the geocommunity must take precedence over all local advantages. International politics might be driven and regulated according to the benefit to be derived by certain groups or nations at the cost of others. But geopolitics properly conducted must serve the absolute needs of the whole society of nations.

By and large, and admitting some exceptions, that had been the Roman view until two hundred years of inactivity had been imposed on the papacy by the major secular powers of the world. The Keys of this Blood by Malachi Martin. 1990 Touchstone. New York


Wound – Papal wound healing – “It has been shown that the United States is the power represented by the beast with lamblike horns, and that this prophecy (Revelation 13:11-16) will be fulfilled when the United States shall enforce Sunday observance, which Rome claims as the special acknowledgment of her supremacy. But in this homage to the papacy the United States will not be alone. The influence of Rome in the countries that once acknowledged her dominion is still far from being destroyed. And prophecy foretells a restoration of her power (or healing of her wound of influence and power. CO) Revelation 13:3 quoted. The infliction of the deadly wound points to the downfall of the papacy in 1798. After this, says the prophet, “his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.” Paul states plainly that the “man of sin” will continue until the second advent. II Thessalonians….In both the Old and the New World, the papacy will receive homage in the honor paid to the Sunday institution, that rests solely upon the authority of the Roman Church….And let it be remembered, it is the boast of Rome that she never changes. The principles of Gregory VII and Innocent III are still the principles of the Roman Catholic Church. And had she but the power, she would put them in practice with as much vigor now as in past centuries. Protestants little know what they are doing when they propose to accept the aid of Rome in the work of Sunday exaltation. While they are bent upon the accomplishment of their purpose, Rome is aiming to re-establish her power; to recover her lost supremacy. Let the principle once be established in the United States that the church may employ or control the power of the state; that religious observances may be enforced by secular laws; in short, that the authority of church and state is to dominate the conscience, and the triumph of Rome in this country is assured. GC 579-581


Wrath of God – “I was then made capable of enduring the awful sight of the seven last plagues, the wrath of God.” EW 64


Wrath of her fornication – “These and kindred errors (see wine of error) are presented to the world by the various churches, and thus the Scriptures are fulfilled that say; “for all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.” It is a wrath which is created by false doctrines, and when kings and presidents drink this wine of the wrath of her fornications, they are stirred with anger against those who will not come into harmony with the false and satanic heresies which exalt the false Sabbath and lead men to trample underfoot God’s memorial.” TM 62


Wrath of the Lamb- “The sufferings of every man are the sufferings of God’s child, and those who reach out no helping hand to their perishing fellow beings provoke His righteous anger. This is the wrath of the Lamb. To those who claim fellowship with Christ, yet have bee indifferent to the needs of their fellow men, He will declare in the great judgment day, "I know you not whence ye are; depart from Me, all ye workers of iniquity." Luke 13:27 DA 825


Wrath of the Lamb – “The death of Christ brings to the rejecter of His mercy the wrath and judgments of God, unmixed with mercy. This is the wrath of the Lamb. But the death of Christ is hope and eternal life to all who receive Him and believe in Him.” TM 139


Wrestling - with God - "Wrestling with God - how few know what it is! How few have ever had their souls drawn out after God with intensity of desire until every power is on the stretch. When waves of despair which no language can express sweep over the suppliant, how few cling with unyielding faith to the promises of God." GC 621