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Bulwarks Of The Truth
by Wayne Blank
Various sorts of physical bulwarks were known during Bible History:
"And Uzziah [see Kings of Israel and Judah and Israelite Dynasties] prepared for them throughout all the host shields, and spears, and helmets, and habergeons, and bows, and slings to cast stones. And he made in Jerusalem engines, invented by cunning men, to be on the towers and upon the bulwarks, to shoot arrows and great stones withal." (2 Chronicles 26:14-15 KJV)
True Christians are "the household of God, which is the Church of the living God, the pillar and bulwark of the Truth" (1 Timothy 3:15 RSV) in a world where Satan "has blinded the minds of the unbelievers [see Believers], to keep them from seeing the light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ" (2 Corinthians 4:4 RSV). God commanded His servants to "Let light shine out of darkness" (2 Corinthians 4:6 RSV), to hold the line against ever-increasing assaults upon the Truth of The Word of God that are prophesied to occur in our time now.
"Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by giving heed to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, through the pretensions of liars whose consciences are seared" (1 Timothy 4:1-2 RSV)
Speaking of a future Jerusalem for those who have "held the line" in this life (see Physical and Spiritual Israel and the Fact Finder question below):
"We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks. Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the Truth may enter in. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee." (Isaiah 26:1-3 KJV)
Fact Finder: When and how does the New Jerusalem arrive?