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When God Visits

The English word "visit" originated from the ancient Latin word video (that word isn't the modern creation that many people may think it is) which meant to see (the English word "vision" is merely another form of "visit," hence the custom of welcoming a visitor with "It's nice to see you").

The Hebrew word that is translated as "visit" in the King James Version is pronounced paw-kawd; it means to visit, as in a meeting, but moreover with a purpose, whether good or bad, in response to good or bad i.e. one "invites" God with how one chooses to behave.

An example, of the Hebrew definition of the word, when God "visits" the righteous:

"8:3 When I consider thy heavens [see also Are We In Heaven Now?], the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; 8:4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? 8:5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour." (Psalm 8:3-5 KJV)

An example, of the Hebrew definition of the word, when God "visits" those who do evil, whether in the past, or in the yet-future (as everyone will discover, sooner or later, there is no "getting away with" anything with God - see So, You Think You Got Away With It?):

"10:1 Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed; 10:2 To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless! 10:3 And what will ye do in the day of visitation, and in the desolation which shall come from far? to whom will ye flee for help? and where will ye leave your glory?" (Isaiah 10:1-3 KJV)

But either way, God is very patient before He "visits" - allowing all the time that is needed for repentance.

"14:18 The LORD [see also YHVH, Adonai, Jehovah, LORD] is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation." (Numbers 14:18 KJV)

"God will surely visit you"

The Exodus of the Israelites out of Egypt wasn't just a decision made by the LORD at the time. The LORD told Abraham about it (see 1 Corinthians 10:1-4 and 'Before Abraham Was, I AM' to understand that "the LORD God" was Jesus Christ), long before his Israelite descendants even existed (see The Exodus Prophecy). As well, the LORD made the Israelite patriarch Joseph (see Joseph, Prime Minister Of Egypt) aware of it, over 300 years before it was to happen, at the time long before the Israelites were made slaves there because they had become a security threat to the Egyptians (see The Goshen Genocide). Joseph prophesied that "God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the land which he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob."


"50:24 And Joseph said unto his brethren [see Jacob's Family; also Why Did Jacob Adopt Ephraim And Manasseh?], I die: and God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the land which he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. 50:25 And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence. 50:26 So Joseph died, being an hundred and ten years old: and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt [see The Sleep Of Death]" (Genesis 50:24-26 KJV)

That centuries-old prophecy of God's visitation of the Israelites in Egypt was given to Moses to fulfill (see Palace Prince To Sinai Shepherd and 'I AM Hath Sent Me Unto You').

"3:14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. 3:15 And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations [see also Did Abraham, Isaac and Jacob Know 'The LORD'?]. 3:16 Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say unto them, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared unto me, saying, I have surely visited you, and seen that which is done to you in Egypt" (Exodus 3:14-16 KJV_

Joseph, although dead for over 3 centuries, took part in the Exodus too.

"13:18 But God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea [see also The Night Crossing]: and the children of Israel went up harnessed out of the land of Egypt. 13:19 And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him: for he had straitly sworn the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you; and ye shall carry up my bones away hence with you." (Exodus 13:18-19 KJV)

God visited people for other purposes, according to His purpose. These four women were "visited" by God ("the LORD visited Sarah," "the LORD visited Hannah") for their children: Sarah, the mother of Isaac, Hannah the mother of Samuel, Elizabeth the mother of John the Baptist and Mary the mother of Jesus.

"21:1 And the LORD visited Sarah [see Abram and Sarai] as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken. 21:2 For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him. 21:3 And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac." (Genesis 21:1-3 KJV)

"2:20 And Eli blessed Elkanah and his wife, and said, The LORD give thee seed of this woman for the loan which is lent to the LORD. And they went unto their own home. 2:21 And the LORD visited Hannah, so that she conceived, and bare three sons and two daughters. And the child Samuel grew before the LORD." (1 Samuel 2:20-21 KJV)

"1:34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? 1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. 1:36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth [see Elizabeth and Rabbi John], she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. 1:37 For with God nothing shall be impossible." (Luke 1:34-37 KJV)

It was through The Messiah that God visited humanity with great signs and miracles, not just the remnant of Israel, but all people of all nations that accepted Him, then, and ever since i.e. "they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people."

"7:12 Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. 7:13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.

7:14 And he came and touched the bier [see The Healing Touch]: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. 7:15 And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.

7:16 And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us [see The Prophet Of Galilee]; and, That God hath visited his people. 7:17 And this rumour of him went forth throughout all Judaea, and throughout all the region round about.

7:18 And the disciples of John showed him of all these things. 7:19 And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? [see How Long Was John's Ministry?]

7:20 When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?

7:21 And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight. 7:22 Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached. 7:23 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me." (Luke 7:12-23 KJV)

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