“Be Ready” . The last 5-6 years I’ve always heard to be prepared, but now something new. What is the difference? Ready for what? I always thought it meant to be ready for the Lord’s coming, but after studying through the scriptures, it could also mean to prepare yourself for the days ahead:
• to be ready to stand up for your faith
• to be ready to fulfill the calling on your life
• to be ready to fight for what is right
• to be sharpened like a tool
• to be prepared and ready to meet the Lord
• to have a zeal and eagerness to go forward on the mission you are sent
• to be waiting for instructions from the Lord with an ear to hear.
• To be ready for the time is coming quickly
• To be skilled and now that you have read this, to be on alert
• To be quickly ready
• To be beautiful, gracious, and pleasant
• A readiness in spirit for any opportunity that lies ahead
• Ready for the next season to come
• A readiness to obey Christ
• A ready ear to hear what the Lord’s instructions are
• Having already been prepared for every good work
• An eagerness to set out with the Lord’s instructions
• A listening ear, to be on alert
• Staying close or near to Him, waiting on Him
For the time is upon us, a time is close at hand. Preparations are done. Time to stand up with an ear to hear, waiting for the Lord.
Keep your heart and mind ready at every moment. Habukkah, the prophet said:
“I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower,
and will watch to see what he will say unto me,
and what I shall answer when I am reproved”
I went through the KJV searching for the word ready. I found 7 Hebrew words and 6 Greek words used for ready:
1- Kûn : to stand up, prepare, to appoint, render, ordain, to make preparation for oneself, provision, set right, established, wait, tary, a primitive root – grounded and ready
2- ‘Asar : to join battle, gird oneself, hold, keep, fasten, put in bods, tie, hitch, primitive root, make ready
3- Chûsh : to be eager with excitement or enjoyment, make hast, hurry
4- Athîyd: have been set up for a time, prepared, skilled, treasures, things that shall come, ready treasures- found in Esther
5- qârôb : Ecclesiatics 5:1 translated as next to or near, to be ready to hear the Lord’s instructions, with your ear next to Him to be near a time or near a place – approaching, near at hand, kinsfold, to be close to a person, ready.
6- mâhar : to hurry, promptly to be carried to make haste or make ready- quickly, shortly, suddenly, straightaway with haste. Isaiah 32:4. to be liquid or flow easily
7- ţôb ; to be ready as a tool sharpened and ready as in Isaiah 41:7. to be good, beautiful, better, ready, a good person, better with favor, gracious, pleasant,
8- Hetoimos: ready, having been prepared to do something, a readiness. A readiness for the Church to obey Christ. Ready for the next opportune time, ready for a season.
9- Hetoimazo: already preapared:”to prepare, make ready,” An object or person ordained by God, a city, a place of refuge, eternal fire, to make rady, human preparation for the Lord. Preparing yourself for every good work, PROVIDENCE.. to prepare or have provisions for.
10- Prothymos: a ready willingness, willing, willingness Mark 14:38, Romans 1:15
11- Prothymia: zeal, spirit, eagerness , inclination, readiness of mind – ready to go, can’t wait!
12- Paraskeuazo: to make one’s self ready, to prepare one’s self 2) have prepared one’s self, to be prepared or ready- to having been already prepared, as a prepared meal, as prepared for war.
13- Eggys (ENgus): to be close or near in position, near to God. Jews, as opposed to those who are alien from God and His blessings. A time that is close at hand and soon to come.
Details from Scripture with meaning of the word Ready:
1- Preparing for a guest’s arrival – Sarah prepared a meal: Gen 18:6 Joseph’s men preparing a meal Gen 43:16
2- Prepared to meet someone- when Joseph got his chariot ready to meet his father
3- Prepared yourself to see the Lord Ex 19:11-15
4- Be ready to meet the Lord– Moses Ex 34:2 on the mount in the morning
5- Be ready to fight, for war Numbers 32:17. Deut 1:41, Joshua 8:4
6- Ready to sacrifice
7- Ready to go, ready to begin race, ready to do whatever the Lord tells you
8- ready food- when Abigail made haste to have food ready for King David so she and her family wouldn’t die 1 Samuel 25:18
9- ready themselves- to go and do the kings commands- to do whatsoever the Lord shall appoint 2 Sam 15 15
10- ready at the appointed time – about to come to fruition. The plans and preparations have already completed and now the time appointed has come – to build the Temple 1 Chronicles 28 2
11- Ready to fight for the Lord- with skills and knowledge- having being warned and prepared in advance- strengthened and faithful, fully trusting in the Lord. Ester 8:13
12- The Lord is ready to fight for us, the Lord is ready to forgive us Ps 7:12, Ps 86:5
13- Ready to hear, to be on alert, close to Him, next to Him so you can hear Him– not chattering away but quiet….in His house, waiting to see what the Lord will speak. Habakkuk 2:1 “I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.” Eccl 5:1
14- To be swift or quick to respond– without delay Isaiah 32:4
15- Good and ready as a tool sharpened or prepared for a certain time. Isaiah 41:7 – to be beautiful, good, better, to be in a place pleasing to the King
16- To have already prepared for something and now ready. Matthew 22;4
17- Ready to begin, ready to start, preparations are over. Matt 22:8, Luke 14:17
18- To be on alert and ready at any moment. Matthew 25:10
19- To be ready for the Son of man. Matthew 24:44, Luke 12:40
20- Ready to die or go to prison for Him – ready to carry out the King’s commands Luke 22:33
21- To be provided with at the time, providence- to be ordained Matt 26:19
22- Anointed for a special time- have prepared the people’s hearts for the Lord- as John the Baptist did in Luke 1:17
23- To prepare a way for his master– to serve a master,
24- A willingness in Spirit, eager ,Mark 14:38 willingness and eagerness to preach the gospel Romans 1:15
25- A readiness as in waiting or to take orders Mark 14:38
26- eagerly ready to go – great willingness with zeal and a readiness of mind. 2 Cor 8:19 – no more sitting back in preparation – you are prepared and ready to go
27- to have already been prepared, to have made yourself ready, also made ready as if going to war 2 Cor 9:3- so that when you are found, you will found prepared and ready
28- a willingness – as in giving to others, ready to give 1 Tim 6:18
29- ready to do good works – titus 3:1
30- ready to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you with meakness and fear 1 Peter 3:15
31- near, a time is near – Hebrews 813
32- A time is close– ready at hand, the time of Christ’s return- Marantha- our Lord Come, our Lord has come heb 8:13, 1 Cor 16;22
Genesis 18:6 And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth.
Genesis 43:16 And when Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the ruler of his house, Bring these men home, and slay, and make ready (Kun); for these men shall dine with me at noon.
Genesis 46:29 And Joseph made ready(asar) his chariot, and went up to meet Israel his father, to Goshen, and presented himself unto him; and he fell on his neck, and wept on his neck a good while.
Exodus 19:11 And be ready (kun) against the third day: for the third day the Lord will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai.
Exodus 34:2 And be ready (kun) in the morning, and come up in the morning unto mount Sinai, and present thyself there to me in the top of the mount.
Numbers 32:17 But we ourselves will go ready (chush) armed before the children of Israel, until we have brought them unto their place: and our little ones shall dwell in the fenced cities because of the inhabitants of the land.
Deuteronomy 1:41 Then ye answered and said unto me, We have sinned against the Lord, we will go up and fight, according to all that the Lord our God commanded us. And when ye had girded on every man his weapons of war, ye were ready (kun) to go up into the hill.
Joshua 8:4 And he commanded them, saying, Behold, ye shall lie in wait against the city, even behind the city: go not very far from the city, but be ye all ready (kun):
Judges 6:19 And Gideon went in, and made ready (asar) a kid, and unleavened cakes of an ephah of flour: the flesh he put in a basket, and he put the broth in a pot, and brought it out unto him under the oak, and presented it.
2 Samuel 15:15 And the king’s servants said unto the king, Behold, thy servants are ready to do whatsoever my lord the king shall appoint.( when Absolom, David’s son was trying to take control, David told his men to run! And the servants of David, said they were ready for whatever the King commanded)
1 Chronicles 28:2 Then David the king stood up upon his feet, and said, Hear me, my brethren, and my people: As for me, I had in mine heart to build an house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and for the footstool of our God, and had made ready for the building:
2 Chronicles 35:14 And afterward they made ready(Kun) for themselves, and for the priests: because the priests the sons of Aaron were busied in offering of burnt offerings and the fat until night; therefore the Levites prepared for themselves, and for the priests the sons of Aaron.
Esther 8:13 The copy of the writing for a commandment to be given in every province was published unto all people, and that the Jews should be ready (athiyd) against that day to avenge themselves on their enemies.
Psalm 7:12 if he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready (kun). The Lord is ready to fight for us
Psalm 86:5 For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.
Ecclesiastes 5:1 Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready(qarob or karob) to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil.
Isaiah 32:4 The heart also of the rash shall understand knowledge, and the tongue of the stammerers shall be ready (mahar) to speak plainly.
Isaiah 41:7 So the carpenter encouraged the goldsmith, and he that smootheth with the hammer him that smote the anvil, saying, It is ready (tob) for the sodering: and he fastened it with nails, that it should not be moved.
Matthew 22:4 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready (hetoimos) : come unto the marriage.
Matthew 22:8 Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready (hetoimos), but they which were bidden were not worthy.
Matthew 24:44 Therefore be ye also ready (hetoimos): for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
Matthew 25:10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready (hetoimos) went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
Matthew 26:19 And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready (hetoimazo) the passover. Mark 14:16 also
Mark 14:38 Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready (prothymos), but the flesh is weak.
Luke 1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready (hetoimazo) a people prepared for the Lord.
Luke 12:40 Be ye therefore ready (hetoimos) also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.
Luke 14:17 And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready (hetoimos).
Luke 17:8 And will not rather say unto him, Make ready (hetoimazo) wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink?
Luke 22:33 And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready (hetoimos) to go with thee, both into prison, and to death.
John 7:6 Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is always ready (hetoimos). ? have no idea what this means- His time hadn’t come, but it was their time? This verse needs more study……
Romans 1:15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready(prothymos) to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.
2Corinthians 8:19 And not that only, but who was also chosen of the churches to travel with us with this grace, which is administered by us to the glory of the same Lord, and declaration of your ready (prothymia)
2 Corinthians 9:3 Yet have I sent the brethren, lest our boasting of you should be in vain in this behalf; that, as I said, ye may be ready (paraskeuazo):
1 Timothy 6:18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;
2 Timothy 4:6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
Titus 3:1 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready ( Hetoimos) to every good work,
Hebrews 8:13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready (Eggys) to vanish away.
1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready (hetoimos) always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
Revelation 3:2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.
Revelation 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready (hetoimazo).
I believe the days of Ezekiel 7 are upon us. On 7-12-08, I was praying to the Lord. I was asking Him about everything that was going on. Everyone around me was in a financial crisis, losing jobs, home values dropping, and I cried out to Him and He led me to Ezekiel 7-12 : Violence is risen up into a rod of wickedness: none of them shall remain, nor of their multitude, nor of any of their’s: neither shall there be wailing for them. The time is come, the day draweth near: let not the buyer rejoice, nor the seller mourn: for wrath is upon all the multitude thereof. For the seller shall not return to that which is sold, although they were yet alive: for the vision is touching the whole multitude thereof, which shall not return; neither shall any strengthen himself in the iniquity of his life. They have blown the trumpet, even to make all ready; but none goeth to the battle: for my wrath is upon all the multitude thereof. The sword is without, and the pestilence and the famine within: he that is in the field shall die with the sword; and he that is in the city, famine and pestilence shall devour him. But they that escape of them shall escape, and shall be on the mountains like doves of the valleys, all of them mourning, every one for his iniquity. All hands shall be feeble, and all knees shall be weak as water. They shall also gird themselves with sackcloth, and horror shall cover them; and shame shall be upon all faces, and baldness upon all their heads. They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the Lord: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumblingblock of their iniquity.
But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, 1 Thes 5:6-11