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Today, focus is on false prophets, the need for divine end time prophecy, and the fullness of sacred revelation through Jesus Christ.  Instruction on the end times are not intended to frighten believers, threaten sinners with death, or cause panic and upheaval among the faithful.  For many, end time prophecy focuses solely on recognizing and responding to current events and conditions that may be seen within the present geopolitical system and world order (we say, signs of the Apocalypse, and that the world as we know it is ending).  Specially sensitive are time prophecies that attempt to calculate and predict a specific day, year, or hour for the return of Jesus to harvest the earth (we also say, his appearing; the Advent; the Rapture; the Second Coming).  While no angel, apostle, disciple, preacher, prophet, or other spokesperson from GOD has been entrusted with, ordained to disclose, or sent to reveal the secret information regarding the Day of the Lord, there have been men and church groups on the earth who—insisting on the authority of the Bible, and the righteousness of their own faith—foolishly have preached a time for the Last Day based on their discoveries through prayerful and scholarly study.  The fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum using the ID “Grandma” (Level 1 with zero (no) points shown, a member since November 09, 2007) posted the following:

 

Don’t preachers who keep saying “Jesus is coming soon” realize they are damaging credibility of Christianity?

And playing into the hand of the scoffers of II Peter 3:3-4? Saying “the end is near” repeatedly is like crying wolf when there is no wolf.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing!  O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts.  Ye have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of the LORD.  They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The LORD saith:  and the LORD hath not sent them:  and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the word.  Have ye not seen a vain vision, and have ye not spoken a lying divination, whereas ye say, The LORD saith it; albeit I have not spoken?  Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye have spoken vanity, and seen lies, therefore, behold, I am against you, saith the Lord GOD.  And mine hand shall be upon the prophets that see vanity, and that divine lies:  they shall not be in the assembly of my people, neither shall they be written in the writing of the house of Israel, neither shall they enter into the land of Israel; and ye shall know that I am the Lord GOD.  Because, even because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace; and there was no peace; and one built up a wall, and, lo, others daubed it with untempered morter:  Say unto them which daub it with untempered morter, that it shall fall:  there shall be an overflowing shower; and ye, O great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy wind shall rend it.  (Ezekiel 13:  3-11, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Coming(s) of Christ (03/11/2018); Recognizing True Christian Prophets (02/26/2018); Avoiding Confusion About Antichrist (11/08/2017); Sharing The Correct Message (01/30/2017); Sodom and Gomorrah Again? (05/30/2016); About The End Of The World (08/30/2015); The Imminent Return of Christ? (07/19/2015)

 

“Grandma”, Christians are commanded to not be “troubled” by talk that the “end is near.”  The process of GOD for salvation is not one dependent on the finite human tools of intellect, logic, carnal reason, and science.  Christian believers become joined to GOD through the consciousness and self-will that continues within Jesus Christ, and that present sacred substance in place of the approaches for compiling data, recording observations, and making various tests of the soundness of ones conclusions.  Rather than say, “the end is near,” developing believers proclaim that completion, fulfillment, transformation, and the will of GOD are near.

The Gospel (we also say, good news) proclaimed by Jesus Christ and his followers to advance the revelation of divine fullness (we say, the GODhead; the Trinity; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) includes guidance, instruction, promises, signs, and warnings that enable disciples of the Lord to avoid error, false prophets, and spiritual confusion.  In the same way divinity has appeared through the works of Creation, existence and life, the majesty, righteousness, and sovereign mercies of GOD will appear through judgment, resurrection, and the second death.

Mature Christians who center their awareness on eternal purposes and sacred knowledge will not rely as much on the frameworks of time and space that generate such finite features as destiny, doom, fate, history, politics, science, secular knowledge, and speculation.  The proclamations of GOD received as declarations of love, divine law, promise, and prophecy are as shining truth that always dispels the darkness of “the unknown.”  Sinners who become “born again” are to receive a fresh endowment of inseparable spirit content from the makeup of GOD that includes certainty, faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, personhood, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Similarly, the operations of end time prophecy further establish sacred joining and relationship to divinity along with readiness, security, vigilance, and zeal.  Already Christians are to acknowledge they exist as the new creation through Jesus Christ.  Even so, at present, only GOD is immortal and incorruptible (not the holy angels, the sacred beasts of heaven, nor the 24 elders).  Both heaven and earth are temporal, and all the things of heaven and earth will undergo permanent change.  Consider the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Isaiah 65:  16-18, King James Version (KJV):  16 That he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes.  17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth:  and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.  18 But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create:  for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.

(2.)  2nd Peter 3:  9-14, KJV:  9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.  11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,  12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?  13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.  14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

(3.)  2nd Thessalonians 2:  1-4, KJV:  1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,  2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.  3 Let no man deceive you by any means:  for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;  4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Revelation 21:  1-3, KJV:  1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth:  for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.  2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.  3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Armageddon
A Depiction of the Battle of Armageddon

 

Today, reply is on the divine response to attacks against the New Jerusalem, and possibilities for warfare on earth against GOD.  From the Fall of Adam, all in Creation have been warned not to presume on divine law and the character of our Maker.  It is the need for a total elimination of sin that guarantees GOD will eventually make a full demonstration of his wrath against sin that is also an inseparable aspect of divine personhood.  Even so, the judgment and full process of GOD against sin is to be seen and understood as a sacred instrument for the further revelation of divine righteousness.  Like eternal life, the final judgment is an ongoing sacred process that begins while believers are still on the earth.  In place of the divine use of coercion, threats, and violence, the living are allowed to acquire sacred knowledge; accomplish rebirth, gradual growth, discovery, and becoming mature; continue preparing for the things we are commanded to expect (we say, hope for); display faith and obey eternal law; endure hardship, and triumph despite suffering;  join to the oneness without sameness that exists among the three persons of the GODhead (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit); observe sacred practices (e.g., baptism, prayer, marriage, worship); shape their own lifestyle and daily routines to demonstrate godliness; and respond to operations of the Holy Spirit that result in permanent change.  The complete range of life events had by every created being and living creature will be impartially and thoroughly examined to identify their fullness of divine spirit content from the makeup of GOD.  As part of the mercy shown in judgment, sinners will be restored to life in resurrection so they may appear before divinity and answer charges brought against themselves during the tribunals.  Along with such aspects as commitment, consistency, repentance, respect, stability, and unselfishness, ones attitudes, behavior, and conduct will be the indicators that will determine their compatibility, fitness, and readiness to reside in the coming holy city (New Jerusalem) as the new creation and eternal companions of Deity.  Mortality and death will be ended for those belonging to Jesus Christ through acceptance of his atonement.  The immortal, incorruptible saints also will be judged for the granting of rewards.  Only those who have persisted in defiance, iniquity, rebellion, and wickedness will be destroyed in the second death.  A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum using the ID “Jen” (Level 3 with 1,054 points, a member since February 21, 2015) posted the following:

 

Christians Do you expect all of Earth to just sit and wait and let god kill us all off on judgement day and judge us?

You seriously think the entire Earth will just resign to their fate during the apocalypse and let God kill us all off and judge us and let him have his way

No it’s going to be an all out war between us on Earth humans hell and heaven

Human vs Angel vs Demon all of gods creations against each other
Fighting for survival

The angels will be on gods side but I’m sure some will rebel too
I doubt they had guns bombs and nukes and types of military weapon arms we have now during the 1st war in heaven
Long ago

We humans and the demons share a common enemy
If we unite and join forces between Earth and Hell
If humans and demon fight together with some fallen angels
We might be able to stand a chance against Heaven
And can beat God and his angels and Jesus and prevent judgement day

I have read the entire bible every verse I know the truth and I know who and what type of being God really is if you really think he’s a loving Heavenly Father then think again and read the entire bible from Ot to the book of revelations

If a human can find Eden eat the tree of life after having eaten tree of knowledge fruit they may have powers equal to God himself
He made only humans in his image after all so it stands to reason
That a human can become God himself if the right conditions are met

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul:  the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.  The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart:  the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.  The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever:  the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.  More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold:  sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.  Moreover by them is thy servant warned:  and in keeping of them there is great reward.  Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.  Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me:  then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.  Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.  (Psalms 19:  7-14, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  A Lawless, Violent GOD? (11/16/2017); Choice, Duty, and Obligation? (11/17/2016); Material Things in Heaven? (11/10/2016); Where Will Believers Go? (10/26/2016); Presumption, Pride and Sin? (11/24/2015); We Are Still Sinning? (11/30/2013); Like a Thief? (12/01/2013)

 

“Jen”, on the basis of what you state with your question, you seem to be doing a work of Satanic exhortation and recruiting.  While it is true that the war begun in heaven will be finished upon the earth, the fullness of divinity (the GODhead) can not be provoked and tempted (i.e., challenged; tested) as with created beings and living creatures.  The cosmic power of GOD that has put forth all existence and the universe also may unleash a storm of judgment and fury against sin on the scale that combines every hailstorm, lightning strike, torrential rain, and wildfire that have ever blown and raged on the earth.  Even so, Christians expect the fulfillment of things proclaimed, promised, and prophesied in the Bible.  For this reason, developing believers are continuing to mature and become ripe for harvest by Jesus Christ (we also say, the Advent, his appearing, the Second Coming) without fear of being overcome by the Wicked One.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible that separates the followers of Jesus from deceit, delusion, and spiritual confusion:

(1.)  Revelation 16:  5-11, King James Version (KJV):  5 And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus.  6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.  7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.  8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.  9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues:  and they repented not to give him glory.  10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,  11 And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.

(2.)  Revelation 19:  11-16, KJV:  11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.  12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.  13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood:  and his name is called The Word of God.  14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.  15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations:  and he shall rule them with a rod of iron:  and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.  16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

(3.)  Revelation 20:  6-10, KJV:  6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection:  on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.  7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,  8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle:  the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.  9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city:  and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.  10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Romans 8:  5-9, KJV:  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Washington, DC

Today, a more detailed reply is made to a proud and disrespectful fighter at thoughts.com who posted a comment for (10/16/2015) Christ Coming Soon?  The personal commitment a one must make to Jesus Christ, and the works of life believers are to carry out as members of his spiritual body are to be continued on a daily and moment-by-moment basis, whether or not any one is told the specific day or hour when Christ will return.  The sacred process is fired more by trust than knowledge.  There are many readers now exploiting, and using the Internet to express anger, bitterness, frustration, twisted humor, malice and sarcasm.  Often, such writers are only willing to present and respond to one-liners, phrases, and simple paragraphs.  Developed and structured responses such as this sacred writings blog may not be read at all, because once spread out as an article upon a webpage, they will appear intimidating, time-consuming, and too complex.  Even so, my responses to those who want amusement, jibes, levity, and zingers always should be the same disciplined and sober answer I have from GOD that I would make to those in the faith.  The structure, tone and texture of my writings are to complement and reflect the challenge, divine order, and richness of the Bible.  I am not surprised or disturbed that we can not trust “wirelessguru1” to behave as  someone who shows respect to me, to the hours and days of work that have gone into each of the nearly 1,000 blogs I have published to date at thoughts.com, to the holy writings themselves, to Jesus Christ, or to the solemn duty laid upon his own heart and mind to provide constructive criticism and meaningful correction to others through truth.  It is the Spirit from GOD that makes us faithful, generous, kind, thoughtful and truthful toward others, just as it is the divine Spirit that enables our ability to wait on the Lord.  After many years of his heckling and insults, all present indications are, “wirelessguru1” is not a Christian believer, has never made a full adult study of anything I have written, and has not heard and comprehended a single word I’ve said.  Consider the following:

“wirelessguru1”           When, fanatic?

The Black Phoenix     “Brow of Brass and Neck of Iron” in due time.  Be encouraged!

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?  Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.  Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.  But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.  This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.  For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.  But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.  And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.  (James 3:  11-18, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Christ Coming Soon? (10/16/2015); About The End Of The World (08/30/2015); Is Prayer Outside Time and Space? (06/29/2015); Answer a Fool? (06/04/2015); Knowing? (05/24/2015); Because We Are Certain (12/30/2014); Help Thou Mine Unbelief (12/31/2014)

“wirelessguru1”, it is not wrong to desire understanding, to value dialog, or to ask for clear and simple explanations.  For those who want to continue their emotional and mental focus upon things that are carnal, historical, material, secular and social, the six question tools (who, what, when, where, how, and why) are usually enough to obtain and limit all the information they actually have the ability to take in, and make use of.  By contrast, those who want spiritual awareness, a continuous consciousness of GOD, sacred knowledge, and an intimate relationship with divinity must rely upon eternal operations, and events that only proceed through the active presence of GOD.  Included are anointing, baptism, endowment, incarnation, indwelling, infilling, judgment, miracles, obedience, praise, prayer, prophecy, rebirth, repentance, revelation, sanctification, and worship.

As a divine device “When will Jesus return?” has been given to believers to expose the character, intent, motives and rebellious nature of those who opposing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Given the question already has been answered by various teachings provided to the body of believers (the church) the proper question to be posed is, What are you ready to do in response to the answers you are given?  What changes, endurance, or correction should we expect to see in you?  Many want to know out of pride, to have advantage, and to display their superiority of intellect and mind.  Some want to know for gossip and interactions that center in argument, condemnation, malicious criticism, debate, judging others, slander, and threats.  Some who ask, given truth, would hide it, “hoard” it, possess it, deny it to those around them, and use truth to manipulate and subordinate the ones who want to know, and who would freely share what they know.  (Among the hoarders are those who claim license, privilege, special favor, and ability to influence GOD.)  There are even those who, knowing, would sell what they know, make merchandise of truth, even alter, cheapen, defile, and pollute it to make it more appealing, exciting, marketable and sensational. 

Those having made a firm commitment to be in right relationship with divinity are challenged to do so on the basis of conviction, hope, respect and trust.  The means provided by GOD for believers to develop a continuing bond with Deity include unswerving acknowledgement, fellowship with believers who have greater maturity than oneself, longsuffering, praise, prayer, rejoicing, sacrifice, unselfish service, sharing, study of the holy writings, and giving thanks.

When the question tools are placed in our hands by inner conflicts, discomfort, fear, lightness, and uncertainty, believers often go to work dismantling the assurances established through the living ministries of Jesus Christ.  Neither the millennia of divine law, covenants, promise and prophesy, nor the savior’s own miraculous birth, his suffering, his death, his resurrection, his ascension, his promise to return have sufficient weight for those bent on an analysis intended to render divinity simple—that is, no longer eternal, exalted, immeasurable, infinite, or profound.

It remains that existence, and the placement of created beings and living creatures within peculiar spheres for life are not the product of a finite mind and will.  Thus instead of, When will Jesus return? those having wisdom imparted from GOD ask, What must I do until Jesus returns?  Getting the best answer requires asking the best question.  For even where a person dies, and goes to their grave, they will still get to be alive, and see Jesus, alive for themselves.  Because knowledge will remain incomplete, limited, and even unchanging, many questions the living generate will lose relevance, and fade away unanswered.  Other questions will be answered, yet, will have no power to change the exacting demands, imperatives and obligations that frustrate living, yet, may not be denied or ignored.  Finally, there are some questions that should never be asked of divinity in the first place; and those who insist upon having and knowing what GOD has reserved exclusively for divinity are guilty of arrogance, being meddlesome, nosiness, presumption and stubbornness.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  For example, in his role as a chosen prophet and spokesperson for divinity, Moses obtained answers from GOD through direct communication that could be described as “face-to-face” interaction.  In the Tabernacle of Moses, authoritative answers from divinity to carefully worded questions from the High Priest could be obtained only by using the Urim and Thummim placed within the regalia of the High Priest, or by the casting of lots that would allow divinity to determine the outcomes displayed.  The High Priest brought consecration, sacred knowledge and priestly skill to the tasks of communion, exchange and mediation through word.  Obtaining a clear, decisive response from GOD might require days, weeks, or longer.  As much as there might be immediacy of need for an answer, there also was a strict demand for humility, lawfulness, patience and propriety.  While upon the earth, Jesus obtained answers from GOD by using fervent prayer; and had to accept that many things known to the Father would not be shared with anyone else.  Thus, those who come to Christ rely upon the answers preserved as sacred Scripture, and those established in a believer’s awareness by operations of the Holy Spirit.  Quality, sufficiency, and satisfaction are ensured by the Spirit and the Word always being in agreement.  Among those preparing for the Advent of Christ, faith and propriety require that these be taken as the most necessary sacred devices for correction, enlightenment, guidance, and peace of mind.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Scripture points on the danger in confessing Jesus Christ during the end times are considered, today.  What we call persecution, suffering and tribulation are more correctly understood as the continuing condition that describes life for all followers of Jesus Christ.  In the same way, conditions pre-exist before the birth of every child that appear as the fixed framework, limit and mold for their development and growth, the sacred process that believers must complete for eternal life includes what we call the “trial by fire” in the end times.  The judgment of GOD that focuses upon good works accomplished during a person’s lifetime occurs after the second death that destroys the wicked, and is only for those who have been made immortal and incorruptible at the Second Coming of Jesus to harvest the earth.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (the usual profile information not shared) posted the following:

Christians: if you get killed for confessing Jesus will you go to heaven?

Like if an antichrist decides to imprison and kill Christians,will the dead Christian automatically go to heaven just for dying for Jesus

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For other foundation can no man lay than that that is laid, which is in Christ Jesus.  Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;  Every man’s work shall be made manifest:  for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every an man’s work of what sort it is.  If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.  If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss:  but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.  (1st Corinthians 3:  11-15, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  That GOD Is Faithful? (08/31/2015); The Endtime and Fear? (01/14/2015); Denying Oneself (05/17/2014); From Such Turn Away (05/18/2014); To Live As a Sacrifice (03/08/2014); A Perfected Body (03/09/2014); Death Has Been Transformed (05/09/2013); Loving the Enemy? (05/10/2013); (Struggling? (05/11/2013); (Through Much Tribulation (05/12/2013)

“Anonymous”, completing our mortality, enduring suffering or surviving tribulation are not enough to establish the necessary relationship to divinity that will continue as eternal life.  The believer must become reborn having the Spirit of Christ, and become perfected (we also say, made ripe for harvest at the coming of the Lord) through operations of the Holy Spirit.  Thus, salvation for mankind comes only by the operations of GOD through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit (we say, by grace, through faith).  A believer’s obedience to divine law, prayer life, sacred knowledge from study of the Bible, spiritual observances, sacred practices, and charitable works have value as expressions that crystallize and make visible to others the new life a believer has begun through divine rebirth, and sanctification that may take all the remaining years of their life upon the earth.  The work to endure performed by those in the flock of the Lord entails accomplishing commitment, dutifulness, faithfulness, hearing his voice, loyal love, and steadfastness.  Here are a few points to consider from the holy writings:

(1.)  John 17:  19-23, King James Version (KJV):  19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.  20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;  21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us:  that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.  22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:  23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

(2.)  Matthew 24:  11-14, KJV:  11 And many false prophets shall arise and deceive many.  12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.  13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.  14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

(3.)  Mark 13:  9-13, KJV:  9 But take heed to yourselves:  for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten:  and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.  10 And the gospel must first be published among all nations.  11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought before hand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate:  but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye:  for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.  12  Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death.  13 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake:  but he that shall endure, the same shall be saved.

(4.)  Matthew 5:  10-12, KJV:  10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake:  for their’s is the kingdom of heaven.  11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.  12 Rejoice and be exceeding glad:  for great is your reward in heaven:  for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  Revelation 14:  12-16, KJV:  12 Here is the patience of the saints:  here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.  13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth:  Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.  14 And I looked and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.  15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap:  for the time of  is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.  16 And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.
THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Scripture points are shared, today, on preaching about the End Times, rather than the birth, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus.  Many Christian believers are conservative, and feel strongly that their congregations should promote only the message of repentance and salvation.  Others, who seek to advance what is called “the full Gospel,” also teach and share prophecies of the last days before the coming of Jesus to harvest his followers from the earth.  The word of GOD is to comfort, edify, and exhort those reborn through baptism; and is imparted (we say, revealed) to anchor the church in hope (i.e., specific godly expectations).  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Bucky Daniels” (Level 2 with 799 points, a member since September 03, 2010) posted the following:

Do you believe any of those preachers like John Hagee who talk about the end of the world? Is it possible he does not know his Bible?

In the words of Jesus, (supposedly the person that Hagee and others hold as their religious leader):
“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.”

This quote is from the New American Standard Bible.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:  Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,  And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.  For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:  Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:  But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.  But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.  (2nd Peter 3:  2-10, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Imminent Return of Christ? (07/19/2015); Mankind Destroyed? (01/24/2014); The Endtime and Fear? (01/14/2015); What Salvation Is (01/25/2014); World Without End? (01/10/2014); Like a Thief? (12/01/2013); Only While We Live? (12/02/2013); GOD in Schools? (12/20/2012); Naaman the Leper (12/21/2012)

“Bucky Daniels”, for mature Christian believers, the issues are not “if” or “when” there will be a final judgment and destruction of sin; all are to proceed on the basis of “soon”.  The focus is to be more upon the “what” that shall be visible as the appearing and coming of GOD.  Earlier, prophesies were shown to be authentic (truly from GOD) when they were followed by sacred events (we say, miracles, signs, wonders).  The resurrection of Jesus Christ following his crucifixion is received by many as the “final sign.”  To correctly understand the sacred events and operations of divinity, created beings and living creatures must open their hearts and minds to receive divine revelation; and they must allow their spirit content to be permanently altered to include substance from the makeup of Deity.  In addition to divine law and sacred knowledge, inseparable aspects of GOD must be acquired such as faith, holiness, longsuffering, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  As reported through the holy writings, the process of GOD for those upon the earth includes cleansing (e.g., atonement, baptism, purification by fire), government, judgment (i.e., the resolution of conflict and the settlement of disputes by applying sacred law), redemption and sealing as well as the fulfillment of things proclaimed, promised and prophesied.  Consider again the following Scriptures from the King James Version (KJV):

(1.)  Revelation 1:  1-3, KJV:  1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:  2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.  3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein:  for the time is at hand.

(2.)  Isaiah 65:  8-12, KJV:  8 Thus saith the LORD, As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one saith, Destroy it not; for a blessing is in it:  so will I do for my servants’ sakes, that I may not destroy them all.  9 And I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob, and out of Judah an inheritor of my mountains:  and mine elect shall inherit it, and my servants shall dwell there.  10 And Sharon shall be a fold of flocks, and the valley of Achor a place for the herds to lie down in, for my people that have sought me.  11 But ye are they that forsake the LORD, that forget my holy mountain, that prepare a table for that troop, and that furnish the drink offering unto that number.  12 Therefore will I number you to the sword, and ye shall all bow down to the slaughter:  because when I called, ye did not answer; when I spake, ye did not hear; but did evil before mine eyes, and did choose that wherein I delighted not.

(3.)  Isaiah 65:  13-17, KJV:  13 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, my servants shall eat, but ye shall be hungry:  behold, my servants shall drink, but ye shall be thirsty:  behold, my servants shall rejoice, but ye shall be ashamed:  14 Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart, but ye shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howl for vexation of spirit.  15 And ye shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen:    for the Lord GOD shall slay thee, and call his servants by another name:  16 That he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes.  17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth:  and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.

(4.)  2nd Timothy 4:  1-4, KJV:  1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;  2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.  3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;  4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

(5.)  2nd Timothy 2:  3-5, KJV:  3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.  4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.  5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.

(6.)  Romans 15:  4-7, KJV:  4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.  5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:  6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  7 Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.

There is much more that could be said, and that must be correctly understood and spiritually taken into account.  (For example, (7.)  Revelation 21:  1-3, KJV:  21 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth:  for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.  2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.  3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.)  Even so, I trust this collection of verses will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Points are shared, today, to clarify a conflict that results by language appearing within the Scriptures.  The Second Coming (we say, Advent, the Rapture) and “the last day” (we say, the day of the Lord) are again in view.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers New Zealand” using the ID “chris” (Level 1 with 9 points, a member since December 26, 2014) posted the following:

Fellow Christians: Why do some teach that the return of Christ is imminent when the bible says that the resurrection is on the last day?

Update: Yes. Christ will return at the resurrection, on the last day and make all things new, the last day of history as we know it. God bless! Have a wonderfully blessed day!

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.  Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:  That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.  (Romans 15:  4-7, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Becoming Ripe for Harvest? (07/03/2015); Is Prayer Outside Time and Space? (06/29/2015); The Core Concepts? (04/06/2015); The Soon Return of Jesus? (01/05/2015); GOD Is A Spirit (12/07/2014); The Mystery of His Appearing (12/08/2014); Sinless Until Advent? (11/05/2014); Holy Wars? (11/06/2014)

“chris”, the holy writings challenge most of us beyond our day-to-day level for thought and action, because the truths recorded there require recognition of many subtle (i.e., barely visible; hidden) shifts in divine intent, meaning, purpose, and value.  Here are a few points that should help you to avoid error, imbalance, and spiritual confusion:

(1.)  The operations of GOD to cleanse, re-configure, and permanently preserve Creation are continuous, and have been going forward from before the foundation of the firmament, and the earth and heaven were chosen to be used as spheres for life.

(2.)  Revelation is eternal, and also should be understood as pre-existent (i.e., beginning and occurring before the creation of earth as the context for mankind).

(3.)  The frameworks of space and time are finite tools given by GOD to created beings and living creatures that permit the management (e.g., cataloging, categorizing, editing, storing) of information as well as peculiar acts of communication, exchange and interaction.  Intellect, intuition, premonition and other emotional/mental process are given form as discrete events, occurrences, and temporal sequences.

(4.)  In the same way the operation of sin—the non-material, non-spirit influence that opposes the continued existence of divine law, the law giver, and the Creation under law—may dominate awareness and self-will within the living, the operations of divinity described as anticipation, certainty, conviction, expectation, and hope may become a ruling influence.  Eternal purpose is conveyed and expressed as timeless, yet, active and present.  Thus, Adventism (expecting the coming of Christ to be soon), joy, longsuffering, participation in judgment, and zeal always mark and sanctify (we say, set apart for divine service) every believer, in every age.

There is far more that should be said, correctly understood, and spiritually taken into account.  (For example (5.)  While the death of Jesus upon the cross—the final stage in his carnal existence and mortality—prompts him to say, It is finished! believers all must acknowledge the cross as necessary, yet, not sufficient.  There must be more.  The ministry of Jesus upon the earth continues as the ministry of a celestial High Priest, and a Risen Lord enthroned within the heaven.  In addition to Jesus preparing to harvest from the earth those who are ripe (ready) as his believers, the Savior must complete works of atonement, building and allocating the New Jerusalem, cleansing the Sanctuary, imparting the indwelling Spirit to mankind, judgment against the wicked as well as the elimination of Satan and sin.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, points are shared on the final destruction of sin, the Lake of Fire, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Instructions regarding the Lake of Fire are provided as admonition and prophecy (see again Haggai 1:  5-7, King James Version (KJV):  Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.  Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.  Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.).  The final removal of sin from the lives of created beings and living creatures will be accomplished by operations of the will of GOD.  The Lake of Fire was prepared for the devil and his angels, who are neither mortal nor immortal, yet, are vessels for spirit matter from divinity.  The elimination of sin will not occur through a single, one-time event.  There will be the examination and denial of power to every actor or object that lacks, opposes, and resists the will of the Almighty.  The names of those who are called, chosen, and faithful will be written in the Book of Life; and those whose names do not appear will be destroyed in the second death.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “neil s” (Level 7 with 138,265 points, a member since July 01, 2006) posted the following:

What aspect of the soul is flammable?

If none of it, why should I care about any supposed lake of fire?

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.  And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened:  and another book was opened, which is the book of life:  and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them:  and they were judged every man according to their works.  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.  (Revelation 20:  11-15, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Fire From GOD? (06/22/2014); Destroying the Resurrected Body? (02/10/2014); For They Shall Be Ashes (02/11/2014); The Need to Purify Heaven (01/17/2013); Put Every Man His Sword By His Side (01/01/2013); The Common Danger (01/02/2013); The “Lake of Mercy” (11/03/2012); Seeking and Being Sought (11/04/2012)

   
“neil s”, mature Christian believers become concerned with the Lake of Fire as we pursue the goal of complete and correct sacred knowledge, and a commitment to be in constant reverence toward divinity.  As you already know, teachings on the Lake of Fire all pertain to apocalypse, judgment, and the final removal of sin.  Here are a few points that have helped many believers avoid error and spiritual confusion about those teachings and the Gospel of Jesus Christ:

(1.)  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and all things created that respond to divine order throughout the universe.  Sin is not a living entity, a material thing, or a process initiated by divinity.  Sin has not been created or called forth by GOD, and appears as an artifact (we say, by-product, scraps, waste) of independent existence and separation from Deity.  Sin is not concrete or tangible, yet, sin may dominate awareness and self-will within created beings and living creatures.

(2.)  Holy fire is that divine tool used in receiving offerings and sacrifices upon an altar, and is not to be considered the same as common fire upon the earth used to cook, destroy, or warm ones dwelling place.  At the same time blood, bone and flesh are consumed and transformed into ashes such divine substance may be lifted up to GOD as acknowledgement, atonement, gratitude, holiness, joy, obedience, praise, prayer, repentance, reverence, trust and truth.

(3.)  At the second coming, the Savior will appear to take to himself those who have made commitment as believers (we say, he will harvest the earth of those who are prepared, ready and ripe).  Consider again Matthew 25:  40-42, KJV:  40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.  41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:  42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat:  I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  Rightly understood, the Lake of Fire is a peculiar operation by the will of divinity to remove all abomination, antagonism, and corruption (we say, defiance, rebellion, sin, wickedness).  Nothing that resists the will of Deity is to have place in existence; and sin is defined as the disruption of divine order that results by the absence of divine content within the living demonstrated through their attitudes, behavior, and conduct.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC