Archive for the ‘Apocalypse’ Category

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

The apocalypse, endtime prophecies concerning the fifth trumpet, and final judgment against sin are topics, today.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Trunks” (Level 1 with 17 points, a member since June 15, 2012) posted the following:

 

Questions about the fifth trumpet in the apocalypse?

Okay, so I’m from Spain so I read it in spanish (just in case My grammar isn’t good or I said something wrong) The thing is I recently read the trumpets and the fifth sounds the scariest. But then I thought: God wouldn’t be capable of sending grasshopper scorpion tale with crown animals to torture us.

And I think I’m right. God isn’t capable of doing that.

In the Genesis book, he said he would never destroy the Earth.

And it’s right, everything that has happened it’s because of us so here’s my question: What if those grasshopper scorpion tale animal are a failed human experiment?

Like, humans are doing an weird experiment and they made that animal and somehow they escape and reproduce.

I think it makes sense because everything has happened because of us, why wouldn’t the animal be our fault too? What do you think about this theory? I want your opinion and what you think where those will come from. Thanks for reading. (PS. Those things can already exists but they’re locked somewhere)

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.  For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.  Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.  And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.  But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear:  Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.  Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?  But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore:  ye are of more value than many sparrows.  Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God:  But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God.  And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him:  but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven.  (Luke 12:  1-10, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Mankind Destroyed? (01/24/2014); What Salvation Is (01/25/2014); Are We the Spoils of War? (01/08/2014); The Fullness of GODhead? (01/09/2014); A Partnership? (11/05/2012); To See With New Eyes (11/06/2012); Doom (09/20/2012); Contradictions? (09/21/2012)

 

“Trunks”, here are a few points to consider that are important to many mature Christian believers:

(1.)  Nothing is impossible to GOD.  Sin opposes the continued existence of all divine law, the Law Giver, and all Creation relying upon sacred law for divine order.  Because sin does not exist as material substance a person can hold in his hand, or spirit matter created by GOD, those who rely upon such finite tools as emotion, intellect, mathematics, philosophy and science are convinced that divinity is not able to destroy, eliminate and remove sin.

(2.)  The nature of final judgment.  The divine process to assign value to those objects, created beings and living creatures put forth by Deity requires that their spirit content be examined for agreement, congruence, and identity with divinity.  A divine record (we say, the book of life) detailing ones attitudes, behavior and conduct will be examined as the indicator of ones full spirit content from the makeup of GOD.

(3.)  Chaos will not be allowed.  The angels from the bottomless pit and other divinely created beasts that will torment mankind do so only at the command and direction of GOD.  This will be a final opportunity for mankind to return to GOD.  Those dominated through sin, unrepentant, and no longer endowed with sacred content within their awareness and self-will will be challenged, changed, or destroyed.  There will be no attack against those born again as children of GOD and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ.

(4.)  Believers are not to fear tribulation.  Christians face an enemy who specializes in deceit and spiritual confusion as well as the non-material, non-spirit influence that is sin.  Affliction, hardship and loss become a “normal” feature to prepare Christian believers for the transformation of the world they know along with political oppression, persecution, poverty, and rejection by the world.

(5.)  Prophecy reveals divine intent.  The work of prophecy is not so much predicting the future as making the nature and will of GOD visible to the created.  Along with commandments, proclamations, and promises prophecy declares divine commitments expressed through human events.  To cleanse and heal created beings and living creatures requires multiple sacred operations including atonement, baptism, death, rebirth, redemption, resurrection, salvation and sanctification.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (6.)  Believers are not to worry about the “end of the world.”  Christians are to focus upon the promises of GOD through Jesus Christ, our ongoing lives, and the service to GOD we are to perform.  Born again, believers are to await and prepare for the appearing of Jesus to harvest the earth of those who are his by faith (we say, the Advent, the Rapture, the Second Coming).  Do not be deceived or deluded by the many errors held among your enemies who are enslaved to unbelief.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, focus is upon the accusations and charges brought against Jesus, and why he was executed upon the cross.  Also, there is more on holy wars.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Nully” (Level 1 with 66 points, a member since October 27, 2014) posted the following:

 

Quick question: why was jesus put on the cross? Which laws did he supposedly violate or what crimes did he supposedly commit?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Holy Wars? (11/06/2014)—(4.)  For Christian believers there is no glory to be gained through death upon a battlefield.  One establishes a relationship with divinity spoken of as “glory” by their living in service to GOD, and operating as a vessel of divine spirit substance.  Believers attain eternal fellowship with divinity only when Jesus Christ returns to harvest his followers from the earth (we say, resurrection) that will occur at his appearing. 

(5.)  The Gospel does not counsel conflict between communities, incite men to war against one another, or urge widespread destruction of life and property.  Yet, men are exhorted to wage war within the Self, and to establish mastery over body and mind by receiving the imparted spirit of GOD.  Ones flesh that may be controlled by an animal or sin nature must come under the rule of ones divine nature that is an aspect of the makeup of GOD.  Christian believers are to overcome such features as anger, appetite, conscience, deceit, envy, fear, imagination, and the tongue. 

(6.)  There is a holy war fought within the spheres of heaven recorded among the Scriptures.  However, only angels and devils participate in that sacred event.  Mankind has no part during the war in heaven except through the persons of Michael and Jesus Christ.   The devil and his angels do not prevail, and are cast out of heaven upon the earth.  Thus, the war begun in heaven must be finished upon the earth as the apocalypse and the war of Armageddon.  Consider again Romans 6:  1-23, 8:  1-39, and 12:  17-19; Ephesians 6:  11-13; 1st Timothy 2:  1-2 and 6:  10-16; James 1:  17-27; Revelation 12:  7-9, 16:  12-16 and 20:  6-10, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:  Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:  Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death:  because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.  For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:  Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:  Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.  Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.  Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.  Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;  He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.  This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.  (Acts 2:  22-32, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Jesus Scourged (04/05/2014); Brothers, Not Equals (04/06/2014); The Judges Who Condemned Jesus? (01/17/2014); About the Second Coming? (01/18/2014); On Judging Preachers as “Fake” (12/23/2013); Jesus Arose Bodily (12/24/2013)

 

“Nully”, Jesus was “officially” condemned by the Jewish high court for the religious crime of blasphemy, that was punishable by death.  However, the Savior could only be legally executed on their behalf by the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate.  Rome “officially” killed Jesus upon the cross for the political crime of treason against King Herod, who had been installed by Rome and served as monarch to pacify the Jews of the region.

Jesus had been accused of multiple capital crimes  described within covenant law that carried the death penalty along with attacks against Jewish culture, custom, and tradition.  The Jews of the Temple community brought every device of the law against his ministry as Messiah.  Jury-tampering, perjury and false witness also were used against him.  Thus, the many charges included conducting public worship without license, conspiracy to destroy the Temple at Jerusalem, practicing as a false prophet, devil worship, inciting riot, rebellion, sedition, self-promotion, sorcery, and working on the Sabbath.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  Many Christian believers now hold that the death of Jesus was at the hands of all mankind through the prevailing religious and secular forces of the day.  Rome is to be seen as the single authority (we say, One World government), that dominated all other cultures and nations, while the Jews at the Temple represent the one, true religion imparted to the earth from GOD.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

The question, What should we do at the time of his Advent (the Second Coming of Jesus)? is the topic, today.  Usually, I avoid presenting my own prayers in this setting, a sacred writings blog, because my prayers are intimate expressions intended for GOD, not for my readers.  However, all believers are obliged to share now whatever encouragements, gifts, helps, and sacred truth they may have, and not to withhold them until the day of his Coming.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth:  for the LORD hath spoken it.  And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.  (Isaiah 25:  8-9, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Loving Someone Unseen? (05/03/2014); Lot and the Angels (05/04/2014); Cleansing the Temple, and the Body (03/16/2014); GOD to “Try Harder”? (03/17/2014); About the Second Coming? (01/18/2014); Unprofitable Servants? (01/19/2014)

 

Having heard the trumpet sound, and the shout of the archangel, my first thoughts were that I would run out of doors.  I would want to see with my own eyes the Lord coming with the clouds from heaven.  I thought to myself, I would probably have my socks on already, so I would quickly slip on some shoes (probably would not tie the strings); and I would go downstairs into the front yard and stand, facing the East.

When I realized, there might be a crowd outside, and that others might rush outside, just like me; I considered how some would fall to their knees in prayer.  The words, “I’m sorry” and “I didn’t mean to do it” would be on the lips of many men, women, and children.  However, the purpose of the Coming is not to call us into embarrassment, fear of judgment, guilt, and remorse.  Many will be terrified; and all the forms of fear will be present, including awe, anxiety, fright, and panic.  On the one hand, the Advent is not an “I gotcha” moment.  On the other hand, the Coming will immediately declare the final judgment.  The time for prayers requesting forgiveness will already be over; and the time for prayers to acknowledge, welcome, yield, and show respect will be upon us.

There will be a moment for prayers that say, Thank you for your grace.  I confess, I am not worthy of all the wonderful blessings you intend for those who have become yours, purchased by atonement and blood, by faith, by love, and by truth.   You are worthy to be accepted as our Supreme Ruler, honored, obeyed, praised, and trusted.  Please, do come to us, Lord Jesus, the Lamb of GOD that taketh away the sin of the world.  Savior.  Son of the Highest.

It occurred to me, many of us will be unclean because of blood, sweat, urine, and other body fluids.  I thought, there will probably be time to run back upstairs and wash, put on a clean shirt, a tie, or even change my underwear!  (Some of us already do that, every day they dress in “go to meetin’ clothes,” just to be ready in case “today might be the day.”)  However, I realized, the living will probably not be as unclean as those decayed and rotten from the grave.  All are to be caught up in the air, and in the twinkling of an eye, all will be made permanently clean, immortal, incorruptible, and sanctified.

The most difficult challenge the believer must face is that of learning to tarry (we sometimes say, Let go, let GOD).  Yet, one does not tarry by being idle, being indifferent, being lazy, or being unobservant.  Patiently waiting for Christ is made easy as we serve, and never become weary of well-doing.  To tarry is to maintain vigilance, stay alert, to watch and pray.  Thus, believers discipline their minds to maintain focus in the promises of GOD; become skilled at waiting without having to be busy with unnecessary activity; learn to be effective functioning as independent persons without companions and peers; and master sitting in silence as well as continuously walking by faith, not by sight.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, those who welcome Christ each day through their morning devotions, prayers and Scripture studies will not feel pressured to do anything extraordinary, or unusual.  Like those who appear in times of crisis and emergency that we later call heroes, these prepared believers will probably display what they consider the “natural”, “normal” and “routine” thing:  Laughter, tears of joy, unselfish thoughts of loved ones.  Surely, many will say,  Father as I come to you through this ministry of Jesus Christ, I have no idea where I am to go, or how I may become all you would have me to be.  Even so, we are your people and the sheep of your pasture.  Guide us, lead us, shear us, slaughter us; all that we are, and all we may become belongs to you.  We come to you without silver and gold; and we are willing to abandon all worldly ambition.  You have granted us a foretaste of glory divine.  We are now trusting in the promises for resurrection and eternal life.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

     Today, readers are warned against persistent errors and recurring thoughts that block our understanding of the signs for the Advent, and Second Coming of Jesus.  As surely as Jesus must complete cleansing the Sanctuary in heaven before harvesting the earth, hearts and minds throughout the body of believers and all in covenant also must be cleansed and purified.  The appearing of Messiah will be on a scale that requires more than a single voice crying in the wilderness.  Christian believers are in need of a “wake up” call to re-examine their unspoken assumptions.

THE BATTLE AXE:  Giving Forgiveness? (03/15/2014)—(5.)  To err is human, to forgive is divine, and to only give “lip service” to forgiveness is hypocrisy.  The giving and accepting of apologies pertain to courtesy, etiquette, and social customs.  Many apologize to maintain relationships grounded in feelings.  Forgiveness is always the display of divinity that resides within a believer, and speaks to maintaining right relationship with GOD.  There are many difficult and dangerous challenges that Christian believers must accept.  The necessary work of spreading the Gospel is difficult, and must go forward through one continuing expression of life.  (See John 10:  36-38, KJV.)  While mercy may only appear through judgment, and where there is lawful authority, forgiveness appears where there is perfection (i.e., balance, completeness, distance (we say, impartiality, perspective), and stability).  Consider again how Joseph was not in the place of GOD to condemn or destroy his brothers, yet, he was in position to make visible the divine willingness to forgive (Genesis 50:  15-22, KJV).

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)  Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:  Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:  Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.  And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!  But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:  For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.  And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved:  but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.  Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.  For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.  Behold, I have told you before.  (Matthew 24:  15-25, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  About the Second Coming? (01/18/2014); Unprofitable Servants? (01/19/2014); Recognizing True Prophets (05/02/2013); Jesus, A Party Animal? (05/03/2013); When Jesus Comes Back? (04/19/2013); What’s The Way Out? (04/20/2013)

     Several popular Christian ministries based in the United States are now pursuing the mission of teaching the six signs of the end given by Jesus, the two given by the Apostle Paul, and eleven other occurrences given by the prophets through regularly broadcasting radio and television programs, and providing print media to our Nation, in Jerusalem, and throughout all Israel.  Included are projects from Mike Evans (The Jerusalem Prayer Team), John Haggee (John Haggee Ministries), Perry Stone (Manna Fest), and Irwin Baxter (End Times).  In addition to their raising alarms in response to such current events as the United States demand for peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders, these and other ministries are now preaching many sensitive Old and New Testament prophecies that pertain to the Second Coming of Jesus as Messiah.  Naturally, their methods and motives are coming under scrutiny to the extent they are repeatedly making appeals for funds, and they participate in the cash economy of Israel by sponsoring and conducting holy-land tourism.  However, they also are encountering deeply ingrained and hidden beliefs that appear as Christian prejudice and skepticism, and that can only be removed by correct knowledge of the Gospel.

     Many Christian believers fail to realize that there are Bible prophecies of a third temple to be raised in Jerusalem.  At this very hour, a temple institute exists, and modern day believers in the Covenant are preparing to build and restore the ancient temple.  Many articles for the temple service have been re-created including the Ark of the Covenant.  Christians may have read the many passages and verses that speak to these events numerous times.  However, because their minds were set in a frame to say “Judaism is finished, and does not count anymore,” they did not properly discern the nature of these messages.  Thus, where believers focus on promises from the Book of Revelation, many see the service of Jesus in heaven as our High Priest to be the “third temple;” and are fixed on the promise that there will be no more temple, for mankind will have free access to GOD and to the Lamb. 

     Following are a few points of recurring error and conflict that all should be alert to:

1.  There is a single act a believer may perform that completes and finishes salvation.  Included are reciting the sinner’s prayer; water baptism; making a sizeable financial donation (the $1,000 dollar seed) or tithing; perfect attendance at church functions; study of catechism, or instruction leading to baptism and confirmation; pilgrimage to cathedrals, conferences, holy shrines, Jerusalem, Israel, Rome, or various mega churches.

2.  Christianity is a separate religion; and believers in GOD through Jesus Christ should have nothing to do with Israel, with Jerusalem, or with Jewish people.

3.  There are multiple shared doctrines among the various world belief systems that make them basically the same.  Differences among their methods and practices are primarily a matter of lifestyle and culture. 

4.  The spiritual goals of faith communities are all the same, and should continue to co-exist without conflict despite such diverse labels as Baha’is, Buddhism, Catholicism, Confucianism, Daoism, Hinduism, Islam, Jains, Parsis, Protestants, Shinto, Sikhs, Voodoo, and Zen.

5.  Faith is personal and private, and pertains to ones own salvation and those with whom we have intimate relationship (ones spouse, family, co-workers, friends).

6.  Believers can outgrow all their bad habits and weaknesses without “going public,” or having to make special efforts such as confession, fasting, and prayer.

7.  Christ died at the cross to end the need for all divine law, ritual, ceremony, and tradition.  Believers no longer have to attend church or participate in religious groups.

8.  The actions and writings of scholars have the same spiritual merit and weight as the things shared by those who are strictly churchmen, clerics, or prophets.

9.  Believers are correct to endorse what some call “replacement” theology.  The new covenant church established by Jesus Christ was not supposed to complement and co-exist with the covenant of Moses, and has annulled or destroyed the sacred partnership with the Jews (also called “the law” in the holy writings).

10.  There is no single shared discipline or lifestyle that is to be observed among all believers.  Therefore, no one should be condemned for being different.  All aspects of popular culture and social doctrines addressing economic differences, ethnicity, gender, nationality and race also have place within the Kingdom of GOD.

11.  The same things provided from GOD to bring about gradual and successive spiritual change can also be used to alter carnal, material, and social things.

     There is a lot more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example (12.)  What ever is held and spoken by a single Christian has been approved and endorsed by all.  All believers have the same authority to acknowledge the authority of GOD, yet, all may not speak as ordained agents of GOD.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

Charity never faileth:  but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.  (1st Corinthians 13:  9, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC