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The meanings of darkness and night as they appear in a prophecy spoken by Jesus are topics, today.  Also, there is more on how death as the end of pain and suffering relates to self-will and sin.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “pray for the world.” (Level 7 with 68,843 points, a member since April 15, 2011) posted the following:


Christians, what did Jesus mean by night coming when no man can work?

John 9:4 (ESV)

4 We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work.


THE BATTLE AXE:  The End of Pain? (06/10/2013)—  (6)  Self-will in created beings and living creatures is defiled by sin and made spiritually unclean.  Saying this another way:  will in temporal beings (those who are not eternal) decays and rots; and ones spiritual endowment from GOD is diminished.  Through the influence of sin upon self-will (we say, will-power), it is now widely-held error within the awareness of created beings and living creatures that GOD is an arbitrary cause of death, that death occurs randomly and serves no purpose, and that the end of GOD will bring the end of death.  Ones desire for their own continuity and permanence as well as that for their loved ones cannot be satisfied through operations of human will.  Sin results in death by blocking and interrupting divine growth, learning, maturation, and perfection. 


THE GOLDEN ARROW:  But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.  For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.  For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.  But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.  Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day:  we are not of the night, nor of darkness.  Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.  For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.  But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.  For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,  Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.  Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.  (1st Thessalonians 5:  1-11, KJV)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Jesus Lives! (05/04/2013); Time Before The Sun? (04/14/2013); The Obedience of Jesus? (04/15/2013); Did Jesus Know? (12/22/2012); The True Miracle (12/23/2012)

“pray for the world.”, many mature Christian believers who deeply love Jesus as our Redeemer and Savior would agree that anyone who desires a full and mature knowledge of the Gospel, should also consider the following points:

(1)  Throughout the holy writings, day and night are recurring conditions in human experience, and the natural world.  Day is the time of light when meaningful work and honest activity may be completed.  As an extended period dominated by darkness, many repeatedly choose night as the time to commit sins, and pursue pleasures that are offenses against GOD.  Transgressors gain a heightened confidence that, cloaked and covered by night, they will remain anonymous, their wrongdoing will not be detected or interrupted, they will have greater opportunity to escape, and, even when seen by witnesses, they will not be easy to identify in the light.

(2)  Along with blindness, darkness and night also speak to ignorance of revealed truth from GOD.  In addition to preaching a prophetic message, teaching from the holy writings, and witness as his ministry from GOD, Jesus performed works that included exorcism (i.e., casting out devils and unclean spirit beings that attempt to conceal themselves from divine sight by hiding within human bodies, who debase and defile their hosts), forgiving the condemned in judgment, healing the blind, and raising the dead.

(3)  Because of depression, despair, and sorrow without godly hope, death is spoken of in the world as darkness, and night.  (The earth is the creation of GOD; the world is the man-made system for exchange and survival upon the earth.)  Through Jesus Christ, mankind receives the demonstration of resurrection, the promise of eternal life, and the expectation of unending light provided by the permanent presence of GOD.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4)  Jesus prophesied his own death as unavoidable, and highlighted the truth that the continuing work of his disciples and apostles as vessels of the Holy Spirit would be the primary spark of GOD upon the earth until the time of his second coming.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
 Washington, DC

      Whether Christians should continue reading the Old Testament is considered along with more on Sabbath keeping by those having newness of spirit in place of the law. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “acid cat” (Level 3 with 1,288 points, a member since May 9, 2012) posted the following:

Are Christians not supposed to read the Old Testament in the Bible?

I was raised in a Christian household, and I was always told that we were supposed to read the WHOLE Bible, because it is all God’s word and so on and so forth.

Obviously, I’m not into all that jazz, but just recently I keep seeing people who say that the Old Testament in the Bible is for Jews. Therefore, Christians don’t follow, the uh, the Old Testament. Just Jews.

I’m super ignorant when it comes to religion, so any help would be appreciated. It would kinda make sense to follow all of the Bible, as it seems it’s all from God. But I don’t get why Jews get the Old Testament, and Christians get the New one.

Thank you in advance! 🙂

THE BATTLE AXE: Newness of Spirit? (01/04/2013)—Believers are not saved by Sabbath keeping (i.e., the works of men), however they are cleansed, refreshed, and set apart for fellowship with GOD, and divine service (i.e., sanctified). Understood as an aspect of being and existence residing within the fullness of divine will, the Sabbath is eternal, and is more than simply a period of time, and a measure of temporal duration. The change a believer undergoes from being energized and motivated to acknowledge the Sabbath by law to being ignited and sparked through holy wisdom and zeal is so all-encompassing that we speak of it as dying to sin and the world while being reborn to GOD. The new spirit imparted from GOD that accomplishes re-birth within believers also deposits divine intent, sacred purpose, sovereign understanding, and a self-will that conforms to hallowed law. The motive to unselfishly benefit others (called “love”) dominates awareness; and is inseparable from humility whereby awe before GOD is translated into submission, obedience, conviction and commitment. As carnal realities and operations of the flesh, celebration, rejoicing, rest and worship are not the same; however, as manifestations of the Spirit from GOD, the four are one in their nature and sacred content. Divine law given to provide knowledge and awareness produces the same Sabbath keeping as obedience to law by faith; a single divine Spirit produces the gifts, fruit and sacred substance of the Sabbath. For the believer walking in newness of Spirit, freedom and reconciliation through Christ does not mean what once was sin and wickedness have become pleasing to GOD; nor are the first things of eternal righteousness now deprived of power and value.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name: If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever. Thus saith the LORD; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the LORD. (Jeremiah 31: 31-37, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: A Golden Ticket? (11/30/2012); And This Was Good News (12/01/2012); The Old Testament and Parables (08/12/2012); Reading Only The Red Part (11/19/2012); Repelled by the Bible? (08/13/2012); Marriage and Civil Law (08/14/2012); Support For The Bible (03/11/2012); Idols of Flesh (03/12/2012); New Covenant? (01/08/2011); Annulled? (01/09/2011); Holy Writings? (11/02/2010)

      Here are some ideas that may help:

      The sameness of the old and new testaments (formal declarations by a living owner regarding the lawful disposition of an estate or inheritance; a contract to transfer duties, obligations and property) derive from their shared existence as devices to portray the same, single, invisible, unchanging GOD.

      The holy writings that we call the Bible and Scripture are collections of eye witness reports and testimonies provided as evidence in judgment. Many different human events, themes and topics are recorded; however, the intent of all is making divinity known and understandable, and revealing the action and presence of GOD in the experience of mankind. As a result, material appears that addresses divine purpose, miracles and wonders, sacred processes, and the specific elements of right relationship with GOD for all created beings and living creatures.

      Covenant with GOD as our Creator—a continuing relationship generated through faith, grace, law and promise—is established and maintained through individuals as well as through nations. The word of GOD spoken to the serpent in the Garden of Eden allowed Adam and Eve to view themselves as having a promise from GOD, and the earliest covenant providing a foundation for hope (i.e., expectation). More than this, a priesthood was granted upon the earth modeled after the priesthood of the Son of GOD in heaven, that would actually bring to pass the divine word. (See Genesis 3: 1-24, King James Version.) Devices would be used including, birth, death, family, inheritance, repentance, sacrifice and suffering.

      There are many covenants recorded in the Scriptures. Believers in Jesus Christ receive a “god’s-eye” view of their many features because the Bible record details thousands of lives over the course of thousands of years. Thus, the covenant with the tribes of Jacob (called “Jews”), whereby a “promised land” is provided, had first been granted to seven different nations that occupied that area (Deuteronomy 7: 1 and Acts 13: 19, KJV).

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, a blind man may live a life filled with challenge, accomplishment, and satisfaction. He may marry, be a parent, work, or become a celebrity; yet, look at all he misses. A follower of Christ may continue in darkness regarding the holy writings, and have a wonderful experience of new life. Yet, look at all he misses! Without correct knowledge from the entire Bible, ones duty to spread the Gospel cannot be faithfully carried out.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

      Sin as a threat against all existence is topic, today, along with more on divine judgment and justice. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Arabian” (Level 2 with 310 points, a member since December 28, 2012) posted the following:

Christians, what are we being saved from exactly?

THE BATTLE AXE: Put Every Man His Sword By His Side (01/01/2013)—The revelation of GOD to mankind through the holy writings do permit men to accept the necessary harshness of divine law. Severity and swiftness of destruction do not contradict the love, mercy and righteousness of GOD (see Deuteronomy 29: 29, KJV). Wickedness and sin are not features of divine being, and are not to be understood as spirit matter. The need for death as a penalty for sin derives from the truth that human ignorance, persistence, self-will, and various subtle (i.e., barely detectible and hidden) aspects of character, psyche, and spiritual makeup cannot be immediately changed, or altered over time by appeals to emotion, knowledge, logic and reason. Those “dead in spirit” (i.e., lacking divinity; having no endowment of the imparted, indwelling Spirit from the person of GOD) are unreachable and un-teachable as created beings. Death of the flesh that occurs as the completion of mortality is temporary; and despite the death of sinners their wickedness and sin does not terminate, because various consequences, and effects continue to emerge and materialize for an indefinite period. Wickedness and sin cannot be eternally confined, are progressive, replicate, and are self-regenerating (i.e., restarts; rekindles without outside assistance). Through sin, created beings and living creatures gradually lose the divine content that provides their existence as angels or men. Apart from death, rebirth, repentance, and sanctification of the living, there is no divine provision that makes Creation permanent, and that allows eternal life. The absolute and complete removal of what remains from once godly beings can finally be eliminated only after divine judgment, and through purification by immersion in the lake of fire (called the second death).

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. (1st John 5: 20, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Purchased With Blood? (12/29/2012); The Law Not Flawed (12/30/2012); An Attack on Creation? (12/08/2012); The Focus of Judgment (12/09/2012); More Than Salvation (11/27/2012); Does Everyone Go To Heaven? (10/28/2012); The Gospel not Logical? (09/16/2012); Unwelcome Gifts? (09/17/2012)

      Divine operations of redemption and salvation are called forth in connection with Creation, because the objects put forth from divine awareness and mind are limited as to their content of divine substance, and therefore may not endure. This is particularly so for created beings and living creatures such as angels, animals, insects, men, and the sacred beasts of heaven. Extending incorruptibility and immortality to the living, and making their existence eternal, requires many major events involving the substance of GOD, who is spirit. Included are Advent, Incarnation, birth, epiphany, death, rebirth, repentance, passion, judgment, sanctification, and the second death.

      The continuing existence of sacred person and sanctified being are opposed by sin; however, sin has no power to alter, damage or injure divine person. Almighty GOD is not threatened by sin; yet, sin may dominate the self-will of created beings and living creatures. The action of sin diminishes what we would call “will power,” and blocks human awareness of divine law, sacred purpose, and holy presence. Sin is not created by GOD, has no spirit content; and is no carnal, material, or physical thing that can be immediately known, resisted, and eliminated by angels and mankind. Through the ministry of Jesus Christ, the endowment of divine substance that establishes one in the image of GOD, may be increased or restored. Included here are faith, hope, humility, joy, love, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, ignorance and lack of awareness are like blindness. One may accomplish many great things despite a lack of vision: The blind also may enjoy important professional careers, marry, raise children, and be honored as major celebrities. Yet, look at all they miss. Once separated from sin, and joined to GOD whose will cannot be ruled of sin, the full measure of human potential includes a capacity to know and be known of GOD; to manifest the divine nature; and to accomplish the beauty and power of ones own divine vision.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC