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Today, focus is on divine operations, time, and sacred events.  Ministry by GOD to the living sees the provision of food, shelter, emotional support as well as the imparting of existence, sacred knowledge, and diverse spiritual gifts.  The operations of GOD that men are to consider as aspects of salvation are intended to occur as continuous and ongoing, rather than, “one-time” events.  The intent and “what” of divine operations are being clarified and made visible to both sinners and believers, however, there is rarely a proclaiming of “when” in accordance with dates, and devices to make projections for events or track the passage of time.  It is lawful for Deity to make use of creation, suddenness , and “no further warnings” (i.e., surprise).  Also, sacred process does not appear and unfold only on the basis of direct divine intervention, chronological order, the preeminence of GOD, and the sovereign will of Deity.  Things also happen that are not from the “mind of GOD” (e.g., covetousness, depression, iniquity, and sin).  There are exchanges, interactions, and movement among the many aspects and elements of existence that also influence and determine what will become discernible, observable, and visible.  Many occurrences that the living do apprehend and witness are the ordinary and usual responses that appear for the outworking of natural cycles, serial events, and mechanical processes, rather than for divine commandments, covenant relationships, or spiritual maturity within believers.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers (UK & Ireland)” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information appears) posted the following:

 

If Jesus was the Son of Man how come he does not know the time of his own return?

Update: Matthew 24:36 But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man (Matthew 24:36-39).

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  I have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out of my mouth, and I shewed them; I did them suddenly, and they came to pass.  Because I knew that thou art obstinate, and thy neck is an iron sinew, and thy brow brass;  I have even from the beginning declared it to thee; before it came to pass I shewed it thee:  lest thou shouldest say, Mine idol hath done them, and my graven image, and my molten image, hath commanded them.  Thou hast heard, see all this; and will not ye declare it? I have shewed thee new things from this time, even hidden things, and thou didst not know them.  They are created now, and not from the beginning; even before the day when thou heardest them not; lest thou shouldest say, Behold, I knew them.  Yea, thou heardest not; yea, thou knewest not; yea, from that time that thine ear was not opened:  for I knew that thou wouldest deal very treacherously, and wast called a transgressor from the womb.  For my name’s sake will I defer mine anger, and for my praise will I refrain for thee, that I cut thee not off.  Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.  For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it:  for how should my name be polluted? and I will not give my glory unto another.  (Isaiah 48:  3-11, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Genuine Spiritual Discernment? (03/27/2017); Hope That Is True (02/20/2017); Sharing The Correct Message (01/30/2017); Sacred Events and Subtlety? (11/21/2016); Eternal Mysteries and Revelation (08/31/2016); The Devices for Prophecy (06/10/2016); Time Is Not A Deity (11/30/2015)

“Anonymous”, when speaking of divinity, often it is not correct to apply the frameworks of time and space that have been provided to finite created beings and living creatures.  Time exists as an artifact of changing events, and the movement of objects in relation.  Time is descriptive, rather than generative (it speaks about things, yet of itself does not determine, or put forth things).  In accord with Christian belief, GOD is a spirit, therefore, the character, makeup, nature and process of divinity center in active presence, existence, permanence, and sovereign will that can not be completely and precisely measured or delineated with such frameworks as dimension, size, time and space.  The individual spirit substances that exist as the inseparable makeup of GOD include faith, forgiveness, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, persons, purity, purpose, righteousness, truth, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

Using language from Chemistry, Physics and Natural Science, the “properties” of GOD would have to be described in terms of density, atomic weight, and as being like those for elements and material we call gases—substances that are neither a solid nor a liquid at ordinary temperatures and have the ability to expand infinitely (after Encarta ® World English Dictionary © & (P) 1998-2005 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.)  However, GOD is much more than cloud, fog, mist and smoke that all consist of physical material and particles.  Divine spirit is made up only of spirit matter, and appears as immortal, incorruptible, invisible and unchanging.  The Holy Spirit (also called the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth) is alive, dynamic, organic, and sentient, yet, continues as boundless, diffuse, and unlimited.

Mature Christian believers will encourage those coming to Christ as recently “born again” to consider (and accept) that revelation of GOD is through sacred knowledge rather than secular knowledge.  Rebirth through water baptism must continue as gradual growth and learning.  Such finite tools as emotions, intellect, logic, and science are not enough to recognize, resist, and totally eliminate sin.  There must be operations by GOD that establish atonement, death, divine law, and a fresh deposit of life essence (we say, breath, spirit, word) from the makeup of Deity.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, divine events are not scheduled using human tools of calendars, dates, clocks, and prediction.  Prophecy as a tool of GOD is not about announcing future events so much as to stimulate assurance by repetition, anticipation, commitment, and hope (expectation).  Events emerge on the basis of configurations and shifts among conditions and patterns on multiple levels within the full universe.  Eternal purposes and sacred patterns in divine will that pertain to such works as Creation, judgment, salvation and eternal life are being proclaimed, yet remain only partially revealed as an earnest or down-payment.  Thus, prophecy is not intended to “tell all,” and is used to comfort, edify (build up, nurture), and exhort (urge action) among the collective of believers (the church) who are a physical appearance of Jesus Christ.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, practices to acknowledge the divine presence in the camp of those who left Egypt with Moses are considered.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers (Singapore)” using the ID “Adam” (Level 4 with 4,977 points, a member since April 25, 2011) posted the following:

 

Exodus: laws of moses when u poop put a stick in the ground (did moses aim this at just one guy?)?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious:  and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.  Unto you therefore which believe he is precious:  but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,  And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient:  whereunto also they were appointed.  But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;  Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God:  which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.  (1st Peter 2:  6-10, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Divine Presence and Spirit (01/18/2017); The Old Self Crucified? (04/03/2016); Pork, A Stumblingblock? (03/06/2015); Deliverance A Benefit Of Salvation? (02/23/2015); Divine Law for Mankind? (07/29/2014); Divine Law Speaks of Spirit? (07/30/2014); Holy Ground (03/30/2014); The Temple Mount (03/31/2014)

 

“Adam”, those who received the Ten Commandment law had to learn to display uninterrupted acknowledgement of divine presence.  The men, women, and children who left Egypt with Moses were Gentiles and a “mixed multitude” as well as those from the 12 tribes of Jacob.  A single, sacred standard for all would be put forth to cleanse and sanctify them for a continuing relationship as covenant partners with the Most High.  While in Egypt, their daily lives maintained customs, rituals, and traditions that exalted secular knowledge (e.g., government, politics, science) and also embraced astrology, idolatry, sorcery, superstition, and the occult.  The size of their camp is estimated to have been as many as 3½ million, for men of fighting age alone were more than ½ million.  The people lived in tents, and the livestock were kept in close quarter.  The “promised land” was already occupied by seven tribes who were in a covenant with GOD, and were to be replaced because they repeatedly had violated their contract.  When GOD spoke declaring the terms (commandments) of his new covenant, the people were awestruck, and petitioned that GOD would use prophets and spokespersons to reveal divinity, rather than speak from heaven again.  With this in view, the active presence of GOD among the people was made visible by the pillar of cloud by day, fire by night; by the tabernacle; and by multiple aspects of divine order that included captains over thousands, hundreds, fifties, twenties and tens (we say, hierarchy, rank); the falling of manna for only six days; and the keeping of Sabbath.  Consider again the following from the Scriptures:

(1.)  Deuteronomy 23:  12-14, King James Version (KJV):  12 Thou shalt have a place also without the camp, whither thou shalt go forth abroad:  13 And thou shalt have a paddle upon thy weapon; and it shall be, when thou wilt ease thyself abroad, thou shalt dig therewith, and shalt turn back and cover that which cometh from thee:  14 For the LORD thy God walketh in the midst of thy camp, to deliver thee, and to give up thine enemies before thee; therefore shall thy camp be holy:  that he see no unclean thing in thee, and turn away from thee.

(2.)  Deuteronomy 14:  1-2, KJV:  1 Ye are the children of the LORD your God:  ye shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead.  2 For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  Deuteronomy 12:  1-7, KJV:  1 These are the statutes and judgments, which ye shall observe to do in the land, which the LORD God of thy fathers giveth thee to possess it, all the days that ye live upon the earth.  2 Ye shall utterly destroy all the places, wherein the nations which ye shall possess served their gods, upon the high mountains, and upon the hills, and under every green tree:  3 And ye shall overthrow their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire; and ye shall hew down the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names of them out of that place.  4 Ye shall not do so unto the LORD your God.  5 But unto the place which the LORD your God shall choose out of all your tribes to put his name there, even unto his habitation shall ye seek, and thither thou shalt come:  6 And thither ye shall bring your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, and your tithes, and heave offerings of your hand, and your vows, and your freewill offerings, and the firstlings of your herds and of your flocks:  7 And there ye shall eat before the LORD your God, and ye shall rejoice in all that ye put your hand unto, ye and your households, wherein the LORD thy God hath blessed thee.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, reply is made to a question on oneness and sameness of authority within the GODhead.  Correctly understood, divinity must be acknowledged as spirit substances that are diffuse, yet, inseparable, and are not limited through frameworks of time and space, discrete events, or natural law that applies to material and physical objects and their processes for duration.  That one aspect of the full GODhead has appeared using flesh to complete mortality does not alter or diminish the character, description, and nature of Deity.  The  essential elements of divine existence and process (e.g., authority, glory, government, grace, ownership, preeminence, active presence, purpose) continue as immutable and unchanging.  The fighter at “Yahoo! 7 Answers (Australia)” using the ID “Trilobiteme” (Level 3 with 1,651 points, a member since September 29, 2011) posted the following:

 

If the old testament says there is one God and Jesus Christ said the Father and I are one does that mean he on equal footing with God?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.  In him was life; and the life was the light of men.  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.  (John 1:  1-5, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Exalted By The Father? (01/26/2017); The Firstborn of GOD (01/02/2017); Different Form, Same Relationship? (11/20/2016); Word, Son, and Christ? (08/24/2016); A Servant and More (08/17/2016); The Holy Spirit and Unity? (08/13/2015); Oneness, Not Equality or Rank? (07/16/2015)

 

“Trilobiteme”, don’t be confused by the many divine uses of flesh and blood.  Sacred operations by the persons of  GOD all express oneness without sameness.  Therefore, in general, Christians regard argument, debate, and questions about differences in divine authority, function, and majesty to be irrelevant, unfruitful, and useless—they do not build up spiritual control and power.  Mature Christian believers often understand the fullness of divinity (we say, the GODhead) to be made up of all spirit substance that may ever exist, is active, eternal, and incorruptible.  The inseparable aspects of spirit (we also say, breath, life essence, word) do not appear having measurable dimensions and form except as the person Jesus Christ.  The makeup of Deity is held to include existence, faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, person, presence, sovereign will, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Through rebirth and sanctification, believers enter into a transforming relationship that does not encourage pursuing questions regarding differences in authority and hierarchy within the GODhead.  In their beginnings, believers may envision the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit relying on images and thoughts that are carnal, material and social.  However, eventually, focus is to be on the work of proclaiming the gospel, edifying the body of believers, and performing in accordance with the principles and precepts of divine law and the imparted, indwelling Spirit.  With this in view, consider, again, the following:

(1.)  Philippians 2:  5-11, King James Version (KJV):  5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:  6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:  7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.  9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:  10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;  11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

(2.)   Colossians 1:  12-20, KJV:  12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:  13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:  14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:  15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:  16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers:  all things were created by him, and for him:  17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.  18 And he is the head of the body, the church:  who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.  19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;  20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  1st Corinthians 15:  21-28, KJV:  21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.  22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.  23 But every man in his own order:  Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.  24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.  25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.  26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.  27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.  28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, focus is on language in Scripture warning against presumption, exaggerated pride, and self-will.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers (India)” using the ID “Breakthrough” (Level 6 with 15,801 points, a member since June 29, 2013) posted the following:

 

Why does the bible say “you might say, my power and the strength of my hands have created this wealth for me.”?

That would imply that acquiring wealth requires a lot of sacrifice and hard work and it doesn’t come easily – even to the obedient who do what the bible says.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:  And call upon me in the day of trouble:  I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.  But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth?  Seeing thou hatest instruction, and casteth my words behind thee.  When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him, and hast been partaker with adulterers.  Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit.  Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother’s son.  These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself:  but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes.  Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.  Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me:  and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.  (Psalms 50:  14-23, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Choice, Duty, and Obligation? (11/17/2016); Works of the Spirit? (11/04/2016); Presumption Is Never Helping (05/23/2016); Presumption, Pride and Sin? (11/24/2015); The Sin of Pride? (08/13/2014); Judged For Acts and Thoughts? (08/14/2014); Humility Needed for Salvation? (08/15/2014); False Angels of Light? (08/16/2014)

 

“Breakthrough”, using the holy writings men on the earth are being alerted to human error and exaggerated pride regarding divine truth.  Awareness and self-will in the living may be dominated by sin, a non-material, non-spirit influence that opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and the divine order through law that generates the universe.  Focus on oneself, carnal reason, emotions and sensations along with the complexities of social process (e.g., communication, exchange, interaction, sharing) make mankind incapable of seeing naturally that the true character and substance of sin is contrary and foreign to all existence and life.  In addition to failing to correctly discern the operations and outcomes of sin, created beings and living creatures (even those who are “believers”) may become “blind” to the active presence of divinity.  GOD is a spirit, and therefore must be known by the living through the action of spirit material within themselves that was passed on to us as breath and life essence (we say, spirit, word) deposited from the makeup of divinity at Creation.  Fresh endowments of spirit will be received by those who are “born again” that make GOD knowable, known, unforgettable, and “visible”.  Included are faith, forbearance, forgiveness, holiness, hope, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Consider again the following from the Scriptures:

(1.)  Judges 7:  1-4, King James Version (KJV):  1 Then Jerubbaal, who is Gideon, and all the people that were with him, rose up early, and pitched beside the well of Harod:  so that the host of the Midianites were on the north side of them, by the hill of Moreh, in the valley.  2 And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people that are with thee are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me.  3 Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, Whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from mount Gilead. And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand; and there remained ten thousand.  4 And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people are yet too many; bring them down unto the water, and I will try them for thee there:  and it shall be, that of whom I say unto thee, This shall go with thee, the same shall go with thee; and of whomsoever I say unto thee, This shall not go with thee, the same shall not go.

(2.)  Daniel 4:  30-33, KJV:  30 The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?  31 While the word was in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee.  32 And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field:  they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.  33 The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar:  and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles’ feathers, and his nails like birds’ claws.

(3.)  John 9:  39-41, KJV:  39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.  40 And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?  41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin:  but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  2nd Corinthians 4:  3-7, KJV:  3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:  4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.  5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.  6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today the differences between temporal and eternal judgment are in view.  The weighing of deeds and their outcomes by men is not the same as the weighing of spirit content and its fruit as attitudes, behavior and conduct performed by GOD.  Fitness to exist as a companion to immortal, incorruptible divinity will have to appear in all who hope to share eternal life.  Annihilation and utter destruction (we say, the second death) in the lake of fire are the only provision for sinners not covered by atonement following the conclusion of judgment against their sin.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

What does God mean by dont judge people or we will be judge.?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived:  neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,  Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.  And such were some of you:  but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.  (1st Corinthians 6:  9-11, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Judgment Focused On Content? (08/30/2016); Reflections on Existence (12/19/2016); Events During Final Judgment? (11/28/2016); No Excuses For Judgment (07/26/2016); We Judge Each Other? (10/04/2015); The Focus of Judgment (12/09/2012); His Burden is Light? (12/10/2012)

 

“Anonymous”, there are both temporal and eternal judgment.  The sacred knowledge provided to mature Christian believers as revelation also addresses the nature and process of divine judgment, for divinity is the origin of law and the fundamental order that describes the universe as well as the benefits and sanctions of the law that determine the quality of life among created beings and living creatures.  The benefits of judgment include peace, resolution of conflict, and the settlement of disputes without malice or violence through the application of sovereign law.  In divine judgment the righteousness of GOD is made knowable, known, and indisputable.  Divine condemnation of sin, and the fall of mankind from grace occurred long before the tables showing Ten Commandments were provided as a gift of law through Moses.  Law proclaimed and spoken by GOD as a condition for covenant relationship showed that the correct focus in lawful judgment is the maintenance of divine presence and sacred government.  The process of judgment for nations declares the specific patterns for events to express the will of Deity, and is not about detailing the character, errors, faults and weaknesses of individuals.  Thus, judgment and justice may address the actuality of whether men have caused or committed peculiar crimes and offenses.  The divine operations to determine the elimination or continued existence of a person’s “life essence” as being acceptable to GOD only may be carried out and completed using such divine operations as atonement, repentance, resurrection, sanctification, and “the second death.”  In obedience to GOD,  divine wrath against sin will continue to be proclaimed and sentencing by the law against those who are guilty can be lawfully carried out, among the living on the earth.  Even so, no ones “life essence” and spirit substance are being weighed for permanent elimination from eternity by human agents and spokespersons of divinity.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  Deuteronomy 1:  17, King James Version (KJV):  17 Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God’s:  and the cause that is too hard for you, bring it unto me, and I will hear it.

(2.)  Romans 1:  18-23, KJV:  18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;  19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.  20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:  21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,  23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

(3.)  Romans 1:  28-32, KJV:  28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;  29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,  30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,  31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:  32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Galatians 5:  16-23, KJV:  16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.  17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh:  and these are contrary the one to the other:  so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.  18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.  19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,  20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,  21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like:  of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.  22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  23 Meekness, temperance:  against such there is no law.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, the Duke and the King are remembered in a poem acknowledging the transformation of a culture.

COTILLION DREAMS
A Poem for Black History Month, 2017

There has to be a time to count the cost
To recognize the price we paid to gain
Acknowledging the precious things now lost
By choosing sacrifice and not surrender

And so be made to value here and now
In waking hours meant to build tomorrow
Assigning value both to what and how
As well as consequences unforeseen

My granddad lived his dream of gallant night
The ballroom lit with crystal chandelier
The gracious daughters beaming their dark light
An assemblage of urban princesses and queens

The freedom to seek their love, a willing mate
Who would dance and soar forever until dawn
When sunlight would restore a harsh, black fate
Cotillion and its liberty all gone

Until another generation lifts their heart
With dreams and hopes of shining in brigade
Sounding a trumpet to announce their start
Our entering nobility, coming of age

Just as I reached the day to dream the same
A new demand for Civil Rights was heard
The balm that lessened Segregation’s shame
Erased by the dream of struggle, honor, triumph

The black men we had thought we would become
Would never exist, the way to manhood’s joy
Revealed as marches, beatings, death for some
Jack and Jill, and debutante days a memory 

We are to understand what we now see
Was paid for not with trinkets of the past
But with futures and roots to our reality
And it’s right to ask, did we pay too much?

A people blessed by GOD to reign with style
Harassed by weak and beggarly police
The Nation owes a debt, return our smile
America’s dream for our youth must not cease

The Ellington elegance and beauty yet alive
Our passion for human dignity no less
Is not to be taken away before they dream it
Their inalienable right to be gentlemen and ladies

Thug life and branding irons cast away
Knowing their lives matter throughout a universe
And given their fair chance they will obey
The higher laws of grace and cotillion unafraid

A birthright has to be more than pain
And crops of poverty
The tears of grief instead of rain
To drench our thirsting sons

An inheritance must be more than dreams
And a heritage more than death
Ripples of honor should merge as streams
And join to deep oceans of faith

The surface of the earth our dwelling place
The sky an expanse for flight
With room for stars and every race
Forging bonds of possibility

The unforgettable victory
Fearless generations knit
New vision that otherwise would not be
Sacred music for satin dolls

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  Ephesians 6:  12-13, King James Version (KJV)

 

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Deborah Under the Palm Tree, Adriene Cruz –  JUDGES Chapter 4

 

Today, thoughts are shared on sacred judges, law, lawful process, and punishment.  While watching a broadcast of the inauguration, a secular ceremony pertaining to government officials, I was struck that, because our Nation does not formally acknowledge sacred law, no anointed judges or officers representing the kingdom of GOD were present as authorities to administer the oath of office as a sacred event (we say, miracle) to install the 45th President of the United States of America.  Our secular law demands no acknowledgment of divinity, yet, encourages and responds to faith in the homes and lives of millions of Americans.  Divinely appointed judges are entrusted to do more than merely announce doom, or express wrath against sin by declaring calamity, drought, and plagues.  They also are to make visible the compassion, discernment, goodness, forbearance, forgiveness, lovingkindness, mercy, righteousness, and wisdom of GOD.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “SupaStar” (Level 5 with 5,753 points, a member since August 07, 2014) posted the following:

 

Judges can sentence people from anything to a fine to death. Why does god only have one punishment for EVERY “crime”, no matter how slight?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made:  in the net which they hid is their own foot taken.  The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth:  the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.  The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.  For the needy shall not alway be forgotten:  the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever.  Arise, O LORD; let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in thy sight.  Put them in fear, O LORDthat the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.  (Psalms 9:  15-20, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Installing The New President (01/20/2017); Divine Presence and Spirit (01/18/2017); Servants To The Body? (01/17/2017); Authority To Judge Us? (10/18/2016); All Have Sinned? (07/29/2015); Beyond Punishment (03/21/2014); A Guarantee of Heaven? (03/22/2014)

 

“SupaStar”, the Creator is also a GOD of Judgment.  Unlike those who answer secular law, judges among men who apply and administer divine law should be understood as incarnations (appearances in flesh) of the Creator who continuously exists using spirit form.  As officials on the earth who oversee the resolution of conflicts and the settlement of disputes by applying the law from GOD, judges are instruments in sacred operations that, like the law, reveal the active presence of divinity and are expressions of the will of Deity.  Those who minister sacred law must acknowledge the sacred king who decrees and proclaims the law.  Therefore, instead of approval by some legislative body, they are carried through operations of the Holy Spirit to become anointed, consecrated, exalted, and sanctified (i.e., set apart for exclusive service to GOD).  The intent and purpose of divine law is to fulfill, put forth, and maintain all existence, order, and eternal purpose throughout the universe.  Just as there are multiple offenses against the law (e.g., adultery, idolatry, murder, stealing), there are multiple penalties for violation of the law (e.g., banishment and exile, confiscation of goods, fines, public execution), and there are multiple levels of transgression against the Spirit (e.g., betrayal, blasphemy, defiance, iniquity, rebellion).  The holy writings show, the many sanctions brought against transgression of the law (i.e., sin) are intended to bring about correction, repentance, and rebirth, rather than fear, loathing, and terror.  This includes mortality that was introduced as a continuing condition that must be completed by all flesh.  What is called the second death has been “passed upon all” only in the sense that it is conditional.  Just as Adam and Eve were cautioned and instructed about the required consequences for their actions before any disobedience occurred, the things of Jesus Christ and the cross all manifest the possibilities for righteousness in covenant and relationship with the Creator.  Consider the following:

(1.)  Exodus 20:  4-6, King James Version (KJV):  4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.  5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them:  for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;  6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

(2.)  Deuteronomy 16:  18-20, KJV:  18 Judges and officers shalt thou make thee in all thy gates, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, throughout thy tribes:  and they shall judge the people with just judgment.  19 Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a gift:  for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous.  20 That which is altogether just shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

(3.)  Deuteronomy 17:  8-13, KJV:  8 If there arise a matter too hard for thee in judgment, between blood and blood, between plea and plea, and between stroke and stroke, being matters of controversy within thy gates:  then shalt thou arise, and get thee up into the place which the LORD thy God shall choose;  9 And thou shalt come unto the priests the Levites, and unto the judge that shall be in those days, and enquire; and they shall shew thee the sentence of judgment:  10 And thou shalt do according to the sentence, which they of that place which the LORD shall choose shall shew thee; and thou shalt observe to do according to all that they inform thee:  11 According to the sentence of the law which they shall teach thee, and according to the judgment which they shall tell thee, thou shalt do:  thou shalt not decline from the sentence which they shall shew thee, to the right hand, nor to the left.  12 And the man that will do presumptuously, and will not hearken unto the priest that standeth to minister there before the LORD thy God, or unto the judge, even that man shall die:  and thou shalt put away the evil from Israel.  13 And all the people shall hear, and fear, and do no more presumptuously.

(4.)  2nd Chronicles 19:  5-7, KJV:  5 And he set judges in the land throughout all the fenced cities of Judah, city by city,  6 And said to the judges, Take heed what ye do:  for ye judge not for man, but for the LORD, who is with you in the judgment.  7 Wherefore now let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take heed and do it:  for there is no iniquity with the LORD our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  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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