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Today, use of the word “Amen” and the holy names of Jesus are considered.  All the elements for beginning and completing Creation, Judgment, and Salvation become manifest through Jesus Christ, thus, Jesus is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.  Expectation, hope, and prophecy were begun when Adam and Eve overheard the words of GOD rebuking the serpent.  As “The Amen”, Jesus is the last of the prophets in the line begun at Abraham revealing divinity through the combined mechanisms of divine law, anointed spokespersons, promise, and Incarnation (we say, the “law and the prophets”).  “The Amen” is that aspect of full divinity who participates in ongoing relationships, and establishes conclusions and resolutions among and for created beings and living creatures.  Included are covenants, praise, prayer, promise, prophecy, and rebirth.  Moses commanded that the covenant law be read and be ratified by all the people immediately after crossing the Jordan River, and entering into the Promised Land.  They were specifically required to acknowledge that these were the very terms spoken by GOD to those who had journeyed together from Egypt, and voice their own acceptance of that same covenant by saying “Amen” as they stood in convocation between Mounts Ebal and Gerizim.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers (Singapore)” using the ID “GANGSTERGHOST” (Level 4 with 3,111 points, a member since August 18, 2015) posted the following:

 

Christians, do you know what Amen mean?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And Moses charged the people the same day, saying,  These shall stand upon mount Gerizim to bless the people, when ye are come over Jordan; Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Joseph, and Benjamin:  And these shall stand upon mount Ebal to curse; Reuben, Gad, and Asher, and Zebulun, Dan, and Naphtali.  And the Levites shall speak, and say unto all the men of Israel with a loud voice,  Cursed be the man that maketh any graven or molten image, an abomination unto the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth it in a secret place. And all the people shall answer and say, Amen.  Cursed be he that setteth light by his father or his mother. And all the people shall say, Amen.  Deuteronomy 27:  11-16, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Title of “Savior” (01/27/2017); Exalted By The Father? (01/26/2017); Word, Son, and Christ? (08/24/2016); The Cross Broke Every Curse? (02/25/2016); Jesus Known As Word (01/17/2016); The Name(?) of GOD (04/09/2014); The “Miniature War”? (04/10/2014)

 

“GANGSTERGHOST”, many Christian believers understand the word “Amen” to mean “so be it,” “truly”, and “verily”.   Acceptance of higher authority and agreement with the sovereign will of GOD are signaled by “Amen”.  Some believers recognize “Amen” as declaring “God’s will be done” or “thy will be done.”  In the holy writings, “The Amen” is used along with names and titles for the incarnate Son of GOD, Jesus Christ, such as “the Word,” “the Mighty God,” “the Everlasting Father,” and “Alpha and Omega.”  “Amen” also appears, therefore, as a divine seal and signature making sacred determinations, divine proclamations, promises, and prophecy “official”, final, enduring, and incontestable.  Consider the following:

(1.)  Nehemiah 8:  5-6, King James Version (KJV):  5 And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he was above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up:  6 And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands:  and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground.

(2.)  2nd Corinthians 1:  18-22, KJV:  18 But as God is true, our word toward you was not yea and nay.  19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea and nay, but in him was yea.  20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.  21 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;  22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  Revelation 3:  13-18, KJV:  13 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.  14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;  15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot:  I would thou wert cold or hot.  16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.  17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:  18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.  19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten:  be zealous therefore, and repent.)  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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The account of Jesus cursing a fig tree, and more on grieving the Holy Spirit are topics, today.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers Malaysia” using the ID “Fahad” (Level 2 with 366 points, a member since November 24, 2013) posted the following originally asked on Yahoo Answers Canada:

 

Christians, why didn’t Jesus know beforehand the fig tree had no fruit?

Mark tells us as follows: “The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs.” (Mark 11:12-13).

First, Jesus did not know that the tree had no fruit until he came to it. Second, he did not know that it was not the right season to expect figs on trees.

What does that tell you? Jesus was limited in knowledge?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  To Grieve the Sprit? (12/05/2013)—To grieve the Holy Spirit is not a reference to bereavement and mourning as when a loved one dies.  Rather, to grieve is to discourage, displease, interfere with, and oppose the workings of the Spirit as he serves Christ and the Father.  Thereby, divine order and sacred purpose are contested and resisted.  The Holy Spirit is to be understood as endowed with person, in humans an aspect of being expressed through feeling and thought.  Moreover, the Spirit may operate projecting the image and person of Christ (see Philippians 2:  5-7, KJV).  While the Spirit indwells those who are carnal, material, physical and social, the Spirit himself is not driven by appetite (such as hunger, thirst, craving for sexual contact), by sense (such as hearing, tasting, touching), or by mind (such as imagination, intellect, recall).  The Scriptures declare that, as a full partner in divine salvation with the other persons of the GODhead, the Spirit makes intercession on behalf of created beings and living creatures with “groanings which cannot be uttered.”  The Spirit is spoken of as “fire,” and so there are commands that believers walk in his light, and not quench his burning.  See Ephesians 4:  21-32, Romans 8:  26-28, 1st Corinthians 12:  4-11, 1st Thessalonians 5:  18-20, King James Version.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.  And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away.  And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.  (Mark 11:  20-22, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Law in Christian Belief? (09/03/2013); A Need to Know? (09/04/2013); Jesus and the Pharisees (07/14/2013); How Could Angels Fall? (07/15/2013); Blessings, Curses and Woes (10/03/2012); After We Die? (10/04/2012)

 

“Fahad”, here are a few points many Christian believers apply when reading the account of Jesus cursing the barren fig tree:

(1.)  The account is not intended to speak regarding divine foreknowledge, omniscience, or earthly wisdom.  Rather, it speaks to the revealing of divine authority, the power of faith, and the operation of sovereign will.  Jesus was on his way to the Temple the morning after he had engaged the money-changers and sellers, who had no anointing as priests or Levites, yet, nonetheless were regular fixtures upon holy ground, and influenced all as though true agents of GOD.  The Lord elected to end a period of fasting (where fasting is not simply missing several meals; it is taking ones nourishment from the Spirit, from the Word of GOD, and through prayer, not from the flesh).  Jesus knew it was not the season for figs; even so, from a distance, the tree projected a display of leaves and fullness, as if it were ready for harvest.  It was to bear in obedience to his sacred will, not the climate, the weather, or the hour of the day.

(2.)  The account is held to speak of Israel, and their lack of readiness as watchmen in covenant to GOD.  Through the law and the prophets, rather than law, sacrifice, and tradition, all were to be ready to receive Messiah.  While there was much ceremony, display, and even some rejoicing, the Temple was barren, and divine substance to truly nourish the people of GOD was not correctly in abundance.  See Isaiah 55:  20-22, King James Version.

There is far more to be said, reasonably shared, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (3.)  The prophet Moses was provided as a type to prepare the tribes of Jacob.  Moses was used to reveal that Jesus would someday come.  Through commandment (law) and prophecy, a process of GOD was revealed wherein salvation is conditional.  Divine blessing and curses are bound together, and are obtained by choosing, by obedience, by righteousness as well as by application of faith and self-will in submission to GOD.  See again Deuteronomy 11:  26-32, King James Version.)  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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      The Beatitudes recorded in the “Sermon on the Mount” and angry statements made by Jesus against leaders of the Temple community are considered together, today, along with more on the topic of a daily revelation. The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Anna” (Level 1 with 11 points, a member since August 1, 2012) posted the following:


Need bible study help, please!!?

How does the Beatitudes relate to the woes Jesus pronounces upon the scribes and Pharisees in Matt. 23?


THE BATTLE AXE: A Daily Revelation? (10/02/2012)—We are correct to say a person has revelations through things that occur on a day-to-day basis, because nothing odd, weird and unusual has to appear. Revelation may be new insight, respect and deeper appreciation for things as they have always been. Similarly, when speaking of revelation from GOD, divine glory, talking in tongues, seeing angels, and manifestations of majesty and fire are not the only content of sacred revelation. As aspects of eternal being, Perfection and Revelation are continuous and uninterrupted human experiences of ongoing divine operations along with Judgment, Repentance, and Sanctification. In Jesus, divinity is revealed through the use of flesh and blood. While the Incarnation, birth, death and resurrection of GOD in the person of Jesus are understood as one-time events, their consequences and unending presence establish Jesus Christ as an inexhaustible source of power that continues to generate new life, new vision and new understanding for the existence of all created beings and living creatures. Following completion of the Great White Throne judgment, elimination of all sin, the finish of mortality, and populating the new earth, judgment as the righteousness of GOD (with revelation then realization of Divine Person) will continue to stream as everlasting life and eternity.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day: And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known. And it shall come to pass, when the LORD thy God hath brought thee in unto the land whither thou goest to possess it, that thou shalt put the blessing upon mount Gerizim, and the curse upon mount Ebal. Are they not on the other side Jordan, by the way where the sun goeth down, in the land of the Canaanites, which dwell in the champaign over against Gilgal, beside the plains of Moreh? For ye shall pass over Jordan to go in to possess the land which the LORD your God giveth you, and ye shall possess it, and dwell therein. And ye shall observe to do all the statutes and judgments which I set before you this day. (Deuteronomy 11: 26-32, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Tragedy? (10/23/2010); Divine Blessing (10/22/2010)

      Admonition, cautions and warnings are provided to mankind as part of the full proclamation of divine law and commandment. In addition to statements where specific activity and behavior are forbidden and prohibited, consequences, punishments and sanctions, are declared. By this, the law is forward-looking, and “predicts” likely future outcomes.

      The language “woe unto you” can be taken to mean, “be alert,” “be forewarned,” “be on your guard” or even “watch and pray.” Also, we may take it to say, “a curse be upon you.” The proclamation of law through blessing and cursing uses the principles of comparison (showing things to be alike and in harmony) and contrast (showing things to be different and opposite). Perhaps, the clearest example of this in Scripture is found with the readings of the law commanded by Moses that would publish the divine covenant. Before the congregation would cross the Jordan River to enter the Promised Land, they were required to first broadcast the name of GOD (i.e., speak aloud his reputation; detail the deeds GOD would continue to be known by); then declare the conditions for occupancy of the inheritance from GOD. The blessings were to be pronounced from the top of Mount Gerizim and the curses from Mount Ebal (see Deuteronomy 11, KJV).

      In his ministry fulfilling the old covenant, identifying the righteousness of the law, and sharing revelation of GOD through flesh and blood, Jesus appears to defy and disobey the law. Rightly understood, the Savior does not deny divine law; instead, reverence for the law is “regenerated”, and the law is shown to rest most securely when upon a foundation of faith imparted from GOD. The Pharisees and Sadducees were like labor unions or American political parties, that do not own a business or themselves employ government workers, yet demand access to decision-making. With the money changers, sellers of animals for sacrifice and others who had become fixtures of the Temple community, they exercised great influence over believers throughout the land. They represented corruption of the priesthood, because they were not all consecrated to serve as GOD’s anointed. By calling these institutional and political leaders “hypocrites” (i.e., actors, counterfeits, frauds and showmen), Jesus exposed their practices and rites as “going through the motions,” vain worship, and formalism that cannot impart spiritual power from GOD to indwell his covenant people.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, Jesus upholds the law as holy, and just and good. The law is more than a civil and social reality. The law is seen as spiritual, expressing sacred promises and sure prophecies. Thus, Christ also demonstrates otherwise unseen principles such as the truth that the law, promise and prophecy are universal. Consider again Isaiah 24: 1-3 and Romans 7: 11-13.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.


THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC