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A depiction of the herald angels proclaiming the birth of Jesus to shepherds on the earth.


Today, reply is on the origin of guardian angels, and the appearance of angels in prophecy and the holy writings. In addition to angels who served as heralds proclaiming the birth of Jesus to bring peace between heaven and the earth, with goodwill to men, angels appear in the Scriptures as gatekeepers of Eden, guides, caretakers, witnesses to the acts of GOD, and divine agents who fulfill the word of promise and prophecy serving as the presence of divine fullness. An important account of divine protection by angels appears in the Second Book of Kings. It is written: 2nd Kings 6: 15-17, King James Version (KJV): 15 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? 16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. 17 And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. A writer in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion & Spirituality using the ID “Desiree” (Level 6 with 2,983 points) posted the following:


Is the concept of guardian angels pagan in origin?


THE GOLDEN ARROW: Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared. Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him. But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries. For mine Angel shall go before thee, and bring thee in unto the Amorites, and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites: and I will cut them off. Thou shalt not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after their works: but thou shalt utterly overthrow them, and quite break down their images. (Exodus 23: 20-24, KJV)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER: “Sneak Previews” Of Heaven (09/16/2019); What Is A Spirit? (03/06/2018); GOD Protects the Faithful (12/19/2017); Lower Than The Angels? (09/12/2017); When the Donkey Speaks? (11/03/2016); Lot and the Angels (05/04/2014); Expulsion from Eden (05/05/2014)


Desiree”, as you know, angels are created beings and living creatures who are not to be worshiped by mankind. Angels are neither mortal (as mankind), nor immortal as divinity (only GOD is immortal). Angels have duration and existence through divine prerogative, eternal purpose, and the sovereign will of GOD. Here are some teachings on the Son of GOD who would appear on the earth and the angels that use language from the Bible along with a music ministry selection from the Choir of King’s College (Cambridge, England):

(1.) Hebrews 1: 1-9, King James Version (KJV): 1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high: 4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. 5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? 6 And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. 7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. 8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. 9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

(2.) Psalms 91: 9-16, KJV: 9 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; 10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. 11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. 12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. 13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. 14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. 15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. 16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

(3.) Revelation 19: 9-10, KJV: 9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. 10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow-servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.


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His Crown of Thorns

© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. A priest wipes the Crown of Thorns, a relic of the passion of Christ, at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, April 14, 2017.


Today, reply is on the keeping of sacred relics among Christian believers. Many are presently offering their prayers in response to the massive fire that raged on April 15, 2019 through areas of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France. There is great concern for the irreplaceable art treasures, stained glass windows, and sacred relics maintained there. The first house erected on the earth as a dwelling place for the divine presence was a tabernacle featuring panels of cloth and boards of cedar wood. In addition to daily offerings and sacrifices of blood being made there, sanctified objects that compare to relics were gathered. The Ark of the Covenant was found within the tabernacle that was a storage chest to preserve and transport selected sacred objects commanded to be kept by divinity as memorials. These items were to be maintained within the ark beneath the platform where the Shekinah presence of GOD appeared (we say, between the cherubim; the Bema Seat; the Mercy Seat; the throne of judgment). The ark held two tables of stone displaying the covenant law that first had been written by the finger of GOD, and later was proclaimed by the voice of GOD to those assembled at Horeb; a pot of the manna that fell daily and not on the Sabbath for 40 years during the wanderings of Israel; and the almond rod of Aaron that GOD made to bud and blossom overnight to indicate the family and tribe whose inheritance would be the priesthood of Israel. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shown) posted the following:


Why would Catholics store what they claim to be Jesus’ crown of thorns in a wooden building?

The Notre Dame cathedral was built mostly of wood.


THE GOLDEN ARROW: Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; (Hebrews 9: 4, King James Version, KJV)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER: The Virginity of Mary (01/14/2019); Attend Chapel or Church? (02/04/2018); The Pattern To Follow? (01/19/2018); Flesh As Divine Vessels? (01/14/2018); Worship and the Cross (11/27/2017); Spirit, Spirit Beings, Spirit Persons? (10/13/2015); About Praying to Mary (08/21/2015); Ark of the Covenant? (03/17/2015)


Anonymous”, among the faithful, houses of worship (tabernacles, temples, cathedrals) are to be fashioned after the pattern of things in heaven. In the same way Christians rely on GOD for the keeping of the physical body (often called, a house), the cleansing and keeping of buildings and places for assembly by the people of GOD rely on continuous operations by divinity. In addition to copper, gold and silver, the architectural materials for the first sanctuary prepared on the earth at the time of Moses featured the use of cedar wood. The sacred discipline of acknowledging and preserving relics is in harmony with maintaining observances, memorials, and sacred practices as an inheritance for the children of GOD upon the earth. Mature believers in divinity seek to capture and repeat the authentic proclamations, promises, divine utterances, and testimonies they receive as benefit and privilege from GOD, and that they are challenged to share by unselfishly ministering to others.

While relics are accounted as objects that have been set apart for divine use (we say, made anointed, consecrated, holy, sanctified), and are preserved following sacred events that may include miracles, relics are not believed to embody life essence (i.e., breath; spirit; word) from the makeup of GOD that appears within all the living. Relics are not idols; yet, may be displayed using ceremonies, customs and traditions. Only sinners who return to GOD through rebirth and repentance will contain the inseparable aspects of divine fullness that join mankind to divinity in ongoing relationship. Included are faith, holiness, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, personhood, wisdom, and wrath against sin. Relics are lifeless objects having no independent ability, or sovereign will that allows communication, exchange, or their own continued existence among the living.

Mankind’s continued use and keeping of relics may be understood as another demonstration of faith that the proclamations, promises, prophecies, and eternal purposes of GOD concerning mankind’s salvation and eternal life will be fulfilled. Value for the Scripture record is affirmed and acknowledged, and the holy writings are endorsed as a genuine revelation of divine authority, grace, integrity, and righteousness. The hope (i.e., what believers are commanded by divinity to expect) regarding their benefits, gifts, and provisions from GOD emerges through the fresh endowment of spirit substance each believer receives from the makeup of GOD. For overcoming mortality, sin, and the second death, such finite human tools as determination (we say, a made-up-mind; willpower), carnal reason, logic, philosophy, science, technology and worldly wisdom are secondary to godly commitment, discernment, sacred knowledge, and holy vision. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. Numbers 17: 6-10, King James Version (KJV): 6 And Moses spake unto the children of Israel, and every one of their princes gave him a rod apiece, for each prince one, according to their fathers’ houses, even twelve rods: and the rod of Aaron was among their rods. 7 And Moses laid up the rods before the LORD in the tabernacle of witness. 8 And it came to pass, that on the morrow Moses went into the tabernacle of witness; and, behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds. 9 And Moses brought out all the rods from before the LORD unto all the children of Israel: and they looked, and took every man his rod. 10 And the LORD said unto Moses, Bring Aaron’s rod again before the testimony, to be kept for a token against the rebels; and thou shalt quite take away their murmurings from me, that they die not.

2. 2nd Corinthians 5: 1-10, KJV: 1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: 3 If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. 4 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. 5 Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. 6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: 7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) 8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. 9 Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

3. 1st Corinthians 3: 11-17, KJV: 11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. 16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 4. Hebrews 9: 11-15, KJV: 11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; 12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. 13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.


AN AFTERTHOUGHT: The acceptance of relics is very much a matter of ones faith, rather than doctrine, liturgy, and the practice of sacraments. Due to ignorance, incomplete knowledge of the occult, fascination with the supernatural, and superstition among developing believers, relics often are taken to be keepsakes or souvenirs from sacred events and miracles; objects that allow a person to have control, influence and power over the minds and conduct of others; items that ensure good fortune, luck and prosperity; and even, devices said to have magical properties. The holy writings do contain accounts that appear to describe the workings believed possible for a relic. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible: 2nd Kings 13: 20-21, King James Version (KJV): 20 And Elisha died, and they buried him. And the bands of the Moabites invaded the land at the coming in of the year. 21 And it came to pass, as they were burying a man, that, behold, they spied a band of men; and they cast the man into the sepulchre of Elisha: and when the man was let down, and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood up on his feet. Also, it is written: Acts 19: 11-12, KJV: 11 And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: 12 So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them. In the church, relics are instruments of prophecy (comfort, edification, exhortation), and are associated with healing, miracles, and resurrection.


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Freed by His Blood


Today, acknowledging the miraculous birth of Jesus, reply is on Christ as the head of the church and the first to provide demonstration of death and burial without corruption.  Jesus is the stand-in and substitute provided from GOD to fulfill the obligation proclaimed by sacred law to sacrifice and surrender the first born of all created beings and living creatures.  Prophetic demonstration of life being restored to the dead is first reported in the Old Testament (e.g., see the prophet Elisha in 2nd Kings 8:  4-6 and 2nd Kings 13:  20-21, King James Version, KJV).  This is not the same as the first and second resurrection that both pertain to the eternal purpose of judgment.  The language of the holy writings permit the use of the earth and the grave as a figure of the womb; and we may comprehend Christ as the divine seed planted and “born again” following his crucifixion.  The disciples of Christ enter into his death, his resurrection, and the judgment against him for sins as well.  A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum using the ID “fixerken” (Level 7 with 30,210 points, a member since August 30, 2006) posted the following:


At Col 1:18 (AS) we read: 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. Firstborn (prō-to’-to-kos) is explained in the Bible concordance as being: the first born of all that is to follow. The dead (nekros) is explained in the Bible concordance as meaning: one that has breathed his last, lifeless, destitute of life, without life, inanimate. Christendom’s clergy says we have a soul/spirit that leaves our body wouldn’t Col 1:18 show that teaching to be false? If Christ was the first, what of all those before him that died in good standing before God?


THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.  If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?  And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.  And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:  That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.  He that believeth on him is not condemned:  but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.  For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.  But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.  (John 3:  11-21, King James Version, KJV)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Wages of Disobedience (08/04/2017); The Peace of Christmas? (12/25/2016); The Divine Christmas Gifts (12/26/2016); The Meaning of Christmas? (12/22/2016); Blessing and Inheritance from Abraham? (06/05/2014); On Christians Executing Judgment (06/06/2014); The Firstborn, Higher than Kings? (12/18/2012); The Ascension of Christ? (12/19/2012)


“fixerken”, just as Christian believers, today, are acknowledging the birth of Jesus Christ as a sacred event (i.e., miracle) in fulfillment of divine promises and prophecies, Christians acknowledge Jesus Christ as the “firstborn” (i.e., foremost; primary heir; lawful successor of GOD, the ruler over existence and life) through the sacred event of resurrection from the dead.  In agreement with The Most High (we also say, the Father), the church is a new creation established on the earth through the ministry of the Son of GOD, and the operations of the same Holy Spirit that worked to found heaven and earth.

Jesus is known as “the faithful witness” for he has testified (i.e., made statements “under oath” that have power as “evidence in judgment” (like fingerprints and eyewitness report) because they are “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth”) to mankind of things delivered to him from the fullness of divinity (we say, the GODhead), and of things seen and shared only among the three sacred persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) that include divine forgiveness of sin, mercy in final judgment, reconciliation, the coming of the Holy City (New Jerusalem) as well as the heaven and earth made new.

In accordance to birth order and human reckonings, Adam was the first man to appear on the earth as an offspring and “son of GOD.”  In accordance with the divine law provided through Moses, Jesus appears as “firstborn” and the son of Jacob, who became primary heir of Abraham and Isaac through grace, divine prerogative, and sovereign will.  Properly understood, the heir receives a double-portion of the inheritance that may be shared with many sons and daughters.  Thus, where there are six siblings, there must be seven shares.  The second portion to the heir is not to grant them greater wealth than the others; it is to ensure the heir may complete the unfinished business of the deceased.  Included may be providing for the burial and memorials; cancelling debts; and “giving the deceased a new name” (a positive and respectable reputation).

As for us today, those who died from Adam to Moses and others to the death of Christ, all may come under the atonement and propitiation for sin accomplished by Jesus dying on the cross, and returning to heaven as High Priest in the Temple, there.  Their salvation is not established in their having lived responding to the law given Moses.  It is by their lives of faith on the basis of what Adam and Eve overheard spoken to the serpent in the Garden of Eden.  Those who lived acknowledging the redemption declared by GOD (who does not lie) to be a promise certain of fulfillment, also belong to Christ, even the Friend of GOD (before Abraham was, I am).  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

Hebrews 1:  1-4, King James Version (KJV):  1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,  2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;  3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:  4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

(2.)  Galatians 4:  4-7, KJV:  4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,  5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.  6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.  7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

(3.)  Romans 6:  3-7, KJV:  3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?  4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death:  that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.  5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:  6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.  7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.

Of course, there is far more that could be said.  (For example, (4.)  Galatians 2:  19-21, KJV:  19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.  20 I am crucified with Christ:  nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:  and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.  21 I do not frustrate the grace of God:  for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.


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Today, points are shared on language used to speak of the soul and the spirit.  When a “living soul” dies the spirit from GOD is separated from the flesh.  Yet, an account in Scripture reports a dead man revived when he touched the bones of the Prophet Elisha (see 2nd Kings 10:  21, King James Version (KJV) ).  For this to happen, there had to be contact with the Spirit that earlier inhabited the prophet; and his bones (we say, relics) had to contain a residue of the anointing, spirit content, and power that worked through Elisha while he was living.  Consider again the following from the Bible, and the points appearing below:  John 4:  23-24, KJV:  23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth:  for the Father seeketh such to worship him.  24 God is a Spirit:  and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “barajab” (Level 3 with 1,897 points, a member since April 05, 2010) posted the following:

Whats the differents between a spirit and soul?

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  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.  For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  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.  And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.  (Romans 8:  5-10, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Only Physical Being in Heaven? (06/17/2015); GOD Is A Spirit? (12/07/2014); The Mystery of His Appearing (12/08/2014); Destroying the Resurrected Body? (02/10/2014); For They Shall Be Ashes (02/11/2014); Why Blood? (04/13/2013); Time Before the Sun? (04/14/2013); “Soul” Food? (12/06/2012); Holiday Displays? (12/07/2012); The Spirit is Willing (10/20/2012); Spirit Matter (10/21/2012)

“barajab”, may I share some thoughts I’ve come to after many years thinking about “the soul” and “the spirit.”   The following points on spirit beings, spirit-filled beings, and Spirit persons (the GODhead) will give you some positive ideas to eliminate error and spiritual confusion:

(1.)  Usually, Christian believers rely upon the holy writings to explain the meanings for “spirit” and “soul” in a fixed and focused manner, because when using these terms, multiple subtleties (i.e., barely visible differences; hidden shifts in direction and value) are often introduced by ones intent.  Using “spirit”, existence may be understood as enduring, or having presence without measurable dimensions.  Conditions and frameworks need not be applied that describe carnal, material, physical, and social being, or mortality, space and time.

(2.)  Mankind was first fashioned as an object that was empty and void of divine spirit (we also say, breath, life essence, spark, word).  When divinity imparted aspects of the divine makeup into the lifeless form, “man became a living soul.”  It is in this sense that mankind is made in the image of GOD as well as that, through the imparted Spirit, men may perform sacred duties, share sacred knowledge, and fulfill eternal purpose.

(3.)  Divinity is made up of inseparable substances entirely spirit in their content including faith, holiness, purity, righteousness, truth, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Faith is made up only of faith, holiness only of holiness, truth only of truth, etc.  The communication, exchanges and interactions between and among the aspects of full spirit content are manifested and revealed to finite living creatures as active presence, character, nature, person, and eternal purpose.  Divinity continues to exist having the human form used to appear in the earth as Jesus Christ.

(4.)  Many mistakenly speak of “the immortal soul,” however, only GOD is immortal.  Angels, demons, devils, the sacred beasts of heaven, and unclean spirits (we say, spirit beings) are created beings and living creatures whose makeup and substance is spirit.  While they may have been fashioned and given life long before the creation of the earth, they are neither mortal nor immortal.  Their duration is not determined by their form; rather, they continue by the dispensation of GOD (we say, grace), and divine prerogative.

(5.)  There is no “dead” soul; yet, at death ones spirit is separated from the physical body.  The spirit from a dead person does continue to exist, however, not within any frame of reference presently known in the experience of the living.  Death is spoken of as sleep, because sleep describes the suspension of awareness and self-will.  However, sleep is an action among the living.

(6.)  Living persons are said to be “dead in spirit” where they do not respond to the divine law, the imperatives of judgment and sacred truth, or the living will of GOD.  In effect, they lack the basic equipment for correct comprehension and response to utterances provided by divinity for continuous acknowledgment and contact (e.g., admonition, confession, fellowship with other believers, giving, guidance, obedience, offering, prayer, praise, promise, prophecy, sacrifice).

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (7.)  The followers of Jesus Christ are to be “spirit-filled beings” as they continue living in the earth, facing the same life challenges as everyone else.  Just as they are “born again” through baptism (death of ones inborn spirit; rebirth from divine DNA, so to speak) and operations by the Spirit of GOD, believers must “grow up again.”  All are to appear mature, “ripe” and ready to be harvested from the earth by Jesus Christ at his Advent (we say, Second Coming).  Their transformation to live as immortal and incorruptible will be completed at that time.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Divine punishment, justice, betrayal and retribution are in view, today.  Also, there is more on Christianity as a culture of judgment.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Andrew”  (Level 1 with 12 points, a member since January 26, 2014) posted the following:


Does God punish people? 

Let’s say a man makes fun of a blind man. Would God make the man who made fun of him blind as a punishment.


THE BATTLE AXE:  A Culture of Judgment? (03/20/2014)—Christianity may be spoken of as a culture of judgment, yet, it is not a culture of condemnation.  For Christian believers, peace is to be an inner condition of ones being wherein all the changes and interactions of their divine substance are in agreement, in balance, are complete, and occur smoothly.  Believers are “recruited” (we say, called) to serve as “priests and kings.”  It is the peculiar duty of a king to serve as one of the highest authorities in judgment; just as it is a peculiar duty of a priest to make offerings that secure atonement, propitiation for sin, and divine favor.  Created beings and living creatures endure by divine prerogative (we say, grace), and none may justify themselves on the basis of their deeds, their intentions, or their service.  It is their salvation that they may willingly submit to the Son of the Highest, who is justified by participation in GODhead.  Applying their own measures of faith and divine spirit, believers are established as justified in judgment by the Savior’s faithfulness, gratitude, humility, love, obedience, righteousness, and unselfish sacrifice—not their own.  There are now those in existence (we say, sinners, unbelievers) who oppose divine law, judgment, and the continuing sovereignty of GOD.  Where these can not be altered and saved, demands for universal peace and divine perfection require they absolutely must be destroyed.  See Genesis 6:  3, Isaiah 30:  8-15, Jeremiah 29:  19, Galatians 5:  15-26 and Romans 14:  16-18, KJV.


THE GOLDEN ARROW:  He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:  Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?  For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord.  And again, The Lord shall judge his people.  (Hebrews 10:  28-30, KJV)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  GOD Enjoys Judgment? (12/19/2013); Miracles are Sacred Events (12/20/2013); Of War and Judgment (10/08/2013); Heart, Brain or Spirit? (10/09/2013); A GOD of Love? (05/07/2013); Commanding the Storm? (05/08/2013); Why So Much Murder? (01/12/2013); Confusion 2013 (01/13/2013); Justice Comes by Love? (10/01/2012); A Daily Revelation? (10/02/2012)


“Andrew”, the best answers for speaking about how GOD operates among mankind all go beyond the simple idea of punishment and reward.  Many times we mislabel what we see from GOD.  Consider the following:

(1.)  Vengeance (we say, justice) is only one goal of divine judgment.  Other objectives include balance, permanent change (we say, correction), perfection, purity, revelation (making the righteousness of GOD known), salvation, and sanctification (cleansing, healing, and setting one apart for divine service).

(2.)  The Bible does report instances where GOD removed affliction from one person, and leveled that same hardship upon another.  When Naaman, a Syrian general, was cured of leprosy, the disease was laid upon Ghazi and all his descendants.  Not only did the much trusted servant of Elisha covet the Syrian’s goods, Gehazi demanded payment for healing and rebirth from GOD, hid the merchandise he had been given, and then lied to the prophet about where he had been, and what he had done (see 2nd Kings 5:  1-27, KJV).

There is a lot more to be said, correctly applied, thoroughly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  Divine order for the earth is not separated from divine order for heaven.  Therefore, unopposed, the violations of divine law committed among created beings and living creatures have power at a cosmic level to damage unseen features of the universe.  The operations of GOD are not to express human anger, emotion, and indignation so much as to affirm divinity that is made of spirit substance.  Included are such eternal, inseparable, and unchanging aspects of GOD as faith, forbearance, forgiveness, holiness, joy, longsuffering, love, wisdom, and wrath against sin.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do?  And he answered, Fear not:  for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.  And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw:  and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.  (2nd Kings 6:  15-17, KJV)

Washington, DC

Today, I share some points on divine pleasure in judgment, prophecy, and punishment of children.  Also, there is more on traditional marriage.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers Malaysia” using the ID “The Supreme Llama” (Level 7 with 26,685 points, a member since February 20, 2008) posted the following originally asked at Yahoo Answers Canada:

Does God enjoy watching children be torn to bits by wild bears?

Elisha left Jericho to go to Bethel and on the way some boys came out of a town and made fun of him. “Get out of here, Baldy!” they shouted.Elisha turned around, glared at them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord. Then two she-bears came out of the woods and tore forty-two of the boys to pieces.”
2 Kings 2:23-24

THE BATTLE AXE:  Traditional Marriage? (12/18/2013)—(5.)  As a tool of the world, marriage is a legal contract to establish common property for couples who agree to cohabit as well as to divide and dispose of property at their separation.  Arranged marriages are found only among those having long-term presence through land and property ownership, having financial security, and having wealth.  Additionally, marriage provides for the receipt and disposition of property as ones inheritance from ones parents, and other deceased persons.  For this reason, bastards, those born out of wedlock, and those born in poverty receive little or no instruction regarding marriage; and these often do not marry, preferring to cohabit in temporary relationships (e.g., common-law marriage, living or moving-in together, or shacking up), where there is less emphasis upon duties for legacies and property rights.  More than this, the poor and undereducated often do not regard marriage as a divinely provided opportunity to create wealth, initiate an inheritance, or to provide memorial to their own living deeds.  (6.)  Using understandings generated by the world, many now hold that marriage has always been only for purposes of fulfilling and “legitimating” the animal aspects of human existence:  ones emotions, lusts, passions, carnal desires, and sexual appetite.  It is foolish, they say, “to put all of ones eggs in one basket” (that is, exclusively to hope, rely upon or trust a single person or relationship for regular and continuing support).  With this in view, many alternatives to marriage now appear; and are promoted as “more honest;” more correctly accountable; a more necessary and realistic display of ones inner feelings and genuine integrity; and, more productive of lasting happiness and sexual freedom as well as true love.  (7.)  As a tool of GOD marriage is a sacrament, or sacred practice that expresses, maintains and nourishes spirit content from divine person, and continues relationship to GOD through Jesus Christ.  Spiritual joining in marriage is not merely by intercourse and sexual intimacy; it is by operations of the Holy Spirit.  Marriage may begin with a young man proposing to a woman—not asking her permission, rather, asking her acceptance, her commitment.  He will ask permission of his own and her parents only where he realizes and understands that the joining of their person also is the joining of their families.  Together they will ask permission from GOD only where they understand themselves in relationship through Christ as agents and representatives of his sacred community, the church, who serve as  evangelizers, parents, teachers, spokespersons, stewards and vessels for the imparted, indwelling Spirit of GOD.  Surely, the miracle of water to wine in the wedding at Cana is also the transformation of spirit for marriage from that of the earth to that from heaven.  (8.)  Along with invisible, spirit substance from GOD, marriage is also widely respected as a device to address invisible, secular substance from mankind.  Through marriage society addresses, maintains and promotes various intangible aspects of human relationships such as chance, chastity, compatibility, dignity, feelings, family history, honor, jealousy, maternal instinct, reputation, respect, romance, tradition, trust, and virginity.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  O ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob his chosen.  He is the LORD our God:   his judgments are in all the earth.  He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.  Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac;  And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant:  Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance:  When they were but a few men in number; yea, very few, and strangers in it.  When they went from one nation to another, from one kingdom to another people;  He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes;  Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.  (Psalms 105:  6-15, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Barren Tree? (12/06/2013); Fruits From a Barren Tree? (12/07/2013); GOD Angry With Us? (12/08/2013); So We Could Have Life? (12/09/2013); Destroying Justice? (07/18/2013); GOD the X? (07/19/2013); When Does Judgment Begin? (06/27/2013); Our Present Comfort (06/28/2013); Must We Really Die? (05/13/2013); Can GOD Die? (05/14/2013); Mockers in the Last Days (11/14/2012); Thoughts Upon A Warrior’s Fall (11/15/2012)

“The Supreme Llama”, GOD enjoys giving meaningful answers to those showing right respect to divine love and sacred truth.  Here are a few points readers should consider that are regularly shared among mature Christian believers:

(1.)  GOD is a spirit who must be known and made visible through operations, processes, and purposes that are displayed through created beings and living creatures.  

(2.)  The living must rely upon their own endowment of divine substance from the person of GOD to recognize (we say, discern) the divine aspects of objects and events presented in their experience.  Included are such inseparable features as awareness, faith, holiness, longsuffering, will, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  

(3.)  Sin is an artifact of separation from GOD, is contrary to all existence and life, and is no living thing.  Sin is not a material or physical object, has no spirit content, and is not created by GOD.  Yet, sin has direction, effect, and presence; and may dominate and influence awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures.  Without the array of divine operations and provisions, sin can not be detected as contrary to ones own being and person, or recognized as a foreign and strange element that is not truly part of oneself.  Repeatedly, the living operate under sin regarding it as “child’s play,” innocence, natural, and normal.

(4.)  The presence that is sin may become known through actions and words; and all behavior and conduct among children and adult humans does not show sin as defiance, disrespect, and irreverence.  However, all behavior and conduct generated under the influence of sin does oppose the continued existence of divine law, divine person, and all Creation.  Given that sin is no created or godly “thing”, and the created can not eliminate and eradicate sin, there must be a sweeping renewal of all Creation to remove all sin.

There is far more to be said, correctly shared, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (5.)  Before anyone may fully understand the threat to the universe posed by a roaming gang of cruel, disobedient boys attacking a prophet (who is outnumbered 40 to 1), they would have to have a broader, deeper understanding of judgment, justice, mercy, and salvation.  Where GOD intervenes, surely, it is to carry out those tasks that may only be completed through divine power and presence, such as protecting those not present, those unborn, and others unseen.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.  Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do:  and the God of peace shall be with you (Philippians 4:  8-9, KJV). 

Washington, DC

New Disclaimer

Death, revival, judgment, resurrection and ascension are topics, today.  Also, there is more on the parable of chocolates.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers Malaysia” using the ID “21” (Level 5 with 5,317 points, a member since February 7, 2011) posted the following first asked on Yahoo Answers United States:

God rose Jesus from the dead, The first man that rose from the dead. Were did Jesus body in up?

Did God take Jesus to set beside of Him as Stephen look and seen Jesus and God.

THE BATTLE AXE:  Unguarded Chocolates? (11/07/2013)—Usually, a thief looks all around before committing an act of offense; this is to avoid detection. However, because he fails to also look up and within, he goes forward as if GOD is not witness. Behavior  and conduct that are completely visible also have details and minor features that are invisible along with unintended, unseen consequences and lasting side-effects that only appear after time.  In the parable, the three children made no gift to their mother at the time their father shared.  The mere loss of candies worth only a dollar or two at most is not what upset the mother, and weakened the family bond.  There are a multitude of other issues.  Included are altering, contending against and quenching parental hopes; betrayal; collusion; conspiracy; defiance; lack of gratitude; neglect of filial duty; and rebellion.  The act of pilfering a goody was also an unofficial indictment against the parents.  There was implied condemnation, and unspoken accusations of favoritism, injustice, misdirection, neglect, rejection, selfishness, stinginess and unfairness.  Our selfish actions as children are also recorded against us in the Book of Life, and cannot be listed as “love” crimes.  Where childhood misbehavior does not become corrected and erased through healthy achievements, development and growth, these too must be expunged by the blood of the Lamb.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,  Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:  To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:  And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.  For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.  When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?  And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.  But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:  and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.  And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.  And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;  Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.  Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day’s journey.  (Acts 1:  1-12, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Power of Death? (10/01/2013); Divine Love Revealed? (10/02/2013); Must We Really Die? (05/13/2013); Can GOD Die? (05/14/2013); Death Has Been Transformed (05/09/2013); Loving the Enemy? (05/10/2013); ); The Ascension of Christ? (12/19/2012); GOD in Schools? (12/20/2012); Life and Death (09/26/2012); Mob Rule and Violence (09/27/2012)

“21”, here are a few points Christian believers trust have been given to mankind from GOD intended to help us understand death, revival and resurrection:

(1.)  A person may be revived from physical death (we also say, raised from the dead, returned from the dead, or restored to life).  Where this happens, raising the dead is like waking a person who is asleep.  Their being revived is a temporal event (does not last); and the person who was restored continues to live completing their condition as mortal (until they die again for the last time on earth).

(2.)  The Bible reports the sacred event of GOD supplying life again to the dead in a number of places:  the Prophet Elisha was used to raise a dead child to life again (2nd Kings 4:  32-37, KJV); Jesus was used to raise the daughter of Jairus (Mark 5:  35-43, KJV); life was restored to a widow’s son (Luke 7:  11-16, KJV); and Jesus called his friend Lazarus back to life from the grave (John 11:  1-44, KJV).

(3.)  Jesus was the first to demonstrate resurrection, where life is first restored to one who is dead, and they then ascend to heaven (we say, enter the celestial presence of GOD) as one who is alive having body and living form.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  The Bible explains that resurrection has to do with appearing before GOD for judgment.  A person’s body will be rejoined to their spirit and the qualities of their person they displayed at the time of their death.  There are two resurrections:  the first for those accepted, granted eternal life, and justified with GOD through Jesus Christ; the second for the wicked and those that will be destroyed, and never live again.  Just as we do in our courts here on earth, the accused are permitted to appear, know the specific charges, examine the evidence against them, and make their own answer and defense.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Even so, be it unto you according to your faith.  Jesus is coming.  Grow in grace.

Washington, DC

New Disclaimer

An account from Scripture regarding divine wrath against children is the topic, today, along with more on labeling others as “stupid”.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “biggalloot2003“ (Level 5 with 9,162 points, a member since July 9, 2006) posted the following:

A question about justice…?

In 2 Kings 2:23-24 there is the story of the prophet Elisha who was angered because a group of children mocked him for being bald.

Elisha cursed them in the name of the lord and two she bears came out of the woods and slaughtered the 42 children.

Which do you think best describes this story;

A. This was another example of gods love. It was for their own good that god murdered them and sent them to hell.

B. This is another example of a just and merciful god. It was for their own good that god murdered them and sent them to hell.

C. God gave them free will, the children chose to die.

D. This was god’s day off and satan was filling in for him.

E. The little bastards had it coming! Hell is too good for them!

THE BATTLE AXE:  The Bible and Stupid People? (07/17/2013)—While the Bible uses the word “bastard” to describe those born out of wedlock, who therefore have no legitimate status as heirs, or lawful portion in Israel through the allotments from GOD established under Joshua, cheap talk, obscene language, profanity, slang and vulgarity do not appear in the holy writings.  Where the Scriptures uses such words to describe and label others as defiled, unclean, unwise or wicked, the usual intent is to alert and caution believers against accepting ungodly standards, copying poor examples, and becoming complacent with sin.  Racist slurs (e.g., dego for Puerto Ricans, kyke for Jews, Mick for Irish, nigger for African Americans, wop for Italians) and such common name-calling terms as “dork”, “dweeb”, “faggot”, “fatso”, “knucklehead”, “loser”, “punk”, “queer”, “retard”, “shorty”, “sissy” and “spaz” also do not appear in the holy writings.  Yet, Jesus is on record specifically teaching against the use of insulting, proud, and unkind language to belittle, mock, and scorn others.  Use of raca and “thou fool” are identified as expressing unacceptable and unreasoned anger against ones brother in covenant, and therefore makes one subject to public condemnation, and divine punishment (see Matthew 5:  21-22, KJV).  As children, many suppose that it is acceptable to use name-calling with good intentions to motivate change, improvement, and self-correction.  Children attack, challenge, joke with, and tease each other through the use of harsh labels.  Victims include their own siblings, playmates, friends and teammates.  Christian parents, coaches, teachers and those who work with children are cautioned to council their charges that such behavior usually misfires, is destructive of healthy relationship, and is hateful to the spirit of others.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And he hewed two tables of stone like unto the first; and Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up unto mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tables of stone.  And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD.  And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,  Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.  And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped.  And he said, If now I have found grace in thy sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray thee, go among us; for it is a stiffnecked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for thine inheritance.  And he said, Behold, I make a covenant:  before all thy people I will do marvels, such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation: and all the people among which thou art shall see the work of the LORD:  for it is a terrible thing that I will do with thee.  Observe thou that which I command thee this day:  behold, I drive out before thee the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite.  Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee:  But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves:  For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:  (Exodus 34:  4-14, KJV)

DOUBLE DAGGER:  Theoretical Forgiveness? (07/03/2013); The Return in Glory? (07/04/2013); A GOD of Love? (05/07/2013); Commanding the Storm? (05/08/2013); Why So Much Murder? (01/12/2013); Confusion 2013 (01/13/2013); Justice Comes by Love? (10/01/2012); A Daily Revelation? (10/02/2012)

“biggalloot2003”, here are some points that strengthen faith for many Christian believers, and help them to avoid spiritual confusion:

(1)  The Bible includes many reports of divine wrath against sin, and thereby becomes a special tool to assist created beings and living creatures, who otherwise are unable to detect and resist sin as an obstacle to their own continued being.  Sin is not a carnal, material, physical or spirit substance from GOD; yet, sin may dominate self-will (we say, willingness and will power) in the living.

(2)  Sin is invisible, subtle, and difficult to identify as a foreign or outside influence.  Like many adults today (and some writing here on the Internet), the children described in the Scripture you cite blasphemed and challenged GOD by saying “go up thou bald head.”  They could not see the full consequence and effect of their behavior and conduct from the divine perspective, because they did not properly contain the spirit substance from GOD that allows fellowship with the Holy, obedience, and respectful submission to those sent from GOD.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  For example, in Scripture, children, covenant, dynasty, inheritance, kingdoms, and promise are examples of mechanisms whereby finite beings continue in presence and relationship with immortal, unchanging GOD.  However, sin opposes the existence of divine law, sacred person, eternal purpose, and all that has been created of GOD.  Divine justice, therefore, goes far beyond the peculiar considerations of one feelings and emotions toward children.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

Washington, DC