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The cross and other devices used for prophecy are in view, today.  Included are divine admonition, Ezekiel’s commission, demonstrations, spiritual gifts, law, signs, and divine utterance.  The intent and purpose for prophecy is not the prediction of future events so much as prophecy is for crystallizing divine judgment, expressing the will of GOD, and continuing to reveal the character and nature of Deity.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “abdul” (Level 1 with 39 points, a member since May 12, 2015) posted the following:

 

What do these mean?

“Eat the food as you would a loaf of barley bread; bake it in the sight of the people, using human excrement for fuel.” The Lord said, “In this way the people of Israel will eat defiled food among the nations where I will drive them.” (Ezekiel 4:12-13, New International Version)

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:   The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.  I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.  Revelation 22:  17-19, New International Version (NIV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Divine Meanings and Values (03/31/2016); Forsaken Upon the Cross? (03/17/2016); Two Signs of Covenant (05/09/2016); The Forms of Prophecy? (04/26/2016); The Baptist and The Tishbite? (02/18/2015); The Need for Prophecy Then and Now (11/24/2014); Prophetic Demonstrations (09/06/2013); Why GOD Prayed to GOD (09/07/2013)

 

“abdul”, for mature Christian believers, prophecy is a sacred process whereby divinity communicates, exchanges, and interacts with created beings and living creatures through operations of spirit substance that can be initiated using physical actions (we say, prophetic demonstrations) as well as divine utterance (e.g., prayer, proclamation, promise), dreams, and visions.  Prophecy reveals the will of GOD, and may share admonition and warning; thus, prophecy “tells the future” only in the same way divine commandments (we say, the law, “the expressed will of GOD”) foretell the future by describing what will happen when there are transgressions and violations.  The work of prophecy is always comfort, edification (nourishing spirit growth), or exhortation (urging action).  Just as sin may dominate the living through their awareness and self-will, divinity may maintain contact through discernment and recognition of sacred law, holy writings, the divine presence, eternal purposes, and specific expectations (we say, hopes).  Prophecy also serves as a divine device to identify and separate believers as a “peculiar people” and authentic divine spokespersons (we say, prophets).  Only those having an endowment of spirit content from the makeup of GOD (e.g., faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, wisdom, wrath against sin) can correctly apprehend the message and spirit substance contained within prophecy, events, other persons, etc.  Just as the death of Jesus upon the cross is a clear example of prophetic demonstration, it is also an example of prophecy fulfilled.  Consider again how these ideas are stated using language from the Holy Bible New International Version® NIV Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.®:

(1.)   1st Corinthians 12:  1-6, New International Version (NIV)
Concerning Spiritual Gifts

12 Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2 You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. 3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

(2.)  2nd Peter:  1:  16-21, NIV:  16 For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”[b] 18 We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.

19 We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

There is far more that should be said, carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (3.)   Revelation 19:  9-10, NIV:  9 Then the angel said to me, “Write this:  Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.”

10 At this I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers and sisters who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For it is the Spirit of prophecy who bears testimony to Jesus.”)  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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      Titles from the Bible that are used in speaking of Jesus Christ, and more on divine purposes are covered, today. The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “sudheer k” (Level 3 with 1,420 points, a member since April 1, 2008) posted the following:

Jesus is son of GOD as a human and Jesus is son of MAN as God – Is my understand correct?

To us son will be born and he will be called mighty God – Isaiah 9:6
Jesus as son of man as GOD

Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son – John 3: 18
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Jesus is GOD
Zechariah 2: 10-11

Jehovah Said “I am coming and I will live among you and you will know that Jehovah of hosts has sent me to you”

Jehovah of hosts has sent Jehovah
Father sent Jesus

THE BATTLE AXE: More Than Salvation (11/27/2012)—While created beings and living creatures speak of law, judgment and divine will as actions and deeds performed by GOD, it is more correct to conceive these elements as sacred being (i.e., they exist as aspect of divinity), and as spirit movement and spirit process within the holy person of GOD, who is only spirit. For the sake of simplicity and to accommodate the limits of our awareness, we continue to say Father, Son and Holy Spirit as though by appearing and functioning in multiple dimension the GODhead may somehow be divided. The three are inseparable; however, this truth may only be realized through operations of GOD upon and within a believer’s spirit, and may only be communicated using depictions, figures, metaphors, and types. With this in view, to be saved is to be acknowledged and recognized as having been put forth from GOD, and continuing to display sacred image.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. (1st Corinthians 15: 45-48, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: On Asking Why (11/08/2012); Jesus, King of Earth? (10/07/2012); Parental Duty? (10/08/2012); How Was GOD Known Before Jesus? (10/06/2012); The Work of Jesus (03/13/2012); On The Messiah (02/19/2012); The First Jews (02/20/2012); Girdle 50: Unquenchable Life (01/06/2012); Girdle 32: Worship GOD (12/17/2011); Missing Years (02/25/2011); A Reborn Heart (02/26/2011)

      Christian believers generally understand that Jesus of Nazareth is given the title “Son of Man” for two reasons: (1) the title acknowledges Jesus as having the same anointing, authority, intimate relationship with GOD, and visionary spirit that was granted to several of the earlier major prophets, and therefore Jesus should be received as continuing the tradition of Moses (see Ezekiel 3: 4, 10 and 17, King James Version); also (2) the title names Jesus as the son of Adam who is heir to the priesthood from heaven that was given to mankind (Genesis 3: 21, KJV) as well as heir to the promises understood as the foundation for human hope (Genesis 3: 15, KJV).

      In the figure of Daniel, a judge, president and prophet ruling the covenant people of GOD, mankind receives the same eternal revelation that was intended for Adam (Daniel 8: 14, KJV). In the figure of Ezekiel, Jesus cleanses the Temple at Jerusalem by casting out the money changers and those selling livestock to be used for sacrifices (see Ezekiel 12: 3, 12: 9 and John 2: 13-21, KJV) and by challenging lack of faith, pride and selfishness among the priesthood (Ezekiel 34: 2 and John 11: 47-57, KJV). Jesus contends against and bruises Satan (called the king and prince of Tyrus) see Ezekiel 28 and Matthew 4: 1-11, KJV. Jesus teaches resurrection from the dead as in the valley of dry bones (Ezekiel 37 and John 11: 1-45, KJV).

      In the figure of Adam, Jesus suffers death upon the cross (see Romans 5, KJV). Through death and resurrection, Adam is restored, and receives a divine kingdom (Matthew 19: 28, KJV). Just as power to heal is given, power to forgive sin is granted mankind (Matthew 9: 6, KJV) where man is in service to Almighty GOD. The duty of created beings and living creatures is again enjoined, and mankind is to maintain divine law and divine rest (Matthew 12: 8, KJV).

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, the title “son of GOD” names Jesus as a sovereign heir of divinity (e.g., Matthew 3: 17, KJV). Divine inheritance derives through both divine law, and divine prerogative. As their offspring, Christ occupies the place of Adam (the male and female), who in union also are named son of GOD (Luke 3: 38, KJV).
As an eternal person, the Son, within the fullness of Almighty GOD, the spirit, is in union with the Holy Spirit and together are named as “the Godhead.”) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX Washington, DC