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Today, points are shared on having correct sacred knowledge, holy angels in Scripture, and the effectiveness and timeliness of prayer.  Those who speak of angels in genuine ministry of the revelation from GOD through Jesus Christ do so with the understanding that exalted and solemn truth from GOD is in view.  As agents of Jesus Christ, spirit beings cooperate with and participate in workings of the Holy Spirit that establish such features of salvation as deliverance, proclamation, prophecy, reconciliation and repentance.  Just as men are to operate in faith—not by sight—as examples and models of godliness to one another upon the earth as well as to those in heaven who have place within the Kingdom of GOD, angels are to display humility, faith and obedience as examples and models of godliness to each other in heaven as well as to all those upon the earth who have place within the Kingdom.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Qetsiyah” (Level 1 with 182 points, a member since April 05, 2015) posted the following:

Angels in the bible?

My dad was telling me this story yesterday. He said angel Gabriel came down to deliver a message to someone but devils were blocking him and angel Michael had to come down with his troops and fight with the devils for 3 months and only then could angel Gabrielle pass and deliver his message (i forgot to who).

1. Can someone tell me where this is found in the passage? I cant find it anywhere i even tried googling it…
2. If Gabrielle couldnt pass the devils doesnt that mean devils are powerful…angel Michael and his troops had to fight for 3 months…this scares me… 😦

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Then the king of Syria warred against Israel, and took counsel with his servants, saying, In such and such a place shall be my camp.  And the man of God sent unto the king of Israel, saying, Beware that thou pass not such a place; for thither the Syrians are come down.  And the king of Israel sent to the place which the man of God told him and warned him of, and saved himself there, not once nor twice.  Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was sore troubled for this thing; and he called his servants, and said unto them, Will ye not shew me which of us is for the king of Israel?  And one of his servants said, None, my lord, O king:  but Elisha, the prophet that is in Israel, telleth the king of Israel the words that thou speakest in thy bedchamber.  And he said, Go and spy where he is, that I may send and fetch him. And it was told him, saying, Behold, he is in Dothan.  Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host:  and they came by night, and compassed the city about.  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:  9-17, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Inheriting the Kingdom? (06/27/2014); Points on Bible Study (06/28/2014); A Visit from an Angel? (10/20/2013); The Head Not The Tail? (10/21/2013); How Could Angels Fall? (07/15/2013); Circumcision and Promise? (07/16/2013); Why Jesus Must Be A Jew (03/18/2013); The Benefit of Grace (03/19/2013); Sin Unknown? (10/10/2012); When Prayer Works (10/11/2012)

“Qetsiyah”, here are a few points that you may find useful:

(1.)  For Christians, the Holy Spirit and the Bible are the best source for correct sacred knowledge.  Christian believers all are to understand that many misuse the lessons and misapply the warnings from the holy writings, because they take the Scriptures to be fiction, make-believe, or stories for amusement and entertainment.  Lacking the indwelling Spirit from GOD, such persons do not properly respect the Scriptures as a systematic detailing and revelation of divinity.  Thus, all believers must develop discernment (the ability to use the spirit substance within themselves as a standard to recognize and respond to the spiritual content within accounts, messages, parables, question, writings, etc.  as well as within the intentions, objectives, and standing before GOD of other created beings and living creatures).  

(2.)  Correction for the many errors in our thinking as believers also comes through such practices as contemplating the divine love appearing in the life and work of Jesus; continuing daily study of the Scriptures; giving, sharing and unselfish service; praise and prayer; and regular fellowship with believers who have more experience and sacred knowledge.

(3.)  Angels are not mortal, are not immortal, and may become subject to sin.  While there are divisions of labor and hierarchy among these ministering spirits, only divinity rules as sovereign over mankind.  Angels appear within the holy writings to further make incarnate (display using human form) the otherwise Invisible character, nature, operations, and eternal purposes of Deity.  Angels do not assist, maintain ongoing relationships with, protect or serve mankind apart from GOD.

(4.)  There are many lessons provided by the account of Daniel seeking to understand prophecies from GOD regarding the end for captivity and exile of Israel by Babylon.  For example, when the prophet decided to fast and pray until he would receive a divine answer, GOD responded immediately by dispatching the angel Gabriel.  It required 21 days (3 weeks) for Gabriel to appear; thus, fasting and prayer are shown to have no power to influence and manipulate GOD.  Without faith, longsuffering, patience and wisdom, many jump to the conclusion that their prayer is unanswered.  Even with the angelic proclamations and visitation, Daniel could not fully grasp the prophecies, and required the indwelling Spirit now available through Jesus Christ.  (See both chapters 9 and 10 in Daniel, King James Version, KJV.)

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (5.)  Jesus Christ has been hailed as Regem Angelorum (King of Angels).  Believers should make careful study of Hebrews 1:  1-14, KJV.  Those upon the earth may respect and trust angels as fellow prophets and servants working to spread the Gospel, yet, are to worship GOD only (see Revelation 19:  6-10 and 22:  8-10, KJV.)  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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A Scripture study is shared today showing that the recurring need of created beings and living creatures for spirit content from the makeup of divinity is as great as the need for bread, water, physical activity, and social acceptance.

SOME THOUGHTS ON

1 O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee:  my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;

2 To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.

3 Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.

4 Thus will I bless thee while I live:  I will lift up my hands in thy name.

5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:

6 When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.

7 Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.

8 My soul followeth hard after thee:  thy right hand upholdeth me.

9 But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth.

10 They shall fall by the sword:  they shall be a portion for foxes.

11 But the king shall rejoice in God; every one that sweareth by him shall glory:  but the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.  (Psalms 63:  1-11, KJV)

Genesis 24:  14 (KJV)  14 And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink; and she shall say, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also:  let the same be she that thou hast appointed for thy servant Isaac; and thereby shall I know that thou hast shewed kindness unto my master.

1st Chronicles 11:  16-18 (KJV)  16 And David was then in the hold, and the Philistines’ garrison was then at Bethlehem.  17 And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, that is at the gate!  18 And the three brake through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David:  but David would not drink of it, but poured it out to the LORD.

Psalms 80:  4-7 (KJV)  4 O LORD God of hosts, how long wilt thou be angry against the prayer of thy people?  5 Thou feedest them with the bread of tears; and givest them tears to drink in great measure.  6 Thou makest us a strife unto our neighbours:  and our enemies laugh among themselves.  7 Turn us again, O God of hosts, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.

Joel 2:  12-19 (KJV)  12 Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:  13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God:  for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.  14 Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD your God?  15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:  16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts:  let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.  17 Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?  18 Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people.  19 Yea, the LORD will answer and say unto his people, Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith: and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen:

Psalms 109:  23-25 (KJV)  23 I am gone like the shadow when it declineth:  I am tossed up and down as the locust.  24 My knees are weak through fasting; and my flesh faileth of fatness.  25 I became also a reproach unto them:  when they looked upon me they shaked their heads.

Isaiah 58:  1-11 (KJV)  1 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.  2 Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God:  they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God.  3 Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours.  4 Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness:  ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high.  5 Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD?  6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?  7 Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?  8 Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily:  and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward.  9 Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;  10 And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day:  11 And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones:  and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

Matthew 6:  16-18 (KJV)  16 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.  17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;  18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret:  and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

Ecclesiastes 5:  18-19 (KJV)  18 Behold that which I have seen:  it is good and comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labour that he taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him:  for it is his portion.  19 Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God.

John 4:  7-15 (KJV)  7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water:  Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.  8 (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)  9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.  10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.  11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?  12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?  13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:  14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.  15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.

John 6:  27-35 (KJV)  27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you:  for him hath God the Father sealed.  28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?  29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.  30 They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work?  31 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.  32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.  33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.  34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.  35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life:  he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

Deuteronomy 8:  3 (KJV)  3 And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  For example, a believers appetite and desire to be in the active presence of divinity are to be amplified and sated through the word of GOD.  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

The meaning of “anointed” is considered, today.  Also, there is more on ascribing personality to divinity.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Shay” (Level 1 with 4 points, a member since December 29, 2013) posted the following:

 

What does anointed mean?

blessed?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Personality? (04/27/2014)—(5.)  Like “character”, “charm”, “integrity”, and “cool”, the word “personality” is used to describe patterns displayed as a person’s attitude, behavior, and disposition, that regularly and repeatedly appear through ongoing relationships and social interactions, and that reveal their emotional and psychological makeup.  While descriptive of ones outward conduct and inner condition, personality is not a spirit substance from the makeup of GOD, and so is subject to change, embraces conflict, and may display subtleties (barely visible differences, hidden shifts in focus or value).  There are many who mistakenly use language that says, GOD the Father is cruel, harsh, mean, stern, strict, unloving, and unmerciful, yet say, that the Son is approachable, kind, forbearing, forgiving, gracious, loving, merciful, and understanding.  Such believers, in effect, deny the balance, fullness, oneness, righteousness, and thoroughness of the GODhead.  Delicate and necessary works of divine judgment (e.g., condemnation, correction, punishment, separation) are dismissed to favor such works as atonement, creation, deliverance, healing, government, rebirth, reconciliation, resurrection, and salvation.  See Luke 8:  24-25, Luke 9:  51-56, Romans 6:  1-18, Ephesians 4:  17-32, 1st Corinthians 16:  13-14, Colossians 3:  1-17, 1st Thessalonians 1:  5-6 and 1st John 3:  1-3, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.  And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.  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.  Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.  And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:  They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment;  And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed:  but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.  (Hebrews 1:  6-12, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Benefit of Law? (11/15/2013); Origin of Baptism? (06/22/2013);  Money-changers in The Temple? (06/23/2013); Jesus, A Party Animal? (05/03/2013); Jesus Lives! (05/04/2013); The Golden Age? (01/10/2013); Translation, Please… (01/11/2013); The Priesthood of Kings (10/17/2012); Childlike Faith (10/18/2012)

 

“Shay”, here are some points to consider that should help build up your understanding of anointing within Christian belief:

(1.)  In the holy writings, to be anointed is to be made fragrant, and distinctive in ones appearance by pouring perfumed oil upon their hands, upon their face, upon their head.  A person’s aroma then lingers and continues after their contact with others.

(2.)  The oil for anointing represents divinity (we say, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of GOD).  Figures in Scripture receive anointing for divine service as part of consecration and sanctification (being cleansed and set apart as devoted to GOD) as well as an aspect of installation to high office.  Included are monarchs (kings, queens, emperors), priests (those authorized to offer sacred sacrifice), and prophets (spokespersons sent from GOD).

(3.)  Once anointed with oil, a person’s appearance is brightened (we say, they shine).  Thus, one uses oil when fasting to maintain their appearance, and continue generating a mood that is uplifting, rather than one of misery and wretchedness.  Also, perfumed oils were used as medicines to heal, as preservatives to prepare bodies for burial (to retard decay), as salves to treat wounds, and as mood altering scents.

There is a lot more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Just as Saul and David were anointed by the prophet Samuel to serve as father (we say, patriarch), king, judge, praise-leader, priest, and prophet, during his baptism under John the Baptist, Jesus of Nazareth was witnessed to be anointed by GOD and the Holy Spirit.  However, it is not oil poured out upon the Savior; rather, it is virtue.  The title “Christ” is Greek, and may be translated as “The Anointed One.”)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your anointing.

These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.  But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you:  but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.  And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.  (1st John 2:  26-28, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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

 

New Disclaimer

     Topics, today, include circumcision, and both natural and spiritual benefits to mankind through the ministry of Jesus.  Also, there is more on contradictions.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Joshua” (Level 2 with 256  points, a member since October 25, 2012) posted the following:


Jesus has been circumcised, why do Christians not do the same ?

The circumcision is the tradition of patriarchs and prophets since Abraham (pbuh) that God commanded him to do it. Following this commandment, all Jews and Muslims are circumcised.

Jesus, the god of Christians, also has been circumcised under the approval of his mother Virgin Mary which is beyond any reproach.

So why do Christians not do the same ? Why do they not follow their god ?



THE BATTLE AXE:  No Contradictions? (01/15/2013)—Bits from a 5,000-pieced jigsaw puzzle may appear not to belong in a given grouping because of their color or the image they bear, nonetheless their place can be easily discovered as they are fitted together with the pieces whose shape indicate they belong on one of the edges.  The holy writings are a single source for knowledge and understanding among those seeking GOD in Christ.  Not only are the many details and unrecorded truths of Scripture impossible to comprehend without guidance and help from the imparted, indwelling Spirit of GOD, believers cannot correctly embrace the many continuing experiences of sacred truth that come by giving, practice of the sacraments, prayer, unselfish service, and heartfelt worship without the continuing ministry of Jesus as Risen Lord.  Saying this another way:  Just as sworn testimony from multiple eyewitnesses in judgment may not be exactly the same, or agree word for word, yet jurors may account the statements under oath as truth because of agreement and corroboration, believers must examine and assign value to the full dispensation of GOD by focus upon accord.


THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.  (John 8:  31-32, KJV)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Vows and Covenants? (12/17/2012); Fasting “After the Spirit” (09/19/2012); Binder 30:  The Mark of GOD (10/27/2011); (08/31/2011) Dispatch 21:  The Ally (Sometimes); Annual Feasts (12/29/2010); Conspiracy? (12/08/2010)


     Mature Christian believers typically accept that the divine demand for circumcision goes beyond a cutting of the flesh (see Deuteronomy 30:  6, Jeremiah 4:  4 and Romans 2:  28-29, KJV), and speaks to the content and makeup of ones spirit in relationship to GOD.  The many special truths that emerge by the ministry of Jesus upon the earth include:  Incarnation (the appearance of Almighty GOD in a human body); fulfillment of all divine promises for an heir to Adam that would restore the dominion of mankind over the earth (that had been transferred to the serpent); satisfaction of all demands for oblations and sacrificial blood (e.g., atonement, burnt offerings, thank offerings, trespass and sin offerings); and obedience to all divine law for the natural and spirit worlds that would generate and reinforce faith, miracles, repentance and sacred revelation.  (See Galatians 2:  20 and Romans 6:  4, KJV)

     Just as believers may account themselves as redeemed and saved because of things physically done by Jesus, Christians may also hold that they are now present in heaven before GOD through the resurrected person of Jesus (see Colossians 3:  1, KJV).  This notion (often called “living vicariously”) can be understood easily where we acknowledge that, as fans, we rejoice or are sorrowed as though we ourselves were spoken of when we hear reports about our favorite athletes and celebrities whom we follow (despite being strangers to them) as “family” and  loyal supporters.  It is sufficient that believers are circumcised in the person of Jesus.  Similarly, believers are “credited” as having accomplished 40 days of fasting and prayer in the wilderness, so many in the church do not fast, today; Jesus attended all mandatory covenant feasts required of the eldest, the firstborn and heads of families at both the Tabernacle and the Temple at Jerusalem, so this is discontinued; Jesus correctly participated in, and shared the Passover, so that now Christ is received through the Lord’s Supper (called Communion); and the judgment of our enemies is going forward and will be completed through Jesus Christ, so grudges and revenge are no longer reasonable motives.  (See Colossians 2:  8-13, KJV.)

     There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, covenant through Jesus Christ is to secure levels of spiritual reality for mankind, and therefore, goes beyond creating and maintaining a geopolitical nation or a society subject to death, sin and time.  Through Christ there is the end of mortality; and upon the close of divine judgment against sin, only immortal and incorruptible beings will continue in what is called “eternal life.” )  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.


THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

     The “end of the world,” the New World Order (NWO), and more on fasting “after the spirit” are shared, today. An Internet writer using the ID “lalapef melfofo” (Level 2 with 618 points, a “Yahoo! Answers” member since July 30, 2012) posted the following:


How do people not see the end of the world is so close?

2012, here comes doom! The NWO is here


THE BATTLE AXE: Fasting “After the Spirit” (09/19/2012)—The practice of fasting with meditation that is often found in eastern traditions generally focuses upon making oneself empty in order to receive enlightenment and power by eliminating the action and content of mind along with other obstacles that entangle ones spirit. By contrast, the Christian practice of fasting is intended to make one full of the Holy Spirit, and is joined to prayer, partaking of the Lord’s Supper (also called Communion and the Holy Eucharist), and continuing active service to GOD. See Isaiah 58 and 1st Corinthians 11: 14-30, King James Version.


THE GOLDEN ARROW: The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; (2nd Peter 3: 9-15, King James Version)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Girdle 50: Unquenchable Life (01/06/2012); Binder 2: Why Begin With Scriptures? (09/29/2011); To Whom Much Is Given… (03/02/2011); Hoping for End? (11/06/2010); Getting Ready? (11/05/2010)


Here are some thoughts you may find useful:

      How, why and what we know is determined by features of both our carnal and spiritual experience. The “end of the world” is not a “social truth” contained in our focus upon the goals, living routines and national imperatives of our family, our peer groups, or even our competitors and enemies. A person must accept the notion that the world (i.e., the order and patterns for existence created by mankind) exists infused with and surrounded by realities that are totally spirit in their nature and substance. To the extent one regards reality as including no more than the narrow dimensions of being carnal, material, physical and social, they commit one of mankind’s most common examples of “human error.”

      Many Christian believers are convinced that true knowledge regarding the end of the world has been recorded among the holy writings that forecast and predict events of the final times. More correctly, the Holy Scriptures detail the operation of the Divine Person, and the sacred purposes that will be fulfilled through the course of eternity. There is a “big picture” that many miss by clutching at straws of detail. For example, believers must learn to say that demons and devils do not go to a “resting place,” to some grave (hell), or to a “final reward.” They are neither mortal nor immortal, and do not “die”. Instead, because they pursue complaining, insurrection, lawlessness and revolution, they go to judgment, imprisonment, and are destroyed in a lake of fire. Similarly, through the imparted, indwelling Spirit of GOD, believers acquire a completely new way of thinking that expounds incorruptibility and immortality for mankind through Jesus Christ, rather than by simple obedience of divine law.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, as a condition of existence for spirit, eternity is not a measure of time. Believers are not given accounts of devastation, ruin and violence, so much as proclamations of divine compassion, law, glory, and salvation. The many levels of intimacy and permanence for relationship with GOD must come into their view.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.


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