Archive for the ‘Holocaust (Shoah)’ Category

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Today, points are shared on the sufferings of Israel and the holocaust (Shoah) as being in accordance with the processes of divine salvation, and the terms of perpetual covenant.  While the holocaust continued the full revelation of GOD that is making known the makeup and process of divinity, the Shoah also has exposed the operations of sin, and mankind’s fallen nature without the endowments of imparted spirit through the ministry of Jesus Christ.  For Christian believers, the holocaust can not be completely and correctly understood relying upon academic studies of cultural history, European politics, and other disciplines for secular knowledge.  Affliction, prosperity, suffering and war displayed among the Jews must be viewed in the context of the sanctions of divine law, and the present terms for covenant relationship with GOD.  Therefore, the holocaust must be acknowledged as a peculiar episode within a lawful relationship between the Creator, who also is Judge, and the created.  Believers are to discern the active presence who is GOD by the appearance of his faithfulness, integrity, and righteousness; and are to apprehend sacred oneness without sameness in the suffering and death of Jesus on the cross.  The fighter at “Yahoo! 7 Answers (Australia)” using the ID “Kodiak” (Level 1 with 61 points, a member since June 18, 2016) posted the following:

 

Christianity: What was God doing/thinking when the holocaust was happening right before his eyes?

If I were God, I would have prevented it from happening.
What excuses Christians are going to provide for God’s negligence ?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  The wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen men of Israel.  For all this they sinned still, and believed not for his wondrous works.  Therefore their days did he consume in vanity, and their years in trouble.  When he slew them, then they sought him:  and they returned and enquired early after God.  And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer.  Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongues.  For their heart was not right with him, neither were they stedfast in his covenant.  But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not:  yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath.  For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.  (Psalm 78:  31-39, King James Version (KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Accepting the Divine Will? (12/06/2016); The Cross and Judaism? (05/27/2016); Asleep Through the Holocaust? (07/14/2014); Assurances of Salvation? (10/07/2013); Of War and Judgment (10/08/2013); (Remembering the Holocaust? (12/14/2012); A Slaughter of Innocents (12/15/2012)

 

“Kodiak”, Christian believers who are grounded in sacred knowledge and practice agree that during the holocaust GOD was active and present acknowledging immutable promises and divine utterances, continuing covenant, executing judgment, performing prophecy, and further revealing the character and makeup of both divinity and mankind.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Leviticus 26:  40-46, King James Version (KJV):  40 If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, with their trespass which they trespassed against me, and that also they have walked contrary unto me;  41 And that I also have walked contrary unto them, and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if then their uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then accept of the punishment of their iniquity:  42 Then will I remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land.  43 The land also shall be left of them, and shall enjoy her sabbaths, while she lieth desolate without them:  and they shall accept of the punishment of their iniquity:  because, even because they despised my judgments, and because their soul abhorred my statutes.  44 And yet for all that, when they be in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly, and to break my covenant with them:  for I am the LORD their God.  45 But I will for their sakes remember the covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the heathen, that I might be their God:  I am the LORD.  46 These are the statutes and judgments and laws, which the LORD made between him and the children of Israel in mount Sinai by the hand of Moses.

(2.)  Ezekiel 16:  59-63, KJV:  59 For thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even deal with thee as thou hast done, which hast despised the oath in breaking the covenant.  60 Nevertheless I will remember my covenant with thee in the days of thy youth, and I will establish unto thee an everlasting covenant.  61 Then thou shalt remember thy ways, and be ashamed, when thou shalt receive thy sisters, thine elder and thy younger:  and I will give them unto thee for daughters, but not by thy covenant.  62 And I will establish my covenant with thee; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD:  63 That thou mayest remember, and be confounded, and never open thy mouth any more because of thy shame, when I am pacified toward thee for all that thou hast done, saith the Lord GOD.

(3.)  Psalm 89:  29-37, KJV:  29 His seed also will I make to endure for ever, and his throne as the days of heaven.  30 If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments;  31 If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments;  32 Then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes.  33 Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail.  34 My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.  35 Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David.  36 His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me.  37 It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah.

There is much more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.) Jeremiah 31:  31-37, KJV:  31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:  32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:  33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.  34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD:  for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD:  for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.  35 Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name:  36 If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever.  37 Thus saith the LORD; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the LORD.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, points are shared on the place of free will offerings and sacrificial giving as an aspect of the new life from GOD for our salvation.  Televangelists now regularly appear requesting large sums of money for their ministries.  Along with those teaching what it means to sow a “thousand-dollar seed,” I am aware of one pastor who openly welcomes gifts of one million dollars to prepare believers for a second holocaust forecast by end-time Bible prophesies that will soon come against the Israelis of Judea.  A divine process wherein ones spirit content becomes engaged must occur that is very different from intellectual argument, begging, influence, and persuasion.  No appeals can be made to those who lack meekness (ability to respond to guidance and instruction from the Holy Spirit), to those answering filthy lucre, to unbelievers, or to atheists, financiers and most of those outside the body of Christ.  Confessions of need, challenges, intercession, and the stirrings of faith must be made that are directed, and pertain only to the body of believers.  Messages and utterances of the Holy Spirit are mistakenly heard as open appeals to the general public.  The continuing administration of donations and funds are as necessary to the current survival of the church as was the missionary work of the early apostles and disciples that made possible the continued outreach from Jerusalem by the community of anointed believers there.  The cycle of  expenditures and outlays for the work of spreading the Gospel, with the demonstrations and displays of acceptable prayer and worship, demand dependable and regular income as well as the repeated replenishment of resources and reserves.  Consider again the following from the Bible, and the points appearing below:  Galatians 6:  7-9, King James Version (KJV):  7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked:  for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.  8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.  9 And let us not be weary in well doing:  for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.  Also, 2nd Corinthians 8:  20-21, KJV:  20 Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us:  21 Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.

1.  Evangelism must continue as a sacred work until the return of Jesus Christ to harvest his believers from the earth.  The primary focus for disciples of the Lord are prophecy, publishing revelation, and continuing unseen operations to comfort, edify and exhort other believers.  Yet, many mistakenly hold that the work for the body is no more than church attendance, fomenting unrest, fund-raising, preaching, self-improvement, singing spiritual songs, social welfare, and teaching questionable doctrines.  An authentic ministry to the modern world that will address the spiritual needs of billions of persons in multiple nations can go forward only by each believer acknowledging a duty to provide, according to their own means, the needed financial, human, material, and sacred resources. 

2.  Dedication, expectation, perseverance, urgency and zeal should characterize the work of the church.  In addition to showing exclusive acknowledgment of divinity as the source of their salvation, believers are also to demonstrate correct sacred knowledge, and awareness that the present period with opportunities for divine salvation must be ended before the coming of Christ.  Using the metaphors of sowing, planting, and waiting for ones harvest, it is correct to speak of changing times, seasons, the closing of doors, and no longer having the present access to GOD.  The many ongoing temporal events for rebirth and new life will soon be withheld.

3.  Just as offerings and sacrifices were transferred to GOD  from the holy altar by sacred fire, material gifts and money are delivered to Christ through the fire of ones indwelling Spirit as godly intent, praise, sacred purpose, and willing submission.  All gifts from the earth must become spirit substance, before they are received by divinity.  In the process of the World, those choosing to donate, and support the work of a pastor or organized ministry by making gifts of money may be spoken of as their “co-workers” and “partners”.  The pastor or ministry may then be described correctly as the agents, employees, personal representatives, and spokespersons of the giver:  The recipient must answer to the giver, not to GOD.  For the World, affiliation with the recipient’s good deeds and religious works, also means being associated with their flaws, shortcomings, and sins.  By giving, a believer becomes vulnerable, and is seen risking their genuine salvation.  The World accounts providing goods or money, and other practical works apart from religious ceremonies and rituals as mere manual labor and mechanical routines.  Relevant issues therefore are non-spiritual such as access to records, accountability, credit agency ratings, ethical oversight (e.g., uncovering and removing conflicts of interest), and transparency for finances.

4.  By programs that permit voluntary contributions and donations to be provided from believers, present day disciples are to experience the same blessings of development, growth, and spiritual power that were granted to those of the early church.  Many come to GOD wanting to know, carry out, and share those plain and simple things within their means that may be used to please divinity.  They become hesitant when they find that their behavior and motives will be examined and questioned with hostility.  Commercialism, consumerism, covetousness, materialism, pride, selfishness, and even being wealthy are condemned by many within the church.  Often believers desire to give, however, they may not feel encouraged to serve or express their love to GOD by their giving until special opportunities are provided by crises, emergencies, and unusual occasions.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, 5.  Those who are turned to GOD through Jesus Christ have no part with Mammon, and the Great Whore who both make merchandise of humanity and all the earth.  Christians are turned to the earth as caretakers and husbandmen.  Therefore, the works of harvesting and ingathering should be associated with freedom, joy, rebirth and release.  Anxiety, bitterness, complaining, resentment, stinginess and suspecting others are divisive, and tend to destruction.  Those who condemn, envy, and persecute the church on the basis of outward appearances—because they do not discern eternal purposes and sacred operations—routinely focus upon desperation, extravagance, fear, greed, scandal, slander, waste, and weaknesses concealed among clergy and other individuals in positions of authority and trust.  They do not accept that abundance, favor, fertility, fruitfulness, healing and plenty make the active presence of divinity known and visible.  Peace is the godly outcome of giving and sharing that bring about celebration, thanksgiving, and unity.)  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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Scripture points are shared, today, on Adolph Hitler, death, and judgment.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anthony” (Level 2 with 257 points, a member since February 15, 2015) posted the following:

Is Hitler in Hell ?

For what he did to God’s Chosen People, Jews.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air:  and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  Wherefore comfort one another with these words.  (1st Thessalonians 4:  13-18, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Flammable? (05/25/2015); A Christian Dictatorship? (03/05/2015); Adam, Pharaoh and All Mankind? (01/28/2015); GOD and Hitler? (03/12/2015); Asleep Through the Holocaust? (07/14/2014); Remembering the Holocaust? (12/14/2012); A Slaughter of Innocents (12/15/2012)

“Anthony”, for many mature Christian believers, your question is about the condition, or state of those now dead; for others, your question centers upon the process and timetable of divine judgment (for example, when are sinners sent to hell?).  Many agree that various aspects of divine judgment are ongoing in the present day, and will only be completed after Jesus Christ appears to raise the dead, and remove (we say, harvest) all those who are or once were  believers from the earth.  Here are a few of the proclamations, promises and prophecies that appear within the Scriptures relied upon to provide clear insight and understanding.  The wicked dead all will individually appear in judgment during the same sacred event:

(1.)  Acts 2:  29, King James Version (KJV):  29 Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.

(2.)  Hebrews 9:  27-28, KJV:  27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:  28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

(3.)  Romans 3:  23, KJV:  23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

(4.)  Acts 13:  36-41, KJV:  36 For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption:  37 But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption.  38 Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:  39 And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.  40 Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets;  41 Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish:  for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you.

(5.)  Daniel 12:  2, KJV:  2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

(6.)  John 5:  25-29, KJV:  25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God:  and they that hear shall live.  26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;  27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.  28 Marvel not at this:  for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,  29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

(7.)  Revelation 5:  4-6, KJV:  4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them:  and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.  5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.  6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection:  on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

Of course, there are many other Scriptures that should be carefully considered, correctly understood, and made a permanent part of ones own spirit.  (For example, (8.)  Revelation 20:  11-15, KJV:  11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.  12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened:  and another book was opened, which is the book of life:  and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.  13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them:  and they were judged every man according to their works.  14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.  15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith, sacred knowledge, and spiritual maturity.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Death, divine excellence, sin, and the sovereignty of GOD are topics, today.  As a vessel containing aspects of divinity, mankind responds to Deity with awe, humility, obedience, and respect. Without such divine matter as faith and holiness, it is impossible for created beings and living creatures to please GOD, or to experience the things from GOD as having any pleasure and value. The nature and substance of divinity is far above that within carnal beings and material things. Thus, we say GOD is complete, exalted, immortal, immutable, incorruptible, perfected, and pure. Where men fail to realize and value correctly their own existence as put forth in the image of GOD, they usually become entrapped by beggarly elements, and must depend on finite standards such as those from the study of human history (i.e., the Great Man; the seminal event).  The infinite possibilities for human continuance through godliness are cut off, because they will see themselves as fashioned after mortals having only the flaws and weaknesses from the image of Adam.   (Consider again Psalms 139:  1-24, KJV.)  The fighter at “Yahoo! 7 Answers” (Australia) using the ID “Falcore-_-” (Level 4 with 2,756 points, a member since September 03, 2012) attacked by posting the following:

 

Why is God such an asshole?

He has killed more people than hitler.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;  And repayeth them that hate him to their face, to destroy them:  he will not be slack to him that hateth him, he will repay him to his face.   (Deuteronomy 7:  9-10, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Death is a Divine Tool (09/15/2014); A Sleep and a Second Death (09/16/2014); Asleep Through the Holocaust? (07/14/2014); Denying Oneself (05/17/2014); From Such Turn Away (05/18/2014); On Testing GOD (06/20/2013); GOD Grants License? (06/21/2013); Putting GOD First? (06/02/2013); Need for A New Holy Spirit? (06/03/2013); Remembering the Holocaust? (12/14/2012); A Slaughter of Innocents (12/15/2012); Mockers in the Last Days (11/14/2012); Thoughts Upon A Warrior’s Fall (11/15/2012)

 

“Falcore-_-”, because you are making a very common mistake in your way of thinking about divinity, you are blaspheming GOD in the same way a child commits “back talk” and “sass” to their parents.  The character, makeup and substance of GOD must be understood as infinite, non-material, and unlimited.  Deity, who is a spirit, is not on the same level as you and your mates, the Prime Minister, or Adolph Hitler.  The following points might help release you from the spiritual trap you now are caught in:

(1.)  Those who want a complete and correct knowledge of Hitler’s goals, motives and values usually study his work, Mein Kampf in detail.  His achievement in securing the admiration and respect of a modern nation can not be otherwise explained.  Those who seek a full knowledge of the GODhead (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) carefully study the collection of holy writings that come to us as the Bible, and invite the presence of GOD as an imparted spirit (we say, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth).  The sacred operations of the kingdom of GOD (e.g., atonement, forbearance, forgiveness, judgment, rebirth, salvation, sanctification) can not be discerned using such finite tools as emotions, intellect, logic, mathematics, philosophy, and science.  The kingdom will remain invisible.

(2.)  Sacred knowledge begins with the truth that GOD is a spirit (we say, essence).  Only GOD is immortal; and GOD must be known through specific points of truth that only divinity may reveal (such as these):  Divinity is the source of all created beings and living creatures, their spheres of existence (e.g., earth, heaven, the sea, the universe), and the terms for their duration as mortal and temporal.  For mankind, many aspects of the life process are both mechanical and organic.  Men grow or survive passing through fixed cycles, phases and stages that allow men to determine aspects of their own duration as they use the tools of awareness and self-will.

(3.)  Sin has not been created by GOD, yet, may dominate created beings and living creatures through their awareness and self-will.  Like time and space, divine law (the expressed will of GOD) is provided as a primary structure for divine order.

(4.)  Sin is no “thing” having material dimensions that would allow you to put sin into a box; however, sin has direction, effect, and “presence”.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and everything that requires sacred law for its continued being, including all mankind. 

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and properly apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  Those having the same spirit content that resides within divinity are being released from sin as an influence, and can be recognized by their continuing obedience and respect to Jesus Christ.  Death is understood as a form of sleep that will be reversed by GOD for purposes of judgment.  Believers are now being prepared for further aspects of life from GOD receiving inseparable aspects of Deity such as faith, holiness, humility, joy, love, truthfulness, wisdom and wrath against sin.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith and spiritual maturity.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Reply is made to a writer accusing GOD of “sleeping” through the Holocaust.  Also, there is more on the common heritage of Abraham, Isaac, and Ishmael.  A “Yahoo! Answers” fighter using “Red” as their ID (Level 1 with 93 points, a member since June 22, 2014) posted the following:

 

Why is God portrayed as intervening all the time in the Bible yet He slept through the Holocaust?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  A Common Heritage? (07/13/2014)—(4.)  Christians believe the inheritance from Abraham is a spiritual condition and relationship with GOD.  There are natural sons from Abraham (such as Isaac and Ishmael), and there are spiritual sons of Abraham through covenant, faith, and the promises from GOD.  While working on a project to create a system that would allow the combined street gangs within the city of Philadelphia to maintain a treaty of lasting peace as well as to identify and resolve conflicts and disturbances in their communities before they could result in outbreaks of violence, leadership from the various gangs explained to me that one of their greatest difficulties was escaping the “history of blood.”  In some instances, feuds that had begun among their great grandparents were being continued with the understanding that justice is only by retaliation; and, as the new breed, they were prepared to seek instead a process of cooperation and prevention.  These young men helped me to understand that those who fail to comprehend the higher notions of accountability, duty, principle, and spiritual relationship remain open and vulnerable to destructive and limiting traditions such as the history of blood.  Retribution and the cycle of blood that comes by war is not in agreement with the eternal purposes of GOD that focus upon generating divine justice, immortality, incorruption, and salvation.  When Abraham appealed on behalf of Sodom and the cities of the plain, he did so in sacrifice unselfishly submitting himself to judgment for all mankind, and for the glory and honor of GOD.  The judgment of GOD is always and only to be understood as blessing, for divine judgment is the resolution of every conflict, and the settlement of all disputes through the applications of sacred law.  The aberrations and perversions of social justice among mankind that persist because of sin are regularly cloaked by lying appeals and their presentation as franchise, freedom, secular history, law enforcement, politics, progress, and science.  Included have been such errors as abortion, apartheid, ethnic arrogance, eugenics, exaggerated pride, genocide, infanticide (the slaughter of babies), “population control,” and racism, that only occur by departure from the eternal purposes of divinity.  War begets more war; peace is never the outcome of war.  Peace is the outcome of judgment—yet, only where there is consensus, genuine honor, integrity, order, and respect that acknowledges and maintains unquestioned authority and sovereignty.  See again Genesis 18:  17-26, John 8:  31-45, Acts 13:  26, Galatians 3:  7 and Matthew 21:  23-31, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.  My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.  He will not suffer thy foot to be moved:  he that keepeth thee will not slumber.  Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.  The LORD is thy keeper:  the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.  The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.  The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil:  he shall preserve thy soul.  The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.  (Psalms 121  1-8, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Abandoned by GOD? (06/23/2014); (07/01/2013) GOD Intervenes? (07/01/2013); Jericho Justified? (07/02/2013); Remembering the Holocaust? (12/14/2012); A Slaughter of Innocents (12/15/2012); Why Did The Judges Fight? (10/19/2012); The Spirit is Willing (10/20/2012)

 

“Red”, here are a few points to consider that have allowed Christian believers to avoid spiritual confusion and error:

(1.)  Throughout the holy writings, the Almighty Father is repeatedly portrayed as allowing the carnal, material, and social consequences of human choices and decisions.  Thereby, mankind is to be turned again to GOD as humanity realizes both the appropriate and correct applications of our own human authority and power as well as our inadequacy and limits as created beings and living creatures.  GOD does operate with power; however, the appearance is given of divinity permitting the outworking of destruction, sin, and wickedness upon the earth.  For many, this is most clearly explained in accounts from the Book of Judges.  Israel was under the domination of the Midianites when Gideon was approached by an angel messenger to serve as one of the persons chosen to be a deliverer for Israel.  Doubting anyone could really overcome such a powerful enemy, Gideon even dared to ask, where are all the miracles GOD is reported as having done in the past (see Judges 6:  13, KJV).

(2.)  The people of GOD do not accuse the Almighty Father of sleeping through their times of affliction, hardship, testing, and tribulation.  The workings of GOD during the Shoah are hidden only to those lacking discernment (ability to use their own spirit content to recognize and respond to spirit matter within such life experience as events, holy writings, other persons, purposes, and utterances); those dominated by the non-material, non-spirit influence that is sin; and those whose dependence upon appetite, sensation, and emotion/mental functions deprive them of full consciousness that GOD is an active presence.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  All covenants and ongoing relationships with GOD must be known and realized through the mechanisms and terms supplied from divinity.  Included are such elements as atonement; cleansing; confession; expectation (we say, hope); forgiveness; healing; the imparted, indwelling Spirit; divine law; praise; prayer; repentance; sanctification; wisdom; and worship.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

     Today, I share a response to a writer’s complaint against GOD stemming from the shooting of school children in Connecticut (12/14/2012). Also there is more on remembering the holocaust. The “Yahoo! Answers” user who has the ID “Martin” (Level 4 with 2,768 points, a member since October 26, 2012) posted the following:

Its a music and religous query?

Its that one song titled JESUS LOVES THE LITTLE CHILDREN. are you certain of that, after all that have been murdered? Cause if thats what is meant meaning was that song scripted sarcasticly i sure wouldn’t want to see the almighty’s hatred for us. so bite your tongue we worked all year long sharing our warmth and love of christmas making piano, violin, harp, hand bell musical arrangement for everybody even made those dollar musicals just as nice as the 25 dollar albums for you all and what is the gift that we get back. the news of yet more murders. would you send me the memo when christmas is merry again? this year has ended up being a real downer.

THE BATTLE AXE: Remembering the Holocaust? (12/13/2012)—As a tool provided by divine judgment, holocaust is like a litmus that exposes the presence of elements disguised and hidden within the human heart. Included are blindness, corruption, cruelty, despair, disbelief, distrust, hardness, hate, ignorance, imbalance, immaturity, indifference, malice, and murder. Ethnic cleansing, eugenics, genocide, and holocaust do not proceed as acts of GOD; and all may be classed as human error, and sin. As such, they are less the focus for Christian mind than repentance, rebirth, or the divine content of ones person and its operation through prayer, service and worship. Many examples of spiritually-based attacks upon the people of GOD are recorded in the holy writings. Included are the population control and slaughter of male babies in Egypt at the time of Moses’ birth (Exodus 1, KJV); the Babylonian attack upon the three Hebrew captives who were placed in a burning furnace (Daniel 3, KJV); the planned assault of Haman and the Persian/Median empire ruled by Ahasuerus (Esther 3, KJV); and the slaughter of innocents by the Jewish king, Herod, to destroy the prophesied Messiah at the birth of Jesus (Matthew 2, KJV). It is foolish and immature to argue that the holocaust was more devastating, more “important”, or should be more memorable than the global enslavement of Africans, the calamity of several world wars, the human catastrophe of atomic bombs launched against an island nation, the natural disasters of cyclone, hurricane and storm winds, or even the back-to-back natural disasters of earthquake and tsunami. For Christian believers focus will not be upon emergency preparedness or turning away from human violence so much as upon fulfilling the commands to love, and maintain constant vigilance for the second advent of Jesus. It is their faith that the sure justice of GOD will be provided through that son of the highest who is an anointed Judge, Jesus Christ.


THE GOLDEN ARROW: But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. (1st Thessalonians 4: 13-18, KJV)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Does GOD Feel? (10/05/2012); How Was GOD Known Before Jesus? (10/06/2012); After We Die? (10/04/2012); Binder 32: Those Yet Unsaved (10/29/2011); Having Life? (03/13/2011); End of Strife? (03/14/2011); Potter and Clay (12/06/2010)


THE BATTLE CRY: The music ministry of Dietrick Haddon includes a worship medley that encourages believers facing the challenges in life events, and that prophesies the hope and expectation for the Second Coming of Jesus. Readers should hear, from the 2002 album, Lost and Found, Joy of the Lord/Oh the Glory.

     For mature Christian believers, the comforts given by GOD include children, music, and divine promises. There are truths that clarify death, judgment, justice, and righteousness. More than this, there is certainty and unquenchable joy; and so we have a song that says, THE JOY OF THE LORD IS OUR STRENGTH.

     The slaughter of innocents is not a new thing among mankind. The Scriptures record that at the time of Jesus’ birth every child under the age of two in the town of Bethlehem was destroyed as if they were enemies of the state, and “national security risks.” What shocks many of us, today, is to see such cruelty and venom apart from “police action,” politics, and war. Deliberate and planned attacks upon otherwise defenseless children in public schools and care facilities are performed by those who are depraved, mindless, shameless and apparently unloved.

     There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, the human condition is one of mortality, therefore, we have many mechanisms that center on experiencing bereavement, death and separation. The counterbalance is found in the continuity of life, and the truth that life goes on. There is more work to do, more sharing to do, more loving to do. Through Jesus Christ, believers receive a peculiar confidence and optimism we call “joy”. In the face of injustice, persecution and tragedy, we make no complaint against our GOD. Instead, we acknowledge divine gifts that give us peace of mind, saying: The world did not give it; and the world cannot take it away.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

      Various understandings of the holocaust are considered, and there is more on the value of human life. The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Jellytot” (Level 2 with 461 points, a member since October 31, 2011) posted the following:

How should the holocaust be remembered?

please answer

THE BATTLE AXE: The Price of Humanity? (12/13/2012)—The birth, death, resurrection, and eternal continuance of GOD in a human form through the person of Jesus Christ proclaims that Almighty GOD places an enormous value upon mankind. Full definition for both “humanity” and “life” also must describe the impact, presence and operation of divinity through and upon what mankind has been, now is, and will become. The quality of human existence emerges through divine abundance, diversity, joy, the beauty of the natural world, and the range of possibility within Creation. Before GOD, control, dominance, ownership and power are less relevant to the beauty of mankind. With this in view, we may say the people of GOD are marked by self-respect without the exaggerations of pride. Human worth should not be understood only in the terms of accomplishments, ambition, behavior, desire, destiny, personal goals, and predetermined fate. Academic history centered upon conflict and discovery are not enough to display the highest levels whereby humanity merits esteem. Limits from circumstances and material conditions may be exceeded and transcended through the divine content that resides within an individual. We find it is a principle for valuing others within human relationships that even the errors of a child, as he speaks his first words or takes his first steps, are precious and further bind them to their parents and others. Sacred authority, holy person, and sovereign wisdom permit human excellence among those who praise, serve and worship despite mortality, poverty, sickness and suffering. Mankind is priceless when functioning as a jewel of Creation that emits and makes visible the spectrum of divine grace.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart turneth away this day from the LORD our God, to go and serve the gods of these nations; lest there should be among you a root that beareth gall and wormwood; And it come to pass, when he heareth the words of this curse, that he bless himself in his heart, saying, I shall have peace, though I walk in the imagination of mine heart, to add drunkenness to thirst: The LORD will not spare him, but then the anger of the LORD and his jealousy shall smoke against that man, and all the curses that are written in this book shall lie upon him, and the LORD shall blot out his name from under heaven. And the LORD shall separate him unto evil out of all the tribes of Israel, according to all the curses of the covenant that are written in this book of the law: So that the generation to come of your children that shall rise up after you, and the stranger that shall come from a far land, shall say, when they see the plagues of that land, and the sicknesses which the LORD hath laid upon it; And that the whole land thereof is brimstone, and salt, and burning, that it is not sown, nor beareth, nor any grass groweth therein, like the overthrow of Sodom, and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboim, which the LORD overthrew in his anger, and in his wrath: Even all nations shall say, Wherefore hath the LORD done thus unto this land? what meaneth the heat of this great anger? Then men shall say, Because they have forsaken the covenant of the LORD God of their fathers, which he made with them when he brought them forth out of the land of Egypt: For they went and served other gods, and worshipped them, gods whom they knew not, and whom he had not given unto them: (Deuteronomy 29: 18-26, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: The Content of Prayer (01/29/2012); Dispatch 17: The Ally (In Heaven (08/25/2011); Dispatch 9: Peace (Peace, Peace) 08/17/2011; Tragedy? (10/23/2010)

      Much confusion now surrounds the holocaust; and there is no agreement upon its most important benefits and lessons to humankind. For many of us, the holocaust was merely a geopolitical event having global consequences, and a peculiar tragedy that is recorded in world history. The idea that the holocaust was only a cultural experience of a peculiar ethnic group is broadly held. By contrast, there are many who understand the Shoah as having been a demonstration of human faith, how suffering is overcome, the spirit of survival, and the ultimate triumph of righteousness. Also, many hold that the holocaust must be recognized as a judgment of GOD to warn mankind against lawlessness, rebellion and sin.

      For believers in Jesus Christ as Messiah, Redeemer, and Savior, the spiritual significance of the holocaust has to be seen in harmony with sacred history as recorded in the holy writings (e.g., the Old Testament, the Torah, and the Gospel). The holocaust must be accepted as a further appearance of continuing covenant and divinity whereby Almighty GOD is revealed as immutable and unchanging in spite of human process, purpose and suffering. To view the holocaust apart from the imperatives for life generated by GOD is to deny that human potential includes a capacity to express the divine nature. Men become no different than animals and material objects; and a significant dimension for full being and person will be dismissed, neglected and undernourished.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, for those who are in covenant, a day of active atonement is more appropriate than observing a passive memorial day or national day of mourning to remember the holocaust. There is no further need for a holiday of self-indulgence, and the putting away of ones usual duties. Instead, there ought to be activity, service and submission that produce change, understanding and unity.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC