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Today, points are shared on the account in Scripture of Jesus cursing a barren fig tree.  In addition to the operations of divine authority, faith, and sovereign will, the account speaks to false appearances and deception, the readiness of Israel to receive the Messiah at his Advent, the completeness and finality of coming judgment, sin as failure to respond to divine will, and the character of obedience as a demand upon all that exists, not merely all the living.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers (Canada)” using the ID “Violation Nation!!” (Level 5 with 8,513 points, a member since November 08, 2014) posted the following:

 

Why did the Fig Tree choose to disobey Jesus’ orders? Didn’t the Tree know that Jesus is the son of God?

Trees are not like us; they have no free will to disobey. This tree had no right and deserved the LORD’s punishment.

I believe in this you guys?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.  Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?  Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;  When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?  Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?  When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it,  And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors,  And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further:  and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?  Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place;  That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it?  (Job 38:  4-13, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Divine not Demonic Process? (11/02/2014); The Barren Tree? (12/06/2013); Fruits From a Barren Tree? (12/07/2013); On Testing GOD (06/20/2013); GOD Grants License? (06/21/2013); Commanding the Storm? (05/08/2013); Death Has Been Transformed (05/09/2013); Destroyed in Noah’s Flood? (04/28/2013); Both Born Holy? (04/29/2013)

 

“Violation Nation!!”, there are many points of instruction through the account of the barren fig tree.  Christian believers often acknowledge the account of Jesus cursing the fig tree as being a spiritual object lesson and parable that focuses on Israel’s rejection of Jesus as the one sent to reign as Christ and Messiah.  At the time of the Savior’s birth, multiple prophets and kings already had been sent to prepare the nation as GOD’s covenant partner and instrument to establish a divine ruler on the earth at his coming.  In the incident, Jesus was on his way to the temple, was hungry, and approached the fig tree seeing it from a distance as healthy and sound.  The fig tree appeared abundant and full, yet was barren.  Even so, his expectation of being fed was not grounded in “natural law” and the flesh so much as in his authority as the Son of GOD, the maker and owner of the fig tree, who was requiring there be a response to his sovereign will.  Also, Jesus is the Son of Man correcting the response of the pair in Eden, who were deceived and misled regarding a tree and its fruit.  The recognition of Christ was to be on the basis of containing aspects of the Savior’s inborn Spirit.  Thus, Satan appeared, yet, did not recognize Christ upon the earth as the Son who commanded in heaven, and even offered Jesus an earthly kingdom as a reward for worship.  While the operations of sin see the domination of awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures, sin is a condition and an effect that goes beyond iniquity and willful disobedience.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law (i.e., the will of GOD expressed), GOD as the Law Giver, and all Creation that relies on sacred law for divine order.  The fig tree may have had no self-awareness and personal power as an angel or a man, yet, was no less to respond to preeminent divinity.  Sin corrupts (i.e., introduces decay, rot, uncleanness), makes unfit to serve GOD, and removes spiritual purity.  Thus, judgment and the flood of Noah came against the entire earth, not just the people on it; and a final judgment will be followed by the establishment of a new heaven and earth.

There is far more to be said, understood, and spiritually apprehended.  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, the divine covenants that have embraced Israel and America as beloved of GOD are in view.  As with judgment, the keeping of covenant and the fulfillment of promise and prophecy pertain more to the revealed righteousness of GOD than to the character, makeup, and substance of created beings and living creatures.  Even the holy angels are not “irreplaceable”, and those who lost their 1st estate will be replaced by those gathered from among mankind who belong to Jesus Christ.  Thus, it is the promise of GOD given to the fathers, the atoning ministry by the Son of the Highest, and the operations of the Holy Spirit that are “irreplaceable”, not the nations of men.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Political Commentator” (Level 1 with 2 points, a member since December 03, 2015) posted the following:

 

Do you realize that Israel is not America, and America is not Israel?

That Israel was the ONLY Jewish nation state in 1st century Galilee, and thereby IRREPLACEABLE?

But America is not the ONLY Christian nation in the Western world at the End Times, and thereby EXPENDABLE from the perspective of God’s plan of salvation?

That America =/= Israel,

because history doesn’t always repeat itself?

That 1st century Galilee =/= America at the End Times,

because 1st century Galilee = All of Christendom at the End Times?

That America is thereby Expendable – although Israel is Irreplaceable?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:  And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,  Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?  As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved.  And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God.  Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:  For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness:  because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.  And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha.  What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.  But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.  Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone;  (Romans 9:  22-32, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Cultural, Political, Spiritual Growth? (07/10/2016); The Remnant? (10/12/2015); American Culture and Law? (07/13/2015); Jesus As America’s President? (05/20/2015); Secular Israel? (04/08/2015); Correctly Knowing Israel? (03/01/2015); Blessing and Inheritance from Abraham? (06/05/2014); On Christians Executing Judgment (06/06/2014)

“Political Commentator”, the focus of divine covenants have  not been upon possessing livestock, slaves, or geographical territory.  Faith and the imparted, indwelling Spirit of GOD are at the core of true covenant.  Thus, by faith, Abraham acknowledged the promises of GOD before being circumcised, also, by faith, Moses experienced the burning bush before being circumcised.  Those who lack the “sacred knowledge” provided in the holy writings always mistakenly think that the status of Israel as a nation favored by divinity has been on the basis of their ethnic identity as Hebrews, their accomplishments as conquerors in the land of Canaan, or their ability to maintain family connection as kings, rulers, and tribes.  Similarly, those in error think the status of America as a “nation under God” is on the basis of political franchise and Constitutional law (we say, civic privileges and rights), per capita wealth, and the number of church buildings and communities of faith that are found here.  Those we call the Jews and followers of Jesus Christ throughout the world have been embraced by GOD as the offspring of Deity and citizens of a divinely established kingdom.  There have been multiple acts of grace and sovereign prerogative following events that required thousands of years.  Together they have carried out and continue to fulfill divine proclamations, sacred promises, prophecy, and eternal purposes.  Those in covenant relationship with GOD are being blessed, not on the basis of their own deeds and merit, so much as by being beneficiaries and heirs to Patriarchs, Deliverers (we say, Judges), prophets, and temporal rulers (e.g., kings, emperors, and others).  In the same way, Israel was selected to execute judgment and replace the seven tribes in the Promised Land who broke covenant with GOD, the kingdom of GOD through Christ has been established for judgment, the spread of Christian belief, and preparation of the earth for harvest at the coming of the Lord.  Consider again the following:

(1.)   Psalms 105:  8-15, King James Version (KJV):  8 He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.  9 Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac;  10 And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant:  11 Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance:  12 When they were but a few men in number; yea, very few, and strangers in it.  13 When they went from one nation to another, from one kingdom to another people;  14 He suffered no man to do them wrong:  yea, he reproved kings for their sakes;  15 Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.

(2.)  Jeremiah 31:  31-33, 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.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  Acts 2:  14-21, KJV:  14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:  15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.  16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;  17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh:  and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:  18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:  19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke:  20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come:  21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.)  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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Devices provided to permit mortals on the earth to have uninterrupted existence in covenant with immortal divinity are in view, today.  Therefore, covenant relationships, the kinsman redeemer, hope, inheritance, levirate marriage, promise, revelation, resurrection, and sacred law all are topics.  The fulfillment of divine promise is not a matter of chance, or a mere completion of mechanical cycles and sequences of natural events that appear in the earth.  Divine intent and eternal purpose are carried out and deliberately performed by the full GODhead that displays divine consciousness, person, and will.  Included are the Father, the Holy Spirit, and the Son of the Highest.  The use of death to block and break off sin, with resurrection to restore the dead in judgment maintains and further enables such original divine purposes in Creation as the intent that existence, life and purity should be eternal, nonstop, perpetual, without decay or defilement, and uninterrupted.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “abdul” (Level 1 with 61 points, a member since May 12, 2015) posted the following:

 

What do these mean?

Then came to him certain of the Sadducees, which deny that there is any resurrection; and they asked him, Saying, Master, Moses wrote unto us, If any man’s brother die, having a wife, and he die without children, that his brother should take his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. There were therefore seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and died without children. And the second took her to wife, and he died childless. And the third took her; and in like manner the seven also: and they left no children, and died. Last of all the woman died also. Therefore in the resurrection whose wife of them is she? for seven had her to wife. And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage: But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.
(Luke 20:27-36)

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself,  Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.  And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.  For men verily swear by the greater:  and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife.  Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:  That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:  Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;  Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.  (Hebrews 6:  13-20, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Purpose of Resurrection (07/015/2016); An Eternal Inheritance? (06/26/2016); The Cross and The Pharisees? (04/21/2016); Heirs of The Cross? (04/01/2016); Sadducees and The Cross? (03/13/2016); Incest? (10/29/2015); The Bible and Genealogy (09/10/2013); Why GOD Does Not Tell All (09/11/2013)

 

“abdul”, for those having sacred knowledge through regular study of the holy writings, and those who share fellowship and sacred practice (we say, sacraments) as mature Christian believers, the passage of Scripture you are considering is intended to correct recurring errors about the character, nature and substance of GOD.  The following points should be carefully examined:

1.  The devices of family, inheritance and covenant relationship are used by the Creator to continue close association, communication, and interaction with mankind despite the interruptions that repeatedly occur through decease, mortality, and sin.  Divinity does not define or use “family” in the same way carnal, material, and social beings do.  Thus, the earth was to be populated using a single son of GOD, Adam, and his offspring.  The issues and problems we now know regarding incest and marriage did not exist.

2.  The Creator has made divinity knowable and known using spokespersons and divine utterance (we say, prophets, messengers, the word) that includes proclamation, promise, and prophecy.  The platforms of heaven and earth have been separated, and made to be stable apart from a former condition of chaos, flux, and being without form.  As the origin of all sacred law, divine order, and stability for the universe, the Creator has revealed himself to be immortal,  immutable and unchanging.  Covenants to recover intimacy with mankind rely upon diversity and meeting specific divinely set conditions in place of accident, chance, change, or randomness.

3.  The covenants to establish Israel included their transformation from a collection of tribes into a sovereign state among the nations upon the earth.  As the lawful owner of the earth realm, the Creator dispossessed the seven tribes that lived in the Promised Land as partners in an original covenant, that did not address the offspring and promise to Abraham.  The allotments and distribution of the land provided by GOD were to be permanent.  As such, the economy of the state would be ensured to prosper through inheritance.  Conflict and wars to settle property disputes would be avoided:  even where a man would die childless, a provision was made that allowed his brother (i.e., kinsman redeemer, or nearest of kin) to impregnate his spouse, and rear a child “to carry on his name.”

There is far more that could be said, must be carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, 4.  The appearance of GOD in human experience continues to be discerned and realized through operations of unseen things that include awareness, being, life essence (we say, breath, spirit, word), and person.  Mankind is to be acknowledged as a product of imparting spirit content from the makeup of the Creator into a material form fashioned by GOD.  Judgment, rebirth through baptism, and resurrection for the dead are provided as devices to accomplish eternal purposes that include permanently eliminating death and sin.  Through the Holy Spirit (also called, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth), followers of Jesus Christ are to exist as a new creation, and vessels filled with inseparable aspects from the makeup of GOD such as faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, meekness, wisdom and wrath against sin.)  Even so, I am sure this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Scripture points on the meaning of a purple cloth draped upon the cross are shared, today.  Divinity appeared incarnate (we say, in flesh, having a mortal body) upon the cross to fulfill prophecy, and promises that GOD would judge and rule over his people chosen from among mankind.  Their transformation to become life companions with divinity (we say, eternal life) has begun through rebirth, and ongoing operations of the Holy Spirit that will be completed as believers are taken up to meet the Savior in the air when Christ appears to reap his harvest from the earth.  Every earthly kingdom grounded in finite and material existence continues to respond to the divine monarchy of Jesus as did Rome, the one-world empire of its day.  Consider again the following Bible verses, and the presentation below:

Psalms 45:  3-7, King James Version (KJV):  3 Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty.  4 And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things.  5 Thine arrows are sharp in the heart of the king’s enemies; whereby the people fall under thee.  6 Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever:  the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.  7 Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness:  therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

John 6:  11-15, KJV:  11 And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.  12 When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.  13 Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten.  14 Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world.  15 When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone.

Matthew 27:  27-31, KJV:  27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers.  28 And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.  29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand:  and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!  30 And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.  31 And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.

Revelation 19:  11-16, KJV:  11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.  12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.  13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood:  and his name is called The Word of God.  14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.  15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations:  and he shall rule them with a rod of iron:  and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.  16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Sunny1121” (Level with points, a member since July 16, 2007) posted the following:

 

What does the purple cloth on the cross mean?

Every year around Good Friday and Easter I notice purple cloth draped on crosses outside of churches. What is the significance of the cloth and also the purple. I know that around Easter churches sometime perform passion plays. Does the purple denote “passion” or something else? Only genuine, knowledgeable replies, Please.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.  This title then read many of the Jews:  for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city:  and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin.  Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews.  Pilate answered, What I have written I have written.  Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat:  now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout.  They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be:  that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did.
(John 19:  19-24, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Without Preaching The Cross? (02/21/2016); Belief In Another World? (02/17/2016); Adam, Pharaoh and All Mankind? (01/28/2015); The Ruler Of the Earth? (05/01/2014); Parables About the Kingdom? (05/02/2014); Loving Someone Unseen? (05/03/2014); Believers and the Cross (06/24/2013); A Relationship not Just Knowledge? (06/25/2013); Jesus, King of Earth? (10/07/2012); Parental Duty? (10/08/2012)

 

“Sunny1121”, through operations of the Holy Spirit, blood and truth from the cross are flowing despite time and space to here and now.  Many mature Christian believers accept the cross draped in purple as a further proclamation that, by his crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus is exalted to be ruler over an “everlasting kingdom” from GOD revealed in prophecy through King David, and uncovered to comfort Daniel while Israel was removed from the Promised Land by the Babylonians.  (Prophecy of the kingdom was begun in Moses, where Christ is called “Shiloh” (Peace), and would be carried forward because GOD himself would become acknowledged as Israel’s true king.)  The Lord’s earthly ministry was not intended to see him installed as monarch over Israel in the place of King Herod, who served as a “figure-head” and tool for the government of Rome.  The credentials and genealogy of Jesus also identified the Savior as the lawful heir and Son of David.  That Roman soldiers gambled for his priestly garment while he hung upon the cross is to depict the lowliness of mankind before the Father in heaven.  The divine covering lost by Adam in Eden can only be restored through the operations of GOD that also require atonement and rebirth to establish a covering for sins.  Consider how this is stated in the language of the holy writings:

(1.)  Genesis 49:  10, King James Version (KJV):  10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

(2.)  Psalms 145:  10-13, KJV:  10 All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee.  11 They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power;  12 To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom.  13 Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.

(3.)  1st Chronicles 29:  10-13, KJV:  10 Wherefore David blessed the LORD before all the congregation:  and David said, Blessed be thou, LORD God of Israel our father, for ever and ever.  11 Thine, O LORD is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty:  for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all.  12 Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.  13 Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.

(4.)  Daniel 7:  13-14, KJV:  13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.  14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him:  his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

There is far more to be said, understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.) John 18:  36-38, KJV:  36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world:  if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews:   but now is my kingdom not from hence.  37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.  38 Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.)  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, focus is upon childbearing, family, and marriage as devices to maintain modern cities and nations.  Just as all the problems within such urban centers as Baltimore (MD) and Detroit (MI) may not be blamed upon a single class, ethnic group, or political alliance, neither should they all be attributed to broken homes, dysfunctional families, and single-parenting.  The quality of life among us yet depends upon the quality of our shared communication and exchange while prosperity continues to vary according to how we acknowledge divinity.  The nature of law is forward-looking and promissory.  For a truly useful public dialog to occur, we must be careful to declare what we mean by “strong” families along with more precise statements to describe “success”.  For Christian believers there can be no success through the things that promote complaining, hate, selfishness, and ungodliness with hidden and open violence in our society (e.g., passive aggression, domestic violence, child abuse, riots, corporate raiding).  Consider again the following from the Bible, and the discussion appearing below:  Proverbs 29:  18, King James Version (KJV):  18 Where there is no vision, the people perish:  but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.  Also, 1st Timothy 5:  8, KJV:  8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.  Proverbs 3:  9-10, KJV:  9 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase.  10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.  Proverbs 11:  9-11, KJV:  9 An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour:  but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.  10 When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth:  and when the wicked perish, there is shouting.  11 By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted:  but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Elliot” (Level 7 with 43,799 points, a member since April 11, 2011) posted the following:

Is the real problem in places like Baltimore and Detroit that so many children are born out of wedlock, and kids need strong families…?

in order to achieve to success?

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And the men rose up from thence, and looked toward Sodom:  and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way.  And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do;  Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?  For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.  And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous;  I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know.  And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom:   but Abraham stood yet before the LORD.  (Genesis 18:  16-22, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Why the Jews Were Called Out? (06/15/2015); Secular Israel? (04/08/2015); Babies Given A Second Life? (01/25/2015); Family and Beliefs of Children (08/29/2014); Stories Repeated in the Bible? (08/20/2014); Blessing and Inheritance from Abraham? (06/05/2014); On Christians Executing Judgment (06/06/2014); God Bless America? (09/12/2013); Law, Slavery and Redemption (09/13/2013)

“Elliot”, we can regard the family as one of many social groups.  Few of the problems for modern cities, communities, and nations can be directly traced to such elements as family size, gender dominance (matriarch or patriarch), and the absence of behavior models and emotional nourishment from specific relationships and roles (e.g., husband, wife, son, daughter, parent).  On the one hand, all such things have an impact upon the intended benefits of family life.  On the other hand, the demands and provisions from larger social groups (e.g., gangs, sororities, the military, the workplace) may counterfeit, replace, supplement and surpass the contributions of family.

Instability and weakness within families can not be described or remedied in the same way as instability and weakness in multi-family groups.  For these two types of association, the operation of such elements as aggressiveness, authority, fear, intimacy, respect, and trust may be entirely different.  In general, we assume the benefits of family for its members to be growth, learning, protection, and security; and these are to be carried over and maintained at the level of every larger community.

For Christian believers, a great part of our expectation for families have been generated through what we see from the model of Israel in covenant to divinity.  Continuity and stability for a nation are most completely established through law addressing such elements as birth order, prenatal care, dynasty, inheritance, marriage, and management of sexual appetite.  Correctly understood, however, increase and  prosperity for Israel resulted from their being in a continuing contract as instruments of divinity for revelation to all mankind.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, we could agree, perhaps, that what children need from the family unit is an inner sense of value and worth that comes by unconditional acceptance, love, and knowing you have permanent membership.  To save the cities, the young must be taught to acknowledge their duty, their ownership, their opportunities, and the tools they are being given that are to be mastered and applied.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

New Disclaimer

Today, Scripture points are shared on rejection by modern Jews of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and their own holy writings.  Properly understood, while there has always been disagreement and division among the descendants of Abraham and Jacob regarding their sacred inheritance, and their place with GOD as a covenant people, there also has always been a remnant.  Consider again the following from the Bible, and the points appearing below:  Romans 3:  1-3, King James Version (KJV):  1 What advantage then hath the Jew?  or what profit is there of circumcision?  2 Much every way:  chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.  3 For what if some did not believe?  shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?  Also, Romans 11:  2-8, KJV:  2 God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew.  Wot ye not what the scriptures saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying,   3 Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.  4 But what saith the answer of God unto him?  I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.  5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.  6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works:  otherwise grace is no more grace.  But if it be of works, then is it no more grace:  otherwise work is no more work.  7 What then?  Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded.  8 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of  slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Wahiya” (Level 1 with 9 points, a member since September 29, 2015) posted the following:

Why do Christians still believe in the Bible when even the Jews don’t anymore?

The people who originally made it up have accepted that it’s all garbage. Shouldn’t that be something of a hint?

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:  For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness:  because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.  And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth  had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha.  What shall we say then?  That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.  But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.  Wherefore?  Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law.  For they stumbled at that stumblingstone;  As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence:  and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.   (Romans 9:  27-33, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  A Wandering Jew? (04/09/2015); Secular Israel? (04/08/2015); The Sheep Who Lost Their Way? (11/18/2014); Restoring The Lost? (11/19/2014); Correctly Knowing Israel? (03/01/2015); A Common Heritage? (07/13/2014); Asleep Through the Holocaust? (07/14/2014); Why Jesus Must Be A Jew (03/18/2013); The Benefit of Grace (03/19/2013)

“Wahiya”, in the course of gaining a full understanding of sacred knowledge, eternal purpose, and divine process, many Christian believers have been challenged by the question you ask, and have themselves expressed a similar concern.  Because the “sacred response” is more likely to be found recorded among the holy writings, the believer continues to direct their focus to the doctrines and indicators (you might say, clues or suggestions) of the Scriptures as well as the clear teachings from Genesis to Revelation.  Here are a few of the points in the Bible that have helped many avoid error, presumption, and spiritual confusion:

(1.)  Deuteronomy 9:  6-8, King James Version (KJV):  6 Understand therefore, that the LORD thy God giveth thee not this good land to possess it not for thy righteousness; for thou art a stiffnecked people.  7 Remember, and forget not, how thou provokedst the LORD they God to wrath in the wilderness:  from the day that thou didst depart out of the land of Egypt, until ye came unto this place, ye have been rebellious against the LORD.  8 Also in Horeb ye provoked the LORD to wrath, so that the LORD was angry with you to have destroyed you.

(2.)  John 5:  39-44, KJV:  39 Search the scriptures;  for in them ye think ye have eternal life:  and they are they that testify of me.  40 And ye will not come to me, that ye may have life.  41 I receive not honour from men.  42 But I know you, that you have not the love of God in you.  43 I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not:  if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.  44 How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?

(3.)  Hebrews 4:  2, KJV:  2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them:  but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Romans 10:  1-4, KJV:  1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer for Israel is that they might be saved.  2  For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.  3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves to the righteousness of God.  4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. )  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, points are shared responding to whether “religion is a choice.”  Correctly understood, believers in Jesus have identity as Christians, as Jews, as the offspring of Abraham, and as the offspring of GOD.  The choice to live as a Christian is a permanent commitment and decision to apply a standard for life provided by GOD, instead of ones own appetite, emotions, intellect and sensations.  Material, physical and social factors are to become increasingly less important than things that are spiritual in nature and substance.  In its beginnings, Christianity was counted as no more than another sect within Judaism like those of Pharisees and Sadducees.  All the apostles of Christ, including Saul of Tarsus, first were born and educated as Jews.  Following the persecutions to destroy Christianity as a dangerous cult, the church would scatter and develop out of public view (we say, underground).  Historically, many Christian believers have promoted a total separation from the Jewish people.  Advancing it as their righteousness, they have accused the Jews of murdering Christ, and so on.  It remains that the operations of GOD are essential to life in the earth.  What we are and possess, today, is in fulfillment of promises made to those who went before us.  Included are Abraham, Moses, David, Jesus, and all those who make commitment to the Savior’s truth.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “morgan”  (Level 1 with 153 points, a member since August 12, 2014) made numerous subliminal attacks by the following post:

 

My ancestors were jewish, so now my friends say I’m jewish? Isnt religion a choice?

Basically according to my family tree my family was jewish, but does that even make me jewish? Its a religion and if I don’t choose to believe in it, then why am I called a jew?
I actually go to a Christian church…

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God,  And knowest his will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law;  And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness,  An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law.  Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?  Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege?  Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God?  For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.  For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law:  but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.  Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?  And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law?  For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:  But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.  (Romans 2:  17-29, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Correctly Knowing Israel? (03/01/2015); A Common Heritage? (07/13/2014); Asleep Through the Holocaust? (07/14/2014); Church Mandatory? (05/06/2013); A GOD of Love? (05/07/2013); Why Jesus Must Be A Jew (03/18/2013); The Benefit of Grace (03/19/2013); Escape from Racism (10/24/2012);  Christians Who Ignore GOD’s Laws (10/25/2012); Caesarea Philippi (10/22/2012); Love in Christ (10/23/2012)

 

“morgan”, just like your name was not initially your choice, ones inheritance and many life experiences are not a matter of choice.  For Christian believers, there must be a focus upon the choices that have been made by divinity, not merely those of the human race, or ourselves as individuals.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  Many Christian believers also become caught up in the various conflicts and issues for modern living that include ethnicity, nationality, origins, and racism.  Believers are to maintain their focus upon the Gospel, and the work of preparing those in the earth who will be received by Christ at his coming.

(2.)  What and who you are in your relationship with Deity is not established apart from human history and the many earlier covenants established for the benefit and keeping of life upon the earth.  Thus, it is correct to study the sacred knowledge within the holy writings, and to fellowship with others who have make a similar commitment to grow in accordance with divine law, endowments from GOD, eternal promises, and revealed purposes.

(3.)  Correctly acknowledging and valuing the Jewish people is not a simple task.  While chosen of GOD for blessing, they also have been chosen for demonstrations of divine disfavor and wrath against sin.  Also, ancient Israel was created by GOD to serve as a tool in judgment against, first, Egypt, and later seven tribes of the Promised Land who had violated sacred covenant.  With that in view, many fail to grasp that modern Israel continues as a divine tool for peace, and is more than a mere creation of mankind in response to WWII.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  2nd Timothy 2:  3-4, KJV:  3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.  4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC