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The divine creation of the armies of Israel, the separating judgment against Jericho, and more on deliverance and interventions by GOD are topics, today.  The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Edgar” (Level 1 with 113 points, a member since July 1, 2013) posted the following:

How was the Walls of Jericho justified?

How did God let Moses take down a city with innocent civilians after the 40- year wait? How could this be even be justified? War in many beliefs are seen as immoral and barbaric. Could’nt they just go wander off the desert somewhere else and find it with another route to the Promised Land? No need to harm others.

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We don’t know what even occurred in the supposed land of Jericho? They just said no entry and that’s it. Look at immigration. Many Christians support this form of entry and you go against a border?

So war is acceptable in terms of favoritism? Sounds like Lord of the Rings to me.

THE BATTLE AXE:  GOD Intervenes? (07/01/2013)—When speaking of GOD, believers repeatedly seek to acknowledge the authority, exalted majesty and sovereign power of the Creator as well as what are supposed to be the supernatural aspects of divinity.  Included may be such features as foreknowledge, immortality, omnipresence, and omniscience.  However, the actual process of GOD within the life of believers appears through features of their routine, daily living.   Those who choose baptism must internalize and continually respond to spirit matter from GOD (we say, divine DNA, or the imparted, indwelling Spirit).  A person may say they have been prevented from self-destruction and wickedness (saved or stopped) because their attitudes, awareness, behavior, and conduct are altered through sacred knowledge; exchange, interaction and sharing within a covenant community; unselfish giving and service; and the acquisition of eternal goals and purposes.  See Romans 6:  3-6, Ephesians 2:  10 and Colossians 3:  1-25, KJV.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou;  And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them:  Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son.  For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly.  But thus shall ye deal with them; ye shall destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire.  For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God:  the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.  The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:  But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.  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:  1-10, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  What to Take Literally (03/11/2013); A GOD of War? (03/12/2013); “Authorized Personnel Only”? (03/13/2013); Why So Much Murder? (01/12/2013); Confusion 2013 (01/13/2013); Why Did The Judges Fight? (10/19/2012); The Spirit is Willing (10/20/2012); Violence In The Bible (02/26/2012); (09/13/2011) Dispatch 34:  The Servant Must Not Strive

Edgar, here are some points that Christian believers find useful for understanding the things from GOD that are recorded as the Holy Bible:

(1)  Sacred writings require more than simply descriptions of people and places, facts or statistics, and sequential narrative.  A reader must proceed with a knowledge of divine law, various sacred operations (such as covenant, judgment, promise, and prophecy), and a clear view of eternal purposes.  The Bible provides a divine point of view reporting sacred events through thousands of lives over the course of thousands of years.

(2)  In the same way we are told GOD created the nation of Israel, GOD created the armies of Israel.  The mixed multitude that fled from Egypt after witnessing the plagues (i.e., judgments) against Pharaoh  consisted primarily of farmers, shepherds and livestock handlers who had no knowledge of tactics, strategies or weapons.  Many miracles to establish discipline and divine order are recorded, even that men should use a paddle to bury what would come from their bodies when they relieve themselves.  Just as armies may be destroyed in the kitchen (through their food becoming contaminated), the health of a camp is preserved through maintenance of the sleeping quarters (the bedroom), and by having a proper latrine area (we say, bathroom).

(3)  Jericho was a “fenced” or walled city, and was seen by all as an impregnable stronghold—a siege there could last an entire generation (40 years).  Therefore, overcoming Jericho quickly would set the tone for all further encounters.  Jericho was the first major assault in the Promised Land, the first assault without Moses, and the first assault with Joshua as leader.  Not only were there issues of confidence, élan and morale, the Israelites all (men, women and children) would have to engage issues of covenant-keeping, faith, obedience, and recognizing the active presence of GOD.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example,  (4)  For centuries, the men of seven tribes were in covenant with GOD, and had prospered upon the land that Israel was now to receive.  Like Pharaoh, after repeated backsliding, betrayal, covenant-breaking, idol worship, ignored warnings, malice toward GOD, and sin the seven tribes finally came under separating judgment, and were to be utterly destroyed and removed.  Instead of brute force, another form of power was revealed that could only be acknowledged as from GOD.)   Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

With others of various faiths across our Nation, since the birthday of citizen Martin Luther King, Jr., who advocated nonviolence as a standard for all our living, I have been prayerfully reflecting upon the President’s proposals regarding our Nation’s gun laws. Through ill-advised application of and emphasis upon our principles that encourage separation of Church and State, there is increased denial of divine authority and sacred law, disbelief, dismissal and lack of faith, with increasingly widespread ungodly public behavior. (The principle that should have prevailed most is that of Checks and Balances where the contributions of both Church and State would be continually blended.) America has arrived at a peculiar “bottom line.” Our children, our federal leadership, and our citizens who are committed to nonviolence are again forced to make passionate appeals that empathy and reason be shown by their less likeminded countrymen who manufacture, distribute, own, and use firearms. Once again, I have become sharply aware that, where GOD is not acknowledged as Head for the Chain of Command, there are no “god-given rights” that include liberty to vote, maintain families, bear arms, or own lethal weapons. The persistence and popularity of idolatry and whoredom are not enough to establish them as the righteousness of a people. To insist that there be “freedom” that allows those who are godless and wicked to abuse the conscience of a nation is absurd. Seeking to share what my Savior has now impressed upon me and other defenders of the Nation and its Capital, I am posting today’s blog entry (below):

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance. The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men. From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth. He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works. There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength. An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength. Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee. (Psalms 33: 12-22, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: GOD in Schools? (12/20/2012); Mob Rule and Violence (09/27/2012); Dispatch 32: Now Will I Rise (09/11/2011); Dispatch 26: The Shield (09/05/2011); Things? (11/13/2010); Mealtime Grace (11/14/2010)

The issues of responsible gun-ownership and access to firearms have become more than one of haves versus have nots—men and women coveting exotic and expensive things; some promoting knowledge and skill through partiality and prejudice; or some having personal pleasure, pride and satisfaction as a collector and owner of property that is not available to all. Accountability, purpose, and trust are now issues of gun legislation; and, for this reason, there is a threat to the health of the Nation; and the present public concern is also a sign of divine displeasure. Our home has become a place where insistence upon “privacy” and “rights” does not encourage and permit strict acknowledgement of duty and responsibility; and this threatens to become an undoing of our national covenant. Americans are now living in a nation where elected officials are not free to attend public gatherings and social events without putting their lives at risk, and being in jeopardy of assassination. Children in day care or public school classrooms may be targeted by deranged adults, and enemies of the State. The President of our Nation, and his family, have been under threats of assassination and murder, since he formally became a candidate for the Office.

The time has come that we must admit: Gun ownership is not a “god-given right” for Americans, and this is particularly so for those who have forfeited everything “god-given” through their disbelief and ignorance of GOD. Those who insist that people are not free, or are not full citizens without a gun are liars. Such betray their ignorance of our public contract for Nation: In the absence of “divine law” and covenants from GOD, the “law of the land” is the agreement and consensus that a group of people will continue together as a “commonwealth.” To the dismay of many gun advocates, apart from addressing the needs of the commonwealth there is no legitimate need for gun ownership described in the law. In fact, the Constitution and other public covenants assume and imply that gun ownership is for personal and national defense, rather than unlicensed hunting and unregulated recreation. With this unspoken aspect of our national pact in view, all militias are to operate openly, are under authority of the Nation’s Commander and Chief, and are in an agreement as reserved forces that are to buttress and support our active military. Certainly, in a national emergency, those that would not rally to the Chief Executive, and would challenge him as a dictator, a hypocrite, or a tyrant reasonably be identified as fomenters of rebellion, sedition and treason.

The present proposals focused upon assault weapons and their ammunition are lacking. To limit the size of gun magazines without limiting the frequency and numbers that may be purchased (e.g., no more than 4 clips every 3 months) is as vain as selling weapons without firing pins, and expecting American owners to honor the law and not to rearm and refit such weapons. Also, the stockpiling of weapons (e.g., 3 of a kind, 10 different kinds) is superfluous, and is not yet being properly challenged. The detailed inventory for all arsenals within our communities of 5 or more weapons should be known to both local and federal law enforcement.

As those appearing to embrace a false god for protection of their lives and property, the gun owners of America increasingly speak as those who worship an idol. Where a man values his dog, his job, his truck or a sports team, and declares he cannot live without them, or treasures them more than his wife, his children, his parents and co-workers, his homeland, he may call himself a believer in some religion, however, his inner spirit is caught up in a disguised form of idol worship. It is no different from those who claim to be Christian believers, yet do not obey Christ (see Ezekiel 33: 30-33 and Luke 6: 46, KJV). Those claiming to be Americans who deny the truth of our national consensus are liars. No matter what false claims they may now make, those not in national covenant with us are not Americans. They may be predators, outlaws, gunslingers and desperadoes, however, they are not fellow citizens, and should not be trusted as genuine Americans.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, idolatry and worship of false gods are characterized by exploitation, fear, pride, and self-promotion. Where there are repeated efforts to exalt some dead and lifeless thing that contains no divine substance, love (the motive to unselfishly benefit others) is suppressed or only given “lip service.” Foundations for the quality of life, and the valuing of human experience become questionable and shaky. In the place of love, combativeness, competition, and a mentality and attitude of refusing to respect any that cannot employ force and violence naturally develops.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

      Abraham, faith, obedience, and the challenge to sacrifice ones children are a focus, today. Also there is more on where eternal life will be lived. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “ryan” (Level 1 with 160 points, December 29, 2012) posted the following:

If god tells me to kill my kids, should I?

In religion, you believe without reason/evidence. So, you follow rules for no reason. So, would you kill your kids if the invisible man told you too. In a religion based on faith alone, should you follow any crazy thought you have?

THE BATTLE AXE: The Place for Eternal Life? (01/06/2013)—There is no place where Satan will rule eternally.  Hell (the depository where those having completed mortality remain until divine judgment) and the lake of fire (a divine tool to terminate the existence of created beings and living creatures) pertain to death, and not to eternal life. Hell is linked to the first death, and the lake of fire to the second death. Hell is no eternal place; and there will be no eternal life in hell. The lake of fire is no eternal place; and those given to the flames burn until they exist no more, and the fire goes out having used all its fuel. The righteous from the earth will be taken up into heaven. However, mankind’s stay in heaven will be of limited duration. Following the Rapture, where the righteous both dead and living are taken up, those belonging to GOD in Christ will be prepared, and participate in judgment of the wicked. Upon completion of the second death, whereby the wicked are eliminated within the lake of fire, the deeds of all the righteous, who are all now immortal and incorruptible, will be examined. The distribution of the Promised Land (called “the Rest”) was through the sacred casting of lots; for the New Jerusalem, the believers will be rewarded with a portion in the holy city, and upon the new earth, according to their former works.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect: Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression. Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. (Romans 4: 13-17, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: How To Have Conviction (11/24/2012); A Text for Our Lives Today? (11/25/2012); Girdle 5: Of Trust (11/20/2011); Binder 12: Commitment To Fulfillment (10/09/2011); “Subtle” (02/21/2011); Normal? (02/22/2011); Why Ask? (02/23/2011); Meek Abram (10/17/2010)

      Because they themselves lack mature faith and understanding, every believer in Jesus Christ as redeemer and savior is frightened and shocked when they first hear an account of Abraham being challenged to sacrifice his son Isaac. They fail to see, misapply, and overlook many important truths. Included are: (1) Before being asked to sacrifice his son, Abraham had more than 50 years of experience in a real relationship with GOD, therefore there was trust; (2) GOD repeatedly blessed and prospered Abram to become a wealthy man despite his unstable, nomadic lifestyle, therefore there was trust; (3) GOD had appeared to Abram in a form that could be known through flesh, therefore there was trust; (4) Abraham lived for decades with the truth that his wife would never bare him an heir, and GOD fulfilled his word to the pair that they would have a son, therefore there was trust; (5) Abraham saw that what GOD takes away, GOD is able to restore, return and increase, therefore there was trust; (6) GOD allowed Abraham to rule a household that was the size of a small town having more than 300 men who could bear arms with their women and children, therefore there was trust; (7) GOD allowed Abraham to intercede on behalf of Sodom and Gomorrah, pleading they be spared on condition of their repentance, and gave Abraham his word, therefore there was trust; and (8) Abraham believed it is possible for GOD to bestow eternal life upon created beings and living creatures, and to restore the dead to life in resurrection, therefore there was trust.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, no Christian believer (especially not those having weak, underdeveloped and untried faith) is asked to serve beyond their level of preparation and understanding. What cannot be given freely or shared as an unselfish benefit to others (i.e., an act of perfect love), has no value to Christ, to his church, or to the Father.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

      The earth made new as the place for eternal life is considered along with more on reading the Old and New testaments. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “BRANDON S” (Level 3 with 1,363 points, a member since December 15, 2007) posted the following:

We hear of Heaven as being the place for eternal life, so?

what does it mean in Psalms 37:11 “But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.” Psalms 37:22 “For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off.” and Matthew 5:5 “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” When is this inheritance of earth going to happen? And if the meek are inheriting the earth, who is going to heaven? Is Heaven going to be on earth in a restored Garden of Eden?

THE BATTLE AXE: Two Different Testaments? (01/05/2013)—Rightly understood, the Bible presents a single covenant proclaiming two testaments from GOD. The first and second pledge for a “promised land” were as testament to establish geopolitical nations that would be in intimate relationship with GOD through divine law and promise. The testament established through the blood of Jesus Christ is to set up an eternal, spiritual kingdom in the earth made visible now as the church (see Jeremiah 3: 14-16 and Ephesians 2: 1-22, King James Version).

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. (Revelation 21: 1-4, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: The Meek Will Inherit (10/16/2012); A Man in Heaven? (09/23/2012); Aliens? (09/24/2012); A New Earth (02/14/2012); Issues of Judgment (02/15/2012); Binder 18: Eternal Life (10/15/2011); Having Life? (03/13/2011); End of Strife (03/14/2011); Prophecy Fails? (03/15/2011); Meek Abram (10/17/2010)

      The Scriptures indicate that the place for mankind throughout eternity is the earth, not heaven (Isaiah 45: 18, KJV). Mankind has polluted the earth, and the earth must be purged and made new for a people that will be immortal and incorruptible (see Isaiah 24: 1-6, 65: 17-25, and 66: 22-23, KJV. Also, consider again Proverbs 10: 30, 2nd Peter 3: 7-14, and KJV).

      That the dwelling place of GOD, and the Temple of High worship will not exist in the earth is a “great surprise” written in the Scriptures as prophecy. The New Jerusalem, the Bride of Christ, the City of GOD, will have no Temple (Revelation 21: 22-23, KJV), and neither the moon or sun will give light, there. When Jesus comes to receive the harvest of believers from the earth defiled by sin, he will not touch the ground. Believers are caught up to meet him in the air, and will ever be with Christ, first in heaven, then upon the earth made new (1st Thessalonians 4: 16-18, KJV). This is called “the first resurrection.”

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, “meek” means responsive to the Holy Spirit, and teachable by GOD. Those who will live in the new earth must first be prepared. Their preparation will include participation, service in, and witness of the judgment for those taken from the earth in the second resurrection.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC