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Today, reply is made to a question insinuating that GOD will continue bias, exaggerated pride, and racism on the earth as practices in heaven.  In the holy writings, GOD repeatedly proclaims his love to the Jews as a peculiar people whom he chose to be preeminent upon the earth.  Many mistakenly take this to mean that, denying sacred law and divine integrity, GOD will favor the Jews in judgment, and will be hostile and prejudiced against Gentiles.  Correctly understood, intimate relationships with the Creator are by covenant, incarnation, inheritance, judgment, divine law, promise, and truth.  Judgment is also an aspect of the full revelation of divinity, for just as authority, justice, mercy, and sovereign majesty must come into view, the righteousness of GOD also must become known and visible to all.  None need envy the Jews, for disfavor and the wrath of GOD has come against many of them through covenant-breaking, idolatry by worship of the Golden Calf, and rejection of Jesus Christ as the promised Messiah.  To say, GOD is “no respecter of persons,” is to declare the fairness and impartiality both of divine love and of sacred judgment.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

Is there a black heaven?

For black people?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father:  and I lay down my life for the sheep.  And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold:  them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.  Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.  (John 10:  15-17, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Can Christians Be Racists? (07/25/2016); The Provision Against Racists? (01/19/2016); Correctly Knowing Israel? (03/01/2015); The Curse of Black Skin? 02/05/2015); Not Yet Delivered From Racism? (12/21/2014); Racism Is Not From GOD (12/22/2014); Beliefs, Customs and Racism? (09/24/2014)

 

“Anonymous”, many Christians believe that the presence of racism indicates the love of the Father is not in a person (see 1st John 2:  15, King James Version, KJV).  The eternal purposes of GOD revealed through Jesus Christ speak to establishing enduring oneness without sameness.  Where blacks, or whites, or Native Americans, or Asians, or island people do not appear in heaven it will not be because of their origin, nationality, and race.  It will be that their lives did not display genuine godly essence (i.e., breath, spirit, word).  Mature Christian believers do not encourage or endorse the many political ideas intended to build a strong community through division, oppression, and persecution of a minority group.  Such practices and phenomena as “caste”,  “balkanization” (breakdown of larger regions into separate subgroups and mutually hostile units), “egocentrism” (belief that the world centers and revolves around oneself), and interracial hatred must be correctly recognized as promoting death and nonexistence, rather than eternal life, as opposing the continued existence of divine law, and as contrary to the character, nature, and substance of divinity.  Diversity appears in the earth, in part, as a device that reveals the endless possibilities of Deity who also remains immutable, incorruptible, unbiased, and unchanging.  The GOD we serve is a GOD of judgment, and therefore must display such qualities as balance, fairness, honesty, impartiality, patience, and truth.  More than this, the GOD we serve is a GOD of love and therefore will display compassion, kindness, forbearance, forgiveness, longsuffering, and respect.  There is nothing in the holy writings to suggest that there will be discrimination on the basis of ethnicity in access to housing, jobs, marriages, or building of communities within the City of GOD (the New Jerusalem) that will exist forever upon the earth.  Consider again the following points from the Bible:

(1.)   Isaiah 63:  15-16, King James Version (KJV):  15 Look down from heaven, and behold from the habitation of thy holiness and of thy glory:  where is thy zeal and thy strength, the sounding of thy bowels and of thy mercies toward me? are they restrained?  16 Doubtless thou art our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not:  thou, O LORD, art our father, our redeemer; thy name is from everlasting.

(2.)  Colossians 1:  12-22, KJV:  12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:  13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:  14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:  15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:  16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers:  all things were created by him, and for him:  17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.  18 And he is the head of the body, the church:  who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.  19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;  20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.  21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled  22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  Colossians 3:  9-15, KJV:   9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;  10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:  11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free:  but Christ is all, and in all.  12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;  13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any:  even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.  14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.  15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.)  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 food and material things that are described in the holy writings as appearing in heaven.  It may be that what we know upon the earth as having physical substance exists in heaven having spirit substance only.  Without an imparted endowment of spirit substance from the makeup of divinity that is to indwell a believer it is very difficult to correctly apprehend the many actualities and possibilities of spirit.  Through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, those who are born again receive the same inseparable aspects of divine makeup that resided within the Lord as he ministered upon the earth.  Included are faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Engaging the Spirit, mature believers understand that the material things in heaven include blood, crowns, fruit from the tree of life, the mercy seat, thrones of judgment, and an eternal city built four square.  While those in rebellion among the holy angels include those who were privileged to appear in the Garden of Eden, the Temple of Solomon upon the earth, and among the host assembled before the throne of the Father in heaven, only those belonging to Christ will be permitted to enter the New Jerusalem.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “fish” (Level 1 with 4 points, a member since March 24, 2015) posted the following (that was removed from the site):

 

will there be no food or drink in Heaven since those things are for cellular organisms like plants & animals..?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.  And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,  Having the glory of God:  and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;  And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:  On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.  And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.  And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.  And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth:  and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.  And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.  And the building of the wall of it was of jasper:  and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.  And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;  The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.  And the twelve gates were twelve pearls:  every several gate was of one pearl:  and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.  And I saw no temple therein:  for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.  (Revelation 21:  9-22, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Where Will Believers Go? (10/26/2016); More Than Food and Drink? (04/12/2016); Given A Divine Invitation (01/20/2016); Beyond Anything We Imagine? (11/13/2015); Carnal Needs, Sacred Tools? (03/26/2015); GOD Is A Spirit (12/07/2014); The Mystery of His Appearing (12/08/2014)

 

“fish”, here are some things that may not be familiar to you.  While the holy writings do reveal and share many things regarding ongoing activity and necessary work that is occurring in heaven (e.g., cleansing the Sanctuary; completing construction of the Holy City, New Jerusalem; judgment of the church; preparation to receive the harvest of those who are “ripe” that belong to Jesus Christ), very few details appear that speak about existence and life on a day-to-day basis.  In part, this is because the Scriptures are provided to proclaim the character, nature, and substance of full divinity (we say, the GODhead), and require apprehension of the divine makeup as “essence” (we say, breath, spirit, utterance, word).  Thus, the focus may be strictly upon providing “sacred knowledge” (not secular) to the children of the Most High, those who embrace their role as kings (we say, leaders, rulers), priests, prophets and spokespersons as well as the identity as a “new creation” through Jesus Christ.  At this time in heaven, the Risen Lord is manifest having a perfected body before the Father using the same appearance and physical form of a man (we say, Incarnate) that was seen by his apostles when he finally ascended from the earth.  It is very likely that “manna” is still a food in heaven among the angels, along with many things we can not now imagine as beverages and drinks in addition to water and wine.  More important than food and drink, the things of heaven shared by divinity with their covenant partners who followed Moses included a pattern for the tabernacle that copied the temple in heaven, aspects of the Temple service instituted under King David before its being built, and a depiction of the work for atonement being carried out by Jesus Christ as High Priest.  Consider the following from the Bible: 

(1.)  John 6:  24-29, King James Version (KJV):  24 When the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither his disciples, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus.  25 And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither?  26 Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.  27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you:  for him hath God the Father sealed.  28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?  29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

(2.)  Romans 14:  16-18, KJV:  16 Let not then your good be evil spoken of:  17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.  18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.

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

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  John 14:  1-3, KJV:  1 Let not your heart be troubled:  ye believe in God, believe also in me.  2 In my Father’s house are many mansions:  if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.)  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, Scripture points are shared that proclaim the place(s) where those saved by Jesus will go to as the outcome of their judgment.  Believers have been given assurance that they will be “where the Lord is,” however, there is more.  Many believers have missed the special comfort from GOD that was declared using parables (see Matthew 22:  1-14 and Luke 14:  15-24, King James Version, KJV).  Guests who were bidden to share in divine celebration made excuses and refused to attend.  These teachings that speak about salvation also describe the angelic beings who lost their first estate in heaven, and whose place will be filled with those from the earth who belong to Christ.  Consider the following and the presentation below:  1st Thessalonians 4:  16-18, KJV:  16 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:  17 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.  18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers (Malaysia)” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information appears) posted the following:

 

So lets suppose, the judgement day comes, where will u go?

Even if you believe in it or not, if it comes, what do u think according to your deeds, where will u go? Heaven or hell ??????

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.  Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,  Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?  Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.  Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.  (2nd Peter 3:  9-14, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  About Judgment By GOD (08/29/2016); Belief In Another World? (02/17/2016); The Bridge To Heaven (01/27/2016); The Imminent Return of Christ? (07/19/2015); The Soon Return of Jesus? (01/05/2015); GOD Is A Spirit (12/07/2014); The Mystery of His Appearing (12/08/2014)

 

“Anonymous”, Christian believers can answer your question as to where they will go on judgment day with many different replies that are recorded in the Scriptures, and that all are valid.  Consider the following:

(1.)  On The Right.  Matthew 25:  31-34, King James Version (KJV):  31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:  32 And before him shall be gathered all nations:  and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:  33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.  34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

(2.)  To The Father’s House.  John 14:  1-3, KJV:  1 Let not your heart be troubled:  ye believe in God, believe also in me.  2 In my Father’s house are many mansions:  if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

(3.)  To The City of GOD.  Psalms 46:  1-5, KJV:  1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;  3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.  4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.  5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved:  God shall help her, and that right early.

(4.)  To the Temple of GOD.  Revelation 3:  11-12, KJV:  11 Behold, I come quickly:  hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.  12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out:  and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God:  and I will write upon him my new name.

(5.)  To The Earth Made New.  Revelation 21:  1-3, KJV:  21 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.  2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.  3 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.

(6.)  To The Mountain of the LORD.  Isaiah 65:  21-25, KJV:  21 And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.  22 They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat:  for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.  23 They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them.  24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.  25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock:  and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (7.)  To The City of Light.  Revelation 21:  23-27, KJV:  23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it:  for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.  24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it:  and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.  25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day:  for there shall be no night there.  26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.  27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie:  but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.)  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, reply is made to a question on the divine use of flesh and blood, mortality, and the death of Jesus upon the cross.  For those of us who accept that divine law expresses the heart, mind and will of GOD, existence, life, and the multiple eternal purposes of divinity (e.g., blessing, praise, replenishing the earth) establish and serve as sacred boundaries, limits, and restrictions upon the chaos and conditions that otherwise contend against divine order having place within the universe.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and the Creation that rests upon the platform of divine law; and, sin may dominate awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures.  To fully accomplish, affirm, and proclaim the active presence of GOD as exalted even above sin, various divine methods, operations, and tools are being used.  Sin can not be eliminated or removed using the devices to destroy an ordinary material object.  Instead, sacred works must appear that counteract sin and erase its effects.  Included are atonement, forgiveness, rebirth, sacrifice, sanctification, and suffering.  A fighter at “Yahoo! 7 Answers (Australia)” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

Why was it necessary for god to send his son on a suicide mission?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,  To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.  And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.  Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.  (Galatians 4:  4-7, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Focus Upon Spirit (09/12/2016); Eternal Mysteries and Revelation (08/31/2016); Becoming A Christian Believer (08/08/2016); The Life Of GOD? (06/01/2016); Sacred Knowledge and Christ (05/16/2016); The Cross and Mankind (05/13/2016); In The Image of Man (05/04/2016)

 

“Anonymous”, mature Christian believers recognize your question as one that has been asked by angels in heaven as well as by mankind upon the earth.  Divinity can not be legitimately challenged or condemned by finite beings for using carnal form (we say, Incarnation), mortality, divine prerogative, and sovereign authority.  The continuing existence of created beings and living creatures has required many unseen operations and sacred works.  The things that have been displayed as divine revelation to make divinity knowable, known, and visible to the living, therefore, include elements that also are carnal, material, and social.  The mortality of Jesus Christ understood by his birth, ministry, death, and resurrection are no less necessary for complete and correct sacred knowledge than his immortality and purity witnessed through his ascension, his provision of atonement and spiritual gifts through the Holy Spirit, his installment as judge and king through a testament of blood, his service as High Priest within the temple in heaven, his coming to harvest from the earth those who belong to him that are “ripe” (we say, the Advent, the Rapture, the Second Coming), and the establishment of the city made in heaven (the New Jerusalem) upon the earth.  Using ideas generated by the flesh (e.g., appetite, form, sensation, emotions, mental functions) the notion of “suicide” may seem acceptable.  However, sinners must go to “higher ground” to have the same broad and inclusive point of view that allows genuine Christian belief.

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Washington, DC

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The benefits, operations, and effects that follow completion of divine judgment are in view, today.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “supernovamike11” (Level 6 with 13,347 points, a member since September 30, 2008) posted the following:

 

Christians: Say you go to heaven, and one of the people you meet is the soldier that personally nailed Christ to the cross. Your response?

Update: What do you say to him?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;  Every man’s work shall be made manifest:  for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.  (1st Corinthians 3:  11-13, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Can Christians Be Racists? (07/25/2016); An Habitation of GOD (07/24/2016); The Practice of Forgiveness (07/03/2016); They Shall Not Be Mentioned (05/03/2016); To Forgive is Divine? (04/06/2016); Iniquity Forgiven? (02/16/2016); The Process of Forgiveness? (10/21/2015); Doing GOD’s Plan (02/20/2014); “Prayer Death”? (02/21/2014); The Earth Made New (11/13/2013)

 

“supernovamike11”, the people you will meet in the New Jerusalem will all be “born again,” redeemed, sanctified, and saved.  There will be no one there to promote deceit, or tell lies.  To describe life in heaven once formal judgment is concluded, or to detail the course of life for the living upon the earth made new, substance from the makeup of divinity and the operations of GOD that establish a new creation must come into view.  In addition to inseparable aspects of the full GODhead (e.g., faith, forgiveness, holiness, joy, oneness, person, purity, wisdom, wrath against sin), one must realize contributions by the blood, body, and indwelling Spirit of Jesus Christ.  In many instances, sacred knowledge will overshadow and completely replace secular knowledge.  Eternal purposes will have priority above appetite, sensation, and emotion/mental functions (e.g., anger, fear, guilt, imagination, recall) seen as the imperatives generated by flesh.  Content and focus for life experience will not be structured according to present frameworks of confession, mortality, time, and space.  Those who are saved will be immortal and incorruptible.  The features that now serve as history (repeated cycles, patterns, and sequences that make “the past” knowable, and that allow forecast and  projections to describe “the future”) will not have the same importance, or usefulness.  In the social routines of eternal life, the living will share mutual acceptance, approval, respect, and trust.  There will be direct communication, exchange, fellowship and interaction with divinity.  Such features as cultural arrogance, bias, envy, malice, prejudice, racism, and suspicion will not exist.  There will be reminders and personal testimonies of the divine work accomplished on behalf of all Creation, and of the life that once existed in the universe (e.g., the nail-prints and scars that will appear in the body of Jesus Christ).  Even so, there will be no boasting, bragging, or swapping tales of ones former crimes and sins.  Consider how some of this is stated using language from the Bible:

(1.)  Nahum 1:  7-10, King James Version (KJV):  7 The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.  8 But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies.  9 What do ye imagine against the LORD? he will make an utter end:  affliction shall not rise up the second time.  10 For while they be folden together as thorns, and while they are drunken as drunkards, they shall be devoured as stubble fully dry.

(2.)  Malachi 4:  1-3, KJV:  1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble:  and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.  2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.  3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts.

(3.)  Romans 6:  20-23, KJV:  20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.  21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.  22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.  23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

There is far more to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  Revelation 21:  3-5, KJV:  3 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.  4 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.  5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write:  for these words are true and faithful.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
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Today, points are shared to clarify the divine intent and operations of resurrection for the dead.  The resurrection of Jesus Christ after dying upon the cross and burial further served to authenticate his identity as an appearance and incarnation of divinity.  Resurrection is therefore acknowledged as an aspect of revelation wherein divinity is unveiled for the benefit of sentient creatures (those having ability to apprehend the content of existence by operations of their own awareness and self-will).  Resurrection also may be understood as a creation event like that wherein the breath of life (matter from the makeup of Deity, divine spirit, word) was imparted into a carnal form made from the earth (Adam).  In resurrection, as in Creation, a living soul comes into existence only as there is joining of a physical body to diverse aspects of divine Spirit.  In resurrection for the dead, the specific pattern of inseparable spirit content from the makeup of GOD that once existed as the character, nature and substance of a single person upon the earth is deposited within a reconstruction of their former body.  Even though many resurrected ones will be facing the wrath of GOD as those labeled the unjust and the wicked, they will be shielded and spared during their judgment by the love, mercy, restraint and righteousness of GOD.  One of the several fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

Christians, is it true that those who have died will be resurrected to get a second chance to be saved?

Update: I am not a Jehovah’s Witness, so what will happen to me when I die?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets:  And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.  And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.  (Acts 24:  14-16, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Bridge To Heaven (01/27/2016); The Return to Dust? (06/14/2015); His Resurrection Still Relevant? (10/05/2014); The Testing of Job? (10/06/2014); A Guarantee of Heaven? (03/22/2014); The Bible is Unchanging? (03/23/2014); Genuine Repentance? (03/24/2014)

 

“Anonymous”, many mature Christian believers rely upon the holy writings for instruction on the divine process and purpose of resurrection from the dead.  Among such believers, the authority of the Scriptures is held to be “more correct” than that of the peculiar doctrine and practice specific to various denominations.  Here are some points from my understanding that you may find helpful:

1.  Because it is required both to complete the ongoing transformation of mankind to exist as an eternal companion of divinity, and further establish the lawfulness and righteousness of divine judgment for the wicked, resurrection is different from “raising the dead,” re-animation, or reviving the dead, where a person may stop breathing or have no heart beat for a short period.  This includes restoring persons maintained in long periods of unconsciousness such as comas and cryogenic states (i.e., frozen) as well as recovering persons from psychotropic drugs and continuous use of certain sedatives.  The mortal must put on immortality and incorruption.  Persons raised from the dead, such as Lazarus in Scripture, are alive again as only a temporary condition; and may go to their grave to be resurrected.  By contrast, persons in resurrection already have completed judgment, or are resurrected to immediately appear in judgment before divinity.

2.  The Scriptures proclaim two sacred events described as resurrection.  The first, spoken of as “the resurrection of the just, or justified ones,” will be at the appearing of Jesus Christ (many say, the Advent, the Rapture, the Second Coming).  All who are under the atoning, redeeming and saving blood of Jesus as having had faith, those who are thereby his disciples and followers, and those who are joint-heirs with the Son will be removed from the earth as “ripe” for harvest.   This includes the ones who are alive as well as those that must be recomposed from their grave after thousands of years, or other places of repose such as the sea, and areas where they have been scattered to by the wind in cremation.

3.  The second resurrection, spoken of as “the resurrection of the unjust” and “of the wicked,” will follow the one thousand year period wherein those from the first resurrection have lived with Christ in heaven.  The millennium is a time of further sacred works that include distributing allotments and populating the New Jerusalem, preparing for unbelievers and the wicked to appear alive in their own judgment tribunal, and preparing to be restored to the new earth that is to be the eternal dwelling place, not heaven.

You are encouraged to continue your studies of the Bible.  There is far more that could be said, must be carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, the second death that is the final destruction for created beings and living creatures condemned in sacred judgment will have begun before the second resurrection.  Satan, the false prophet, and others will have already been cast into the lake of fire, which is the second death.)  Even so, I am sure this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
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Advent, eternal life, prophecy and revelation are topics, today.  For Christian believers, it is as though one speaking among the divine persons said to the others with him in heaven, “I go to repair a place for you,” and to those becoming reconciled to Deity upon the earth, “I go to prepare a place for you.”  Jesus Christ is that person within the fullness of divinity (we say, the GODhead) that is preparing a dwelling place for those created beings and living creatures who will exist as immortal, incorruptible life companions to the Risen Lord within the eternal kingdom of GOD.  As portrayed for us in the life events where a son obtains the inheritance as firstborn, joint-heirs with the Son of GOD receive a double portion from the estate of the Father that we are first to apply in completing his “unfinished business” that may include canceling debts, fulfilling promises, and providing closure.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Sherry” (Level 1 with 3 points, a member since July 19, 2007) posted the following:

 

Why did Jesus say He was coming back ?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.  Behold, I come quickly:  hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.  Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out:  and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God:  and I will write upon him my new name.  (Revelation 3:  10-12, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Cross and Mankind (05/13/2016); Heirs of The Cross? (04/01/2016); Priesthood and The Cross (03/20/2016); Believing In The Cross? (03/04/2016); Waiting For His Appearing (02/09/2016); A Promise of Return (01/15/2016); Becoming Ripe for Harvest? (07/03/2015)

 

“Sherry”, many mature Christian believers trust that divinity operated through the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit to put forth all things that exist.  Included are created beings and living creatures, their spheres of life (e.g., heaven, earth, the universe), provisions for their duration and life process (e.g., birth, aging, growth, maturity) as well as sacred law to be the platform for all divine order.  The revelation of GOD whereby divinity is made knowable and known to the living involves multiple displays and works that may only be performed by Deity, who is a spirit.  For the living to correctly understand, the workings of GOD must be gradual, in chronological sequence, and visible in accordance with the finite frameworks of time and space.  For example, forgiveness and atonement for sin, rebirth through baptism, Incarnation (divinity using flesh and human form to appear upon the earth), resurrection of the dead, and sanctification have been carried out along with imparting spirit content from the makeup of GOD (we say, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth).  The Creator has continued to communicate, exchange, and interact with the created through utterance (we say, proclamation, promise, and prophecy).  The death of Jesus upon the cross was only one aspect of his larger work as High Priest in heaven.  In addition to completing the ministry of atonement and cleansing the place of GOD (we say, the Temple of heaven) that has been defiled by the sins of the living, Christ will conclude ongoing judgment of his disciples and followers, prepare to harvest his who are “ripe” from the earth, finish building New Jerusalem, determine allotments for his followers to dwell there, and prepare for resurrection and judgment of the wicked.  Consider how some of this appears stated in the language of the Bible:

(1.)   John 14:  1-3, King James Version (KJV):  1 Let not your heart be troubled:  ye believe in God, believe also in me.  2 In my Father’s house are many mansions:  if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

(2.)   2nd Corinthians 5:  1-5, KJV:  1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.  2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:  3 If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.  4 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened:  not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.  5 Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.

(3.)  Romans 8:  22-24, KJV:  22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.  23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.  24 For we are saved by hope:  but hope that is seen is not hope:  for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?

There is far more that could be said, must be carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example (4.)  1st Thessalonians 4:  14-18, KJV:  14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.  15 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.  16 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:  17 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.  18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
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