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      Hell as the place of the dead is topic, today, along with more on when gossip becomes sin. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Alex” (Level 4 with 4,588 points, a member since October 7, 2012) posted the following:

I do not understand. Do people go to hell until revelations?

Well in revelations it seems to me people die and their soul gets sent to hades/sheol or death not hell. Then people are judged and thrown into the lake of fire which is hell. So right now when people die they do not go to hell in christian theology?

THE BATTLE AXE: When Does Gossip Become Sin? (01/08/2013)—Guided by the Scriptures, Christian speech is recognized by hope and plainness (2nd Corinthians 3: 11, KJV); by its content of doctrine, knowledge, prophecy and revelation (1st Corinthians 14: 6, KJV); by its prophetic purposes (comfort, edification, and exhortation) 1st Corinthians 14: 1-4, KJV; and by its love (1st Corinthians 13: 8-13, KJV). In general, Christian speech is intended to share confession of faith, healing, instruction, personal testimony, spirit content (such as holiness, humility, joy, longsuffering, righteousness and wrath against sin) as well as impartial witness. By contrast, gossip and slander are characterized by betrayal of trust; desire for distinction and personal power; exaggeration; exposing secrets; flattery, guile and trickery; pride; innuendo; seduction; and lack of concern for consequences and damage to others. (See Psalm 36: 2, Proverbs 13: 5, Proverbs 26: 17-28 and Proverbs 29: 10, KJV.) Truly Christian speech may include utterance by the Holy Spirit; and repeatedly encourages growth, life, praise, and giving thanks to GOD.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. (1st Corinthians 15: 50-58, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: The Place for Eternal Life? (01/06/2013); Therefore There Was Trust (01/07/2013); The Common Danger (01/02/2013); The Root of Jesse (01/03/2013); A Golden Ticket? (11/30/2012); And This Was Good News (12/01/2012); A Partnership? (11/05/2012); Doom (09/20/2012); Contradictions? (09/21/2012); Visions of Heaven (03/22/2012); Does GOD Need Worship? (03/23/2012)

      Some of the most difficult teachings for Christian believers are those that speak of hell. In part this is true because hell is not a physical place, and the “remains” of the dead are not only their lifeless bodies of flesh. More often than not, the teaching we receive comes from other persons, has been made very simple, and cannot clearly convey the full spiritual truth. For example, we are often told that hell is the grave (the place of burying); however, all who died are not given a formal funeral, and are not buried in the earth or at sea. Even so, the deceased are all said to be in hell. When describing hell as the place of torment, the dead are repeatedly spoken of as if they have awareness, feeling, and sensation—that is, as if they are alive. Also, the witness of John, who was granted visions in heaven, reports the souls of them that were slain for the word of GOD, that cried out from beneath the altar. These were not fully restored and resurrected; yet, are not easily spoken of as being in hell (see Revelation 6: 8-10, KJV).

      The Spirit of GOD that now leads men in spiritual understanding of divine intent encourages us to focus more upon eternal life than upon the state of the dead, or the state of the damned. There are many things in the fullness of Creation, and the reality of a universe maintained by sovereign GOD, that will always be outside of experience and knowledge for created beings and living creatures (Deuteronomy 29: 29, KJV). What we are given centers in divine law, the Gospel, and judgment in accordance with law and the gospel.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, what you seem to call “the revelations” is the harvesting of the earth that others call Advent, the Second Coming, and the Rapture. This is not “the end of the world.” The events prophesied and described in Scripture that speak of the first and second death with judgment before the thrones of GOD—the raising of the dead, the final destruction of sinners—pertain to continuing Creation, and fulfillment of divine intent that there be eternal 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, I share some thoughts in response to the “Yahoo! News” article, At UN speech, Obama says there is ‘no speech that justifies mindless violence’ (by Ben Feller, The Associated Press, posted 09/25/2012). Upon reading the comments made by others, I immediately shared the note that follows, and expand upon those ideas (below):


Be encouraged believers. For the ignorant and ungodly, “freedom” will always mean “I may destroy and do every ugliness I can think of.” Such Americans and Muslims are “equals” for they pursue the same path of disrespect, insult and unrighteousness. It is a peculiar work of Iblis (Satan, the Devil) to slander and undermine with deceits and lies. Agents of the devil, and the diabolical presence can be recognized everywhere on the earth, when folk are quick to talk about you, and have nothing to say to you. Bad mouth, gossip, and rumor are their special techniques to damage the lives and reputations of others.


THE BATTLE AXE: Life and Death (09/26/2012)—For Christians the substance making life has been transformed through Jesus. The content of being is changed by an imparted spirit from GOD, that is to abide and remain within those accepting salvation. A spirit content that is the actual substance of divine person is added to the endowment from GOD that was deposited into mankind at Creation. Through the Holy Spirit, men receive such aspects of divinity as faith, grace, holiness, humility, joy, love, truth, wisdom and wrath against sin. By spiritual rebirth, men receive divine DNA, so to speak, and become “new creatures” while yet alive upon the earth. It remains that their mortality must be fulfilled. However, their eternal life is begun; and death, the fear of death, and the threat of a second death are forever removed as obstacles that deny mankind full access to Almighty GOD.


THE GOLDEN ARROW: Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. (Matthew 7: 15-20, King James Version)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Doom (09/20/2012); Mixing Islam and Christianity (03/26/2012); Why Confess Before Priest (02/27/2012); Violence In The Bible (02/26/2012); The Prophets (02/24/2012); Girdle 18: Steadfast In Truth (12/03/2011); Girdle 17: Try The Spirits (12/02/2011)


      Mob rule, riot, and violence in the streets are not the tools of holy men. Those who acknowledge a living GOD continue in a unity that is nourished by law, daily practice, and responsible communication. The lust for authority and power from GOD is deceptive, as is the lust for pleasure, and the lure of sin. Where error becomes common and widespread, error is no longer repulsive and ugly. The appeal of error becomes felt as natural, normal, and in rhythm with ones usual approach to reality. Truly thoughtful believers maintain a posture of vigilance against the agents of Satan, and against their own human errors that include presumption, pride, and self-will.

      Anger and feeling are produced through the changes of the flesh when appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, sexual craving), sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching) and mind (e.g., desire, fantasy, imagination, memory) dominate human awareness. Similarly, when sin dominates human self-will, the force of all emotional, non-logical and irrational elements may be multiplied. As a result, true men of GOD are recognized by behavior to benefit others, lawful conduct, and conformity to sacred purpose more than by quoting information from holy writings, their practice of social customs, or their insistence upon historical traditions.

      Agents of the Adversary and false witnesses to divine truth almost always promote themselves to others as true men of GOD. Typically, these use material gifts (e.g., food, clothing, shelter) to draw attention to themselves (not to GOD), and initiate temporal relationships. Their disguises are penetrated when they advocate destruction, killing, warfare, and violence that is supposed to benefit and please GOD, or improve the lives of true believers and men of faith. The liars boast a sacred purpose, however, the benefit is only to individuals seeking reward, and an easy path to blessing from GOD. As with all sin, there is no direct revelation of the divine person, of the higher levels of holiness, or of sacred truth that furthers and preserves divine Creation.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, deceivers typically attempt to use sacred doctrine and teachings to discount and undo righteous principles and standards. Like parasites, they can appear within the most vital organs of the body; yet, they are foreign and do not build up or nourish growth, health and soundness. Their errors cannot be detected by those who are simple that have not, themselves, carefully examined the things given by GOD. The spirit-content and nature of any person, in fact, can be known, discerned and properly recognized. Believers are by no means “at the mercy of the enemy.” Bully-boys, demons, and hoodlums are always one-dimensional, and display a narrow focus. Those having genuine conviction, ignorance or spiritual innocence are set apart because they show no traces of defiance, impatience, malice and pride. Fanatics that commit murder and outrage are not true spiritual warriors who send forth a sweet fragrance to GOD. Corruption, decay, and rottenness have a stench that cannot be disguised.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.


THE BLACK PHOENIX

Washington, DC