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The Transfiguration of Christ (oil on panel),
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) (c.1488-1576)

 

Today, points are shared on the faith of Jesus, prophecy, and the Savior’s preparation for crucifixion.  The transfiguration of Jesus Christ is one of the greatest divine mysteries (i.e., events from the life of the Lord upon the earth).  At a time when Jesus was being followed by crowds, yet, knew the days of cruel suffering swiftly were approaching, Jesus would be acknowledged openly by emissaries from the kingdom of heaven, further reinforcing and strengthening his faith, and unveiling his divine glory and majesty.  The early prophets received the Savior in ways his apostles and living witnesses on the earth could not do.  Living as a man in the flesh, Jesus had to acquire sacred knowledge gradually the same as you and I; and the Lord would be given evidence for the truth of eternal life for mankind.  The appearance of the two prophets after thousands of years was also evidence of divine forgiveness, mercy in judgment, and reconciliation.  More than this, the Father would speak, and proclaim his continuing love.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” whose ID is “2.718281828459045235360287471352662” (Level 7 with 124,902 points, a member since February 26, 2006) posted the following:

 

Matthew 17:1-8. Do you ever suspect the story of Jesus being visited by two dead prophets may actually be false?

I mean look at this this way. When did anybody in the Bible ever get visited by two dead prophets before or since? Could it be that Jesus made up this story just to make himself look holy? What are your thoughts on this?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.  For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.  And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.  We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:  Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.  For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man:  but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.  (2nd Peter 1:  16-21, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Baptist and The Tishbite? (02/18/2015); The Body of Moses (05/11/2014); GOD Permits Evil? (05/12/2014); To Live As a Sacrifice (03/08/2014); A Perfected Body (03/09/2014); Immutable GODhead (03/10/2014); Prophetic Demonstrations (09/06/2013); Why GOD Prayed to GOD (09/07/2013)

 

“2.718281828459045235360287471352662”, most mature Christian believers acknowledge that there are many points of sacred truth presented through the account of the transfiguration of the Lord.  Jesus approached his crucifixion having many concerns and was in need of assurances by the Father more than evidence from the apostles, or the multitudes that now followed him.  Consider again some of the following:

(1.)  The active presence of divine Spirit (also called, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth) is first described in the account of the Creation.  In the beginning, Adam (the first pair) had direct access to the Creator.  The use of prophecy, prophetic demonstrations, and sacred events (e.g., angel visitations, dreams, miracles) first became necessary when Adam transgressed divine law, violated trust, and sought to hide, rather than confess, seek forgiveness, or ask for mercy.

(2.)  The provisions of GOD where the offspring of Adam do not complete mortality by death include translation (described with Enoch), and being taken up (described with Elijah).  Healing and restoring life to the dead (e.g., Lazarus) are practiced and demonstrated by Elisha and Jesus.  Resurrection is a temporary restoration of life specifically so that one may appear alive in judgment.  As many of the prophets before him, Just as John and many of the other prophets were slain through disbelief, injustice, and persecution, Jesus would also die as the memorial of their deaths.  Jesus is called the “firstborn from the dead” to set him apart as preeminent, not because he is the first person resurrected from the dead.

(3.)  Until John the Baptist appeared, no authentic prophet operating in the manner and style of Moses and those who followed him had been provided to Israel since the days of Malachi, more than 400 years earlier.  In the same way rule by anointed kings and consecrated priesthood became corrupt and vain (i.e., lacked spirit substance from GOD), prophecy became defiled and profane through human error, imagination, and sentiment.  The divine use of prophets as spokespersons sent from divinity, who also could petition GOD and serve as spokespersons on behalf of mankind (we say, mediators) was restored specifically to introduce the ministry of Jesus Christ as a further revelation of divinity, the satisfaction of all demands from the divine law, and the fulfillment of all prophecy.

(4.)  The birth of John the Baptist to elderly parents was accounted as a miracle demonstrating that the immutable, unchanging GOD who had blessed Abraham was continuing both in covenant and in word of promise.  John was endowed with the Holy Spirit while yet in his mother’s womb.  He was fed with the tithes and holy things from the altar in the Temple at Jerusalem.  Yet, moved by the Holy Spirit, John surrendered his inheritance as the son of an Aaronic priest to serve as the herald who would announce and prepare the way for the Anointed One (we say, Christ), the coming King.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  In the same way men receive only an earnest or “good faith payment” of their divine inheritance while upon the earth, while Jesus was still upon the earth, he received only an earnest of the glory and perfection that later would be restored to him.  The apostles who were eyewitnesses represent the mixed multitude that left Egypt with Moses and the remnant of Israel as well as and those belonging to Christ and taken out of death.  The voice of acknowledgment heard was the same as that at his baptism, and at the Temple during the feast of Tabernacles (Booths, Ingathering). )  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 the sacred benefit and enlightenment Jesus received through water baptism.  The Spirit that indwelt Jesus is called the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Patience of the Saints, the Spirit of Prophecy, and the Spirit of Truth.  While miracles do manifest glory, Jesus was not granted added measures of the Holy Spirit in order to perform miracles.  The Savior did not receive a fresh deposit of the Holy Spirit as sinners must do.  Rather, the Son of the highest experienced growth and transformation (we say, an epiphany) through careful meditation, fasting, prayer, and self-denial.  Later, he would also be transfigured; in both instances, without anything being added or imparted to the Savior’s person, there would be a more complete, and greater appearance of his inward fullness.  Jesus had to submit to divine operations, and had to tarry or wait for various features to appear in sequence, and at their appointed time.  Thus, the imparted spirit he speaks of for mankind is directed to discernment, growth, revelation, and suffering.  Multiple emblems are used throughout the holy writings to describe the imparting of spirit substance from the makeup of GOD to created beings and living creatures.  Included are blood, bread, breath, clouds, corn, fire, incense, oil, smoke, water, and wine.  In addition to anointing and coronation as king, the Lord was witnessed as also receiving endorsement and ordination to holy office as counselor, judge, priest, and prophet.  The fighter at “Yahoo! 7 Answers (Australia)” using the ID “Lever” (Level 1 with 11 points, a member since July 07, 2010) posted the following:

 

Could Jesus do miracles before the Holy Spirit came to him? What did the Holy Spirit provide to Jesus?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:   And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:  And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.  And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.  Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.  His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.  And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.  Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.  And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.  When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was:  (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,  And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse:  but thou hast kept the good wine until now.  This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.  (John 2:  1-11, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Miracles and The Cross (06/09/2016); Jesus Given A Divine Ministry? (08/18/2015); Called of GOD? (08/02/2015); Consecrated in Christ? (06/21/2014); Anointed? (04/28/2014); No More “Mr. Nice Guy”? (04/29/2014); The Priesthood of Kings (10/17/2012); Childlike Faith (10/18/2012)

 

“Lever”, until he “gave up the ghost” upon the cross, Jesus Christ was never “without” the Holy Spirit.  Mature Christian believers acknowledge that the Lord was conceived through operations of divinity, rather than through human sexual reproduction, and the simple joining of ovary and sperm.  In the years before his response at the Jordan River through the Levitical priesthood of John the Baptist, Jesus was in preparation for his own priesthood as redeemer and savior through ongoing, “low-profile” sacred operations that included home life, fellowship, meditation, participation as first-born in mandatory feast days, attending synagogue, and study of the law. 

For sinners, in water baptism, there is the death of ones inborn spirit, their spiritual burial, and their rebirth from divine DNA, so to speak.  As “new creations” from Christ, sinners must receive inseparable aspects of the divine makeup such as faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Because emphasis is placed upon absolution (i.e., sin being removed by rinsing, sprinkling, and washing with clean water), many do not correctly understand that there must be permanent changes in ones character, nature, and substance.  Those “born again” must also “grow up again” to become mature (i.e., display balance, completeness, consistency, stability) by meeting life challenges upon the earth.  

More than being given special gifts for ministry, at the Jordan, Jesus was acknowledged as the Son by the Father and the Holy Spirit.  Anointing (making one acceptable and fragrant to GOD by using incense, prayer, and spiced oil) is provided to those who are sanctified (i.e., set apart to exclusively serve divinity), and those who are consecrated (publicly installed to serve divinity).  As the heir of GOD, Adam, Abraham, Moses and David, Jesus was anointed and consecrated to serve as deliverer (i.e., judge), exorcist, healer, high priest, king, prophet, rabbi, and teacher.

There is far more to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, miracles are sacred events that serve as prophetic demonstrations and signs to authenticate divine messages, and spokespersons.  Miracles may appear in situations where the people lack discernment (ability to use ones own spirit content from GOD as a standard to recognize divine spirit in events, messages, oneself, other persons, prophecy, etc.).  Miracles are aspects of divine revelation that further identify those sent from GOD as genuine, continue eternal purpose, and may crystallize faith.)  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, the discussion that sin must be personal is continued focusing on the teaching that sins should be dismissed, forgotten, and relegated to the past (we hear, cast into the sea of forgetfulness).  Believers are to be made “awake” by the cross, be witnesses to transfiguration, and be granted sight to operate with awe, humility, repentance, and heartfelt love.  Life is transformed to be eternal, and unforgettable.  Many say “sin” to speak of a disruptive condition, and peculiar patterns of dysfunctional attitude and behavior that negatively influence human affairs.  For Christian believers, sin is the transgression of divine law, and is an interruption of divine affairs that include healthy relationship between Creator and created.  Sin is not alive, discriminating, and selective; and may appear at once as methodical, random, and not well-thought-out.  Despite collusion and conspiracy, sin results in distrust, division, isolation, and separation.  Sinners must make a personal response to “own, and own-up-to” their sins that include careful reflection, clearing of ones conscience, decision-making, expressions of emotion, and systematic preparation for undesired consequences and problems.  Forgiving oneself is as much an aspect of accepting divine forgiveness as becoming “born again” and accepting identity as a new creation.  Through the accomplishments of Jesus Christ for atonement, mercy, reconciliation, and redemption, sin is transformed to serve as a continuing focus for change, development, growth, and learning, rather than an unchanging source of anxiety, condemnation, depression, dishonor, guilt, and shame.  The operations of sin become visible only through life experiences that violate covenant and relationship with divinity.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, and has no form or substance as an ordinary object in Creation.  The presence of sin operates as an influence upon awareness and self-will within created beings and living creatures, however, sin can not direct, dominate, or manipulate the will of GOD.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray.  And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering.  And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias:  Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem.  But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep:  and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him.  (Luke 9:  28-32, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  A Dry Thirsty Land (05/01/2016); Transformed by The Cross (03/23/2016); How To Measure Spiritual Progress? (04/19/2015); The Baptist and The Tishbite? (02/18/2015); Philosophical Questions? (04/17/2014); To Accomplish A Sacred Goal (04/18/2014); Immutable GODhead (03/10/2014) 

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Sin Must Be Personal (04/29/2016)—Among those practicing alchemy and science, it once was thought that lead could be changed to gold using the Philosopher’s Stone.  Among those observing sacred practices as Christian believers (e.g., church attendance, prayer, worship), it should be correctly understood that the meaning and value of sin—that can not be eliminated or removed from their lives using finite tools such as intellect, logic, politics, and technology—can be altered by faith that is founded upon the Rock.  Even so, among the disciples and followers of Jesus Christ, many feel that, once they have become baptized, their sin confessed, or multiple prayers for forgiveness and mercy have been offered, all their accountability and duty regarding their sins have been fully discharged.  Such persons will even cling to vain hopes (i.e., expectations that derive from carnal, material, and social activity, rather than the sacred content of doctrine, events, persons, divine promises, or prophecy) and the common error that “new life” in Christ means they now may return to the old associations and practices that entangled them in sin having authority, being able to gain greater benefit, and being completely in charge.  Believers are to know that sin is characterized by deceit, exaggerated pride, and selfishness.  The “reach of sin” extends across the frameworks of time and space in such a way that, even the death of the sinner does not end or remove the ongoing consequences, effects, and influence of their sins.  Saying this another way, without divine intercession, judgment, and the second death, the damage, ruin, and upheaval caused by their sin while the sinner lived could continue for eternity.  In addition to atonement, then, there must be rebirth, resurrection, perfection, and sanctification.  Believers should be unafraid to face, recall, examine, and continually resist their sin with an eye to their goal of becoming ripe for harvest at the coming of the Lord.  Believers are to celebrate the victory of Christ over their own and the sins of others, and take strength as they continue upon the earth being yet challenged, confronted and drawn by various offenses.  The memory of sin, its agony, humiliation and pain, are to exhort and spur a believer in their efforts to deliver and encourage others, to express heartfelt gratitude to GOD, and to display true humility as the offspring of the Most High.  In the light of divine love, as in the light from the cross, the past is no cause or source of bitterness, depression, fear, and uncertainty.  The past is a tool for enlightenment.  Eternal life will always have its origins in the past, and the past has been given as the frame that is anchoring our future.  Consider again how this is stated using language from the Bible:

(1.)  Proverbs 16:  4-6, King James Version (KJV):  4 The LORD hath made all things for himself:  yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.  5 Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORDthough hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.  6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged:  and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.

(2.)  1st Corinthians 6:  9-11, KJV:  9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived:   neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,  10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.  11 And such were some of you:  but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

(3.)  Genesis 28:  15-17, KJV:  15 And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.  16 And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not.  17 And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.

(4.)  1st Corinthians 15:  33-34, KJV:  33 Be not deceived:  evil communications corrupt good manners.  34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God:  I speak this to your shame.

(5.)  Numbers 32:  23, KJV:  23 But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD:  and be sure your sin will find you out.

(6.)  1st Corinthians 15:  50-54, KJV:  50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.  51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,  52 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.  53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.  54 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.

(7.)  Ephesians 5:  13-15, KJV:  13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light:  for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.  14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.  15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,  16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.  17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

There is far more to be said, understood, and spiritually taken in.  (For example, (8.)  1st Peter 5:  6-9, KJV:  6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:  7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.  8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:  9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.)  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 the Incarnation, the Savior’s ascension from the earth, and his bodily form in heaven.  The writer at “Yahoo! 7 Answers (Australia)” using the ID “chris” (Level 1 with 0 (zero) points reported, a member since December 26, 2014) posted the following:

 

Bible: Is Jesus currently the only physical being in heaven, or do you think he has returned to heaven in spirit form as before being born?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?  And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.  But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:  and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.  And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.  And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;  Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.  Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day’s journey.  (Acts 1:  6-12, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  It Is Our Wisdom To Ask (05/18/2015); The GOD Part of Jesus? (05/06/2015); Can Man Kill GOD? (12/14/2014); An Eternal and Permanent Solution? (12/15/2014); Jesus Rose? (11/08/2013); Why Was A Son Sent? (11/10/2013); Promise of A Spirit? (11/11/2013); The Ascension of Christ? (12/19/2012); GOD in Schools? (12/20/2012)

 

“chris”, Christian believers are to rely upon the holy writings that are a collection of answers from GOD as the primary source for responses to a question like yours, because sacred history, prophecy and revelation all must be shared.  Please consider the following:

(1.)  Deuteronomy 4:  15-20, King James Version (KJV):  15 Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of similitude on the day that the LORD spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire:  16 Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female,  17 The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air,  18 The likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth:  19 And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven.  20 But the LORD hath taken you, and brought you forth out of the iron furnace, even out of Egypt, to be unto him a people of inheritance, as ye are this day.

(2.)  Hebrews 1:  1-8, KJV:  1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,  2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;  3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:  4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.  5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?  6 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.  7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.  8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever:  a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.

(3.)  Matthew 17:  1-9, KJV:  1 And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,  2 And was transfigured before them:  and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.  3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.  4 Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here:  if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.  5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them:  and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.  6 And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.  7 And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid.  8 And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.  9 And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead.

(4.)  John 20:  15-18, KJV:  15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.  16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.  17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father:  but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.  18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.

(5.)  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?

(6.)  Revelation 4:  1-5, KJV:  4 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven:  and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.  2 And immediately I was in the spirit:  and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.  3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone:  and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.  4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats:  and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.  5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices:  and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.

(7.)  Revelation 6:  9-11, KJV:  9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:  10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?  11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually taken into account.  (For example, (8.)  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:)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Old and New Testament prophecies concerning the coming of Christ are in view, today, such as Malachi 4: 5-6 and Luke 1:  16-18, KJV.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using “cosmo” as their ID (Level 7 with 114,460 points, a member since September 05, 2006) attacked with the following:

 

In Christian mythology, what does it mean that John the Baptist (a real, historical person) is Elijah (legendary prophet) who is to come?

Does this mean that Christian mythology includes reincarnation?
Didn’t Elijah already exist centuries before?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou?  And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ.  And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No.  Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself?  He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.  And they which were sent were of the Pharisees.  And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet?  John answered them, saying, I baptize with water:  but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not;  He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose.  These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.  The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.  (John 1:  19-29, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Why Prophets Were Sent to Israel (11/23/2014); The Need for Prophecy Then and Now (11/24/2014); The Body of Moses (05/11/2014); GOD Permits Evil? (05/12/2014); Prophetic Demonstrations (09/06/2013); Why GOD Prayed to GOD (09/07/2013); Jesus and the Pharisees (07/14/2013); How Could Angels Fall? (07/15/2013); Both Born Holy? (04/29/2013); Scripture at Funerals? (04/30/2013)

 

“cosmo”, here are a few points to consider that have helped many Christian believers avoid error, foolishness and spiritual confusion:

(1.)  Christian belief appears as the product of exchanges, interactions, and operations among, upon and within multiple aspects of a person’s spirit content.  Conviction that results through the active presence and person of divinity can not be correctly and completely understood using finite, material or mechanical academic disciplines and tools such as history, intellect, logic, philosophy, and science.  There must be sacred (not secular) knowledge that is not derived from abstract analysis, labeling, and experimental manipulation.

(2.)  Using language from literary criticism and scholarly study, both Elijah and John the Baptist are types (i.e., figures and symbols that identify a peculiar class or concept appearing throughout the holy writings).  The idea of “reincarnation” with a changing, eternal continuation of ones existence does not appear at all in the Scriptures.  Yet, there are resurrection from the dead for judgment; rebirth through baptism, repentance and sanctification; as well as translation from life to eternal life without the occurrence of death.

(3.)  Among the many things you may not know, Elijah performed several miracles (we say, sacred events), and was taken up to GOD by a chariot of fire, yet, also appeared with Moses to Jesus before the Lord’s crucifixion.  The destruction of Jerusalem with captivity and exile saw a break in the line of priests and prophets that had gone forth from those who left Egypt.  John the Baptist, who received the Holy Spirit before he actually was born, was the first to appear among the Jews in more than 400 years that met the criteria for both priests and prophets recorded in the holy writings—an abiding spirit from GOD.   Similarly, in addition to prophet, Jesus demonstrated the anointing as High Priest, judge, king, redeemer, and savior.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  The stream of prophecy is essential for the sacred operation of revelation whereby created beings and living creatures are given an experience of continuing consciousness from GOD, who is immutable, invisible, unchanging spirit and can not be apprehended using only sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching), emotion, and mental functions.  Jesus Christ appeared as an incarnation of GOD in the earth to fulfill and validate the revelation documented among those in covenant with divinity, and provide further assurance that all the many proclamations from GOD definitely will be carried out and completed.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith and spiritual maturity.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Some points are shared, today, on the place and state of the dead, and the full work of divinity for salvation.  The doctrine that Jesus descended into hell in the time following his crucifixion and before his resurrection is based upon selected passages from the holy writings that can be easily misread.  (See for example, 1st Peter 3:  18-20 and 1st Peter 4:  6, King James Version.)  The point of such teaching is not to condemn Christ; rather, it is to describe the spiritual operations completed through his work as One Sent.  With the Scriptures, there are many considerations that also should come into view.  Apart from the Holy Spirit, no man may call Jesus “Lord”; and having the Spirit, none may call Jesus “accursed” (1st Corinthians 12:  3, KJV).  There are no specific tests for discerning and recognizing the harrowing of hell as an authentic doctrine from the Father.  Yet, as with all the truths that make up the Gospel, certainty and conviction can appear among those who are born again only as the product of their action, obedience, and service to fulfill the Father’s will.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Ruth” (Level 7 with 92,369 points, a member since December 04, 2010) posted the following:

 

How could Christ descend into hell, that to me is blasphemy, anyone else feel this way?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.  If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.  He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory:  but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.  (John 7:  16-18, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Not Told in Advance? (10/11/2014); Catholics, Protestants and the Trinity? (10/12/2014); Only While We Live? (12/02/2013); Reveal Himself To All? (12/03/2013); The Dead in Christ? (11/18/2013); Too Much Holy Spirit? (11/19/2013); Understanding Hell (01/09/2013); The Golden Age? (01/10/2013); After the Rapture? (11/01/2012); Opportunity to Repent (11/02/2012)

 

“Ruth”, here are a few points that have helped Christian believers overcome spiritual confusion:

(1.)  There are many teachings that derive from the true principles of the Gospel that may only be received by faith and through operations of the Holy Spirit.  That Christ died upon the cross, was buried, and was raised from the dead is only one facet of the many divine operations to accomplish our full salvation.  Believers must also hold that the blood of Jesus is applied for atonement; that believers die and are raised with Christ through baptism (death of ones inborn spirit; rebirth from a divine endowment of Spirit); and that believers must accomplish a life of sanctification.  More than this, Jesus is to be understood as coming under the full judgment against sin on behalf of those belonging to his kingdom; and this is accounted necessary to his complete work as our substitute, the Lamb of GOD that takes away the sin of the world.

(2.)  Ideas describing hell as a place where the dead may communicate and interact with one another are not in accordance with the teachings of Scripture.  The holy writings plainly state, the dead have no awareness, do not praise GOD, and may not serve divinity as angelic messengers.  With this in view, Christ could not be active while in the grave.

(3.)  The doctrine that Christ descended into the earth, instructed those who had lived upon the earth before his coming in the flesh as Jesus of Nazareth, supernaturally gathered and harvested those among the dead who had demonstrated faith, and returned to heaven accompanied by spirits is not accounted as farfetched.  Where the Scriptures speak of elders and souls in heaven, many are confident that these were gathered when GOD appeared incarnate to mankind.  Others are convinced these only received the Son of GOD—while they lived upon the earth—in the form of proclamations, promises and prophecies that had power to establish their unity with Christ through faith.  Every believer must hold to the form of doctrine they themselves have received that establishes their own clear understanding without also contending against the conviction of others on such points as these, that can only have their resolution when the Savior returns to us.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  GOD is a GOD of the living; and it is not impossible for GOD to maintain those having the form of flesh within the heavens (not the grave, not the place of torment) as living persons.  Thus, Moses and Elijah could appear to Jesus at the time of his transfiguration.  Jesus is alive today, in the form of flesh, and continues to serve in the Temple of heaven as the High Priest, and is continuing the preparations for his second coming as well as for the completion of final judgment.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to the measure of your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Judgment by and against divinity are topics, today.  Also, there is more on the body of Moses, glory, and resurrection.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using ID “FAT MAN” (Level 4 with 2,594 points, a member since May 31, 2008) posted the following:

 

Why wouldn’t a loving G-d punish evil and wickedness? 

I see many people claim that G-d isn’t loving because there’s so much evil in the world, an they’re generally the same people who say a loving G-d wouldn’t send anyone to hell.

Doesn’t this violate the law of non-contradiction?

Can G-d be wrong both for permitting evil and for not permitting evil?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  The Body of Moses (05/11/2014)—(6.)  The Scriptures report the glorification of Moses through two separate accounts of “mountain-top” encounter:  (1) following being set apart for 40 days and nights, fasting, praying, and communing with GOD, the face of Moses shone and emitted divine glory when he returned to the camp of those with whom he had left Egypt; and (2) Moses appeared in a resurrected and glorified body when he was seen with Jesus and Elijah before the trio of witnessing apostles in the mount of transfiguration.  Moses ministered to Jesus in accordance with the prophetic works of comfort, edification, and exhortation.  This display was primarily for the benefit of Jesus, supplying added measures of faith and other spirit substance necessary to fulfill the spiritual demands of crucifixion, burial, resurrection, and ascension.  Additionally, the apostles were further prepared for their participation in the events to come, particularly, the outpouring of divine gifts by the Holy Ghost at Pentecost.  Where Moses was excluded from entering the Promised Land by virtue of disobedience, irreverence, and ungodly rage, Moses is granted entrance into the Holy City, New Jerusalem, through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus as High Priest applying the blood of the cross.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour:  for we are members one of another.  Be ye angry, and sin not:  let not the sun go down upon your wrath:  Neither give place to the devil.  Let him that stole steal no more:  but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.  Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.  And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.  Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:  And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.  (Ephesians 4:  25-32, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Teachings on Judgment (06/06/2013); Those Who Never Heard? (06/07/2013); A GOD of Love? (05/07/2013); Commanding the Storm? (05/08/2013); The Love of GOD (03/03/2013); Our Need for a Son (03/04/2013); Justice Comes by Love? (10/01/2012); A Daily Revelation? (10/02/2012)

 

“FAT MAN”, here are a few points shared among Christian believers that also may be useful to those in authority to judge GOD:

(1.)  Both judgment (we say, truth-finding) by and judgment (we say, condemnation) against divinity demand acknowledgment of myriad subtleties (i.e., barely visible differences; hidden shifts in meaning and value).  This is particularly true regarding divine operations, sacred processes, motives and eternal purposes as well as the spirit matter or consecrated content of created beings and living creatures, objects, and events within life experience.

(2.)  Many lack the awareness and focus that allow exchange and personal relationship with GOD as Comforter, as Creator, as Law Giver, as Maker, as Savior.  Seeking to pursue their point(s) without correct knowledge of divine terms and procedures, they repeatedly dismiss “vital evidence,” “jump to conclusions,” overturn what might be called “due process,” and violate the rights of the accused.  Their effort to establish a truth that GOD is at fault generally collapses into a mere display of defiance, ignorance, lack of respect, and enslavement to sin.

(3.)  In Scripture, GOD plainly states that he creates “evil”.  However, GOD does not create sin and wickedness.  Evil is sudden and widespread destruction (we say, calamity, disaster, upheaval) that demonstrates the active presence, authority, and sovereignty of GOD. Just as GOD has created the earth, and mankind has created “the world”—a system of interrelated devices for communication, exchange and survival—there are many differences between the things from GOD and the things from men.

There is a lot more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  As surely as love is not the only aspect of divine action, the outcomes of judgment include more than simply destruction, pain, punishment, and the use of divine force.  There also may be such features as baptism (death of ones inborn nature, rebirth having divine DNA, so to speak), correction, forbearance, forgiveness, longsuffering, repentance, and sanctification.).  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;  And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.  (Ephesians 5:  1-2, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC