Posts Tagged ‘afterlife’

Today, some thoughts are shared to clarify differences between teachings of Christianity and Islam regarding the life of ones flesh and that of ones spirit.  For correct and full sacred knowledge as Christian believers, distinctions are made among existence (we say, continued being; duration over time; having presence as an object), life (we say, being alive; able to display and manifest self-will; having and completing mortality), and death (we say, decease; loss of ones life essence; the end of ones consciousness) as well as truths regarding resurrection (return of life to the dead) and the second death (annihilation that appears as an outcome in divine  judgment).  GOD, who is spirit in character, nature and substance is to be acknowledged as the cause, origin, and source of all that exists.  Included are things carnal, material, and social along with diverse sacred operations and processes such as atonement, forgiveness, Incarnation, joy, rebirth, redemption, repentance, salvation, and sanctification.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Sid” (Level 1 with 184 points, a member since June 29, 2016) posted the following:

 

Why do you think your alive if your going to die?

(Collosions 3:3)
For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.

(Collosions 3:3)
For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

ISLAM.
The Koran itself seems quite clear: “And you were dead, and He brought you back to life. And He shall cause you to die, and shall bring you back to life, and in the end shall gather you unto Himself.” (2:28).

Buddhism
Avidya (Sanskrit; Pali: avijja; Tibetan phonetic: ma rigpa) is commonly translated as “ignorance” or “delusion”.

Hinduism
He who is forgetful of the Self, mistaking the physical body for it, and goes through innumerable births, is like one who wanders all over the world in a dream. Thus, realizing the Self would only be like waking up from the dream¬wanderings.
Sri Ramana Maharshi (December 30, 1879 – April 14, 1950)

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:   for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith:  as it is written, The just shall live by faith.  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;  Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,  (Romans 1:  16-22, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Fearfully and Wonderfully Made (09/07/2016); Must GOD Hate Sinners? (09/01/2016); Eternal Mysteries and Revelation (08/31/2016); Learning From A Spirit? (08/25/2016); Abstractions, Atheism and I.Q. (08/18/2016); Salvation Only Through Christ? (01/07/2016); Respect to Our Religious Beliefs? (04/21/2015)

 

“Sid”, where a person maintains consciousness of divinity as “spirit”, the language for life, death and reality should take on  meaning that is set apart (sanctified).  The greatest separation among the many statements for guidance to mankind that come by systems of belief such as Christianity and Islam results from how they address the existence, importance, and operation of “divinity” and “spirit” as distinct from flesh, physical matter, mind, and elements of social interaction (e.g., loyalty, respect, trust).  Mankind is conceived as existing within a sphere of life that itself is more than a stream of consciousness, and the content of his own or “someone else’s” mind (who?).

Many accept that existence goes beyond being alive, yet, those existing as “dead” are no longer in a condition or state that continues life essence (we say, the spark of life, the breath of life, the spirit) essential to communicating and interacting with the living.  Those who speculate regarding the state of the dead often place them within a very active and busy environment (an afterlife, an underworld, Hades, Paradise) where they must be alive and operate for their own survival.  Such accounts are sources of confusion, and make it more difficult to have correct sacred knowledge.  Where GOD is acknowledged as a spirit being, and the source of all that exists, a believer is also required to acknowledge there are divine operations and processes that must be in agreement consisting entirely of spirit substance, and generated from GOD who is spirit.

There is far more to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, The system (i.e., interconnected and related ideas) of Christian belief requires acknowledgement of GOD appearing in human form (Incarnation) without an altering of divinity.  Attention is directed away from angels, messengers, prophets, and spokespersons.  Apprehending Christ, men are granted experience of the Holy Spirit; and through the Spirit, the fullness of GOD the Father.  Such a truth has to extend to existence both in flesh as well as in spirit.  More than this, birth, death, immortality, incorruption, resurrection, and eternal life all would have to be defined in harmony.  Comprehension of a spirit realm that also contains all the features of carnal, material and social reality demands that the character, nature and substance of death no longer be understood relying upon frameworks such as time, space, and flesh (i.e., appetite such as hunger, thirst, cravings for sexual activity; sensation such as hearing, seeing, tasting, touching; and emotion/mental functions such as anger, fear, forgetting, fantasy, imagination, recall).  The Holy Spirit must become ones primary focus.)  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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Scripture points on eternal life are shared, today, responding to a question on both afterlife and existence before birth.  For mankind as a material being in flesh, such events as aging, birth and death must be described using the framework of time that speaks of appearing and occurring as episodes, beginning and ending, and having limited duration.  By contrast, baptism, rebirth, and ones entrance into eternal life are aspects of unremitting sacred process that pertain to the unbounded existence of divine spirit.  Because death is not a reference point for divine continuation, Christian believers are not to speak of “life after death.”  Instead, their language is to be that of “eternal life in place of death.”  Keep in mind, the operations of GOD to create and lay out alternatives for the existence of mankind have been before the creation of mankind, during mankind’s existence upon the earth, and will continue throughout eternal ages.  Death is only a form of sleep that may interrupt and cause delays to those having eternal life, yet, may not terminate the gift one receives by becoming alive in  Jesus Christ.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the same ID “Anonymous” (no standard profile information available) posted the following:

"If we didn’t exist before we were born, why would you exist after you’re dead?"?

Heard this somewhere. Thoughts?
Do you believe in the afterlife?

I’d like to. But I don’t.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,  Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.  Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak:  for I am a child.  But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child:  for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.  Be not afraid of their faces:  for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD.  Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.  See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.  (Jeremiah 1:  4-10, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  There Must Be Permanent Change (07/12/2015); Few Are Chosen (07/06/2015); Becoming Ripe for Harvest? (07/03/2015); Saved by His Death? (05/13/2015); What Is Life? (02/06/2015); Afraid of Eternal Life? (10/30/2013); Why Bother to Read? (10/31/2013); Embodied Afterlife? (10/11/2013); Commandments in the Light of Christ? (10/12/2013)

“Anonymous”, because the presentation of the Gospel for new Christian believers supplies only basic information with  fundamental truths for growth and learning, many mistakenly continue the idea that new life in Christ and their spiritual rebirth are satisfied through simple routines of alms-giving, Bible study, church attendance, and prayer.  More correctly understood, in baptism one experiences operations of GOD to begin permanent changes that are to result in ones final transformation at the coming of Jesus Christ (we say, the harvest, the Rapture).  Included within baptism are death of ones inborn spirit; the deposit of spirit content from the makeup of Deity (e.g., faith, holiness, truthfulness, wisdom, wrath against sin); and the reconfiguration of awareness and self-will.  Believers then are to exist as eternal companions to divinity, and are privileged to continue accounted as glorified, justified, purified, sanctified, immortal, and incorruptible.  Because believers are still in the flesh, participating in the material and social reality of life upon the earth, denying death as a force and power is achieved only as one born again gradually “grows up” again (we say, matures, is perfected) by meeting challenges provided through life experience (we say, growing pains, suffering), fellowship with other believers, study of the holy writings, and maintaining sacred practices (we say, sacraments).  For the believer, there is a shift in all meaning.  Divinity becomes the center and core for all understanding; thus, the Christian only has life through and within the person of Jesus Christ, and the life he now lives is one dead to sin, dead to death, and alive to GOD.  Here are a few other thoughts to consider:

(1.)  2nd Timothy 1:  7-10, King James Version (KJV):  7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner:  but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;  9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,  10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

(2.)  1st Peter 3:  18-23, KJV:  18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:  19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;  20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.  21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:  22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.

(3.)  1st Corinthians 15:  21-23, KJV:  21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.  22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.  23 But every man in his own order:  Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.

(4.)  John 5:  23-25, KJV:  23 That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.  24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.  25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God:  and they that hear shall live.

(5.)  1st John 3:  1-3, KJV:  1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God:  therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.  2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be:  but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.  3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

(6.)  1st John 5:  10-12, KJV:  10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself:  he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.  11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

There is far more that could be said, and that must be correctly understood and spiritually taken into account.  (For example (7.)  1st John 5:  19-20, KJV:  19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.  20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Reply is made to a writer who expresses fear that eternal life will be static, lacking change and having no excitement.  The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Alice” (Level 1 with 155 points, a member since September 15, 2012) posted the following:

 

Am I the only Christian who is afraid of eternal life?

Hi everyone:)
I am a born again Christian and strive to spread the word of God with others so that they too can feel the happiness that I feel. I know I am saved and I love my savior Jesus Christ more than anything. I am proud to call myself a child of God and a Christian. But…I’m terrified of eternal life? Just the thought of living forever and forever and forever scares me. Maybe eternity will only seem like a day, I don’t know! I can’t wait to meet my Heavenly Father in Heaven, but, please tell me I’m not a bad Christian for being scared. I really hope I am not the only one.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones iron:  I will also make thy officers peace, and thine exactors righteousness.  Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.  The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee:  but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.  Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself:  for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.  Thy people also shall be all righteous:  they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.  A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation:  I the LORD will hasten it in his time.  (Isaiah 60:  17-22, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Embodied Afterlife? (10/11/2013); Commandments in the Light of Christ? (10/12/2013); Can One Escape? (09/18/2013); Gentiles and the Law? (09/19/2013); A Relationship not Just Knowledge? (06/25/2013); Lost Without GOD? (06/26/2013); When Does Judgment Begin? (06/27/2013); The Fear of GOD (10/30/2012); Saved in Childbearing? (10/31/2012); Love in Christ? (10/23/2012); Escape from Racism (10/24/2012); Unwelcome Gifts? (09/17/2012); Does Believing Make It Happen? (09/18/2012)

 

Alice, here are a few points about fear and about life that may be shared among Christian believers:

(1.)  Fears that arise by focusing on the bad things that are possible and that may occur without warning are always overcome by (a) acknowledging the certain truth that divine promises will be fulfilled, (b) that divine intent and sacred purpose is to bestow good upon created beings and living creatures, and (c )that our “happiness” no longer depends only upon what we do for ourselves as if GOD has no care for us, and will not answer all our need.

(2.)  The human idea of what “life” is must be replaced by divine concepts of being, existence, and interrelationship.  As believers in Jesus Christ, we are born again from divine DNA, so to speak.  We are now in a godly process of growth wherein we gradually acquire a permanent awareness of spirit being and sacred substance in the place of things that are carnal, material, and secular.

(3.)  The special blessing of GOD through Jesus Christ is not simply longevity.  The purpose of eternal life is eternal relationship, and unlimited interaction with he who is sovereign above all that is in the universe.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  Once judgment of the wicked is completed, mortality will be ended.  All mankind will be made immortal and incorruptible.  Alienation, decay, enmity, hostility, loneliness, and all forms of violence will be banished.  There can be no boredom, pain without healing, unwanted isolation, or lack of understanding to make believers feel that they are prisoners, victims, or unwelcome guests.)  I trust this fragment will be useful.  Even so, be it unto you according to your faith.  The time of our Savior’s coming is nearer than before.  Grow in grace rejoicing!

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

 

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Today, the commandment to honor ones parents is considered in the light of a condition for following Christ.  Also, there is more on  the body we receive for eternal life.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Psalm 119” (Level 2 with 985 points, a member since August 22, 2013) posted the following originally asked on Yahoo Answers Australia:

Did jesus teach us to break the 5th commandment?

If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. Luke 14:26

if you say no, then why do you claim that paul teaches us to break them?

THE BATTLE AXE:  Embodied Afterlife? (10/11/2012)—Many of the teachings from Scripture lead us to believe that the body we receive in resurrection is not the sick or weak frame that we may have had at our demise.  In addition to features believers desire and request in prayer, GOD will bestow features that please him along with the beauty of holiness that was lost through transgression by Adam.  The process of divine revelation will continue whereby each person discovers and realizes new truth.  Although anchored and working upon the earth (rather than living in heaven), mankind will be continually growing, learning and encountering surprise in the celestial presence.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge:  but fools despise wisdom and instruction.  My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:  For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.  My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.  (Proverbs 1:  7-10, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Gentiles and the Law? (09/19/2013); According to This Word (09/20/2013);  “Authorized Personnel Only”? (03/13/2013); Before Abraham Was… (03/14/2013); What to Take Literally (03/11/2013); A GOD of War? (03/12/2013); On Titles and Respect (03/15/2013); About False Witness (09/09/2012); Nostradamus (09/10/2012)

“Psalm 119”, here are a few points that those who seek the truth of Christ usually achieve by regular prayer, fellowship with mature Christian believers, and long study of the holy writings.  A person may be given these things in an instant, however, it may take a lifetime of practical experience for them to correctly value and fully grasp:

(1)  The words of Jesus must be understood recognizing their agreement with the divine purposes accomplished and displayed through the ministry of Jesus as well by recognition of the sacred Spirit that was alive in Jesus.  The intent and principle of the divine law must be apprehended and discerned as no different from the righteousness that appears through acts of genuine faith.

(2)  Believers in Jesus Christ also receive the Savior as a light that makes all spirit things otherwise covered by darkness appear with clarity.  The Ten Commandments provided to create a new nation from 12 nomadic tribes was also supplied to further divine order throughout the universe of GOD.

There is much for us to learn from Scripture and the imparted, indwelling Spirit of Truth available through the ministry of Jesus Christ.  (For example, family as a tool for existence is not centered in mere mutual affection and feelings, needs for protection, or social dependence.  Under the hand of a GOD whose being is expressed through judgment, family is a tool for demonstrating mercy, proclaiming the law, and displaying the revelation of Divine Person.)  I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.  Jesus is coming.

 

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Resurrection of the body, and life following judgment are in view, today, along with more on mankind as gods and being made in the image of the Creator.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Edward Plunge” (Level 1 with 84 points, a member since July 5, 2011) posted the following originally asked on “Yahoo Answers United Kingdom”:

 

How to make sense of the Christian believe in an embodied afterlife?

Christians, as I understand it, believe that (some) humans gain eternal life with a new, “glorified” body. I find this very hard to imagine. If we will have bodies then it means we will do things in this afterlife. If we will have legs then we’ll walk places, climb mountains, swim in lakes, etc. If we have mouths then we’ll converse, eat, etc. We’ll never die too, I presume; in which case what will happen to us if we fall off one of said mountains? Will we not break our (glorified) bones and suffer?
And this state of affairs will last for all of the rest of eternity. Can any Christian clarify this idea for me, make it more imaginable? The idea of my life now extended for all of eternity does not, on the face of it, sound very attractive. And I have a perfectly fine life, but surely, after a while, life just becomes a bore and death is a welcome release? Even if we are healthy all our lives. It makes far more sense to me to believe in some sort of unembodied, spiritual afterlife, it’s the embodied aspect of the Christian vision that troubles me.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  The Image of GOD? (10/10/2013)—Except as he appears using the incarnate person of Jesus Christ, GOD, who is pure divine spirit, does not bear the likeness (the Scriptures say, similitude) of any material thing that exists.  This includes angels, animals, clouds, fog, mankind, mist, sacred beasts, smoke and steam.  All sentient beings know the presence of GOD through divine operations and sacred events in the same way humans know the presence of the wind by recognizing its effects (e.g., a puff of air against our face, branches of a tree stirred by an unseen force, clouds moving as though pushed, the lifting of a kite).  No celestial appearance of GOD and divine Spirit ever has been revealed or shown to created beings and living creatures through direct sense experiences of hearing, seeing, tasting, touching, etc.  The living may apprehend, contain as vessels, and display the divine nature.  GOD and divine presence are emanated to be received as affirmations and awareness using divine substance such as faith, holiness, joy, love, sacred law, and truth.  Lacking discernment (ability to recognize spirit content; skill at using spiritual things to recognize other spiritual things), many confuse divine spirit with elements generated by the flesh such as dreams, fantasy, fear, imagination, animal instinct, and intuition.  Godliness (we say, godlikeness) must be experienced as pure being, and understood through the process of ones active spirit content.  (See Deuteronomy 4:  5-13, Romans 1:  16-23, 1st John 4:  7-15 and 3rd John 1:  11, KJV.)

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake.  Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God?  But our God is in the heavens:  he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.  Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.  They have mouths, but they speak not:  eyes have they, but they see not:  They have ears, but they hear not:  noses have they, but they smell not:  They have hands, but they handle not:  feet have they, but they walk not:  neither speak they through their throat.  They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.  O Israel, trust thou in the LORD:  he is their help and their shield.  O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD:  he is their help and their shield.  Ye that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD:  he is their help and their shield.  The LORD hath been mindful of us:  he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron.  He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great.  The LORD shall increase you more and more, you and your children.  Ye are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth.  The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORDs:  but the earth hath he given to the children of men.  The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence.  But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and for evermore.  Praise the LORD.  (Psalms 115:  1-18, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Return in Glory? (07/04/2013); Desire for Love? (07/05/2013); The Place for Eternal Life? (01/06/2013); Therefore There Was Trust (01/07/2013); Does Everyone Go To Heaven? (10/28/2012); An Earth to Fix A Heaven? (05/18/2013); What’s The Way Out? (04/20/2013); A Kindness to Mary? (04/21/2013); After We Die? (10/04/2012); Life and Death (09/26/2012); Mob Rule and Violence (09/27/2012); A Man in Heaven? (09/23/2012); Aliens? (09/24/2012)

 

Edward, to make sense of Christian belief, become a Christian!  Foremost among the many keys to understanding the revealed things of GOD for Christian believers is that a person puts aside usual frameworks of carnal being that dominate awareness.  Included are ones appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, sexual craving), sense (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching), operations of mind (e.g., desires, emotions, memories, self-interest) as well as the frameworks of time and space.  We say, believers must be born again from divine DNA, so to speak.  They then must endure the “growing pains” and meet the challenges of new life in Christ.  One must realize their potential to acquire the divine nature and internalize as their own divine processes and sacred purposes in place of the finite human nature.  This is done through exchange and fellowship with other believers, giving, prayer, study of the holy writings, unselfish service, and worship.

GOD is a spirit who exists as pure divinity, and is immortal.  What we might call the content of GOD is such inseparable, invisible substance as faith, forgiveness, gratitude, holiness, humility, joy, longsuffering, love, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Believers receive divine content from the very person of GOD that prepares them to be perfected and  transformed at the coming of Christ.  As you know, there is a vast array of created beings and living creatures that we understand are mortal (e.g., animals, insects, plants); and there are otherwise invisible and unseen lives that continue within the spheres of sacred presence (we say, heaven).  Included there are angels, blessed elders and sacred beasts who nonetheless are not incorruptible (sin was first revealed among the angels before being spread to the earth), are not mortal, yet are not immortal.

There is much for us to learn from Scripture and the imparted, indwelling Spirit of Truth available through the ministry of Jesus Christ.  (For example, the place for mankind’s eternal existence will be the earth made new.  The tree of life will continue before GOD as a device to provide healing (should there be any broken arm).  We are to learn to delight in GOD, now, so that then a very different endless pleasure may be ours.  Despite the destruction and removal of all sinners, judgment and wrath against sin will continue as aspects of divine person.  In place of lust and passion, believers receive boldness, creativity, industry and zeal.  There is never a dull moment in Christ.)  I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.  Jesus is coming.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

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