Posts Tagged ‘awe’

The question, What should we do at the time of his Advent (the Second Coming of Jesus)? is the topic, today.  Usually, I avoid presenting my own prayers in this setting, a sacred writings blog, because my prayers are intimate expressions intended for GOD, not for my readers.  However, all believers are obliged to share now whatever encouragements, gifts, helps, and sacred truth they may have, and not to withhold them until the day of his Coming.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth:  for the LORD hath spoken it.  And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.  (Isaiah 25:  8-9, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Loving Someone Unseen? (05/03/2014); Lot and the Angels (05/04/2014); Cleansing the Temple, and the Body (03/16/2014); GOD to “Try Harder”? (03/17/2014); About the Second Coming? (01/18/2014); Unprofitable Servants? (01/19/2014)

 

Having heard the trumpet sound, and the shout of the archangel, my first thoughts were that I would run out of doors.  I would want to see with my own eyes the Lord coming with the clouds from heaven.  I thought to myself, I would probably have my socks on already, so I would quickly slip on some shoes (probably would not tie the strings); and I would go downstairs into the front yard and stand, facing the East.

When I realized, there might be a crowd outside, and that others might rush outside, just like me; I considered how some would fall to their knees in prayer.  The words, “I’m sorry” and “I didn’t mean to do it” would be on the lips of many men, women, and children.  However, the purpose of the Coming is not to call us into embarrassment, fear of judgment, guilt, and remorse.  Many will be terrified; and all the forms of fear will be present, including awe, anxiety, fright, and panic.  On the one hand, the Advent is not an “I gotcha” moment.  On the other hand, the Coming will immediately declare the final judgment.  The time for prayers requesting forgiveness will already be over; and the time for prayers to acknowledge, welcome, yield, and show respect will be upon us.

There will be a moment for prayers that say, Thank you for your grace.  I confess, I am not worthy of all the wonderful blessings you intend for those who have become yours, purchased by atonement and blood, by faith, by love, and by truth.   You are worthy to be accepted as our Supreme Ruler, honored, obeyed, praised, and trusted.  Please, do come to us, Lord Jesus, the Lamb of GOD that taketh away the sin of the world.  Savior.  Son of the Highest.

It occurred to me, many of us will be unclean because of blood, sweat, urine, and other body fluids.  I thought, there will probably be time to run back upstairs and wash, put on a clean shirt, a tie, or even change my underwear!  (Some of us already do that, every day they dress in “go to meetin’ clothes,” just to be ready in case “today might be the day.”)  However, I realized, the living will probably not be as unclean as those decayed and rotten from the grave.  All are to be caught up in the air, and in the twinkling of an eye, all will be made permanently clean, immortal, incorruptible, and sanctified.

The most difficult challenge the believer must face is that of learning to tarry (we sometimes say, Let go, let GOD).  Yet, one does not tarry by being idle, being indifferent, being lazy, or being unobservant.  Patiently waiting for Christ is made easy as we serve, and never become weary of well-doing.  To tarry is to maintain vigilance, stay alert, to watch and pray.  Thus, believers discipline their minds to maintain focus in the promises of GOD; become skilled at waiting without having to be busy with unnecessary activity; learn to be effective functioning as independent persons without companions and peers; and master sitting in silence as well as continuously walking by faith, not by sight.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, those who welcome Christ each day through their morning devotions, prayers and Scripture studies will not feel pressured to do anything extraordinary, or unusual.  Like those who appear in times of crisis and emergency that we later call heroes, these prepared believers will probably display what they consider the “natural”, “normal” and “routine” thing:  Laughter, tears of joy, unselfish thoughts of loved ones.  Surely, many will say,  Father as I come to you through this ministry of Jesus Christ, I have no idea where I am to go, or how I may become all you would have me to be.  Even so, we are your people and the sheep of your pasture.  Guide us, lead us, shear us, slaughter us; all that we are, and all we may become belongs to you.  We come to you without silver and gold; and we are willing to abandon all worldly ambition.  You have granted us a foretaste of glory divine.  We are now trusting in the promises for resurrection 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

Discernment, idolatry, reverence, and genuine Christian worship are topics, today.  Again, no BATTLE AXE appears.  The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Political Onlooker” (Level 1 with zero points, a member since May 12, 2014) posted the following:

 

What does it mean to worship the Beast in Revelation 13:8?

Revelation 13:8 – All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast – all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.

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Does it mean that humans are inclined to value worldly success, such as money, power, and sex etc, which are false gods; but by doing so, they tend to deny God, Jesus and the Bible?

So unless people turn to God they will be destroyed by fire at the last judgement. (Revelation 20:11-15, 21:8).

And is it true that some people are preordained to be destroyed on the great day of judgement?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,  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;  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:  Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.  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?  And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.  And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.  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.  (Hebrews 1:  1-8, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Mary (06/13/2014); The Estate of His Handmaiden (06/14/2014); The Ruler Of the Earth? (05/01/2014); Parables About the Kingdom? (05/02/2014); What is Worship? (10/18/2010); No Free Will (10/19/2010)

 

“Political Onlooker”, here are a few points on worship among Christian believers that have been useful for avoiding spiritual confusion and error:

(1.)   Genuine worship is to correctly acknowledge, admire, be in awe of, and show reverence to divinity.

(2.)  Many engage in false or idolatrous worship, because they seek to detect and manipulate the active presence of divinity after being drawn or seduced through features that are counterfeits of consecrated authority, sacred events (we say, miracles), and eternal purpose. 

(3.)  Evil is correctly taken to be the result of divine operations; however, evil should not be confused with the effects and operations of wickedness or sin.  When any respond to evil that appears as calamity, catastrophe, chaos, upheaval or arbitrary, sudden and widespread change with submission and surrender to unseen causes and forces, their attitude, behavior and conduct may be driven by occult beliefs, emotion such as fear, or by deep seated beliefs about magical effects of their own actions (we say, superstition).

(4.)  For Christian believers worship results from interactions and shifts among the discrete aspects of spirit content received during baptism (death of ones inborn spirit, rebirth from divine DNA, so to speak).  Included are inseparable aspects (where one appears, all may be found) from the makeup of GOD such as faith, forgiveness, holiness, longsuffering, love, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  While faith consists only of faith, and holiness is made up from only holiness, etc., there is unchanging (we say, immutable) eternal direction, order, and unity.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  For example, (5.)  Through the imparted, indwelling spirit (we say, the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth), believers acquire discernment (ability to use ones own spirit content to correctly detect, examine and respond to the spirit content in such life experiences as events, messages, objects, other persons, praise, prayer, prophecy, and the holy writings.  Proper worship is guided and shaped through discernment.  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to the operations of your faith from GOD.

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end.  Amen.   (Ephesians 3:  20-21, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Some points for describing GOD and divine nature are shared, today, along with more on how mankind should not be thought of as the prize in a holy war.  The “Yahoo! Answers Canada” writer using ID “Gloria” (Level 4 with 3,191 points, a member since November 30, 2012) posted the following originally asked at Yahoo Answers United States:

 

What does the fullness of the Godhead means?.?

For in him (Jesus) dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. Colossians 2:9

Does it mean all the attributes of God including the work of the Holy Spirit?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Are We the Spoils of War? (01/08/2014)—The Holy Bible does include a plain statement that there was war in heaven, and that Michael and his angels fought against the dragon and his angels.  However, there is no indication that the prize of their struggle was to be dominion or rule over mankind and the earth.  As created beings and living creatures, the angels are neither mortal nor immortal, and so there is no record of casualties or deaths among them.  Also, only the lake of fire appears to have power to end the existence of angelic beings (Matthew 25:  40-41 and Revelation 20:  14, KJV).  While warfare among angelic beings does not destroy or remove their divine substance, angels may be bound, cast out, stripped of authority, incarcerated and imprisoned under chains of darkness (see Revelation 12:  7-10, 2nd Peter 2:  4, Jude 1:  6 and Revelation 20:  1-3, KJV).  The witness from Nebuchadnezzar lauds the most High and acknowledges the army in heaven (Daniel 4:  34-35, KJV); similarly, John in Revelation proclaims an army in heaven led by Faithful and True (Revelation 3:  14 and Revelation 19:  11-16, KJV).  Both heavenly angels and those from the pit will be used in the judgment against mankind that sees widespread death and destruction in the earth.  Even then, GOD will continue to have full control; there will be no attacks against believers under Christ; and chaos and unrestrained violence will not be allowed.  At no time should mankind expect methodical assaults or continuous combat against the earth by the well-ordered armies of heaven.  Because Satan does lead an immense army of sinners against the Holy City (New Jerusalem) once it is positioned upon the earth, men will be included in the judgment—not war—that will be made as the defense of the sacred site (see Revelation 20:  7-9, KJV).

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  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,  And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.  (Romans 1:  18-23, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Jesus Is GOD’s Word? (12/28/2013); Alpha and Omega (12/29/2013; Only One GOD (09/14/2013); Weed and Godly Wisdom (09/15/2013); How Was GOD Known Before Jesus? (10/06/2012); Jesus, King of Earth? (10/07/2012); Divine Self-Sacrifice? (09/30/2012); Justice Comes by Love? (10/01/2012); A Man in Heaven? (09/23/2012); Aliens? (09/24/2012); Begotten Not Made (09/08/2012); About False Witness (09/09/2012)

 

“Gloria”, here are a few points that I trust have come from GOD and are based on many, many Scriptures that were recorded to build up our faith and understanding:

(1.)  GOD is a spirit, and is not made up of material substance (like fog, clouds, mist, smoke or steam).  GOD has put forth carnal, material, natural, and social objects that include created beings and living creatures.  More than this, GOD is capable of using material form to appear and continue as flesh (we say, incarnate) in a further act making divinity known throughout Creation.

(2.)  Divinity (we say, what GOD is made of) is entirely spirit; and where one aspect of divine spirit appears, all other aspects of divine spirit are present.  Thus, the accomplishments and deeds through one aspect of GOD are achieved and performed in all other aspects of GOD.  (You can’t “separate the wet from the water,” so to speak.)

(3.)  In addition to being, completeness, consciousness, immutability, person, power, presence, purpose and oneness, the sacred substance of GOD includes such inseparable aspects as awe, faith, holiness, humility, joy, longsuffering, love, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Through the baptism provided by the ministry of Jesus Christ, mankind now receives fresh deposits of this same spirit content.

There is far more to be said, properly shared, and spiritually understood.  (For example (4.)  The revelation of GOD to mankind is accomplished by the use of multiple ongoing divine, operations, sacred events, and eternal processes.  Included are atonement,  fellowship, judgment, salvation, and sanctification.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night:  that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth:  The LORD is his name:  (Amos 5:  8, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC