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Today reply is on final judgment as displaying the perfection of divinity, and the second death as a necessary penalty against sin. The perfection of divinity in their integrity of being and personhood is spoken of as innocence, holiness, oneness without sameness, and purity. The perfection of GOD in judgment is seen through its balance, fullness, impartiality and righteousness. Wrath against sin is released only for those rejecting the dominion and sovereignty of GOD, while those who acknowledge the divine gifts of forgiveness, mercy and salvation will display contrition, gratitude, repentance, and new life from the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The perfection of GOD can not be properly comprehended by comparing GOD, who is exalted, holy, preeminent and sanctified, against mankind, who is finite and corrupt through sin. Only when relying on carnal reason, and not on operations by the Spirit of GOD, do men argue that divinity is “perfect” because GOD does not cause death or kill as does mankind. It is written: Ezekiel 18: 20-25, King James Version (KJV): 20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. 21 But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. 22 All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live. 23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord God: and not that he should return from his ways, and live? 24 But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile is shown) posted the following:

 

God is perfect & He has NEVER caused the death of anyone. Only people kill. Why do atheists continue to lie about God’s perfection?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. (Revelation 14: 6-13, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: The Penalty of Death? (04/26/2019); Peace Or A Sword? (01/29/2019); Divine Forgiveness and Justice (01/01/2019); Why Punishment After Death? (11/23/2018); The Administration Of Death (07/11/2017); The Death Penalty? (10/08/2015); The Death Penalty for Sins? (11/30/2014); A Dispensation To Benefit (12/01/2014)

 

Anonymous”, here are some thoughts I would like to share: the highest expressions of divine perfection will be seen through final judgment. Many developing and mature Christian believers are now preparing to receive Jesus Christ when he comes to harvest those who belong to him from the earth (we say, the Advent; the Rapture; the Second Coming). Born-again believers must “grow up again,” so to speak, and are to become mature/ripe while continuing on the earth as the offspring of GOD, joint-heirs with Christ, and the new creation. GOD is not regarded as “perfect” because he has not committed the same sins and transgressions that appear in the sacred law provided to guide created beings and living creatures. “Thou shalt not kill” commanded of mankind is not binding to divinity as it must be for humankind. Among Christians, the perfection of divinity is not only through their appearing as the Creator and Maker of all that have existence and life; divine perfection is to be acknowledged by those having salvation through Christ also accepting his authority to preside over divine judgment. We speak of Christ as a ruler over a kingdom, as having dominion, ownership, and sovereignty throughout Creation. He performs judgment that assigns value, and determines what is to endure as eternal and permanent. Thus, the Lord is to be understood as also having power to carryout the elimination of death, sin, suffering, and wickedness by ending human mortality, and enforcing the second death that is a necessary penalty against sin. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.) Revelation 2: 10-11, King James Version (KJV): 10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. 11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

(2.) Revelation 20: 4-6, KJV: 4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

(3.) Revelation 21: 6-8, KJV: 6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. 7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) Revelation 20: 10-15, KJV: 10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. 11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Saul Attacking David (1646)
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Today, reply is made on divine impartiality in judgment as the first kings of Israel, Saul and David, are contrasted.  In general the works of Saul may be spoken of as political and secular, while the works of David included a broad range of spiritual acts and prophetic demonstrations that furthered the order and beauty of priesthood.  As the heirs of Adam, both men were sinners, both were labeled by GOD as “bloody”, both men were mortals who eventually died, and both should be carefully considered for their use by divinity to make visible the aspects of sacred makeup such as faithfulness, forgiveness, longsuffering, mercy, patience, repentance, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum using the ID “Capricorn” (Level 1 with zero (0) points shown, a member since March 09, 2017) posted the following:

 

Why did YHWH condemn Saul to death, but he didn’t do the same to David who also sinned against God?

Scripture tells us that both Saul and David have disobeyed God, but Saul was (effectively) condemned to death, whilst God commuted David’s death penalty.

So why did God kill only one person, but not both of them if they both sinned against him?

What made Saul different from David that he should fall onto his sword and have his head put on display by his enemies?

Why was God more lenient towards David although they have both sinned against him?

Why should they be treated differently if they have both sinned against Jehovah.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David enquired of the LORD. And the LORD answered, It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites.  And the king called the Gibeonites, and said unto them; (now the Gibeonites were not of the children of Israel, but of the remnant of the Amorites; and the children of Israel had sworn unto them:  and Saul sought to slay them in his zeal to the children of Israel and Judah.)  Wherefore David said unto the Gibeonites, What shall I do for you? and wherewith shall I make the atonement, that ye may bless the inheritance of the LORD?  (2nd Samuel 21:  1-3, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Prophesying By Music Ministers (11/06/2017); David, Goliath and GOD (05/26/2017); The Sin of Witchcraft? (01/24/2017); The Living Baptized for the Dead? (03/27/2015); Ark of the Covenant? (03/17/2015); The Sin of Pride? (08/13/2014); Judged For Acts and Thoughts? (08/14/2014); A Hardened Spirit? (06/12/2014); Mary (06/13/2014); Lot and the Angels (05/04/2014); Expulsion from Eden (05/05/2014)

 

“Capricorn”, the revelation of GOD is about Jesus Christ, and the lessons we are given use nations and kings such as Judah and Israel, Saul and David.  There are multiple operations and tools used by GOD to make immortal, incorruptible, unseen divinity knowable, known, accessible, and approachable.  Through the Bible we are allowed to “see” GOD from a divine point of view (i.e., appearing through thousands of events within thousands of lives over the course of thousands of years).  The peculiar study methods of comparing (showing how two figures are the same) and contrasting (showing how figures are different) appear throughout the Scriptures.  In some instances there is a direct pairing of figures (e.g., the brothers Abel and Cain, or Esau and Jacob; the prophets Balaam and  Moses; the High Priests Aaron and Melchizedek); others can be discovered easily and made the focus of detailed studies (For example, the Judge Samson can be compared to King Solomon as the judge who determines the true mother of a child in a dispute between two prostitutes.  The ruin for both these sacred figures came through their weaknesses relating to women.  Samson yielded to the nagging of one woman; while Solomon yielded to those among his 700 wives and 300 concubines.)  Keep in mind, when GOD proclaimed his glory before Moses, he declared the sins of the fathers will challenge the following four generations (i.e., as much as 160 years).

The character and spirit content of Saul began to come into view when he was introduced to divine service through an encounter with the prophet Samuel.  Saul was seeking animals (property) that had strayed from his home.  Before being supported in public as the chosen king of Israel, much to his surprise and that of everyone else, Saul first experienced an anointing among a group of prophets who were strangers to him.  At first, Saul displayed no ambition to be prophet or king, and even hid himself to avoid being taken.  Later, his determination to establish his own continuing dynasty became a form of insanity and madness.  His first “official business” as king that gained him favor was a military intervention where he would be the champion for Jabesh-gilead against the Ammonites.  (The Gibeonites in fact were Amorites (Gentiles) who had tricked those under Joshua into making a forbidden covenant.  Later, Saul would seek to eliminate them all, and following his death, Israel would be cursed with famine for three years.)  Saul accused Ahimelech of rebellion and aiding of David, and commanded 85 from the line of priests be slaughtered at Nob.  When Saul realized he no longer had the favor of GOD, and following the death of his adviser, Samuel, Saul went so far as to seek knowledge from the dead through a witch, rather than repent, or step down from being king over Israel.  Saul’s death was by suicide after being wounded in battle.

Before the defeat of the Philistine champion, Goliath, David had been anointed to be king by the Prophet Samuel.  David challenged the giant in reverence to GOD.  Even so, David’s ascendance to the throne of Israel required a full generation (40 years) that included tempering and testing through life as a fugitive, serving as a leader of refugees and those also persecuted by Saul, secretly fighting against the enemies of Israel as well as serving as king over Hebron.  David expressed devotion to GOD from his youth, and throughout his lifetime displayed a sacred anointing that included faith, gratitude, humility, longsuffering, meekness, and repentance.  GOD would not allow David to pursue his selfish plan to build a temple at Jerusalem; yet, granted that his dynasty would reign, and pledged that the promised prophet and ruler of Israel (many say, the Messiah) would come from his line. 

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and made a part of our own spiritual grasp.  (For example, David died at home in bed as did Jacob.  In addition to service as king, the anointing upon David also was that of judge, priest, and prophet.  Thus, David recovered the Ark of the Covenant, created a new tent of meeting, established the liturgy for worship as well as the schedules of service for the Levites.  Because of the coronation of Solomon before his death, Israel as a united kingdom had two consecrated monarchs on a single throne at the same time, the father and the son.)  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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Pride, self-esteem, and sin are topics, today.  Also there are more points on how Christians can believe.  The “Yahoo! Answers” fighter using ID “Violation Nation!!” (Level 3 with 2,065 points, a member since February 02, 2014) posted the following:

 

Is pride a sin? 

I know God said it was but I’m pretty sure He doesn’t know what He’s talking about.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  How Can Christians Believe? (08/11/2014)—(4.)  Even in small children, common sense and the inarguable facts of ones own abilities being finite and limited are frameworks along with faith as the foundation for belief in GOD.  Bible accounts such as those of Creation, the Flood, and the covenant of Abraham may only accentuate, clarify, crystallize, and further verify the fundamental truths already in place as inborn consciousness.  The Bible is intended to display and reveal divine actions and operations among created beings and living creatures.  Thus, belief in what is written appears as obedience, respect, righteousness, and self-expression to maintain ones own integrity of being and person.  Asking questions to belittle, challenge, insult, or embarrass others can be taken as acting with malice, rebellion, and “showing off.”  The duty, privilege, and responsibility for Christian believers of all ages is that we give, minister and unselfishly share with others the sacred knowledge and divine content we each have been granted from GOD.  A person whose idea of “helping out” is to discourage belief, hinder confidence in the Bible, and oppose the spiritual growth of others will be held accountable by GOD.

(5.)  Because many in the church long for and insist upon believing they may have a carnal experience of GOD (where they see, hear, physically touch, or are touched by the Almighty), every meeting and assembly will include those who are confused, disappointed and frustrated.  Such persons may disguise their anger, bitterness, and malice against GOD and the church, yet, can be recognized when they begin asking questions about sacred events (we say, miracles) to demand carnal and material details that have not been provided in the Bible.  Their focus is not upon GOD as he appears in divine law, acts of power, and eternal purpose so much as upon the will of mankind and the spheres for life such as heaven and earth.  Beliefs do not determine a person’s spirit content.  Our spirit content comes to us directly from GOD; and our Spirit determines what we express and preserve as our sacred belief.

(6.)  Even unborn children are endowed with spirit content from the makeup of GOD; and there were infants among those who stood at Sinai with Moses, who also heard the voice of GOD declaring the covenant and law for mankind.  Ones spiritual content and power can not be increased through intellectual operations such as argument and debate.  Thus, infants and the smallest children who are members and part of the full church body (some call them the “cradle roll”) are supplied to recognize those things that harmonize with their inner sense of GOD.  Sacred instruction introduces information otherwise hidden and unavailable that must be immediately internalized through the “force of truth.”  The process for church instruction, then, at every level and throughout the entire community of believers is never one simply to persuade or convince, to influence a person’s psychological makeup and intellectual understanding, or to manipulate emotion and feelings.  See again 1st Samuel 1:  20-28, Psalms 8:  1-2, Psalms 131:  1-3, Mark 9:  41-43, Mark 10:  13-16, Romans 3:  3 and Hebrews 11:  6-7, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said,  Gird up thy loins now like a man:  I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.  Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?  Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?  Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency; and array thyself with glory and beauty.  Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath:  and behold every one that is proud, and abase him.  Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place.  Hide them in the dust together; and bind their faces in secret.  Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can save thee.  (Job 40:  6-14, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Responsible for Sin? (05/30/2014); Choosing a Church? (05/31/2014); Salvation is Conditional? (01/30/2014); Lower-case or Capital? (01/31/2014); On Producing Atheists (03/16/2013); The Children, not the Dogs (03/17/2013); Hero or Zero? (12/04/2012); The Adversary? (12/05/2012)

 

“Violation Nation!!”, here are a few points from Christian belief that may be familiar to you that are intended to combat corruption, spiritual confusion, ignorance, and pride:

(1.)  Expressions of pride are not the same as those correctly recognizing ones own value (we say, self esteem, self regard, self appreciation).  Pride is an assignment of value that is partly distorted and exaggerated by ones inability to discern and properly acknowledge content and substance in the living that are not material, physical, and social (i.e., that are spirit such as faith, holiness, joy, love, wisdom, wrath against sin).  Therefore, pride is no less than false and unauthorized judgment of events, objects and persons under the hand of divinity.

(2.)  All sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the word (we say, breath, spirit, utterance) from Almighty GOD, and the divine order that maintains what we understand as Creation and the universe.  In pride, finite beings (men or angels) indulge self-justification and self-promotion that foster separation from GOD and, in fact, are self-destruction.

(3.)  Pride appears as a simple act of comparing (identifying sameness) and contrasting (identifying difference) oneself to others.  At the same time a person places great value upon their own abilities, contributions, ideas and skills they fail and refuse to place correct value upon the abilities and contributions of others.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Pride is an artifact of self awareness.  Sin dominates created beings and living creatures through their awareness and self-will.  Behavior and conduct may be described as “sinful”; however, sin has not been “created by GOD”, and sin is no “thing” having measurable dimensions and form.  Sin  has direction, effect, and “presence”; and sin—like pride—can not be eliminated apart from GOD through human tools such as algebra, intellect, logic, mathematics, philosophy, reason, and science.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Points are shared, today, on blasphemy against the GODhead, spiritual discernment, and the rules of sola scriptura and justification by faith.  No one having the Holy Spirit will blaspheme the Father or the Son; and there also appears to be an unwritten rule that a person must contain an endowment of the Holy Spirit to correctly acknowledge and recognize the Holy Spirit as he operates through, and resides within born-again believers, and the holy writings.  None may acknowledge Jesus as Lord without the Spirit; and blasphemy against the Spirit may occur only from those who do not have the Spirit of Christ.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Blasphemy Against the GODhead (05/06/2014)—(5.)  The fullness of Spirit is word with action; thus we may say, the Scriptures are an incarnation of the Spirit.  For many, the rule of sola scriptura is cancelled and overruled by the principle of justification by faith whereby otherwise impossible operations of the imparted, indwelling Spirit of GOD, the Holy Ghost, are allowed.  In their understanding, manifestations of the Spirit (e.g., healings, tongues, visions), prophecy, and supernatural phenomena directed by GOD may occur at any time, and in any place; and are not to be despised or dismissed.  However, rightly understood, the holy writings describe patterns, precepts, and principles for divine action along with the necessary frameworks for recognition of eternal purpose; and the Scriptures do not detail, foretell, or predict the specific actions of believers and their adversaries.  The Scriptures are a “body” and form that makes the active presence of the Spirit detectable and known within events, objects, and persons.

(6.)  The ministry carried out by Jesus of Nazareth conformed to the standards contained in the holy writings both as law, and as prophecy.  Jesus operated acknowledging the customs and traditions among the Jews, however, he also exercised authority and power that was clearly supernatural.  Throughout the Scriptures, miracles and supernatural events usually appear as indicators that a message or proclamation is authentic, has a divine origin, is genuinely from GOD, and is therefore certain of fulfillment.  Jesus did not demonstrate, explain, or teach the method and process for the signs and wonders that were displayed; and the proper emphasis was to be upon the doctrine from GOD, not any “strange” or surrounding events.  Thus, the acceptable and correct responses by the multitude were to be meekness (willingness to learn from GOD), praise, thanksgiving, and worship.

(7.)  In line with what it means to discern and recognize spirit matter in events, objects and persons, here is a difficult thought to consider, that nonetheless may be helpful:  Jesus cautioned those who disrespectfully accused him to develop and apply spiritual discernment.  Usually, we speak of forgiveness among mankind, as a device to continue and restore trust.  We have no conversation of forgiveness among the persons of the GODhead, as though they would ever be in conflict, or offend one another.  Regarding divine judgment, forgiveness pertains to offenses by created beings and living creatures against one another, against the spheres for their existence (we say, their environment), and transgressions of divine law.  Atonement must be made using blood for all offenses against the law.  The Son may forgive personal insults against himself, and against the Father as aspects of reconciliation and continuous process within relationships acknowledging divine love.  Included are such features as acceptance, benevolence, correction, forbearance, longsuffering, mercy, and wisdom.  The Father also may forgive denials, invective and verbal abuse against himself, and against the Son on the same basis.  The Holy Spirit does not engage created beings and living creatures through independent, interpersonal relationships as do the Father and the Son.  The Holy Spirit serves as the primary agent and representative of Jesus Christ as well as envoy of the Father.  Thus, opposition to the Spirit that may be accounted as directed against the Father or the Son, and may be accounted as merely “misplaced”, does not have the same standing in judgment as does a “personal” and complete break with the Spirit.  For it is the Spirit that establishes connection and union within the GODhead, and that must be apprehended for awareness of ones own existence and the active presence of divinity.  Consider again John 16:  12-16 & 25-27, Matthew 24: 24, Romans 8:  1-8 & 26-27 and 2nd Peter 1:  16-21, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Your words have been stout against me, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee?  Ye have said, It is vain to serve God:  and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts?  And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.  Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another:  and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.  And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.  Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.  (Malachi 3:  13-18, KJV)

 

There is a lot more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  For example (8.)  Love of divinity is a form of self-affirmation, esteem, and respect for oneself.  Made in the image of GOD, mankind’s capacity to project and respond to the self as an object is the foundation for all human communication, exchange, introspection, and social interaction.  Saying this another way:  It is the active presence of GOD in awareness that makes possible the use of comparison and contrast among created beings and living creatures whereby we realize that we are like, yet, separate from the sphere of our existence, and from one another.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith, and the substance of divinity within you.

Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed:  and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.  (1st Corinthians 12:  3, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC