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Four additional points are shared, today, on faith healing and “prayer death.”

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  “Prayer Death”? (02/21/2014)—(6.)  Agents not Caretakers.  The notion that adults are caretakers and property managers over minor children very often prevails above the idea that adults are agents to carry out and express a child’s needs, the child’s desires, the child’s integrity of person, and the child’s will.  Many Christian believers continue to operate with the understanding that minor children have no value as sentient beings in communion with GOD, and are only an expense and a liability that make no contribution to the prosperity or survival of communities, of their own families, or of the communities of faith.  More than this, they are accounted as “expendable”.  The Scriptures declare that children are the heritage of the Lord—a treasure and wealth that belongs to GOD.  Yet, many regard children as dependent and unable to make sound choices and decisions on their own behalf, or the behalf of others.  The subtle and widespread error therefore persists that children are human property of their parents, and may be destroyed, manipulated, promoted, or replaced in accordance with the emotional, psychological or spiritual expression of the adults who conceive them.  Parents absolutely must know and accept that their children are not their own, and their duty is to assist the child in developing after the divine will.  See Luke 1:  13-16 and 39-47, Jeremiah 1:  5-10, KJV.  (7.)  Adult Responsibility.  The duty of every adult believer is to behave in the most balanced, complete, mature, stable manner to nourish divinity and godliness in their children at all times.  While it is natural for children to refuse medical assistance because of fear, separation involved, uncertainty and weakness; the same can be unnatural for adults.  At the least it may be adult ignorance, immaturity and insensitivity, when parents fail to acknowledge that the bodies and minds of children do not function, and cannot be maintained in the same manner as for those who are full grown.  At its worst, it is arrogance, covetousness, criminal malice, “playing GOD,” and presumption.  Even though the Scriptures record that Elijah the Tishbite was miraculously delivered by GOD when Queen Jezebel swore to kill him; we are not to seek the same miracle to set food on our tables in our own homes, and for our own families.  GOD commanded the prophet to hide by the brook Cherith, to drink of its waters, and that GOD would command the ravens to feed him there.  See 1st Kings 17:  1-6, KJV.  (8.)  Redemption.  For many Christian believers, commitment to GOD through Jesus Christ requires a conscious decision to prayerfully and quietly bear suffering.  Adults routinely make similar knowing and willing choices (we may say, sacrifice) when challenged by duties and opportunities such as childbearing, homemaking, marriage, and military service.  Children are thought capable of only animal behavior, to operate in terms of appetite, emotion and instinct, rather than intellect, logic and reason.  All things dedicated and devoted to GOD, including children, may only  be conveyed and transferred into the divine presence (we say, heaven) by their presentation, slaying, and burning upon a holy altar.  Otherwise, they achieve status and acceptance by payment of a redemption price.  For the tribes of Jacob that left Egypt following Moses, the entire tribe of Levi became the redemption payment to GOD.  Later, Christ would come for salvation and redemption of all by a new covenant.  Even so, those who are redeemed continue as promised to GOD, and must serve as living sacrifices.  See Genesis 22:  1-3, Numbers 8:  17-19, Deuteronomy 18:  1, 1st Samuel 1:  21-28, Luke 2:  39-50 and Romans 12:  1-3, KJV.  (9.)  About Doctors and Medications.  Lacking meekness (i.e., willingness to be instructed and led by the holy writings and the imparted, indwelling Spirit), many will insist on their own way displaying the attitude that says, “you can’t teach me nothing; I’m right when I’m wrong, because….”  Yet, the Bible reports the use of balms, herbs, ointments, salt, spices, and even wine for treating injuries, maladies, sickness, and wounds.  Hezekiah was king of Judah when the word of the Lord came to him, that he would die of his sickness, despite the divine provision of physicians and other counselors.  The king was given a second prophecy that he would live another fifteen years, after obeying the prophet’s counsel to apply a poultice of figs.  Men are healed routinely by GOD through purging (we say, inner cleansing), proper diet, and rest.  Healing may occur naturally over time.  Divine intervention is rarely required given that sickness appears in known patterns that respond to familiar remedies.  While children are often more resilient than adults, and may bounce back from illness and fight off disease, they usually do not maintain careful regimens of hygiene, and are continually exposed to unseen germs and uncleanness.  It is no more a lack of faith to call for the service of those who have made careful study of disease and its cure, and are trained to assist adults and children, than it is a lack of faith to call a skilled mechanic to repair ones automobile.  When divine intervention is made, frequently it will come through agents appointed by GOD; and the healing will turn on rightly receiving them as having been sent by GOD.  Unfortunately, the account of a woman healed when she touched the hem of Jesus’ garment tends to convince many that doctors are dangerous and unreliable.  Jesus is cast in the mold of a country rabbi, a stranger seeking reputation as a doctor and theologian in Jerusalem.  Thinking like thieves, those weak in faith usually conclude that all physicians (and reverend doctors) are sent by the devil, are greedy, are grasping, are impersonal, are indifferent, and will exploit a person’s illness for money.  In pride, such believers assert that only they themselves are an acceptable provision from GOD.  These are as unlikely to accomplish healing for themselves of others as those who feel that sickness is divine punishment that must be accepted, or that fellow at the pool of Bethesda, drowning in self-pity, and awaiting the troubling of the waters, rather than the coming of Christ, the One Sent.  Their error is both that they condemn those truly appointed to heal, and they trust in prophets to heal who have not been sent for that purpose.  See 2nd Kings 2:  21, 2nd Kings 20:  5-7, Isaiah 1:  5-6, Jeremiah 23:  20-22, Jeremiah 30:  12-14, Ezekiel 13:  5-7, Matthew 9:  20-22, Matthew 14:  35-36 and John 5:  1-24, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  When the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither his disciples, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus.  And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither?  Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.  Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.  Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?  Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.  They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work?  Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.  Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.  For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.  Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.  And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life:  he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.  But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not.  All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.  For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.  (John 6:  24-38, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Intercession (12/27/2013); Jesus Is GOD’s Word (12/28/2013); GOD Enjoys Judgment? (12/19/2013); Miracles are Sacred Events (12/20/2013); A Lid on Love? (09/27/2013); Dying in Terror and Joy? (09/28/2013); When GOD Controls? (04/22/2013); The Divine Use of a Human Life? (04/23/2013); Therefore There Was Trust (01/07/2013); When Does Gossip Become Sin? (01/08/2013)

 

For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble:  and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.  But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.  (Malachi 4:  1-2, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

     Incarnation and prayer as sacred devices used to establish redemption and salvation for mankind are the topics, today.  Also, there is more on the chariot of fire and other prophetic demonstrations.  A “Yahoo! Answers Australia” writer using ID “Horn of the Unicorn” (Level 1 with 47 points, a member since September 13, 2009) posted the following:

Why was Jesus (as God) always praying to himself?

THE BATTLE AXE:  Prophetic Demonstrations (09/06/2013)—(4.)  There are multiple levels of meaning and truth for any prophetic demonstration.  Focus for the chariot of fire account is not merely the death of the prophet Elijah or the anointing and empowerment of his successor, Elisha; and is seen to embrace the glory and sufferings of GOD as well as the final judgment of all mankind.  By faith and not as eyewitnesses who we present with him there, the sons of the prophets (see 2nd Kings 2:  1-7, KJV) were to witness Elijah’s separation.  Burning, flaming horses, and the open vehicle serve as images for the lowliness of mankind and the exalted person of GOD as well as for the swiftness and thoroughness of judgment.  The contrasts of meekness and power are also to be seen in the humiliation of Moses and glorification of Elijah that prefigure both the transfiguration of Jesus, and the ascension of the Savior before the apostolic witnesses (see Matthew 17:  1-13, Mark 9:  1-13, Luke 9:  28-36 and Acts 1:  1-11, KJV).

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.  (Hebrews 1:  1-6, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Prayer not Enough? (07/12/2013); A Tree Falls To The South (07/13/2013); A Relationship not Just Knowledge? (06/25/2013); Lost Without GOD? (06/26/2013); Accomplished in Christ? (01/16/2013); The Need to Purify Heaven (01/17/2013)

 

    Horn of the Unicorn, most people ask that question (or one very like it) when they first begin examining the many levels of new truth that are important to Christian belief.  Here are a few useful points you may find helpful that usually are discovered in the course of careful Bible study and prayer:

(1.)  GOD is a spirit, and exists in a fullness revealed to mankind through peculiar sacred operations.  Included are birth, death, praise, resurrection, baptism, rebirth, repentance, and sanctification.  GOD is not a fog, a mist, or a smoke having physical being without person.  Nor is Almighty GOD to be thought of as an energy, a force, or a brain/mind having no body.  Incarnation is the sacred event wherein GOD appeared in material form as the person of Jesus Christ. 

(2.)  Through Jesus, GOD has demonstrated a broad range of divine purposes, sacred laws, and eternal operations that further establish Almighty GOD as set apart, as exalted, as sanctified, and as sovereign.  Included are forbearance, forgiveness, longsuffering, judgment, love, and resurrection.

(3.)  Jesus has instructed mankind in how to rebuild right relationship with GOD through spiritual practices that continually acknowledge divine grace, and that obey directions from the imparted, indwelling Spirit from GOD (called the Holy Ghost, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Prophecy, and the Spirit of Truth).  Through the ministry of Jesus, believers obtain fresh endowments of divinity that replenish the measure provided in Creation to Adam (and that has been steadily declining through sin).  Included are such aspects of sacred content from the person of GOD as faith, holiness, humility, truth, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

(4.)  Through the intercession and mediation of Jesus Christ, human prayer and worship have been made consecrated and intimate before GOD despite the continuance of sin among mankind.  The weight of obedience to law as a factor in judgment is broadened to include examination for the absence and presence of spirit content from GOD.  The righteousness of the law may be established through faith in addition to the mechanism of ones behavior and conduct obeying the law.

     There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  For example, (5.)  As a man among men, and before men, Jesus prays to GOD as an outreach to impress the hearts, minds, and spirits of men like me and you.  In addition to prayer, the life examples shared with believers through Jesus Christ include comforting the bereaved, confession, giving, fasting and restraint of appetite, feeding the hungry, and faithful service.)  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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     Divine use of a chariot of fire and other prophetic demonstrations are the topic, today.  Also, there is more on hope and certainty.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Carl” (Level 1 with 131 points, a member since July 14, 2013) posted the following:

 

Christians why was Elijah taken up in a Chariot of Fire and never tasted death?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Of Sure Hope and Certainty (09/05/2013)—(4.)  In contrast to having goals (planned actions with their desired outcomes and results), to have hope is to be aware that possibilities exist that are not yet present, or visible.  Hope may be understood as an emotional, fanciful and informal awareness of potential and possibility.  What we are hoping for as Christian believers should not contradict or undermine our spiritual beliefs and convictions.  Like those who label strong ambition, covetousness, or desire for goods and social recognition as godliness, those rebelling against GOD are those pursuing vain hope.  In general, vain hope centers upon acquiring things made through human effort, and attaining selfish goals.  Vain hope does not provide spiritual comfort, does not edify, further or reinforce spiritual belief and understanding, and does not move and urge others to fruitful spiritual action.  Believers experience hope as a product of the interaction among the inseparable aspects of their own divine content such as faith, holiness, love, truth and wisdom as well as through well-defined sacred operations that include forgiveness, judgment, holy matrimony, rebirth, and repentance.  Because the  hopes of a Christian believer are communal, detailed, hallowed and specific, hope is indispensable to Christian belief.  Hope is a duty, an obligation, and a seal upon the believer that further sanctifies and sets the believer apart for sacred service.  See Proverbs 16:  25, Numbers 23:  19, Psalms 127:  1-2 and Hebrews 11:  1-6, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence,  As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence!  When thou didst terrible things which we looked not for, thou camest down, the mountains flowed down at thy presence.  For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.  Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways:  behold, thou art wroth; for we have sinned:  in those is continuance, and we shall be saved.  But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.  And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee:  for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities.  But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.  Be not wroth very sore, O LORD, neither remember iniquity for ever:  behold, see, we beseech thee, we are all thy people.  (Isaiah 64:  1-9, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Recognizing True Prophets (05/02/2013); Jesus, A Party Animal? (05/03/2013); Why A “Spokesperson”? (01/14/2013); No Contradictions? (01/15/2013); Life and Death (09/26/2012); Mob Rule and Violence (09/27/2012); Nostradamus (09/10/2012); Unanswered Prayers? (09/11/2012)

 

     Carl, here are a few points I may share as a Christian believer:

(1.)  Elijah taken up by a chariot of fire is a prophetic demonstration, a peculiar event or set of actions that depict alternative paths for outcomes among the people of GOD (i.e., supply warning), and that proclaim divine intent using visual cues instead of words.  The prophet who was challenged to publicly eat cow dung is often identified as the greatest example of this device used by GOD (see Ezekiel 4:  1-17, KJV).  However, along with spoken declarations, instructions, proclamations and promises, most of the prophets are seen employing and relying upon some form of demonstration.  Included are the baptism of John the Baptist, and Agabus giving caution to the Apostle Paul in the New Testament (see John 1:  6-34, and Acts 21:  10-11, KJV).

(2.)  Like Moses called to the top of Mt. Sinai (Deuteronomy 4:  5-20, KJV), Jesus cursing the fig tree (Mark 11:  12-26, KJV), and the accounts of fire being called from heaven (2 Kings 1:  1-18 and Luke 9:  51-56, KJV), the chariot of fire depicts final judgment.  Mature believers are not depressed or frightened by these prophesies for they correctly receive them as evidence that there absolutely will be divine mercy and righteousness in judgment.

     There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  For example, (3.) Enoch in the Book of Genesis was the first reported mortal who did not die after living under the sentence of death that had been passed upon Adam and all his descendants.  Enoch was translated (see Hebrews 11:  5, KJV).  Final judgment also signals the end of death and mortality; mankind will be transformed to exist as immortal and incorruptible.)  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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