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Today, reply is on whether the Rapture has already occurred without those left behind being made aware of judgment against themselves. As a sacred process, the focus or object of hope may be fixed and unchanging, yet, hope is to be ongoing, pending, and recurring. Properly understood, our sacred hope also is timeless, eternal, and everlasting. Hope for the believer derives from the grace and personhood of divinity, rather than deliverance by the law, and from the law. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile data appears) posted the following:

 

What if Rapture has already happened but no one was saved and therefor no one got Raptured?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. (1st Thessalonians 4: 13-18, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Divine Preparations for Advent (03/17/2019); His Words About Returning (12/02/2018); Preparing For The Rapture (11/09/2018); A Short Time Left (10/30/2018); Believers Must Become “Ripe” (09/02/2018); “The End Is Near” (03/14/2018); Waiting For His Appearing (02/09/2016)

 

Anonymous”, developing Christian believers are all cautioned to acknowledge that the present process of divinity for redemption and salvation is one of proclamation and revelation. Things otherwise invisible and unseen are displayed and made actual for created beings and living creatures to establish unshakable consciousness of divine things that have been, that are, and that are yet to come. Divine law is not the hope of the Christian; yet, law is a life process, not merely a set of rules, whereby the accomplishment of judgment appears. Spiritual confusion is eliminated through sacred devices that include the operations of inseparable spirit substance from the makeup of GOD such as faith, holiness, impartiality, oneness without sameness, and prophetic demonstration. Saying this another way, multiple sacred events to make divinity known, knowable, accessible and approachable will occur that are “public” and “open”. While there will be various operations that involve only those members of the church founded by Jesus Christ who are adjudged as just and righteous, these will not be private or secret events. Through what they witness, those ruled as being unjust, unrighteous and wicked are to realize their condition of condemnation before the Most High, and their further entrance into the tribunals of final judgment.

Keeping in mind that salvation is through grace and the merits of Jesus Christ, who, when, how and why there is a harvesting of the earth is not a social event, or a matter of selection on the basis of human accomplishment. Christ will be published within the consciousness and substance of all Creation through righteous judgment, and the resolution of all conflict. Among Christian believers teachings that have themes of the new creation, “the rapture,” or the descent of the New Jerusalem are to generate appetite (ire., longing for the appearing of the Lord), expectation (we also say, hope), and zeal through assurance. Consider against the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. Deuteronomy 29: 29, King James Version (KJV): 29 The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

2. Revelation 1: 5-8, KJV: 5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, 6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. 7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. 8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

3. Matthew 24: 23-28, KJV: 23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 25 Behold, I have told you before. 26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. 27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 4. Romans 8: 24-25, KJV: 24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? 25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Today, reply is on the divine response to attacks against the New Jerusalem, and possibilities for warfare on earth against GOD.  From the Fall of Adam, all in Creation have been warned not to presume on divine law and the character of our Maker.  It is the need for a total elimination of sin that guarantees GOD will eventually make a full demonstration of his wrath against sin that is also an inseparable aspect of divine personhood.  Even so, the judgment and full process of GOD against sin is to be seen and understood as a sacred instrument for the further revelation of divine righteousness.  Like eternal life, the final judgment is an ongoing sacred process that begins while believers are still on the earth.  In place of the divine use of coercion, threats, and violence, the living are allowed to acquire sacred knowledge; accomplish rebirth, gradual growth, discovery, and becoming mature; continue preparing for the things we are commanded to expect (we say, hope for); display faith and obey eternal law; endure hardship, and triumph despite suffering;  join to the oneness without sameness that exists among the three persons of the GODhead (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit); observe sacred practices (e.g., baptism, prayer, marriage, worship); shape their own lifestyle and daily routines to demonstrate godliness; and respond to operations of the Holy Spirit that result in permanent change.  The complete range of life events had by every created being and living creature will be impartially and thoroughly examined to identify their fullness of divine spirit content from the makeup of GOD.  As part of the mercy shown in judgment, sinners will be restored to life in resurrection so they may appear before divinity and answer charges brought against themselves during the tribunals.  Along with such aspects as commitment, consistency, repentance, respect, stability, and unselfishness, ones attitudes, behavior, and conduct will be the indicators that will determine their compatibility, fitness, and readiness to reside in the coming holy city (New Jerusalem) as the new creation and eternal companions of Deity.  Mortality and death will be ended for those belonging to Jesus Christ through acceptance of his atonement.  The immortal, incorruptible saints also will be judged for the granting of rewards.  Only those who have persisted in defiance, iniquity, rebellion, and wickedness will be destroyed in the second death.  A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum using the ID “Jen” (Level 3 with 1,054 points, a member since February 21, 2015) posted the following:

 

Christians Do you expect all of Earth to just sit and wait and let god kill us all off on judgement day and judge us?

You seriously think the entire Earth will just resign to their fate during the apocalypse and let God kill us all off and judge us and let him have his way

No it’s going to be an all out war between us on Earth humans hell and heaven

Human vs Angel vs Demon all of gods creations against each other
Fighting for survival

The angels will be on gods side but I’m sure some will rebel too
I doubt they had guns bombs and nukes and types of military weapon arms we have now during the 1st war in heaven
Long ago

We humans and the demons share a common enemy
If we unite and join forces between Earth and Hell
If humans and demon fight together with some fallen angels
We might be able to stand a chance against Heaven
And can beat God and his angels and Jesus and prevent judgement day

I have read the entire bible every verse I know the truth and I know who and what type of being God really is if you really think he’s a loving Heavenly Father then think again and read the entire bible from Ot to the book of revelations

If a human can find Eden eat the tree of life after having eaten tree of knowledge fruit they may have powers equal to God himself
He made only humans in his image after all so it stands to reason
That a human can become God himself if the right conditions are met

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul:  the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.  The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart:  the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.  The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever:  the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.  More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold:  sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.  Moreover by them is thy servant warned:  and in keeping of them there is great reward.  Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.  Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me:  then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.  Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.  (Psalms 19:  7-14, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  A Lawless, Violent GOD? (11/16/2017); Choice, Duty, and Obligation? (11/17/2016); Material Things in Heaven? (11/10/2016); Where Will Believers Go? (10/26/2016); Presumption, Pride and Sin? (11/24/2015); We Are Still Sinning? (11/30/2013); Like a Thief? (12/01/2013)

 

“Jen”, on the basis of what you state with your question, you seem to be doing a work of Satanic exhortation and recruiting.  While it is true that the war begun in heaven will be finished upon the earth, the fullness of divinity (the GODhead) can not be provoked and tempted (i.e., challenged; tested) as with created beings and living creatures.  The cosmic power of GOD that has put forth all existence and the universe also may unleash a storm of judgment and fury against sin on the scale that combines every hailstorm, lightning strike, torrential rain, and wildfire that have ever blown and raged on the earth.  Even so, Christians expect the fulfillment of things proclaimed, promised, and prophesied in the Bible.  For this reason, developing believers are continuing to mature and become ripe for harvest by Jesus Christ (we also say, the Advent, his appearing, the Second Coming) without fear of being overcome by the Wicked One.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible that separates the followers of Jesus from deceit, delusion, and spiritual confusion:

(1.)  Revelation 16:  5-11, King James Version (KJV):  5 And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus.  6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.  7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.  8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.  9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues:  and they repented not to give him glory.  10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,  11 And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.

(2.)  Revelation 19:  11-16, KJV:  11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.  12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.  13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood:  and his name is called The Word of God.  14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.  15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations:  and he shall rule them with a rod of iron:  and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.  16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

(3.)  Revelation 20:  6-10, KJV:  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.  7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,  8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle:  the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.  9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city:  and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.  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.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Romans 8:  5-9, KJV:  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

Signature Mark
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Today, reply is made on fear and thoughts of dying among Christians.  Being vulnerable as alive, carnal, and mortal, Christian believers also may experience misgivings, mixed feelings, and uncertainty when considering their own death.  However, as the offspring of GOD, and joint-heirs with the Lord, we have been told what to hope (expect).  We are not to rely upon emotions, personal opinions and secular knowledge.  We are to hold to proclamations, promises, and prophecies from GOD.  Where there seems to be missing information, and details we might want do not appear, we are to understand they are neither necessary nor useful for our salvation.  What we have been given is sufficient.  A fighter using the ID “Billy” at “Yahoo! Answers” (Level 1 with 39 points, a member since August 10, 2017) posted the following:

 

Does the thought of dying scare you? lets just say it’s absolute nothingness. no emotion feelings just pure nothing. does it comfort you?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  “For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God.  I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.  I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”  (Galatians 2:  19-21, New International Version, NIV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  No Fear In Love? (05/17/2017); Correct Awe and Respect (02/04/2016); Alway Delivered To Death? (11/06/2015); Why Believers Fear (09/09/2014); Freedom of Foul Speech? (09/10/2014); On Death and Pain (05/08/2014); A “Good” Verse? (05/09/2014); The Dead in Christ? (11/18/2013); Too Much Holy Spirit? (11/19/2013)

 

“Billy”, here are some points on the understanding of death that should be found among mature followers of Jesus Christ.  Because Christian believers are being given endowments of sacred substance from the makeup of GOD (e.g., faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, wrath against sin) along with such elements as gratitude, hope, humility and joy, their awareness and thoughts on death are always counterpoised against their conviction and thoughts on eternal life.  Where sinners will respond to sacred knowledge by becoming “born again”, by making commitment to the Gospel and other godly doctrine, by continually repenting of sin, and by practicing the fellowship, lifestyle and daily routines shared within the community of faith that is the church, “death” takes on new meaning as “sleep”, as “rest”, and as a brief  interruption of being a living companion of divinity.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Scriptures (Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.®) :

(1.)  Romans 14:  8, NIV:  8 If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.

(2.)  Romans 8:  5-9, NIV:  5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.  6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.  7 The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.  8 Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.  9 You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you.  And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.

(3.)  1st Corinthians 15:  50-54, NIV:  50 I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.  51 Listen, I tell you a mystery:  We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.  For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.  53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.  54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true:  “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  1st Thessalonians 4:  13-18, NIV:  13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.  14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.  15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.  16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.  17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.  And so we will be with the Lord forever.  18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, hope and sacred truth are topics.  Authentic and godly hope always consist in expectations begun, confirmed, and sustained by divinity.  While hope appears within the frameworks of time and space as promoting change, targeting future events, and “forward-looking,” correctly understood, hope pertains to the continuity and full revelation of things eternal and immutable, yet, presently unknown.  With this in view, hope is different from imaginings and projections based on confirmed secular knowledge, and the operations of finite human intellect.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “2017” (Level 7 with 61,162 points, a member since December 25, 2008) posted the following:

 

What is hope? is it true?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel that prophesy, and say thou unto them that prophesy out of their own hearts, Hear ye the word of the LORD;  Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing!  O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts.  Ye have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of the LORD.  They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The LORD saith:  and the LORD hath not sent them:  and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the word.  Have ye not seen a vain vision, and have ye not spoken a lying divination, whereas ye say, The LORD saith it; albeit I have not spoken?  Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye have spoken vanity, and seen lies, therefore, behold, I am against you, saith the Lord GOD.  And mine hand shall be upon the prophets that see vanity, and that divine lies:  they shall not be in the assembly of my people, neither shall they be written in the writing of the house of Israel, neither shall they enter into the land of Israel; and ye shall know that I am the Lord GOD.  Because, even because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace; and there was no peace; and one built up a wall, and, lo, others daubed it with untempered morter:  Say unto them which daub it with untempered morter, that it shall fall:  there shall be an overflowing shower; and ye, O great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy wind shall rend it.  (Ezekiel 13:  2-11, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Eternal Life From GOD (10/24/2016); The Problem of Faith? (05/22/2016); It Takes The Cross (04/22/2016); About The End Of The World (08/30/2015); A New Year’s Message, 2015: Great Expectations? (01/01/2015); Begotten Unto A Lively Hope? (10/04/2014); Of Sure Hope and Certainty (09/05/2013); Prophetic Demonstrations (10/06/2013)

 

“2017”, sinners repeatedly confuse “hope” with selfish desire, dreams, fantasy, and wish-fulfillment—things that are carnal, material and social that can be “all in the mind” of an individual.  Mature Christian believers should understand hope as an aspect of existing in an ongoing relationship with GOD through the person of Jesus Christ.  Crucial are acceptance, respect, trust, and truth.  As the new creation through Christ, “born again” believers eventually “grow up again” to acknowledge hope as a spirit substance from the makeup of divinity imparted through baptism that is inseparable from other aspects of Deity revealed in the life and person of the Savior.  Included are faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Along with joy, hope operates as power and strength that eliminate despair and fear during times of hardship and suffering.  While all things are possible with GOD, a believer’s hope is “realistic” only when it centers upon the things that are in agreement with divine law and have been proclaimed, promised, prophesied, and revealed.  To hope is to anticipate, expect, and look forward to the actualization and fulfillment of things commanded and unfolding through legitimate operations of GOD that will complete sacred projects, conform to pre-set divine patterns, and implement eternal purposes.  The Christian has certainty that their hope is sound for it is grounded in divine substance (e.g., breath, life essence, spirit, word).  Consider the following from the Scriptures:

(1.)  Deuteronomy 29:  29, King James Version (KJV):  29 The secret things belong unto the LORD our God:  but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

(2.)  Lamentations 3:  21-24, KJV:  21 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.  22 It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.  23 They are new every morning:  great is thy faithfulness.  24 The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.

(3.)  Romans 15:  1-7, KJV:  1 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.  2 Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.  3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.  4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.  5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:  6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  7 Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Hebrews 6:  16-20, KJV:  16 For men verily swear by the greater:  and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife.  17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:  18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:  19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;  20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, focus is on change, patience, divine response to needs of the living, and sacred process as deliberate and extended.  Many only turn to divinity because they experience intense needs for comfort, healing, prosperity, and permanent relief from suffering.  However, it is the character and nature of divinity that, in fact, dictates the course of divine response.  With this in view, there can be no “quick fix” or “slap dash” from GOD.  Because it is always in accordance with prophecy and revealed truth, the divine process may be regarded as disciplined, inevitable, methodical, and predictable.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Political Commentator” (Level 1 with 7 points, a member since December 09, 2015) posted the following:

 

Christians – Do you agree that repentance can be a protracted process, but some people expect quick results to get it off their chest…?

…Without realising just how seriously they have sinned against God.

 

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.  (Revelation 14:  6-12, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Waiting For His Appearing (02/09/2016); Wanting To Know When? (10/18/2015); Christ Coming Soon? (10/16/2015); The Power in Prayer? (08/22/2014); The Rosary and Other Prayers? (08/23/2014); Of Sure Hope and Certainty (09/05/2013); Prophetic Demonstrations (09/06/2013) 

 

“Political Commentator”, repentance is a process carried out by will of the Creator, not that of the created.  Only as sinners are “born again” do they acquire proper expectations for eternal life.  GOD responds to the living on the basis of aspects of full divinity and sacred purpose, rather than the mundane events, personalities, and problems that are boundaries and conditions within their sphere of life.  Finite created beings and living creatures, who rely upon the frameworks of time and space to order, and give structure to the data and information coming to them as life experience, must be permanently changed through fresh deposits of spirit content from GOD that allow correct and more complete grasp of the operations by spirit, divine utterance, and sacred word that eventually will appear in ones lifestyle and practice as rebirth, redemption, repentance, salvation, and sanctification.  Human intellect, logic, philosophy, or reason will focus upon the awesomeness, omnipotence, omniscience, and oneness of GOD, failing to take into account also the immortality, immutability, and incorruption of Deity.  The character, makeup, and nature of divine spirit must be described as active, diffuse, organic, unbounded, yet, also constant, continuous, directed, enduring, and purposeful.  The sacred events (we say, miracles) that appear to be instantaneous and sudden usually follow long periods of gradual development, growth, patient expectation, or even, affliction, chastisement, and suffering.  Reacting to carnal, material and social pressures, the flesh is not in accord with divinity.  Unseen elements have influence such as appetite, covetousness, emotion, mind, and sensation.  The demand and prayers for quick responses from GOD are not ignored and unheard; however, divine answers must acknowledge divine order, sacred law, and unambiguous Spirit process.  Consider again the following points from the Bible:

(1.)  Jeremiah 42:  4-8, King James Version (KJV):  4 Then Jeremiah the prophet said unto them, I have heard you; behold, I will pray unto the LORD your God according to your words; and it shall come to pass, that whatsoever thing the LORD shall answer you, I will declare it unto you; I will keep nothing back from you.  5 Then they said to Jeremiah, The LORD be a true and faithful witness between us, if we do not even according to all things for the which the LORD thy God shall send thee to us.  6 Whether it be good, or whether it be evil, we will obey the voice of the LORD our God, to whom we send thee; that it may be well with us, when we obey the voice of the LORD our God.  7 And it came to pass after ten days, that the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah.  8 Then called he Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces which were with him, and all the people from the least even to the greatest,

(2.)  Daniel 10:  12-14, KJV:  12 Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel:  for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.  13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days:  but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.  14 Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days:  for yet the vision is for many days.

(3.)  Romans 8:  5-9, KJV:  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

(4.)  2nd Peter 3:  8-10, KJV:  8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended, here.  (For example, (5.)  Hebrews 10:  35-37, KJV:  35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.  36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.  37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.)  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 are shared, today, in reply to concern aroused by a fake report that the Vatican decided to stop waiting for the coming of Christ (see http://www.examiner.com/article/fake-vatican-report-creates-real-outrage-over-end-times-prophecy).  Consider again the following Scriptures and the response below:

Isaiah 50:  9-11, King James Version (KJV):  9 Behold, the Lord GOD will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? lo, they all shall wax old as a garment; the moth shall eat them up.  10 Who is among you that feareth the LORD, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the LORD, and stay upon his God.  11 Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks:  walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of mine hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow.

Acts 5:  29-32, KJV:  29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.  30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.  31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.  32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.

Hebrews 10:  35-37, KJV:  35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.  36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.  37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.

The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “BleuMonday” (Level 1 with 175 points, a member since July 11, 2013) posted the following:

 

Is it a sin as a Christian to not believe in the return of Jesus, and are you “waiting!?”?

It’s no surprise that The Vatican stopped waiting for the return of Jesus upon its 1,891st anniversary of doing so.
Here is an article link if interested-
http://www.examiner.com/article/vatican-announces-jesus-is-not-coming-back

I don’t think anyone is actually “waiting,” but what if any is the major belief on this subject by Christians? To all the atheists, try not to have too much of a field day with this, I’m actually looking for serious answers from believers. Thanks!

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,  According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:  Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:  that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.  And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;  And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;  And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.  For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.  Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure:  for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:  For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  (2nd Peter 1:  2-11, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  A Promise of Return (01/15/2016); In Times of Progress? (12/21/2015); Christ Coming Soon? (10/16/2015); About The End Of The World (08/30/2015); Becoming Ripe for Harvest? (07/03/2015); The Soon Return of Jesus? (01/05/2015); About the Second Coming? (01/18/2014); Unprofitable Servants? (01/19/2014)

 

“BleuMonday”, for believers who trust the holy writings as a true record showing divinity made known and knowable through thousands of lives and thousands of events, over the course of thousands of years, the operations of sin oppose the continued existence of divine law, the Creator and Law Giver, and essential order put forth as a platform for the universe.  The importance of commitment and cooperation with the things from divinity intended as benefit for created beings and living creatures should be self-evident.  The Christian believer is affirmed and endowed with divine substance  through acknowledgement of proclamations, promises and prophecies from GOD along with specific expectations (we say, hope) believers are commanded to embrace regarding coming sacred events.  Consider again the following verses from the Bible:

(1.)  John 14:  1-3, King James Version (KJV):  1 Let not your heart be troubled:  ye believe in God, believe also in me.  2 In my Father’s house are many mansions:  if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

(2.)  Acts 1:  7-11, KJV:  7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.  8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:  and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.  9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.  10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;  11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

(3.)  John 8:  23-26, KJV:  23 And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above:  ye are of this world; I am not of this world.  24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins:  for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.  25 Then said they unto him, Who art thou? And Jesus saith unto them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning.  26 I have many things to say and to judge of you:  but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him.

(4.)  Acts 10:  40-44, KJV:  40 Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly;  41 Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.  42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.  43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.  44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.

(5.)  2nd Timothy 4:  1-3, KJV:  1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;  2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.  3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

(6.)  Revelation 1:  7-8, KJV:  7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him:  and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.  8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

There is far more to be said, understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (7.) 2nd Timothy 4:  8, KJV:  8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day:  and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.)  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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Further thoughts are shared, today, on the processes of divine prophecy, salvation, trust, and the coming of Christ.  The works of separation in harvest are for the wheat and the tares as well as for the wheat and the chaff.  The task of making response to those who harass your ministry must be carefully done.  On the one hand, your goal is to cut them off absolutely and decisively; to turn them away once and for all so that they never return.  On the other hand, your duty is to respond with substance from the Holy Spirit, as many times as they shall repent (demonstrated in their coming back, again).  Just as children often are hesitant to approach their parents after chastisement, punishment and rebuke, believers, investigators and those seeking GOD often shrink from further effort once challenged, embarrassed, or “put down.”  Following the example given by divinity, the wise parent is alert to recognize and respond to apologies, repentance and sorrowing for error that appears  silently expressed through changed behavior, perseverance, and renewed effort.  Consider again the following from the Bible, where the question, “When?” is answered in a way that conclusively satisfies and seals those Christian believers prepared to receive it.  There the same query has been posed using different words, “wilt thou at this time” and “how long”:   Acts 1:  6-7, King James Version (KJV):  6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?  7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.  Also Revelation 6:  9-11, KJV:  9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:  10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?  11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.  Moreover, we have:  Ecclesiastes 12:  13-14, KJV:  Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:  Fear God, and keep his commandments:  For his is the whole duty of man.  14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.  “wirelessguru1” again commented on (10/16/2015) Christ Coming Soon? and was answered with the following:

“wirelessguru1”                      Fanatic, what does “due time” mean!?
..and encourage by what!!!???

THE BLACK PHOENIX     “Brow” (I‘m sure you won’t mind when I call you that for short), be encouraged that someone cares enough to respond to you at all.  You are still “asking” without sharing.  Try this:  say what it means to your faith, then ask for clarification or correction of what others share with you.  That is how one  avoids the impression of being an empty vessel (one having no spirit content from Christ), and further welcomes the deepest, purest truth that others feel they have.  Consider again:  1st John 4:  6, King James Version (KJV):  6 We are of God.  he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us:  Hereby know we the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

THE BATTLE AXE:  Wanting To Know When? (10/18/2015)—Continuing a godly understanding, see with new eyes:  The error of Adam (both the male and female) occurred when a judgment was made (i.e., value was assigned to knowledge) in a way that threatened to destroy continuing intimate relationship with the Creator.  As their Maker, GOD met with the pair demonstrating and revealing the divine character and nature through intimacy and person, not simply by authority and as exalted Being.  The pair were to always exist within a relationship of access, love, respect and trust toward Deity.  While sacred law was in place as the expression of divine will, correct and exhaustive knowledge of the law was not required.  There even was no demand for an  abbreviation of the law as seen with the Decalogue granted to Israel as their platform for covenant relationship.

GOD called, and neither would answer.  The pair could have asked, “When?” regarding the death sentence that was passed upon their denial of Deity and disobedience.  However, the priority of GOD must be seen as having been their recovery and restoration.  Were they to be given a second chance, then and there, what would GOD establish for them?  Followers of Jesus Christ believe, GOD would have made possible the original relationship he intended, one of access, love, respect, and trust.  Generations since then have been allowed to experience “Eden’s second chance.”

It should be no surprise that Adam’s response of distrust, fear and hiding among the things of the world (i.e., the Garden) is not correct for those who come to Christ.  Only with open confession, contrition, remorse and repentance may the divine operations of atonement, forgiveness, rebirth, and sanctification set up the full transformation that must occur—even the change from mortality to immortality and incorruption at the harvesting of the earth by Jesus Christ.

The sacred process of establishing a church that we see in the Savior (from beginning to end, i.e., incarnation not impregnation, birth, death, resurrection, ascension) is to encourage more than an intellectual  awareness that GOD exists, or to draw men by curiosity as Moses was drawn.  Also, we are not speaking of a work through persuasion, and reasoning with philosophy or science.  The access to divinity now provided pertains to the content and makeup of mankind, that can only be altered for eternal purposes through rebirth, revelation, spiritual growth, and perfecting by the Holy Spirit.

In no way does a second chance mean going back to “business as usual”,  to “do as you please” or to “forget about it.”  There is to be permanent and irreversible change whereby GOD will be glorified, honored, known, and praised throughout the earth.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write:  and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.  And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,  And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:  But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.  (Revelation 10:  4-7, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Christ Coming Soon? (10/16/2015); How To Measure Spiritual Progress?  (04/19/2015); Carnal Needs, Sacred Tools? (03/26/2015); GOD Is A Spirit (12/07/2014); The Mystery of His Appearing (12/08/2014); Like a Thief? (12/01/2013); Only While We Live? (12/02/2013)

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, the eternal development of mankind may occur through the framework of time.  Yet, to focus upon time would be an error.  Similarly, we speak of trust as that aspect brought to relationship by created beings and living creatures, instead of saying faith, because the one is carnal, and appears by the flesh and self-will (some say, volition); the other is spiritual and abides through divinity.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Scripture points are shared, today, on Christians staying in readiness for the sudden appearing of Jesus Christ to harvest believers from the earth.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “dodo” (Level 5 with 6,079 points, a member since November 19, 2014) posted the following:

If no christians know when jesus is coming back, why are they keep insisting that its happening soon? do you see the irony there?

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward.  For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.  For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.  Now the just shall live by faith:  but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.  But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.  (Hebrews 10:  35-39, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  About The End Of The World (08/30/2015); The Imminent Return of Christ? (07/19/2015); Becoming Ripe for Harvest? (07/03/2015); The Soon Return of Jesus? (01/05/2015); Sinless Until Advent? (11/05/2014); Holy Wars? (11/06/2014)

“dodo”, as though we were born spiritually blind, we now are all in a divine process whereby divinity grants foresight through divine law, promise, revelation, and spiritual vision.  Rather than focus upon humor, irony, secular events, or the human predicament, Christian believers are directed to realize various sacred processes are going forward.  The Advent or Second Coming of Jesus Christ is taught and received only through the Holy Spirit (also called the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth).  Believers are to endure the same life challenges as all others upon the earth, and are granted spirit content that ensures balance and patience.  Included are faith, holiness, longsuffering, sacred knowledge, and wisdom.  Christians must develop their ability to wait while having the excitement of things upon a cosmic scale, so that they may be without frenzy and hysteria.  Believers are to commit themselves to no new messages, or further warnings from Christ; and the things already proclaimed will become actual and complete with great suddenness.  The work of prophecy is to comfort, edify (build up), and exhort (urge to immediate action).  Thus, here are some points from the holy writings that generate the necessary alertness, expectation, and readiness for the followers of the Lord to be harvested from the earth when Jesus returns:

(1.)  Psalms 62:  5-8, King James Version (KJV):  5 My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.  6 He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.  7 In God is my salvation and my glory; the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.  8 Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him:  God is a refuge for us.  Selah.

(2.)  Isaiah 40:  26-31, KJV:  26 Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number:  he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.  27 Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God.  28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.  29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.  30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall fall:  31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

(3.)  Galatians 6:  7-10, KJV:  7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked:  for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.  8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.  9 And let us not be weary in well doing:  for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.  10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

(4.)  Matthew 24:  24-27, KJV:  24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible they shall deceive the very elect.  25 Behold, I have told you before.  26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth:  behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.  27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 

(5.)  Romans 8:  22-25, KJV:  22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travailed in pain together until now.  23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.  24 For we are saved by hope:  but hope that is seen is not hope:  for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?  25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

(6.)  2nd Peter 3:  9-12, KJV:  9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.  11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 12 Looking for and  hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (7.)  Isaiah 25:  8-9, KJV:  8 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.  9 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.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, points are shared to clarify how all sin can be the same.  Also, there is more on salvation before the time of Christ incarnate upon the earth.  A “Yahoo! Answers” fighter using the ID “Lady Bunt” (Level 1 with 237 points, a member since March 18, 2014) posted the following:

 

Is it true that Protestants think that all sins are equal in the eyes of the Lord? 

if they do, this is the stupidest belief I’ve ever heard in my life

This is against reason and logic. And this is against God, given that God is logos, then the pure reason

So according to Protestant a liar is as sinful as a serial killer who murdered 20 people. This is absurd

Not even the state reasons in such a ridiculous way. In fact for the law a fraud is not punished in the same way as a serial killer

or, dear Protestants, should you advise the state to give all criminals the same penalty?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Salvation Before Christ? (06/24/2014)—(5.)  For many doctrines and teachings recorded within the Scriptures the labels and familiar language we now use to speak of salvation do not appear.  Yet, there are multiple demonstrations and events that carry the same essence (we say, spirit), meanings, precepts, principles and values.  Included have been comfort, covenants, deliverance, prophetic demonstrations, healing, messages, miracles, proclamations, signs, sacred songs, and victory in battle.  From before Creation, at its beginning, and for all mankind that would ever exist, there has been only one divine mechanism for atonement and propitiation of sin:  a presentation of divinity through blood offered in sacrifice from GOD appearing incarnate in the person of Jesus Christ.  All upon the earth have been challenged to acknowledge salvation as faith fostered by the promises of GOD.  All have been directed to continue specific observances and practices (we say, ceremonies, rituals, sacraments) that crystallize the expectation (hope) for a visible divine appearing (we say, revelation).  Both the righteous and the unrighteous have been preserved by GOD through operations of death, and are to be returned to their bodies to appear before GOD.  Even those from the earliest days of the earth can be taken up as saved to meet Christ in the air at his second coming (some say, Advent, the Rapture, the first resurrection).  Others will be raised from the dead for judgment (we say, the second resurrection) as the wicked who must appear in an open tribunal where Christ will preside as judge.  Atonement (applying the blood of Jesus to cover sin) and sealing to identify those belonging to Christ will have been completed before the first resurrection.  Yet, those lifted then will participate in judgment to determine their eternal access to divinity, privileges and status (we say, rewards).  When Christ comes to harvest the earth of those who have been purchased through the blood of atonement and redemption, only those who correctly responded to the many provisions for salvation will be granted life from the dead as the first resurrection.  See again Acts 13:  38-39, Romans 6:  16-18, 1st Corinthians 3:  11-15, 1st Thessalonians 4:  14-16, Hebrews 11:  1-40 and 1st Peter 4:  1-7, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?  But ye have despised the poor.  Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?  Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?  If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:  But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.  For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.  For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill.  Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.  (James 2:  5-11, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Expulsion from Eden (05/05/2014); Blasphemy Against the GODhead (05/06/2014); Speaking of GOD (10/20/2010); Sin Causes Death? (02/04/2014); Succession (02/05/2014); Teachings on Judgment (06/06/2013); Those Who Never Heard? (06/07/2013); Why Blood? (04/13/2013); Time Before the Sun? (04/14/2013)

 

“Lady Bunt”, here are a few points that have been useful for many Christian believers that might help strengthen your understanding:

(1.)  GOD is a spirit who has put forth material beings and living creatures, the spheres wherein they may abide and endure, and the various conditions for them to gain sacred knowledge as well as to participate in intimate relationship with divinity.

(2.)  Awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures may be dominated by sin.  Sin is no material or spirit thing that has been created by GOD, has no concrete form or measurable dimension, yet, has direction, effect, and presence.  Sin is an artifact of discrete being, independence, and separation from GOD; and sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, of the divine Law Giver, and of the universe manifest through divine law.  Sin can not control or influence divine will.

(3.) Sin does not contain or have “existence” (an aspect of divinity).  Thus, sin can not be suddenly and completely destroyed, eliminated and removed using such finite human tools as intellect, logic, mathematics, philosophy, reason, and science.  To detect, correctly recognize, and resist sin, men and angels must receive inseparable, invisible aspects from the life essence of GOD that establish the power of divine will.  Multiple divine operations are occurring that limit sin, and that are necessary to avoid cosmic upheaval for all divine order.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  For example, (4.)  In order to correctly communicate about the things of life or death from GOD, believers all must learn and use a shared language of spiritual experience that is distinct from what we have through carnal, material, and social activity.  So to speak, we must master talking about bananas to describe watermelons.  Putting aside their size and weight differences, the two are exactly the same:  Both are fruit.  Both are green (at least for a while).  Both have the same function of protecting and distributing seed.  Also, both are pretty tasty.  Sin first may become known and spoken of on the basis of such features as attitudes, behavior, and conduct; however, sin is a profound aspect of spirit substance, existence, and interaction.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope; yea, thou shalt dig about thee, and thou shalt take thy rest in safety.  Also thou shalt lie down, and none shall make thee afraid; yea, many shall make suit unto thee.  But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, and they shall not escape, and their hope shall be as the giving up of the ghost.  (Job 11:  18-20, KJV)

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     Hope as an aspect of Christian belief is considered, today, along with more on experiences of Jesus appearing to believers after his resurrection.  The “Yahoo! Answers United Kingdom” writer using ID “i § seals” (Level 4 with 4,381 points, a member since June 3, 2012) posted the following:

How can hope be certainty?

hope
/hop/
Noun
A feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.
Verb
Want something to happen or be the case: “he’s hoping for compensation”; “I hope that the kids are OK”.
Synonyms
noun. expectation – expectancy – expectance – trust – promise
verb. trust – expect – anticipate

cer·tain·ty
/’s?rtnte/
Noun
Firm conviction that something is the case.
The quality of being reliably true: “a bewildering lack of certainty in the law”.
Synonyms
certitude – assurance – sureness – surety – assuredness

It seems that hope cannot be certainty, no matter how good one thinks it sounds. If I “hope” for a free car tomorrow, it is not “certain” that I’ll get it. In fact, if one is “certain”, “hope” becomes redundant.

Zen your way out of that one.

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It’s not an “attack”, Richard, it’s just a question.

THE BATTLE AXE:  A Need to Know? (09/04/2013)—(5.)  There are experiences of GOD granted among mankind on what seems to be a “need to know” basis.  Experiences of seeing Jesus as Risen Lord seem not to be for everyone, everywhere.  On the one hand, where one believer has a peculiar anointing, gift or experience of truth, the full body of believers are understood as having that anointing, that gift, and that truth.  On the other hand, those who receive special visitations often must also endure vicious opposition, great suffering, persecution, and death:  To whom much is given from him, much is required.  Apparitions and visitations that are to reinforce faith can also to be regarded as “put downs” for pride, and “extra strength” rebuke to establish a believer in humility.  They are not so much answers, rewards and conclusions of spiritual growth as they are beginnings.  See Luke 12:  42-48 and 1st Corinthians 12:  18-23, King James Version.  (6.)  In Christ, preparation for ministry of the gospel may begin in both positive and negative life experiences that seem entirely secular and irrelevant to Christian belief.  Included may be the challenges and trials endured in bereavement and loss of family and friends, childbearing and homemaking, combat and military service, manual labor in construction, farming and raising livestock, or marriage, divorce and sexual relationships.  The continuous operation of GOD through ones life experiences supplies growth and material that result in the special instances of holy encounter, insight, spiritual benefit, and sacred vision.  Often, it is the broad mosaic of life experience that must appear before one embraces church attendance, regular prayer, and daily study of the holy writings.  (7.)  Believers are wise to examine and review their own experience for life lessons from GOD.  However, the choice to make “baggage” of experience from the past is unrighteous and unwise.  It is more correct to acknowledge GOD as cause and source, and not to attribute all to personal failure, sin and wretchedness.  Again, see Psalms 119:  1-17, John 9:  1-3, Luke 9:  51-62 and Ephesians 2:  1-9, King James Version.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  A voice was heard upon the high places, weeping and supplications of the children of Israel:  for they have perverted their way, and they have forgotten the LORD their God.  Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings.  Behold, we come unto thee; for thou art the LORD our God.  Truly in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, and from the multitude of mountains:  truly in the LORD our God is the salvation of Israel.  For shame hath devoured the labour of our fathers from our youth; their flocks and their herds, their sons and their daughters.  We lie down in our shame, and our confusion covereth us:  for we have sinned against the LORD our God, we and our fathers, from our youth even unto this day, and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God.  (Jeremiah 3:  21-25, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Our Present Comfort? (06/28/2013); Come As You Are (06/29/2013); The Ascension of Christ? (12/19/2012); GOD in Schools? (12/20/2012)

     Here are a few points you may find helpful that are commonly shared among those anchored in Christian belief:

(1.)  Certain hope cannot be based upon ideas that are generated from animal instinct, fantasy, imagination, or lies.  Thus, hope may not be carnal, material, social and temporal in its nature.  Believers are correct to hope only for the completion and fulfillment of ongoing divine operations, promises recorded in the holy writings, and the events described as sacred prophecy.  Hope is always certain when grounded in truth that proceeds from GOD. 

(2.)  To hope is to have expectation, and to quietly wait for things anticipated.  Thus, to hope is to “tarry”, and to display a content of being that derives from the imparted, indwelling spirit of GOD.  Included are aspects of divinity obtained through baptism and being “born again” such as faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, love, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Saying this another way:  A believer must only hope for what they are commanded and instructed to expect.  All else would be “vain” hope, hope void of divine substance, that even when fulfilled cannot provide lasting contentment.

     There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  For example, (3.) Hope operates as persistence and spiritual tenacity that provide strength against forces and influences promoting arbitrary change, despair, giving up, letting go, and quitting.  In this sense, the believer is like the professional gambler who never depends upon chance, avoids the “sucker bet,” and only bets “the sure thing.”  The hope of believers in Jesus Christ, go beyond healing, daily nourishment or shelter, and cleansing from sin.  The Christian hopes for increasing measures of the ongoing revelation of GOD, and the intimate place as sons and daughters within the celestial presence.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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