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Today, points are shared on atheism, “the great controversy,” and various end-time prophesies from the Bible.  For the Christian believer, atheism is no advance or development to a higher level for mankind; rather, it is a breakdown, collapse, and return to earlier stages of pride and psychological dependency that existed before enlightenment by Jesus Christ through the gifts of Pentecost.  Atheism signals opposition to, and removal of necessary spiritual focus that enables, and ensures the growth and prosperity of mankind will be in agreement with the character, nature, and substance of divinity.  Here, atheism is responded to as the belief that academic study, formal discourse, and science may not legitimately include, or make appeals to concepts of divine agents and authority to explain cause, composition, origin, or process for carnal, natural and social phenomena appearing in the earth.  In denying the existence of divinity, and disqualifying the use of prophecy, atheism also promotes blasphemy, disbelief, iniquity, lack of sacred knowledge (we say, ignorance), persecution of those who express faith, and humanity continuing in bondage to sin.  The accomplishments of modern astronomy, medicine, science, and technology notwithstanding, it remains that the influence and operations of sin can not be correctly identified, completely eliminated, or even successfully resisted relying only upon finite tools that merely give expression to flesh without also acknowledging sacred spirit.  Human history has shown, apart from GOD, such devices as structured debate, empiricism, genius, intellect, logic, rhetoric, and theory will never be enough to remove sin and wickedness from mankind upon the earth.  Consider the following Scripture and the discussion provided below:  And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast:  and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?  And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.  And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.  And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them:  and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.  And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.  If any man have an ear, let him hear.  He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity:  he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword.  Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.  (Revelation 13:  4-10, King James Version, KJV)  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (required profile information not shared) posted:

 

Christians, now that the gospel is spread to the ends of the earth, what gives with the rise of atheism?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?  And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.  For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.  And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars:  see that ye be not troubled:  for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:  and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.  All these are the beginning of sorrows.  Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you:  and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.  And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.  And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.  And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.  But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.  And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.  (Matthew 24:  3-14, KJV) 

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Once We Know Better? (07/01/2016); To Study the Book of Judges (09/09/2015); More About the Trinity? (03/30/2015); Salvation for Atheists? (06/14/2013); Foolish For Not Believing? (03/22/2013); Science and the Laws of Nature? (03/23/2013); How To Love GOD? (03/24/2013)

 

“Anonymous”, while proclaiming eternal purposes, forthcoming sacred events, ongoing divine operations, and the immutable will of GOD, the holy writings also describe the process and responses to divinity that will appear among created beings and living creatures.  Many aspects are reported in detail of what has been called “the great controversy between Christ and Satan.”  Included are the increase of secular knowledge; upsurges of apostasy (falling away), disbelief, false doctrine, and heresy among Christian believers; tribulation; men becoming sealed with marks that identify them as belonging to either Christ or Satan; a Satanic army being mustered; and the removal from the earth of those who are “ripe” for harvest at the appearing of Jesus Christ (some say, the Advent, the Rapture, the Second Coming).  Only those anchored in mature faith that has been nourished from rebirth through sacred knowledge, fellowship with experienced believers, continuing sacred practices (we say, sacraments), unselfish service, and heartfelt worship, will be able to withstand the onslaught against the church during the end times.  The church will even appear to be totally cast down and destroyed, before the indisputable victory of Jesus is acknowledged by all.  Consider again how some of this is stated in the language of the Bible:

(1.)  Daniel 12:  1-4, King James Version (KJV):  1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people:  and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time:  and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.  2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.  3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.  4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end:  many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

(2.)  Daniel 7:  15-16, KJV:  15 I Daniel was grieved in my spirit in the midst of my body, and the visions of my head troubled me.  16 I came near unto one of them that stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things.

(3.)  Daniel 7:  19-22, KJV:  19 Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet;  20 And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows.  21 I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;  22 Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.

(4.)  2nd Timothy 3:  1-5, KJV:  1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,  3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,  4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;  5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

There is far more that could be said, must be carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (5.)  2nd Timothy 3:  13-17, KJV:  13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.  14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;  15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.  16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.)  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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Continuing to acknowledge the 2015 visit to the United States of America, Washington, DC and the United Nations by Pope Francis, more points are shared, today, as cautions and encouragements to Christian believers.  The followers of Jesus Christ must not become distracted:  Our focus is not to be earthquakes, wars, and rumors of war; or the terrors of apocalypse, the great tribulation, and the end time.  All Christians should be preparing to greet the Savior at his coming to harvest the earth.  Those who present themselves as expert critics opposing Catholic belief often are deluded, harbor the antichrist spirit, and lack accurate and full sacred knowledge about the doctrines and teachings they claim to be anchored in from their own congregation or denomination.  Because their efforts derive from pride and not the Spirit demonstrated through the ministry of Jesus Christ, the academicians, critics and intellectuals pursue self-justification, self-promotion, strong feelings (e.g., anger, bitterness, guilt) and vainglory.  Seeking to avoid having to answer authority within the body, such persons do not apply themselves using the available mechanisms maintained by the church that are intended to ensure fresh ideas and inputs for correction, development and progress be rigorously examined, shared, then expressed by practical applications within the full body.  These self-appointed critics parrot and repeat the classical arguments against the church, the Scriptures, and the existence of divinity focusing upon mankind and the beggarly aspects of finite creatures.  Thereby, the naysayer fails to discern their attacks actually are upon the Spirit who has been sent as the agent of the Lord.  Consider the following and the points appearing below:  1st John 2:  17-19, King James Version (KJV):  17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof:  but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.  18 Little children, it is the last time:  and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.  19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us:  but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Whatsoever Ye Shall Ask? (09/21/2015)—(7.)  Christ has commanded that the believer “watch and pray” remaining alert and vigilant until his appearing.  However, it is our natural tendency to become associated with and be bound to others upon the basis of shared complaints, hardship and suffering.  Because they approach us as family members, friends, and respected teachers, those who criticize and oppose the church of Jesus Christ have opportunities to introduce the poisonous beliefs and ideas more properly called “heresy” or “malice” than “personal opinion.”  We listen to speech that promotes condemning others; denying freedom, life, privilege and opportunity to others as well as talk advocating hatred and violence against others.  As the new creation of GOD, born again believers are to be increasingly judicious as they continue to grow again in the earth serving as ambassadors and spokespersons of Christ.  While believers will encounter the same life challenges as all others upon the earth, more and more, they are to respond with sacred knowledge, godly practices, and the standards for eternal life.  By caution, discipline and restraint, believers avoid delusion and the damage from “itching ears.”  Luke 9:  51-56, King James Version (KJV):  51 And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem,  52 And sent messengers before his face:  and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him.  53 And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem.  54 And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?  55 But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.  56 For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.

(8.)  The GOD we laud and serve is a god of Judgment, therefore, his name and reputation also are known through death, evil (i.e., calamity, catastrophe, natural disasters, upheaval), terrible punishments, and wrath against sin.  Responding to this, many among Protestant believers are swift as judges and executioners, yet, are quick to reject doctrine and teachings that promote government, hierarchy, and the peculiar forms of line authority that appear within the institutional church (e.g., bishops, deacons, elders, parents, etc.).  Going further, we also find, there is a class among believers who are overwhelmed with fear on the basis of things prophesied as well as uncertainty that derives from a focus upon their continuing status as a sinner that is now rendered inappropriate, irrational, and irrelevant through the blood of Jesus.  The response we are commanded to provide through Christ, says, I would have mercy, not sacrifice.  Believers are to display balance, compassion, discernment, maturity, and stability.  Yet, again and again, some exaggerate their understandings of current events, their causes, and their spiritual significance.  As a result, historical and political figures, and those gaining public favor are labeled and identified as the final and ultimate enemies to the faithful.  Thus, Napoleon, Adolf Hitler, Pope Francis, and even, Donald Trump, have come under condemnation as the Anti-christ figure spoken of in prophecy.  2nd Thessalonians 2:  1-4, KJV:  1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,  2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.  3 Let no man deceive you by any means:  for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;  4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

(9.)  Many are combative when they respond to other believers as though they are striving to protect the life of Jesus while he is dying upon the cross.  In their zeal, they insist upon declaring and quoting the holy writings, however, they dismiss the true character and nature of the Scriptures as the breath of life, a still small voice, and the word of GOD.  Such critics respond to declarations of faith from others as argumentativeness, deliberate insult, quarreling, and a questioning of their integrity.  These may not be seen as correctly in the Sprit of Christ, for humility is the mark of Christ upon a believer.   Hebrews 4:  12-13, KJV:  12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.  13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight:  but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

(10.)  In the same way unasked for explanations are called “excuses,” unasked for advice is called “meddling.”  A contract and agreement must be in place between a student and a teacher, where the guidance offered is acknowledged with meekness and respect.  When it is clearly welcomed, Catholic and Protestant believers may make inquiry or pose questions to gain new information; however, they should avoid displaying attitudes, behavior and conduct that come across as efforts to condemn the beliefs of others, show-off spiritual superiority (be holier than thou), and provoke quarrels.  For the believer words whisper, while actions shout; and instead of our activity and busyness, operations by the imparted Spirit of GOD are what accomplishes a person’s salvation.  2nd Peter 2:  9-11, KJV:  9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:  10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.  11 Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For the mystery of iniquity doth already work:  only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:  Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:  That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.  But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:  Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.  Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,  Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.  (2nd Thessalonians 2:  7-17, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Many Forms of Christianity? (04/30/2015); More About the Trinity? (03/30/2015); What To Say To A Friend?  (03/29/2015); On Christians Being Inclusive? (07/16/2014); War and Peace? (07/17/2014); Why Not One Bible? (11/02/2013); Why Jesus Used Parables (11/03/2013); Chosen To Serve As Prophets (01/01/2013); Lawful Revenge? (01/02/2013)

 

There is far more to be considered, and carefully understood.  For example, (11.)  Despite surface differences among denominations, Christians all are under a single rule:  One faith, one Lord, one baptism, one GOD and Father of all.  Christ has not called for competition and friction; the call is that we operate in one Spirit, and judgment does not proceed apart from divinity, or solely upon the basis of standards from mankind.  Thus, where a person properly pursues their own commitment to Christ with their whole heart, there is no possibility of their becoming deceived by the Adversary.  Satan is to be recognized by his abuse of authority, covetousness, cruelty, disrespect, envy, haughtiness, irreverence, and selfishness. With mankind, acquiring sacred knowledge comes only by exchange, interaction, and process within the living among the inseparable aspects of full divinity they contain such as faith, forbearance, holiness, longsuffering, love, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Blamelessness, godliness, redemption, repentance and salvation are not the product of finite intellect, logic, philosophy, science and technology.  Men may only be deceived, then, where there is idolatry, spiritual confusion, and the worship of a false god who is not divine.  Condemnation of faith in others proceeds from carnal knowledge, and instances where flesh has been exalted above Spirit.  1st Corinthians 2:  9-16, KJV:  9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.  10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit:  for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.  11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.  12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.  13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.  14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God:  for they are foolishness unto him:  neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.  15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.  16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Judgment, nonviolence, and warfare are topics, today.  Also, there is more on Christianity being inclusive.  A “Yahoo! Answers” fighter using the ID “Mjolnir” (Level 1 with 199 points, a member since June 12, 2014) posted the following:


Didn’t Christ say to Peter in the Garden of Gethsemane:…? 

“Return your sword to its place, for all who take up the sword will perish by the sword.”

And didn’t one of the apostles write in a letter: “The weapons of our warfare are no physical, but spiritual…”

So how come your christians go to war?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  On Christians Being Inclusive? (07/16/2014)—(4.)  For Christian believers, the primary method for making your own life better is to share and improve the lives of others (we say, unselfish service to GOD).  Because this is done only by displaying the gentleness, humility, and simplicity in Christ along with submission to the graciousness of GOD, believers all must operate without affectation, boasting, covetousness, hostility, pretension, “showing off,” and self-promotion.  For any belief system, there is a demand for clarity and order that can only be achieved where the creed, doctrine and tenets of acceptance are pure and transparent (i.e., without contradiction, hidden motives, inconsistency, reversal).  Standards are provided to detect all counterfeits, deceit, corruption, false teachings, fraud, heresy, and persistent error.  GOD does not send a thief to “teach his people a lesson;” he sends the Holy Spirit.  Believers must exercise discernment in all their encounters as well as when initiating fellowship with others.  The spiritual content and contribution of others are always an issue, for in ignorance and without deliberate malice, many who seem harmless, friendly and pleasant contaminate and destroy spiritual growth in those around them.  Believers are therefore correct to always carefully choose the level of intimacy and trust between oneself and their friends, with ones prospective mate, with a possible employer, and even for family members:  All men have not faith; all have not believed the Gospel. 

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people:  he will beautify the meek with salvation.  Let the saints be joyful in glory:  let them sing aloud upon their beds.  Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand;  To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people;  To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron;  To execute upon them the judgment written:  this honour have all his saints.  Praise ye the LORD.  (Psalms 149:  4-9, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Herod the Great? (06/29/2014); A Formula for Baptism? (06/30/2014); Needing Guns To Serve? (03/19/2014); A Culture of Judgment? (03/20/2014);  Beyond Punishment (03/21/2014); Of War and Judgment (10/08/2013); Heart, Brain or Spirit? (10/09/2013); Put Every Man His Sword By His Side (01/01/2013); The Common Danger (01/02/2013)

 

“Mjolnir”, here are a few points Christian believers rely upon to avoid spiritual confusion and errors concerning nonviolence:

(1.)  The word of GOD must be correctly applied.  Many believers “dabble” in the Scriptures.  However, only those who “specialize” in the word (we say, clergy, the priesthood), are those who should be acknowledged as having the necessary endowment from GOD, experience, insight, and skill to serve as leaders in spiritual warfare, spokespersons (we say, prophets), and teachers sent from GOD.  While born again believers receive a fresh endowment of divinity (e.g., faith, holiness, wisdom, wrath against sin), they must continue to meet the challenges of life upon the earth.  All must develop and apply discernment (using their own spirit content to recognize and respond to divinity in events, messages, other persons, etc.).   Until believers become mature, all believers are vulnerable to manipulation and misdirection.

(2.)  War is a carnal and social process, not an aspect of life directed by divinity.   War among mankind is a product of covetousness, desire, frustration, and lust; and is often triggered through sin.   The outcomes of war typically include denial of GOD appearing as anger, bitterness, fear, guilt, hardness of heart, resentment, and shame.  War generates death and widespread destruction, and does not create peace.  Peace only comes by judgment that may appear as correction or punishment, where judgment is the settlement of conflict and resolution of disputes through the operations of divine law.

(3.)  The “armies of GOD.”  Discernment enables us to see that the armies of Israel created by GOD using those who left Egypt with Moses, was not a military force for conquest and expansion as seen with those nations that pursued empire (e.g., Assyria, Babylon, Greece, Persia, Rome).  Like the plagues of blood, frogs, flies and lice, the armies were instruments to execute divine wrath and judgment.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Death and resurrection are emblems of divine authority.  Jesus Christ, who will preside as head over of all the tribunals of final judgment, is also Commander of the Armies and Host of Heaven.  Without any “ifs, ands, or buts”, Christ is proclaimed and prophesied to appear, and carryout to the uttermost the expression of divine wrath against all deceit, hypocrisy, lawlessness, malice, sin, unbelief, violence, and wickedness.  Like an abbreviation that is well known and widely used, the titles for GOD as a “man of war” do not alter his name among believers as the source of all divine love.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC