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Today, Scriptures are shared responding to a question on spirit warfare.  Properly understood, destruction and death are not the highest manifestation of divine glory.  The most sublime display of supernal glory is incarnation, where divinity takes on carnal form, or operates from within created beings and living creatures as an imparted, indwelling, Spirit from GOD (we say, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth).  As those in warfare under the authority of GOD, believers do not decide who is the enemy, or what is their target, any more than those in secular forces may choose the flag to be raised, or the uniform to be worn.  Christian believers do not embrace any teaching on jihad that identifies divine warfare where mankind is set in opposition to mankind.  Because cleansing, the works of faith, eternal life, healing, and salvation are the primary purposes revealed by divinity through Jesus Christ, Christian warfare does not center in the usual carnal objectives of conquest, conscripting laborers and slaves, expanding territory, and seizing the property and wealth of others.  The Holy Spirit empowers and enables operations to prepare a harvest from the earth of those who are spiritually ripe.  No works in the name of GOD—including those to carry out divine judgment and wrath against sin—are driven or fueled by the finite human tools that typically ignite and maintain deadly conflict such as anger, bitterness, spiritual confusion, envy, error, ethnic arrogance, hatred, immaturity, malice, racism, and revenge.  Readers are encouraged to think about the following verses from the Bible as they review the comments below:

2nd Timothy 2:  23-26, King James Version (KJV):  23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.  24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,  25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;  26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

2nd Timothy 2:  3-5, KJV:  3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.  4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.  5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.

Romans 13:  11-12, KJV:  11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep:  for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.  12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand:  let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

2nd Timothy 4:  6-8, KJV:  6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.  7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:  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.

Romans 8:  35-39, KJV:  35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.  37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.  38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,  39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

One of several fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (required profile data not shared) posted the following:

 

What if God gave you some spiritual weapons, like a translucent glowing bow, a sword covered in fire, or a bible that shoots lasers?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:  Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:  Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.  But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.  To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.  (1st Peter 5:  6-11, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Different From ISIS/Daesh? (12/11/2015); Agents of Allah? (01/26/2015); Holy Wars? (11/06/2014); Crimes Christ Crucified For? (11/07/2014); Prince of Peace? 07/18/2014); War and Peace? (07/17/2014); A GOD of War? (03/12/2013); “Authorized Personnel Only” (03/13/2013); Mob Rule and Violence (09/27/2012); Suppose I Am Wrong? (09/28/2012)

 

“Anonymous”, the Deity a Christian serves is a god of Judgment, and one who never separates from anger against and opposition to sin.  The serious language of conflict and spiritual warfare is used among those who are disciples of Jesus Christ to establish awe (i.e., the correct awareness of divine authority and power as eternal and matchless; we also say, fear of the Lord) and humility as well as to complete baptism (i.e., death of ones inborn spirit; rebirth from divine seed) and sanctification (i.e., being isolated, or set apart for sacred service).  What we endure here, now, gets us ready to be fully transformed at the appearing of Jesus.  Until then, multiple works are being carried out by divinity to make permanent changes in a believers character, spirit content, and living nature.  Those born again must gradually “grow up again” while living upon the earth, and becoming mature and perfected through growing pains that may include bereavement, life challenges, disappointments, duties, obstacles, losses, repentance, reversals, sacrifice, and sufferings.  Consider again the following Scriptures:

(1.)  1st Corinthians 15:  50-56, King James Version (KJV):  50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.  51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,  52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump:  for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.  54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.  55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?  56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.

(2.)  2nd Corinthians 10:  3-5, KJV:  3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:  4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)  5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

(3.)  Ephesians 6:  10-12, KJV:  10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.  11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, 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.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Capital punishment, covenant, judgment and stoning are topics, today.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Den Mäktiga Vita Dr” (Level 4 with 3,037 points, a member since November 01, 2013) posted the following:

 

Why do Christians feel that stoning people to death in the OT was a good way to punish them? 

I guess some people can’t understand civilized rules.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  On Christians Executing Judgment (06/06/2014)—(6.)  Rightly understood, judgment among mankind in the earth is to reveal judgment among those in heaven and throughout the universe of GOD.  With this in view, human judgment is always only a warning that pertains to ones eternal life, not their physical life.  Moreover, judgment is to continue divine creation and life, rather than end creation and terminate life.  Many confuse serving in judgment with having authority over others.  Where this occurs, presumption also appears (i.e., taking authority to oneself without permission; replacing GOD, usurping, or stealing divine power, so to speak).  The judgment carried out by Christian believers upon the earth begins as a divine operation using those in flesh against others in flesh, advances to an operation using those having an endowment of spirit within flesh against others yet in flesh, and finally becomes a divine operation by those who are immortal and incorruptible.  Absolute innocence, perfection, purity and ability to carry out violence are not always required for those having responsibility in judgment so much as balance, compassion, humility, impartiality, independence, neutrality, perspective (we also say, distance, separation), and truth along with ability to discern intent, needs and purposes addressed through the law with correct knowledge, and respect for all under the law.  See Exodus 12:  23, Exodus 32:  25-33, Ezra 7:  26, Romans 1:  16-32, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Ye shall have one law for him that sinneth through ignorance, both for him that is born among the children of Israel, and for the stranger that sojourneth among them.  But the soul that doeth ought presumptuously, whether he be born in the land, or a stranger, the same reproacheth the LORD; and that soul shall be cut off from among his people.  Because he hath despised the word of the LORD, and hath broken his commandment, that soul shall utterly be cut off; his iniquity shall be upon him.  And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man that gathered sticks upon the sabbath day.  And they that found him gathering sticks brought him unto Moses and Aaron, and unto all the congregation.  And they put him in ward, because it was not declared what should be done to him.  And the LORD said unto Moses, The man shall be surely put to death:  all the congregation shall stone him with stones without the camp.  And all the congregation brought him without the camp, and stoned him with stones, and he died; as the LORD commanded Moses.  (Numbers 15:  29-36, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  A Culture of Judgment? (03/20/2014); Beyond Punishment (03/21/2014); A Guarantee of Heaven? (03/22/2014); Recognizing Divine Wrath (02/26/2014); In Earthen Vessels (02/27/2014); Bible Justice? (01/26/2014); GOD Inhabits Praise (01/27/2014); Can Someone Be Happy? (12/10/2013); Asked to Help? (12/11/2013); A GOD of Love? (05/07/2013); Commanding the Storm? (05/08/2013)

 

“Den Mäktiga Vita Dr”, where one hopes to speak correctly and intelligently regarding Christian beliefs, there are many, many points to consider pertaining to judgment and justice such as the following:

(1.)  Death by stoning was used to terminate those who were a clear threat to survival of a community in covenant with GOD.  Simple expulsion and rejection from the community meant their crimes and offenses could be repeated elsewhere, the offender might return seeking vengeance, and memories or recall of the offender might have a continuing negative influence.

(2.)  The entire community is accountable for carrying out the death sentence, and no single individual may be blamed or held to be at fault.  Damage by the offender is against every member of the community.  It is the mercy of judgment that only one stone may be cast by any single individual.  It is the combined weight of the community against the offender that results in their decease; and the person who casts the missile that is fatal and final is impartially decided.

(3.)  Unlike murder, where the killer(s) seek to hide their identity, avoid being known and seen, and are careful to escape punishment, the death sentence is carried out openly and in public following the hearing of evidence that may be mostly eye-witness testimony.  Words and a verbal response become “hard evidence” on the basis of character, personal integrity, and the manifesting of ones spirit content.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Believers today are to understand that being in relationship with GOD as a covenant people is a matter of cosmic and eternal significance, and is not a casual, private, or simple thing.  Given that covenant nations are instruments in divine process, offenses and transgressions by covenant people are disruptions of divine order throughout the earth, the heaven, and the entire universe.).  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith, meekness, and readiness to receive that same promise of the Father poured out at Pentecost upon the early church.

But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.  (Matthew 12:  7, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

In the course of a conversation, yesterday, I made a comment regarding an experience from my childhood, that I would visit the zoo some distance from my school, each day, and spend my lunch period there with a tiger.  A gift from India (now the largest democratic nation in the world), the rare, white Bengal tiger came to our country as a gift to the children of America though the combined work of the Maharaja of Rewa, John Kluge (a German-American billionaire), India’s Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, U. S. President Dwight David Eisenhower, and many others whose names I do not know.  I felt challenged to write a poem (see below) that would be simple, yet, confident, and would express somewhat the spirit in me as a ten-year-old boy.  I hesitated to use rhymed couplets (they often sour, sound silly, and become sing-song), however, I could not dismiss their demand for both restraint and understatement.

 

 

 

When Talking to the Tiger
[A Poem Recalling the Daughter of Mohan:
Mohini (Enchantress), the Princess of Rewa]

 

It would be rude to start or say
Please don’t eat me up, today

I only came to sit a spell
To visit and make sure you’re well

I know its hard, so far from home
Fenced in and caged so you won’t roam

Imagine what a fright there’d be
If you had come to visit me

We need not rush…yet I can’t stay
They give us only time to play

Or eat a lunch we have to bring
And, truth is, I don’t have a thing

Yours must be a careful diet
One that keeps you strong and quiet

Mine I get from GOD above
And so my meals are mostly love

As we get closer we can share
Our feelings and our thoughts as prayer

White tiger’s wisdom, and the claw
Can feed with me on sacred law

And I may learn in this your school
The way to wear my crown, and rule

Once we are free of all our fears
We’ll wipe away each others tears

I’ll brush your stripes with gentle touch
And we won’t have to cry so much

The stripes of poverty are the same
No matter what the country’s name

Our city is a jungle too
And dangers lurk outside this zoo

The stripes of poverty we bear
Have been the same, both here and there

No less than life’s diversity
That yolks us in humility

The gift to Adam, Noah too
That now is given me and you

Thereby the heirs of kings are taught
That freedom is not cheaply bought

Soon all the creatures living here
Will know our covenant is clear

That Michael’s heart is now your throne
Princess Mohini’s not alone

Should night come and you feel a chill
Just think of me as with you still

For in the dark you’ll hear me sing
The boy whose father is the King.

 

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©Michael Andrew Williams, 2014.  All rights reserved.

 

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

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

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

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,  Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;  Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:  Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.  For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?  And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.  (Hebrews 1:  1-6, KJV)

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

     There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  For example, (5.)  As a man among men, and before men, Jesus prays to GOD as an outreach to impress the hearts, minds, and spirits of men like me and you.  In addition to prayer, the life examples shared with believers through Jesus Christ include comforting the bereaved, confession, giving, fasting and restraint of appetite, feeding the hungry, and faithful service.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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