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Today, focus is on false prophets, the need for divine end time prophecy, and the fullness of sacred revelation through Jesus Christ.  Instruction on the end times are not intended to frighten believers, threaten sinners with death, or cause panic and upheaval among the faithful.  For many, end time prophecy focuses solely on recognizing and responding to current events and conditions that may be seen within the present geopolitical system and world order (we say, signs of the Apocalypse, and that the world as we know it is ending).  Specially sensitive are time prophecies that attempt to calculate and predict a specific day, year, or hour for the return of Jesus to harvest the earth (we also say, his appearing; the Advent; the Rapture; the Second Coming).  While no angel, apostle, disciple, preacher, prophet, or other spokesperson from GOD has been entrusted with, ordained to disclose, or sent to reveal the secret information regarding the Day of the Lord, there have been men and church groups on the earth who—insisting on the authority of the Bible, and the righteousness of their own faith—foolishly have preached a time for the Last Day based on their discoveries through prayerful and scholarly study.  The fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum using the ID “Grandma” (Level 1 with zero (no) points shown, a member since November 09, 2007) posted the following:

 

Don’t preachers who keep saying “Jesus is coming soon” realize they are damaging credibility of Christianity?

And playing into the hand of the scoffers of II Peter 3:3-4? Saying “the end is near” repeatedly is like crying wolf when there is no wolf.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  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:  3-11, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Coming(s) of Christ (03/11/2018); Recognizing True Christian Prophets (02/26/2018); Avoiding Confusion About Antichrist (11/08/2017); Sharing The Correct Message (01/30/2017); Sodom and Gomorrah Again? (05/30/2016); About The End Of The World (08/30/2015); The Imminent Return of Christ? (07/19/2015)

 

“Grandma”, Christians are commanded to not be “troubled” by talk that the “end is near.”  The process of GOD for salvation is not one dependent on the finite human tools of intellect, logic, carnal reason, and science.  Christian believers become joined to GOD through the consciousness and self-will that continues within Jesus Christ, and that present sacred substance in place of the approaches for compiling data, recording observations, and making various tests of the soundness of ones conclusions.  Rather than say, “the end is near,” developing believers proclaim that completion, fulfillment, transformation, and the will of GOD are near.

The Gospel (we also say, good news) proclaimed by Jesus Christ and his followers to advance the revelation of divine fullness (we say, the GODhead; the Trinity; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) includes guidance, instruction, promises, signs, and warnings that enable disciples of the Lord to avoid error, false prophets, and spiritual confusion.  In the same way divinity has appeared through the works of Creation, existence and life, the majesty, righteousness, and sovereign mercies of GOD will appear through judgment, resurrection, and the second death.

Mature Christians who center their awareness on eternal purposes and sacred knowledge will not rely as much on the frameworks of time and space that generate such finite features as destiny, doom, fate, history, politics, science, secular knowledge, and speculation.  The proclamations of GOD received as declarations of love, divine law, promise, and prophecy are as shining truth that always dispels the darkness of “the unknown.”  Sinners who become “born again” are to receive a fresh endowment of inseparable spirit content from the makeup of GOD that includes certainty, faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, personhood, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Similarly, the operations of end time prophecy further establish sacred joining and relationship to divinity along with readiness, security, vigilance, and zeal.  Already Christians are to acknowledge they exist as the new creation through Jesus Christ.  Even so, at present, only GOD is immortal and incorruptible (not the holy angels, the sacred beasts of heaven, nor the 24 elders).  Both heaven and earth are temporal, and all the things of heaven and earth will undergo permanent change.  Consider the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Isaiah 65:  16-18, King James Version (KJV):  16 That he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes.  17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth:  and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.  18 But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create:  for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.

(2.)  2nd Peter 3:  9-14, 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?  13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.  14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

(3.)  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.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Revelation 21:  1-3, KJV:  1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth:  for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.  2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.  3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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God Revealed Through Christ

A depiction of the fullness of divinity revealed through Jesus Christ

 

Today, focus is on defining “spirit” as an aspect of human and divine makeup.  Divine spirit is spoken of as authority, dominion, and power.  Many of the devices used to depict spirit (e.g., clouds, flame, fog, mist, smoke), in fact, are material substances made of fine particles.  All spirit is made up only of spirit; and the origin and source of all divine spirit is exclusively GOD.  Faith is made up only of faith; holiness consists only of holiness; righteousness contains only righteousness, and so on.  While emotions, mind, sensations, and thoughts also are immaterial and intangible, they are more the product and response of flesh to its outside setting and surroundings than a presentation of the exchanges and interactions among the elements in place as ones inner makeup.  Divine spirit substance can become defiled and profaned; and may be destroyed using the same holy fire that separates the acceptable portion of offerings and sacrifices transmitted to GOD from the matter that must be eliminated and removed.  The holy writings describe angels as spirit messengers and living creatures who are neither mortal nor immortal, and who exist and serve at the discretion of GOD.  Angels  have appeared to mankind using the likeness of men as well as forms that are strange and frightening (e.g., having four faces; moving by wheels; having multiple pairs of wings).  In addition to those accounted as holy and consecrated, there are others accounted as devils, “fallen” through the operations of sin, rebellious, and “unclean”.  The Lake of Fire that will be used to complete annihilation (the second death) and the judgments against sin has been prepared for the devil, his angels, and those who chose to be his followers.  A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum who uses the ID “Nightwolf” (Level 7 with 26,791 points, a member since December 08, 2015) posted the following:

 

What exactly is a spirit?

Is it like a energy being?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.  Hereby know ye the Spirit of God:  Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:  And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.  Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them:  because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.  They are of the world:  therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.  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.  (1st John 4:  1-6, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Flesh As Divine Vessels? (01/14/2018); Having Personhood Without Gender? (12/13/2017); An Incarnation of Divinity? (10/12/2017); Lower Than The Angels? (09/12/2017); The Servitude of Angels (08/28/2017); Divine Presence and Spirit (01/18/2017); Destruction of the Adversary? (01/06/2017); Discernment and Common Sense (05/17/2016)

 

“Nightwolf”, here is a way we may speak together of these things:

Among Christian believers, spirit is not an ordinary object or thing having fixed and measurable features.  Being and personhood are specific appearances, material forms, and tools used to make what is unseen known; and both are used to describe qualities and traits of living creatures that have been fashioned by GOD, and given existence and life separate from the Creator.  By contrast, divinity is understood as a cause, the origin of all things, an active presence, and the eternal purpose for all existing without dimension (i.e., measurable form, or limits), and is the aggregate or sum of all sacred spirit substance.  Thus, Christians speak of Deity as an appearance of divine fullness (we also say, the GODhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit), who is immortal, incorruptible, and invisible. 

Mankind was formed using material from the earth, and had physical existence before receiving awareness, life, and self-will.   Life essence (we say, breath; spirit; Word) from the makeup of GOD was imparted to a insensible figure; and man became a “living soul.”  Where we are told, mankind is made in the image of GOD, we take it to mean, the spirit content of men, rather than the facade and outer shell, is like that of GOD.  Divinity has used many embodiments and forms to become knowable, known, accessible and approachable to the living (e.g., fire, ice, judges, kings, nations, patriarchs, priests, prophets, water, winds).  Christians trust that—after using thousands of events, and thousands of lives, over the course of thousands of years to prepare mankind for the sacred events of his birth, life, death, and resurrection—GOD also appeared in flesh and human form as Jesus Christ (we say, Incarnation). 

All spirit material is not divine in its authority, character, makeup, and response to godly truth.  Thus we speak of the “anti-christ spirit.”  Sin is no thing created by GOD, and is not a spirit, yet, sin may dominate awareness and self-will in the living; and the operations of sin show direction, effect, and presence.  Thus, Christians are cautioned to use discernment (i.e., apply their own imparted spirit from the makeup of GOD as a standard to recognize and respond to spirit substance from GOD within other persons, events, messages, motives, teachings, etc.)  Sinners may receive a fresh endowment of spirit content from GOD by becoming “born again.”  Their inborn spirit must die, be buried, and be raised from the dead, so to speak; and they are to become vessels of divine seed/DNA.  Imparted from GOD are inseparable aspects of the divine nature such as faith, forbearance, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, restraint, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Isaiah 11:  1-5, King James Version (KJV):  1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:  2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;  3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD:  and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:  4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth:  and he shall smite the earth:  with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.  5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.

(2.)  John 3:  4-6, KJV:  4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?  5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

(3.)  John 1:  10-14, KJV:  10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.  11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.  12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:  13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.  14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Romans 8:  3-9, KJV:  3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:  4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  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.

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Try the Spirits

 

Today, reply is on recognizing end time predictions, false prophets, and authentic divine spokespersons among Christian believers.  All Christian believers are to discover, explore, learn, and experience gradual growth for their own full realization of the truth from GOD provided to mankind.  The things of genuine faith will appear as knowledge that has been applied, repeatedly challenged and tested, yet, shown to be useful among those who are spiritually mature (i.e., who display such features as accountability, balance, commitment, consistency, discernment, sobriety, stability).  Because a believer’s focus must be upon GOD, who will remain invisible and unseen, a believer concentrates more on the fulfillment of the message, and the different signs that confirm its sacred origin, than upon the personality and traits of the messenger.  A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum using the ID “Sharon” (Level 3 with 2,057 points, a member since August 30, 2016) posted the following:

 

If I predicted “wars and rumors of wars” for 2019 would you revere me as a prophet? Why or why not?

If not, why do you believe the same claim is an amazing prophecy when you read it in the Bible?

 

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

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  On Facing The Future (01/17/2018); Avoiding Confusion About Antichrist (11/08/2017); Detecting Counterfeit Human Nature? (11/02/2017); Prophets and Christian Ambassadors (08/07/2017); Genuine Spiritual Discernment? (03/27/2017); Sharing The Correct Message (01/30/2017); The Spirit and Prophecy (01/04/2017)

 

“Sharon”, in the same way, the Holy Spirit is sent as an agent of Jesus Christ who does not promote himself, true prophets can be recognized by their not seeking social prominence, self-promotion, popularity, and reward from mankind.  The nature and process of prophecy is the imparting of divine law, proclaiming sacred judgment, providing revelation, and sharing substance from the makeup of divinity (we say, breath, life essence, spirit, Word) more than the providing of threats, warnings, and prediction of future events.  True apostles and prophets sent from GOD will appear as offspring of divinity and joint heirs with Jesus Christ, for they will present the inseparable aspects of spirit content received as a fresh endowment from GOD by rebirth.  Included will be balance, boldness, completeness, faith, holiness, humility, oneness without sameness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

In place of finite human tools such as philosophy, politics, and secular knowledge authentic Christian prophets rely on sacred knowledge, the practice of various divine ordinances and sacraments (e.g., baptism, confession, fasting, praise, prayer, preaching), and the entire range of sacred declaration recorded as holy writings.  The Bible is used as a reliable standard for discernment of spirit substance appearing within oneself, other persons, events, proclamations, prophesies, visions, etc.  Predictions of doom and gloom, and calculations for dates of familiar events that appear in the Scriptures have been useful as important indicators that a prophetic ministry is promoting errors that are not according to the Gospel.

In Christian gatherings, every member of the body should be prepared to share their own peculiar divine gift and contribute to the comfort, nourishment, and encouragement of others.  Even so, their individual offerings are to be in harmony and consistent with the streams of truth clearly acknowledge by the body as a whole.  (All that glitters is not gold; and some elements may be shared in controlled situations and with restraint.  The shared purpose within the church is to maintain and reinforce unchanging things already revealed, therefore, believers often have to leave unspoken diverse challenging and unusual experiences.  The body is not a forum for anything and everything (e.g., dreams, gossip, rumors, slander, suspicion, superstition the occult, uncertainty, witchcraft).  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Deuteronomy 13:  1-5, King James Version (KJV):  1 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,  2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;  3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams:  for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.  4 Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.  5 And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee.

(2.)  Daniel 9:  1-6, KJV:  1 In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans;  2 In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.  3 And I set my face unto the Lord GOD, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:  4 And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments;  5 We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments:  6 Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.

(3.)  Malachi 4:  5-6, KJV:  5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:  6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

(4.)  1st Corinthians 12:  27-29, KJV:  27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.  28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.  29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  1st Corinthians 14:  26-33, KJV:  26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.  27 If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.  28 But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.  29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.  30 If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace.  31 For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.  32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.  33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, points are shared on having correct sacred knowledge, holy angels in Scripture, and the effectiveness and timeliness of prayer.  Those who speak of angels in genuine ministry of the revelation from GOD through Jesus Christ do so with the understanding that exalted and solemn truth from GOD is in view.  As agents of Jesus Christ, spirit beings cooperate with and participate in workings of the Holy Spirit that establish such features of salvation as deliverance, proclamation, prophecy, reconciliation and repentance.  Just as men are to operate in faith—not by sight—as examples and models of godliness to one another upon the earth as well as to those in heaven who have place within the Kingdom of GOD, angels are to display humility, faith and obedience as examples and models of godliness to each other in heaven as well as to all those upon the earth who have place within the Kingdom.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Qetsiyah” (Level 1 with 182 points, a member since April 05, 2015) posted the following:

Angels in the bible?

My dad was telling me this story yesterday. He said angel Gabriel came down to deliver a message to someone but devils were blocking him and angel Michael had to come down with his troops and fight with the devils for 3 months and only then could angel Gabrielle pass and deliver his message (i forgot to who).

1. Can someone tell me where this is found in the passage? I cant find it anywhere i even tried googling it…
2. If Gabrielle couldnt pass the devils doesnt that mean devils are powerful…angel Michael and his troops had to fight for 3 months…this scares me… 😦

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Then the king of Syria warred against Israel, and took counsel with his servants, saying, In such and such a place shall be my camp.  And the man of God sent unto the king of Israel, saying, Beware that thou pass not such a place; for thither the Syrians are come down.  And the king of Israel sent to the place which the man of God told him and warned him of, and saved himself there, not once nor twice.  Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was sore troubled for this thing; and he called his servants, and said unto them, Will ye not shew me which of us is for the king of Israel?  And one of his servants said, None, my lord, O king:  but Elisha, the prophet that is in Israel, telleth the king of Israel the words that thou speakest in thy bedchamber.  And he said, Go and spy where he is, that I may send and fetch him. And it was told him, saying, Behold, he is in Dothan.  Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host:  and they came by night, and compassed the city about.  And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do?  And he answered, Fear not:  for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.  And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw:  and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.  (2nd Kings 6:  9-17, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Inheriting the Kingdom? (06/27/2014); Points on Bible Study (06/28/2014); A Visit from an Angel? (10/20/2013); The Head Not The Tail? (10/21/2013); How Could Angels Fall? (07/15/2013); Circumcision and Promise? (07/16/2013); Why Jesus Must Be A Jew (03/18/2013); The Benefit of Grace (03/19/2013); Sin Unknown? (10/10/2012); When Prayer Works (10/11/2012)

“Qetsiyah”, here are a few points that you may find useful:

(1.)  For Christians, the Holy Spirit and the Bible are the best source for correct sacred knowledge.  Christian believers all are to understand that many misuse the lessons and misapply the warnings from the holy writings, because they take the Scriptures to be fiction, make-believe, or stories for amusement and entertainment.  Lacking the indwelling Spirit from GOD, such persons do not properly respect the Scriptures as a systematic detailing and revelation of divinity.  Thus, all believers must develop discernment (the ability to use the spirit substance within themselves as a standard to recognize and respond to the spiritual content within accounts, messages, parables, question, writings, etc.  as well as within the intentions, objectives, and standing before GOD of other created beings and living creatures).  

(2.)  Correction for the many errors in our thinking as believers also comes through such practices as contemplating the divine love appearing in the life and work of Jesus; continuing daily study of the Scriptures; giving, sharing and unselfish service; praise and prayer; and regular fellowship with believers who have more experience and sacred knowledge.

(3.)  Angels are not mortal, are not immortal, and may become subject to sin.  While there are divisions of labor and hierarchy among these ministering spirits, only divinity rules as sovereign over mankind.  Angels appear within the holy writings to further make incarnate (display using human form) the otherwise Invisible character, nature, operations, and eternal purposes of Deity.  Angels do not assist, maintain ongoing relationships with, protect or serve mankind apart from GOD.

(4.)  There are many lessons provided by the account of Daniel seeking to understand prophecies from GOD regarding the end for captivity and exile of Israel by Babylon.  For example, when the prophet decided to fast and pray until he would receive a divine answer, GOD responded immediately by dispatching the angel Gabriel.  It required 21 days (3 weeks) for Gabriel to appear; thus, fasting and prayer are shown to have no power to influence and manipulate GOD.  Without faith, longsuffering, patience and wisdom, many jump to the conclusion that their prayer is unanswered.  Even with the angelic proclamations and visitation, Daniel could not fully grasp the prophecies, and required the indwelling Spirit now available through Jesus Christ.  (See both chapters 9 and 10 in Daniel, King James Version, KJV.)

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (5.)  Jesus Christ has been hailed as Regem Angelorum (King of Angels).  Believers should make careful study of Hebrews 1:  1-14, KJV.  Those upon the earth may respect and trust angels as fellow prophets and servants working to spread the Gospel, yet, are to worship GOD only (see Revelation 19:  6-10 and 22:  8-10, KJV.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Points are shared, today, commenting upon conflict among believers that results through claims of guidance by angels.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers Canada” using the ID “…..” (Level 2 with 467 points, a member since December 31, 2009) posted the following:

 

If Jesus talked about the spirit world so much, then why do Christians today call it the devil’s work instead? 

Update : I think I have to specify: Whenever someone says they talk to a guiding angel from Heaven, why would a church-goer spill such violent hateful statements against that person, when Jesus said to seek out the spirit world of Heaven (as in 1Hebrews 1:1-14)?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.  If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth:  that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.  Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:  But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.  If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you:  on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.  But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.  Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.  (1st Peter 4:  10-16, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Miracles and Visitations? (03/03/2014); All Lying Forbidden? (03/04/2014); Adversary or Servant? (11/21/2013); How To Renew The Mind (11/22/2013); A Visit from an Angel? (10/20/2013); The Head Not The Tail? (10/21/2013); A Need to Know? (09/04/2013); Of Sure Hope and Certainty (09/05/2013)

 

“…..”, where your question is intended to gain legitimate responses shared among Christian believers, and is not just to serve as a complaint or observation, here are a few points important for growth within the body:

(1.)  GOD is a spirit who has generated and put forth all created beings and living creatures, the conditions for their duration, and the spheres of life wherein they may exist (e.g., earth, heaven, the universe).  In response to the need among the living for correct information about the active presence, makeup, operations, and substance of divinity (we say, revelation), multiple sacred devices have been employed such as natural events (we say, calamity, catastrophe, plagues), angelic visitations, human spokespersons (we say, prophets), and incarnation (instances where divinity appears having form and flesh).

(2.)  Through the ministry of Jesus Christ, believers are to internalize aspects of the full spirit content that describes divinity.  As vessels of divine matter, believers are to contain such inseparable elements as faith, forgiveness, holiness, divine law, sacred knowledge, promises, prophecy, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Thus, believers embrace the holy writings as a standard to correctly discern and recognize sacred matter, for the Scriptures document covenants and operations of GOD using thousands of lives over the course of thousands of years.

(3.)  From the time of Adam, those in relationship with GOD both in heaven and in the earth must be alert to counterfeits and deceptions regarding divine intent and the sovereign purposes of GOD.  The operations of sin were first realized among the holy angels, and now appear throughout the earth.  Sin opposes the continued existence of limits and restrictions that derive from sacred law (e.g., condemnation by judgment, prohibition (thou shalt not) and punishment by loss of privilege).  More than this, sin opposes the continued existence of the Law Giver, of true worship, and of the divine order throughout the universe founded upon principles of godly law.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  All believers also must live within the confines of a secular world where defilement, hardship, profanity and sin are ever present.  Experiencing the new life provided through Jesus Christ is only accomplished by those who maintain discipline and focus through such features as cleansing, meekness, obedience, prayer, sacred practice (we say, sacraments), and unselfish service.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

A question on the status of Satan as servant to GOD is considered, today.  Also, there is more on divine peace.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers Singapore” using the ID “David G” (Level 6 with 10,606 points, a member since 25 August 2007) posted the following that first was asked at Yahoo Answers United States:

 

Christians, is Satan God’s servant?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Understanding Peace? (11/20/2013)—Peace will never be the outcome of war; yet, the world (the man-made system for interaction and support) has made war a life process indispensable to human survival.  Divine peace is the fruit of righteous judgment, the resolution of conflict and settlement of disputes.  For mankind, peace is a pattern in social behavior, events, exchanges, and experience that is marked by the absence of conflict, enmity, pain, struggle, suffering, tension, uncertainty, and violence.  Therefore, peace is regarded as a product of human actions, attitudes, choice, discipline, intellect, reason, speech and wisdom (for example, see Proverbs 11:  11-13, Proverbs 17:  27-28 and even Mark 4:  38-40, KJV).  For our Maker, peace is an eternal substance that always appears with other aspects of divinity such as awareness, being, holiness, life, person, and presence.  Divine peace exists within the Almighty and is indivisibly emanated with completeness, perfection, immutability, and truth.  Through operations of the imparted, indwelling Spirit, created beings and living creatures acquire divine peace through change and growth; and peace is to be a permanent feature of their own make-up.  See Psalms 29:  11, Job 22:  21, Philippians 4:  7, Romans 8:  6 and Colossians 3:  15, King James Version.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And when he hath made an end of reconciling the holy place, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar, he shall bring the live goat:  And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness:  And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.  And Aaron shall come into the tabernacle of the congregation, and shall put off the linen garments, which he put on when he went into the holy place, and shall leave them there:  And he shall wash his flesh with water in the holy place, and put on his garments, and come forth, and offer his burnt offering, and the burnt offering of the people, and make an atonement for himself, and for the people.  (Leviticus 16:  20-26, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Benefit of Law? (11/15/2013); Why Was A Son Sent? (11/10/2013); Promise of A Spirit? (11/11/2013); Does Satan Know? (11/06/2013); The Return in Glory? (07/04/2013); Desire for Love? (07/05/2013); Teachings on Judgment (06/06/2013); Those Who Never Heard (06/07/2013); The Need to Purify Heaven (01/17/2013); A Partnership (11/05/2012); To See With New Eyes (11/06/2012)

 

“David G”, thank you for the chance to serve Jesus as my Savior by sharing a few points based upon his ministry to mankind demonstrated through Israel:

(1.)  Opposition to divine law was first expressed by a leader among the holy angels.  Created as finite beings with limited knowledge, limited abilities, and focused purpose, the angels are not mortal, neither are they immortal or incorruptible.  Their awareness and continuing existence do not depend upon conforming to the frameworks of time and space.  They are not all-knowing, do not have foreknowledge, and may not predict the future independent of divine utterance (e.g., law, proclamation, promise, and prophecy).

(2.)  In addition to the use of angels to serve as sacred messengers who appear to mankind, GOD employs angelic beings as servants who maintain order throughout the universe through ranks (e.g., dominions, principalities, thrones), and as those who praise and worship in the celestial presence (we say, heaven).

(3.)  Not all angels, or men, discern and recognize the defiance, disobedience, and rebellion of Satan (i.e., Adversary); and the ongoing process of divine judgment allows GOD to reveal the standards of absolute righteousness and the full nature of all who exist, including the rulers among the angels, and Christ, the Son of the Highest.  The true nature of sin goes beyond completing, performing poorly, or refusing to accept duty.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divinity, and all things put forth by GOD.  Human nature is not contrary or naturally opposed to that of the angels; and so many in the earth have dared agree with Satan and his followers embracing angelic error and sin.  Only by such operations of the Holy Spirit as baptism, death, rebirth, and repentance do men accomplish the multiple changes that are seen as resistance to sin, correct separation from Satan, and wrath against sin.

(4.)  Sovereign majesty and the fullness of Divine Person are not lessened or threatened by any finite being.  Sin did not first appear as upheaval and violence; and was not put forth from GOD as a creation, or an aspect of existence.  Because sin lacks divine matter and living substance, and of it itself is no material and physical matter, we say sin is “no thing,” sin cannot be detected without tools provided by GOD, and sin cannot be destroyed.  Even so, sin has direction, effect and presence; and sin may dominate awareness in created beings and living creatures.  Also, sin may diminish the endowment of spirit content (the breath of life) from GOD.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (5.)  The Son of GOD, Jesus, is also the divine High Priest who is now completing tasks that relate to atonement, judgment and purification of the heavenly Temple.  While Christ is ministering within the Sanctuary, the Savior is absent from among the host in the heaven, just as he is now hidden from believers in the earth.  With this in view, many committed Christian believers are satisfied that Satan has been divinely preserved, and will be employed as “a servant” for an indispensable role in the destruction of sin, that of a goat of sacrifice.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.  Jesus is coming soon.  Grow in grace.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

 

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Recognizing spiritual visitations are in view, today, along with more on the correct conceptions of mankind that come by the Gospel.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “GisherJohn” (Level with points, a member since 2008) posted the following:

 

Did I maybe just witness an Angel?

I was in a dead sleep. And while my eyes were closed I notice the room wasn’t as dark. I opened my eyes and I saw what I would call a ball of light on the ceiling. Looks something like a glowing star in a sky, just a very bright light. After 2 seconds of looking at it, I noticed it like shrunk (like going through a straw) then it disappeared. AT that time, it made this very loud popping noise or sound when it was disappearing. I’ve never had anything like that happen before. I was awake, so I know I wasn’t dreaming. Possible Angel? Ghost maybe?

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I love how the atheists come in here and try to make trouble thinking people that experience these things are just smoking weed or doing drugs. Just do me a favor, don’t respond. I want valid responses of people with half a brain at least, later.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Another Gospel? (10/19/2013)—In the light of Christ, “FULLY human” means “immortal; incorruptible; no longer subject to death and sin; in right relationship with GOD.”  As the expression of our animal nature, mankind continually seeks excitement, novelty and sensation.  Yet, Christian believers are given a new life from GOD that requires they all minister the same sacred truth to others.  Believers are to impart spirit content in the home and the community as well as in the church by actions, not simply by words.  The work of spreading the Gospel is not only a matter of preaching, what we speak, and verbal behavior.  The Gospel also is to be ones way of life that makes Christ visible in all our living routines.  Others are to witness our growth and transformation from born again to perfection (we say, maturity), and the impact of an unchanging word is to be revealed (see Proverbs 3:  5-7, 14:  12 and 21:  2, also 2nd Corinthians 4:  1-11 and Ephesians 4:  11-16, KJV).  Because we pursue sharing the Gospel by adapting the message to different regions, multiple languages, and varying human conditions, maintaining the purity and simplicity of the Gospel can be lost sight of.  This is specially true where we seek to operate apart from either the written word, or the living Spirit of GOD.  As a result, the holy writings include cautions and warnings that believers stay alert and vigilant against drifting away from their own foundations recorded for them in the Scriptures (see 2nd Corinthians 11:  1-4, Mark:  14:  38, Ephesians 6:  10-20 and Colossians 2:  6-10, KJV)

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:   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.  And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.  But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever:  a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.  Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.  And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:  They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment;  And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed:  but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.  But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?  Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?  (Hebrews 1:  5-14, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  How Could Angels Fall? (07/15/2013); Circumcision and Promise? (07/16/2013); Why A “Spokesperson”? (01/14/2013); No Contradictions? (01/15/2013); To See With New Eyes (11/06/2012); A Life Companion? (11/07/2012); The Gender of Angels? (10/09/2012); Sin Unknown? (10/10/2012); When Prayer Works (10/11/2012)

 

“GisherJohn”, here are a few points important to Christian believers that further shield us against spiritual confusion:

(1.)  The Holy Spirit is received through baptism, whereby believers are transformed (we say, born again, rebirth) having sacred substance (divine DNA, so to speak).  Inseparable aspects of eternal person are acquired that include faith, forbearance, forgiveness, gratitude, holiness, joy, longsuffering, love, truth, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Born again, believers must “grow up” again by meeting the challenges of those in flesh upon the earth.  Believers become balanced, complete, and stable (we say, mature or perfected) only through divine operations that employ change, giving, growth, obedience, prayer, unselfish service, study, suffering, and worship.

(2.)  The imparted, indwelling Spirit from GOD now available through the ministry of Jesus Christ equips every believer to continually apply discernment (i.e., ability to use spiritual things to recognize other spiritual things).  It is in this sense that believers have an unction from GOD, and do not require outside advisers, guides, and teachers.

(3.)  Angels are spirit beings and living creatures, however, they are neither mortal nor immortal.  Generally, they do not seek contact with mankind unless dispatched as guides or messengers from GOD.  (In such cases, angels may assume human form and appear as men to avoid fostering doubt, spiritual confusion, and unbelief.)  Patterns for witness (i.e., how we are to behave and speak regarding our own experience) to angelic visitations are documented in Scripture.  Sacred events that men may hear or see have included proclamation, sightings of forms and similitudes as well as prophetic utterance (the messenger speaks directly to mortal beings).  More important than the messenger is the spirit content and divine purpose revealed through the message; and where there is no message, there is no cause for alarm or concern. 

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Men may hope for more than becoming angels.  Corruption (we say, sin) was first discovered among the holy angels, and has spread among mankind upon the earth.  As when cats die they automatically do not become dogs, when people die, they automatically do not become angels.  The salvation granted mankind through Jesus Christ is that sin will be totally removed from existence, and mankind will be made immortal and incorruptible.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

Grow in grace

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

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