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The Burning Bush

 

Today, reply is on mankind choosing places to be closer to GOD; oneness without sameness; sanctification; and the locations where divinity appeared as present that were marked through memorials and worship. Most of the places named throughout the holy writings are recorded as sites where sacred events occurred, and are not just geographical references. For example, Babel—later called Babylon that appears as a place of captivity and restriction for the people of GOD—is notable as a place where all mankind were smitten by GOD (without using widespread death), and the living were made to be culturally diverse. Following the flood of Noah, all his offspring eventually converged on that location to build a tower that might save them from the next flood event. Despite the promise of GOD that there he would not send another flood, the survivors from Noah demonstrated total agreement, cooperation, and peace on the earth by building a tower that would reach to heaven. In so doing, they dismissed their proper focus and work commanded by GOD: Multiply, be fruitful, and overspread (replenish) the earth. Therefore, their languages were confused, not to punish their sin and wrongdoing so much as to ensure that the earth be populated. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

If God is everywhere, why does going to the top of a mountain make you any closer to God, as in Moses’ case?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth. (Genesis 11: 1-9, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Judgment Against The Canaanites (08/01/2018); Heaven Temporal, GOD Eternal (12/12/2017); Where Will Believers Go? (10/26/2016); Diversity and Divine Purpose (08/28/2016); The Bridge To Heaven (01/27/2016); Belief In Another World? (02/17/2016); Will Truth Destroy Joy? (11/10/2014); No Sorrow in Heaven? (11/11/2014); Holy Ground (03/30/2014)

 

Anonymous”, among mature Christian believers, all of the many appearances and manifestations of divinity (we also say, divine fullness; active presence; the Godhead; the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) are aspects of a single revelation from the Creator to the diverse created beings and living creatures of heaven and earth. To fully apprehend the multiple streams of truth proclaiming that invisible, unseen divinity exists and resides within carnal, material, natural, and social features on the earth, sinners first must become aware and conscious that the character, makeup, process, and substance of divine fullness are the full array of inseparable spirit elements. Included are balance, eternal purpose, faith, forbearance, holiness, perfection, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

Separation of GOD from mankind on the earth was first understood by the idea of physical separation of heaven from the earth. GOD was believed to reside within a celestial realm and sphere of life located above the sky and astronomical space. Communication, exchange and interaction with divinity continued on a daily basis through divine visitation, and by GOD appearing regularly within a space familiar and known (the Garden of Eden). However, more than a measurable distance between heaven and the earth, it is the endowment of the living with consciousness and self-will that separate the living from the Creator. There are frameworks for expression by the living that include appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, sexual cravings), sensation (hearing, seeing, tasting, touching) and emotion/mind (anger, dreams, fear, imagination). While GOD has not put forth sin and wickedness, the operations of sin may determine choice and decision-making within the living. Sin opposes the continued existence of sacred law, the Lawgiver, and divine order throughout the universe.

Reducing the sense of separation between mankind and his maker requires visible elements that have meaning and value from GOD, and that are not simply from the errors, fantasies, fears, and superstitions of men. The meeting place GOD chose from all the many locations on the earth was in the land of Canaan (many say, the land promised to Abram), and in a specific area whose name changes within the holy writings over the course of thousands of years (e.g., Mount Moriah later Mount Zion). Among Abraham and his descendants who all endured a form of nomadic life (e.g., the exodus, the captivity, the persecution that scattered the early church), embodying covenant and imparted spirit became pronounced. Simple objects and structures were created to serve as identifiers and memorials acknowledging divine appearances, the locations where divinity has been encountered, and the places where divinity acknowledged and received offerings, praise and worship. Included have been altars, circumcision, mounds, pillars, shrines, tabernacles, and temples. Even so, redemption and salvation for mankind has required an appearance of divinity on the earth using flesh and bone as Jesus Christ (we say, the Incarnation). Consider the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. Genesis 22: 1-4, King James Version (KJV): 1 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. 2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. 3 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him. 4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.

2. Genesis 22: 9-14, KJV: 9 And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. 10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. 11 And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. 12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me. 13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. 14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.

3. Exodus 3: 1-5, KJV: 1 Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. 2 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. 3 And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. 4 And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I. 5 And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.

There is far more that should 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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THE BLACK PHOENIX

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Today, practices to acknowledge the divine presence in the camp of those who left Egypt with Moses are considered.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers (Singapore)” using the ID “Adam” (Level 4 with 4,977 points, a member since April 25, 2011) posted the following:

 

Exodus: laws of moses when u poop put a stick in the ground (did moses aim this at just one guy?)?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious:  and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.  Unto you therefore which believe he is precious:  but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,  And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient:  whereunto also they were appointed.  But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;  Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God:  which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.  (1st Peter 2:  6-10, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Divine Presence and Spirit (01/18/2017); The Old Self Crucified? (04/03/2016); Pork, A Stumblingblock? (03/06/2015); Deliverance A Benefit Of Salvation? (02/23/2015); Divine Law for Mankind? (07/29/2014); Divine Law Speaks of Spirit? (07/30/2014); Holy Ground (03/30/2014); The Temple Mount (03/31/2014)

 

“Adam”, those who received the Ten Commandment law had to learn to display uninterrupted acknowledgement of divine presence.  The men, women, and children who left Egypt with Moses were Gentiles and a “mixed multitude” as well as those from the 12 tribes of Jacob.  A single, sacred standard for all would be put forth to cleanse and sanctify them for a continuing relationship as covenant partners with the Most High.  While in Egypt, their daily lives maintained customs, rituals, and traditions that exalted secular knowledge (e.g., government, politics, science) and also embraced astrology, idolatry, sorcery, superstition, and the occult.  The size of their camp is estimated to have been as many as 3½ million, for men of fighting age alone were more than ½ million.  The people lived in tents, and the livestock were kept in close quarter.  The “promised land” was already occupied by seven tribes who were in a covenant with GOD, and were to be replaced because they repeatedly had violated their contract.  When GOD spoke declaring the terms (commandments) of his new covenant, the people were awestruck, and petitioned that GOD would use prophets and spokespersons to reveal divinity, rather than speak from heaven again.  With this in view, the active presence of GOD among the people was made visible by the pillar of cloud by day, fire by night; by the tabernacle; and by multiple aspects of divine order that included captains over thousands, hundreds, fifties, twenties and tens (we say, hierarchy, rank); the falling of manna for only six days; and the keeping of Sabbath.  Consider again the following from the Scriptures:

(1.)  Deuteronomy 23:  12-14, King James Version (KJV):  12 Thou shalt have a place also without the camp, whither thou shalt go forth abroad:  13 And thou shalt have a paddle upon thy weapon; and it shall be, when thou wilt ease thyself abroad, thou shalt dig therewith, and shalt turn back and cover that which cometh from thee:  14 For the LORD thy God walketh in the midst of thy camp, to deliver thee, and to give up thine enemies before thee; therefore shall thy camp be holy:  that he see no unclean thing in thee, and turn away from thee.

(2.)  Deuteronomy 14:  1-2, KJV:  1 Ye are the children of the LORD your God:  ye shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead.  2 For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  Deuteronomy 12:  1-7, KJV:  1 These are the statutes and judgments, which ye shall observe to do in the land, which the LORD God of thy fathers giveth thee to possess it, all the days that ye live upon the earth.  2 Ye shall utterly destroy all the places, wherein the nations which ye shall possess served their gods, upon the high mountains, and upon the hills, and under every green tree:  3 And ye shall overthrow their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire; and ye shall hew down the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names of them out of that place.  4 Ye shall not do so unto the LORD your God.  5 But unto the place which the LORD your God shall choose out of all your tribes to put his name there, even unto his habitation shall ye seek, and thither thou shalt come:  6 And thither ye shall bring your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, and your tithes, and heave offerings of your hand, and your vows, and your freewill offerings, and the firstlings of your herds and of your flocks:  7 And there ye shall eat before the LORD your God, and ye shall rejoice in all that ye put your hand unto, ye and your households, wherein the LORD thy God hath blessed thee.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, Scripture points are shared that proclaim the place(s) where those saved by Jesus will go to as the outcome of their judgment.  Believers have been given assurance that they will be “where the Lord is,” however, there is more.  Many believers have missed the special comfort from GOD that was declared using parables (see Matthew 22:  1-14 and Luke 14:  15-24, King James Version, KJV).  Guests who were bidden to share in divine celebration made excuses and refused to attend.  These teachings that speak about salvation also describe the angelic beings who lost their first estate in heaven, and whose place will be filled with those from the earth who belong to Christ.  Consider the following and the presentation below:  1st Thessalonians 4:  16-18, KJV:  16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God:  and the dead in Christ shall rise first:  17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air:  and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers (Malaysia)” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information appears) posted the following:

 

So lets suppose, the judgement day comes, where will u go?

Even if you believe in it or not, if it comes, what do u think according to your deeds, where will u go? Heaven or hell ??????

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.  Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,  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?  Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.  Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.  (2nd Peter 3:  9-14, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  About Judgment By GOD (08/29/2016); Belief In Another World? (02/17/2016); The Bridge To Heaven (01/27/2016); The Imminent Return of Christ? (07/19/2015); The Soon Return of Jesus? (01/05/2015); GOD Is A Spirit (12/07/2014); The Mystery of His Appearing (12/08/2014)

 

“Anonymous”, Christian believers can answer your question as to where they will go on judgment day with many different replies that are recorded in the Scriptures, and that all are valid.  Consider the following:

(1.)  On The Right.  Matthew 25:  31-34, King James Version (KJV):  31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:  32 And before him shall be gathered all nations:  and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:  33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.  34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

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

(3.)  To The City of GOD.  Psalms 46:  1-5, KJV:  1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;  3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.  4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.  5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved:  God shall help her, and that right early.

(4.)  To the Temple of GOD.  Revelation 3:  11-12, KJV:  11 Behold, I come quickly:  hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.  12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out:  and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God:  and I will write upon him my new name.

(5.)  To The Earth Made New.  Revelation 21:  1-3, KJV:  21 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.

(6.)  To The Mountain of the LORD.  Isaiah 65:  21-25, KJV:  21 And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.  22 They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat:  for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.  23 They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them.  24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.  25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock:  and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (7.)  To The City of Light.  Revelation 21:  23-27, KJV:  23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it:  for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.  24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it:  and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.  25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day:  for there shall be no night there.  26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.  27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie:  but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.)  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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Becoming and remaining sinless until the return of Jesus is our topic, today.  Also, there is more on remembering Lot’s wife.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers Canada” using the ID “Daijin” (Level 2 with 270 points, a member since April 22, 2013) posted the following:

 

Are christians supposed to be sinless until death / jesus returns?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Remembering Lot’s Wife (11/04/2014)—(5.)  For many, Lot’s wife depicts the hardening of ones heart against the salvation of GOD through the ministry of Jesus Christ.  Like Noah, his wife and children, Lot and his wife also found grace with GOD.  Unlike Noah’s wife who willingly entered into the ark along with her husband, and Sarai (later Sarah), the wife of Abram (later Abraham), who followed her husband without question when by faith he left the place of their birth and early life, Lot’s wife turned away from the divine provision for her husband and children.  Her life was ended—not as the expression of divine intent—by her coveting material and social things, disobedience, and self-will.

(6.)  Throughout the holy writings, altars, heaps, pillars and wells appear as markers and memorials of covenant agreements, and to indicate places where the operations and active presence of GOD have been made known (we say, revealed) to mankind.  (Examples include Rehoboth, Bethel, Mizpah, Mount Sinai, and Sychar.)  Where groves, pillars, poles or trees have been worshiped as though containing divinity, they are always to be known as idols.  Thus, Moses does not worship the burning bush, nor the device Aaron used to stop plague among the people, later called Nehushtan and destroyed by King Hezekiah.  The pillar of salt is an emblem or badge of divine authority to deliver from sin and death, a sign of divine commitment to heal and prosper mankind as well as memorial of divine mercy and righteousness in judgment.  Additionally, Lot’s wife becomes the salt that must be sprinkled upon every sacrifice to purify and make it correct before GOD; and the destruction of Sodom and the other cities is seen lawfully preserving covenant and life upon the earth.  See again Genesis 26:  12-22, Numbers 21:  4-9, 2nd Kings 18:  1-7, 2nd Chronicles 33:  1-9, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son:  the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.  But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.  All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him:  in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live.  Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GODand not that he should return from his ways, and live?  But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned:  in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.  (Ezekiel 18:  20-24, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Inseparables? (07/15/2014); On Christians Being Inclusive? (07/16/2014); Genuine Repentance? (03/24/2014); When Is A Law The LAW? (03/25/2014); The Return in Glory? (07/04/2013); Desire for Love? (07/05/2013); How Do I Repent? (05/16/2013); The “Jesus Way”? (05/17/2013)

 

“Daijin”, becoming a Christian is a matter of entering into a process of change that may only come while we are alive.  Here are some points on Christian belief you may find useful:

(1.)  Every believer must experience various operations of the Holy Spirit who serves as the “field agent” (so to speak) present in the earth on behalf of Jesus Christ.  There are so many permanent changes that must be made to ones inward emotional, intellectual, psychological and spirit content before a believer is then fit to be a companion to eternal divinity that we say it simply, “one must be born again.”   Through water baptism by immersion one experiences death of their inborn spirit that allows functioning as an animal and carnal creation along with their own symbolic burial, or by cleansing with sprinkled water to establish a status as under an atonement and being within covenant.  A spiritual truth of rebirth from GOD is established, and must be repeatedly acknowledged no less than the unseen wind.

(2.)  Because sin does not exist as a living entity or material creation from GOD, mankind can not eliminate sin by “good behavior,” logic, mathematics, reason, and science.  While death does release the awareness and self-will of a sinner from the dominating, inescapable influence of sin, the effects and consequences of the actions they performed in life continue indefinitely.  Following baptism, rather than answer to sin, believers are to respond to influence from the spirit matter imparted from the makeup of divinity (we say, the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth).  Included are faith, forbearance, forgiveness, holiness, longsuffering, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

(3.)  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, of the Law Giver, and of the universe established through sacred law.  Created beings and living creatures must develop discernment (i.e., ability to use their own spirit content as a standard to recognize and respond correctly to the spirit substance within various communications, events, and other persons.  In addition to the indwelling Spirit, multiple tools have been provided by GOD to assist the living in detecting sin:  covenant, judgment, law, love, prophecy, and sacred practices (we say, sacraments).

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Believers are to live lives of repentance, turning away from previous sins and turning to GOD.  We are accounted or credited as though already perfected (we say, mature).  However, born again, one must learn and gradually grow up again.  The needed features for final transformation that will result in mankind as immortal and incorruptible (you might say, sinless) will only occur through resurrection and the harvesting of believers from the earth at the appearing of Christ.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Some points on the importance of Palm Sunday are shared, today, along with more on the church as a pillar and ground for truth.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “hellohooray56” (Level 2 with 423 points, a member since September 28, 2008) posted the following:

 

What’s the significance of the palms on Palm Sunday?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  A Pillar and Ground? (04/12/2014)—(4.)  In the same way Jacob saw angels ascending and descending a ladder to heaven at Bethel (the house of GOD), within the church Christian believers are to operate and progress through varying levels of sacred knowledge, perfection (we say, maturity), and sanctified service to GOD.  The church as a body of Christ must be active, alive, dynamic, and organic.  Every aspect of exchange and relationship for created beings and living creatures is to appear including comfort, conflict, correction, closure, separation, tension, and being permanently sealed.  (5.)  In Bible times, pillars were used as boundary markers (we say, border lines, land marks, property lines) and were memorials to sacred events.  A pillar was to be regarded as a stop sign against trespassers, and a warning.  As at Mizpah between Jacob and Laban, a pile of stones (also called, a heap) could be a visible representation for oaths of contract, and covenant agreement; and constituted a silent witness to ones righteousness and integrity, or lack thereof.  GOD and execution of divine law are invoked as the true arbiter and judge to resolve every dispute.  As a depiction of burial and the grave, the heap signaled a final end of ones old life along with renewal and resurrection to new life, and relationship.  See Genesis 19:  26, 28:  10-22, and 31:  44-54, Exodus 13:  21 and 24:  3-5, 1st Samuel 2:  7-9, Luke 17:  28-33 and Revelation 3:  12, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.  Even so, Father:  for so it seemed good in thy sight.  All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart:  and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.  (Matthew 11:  25-30, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Sacrificed and Risen? (10/06/2013);  Assurances of Salvation? (10/07/2013); The Childhood of Jesus? (03/06/2013); Non-existent Debt? (03/07/2013); The Root of Jesse (01/03/2013); Newness of Spirit? (01/04/2013); How Was GOD Known Before Jesus? (10/06/2012); Jesus, King of Earth? (10/07/2012)

 

“hellohooray56”, here are a few points intended to ensure the correct focus, and deepen understanding among all who acknowledge covenant with GOD:

(1.)  In accordance to the law given the Jews to maintain Israel as a nation instead of a collection of tribes, Jesus was required to appear at the Temple in Jerusalem at least three times each year to participate in annual acknowledgments of GOD through sacred feasts.  As the first-born and eldest son of his household, Jesus was the heir, and was to serve as the agent for his parents, siblings, and those in the family line all the way back to the time of Moses.

(2.)  Jesus was first acknowledged at the Temple in Jerusalem when he appeared at eight-days old for circumcision.  Two acknowledged, well-known, and much respected spokespersons from GOD (we say, a prophet and a prophetess) identified the baby as a fulfillment of divine proclamation, promise, and prophecies recorded in Scripture.

(3.)  Again Jesus entered Jerusalem as Son of the Highest while still a child.  At this Advent (we say, coming), he was received and recognized as no more than a bar mitzvah boy, who impressed the doctors, elders and lawyers by having what they perceived as adult—yet, not divine—insight and understandings of sacred law.  The Spirit of Prophecy (the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Truth) and an appearance of GOD incarnate was not discerned.

(4.)  At the triumphal entry into the Holy City, Jesus was publicly acknowledged and proclaimed to be a royal heir from the line of King David, whose inheritance was not only one of sovereign authority to govern; it was also to serve as champion in combat against the enemies of Israel (we say, defender, warrior), judge, high priest, prophet, and savior.

There is a lot more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  We say, Jesus was given the “royal treatment,” and that by spreading palm branches and the very clothes from off their backs, the people “rolled out the red carpet.”  Jesus was exalted, and shown the respect due a conquering king, because he was believed to be the promised Ruler sent from GOD to govern the whole earth, the Messiah.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to the measure of divine faith that resides in you.

And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;  Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord:  peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.  (Luke 19:  37-38, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Language from the Apostle Paul describing aspects of the church founded by Jesus Christ is our focus, today.  The “Yahoo! Answers” fighter using the ID “The Holy Shroud of Turin” (Level 4 with 4,484 points, a member since June 19, 2010) posted the following:

 

Why does Paul say the Church is the “pillar and foundation of truth”? 

St. Paul, in 1 Tim 3:15

1 Timothy, Chapter 3

St. Paul Writes:

I am writing you about these matters, although I hope to visit you soon.

“But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth.Undeniably great is the mystery of devotion, Who was manifested in the flesh,vindicated in the spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed to the Gentiles,
believed in throughout the world and taken up in glory!”

Paul seems to reference a church as the pillar and foundation of truth before the Bible was written

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For we are labourers together with God:  ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.  According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon.  But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;  Every man’s work shall be made manifest:  for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.  If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.  If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss:  but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?  If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.  (1st Corinthians 3:  9-17, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Storm-battered City? (03/29/2014); Holy Ground (03/30/2014); The Temple Mount (03/31/2014); Going It Alone? (12/16/2013); On Being Good Stewards (12/17/2013); When GOD Controls? (04/22/2013); Faith, Language and “Mystery” (04/11/2013); GOD Knows Tomorrow? (04/12/2013); A Spirit Church? (04/04/2013); My Brother’s Keeper (04/05/2013); Without The Noise of Battle (12/25/2012)

 

“The Holy Shroud of Turin”, while intellect and knowledge will never take the place of being born again from GOD, here are some points on Christian belief to consider that have helped many avoid blasphemy, irreverence, and spiritual confusion:

(1.)  Pillars are columns or posts that stand straight up from the flooring, and may be seated upon the foundation within massive buildings that are designed to show a nation or people have importance, permanence, and power.  As such, pillars are found only in palaces, judgment halls, and temples.

(2.)  The foundation of any building is the platform and surface whereupon the entire upper structure must rest.  As a result, following the many shifts through pressure and distributions of the soil that lower the building’s height over time (we say, settling), the ground is the final, and unchanging level a building will continue to be upon so long as it may stand.

There is a lot more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  The church founded through Jesus Christ serves as an embodiment of divinity, and a vessel containing sacred matter.  More than simply data, doctrines, teachings, and information, the church provides mystery (i.e., knowledge through life experience that is only for those initiated), and truth as the active presence of divinity within ones own awareness and self-will.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to the measure of divine faith that resides in you.

What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  For ye are bought with a price:  therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.  (1st Corinthians 6:  19-20, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC