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The Former Things

 

Today, reply is on whether there will be challenges to face for those who enter into heaven. Living in heaven is only to be for a single millennium (1,000 years); and life upon the earth as the home of mankind then is to resume. The eternal purpose of GOD proclaimed to Adam will yet be in effect: Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth. When the bride of Christ descends (the New Jerusalem) multiple aspects of living will remain the same as they had been in the celestial realm: both heaven and earth will be made new; and mankind will have been made both immortal and perfected. It is written: Isaiah 45: 18, King James Version (KJV): 18 For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else. A writer in the “Yahoo! Answers” Religion and Spirituality public forum using the ID “Manitu” (Level 2 with 764 points, a member since May 08, 2018) posted the following:

 

Do you think we will have responsibilites and challenges in heaven?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. (Revelation 21: 7-8, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: No Wall of Partition (07/05/2019); Preserved As Life Companions (06/23/2019); Spiritual Confusion About Heaven (05/31/2019); Asking Questions in Heaven? (11/15/2018); Rendering Our Reasonable Service (06/15/2018); Mankind’s Priesthood in Heaven (02/16/2018); Heaven Temporal, GOD Eternal (12/12/2017); Will There Be Diversity? (10/22/2017); Material Things in Heaven? (11/10/2016)

 

Manitu”, there are many prophecies that speak clearly regarding the times ahead for those who belong to GOD. Thus, many mature Christian believers agree that heaven is not to be the permanent home of mankind once all who belong to Jesus Christ have been harvested from the earth. While his believers will rest from their earthly labors, heaven will be neither a place for dreaming and lounging, nor a divine “sweat shop.” Judgment of those who will meet Christ in the air will have been completed prior to their transformation to exist as his immortal companions and co-workers. In the same way, divine law, eternal purpose, and the presence of divine fullness (we say, divinity; the Godhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit) will be everlasting, the living will serve rejoicing and sharing the benefits and privileges they receive as reward for their deeds in the earth. There will be immutable, unchanging standards, yet, all will continue to experience accountability, discovery, diversity, gradual growth, and learning.

Praise, thanksgiving, and worship will likely appear as continuous and uninterrupted. Reunions and visiting with loved ones from the earth may be delayed. In addition to preparing and serving as witness to the Great White Throne judgment for the unjust and the wicked, those who belong to Christ will participate in the distribution of their portions within the holy city, the New Jerusalem. The work of cleansing the furniture, precincts, and utensils of the Sanctuary is likely to be continuous while in heaven; and when the holy city descends, there will be no temple upon the earth. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. Daniel 7: 21-27, King James Version (KJV): 21 I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; 22 Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom. 23 Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. 24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. 25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. 26 But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end. 27 And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.

2. Philippians 3: 20-21, KJV: 20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: 21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 3. Revelation 21: 21-27, KJV: 21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass. 22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. 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.

 

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Today, reply is on the spiritual meaning and value of keeping the ancient Sabbath laws recorded throughout the Bible.  The fighter using the ID “Violation Nation” (Level 5 with 8,833 points; a member since November 08, 2014) in the “Yahoo! Answers” Religion and Spirituality forum posted the following:


Why can’t atheists admit when God was telling us to stone people who work on the sabbath to death, he only meant in the past?

It was moral then and served His divine plan that doesn’t mean we have to do it today but I gotta admit it really makes me angry to see people working all the same?


THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:  And by him all that believer are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.  (Acts 13:  38-39, King James Version, KJV)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Did The Prophets Know? (05/23/2018); Sabbath Acknowledges Divine Personhood (05/14/2018); We Establish Covenant Relationship (05/01/2018); Being A Holy Nation (02/20/2018); Sacred Law and Practice (02/12/2018); Conditions Set By Covenant? (09/13/2017); Deeds Of The Law? (09/10/2017)


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evelation of Jesus Christ, the divine law speaking to the Sabbath is increasingly acknowledged as forward-looking, and a vital tool to correctly prepare men for the Second Coming of Jesus as the King of Glory.  The character and nature of divine fullness (we also say, the GODhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit) is not fully revealed focusing only on punishment and wrath against sin.  Included also must be completeness, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, mercy, personhood, righteousness, and wisdom.  Communication between the Creator and the created requires a peculiar vocabulary that embraces spiritual events and sacred substance.  Aspects of the sacred operations and eternal purposes of GOD may not be communicated without using the clear features of birth, death, existence, resurrection, and the second death.  


The sacred requirements for judgment make it that, among believers, accountability and duty extend beyond simple obedience.  The Ten Commandments (we also say, the Covenant) were provided to accomplish more than simply the transformation of twelve tribes and a mixed multitude (Gentiles) from Egypt into a divinely ruled sovereign nation by focusing on specific behaviors and conduct.  The Decalogue continues to clarify and crystallize the perpetual relationship between mankind and divinity that became corrupted through the disobedience of Adam.  Given the law is an expression of sacred intent and divine will, the law is to be embodied within conscience and self-will of the living as divine content and “life essence” (i.e., breath; spirit; word).  Consider the following that uses language from the Bible:


(1.)  Exodus 23:  10-12, King James Version (KJV):  10 And six years thou shalt sow thy land, and shalt gather in the fruits thereof:  11 But the seventh year thou shalt let it rest and lie still; that the poor of thy people may eat:  and what they leave the beasts of the field shall eat. In like manner thou shalt deal with thy vineyard, and with thy olive yard.  12 Six days thou shalt do thy work, and on the seventh day thou shalt rest:  that thine ox and thine ass may rest, and the son of thy handmaid, and the stranger, may be refreshed. 


(2.)  Isaiah 58:  13-14, KJV:  If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:  14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father:  for the mouth of the Lord Hath spoken it.


(3.)  Matthew 12:  1-8, KJV:  1 At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn and to eat.  2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day. 3 But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him;  4 How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests?  5 Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?  6 But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple.  7 But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.  8 For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.


There is far more to be acknowledged and received as part of ones own spiritual fullness.  (For example (4.)  Luke 14:  1-6,KJV:  1 And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, that they watched him.  2 And, behold, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy.  3 And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day?  4 And they held their peace.  And he took him, and healed him, and let him go;  5 And answered them, saying, Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the sabbath day?  6 And they could not answer him again to these things.)  Even so, to the rebuke of the Adversary and the furtherance of the faithful in Jesus Christ, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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THE LAST BREATH

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Divine need for a day off, or rest from sacred duty is the topic, today.  Within relationship with GOD, Deity can see that all created beings and living creatures are dependent like small children.  Many things we can not accomplish for ourselves at all, and must be done on our behalf through the ministry of Jesus Christ, and operations of the Holy Spirit.  Other things are to be acquired or discovered through aspects of life experience that include choices, growth, inheritance, learning, maturing, obedience, service, and suffering.  Just as Christian believers must be directed, guided and instructed through divine law for their present-day participation in divine works, we also must be prepared to enter the divine presence for eternal companionship, healing, judgment, and rest.  In addition to new meanings and values already revealed within the holy writings, believers will gradually realize union with divinity through the Son of GOD that puts aside the finite frameworks of material form, time, and space.  Consider the following verses from Scripture and how they apply to our present-day cycle for amusement, fundraising, grocery shopping, and volunteer-work as well as the presentation below:

Exodus 31:  15-17, King James Version (KJV):  15 Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD:  whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.  16 Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.  17 It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever:  for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.

Isaiah 56:  6-7, KJV:  6 Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant;  7 Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer:  their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.

Exodus 16:  28-30, KJV:  28 And the LORD said unto Moses, How long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws?  29 See, for that the LORD hath given you the sabbath, therefore he giveth you on the sixth day the bread of two days; abide ye every man in his place, let no man go out of his place on the seventh day.  30 So the people rested on the seventh day.

John 4:  23-24, KJV:  23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth:  for the Father seeketh such to worship him.  24 God is a Spirit:  and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Isaiah 55:  8-11, KJV:  8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.  9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.  10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:  11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth:  it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

Hebrews 4:  15-16, KJV:  15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.  16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Larry Fine” (Level 7 with 74,366 points, a member since August 29, 2013) posted the following:

 

If God is so strong, why did he have to take a day off?

There’s lots of time I work 7 days straight.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.  For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them:  but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.  For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest:  although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.  For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.  And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.  Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:  Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.  For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.  There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.  For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.  (Hebrews 4:  1-10, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Sabbath, Power, and Rest? (07/17/2015); Sabbath Transferred to Sunday? (04/05/2015); Divine Sleep (03/28/2014); The Storm-battered City? (03/29/2014); To Keep It Holy (02/23/2014); 7 “Godly” Sins? (02/24/2014); About Sabbath (10/16/2013); We Shall Behold Him (10/17/2013)

 

“Larry Fine”, because we are to understand mankind is “made in the image of GOD,” even many who are just becoming Christian believers repeatedly make the mistake of thinking that GOD is also a physical being like themselves with brain, mind and muscle that need regular exercise, nourishment, and rest.  All must come to understand Deity and the things of divinity in a very different way.  GOD is a spirit whose existence is known by aspects and qualities that impress mankind as character, person, active presence, sacred operations, and eternal purpose.

Believers in Jesus Christ are to accept that GOD paused from the ongoing exchanges and interactions that appeared in the work of Creation.  The “rest” proclaimed by divinity, then, was a “one-time event” only in the sense that it is perpetual and unending.  Believers today acknowledge the same meanings and values of the “first” Sabbath, and its various presentations through changing covenants with mankind.  Sabbath now continues the same sacred processes as at Creation including assessment (we say, evaluation, judgment), celebration, communion, covenant, fellowship with GOD, revelation (making Deity known to created beings and living creatures), sanctification, and worship.  Consider again how this is stated using the language of the Bible:

(1.)  Isaiah 58:  13-14, KJV:  13 If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:  14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father:  for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

(2.)  Hebrews 3:  16-19, KJV:  16 For some, when they had heard, did provoke:  howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses.  17 But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness?  18 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?  19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

(3.)  Isaiah 66:  22-23, KJV:  22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.  23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.

There is far more to be said, understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (Sixty-six books of the Bible can not be reduced to 4 verses.  Yet, for example, it should be shared, (4.)  Romans 5:  1-2, KJV:  1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:  2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.)  I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

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Points on divine love, hate, and judgment in Christian belief are shared, today.  Only those without eyes, who are not equipped to discern holiness, remain blind to divine love revealed in Jesus Christ.  The spiritual substance in such experiences as affection, cheer, comfort, commitment, consolation, and rest all are appearances of divinity.  Yet, a fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Floyd” (Level 3 with 1,764 points, a member since March 28, 2014) posted the following:

 

Why is there so much hate and judgement in Christianity?

And there are so many people saying that only their church is the right way and anyone else who isnt a member of their church isnt a christian. Cant we all relax and accept that we’re all followers of Jesus? Cant we all just try to show each other a little bit of love, forgiveness and compassion? Who wants a hug?

Update : And if your not a Christian, you can still have a hug too!

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.  No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.  Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.  And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.  Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.  And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.  Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment:  because as he is, so are we in this world.  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear:  because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.  We love him, because he first loved us.  If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar:  for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?  And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.  (1st John 4:  10-21, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Love in Knowledge and Judgment? (09/30/2014); One Faith, One Lord? (09/26/2014); Healing is By Relationship? (09/27/2014); On Christians Being Inclusive? (07/16/2014); War and Peace? (07/17/2014); A Conflict of Interest (04/16/2014); Philosophical Questions? (04/17/2014); To Accomplish A Sacred Goal (04/18/2014); A Culture of Judgment? (03/20/2014); Beyond Punishment (03/21/2014)

 

“Floyd”, here are some points that promote joy and mature belief among Christians:

(1.)  Many fail to correctly judge (i.e., assign value; determine the presence and action of divine substance) because they are not equipped to acknowledge the many sacred events and operations that have been used by Deity to establish right knowledge of the full GODhead.  For example, when GOD appeared to Moses using the form of a bush that was burning, yet, gave off no ashes or smoke, Moses only saw a strange sight that aroused his curiosity, at first.  Later, GOD would privilege Moses to see other aspects of divinity displaying the nature and substance of GOD, and would proclaim his name aloud.  From the beginning, then, the Holy One who would deliver Israel was to be known as a god of judgment.

(2.)  GOD has appeared in the earth as Jesus Christ using the device of incarnation.  Through the ministry established by the Lord, water baptism provides death of ones inborn spirit with rebirth from the spirit content of divinity.  Believers receive inseparable aspects from the divine makeup such as faith, forgiveness, holiness, longsuffering, love, righteousness, and wrath against sin.  Through what is called fire baptism, believers receive gifts for their service as priests and kings.  Those lacking the imparted, indwelling Spirit from GOD often are bitter, defiant, envious, rebellious and resentful toward GOD, for they see others rejoicing and able to understand, and count themselves unfairly condemned.

(3.)  All believers must serve in aspects of divine judgment.  At the least, we are like those who assembled, dismantled and carried the Tabernacle with Moses in the wilderness, and will set up the thrones for judgment against the wicked.  Others serve like the apostles, believers were witnesses to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus; and who correctly discern the spirit content within conditions, events, persons, utterance (e.g., confession, praise, prayer, promises, prophecy), etc.  Their own spirit content must be used as a standard to identify and respond to the issues of divine love, eternal life, and the sacred will of GOD.  In final judgment, there will be no accuser except the record of ones own deeds as they appear recorded in the Books of Life.  Thus, attitudes, behavior, and conduct become visible as the primary indicators of ones divine spirit content.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Just as genuine love between married persons, or parents and their children demands accountability, discipline, forbearance, respect and restraint, being in a relationship with divinity demands alertness, dutifulness, enthusiasm, and unselfishness.  There must be sacred knowledge, holy precepts and principles as well as eternal purpose.  More than this, there must be exclusiveness, priority and privilege; those who do not belong through Christ are shut out, albeit in a gentle and kindly manner.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to the measure of your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Jerusalem and prophecy are the focus, today, along with more on divine sleep or rest.  The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Shawn” (Level 1 with 95 points, a member since March 28, 2014) posted the following:

 

Confusing bible verse? 

in Isaiah 54: 11 it says:

“O storm-battered city, troubled and desolate! I will rebuild you with precious jewels and make your foundations from lapis lazuli.”

What does this really mean?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Divine Sleep (03/28/2014)—(5.)  Mankind is not to become complacent, give up, quit, or become slack.  Correctly understood, what appear to be breaks in the ongoing operations and process of eternal divinity are to be seen as shifts that take into account the abilities and needs of created beings and living creatures.  Thus, the great flood of Noah’s day was not the “end of the world” as a continuing focus of divinity.  Prophesies recorded in the Scriptures have been provided through a single person during the reign of many kings, over the course of many years, perhaps naming various nations, and in a series of experiences that share much of the same imagery, intent, language, and revelation.  Similarly, that no anointed prophet in the tradition of Moses was sent from GOD following Malachi until John the Baptist did not end the use of prophecy and divine spokespersons in flesh.  Many sacred operations that were begun before what we now have as the sphere of human existence are still unfolding, and will continue to completion long after the end of sin, and the finish of present-day salvation.  Our dependency and the righteousness of GOD demands continued contact and exchange with the living; and, once fully transformed to be immortal and incorruptible, there will be more direct participation for the heirs of GOD with Christ in the fulfillment of the eternal purposes of GOD.   Consider again Deuteronomy 31:  16-18, Judges 6:  11-16, Isaiah 57:  15-21, 1st Corinthians 13:  8-13, Isaiah 65:  17-24 and Revelation 21:  3-8, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Let not your heart be troubled:  ye believe in God, believe also in me.  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.  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.  And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.  Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:  no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  (John 14:  1-6, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Unclear Scriptures? (03/18/2014); Needing Guns To Serve? (03/19/2014); The Earth Made New (11/13/2013); The Earth Made New (11/14/2013); The Place of GOD? (06/01/2013); Putting GOD First? (06/02/2013); A Golden Ticket? (11/30/2012); And This Was Good News (12/01/2012)

 

“Shawn”, here are a few points many Christian believers have found useful when challenged by Scripture verses:

(1.)  Prophesies are messages from GOD that may provide divine comfort, exhortation (we say, encouragement, urging), edification (we say, building up), proclamation, promise, reassurance, and warning.  A single statement may convey all these aspects of utterance (we say, breath, life essence, spirit, word), or some combination of sacred truths.

(2.)  Jerusalem, is called the Holy City, and the City of GOD.  Even so, many prophetic messages are recorded that threaten the destruction of Jerusalem in response to conditions established by error, false worship, idolatry, and sin.  Multiple abuses of Jerusalem have been allowed by GOD intended to further reveal divine authority, justice, eternal process, and sovereignty.

(3.)  Divine love, mercy, and he righteousness of GOD demonstrated through covenant and judgment are depicted throughout the holy writings by operations for cleansing (e.g., atonement, baptism), by proclamations of forbearance and forgiveness as well as through visions of renewal, survival for a remnant, the coming of the kingdom of GOD and Messiah (i.e., the permanent government and rule of a divine agent from GOD among mankind).

There is a lot more to be said, correctly applied, thoroughly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Jesus Christ is held to be the Son of GOD, the divine agent, Messiah, and “the One Sent.”  Being resurrected from death and burial, Christ ascended into heaven to prepare a “new city” as a dwelling for those lifted from the earth as his disciples, servants, and joint-heirs.  This New Jerusalem is described in the Book of Revelation using images and language that agree with those found in the writings of Isaiah.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.  And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him:  his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.  (Daniel 7:  13-14, KJV)

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A few points about Sabbath are featured, today.  Also there is more on Balaam and prophecy.  The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Imelda Davis” (Level 4 with 2,579 points, a member since June 14, 2013) posted the following that was first asked at Yahoo Answers United Kingdom:

 

Are Christians under obligation to keep a weekly sabbath day?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Balaam (10/15/2013)—(5.)  In the same way Christian believers are encouraged to see transformation through the covenants with Israel of the sacred priesthood granted to Adam upon the earth for mankind, the divine use of prophets and prophecy (i.e., proclamation of divine purpose—not predicting the future) is also transformed.  The initial model where men in flesh are used as if angel messengers portrays prophecy as a spiritual event wherein GOD says  “repeat after me,” and the one sent must deliver only the exact utterance of GOD.  Nothing is to be added, nor is anything to be left out.  Through Israel as a nation in covenant, holy writings are established as a mechanism delivering prophecy beginning with sacred law and the tables of stone written by the finger of GOD.  Oral traditions maintained among the twelve tribes of Jacob were then collected, and recorded.  Documents were created to display that GOD is active and present in the earth:  divine law, genealogy, anointed leaders, judgments against sin, miracles, and sacred promises appear.  In addition to accurately preserving the wording of messages from GOD, an indwelling spirit from GOD is revealed as the source of contrition, acceptable praise, true prophetic demonstrations, and genuine prophetic utterance.  (We say, the Breath of Life, the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, the Spirit of Prophecy is received.)  Along with seeking the literal utterance and specific words spoken from GOD, believers are shown there also must be discernment (the use of spiritual things to recognize other spiritual things), for only the Spirit authenticates, corroborates and verifies divinity and prophecy.  Through the Holy Spirit, operations of GOD among created beings and living creatures in the earth are correctly seen also in patterns of otherwise secular behavior, events and speeches.  See Numbers 22:  31, Numbers 24:  10-19, 2nd Kings 6:  15-17, Psalms 119:  18, Isaiah 35:  3-10, Jeremiah 23:  31-33 and 1st Corinthians 12:  27-31, King James Version.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:   If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:  Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father:  for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.  (Isaiah 58:  13-14, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Church Mandatory? (05/06/2013); A GOD of Love? (05/07/2013); Time Before the Sun? (04/14/2013); The Obedience of Jesus? (04/15/2013); Newness of Spirit? (01/04/2013); Two Different Testaments? (01/05/2013); Signs of Messianic Belief? (12/16/2012); Vows and Covenants? (12/17/2012)

 

Imelda, here are a few points important to many 7th Day Sabbath believers who observe the day as an act of faith, not law or obligation:

(1.)  “Sabbath” is not merely a period within the human framework of time.  The Sabbath is an aspect of holy being and divine presence that is to be acknowledged as benefit and blessing.

(2.)  The Sabbath was first revealed at Creation, and so is observed as a celebration and memorial of created beings and living creatures receiving new life.

(3.)  Acknowledgement of GOD through Sabbath was put into effect before many aspects of divine law later instituted as a response to sin (that first became known among the holy angels); and so is regarded as the expression of faith, joy, love, and other inseparable features for the revealed person of GOD.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  Sabbath is also understood as divine rest, and a special opportunity for intimate contact with GOD.  As such, it becomes a time of acknowledgement, praise, submission and worship.  Like marriage and divorce, Sabbath is regarded as an emblem (we might say, badge) indicating divine authority.  When Adam and Eve were driven from the Garden of Eden they continued having only two divine institutions, marriage and Sabbath.)  I trust this fragment will be useful.  Even so, be it unto you according to your faith.  The time of our Savior’s coming is nearer than before.  Rejoice.

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