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Today, reply is on whether the Rapture has already occurred without those left behind being made aware of judgment against themselves. As a sacred process, the focus or object of hope may be fixed and unchanging, yet, hope is to be ongoing, pending, and recurring. Properly understood, our sacred hope also is timeless, eternal, and everlasting. Hope for the believer derives from the grace and personhood of divinity, rather than deliverance by the law, and from the law. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile data appears) posted the following:

 

What if Rapture has already happened but no one was saved and therefor no one got Raptured?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 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: 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. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. (1st Thessalonians 4: 13-18, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Divine Preparations for Advent (03/17/2019); His Words About Returning (12/02/2018); Preparing For The Rapture (11/09/2018); A Short Time Left (10/30/2018); Believers Must Become “Ripe” (09/02/2018); “The End Is Near” (03/14/2018); Waiting For His Appearing (02/09/2016)

 

Anonymous”, developing Christian believers are all cautioned to acknowledge that the present process of divinity for redemption and salvation is one of proclamation and revelation. Things otherwise invisible and unseen are displayed and made actual for created beings and living creatures to establish unshakable consciousness of divine things that have been, that are, and that are yet to come. Divine law is not the hope of the Christian; yet, law is a life process, not merely a set of rules, whereby the accomplishment of judgment appears. Spiritual confusion is eliminated through sacred devices that include the operations of inseparable spirit substance from the makeup of GOD such as faith, holiness, impartiality, oneness without sameness, and prophetic demonstration. Saying this another way, multiple sacred events to make divinity known, knowable, accessible and approachable will occur that are “public” and “open”. While there will be various operations that involve only those members of the church founded by Jesus Christ who are adjudged as just and righteous, these will not be private or secret events. Through what they witness, those ruled as being unjust, unrighteous and wicked are to realize their condition of condemnation before the Most High, and their further entrance into the tribunals of final judgment.

Keeping in mind that salvation is through grace and the merits of Jesus Christ, who, when, how and why there is a harvesting of the earth is not a social event, or a matter of selection on the basis of human accomplishment. Christ will be published within the consciousness and substance of all Creation through righteous judgment, and the resolution of all conflict. Among Christian believers teachings that have themes of the new creation, “the rapture,” or the descent of the New Jerusalem are to generate appetite (ire., longing for the appearing of the Lord), expectation (we also say, hope), and zeal through assurance. Consider against the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. Deuteronomy 29: 29, King James Version (KJV): 29 The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

2. Revelation 1: 5-8, KJV: 5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, 6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. 7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. 8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

3. Matthew 24: 23-28, KJV: 23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 25 Behold, I have told you before. 26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. 27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 4. Romans 8: 24-25, KJV: 24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? 25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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He Rewards Those Who Seek

 

Today, reply is on the discipline of developing Christian believers who are to share only the doctrine for the church received from GOD, and fresh expressions of their own faith. Revelation of divinity through the use of anointed prophets and spokespersons is to be acknowledged as an authentic appearance of GOD, and a sacred event having full integrity as a manifesting of divine truth. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile data appears) posted the following:

 

Why do Christians believe they can just make up anything to fill the great gaps in their bible and expect people to accept their conjecture?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. (1st Corinthians 2: 1-10, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Ministry Is Through Relationship (03/05/2019); GOD Appearing As Christ (12/03/2017); Divinity Must Be Proclaimed? (05/09/2017); Known By Divine Revelation (06/16/2015); One Faith, One Lord? (09/26/2014); Healing is By Relationship? (09/27/2014); Asked to Help? (12/11/2013)

 

Anonymous”, the process for sharing sacred knowledge among Christian believers is both the proclamation of doctrine and instruction received from divinity to be shared within the body (the church) through anointed spokespersons as well as the putting forth of a fresh expression of ones own faith displaying their personal endowment of inseparable spirit substance from the makeup of GOD. Included are balance, faith, gratitude, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, personhood, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

Skill at presenting simple truths that are in fact profound is not granted by divinity in a one-time sacred event (i.e., miracle) so much as by a life process that includes rebirth through divine operations, edification, and becoming mature/ripe while alive upon the earth. The living must undergo a transformation that appears through such features as discovery, fellowship with others who are in Christ, gradual growth, sacred practices (sacraments), study of the holy writings, unselfish service, and suffering.

Developing Christians all are encouraged to understand that the elements required, and all the spirit content they may create to impart must be in accord with the guidelines of Christian belief and the revelation of Jesus Christ. Those with whom believers share may lack discernment to know the differences between the things spoken by commandment, and the things shared by permission. Christianity is the most challenging belief system in the world, today; and has been developed through thousands of events, occurring within thousands of lives, over the course of thousands of years. Knowing this, mature Christians tend to remain conservative, orthodox and “plain” in their practice as well as in their profession of faith. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. Matthew 12: 35-37, King James Version (KJV): 35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. 36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

2. 1st Corinthians 12: 3, KJV: 3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 3. 1st Corinthians 7: 1-7, KJV: 1 Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. 2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. 3 Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. 4 The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife. 5 Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency. 6 But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment. 7 For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Men Will Hate You

 

Today, guidance and instruction from the Bible are shared that further prepare developing Christian believers for ministering to those who may respond to the name of Christ with anger, envy, or rejection. The redemption and salvation offered to sinners through Jesus Christ is available to all, yet, only those choosing to be embraced by the Lord will actually receive it. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile is shown) posted the following:

 

How do you help someone that gets envious and mad when they see people converting to Christianity and when they are told Jesus loves them?

They got angry when they even heard the name Jesus and when their partner believed in Jesus

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. 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: 6-8, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: The Workings of Divinity? (01/15/2019); A Single Sacred Revelation (01/09/2019); Offering Yourself To Christ? (12/27/2018); Become As Little Children (12/13/2018); How GOD Speaks Today (12/10/2018); Recognizing True Christian Prophets (02/26/2018); Christianity Is Not Mindless (05/02/2017); Redemption Through Ordinary Flesh? (04/20/2017); Instruments in His Ministry? (10/07/2016)

 

Anonymous”, Christian ministry and service for the salvation of others is carried out and properly performed through continuous and ongoing relationship. The authority, beauty, and divine power provided for mankind through Jesus Christ will not be fully apprehended and received by all those to whom it is sent; and those who minister in his name must be prepared to endure the same disappointment, discouragement, and rejection that was faced by the Master. Thus, where developing Christian believers properly acknowledge the guidance and instruction recorded in the Bible on how to minister to others they are provided with cautions and points to consider that include the following:

1. Romans 10: 13-17, King James Version (KJV): 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? 17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

2. 2nd Corinthians 4: 3-5, KJV: 3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.

3. Luke 8: 11-15, KJV: 11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. 13 They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. 14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. 15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

4. 1st Corinthians 7: 10-16, KJV: 10 And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: 11 But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife. 12 But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away. 13 And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him. 14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy. 15 But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace. 16 For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife?

5. Matthew 7: 13-14, KJV: 13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 6. 2nd Thessalonians 3: 1-3, KJV: 1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: 2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith. 3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Prayer and Study Circle

 

Today, reply is to a teen on family prayer and shared Bible study as a remedy to conflict and division within the home. Because the goal is to establish family unity, a full reading aloud of as few as 12 books may be taken up and treasured as a family’s own sacred inheritance from divinity, and their own special anchor and grounding from GOD. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality, who uses the ID “Nicholas” (Level 1 with 41 points, a member since June 24, 2017) posted the following:

 

Am I crazy?

Ill try to make this quick. Im 19. Ive been a baptist for 4yr now. My Catholic parents dont allow me to go to the church i want and say under there roof i need to go to a catholic church. I finally decided to leave. I have 500.00 and no car. I dont have a job either. Am i crazy to leave home cause of religion? Am i in the right or are my parents? Im thinking of trying to get into job corps. Any advice on what i should do?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. (Matthew 18: 15-20, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Sacred Ministry or Parenting? (05/10/2018); Honoring Our Own Parents (04/09/2018); What Young People Need? (06/26/2017); Becoming A Full Person (02/12/2017); In Her father’s House? (02/08/2017); Many Forms of Christianity? (04/30/2015); Choosing a Church? (05/31/2014); Why Not One Bible? (11/02/2013); Why Jesus Used Parables (11/03/2013)

 

Nicholas”, put your thoughts about leaving your parents aside until you have considered these points that have been helpful among mature Christian believers whose household needed a “home remedy” that would supply divine healing:

1. Sinners must be “born again,” become “developing believers,” and “grow up again” (i.e., there must be rebirth of a person’s inner character and makeup; they must receive a fresh endowment of life essence (breath; spirit; word) from the makeup of GOD). Water baptism depicts the sacred operations wherein the inborn spirit is slain, buried, and raised from the dead, so to speak.

2. Inseparable aspects of divinity are imparted to indwell and gradually increase within the believer. Included are faith, forbearance, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

3. The followers of Jesus Christ are all admonished: In the same way religious customs and traditions have been mistakenly respected as though they were sacred law, young people often confuse conscience, independence, integrity of personhood, and self-will; while parents and other caretakers often confuse self-control and holding to personal regimen with discharging sacred authority and the ministry of divine will.

4. Within the home a primary, yet, often unmet need is for shared experiences of discovery, fellowship, learning, and service. Through cooperative communication and exchanges such as family prayer and Bible study, spiritual maturity can be nourished, and will become visible through such elements as accord, adult accountability, balance, completeness, consistency, sobriety, and stability.

5. Where those within the shared household can come together and agree that (1.) no one present is an enemy, (2.) there is a clear need for something that may provide spiritual benefit to everyone present, and that (3.) it is not likely to harm anyone to participate in a family reading of a minimum of 12 books from the Bible, take turns reading aloud and let the reader share their thoughts and feelings. The declaration from the Apostle Paul may help to get things started: I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. (1st Timothy 2: 1-6, King James Version, KJV)

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 6. Romans 8: 5-9, KJV: 5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Church attendance, cultural practices, and racial differences among congregations are the topics, today.  A “Yahoo! Answers” fighter using the ID “Keith” (Level 7 with 25,811 points, a member since September 16, 2013) posted the following:

 

Christians: Why attend Black church or white church:?

Segregation on a Sunday morning?

WWJD and does it matter?

Update : The reason I asked, is based on a comment recently, by a so-called Christian, that the black churches are loud and different to the quieter churches, found it offensive personally. Since we should not criticize others based on what we do not understand or based on bias–viewed as being un-Christlike!

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;  One Lord, one faith, one baptism,  One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.  But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.  (Ephesians 4:  4-7, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Sin of Pride? (08/13/2014); Choosing a Church? (05/31/2014); Church is Good? (06/15/2013); Feeling Loved By GOD? (06/16/2013); A Spirit Church? (04/04/2013); My Brother’s Keeper (04/05/2013); Issues for Children’s Church? (04/06/2013); Attending Church? (11/12/2012); A Holy Kiss? (11/13/2012); Escape from Racism (10/24/2012); Christians Who Ignore GOD’s Laws (10/25/2012)

 

“Keith”, here are a few points important to spiritual growth and participation in communities of faith that may be useful:

(1.)  Christian believers are called to become “new creatures” on the basis of their fellowship with other believers, their daily lifestyle, their intimate communication with GOD (we say, prayer life), their sacred knowledge, and their content of divinity received by baptism (i.e, death of ones inborn spirit, rebirth containing spirit substance from the makeup of GOD).  For that reason, many embrace openness and racial integration as a “no brainer.”  Ethnic lines and barriers are erased through communion and sharing.

(2.)  Church attendance is a sacred practice (some say, sacrament) that permit’s the acknowledgment, increase, and nourishment of a believers spirit content.  Church attendance is at once a duty, and a privilege.  Believers are further cleansed, corrected and supplied for service to GOD.

(3.)  The church founded by Jesus Christ is not intended to answer all the carnal, emotional, material, and social features of life in the earth, so much as to establish a spiritual foundation that generates inner awareness, control and discipline for the ongoing management of ones life.  Although believers are born again, they must all “grow up” again, and endure the same “growing pains” that challenge everyone who lives in the earth.  On the surface, experiencing faith through our families, with peers, and in our living communities seems to be only a matter of convenience, cultural arrogance, remaining within ones “comfort zone,” errors of ethnic pride, and self-promotion.  However, removing the many obstacles to trust toward GOD are an essential feature for endurance, growth, shared communication, and effective service to GOD.  

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Spiritual redemption, perfection, salvation, and sanctification are not a result of social exchange and interaction.  Divine process must be continued by the Spirit of GOD that alters and permanently transforms the believer, who must be made immortal and incorruptible to have place as an eternal companion to divinity.  Properly discerned (i.e., recognized and responded to in terms of ones own spirit content), the differences in expression among congregations pertain to their needs and provisions.  A long-standing imbalance for economic, educational, political, and other opportunities has been in place between blacks and whites around the world for thousands of years.  Thus, the existing damage imposed by finite beings upon one another through the operations of self-will, sin and ungodliness will likely be eliminated only through the coming of Christ to govern the earth as Messiah—the Second Coming.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Added points for consideration are posted, today, that speak to the issue of Christians, Islamic believers, and Jews sharing the Temple Mount located in divided Israel/Palestine.  While we still have the freedom to go further in our focus upon this topic, the drivers of commerce and trade, the politicians of America, and the secular thinkers of the United Nations appear totally unwilling to acknowledge the spiritual concerns and needs of those in the Middle East Region, or those in covenant and submission to GOD world-wide.  As ants and other crawling things might be barred as “unclean”, it may be necessary to agree that men are no longer fit to stand on holy ground.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Holy Ground (03/31/2014)—(6.)  The essential work of divine law is to establish and maintain the frameworks, and order that generates the universe and all life.  Sacred law also expresses and reveals the character and eternal purpose of the Law Giver.  There are many points of consideration within the law that pertain to acknowledgement of holy ground.  Those agreeing to take up the law also must accept the rule that any contradictions are in their own minds, and not in the divine intent, or in the record of what GOD has spoken.  (7.)  Mankind appears to be presuming that human ownership and use of holy ground (for fasting, prayer, study, worship) is as legitimate as any divine use of holy ground, or is somehow a sharing of holy ground with GOD, when, in fact, it is not.  (8.)  The agenda and priorities for those churches and faith organizations who seek part in the economy of Israel through relief programs and tourism must be re-examined.  Many are unintentionally spreading spiritual confusion, and infecting legitimate efforts to establish the will of GOD by promoting their own carnal, material and subtle (i.e., barely visible, deceptive, hidden) conflicts of interest.  (9.)  Atonement for sin can be recognized as dependent upon active operations of divinity such as grace and mercy in place of human ceremonies, material offerings, rituals, and sacrifice.  While blood was correctly recognized as the vessel that carries and distributes life essence (we say, spirit) throughout ones body, blood itself is not spirit matter, and should be regarded only as flesh.  (Blood spilled to the earth through murder and warfare defiles a plot of ground making it unclean (we say, unfit) for sacred use.  Once cursed, the soil may be restored only by the blood of the slayers.)  A holy table (we say, altar) was required as a point of contact between heaven and earth; and the altar served as a platform for transferring gifts.  Only consecrated fire could be used to destroy flesh, and the unseen, nonmaterial, non-spirit sin that was placed upon animals for sacrifice.  At the same time corruption was being obliterated, spirit content from works of righteousness (e.g., gratitude, love, obedience, praise, repentance) were being released up to GOD.  It is a further benefit of redemption that those purchased from the altar become living sacrifices, and the demands for atonement then may be satisfied through life processes such as the practice of childbearing, confession, forbearance, forgiveness, unselfish giving, penitence, prayer, and reconciliation.  (10.)  Surely, it would be foolish to insist that there is only one geographical location upon the entire earth that is holy unto GOD, and then have it overrun by the traffic of mankind.  Surely, where men insist their sins must be brought before GOD on holy ground, eliminated, and removed, the holy place could not be a place for GOD to enter into divine contemplation, rest, and hallowed refreshing.  Many of those having issues regarding access to GOD are focused upon features that are material and vain; as a result, their arguments concerning spiritual benefits are specious.  Surely, it would be more profitable to establish a shared resolve that, once we have access granted by GOD, we will display to the Almighty only what is acceptable as comfort, praise, respect, thanksgiving, and proper worship.  At the least the Mount is to know a Sabbath.  See again Hosea 6:  1-7, Matthew 9:  9-17, Romans 10:  1-3 and Romans 11:  1-36, King James Version.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  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.  God is a Spirit:  and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.  (John 4:  23-24, KJV)

 

There are many more points to be made regarding the Temple Mount of today that may be featured in future blog presentations.  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to the measure of divinity that resides within you.

Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night:  that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth:  The LORD is his name:  (Amos 5:  8, KJV)

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Today, some points for consideration are posted that speak to the issue of Christians, Islamic believers, and Jews sharing the Temple Mount located in Jerusalem.  All who would know the peace of GOD in our times must be prepared to prevail over finite, human pride, and to correctly embrace an eternal divine perspective.  Created beings and living creatures do not bestow or impart divinity, glory and holiness upon GOD; rather, GOD endows duration, existence and person to Creation.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I was jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I was jealous for her with great fury.  Thus saith the LORD; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem:  and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the LORD of hosts the holy mountain.  Thus saith the LORD of hosts; There shall yet old men and old women dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, and every man with his staff in his hand for very age.  And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof.  Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If it be marvellous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days, should it also be marvellous in mine eyes? saith the LORD of hosts.  (Zechariah 8:  2-6, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Cleansing the Temple, and the Body (03/16/2014); GOD to “Try Harder”? (03/17/2014); Money-changers in The Temple? (06/23/2013); Believers and the Cross (06/24/2013); Putting GOD First? (06/02/2013); The Need to Purify Heaven (01/17/2013); The Golden Age? (01/10/2013); Translation, Please… (01/11/2013); Mob Rule and Violence (09/27/2012); Suppose I Am Wrong? (09/28/2012)

 

By now, the things of our various religious traditions should have prepared us to correctly grasp the earliest things given to mankind as well as all that has become available through Jesus Christ for a mature understanding of divinity.  Consider again the following points:

1.  As with the place where Moses saw a bush that burned without giving off smoke, or showing any ashes, and was told to “take off his shoes,” the Temple mount must be understood as holy by the divine presence, rather than by the appearance of natural forces such as fire, lightning, water, and winds.  To avoid the posting of a divine sentinel (with a flaming sword that turns every way) as was done at the entrance to the Garden of Eden, there absolutely must be dutifulness, honor, humility, respect, and reverence.

2.  To sanctify is to cleanse and set apart as exclusively for sacred use.
Rather than from awe, fear of destruction, perplexity, or threats of doom the sanctity of the Temple Mount for mankind may be established only through enlightenment, genuine love, and the many operations by the spirit from GOD that may indwell created beings and living creatures (this would include angels) for the accomplishment of eternal purpose without conflict, corruption or violence.

3.  Confusion about GOD inhabiting natural objects and forces resulted in false worship at groves, “high places,” and shrines that was little different than astrology, divinization, idolatry, star-gazing, or worship of the moon and sun.

4.  The clear teaching that GOD may be in covenant relationship to mankind is seen with Abraham.  That a Spirit from the makeup and substance of GOD may indwell mankind is seen first with Adam, and appears later with Moses and the 70 elders elected to govern along with the Levites and Aaronic priesthood. 

There is a lot more to be said, correctly applied, thoroughly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  More than a trade agreement or treaty among men is called for.  There must be accord with GOD (some say, sacred covenant) wherein the divine purpose can be revealed as directed to building, cleansing, healing, life, and love for all created beings and living creatures even more than to death, judgment, punishment, warfare, and wrath.  It is necessary to ask, What is it GOD wants from us, and what may we do today, that is to endure and shape all mankind in the years that are ahead?)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.  (Proverbs 21:  30, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
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