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A depiction of the parable of the wise and foolish virgins

 

Today, reply is on how believers who are now on the earth may bring on and end our waiting for the Apocalypse (i.e., the end of the world). In the holy writings, all are exhorted to quickly make their decisions and establish their commitment to the Lord; displaying panic and rushing about in fear are discouraged. Those who pray for annihilation and sudden destruction do so under the influence of sin that promotes non-existence, and a return to the conditions of chaos, flux, and erratic streams of motion that were in place before the Creation. Such persons often mock the tarrying and orderly waiting practiced among the followers of Jesus Christ. In contrast, many Christians seek to use the power of fervent prayer, and they importune that waiting for the Second Coming may be reduced. The counsel on his appearing (we also say, the day of the Lord; the harvest; the Rapture) shared by Jesus Christ is that the church should serve remaining alert, vigilant, and filled with zeal until he returns. It is written: Luke 21: 33-36, King James Version (KJV): 33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. 34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. 35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Violation Nation!!” (Level 4 with 2,690 points, a member since January 15, 2019) posted the following:

 

How can we as loving Christians bring about the apocalypse asap and end the world?

We must fulfill the prophecy, just as our God wills!!?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. (Matthew 25: 1-13, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Why Jesus Comes Back (06/20/2019); Recognizing The End Times (04/16/2019); His Words About Returning (12/02/2018); Preparing For The Rapture (11/09/2018); A Short Time Left (10/30/2018); Mysteries Of The Kingdom? (09/28/2018); Given A Divine Invitation (01/20/2016)

 

Violation Nation!!”, those who are wise do not challenge divinity or complain against GOD regarding divine delays for the day of the Lord. While developing and mature Christian believers are instructed that mankind can not influence, manipulate, or operate upon divinity to alter and determine divine prerogative, sacred events, eternal purpose and expressions of sovereign will, our conduct as vessels containing divine spirit substance, and our practices that fulfill end time prophecy do establish and maintain conditions that invite and welcome the return of Jesus Christ. Believers are to live having the expectation (we say, hope) that multiple proclamations, promises and prophecies will be made actual, complete, and fulfilled. By our responses as the church founded by Jesus Christ, we may demonstrate that we are mature/ripe for harvest as those who will be taken from the earth at the coming of the Lord. No exact day or hour for the Savior’s return to reap the earth has been revealed. Believers are to prepare themselves and continue in constant readiness as though it might be today, and in this very hour. The human mechanical and natural conduct for the spiritual acts of GOD are to be addressed through our ongoing disciplines, lifestyles, and daily routines. Until the time of his coming, believers should display the inseparable aspects of spirit essence from GOD that include balance, consistency, longsuffering, lovingkindness, personhood, restraint, stability, and the patience of the saints. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. Isaiah 5: 18-21, King James Version (KJV): 18 Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope: 19 That say, Let him make speed, and hasten his work, that we may see it: and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw nigh and come, that we may know it! 20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! 21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

2. 2nd Peter 3: 8-14, KJV: 8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. 14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 3. Colossians 3: 12-17, KJV: 12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.) 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 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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Today, the reply presents the words of Jesus Christ about his return to harvest the earth of those belonging to divinity through his name. No specific date or hour has been proclaimed by divinity for the return of Jesus Christ to the earth; and acknowledgment of Christ must go forward as the manifesting of faith and holiness along with the other inseparable aspects from the image of GOD (e.g., longsuffering; lovingkindness; oneness without sameness; personhood; wisdom; wrath against sin). There must be the continuance of gradual growth for those who are born again in addition to discovery, fellowship, enduring hardship, repentance, and unselfish service. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Father Ben Dover” (Level 1 with 42 points, a member since February 08, 2015) posted the following:

 

When do you think Jesus is coming for us?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. (Matthew 26: 40-41, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Preparing For The Rapture (11/09/2018); A Short Time Left (10/30/2018); Christian Beliefs Are Forward-looking (09/23/2018); “The End Is Near” (03/14/2018); The Most Important Thing (12/28/2017); “Occupy Till I Come” (08/30/2017); Waiting For His Appearing (02/09/2016); Christ Coming Soon? (10/16/2015); If You Knew When? (09/17/2015)

 

Father Ben Dover”, the revelation of GOD to mankind has included in depth sacred knowledge pertaining to the birth, ministry, death, eternal purpose, and resurrection of Jesus Christ; yet, there is no proclamation of a specific day and time of his Advent (we also say, his appearing; the Rapture; Second Coming). To avoid error and spiritual confusion, developing and mature Christian believers are encouraged to rely on the things declared through the holy writings, rather than depend on conjecture, speculation, and personal opinions. The guidance and instruction given the apostles and elders for the church are intended to ensure continuity of the ministry, and the further unfolding of repentance, salvation, and new creation as a lifestyle providing sacred opportunities and possibilities that conform to divine law. Consider again 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. Matthew 24: 3-8, KJV: 3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? 4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

3. Matthew 24: 24-31, KJV: 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. 29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

4. Matthew 24: 35-37, KJV: 35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. 36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. 37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 5. Mark 13: 31-33, KJV: 31 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. 32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. 33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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The image above depicts the first resurrection of the dead at the Second Coming.

 

Today, reply is on how those alive now are to prepare for the sacred events that will occur at the Second Coming of Jesus (we also say, Advent; his appearing; the harvest; the Rapture). The followers of Jesus have been given many assurances (for example, the following from Titus 2: 11-14, King James Version (KJV): 11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.) One of the many fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile is shared) posted this question:

 

How to prepare to the rapture?

Some people are doing letters to the left behind.

What to do with things, bank account etc?

Should the saved not buy new things?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Philippians 4: 5-8, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Salvation Must Be Eternal (11/06/2018); A Short Time Left (10/30/2018); Judgment Will Occur Forever (10/10/2018); Christian Beliefs Are Forward-looking (09/23/2018); Believers Must Become “Ripe” (09/02/2018); Why Paul Observed Tradition (07/10/2018); “The End Is Near” (03/14/2018); Duties of a Christian? (03/13/2018); The Coming(s) of Christ (03/11/2018); Loving Someone Unseen? (05/03/2014); Lot and the Angels (05/04/2014)

 

Anonymous”, for those alive today, here are some points that mature Christian believers are willing to consider:

1. The full gospel, ministry, and testimony in his blood by Jesus Christ provided to prepare mankind for the divine works of their final judgment and transformation to exist as companions to GOD is a finished sacred work, and nothing need be added to it. Believers are to continue in communion with one another and with divinity through godliness, praise, prayer, sharing, unselfish service, and suffering.

2. Sinners who become “born again” also are to “grow up again” (mature; ripen). As developing believers, and the new creation of Jesus Christ those in repentance must undergo permanent changes that include coming under the atoning blood of Christ; conforming to the image of Christ (we also say, displaying Christ-likeness); embracing eternal purpose; and adopting sacred practices (e.g., baptism, childbearing, confession, marriage, prophecy, sanctification).

3. All who belong to Christ will receive and serve as vessels containing a fresh endowment of inseparable spirit substance from the makeup of GOD. Included are faith, forbearance, forgiveness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, personhood, vigilance, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 4. Through admonitions, cautions, prophecy and warnings, Christian believers have been commanded and foretold the sacred events to expect (i.e., what to hope for) throughout the holy writings. Thus, Romans 8: 5-9, King James Version (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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The Soon Coming of Jesus

A depiction of Jesus Christ appearing to harvest the earth.

 

Today, reply is on the preparation by Christian believers to receive the soon coming of Jesus Christ. The sacred process of becoming ready to greet the Lord at the meeting in the air on surface is merely one of tarrying and waiting, yet, more correctly discerned is one of abiding in blessing, continuing gradual growth, and giving glory and honor to divinity through praise and unselfish service. It is written 1st John 3: 2-3, King James Version (KJV): 2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” in the Religion and Spirituality forum using the ID “Your Word is a light to my roadway” (Level 7 with 36,328 points, a member since April 05, 2010) posted the following:

 

What are you going to do with the very short time we have left? Jesus Christ’s return is soon.?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near: So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done. Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch. (Mark 13: 28-37, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Christian Beliefs Are Forward-looking (09/23/2018); Believers Must Become “Ripe” (09/02/2018); “The End Is Near” (03/14/2018); Duties of a Christian? (03/13/2018); On Facing The Future (01/17/2018); Heaven Temporal, GOD Eternal (12/12/2017); Sharing The Correct Message (01/30/2017); About The End Of The World (08/30/2015); Loving Someone Unseen? (05/03/2014); Lot and the Angels (05/04/2014)

 

Your Word is a light to my roadway”, rather than anxiety, fear, and uncertainty the followers of Jesus are embracing awe, fear of the Lord, and hope (commanded expectations). Mature Christian believers all do not hold that there are specific activities and works (e.g., church attendance; door to door ministry; regular Bible study; tithing) that are to be performed up to the time of his appearing (we also say, the Advent; the first resurrection; the harvesting from the earth of those belonging to Christ; the Second Coming); and many discern that there is an ongoing spiritual struggle against disbelief, sin, and wickedness. All developing Christians are commanded to maintain a lifestyle and daily routines that display repentance, respect, and vigilance. The works carried out by believers are not to earn or secure their own salvation so much as to express gratitude; to further build up, edify, and spiritually nourish the body of believers; and to share the things from GOD with others. By their works believers give evidence of Christ in the life, and continue the actualities of faith, divine law, and sacred possibilities as well as eternal purpose, promise, and prophecy. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.) Romans 12: 1-2, King James Version (KJV): 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

(2.) 2nd Timothy 1: 7, KJV: 7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

(3.) Ephesians 2: 8-10, KJV: 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

(4.) James 2: 18-20, KJV: 18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. 19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (5.) Ephesians 6: 12-16, KJV: 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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The picture depicts the conclusion of the present ongoing judgment that many call the Rapture

 

Today, reply is on whether divine judgment will be completed on the earth or in heaven. In the same way the holy writings teach there is a first death that may be followed by the second death and there are the first and second resurrections, the Scriptures also teach there are multiple judgment events that occur in heaven as well as on the earth. The fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” Religion and Spirituality public forum using the ID “Stonehaven” (Level 1 with 5 points, a member since March 21, 2018) posted the following:

 

The Last Judgement will take place on earth or in heaven?

Matthew 25:31-33

31 ‘When the SON OF MAN comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, 33 and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left.

The above Scripture refers to the SON OF MAN, which means that Jesus Christ is fully HUMAN and fully divine when he returns to Judge the Living and the Dead, and to be Judge of all the Nations.

However, these verses are in reference to the Last Judgement, which implies that this Judgement will take place on the earth, but contrary to the traditional view that it should take place in heaven: Revelation 20:11.

This seems like a contradiction, but how do we resolve the apparent dilemma?

Any suggestions?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: 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: 11-17, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Incurring “The Second Death” (04/02/2018); “I Never Knew You” (03/23/2018); Mankind’s Priesthood in Heaven (02/16/2018); Events During Final Judgment? (11/28/2016); The Earth Made New (11/13/2013); Hierarchy (11/14/2013); The Place for Eternal Life? (01/06/2013); Therefore There Was Trust (01/07/2013)

 

Stonehaven”, relying on the Bible, many mature Christian believers increasingly understand judgment as an aspect of the existence, ongoing divine process, eternal purpose, and full sacred substance of GOD along with such elements as faith, holiness, longsuffering and lovingkindness. In the same way the personhood of GOD would be incomplete without immortality, immutability, incorruption, and wisdom, judgment will exist and appear as an eternal expression of complete divine order, sacred prerogative, righteousness, and sovereign will. Consider again the following:

(1.) At this time, the sacred process of judgment is being carried out to determine those who will meet the Lord in the air at his appearing (we say, the first resurrection; the harvest; the Rapture; the Second Coming), and those who thereafter will continue as his immortal life companions. In addition to identifying from the books of life those whose sins are covered by the atoning blood of Jesus Christ, the sacred process also is being carried out whereby reconciliation to, refreshment for, and the refinement of multiple provisions within divine law are being established.

(2.) The Great White Throne judgment is the divine tribunal provided to hear the cases of the wicked. The second resurrection must occur to allow those under review to be present and alive in the celestial court, and to speak in response to the necessary sacred exchange. Satan will not appear as the Accuser or Prosecutor (he will already have been cast into the Lake of Fire); nor will Jesus Christ. Cases will be heard on the details from the record of ones own deeds, opportunities, praise, prayer, and privilege.

(3.) The judgment for rewards that will be distributed to the faithful will occur in heaven along with the allotment of property within the New Jerusalem. Included may be selection to learn and perform the sacred liturgy (a new song); positions as captains over fifties, captains over hundreds, captains over thousands; and the privilege to serve as assistants to Jesus, the High Priest. When the Holy City descends to the earth an entirely new set of divine records will have been added.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) On the earth made new, mortality will no longer exist as the human condition, and there will be no temple, yet, divine law will continue as eternal. Capital punishment and imposing a “death sentence” will not be practiced; and there will be no judgment to punish sin. There will continue to be standards for assessments, assigning value, and making sound decisions.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Jesus in the Synagogue

A depiction of Jesus in the synagogue proclaiming His sacred identity and purpose by declaring with authority the fulfillment of divine prophecy.

 

Today, reply is on the appearances of Jesus Christ to benefit mankind on the earth, first as human, then as divine.  Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit within a human host using neither sperm nor ovum.  Yet, in accord with the sacred principle (first that which is natural, then that that is spiritual), Jesus did not appear on the earth as all-knowing, and having all power.  In fact, he had many questions and needs that only were answered through his disciplines of fasting, prayer, and willing submission to the word of GOD provided in the Scriptures as promise and prophecy.  The error committed by Adam and Eve resulted in mortality becoming imposed upon all mankind along with the inability of human will to resist the operations of sin.  Mankind itself would have to act in their own behalf to establish the recovery and remedies against “the fall.”  However, because of the many sacred operations involved, correction, reconciliation, and restoration also would require that divinity appear in flesh as an offspring of Adam who would show how the first pair were supposed to  perform as divine “offspring”.  The Word in heaven offered himself to be a living example of the faith and possibilities for mankind having divine substance imparted from GOD including accepting punishment for sin, dying on the cross, resurrection, and ascension.  As the Son of Man, the Son of GOD would be capable of the works required from the finite created ones; however, like the agreement at Horeb that GOD would not speak to mankind again using an audible voice from heaven, the Son of the Highest would suppress displays of his own divine power and sovereignty.  A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum using the ID “ray” (Level 1 with 61 points, a member since March 09, 2018) posted the following:

 

Why did the lord concern and think about his actions when he already knew what should be done and what should not be done?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;  And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.  For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.  Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.  For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.  (Hebrews 2:  14-18, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  What Is A Spirit? (03/06/2018); The Divinity of “Word” (01/26/2018); Jesus Came To Fulfill? (01/16/2018); The Most Important Thing (12/28/2017); Jesus Called “Almighty GOD?” (12/21/2017); Thoughts On Divine Personhood (12/07/2017); GOD Appearing As Christ (12/03/2017); Jesus Demonstrated Perfected Humanity (10/29/2017)

 

“ray”, when Jesus appeared on the earth earlier, he did not display his own divinity.  Like Moses, he was to complete a work of preparation and revelation; and he would show the possibilities and process for a man endowed with spirit content imparted from the makeup of GOD.  The holy writings record multiple promises from GOD that an offspring of mankind would appear to preserve Creation, and to fulfill divine promises uttered on behalf of the first pair (Adam and Eve).  When the female and male ate from the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, the pair transgressed divine law, violated the trust necessary for ongoing relationship with the Creator, and demonstrated a lack of integrity for existing as life companions to immortal, incorruptible divinity.  Their authority, their dominion within the fullness of divine order, the extent and focus of their willpower, and the platform for their being joined to GOD all were altered.  Correction, restoration, and salvation from “the fall” would require a broad range of sacred operations.  Included would be birth, death, forgiveness, reconciliation, repentance, rebirth, Incarnation, prophecy, promise, resurrection, judgment, and the second death. 

The Word who existed within the fullness of divinity (we say, the GODhead; the Trinity; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit) would first appear on the earth using human form and serving as an agent, a sign of the divine origin for selected events and proclamations, and a spokesperson (prophet) sent from the Father.  Known as the Son of Man (Adam), Jesus would not have divine authority, power, and sovereign will as before in celestial majesty.  On earth, the Savior would be subject to the same natural laws and process for other men.  Thus, he was born, had to gradually grow up to be an adult, and was subject to hunger, thirst, and fatigue.  While his ministry did include spiritual gifts from GOD such as healing, performing sacred events (miracles), and declaring prophecies, Jesus had no power to read people’s minds, or foretell the future.

Through the ministries of Jesus Christ, sinners who become “born again” undergo the death, burial, and resurrection of their inborn spirit, and are to live on the earth as the children of GOD having a fresh endowment of the same spirit substance that was present in Jesus.  As developing believers, those who become Christians are to “grow up again” and become mature (ripe for harvest by the Lord at his appearing—we also say, the Advent, the Rapture, the second coming).  Those who have already been judged and approved will meet the Lord in the air.  He then will display his consecrated form as High Priest, and as the King of Glory.  Consider the following trusted by mature Christians that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Isaiah 9:  6-7, King James Version (KJV):  6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:  and the government shall be upon his shoulder:  and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

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

(3.)  Galatians 4:  4-7, KJV:  4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,  5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.  6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.  7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

(4.)  Luke 4:  16-21, KJV:  16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up:  and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.  17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,  18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,  19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.  20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.  21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.

(5.)  1st Thessalonians 4:  13-18, KJV:  13 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.  14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.  15 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.  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.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, there is scripture not yet fulfilled that also speak of a third coming (6.)  Zechariah 14:  1-4, KJV:  1 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.  2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.  3 Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.  4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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