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Scripture points on the danger in confessing Jesus Christ during the end times are considered, today.  What we call persecution, suffering and tribulation are more correctly understood as the continuing condition that describes life for all followers of Jesus Christ.  In the same way, conditions pre-exist before the birth of every child that appear as the fixed framework, limit and mold for their development and growth, the sacred process that believers must complete for eternal life includes what we call the “trial by fire” in the end times.  The judgment of GOD that focuses upon good works accomplished during a person’s lifetime occurs after the second death that destroys the wicked, and is only for those who have been made immortal and incorruptible at the Second Coming of Jesus to harvest the earth.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (the usual profile information not shared) posted the following:

Christians: if you get killed for confessing Jesus will you go to heaven?

Like if an antichrist decides to imprison and kill Christians,will the dead Christian automatically go to heaven just for dying for Jesus

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For other foundation can no man lay than that that is laid, which is in Christ Jesus.  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 an 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.  (1st Corinthians 3:  11-15, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  That GOD Is Faithful? (08/31/2015); The Endtime and Fear? (01/14/2015); Denying Oneself (05/17/2014); From Such Turn Away (05/18/2014); To Live As a Sacrifice (03/08/2014); A Perfected Body (03/09/2014); Death Has Been Transformed (05/09/2013); Loving the Enemy? (05/10/2013); (Struggling? (05/11/2013); (Through Much Tribulation (05/12/2013)

“Anonymous”, completing our mortality, enduring suffering or surviving tribulation are not enough to establish the necessary relationship to divinity that will continue as eternal life.  The believer must become reborn having the Spirit of Christ, and become perfected (we also say, made ripe for harvest at the coming of the Lord) through operations of the Holy Spirit.  Thus, salvation for mankind comes only by the operations of GOD through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit (we say, by grace, through faith).  A believer’s obedience to divine law, prayer life, sacred knowledge from study of the Bible, spiritual observances, sacred practices, and charitable works have value as expressions that crystallize and make visible to others the new life a believer has begun through divine rebirth, and sanctification that may take all the remaining years of their life upon the earth.  The work to endure performed by those in the flock of the Lord entails accomplishing commitment, dutifulness, faithfulness, hearing his voice, loyal love, and steadfastness.  Here are a few points to consider from the holy writings:

(1.)  John 17:  19-23, King James Version (KJV):  19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.  20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;  21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us:  that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.  22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:  23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

(2.)  Matthew 24:  11-14, KJV:  11 And many false prophets shall arise and deceive many.  12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.  13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.  14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

(3.)  Mark 13:  9-13, KJV:  9 But take heed to yourselves:  for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten:  and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.  10 And the gospel must first be published among all nations.  11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought before hand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate:  but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye:  for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.  12  Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death.  13 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake:  but he that shall endure, the same shall be saved.

(4.)  Matthew 5:  10-12, KJV:  10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake:  for their’s is the kingdom of heaven.  11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.  12 Rejoice and be exceeding glad:  for great is your reward in heaven:  for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  Revelation 14:  12-16, KJV:  12 Here is the patience of the saints:  here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.  13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth:  Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.  14 And I looked and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.  15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap:  for the time of  is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.  16 And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.
THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, the value of Internet sites, social media, and similar tools are considered in terms of their value as sources of spiritual knowledge.  Also, there is more on divine judgment against Satan and sinners.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Use Your Brain” (Level 2 with 465 points, a member since June 02, 2013) posted the following:

 

Are you sure this site is the right place to get spiritual knowledge?

i saw many answers stray people. i am afraid people will believe answers here and they take it as the truth. while ‘God’ keeps silent. and suddenly people die and go to hell belong to their ignorant.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Satan Should Stand Trial? (02/16/2014)—(5.)  We do not really have a shared language to fully express all of the ideas that pertain to the process of GOD for those that are in heaven; however, many truths continue to appear within our reasoning as more or less evident for mankind.  Divine judgment goes forward as an aspect of divine existence, not merely as a response to actions, objects, or omissions among created beings and living creatures.  GOD is an eternal spirit; therefore, judgment is an eternal process, and the process of the divine law in entirely one of sacred truth.  The dynamic person and presence of GOD is to be recognized among sentient beings through comparison, contrast, deduction, diversity, and induction.  Divinity is that that is immutable and unchanging, and thereby, GOD is a fixed point above and outside of all chaos or random motion as well as the operations of self-will in the living, and the continuing mechanics of actions initiated by the living (we say, unfolding consequences, effects, outcomes) that may persist indefinitely.  GOD is the referent and standard for all that is.  The expressed will of GOD (we say, divine law), incarnations of GOD (the appearance of divinity in flesh, and other material forms), and various other emanations from GOD, register as awareness and frameworks for self-will in created beings and living creatures.  The condemnation, punishment, and final destruction of Satan, and many other sinners who will not respond to ministrations by GOD will be consummated primarily as outcome of their own natural life process as opposed to formal investigation, and official tribunal.  See Exodus 34:  5-7, King James Version.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Get wisdom, get understanding:  forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.  Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee:  love her, and she shall keep thee.  Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom:  and with all thy getting get understanding.  Exalt her, and she shall promote thee:  she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.  She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace:  a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.  Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.  I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.  When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.  Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go:  keep her; for she is thy life.  Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.  Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.  (Proverbs 4:  5-15, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  A Relationship not Just Knowledge? (06/25/2013); Lost Without GOD? (06/26/2013); Salvation for Atheists? (06/14/2013); Church is Good? (06/15/2013); Illusion? (04/25/2013); Not of Legal Age? (04/26/2013); Life Given By Knowledge? (04/03/2013); A Spirit Church? (04/04/2013); Attending Church? (11/12/2012); A Holy Kiss? (11/13/2012)

 

“Use Your Brain”, here are some points to consider that are being examined by many Christian believers:

(1.)  The place for gaining spiritual knowledge is within ones relationship to GOD as made possible by the ministry of Jesus Christ on earth, and from heaven.  Those who receive the imparted, indwelling Spirit of GOD (we say, are born again) also serve as spokespersons for GOD (we say, prophets), and make possible the necessary dialog for growth and learning.

(2.)  Instruction in the things available from divinity to supply created beings and living creatures are provided using many devices and mechanisms.  Included are covenants, family, fellowship (as seen through church congregations), holy writings, natural wonders, divine proclamations, promises, practice of sacraments, prayer, and sacred events (we say, miracles).

(3.)  Once born again having divine DNA, so to speak, a believer must develop discernment (ability to use aspects of the spirit deposited within them by GOD to recognize and correctly respond to the same spirit in others, and within the many things of their environment).  Skill  develops gradually; and every believer must acquire comprehension and insight through a continual process of judgment and revelation while continuing to exist upon the earth.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. ( For example, (4.)  Be it upon the Internet or within a local congregation, peculiar principles always apply.  Once anchored in Christ and reinforced with divine love, believers are to be fearless.  We are commanded:  Prove all things, hold fast to that which is good (see 1st Thessalonians 5:  21, KJV).  Fresh encounters and new experiences may be explored; opportunities should be plumbed; and reasonable risks can be taken.  However, at every stage, godly convictions and standards are to be applied.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.  But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.  For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.  For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.  A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.  (James 1:  5-8, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC