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Today, focus is on discernment to detect spokespersons from GOD among elected officials, rulers, and the people they serve.  (Did you spot the wolf among the sheep in the photo above?)  It is not unusual that heads of government make “forward-looking” public statements intended to describe possible events and their outcomes, yet, that are intended in no way to be statements of commitment, foreknowledge, “hard fact,” proclamations of faith and private belief, or sacred promises that are to be carried out and fulfilled by GOD.  Their announcements and comments may be more to provide admonition, affirmation, assurances, encouragement, instruction, and practical guidance.  Only those having the imparted, indwelling Spirit of GOD will speak openly in the authority of the divine name, and operate as spokespersons sent by divinity.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers (Philippines)” using the ID “BOOM” (Level 5 with 5,913 points, a member since March 27, 2007) posted the following:

 

The Bible says beware of false prophets. Is donald trump a false prophet?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.  But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,  Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.  And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloak forbid not to take thy coat also.  Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again.  And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.  For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.  And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same.  And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.  But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest:  for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.  (Luke 6:  26-35, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Installing The New President (01/20/2017); When the Donkey Speaks? (11/03/2016); Called To Be Servants? (11/25/2015); The Spirit of Truth? (02/11/2015); Malachi (01/02/2015); Doing GOD’s Plan (02/20/2014); “Prayer Death”? (02/21/2014)

“BOOM”, Donald Trumpet is to be respected as the 45th President of the United States of America, and true American citizens will perform their duties acknowledging this.  For many people the key to recognizing counterfeit currency is not being familiar with the many alterations that may appear on false bills; instead, it is having a correct knowledge of the “legal tender” that comes by its regular use.  Similarly, for Christian believers, the key to recognizing and responding to authentic prophets from GOD is having sound “sacred knowledge” acquired through fellowship with divinely anointed believers (i.e. those whose spirit content has been nourished, tested, and made stable), through praise, prayer, hearing the Gospel preached, sacrifice and unselfish service, regular study of the holy writings, and through the  endurance of suffering.  At some point, every elected official, leader, or head of state must energize their citizens or community with goals, objectives, action plans, and a “vision” that establishes a sense of accountability, continuity, direction, energy, opportunity, possibility, and lasting value.  Just as government administrators and rulers do not “predict” the future, yet, provide “forward-looking” secular tools such as five-, ten-, and twenty-year budgets with schedules for the completion of various public works, divinely sent prophets do not predict the future.  As spokespersons for divinity, they share the revelation of character, nature, and substance for the Creator that has been repeatedly bestowed since the beginning.  Christians are not alarmed when leaders seek to share ideas that are optimistic or speak about things yet unseen.  Such speakers do  does not automatically contradict and oppose the law of GOD, the shared hope commanded to believers, or the many sacred proclamations, promises, and prophecies.  Believers are confident that deceivers, “false prophets” and imposters can be detected, counteracted, overcome, resisted, and repelled.  What they produce as their “fruit” will be clearly seen as counterfeits, distortions, errors, false teachings, omissions, and spiritual confusion.  Consider the following:

(1.)  Matthew 7:  13-17, King James Version (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.  15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.  16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?  17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

(2.)  Matthew 24:  24-27, 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.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  1st John 4:  1-6, KJV:  1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God:  because many false prophets are gone out into the world.  2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God:  Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:  3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God:  and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.  4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them:  because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.  5 They are of the world:  therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.  6 We are of God:  he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.)  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, response is made to a peculiar depiction of mankind as a moral being, and that contrasts human behavior to that of animals, rather than to Christ.  No BATTLE AXE appears.  The writer at “Yahoo!7 Answers (Australia)” using the ID “Dave D” (Level 6 with 12,167 points, a member since 02 November 2012) posted the following originally asked on Yahoo! Answers United States:

 

Fellow Christians, Can you please give me your feed back on this?

I see the deepest meaning in the story of Adam and Eve in that man became FULLY human, whether you believe in evolution or an instanteous creation, when man developed a conscience (ate from the Tree of Knoweledge of Good and Evil). From that, as described in Genesis, flowed an awareness of shame, toil, pain, suffering and death.

When you think of it that is in fact what separates us from the rest of the animals… man alone makes decisions based on moral choices or good/evil or right/wrong. A wolf does not feel shame. He does not consider the amount of running or toil he does to catch a deer. When he has pain he does not expect nor receive compassion from other pack members. He does not bemoan his fate as to why he should have pain while others of his pack do not. When he dies no one mourns his passing, but may in fact rejoice in the new meal that he has provided the pack.

Man on the other hand makes moral decisions and thus does eventually learn the concepts of compassion, empathy, and sympathy. It is only when we learn those that we can learn to love selflessly. (And it is only when we learn selfless love that we can be one with God.)

It was that perception which totally changed my opinion of the story from an “ancient story of creation” to in fact one of the most profound stories in all of literature because hidden beneath the words is a description of the entire purpose of life. But I have just had a further insight as well.

In the development of a conscience man has, like a computer, reduced ALL of his decisions to a 1 or a 0…. a yes or no or right or wrong all based on what we see as good/evil or bad. It is this fact that is responsible for ALL of out advancement. Which is better… to live in caves or to live in huts? to live in huts or in houses? to have a 1 story building or a 110 story one? to paint on the walls of the cave or not? In the decision of good and evil is at the core of all of our achievements, all of our art and architecture, our desire to improve as an individual AND our realization of the existence of God, for how could this knowledge of good or evil possibly exist it being taught to us. A wild animal does not have this capablility and therefore is incapable of advancement. A dog, who has learned from us, certainly may be capable of them on a rudimentary basis.

Just from my thinking about this I can see some areas which require deeper thought, but I would like to get your input.

Thank you.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,  Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:  To whom be glory for ever and ever.  Amen.  I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:  Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.  But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.  As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.  For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.  But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.  For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.  (Galatians 1:  3-12, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Acknowledging Divinity? (03/30/2013); Animals Do Not Sin? (09/29/2013); GOD is Acknowledging (09/30/2013); The Price of Humanity? (12/13/2012); Remembering the Holocaust? (12/14/2012); An Attack Upon Creation? (12/08/2012); The Focus of Judgment (12/09/2012); Before the Fruit? (11/10/2012); Why “Mysterious” (11/11/2012)

 

“Dave D”, here are a few points you may find useful to avoid spiritual confusion as you continue to grow in the things of GOD through Jesus Christ:

(1.)  Your description of mankind does not sound like one that has come forth from Christ.  Because we are those having new birth (reborn from divine DNA, so to speak), our understandings are being reshaped and transformed to express divine perspectives, sacred truths, and eternal purposes.  Increasingly, the definitions we use should conform to pronouncements and standards that come to us by the word from GOD (we say, the holy writings, the Scriptures, the imparted, indwelling Spirit from GOD).  To reveal the person of GOD, the Bible describes multiple sacred events using thousands of lives over the course of thousands of years.

(2.)  The Spirit of Prophecy (we also say, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth) operates upon and through awareness and self-will within created beings and living creatures.  Thereby Christian believers are supplied with the same spirit content that exists as Almighty GOD.  Included are inseparable aspects of divinity such as faith, forbearance, gratitude, holiness, joy, love, righteousness, truthfulness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

(3.)  While the Gospel we are called to spread speaks primarily to the appearance of GOD incarnate (i.e., in flesh as Jesus Christ through such features as birth, earthly ministry, death, resurrection, sanctification and ascension) to accomplish the permanent redemption, judgment, salvation, and sanctification of mankind, believers are also to encourage the expectation (we say, hope) that sin will be eliminated, and mortality will be ended.  Mankind is to be a living companion to an eternal GOD.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  The divine intent is that mankind be made immortal and incorruptible.  The tools for such a cosmic transformation must include change, death, existence, flesh, life essence (we say, spirit), personness, and utterance (we say, breath, word).  Finite will is not a factor.  For in the same way mankind had no part in determining and completing the divine processes of the Creation, mankind does not perform the essential processes of judgment, Salvation, and the endowment of eternal life.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

Grow in grace

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

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