(To 9,627) In resident churches: “A predestined people being made temples of His spirit.” 2/21/18 God’s 12th month, Adar 6, 5778 until sunset.
The use of pure words, their meaning, “how discerned - understood” creates beliefs, which becomes the foundation of our character. Thus, an accurate translation of God’s “inspired Word” is very important. Consider a portion of God’s millennial prophecy in two translations. (NET BIBLE: Zephaniah 3:9 “Know for sure that I will then enable the nations to give Me acceptable praise. All of them will invoke the Lord’s name when they pray, and will worship Him in unison.”) (KING JAMES:(Zeph 3:9; “For then I will turn to the people, a pure language, that they all call upon the name of the Lord to serve Him with one consent.) Both: (a) I will then enable the nations” and (b)“I will turn to the people” give us to understanding that God is going to do the revealing.) Multiple denominations will cease to exist. These, translations give us understanding that God is going to make all people serve and “give acceptable praise” all with gifted knowledge. So, what’s keeping the world from understanding God’s truth today? Fleshly inherited from Adam nature.
God’s plan for His people is more awesome than denominational minded folks can imagine. Jesus inspired the prophets to share the result of people’s disobedience.
(Zephaniah 3:6; “I destroyed nations; their walled cities are in ruins. I turned their streets into ruins; no one passes through them. Their cities are desolate; no one lives there.”) Whether God allows destruction from warring nations or personally destroys; “It’s His doing, He allows by allowing people go their way of choice. Most prophecy is from the point of view: “it is done, because God’s Word and plans are sure.” Consider the prophetic events described in Revelations. It’s evident that most people will not view punishments as reason to repent and respect God’s Way.
(Zeph 3:7; “I thought, ‘Certainly you, ;Israelites’ will respect Me, now you will accept correction!.‘ If she had done so, her home would not be destroyed by all the punishments I have threatened. But they eagerly sinned in everything they did.”) Other prophecies indicate that most people harden their hearts rather than turn to God when punishment is rendered. Few recognize that wars and destructive conditions are the result of sin and choose a turning. That is repent for having lived the way that seemed right to the fleshly intellect.) Zephaniah’s prophecy parallels Isaiah’s and Jeremiah’s.
(Zeph 3:8-14; “Therefore you must wait patiently for Me,” says the Lord, “for the day when I attack and take plunder.” I have decided to gather nations together and assemble kingdoms, so I can pour out my fury on them – all My raging anger. For the whole earth will be consumed by My fiery anger. (9) Know for sure that I will then enable the nations to give Me acceptable praise. All of them will invoke the Lord’s name when they pray, and will worship Him in unison. (10) From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia, those who pray to Me will bring Me tribute. In that day you will not be ashamed of all your rebelliousness against Me, for then I will remove from your midst those who proudly boast, and you will never again be arrogant on My holy hill. (12) I will leave in your midst a humble and meek group of people, and they will find safety in the Lord’s presence. (13) The Israelites who remain will NOT act deceitfully. They will not lie, and a deceitful tongue will not be found in their mouth. Indeed, they will graze peacefully like sheep and lie down; no one will terrify them.” Shout for joy, Daughter Zion! Shout out, Israel! Be happy and boast with all your heart, Daughter Jerusalem!”
(Zehp 3:15-18; “The Lord has removed the judgment against you; He has turned back your enemy. Israel’s king, the Lord, is in your midst! You no longer need to fear disaster. On that day they will say to Jerusalem, “Don’t be afraid, Zion! Your hands must not be paralyzed from panic! (17) The Lord your God is in your midst; He is a warrior who can deliver. He takes great delight in you; He renews you by His love; He shouts for joy over you.” (18) “As for those who grieve because they cannot attend the festivals – I took them away from you; they became tribute and were a source of shame to you.”)
THE WORLD WILL KEEP GOD’S festivals. God’s people will be ashamed of those not wanting to keep His festivals. We need to understand that most prophecy, “is for these latter days” and that the word, “Israel” literally means, “those God fights for.” Latter day Israelites include followers of Jesus. NOW Jesus INSPIRED His apostle Paul to identify TRUE ISRAELITES.
(Galatians 3:26-29; “For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female – for all of you ARE ONE in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.”) We need self examination: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.“ Galatians 5:22-23)
(Zeph 3:19-20; “Look, at that time I will deal with those who mistreated you. I will rescue the lame sheep and gather together the scattered sheep. I will take away their humiliation and make the whole earth admire and respect them. (20) At that time I will lead you – at the time I gather you together. Be sure of this! I will make all the nations of the earth respect and admire you when you see ME restore you,” says the Lord.”)
Notice, there is No works on the part of His Chosen People! As with the gift of salvation, “God does it all.” We need only boasting in Him. Words matter. “SO we need to realize the degree in which the god of this age, “Satan” twist and camouflages words. When God is camouflaged in the minds of people, “worshiping Him in spirit and truth is impossible.” Thinking in terms of “words matter” and consider Jesus’ Words.
(Matt 7:7; “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you.”) To whom should we ask? A deity of our imagination? NO. We must ask in the nature, “name” of Jesus as He manifest Himself to be in His holy inspired Word.”
(Matt 7:8; “For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”) The one who is led to seek truthfully finds; “knocking” has the meaning of being persistent. The door indicates understanding of what is grasped for. Can we suppose Jesus is okay with our asking through the name of one of the many denominations? At 1 Thess 5:21-22; this same Jesus inspired His apostle Paul to write: “prove all things, hold fast to that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil.” Even fleshly logic says, “we need to know to whom we are asking and that seeking carries the weight of sincerity.”
(Matt 7:9-11; “Is there anyone among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you then, although you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!”) All of us “in our fleshly nature are evil!” However; even fleshly people are led to give good gifts to their own. Our spiritual heavenly Father knows who is led to seek His in sincerity and truth.
(Matt 7:12; “In everything, treat others as you would want them to treat you, for this fulfills the law and the prophets.”) God’s law, the prophets and His manifestation of Jesus is the foundations in which Jesus is revealed. Jesus made it clear that if folks did not believe the prophets, “they would not believe, though one came back from the dead.”
(Luke 16:31; Jesus replied to him, ‘If they do not respond to Moses and the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.”)
Through His apostle Paul, Jesus teaches us that Satan is the god of this age. (See 2 Corinthians 4:4) Jesus tells us that our god is that to which we respond to. (see Rom 6:16)
With these truths in mind we must conclude that seeking includes truthfulness of mind, in scriptural study, prayer and meditation. A questioning of various theologies is a must, in order to be a follower of Jesus and worship Him in spirit and truth. Thus, a Believer IN - Christian, “follower of Jesus” is spiritually led to know Jesus as He manifest Himself to be in the holy scriptures.
Jesus manifest Himself to be Son of God, Creator, ReCreator, Sustainer, Savior, Mediator and coming King of Kings.. Reveals through His apostles John, Paul and Hebrews: “that He is all things.” (See John 1:1-5; Colossians 1:15-20 and Hebrews 1:)
Jesus prayed to His Father and reveals through John, “in His revelations to John.” That at the end of His millennial rule, God the Father will come down with New Jerusalem and He and all creation will be subject to God the Father. (Study Revelations 21: & 22:) A study of God’s holy Word reveals to Believers IN, “Christians” “followers of Jesus” the planning and the characteristics of our Creator, “to the degree that He would have us know in this age.” Jesus reveals to His chosen that He and His Father are two individuals, “AT ONE with each other” having the same powers, purpose and planning of all things.
Jesus was baptized by His cousin, “John the Baptist” just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, “He saw the heavens splitting apart and the Spirit descending on Him like a dove.” Then a voice came from heaven: (“You are My One dear Son; in you I take great delight.” Mark 1:10-11)
Unbelievers have problems with the revelations given to three of Jesus’ apostles. The event called, “the Mount of Transfiguration.” Jesus took Peter, James and John with Him to give them a glimpse of His kingdom. Peter remembered and recorded the event later.
(2 Peter 1:16-21; “For we, ’apostles’ did not follow cleverly concocted fables when we made known to you the power and return of our Lord Jesus Christ; no, “we were eyewitnesses of His grandeur.” For He received honor and glory from God the Father, when that voice was conveyed to Him by the Majestic Glory: “This is My dear Son, in whom I am delighted.” (18) When this voice was conveyed from heaven, we ourselves heard it, for we were with Him on the holy mountain. Moreover, we possess the prophetic word as an altogether reliable thing. You do well if you pay attention to this as you would to a light shining in a murky place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. Above all, you do well if you recognize this: No prophecy of scripture ever comes about by the prophet’s own imagination, for no prophecy was ever borne of human impulse; rather, men carried along by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.)
God is not One individual; “the Godhead is now two” God the Father and God the Son. God is not a triune deity. The Holy Spirit is God’s spiritual power, Jesus likened it to the wind. The power God the Father and God the Son emits from themselves. God the Father gives His Holy Spirit to converted individuals of His choosing. His imputed spirit to our minds is identified as our advocate, comforter, guide and teacher; it leads us to overcome our inherited nature and demonic pulls to the end. Through His spirit, God the Father “fathers people, making them His literal children” and makes them to be AT ONE with Himself.
Words matter! Satan has and is using individuals to camouflage God’s truth regarding the Godhead. Attempts to identify God’s spirit as a third member of the God family. (In the Hebrew and Greek languages, the words “holy spirit” are what translators called, “nuter-gender” words. Meaning the words aren’t masculine in nature nor an noun. Translators admit, the Greek “pneuma” always “nuter gender.” cannot accurately be translated “he” as in the masculine gender.
(John 14:15-17; “If you love Me, you will obey My commandments. Then I will ask the Father, and He will give you another advocate “comforter” to be with you forever – the spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept, because the world does not see the spirit of truth or know “it” “the spirit of truth.” But you know it, ’the spirit of truth’ because it ‘the spirit of truth’ resides with you and will be in you.”) Words matter, “translations are by people with pre-supposed notions, “agendas.” Thankfully knowledge is increased in these latter days. We must wait on revelations and knowledge as Daniel was told to do.
(Daniel 12:4-13; “But you, Daniel, close up these words and seal the book until the time of the end. Many will dash about, and knowledge will increase.” I, Daniel, watched as two others stood there, one on each side of the river. One said to the man clothed in linen who was above the waters of the river, “When will the end of these wondrous events occur?” Then I heard the man clothed in linen who was over the waters of the river as He raised both His right and left hands to the sky and made an oath by the One who lives forever: “It is for a time, times, and half a time. Then, when the power of the One, ’Satan’ who shatters the holy people has been exhausted, all these things will be finished.” (8) I heard, but I did not understand. So I said, “Sir, what will happen after these things?” He said, “Go, Daniel. For these matters are closed and sealed until the time of the end. Many will be purified, made clean, and refined, but the wicked will go on being wicked. None of the wicked will understand, though the wise will understand. From the time that the daily sacrifice is removed and the abomination that causes desolation is set in place, there are 1,290 days. Blessed is the one who waits and attains to the 1,335 days. But you should go your way until the end. You will rest and then at the end of the days you will arise to receive what you have been allotted.”)