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Genesis and the New Covenant, chapter 29

August 18th, 2018

To: Family of God, “people being made temples of His spirit” God’s Church  8/18/18, God’s 6th month, Elul 7, 5778 until sunset.

      Jesus’ good news is about His kingdom on earth, “people being born from above” made at one with God the Father and Himself.

      Unbelievers can’t fathom Jesus’ attributes: “Creator, Re-creator, Sustainer, Redeemer, Mediator, Savior and coming king of kings.” (See Col 1:15-20) He is the all knowing Preplanner God. Scoffers prefer imagining a God fitting traditional paganism, “One of their making.” Differing from the Creator; “One manifested in the Old and New Testament’s” Preferring a condoning One who allows practices :the God of Creation hates.”

      Believers IN are gifted to know, “God is all knowing, predestining individuals and events.” Abraham,” Isaac, Jacob and his twelve sons were known before the foundation of the world. (Conniving Jacob did nothing to earn God’s choosing, “nor God’s promising eternal blessings to his descendents.”) After serving his idol worshiping father in law, “Laban” 14 plus years, “God led Jacob to separate from Laban and his people.”

      From the foundation of the world, “God planned the revelation He gave Rachel, ‘the older would serve the younger,’” God was looked forward to this latter day age: “this age AFTER, Messiah Jesus’ coming and revealing Himself as the Son of God, by miraculous deeds defying natural science.” (His instantly healing diseases, turning water into aged wine, calming a stormy sea, re-creating food to feed thousands, resurrecting to physical life, presenting Himself alive after His resurrection, ascending to God the Father as planned and promised.)

        Believers IN, find it difficult to imagine people seeing these things and not believing: “until understanding His clear words to the Jewish leaders.”

      (John 10:24-30; “The Jewish leaders surrounded Jesus and asked, “How long will You keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” Jesus replied, “I told you and you do not believe. The deeds I do in My Father’s Name testify about Me. But you refuse to believe because you are not My sheep. (27) My sheep listen to My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish; no one will snatch them from My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all, and no one can snatch them from My Father’s hand. The Father and I are One.”)

      During Jacob’s day and in this latter age, “God is allowing Satan to be the god of this world’s populations “demonstrating the result of our inherited from Adam, “sin nature” choosing a religion of choice and attempting to be divine.” UNTIL God reveals and chooses a people to see His View.”) Study 1 Corinthians 15: for our purpose consider the following verses.

      (1Cor 15:20-23; “But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, (Adam) the resurrection of the dead also came through a man. “Jesus” For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ, the firstfruits; then when Christ comes, those who belong to Him.”) The Lord Jesus was leading Jacob to believe IN.

       (Gen 31:3-9; “The Lord said to Jacob, “Return to the land of your fathers and to your relatives. I will be with you.” So Jacob sent a message for Rachel and Leah to come to the field where his flocks were. There Jacob said to them, “I can tell that your father’s attitude toward me has changed, but the God of my father has been with me. You know that I’ve worked for your father as hard as I could, but your father has humiliated me and changed my wages ten times. But God has not permitted him to do me any harm. If he said, ‘The speckled animals will be your wage,’ then the entire flock gave birth to speckled offspring. But if he said, ‘The streaked animals will be your wage,’ then the entire flock gave birth to streaked offspring. (9) In this way God has snatched away your father’s livestock and given them to me.”)

      Jacob was understanding, “God keeps promises and reveals His Way.” Even more so, “when he learns of his son “Joseph” being a ruler in Egypt.

      Speaking to his wives, Jacob shared. (Gen 31:10-18; “Once during breeding season I saw in a dream that the male goats mating with the flock were streaked, speckled, and spotted. In the dream the angel of God said to me, ‘Jacob!’ ‘Here I am!’ I replied. Then he said, ‘Observe that all the male goats mating with the flock are streaked, speckled, or spotted, for I have observed all that Laban has done to you. I am “the God of Bethel” where you anointed the sacred stone and made a vow to Me. Now leave this land immediately and return to your native land.’ (14) Then Rachel and Leah replied to him, “Do we still have any portion or inheritance in our father’s house? Hasn’t he treated us like foreigners? He not only sold us, but completely wasted the money paid for us! Surely all the wealth that God snatched away from our father belongs to us and to our children. So now do everything God has told you.” So Jacob immediately put his children and his wives on the camels. He took away all the livestock he had acquired in Paddan Aram and all his moveable property that he had accumulated. Then he set out toward the land of Canaan to return to his father Isaac.”)

        Laban’s idol worshiping ways, were not only fruitless to him, “Rachel too was taken in by them, she wasn’t yet a believer IN.”

       (Gen 31:19-30; “While Laban had gone to shear his sheep, Rachel stole the household idols that belonged to her father. Jacob deceived Laban the Aramean by not telling him that he was leaving. He left with all he owned. He quickly crossed the Euphrates River and headed for the hill country of Gilead. Three days later Laban discovered Jacob had left. So he took his relatives with him and pursued Jacob for seven days. He caught up with him in the hill country of Gilead. But God came to Laban the Aramean in a dream at night and warned him, “Be careful that you neither bless nor curse Jacob.” Laban overtook Jacob, and when Jacob pitched his tent in the hill country of Gilead, Laban and his relatives set up camp there too. “What have you done?” Laban demanded of Jacob. “You’ve deceived me and carried away my daughters as if they were captives of war! Why did you run away secretly and deceive me? Why didn’t you tell me so I could send you off with a celebration complete with singing, tambourines and harps? You didn’t even allow me to kiss my daughters and my grandchildren good-bye. You have acted foolishly! I have the power to do you harm, but the God of your father told me last night, ‘Be careful that you neither bless nor curse Jacob.’ Now I understand that you have gone away because you longed desperately for your father’s house. Yet why did you steal my gods?”)

       (Gen 31:31-35; I left secretly because I was afraid! “Jacob replied to Laban.” I thought you might take your daughters away from me by force. Whoever has taken your gods will be put to death! In the presence of our relatives, identify whatever is yours and take it.” (Now Jacob did not know that Rachel had stolen them.) So Laban entered Jacob’s tent, and Leah’s tent, and the tent of the two female servants, but he did not find the idols. Then he left Leah’s tent and entered Rachel’s. (Now Rachel had taken the idols and put them inside her camel’s saddle and sat on them.) Laban searched the whole tent, but did not find them. Rachel said to her father, “Don’t be angry, my lord. I cannot stand up in your presence because I am having my period.” So he searched thoroughly, but did not find the idols.”)

       Its the ways of our inherited fleshly nature inherited from Adam. Idol worship is no more than a superstition. Laban may have lost something and ask a figurine idol, “help me find this thing” when it soon it turned up.) Demonic weaknesses of this sort get started when people rely on their fleshly intellect.

       (Gen 31:36-42; “Jacob became angry and argued with Laban. “What did I do wrong?” he demanded of Laban. “What sin of mine prompted you to chase after me in hot pursuit? When you searched through all my goods, did you find anything that belonged to you? Set it here before my relatives and yours, and let them settle the dispute between the two of us! “I have been with you for the past twenty years. Your ewes and female goats have not miscarried, nor have I eaten rams from your flocks. Animals torn by wild beasts I never brought to you; I always absorbed the loss myself. You always made me pay for every missing animal, whether it was taken by day or at night. I was consumed by scorching heat during the day and by piercing cold at night, and I went without sleep. (41) This was my lot for twenty years in your house: I worked like a slave for you – fourteen years for your two daughters and six years for your flocks, but you changed my wages ten times! If the God of my father – the God of Abraham, the one whom Isaac fears – had not been with me, you would certainly have sent me away empty-handed! But God saw how I was oppressed, how hard I worked, and He rebuked you last night.”)

      (Gen 31:43-50; “Laban replied to Jacob, “These women are my daughters, these children are my grandchildren and these flocks are my flocks. All that you see belongs to me. But how can I harm these daughters of mine today or the children to whom they have given birth? So now, come, let’s make a formal agreement, you and I, and it will be proof that we have made peace.” So Jacob took a stone and set it up as a memorial pillar. Then he said to his relatives, “Gather stones.” So they brought stones and put them in a pile. They ate there by the pile of stones. Laban called it Jegar Sahadutha, but Jacob called it Galeed. Laban said, “This pile of stones is a witness of our agreement today.” That is why it was called Galeed. It was also called Mizpah because he said, “May the Lord watch between us when we are out of sight of one another. If you mistreat my daughters or if you take wives besides my daughters, although no one else is with us, realize that God is witness to your actions.”

       (Gen 31:51-32:2; “Here is this pile of stones and this pillar I have set up between me and you,” Laban said to Jacob. “This pile of stones and the pillar are reminders that I will not pass beyond this pile to come to harm you and that you will not pass beyond this pile and this pillar to come to harm me. May the God of Abraham and the god of Nahor, the gods of their father, judge between us.” Jacob took an oath by the God whom his father Isaac feared. Then Jacob offered a sacrifice on the mountain and invited his relatives to eat the meal. They ate the meal and spent the night on the mountain. Early in the morning Laban kissed his grandchildren and his daughters goodbye and blessed them. Then Laban left and returned home.” (32:1-2; “So Jacob went on his way and the angels of God met him. When Jacob saw them, he exclaimed, “This is the camp of God!” So he named that place Mahanaim.”) Apparently means “two camps.” (Angels of God occurs only here and in Gen 28:12. Jacob saw a vision of angels just before he left the promised land. Now he encounters angels as he prepares to return to it. Text does not give the details of the encounter, but Jacob’s response suggests it was amicable. (This location was where heaven made contact with earth and where God made his presence known to Jacob the patriarch”)

      God revealed that He had been the God of Abraham and was the God of Isaac. (Jacob’s believing IN response was to practice the way pleasing to God.) Demonstrating to his family that he was a Believer IN.

       Consider: Many individuals and groups “believers that” “as did idol worshiping Labon.” He was not a called Believers IN “as was Jacob.” Unbelievers trust their intellect, do what seems right, practice evolutionary traditions, “but they don’t believe IN God’s Way.” Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were chosen to be “Believers IN” chosen by promise and predestined. People gifted to believe IN, “are called, chosen and born from above.” Paul was gifted to understand, “let’s review” considering Jacob’s and our own weaknesses.

      (1Cor 1:26-31; “Think about the circumstances of your call, brothers and sisters. Not many were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were born to a privileged position. But God chose what the world thinks foolish to shame the wise, and God chose what the world thinks weak to shame the strong. God chose what is low and despised in the world, what is regarded as nothing, to set aside what is regarded as something, so that no one can boast in His presence. He is the reason you have a relationship with Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”)

      (Ephesians 1:17-23; “I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you spiritual wisdom and revelation in your growing knowledge of Him, since the eyes of your heart have been enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what is the wealth of His glorious inheritance in the Saints and what is the incomparable greatness of His power toward us who believe, as displayed in the exercise of His immense strength. This power He, “God The Father” exercised in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms far above every rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. (22) And God put all things under Christ’s feet, and He gave Him to the church as head over all things. Now the church is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.”)

      (Eph 4:4-6; “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you too were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”) As always, study the whole. Jesus’ revelations made each apostle consistent with the other.

      (2Peter 1:10-11;” Therefore, brothers and sisters, make every effort to be sure of your calling and election. For by doing this you will never stumble into sin. For thus an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be richly provided for you.”) Believers IN are spirit led to put God in front of family, tradition and intellect. Remembering: (There is a way that seems right to our to our minds, that leads to death.)

Genesis and the New Covenant, chapter 28

August 17th, 2018

To: Spiritual Israelites, “Family of God, people being made temples of His spirit” God’s Church  8/17/18, God’s 6th month, Elul 6, 5778 until sunset.

       Its revealed, “followers of Jesus are temporary residences: in the world but not of this world.” Gifted Believers IN; as Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, need to realize “our citizenship is heavenly with king Jesus.” Our names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. Never be overly involved in this world’s system of things. Until Isaac and Jacob’s descendents “those of promise” crossed the Jordan river and occupied gifted lands, “they were citizens of no particular country.” (Still; Israelite’s history of, “keeping the Feast of Tabernacles - Festival of Booths” reminds them of their temporary status and a permanent one in the age to come.) Way before the flood “the seventh from Adam preached “the kingdom of God’s coming on earth.”

      (Jude 1:14-16; Now Enoch, the seventh in descent beginning with Adam, even prophesied of them, saying, “Look! The Lord is coming with thousands and thousands of his holy Ones, to execute judgment on all, and to convict every person of all their thoroughly ungodly deeds that they have committed, and of all the harsh words that ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” These people are grumblers and fault-finders who go wherever their desires lead them, and they give bombastic speeches, enchanting folks for their own gain.”) Few denominations teach Enoch’s message, each are about their own gain.

      (Gen 28:10-17; “Meanwhile Jacob left Beer Sheba and set out for Haran. He reached a certain place where he decided to camp because the sun had gone down. He took one of the stones and placed it near his head. Then Jacob fell asleep in that place and had a dream. He saw a stairway erected on the earth with its top reaching to the heavens. The angels of God were going up and coming down it and the Lord stood at its top. He said, “I am the Lord, the God of your grandfather Abraham and the God of your father Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the ground you are lying on. Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west, east, north, and south. All the families of the earth will pronounce blessings on one another using your name and that of your descendants. I am with you! I will protect you wherever you go and will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I promised you!”)

      God repeated these blessings to these three, “chosen by promise.” Suppose Rebekah shared with Jacob, God’s prophetic words, “the older will serve the younger.?” Jacob’s descendents will be recipients of millennium blessings and the gates of New Jerusalem are named for the twelve tribes.  

      (Gen 28:18-22; “Then Jacob woke up and thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, but I did not realize it!” He was afraid and said, “What an awesome place this is! This is nothing else than the house of God! This is the gate of heaven!” Early in the morning Jacob took the stone he had placed near his head and set it up as a sacred stone. Then he poured oil on top of it. He called that place Bethel, although the former name of the town was Luz. Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God is with me and protects me on this journey I am taking and gives me food to eat and clothing to wear, and I return safely to my father’s home, then the Lord will become my God. Then this stone that I have set up as a sacred stone will be the house of God, and I will surely give you back a tenth of everything you give me.”) How and to whom would Jacob give a tenth? There was no physical temple nor serving priest. There’s no record of Melchisedec communing with Jacob. Jacob likely fulfilled his promise by his helping others.

      (Gen 29:1-8; “So Jacob moved on and came to the land of the eastern people. He saw in the field a well with three flocks of sheep lying beside it, because the flocks were watered from that well. Now a large stone covered the mouth of the well. When all the flocks were gathered there, the shepherds would roll the stone off the mouth of the well and water the sheep. Then they would put the stone back in its place over the well’s mouth. (4) Jacob asked them, “My brothers, where are you from?” They replied, “We’re from Haran.” So he said to them, “Do you know Laban, the grandson of Nahor?” “We know him,” they said. “Is he well?” Jacob asked. They replied, “He is well. Now look, here comes his daughter Rachel with the sheep.” Then Jacob said, “Since it is still the middle of the day, it is not time for the flocks to be gathered. You should water the sheep and then go and let them graze some more.” (8) “We can’t,” they said, “until all the flocks are gathered and the stone is rolled off the mouth of the well. Then we water the sheep.”

      (9-14; While Jacob was still speaking with them, Rachel arrived with her father’s sheep, for she was tending them. When Jacob saw Rachel, the daughter of his uncle Laban, and the sheep of his uncle Laban, he went over and rolled the stone off the mouth of the well and watered the sheep of his uncle Laban. (11) Then Jacob kissed Rachel and began to weep loudly. When Jacob explained to Rachel that he was a relative of her father and the son of Rebekah, she ran and told her father. When Laban heard this news about Jacob, his sister’s son, he rushed out to meet him. He embraced him and kissed him and brought him to his house. Jacob told Laban how he was related to him. Then Laban said to him, “You are indeed my own flesh and blood.” So Jacob stayed with him for a month.”)

      (Gen 29:15-20; “Then Laban said to Jacob, “Should you work for me for nothing because you are my relative? Tell me what your wages should be.” (Now Laban had two daughters; the older one was named Leah, and the younger one Rachel. Leah’s eyes were tender, but Rachel had a lovely figure and beautiful appearance.) Since Jacob had fallen in love with Rachel, he said, “I’ll serve you seven years in exchange for your younger daughter Rachel.” Laban replied, “I’d rather give her to you than to another man. Stay with me.” So Jacob worked for seven years to acquire Rachel. But they seemed like only a few days to him because his love for her was so great.

       (Gen 29:21-27; “Finally Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife, for my time of service is up. I want to have marital relations with her.” So Laban invited all the people of that place and prepared a feast. In the evening he brought his daughter Leah to Jacob, and Jacob had marital relations with her. (Laban gave his female servant Zilpah to his daughter Leah to be her servant.) In the morning Jacob discovered it was Leah! So Jacob said to Laban, “What in the world have you done to me! Didn’t I work for you in exchange for Rachel? Why have you tricked me?” “It is not our custom here,” Laban replied, “to give the younger daughter in marriage before the firstborn. Complete my older daughter’s bridal week. Then we will give you the younger one too, in exchange for seven more years of work.”) Jacob the trickster gets tricked, but all in God’s plan. Laban’s family, “people of the east” unlike Abraham and Isaac’s, lived among people of their own nationality. They too were descendants of Noah’s son Shem and Abraham’s father, Terah. These were being allowed to go the way that seems right to their nature and intellect, the broad way, “each desiring to be his own god.” Jesus addressed this human problem, revealing to His apostles that result.

      (Matthew 24: “Now as Jesus was going out of the temple courts and walking away, His disciples came to show him the temple buildings. And He said to them, “Do you see all these things? I tell you the truth, not one stone will be left on another. All will be torn down!” As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, His disciples came to Him privately and said, “Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age?” Jesus answered them, “Watch out that no one misleads you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will mislead many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. Make sure that you are not alarmed, for this must happen, but the end is still to come. For nation will rise up in arms against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these things are the beginning of birth pains. “Then they will hand you over to be persecuted and will kill you. You will be hated by all the nations because of My name. Then many will be led into sin, and they will betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will appear and deceive many, and because lawlessness will increase so much, the love of many will grow cold. But the person who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole inhabited earth as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.

      “So when you see the abomination of desolation – spoken about by Daniel the prophet – standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then those in Judea must flee to the mountains. The one on the roof must not come down to take anything out of his house, and the one in the field must not turn back to get his cloak. Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing their babies in those days! Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath. For then there will be great suffering unlike anything that has happened from the beginning of the world until now, or ever will happen. And if those days had not been cut short, no one would be saved. But for the sake of the Elect those days will be cut short. Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There He is!’ do not believe him. For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the Elect. Remember, I have told you ahead of time. So then, if someone says to you, ‘Look, He is in the wilderness,’ do not go out, or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe him. For just like the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so the coming of the Son of Man will be. Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.

      “Immediately after the suffering of those days, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and all the tribes of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man arriving on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a loud trumpet blast, and they will gather His Elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

      “Learn this parable from the fig tree: Whenever its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also you, when you see all these things, know that He is near, right at the door. I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My Words will never pass away.

      “But as for that day and hour no one knows it – not even the angels in heaven – except the Father alone. For just like the days of Noah were, so the coming of the Son of Man will be. For in those days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark. And they knew nothing until the flood came and took them all away. It will be the same at the coming of the Son of Man. Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one left. There will be two women grinding grain with a mill; one will be taken and one left.

      “Therefore stay alert, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have been alert and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him.

       “Who then is the faithful and wise slave, whom the Master has put in charge of His household, to give the other slaves their food at the proper time? Blessed is that slave whom the master finds at work when He comes. I tell you the truth, the Master will put him in charge of all His possessions. But if that evil slave should say to himself, ‘My Master is staying away a long time,’ and he begins to beat his fellow slaves and to eat and drink with drunkards, then the Master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not foresee, and will cut him in two, and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Genesis and the New Covenant, chapter 27

August 16th, 2018

To: Spiritual Israelites, “Family of God, people being made temples of His spirit” God’s Church 8/16/18, God’s 6th month, Elul 5, 5778 until sunset.

Hopefully we see the correlation of Genesis and The New Covenant with Believers IN Jesus. Because of the Israelites gossiping among themselves, saying; “the Lord delivered us out to this wilderness to die.” Their stubborn unbelief ‘lack of trust’ in His promises. The Lord God thought to destroy them and build a trusting people through Moses.” But Moses pleaded on their behalf and the Lord God forgave: saying “But I won’t be with them against the people of the land.” Their arrogance caused them to want to show God they did believe. (Num 14:44-45; But they dared to go up to the crest of the hill, although neither the ark of the covenant of the Lord nor Moses departed from the camp. So the Amalekites and the Canaanites who lived in that hill country swooped down and attacked them as far as Hormah.”)

Moses had sent out spies to investigate the lands across the Jordan. (See Numbers 13”26-36; They reported the land was fruitful. Descendents of Anak were there; Amalekites in the land of Negev; the Hittites, Jebusites, and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live by the sea and along the banks of the Jordan.” Pagans: and lands God promised Abraham’s descendents. All but Caleb and Joshua gave erroneous reports. Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses, saying, “Let us go up and occupy the land, for we are well able to conquer it.”

Isaac and Jacob’s spiritual descendents are, “people of promise - Christians” heirs with Abraham. (See Gal 3:29) Blessing Isaac pronounced on Jacob and his heirs are as God promised Abraham and extends into Jesus’ millennium kingdom.” (“May God give you the dew of the sky and the richness of the earth and plenty of grain and new wine. May peoples serve you and nations bow down to you. You will be lord over your brothers and the sons of your mother will bow down to you. May those who curse you be cursed, and those who bless you be blessed.” Gen 27:28-29)

      People new to the holy scriptures may scoff at such responsibilities and promises; “righteous judgment among ourselves in this age and the age to come.” Jesus taught it through His apostle Paul. (“Do you not know that the Saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you not competent to settle trivial suits? Do you not know that we will judge angels? Why not ordinary matters!” Corinthians 6:2-3)

(Gen 27:30-36; “Isaac had just finished blessing Jacob and Jacob had scarcely left his father’s presence, when his brother Esau returned from the hunt. He also prepared some tasty food and brought it to his father. Esau said to him, “My father, get up and eat some of your son’s wild game. Then you can bless me.” His father Isaac asked, “Who are you?” “I am your firstborn son, Esau!” he replied. (33) Isaac began to shake violently and asked, “Then who else hunted game and brought it to me? I ate all of it just before you arrived, and I blessed him. He will indeed be blessed!” When Esau heard his father’s words, he wailed loudly and bitterly. He said to his father, “Bless me too, my father!” But Isaac replied, “Your brother came in here deceitfully and took away your blessing.” Esau exclaimed, “‘Jacob’ is the right name for him! He has tripped me up two times! He took away my birthright, and now, look, he has taken away my blessing!” Then he asked, “Have you not kept back a blessing for me?”)

       Remember Rebekah had been told that the older would serve the younger. (Jacob the weaker to the two, but it was in the will of God to make Jacob strong through his weakness.) Called out people need to know: “God primarily calls the weak.” (Jacob as we followers of Jesus, could not boast except in God’s grace.) Again Jesus’ apostle Paul explains.

       (1Cor 1:26-31; “Think about the circumstances of your call, brothers and sisters. Not many were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were born to a privileged position. But God chose what the world thinks foolish to shame the wise, and God chose what the world thinks weak to shame the strong. God chose what is low and despised in the world, what is regarded as nothing, to set aside what is regarded as something, so that no one can boast in His presence. He is the reason you have a relationship with Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”) God chose to give Jacob and his heirs blessings that are yet to be fulfilled. Even New Jerusalem’s gates are named for the twelve tribes.

       (Gen 27:37-40; “Isaac replied to Esau, “Look! I have made Jacob lord over you. I have made all his relatives his servants and provided him with grain and new wine. What is left that I can do for you, my son?” Esau said to his father, “Do you have only that one blessing, my father? Bless me too!” Then Esau wept loudly. (39) So his father Isaac said to him,(“Indeed, your home will be away from the richness of the earth and away from the dew of the sky above. You will live by your sword but you will serve your brother. When you grow restless, you will tear off his yoke from your neck.”

Christians need to understand; (“Now in Christ Jesus you who used to be far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He is our peace, the one who made both groups into one and who destroyed the middle wall of partition, the hostility, when He nullified in His flesh the law of commandments in decrees. He did this to create in Himself one new man “people” out of two, thus making peace, and to reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by which the hostility has been killed. And Jesus came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near, so that through Jesus we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer foreigners and non-citizens, but you are fellow citizens with the Saints and members of God’s household, because you have been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the Cornerstone. In Jesus the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” Eph 2:13-22)

SO, the question; “are we there yet?” Called followers of Jesus are! but the world isn‘t. General populations won’t be until Jesus returns, binds Satan and destroys all forms of paganism.

(Gen 27:41-45; “So Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing his father had given to his brother. Esau said privately, “The time of mourning for my father is near; then I will kill my brother Jacob! (42) When Rebekah heard what her older son Esau had said, she quickly summoned her younger son Jacob and told him, “Look, your brother Esau is planning to get revenge by killing you. Now then, my son, do what I say. Run away immediately to my brother Laban in Haran. (44) Live with him for a little while until your brother’s rage subsides. Stay there until your brother’s anger against you subsides and he forgets what you did to him. Then I’ll send someone to bring you back from there. Why should I lose both of you in one day?”)

God often turns seemingly bad decisions: “to work for His purpose.” The lesson for us is: “Jacob “Israel’s” life was preplanned and Christians are spiritual Israelites.” His name changed to “Israel” he would father 12 sons representing the 12 tribes and whose names are inscribed on the 12 gates of New Jerusalem. Prayerfully study Revelations 21:, and ask for discernment.

Contemplate mankind’s creations, likened to God’s

       Creators of art, tools, buildings etc. have mental pictures of what they want their creation to resemble and accomplish. We’re gifted with various degrees of creative ability “an inkling of our Creator God’s.” He’s the Alpha and Omega and foresees the final result of His creations: He often speaking of the future in past tense regarding outcome, because “when He plans something its as done.” (Things good as done are; “Jesus’ return, the resurrections, binding Satan, fulfilling promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, destruction of evil and New Jerusalem coming down with God the Father present.” Preplanned, ‘good as done’ so God may speak of them as past. We believers IN know the awesomeness of God’s preplanning. To unbelievers God’s planning is unfathomable, “as is creation its self.” SO, consider and meditate on where your own creativity came from.?”

Jesus gave His prophet Daniel prophetic words He repeated “as recorded in Matthew 24.” Knowledge to humanity has increased as foretold, but “the vast majority remain naïve to it’s types.” (Laypeople can quickly discover the origin of paganism and how religious hierarchy deliberately kept people in the dark.) Jesus and Daniel’s prophetic words are for our day.

(Daniel 12:1-4; “At that time Michael, the great ’angelic’ prince who watches over Your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress unlike any other from the nation’s beginning up to that time. But at that time Your own people, “all those whose names are found written in the book” will escape. Many of those who sleep in the dusty ground will awake – some to everlasting life, and others to shame and everlasting abhorrence. But the wise will shine like the brightness of the heavenly expanse. And those bringing many to righteousness will be like the stars forever and ever. “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.”)

Not long ago, people couldn’t have imagined the availability of knowledge at our finger tips through Google. Truth regarding the world’s populations being enslaved to pagan practices is available.

After Jacob and his mother’s deception and Esau’s anger, Jacob left. Esau had already taken two pagan wives: Isaac and Rebekah didn’t want Jacob taking a wife from among them.

(Gen 27:46; “Then Rebekah said to Isaac, “I am deeply depressed because of these daughters of Heth. If Jacob were to marry one of these daughters of Heth who live in this land, I would want to die!” (28:1-2; “So Isaac called for Jacob and blessed him. Then he commanded him, “You must not marry a Canaanite woman! Leave immediately for Paddan Aram! Go to the house of Bethuel, your mother’s father, and find yourself a wife there, among the daughters of Laban, your mother’s brother.”) Now Isaac has more prophetic words for Jacob and we Believers.

(Gen 28:3-4; “May the sovereign God bless you! May He make you fruitful and give you a multitude of descendants! Then you will become a large nation. May God give you and your descendants the blessing He gave to Abraham so that you may possess the land God gave to Abraham, the land where you have been living as a temporary resident.”)

History confirms that Jacob did indeed return to these lands for a short time. When Jacob’s youngest son was still a child, God used a drought that stripped the family of their wealth and so they went to Egypt for food. Promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob’s descendents were partially fulfilled under Moses and Joshua’s leadership, “but only for the planned duration.” These promises are yet to be fulfilled in their entirety. Jesus revealed to His apostle Paul that Abraham’s heirs include Believers in Jesus.

(Galatians 3:23-29; “Now before ’Jesus’’ faith came we were held in custody under the law, being kept as prisoners until the coming faith would be revealed. Thus the law had become our guardian until Christ, so that we could be declared righteous by faith. (as was Abraham) But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith. For all of you who were baptized “immersed” 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.”)

(Gen 28:5-9; “So Isaac sent Jacob on his way, and he went to Paddan Aram, to Laban son of Bethuel the Aramean, brother of Rebekah, the mother of Jacob and Esau. Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob and sent him off to Paddan Aram to find a wife there. As he blessed him, Isaac commanded him, “You must not marry a Canaanite woman.” Jacob obeyed his father and mother and left for Paddan Aram. Then Esau realized that the Canaanite women were displeasing to his father Isaac. So Esau went to Ishmael and married Mahalath, the sister of Nebaioth and daughter of Abraham’s son Ishmael, along with the wives he already had.”) Abraham’s son by Hagar, “Ishmael” and Isaac’s son “Esau” became practically one people.

Genesis and the New Covenant, chapter 26

August 15th, 2018

To: Spiritual Israelites, “Family of God, people being made temples of His spirit” God’s Church  8/15/18, God’s 6th month, Elul 4, 5778 until sunset.

       Jacob and his mother’s plot to deceive Isaac succeeds. 

      (Gen 27:11-23; “But Esau my brother is a hairy man,” Jacob protested to his mother Rebekah, “and I have smooth skin! My father may touch me! Then he’ll think I’m mocking him and I’ll bring a curse on myself instead of a blessing.” So his mother told him, “Any curse against you will fall on me, my son! Just obey me! Go and get them for me!” So Jacob went and got the goats and brought them to his mother. She prepared some tasty food, just the way his father loved it. Then Rebekah took her older son Esau’s best clothes, which she had with her in the house, and put them on her younger son Jacob. She put the skins of the young goats on his hands and the smooth part of his neck. Then she handed the tasty food and the bread she had made to her son Jacob. He went to his father and said, “My father!” Isaac replied, “Here I am. Which are you, my son?” Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau, your firstborn. I’ve done as you told me. Now sit up and eat some of my wild game so that you can bless me.” But Isaac asked his son, “How in the world did you find it so quickly, my son?” “Because the Lord your God brought it to me,” Jacob replied. Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Come closer so I can touch you, my son, and know for certain if you really are my son Esau.” So Jacob went over to his father Isaac, who felt him and said, “The voice is Jacob’s, but the hands are Esau’s.” He did not recognize him because his hands were hairy, like his brother Esau’s hands. So Isaac blessed Jacob.

      (24-27; Then he asked, “Are you really my son Esau?” “I am,” Jacob replied.” Isaac said, “Bring some of the wild game for me to eat, my son. Then I will bless you.” So Jacob brought it to him, and he ate it. He also brought him wine, and Isaac drank. Then his father Isaac said to him, “Come here and kiss me, my son.” So Jacob went over and kissed him. When Isaac caught the scent of his clothing, he blessed him, saying, “Yes, my son smells like the scent of an open field which the Lord has blessed.

      (28-29; May God give you the dew of the sky and the richness of the earth and plenty of grain and new wine. May peoples serve you and nations bow down to you. You will be lord over your brothers, and the sons of your mother will bow down to you. May those who curse you be cursed, and those who bless you be blessed.”)

       Note the wording in this blessing practically duplicates what God told Isaac and Rebekah before the twins were born.” Though this was fleshly trickery, on the part of Jacob and his mother, “God’s purpose was being carried out.” Jacob and his heirs future destiny is in the millennia. Israel is God’s chosen by promise. (Jacob was known before the foundation of the world as was Joseph, Moses, each of Jesus’ apostles and each called out Believer IN. (Study Ezekiel 37: “See God’s future plan for deceased and scattered Israelites.” May we have believing IN faith in our Planner’s creation, re-creation and sustaining powers.)

      The delivered from Egypt Israelites never acquired nor were they gifted with believing IN faith. Only their children, Caleb and Joshua were allowed into the promised lands.

       (Numbers 14:11-16; The Lord said to Moses, “How long will this people despise Me, and how long will they not believe in Me, in spite of the signs that I have done among them? I will strike them with the pestilence, and I will disinherit them; I will make you into a nation that is greater and mightier than they!” (13) Moses said to the Lord, “When the Egyptians hear it – for you brought up this people by your power from among them – then they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land. They have heard that You, Lord, are among this people, that You, Lord, are seen face to face, that Your cloud stands over them, and that You go before them by day in a pillar of cloud and in a pillar of fire by night. (15) If you kill this entire people at once, then the nations that have heard of Your fame will say, ‘Because the Lord was not able to bring this people into the land that He swore to them, He killed them in the wilderness.’

      14:17-19; So now, let the power of My Lord be great, just as You have said, ‘The Lord is slow to anger and abounding in loyal love, forgiving iniquity and transgression, but by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children until the third and fourth generations.’ Please forgive the iniquity of this people according to Your great loyal love, just as you have forgiven this people from Egypt even until now.”

      (Num 14:20-24; Then the Lord said, “I have forgiven them as you asked. But truly, as I live, all the earth will be filled with the glory of the Lord. For all the people have seen My glory and My signs that I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and yet have tempted Me now these ten times, and have not obeyed Me, they will by no means see the land that I swore to their fathers, nor will any of them who despised Me see it. (24) Only My servant Caleb, because he had a different spirit and has followed Me fully – I will bring him into the land where he had gone, and his descendants will possess it.

      (Num 14:25-34; (Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites were living in the valleys.) Tomorrow, turn and journey into the wilderness by the way of the Red Sea.” (26) The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron: “How long must I bear with this evil congregation that murmurs against Me? I have heard the complaints of the Israelites that they murmured against Me. Say to them, ‘As I live, says the Lord, I will surely do to you just what you have spoken in my hearing. Your dead bodies will fall in this wilderness – all those of you who were numbered, according to your full number, from twenty years old and upward, who have murmured against Me. You will by no means enter into the land where I swore to settle you. The only exceptions are Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun.’ But I will bring in your little ones, whom you said would become victims of war, and they will enjoy the land that you have despised. (32) But as for you, your dead bodies will fall in this wilderness, and your children will wander in the wilderness forty years and suffer for your unfaithfulness, until your dead bodies lie finished in the wilderness. According to the number of the days you have investigated this land, forty days – one day for a year – you will suffer for your iniquities, forty years, and you will know what it means to thwart Me.

      (Num 14:35-39; I, the Lord, have said, “I will surely do so to all this evil congregation that has gathered together against Me. In this wilderness they will be finished, and there they will die!” The men whom Moses sent to investigate the land, who returned and made the whole community murmur against him by producing an evil report about the land, those men who produced the evil report about the land, died by the plague before the Lord. But Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among the men who went to investigate the land, lived. When Moses told these things to all the Israelites, the people mourned greatly.

      (14:40-43; And early in the morning they went up to the crest of the hill country, saying, “Here we are, and we will go up to the place that the Lord commanded, for we have sinned.” But Moses said, “Why are you now transgressing the commandment of the Lord? It will not succeed! Do not go up, for the Lord is not among you, and you will be defeated before your enemies. For the Amalekites and the Canaanites are there before you, and you will fall by the sword. Because you have turned away from the Lord, the Lord will not be with you.”

      (Num 14:44-45; But they dared to go up to the crest of the hill, although neither the ark of the covenant of the Lord nor Moses departed from the camp. So the Amalekites and the Canaanites who lived in that hill country swooped down and attacked them as far as Hormah.”)

       Remember Moses prayed to the Lord, “show me Your Ways that I may know You.” People must have revealed knowledge of God’s Ways and know His characteristics in order to worship Him in spirit and truth. It’s idolatry to practice customs and traditions established to honor imaginary gods.

       (Heb 11:24-26; “Moses grew up among such, but when God revealed Himself, Moses refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to be ill-treated with the people of God than to enjoy sin’s fleeting pleasure. He regarded abuse suffered for Christ to be greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for his eyes were fixed on the reward.”)

      Moses experienced God’s giving him a miraculous nature change. It’s the change we all must be gifted with, in order to be called Christian. Why? Without a miraculous nature change we’re spiritually weak, “pulls of the flesh and demonic deceptions are stronger than fleshly good intentions.” (Additionally, if we could choose for ourselves, how and when to be saved and practice God’s Ways spiritually, “it would amount to being saved by personal works.”) As with Abraham, our calling has nothing to do with our good works, “as was Abraham, Believers IN are chosen!”

      We’re chosen to demonstrate faith in the One who reveals Himself and makes covenant promises through Jesus.) Let’s study Romans 9: and pray for discernment like Paul’s, who was gifted to teach the connection between Genesis and God’s covenant Believing IN people.

      (Romans 9:1-24; “I am telling the truth in Christ (I am not lying!), for my conscience assures me in the Holy Spirit – I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed – cut off from Christ – for the sake of my people, my fellow countrymen, who are Israelites. To them belong the adoption as sons, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the temple worship, and the promises. To them belong the patriarchs, “Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” and from them, by human descent, came the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever! Amen. (6) It is not as though the word of God had failed. For not all those who are descended from Israel are truly Israel, nor are all the children Abraham’s true descendants; rather “through Isaac will your descendants be counted.” (See Gen 21:12) (8) This means it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God; rather, the children of promise are counted as descendants. For this is what the promise declared: “About a year from now I will return and Sarah will have a son.” (See Gen 18:10, 14.) Not only that, but when Rebekah had conceived children by one man, our ancestor Isaac – even before they were born or had done anything good or bad (so that God’s purpose in election would stand, not by works but by His calling) it was said to her, “The older will serve the younger,” just as it is written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.” (See Genesis 25:23) (14) What shall we say then? Is there injustice with God? Absolutely not! For He says to Moses: “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” (See Exodus 33:19) So then, it does not depend on human desire or exertion, but on God who shows mercy. For the scripture says to Pharaoh: “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may demonstrate My power in you, and that My name may be proclaimed in all the earth.” (18) So then, God has mercy on whom He chooses to have mercy, and He hardens whom He chooses to harden. You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who has ever resisted His will?” (20) But who indeed are you – a mere human being – to talk back to God? Does what is molded say to the molder, Why have you made me like this?” (21) Has the Potter no right to make from the same lump of clay one vessel for special use and another for ordinary use? But what if God, willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make known His power, has endured with much patience the objects of wrath prepared for destruction? And what if He is willing to make known the wealth of His glory on the objects of mercy that He has prepared beforehand for gloryeven us, whom He has called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles?

      (Rom 9:25-29; As He also says in Hosea: “I will call those who were not My people, My people, and I will call her who was unloved, My beloved.’” (Hosea 2:23 & 1:10) “And in the very place where it was said to them, You are not my people, there they will be called sons of the living God.’”  And Isaiah cries out on behalf of Israel, “Though the number of the children of Israel are as the sand of the sea, only the remnant will be saved, for the Lord will execute His sentence on the earth completely and quickly.” (29) Just as Isaiah predicted, “If the Lord of armies had not left us descendants, we would have become like Sodom, and we would have resembled Gomorrah.” (“Not all those who are descended from Israel are truly Israel, nor are all the children Abraham’s true descendants; rather “through Isaac will your descendants be counted. rather, the children of promise are counted as descendants.”) True descendants of Abraham are spiritual Israelites, “Believers IN Jesus” “people called to be Christ like.” (The name Israel means “God fights.” “Israel means both a promise and a call for faith.” In essence, spiritual Israelites will have victory and receive the promises because God chooses. “Except for a few spiritual descendants of Isaac, this world’s populations would become like Sodom and resemble Gomorrah.”

Genesis and the New Covenant, chapter 25

August 13th, 2018

To: Spiritual Israelites, “Family of God, people being made temples of His spirit” God’s Church  8/13/18, God’s 6th month, Elul 2, 5778 until sunset.

      There are many Christendom and other doctrinal views because “people think to discover spiritual truth from within their fleshly rational.” From within our fleshly rational, “we approach things from differing premises.” Thus the many doctrinal views. Spiritual comprehension begins with; “believe IN God.” (Not a rational fleshly belief of: “there is a God.”) Abraham and Isaac encounter one such; with gentile Abimelech, “who did fear God but didn‘t believe IN.”) (See Genesis 25: & 26:) Paul explains “Abraham and David’s believing IN faith.” 

      Rom 4:1-8; “What then shall we say that Abraham, our ancestor according to the flesh, has discovered regarding this matter? For if Abraham was declared righteous by the works of the law ‘flesh’ he has something to boast about – but not before God. (3) For what does the scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” (Quote from Gen 15:6) Now to the one who works, his pay is not credited due to grace but due to obligation. (5) But to the one who does not work, but believes in the One who declares the ungodly righteous, his faith ‘belief’ is credited as righteousness. (6) So even David himself speaks regarding the blessedness of the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works: “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the one against whom the Lord will never count sin.”) Quote from Psalms 32:1-2) Abraham and David were known before the foundation of the world, “called” “predestined.”

      Speaking of believers IN Jesus, in our age, Paul writes.

      (Gal 6:1-10; “Brothers and sisters, if a ‘Christian’ person is discovered in some sin, you who are spiritual restore such in a spirit of gentleness. Pay close attention to yourselves, so that you are not tempted too. (2) Carry one another’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. Let each one examine his own work. Then he can take pride in himself and not compare himself with someone else. For each one will carry his own load. (6) Now the one who receives instruction in the word must share all good things with the one who teaches it. Do not be deceived. God will not be made a fool. For a person will reap what he sows, because the person who sows to his own flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit. (9) So we must not grow weary in doing good, for in due time we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who belong to the family of faith.”) Persons who sows to his own flesh? Those trusting their intellect, “is how religions get started and how governments evolve.” 

      Many well intended people are frustrated with the status-quo of their government. Those loving money and power rule and cause frustration. Followers of Jesus particularly are ashamed of such representatives who’s practices are “abominable to God.” (Nations once blessed, are cursed as leaders move toward the likes of Sodom and Gomorra.) Patriotic people are prone to ask, “is this my country?” Be patient God has an unalterable plan.

      The Lord God Jesus “our Creator” chose Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and made Moses His Deliverer some 400 years after promises to Abraham. He made Moses His Deliver and prophet, as He did Abraham.

      (Exodus 33:7-11; “Moses took the tent and pitched it outside the camp, at a good distance from the camp, and he called it the tent of meeting. Anyone seeking the Lord would go out to the tent of meeting that was outside the camp. And when Moses went out to the tent, all the people would get up and stand at the entrance to their tents and watch Moses until he entered the tent. And whenever Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the entrance of the tent, and the Lord would speak with Moses. (10) When all the people would see the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance of the tent, all the people, each one at the entrance of his own tent, would rise and worship. The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, the way a person speaks to a friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his servant, Joshua son of Nun, a young man, did not leave the tent.” (THIS WAS JESUS, “no one has seen or heard God the Father.    

       (12-17; Moses said to the Lord, “See, You have been saying to me, ‘Bring this people up,’ but You have not let me know whom you will send with me. But You said, ‘I know you by name and also You have found favor in My sight.’ Now if I have found favor in Your sight, show me Your way, that I may know You, that I may continue to find favor in Your sight. And see that this nation is Your people.”)

       This should be every Believer’s prayer to God, “Show me Your Way, that I may know You.” This was Abraham’s prayer too.

      (Exodus 33:14- “And the Lord said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” And Moses said to Him, “If Your presence does not go with us, do not take us up from here. For how will it be known then that I have found favor in Your sight, I and Your people? Is it not by Your going with us, so that we will be distinguished, I and Your people, from all the people who are on the face of the earth?” The Lord said to Moses, “I will do this thing also that you have requested, for you have found favor in My sight, and I know you by name.”)

      King David’s words will also resonate throughout the world “at God’s chosen time.”

      (Psalms 117:1-2; “Praise the Lord, all you nations! Applaud Him, all you foreigners! For His loyal love towers over us, and the Lord’s faithfulness endures. Praise the Lord!”) Isaiah prophesied after Jesus delivered Israel through Moses, about another “millennial deliverance.”

      (Isaiah 11:10-16; “At that time a root from Jesse “Jesus” will stand like a signal flag for the nations. Nations will look to Him for guidance, and His residence will be majestic. At that time the Sovereign Master “Jesus” will again lift His hand to reclaim the remnant of His people from Assyria, Egypt, Pathros, Cush, Elam, Shinar, Hamath, and the seacoasts. (12) He will lift a signal flag for the nations; He will gather Israel’s dispersed people and assemble Judah’s scattered people from the four corners of the earth. Ephraim’s jealousy will end, and Judah’s hostility will be eliminated.”

      (13-16; “Ephraim will no longer be jealous of Judah, and Judah will no longer be hostile toward Ephraim. They will swoop down on the Philistine hills (Lands Abraham, Isaac and Jacob lived as foreigners.) to the west; together they will loot the people of the east.” They will take over Edom and Moab, and the Ammonites will be their subjects. The Lord will divide the gulf of the Egyptian Sea; He will wave His hand over the Euphrates River and send a strong wind, He will turn it into seven dried-up streams, and enable them to walk across in their sandals. (16) There will be a highway leading out of Assyria for the remnant of His people, just as there was for Israel, when they went up from the land of Egypt.”)

      God’s promises to Abraham include his spiritual heirs, “Israelites and gentiles.” Revealed to Paul as follows.

     (Rom 15:7-13; “Receive one another, then, just as Christ also received you, to God’s glory. For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the circumcised on behalf of God’s truth to confirm the promises made to the fathers, and thus the Gentiles glorify God for His mercy. As it is written, “Because of this I will confess You among the Gentiles, and I will sing praises to Your name.” And again it says: “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people.” And again, “Praise the Lord all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples praise Him.” And again Isaiah says, “The root of Jesse David - Jesuswill come and the One who rises to rule over the Gentiles, in Him will the Gentiles hope.” (Quote from Isaiah 11:10) Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe IN Him, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”) Believers IN will be singing David’s song.

      (Psalms 18:46-50; “The Lord is alive! My protector is praiseworthy! The God who delivers me is exalted as king! The One true God completely vindicates me; He makes nations submit to me. He delivers me from my enemies; You snatch me away from those who attack me; You rescue me from violent men. So I will give You thanks before the nations, O Lord! I will sing praises to You! He gives His chosen king magnificent victories; He is faithful to His chosen ruler, to David and His descendants forever.”)

      After Isaac dug the well he named Rehoboth and the local citizens didn’t argue over who it belonged to, Isaac said, “For now the Lord has made room for us, and we will prosper in the land.” Remember the king had ask Isaac to leave his country because God had made him so prosperous. Nations will again come to God’s chosen “asking for a pact of peace.”

       (Gen 26:23-33; “From there Isaac went up to Beer Sheba. The Lord appeared to him that night and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham. Do not be afraid, for I am with you. I will bless you and multiply your descendants for the sake of My servant Abraham.” Then Isaac built an altar there and worshiped the Lord. He pitched his tent there, and his servants dug a well. (26) Now Abimelech had come to Isaac from Gerar along with Ahuzzah his friend and Phicol the commander of his army. (27) Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me? You hate me and sent me away from you.” They replied, “We could plainly see that the Lord is with you. So we decided there should be a pact between us – between us and you. Allow us to make a treaty with you so that you will not do us any harm, just as we have not harmed you, but have always treated you well before sending you away in peace. Now you are blessed by the Lord.” (30) So Isaac held a feast for them and they celebrated. Early in the morning the men made a treaty with each other. Isaac sent them off; they separated on good terms. That day Isaac’s servants came and told him about the well they had dug. “We’ve found water,” they reported. So Isaac named it Shibah; that is why the name of the city has been Beer Sheba to this day.”)

      (Gen 26:34 When Esau “Isaac’s older son” was forty years old, he married Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, as well as Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite. They caused Isaac and Rebekah great anxiety.”) Remember Esau’s characteristics, “his way was to turn to the gentiles and his attitude caused anxiety.”

       (Gen 27:1-10; “When Isaac was old and his eyes were so weak that he was almost blind, he called his older son Esau and said to him, “My son!” “Here I am!” Esau replied. Isaac said, “Since I am so old, I could die at any time. Therefore, take your weapons – your quiver and your bow – and go out into the open fields and hunt down some wild game for me. Then prepare for me some tasty food, the kind I love, and bring it to me. Then I will eat it so that I may bless you before I die.” (5) Now Rebekah had been listening while Isaac spoke to his son Esau.

      When Esau went out to the open fields to hunt down some wild game and bring it back, Rebekah said to her son Jacob, “Look, I overheard your father tell your brother Esau, ‘Bring me some wild game and prepare for me some tasty food. Then I will eat it and bless you in the presence of the Lord before I die.’ Now then, my son, do exactly what I tell you! Go to the flock and get me two of the best young goats. I’ll prepare them in a tasty way for your father, just the way he loves them. Then you will take it to your father. Thus he will eat it and bless you before he dies.”)

       Jacob the sub planter and weaker of the two, “had already caused Esau to pledge away his first born birthright and now he is willing to steal the blessing Isaac intended for Esau.” ALL IN GOD’S PLAN.

Genesis and the New Covenant, chapter 24

August 11th, 2018

To: Spiritual Israelites, “Family of God, people being made temples of His spirit” God’s Church  8/11/18, God’s 5th month, AV 30, 5778 until sunset.  (Observe God’s New Moon today)

       After praying to God His Father that His apostles be kept in the world but not of the world as He wasn’t of the world, Jesus concluded.

      (John 17:1-5; “Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, so that your Son may glorify You – just as You have given Him authority over all humanity, so that He may give eternal life to everyone You have given Him. (3) Now this is eternal life – that they know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You sent. I glorified You on earth by completing the work you gave Me to do. And now, Father, glorify Me at Your side with the glory I had with you before the world was created.”)

      Jesus is now glorified, serving as our Mediator before the Father, His spirit is gifted to all whom His father gives Him. “God’s called Elect.” Previously we’ve shared the difference of, “believing that” and “believing IN.” Believers IN are gifted to know there’s only one truth, one Godly love, gifted from the One and only God our Father. Satan has the world believing, “what’s true for one may not be true to another.” Thus, dividing nations, religions, people groups by ethnicity and families.

      God knew the temperament of Esau and Jacob before their birth. Esau a skilled hunter, unpredictable and rash. Jacob would be even-tempered and led for God’s purpose. When God looked at Jacob, whose name He changed to Israel, “He was mindful that the twelve gates of New Jerusalem was named for the twelve tribes Jacob would father. (The divided clause at Genesis 25:27 emphasizes the striking contrast between these two.) Living in tents signifies being more civilized than living in the field. Even-tempered normally has the idea of “blameless.”) Many characteristics in people are inherited. The things people are prone to love and despise are inherited and not easily altered. Thus the importance of wise parenting.

      Ordinarily people of Israelite pedigree have inherited a nature that is more prone to be, “even tempered.” Remember the prophecy regarding Isaac’s descendents. (I will multiply your descendants so they will be as numerous as the stars in the sky, and I will give them all these lands. All the nations of the earth will pronounce blessings on one another using the name of your descendants.) (Israelites, physical and spiritual; review Galatians 3:29) All this will come to pass because Abraham obeyed Me and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.”)

      When Moses wrote the book of Genesis; much was revealed and he had access to writings Noah had preserved. Statutes, laws and commandments were known by Abraham. It’s not likely Abraham knew things regarding God’s temple services, “later given to Moses.” But the Way of God, relating to love was revealed to Abraham and he respected that God was holy, righteous, planned the future and kept promises. Abraham believed God; “that accounted to him as righteousness.” If we believe IN God as did Abraham we too are considered righteous.

      Isaac was married about 20 years before the birth of his twin boys. God told Rebekah in advance that the older would serve the younger. What was meant is “the descendents of the older would served the descendents of the younger.” Descendant of the younger are spiritual and physical Israelites, “each looking to Jesus’ leadership.”

      God repeated promises to Isaac “He gave Abraham.” Like Abraham Isaac lived among people whose customs evolved according to manmade tradition. The strong took from the weak and kings had ultimate authority. Based on what they witnessed, they each were uncomfortable regarding their wives safety because of their beauty.

      (Gen 26:7-11; “When the men of that place asked Isaac about his wife, he replied, “She is my sister.” He was afraid to say, “She is my wife,” for he thought to himself, “The men of this place will kill me to get Rebekah because she is very beautiful.” After Isaac had been there a long time, Abimelech king of the Philistines happened to look out a window and observed Isaac caressing his wife Rebekah. So Abimelech summoned Isaac and said, “She is really your wife! Why did you say, “She is my sister?” Isaac replied, “Because I thought someone might kill me to get her.” Then Abimelech exclaimed, “What in the world have you done to us? One of the men might easily have had sexual relations with your wife, and you would have brought guilt on us!” So Abimelech commanded all the people, “Whoever touches this man or his wife will surely be put to death.”)

      God gave Abraham and Isaac divine protection through Abimelech, He awarded protection not customary to the rest of the citizenry of Philistine. Likewise some Christians are awarded divine protection and some will be persecuted and killed for the cause of Jesus.

      (Gen 26:12-18; “When Isaac planted in that land, he reaped in the same year a hundred times what he had sown, because the Lord blessed him. The man became wealthy. His influence continued to grow until he became very prominent. He had so many sheep and cattle and such a great household of servants that the Philistines became jealous of him. (15) So the Philistines took dirt and filled up all the wells that his father’s servants had dug back in the days of his father Abraham. Then Abimelech said to Isaac, “Leave us and go elsewhere, for you have become much more powerful than we are.” So Isaac left there and settled in the Gerar Valley. Isaac reopened the wells that had been dug back in the days of his father Abraham, for the Philistines had filled them up after Abraham died. Isaac gave these wells the same names his father had given them.”)

      We’re witnessing the lives of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; God blessing them tremendously for some time and then causing circumstance like drought to shape His purpose. Jacob too, was blessed similar to Isaac until drought causes only 70 of them to go to Egypt for survival. Thus a prophetic fulfillment of God’s Word to Abraham about his descendents being in bondage until the promised deliverance.

      (Gen 26:19-22; “When Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and discovered a well with fresh flowing water there, the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with Isaac’s herdsmen, saying, “The water belongs to us!” So Isaac named the well Esek because they argued with him about it. His servants dug another well, but they quarreled over it too, so Isaac named it Sitnah. Then he moved away from there and dug another well. They did not quarrel over it, so Isaac named it Rehoboth, saying, “For now the Lord has made room for us, and we will prosper in the land.”)

      We’re witnessing the even-temperament of Isaac. A characteristic Jesus’ apostles said Christians should maintain. Christians in this age. “since Jesus’ ascension” are likened to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. We too are as temporary residences among foreigners. We’re in the world but not of the world. Our citizenship is in heaven.

      God’s New Covenant is with called out followers of Jesus and we make up His spiritual kingdom. Remember Jesus said; “My kingdom is not of this world.” When Jesus came He first sent His disciples to the lost ten tribes of Israel, making the foundation of His kingdom “Israelites.”

      (Matt 10:5-7; “Jesus sent out these twelve, instructing them as follows: “Do not go to Gentile regions and do not enter any Samaritan town. Go instead to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near!) God’s kingdom is the kingdom of heaven; “it was near in that the King of Kings of that heavenly kingdom was near.” Fulfilling prophecy “it wasn’t long until, non-Israelites were called to be in His spiritual kingdom.” Non Israelites “gentiles” then became as spiritual foreigners to God’s Way and among converted Israelites. Jesus’ apostle Paul wrote to the non-Israelite “gentile” called to be believers IN.

      (Eph 2:11-22; “Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh – who are called “un-circumcision” by the so-called “circumcision” that is performed on the body by human hands – that you were at that time without the Messiah, alienated from the citizenship of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who used to be far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For Jesus is our peace, the one who made both groups (Israelites and non-Israelites) into ONE and who destroyed the middle wall of partition, the hostility, when He nullified in His flesh the law of commandments in decrees. He did this to create in Himself one new man “people” out of two, thus making peace, and to reconcile them both in ONE body to God through the cross, by which the hostility has been killed. And Jesus came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near, so that through Him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. (19) So then you “gentiles” are no longer foreigners and non-citizens, but you are fellow citizens with the Saints and members of God’s household, because you have been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the Cornerstone. In Jesus the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”)

       Christians are “the temple of God.” Today some descendents of Ham, Japheth, Shem, Ishmael, Esau and Jacob, are called to be, “at One with Jesus and are of God’s household - God’s kingdom.”

      Abraham, Isaac and Jacob’s families understood as do Christians, “we’re foreigners in the world, but not of the world.” Their physical lives are our spiritual examples. Unbelievers are like those Jesus spoke to, about their not believing He was the Christ.

      (John 8:21-224; “Then Jesus said to them again, “I am going away, and you will look for Me but will die in your sin. Where I am going you cannot come.” So the Jewish leaders began to say, “Perhaps He is going to kill Himself, because He says, ‘Where I am going you cannot come.’” Jesus replied, “You people are from below; I am from above. You people are from this world; I am not from this world. Thus I told you that you will die in your sins. For unless you believe that I am He, “the Christ” you will die in your sins.”)

      Our inherited nature leads in the direction of hating the message of reconciliation “love your neighbor” as Jesus taught; because the selfish side of our inherited nature is that of, “if you aren’t with us you must be against us.” Thus Jesus was hated by the status quo and tells us.

      (John 15:18-21; “If the world hates you, be aware that it hated Me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own. However, because you do not belong to the world, but I chose you out of the world, for this reason the world hates you. Remember what I told you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they obeyed My word, they will obey yours too. But they will do all these things to you on account of My name, (“My nature in you. “you being My ambassadors.”) because they do not know the One who sent Me.”)

      Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were ambassadors for the Lord. As blessed foreigners in the lands they traveled, the people were jealous of them.

      (Gen 26:22-25; “Then Isaac moved away from there and dug another well. They did not quarrel over it, so Isaac named it Rehoboth, saying, “For now the Lord has made room for us, and we will prosper in the land.” From there Isaac went up to Beer Sheba. The Lord appeared to him that night and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham. Do not be afraid, for I am with you. I will bless you and multiply your descendants for the sake of My servant Abraham.” Then Isaac built an altar there and worshiped the Lord. He pitched his tent there, and his servants dug a well.”)

      Isaac understood that his blessing were because of promises to Abraham. Isaac like we Christians can’t boast of any good works “that made our calling sure.” (We are called and saved because of Jesus’ gifted faith, not a personal conjured up faith. Saved by grace, not of ourselves, less we boast.) Remember God is the Potter and we’re but clay.

      (Eph 2:4-10; “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even though we were dead in transgressions, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you are saved! and He “God the Father” raised us up with Him “Jesus” and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, to demonstrate in the coming ages the surpassing wealth of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you are saved through “gifted” faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so that no one can boast. For we are His workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them.”) There are thing to be done as ambassadors of Jesus. Such as living apart from the world at large, as did Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Genesis and the New Covenant, chapter 23

August 10th, 2018

To: Spiritual Israelites, “Family of God, people being made temples of His spirit” God’s Church  8/19/18, God’s 5th month, AV 29, 5778 until sunset

       Seemingly Abraham and Sarah didn’t stay in contact with their immediate family until Abraham sent his servant to find Isaac a wife. Tarah “Abraham’s” dad had two other sons, “Nahor and Hiran.” Isaac and Jacob’s wives came from the family.

      Jesus’ apostle Paul, writing to God’s church at Rome quoted from a song by the Korahites that’s appropriate for Christians. (Psalms 44:) “for Your sake we encounter death all day long; we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” (This song was rehearsed when Israelites enjoyed protection, after being sold to bondage, they attempted to turn back and pleaded to be rescued.) The music to this song probably reflected somberness and hope. When Paul was writing the Rome church, “the apostles knew that Jesus was the answer to that long ago plea.” Now Jesus is resurrected, ascended to the right hand of God the Father and is their and our Intercessor.

     The future for Abraham’s descendents is preplanned. Paul could write; “Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will trouble, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we encounter death all day long; we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” (quotation from Psalms 44:22) No, to all these things “we have complete victory through Jesus who loves us!”” Romans 8:35-37) Study Psalms 44: & Paul’s letters.

      Saving of Gods chosen people was always preplanned. God’s use of the preverbal “Potters Wheel” was always preplanned. A fashioning of our nature to one likened to Jesus’ is revealed through Jeremiah.

      (Jeremiah 18:1-17; “The Lord said to Jeremiah: “Go down at once to the potter’s house. I will speak to you further there.” So I went down to the potter’s house and found him working at his wheel. Now and then there would be something wrong with the pot he was molding from the clay with his hands. So he would rework the clay into another kind of pot as he saw fit.

      (5-12; Then the Lord said to me, “I, the Lord, say: ‘O nation of Israel, can I not deal with you as this potter deals with the clay? In My hands, you, O nation of Israel, are just like the clay in this potter’s hand.’ There are times, “Jeremiah” when I threaten to uproot, tear down, and destroy a nation or kingdom. But if that nation I threatened stops doing wrong, I will cancel the destruction I intended to do to it. And there are times when I promise to build up and establish a nation or kingdom. But if that nation does what displeases Me and does not obey Me, then I will cancel the good I promised to do to it. So now, tell the people of Judah and the citizens of Jerusalem this: The Lord says, ‘I am preparing to bring disaster on you! I am making plans to punish you. So, every one of you, stop the evil things you have been doing. Correct the way you have been living and do what is right.’ But they just keep saying, ‘We do not care what You say! We will do whatever we want to do! We will continue to behave wickedly and stubbornly!’”

      (13-17; Therefore, the Lord says, “Ask the people of other nations whether they have heard of anything like this. (Israel should have been like a virgin. But she has done something utterly revolting! Does the snow ever completely vanish from the rocky slopes of Lebanon? Do the cool waters from those distant mountains ever cease to flow? Yet My people have forgotten Me and offered sacrifices to worthless idols! This makes them stumble along in the way they live and leave the old reliable path of their fathers. They have left them to walk in bypaths, in roads that are not smooth and level. So their land will become an object of horror. People will forever hiss out their scorn over it. All who pass that way will be filled with horror and will shake their heads in derision. (17) I will scatter them before their enemies like dust blowing in front of a burning east wind. I will turn My back on them and not look favorably on them when disaster strikes them.O nation of Israel, can I not deal with you as this potter deals with the clay? In My hands, you, O nation of Israel, are just like the clay in this potter’s hand.’)

      God can deal with individuals as with nations. Divided denominations and individuals calling themselves Christian fit in Jeremiah’s prophecy. (always study the whole) Jesus reveled the same through Isaiah.

      (Isaiah 29:13-17; “The sovereign master says, “These people say they are loyal to Me; they say wonderful things about Me, but they are not really loyal to Me. Their worship consists of nothing but man-made ritual. Therefore I will again do an amazing thing for these people – an absolutely extraordinary deed. Wise men will have nothing to say, the sages will have no explanations.” Those who try to hide their plans from the Lord are as good as dead, who do their work in secret and boast, “Who sees us? Who knows what we’re doing?” (16) Your thinking is perverse! Should the Potter be regarded as clay? Should the thing made say about its Maker, “He didn’t make me”? Or should the pottery say about the Potter, “He doesn’t understand”?) Individually we need to examine our priorities. Do we attempt to worship God with man made rituals? Abraham separated himself from the traditions of those in whose lands he lived and even his family. He literally forbade Isaac to leave the inherited territories God promised. Likely Abraham learned from Lot’s mistake of getting familiar with the people of Sodom. We read the account of Ishmael’s twelve sons in our last study and reviewed the meaning of Isaac “being the son of promise, in relations to Jesus’ promises to those the Father gives Him.” (Study1John 5)

      (Gen 25:19-23; This is the account of Isaac, the son of Abraham. Abraham became the father of Isaac. When Isaac was forty years old, he married Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan Aram and sister of Laban the Aramean. (21) Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife because she was childless. The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. But the children struggled inside her, and she said, “If it is going to be like this, I’m not so sure I want to be pregnant!” So she asked the Lord, and the Lord said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples will be separated from within you. One people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger.”) The older and stronger to serve the younger? (See 1Cor 1:27-31) It’s characteristic of our God to work through the weak and confound the wise.)

      (Gen 25:24-34; “When the time came for Rebekah to give birth, there were twins in her womb. The first came out reddish all over, like a hairy garment, so they named him Esau. When his brother came out with his hand clutching Esau’s heel, they named him Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when they were born. (27) When the boys grew up, Esau became a skilled hunter, a man of the open fields, but Jacob was an even-tempered man, living in tents. Isaac loved Esau because he had a taste for fresh game, but Rebekah loved Jacob. (29) Now Jacob cooked some stew, and when Esau came in from the open fields, he was famished. So Esau said to Jacob, “Feed me some of the red stuff – yes, this red stuff – because I’m starving!” (That is why he was also called Edom. Esau’s descendants would eventually be called “Edom.” Edom was the place where they lived, so-named because of the reddish nature of the hills. The writer can use the word “red” to describe the stew that Esau gasped for to convey the nature of Esau and his descendants. They were a lusty, passionate, and profane people who lived for the moment. Again, the wordplay is meant to capture the “omen”)

      But Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.” “Look,” said Esau, “I’m about to die! What use is the birthright to me?” But Jacob said, “Swear an oath to me now.” So Esau swore an oath to him and sold his birthright to Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and lentil stew; Esau ate and drank, then got up and went out. So Esau despised his birthright.”) Result was preplanned before their birth and even from the foundation of the world. Now Isaac will have dealings with the same king that Abraham dealt with.

      (Gen 26:1-6; There was a famine in the land, subsequent to the earlier famine that occurred in the days of Abraham. Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines at Gerar. The Lord appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; settle down in the land that I will point out to you. Stay in this land. Then I will be with you and will bless you, for I will give all these lands to you and to your descendants, and I will fulfill the solemn promise I made to your father Abraham. I will multiply your descendants so they will be as numerous as the stars in the sky, and I will give them all these lands. All the nations of the earth will pronounce blessings on one another using the name of your descendants. (“Israelites - Jews, physical and spiritual” see Galatians 3:29) All this will come to pass because Abraham obeyed Me and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.” So Isaac settled in Gerar.”) By, promise to Abraham, Believers IN. “Christians” are heirs of promise through Isaac and Jacob, whose name God changed to Israel. Isaac’s descendents would include king David and the promised Messiah, “Jesus.” Paul taught us that all these things were written for our learning and that Jesus would set the standard of love. (Review Romans 15:1-13 from last study.)

      The same Lord God promising blessings to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is Jesus. See Colossians 1:15-20 and Heb 1: which confirms the following.

       (“John 1:1-5; “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God. The Word was with God in the beginning. All things were created by Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created. In Him was life, and the life was the light of mankind. And the light shines on in the darkness, but the darkness has not mastered it.”)

       Few professing Christians are led to be Believers IN Jesus. The many are led to believe Jesus lived and worship using His name. Believing IN is to have knowing faith in all His promises. All physical and spiritual Israelites will be led to believe IN during Jesus’ millennial reign. The awesomeness of God is beyond man’s fleshly comprehension. His plans are unalterable. Remember, Satan and his followers present themselves as angels of light!

Genesis and the New Covenant, chapter 22

August 8th, 2018

To: Spiritual Israelites, “Family of God, people being made temples of His spirit” God’s Church  8/8/18, God’s 5th month, AV 27, 5778 until sunset.

      A majority are living superstitiously, denominational and personal gods are mentally manufactured: “yet the many pray for the things that only the true God of Abraham can give.” The spirit of a sound mind, serenity, peace and faith. Repentance is gifted when God reveals His View of our sin nature. Then we can acknowledge “our fleshly inherited from Adam nature is hostile to God’s Way and conducive to tradition, popularity and the get way.       

      Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were spiritually led to go out from the general populations. We’re given Lot’s example for good reason. It’s New Covenant principle taught by Jesus through His apostle Paul.

      (2Cor 6:14-18; “Do not become partners with those who do not believe, for what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship does light have with darkness? And what agreement does Christ have with Beliar? Or what does a believer share in common with an unbeliever? (16) And what mutual agreement does the temple of God have with idols? For we are the temple of the living God, just as God said, “I will live in them and will walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be My people.” Therefore “come out from their midst, and be separate,” says the Lord, “and touch no unclean thing, and I will welcome you, and I will be a Father to you, and you will be My sons and daughters,” says the All-Powerful Lord.”) Abraham, Isaac and Jacob understood the fallacy and danger of choosing wives from the pagans. 

      (Gen 22:20-24; “After these things Abraham was told, “Milcah also has borne children to your brother Nahor” – Uz the firstborn, his brother Buz, Kemuel (the father of Aram), Kesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph, and Bethuel.” (Now Bethuel became the father of Rebekah.) These were the eight sons Milcah bore to Abraham’s brother Nahor. His concubine, whose name was Reumah, also bore him children – Tebah, Gaham, Tahash, and Maacah.”)

      (Gen 23:1-9; “Sarah lived 127 years. Then she died in Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan. Abraham went to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her. Then Abraham got up from mourning his dead wife and said to the sons of Heth, “I am a temporary settler among you. Grant me ownership of a burial site among you so that I may bury my dead.” (5) The sons of Heth answered Abraham, “Listen, sir, you are a mighty prince among us! You may bury your dead in the choicest of our tombs. None of us will refuse you his tomb to prevent you from burying your dead.” (7) Abraham got up and bowed down to the local people, the sons of Heth. Then he said to them, “If you agree that I may bury my dead, then hear me out. Ask Ephron the son of Zohar if he will sell me the cave of Machpelah that belongs to him; it is at the end of his field. Let him sell it to me publicly for the full price, so that I may own it as a burial site.”) Many years forward, Abraham’s grandson Jacob, whose name God changed to Israel, would ask that his bones be carried to this burial place and Joseph saw to it. Abraham and descendents believed in the resurrections of the dead.

      (Gen 23:10-20; “Now Ephron was sitting among the sons of Heth. Ephron the Hethite replied to Abraham in the hearing of the sons of Heth – before all who entered the gate of his city – “No, my lord! Hear me out. I sell you both the field and the cave that is in it. In the presence of my people I sell it to you. Bury your dead.” Abraham bowed before the local people and said to Ephron in their hearing, “Hear me, if you will. I pay to you the price of the field. Take it from me so that I may bury my dead there.” Ephron answered Abraham, saying to him, “Hear me, my lord. The land is worth pieces of silver, but what is that between me and you? So bury your dead.” So Abraham agreed to Ephron’s price and weighed out for him the price that Ephron had quoted in the hearing of the sons of Heth – pieces of silver, according to the standard measurement at the time. So Abraham secured Ephron’s field in Machpelah, next to Mamre, including the field, the cave that was in it, and all the trees that were in the field and all around its border, as his property in the presence of the sons of Heth before all who entered the gate of Ephron’s city. After this Abraham buried his wife Sarah in the cave in the field of Machpelah next to Mamre (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan. So Abraham secured the field and the cave that was in it as a burial site from the sons of Heth.”) God would later give these lands to the Israelites and in the Millennium He will re-establish Israel there.

      (Gen 24:1-9; “Now Abraham was old, well advanced in years, and the Lord had blessed him in everything. Abraham said to his servant, the senior one in his household who was in charge of everything he had, “Put your hand under my thigh so that I may make you solemnly promise by the Lord, the God of heaven and the God of the earth: You must not acquire a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I am living. You must go instead to the country of my relatives to find a wife for my son Isaac.” The servant asked him, “What if the woman is not willing to come back with me to this land? Must I then take your son back to the land from which you came?” (6) “Be careful never to take my son back there!” Abraham told him. “The Lord, the God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house and the land of my relatives, promised me with a solemn oath, ‘To your descendants I will give this land.’ He will send His angel before you so that you may find a wife for my son from there. But if the woman is not willing to come back with you, you will be free from this oath of mine. But you must not take my son back there!” So the servant placed his hand under the thigh of his master Abraham and gave his solemn promise he would carry out his wishes.”)

       Abraham believed his brothers knew the ways of God.

      (Gen 24:10-14; “Then the servant took ten of his master’s camels and departed with all kinds of gifts from his master at his disposal. He journeyed to the region of Aram Naharaim and the city of Nahor. (Abraham’s brother) He made the camels kneel down by the well outside the city. It was evening, the time when the women would go out to draw water. He prayed, “O Lord, God of my master Abraham, guide me today. Be faithful to my master Abraham. Here I am, standing by the spring, and the daughters of the people who live in the town are coming out to draw water. (14) I will say to a young woman, ‘Please lower your jar so I may drink.’ May the one You have chosen for your servant Isaac reply, ‘Drink, and I’ll give your camels water too.’ In this way I will know that you have been faithful to my master.”) Abraham’s servants were circumcised and taught the ways of Abraham’s God. They had witnessed God’s goodness toward Abraham.

      (Gen 24:15-21; “Before he had finished praying, there came Rebekah with her water jug on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel son of Milcah (Milcah was the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor). Now the young woman was very beautiful. She was a virgin; no man had ever had sexual relations with her. She went down to the spring, filled her jug, and came back up. Abraham’s servant ran to meet her and said, “Please give me a sip of water from your jug.” (18) “Drink, my lord,” she replied, and quickly lowering her jug to her hands, she gave him a drink. When she had done so, she said, “I’ll draw water for your camels too, until they have drunk as much as they want.” She quickly emptied her jug into the watering trough and ran back to the well to draw more water until she had drawn enough for all his camels. Silently the man watched her with interest to determine if the Lord had made his journey successful or not.”)

      Nothing is impossible with God, He preplans events and conditions for His chosen.

      (Gen 24:22-26; “After the camels had finished drinking, the man took out a gold nose ring weighing a beka and two gold bracelets weighing ten shekels and gave them to her. (23) “Whose daughter are you?” he asked. “Tell me, is there room in your father’s house for us to spend the night?” She said to him, “I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, whom Milcah bore to Nahor. We have plenty of straw and feed,” she added, “and room for you to spend the night.” (26) The man bowed his head and worshiped the Lord, saying “Praised be the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has not abandoned His faithful love for my master! The Lord has led me to the house of my master’s relatives!”) When we know Abraham’s God, “worshiping Him is often a giving of thanks.”

      (Gen 24:28-31; “The young woman ran and told her mother’s household all about these things. (Now Rebekah had a brother named Laban.) Laban rushed out to meet the man at the spring. When he saw the bracelets on his sister’s wrists and the nose ring and heard his sister Rebekah say, “This is what the man said to me,” he went out to meet the man. There he was, standing by the camels near the spring. Laban said to him, “Come, you who are blessed by the Lord! Why are you standing out here when I have prepared the house and a place for the camels?”) Later, Isaac’s son Jacob would serve Abraham’s nephew “Laban” 14 years, for two wives. Now Paul was given the spiritual aspect of Abraham’s understanding. (Gal 3:29) 

      God the Father calls, gives desire and grants His gift of turning to Himself. Our being saved has nothing to do with our works, “only our believing IN Jesus’ works and loving Him for it.” God opens the holy scriptures for our understanding and for His purpose. Remember and review Paul’s conversion? (See Acts 9:)

      People whose minds are locked in a worldly religion, must have their minds supernaturally opened. Why? We inherited a self serving nature and when one of Satan’s many lies are believed, biblical scripture must be twisted to support it. Understanding is revealed and the teaching principle is go through one book or letter entirely, use supporting text of the prophets, apostles and Jesus. It isn’t natural to realize that God know every wrinkle in our inherited character, “until He reveals Himself.” He leads us to confess lawlessness in His view, our shortcomings and ask for repentance.

      God puts His chosen in His church. Believers IN are temples of God’s spirit.

       (1Cor 18:19-20; “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body.”)

      When people Believe IN Jesus as He manifest Himself to be in the holy scriptures, “assembling becomes church.” Going underground to avoid the persecutions Jude wrote about, “we may be in times like that now.”

Genesis and the New Covenant, chapter 21

August 7th, 2018

To: Spiritual Israelites, “Family of God, people being made temples of His spirit” God’s Church  8/7/18, God’s 5th month, AV 26, 5778 until sunset.

      God the Father and God the Son said; “Let us make humankind in our image, after our likeness, so they may rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move on the earth.” Gen 1:26)

      Being created in God’s likeness we‘re, “able to develop, create, plan, choose and procreate His likeness.” We aren’t controlled by created instinct as are all other land and water breathers. God’s creations are from His loving attributes. Since Adam and Eve; “all others are procreated through “birth in water.” Women know new birth is near when their water breaks. (This is being born of water and flesh.) God is spirit and He re-creates His choice people in His spiritual likeness, “it’s a spiritual rebirth that gives people the desire to be at one with God.”

      Jesus explained this miracle to Nicodemus; (John 3:5-8; “I tell you the solemn truth unless a person is born of water and spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. (6) What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must all be born from above.’ (8) The wind blows wherever it will, and you hear the sound it makes, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”) This rebirth can’t be obtained through a methodology of doing, it’s by covenant promise as was Isaac’s birth and is “the New Covenant as promised with God’s called out people.”

      Abraham’s heirs represents two covenants. In our last study, we considered Paul’s teaching we Believers IN. (Review Galatians 4:21-31)

      Called to believe IN Jesus people are as Isaac; “meaning; if we believe IN Jesus we’re chosen by grace and through promise.” (Jesus’ followers through His faith are gifted with eternal life: “be in the first resurrection and spirit as is He.”) Remember, Abraham’s wife Sarah, was jealous because of Ishmael’s teasing Isaac and wanted Hagar and Ishmael sent away. God told Abraham to do as Sarah wanted because both his sons would become a great people.

      (Genesis 21:14-21; “Early in the morning Abraham took some food and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar. He put them on her shoulders, gave her the child and sent her away. So she went wandering aimlessly through the wilderness of Beer Sheba. When the water in the skin was gone, she shoved the child under one of the shrubs. Then she went and sat down by herself across from him at quite a distance, about a bowshot away; for she thought, “I refuse to watch the child die.” So she sat across from him and wept uncontrollably. (17) But God heard the boy’s voice. The angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and asked her, “What is the matter, Hagar? Don’t be afraid, for God has heard the boy’s voice right where he is crying. Get up! Help the boy up and hold him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation.” Then God enabled Hagar to see a well of water. She went over and filled the skin with water, and then gave the boy a drink. God was with the boy as he grew. He lived in the wilderness and became an archer. He lived in the wilderness of Paran. His mother found a wife for him from the land of Egypt.”)

      Hopefully we each see God working out His purpose on earth. He has made Ishmael’s descendents into a great people. Abraham sent Isaac and Isaac sent Jacob to find wives among “Terah’s” family. “The genealogy through which is David and Jesus’.”

      (Gen 21:22-34; “At that time Abimelech and Phicol, the commander of his army, said to Abraham, “God is with you in all that you do. Now swear to me right here in God’s name that you will not deceive me, my children, or my descendants. Show me and the land where you are staying, the same loyalty that I have shown you.” Abraham said, “I swear to do this.” But Abraham lodged a complaint against Abimelech concerning a well that Abimelech’s servants had seized. “I do not know who has done this thing,” Abimelech replied. “Moreover, you did not tell me. I did not hear about it until today.” Abraham took some sheep and cattle and gave them to Abimelech. The two of them made a treaty. Then Abraham set seven ewe lambs apart from the flock by themselves. Abimelech asked Abraham, “What is the meaning of these seven ewe lambs that you have set apart?” He replied, “You must take these seven ewe lambs from my hand as legal proof that I dug this well.” That is why he named that place Beer Sheba, because the two of them swore an oath there. So they made a treaty at Beer Sheba.

      Then Abimelech and Phicol, the commander of his army, returned to the land of the Philistines. Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beer Sheba. There he worshiped the Lord, the eternal God. So Abraham stayed in the land of the Philistines for quite some time.”)

       This isn’t the eternal God major religions worship. They worship gods of tradition, manufactured, imagined, “gods that evolve with time.” Our and Abraham’s eternal God’s Ways are absolute, unchanging and unalterable. He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and end. (He and God His Father have planned His return, Satan being bound, loosed for a little season, judgment of evil and New Jerusalem coming down, whose twelve gates are named for the twelve tribes of Israel and twelve foundations named for the twelve apostles of the Lamb.)

      Noah, Shem, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Caleb and Joshua are our examples of predestined people’s faith in the Eternal God. (Their and our believing IN faith and love of God‘s Way is by promise, as was Isaac’s birth.) Believing IN “made us righteous in God’s View.” (Israel’s deliverance was promised through Abraham and God’s covenant with them was conditional, “if you obey, if you walk in My statutes.” Israel’s history is documented for our learning and example. Paul explains.

      (Romans 15:1-6; “But we ’followers of Jesus’ who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not just please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good to build him up. (3) For even Christ did not please Himself, but just as it is written, “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on Me.” For everything that was written in former times was written for our instruction, so that through endurance and through encouragement of the scriptures we may have hope. Now may the God of endurance and comfort give you unity with one another in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”) Worldly - fleshly organized religions don’t understand that Jesus is our Creator, Sustainer, Abraham’s Lord God and the Rock that delivered Israel.

      (Hebrews 1:1-4; “After God spoke long ago in various portions and in various ways to our ancestors through the prophets, in these last days He has spoken to us in a Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He created the world. The Son is the radiance of His glory and the representation of His essence and He sustains all things by His powerful word and so when He had accomplished cleansing for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. Thus He became so far better than the angels as He has inherited a name superior to theirs.”)

      Being saved in this age is by promise, as is God’s calling and granting His gift of turning to Himself. (Our New Covenant as was the old, is by promise.) The promise of eternal life to the called, who are obedient through faith in Jesus’ deeds. Our New Covenant isn’t conditional but by promise. Jesus explains through His apostle Paul.

      Ephesians 2:4-10; “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even though we were dead in transgressions, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you are saved! and He raised us up with Him and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, (7) to demonstrate in the coming ages the surpassing wealth of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (8) For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so that no one can boast. For we ‘believers IN Jesus’ are His workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them.”)

      It isn’t about, “if you do, if you obey or if you do penitence.” Genuine  followers of Jesus obey through gifted loving faith in the One who gave His life for the remission of sin. Through that gifted faith we‘re “born from above” “fathered by God” given a desire to love as Jesus loves and be AT ONE with the Father as is Jesus. Jesus explains.

      (John 6:37-40; “Everyone whom the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will never send away. For I have come down from heaven not to do My own will but the will of the One who sent Me. Now this is the will of the One who sent Me – that I should not lose one person of every one He has given Me, but raise them all up at the Last Day. For this is the will of My Father – for everyone who looks on the Son and believes IN Him to have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the Last Day.”)

      Jesus was keeping the seventh of seven annual Sabbaths; “Last Great Day - the eighth day of the Feast of Tabernacles” when He stood up and spoke.” (John 7:37-39; “On the Last Day of the feast, the Greatest Day, Jesus stood up and shouted out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and let the one who believes IN Me drink. Just as the scripture says, ‘From within him will flow rivers of living water.’” (Now He said this about the Spirit, whom those who believed IN Him were going to receive, for the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.)

      God our Father calls. gives the desire, chooses, opens minds and fathers whom He will. (When one of Satan’s many lies is believed and people think it’s supported by biblical scripture, “other text have to be twisted to support the lie.”) Gifted revelation is a must for spiritual comprehension. Fleshly minded people locking in on a particular verse of scripture for doctrinal accuracy isn’t spiritually rational. Fleshly minded people’s teaching through one book or apostle’s letter, with supporting text from the prophets; without revelation isn’t spiritually rational.

       (1Cor 2:12-16; “Now we ’apostles’ have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things that are freely given to us by God. And we speak about these things, not with words taught us by human wisdom, but with those taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual things to spiritual people. The unbeliever does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him. And he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. (15) The one who is spiritual discerns all things, yet he himself is understood by no one. For who has known the mind of the Lord, so as to advise him? But we ‘genuine followers of and believers IN Jesus’ have the mind of Christ.”)

      Jesus taught through His apostle Paul. (“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body.” 1Cor 18:19-20)

      God does desire that we assemble for the purpose of worship. Jesus said; “For where two or three are assembled in My name, I am there among them.” Matt 18:20) Assembling together in Jesus’ nature “is church.”

      As in the apostles’ day; “believers IN are often forced underground because of persecution.” Worshiping secretly for protection may be the right thing in many communities. Abraham and Sarah descendents kept to themselves; away from immediate family for the most part. Abraham’s dad, “Tarah” had two other sons, “Nahor and Hiran” it was to them that he and Isaac sent their son’s to find wives.

Genesis and the New Covenant, chapter 20

August 4th, 2018

To: Spiritual Israelites, the family of God, “people being made temples of His spirit, God’s Church ” 8/4/18, God’s 5th month, AV 22, 5778 until sunset.

       God’s callings, interventions and revealing of Himself is apparent in the book of Genesis as in the New Testament covenant with His chosen. King Abimelech and his subjects had respect for Abraham’s God; “especially when He intervened. After God revealed that Sarah was Abraham’s wife;   “Early in the morning Abimelech summoned all his servants. When he told them about all these things, they were terrified.” Gen 20:8)

      God revealed Himself and called Abraham; “set him above all others for His purposes.” His son Isaac was by promise and chosen as was grandson Jacob: “whose name was changed to Israel.” (Israel meaning God fights)    

      (Gen 21:8-10; “The child ’Isaac’ grew and was weaned. Abraham prepared a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned. But Sarah noticed the son of Hagar the Egyptian – the son whom Hagar had borne to Abraham – mocking. So she said to Abraham, “Banish that slave woman and her son, for the son of that slave woman will not be an heir along with my son Isaac!”) Again, God allows us to see the shortcomings of His called out people. Jealously is never a good thing. However God can and often does allow a fleshly wrong in working things out for His purpose. Jacob’s son Joseph’s life is a good example. What his brothers intended for harm worked out for all Israelites‘ good. (Physical and spiritual Israelites - Christians.) Lets skip to Genesis 50: considering Joseph’s understanding.

      (Gen 50:19-21; “But Joseph answered them, ’his brothers’ “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant to harm me, but God intended it for a good purpose, so he could preserve the lives of many people, as you can see this day. So now, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your little children.” Then he consoled them and spoke kindly to them.)

      (Gen 21:11-13; “Sarah’s demand displeased Abraham greatly because Ishmael was his son. But God said to Abraham, “Do not be upset about the boy or your slave wife. Do all that Sarah is telling you because through Isaac your descendants will be counted. But I will also make the son of the slave wife into a great nation, for he is your descendant too.”) We will see the allegory of these two descendents. One representing bondage and the other freedom by promise. This truth was revealed to Jesus’ apostles and Paul taught it to we Believers IN.

      (Galatians 4:21-31; “Tell me, you who want to be under the law, do you not understand the law? For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the free woman. But one, the son by the slave woman, was born by natural descent, while the other, the son by the free woman, was born through the promise. These things may be treated as an allegory, for these women represent two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai bearing children for slavery; this is Hagar. Now Hagar represents Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. (26) But the “spiritual” Jerusalem above is free and she is our mother. For it is written: (Paul quotes Isaiah 54:1) “Rejoice, O barren woman who does not bear children; break forth and shout, you who have no birth pains, because the children of the desolate woman are more numerous than those of the woman who has a husband.” (28) But you, “believers IN” brothers and sisters, are children of the promise like Isaac. But just as at that time the one born by natural descent persecuted the one born according to the Spirit, so it is now. But what does the scripture say? “Throw out the slave woman and her son, for the son of the slave woman will not share the inheritance with the son” of the free woman. Therefore, brothers and sisters, we are not children of the slave woman but of the free woman.”)

       Jesus and His apostles quoted from Moses and the prophets often. The book of Genesis helps our understanding mercy, grace and predestination. Paul and each apostle understood that “The Lord God Jesus” was Abraham’s Lord. Now lets look at Jesus’ prophecy through Isaiah regarding Abraham’s physical and spiritual heirs in the age to come.

      (Isaiah 54:1-15; “Shout for joy, O barren one “Sarah” who has not given birth! Give a joyful shout and cry out, you who have not been in labor! For the children of the desolate one “Hagar” are more numerous than the children of the married woman,” says the Lord. Make your tent larger, stretch your tent curtains farther out! Spare no effort, lengthen your ropes, and pound your stakes deep. (prove all things, hold fast to good) For you “Israelites - Believers IN - Christians” will spread out to the right and to the left; your children will conquer nations and will resettle desolate cities. Don’t be afraid, for you will not be put to shame! Don’t be intimidated, for you will not be humiliated! You will forget about the shame you experienced in your youth; you will no longer remember the disgrace of your abandonment. (5) For your husband “Jesus” is the one who made you – the Lord who commands armies is His name. He is your protector, the Holy One of Israel. He is called “God of the entire earth.” (6) “Indeed, the Lord will call you back like a wife who has been abandoned and suffers from depression, like a young wife when she has been rejected,” says your God. (7) “For a short time I abandoned you, but with great compassion I will gather you. In a burst of anger I rejected you momentarily, but with lasting devotion I will have compassion on you,” says your protector, the Lord. (9) “As far as I am concerned, this is like in Noah’s time, when I vowed that the waters of Noah’s flood would never again cover the earth. In the same way I have vowed that I will not be angry at you or shout at you. Even if the mountains are removed and the hills displaced, My devotion will not be removed from you, nor will My covenant of “promise” friendship be displaced,” says the Lord, the One who has compassion on you. “O afflicted one, driven away, and un-consoled! Look, I am about to set your stones in antimony and I lay your foundation with lapis-lazuli. I will make your pinnacles out of gems, your gates out of beryl, and your outer wall out of beautiful stones. (13) All your children will be followers of the Lord, and your children will enjoy great prosperity. You will be reestablished when I vindicate you. You will not experience oppression; indeed, you will not be afraid. You will not be terrified, for nothing frightening will come near you. (15) If anyone dares to challenge you, it will not be My doing! Whoever tries to challenge you will be defeated. Look, I create the craftsman, who fans the coals into a fire and forges a weapon. I create the destroyer so he might devastate. No weapon forged to be used against you will succeed; you will refute everyone who tries to accuse you. This is what the Lord will do for his servants – I will vindicate them,” says the Lord.”)

       Remember the word “Israel” means God fights. These are promises to Abraham’s heirs, both physical and spiritual! Mostly for millennial and New Jerusalem.

      Protestants, Muslims, Catholicism, Hindus etc. do not know our Creator. Each subscribing to a god of their imagination. One permitting them to make changes to His prescribed Way. Subscribing to demonic practices differing and divisionary for the purpose of separating people for advantage: “making merchandise of people.” (Each group deceived, as Jesus said they would be.) A doctrinal similarity is their immortality beliefs, originating from Satan‘s first lie. (Restudy Genesis 3:)

     (Jesus said; ““Enter through the narrow gate, because the gate is wide and the way is spacious that leads to destruction and there are many who enter through it. But the gate is narrow and the way is difficult that leads to “eternal” life, and there are few who find it.” Matt 7:13-14). Meaning; “eternal life isn’t automatic.”

      Religions read Moses, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Jesus’ apostles, but practice traditions of men, “traditions of Balaam, Moloch and those who days of the week are named for.” Each teach, “people live forever someplace” making various interpretations of their immortality doctrine, as seems reasonable to the fleshly mind. Their particular philosophical writings supports their immortality beliefs. (Protestantism hang to Jesus’ parable about the result of a rich and poor man’s dying, “to support their, “heaven - hell” immortality theory.”) Ignoring the prophets, Jesus and His apostles’ teaching about the resurrections and God’s planned last day judgment. Jesus parables have spiritual meaning for those gifted to comprehend, but for others, “His parables were not meant to be understood!” Why?

      John 10:26-28; “But you refuse to believe because you are not My sheep. My sheep listen to My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish; no one will snatch them from my hand.”) Eternal life is gifted! Not born with! It’s revealed teaching to God‘s chosen.

      (Matt 13:10-15; “Then the disciples came to Him and said, “Why do you speak to them in parables? He replied, “You ‘called ones’ have been given the opportunity to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but they have not. For whoever has will be given more and will have an abundance. But whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. For this reason I speak to them in parables: Although they see they do not see, and although they hear they do not hear nor do they understand. And concerning them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says: ‘You will listen carefully yet will never understand, you will look closely yet will never comprehend. For the heart of this people has become dull; they are hard of hearing, and they have shut their eyes, so that they would not see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’“) Religious people grow up in societies whose hearts are hardened toward God’s commandments, “especially the fourth.” So; consider Jesus’ parable about the rich man’s circumstances.

      (Luke 16:22-24; “Now the poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. And in hell, (Greek, Hades, same as Hebrew Sheol.) as he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far off with Lazarus at his side. So he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in anguish in this fire.”)

      Even if we were not told this was a parable, “angels carrying a deceased person someplace, doesn’t fit Jesus’ other teachings.” Jesus is using this parable to make at least two points. (a) If people didn’t respond to Moses and the prophets, they won’t respond, even if a resurrected person tells them. (b). Living a life of luxury while ignoring people’s needs isn’t rewarding) Additionally; we have Jesus’ revelation to John regarding the resurrections.

       (Rev 20:13-15; “The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and Death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each one was judged according to his deeds. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death the lake of fire.) If a person’s name isn’t found written in the book of life, that person is thrown into the lake of fire.” Jesus revealed; “the lake of fire is at the end of the millennia when all evil will be destroyed.”

      Remember the following is parable. (Luke 16:25-31; But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things and Lazarus likewise bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in anguish. Besides all this, a great chasm has been fixed between us, so that those who want to cross over from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.’ So the rich man said, ‘Then I beg you, father – send Lazarus to my father’s house (for I have five brothers) to warn them so that they don’t come into this place of torment.’ But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; they must respond to them.’ Then the rich man said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ He 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.’”)

      True prophetic words. Moses and the prophets told of Jesus’ first and second comings. Jesus was resurrected, appeared to many, ascended while many observed, did miracles through His apostles and gave revealed understanding to as many as God chose. We can’t keep unbelieving people from hanging on to traditions of men and deceived by the deceiver, “who manifest himself as an angel of light.”

      A destroying fire is prophesied, at the end of the millennia and before New Jerusalem comes down. Jesus may have been alluding to this in His, “rich man parable.” (“Now when the thousand years are finished, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations “again” at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to bring them together for the battle. They are as numerous as the grains of sand in the sea. They went up on the broad plain of the earth and encircled the camp of the Saints and the beloved city, but fire came down from heaven and devoured them completely. And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet are too, and they will be tormented there day and night forever and ever.” Rev 20:7-10)

      People like the rich man in Jesus’ parable, “who refuse to believe IN will die a second death.

      (Rev 21:5-8; “And the one seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new!” Then He said to me, “Write it down, because these words are reliable and true.” He also said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the one who is thirsty I will give water free of charge from the spring of the water of “eternal” life. The one who conquers “overcomes” will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. (But to the cowards, unbelievers, detestable persons murderers, the sexually immoral, and those who practice magic spells, idol worshipers, and all those who lie, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. That is the second death.”)