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God’s Master Plan, chapter 3

June 24th, 2017

God’s Master Plan, chapter 3

  6/24/17, God’s 3rd month, Sivan 29, 5777 until sunset today. God’s Sabbath, To 4,558 in resident churches and individuals “God has made temples of His spirit,“

      Covenant renewals with God are sometimes successful. Once the people of Israel came together and renewed the covenant between themselves and the Lord. (See 2Chronicles 15:) It had been a time of chaos for no one could travel safely, total chaos had overtaken all the people of the surrounding lands. One nation was crushed by another, and one city by another, for God caused them to be in great turmoil.

    Oded the prophet encouraged King Asa saying; “But as for you, be strong and don’t get discouraged, for your work will be rewarded.” Asa was encouraged. He removed the detestable idols from the entire land of Judah and Benjamin and from the cities he had seized in the Ephraimite hill country. He repaired the altar of the Lord in front of the porch of the Lord’s temple. Assembling Judah, Benjamin, settlers from Ephraim, Manasseh and Simeon who lived among them. When the people saw that the Lord God was with Asa they assembled in Jerusalem in the third month of the fifteenth year of Asa’s reign. They sacrificed to the Lord, plunder they had brought back. They solemnly agreed to seek the Lord God of their ancestors with their whole heart and being. Anyone who would not seek the Lord God of Israel would be executed, whether they were young or old, male or female. They swore their allegiance to the Lord, shouting their approval loudly and sounding trumpets and horns.

     All Judah was happy about the oath, because they made the vow with their whole heart. They willingly sought the Lord and He responded to them. He made them secure on every side. King Asa also removed Maacah his grandmother from her position as queen mother because she had made a loathsome Asherah pole. Asa cut down her Asherah pole crushed and burned it in the Kidron Valley. The high places were not eliminated from Israel, yet Asa was wholeheartedly devoted to the Lord throughout his lifetime. He brought the holy items that his father and he had made into God’s temple, including the silver, gold, and other articles.)

      The history of covenants with God is that He institutes them. 

     God made a covenant with Noah, promising to destroy all breathing beings except Noah’s family. See Gen 6:18-22) Afterward God said to Noah and his sons, “I now confirm My covenant with you and your descendants after you, with every living creature.  with every living creature that is with you. “Never again will all living things be wiped out by the waters of a flood; never again will a flood destroy the earth.” “This is the guarantee of the covenant I am making with you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all subsequent generations: “I will place My rainbow in the clouds and it will become a guarantee of the covenant between Me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember My covenant with you and with all living creatures of all kinds. Never again will the waters become a flood and destroy all living things. When the rainbow is in the clouds, I will notice it and remember the perpetual covenant between God and all living creatures of all kinds that are on the earth.” “This is the guarantee of the covenant that I am confirming between Me and all living things that are on the earth.” See Gen 9:)

    God instituted a covenant promise with Abraham, saying; “Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a foreign country; enslaved and oppressed for four hundred years. But I will execute judgment on the nation that they will serve. Afterward they will come out with many possessions. But as for you, you will go to your ancestors in peace and be buried at a good old age.

     In the fourth generation your descendants will return here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its limit.” “To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates River – the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites, and Jebusites.” See Gen 15:) These sinful people groups’ time began to expire when Israel crossed the Jordan under Joshua.

      There is a limited time set for the sins of this world to be reached.  

     (Gen 17:1-2; “When Abram was 99 years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am the sovereign God. Walk before Me and be blameless. Then I will confirm My covenant between Me and you, and I will give you a multitude of descendants.”)

     So it is; “all physical and spiritual Israelites are Abraham’s heirs.” See Gal 3:29)

     Regarding Ishmael and Isaac; God said, “No, Sarah your wife is going to bear you a son, and you will name him Isaac. I will confirm My covenant with him as a perpetual covenant for his descendants after him. As for Ishmael, I have heard you. I will indeed bless him, make him fruitful, and give him a multitude of descendants. He will become the father of twelve princes; I will make him into a great nation. But I will establish My covenant with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you at this set time next year.” When he finished speaking with Abraham, God went up from him.” See Gen 17:)

     God allows covenants - contracts between people. Abraham and Abimelech.made a contract between themselves regarding Beer Sheba. There Abraham worshiped the Lord, the Eternal God. So Abraham stayed in the land of the Philistines for quite some time. See Gen 21:). Jacob and Laban agreed to make a border of separation after their disputes. (Gen  31:51-54; “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.”)

      Original covenants - contracts between God and people are always instituted by God. After Joseph, God remembered His covenant with Abraham.

     (Exodus 2::23-25; “During that long period of time the king of Egypt died, and the Israelites groaned because of the slave labor. They cried out, and their desperate cry because of their slave labor went up to God. God heard their groaning, God remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, God saw the Israelites and God understood….” Moses’ time had arrived. 

     Exodus 6:2-8; God spoke to Moses and said to him, “I am the Lord. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob as God Almighty, but by My name ‘the Lord’ I was not known to them. I also established My covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, where they were living as resident foreigners. I have also heard the groaning of the Israelites, whom the Egyptians are enslaving, and I have remembered My covenant. Therefore, tell the Israelites, ‘I am the Lord. I will bring you out from your enslavement to the Egyptians, I will rescue you from the hard labor they impose, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. (7) I will take you to Myself for a people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from your enslavement to the Egyptians. I will bring you to the land I swore to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob – and I will give it to you as a possession. I am the Lord!’”)

      God’s covenant proclaimed the Israelites a holy people to Himself. Commanding that they make covenants with no other gods.” See Exodus 19:) Through Moses God gave them the book of the covenant. See Exodus 24:) 

     (Exodus 31:15-28:10; “Six days work may be done, but on the seventh day is a Sabbath of complete rest, holy to the Lord; anyone who does work on the Sabbath day must surely be put to death. (16) The Israelites must keep the Sabbath by observing the Sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant. It is a sign between Me and the Israelites forever; for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.’” (18) He gave Moses two tablets of testimony when He had finished speaking with him on Mount Sinai, tablets of stone written by the finger of God.” (Study God’s Word regarding idols, promises and land use.)  

     God’s covenants aren’t forgotten; When Jesus’ returns Israelites will be asking for directions back to Zion. Leave the world of confusion, “Babylon.”

    (Jeremiah 50:4-6; “When that time comes,” says the Lord, “the people of Israel and Judah will return to the land together. They will come back with tears of repentance

They will ask the way to Zion; they will turn their faces toward it. They will come and bind themselves to the Lord in a lasting covenant that will never be forgotten. “My people have been lost sheep. Their shepherds have allow them to go astray. They have wandered around in the mountains. They have roamed from one mountain and hill to another. They have forgotten their resting place.

     (Jer 50:7; “All who encountered them devoured them. Their enemies who did this said, ‘We are not liable for punishment! For those people have sinned against the Lord, their true pasture. They have sinned against the Lord in whom their ancestors trusted.’)

     This is in large part true, but God’s covenant is perpetual. The whole world is as Babylon.

      Just as heirs of Jacob “Israelites” were holy to God the Father and the Lord “Jesus” were commanded not to covenant with other gods: followers of Jesus in this age are commanded to go out from among this world’s system of things, “Babylon.” Jesus had His apostle Paul explain the mystery of God living in His chosen; making them His covenant people. 

     (2Corinthians 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 - Satan? Or what does a believer share in common with an unbeliever? And what mutual agreement does the temple of God have with idols? For we ‘followers of Jesus’ 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.”) (Quotes from Leviticus 26:12; also similar to Jeremiah 32:38 and Ezekiel 37:27.Quote from Isaiah 52:11 and paraphrased from Ezekiel 20:41.)

     God the Father instituted this New Covenant through God the Son “Jesus.” It’s a covenant by promise through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to a people called to turn from their formal “living according to what seemed right” to “the Way God reveals is right.” 

 

 

 

God’s Master Plan, chapter 2

June 22nd, 2017

God’s Master Plan, chapter 2

6/22/21, Day 4 of 7: God’s 3rd month, Sivan 29, 5777 until sunset today. To 4,549 in resident churches and individuals “called to follow Jesus.

A Contract with God

     When our minds are opened to understand God’s spiritual truths and we’re gifted with an intimacy desire to be at one with Him, “it’s evidence of our calling; evidence of selection; evidence of our being set aside, - sanctified for God’s purpose.” A calling to convert from the way that seemed right to our fleshly minds to The Way God affirms to be true. Called out ones are spiritually taught to believe IN, thus gifted to trust Jesus’ personal promises and those through His prophets and apostles.

     The world and most denominations calling themselves Christian define themselves as followers of Jesus. From their point,” it’s enough to follow the dictates of their conscious and believe that Jesus died for their sins.” (Such people reject the notion that Christianity is a particular way of life.) That notion plays into the hands of Satan, whose objective is to cause would be believers miss the mark. Satan’s way is the way of division. On the one hand Satan’s way is hatred, chaos and war; on the other, his way is a condoning soft acceptance of every conjured up way, with no absolutes.

     Likewise, most denominations don’t understand why Jesus spoke in parables; but Jesus tells us clearly.

     (Matthew 13:10-15; Then Jesus’ disciples came to Him and said, “Why do you speak to them in parables? He replied, “You 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 and 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. (15) 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.’”

     Healing is more than physical. Healing includes gifted understanding and the gifted ability to discern truth. (Jesus is speaking of people attempting to follow Him by the dictates of their own fleshly intellect: not a people with gifted understanding, desiring from the heart to be obedient, desiring to be at one with Him mentally and spiritually.) In another parable Jesus explains how Satan’s demonic traps works on people.

     (Luke 8:4-15; While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from one town after another, He spoke to them in a parable: “A sower went out to sow his seed and as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled on, and the wild birds devoured it. Other seed fell on rock and when it came up, it withered because it had no moisture. Other seed fell among thorns which grew up with it and choked it. (8) But other seed fell on good soil and grew, and it produced a hundred times as much grain.” As Jesus said this, He called out, “The one who has ears to hear had better listen!”

     Then Jesus’ disciples asked Him what this parable meant. He said, “You “called out ones” have been given the opportunity to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that although they see they may not see, and although they hear they may not understand.

     (11) “Now the parable means this: The seed is the word of God. Those along the path are the ones who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the Word from their hearts, so that they may not believe ‘IN’ and be saved. (13) Those on the rock are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in a time of testing fall away. (14) As for the seed that fell among thorns, these are the ones who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the worries and riches and pleasures of life and their fruit “understanding” does not mature. (15) But as for the seed that landed on good soil, these are the ones who, after hearing the Word, cling to it with an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with steadfast endurance.”)

     Until God the Father reveals Himself and His Son our Creator, “who is the Christian’s Redeemer, Deliverer and Lord; people within each society seek their own religious comfort zones. Beliefs: fitting their own fleshly desires. Individual comfort zones are many, with rooted foundations by place of birth, society at large and parental guidance. Satan and his followers have always been divided in relation to these things. His characteristic is that he has no singular character in the way he deceives. Thus, this world’s nations and people groups are still divided as they were when the Son of God “Jesus” came and lived in the flesh.

     (Jesus said, “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household.” “Whoever loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And whoever does not take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life because of Me will find it.”” Matthew 10:34-39)

     In other words God’s callings are to individuals. Rarely is a whole family called; when they are they’re extremely blessed!

     Being led to follow Jesus is an individual calling, a miraculous revealing, an opening of the mind to understand the Holy Scriptures and God’s Way. People in many parts of this world, gifted with spiritual understanding, are in grave danger of persecution and execution when they speak of it. (In all parts of this earth, “practicing God’s revealed Way makes one an outsider to this world’s system of things.”)

Religions void of truth are, apostates.

      Jesus’ brother Jude saw the apostate on the horizon and wrote about it in his letter titled, “Jude.” (The apostate? “A religion using Jesus’ name, while teaching a mixture of pagan traditions.”) Catholicism is an apostate, “meaning universal.” It grew into what the world knows as, “the holy Roman empire.” A mixture incorporating various imagined deities, naming week days for some of them. King Constantine was converted to the apostate; Catholicism grew by leaps, including most of Europe and influencing the whole world. (They still teach that Peter was the first Pope and that Jesus gave him authority over His kingdom on earth.) They forced conversions on the naïve Spanish speaking people and even the American Indian were victims. True to Satan’s divisionary influence, Catholicism soon split over whether their priest could marry and afterward came the Protestantism split. All claiming to be followers of Jesus, while maintaining the practices inherited from Baal worshipers.

     (Jesus warned us, “Watch out that no one misleads you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ’ and they will mislead many.” Matt 24:4-5) Truly, it’s the many divided people groups that are utterly deceived. (These organizations of men claiming authority, God has not given them, will be destroyed in God‘s timing.)

     God’s weekly and annual Sabbaths, particularly “Trumpets, Atonement and The Feast of Tabernacles,‘ the third of three seasons to be observed’ foreshadow Jesus’ coming kingdom.) Jesus revealed the time and outcome to John and he to us.

     (Revelations 11:15-19; “Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven saying: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ and He will reign for ever and ever.” Then the twenty-four elders who are seated on their thrones before God threw themselves down with their faces to the ground and worshiped God with these words: “We give you thanks Lord God, the All-Powerful, the One who is and who was, because You have taken your great power and begun to reign. (18) The nations were enraged, but Your wrath has come, and the time has come for the dead to be judged, and the time has come to give to Your servants, the prophets, their reward, as well as to the Saints and to those who revere Your name, both small and great, and the time has come to destroy those who destroy the earth.” Then the temple of God in heaven was opened and the ark of his covenant was visible within His temple. And there were flashes of lightning, roaring, crashes of thunder, an earthquake, and a great hailstorm.”)

     Speaking to this world’s unbelieving educators: Jesus’ apostle Peter wrote, “they are willingly ignorant.” (King James Version) Meaning is the same in the NET Bible translation.

      (“For they deliberately suppress this fact, that by the word of God heavens existed long ago and an earth was formed out of water and by means of water. Through these things the world existing at that time was destroyed when it was deluged with water. But by the same word the present heavens and earth have been reserved for fire, by being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.” 2 Pet 3:5-7)

       Peter’s words define the world wide divided apostates.


 

God’s Master Plan

June 21st, 2017

God’s Master Plan

6/19/21, Day 4 of 7: God’s 3rd month, Sivan 26, 5777 until sunset today. To 4,549 in resident churches and individuals “called to follow Jesus.

Holy God: lead many to understand Your truth in this age. Put in us a desire to be obedient as mature children. Lead us from temptations and protect us from evil. Finally, we ask that You shorten the time and usher in Your Kingdom. Thank You for revealing Your Ways. We are honored to call You our Father, in the name and nature of Jesus. AMEN

Genesis means, “beginning, a time or circumstance of something coming into being.” New beginnings have been in our Creator’s master plan since the foundation of the world. God’s establishing new beginnings for His created people are documented for our learning. Even failures, confusions and wars are for our learning. The historical accounts of mankind show that there are always dire consequences when people live the way that seems right to their inherited fleshly nature.

From the time of man’s creation God was making the Way for mankind’s fleshly nature to be changed to one of loving His Way through believing IN Him. “A plan for mankind’s rebirth” is the mystery to the world at large! This mystery was apparently revealed to angelic beings before Adam’s creation. Angelic Lucifer’s name was changed to Satan and was apparently one of these. (Lucifer’s knowing God’s plan to make the way for mankind to be made in God’s image spiritually, is likely one of the reasons for his jealously.) When Lucifer rebelled there was war in the heavens and Jesus said He saw Satan fall like lightning. Jesus told this to His 72 disciples after they returned and shared their teaching successes.

(Luke 10:17-20; ““Then the seventy-two returned with joy, saying, ‘Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name!’ So JESUS said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.” Look, I have given you ‘apostles’ authority to tread on snakes and scorpions and on the full force of the enemy, and nothing will hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names stand written in heaven.””)

LONG before, Jesus had inspired Isaiah to pen, ““Look how you have fallen from the sky, O shining one, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the ground, O conqueror of the nations! You said to yourself, “I will climb up to the sky. Above the stars of El, I will set up my throne. I will rule on the mountain of assembly on the remote slopes of Zaphon. I will climb up to the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High!” But you were brought down to Sheol, to the remote slopes of the pit.”” Isaiah 14:12-15)

Mankind’s need to be redirected is apparent. When left to ourselves we develop little god mentalities and with Satan’s help, we evolve to the worshiping of our own intellect and make gods from within our imagination. People’s succumbing to Adam’s inherited nature and yielding to Satan’s deceptions was the reason God destroyed the world with a flood. God demonstrating His hatred of evil. Then God made a new beginning through Noah and has preserved that history. Mankind’s history after Noah is the same. When left to themselves people look to their own fleshly idolatrous understandings and make God into something other than the Creator.

We have the record of Babylon’s scholarly mappings of the planets and their imagining the planets to be gods, worshiping the sun, carving little images and practicing divinization with them. Apparently by the time of Abraham, the whole earth’s populations, including his family had succumbed to worshiping gods of the imagination. The history of mankind when left to ourselves, demonstrate that we think ourselves above our Creator. Thus, we go the way that seems right to that inherited from Adam nature. God inspired the writer of Proverbs to pen: “There is a way that seems right to a man, that leads to death.”

God called Abraham and established a New Faith Beginning. God’s calling and setting aside a people for His name is a New Beginning, established on the gift of Faith in Himself. “God’s promises to Abraham included an eternal inheritance for himself and his heirs.” That inheritance includes a spiritual resurrected life, a millennia of peace on earth, through Abraham’s spiritual heir “Jesus.” The history of Abraham and his fleshly heirs are for our learning. (see Romans 15:4) Beginning with faithful Abraham and through Jesus, believers IN Him, inherit a new beginning. Allow the apostle Paul’s teaching to the Galatians and all called out Believers.

““Now before 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. But now that ‘Jesus’ 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 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.”” Gal 3:23-29)

(GUARDIAN? “disciplinarian,” “custodian,” or “guide.” A guardian’s duty is to conduct schooling of individuals and supervise their conduct. A guardian was not a ‘teacher’ (despite the derivative ‘pedagogue.’ When a young person matures or becomes of age, a guardian is no longer needed.) Spiritual maturity begins within people when Jesus is revealed and understanding gifted. When gifted to “believe IN Jesus” individuals lovingly “clothe themselves” immerse themselves in His revealed Ways. (People succumb to what’s believed in.)

Let’s understand, God called Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Samuel, David, His twelve apostles and each believing IN follower. Jesus revealed Himself as Lord to each of these, sometimes directly and at other times through angelic beings. These all understood by revelations, “that He is Creator.”

Spiritual maturity is God’s gifted spirit of love for His Way, a gifted spiritual desire to be obedient is manifested in Believers IN - Christians. As a loving child manifest a desires to please a parent, so do Christians desire to please their Creator.

(“If you love Me, you will obey My commandments. Then I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to be with you forever – the Spirit of TRUTH, whom the world cannot accept, because it “the world” does not see Him or know Him. But you know Him, because He remains with you and will be in you. “I “Jesus” will not abandon you as orphans, I will come to you. In a little while the world will not see Me any longer, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live too. You will know at that time that I am in My Father and you are in Me and I am in you. The person who has My commandments and obeys them is the one who loves Me. The one who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will reveal Myself to him.” John 14:15-21)

Because Jesus is resurrected to eternal life, believers IN will live eternally too. God’s Way, promises and plans are absolute.

What Satan intends as harm, God is about the business of turning to good! HOW SO? God the Father sent His Son, “Jesus” He has overcome the world, Satan’s temptations and obstacles thrown at Him. Jesus make the way, in which we Believers IN, through Him, have His power to do likewise.

Remember Isaiah was inspired to pen, referring to Satan as “O conqueror of nations!” SO it is: God is allowing Satan to be the god of this world’s unbelieving populations. BUT, to the called, believers IN - Christians, Satan is the deceiving obstacle we have the power to overcome through Jesus. It is a parallel to Joseph’s becoming the Israelite’s savior. Just as Joseph’s brothers meant to do Joseph harm, God turned it all for good, saving His chosen people, revealing Himself and His Way to Joseph.

Likewise, Satan would like to thwart our understanding of God’s plan to create in us a oneness with Himself. OUR fleshly birth is only a beginning in God’s plan to create us in His spiritual image. God’s creative plans for His people include, our gaining knowledge of Himself, learning the goodness of His Ways and growing to be, “AT ONE with Him, mentally and SPIRITUALLY. Thus Jesus’ words to Nicodemus, “you must be born again.” This is the revealed and gifted understanding that produces knowing faith likened to Abraham‘s. Because of Satan’s deceptions and his manifesting himself as an angel of light, etc. this world’s religions teach that all people are born to live forever someplace. That is; “people are born immortal.” Understanding God’s plan to gift Believers IN with eternal life likened to Jesus’ is the revealed mystery to His Elect. Through deception, lies and partial lies, Satan has camouflaged God’s plan to create us in His likeness spiritually.

Grace, mercy and love, chapter 22

June 19th, 2017

6/19/17, God’s 3rd month, Sivan 24, 5777 until sunset today. To 4,544 in resident churches and individuals “called to follow Jesus.”

    God’s church is His chosen spiritual Israelites: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob’s heirs. (For all of you are one in Christ Jesus. “Galatians 3:29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.”) God’s spiritual church’s beginning was His calling and promises to Abraham. Perhaps not “the beginning” but surely “a beginning.” Jesus’ second coming and His millennial rule on earth will usher in another, “a beginning.” Jesus had Joel prophecy and Peter allude to that prophecy in Acts 2:, regarding the final fulfillment of what Pentecost represents. Pentecost represents God’s calling and gifting His chosen with His Holy Spirit

     (Joel 3:32; “It will so happen that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be delivered - saved. For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be those who survive, just as the Lord has promised; the remnant will be those whom the Lord will call.”)

      In that soon coming day, the world and particularly descendents of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob will be convinced of God’s sovereignty. As always study the whole.

      (Joel 2:27- “You will be convinced that I am in the midst of Israel. I am the Lord your God; there is no other. My people will never again be put to shame.

  Outpouring of God’s spirit on all kinds of people.

    (Joel 2:28-32; (3:1-5) After all of this I will pour out My Spirit on all kinds of people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your elderly will have revelatory dreams; your young men will see prophetic visions. Even on male and female servants. I will pour out My Spirit in those days. (30) I will produce portents both in the sky and on the earth –

blood, fire, and columns of smoke. The sunlight will be turned to darkness and the moon to the color of blood, before the day of the Lord comes – that great and terrible day!

     (32; It will so happen that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be delivered. For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be those who survive, just as the Lord has promised; the remnant will be those whom the Lord will call.”)

       That Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension was “a beginning” the beginning of His New Covenant church. A spiritual deliverance from the inherited from Adam sin nature and a deliverance to the likeness of Jesus‘ nature. It’s the mystery Paul shared to the called in his letter to the Colossians at chapter 1:26; “that is, the mystery that has been kept hidden from ages and generations, but has now been revealed to His Saints.”

    (Col 1:24-29; “Now I rejoice in my sufferings for you, and I fill up in my physical body – for the sake of His body, the church – what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ. I became a servant of the church according to the stewardship from God – given to me for you – in order to complete the word of God, that is, the mystery that has been kept hidden from ages and generations, but has now been revealed to His Saints. God wanted to make known to them the glorious riches of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. We proclaim Him by instructing and teaching all people with all wisdom so that we may present every person mature in Christ. Toward this goal I also labor, struggling according to His power that powerfully works in me.”)

     Basically there are two spirits in the world, “the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.” Satan is the Author - source of the divisionary spirit of error, which has many paths. God provides the spirit of truth, which is singular and absolute. Paul explains this revelation to called out Believers. 

     (1Col 2:6-16; “Now we, apostles do speak wisdom among the mature, but not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are perishing. Instead we speak the wisdom of God, hidden in a mystery, that God determined before the ages for our glory. (8) None of the rulers of this age understood it. If they had known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But just as it is written, “Things that no eye has seen, or ear heard, or mind imagined, are the things God has prepared for those who love Him.” (Quote of Isaiah 64:4)

     (10-13; “God has revealed these to us by the Spirit. For the - His- Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the things of a man except the man’s spirit within him? So too, no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. (12) Now we 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.“

     (14-16; “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. 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 ‘Believers’ have the mind of Christ.”)

       Believing IN can’t be conjured up, “believing IN is by gifted  revelation.” We are encouraged to evaluate ourselves to see whether we are in The Faith  

     (1Cor 15:50-55; “Now this is what I am saying, brothers and sisters: Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I will tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed – in a moment, in the blinking of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality.. Now when this perishable puts on the imperishable, and this mortal puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will happen, “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”) ( Quote from Isaiah 25:8 and  Hosea 13:14)

     God declares His power and love through Zephaniah.

    (Zephaniah 3:6- “I destroyed nations; their walled cities are in ruins. I turned their streets into ruins; no one passes through them. Their cities are desolate; no one lives there. I thought, ‘Certainly you will respect Me! Now you will accept correction!’ If she had done so, her home would not be destroyed by all the punishments I have threatened.

But they eagerly sinned in everything they did. (8) Therefore you, - spiritual Israelites - must wait patiently for Me,” says the Lord, “for the day when I attack and take plunder.

    I have decided to gather nations together and assemble kingdoms, so I can pour out My fury on them – all My raging anger. For the whole earth will be consumed by My fiery anger. (9) Know for sure that I will then enable the nations to give Me acceptable praise.

All of them will invoke the Lord’s name when they pray, and will worship Him in unison.

     (10-12; From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia, those who pray to Me will bring Me tribute. In that day you37 will not be ashamed of all your rebelliousness against Me,

for then I will remove from your midst those who proudly boast, and you will never again be arrogant on My holy hill. (12) I will leave in your midst a humble and meek group of people, and they will find safety in the Lord’s presence.

    (13-14; The Israelites who remain will not act deceitfully. They will not lie, and a deceitful tongue will not be found in their mouth. Indeed, they will graze peacefully like sheep and lie down; no one will terrify them.” Shout for joy, Daughter Zion! Shout out, Israel! Be happy and boast with all your heart, Daughter Jerusalem!

     (15-16; The Lord has removed the judgment against you; He has turned back your enemy. Israel’s king, the Lord, is in your midst! You no longer need to fear disaster. On that day they will say to Jerusalem, “Don’t be afraid, Zion! Your hands must not be paralyzed from panic!

     (17; The Lord your God is in your midst; He is a warrior who can deliver. He takes great delight in you; He renews you by His love; He shouts for joy over you.”

     (18; “As for those who grieve because they cannot attend the festivals – I took them away from you; they became tribute and were a source of shame to you.”

     (19-20; Look, at that time I will deal with those who mistreated you. I will rescue the lame sheep and gather together the scattered sheep. I will take away their humiliation

and make the whole earth admire and respect them. At that time I will lead you –

at the time I gather you together. Be sure of this! I will make all the nations of the earth respect and admire you when you see Me restore you,” says the Lord.”)

     Jesus had Isaiah, Jeremiah and others prophecy about this final physical deliverance.

  Law added to define lawlessness in God’s view.

      (Galatians 3:19-22; “Why then was the law given? It was added because of transgressions, until the arrival of The Descendant to whom the promise had been made. It, - the law-  was administered through angels by an intermediary. Now an intermediary is not for one party alone, but God is one. Is the law therefore opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that was able to give life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law. (22) But the scripture imprisoned everything and everyone under sin so that the promise could be given – because of the faithfulness of Jesus Christ – to those who believe.”

  Believing IN, Sons of God Are Heirs of Promise

     (Galatians 3:23- “Now before - Jesus’ -  faith came we were held in custody under the law, being kept as prisoners until the coming faith would be revealed.”

     All people are under God’s laws because of unbelief. When the Jesus that is revealed in the holy scriptures is revealed and accepted; their outlook is changed from a fleshly to a spiritual outlook. Then obedience becomes an internal gifted desire.

     (Galatians 3:24-20; “Thus the law had become our guardian until Christ, - is revealed - so that we could be declared righteous by -Jesus’-  faith. But now that -Jesus’- faith has come, -been revealed- we “Believers” are no longer under a guardian. (26) For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through -His- faith. (27) 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.”)

      The new beginning through Abraham is to walk by faith “by gifted believing IN faith; that God the Father and God the Son are one in purpose and promises certain.

 

Grace, mercy and love, chapter 21

June 17th, 2017

6/17/17, God’s 3rd month, Sivan 22, 5777 until sunset today. To 4,539 in resident churches and individuals “called to follow Jesus.”

     Called out followers of Jesus, “recipients of His Holy Spirit” will be resurrected and given a body likened to His.

     (Romans 6:8-14;” Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that since Christ has been raised from the dead, He is never going to die again; death no longer has mastery over Him. For the death He died, He died to sin once for all, but the life He lives, He lives to God. So you too consider yourselves dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.”

    (12-14; “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its desires and do not present your members to sin as instruments to be used for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who are alive from the dead and your members to God as instruments to be used for righteousness. For sin will have no mastery over you, because you are not under law but under grace.”)

     When we are spiritually led to stop practicing sin, God doesn’t consider us sinners because we live as His instruments. In the millennium and beyond “followers of Jesus” will rule with Him. 

    (1Cor 6:3-11; “Do you not know that we will judge angels? Why not ordinary matters! So if you have ordinary lawsuits, do you appoint as judges those who have no standing in the church? I say this to your shame! Is there no one among you wise enough to settle disputes between fellow Christians? Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! The sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, passive homosexual partners, practicing homosexuals, thieves, the greedy, drunkards, the verbally abusive, and swindlers will not inherit the kingdom of God. (11) Some of you once lived this way. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ9 and by the Spirit of our God.”)

      Unbelievers have always disputed the resurrections; their preference, Satan’s lie regarding immortality. Paul reveals Jesus’ truth to Believers, as always study the whole.

    (1Corinthains 15:20-23; “But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. (21) For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead also came through a man. For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. (23) But each in his own order: Christ, the firstfruits; then when Christ comes, those who belong to Him.“)

    After verse 23 Paul skips to New Jerusalem’s coming down.

    (24-28; Then comes the end, when He ‘Jesus’ hands over the kingdom to God the Father, when He has brought to an end all rule and all authority and power. For He ‘Jesus’ must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy to be eliminated is death. (27) For he ‘God the Father’ has put everything in subjection under His ’Jesus’ feet. But when it says “everything” has been put in subjection, it is clear that this does not include the One ’God the Father’ who put everything in subjection to Him. And when all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself will be subjected to the One who subjected everything to Him, so that God may be all in all.”

     (29-34; “Otherwise, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, then why are they baptized for them? Why too are we in danger every hour? Every day I am in danger of death! This is as sure as my boasting in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord. If from a human point of view I fought with wild beasts at Ephesus, what did it benefit me? If the dead are not raised, let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die. (33) Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” Sober up as you should, and stop sinning! For some have no knowledge of God – I say this to your shame!

  The Resurrected Body

     (1Cor 15:35-41;” But someone will say, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?” Fool! What you sow will not come to life unless it dies. And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare seed – perhaps of wheat or something else. But God gives it a body just as He planned, and to each of the seeds a body of its own. All flesh is not the same: People have one flesh, animals have another, birds and fish another. And there are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies. The glory of the heavenly body is one sort and the earthly another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon and another glory of the stars, for star differs from star in glory.”

    (42-44; “It is the same with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable, what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.”

     (45-49; “So also it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living person”; the last Adam ‘Jesus’ became a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and then the spiritual. The first man ‘Adam’ is from the earth, made of dust; the second man ‘Jesus’ is from heaven. Like the one made of dust, so too are those made of dust, and like the One from heaven, so too those who are heavenly.(49) And just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, let us also bear the image of the man of heaven.”

   We aren’t born immortal.

     (50-55; “Now this is what I am saying, brothers and sisters: Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I will tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed – in a moment, in the blinking of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. (53) For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. Now when this perishable puts on the imperishable, and this mortal puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will happen, “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?

    (56-58; “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! So then, dear brothers and sisters, be firm. Do not be moved! Always be outstanding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”)

  Jesus calls recipients of His nature “friends.”

    (John 15:15-17; “I no longer call you slaves, because the slave does not understand what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, because I have revealed to you everything I heard from My Father. You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that remains, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. This I command you – to love one another.”

     We can’t ask in Jesus’ name, by His authority; unless we are gifted with His Spirit.

   Unbelievers questioned Jesus’ deity.

     (John 10:34- Jesus answered, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, you are gods’? If those people to whom the word of God came were called ‘gods’ (and the scripture cannot be broken), do you say about the One whom the Father set apart and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? If I do not perform the deeds of My Father, do not believe Me. But if I do them, even if you do not believe Me, believe the deeds, so that you may come to know and understand that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me.” Then they attempted again to seize Him, but He escaped their clutches.”_

     (I said, you are gods? Is a quote from Psalms 82:6. Some debate Jesus’ meaning. However note that Jesus is speaking of those to whom the word of God came. Let’s allow scripture interpret  scripture. The whole line reads “I say, you are gods, sons of the Most High, all of you.” Jesus will pick up on the term “sons of the Most High” in 10:36, where he refers to Himself as the Son of God. If it was an Old Testament practice to refer to men like the judges as gods, and not blasphemy, why did the Jewish authorities object when this term was applied to Jesus? This really doesn’t seem to fit the context, however, since if that were the case Jesus would not be making any claim for “divinity” for himself over and above any other human being – and therefore He would not be subject to the charge of blasphemy. Part of the argument; “Old Testament judges could be called gods is because they were vehicles of the word of God. Granting that premise, Jesus deserves much more than they to be called God. He is the Word incarnate, whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world to save the world (John 10:36). In light of the prologue to the Gospel of John, it seems this interpretation would have been most natural for the author. If it is permissible to call men “gods” because they were the vehicles of the word of God, how much more permissible is it to use the word “God” of Him who is the Word of God?)

     People gifted with God’s spirit are Son’s of God and

known to Him before the foundation of the world

     (Ephesians 1:3-10; “Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed7 us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ. For He called us in Christ before the foundation of the world that we may be holy and unblemished in His sight in love. (5) He did this by predestining us to adoption as His Sons through Jesus Christ, according to the pleasure of His will – to the praise of the glory of His grace that He has freely bestowed on us in His dearly loved Son. (7) In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace that He lavished on us in all wisdom and insight. (9) He did this when He revealed to us the secret of His will, according to His good pleasure that He set forth in Christ, toward the administration of the fullness of the times, to head up all things in Christ – the things in heaven and the things on earth.” (Remember our previous studies regarding Jesus’ deity?)

     (11-14; “In Christ we too have been claimed as God’s own possession, since we were predestined according to the one purpose of Him who accomplishes all things according to the counsel of His will so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, would be to the praise of His glory. (13) And when you heard the word of truth (the gospel of your salvation) – when you believed in Christ you were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit, who is the down payment of our inheritance, until the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.”

  How disseminated to and being built?

    (Eph  2:17-22; “And He 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. So then you are no longer foreigners and noncitizens, but you are fellow citizens with the Saints and members of God’s household, (20) because you have been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the Cornerstone. In Him 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.”

  His promises never fail.

     (Jeremiah  33:23-26; The Lord spoke still further to Jeremiah. “You have surely noticed what these people are saying, haven’t you? They are saying, ‘The Lord has rejected the two families of Israel and Judah that He chose.’ So they have little regard that My people will ever again be a nation. But I, the Lord, make the following promise: I have made a covenant governing the coming of day and night. I have established the fixed laws governing heaven and earth. Just as surely as I have done this, so surely will I never reject the descendants of Jacob. Nor will I ever refuse to choose one of My servant David’s descendants to rule over the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Indeed, I will restore them and show mercy to them.”)

  God the Father is the reason we have a relationship with Jesus:

 By revelations, not by human choice so no one can boast.

      (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.”)

     (Isaiah 50:1-3; “This is what the Lord says: “Where is your mother’s divorce certificate by which I divorced her? Or to which of My creditors did I sell you? Look, you were sold because of your sins; because of your rebellious acts I divorced your mother. Why does no one challenge Me when I come? Why does no one respond when I call? Is My hand too weak to deliver you? Do I lack the power to rescue you? Look, with a mere shout I can dry up the sea; I can turn streams into a desert, so the fish rot away and die from lack of water. (3) I can clothe the sky in darkness; I can cover it with sackcloth.”

  The Spokesman, Jesus speaks through Isaiah.

    (4-11; The sovereign Lord has given Me the capacity to be His Spokesman, so that I know how to help the weary. He wakes me up every morning; He makes Me alert so I can listen attentively as disciples do. The Sovereign Lord has spoken to me clearly; I have not rebelled, I have not turned back. I offered My back to those who attacked, My jaws to those who tore out My beard; I did not hide My face from insults and spitting. But the sovereign Lord helps Me, so I am not humiliated. For that reason I am steadfastly resolved; I know I will not be put to shame. The One who vindicates Me is close by. Who dares to argue with Me? Let us confront each other! Who is My accuser? Let him challenge Me! (9) Look, the Sovereign Lord helps Me. Who dares to condemn Me? Look, all of them will wear out like clothes; a moth will eat away at them. Who among you fears the Lord? Who obeys His servant? Whoever walks in deep darkness, without light, should trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God. Look, all of you who start a fire and who equip yourselves with flaming arrows, walk in the light of the fire you started and among the flaming arrows you ignited! This is what you will receive from Me: you will lie down in a place of pain.”)

    How can we not love this One who first loved us?

 

Grace, mercy and love, chapter 20

June 15th, 2017

6/15/17, God’s 3rd month, Sivan 20, 5777 until sunset today. To 4,534 in resident churches and individuals “called to follow Jesus.”

     Truth always offends the majority. We need the correct perspective regarding The Church of God and God‘s new covenant with His called out people. We need to understand what the Holy Spirit does for it’s recipients‘. What happens in the minds - the outlook - of followers of Jesus? Those five hundred or so recipients on that Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension? Outlooks were miraculously changed from a fleshly minded desire to be obedience “to a spiritually gifted desire to be at one with Jesus.” A desire to be His slave as each apostle expressed. God’s sending His spirit to miraculously live in His chosen people is the new covenant. It’s the mystery, not understood by the world at large, nor the many using Jesus’ name today.

    That Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension was almost three hundred years before the universal church of Rome began using Jesus’ name and usurping people’s minds. Nearly three hundred years before days of the week were named after pagan imaginary gods. The original upheavals in “The Church of God, Jerusalem” were the Pharisees, Sadducees and Synagogue high priest. As the apostles went out establishing churches in gentile communities; obstacles were the goddess Dianna in places like Corinth and the many images depicting the likes of imaginary gods. Riots broke out in many places when people heard about Jesus and the resurrections. In Judea, as Synagogue prestige and power began slipping among the people, the likes of Paul was hired to persecute followers of Jesus. But God was using His energizing Holy Spirit in the minds of people like Stephen.

   Study all Stephen’s dissertation to the unbelievers before his murder.

      Let’s review major portions here to get a foundational grasp of Jesus good news.

     (Acts 6:8-15; “Now Stephen, full of grace and power, was performing great wonders and miraculous signs among the people. But some men from the Synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called), both Cyrenians and Alexandrians, as well as some from Cilicia and the province of Asia, stood up and argued with Stephen. (10) Yet they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit with which he spoke. Then they secretly instigated some men to say, “We have heard this man speaking blasphemous words against Moses and God.” They incited the people, the elders, and the experts in the law; then they approached Stephen, seized him, and brought him before the council. They brought forward false witnesses who said, “This man does not stop saying things against this holy place and the law. (14) For we have heard him saying that Jesus the Nazarene will destroy this place and change the customs that Moses handed down to us.” All who were sitting in the council looked intently at Stephen and saw his face was like the face of an angel.”

     God’s energizing Holy Spirit gave a brightness to Stephen’s face and inserted his mind with the truth we need to be teaching our children. A better sermon than Stephens has never been preached! Keep Paul’s Galatians 3:29 text in mind as we Study Stephens words, (And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.)

     (Acts 7: Then the high priest said, “Are these things true?” So he replied, “Brothers and fathers, listen to me. The God of glory appeared to our forefather Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he settled in Haran, and said to him, ‘Go out from your country and from your relatives, and come to the land I will show you.’ Then he went out from the country of the Chaldeans and settled in Haran. After his father died, God made him move to this country where you now live. (5) He did not give any of it to him for an inheritance, not even a foot of ground, yet God promised to give it to him as his possession, and to his descendants after him, even though Abraham as yet had no child. But God spoke as follows: ‘Your descendants will be foreigners in a foreign country, whose citizens will enslave them and mistreat them for four hundred years. (see Gen 15:13 and Exodus 12:40 which specifies the sojourn as 430 years.) But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves,’ said God, ‘and after these things they will come out of there and worship Me in this place.’

      Jesus’ delivering Israel from the bondage of Egypt through Moses is a parallel of the spiritual deliverance of His followers from the bondage of our inherited nature.

    (Study God’s circumcision covenant with Abraham and it’s follow up with Isaac and Jacob. Joseph’s transport to Egypt and being made ruler. How a famine caused Jacob and the twelve patriarchs move to Egypt. How that as the time allotted for Israel’s deliverance neared, Moses was born and called to be a deliverer. About Egypt forcing the Israelites to abandon their children to die. Acts 7:8-28) (Moses fled to Midian after assuming his fellow countrymen would recognize him as the one to deliver them )

     (Acts 7: 29-30; When the man said this, Moses fled and became a foreigner in the land of Midian, where he became the father of two sons. “After forty years had passed, an angel appeared to him in the desert of Mount Sinai, in the flame of a burning bush.

    (31-36; When Moses saw it, he was amazed at the sight, and when he approached to investigate, there came the voice of the Lord, ‘I am the God of your forefathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.’ Moses began to tremble and did not dare to look more closely. But the Lord said to him, Take the sandals off your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. I have certainly seen the suffering of My people who are in Egypt and have heard their groaning, and I have come down to rescue them. Now come, I will send you to Egypt.’ This same Moses they had rejected, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and judge?God sent as both ruler and deliverer through the hand of the angel who appeared to him in the bush. (36) This man led them out, performing wonders and miraculous signs in the land of Egypt, at the Red Sea, and in the wilderness for forty years.

    (37-40; This is the Moses who said to the Israelites, ‘God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your brothers.’ This is the man ‘Moses’ who was in the congregation in the wilderness with the angel who spoke to him at Mount Sinai, and with our ancestors, and he received living oracles to give to you. (39) Our ancestors were unwilling to obey him, but pushed him aside and turned back to Egypt in their hearts, saying to Aaron, ‘Make us gods who will go in front of us, for this Moses, who led us out of the land of Egypt – we do not know what has happened to him!

     (41-44; At that time they made an idol in the form of a calf, brought a sacrifice to the idol, and began rejoicing in the works of their hands. But God turned away from them and gave them over to worship the host of heaven, as it is written in the book of the prophets: ‘It was not to Me that you offered slain animals and sacrifices forty years in the wilderness, was it, house of Israel? But you took along the tabernacle of Moloch and the star of the god Rephan, the images you made to worship, but I will deport you beyond Babylon.’ (44) Our ancestors had the tabernacle of testimony in the wilderness, just as God who spoke to Moses ordered him to make it according to the design he had seen.

     (45-46; Our ancestors received possession of it and brought it in with Joshua when they dispossessed the nations that God drove out before our ancestors, until the time of David. (46) He found favor with God and asked that he could find a dwelling place for the house of Jacob.

    (47-50; But Solomon built a house for Him. Yet the Most High does not live in houses made by human hands, as the prophet says, ‘Heaven is My throne, and earth is the footstool for My feet. What kind of house will you build for Me, says the Lord, or what is My resting place? Did My hand not make all these things?

    (51-53; “You stubborn people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are always resisting the Holy Spirit, like your ancestors did! Which of the prophets did your ancestors not persecute? They killed those who foretold long ago the coming of the Righteous One, whose betrayers and murderers you have now become! You received the law by decrees given by angels, but you did not obey it.”)

     This is the Moses who said to the Israelites, ‘God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your brothers.’ Jesus is that prophet, Savior, Redeemer, Deliverer, Mediator and coming King of Kings. On that Pentecost after His ascension, God the Father sent His energizing Holy Spirit to live in his chosen people, “the same spirit that energized Jesus in Mary’s womb, causing Elizabeth and baby John in her womb to jump with joy. Even in the flesh God’s energizing Holy Spirit make Jesus at one with His Father and by which He was resurrected after three days.

      We reviewed Jesus’ deity in the last study; considering Hebrews 1:, John 1:1-5 and Colossians 1:15-29. Continuing in Acts 8: we see that Paul was present and condoned Stephen’s murder. Most of us know about Paul’s conversion and his teaching letters as Jesus directed.

    Paul taught followers of Jesus to learn from Israel’s failures.

     (1Corinthaians 10:1- “For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that our fathers were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they were all drinking from the spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ. But God was not pleased with most of them, for they were cut down in the wilderness. (6) These things happened as examples for us, so that we will not crave evil things as they did. So do not be idolaters, as some of them were. As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.” And let us not be immoral, as some of them were, and twenty-three thousand died in a single day. (9) And let us not put Christ to the test, as some of them did, and were destroyed by snakes. And do not complain, as some of them did, and were killed by the destroying angel. (11) These things happened to them as examples and were written for our instruction, on whom the ends of the ages have come. So let the one who thinks he is standing be careful that he does not fall. No trial has overtaken you that is not faced by others. And God is faithful: He will not let you be tried beyond what you are able to bear, but with the trial will also provide a way out so that you may be able to endure it.”)

     The indication is strong that Paul is writing near the Passover - Unleavened Bread season because of his word usage

    (1Cor 10:14-22; So then, my dear friends, flee from idolatry. I am speaking to thoughtful people. Consider what I say. Is not the cup of blessing that we bless a sharing in the blood of Christ? Is not the bread that we break a sharing in the body of Christ? (17) Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all share the one bread. Look at the people of Israel. Are not those who eat the sacrifices partners in the altar? Am I saying that idols or food sacrificed to them amount to anything? No, I mean that what the pagans sacrifice is to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be partners with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot take part in the table of the Lord and the table of demons. Or are we trying to provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we really stronger than He is?)

     In Deuteronomy 4: Jesus had Moses point out to the people that at Mt. Horeb when the commandments were given; they were not allowed to see God’s form nor face and that was reason enough not to make any images to look at for reminders of Him. To do so was an abomination offence. But today’s professing Christians aren’t taught Jesus’ true deity as Paul taught the Corinthians.

     Jesus said it; “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household. “Whoever loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And whoever does not take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life because of Me will find it.” Matt 10:34-39)

Grace, mercy and love, chapter 19

June 13th, 2017

6/13/17, God’s 3rd month, Sivan 18, 5777 until sunset today. To 4,529 in resident churches and individuals “called to follow Jesus.”

    Each professing Christian group, imagine a Jesus a little different than the other. It’s Satan’s doing; his influence on the minds of people promoting his divisionary agenda. From Jesus’ perspective, how many truths are there? From within the fleshly mindset; is it possible to know Jesus’ perspective regarding all things? No! Why not? Allow Him to tell you.

     (Matt 13:10-23; Then the disciples came to Him and said, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” He replied, “You ‘followers of Me’ have been given the opportunity to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but they have not. (12) 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.”

     Digest that. Only the selected know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven. Those who are gifted with the understanding will grow in that understanding; those who don’t will simply remain confused.

      (13-15; “For this reason I speak to them in parables: Although they ‘those not called or gifted’ 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.’” (Quote from Isaiah 6:9-10)

     The heart must be changed supernaturally; until it is a person can never comprehend. But Satan told it differently. He told Eve in effect; God lied, He knows when you eat, you will be divine. (Gen 3:4-5; The serpent said to the woman, “Surely you will not die, for God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will open and you will be like divine beings who know good and evil.”) People have been thinking they have the capacity to learn for themselves, ’what’s right, wrong, good and evil ever since.’

     Jesus continues; (16-17; “But your eyes are blessed because they see, and your ears because they hear. For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you, ‘followers of Me’ see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”

     (18-23; “So listen to the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one ‘Satan’ comes and snatches what was sown in his heart; this is the seed sown along the path. (20) The seed sown on rocky ground is the person who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy. But he has no root in himself and does not endure; when trouble or persecution comes because of the word, immediately he falls away. (22) The seed sown among thorns is the person who hears the word, but worldly cares and the seductiveness of wealth choke the word, so it produces nothing. (23) But as for the seed sown on good soil, this is the person who hears the word and understands. He bears fruit, yielding a hundred, sixty, or thirty times what was sown.”)

      Each prone to be religious person; ‘those trusting their own intellect’ think to themselves; “God gave me the mind to choose.” Therein is the root of division. God doesn’t want us choosing beyond what He reveals is right, wrong, good and evil.

  God gifts us with the understanding of His deity.

    (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.”)

    The darkness is that which Satan puts out to cause division. Satan wants people to think of themselves as divine; “thus able to discern for themselves.” A repentant person knows by revelation that only God has the prerogative of revealing His truth.

   Paul and called out Believers IN, know the supremacy of Christ

    (Colossians 1:15-23; “He, ‘Jesus’ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation, for all things in heaven and on earth were created by Him – all things, whether visible or invisible, whether thrones or dominions, whether principalities or powers – all things were created through Him and for Him. (17) He Himself is before all things and all things are held together ‘sustained’ in Him.

    (18-20; “He is the head of the body, the church, as well as the beginning, the firstborn from among the dead, so that He Himself may become first in all things. For God ’The Father’ was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in the Son (20) and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself by making peace through the blood of His cross – through Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven.”

     The called Believers IN understand that the Son of God, ‘Jesus’ was the spokesman that said, “let us make man in our likeness and image.” Jesus was Abraham’s Lord, making promises to him and his descendents. Jesus called Moses and delivered Israel through him. Jesus gave Moses the ten commandments and other statutes to live by for the people’s good. Before we continue in Colossians, lets review Galatians 3:28-29; “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.

Before being called and the deity of God revealed, we were strangers. 

     (Colossians 1:21-23; “And you, ‘gentiles’ were at one time strangers and enemies in your minds as expressed through your evil deeds, but now He ‘Jesus’ has reconciled you by His physical body through death to present you holy, without blemish, and blameless before Him – (23) if indeed you remain in the faith, established and firm, without shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard. This gospel has also been preached in all creation under heaven, and I, Paul, have become its servant.”)

  Teaching beyond this are assumptions of folks with agenda’s.

     (Hebrews 13:5-9; “Your conduct must be free from the love of money and you must be content with what you have, for He has said, “I will never leave you and I will never abandon you.” So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, and5 I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” Remember your leaders, who spoke God’s message to you; reflect on the outcome of their lives and imitate their faith. (8) Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever! Do not be carried away by all sorts of strange teachings.”)

  More proof of Jesus’ deity. Before Jesus came in the flesh

His truth was as parables, meaning a little here and a little there in portions.

    (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. (3) 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.”)

 Jesus perceives the things we ponder and meditate about.

    (John 16:19-28; “Jesus could see that they wanted to ask Him about these things, so He said to them, “Are you asking each other about this – that I said, ‘In a little while you will not see Me; again after a little while, you will see Me’? (20) I tell you the solemn truth, you ‘followers of Me’ will weep and wail, but the world will rejoice; you will be sad, but your sadness will turn into joy. When a woman gives birth, she has distress because her time has come, but when her child is born, she no longer remembers the suffering because of her joy that a human being has been born into the world. (22) So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you. At that time you will ask Me nothing. I tell you the solemn truth, whatever you ‘followers of Me’ ask the Father in My name, ‘nature’ He will give you. (24) Until now you have not asked for anything in My name. Ask and you will receive it, so that your joy may be complete.

    (25-28; “I have told you these things in obscure figures of speech; a time is coming when I will no longer speak to you in obscure figures, but will tell you plainly about the Father. At that time you will ask in My name, ‘nature’ and I do not say that I will ask the Father on your behalf. For the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me and have believed that I came from God. I came from the Father and entered into the world, but in turn, I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.””)

    For deeper understanding of Jesus and God the Father’s deity, study the whole first two chapters of Hebrews.

Grace, mercy and love, chapter 18

June 11th, 2017

6/11/17, God’s 3rd month, Sivan 16, 5777 until sunset today. To 4,523 in resident churches and individuals “called to follow Jesus.”

     We have attempted to zero in on the fact that God does the calling and gives the desire to be a follower of Jesus. Denominationalism thinks in terms of methodology and a conjured up by human choice faith from within the fleshly mind. In other words, “a you choose doctrine.” Some proclaim their version by going from house to house and others take to the air waves with their doctrine. However like Paul we say, “nevertheless Jesus is preached.”  Why? Perhaps some will be lead to prove all things and hold to what is good. See 1Thess 5:21 and  2Cor 11:4. This world’s situation isn’t much different than when Paul took Jesus’ good news to Athens.  

     Lets study Acts 17:16-34; “While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, his spirit was greatly upset because he saw the city was full of idols. So he was addressing the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles in the synagogue and in the marketplace every day those who happened to be there. (18) Also some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers were conversing with him, and some were asking, “What does this foolish babbler want to say?” Others said, “He seems to be a proclaimer of foreign gods.” (They said this because he was proclaiming the good news about Jesus and the resurrection.)

    (Strangely; proclaiming Jesus’ gospel and the resurrections is still as “proclaiming a foreign god to the, immortality at birth and heaven hell doctrine folks.”)

    (Acts 17:19-21; “So they took Paul and brought him to the ‘council of Areopagus’ saying, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are proclaiming? For you are bringing some surprising things to our ears, so we want to know what they mean.” (All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there used to spend their time in nothing else than telling or listening to something new.)

    (Remember last study? “If they don’t believe Moses neither will they believe, even if one is raised from the dead and tells them.) 

    (Acts 17:22- So Paul stood before the Areopagus council and said, “Men of Athens, I see that you are very religious in all respects. For as I went around and observed closely your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: ‘To an unknown god.’ Therefore what you worship without knowing it, this I proclaim to you.”

    (24-27; “The God who made the world and everything in it, who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by human hands, nor is He served by human hands, as if He needed anything, because He Himself gives life and breath and everything to everyone. (26) From one man ‘Adam’ He made every nation of the human race to inhabit the entire earth, determining their set times and the fixed limits of the places where they would live, so that they would search for God and perhaps grope around for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.”

    (28-29; For in Him we live and move about and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we too are his offspring.’ So since we are God’s offspring, we should not think the deity is like gold or silver or stone, an image made by human skill and imagination.”

     (30-31; “Therefore, although God has overlooked such times of ignorance, He now commands all people everywhere to repent, because He has set a day on which He is going to judge the world in righteousness, by a man whom He designated, having provided proof to everyone by raising Him from the dead.”

     (32-34; “Now when they heard about the resurrection from the dead, some began to scoff, but others said, “We will hear you again about this.” So Paul left the Areopagus. But some people joined him and believed. Among them were Dionysius, who was a member of the Areopagus, a woman named Damaris, and others with them.”)

     (As today Jesus’ good news through Paul is still thought of as strange. People still think of the deity as a “three in one god” still wear trinkets to demonstrate a belief and set up idols made with human hands to bow before.) We were all similar in our unbeliever status until God the Father revealed Himself and His Son, Jesus. Paul explained to the Ephesians and each called out individual, why “there should be no boasting, except in the Lord.”

     (Eph 2:1-10; And although you ‘followers of Jesus’ were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you formerly lived according to this world’s present path, according to the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the ruler of the spirit that is now energizing the sons of disobedience, among whom all of us also formerly lived out our lives in the cravings of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath even as the rest…”

  Who makes us alive with Christ and why?

    (4-7; “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.”

  How accomplished?

     (8-10; “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 are His workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them.”)

     The full meaning is; “by gifted grace we are saved through gifted faith, not of ourselves but gifted from God who foreknew us from a beginning.

  Individually and as God’s church; you gentiles are now citizens.

     (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. (13) But now in Christ Jesus you who used to be far away have been brought near by ‘believe IN’ 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 out of two, thus making peace,

     (16-22; and to reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by which the hostility has been killed. And He 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. 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, (20) because you have been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the cornerstone. In Him 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.”)

     Satan and the unbelieving politically correct majorities wants the world believing “one belief is as good as the other.” It is popular for the unbelieving majorities to say, “we are all trying to get to the same place.” But, it isn’t what Jesus inspired His apostle Paul to proclaim.

    (2Corinthians 6:11-18; “We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians; our heart has been opened wide to you. Our affection for you is not restricted, but you are restricted in your affections for us. Now as a fair exchange – I speak as to my children – open wide your hearts to us also.

     (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 -Satan? Or what does a Believer share in common with an unbeliever? And what mutual agreement does the temple of God have with idols? For we ‘followers of Jesus’ 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.”)

    God the Father does the calling and gives the desire to know Him as He manifest Himself to be in the holy scriptures. Attempting to follow a Jesus of one’s imagination is idolatry. People can only choose to follow the Jesus manifested in the holy scriptures when God the Father calls and supernaturally reveals Him to the mind.

Grace, mercy and love, chapter 17

June 9th, 2017

6/9/17, God’s 3rd month, Sivan 14, 5777 until sunset today. To 4,522 in resident churches and individuals “called to follow Jesus.”

    Not one of us deserve God’s mercy, grace and His gifting us with a desire to know Him as He manifest Himself to be in the holy scriptures. Satan wants people to think of themselves as divine, think themselves capable of deciding all matters for themselves. All Fleshly minded people have inherited Adam’s nature and generally think to themselves, “if God were fair He would do this or that” and “if God were fair He would allow me to worship Him as I think proper.” This type thinking has brought condemnation on mankind. Jesus teaches us through His apostle Paul in his letter to the Romans.

     (Romans 3:9-18; “What then? Are we better off? Certainly not, for we ‘apostles’ have already charged that Jews and Greeks alike are all under sin, just as it is written:

There is no one righteous, not even one, there is no one who understands, there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, together they have become worthless;

there is no one who shows kindness, not even one.” (quote from Psalms 14”1-3) (13) “Their throats are open graves, They deceive with their tongues, the poison of asps is under their lips.” (quote from Psalms 5:9; & 140:3.)Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.” (quote from Psalms 10:7) Their feet are swift to shed blood, ruin and misery are in their paths, (17) and the way of peace they have not known.” (quote from Isaiah 59:7-8) There is no fear of God before their eyes.” (quote from Psalms 36:1)

     We aren’t capable in and of ourselves to seek the God of Abraham and humbly submit to Him as Creator, Sustainer and Deliverer; as He manifest Himself to be. Jesus inspired this too through Paul.

    (Philippians 2:13; “for the one bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort – for the sake of His good pleasure – is God.”)

     Thus, no one can boast regarding their understanding and desire to know God.

  God challenges.

     (Isaiah 41:21-23; “Present your argument,” says the Lord. “Produce your evidence,” says Jacob’s king. “Let them produce evidence! Let them tell us what will happen! Tell us about your earlier predictive oracles, so we may examine them and see how they were fulfilled. Or decree for us some future events! (23) Predict how future events will turn out, so we might know you are gods. Yes, do something good or bad, so we might be frightened and in awe.”

    (Isa 41:24-29; “Look, you ‘pagans gods- you’ are nothing, and your accomplishments are nonexistent; the one who chooses to worship you is disgusting. I have stirred up one out of the north and he advances, one from the eastern horizon who prays in My name. He steps on rulers as if they were clay, like a potter treading the clay. (26) Who decreed this from the beginning, so we could know? Who announced it ahead of time, so we could say, ‘He’s correct’? Indeed, none of them decreed it! Indeed, none of them announced it!

Indeed, no one heard you say anything! (27) I first decreed to Zion, ‘Look, here’s what will happen! ’I sent a herald to Jerusalem. I look, but there is no one, among them there is no one who serves as an adviser, that I might ask questions and receive answers. Look, all of them are nothing, their accomplishments are nonexistent; their metal images lack any real substance.”)

 Jesus had Isaiah predict His characteristics as He did John at 1“1-5, and Paul at Colossians 1:15-20 and Hebrews 1:.

     (Isaiah 42:1-7; “Here is My servant whom I support, My chosen One in whom I take pleasure. I have placed My spirit on Him; He will make just decrees for the nations. He will not cry out or shout; He will not publicize Himself in the streets. A crushed reed He will not break, a dim wick He will not extinguish; He will faithfully make just decrees. (4) He will not grow dim or be crushed before establishing justice on the earth; the coastlands will wait in anticipation for His decrees.”

     This is what the true God, the Lord, says – the One who created the sky and stretched it out, the One who fashioned the earth and everything that lives on it, the One who gives breath to the people on it, and life to those who live on it: “I, the Lord, officially commission you; I take hold of your hand. I protect you and make you a covenant mediator for people, and a light to the nations, to open blind eyes, to release prisoners from dungeons, those who live in darkness from prisons.”

     Praise Him for His rule.

    (Isaiah 42:8-9; “I am the Lord! That is My name! I will not share My glory with anyone else, or the praise due Me with idols. Look, My earlier predictive oracles have come to pass; now I announce new events. Before they begin to occur, I reveal them to you.”

    (Isa 42:10-17; “Sing to the Lord a brand new song! Praise Him from the horizon of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and everything that lives in it, you coastlands and those who live there! (11) Let the desert and its cities shout out, the towns where the nomads of Kedar live! Let the residents of Sela shout joyfully; let them shout loudly from the mountaintops. (12) Let them give the Lord the honor He deserves; let them praise His deeds in the coastlands. The Lord emerges like a hero, like a warrior He inspires Himself for battle; He shouts, yes, He yells, He shows His enemies His power. “I have been inactive for a long time; I kept quiet and held back. Like a woman in labor I groan; I pant and gasp. (15) I will make the trees on the mountains and hills wither up; I will dry up all their vegetation. I will turn streams into islands, and dry up pools of water. I will lead the blind along an unfamiliar way; I will guide them down paths they have never traveled. I will turn the darkness in front of them into light, and level out the rough ground. This is what I will do for them. I will not abandon them.” (17) Those who trust in idols will turn back and be utterly humiliated, those who say to metal images, ‘You are our gods.’”)

    (Isa 42:18-25; “Listen, you deaf ones! Take notice, you blind ones! My servant is truly blind, My messenger is truly deaf. My covenant partner, the servant of the Lord is truly blind. (20) You see many things, but don’t comprehend; their ears are open, but do not hear.” The Lord wanted to exhibit His justice by magnifying His law and displaying it.

    (Isa 42:22-25; “But these people are looted and plundered; all of them are trapped in pits and held captive in prisons. They were carried away as loot with no one to rescue them; they were carried away as plunder, and no one says, “Bring that back!” Who among you will pay attention to this? Who will listen attentively in the future? (24) Who handed Jacob over to the robber? Who handed Israel over to the looters? Was it not the Lord, against whom we sinned? They refused to follow His commands; they disobeyed His law. So He poured out His fierce anger on them, along with the devastation of war. Its flames encircled them, but they did not realize it; it burned against them, but they did notice.”)

      Nations and individuals don’t get it! We suffer because of divisionary religions, leaders with personal agenda’s desiring to make merchandise of people.

     (2Peter 2:1-3; “But false prophets arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. These false teachers will infiltrate your midst with destructive heresies, even to the point of6 denying the Master who bought them. As a result, they will bring swift destruction on themselves. And many will follow their debauched lifestyles. Because of these false teachers, the way of truth will be slandered. (3) And in their greed they will exploit you with deceptive words. Their condemnation pronounced long ago is not sitting idly by; their destruction is not asleep.”

  Demonic punishment absolute to the degree that Peter prophesies as if done.

    (2Peter 2:4- “For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but threw them into hell and locked them up in chains in utter darkness, to be kept until the judgment, and if He did not spare the ancient world, but did protect Noah, a herald of righteousness, along with seven others, when God brought a flood on an ungodly world, and if He turned to ashes the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah when He condemned them to destruction, having appointed them to serve as an example to future generations of the ungodly, and if He rescued Lot, a righteous man in anguish over the debauched lifestyle of lawless men, (8) (for while he lived among them day after day, that righteous man was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard) – if so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from their trials, and to reserve the unrighteous for punishment at the day of judgment, (10) especially those who indulge their fleshly desires34 and who despise authority.”)

    HELL? Greek, “casting them into Tartarus” or “holding them captive in Tartarus.” This verb occurs only here in the New Testament, clearly established in both Hellenistic and Jewish literature. “Tartarus [was] thought of by the Greeks as a subterranean place lower than Hades where divine punishment was meted out, and so regarded in Israelite apocalyptic as well.” Grammatically, it has been translated as an indicative because it is an attendant circumstance participle.”

  Why parables?   

    (Matt 13:10-11; Then the disciples came to Him and said, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” He replied, “You ‘followers of Me’ have been given the opportunity to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but they have not.”)

     Jesus’ parable about Abraham and the rich man is such. Israelites and particularly non-Israelites who bought into Satan’s lie regarding immortality, looked to the heavens, carved figurines and statues had also evolved to a heaven for the good people and a burning hell fire for the bad. To those not gifted to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, Jesus gave the rich man parable. At the end of His parable, He concludes.    

     (Luke 16:29-31; “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.’”)

     This is the one time in all the gospels that a figure in a parable is mentioned by name. The importance is revealed in these last three verses. Jesus is back from the dead and shares His good news through His apostles; but the world don’t believe Him nor Moses.

Grace, mercy and love, chapter 16

June 5th, 2017

  6/5/17, God’s 3rd month, Sivan 10, 5777 until sunset today. To 4,518 in resident churches and individuals “called to follow Jesus.”

     Strong held ideologies and governmental bureaucracies enslave people. Particularly the working class in every country. The wealthy feed off these. For example; the fleshly educated politicians and wealthy teaching people against carbon emissions; but they individually produce many times more pollutants than the average working person. It is another way the upper class attempt to enslave and make merchandise of the less fortunate. The self righteous upper class in most societies support ideologies that are for bigger governmental control which usually evolve into communism or dictatorial control.

These unbelievers aren’t aware of true freedoms and social welfare as God taught the Israelites through Moses. Which is as close to perfection as can be attained for fleshly people.

     While the whole world’s populations were going the way that seemed right to themselves. Enslaving one another and worshiping imaginary gods; through Moses God delivered the Israelites from Egyptian bondage as He had promised Abraham many years before. After deliverance God offered a covenant through His servant Moses to which the Israelites agreed. With the passing of a little time the Israelites began to look to how pagan groups governed and worshiped. The Lord’s revelations to Moses caused him to continually warn the people against the direction he saw evolving.

     (Deuteronomy 4:9-14; “Again, however, ‘you Israelites’  pay very careful attention, lest you forget the things you have seen and disregard them for the rest of your life; instead teach them to your children and grandchildren. You stood before the Lord your God at Horeb and He said to me, “Assemble the people before Me so that I can tell them My commands. Then they will learn to revere Me all the days they live in the land, and they will instruct their children.” (11) You ‘Israelites’ approached and stood at the foot of the mountain, a mountain ablaze to the sky above it and yet dark with a thick cloud. Then the Lord spoke to you from the middle of the fire; you heard speech but you could not see anything – only a voice was heard. And He revealed to you the covenant He has commanded you to keep, the ten commandments, writing them on two stone tablets. Moreover, at that same time the Lord commanded me to teach you statutes and ordinances for you to keep in the land which you are about to enter and possess.” (Previously, God had told Moses he could not accompany the Israelites to the promised lands, so Moses continued his teaching with this mind set.)

  Pagan worship assigned to the rest of mankind,- not God’s chosen.

     (Deut 4:15-24; “Be very careful, then, because you saw no form at the time the Lord spoke to you at Horeb from the middle of the fire. I say this so you will not corrupt yourselves by making an image in the form of any kind of figure. This includes the likeness of a human male or female, any kind of land animal, any bird that flies in the sky, anything that crawls on the ground, or any fish in the deep waters of the earth. When you look up to the sky and see the sun, moon, and stars – the whole heavenly creation – you must not be seduced to worship and serve them, for the Lord your God has assigned them to all the people of the world.“)

     The rest of the world’s population were being allowed to go the way that seemed right to their fleshly inherited from Adam nature. But NOT GOD’S CHOSEN. His called out people then and now are commanded to live in God’s righteousness. God’s New Covenant with His church is parallel in this regard. Called out followers of Jesus are a “set aside - reserved” people, commanded to disassemble from the world. (2Cor 6:17)

      (Deut 4:20; You, however, the Lord has selected and brought from Egypt, that iron-smelting furnace, to be His special people as you are today.”

     (Deut 4:21-24; But the Lord became angry with me because of you and vowed that I would never cross the Jordan nor enter the good land that He is about to give you. (22) So I must die here in this land; I will not cross the Jordan. But you are going over and will possess that good land. Be on guard so that you do not forget the covenant of the Lord your God that He has made with you, and that you do not make an image of any kind, just as He has forbidden you. For the Lord your God is a consuming fire; He is a jealous God.”) God is, lovingly jealous.

  God had revealed the Israelites’ weaknesses to Moses.

     (Deut 4:25-31; “After you have produced children and grandchildren and have been in the land a long time, if you become corrupt and make an image of any kind and do other evil things before the Lord your God that enrage Him, I invoke heaven and earth as witnesses against you today that you will surely and swiftly be removed from the very land you are about to cross the Jordan to possess. You will not last long there because you will surely be annihilated. (27) Then the Lord will scatter you among the peoples and there will be very few of you among the nations where the Lord will drive you. (28) There you will worship gods made by human hands – wood and stone that can neither see, hear, eat, nor smell. But if you seek the Lord your God from there, you will find Him, if, indeed, you seek Him with all your heart and soul. In your distress when all these things happen to you in the latter days, if you return to the Lord your God and obey Him (for He is a merciful God), He will not let you down or destroy you, for He cannot forget the covenant with your ancestors that He confirmed by oath to them.”)

    The God of Abraham; Israel’s God, doesn’t forget promises and

He ask that we have conversations about His greatness.

    (Deut 4:32- 40; “Indeed, ask about the distant past, starting from the day God created humankind on the earth, and ask from one end of heaven to the other, whether there has ever been such a great thing as this, or even a rumor of it. Have a people ever heard the voice of God speaking from the middle of fire, as you yourselves have, and lived to tell about it? (34) Or has God ever before tried to deliver a nation from the middle of another nation, accompanied by judgments, signs, wonders, war, strength, power, and other very terrifying things like the Lord your God did for you in Egypt before your very eyes? (35) You have been taught that the Lord alone is God – there is no other besides Him. From heaven He spoke to you in order to teach you, and on earth He showed you His great fire from which you also heard His words. Moreover, because He loved your ancestors, He chose their descendants who followed them and personally brought you out of Egypt with his great power, to dispossess nations greater and stronger than you and brought you here this day to give you their land as your property. (39) Today realize and carefully consider that the Lord is God in heaven above and on earth below – there is no other! (40) Keep His statutes and commandments that I am setting forth today so that it may go well with you and your descendants and that you may enjoy longevity in the land that the Lord your God is about to give you as a permanent possession.”)

     Permanent? Once again God is going to deliver scattered Israelites back to the borders promised Abraham.

   The Israelites ask Moses to be their spokesman, because of fear.

     (Deut 5:28-33; “When the Lord heard you speaking to me, He said to me, “I have heard what these people have said to you – they have spoken well. If only it would really be their desire to fear me and obey all My commandments in the future, so that it may go well with them and their descendants forever. (30) Go and tell them, ‘Return to your tents!’ But as for you, remain here with Me so I can declare to you all the commandments, statutes, and ordinances that you are to teach them, so that they can carry them out in the land I am about to give them.” Be careful, therefore, to do exactly what the Lord your God has commanded you; do not turn right or left! (33) Walk just as He has commanded you so that you may live, that it may go well with you, and that you may live long in the land you are going to possess.”)

   Jesus is revealing a future deliverance.

    (Isaiah 35:4-10; “Tell those who panic, “Be strong! do not fear! Look, your God comes to avenge! With divine retribution He comes to deliver you.” Then blind eyes will open,

deaf ears will hear. Then the lame will leap like a deer, the mute tongue will shout for joy; for water will flow in the desert, streams in the wilderness. The dry soil will become a pool of water, the parched ground springs of water. Where jackals once lived and sprawled out, grass, reeds, and papyrus will grow.

    (8) A thoroughfare will be there – it will be called the Way of Holiness. The unclean will not travel on it; it is reserved for those authorized to use it – fools will not stray into it. No lions will be there, no ferocious wild animals will be on it – they will not be found there. Those delivered from bondage will travel on it, (10) those whom the Lord has ransomed will return that way. They will enter Zion with a happy shout.

Unending joy will crown them, happiness and joy will overwhelm them; grief and suffering will disappear.”) (Include Isaiah 51: lets see a verse or two now.

    Isaiah  51:4-5; “Pay attention to Me, My people! Listen to Me, My people! For I will issue a decree, I will make My justice a light to the nations. I am ready to vindicate, I am ready to deliver, I will establish justice among the nations. The coastlands wait patiently for Me; they wait in anticipation for the revelation of My power.”

     (51:7- “Listen to me, you who know what is right, you people who are aware of My law! Don’t be afraid of the insults of men; don’t be discouraged because of their abuse! For a moth will eat away at them like clothes; a clothes moth will devour them like wool.

But the vindication I provide will be permanent; the deliverance I give will last.” Wake up! Wake up! Clothe yourself with strength, O arm of the Lord! Wake up as in former times, as in antiquity! Did you ‘Israelites’ not smash the Proud One? Did you not wound the sea monster? Did you not dry up the sea, the waters of the great deep? Did you not make a path through the depths of the sea, so those delivered from bondage could cross over?

     (11; “Those whom the Lord has ransomed will return; they will enter Zion with a happy shout. Unending joy will crown them, happiness and joy will overwhelm them;

grief and suffering will disappear.”

    (12-15; “I, I am the One who consoles you. Why are you afraid of mortal men, of mere human beings who are as short-lived as grass? Why do you forget the Lord, who made you, who stretched out the sky and founded the earth? Why do you constantly tremble all day long at the anger of the oppressor, when he makes plans to destroy? Where is the anger of the oppressor? The one who suffers will sin be released; he will not die in prison,

he will not go hungry. I am the Lord your God, who churns up the sea so that its waves surge. The Lord who commands armies is his name!” (Study Jeremiah 31: also)

Jesus is the Lord that made the old covenant with Israel,

His death makes the new covenant possible. Spiritual Israelites

are chosen individually to be Temples of His spirit.

     (1Cor 3:16-23; “Do you, ‘followers of Jesus’ not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If someone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, which is what you are. (18) Guard against self-deception, each of you. If someone among you thinks he is wise in this age, let him become foolish so that he can become wise. For the wisdom of this age is foolishness with God. As it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness.” (quote from Job 5:18) And again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.” (quote from Psalms 94:11) So then, no more boasting about mere mortals! For everything belongs to you, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future. Everything belongs to you, and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.”)

    “Born from above” likened to marriage.

    (1Cor 6:19-20  The two will become one flesh.” (quote from Genesis 2:24) But the one united with the Lord is one spirit with Him. Flee sexual immorality! “Every sin a person commits is outside of the body” – but the immoral person sins against his own body. 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? (20) For you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body.”)

  Jesus’ covenant with Israel is likened to His covenant with Christians.

    (2Cor 6:16-18;” 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-‘Satan?’  Or what does a believer share in common with an unbeliever? And what mutual agreement does the temple of God have with idols? For we ’followers of Jesus’ 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.” (quotation from Lev 26:12; similar to Jeremiah 32:38 and Ezek 37:27.) (17) Therefore “come out from their midst, and be separate,” says the Lord, “and touch no unclean thing, (quote from Isaiah 52:11) 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.”)