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Circumcision of heart, chapter 7

February 22nd, 2020

Feb 22, 2,020. God’s 11th Month, Sh‘vat 27, year 5,789

To: 23,737 family units, gifted with a desire to be ‘at-One’ with God.

God counts genuine loyalty as righteousness. The Christian example is Abraham’s believing IN faith that God counted as righteousness. All who believe IN God as did Abraham are righteous in His view, but “is one a believer IN God who isn’t obedient?” Absolutely not. (Teaching the “just believe and be saved doctrine” is fleshly methodology, “not a believing IN God through grace and gifted faith like Abrahams.”) Let’s examine God’s relationship with Abraham.

(Genesis 15:1-6; After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram! I am your shield and the one who will reward you in great abundance.” But Abram said, “O sovereign LORD, what will you give me since I continue to be childless, and my heir is Eliezer of Damascus?” Abram added, “Since you have not given me a descendant, then look, one born in my house will be my heir!” (4) But look, the word of the LORD came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but instead a son who comes from your own body will be your heir.” The LORD took him outside and said, “Gaze into the sky and count the stars — if you are able to count them!” Then he said to him, “So will your descendants be.” Abram believed the LORD, and the LORD considered his response of faith as proof of genuine loyalty.) (Always study the whole.)  (Do we sometimes think to help God?)

Sarah and Abraham didn’t wait but thought to help God. When Abram was 86 years old, Sarah gave Abram her maid “Hagar” to wife and she gave birth to Abram’s son, whom Abram named Ishmael. (Gen 16:15) God promised Hagar Ishmael’s descendents would also be numerous.

God changed Abram’s name to Abraham “meaning father of many” then imposed the covenant of circumcision on all Abraham’s descendents. Abraham loved Ishmael and said “O that Ishmael might live before You.” God said: (Gen 17:20-22; 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.)

In route to observe Sodom’s wickedness, the Lord and His angel stopped in on Abraham and Sarah to announce Isaac’s future birth and share Sodom’s plight. (See Gen 18:) Abraham Knowing his nephew Lot was at Sodom he made his plea on Lot’s behalf. (See Gen 18: & 19:) Before Isaac’s birth Abraham passed Sarah off as his sister and a ruler “one Abimelech” took her but God revealed Abraham and Sarah’s relationship to him. (See Gen 20:)

(Gen 21:2-7; So Sarah became pregnant and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the appointed time that God had told him. Abraham named his son, whom Sarah bore to him “Isaac.” When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him just as God had commanded him to do. (Now Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.) Sarah said, “God has made me laugh. Everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” She went on to say, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have given birth to a son for him in his old age!”)

God chose and gave perpetual promises to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses and David through whose line The Descendent “Jesus the Messiah” would be born and through whom His New Covenant would be administered with Himself the Mediator for all who’d believe IN Him.

Lot, Ishmael and Jacob’s twin brother “Esau” were also recipients of promises, territory and like all gentles who’re chosen, “are spiritual Israelites - Christian’s - heirs with Abraham. Jesus’ apostle Paul explained.

(Galatians 3:26-29; For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to “The Promise.” (“The promise” always refers to the perpetual promises God gave Abraham and his descendents.)

Let’s repeat; God counts genuine loyalty as righteousness. Abraham’s believing IN faith was counted as righteousness. All who believe IN God as did Abraham are righteous in His view, but “can one believe IN God and not demonstrate obedience? Can a person be righteous in God’s view and not be clothed and immersed in Jesus’ loving commands? Is Godly faith and genuine loyalty one and the same? (Gen 1:6; The LORD considered Abraham’s response of faith as proof of genuine loyalty.)

Speaking of plagues, war and etc. God says that each person’s righteous behavior is their’s alone. (Ezekiel 14:20; “Even if Noah, Daniel, and Job were in it, as surely as I live, declares the sovereign LORD, they could not save their own son or daughter; they would save only their own lives by their righteousness.”)

The Old Covenant was through God the Son

and administered by angels. The Old Covenant

and All things were Created and still Sustained by

God the Son whose death made way for the

NEW COVENANT.

(Galatians 3:15-29; Brothers and sisters, I offer an example from everyday life: When a covenant has been ratified, even though it is only a human contract, no one can set it aside or add anything to it. Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his descendant. Scripture does not say, “and to the descendants,” referring to many, but “and to your Descendant,” referring to One, who is Christ.

(Gal 2:17-18; What I am saying is this: The law that came four hundred thirty years later (after promises to Abraham) does not cancel a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to invalidate The Promise. For if the inheritance is based on the law, it is no longer based on the promise, but God graciously gave it to Abraham through the promise.

(Gal 3:19-20; 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 was administered through angels by an intermediary. Now an intermediary is not for one party alone, but God is one.

(Gal 3:21-22; 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. 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.

(Gal 3:23-25; Now before ‘Jesus’’ faith came we were held in custody under the law, being kept as prisoners until the coming faith would be revealed. Thus the law had become our guardian until Christ, so that we could be declared righteous by faith. But now that faith ‘in Jesus’ has come, we are no longer under a guardian.

(Gal 3:26-29; For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith “in Jesus.” 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.)

Instituting the New Covenant’s could only take place after the testator “Jesus’” death. “Jesus is the Lord God who contracted with ‘made a will with’ Israel regarding keeping of the law in order to receive blessings etc. Jesus’ cleansing of sin could only be through His shed blood.

Jesus called His apostles to have them administer His New Covenant’s spiritual components that parallel the law. His new has the image of the old, likened to and even more binding as we‘ll see explained.

(Hebrews 1:1-14; After God spoke long ago in various portions and in various ways to our ancestors through the prophets, in these last days He has spoken to us in a Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He created the world. The Son is the radiance of His glory and the representation of His essence, and He sustains all things by his powerful word, and so when He had accomplished cleansing for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. (4) Thus He became so far better than the angels as He has inherited a name superior to theirs. For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are My Son! Today I have fathered You”? And in another place he says, “I will be His father and He will be My son.”

(Heb 1:6-8; But when He again brings His firstborn into the world, He says, “Let all the angels of God worship Him!” And He says of the angels, “He makes His angels spirits and His ministers a flame of fire,” but of the Son He says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, and a righteous scepter is the scepter of Your kingdom.”

(Heb 1:9-14; “You ’Jesus’ have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness. So God, your God, has anointed You over Your companions with the oil of rejoicing.” And, “You founded the earth in the beginning, Lord, and the heavens are the works of Your hands. They will perish, but You continue. And they will all grow old like a garment, and like a robe You will fold them up: and like a garment they will be changed, but You are the same and Your years will never run out.” But to which of the angels has He ever said, “Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet”? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to serve those who will inherit salvation?”)

Circumcision of heart, chapter 6

February 20th, 2020

Feb 20, 2,020. God’s 11th Month, Sh‘vat 25, year 5,789

To: 23,682 family units, gifted with a desire to be ‘at-One’ with God.

We Holy Spirit recipients know we’re called for God’s purpose. A set aside to separation from this world people. (In but not of the world.) We’re led to joyfully and willingly submit to all God’s commandments, oracles and attributes, knowing we’re branches attached to The Vine “Jesus” and can only discern truth through His revelations. Worldly religious anxiously seek to know truth through intellectual theory, thus all the division.

Paul deliberately wrote strong words to ‘God’s church of Corinth’ about the sexual sins a man in the Corinth church did, to spiritually sadden the church to repentance.

Remember God does the selecting, calling out and growing people in the grace and knowledge of Jesus in this age, “to be in the first resurrection and serve in His millennial kingdom.” Jesus also said, there’re others I must bring along who aren’t of this fold.

(John 10:16; I have other sheep that do not come from this sheepfold. I must bring them too, and they will listen to My voice, so that there will be one flock and one Shepherd.”) (Remember there’re physical and spiritual resurrections prophesied and another deliverance likened to Israel’s from Egypt.)

A New Covenant for the selected as promised Abraham.

(Jeremiah 31:31-35; Indeed, a time is coming,” says the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. It will not be like the old covenant that I made with their ancestors when I delivered them from Egypt. For they violated that covenant, even though I was like a faithful husband to them,” says the LORD. (33) “But I will make a new covenant with the whole nation of Israel after I plant them back in the land,” says the LORD. “I will put My law within them and write it on their hearts and minds. I will be their God and they will be My people. (34) “People will no longer need to teach their neighbors and relatives to know Me. For all of them, from the least important to the most important, will know Me,” says the LORD. “For I will forgive their sin and will no longer call to mind the wrong they have done.”

The LORD has made a promise to Israel. He promises it as the one who fixed the sun to give light by day and the moon and stars to give light by night. He promises it as the one who stirs up the sea so that its waves roll. He promises it as the one who is known as the LORD who rules over all.

(Jer 31:36-38; LORD affirms, “The descendants of Israel will not cease forever to be a nation in My sight. That could only happen if the fixed ordering of the heavenly lights were to cease to operate before Me.” The LORD says, “I will not reject all the descendants of Israel because of all that they have done. That could only happen if the heavens above could be measured or the foundations of the earth below could all be explored,” says the LORD. “Indeed a time is coming,” says the LORD, “when the city of Jerusalem will be rebuilt as My special city. It will be built from the Tower of Hananel westward to the Corner Gate.

(Jer 31:39-40; The boundary line will extend beyond that, straight west from there to the Hill of Gareb and then turn southward to Goah. The whole valley where dead bodies and sacrificial ashes are thrown and all the terraced fields out to the Kidron Valley on the east as far north as the Horse Gate will be included within this city that is sacred to the LORD. The city will never again be torn down or destroyed.”) (Promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are perpetual, as sure as God sustains the heavens.)

There’s always been self called preachers

(Jer 23:16; The LORD who rules over all says to the people of Jerusalem: “Do not listen to what those prophets are saying to you. They are filling you with false hopes. They are reporting visions of their own imaginations, not something the LORD has gven them to say.) (Called preachers deliver the message of truth so it’s recipients turn and are gifted with the Holy Spirit.)

Back to the reason for Paul’s strong words.

(2Cor 7:11-16; For see what this very thing, this sadness as God intended, has produced in you: what eagerness, what defense of yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what deep concern, what punishment! In everything you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter. So then, even though I wrote to you, it was not on account of the one who did wrong, or on account of the one who was wronged, but to reveal to you your eagerness on our behalf before God. (13) Therefore we have been encouraged. And in addition to our own encouragement, we rejoiced even more at the joy of Titus, because all of you have refreshed his spirit. For if I have boasted to him about anything concerning you, I have not been embarrassed by you, but just as everything we said to you was true, so our boasting to Titus about you has proved true as well. And his affection for you is much greater when he remembers the obedience of you all, how you welcomed him with fear and trembling. (16) I rejoice because in everything I am fully confident in you.”) (Paul’s confidence in the Corinth church of God must have been spirit gifted because the sin he spoke of was horrific.)

Paul’s concern a collection to Jerusalem be on the first day

was that the Saints avoid work on the Sabbath.

(2Cor 8:1-9; “Now we make known to you, brothers and sisters, the grace of God given to the churches of Macedonia, that during a severe ordeal of suffering, their abundant joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in the wealth of their generosity. For I testify, they gave according to their means and beyond their means. They did so voluntarily, begging us with great earnestness for the blessing and fellowship of helping the Saints. (5) And they did this not just as we had hoped, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and to us by the will of God. Thus we urged Titus that, just as he had previously begun this work, so also he should complete this act of kindness for you. (7) But as you excel in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, and in all eagerness and in the love from us that is in you – make sure that you excel in this act of kindness too. I am not saying this as a command, but I am testing the genuineness of your love by comparison with the eagerness of others. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that although He was rich, He became poor for your sakes, so that you by His poverty could become rich. “

(2Cor 8:10-15; “So here is my opinion on this matter: It is to your advantage, since you made a good start last year both in your giving and your desire to give, to finish what you started, so that just as you wanted to do it eagerly, you can also complete it according to your means. For if the eagerness is present, the gift itself is acceptable according to whatever one has, not according to what he does not have. (13) For I do not say this so there would be relief for others and suffering for you, but as a matter of equality. At the present time, your abundance will meet their need, so that one day their abundance may also meet your need, and thus there may be equality, as it is written: “The one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little.”) Quote from Exodus 16:18.) (Note: As an apostle and overseer, Paul didn’t command but gave opinion.)

(2Cor 8:16-24; “But thanks be to God who put in the heart of Titus the same devotion I have for you, because he not only accepted our request, but since he was very eager, he is coming to you of his own accord. And we are sending along with him the brother who is praised by all the churches for his work in spreading the gospel. In addition, this brother has also been chosen by the churches as our traveling companion as we administer this generous gift to the glory of the Lord Himself and to show our readiness to help. (20) We did this as a precaution so that no one should blame us in regard to this generous gift we are administering. For we are concerned about what is right not only before the Lord but also before men. And we are sending with them our brother whom we have tested many times and found eager in many matters, but who now is much more eager than ever because of the great confidence he has in you. If there is any question about Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker among you; if there is any question about our brothers, they are messengers of the churches, a glory to Christ. Therefore show them openly before the churches the proof of your love and of our pride in you.”)

Paul’s associates were called out messengers. There is no good reason why scribes would change the imperative into a participle. Thus, “messenger” is almost surely the wording of the original text.

(2Cor 9:1-15; For it is not necessary for me to write you about this service to the saints, because I know your eagerness to help. I keep boasting to the Macedonians about this eagerness of yours, that Achaia has been ready to give since last year, and your zeal to participate has stirred up most of them. But I am sending these brothers so that our boasting about you may not be empty in this case, so that you may be ready just as I kept telling them. (4) For if any of the Macedonians should come with me and find that you are not ready to give, we would be humiliated (not to mention you) by this confidence we had in you. Therefore I thought it necessary to urge these brothers to go to you in advance and to arrange ahead of time the generous contribution you had promised, so this may be ready as a generous gift and not as something you feel forced to do.

My point is this: The person who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the person who sows generously will also reap generously. Each one of you should give just as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, because God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace overflow to you so that because you have enough of everything in every way at all times, you will overflow in every good work. Just as it is written, “He has scattered widely, He has given to the poor; His righteousness remains forever.” (10) Now God who provides seed for the sower and bread for food will provide and multiply your supply of seed and will cause the harvest of your righteousness to grow. You will be enriched in every way so that you may be generous on every occasion, which is producing through us thanksgiving to God, because the service of this ministry is not only providing for the needs of the Saints but is also overflowing with many thanks to God. Through the evidence of this service they will glorify God because of your obedience to your confession in the gospel of Christ and the generosity of your sharing with them and with everyone. And in their prayers on your behalf they long for you because of the extraordinary grace God has shown to you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!”) (God’s gift is His Holy Spirit of truth which energizes, gives desire and effort. See Phil 2:13)

Circumcision of heart, chapter, 5

February 18th, 2020

Feb 17, 2,020. God’s 11th Month, Sh‘vat 22, year 5,789

To: 23,547 family units, gifted with a desire to be ‘at-One’ with God.

Before Isaac Abraham questioned the Lord “who’d be my descendants?”

(Gen 15:5-6; “The LORD took Abraham outside and said, “Gaze into the sky and count the stars — if you are able to count them!” Then He said to him, “So will your descendants be.”) Abram believed the LORD, and the LORD considered his response of faith as proof of genuine loyalty.”) This was before God’s command to circumcise.

(Gen 17:9-11; “Then God said to Abraham, “As for you, you must keep the covenant requirement I am imposing on you and your descendants after you throughout their generations. This is My requirement that you and your descendants after you must keep: Every male among you must be circumcised. You must circumcise the flesh of your foreskins. This will be a reminder of the covenant between Me and you.”) To Jacob also God promised numerous heirs.

(Gen 32:9-12; “Then Jacob prayed, “O God of my father Abraham, God of my father Isaac, O LORD, You said to me, ‘Return to your land and to your relatives and I will make you prosper.’ I am not worthy of all the faithful love You have shown your servant. With only my walking stick I crossed the Jordan, but now I have become two camps. Rescue me, I pray, from the hand of my brother Esau, for I am afraid he will come and attack me, as well as the mothers with their children. But You said, ‘I will certainly make you prosper and will make your descendants like the sand on the seashore, too numerous to count.’ ”

Sons born to the Israelites in the desert after leaving Egypt, were uncircumcised. So God had Joshua circumcise. See Joshua 5:2)

(Joshua 5:2-3; At that time the LORD told Joshua, “Make flint knives and circumcise the Israelites once again.” So Joshua made flint knives and circumcised the Israelites on the Hill of the Foreskins.”)

Organized Christianity don’t understand that Jesus is the One who made the old covenant promises. Until a new blood covenant was dedicated through Jesus’ faith, Israelites needed the physical reminder, we still do and there’s still benefit. However as we’ll see, a spiritual circumcision of heart is the intent and superior.

The new covenant could only be inaugurated

after the Testator of the old “Jesus” died, Paul explains.

(Hebrews 9:15-18; “And so He ‘Jesus’ is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the eternal inheritance He has promised, since He died to set them free from the violations committed under the first covenant. For where there is a will, the death of the One who made it must be proven. For a will takes effect only at death, since it carries no force while the One who made it is alive. So even the first covenant was inaugurated with blood.”)

(Heb 9:19-23; For when Moses had spoken every command “Jesus gave” to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats with water and scarlet wool and hyssop and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people and said, “This is the blood of the covenant that God has commanded you to keep.” And both the tabernacle and all the utensils of worship he likewise sprinkled with blood. Indeed according to the law almost everything was purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. So it was necessary for the sketches of the things in heaven to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves required better sacrifices than these.”

(Heb 9: 24-28; “For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with hands — the representation of the true sanctuary — but into heaven itself, and He appears now in God’s presence for us. And He did not enter to offer Himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the sanctuary year after year with blood that is not His own, for then He would have had to suffer again and again since the foundation of the world. But now He has appeared once for all at the consummation of the ages to put away sin by His sacrifice. And just as people are appointed to die once, and then to face judgment, so also, after Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many, to those who eagerly await Him He will appear a second time, not to bear sin but to bring salvation.”) (Now let’s back up.)

The Earthly Holy Place

(Heb 9:1-5; For the first covenant, in fact, had regulations for worship and its earthly sanctuary. For a tent was prepared, the outer one, which contained the lampstand, the table, and the presentation of the loaves; this is called the holy place. And after the second curtain there was a tent called the holy of holies. (This is the curtain that split when Jesus died.) (4) It contained the golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered entirely with gold. In this ark were the golden urn containing the manna, Aaron’s rod that budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant. And above the ark were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Now is not the time to speak of these things in detail.

(Heb 9:6-9; So with these things prepared like this, the priests enter continually into the outer tent as they perform their duties. But only the high priest enters once a year into the inner tent, and not without blood that he offers for himself and for the sins of the people committed in ignorance. (8) The Holy Spirit is making clear that the way into the holy place had not yet appeared as long as the old tabernacle was standing. This was a symbol for the time then present, when gifts and sacrifices were offered that could not perfect the conscience of the worshiper. They served only for matters of food and drink and various washings; they are external regulations imposed until the new order came.”)

After Israel’s scattering, the dedication to God

symbol of circumcision was still practiced.

(Luke 1:59; On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, “John” and they wanted to name him Zechariah after his father.”)

God So Loved the World

(JOHN 3:16-22; For this is the way God ‘the Father’ loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through Him. The one who believes in Him is not condemned. The one who does not believe has been condemned already, because He has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God. Now this is the basis for judging: that the Light has come into the world and people loved the darkness rather than the Light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil deeds hates The Light and does not come to the Light, so that their deeds will not be exposed. But the one who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that it may be plainly evident that his deeds have been done in God.”)

Synagogue authorities were not ready for the Messiah then, nor today.

Jesus said; (John 7:17-19; :If anyone wants to do God’s will, he will know about my teaching, whether it is from God or whether I speak from My own authority. The person who speaks on his own authority desires to receive honor for himself; the one who desires the honor of the One who sent him is a man of integrity, and there is no unrighteousness in him. (19) Hasn’t Moses given you the law? Yet not one of you keeps the law! Why do you want to kill Me?”

(John 7:20-24; The crowd answered, “You’re possessed by a demon! Who is trying to kill you?” Jesus replied, “I performed one miracle and you are all amazed. However, because Moses gave you the practice of circumcision (not that it came from Moses, but from the forefathers), you circumcise a male child on the Sabbath. But if a male child is circumcised on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses is not broken, why are you angry with me because I made a man completely well on the Sabbath? Do not judge according to external appearance, but judge with proper judgment.”)

The spiritual intent of the law still isn’t recognized

nor is circumcision of the heart understood.

The Pharisees like methodologist in each age thought surely the letter of the law must be the saving factor. (Acts 15:7-12; After there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brothers, you know that some time ago God chose me to preach to the Gentiles so they would hear the message of the gospel and believe. And God, who knows the heart, has testified to them by giving them the Holy Spirit just as He did to us, and He made no distinction between them and us, cleansing their hearts by faith. So now why are you putting God to the test by placing on the neck of the disciples a yoke that neither our ancestors nor we have been able to bear? On the contrary, we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they are.” The whole group kept quiet and listened to Barnabas and Paul while they explained all the miraculous signs and wonders God had done among the Gentiles through them.”

(Acts 15:13-19; After they stopped speaking, James replied, “Brothers, listen to me. Simeon has explained how God first concerned Himself to select from among the Gentiles a people for His name. The words of the prophets agree with this, as it is written, (16) ‘After this I will return, and I will rebuild the fallen tent of David; I will rebuild its ruins and restore it, so that the rest of humanity may seek the Lord, namely, all the Gentiles I have called to be My own,’ says the Lord, who makes these things known from long ago.”)

(Quote from Amos 9:11-12)

(Acts 15:19-21; “Therefore I conclude that we should not cause extra difficulty for those among the Gentiles who are turning to God,  but that we should write them a letter telling them to abstain from things defiled by idols and from sexual immorality and from what has been strangled and from blood. For Moses has had those who proclaim him in every town from ancient times, because he is read aloud in the synagogues every Sabbath.”

Holy Sprit revealed.

James and the apostles agreed to send a letter to the gentiles, attempting to clear the matter about circumcision and law keeping because they knew the gentile customs that must be abandoned. (Acts 15:28-29; “For it seemed best to the Holy Spirit and to us not to place any greater burden on you than these necessary rules: that you abstain from meat that has been sacrificed to idols and from blood and from what has been strangled and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from doing these things, you will do well. Farewell.”) The apostles aren’t saying “believe our message and abstain from these four things and you’re okay. (They are saying in the whole context; “we believe that we and you are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus to practice His commands. The church does need evidence that people aren’t practicing the abominable to God things you gentiles were accustomed to.

Circumcision of heart, chapter 4

February 16th, 2020

Feb 16, 2,020. God’s 11th Month, Sh‘vat 20, year 5,789

To: 23,598 family units, gifted with a desire to be ‘at-One’ with God

All who call on the name of the Lord will be saved, but Paul adds, “how do we call on God except He be revealed?” How revealed without the hearing and seeing? How do we love God without knowing He loved us first? (1John 4:15-21; “If anyone confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God resides in him and he in God. And we ‘followers of Jesus’ have come to know and to believe the love that God has in us. God is love, and the one who resides in ‘Godly’ love resides in God, and God resides in him. (17) By this ‘Godly’ love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment, because just as Jesus is, so also are we ‘His followers’ in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears punishment has not been perfected in love. (19) We love because He loved us first. If anyone says “I love God” and yet hates his fellow Christian, he is a liar, because the one who does not love his fellow Christian whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And the commandment we have from Him is this: that the one who loves God should love his fellow Christian too.”) (Legitimate questions - yes?) (John isn’t speaking of a “worldly - fleshly or animalistic’ love, but a love likened to Jesus’.)

The holy scriptures abound with knowledge about what God loves and hates. He hated what the age had become before Noah. He destroyed that age and began over, promising not to destroy with water again: ‘the rainbow being our reminder of that promise.’

(God began choosing a people who He’d ultimately make ’at-One’ with Himself by believing in faith, beginning with Abraham, Isaac and particularly Jacob.) It’s through Jacob whose name God changed to Israel ’meaning God fights or fights for’ that the circumcision, “cutting back of the foreskin covenant - symbolizing dedication to God” was carried through in large measure. Heir ship to the world was promises Abraham and carried over to the twelve tribes as preplanned by perpetual physical and spiritual promises. (Promises were made to Israel’s ancestors that’ll unfold after Jesus’ return and even when New Jerusalem comes down.” Jesus revealed to John and other followers about New Jerusalem’s coming.

(Revelations 21:10-12; So He ‘God’ took me away in the Spirit to a huge, majestic mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God. The city possesses the glory of God; its brilliance is like a precious jewel, like a stone of crystal-clear jasper. It has a massive, high wall with twelve gates, with twelve angels at the gates, and the names of the twelve tribes of the nation of Israel are written on the gates.”) (Study the whole.)

Proof that God does the choosing is in His changing Jacob’s name to Israel for His purpose was revealed to Moses who reviewed Israel’s circumstance.

(Deut 4:37-40; Moreover, because He ‘The Lord - Jesus’ 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. Today realize and carefully consider that the LORD is God in heaven above and on earth below — there is no other! 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.”) (Israel is yet to possess all God promised Abraham and spiritual Israelites ’followers of Jesus’ have the promise that “God fights or fights for.”)

God’s choosing a people was know by and revealed to Jesus’ apostles who shared it with scattered Israelites and gentiles. After coming to Antioch with the good news, the leaders there invited Paul to speak to the people. (Acts 13:16-20; “So Paul stood up, gestured with his hand and said, “Men of Israel, and you Gentiles who fear God, listen: The God of this people Israel chose our ancestors and made the people great during their stay as foreigners in the country of Egypt and with uplifted arm He led them out of it. For a period of about forty years He put up with them in the wilderness. After He had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, He gave His people their land as an inheritance. All this took about four hundred fifty years. After this He gave them judges until the time of Samuel the prophet.”)

Promises perpetual

(Heb 1:1-3; After God spoke long ago in various portions and in various ways to our ancestors through the prophets, in these last days He has spoken to us in a Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He created the world. The Son is the radiance of his glory and the representation of His essence, and He sustains all things by His powerful word, and so when He had accomplished cleansing for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.”) (Future planning is certain.)

After Jesus’ millennial rule, New Jerusalem and a final judgment, all people are ultimately going to be heirs with Abraham “who inherits the world.” All will be God’s people “spiritual Israelites” through Jesus who is “Re-Creator, Creator, Sustainer, Deliverer, Mediator, Savior and coming king of kings” who’ll ultimately deliver a believing in by faith predestined people to God the Father through spiritually conversion. That’ll make all who overcome “at-One” with Himself and God the Father. All people will ultimately love God with knowledge that He loved them first. 1John 4:19)

The second set aside holy season for God’s set aside people is ‘Feast of ‘first fruits - Pentecost’ and always looked forward to people being made ‘spiritually ‘at-One’ with God.’ When a love for God would be spread abroad by believing faith. A love of God faith love superseding commandments.

(Romans 5:1-6; Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by Jesus’ faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we ’followers of Jesus’ have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of God’s glory. Not only this, but we also rejoice in sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance, character, and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.”)

The Abraham covenant of circumcision ‘cutting back the foreskin’ is a symbol of complete dedication to God. It was made with Abraham and all his descendents “after Abraham’s believing IN faith.” Circumcision always looked forward to ’a dedicated to God heart - mindset.’ People dedicated to the God of Abraham ‘are a chosen people and keep times God made holy for His people‘s “remembering God’s past deeds and future plans.” (Remember Israel was scattered because of their turning to manufactured gods) Then, today and forever, followers of Jesus are heirs with Abraham.

(Gal 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.”)

During Jesus’ fleshly life and His apostle’s time; Israelites from distant lands kept coming to Jerusalem for the three planned holy seasons.

Acts 2:5-13; “Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven residing in Jerusalem. When this sound occurred, a crowd gathered and was in confusion, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. Completely baffled, they said, “Aren’t all these who are speaking ? (8) How is it that each one of us hears them in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and the province of Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs – we hear them speaking in our own languages about the great deeds God has done!”

People were astounded and greatly confused, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others jeered at the speakers, saying, “They are drunk on new wine!”)

What a miracle, what a methodic way to spread the “great deeds God had done.” These ten or more Israel groups from far away places were hearing Galileans from around the Judean area speaking languages foreign to them but understood by the many visitors. The Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension the people groups traveled home; carrying with them the good news Peter had proclaimed.

Israelites then looking forward to God’s next ‘set aside holy season ‘The Feast of Tabernacles.’ We should also be aware that Paul had the first holy season, ‘Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread’ foremost in his mind as he penned the two Corinthian letters. A time for repentance, self examination and being sure we’re in the faith.

Examination and the Holy Spirit makes people reverence God.

(2Cor 7:1-3; “Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that could defile the body and the spirit, and thus accomplish holiness out of reverence for God. Make room for us in your hearts; we have wronged no one, we have ruined no one, we have exploited no one. I do not say this to condemn you, for I told you before that you are in our hearts so that we die together and live together with you.”)

God’s energizing Holy Spirit imputed to our minds “gives a reverence for God’s Way,” a desire to please Him and administer self control.

(2Cor 7:4-7; “I ‘Paul’ have great confidence in you; I take great pride on your behalf. I am filled with encouragement; I am overflowing with joy in the midst of all our suffering. For even when we came into Macedonia, our body had no rest at all, but we were troubled in every way – struggles from the outside, fears from within. (6) But God, who encourages the downhearted, encouraged us by the arrival of Titus. We were encouraged not only by his arrival, but also by the encouragement you gave him, as he reported to us your longing, your mourning, your deep concern for me, so that I rejoiced more than ever.

(2Cor 7:8-10; For even if I made you sad by my ‘first’ letter, I do not regret having written it (even though I did regret it, for I see that my letter made you sad, though only for a short time). (9) Now I rejoice, not because you were made sad, but because you were made sad to the point of repentance. For you were made sad as God intended, so that you were not harmed in any way by us. For sadness as intended by God produces repentance that leads to salvation, leaving no regret, ‘but worldly sadness brings about death.’”

Godly love mixed with sadness refreshes and draws us to Him. Godly sadness is feeling bad about a mistake. Fleshly sadness is mostly prompted by selfish desires with no spiritual fruition.

Circumcision of heart, chapter 3

February 13th, 2020

Feb 13, 2,020. God’s 11th Month, Sh‘vat 17, year 5,780

To: 23,573 family units, gifted with a desire to be atOne with God.

Jesus was keeping the seventh of seven annual Sabbaths “end of Feast of Tabernacles” when He shouted out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me, and let the one who believes in Me drink. Just as the scripture says, ‘From within him will flow rivers of living water.’ ” (See John 7:37-38) (Now He said this about the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were going to receive, for the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.)

The third annual Sabbath “Pentecost” represents ‘first fruits’ of the spring harvest and the first fruits among God’s chosen who receives the Holy Spirit. The Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension was the first fulfillment but a larger fulfillment is prophesied by Jesus’ through His prophet Joel. It’ll be after Jesus’ kingdom on earth is established.

(Joel 2:28-32; 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. I will produce portents both in the sky and on the earth — blood, fire, and columns of smoke. (See Matthew 24: also)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.”)

The prophecy; (Joel 2:1-2; Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm signal on My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land shake with fear, for the day of the LORD is about to come. Indeed, it is near! It will be a day of dreadful darkness, a day of foreboding storm clouds, like blackness spread over the mountains. It is a huge and powerful army — there has never been anything like it ever before, and there will not be anything like it for many generations to come! (Jesus had Joel describe His take over.)

(Joel 2:11;The voice of the LORD thunders as He leads His army. Indeed, His warriors are innumerable; Surely His command is carried out! Yes, the day of the LORD is awesome and very terrifying — who can survive it?)

Planned but there’s pity when people Return to the Lord

Joel 2:12-16; “Yet even now,” the LORD says, “return to Me with all your heart — with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Tear your hearts, not just your garments!” Return to the LORD your God, for He is merciful, compassionate, slow to anger and boundless in loyal love — often relenting from calamitous punishment. Who knows? Perhaps He will be compassionate and grant a reprieve, and leave blessing in His wake — a meal offering and a drink offering for you to offer to the LORD your God! (15) Blow the trumpet in Zion. Announce a holy fast; proclaim a sacred assembly! Gather the people; sanctify an assembly! Gather the elders; gather the children and the nursing infants. Let the bridegroom come out from his bedroom and the bride from her private quarters. Let the priests, those who serve the LORD, weep from the vestibule all the way back to the altar. Let them say, “Have pity, O LORD, on your people; please do not turn over your inheritance to be mocked, to become a proverb among the nations. Why should it be said among the peoples, “Where is their God?”)

The Lord’s Pity

(Joel 2:18-27; Then the LORD became zealous for His land; He had compassion on His people. The LORD responded to His people, “Look! I am about to restore your grain as well as fresh wine and olive oil. You will be fully satisfied. I will never again make you an object of mockery among the nations. (20) I will remove the one from the north far from you. I will drive him out to a dry and desolate place. Those in front will be driven eastward into the Dead Sea, and those in back westward into the Mediterranean Sea. His stench will rise up as a foul smell.” Indeed, the LORD has accomplished great things. (21) Do not fear, My land! Rejoice and be glad, because the LORD has accomplished great things! Do not fear, wild animals! For the pastures of the wilderness are again green with grass. Indeed, the trees bear their fruit; the fig tree and the vine yield to their fullest. (23) Citizens of Zion, rejoice! Be glad because of what the LORD your God has done! For He has given to you the early rains as vindication. He has sent to you the rains — both the early and the late rains as formerly. The threshing floors are full of grain; the vats overflow with fresh wine and olive oil. (25) I will make up for the years that the ‘arbeh-locust consumed your crops — the yeleq-locust, the hasil-locust, and the gazam-locust — My great army that I sent against you. You will have plenty to eat, and your hunger will be fully satisfied; you will praise the name of the LORD your God, who has acted wondrously in your behalf. My people will never again be put to shame. (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.”) (Chapter 3 is about Israel’s restoration agreeing with Ezekiel, Isaiah and Jeremiah. Study the whole.)

Jesus’ apostle Peter was mindful of Joel’s prophecy. When the Holy Spirit came liken to the wind and the people began speaking in languages not foreknown to them, some accused them drunk. Peter proclaimed; (Act 2:16  But this is what was spoken about through the prophet Joel: ‘And in the last days it will be,’ God says, ‘that I will pour out My Spirit on all people, and your sons and your daughters will prophesy, and your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. And I will perform wonders in the sky above and miraculous signs on the earth below, blood and fire and clouds of smoke. The sun will be changed to darkness and the moon to blood before the great and glorious day of the Lord comes. (21) And then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ “Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man clearly attested to you by God with powerful deeds, wonders, and miraculous signs that God performed among you through Him, just as you yourselves know — this man, who was handed over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you executed by nailing him to a cross at the hands of Gentiles. (24) But God raised Him up, having released Him from the pains of death, because it was not possible for Him to be held in ’death’s’ power.”

(Acts 2:25-41; For David says about Him, ‘I saw the Lord always in front of me, for He is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart was glad and my tongue rejoiced; my body also will live in hope, because you will not leave my soul in Hades, nor permit your Holy One to experience decay. You have made known to me the paths of life; you will make me full of joy with your presence.’

(29) “Brothers, I ‘Peter’ can speak confidently to you about our forefather David, that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. So then, because he was a prophet and knew that God had sworn to him with an oath to seat one of his descendants on his throne, David by foreseeing this spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was neither abandoned to Hades, nor did his body experience decay. (32) This Jesus God raised up, and we are all witnesses of it. So then, exalted to the right hand of God, and having received the promise of the Holy Spirit from the Father, he has poured out what you both see and hear.

For David did not ascend into heaven, but he himself says, ‘The Lord said to My lord,: “Sit at My right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for Your feet.” ‘Therefore let all the house of Israel know beyond a doubt that God has made this Jesus whom you crucified both Lord and Christ.” (37) Now when they heard this, they were acutely distressed and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “What should we do, brothers?” Peter said to them, “Repent, and each one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and your children, and for all who are far away, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.” With many other words he testified and exhorted them saying, “Save yourselves from this perverse generation!” So those who accepted his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand people were added.”) (Paul too later showed himself mindful of Joel’s prophecy.)

Romans 10:11-21;

For the scripture says, “Everyone who believes in Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between the Jew and the Greek, for the same Lord is Lord of all, who richly blesses all who call on Him. For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

How are they to call on One they have not believed in? And how are they to believe in One they have not heard of? And how are they to hear without someone preaching to them? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How timely is the arrival of those who proclaim the good news.” (16) But not all have obeyed the good news, for Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report ?” (17) Consequently faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the preached word of Christ. But I ask, have they not heard? Yes, they have: Their voice has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world. But again I ask, didn’t Israel understand? First Moses says, “I will make you jealous by those who are not a nation; with a senseless nation I will provoke you to anger.” And Isaiah is even bold enough to say, “I was found by those who did not seek Me; I became well known to those who did not ask for Me.” But about Israel He says, “All day long I held out My hands to this disobedient and stubborn people!”)

Remember Jesus ascended to be glorified after resurrected, returned and appeared over about forty days. His Apostles were commanded to wait in Jerusalem until what God had promised would come.

Pentecost the third of seven annual Sabbaths.

(Leviticus 23:15-17; “‘You must count for yourselves seven weeks from the day after the Sabbath, from the day you bring the wave offering sheaf; they must be complete weeks. You must count fifty days – until the day after the seventh Sabbath – and then you must present a new grain offering to the Lord. From the places where you live you must bring two loaves of bread for a wave offering; they must be made from two tenths of an ephah of fine wheat flour, baked with yeast, as first fruits to the Lord.” (21) “‘On this very day you must proclaim an assembly; it is to be a holy assembly for you. You must not do any regular work. This is a perpetual statute in all the places where you live throughout your generations. When you gather in the harvest of your land, you must not completely harvest the corner of your field, and you must not gather up the gleanings of your harvest. You must leave them for the poor and the foreigner. I am the Lord your God.’”)

(Acts 2:1-4; “Now when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like a violent wind blowing came from heaven and filled the entire house where they were sitting. And tongues spreading out like a fire appeared to them and came to rest on each one of them. (4) All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit, and they began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them.”)

(John 3:7-8; Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must all be born from above.’ The wind blows wherever it will, and you hear the sound it makes, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”)

Circumcision of heart, chapter 2

February 11th, 2020

Feb 11, 2,020. God’s 11th Month, Sh‘vat 15, year 5,780

To: 23,536 family units, gifted with a desire to be atOne with God.

Dr. Luke addressed ’Acts of the apostles’ and ‘Gospel of Luke’ to one Theophilus. Only these two accounts name him. In those days knowledge about Israel’s restoration was rehearsed in the Synagogue each Sabbath; was the good news from their point of view then and now. (Luke quotes Jesus’ apostles asking, “Lord, is this the time when You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” He told them, “You are not permitted to know the times or periods that the Father has set by His own authority. (8) But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea, Samaria, and to the farthest parts of the earth.”) Jesus’ answer acknowledges God the Father’s kingdom plan is still in tact at His appointed time, but emphasizes the Holy Spirit’s imputation in this age before Israel’s restoration and power. Indeed God’s kingdom family began with “His New Covenant giving people ‘a circumcised heart’ ’a new nature’ which is ‘God in people’ making them temples of His Spirit.

Physical circumcision is the ‘cutting back of fleshly foreskin’ and always foreshadowed replacing a chosen people’s fleshly nature with Jesus’ spiritual nature. Paul understood and explained, (Rom 2:28-29; For a person is not a Jew ‘Christian’ who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision something that is outward in the flesh, but someone is a Jew ‘Christian’ who is one inwardly and circumcision is of the heart by the Spirit and not by the written code. This person’s praise is not from people but from God.)

Remember God doesn’t change and while prophesying about Israel’s future had Moses write; (Lev 26;40-42; However, when they confess their iniquity and their ancestors’ iniquity which they committed by trespassing against Me, by which they also walked in hostility against Me (and I myself will walk in hostility against them and bring them into the land of their enemies) and then their uncircumcised hearts become humbled and they make up for their iniquity, I will remember My covenant with Jacob and also My covenant with Isaac and also My covenant with Abraham, and I will remember the land.”)

Jesus’ apostles and Judaism today are still expecting another deliverance likened to the one from Egypt. (Always study the whole.) Genuine followers of Jesus are about the business of “putting on Jesus” “being clothed and immersed in Jesus” having God’s praise.

(Deut 10:14-18; The heavens — indeed the highest heavens — belong to the LORD your God, as does the earth and everything in it. However, only to your ancestors did He show his loving favor, and He chose you, their descendants, from all peoples — as is apparent today. Therefore, cleanse ‘circumcise the foresking of’ your heart’ and stop being so stubborn!  For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, mighty, and awesome God who is unbiased and takes no bribe, who justly treats the orphan and widow, and who loves resident foreigners, giving them food and clothing.)

Though commanded in Moses’ day, “spiritually cleansing the heart became possible through Jesus’” after His ascension and the inception of His Life. Jesus revealed through Jeremiah.

(Jeremiah 4:4; Just as ritual circumcision cuts away the foreskin as an external symbol of dedicated covenant commitment, you ’Israelites’ must genuinely dedicate yourselves to the LORD and get rid of everything that hinders your commitment to Me, people of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem. If you do not, My anger will blaze up like a flaming fire against you that no one will be able to extinguish. That will happen because of the evil you have done.”)

Now through the imputation of the Holy Spirit’s energizing, “believers in Jesus’ shed blood for the remission of sins, makes it’s recipients genuinely dedicated to and ‘at One with God.’ (Circumcision of heart is to be rid of everything that hinders worshiping God in spirit and truth.)

(Ezekiel 44:9;This is what the sovereign LORD says: No foreigner, who is uncircumcised in heart and flesh among all the foreigners who are among the people of Israel, will enter into My sanctuary.)

God’s New Covenant in this age is with a selected called out people of promise as was Abraham, Isaac and Jacob who are made aware that they are at One with God.

Abraham’s believing God was credited for righteousness before the covenant of circumcision and the law. Paul explained.

(Rom 4:7-12; “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the one against whom the Lord will never count sin.” (9) Is this blessedness then for the circumcision or also for the uncircumcision? For we say, “faith was credited to Abraham as righteousness.” How then was it credited to him? Was he circumcised at the time, or not? No, he was not circumcised but uncircumcised! (11) And he received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised, so that he would become the father of all those who believe but have never been circumcised, that they too could have righteousness credited to them. And he is also the father of the circumcised, who are not only circumcised, but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham possessed when he was still uncircumcised.

The Promise Realized Through Faith

(Rom 4:13-16; For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would inherit the world was not fulfilled through the law, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. For if they become heirs by the law, faith is empty and the promise is nullified.  For the law brings wrath, because where there is no law there is no transgression either. For this reason it is by faith so that it may be by grace, with the result that the promise may be certain to all the descendants — not only to those who are under the law, but also to those who have the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all.

(Ultimately all promises to Abraham will be kept and his descendants will inherit the world.)

(Rom 4:17-25; (as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”.) (See Gen 17:5) He is our father in the presence of God whom he believed — the God who makes the dead alive and summons the things that do not yet exist as though they already do. Against hope Abraham believed in hope with the result that he became the father of many nations according to the pronouncement, “so will your descendants be.”  Without being weak in faith, he considered his own body as dead (because he was about one hundred years old) and the deadness of Sarah’s womb.  He did not waver in unbelief about the promise of God but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God. (20) He was fully convinced that what God promised he was also able to do. So indeed it was credited to Abraham as righteousness. But the statement it was credited to him was not written only for Abraham’s sake, but also for our sake, to whom it will be credited, those who believe in the One who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He ‘Jesus’ was given over because of our transgressions and was raised for the sake of our justification.”)

Hostile minds cause people to take sides on the issue of law and grace.

(Rom 6:15-23; What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Absolutely not! Do you not know that if you present yourselves as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or obedience resulting in righteousness? But thanks be to God that though you were slaves to sin, you obeyed from the heart that pattern of teaching you were entrusted to, and having been freed from sin, you became enslaved to righteousness. (I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh.) For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.  For when you were slaves of sin, you were free with regard to righteousness.

Rom 6:21  So what benefit did you then reap from those things that you are now ashamed of? For the end of those things is death. But now, freed from sin and enslaved to God, you have your benefit leading to sanctification, and the end is eternal life. For the payoff of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”)

Jesus’ ascension recorded by Luke.

(Acts of the apostles 1:1-4; “I wrote the former account, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach until the day He was taken up to heaven, after He had given orders by the Holy Spirit to the apostles He had chosen. To the same apostles also, after His suffering, He presented Himself alive with many convincing proofs. He was seen by them over a forty-day period and spoke about matters concerning the kingdom of God. (4) While He was with them, He declared, “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait there for what My Father promised, which you heard about from Me.

(Acts 1:5-11; For John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” So when they had gathered together, they began to ask Him, “Lord, is this the time when you are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” He told them, “You are not permitted to know the times or periods that the Father has set by His own authority. (8) But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the farthest parts of the earth.” After He had said this, while they were watching, He was lifted up and a cloud hid Him from their sight. As they were still staring into the sky while He was going, suddenly two men in white clothing stood near them and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand here looking up into the sky? This same Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will come back in the same way you saw Him go into heaven.”)

“During forty days?” The phrase “over a forty-day period” is used rather than “during forty days” because (as the other New Testament accounts of Jesus’ appearances make clear) Jesus was not continually visible to the apostles during the forty days, but appeared to them on various occasions.” Seemingly Jesus ascended about seven to ten days before Pentecost.

Circumcision of heart, chapter 1

February 9th, 2020

 Feb 9, 2,020. God’s 11th Month, Sh‘vat 12, year 5,780

To: 23,496 family units, gifted with a desire to be atOne with God.

Worshiping in spirit and truth is to know God’s awesomeness and that He reveals knowledge and truth. He makes people members of His family, “His church” gives eternal life and a circumcision of heart to His people; gifting them with belief IN Jesus’ faith saving. Jesus does say; “this is eternal life - that they know You, the only true God and Jesus Christ, whom You sent.

(John 17:3; Now this is eternal life — that they know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You sent.) Knowing God is only through His revealing Himself. We can’t know Him through denominational devotionals, church attendance, hearing preachers or scripture readings. God the Father calls, gives desire and effort. (Phil 2:3; ‘KJV’ “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.) (’Net Bible’ “For the One bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort — for the sake of His good pleasure — is God.) Brain power, smarts, intellect, theology training nor work of any kind can make one a believer IN God as He manifest Himself to be through His prophets and apostles.

Concluding Jesus’ third day in the tomb, He was spiritually resurrected to His former position “the spiritual likeness of God His Father.” Because of fear of the temple authorities His apostles had gathered in a locked room when Jesus appeared saying “peace be with you.“ His disciples understood none of these things until He blew on them, saying ‘receive the Holy Spirit.”

(John 20:20-23; On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the disciples had gathered together and locked the doors of the place because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. Just as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And after He said this, He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven; if you retain anyone’s sins, they are retained.”)

Days before Jesus had told them what was going to take place, but they understood none of these things. (Luke 18:31-34; “Then Jesus took the twelve aside and said to them, “Look, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. For He will be handed over to the Gentiles; He will be mocked, mistreated, and spat on. They will flog Him severely and kill Him. Yet on the third day He will rise again.” But the twelve understood none of these things. This saying was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what Jesus meant.”)

The significance of these things are still hidden from the world and is the reason Jesus spoke in parables. (See Matthew 13:10) Understanding the Holy Scripture is spiritually gifted to those who’re born again, as Jesus explained to Nicodemus. The spiritual principle of Jesus blowing on or breathing on; so they’d understand is explained in relationship to people’s  being ‘born again’ at John 3:8; “Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must all be born from above. The wind blows wherever it will, and you hear the sound it makes, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”)

Matthew and Luke recorded Jesus’ emotion over Jerusalem.

Jesus wept over Jerusalem as He thought about the end of this age’s destructions. (Matt 24:15; “So when you see the abomination of desolation – spoken about by Daniel the prophet – standing in the holy place (let the reader understand.) (Abomination of Desolation? Such was the actions of Antiochus IV in 167 B.C. who did abominable things regarding sacrifices. (A future representative type is likely to do similar abominations.) The words of Jesus seem to indicate that Antiochus was not the final fulfillment, but there’d (from Jesus’ perspective) still be another fulfillment. Specifically to the Antichrist and not likely fully realized until the period of the great tribulation at the end of this age. (See Mark 13:14, 19, 24; Rev 3:10).

(Matt 24:16-22; Then those in Judea must flee to the mountains. The one on the roof must not come down to take anything out of his house. Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing their babies in those days! Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath. For then there will be great suffering unlike anything that has happened from the beginning of the world until now, or ever will happen. And if those days had not been cut short, no one would be saved. But for the sake of the Elect those days will be cut short.”)

(Luke 19:41-44; “Now when Jesus approached and saw the city, He wept over it, saying, “If you had only known on this day, even you, the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. (43) For the days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and surround you and close in on you from every side. They will demolish you and your children within your walls – and they will not leave within you one stone on top of another, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation from God.”) (Remember Jesus is doing the prophecy, so we do expect it’s fulfillment

Jesus revealed His deity but the experts didn’t understand.

(Luke 20:41-44; “But He said to them, “How is it that they say that the Christ ‘one who has been anointed’ is David’s son? For David himself says in the book of Psalms, ‘The Lord said to My lord, “Sit at My right hand, until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.”’ If David then calls Him ‘Lord,’ how can He be his son?”)

(It was a common belief in Judaism that Messiah would be David’s son in that He would come from the lineage of David. On this point the Pharisees agreed and were correct. But their understanding was nonetheless incomplete, for Messiah is also David’s Lord. With this statement Jesus was affirming that, as the Messiah, He is both God and man.)

Don’t follow the majority; endure to the end.

(Luke 21:5-7; “Now while some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and offerings, Jesus said, “As for these things that you are gazing at, the days will come when not one stone will be left on another. All will be torn down!” So they asked Him, “Teacher, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that these things are about to take place?”

(Luke 21:8-9; He said, “Watch out that you are not misled. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He and, ‘the time is near.’ Do not follow them! And when you hear of wars and rebellions, do not be afraid. For these things must happen first, but the end will not come at once.”

(Luke 21:10-19; Then He said to them, “Nation will rise up in arms against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, and famines and plagues in various places, and there will be terrifying sights and great signs from heaven. But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you, handing you over to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and governors because of My name. (13) This will be a time for you to serve as witnesses. Therefore be resolved not to rehearse ahead of time how to make your defense. (15) For I will give you the words along with the wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends, and they will have some of you put to death. You will be hated by everyone because of My name. Yet not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your lives.”)

Morning of the eighteenth day of Nisan; which would arrive

at the next sunset; “falling on the first day of the week that year.”

(Luke 24:1-11; “Now on the first day of the week, at early dawn, the women went to the tomb, taking the aromatic spices they had prepared. They found that the stone had been rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men stood beside them in dazzling attire. The women were terribly frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? (6) He is not here, but has been raised! Remember how He told you, while He was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” Then the women remembered His words, and when they returned from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles. (11) But these words seemed like pure nonsense to them, and they did not believe them. But Peter got up and ran to the tomb ‘on the morning of the eighteenth day of Nissan.’ He bent down and saw only the strips of linen cloth; then he went home, wondering what had happened.”) (Ask yourselves, why were they not already believers?)

(John 21:1-14; “After this Jesus revealed Himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias. Now this is how He did so. “Simon Peter, Thomas (called Didymus), Nathanael (who was from Cana in Galilee), the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples of His were together. Simon Peter told them, “I am going fishing.” “We will go with you,” they replied. They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. (4) When it was already very early morning, Jesus stood on the beach, but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. So Jesus said to them, “Children, you don’t have any fish, do you?” They replied, “No.” He told them, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they threw the net, and were not able to pull it in because of the large number of fish. (7) Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” So Simon Peter, when he heard that it was the Lord, tucked in his outer garment (for he had nothing on underneath it), and plunged into the sea. Meanwhile the other disciples came with the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from land, only about a hundred yards. When they got out on the beach, they saw a charcoal fire ready with a fish placed on it, and bread. (10) Jesus said, “Bring some of the fish you have just now caught.” So Simon Peter went aboard and pulled the net to shore. It was full of large fish, one hundred fifty-three, but although there were so many, the net was not torn. “Come, have breakfast,” Jesus said. But none of the disciples dared to ask Him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. (14) This was now the third time Jesus was revealed to the disciples after He was raised from the dead.”)

(John 21:24-25; This is ‘John’ the disciple who testifies about these things and has written these things, and we know that His testimony is true. There are many other things that Jesus did. If every one of them were written down, I suppose the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.”)

Plans for God’s people, chapter 30 of 30

February 7th, 2020

Feb 7, 2,020. God’s 11th Month, Sh‘vat 11, year 5,780

To: 23,457 family units, gifted with a desire to be atOne with God.

Christianities negligence to proving all things, has some would be followers of Jesus expecting His coming to be the end. Thinking “rapture,” heaven, hell and paradise rather than end of this age and beginning a new. Prophecies about another deliverance similar but greater than from Egypt and nations seeking Israel’s God aren’t taught by traditionalist to their shame. There’s many prophecies; lets look at one.

Isaiah 29:18-24; At that time the deaf will be able to hear ‘understand’ words read from a scroll, and the eyes of the blind will be able to see through deep darkness. (The downtrodden will again rejoice in the LORD; the poor among humankind will take delight in the Holy One of Israel.) For tyrants will disappear, those who taunt will vanish and all those who love to do wrong will be eliminated — those who bear false testimony against a person, who entrap the one who arbitrates at the city gate and deprive the innocent of justice by making false charges. So this is what the LORD, the One who delivered Abraham, says to the family of Jacob: “Jacob will no longer be ashamed; their faces will no longer show their embarrassment. For when they see their children, whom I will produce among them, they will honor My name. They will honor the Holy One of Jacob; they will respect the God of Israel. Those who stray morally will gain understanding; those who complain will acquire insight.”) The Son of God’s coming as a human and His powerful preplanned return as king of kings was foretold by the prophets.

Jesus’ good news is three fold.

(1) He came witnessing to His own, reveal the Father, teach the Father’s chosen with saving faith by promised grace and give eternal life.

(MalachI 3:17; “They will belong to Me,” says the LORD who rules over all, “in the day when I prepare My own special property. I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him.”) (John 1:11; He came to what was His own, but His own people did not receive Him.) (John 5:19; So Jesus answered them, “I tell you the solemn truth, the Son can do nothing on His own initiative, but only what He sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise.) (John 17:1-3; When Jesus had finished saying these things, He looked upward to heaven and said, “Father, the time has come. Glorify Your Son, so that Your Son may glorify You — just as You have given Him authority over all humanity, so that He may give eternal life to everyone You have given Him. Now this is eternal life — that they know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You sent.)

People gifted with eternal life are literally Spiritual Son’s of God. Made in the spiritual image of Jesus, go to heavenly Mt Zion in prayer and at death go there to be perfected and be in the first spiritual resurrection.

(Hebrews 12:18- 25; For you ‘followers of Jesus’ have not come to something that can be touched, to a burning fire and darkness and gloom and a whirlwind and the blast of a trumpet and a voice uttering words such that those who heard begged to hear no more.” (As did Israel when Moses went up to receive the commandments.) (20) For they could not bear what was commanded: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned.” In fact, the scene was so terrifying that Moses said, “I shudder with fear.”) (Think Heavenly Mt. Zion in prayer.)

(Heb 12:22-25; But you ’called followers of Jesus have come to Mount Zion, the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, to the assembly and congregation of the firstborn, who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous, who have been made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a New Covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks of something better than Abel’s does. Take care not to refuse the One who is speaking! For if they did not escape when they refused the One who warned them on earth, how much less shall we, if we reject the One who warns from heaven?”)

(Heb 12:26-29; Then His voice shook the earth, but now He has promised, “I will once more shake not only the earth but heaven too.” Now this phrase “once more” indicates the removal of what is shaken, that is, of created things, so that what is unshaken may remain. So since we are receiving an unshakable kingdom, let us give thanks, and through this let us offer worship pleasing to God in devotion and awe. For our God is indeed a devouring fire.”)

Age of promised faith began with Abraham;

promising resurrections and supernatural deliverances.

(2) All God’s promises to Abraham, Isaac and Moses are being kept and will continue after Jesus’ second coming, “all believers will ultimately be made heirs with Abraham.” (Galatians 3:28-20; 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.)

God the Father began Calling a predestined people, gifting faith by grace, with Abraham, promising that his heirs would be innumerable.

(Gen 22:17; I will indeed bless you, and I will greatly multiply your descendants so that they will be as countless as the stars in the sky or the grains of sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the strongholds of their enemies.”

(Heb 11:12; So in fact children ‘of faith’ were fathered by one man — and this one as good as dead — like the number of stars in the sky and like the innumerable grains of sand on the seashore.”)

God’s Word and plans are certain and no one can frustrate them.

(Isaiah 14:24-27; The LORD who commands armies makes this solemn vow: “Be sure of this: Just as I have intended, so it will be; just as I have planned, it will happen.) (Satan has used Egyptian, Assyria and Babylon cultures to be Israel’s enemies since before Nebuchadnezzar.) (25) I will break Assyria in my land, I will trample them underfoot on My hills. Their yoke will be removed from My people, the burden will be lifted from their shoulders. This is the plan I have devised for the whole earth; My hand is ready to strike all the nations.” Indeed, the LORD who commands armies has a plan, and who can possibly frustrate it? His hand is ready to strike, and who can possibly stop it?”) (Always study the whole.)

The promised to be saved by grace through faith age began with faithful Abraham; who was willing to Sacrifice Isaac, “knowing God could provide a sacrifice and knowing He could resurrect the one’s He‘s gifted by promise.”

All genuinely called followers of Jesus are spiritual Israelites, a people at One with God the Father and God the Son: to be resurrected to eternal life and serving in His millennial kingdom and beyond.

About the rapture.

Recipients of the Holy Spirit of truth, ‘people born from above’ will be changed and meet Jesus in the air at His return.

(1Thes 4”16-18; For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a shout of command, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be suddenly caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words.)

Binding Satan a thousand years, releasing a short time

to do final deceptions before final judgments, seemingly

culminates until God the Father comes with New Jerusalem.

(3) Jesus’ setting up the kingdom of God on earth, resurrecting “David to be His Prince King,’ Jesus’ apostles over the twelve tribes and each Holy Spirit recipient with ruling responsibilities is the plan no one can frustrate. Physical resurrections, supernatural deliverances, healings and the nations yielding to Jesus’ authority is in the plan before New Jerusalem’s coming down with God the father.

(Matt 19:28; Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth: In the age when all things are renewed, when the Son of Man sits on His glorious throne, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.)

(Ezekiel 37:24-27; “My servant David will be king over them; there will be one shepherd for all of them. They will follow My regulations and carefully observe My statutes. They will live in the land I gave to My servant Jacob, in which your fathers lived; they will live in it — they and their children and their grandchildren forever. David My servant will be prince over them forever. I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be a perpetual covenant with them. I will establish them, increase their numbers, and place My sanctuary among them forever. My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be My people.”)

(1Cor 6:1-3; When any of you has a legal dispute with another, does he dare go to court before the unrighteous rather than before the Saints? Or do you not know that the Saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you not competent to settle trivial suits? Do you not know that we will judge angels? Why not ordinary matters!”)

Before New Jerusalem

(Rev 20:4-10; Then I saw thrones and seated on them were those who had been given authority to judge. I also saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of the testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. These had not worshiped the beast or his image and had refused to receive his mark on their forehead or hand. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were finished.) This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is the one who takes part in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years. Now when the thousand years are finished, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to bring them together for the battle. They are as numerous as the grains of sand in the sea. They went up on the broad plain of the earth and encircled the camp of the Saints and the beloved city, but fire came down from heaven and devoured them completely. And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet are too, and they will be tormented there day and night forever and ever.)

More physical resurrections, New Jerusalem and final judgment.

(Rev 20:13-15; The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and Death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each one was judged according to his deeds. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death — the lake of fire. If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, that person was thrown into the lake of fire.) (Always study the whole.)

(Rev 21:2-3; And I saw the Holy City — the New Jerusalem — descending out of heaven from God, made ready like a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying: “Look! The residence of God is among human beings. He will live among them, and they will be his people, and God Himself will be with them.)

(Rev 21:8; But to the cowards, unbelievers, detestable persons, murderers, the sexually immoral, and those who practice magic spells, idol worshipers, and all those who lie, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. That is the second death.”

Peter shares our Perfector and Pioneer’s faith’s attitude.

(1Peter 4:1-3; “So, since Christ suffered in the flesh, you also arm yourselves with the same attitude, because the One who has suffered in the flesh has finished with sin, in that he spends the rest of his time on earth concerned about the will of God and not human desires. For the time that has passed was sufficient for you ‘followers of Jesus’ to do what the non-Christians desire. You lived then in debauchery, evil desires, drunkenness, carousing, drinking bouts, and wanton idolatries.”) (Fleshly live to please themselves.)

(1Pet 4:4-6; So they ‘non-Christians’ are astonished when you do not rush with them into the same flood of wickedness, and they vilify you. They will face a reckoning before Jesus Christ who stands ready to judge the living and the dead. Now it was for this very purpose that the gospel was preached to those who are now dead, so that though they were judged in the flesh by human standards they may live spiritually by God’s standards.”)

(1Pet 4:7-11; For the culmination of all things is near. So be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of prayer. Above all keep your love for one another fervent, because love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without complaining. Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of the varied grace of God. Whoever speaks, let it be with God’s words. Whoever serves, do so with the strength that God supplies, so that in everything God will be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.

(1Pet 4:12-19; Dear friends, do not be astonished that a trial by fire is occurring among you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice in the degree that you have shared in the sufferings of Christ, so that when His glory is revealed you may also rejoice and be glad. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory, who is the Spirit of God, rests on you. But let none of you suffer as a murderer or thief or criminal or as a troublemaker. But if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but glorify God that you bear such a name. For it is time for judgment to begin, starting with the house of God. And if it starts with us, what will be the fate of those who are disobedient to the gospel of God? And if the righteous are barely saved, what will become of the ungodly and sinners? So then let those who suffer according to the will of God entrust their souls to a faithful Creator as they do good.”)

Pray that God have mercy on this world’s populations. That time be shortened for their and our sake. (Study Matthew 24:15-28.)

(Matthew 24:22; “And if those days had not been cut short, no one would be saved. But for the sake of the Elect those days will be cut short.”)

Plans for God’s people, chapter 29

February 4th, 2020

Feb 4, 2,020. God’s 11th Month, Sh‘vat 8, year 5,780

To: 23,392 families, gifted with a desire to be atOne with God.

Christendom’s religions celebrate tradition preferring to look to old Baal, Edomite, Ammonite and Moabite practices of “those whose lands God gave Israel.” (It’s why Easter and its traditions appeal more than “the Lord’s Passover season and customs.”) Divided Christendom evolves with tradition and customs “accepting abominable to God practices, calling them Christian.” Jesus and His apostles wouldn’t recognize today’s Christendom churches. Hostility toward Godly authority is the prime cause. This inherited nature caused Israel to want a king and reject God’s appointed ‘Samuel.’ The same hostile toward God mindset causes people to desire religious authority, kings or governmental authority and a divided entity rule, ‘rather than God’s.’ The result is spiritual ignorance. One day the whole world will know ‘only God has authority to define what‘s right, wrong, good and evil.’ When we know that, “we can love and respect all His Ways.” When we know that it’s gifted faith.

Some Israelites/Jews in the ‘Jerusalem church of God’ were saying Gentiles had to be circumcised and keep the law in order to be saved. The apostles pointed out that God was making no distinction “by cleansing Gentile and Israelite hearts by faith.” (Acts 15:9) Jesus’ apostles and James taught “we’re all saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus.”

(Acts 15:10-18; So now why are you ‘Israelites’ putting God to the test by placing on the neck of these disciples a yoke that neither our ancestors nor we have been able to bear? On the contrary, we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they are.” The whole group kept quiet and listened to Barnabas and Paul while they explained all the miraculous signs and wonders God had done among the Gentiles through them. (13) After they stopped speaking, James replied, “Brothers, listen to me. Simeon has explained how God first concerned Himself to select from among the Gentiles a people for His name. The words of the prophets agree with this, as it is written, ‘After this I will return, and I will rebuild the fallen tent of David; I will rebuild its ruins and restore it, so that the rest of humanity may seek the Lord, namely, all the Gentiles I have called to be My own,’ says the Lord, who makes these things known from long ago.) (Allusion to Isaiah 45:21)  (It’s also a millennial prophecy.)

(Acts 15:19-20; “Therefore I conclude that we should not cause extra difficulty for those among the Gentiles who are turning to God, but that we should write them a letter telling them to abstain from things defiled by idols and from sexual immorality and from what has been strangled and from blood. For Moses has had those who proclaim him in every town from ancient times, because he is read aloud in the synagogues every Sabbath.”)

Why this seemingly elementary instruction letter to Gentiles? These things  were the essence of the violations in Gentile custom they needed to abstain from. Paul explains Israelite’s advantages to the gentile Romans. (Rom 3:1-2; Therefore what advantage does the Jew have, or what is the value of circumcision? Actually, there are many advantages. First of all, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God.)

Our English dictionary defines Oracles as mysterious, puzzling, ambiguous or enigmatic etc. (God defines His oracles as predictive “so we may examine and see how they’re fulfilled.” Isaiah 41:22) (With oracles I reveal new events to you before they begin to occur. Isaiah 42:9) (Announcements of His messengers about Jerusalem and towns rebuilt, ruins raised up are oracles. Isa 44:26) (Hired prophets told worthless oracles, lies failing to expose your sin. Lam 2:14) (Judgment is coming like light from the dawn are oracles of God. Hosea 6:5) (Hired prophets will be ashamed, they’ll receive no divine oracles. Mic 3:7) (What good is an idol? A metal or wood image giving misleading oracles? Hab 2:18) (The Jews are commissioned to keep the writings of the law, God’s calendar and His oracles. Followers of Jesus are spiritual Israelites.

(Romans 3:3-8;  What then? If some ‘Jews’ did not believe, does their unbelief nullify the faithfulness of God? Absolutely not! Let God be proven true, and every human being shown up as a liar, just as it is written: “so that you will be justified in your words and will prevail when you are judged.” But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God, what shall we say? The God who inflicts wrath is not unrighteous, is He? (I am speaking in human terms.) Absolutely not! For otherwise how could God judge the world? For if by my lie the truth of God enhances His glory, why am I still actually being judged as a sinner? And why not say, “Let us do evil so that good may come of it”? — as some who slander us allege that we say. (Their condemnation is deserved!)

The spiritual intent of God’s law needs to be understood and loved through Jesus’ gifted faith, that we may be atOne with Him.

Rom 3:28-31;  For we consider that a person is declared righteous by faith apart from the works of the law. Or is God the God of the Jews only? Is He not the God of the Gentiles too? Yes, of the Gentiles too! Since God is One, He will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. Do we then nullify the law through faith? Absolutely not! Instead we uphold the law.

Rom 7:15-16;  For I don’t understand what I am doing. For I do not do what I want — instead, I do what I hate. But if I do what I don’t want, I agree that the law is good. But now it is no longer me doing it, but sin that lives in me.”)

When sin is recognized and repented of ‘turned from’ it’s the death of the old. Sin produces death in us. Paul recognized the spiritual component of the law and it’s goodness.

(Romans 7:7-17; What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Absolutely not! Certainly, I would not have known sin except through the law. For indeed I would not have known what it means to desire something belonging to someone else if the law had not said, “Do not covet.” But sin, seizing the opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of wrong desires. For apart from the law, sin is dead. (9) And I was once alive apart from the law, but with the coming of the commandment sin became alive and I died. So I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life brought death. For sin, seizing the opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it I died. So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous, and good. (13) Did that which is good, then, become death to me? Absolutely not! But sin, so that it would be shown to be sin, produced death in me through what is good, so that through the commandment sin would become utterly sinful. (14) For we know that the law is spiritual — but I am ‘by nature - fleshly’ unspiritual, sold into slavery to sin.

(Rom 7:18-23; For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh. For I want to do the good, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but I do the very evil I do not want! (Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer me doing it but sin that lives in me.) So, I find the law that when I want to do good, evil is present with me. (22) For I delight in the law of God in my inner being. But I see a different law in my members waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that is in my members.” (Overcoming the flesh is meant to be a struggle, but God’s gifted Holy Spirit of truth provides desire and effort. (See Phil 2:13.)

(Rom 7:24-27; Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin. This was also to demonstrate His righteousness in the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who lives because of Jesus’ faithfulness. Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded! By what principle? Of works? No, but by the principle of faith!”

We’re reviewing the difference in the Old and New Covenants here. The old was physical and the new is spiritual. God’s law identifies sin, but only through gifted faith in Jesus and His righteous deeds on our behalf are we changed to His spiritual likeness. (Jesus explains how people seeing His deeds and not repenting compare with some that had not seen His deeds.)

(Matt 12:38-42; “Then some of the experts in the law along with some Pharisees answered Him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.” But He answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. (40) For just as Jonah was in the belly of the huge fish for three days and three nights, so the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights. The people of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented when Jonah preached to them – and now, something greater than Jonah is here! (42) The queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon – and now, something greater than Solomon is here!”) Quoting Jonah 1:17. (Queen of the South? See 1Kings 10:1-3 and 2 Chronicles 9:1-12, as well as Josephus.

The South likely refers to the eastern part of modern Yemen, although there is an ancient tradition reflected in Josephus which identifies this geo-political entity as Ethiopia.)

What about religions attempting to change God’s set aside times.

Paul tells us at Romans 15:4; “All things written before are for our learning and instruction.” Traditionally, people setting themselves up as leaders defy God in various ways. Such is the case with Jeroboam who thought to change God’s seventh month festival to the eighth month to better separate and control people. It’s been Satan’s way since Adam.

(1Kings 13:4-10; When the king heard what the prophet cried out against the altar in Bethel, Jeroboam, standing at the altar, extended his hand and ordered, “Seize him!” The hand he had extended shriveled up and he could not pull it back. The altar split open and the ashes fell from the altar to the ground, in fulfillment of the sign the prophet had announced with the Lord’s authority. (6) The king pled with the prophet, “Seek the favor of the Lord your God and pray for me, so that my hand may be restored.” So the prophet sought the Lord’s favor and the king’s hand was restored to its former condition. The king then said to the prophet, “Come home with me and have something to eat. I’d like to give a present.” But the prophet said to the king, “Even if you were to give me half your possessions, I could not go with you and eat and drink in this place. For the Lord gave me strict orders, ‘Do not eat or drink there and do not go home the way you came.’” (10) So he started back on another road; he did not travel back on the same road he had taken to Bethel. Then another prophet met the prophet saying “An angel told me with the Lord’s authority, to bring you back to my house so he can eat and drink.” But he was lying to him. So the prophet went back with him and ate and drank in his house.’” Read about how the two prophets wound up.

End of Jeroboam’s Dynasty

(1Kings 13:33-34; “After this happened, Jeroboam still did not change his evil ways; he continued to appoint common people as priests at the high places. Anyone who wanted the job he consecrated as a priest. This sin caused Jeroboam’s dynasty to come to an end and to be destroyed from the face of the earth.”)

Jeroboam tried trickery, having his wife disguise herself in an attempt to fool God’s prophet.

(1Kings 14:7-10; Go, tell Jeroboam, ‘This is what the Lord God of Israel says: “I raised you up from among the people and made you ruler over My people Israel. I tore the kingdom away from the Davidic dynasty and gave it to you. But you are not like My servant David, who kept My commandments and followed Me wholeheartedly by doing only what I approve. You have sinned more than all who came before you. You went and angered Me by making other gods, formed out of metal; you have completely disregarded Me. (10) So I am ready to bring disaster on the dynasty of Jeroboam. I will cut off every last male belonging to Jeroboam in Israel, including even the weak and incapacitated. I will burn up the dynasty of Jeroboam, just as one burns manure until it is completely consumed. Dogs will eat the members of your family who die in the city, and the birds of the sky will eat the ones who die in the country.”’ Indeed, the Lord has announced it!”)

Accordingly God being the same yesterday, today and forever, He isn’t going to allow His holy days and seasons to be changed without retributions.

Plans for God’s people, chapter 28

February 2nd, 2020

Feb 2, 2,020. God’s 11th Month, Sh‘vat 7, year 5,780

To: 23,321 families, gifted with a desire to be atOne with God.

Christendom’s religions celebrate tradition prefer looking to old Baal, Edomite, Ammonite and Moabite practices of “those whose lands God gave Israel.” (It’s why Easter and its traditions appeal more than “the Lord’s Passover season and customs.”) Divided Christendom evolves with tradition and customs “accepting abominable to God practices calling them Christian.” Jesus and His apostles wouldn’t recognize today’s Christendom churches. Hostility to Godly authority is the prime cause. This inherited nature caused Israel to want a king and reject God’s appointed ‘Samuel.’ The same hostile mind makes people desire religious authority, kings, politicians and a divided entity rule, ‘rather than God’s.’ The result is spiritual ignorance. One day the whole world will know ‘only God has authority to defines what‘s right, wrong, good and evil.’ When we know that, we can love and respect all His Ways.

Some Israelites/Jews in the ‘Jerusalem church of God’ were saying Gentiles had to be circumcised and keep the law in order to be saved. The apostles pointed out that God was making no distinction “cleansing Gentile and Israelite hearts by faith.” (Acts 15:9) The apostles and James taught “we’re all saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus.”

(Acts 15:10-18; So now why are you ‘Israelites’ putting God to the test by placing on the neck of these disciples a yoke that neither our ancestors nor we have been able to bear? On the contrary, we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they are.” The whole group kept quiet and listened to Barnabas and Paul while they explained all the miraculous signs and wonders God had done among the Gentiles through them. (13) After they stopped speaking, James replied, “Brothers, listen to me. Simeon has explained how God first concerned Himself to select from among the Gentiles a people for His name. The words of the prophets agree with this, as it is written, ‘After this I will return, and I will rebuild the fallen tent of David; I will rebuild its ruins and restore it, so that the rest of humanity may seek the Lord, namely, all the Gentiles I have called to be My own,’ says the Lord, who makes these things known from long ago.) (Allusion to Isaiah 45:21)  (A millennial prophecy.)

(Acts 15:19-20; “Therefore I conclude that we should not cause extra difficulty for those among the Gentiles who are turning to God, but that we should write them a letter telling them to abstain from things defiled by idols and from sexual immorality and from what has been strangled and from blood. For Moses has had those who proclaim him in every town from ancient times, because he is read aloud in the synagogues every Sabbath.”)

Why this seemingly elementary instruction letter to Gentiles? These were the essence of violations in Gentile custom that they needed to abstain from. Paul explains Israelite’s advantages. (Rom 3:1-2; Therefore what advantage does the Jew have, or what is the value of circumcision? Actually, there are many advantages. First of all, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God.)

Our English dictionary defines Oracles as mysterious, puzzling, ambiguous or enigmatic etc. God defines His oracles as predictive “so we may examine and see how they’re fulfilled.” (Isaiah 41:22) (I reveal new events to you before they begin to occur. Isaiah 42:9) (Announcements of His messengers about Jerusalem and towns rebuilt, ruins raised up. Isa 44:26) (Hired prophets told worthless oracles, lies failing to expose your sin. Lam 2:14) (Judgment is coming like light from the dawn are oracles of God. Hosea 6:5) (Hired prophets will be ashamed, they’ll receive no divine oracles. Mic 3:7) (What good is an idol? A metal or wood image giving misleading oracles? Hab 2:18)

(Romans 3:3-8;  What then? If some ‘Jews’ did not believe, does their unbelief nullify the faithfulness of God? Absolutely not! Let God be proven true, and every human being shown up as a liar, just as it is written: “so that you will be justified in your words and will prevail when you are judged.” But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God, what shall we say? The God who inflicts wrath is not unrighteous, is He? (I am speaking in human terms.) Absolutely not! For otherwise how could God judge the world? For if by my lie the truth of God enhances His glory, why am I still actually being judged as a sinner? And why not say, “Let us do evil so that good may come of it”? — as some who slander us allege that we say. (Their condemnation is deserved!)

Spiritual intent of the law needs to be understood and loved through Jesus’ gifted faith, for us to be atOne with Him.

Rom 3:28-31;  For we consider that a person is declared righteous by faith apart from the works of the law. Or is God the God of the Jews only? Is He not the God of the Gentiles too? Yes, of the Gentiles too! Since God is one, He will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. Do we then nullify the law through faith? Absolutely not! Instead we uphold the law.

Rom 7:15-16;  For I don’t understand what I am doing. For I do not do what I want — instead, I do what I hate. But if I do what I don’t want, I agree that the law is good. But now it is no longer me doing it, but sin that lives in me.”)

When sin is recognized and repented of ‘turned from’ it’s the death of the old. Sin produced death in the old Paul. He recognized the spiritual component of the law and it’s goodness.

(Romans 7:7-17; What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Absolutely not! Certainly, I would not have known sin except through the law. For indeed I would not have known what it means to desire something belonging to someone else if the law had not said, “Do not covet.” But sin, seizing the opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of wrong desires. For apart from the law, sin is dead. (9) And I was once alive apart from the law, but with the coming of the commandment sin became alive and I died. So I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life brought death. For sin, seizing the opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it I died. So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous, and good. (13) Did that which is good, then, become death to me? Absolutely not! But sin, so that it would be shown to be sin, produced death in me through what is good, so that through the commandment sin would become utterly sinful. (14) For we know that the law is spiritual — but I am unspiritual, sold into slavery to sin.

(Rom 7:18-23; For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh. For I want to do the good, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but I do the very evil I do not want! Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer me doing it but sin that lives in me. So, I find the law that when I want to do good, evil is present with me. (22) For I delight in the law of God in my inner being. But I see a different law in my members waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that is in my members.”

(Rom 7:24-27; Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin. This was also to demonstrate His righteousness in the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who lives because of Jesus’ faithfulness. Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded! By what principle? Of works? No, but by the principle of faith!”

We’re reviewing the difference in the Old and New Covenants here. The old was physical and the new is spiritual. God’s law identifies sin, but only through gifted faith in Jesus and His righteous deeds on our behalf are we changed to His spiritual likeness.

(Matt 12:38-42; “Then some of the experts in the law along with some Pharisees answered Him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.” But He answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. (40) For just as Jonah was in the belly of the huge fish for three days and three nights, so the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights. The people of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented when Jonah preached to them – and now, something greater than Jonah is here! (42) The queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon – and now, something greater than Solomon is here!”) Quoting Jonah 1:17. (Queen of the South? See 1Kings 10:1-3 and 2 Chronicles 9:1-12, as well as Josephus.

The South likely refers to the eastern part of modern Yemen, although there is an ancient tradition reflected in Josephus which identifies this geo-political entity as Ethiopia.)

What about attempts to change God’s set aside times.

Paul tells us at Romans 15:4; “All things written before are for our learning and instruction.” Traditionally, people setting themselves up as leaders defy God in various ways. Such is the case with Jeroboam who thought to change God’s seventh month festival to the eighth month to better separate and control people. It’s been Satan’s way since Adam.

(1Kings 13:4-10; When the king heard what the prophet cried out against the altar in Bethel, Jeroboam, standing at the altar, extended his hand and ordered, “Seize him!” The hand he had extended shriveled up and he could not pull it back. The altar split open and the ashes fell from the altar to the ground, in fulfillment of the sign the prophet had announced with the Lord’s authority. (6) The king pled with the prophet, “Seek the favor of the Lord your God and pray for me, so that my hand may be restored.” So the prophet sought the Lord’s favor and the king’s hand was restored to its former condition. The king then said to the prophet, “Come home with me and have something to eat. I’d like to give a present.” But the prophet said to the king, “Even if you were to give me half your possessions, I could not go with you and eat and drink in this place. For the Lord gave me strict orders, ‘Do not eat or drink there and do not go home the way you came.’” (10) So he started back on another road; he did not travel back on the same road he had taken to Bethel. Then another prophet met the prophet saying “An angel told me with the Lord’s authority, to bring you back to my house so he can eat and drink.” But he was lying to him. So the prophet went back with him and ate and drank in his house.’” Read about how the two prophets wound up.

End of Jeroboam’s Dynasty

(1Kings 13:33-34; “After this happened, Jeroboam still did not change his evil ways; he continued to appoint common people as priests at the high places. Anyone who wanted the job he consecrated as a priest. This sin caused Jeroboam’s dynasty to come to an end and to be destroyed from the face of the earth.”)

Jeroboam tried trickery, having his wife disguise herself in an attempt to fool God’s prophet.

(1Kings 14:7-10; Go, tell Jeroboam, ‘This is what the Lord God of Israel says: “I raised you up from among the people and made you ruler over My people Israel. I tore the kingdom away from the Davidic dynasty and gave it to you. But you are not like My servant David, who kept My commandments and followed Me wholeheartedly by doing only what I approve. You have sinned more than all who came before you. You went and angered Me by making other gods, formed out of metal; you have completely disregarded Me. (10) So I am ready to bring disaster on the dynasty of Jeroboam. I will cut off every last male belonging to Jeroboam in Israel, including even the weak and incapacitated. I will burn up the dynasty of Jeroboam, just as one burns manure until it is completely consumed. Dogs will eat the members of your family who die in the city, and the birds of the sky will eat the ones who die in the country.”’ Indeed, the Lord has announced it!”)

Accordingly God being the same yesterday, today and forever isn’t going to allow His holy days and seasons to be changed without retributions.