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The Family, chapter 2

Saturday, February 10th, 2018

(To 9,435 In resident” churches: “people God is calling and making temples of His spirit.”) 2/10/18  God’s 11th month, Shevat 25, 5778 until sunset.

       All people have instinctive love for themselves. People and animals are born with instinctive love for their offspring and what they think of as their’s. Instinctive love differs from Godly love in that it isn‘t naturally altruistic. God’s love is altruistic: God is love. As such, “Jesus is the only person ever born fleshly, with the Holy Spirit imputed.”   Jesus was “spirit begotten” born with Godly love. Before His fleshly birth Jesus served God the Father as Creator, Re-Creator and the Lord God who communed with people.

       The Noah day flood, destroying Sodom - Gomorrah and His giving whole sin laden countries to the Israelites was the loving thing to do  Jesus’ coming in the flesh as “the Son of God” “the Lamb of God” demonstrating Godly attributes, giving Himself with no though of usurping His Father’s position, sacrificing His blood for the remission of sin and now as our Mediator: demonstrates Godly love, Godly love isn’t understood from within our inherited from Adam, animalistic intellect.          

      Instinctive animalistic love is self centered, “as are animals and humans at birth. People, nor do animals naturally inherit altruistic love for one another. Jesus taught; “Godly love is gifted supernaturally from above,” Only through His abiding spirit, “are we able to love as Jesus loved. (That is, “only when begotten of the Holy Spirit are we gifted with an outgoing love: “even for our enemies.”) (Followers of Jesus do love less by comparison, “the unrighteous.”) Like Jesus, “His followers have a love for each individual, but hate our own and others inherited self serving way.” We followers of Jesus are given to understand, “from where God has supernaturally brought us. (We are given to recognize that we, “once yielded to what seemed right to that inherited from Adam nature.”) Instinctively most people love spouse, children, next of kin and our stuff. It’s through our sin nature inherited from Adam that we tend to desire our own way. (It’s the way that seems right to the fleshly mind.) Prone to be self centered, self righteous and love dominance. Instinctive love leads each individual down the broad destructive path, “until God supernaturally imputes a nature change.” Jesus referred to this change as, “being born again” “born from above” “Fathered by God.”

      Heavenly Father: allow us before Your throne in worshipful prayer. Lead us to Your truth; in the name of Your Son, our Savior and coming King we ask. AMEN

      The word, “LOVE” is thrown around habitually in daily speech and it’s intended meaning from God’s View is lost in these modern times. (The love chapter in God’s holy scripture is; first Corinthians 13: and it’s last sentence reads: “Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love, but the greatest of these is love.”) Without the gift of Godly love imputed to our minds, “faith and hope prayers amount to what‘s good for self.” (The problem is, “people wants to define words like “love” and “truth” from within what seems right; “rather than what God says is right.” (In other words, “it’s in our instinctive nature to be gods to ourselves.”)

      People that deny creation; “unbelievers” reject God’s way and His Word. They live an idolatrous life of deciding for self, “thus a god to themselves.” We use words like, “imputed to the mind” because Godly love is a gifted imputation, a supernatural opening of our understanding! Godly love is understood by a “peculiar to the world people” a people of God‘s choosing. Consider the apostle John’s definition of Godly love.

      (1John 4:7-14; (“Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been fathered by God and knows God. The person who does not love does not know God, because God is love. By this the love of God is revealed in us: that God has sent His One and only Son into the world so that we may live through Him. In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. (4:11) Dear friends, if God so loved us, then we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God (“the Father”) at any time. If we love one another, God resides in us, and His love is perfected in us. (13) By this we know that we reside in God and He in us: in that He has given us of His Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.”)

       John’s aren’t mere words nor without truth understanding. TRUTH to people “without imputed revelation” is mere words. My coined term, “spiritual DNA” may apply. Consider that as we look at John’s next five verses.

      (1John 4:15-19; “If anyone confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God resides in him and he in God. And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has in us. God is love, and the one who resides in love resides in God, and God resides in him. (17) By this 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 ‘followers of Him’ 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 we understand that’ He loved us first.”)

      The foundation of knowing faith is to know we are created in God’s image and for His purpose. May we learn to make our speech pure in meaning as His Word is pure.

We should note in these verses, that Jesus’ inspiration to John includes,” God the Father and God the Son.” (God the Father sent His Son and His Son was totally yielded to His Father.) Jesus teaches us through His sample prayer, “address His Father in heaven.” Prayed to His Father “during His ministry on earth.” God the Father and God the Son are ONE, in purpose and Jesus is now with His Father at that heavenly throne. They each will reside in New Jerusalem. (“And there will no longer be any curse, and the throne of God and the Lamb will be in the city. Rev 22:3) (study Revelation. For this study consider chapters 21 & 22)

      (Mark 12:28-34; ““Now one of the experts in the law came and heard them debating. When he saw that Jesus answered them well, he asked Him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is: ‘Listen, Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (32) The expert in the law said to Him, “That is true, Teacher; you are right to say that He is One, and there is no one else besides Him. And to love Him with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all your strength and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” (34) When Jesus saw that he had answered thoughtfully, He said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” Then no one dared any longer to question Him.””)

      Can we truly understand; “to love God with all our being and to love our neighbor as ourselves” must be gifted from above? Jesus is speaking of Godly gifted love and revealed the same to John. Not instinctive inherited love. His are not mere words. Jesus inspired His prophet Micah to pen.

      (Micah 6:8; “He has told you, O man, what is good, and what the Lord really wants from you: He wants you to promote justice, (KJV “love mercy”) to be faithful, and to live obediently before your God.”) Understanding Godly love is gifted! To the Israelites Jesus speaks through Moses. 

      (Deuteronomy 7:7-11; ““It is NOT because you were more numerous than all the other peoples that the Lord favored and chose you – for in fact you were the least numerous of all peoples. Rather it is because of His love for you and His faithfulness to the promise He solemnly vowed to your ancestors that the Lord brought you out with great power, redeeming you from the place of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. (9) So realize that the Lord your God is the true God, the faithful God who keeps covenant faithfully with those who love Him and keep His commandments, to a thousand generations, but who pays back those who hate Him as they deserve and destroys them. He will not ignore those who hate Him but will repay them as they deserve! (11) So keep the commandments, statutes, and ordinances that I today am commanding you to do,) Promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are perpetual and will be carried out during Jesus’ millennial rule on earth.

      God is still in the business of choosing and redeeming from the slavery of sin. The LORD’S loving promises to Abraham are extended to Believers in Himself, “Christians.” Jesus’ apostle Paul explained to the Galatians.

      (“ 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. (29) And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.” Gal 3:26-29)

      Christians are as one in Jesus! ONE in the same way that God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son are ONE! Being AT ONE in righteousness, “is Godly love.” Instinctive love is fleshly. All people have a degree of instinctive love for self. Instinctively we love ourselves and ours.

      (John 3:5-8; Jesus answered, “I tell you the solemn truth, unless a person is born of water and spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. (6) What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must all be born from above.’ 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.”)

      We do not know the whys! We do know we are His creation and all things are at God’s prerogative. Born from above is, “likened to wind; in that we know we have a changed outlook.” It’s God’s love in action.

      (John 3:9-15; Nicodemus replied, ““How can these things be?” Jesus answered, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you don’t understand these things? I tell you the solemn truth, we speak about what we know and testify about what we have seen, but you people do not accept our testimony. (12) If I have told you people about earthly things and you don’t believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except the One who descended from heaven – the Son of Man. Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, (15) so that everyone who believes IN Him may have eternal life.”) ONLY Believers IN Jesus, are gifted WITH eternal life! May we be gifted to understand God’s love.

      (John 3:16-17; “For this is the way God 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 world will be SAVED through Jesus! This is the crux of His good news. Jesus is lovingly going to return, ultimately destroy wickedness with His power. The dead in Jesus Christ will be in the first resurrection. (study first Corinthians 15:)

       (John 3:18-21; “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. (21) 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.)

      God’s truth is something to be PRACTICED! It should BE our prayer to understand and live “practice” in truth and Godly love? Pray that our minds to be yielded to His truth; rather than our attempting to make truth our own.

      How do you define love? Can we now explain the difference in instinctive fleshly love and Godly love? May we pray for a yielding spirit, to the God of love.

The Family, chapter 1

Friday, February 9th, 2018

(To 9,424 In resident” churches: “people God is calling and making temples of His spirit.”) 2/9/18  God’s 11th month, Shevat 24, 5778 until sunset.

       Maturity and Godly faith is needed in marriage and child rearing. Light heartiness and youthfulness in marriage relations is good; but “not a good mix in child rearing.” Children are born with a, “me first mentality.“ Children need Godly correction and discipline with love. Children pick up on parental and societal hypocrisy and are likely to mimic these hypocrisies when truth isn’t taught. We miss the mark when God’s “ten commandments” and oracles aren’t taught.

      Satan’s influence in modern world thinking is, “that of confusion” God isn’t the author of confusion; “Satan is.” (See 1Corinthians 1:33) Demonic confusion’s result is, “unhappy homes, unfaithful marriages, lack of loyalty and disruptive children.” (Satan’s is the get way, “giving children an abundance of stuff in place of loving discipline is counterfeit love.) (God’s is the way of give, “giving time and self with outgoing love, fashions godly children.”) Parents exercising self discipline are noticed by children. Parents need to know our Creator’s attributes of love, mercy, grace and “practice the same with children.” Godly parental duty is “to be consistent in teaching discipline with love.” Intended result should be; “respect of authority, concern for others and knowledge of God.” These are a few the things people will learn and practice when Jesus returns. Whole communities will understand children’s needs.

       Today Jesus is still teaching through Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Joseph, His apostles and prophets examples. God’s principles don’t change: “Peter shares God’s loving attributes by His destroying un-godliness during Abraham and Lot’s day. Abraham and his nephew Lot accumulated animal herds, wealth and servants, so they decided among themselves to separate because of arguments between their servants. Abraham had the mind to stay in rural areas, “to himself for the most part,” Lot’s choice put him among many unbelievers. Lot, his wife and children were then exposed to and influenced by bad examples and false teachers. Jesus’ apostle “Peter” used Lot’s family for our learning in this latter age. This age in “which Satan is god.”  (See 2Corinthians 4:3-4)

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

       The Architect, “our Creator, Lord and Savior Jesus” foreknew all things, pronounced the result of people’s learning the false way. The many “NOT the few” are destined to follow the broad false way; lacking understanding and yielding to false teachers. Few are led to question and meditate on their chosen way of living. Few are led to independently look to God and His Word for individual guidance. (Thus the majority practice the way of sin, “lawlessness” in their conduct regarding marriage and the training of their children.) THAT RESULT has been pronounced in advance! The question: “who has the mind to pay attention to their Creator’s laws given for our good?”

      (2Peter 2:4-10; ““For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but threw them into HELL (Greek - TARTARUS, study the meaning below) and locked them up in chains in utter darkness, to be kept until the judgment, and if He did not spare the ancient world, but did protect Noah, a herald of righteousness, along with seven others, when God brought a flood on an ungodly world, and if He turned to ashes the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah when He condemned them to destruction, having appointed them to serve as an example to future generations of the ungodly, and if He rescued Lot, a righteous man in anguish over the debauched lifestyle of lawless men, (for while he lived among them day after day, that righteous man was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard) (9) – if so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from their trials, and to reserve the unrighteous for punishment at the day of judgment, especially those who indulge their fleshly desires and who despise authority.””)

      (TARTARUS? (Greek “casting them into Tartarus” or “holding them captive in Tartarus.”) This Greek verb - occurs only here in the New Testament, but its meaning is clearly established in both Hellenistic and Jewish literature. “Tartarus [was] thought of by the Greeks as a subterranean place lower than Hades where divine punishment was meted out, and so regarded in Israelite apocalyptic as well” (BDAG 991 s.v.). Grammatically, it has been translated as an indicative because it is an attendant circumstance participle.)

     (The characteristics and plight of such leader of people are described in the later part of VERSES 10-15.) The “hell, hades, tartarus teaching” became a part of all demonic inspired religions, from the foundational lie Satan spoke to Eve, “calling God a liar.” (Saying: “God knows that you will not surely die, but be as divine beings.”) The idea that all people would not surely die, “had to transpire into the thinking that all people are born immortal.” At death the final separation of good and bad people living forever someplace.

      (2Peter 2:10-16; “Brazen and insolent, they are not afraid to insult the glorious ones, yet even angels, who are much more powerful, do not bring a slanderous judgment against them before the Lord. But these men, like irrational animals – creatures of instinct, born to be caught and destroyed – do not understand whom they are insulting, and consequently in their destruction they will be destroyed, suffering harm as the wages for their harmful ways. By considering it a pleasure to carouse in broad daylight, they are stains and blemishes, indulging in their deceitful pleasures when they feast together with you. (14) Their eyes, full of adultery, never stop sinning; they entice unstable people. They have trained their hearts for greed, these cursed children! By forsaking the right path they have gone astray, because they followed the way of Balaam son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness, yet was rebuked for his own transgression (a dumb donkey, speaking with a human voice, restrained the prophet’s madness.”)

      BALAAM knew the ways of God but loved the, “preeminence - status – position” a Gentile government could offer.” God allowed Balaam to lead His people “to inner-marry with unbelievers.”

      (2Peter 2:17-22; “These men (“likened to Balaam”) are waterless springs and mists driven by a storm, for whom the utter depths of darkness have been reserved. For by speaking high-sounding but empty words they are able to entice, with fleshly desires and with debauchery, (“immoral behavior”) people who have just escaped from those who reside in error. (19) Although these false teachers promise such people freedom, they themselves are enslaved to immorality. For whatever a person succumbs to, to that he is enslaved. For if after they have escaped the filthy things of the world through the rich knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they again get entangled in them and succumb to them, their last state has become worse for them than their first. (21) For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than, having known it, to turn back from the holy commandment that had been delivered to them. (22) They are illustrations of this true proverb: “A dog returns to its own vomit,” and “A sow, after washing herself, wallows in the mire.”)

      Peter is describing this unbelieving world’s populations. What is the lesson for families in this age of immoral behaviors? LOOK TO GOD rather than people for the correct life style God blesses. Followers of Jesus must, “look to God, rather than modern day psychologist regarding the training of children.” “For whatever a person succumbs to, to that he is enslaved.”

        At the time of Peter’s writing, all the apostles were very concerned about false teachers entering the congregations and confusing the people. Consider Peter’s continued words at chapter 3:, to this converted to God’s Way congregation.

      (2Peter 3:1-7; “Dear friends, this is already the second letter I have written you, in which I am trying to stir up your pure mind by way of reminder: I want you to recall both the predictions foretold by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles. (3) Above all, understand this: In the last days blatant scoffers will come, being propelled by their own evil urges and saying, “Where is His promised return? For ever since our ancestors died, all things have continued as they were from the beginning of creation.” For they deliberately suppress this fact, that by the Word of God heavens existed long ago and an earth was formed out of water and by means of water. Through these things the world existing at that time was destroyed when it was deluged with water. (7) But by the same Word the present heavens and earth have been reserved for fire, by being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.”)

      Jesus and each apostle taught the destruction of ungodly unbelievers, “a burning up.”

Satan’s successes are many. He literally has this earth’s populations upside down and confused about a multitude of things. His success through this world’s education system about how families should live and rear their children is major. Thus we are truly in a world much like that Lot experienced. Divorce, unfaithfulness, homosexuality is all around us and condoned by the majorities in most cities. Children are allowed to grow up to be self centered, disrespectful, uncaring for parents and senior citizens. The only worldwide answer is the return of our Lord, Shepherd and Savior, Jesus Christ.

One God, one absolute truth, chapter 16

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

(To 9,387 In resident” churches: “people God is calling and making temples of His spirit.”) 2/5/18  God’s 11th month, Shevat 20, 5778 until sunset.

     Holy God: we pray that Your Ways soon be revealed and understood throughout the world. That the many be led to repentance, Your Way of peace and justice soon be a reality on earth. In the name of Jesus we pray. AMEN

      Our teaching isn’t intended to be all in all on any particular subject. Our purpose is to encourage called out seekers of God’s truth, to prayerful do bible study and consider all things from God’s point of view. Followers of Jesus should recognize that we each are sovereign individuals, who must give account to our Creator at His chosen time. We teach: “our individual responsibly is to prove, test, seek and obey according to Jesus’ revealed faith.. Know; spiritual comprehension and revelations aren’t scientific. Know, God gifted faith isn’t scientific! Know that God’s creative powers defy human scientific logic! Believing IN God also defies human logic! “Believing there is a God is natural to the human mind,” to Believe IN, as in trust and faith isn’t instinctively natural. (To believe Jesus came and is now resurrected isn’t belief IN!) (Believers IN Jesus are gifted with a desire to have intimacy, “as in being AT ONE with Him.”) “Its knowing by faith that Jesus turned water into aged wine, Jesus gave physical life back to Lazarus after being dead four days, know by faith that Jesus healed and resurrected through His apostles.” We can’t be followers of Jesus, “without knowing by revealed faith that He is Creator, Re-Creator, Sustainer, Savior, Mediator and the head of His church.

      God’s fourth commandment necessity is: “when remembered” it keeps God foremost in our minds, as Creator. He wants us to remember and know by faith that He is the “I Am that I Am.” The One who blesses and that in Him is the only true freedom people can know. When the fourth commandment isn’t remembered people soon follow “what seems right to themselves.” (Rationalization from within our fleshly nature chooses to please “our instinctive animalistic nature.”) Looking to God for what is right, wrong, good and evil is replaced by fleshly self serving intellect when people don’t believe IN. Thus, “unbelieving people are in a state of bondage and confusion. When God’s Sabbaths are remembered according to His instruction, “His plan for our saving is revealed.”

      Exodus 20:8-11. “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shall you labor, and do all your work: But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God: in it you shall not do any work, you, nor thy son, nor your daughter, your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor the stranger that is within your gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.”)

       Had nations kept God’s Sabbaths as He ask, they would not have subscribed to the pitfalls God had Isaiah describe in Isaiah 2:. When Jesus returns all nations will subscribe and yield to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

      (Isaiah 2:1-9; “Here is the message about Judah and Jerusalem that was revealed to Isaiah son of Amos. In the future the mountain (government) of the Lord’s temple will endure as the most important of mountains, (governments) and will be the most prominent of hills. All the nations will stream to it, many people will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the Lord’s mountain, to the temple of the God of Jacob, so He can teach us His requirements, and we can follow His standards.” For Zion will be the center for moral instruction; the Lord will issue edicts from Jerusalem. He will judge disputes between nations; He will settle cases for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nations will not take up the sword against other nations, and they will no longer train for war. O descendants of Jacob, come, let us walk in the Lord’s guiding light. The Lord’s Day of Judgment.  Indeed, O Lord, you have abandoned your people, the descendants of Jacob. For diviners from the east are everywhere; they consult omen readers like the Philistines do. Plenty of foreigners are around. (7) Their land is full of gold and silver; there is no end to their wealth. Their land is full of horses; there is no end to their chariots. Their land is full of worthless idols; they worship the product of their own hands, what their own fingers have fashioned. Men bow down to them in homage, they lie flat on the ground in worship.”)

      Today, the descendants of Jacob are spiritual Israelites and heirs with Abraham. (See Galatians 3:29) People argue about God’s standards, His Sabbaths and commandments,” BUT not for much longer.” His Ways will be taught to the nations! (Today, God has abandoned His People, ‘the Israelites’ because they have abandoned Him to riches, diviners and twisters of His Word have deceived the world.) Many people will be ashamed, one day.

      (Isaiah 2:10-17; “Go up into the rocky cliffs, hide in the ground. Get away from the dreadful judgment of the Lord, from His royal splendor! Proud men will be brought low, arrogant men will be humiliated; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day. Indeed, the Lord who commands armies has planned a day of judgment, for all the high and mighty, for all who are proud – they will be humiliated; for all the cedars (people) of Lebanon, that are so high and mighty, for all the oaks (people) of Bashan; for all the tall mountains, for all the high hills, for every high tower, for every fortified wall, for all the large ships, for all the impressive ships, (everything people look to in awe.) (17) Proud men will be humiliated, arrogant men will be brought low; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.”)

      Worldly religions do not seem to remember or know that God had a plan from the beginning of time. He foreknew the pulls of the flesh and Satan’s successes with the people He created. From the beginning of time, people preferred idol worship; “that is, doing as seemed right to our inherited from Adam’s fleshly nature.” Worthless idols will be completely eliminated, including carved images and church steeples.

      (Isaiah 2:19-21; “They (arrogant people - twisters of God’s Word) will go into caves in the rocky cliffs and into holes in the ground, trying to escape the dreadful judgment of the Lord and His royal splendor, when He rises up to terrify the earth. (20) At that time men will throw their silver and gold idols, which they made for themselves to worship, into the caves where rodents and bats live, so they themselves can go into the crevices of the rocky cliffs and the openings under the rocky overhangs, trying to escape the dreadful judgment of the Lord and His royal splendor, when He rises up to terrify the earth.”)

       Seemingly, God has abandoned His People and the world for the time being. Allowing all people to go, “their way of choice.” A hard lesson to learn is; “all things revolve around our Creator and His Way.” The ways that seem right to our fleshly minds is the way of death. (See Prov 14:12) OH but, our inherited nature wants to trust people with titles and credentials. Isaiah closes this chapter 2, with the warning.

      (Isaiah 2:22; “Stop trusting in human beings, whose life’s breath is in their nostrils.

For why should they be given special consideration?”)

      Why give consideration to mortals, whose life’s breath is likened to your own; “rather than to the Life Giver, “Jesus.”

      James, Jude, Paul and Peter experienced the same problem when teaching and publishing God’s Way. Most people then and now yield to people of preeminence and delicate speech.

      Zechariah was also commissioned to teach us about these latter days.

(Zech 14:1-11; “A day of the Lord is about to come when your possessions will be divided as plunder in your midst. For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to wage war; the city will be taken, its houses plundered, and the women raped. Then half of the city will go into exile, but the remainder of the people will not be taken away. (3) Then the Lord will go to battle and fight against those nations, just as He fought battles in ancient days. On that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives which lies to the east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in half from east to west, leaving a great valley. Half the mountain will move northward and the other half southward. Then you will escape through My mountain valley, for the mountains will extend to Azal. Indeed, you will flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of King Uzziah of Judah. Then the Lord My God will come with all His holy ones with Him. (6) On that day there will be no light – the sources of light in the heavens will congeal. It will happen in one day (a day known to the Lord); not in the day or the night, but in the evening there will be light. Moreover, on that day living waters will flow out from Jerusalem, half of them to the eastern sea and half of them to the western sea; it will happen both in summer and in winter. (9) The Lord will then be king over all the earth. In that day the Lord will be seen as One with a single name. All the land will change and become like the Arabah from Geba to Rimmon, south of Jerusalem; and Jerusalem will be raised up and will stay in its own place from the Benjamin Gate to the site of the First Gate and on to the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananel to the royal winepresses. (11) And people will settle there, and there will no longer be the threat of divine extermination – Jerusalem will dwell in security.”)

       DIVINE EXTERMINATION has been a demonic plot since shortly after Jesus’ ascension. Unless our Creator God shortens the time, another attempt to rid the world of Jews, ‘Christians’ will unfold.

       (Zech 14:12-21; “But this will be the nature of the plague with which the Lord will strike all the nations that have fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh will decay while they stand on their feet, their eyes will rot away in their sockets, and their tongues will dissolve in their mouths. On that day there will be great confusion from the Lord among them; they will seize each other and attack one another violently. Moreover, Judah will fight at Jerusalem, and the wealth of all the surrounding nations will be gathered up – gold, silver, and clothing in great abundance. (15) This is the kind of plague that will devastate horses, mules, camels, donkeys, and all the other animals in those camps. 16) Then all who survive from all the nations that came to attack Jerusalem will go up annually to worship the King, the Lord who rules over all, and to observe the Feast of Tabernacles. (17) But if any of the nations anywhere on earth refuse to go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord who rules over all, they will get no rain. If the Egyptians will not do so, they will get no rain – instead there will be the kind of plague which the Lord inflicts on any nations that do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. This will be the punishment of Egypt and of all nations that do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. On that day the bells of the horses will bear the inscription “Holy to the Lord.” The cooking pots in the Lord’s temple will be as holy as the bowls in front of the altar. (21) Every cooking pot in Jerusalem and Judah will become holy in the sight of the Lord who rules over all, so that all who offer sacrifices may come and use some of them to boil their sacrifices in them. On that day there will no longer be a Canaanite in the house of the Lord who rules over all.”)

      This prophecy is real. God’s revelations to Zechariah and others never described vehicles as we know them today. The events and future rule of Jesus on earth is the prophecy. The gift of God’s loving faith in His Son through His apostles makes us AT ONE with our Creator. His Sabbaths and His calendar will be restored for all nations to observe. All with roots in paganism will be destroyed.

      Currently the whole world (age) follows man made tradition in worshipful fashion. It was in year 326 that Catholics calling themselves Christians introduced Christmas as we know it today.. In 1622 that the papacy adopted Jan. 1, the year’s beginning. God’s calendar recognizes Abib - Nisan 1. (See Leviticus 23).

      Allow a portion of Paul’s letter to the Galatians, close this study. We urge a study of all God’s prophetic Words, Jesus and His apostles teachings.

       (Galatians 3:23-29; “Now before, “Jesus’” faith came we were held in custody under the law, being kept as prisoners until the coming faith would be REVEALED. Thus the law had become our guardian until Christ, so that we could be declared righteous by faith. But now that, “Jesus’” faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. For in Christ Jesus you, “followers of Jesus” are all sons (CHILDREN) of God through, “Jesus’” faith. For all of you who were baptized, “immersed” into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female – for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. (29) And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.”)

       Our gifted faith in Jesus and His promises will make us weather the storms. May our Creator God shorten this age of demonic rule and usher in His righteousness.

One God, one absolute truth, chapter 15

Sunday, February 4th, 2018

(To 9,308 In resident” churches: “people God is calling and making temples of His spirit.”) 2/4/18 God’s 11th month, Shevat 19, 5778 until sunset. The Lord God made perpetual promises to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. (Our English dictionary defines “Perpetual” lasting forever or for an indefinitely long time.) We know from prophecies referred to in our last study that a greater deliverance than “from Egypt is planned.” We also know the sons of Jacob “Israelites” were disobedient, “causing God to scattered them among “lawless in His view” nations.” Thus the scripture at Malachi 3: “For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore you sons of Jacob are not consumed. Even from the days of your fathers you are gone away from My ordinances and have not kept them. Return to Me and I will return to you, says the Lord of host.”)

Only reason Israelites aren’t consumed is because God doesn’t change. (Ordinance means:” a law or rule made by an authority, something prescribed or regularly done.) (Similarly; “Oracles” is a source of wisdom, a source of knowledge or wise saying.)

Jesus’ apostle Paul was inspired to write: (Rom 3:1-4; “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. What then? If some 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 justified7 in your words and will prevail when you are judged.”) (Quote from Psalms 51:4)

God’s Sabbaths are ordinances. His calendar is an ordinance. His commandments are ordinances. So if Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and forever and He is the Lord that changes not, “He has not given anyone permission to change His Holy Sabbaths.”

Distorting God’s Word by using His Apostle Paul’s teaching at Troas, “regarding first day of the week collections for the Saints at Jerusalem and teaching that Paul changed the Sabbath is reckless theology.” Why would Jesus or His apostle want to change His Sabbath? Consider how this reckless theory evolved.

(Acts 20:5-7; “These had gone on ahead (of Paul) and were waiting for us in Troas. We sailed away from Philippi after the days of Unleavened Bread, and within five days we came to the others in Troas, where we stayed for seven days. (7) On the first day of the week, when we met to break bread, Paul began to speak to the people, and because he intended to leave the next day, “he extended his message until midnight.”) Logically’ if this text could be used to change the seventh day ordinance to a first day of the week Sabbath: “just as logically” one could support teaching until midnight.

People teaching a Sabbath change don’t consider or seem to care that Paul had just observed the feast of unleavened bread prior to that first day of a week collection. “When the people desired Paul to tarry longer with them, “he consented not” but bade them farewell, saying, “I must by all means keep this feast that comes to Jerusalem” but I will return again unto you, if God will, and he sailed from Ephesus.” Acts 18:21)

We have absolute proof that Paul kept the Feast of Unleavened and intended to keep the next feast that comes to Jerusalem. That would be Pentecost: God’s next annual holy Sabbath afterward . Paul wanted to be in Jerusalem and keep Pentecost. Honest people find it strange that the “first day change teaching” overlooks the fact that Paul is diligent about keeping God’s annual Sabbaths.

After a young man fell from the loft where Paul was teaching late on that first day and was thought to be dead, Paul prayed and told the congregation; “his life is in him.” Afterward they talked until break of day, “then Paul continued on his way.” (Read verses 9-12) “If folks used the same logic for a Sabbath day change, “they would teach until the break of day!”

From the beginning, God commanded that each day start at sunset and ends at the next sunset. It seems that Paul started his sermon about sunset and kept teaching until morning, “because he had so much to teach and the people wanted to continue listening.”. Their meeting on the first day to organize collections for Jerusalem would in no way change God’s holy seventh day Sabbath. (Citizens of Troas were celebrating Paul’s being with them and were hungry for what he had to teach.) Desiring to discern as much as possible before his leaving.

When the Pharisees criticized Jesus’ conduct regarding “His keeping the Sabbath” He said to them (“the Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath: therefore the Son of Man is Lord also of the Sabbath.”) (Mark 2:27-28)

People worshiping Jesus as Lord could in no way think of changing the day, “He proclaims to be the Lord of.” “Jesus is Lord of the Seventh Day Sabbath!”

Paul did not teach strict law keeping as a means by which people could be saved; “Rather Jesus’ doctrine of faith, love and overcoming sin to the end.” Loving God is to keep His Ways. In the early New Covenant Churches, “its documented that Jesus revealed Himself through the apostles’ teaching.” Allow Paul’s teaching on this subject.

(1Corinthians 1:18-25; “For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and I will thwart the cleverness of the intelligent.”

(Quote from Iasiah 29:14) Where is the wise man? Where is the expert in the Mosaic law? Where is the debater of this age? Has God not made the wisdom of the world foolish? For since in the wisdom of God the world by its wisdom did not know God, God was pleased to save those who believe by the foolishness of preaching. For Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks ask for wisdom, but we preach about a crucified Christ, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles. But to those who are CALLED, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. (25) For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.”)

Followers of Jesus are miraculously gifted to understand that, “minds must be opened supernaturally in order to know why God’s Sabbaths are holy.”

Paul exposed the devises of Satan and taught that Believers IN Jesus must be about overcoming the pulls of our inherited nature. Part of overcoming our inherited nature is to overcome our natural resentment to God’s spiritual law. Paul used Abraham’s faith in God as the example. (Believing IN faith; loving God and honoring His Way is how Jesus’ apostles worshiped God.) Paul explained that law keeping Israelites put strict law observance, pride in doing, above loving their Creator and neighbor. Our inherited human nature, “willingly puts legalistic rule keeping, above love.” Thus, law keeping can become an idol.

New Testament Christian are gifted with a desire to be personally holy, love God’s Way and yield to His service to others mentality. Jesus’ Apostle Peter gives us the perfect summation.

(1Peter 1:13-21; “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as He which has CALLED you is holy, so be you holy in all manner of conduct; Because it is written “Be you holy; for I am holy.” And if you call on the Father, who without respect of persons judges according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: forasmuch as you know that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conduct, received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, who by Him do believe IN God, that raised Him up from the dead, and gave Him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.”)

NOTE: “by the revelation of Jesus Christ” “we are to fashion ourselves.” “Be holy” “recognize that redemption is by His precious blood” and that Jesus is, “foreordained-manifested in these last times for you.”

It is obvious that Jesus’ apostles kept His weekly and annual Sabbaths. Paul went to great length to explain that the crux of his preaching was, “Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” No Apostle or Believer IN, “Christian” ever considered changing anything God made holy.

Paul explains at Philippians 2:3-11; “Complete my joy and be of the same mind, by having the same love, being united in spirit, and having one purpose. (3) Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well. You should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had, who though He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped, but emptied Himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men,

and by sharing in human nature. He humbled Himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross!

(9) As a result God exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow – in heaven and on earth and under the earth – and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”)

Jesus revealed to John that near the end of this age, “a time He refers to as the abomination of desolation” will be revealed: when people in Judea should flee to the mountains because of the onset of persecutions. Of that time Jesus said, among other things; “Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath.” (Matt 24:20)

Perhaps the Muslims think Jesus is referring to the sixth day and perhaps professing Christians think He is referring to the first day. Thank God He reveals His truth to His followers..

One God, one absolute truth, chapter 14

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

(To 9,308 In resident” churches: “people God is calling and making temples of His spirit.”) 2/2/18  God’s 11th month, Shevat 17, 5778 until sunset.

       New Covenant Christians are Believers IN Jesus Christ, selected, called and gifted with a spiritual desire to be at one with God. A people God the Father is making temples of His spirit. Referring to the annual Sabbath, ‘Trumpets’ foreshadowing; Jesus’ apostle Paul was gifted with the following revelations.

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

       Remembering the meaning of Jacob’s name change to ‘Israel’ is, “God fights.” Consider the fact that Israel is, “a chosen by promise to Abraham people.” Through Moses, the Lord God delivered Israel from Egyptian bondage, “reminding them of their heritage as promised Abraham.” The Lord God made Israelites His own people by promise and gave them rules for their good. Their circumcision covenant included the ten commandments and oracles of God. (Oracles included His calendar, Sabbaths reminding them of creation; keeping them focused on their deliverance, that their physical bodies were temporary dwellings, how to rear children, Sabbath rest and crop rotation for their lands etc.) Israelites promised obedience and their Lord God promised to be as a husband to them. Though they were disobedient and are now scattered through out the world; “the Lord God’s promise to Abraham’s heirs is a perpetual promise.” He will deliver again and they will yet inherit the lands promised through Abraham. (For starters review a few prophesies: Isaiah 22:, 35:, 51:, 65: and Jeremiah 31:.)

      As was the Lord God’s Old Covenant promises with His people, ’Israelites’ “by promise to Abraham,. The Lord God’s New Covenant is with ’spiritual Israelites’ is also for a set aside people for His purpose. As physical circumcision and the gifted oracles of God separated Israelites from the world at large: “today’s followers of Jesus are a set aside people, “gifted with circumcision of heart and the oracles of God,”

       None of this world’s unbelieving populations understand; nor was physical Israelites given to understand this mystery. (Israelites before Jesus’ earthly ministry were not gifted with the spirit of love that comes from above; “as are Believers IN through Jesus today.”) The gifted maturity of Godly love is “believing IN faith” and is only gifted through Jesus. Its the mystery of God’s New Covenant with His chosen people.

      (1Corinthians 13:8-13; “Godly Love never ends. But if there are prophecies, they will be set aside; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be set aside. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part, but when what is perfect comes, the partial will be set aside. (11) When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. But when I became an adult, I set aside childish ways. For now we see in a mirror indirectly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, just as I have been fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”)

       God’s gifted Holy Spirit includes the desire to be at one with Him. (Phil 2:13; “for the One bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort – for the sake of His good pleasure – is God. “)

      At Hebrews 10:, Jesus’ apostle continues the same theme. Because Jesus, “our Creator” loved us, He allowed Himself to become our sacrificial Lamb and shed His blood for the remission (a reduction of severity) of sin. Jesus always intended, that the Old Covenant and it’s laws be a shadow of the new. A foreshadowing of what was to be in this latter age. Jesus called Moses and made him Israel’s deliverer. Leading them from Egypt’s sinful bondage. This foreshadowed what He would do through Jesus‘ death, “save sinners from the bondage of sin.” (“Fathering His called heirs, making them His own, as in “born from above.”) Giving people to understand that His laws are for their good. (Laws, including the Sabbath, “all made for people, not people made for laws.”)

       (Hebrews 10:1-18; “For the law possesses a shadow of the good things to come but not the reality itself and is therefore completely unable, by the same sacrifices offered continually, year after year, to perfect those who come to worship. For otherwise would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers would have been purified once for all and so have no further consciousness of sin? But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins year after year. For the blood of bulls and goats cannot take away sins. So when He, ‘Jesus’ came into the world, He said, (“Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but a body You prepared for Me.) (Whole burnt offerings and sin-offerings you took no delight in.”) (Then I said, ‘Here I am: I have come – it is written of Me in the scroll of the book – to do Your will, O God.) When He says above, “Sacrifices and offerings and whole burnt offerings and sin-offerings You did not desire nor did You take delight in them” (which are offered according to the law), then He (JESUS) says, “Here I am: I have come to do your will.” He does away with the first to establish the second. By His will we have been MADE holy through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest stands day after day serving and offering the same sacrifices again and again – sacrifices that can never take away sins. But when this Priest (“JESUS”) had offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, He sat down at the right hand of God, where He is now waiting until His enemies are made a footstool for His feet. For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are made holy. And the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us, for after saying, “This is the covenant that I will establish with them after those days, says the Lord. I will put my laws on their hearts and I will inscribe them on their minds,” then He says, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no longer.” Now where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.”)

       Christians are aware of the fact that we cannot cause people to sincerely study God’s Word, “with the intent of seeing things from His view and accepting His corrections.” Nor can we give people a desire to have an intimate relationship with their Creator..

      Heavenly Father: thank You for revealing that we are in the last days. We pray that many be called and led to repent for having lived the way that seemed okay to the fleshly mentality we inherited. Give each called person a persevering will to worship You and separate themselves from this world’s system of things and turn to the practice of Your Ways. We pray, we ask by the authority of Jesus. AMEN

       We can’t help but ponder and question; “how many are spiritually minded to pray; “may Your Kingdom soon come?” Hopefully there are a few. (The sad truth is, “the whole world can be characterized as sports enthusiast.” Self accomplishments is foremost in the unbelievers mind. “Personal possessions and entertainment.” (The love of money and what it can get or accomplish is foremost in the unbeliever’s mind.) Even folks living on entitlements have the same unthankful greed mentality.

      People lose sight of the fact that blessing and cursing come from our Creator God.

Unbelievers speak of the goodness in mankind and how this goodness will prevail to make the world a peaceful place. It can’t happen until our Creator intervenes. Followers of Jesus are spiritually led to consider the errors of mankind’s self destructive path. This world’s system of things is on the path to actually fight Jesus when He comes.

       We looked at Jesus’ prophecy through Ezekiel in the last study. He tells how peace will finally come to this world. Our Creator Jesus will bring peace and restore His Ways. When Jesus returns and Satan is bound, mankind’s fleshly minds will be miraculously opened and many will be gifted with repentant attitudes for having practiced the ways that seemed right.

        Our Creator’s ordinances, as given to His prophets and apostles have not changed. He still looks at the heart of man; for honest dealings with one another and Himself. (But, people in general have not honestly respected God as His being our Creator nor His Ways.) The Apostle Paul explained at Romans 1:20-21.

       (“For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.”)

      The facts are that God’s Ways are holy, cannot be changed. and will be restored.

The apostle Paul also explained to the Romans and all followers of Jesus, how and why this world is in it’s present condition. We followers of Jesus know, “nothing is gained when we debate with unbelieving people whose hearts are darkened. However we hope God the Father will open many minds.

      In spite of the clear teaching through out God’s Holy Word, “most organized religions maintain that God’s Sabbath has been changed.” (Many professing Christian, “choose to believe that Jesus’ apostle Paul was allowed to change God’s Sabbath to the first day. Just as many Moslems choose to believe “God authorized their prophet to change God’s seventh day Sabbath to the sixth day.” In each case, Satan’s demonic purpose is to divide.

       Writing to Jesus’ New Testament church, Paul writes at Hebrews 13:7-9;. (“Remember them which have rule over you, who have spoken to you the Word of God: whose faith follow: consider the end of their conduct. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever. Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.”)

       Paul needed to pen this because those wanting to start their own organizations used various divisionary talking points to divide the people. God also shares that that the reason Jacob’s descendents aren’t consumed is because of His not changing.

      Malachi 3:5-7;.“And I will come near to you in judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swears falsely, against those that oppress the hirelings in his wages, the widow, the fatherless and that turn aside the strangers from his right, and fear not Me, says the LORD of hosts. For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore you sons of Jacob are not consumed. Even from the days of your fathers you are gone away from My ordinances and have not kept them. Return to Me and I will return to you, says the Lord of host.”)