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The Gospel, chapter 18

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

To: “In Resident Churches of God, all Saints” grace and peace from our God. 10/30/18, God‘s 8th month, Cheshvan 22, 5779 until sunset.

       When we desire to think like and obey Jesus; “it’s by the grace of God.” It’s by God’s choice and grace when we’re given a desire to follow Jesus. He planned our calling from the foundation of the world. Our calling is special and for His purpose, we’re predestined.  (Philippians 2:12-13; So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence but even more in my absence, continue working out your salvation with awe and reverence, (13) for the One bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort – for the sake of His good pleasure – is God.) This is one of many scriptural text proving that God the Father does the calling. One of many, teaching, “we individually must work our salvation with awe and reverence.  Don’t  be  persuaded  by denominations.

       From a fleshly outlook, folks look for a denomination/ religion that fits their thinking. When God the Father reveals Jesus’ love, attributes and characteristics and people understand they are in fact His own: “people realize Jesus is the exact representation of His Father, “know they’re One in purpose/planning etc.” God the Father does it all through God the Son, making Him, “Creator, Re-Creator, Sustainer, Deliverer, Mediator, Lord and coming king of kings. When New Jerusalem comes down we’ll see that unity up close. 

       (Heb 1:1- After God spoke long ago in various portions and in various ways to our ancestors through the prophets, in these last days He has spoken to us in a Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He created the world. (3) The Son is the radiance of His glory and the representation of His essence, and He sustains all things by His powerful Word, and so when He ’God the Son’  had accomplished cleansing for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. Thus He became so far better than the angels as He has inherited a name superior to theirs.)

       It’s Jesus’ Good News prophesied in His New and Old Testaments. Not only are God’s chosen in this age predestined, Israel is predestined to be delivered back to the borders promised through Abraham. As Jesus revealed through Paul to gentiles, “all Israel will be saved,” but at this time, Israel, particularly Judaism’s mind is darkened until the time of the gentiles is fulfilled.

      (Romans 11:25- For I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: A partial hardening has happened to Israel until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. (26) And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion; He will remove ungodliness from Jacob. And this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins.” (28) In regard to the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but in regard to election they are dearly loved for the sake of the fathers. For the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable.”) Paul is quoting from Isaiah 27: & 59: and Jeremiah 31:33-24.

       Let’s examine Jesus’ revelation through Isaiah.

       (Isaiah   14:1-6; The Lord will certainly have compassion on Jacob; He will again choose Israel as His special people and restore them to their land. Resident foreigners will join them and unite with the family of Jacob. Nations will take them and bring them back to their own place. Then the family of Jacob will make foreigners their servants as they settle in the Lord’s land. They will make their captors captives and rule over the ones who oppressed them. When the Lord gives you relief from your suffering and anxiety, and from the hard labor which you were made to perform, (4) you will taunt the king of Babylon with these words: “Look how the oppressor has met his end! Hostility has ceased. The Lord has broken the club of the wicked, the scepter of rulers. It furiously struck down nations with unceasing blows. It angrily ruled over nations, oppressing them without restraint.) As always study the whole. This chapter also speaks to Satan’s demise.

       Jesus good news “gospel” is about the whole earth being at rest, quite and breaking into song of praise. The subterranean world called Sheol, “which is regarded as the land of the dead” Including Satan will be amazed. The offspring of the wicked will never be mentioned again. They must not rise up and take possession of the earth, or fill the surface of the world with cities.” Remember Babylon represents all those that make for confusion.

      (Isa 14:22-23; “I will rise up against them,” says the Lord who commands armies. “I will blot out all remembrance of Babylon and destroy all her people, including the offspring she produces” says the Lord. “I will turn her into a place that is overrun with wild animals and covered with pools of stagnant water. I will get rid of her, just as one sweeps away dirt with a broom,” says the Lord who commands armies.

       (Isa 14:24-25; 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. 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.

      (Isa 14:26-27; 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? The Lord Will Judge the Philistines

      (Isa 14:28-29; In the year King Ahaz died, this message was revealed: Don’t be so happy, all you Philistines, just because the club that beat you has been broken! For a viper will grow out of the serpent’s root and its fruit will be a darting adder.)

       This latter age and new beginning is defined as the time from Jesus’ birth until His return. His return and millennial rule will be a new beginning. We followers of Jesus in this age are a chosen predestined people heirs with Abraham. Israel’s deliverance form Egypt was a new beginning and an example to this age. The old covenant included circumcision, Israel’s deliverance, washings and blood sacrifices looked forward to the new, when Believers IN would become spiritual Israelites, fulfilling but not doing away with the old. The new is spiritual circumcision of the heart and people being made at one with God through His spirit, becoming God’s Temple. Again Jesus reveals it through Paul.

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

      (1Cor 6:19-20; “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body.”) We that are called to Believe IN are purchased with Jesus’ blood.

      (Eph 1:3-14; ;Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ. For He, “God the Father” chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world that we may be holy and unblemished in His sight in love. He did this by predestining us to adoption as His Sons through Jesus Christ, according to the pleasure of His will – (6 ) to the praise of the glory of His grace that He has freely bestowed on us in His dearly loved Son. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace that He lavished on us in all wisdom and insight. (9) He did this when He revealed to us the secret of His will, according to His good pleasure that He set forth in Christ, toward the administration of the fullness of the times, to head up all things in Christ – the things in heaven and the things on earth. In Christ we too have been claimed as God’s own possession, since we were predestined according to the one purpose of Him who accomplishes all things according to the counsel of His will (12) so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, would be to the praise of His glory. And when you heard the Word of truth (the gospel of your salvation) – when you believed in Christ – you were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit, (14) who is the down payment of our inheritance, until the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.”)

       We didn’t believe IN, Jesus’ Words through Paul, until God the Father called us to be Jesus’ Sheep, “His followers.” Remember God knows our heart, “mind, center of our being” desires and intents of the flesh. Family, friends and neighbors may know us; “first, by our practices and secondly, by our words.” Jesus knows the heart and intent of every person’s mind. Jesus spoke bluntly and had no problem calling the religious types of His day hypocrites, snakes and adding, (John 10:26-30; “You refuse to believe because you are not My sheep. My sheep listen to My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish; no one will snatch them from My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all, and no one can snatch them from My Father’s hand. The Father and I are One.”)

       Satan has all worldly denominations believing they were born immortal, that is “born to live forever someplace.” These don’t believe IN Jesus. In the above John 10: scripture Jesus is saying. (1) Friends of this world’s system of things aren’t My sheep. (2) I knows each that the Father gives Me, they listen to and follow Me. (3) I give them eternal life, “no one earns it.” salvation. (4) Those the Father gives Me, will never perish. (5) The Father and I are One and He is greater than I.

       Jesus’ brother, “James” concurs; (James 4:4-9; Adulterers, do you not know that friendship with the world means hostility toward God? So whoever decides to be the world’s friend makes himself God’s enemy. Or do you think the scripture means nothing when it says, “The spirit that God caused to live within us has an envious yearning”? But He gives greater grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but He gives grace to the humble.” So submit to God. But resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and make your hearts pure, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn, and weep. Turn your laughter into mourning and your joy into despair. Humble yourselves before the Lord and He will exalt you.”)

       The religions of our day are likened to the Pharisees and Sadducees, in that they take bits and pieces from scripture, “favorites” then ask questions in trickery form, to test responses. We need not debate with self righteous deceived unbelievers. We probably should say no more than Jesus’ response.

      (Matthew 22:34-40; “Now when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they assembled together. And one of them, an expert in religious law, asked him a question to test Him: “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” Jesus said to him, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”)

The Gospel, chapter 17

Saturday, October 27th, 2018

To: “In Resident Churches of God, all Saints” grace and peace from our God. 10/27/18, God‘s 8th month, Chestven 18, 5779 until sunset.

      Unbelievers don’t seem to know “the God of the old and new testaments are one and the same.” The Lord God of Enoch, Noah, Abraham, the twelve apostles and each Believer IN is Creator Jesus. Three inspired scriptural truths are. (John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:15-29 & Heb 1:) The Son of God is, “the I AM that I AM” (Study Exodus 2 and 3.) He preplanned a Re-Creation of planet earth after flooding and destroying what’s called pre-historic life. Prepared it for new life, particularly mankind’s, made in their image and likeness. He may have repositioned the stars, sun and moon to compliment His new creations, separating years, seasons, day and night for their needs. According to biblical chronology He created humankind less than 6,000 years ago.

        (Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.) (Since there’s no beginning and ending with God, this first verse should read, “in a beginning, not “the.” Scripture does identifies several new beginnings.

      (Gen 1:2;2) Now the earth was without shape and empty, darkness was over the surface of the watery deep, but the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the water.) Planet earth existed in disarray, because of a previous flooding. Next He’s speaking of a re-creation. 

       (Gen 1:3-5; God said, “Let there be light.” And there was light! God saw that the light was good, so God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day” and the darkness “night.” There was evening, and there was morning, marking the first day.) Earth to complete one turn on its axis making one full day. Study the whole taking into account, “kind after kind.”

       (Gen 1:6-8; God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters and let it separate water from water. “Clouds from sea and oceans.” So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. It was so. God called the expanse “sky.” There was evening, and there was morning, a second day.”

      (Gen 1:9-10; God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place and let dry ground appear.” It was so. God called the dry ground “land” and the gathered waters “seas.” God saw that it was good.

       (Gen 1:11-13; God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: plants yielding seeds according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds.” It was so. The land produced vegetation – plants yielding seeds according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. God saw that it was good. There was evening, and there was morning, a third day.

       (Gen 1:14-19; God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them be signs to indicate seasons and days and years and let them serve as lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth.” It was so. God made two great lights – the greater light to rule over the day and the lesser light to rule over the night. He made the stars also. God placed the lights in the expanse of the sky to shine on the earth, to preside over the day and the night and to separate the light from the darkness. God saw that it was good. There was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.

       (Gen 1:20-23; God said, “Let the water swarm with swarms of living creatures and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky.” God created the great sea creatures and every living and moving thing with which the water swarmed, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. God saw that it was good. God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth.” There was evening, and there was morning, a fifth day.

        (Gen 1:24-25; God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: cattle, creeping things, and wild animals, each according to its kind.” It was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the cattle according to their kinds, and all the creatures that creep along the ground according to their kinds. God saw that it was good.

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

       (Gen 1:27; God created humankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them, male and female He created them.)

       His purpose and plans are loving. God is love. God the Father and God the Son planned The Way in which humankind could inherit eternal life. The Noah day flood was a new beginning. Calling and making His awesome promises to Abraham was a new beginning. The Son of God’s sacrifice for the remission of sin was and is the ultimate New Beginning.

      (Heb 6:13-15; “Now when God made His promise to Abraham, since He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, “Surely I will bless you greatly and multiply your descendants abundantly.” And so by persevering, Abraham inherited the promise. (Jesus too persevered in that He learned from the things He suffered.)

      (Heb 6:16-29; For people swear by something greater than themselves, and the oath serves as a confirmation to end all dispute. In the same way God wanted to demonstrate more clearly to the heirs of the promise that His purpose was unchangeable, and so He intervened with an oath, so that we who have found refuge in Him may find strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us through two unchangeable things, (1) since it is impossible for God to lie. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, sure and steadfast, which reaches inside behind the curtain, (2) where Jesus our forerunner entered on our behalf, since He became a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.”)

      Our trust must be in Jesus, our desire must be to serve as He served and yield to Him as He yielded to God the Father. Though all power was given to Jesus, He never thought to usurp power or insert a will differing from His Father’s. (Study Philippians 2:)

       Now Satan and his followers are the opposite. The holy scriptures teach us that Satan thought highly of himself. God inspired Isaiah to share Satan’s outlook and gave us to understand the power God is allowing him to have.

       (Isa 14:12-16; “Look how you have fallen from the sky, O shining one, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the ground, O conqueror of the nations! You said to yourself, “I will climb up to the sky. Above the stars of El (authority of our Creator) I will set up my throne. I will rule on the mountain of assembly on the remote slopes of Zaphon. I will climb up to the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High!” But you ’Satan’ were brought down to Sheol, to the remote slopes of the pit. Those who see you stare at you, they look at you carefully, thinking: “Is this the man who shook the earth, the one who made kingdoms tremble?”)

      Likewise, Satan’s followers think to usurp authority, change times and devise spiritually idolatrous customs that cause people to error. Let us pray to have a mind like Jesus.’ Jesus inspired Paul to instruct us to be lovingly different.

      (Philippians 2:4-11; “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, “as Satan and his followers do” but emptied Himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by ’lovinglysharing in human nature. He humbled Himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross! 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.”)

       To believe IN Jesus, as the Creator Son of God, is to believe IN God the Father. Spiritually adulterous people committing to the apostate Jude wrote about, “went about changing God’s calendar, appropriated a paganism mix with Judaism and called it Christian. They still persecute genuine followers of Jesus who worship Him as the Son of God and Judaism. Christendom can’t understand “God’s name is a family name.”

       (1John 3:1-3; (See what sort of love the Father has given to us: that we should be called God’s children – and indeed we are! For this reason the world does not know us: because it did not know Him. Dear friends, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet been revealed. We know that whenever it is revealed we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope focused on Him purifies himself, just as Jesus is pure).”)

       We followers of Jesus are “now in God’s family” and it’s He that gives us the desire to be like Him.

      (Philippians 2:12-16; “So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence but even more in my absence, continue working out your salvation with awe and reverence, (13) for the One bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort – for the sake of His good pleasure – is God. Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God without blemish though you live in a crooked and perverse society, in which you shine as lights in the world by holding on to the Word of Life so that on the day of Christ I will have a reason to boast that I did not run in vain nor labor in vain.”) (We Believers IN aren’t considered slaves but friends - owners.)

        (Gal 4:1-7; “Now I mean that the heir, as long as he is a minor, is no different from a slave, though he is the owner of everything. But he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father. So also we, when we were minors, were enslaved under the basic forces of the world. (4) But when the appropriate time had come, God sent out His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we may be adopted as Sons with full rights. (6) And because you are Sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, who calls “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a Son, and if you are a Son, then you are also an heir through God.” 

       Remember Abraham was a new beginning, grandson Jacob’s name was changed to Israel and Christians are spiritual Israelites. (Gal 3:29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.) (Romans 11:25-27; For I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: A partial hardening has happened to Israel until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion; He will remove ungodliness from Jacob. And this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins.”) When we believe IN, it’s knowing faith.

The Gospel, chapter 16

Friday, October 26th, 2018

To: “In Resident Churches of God, all Saints” grace and peace from our God. 10/26/18, God‘s 8th month, Chestven 17, 5779 until sunset.

      As noted in an earlier study, many fuss over the appropriate name for our Creator God. Let’s review: (Exodus 3:13-15; Moses said to God, “If I go to the Israelites and tell them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you’ and they ask me, ‘What is His name?’ – what should I say to them?” (14) God said to Moses, “I am that I am.” And He said, “You must say this to the Israelites, ‘I am has sent me to you.’” God also said to Moses, “You must say this to the Israelites, ‘The Lord – the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob – has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial from generation to generation.’)

      This may seem overly simplified, the point is “there’s only one God” Today, tomorrow and forever, God’s memorial will be, “He is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob” “the I Am That I Am.” When Satan is bound and people realize God’s name parallels with Hebrews 1: and Colossians 1:15-20, divisions will be erased.    

      Jesus’ good news’ coming was prophesied by Moses, almost all the prophets and Jesus personally is so much more awesome than religious denominations assume. When Jesus’ apostle Paul was witnessing to King Agrippa and Festus, Festus exclaimed loudly, “You have lost your mind, Paul! Your great learning is driving you insane!” (Acts 26:24; Paul replied, “I pray to God that whether in a short or a long time not only you but also all those who are listening to me today could become such as I am, except for these chains.”) All followers of Jesus wish everyone could be as they. The awesomeness of God and His plan for His creation is revealed to called out Believers IN. Paul told the people of his Damascus experience; how he had persecuted Believers IN Jesus and then his faith in Jesus. (For example, unbelieving Christians, “think we Believers IN have lost our minds when we speak of resurrections, “as in more than one” equitable judgment, this earth being filled with knowledge of God without demonic interruptions, Israelites being miraculously restored to the borders God promised Abraham’s descendents, peace on earth under the rule of Jesus and His Saints, Satan’s release after one thousand years to go out and deceive again, ultimately to be destroyed, a second death for unbelievers, New Jerusalem’s coming down and God the Father demonstrating oneness with God the Son.)

       Jesus being our Creator is camouflaged by professing Christian denominations, (Review John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:15-20, Hebrews 1:, 7:, & 2 Peter 1:15-21) The Son of God and Creator willingly came, “to be born human, experience persecutions, overcome the flesh, practice living without sin, and shed His blood, “life” for the sins of this world’s people!

      Jesus demonstrated His Re-Creative and creative attributes while living in the flesh, making water into aged wine, restoring leprosy sufferers, feeding thousands by re-creating food, calming a stormy sea and resurrecting Lazarus to a renewed physical life after being dead four days. This same Jesus has promised to return with power and do away with unrighteousness. We Believers IN are expected to practice overcoming and be obedient to Jesus as He was to His Father. Jesus the revelator, revealed to His apostle John and John recorded for our learning.

       (Revelations 21:5-8; “And the one seated on the throne “Jesus” said: “Look! I am making all things new!” Then He “Jesus” said to me, “Write it down, because these words are reliable and true.” He also said to me, “It is done! (It has been preplanned and is absolute.) I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the one who is thirsty I will give water free of charge from the spring of the water of life. The one who conquers (overcomes the inherited from Adam sin nature through faith in ME.) will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. (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.”) Preplanned and absolute!

       Deceiver, “Satan” who influenced people before the flood, led the ungodly Egyptians and those who lived in Sodom & Gomorra, is the god of this world. He wants our belief system to be likened to his own. A system setting an unbelieving agenda, intents and thoughts! A belief nature that wants to make ourselves little gods.

       Know this, “when one or more of Satan’s lies is believed” God’s truth is camouflaged. One day people will practice living according to “what seem right.” (Demonic lies shape people’s lives, thoughts and intents of the heart.) We each need God’s supernatural intervention, “be born again” in order to overcome our inherited nature pulls. We must know that the god of this age is always “likened to a roaring lion.” (“Your enemy the devil, like a roaring lion, is on the prowl looking for someone to devour. Resist him, strong in your faith, because you know that your brothers and sisters throughout the world are enduring the same kinds of suffering. And, after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace who called you to his eternal glory in Christ will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To Him belongs the power forever. Amen.” 1 Peter 5:8-11)

       Our Creator, “Jesus” knows each of us much better than we can possibly know ourselves. We each need to examine ourselves in His Light. We each need to ask, “Are we a go along to get along denominationalist people?” Jesus revealed that He as our High Priest, “appointed long before Aaron’s appointment and in similar fashion.” Aaron and his son’s served as forerunners - foreshadowing Jesus’ High Priest position. When led to believe IN Jesus, we desire to be like Him. “When we examine ourselves in His Light, we see our inherited flaws, motivated by self serving concerns.” (“Although Jesus was a Son, He learned obedience through the things He suffered. And by being perfected in this way, He became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, and He was designated by God as high priest in the order of Melchizedek.” Hebrews 5:8-10)

      Melchizedek is first mentioned in the fourteenth chapter of Genesis. He was serving as king of Salem and Priest of the Most High God. He blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by the Most High God, Creator of heaven and earth. Worthy of praise is the Most High God, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” Abram gave Melchizedek a tenth of everything. (In Psalm 110: the Lord declares that the Davidic king is a royal priest after the pattern of Melchizedek.) The good news “gospel” is about the king of kings bringing peace on earth, likened to a royal priest. God’s ruling Israel through priest, “the last being Samuel” was a foreshadowing of Jesus’ Melchizedek order when He returns.

       (Heb 5:11-14; “On this topic we have much to say and it is difficult to explain, since you have become sluggish in hearing. For though you should in fact be teachers by this time, you need someone to teach you the beginning elements of God’s utterances. You have gone back to needing milk, not solid food. (13) For everyone who lives on ’spiritual’ milk is inexperienced in the message of righteousness, because he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, whose perceptions are trained by practice to discern both good and evil.”)

       We need to live and practice, as submitting to God’s training, “so we may have Jesus’ discernment about right, wrong, good and evil. (We can’t know what’s spiritually right, wrong, good and evil, while in our fleshly condition, which is hostile to the God of Creation. As Satan coached Eve to decide for herself, but we need to be preparing our minds and spirit to be conformed to Jesus’ millennial government. (think on it)

       The apostate religions of this world, claiming to serve Jesus’ cause are likened to prostitutes and in fact are as crucifying Jesus all over again! Teaching and practicing traditions of men, rather than yielding to God’s Way.

       (Heb 6:1-2; “Therefore we “Believers IN” must progress beyond the elementary instructions about Christ and move on to maturity, not laying this foundation again: (Teach Jesus as He manifest Himself to be in scripture, namely John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:15-20, Hebrews 1:, 7: and in the book of Genesis.) “repentance from dead works” (Turn from works of the flesh and seek His truth.) and “faith in God” (Believe IN His promises.) 6:2 “teaching about baptisms,” (Teach living as being immerse in Jesus and judgment, the baptism of fire.) “laying on of hands” (Demonstrate faith by yielding to spiritual authority.) “resurrection of the dead” (Teach God’s power to give life to the dead.) and “eternal judgment.” (Teach the end time judgment is spelled out at Revelations 21:8)

       (Heb 6:3-6; “And this is what we “Believers IN” intend to do, if God permits. For it is impossible in the case of those who have once been enlightened, tasted the heavenly gift, become partakers of the Holy Spirit, tasted the good word of God and the miracles of the coming age, and then have committed apostasy, (the renunciation of God’s Way - knowingly, rebelliously practice paganism.) to renew them again to repentance, since they are crucifying the Son of God for themselves all over again and holding Him up to contempt.”)

       Committing an unpardonable sin was once a topic of much discussion. Death bed confessions are popular among many professing Christians. Once enlightened we need to pray for the strength to never turn back!

       (Heb 6:7-12; “For the ground that has soaked up the rain that frequently falls on it and yields useful vegetation for those who tend it receives a blessing from God. But if it produces thorns and thistles, it is useless and about to be cursed; its fate is to be burned. (9) But in your case, dear friends, even though we speak like this, we are convinced of better things relating to salvation. For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love you have demonstrated for His name, in having served and continuing to serve the Saints. (11) But we passionately want each of you to demonstrate the same eagerness for the fulfillment of your hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and perseverance inherit the promises.”)

        The Patriarchs who lived by knowing faith, is whose examples God has preserved.

The Gospel, chapter 15

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

To: “In Resident Churches of God, all Saints” grace and peace from our God. 10/24/18, God‘s 8th month, Chestven 15, 5779 until sunset.

       Since God’s seventh day holy Sabbath is set aside for rest, from doing works of the flesh, since a thousand years is as one day with God, logically Jesus’ return is planned for after six thousand years of Satan’s influence on people. Considering Jesus’ promises to cut time short for the Elect’s sake, we need to be ready. We don’t know, but do have evidence “six thousand years is allocated for people to live according to what seems right to their fleshly mind.” We’re praying God’s Way soon be done on earth. God’s set aside seven annual Sabbaths is a strong indication of the same. 

       Schools of so called higher learning with differing doctrinal positions offer doctrinal degrees in religious theology. Which is nonsense to God and His called out people, since Jesus is the head of His church.

      (Eph 2:20-22; “So then you ’gentiles’ are no longer foreigners and non-citizens, but you are fellow citizens with the Saints and members of God’s household, because you have been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the Cornerstone. In Him the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”) People gifted to believe IN Jesus are His church family, temples of His spirit.

       (Hebrews 4:14-16; “Therefore since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession ‘profession.’ For we do not have a high priest incapable of sympathizing with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in every way just as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and find grace whenever we need help.”)

       When we recognize our inherited from Adam weaknesses, we need to confess them to God and ask for spiritual strength to overcome them. A near perfect example is the apostle Paul’s who only recognized his nature after Jesus revealed Himself. He called himself a Pharisee of Pharisees, was educated in the workings of the temple services and Aaron’s responsibility as high priest. Paul had a fleshly religious understanding before being called and gifted with spiritual revelations. After conversion, he understood that God made Moses “as a god to the Israelites and Aaron their high priest.”

       (Hebrews 5:1-10; “For every high priest is taken from among the people and appointed to represent them before God, to offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins. He “the high priest” is able to deal compassionately with those who are ignorant and erring, since he also is subject to weakness and for this reason he is obligated to make sin offerings for himself as well as for the people. (4) And no one assumes this honor on his own initiative, but only when called to it by God, as in fact Aaron was. So also Christ did not glorify Himself in becoming high priest, but the One who glorified Him was God, “the Father” who said to Him, “You are My Son! Today I have fathered You, ‘begotten you.’” (5) as also in another place God says, “You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.” (Quote from Psalms 110:4) (7) During His earthly life Christ offered both requests and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the One who was able to save Him from death and He was heard because of His devotion. Although He was a Son, He learned obedience through the things He suffered. And by being perfected in this way, He ‘Jesus’ became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, (10) and He was designated by God as high priest in the order of Melchizedek.”) Remember the Potters wheel analogy? Since Jesus “learned obedience through things suffered, was perfected in this way, we followers of Jesus need to recognize our sufferings as disciplinary training.

       No other could individually serve as high priest in the order of Melchizedek. King David was given to understand.

       (Psalms 110:1-7; “Here is the Lord’s (God the Father’s) proclamation to my Lord: (the Son of God - Jesus) “Sit down at My right hand until I make Your enemies your footstool!” The Lord “God the Father” extends Your dominion from Zion. Rule in the midst of Your enemies! Your people willingly follow You when You go into battle. On the holy hills at sunrise the dew of Your youth belongs to You. The Lord makes this promise on oath and will not revoke it: “You are an eternal priest after the pattern of Melchizedek.” O sovereign Lord, at Your right hand He strikes down kings in the day He unleashes His anger. He executes judgment against the nations; He fills the valleys with corpses; He shatters their heads over the vast battlefield. From the stream along the road He drinks; then He lifts up His head.”)

      The characteristics of Jesus as Melchizedek is revealed at Hebrews 7:

      Satan is the god of this world and as such will lead the nations to resist Jesus’ rule and likely use gentiles to overrun Jerusalem. Remember Jesus’ prophecy? (Matt 24:15-28; “So when you see the abomination of desolation – spoken about by Daniel the prophet – standing in the holy place (let the reader understand) then those in Judea must flee to the mountains. The one on the roof must not come down to take anything out of his house and the one in the field must not turn back to get his cloak. Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing their babies in those days! (20) Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath. For then there will be great suffering unlike anything that has happened from the beginning of the world until now, or ever will happen. And if those days had not been cut short, no one would be saved. But for the sake of the Elect those days will be cut short. Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There He is!’ do not believe him. For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the Elect. (25) Remember, I have told you ahead of time. So then, if someone says to you, ‘Look, He is in the wilderness,’ do not go out, or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe him. For just like the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so the coming of the Son of Man will be. Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.”)

       Pray that some of these prophecies fit Paul’s words at (1Cor 13:8-10; 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.”) As always study the whole.

      For the Elect’s sake, Jesus may come before some of these prophecies are fulfilled. If not, hateful people are going to overrun Jerusalem.

     (Zachariah 14:1-15; “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 Jesus’ 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. 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 (likely as the name of the rift valley running from the Sea of Galilee via the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba) 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. 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. (13) 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. This is the kind of plague that will devastate horses, mules, camels, donkeys, and all the other animals in those camps.”

      (Zach 14:16-21; “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. 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. (20) 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. 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.”) (As always study the whole text prayerfully) Remember Jesus is the Revelator.

       (Rev 6:13-16; “Then I saw three unclean spirits that looked like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of the demons performing signs who go out to the kings of the earth to bring them together for the battle that will take place on the great day of God, the All-Powerful. (Look! I will come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays alert and does not lose his clothes so that he will not have to walk around naked and his shameful condition be seen.) Now the spirits gathered the kings and their armies to the place that is called Armageddon in Hebrew.”)

       How should we be clothed? With Jesus! (See Matthew 6:30 & Luke 12:28)

The Gospel, chapter 14

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

To: “In Resident Churches of God, all Saints” grace and peace from our God. 10/23/18, God‘s 8th month, Chestven 14, 5779 until sunset.

       Among the attributes of God’s spirit in people is the spirit of a sound mind, to be gifted with knowing of the basic characteristics of God. These are found at Heb 1:, John 1:1-5 and Colossians 1:15-20 particularly and from Genesis through Revelations generally. Knowledge that “God knows us better than we can know ourselves.”

       (Psalms 94:9-13; “Does the One who makes the human ear not hear?

Does the One who forms the human eye not see? Does the one who disciplines the nations not punish? He is the One who imparts knowledge to human beings! (11) The Lord knows that peoples’ thoughts are morally bankrupt. How blessed is the one whom You instruct, O Lord, the one whom You teach from your law, in order to protect him from times of trouble, until the wicked are destroyed.”) Do study the whole text.

      (Heb 4:12-13; “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any double-edged sword, piercing even to the point of dividing soul from spirit, and joints from marrow; it is able to judge the desires and thoughts of the heart. And no creature is hidden from God, but everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must render an account.”)

       The Holy Bible is a spiritual book and understood only by those to whom it is gifted. God revealed His characteristic to Paul and he to we followers of Jesus.

       (1Cor 1:18-27; “For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us “Christians” 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.” (no matter one’s intellect, God can withhold spiritual understanding) 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 “apostles” preach about a crucified Christ, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles. (24) But to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. (26) Think about the circumstances of your call, brothers and sisters. Not many were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were born to a privileged position. But God chose what the world thinks foolish to shame the wise, and God chose what the world thinks weak to shame the strong.”)

       When people decide for themselves, what’s good, evil, right and wrong, they unwittingly fall into the same trap Satan laid for Eve and Adam. (Let’s review again. (Genesis 3:2-5; Satan said to the woman, “Is it really true that God said, ‘You must not eat from any tree of the orchard’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit from the trees of the orchard; but concerning the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the orchard God said, ‘You must not eat from it, and you must not touch it, or else you will die.’” The serpent said to the woman, “Surely you will not die, for God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will open and you will be like divine beings who know good and evil.”) Our vain minds want to think of ourselves as divine beings. Intellectually capable of deciding for ourselves, what’s right, wrong, good and evil, “thus we in fact make ourselves little gods leading others.

       (Gen 3:6-7; “When the woman saw that the tree produced fruit that was good for food, was attractive to the eye, and was desirable for making one wise, she took some of its fruit and ate it. She also gave some of it to her husband who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them opened, and they knew they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.”)

        Their disobedience caused their innocent believing God outlook to be altered. When people today live as seeming right to themselves and God doesn’t punish, they assume it’s okay. Until tempted, Adam and Eve looked to their Creator as Master and Teacher, “but their creation wasn’t complete.” Neither is ours until gifted with God’s spirit. Gifted with a believing IN spirit. (See John 7:37-39; On the last day of the feast, the greatest day, Jesus stood up and shouted out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me, and let the one who believes in Me drink. Just as the scripture says, ‘From within him will flow rivers of living water.’” (39) (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.)

       After eating from the forbidden tree Adam and Eve’s minds were opened to self serving vanity, “thoughts regarding what seemed good to their fleshly minds entered.” They became aware of their nakedness. Yielding to what seemed right, brought about God’s promise of eternal death. But God had a plan for a chosen people made in His image. He would not be outdone by the deceiver, “Satan.” A planned way of saving through The Life giver, the sacrifice of His only begotten Son would be for the remission of sin.

       (John 3:16-21; “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 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. (19) 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.”)

       In keeping with His Sabbath rest principle, it seems God has allotted six thousand years, “for His created people go the way that seemed right to their fleshly minds.” Allowing Satan to be the god of fleshly minded people, “while calling out a predestined people for His name sake and kingdom purpose.” Jesus reveals that Satan knows his time is short. Review Rev 12:12.

        Planet earth bears witness of more than one flood. Long before Jesus’ Re-created, Satan had been removed from the heavenly sphere. We don’t know the timing of the flood before Jesus‘ Re-Creation. Just that earth bears witness of pre-historic living creatures, some resembling humans. The holy scriptures chronologies life on earth starting with Adam to be less than six thousand years. According to the Judean calendar we are at about 5,779 years since Adam. They are entrusted with the oracles of God. 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 justified in your words and will prevail when you are judged.”)

          We aren‘t prophets nor do we set dates, we do speculate based on principles God reveals. Chronologically the Judean calendar has the advantage. God shares through Peter that a thousand years is as one day with Him and He rested from His work of creation, making holy the seventh day, for His people.

      (2Peter 3:8-9; “Now, dear friends, do not let this one thing escape your notice, that a single day is like a thousand years with the Lord and a thousand years are like a single day. The Lord is not slow concerning His promise, as some regard slowness, but is being patient toward you, because He does not wish for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. (Seemingly, all will be given that opportunity during Jesus’ millennial reign. Study 1Corinthians 15: and review 2Peter 3:10-13.)

       Jesus’ next coming will be to bring a time of peace. The holy scriptures teach that the tempter, “Satan” will be bound and a thousand years is allocated to knowledge of God covering as water the sea. Satan will then be loose for a season to serve God’s purpose.

      (Rev 20:7-10; “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. (10) 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.”)

       Satan knows his fate and we followers of Jesus look forward to his being imprisoned.

The Gospel, chapter 13

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

To: “In Resident Churches of God, all Saints” grace and peace from our God. 10/22/18, God‘s 8th month, Chestven 13, 5779 until sunset.

      Revelations 12:12, “Therefore you heavens rejoice, and all who reside in them! But woe to the earth and the sea because the devil has come down to you! He is filled with terrible anger, for he knows that he only has a little time!” As always study the whole text.

      Sending the Son of God with the gospel “good news” was in God the Father’s plan before Adam’s creation. After His chosen people disregarded their covenant He scattered them among gentile nations, He had Isaiah review His promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Promise to deliver and save Israel.

        Isaiah 11:1-3; “A shoot will grow out of Jesse’s root stock, a bud will sprout from his roots. The Lord’s spirit will rest on Him – a spirit that gives extraordinary wisdom, a spirit that provides the ability to execute plans, a spirit that produces absolute loyalty to the Lord. (3) He will take delight in obeying the Lord. He will not judge by mere appearances, or make decisions on the basis of hearsay.”

      Jesse was King David’s dad and from this linage the Son of God “Jesus” came in the flesh to be the Lamb of God, sacrifice Himself for remission of sin and award eternal life.

       Isa 11:4; “He will treat the poor fairly and make right decisions for the downtrodden of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,

and order the wicked to be executed.” (At this point review Rev 21:8.)

       Isa 11:5-8; “Justice will be like a belt around His waist, integrity will be like a belt around His hips. A wolf will reside with a lamb, and a leopard will lie down with a young goat; an ox and a young lion will graze together,

as a small child leads them along. (7) A cow and a bear will graze together,

their young will lie down together. A lion, like an ox, will eat straw. A baby will play over the hole of a snake; over the nest of a serpent an infant will put his hand.” (The good news is about the spirit of God living in people, “in this age and more so in the age to come, (remember Joel’s prophecy?) people’s and even animal’s nature will be changed.)

       (Isa 11:9; “They will no longer injure or destroy on My entire royal mountain. For there will be universal submission to the Lord’s sovereignty,

just as the waters completely cover the sea.”) (Satan bound, no more deceptions.)

Israel is Reclaimed and Reunited

      Isa 11:10-11; “At that time a root from Jesse “Jesus” will stand like a signal flag for the nations. Nations will look to Him for guidance, and His residence will be majestic. At that time the Sovereign Master will again lift His hand to reclaim the remnant of His people from Assyria, Egypt, Pathros, Cush, Elam, Shinar, Hamath, and the seacoasts.” (Today these nations are called USA, Germany, Russia, China etc. The whole world is pagan.)  

      Isa 11:12-13; “He ’Jesus’ will lift a signal flag for the nations; He will gather Israel’s dispersed people and assemble Judah’s scattered people from the four corners of the earth. Ephraim’s “Joseph’s descendents” jealousy will end, and Judah’s “Jacob’s son and Joseph’ brother” hostility will be eliminated. Ephraim will no longer be jealous of Judah, and Judah will no longer be hostile toward Ephraim.”

      Isa 11:14-16; “They ‘Israelites’ will swoop down on the Philistine hills to the west; together they will loot the people of the east. They will take over Edom and Moab, and the Ammonites will be their subjects. The Lord will divide the gulf of the Egyptian Sea; He will wave His hand over the Euphrates River and send a strong wind, He will turn it into seven dried-up streams, and enable them to walk across in their sandals. (16) There will be a highway leading out of Assyria for the remnant of His people, just as there was for Israel, when they went up from the land of Egypt.”) 

      (Isa 12:1-6; At that time you ’Israel’ will say: “I praise you, O Lord, for even though You were angry with me, Your anger subsided, and You consoled me. Look, God is my deliverer! I will trust in Him and not fear.

For the Lord gives me strength and protects me; He has become my Deliverer.” (3) Joyfully you will draw water from the springs of deliverance. At that time you will say: “Praise the Lord! Ask Him for help! Publicize His mighty acts among the nations! Make it known that He is unique! Sing to the Lord, for He has done magnificent things, let this be known throughout the earth! (6) Cry out and shout for joy, O citizens of Zion, for the Holy One of Israel acts mightily among you!”)

      Sabbaths were made for people’s good, not people for the Sabbath. For this reason the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.”) See Matt 12:8.

      It’s revealed to we followers of Jesus, that from within our fleshly inherited nature, “spiritual comprehension isn’t the way that seems right.” Prov 14:12 & 16:25; There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way that leads to death.)

       Eating forbidden fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden seemed right to Eve and Adam’s fleshly “get” nature. Jesus revealed to Paul and he to we Believers.

       (1Cor 12:1-3;” With regard to spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans you were often led astray by speechless idols, however you were led. So I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus is cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.”) Meaning? “No one can know Jesus as Lord, except by revelation.

       Unbelieving people do verbalize that Jesus is Lord, but they’re manufactured Jesus fits their religious philosophy.

      Jesus kept and spoke on the seventh of seven annual Sabbaths, The Last Great Day, the eighth day of the Feast of Tabernacles when John recorded, “the spirit had not yet been given because Jesus was not yet glorified.”

       (John 7:37-29; “On the last day of the feast, The Greatest Day, Jesus stood up and shouted out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me, and let the one who believes IN Me drink. Just as the scripture says, ‘From within Him will flow rivers of living water.’” (Now Jesus 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.”)

       Fleshly Nicodemus didn’t understand Jesus’ Words regarding. “being born again.” He didn’t understand how the miracle of being gifted with God’s spirit could happen, so Jesus explained both.

      (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. 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.”) Spiritual comprehension is gifted, we discern its reality when we’re aware that our understanding isn’t from our fleshly nature or schooling.

       The apostles’ letters are only to a born again, “spirit begotten” people.”

       (1Thess 5:4-11; “But you, brothers and sisters, “followers of Jesus” are not in the darkness for the day to overtake you like a thief would. For you all are sons of the light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of the darkness. So then we must not sleep as the rest, but must stay alert and sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But since we, “Christians” are of the day, we must stay sober by putting on the breastplate of faith and love and as a helmet our hope for salvation. For God did not destine us, “we called” for wrath but for gaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that whether we are alert or asleep we will come to life together with Him. Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, just as you are in fact doing.”)

        Peter’s prophetic words about the heavens and celestial bodies are misunderstood my many in relationship to God’s making all things new. Many think the heavens will be instantaneously altered, others believe that Jesus’ return spells the end of planet earth. Taking all prophecy in consideration, we understand that the melting away of celestial bodies will be after Jesus’ millennial rule and likely after New Jerusalem comes down. Peter’s words in chapter one must be considered along with all other inspired text.

       When talking with His apostles He explained, (“For the Son of Man will come with His angels in the glory of His Father, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done. I tell you the truth, there are some standing here who will not experience death before they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.” Matt 16:27)

       (Matt 17:1-8; “Six days later Jesus took with Him Peter, James, and John the brother of James, and led them privately up a high mountain. And Jesus was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became white as light. Then Moses and Elijah also appeared before them, talking with Jesus. So Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you want, I will make three shelters – one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While Peter was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is My One dear Son, in whom I take great delight. Listen to Him!” When the disciples heard this, they were overwhelmed with fear and threw themselves down with their faces to the ground. But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” He said. “Do not be afraid.” When they looked up, all they saw was Jesus alone.”)

       These three witnessed the kingdom of God. Moses, Elijah and many others will be with Jesus during His millennial rule. In Peter’s second letter he speaks of this event.

       (2Peter1:16-21; “For we “apostles” did not follow cleverly concocted fables when we made known to you the power and return of our Lord Jesus Christ; no, we were eyewitnesses of His grandeur. For Jesus received honor and glory from God the Father, when that voice was conveyed to Him by the Majestic Glory: “This is My dear Son, in whom I am delighted.” When this voice was conveyed from heaven, we ourselves heard it, for we were with Jesus on the holy mountain. Moreover, we possess the prophetic word as an altogether reliable thing. You do well if you pay attention to this as you would to a light shining in a murky place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. (until Jesus is revealed to your minds) Above all, you do well if you recognize this: No prophecy of scripture ever comes about by the prophet’s own imagination, for no prophecy was ever borne of human impulse; rather, men carried along by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.)

      It’s amazing to followers of Jesus, that so many can read these marvelous spirit inspired words and still make God out to be one of their private imagination.

The Gospel, chapter 12

Saturday, October 20th, 2018

To: “In Resident Churches of God, all Saints” grace and peace from our God. 10/20/18, God‘s 8th month, Chestven 11, 5779 until sunset.

      That Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension was a partial fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy through Joel. Study that short book. After Jesus’ return, Satan bound and knowledge of His love covers like water the sea, “all who call on His name will be saved. Each Pentecost Sabbath looks forward to that day.

Pentecost represents a time of saving, “a day of entering His Rest was scheduled by God the Father.” (Study Isaiah 49:) Jesus’ apostle Paul confirms that this latter age is “the acceptable time.”

      (2Cor 6:1-10; “Now because we “apostles” are fellow workers, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For He says, “I heard you at the acceptable time, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” Look, now is the acceptable time; look, now is the day of salvation! We “apostles” do not give anyone an occasion for taking an offense in anything, so that no fault may be found with our ministry. But as God’s servants, we have commended ourselves in every way, with great endurance, in persecutions, in difficulties, in distresses, in beatings, in imprisonments, in riots, in troubles, in sleepless nights, in hunger, by purity, by knowledge, by patience, by benevolence, by the Holy Spirit, by genuine love, by truthful teaching, by the power of God, with weapons of righteousness both for the right hand and for the left, through glory and dishonor, through slander and praise; regarded as impostors, and yet true; as unknown, and yet well-known; as dying and yet – see! – we continue to live; as those who are scourged and yet not executed; as sorrowful, but always rejoicing, as poor, but making many rich, as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.) Remember Jesus told them of their suffering and what that result would be.

       Sabbaths’ foreshadow that rest. (Heb 4:8-13; “For if Joshua had given them “Israelites” Rest, God would not have spoken afterward about another day. (9) Consequently a Sabbath Rest remains for the people of God. For the one who enters God’s Rest has also rested from his works, just as God did from His own works. Thus we must make every effort to enter that Rest, so that no one may fall by following the same pattern of disobedience. For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any double-edged sword, piercing even to the point of dividing soul from spirit, and joints from marrow; it is able to judge the desires and thoughts of the heart. (13) And no creature is hidden from God, but everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must render an account.”)

       We’re called to be at Rest from our own fleshly works. God’s resting and making the seventh day holy to Himself and His people are for this Sabbath and His millennia time of rest. Millennium means, “one thousand” and a thousand years is as a day with God. Jesus revealed a time after His millennial rule and afterward “New Jerusalem comes down, when all things are made new.” back to Peter.

      (2Peter 3:8-13; “Now, dear friends, do not let this one thing escape your notice, that a single day is like a thousand years with the Lord and a thousand years are like a single day. The Lord is not slow concerning His promise, as some regard slowness, but is being patient toward you, because He does not wish for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief; when it comes, the heavens will disappear with a horrific noise, and the celestial bodies will melt away in a blaze, and the earth and every deed done on it will be laid bare. Since all these things are to melt away in this manner, what sort of people must we be, conducting our lives in holiness and godliness, while waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God? Because of this day, the heavens will be burned up and dissolve, and the celestial bodies will melt away in a blaze! But, according to His promise, we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness truly resides.”)

       Peter’s prophetic words about the heavens and celestial bodies are misunderstood my many in relationship to God’s making all things new. Many think at Jesus’ next return the heavens will be instantaneously altered, others believe that Jesus’ return spells the end of planet earth. Taking all prophecy in consideration, we understand that the melting away of celestial bodies will be after Jesus’ millennial rule and likely after New Jerusalem comes down. Peter’s words in chapter one must be considered along with all other inspired text.

       When talking with His apostles He explained, (“For the Son of Man will come with His angels in the glory of His Father, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done. I tell you the truth, there are some standing here who will not experience death before they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.” Matt 16:27) (Matt 17:1-8; “Six days later Jesus took with Him Peter, James, and John the brother of James, and led them privately up a high mountain. And Jesus was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became white as light. Then Moses and Elijah also appeared before them, talking with Jesus. So Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you want, I will make three shelters – one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While Peter was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is My One dear Son, in whom I take great delight. Listen to Him!” When the disciples heard this, they were overwhelmed with fear and threw themselves down with their faces to the ground. But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” He said. “Do not be afraid.” When they looked up, all they saw was Jesus alone.”

      These three witnessed the kingdom of God. Moses, Elijah and many others will be with Jesus during His millennial rule. In Peter’s second letter he speaks of this miraculous event with Jesus.

      (2 Peter1:16-21; “For we “apostles” did not follow cleverly concocted fables when we made known to you the power and return of our Lord Jesus Christ; no, we were eyewitnesses of His grandeur. For Jesus received honor and glory from God the Father, when that voice was conveyed to Him by the Majestic Glory: “This is My dear Son, in whom I am delighted.” When this voice was conveyed from heaven, we ourselves heard it, for we were with Jesus on the holy mountain. Moreover, we possess the prophetic word as an altogether reliable thing. You do well if you pay attention to this as you would to a light shining in a murky place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. (Until Jesus is revealed to our minds) Above all, you do well if you recognize this: No prophecy of scripture ever comes about by the prophet’s own imagination, for no prophecy was ever borne of human impulse; rather, men carried along by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.)

      It’s amazing to followers of Jesus, that so many can read these marvelous spirit inspired words and still make God out to be one of their private imagination.

       (Heb 4:12-13; “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any double-edged sword, piercing even to the point of dividing soul from spirit, and joints from marrow; it is able to judge the desires and thoughts of the heart. And no creature is hidden from God, but everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must render an account.”)

      The holy bible is a spiritual book and understood by those to whom it is gifted. God reveals these gifted characteristic of His followers to Paul and he to we followers of Jesus.

      (1Cor 1:18-27; “For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us “Christians” 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.” (No matter one’s intellect, God can withhold or give spiritual understanding) 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 “apostles” preach about a crucified Christ, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles. (24) But to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. (26) Think about the circumstances of your call, brothers and sisters. Not many were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were born to a privileged position. But God chose what the world thinks foolish to shame the wise, and God chose what the world thinks weak to shame the strong.”)

       When foolish people decide for themselves, what is good, evil, right and wrong, they are unwittingly falling into the same trap Satan laid for Eve and Adam. Satan said to the woman, “Is it really true that God said, ‘You must not eat from any tree of the orchard’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit from the trees of the orchard; but concerning the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the orchard God said, ‘You must not eat from it, and you must not touch it, or else you will die.’” The serpent said to the woman, “Surely you will not die, for God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will open and you will be like divine beings who know good and evil.” Genesis 3:2-5)  (This is Satan’s first lie of many.)

       Vain people want to think of themselves as divine. When deciding for ourselves, what’s right, wrong, good and evil, we in fact making ourselves little gods to ourselves and often others who may believe in us.

      Is what attracted Eve, desirable to us? (Gen 3:6-7; “When the woman saw that the tree produced fruit that was good for food, was attractive to the eye, and was desirable for making one wise, she took some of its fruit and ate it. She also gave some of it to her husband who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them opened, and they knew they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.”)

        Their total outlook was innocence before disobedience. Before Satan tempted they looked to their Creator as Master and Teacher, but they were not gifted with a believing IN spirit. (See John 7:39) After eating from the forbidden tree their minds were opened to self serving vanity, “thoughts regarding what seemed right, good and evil was entertained.” They became aware of their nakedness. Their yielding to what seemed right, brought about God’s promise of eternal death.

      But, Creator Jesus and God our father had a plan for people made in His image and likeness. He could not be outdone by the deceiver, “Satan.” They had already planned the way of salvation through God the Son, “The Word, Way and Life.” He would be the Light, the sacrifice for the remission of sin.

      (John 3:16-21; “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 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. (19) 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.”)

      In keeping with His Sabbath rest principle, we believe God allotted six thousand years, for His created people to go the way that seemed right to their fleshly minds. Allowing Satan to be the god of fleshly minded people, while calling out a predestined people for His name sake and kingdom purpose. Jesus reveals that Satan knows his time is short.

The Gospel, chapter 11

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

To: “In Resident Churches of God, all Saints” grace and peace from our God. 10/18/18, God‘s 8th month, Chestven 9, 5779 until sunset.

        Each genuine Christian is a set aside “sanctified” a predestined person, gifted with believing IN Jesus faith, forgiveness of sin and eternal life. Only in Jesus is eternal life. Jesus identifies His church through Hebrews as; “Those He isn’t ashamed to call brethren.” Heb 2:11)

       The expression “all things under His control” occurs three times in scripture and in Hebrews 2:8, is the latter two occurrences. Not exactly identical to the Greek text, at Psalms 8:6, quoted at the beginning. The Hebrews writer fits his understanding of “Psalms 8: praise song” showing us clearly how David viewed his Lord.

      (Ps 8:1-9: “O Lord, our Lord, how magnificent is Your reputation throughout the earth! You reveal Your majesty in the heavens above! From the mouths of children and nursing babies You have ordained praise on account of Your adversaries, so that You might put an end to the vindictive enemy. When I look up at the heavens, which Your fingers made, and see the moon and the stars, which You set in place, Of what importance is the human race, that You should notice them? Of what importance is mankind, that You should pay attention to them, and make them a little less than the heavenly beings? You grant mankind honor and majesty; You appoint them to rule over Your creation; You have placed everything under their authority, including all the sheep and cattle, as well as the wild animals, the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea and everything that moves through the currents of the seas. O Lord, our Lord, how magnificent is Your reputation throughout the earth!”) We Believers IN are gifted with Jesus’ faith as was David.

        (Heb 2:10-13; “For it was fitting for Him, “Jesus” for whom and through whom all things exist, (See John 1:1-5 & Colossians 1:15-20 also) in bringing many sons to glory, to make the pioneer of their salvation “Jesus” perfect through sufferings. For indeed He “Jesus” who makes holy and those being made holy all have the same origin, and so He is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters, saying, “I will proclaim Your name to My brothers; in the midst of the assembly I will praise You.” (Quote from Psalms 22:22) (13) Again He says, “I will be confident in Him,” and again, “Here I am, with the children God has given Me.” (Quote from Isaiah 8:17-18.)

      The first begotten of God the Father and Pioneer of our salvation is Jesus. He was made perfect through suffering. (Hebrews 5:8-10 confirms; “Although Jesus was a Son, He learned obedience through the things He suffered. And by being perfected in this way, He became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, and He was designated by God “the Father” as high priest in the order of Melchizedek.”)

      Speaking fleshly, Jesus and all people have the same origin “in that all are born of woman with physical life in the blood.”

      The good news, “gospel” is that God the Father is creating His spiritual family from flesh and blood people. Leading us to overcoming lawlessness “sin” in His view for His name sake.

      (Heb 2:14-18; “Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He “Jesus” likewise shared in their humanity, so that through death He could destroy the one who holds the power of death (that is, the devil), and set free those who were held in slavery all their lives by their fear of death. For surely His concern is not for angels, but He is concerned for Abraham’s descendants. Therefore He, “Jesus” had to be made like His brothers and sisters in every respect, so that He could become a merciful and faithful high priest in things relating to God, to make atonement for the sins of the people. For since He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are tempted.”)

       Abraham’s spiritual descendents are those who obey Jesus and shun what He declares evil, because they love Him. Fear is bondage and believing IN Jesus promises freedom from that bondage. So how and where does such freedom originate? From God the Father who does the calling, “opens minds and reveals Jesus.”

       (John 6:37; “All that the Father gives Me shall come to Me; and they that comes to Me I will in no wise cast out.”)

       Believers IN, are gifted with minds agreeing with Jesus. “Believing that” is NOT “believing IN.” Many “in the Believing THAT category assume that a person can choose the time of their repentance” when to get saved that is. When to publicly and verbally confess Jesus as the Christ and thus be saved is their theory. The problem with such a belief is, “that’s works and it isn’t God’s Way.” God’s Way is that He chooses, “calls, reveals Himself through Jesus, open minds and grant genuine repentance.”

       (Heb 3:1-2: “Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, partners in a heavenly calling, take note of Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess, who is faithful to the One who appointed Him, as Moses was also in God’s house.”)

       Consider: As a people Israel was not begotten of the holy spirit but under covenant law, “practically worshiping Moses and the law. (Heb 3:3-6; “For Jesus has come to deserve greater glory than Moses, just as the builder of a house deserves greater honor than the house itself! For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God. Now Moses was faithful in all God’s house as a servant, to testify to the things that would be spoken. But Christ is faithful as a Son over God’s house. We are of His house, if in fact we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope we take pride in.”)

       Followers of the Jesus, “as manifested to be in the holy scriptures” are partakers of THE heavenly calling and “profess to be HIS WAY people!” Jesus is worthy because He is the master builder. (Through Jesus, God the Father created all things.) Moses, the holy prophets and Christians are His building!

      His temple, IF we hold fast, the faith of Jesus and stay true to God the Father’s calling. NOW the Hebrews writer quotes Psalms 95:7-11. (Heb 3:7-11; Therefore the holy spirit says; “Oh, that today you would listen as He speaks!Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, in the day of testing in the wilderness.There your fathers tested Me and tried Me and they saw My works for forty years.Therefore, I became provoked at that generation and said, Their hearts are always wandering and they have not known My ways.’ “As I swore in My anger, They will never enter My rest!’”)

       Physical Israelites nor “believers that” understand God’s Way. They see God through their inherited fleshly nature. (Looking to laws as they see them rather than the law giver.) Israelites looked to Moses “the house” rather than Creator, “Jesus the Master Builder.” (The Hebrews writer we believe to be Paul, is writing to converted Hebrews.) People to whom Jesus is revealed. A people confessing faith in Jesus’ blood sacrifice, His being our Intercessor, Lord and coming King. Today the many denominations are divided with many interpretations, see their god through their fleshly nature.

      NOT the God that set aside His Sabbaths. (Heb 3:12-19; “See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has an evil, unbelieving heart that forsakes the living God. But exhort one another each day, as long as it is called “Today,” that none of you may become hardened by sin’s deception.” (14) For we “Christians” have become partners with Christ, if in fact we hold our initial confidence firm until the end. As it says, “Oh, that Today you would listen as He speaks! Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” For which ones heard and rebelled? Was it not all who came out of Egypt under Moses’ leadership? (17) And against whom was God provoked for forty years? Was it not those who sinned, whose dead bodies fell in the wilderness? And to whom did He swear they would never enter into His Rest, except those who were disobedient? So we see that they could not enter because of unbelief.”)

       As partners with Christ, Believers IN seek to know and support His Views. Seek to enter His Rest. (Believers IN are gifted with His desire to turn from what seems right to our fleshly outlook, because we’re led to understand that our inherited rationale wants to appease self rather than practice His Way.) Unbelief is sin and only the called Believers IN can be, “gifted with the imputation of God’s spiritual law to the mind.”

       Worldly religions can’t grasp spiritual discernment. Paul explained to the Corinthian church. (But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”) See 1Cor 2:14)

       May we each be led to pray for spiritual understanding. (Heb 4:1-2; “Therefore we must be wary that, while the promise of entering His Rest remains open, none of you may seem to have come short of it. For we had good news proclaimed to us just as they did. But the message they heard did them no good, since they did not join in with those who heard it in faith.”)

       The Patriarchs heard in faith and were led to rely on believing IN faith, “in the One promising.” They entered God’s Rest through His gifted faith. Remember all these things are written for our learning. (Romans 15:4)

       (Heb 4:3-7; “For we who have believed enter that Rest, as He has said, “As I swore in My anger, They will never enter My Rest!’” And yet God’s works were accomplished from the foundation of the world. (4) For He has spoken somewhere about the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works,” but to repeat the text cited earlier: “They will never enter My Rest!” Therefore it remains for some to enter it, yet those to whom it was previously proclaimed did not enter because of disobedience. So God again ordains a certain day, “Today” speaking through David after so long a time, as in the words quoted before, “O, that Today you would listen as He speaks! Do not harden your hearts.”) (We Believers IN have entered that rest!) Unbelievers will enter when Jesus is revealed during His millennial rule. See Joel 3:.

The Gospel, chapter 10

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

To: “In Resident Churches of God, all Saints” grace and peace from our God. 10/16/18, God‘s 8th month, Chestven 7, 5779 until sunset.

       Some denominational theologians give much attention to accurately pronouncing God’s name. Judean’s and Jehovah Witnesses particularly. Jesus inspired Isaiah to write, (Isa 42:8; I am the Lord! That is My name!

I will not share My glory with anyone else, or the praise due Me with idols.)

(Isa 52:6; For this reason My people will know My name, for this reason they will know at that time that I am the One who says, ‘Here I am.’”) In English “The I AM” “I AM LORD” “I AM GOD” or “I AM HE” is accurate when thinking in terms of Israel, Creator, Re-Creator, Deliverer and Savior.”

      Ezek 39:7-8; “‘I will make My holy name known in the midst of My people Israel; I will not let My holy name be profaned anymore. Then the nations will know that I am the Lord, the Holy One of Israel. Realize that it is coming and it will be done, declares the Sovereign Lord. It is the day I have spoken about.”)

       Believers IN, “followers of Jesus” are heirs with Abraham for salvation. In prayer, to think, “God of Abraham” is accurate, Jesus made him friend. (see Galatians 3:29)

       Jesus said; “You are My friends, if you do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you NOT servants; for the servant knows not what his Lord does: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of My Father I have MADE known unto you.” John 15:15)

       Not only are genuine Christians Jesus’ friends; we’re NOT friends with this world’s system of things. Our Lord’s brother James taught it.

       (“You adulterers and adulteresses, know you not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” James 4:4)

      Obedience to Jesus is by Believing IN Him, “as in practicing His Way and considering His Ways superior to what may seem right to our human minds.”

       (Hebrews 2:1-4; “Therefore we “Christians” must pay closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. For if the message spoken through angels proved to be so firm that every violation or disobedience received its just penalty, how will we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was first communicated through the Lord and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, while God confirmed their witness with signs and wonders and various miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to His will.”)

       God is allowing the whole world to be subjected to Satan and fleshly inherited thinking. thus unbelieving people live the way that seems right. God knew the outcome, the divisions and how the fleshly mind would play into Satan’s hand. God knew Satan would attempt to bring about a semblance of world peace while turning the world from God’s truth.

      The first Believers IN Jesus practiced His Judeo Christian Way of love and His apostles were led to teach the spiritual magnification of the law. As prophesied, there have always been some scattered true Believers IN. These have always been hated, “as was Jesus” and persecuted by main stream. During the apostles times, many persecutions were publicized. Jesus’ brother, “Jude” wrote in his short letter, that the apostate was already prevalent. Counterfeit churches have grown speedily from before 100AD to present. Organized apostate persecuted, killing true Believers and causing many to go underground. We’ll get Paul’s overview of this in Hebrew chapter 11:. Counterfeit churches refer to Believers IN as heretics, because they believed in God the Father, God the Son and refused to be submissive.

      (Hebrews 2:5-9; “For God “the Father” did not put the world to come, about which we are speaking, under the control of angels. But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that You are mindful of him? or the Son of Man, that You visit Him? You made Him “Jesus” a little lower than the angels; You crowned Him “Jesus” with glory and honor, and did set Him over the works of Your hands: You “God the Father” have put all things in subjection under His “Jesus” feet. For in that He put all in subjection under Him, “Jesus” He left nothing that is not put under Him, “Jesus.” But now we see not yet all things put under Him. (9) But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels FOR the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that He, “Jesus” by the grace of God should taste death for every man.”)

       Flesh and blood people are made a little lower than angels! In the flesh, Jesus was a little lower than angels to taste death for every man. Our Creator can take charge of any situation at any time, but is now about the business of allowing unbelieving mankind follow the way of confusion, which will become more chaotic as the end unfolds.

      Before Jesus was revealed individually, we lived “practiced” according to what seemed right to our inherited fleshly minds. We’re led to shun old practices. Paul explains to Christians.

       (Ephesians 2:2-9; “Wherein in time past you, “who were once unbelievers” walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, “Satan” the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we ALL had our conduct in times past in the LUST of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by NATURE the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, Even when we were DEAD in sins, has quickened us together with Christ, (by grace you are saved;) And HAS raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”)

       The Author of confusion is in this world, “not of God, but by permission of God. (1 Cor 14:33; “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the Saints.”)

      (Hebrews 2:10; “For it became Him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons “people” unto glory, to make the Captain of their salvation “Jesus” perfect through sufferings.”) “Many people into glory” define His Saints.

      (Hebrews 2:11-12; “For both He that sanctifies and they who are sanctified are all OF ONE: for which cause He is not ashamed to call them brethren, Saying, I will declare Your name unto My brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto You.”) Sanctified brethren are “at one” with one another and Jesus.

      (Hebrews 2:13-16; “And again, I “Jesus” will put My trust in Him “My Father“. And again, Behold I “Jesus” and the children which God HAS GIVEN Me. Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He “Jesus” also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through DEATH He might destroy him “Satan” that had the power of death, that is, the devil; (15) And deliver them “Christians” who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For verily He “Jesus” took NOT on Him the NATURE of angels; but He took on Him the SEED of Abraham.”) Jesus said; “ God the Father did the calling.”

       (John 6:37-40; “All that the Father GIVES Me shall come to Me; and him that comes to Me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, NOT to do MY own will, but the will of HIM that sent Me. And this is the Father’s will which has sent Me, that of all which He has GIVEN Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it “themup again at the last day. And this is the will of Him that sent Me, that every one which SEES the Son, and believes ON Him, may have EVERLASTING LIFE: and I will raise him up at the LAST DAY.’”)

      Believers IN are led to turn from, “repent for having lived in” error and thus make God’s Word center “in beliefs, thoughts and deeds.” (Meditating on God’s Word is purifying.)

The Gospel, chapter 9

Sunday, October 14th, 2018

To: “In Resident Churches of God, all Saints” grace and peace from our God. 10/14/18, God‘s 8th month, Chestven 5, 5779 until sunset.

       Jesus is The Way, The Truth and The Life, “in Him only is the absence of superstition regarding religion.” All religions apart from His truth are demonically inspired. Jesus’ Way is laid out by His commandments, “it’s the moral code good for all humanity.” Jesus’ Truth is His Word and The Life hinges on believing IN Jesus.

       All people except those to whom God calls, reveals Himself and leads are allowed to go the way that seems right to their instinctive fleshly nature inherited from Adam. Thus manufactured gods and doctrines. Allow Jesus’ explanation through Paul. (As always study the whole.)

       (Romans 8:5-11; For those who live according to the flesh have their outlook shaped by the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit have their outlook shaped by the things of the Spirit. (6) For the outlook of the flesh is death, but the outlook of the Spirit is life and peace, because the outlook of the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to the law of God, nor is it able to do so. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. You, ‘Believers IN’ however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, this person does not belong to him. (10) But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is your life because of “Jesus’” righteousness. Moreover if the Spirit of the One who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, the One who raised Christ from the dead will also make your mortal bodies alive through His Spirit who lives in you.”) Eternal life is only through God’s gifted spirit.

      (Rom 8:12-17; So then, brothers and sisters, we ’Believers’ are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh (for if you live according to the flesh, you will die), but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body you will live. (14) For all who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery leading again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, “Abba, Father.” (God’s Spirit bears witness to our spirit that we are God’s children.) (17) And if children, then heirs (namely, heirs of God and also fellow heirs with Christ) – if indeed we suffer with Him so we may also be glorified with Him.”) (See Gal 3:29.)

        One of the many superstitions brought forward is the heaven/hell doctrine adapted from the pagan god Molech. (See Jer 7;31, 19:5-6 & 32:35.) Many translations use hell, rather that the correct Gehenna, which is the Greek transliteration of the Hebrew words ge hinnom (“Valley of Hinnom”). This was the valley along the south side of Jerusalem. In Old Testament times it was used for human sacrifices to the pagan god Molech and came to be used as a place where human excrement and rubbish were disposed of and burned. In the inter testamental period, it came to be used symbolically as the place of divine punishment, adapted from Molech paganism. (See 1 En. 27:2, 90:26; 4 Ezra 7:36).

       Jesus’ gospel is about God the Father’s calling, revelations, born from above viva His spirit gifted, a resurrection to the spiritual likeness of Jesus, Jesus’ apostles and Saints ruling with Jesus, Israel’s deliverance to borders promised Abraham, a second death to those described at Revelations 21:8, New Jerusalem’s coming down with God the Father and more. individual followers of Jesus, are His church, temple of God, people fathered by God, the Elect gifted with the mind of Christ. Those to whom aren’t likely to be deceived. (See Matthew 24:22-26, Isaiah 42:, 45:4-8; 65:9-10; 65:22-25; Romans 8:33-34 and Col 3:12-15.

      Consider each apostle‘s salutation. Particularly Peter‘s here and now.

      (1Peter 1:1-2; “From Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to those temporarily residing abroad (in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, the province of Asia, and Bithynia) who are chosen, “Elect” according to the foreknowledge of God the Father by being set apart by His Spirit for obedience and for sprinkling with Jesus Christ’s blood. May grace and peace be yours in full measure!”

      (1Pet 1:3-9; “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By His great mercy He gave us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, that is, into an inheritance imperishable, undefiled, and unfading. It is reserved in heaven for you, who by God’s power are protected through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. This brings you great joy, although you may have to suffer for a short time in various trials. Such trials show the proven character of your faith, which is much more valuable than gold – gold that is tested by fire, even though it is passing away – and will bring praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. (8) You have not seen Him, but you love Him. You do not see Him now but you believe in Him, and so you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, because you are attaining the goal of your faith – the salvation of your souls.””)

      Review The Gospel as defined above. It’s eternal life through the Son of God’s shed blood. Blood sacrifices always looked forward to Jesus’ shed blood for the remission of sin. We all inherited eternal death through Adam’s disobedience. Followers of Jesus are gifted with eternal life, through our believing IN His shed blood for the remission of sin. This, Satan don’t want us to know or believe. Let’s review.

       Satan said to Eve; “Is it really true that God said, ‘You must not eat from any tree of the orchard’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit from the trees of the orchard; but concerning the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the orchard. God said, ‘You must not eat from it, and you must not touch it, or else you will die.’” The serpent said to the woman, “Surely you will not die, for God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will open and you will be like divine beings who know good and evil.” Gen 3:2-5 )

      Satan is saying, “God lied.” He don’t want us to know about the resurrections and a second death. (Review Rev 21:8) He wants us to believe “people are born immortal.” That people have the capacity to know good and evil in and of ourselves. The world has been believing that lie, ever since. Manufacturing their own religions ever since.

       The writer of Hebrews shares Jesus’ good news. The book is about beginnings, the future, love, Jesus’ doctrine and faith. We can’t conjure up “knowing faith” “believing IN faith.” We can’t choose to become a “Believer IN” as in “being born from above, “fathered” any more than we could have chosen our own fleshly parent or gender. Likewise we can’t know or worship our Creator in spirit and truth, nor be submissive to His will, “until spiritually fathered by Him.” We can’t love God and desire a oneness with Him until He reveals His love in us.

      From our fleshly inherited from Adam outlook, our desire is to please ourselves and fit in with family and community. Jesus teaches, “this is the broad way” that the many are destined to adhere to. The Hebrews writer explains.

      (Hebrews 1:1-5; God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Has in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, by whom also He MADE the worlds; Who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; Being made so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. (5) For unto which of the angels said He at any time, “You are My Son, this day have I begotten You?” And again, “I will be to Him a Father, and He shall be to Me a Son?”)

      The time frame, between Jesus’ ascension and His return is defined as “the last days.” In these latter days spiritual knowledge has increased as was prophesied through Daniel. It seems that, only through God the Father’s Son. “Jesus” and only to this latter age is the knowledge of God’s master plan revealed to His chosen, “Elect.” Jesus’ revelations to John the apostle clarifies to Believers, “prophesies given through Daniel and others.”

       Jesus has purged His followers’ sins by dying on our behalf and is now our ONLY Mediator to His Father. God the Father has created all things through God the Son, “Jesus.” (See John 1:1-5 and Colossians 1:15-20)

      Jesus is the Lord God revealed in the Old Testament! It was preplanned that Jesus would forsake His position, live in the flesh, shed His blood as sacrifice for our sins and be our Savior. Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice Isaac looked forward to God the Father sacrificing His only begotten Son. All blood sacrifices looked forward to Jesus’ own.

        Fulfilling all the prophets wrote about Him, “Jesus was begotten, “fathered” by God the Father, born to the virgin “Mary” live in the flesh, experience and learn from the things He suffered. He’s the Christian’s Shepherd, Savior, Brother, Lord of Lords and King of Kings. He was subjected to human temptations, yet without sin. Jesus gave of Himself, always being subject to His Father, became the ultimate sacrifice, allowing Himself to be crucified and be the atonement for our sins. God the Father resurrected Jesus after allowing Him to spend three nights and three days in a tomb. Jesus told us “this would be the ONLY sign given.” Jesus was resurrected to eternal life by the power of God the Father. The firstborn among His followers, with divine power. He is the Christian’s High Priest, Intercessor and Head of His Church. With the glory of God the Father, Jesus is coming back to rule with power.

       When Satan is bound, all people will know about Jesus and submit to His Kingdom rule, “until Satan is released to go out and deceive again.” People Satan is successful with will die a second death. (See Revelations 2:11 , 20:6, 10:14 & 21:8)

      (Hebrews 1:6-12; “And again, when He brings in the first-begotten into the world, He said, “And let all the angels of God worship Him.” And of the angels He said, “Who makes His angels spirits, and His ministers a flame of fire.” (8) But unto the Son He said, “Your throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. You have loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness above Your fellows.” And, You, Lord, in the beginning has laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the WORKS of Your hands: they shall perish; but You remain; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; And as a vesture shall You fold them up, and they shall be changed: but You are the same, and Your years shall not fail. (13) But to which of the angels said He at any time, “Sit on My right hand, until I make Your enemies Your footstool?”)

       These themes and quotations are from Deuteronomy, and a quote from Psalms 104:4. Jesus’ eternal position and His sacrifice for the sins of mankind was in THE master plan before Adam was created! The world can not fathom such an awesome God, YET.

        (Hebrews 1:13-14; “But to which of the angels said He at any time, “Sit on My right hand, until I make Your enemies Your footstool?” Are they NOT ALL ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them, “followers of Jesus” who shall be HEIRS of salvation?)