8/6/19, God’s 5th month, 5th day of Av, 5,779 until sunset.
To: People called to be atOne with God the Father and God the Son. “Heirs with Abraham.
Repentance is about turning from the old inherited from Adam nature to the likeness of Jesus’ nature. Before Godly repentance is gifted, “we’re spiritually led to recognize our self serving sin nature and gifted with a desire to turn from it.” The Holy Scripture defines sin as “lawlessness toward God” and its ultimate result eternal death. Eternal life is only gifted through God’s calling and gifting a Belief IN “God the Son’s blood sacrifice for the remission of our sins.” Jesus inspired His apostle Paul’s words on the subject.
(Philippians 2:12-18; So then, my dear ‘converted to Jesus’ way” 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, for the One bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort – for the sake of His good pleasure – is God. (14) 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. (17) But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice together with all of you. And in the same way you also should be glad and rejoice together with me.”) We’re called to worship God with “awe and reverence, realizing our desire and effort are gifted for His good pleasure.
Much prophecy looks to these latter days. Latter days defined as since Jesus ascension, but more specifically its “days before and leading up to the “abomination of desolation” Jesus had Daniel speak about.
(Matt 24:15 “So when you see the abomination of desolation – spoken about by Daniel the prophet – standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), 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. (19) Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing their babies in those days! Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath. For then there will be great suffering unlike anything that has happened from the beginning of the world until now, or ever will happen. (22) And if those days had not been cut short, no one would be saved. But for the sake of the Elect those days will be cut short. Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There He is!’ do not believe him. (24) For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the Elect. Remember, I have told you ahead of time. So then, if someone says to you, ‘Look, He is in the wilderness,’ do not go out, or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe him. (27) 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.”)
Reference to the abomination of desolation is Jesus’ allusion to Daniel 9:27. Though some have seen the fulfillment of Daniel’s prophecy in the actions of Antiochus IV (or a representative of his) in 167 B.C., the words of Jesus seem to indicate that Antiochus was not the final fulfillment, but that there was (from Jesus’ perspective) still another fulfillment yet to come. Some argue that this was realized in A.D. 70, while others claim that it refers specifically to Antichrist and will not be fully realized until the period of the great tribulation at the end of the age (See Mark 13:14, 19, 24; and Rev 3:10.)
The 167 B. C. Antiochus is said to have been hostile toward the God of Israel and he sacrificed hog blood. Abomination of desolation seems to be that of desecrating places and times holy to God’s people. Jesus’ Philadelphia and Laodicea Churches seems to represent the time before things holy to God’s people are desecrated. Consider a portion of Jesus’ prophecy.
(Rev 3:9-13; “Listen! I am going to make those people from the synagogue of Satan – who say they are Jews ‘Christian’ yet are not, but are lying – Look, I will make them come and bow down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you. (10) Because you have kept My admonition to endure steadfastly, I will also keep you from the hour of testing that is about to come on the whole world to test those who live on the earth. (11) I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have so that no one can take away your crown. The one who conquers ‘overcomes’ I will make a pillar in the temple of My God, and He will never depart from it. I “Jesus” will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God (the new Jerusalem that comes down out of heaven from My God), and My new name as well. The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”) Bare in mind “the originator of God’s creation is giving these prophecies to His people who’re not as spiritual as He’d like .
(Rev 3:14-22; “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write the following: “This is the solemn pronouncement of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the originator of God’s creation: ‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either cold or hot! So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit you out of My mouth! (17) Because you say, “I am rich and have acquired great wealth, and need nothing,” but do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked, take My advice and buy gold from Me refined by fire so you can become rich! Buy from Me white clothing so you can be clothed and your shameful nakedness will not be exposed, and buy eye salve to put on your eyes so you can see! (19) All those I love, I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent! Listen! I am standing at the door and knocking! If anyone hears My voice and opens the door I will come into his home and share a meal with him, and he with Me. (21) I will grant the one who conquers ’overcomes’ permission to sit with Me on My throne, just as I too conquered and sat down with My Father on His throne. The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”) Consider Jesus’ parable about laborers and “last being first.” Matt 20:8-16)
. Part of understanding God’s love is to consider His hatred of idolatrous evil, that’s rampant in this end time age. Soon after Pentecost following Jesus’ ascension, evil intending people crept in God’s churches. Each apostle warned of the outcome. Jude particularly wrote of the apostasy he seen taking place. (Jesus’ parable about the last becoming first, alludes to people in this latter age and perhaps more particularly these few years proceeding Jesus‘ return.)
Unbelieving idolatrous people in this age are like the people Paul described. The vast majority’s mind set is, “sit down to eat and drink and rise up to play.” We each do need to consider the cost of following Jesus’ example.
(Luke 14:27-33; “Whoever does not carry his own cross and follow Me cannot be My disciple. For which of you, wanting to build a tower, doesn’t sit down first and compute the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish the tower, all who see it will begin to make fun of him. They will say, ‘This person began to build and was not able to finish!’ Or what king, going out to confront another king in battle, will not sit down first and determine whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he cannot succeed, he will send a representative while the other is still a long way off and ask for terms of peace. In the same way therefore not one of you can be My disciple if he does not renounce all his own possessions.”)
Followers of Jesus must reckon, “come to terms with the fact” following Jesus makes us peculiar to this world’s populations and “despicable to the societies where we live!” Jesus said it, “a servant is not greater than his master.” Meaning, “they hated Me, they will hate you.”
(1Cor 10:12-13; “So let the one who thinks he is standing be careful that he does not fall. No trial has overtaken you that is not faced by others. “Meaning: common among Christians.” And God is faithful: He will not let you be tried beyond what you are able to bear, but with the trial will also provide a way out so that you may be able to endure it.”)
What an awesome and much needed promise!
Paul’s next subject is about fleeing idolatry and needs our meditation. What is Idolatry? Can it be, “thinking highly of one’s own opinion?” Can it be setting aside times dedicated to honor pagan gods? Could it be questioning God?
Paul’s thinking Passover season’s example of putting sin away.
(1Cor 10:14-17; “So then, my dear friends, flee from idolatry. I am speaking to thoughtful people. Consider what I say. Is not the cup of blessing that we bless a sharing in the blood of Christ? Is not the bread that we break a sharing in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all share the one bread.”)
The holy spirit’s imputation makes us mentally and spiritually atOne with our Creator and other Christians.
To worship in spirit and truth we must know Jesus’ Message. The Message must be supernaturally revealed as it was to Jesus’ apostles, after His ascension. See John 20:22.
Remember Jesus’ Word, “if possible even the Elect would be deceived.” See Matthew 24:24. By His mercy, “truth is revealed to His Elect.
Reflect on Jesus’ words through Paul. “The servant is not greater than his Master!” Its natural when people think themselves intellectual, they question God’s purpose regarding most all things. Who are we mere humans that dare question.
The blood Christ sacrificed for the remission of lawlessness, “sin” gives His Elect a desire to give up what seemed right and reckon ourselves belonging to God. (ONE bread, one Jesus, one truth, one God the Father and one sanctified, “set aside“ people.) Lets not forget, “All the things previously written in God’s holy book are for our learning!” Paul is writing, this Corinthian letter during or soon after the “Passover Unleavened Bread season.”
(1Cor 10:18-22; “Look at the people of Israel. Are not those who eat the sacrifices partners in the altar? Am I saying that idols or food sacrificed to them amount to anything? No, I mean that what the pagans sacrifice is to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be partners with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot take part in the table of the Lord and the table of demons. Or are we trying to provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we really stronger than He is?”)
Jesus taught through Paul, that Satan and his followers manifest themselves as angels of light and attempt to shield truths from God’s Saints.” (Review 2Corinthians 4:4, again)
We know by revelation and God’s Word, “ the instinctive fleshly inherited from Adam nature, can’t conceive of the fact that this worlds divided religions are Satan’s clutches, “churches!” We must proclaim God’s Truth and teach “people yielding to paganism are in idolatrous bondage.”