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The Family, chapter 17

June 12th, 2021

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      When God is revealed He’s loved, as manifested to be in the Holy Scriptures. No room for doctrinal debates regarding His characteristics and loving purposes. He’s revealed in Hebrews 1, John 1:1-5, and Colossians 1:15-20, as the Re-Creator, Creator, Sustainer, Deliverer, Mediator, Savior, the Resurrection and coming King of Kings. He came and grew in the flesh as promised to the prophets, Moses and David, revealing His Father and as the Light replacing darkness. That Light ‘Jesus’ is the first born from flesh to spirit, and heads His Church family. Teach Jesus different from this revelation is spiritual adultery.

     God is purposely allowing Satan and his followers to deceive the whole world in this age, ‘demonstrating people are incapable in and of themselves to rule themselves.’ That people are naïve followers of their self serving imaginations. Jesus was not mincing words when He said. “For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the Elect.” Matt 24:24) Jesus is saying, ‘only His chosen will not be deceived by Satan and his followers.’

    Jesus’ followers are spiritually led to despise every tradition and worldly concept that distorts or camouflages His truth. Years after God called Believers, and His church established, Jesus’ brother, ‘Jude’ saw the demonic apostate taking place. Its camouflaged assumptions of professing Christianity, administered by those with credentials, charisma, to distort the way of truth, by introducing mixtures of paganism with Judaism. (Study Jude.) About that same time, Jesus’ apostle Paul was experiencing the same and warned God’s church of deceivers beginning to force their brand of Christendom on people with the help of Emperor Constantine and other governmental authorities.

     Denominations are still deceived by the devil, deceiving naïve people to teach what seems right to their inherited from Adam fleshly nature. That same apostate mixture Jude wrote that. These are willingly ignorant with agendas attracting pagan star gazing, winter equinox worship, selling the idea that Jesus was born on or near the winter equinox to please the sun worshipers. These sold naive religious people on the pagan lie that Jesus died on the sixth day of the week, and was resurrected on the first day. (For many years and in many lands people were forced to celebrate, a good Friday death and a Sunday resurrection.) This history is no longer hid as knowledge of events increased with Jesus explicitly saying, “He’d be in the heart of the earth, three days and three nights, the only sign to be given.”

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

    People of Nineveh, and the queen of the south believed IN our Creator and demonstrating it by submitting to Godly wisdom, no hostility toward God as did these experts in the law along with some Pharisees in Jesus’ day, and professing Christians in our day. Today a majority practically ignore the Passover season, ‘God’s first and second set aside annual Sabbaths.’ Instead set aside abominable to God practices, ignorant of the fact that their practices in this age mimic what God had Ezekiel say to Israel.

    (Ezekiel 8:6-11;  He said to me, “Son of man, do you see what they are doing – the great abominations that the people of Israel are practicing here, to drive Me far from My sanctuary? But you will see greater abominations than these!” He brought me to the entrance of the court, and as I watched, I noticed a hole in the wall. He said to me, “Son of man, dig into the wall.” So I dug into the wall and discovered a doorway. He said to me, “Go in and see the evil abominations they are practicing here.” So I went in and looked. I noticed every figure of creeping thing and beast – detestable images – and every idol of the house of Israel, engraved on the wall all around. Seventy men from the elders of the house of Israel, (with Jaazaniah son of Shaphan standing among them) were standing in front of them, each with a censer in his hand, and fragrant vapors from a cloud of incense were swirling upward.” (Know any using smoking incense today?)

    (Ezek 8:12-14; He said to me, “Do you see, son of man, what the elders of the house of Israel are doing in the dark, each in the chamber of his idolatrous images? For they think, ‘The Lord does not see us! The Lord has abandoned the land!’” He said to me, “You will see them practicing even greater abominations!” Then He brought me to the entrance of the north gate of the Lord’s house. I noticed women sitting there weeping for Tammuz.)

     The worship of Tammuz included the observation of the annual death and descent into the netherworld of the god Dumuzi. The practice was observed by women in the ancient Near East over a period of centuries.

    (Ezek 8:15-16; He said to me, “Do you see this, son of man? You will see even greater abominations than these!” Then he brought me to the inner court of the Lord’s house. Right there at the entrance to the Lord’s temple, between the porch and the altar, were about twenty-five men with their backs to the Lord’s temple, facing east – they were worshiping the sun toward the east!) (Easter sunrise worship anyone?)

    (Ezik 8:17-18; He said to me, “Do you see, son of man? Is it a trivial thing that the house of Judah commits these abominations they are practicing here? For they have filled the land with violence and provoked Me to anger still further. Look, they are putting the branch to their nose! Therefore I will act with fury! My eye will not pity them nor will I spare them. When they have shouted in My ears, I will not listen to them.”)

   But many professing Christians say, that’s old testament, we have a new covenant.

    Unless God our Father shorten time for the Elect’s sake; people of Judea particularly and perhaps others are going to be over run by forces demanding submission.

    (Matt 24:15-16; 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.)

    This abomination seems to be a, demonic push to have people conform to a particular worship. Jesus added, (Woe to those who are pregnant and those nursing babies in those days! Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath.) Matt 24:19-20)

    Jesus’ reference to the abomination of desolation is from Dan 9:27. Some believe the fulfillment of Daniel’s prophecy was the actions of Antiochus IV (or a representative) in 167 B.C.. Jesus’ Words indicate that Antiochus was not the final fulfillment, but there’s 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 as indicated in Mark 13:14, 19, 24 & Rev 3:10)

      The point; “idols, images and pagan traditions are nothing to followers of Jesus.” However we are spiritually led to speak against all things that distort, camouflage God’s truth and cause people to unwittingly be tools in Satan’s arsenals. People instigating the apostate Jude wrote about, “are willingly ignorant or ignore Jeremiah‘s prophecy.”

    (Jeremiah 10:1-10; You people of Israel, listen to what the Lord has to say to you. The Lord says, “Do not start following pagan religious practices. Do not be in awe of signs that occur in the sky even though the nations hold them in awe. For the religion of these people is worthless. They cut down a tree in the forest, and a craftsman makes it into an idol with his tools. He decorates it with overlays of silver and gold. He uses hammer and nails to fasten it together so that it will not fall over. Such idols are like scarecrows in a cucumber field. They cannot talk. They must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not be afraid of them because they cannot hurt you. And they do not have any power to help you.” I ‘Jeremiah’ said, “There is no one like You, Lord. You are great. And you are renowned for Your power. Everyone should revere You, O King of all nations, because you deserve to be revered. For there is no one like You among any of the wise people of the nations nor among any of their kings. The people of those nations are both stupid and foolish. Instruction from a wooden idol is worthless! Hammered-out silver is brought from Tarshish and gold is brought from Uphaz to cover those idols. They are the handiwork of carpenters and goldsmiths. They are clothed in blue and purple clothes. They are all made by skillful workers. The Lord is the only true God. He is the living God and the everlasting King. When He shows His anger the earth shakes. None of the nations can stand up to His fury.”

   Today’s spiritual Israelites are the only people understanding these things and it’s our responsibility to tell the world.

     (Jer 10:11-15; You people of Israel should tell those nations this: ‘These gods did not make heaven and earth. They will disappear from the earth and from under the heavens.’ The Lord is the one who by His power made the earth. He is the one who by His wisdom established the world. And by His understanding He spread out the skies. When His voice thunders, the heavenly ocean roars. He makes the clouds rise from the far-off horizons. He makes the lightning flash out in the midst of the rain. He unleashes the wind from the places where he stores it. All these idolaters will prove to be stupid and ignorant. Every goldsmith will be disgraced by the idol he made. For the image he forges is merely a sham. There is no breath in any of those idols. They are worthless, mere objects to be mocked. When the time comes to punish them, they will be destroyed.

    (Jer 10:16; The Lord, who is the inheritance of Jacob’s descendants, is not like them. He is the one who created everything. And the people of Israel are those He claims as His own. He is known as the Lord who rules over all.)

    Mixing paganism with Judaism and calling it Christian isn’t following Jesus. We can’t name one Easter or Christmas tradition that isn’t founded on old pagan worship practices. A Judgment day is coming, hopefully many practicing paganism will have opportunity to repent. (See Rev 21:8)

The Family, chapter 16

June 9th, 2021

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   Children who really get to know honest law abiding parents of integrity normally want to grow and share parents characteristics out of respectful love. Believing parents didn’t steal they’re likely to avoid the temptation out of loving respect. Likewise when our Creator God is revealed and His goodness, righteousness, holiness and love made known, we desire to mimic, obey out of loving respect. With this revealed knowledge we don’t need the law telling us not to steal, commit adultery etc. When God’s gifted love is shed abroad in our hearts we’re compelled to love Him. Followers of Jesus are gifted with a desire from above to love as He loves.

     Holy Scripture is clear, godly love will decrease in these latter days. Through deceived people Satan leads the many into sinful life practices, and causes worldly religions to despise God’s Way and people. Matthew recorded Jesus’ Words.

      (Matt 24:9-14; Then they will hand you over to be persecuted and will kill you. You will be hated by all the nations because of My Name. Then many will be led into sin, and they will betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will appear and deceive many, and because lawlessness will increase so much, the love of many will grow cold. But the person who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole inhabited earth as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.) (End of this demonic age.) Jesus inspired His apostle Paul to write likewise.

    (2Corinthians 11:12-15; And what I am doing I will continue to do, so that I may eliminate any opportunity for those who want a chance to be regarded as our equals in the things they boast about. For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will correspond to their actions.)

     Worldly religions disseminate enough partial truths to make merchandise of religious minded people. The naïve aren’t aware of the Divider’s desires. Unaware their divisive theories play into Satan’s plan. The many teach people can accept Jesus at a time of their choosing, and be saved when they‘re ready to accept Him. Jesus taught through His apostles, ‘His followers are called and predestined’ thus speaking in parables to hostile people toward His Way people. All weren’t being called then, not being called in this age. He opens minds and speaks spiritually to people He gifts with understanding.

     (Matt 13:10-11; Then the disciples came to Jesus and said, Why do you speak to them in parables” He replied, you have been given the opportunity to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but they have not.)

    Similar words were recorded by John. (John 13:34-35; I give you a new commandment – to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. Everyone will know by this that you are My disciples – if you have love for one another.)

   People must be gifted with a nature change, to love as Jesus commanded. Yes Jesus loves sinners, but He is speaking to a people called to be Believers in Him, people gifted to love one another, ‘just as I have loved you!’ How did Jesus demonstrate His love? He gave of Himself, His time and life. TODAY’S Believers are scattered, and if we have occasion to associate with likeminded Believers we’re blessed indeed. True Believers share a special fellowship with God the Father, God the Son, and one another. Exercising fellowship of love is Jesus’ new commandment. It’s His sign by which His are known.
(John 15:9-17; Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; remain in My love. If you obey My commandments, you will remain in My love, just as I have obeyed My Father’s commandments and remain in His love. I have told you these things so that My joy may be in you, and your joy may be complete. My commandment is this – to love one another just as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this – that one lays down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command you.

    I no longer call you slaves, because the slave does not understand what His master is doing. But I have called you friends, because I have revealed to you everything I heard from My FatherYou did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that remains, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. This I command you – to love one another.)

     It’s the foundational starting point to The Way. True believers must practice truth! Loving as Jesus loved, and obeying as He obeyed. We’re to obey Jesus’ special command to love all His followers, ‘just as He loves each of us.

    Christians are Jesus’ friends, and He reveals everything to them, ‘that He heard from His Father!’ We’re to realize we’re gifted to understand, ‘know He chose and loved us first.’ (That is Jesus loved us before we loved Him.) We’re gifted to know, ‘we’re appointed to go and bear fruit that remains.’ HOW? By practicing truth that remains, ‘witness as He did’ so those gifted may understand and obey. Ambassadors, ‘representatives of Jesus’, practice living as Jesus led His apostles to live. All that will remain of our living is, “the fruit others glean from seeing our practices in Him.” Everything else is a passing shadow.

    (1John 3:13-14; Therefore, do not be surprised, brothers and sisters, if the world hates you. We know that we have crossed over from death to life because we love our fellow Christians, the one who does not love remains in death.)

     IN our old fleshly inherited from Adam nature people want this world’s citizens to love them. In the new Jesus gifted nature, we understand the reality of His Words, ‘if they hated Me they will hate you.’ Jesus’ apostles experienced this world’s hatred. The question should be, ‘are we judging ourselves in His Light, and have we crossed over from death to life?’

    Remember God told Adam and Eve, ‘but you must not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will surely die.’ Gen 2:17) Meaning? Deciding for ourselves, what’s right, wrong, good and evil is the path to eternal death. Adam and Eve’s, eating from the forbidden tree to discern knowledge independent of God was idolatry. Followers of Jesus are spiritually led to know, ‘loving in the manner Jesus taught is to be immersed in Him’, that’s believe IN Jesus. True Christians are raised to life, ‘in Jesus.’ Jesus taught it through His apostle, Paul.

    (1Cor 15:22-23; For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ, the first fruits; then when Christ comes, those who belong to Him.)

    (1John 3:15-17; Everyone who hates his fellow Christian is a murderer and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him. We have come to know love by this: ‘that Jesus laid down His life for us; thus we ought to lay down our lives for our fellow Christians.’ But whoever has the world’s possessions and sees his fellow Christian in need and shuts off his compassion against him, how can the love of God reside in such a person?)

     Sharing and giving that which sustains life is the, ‘Christian characteristic inherited through Jesus!’ (Note also, ‘if no murderer has eternal life, then they aren’t born immortal.)

    (1John 1:5-8; Now this is the gospel message we have heard from Him and announce to you, God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with Him and yet keep on walking in the darkness, we are lying and not practicing the truth. But if we walk in the Light as He, ‘God the Father’ is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus ‘His Son’ cleanses us from all sin. If we say we do not bear the guilt of sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the Truth is not in us.)

     Each bears guilt of sin, through our fleshly pro-creation inheritance. Practicing truth is to shun darkness. The shed blood of God the Father’s Son, (Jesus) cleans us from all sin as we walk in His Light, and love as He loves.

    We know we’re unworthy of His calling, we know we deserve eternal death, because we inherited the lawless nature of Adam. If we’re converted to His Way, we know it’s because He loved us first.

   (1John 1:9-10; But if we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous, forgiving us our sins and cleansing us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.) Individually, we must confess; ‘we lived in the flesh before being supernaturally converted’, each inherited Adam‘s sin nature.  If we understand friendship with Jesus, it’s gifted.

    Even Jesus experienced pulls of the flesh, He resisted the fleshly nature and never practiced sin. JESUS’ apostle explained.

      (Hebrews 5:8-10; Although He, 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.) Likewise Christians learn obedience from the things experienced, ‘if we belong to Him.
(John 2:1-2; My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not (practice) sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous One, and He Himself is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for our sins but also for the whole world.) Through His spirit, God leads and calls out individuals, giving them to recognize their need for Him, and a nature change. It is a gifted conversion, ‘from the practice of lawlessness against God’s Way, to the practice of His commands, regarding good, evil, right and wrong.’

    When converted to God’s Way and slip back to the pulls of our inherited fleshly nature, ‘we have an advocate’ (Jesus Christ) our Shepherd’s spirit is imputed to the mind to give the needed strength.

   (1John 5:1-4; Everyone who believes that ‘Jesus is the Christ’ has been fathered by God, and everyone who loves the Father loves the child fathered by Him. By this we know that we love the children of God: whenever we love God and obey His commandments. “For this is the love of God: that we keep His commandments.” And His commandments do not weigh us down, because everyone who has been fathered by God conquers (overcomes) the world.)

      Believers obey God’s commandments because we Love Him. It’s our evidence that we are fathered by God, ‘if we know these things, happy are we if we do them.’ John 13:17) Believing Jesus is the Christ, is to believe in Him as He manifest Himself to be.

The Family, chapter 15

June 7th, 2021

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    We should not judge, but teach truth and know God does the rest. When individuals desire to follow Jesus, it’s God gifted. (Phil 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, for the one bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort — for the sake of His good pleasure — is God.)

    Many attempt to follow Jesus have a fleshly desire to live a cleaner more wholesome life. That’s good, but a down side if led to a denomination of choice. Yielding to one’s fleshly rationale isn’t yielding to Jesus. Seeking a denomination may feel good but leads to various degrees of pagan worship. Let’s prayerfully consider Paul’s words to an obedient to The Way group.

    Paul’s saying, ‘working out your own salvation’ may give latitude to trust one’s intellect. If God brings forth the desire and effort, its The Way, not a way.

    Ponder the arrogance of denominations, when they live as little gods to themselves, assuming their way is truth. None publicly acknowledge God as He’s manifested to be in the Holy Scriptures. (Jesus ask, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth? Luke 18:8)

    Called believers know Jesus is the Alpha and Omega, Re-creator, Creator, Sustainer, Deliverer, Savior, Mediator on our behalf before God the Father, Pre-planner and coming king of kings. (Even when Adam was being created, Jesus knew the outcome of their temptation and the outcome of His own work in reconciling the world to Himself.) It was God the Father and God the Son’s plan and will, ‘that as the sacrificial Lamb of God, the Christ, Jesus would be tempted by the devil, overcome on our behalf, and live for our example. During that temptation, Satan quoted from Psalms 91:2, and Jesus quoted from Deuteronomy 6:13, 17 and 8:3.

    (Matthew 4:1-11; Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After He fasted forty days and forty nights He was famished. The Tempter came and said to Him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become bread.’ But Jesus answered, ‘It is written, Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ Then the devil took Him to the holy city, had Him stand on the highest point of the temple, and said to Him, ‘If you are the Son of God, throw Yourself down, for it is written, ‘He will command His angels concerning You, and with their hands they will lift You up, so that You will not strike Your foot against a stone.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Once again it is written, You are not to put the Lord your God to the test.’ Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their grandeur. And he said to Him, ‘I will give you all these things if you throw Yourself to the ground and worship me.’ Then Jesus said to him, ‘Go away, Satan! For it is written, You are to worship the Lord your God and serve only Him.’ Then the devil left Him, and angels came and began ministering to His needs.)

    The love of God on display! ‘God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.’ Everything from this earth’s Re-creation from chaos, to its created order, plant, animal, Adam and Eve’s Creation was pre-planned. Jesus’ saving righteous Noah from the flood, having him build an ark to withstand the flood, save he, family, and animals; and later calling Abraham, establishing through him a people of His own family purpose was pre-planned, as was calling Moses to be a type of Savior, for His called by promise people, from Egyptian bondage: likened to deliverance from present day bondage to this world’s system of things was for our learning.

    Jesus gave Moses plans for a temple, ‘the likeness of the heavenly One’, with its furnishings, dividing Curtain to holy of holiness containing ‘the ark of the covenant’ with the law and Aaron’s rod that budded, representing heavenly Jerusalem where the spirits of God’s chosen would be purified. See The book of Hebrews, particularly chapter 12. Jesus told Nicodemus he should know these things.

    (John 3:14-21; Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life. 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. 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.)

     Believing IN JESUS is to seek, and know Him as He’s manifested to be in the Holy Scriptures. This world will be saved through Jesus. Not worldly religions. Denominations are about membership, influence, dominion, for the sake of pride and profit. Believers practice His truth.

    It was pre-planned that the first covenant maker with His chosen, had to die, live again in order to make a new everlasting covenant as promised to Abraham. Jesus is now lifted up, the Mediator of that new covenant with chosen believers; now at the right hand of His Father and preparing to come again to bring peace and order to a demonic ruled earth. After one thousand years of peace on earth New Jerusalem will come down with God the Father. Its 12 gates already named for the 12 tribes of Israel and its 12 foundations named for the twelve apostles of the Lamb! (See Rev 21:12-14)

   (John 14:1-14; “Do not let your hearts be distressed. You believe in God; believe also in Me. There are many dwelling places in My Father’s house. Otherwise, I would have told you, because I am going away to make ready a place for you. And if I go and make ready a place for you, I will come again and take you to be with Me, so that where I am you may be too. And you know the way where I am going.” Thomas said, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus replied, “I am The Way, The Truth, and The Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you have known Me, you will know My Father too. And from now on you do know Him and have seen Him.” Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be content.” Jesus replied, “Have I been with you for so long, and you have not known Me, Philip? The person who has seen Me has seen the Father! How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you, I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father residing in Me performs His miraculous deeds. Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me, but if you do not believe Me, believe because of the miraculous deeds themselves. I tell you the solemn truth, the person who believes IN Me will perform the miraculous deeds that I am doing, and will perform greater deeds than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in My Name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.”)

    People can’t be Jesus’ ambassador or ask in Jesus’ name without God the Father’s revelations. Be called and made at ONE with Himself. (Asking in the name of Jesus, ‘is to ask in the nature of, in the spirit mind of Jesus.’) When God’s spirit is imputed to our minds, we desire to be ONE with Jesus just as Jesus is ONE with His Father. Our faith’s desires are that which pleases Him.

   What Believing person, would want a mountain removed if it were not in God’s will? Who would want healing, except it be God’s will? (From our inherited fleshly logic, motivations are self serving. To conduct advertised healing services, and teach the so called, ‘name and claim it doctrine’ isn’t biblical.  Consider James’ understanding about such inherited fleshly logic.

    (James 4:1-3; Where do the conflicts and where do the quarrels among you come from? Is it not from this, from your passions that battle inside you? You desire and you do not have; you murder and envy and you cannot obtain; you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask; you ask and do not receive because you ask wrongly, so you can spend it on your passions.)

       Who discerns and recognizes fleshly motivations unless God reveals? Can a person claiming to be Christian, not practice God’s truth? If not they’re spiritual adulterers.

    (James 4:4-10; 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.)

      (For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all are made alive. 1 Cor 15:22)

      De we understand the need, for asking God to change our nature?

The Family, chapter 14

June 4th, 2021

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   Few think their sins as egregious as Paul’s, in fact none are worthy of God’s forgiveness. The apostles’ letters were to ‘the church of God’ followers of Jesus, not unbelievers, but recipients of ‘Jesus’ good news about His whole purpose. People knowing they were being saved by grace. Believing Jesus was resurrected to a spiritual life after three nights and days in His tomb. That Jesus appearing too many presented Himself alive and gave understanding of the Holy Scriptures. Knowing it was miraculous that their own minds was opened.

   Jesus said His words would be our judge. (John 12:47-48; If anyone hears My words and does not obey them, I do not judge him. For I have not come to judge the world, but to save the world. The one who rejects Me, and does not accept My words has a judge; the word I have spoken will judge him at the last day.)

   The final judgment is what Jesus is referring to as the ‘last day.’ (The Feast of Tabernacles will be celebrated during Jesus’ millennial rule, and the eighth day of the feast is, ‘the last great day.’ Jesus’ followers are commanded to keep His set aside Sabbaths.

    (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.’ (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.)

    We think that ‘Last Great Day’ foreshadows the end time judgment. We know ‘the Feast of Tabernacles represents our fleshly life being temporary’ and foreshadows gifted everlasting life in Jesus. We know believers in Jesus are spiritual Israelites and heirs with Abraham. (See Galatians 3:29) A large portion of this earth’s populations is Abraham’s descendents. Paul explained to the Romans.

  (Rom 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.’) Study more in God’s word regarding Israel’s future deliverance, at Isa 22:, 35: , 51:, 65:. and Jeremiah 31:.

   Consider the fact; ‘in the flesh we’re desperately wicked.’ (Jer 17:9-10; The human mind is more deceitful than anything else. It is incurably bad. Who can understand it? I, the LORD, probe into people’s minds. I examine people’s hearts. I deal with each person according to how he has behaved. I give them what they deserve based on what they have done.)

   Jesus revealed these things to His apostles and is now revealing them to His followers in this age. To John, in His book titled (Jesus’ Revelations to John) the end of unrighteousness is revealed. May we ‘believers in’, overcome, ‘conquer’ to the end.

    (Rev 21:7-8; The one who conquers will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. 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.)

    World religions don’t understand God’s grace, mercy, pre-planning and the reason Jesus spoke in parables. They reject God’s Ways and make denominational rules fit their particular agendas. One of those parables is Jesus’ telling the Lazarus, rich man story. (Remember Jesus said; if they didn’t obey Moses and the prophets, neither will they hear; “if one is raised from the dead speaks.) Always study the whole.

   (Luke 16:30-31; Then the rich man said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ He ’Jesus’ replied to him, ‘If they do not respond to Moses and the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’) The resurrected Jesus spoke through His apostles and said; ‘the blood of Abel still speaks to us; if we know he was murdered out of jealously.  See Heb 12:24.

   (1John 2:7-11; Dear friends, I am not writing a new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have already heard. On the other hand, I am writing a new commandment to you which is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. The one who says he is in the light but still hates his fellow Christian is still in the darkness. The one who loves his fellow Christian resides in the Light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. But the one who hates his fellow Christian is in the darkness, walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.) Difference in old and new commandment is; Jesus‘ spirit, ‘the advocate’ living in Believers. The true Light is now shining, that Jesus is now glorified and our Mediator.

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

    Various idolatrous theologies are developed through people’s yielding to fleshly logic. Putting self and or others, ahead of our Creator, as did Adam and Eve Many religions come about through people’s fleshly logic. Religions promoting abominable to God life styles evolve from what was once NOT acceptable to any people group. (For example, Jesus’ apostle Paul taught that people practicing life styles abominable to God, should be shunned.) Until recent years, even worldly organized churches taught congregations to live according to the apostles’ teaching, regarding moral values. What did Paul teach on the subject? Writing during or in close proximity with the Passover season; thus his terminology regarding eating with Christians.

   (1Corinthians 5:9-13; I wrote you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people. In no way did I mean the immoral people of this world, or the greedy and swindlers and idolaters, since you would then have to go out of the world. But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who calls himself a Christian who is sexually immoral, or greedy, or an idolater, or verbally abusive, or a drunkard, or a swindler. Do not even eat with such a person. For what do I have to do with judging those outside? Are you not to judge those inside? But God will judge those outside. Remove the evil person from among you.)

     Today Jesus’ teaching through Paul is practically ignored. It’s Fleshly logic, ‘congregations representing Jesus can‘t associate with those claiming to be Christian while practicing abominable to God life styles.’ If possible, the powers developing the Roman calendar would have altered the new moon’s appearance and the seven day week cycle, ‘but that isn’t possible, so they teach that Jesus allowed Paul to change the Sabbath.’ Only if God stopped the earth’s spin on its axis, could the moon and seven day week cycle change! People can call the seventh day by another name, but it’ll always be God’s Sabbath, holy to Himself and His followers.  

    People can’t believe IN Jesus, through their inherited from Adam fleshly logic! They can believe there’s a Jesus, but to believe in Him requires revelation. Fleshly logic wants things as seeming right, but that’s what must be changed. Believing in is to know by God’s calling and revelation. It’s a gifted circumcision of the heart as Jesus revealed through Paul and the old commandment through Jeremiah.

    (Jeremiah 9:23-26; The Lord says, ‘Wise people should not boast that they are wise. Powerful people should not boast that they are powerful. Rich people should not boast that they are rich.’ If people want to boast, they should boast about this: (They should boast that they understand and know Me. They should boast that they know and understand that I, the Lord, act out of faithfulness, fairness, and justice in the earth and that I desire people to do these things,” says the Lord.’) The Lord says, ‘Watch out! The time is soon coming when I will punish all those who are circumcised only in the flesh. That is, I will punish the Egyptians, the Judeans, the Edomites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, and all the desert people who cut their hair short at the temples. I will do so because none of the people of those nations are really circumcised in the Lord’s sight. Moreover, none of the people of Israel are circumcised when it comes to their hearts.)

    Circumcision of heart is spiritual, it’s a gifted nature change. See Paul’s explanation to followers of Jesus again, compare with inherited fleshly logic.

    (Romans 8:8-11; Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. You, 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. But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is your life because of 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.) Even fleshly logic teaches, we need help to overcome this bondage of sin, we each inherited.

   (2Cor 5:17-21; So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away – look, what is new has come! And all these things are from God who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and who has given us the ministry of reconciliation. In other words in Christ, God, was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting people’s trespasses against them, and He has given us the message of reconciliation. Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making His plea through us. We plead with you on Christ’s behalf, “Be reconciled to God!” God made the one who did not know sin, (Jesus) to be sin for us, so that in Him we would become the righteousness of God.)

      We pray that each called person understands that our inherited from Adam nature is the way of death and that eternal life is only through Jesus.

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     Our God doesn’t change, He’s the same yesterday, today and forever, He’s that rock who led Israel from Egyptian bondage, and reveals that He hates paganism. So what’s paganism? Looking to, worshipfully practicing activity thinking to receive benefit. In Moses’, and the prophet’s day they had shrines and images destroyed because of the harm such did to His people. (Study Ezekiel 8:12-18, & 1Cor 10:4)

    All pagan activity shows hostility toward the true God. Comes from an outlook of the fleshly inherited from Adam nature, and Satan’s demonic influences.  Jesus had His apostle Paul explain.   (Romans 8:7; 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.) Until God supernaturally changes a person’s fleshly outlook to spiritual, all people are opposed to God’s loving spiritual way. Meaning? Each person desires to do and live according to what seems right to that fleshly inherited from Adam nature. Let’s pray for a God gifted spiritual outlook, a mind that comprehends God’s spiritual teachings.

    Throughout God’s Word, the facts that we’re born mortal jumps out, proving that Satan lied when calling God a liar: ‘saying surely you will not die, for God knows when you eat from what He forbid, your eyes will open and you will be like divine beings who know good and evil.’ (Gen 3:5)

     God requires death for sin, and the only way to immortality is through belief in the Originator of Life, ‘Jesus.’ To believe in Jesus the mind must accept that He’s all He says He is, be called and gifted with the desire to immerse one’s self in Him. Jesus explained in His own parable verbiage. (Study Matt 13:10)

     John 6:41-51; Then the Jews who were hostile to Jesus began complaining about Him because He said, I am the bread that came down from heaven, and they said, isn’t this Jesus the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can He now say, ‘I have come down from heaven?’ Jesus replied, Do not complain about Me to one another. No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ (Quote from Isaiah 54:13)

    Everyone who hears and learns from the Father comes to Me. (Not that anyone has seen the Father except the One who is from God – He has seen the Father.) I tell you the solemn truth, the one who believes, ’these things’ has eternal life.

    I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that has come down from heaven, so that a person may eat from it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats from this bread he will live forever. The bread that I will give for the life of the world My flesh.) Review some biblical facts.

      (1) We can’t decide from within our fleshly nature to believe IN Jesus. (v44)

      (2) People gifted to believe IN Jesus will raise at the last day.

      (3) The day is coming when all Israel will be taught by God.

    (Isaiah  54:13-14; All your children will be followers of the Lord, and your children will enjoy great prosperity. You will be reestablished when I vindicate you. You will not experience oppression; indeed, you will not be afraid. You will not be terrified, for nothing frightening will come near you.)

      (4) Everyone who learn from God the Father comes to Jesus.

      (5) Everyone who believes IN Jesus has eternal life.

    Jesus had Jeremiah proclaim, to the people of Judah.

    (Jeremiah. 7:23-26; I also explicitly commanded them, to obey Me. If you do, I will be your God and you will be My people. Live exactly the way I tell you and things will go well with you. But they did not listen to Me or pay any attention to Me. They followed the stubborn inclinations of their own wicked hearts. They acted worse and worse instead of better. From the time your ancestors departed the land of Egypt until now, I sent My servants the prophets to you again and again, day after day. But your ancestors did not listen to Me nor pay attention to Me. They became obstinate and were more wicked than even their own forefathers.) The following could apply to any nation in this day and time.

     (Jer 7:27-29; Then the Lord said to me, When you tell them all this, they will not listen to you. When you call out to them, they will not respond to you. So tell them: ‘This is a nation that has not obeyed the Lord their God and has not accepted correction. Faithfulness is nowhere to be found in it. These people do not even profess it anymore. So, mourn, you people of this nation. Cut off your hair and throw it away. Sing a song of mourning on the hilltops. For the Lord has decided to reject and forsake this generation that has provoked His wrath!’)

    People’s inherited fleshly nature is so stubborn that when disaster of any kind strikes, ‘rather than turn to God, they harden their hearts.’

     (6) The Deliverer through Moses fed the Israel manna 40 years, and looked forward to when spiritual Israel would feed from that Deliverer spiritually.  Remember He’s the Vine and we the branches.

     (John 15:4-6; Remain in Me, and I will remain in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me — and I in him — bears much fruit, because apart from Me you can accomplish nothing. If anyone does not remain in Me, he is thrown out like a branch, and dries up; and such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, and are burned up.)  Always study the whole.

   (It was Jesus who created Adam and Eve, put in their physical bodies the breath of life and creative characteristics similar to His own, He put in their minds, ‘the potentiality of believing IN Him and inheriting Eternal Life.) Thus, be gifted with spiritual characteristics and a loving nature likened to His own. Only humankind is created with these Godly attributes, imaginations, creative abilities, to plan, grow in knowledge and seek God’s blessings. The gifted ability to independently observe, learn, create and plan is proof of creation. Additionally God gives special talents and abilities according to His prerogatives, will and purpose. This is made clear from a study of God’s dealings with His people. (Example; back in Moses’ day and again in Solomon’s, the Lord God had the Israelites construct a temples for worship, and He gave various individuals special talents in construction skills. God preserved that record for our learning. (See Exodus 37: & 38: a man named Bezalel was given special talents.)

(People rejecting these facts is proof of their hostility toward God.)

    By God’s will we are each sovereign beings with gifted fleshly logic and talents. As sovereign individuals our logical thinking differs in the way we digest and disseminate learning. Through these differences people are able to compare, prove and develop learning techniques from one another.

    Satan put forth a huge obstacle, selling Adam and Eve on deciding morality issues for themselves. Their disobedience is the cause of each individual’s inherited nature that wants to decide for self, what‘s right, wrong, good and evil. The nature becomes an agenda, ’to replacing Godly integrity with one’s own.’ People to hold their views higher than God’s.

    Testing God becomes a major component of our inherited self serving nature. People hold to the idea, ‘if God didn’t intervene or punish for my disobedient action, apparently it was okay.’ It’s the nature, outlook, mentality type we each inherited through Adam. Pulling in the direction of making decisions based on what seems right to our intellect, and to what’s pleasurable.

    Thus, we’re born in, ‘a bondage to lawlessness - sin.’ Likened to Israel’s physical bondage to Egypt, which is a type of our own. Like they we’re in need of a Deliverer. Sin’s bondage continues until God intervenes spiritually, ‘similar to His intervening and delivering Israel through Moses.’ His spiritual deliverance includes, ‘revealing Himself and giving us a desire for a nature change. Review Philippians 2:13 to discern, ‘both the desire and the effort – for the sake of His good pleasure – is God. As always study the whole.

     As a youth, Moses made a spiritual decision from his inherited fleshly logic. God intervened, giving understanding to Moses’ parents and then Moses. ‘That faith understanding is ‘being called in the New Testament terminology.’ Gifting spiritual understanding beyond that inherited from Adam.

      (Heb 11:23-25; By faith, when Moses was born, his parents hid him for three months, because they saw the child was beautiful and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. By faith, when he grew up, Moses refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to be ill-treated with the people of God than to enjoy sin’s fleeting pleasure.)

    God’s calling miraculously replaced Moses’ fleshly logic with revealed knowledge of His needs. Led Moses to faith in his Creator; a desire to flee sin’s pleasures for God’s way. Jesus had Peter spell it out for our day.

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

The Family, chapter 12

May 31st, 2021

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   Repentance is gifted when God calls, reveals Jesus as He’s manifested to be in Holy Scripture, our inherited sin nature, and gifts a desire and effort to know Him intimately. That’s God changing the inherited from Adam sin nature to Jesus’ nature, that He described as being ‘born again’ - ‘born from above’, becoming at One with Himself and God the Father. Knowing through revealed faith that God the Father and God the Son are One in family and purpose. (Phil 2:13; for the one bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort — for the sake of His good pleasure — is God.)

   Another definition for repentance is, ‘a turning from what had previously seemed right, to Jesus’ prescribed way’, an immersion in, a clothing, and obedience to Jesus as He’s manifested to be. Another could be, ‘being spiritually led to turn from, having lived according to what had seemed right, ‘usurping God’s authority’ to Jesus led practices. His apostle Paul shared Jesus’ attitude and motivation, Christians must grow to.

    (Philippians 2:3-11; Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well. You should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had, who though He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped, but emptied Himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by sharing in human nature. He humbled Himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross. 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.)

    Genuine repentance recognizes the need for a nature change. Since Jesus’ personal ministry on earth, ‘particularly since His ascension’, His followers, ‘regardless of heritage’ becomes spiritual Israelites. It’s by promise, predestined, ‘a sanctified people of God’s choosing.’ As Israel’s heritage was predestined by promise to Abraham, their delivered from Egyptian bondage, representing sin, ‘so too followers of Jesus are delivered from this world’s system of things. God’s deliverance isn’t ‘for people’s good works or righteousness’, but by promise to Abraham. These things were revealed to Jesus’ apostles and now to His followers.

   (2Timothy 1:9-10; He is the One who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not based on our works but on His own purpose and grace, granted to us in Christ Jesus before time began, but now made visible through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus. He has broken the power of death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.)

   Heavenly Father: make us mindful that Your rules are for our well being. Give us to understand, ‘Your way is holy, righteous and good, that Your righteous planning is on our behalf, and the reason we’re called. Please gift each with a desire for Your kingdom’s soon coming. We ask in Jesus’ holy name. AMEN

    The world doesn’t understand God‘s grace, mercy, love and perpetual planning. It rejects God, and makes its own rule fit their particular liking. Becoming vulnerable to the fleshly inherited from Adam nature and Satan’s demonic way. Until God intervenes, reveals Himself and grants repentance, each individual is an idolater. In the flesh people idolize worldly possessions, revere others with power, and heroes to fit their fleshly ideals. That natural inclination is the way to eternal death.

    (Prov 14:12; There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way that leads to death.)

    Few are spiritually led to understand that all people inherited several problems at birth. (1) The fleshly nature wants its own way, (the way that seems right) rather than God’s Way. (2) Satan’s ‘get way’ appeals to the self serving nature. (3) People don’t naturally discern that repentance is, ‘a yielding to what God says is right, a forsaking of what may seems right to the fleshly inherited nature.

     Only when God spiritually intervenes do people discern that, ‘it’s idolatry to reject God.’ That deciding for self regarding, what’s right, wrong, good and evil is idolatry; ‘which makes each little gods.’ Yielding to worldly generated influences is demonic. We know this because God says, ‘Satan is the god of this world, ‘age.’) People yielding to influences that disagrees with God’s Way, is proof that they aren’t believers IN God.

    Now many believe, there’s a supernatural deity’ but few are led to study His Word and seek to know Him as He is manifested to be in His own inspired prophetic revelations through His prophets and apostles. Even fewer people are spiritually gifted to discern that Jesus is the Creator Son of God. Thus, until God reveals Himself, people are not naturally willing to forsake the way that seems right to their fleshly inherited nature, to Jesus’ prescribed way. Consider Paul’s words to called people who’re led to believe.

    (2Corinthians 4:1-6; Therefore, since we have this ministry, just as God has shown us mercy, we do not become discouraged. But we have rejected shameful hidden deeds, not behaving with deceptiveness or distorting the word of God, but by open proclamation of the truth we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience before God. But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing, among whom the god of this age has blinded the minds of those who do not believe so they would not see the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God. For, we do not proclaim ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said “Let light shine out of darkness,” is the One who shined in our hearts to give us the light of the glorious knowledge of God in the face of Christ.) (See Isaiah 9:2 & Gen 1:3, also.) Jesus is the Spokesperson’ saying; (Let there be light. And there was light!)

    People living the way that seems right to themselves are rejecting God’s Way and, perishing. Satan’s influence blinds the minds of fleshly minded unbelievers. Making that they can’t grasp that Jesus manifested Himself as, the Christ, ‘the image of God the Father.’ So, what about, those who are perishing, among whom the god of this age has blinded the minds of? Those who don’t believe because of Satan’s influence so they’d not see the light of the glorious gospel of Christ? Are they doomed to eternal punishment? NO. Are they in a place of torment? NO. Will they be resurrected and face God’s righteous judgment? YES.

      The worldly can’t grasp the grace, mercy and loving ways of our Creator God. They don’t know His planning is certain as prophesied through Isaiah.

    (Isa 14:24; 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.)

    Preferring to believe a demonic doctrine of, an ongoing ever burning hell fire that punishes bad folks forever. Satan’s lie causes an erroneous belief that people are born immortal at birth. These views come from Satan’s two lies and his deceptiveness.

     After the devil questioned Eve about what God had said, Eve replied, ‘God said, we must not eat from it, and not touch it, or else we will die.’ Gen 3:3) Then the devil called God a liar, saying, ‘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 3:4-5) Lie number one is surely you will not die. Meaning you are born immortal, that is: born to live forever someplace.) Lie number two, ‘You will be like divine beings who know good and evil.’ That is; ‘as divine beings, you’ll know what’s right for you.’

    (All worldly religions practice living, as if they believe in one or more of these demonic lies!)

   These doctrinal foundations hinges on Satan’s lies. The Islam’s, Catholics, Protestants and the rest, teach some form of these two lies.

    People believing in, the God of Abraham, yield to God’s View, regarding what’s right, wrong, good, and evil. They refuse the way, God’s Word says are an abomination to Him, are mindful that abominations to God, are to His people also. Things God’s Word says are holy to Him, are holy to Believers in Him.

    When worldly religions question Jesus’ teaching through Paul regarding, “those who are perishing, among whom the god of this age has blinded the minds of those who do not believe so they would not see the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, assume their particular group is enlightened. But, when they’re resurrected, they’ll see God‘s Way in progress, it‘s goodness, and then many will be gifted with repentant minds! (All will be resurrected, each in their own order.) (1Cor 5:22-23; For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ, the firstfruits; then when Christ comes, those who belong to Him.) As Jesus restored Lazarus’ back to fleshly life; after being dead four days, He can restore life, after hundreds or thousands of years! All will be righteously judged.

    Christians, having these precious truth revealed in this age, are a ‘born from above people’, recipients of His Holy Spirit, and will be in the first resurrection. Jesus’ promises are certain. To His disciples Jesus says; (Do not let your hearts be distressed. You believe in God; believe also in Me. There are many dwelling places in My Father’s house. ‘Otherwise, I would have told you,’ because I am going away to make ready a place for you. And if I go and make ready a place for you, I will come again and TAKE you to be with Me, so that where I am you may be too. And you know the way where I am going.) John 14:1-3)

     Followers of Jesus are spirit led to turn from what seems right to the fleshly inherited nature and stand firm, to the end. Digest Paul’s words to Believers, at 1Cor 15:1-11.

The Family, chapter 11

May 28th, 2021

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    Born from above Christians are under the New Covenant with Jesus. His followers need to consider, what is sin? How does Jesus define sin? He reveals and His apostle John wrote.

    (1John 1:8; Now this is the gospel, (good news) message we have heard from Him and announce to you; God (Jesus) is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with Him and yet keep on walking in the darkness, (practicing sin) we are lying and not practicing the truth. But if we walk in The Light, as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin. If we say we do not bear the guilt of sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous, forgiving us our sins and cleansing us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.)

    (1John 2:1-2; My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not (practice) sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate, with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous One, and He Himself is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for our sins but also for the whole world.)

   Jesus Christ, the righteous One” is the advocate, and practicing things God defines as sin, is to walk in darkness. Jesus defines Himself as, (The Light.) If we aren’t clothed with and immersed in Christ Jesus, (we aren’t walking in His Light.) Because; (He Himself is the atoning sacrifice.) Thus, Jesus’ spirit in us is the advocate. (Italicized words are for support in second and third John.) (How does a person know they love God? They love His commandments.)

       (1John 2:3-6; Now by this we know that we have come to know God, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, I have come to know God, and yet does not keep His commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in such a person. But whoever obeys His word, truly in this person the love of God has been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him. The one who says he resides in God ought himself to walk just as Jesus walked.) (So simple, yet hostile professing Christians love the pagan way.)

    Remember Jesus said after His parable about Lazarus and the rich man; “if they didn’t obey Moses and the prophets, neither will they hear; if one is raised from the dead speaks.”)

    (Luke 16:30-31; Then the rich man said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ Jesus replied to him, ‘If they do not respond to Moses and the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.)

    The resurrected Jesus speaking through His apostle said, ‘the blood of Abel still speaks to us, if we know why he was murdered.’  See Heb 12:24.

    (1John 2:7-11; Dear friends, I am not writing a new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning. On the other hand, The old commandment is the word that you have already heard. I am writing a new commandment to you which is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. The one who says he is in the light but still hates his fellow Christian is still in the darkness. The one who loves his fellow Christian resides in the Light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. But the one who hates his fellow Christian is in the darkness, walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.) (Difference in old and new commandment is, Jesus‘ spirit, - the advocate, lives in Believers. thus the true Light is shining. How so? Allow Jesus’ words through His apostle Paul.

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

     Pentecost is the ‘Feast of First Fruits’ Jesus is the first fruits, meaning, Jesus is the first spirit begotten to be resurrected to eternal life.

    Various idolatrous theologies are developed through people yielding to fleshly logic. People putting personal beliefs and those of hero’s ahead of our Creator’s word as did Adam and Eve. Many religions come about through people’s fleshly logic. Religions promoting acceptable life styles evolve, from what was once NOT acceptable to demonic paganism God hates. For example, Jesus’ apostle Paul taught, ‘people practicing abominable to God lives, should be shunned. Until recent years, even worldly organized churches taught congregations to live according to the apostles’ teaching, regarding moral values. What did Paul teach on the subject? He wrote Corinthians during or in close proximity with the Passover season, thus his terminology regarding eating with Christians.

  (1Corinthians 5:9-13; I wrote you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people. In no way did I mean the immoral people of this world, or the greedy and swindlers and idolaters, since you would then have to go out of the world. But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who calls himself a Christian who is sexually immoral, or greedy, or an idolater, or verbally abusive, or a drunkard, or a swindler. Do not even eat with such a person. For what do I have to do with judging those outside? Are you not to judge those inside? But God will judge those outside. Remove the evil person from among you.)

   In this end time church age, Jesus’ teaching through Paul is practically ignored. The point! People with only Fleshly logic, think congregations representing Jesus can‘t associate with people who practice abominable to God life styles. Time keeping for example, we know the earth’s annual revolving around the sun denotes the passing of years. We know the history of why the pagan Roman calendar makes July and August have 31 days, and why February has 28, except 29 every fourth year, was all to fit man’s calendar to the sun worshiping winter equinox. If possible the powers developing the Roman calendar would have altered the new moon’s appearance, and the seven day week cycle; but that isn’t possible. Only if God stopped the earth’s spin on it’s axis, could the moon and seven day week cycle change!

   People can call the seventh day by another name, but it’s still God’s Sabbath, holy to Him and His followers. No person nor organization of men can change what’s holy to God.

    (Gen 2:3; God blessed the seventh day and made it holy because on it He ceased all the work that He had been doing in creation.) (Exodus 20:8-11; remember the Sabbath day to set it apart as holy. For six days you may labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God; on it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, or your male servant, or your female servant, or your cattle, or the resident foreigner who is in your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth and the sea and all that is in them, and He rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy.)

    (Mark 2:27-28; Then JESUS said to them, The Sabbath was made for people, not people for the Sabbath. For this reason the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.) THE point! People with only fleshly logic, should be able to  discern that only God can change His holy times.

    Emperor Constantine had no authority in the year 321 AD, to change God’s Sabbath to the first day! In people’s fleshly inherited nature they’re gullible, like sheep in need a Shepherd. Until the true Shepherd is revealed people like sheep, follow what seems right.

    Jesus was dealing with the fleshly logic in people when He said, (John 3:11-13; I tell you the solemn truth, we speak about what we know and testify about what we have seen, but you people do not accept Our testimony. If I have told you people about earthly things, and you don’t believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven – the Son of Man. Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in HIM may have eternal life.)

    People can’t believe IN Jesus, through the inherited from Adam fleshly nature - logic! People can believe, ‘there’s a Jesus’ but that isn’t believing in. People’s fleshly nature and logic wants things to be, as seems right.’

    The proverbs writer said, ’there’s a way that seems right to a man, but it’s end is death.” It’s why ‘through believing in Jesus’ we’re ‘supernaturally born from above’, ‘our nature changed from, ‘hostile to a yes Lord mentality of obedience.’ A gifted calling, as was Moses’. A gifted circumcision of the heart, as Jesus revealed the same Old Covenant to Jeremiah.

   (Jeremiah 9:23-26; The Lord says, Wise people should not boast that they are wise. Powerful people should not boast that they are powerful. Rich people should not boast that they are rich. If people want to boast, they should boast about this: They should boast that they understand and know Me. They should boast that they know and understand that I, the Lord, act out of faithfulness, fairness, and justice in the earth and that I desire people to do these things, says the Lord. The Lord says, Watch out! The time is soon coming when I will punish all those who are circumcised only in the flesh. That is, I will punish the Egyptians, the Judeans, the Edomites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, and all the desert people who cut their hair short at the temples. I will do so because none of the people of those nations are really circumcised in the Lord’s sight. Moreover, none of the people of Israel are circumcised when it comes to their hearts.)

    Circumcision of heart is to, ‘be gifted with a nature change.’ Study Paul’s explanation to followers of Jesus again, regarding our inherited fleshly logic.

    (Romans 8:8-11; Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. You, 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. But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is your life because of 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.)

    Even fleshly logic teaches; we need help to overcome this bondage of sin, we each inherited.

    (2Cor 5:17-21; So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away – look, what is new has come! And all these things are from God who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and who has given us the ministry of reconciliation. In other words in Christ, God, was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting people’s trespasses against them, and He has given us the message of reconciliation. Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making His plea through us. We plead with you on Christ’s behalf, “Be reconciled to God!” God made the one who did not know sin, to be sin for us, so that in Him we would become the righteousness of God.)

       We pray that each called person understands that our inherited from Adam nature is the way of death and that eternal life is only through Jesus.

The Family, chapter 10

May 25th, 2021

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     Many assume God the Father’s laws, statues, and oracles, are more stringent than Jesus’, making the many feel comfortable practicing paganism, rather than adhering to His loving commandments, these not mindful that God the Father and God the Son are as One. We’re advised to let Jesus’ mind be in us.

      (Phil 2:5-11; You should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had, who though he existed in the form of God did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped, but emptied himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by sharing in human nature. He humbled himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death — even death on a cross! 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, on earth, under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.)

   Jesus’ is in fact the Lord God who said, ‘let us make man in Our image and likeness, ‘the same Lord God that communed with Adam and Eve.’ The One saying to Cain, ‘why are you angry, and your expression downcast? Is it not true that if you do what is right, you will be fine? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at the door. It desires to dominate you, but you must subdue it.’) The Lord God ‘Jesus’ spoke to Adam, Eve, Cain, Abel, Job and Noah is called ‘Jesus’ by His Father, the One saying, ‘all must be born of water and spirit’.

     (John 6:48-51; I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that has come down from heaven, so that a person may eat from it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats from this bread he will live forever. The bread that I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.)  Not all people using Jesus’ name as bread will live forever. Eating is partaking of and that’s Jesus’ subject. (The Lord God who purposely came as, ‘Jesus’ and ‘Lord’ in the flesh is the same deity that spoke to the Israel through His prophet Amos.)

   (Amos 5:24-27; Justice must flow like torrents of water, righteous actions like a stream that never dries up. You did not bring Me sacrifices and grain offerings during the forty years you spent in the wilderness, ‘family of Israel.’ You will pick up your images of Sikkuth, your king, and Kiyyun, your star god, which you made for yourselves and I will drive you into exile beyond Damascus, says the Lord.)

    To partake of ‘eat’ and ‘believe in’ Jesus, people must know how He manifested Himself to His apostles, and as He expects His people think of Him. Study Hebrews 1, John 1:1-5, and lets read Paul’s Colossians letter. (We aren’t apologetic about using these scriptures often, because people aren’t Believers in Jesus unless they know Him as He manifest Himself to be.)

   (Col 1:15-20; He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation, for all things in heaven and on earth were created by Him – all things, whether visible or invisible, whether thrones or dominions, whether principalities or powers – all things were created through Him and for Him. (Even God the Father’s creations were through Jesus and for Jesus.) He Himself is before all things and all things are held together (sustained) in Him. He is the head of the body, the church, as well as the beginning, the firstborn from among the dead, so that He Himself may become first in all things. For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in the Son and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself by making peace through the blood of His cross – through Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven.)

   With gifted faith, and lovingly obedient to this Jesus people have eternal life. Demonstrating Himself to be the Son of God, He created aged wine from water, healed diseased people, Re-Created bread and fish feeding thousands, walked on water, and resurrected Lazarus back to his formal physical life.

    Jesus suffered, died and was resurrected just at the prophets had written. After three nights and three days, women went to the tomb where Jesus was buried, then saw an angel, who said He was alive. Then some of those who were with us went to the tomb, and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Him.

    (Luke 24:21-27; So Jesus said to them, ‘You foolish people – how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Wasn’t it necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and enter into His glory? Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, He interpreted to them the things written about Himself in all the scriptures.)

     Spiritual understanding is gifted to God’s chosen people, those given grace to love God the Father and God the Son as manifested to be. Few professing Christians, “even know how He is manifested to be.”

     The god of this age, ‘Satan’ wants people to think of Jesus as do pagans think of their gods. He deceives the majority with fleshly ambition to make the scriptures fit their motivated ideas. Jesus was looking to and through our time when He said; “Many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and they will mislead many. Mark 13:6”

    It’s God’s plan, ‘few scholarly minded, wealthy and people with authority are gifted to understand spiritual truths. Called, followers of, and believers IN Jesus are gifted to know, ‘spiritual truths squares with God’s original inspired Words.’ Truthfulness isn’t popular as Jesus pointed out, and  Mark recorded at 13:6. Today’s Christendom populations have been taught to assume they can merely call on the name ‘Jesus’ and be saved.

    Thank God for His many revealed truths, particularly; (then I will turn to the people a pure language that they may call on the name of the Lord with one consent. Zephaniah 3:9).

    Thank God for Jesus’ promised return with a new government of peace on earth. Christians are praying that God speed that time. Praying too that some of the prophesied conditions, Jesus noted at Matthew 24: be cut very short. Otherwise, prior to Jesus’ return, unparallel suffering such as has never before been is coming. Study the whole chapter.

   (Matthew 24:36-41; But as for that day and hour no one knows it – not even the angels in heaven – except the Father alone. For, just like the days of Noah were, so the coming of the Son of Man will be. For in those days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark. And they knew nothing until the flood came and took them all away. It will be the same at the coming of the Son of Man. Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one left. There will be two women grinding grain with a mill; one will be taken and one left.) People fathered by God, those “born from above” will be changed to spirit life, and meet resurrected Saints in the air. (See 1Cor 15:)

     Evil of all sorts was rampant before the flood. Corruption of this earth’s populations is now very close to being as in Noah’s day. It could get worse, but rest assured, God our Father will shorten the time for His Elect’s sake. (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. Matt 24:22)

    Believers know, unbelieving people love this world’s system of things and believers know, demonic led false teachers are likely to do miraculous things ‘to deceive, if possible, even the Elect.’

     (Matt 24:9-14; Then they will hand you, over to be persecuted and will kill you. You will be hated by all the nations because of My name. Then many will be led into sin, and they will betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will appear and deceive many, and because lawlessness will increase so much, the love of many will grow cold. But the person who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole inhabited earth as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.) (WHAT END? End of the world? NO! End of Satan and his influence on earth? Yes.)

    People teaching, ‘a rapture to miss suffering and an immortality at birth doctrine, use Matt 24:41, and normally teach little about Jesus’ millennial rule on earth, Israelites deliverance to their former borders and the world looking to them for direction.

    The dead in Christ, partakers of Jesus’ way are to rise first, then the alive who’re fathered by God, ’born from above people’ will be changed quickly. Study 1Corinthians 15: to discern that Christians are praying, that God cutting time short will result in some prophecies being set aside.

    (1Cor 13:8-13; 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. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. But when I became an adult, I set aside childish ways. For now we see in a mirror indirectly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, just as I have been fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.)

    At a times of God’s choosing, there’ll be physical resurrections, judgment, and a second death for those refusing to repent. When the millennial age ends, New Jerusalem with God the Father will come down. If anyone hears (understands) My words and does not obey them, I do not judge him. For I have not come to judge the world, but to save the world. The one who rejects Me and does not accept My words has a judge; the word I have spoken will judge him at the last day. John 12:47-48)

    (Revelations 21:7-8; The one who conquers will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. 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.)

       May we be led to worship God the Father and God the Son as they’re manifested to be. May we yield to and be guided by His Holy Spirit imputed to our minds.

The Family, chapter 9

May 22nd, 2021

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    Lost ten tribes of Israel from many countries were in Jerusalem to celebrate ‘Feast of First Fruits’ – Pentecost. Jesus had ascended about seven days prior, asking His apostles to stay in the city until ‘power from on high’ would come. Midmorning ‘Pentecost’, a noise was heard as the Holy Spirit came visibly, manifested it’s self as tongues of fire, landing on each gathered. These mostly Galatia’s confused the tourist by began speaking wonderful words of God, in their native tongues.

    Peter stood up with the eleven, raised his voice, and addressed them: (”You men of Judea and all you, ‘know this and listen carefully to what I say.’ You are hearing what was spoken of by Joel, “in the last days it will be,God says,that I will pour out My Spirit on all people, and your sons and your daughters will prophesy, and your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. Even on My servants, both men and women, I will pour out My Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. And I will perform wonders in the sky above and miraculous signs on the earth below, blood and fire and clouds of smoke. The sun will be changed to darkness and the moon to blood before the great and glorious day of the Lord comes. And then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.‘)

     On that Pentecost, believers experienced and are still experiencig a partial fulfillment of Joel 2: The millennial fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy is what the world will see after Satan is bound, and confusion eliminated.     

    Today at sunset is Pentecost; we’re 50 days from the Wave Sheaf Sabbath during the “Feast of Unleavened Bread season.” Pentecost is the third of seven annual Sabbaths, and ‘the birth date of God’s New Covenant church.’ See Jesus’ prophecy through His prophet Joel’s to learn more.   

    Use of pure words, their meaning, ‘how discerned and understood’ creates beliefs and is the foundation for spiritual character. Accurate translation of God’s Word” is very important. We must put away agenda’s and believe as Jesus did. Allow Paul’s explanation.  

    (Phil 2:3-11; Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well. You should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had, who though He existed in the form of God did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped, but emptied Himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by sharing in human nature. He humbled himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death — even death on a cross! 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.)

    When Jesus’ prophecy through Joel is being fulfilled, denominations will cease to exist, scripture give us to understand that God is going to make all people desire to serve, and give acceptable praise. What’s keeping the world from understanding God’s truth today? Satan’s deceptions, and our inherited from Adam sin nature. Consider Jesus’ prophecy through Zephaniah.

   (Zephaniah 3:6-18; I destroyed nations; their walled cities are in ruins. I turned their streets into ruins; no one passes through them. Their cities are desolate; no one lives there.)

  (When God allows destruction from warring nations or personally destroys; ‘it’s His doing, His allowing people go the way of choice. Most prophecy is from the point of view; ‘it’s done, because God’s Word, and plans are sure.’ Consider also the prophetic events described in Revelations.)

    (Zeph 3:7-18; I thought, ‘Certainly you, will respect Me, now you will accept correction.‘ If she had done so, her home would not be destroyed by all the punishments I have threatened. But they eagerly sinned in everything they did.)

   (Other prophecies indicate that people harden their hearts rather than turn to God when punishment is rendered. Few recognize that wars and destructive conditions are the result of sin, and few choose turning. That is few repent for having lived the way that seemed right to the fleshly intellect. Zephaniah’s prophecy parallels Isaiah’s and Jeremiah’s.)
(Zeph 3:8-18; Therefore you must wait patiently for Me, says the Lord, for the day when I attack and take plunder. I have decided to gather nations together and assemble kingdoms, so I can pour out my fury on them – all My raging anger. For the whole earth will be consumed by My fiery anger. Know for sure that I will then enable the nations to give Me acceptable praise. All of them will invoke the Lord’s name when they pray, and will worship Him in unison. From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia, those who pray to Me will bring Me tribute. In that day you will not be ashamed of all your rebelliousness against Me, for then I will remove from your midst those who proudly boast, and you will never again be arrogant on My holy hill. I will leave in your midst a humble and meek group of people, and they will find safety in the Lord’s presence. The Israelites who remain will NOT act deceitfully. They will not lie, and a deceitful tongue will not be found in their mouth. Indeed, they will graze peacefully like sheep and lie down; no one will terrify them.” Shout for joy, Daughter Zion! Shout out, Israel! Be happy and boast with all your heart, Daughter Jerusalem!”

    “The Lord has removed the judgment against you; He has turned back your enemy. Israel’s king, the Lord, is in your midst! You no longer need to fear disaster. On that day they will say to Jerusalem, “Don’t be afraid, Zion! Your hands must not be paralyzed from panic! The Lord your God is in your midst; He is a warrior who can deliver. He takes great delight in you; He renews you by His love; He shouts for joy over you.” “As for those who grieve because they cannot attend the festivals – I took them away from you; they became tribute and were a source of shame to you.)

    The world will keep God’s festivals. His chosen will be ashamed of those not wanting to keep His festivals. (Understand that ‘Israel’ literally means, God fights or fights for.) Israel includes followers of Jesus, and He inspired His apostle Paul to identify true Israelites. Review Galatians 3:26-29.

   (Zeph 3:19-20; Look, at that time I will deal with those who mistreated you. I will rescue the lame sheep and gather together the scattered sheep. I will take away their humiliation and make the whole earth admire and respect them. At that time I will lead you – at the time I gather you together. Be sure of this! I will make all the nations of the earth respect and admire you when you see ME restore you,” says the Lord.)

     Notice, there is No works, it’s all mercy and grace on the part of His Chosen People. As with the gift of salvation, God does it all. We need to only boast in the Lord. Words matter. SO we need to realize the degree in which the god of this age, (Satan) twist and camouflages truths.

    When God is camouflaged in the minds of people, worshiping Him in spirit and truth is near impossible. Thinking in terms of ‘words mattering’ while considering Jesus’ Words at Matt 7:7-8.

    The one who is led to seek truth finds, knocking mean being persistent. ‘Open door indicates an understanding of what’s grasped.’ Can we suppose Jesus is okay with our asking through the name of one of the many denominations?

    (Matt 7:12; In everything, treat others as you would want them to treat you, for this fulfills the law and the prophets.) God’s law, prophets, and His manifestation of Jesus, is the foundations in which Jesus is revealed. In relation to Jesus’ parable about the rich man and Lazarus; Jesus made it clear that if folks didn’t believe the prophets and Moses, they wouldn’t believe, though one came back from the dead.

      (Luke 16:31; Jesus replied to him, ‘If they do not respond to Moses and the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.)
Through His apostle Paul, Jesus teaches us that Satan is the god of this age. (See 2Corinthians 4:4) Jesus tells us that our god is that which we respond to. With these truths in mind we must conclude that seeking includes truthfulness of mind in scriptural study, prayer and meditation.

    Follower of Jesus are spirit led to know Him as He’s manifested to be in Holy Scriptures. Manifesting Himself as the Son of God, Creator, Re-Creator, Sustainer, Savior, Mediator and coming King of Kings. He’s revealed through His apostles John, Paul, and in Hebrews. He’s all in all, the Alpha and Omega, and originator of Life. (Review John 1:1-5; Colossians 1:15-20, and Hebrews 1)

     Jesus prayed to His Father, and reveals through John; that at the end of His millennial rule, God the Father will come down with New Jerusalem, He and all creation will be subject to God the Father. (Study Revelations 21: & 22)

The Family, chapter 8

May 20th, 2021

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    (Jeremiah 31:27-28; Indeed, a time is coming, says the Lord, when I will cause people and animals to sprout up in the lands of Israel and Judah. In the past I saw to it that they were uprooted and torn down, that they were destroyed and demolished. But now I will see to it that they are built up and firmly planted. I, the Lord, affirm it!) Study God’s promises to Israel’s tribes and followers of Jesus through the prophets.

    Israel’s continuance, and Jerusalem enlargement is promised. When Satan is bound, and God’s righteousness seen, many will turn, and repent for having lived as what seemed right.

    (Ezek 18:30-32; Therefore I will judge each person according to his conduct, O house of Israel, declares the sovereign Lord. Repent and turn from all your wickedness; then it will not be an obstacle leading to iniquity. Throw away all your sins you have committed and fashion yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why should you die, O house of Israel? For I take no delight in the death of anyone, declares the sovereign Lord. Repent and live!)

     In this prior to Jesus’ return age, Satan is allowed to be this world’s god, but Jesus’ new righteous age is coming. Until then Satan is enjoying deceiving the majority. Jesus inspired Paul to reveal certain people types followers of Jesus need to watch for in this age.

    (2Thess 2:1-12; Now regarding the arrival of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to be with Him, we ask you, brothers and sisters, not to be easily shaken from your composure or disturbed by any kind of spirit or message or letter allegedly from us, (we apostles) to the effect that the day of the Lord is already here. Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not arrive until the rebellion comes and the man of lawlessness is revealed, (the son of destruction.)

    He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, and as a result he takes his seat in God’s temple, displaying himself as God. Surely you recall that I used to tell you these things while I was still with you. And so you know what holds him back, so that he will be revealed in his own time. For the hidden power of lawlessness is already at work.

   However, the One who holds him back will do so until he is taken out of the way, and then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will destroy by the breath of His mouth and wipe out by the manifestation of his arrival. The arrival of the lawless one will be by Satan’s working, with all kinds of miracles and signs and false wonders, and with every kind of evil deception directed against those who are perishing, because they found no place in their hearts for the truth so as to be saved.

    Consequently God sends on them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, and so all of them who have not believed the truth, but have delighted in evil will be condemned.)

    Lawless one is likely a person Satan uses, characteristically opposed to God’s righteousness and manifesting himself as an angel of light.

Pure words and the truth.

    Words, and their meaning, ‘how discerned’, creates beliefs and becomes the foundation of character. Thus, an accurate translation of God’s inspired Word is important. Consider a portion of God’s millennial prophecy from two translations. (NET BIBLE: Zephaniah 3:9 Know for sure that I will then enable the nations to give Me acceptable praise. All of them will invoke the Lord’s name when they pray, and will worship Him in unison.) (KING JAMES:(Zeph 3:9; For then I will turn to the people, a pure language, that they all call upon the name of the Lord to serve Him with one consent.) Both reveal understanding to the nations, and God reveals understanding to the people.)

    Multiple denominations will cease to exist; understanding is gifted, God makes all people serve, ‘give acceptable praise’ with knowledge. So, what’s keeping the world from understanding God’s truth? (Demonic deceptions and the nature inherited from Adam.)

    God’s plan for His people is more awesome than denominational minded folks can imagine. Jesus inspired the prophets to share the result of disobedience.

    (Zep 3:6; I destroyed nations; their walled cities are in ruins. I turned their streets into ruins; no one passes through them. Their cities are desolate; no one lives there.) Whether destruction is allowed by warring nations, or God personally destroys, it’s His doing by allowing people go their way of choice. Most prophecy is from the point of view, ‘it is done’, because God’s Word and plans are sure. Consider the prophetic events described in Revelations. It’s evident that most people will not view punishments as reason to repent and respect God.
(Zeph 3:7; I thought, ‘Certainly you will respect Me, now you will accept correction.‘ If she had done so, her home would not be destroyed by all the punishments I have threatened. But they eagerly sinned in everything they did.)

    Other prophecies indicate that people harden their hearts rather than turn to God when punishment is rendered. Few recognize that wars and destructive conditions are the result of sin; ‘not choosing a turning.’ That is, not repenting for having lived the way that seemed right to the fleshly intellect. Zephaniah’s prophecy parallels Isaiah’s and Jeremiah’s.

   (Zeph 3:8-18; Therefore you must wait patiently for Me, says the Lord, for the day when I attack and take plunder. I have decided to gather nations together and assemble kingdoms, so I can pour out my fury on them – all My raging anger. For the whole earth will be consumed by My fiery anger. Know for sure that I will then enable the nations to give Me acceptable praise. All of them will invoke the Lord’s name when they pray, and will worship Him in unison. From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia, those who pray to Me will bring Me tribute. In that day you will not be ashamed of all your rebelliousness against Me, for then I will remove from your midst those who proudly boast, and you will never again be arrogant on My holy hill.

    I will leave in your midst a humble and meek group of people, and they will find safety in the Lord’s presence. The Israelites who remain will NOT act deceitfully. They will not lie, and a deceitful tongue will not be found in their mouth. Indeed, they will graze peacefully like sheep and lie down; no one will terrify them. Shout for joy, Daughter Zion! Shout out, Israel! Be happy and boast with all your heart, Daughter Jerusalem.

     The Lord has removed the judgment against you; He has turned back your enemy. Israel’s king, the Lord, is in your midst! You no longer need to fear disaster. On that day they will say to Jerusalem, “Don’t be afraid, Zion! Your hands must not be paralyzed from panic! The Lord your God is in your midst; He is a warrior who can deliver. He takes great delight in you; He renews you by His love; He shouts for joy over you.” “As for those who grieve because they cannot attend the festivals – I took them away from you; they became tribute and were a source of shame to you.)

    The world will KEEP GOD’S festivals. God’s people will be ashamed of those not wanting to keep His festivals. Understand much prophecy, is for the millennial age, and the word, ‘Israel’ literally means, ‘those God fights for.’ Israelites include followers of Jesus, and He inspired His apostle Paul to identify true Israelites, (Review Galatians 3:26-29)

    (Zeph 3:19-20; Look, at that time I will deal with those who mistreated you. I will rescue the lame sheep and gather together the scattered sheep. I will take away their humiliation and make the whole earth admire and respect them. At that time I will lead you – at the time I gather you together. Be sure of this! I will make all the nations of the earth respect and admire you when you see ME restore you,” says the Lord.)

     Note, there is No works on the part of His Chosen People. As with the gift of salvation, God does it all. We need only boast in Him. We need to realize the degree in which the god of this age, has twisted and camouflages words. When God is camouflaged in the minds of people, worshiping Him in spirit and truth is impossible. Thinking in terms of, ‘words mattering’ consider Jesus’ words to Israelites.

    (Matt 7:7-8; Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you. For, everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.) Meaning; ones led to seek truthfully finds, and knocking has the meaning of being persistent. Does anyone suppose Jesus is okay with people asking through the name of one of the many denominations? With these truths in mind we must conclude that seeking includes truthfulness of mind, in scriptural study, prayer and meditation. A questioning of various theologies is a must, in order to be a follower of Jesus, and worship Him in spirit and truth. Thus, a follower of Jesus is spiritually led to know Jesus as He manifest Himself to be in the Holy Scriptures.