God’s Truth Explored, chapter 18

To: “10,655 Churches of God” people desiring to be “At One with God.” 4/29/18, God’s 2nd month, Iyar14, 5778 until sunset.

      The awesomeness of our Creator is beyond the imagination of this worlds populations and Jesus’ statement, “He is the Alpha and Omega” isn’t believed by worldly religious. Nor His choosing whom He will and leaving others in blindness. His plans regarding all things are absolute. (Accordingly, Esau knew about his father Jacob’s God, but God chose and revealed Himself to Jacob. Similarly; Jesus’ apostles believed Jesus because of their seeing His miracles, but didn’t understand the Holy Scriptures until after He was resurrected and gifted them to do so. See proofs in Jesus’ own spoken words after His resurrection.

      (Luke 24:44-49; Then Jesus said to them, “These are My words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about Me in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled. Then Jesus opened their minds so they could understand the scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it stands written that the Christ would suffer and would rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You, “apostles” are witnesses of these things. And look, I am sending you what My Father promised. But stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”)

      The twelve and many disciples believed Jesus was the Christ that was prophesied to come, because they witnessed His miracles, but didn’t understand the scriptures and have power to live them until the Holy Spirit was given on Pentecost. Likewise today; “to understand the scriptures and have a desire to live Jesus’ way must be gifted.”

      Jesus’ birth, living in the flesh and shedding His blood for the remission of sin was planned long before He had the Israelites put blood on their door facings to protect them from the death angel. Jesus’ resurrection, ascension and His second coming was pre-planned before the foundation of the world.

      It was Jesus that had Jacob go to Bethel and build an altar. Led him to have his family rid themselves of statute idols they gathered for worship and purify themselves for the occasion.

      (Gen 35:6-8; “Jacob and all those who were with him arrived at Luz (that is, Bethel) in the land of Canaan. He built an altar there and named the place El Bethel because there God had revealed Himself to him when he was fleeing from his brother, Esau.”)

       God made the Israelites His children by promise to Abraham. Since that Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension, God is making spiritual Israelites, “Christians” His children by the same promise. This was revealed to Paul and he wrote.

       (Gal 3:29; “And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.” Through His prophet Isaiah; God promises not to forget His chosen. (Remember God’s promises are definite; so sure that they are often written as if already occurred.) Each called person’s name has been inscribed.

      (Isaiah 49:14-25; Zion  “people” said, ‘The Lord has abandoned me, the sovereign Master has forgotten me.’ Can a woman forget her baby who nurses at her breast? Can she withhold compassion from the child she has borne? Even if mothers were to forget, I “your Father” could never forget you! Look, I have inscribed your name on My palms; your walls are constantly before Me. Your children hurry back, while those who destroyed and devastated you depart. Look all around you! All of them gather to you.

      As surely as I live,” says the Lord, “you will certainly wear all of them like jewelry; you will put them on as if you were a bride. Yes, your land lies in ruins; it is desolate and devastated. But now you will be too small to hold your residents, and those who devoured you will be far away. Yet the children born during your time of bereavement will say within your hearing, ‘This place is too cramped for us, make room for us so we can live here.’ (21) Then you will think to yourself, ‘Who bore these children for me? I was bereaved and barren, dismissed and divorced. Who raised these children? Look, I was left all alone; where did these children come from?’

       (Isa 49:22-23; This is what the sovereign Lord says: “Look I will raise My hand to the nations; I will raise My signal flag to the peoples. They will bring your sons in their arms and carry your daughters on their shoulders. Kings will be your children’s guardians; their princesses will nurse your children. With their faces to the ground they will bow down to you and they will lick the dirt on your feet. Then you will recognize that I am the Lord; those who wait patiently for Me are NOT put to shame

       (Isa 49:24; Can spoils be taken from a warrior or captives be rescued from a conqueror? Indeed,” says the Lord, “captives will be taken from a warrior; spoils will be rescued from a conqueror. I will oppose your adversary and I will rescue your children. I will make your oppressors eat their own flesh; they will get drunk on their own blood, as if it were wine. Then all humankind will recognize that I am the Lord, your Deliverer, your Protector, the powerful ruler of Jacob, “spiritual Israelites,”)

      Remember; long ago God named the 12 gates of New Jerusalem for the 12 tribes of Israel AND the 12 foundations for His 12 apostles. (see Revelations 21 :)

      All worldly religions have manufactured gods fitting their imagination, not realizing God’s reality and His preplanning all things. One day all nations and people will be ashamed for not considering His awesomeness. Jesus has more to say through Isaiah.

      (Isaiah 66:1-3; “This is what the Lord says: “The heavens are My throne and the earth is My footstool. Where then is the house you will build for Me? Where is the place where I will rest? My hand made them; that is how they came to be,” says the Lord. I show special favor to the humble and contrite, who respect what I have to say. The one who slaughters a bull also strikes down a man; the one who sacrifices a lamb also breaks a dog’s neck; the one who presents an offering includes pig’s blood with it; the one who offers incense also praises an idol. They have decided to behave this way; they enjoy these disgusting practices.” Do we need to consider what practices are disgusting to our Creator? God’s chosen respects what He has to say.

      (Isa 66:4; So, I will choose severe punishment for them; “who don’t respect what I have to say” I will bring on them what they dread, because I called, and no one responded, I spoke and they did not listen. They did evil before Me; they chose to do what displeases Me.”)

      It isn’t rocket science. It boils down to whether people are “Believers IN” or “believe that.”

      (Isa 66:5; Hear the word of the Lord, you who respect what He has to say! Your countrymen, who hate you and exclude you, supposedly for the sake of My name, say, “May the Lord be glorified, then we will witness your joy.” But they will be put to shame.”)

       Believers IN experience this attitude:”people thinking them strange for not going along to get along.”

       (Isa 66:6; ‘The sound of battle comes from the city; the sound comes from the temple! It is the sound of the Lord paying back His enemies.’

      (Isa 66:7-8; “Before she goes into labor, she gives birth! Before her contractions begin, she delivers a boy! Who has ever heard of such a thing? Who has ever seen this? Can a country be brought forth in one day? Can a nation be born in a single moment? Yet as soon as Zion goes into labor she gives birth to sons!”

       God creates instantaneously. He chose to make Israel His own and He makes Believers IN His children.

      (Isa 66:9; “Do I bring a baby to the birth opening and then not deliver it?” asks the Lord. “Or do I bring a baby to the point of delivery and then hold it back?” asks your God.” God’s promises to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and Moses are certain.

      (Isa 66:10-11; “Be happy for Jerusalem and rejoice with her, all you who love her! Share in her great joy, all you who have mourned over her. For you will nurse from her satisfying breasts and be nourished; you will feed with joy from her milk-filled breasts.”) Believers IN - Christians will be teaching the nations.

      (Isa 66:12-13; For this is what the Lord says: “Look, I am ready to extend to her prosperity that will flow like a river, the riches of nations will flow into her like a stream that floods its banks. You will nurse from her breast and be carried at her side; you will play on her knees. As a mother consoles a child, so I will console you, and you will be consoled over Jerusalem.”

     Jesus and His Saints will rule from Jerusalem! Revival? Indeed.

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