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Genesis and the New Covenant, chapter 17

Monday, July 30th, 2018

To: People being made temples of God’s spirit: “God’s Church ” 7/30/18, God’s 5th month, AV 18, 5778 until sunset.

      From what we know of Abraham’s life; from when God revealed Himself and led him from Ur; “he never serve gods of his imagination nor made idols.” We know Jesus came through Shem’s descendents and that Noah was complementary of Shem’s worship. (See Gen 9:26) We don’t know if Terah, “Abraham’s father” made or regarded idols. By the time we get to descendent “Laban” the Syrian, “Jacob’s father in law” we find daughter “Rachel” stealing his idol and him chasing to get it back. The point is; “making physical and mental idols for the purpose of worship runs deep in human history.” Our inherited nature with demonic help, “pulls us toward the worshiping entities of the imagination.” God constantly warned the Israelites, “through Moses and other prophets” not to fall victim to such idolatry.

      (2Kings 17:12-13; “For they served idols, whereof the LORD had said unto them, “you shall not do this thing.” Yet the LORD testified against Israel and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, “turn you from YOUR evil ways, and keep My commandments and My statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by My servants the prophets.”)

       What do modern day professing Christians do that’s likened to Israel’s sins? They are numerous! Christendom has turned to a pagan calendar, the ways of Baal and Moloch. Ways of the very people whose sins caused God to give their lands to the Israelites. Why can’t we understand that God hides His face from professing Christendom who holds to the traditions of Baal? How can they expect our Creator to hear their prayers while they are turning to pagan practices and away from God’s Way? In God’s view, “what should we think of ourselves?” Jesus tells us through Isaiah.

       (Isaiah 64:8; “But now, O LORD, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You our Potter; and we all are the work of Your hand.”) We should examine this world’s customs, traditions, their origins and consider God’s previous judgments on Israel? It’s difficult for the fleshly mind to think of ourselves as clay and God the Potter, “but if we aren’t yielded to God in this manner we are not of His sheep.” When Abraham looked back on his life of faith, “he had no problem realizing that he was the clay.”

      (Gen 17:1-8; “When Abram was 99 years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am the sovereign God. Walk before Me and be blameless. Then I will confirm My covenant between Me and you, and I will give you a multitude of descendants.” Abram bowed down with his face to the ground, and God said to him, “As for Me, this is My covenant with you: You will be the father of a multitude of nations. No longer will your name be Abram. Instead, your name will be Abraham because I will make you the father of a multitude of nations. I will make you extremely fruitful. I will make nations of you, and kings will descend from you. (7) I will confirm My covenant as a perpetualas an eternal” covenant between Me and you. It will extend to your descendants after you throughout their generations. I will be your God and the God of your descendants after you. (Remember Galatians 3:29?) I will give the whole land of Canaan – the land where you are now residing – to you and your descendants after you as a permanent possession. I will be their God.”)

      Prophecy extends to spiritual Israelites “Jews: who are called to be Christ like! This covenant promise is spiritual and permanent! Somewhat different than the one given through Moses to the Israelites. (That covenant had a guardian “the law” and was conditional.) God’s New Covenant through Jesus is by promise “as was His covenant with Abraham.” (Through God’s calling and the imputation of His spirit; He makes recipients pliable and at one with Himself.)

      God’s covenant with the Israelites was, “if you obey, if you keep, then I will confirm.” (It’s the gifted love for God’s Way, that leads Believers IN, “Christians” to genuine repentance.) It’s gifted repentance toward God for having lived according to the flesh. The old covenant looked forward to when “circumcision would be of the heart - mind.” (See Romans 2:28) His commandments are for our good.

      (Deut 10:13-16; “Keep the Lord’s commandments and statutes that I am giving you today for your own good? The heavens – indeed the highest heavens – belong to the Lord your God, as does the earth and everything in it. However, only to your ancestors did He show His loving favor, and He chose you, their descendants, from all peoples – as is apparent today. Therefore, cleanse “circumcise the foreskin of “your heart and stop being so stubborn!”) Hebrew:circumcise the foreskin of.?” Reference is to the Abrahamic covenant prompts Moses to recall the sign of that covenant, namely, physical circumcision (Gen 17:9-14). Just as that act signified total covenant obedience, so spiritual circumcision (cleansing of the heart) signifies more internally, a commitment to be pliable and obedient to the will of God (see also. Deut 30:6; Jer 4:4; 9:26).

      (Deut 10:17-22; “For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, mighty, and awesome God who is unbiased and takes no bribe, who justly treats the orphan and widow, and who loves resident foreigners, giving them food and clothing. So you must love the resident foreigner because you were foreigners in the land of Egypt. Revere the Lord your God, serve Him, be loyal to Him and take oaths only in His name. He is the One you should praise; He is your God, the One who has done these great and awesome things for you that you have seen. When your ancestors went down to Egypt, they numbered only seventy, but now the Lord your God has made you as numerous as the stars of the sky.”) Can we see that God’s law hinges on Godly love? A love beyond fleshly, human choice and instinct.

      (Gen 17:9-14; “Then God said to Abraham, “As for you, you must keep the covenantal requirement I am imposing on you and your descendants after you throughout their generations. This is My requirement that you and your descendants after you must keep: Every male among you must be circumcised. You must circumcise the flesh of your foreskins. This will be a reminder of the covenant between Me and you. Throughout your generations every male among you who is eight days old must be circumcised, whether born in your house or bought with money from any foreigner who is not one of your descendants. They must indeed be circumcised, whether born in your house or bought with money. The sign of My covenant will be visible in your flesh as a permanent reminder. Any uncircumcised male who has not been circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin will be cut off from his people – he has failed to carry out My requirement.”)

      Physical circumcision should be done with the understanding “that it foreshadows the deeper spiritual meaning; circumcision of the heart - mind.” Concerning Abraham’s latter day descendents, Moses was led to prophesy about future millennial Israelites.

      (Deut 30:5-7 “Then God will bring you to the land your ancestors possessed and you also will possess it; He will do better for you and multiply you more than He did your ancestors. The Lord your God will also cleanse “circumcise” your heart and the hearts of your descendants so that you may love Him with all your mind and being; so that you may live. (So you may inherit eternal life.) Then the Lord your God will put all these curses on your enemies, on those who hate you and persecute you. You will return and obey the Lord, keeping all His commandments I am giving you today.”) It’s a foregone conclusion: Moses understood the persecution, “latter day spiritual Israelites, “Christians” would face.” (It’s by promise, “God will cleanse, so we may love Him.) We cannot love God as He loves us, except we be gifted with a new nature!

       (Gen 17:15-16; “Then God said to Abraham, “As for your wife, you must no longer call her Sarai; Sarah will be her name. I will bless her and will give you a son through her. I will bless her and she will become a mother of nations. Kings of countries will come from her!”) By promise, all God’s promises through faith are through Isaac and his descendents.

      (Gen 17:17-18; “Then Abraham bowed down with his face to the ground and laughed as he said to himself, “Can a son be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Can Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?” Abraham said to God, “O that Ishmael might live before you!”) Rightfully, Abraham loved Ishmael. Bestow these blessings on Ishmael was Abraham’s prayer.

      (Gen 17:19-22; God said, “No, Sarah your wife is going to bear you a son, and you will name him Isaac. I will confirm My covenant with him as a perpetual covenant for his descendants after him. As for Ishmael, I have heard you. I will indeed bless him, make him fruitful and give him a multitude of descendants. He will become the father of twelve princes; I will make him into a great nation. (21) But I will establish My covenant with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you at this set time next year.” When he finished speaking with Abraham, God went up from him.”)

      Isaac represents,” being saved by grace and the gift of promise.” Isaac had done no good or bad work, “but God’s planned saving grace through him.”

      (Gen 17:23-27; “Abraham took his son Ishmael and every male in his household (whether born in his house or bought with money) and circumcised them on that very same day, just as God had told him to do. Now Abraham was 99 years old when he was circumcised; his son Ishmael was thirteen years old when he was circumcised. Abraham and his son Ishmael were circumcised on the very same day. All the men of his household, whether born in his household or bought with money from a foreigner, were circumcised with him.”)

      It’s safe to assume; “Abraham also shared his faith.” Now Abraham and Sarah are about to entertain three special guest.

      (Gen 18:1- “The Lord appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent during the hottest time of the day. Abraham looked up and saw three men standing across from him. When he saw them he ran from the entrance of the tent to meet them and bowed low to the ground. (Angelic beings appearing in physical form aren’t uncommon in Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Moses’ experiences.) Abraham said, “My lord, if I have found favor in your sight, do not pass by and leave your servant. Let a little water be brought so that you may all wash your feet and rest under the tree. And let me get a bit of food so that you may refresh yourselves since you have passed by your servant’s home. After that you may be on your way.” “All right” they replied, “you may do as you say.” (6) So Abraham hurried into the tent and said to Sarah, “Quick! Take three measures of fine flour, knead it, and make bread.” Then Abraham ran to the herd and chose a fine, tender calf, and gave it to a servant, who quickly prepared it. Abraham then took some curds and milk, along with the calf that had been prepared and placed the food before them. They ate while he was standing near them under a tree. (9) Then they asked him, “Where is Sarah your wife?” He replied, “There, in the tent.” One of them said, “I will surely return to you when the season comes round again, and your wife Sarah will have a son!” (Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, not far behind him. Abraham and Sarah were old and advancing in years; Sarah had long since passed menopause.) So Sarah laughed to herself, thinking, “After I am worn out will I have pleasure, especially when my husband is old too?”) One of the three angelic beings may have been Jesus. Nevertheless, God the Father and God the Son are represented.

      The New Covenant is by promise, mercy and grace: established with God’s faithful servant - friend Abraham and continues through Isaac and Jacob‘s spiritual descendents. This world is yet going to be blessed beyond human imagination, through Abraham’s physical and spiritual descendents. (Review Galatians 3:23-29, “followers of Jesus are heirs with Abraham.”

Genesis and the New Covenant, chapter 16

Sunday, July 29th, 2018

To: People being made temples of God’s spirit: “God’s Church ” 7/29/18, God’s 5th month, AV 17, 5778 until sunset.

      We see in our Lord’s brother ‘Jude’s’ writing; “the gospel of God’s kingdom was preached by ‘Enoch’ long before the flood.” That good news? (The Lord is coming with thousands and thousands of His holy ones, to execute judgment on all and to convict every person of all their thoroughly ungodly deeds that they have committed and of all the harsh words that ungodly sinners have spoken against Him. These people are grumblers and fault-finders who go wherever their desires lead them, and they give bombastic speeches, enchanting folks for their own gain.” Jude 1”14-16) Jude named Cain’s path and Korah‘s rebellion as “the wrong way.”

       It seems that all except those the Lord God revealed Himself to “were hostile toward Him.” Like today’s people to whom we say, “there’s only one truth” have the mindset, “I’ll find my own.” Thus a multitude of gods are looked to; “today and then.” People whose beliefs aren’t parallel with Noah’s, Seth’s, Abraham’s, Moses’, Jesus and His apostles are hostiles to God. (Back to Genesis; “God makes a perpetual covenant with Abraham.)  

      (Gen 15:17-21; “When the sun had gone down and it was dark, a smoking firepot with a flaming torch passed between the animal parts. That day the Lord made a covenant with Abram: “To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates River – the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites, and Jebusites.”)

      Much of these lands were given to the Israelites after Moses’ death, when Joshua led them across the Jordan River during the Passover season. These lands will be restored to Israel after Jesus’ return. (See Joshua 4:)

      (Gen 16:1-5; “Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had not given birth to any children, but she had an Egyptian servant named Hagar. So Sarai said to Abram, “Since the Lord has prevented me from having children, have sexual relations with my servant. Perhaps I can have a family by her.” Abram did what Sarai told him. So after Abram had lived in Canaan for ten years, Sarai, Abram’s wife, gave Hagar, her Egyptian servant, to her husband to be his wife. He had sexual relations with Hagar, and she became pregnant. Once Hagar realized she was pregnant, she despised Sarai. Then Sarai said to Abram, “You have brought this wrong on me! I allowed my servant to have sexual relations with you, but when she realized that she was pregnant, she despised me. May the Lord judge between you and me!”)

      Jealously is a big part of our inherited nature. Hagar and Sarai put Abraham in the middle.

      (Gen 16:6-12; “Abram said to Sarai, “Since your servant is under your authority, do to her whatever you think best.” Then Sarai treated Hagar harshly, so she ran away from Sarai. The Lord’s angel found Hagar near a spring of water in the desert – the spring that is along the road to Shur. He said, “Hagar, servant of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?” She replied, “I’m running away from my mistress, Sarai.” Then the Lord’s angel said to her, “Return to your mistress and submit to her authority. I will greatly multiply your descendants,” the Lord’s angel added, “so that they will be to numerous to count.” Then the Lord’s angel said to her, “You are now pregnant and are about to give birth to a son. You are to name him Ishmael, for the Lord has heard your painful groans. (12) He will be a wild donkey of a man. He will be hostile to everyone, and everyone will be hostile to him. He will live away from his brothers.”)

      God gives particular characteristics to particular people for His own purposes. The name Ishmael means “God hears” or “may God hear.” Ishmael and Isaac are Abraham’s descendents, “however Isaac is by promise.” Think on what that means.

      (Gen 16:13-16; “So Hagar named the Lord who spoke to her, “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “Here I have seen one who sees me!” That is why the well was called Beer Lahai Roi. (It is located between Kadesh and Bered.) So Hagar gave birth to Abram’s son, whom Abram named Ishmael. (Now Abram was 86 years old when Hagar gave birth to Ishmael.”) For the first time, Hagar is led to understand that God knew her before He revealed Himself to her. Ishmael was a teen when Isaac was born.

      Most of Ishmael’s descendents are Moslem, “referring to Abraham as father Abraham.” Understand that Isaac represents salvation by promise, as does Jesus.

      The god of this age, palms himself off as an angel of light, “leading and deceiving people regarding God’s gift of salvation by mercy, grace and promise.” Peter prophesied, about Jesus’ second coming and this world’s demonic view of it.

      (2Peter 3;1-7; Beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your PURE minds by way of remembrance: That you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of we the apostles of our Lord and Savior: Knowing this first, that there shall come in the LAST days scoffers, walking after their own LUST, saying, “where is the promise of His coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” (5) For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the WORD of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, PERISHED: But the heavens and the earth, which are NOW, by the same WORD are kept in store, RESERVED unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.”)

      Peter knew Moses’ teaching regarding creation, the flood etc. Peter understood that the Lord God re-Created from what had perished and now reserved unto fire. Peter is writing to Believers IN Jesus. His purpose is to stir up Believer’s IN, “Christians” pure thinking and bring to memory the words of the prophets. Peter is asking his readers to think back on the written history, the flood and why the people perished. This earth is reserved unto fire, until the day of judgment of the ungodly!

      WHEN will that be? Jesus revealed to John and he recorded in the book of revelations; that this destruction would be long after Jesus’ millennial reign. But, the scoffers are willingly ignorant of true science and the word of God. Jesus’ words in Matthew 24:, tells us what to expect as this age unfolds. Basically Jesus tells us that every abomination to Himself, “our Creator” would be practiced before His return. Jesus inspired Isaiah to pen much of what we need to be mindful of.

       (Isaiah 64:1-2;Oh that You would rend the heavens, that You would come down, that the mountains might flow down at Your presence, As when the melting fire burned, the fire caused the waters to boil, to make Your name known to Your adversaries, that the nations may tremble at Your presence!”)

       Isaiah foresees, “our Lord’s second coming will be with power.” The same Lord that wrote the ten commandments on stone in Moses’ presence, caused the mountain to quake and the people to fear, is going to return with power.

      (Isa 64:3-7; “When You did terrible things which we looked not for, You came down, the mountains flowed down at Your presence. For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither has the eye seen, O God, beside You, what He has prepared for him that waits for Him. (5) You meet him that rejoices and works righteousness, those that remember You in Your ways: behold, You are wroth; for we have sinned: in those are continuance and we shall be saved. But we are ALL as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. (7) And there is none that calls upon Your name, that stirs up himself to take hold of You: for You (God) have hid Your face from us, and have consumed us, because of our iniquities.”)

     Remember, God’s ways aren’t our ways. Israel’s mistakes are for our examples, “our learning.” The natural, inherited nature in each of us, is like the Israelites’ “as written of in this passage.” What did they and what do we continue to do that causes God to hide Himself from our understanding? The holy scriptures tells us, “if we have the mind to comprehend” this world’s practices are hostile to God’s Way.

      God’s way since the day of Enoch, is: “making His chosen in His spiritual image through Jesus.” Changing people’s nature form the likes of Adam’s to Jesus’. Jesus apostle Paul explains.

       (1Cor 15:42-49; “It is the same with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable, what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. (45) So also it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living person”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and then the spiritual. The first man is from the earth, made of dust; the second man is from heaven. Like the one made of dust, so too are those made of dust and like the one from heaven, so too those who are heavenly. And just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, let us also bear the image of the man of heaven.

      15:50-58; “Now this is what I am saying, brothers and sisters: Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I will tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed – in a moment, in the blinking of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable and we will be changed. (53) For this perishable body must put on the imperishable and this mortal body must put on immortality. Now when this perishable puts on the imperishable, and this mortal puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will happen, “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! So then, dear brothers and sisters, be firm. Do not be moved! Always be outstanding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”) Abel, Enoch, Noah and Moses looked to this beginning.

Genesis and the New Covenant, chapter 15

Saturday, July 28th, 2018

To: People being made temples of God’s spirit: “God’s Church ” 7/28/18, God’s 5th month, AV 16, 5778 until sunset.

      Satan wants people thinking, “your truth may not be my truth.” To make the statement, “there’s only one truth” to someone, your response will likely be, “I’ll find my own” thank you. It’s the way of Satan’s divided world system of things. It’s the way of hostile Cain who thought, “perhaps God will be pleased with this other way.” Lets review four verses from last study.       (Jude 1:10-13; “But these “hostiles” don’t understand the things they slander and they are being destroyed by the very things that, like irrational animals, they instinctively comprehend. Woe to them! For they have traveled down Cain’s path and because of greed have abandoned themselves to Balaam’s error; hence, they will certainly perish in Korah’s rebellion. These men are dangerous reefs at your love feasts, feasting without reverence, feeding only themselves. They are waterless clouds, carried along by the winds; autumn trees without fruit – twice dead, uprooted; wild sea waves, spewing out the foam of their shame; wayward stars for whom the utter depths of eternal darkness have been reserved.”)

      God’s is, “the way” not “a way.” He’s the same yesterday, today and forever. (Heb13:8-9; “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever! Do not be carried away by all sorts of strange teachings.”)

      (Gen 14:16-20; “Abraham retrieved all the stolen property. He also brought back his nephew Lot and his possessions, as well as the women and the rest of the people. After Abram returned from defeating Kedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet Abram in the Valley of Shaveh (known as the King’s Valley). Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (Now He was the priest of the Most High God.) (19) He blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by the Most High God, Creator of heaven and earth. Worthy of praise is the Most High God, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” Abram gave Melchizedek a tenth of everything.”) Melchizedek was and is “the Lord God, Jesus. He promised Abraham the Canaanite lands. Melchizedek was Jesus manifesting Himself in the flesh. Net Bible translators gives the following. (Melchizedek remains an enigma.) In a book filled with genealogical records he appears on the scene without a genealogy and then disappears from the narrative. (In Psalm 110 the Lord declares that the Davidic king “Jesus” is a royal priest after the pattern of Melchizedek. Abraham gave a tenth of everything to Melchizedek? Was that a tenth of all Abraham owned? Was it bounty from war? Not likely, because Abraham kept nothing for himself. Abraham retrieved Lot’s and the king of Sodom’s possessions, not his own.

      (Gen 14:21-24; “Then the king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the people and take the possessions for yourself.” But Abram replied to the king of Sodom, “I raise my hand to the Lord, the Most High God, Creator of heaven and earth, and vow that I will take nothing belonging to you, not even a thread or the strap of a sandal. That way you can never say, ‘It is I, who made Abram rich.’ I will take nothing except compensation for what the young men have eaten. As for the share of the men who went with me – Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre – let them take their share.”)

      People use this text to make merchandise of others, “using this text to support tithing is shaky ground.”

      (Gen 15:1-5; “After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram! I am your Shield and the One who will reward you in great abundance.” But Abram said, “O sovereign Lord, what will you give me since I continue to be childless and my heir is Eliezer of Damascus? (3) Abram added, “Since You have not given me a descendant, then look, one born in my house will be my heir!” But look, the word of the Lord came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but instead a son who comes from your own body will be your heir.” (will inherit you) The Lord took him outside and said, “Gaze into the sky and count the stars – if you are able to count them!” Then he said to him, “So will your descendants be.”)

      We can’t know the full understanding of God’s Word to Abraham, “until revelations from Jesus to His apostle Paul.

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

      We’re blessed to understand God’s goodness. Before the foundation of the world, before His millennial reign and Satan being bound; it was all planned. A chosen people fathered to be At One with Him. All God’s dealing with His chosen people since Adam, through Abraham, Moses, Joshua and David, looked forward to the Messiah’s first and second coming. Blood sacrifices represented Jesus’ sacrifice, His remission of sins. Looking the time when God the Father’s chosen people would be at one, “as in marriage” to Jesus. When the rebellious inherited from Adam nature would be changed. When Satan would no longer have influence.

      By Noah’s time, “world’s people had become pagan” and again, by the time God called Abraham the vast majority were hostiles. (Jesus called Moses to be His deliver of Israel’ descendents.) Israel’s history is for learning “to all followers of Jesus.” Today, few believe in God’s promises through His prophets “like Ezekiel.” Restudy the text taken from Ezekiel in our last study.

      God’s plans for this earth and the saving of His people have nothing to do with anyone’s behavior. God’s plan for Abraham’s heirs, “physical and spiritual were preplanned and absolute.” His chosen people predestined.

After the Lord told Abraham that his future descendents would inherit all the promised lands, Abraham assumed his servant would be his heir. But the Lord said; (“a son who comes from your own body will be your heir.”) Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord considered his response of faith as proof of genuine loyalty. (See Gen 15:6)

      Abraham believed God, but as the years past, he began to think, perhaps God needs help. So when Sarah suggested he take her hand maid to wife, he did.

      (Gen 15:7-8; “The Lord said to Abram, “I am the Lord who brought you out from Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to possess.” But Abram said, “O sovereign Lord, by what can I know that I am to possess it?”)

       How many Christians realize that God actually leads us, mentally, spiritually and from place to place? If we’re called to be one of His, God is in charge and leads for His purpose. For Believers, this fact is demonstrated through God’s promises to Abraham, regarding His descendents.

      (Gen 15:9-16; “The Lord said to Abram, “Take for Me a heifer, a goat, and a ram, each three years old, along with a dove and a young pigeon.” So Abram took all these for Him and then cut them in two and placed each half opposite the other, but he did not cut the birds in half. When birds of prey came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away. When the sun went down, Abram fell sound asleep, and great terror overwhelmed him. Then the Lord said to Abram, “Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a foreign country. They will be enslaved and oppressed for four hundred years. But I will execute judgment on the nation that they will serve. Afterward they will come out with many possessions. But as for you, you will go to your ancestors in peace and be buried at a good old age. In the fourth generation your descendants will return here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its limit.”)

        God puts rulers in position and allow Satan leverage as people become hostile. God knew at what point, “He would remove the hostile Amorites.” The Amorites’ lands would be given to the Israelites, some 400 plus years later. Before that, Jacob’s son, “Joseph” would be sent to Egypt ahead of the family, become a ruler under Pharaoh and make a place for his family. Some 400 plus years later God would raise up Moses and make him a deliverer of His people. (Moses would be likened to The Deliver, “Jesus.”) Remember, Moses was inspired to tell the Israelites, (“the Lord will raise up One like me, who you will hear.” (Deut 18:15-19) God’s new covenant with His chosen is through our Savior, “Jesus.”

      God’s New Covenant is with His chosen people, a predestined to be “born from above” people; “transformed from their old inherited nature, by the miraculous imputation of His spirit.” Jesus’ Apostle Paul explained to the Romans and all His followers, “how God spiritually transforms His people.”

      (Rom 8:3-10; “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: that the righteousness of the law might be FULFILLED in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (5) For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally “fleshly” minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is “eternal” LIFE and peace. (7) Because the carnal “fleshly” mind is ENMITY against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh CANNOT please God. But you “Believers INare not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God DWELLS in you. Now if any man has NOT the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His. (10) And if Christ BE IN YOU, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is LIFE because of righteousness.”)

      Immortality is only, “to be born from above” through Jesus. The righteousness of God’s law is fulfilled in people gifted with His spirit. His people are led to have no confidence in the flesh and look to God’s Way, concerning all things. (Now, the covenant God make with Abram, will be completely fulfilled when he and all Jesus’ followers are resurrected, “during the coming millennium, when Jesus with His Elect rule this earth.)

Genesis and the New Covenant, chapter 14

Friday, July 27th, 2018

To: Called out people being made temples of God’s spirit: “God’s Church ” 7/27/18, God’s 5th month, AV 15, 5778 until sunset.

       Preservation of the Hebrew and Greek holy scriptures has been miraculously protected. Hostiles to Judaism and God’s church have went to extremes, burning books and persecuting God‘s Way people. We are sure that each apostle wrote letters that haven’t been preserved. We know Enoch “the seventh from Adam” wrote about Jesus’ coming kingdom long before the flood. Our Lord’s brother “Jude” knew about Enoch’s prophecies.

        (Jude 1:14-16; “Now Enoch, the seventh in descent beginning with Adam, even prophesied of them, “unbelieving hostiles” saying, “Look! The Lord is coming with thousands and thousands of His holy Ones, to execute judgment on all, to convict every person of all their thoroughly ungodly deeds that they have committed and of all the harsh words that ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” (16) These people are grumblers and fault-finders who go wherever their desires lead them and they give bombastic speeches, enchanting folks for their own gain.”) Always study the whole, for our purpose we back up to verses 10-13.

      (Jude 1:10-13; “But these “hostile” men do not understand the things they slander and they are being destroyed by the very things that, like irrational animals, they instinctively comprehend. Woe to them! For they have traveled down Cain’s path and because of greed have abandoned themselves to Balaam’s error; hence, they will certainly perish in Korah’s rebellion. These men are dangerous reefs at your love feasts, feasting without reverence, feeding only themselves. They are waterless clouds, carried along by the winds; autumn trees without fruit – twice dead, uprooted; wild sea waves, spewing out the foam of their shame; wayward stars for whom the utter depths of eternal darkness have been reserved.”)

      The Lord Jesus didn’t create Adam to respond to irrational animal instinct but “to think rationally from his gifted creative mind.” (Cain’s path? Remember Cain sacrificed according to what seemed right to himself. Man’s religions do the same. What was Balaam’s error? He encouraged Israelites to take mates from gentile populations. Twice Dead? Second death is spoken of four times in “Jesus’ Revelations to John.”  (2:11, 20:8, 20:14)  & (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.”)

      Thank God for miraculously preserving His Word!

      (Gen 13:1-4; “So Abram went up from Egypt into the Negev. He took his wife and all his possessions with him, as well as Lot. (Now Abram was very wealthy in livestock, silver, and gold.) And he journeyed from place to place from the Negev as far as Bethel. He returned to the place where he had pitched his tent at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai. This was the place where he had first built the altar, and there Abram worshiped the Lord.”)

      It isn’t recorded that Abraham’s worship included blood sacrifices, “we assume it so was because of God’s providing an animal sacrifice in place of Isaac.”

      (Gen 13:5-13; “Now Lot, who was traveling with Abram, also had flocks, herds, and tents. But the land could not support them while they were living side by side. Because their possessions were so great, they were not able to live alongside one another. So there were quarrels between Abram’s herdsmen and Lot’s herdsmen. (Now the Canaanites and the Perizzites were living in the land at that time.) (8) Abram said to Lot, “Let there be no quarreling between me and you, between my herdsmen and your herdsmen, for we are close relatives. Is not the whole land before you? Separate yourself now from me. If you go to the left, then I’ll go to the right, but if you go to the right, then I’ll go to the left.” Lot looked up and saw the whole region of the Jordan. He noticed that all of it was well-watered (before the Lord obliterated Sodom and Gomorrah) like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, all the way to Zoar. Lot chose for himself the whole region of the Jordan and traveled toward the east. So the relatives separated from each other. Abram settled in the land of Canaan, but Lot settled among the cities of the Jordan plain and pitched his tents next to Sodom. (Now the people of Sodom were extremely wicked rebels against the Lord.”)

      SEE THE PARALLELS of Lot’s decision and most of the world’s? Lot’s decision was selfish and likely his family shared it. Nevertheless living in close proximity with the world always makes living a righteous life harder to do. This has been true in every age. We are losing our children to this world’s system of things, by living in close proximity to it. Paul explains.

      (2Corinthians 6:14-18; “Do not become partners with those who do not believe, for what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship does light have with darkness? And what agreement does Christ have with Beliar? Or what does a believer share in common with an unbeliever? And what mutual agreement does the temple of God have with idols? For we, “followers of Jesus” are the temple of the living God, just as God said, “I will live in them and will walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be My people.” Therefore “come out from their midst, and be separate,” says the Lord, “and touch no unclean thing, and I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you will be My sons and daughters,” says the All-Powerful Lord.”) “Is Paul’s advice parallel with the Lord’s commanding Abraham to go out from his family?

      When Lot chose to live in the corrupt cities, “the Jordan plain next to Sodom” he put himself and family in jeopardy. These history records are preserved for our learning. These territories Abraham and Lot traveled through, will be given to scattered Israelites in the millennia. Jesus gave the following prophecy through Ezekiel, for when Abraham’s heirs will again be examples to the world and occupy their inherited lands.

      (Ezek 36:22-23; “Therefore say to the house of Israel, This is what the sovereign Lord says: It is not for your sake (it is about promise) that I am about to act, O house of Israel, but for the sake of My holy reputation which you profaned among the nations where you went. I will magnify My great name that has been profaned among the nations, that you have profaned among them. The nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the sovereign Lord, when I magnify Myself among you in their sight.”)

      God scattered the ten tribes and later the tribe of Judah because of their disobedience. A remnant of the tribe of Judah was allowed to return during Hezekiah’s day, only to be scattered again. (Today, a remnant is in what’s called Israel and it “appears they may be scattered again.” (Regardless of that, God is going to gather Israelites from the world at large and settle them in the lands promised through Abraham.) It’s Jesus’ prophecy through Ezekiel.

      (Ezek 36:24-27; “‘I will take you from the nations and gather you from all the countries; then I will bring you to your land. I will sprinkle you with pure water and you will be clean from all your impurities. I will purify you from all your idols. I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit “nature” within you. I will remove the heart of stone from your body and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you; I will take the initiative and you will obey my statutes and carefully observe My regulations.”)

       It’s all about God’s planning and His promises. As is grace to the called in this age, our gifted salvation is NOT for any goodness on our part. All promises to Abraham and Believers is through Jesus: “they will be kept.” Israelites and spiritual heirs of Abraham through Jesus is the subject here. May we know, He is the Almighty, the all in all!

     (Ezek 36:28-31; “Then you will live in the land I gave to your fathers; you will be My people, and I will be your God. I will save you from all your uncleanness. I will call for the grain and multiply it; I will not bring a famine on you. I will multiply the fruit of the trees and the produce of the fields, so that you will never again suffer the disgrace of famine among the nations. Then you will remember your evil behavior and your deeds which were not good; you will loathe yourselves on account of your sins and your abominable deeds.”)

       God will give genuine repentance. Some are given genuine repentance now “as was David.” After Jesus’ return all spiritual Israelites, will abhor themselves for having prostituting themselves to other gods. Hate themselves for practicing ways that are an abomination to Jesus.

      (Ezek 36:32-36; “Understand that it is not for your sake I am about to act, declares the sovereign Lord. Be ashamed and embarrassed by your behavior, O house of Israel. “‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: In the day I cleanse you from all your sins, I will populate the cities and the ruins will be rebuilt. The desolate land will be plowed, instead of being desolate in the sight of everyone who passes by. (35) They will say, “This desolate land has become like the garden of Eden; the ruined, desolate, and destroyed cities are now fortified and inhabited.” Then the nations which remain around you will know that I, the Lord, have rebuilt the ruins and replanted what was desolate. I, the Lord, have spoken – and I will do it!’”)

       Ezekiel is God’s prophet. These things are yet to be! We are witnessing the characteristics of our Creator God!

      (Ezek 36:37-38; “This is what the sovereign Lord says: I will allow the house of Israel to ask Me to do this for them: I will multiply their people like sheep. Like the sheep for offerings, like the sheep of Jerusalem during her appointed feasts, so will the ruined cities be filled with flocks of people. Then they will know that I am the Lord.”)

      Few are led to know the Lord God in this age, “but the vast majority, are as people before the flood and those of Sodom and Gomorra.” Thank God for His prophetic promises!

      (Genesis 14:1-7; “At that time Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Kedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of nations went to war against Bera king of Sodom, Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar). These last five kings joined forces in the Valley of Siddim (that is, the Salt Sea). (4) For twelve years they had served Kedorlaomer, but in the thirteenth year they rebelled. In the fourteenth year, Kedorlaomer and the kings who were his allies came and defeated the Rephaites in Ashteroth Karnaim, the Zuzites in Ham, the Emites in Shaveh Kiriathaim, and the Horites in their hill country of Seir, as far as El Paran, which is near the desert. Then they attacked En Mishpat (that is, Kadesh) again, and they conquered all the territory of the Amalekites, as well as the Amorites who were living in Hazazon Tamar.”)

       Seemingly, these warring people were descendents of Ham.

      (Gen 14:8-15; “Then the king of Sodom, the king of Gomorrah, the king of Admah, the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar) went out and prepared for battle. In the Valley of Siddim they met Kedorlaomer king of Elam, Tidal king of nations, Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar. Four kings fought against five. Now the Valley of Siddim was full of tar pits. (Oil is still plentiful in these parts) When the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, they fell into them, but some survivors fled to the hills. The four victorious kings took all the possessions and food of Sodom and Gomorrah and left. (12) They also took Abram’s nephew Lot and his possessions when they left, for Lot was living in Sodom.” (13) A fugitive came and told Abram the Hebrew. Now Abram was living by the oaks of Mamre the Amorite, the brother of Eshcol and Aner. (All these were allied by treaty with Abram.) When Abram heard that his nephew had been taken captive, he mobilized his 318 trained men who had been born in his household, and he pursued the invaders as far as Dan. Then, during the night, Abram divided his forces against them and defeated them. He chased them as far as Hobah, which is north of Damascus.”) Remember God is Abraham’s Deliverer.

Genesis and the New Covenant, chapter 13

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

To: Called out people being made temples of God’s spirit: “God’s Church ” 7/26/18, God’s 5th month, AV 14, 5778 until sunset. (Full moon tomorrow)

       Heavenly Father; thanks for Your calling, for loving us first, revealing Yourself and giving the desire to be obedient to Your will. Keep us on Your preverbal potters wheel: make us Your people. May this age be shortened and Your kingdom established soon, is our prayer in the name of Jesus. AMEN.

      It was written by Moses and the prophets in advance: Jesus’ good news, “gospel” is that; “He’s the Messiah, Creator, Re-creator, Sustainer, Mediator and coming king of kings.” His promises are sure. God the Father calls and gives us to Jesus for training and spiritual maturity. Followers of Jesus are predestined, called out sheep Jesus knows and they know Him. Saved for eternal life in this age is by “predestination, mercy and grace.” Followers of Jesus are called and begotten, “otherwise we could boast of our choosing, works and intellect. Noah, Shem, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, each apostle and follower of Jesus were called and chosen. After Jesus’ millennial reign the world will see New Jerusalem and know its twelve gates are named for the twelve tribes of Israel and the twelve foundations named for Jesus’ twelve apostles. We Christians are built on the foundation of the prophets, apostles and the Corner Stone “Jesus.” His apostle Paul explains.

      (Eph 2:19-22; “So then you, “gentiles” are no longer foreigners and non-citizens, but you are fellow citizens with the Saints and members of God’s household, (because you have been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the Cornerstone.) In Him the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.) Hallelujah!

      Consider Noah’s life, faith, length of service to God, his constructing the ark and witnessing to the world. We speculate “the building took more than one hundred years.” Imagine the ridicule of the populations. Reporters likely came from miles around and took news back to people about the constructions’ progress and Noah’s telling everyone why God had ordered it’s construction. (God’s holy word tells us that no one believed.) People has become so wicked, that God was not revealing Himself beyond Noah and family.” (Similar, God is calling a few in this latter age.) Prophesies are clear, “as in the days of Noah, so it will be.” This latter age being the time since Jesus’ ascension.” The world at large doesn’t believe: “God has a plan to save this world, make a chosen people priest and servants to Jesus.” Bring peace and restore Israel to its former borders promised Abraham. (See some of these prophecies at, (Isaiah 22:, 35: , 51: -53:, 65:. and Jeremiah 17:, 31:. and Amos 9:11-15) God’s ultimate plan is to lovingly destroy evil.)

      From the foundation of the world, God the Father and God the Son planned His blood sacrifice for the remission of lawlessness against God. (As far back as when Abel made choice animal’s blood sacrifices to God, the sacrifices looked forward to Jesus’ shed blood for the remission of our sins.) (Planning always included Noah, Shem, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Israelites’ bondage, deliverance through Moses and saving God’s church, “through promised faith in Jesus.”) Jesus revealed Himself and His future work to Moses.

       (Deut 18:15-22; “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me “Moses” from among you – from your fellow Israelites; you must listen to Him. This accords with what happened at Horeb in the day of the assembly. You asked the Lord your God: “Please do not make us hear the voice of the Lord our God any more or see this great fire any more lest we die.” The Lord then said to me, “What they have said is good. I will raise up a prophet like you for them from among their fellow Israelites. I will put My words in His mouth and He will speak to them whatever I command. (19) I will personally hold responsible anyone who then pays no attention to the words that prophet “Jesus” speaks in My name. “But if any prophet presumes to speak anything in My name that I have not authorized him to speak, or speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet must die. Now if you say to yourselves, ‘How can we tell that a message is not from the Lord?’(22) whenever a prophet speaks in My name and the prediction is not fulfilled, then I have not spoken it; the prophet has presumed to speak it, so you need not fear him.”)

        Moses served as Jesus’ deliverer and prophet; his prophecies are sure. Abraham too, was a prophet, through promises to him Israel’s bondage to Egypt and deliverance was fulfilled. Israel’s deliverance, their being made a great nation, their disobedience, scattering and Messiah Jesus’ coming, was prophesied through Abraham, Moses, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Amos and David.

      God made a covenant promise with Noah and all living, “not to destroy with water anymore.” The sign of the rainbow is God’s and our reminder of that promise. God’s next covenant promise was with Abraham and his heirs, “Israelites and Christians.” (Through Shem’s heirs, the Son of God would be miraculously conceived and born to a virgin.) It’s through Jesus that God’s chosen people have a New Covenant. God had Jeremiah foretell the unfolding.

      (Jer 31:31-34; “Indeed, a time is coming,” says the Lord, “when I will make a New Covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. (“Spiritual Israelites - Abraham’s spiritual heirs.”) It will not be like the Old Covenant that I made with their ancestors when I delivered them from Egypt. For they violated that covenant, even though I was like a faithful husband to them,” says the Lord. “But I will make a New Covenant with the whole nation of Israel after I plant them back in the land,” says the Lord. “I will put My law within them and write it on their hearts and minds. I will be their God and they will be My people. (Until God miraculously PUTS a love for His Way in people’s minds, people go the way that seems right to their inherited from Adam nature.) (34) “People will no longer need to teach their neighbors and relatives to know Me. For all of them, from the least important to the most important, will know Me,” says the Lord. “For I will forgive their sin and will no longer call to mind the wrong they have done.”) Hallelujah!

      When Jesus returns, resurrects His Saints and Satan bound; “then the world will know Him: ultimately every knee will bow.” God always planned putting His Spirit, “a love of His Way mindset” in the inner being of His chosen people; beginning with Abraham.”

      (Genesis 11:27-32; “This is the account of Terah, who became the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran. And Haran became the father of Lot. Haran died in the land of his birth, in Ur of the Chaldeans, while his father Terah was still alive. And Abram and Nahor took wives for themselves. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife was Milcah; she was the daughter of Haran, the father of both Milcah and Iscah. But Sarai was barren; she had no children. Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot (the son of Haran), and his daughter-in-law Sarai, his son Abram’s wife, and with them he set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. When they came to Haran, they settled there. The lifetime of Terah was 205 years, and he died in Haran.”)

      Moses’ revealed Genesis account of Abraham’s life, “we see he was chosen, his faith and humility is demonstrated.”

      (Gen 12:1-3; “Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go out from your country, your relatives, and your father’s household to the land that I will show you. Then I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you, and I will make your name great, so that you will exemplify divine blessing. I will bless those who bless you, but the one who treats you lightly I must curse, and all the families of the earth will bless one another by your name.”)

     These promises stretching into Jesus’ millennial reign, “all the families of the earth will bless one another by Abraham’s name. Abraham’s name has and will continue to be magnified. “All because God promised Abraham.” Today’s followers of Jesus, are spiritual Israelites, “Jews.” Abraham’s heirs are “called to separate from the world as Christians must do.” Abraham like Jesus, “was in the world but not of the world.”

      (Gen 12:4-9; “So Abram left, just as the Lord had told him to do, and Lot went with him. (Now Abram was 75 years old when he departed from Haran.) And Abram took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, and all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Haran, and they left for the land of Canaan. They entered the land of Canaan. Abram traveled through the land as far as the oak tree of Moreh at Shechem. (At that time the Canaanites were in the land.) The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your descendants I will give this land.” So Abram built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him. Then he moved from there to the hill country east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the Lord and worshiped the Lord. Abram continually journeyed by stages down to the Negev.”)

       Abraham’s material blessings included servants, “his faith was gifted when God appeared to him, a faith belief in the Lord’s promise, that his descendants, “yet to be born” would be given these Canaanite lands!”

       How is our believing IN faith gifted? Jesus explains at John 3:7-8; “Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must all be born from above.’ The wind blows wherever it will and you hear the sound it makes, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (It’s miraculously given: loving Jesus is evidence.) Faithful Abraham grew, early on “he thought he may need to help God keep His promises.”

      (Gen 12:10-13; “There was a famine in the land, so Abram went down to Egypt to stay for a while because the famine was severe. As he approached Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “Look, I know that you are a beautiful woman. When the Egyptians see you they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me but will keep you alive. So tell them you are my sister so that it may go well for me because of you and my life will be spared on account of you.”)

       Abraham’s reasoning was fleshly for awhile. Egyptians’ had reputations of taking wives. God allows us to see Abraham’s shortcomings for our learning. May we each know that Jesus is our Deliverer and Sustainer.

      (Gen 12:14-20; “When Abram entered Egypt, the Egyptians saw that the woman was very beautiful. When Pharaoh’s officials saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh. So Abram’s wife was taken into the household of Pharaoh, and he did treat Abram well on account of her. Abram received sheep and cattle, male donkeys, male servants, female servants, female donkeys, and camels. But the Lord struck Pharaoh and his household with severe diseases because of Sarai, Abram’s wife. So Pharaoh summoned Abram and said, “What is this you have done to me? Why didn’t you tell me that she was your wife? Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her to be my wife? Here is your wife! Take her and go!” Pharaoh gave his men orders about Abram, and so they expelled him, along with his wife and all his possessions.”) Abraham’s crossing into Egypt was a learning experience. Remember, the scripture teaches that even Jesus learned form things suffered. (Heb 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.”)

Genesis and the New Covenant, chapter 12

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

To: Called out people being made temples of God’s spirit: “God’s Church ” (7/25/18, God’s 5th month, AV 13, 5778 until sunset.)

       God’s old Covenant was and His New Covenants is with His chosen predestined people. A set aside ‘sanctified’ people called to be God’s own. Abel was demonstrated as being one of these, “he obediently sacrificed choice animals at the prescribed time.” Noah ’a preacher of righteousness” knew to whom he belonged and “in the nature of Jesus had no desire to usurp the will of God as did Satan, Adam, Eve and Cain. (Its New Covenant principle.) Paul was inspired to teach it.

      (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. (5) 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. (8) 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.”)

      Satan and his, want people to decide for themselves, rather than look to their Creator “Jesus.”

      From Adam through to Jacob and now “God’s called out people know to whom they belong.” Set aside people know how to demonstrate their gifted nature with humility, by regarding life’s blood sacred and culling unclean foods. God’s first commands to Noah after the flood was about shedding blood, ‘not taking another’s life’ and “blood should not be used for food.” Its New Covenant principle!

       Our Lord‘s brother ‘James’ speaking, said: (Acts 15:14-21; Simeon ’Peter  has explained how God first concerned Himself to select from among the Gentiles a people for His name. The words of the prophets agree with this, as it is written, (16) ‘After this I will return, and I will rebuild the fallen tent of David; I will rebuild its ruins and restore it, so that the rest of humanity may seek the Lord, namely, all the Gentiles I have called to be My own, says the Lord, who makes these things known from long ago. (Quote from Amos 9:11-12) (19) “Therefore I conclude that we should not cause extra difficulty for those among the Gentiles who are turning to God, but that we should write them a letter telling them to abstain from things defiled by idols and from sexual immorality and from what has been strangled and from blood. For Moses has had those who proclaim him in every town from ancient times, because he is read aloud in the synagogues every Sabbath.”)

      After the flood and again after the Messiah’s coming, “new beginnings were established with God’s created people.” Three basic nationalities are rooted in Noah’s three sons. (Through Noah’s son “Shem” came Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, “whose name was changed to Israel” and then Jesus.) God chose and made Israel’s son, “Joseph” a savior to His people and some Egyptians. God chose and made Moses a deliverer of His chosen people by promise to Abraham. (Through Shem, Abraham, and David’s linage came the Messiah, “Jesus “the Son of God” to remit sin; “as planned from the beginning.”)

      God’s New Covenant is with His chosen “believing IN Jesus people” who are made to be AT ONE with Himself through the sacrifice of Jesus.  (The Lamb of God’s blood.) By and through God the Father’s calling Jesus is revealed and the Holy Spirit is gifted.)

      (Gen 9:7-17; “But as for you, “Noah” be fruitful and multiply; increase abundantly on the earth and multiply on it.” God said to Noah and his sons, “Look! I now confirm My covenant with you and your descendants after you and with every living creature that is with you, including the birds, the domestic animals, and every living creature of the earth with you, all those that came out of the ark with you – every living creature of the earth. I confirm My covenant with you: Never again will all living things be wiped out by the waters of a flood; never again will a flood destroy the earth.” (12) And God said, “This is the guarantee of the covenant I am making with you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all subsequent generations: I will place My rainbow in the clouds, and it will become a guarantee of the covenant between Me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, then I will remember My covenant with you and with all living creatures of all kinds. Never again will the waters become a flood and destroy all living things. When the rainbow is in the clouds, I will notice it and remember the perpetual covenant between God and all living creatures of all kinds that are on the earth.” So God said to Noah, “This is the guarantee of the covenant that I am confirming between Me and all living things that are on the earth.”)

      Though we Believers IN haven’t seen God, “we love Him because He first loved us, “because He is holy, righteous and keeps promises.” He is Creator, Sustainer, life, our Mediator before God’s throne and soon coming king of kings..

      (Genesis 9:18-22; “The sons of Noah who came out of the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (Now Ham was the father of Canaan.) These were the sons of Noah, and from them the whole earth was populated.

      20-22; Noah, a man of the soil, began to plant a vineyard. When he drank some of the wine, he got drunk and uncovered himself inside his tent. Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father’s nakedness and told his two brothers who were outside.”)

      Ham was inside the tent with Noah, other two were outside. Whether “nakedness” is used metaphorically to convey the idea of “weakness” or “vulnerability” is the question to many.

       At Deut 23:14 nakedness refers to excrement. See Isaiah 47:3; Ezek 16:37; Lam 1:8 also). (The following verse in Gen 9:23, indicates a visual observation, “not a homosexual act” is in view here. Ham saw Noah’s nakedness.

      It is hard for modern people to appreciate why seeing another’s nakedness was such an abomination, “because nakedness is so prevalent today.” In the patriarchal society, seeing another’s nakedness was a major offense. (See the account in Herodotus, “Histories 1.8-13” where a general saw the nakedness of his master’s wife, and one of the two had to be put to death.) Ham was not a little boy wandering into his father’s bedroom; he was over a hundred years old at the time

      (Gen 9:23-24; “Shem and Japheth took the garment and placed it on their shoulders. Then they walked in backwards and covered up their father’s nakedness. Their faces were turned the other way so they did not see their father’s nakedness. When Noah awoke from his drunken stupor he learned what his youngest son had done to him.”) The Hebrew verb “to do” carries only a general sense. To draw a conclusion that Ham did more than look on his father’s nakedness and tell his brothers is a stretch. YOU may want to skip to chapter 11, unless interested in genealogy.

      (Gen 9:25-28; “So Noah said, “Cursed be Canaan! The lowest of slaves he will be to his brothers.” He also said, “Worthy of praise is the Lord, the God of Shem! (Seemingly Shem was the Lord God’s messenger equivalent with Noah.) May Canaan be the slave of Shem! May God enlarge Japheth’s territory and numbers! May he live in the tents of Shem and may Canaan be his slave!” After the flood Noah lived 350 years. The entire lifetime of Noah was 950 years, and then he died.”) Noah recognized Shem’s respect for his Creator!

       (Naturally, people with the inclination to be their own god, don’t understand God’s authority to make these prophetic statements through Noah.) If you doubt Noah‘s prophecy, take an honest look at mankind’s own written history. The names of these descendents and their lands were recognized when God gave lands over to Israel and even later when Jesus gave revelations to His apostle John.

      Except for those to whom God choose to reveal Himself, “all people go the way of choice and practice what seemed right to their fleshly inherited from Adam nature.” (Interested in genealogy? see chapter 10: these are the people, ’primarily’ whose lands God took and gave to the Israelites.)

      Moses had an overview of genealogy and these records were kept on through Jesus’ apostles time. Dr. Luke, who wrote “Luke and Acts shared Jesus’ genealogy. (See Luke 3:23-38)

      Moses was taught in Egyptian schools and his parents shared his Hebrew linage. Jacob’s son ‘Joseph’ likely kept the writings of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. (Moses’ Genesis account is before these people groups were scattered so widely.)

      (Gen 11:1-9; “The whole earth had a common language and a common vocabulary. When the people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. Then they ’’the hostiles toward God people’ said to one another, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” (They made brick instead of stone and tar instead of mortar.) Then they said, “Come, let’s build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens so that we may make a name for ourselves. Otherwise we will be scattered (or that we be not scattered) across the face of the entire earth.” But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower that the people had started building. And the Lord said, “If as one, people all sharing a common language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be beyond them. Come, let’s go down and confuse their language so they won’t be able to understand each other.” So the Lord scattered them from there across the face of the entire earth and they stopped building the city. (9) That is why its name was called Babel – because there the Lord confused the language of the entire world, and from there the Lord scattered them across the face of the entire earth.”)

      The words, “Babel and Babylon mean confuse or confusion. God has much more to say about Babylon, it’s leaders and their characteristics.

From Noah’s oldest son “Shem’s descendents” came Abraham. (Abraham walked with God and God called him “friend.) Promises were made to Abraham and his heirs that take us into Jesus’ millennial kingdom. Believers in Jesus are in fact Abraham’s heirs. (see Galatians 3:29)

      (Genesis 11:10-26; This is the account of Shem. “The people God primarily worked through.” Shem was 100 old when he became the father of Arphaxad, two years after the flood. And after becoming the father of Arphaxad, Shem lived 500 years and had other sons and daughters. When Arphaxad had lived 35 years, he became the father of Shelah. And after he became the father of Shelah, Arphaxad lived 403 years and had other sons and daughters. When Shelah had lived 30 years, he became the father of Eber. And after he became the father of Eber, Shelah lived 403 years and had other sons and daughters. When Eber had lived 34 years, he became the father of Peleg. And after he became the father of Peleg, Eber lived 430 years and had other sons and daughters. When Peleg had lived 30 years, he became the father of Reu. And after he became the father of Reu, Peleg lived 209 years and had other sons and daughters. When Reu had lived 32 years, he became the father of Serug. And after he became the father of Serug, Reu lived 207 years and had other sons and daughters. When Serug had lived 30 years, he became the father of Nahor. And after he became the father of Nahor, Serug lived 200 years and had other sons and daughters. When Nahor had lived 29 years, he became the father of Terah. And after he became the father of Terah, Nahor lived 119 years and had other sons and daughters. (26) When Terah had lived 70 years, he became the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran.”)

      Even though the people had Noah’s record of the flood and God’s deliverance. The vast majority began to mentally and physically make gods to fit their fleshly imagination. However, God’s plan was unfolding; He made a new beginning based on His promises through His servant and friend Abraham. Abraham’s faith and life examples are for our learning. God’s fulfilled His promises to Abraham, regarding his blood line heirs, “the Israelites” and is still fulfilling His promises regarding His spiritual heirs through Jesus. God’s New Covenant through Jesus, is our hope and faith to inherit eternal life.

Genesis and the New Covenant, chapter 11

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

To: 12,002 Persons being made temples of God’s spirit: “God’s Church ”

7/23/18, God’s 5th month, AV 11, 5778 until sunset.

     The Lord God Jesus promised: “I will never again curse the ground because of humankind, even though the inclination of their minds is evil from childhood on. I will never again destroy everything that lives, as I have just done. (Gen 8:22; “While the earth continues to exist, planting time, harvest, cold, heat, summer, winter, day and night will not cease.”)

      That promise was made about 4,000 years ago. The same Jesus came in the linage of David as prophesied, fathered by God the Father in the womb of a virgin and called twelve apostles. (New Jerusalem’s twelve foundations are named for these.) When ask by the twelve about when He would come to rule, Jesus said; (“Watch out that no one misleads you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will mislead many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. Make sure that you are not alarmed, for this must happen, but the end is still to come. For nation will rise up in arms against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these things are the beginning of birth pains.” Matthew 24:4-8)

      (Matt 24:9-14; “Then they, ’unbelievers’ will hand you ‘believers’ 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. (13) 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, ’of the age’ will come.”)

      (Matt 24:15-29; “So when you see the abomination of desolation

(Referring specifically to the Antichrist’s appearing during the period of the great tribulation at the end of the age (See Mark 13:14, 19, 24; & Rev 3:10) spoken about by Daniel the prophet – standing in the holy place (let readers understand), then those in Judea must flee to the mountains. The one on the roof must not come down to take anything out of his house, and the one in the field must not turn back to get his cloak. Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing their babies in those days! Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath. For then there will be great suffering unlike anything that has happened from the beginning of the world until now, or ever will happen. And if those days had not been cut short, no one would be saved. But for the sake of the Elect those days will be cut short. (23) Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There He is!’ do not believe him. For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the Elect. Remember, I have told you ahead of time. So then, if someone says to you, ‘Look, He is in the wilderness,’ do not go out, or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe him. For just like the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so the coming of the Son of Man will be. Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.”)

       (Matt 24:29-31; “Immediately after the suffering of those days, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven and the powers of heaven will be shaken. (30) Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and all the tribes of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man arriving on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a loud trumpet blast, and they will gather His Elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”) (Always study the whole.)

      God’s starting over with Noah didn’t alter Noah and family’s inherited, creative choice mechanism from Adam. Noah’s three sons represent the three main ethnicities. God’s plan to increase His family was and is on schedule. His next beginning was with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Changing Jacob’s name to Israel: “Israel meaning God fights.” Israel’s history is documented for our learning. This was revealed to Jesus’ apostle Paul who shares: (Rom 15:4-6; “For everything that was written in former times was written for our instruction, so that through endurance and encouragement of the scriptures we may have hope. Now may the God of endurance and comfort give you unity with one another in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you ’Believers’ may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”)

       Israelite’s didn’t keep their covenant promises and God scattered them as promised, but they will be redeemed as promised. It seems that soon after Jesus’ ascension, “the time of the gentiles commenced.”  

      God began revealing Himself to non-Israelites. Peter was first called to Cornelius’ home and the whole family gifted with God’s spirit. Shortly afterward Paul and Barnabas were called back from their mission, to Jerusalem to explain their ‘gentile’ experience to God’s church. Our Lord’s brother “James” had become a leader in the Jerusalem church.

      (Acts 15:12-21; “The whole group kept quiet and listened to Barnabas and Paul while they explained all the miraculous signs and wonders God had done among the Gentiles through them. After they stopped speaking, James replied, “Brothers, listen to me. Simeon “Peter” has explained how God first concerned Himself to select from among the Gentiles a people for His name. The words of the prophets agree with this, as it is written, (16) ‘After this I will return, and I will rebuild the fallen tent of David; I will rebuild its ruins and restore it, so that the rest of humanity may seek the Lord, namely, all the Gentiles I have called to be My own, says the Lord, who makes these things known from long ago.”)

       (To be my own? indicates God’s ownership, “all the Gentiles who belong to Me.” ““all the Gentiles whom I have called to be My own.” Is a quotation from Amos 9:11-12.)

       James demonstrated a high degree of cultural sensitivity when he cited a version of the text (the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Old Testament) that Gentiles would use.) He continues.

       (Acts 15:19-21; “Therefore I conclude that we should not cause extra difficulty for those among the Gentiles who are turning to God, but that we should write them a letter telling them to abstain from things defiled by idols and from sexual immorality and from what has been strangled and from blood. For Moses has had those who proclaim him in every town from ancient times, because he is read aloud in the synagogues every Sabbath.”)

      It’s reasonable to conclude that, “non-Israelite Christians would grow spiritually and refrain from meats God made unclean. It is obvious that some animals are made to clean the land and others are not. When God set the Israelites apart for His own purpose, He gave clear instruction regarding the characteristics of the clean animals they were to use for food. (See Deuteronomy 14)

      The sin nature we all inherited from Adam has a self serving agenda. Every child is born with it, every child needs training. (When God’s people, “the Israelites” turned to other gods after having made a covenant with their Creator, God referred to them as spiritual adulterers. Likened to people who broke their marriage covenant.) God’s new covenant is with Himself and a people He calls to believe IN Himself and Jesus. These are His church, His Elect. As prophesied these would be hindered by Satan and the fleshly side of their nature.

      Leaders and teachers desiring to make merchandise of God’s called were destined to interfere. Peter, Paul, John, Jude and James all witnessed the apostate that began to shape the thinking of people who had earlier professed belief in Jesus. The pleasures of sin, “a love of Satan’s world wide system of things” began to hinder true worship.

      (James 4:1-4: “You adulterers and adulteresses, know you not that the friendship of the world is ENMITY with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”)

       You’d think professing Christians would investigate the traditions they practice, but Jesus told us why they do not.

      (Luke 6:46-49; “Why call you Me, Lord, Lord, and DO NOT the things which I say? Whosoever comes to Me, and hears “understands” My sayings, and DOES them, I will show you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and dug deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.”) Paul was commissioned to continue Jesus’ message.

      (Ephesians 2:11-22; “Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh – who are called “uncircumcised” by the so-called “circumcision” that is performed on the body by human hands that you were at that time without the Messiah, alienated from the citizenship of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who used to be far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He is our peace, the One who made both groups into one and who destroyed the middle wall of partition, the hostility, when He nullified in His flesh the law of commandments in decrees. He did this to create in Himself one new man out of two, thus making peace, and to reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by which the hostility has been killed. And He came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near, so that through Him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer foreigners and non-citizens, but you are fellow citizens with the Saints and members of God’s household, (20) because you have been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the Cornerstone. In Him the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”)

       The same “Son of God” who communed with Noah and Abraham, planned to come in human flesh and shed His blood for the remission of the sins of the world. From the time of Adam, Jesus knew He would ultimately destroy the deceiver, “Satan” and set up His Kingdom on earth.

Genesis and the New Covenant, chapter 10

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

To: 11,990 Persons being made temples of God’s spirit: “God’s Church ”

7/22/18, God’s 5th month, AV 10, 5778 until sunset.

      The genesis lesson for all people should be: when God allows us go the way that seems right to our fleshly minds “the majority” digress to fleshly animalistic behavior and make gods fit imaginations. Wickedness increases, genuine love evaporated, people become clannish and demonic. When God doesn’t intervene: appoint a righteous leader: “Satan influences.” From Adam to Noah, all except those God revealed Himself to, “lived self serving lives.” The big question? “is humankind capable of altruistic love toward one another apart from God’s lead? Thus, only by God gifting faith to a people of His choosing “do people believe IN as did Noah.” It’s New Covenant teaching as well.

       (Romans 1:1-7; From Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God. This gospel He promised beforehand through His prophets in the holy scriptures, concerning His Son who was a descendant of David with reference to the flesh, who was appointed the Son-of-God-in-power according to the Holy Spirit by the resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord. (5) Through Him we have received grace and our apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles on behalf of His name. You also are among them, called to belong to Jesus Christ. To all those loved by God in Rome, called to be Saints: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!”) The New Covenant lesson is; “except God reveal Himself and Jesus, people live according to the flesh.

      Satan’s influence on people’s fleshly nature didn’t stop after Jesus’ resurrection. Jesus’ apostle Paul shared with the Galatians.

      (Gal 1:6-10; “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the One who called you by the grace of Christ and are following a different7 gospel – not that there really is another gospel, but there are some who are disturbing you and wanting to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we, ’apostles’ (or an angel from heaven) should preach a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, and now I say again, if any one is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, let him be accursed. (10) Am I now trying to gain the approval of people, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a slave of Christ!”) Peter expressed the same.

       (1Peter 5:8-11; Be sober and alert. Your enemy the devil, like a roaring lion, is on the prowl looking for someone to devour. Resist him, strong in your faith, because you know that your brothers and sisters throughout the world are enduring the same kinds of suffering. And, after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace who called you to His eternal glory in Christ will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him belongs the power forever. Amen.”)

      The same Lord God, “Jesus” who re-created earth, created Adam and destroyed wickedness in Noah’s day; “came in the flesh, demonstrated His deeds and died for the remission of the world’s sins.

      (Gen 8:1-5; “God remembered Noah, the wild animals and domestic animals that were with him in the ark. God caused a wind to blow over the earth and the waters receded. The fountains of the deep and the floodgates of heaven were closed, and the rain stopped falling from the sky. The waters kept receding steadily from the earth, so that they had gone down by the end of the 150 days. On the seventeenth day of the seventh months, (about 5 month later) the ark came to rest on one of the mountains of Ararat. The waters kept on receding until the tenth month. On the first day of the tenth month, the tops of the mountains became visible.”)

        Believers IN have gifted knowing faith that the same God, “the Son” that caused the winds to blow and the rain to cease, calls individuals and reveals Himself to His chosen in this, “since His ascension” age. The multitudes are still taught in parables and He can still calm the seas. (Review John 1:1-5 and Colossians 1:15-20 and Hebrews 1: again)

       (Mark 4:33-41; “So with many parables like these, Jesus spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear. (understand) He did not speak to them without a parable. But privately Jesus explained everything to His own disciples. On that day, when evening came, Jesus said to His disciples, “Let’s go across to the other side of the lake.” So after leaving the crowd, they took Him along, just as He was, in the boat, and other boats were with Him. Now a great windstorm developed and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was nearly swamped. But Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. They woke Him up and said to Him, “Teacher, don’t you care that we are about to die?” So He got up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Be quiet! Calm down!” Then the wind stopped, and it was dead calm. And He said to them, “Why are you cowardly? Do you still not have faith?” They were overwhelmed by fear and said to one another, “Who then is this? Even the wind and sea obey Him!”)

      The many read about Jesus creating aged wine from water, healing lepers, casting out demons, resurrecting the dead and giving His apostles a like authority, without connecting to the fact that the same Jesus destroyed with a flood. To worship in spirit and truth, we must know this.

      (Gen 8:6-14; “At the end of forty days, Noah opened the window he had made in the ark and sent out a raven; it kept flying back and forth until the waters had dried up on the earth. Then Noah sent out a dove to see if the waters had receded from the surface of the ground. The dove could not find a resting place for its feet because water still covered the surface of the entire earth, and so it returned to Noah in the ark. He stretched out his hand, took the dove, and brought it back into the ark. He waited seven more days and then sent out the dove again from the ark. When the dove returned to him in the evening, there was a freshly plucked olive leaf in its beak! Noah knew that the waters had receded from the earth. He waited another seven days and sent the dove out again, but it did not return to him this time.

     13-14; In Noah’s six hundred and first year, in the first day of the first month, the waters had dried up from the earth, and Noah removed the covering from the ark and saw that the surface of the ground was dry. And by the twenty-seventh day of the second month the earth was dry.”)

       AGAIN we see that Noah knew God’s calendar. As with Abraham and do gifted Believers IN. Noah believed God, Abraham believed God. What keeps the majority from believing IN God, except it be their inherited fleshly nature? A nature inherited and dominating, until God chooses to reveal Himself and gives a new one.

      Satan has camouflaged the God of Israel, “Jesus the Christ” but not without Jesus’ knowledge and His forewarning.

      (Matt 24:4-5; Jesus answered, saying to them, “Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in My name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.”) Remember Jesus’ parable about the broad way? Truly we must know, it is the many that are deceived.

     Proof is in the things professing Christians practice. It’s an abomination when professing Christians practice the traditions of Baal, Apollo and many other gods of the imagination; while ignoring the traditions Jesus gave us through Moses and His apostles. SO, the world at large does not know the God of Israel, His Ways, nor with whom His New Covenant is made.

      (Gen 8:15-21; “Then God spoke to Noah and said, “Come out of the ark, you, your wife, your sons, and your sons’ wives with you. Bring out with you all the living creatures that are with you. Bring out every living thing, including the birds, animals, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. Let them increase and be fruitful and multiply on the earth!” Noah went out along with his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives. Every living creature, every creeping thing, every bird, and everything that moves on the earth went out of the ark in their groups. (after their kind) (20) Noah built an altar to the Lord. He then took some of every kind of clean animal and clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the Lord smelled the soothing aroma and said to Himself, “I will never again curse the ground because of humankind, even though the inclination of their minds is evil from childhood on. I will never again destroy everything that lives, as I have just done.”)

      From Adam’s day through Noah’s time God distinguished clean from unclean animals. Never were unclean animals sacrificed to God. Our fleshly inherited minds can’t seem to realize; “the inclination of every individual is evil from birth, all “Born in sin” we inherited Adam’s self serving nature. A nature that must be ridded of in order to inherit immortality. Jesus’ apostle Paul explained.

      (1Cor 15:20-23; “But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep ‘in Christ.’ For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead also came through a man. 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.”)

      Noah knew to sacrifice only clean animals & birds. Noah did not think, as did Cain, “perhaps this other way will be okay.” God separates clean from unclean animals as He does Believers from unbelievers.

      (Gen 8:22; “While the earth continues to exist, planting time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night will not cease.”) God’s Word is sure, it is no accident that all things are sustained according to His plan.

      (Gen 9:1-7; “Then God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. Every living creature of the earth and every bird of the sky will be terrified of you. Everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea are under your authority. You may eat any moving thing that lives. As I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything. But you must not eat meat with its life (that is, its blood) in it. For your lifeblood I will surely exact punishment, from every living creature I will exact punishment. From each person I will exact punishment for the life of the individual since the man was his relative. “Whoever sheds human blood, by other humans must his blood be shed; for in God’s image God has made humankind.” But as for you, be fruitful and multiply; increase abundantly on the earth and multiply on it.”)

      Life is in the blood. In shedding His blood, Jesus gave His life. All humanity are related to each other. It seems to be a translation error regarding every plant and every animal, given for food. We know that some plants are deadly poisonous to people. When God set the heirs of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob apart, He also commanded that they not eat the unclean. Jesus’ apostles were spirit led to zero in on teaching converted gentiles; not to eat meat with its blood. After Jesus’ ascension and Pentecost, The time of the gentiles began and its fulfillment is prophesied.

       God’s promises to Abraham are certain and perpetual. Satan has camouflaged most of God’s promises regarding Israel’s restoration and future world leadership roles.  

Genesis and the New Covenant, chapter 9

Friday, July 20th, 2018

To: 11,960 Persons being made temples of God’s spirit: “God’s Church ”

7/20/18, God’s 5th month, AV 8, 5778 until sunset.

       We allowed translator input on the subjects of “Sons of God and Giants in those days, in our last study.” When we’re led by the Holy Spirit and stand on God’s revelations, we’re mindful of know God’s law, “kind after kind.” We know demonic spirits have been allowed to transform themselves to physical form, “but they can’t reproduce, except possibly a hybrid of sorts. Be careful of translations, some translators have agendas. Dinosaurs were on earth before Jesus’ re-creation of earth and His creating Adam in His own likeness.

      The holy scriptures tell us of a time when Satan and followers rebelled. He was once a bright angelic being until wickedness overcame him. He wanted to have things his way and occupy his own throne. Jesus reveals the result of his demonic rebellion to John and we Believers.

      (Revelations 12:7-9; “Then war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon and the dragon and his angels fought back. But the dragon was not strong enough to prevail, so there was no longer any place left in heaven for him and his angels. So that huge dragon – the ancient serpent, the one called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world – was thrown down to the earth and his angels along with him.”)

      Satan wants people thinking as he did and use our God gifted creative intellect to decide for self, what’s, right, wrong, good and evil. (Satan called God a liar and alluded; “people are born to live forever someplace.” and “Be divine if they take for themselves.” (See Gen 3:) (A lack of trust in God was his major flaw, resulting in his first two lies.) Demonic beings know God is ultimately going to destroy them. (Study Revelations 12:) For this study’s purpose see verses 10-12.

      “Then I “John” heard a loud voice in heaven saying, “The salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the ruling authority of His Christ, have now come, because the accuser of our brothers and sisters, the one who accuses them day and night before our God, has been thrown down. But they “Believers IN - Christiansovercame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die. Therefore you heavens rejoice, and all who reside in them! But woe to the earth and the sea because the devil has come down to you! He is filled with terrible anger, for he knows that he only has a little time!”)

      God is now allowing demonic forces to deceive the whole world. We need to realize that God has a purpose for Satan. And (We who are led to overcome our inherited nature and demonic deceptions are God’s Elect.) Jesus has power and gives power over demonic forces. During Jesus’ ministry on earth, He sent 72 followers on what we’d call a missionary journey.

      (Luke 10:17-20; “Then the seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name!” So Jesus said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Look, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions (Representing demonic forces.) and on the full force of the enemy and nothing will hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names stand written in heaven.”) Believing IN Jesus and be gifted to love His Way is something to rejoice about “in Him only.” Other gifted talents and powers are nothing to boast about.

       Back to the issue of, “giants in those days.” Satan and his are evil and have great influence on people, “particularly those trusting their own intellect.” Many are inspired to do every imaginable evil, “including human breeding for purposes likened to animal breeding.” Enslaving people for work and war has been done since before and after the flood.

      (Gen 6:5; “But the Lord saw that the wickedness of humankind had become great on the earth. Every inclination of the thoughts of their minds was only evil all the time.” Human wickedness was and is a reality that Satan inspires. A lack of life’s sanctity is all about us.

      (Gen 7:1-5; “The Lord said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you and all your household, for I consider you godly among this generation. You must take with you seven of every kind of clean animal, the male and its mate, two of every kind of unclean animal, the male and its mate and also seven of every kind of bird in the sky, male and female, to preserve their offspring on the face of the earth. For in seven days I will cause it to rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the ground every living thing that I have made.” And Noah did all that the Lord commanded him.”)

      Noah was a preacher of righteousness, he may have been about the business of building the ark a hundred years or more. It’s logical to assume that Noah was asked, “why this construction?” Assume that the people were told, “God is going to destroy wickedness.” History is clear, “people did not believe.” Likewise in this age, wickedness is going to be destroyed. People don’t want to believe, “the end result of their practices is the holy scriptures fulfillment.

      The inherited nature in mankind hasn’t changed since God instructed Jeremiah to point Israel’s sins out. Jeremiah expressed his and God’s own remorse for the people’s sinful nature. Through Jeremiah, God speaks.

      (Jeremiah 9:2-5; “Oh that I had in the wilderness a lodging place of wayfaring men; that I might leave My people and go from them! for they are all adulterers, an assembly of treacherous men. And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not Me, says the LORD. (Remember Jesus saying the same words to the hostiles? “You don’t know Me nor My Father.)Take you HEED every one of his neighbor, and trust YOU NOT in any brother: for every brother will utterly supplant and every neighbor will walk with slanders. And they will deceive every one his neighbor and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies, and weary themselves to commit iniquity.”) In the New Testament we find the principle, “let God be true, though EVERY person a liar.” (see Romans 3:4)

      In this latter age, “even with proofs of Jesus’ life and teachings” this world’s populations still prefer Baal practices to God’s Way.

      (Jer 9:13-16; The LORD said, “Because they have forsaken My law which I set before them and have not obeyed My voice, neither walked therein; but have walked after the imagination of their OWN heart and after Baal, which their fathers taught them:” Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; “Behold, I will feed them, even this people, with wormwood and give them water of gall to drink. I will scatter them also among the heathen, whom neither they nor their fathers have known: and I will send a sword after them, till I have consumed them.”)

      Spiritual Israelites “God’s Church” are scattered through out demonic cultures around the world! This professing Christian AGE, aren’t taught, “it’s sin to walk after the imagination of one’s own heart.” or “Follow after the ways of the Canaanites, who worshiped Baal, the Semitic god of fertility or nature.” People professing to follow Jesus Christ are not taught to consider their traditional trappings, inherited from Baal worship. Among those: “Easter, Christmas and Halloween traditions, are directly from that false way!” (In this so called intellectual age, the educators and religious leaders boast many things, “but they do not know our Creator.”)

      (Jer 9:23-24; Thus says the LORD, “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glories, glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD which exercise loving kindness, judgment and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, says the LORD.”)

      WHO does God tell us “has the privilege of knowing Him?” and Why parables? From the human perspective “we believers cannot boast.” (We can only boast from the point of view, “that God loves us, showed His loving kindness, granted His gift of understanding and loved us before we loved Him.) It’s clear to the called and answers the question, “why so many religions in the world?” Why and how does Satan have the whole world confused: “still worshiping the many gods he put forth?” May our Creator give each of us a yearning for His Kingdom and a love for His Way.

      Gen 7:6-11; “Noah was 600 years old when the floodwaters engulfed the earth. Noah entered the ark along with his sons, his wife and his sons’ wives because of the floodwaters. Pairs of clean animals, of unclean animals, of birds, and of everything that creeps along the ground, male and female, came into the ark to Noah, just as God had commanded him. And after seven days the floodwaters engulfed the earth. In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month – on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst open and the floodgates of the heavens were opened.”) God’s calendar was intact, Noah and Moses knew it’s seasons.

      (Gen 7:12-24; “And the rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights. On that very day Noah entered the ark, accompanied by his sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth, along with his wife and his sons’ three wives. They entered, along with every living creature after its kind, every animal after its kind, every creeping thing that creeps on the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, everything with wings. Pairs of all creatures that have the breath of life came into the ark to Noah. Those that entered were male and female, just as God commanded him. Then the Lord shut him in. The flood engulfed the earth for forty days. As the waters increased, they lifted the ark and raised it above the earth. The waters completely overwhelmed the earth and the ark floated on the surface of the waters. The waters completely inundated the earth so that even all the high mountains under the entire sky were covered. The waters rose more than twenty feet above the mountains. (21) And all living things “flesh” that moved on the earth died, including the birds, domestic animals, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all humankind. Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died. So the Lord destroyed every living thing that was on the surface of the ground, including people, animals, creatures that creep along the ground, and birds of the sky. They were wiped off the earth. Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark survived. The waters prevailed over the earth for 150 days.”)

       Long before God gave the sanctified Israelites His rule regarding clean and unclean foods; “Noah was privileged with the knowledge.”

      Proponents of false science have sold “educators and most students against the God of creation. Denying there was ever this flood and the validity of Moses’ writings. Professing Christians demonstrate their doubt. Jesus clearly draws a line of separation between those His Father gives Him and the populations at large.

      (John 17:9-16; “I pray for them: I pray NOT for the world, but for them which You have given Me; for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine; and I am glorified in them. (11) And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your own name those whom You have given Me, that they may BE ONE, as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name: those that You gave Me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. (13) And now come I to You; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have My joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them Your Word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil. (16) They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.”)

      He wasn’t praying for unbelievers, “divided Christendom societies practicing Baal traditions. These don’t understand; “the same Lord that caused this earth to flood, came and died for the sins of it!” His plan for saving His people stretch into His millennial kingdom. His Holy Annual  Sabbaths foreshadows it. Jesus will return, graves will open, followers of Jesus will be resurrected and alive Saints will meet them in the air. It’s Jesus’ promise to His Elect.

      It’s ludicrous to debate creation, age of earth, God’s characteristics with those to whom God hasn’t revealed Himself. From fleshly minds, people are led to think and do, “what seems right to themselves intellectually.” The unbeliever’s inherited instinctive mind set “nature” basically thinks; “I am my own person” “I will choose what’s right for me and mine.” This thinking makes people “gods to themselves.” The holy scriptures reveal: “God is Creator and the source of true knowledge.” Spiritual revelation does not hinge on physical science, intellect nor human fleshly education. Spiritual revelation makes one a Believer IN, “Christian” by gifted knowing faith.

Genesis and the New Covenant, chapter 8

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

To: 11,925 Persons being made temples of God’s spirit: “Churches of God.”

7/18/18, God’s 5th month, AV 6, 5778 until sunset.

     Being right in God’s view is all that matters! (Gen :6-7; “Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why is 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 “sin” desires to dominate you, but you must subdue it.”) See the parallel with the new covenant? With believers IN Jesus? If we do what’s right we’re fine; “if not lawlessness is dominating.” Through God’s gifted Holy Spirit we Christians have powers to subdue sin, “power Cain didn’t process.” (Holy Spirit.)

      The first Enoch was Cain’s son, the second was Seth’s son; “he walked with God 300 years” before God took him that he not see death.

      (Gen 4:18-22; To Enoch was born Irad, and Irad was the father of the second was Zillah. Adah gave birth to Jabal; he was the first of those who live in tents and kept livestock. The name of his brother was Jubal; he was the first of all who played the harp and the flute. Now Zillah also gave birth to Tubal-Cain, who heated metal and shaped all kinds of tools made of bronze and iron. The sister of Tubal-Cain was Naamah.”) The so called iron age was long before many think.

      (Gen 4:23-24; “Lamech said to his wives, “Adah and Zillah! Listen to me! You wives of Lamech, hear my words! I have killed a man for wounding me, a young man for hurting me. If Cain is to be avenged seven times as much, then Lamech seventy-seven times!”) Lamech felt guilt, and seemingly repented.

      (Gen 4:25-26; “And Adam had marital relations with his wife again, and she gave birth to a son. She named him Seth, saying, “God has given me another child in place of Abel because Cain killed him.” And a son was also born to Seth, whom he named Enosh. At that time people began to worship the Lord.”) This Enoch walked with God: a leader according to Hebrews and Jude.

      (Gen 5:1-14; “This is the record of the family line of Adam. When God created humankind, he made them in the likeness of God. He created them male and female; when they were created, He blessed them and named them “humankind.” When Adam had lived 130 years he fathered a son in his own likeness, according to his image, and he named him Seth. The length of time Adam lived after he became the father of Seth was 800 years; during this time he had other sons and daughters. (5) The entire lifetime of Adam was 930 years, and then he died.”) When Seth had lived 105 years, he became the father of Enosh. Seth lived 807 years after he became the father of Enosh, and he had other sons and daughters. The entire lifetime of Seth was 912 years, and then he died. When Enoch had lived 90 years, he became the father of Kenan. Enosh lived 815 years after he became the father of Kenan, and he had other sons and daughters. (11) The entire lifetime of Enosh was 905 years, and then he died. When Kenan had lived 70 years, he became the father of Mahalalel. Kenan lived 840 years after he became the father of Mahalalel, and he had other sons and daughters. 5:14 The entire lifetime of Kenan was 910 years, and then he died.

     (Gen 5:15-20; When Mahalalel had lived 65 years, he became the father of Jared. Mahalalel lived 830 years after he became the father of Jared, and he had other sons and daughters. The entire lifetime of Mahalalel was 895 years, and then he died. When Jared had lived 162 years, he became the father of Enoch. (19) Jared lived 800 years after he became the father of Enoch, and he had other sons and daughters. The entire lifetime of Jared was 962 years, and then he died.

      (Gen 5:21-27; When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked with God for 300 years, and he had other sons and daughters. The entire lifetime of Enoch was 365 years. (24) Enoch walked with God, and then he disappeared because God took him away. When Methuselah had lived 187 years, he became the father of Lamech. Methuselah lived 782 years after he became the father of Lamech, and he had other sons and daughters. The entire lifetime of Methuselah was 969 years, and then he died.

      (Gen 5:28-31; When Lamech had lived 182 years, he had a son. He named him Noah, saying, “This one will bring us comfort from our labor and from the painful toil of our hands because of the ground that the Lord has cursed.” Lamech lived 595 years after he became the father of Noah, and he had other sons and daughters. The entire lifetime of Lamech was 777 years, and then he died.

     (Gen 5:32; After Noah was 500 years old, he became the father of Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (Nationalities on earth spring from these three.)

      God’s creating a part of Himself in Adam resulted in these creativity talents gifted to people “He made in His image!” Proving Creation to believers IN: disproving evolution!

       Noah’s brothers and sisters followed the way of Cain, “doing what seemed right.” Obviously Noah’s siblings didn’t believe IN as did Noah.

      (Gen 6:1-4; “When humankind began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of humankind were beautiful. Thus they took wives for themselves from any they chose. So the Lord said, “My spirit will not remain in humankind indefinitely, since they are mortal. They will remain for 120 more years.”) (Average life span set.)

       Adam and all we descendents are born mortal individuals. Demonic power is still a mystery to the world. The holy scripture teaches us that God is allowing Satan to have power over nations and many people until his allotted time is up. (The Hebrew phrase translated “sons of God” (bÿne-haelohim) occurs only here at Gen 6:2, 4) and in Job 1:6; 2:1; 38:7. There are three major interpretations of the phrase.

       (1) In the Book of Job the phrase clearly refers to angelic beings. In Gen 6, the “sons of God” are distinct from “humankind,” suggesting they could be demon processed human. This is consistent with the use of the phrase in Job. (Since the passage speaks of these beings cohabiting with women, they must have taken physical form or perhaps possessed the bodies of men.) Remember Jesus cast demons out of people. An early Jewish tradition preserved in (1 En. 6-7) elaborates on this angelic revolt and even names the ringleaders.

      (2) Not all scholars accept the angelic interpretation of the “sons of God,” however. Some argue that the “sons of God” were members of Seth’s line, traced back through Adam in Gen 5, while the “daughters of humankind” were descendants of Cain. But, as noted above, the text distinguishes the “sons of God” from humankind (which would include the Sethites as well as the Cainites) and suggests that the “daughters of humankind” are human women in general, not just Cainites.

      (3) Others identify the “sons of God” as powerful tyrants, perhaps demon-possessed, who viewed themselves as divine “as Satan desired to do” and, following the example of Lamech (see Gen 4:19), practiced polygamy. But usage of the phrase “sons of God” in Job argues against this view. For literature on the subject see G. J. Wenham, Genesis (WBC), 1:135.

      Remember Satan was able to tempt Jesus? Consider how demonism flourished among the non-Israelite nations during Moses’ time. Consider that Satan desires to be worshiped. Demonism was so widely practiced among non-Israelites that God had Moses address the subject for His people.

      (Deut 18:9-14; “When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, you must not learn the abhorrent practices of those nations. There must never be found among you anyone who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, anyone who practices divination, an omen reader, a soothsayer, a sorcerer, one who casts spells, one who conjures up spirits, a practitioner of the occult, or a necromancer. Whoever does these things is abhorrent to the Lord and because of these detestable things the Lord your God is about to drive them out from before you. You must be blameless before the Lord your God. Those nations that you are about to dispossess listen to omen readers and diviners, but the Lord your God has not given you permission to do such things.”) Remember God’s law of “kind after kind,” on this subject.

      (Gen 6:4-8; “The Nephilim were on the earth in those days (and also after this) when the sons of God were having sexual relations with the daughters of humankind, who gave birth to their children. They were the mighty heroes of old, the famous men. But the Lord saw that the wickedness of humankind had become great on the earth. Every inclination of the thoughts of their minds was only evil all the time. The Lord regretted that He had made humankind on the earth, and He was highly offended. So the Lord said, “I will wipe humankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth – everything from humankind to animals, including creatures that move on the ground and birds of the air, for I regret that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the sight of the Lord.”)

       (NEPHILIM? The Hebrew word נְפִילִים (nÿfilim) is simply transliterated here, because the meaning of the term is uncertain. According to the text, the Nephilim became mighty warriors and gained great fame in the antediluvian (Prior flood)world. The text may imply they were the offspring of the sexual union of the “sons of God” and the “daughters of humankind” (v. 2), but it stops short of saying this in a direct manner. The Nephilim are mentioned in the old testament only here and in Num 13:33, where it is stated that they were giants (thus KJV, TEV, NLT “giants” here). The narrator observes that the Anakites of Canaan were descendants of the Nephilim. Certainly these later Anakite Nephilim could not be descendants of the antediluvian (Prior flood) Nephilim (see also the following note on the word “this”). This observation is parenthetical, explaining that there were Nephilim even after the flood. If all humankind, with the exception of Noah and his family, died in the flood, it is difficult to understand how the postdiluvian Nephilim could be related to the antediluvian Nephilim or how the Anakites of Canaan could be their descendants (See Num 13:33).

      Perhaps the term Nephilim refers generally to human “giants” (see HALOT 709 s.v. נְפִילִים) without implying any ethnic connection between the antediluvian and postdiluvian varieties.”) Even in David’s time there were very large men called giants. (See 2 Samuel 21:)

      (Gen 6:9-21; “This is the account of Noah. Noah was a godly man; he was blameless among his contemporaries. He walked with God. Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. The earth was ruined in the sight of God; the earth was filled with violence. God saw the earth, and indeed it was ruined, for all living creatures on the earth were sinful. So God said to Noah, “I have decided that all living creatures must die, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. Now I am about to destroy them and the earth. Make for yourself an ark of cypress wood. Make rooms in the ark, and cover it with pitch inside and out. This is how you should make it: The ark is to be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high. Make a roof for the ark and finish it, leaving 18 inches from the top. Put a door in the side of the ark, and make lower, middle, and upper decks. (17) I am about to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy from under the sky all the living creatures that have the breath of life in them. Everything that is on the earth will die, but I will confirm My covenant with you. You will enter the ark – you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. You must bring into the ark two of every kind of living creature from all flesh, male and female, to keep them alive with you. Of the birds after their kinds, and of the cattle after their kinds, and of every creeping thing of the ground after its kind, two of every kind will come to you so you can keep them alive. And you must take for yourself every kind of food that is eaten, and gather it together. It will be food for you and for them. And Noah did all that God commanded him – he did indeed.”) God caused the animals to come to Noah!

      The same Lord that caused the animals to come to Noah, is the same Jesus that (God the Father) caused Mary to miraculously conceive. The same promised to return at a time when things on earth will be much as they were before the flood and likened to Sodom and Gomorra.

      We all inherited Adam’s, “lawless in God’s view” nature at birth. We each want our view respected. If God doesn’t reveal Himself as He did to Noah, Moses, David and Abraham, “people remain in a lawless state of being. Nations will keep warring and people will keep digressing to animistic life styles. Seeking the God of Creation is practically forgotten. All but God’s Elect are deceived.

      (Matt 24:36-39; “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.”) (From Adam to the flood was less than 2,000 years. Likely about 1800.)