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The Christian Obligation, chapter 23

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

To: A people desiring to be atOne with God the Father and God the Son “Jesus” “Called to be Spiritual Israelites” 5/30/19, God’s 2nd month 25th day of Lyyar 5,779 until sunset.

Book Chapter 17

Satan has convinced Christendom groups that its sufficient to “believe God is” opposed to “believing IN God.” To believe IN God is to know His every command and oracle is for our good and know He’s exactly who and what He’s manifested to be. He manifest Himself as, “Re-Creator, Creator, Sustainer, Mediator, God of love and justice.”  (He’s the very same Re-Creator, Creator, Sustainer and Deliverer “Lord God Jesus” who set aside the seventh day for reflection and rest, “commanding His created people do the same.” From the beginning He designated a time to offer sacrificial worship of Himself. At Genesis 4:3-4, we find Cain and Abel sacrificially worshiping. “Abel obediently offering the fattest of the firstborn from his flock, while Cain offered what seemed right to himself, “fruit of the ground.” The Lord God Jesus was pleased with Abel’s offering but wasn’t pleased with Cain’s. Cain yielded to the demonic thinking of doing what seemed right to his fleshly nature, “became jealous of Abel and killed him.” If we aren’t sure about whether Abel’s sacrifice was of choice clean animals, “it’s made clear when God was having Noah save the clean and unclean.”  (See Heb 13:8)

(Gen 7:1-4; 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.)

After water receded  (Gen 8:18-21; 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. (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.”)

Noah’s building an Ark for the saving of family, clean - unclean animals - fowl etc. was an act of obedience as is setting aside the seventh day for reflection and rest. Eating and sacrificing clean animals and keeping God’s set aside Sabbaths, “acknowledges we’re God’s sanctified people” God found Noah to be righteous among his generations and set him aside for His purpose. We find the same loving obedience in Abraham and his descendents, “particularly his spiritual descendents to this day.” (Obedience out of Godly gifted loving respect, “not from a doing or keeping law for gain.”)

Satan doesn’t want people believing IN God’s awesomeness in preplanning. “Believing IN is absolute knowing” where “believing that God is” allows for condoning.” It’s hard for we Believers IN to refer to people attempting to be equal with Jesus’ apostles as believers; “they’re only “believers that.” (Because they put smatterings of Baal, Goddess Dianna, Judaism, various pagan mixtures and planet worship together and “called it Christ like.” An abomination to God the Father and God the Son.

These counterfeiters thought to change customs, times and incorporate the very ways of people groups whose lands God took because of their sins and gave to Israel. They persecuted disagreeing factions and caused friction between Israelites and non-Israelites. They caused Believing IN Jesus people to flee for their safety. Out of this apostasy grew the so called Holy Roman Empire that flourished for more than one thousand years and is still a world wide ideology as are all major denominations.

God’s calling faithful Abraham made His predestining more apparent.

Choosing a people who’d Believe IN Him and obey out of loving respect.

The whole world had long before turned pagan as God led Abraham “to live in but separate from the world at large.” Though more upright than most families, Abraham and Sarah’s extended families were using idols for worship. That truth is brought forward when Jacob’s wife “Rachel” stole her father “Leban’s figurine gods.” God’s timing was then and is now in motion for when He’d come as “the Lamb of God to bring salvation” and when “He’d come again as king of kings to rule with His chosen.” (Remember Jesus manifesting Himself in radiant white and speaking to Moses and Elijah in the presence of three of His apostles? It‘s worth review and meditation.) Until these pre-planned events come to pass, “much was to be demonstrated and God’s people’s history established for our “we latter day Believers IN’S learning.” Jesus gave His apostle Paul the following overview for our consideration.

(Romans 15:1-6; “But we “Christians” who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak, and not just please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good to build him up. For even Christ did not please Himself, but just as it is written, “The insults of those who insult You have fallen on Me.” (4) For everything that was written in former times was written for our instruction, so that through endurance and through 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 may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”)

The Lord God Jesus told Abraham about his future descendents being enslaved to a foreign people for four hundred years, “then He’s deliver them and give them rich flowing lands; “taking from a people whose sins hadn’t reached punishment stage.” (My words.)

(Gen 15:12-21; “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. (16) In the fourth generation your descendants will return here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its limit.”

(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.”)

God’s predestined descendents of Abraham are yet going to occupy these lands and the world is yet going to look to them for guidance.

Because of people’s transgressions toward God’s Belief IN Way “the way Abraham, Isaac and Jacob yielded to out of loving respect” He added written rules of conduct ‘the Law” for His people’s good. That law serves as a guardian “schoolmaster” to live by “until a gifted atOnement faith in God” would be imputed to Believer’s minds. That believing IN faith wouldn’t abolish nor replace God’s law, “but magnify it making it’s recipients spiritual upright and live as Abraham did. For example Jesus said; “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to desire her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”) Matt 5:28)

Jesus’ apostle Paul had the task of explaining that the law was added because of people’s transgressions. Once Jesus’ deity and loving characteristics are revealed to our minds, “we love His law.” Recipients of God’s spirit of truth “His spirit of love” have His loving way ingrained to the mind. Thus no longer under the result of, “penalty of” the law. Which is eternal death.

(Gal 3:22; “But the scripture imprisoned everything and everyone under sin so that the promise could be given – because of the faithfulness of Jesus Christ – to those who believe.”) There’s the difference regarding those who’re gifted to  believe IN and those who aren‘t? Believers IN are made atOne with Jesus, “they desire obedience because of the oneness in love.” People who aren’t gifted with Believing IN faith, remain under the law and it’s penalty. We’ll all be judged by Jesus’ word.

(Gal 3:18; “For if the inheritance is based on the law, it is no longer based on the promise, but God graciously gave it to Abraham through the promise.”) Thus the need to review, “If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.” Galatians 3:29) Promises to Abraham include immortality, heirs numbering beyond our ability to count and territory with indisputable boundaries.

(Rom 4:13-23; For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would inherit the world was not fulfilled through the law, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. For if they become heirs by the law, faith is empty and the promise is nullified. For the law brings wrath, because where there is no law there is no transgression either. For this reason it is by faith so that it may be by grace, with the result that the promise may be certain to all the descendants – not only to those who are under the law, but also to those who have the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all. (as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations.”(See Gen 17:5)

Abraham is our father in the presence of God whom he believed – the God who makes the dead alive and summons the things that do not yet exist as though they already do. Against hope Abraham believed in hope with the result that he became the father of many nations according to the pronouncement, “so will your descendants be.” (19) Without being weak in faith, he considered his own body as dead (because he was about one hundred years old) and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver in unbelief about the promise of God but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God. He was fully convinced that what God promised He was also able to do. So indeed it was credited to Abraham as righteousness. (23) But the statement it was credited to him was not written only for Abraham’s sake, but also for OUR sake, to whom it will be credited, those who BELIEVE IN the One who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. Jesus was given over because of our transgressions and was raised for the sake of our justification.”)

Paul understood that the promises to Abraham, included himself and each believing IN, “follower of Jesus.”

The Christian Obligation, chapter 22

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

To: A people desiring to be atOne with God the Father and God the Son “Jesus” “Called to be Spiritual Israelites” 5/28/19, God’s 2nd month 23nd day of Lyyar 5,779 until sunset.

Book Chapter 16

After commanding through Isaiah that Israelites allow the Moabites to live in the land God  said, (Isaiah 16:5 Then a trustworthy king will be established; He will rule in a reliable manner, this one from David’s family, He will be sure to make just decisions

and will be experienced in executing justice.”)

Moab’s pride, arrogance and worship from high places will diminish. (Isaiah 16:12-13; When the Moabites plead with all their might at their high places, and enter their temples to pray, their prayers will be ineffective! This is the message the Lord previously announced about Moab. Now the Lord makes this announcement: “Within exactly three years Moab’s splendor will disappear, along with all her many people; there will be just a few, insignificant survivors left.”

Righteous Judgment for Egypt and Assyria as they look to Israel’s God. .

(Isaiah 19:1-4; Here is a message about Egypt: Look, the Lord rides on a swift-moving cloud and approaches Egypt. The idols of Egypt tremble before Him; the Egyptians lose their courage. “I will provoke civil strife in Egypt, brothers will fight with each other, as will neighbors, cities, and kingdoms. The Egyptians will panic, and I will confuse their strategy. They will seek guidance from the idols and from the spirits of the dead, from the pits used to conjure up underworld spirits, and from the magicians. I will hand Egypt over to a harsh master; a powerful king will rule over them,” says the Sovereign Master, the Lord who commands armies.”)

(Isa 19:11-12; “The officials of Zoan are nothing but fools; Pharaoh’s wise advisers give stupid advice. How dare you say to Pharaoh, “I am one of the sages, one well-versed in the writings of the ancient kings? But where, oh where, are your wise men? Let them tell you, let them find out what the Lord who commands armies has planned for Egypt.”)

(Isa 19:16-17; “At that time the Egyptians will be like women. They will tremble and fear because the Lord who commands armies brandishes His fist against them. The land of Judah will humiliate Egypt. Everyone who hears about Judah will be afraid because of what the Lord who commands armies is planning to do to them.”)

(Isa 19:19-22; “At that time there will be an altar for the Lord in the middle of the land of Egypt, as well as a sacred pillar dedicated to the Lord at its border. It will become a visual reminder in the land of Egypt of the Lord who commands armies. When they cry out to the Lord because of oppressors, He will send them a Deliverer and defender who will rescue them. The Lord will reveal Himself to the Egyptians, and they will acknowledge the Lord’s authority at that time. They will present sacrifices and offerings; they will make vows to the Lord and fulfill them. The Lord will strike Egypt, striking and then healing them. They will turn to the Lord and He will listen to their prayers and heal them.”)

The Egyptians and all people groups who’ve been Israel’s enemies will submit to Israel’s God.

(Isa 19:23-25; At that time there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria. The Assyrians will visit Egypt and the Egyptians will visit Assyria. The Egyptians and Assyrians will worship together. At that time Israel will be the third member of the group, along with Egypt and Assyria and will be a recipient of blessing in the earth. (25) The Lord who commands armies will pronounce a blessing over the earth, saying, “Blessed be My people, Egypt, and the work of My hands, Assyria, and My special possession, Israel!”)

Chapter 22: pertains to Jerusalem, the Valley of Vision, perhaps the Hinnom Valley because of the destruction to take place there. Remember Jesus’ prophecy at Matthew 24. A people who don’t belong occupy for a time.

Isaiah 22:5-13; For the Sovereign Master, the Lord who commands armies, has planned a day of panic, defeat, and confusion. In the Valley of Vision people shout and cry out to the hill. The Elamites picked up the quiver, and came with chariots and horsemen; the men of Kir, (People from the direction of Mesopotamia; see Amos 1:5; 9:7) prepared the shield. Your very best valleys were full of chariots; horsemen confidently took their positions at the gate. They removed the defenses of Judah. At that time you looked for the weapons in the House of the Forest. You saw the many breaks in the walls of the city of David; you stored up water in the lower pool. (10) You counted the houses in Jerusalem, and demolished houses so you could have material to reinforce the wall. You made a reservoir between the two walls for the water of the old pool – but you did not trust in the one who made it; you did not depend on the one who formed it long ago! (12) At that time the Sovereign Master, the Lord who commands armies, called for weeping and mourning, for shaved heads and sackcloth.”)

(Isa 22:13; “But look, there is outright celebration! You ‘Elimites’ say, “Kill the ox and slaughter the sheep, eat meat and drink wine. Eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!”

(Isa 22:14-18; The Lord who commands armies told me this: “Certainly this sin will not be forgiven as long as you live,” says the Sovereign Master, the Lord who commands armies. This is what the Sovereign Master, the Lord who commands armies, says:

“Go visit this administrator, Shebna, who supervises the palace, and tell him: ‘What right do you have to be here? What relatives do you have buried here? Why do you chisel out a tomb for yourself here? He chisels out his burial site in an elevated place, he carves out his tomb on a cliff. (17) Look, the Lord will throw you far away, you mere man!

He will wrap you up tightly. He will wind you up tightly into a ball and throw you into a wide, open land. There you will die, and there with you will be your impressive chariots, which bring disgrace to the house of your master.”)

(Isa 22:19-24; I will remove you from your office; you will be thrown down from your position. “At that time I will summon My servant Eliakim, son of Hilkiah. I will put your robe on him, tie your belt around him, and transfer your authority to him. He will become a protector of the residents of Jerusalem and of the people of Judah. (22) I will place the key to the house of David on His shoulder. When He opens the door, no one can close it; when He closes the door, no one can open it. (23) I will fasten Him like a peg into a solid place; He will bring honor and respect to His father’s family. His father’s family will gain increasing prominence because of Him, including the offspring and the offshoots. All the small containers, including the bowls and all the jars will hang from this peg.’”) Eliakim’s position of honor will bring benefits and jobs to many others in the family.)

(Isa 22:25- “At that time,” says the Lord who commands armies, “the peg fastened into a solid place will come loose. It will be cut off and fall, and the load hanging on it will be cut off.” Indeed, the Lord has spoken.”)

Satan attempts to be our and God’s obstacle. He knows scripture and was aware of God’s calling a Deliverer about time of Moses’ birth and inspired the Pharaoh to kill Israelite boy babies. When about time for Jesus’ birth Satan inspired  Caesar Augustus to have Israelite boy babies killed. But nothing can thwart God’s planning. Satan will inspire nations to fight against Jesus’ return, knowing that his time about up.

(Isaiah 14:24-27; The Lord who commands armies makes this solemn vow: “Be sure of this: Just as I have intended, so it will be; just as I have planned, it will happen. I will break Assyria in My land, I will trample them underfoot on My hills. Their yoke will be removed from My people, the burden will be lifted from their shoulders. This is the plan I have devised for the whole earth; My hand is ready to strike all the nations.” Indeed, the Lord who commands armies has a plan, and who can possibly frustrate it? His hand is ready to strike, and who can possibly stop it?”)

(Isaiah 2:10-17; Go up into the rocky cliffs, hide in the ground. Get away from the dreadful judgment of the Lord, from His royal splendor! (11) Proud men will be brought low, arrogant men will be humiliated; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day. Indeed, the Lord who commands armies has planned a day of judgment, for all the high and mighty, for all who are proud – they will be humiliated; for all the cedars of Lebanon,

that are so high and mighty, for all the oaks of Bashan; (Symbol for powerful men who think of themselves as prominent and secure.) (High mountains and hills symbolize the apparent security of proud men, as do the high tower and fortified cities.) (14) for all the tall mountains, for all the high hills, for every high tower, for every fortified wall, for all the large ships, for all the impressive ships. Proud men will be humiliated, arrogant men will be brought low; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.”)

(Isaiah 2:18-22; The worthless idols will be completely eliminated. People will go into caves in the rocky cliffs and into holes in the ground, trying to escape the dreadful judgment of the Lord And His royal splendor, when He rises up to terrify the earth. At that time men will throw their silver and gold idols, which they made for themselves to worship, into the caves where rodents and bats live, so they themselves can go into the crevices of the rocky cliffs and the openings under the rocky overhangs, trying to escape the dreadful judgment of the Lord and His royal splendor, when He rises up to terrify the earth. (22) Stop trusting in human beings, whose life’s breath is in their nostrils. For why should they be given special consideration?”)

The plan reveled to John and Isaiah.

(Revelations 20:4-6; Then I saw thrones and seated on them were those who had been given authority to judge. I also saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of the testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. These had not worshiped the beast or his image and had refused to receive his mark on their forehead or hand. They came to life ’was resurrected’  and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were finished.) This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is the one who takes part in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with Him for a thousand years.”

(Israel’s disgrace removed, mountain represents the Kingdom of God and Moab “paganism.”)

(Isaiah 25:6-12; The Lord who commands armies will hold a banquet for all the nations on this mountain. At this banquet there will be plenty of meat and aged wine – tender meat and choicest wine. On this mountain He will swallow up the shroud that is over all the peoples, the woven covering that is over all the nations; He will swallow up death permanently. The sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from every face, and remove His people’s disgrace from all the earth.”

Indeed, the Lord has announced it! (9) At that time they will say, “Look, here is our God! We waited for Him and He delivered us. Here is the Lord! We waited for Him.

Let’s rejoice and celebrate His deliverance!” For the Lord’s power will make this mountain secure.”

Moab will be trampled down where it stands, as a heap of straw is trampled down in a manure pile. Moab will spread out its hands in the middle of it, just as a swimmer spreads his hands to swim; the Lord will bring down Moab’s pride as it spreads its hands. (12) The fortified city (along with the very tops of your walls) He will knock down, He will bring it down, He will throw it down to the dusty ground.”)

The Christian Obligation, chapter 21

Monday, May 27th, 2019

To: A people desiring to be atOne with God the Father and God the Son “Jesus” “Called to be Spiritual Israelites” 5/27/19, God’s 2nd month 22nd day of Lyyar 5,779 until sunset.

Book Chapter 14

Satan isn’t allowed to camouflage everything, but he attempts to twist and distort. He has some worldly denominations thinking “kingdom authority is theirs for the taking.” God’s kingdom on earth will consist of the likes of “Moses, Elijah, Elisha, Jesus’ prophets, apostles and called Believers IN who desire to be atOne with Jesus at the helm.

Jesus had told His apostles they’d see the kingdom of God, “six days later Jesus took three with Him. (Matt 17:1-13; “Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them privately up a high mountain. There He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became white as light. (3) Then Moses and Elijah also appeared before them, talking with Him. So Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you want, I will make three shelters – “one for You, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (5) While he ‘Peter’ was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a Voice from the cloud said, “This is My one dear Son, in whom I take great delight. Listen to Him!” When the disciples heard this, they were overwhelmed with fear and threw themselves down with their faces to the ground. But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” He said. “Do not be afraid.” (8) When they looked up, all they saw was Jesus alone.

(9) As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, “Do not tell anyone about the vision until the Son of Man is raised from the dead.” The disciples asked Him, “Why then do the experts in the law say that Elijah must come first?” He answered, “Elijah does indeed come first and will restore all things.” And I tell you that Elijah has already come. Yet they did not recognize him, but did to him whatever they wanted. In the same way, the Son of Man will suffer at their hands.” Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them about John the Baptist.”) Peter remembered and wrote about this occasion with Jesus, Moses and Elijah in his second letter. When Jesus returns He may appear as the transformation we see above.

(2Peter 1:16-21; For we ‘apostles’ did not follow cleverly concocted fables when we made known to you the power and return of our Lord Jesus Christ; no, we were eyewitnesses of His grandeur. For He ‘Jesus’ received honor and glory from God the Father, when that voice was conveyed to Him by the Majestic Glory: “This is My dear Son, in whom I am delighted.” When this voice was conveyed from heaven, we ourselves heard it, for we were with Him on the holy mountain. (19) Moreover, we ‘apostles’ possess the prophetic word as an altogether reliable thing. You do well if you pay attention to this as you would to a light shining in a murky place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. Above all, you do well if you recognize this: No prophecy of scripture ever comes about by the prophet’s own imagination, for no prophecy was ever borne of human impulse; rather, men carried along by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.”)

It was revealed that “one in the spirit of Elijah would come before the Messiah.” John the Baptist fulfilled that prophecy and Jesus said of him, “what did you expect to see?”

(Matt 11:7-10; While they were going away, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? What did you go out to see? A man dressed in fancy clothes? Look, those who wear fancy clothes are in the homes of kings! (9) What did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written: ‘Look, I am sending My messenger ahead of You, who will prepare Your way before You.’ (Quote primarily from Mal 3:1 with pronouns from Exodus 23:20. Here is the forerunner who points the way to the arrival of God’s salvation. His job is to prepare and guide the people, as the cloud did for Israel in the desert.) Remember how John was predestined, like Isaac, his parents were aged and an angel told of his birth.

(Matt 11:11-17; “I ‘Jesus’ tell you the truth, among those born of women, no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he is. (12) From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence and forceful people lay hold of it. For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John appeared. (14) And if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah, who is to come. The one who has ears had better listen! “To what should I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces who call out to one another, ‘We played the flute for you, yet you did not dance; we wailed in mourning, yet you did not weep.’”) Today’s generation is even more vulnerable to Satan’s ploys.

Satan attempts to camouflages the fact that God is the all knowing pre-planner of events pertaining to His kingdom. Remember Satan was allowed to tempt Jesus in ways similar to how we’re tempted, “but without yielding to his temptations.” Last Satan offered Jesus all the kingdoms of the world and Jesus didn’t tell him ‘they aren’t your to give” but said, “Go away, Satan! For it is written: ‘You are to worship the Lord your God and serve only Him.’” Then the devil left Him, and angels came and began ministering to His needs.

No surprise to Jesus when He learned John had been imprisoned, right away, when learning “he ‘Jesus’ went into Galilee.” (13) While in Galilee, He moved from Nazareth to make His home in Capernaum by the sea, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali, (14) so that what was spoken by Isaiah the prophet would be fulfilled: “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the way by the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles – the people who sit in darkness have seen a great light, and on those who sit in the region and shadow of death a light has dawned.” (17) From that time Jesus began to preach this message: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”)

The kingdom of God was near in the person of Creator, Sustainer, Deliverer, Mediator and coming king of kings, “Jesus.”

Satan camouflages Jesus to the world “attempting to hide the fact that it was Jesus who inspired Isaiah.

Darkness Turns to Light when King Jesus Arrives.

Isaiah 8:19-23; (They will say to you, “Seek oracles at the pits used to conjure up underworld spirits, from the magicians who chirp and mutter incantations. Should people not seek oracles from their gods, by asking the dead about the destiny of the living?” Then you must recall the Lord’s instructions and the prophetic testimony of what would happen. Certainly they say such things because their minds are spiritually darkened. (21) They will pass through the land destitute and starving. Their hunger will make them angry, and they will curse their king and their God as they look upward. When one looks out over the land, he sees distress and darkness, gloom and anxiety, darkness and people forced from the land.”)

It’s the hostile nature inspired by Satan,  raising it’s ugly head causing people to curse God over their own failures. We see the example before the flood, at Sodom - Gomorrah and the same prophesied attitudes at the end of this age when unbelieving people suffer plagues because of disobedience.

(Rev 16:9-11; Thus people were scorched by the terrible heat, yet they blasphemed the name of God, who has ruling authority over these plagues, and they would not repent and give Him glory. Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast so that darkness covered his kingdom, and people began to bite their tongues because of their pain. They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their sufferings and because of their sores, but nevertheless they still refused to repent of their deeds.”)

Isaiah (9:1-2; 8:23; The gloom will be dispelled for those who were anxious. In earlier times He humiliated the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali; but now He brings honor ‘with Jesus’ presence - Matt 11:’ to the way of the sea, the region beyond the Jordan, and Galilee of the nations. (9:2 - 9:1) The people walking in darkness see a bright light; light shines on those who live in a land of deep darkness.”) Now Isaiah’s prophecy moves to when Jesus restores Israel.

(Isaiah 9:3-5; You have enlarged the nation; You give them great joy. They rejoice in Your presence as harvesters rejoice; as warriors celebrate when they divide up the plunder. For their oppressive yoke and the club that strikes their shoulders, the cudgel the oppressor uses on them, You have shattered, as in the day of Midian’s defeat. (5) Indeed every boot that marches and shakes the earth and every garment dragged through blood is used as fuel for the fire.”) (Prosperity within Israel’s boarder because of Jesus’ return.)

(Isaiah 9:6-7; For a child has been born to us, a son has been given to us. He shoulders responsibility and is called: Extraordinary Strategist, Mighty God, Everlasting Father,

Prince of Peace. His dominion will be vast and He will bring immeasurable prosperity.

He will rule on David’s throne and over David’s kingdom, establishing it and strengthening it by promoting justice and fairness, from this time forward and forevermore. The Lord’s intense devotion to His people will accomplish this.”)

Before Jesus’ return as king of kings, the people have lessons to learn.

God’s Judgment Intensifies and His people fight one another.

(Isaiah 9:8-19; “The sovereign master decreed judgment on Jacob, and it fell on Israel. All the people were aware of it, the people of Ephraim and those living in Samaria. Yet with pride and an arrogant attitude, they said, (10) “The bricks have fallen, but we will rebuild with chiseled stone; the sycamore fig trees have been cut down, but we will replace them with cedars.”

Even Joseph’s grandsons “Ephraim and Manasseh fight one another and Judah.”) But God’s promises to Jacob are perpetual, “finally they’ll look to Him and He’ll deal with their enemies.”

(Isaiah 10:20-23; At that time those left in Israel, those who remain of the family of Jacob, will no longer rely on a foreign leader that abuses them. Instead they will truly rely on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel. A remnant will come back, a remnant of Jacob, to the mighty God. (22) For though your people, Israel, are as numerous as the sand on the seashore, only a remnant will come back. Destruction has been decreed; just punishment is about to engulf you. The sovereign master, the Lord who commands armies, is certainly ready to carry out the decreed destruction throughout the land.”) After just punishment.

Israel Reclaimed, Reunited and those Satan inspired to be their enemies dealt with.

(Isaiah 11:10-16; “At that time a root from Jesse will stand like a signal flag for the nations. Nations will look to Him for guidance, and His residence will be majestic. At that time the sovereign master will again lift His hand to reclaim the remnant of His people from Assyria, Egypt, Pathros, Cush, Elam, Shinar, Hamath, and the seacoasts. He will lift a signal flag for the nations; He will gather Israel’s dispersed people and assemble Judah’s scattered people from the four corners of the earth. (13) Ephraim’s jealousy will end, and Judah’s hostility will be eliminated. Ephraim will no longer be jealous of Judah, and Judah will no longer be hostile toward Ephraim. They will swoop down on the Philistine hills to the west; together they will loot the people of the east. They will take over Edom and Moab, and the Ammonites will be their subjects. (15) The Lord will divide the gulf of the Egyptian Sea; He will wave His hand over the Euphrates River and send a strong wind, He will turn it into seven dried-up streams, and enable them to walk across in their sandals. (16) There will be a highway leading out of Assyria for the remnant of His people, just as there was for Israel, when they went up from the land of Egypt.”)

Satan the conqueror of nations as Jesus describes him in “His Revelations to John” has been using, confusing and inspiring the likes of old Babylon, modern Egypt, Assyria - likely modern Germany and the people groups named above, to persecute God’s people since God showed favor to Jacob’s family “Israel.” Jealous Satan inspires jealously and infighting among people hostile toward Jesus and more so toward those God calls to Believe IN Him and keep His commandments.

For more prophecy about Israel’s future deliverances see, (Isaiah  22: 35: 51:-53: 65: Jeremiah 31: and Amos 9:11-15 for starters.

The Christian Obligation, chapter 20

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

To: A people desiring to be atOne with God the Father and God the Son “Jesus” “Called to be Spiritual Israelites” 5/23/19, God’s 2nd month 18th day of Lyyar 5,779 until sunset.

Book Chapter 14

To worship in spirit and truth is yielding to the God of truth, “with believing IN faith that God is creator.” Begin with Genesis 1: “meditate on the reason we’re made in God’s image and likeness.” Is there purpose? Yes, He’s creating a people in His spiritual likeness to inherit eternal life through His Son Jesus. Consider why God rested on the seventh day and why He “ask people to do the same.” Setting the seventh day aside because God did and commanded it “is to acknowledges His supremacy.” It’s the starting point for “exercising believing IN faith.” The starting point of knowing the difference between “believing IN opposed to believing that.” Note that Adam, Eve and Cain believed that, “while Abel believed IN.” Abel’s believing IN is the reason his blood still speaks to us today. (See Genesis 4: and Hebrews 12:24)

Satan has people “haphazardly believing that,” choosing a fleshly comfort zone from which to worship; one fitting what seems right.” Thus, the Christendom mentality is to “believe that and be saved.” No particular “do’s and don’ts” no particular holy season or times. Making Christendom’s point of view “a condoning of all things” which leads to animalistic behavior likened to that exercised before the flood and Sodom - Gomorrah.

Satan has Christendom believing everyone’s born immortal, “that is, to live forever someplace.” Remember he called God a liar, saying, “God knows when you partake of what’s forbidden you’ll be like Divine beings, knowing good and evil.

Why parables? Jesus said, (Matt 13:10) “less they not understand.” Quoting what He’d had  Isaiah write at Isaiah 6:9-10: “He said, “Go and tell these people: ‘Listen continually, but don’t understand! Look continually, but don’t perceive!’ Make the hearts of these people calloused; make their ears deaf and their eyes blind! Otherwise they might see with their eyes and hear with their ears, their hearts might understand and they might repent and be healed.”

Why? When people knew God, “they didn’t glorify Him as God or give Him thanks, but became futile in their thoughts and their senseless hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for an image resembling mortal human beings or birds or four-footed animals or reptiles.” (See Romans 1:18-23) But God’s purpose can’t be thwarted “review why we’re created in His likeness.” It may be God’s reason for His doing the choosing, calling, opening minds and giving the desire to be atOne with Him. The reason to predestine. Remember He’s all knowing.

(See Phil 2:13, “for the One bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort – for the sake of His good pleasure – is God.”

Isaiah wasn’t through, he wanted to know how long it’d be before God would speak clearly.

(Isaiah 6:11-13; I replied, “How long, sovereign master?” He said, “Until cities are in ruins and unpopulated, and houses are uninhabited, and the land is ruined and devastated, and the Lord has sent the people off to a distant place and the very heart of the land is completely abandoned. (13) Even if only a tenth of the people remain in the land, it will again be destroyed, like one of the large sacred trees or an Asherah pole, when a sacred pillar on a high place is thrown down. That sacred pillar symbolizes the special chosen family.”)

Why the parable about Lazarus and the rich man? Remember John recorded at John 11: that Lazarus got sick and died. Lazarus’s sister Martha said to Jesus, (John 11:21; “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will grant You.”)

(John 11:23-27; Jesus replied, “Your brother will come back to life again.” Martha said, “I know that he will come back to life again in the resurrection at the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me will live even if he dies and the one who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” (27) She replied, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God who comes into the world.”) Jesus loved Lazarus and went to the place of burial, instructing that the stone be removed. Martha exclaimed, “Lord by now his body will smell bad.”

(John 11:40-44; Jesus responded, “Didn’t I tell you that if you believe, you would see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. Jesus looked upward and said, “Father, I thank You that You have listened to Me. I knew that You always listen to Me, but I said this for the sake of the crowd standing around here, that they may believe that You sent Me.” (43) When He had said this, He shouted in a loud voice, “Lazarus” come out!” The one who had died came out, his feet and hands tied up with strips of cloth, and a cloth wrapped around his face. Jesus said to them, “Unwrap him and let him go.”)

The parable. (John 16:19-23; “There was a rich man who dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. But at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus (This is the one time in all the gospels that a figure in a parable is mentioned by name. It will become important later in the account.) whose body was covered with sores, who longed to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. In addition, the dogs came and licked his sores.” (Remember it’s a parable and Jesus’ reason for giving them.)

(John 16:22-31; “Now the poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. (23) And in hell: as he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far off with Lazarus at his side.”

(Greek term Hades stands for the Hebrew concept of Sheol.)

(David understood: Ps 16:10-11; You will not abandon Me to Sheol; You will not allow Your faithful follower to see the Pit. You lead me in the path of life; I experience absolute joy in Your presence; You always give me sheer delight.”) David also used the word negatively. (Psalms 86:13 For you will extend Your great loyal love to me, and will deliver my life from the depths of Sheol.”) (The use of the English “hell” evolved from the Latin Vulgate’s translation and from where refuge was continually burning outside Jerusalem.)  Other uses of Sheol, Hades and grave in ASV, NASB, NRSV, KJV and NCV) “land of the dead localized in Hebrew thought as in the earth’s core or the grave” “the depths of the grave.”

(John 16:24-31; So he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in anguish in this fire.’ But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things and Lazarus likewise bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in anguish. (26) Besides all this, a great chasm has been fixed between us, so that those who want to cross over from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.’ So the rich man said, ‘Then I beg you, father – send Lazarus to my father’s house, (for I have five brothers) to warn them so that they don’t come into this place of torment.’ (29) But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; they must respond to them.’ Then the rich man said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ (31) He replied to him, ‘If they do not respond to Moses and the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”)

The point of Jesus’ parable is “if people won’t respond to Moses and the prophets they’ll not respond to Me “even when resurrected from the dead.”

Jesus revealed to John and he quoted.

(Revelations 20:11-15; Then I saw a large white throne and the One who was seated on it; the earth and the heaven fled from His presence, and no place was found for them. (12) And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne. Then books were opened, and another book was opened – the book of life. So the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to their deeds. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and Death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each one was judged according to his deeds. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death – the lake of fire. (15) If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, that person was thrown into the lake of fire.”)

Now that final judgment lake of fire will probably burn up those thrown into it, “until there’s nothing combustible left to burn.”

The Lazarus in Jesus’ parable isn’t the resurrected brother of Martha, but a factious person as is the rich man. Martha knew about the judgment day resurrection and Jesus confirmed it. By the time the various translations versions to English were printed the whole world was sold on Satan’s lie regarding immortality at birth. Paul taught truth.

(1Corinthians 15:1-11; “I want to make clear for you, brothers and sisters, the gospel that I preached to you, that you received and on which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message I preached to you – unless you believed in vain. For I passed on to you as of first importance what I also received – that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the scriptures and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. (6) Then He appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as though to one born at the wrong time, He appeared to me also. For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. (10) But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace to me has not been in vain. In fact, I worked harder than all of them – yet not I, but the grace of God with me. Whether then it was I or they, this is the way we preach and this is the way you believed.

No Resurrection?

(1Cor 15:12-19; “Now if Christ is being preached as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead? (“How can some think, hell fire for the bad and heaven for the good”)  But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is futile and your faith is empty. (15) Also, we are found to be false witnesses about God, because we have testified against God that He raised Christ from the dead, when in reality He did not raise Him, if indeed the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is useless; you are still in your sins. (18) Furthermore, those who have fallen asleep in Christ have also perished. For if only in this life we have hope in Christ, we should be pitied more than anyone.”

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

(1Cor 15:24; “Then comes the end, ‘of this age’ when He ‘Jesus’ hands over the kingdom to God the Father, when He has brought to an end all rule and all authority and power.”) (1Cor 15:25-28; For He ‘Jesus’ must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy to be eliminated is death. For He ‘God the Father’ has put everything in subjection under His feet. But when it says “everything” has been put in subjection, it is clear that this does not include the One who put everything in subjection to Him. (28) And when all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself will be subjected to the One who subjected everything to Him, so that God may be all in all.””

(1Cor 15:29-34; Otherwise, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? (Paul’s reference to this practice is neither a recommendation nor a condemnation. He simply uses it as evidence from the lives of the Corinthians themselves to bolster his larger argument, begun in 15:12, that resurrection from the dead is a present reality in Christ and a future reality for them. Whatever they may have proclaimed, the Corinthians’ actions demonstrated that they had hope for a bodily resurrection.) If the dead are not raised at all, then why are they baptized for them? Why too are we in danger every hour? Every day I am in danger of death! This is as sure as my boasting in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord. (32) If from a human point of view I fought with wild beasts at Ephesus, what did it benefit me? If the dead are not raised, let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die. (33) Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” Sober up as you should, and stop sinning! For some have no knowledge of God – I say this to your shame!”)

Satan prefers that we have no knowledge, “but to belief IN just one of his lies camouflages truth until God supernaturally intervenes, calls and gives the desire to be atOne with Him.”

The Christian Obligation, chapter 19

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

To: 17,442 gifted with a desire to be atOne with God the Father and God the Son “Jesus” “Called to be Spiritual Israelites” 5/21/19, God’s 2nd month 16th day of Lyyar 5,779 until sunset.

Book Chapter 13

Satan has unbelievers worshiping many gods of the imagination. Pagan’s of old worshiping “god of thunder - thought of as having a wife and son, Greeks looked to a goddess of wisdom, others imagined gods had two heads etc. Early sixteenth century Latin Vulgate translators attempted to identify the “spirit of truth” as a deity with God the Father and God the Son. King James translators picked up on this assertion. They like Solomon fell victim to foreign gods. Gods of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians, and Hittites whose lands God gave Israel. Nations which the Lord warned the Israelites, “You must not establish friendly relations with them! If you do, they will surely shift your allegiance to their gods.” Now Solomon was irresistibly attracted to them. (See 1Kings 11:5-8)

Solomon worshiped Sidonian goddess Astarte and the detestable Ammonite god Milcom. On the hill east of Jerusalem Solomon built a high place for the detestable Moabite god Chemosh and a high places for all his foreign wives so they could burn incense and make sacrifices to their gods.

No wonder that Jesus’ apostles and His followers today contend with likes of the same?

(Acts 19:23-26;  At that time a great disturbance took place concerning the Way. For a man named Demetrius, a silversmith who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought a great deal of business to the craftsmen. He gathered these together, along with the workmen in similar trades, and said, “Men, you know that our prosperity comes from this business. (26) And you see and hear that this Paul has persuaded and turned away a large crowd, not only in Ephesus but in practically all of the province of Asia, by saying that gods made by hands are not gods at all.)

(Acts 19:27-29; There is danger not only that this business of ours will come into disrepute, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be regarded as nothing, and she whom all the province of Asia and the world worship will suffer the loss of her greatness.” When they heard this they became enraged and began to shout, “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” The city was filled with the uproar, and the crowd rushed to the theater together, dragging with them Gaius and Aristarchus, the Macedonians who were Paul’s traveling companions.)

(Acts 19:30-34; But when Paul wanted to enter the public assembly, the disciples would not let him. Even some of the provincial authorities who were his friends sent a message to him, urging him not to venture into the theater. So then some were shouting one thing, some another, for the assembly was in confusion, and most of them did not know why they had met together. (33) Some of the crowd concluded it was about Alexander because the Jews had pushed him to the front. Alexander, gesturing with his hand, was wanting to make a defense before the public assembly. But when they recognized that he was a Jew, they all shouted in unison, “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” for about two hours.) (Acts 19:35-41’ After the city secretary quieted the crowd, he said, “Men of Ephesus, what person is there who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is the keeper of the temple of the great Artemis and of her image that fell from heaven? So because these facts are indisputable, you must keep quiet and not do anything reckless. For you have brought these men here who are neither temple robbers nor blasphemers of our goddess. (38) If then Demetrius and the craftsmen who are with him have a complaint against someone, the courts are open and there are proconsuls; let them bring charges against one another there. But if you want anything in addition, it will have to be settled in a legal assembly. For we are in danger of being charged with rioting today, since there is no cause we can give to explain this disorderly gathering.” (41) After he had said this, he dismissed the assembly.)

Satan’s influence on unbelieving people hasn’t changed. It takes little for large portions of our populations to start rioting. Particularly matters, where Satan has totally deceived.

God’s truth is “God the Father and God the Son are One.” Two deities of the same mind. This, “His principle of atOnement” carries over to husband/wife relationship and His church family relationship. So let’s examine John 14: where the Latin Vulgate, King James  and other translations attempt to make God the Father, God the Son and the spirit of truth “God in three persons.” The same unbelieving populations that twist Sabbath observance twist most everything. Seemingly not mindful that Jesus was and is the Lord God that wrote the ten commandments with his finger  (See John 1:1-5. & Col 1:15-20)

(John 14:15-17; “If you love Me, you will obey my commandments. Then I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to be with you forever – the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept, because it ‘the world’ does not see him ‘that one or it’ or know him ‘it or that one.” But you know him ‘that one“, because he ’it’ resides with you and will be in you.”)

(Advocate simple means “Comforter“ “Helper” or “Counselor”; Grk “Paraclete,” from the Greek word παράκλητος (paraklhto”). Finding an appropriate English translation for παράκλητος is a very difficult task. No single English word has exactly the same range of meaning as the Greek word. “Comforter” or “Helper” used by some of the older English versions, appears to be as old as Wycliffe. But today it suggests a quilt or a sympathetic mourner at a funeral. “Counselor” “Helper” is adequate, but too broad, in contexts like “marriage counselor” or “camp counselor.” “Helper” “Comforter” or “Assistant” could also be used, but could suggest a subordinate rank. “Advocate,” the word chosen for this Net Bible  translation, has more forensic overtones than the Greek word does, although in John 16:5-11 a forensic context is certainly present. Because an “advocate” is someone who “advocates” or supports a position or viewpoint and since this is what the Paraclete will do for the preaching of the disciples, it was selected in spite of the drawbacks.”)

It’s the spirit of truth imputed to the mind when a person is “born from above.” It’s the spirit of God’s indwelling to change our inherited from Adam nature to an inherited from Jesus nature. It’s the spirit of truth giving people the desire to be atOne with God. (See Phil 2:13)

Jesus said; (John 14:18-21; “I will not abandon you as orphans, I will come to you. In a little while the world will not see Me any longer, but you will see me; because I live, you will live too. You will know at that time that I am in My Father and you are in Me and I am in you. (21) The person who has My commandments and obeys them is the one who loves Me. The one who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will reveal myself to him.”) It’s the mystery hid from the world until Jesus revealed it to His chosen. A chosen people with gifted desire to be atOne in obedient fashion with Him.

(John 14:22- “Lord,” Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “what has happened that you are going to reveal yourself to us and not to the world?” (23) Jesus replied, “If anyone loves Me, he will obey My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and take up residence with him. (It’s the mystery that happens revealing God the Father and God the Son as One.) The person who does not love Me does not obey My words. And the word you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me. (25) “I have spoken these things while staying with you. But the Advocate, “spirit of truth” “helper” “comforter” the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you everything, and will cause you to remember everything I said to you.”)

The spirit of truth, “Holy Spirit” “advocate - helper - comforter” is a supernatural binding of spirit with God the Father and God the Son, likened to the spiritual love bond a mother and child have with each other.

(John 16:1-11; “I have told you all these things so that you will not fall away. They will put you ‘Believers’ out of the synagogue, yet a time is coming when the one who kills you will think he is offering service to God. (Remember the Jewish Holocaust? And what about today’s hatreds?)  They will do these things because they have not known the Father or Me. But I have told you these things so that when their time comes, you will remember that I told you about them.

“I did not tell you these things from the beginning because I was with you. (5) But now I am going to the One who sent Me, and not one of you is asking Me, ‘Where are you going?’ Instead your hearts are filled with sadness because I have said these things to you. (7) But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I am going away. For if I do not go away, the Advocate ‘comforter - helper’ will not come to you, but if I go, I will send him ‘that one - it” to you. And when ’that one - it’ comes, it will prove the world wrong concerning sin and righteousness and judgment –  concerning sin, because they do not believe IN Me; concerning righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see Me no longer; and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.”)

(John 16:12-16; “I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. But when it the Spirit of truth, comes, he ‘that one’ will guide you into all truth. For it will not speak on it’s own authority, but will speak whatever it hears, and will tell you what is to come. He ‘that one’ will glorify Me, because it will receive from Me what is Mine and will tell it to you. (15) Everything that the Father has is Mine; that is why I said the Spirit will receive from Me what is Mine and will tell it to you. In a little while you will see me no longer; again after a little while, you will see Me.”

Advocate, “Helper” “Counselor” or Comforter  Grk “Paraclete,” from the Greek word παράκλητος (paraklhto”). See the note on the word “Advocate” in John 14:16 for a discussion of how this word is translated.”

(V. 9 above: the world is proven guilty concerning sin, and the reason given is their refusal to believe in Jesus. (John 3:19, the effect of Jesus coming into the world as the Light of the world was to provoke judgment, by forcing people to choose up sides for or against Him, they chose darkness rather than light.) In John 12:37, at the very end of Jesus’ public ministry, people were still refusing to believe IN Him. There’s two questions that need to be answered: (1) what is the meaning of the Greek δικαιοσύνη (dikaiosunh) in this context, and (2) to whom does it pertain – to the world, or to someone else? (1) The Greek word δικαιοσύνη occurs in the Gospel of John only here and in v. 8. It’s assumed that it refers to forensic justification, as it does so often in Paul’s writings. Thus the answer to question (2) would be that it refers to the world. “His Spirit shows men (no-one else can.)

Righteousness before God depends on Christ’s atoning work for the called. Righteousness has to do with Jesus’ return to the Father and His absence from us. John’s good news is about vindication of His followers and their vindication derives from His. Jesus’ last statement at v-10 references the presence of the “Spirit-Paraclete” who couldn’t come until Jesus departed. (16:7) What’s involved is Jesus’ return to the Father and through His substitutionary death people are justified. Jesus repeatedly said His Oneness was with the Father. His opponents repeatedly rejected Him and labeled Him a deceiver, a sinner and a blasphemer (John 5:18, 7:12, 9:24, 10:33, etc.). But Jesus, by His glorification through His return to the Father, is vindicated in spite of his opponents. His meaning at v. 10 is thus: When the “Spirit-Paraclete” comes it will prove the world wrong concerning the subject of righteousness, “namely Jesus’ righteousness” demonstrated when He’s glorified in presence with the Father and the disciples see Him no more (but they will have

The Christian Obligation, chapter 18

Sunday, May 19th, 2019

To: 17,412 people desiring to be atOne with God the Father and God the Son “Jesus” “People Called to be Spiritual Israelites” 5/19/19, God’s 2nd month 14th day of Lyyar 5,779 until sunset.

Book Chapter 12

Indoctrination is Satan’s world plan, “by it he has become the world’s god as Jesus said he’d be.” As all Jesus’ apostles and Jude, Paul shared this knowledge. (2Cor 4:2-6; “But we ‘apostles’ have rejected shameful hidden deeds, not behaving with deceptiveness or distorting the word of God, but by open proclamation of the truth we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience before God. But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing, among whom the god of this age has blinded the minds of those who do not believe so they would not see the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God ’the Father.’ For we do not proclaim ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said “Let light shine out of darkness,” is the One who shined in our hearts to give us the light of the glorious knowledge of God in the face of Christ.”)

Review the two parables in a previous chapter, find the gems there and know, “Satan has put forth many doctrinal views to deceive and divide.” God is One and His truth one, but Satan inspired many imaginary gods, the likes of Buddhism, Hinduisms, Muslimism, Judaism, Baal, Catholicism, many Protestant sects and other various Islam’s. All these dispute one another’s ideologies, dogmas and play into Satan’s strategy against God’s truth. These all have one deception in common, “they believe IN some form of Satan’s lie regarding immortality.” Little they know, “the God of Israel has a master plan that’ll put them all away.” He “the God of Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and Moses, promises eternal life through His Son, Messiah Jesus - King of Kings.

The few are gifted with a reveled desire to be atOne with our Creator God. (Review Philippians 2:13 and know God gives the desire.) He reveals Himself, His attributes. Characteristics, a desired atonement with, loving obedience and gifted love of  Himself. Again Paul explained.

(Galatians 3:23-24; “Now before ‘Jesus’’ faith, “a revealed knowledge of God’s spirit in us” came, we were all 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, so that we could be declared righteous by ‘His’ faith.”)

Believers IN, Re-Creator, Creator, Redeemer, Deliverer, Mediator Jesus and coming King of Kings “are declared righteous, NOT by our own doing, a conjured up faith - belief; “but by the imputation of God’s spirit to the mind.” Through Him our get way nature is changed to a give of self nature. Through Creator and Sustainer Jesus we‘re “Born from above.” With His gifted characteristics imputed to the mind, “Christians aren’t under a guardian” but willingly under and obedient to Jesus’ commands.

(Gal 3:25-29; “But now that ‘Jesus’ faith has come, “to Believers IN” we are no longer under a guardian. For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith. (God’s spirit - the spirit of truth imputed) For all of you who were baptized “immersed” 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.”)

Abraham was led by and yielded to God, “as a believer IN God he reckoned that God kept promises.” From this gifted belief IN, Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son “Isaac.” Mindful that Isaac had been gifted and could be gifted again, “resurrected.”

(Gal 3:19-21; “Why then was the law given? It was added because of transgressions, until the arrival of the Descendant, “Jesus” to whom the promise had been made. It “the law” was administered through angels by “or as” an intermediary. Now an intermediary is not for one party alone, but God is one. Is the law therefore opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that was able to give ‘eternal’ life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law.”) RATHER THAN BY FAITH.

Laws aren’t for the purpose of saving, “but for people’s good.” Eternal life was always planned to be gifted through “a lovingly belief IN God.” (This faith, “this gifted Belief IN” inherits eternal life!) So, the law is good and “revealed faith doesn’t oppose God’s law nor His promises.”

Satan wants God misrepresented in every way. Lets review, (Rom 1:18-22; For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of people who suppress the truth by their unrighteousness, because what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. (20) For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes – His eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, because they are understood through what has been made. So people are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God or give Him thanks, but they became futile in their thoughts and their senseless hearts were darkened. (22) Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for an image resembling mortal human beings or birds or four-footed animals or reptiles.) Jesus’ apostles understood truth was gifted by God’s grace and power.

(Eph 3:7; “I “Paul” became a servant of this gospel according to the gift of God’s grace that was given to me by the exercise of His power.”)

Jesus and His apostles, taught “The Gospel.” Not a mix of paganism, Judaism, Catholic or Protestants assumed practice. Paul continues.

(Eph 3:8-9; “To me – less than the least of all the Saints – this grace was given, to proclaim to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ and to enlighten everyone about God’s secret plan – a secret that has been hidden for ages in God who has created all things.”)

Previously not understood! God’s spirit living in people makes each willingly obedient to and “at one with Jesus.” Only after Jesus’ ascension and through Him “was this mystery made evident” on that next Pentecost. (See Acts of the Apostles, chapter 2:)

(Eph 3:10-13; “The purpose of this enlightenment is that through the church the multifaceted wisdom of God should now be disclosed to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly realms. This was according to the eternal purpose that He “God the Father” accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and confident access to God because of Christ’s faithfulness. For this reason I ask you not to lose heart because of what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.”)

From creation the sacrificial death, resurrection, ascension, salvation and eternal life through Jesus was planned. (Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son, “Isaac” is the Father’s example, “a forerunner” of God’s plan) God’s prophets and angels didn’t understand these particulars, “as are now revealed to followers of Jesus.”

Allow Peter’s shared understanding.

(1Peter 1:6-9; “This brings you “Christians” great joy, although you may have to suffer for a short time in various trials. Such trials show the proven character of your faith, which is much more valuable than gold – gold, that is tested by fire, even though it is passing away – and will bring praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. (8) You have not seen Jesus, but you love Him. You do not see Him now but you believe IN Him, and so you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, because you are attaining the goal of your faith – the salvation of your souls.”)

Believers IN Jesus are commissioned with a goal of overcoming, “conquering” the inherited from Adam nature, understand Satan’s devises and grow in spiritual character, “valuable in God’s View.”

(1Peter 1:10-12; “Concerning this salvation, the prophets who predicted the grace that would come to you searched and investigated carefully. They probed into what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating when testified beforehand about the sufferings appointed for Christ and His subsequent glory. They “the prophets” were shown that they were serving not themselves but you, in regard to the things now announced to you through those who proclaimed the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven – things angels long to catch a glimpse of.”)

God the Father inspired Isaiah to write the following and apparently he didn’t understand its significance when he wrote.

(Isaiah 52:13-15; “Look, My servant “Jesus” will succeed! He will be elevated, lifted high, and greatly exalted – (just as many were horrified by the sight of You) He was so disfigured He no longer looked like a man; His form was so marred He no longer looked human – so now He will startle many nations. Kings will be shocked by His exaltation, for they will witness something unannounced to them and they will understand something they had not heard about.”)

How wonderful, the New Covenant Jesus revealed to His apostles, explaining salvation, are things His prophets and angels had been desiring to understand. How wonderful that “the prophets were not serving themselves, but we Believers IN, Jesus.” Remember Jesus’ parable about the last being first? Jesus’ apostles were about the business of encouraging called out People. Paul exercised tremendous strength and faith “while in prison, encouraging the Saint.”

Paul closed his Colossianc letter by complementing Jewish, non-Israelite co-workers, Dr. Luke and asking that it be forwarded to the Laodicea church. Asking each that they complete the ministry received in the Lord. That message included a spiritual resurrection for Believers IN and a physical resurrection for all Israelites. (See Ezekiel 37:)

The Christian Obligation, chapter 17

Friday, May 17th, 2019

To: 17,376 gifted with a desire to be atOne with God the Father and God the Son “Jesus” “People called to be Spiritual Israelites” 5/17/19, God’s 2nd month 12th day of Lyyar 5,779 until sunset.

Book Chapter 11

God has allowed Satan’s success at deceiving the whole world, his many deceptions are obstacles that must be overcome. When a person believes IN one deceptive doctrine, “God’s truth is camouflaged.” The false must be completely abandoned. The Israelites delivered from Egypt were unable to abandon their previous indoctrination to the degree that among them only Joshua and Caleb were allowed to the promised lands. Proof that we can’t overcome deep deceptions without God’s calling, revealing and delivering.

Another demonic obstacle is human familiarity. When Jesus went to His hometown with His truths, the people’s attitude was “who does He think He is.”

(Matt 13:54-58; Jesus came to His hometown and began to teach the people in their synagogue. They were astonished and said, “Where did this man get such wisdom and miraculous powers? Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t His mother named Mary? And aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas? And aren’t all His sisters here with us? Where did He get all this?” And so they took offense at Him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own house.” (58) And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.”) Many have experienced this when attempting to teach truth.

While Satan is selling the world on various methodologies to be saved, Jesus’ good news message “mystery - secret” “is being spiritually imputed to the minds of those called out to Believers IN.” A people like Abraham who “simply believed God.” (Prophets of old and angels have desired to see “understanding” “how could it be that a person be made atOne with God.”) Jesus explained to His apostles.

(Matt 13:16-17; “But your eyes are blessed because they see, and your ears because they hear. For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”

(Matt 13:18-23; “So listen to the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one ‘Satan’ comes and snatches what was sown in his heart; this is the seed sown along the path. The seed sown on rocky ground is the person who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy. But he has no root in himself and does not endure; when trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he falls immediately away. The seed sown among thorns is the person who hears the word, but worldly cares and the seductiveness of wealth choke the word, so it produces nothing. (23) But as for the seed sown on good soil, “a gifted to believe IN mind’ this is the person who hears the word and understands. He bears fruit, yielding a hundred, sixty, or thirty times what was sown.”)

(Matt 13:24-30; Jesus presented them with another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a person who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, an enemy ‘Satan’ came and sowed weeds ’deception’ among the wheat and went away. When the plants sprouted and bore grain, then the weeds also appeared. (27) So the slaves of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Then where did the weeds come from?’ He said, “An enemy ‘Satan’ has done this.” So the slaves replied, ‘Do you want us to go and gather them?’ But he said, ‘No, since in gathering the weeds you may uproot the wheat with them. (30) Let both ‘the believer and unbeliever’ grow together until the harvest. (Judgment)  At harvest time I will tell the reapers, “First collect the weeds ‘unbelievers’ and tie them in bundles to be burned, but then gather the wheat ‘believers IN’ into my barn.”’”) God’s truth whether “read and heard” goes out from various sources, but few are gifted with the desire to be atOne with Jesus. His apostle Paul tells us where such desire comes from?

(Phil 2:12-13; So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence but even more in my absence, continue working out your salvation with awe and reverence, for the one bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort – for the sake of His good pleasure – is God.”) BUT only those called to be Jesus’ followers hear His voice and are given eternal life.

Now we know “all things are possible with God” He could’ve made the delivered Israelites receptive to abandoning their previous indoctrination, “but it wasn’t time.” He could’ve made His hometown folks receptive, “but it wasn’t the time.” In each case their time will come when resurrected.

(John 10:25-30’ Jesus replied, “I told you and you do not believe. The deeds I do in My Father’s name testify about Me. But you refuse to believe because you are not my sheep. My sheep listen to My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life and they will never perish; no one will snatch them from My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all, and no one can snatch them from My Father’s hand. The Father and I are One.”) At the right time God the Father calls and gives the called over to Jesus for teaching and training through His spirit of truth.

Satan instigator of the apostate and renounces belief IN.

Many gods are palmed off and people by nature choose a fitting one. Jude saw this demonic apostate coming and reveals it’s source.

(Jude 1:5 Now I desire to remind you (even though you have been fully informed of these facts once for all) that Jesus, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, later destroyed those who did not believe.

Angelic and human followers of Satan judged.

“You also know that the angels who did not keep within their proper domain but abandoned their own place of residence, He ‘Jesus’ has kept in eternal chains in utter darkness, locked up for the judgment of the great Day.” So also Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighboring towns, since they indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire in a way similar to these ‘demonic’ angels, are now displayed as an example by suffering the punishment of eternal fire.”

(Jude 1:8-10; Yet these men, as a result of their dreams, defile the flesh, reject authority, and insult the glorious ones. But even when Michael the archangel was arguing with the devil and debating with him about Moses’ body, he did not dare to bring a slanderous judgment, but said, “May the Lord rebuke you!” (10) But these men do not understand the things they slander, and they are being destroyed by the very things that, like irrational animals, they instinctively comprehend.”) Michael insisted that Moses’ place of burial not be marked because he knew people’s inclination to worship. Satan wanted a hostile people worshiping like instinctive animals, “following what seems right to that nature.”

(Jude 1:11 Woe to them! For they have traveled down Cain’s path, ‘path of personal choice’ 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.”) (In dying, folks described here will surely die a second death.) (See Revelations 21:8) All part of the apostate Satan is palming off now.

(Jude 1:14-16; Now Enoch, the seventh in descent beginning with Adam, even prophesied of them, saying, “Look! 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.” (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.”) (Religious, political and denominational leaders who make merchandise of people.)

Exhortation to the Faithful

(Jude 1:17-23; But you, dear friends – recall the predictions foretold by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. For they said to you, “In the end time there will come scoffers, propelled by their own ungodly desires.” These people are divisive, worldly, devoid of the Spirit. (20) But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith, by praying in the Holy Spirit, maintain yourselves in the love of God, while anticipating the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that brings eternal life. And have mercy on those who waver; save others by snatching them out of the fire; have mercy on others, coupled with a fear of God, hating even the clothes stained by the flesh.”) (Delivered from Egypt Israelites and Jesus’ hometown citizens were stained by fleshly indoctrination.)

Final Blessing obtained by gifted desire.

(Jude 1:24-25; Now to the One ‘Jesus’ who is able to keep you from falling, and to cause you to stand, rejoicing, without blemish before His glorious presence, to the only God our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority, before all time, and now, and for all eternity. Amen.”)

It’s God’s imputed spirit of truth to the mind that gives understanding and a loving desire to be obedient. To these God gifted characteristics likened to His own and to these each apostle wrote letters to. At the end of Paul’s Colossian letter he names his associates. Among them was Mark, the writer of the gospel account titled, “Mark” and Luke the writer of the gospel account titled, “Luke“ and “Acts of the Apostles.” Mark was a cousin to Barnabas, “Jesus’ apostle.” Luke the physician and writer of the gospel account titled, “Luke” “Tychicus and Onesimus, ones from the Colossian church.” “Onesimus was a runaway slave, from his master, “Philemon” when Paul met him.” Now Onesimus is back with Paul and serving. Before the time of Paul’s Colossians letter he’d sent Onesimus back to Philemon with the following letter.” Here’s how we should respect one another.

(Philemon 1:1-3; “From Paul a prisoner of Christ Jesus and Timothy our brother, to Philemon, our dear friend and co-laborer, to Apphia our sister, to Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church that meets in your house. Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!”) Many women worked at spreading Jesus’ good news with Paul.  Churches in homes wasn’t uncommon.

Obviously Paul wanted his letter to Philemon to be seen

by those named above and each believer IN, it’s a lessen for all.

(Philemon 1:4-24; “I always thank my God as I remember you, “Philemon,” in my prayers, because I hear of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the Saints. I pray that the faith you share with us may deepen your understanding of every blessing that belongs to you in Christ. I have had great joy and encouragement, because of your love for the hearts of the Saints have been refreshed through you, brother “So, although I have quite a lot of confidence in Christ and could command you to do what is proper” I would rather appeal to you on the basis of love – I, Paul, an old man and even now a prisoner for the sake of Christ Jesus – (I am appealing to you concerning my child, whose spiritual father I have become during my imprisonment, that is, “Onesimus” who was formerly useless to you, but is now useful to you and me.)

(“I have sent him (who is my very heart) back to you. I wanted to keep him so that he could serve me in your place during my imprisonment for the sake of the gospel. However, without your consent I did not want to do anything, so that your good deed would not be out of compulsion, but from your own willingness. For perhaps it was for this reason that he was separated from you for a little while, so that you would have him back eternally, no longer as a slave, but more than a slave, as a dear brother. He is especially so to me, and even more so to you now, both humanly speaking and in the Lord.”)

Therefore if you regard me as a partner, accept him as you would me. (18) Now if he has defrauded you of anything or owes you anything, charge what he owes to me. I, Paul, have written this letter with my own hand: I will repay it. I could also mention that you owe me your very self. Yes, brother, let me have some benefit from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in Christ. Since I was confident that you would obey, I wrote to you, because I knew that you would do even more than what I am asking you to do. At the same time also, prepare a place for me to stay, for I hope that through your prayers I will be given back to you.

(23) Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you. Mark, Aristarchus, Demas and Luke, my co-laborers, greet you too. May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.”)

We noted from the Colossians letter, that Onesimus was one of Paul’s coworkers and obviously, after Paul’s letter Philemon gave Onesimus his freedom. Philemon had likely been a Believer for a good while, likely had read or had heard of the principles in Paul’s letters and knew the love of Jesus.

When Jesus and His apostles speak of faith, they are speaking of believing IN faith. Which is to say, “the gifted revealed knowledge of God the Father and God the Son.” The words, “when faith came to you” has the meaning, “when God is revealed to you.” Likely Philemon understood the spiritual content of Paul’s letter.

The Christian Obligation, chapter 16

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

To: People with a gifted desire to be atOne with Jesus; “Spiritual Israelites” 5/16/19, God’s 2nd month 11th day of Lyyar 5,770 until sunset.

Chapter 10

Deceiving Jacob met his match with father in law Leban who promised to give him Rachel and after working seven years gave him Leah. God blessed Laban because of Jacob; then Jacob made a deal to take streaked, speckled or spotted animals for his wages.

(Gen 31:9; The Lord said to Jacob, “Return to the land of your fathers and to your relatives. I will be with you. So Jacob sent a message for Rachel and Leah to come to the field where his flocks were. There he said to them, “I can tell that your father’s attitude toward me has changed, but the God of my father has been with me. You know that I’ve worked for your father as hard as I could, but your father has humiliated me and changed my wages ten times. But God has not permitted him to do me any harm. If he said, ‘The speckled animals will be your wage,’ then the entire flock gave birth to speckled offspring. But if he said, ‘The streaked animals will be your wage,’ then the entire flock gave birth to streaked offspring. In this way God has snatched away your father’s livestock and given them to me.)

Gen 31:10-13; “Once during breeding season I saw in a dream that the male goats mating with the flock were streaked, speckled, and spotted. In the dream the angel of God said to me, ‘Jacob!’ ‘Here I am!’ I replied. Then he said, ‘Observe that all the male goats mating with the flock are streaked, speckled, or spotted, for I have observed all that Laban has done to you. I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed the sacred stone and made a vow to Me. Now leave this land immediately and return to your native land.’”

Gen 31:14- Then Rachel and Leah replied to him, “Do we still have any portion or inheritance in our father’s house? Hasn’t he treated us like foreigners? He not only sold us, but completely wasted the money paid for us! Surely all the wealth that God snatched away from our father belongs to us and to our children. So now do everything God has told you.”

God’s calling out a predestined by promise people “to live believing IN faith and be a people of His covenant promises began with Abraham.” It’s His unchanging way to grow people of faith , “His family, His church.” Abraham was called to go out from his relatives and live as a foreigner in the land, “in the world but not of the world.” God commanding “walk before Me, be blameless and I’ll confirm My covenant with you.” (See Gen 17:1) These blessings and promises were passed to predestined Isaac, then Jacob who was chosen over his brother before birth.

The deliverer, promise keeping Lord God is

None other than the promised Messiah, “Jesus.”

Before the flood on through Jacob, Joseph, Moses and David’s time, only the called recognized the Lord God Jesus.

(John 8:19-20; Then they began asking Jesus, “Who is your father?” Jesus answered, “You do not know either Me or My Father. If you knew Me you would know My Father too.” (Jesus spoke these words near the offering box while He was teaching in the temple courts. No one seized Him because His time had not yet come.)

(John 10:14-18; “I am the good shepherd. I know My own and My own know Me – just as the Father knows Me and I know the Father – and I lay down My life for the sheep. (16) I have other sheep that do not come from this sheepfold. I must bring them too, and they will listen to My voice, so that there will be one flock and one shepherd. (Other sheep? People before - after the flood, end of this age and the millennial age.) This is why the Father loves Me – because I lay down My life, so that I may take it back again. No one takes it away from Me, but I lay it down of My own free will. I have the authority to lay it down, and I have the authority to take it back again. This commandment I received from my Father.”)

As Jesus lives. so will Believers In

(John 3:16-17; “For this is the way God ‘The Father’ loved the world: He gave His One and only Son, so that everyone who believes IN Him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through Him.”)

(John 14:18-24; “I will not abandon you as orphans, I will come to you. In a little while the world will not see Me any longer, but you ’Believers’ will see Me; because I live, you will live too. You will know at that time that I am in My Father and you are in Me and I am in you. (21) The person who has My commandments and obeys them is the one who loves Me. The one who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will reveal myself to him.”

(John 14:22-24; “Lord,” Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “what has happened that You are going to reveal yourself to us and not to the world?” Jesus replied, “If anyone loves Me, he will obey My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and take up residence with him. The person who does not love Me does not obey My words. And the word you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me.”)

Jesus’ good news hasn’t changed, not different now than when Abraham was called to go out from his relatives and live as a foreigner in the land, “in the world but not of the world.” God’s command Abraham, “walk before Me, be blameless and I’ll confirm My covenant with you.”

If you’ve been studying for some time you know that this world is totally deceived, “all except God’s called out Saints - Elect.” Jesus said, “be careful! I’ve told you everything ahead of time.” Matt 24:15-29.)

Like Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, God’s Elect are foreknown. He reveals foreknowledge to His chosen as He did Isaiah, regarding Cyrus, who would be born much later than Isaiah‘s writing.. Cyrus learned of Isaiah’s prophecy.

Isaiah 45:1-8; This is what the Lord says to His chosen one, “to Cyrus” whose right hand I hold in order to subdue nations before him, and disarm kings, to open doors before him,

so gates remain unclosed: “I will go before you and level mountains. Bronze doors I will shatter and iron bars I will hack through. I will give you hidden treasures, riches stashed away in secret places, so you may recognize that I am the Lord, the one who calls you by name, the God of Israel. For the sake of my servant Jacob, Israel, my chosen one, I call you by name and give you a title of respect, even though you do not recognize Me. I am the Lord, I have no peer, there’s no God but Me.

I arm you for battle, even though you do not recognize Me. I do this so people will recognize from east to west that there is no God but Me; I am the Lord, I have no peer. I am the One who forms light and creates darkness; the One who brings about peace and creates calamity. I am the Lord, who accomplishes all these things.

(8-16; “O sky, rain down from above! Let the clouds send down showers of deliverance! Let the earth absorb it so salvation may grow, and deliverance may sprout up along with it. I, the Lord, create it.” One who argues with his creator is in grave danger, one who is like a mere shard among the other shards on the ground!

The clay should not say to the potter, “What in the world are you doing? Your work lacks skill!” Danger awaits one who says to his father, “What in the world are you fathering?” and to his mother, “What in the world are you bringing forth?” This is what the Lord says, the Holy One of Israel, the One who formed him, concerning things to come: “How dare you question Me about My children! How dare you tell Me what to do with the work of My own hands! I made the earth, I created the people who live on it. It was Me – My hands stretched out the sky, I give orders to all the heavenly lights. It is Me – I stir him up and commission him; I will make all his ways level. He will rebuild My city; he will send My exiled people home, but not for a price or a bribe,” says the Lord who commands armies.

Believe God, He knows us.

Consider the terminology Jesus used when speaking to the Pharisees and Sadducees. How would Jesus address today’s schooled clergy? Other than disagreements regarding the resurrection and angels, the Pharisees and Sadducees did believe God was creator. They did look to the fathers “calling Abraham their father. However rather than looking to God in the spirit of love, they looked to the law in a worshipful fashion. Made their own rules regarding the Sabbath , were prideful about charitable giving and the like. Jesus told them.

(Matt 6:1-2’ “Be careful not to display your righteousness merely to be seen by people. Otherwise you have no reward with your Father in heaven. Thus whenever you do charitable giving, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in synagogues and on streets so that people will praise them. I tell you the truth, they have their reward.”) These were teaching people to worship in vain.”)

(Matt 23:34-36; “But woe to you, experts in the law and you Pharisees, hypocrites! You keep locking people out of the kingdom of heaven! For you neither enter nor permit those trying to enter to go in.”)

(Matt 23:34-36; “For this reason I am sending you prophets and wise men and experts in the law, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town, so that on you will come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. I tell you the truth, this generation will be held responsible for all these things!”)

Consider Abel and how his blood still speaks and that Jesus’ followers will be persecuted. It’s through God’s gifted covenant with Israel, His loving plans through His Son Jesus that He is saving this world.

(1Peter 1:10-12; Concerning this salvation, the prophets who predicted the grace that would come to you searched and investigated carefully. They probed into what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating when he testified beforehand about the sufferings appointed for Christ and His subsequent glory. They were shown that they were serving not themselves but you, in regard to the things now announced to you through those who proclaimed the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven – things angels long to catch a glimpse of.

The Christian Obligation, chapter 15

Tuesday, May 14th, 2019

To: People with a gifted desire to be atOne with Jesus; “Spiritual Israelites” 5/14/19, God’s 2nd month 9th day of Lyyar 5,770 until sunset.

Chapter 9

While the Lord God is choosing a people to whom He’d call to be atOne with Himself, Satan is deceiving and preparing to make a people jealous of God’s people. (Each called out, chosen individual whose names are recorded in Hebrews 11: were likely gifted with an  insensible - almost unnoticed or gradual yearning to be atOne with and follow God’s commands. In each case God was leading. God’s church - His family are people of His choosing. Since the flood God chose to root His family foundation to a faith driven people like that of Abraham’s. Abraham insisted that Isaac find a wife among Terah’s “his dad’s” family after considering Ishmael’s unpleasing choice. He sent a servant to his brother’s family where Rebekah agreed to follow him back and marry Isaac. (See Genesis 24:)  Likewise Isaac and Rebekah, after Esau married Judith a daughter of Beeri the Hittite and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittie caused them great anxiety. (See Genesis 26:34)

Easu - Jacob, two nations, God calls the weaker

a principle He carried forward.

(1Cor: 26-31; Think about the circumstances of your call, brothers and sisters. Not many were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were born to a privileged position. But God chose what the world thinks foolish to shame the wise and God chose what the world thinks weak to shame the strong. God chose what is low and despised in the world, what is regarded as nothing, to set aside what is regarded as something, so that no one can boast in His presence. He is the reason you have a relationship with Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, righteousness, sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” (Quote Jer 9:24)

(Gen 25:21-23; Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife because she was childless. The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. But the children struggled inside her, and she said, “If it is going to be like this, I’m not so sure I want to be pregnant!” So she asked the Lord and the Lord said to her, “Two nations are in your womb and two peoples will be separated from within you. One people will be stronger than the other and the older will serve the younger.”

(Gen 25:24-28; When the time came for Rebekah to give birth, there were twins in her womb. The first came out reddish all over, like a hairy garment, so they named him Esau. “whose descendants would be called Edom” When his brother came out with his hand clutching Esau’s heel, they named him Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when they were born. When the boys grew up, Esau became a skilled hunter, a man of the open fields, but Jacob was an even-tempered man, living in tents. (28) Isaac loved Esau because he had a taste for fresh game, but Rebekah loved Jacob.

Gen 25:29-34; Now Jacob cooked some stew, and when Esau came in from the open fields, he was famished. So Esau said to Jacob, “Feed me some of the red stuff – yes, this red stuff – because I’m starving!” (That is why he was also called Edom.) But Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.” “Look,” said Esau, “I’m about to die! What use is the birthright to me?” (33) But Jacob said, “Swear an oath to me now.” So Esau swore an oath to him and sold his birthright to Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and lentil stew; Esau ate and drank, then got up and went out. So Esau despised his birthright.”

(Gen 27:1-17; (text portion shortened ) Isaac was old, nearly blind and hungry for Esau’s wild game, so he sent him out to find some, Rebekah was listening and thought it a good time to have Jacob deceive Isaac. When Esau went out to the open fields to hunt down some wild game, Rebekah said to Jacob, “Look, I overheard your father tell your brother Esau ‘Bring me some wild game and prepare for me some tasty food. Then I will eat it and bless you in the presence of the Lord before I die.’ (8) Now then, my son, do exactly what I tell you! Go to the flock and get me two of the best young goats. I’ll prepare them in a tasty way for your father, just the way he loves them. Then you will take it to your father. Thus he will eat it and bless you before he dies.”

Jacob protested but Rebekah said “I’ll bring a curse on myself instead of a blessing.” “Any curse against you will fall on me, just obey me! (14) So Jacob went and got the goats and brought them to his mother. She prepared some tasty food, just the way his father loved it. Then she took her older son Esau’s best clothes, which she had with her in the house and put them on her younger son Jacob. (16) She put the skins of the young goats on his hands and the smooth part of his neck. Then she handed the tasty food and the bread she had made to her son Jacob.

(Gen 27:18-29; Jacob went to his father and said, “My father!” Isaac replied, “Here I am. Which are you, my son?” Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau, your firstborn. I’ve done as you told me. Now sit up and eat some of my wild game so that you can bless me.” (20) But Isaac asked his son, “How in the world did you find it so quickly, my son?” “Because the Lord your God brought it to me,” he replied. Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Come closer so I can touch you, my son, and know for certain if you really are my son Esau.” (22) So Jacob went over to his father Isaac, who felt him and said, “The voice is Jacob’s, but the hands are Esau’s.” He did not recognize him because his hands were hairy, like his brother Esau’s hands. So Isaac blessed Jacob. (24) Then he asked, “Are you really my son Esau?” “I am,” Jacob replied. Isaac said, “Bring some of the wild game for me to eat, my son. Then I will bless you.” So Jacob brought it to him, and he ate it. He also brought him wine, and Isaac drank. Then his father Isaac said to him, “Come here and kiss me, my son.” So Jacob went over and kissed him. When Isaac caught the scent of his clothing, he blessed him, saying, “Yes, my son smells like the scent of an open field which the Lord has blessed. (28) May God give you the dew of the sky and the richness of the earth, and plenty of grain and new wine. May peoples serve you and nations bow down to you. You will be lord over your brothers and the sons of your mother will bow down to you. May those who curse you be cursed, and those who bless you be blessed.”) Remember Joseph?

God had already chose Jacob when Rebekah ask Him about her pregnancy.

Esau was very upset but Isaac told him. (Gen 27:37-39; Isaac replied to Esau, “Look! I have made Jacob lord over you. I have made all his relatives his servants and provided him with grain and new wine. What is left that I can do for you, my son?” Esau said to his father, “Do you have only that one blessing, my father? Bless me too!” Then Esau wept loudly.)

(39-40; So Esau’s father Isaac said to him, “Indeed, your home will be away from the richness of the earth, and away from the dew of the sky above. You will live by your sword but you will serve your brother. When you grow restless you will tear off his yoke from your neck.”)

Gen 27:41’ “So Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing his father had given to his brother. Esau said privately, “The time of mourning for my father is near; then I will kill my brother Jacob!”

(Gen 27:42-45; When Rebekah heard what her older son Esau had said, she quickly summoned her younger son Jacob and told him, “Look, your brother Esau is planning to get revenge by killing you. Now then, my son, do what I say. Run away immediately to my brother Laban in Haran. Live with him for a little while until your brother’s rage subsides. Stay there until your brother’s anger against you subsides and he forgets what you did to him. Then I’ll send someone to bring you back from there. Why should I lose both of you in one day?”

(Gen 27:46; Then Rebekah said to Isaac, “I am deeply depressed because of these daughters of Heth. If Jacob were to marry one of these daughters of Heth who live in this land, I would want to die!”

(Gen 28:1-9; So Isaac called for Jacob and blessed him. Then commanded him, “You must not marry a Canaanite woman! Leave immediately for Paddan Aram! Go to the house of Bethuel, your mother’s father, and find yourself a wife there, among the daughters of Laban, your mother’s brother. (3) May the sovereign God bless you! May he make you fruitful and give you a multitude of descendants! Then you will become a large nation. May He give you and your descendants the blessing He gave to Abraham so that you may possess the land God gave to Abraham, the land where you have been living as a temporary resident.” (5) So Isaac sent Jacob on his way, and he went to Paddan Aram, to Laban son of Bethuel the Aramean and brother of Rebekah, the mother of Jacob and Esau. Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob and sent him off to Paddan Aram to find a wife there. As he blessed him, Isaac commanded him, “You must not marry a Canaanite woman.” Jacob obeyed his father and mother and left for Paddan Aram. (8) Then Esau realized that the Canaanite women were displeasing to his father Isaac. So Esau went to Ishmael “his uncle and Isaac’s half brother” and married Mahalath, the sister of Nebaioth and daughter of Abraham’s son Ishmael, along with the wives he already had.”)

Jacob’s dream and God’s promise.

(Gen 28:10-15; Meanwhile Jacob left Beer Sheba and set out for Haran. He reached a certain place where he decided to camp because the sun had gone down. He took one of the stones and placed it near his head. Then he fell asleep in that place and had a dream.

He saw a stairway erected on the earth with its top reaching to the heavens. The angels of God were going up and coming down it and the Lord stood at its top. He said, “I am the Lord, the God of your grandfather Abraham and the God of your father Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the ground you are lying on. Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth and you will spread out to the west, east, north, and south. All the families of the earth will pronounce blessings on one another using your name and that of your descendants. I am with you! I will protect you wherever you go and will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I promised you!”

(Gen 28:16; Then Jacob woke up and thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, but I did not realize it!” He was afraid and said, “What an awesome place this is! This is nothing else than the house of God! This is the gate of heaven!”)

(Gen 28:18-22; Early in the morning Jacob took the stone he had placed near his head and set it up as a sacred stone. Then he poured oil on top of it. He called that place Bethel, although the former name of the town was Luz. Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God is with me and protects me on this journey I am taking and gives me food to eat and clothing to wear and I return safely to my father’s home, then the Lord will become my God. Then this stone that I have set up as a sacred stone will be the house of God, and I will surely give you back a tenth of everything you give me.”)

In addition to all these blessings and promises, God changed Jacob’s name to “Israel” meaning God fights. Israelites are yet going to occupy the promised lands and nations of the world will yet be blessed by Israel.

The Christian Obligation, chapter 15

Monday, May 13th, 2019

To: People with a gifted desire to be atOne with Jesus; “Spiritual Israelites” 5/13/19, God’s 2nd month 8th day of Lyyar 5,770 until sunset.Chapter 8

A few were called - chosen before the flood and before Abraham. They were primarily Abel, Enoch and Noah. God made faithful Abraham our example, saying “walk before me and be upright in all your ways.” Faithful believing IN Abraham demonstrated his loyalty and each believer IN Jesus will share in the blessings promised. The same Lord God Jesus making promises to Abraham, revealed to His apostle Paul; (Galatians 3:28-29; 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. And if you belong to Christ, you’re Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.)

The same Lord God Jesus called Abraham friend and so is each Believer IN Jesus.) Many of the same and like promises to Abraham were repeated to Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, David, Jesus’ prophets and apostles.

Satan was primary instigator causing people live abominable to God life styles before the flood and at Sodom/Gomorra. Abraham pleaded with the Lord regarding Sodom/Gomorra but only Lot and daughters were saved.

HEBREWS writer defines faith.

(Heb 11:1-3; “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, being convinced of what we do not see. For by faith the people of old received God’s commendation. By faith we ‘Believers In’ understand that the worlds were set in order at God’s command, so that the visible has its origin in the invisible.” (Thus Believers IN faithfully walk and live God’s Way.)

(Heb 11:4; “By faith Abel offered God a greater sacrifice than Cain and through his faith Abel was commended as righteous, because God commended him for his offerings. And through his faith he still speaks, though he is dead.”) (Satan worked in Cain’s mind as he had Eve’s, making him decide for himself what’s right, wrong, good and evil.)

(Heb 11:5-6; “By faith Enoch was taken up so that he did not see death and he was not to be found because God took him up. For before his removal he had been commended as having pleased God. Now without faith it is impossible to please Him, for the one who approaches God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.”) (Remember at Rom 1: Jesus inspired Paul to describe our inherited nature, “none seeks Godly faith from within that fleshly nature” God reveals Himself and chooses, otherwise it‘s works of the flesh.)

(Heb 11:7; “By faith Noah, when he was warned about things not yet seen, with reverent regard constructed an ark for the deliverance of his family. Through faith he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.”) (Faith is acting on revealed Belief IN things not seen. Remember what Jesus told Thomas, “blessed are those who haven‘t seen and yet believe.”)

(Heb 11:8-19; “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place he would later receive as an inheritance and he went out without understanding where he was going. By faith he lived as a foreigner in the promised land as though it were a foreign country, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, who were fellow heirs of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with firm foundations, whose architect and builder is God. By faith, even though Sarah herself was barren and he was too old, he received the ability to procreate, because he regarded the One who had given the promise to be trustworthy. (12) So in fact children were fathered by one man – and this one as good as dead – like the number of stars in the sky and like the innumerable grains of sand on the seashore. These all died in faith without receiving the things promised, but they saw them in the distance and welcomed them and acknowledged that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth. For those who speak in such a way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. (15) In fact, if they had been thinking of the land that they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. (16) But as it is, they aspire to a better land, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac. He had received the promises, yet he was ready to offer up his only son. God had told him, “Through Isaac descendants will carry on your name,” (19) and Abraham reasoned that God could even raise him from the dead and in a sense Abraham received him back from there.”) Think knowing faith opposed to hope faith. Knowing faith is like seeing in a sense or revealed faith.)

(Heb 11:20; “By faith also Isaac blessed ‘his sons’ Jacob and Esau concerning the future.” (See Gen 25: - 28 :)

(Heb 11:21-22; By faith Jacob, as he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph and worshiped as he leaned on his staff. By faith Joseph, at the end of his life, mentioned the exodus of the sons of Israel and gave instructions about his burial.”) (See Genesis 29: - 50 :)

(Gen 11:23-33; By faith, when Moses was born, his parents hid him for three months, because they saw the child was beautiful and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. (Pharaoh was told of a future ruler and his edict was to kill Israelite boy babies.) By faith, when he grew up, Moses refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to be ill-treated with the people of God than to enjoy sin’s fleeting pleasure. He regarded abuse suffered for Christ to be greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for his eyes were fixed on the reward. (27) By faith Moses left Egypt without fearing the king’s anger, for he persevered as though he could see the One who is invisible. By faith Moses kept the Passover and the sprinkling of the blood, so that the One who destroyed the firstborn would not touch them. By faith the Israelites crossed the Red Sea as if on dry ground, but when the Egyptians tried it, they were swallowed up. (30) By faith the walls of Jericho fell after the people marched around them for seven days. 11:31 By faith Rahab the prostitute escaped the destruction of the disobedient, because she welcomed the spies in peace.”)

(Heb 11:32-40; “And what more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets. Through faith they conquered kingdoms, administered justice, gained what was promised, shut the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, gained strength in weakness, became mighty in battle, put foreign armies to flight, (35) and women received back their dead raised to life. But others were tortured, not accepting release, to obtain resurrection to a better life. And others experienced mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. (37) They were stoned, sawed apart, murdered with the sword; they went about in sheepskins and goatskins; they were destitute, afflicted, ill-treated (38) (the world was not worthy of them); they wandered in deserts and mountains and caves and openings in the earth. And these all were commended for their faith, yet they did not receive what was promised. (40) For God had provided something better for us, so that they would be made perfect together with us.”)

Hebrews 11: begins and ends with references to commendation for faith.

When Jesus revealed the end time beast, ‘Satan and his’ to John and their warring with Him, He says; (Rev 17:13-18; “These kings have a single intent and they will give their power and authority to the beast. They will make war with the Lamb, but the Lamb will conquer them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those accompanying the Lamb are the called, chosen, and faithful.” (15) Then the angel said to me, “The waters you saw (where the prostitute is seated) are peoples, multitudes, nations, and languages. The ten horns that you saw, and the beast – these will hate the prostitute and make her desolate and naked. (Remember Satan is also the enemy of his followers.) They will consume her flesh and burn her up with fire. (17) For God has put into their minds to carry out His purpose by making a decision to give their royal power to the beast until the words of God are fulfilled. As for the woman you saw, she is the great city that has sovereignty over the kings of the earth.”

(Rev 18:9-10; Then the kings of the earth who committed immoral acts with her and lived in sensual luxury with her will weep and wail for her when they see the smoke from the fire that burns her up. They will stand a long way off because they are afraid of her torment, and will say, “Woe, woe, O great city, Babylon the powerful city! For in a single hour your doom has come!”) Satan has never allowed the world wide idea of Babel to cease because his is the way of confusion, anti God and His people.