The Family, chapter 9

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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