Sunday, January 15, 2017

"THY KINGDOM COME"




To fulfill the Will of God perfectly is the only joy and peace that can be fully known, because it is the only function that can be fully experienced. When this is accomplished, then, there is no other experience. Yet the wish for other experience will block its accomplishment, because God's Will cannot be forced upon you, being an experience of total willingness. The Holy Spirit understands how to teach this, but you do not. That is why you need Him, and why God gave Him to you. Only His teaching will release your will to God's, uniting it with His power and glory and establishing them as yours. You share them as God shares them, because this is the natural outcome of their being.

Glory
to God in the highest, and to you because He has so willed it. Ask and it shall be given you, because it has already been given. Ask for light and learn that you are light. If you want understanding and enlightenment you will learn it, because your decision to learn it is the decision to listen to the Teacher Who knows of light, and can therefore teach it to you. There is no limit on your learning because there is no limit on your mind. There is no limit on His teaching because He was created to teach. Understanding His function perfectly He fulfills it perfectly, because that is His joy and yours.

The Will of the Father and of the Son are One, by Their extension.  Their extension is the result of Their Oneness, holding Their unity together by extending Their joint Will. This is perfect creation by the perfectly created, in union with the perfect Creator. The Father must give fatherhood to His Son, because His Own Fatherhood must be extended outward. You who belong in God have the holy function of extending His Fatherhood by placing no limits upon it. Let the Holy Spirit teach you how to do this, for you can know what it means only of God Himself.
 

The Kingdom cannot be found alone, and you who are the Kingdom cannot find yourself alone. To achieve the goal, you cannot listen to the ego, whose purpose is to defeat its own goal. The ego does not know this, because it does not know anything. But you can know it, and you will know it if you are willing to look at what the ego would make of you. This is your responsibility, because once you have really looked at it you will accept the Atonement for yourself. What other choice could you make? Having made this choice you will understand why you once believed that, when you met someone else, you thought he was someone else. And every holy encounter in which you enter fully will teach you this is not so.

You can encounter only part of yourself because you are part of God, Who is everything. His power and glory are everywhere, and you cannot be excluded from them. The ego teaches that your strength is in you alone. The Holy Spirit teaches that all strength is in God and therefore in you. God wills no one suffer. He does not will anyone to suffer for a wrong decision, including you. That is why He has given you the means for undoing it. Through His power and glory all your wrong decisions are undone completely, releasing you and your brother from every imprisoning thought any part of the Sonship holds. Wrong decisions have no power, because they are not true. The imprisonment they seem to produce is no more true than they are.


Power and glory belong to God alone. So do you. God gives whatever belongs to Him because He gives of Himself, and everything belongs to Him. Giving of yourself is the function He gave you. Fulfilling it perfectly will let you remember what you have of Him, and by this you will remember also what you are in Him. You cannot be powerless to do this, because this is your power. Glory is God's gift to you, because that is what He is. See this glory everywhere to remember what you are.



Thursday, December 15, 2016

"FREE FROM PAINS"



FOR YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER IS LOVE.
FOR YOUR EARTHLY MOTHER IS LOVE.
FOR THE SON OF MAN IS LOVE.

"It is by love, that the Heavenly Father and the Earthly Mother and the Son of Man become one. For the spirit of the Son of Man was created from the spirit of the Heaven Father, and his body from the body of the Earthly Mother. Become, therefore, perfect as the spirit of your Heavenly Father and the body of your Earthly Mother are perfect. And so love your Heavenly Father, as he loves your spirit. And so love your Earthly Mother, as she loves your body. And so love your true brothers, as your Heavenly Father and your Earthly Mother love them. And then your Heavenly Father shall give you his holy spirit, and your Earthly Mother shall give you her holy body. And then shall the Sons of Men like true brothers give love one to another, the love which they received from their Heavenly Father and from their Earthly Mother; and they shall all become comforters one of another. And then shall disappear from the earth all evil and all sorrow, and there shall be love and joy upon earth. And then shall the earth be like the heavens, and the kingdom of God shall come. And then shall come the Son of Man in all his glory, to inherit the kingdom of God. And then shall the Sons of Men divide their divine inheritance, the kingdom of God. For the Sons of Men live in the Heavenly Father and in the Earthly Mother, and the Heavenly Father and the Earthly Mother live in them. And then with the kingdom of God shall come the end of the times. For the Heavenly Father's love gives to all life everlasting in the kingdom of God. For love is eternal. Love is stronger than death.

"Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am become as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal. Though I tell what is to come, and know all secrets, and all wisdom; and though I have faith strong as the storm which lifts mountains from their seat, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and give all my fire that I have received from my Father, but have not love, I am in no wise profited. Love is patient, love is kind. Love is not envious, works not evil, knows not pride; is not rude, neither selfish; is slow to anger, imagines no mischief; rejoices not in injustice, but delights in justice. Love defends all, love believes all, love hopes all, love bears all; never exhausts itself; but as for tongues they shall cease, and, as for knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we have truth in part, and error in part, but when the fullness of perfection is come, that which is in part shall be blotted out. When a man was a child he spoke as a child, understood as a child, thought as a child; but when he became a man he put away childish things. For now we see through a glass and through dark sayings. Now we know in part, but when we are come before the face of God, we shall not know in part, but even as we are taught by him. And now remain these three: faith and hope and love; but the greatest of these is love.

And now I speak to you in the living tongue of the living God, through the holy spirit of our Heavenly Father. There is none yet among you that can understand all this of which I speak. He who expounds to you the scriptures speaks to you in a dead tongue of dead men, through his diseased and mortal body. Him, therefore, can all men understand, for all men are diseased and all are in death. No one sees the light of life. Blind man leads blind on the dark paths of sins, diseases and sufferings; and at the last all fall into the pit of death.

"I am sent to you by the Father, that I may make the light of life to shine before you. The light lightens itself and the darkness, but the darkness knows only itself, and knows not the light. I have still many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them yet. For your eyes are used to the darkness, and the full light of the Heavenly Father would make you blind. Therefore, you cannot yet understand that which I speak to you concerning the Heavenly Father who sent me to you. Follow, therefore, first, only the laws of your Earthly Mother, of which I have told you. And when her angels shall have cleansed and renewed your bodies and strengthened your eyes, you will be able to bear the light of our Heavenly Father. When you can gaze on the brightness of the noonday sun with unflinching eyes, you can then look upon the blinding light of your Heavenly Father, which is a thousand times brighter than the brightness of a thousand suns. But how should you look upon the blinding light of your Heavenly Father, when you cannot even bear the shining of the blazing sun? Believe me, the sun is as the flame of a candle beside the sun of truth of the Heavenly Father. Have but faith, therefore, and hope, and love. I tell you truly, you shall not want your reward. If you believe in my words, you believe in Him who sent me, who is the Lord of all, and with whom all things are possible. For what is impossible with men, all these things are possible with God. If you believe in the angels of the Earthly Mother and do her laws, your faith shall sustain you and you shall never see disease. Have hope also in the love of your Heavenly Father, for he who trusts in him shall never be deceived, nor shall he ever see death.

"Love one another, for God is love, and so shall his angels know that you walk in his paths. And then shall all the angels come before your face and serve you. And Satan with all sins, diseases and uncleannesses shall depart from your body. Go, eschew your sins; repent yourselves; baptize yourselves; that you may be born again and sin no more."

Then Jesus rose. But all else remained sitting, for every man felt the power of his words. And then the full moon appeared between the breaking clouds and folded Jesus in its brightness. And sparks flew upward from his hair, and he stood among them in the moonlight, as though he hovered in the air. And no man moved, neither was the voice of any heard. And no one knew how long a time had passed, for time stood still.

Then Jesus stretched out his hands to them and said: "Peace be with you." And so he departed, as a breath of wind sways the green of trees.

And for a long while yet the company sat still and then they woke in the silence, one man after another, like as from a long dream. But none would go, as if the words of him who had left them ever sounded in their ears. And they sat as though they listened to some wondrous music.

But at last one, as it were a little fearfully, said: "How good it is to be here." Another: "Would that this night were everlasting." And others: "Would that he might be with us always." "Of a truth he is God's messenger, for he planted hope within our hearts." And no man wished to go home, saying: "I go not home where all is dark and joyless. Why should we go home where no one loves us?"

And they spoke on this wise, for they were almost all poor, lame, blind, maimed, beggars, homeless, despised in their wretchedness, who were only borne for pity's sake in the houses where they found a few day's refuge. Even certain, who had both home and family, said: "We also will stay with you." For every man felt that the words of him who was gone bound the little company with threads invisible. And all felt that they were born again. They saw before them a shining world, even when the moon was hidden in the clouds. And in the hearts of all blossomed wondrous flowers of wondrous beauty, the flowers of joy.

And when the bright sunbeams appeared over the earth's rim, they all felt that it was the sun of the coming kingdom of God. And with joyful countenances they went forth to meet God's angels.And many unclean and sick followed Jesus' words and sought the banks of the murmuring streams. They put off their shoes and their clothing, they fasted, and they gave up their bodies to the angels of air, of water, and of sunshine. And the Earthly Mother's angels embraced them, possessing their bodies both inwards and outwards. And all of them saw all evils, sins and uncleannesses depart in haste from them.

And the breath of some became as stinking as that which is loosed from the bowels, and some had an issue of spittle, and evil-smelling and unclean vomit rose from their inward parts. All these uncleannesses flowed by their mouths. In some, by the nose, in others by the eyes and ears. And many did have a noisome and abominable sweat come from all their body, over all their skin. And on many limbs great hot boils broke forth, from which carne out uncleannesses with an evil smell, and urine flowed abundantly from their body; and in many their urine was all but dried up and became thick as the honey of bees; that of others was almost red or black, and as hard almost as the sand of rivers. And many belched stinking gases from their bowels, like the breath of devils. And their stench became so great that none could bear it.

And when they baptized themselves, the angel of water entered their bodies, and from them flowed out all the abominations and uncleannesses of their past sins, and like a falling mountain stream gushed from their bodies a multitude of hard and soft abominations. And the ground where their waters flowed was polluted, and so great became the stench that none could remain there. And the devils left their bowels in the shape of multitudinous worms which writhed in impotent rage after the angel of water had cast them out of the bowels of the Sons of Men. And then descended upon them the power of the angel of sunshine, and they perished there in their desperate writhings, trod underfoot by the angel of sunshine. And all were trembling with terror when they looked upon all these abominations of Satan, from which the angels had saved them. And they rendered thanks to God who had sent his angels for their deliverance.

And there were some whom great pains tormented, which would not depart from them; and knowing not what they should do, they resolved to send one of them to Jesus, for they greatly wished he should be with them. And when two were gone to seek him, they saw Jesus himself approaching by the bank of the river. And their hearts were filled with hope and joy when they heard his greeting, "Peace be with you." And many were the questions that they desired to ask him, but in their astonishment they could not begin, for nothing came into their minds. Then said Jesus to them: "I come because you need me." And one cried out: "Master, we do indeed, come and free us from our pains."


There is only one God, but working through His many attributes. Since the life and movement that we possessed was with God and was God. Hence, He is definitely within each & every one of us. This is the acknowledgment that the kingdom of heaven is truly with us,  for God’s attributes  per se are we.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

"MOUNT SINAI"




And Mount Sinai was altogether in smoke because the Lord descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly.

And the Lord came down upon Mount Sinai, on the top of the mount: and the Lord called Moses up to the top of the mount: and Moses went up. And the Lord called unto Moses out of the mountain, saying, Come unto me, for I would give thee the Law for thy people, which shall be a covenant for the Children of Light. And Moses went up unto God. And God spake all these words, saying, I am the Law, thy God, which hath brought thee out from the depths of the bondage of darkness.

Thou shalt have no other Laws before me.
Thou shalt not make unto thee any image of the Law in heaven above or in the earth beneath. I am the invisible Law, without beginning and without end.
Thou shalt not make unto thee false laws, for I am the Law, and the whole Law of all laws. If thou forsake me, thou shalt be visited by disasters for generation upon generation.
If thou keepest my commandments, thou shalt enter the Inftnite Garden where stands the Tree of Life in the midst of the Eternal Sea.
Thou shalt not violate the Law. The Law is thy God, who shall not hold thee guiltless.


Honor thy Earthly Mother, that thy days may be long upon the land, and honor thy Heavenly Father, that eternal life be thine in the heavens, for the earth and the heavens are given unto thee by the Law, which is thy God.

Thou shalt greet thy Earthly Mother on the morning of the Sabbath.
Thou shalt greet the Angel of Earth on the second morning.
Thou shalt greet the Angel of Life on the third morning.
Thou shalt greet the Angel of Joy on the fourth morning.
Thou shalt greet the Angel of Sun on the fifth morning.
Thou shalt greet the Angel of Water on the sixth morning,
Thou shalt greet the Angel of Air on the seventh morning-

All these Angels of the Earthly Mother shalt thou greet, and consecrate thyself to them, that thou mayest enter the Infinite Garden where stands the Tree of Life.

Thou shalt worship thy Heavenly Father on the evening of the Sabbath.
Thou shalt commune with the Angel of Eternal Life on the second evening.
Thou shalt commune with the Angel of Work on the third evening.
Thou shalt commune with the Angel of Peace on the fourth evening.
Thou shalt commune with the Angel of Power on the fifth evening,
Thou shalt commune with the Angel of Love on the sixth evening.
Thou shalt commune with the Angel of Wisdom on the seventh evening.

All these Angels of the Heavenly Father shalt thou commune with, that thy soul may bathe in the Fountain of Light, and enter into the Sea of Eternity.

The seventh day is the Sabbath: thou shalt remember it, keep it holy. The Sabbath is the day of the Light of the Law, thy God. In it thou shalt not do any work, but search the Light, the Kingdom of thy God, and all things shall be given unto thee.
For know ye that during six days thou shalt work with the Angels, but the seventh day shalt thou dwell in the Light of thy Lord, who is the holy Law.
Thou shalt not take the life from any living thing. Life comes only from God, who giveth it and taketh it away.
Thou shalt not debase Love. It is the sacred gift of thy Heavenly Father.
Thou Shalt not trade thy Soul, the priceless gift of the loving God, for the riches of the world, which are as seeds sown on stony ground, having no root in themselves, and so enduring but for a little while.
Thou shalt not be a false witness of the Law, to use it against thy brother: Only God knoweth the beginning and the ending of all things, for his eye is single, and he is the holy Law.
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's possessions. The Law giveth unto thee much greater gifts, even the earth and the heavens, if thou keep the Commandments of the Lord thy God.

And Moses heard the voice of the Lord, and sealed within him the covenant that was between the Lord and the Children of Light.
And Moses turned, and went down from the mount, and the two tablets of the Law were in his hand.
And the tablets were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tablets.


And the people knew not what became of Moses, and they gathered themselves together and brake off their golden earrings and made a molten calf. And they worshipped unto the idol, and offered to it burnt offerings.
And they ate and drank and danced before the golden calf, which they had made, and they abandoned themselves to corruption and evil before the Lord.
And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing, and the wickedness of the people: and Moses' anger waxed hot, and he cast the tablets out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount.
And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses said unto the people, Ye have sinned a great sin, ye have denied thy Creator. I will go up unto the Lord and plead atonement for thy sin.

And Moses returned unto the Lord, and said, Lord, thou hast seen the desecration of thy Holy Law. For thy children lost faith, and worshipped the darkness, and made for themselves a golden calf. Lord, forgive them, for they are blind to the light.
And the Lord said unto Moses, Behold, at the beginning of time was a covenant made between God and man, and the holy flame of the Creator did enter unto him. And he was made the son of God, and it was given him to guard his inheritance of the firstborn, and to make fruitful the land of his Father and keep it holy. And he who casteth out the Creator from him doth spit upon his birthright, and no more grievous sin doth exist in the eyes of God.

And the Lord spoke, saying, Only the Children of Light can keep the Commandments of the Law. Hear me, for I say thus: the tablets which thou didst break, these shall nevermore be written in the words of men. As thou didst return them to the earth and fire, so shall they live, invisible, in the hearts of those who are able to follow their Law. To thy people of little faith, who did sin against the Creator, even whilst thou stood on holy ground before thy God, -I will give another Law. It shall be a stem law, yea, it shall bind them, for they know not yet the Kingdom of Light.


And Moses hid the invisible Law within his breast, and kept it for a sign to the Children of Light. And God gave unto Moses the written law for the people, and he went down unto them, and spake unto them with a heavy heart.
And Moses said unto the people, these are the laws which thy God hath given thee.
Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.
Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Honor thy father and thy mother.
Thou shalt not kill.
Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Thou shalt not steal.
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house, nor thy neighbor's wife, nor anything that is thy neighbor's.
And the Torah is considered a direct dictation, which is why the Five Book of Moses have a unique position among all holy books of the Jewish people and a unique authority in the Jewish world.Having learned the Oral Law and with the Ten Commandments in hand, Moses came down the mountain and what he saw shocked him to such an extent that he dropped the stone tablets. Below the mountain, where just a few weeks ago, they stood in an encounter with God, the Jews were worshiping an idol in direct violation of the law they had just been given.


And there was a day of mourning and atonement for the great sin against the Creator, which did not end. And the broken tablets of the Invisible Law lived hidden in the breast of Moses, until it came to pass that the Children of Light appeared in the desert, and the angels walked the earth.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

"THE TEMPTATIONS OF OUR BODY"







“And from all temptations of your body and your spirit, coming from Satan, withdraw beneath the shadow of God's heaven.... “

You are like the prodigal son, who for many years did eat and drink, and passed his days in riotousness and lechery with his friends. And every week without his father's knowledge he incurred new debts, and squandered all in a few days. And the moneylenders always lent to him, because his father possessed great riches and always paid patiently the debts of his son. And in vain did he with fair words admonish his son, for he never listened to the admonitions of his father, who besought him in vain that he would give up his debaucheries which had no end, and that he would go to his fields to watch over the labour of his servants. And the son always promised him everything if he would pay his old debts, but the next day he began again. And for more than seven years the son continued in his riotous living.

But, at last, his father lost patience and no more paid to the moneylenders the debts of his son. 'If I continue always to pay,' he said, 'there will be no end to the sins of my son.' Then the moneylenders, who were deceived, in their wrath took the son into slavery that he might by his daily toil pay back to them the money which he had borrowed. And then ceased the eating and drinking and the daily excesses. From morning until night by the sweat of his face he watered the fields, and all of his limbs ached with the unaccustomed labour. And he lived upon dry bread, and had naught but his tears with which he could water it.

And three days after he suffered so much from the heat and from weariness that he said to his master: 'I can work no more, for all my limbs do ache. How long would you torment me?' 'Till the day when by the labour of your hands you pay me all your debts, and when seven yeras are passed, you will be free.' And the desperate son answered weeping: 'But I cannot bear so much as seven days. Have pity on me, for all my limbs do burn and ache.' And the wicked creditor 
cried out: 'Press on with the work; if you could for seven years spend your days and your nights in riotousness, now must you work for seven years. I will not forgive you till you pay back all your debts to the uttermost drachma.' And the son, with his limbs racked with pain, went back despairing to the fields to continue his work. Already he could hardly stand upon his feet because of his weariness and of his pains, when the seventh day was come -- the Sabbath day, in which no man works in the field. 

The son gathered the remnant of his strength and staggered to the house of his father. And he cast himself down at his father's feet and said: 'Father, believe me for the last time and forgive me all my offenses against you. I swear to you that I will never again live riotously and that I will be your obedient son in all things. Free me from the hands of my oppressor. Father, look upon me and upon my sick limbs, and harden not your heart.'

Then tears came into his father's eyes, and he took his son in his arms, and said: 'Let us rejoice, for today a great joy is given me, because I have found again my beloved son, who was lost.' And he clothed him with his choicest raiment and all the day long they made merry. And on the morning of the morrow he gave his son a bag of silver that he might pay to his creditors all that he owed them. And when his son came back, he said to him: 'My son, do you see that it is easy, through riotous living, to incur debts for seven years, but their payment is difficult by the heavy labour of seven years?' 'Father, it is indeed hard to pay them, even for seven days.' And his father admonished him, saying: 'For this once alone has it been permitted to you to pay your debts in seven days instead of seven years, the rest is forgiven you. But take heed that in the time to come you do not incur more debts. For I tell you truly, that none else but your father forgives you your debts, because you are his son. For with all else you would have had to labour hard for seven years, as it is commanded in our laws.
 

"'My father, I will henceforth be your living and obedient son, and I will not any more incur debts, for I know that their payment is hard.'’’
 
And he went to his father's field and watched every day over the work of his father's labourers. And he never made his labourers work hard, for he remembered his own heavy labour. And the years passed, and his father's possessions increased ever more and more beneath his hand, for the blessing of his father was upon his labour. And slowly he gave back tenfold to his father all that he had squandered in the seven years. And when his father saw that his son used well his servants and all his possessions, he said to him: 'My son, I see that my possessions are in good hands. I give you all my cattle, my house, my lands and my treasures. Let all this be your heritage, continue increasing it that I may have delight in you.' And when the son had received his inheritance from his father, he forgave their debts to all his debtors who could not pay him, for he did not forget that his debt also had been forgiven when he could not pay it. And God blessed him with long life, with many children and with much riches, because he was kind to all his servants and to all his cattle.

Then he turned to the sick folk and said: "I speak to you in parables that you may better understand God's wordThe seven years of eating and drinking and of riotous living are the sins of the pastThe wicked creditor is Satan. The debts are diseases.The heavy labour is painsThe prodigal son, he is yourselvesThe payment of the debts is the casting from you of devils and diseases, and the healing of your bodyThe bag of silver received from the father is the liberating power of the angelsThe father is GodThe father's possessions are earth and heavenThe servants of the father are the angelsThe father's field is the worldwhich is changed into the kingdom of the heavens, if the Sons of Man work thereon together with the angels of the Heavenly Father

For I tell you, it is better that the son should obey his father and keep watch over his father's servants in the field, than that he should become the debtor of the wicked creditor and toil and sweat in serfdom to repay all his debts. It is better, likewise, if the Sons of Man also obey the laws of their Heavenly Father, and work together with his angels upon his kingdom, than that they should become the debtors of Satan, 
the lord of death, of all sins and all diseases, and that they should suffer with pains and sweat till they have repaid all their sins. I tell you truly, great and many are your sins. Many years have you yielded to the enticings of Satan. You have been gluttonous winebibbers and gone a-whoring, and your past debts have multiplied. And now you must repay them, and payment is difficult and hard. Be not, therefore, already impatient after the third day, like the prodigal son, but wait patiently for the seventh day which is sanctified by God, and then go with humble and obedient heart before the face of your Heavenly Father, that he may forgive you your sins and all your past debts.... "Happy are those that persevere to the end, for the devils of Satan write all your evil deeds in a book, in the book of your body and your spirit. I tell you truly, there is not one sinful deed, but it is written, even from the beginning of the world, before our Heavenly Father. For you may escape the laws made by kings, but the laws of your God, these may none of the Sons of Man escape. And when you come before the face of God, the devils of Satan bear witness against you with your deed, and God sees your sins written in the book of your body and of your spirit and is sad in his heart.

But if you repent of your sins, and by fasting and prayer you seek the angels of God, then . . . 
God's angels blot out . . . your evil deeds from the book of your body and your spirit. And when the last page is also blotted out and cleansed from all your sins, you stand before the face of God, and God rejoices in his heart and forgets all your sins. He frees you from the clutches of Satan and from suffering; he takes you within his house and commands that all his servants, all his angels serve you. Long life does he give you, and you shall never see disease.


And if, thenceforward, instead of sinning, you pass your days in doing good deeds, then 
the angels of God shall write all your good deeds in the book of your body and of your spirit
. I tell you truly, no good deed remains unwritten before God, not from the beginning of the world. For from your kings and your governors you may wait in vain for your reward, but never do your good deeds want their reward from God."

Saturday, November 12, 2016

"ARE WE AWARE?"




Some people proclaim that he has absolute control of his destiny by what he CHOOSES. He has the “free will” to accept Christ, to choose God as his father, and to go to heaven, escaping the fires of hell. Appealing to this natural flesh driven fear, the whole pitch is aimed at getting an abundance of followers since who would not want to say a few magic words just in case. This is all an illusion and has NO foundation in the Bible. 

Who do you think Jesus was talking about in Matthew 7:15-23? “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. … Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? and in Thy name have cast out devils? and in Thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.” Evidently these “false prophets” are disguised as “sheep”, Christianity, in order to make a feast off of the flock which is what “ravening wolves” do. The whole time they are doing things in the “name of Jesus”, they are not His, but are the workers of “iniquity”.


No matter what these purveyors of perversion say, God does the choosing. It is God’s WILL and not man’s “free will” that is in CONTROL of ALL things. What happens to you in the great hereafter has nothing to do with you saying some magic words, but it is predestinated by Almighty God. In case you are still caught in this  deceitfulness, ask yourself, “Did the disciples choose Jesus?” The answer to this is given in John 6:70. “Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?” Also read John 15:16 where He says, Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you”. This applies to more than just the disciples for Jesus says in Matthew 20:16 that “many be called, but few chosen.” He reiterates this in Matthew 22:14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.”



The apostle Paul on the way to Damascus to arrest and imprison followers of Jesus did not “accept Christ”, did not “choose God to be his father”, did not “repent of his sins”, did not say any magic words, did not believe in some churchism, and did not “have faith” in some doxology, BUT was CHOSEN BY GOD to become a witness of Christ.

Read about this in Acts 9:3-20. There was a man named Ananias to whom in verses 15 and 16 the Lord said,
“Go thy way: for he (Paul) is a chosen vessel unto Me, to bear My name before the Gentiles (nations), and kings, and the children of Israel: For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for My name's sake.” Paul not only knew who did the choosing, but also when this choosing was done as stated in Ephesians 1:4, “According as he hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world. If this hits your hot button then you will be launched into the stratosphere of hysteria by Titus 1:2 which says that we have “eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began, and that it was in the heavens when our names were “written in the book of life from the foundation of the world(Revelation 17:8). 

All this is God’s hidden wisdom and is a mystery as Paul says in 1st Corinthians 2:7, “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:” Here comes more fuel for the flight to hysteria. Man does not get to play god except in his own ego driven fleshly mind, but it is YHVH God that does the choosing, made a book of whom He chose, and did it all before the world began. He has an absolute predestinated plan that man’s choice, free will, or any other delusions of grandeur will never change. Orthodoxy can rant and rave and teach all manners of heresy, but it will not alter the Divine plan. God is the author and finisher of all things.



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Sunday, October 30, 2016

"THE BOOK OF JUDGES"



"Judges" begins with the death of Joshua and basically tells the story of Israel’s total failure. The books name comes from the types of leaders Israel had in this period. Before they had any kings, the tribe were all govern by these judges. Do not think of a court room; these were Regional Political Military leaders more like a tribal chieftain, and you need to be warned. The Book of Judges is very disturbing and violent. It tells the tragic tale of Israel’s moral corruption of its bad leadership and basically how they become no different than the Canaanites. But these sad stories also meant to generate hope for the future. And you could see this, how the book is designed. There is a large introduction of set of stages for Israel’s failures, (3-16)  They don’t drive out the remaining Canaanites, then the large main section of the book has stories about the growing corruption of Israel’s Judges and the progression here shows how Israel’s leaders go from pretty good, to okay, to bad, to worse. The concluding section (17-21) is really disturbing and shows the corruption of the people of Israel as a whole.

The opening section begins with the tribe of Israel in their territory in the promised land. And since Joshua defeated the Canaanite king, there was a lot of land to be taken and lots of Canaanites living in those areas, and so chapters 1 gives a long list of Canaanite group and towns that Israel just failed to drive out from the land. The whole point of driving out the Canaanites was to avoid their moral corruption and their way of worshipping the gods, to child sacrifice. God had called Israel to be a holy people, and that does not happen.
Chapter 2 describes how Israel moved in alongside the Canaanites and adopted all their cultural and religious practices. And it is right here that the story stops. For nearly a whole chapter the annihilator gives us an overview of everything that is about to happen in the body of the book.

This part of the Israel’s history, as the annihilator says, was a series of cycles moving in a downward spiral. Israel became like the Canaanite and so they would sin against God. God would allow them to be conquered and oppressed by the Canaanites. Eventually, the Israelites would see the errors of their ways and repent. So God would rise up and deliver a judge from among Israel who would defeat the enemy and bring about the error of peace. But eventually, Israel would sin again and with all, starts over again. This cycle provides the literary design and flow for the next main section of the book.


It gets repeated for each of the six main Judges whose stories are told here. The story of the first three Judges, 1] Othniel, 2] Ehud and 3] Deborah. They are ethic adventures. There are also extremely bloody stories. Either they judge themselves or people who helped the judges. They defeat the emenies and deliver the people of Israel. The story about the next three judges are longer and they focus (11) in on the character flaws of the Judges which gets increasingly worse.

Gideon: (6-9) he began pretty well, he is a coward of a man, but he eventually comes to trust. The God can not save Israel through him and so he defeats a huge army of Midianites with only 300 men carrying torches and clay pots. But Gideon has a nasty temper, he murders a bunch of fellow Israelites for not helping him in his battle and then it all goes downhill from there. He makes an idol from the gold he won from his battle and after he dies, all Israelites worships the idol as the god and the cycle begins again. 


The next main judge is Jephthan (10-12) who is somewhat like a mafia buff living up in the hills and when things get really bad for Israel, the elders come to him, begging for his help. And Jephthan was a very affective leader, he won lots of battles against the Ammonites but he was so unfamiliar with the gods of Israel. He treats him like a Cannonite god. He vows to sacrifice his daughtrer if he wins the battle. This tragic story, it shows just how far Israel has fallen. They no longer know the character of their own God which leads to murder and a false worship.

The last Judge, Samson, (13-16) is by far the worse. His life begins with full of promise but he has no regard for the God of Israel. He was pernicious, violent and arrogant. He did won brutally, strategically victories over the Pallestines but only at the expense of his own integrity and his life ends in a violent rush of mass murders.

A quick note here: you notice a repeated theme in the main section of the book. That, a key moments that God’s spirit will empower each of these Judges to accomplish these great acts of deliverance. The fact that God use these scrounge-up people, does not mean He endorses all or even any of their decisions. God is commited first and foremost to saving His people but all He has to work with is these corrupt leaders. And so, work with them He does. This whole section is designed just to show how bad things got happen. You can not even tell the Israelite and the Canaanite apart anymore and that is just because of the leaders.

The final section shows Israel as a whole hidden bottom (17-31). There are 2 tragic stories (17-18) and they are not for the fate of heart (19-21) Their structure by these key line that gets repeated 4x at the close of the book. “In those days, Israel had no king and everyone did what was right in their own eyes”.

The first story is about (17-18) in Israel’s name, Micah who builts a private temple to “en-idol” and that is emploundered by a private army sent from the tribe of Dan. So they come and steal everything and then they go and burn down the peaceful city of Laism and then murder all of its inhabitants. It is a horrifying story. When Israel forgets its God, might--makes—right. The final story of the book was even worse (19-21). It is a shocking tale of sexual abuse and violence which lead Israel’s first civil war. It is very disturbing. And that is the point. These stories are meant to serve as a warning. Israel to descend in the self-destruction and the result of turning away from God who loves them and saved them from slavery in Egypt. And now Israel needs to be delivered again from themselves. The only glimmer of hope in the story is found in these repeated line in the last part of the book. It actually forms the last sentence of the story. Israel has no king. “IN THOSE DAYS ISRAEL HAD NO KING AND EVERYONE DID WHAT WAS RIGHT IN THEIR OWN EYES”

And so the stages set forth the following book to tell the origin of King David’s family (The Book of kings) and also the origin of Kingship itself in Israel (The 1st Book of Samuel). But the story of Judges has value and has a tragedy. It is a sobering explanation of the human condition and ultimately, it points out the need for God’s grace to send the King who would rescue His people. This is the Book of Judges.




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