Saturday, May 20, 2017

"PROPHESIED"



This is the enduring prophecy that the world has never known. It is only in our generation that the world will know about it.  Why he, Jesus was sent to the people of Israel; and if he was the only one tasked to fulfill the prophecy.

When Jesus came and said that he was sent by God to fulfill his mission, men simply accepted his claim.  To date, without knowing the reason for his coming (why he was sent), no one ever asked him what his mission for God was.  Even the religions taught us regarding the coming and the ministry of Jesus, but we were not instructed about the specific work of Jesus. God has given a task to Jesus.  We should know the work he set out to do, and that is the only thing we should believe in him.  What was important was the work that was to be fulfilled, not the man who was sent to do the work.

He is sent to do two things: The Glory should belong to God, not to the man who was sent on a mission from God. Let us start with what was the mission of Jesus.
When King David wanted to build a house for the Ark of the Covenant, God had taken the opportunity to accept David's request, but it was not David who will build a house for God.  Who will?  This was the prophecy given by God to David through the prophet Nathan...

When your days are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom. II Samuel 7:12

The promise was given to David: a descendant will come from his bloodline.  And this will be the work of the descendant.

He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. II Samuel 7:13
David’s descendant was to build a house with the Name of God.  Once the house is built, the people will see the house and will eventually see the Name of God. Being able to again call on God’s Name, leads to the breaking of the curse, that was upon God’s people.  Finally, when the curse is broken, the people may return to the true God. But why is there a need to build a house with the Name of God, why can't just anyone say the Name; is there a reason for it? What is the reason why God’s people never knew His Name?

Then Jeremiah said to all the people, including the women, "Hear the word of the LORD, all you people of Judah in Egypt.  This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: You and your wives have shown by your actions what you promised when you said, 'We will certainly carry out the vows we made to burn incense and pour out drink offerings to the Queen of Heaven.'  "Go ahead then, do what you promised!  Keep your vows! Jeremiah 44:24-25

This made God angry with His people when they worshiped the "queen of heaven".    This is equivalent to the present-day Mary, mother of Jesus, who has the title of "queen of heaven and earth" (given by the religions), and who is still venerated to this day. What was God's judgment on them?

But hear the word of the LORD, all Jews living in Egypt: 'I swear by my great name,' says the LORD, 'that no one from Judah living anywhere in Egypt will ever again invoke my name or swear, "As surely as the Sovereign LORD lives." Jeremiah 44:26

This is the curse which God gave to His people that they may not say His Name anymore, and if God swore, will He change what he had declared?

The LORD Almighty has sworn, "Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will stand. Isaiah 14:24

We have to know the Name.  Why is it important for us to know the Name?

The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. Joel 2:31

This is the reason why we have to know the Name of God, It is also written, if people in the world will not repent and change their ways, there might be a nuclear holocaust... and who will be saved?

And everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the LORD has said, among the survivors whom the LORD calls. Joel 2:32

In the Holy Bible is the prophecy that speaks of a nuclear holocaust.

This is the plague with which the LORD will strike all the nations that fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths.  On that day men will be stricken by the LORD with great panic. Each man will seize the hand of another, and they will attack each other. Judah too will fight at Jerusalem.  The wealth of all the surrounding nations will be collected – great quantities of gold and silver and clothing.  A similar plague will strike the horses and mules, the camels and donkeys, and all the animals in those camps. Zechariah 14:12-15

This is what everyone should know that if ever Jerusalem is attacked, this prophecy will happen.  The world should take this prophecy seriously and take action for this event not to happen.  The nations are urged to consult with the "angel/foreigner" before it is too late. If nations will only talk and consult among themselves in the international arena, they will never know the real cause of the problem and will never find the lasting solution to the ills of the world.  It will only lead to greater danger.

The reason why the house with the Name of God was built was for the people to see the Name on the house.  Seeing the Name, they may call on God’s Name for the curse to end.  Since God had sworn that His Name may no longer be spoken by His people, He had to let his people know His Name indirectly by building a house with His Name.  It is a way of overcoming the curse He had given because God loves His people.  This has to happen so that they may call on His Name and be saved when the “the great and dreadful day of the LORD” comes. Actually, it was King David's appeal to build a house for the Name of God, but he was not allowed to build and the privilege of building the house with the Name was given to his descendant.

Let us return to the prophecy...

When your days are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom. II Samuel 7:12

This is the promise given to David; a descendant will come from his bloodline.  This will be the work of the descendant.

He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. II Samuel 7:13

“to build a house with the Name of God” - if the descendant is successful, his kingdom will be forever, and what else will God give to him in return.

I will be his father, and he will be my son.  When he does wrong, I will punish him with the rod of men, with floggings inflicted by men. II Samuel 7:14

"I will be his father, and he will be my son" - the descendant will be considered or be privileged to be "called" the "son of God," this is the honor or title which will be conferred on him if he succeeds, though he is just a man.
  
We should remember when God summons His prophet, He always gives a blessing and a curse; if the prophet obeys and fulfills his mission – blessing and...

...When he does wrong, I will punish him with the rod of men, with floggings inflicted by men. II Samuel 7:14

Now there is a condition given to the descendant, if he commits "wrong," which is different from sin.  When you commit sin, you did it yourself.  When you commit "wrong," it means you have made others to also commit the transgression.  It will have a heavier punishment, and…

But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you.  Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.' Nathan reported to David all the words of this entire revelation. II Samuel 7:15-17 


Monday, May 15, 2017

"The New Jerusalem"



They raise their voices, they shout for joy; from the west, they acclaim the LORD's majesty. Therefore in the east give glory to the LORD; exalt the name of the LORD,  the God of Israel, in the islands of the sea. From the ends of the earth, we hear singing: "Glory to the Righteous One." But I said, "I waste away, I waste away! Woe to me! The treacherous betray! With treachery the treacherous betray!" Isaiah 24:14-16 NIV

"the east give glory to the LORD" – Where in the east? The Name of God will be known "in the islands of the sea!"

See, the Name of the LORD comes from afar, with burning anger and dense clouds of smoke; his lips are full of wrath, and his tongue is a consuming fire. Isaiah 30:27 NIV

“comes from afar” – from the Far East

Where will the “last prophet” come from?

Does he not “come from a distant land”? (I Kings 8:41) 
He comes from the Philippines? This means that the Name of God will be known from the Far East. Since in the Old Jerusalem, the wars and violence, the fighting between religions, and evildoing are present, God is no longer with them. Is it true?

This is what the Sovereign LORD showed me: a basket of ripe fruit."What do you see, Amos?" he asked. "A basket of ripe fruit," I answered. Then the LORD said to me, "The time is ripe for my people Israel; I will spare them no longer. Amos 8:1-2

“I will spare them no longer” – God is no longer with them!

Where is God in our present time?

"I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me; I was found by those who did not seek me. To a nation that did not call on my name, I said, 'Here am I, here am I.'Isaiah 65:1

God in our present time is a nation that is not called by His Name or not in the nation of Israel! Where? In the islands in the Far East! The Philippines is the New Jerusalem! We have come to know the Name of God and the question: What blessings will we receive from God.

"Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation." Psalm 91:14-16

To acknowledge and to call on the Lord God Israel, it is the only time He will answer us. Regarding the disasters and wars in our generation, then, who has the right to ask salvation from God?

The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 9:9-10

God will not forsake those who will call on His Great Name! 

In our present generation, for us to know that this is the time of trouble, where will it start?

See, I am beginning to bring disaster on the city that bears my Name, and will you indeed go unpunished? You will not go unpunished, for I am calling down a sword upon all who live on the earth, declares the LORD Almighty.' Jeremiah 25:29

"the city that bears my Name" - you know the place, this is the time of the fulfillment of the prophecies in the "last days" "all who live on the earth" - together with all the people of the world, no one will be spared from the judgment of God.
"Now prophesy all these words against them and say to them: " 'The LORD will roar from on high; he will thunder from his holy dwelling and roar mightily against his land. He will shout like those who tread the grapes, shout against all who live on the earth. The tumult will resound to the ends of the earth, for the LORD will bring charges against the nations; he will bring judgment on all mankind and put the wicked to the sword,' " declares the LORD. Jeremiah 25:30-31

When the people are bad, they will be punished with wars and killings.

This is what the LORD Almighty says: 

"Look! Disaster is spreading from nation to nation; a mighty storm is rising from the ends of the earth." Jeremiah 25:32

We have experienced the violent storms, even the change in climate around the world, which has not been experienced before. We hear and see these things as they are happening through the news on Cable or Satellite TV broadcasts. If not natural calamities, they will be subject to other disasters, famine, and plagues.

At that time those slain by the LORD will be everywhere - from one end of the earth to the other. They will not be mourned or gathered up or buried but will be like refuse to lie on the ground. Jeremiah 25:33

With the great number of the dead, they will be left unburied. We should avoid this; the leaders should talk it over to acknowledge, repent, and return to God. 

If we will not...

Weep and wail, you shepherds; roll in the dust, you leaders of the flock. For your time to be slaughtered has come; you will fall and be shattered like fine pottery. Jeremiah 25:34

Even the religions will bear God's wrath, the leaders of the religions will be killed by the people because of the great deception that they have done to all the people of the world. The leaders of the religions will not escape the wrath of God.

The shepherds will have nowhere to flee, the leaders of the flock no place to escape. Hear the cry of the shepherds, the wailing of the leaders of the flock, for the LORD is destroying their pasture. Jeremiah 25:35-36

Their destruction will be complete.
The peaceful meadows will be laid waste because of the fierce anger of the LORD. Jeremiah 25:37

All the people, whether they are good or bad, did not call on the true Name of God! Thus, all are cursed.

Like a lion, he will leave his lair, and their land will become desolate because of the sword of the oppressor and because of the LORD's fierce anger. Jeremiah 25:38

After all of this, the religions will be exposed that they have deceived humanity. This is the cause of the curse from God. It is also the reason why we had wars.

Now, it is important to know the Name of God.

I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. Joel 2:30-31

We can be saved.

And everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the LORD has said, among the survivors whom the LORD calls. Joel 2:32

It is very clear, he who calls on the Name of God will be saved. In these times, those who have known and called on the Name of God, what should we do.

Go, my people, enter your rooms and shut the doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until his wrath has passed by. See, the LORD is coming out of his dwelling to punish the people of the earth for their sins. The earth will disclose the blood shed upon her; she will conceal her slain no longer.Isaiah 26:20-21,

"my people" - And who are they?

This third I will bring into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name  and I will answer them; I will say, 'They are my people,' and they will say, 'The LORD is our God.' "Zechariah 13:9

Those who will call on the Name of God will be called God’s people! As "Jerusalem" is mentioned - this is no longer the city that is in the Middle East. The new city of God... The New Jerusalem in the Islands in the East.                                                          Could this be true?





Saturday, May 13, 2017

"FULFILLED PROPHECY” [scriptural]



And there was delivered unto Him the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He hath anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty, them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord". And He closed the book, and He gave it again to the minister and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the 10 synagogues were fastened on Him. And He began to say unto them, "This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.” “Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle, shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever, therefore, shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:17-19)
When the eve came, they brought unto Him many that were possessed with devils: and He cast out the spirits with His word, and healed all that were sick: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, "Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.” (Matthew 8:16-17) Then the Pharisees went out and held a council against Him, how they might destroy Him. But when Jesus knew it, He withdrew Himself from thence: and great multitudes, followed Him, and He healed them all; And charged them that, they should not make Him known: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, "Behold My servant, whom I have chosen; My beloved, in whom My soul is well pleased: I will put My spirit upon Him, and He shall shew judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear His voice in the streets. A bruised reed shall He not break, and smoking flax shall He not quench, till He sends forth, judgment unto victory. And in His name shall the Gentiles trust.” (Matthew 12:14-21) All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable, spake He not unto them: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, "I will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret, from the foundation of the world.” (Matthew 13:34-35)
But He answered and said unto them, "An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall, no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” (Matthew 12:39-40) And He began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.  For He taught His disciples, and said unto them, "The Son of man is delivered, into the hands of men, and they shall kill Him; and after that, He is killed, He shall rise the third day.” Saying, "The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day.” “Let these sayings sink down into your ears: for the Son of man shall be delivered, into the hands of men.” “Now is the judgment, of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me." This He said, signifying, what death He should die. The people answered Him, "We have heard out of the law that Christ abideth forever: and how sayest thou, The Son of man must be lifted up? who is this Son of man?” (John 12:31-34) Then said Jesus unto them, "When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am He and that I do nothing of myself; but as My Father hath taught Me, I speak these things.” (John 8:28) “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:” (John 3:14) And He said unto them, "These are the words, which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning Me.” "Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the 12 scribes; and they shall condemn Him to death, and shall deliver Him to the Gentiles:”
And it came to pass about an eight days, after these sayings, He took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray. And as He prayed, the fashion of His countenance was altered, and His raiment was white and glistering. And behold, there, talked with Him two men, which were Moses and Elias: who appeared in glory, and spake of His decease which He should accomplish at Jerusalem.”  And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, "Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man rises again from the dead." And His disciples asked Him, saying, "Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come?" And Jesus answered and said unto them, "Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. But I say unto you, that Elias has come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise, shall also the Son of man suffer of them.” (Matthew 17:9-12) And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, "The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men:” (Matthew 17:22) “Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn Him to death,” (Matthew 20:18) The Son of man goeth,  as it is written of Him: "but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! It had been good for that man if he had not been born.” (Matthew 26:24) “But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated Me without a cause.” (John 15:25) “For they that dwell at Jerusalem and their rulers, because they knew Him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning Him.” “And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined: but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed!”  “I speak not of you all: I know, whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with Me hath lifted up his heel against Me. Now I tell you before it comes that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am He.” (John 13:18-19) “Ye know that after two days, is the feast of the Passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.” (Matthew 26:2)
Then cometh He to His disciples, and saith unto them, "Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.” (Matthew 26:45) And He cometh the third time, and saith unto them, "Sleep-on-now, and take your rest: it is enough, the hour has come; behold, the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.”  Then asked He them again, "Who seek ye?" And they said, "Jesus of Nazareth". Jesus answered, "I have told you that I am He: if therefore ye seek Me, let these go their way: That the saying might be fulfilled, which He spake, Of them which Thou gavest Me, have I lost none.” (John 18:7-9) And Jesus answered and said unto them, "Are ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and with staves to take Me? I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and ye took Me not": but the scriptures must be fulfilled. And they all forsook Him and fled.
And, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest's, and smote off his ear. Then said Jesus unto him, "Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword, shall perish with the sword. Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He shall presently give Me more than twelve legions of angels?" But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be? In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, "Are ye come out as against a thief, with swords and staves for to take Me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on Me." But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook Him and fled. (Matthew 26:51-56)  And with Him, they crucify two thieves; the one on His right hand, and the other on His left. And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, "And He was numbered, with the transgressors.” And they crucified Him, and parted His garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, "They parted My garments among them, and upon My vesture did they cast lots.” (Matthew 27:35) They said therefore to themselves, "Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be": that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, "They parted My raiment among them, and for My vesture, they did cast lots". These things, therefore the soldiers did. (John 19:24)
After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, "I thirst". Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a sponge with vinegar, and put it upon, hyssop, and put it to His mouth. When Jesus, therefore had received the vinegar, He said, "It is finished": and He bowed His head, and gave up the ghost. (John 19:28-30)
Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulcher, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulcher. And they entered in and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, two men stood by them in shining garments: And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, "Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how He spake unto you when He was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rises again.” And He said unto them, "What things?" And they said unto Him, "Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet, mighty in deed and word, before God and all the people: And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and have crucified Him. But we trusted that it had been He, which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, today is the third day since these things were done.” But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all His prophets, that Christ should suffer, He hath so fulfilled.  And when they had fulfilled all that was written of Him, they took Him down from the tree, and laid Him in a sepulcher.” 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

"MEN REMADE"



The early Nazarenes were simple in this way because they loved one another... because they loved the 'Christ' within each other. This can be pointed out in the following words, giving us a fine summation of the attitude of the early Christians and of their approach, in those enthusiastic days, to Christ and to life in the world:
They spoke in plain terms of God. They did not think of Jesus of Nazareth as a crucial experiment. They knew Him as Friend and Master, and they put their whole being into the enthusiasm of His friendship and service. 

Their preaching was the good news of the Way. They assumed that men already meant something when they spoke of God, and, without challenging the inheritance which they received from Judaism, they set side by side with it the Jesus whom they had known living, and dead, and alive again." 
Only through compassion and service as the expression of love (unity) can the real message of Christ be understood as we pass on towards a joyful resurrection. Love makes us humbler, and at the same time wiser. It penetrates to the heart of reality and has a faculty of discovering the truth hidden by a form. 
They had been through much more than a time of inexplicable miracles, healing, and voices, and a strange mastery over Nature itself, and at the end a conquest of death. If they had told the world, and us, these things alone, would have been believed? Such stories have always found not hearing. And men would still have known nothing more of the meaning of God.  
But their experience had been one of such a Friendship as man had never known, of disastrous failure and a forgiveness beyond all believing, and of a new, a free, a creative life. Nothing of all this was of their own achievement. They knew they were men remade, and they knew that the mode of their remaking was love 
This was a providence, a deliverance, greater and more significant than anything anyone had ever claimed for the Creator-God. Yet they could not think of it as other than His work, since God, as all their national tradition taught, is One. It interpreted for them, as we might put it in our more cautious way, the creative reality to which they, with all men, had looked with uncertainty and even with fear 
Henceforth the central hypothesis which men call God was known as love, and everywhere He was made manifest just in so far as love had passed out from Christ to the fellowship of the Christian community.


Christ had risen, and by His Resurrection proved that humanity had in it the seed of life, and that there was no death for the man who could follow in the steps of the Master. In the past, being wholly engrossed with consideration of the Crucifixion, we have been apt to forget the fact of the Resurrection.  
Yet on Easter Day, throughout the world, believers everywhere express their belief in the risen Christ and in the life beyond the grave. They have argued along many lines as to the possibility of His rising, and whether He rose as a human being or as the Son of God. They have been deeply concerned to prove that because He rose again, so shall we rise, provided we believe in Him. 


In order to meet the theological need of proving that God is love, they have invented a place of discipline, called by many names, such as purgatory, or the various stages of the different faiths on the road of departed spirits to heaven, because so many millions die, or have died, without ever having heard of Christ.  
Therefore belief in Him as a historical figure is not possible for them. We have evolved such doctrines as conditional immortality, and the at-one-ment through the blood of Jesus, in an endeavor to glorify the personality of Jesus and safeguard Christian believers, and to reconcile human interpretations with the truth in the Gospels.  
They have taught the doctrine of hell-fire and eternal punishment, and then tried to fit it in to the general belief that God is love! Yet the truth is that Christ died and rose again because He was divinity immanent in a human body.  
Through the processes of evolution and initiation He demonstrated to us the meaning and purpose of the divine life present in Him and in us all. Because Christ was human, He rose again. Because He was also divine, He rose again, and in the enacting of the drama of resurrection He revealed to us that great concept of the continuity of unfoldment which it has ever been the task of the Mysteries of all time to reveal. 
Again and again we have found that the three episodes related in the Gospel story are not isolated happenings in the life of Jesus the Nazarene, but that they have been repeatedly undergone in the secret places of the Temples of the Mysteries, from the dawn of time. 
The Saviors of the past were all subjected to the processes of death in some form or other, but they all rose again or were translated to glory. In the initiation ceremonies this burial and resurrection at the end of three days was a familiar ceremonial. History tells us of many of these Sons of God who died and rose again, and finally ascended into Heaven.  
Thus we find that the resurrection story is of very ancient date, and that God has always held before humanity, through the Mysteries and through His illumined Sons, the fact of immortality, as before our Christian world, through the death and resurrection of His beloved Son. This whole problem of death and immortality is engrossing a great deal of public attention.  

The outstanding need of people today is to emphasize the living, risen Christ. We have argued too long over the death of Christ, seeking to impose a narrow sectarian Christ upon the world.  
We have fed the fires of separation by Christian divisions, churches, sects and "isms." Their name is legion, and most of them are founded upon some sectarian presentation of the dead Christ, and of the earlier aspects of His story. 
Let us now unite on the basis of the risen Christ - Christ alive today, Christ the source of inspiration and the founder of the kingdom of God; the cosmic Christ, eternally on the Cross, yet eternally alive; Christ, the historical Savior, the mystic portraying upon the canvas of the Gospels the episodes of unfoldment so that all who live may know and follow; alive today in every human heart and the guarantee of the urge towards divinity, which humanity so constantly exhibits. 

Because of the presence of Christ in man, the conviction of divinity and of man's consequent immortality seem to be inherent in the human consciousness. It will inevitably occupy more and more of man's attention until it is demonstrated and proven; meanwhile that something apparently persists beyond physical death has been demonstrated.  
The fact of immortality has not been proven as yet, though it constitutes a basic belief in the minds of millions, and where such a belief is universally found, there must indubitably be a basis for it. 
The entire question of immortality is closely linked with the problem of divinity and of the unseen, subjective world, which seems to underlie the tangible and visible, frequently making its presence felt. Working therefore on the premise of the unseen and invisible, it is probable that we shall eventually penetrate to it and discover that it has always been with us, but that we have been blinded and unable to recognize its presence. Always some have done so, and their note sounds forth, strengthening our belief, endorsing our hope, and guaranteeing to us the eventual experience. 
We are privileged to be present at a moment of great crisis for the human race. We are seeing the birth of a new and deathless race - a race in which the germ of immortality will flower and in which divinity can express itself through the transfiguration of mankind.  
That which is of value is coming to the fore. It has always been there, but today it can be seen, ushering in the consummation of Christ's work, and bringing to realization His teachings.
The key to the overcoming of death and to the processes of realizing the meaning and nature of eternity and the continuity of life can with safety be revealed only when love holds sway over the human consciousness, and where the good of the whole, and not the selfish good of the individual, comes to be the supreme regard.


Thursday, April 6, 2017

"DIVINITY OF JESUS"



None of the Bible’s Writers Believed That Jesus is God: Christians and Muslims both believe in Jesus, love him, and honor him.  They are, however, divided over the question of his divinity. Fortunately, this difference can be resolved if we refer the question to both the Bible and the Quran, because, both the Bible and the Quran teach that Jesus is not God. It is clear enough to everyone that the Quran denies the divinity of Jesus, so we do not need to spend much time explaining that. On the other hand, many people misunderstand the Bible; they feel that the belief in Jesus as God is so widespread that it must have come from the Bible.  This article shows quite conclusively that the Bible does not teach that.

The Bible clearly teaches that Jesus is not God.  In the Bible God is always someone else other than Jesus. Some will say that something Jesus said or something he did while on the earth proves that he is God.  We will show that the disciples never came to the conclusion that Jesus is God.  And those are people who lived and walked with Jesus and thus knew first-hand what he said and did.  Furthermore, we are told in the Acts of the Apostles in the Bible that the disciples were being guided by the Holy Spirit.  If Jesus is God, surely they should know it.  But they did not.  They kept worshipping the one true God who was worshiped by Abraham, Moses, and Jesus (see Acts 3:13).

All of the writers of the Bible believed that God was not Jesus.  The idea that Jesus is God did not become part of Christian belief until after the Bible was written, and took many centuries to become part of the faith of Christians. Matthew, Mark, and Luke, authors of the first three Gospels, believed that Jesus was not God (see Mark 10:18 and Matthew 19:17).  They believed that he was the son of God in the sense of a righteous person.  Many others too, are similarly called sons of God (see Matthew 23:1-9).

Paul believed to be the author of some thirteen or fourteen letters in the Bible, also believed that Jesus is not God.  For Paul, God first created Jesus, then used Jesus as the agent by which to create the rest of creation (see
Colossians 1:15 and 1 Corinthians 8:6).  Similar ideas are found in the letter to the Hebrews, and also in the Gospel and Letters of John composed some seventy years after Jesus.  In all of these writings, however, Jesus is still a creature of God and is therefore forever subservient to God (see 1 Corinthians 15:28).

Now, because Paul, John, and the author of Hebrews believed that Jesus was God’s first creature, some of what they wrote clearly show that Jesus was a pre-existent powerful beingThis is often misunderstood to mean that he must have been God.  But to say that Jesus was God is to go against what these very authors wrote.  Although these authors had this later belief that Jesus is greater than all creatures, they also believed that he was still lesser than God.  In fact, John quotes Jesus as saying: ...the Father is greater than I. (John 14:28).  And Paul declares that the head of every woman is her husband, the head of every man is Christ, and the head of Christ is God (see 1 Corinthians 11:3).

Therefore, to find something in these writings and claim that these teach that Jesus is God is to misuse and misquote what those authors are saying.  What they wrote must be understood in the context of their belief that Jesus is a creature of God as they have already clearly said.

So we see then, that some of the later writers had a higher view of Jesus, but none of the writers of the Bible believed that Jesus is God.  The Bible clearly teaches that there is only one true God, the one whom Jesus worshiped (see John 17: 3).

In the rest of this article, we will explore the Bible in more depth, and deal with the passages which are most often misquoted as proofs of Jesus’ divinity.  We will show, with God’s help, that these do not mean what they are so often used to prove.

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Evidence From the Acts of the Apostles: Jesus performed many miraculous wonders, and he, without the doubt, said a lot of wonderful things about himself.  Some people use what he said and did as a proof that he was God.  But his original disciples who lived and walked with him, and were eyewitnesses to what he said and did, never reached this conclusion.

The Acts of the Apostles in the Bible details the activity of the disciples over a period of thirty years after Jesus was lifted up to heaven. Throughout this period they never refer to Jesus as God.  They continually and consistently use the title God to refer to someone else other than Jesus.

Peter stood up with the eleven disciples and addressed the crowd saying: “Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know.” (Acts 2:22). It was God, therefore, who did the miracles through Jesus to convince people that Jesus was backed by God.  Peter did not see the miracles as proof that Jesus is God. In fact, the way Peter refers to God and to Jesus makes it clear that Jesus is not God.  For he always turns the title God away from Jesus.  Take the following references for example:
“God has raised this Jesus...” (Acts 2:32)
“God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and  Christ.” (Acts 2:36In both passages, the title God has turned away from Jesus.  So why he did this, if Jesus was God? For Peter, Jesus was a servant of God.  Peter said: “God raised up his servant...” (Acts 3:26).  The title servant refers to Jesus.  This is clear from a previous passage where Peter declared: “The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus.” (Acts 3:13).

Peter must have known that Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob never spoke of a Triune God.  They always spoke of God as the only God.  Here, as in Matthew 12:18, Jesus is the servant of God.  Matthew tells us that Jesus was the same servant of God spoken of in Isaiah 42:1.  So, according to Matthew and Peter, Jesus is not God, but God’s servant.  The Old Testament repeatedly says that God is alone (e.g. Isaiah 45:5).

All of the disciples of Jesus held this view.  In
Acts 4:24 we are told that the believers prayed to God saying: “...they raised their voices together in prayer to God. ‘Sovereign Lord,’ they said, ‘you made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and everything in them.’”  It is clear that the one they were praying to was not Jesus, because, two verses later, they referred to Jesus as “...your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed.” (Acts 4:27).
If Jesus was God, his disciples should have said this clearly.  Instead, they kept preaching that Jesus was God’s, Christ.  We are told in Acts: “Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ.” (Acts 5:42).

The Greek word “Christ” is a human title.  It means “Anointed.”  If Jesus was God, why would the disciples continually refer to him with human titles like servant and Christ of God, and consistently use the title God for the one who raised Jesus?  Did they fear men?  No! They boldly preached the truth fearing neither imprisonment nor death.  When they faced opposition from the authorities, Peter declared: “We must obey God rather than men!  The God of our fathers raised Jesus...” (Acts 5:29-30). Were they lacking the Holy Spirit?  No! They were supported by the Holy Spirit (see Acts 2:3, 4:8, and 5:32). They were simply teaching what they had learned from Jesus — that Jesus was not God but, rather, God’s servant and Christ.

The Quran confirms that Jesus was the Messiah (Christ) and that he was God’s servant (see the Holy Quran 3:45 and 19:30).


Jesus is Not All-Powerful, and Not All-Knowing: Christians and Muslims agree that God is all-powerful and all-knowing.  The Gospels show that Jesus was not all-powerful, and not all-knowing since he had some limitations. Mark tells us in his gospel that Jesus was unable to do any powerful work in his hometown except few things: “He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them.” (Mark 6:5).  Mark also tells us that when Jesus tried to heal a certain blind man, the man was not healed after the first attempt, and Jesus had to try a second time (see Mark 8:22-26).

Therefore, although we hold a great love and respect for Jesus, we need to understand that he is not the all-powerful God. Mark’s Gospel also reveals that Jesus had limitations in his knowledge.  In Mark 13:32, Jesus declared that he himself does not know when the last day will occur, but the Father alone knows that (see also Matthew 24:36).

Therefore, Jesus could not have been the all-knowing God.  Some will say that Jesus knew when the last day will occur, but he chose not to tell.  But that complicates matters further.  Jesus could have said that he knows but he does not wish to tell.  Instead, he said that he does not know.  We must believe him.  Jesus does not lie at all.

The Gospel of Luke also reveals that Jesus had limited knowledge.  Luke says that Jesus increased in wisdom (Luke 2:52).  In Hebrews too (Hebrews 5:8) we read that Jesus learned obedience.  But God’s knowledge and wisdom is always perfect, and God does not learn new things.  He knows everything always.  So, if Jesus learned something new, that proves that he did not know everything before that, and thus he was not God.

Another example for the limited knowledge of Jesus is the fig tree episode in the Gospels.  Mark tells us as follows: “The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry.  Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit.  When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs.” (Mark 11:12-13). It is clear from these verses that the knowledge of Jesus was limited on two counts.  First, he did not know that the tree had no fruit until he came to it.  Second, he did not know that it was not the right season to expect figs on trees.

Can he become God later?  No! Because there is only one God, and He is God from everlasting to everlasting (see Psalms 90:2).

Someone may say that Jesus was God but he took the form of a servant and therefore became limited.  Well, that would mean that God changed.  But God does not change.  God said so according to Malachi 3:6.

Jesus never was God, and never will be.  In the Bible, God declares: “Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me.” (Isaiah 43:10). The Bible clearly shows that Jesus was not all-powerful and all-knowing as the true God should be.

Paul Believed That Jesus is not God Many people use Paul’s writings as proof that Jesus is God.  But this is not fair to Paul because Paul clearly believed that Jesus is not God.  In his first letter to Timothy, Paul wrote: “I charge you, in the sight of God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, to keep these instructions...” (1 Timothy 5:21). It is clear from this that the title God applies not to Christ Jesus, but to someone else.  In the following chapter, he again differentiates between God and Jesus when he says: “In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession...” (1 Timothy 6:13).

Paul then went on to speak of the second appearance of Jesus: “the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which God will bring about in his own time.” (1 Timothy 6:14-15). Again, the title God is deliberately turned away from Jesus.  Incidentally, many people think that when Jesus is called “Lord” in the Bible that this means “God.”  But in the Bible, this title means master or teacher, and it can be used for addressing humans (see 1 Peter 3:6).

What is more important, however, is to notice what Paul said about God in the following passage, which clearly shows that Jesus is not God: “God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see.  To him be honor and might forever.” (1 Timothy 6:15-16). Paul said that God alone is immortal.  Immortal means he does not die.  Check any dictionary.  Now, anyone who believes that Jesus died cannot believe that Jesus is God.  Such a belief would contradict what Paul said here.  Furthermore, to say that God died is a blasphemy against God.  Who would run the world if God died?  Paul believed that God does not die.

Paul also said in that passage that God dwells in unapproachable light — that no one has seen God or can see him.  Paul knew that many thousands of people had seen Jesus.  Yet Paul said that no one has seen God because Paul was sure that Jesus is not God.  This is why Paul went on teaching that Jesus was not God, but that he was the Christ (see Acts 9:22 and 18:5).

When he was in Athens, Paul spoke of God as “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands.” (Acts 17:24).  Then he identified Jesus as“the man he (i.e. God) has appointed.” (Acts 17:31). Clearly, for Paul, Jesus was not God, and he would be shocked to see his writings used for proving the opposite of what he believed.  Paul even testified in court saying: “I admit that I worship the God of our fathers...” (Acts 24:14).

He also said that Jesus is the servant of that God, for we read in Acts: “The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus.” (Acts 3:13). For Paul, the Father alone is God.  Paul said that there is “one God and Father of all...” (Ephesians 4:6).  Paul said again: “...for us, there is but one God, the Father . . . and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ...” (1 Corinthians 8:6).

Paul’s letter to the Philippians (Philippians 2:6-11) is often quoted as a proof that Jesus is God.  But the very passage shows that Jesus is not God.  This passage has to agree with Isaiah 45:22-24 where God said that every knee should bow to God, and every tongue should confess that righteousness and strength are in God alone.  Paul was aware of this passage, for he quoted it in Romans 14:11.  Knowing this, Paul declared: “I kneel before the Father.” (Ephesians 3:14).

The letter to the Hebrews (Hebrews 1:6) says that the angels of God should worship the Son.  But this passage depends on Deuteronomy 32:43, in the Septuagint version of the Old Testament.  This phrase cannot be found in the Old Testament used by Christians today, and the Septuagint version is no longer considered valid by Christians.  However, even the Septuagint version, does not say worship the Son.  It says to let the Angels of God worship God.  The Bible insists that God alone is to be worshiped: “When the LORD made a covenant with the Israelites, he commanded them: ‘Do not worship any other gods or bow down to them, serve them or sacrifice to them.  But the LORD, who brought you up out of Egypt with mighty power and outstretched arm, is the one you must worship.  To him, you shall bow down and to him offer sacrifices.  You must always be careful to keep the decrees and ordinances, the laws and commands he wrote for you.  Do not worship other gods.  Do not forget the covenant I have made with you, and do not worship other gods.  Rather, worship the LORD your God; it is he who will deliver you from the hand of all your enemies.’” (2 Kings 17:35-39).

Jesus, believed in this, for he also stressed it in
Luke 4:8.  And Jesus too fell on his face and worshiped God (see Matthew 26:39).  Paul knew that Jesus worshiped God (see Hebrews 5:7).  Paul taught that Jesus will remain forever subservient to God (see 1 Corinthians 15:28).


Evidence from the Gospel of John: The Gospel of John, the fourth Gospel, was completed to its present form some seventy years after Jesus was raised up to heaven.  This Gospel in its final form says one more thing about Jesus that was unknown from the previous three Gospels — that Jesus was the Word of GodJohn means that Jesus was God’s agent through whom God created everything else.  This is often misunderstood to mean that Jesus was God Himself.  But John was saying, as Paul had already said, that Jesus was God’s first creature.  In the Book of Revelation in the Bible, we find that Jesus is: “the beginning of God’s creation” (Revelation 3:14, also see 1 Corinthians 8:6 and Colossians 1:15).

Anyone who says that the Word of God is a person distinct from God must also admit that the Word was created, for the Word speaks in the Bible saying: “The LORD brought me forth as the first of his works...” (Proverbs 8:22).

This Gospel, nevertheless, clearly teaches that Jesus is not God.  If it did not continue this teaching, then it would contradict the other three Gospels and also the letters of Paul from which it is clearly established that Jesus is not God.  We find here that Jesus was not co-equal with the Father, for Jesus said: “...the Father is greater than I.”(John 14:28).

People forget this and they say that Jesus is equal to the Father.  Whom should we believe — Jesus or the people?  Muslims and Christians agree that God is self-existent.  This means that He does not derive his existence from anyone.  Yet John tells us that Jesus’ existence is caused by the Father.  Jesus said in this Gospel: “...I live because of the Father...” (John 6:57). John tells us that Jesus cannot do anything on his own when he quotes Jesus as saying: “By myself, I can do nothing...” (John 5:30).  This agrees with what we learn about Jesus from other Gospels.  In Mark, for example, we learn that Jesus performed miracles by a power which was not within his control.  This is especially clear from an episode in which a woman is healed of her incurable bleeding.  The woman came up behind him and touched his cloak, and she was immediately healed.  But Jesus had no idea who touched him.  Mark describes Jesus’ actions thus:“At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him.  He turned around in the crowd and asked, ‘Who touched my clothes?’” (Mark 5:30).  His disciples could not provide a satisfactory answer, so Mark tells us: “Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it.” (Mark 5:32).  This shows that the power that healed the woman was not within Jesus’ control.  He knew that the power had gone out of him, but he did not know where it went.  Some other intelligent being had to guide that power to the woman who needed to be healed.  God was that intelligent being.

It is no wonder, then, that in Acts of the Apostles we read that it was God who did the miracles through Jesus (Acts 2:22). God did extraordinary miracles through others too, but that does not make the others God (see Acts 19:11).  Why, then, is Jesus taken for God?  Even when Jesus raised his friend Lazarus from the dead, he had to ask God to do it.  Lazarus’ sister, Martha, knew this, for she said to Jesus: “I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” (John 11:22).

Martha knew that Jesus was not God, and John who reported this with approval knew it also.  Jesus had a God, for when he was about to ascend to heaven, he said: “I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.” (
John 20:17). John was sure that no one had seen God, although he knew that many people had seen Jesus (see John 1:18 and 1 John 4:12).  In fact, Jesus himself told the crowds, that they have never seen the Father, nor have they heard the Father’s voice (John 5:37).  Notice that if Jesus was the Father, his statement here would be false.  Who is the only God in John’s Gospel?  The Father alone. Jesus testified this when he declared that the God of the Jews is the Father (John 8:54).  Jesus too confirmed that the Father alone is the only true God (see John 17:1-3).  And Jesus said to his enemies: “...you are determined to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God.” (John 8:40).  According to John, therefore, Jesus was not God, and nothing John wrote should be taken as proof that he was God — unless one wishes to disagree with John.



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