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Eph 5:31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh 32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

With much humility and love in my heart for all men, I share this relevant post which discusses same-sex union versus God’s ordained union between male and female. I share the post in the hope that our loving Father’s words on the subject might remind all of His glorious gift of procreation. The post is NOT a rant against individuals who have chosen the same-sex lifestyle. The post is NOT an invitation to be unkind, unmerciful, or to protest against individuals among us who have chosen the same-sex lifestyle. They are, after all, our friends and neighbors whom we love.  Since every concept has an opposite and each extreme of the unit reveals the other – the post IS a contrast/comparison of the origins of the Procreative Union vs the Same-sex Union.

The text discusses sexual sin and may not be appropriate for all readers.  

From a biblical platform, the Adam/Eve  procreative unit is a type of Christ and the Bride…the Church…the Family of God. (Heb 13:4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. Dangerous is  the unproductive same-sex replica the adversary is using to deceive participants away from God’s earthly and heavenly plan for man. ( Rom 1: 26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:   27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.   28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.’)

The Song of Solomon is a beautiful glimpse into the God ordained love relationship between a man and his bride. It expresses Christ’s love for the Bride and the high and honorable state of the intimate relationship within marriage. While the high and exalted agape love from God in our heart loves the unlovely and loves neighbor as self, we are aware of the low and dishonorable deception that has raised its head against the honorable estate of marriage and defiles the marriage bed.   The same-sex deception attempts to void God’s most beautiful relationship….the Adam and Eve procreative partnership….and replace it with a fruitless replica. Not only does Satan want to destroy God’s holy institution of marriage and family, but he desires to replace it with his own reprobate evil.  And most evil of all is found in an act that would defile the portion of flesh used by God to both perpetuate human kind and to represent His covenant with man through circumcision….Israel…the Church. Acts 7:8  And he gave him the covenant of circumcision: and so Abraham begat Isaac, and circumcised him the eighth day; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat the twelve patriarchs.

God’s use of the natural to show the spiritual begins with the Adam and Eve union with  Adam as a type of Christ who became sin to redeem his bride.  Ro 5:14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.)

God’s First Family:    Ge 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.  Ge 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. Matt 19:6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. Ge 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

The very core of man’s life on earth is his procreative propensity….his ability to reproduce…to perpetuate the species upon the earth.   Designed by God, it is a type of Christ and the Bride whose offspring are the children of God.  Ge 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. 

The Holy Family is the ultimate purpose of God for his children. He desires renewed fellowship with the Adams and Eves like the original loving and personal relationship enjoyed in Eden.   (John 17: 22 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.)  God continues to

CHRIST PRAYS FOR HIS FAMILY – THE CHURCH : I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. 10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. 11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. 18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. 20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

intensely want personal fellowship and relationship like that revealed to Peter.  Matt 16:15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?  16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.’    The offspring of intimate relationship with God are called the Children of God…the Church.   So, of course, the Destroyer/Uncreator who hates the Family and what it represents….has constructed his own version of family…a same-sex lust relationship that is empty and nonproductive.  It is the opposite of God’s procreative and life-giving union between and man and a woman.  Not only is the same-sex relationship fruitless…but it can, when finished, destroy both body and soul. (Romans 1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:   25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.   26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:   27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.  28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;  29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers   30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,  31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:  32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

 As with all sin man is given ample opportunity to turn from it. But when man insists on embracing its deadly fire…he chances reaching a point of no return. God will not be mocked. Sin when finished is death. Like Sodom and like in the days of Noah, in these contemporary times we find ourselves confronted with the same wickedness. Some mourn and are offended when confronted with such depravation….while others embrace it fully. Yet with each choice a man or woman makes, he or she also chooses the consequences.   Matt 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:  14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Many today accept the scientific theory which insists that homosexuality is the result of genetic malfunction.  If the homosexual is a product of genetic malfunction… then God must be immediately indicted as unjust, unmericiful…and a liar for pouring out wrath on the homosexual men of Sodom and of Gomorrah who attempted to rape the messengers sent from God ( Gen chapter 19).  But the following Word reveals God’s purpose for the body of man…and gives evidence about why the Destroyer seeks man’s destruction:  

 Acts 17:24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;   

 1 cor 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

 The enemy of our souls wishes us to believe man’s scientific-theory explanation for homosexuality. He does not wish us to know his degenerate purpose is the destruction of the sanctity of life – the procreative process.  The  Destroyer/Hater of God not only hates the procreative relationship that reflects the family of God…he hates God.   His hatred is matched only by God’s love. Satan’s destructive propensity is matched only by God’s creative propensity.  A spiritual war of historic proportions is raging and since only God has power over Satan…we clearly see the carnage. Eph 6:12  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  He who wishes to indwell us is Greater than he that is in the world (satan) and is the only Victor.                                                                      

 The homosexual man or woman has succumbed to ‘the most subtle deceiver’ who is the enemy of all creation – the destroyer. In Eden, God empowered Adam and Eve with Free Will – with the power of choice. We are their offspring and heirs.   (Matt 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.)  All sin is dangerous since ‘sin when finished is death.’   But sin against the body has particular consequence.  God’s desire for offspring is accomplished only through spiritual relationship and fellowship by way of the Holy Spirit…and is accomplished in and through the Christian’s physical body.     1 Cor 6:15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. 16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.

Yet the loving Father of man continues to seek out the children who are lost so they can enjoy the magnificent things He has prepared for them – the greatest of which is Life. God is faithful in His promise of redemption!!!     Matt 7:8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Too, He is faithful in His promise to those who refuse sonship. Heb 10:29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?  Yet the loving and pure heavenly Father continues to seek and to save those that are lost. He continues to desire that none perish….but that all come to repentance.

Rev. 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

They are my kids.

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The Reblog, “They are my Kids,’ is a timely post addressing the ‘value’ of each individual! The Caucasian school-teacher mother who adopted the sweet black son when he was very young- is personally known to me. Her personal thoughts relating to the current Ferguson crisis (and other recent events)  is a MUST READ and profoundly heart-wrenching for all humanitarians!!

Originally posted on Not What I Was Thinking:

Last winter when I was still living in NYC, I worked just one block from my home. On cold, snowy nights, I especially appreciated the ability to just scurry home.  On one such evening, I came across some of my young high school students, having left our classes shortly before, scraping snow off the hood of a car and throwing the packed snow at each other.  Not a good decision in that they could have scratched what I recall was a nice car and no one wants to end up in the middle of a snowball fight when just walking down the street.  Not to mention their parents were expecting them home.  So, I stopped them, discussed the lack of wisdom involved in that decision, and sent them on their way. I watched them walk toward the subway to be sure they actually were moving along before turning to head…

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Since I posted the Page, ‘Elijah (Elias) / John the Baptist in 2009,  the Page continues in 2014 to receive 30-40 reads per day. I am not surprised since hearts know times are serious and know prophecies are being fulfilled.  Christians around the world are seeking to learn more about the forerunner and the signs of the Second Coming of Christ.  The prophet Elijah, as he is named in the Old Testament (Hebrew)..or Elias, as he is named in the New Testament (Greek),  is one of the most unusual prophets of God in scripture. He is unique because of the particular office he holds as forerunner of both the First and Second Coming of Christ to earth. Old Testament prophecies point to the coming of Elias to earth as forerunner of Christ.  Part of the prophecies were fulfilled as Elias preceded Christ at His First Coming as John The Baptist. The final act of Elijah (Elias) will be his return to the world

John the Baptist's office as forerunner began its 'decrease' and Chirst's redemptive mission began to 'increase.'

John the Baptist’s office as forerunner began its ‘decrease’ and Chirst’s redemptive mission began to ‘increase.’

again as the forerunner of the Second Coming of Christ. For details on why this blog is named ‘Internet Elias’ – see the page ‘About Internet Elias’ to learn of a life-changing personal encounter I had with the spirit of Elijah (Elias) in April of 2005.

Mal 3:1Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.  

Mal 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:     6 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap:                                                                                                                                                             

Prior to revisiting the natural realm in the person of John the Baptist ( forerunner of Messiah’s First Coming) , Elijah (Elias) had been translated  to Heaven in a Chariot of Fire and held in store to fulfill his office of forerunner of both Messiah’s First and Second Coming. In the person of John the Baptist for Messiah’s first coming,  Elijah surely is one of the two witnesses in Revelation chapter eleven who are seen preaching the kingdom message of Messiah to the ‘remnant’ covenant people of God who have never ‘heard’ the gospel.  The ‘remnant’ are those chosen of God who were closed to the hearing and receiving of the Gospel according to Isaiah 6: 9-13 “And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.  10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.  11  Then said I, Lord how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate, 12 And the Lord have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land.  13 But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof.’ 


Old Testament prophecies point to the coming of Elias to earth as forerunner of Christ.  Part of the prophecies were fulfilled as Elias preceded Christ at His First Coming as John The Baptist .  The following verses show clearly that Elijah (Elias) and John the Baptist are the same inner spirit man:

Elijah’s  appearance and dress:  2 Ki 1:8 And they answered him, He was an hairy man, and girt with a girdle of leather about his loins. And he said, It is Elijah the Tishbite.  

John’s appearance and dress: Matt 3:4 And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.

Isaiah’s prophecy of the forerunner/crier who prepared the way of Christ: (Isa 40:3 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.)   

John’s cry in the wilderness: Matt 3:3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias (Isaiah), saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.  

Confirmation that John the Baptist is ‘Elias which was for to come.’ (see verse 14): Matt 11: 7 And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind?      

8 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses.  

9 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet  

10 For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee  

11Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.  

12And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.  

13For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.  

14And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come.15He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.  

The following scripture verses are the most potent  found  describing  Elijah (Elias) /John the Baptist as forerunner of both the First and Second Coming of Christ

Matt 17:10 And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come?   11  Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.  12  I say unto you, That Elias is 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.  

‘Shall first come, and restore all things” refers to the second appearance of the forerunner when Elijah (Elias) will preceed the Second Coming of Christ. Remember that he preceeded the First Coming embodied as John the Baptist.   Revelation chapter eleven  gives the account of  the second appearance of  Elijah (Elias)  which is immediately followed by the restoration of the remnant of Israel.  Thus, ‘Shall first come, and restore all things.‘  ‘Blinded’ remnant’s spiritual sight is restored in Rev. 11:13 and are ‘affrighted and gave glory to God.’ As prophesied – the remnant acknowledges Christ as Messiah.

Rev. 11:3-13  And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. 4 These are the two olive trees, the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. 5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. 6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.  7 When they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.  8  And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.  9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and a half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put into graves. 10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.  11 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.  12  And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither.   13 And the same hour there was a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven .  

‘Is come already, and they knew him not’ refers to John the Baptist whom they beheaded.  Matt 11:14 “And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come. 15 He that hath ears to hear, LET HIM HEAR.’

New Testament Events                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Mount of  Transfiguration: Unveiling of the Two Olive Trees/Two Candlesticks/Two Witnesses of Rev. 11:3:        Elijah (called Elias in new testament Hebrew)  appeared with Moses.  The two prophets were joined by Christ who conversed with them. Christ’s face shone as the sun. His raiment was white as the light.  Then a bright cloud overshadowed them. A voice out of the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.”  Peter, James, and John fell to the ground in fear.  Jesus touched them to renew their strength.

The Malachi scriptures below apply to both the First and Second coming of Christ. But has particular implication for the First Coming/Redemptive Act.  ‘Who may abide the day of his coming”…applies to the First Coming in that ‘there is none righteous…no not one.  All of man was concluded in sin. None could be counted righteous at His coming. But afterwards… righteousness would be restored in ‘the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world’ for sin…for each man who believes.  ‘Refiner’s fire, fuller’s soap, refiner and purifier of silver, offering in righteousness’….and so forth…refers to the Redemptive death of Christ.   The same scriptures have implication for the Second Coming since the same ‘purifying and cleansing’ process will happen for the spiritually blind and deaf remnant of Israel..(Rev.11:13…..the restoration of the remnant is the last event of the Tribulation or time of Jacob’s Trouble …IMMEDIATELY before the Return).

Mal 3:1Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.   3 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap:  4 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.    

Prophecy relating to Elias as forerunner of the Second Coming

Mal 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:     6 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap:  

(2 Peter 3:10  But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.)  

Elijah of the Old Testament                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ORIGIN AND APPEARANCE:   (Elijah/Hebrew alliteration/Old Testament: Elias/Greek alliteration/New Testament)    Nothing is known of his parentage.   He is one of the most unique and dramatic prophets of both the Old and New Testaments. Rugged in appearance and dress, he is a prototype of John the Baptist.   2Ki 1:8; Matt 3:

First Event: Appeared before the idolatrous king, Ahab,  announced a drought lasting throughout the days of Elijah’s prophesying 1 Ki 17:1

Second Event: In the wilderness by divine command, beside the brook Cherith, Elijah depended on unclean birds to give his food 1 Ki 17:2-6. His faith was tested by the drying up of the brook. (ch 17:7)

Third Event:  Elijah was sent by God to the famine stricken city of Zarephath  to be fed by a widow who had supplies enough for one more meal. (ch17: 8,9).    On arrival he begged for a drink of water and a piece of bread.   She told him she only had a handful of meal and a small amount of oil in a cruse, (ch 17:12).   Elijah told her to ‘fear not’ and promised her plentiful supplies through the famine, (ch 17:13,14)

Fourth Event:  In the loft of the widow’s house at Zarephath, her son was dead as a result of the famine. Through mighty prayer, Elijah brings the boy back to life  (ch 17:17-24)

Fifth Event: Idolatrous  King Ahab  summoned the false prophets to Mount Carmel by command of Elijah. (ch 18: 17-19)

Sixth Event:  (1)The prophet called the people to a decision about God, and challenged the prophets of Baal to a fiery test, (ch 18: 20-24)                  (2)  The false prophets fail the fiery test  (vs 26-29)

Seventh Event:  Drought ended after Elijah prayed for rain (ch 18:41-46)

Eighth Event: Elijah fled the wrath of Queen Jezebel. Rested under a Juniper tree..discouraged.. exhausted.. desired to die, but was fed by an angel ..then went to Mount Horeb (ch 19: 1-8)

Ninth Event:  Complained to the Lord and was given a better revelation of the divine character and methods (ch 19: 9-13)  Commanded by God and anointed two perspective kings..as well as his own successor (ch 19:15-17)

Tenth Event: On a farm at Abel-meholah…Elijah found Elisha plowing and cast his own mantle on him to show Elisha was called to be the successor of Elijah. (ch 19: 19-21)

Eleventh Event: In the vineyard of Naborth, as wicked Ahab came to claim the possessions of Naboth whom he murdered,  Elijah pronounced doom on wicked Ahab and his wife. (ch 21: 17-24)

Twelfth Event: Elijah called down fire from heaven which destroyed two companies of soldiers sent by the king of Samaria to capture Elijah.(2 Ki 1: 1-12)   Later,  Elijah pronounced the doom of the idolatrous king. vs.16

Thirteenth Event: Elijah traveled with Elisha to the Jordan River where he smote the river with his mantle…and the two passed over on dry ground.  They stood conversing and Elisha asked and received a double portion of anointing from Elijah.  Afterwards..a chariot of fire separated the two and took Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind. (2 Ki 2: 1-11)

Elijah (Elias) of the New Testament (John the Baptist)  

(Both the preaching of Elias as John the Baptist and the preaching of the two witnesses (one of which is Elias) fulfill Matthew 24:14  “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all the nations; AND THEN SHALL THE END COME.”   The spiritually deaf and blind remnant of Israel have never heard the gospel until they are ‘restored’ by the prophesying (preaching) of the ‘two witnesses'(one of whom is Elias).  These were blinded from the time of Isaiah and were kept from the Gospel until the time of their restoration.  Isaiah 6: 9-13.

Matt 3: 1 “In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness  of Judea, 2 And saying, Repent ye : for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.  3 For this is he that was spoken by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.  4 And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.  5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judea, and all the region round about Jordan.  6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.”

Mal 3:1Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.  

Mal 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:     6 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap:  

Elijah (Esias) in the person of John the Baptist was the forerunner  Messiah at Christ’s First Coming.  Elijah (Esias) was translated  to Heaven in a Chariot of Fire and held in store to complete his forerunner office before Christ’s return in the Second Coming.  Elijah surely is one of the two witnesses in Revelation chapter eleven who are preaching the kingdom message of Messiah to the covenant people of God who have never ‘heard’ the gospel.  The ‘remnant’ are those chosen of God who were closed to the hearing and receiving of the Gospel according to Isaiah 6: 9-13 “And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.  10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.  11  Then said I, Lord how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate, 12 And the Lord have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land.  13 But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof.’ 

Eph. 6:11   Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  14 Stand therefore having your loans girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quence all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.’

Day is about to break here at my mountain home.  I’ve been awake for a few hours now.  In the stillness of predawn, I’ve been ‘listening’ to the unseen voice (‘be still and know that I am God Ps 46:10..’).  I’ve listened as He has reminded my heart of the seriousness of the times weThe Overwhelmed Heart are now experiencing…both in America and around the world.  Seemingly, in the Middle East,  we continue to see the beginnings of aligning of nations, of principalities, and of powers as revealed in Revelations chapter 13.  But ‘count it all joy’ since the last nation/principality/power left standing is the City of God as seen in Revelations chapter 21.

The great falling away is upon us. ‘As in the days of Noe’ is upon us. ‘The love of many will wax cold’  is upon us. The sins of Sodom are upon us. The ‘enduring to the end’ is upon us. We are in the midst of warfare…not against flesh and blood…but ‘against spiritual wickedness in high places.’  The blight of sensual lust, of aborted life, and of  evil greed marches proudly before  the world as a standard of Satan’s deception.  Many who say ‘Lord, Lord’…deny Him with fruits rooted in the flesh (clay) and not in the Spirit.     Division, discord, confusion and hatred stomp aggressively forward and will not retreat. Satan’s representatives are in our world, in our nation, in our state, in our city, in our town, in our church and even often in our family…..evidenced by the destructive fruits they bear.  But though the battle rages – the war is already won by the Babe born in Bethlehem. Gentleness has already won over brutality.  Servitude has won over lordship. Love has won over hate. Life has won over Death. Faith sees the True, the Honest, the Just, the Pure and the Lovely who lives in the heart and speaks peace (Phillipians 4:8) in

Ro 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together

The Gentle Shepherd is King

the midst of war.  The Prince of Peace is already crowned as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. And amidst the warfare, the gentle

Shepherd continues to seek the lamb who has strayed away from the safety of the flock and is in danger of becoming prey for the wolves of the evening who run to and fro seeking whom they may devour.

John 10:7 Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.  9 I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. 11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mind. 15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.

The doctrinal focus of the sacrificial death of our Christ is generally on His physical death by crucifixion while nailed to a raised wooden cross. But fairness demands the greater focus  be on the death He died in our stead – the Second Death (death of the soul).  The Lamb of God sweated ‘as it were drops of blood’ not because He feared crucifixion – but because He knew the depths of darkness/desolation/evil to which He would descend as atonement for fallen man. Christendom celebrates the death and resurrection of the Lamb  ‘Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his

Ro 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together

Ro 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together

righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God. Romans 3:25.”   Oh my…where do I start to search the depths of sacrifice, of setting forth, of propitiation, of faith, of blood, of righteousness, of sins past, of forbearance of God?  I begin by searching His incredible gift of going to Death in my place.      Amidst varied Christian doctrines and traditons…we agree that Christ suffered to redeem us from death to Life. But I contend that Christian tradition has focused  narrowly on the agony of physical death with little mention of the agony and suffering of His soul which went into Death – the eternal desolate place of  the wicked. I contend that Christian tradition has made the three-fold cord into a two-fold cord representing crucifixion and resurrection only. The three days of death are seldom considered.   What happened to Christ while He was ‘in the heart of the earth’ for three days?  (Matt 12:49).      As a child,  I knew His sacrificial suffering was intensely more…deeper…than the insufficient words used to describe the events of crucifixion, entombment, and resurrection.   But not until recent years did I understand through divine revelation …and that in small measure…the horrors suffered by both God and Christ as they accomplished redemption for those who will receive it. Crucifixion was the least of it!!  When the time came for the appearing of the ‘Lamb slain from the foundation of the world’, Christ would be the willing and faithful sacrificial Lamb. God would assign the vile sin of man to the pure and righteous soul of the Son. Christ would die, not as the Son of God, but as wicked man. He would make His grave with the rich and wicked ( Isa 53:9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.’). In  Gethsemane (Luke 22: 42-44), Christ’s spirit agonized extensively knowing the desolation, the vileness, the deadness, the evil His sacrificial fallen soul was going to experience for three days and nights in Death.  Be clear!  When I say ‘death’, I am speaking only what scripture has revealed. I am speaking of Jonah’s revelation, of Isaiah’s, and of Christ’s own Word about His sacrificial death in our stead. Death of the soul is unspeakable in its vileness. Death is the place of no Light  – a place void of even the flicker of a candle – a place of blindness where there is not even the hope of  life ever again since life requires Light. Death is a place void of  Life …Eden’s opposite. Death separates the soul from Light and Life in God.  Within its confines, death reeks of suicidal desolation and hopelessness.  Even Legion preferred dwelling within swine over being sent back to the dry place of  Death.     Knowing the depths of Death, Christ’s heart agonized before the Father. ‘ And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.’ Matt 26:39.  The horror of it was such that Christ sweated so extensively that what little water was left in His body became mingled with blood. Weakness from dehydration was extensive but angels came and ministered to Him…sustained Him….loved Him. Christ points us to Jonah for a better understanding of Death, Burial, and Resurrection. .  God appointed Jonah to carry the gospel to Nineveh (wicked world). But first…God would teach Jonah about death, burial, and resurrection. He would teach Jonah of desolation, of being cast out of God’s sight, and of redemption.  Aboard the ship of idol worshippers bound for Tarshish (Jonah chapter one), Jonah willing gave himself to death so the power of God would be manifested to the lost souls on board the ship. His sacrifice calmed the storm and the heathen acknowledged the God of Jonah. Drowned in the raging water a great fish..sent from God..swallowed Jonah. Physically dead, Jonah’s soul cries out to God about the horror of death…of being cast out of God’s sight…and of faith in the giver of Life.   Jonah 2:1 Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish’s belly,  2 And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice. 3 For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me 4 Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple. 5 The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head. 6 I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God.  7 When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple. ‘ For Jonah, death was from drowning as he gave himself to save those on board; burial was entombment in the great fish prepared by God which carried him deepest parts of the physical earth; resurrected to the land of the living…to dry land. Now He understood desolation, bondage, and the power of God to redeem from death. . Jonah carried the God empowered message to Nineveh. They heard and repented!!   Jonah’s journey to ‘the bottom of the mountains’ was only a type of the ‘center of the earth’ journey ordained for the soul of Christ….as His body lay uncorrupted in the tomb.   Christ spoke of Jonah, , ‘ Matt 12:39 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: 40 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.”  WOW!  WOW!!  Be clear!  By Christ’s own mouth, Jonah’s death, burial, and resurrection is a type which points to the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. Jonah’s sacrificial death is  a type of Christ’s death. Jonah died willingly by drowning.  Christ died willingly by crucifixion. Jonah became entombed in a great fish.  Christ became entombed in a large rock.  Jonah’s soul was cast out of God’s sight and suffered saying ‘ I am cast out of thy sight.’  Christ affirmed a deeper horror  by saying ‘My God…why hast thou forsaken me?’ God brought Jonah from the belly of hell’ to Life.  Isaiah 53:9 affirms, And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.’ ‘Crucifixion (physical death) is the least of it!   Death ( grave with the wicked and rich) is the horror of it. Resurrection (seated again at the right hand of the Father) is the finishing of it.     I insist that Christ would not have sweated ‘as it were drops of blood’ and required sustenance from ministering angels…if He anticipated merely a physical death. What agony could there be in knowing the earthly visit was nearing completion after which He would again be glorified….returned to the Father?  And if nothing happened during the three days…if Christ lay dead within the tomb…why did Isaiah 53:9 say he  ‘made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death?’  If He did make his grave with the wicked and the rich….Luke 16: 22-24 clearly describes the grave of the rich as hell. If Christ did not suffer a horror worthy of His agony in the Garden, why did Paul refer to David’s prophecy in Acts 2:27 …’Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption?’ …corruption meaning Christ’s physical body would not decay and return to dust.  David’s words prophesied about Christ. Read  Acts 2:25-37 which refers to David’s prophecy in Psalms 16:10.  And Christ clearly told us to see the death, entombment, and resurrection of Jonah as a type of His own(Jonah 2:1). Subsequently, how can we know of the desolate, outcast, and hellish plight of Jonah and insist that Christ, the true Lamb of God, did not suffer horrors during the three days and nights in Death?         By the sustaining power of God, Christ endured the large iron spikes driven  between bones in his hands and feet since.  The spikes would plug the wounds and prevent blood loss and death would come slowly….usually by dehydration since the large spikes plugged the wound to prevent blood loss and to extend suffering.  To affirm the foreknowledge of God ..Christ died before the executioners came back to complete their task of breaking the bones of the condemned to carry out death.  (Joh 19:36  ‘For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken).  Too, Christ’s blood was not shed until after He ‘made his grave with the wicked and the rich’ and after He  poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors..Isa 53:12.  Christ was already physically dead and experiencing the agony of spiritual death when the executioners returned …pierced His side..and watched blood and water flow from the empty earthen vessel that had housed the Son of God.   John 19:34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water..   The two large crossed beams and the method of execution (crucifixion) is generally the focus of Christ’s suffering.  But only by divine revelation can one know and acknowledged the depths and agony of His sacrifice…know the price of  giving His pure and perfect soul to the vileness of death… in our stead. We have not heard His loud and agonizing cry ‘ Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?  that is to say, My God, my God, why has thou forsaken me?”  Knowing I am bought with the price of Christ’s soul…woe is promised me if I ‘neglect so great a salvation.

Luke 2:13  ‘And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.’

  John 14:27  Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.’

Peace?  Goodwill?   How can there be ‘peace’ in a world torn with debate, conflict,

Ps 100:3 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Joh 15:17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.

destruction and global unrest?  Where is the ‘good will towards men’ in a world populated by many whose hearts foster ill-will towards others?  If ‘Peace on Earth – Good Will Towards Men’ exists – where does it live?  I contend such pure intention exists in the Father, Son (Prince of Peace), and Holy Spirit who indwells the hearts of believers. And I see His hand continually through a global multitude whose hearts selflessly and compassionately serve their fellow-man.

Too many to mention are the faith-based/corporate/government/non-government/private/non-profit agencies who are incredibly active in offering humanitarian services and provision to those who are in need.  As a volunteer with a national non-profit who via a Congressional Charter and with a broad base of partners/donors – provides emergency disaster relief, I am in awe at having realized through first hand experience that God’s ‘Peace on Earth – Good Will Towards Men’ is alive and well!!!!  In the past my focus was on the problems of my county, state and world.  But now I am seeing a thing I once believed was lost – pure unadulterated humanitarianism – of the God kind !

In my county in southern America, there are two hundred and fifty churches, twenty-six Fire Departments (twenty-four Volunteer/two paid City

Lie is valuable.

Lu 6:35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.

departments), seventeen incorporated municipalities and a host of

non-profit/government/non-government agencies all who take part in humanitarianism straight from the loving heart of God.  Before following my heart to early retirement from the teaching profession in search of a God-compelled place, I had a general awareness of the goodness of the churches and agencies active in my narrow  perspective window. And for the most part I just complained about the state of the world and the evil there.  But since I’ve found the ‘secret-garden’ of humanitarianism so to speak, I observe the love of God saturating and flowing through agencies and touching hearts and lives who need uplifted and encouraged.

America practices humanitarianism via the National Response Framework and National Incident Command Management System (NIMS).  The National Response Framework (NRF) is a guide to how the Nation conducts all-hazard response for managing incidents that range from the serious but purely local to large-scale terrorist attacks or catastrophic natural disasters. The companion NIMS  ‘provides a consistent, nationwide template to enable Federal, State, Tribal, and local governments, the private sector, and non-government organizations (NGOs) to work together to prepare for, prevent, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of incidents regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity.’  And the beautiful idea of loving, helping, restoring, sheltering and feeding people in need comes from a heart higher and purer than the human heart.  Such high Humanitarianism comes straight from the kind, gentle and merciful heart of God!!!!  And we are so steeped in habits of complaining and bemoaning that we do not see the loving Hand constantly stretched forth to touch those who are hurting.  And we do not see that churches, businesses, non-profits, non-government, private and yes – governments are gifts from the Father to his creation !!

Romans 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 3For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. 5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.

And, yes, there are tares who plant themselves next to the wheat of God’s earthly government with intent to hinder and destroy.  The Kingdom of God in the world is described in the following verse:  John 17:23 I in them, and thou in

Purity

Prince of Peace

me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.’  But alongside the Kingdom of God  sits Mystery Babylon – the fulness of fleshly lust and greed. But the bad intent does not void God’s gift of rulers and the related benevolent functions and protections provided to the people.

Matthew 7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

Yet the gentle heart of  God remains the victor as proven by Hebrews chapters eleven and twelve which names the horrors the enemy perpetuates against God’s people – by God’s permission.  But the kicker is that as satan steals the earthly breath from a child of God, the soul returns to the Father in a place of peace, safety, light, and glory – Eden restored!!!  Hebrews 11:37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; 38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.’     ‘Of whom the world was not worthy’ – I totally love that while it appears evil is the victor that actually God the Father is gathering them back to Himself because the ‘world was not worthy’ of their presence any longer. Wow!!!!  Awesome!!!

 And we cannot lose sight of the fact that God’s strong hand remains on our world even though He is loosening the restraints on evil in this generation – for His perfect purposes!  I thank God that He has directed me to a place of wisdom – to a place of recognizing that it is His hand and heart in all the humanitarian efforts and acts around the world though they are performed by human hearts, feet, hands, and voices under His direction.

We must give our Father credit due for His organizations made up of servants, both paid and volunteer, who are touching the hurting and hopeless. Thank You, God, for organizations such as CAN (Coordinated Assistance Network) made up of  AIRS (Alliance of Information & Referral Systems, American Red Cross, Catholic Charities U.S.A, Lutheran Disaster Response, (VOAD) National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, The Salvation Army, Southern Baptist

Ro 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.John 3:16

Conventions Disaster Relief, United Way and (UMCOR) United Methodist Committee on Relief.  And along with these CAN agencies, other agencies operate under the National Mass Care Strategy such as FEMA, NEMA (National Emergency Management Association), Crisis Common, Save the Children, Medical Reserve Corp, (NACo) National Organization of Counties (represents county governments in the U.S.), National Disability Rights Network, Adventist Community Service, Business Civic, Leadership Center (U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation), (iAEM) International Association of Emergency Managers (non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting the goals of saving lives and protecting property during emergencies and disasters), and Feeding America .  Wow!!!  Wow!!!  I believe that if it were possible to document the humanitarian deeds  of all the faith-based, government/non-government/private/corporate/non-profit agencies and groups who serve humanity around the world – that I would come to the end of my life before I could name them all.  How dare I complain about worldly things  in light of such heavenly abundance of grace, love, mercy, kindness, joy, restoration, caring and giving.  How dare I complain when trillions upon trillions of benevolent

donor dollars and trillions upon trillions of both paid/volunteer service hours are given in humanitarianism service globally. How dare I not confess that such Humanitarianism is the result of the Heavenly Father’s loving touch on the earth!!   Instead of bemoaning and complaining I will be found eternally praising the Father for the  ‘Peace on Earth – Good Will Towards Men’ which resounds today as surely as when first spoken by the heavenly host.  And many insist that God as Righteous judge destroys His enemies in vengeful rebuke. But I insist the loving Father’s enemies self-destruct as they come against/reject His Power which is Truth/Life (the Word of God) and, thus, choose their eternal damnation-Death.

The warrior God who rides the white horse of Revelations 19 is misleading for those who do not know the gentle heart of the Creator.   11.  And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.’     But the

Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray you, Lord, my soul will keep. If I should die before I wake....I pray you, Lord, my soul will take. Amen.

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Matt. 5:9

fearless and thunderous strength of the white horse assures deliverance in battle.  His many crowns are His infinite authority over all enemies. His blood-soaked vesture is dripping with His own blood poured out for atonement of sin.  And his name, The Word of God, is Truth.  Truth is the final Judge.  Man’s decisions against Truth is what damns the soul.  Yet Truth remains pure, gentle, kind, merciful and His Love is eternal!

And the following seems to contradict ‘Peace on Earth’- Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. Matt 10:34′.  But the Sword is God (John 1.1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God‘).  But God is the final Word on righteousness, goodness, love, and compassion.  Those who hate God and reject His redemption bought by His own soul – knowingly damn themselves. They and their evil father are the opponents of Life. The gentle Heavenly Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are present in the world today granting/perpetuating Peace on Earth and Good Will Towards Men.

                                                                                                          

Humanitarian services

Too many to count  are the number of personal and doctrinal explanations to the question, ‘Who or what is the Church?”  Yet answers to such a high question can only be found in Holy scripture which is the supernatural Word of God.  The following verses confirms for me that true Church members are people who through divine revelation from the Father know –  as Peter knew , ‘Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.’  And in this place of knowing – Christ responds to each personally saying,  18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art (believer’s name), and upon this rock I will build my church…..’

                                                                                                                                                  Matthew 16:13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?  14  And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others,

Lie is valuable.

Mt 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Jeremias, or one of the prophets.  15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?  16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.  17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.  18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

The whole of both the Old and New Testaments show the existence and  purpose of The Kingdom of God or – ‘The Church.’  The genuine early Church behaved according to the following:  ‘Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid Matt 5:14′. Yet generations since have managed to turn ‘the light of the world’ into a darkened lighthouse because we reject that a personal relationship with the Son of the Living God is the source of Light and Life. 

Matt 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  22 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?  23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. 24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

No stronger foundation is found than rock!!  So Christ uses the ‘Rock’ to describe Himself as the ‘chief cornerstone’ of the Church.

1 Peter 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. 6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. 7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,’

God revealed Himself to us in Christ who lived and breathed among flesh to request fellowship with man. Christ returned to the Father and sent in His place the Holy Comforter who is the Third person of the Trinity. Yet all are One.  The following verses when interpreted through the lens of the Holy Comforter describes both the foundation of the Church and  the process for becoming a member of the true Church.

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  2 The same was in the beginning with God.  3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.’ 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.  9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.  10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.  11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.’

As told in Holy Scripture, the world is continuing to degenerate towards the End.  Darkness continues to fill hearts who choose it over Light and Life. Most will walk the broad road and ‘few’ will take the narrow path through the gate of Eternal Life (Matt 7:13-14). The Gate equates with the ‘Door’ and both are Christ. Only through Him is the Church empowered to exhibit the Fruits of the Spirit which are Christ-like!  James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. 18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.’   Christ compels the Church to do His work, to extend His love, to show His mercy to the homeless, the hurting – to restore broken hearts and lives!!  Such is the ‘work’ of the true Church which is not a building nor a denomination.   The true Church is nothing less than the Kingdom of God. Its members are the Father and His spiritual offspring who have regained the fellowship of Eden.  The true and real Church is powerful, alive, and eternal by way of having access to the Creator. 

2 Cor 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,  18And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord.’ Almighty.

Revelations 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.’

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