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The best explanation I have yet to hear of the return of Jesus Yehshua Christ. Author Asher Intrater brings the sons of Ishmael, Jacob and the gentile Christians, that is the faith children of Father Abraham, together to rule and reign with the Messiah. It makes perfect sense to me that Yahweh (God) would not bring His son back without the entire complement of believers.
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Presumption? I would not have picked that myself.
Psalm 19:13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
It all begins with self will.
Satan gets his big come down in Isaiah 14:11 ff. This is the key passage where Jews believe for the restoration of their national homeland. The Message is a modern translation and too priceless not to quote in full.
This is where your pomp and fine music led you, Babylon,
to your underworld private chambers,
A king-size mattress of maggots for repose
and a quilt of crawling worms for warmth.
12 What a comedown this, O Babylon!
Daystar! Son of Dawn!
Flat on your face in the underworld mud,
you, famous for flattening nations!
13-14 You said to yourself,
“I’ll climb to heaven.
I’ll set my throne
over the stars of God.
I’ll run the assembly of angels
that meets on sacred Mount Zaphon.
I’ll climb to the top of the clouds.
I’ll take over as King of the Universe!”
15-17 But you didn’t make it, did you?
Instead of climbing up, you came down—
Down with the underground dead,
down to the abyss of the Pit.
People will stare and muse:
“Can this be the one
Who terrorized earth and its kingdoms,
turned earth to a moonscape,
Wasted its cities,
shut up his prisoners to a living death?”
18-20 Other kings get a decent burial,
honored with eulogies and placed in a tomb.
But you’re dumped in a ditch unburied,
like a stray dog or cat,
Covered with rotting bodies,
murdered and indigent corpses.
Your dead body desecrated, mutilated—
no state funeral for you!
You’ve left your land in ruins,
left a legacy of massacre.
The progeny of your evil life
will never be named. Oblivion!
21 Get a place ready to slaughter the sons of the wicked
and wipe out their father’s line.
Unthinkable that they should own a square foot of land
or desecrate the face of the world with their cities!
22-23 “I will confront them”—Decree of God-of-the-Angel-Armies—“and strip Babylon of name and survivors, children and grandchildren.” God’s Decree. “I’ll make it a worthless swamp and give it as a prize to the hedgehog. And then I’ll bulldoze it out of existence.” Decree of God-of-the-Angel-Armies.
The sin of Adam and Eve was their self-will.
The fruit business was just part of the test. Why does God test us? Simple. He knows what we are made of, but we do not.
The test is to let us know where we stand and what is in our heart.
When we finally see our need, our lack and the solution, repentance follows.
Years ago I stayed with a 99 year old woman who had no diseases but she needed care. She had plenty of money, no children, and lived in a paid for house but her heart was consumed with evil. She thought I was stealing her clothing – size 5; I was a size 18. But when evil fills the heart facts do not matter.
She complained about everyone and everything. Apparently she had never been tested. It occurred to me that God really did not want to send her to hell so here she was, waiting for death, in a world of conflict, rejection and misery all brought on by her own empty life.
It reminded me of the funeral director who said there was only one woman whose corpse on which he could not manage to create a smile. She too lived to a very old age, and her caregiver said she never saw in her life the slightest kindness or love.
Behind this road to hell is the presumption that God is supposed to make your life easy, fun, rich, and successful. It is not. Whatever brief time we have on earth is to prepare for the eternal life we all have – no matter where that will be. It is our decision. Our will.
Repentance is not hanging your head in shame and skulking around under guilt and fear. But real repentance is proactive and healthy.
Repentance is internal
Jesus never said, “How do you feel.” Emotions are reactive, they occur after something happens. You fall down the stairs and start to cry. The crying follows the fall – the crying does not precede it.
Our emotions lie to us
People who live in their emotions are usually unsuccessful. They identify as victims. Their focus is in the past and everything that either went right or wrong for them.
If they are on the top of the world, they live in a cloud of glory and happiness. If something goes wrong and they are rejected, they lash out. Most of what parents do to correct and rear children is in this area – preventing the emotional life from taking over.
Thinking precedes decisions
Meanwhile, Jesus said often, “What do you think?” The thought is father of the deed. Education is a life long exercise in thinking about what you are doing and why. One whole book of the New Testament, Philippians, is about managing your thinking. When your mind wanders, grab it by the throat and drag it back into reality.
In primitive societies people thought demons sat in the tops of trees and threw sticks at them to make them stumble. We think that is absurd now, but in reality the smallest child starts out in this world not knowing who or why things happen to them. And without guidance, they would grow up with the same notions of malicious invisible beings acting out of vengeance.
The process of thinking which leads to repentance
The Bible gives us the steps. “With the heart man believes unto righteousness and confession is made unto salvation.”
At some point an individual needs to recognize that he/she is not righteous, and that the Person involved in changing him is God Himself. This process of deep dissatisfaction with oneself is important, and it must not lead to emotional reactions of being God’s victim, or hopelessness, or abject failure. These emotions take the person away from the reality of the solution. The tendency of a human being is to be completely self-focused. And many people fall into this pit.
Corrie Ten Boom said this, “I look inside and I ‘m depressed. I look outside and I’m distressed. I look at Him and I am blessed.” Repentance is taking your focus off the problem and back onto God and His solution.
The process of individual salvation can take a very long time – years of alcoholism, drug addiction, wandering from job to job, fighting, jail, failed marriages – all because the focus of the person’s mind was on the natural world, or the self, and not the spiritual solution.
At that point, it is the heart which accepts the truth, believing that righteousness will come from God. What follows is a public confession which leads to salvation as the verse above shows. No one is saved by joining a church, anymore than you can be saved by joining the Kiwanis Club. Your new connection to God comes in the spiritual, unseen world.
God’s tool for reformation is the Bible; many people will tell you they were saved by reading it, even a small portion. And that is why so many dictatorial governments reject the Bible because it does result in changed lives. The Bible was ejected out of American schools and today shootings, violence, rape, broken families and all kinds of social ills are visible in schools that we had almost none of 60 years ago.
Reformed, repentant people can then reform their culture, society, politics, and the media. We can hope.
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There are occasions in our work world when we must do things that are in violation of our own principles. There are employees who are expected to be in drunken parties with others. I’ve heard of people who feel an obligation to give to charities they think are corrupt. Some bosses expect employees to engage in practices that are morally objectionable. As the modern saying goes, there is an APP for that.
God knows the difference between what you must do in your job that violates your conscience and what your own conscience is telling you.
There is an example in the Old Testament.
Naaman the Syrian (that is, he was not a Jew) had a miracle healing from the Jewish God. At the prompting of his maid he was encouraged to seek out Elisha the Prophet for a cure for his leprosy, a disease so disfiguring that it also made him a pariah in his community. This healing restored him to his position and his job. However, he also knew he must take part in idol worship in the course of his duties as General of the Army.
He appealed to Elisha the Prophet for mercy, which was granted. Here is the passage.
I Kings 5:17 Naaman said, “If not, please let your servant at least be given two mules’ load of earth; for your servant will no longer offer burnt offering nor will he sacrifice to other gods, but to the Lord. 18 In this matter may the Lord pardon your servant: when my master goes into the house of Rimmon to worship there, and he leans on my hand and I bow myself in the house of Rimmon, when I bow myself in the house of Rimmon, the Lord pardon your servant in this matter.” 19 He said to him, “Go in peace.”
Naaman was required to accompany his boss into a idol temple for worship and wanted to be sure God knew he wasn’t taking part in his heart. God knows when you have tough, conflicting calls and He has mercy on that. However, no one should expect to stay in a job that continually challenges one’s faith. There are other jobs.
I once worked for a woman involved in the occult. I got out as fast as I could. She had hired some witches for her business and I worked with them on separate shifts in Eldercare. One woman levitated the bed in the spare bedroom on one old man.
Another witch prompted an old man she was serving, another Eldercare assignment, to contact his dead wife. That was too much for me. There were also some Christian nurses who were disturbed over his reaction. We all noticed he was agitated after she was on duty. I quit without comment.
I worked for a woman in a job that had much potential but in her office she conducted worship services for a quasi-Christian cult; it preached that there is no sin. I quit there after a few months. A year later the office building in which she worked caught on fire – but only her office burned. A friend of mine had an office across the hall and all he suffered was a little smoke damage. God is more than capable of judging people when they are out of line.
Two things we learn from this lesson. God does know your heart and two, be careful whom you hire to take care of an older adult. It was a shock to me to find witches actively trying to influence seniors in eldercare.
We say it, we sing it, but it is not what the New Testament said. Luke 2:14 King James Version (KJV) 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
But that is not what the Greek says. It is one of the few places where the King James scholars got it wrong. King James was disgusted with the controversy surrounding the word of God. Translations, opinions and options were everywhere. His charge to these scholars was to be as loyal to the original language as possible. Up until that time most people, primarily Roman Catholics, read the Jerome Bible, translated from the Latin, and since most people were illiterate, it was read to them..
Here is the correct translation:
Luke 2:14 “In the highest heaven, glory to God! And on earth, peace among people of good will!”
Evil men get no blessings from Yahweh. For that group He says, “Peace, there is no peace for the wicked.” Isaiah 57:21
One of the facts of life is that before human beings die they all have a chance to be on the side of right or wrong. And those who seek peace will find it.
This is one of the most important concepts in the Bible that is almost universally misunderstood because human beings believe life ends when they die, but the Bible says that death is not at the end of life on the planet, but when you enter it as a baby. Life is, in fact. the beginning of the First Death. Hang with me here; this is not easy.
King James had a problem.
The Christians in England were arguing about the correct version of the Bible. Kings don’t like controversy especially about topics where they are not especially informed. He gathered a group of scholars together and using the best Greek, Hebrew and Latin texts translated the King James version still in use today (1604-1611). It is called “authorized” because he authorized its translation.
Is it filled with errors? Not really.
His charge to them was to be as faithful as possible to the texts they had, and not to deviate. This they did. Consequently today there are very few glaring mis-translations of God’s word; in fact, many modern translations have improved the use of language through philological sources.
But one place has been mis-translated by modern versions.
Here is the accurate King James:
Romans 7:24 (KJV) | 24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
Here is the inaccurate New King James Version
Romans 7:24 (NKJV) | 24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?
Let’s look at the Greek original.
ΠΡΟΣ ΡΩΜΑΙΟΥΣ 7:24 SBL Greek New Testament (SBLGNT)
24 ταλαίπωρος ἐγὼ ἄνθρωπος· τίς με ῥύσεται ἐκ
τοῦ σώματος τοῦ θανάτου τούτου;
All five of the most popular Greek versions of the New Testament agree on how this is phrased, including the version I used in seminary the Nestle Text.
Here is the structure of the sentence.
τοῦ: this is the genitive case, both masculine and neuter meaning “of, or belonging to.
σώματος: this neuter word means body, that is a flesh body. It is not to be confused with another word for body, corps, which we use today when we say the Marine Corps, a body of men committed to the same military goals. Or perhaps the word corporation which is a body of workers hired for mutual benefit.
θανάτου: is the masculine word for death
τούτου: this neuter or masculine demonstrative pronoun means “this”
This passage might mean either this body or this death. But why tamper with the original?
The fact that the word “this” appears at the end of the sentence should erase all doubts as to whether it modifies death or body. It is, at that position, a long way from any reference to the body. Position in Greek is important.
Furthermore, in Greek tradition, the flesh was regarded as evil in and of itself. Hebrew teaching does not endorse this; the Hebrews believed the body was good, inasmuch as God had called everything He made good.
Paul was more Hebrew than Greek and he would not have endorsed anything evil in his physical body.
That leaves us with the clear indication that we must investigate what “this death” is. Clearly it does not refer to being dead at the end of one’s life, or specifically Paul’s life. He is asking for deliverance here and now from not his body but “this death.”
Why would so many modern translations jimmy with this text? Apparently because they believe death is an event. It is not.
Death is a place.
When we understand this we can then move on. No one actually dies if they mean a total absence of self. The soul of every man (woman and child) lives on. Where that place of eternal living is, is called either heaven or hell, and that destination depends on the choices one makes in life. You, yes you, were created before the foundation of the earth.
Ephesians 1:4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love
Some commentators think this means some are appointed to damnation and others to life. If that is so, and it is not, then the purpose of Christ’s sacrifice is belittled. If men do not have free will, then the whole exercise is pointless.
God had a plan and a place in mind for you, individually. You were born into this place where death reigns.
Romans 5:17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)
If you don’t believe me, look around. Eating a single meal involves something that previously died, be it animal or vegetable. Every human dies eventually. Even the planet is scheduled to die along with the entire universe. (See http://wp.me/p1otAF-lH for an explanation of time and eternity.)
If we recognize that this planet is the place of the First Death then we can comprehend what The Second Death might be.
Revelation 20:14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
Revelation 2:11 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.”
Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.
Revelation 20:14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
Revelation 21:8 But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
So how plain is this?
The Second Death is indeed a place, a lake of fire. A fire that never goes out. And the First Death is right here, right now, the life we all live together on this planet.
What is also clear is that while the body of the First Death has no permanence, ashes to ashes – dust to dust, another “body” must exist in the Second Death. This is the body that feels fire but never burns up. It is an “eternal” body just as those with “eternal” life have a spiritual body which is not destroyed.
Do you have standing with God?
This is a legal term. If you take a case to court, the judges will first determine if you have the right to bring a suit. They call this “standing,” meaning that you have a right to state your cause in court based upon your stake in the outcome.
Here is an example. Years ago I told my husband that I didn’t want third child. We had two girls and my first child was such a handful I did not see how I could possibly take on another. My husband, without telling me, prayed for a son and a year later here comes a baby boy.
My husband had standing before Yahweh to ask for a son. First, we were legally married. Second, the husband is the head of the home and can ask for anything that will enhance the home and our combined lives. Because Yahweh regards us as one flesh, the husbands’ prayers for his wife are actually stronger than anyone else’s.
I could pray you have a son, and there would be no harm in that, but I have no standing before Yahweh because we are not related in any way. However, if you ask me to pray that you have a son, that gives me standing before Yahweh to intercede for you. Better still, if you are a woman you ask Yahweh yourself. But you could only make that request if you are legally married because Yahweh honors those laws of man which do not conflict with His laws.
No “standing” for something antithetical to God’s word
I am not permitted to pray that you have an abortion, because the murder of babies, either inside or outside of the womb is strictly forbidden for every human being regardless of background, religion, or national identify. Yahweh promised to destroy the entire nation of the Canaanites, the worshipers of Molech the abortion god, 3,500 years ago and He still means business today. Yahweh has a long memory.
Doctors have greater standing to pray for patients. Some believers will only seek out medical personnel who pray for their patients. A legally elected leader of a nation who prays for his people publicly or privately has great benefit. Collections of the prayers of American presidents can be found in books. But other elected leaders also have standing to pray for their citizens. Yahweh has honored elected officials calls for days of fasting and prayers for the nation when we were under great threat of harm.
Whose prayers are heard?
Psalm 102:17 God will turn to the prayer of the impoverished; he won’t despise their prayers. Economic stress is one of the chief ways Yahweh gets your attention. It is good to know He is listening.
Yahweh asks us to pray about evil activity. Psalm 141:5 Instead, let the righteous discipline me; let the faithful correct me! Let my head never reject that kind of fine oil, because my prayers are always against the deeds of the wicked.
Notice that we are not to pray for the destruction of the person; Yahweh will handle that in due time. We ask that the deeds of the wicked be judged. Next time you see a pedophile being sentenced to prison you can say the deeds have been judged. Yahshua warned his disciples about praying down judgment on individuals. The deeds, not the individuals, are to be judged.
Luke 9: 51 As the time approached when Jesus was to be taken up into heaven, he determined to go to Jerusalem. 52 He sent messengers on ahead of him. Along the way, they entered a Samaritan village to prepare for his arrival, 53 but the Samaritan villagers refused to welcome him because he was determined to go to Jerusalem. 54 When the disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to consume them?” 55 But Jesus turned and spoke sternly to them, 56 and they went on to another village. Calling down fire refers to judgment prayers.
Whose prayers are ignored?
The wicked have no standing. Psalm 141:5 Let the righteous strike me; It shall be a kindness. And let him rebuke me; It shall be as excellent oil; Let my head not refuse it. For still my prayer is against the deeds of the wicked.
Proverbs 15:8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, But the prayer of the upright is His delight. This scripture points out that no donation to the church or other work of God can compensate for your sin. Repentance and forgiveness alone wipes the slate clean.
The Lord’s prayer brings this principle out. You ask for forgiveness first before asking for any blessing either on yourself or others. In Matthew 6 we find the prayer:
9 “Pray, then, in this way:
‘Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10 ‘Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 ‘Give us this day [e]our daily bread.
12 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from [f]evil. [g][For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’]
Then Yahshua adds this postscript, emphasizing that forgiveness puts us in right standing before Yahweh and verifies our prayers.
Proverbs 15:29 The Lord is far from the wicked, But He hears the prayer of the righteous.
Psalm 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear. This scripture emphasizes that you must already know of a sin that you have committed or are now committing. David prayed, “Cleanse me of secret faults.”
We really do not know the truth about ourselves. But Yahweh is gracious and lets us know little by little. You will find that the most mature Christians are those who have a good sense of their own lack, while at the same time having the greatest faith in what Yahweh can do. And that is the final secret for prayers – faith in what Yahweh can do.