July 28, 2013 ©Homer Kizer
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Commentary — From the Margins
To Fulfill All Righteousness
The Adversary remains the prince of the power of the air and all of humanity except the Elect remain sons of disobedience (Eph 2:2–3), consigned to disobedience (Rom 11:32) so that God can have mercy on all. But this mercy hasn’t yet been extended to any human person, humanly born as serfs of the Adversary. This mercy has only been extended to the Elect, the firstfruits of the harvest of humanity, with the Elect being those few who were/are foreknown, predestined, called, justified, and glorified as younger siblings of Christ Jesus (Rom 8:29–30; Eph 1:5). This glorification is of the inner self through receipt of a second breath of life, the breath or spirit of God [pneuma Theou] in the breath of Christ [pneuma Christou] that enters the spirit [pneuma] of the person, with this spirit that is in the person permitting the mind of the person to know the things of men (1 Cor 2:11). No one can comprehend the things of God without the indwelling of the spirit of God [again, pneuma Theou] in the spirit of Christ [pneuma Christou], the vessel that comes from the supra-dimensional heavenly realm able to both hold the bright fire that is the glory of God as well as enter into the spirit of Adam, thereby giving heavenly life to the person, life that Adam never received for he was driven from the Garden of Eden before he ate from the Tree of Life.
The breath of life that Adam received when Elohim [singular in usage] breathed into the nostrils of the man of mud (Gen 2:7) caused Adam to be a nephesh, a breathing creature whose only parent was Elohim [again, singular in usage]. This was only partially true for Eve, whom Elohim constructed from the flesh and breath of Adam, the significance of the flesh and bone taken from Adam being a rib from the cage enclosing Adam’s lungs (vv. 21–22). Thus, Eve was of Adam by the hand of Elohim; so Eve and all of her descendants—the entirety of humanity—are of Adam’s flesh, Adam’s bone, Adam’s breath … racism should not exist; for every human person is of mud (Adam) by the hand of the Lord (Eve). All have been consigned to disobedience; all have been baptized into death in the days of Noah. But only the Elect have been raised from death in a resurrection like that of Christ Jesus when John raised Jesus from the waters of the Jordan to fulfill all righteousness (Matt 3:15) and the glory of God entered into [eis] the man Jesus in the bodily form of a dove (Mark 1:10).
The baptized Christian hasn’t been crucified as Jesus was crucified; nevertheless baptism represents real death, the loss of life through the loss of the person’s physical breath … if a baptized person were not raised from the watery grave, the person would die from drowning, something the Reformed Church and Protestant Reformers knew when they drowned many Anabaptists in the 16th and 17th Centuries in their futile attempt to eliminate Radical Reformers and their followers (my ancestors). Although neither the Old Church nor the Reform Church could stop the Radical Reformers, they were successful in quieting them, transforming vibrant Reformers into the Silent Folk: Mennonites, Amish, Old German Baptists, Hutterites.
Christ Jesus in the form of His breath, His spirit [pneuma Christou] enters into the foreknown and predestined person while the person is still a sinner (Rom 5:8), consigned to disobedience as a serf of the Adversary, who remains the present prince of this world, and will remain so until the single kingdom of this world is given to the Son of Man halfway through seven endtime years of tribulation (see Dan 7:9–14; Rev 11:15–18), a one time occurrence that is seen in John’s vision (the Book of Revelation) as the event beginning the Third Woe, which will have the Adversary being cast from heaven and entering space-time, knowing he has no escape from death, that his time is short, that his self-governance rebellion will end in utter failure despite the technology of Babylon’s last days.
No one can come to Christ Jesus and thus be born of spirit if God the Father doesn’t first draw the person from this world (John 6:44, 65). And if God draws the person by delivering the person to Christ Jesus as He gave the Twelve to Christ as disciples (John 17:6), God will have foreknown the person and predestined the person to be glorified, with Christ not losing any except those that are sons of destruction, called to fulfill Scripture (v. 12).
The mistake traditional Christendom makes is believing that the Father and the Son are trying to save humanity in this present era: they are not! If they were, none would be lost. There would be no wars, no Holocaust, no harm done. Rather, the Adversary remains the prince of this world—and humanity remains humanly born as bondservants of the Adversary, with “human nature” being the nature of the Adversary, who will remain the prince of this world until the single kingdom of this world is given to the Son of Man halfway through the seven endtime years of tribulation.
No human person needs to be lost even though the person is born consigned to disobedience. The criterion for salvation in the great White Throne Judgment doesn’t require the person to profess that Christ is Lord while the person lives physically, doesn’t require the person to do anything other than to demonstrate love for neighbor and brother; thus, in Matthew’s Gospel, his Jesus declares,
When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. Before Him will be gathered all the nations, and He will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And He will place the sheep on His right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.” Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?” And the King will answer them, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”
Then He will say to those on His left, “Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.” Then they also will answer, saying, “Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?” Then He will answer them, saying, “Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.” And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life. (Matt 25:31–46)
Righteousness is, according to Matthew’s Jesus, feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, clothing the naked, giving shelter to the stranger, visiting the sick and the imprisoned, all manifestations of keeping the Commandments when these commandments move from regulating the fleshly body of the person—the natural Israelite—to regulating the desires of the heart and the thoughts of the mind of the circumcised-of-heart Israelite. And righteousness is the criterion for salvation in either the resurrection of firstfruits upon Christ Jesus’ return as the Messiah, or in the general resurrection of humanity after the Thousand Year millennial reign of the Messiah (i.e., the great White Throne Judgment).
The Apostle Paul write by the hand of Tertius to the holy ones at Rome:
For God shows no partiality. For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus. (Rom 2:11–16 double emphasis added)
The Christian who insists that he or she is not under the Law—and truly isn’t under the Law because the Christian hasn’t been born of spirit and therefore is not circumcised of heart—will perish without the Law if the Christian transgresses the Law because of the Christian’s unbelief. This is not, however, what’s taught within traditional Christendom, in which Old Christians made war against Reformed Christians and Reformed Christians slew every Radical Reformer they could catch. In the 12th Century, the cultural and theological differences between the Latin Church and the Byzantine Church resulted in the Constantinople Massacre of the Latins (May 1182), when an estimated 60,000 Roman Catholics were killed, forced to flee, or sold into slavery to Turks. This was then followed by the Fourth Crusade (1202–1204), with Crusaders from Western Europe invading and sacking Constantinople, one of the final acts in the Great Schism between the Greek and the Roman Catholic churches … the Crusaders forcibly created the Latin Empire (1204–1261) in Byzantine lands before Byzantine forces from unconquered portions of the Eastern Roman Empire liberated Constantinople and overthrew principalities established by Latin Crusaders.
From the 2nd-Century on, Christianity as visible in this world has not been a religion of peace, but Christianity was not and is not more violent than Islam, also not a religion of peace.
All authority in this world (with all authority coming from God) comes through the Adversary to whom God consigned humanity for the destruction of the flesh when He baptized the world in water and into death in the days of Noah … baptism in water is for repentance (Matt 3:11) coming from the death of the old self, old man, that with resurrection from death we “might walk in newness of life” (Rom 6:4). Christians are to leave behind their unbelief, their transgressions of the Law, their disobedience when they are baptized by full emersion in water. Thus, while the Christian is still a sinner (again Rom 5:8)—the Christian is not a sinner before the person is humanly conceived; the person doesn’t exist before conception; Eve didn’t exist until she was created from Adam’s flesh and bone—Christ Jesus dies for the person foreknown by God the Father, “foreknown” in that God from the perspective of timelessness sees the end of a matter from its beginning for He can simultaneously see both from the “moment” in which He dwells in timeless heaven, meaning that God sees the characteristics of a human person that develop during the person’s physical maturation and He makes a determination about the person as He did about the Twelve whom He gave to Jesus to keep and to school. It is this determination that leads to the person being foreknown and predestined to be glorified while the person still lives physically. And this determination is not a “judging” of the person, but selection of who can come to Jesus, who will then mentor the disciple after dying for the disciple And being raised from death in glory in the disciple—Jesus being raised from death in the disciple gives to the disciple a second breath of life that causes the inner self of the disciple to be glorified—will result in the disciple desiring to walk in this world as Christ Jesus walked.
With practice, despite sin [unbelief] continuing to reside in the fleshly members of the disciple, the disciple truly born of God will walk as an Observant Judean, following Paul as Paul imitated Jesus (1 Cor 11:1), albeit not perfectly for Paul writes,
So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good. Did that which is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, producing death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure. For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. (Rom 7:12–18)
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (1 John 1:5–10)
If disciples are cleansed of all unrighteousness by Christ Jesus, then disciples are without sin even if disciples unintentionally do the very things they hate. The transgressions of the Law that come from the Law being made alive in Moses—transgressions that figuratively kill the disciple as the giving of the Law at Mount Sinai resulted in the condemnation of all Israel through the prohibition of kindling a fire on the Sabbath (Ex 35:3)—are covered by the blood of Christ Jesus so that disciples genuinely born of God are without sin being reckoned to them. They are without sin before God, their sins covered by Christ as the reality of the Azazel.
With Christ dying for us while we are still sinners, Christ in the form of His spirit [pneuma Christou] enters into our spirit (again, from 1 Cor 2:11) while we are still sinners, still sons of disobedience—but we are not then born of spirit for Christ has not yet died for us. How much time passes before Christ dies for us is a feature of this world, and not of the supra-dimensional heavenly realm. Thus, from the perspective of the heavenly realm, Christ died as the Passover Lamb of God on the Preparation Day for the Feast of Unleavened Bread, with the seven days of Unleavened Bread representing the seven endtime years of tribulation and its Preparation Day representing the entirety of the Christian era.
The six hours between when the Passover lamb in Egypt was slain at sunset of the 14th day of the first month to when the death angel passed over all the land at midnight of that same night represents the era of the Elect; i.e., from when the holy spirit [pneuma ’agion] was given by Jesus breathing on ten of His disciples (John 20:22) to the Second Passover liberation of Israel, when all who identify themselves as Christians will be filled with the holy spirit and thereby liberated from indwelling sin and death. And when Sin, the third horseman of the Apocalypse, is separated from Death, the fourth horseman, self-identified Christians will no longer be sons of disobedience through being in bondage to sin, but they will still be mortal, subject to death from outside causes such as martyrdom. Thus, the reality seen when the fifth seal is opened (Rev 6:9–11) comes to pass 220 days into the Affliction when the Apostasy (2 Thess 2:3) occurs … the majority of Christians will openly rebel against God and commit blasphemy against the holy spirit by returning to sin, to lawlessness, with transgression of the Sabbath commandment being common and even encouraged by disgruntled Christian pastors.
Virtually without exception, Sabbatarian Christians fail to keep the annual Sabbaths of God when they should be kept—and because they know to keep the Sabbaths of God, their transgression of the Sabbath Commandment by simply eating the leaven of the Jews, beginning their sacred calendar before the equinox in years like 2010 & 2013, leaves them condemned, their sins uncovered because they say they understand the mysteries of God (see John 9:41).
A large ministry and much activity is not an indication that the Christian organization is of God. In fact a flurry of activity in this world is a good indication that the human organization is spiritually dead, such as the former Worldwide Church of God was between late spring 1962 and fall 1994. Worldwide radio, television, and print evangelism produced a subscription base of seven million plus. Personal evangelism and conversion was occurring at an escalating pace until the utter collapse of the ministry that came without its members in the field really understanding what happened other than a pipsqueak scholar convinced unconverted individuals in key positions that Protestant Reformers had Christian theology correct all along … that’s the public face of what happened. The concealed face—the image behind the mask—is uglier: Herbert W. Armstrong (dod January 1986), founder and Pastor General of the former Worldwide Church of God was called by God not to proclaim the good news of the soon-coming Kingdom of God but to kill a work that began in the 17th-Century, a work that was the last Elijah’s second attempt to breathe spiritual life into the dead corpse that was the Body of Christ. The third and successful attempt to breathe life into this corpse began in winter 2001/2002.
In order for Armstrong to end the last Elijah’s second attempt to return spiritual “breath” to the Christian Church, Armstrong had to build a ministry that proclaimed to the world the need for Christians to walk as Christ Jesus had walked; i.e., for Christians to keep the commandments of God, all of them, including the Sabbaths of God. This Armstrong did, but did without Armstrong understanding the foundational principles of Christendom, especially spiritual birth.
In John’s Gospel, Jesus tells His disciples that throughout His time with them He had only spoken to them in figures of speech, in metaphorical or metonymic language (see John 16:25), meaning that human words that name the things of this world can only be used figuratively to name or describe the things of God, that the Bible cannot be honestly read as the literally-true word of God, something that will cause most flavors of Christianity to unite in common denial but not something that should cause this endtime generation of Christians great problems … since 1980, human understanding of the cosmos has greatly increased. Astrophysics has undergone fundamental transformations. Almost nothing of what was believed true thirty-five years ago is still considered true. So why shouldn’t Christianity collectively also grow in understanding of the things of God?
Astrophysics serves as the platform from which secular probes can be launched to the edge of human comprehension, but the things of God will always remain beyond human understanding. Thus, a person needs to possess indwelling heavenly life as a son of God before the person can comprehend spiritual things such as the attributes of timelessness that permits Christ Jesus to die for those persons foreknown by God while the person was still a sinner (again, Rom 5:8), not die for the person born in the 20th Century two millennia ago, two millennia before the person was conceived.
How many times was Jesus raised from death?
Here, what the serpent told the first Eve enters Christianity: “But the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it [the Tree of Knowledge] your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil’” (Gen 3:4–5).
The physical reveals and precedes the spiritual (Rom 1:20; 1 Cor 15:46), and what the serpent told Eve was not technically a lie—she would not die if she ate for she was covered by Adam’s obedience—but led to Adam eating forbidden fruit when he believed his eyes and not the Lord. And what the serpent told Eve in the Garden of Eden forms the shadow and copy of what that the old serpent Satan the devil told the last Eve, the Christian Church as the Body of Christ.
Non-Israelite Christian converts—Greeks—convinced other converts that human persons will not die but will live forever for they are humanly born with indwelling immortal souls; thus, the inner selves or souls of Christian converts do not need to be resurrected from death that is the result of being born consigned to disobedience (Rom 11:32) as sons of disobedience (Eph 2:2–3), but need their already possessed immortal souls to be regenerated so as not to be delivered to the fires of Hades upon the death of the fleshly body. … The concept of a human person being born with an immortal soul is contrary to everything that the Apostle Paul taught.
What the serpent told the first Eve caused her to eat forbidden fruit when she believed her eyes and not the words of her husband. And seeing Eve eat and not die caused Adam to believe his eyes and not the Lord. And what Greek converts told the last Eve caused the Christian Church to reject walking in this world as Christ Jesus, an outwardly observant Jew, walked. Therefore, greater Christendom failed to understand Paul’s words when Paul wrote, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 6:23), or understand that the man Jesus the Nazarene, to fulfill all righteousness (Matt 3:15), was baptized by John into the death of His old self and when resurrected from death received the glory of God the Father, the breath of God [pneuma Theou] in the bodily form of a dove, descend upon Him and enter into [eis] Him (again, Mark 1:10) as a voice from heaven—the voice of God—proclaimed, You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased (v. 11).
Now, how does an endtime Christian know the glory of God that Jesus received when raised from baptism was indwelling eternal or heavenly life that came to the last Adam as physical breath came to the first Adam when Elohim [singular in usage] breathed into the nostrils of the man of mud? Again, the physical reveals and precedes the spiritual. As there was a first Adam that became a nephesh or breathing creature when Elohim breathed life into this man of mud’s nostrils, there is a last Adam (Rom 5:14; 1 Cor 15:45) that received a second breath of life, the breath [pneuma] of God, when raised from baptism that was to fulfill all righteousness. The glory of God is the bright fire of heavenly life:
And above the expanse over their heads there was the likeness of a throne, in appearance like sapphire; and seated above the likeness of a throne was a likeness with a human appearance. And upward from what had the appearance of his waist I saw as it were gleaming metal, like the appearance of fire enclosed all around. And downward from what had the appearance of his waist I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and there was brightness around him. Like the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud on the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness all around. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of [YHWH]. And when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard the voice of one speaking. (Ezek 1:26–28 emphasis added)
As I have written many times, human or physical life is sustained by the dark fire of cellular oxidation, with this oxidation sustained by human breath that delivers oxygen molecules from the atmosphere to the lungs where they are picked up and carried to all cells by the blood stream. Heavenly life is sustained by the non-physical bright fire that is the glory of God, with this bright fire coming from outside of the creation and separating the creation from the supra-dimensional heavenly realm. This bright fire represents life that is sustained by the breath of God that would utterly consume a human person if this bright fire were not contained in a vessel that has also come from heaven, Christ Jesus our Lord. Therefore, without the indwelling of Christ Jesus in the form of His breath or spirit [pneuma Christou], no human person can possess indwelling eternal life, the gift from God the Father that He gives to those human persons foreknown and predestined to be glorified through being raised from death in a resurrection like that of Christ Jesus when He received the glory of God in the bodily form of a dove that entered into Him about where a whale’s blowhole is located, an aspect of the sign of Jonah, with the body of the whale [great fish] that imprisoned Jonah being analogous to the fleshly body of a human person in relationship to Jonah, the representation of the inner self of Christ Jesus and by extension, of all firstborn sons of God.
The man Jesus the Nazarene was humanly born as the unique son of the Logos, Yah, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob, ó Theos who was with [pros] ton Theon in primacy [arche] when He, the Logos, created all things physical (John 1:1–3). It was this One who entered His creation as His Son (John 3:16), not to condemn the world, not to judge the world, but to save the world (John 12:47) even though all judgment has been given to Him (John 5:22).
Again, no human person is born with indwelling eternal life, the free gift of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. The Muslim who sincerely believes that by being a jihadist (the human delivery system for a bomb) the Muslim will immediately see the face of Allah is sadly mistaken. This Muslim has believed a lie, as has the Christian who believes that the soul of this jihadist will immediately go to hell where this soul will be tortured forever. Neither ideology has any basis in truth. The human person that chooses to end his or her life by murdering others will appear in the great White Throne Judgment where the person will receive the just reward for all that the person did while physically living—and this might well be a quick trip into the lake of fire where the person will utterly perish and be no more forever. The same can be said for the Christian who had no love for neighbor and brother.
The great White Throne Judgment isn’t about giving human persons a chance to redo what they did when physically alive. It is about judging what was done, with the person knowing whether the person actually had genuine love for neighbor and brother, father and mother, God and spouse. Without love, the person is without hope when his or her judgment is revealed. With the manifestation of love that would cause the person to feed and shelter the stranger, the person reveals that the righteous requirements of the Law was written on the person’s heart.
The firstfruits of God are already under judgments (see 1 Pet 4:17), for the firstfruits—those disciples who are foreknown, predestined, called, justified, and glorified (Rom 8:29–30)—will have their judgments revealed, not made, when Christ Jesus returns as the Messiah (1 Cor 4:5). The firstfruits, of which Christ Jesus is First, live today as sons of God, walking in this world as Christ Jesus; for these firstfruits have been raised to life in a resurrection like that of Christ Jesus when He received the glory of God that is indwelling eternal or heavenly life. Thus, the firstfruits are as Matthew’s Jesus was when He was raised from baptism to fulfill all righteousness: they have indwelling heavenly life through having received a second breath of life that is the glory of God [pneuma Theou] in the heavenly vessel that is the breath of Christ [pneuma Christou].
Unless a person is truly born of God, the person can read the words that I write, can lurk somewhere (say the nation’s capital) and sort of understand what I write, but can silently dismiss the reality that applies to the person, either already born of spirit as one of the Elect or still a spiritual meathead, having human intelligent but being without belief, without faith, and without much hope. If this person who hides from Sabbath observance and commandment keeping behind gibberish such as, Christ kept the Law so I don’t have-to, were ever to cease lying to him or herself, the person would realize that Christ Jesus cannot long dwell within the person who refuses to walk in this world as He walked; for two cannot walk together (as one) if the two are not in agreement with each other. So the Christian who attempts to enter into God’s rest on the day after the Sabbath, Sunday, is at odds with Christ Jesus, who will die for the person while the person is still a sinner but who, when resurrected from death, will compel the person to keep the commandments, all of them, even if force is necessary to force such compliance, that force coming from other human persons used by Christ to discipline the son of God.
Indeed, there are individuals—not just the NSA—that read what I have written for, now, years without every contacting me or any aspect of the work being done from the Tip of the Thumb. This is fine with me, but this is not profitable for the person who really needs the cover that comes from being a part of the small but worldwide work being accomplished without many physical resources, cover that comes from Christ Jesus working in quietly miraculous ways.
I know you are out there … the coffee’s on.
Herbert Armstrong’s work was of importance; for it set up the “space” needed for the last Elijah, the glorified Christ Jesus, to do as the first Elijah did, rise from the corpse of the dead son of the widow of Zarephath a second time before returning to laying over the lad for a third attempt to restore life:
After this the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, became ill. And his illness was so severe that there was no breath left in him. And she said to Elijah, "What have you against me, O man of God? You have come to me to bring my sin to remembrance and to cause the death of my son!" And he said to her, "Give me your son." And he took him from her arms and carried him up into the upper chamber where he lodged, and laid him on his own bed. And he cried to the Lord, "O Lord my God, have you brought calamity even upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by killing her son?" Then he stretched himself upon the child three times and cried to the Lord, "O Lord my God, let this child's life come into him again." And the Lord listened to the voice of Elijah. And the life of the child came into him again, and he revived. And Elijah took the child and brought him down from the upper chamber into the house and delivered him to his mother. And Elijah said, "See, your son lives." And the woman said to Elijah, "Now I know that you are a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in your mouth is truth." (1 Kings 17:17–24 double emphasis added)
The seventy weeks prophecy that Daniel received after the seventy years prophesied by Jeremiah were completed is broken into three periods, one of 49 weeks, one of 62 weeks, and a third period of one week, analogous to the seven endtime years of tribulation that will begin with the Second Passover liberation of Israel when all uncovered firstborns, legal and biological, are suddenly slain because they are “first.” This includes President Obama and Vice-President Biden. This includes the adopted son of Glenn Beck, as well as approximately a third of humanity in the first of twice slaying a third part of humanity (the other time will be the Second Woe) that will bring Babylon to its knees before Babylon falls when Death is dealt a mortal wound.
No human person will, nor should lift a hand against President Obama and his scandal-ridden administration.
Presently, Obama reigns over a country so deeply divided politically that it cannot be healed, especially by return to phony Christianity and the old-time religion of America’s founders. New boards on a rotten foundation won’t help—and the foundation of America is rotten for the foundation is self-rule, not God. The foundation is of the Adversary, the present prince of this world.
The Promised Land of milk and honey to which the Lord was leading Israel following the first Passover liberation of Israel is theologically represented by Sabbath observance:
Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called "today," that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. As it is said, "Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion." [from Ps 95] For who were those who heard and yet rebelled? Was it not all those who left Egypt led by Moses? And with whom was he provoked for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? And to whom did he swear that they would not enter his rest, but to those who were disobedient? So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief. Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it. For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened. For we who have believed enter that rest, as he has said, "As I swore in my wrath, 'They shall not enter my rest,'" although his works were finished from the foundation of the world. For he has somewhere spoken of the seventh day in this way: "And God rested on the seventh day from all his works." And again in this passage he said, "They shall not enter my rest." Since therefore it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of disobedience, again he appoints a certain day, "Today," saying through David so long afterward, in the words already quoted, "Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts." For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken of another day later on. So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God's rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Heb 3:12–4:12)
When Israel, the nation that left Egypt, refused to enter into the Promised Land, the entirety of Israel numbered in the census of the second year—except for Joshua and Caleb—were rejected because of their unbelief and condemned to death (Num chap 14). It was only after being condemned to death that Korah asked Moses and Aaron why they ruled over the people:
Now Korah the son of Izhar, son of Kohath, son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliab, and On the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men. And they rose up before Moses, with a number of the people of Israel, 250 chiefs of the congregation, chosen from the assembly, well-known men. They assembled themselves together against Moses and against Aaron and said to them, "You have gone too far! For all in the congregation are holy, every one of them, and [YHWH] is among them. Why then do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of [YHWH]?" (Num 16:1–3)
The founders of the United States of America, because of dissension among themselves over how to worship the God that none of them knew, spoke the words of Korah not just to King George but also to Moses and Aaron.
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