Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Chapter two / The Sanctuary by Lawrence M. Nelson. C.H.J. Pub. 1996. PP.23-33.

As always my many thanks to both the Author and the Publisher for this work. (John B)

ONE'S SALVATION IS POSSIBLE ONLY WITH THE FULLEST ACCEPTANCE OF JESUS CHRIST, AS YOUR PERSONAL SAVIOR, AND YOUR SURRENDER I N LOVE. John B.

     John 14:6  "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."

Note (JB): take note that  Mary is not ever mentioned, in Scriptures, as an object of worship or prayer, thus its but a Human tradition, thus without meaning or virtue! There's also no Scripture, showing her ascension to Heaven, also tradition since 1500's as their introduction to begin this Marion worship as Queen of Heaven and co-mediatrix with Jesus her Son, by the 1850's! [ Second Thessalonians 1-12 is good read and then Revelation 13:2 then put on your thinking cap!JB}

CHAPTER 2----- CHRIST AND THE LAMB.

     A pastor was deeply troubled about his own personal battle with sin. Somehow, he seemed to lack the moral courage to gain victory. The struggle became so severe that when he went to sleep one night, he had a nightmare i n which he saw a man whipping Christ in Pilate's judgment hall. Watching the lash as it buried itself in Christ's bleeding back he could not stand and think of anyone wounding the Lord Jesus. In his dream he rushed forwards, seized the man and began to struggle with him. Suddenly, this brute of a man turned his face and the pastor screamed in terror and woke up. For the face of the man whipping Jesus was none other than his own!!! You see, in allowing sin to gain mastery of his life, he was wounding the Lord Jesus, with each sin. It was an experience he would not ever forget!

    This true story fully illustrates the following Scripture: Zechariah 12:10 "They shall look upon me whom they have pierced.,"

    How little do we realize the pain that we cause Jesus when we continue in our some, over and over
again, sins. How little do we realize the disappointment that we heap upon our Savior Lord Jesus when we not even try, to gain a victory, Yet it shows us, or should, just how unworthy we are of His great love for each.  Look at how Isaiah put this:
         Isaiah 53:3-7 " He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.  Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.  He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth."

  What a description, agree? Did you take note of these words---- rejected, despised, stricken, smitten, afflicted, wounded, bruised, oppressed, and the this--- "The Lord hath laid on him the iniquity [lawlessness] of us all. For he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter."

      As the apostle Paul meditated upon the tremendous sacrifice of Christ, he marveled in amazement. And if we look at the Cross, we, also, would join Paul in these words:
      Romans 8:37-39  "Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord"

Can you think of a better reason than this?
   .John 15:13 " Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."

NOTE(JB): Dear reader, please know it was pure love, for Y O U and me, that Jesus allowed, YES allowed Himself, to be nailed to that Cross!  Know you not that Jesus and Satan are at WAR, over your love and mine? Thank God, Jesus Has the Victory, he won it at the Cross!

     Do you remember the story of John the Baptist? When he declared----John 1:28-29 " These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing. The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world."

Note(JB): Those who have studied Daniel's 2300 days/years prophecy, will recognize this as be very beginning of Jesus' ministry that began in the first half of THAT week, the 3.1/2 years of Christ's teaching and then cut-off, on the Cross, and 3.1/2 years latter, with the Stoning of Stephen, the Gospel went to the gentiles, and the Jews could come to God only by and with Christ in their hearts! That's the Bible's truth! The Jews just as all others must come to the Father-God, through and with Christ Jesus!

   Who can not fail to see The Father's great love for us all, as e knew even before sin fell, He provided a plan of salvation even before this earth was created! Plus He created the Sabbath, for us as a memorial to His creation, as He knew evolution garbage, would come! The Sabbath meaning a day of rest and worshipping God!

The very moment that sin entered the Garden of Eden, all heaven was filled with sorrow, for apparently the inhabitants of this world were doomed to death. But God's plan was ready to redeem mankind. The moment the divine law had been broken by man, Christ was ready to make an atonement for man's rebellious transgression. He would take upon Himself man's sins and redeem him.

   THE STORY OF REDEMPTION P.42.     

      "Christ then made know to the angels that a way of escape had been made for lost man. He told them that He had been pleading with The Father, and had offered to give His life as ransom. To take the sentence of death upon Himself, that through Him man might find pardon, that through the merits of His Blood, and obedience to the law of God, they could have the favor of God, and be brought into the beautiful  garden and  eat of the fruit of the Tree of life."

   Such a plan of love is almost impossible to fully explain; no wonder the redeemed in Heaven will ever search to comprehend the mystery of a deep love. So, in the depth of this love, this wonderful love towards us all, and to see why God has chosen the sanctuary system as a kindergarten display to help us in our learning process.
     Let's all put on our "thinking caps," now. Why did Christ come to this earth, to die? In the description of the Heavenly Sanctuary, which you find in the New Testament, there's no mention of an Outer Court. Only in the Old Testament do we find the Outer Court, connected to the Sanctuary. It was only in the  Earthly Sanctuary that the Outer  Court existed.
WHY?
   The Sacrifice of Christ occurred on earth, NOT in Heaven where there can be no death! Therefore Christ had to come to this earth, and in the outer court, Where in the Alter of Sacrifice was found! Thus this is where in symbolics, Christ was killed for our sins, as The Lamb slain. Paul was led to put it this way:....

    Philippians 2:6-8  "Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross."

     Can you even grasp this? Imagine Christ, Who being equal to God Himself, descended from Heaven's purity lowered Himself below the level of angels, became a flesh man, yet still divine, as a helpless babe, in a manger. Yet not to be a man as Adam, who was formed to perfection. OH, no. But a Man after the consequences of four thousand years of sin. Born into a world filled with sorrow, misery, disease, death and every conceivable temptation. Then, when Christ's mission was to come to an end, He would be subjected to every insult and torture that Satan and his could conceive of. For He must die as a guilty sinner, yet totally pure and innocent.. His last hour would would be so terrible, that the angels had to veil their faces as they could not look upon Him. And finally, because He bore our sins, He must also endure the anguish of the lost, as all our sins were place upon Him, The Father, had to withdraw Himself, from His sight, as Life can not exist in the Face of the Father, without being destroyed. He thus bore the anguish of Separation, for the first time EVER, because our guilt was put on His shoulders!

In The Desire of Ages, Mrs. White put it this way: P755. "The Spotless Son of God hung upon the Cross, His flesh, lacerated with stripes. Those hands, so often reached out in blessings, nailed to wooden bars. Those feet, so tireless on the ministries of love, spiked to a tree. That royal head, pierced by the crown of thorns. Those quivering lips, shaped a cry of woe. And all that He endured; the blood drops that flowed from His head, His hands and His feet, {JB as well as His back shredded flesh exposing bone] The agony wracked His frame, and the unutterable anguish that filled His soul at the hiding of His father's face speaks to each child of humanity declaring "It is for thee that the Son of God consents to bear this  burden of guilt. For thee, He spoils the domain of death,j and opens the gate of paradise. He, who stilled the angry waves,j and walked the foam-capped billows, who made the devils treble and disease to flee. Who opened blinded eyes, and called forth the dead to life, offers Himself upon the Cross, as a sacrifice. And this, from love, to thee. He, the hearer, endures the wrath of divine justice and for thy sake, became sin itself!"
NOTE(JB): Not badly written for a lady with only three years of schooling, agree?

What WORDS!  What an inspiration of God! Let's turn to Leviticus 14 and Verse 27+
     .Leviticus 4:27-31 " And if any one of the common people sin through ignorance, while he doeth somewhat against any of the commandments of the LORD concerning things which ought not to be done, and be guilty;  Or if his sin, which he hath sinned, come to his knowledge: then he shall bring his offering, a kid of the goats, a female without blemish, for his sin which he hath sinned. And he shall lay his hand upon the head of the sin offering, and slay the sin offering in the place of the burnt offering. And the priest shall take of the blood thereof with his finger, and put it upon the horns of the altar of burnt offering, and shall pour out all the blood thereof at the bottom of the altar. And he shall take away all the fat thereof, as the fat is taken away from off the sacrifice of peace offerings; and the priest shall burn it upon the altar for a sweet savor unto the LORD; and the priest shall make an atonement for him, and it shall be forgiven him."

REMEMBER THIS: 

    The animal sacrifice represented, and was a foreshadow for Jesus Christ's, death upon the tree!No, think of Y O U slicing the throat of YOUR pet, as a method seeking forgiveness of Y O U R sins! Does this not give a truer picture of how God views our sins?  This implied the confession of sin, our sin, to the sinner's substitute, The Lamb of God!

STEP THREE.

     Then comes step number 3. After the sin has been TRANSFERRED to the Sacrifice, the victim must be slain. WHY? Because the wages of sin is death. The broken Law of God demands the penalty of death.

     Leviticus 4:28-29 " Or if his sin, which he hath sinned, come to his knowledge: then he shall bring his offering, a kid of the goats, a female without blemish, for his sin which he hath sinned. And he shall lay his hand upon the head of the sin offering, and slay the sin offering in the place of the burnt offering."
  Why did God put a death Penalty , upon the eating of the fruit from  one tree? 
   A: It was the one food, He demanded they NOT EAT, but they listened to Satan's lies instead!
         Just as so many still do to this day, Sunday worship, Craven images, lie, steal, covet, and accept his lies of evolution over Creation!

        Genesis 2:16-17 " And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:  But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die."
      
      Note(JB): It's not like HE, snuck this one in on us, now is it? He told us up front, rebel against my laws, and you shall die!     
Genesis 5:5 " And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died."

  Please remember, it was always the sinner's hand to slay the sacrifice! When we learn, and realize the great cost of sin, before we are ready to overcome our sins, We will determine, and with The Help of the Holy Spirit, we shall have victory over sin, because we shall know how hateful sins are to God, to Whom we have learned to love!  Then and ONLY THEN, will there be no more sin! What a tragedy that so few of us seem to grasp this concept lesson. Which is the why of this verse:.....

    Matthew 7:13-14 " 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:  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."

NOTE(JB): I pray that each reader, shall find and be willing to enter the narrow gate!  C  U  THERE?

   In review:  The Sacrificial offerings were ordained by God, The Father, to teach and show each sinner, who earnestly desires forgiveness, that he or she, must acknowledge the sin, be repented of the si n,, and bring His si n to Christ, our Sacrificial Lamb of God We, each MUST acknowledge our part in the Crucifixion of Christ, by faith and take hold of the Divine power that will him and her a hatred for sin and enable the sinners to sin no more: The he and she can then rejoice in His redemption!.
     However, this sacrificial plan has a much broader and deeper purpose than the Salvation of humanity. For Christ came to this earth, not to die, BUT to SAVE mankind, BUT also He came to vindicate the character of God The Father, before the whole of the Universe.
    WHY?
    Due to the Great Conflict, between good and evil, when God's Law was challenged by Lucifer, who was latter called Satan, meaning opposer, and thus caused a war i n heaven....

     Revelation 12:4 " And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.:7-9  And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him."

Note(JB) Now that you know who the dragon is read Revelation 13:1-2  "And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.  And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.:
   Please read Daniel's 7th chapter, and learn that a kingdom ruled by one man, in both the civil and religious, is called a BEAST POWER,  no think Rome and the Dark Ages!. She has not changed one piece of doctrine, to this very day!
    Ecclesiastes 1:9 " The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun."

  (JB) It was only by Satan's powers, that the whole world obeyed, Rome on it's Sunday worship, the Venerable Day of the Sun God! in 321 A.D. by decree from Emperor Constantine and Rome's Bishop accepted it, and the Pagans that flooded in the Church, with it's "Royal Robes of Red and Scarlet, its feast days, and processions, beads, wedding Rings, prayers to the dead, Easter {Ishtar, Nimrod's wife, who proclaimed herself her dead husband's Queen, as his heir, now living in the Sun as a god, and she is Queen of Heaven and fertility, her signs? Rabbits eggs and Pine comes--{Many seeds}! Who fails to see the connections to Babylon? Yet with her, this church, are many who know and love Jesus! The leadership????? Who knows, but God!

    John 12:31-32  "Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me."

     So it was, That Christ's dearth on that Cross would not only make it possible for men to be forgiven of their sins, upon honest repentance (JB meaning to turn away from] ,sins and heaven would be available to us, on the CONDITION, of loving obedience. BUT it would also JUSTIFY The Father-God before the entire universe, that Lucifer-Satan the devil had questioned God's judgment, before the entire UN-Fallen universe, and to establish God's Law forever, and as a testimony, that sin is death! {ARE WE ALONE? NO! Read Job chapter 1}

NOTE(JB):  Ellen White wrote i n the Spirit of Prophecy, in essence, that Satan visited all occupied worlds,, and was accepted only here on earth by Adam and Eve! [Genesis 3.] .

    When Adam and Eve accepted Satan's proposition, Satan declared this world to be his, because they had chosen him as their ruler.
    Genesis 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.

Note(JB): Dominion, means a king and his domain! Thus Adam was earth's King, for a while, until he obeyed Satan!
    Satan did not accept, nor believe that God was able to forgive sinful man, yet God in His love, had already foreseen this problem, and why Jesus pleaded with The Father, with His own life as a sin-sacrifice for human sins.It is in this way, that Jesus became the "The Lamb of God", destined to be slain before the earth's foundations were laid.[REV.13:8]  In this way, The Lamb of God became the way of escape for mankind's sins, as Jesus took our place at His death!

NOTE(JB): It is therefore, we each accept Christ's and His gift, of His death in our place, or we pay the price of eternal death ourselves!  God's love is unconditional, but all His promises, are conditional upon our acceptance of Jesus as our personal Savior, with loving obedience! Remove any one condition, and you stand alone, i n life, on your own powers!
    This very earth which was claimed by Satan {Job chapter 1] ,became the "Theater," in which God has chosen to redeem man, and to justify Himself before the whole universe, thus all His created beings. This then is the fullest of meanings of Christ very last words on the Cross.."it is finished".

     .John 19:30  When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost."

    At the very moment of Christ's death, there was a mighty shout, throughout the worlds of the Universe,. The fight had been decided and Christ had won this round of the war, a war for your soul and mine, between Christ and Satan! It was Satan, who had self-revealed himself as a liar, and a murderer, . It was Jesus, who proved that man in flesh body proved that man can keep God's law. The Universe's greatest excitement came with Jesus' victory over Satan, at the Cross and His Resurrection. Plus some-day soon He4 shall return, to gather up ALL His own, both from the graves and the living, and be with Him forever, in Heaven! The sinners, the unbelievers, shall not ever leave this earth, period!
     So, how may of you, dear readers, are for the greatest adventure of your life? Are YOU ready to commit to Jesus your being, and then, someday, live with Him and the Father and all the Holy Angles for eternity? I n eternal joy and happiness, with no crime, no death, no illness,no jails,or cemeteries, and hospitals? In a Garden like Eden that cover all the earth's lands?

   Sometime ago, a local paper, in Central Oregon, told a story of a little girl who had been playing in the garage where she found, what she thought was a bottle of soda pop, the bottle looked just as the one one her Mom gave her occasionally. She drank it all, even though it did not taste as she remembered. But soon she got a terrible belly pain, and told her Mom, who rushed her to the Hospital, but help came too late. She'd pain with her life, for the substance in the old pop-bottle, was a deadly weed poison! This exposes two huge problems,  ONE, never store left-over poisons i n a soda bottle, and TWO, sin is a deadly poison. But now Y O U know that God already has the antidote in Jesus Christ for our sins.....

     Acts 4:12 " Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."

NOTE(JB): This includes human priests, and those sleeping i n Christ, i n the graves, including Mary, for whom not one verse of Scripture tells us that she was resurrected, as yet! Thus tradition of men!

    Never, ever forget, that The Father-God has a a way of escape. And that way, friends, is though Jesus Christ, The Lamb of God. He will send into Y O U the Holy Spirit, to teach you in all truth, to guide you, in your life, and most importantly to rebuild your character, more and more Christ like.
   
    Revelation 3:18-22 " I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. "

Note(JB): Those i n HIS Churches, are His brides, Spiritually speaking!  Will you let Him in, in total surrender, of self? He who is able to take all sins out of your life, and be ready for entry i n the Royal Family of The Father, as His son or daughter, as  inheritors of the Kingdom?

NEXT: Chapter 3. "Christ the HIGH PRIEST.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

THE SANCTUARY MADE SIMPLE. L. M. NELSON CHJ PUB.

ALL MY THANKS TO BOTH THE AUTHOR AND THE PUBLISHER FOR THIS BOOK. (jb)

Note(JB):  The Old testament, and the New Testament are both founded upon the principles found in the Tabernacle, "The way to Salvation", is  through Jesus Christ, with the functions of the Holy Spirit and the will of The Father-God!

Following are the chapter's titles, for this book.

1. Christ, the way                                         5. Christ, The Atonement [at one with]
2. Christ, the Lamb                                      6. Christ, The Advocate [ ours]
3. Christ, the Priest                                     7. Christ, The Answer.
4. Christ, the Mathematician

Chapter ONE: Christ is The Way.
  
    Let's begin with some wonderful news!   GOD LOVES YOU! So much so that He sent His Son to be born of woman, thus both God- and man, to die for the sins of all, and lived with this knowledge at least 4,000 years!
   Have you not ever invited someone to stay at your home for a day, a weekend, or even a week or two? In fact, He loves us all, so very much, that He want us ALL , each one of us, to live with Him in His home, Heaven forever! Your Heavenly Father will not ever be satisfied until we all live with Him, and this is the why of this passage: A Great promise.....
    John 14:1-3 " Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."

    This should bring your question: "Why are we not all in Heaven today?"
    Plus why, has Jesus not yet returned, as He has promised? Is it a matter of distance? No, He has visited here, on earth, many times. He spent seven days here, six days in Creating, and one day resting, on the seventh day. Plus He oft came to visit with Adam and Eve in the Garden, in the cool of the evening. In fact Enoch and He used to take walks......Genesis 5:24  "And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him."  Continued......

NOTE(JB): Enoch and Elijah were the two only named beings that did not taste death, God translated them, and took them to Heaven! WHY?  They were sinless.....   James 2:10  "For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all."
QUESTION:  Which day do Y O U worship?
A: Genesis 2:1-3 " Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made."
     Exodus 20:1 "And God spake all these words, saying,     Exodus 20:8-11  Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it."
 WHAT? Do Y O U not know that the Seventh-day Sabbath, is God's "MEMORIAL" for us to remember that He's the CREATOR, who created all things and creatures, we have not evolved by random chance.
  It's the Sabbath of the Lord, its His Holy day, and man can't change it as God changeth not, and wrote this law in stone for eternal permanence! It matter not one whit, what Rome thinks or want us all to do! They can't save self, nor any others, PERIOD!  Read Daniel 7 and 2 Thess.2: And then Revelation 13:2 and think, if confused about the I.Ds read Rev.12::7-11, and remove all doubts!  Harsh? Yes but so is the Lake of Fire, that shall come into existence, but is not yet, thus there's no :hell fire" nor Purgatory {hell's half-way house?}
Question to all Catholics:  IF, your priest's forgiveness is absolute, why do they teach about hell and purgatory? Why do they want treasure in order to shorten a loved one's time in Purgatory? No Scripture allows any of this, but their own traditions!
    Mark 7:9  "And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition."
 Christ and Christ only has the power to save, not a church ,nor any man or men! Read your Bible and you'll not find one word about Mary's resurrection, nor about her being a Co-Mediator with her Son! Are you not praying to the dead who know not anything? [ Eccl.9:4-6] It's all from Babylon's paganism, and why Islam nations allow Catholic churches, as they recognize  man-made religions!, but not Christianity!

CONTINUED:  He visited Abraham and even ate with him inside his tent. He walked and talked to Moses  on Mt. Sinai, and for 40 years dwelled in the cloud by day, and if the fire by night. Yes we read that He was born of woman as a Babe, and lived as a man for thirty three years, so it's very clear that Jesus was on earth many, many times, thus distance is no barrier with Christ!

    Let's look at this question, another way, shall we? Could it be a problem of time? Maybe it's not yet time for Jesus to return, to this very earth! However, nearly each and every sign Christ predicted has already taken place, or is at present taking shape before our very eyes! Even Skeptics, atheists, and politicians all agree that something great is about to happen, as earth and humans can't keep going at this pace.. What then is the problem? Why hasn't Christ come?

    Well, how about this idea, should God save us all IN OUR SINS, AND POLLUTE, THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE WITH SINS?  How can He do this? How can He save a sinner without also saving sin? That's God's problem, right? This would spread death throughout the Cosmos, as we are still infected with our sins!
  Today, most MEGA_Churches teach nothing but love and prosperity.

Note(JB):  Rick Warren's "Purpose Driven" Church, has stated he will not allow Revelation to be taught in HIS Church! Heh... Rick can you measure your own ego?     Romans 6:23 find it and read it!!!!

   Now some theologians and pastors claim they have the answer to this God's problem. Like indulgent parents, who believe that their children will outgrow their evil ways, as they enter adulthood! They teach that all that is needed is more love, yet history and experience has shown they are dead wrong! In the same manner, preachers are as the indulgent parents, and they teach  love and more love, just preach enough love and people will stop sinning! Thus receive God's Salvation through Christ! AFTER ALL, they hold, that God is full of love, grace and mercy, and will forgive, and He does not demand total obedience!
NOTE(JB) : Let all who think such as these people, thank about all the people who were on the WRONG SIDE of the ark,[ The wert side] at Noah's time, that ONLY 8 souls were saved out how many? Why oh, why is it that so many people, including Satan, and his fallen angels, think they are wiser than God?

   These also think and {Believe?} that Christ gave all men unconditional salvation at the cross, and that all a person has to do is "Believe"!

NOTE(JB): Ever heard, we can't sin as we are all under Grace?  Don't you believe this Satanic lie!
 Hebrews 6:4-6 " For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame."
    Is not simple to accept that once one "takes on Christ," one can NOT...NOT... them live like the devil, without fear of loss of redemption? Be ye not deceived. Jesus said this 3 times and reffered to 2 times in Matthew 24!

     All sinners need is to "Believe" and not be concerned if they continue to sin, after all we are born into sin and it is not possible to stop sinning, some even teach that when Jesus returns He will give every sinner a new heart [mind] and thus instantly convert the sinner into a saint, sin problem solved  DON'T YOU BELIEVE IT! This teaching come right from the mouth of Satan!

Vol 3. Selected Messages p.153.  "This goody-goody religion that makes light of sin and that is forever dwelling upon the love of God to the sinner, encourages the sinner to believe that God will save him while he continues in sin and he knows it to be sin. This is the way that many are doing who profess to believe present truth. The truth is kept apart from their life, and this is the reason it has no more power to convict and covert the human soul."

   NOW... PLEASE... think this through, if Christ were to perform such a miracle as the instant transformation of the mind and character, from sinner, to saint, when He comes, then the Atheists would be right in blaming God for all the evils that are on this earth! Could not God have made His followers, even from the days of Adam, instantly sinless whenever they claimed to be believers in Him? Please do not be misled by these false new theologies. God does... have a way to solve the problem. A way to save HIS people FROM their sins but NOT IN THEIR SINS!

    John 14:6  "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
   If we are willing, to follow Him into the Sanctuary where He is administering today, we will understand His way. This is indeed good news, for Jesus can solve the sin problem, IF WE ARE THUS WILLING, and allow Him to make the changes in our minds, and take on the Character of Jesus Christ, thereby separating us from our tendency to sin.and we worthy for eternal life.

NOTE(JB): As an life-long mechanic, I know that a car's engine, needs all the parts in order to start and run
     Sins, those we perform knowingly, remove the parts we need for eternal life in Christ Jesus! Only by following Jesus can we even hope to to see Him face to face, and live!

     Psalms 77:13  "Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God?"

   However, there's not a "Sanctuary on this earth, that's a exact copy of the Heavenly One that Jesus is using this very day!
      Hebrews 8:1-2 " Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man."
    
     Most know that there WAS. . . .note, was is past tense, an earthly Sanctuary, that God gave to Moses the plans to copy the one in Heaven NOT BUILT with hands! However we must learn about the earthly  one built by man.......

     Exodus 25:8-9  "And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it."

    This earthly Sanctuary if we study it, will teach us through its symbols, how God solves the problem that sin causes from the Sanctuary above.. We are enabled to understand how He can separate sin from the WILLING, to agree,  SINNERS, as it's done or was done, on the earthly Sanctuary. In fact it was divided into four parts, The Outer Court, the Inner court, The Most Holy inner Sanctuary, divided by the Veil, to the Most Holy of Holies wherein was found the Ark of the Covenant and it's Seat of Mercy. 



   
 

   Note (JB):  Please forgive my lack of "Computoreze" knowledge, for the small picture:
1) The Tabernacle means :Tent", as such it was built to be taken down and transported as they journeyed. 
2) The outer wall, held up by tent poles and ropes, shown buy the "Gates", open tent flaps.
3) Picture is shown as top pointing West, and Left is South, Right is North.
4) Very both image is the burnt offering, Sacrificial Alter" on which the sacrifices were burned..
5) I n front of the Alter, isj the Laver, for the Priest jto was his hands, and feet, before entering into the tabernacle.
6) on the left, is the Candelabra, and on the right is the Table of Shew Bread, unleavened 12 loaves in two stacks of 6 each, One for each Tribe! 
7) Still within the First Compartment the Most Holy,and near the 6 layer Veil is the the Alter of Incense.
8) The Most Holy of Holies, is the Second Compartment. within which is found the Ark if the Covenant that holds the Mercy Seat.

We will study these three separate services so we can learn how to Co-operate with Christ as Hre solves our sin within problems. When Christ has finally separated sin for us, we will eventually be able to be with Him and live with Him, where there's no more sin nor death.
     Do not many, of us long to be with our savior in heaven? But what will make this possible? The FINAL act of this disposition of sin from the sinner did NOT.... not take place at the Cross as so many teach, and believe. Rather, the final act of making atonement {at one with] for sin takes place in the Most Holy Place of the sanctuary in heaven, and WHY Jesus became our High Priest!

"The Great Controversy," P. 489, E.G. White: "The intercession of Christ in man's behalf in the Sanctuary above is as essential to the plan of Salvation as was His death upon the Cross, for by His Death, He began that work which after His resurrection"

Note(JB): God uses only love and truth, to call all to His side, Satan never shall use either but all others he uses. lie, kill, and, steal..

    Luke 20:35-36  "But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection."

   Hebrews 8:1 " Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;"

    It can not be stated more plainly, There's a work now going onj in the heavenly Sanctuary, that is essential for our final atonement of our sins. The sacrifice on the cross did not SEPARATE men for sins, {JB obviously if it were so, we'd all be with Jesus 2,000 years ago, and those born since the Cross, would not ever have been born! agree?]   Thus the Sacrifice upon the Cross paid for our sin debts {Romans 6:23 "The wages of sin is death......."} for each person, but the Cross made it possible to provide a "Provision", whereby Christ paid the penalty for the sins of THOSE WHO WOULD, BY FREE-WILL AVAIL THEMSELVES of the provision"  Remember God will not use force, ever! As forced love is worthless!
    Therefore { we must ask 'what's it there fore?] , the final, or eternal;, disposition of dsin that MUST take place in the Second Compartment, can not ever be accomplished until the work in the First Compartment is completed. Like wise, the work in the First Compartment cannot take place until the sacrifice has been made in the outer court on the Alter. Thus it is of the utmost importance that these three steps are necessary to eternally separate sin from the sinner.

NoteJBJ: Can Y O U, dear reader, agree,j that this must occur before entry into Heaven, would not the sin-bearer, re-infect heaven with sins? Thus all lose it's perfection?

    When God instructed Moses to build tkhis earthly Sanctuary, He commanded,  Exodus 31:15-18 " Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.  Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant. It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed. And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God."

NOTE(JB) "Sic days may work be done, but in the seventh day is the Sabbath of rest, HOLY UNTO THE LORD"...."  Pray tell, why do most worship Him on the Next day, the FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK? Rather that the Day HE called Holy unto Him? Can man really change the Law of God, the Fourth Commandment? Exodus 20::8-11.??????

     E#verything about the earthly Tabernacle was  made by men but for the t2wo Tablets of stone upon which the very finger of God wrote the Law of Ten! They  are placed within the Ark of the Covenant along with a golden pot of Manna Exodus 16, and Erin rod that budded    Numbers 17:8  "And it came to pass, that on the morrow Moses went into the tabernacle of witness; and, behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds."
    Many will remember, that when Moses came down from mMt. Sania, the first time, he found they'd made a golden calf, and where dancing and worshiping it,j that Moses, in anger broke the tablets. Then
God said     .Deuteronomy 10:1-2 " At that time the LORD said unto me, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first, and come up unto me into the mount, and make thee an ark of wood. And I will write on the tables the words that were in the first tables which thou brakest, and thou shalt put them in the ark..."

   It was Jesus as God, [He would not become flesh man babe until His birth in Mary], Who wrote bot6h sets of the law, [but it was Moses whose hand wrote what God spoke that became the Ceremonial Laws, which were nailed to His Cross , but the The Ten shall stand forever, JB] Therefore the Ten Commandments are lifted up above the rest of the Holy Bible, for God Himself wrote then twice in stone for permanence!
   Thus, please note, God's 66 "Love-Letters" to Y O U,were done by men and two women, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, HOWEVER, the Ten Pillars were done by God's own hand, in stone, by Himself!
     WHY?
     God did not want any human element  to deface His Divine Law, as they are a divine copy of God's Character, which expresses God's holy Character, and are a copy of His law i n Heaven! Thus safely stored and unable for men to reach them, to change them, which is the case, here on earth.  But few are they that read them, and fewer still, are those who accept them for their own way of living life!

      You will recall that after some 60 years, of the Cross and His Ascension to Heaven John the Revelator was given a vision of which he wrote: Revelation 11:19 " And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail."
     After the Cross, all eyes are to focus on the Heavenly Sanctuary in which can be seen the Law of God. And why was this? Because God wants those of us living in these, 'The Last Days', to know that there's a right way and a wrong way to live. We are told, ......
     Romans 3:20 "Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin."

Note(JB): Perhaps it's easier to think of the Law as a "Mirror" , to show each of us where our sin dirt is showing.     Or this method: "The straight edge of the law shows us all just how crooked we are."  We must remember that God, speaking of His Ten Laws He has exalted them to be equal to Himself.  Thus He abhors all sins, yet loves us sinners! He is willing to use His powers, to help the willing to overcome all sins in victory in christ Jesus!  This we can't do within our own power!

   The Desire of Ages p. 308 Mrs White wrote this: "...The precepts of the Decalogue are as immutable as the throne of God."   {DECCA is 10, and LOGUE is record, witness, law. IMMUTABLE, means can not be changed, stands eternally as is.}

     They are a transcript of His very character. And so, when you consider and study the Law of God, you are studying God Himself and His very character!

    Now, i n the last compartment, the Holy of Holies, we are brought face to face with God's Law. For it is within the Ark representing His character, the divine rule of life.
       Ecclesiastes 12:12-14 " And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.  Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.  For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil."

NOTE(JB): Sadly, the Holy Bible is but One Book, yet even though it is it's own expository, meaning it proves itself, within itself, just as our Math books do, yet there's countless of books out there, to express every point of view, from every Biblical precept, each disagreeing with the other! Why not study the Bible itself, with prayers asking for the wisdom to understand, as He wants you to? This effort, of mine, would not be needed!

    James 2:10-12 " For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.  So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty."

Note(JB): Think of the Law of God, as a Chain of just ten links, if one link or law is broken the chain is no longer one!

     James 2:11-12 " For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.  So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty."

    Let's not kid ourselves, there's a great penalty for breaking either the Ten Laws or His laws of foods {Genesis 1:29, and Ecclesiates, 14-16.}Yes smokers have a far greater risk of cancer, yet even non-smokers get it, but why increase the risk, even GRASS,  {for its TCH] when smoked, is putting lungs in danger!
    Ezekiel 18:4 " Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die."   plus Romans 6:23.

    This brings us back to the sin problem, agree? Since all have sinned, [Romans 3:23, 5:12. and 2 Corinthians 13:2], how then is it possible for God to separate our sins from us so we can be taken to Heaven and live with Jesus, instead of dying for our sins?

   For this we must go back to the Sanctuary and discover the first step in this process of separation the sinner from their sins. This act was performed in the Court of the Sanctuary, as God spoke:
   
     Leviticus 4:27-28 " And if any one of the common people sin through ignorance, while he doeth somewhat against any of the commandments of the LORD concerning things which ought not to be done, and be guilty;  Or if his sin, which he hath sinned, come to his knowledge: then he shall bring his offering, a kid of the goats, a female without blemish, for his sin which he hath sinned. "
      Leviticus 4:33-35"  And he shall lay his hand upon the head of the sin offering, and slay it for a sin offering in the place where they kill the burnt offering. And the priest shall take of the blood of the sin offering with his finger, and put it upon the horns of the altar of burnt offering, and shall pour out all the blood thereof at the bottom of the altar: And he shall take away all the fat thereof, as the fat of the lamb is taken away from the sacrifice of the peace offerings; and the priest shall burn them upon the altar, according to the offerings made by fire unto the LORD: and the priest shall make an atonement for his sin that he hath committed, and it shall be forgiven him."

    Leviticus 4:4-7  "And he shall bring the bullock unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD; and shall lay his hand upon the bullock's head, and kill the bullock before the LORD. And the priest that is anointed shall take of the bullock's blood, and bring it to the tabernacle of the congregation: And the priest shall dip his finger in the blood, and sprinkle of the blood seven times before the LORD, before the vail of the sanctuary. And the priest shall put some of the blood upon the horns of the altar of sweet incense before the LORD, which is in the tabernacle of the congregation; and shall pour all the blood of the bullock at the bottom of the altar of the burnt offering, which is at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation"

Note(JB) A Bullock, is an oxen, which was their "Tractors" of their day,.and as most did have one, then lms were to be used yet if they had a lamb it was a family pet, that the sinner, or the man of the house to kill, by cutting it's throat, while confessing of the sin, with one hand on its head! That's tough, agree?  But WHY?
     Leviticus 17:11 " For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul."
        Hebrews 9:22  "And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission."
    All of this is to point out that the cost of sin is very high! Alcohol is mind altering drug, but drink enough in a short time, it will kill the drinker.IE, 20 OZ, of 40% alcohol, (80 Proof) in 15 min, will cause the liver to cease functioning, and the two boys, Rigor and Mortice will settle in!

   The Priest will dip his finger into the collected blood, of the sacrificed animal,, and sprinkle of the blood seven times before the Lord, before the Veil of the Sanctuary

AGAIN, THE THREE REQUIREMENTS THAT MUST BE FOLLOWED.
 (1) A man has sinned, thus transgressed the Law, which calls for his death, but God wants none to die
 (2) Thus God directs the Holy Spirit to convict the man of his sin, he repents, and seeks forgiveness, because he has accepted Jesus' gift of salvation, The Father "SEES" only Christ's righteousness, not the man's sins.
(3) God The Father then forgives the man and has provided a way for the sinner to become guiltless before God, even as though he had never sinned!

But, you may ask, is the blood required?  Innocent blood at that! Go back to Leviticus 17:11, above, and know it MUST be a animal without spot or blemish, not one aged and about to die, or a crippled one. The sin is then transferred, to the innocent animal which is then killed, to die for the sin. All this was the FORE-SHADOW of Jesus yet to come! Hebrews 9:22! Is one reason for Christ on His Cross!

The Plan of Salvation:
    John 1:29 " The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world."
    This was John the Baptist speaking, but how would he know this was Jesus Christ, they'ed never met, face to face, if they did it was not recorded, this is the Holy Spirit in action!  This is one of the reasons that Jesus came to this earth, as a man of flesh, and yet still also a God. {John 1: 1-3 and 14.] He4 came to show us the God's way to live, and to show us The Father, and of course, to die in our place, for our sins, to be paid by Him!
     Now please make note, and put this on the shelf of your memory bank, "As sin are the wages of death, we must either accept Him as our Savior, or pay the death penalty our selves, there's no other way, to salvation's door! This is the basic lessen we must learn and study of God's way to separate us from our own sins.
     Please allow me to be very clear,once more, on this word-picture, as the sinner takes a knife, after he has places his hand upon the its head, he then cut the throat slaying the innocent and perfect lanb, as this "Transfers" the sin to the animals' blood, which is then offered up in the veil and and on the horns of the Alter of Incense, upon which God forgives the sin.  Yet always know, that this lamb is but a shadow, a symbol of the real Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, who was yet to come!

     1 Peter 2:24 " Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed."

NOTE(JB) a note to all who Profess to be New Testament Christians: Isaiah 53:3-8  "He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.  Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.  He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken."
   When YOU, dear reader, go to build your house, do you begin with the roof? Or do you first put in the foundation? The Old Testament is both the foundation and the framing,j as well as the walls, the "ROOF" only covers and protects the house. If this is our diet, we'd eat nothing but oatmeal, boring right? Not to mention unhealthy!  I susspect its all due to "the law was "mailed to His cross"  But there are two sets of laws, God's eternal 10, and the Ceremonial laws, that Jesus' death did away for the need if them! "NEVER, EVER, TAKE THE WORDS OF MEN, FOR THE WORD OF GOD, KNOW THAT FOR YOURSELVES!"  NOW BACK TO THE STORY:

   What happened to the sacrificial lamb, of the Old Book? It died! What did our collective sins do to Jesus Christ? They took His life... it was WE, who took The Life of Jesus, via our sins!
    Yes, millions are acquainted with the historical fact of Calvary. Millions have travelled to and" visited" that very spot. B ur few, of them ever realize that was their sins, even today, that helped Him be nailed to the Cross, He whom the Word called "The Lamb of God", for they never understood this......

      Zechariah 12:10  "And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn."

NOTE(JB): Yet the world pays little attention to God's Word, but look.....Iran  to this....

      Zechariah 12:9 " And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem."
   The very fact that about 40-50% (percent) of the Bible is prophecy, and that to this time frame, 90% has come to pass, as written, why think anyone the last 10 percent will not happen? Is that not "Spitting into the wind, yet hope to stay dry?"

   So have Y O U bee3n able to envision the Lord Jesus as your substitute, and dying i n YOUR place? One of the most saddest funerals that I have ever conducted, MAY help you understand the results of christ's death on the Cross.  In the small gasket lay the body, of a small boy, the only son of the grieving parents. This tiny tot had died by an accident which was caused by the father, for he did not know that his son had followed him out to the garage, and when the Dad, backed up the car ranning over the lad, killing him instantly!
    Yes it was a total accident, but the grief it caused was unimaginable. When your mind contemplates Calvary, and you behold, in your mind's eye, the picture of Christ The Lamb slain, dying for Your SINS! You know His death was no accident, but our own devilish sins. Thus His death upon the cursed Cross, was a huge blessing for mankind, but "viewing" the Cross helps us realize the meaning of the Cross. We cannot but cry out, "Oh, my God, what have I done to your beloved Son?" Is this the price of my Salvation?"
   But please tell me, that YOU think, if this human father, ever has another son, will he not first walk around the car before moving it?
    WE, that is any intelligent think being, will know, that it was, in part his or her own sins that helped put Jesus on the Cross, should,j if we are human, change our minds, to sin, that it will be an abhorrence to even see sin, let alone us doing sins.

    Genesis 22:8 " And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together."

Thanking YOU, for your time.  Questions?  Comments?  John at servant@frontier.com

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

THE PRICE JESUS PAID FOR 'CHRISTMAS'. Glen Robinson/ Signs of the Times, Dec.2017.

My many thanks to both the author and Signs magazine, for this work. (John B)

Note(JB): Sorry to all who have been deceived by men, but Jesus was NOT born on December 25th, That's the Pagan Winter Solstice you are celebrating! Read carefully Luke chapter one, and knowing that the Course of Abia, a Jewish festival week, falls on our June 13-19th, then use the information found in Luke chapter one, and come to see that Christ was born around August 25th, John the Baptist was was conceived 6 months previous, Vs.24, 26, 36, 41, 44.67-68, 80.
  December 25 th being the birthday of Jesus, is but a Pagan myth, a holdover from Babylon, perpetuated by Rome, as one of their many "Traditions.," of men! Sunday worship, infant baptism, eternal soul, at death go up or down, priestly forgiveness, { JB, If this is total forgiveness, then why do they have purgatory? One is forgiven or not?}indulgences { prepaid sins??}, plus 100's of their laws, not found in scripture?+

       Matthew 23:9 " And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven."

      Mark 7:9 " And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition."

      John 14:15 " If ye love me, keep my commandments."

     Exodus 20:1 " And God spake all these words, saying,     Exodus 20:8-11  Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. "

What day is this?
    Genesis 2:1-3  "Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made."

Note(JB) Please do not tell me, that nobody in the Catholic Church, not ever read these verses? Instead they reject the Words of the Bible for their own "Traditions", and call the Sabbath a Jewish law from the Old Testament! All the4 while there's not even a hint, in any verse of Scripture that authorises the change from Sabbath ,meaning REST. [ He had rested from all His work, which God created and made]  Do Y O U really need to be hit over the head, with a hammer, before these facts sink in?
NOTE(JB): CChristianity, with Seventh-day worship is the true faith that Jesus gave all, ALL the others are but man-made, period! Question:  "Can man save man, or self?"

NO!

Glen Robinson's reflections of Christ's decisions:

   A mountaineer got lost while climbing the Alps, or so the story goes......  After days of stumbling around in a blizzard, he found a mountain pass that led into a valley that no one from the outside world had visited for centuries. In this valley he found a community of people who had survived for generations with no eyesight.
    When he tried to describe to these people the beauty of the night sky, the color of a sunset, the joy of seeing an other's smile, the valley people were at first confused, then convinced that he was insane. Because no one they knew, could see, thus this experience was far beyond their understanding. In fact, they had no words in their vocabulary to understand what he was describing.
     Over time, the mountaineer met a young woman of the valley and they fell in love. When they told the villagers, that they wanted to get married, and knowing the joys of that young man's sight, and of the outside world, would over time corrupt their community. They told him that he could stay, and get married only if he agreed to have his eyes blinded, so that he would be as everyone else. Torn between his appreciation of his eyesight and his love for the young woman, the mountaineer, finally agreed to meet their condition. The night before the wedding ceremony and the ceremony that would blind him, he took a walk to enjoy the night sky one last time. He climbed ever higher and higher on th4e mountain that he rose far above the village, That's when he spotted that he had come to the very pass through which he entered the valley. Keeping his sight would be but a simple matter, of walking through the pass, and keeping his sight,j and return to the outer world.
    The conflict between his love for his fiance` and his love for his sight raged within him, but finally his love for the lady, was the greater, and love of the heart won out. He returned to the valley and have his sight removed, for ever, and become a married man.
  What a conflict! What a decision! What a great love he had!
    Yes, this is only a story and a fictional one at that, but the Bible tells a story, in which the Hero, of it, accepts a handicap that will restrict Him for eternity--- all because of love!

NOW LET'S SUPPOSE...... THAT ABOUT 2,000 years ago God the Son had looked at the sacrifice He would have to make. To be born of a woman,as a  helpless babe, born in a manger, and then to die on a Cross, after being wiped so badly that His ribs were exposed, and decided that the price was far to high? Can Y O U just imagine, what life would be like for humanity, if this was His decision?

(Note(JB): Then He'd go back to heaven with which He was so familiar with! How long would it have taken Satan the devil, to have convinced one-half of the people to murder the other half? Surely by then, Satan would have seen the last man living to be killed!

NOTE(JB):
FORTUNATELY, THAT did not happen, as Jesus willingly allowed Himself to be treated as e was, and the human part of Him died on the Cross that Friday, before the Sabbath, at 3 PM. Thus He observed the Holy Sabbath resting in the tomb!  As He was both 100% God and 100% flesh Man, We will not be able to fully grasp this idea, but Jesus jis still now and evermore a flesh man, nor longer able to become in a Spirit form, as can The Father and the Holy Spirit.  Yet do we humans in these flesh/clay vessels, fully understand what Jesus allowed to be done to Him? Plus the WHY?
Look at what Jesus needed to do: (1) He could have taken the place of an Angel, but did not.
(2) He took instead the place of flesh-man, as a born of woman child.  Thus He made TWO STEPS DOWN!

IF you or I, take two steps down, step one  equals the animals, step two equals the insects.... WHO in order to save another, would volunteer to become an insect, for the eternity? Christ took two steps down, did He not?  WHY Jesus?

   Genesis 2:7 " And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul."
    John 1:1-3 " In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.   John 1:14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."

NOTE(JB): All can now see, that it was Jesus Christ whom was the Creative Agent, The Father used, to created all the Cosmos out of nothing! And until we allow self to be nothing, {die to self] He can't use us fully! Thus only HE was able to pay the price if sin for us all.

THE SIN PROBLEM:

    Consider God's problem. During the 4,000 years from Adam to Christ, the people had been fully exposed to sins, and their views of The Father, had become increasingly distorted. Every deviate interpretation of His character had been made an object of worship. Some believed Him to be an overbearing tyrant and had come to believe that they needed to give as a sacrifice of their own children, min order to appease Him! While others viewed Him as a weak, permissive being interested only in a good time, worshiped Him with acts of prostitution, bestiality or gluttony. in drunken food and sex orgies.
    In the name of their gods, the strong overwhelmed the weak, and the rich dominated the poor. Apathy and greed flourished, and love and charity withered away!

   NOTE(JB) In Genesis 6-11 find the account of what God did the last time He took action against sin, in the world-wide flood!

      God knew that to salvage the situation, He couldn't simply speak to the people, in over-powering tones, as He did from Mt. Sinai. NO, to teach humanity what He was really like, in such a way they'd not forget, He would provide them with a living example of His character in the terms all would understand. In a world where God was an unfocused reflection of humanity's own selfish desires, He would have to be focused into a Being who was the essence of both Divinity and Humanity.
    Now, imagine that Y O U are unencumbered by time and space, able to be everywhere at once, with limitless power available to you at any time. Then Y O U can understand how being born in Bethlehem as Jesus Christ, the son of Mary, changed God the Son forever. At His birth Jesus Christ, took on also the human nature, upon Himself,permanently, including being in one place at a time.

NOTE(JB): This is how HE, Jesus became the Son of God, by being born of woman as a human yet God child! The how we can't yet know, if ever!

    Before Jesus became both God and man,, we could only hear about God in the Old Testament, what He was like and what kind of character He  is. When Christ became a man, humans being could, for the first time actually SEE GOD IN THE FLESH, AND WHAT HE WAS LIKE....

   John 14:9  "Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?"

DO WE KNOW THE DIFFERENCE JESUS MAKES?

    We recognize that Jesus' death on the Cross made heaven possible for us. But what of His life? What difference did it make?

FIRST:
    By living on earth as a human being, Jesus challenged the conventional judgment and even the moral values of the time. Greed, selfishness, and the lust for power influence our judgments more than we realize. The concern for others that Jesus' life fully reflected was just as disturbing to the statues quo at His time as it is for you and me to reveal to the community of blind people what's it like to see. Jesus' example turned conventional wisdom, about love and morality,... on its ear.

SECOND.
      Jesus taught us that motive rather than performance is what counts. Remember the story about the Emperor's new clothes? They were invisible, "Sewn" by a clever tailor who, aware of the king's vanity, claimed that fools would not be able to see them. Afraid of being recognized for the fools they were, everyone, including the king, went along with the charade. It tool a young boy's stare, to state the obvious and draw attention to the king's lack of both britches and good sense.
     Living in sin is much like that. We're all inadequate: we all have selfish motives. Yet we go through our lives desperately seeking to ignore the obvious. Let a little honesty creep in, and we're suddenly presented to the rest of the world as the emperor without his clothes....no longer regal, in a desperate need of something to cover us up. Jesus exposes our dishonesty, our spiritual nakedness. Yet He tears us down, to build us back up.

THIRD.
    Jesus showed us that a positive approach is most effective at bringing out the best in people. Jesus didn't need to condemn men and woman as miserable sinners. His mere presence revealed to them their moral shortcomings. Then He called them to look at the world from a different perspective, to center their lives on God, instead of things, or on themselves. This message led some people to seek spiritual wholeness. Others, in turning from it, headed down the path of anger and resentment that eventually led them out of His presence and even into conspiring to get rid of Him.
      IMAGINE, if you will, a cluster of flowers struggling to grow in a deep ravine, covered in junk and surrounded by tall trees, which hides the sun. Then a landscaping crew comes by, removes all the junk, thins the trees, allowing brilliant sunshine to pour down on the plants.
     Overwhelmed by the full sunshine some plants wither and die-- {Perhaps wishing, if possible, that things return as they were] Others, still shaded, continue as before, but a few of the plants withstand the initial shock of their exposure to the full light of the sun {or full light of god's truth]. They soon are basking in its light... and flourishing and multiplying beyond all previous idea, as to what their potential was.
     Such is our relationship with Him, we realize that His power is overwhelming. But if we welcome it and allow Him to change our characters, we'll flourish to a degree we had never before realized we could!

THE POWER OF LOVE:

NOTE(jb): God uses only truth and love, something Satan never will, but he uses all other weapons, to deceive, to separate mankind, from God! Never take the words of men for the Word of God, learn that from the Holy Bible!

Finally, Jesus' life teaches us a proper appreciation of the power of love, Jesus revealed to us that most of us love selfishly and limit our love to a chosen few. He showed us that the most important thing any of us can do in life is to reflect the love God has shown us, to reflect it by loving our fellow humans.
   Modern society talks a great deal about love, and how it can change the world-- and one's personal life. But society's attempts as loving merely results in the increased rates of divorce, child pornography, incest and terrorism, making it obvious that most people have no clue or idea,what real love is!  Chances are very great, they'll never understand this kind of love until they learn where it all comes from... God. Not that He created it: He is LOVE....

     1 Corinthians 13:4-7 " Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,  Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;  Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things."

NOTE(JB) Love and charity, are the two sides of the same coin.

    When we ask for the Holy Spirit to reside within our hearts/minds, He'll teach us God's truths, and re-build our characters, to eventually reflect the character of God.

    Philippians 1:6  "Being confident of this very thing, that he [ the Holy Spirit] which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:"

NOTE(JB) All of God's promises are conditional, upon one's acceptance of Jesus Christ's gift of salvation for sins.His Love for us all is unconditional, there's nothing we can do to remove this!

   Our harried lifestyles the word awe, has lost its impact, when the Bible speaks to fear God, it meas to be in awe of, to revere Him, He loves us so much that He sent His Son to die for our sins, how much more can He do to show His love for Y O U?
    The community of the Blind people in the story, they could not ever understand what the loss of sight meant, to one who has it. Yet with his agreement to be blinded, MUST have showed to all the depth of His love for that woman!

      Matthew 1:23-25  "Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.  Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS."

     Suppose He had decided that the Cross was just too high a price to pay, what would have been the result?

     Fortunately, Jesus made the decision to pay the price, for all, for all time, that's why YOU and I can celebrate His birth.

Thanking Y O U for for your time.  Questions?  Comments?   John at www.servant@frontier.com

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

"The Rich Man and Lazarus" Marvin Moore, Signs of the Times Nov. 2017 Issue.

My many thanks to a great teacher,.M. Moore and This magazine. (John B)

Note(JB): Many teach, and many more accept this PARABLE, as a factual telling by Jesus, instead of what He used as a easy to understand, pictorial rendition of a actual fact. There's not now a burning hell, this is CONTRARY to the Bible's teachings,  and that God does not punish anyone before his or her trial , the Judgment. Nor does He give eternal life to sinners in order to continually punish and torture sinners.  That would make mankind more Merciful and Just than God Himself! That just can not be so!

Marvin explains the why Jesus told this story.

     Luke 16:19-31  " There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivest thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead."

    Jesus told this strange parable, about a rich man, and a beggar named Lazarus, the rich man was not named. While he lived in the lap of luxury while Lazarus, a beggar who lay at the rich man's gate, was covered with sores, and had very little to eat. In due time, both men died, and Angels carried Lazarus to Abraham's bosom, but the rich man ended up in torment in the hell's fires. The rich man looked up and Abraham, far away, with Lazarus at his side. So he called out to him, "Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip if his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire".
   "But Abraham replied, "son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he's comforted her43e and you are in agony. Besides all this, between us and
you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you, can not, nor can anyone cross over from there to us."

    The rich man begged Abraham so send Lazarus to his five brothers to warn them about the dangers of hell, but Abraham said, "They have Moses and the Prophets: let them listen to them."
    No. Father Abraham, said the protesting rich man, "If someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent."  To this Abraham replied:...LUKE 16:23-31, as you've already read, above!

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE ALL DIE?

     As far as I know, ALL Christians believe that there is life, after death. That after all in one of the central teachings of the New Testament. Jesus died for us, so that :Whosoever, believeth on Him shall not perish but have eternal life.[John 3:16] Plus Jesus own words in...
     John 11:25  "Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:"

     Sadly, however, there are two divergent vies about what happens when we each die. Some believe the human teachings, that at death our bodies go to grave, but our soul/spirit goes to his or her reward, heaven or Hell, or its "Half-Way House"-  Purgatory, or even into limbo, the unknown. Now at first glance, this story seems to support the teachings of humans, after all Jesus said that Lazarus went to
Abraham's bosom-- a Jewish Idiom that meant paradise-- and the rich man went to hell. However there are good reasons to question that understanding of Jesus' story.
1. They know not the Bible.......
     Genesis 2:7  "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul."

Note(JB): man became what???" A Living Soul" Therefore a soul is NOT any ADD-ON" it is what we become at conception, a living human being. SOUL/SPIRIT/BREATH OF LIFE  , are used almost in all cases as interchangeable, one for the other!  So how did men, get to this point?  Look-------

    Genesis 2:17 " But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die."

      God's words still echoed in the Garden, when Satan told Eve this....
      ...Genesis 3:4  "And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:"
  That's Satan's first recorded lie, in the Word of God, as he, Satan, used a serpent to be his ventriloquist "Dummy".

 
2. Can anyone imagine that The Father- God, who gave His Son to be sin for us, to die for our sins, a Father who loves us that much, would in fact put Heaven and hell so close together that each can see the other, and that the saints can see and hear their "Uncle Charlie" screaming in agony, while being turned very. very slowly over the ages, in a piece of crispy bacon? Is YOUR God, this cruel, more so than any despot of human history?  THINK!

3. Furthermore, those who teach and believe that hell is ongoing right now also teach that body stays on earth in the grave, but that the soul, or spirit goes on to heaven or hell, as a disembodied something. Yet in Jesus' parable both Lazarus and the rich man had physical bodies, as Lazarus was asked to put his physical finger in water, and let it drip on the rich man's tongue, right? Why not beg Lazarus, to throw a bucket of water, on himself? After all, burns to any one's flesh, creates intense pains, so why or how, did the rich man have the wherewithal in this pain to discuss anything with Abraham?

SO WHY DID JESUS TELL THIS STORY?

     1. Please note the reversal of fortunes in the 'after-life'.  The rich man lived very sumptuous in his earthly existence, very opposite of of Lazarus, yet both saw a 108 degree of fortune in heaven, agree? As Mr. Moore goes on the explain, this story has roots, Greek Jewish and Egyptian cultures, about the reversal of fortunes, if you will, in heaven's after-life. Yet the basic question remains why did Jesus tell this parable?
   To answer this we need to look closer, at the application He made of it.   When Abraham refused to cool the rich man's tongue with a drop of water, the rich man asked that someone from the dead, to go and warn his five brothers, about their ultimate destiny, they each would face, if they mended not their ways.
    To which Abraham replied that his brothers had Moses and the Prophets to instruct them about how to prepare for the next life.
    "No, Father Abraham, if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent." To which Abraham replied, "If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even fi someone rises from the dead"

THE SETTING OF THIS PARABLE OF JESUS CHRIST.

   Now let's look at the setting in which Jesus told this parable, [ {note JB) a parable is a story using words as pictures, to symbolize a truth] this story. He'd spent at least three years teaching the people and healing their diseases. During this time He's done His best to win the minds and hearts of the Jewish leaders, but they'd resisted, { not6e they rather cling to the ways they were taught by other men, rather than Jesus Himself! Sound familiar today?]  On the contrary, they did their best to get of Him, even to the point of plotting His death!......
        Matthew 12:14-15  "Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.  But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all;"

   So, Jesus gave them a warning, in the verbal form of this parable. Now if Y O U think the name is a co-incident, please consider His resurrection of Lazarus, a full four days after his death, at which his sister Martha, pleaded with Jesus not to open his tomb, for he "Stinketh" [John 11:39] As it was but a few months Latter that the real Lazarus was brought back form the dead. The Priests tried to kill him also tried to kill Lazarus!  

    Ecclesiastes 1:9 " The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun."
    When the world's governments declare that Sunday worship is the law of the land, it shall be the so-called Christians, who blame us for the trials of Revelation and ...
     John 16:2  "They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.".........; Note (JB) Is this not so today with radical Islam or the Roman church in the Dark ages... believe as we say, or die? Nothing new under the Sun, right?
     

Note(JB) Why did Jesus wait the four full days, before resurrecting Martha's Brother Lazarus?  To counter the common Greek belief, which still was wide spread in these lands, that the soul would leave the body, on the third day.Plus, please take note, Jesus said "Lazarus, come forth.." He did not say, "Come up" nor did He say "Come down", again to counter the false fact that at death the body and soul separate, the body goes into the grave and the soul goes it its reward, up or down!
     NOW, IF Lazarus was already in heaven, can you imagine his state of mind, to find himself back on this sin filled world?  Still wrapped up in the funeral cloths?  Can you see just the words and imaginations of men, just keep painting themselves into the Biblical corners, so to speak?

    And following the resurrection of Lazarus, some of the observers of the miracle, ran to report to the Pharisees what had  happened. "Then the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin"
  " ' What are we accomplishing?" they asked. "here is this man performing many signs. If we we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him and then the Romans will come and take away both our Temple and our Nation.' "Then Caiaphas, who was a high priest, that year, spoke up. 'You know nothing at all! You do not realize that it is better for for you, that one4 man die for the people than that the whole nation perish."

   John 11:46-50  "But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done. Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles. If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation. And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all, Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not."
     John 11:53-54  "Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death. Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews; but went thence unto a country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there continued with his disciples."

Note(JB):   These people were a perfect example of the point Jesus made, i n this parable.Simply due to the fact, they believed the words of men over the Word of God!  This is still so, even today, when most homes have at least one Bible, that few ever read, and fewer even study!  No Wonder..... Satan finds us so easy to deceive,, with his lies, .... right?

THE SETTING OF JESUS' STORY.

    Now let's look at the setting in which Jesus told this parable,. A parable with facts, so out of line with the whole Bible, that He knew people would not take the facts seriously, but symbolically! He's spent at least three years teaching, the people, and healing their diseases. During all this tim3e He's done His best to win their minds and hearts, with the only means available to Him. Love and Truth, whereas Satan will never use either, but every thing else including murder. But He never did win over the Jewish leaders, but for a few exceptions. They even plotted His death....
     Matthew 12:24 " But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils."

NOTE(JB) They even accused Him of being on the Devils' side, thus His answer...
   
    Matthew 12:25-28"  And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges. But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you."

   This is the reason for His parable, as warning to men who think they know better than God!
    Proverbs 14:12 " There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death."

Note(JB): No doubt you've heard this before, "Those who drive like hell-- will get there" But here's what I draw from the Word of God.... "All who live like the devil, , without seeking repentance,nor forgiveness, will join him in the Lake of Fire."  

   But did this parable, achieve His desired results? NO! Remember Heaven uses nothing but pure love and truth, yet this only made harder their hearts, due to the fact that most resist change, and Jesus asked them to accept His ways of thinking, and this they rejected both Him and His message. Just as it still....... today!
   As the medium for conveying this lesson, Jesus adapted a story about a reversal of fortunes that was so absurd in some details, that most would not take it literally. Sadly many do then and even now!
    The Spiritual lesson He gave then, applies just as much to all of us today! It's as imperative that you and I make the Bible our foundation of our faith, today, as it was in Jesus' day!  If you will surrender to the will of Christ, then you'll be able to ask Lazarus, about his experiences, and allow the rich and selfish to swim with Satan in the Lake of Fire, which is Brimstone, or sulfur that burns at 2300 degrees F!

     Malachi 4:1  "For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch."
     Malachi 4:3 " And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts."

Note(JB): No such thing in the Holy Bible, about a forever punishments,  but the results are forever, as there's no resurrection available for all who have CHOSEN the Second Death!

    Revelation 20:6  "Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years."  [ Revelation 2:11, 20:14, 21:8]

Thanking Y O U for your time, Questions? Comments?  John at servant@frontier.com

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