True Love. Happy Valentine’s Day

We have heard: “Love is patient, Love is kind” and only think of mankind, but what if we take into account what we also know: “God is love.” Now add: “Love is patient.” God is patient with you. And what of “Love is kind”? God is kind to you.

Love. Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your mind soul and with all your mind…this is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it: Love your neighbor like yourself. All the Law and Prophets hang on those two commands” Matt. 22:37-40.

1 Corinthians 13 is the famous “love” chapter and it has been the role model of man’s love towards one another. But have we taken into account that God first loved us, in such a way, that we are to love Him in like manner?

Love Is Patient.
Are you patiently waiting for God (to give you His best), as He once waited for you to answer His call? He was quite patient. We should extend the same patience towards Him.
“Blessed are those who wait upon the Lord” Dan. 12:12 “with the patience of Job” James 5:11 “Also,(having patience) toward all men” 1Thes. 5:14.
We are to have patience in trials. “For tribulation creates patience; and patience gives experience; and experience brings hope; and hope does not fail” Rom 5: 3-5.
“(This is) the patience of the saints” Rev 14:12. “Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield” Ps. 33:20
“Be still and know God will fight for you” Ex. 14:14. Love God with all your heart and wait upon His timing.

Love Is Kind.
“Do unto others (His creation), as you would have them do to you” Luke 6:31. “Be gentle towards every man: apt to teach, patiently” 2 Tim 2:24
“The merciful man does good to his own flesh” Prov. 11:17.
“Remember mercy when you are wrathful” Hab. 3:2
Jesus said, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy” Matt. 5:7. Love God with all your heart and be kind to one another, as He has been kind to you.

Love Is Not Envious.
Even the prophet “Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry (at God’s compassion towards Nineveh)” Jonah 4:12.
“Wrath kills the foolish man, and envy slays the silly one” Job 5:2.
“I was envious at the foolish when I saw the prosperity of the wicked” Psalm 73:3.
Within a parable, the workers protested: “‘But, these men were hired last, working only one hour, while we worked all day and received the same pay’” Jesus said, “the last will be first and the first last” Matt. 20:16. Explaining this meant that all who believed in God’s gracious gift, whether for a lifetime or the very second of death, received the same mercy and salvation.
“The Lord is gracious and merciful, and will not turn away His Face for you if you return unto Him” 2Chron. 30:9.
Love God with all your heart and be not envious towards others, and especially not towards His Sovereign mercies.

Love Does Not Boast and Is Not Proud.
“Pride brings destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall” Prov. 16:18.
Isaiah said, “How Satan has fallen from heaven…cast to earth…(Satan) once said, ‘I will raise my throne above the stars of God…and make myself like the Most High.’ But you are brought down to the pit…They stare at (Satan) and say, ‘Is this the MAN who shook the earth and made the world a desert, overthrowing cities?’” Isaiah 14:12.
Jesus agreed, “I saw Satan fall from heaven” Luke 10:18.
Love God with all your heart and be not proud in your own right; the battle is the Lord’s. Even in battles, truly anything the Evil One can throw at you, is won by the power of God; so, boast not. Your only pride is in God’s Power. “The Lord your God, He fights for you” Josh. 23:10.

Love Is Not Rude or Self Seeking.
“Even Christ pleased not himself” Rom. 15:3. “Whoso ignores the cries of the poor, he shall cry himself” Prov. 21:13; Matt. 25:42.
Jesus said, “He who loves his life will lose it.” And “Whosoever will be great among you, let him minister to you” John 12:25; Matt. 20:26.
“By love serve one another” Gal. 5:13.
Jesus also said, “If you do only good to those who do good to you, how is any different than what the sinners do?” Luke 6:33.
Remember though, “For it is God who works in you TO WILL and TO ACT according to His right purposes.” And “It is not by works, but by grace you have been saved; so let no man boast except in God…” Eph. 2:7-8.
Love God with all your heart, boast only in Him, and do good.

Love Is Not Easily Angered, and Keeps No Record of Wrongs.
“God will not harbor His anger forever; He does not treat [our*] sins as we deserve.”
“…removing them as far as the east is from the west—this is how far He has removed our sins from us.” ((*our: those who respect God.))
“As a father has compassion on his children…for He knows how we were formed, so the Lord has compassion on those who respect Him…those who keep His covenant and remember to obey His precepts” Psalm 103:9-18.
Rather than a record of wrongs, for the Beliver, He keeps a record of our anguish: “I have seen your tears” Isa. 38:5; 2Kings 20:4.
“You collect all my tears in Your wineskin—are they not listed on Your scroll?” Psalm 56:8.
Love God with all your heart and be not easily angered, nor hold grudges.

Love Does Not Delight in Evil.
“To depart from evil is understanding” Job 28:28.
“God will not do wickedly, neither will the Almighty pervert judgement” Job 34:12.
So, “To respect the Lord is to hate evil” Psalm 98:10.
“Abstain from all appearance of evil” 1Thess. 5:22.
Jesus said, “You can not serve both God (and the world’s ways)” Matt. 6:24. “(Those who) are luke warm, neither hot nor cold, (He) will I spit out of (His) mouth” Rev. 3:15-16.
“You can not drink from the cup of the Lord and the cup of devils” 1 Cor. 10:21.
Jesus said, “This is an evil generation; they seek a sign (rather than just believing)” Luke 11:29.
Remain firm as David, “I have not done evil by turning from God” Psalm 18:21. Love God with all your heart and be not and do not compromise good standards. Speak up against what God calls “evil”.

Love Rejoices In Truth.
“His truth endures forever…Thy Word is True from the beginning” Psalm 100:5; 117:2; 119:60.
“God is True” John 3:33.
“Love the truth and peace” Zech. 8:19.
“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us…and we make God out to be a liar…If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us, and purify us from unrighteousness” 1Pet. 1:8-10.
In fact, “…the punishment that brought us peace was upon (Messiah), and by his wounds we are healed” Isaiah 53.
Jesus said, “To this end I came into the world: to bear witness to the Truth…I am the way, the Truth, and the Life” John 18:37; 14:6.
“It is the Holy Spirit of God that bears witness, because the Spirit is Truth” 1John 5:6.
“Behold a white horse; and (Jesus is) he that sat upon it, was called Faithful and True” Rev 19:11.
“(Messiah) was pierced for our transgressions…For we all like sheep have gone astray…He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence nor was deceit in his mouth…. Isaiah 53:5-9.
Love God with all your heart and rejoice in knowing the Truth.

“Love Always Protects, Always Trusts, Always Hopes, Always Preserves. Love Never Fails” 1Cor. 13:8.
Protect His Word, as He entrusted it to us.
Trust in His Word, as we Trust in Him.
Hope never fails; such is our faith: proofs unsee; not necessary.

Preserve the truth of love: “This is love: not that we loved God, but that God loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins…We Love because He loved us first” 1John 4:10, 19.
Practice Love and One Day we’ll see God’s perfect Love.

שלוםת سلام Peace @achadpeace

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Hope and Peace to you: The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow

“The Sun will Come Out Tomorrow”…is the beginning of a classic song about hope. During these winter months, many optimistic people sing the same song; but suppose we turn our focus upon our eternal hope in the Son of God. Now, before you stop reading, please “give Peace a chance” (as another song goes). Jesus Christ was called the “Prince of Peace” by the prophets; and “the Son of God”. How can this be? Well, his mother, the Virgin Mary, asked the same question as the Holy Spirit of God came to her and just said, “Be, and he was”. In like manner, but somewhat differently, was created Adam, the first man; but out of the dust of the ground. Therefore, these two were unique sons of God. The Holy Spirit of God breathed into Adam, and he “just was”–however, Adam was sinful as all mankind after him, except for Jesus.
While we humans, especially the believers, are called “the children of God”, Jesus is different. Jesus was perfect in all his ways and died a sinless life, taking upon him our sin debt; and only in this way we can stand guiltless at the Judgment Throne of God the Father. The disciple John wrote, “And now dear children, continue in him (Jesus), so that when he appears (Jesus is still alive and at God’s right hand) we may be confident and unashamed at his coming (1John 2). Indeed, the SON is our hope, and while he might not “come tomorrow”, he will come.
John had written just prior to that, that the antichrist is coming also; but that there were many with the spirit of antichrist (those who deny Christ his positioning–they were then and even are today). John wrote, “they came out from us, but were not OF us. (They) deny that Jesus is the Christ. Now, people might deny God, or they might believe in God the Father but they deny his Son.
John wrote “such a man is the antichrist—he denies the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father: whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also (1John2:22-23).
Jesus is Christ (i.e. “Messiah” in Hebrew). Now, since The Spirit of God created Jesus in a special way, and Jesus remained Holy right up to his death; and Jesus was created for a very specific purpose, for all of mankind to just simply believe it; AND Jesus is still alive, and at the Right Hand of Holy God awaiting his time to return–then, how is it that people deny he is the One and Only Son of God? This is not a new thought.
All of the true prophets knew parts of the plan, but they did not know the specifics (such as his earthly name) that we have the privilege to know. The wisest man who ever lived, Solomon, for instance, knew. He wrote of a person named Amur who lamented, “I am the most ignorant of men…I have not learned wisdom, nor the knowledge of the HOLY ONE. Who has gone up to heaven and come down? Who has gathered up the wind in the hollow of his hand? (Recall that at the word of Jesus, he calmed the storm on the Sea of Galilee when his Apostles were afraid.) Who has wrapped up the waters in his cloak? (Recall that Moses and Joshua, when crossing waters, spoke and God made for them dry land.) Who has established all the ends of the earth?”
In the beginning, The One and Only God “created the heavens and earth” and “The Spirit of God hovered above the waters and spoke the Earthly things into existence.
On the first day God said, Let there be light…and it was good. He separated it from the darkness. On the fourth day he created the lights in the sky, which obviously means when He created night and day, it was different than the light and darkness on the first day. Therefore, the first light and darkness must symbolize Truth and Falsehood; the difference between Wisdom and Ignorance; the ignorance that Agur (of Proverbs) lamented when saying, “I have not learned wisdom, nor knowledge of The Holy One”….What is his name, and the name of his son? Tell me if you know!”(Proverbs 30:1-4).
From the conglomeration of reading everything the Word of God says, one comes to see that The Father and the Son have always always together; and still are.
The Prophet Job wrote, assuredly, “Even now my witness is in heaven; my advocate is on high. My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God; on behalf of man he pleads with God; as a man pleads for his friend (Job 16:19-21).
Solomon wrote of the Wisdom (Light), “The LORD possessed me as the first of his works before the deeds of old; I was appointed from eternity, from the beginning, before the world began. (Proverbs 8:22-23). But Solomon did not stop there. Who was this one at the beginning, before the world began? “THEN I was the craftsman by His Side. I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing in His presence, rejoicing in His whole world and delighting in mankind.”
“Now, my sons, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways.–Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not ignore it. Blessed is the man who listens to me watching daily at at my doors, waiting at my doorway. For whoever finds me, finds life and receives favor from the LORD. But whoever fails to find me harms himself, all who hate me love death” (Proverbs 8:30-35).
The prophecy of the coming Messiah was also foretold by Micah: “Out of you, Bethlehem, will come for me a ruler over Israel, whose origins are from old, from ancient times…He will stand to shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God. And they will live securely…And he will be their peace (Micah 5: 2-4).
I am positive as they were that if you Give The Prince of Peace a chance, you will have Hope. The Son will come, and it might just be tomorrow.
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Merry Messiah-mas

Originally posted on 12/22/2012 by @achadpeace, with some edits.

The angel told her, “‘Mary, you… will give birth to a son…The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David…his kingdom will never end” (Luke 1:30-32).

Angel to Mary: “I am a messenger from thy Lord, (to announce to you) the gift of a HOLY son…a Sign unto men and a Mercy from Us’” (السورةSura 19:19, 21). “Glad tidings of a Word from Him: his name will be Christ Jesus…held in honour in this world and in the next” ( السورةSura 3:45).

Mary asked the angel: “‘How will this be, since I am a virgin?’ The angel answered, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of the Most High’” (Luke 1:35, 32).

“[While] it is not befitting the Most High that he sires a son, when He determines a matter; He only says ‘Be’ and it is” (السورة Sura 19:35). In the beginning the Most High {יהוה Elohim} breathed into Adam and he lived, and at the beginning of the End of Days: “We breathed into her body of Our Spirit; and she testified to the truth of the words of her Lord and his revelations (السورة Sura 66:12).

The Dead Sea Scrolls say: “In Justice and Truth, he (Messiah) will slay the wicked by his breath alone. This saying refers to the Branch of David, who will appear in the End Days…and God will give him a glorious throne and put a scepter in his hand, and he will rule: but not judge by what his eyes see, or his ears hear, alone—truly, he is Zadok [Zedek]” (Dead Sea scrolls, 4Q161; all of which are c. 200 b.c.-70 a.d.).

“In love a throne will be established; in faithfulness a man will sit on it—one from the house of David; one who in judging seeks justice and speeds the case of righteousness (ישעיהו Isaiah 16:5).

“For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given …Of the increase of his Government and Peace there will be No End. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing it and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever” (ישעיהו Isaiah 9:6a, 7).

“[King David]: ‘what is the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than Elohim and crowned him with glory and honor. You made him ruler over the works of Your Hands; you put all things under his feet….” In another place: “The LORD says to my LORD: ‘Sit thou at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet. The LORD will extend your mighty scepter from Zion…You are my Son, today I have become your Father (מזמורPsalm 8:4-6 ;110:1-2; 2:7, 12).

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).

“Who has established the ends of the earth? What is his name, and the name of His son? Tell me if you know!” (משלי Proverbs 30:4 b,c).

“When the tempter [Satan] came to him [Jesus], he said to him [Jesus], ‘IF! IF you are the Son of God…throw yourself down, for it is written He will protect you.’” (Matthew 4:3).

[Muhammad also asked IF. He transcribed]: “(You should say)’If (God) Most Gracious had a son, I would be the first to worship (him)’”(السورة Sura 43:81).

The Magi, Kings out of the East, did just that: “‘We saw [Jesus’] star in the east and have come to WORSHIP him’” (Matthew 2:2).

“And the Gentiles shall come to THY Light, and the kings to the brightness of thy rising” (Isaiah 60:3).

“[God] will lead them forth into light. Those who reject faith [are] patrons of Evil: who from light are led forth by the Evil Ones into the depths of darkness” (السورة Sura 2:257).

“The Angel of Darkness [Belial, Satan] embraces the governess of all wicked people, so they walk in the paths of darkness…to corrupt the righteous…God allows it, in His mysteries, until His Era Dawns… That Angel’s diabolical rule is to cause the Sons of Light to stumble; but the God of Israel (and the Angel of His Truth) assist all of the Sons of Light (Dead Sea Scrolls, 1QS, Col. 4, lines 20-26).

“God guides whom He will to His Light, setting forth parables for men: God is the Light of the heavens and the earth…a brilliant star: lit from a blessed Tree, an Olive, neither of the East or the West” (السورة Sura 24:34). Jesus declared to them “I am not of this world; I came from the Father” (John 8:23).

Jesus also told this parable: “‘I am the Bread of Life. He who comes to me will never go hungry…I am the bread that Came Down From Heaven…Your forefathers ate manna in the desert, and died; but he who feeds on this bread [upon the table] will live forever” (John 6).

“The disciples said: ‘O Jesus son of Mary!…send us From Heaven a Table set…and provide for our sustenance.’… God said, ‘I will send it down to you, but if any of you after that, RESISTS faith, I will punish him…’” (السورة Sura 5:112-115).

[Jesus] spoke to them another parable: “A man planted a vineyard; and sent forth servant, after servant—whom the people beat, or killed. Then, He had one left to send, a son, whom he loved. He sent him last of all, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But they killed him and threw him out of the vineyard” (Mark 12:1-11).

“When Jesus came with Clear Signs, he said: ‘Now I have come to you with Wisdom and in order to make clear to you some of the points on which you dispute: therefore fear God and obey me…this is the straight way” (السورة Sura 43; 63-64).

“What good is a riddle to you, you who search for the origins of knowledge? [Here is] a parable…: Who among you seeks the Presence of the Light and Illumination (among you)!?” (Dead Sea Scroll 4Q301, Frag. 2b).

“The Lord brought me forth from the first of His works…I was appointed from the beginning, before the world began. I was the craftsman by His side…delighting in mankind. Now then, listen to me, my sons; blessed are those who keep my ways…Whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the Lord” (משלי Proverbs 8:17, 22, 30-36).

“(They) will prosper who purify themselves…this is (written) in the earliest Books of Revelations—the Books of Abraham and Moses” (السورة Sura 87:14, 18-19).

Jesus: “If you believe Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?’” (John 5:45-46).

“Everyone who heard him [when Jesus was just 12-years-old] was amazed at his understanding and his answers” (Luke 2:47, 43). “The people were amazed at his [Jesus’] teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law” (Mark 1:22).

“Does not wisdom call out?” (משלי Proverbs 8:1)

“Our Lord sent among them an Apostle of their own, who shall rehearse Thy Signs to them and instruct them in Scripture and Wisdom, and Sanctify them: for Thou art the exalted in Might, the Wise” (السورة Sura 2:129)

Seeing his miracles, Jesus’ disciples asked: “’What kind of MAN is this? Even the winds and waves obey him!’”(Matthew 8:27)

“[When] Jesus was baptized…heaven was opened…And a voice from heaven said, ‘[Jesus] is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased’” (Matthew 3:16-17).

Once, when casting out demons, they asked Jesus: “‘What do you want with us, Son of God?’…‘I know who you are—the Holy One of God!’” (Matthew 8:29; Mark 1:23).

“‘What about you? Jesus asked his disciple, Peter. ‘Who do YOU say I am?’ Peter answered, ‘You are the Messiah (Christ).’ Jesus warned them not to tell anyone” (Mark 8:29-30).

“‘Come near to me and listen to this; From the first announcement I have not spoken in secret; at the time it happens, I AM THERE. And now the Lord has sent me with his Spirit. This is what the Lord says—your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go (ישעיהו Isaiah 48:16-17).

“Those who follow the Apostle, the unlettered Prophet, whom they find mentioned in their own Scriptures—in the Law and the Gospel—commands them what is just and forbids them what is evil. He releases them from their heavy burdens and their heavy yokes that are upon them…it is those who believe in him, honor him, help him, and follow the Light which is sent down with him, it is they who will prosper” (السورة Sura 7:157).

“It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who listens to the Father and learns of Him comes to me” (Jesus, John 6:45). “While the unbelievers (were caught up in wonton ignorance)—God sent down His Tranquility…” (السورةSura 48:26).

“You have shattered the yoke that burdens them; the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor…For unto us a child is born, a son is given…And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (ישעיהו Isaiah 9:4, 6).

Jesus said: “Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rests for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matt. 11:28-29).

“Rejoice greatly O Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your King comes to you having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey” (זכריהZechariah 9:9).

“’Blessed is He that comes in the name of the LORD. Hosanna (which means ‘Save!’)! Blessed is the King of Israel!’ the people shouted. And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it was written” (John 12: 13, 14)

“He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness, he will bring forth justice (ישעיהו Isaiah 42:2-3).

“What must we do to do the works God requires? Jesus answered,‘The work of God is this: to believe on the one he has sent (John 6:28-29). “ ‘If you were Abraham’s children, ‘then you would believe me, and do the things Abraham did” (John 8:39-40).

When Abraham’s son said: “‘The fire and wood are here, but where is the Lamb for the burnt offering?’ Abraham answered, ‘God himself will provide the Lamb for the burnt offering, my son’” (בראשית Genesis 22:7-8). And it happened as he believed.

When John the Baptist saw Jesus coming, he and said, “‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world!’” (John 1:29).

“If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would be like a river; your righteousness like the waves of the sea” (ישעיהו Isaiah 48:18). “‘…for I myself will help you,’ declares the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel” (ישעיהו Isaiah 41:14).

“Such was Jesus the son of Mary: it is a truth, about which (many) vainly dispute…How plainly they will see, the Day they appear before Us [God]!” (السورة Sura 19:33-34).

Jesus said: “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father but through me” (John 14:6). “I am the Light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but have the Light of Life” (John 8:12).

“Through the Spirit is atonement of iniquities; to gaze on the Light of Life and so be joined to the Truth by His Holy Spirit; to be party of the eternal Covenant of the Yahad, the Sons of Light” (Dead Sea Scroll, 1QS, Col 3, Lines 6-12).

“And We breathed into her body of Our Spirit; and she testified to the Truth of the Words of her LORD and His revelations (السورة Sura 66:12).

And ‘…the Holy One born (was) called the Son of the Most High’” (Luke 1:35, 32).

“The Word became FLESH and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).

Merry Messiah–mas!

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The Living Waters and the Eternal Light

In the beginning…was God. And the God’s Holy Spirit hovered over the waters. He separated the light from dark on the first day and then separated the waters, leaving the “sky” between the two dimensions called heaven and earth, on the second day.

Now, before delving into the parable of light and darkness let’s address the many dimensions of water used in real and parable situations of the believer’s life.
Of course there is the example of Hagar and Ishmael. Abraham sent her and their son away with a flask of water. When it was empty, they thirsted in the desert. “The Lord opened her eyes; and spotting a well, (perhaps one of Abraham’s) they drank from it” (Genesis 21). Water wells were used repeatedly in the Bible to symbolize a stake on property, but the water here can be symbolized as a pure faith.
Moses, whose name means “drawn from the water”, led the Israelites out of Egypt; and they crossed over on dry land after God parted the waters of the Red Sea–to wander in the wilderness for 40 years.
Joshua, forty years after the Exodus, crossed over the Jordan River on dry land to claim their promised ancestral land.
John the Baptist baptized with water very near to the crossing spot of the 12 tribes and those who came out of Egypt with them.
Further back in time, Noah and his family were saved from the Earth’s Flood waters, which God sent to destroy the evil world; and for about a year they floated on the waters which covered the entire earth!
While wondering throughout the wilderness for forty years, Moses merely had to strike a rock for water to come pouring out; and the people drank heartily from those life giving, waters (life sustaining waters).
And this relates to a scene, which is at the top of list for water comparisons:

Jesus, while in Samaria, talked to a woman at the well of Jacob. He asked her for a drink. She said “How can you ask me for a drink? (Jews don’t talk to Samaritans)”. Jesus said, “If you knew the gift of God and WHO it is that asks you for a drink, you would’ve asked HIM and he would’ve given you living water.” (John 4). This scene, while real was also a parable. Through their conversation, she went away convinced he was the Messiah, for whom they were waiting. She went away and spread the Good News that the One with Living Waters was among them; and those “living waters” remain with all who believe in God, follow Jesus and await his return on the Last Day.
Fast forward to the Book of Revelation, and in the vision of the End Day, again we have Jesus offering the living water when he returns. He says, “I have sent my angel to give you a testimony for the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star. The Spirit and the Bride say come; and let him who hears say come. Whoever is thirsty let them come, and whoever wishes let them take the free gift of the water of life.” He invites anyone who wishes to drink of his living waters in the End; but even more blessed are those who drink now, and experience it on earth in the present.
It was written of “Wisdom calling out, ‘I raise my voice to all mankind.'” (Proverbs 8).
Jesus, the living waters, came from and returned to heaven; and therefore, as the parable of the living waters of Heaven, he relates back to Genesis when God separated heaven’s waters from the waters of earth.

Jesus, the living waters of heaven, was there in the beginning.
In his eighth Proverb, Solomon confirms this, in speaking of Messiah/Christ, Jesus: “He (God) brought me forth as the first of His works, before His deeds of old; I was appointed from eternity, from the beginning, before the world began.” (Proverbs 8: 22-23).

And what happened BEFORE God separated the “waters” (on the second day), which the Spirit of God had hovered over “in the beginning”? As written in Genesis, on the first day of creation, God separated the light, which He called “good”, from the darkness.
Of course, since the celestial bodies did not exist until the fourth day, this can not mean HE separated daytime from nighttime! Obviously, as confirmed by comparing Genesis to Solomon’s Proverb, “light” means Wisdom and understanding, while “dark” means confusion; chaos. Indeed, “And God called The light (wisdom/understanding) ‘good'”. Jesus said that “while I’m in the world, I am the Light of the World”. Therefore, before being in the world, his light was in the heavenly realms, separated from the darkness (evil).

Proverbs says exactly what Genesis had said of all the days of creation. Jesus was there in the beginning. Solomon continues (speaking of the Messiah/Wisdom/Light) in Proverbs 8:24-30: “When there was no oceans, I was given birth; when no springs abounded with water; before the mountains were settled in place; before the hills, I was given birth. Before He made the earth or its fields or any of the dust of the world. I was there when He set the heavens in place; when He marked out the horizon on the face of the deep; when He established the clouds above and fixed securely the fountains of the deep; when He gave the seas its boundary so the waters could not overstep his command; and when He marked out the foundations of the earth. Then I was the craftsman at his side. I was filled with the LIGHT day after day, rejoicing always in his presence, rejoicing in his whole world and delighting in mankind.”

Genesis says this: Immediately after the Spirit of God hovered over the waters and said, ‘Let there be light’ He separated the light, calling it ‘good’, from the darkness–this was on the first day. He made an expanse called “sky” to separate the WATERS above, from those below–this was on the second day. On the third day He made the seas and land–and He saw that this was “good”. The following day He put lights in the sky: sun, moon and stars–this was the fourth day. On the fifth day He made birds and sea creatures. On the sixth day He made all living creatures, according to their OWN kinds; but He made man in HIS own image; male and female He created them. And then, on the sabbath, He rested.

So, returning to the parable of how the Living Waters show up in the believer; Jesus’ first miracle was to turn water into wine. (John 2). And years later, he delighted in mankind to the point of coming and dying in their place, to cover the sins of mankind; and make reconciliation with God, for which sinful mankind could not do on their own merit. He took the Passover wine cup and said, “Take and drink; this is my blood poured out for you.” (Matthew 26: 27-28). His sacrifice gave eternal life to believers. He is the living waters.

Recall that the Spirit of God had hovered over the waters in the beginning. Since the Living Water represents Life; perhaps the water on earth represents Death and Destruction–the evil one. Indeed, Satan brings chaos, death & destruction. In the Revelation of John (12: 7-17) as the war in heaven was waged, “The great dragon–that ancient serpent called the devil–was cast TO EARTH; Satan who leads the world astray…spewed water from his mouth to sweep away the woman (concept of “a believing congregation”) who had given birth to the male child (believers in Jesus Christ as Messiah). But the earth swallowed the dragon’s torrent of water; and so the dragon went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring”.

The dragon represents the parable of the dying waters–the waters of Hell–and relate back to Genesis when God separated the waters on the second day. In the beginning, the waters were separated and the waters of death (Earth) went off to deceive the people (of Earth). In the end, “the devil who deceived them” will be thrown into lake waters, “the burning lake of sulfur, where the beast and false prophet had been thrown…where they will be tormented day and night forever.” (Rev. 20: 10). Hell is associated with the waters of sulfur; and more than one implication leads to parallels with the Dead Sea. The lowest spot on earth is the Dead Sea, and the air permeates with the smell of sulfur. Nothing can live in the Dead Sea; even the waters are dying. Nearby to the Dead Sea are the places of destruction: where fire and brimstone once destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, whose symbolism is used repeatedly to refer to the rebellious generations of mankind.

The Genesis waters, in which the Spirit of God hovered over, and that which He separated, represents God separating the life giving waters of Heaven from the deathly waters of Hell. Satan, who came from the heavens was cast to the earthly waters; and is destined for Hell, in eternal punishment in the waters of the lake of sulfur.
It is interesting that Dante chose to use frozen water (ice), at the deepest part of the pit called Hell–and we all know how ice feels hot, like being burned, similar to being burned with flames.

The apostle John, a close companion of Jesus, writes: “men loved the darkness rather than the light…(in fact), everyone that does evil hates the light.” (John 3).
“But the light shines in the darkness; and darkness can not comprehend.” (John 1).
Yet, the living water has supremacy over the dying water; and this will be seen in the End–the “second death”. Blessed are you, if our name is found written in The Book of the Lamb at judgement. Jesus represents the Lamb. He has supremacy over all the schemes of Satan. Recall when Jesus controlled the Sea of Galilee’s waves? He also calmed the torrents of rain in the storm. AND Jesus walked on water!

Satan was there in the beginning, as Evil was separated from Good-first in the form of light from darkness; and then in the form of separating the living water above from dying waters below. In the first two days, God separated Blindness from Sight. Chaos from Order. Folly from Wisdom. And the Darkness was separated from Light (which God had called “good”).

John began his writing just like Solomon and Moses implied: “In the beginning was the Word (speaking of Jesus) and the Word was with God…The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us…” (John 1). Isaiah had written many centuries before John & Jesus: “The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light.” (Isaiah 9).

The apostle Paul, once a persecutor of Jesus Christ’s followers (called “the Way”), suddenly converted when confronted by the resurrected Jesus. After the “scales” fell from his eyes, he could see! It is not stated whether Paul actually met Jesus before this event on the road to Damascus, but he echoes the others before him: “For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he (also) is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him. And through him to reconcile to himself all things, which things on earth or things in heaven, I making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” …”He is the image of the invisible God, the first born over all creation.” (Colossians 1: 15-20). Paul enhances what Solomon wrote of Wisdom (Light).

Solomon did not overtly mention the Messiah (Christ); he was vague since Jesus came centuries later. But the apostle John lived among Jesus: “Being the very image of God, who is Light…” Jesus rightfully exclaimed: “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world”…”Those who have seen me, have seen the Father.” (John 9:5). In another book, John wrote: “That which was from the beginning, which we have seen with our own eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched–this we proclaim concerning the Word of Life… We write this to make your joy complete. This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.” (1John 1: 1-5). Follow the Light which HE sent.

In the End, we once again see the parables of both light and water; and they are very real in John’s Revelation. In the New Jerusalem, John “did not see the temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb (Christ) were its temple. And the city did not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gave it light, and the Lamb was its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it.” (Revelation 21:22-24).

“And the angel showed me the River of the Water of Life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb, down the middle of the great street of the city.”…”On each side of the River stood the Tree of Life, yielding 12 crops of fruit, food every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.” (Rev. 22:1-2).

Rest assure in the Light of the Lamb, sent for you.

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Bear One Another’s Burdens

“We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak” (Romans 15:1). “Bear one another’s burdens” (Galatians 6:2).

Infirmities can be needs that are emotional, spiritual, physical, or mental in nature. Clearly, these are also burdens.
In some translations “infirmity” reads “weaknesses”. Some Interpreters then translate “weakness” as purely “sin”; anything someone should/can rid (the above infirmities are N/A). Sin, to a believer, is also a burden.
That is the very reason Jesus said to, “Cast your burdens upon me, for my yoke is easy and my burden light” (Matt. 11:30). Earlier he had said, “Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28).

Whether translated as “infirmity” or “weakness”, it’s clear that these are burdens and the apostle Paul meant we who are strong are to love someone enough to help them in their infirmity, and/or through their weaknesses. In the latter case, to spur them onward with respectful reminders of right living. In the former case, to be there for them in their time of need.

To take the interpretation of infirmities meaning “sin”, one might want to dissect the verse “Do not judge another” (Matt. 7:1). While some people believe that this implies a person cannot call sin “sin” this is not the case. What follows is, “first take the log out of your own eye and then you can see clearly enough to remove the speck from your brother’s eye” (Matt 7:5). Clearly, one must deal with their own sin; yet if we are to be truly loving towards “a brother”, we will not ignore the sin we see in them (that which is contrary to the Word of God) but to actually help them in removing it.

These powerful verses seems to play off Solomon’s: “Cast your bread upon the waters, and in many days it will return to you” (Ecclesiastes 11:1). Bread is a euphemism for the Word of God which sustains us; and all that we need for life is found written in His Holy Word. Waters, are a euphemism for what surrounds us in world. Recall, “and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, Let there be Light” (Genesis 1:2,3). So to cast out bread (His Word) is to share it via encouragement or reminders upon the waters (throughout the world).

Casting out “our bread”; “when strong, we help the weak”; addressing our sin, we will then help “remove theirs”; and to remind them that “Jesus offers to be their yoke, to lift their heavy burdens” are the most loving acts that one can ever do for a brother or sister of faith. These are the signs of being part of the truly faithful. Elsewhere it is written that others will know we are the disciples Jesus spoke of by our love towards others (John 13:35).

Time and again it’s proven that what we’re sharing through faith and doing through faith will return unto us when we need it most.

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Practicing Religion vs. PRacticing a Relationship with God

The realization that perfection can never be attained in this life is crucial for us humans. Especially for perfectionists like myself! I remember getting so angry at God for my sinning that I yelled, “If you wanted me perfect why didn’t you make me an angel!” Then I heard something in my head like, “Seriously? Satan is an angel; and he sins (rebels). All angels are not sinless.”

The need for perfectionism happens particularly after (imperfect) religious fast times, etc. We see some people around us that LOOK “more righteous” than we are, but God sees their hidden actions, and their hearts, we don’t.
As humans, ALL people fail Him and ALL hearts have something lurking that is evil, at sometimes. Something lurking, that, if we could see their hidden actions or their hearts, would make us “look like saints” in comparison!

I came to realize God wants us not only to practice what we preach and to practice our faith (religion)–but also, just as importantly, to practice a relationship with HIM.

Do you believe that’s possible? Did God just create the world, and us, and then abandon us and leave us to our destructive selves? Is HE just some illusive Supreme Entity that simply watches the destruction, and will have nothing more to do with us until Judgement? No! Does He not see all, which means He care for us, even when we can’t care for ourselves? Are those “coincidental” blessings in your life just by chance? No! HE interacts with us in our daily lives; and wants the same from us, vice versa.

So, shouldn’t we begin that relationship now; to interact with Him? After all, if we’ll be with Him forever, do we want to stand as strangers before Him at judgement–claiming just what we have done (practicing religion); even if it is “in His Name”…
He wants something much deeper from us than just practicing religion or not sinning (which is impossible to do 100% of the time). Granted, HE wants us to keep striving, but perfection will only be found in the afterlife.

When it comes to the Judgment Day, Sinning can be seen with eye/ heard with the ear–even humans judge that way now! At the Judgement, we are taught that Satan will be there to accuse us (of not doing this or that right). Heart judgement is what is not seen; such as faith and a relationship to God–which only God knows! Humans can not see that. Satan can not see that and know for sure. Therefore, Satan has no say in that at the Judgement. Supppose God’s judgement is based on what Satan can not see: our relationship to God. I believe that will be the defining thing at Judgement: our faith & relationship to God, which began in life.

So, what is a relationship? We can’t really hang out with God and do things (physically) together. But, He is ALWAYS there. A relationship with Him is one in which we constantly consider Him; to look for His handiwork in our lives, everywhere, every day. And as we see that, we’ll talk to Him–even when it isn’t “prayer time”…which we miss sometimes, when “life happens”.

In the church I was raised in, there were prayers-many of them: stand up, kneel, sit down, stand up, say this, say that, sit down. It seemed most people simply memorized when to say what. But those memorized words weren’t words from the heart. It wasn’t until I got older that I saw the value in relevant prayers, heartfelt prayers and praise. This is a reverent relationship to Him: to talk with Him throughout the day, from the heart. Afterwards, the words in those Church prayers meant something more–rather than just “going through the motions'”. My next duty was to develop how to listen more in those daily talks!

Wouldn’t it be nice to hear at Judgement, “Hey! Nice to see you here! Thanks for letting me know you liked that bird singing to you as you walked in the park last week. Glad you recognized that I provided her for your enjoyment! All though your life I’ve done big things, and now you can see I do even those little ones for you–why?–because I love you.”

Wouldn’t that be great?

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Mary, Blessed Among Women

The virgin girl who bore Jesus was named Mary. Mary’s relative, Elizabeth was married to Zachariah, who was of the Aaronic priesthood. She was pregnant with a son that they would come to call John (the Baptist). Filled with the Holy Spirit of God, Elizabeth said to Mary, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!”
Then Mary asked, “But why am I so blessed?” Elizabeth told her it was because she believed the Word of God. And so too, should all people believe in such a way before the End Day.
The child, whom she would come to name Jesus (Immanuel), came to fulfill the prophecies concerning the expected Messiah (John 1:42-45).
In a brief examination surrounding the birth of Jesus; his life and his death; we find why Mary was called “blessed”, as she was chosen to bear Jesus. The reasons are quite simple, and it all boils down to mathematical probability.
Mary was a woman and the Messiah needed to be born of a woman (Gen. 3:15). Probability is not much affected here; as there have been very many pregnant women throughout history.
However, Mary was a virgin and the Messiah had to be miraculously born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14). Probability grows, but many people have believed that “with God all things are possible” (Mark 10:27).
Mary was pledged to marry a man called Joseph. Both were of the tribe of Judah; descendants of Jacob, the grandson of Abram, the first in many generations to “call on the name of the LORD” (Luke 1; Genesis 12-14). Messiah was born of their line, the Tribe of Judah, as prophesized (Matthew 1; Luke3; Genesis 49:10; Numbers 22:12). Probability narrows from the world population to the family line of only one of the twelve sons of Jacob.
Mary and Joseph lived in the time of Roman occupation of the Holy Land; and Herod the Great, a servant of Caesar ordered a census to be taken, but all people had to return to their birth place.
Joseph took Mary (who was about to give birth) to Bethlehem (Micah 5:1-5). Probability narrows as Messiah had to be born in Bethlehem, and it rested in these circumstances surrounding the man to whom Mary was pledged to marry and the exact timing of the census. The birth of “The Anointed One”, Jesus, appeared as Daniel predicted, centuries after return from exile (Daniel 9:25).
A celestial occurrence happened in the Eastern Sky at this precise time in history (Matthew 2:1-2). Wise men of the East knew it heralded the Messiah, and so they followed his star, to “worship him”. When they came to Jerusalem, they told Herod that the Messiah would one day “ruler over all” (Daniel 7:13; Psalm 2; Psalm 110:1; Ezekiel 37:23-28; Zechariah 9:9-10; Isaiah 9).
Herod’s jealousy ordered all babies to be killed, causing the prophecy of loud wailing for all the murdered children in Ramah (Jeremiah 31:15). At no other time, but this, in history had such a thing happened there. The mathematical probability has more than merely tapered.
The Holy Spirit of God told Joseph in a dream to escape. The Holy Spirit and/or his Messengers had also spoken to Mary, Elizabeth and Zachariah during their lifetimes. Since Elizabeth had also just given birth to John, they would also have to quickly escape. Tradition says these Israelites followed the Way of the Sea southward to Egypt, a route followed by many of their ancestors (Genesis 12:10; 42 & 43; Jeremiah 44).
Scripture says Joseph and Mary lived in Egypt until it was safe to return; fulfilling yet another prophecy, “I will call my son out of Egypt” (Hosea 11:1). Probability is now very narrow.
The young family returned to their families in Nazareth, where they raised Jesus. Messiah was called the Nazarene (Matthew 2:3). While “a Nazarite made a special vow to God” (Numbers 6; Judges 13; Lamentations 4:7; Amos 2), it is possible that this refers to the Aramaic word for which the village was named: “Natzrot” (which is to say “Root or Branch”). The Messiah was “the Root of Jesse” and/or “the Branch”, spoken of by the prophets (Isaiah 11:1-11; Isaiah 4:2; Jeremiah 23:5, 33:15; Zechariah 3:8, 6:12; Hosea 14). Probability tightens even more.
Years later, John grew up and began a ministry. He was called “the Baptist”, for he called people to be baptized in the Jordan River and to repent of their sins. Jesus once called him “The spirit of Elias (Elijah), if you can accept it”, which fulfilled another prophecy. Elijah (or his spirit) preceded the coming of the Messiah (Malachi 4:5; Matthew 11:14; 17:11).
Jesus went to John, his relative, to be baptized in the Jordan River; not because Jesus had any sin (for he was sinless), but to fulfill John’s vision and so that John also recognized who the Messiah was. John told his followers, “The one upon whom the Spirit descends and stays, is He” (John 1:33-34). Indeed, it happened; and so mathematical probability constricts.
Jesus went about his ministry in the Galilee region of the north, because “a prophet is not accepted in his home town” (Luke 4:24). In that region were many Gentiles. Thus, fulfilled another prophecy; the Messiah was “Galilee of the Nations”, a phrase that Rabbies have struggled with for generations (Isaiah 9:1; 49:6-7, 22; Malachi 1:11).
Jesus had an elite following of twelve disciples. These faithful men were Jewish, and became the founders of the early church, which at its genesis was simply called “The Way Movement” (Acts 9:2). These men all had to exist at a specific time to gather among Jesus, which also lessens the probability factor.
The statistics go off the chart considering the many prophecies of the way in which Jesus died. The sufferings he endured, including piercing for crucifixion only occurred during the Roman occupation (Isaiah 53; Psalm 22; Ps. 69; Ps. 118; Zechariah 12:10-14; 13:7-9).
At the time of his death, Jesus asked Mary to consider one of his followers as her son, and for the follower to take Mary for his own mother and care for her (John 19:26).
Nowhere in scripture does Jesus call Mary his mother, but twice he calls her “dear woman” (John 2:4; 19:26). In fact, once when his disciples told him Mary and his brothers were in the crowd wishing to see him, Jesus did not set them in any status above his other followers, “My mother and brothers are those who hear the words of God and put them into practice” (Luke 8:21).
While this detail has no affect on the staggering probability that he was Messiah, it brings us back to the issue of an earthly mother having elite status, although she was a virgin Mary, who bore Jesus through God’s Miracle.
Mary was not chosen as the mother of Jesus because she was sinless, “For all (humans) sin and fall short of the glory of God” (Ecclesiastes 7:22; Isaiah 53:6; Psalm 51:5). Nor was Mary conceived miraculously, as has been taught apart from the Word of God (Job 25:4). Mary simply took a leap of faith in believing she would bear the Messiah; and one must never forget that Joseph took a gigantic step of faith along with her and all believers, to believe in Jesus as Messiah; from conception through to resurrection, return, and future reign.

In short, Mary was human, of the line of Judah, of the line of David—as was Joseph, the man to which she was pledged to marry. They were of Nazareth, but due to Joseph’s linage, they needed to return to Bethlehem for the Roman census. Thus, they were put in the right place at the right time to fulfill prophecy. Joseph was told in a dream to escape into Egypt and later he obeyed, being called back to where they started, Nazareth. They raised Jesus in all the Jewish customs. Nazareth would not accept Jesus as a prophet, so he went to the northern Galilee region, choosing along the way his loyal followers. Some of which had been disciples of his relative, John the Baptizer. The mathematical probability of people being in the right place at the right time, with the right bloodline and of the right faith, is massive; and then when one understands Jesus’ miracles and life the numbers are mind-boggling. Further still, is what was predicted of his resurrection and return.

Messianic prophesies were fulfilled through all of these people, by all of these things, at just the right moment; so that we all may be called “blessed.”
Keep your eyes on Jesus, and remain faithful to all the promises of God as we await his Return (Job 16:18-21; 19:25; Proverbs 8).

One final thought, In The End when Messiah reigns on earth, it will be in the new “old city” Zion. Ezekiel says that from that time on, the city will be called “The LORD (YHWH) is there” (Ez. 48: 35). In Hebrew “there is”, or “is there” is the word “yesh”. The LORD, of course, is “YHWH”. Now, put the two together. @achadpeace

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Trinity is not Three

The “Trinity” can not be explained fully; but I will try to explain it, albeit feebly, since so many misconceptions exist. Some of the backlash is due to the word, itself, not appearing with in Scriptures. This Glorious concept of The One God is not three gods.

It will be better to define this concept as a “tri-unity” or “Tri-Une”, which does exist within many Scriptures, including the Qur’an. Implied, would be God using plural terms for Himself, such as: “We, Our, Us” or “Elohim”; yet He is The (singular) God.

The concept is more than just implication, elsewhere. For example, in Isaiah 63, alone, exists the “tri-unity” concept thrice: I will paraphrase from the TANAKH (of the wine press scene of the End Day “My year of redemption arrived. There was none there to help, so My own Arm worked the triumph”). 8-10: “Surely they are My people, children who will not play false. So He was their Deliverer. In all their troubles He was troubled. And the angel of His  Presence delivered them. In His Love and Pity. He Himself Redeemed them, Raised them and exalted them all the days of old. But they rebelled and grieved His Holy Spirit.” 11-12: “Where is He who put in their midst His Holy Spirit, Who made His glorious Arm…” 14: “Twas the Spirit of the LORD gave them rest…” 16: Surely you are our Father: though Abraham regard us not, And Israel recognize us not, You O LORD, are our Father; from of old Your name is ‘Our Redeemer'” (Isaiah 63:8-10; 11-12; 14-16).

The Creator is above all since He created all things; and it was His “Spirit (that) moved upon the waters” (Gen. 1:1). God does not “have” a spirit (or He’d be human). He “IS” Spirit. Invisible. God is Holy of all holy; and therefore the One and only Holy Spirit.

God created Adam and then God’s Holy Spirit (Ruach) breathed life into him (Gen. 2:7). Conversely, God “breathed” His Spirit into the virgin Mary and created Jesus Christ (Messiah).

Jesus was similar to Adam, but unique: God’s Holy Spirit walked in flesh. This made him the “Son of God”, whom he called “Father” or our “Father”; but the Father is not a father (as man thinks of one). Heaven forbid! God’s Holy Spirit created His Only Son, Jesus Christ, and he lived a holy life.

Jesus most often referred to himself as the “Son of Man”, but his relationship to Almighty God, Creator of Heaven and Earth, was so “One with God” that he spoke “only what I hear God say”; and he foretold his mission: “I choose to lay down my life for all of you who believe.” (i.e. the Jews and Romans didn’t kill him, per se). Afterwards, he arose on the third day, and so his body did not see decay: God took him, as prophecy foretold!

Jesus now at the Right Hand of God; his “Arm”. Our friend, Jesus, advocates for believers, as he had for Job of the TANAKH, who testified: “Even now my witness is in heaven: my advocate is on high. My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God: on behalf of a man he pleads with God as a man pleads for a friend” (16:19-21).

Jesus prophecized, but is unlike any other who prophecized. The Prophets and faith-filled followers testify “he was there in the beginning” and will be there in the End”; he is the “Alpha and Omega” who “was and will be” (but we also know “he is”). John 1:1-18; Revelation 22:12-16; Gen. 1:26; Proverbs 8:22-23; 30-36; Proverbs 30:2-4).

The Messiah was, is, and will be–the exact meaning of יהוה “LORD”, the “I AM” revealing himself to the faith-led of the “first Testament”. This (the Old Testament) is “prophecy foretold” & prepared the way for the “prophecy revealed” (the Evangel) and “the prophecy retold” (the Qur’an).

Within each writing are fulfilled prophecies. About one third remain to be fulfilled. These are the last prophecies concerning the End of Days.  Jesus said “you will see (me) the Son of Man descending on the clouds”; “no one but the Father knows when, not even the Angels nor the Son (referring to himself).”

Jesus said, “a word spoken against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven; neither in this world or the next”. Know ye   the truth of this tri-unity of ONE.

The Holy Spirit of God fully tabernacled within Jesus Christ, the Messiah. Meanwhile, the prophets and his followers embody only some of this Holy Spirit.

Remain in Him so that you, mere strangers who are tabernacled in a world filled with evil, will overcome. Learn, and be filled with the Holy Spirit, which will make right-living and worship “in the Spirit” easier.

God is One, with distinctive attributes of Tri-Unity.

Peace,

سلام

שלום

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The Truest Gift of Love: Jesus

Generosity. Gracious giving supplies something that someone needs; not the giver’s need to feel altruistic. It involves some sacrifice by the giver, or the deed is prideful and is nearly invalid. Sharing from the little one has, is the hallmark of love.

Only God can say He gave perfectly: Jesus, The Holy One, appeared by the Command of the Spirit of God, within the virgin Mary. Although similar to God’s creation of Adam, Jesus was the Only One created in this way. His mission was also different: to die for humanity, thus supplying their need.

Jesus said: anyone can sacrifice themselves for friends; but he died for God’s enemies (sinners are enemies of God). Everyone sins; disobeying, we are all enemies of God (Ecclesiastes 7:20). Even unintentional sin is sin (Leviticus 4:13).

To qualify as a perfect sacrifice, it needs to be first & (holy) unblemished (Deuteronomy 17:1). Jesus lived an unblemished life. “The Holy One of God; Son Of Man” kept his mission–and brought glory to God as the ONLY acceptable sacrifice. He died FOR the enemies of God-all people-who, ever since Adam deserved the penalty for sin: death (Ezekiel 18:20).

Why would God plan that, you ask? Is it our place to question HOW or WHY God chose to gift us HIS love through Jesus? Rejoice! Your burden was trying to earn a free gift; but the yoke is now lifted! Satan’s power over sinners (eternal separation from God) is rendered useless for receivers of The FREE gift! Jesus did, in just one day, what humanity’s lifetime of sacrificing can never do!

Out of gratitude for the gift of God’s love, true believers move toward God and follow His Word; enabled by The Holy Spirit, whose Jesus sent; so, abide in him, and remain faithful. Jesus said: “Believe and follow me; obey God” (John 6; Sura 5).

Taken up to the Throne, Jesus the Holy One, sits exalted at the right hand of God, awaiting his next mission: to return & rid the world of evil. God’s generosity saw our need and gave us what we needed, not what our sins deserved. Rejoice. Appreciation produces obedience to thank God-even though all our deeds are still not perfect in life.

The Son of Man completed God’s Plan (Word since Creation). Jesus is the perfect Lamb of God. Seek and follow the Word of God. At Judgement, the Lamb is the ONE found worthy to open the Books (Revelation 20:12)-of Deeds & of Life (all believers).

Good Works will be rewarded; but recall Jesus said the work God wants is for us to believe in him (John 6).

Abraham, the friend of God believed; and it was credited to him as righteousness. He told his son, “God will supply (for us) the sacrifice, my child (Genesis 22:8). @achadpeace

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Hacked? Testing!

A final world destruction is coming-but, how soon? Habakkuk’s prophecy sounds similar to Nebuchadnezzar’s conquest, although God made it clear that Habakkuk’s vision was “for a future time; it concerns the end” (2:3). Watch for this:
“Violence is everywhere; Misery, destruction…the world is filled with people who love to argue and fight; and commit evil deeds. The laws have become paralyzed; there’s no justice in the courts. The wicked far outnumber the righteous. Justice is perverted.” (Folks, that’s only TWO verses of Habakkuk’s FIRST chapter!) “Look at the proud, they trust in themselves and their wealth; their lives are crooked and treacherous. The arrogant are never at rest; thieves, extortionists, and mockers: they swallow up people. What sorrow awaits those who build big houses with money gained dishonestly. Or for those who build big cities with money gained from murder and corruption! Soon it will be your turn to be disgraced and be exposed. Then you will say to your idols, ‘Wake up and save us!'”
Now listen: “Look around at the nations and be amazed (God) raised up Chaldeans (people from out of Iraq, near Babylon); notorious for their cruelty. Their mode of weaponry-transport is very swift. Their troops come from far away to swoop down, and devour their prey. They advance through countries like the desert wind, sweeping captives AHEAD of them (supporters?); they scoff at kings and princes and scorn their fortresses, as they capture them. They sweep past like the wind and then they’re gone.” Habakkuk asks, “God will you let them get away with this forever? Will they succeed forever in their heartless conquests?” (1:17) “…thinking that even Israel was easy prey as they rushed in” (3:14). “…they are deeply guilty, for their own strength is their god”.
The “seeing” recognize the Chaldeans whom God will use as His instrument to bring about judgment–and they will invade Israel. The Word of The Sovereign Lord will come to pass. Indeed the end is near! The prophets told us why this was allowed to happen: People ignore the Word and Laws of God Almighty! It’s not an easy message to bring, nor an easy one to hear. Habakkuk’s own prophecy troubled him; yet he said, “I will wait quietly for the coming day when disaster will strike the people who will invade us” (3:16; 2:3).
HaShem, Adonai, YHWH, the Lord is the strength of the faithful remnant. He is our salvation. Amen. @achadpeace

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