January 12, 2016
“Then the End Will Come”
All these are but the beginning of the birth pains. Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake. And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. (Matt 24:8–14 emphasis added)
This good news [gospel] that all who endure to the end shall be saved has been, since 2002, proclaimed throughout the world so the end can come, with the end beginning on a second Passover day that has this 15th day of the second month being a Thursday … the visible physical things of this world reveal and precede the invisible things of God. The Passover liberation of Israel in the days of Moses was a visible, physical thing that happened, not in the New Kingdom but in the Middle Kingdom—and happened on or about 1450 BCE (from 1 Kings 6:1).
The Second Passover liberation of a second Israel will not be a visible release from physical slavery as was the first Passover, but will be an invisible escape from bondage to indwelling Sin and Death, with Sin in the fleshly members of Israel having been brought to life through the giving of the Law at Sinai.
Following the Passover Exodus of Israel from Egypt, the Lord gave to Moses and by extension to all of Israel the Law, the Ten Commandments, as the centerpiece of a covenant by which Israel could have had life if this nation had believed the Lord as Abraham believed the Lord concerning his seed coming from his loins. But Israel had already rebelled against the Lord when still in Egypt (Ezek 20:5–8); so the giving of the Law that promised life to Israel also brought Sin to life in the fleshly members of each Israelite. And when Sin is alive in the flesh, it brings death to the flesh. Thus, the Lord at Mount Sinai brought Sin to life so that it might devour and kill unbelieving Israel.
Following the Second Passover exodus of a second Israel from bondage to indwelling Sin and Death, again with Sin having been brought to life through the Commandments, this second nation of Israel—greater Christendom—will be filled with the spirit of God and thereby liberated from indwelling [in the flesh] Sin and Death. But as the Law was given at Sinai to bring Sin to life in the fleshly members of all Israelites, filling every Christian with the spirit of God will bring Sin to life in the souls of Christians so that Sin can be shown to be sinful and thereby bring Death to the inner selves of unbelieving Christians.
As the Law brought Sin to life in the fleshly bodies of Israel, the spirit will bring Sin to life in the souls of Christians, with Sin devouring and spiritually killing unbelieving Christians during the 1260 days of the Affliction, with unbelief in a Christian following the Christian being filled with spirit constituting unforgivable blasphemy against the spirit.
As a visual aid, think of the Christian’s inner self being a vessel like a cup. When this vessel is “filled” with spirit, there is no room in the vessel for even a teaspoon. Thus, when a Christian is liberated from indwelling Sin and Death, both of which are presently in the cup [inner self], through being filled with spirit, there is no space in the soul of the person for unbelief … to take Sin in the form of unbelief back inside the person, the person has to figuratively splash out some of the spirit of God, thereby committing blasphemy against the spirit through consciously or unconsciously telling God that the Christian would rather have unbelief inside the person than His spirit, His glory.
By liberation of a second nation of Israel through filling each person who claims to be a Christian with His spirit [pneuma Theou], God will bring Sin to life inside the soul of the Christian so that Sin can devour the soul of the person, thereby bringing the second death to a person who has to physically go nowhere to perish. The indwelling spirit of God that promises eternal life to the Christian becomes the agent that kills the soul of the Christian in the lake of fire when the Christian takes unbelief of God back inside him or herself … what excuse will the Christian have for taking unbelief back inside the person? Under the New Covenant [the Second Passover Covenant], the Law will be written on hearts and placed in minds so that all will know the Lord; so that all will be taught by God. Whereas under the Law, sin is the transgression of the Law as manifested unbelief, but under the New Covenant there is no technical keeping of the Law. There is only belief of God, or unbelief. If the second Israelite believes God, this person will keep the Commandments because that is what the Christian wants to do—and through being filled with spirit, this is what the person can do. If, however, the person doesn’t believe God, the person will transgress one or more of the Commandments and the soul of the Christian will thereby perish in the lake of fire.
Once the seven endtime years of tribulation begin, the person who endures to the end and will thus be saved is the person who, when filled with spirit, believes God and acts upon his or her belief of God. Initially, those who will be filled with spirit are Christians, analogous to the nation of Israel that left Egypt. But as all of Israel numbered in the census of the second year, except for Joshua and Caleb, died in the wilderness and did not enter the Promised Land because of their unbelief, virtually all of greater Christendom will spiritually die in the Affliction, the first 1260 days of the seven endtime years. Dominion over the single kingdom of this world will then be taken from the Adversary and his angels and given to the Son of Man, who will forthwith baptize the world in spirit, pouring the spirit of God out on all flesh (Joel 2:28). At this time, the atheist, the Muslim, the Hindi, the Buddhist—the third part of humanity (from Zech 13:9)—will be filled with spirit and will be as Christians were following the Second Passover, with one difference: Christ Jesus will be prince over the mental landscapes of living creatures, not the Adversary who was still the prince of the power of the air when Christians were filled with spirit. However, this third part of humanity doesn’t escape from the Adversary who is cast to earth and comes claiming to be the returning Messiah. Instead of escaping from the Adversary, this third part of humanity must endure to the end (another 1260 days away) without being able to buy or sell [i.e., engage in transactions]. For to buy or sell, the person will have to take upon him or herself the mark of the beast, the mark of death, chi xi stigma (Rev 13:18 in Greek), the tattoo [stigma] of Christ’s [chi] cross [xi], the means by which the Adversary killed the earthly body of Christ Jesus.
All of the preceding has been delivered to humanity for the past fourteen years, but the Adversary has his minions telling Christians whatever they want to hear—and Christians have shown that overall, they are not interested in hearing God and putting away their idols: Christians are spiritually as Israel was physically in Egypt. So as the giving of the Law brought Sin to life so that Sin might devour unbelieving Israel, the giving of the spirit to greater Christendom will bring Sin to life in the souls of Christians so that Sin might devour unbelieving souls. And that doesn’t even scare Christians who know that the seventh day is the Sabbath, but consciously and willfully keep as their Sabbath the first day after the Sabbath. Is that not unbelief of the sort that caused ancient Israel to be returned to slavery, the House of Israel being taken by Assyria and the House of Judah taken by Babylon? Indeed it is.
The author of Matthew’s Gospel copies from Mark’s Gospel, with these two Gospels functioning, one to the other, as a paired thought-couplet in Hebraic verse, the first Gospel [Mark’s] being about the physical man Jesus of Nazareth, the second [Matthew’s] being spiritual and about the indwelling Christ Jesus that is in every disciple genuinely born of spirit … the evidence for Matthew having copied from Mark is in the Greek syntax used by each; for the one who copies from the other doesn’t seek to hide the fact he copied by transforming acceptable syntax into rough or working man syntax, but rather seeks to improve the text by converting the language used by a workman into the more acceptable syntax of an educated scribe. This is the relationship between these two Gospels.
In a brief cite concerning Matthew’s Gospel, Eusebius of Caesarea in his third volume of Ecclesiastical History quotes from Bishop Papias of Hierapolis’ five volume work titled, Exposition of the Sayings of the Lord, the citation saying that Matthew wrote in “Hebrew Style,” the meaning of which had been uncertain for centuries … Hebrew style is encapsulated by Paul when he writes that the visible physical things of this world reveal and precede the invisible spiritual things of God (cf. Rom 1:19–20; 1 Cor 15:46). This will now have the physical forming a dark and lifeless shadow of the things of God.
As a person’s shadow is two-dimensional yet the person is three-dimensional, the physical things of this world in three and four dimensions form the shadow and copy of the otherwise invisible things of God that exist outside of space-time; outside of the creation, and therefore not subject to time and the passage of time—
The inner self [psuche] of a human person is not physical and therefore exists outside of space-time. This inner self cannot be photographed; cannot be measured or weighed; and once this inner self is raised from death, this inner self that received life inside of space-time has life outside of space-time and therefore will not die; for in the timeless heavenly realm where what is must coexist with what was and what will be, the presence of life and the absence of life cannot coexist. An entity has life or doesn’t have life. Therefore, in heaven the entity that doesn’t have life in a particular moment can never have life in that moment. For this entity to have life, the entity has to receive life in a differing “moment.” And this entity can never enter the “moment” when/where it didn’t have life.
Human persons are humanly born without indwelling heavenly life (eternal life). Humanity is not born with an immortal soul; for as Paul writes by the hand of Tertius, eternal life is the gift of God in [en] Christ Jesus (Rom 6:23). For indwelling eternal life is the indwelling of the glory of God (see Ezek 1:26–28). The indwelling of the glory of God is the indwelling of “bright fire” that would consume the fleshly body if this glory of God were not held in a vessel that has also come from heaven, the spirit of Christ [pneuma Christou]. Therefore, Paul writes,
You, however, are not in the flesh but in spirit, [since] spirit of God [pneuma Theou] dwells in you. Anyone who does not have spirit of Christ [pneuma Christou] [is not] of Him. But if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, [but] spirit is life because of righteousness. If the spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, the One having raised Christ from the dead will also make alive the mortal bodies of you through the indwelling of His Spirit in you. (Rom 8:9–11 retranslated to better reflect the Greek text)
To have the spirit of God in this present era is to be born of spirit; for to have the indwelling spirit of God is to also have the indwelling spirit of Christ …
So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by spirit you put to death the practices of the body, you will live. For all who are led by spirit of God are sons of God. (Rom 8:12–14)
The Law is physical; the spirit is “spiritual.” To live by the Law is to live physically; to live by spirit is to live forever. And in all things, the visible physical things of this world reveal and precede the spiritual things of God.
When the Lord visited Israel in Egypt, Israel rebelled against the Lord:
Thus says the Lord GOD: On the day when I chose Israel, I swore to the offspring of the house of Jacob, making myself known to them in the land of Egypt; … on that day I swore to them that I would bring them out of the land of Egypt into a land that I had searched out for them, a land flowing with milk and honey, the most glorious of all lands. And I said to them, Cast away the detestable things your eyes feast on, every one of you, and do not defile yourselves with the idols of Egypt; … but they rebelled against me and were not willing to listen to me. None of them cast away the detestable things their eyes feasted on, nor did they forsake the idols of Egypt. (Ezek 20:5–8)
Because Israel in Egypt rebelled against the Lord, not casting away detestable things and the idols of Egypt, the Lord gave to Israel the Law, the subject of the first section—
Again, consider what the Lord giving to Israel the Law meant. Consider what Paul wrote concerning his awareness of his actions:
For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death. But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the spirit and not in the old way of the written code. What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, "You shall not covet." But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. For apart from the law, sin lies dead. I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died. The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me. For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me. So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good. Did that which is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, producing death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure. For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. (Rom 7:5–23 emphasis and double emphasis added)
Again, the giving of the Law at Sinai brought Sin to life so that Sin would kill, would devour Israel. Without the giving of the Law, Sin would have remained dead and unable to devour any Israelite. But apparently because Israel in Egypt rebelled against the Lord, refusing to hear and believe the Lord, the Lord brought Sin to life by giving to Israel the Law so that Sin might devour unbelieving Israel, bringing Israel to nought, Israel being a dead nation even though physically alive under the Law; a dead nation that could never have life in the presence of the Lord, what not being able to kindle a fire on the Sabbath represents (Ex 35:3); a dead nation even to this day.
But Paul also writes, “Death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come” (Rom 5:14) … Moses died physically, but not before he entered into the presence of the Lord, with the glory that shown from his face coming from having entered into the presence of the Lord. But Moses also presented to the children of Israel the choice of obeying the Lord and living long lives, or disobeying and perishing (Deut 30:15–20). Not since Adam had human persons been presented with a choice of long life (analogous to eternal life) or death. But under the Moab Covenant, the forerunner to the New Covenant, the children of Israel (a second nation of Israel) could have escaped being consigned to disobedience (Rom 11:32) as children of disobedience (Eph 2:2–3) for the destruction of the flesh if these children of Israel had believed the Lord, loving the Lord with heart and mind. But despite professions of belief, the children of Israel never forsook worshiping the idols of Egypt. Likewise, following the Second Passover liberation of a second Israel, greater Christendom will not forsake worshiping the works of hands and the traditions of the Old Church.
Already the good news that all who endure—not prosper—to the end shall be saved has been proclaimed to all nations: all who endure will be saved because this “all” will be filled with spirit and therefore liberated from indwelling Sin and Death. But no sacrifice for sin will remain, with “sin” being unbelief … keeping the Commandments earns a person nothing and is the reasonable expectation of all who dwell in the household of God. Therefore, what Paul writes is true: “For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law” (Rom 2:12). Christians insist that they are not under the Law, and they are not. However, if through unbelief of God Christians transgress the Commandments they are not under, they will perish because of their unbelief, not because they have transgressed the Commandments. And this the Sabbatarian Churches of God have never understood; this greater Christendom has never understood.
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