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Thursday, July 30, 2009

The WHY of Creation - Part 6 / The Purging of Conscience

Please study part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4 and part 5 of this series if you have not done so already; even if you have it might be a good idea to review before proceeding....

Hebrews 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, 6:2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

The author of the book of Hebrews admonishes us that it is not expedient to be forever stuck on the principles or the basics of the doctrine of Christ, that a baby cannot grow if it forever feeds on milk only but must be nourished on solid food in order to mature spiritually. So what are the principles or the basics of the doctrine of Christ? According to Hebrews 6:1 and 6:2 these are the principles of the doctrine of Christ:

  • · Repentance from dead works
  • · Faith toward God
  • · Doctrine of baptisms
  • · Laying on of hands
  • · Resurrection of the dead
  • · Eternal judgment

I would venture to say that in almost 100% of churches across the world all preaching and teaching is focused on one or more of the above mentioned six principles of the doctrine of Christ. Most churches do not get past the doctrine of sin, meaning man is sinful and therefore needs a Savior, that salvation does not come from one’s own works or good deeds but rather through faith in God. Every Sunday the pastor gets up and preaches sermons related to this doctrine of ‘sin’ making sure his flock feels guilty enough to repent every week, and pay for that repentance, preferably in cash. If they get past this doctrine then as they do in Pentecostal churches the emphasis is on bodily healing and laying on of hands for spiritual gifts, or just sowing seed to gain material wealth. Some bold preachers even dare to speak of the coming judgment when all the dead will be resurrected and present themselves before the throne of God. Beyond these basic principles there is little or not teaching at all out there, but if this is the extent of the diet being fed to the body of Christ then according to the book of Hebrews all these believers are ‘babies’ being constantly fed on milk not on meat or a solid diet. The state of our world is a reflection of the state of the Church, the true Church of Jesus Christ not any of the man made denominations. The sad state of the world reveals to us the sad state of the Church and no wonder its growth is stunted if all it is being fed is milk and no meat.

So what is the meat of The Word of God that the apostle Paul was trying to admonish the Jerusalemite church to grow into? In a word that meat is CONSCIENCE! Or rather the purging of our defiled consciences into the pure conscience of Christ Himself. In a sentence if I were to sum up the real WHY of creation I would say it in this manner: God the father brought into existence all material creation for the purpose of having a corporeal creature with the very conscience of the Creator in Him. The first such creature in the universe is Christ Jesus, a very real flesh and bone corporeal being with a pure and undefiled conscience; with a conscience that is identical to that of God the Father Himself. The real challenge with which God labored, and from which He rested on the seventh day was the problem of creating a creature with a pure conscience like His own. He labored not as a result of having to form planets and stars or oceans and land but rather of how to imprint His own image, His own character, His own conscience on to that of His created sons. These ‘sons’ with His own GOOD CONSCIENCE, the archetype of whom is Jesus are His ‘Begotten Sons’, these are they who follow in the footsteps of Jesus, putting their faith in Him. So the real story of creation is all about ‘Conscience’ not about mere repentance from sin to gain eternal life. Eternal life is available only to those whose conscience has been made pure; no one is born with a pure conscience, it has to be purged from all the filth and sin it acquires over the course of a lifetime. But once it has been purged by the blood of Christ it can never again become defiled and thus the work for which these ‘Sons’ were created by God is brought to a culmination. God the Father can now live His life freely through and in these ‘Sons’ without an iota of impurity in these ‘Living Stone Temples’.

Hebrews 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

Christ Jesus Himself whose blood alone can purge the defiled conscience of those who have been called and predestinated to become ‘begotten’ sons of God, went through a growth process where His conscience grew and matured into that of The Father. Not that His conscience was ever defiled or impure, which is what sets Him apart from all the other sons that followed, which gave Him the title of the ONLY BEGOTTEN (John 3:16), which is what made His blood capable of purging our consciences. Nonetheless His conscience matured and grew to full age because of His sufferings that He endured. The development of a ‘Good Conscience’ is a painful process; therefore those who preach only the ‘Happy Days’ gospel of peace and prosperity, materially speaking are liars and deceivers. It is true that we have peace in our hearts and that our souls prosper through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior but the entry into the Kingdom of God comes with much tribulation. Acts 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

As we graduate from a milk diet to a strong meat diet and begin to understand the biblical definition of ‘Conscience’ and how it need must be purged to be made pure in order for us to became suitable temples for God, literally houses in which God lives and moves and has His being; it will become obvious that the real purpose of all material creation, and specifically that of man is so much greater than has been taught recently, both in churches and the secular world.

To be continued….

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Swine Conditioning Gathers Steam

The rhetoric is being ratcheted up on the coming PANDEMIC, possibly arriving as early as this fall. As a matter of fact WHO has already confirmed it as a pandemic so we can safely say that it is already here! And magically, super scientists from the CDC and other institutions have created a vaccine to combat this big nasty ‘alien virus bug’ that threatens to engulf the planet leaving millions dead in its wake. At least the Pentagon has already worked out an efficient corpse disposal system by inventing a robot that eats organic materials, dead bodies among other things such as oranges and bananas. EATR as this wonderful new invention has been christened would probably be just as happy eating living organisms such as humans but that is another story. Getting back to the Swine Flu, the conditioning of the masses to accept vaccinations is gathering steam through planted stories such as the ones below. These stories are suggesting that it will be RECOMMENDED that everyone get a shot this fall; don’t you just love that word, ‘SHOT’! Let’s all get shot, Ooooohh that feels so good, might as well give me two or three while you are at it! But wait and see how quickly the recommendation changes to a MANDATORY REQUIREMENT! – VIDEO

The story below deals with the closing of summer camps due to an ‘apparent’ and I emphasize the word APPARENT outbreak of Swine Flu in these camps. This I believe is just another agenda, propagenda deal that is conditioning sheeple into believing that there will be outbreaks in schools once kids go back in the fall. These predicted school outbreaks are also mentioned the above MSNBC story. And who you gonna call when the big bad Swine herd attacks our defenseless kids in schools? Why, you call Ghostbusters!!! The immunization patrol armed with their benign little syringes containing a cocktail of ingredients that would probably knock Dumbo the elephant over, will eagerly vaccinate babies as young as 18 months old. The horror of this reality would leave Alfred Hitchcock scratching his head in wonder and amazement.

The flip side of the coin, stories such as this one that claims that the 1918 influenza pandemic was actually caused by vaccinations are completely ignored by mainstream media. OOOhhhhh!!!!!! That’s just a big bad ‘conspiracy theory’ they claim and therefore not worthy of being aired on esteemed Propaganda channels, oops I mean news channels such as CNN and Fox. However this conspiracy nut’s theory is that the disease is in the vial not the air, so get injected at your own peril.

The Swine are coming, The Swine are coming is the cry echoing through the land even as summer BBQs are being fired up all over and beer stores are being drunk dry by the mindless numbed and dumbed down masses. Dumbos, dumbos everywhere with nary a brain between them! Soon the cry will change to The Swine are here, The Swine are here….what will you do? To vaccinate or not to vaccinate, that is the question….

Psalm 91:7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Revelation 16:9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.

So when the swine come calling who you gonna call? I know who I have already called upon: His name is Jesus Christ, the Savior of all men, if they believe in Him. If you’d rather get shot, then be prepared to suffer the consequences!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

TO SERVE MAN: The New Soylent Green Earth

Rev. 6:8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

We know that in the days ahead, as famines rage across the planet, more and more wild beasts will turn to urban and rural populated areas to satisfy their hunger. This of course would include a large number of the human population that will become fodder, literally. However a news story caught my eye that suggests that may be MAN MADE BEASTS that will contribute to this carnivorous part of the population reduction agenda that has been in the works for decades but will move forward with lightning speed in the days ahead. In the vein of the Twilight Zone episode, ‘TO SERVE MAN’, , the Pentagram, Oops! I mean the Pentagon has over extended itself in its efforts to serve man. The famous Charlton Heston movie, SOYLENT GREEN,, had a similar theme of serving mankind The following story speaks for itself and we consider such things as evidence that the Day of the Lord is just over the horizon. My remedy for all the vast and varied disasters that mankind will face in the days ahead is the same as it has always been in the past, look not unto man (and that includes yourself) but rather TURN UNTO THE LORD WITH ALL YOUR HEART….then and only then will you be able to serve God and man. Ethiopian Review

'The Matrix' Fulfilled: EATR Military Robots to Use Biomatter as Fuel

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a research and development organization for the Department of Defense, aims to "maintain the technological superiority of the U.S military." It seeks to accomplish this goal by developing robots, lasers, spacecraft, and other awesome futuristic weapons of annihilation. It also apparently has no desire to heed the warnings of the 'Matrix' or 'Terminator' movies.

According to The Register, the group's latest design, the Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot (EATR), is a pilot-less, steam-powered drone. Designed for long-range missions, it refuels itself by devouring any fossil fuels or biological matter in its path. While DARPA mentions using refuse such as apple cores for fuel, it's difficult to imagine these things not being used to harvest people as an energy source.

So, what happens when the EATRs completely decimate the Earth's natural resources (if they don't completely wipe out the human race first)? Well, it should only take a few slight adjustments to make sure the remnants of those scooped-up humans can be turned into tasty and nutritious green cracker treats. It's just too bad Charlton Heston isn't around to tell everyone "I told you so."

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Swine Flu Update / Conditioning the Masses 101

The following article appeared in The Globe and Mail, Canada’s National Newspaper, on Thursday July 16, 2009. The link to the original article is provided below; what follows is my analysis of the misinformation and Pavlovian conditioning contained in this article to condition the masses to accept the following as gospel truths: A) This so-called ‘Swine Flu’ is a real threat and B) The only way to combat the threat is through mass vaccinations that will almost certainly be made mandatory at some time in the future, possibly as early as this fall. So as this herd of swine gets bigger and more menacing it would behoove us to separate fact from fiction, so that we may make calculated decisions as to what course of action to follow when the swine herd attacks ‘en masse.’ Those of us who put our faith in the Word of God and not CNN will be well served by remembering the story of what happened to the herd of swine in Mark 5:13, And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea. We observe these events overtaking the world as confirmation of God’s Word not out of fearfulness, for us to live is Christ, and to die is gain so we fear not death. We watch as we have been instructed to, and we look upwards for these signs are a confirmation to us that our ‘REDEMPTION DRAWS NEAR’.

GLOBE: Canadians will have a better chance of getting vaccinated against the pandemic influenza than people in many other countries, including the United States and Britain, thanks to nearly a decade of planning for the disease's arrival.

PAUL: Rather than accurately inform us that there is this influenza is of a mild variety that may or may not have killed hundreds of people worldwide as widely reported, this disease is reported as PANDEMIC INFLUENZA. Most of the deaths attributed to Swine Flu could just have as easily been caused by a number of other diseases or causes. The symptoms of this alleged disease are so general that pneumonia and a host of other conditions could be diagnosed as the big bad SWINE FLU. As far I have read there is no test that can 100% identify this virus, if there is such a virus, so how they can say with certainty that X number of people have died from this disease is a mystery to me. Perhaps some of you readers with specialized medical knowledge might be able to correct me, if I am wrong! I went to see my doctor for a routine physical last month and there were these big signs about THE SWINE FLU all over the clinic; patients and staff were required to sanitize their hands, and fill out a form if they had visited Mexico or had a cough and other general information that would be pretty much useless in preventing a real pandemic. So I thought to myself if all it takes to beat this ‘bug’ is a little over the counter hand sanitizer, then it can’t be that serious a problem, can it? And what about those flimsy masks that couldn’t keep out paint fumes let alone determined microscopic little Miss Piggies! If this was a serious level 3 or 4 threat, the only thing that might contain it would be quarantine in air tight facilities with proper biohazard masks and clothing, not the flimsy Home Depot masks that sell for a quarter each. What a con job, and the sheeple said baaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh………!!!!

Now look at the last part of the Globe introduction: ‘a decade of planning for the disease's arrival’. Are they telling us that they have been planning for a decade IN CASE such a disease breaks out naturally, by itself or are they telling us that ‘they’ have been planning for over a decade and spending billions to make sure that the disease arrives as planned? Inquiring minds would want to know why Governments that do not spend millions on known diseases that kill thousands every year would spend billions on a disease that does not even exist as yet. This Swine Flu is not the killer pandemic that they have been preparing for, that would be a mutated version that they are predicting like prophets of old will happen later this year. I would not have believed that governments would have that much foresight to plan a decade or more in advance when they can hardly plan a day ahead, a day late and a dollar short is the motto of most governments on every level, so this advance planning is truly remarkable unless it was done with the knowledge that not only could such an infectious disease happen by chance but that it would happen because it was not chance that would make it happen. Nah! Not another conspiracy theory, puhhleezee we can’t handle it……… You should read the whole article for yourself but here’s something else that’s interesting that caught my eye in this article:

GLOBE: But no amount of money will ensure that a vaccine will be available to Canadians – or to anyone else in the world, if science does not co-operate. The World Health Organization said earlier this month that companies were having more trouble than expected growing the virus on eggs, a key part of the vaccine-making process. GlaxoSmithKline said in response to questions that the first doses are expected to be available in three to four months, subject to regulatory approval.

PAUL: In one sentence we are being told that companies were having more trouble….blah blah blah…. I read this to understand that there is no vaccine yet available that protects against this present strain of the disease. And that is just against this present strain that is a mild one……..Yet in the very next sentence GlaxoSmithKline claims that the first doses against the MUCH MORE DEADLY KILLER PANDEMIC will be available in just 3 to 4 months! Am I missing something here? We are having a problem creating a vaccine against this mild strain that can be beaten by a fifty cent Home Depot mask yet we will have a vaccine in 3-4 months that will be used to inoculate everyone in Canada, or at least it will be available to inoculate everyone in Canada if they so choose! What the heck will this vaccine protect us against, that is assuming that vaccines protect against anything to begin with? The mutated killer version of the swine has not yet arrived so how can there be a vaccine against it already? Yet people will be lined up and trampling each other down to get the shot having no idea what they are being shot up with. They wouldn’t be willing to shoot themselves up with heroin but have no problem getting shot up with something that maybe far more deadly. Why, you ask? The answer is that people have more in common with Pavlov’s dogs than they do with independent thinking individuals. Herds of swine, can we say? And we all know what happened to the herd, right? Folks, this is serious matter which is why I write about it. The kill shot may well be the vaccine, don’t take my word for it, be independent thinkers and study all the pros and cons of these health issues for yourselves. As far as I am concerned the whole thing is a con job so the cons not just outweigh the pros, they totally demolish any pros in taking this vaccine against a phantom disease that does not even exist.

Finally, its is almost a given that MANDATORY IMMUNIZATION campaigns will be launched sometime in the near future when the media ratchets up the ante telling us that dddaaaaa,dddaaaa (that’s a drum roll), the mutated version that has a high fatality rate has arrived just as expected (read planned) and that the only way to be saved is through the shots that our loving governments will so presciently have stocked up on for our welfare. The fact that they had to pay billions in taxpayer funds to Big Pharma is irrelevant, it is all for your welfare folks! Well folks my bible tells me that the only way to be saved is through Jesus Christ not a killer flu shot. `Caveat emptor`, my little flock, you may pay much more than you bargained for by taking this shot that may cost nothing in money but may cost dearly nonetheless.

GLOBE: U.S. President Barack Obama designated $1.825-billion (U.S.) on Thursday for emergency use to fight the new pandemic of H1N1 swine flu. The money be used to buy vaccine ingredients to help health officials plan for immunization campaigns and to help get the vaccines approved.

PAUL: I’ve already written about the immunization campaigns but look at the last part of the sentence, money has been allocated to get the vaccines approved! Why would any money be needed to be spent if the vaccines were sound and did what they were touted as being capable of doing, protecting us from a killer disease? But if they don’t do what they are supposed to, then I suppose it doesn’t hurt to line the pockets of a few FDA officials with some cash now does it? Nah…these things never happen in the real world, those conspiracy wacko nut jobs will believe anything!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

The WHY of Creation Part 5 / Jesus Made Perfect???

Please study part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4 of this series if you have not done so already; even if you have it might be a good idea to review before proceeding....

Hebrews 2:10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

Hebrews 5:8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; 9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;

Hebrews 2:10 and 5:8 are two scriptures that confirm the fact that Jesus Christ, the Son of man became perfect through the things he suffered. Now the idea that the Son of God needed to be made perfect as opposed to being always being perfect is almost heretical, and would probably have warranted being burnt at the stake in the middle ages. Nonetheless the idea is biblical and needs to be studied to gain a greater understanding of why things have progressed throughout the history of creation as they have. First of all let us look at the definition of the word PERFECT, in the Greek language of the New Testament the word Perfect is teleióō; contracted teleiṓ, fut. teleiṓsō, from téleios (G5046), complete, mature. To complete, make perfect by reaching the intended goal. This definition along with the above two scriptures from the book of Hebrews reveal to us the process that was followed in transforming Jesus Christ from Son of man to a fully mature adult Son of God. It is commonly assumed that Jesus was fully mature as the Son of God, in knowledge, in wisdom, in power, especially in Love because He was conceived of the Holy Ghost, the Seed of God, literally the sperm of God rather than of man. However it needs to be understood that there was a development process in Jesus that occurred as much as it does in any natural born man. In the natural a child is first conceived, then the baby is born, then it grows physically for about 20 or so years and can keep growing mentally for the rest of its life even though the majority of people are mentally retarded, their mental growth stops even before their bodily growth stops. Luke 2:52 tells us about the young Jesus that: ‘And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man’. The word stature in this verse of scripture refers to His physical size; so even as Jesus grew in physical size, He also grew mentally and spiritually. So when Hebrews 2:10 and 5:8 tell us that Jesus was made perfect, what is understood is that He reached spiritual completion, full maturity, became of full age; He was not fully mature, or COMPLETE right from conception and birth as is commonly believed, it happened over the course of time and the perfection process involved SUFFERING, a whole lot of suffering.

This relationship between SUFFERING and SPIRITUAL PERFECTION is a major theme in the bible; I would say it is the primary theme in the bible, particularly the New Testament. Acts 26:23: ‘That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles’. Again it is commonly taught that Christ suffered for us, that is He suffered for us alone, not for Himself. While it is true that Christ indeed suffered for us, the just for the unjust, but the greater understanding here is that the things that He suffered are the very things that made Him PERFECT, made Him the ONLY BEGOTTEN Son of God as well as the FIRST BEGOTTEN of the many sons that God would beget through Him. I will briefly mention here but explore in detail at a later time the idea that the fundamental purpose of creation, the ultimate WHY OF CREATION is for the purpose of God BEGETTING for Himself a race of Spiritual beings that inhabit corporeal bodies, through whom God would begin, and continue forever to EXPERIENCE LIFE. God’s understanding is infinite; therefore His experiences of life through His begotten sons will also be INFINITE, no chance of boredom ever in the ages to come. Infinity is an idea that we cannot even begin to grasp with our finite minds but that is what lies ahead, the present world and the present Cosmos are a mere shadow of that which lies just ahead; those of us who are looking for it.

Mark 8:31 And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. In the Gospels, the book of Acts and the epistles of the New Testament, it is taught over and over that Jesus must have suffered, it was needful for Him to suffer, and that it had to have happened that way and that there was no other way. If we can understand why Jesus had to suffer the things He did and how the sufferings transformed Him from a mere Son of man, a mere corporeal being, a mere living soul, to the eternal Begotten Son of God, the first of a new species of creature that is both SPIRIT and FLESH. This creature enjoys all the benefits of a body, but has the properties of a spirit being like an angel, that is the NEW CREATURE is not subject to the laws of physics that corporeal children of Adam, mere LIVNG SOUL human beings are subject to. Luke 24:30: And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. 31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. 36. And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. 37. But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. 38. And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? 39. Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. These scriptures in Luke and the other gospels show Jesus appearing and vanishing like a spirit yet He is not a spirit being as clearly evidenced in verse 39, for a spirit hath not flesh and bones. In Jesus, and beginning with Jesus, the WHY of creation was accomplished after many ages in which empires on a galactic scale have risen and fallen much like the Star Wars saga. Upon the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead in His new incorruptible body, God had formed for Himself a LIVING STONE house made out of flesh and bone in which He will forever enjoy all the pleasures of Life. Rev. 4:11 ‘Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created’. Without this new creature that is a LIVING TEMPLE, God could not have enjoyed the pleasures of material creation. 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. Psalm 16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

In the next part of this series, we will examine the idea of biblical PERFECTION, as it relates to how Jesus was made perfect, or became perfect through a process that all we all must follow to reach perfection ourselves. Perfection has nothing to do with bodily perfection, God could just as easily have given Adam this incorruptible body that Jesus dwells in now, and that which has been promised to all believers. However God chose to give Adam a body of clay, one that is subject to corruption, one that Jesus wore Himself during the days of His flesh so that He could suffer and die. Suffering is what perfects our CONSCIENCE, and that is what was perfected or completed in Jesus, first of all, and must be completed in all believers so that like Jesus, they too can be made perfect, qualified to be BEGOTTEN SONS OF GOD rather than mere living souls like Adam and his descendants. To be continued….

Thursday, July 9, 2009

The WHY of Creation / Part 4: What's up with the body???

In part 1, 2 and 3 of this series we concluded that

  1. God the Father is an invisible being because He is immaterial; He is Intelligence and Energy but not a corporeal being.
  2. One of the reasons for material creation was to make manifest, make visible the invisible God through his material creation. (Romans 1:20)
  3. However, the main reason for material creation was for God the Creator who is Spirit not flesh to begin to exist as a corporeal being, have bodily existence. Jesus Christ is God in corporeal form, God in a body. (Colossians 2:9)
  4. In part 3 we explored the differences between theoretical knowledge and experiential knowledge. Theoretical knowledge is head knowledge whereas experiential knowledge is knowledge gained by experience.

Part 3 of the series concluded with the following: The question still remains why God put himself in a body and suffered so much? If He is of infinite understanding could he not have done things differently? What’s so special about the body that God who is Spirit and thus immune to all the trials and tribulations that come with a body choose to house himself in a body? Remember the word EXPERIENCE that I wrote about earlier in this article, keep that word in mind as we come to the understanding the relationship of the body to the experiencing of life, not just for man but also for God.

In part 4 of the series I would like to address the role played by the BODY in the experiencing of life. The pleasures of life are comprehended mentally but the pleasures, as well as the pains of life may only be experienced corporeally. This is true for God as well as for man. In short God who is life could not have the pleasure of experiencing that life without a body which is the reason why he made himself a body. Ultimately it is through the body that God himself was able to express his love which otherwise would forever have remained in the realm of the mind, something he only had theoretical knowledge of but had never actually experienced. This may sound strange that God did not experience life until the creation of the material universe but nonetheless it is true, how could he have? Everything he knew before ‘the beginning’ was limited to the realm of the mind, as discussed in previous articles, God is immaterial intelligence, a mind without a body, therefore his knowledge, which is infinite had no avenue of becoming experiential knowledge without the bodily senses of touch, smell, taste, hearing, sight and any sensation that can only be gained through the body. In part 3, I used the example of a person learning how to skydive, before he actually jumps out of the plane he takes some classes on skydiving that gives him theoretical knowledge; he understands terms such as ‘free fall’, ‘parachute’, ‘wind speed’ etc. but this understanding is limited to the mind because it has not yet been experienced by the body. Theoretical knowledge may even induce some physical, bodily excitement but there is no possible way that the full pleasure of sky diving, of actually jumping out of the plane, of free falling, of feeling the wind on your face, of the experience of relief when the chute opens, of the feeling of tranquility as the person floats down to the earth, it is impossible that these sensations of pleasure, even of danger and excitement may be derived from mere mental comprehension of the theory of skydiving. So then is the BODY not an absolute necessity for the experiencing of life rather than just have mental knowledge of it? Now can you see why Jesus said, Hebrews 10:5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me.

The body of God, the house where God dwells cannot be a building made with stones, it has to be LIVING so that all the sensations of life may be experienced through this house. This house is the BODY of man, the beloved psalmist David asks this question in Psalm 8:4, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? Why would God’s mind be full of the thoughts of man? We daily hear stories of the beastly nature of man, his corruption, his greed, his insatiable appetite for evil to which all history is a witness, is this why God is always thinking of man, dwelling upon his evil? Boy, if that were really the case, God himself should have gone mental by now! No the reason why God’s mind is filled with the thoughts of man is because man is the living creature that was chosen to become the permanent dwelling place for God Almighty himself. Not all men mind you, but those from among mankind, both men and women, that God himself has chosen and predestined to become his living temples, houses in which he dwells and through whom he experiences the pleasures of life, and in this age all the pains that currently plague mankind. Now the question that arises is why this seemingly complex roundabout manner in which creation has progressed. In my Chronology of Creation radio series I discussed in some detail that there has been a rather lengthy process of creation that has been on going for ages that may well span millions and possibly billions of years. If God simply wanted a body for himself how difficult could it have been for him to make one for himself? After all he made Adam’s body out of the dust of the ground without any problems, without breaking a sweat we might say. The complexity arose not so much with the problem of making a body that God can do in the blink of an eye, the problem arose in the creation of the person that would in dwell this body. Adam’s body was formed first and then the person that inhabited that body, in the case of God’s body, the person that would inhabit that body is formed and molded first and then will come the imperishable body for that person to inhabit. So who is this person that will live in the body of God? The obvious answer is God, who else?

So all of the past ages of creation have propelled all creation towards the goal of begetting God offspring that would be identical to his person, the first such person in the Universe, the firstbegotten Son of God is Jesus Christ, identical in person and character to God which is what makes him God. The creation of Jesus Christ as the offspring of God had to follow a rather complex path involving pain and death. I emphasize that this process had to involve pain and death, why it had to be so will lead us to the understanding of why evil exists in our world, and in Universe, and why death exists. Furthermore we will understand that like the firstbegotten Son, all the other begotten sons of God too are birthed through pain and suffering much as a woman has to labor and suffer pain to give birth to a child. Once we can understand the role evil has played in this stranger than fiction yet true saga of creation, then we will understand how God gets pleasure from his creation, through his begotten sons in particular! God’s begotten offspring must needs have his character, must have HIS CONSCIENCE and it is the challenge of begetting sons with God’s own conscience that made the problem much more complex than the mere problem of creating a living organic body to dwell in.

We differentiate between BEGOTTEN SONS, starting with Jesus Christ, and LIVING SOULS, Adam and his offspring, as follows: Begotten sons are born of the seed or literally the sperm of God which is His Word, living souls are merely creatures that have life without any bearing to conscience. All living humans are living souls but all living humans are not BEGOTTEN SONS of God. If all God wanted were mere robotic living souls inhabiting his Cosmos, he could have gone to sleep at night and finished everything by morning, in his sleep! But if he wanted children, persons who think like he does, feel like he does, act like he does; in other words who are God kind not mankind or angel kind or any other kind of creature, then he had to find a way to firstly give them a conscience, and then to ensure that their conscience was a pure conscience like his own. Conscience is always defined by type; what I mean is that contrary to popular opinion, it is incorrect to state that person is GOOD merely because he or she has a conscience. No, whether the person is good or evil is determined by what type of conscience that person has, a good conscience or an evil conscience. A person with a good conscience has the knowledge of evil but his CHOICE OF ACTIONS IS GOOD; a person with an evil conscience has the knowledge of good but his CHOICE OF ACTIONS IS EVIL. All humans on this planet have, or have had an evil conscience, yup, people are not basically good; people are basically evil because their conscience is evil.

In part 5 of this series, I will explore in more detail the role of the CONSCIENCE in the begotten sons of God, and how God enjoys life, experiences love and derives pleasure through the bodies of his begotten sons. He derives little or no pleasure from his LIVING SOUL sons, Adam and his children; on the contrary they constantly grieve him at the heart. So what does Conscience have to do with The Why of Creation; why it has everything to do with it! I know this is a complex subject that needs to be studied slowly and carefully and therefore I will not rush it, I will continue this series for as many parts as it will take to give all readers a sound understanding of who they are, give them knowledge of who created them, and more importantly WHY did he create them?

Rev. 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. It is such a pleasure just to gain the understanding of how God gets pleasure from his children, his begotten children, that we who have been given the knowledge of this mystery should spend the rest of our lives in this body, beaming with joy, literally floating in the air with peace and contentment, infecting all around us with it, without so much as saying a word.

To be continued…

Friday, July 3, 2009

Secret Place of the Most High: Notes on Psalm 91

As we head towards the days of plagues and pestilences, of diseases and famines, and of total economic collapse it is necessary to stop and look at how to save ourselves from these coming judgments. Having done a fair bit of studying on the current economic crisis and the coming health crisis, I have come to the conclusion that unless we understand what is happening as judgment from on high there is really nothing we can do in the natural to save ourselves, and to protect ourselves from these pandemics and economic chaos. Psalm 91 is the great psalm that addresses specifically the issue of plagues (pandemics) that will wipe out masses of humanity. It may or may not be wise to stock up on gold and silver or on natural medicines but without relying entirely on our God for safety and protection whatever we do will be in vain. Psalm 127:1 Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

Notes on Psalm 91

1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

He that takes refuge in God shall be defended by Almighty God. The idea of abiding under the shadow of the Almighty is similar to Ps. 46:10 meaning to come to a stop, to be still, to give up one's own defenses and rely exclusively upon God's defenses.

2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

Isa. 26:3 The fortress of God is built around one's mind and heart by trusting in him. Faith in God is an impenetrable fortress that no enemy can destroy.

3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

Deliver = To snatch away from danger, to preserve, protect, rescue and defend.

Snare = entangle in a net like a bird catcher

Pestilence = Plague, Disease

4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

His Truth shall be thy shield means we can rely on the fact that that which God has spoken and which has been written for us in the Bible is ABSOLUTE TRUTH, it can never fail and therefore it is a shield behind which we can take refuge. Matt. 24:35,

Covering with the feathers and wings implies mercy as the wings of the cherubim covered the mercy seat on the Ark of the Covenant. Even as believers we mess up but God’s mercy never fails us.

5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

Afraid = To be frightened, to experience fear, fear of death,

Terror and Arrow have similar connotations as pestilence and disease of v3. Arrow also implies thoughts and fears that assault the mind as it focuses on cares of this world rather than on God. Eph. 6:16

6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. 7A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

Destruction: Biblically speaking destruction is always related to judgment from God; for example, the flood of Noah, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, and the various judgments that befell the nation of Israel (including Judah) during the course of its history are all examples of destruction that came about as a result of God’s judgment. Even though God himself is the source of destruction that results from judgment as for example in Deut. 32:24 and Isa_28:2, he alone is also the salvation from destruction as in verse 6 of this psalm. In Deuteronomy and Isaiah, God brought His judgment on the wicked, but in Psalms, God preserved the righteous in the midst of His judgment on the wicked.

8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

Reward = Retribution: (Strong’s Hebrew 8011 šillumāh): A feminine singular noun meaning retribution, punishment, penalty. This word has negative meanings when it is used in Scripture, for example, persons were punished or repaid for whatever evil they did. The word does not seem to have anything to do with repayment in the sense of receiving rewards for doing what is right, but this could be because of its limited use in the Old Testament. The righteous remained safe in God's protection, but the wicked received their punishment before the eyes of the righteous. God Himself is the giver of this retribution.

9 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

God is our refuge and habitation as he was for Jesus when Jesus was on Earth because we trust in him. Trust has to be the most important word for a believer because without trust there is no belief.

10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

The verse is self – explanatory that no evil, including evil diseases will come anywhere near the dwelling place of the righteous. God literally builds a force field around the righteous that cannot be penetrated by anything evil, no virus, no germ, no disease, infectious or otherwise can touch a person or his household that is enveloped by God’s security. As the Israelites were protected in Egypt by the blood on the doorposts of their homes, believers are protected by the blood of Jesus on the doorpost of their hearts.

Evil: (Strong’s Hebrew7451 ra), rāāh: An adjective meaning bad, evil. The basic meaning of this word displays ten or more various shades of the meaning of evil according to its contextual usage. It means bad in a moral and ethical sense and is used to describe, along with good, the entire spectrum of good and evil; hence, it depicts evil in an absolute, negative sense, as when it describes the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. 12They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. 13Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

Angel = Messenger, this word is also used for prophets and priests who brought their people the Word of God.

Charge: (Strong’s Hebrew 6680 - ṣāwāh): A verb meaning to order, to direct, to appoint, to command, to charge, to be ordered, to be commanded. Angels, unseen ministers of God have been appointed and commanded by God to protect his children. This does not mean that as believers in Christ no seemingly bad things, such as poor health or financial hardship will ever befall us. Such sufferings are a part and parcel of the Christian life but they do not befall us as a result of God’s judgment upon us; on the contrary these temporary sufferings work towards the goal of refining us and perfecting us, much as Job was perfected because of the things he suffered.

Keep = To guard, to watch over with possessive jealousy, to protect as a hen watches over and protects her chicks. God is our guardian and protector, as Christian we do not believe in guardian angels, we only believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. We understand as this verse expounds that God appoints and commands angels on our behalf but we neither command them nor do we make any effort to communicate with them directly as many in the world are anxious to do. They are there but if our faith stays anchored in God, he will ensure that they are everywhere we need them.

14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

Love = To be attached to, to bind, to delight in. As we delight in God’s love for us, and we love him in return, he lifts us up high and above the mundaneness of this world. Our affections then become set on things above not on things on the Earth, and then we become fearless. Come hell or high water, as the saying goes, we stay rooted and grounded with our soul firmly anchored in our God. Psalm 46

15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. 16With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

Call = To invoke, to summon, to invite, to declare, that is to declare God's name as that of the only BEING that we believe and trust in and call upon not only in trouble but in thanksgiving.

Answer = Respond, a sincere call to God is always responded to by God. Because of his unconditional love God delivers us from trouble, even self inflicted trouble to lead us to a place of understanding his love and thereby relying completely upon him.

Honor = Weight, to be laden down as with gold which is heavy. Glory is identified as weighty. It implies the loading up of believers with benefits that are underserved but given simply as a gift from a parent to a child.

Show him = Reveal to him (us believers) the salvation of God, more specifically what the salvation of God entails, and the infinite benefits that accompany it. This is revelatory knowledge the light of which can only be shone in our hearts, it not bookish or mere theoretical knowledge.

Salvation: YESHUAH (Jesus) yešûāh: A feminine noun meaning salvation, deliverance, help, victory, prosperity. The primary meaning is to rescue from distress or danger.

In conclusion I will write that we need to do some things to build up our immunity to the tribulation that will soon be upon us. I am not talking about physical immunity but rather spiritual immunity; we are strengthened spiritually through the study of God’s word, prayer both in the Spirit and verbally, and finally by fasting. During times of pending trouble, God’s people prayed, humbled themselves and fasted. Without fasting in these troublous times do not expect your spiritual immunity to be strong.

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.