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Introduction

The Holy Bible is the basis of the CHRISTIAN religion and through this book God communicates with the people. A keen observer and perhaps many people have occurred to them why there has never been unity among believers. The reason is “different interpretations” of the Holy Bible that can never be avoided. This is because the Spirit God speaks in “parables”, while He conveys to the people through their own language or dialect such as: English to the Americans and British, Spanish to the Spaniards, Tagalog to the Filipinos, and so on. Many professing Christians have not realized God is speaking “spiritual things” and “dark sayings of old”:

In the Old Testament

Psalms 78:2 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:

In the New Testament

Mark 4:34  But without a parable spake he (Jesus Christ) not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.

Therefore, while everybody knows God is communicating with the people through the Holy Bible, honestly they cannot fully understand His message. It is because divine revelation for God’s “intended message” is needed for His “spiritual words”. No wonder we often hear people who are seriously trying to comprehend the words they read, say: “Clearly trying to understand the message in the Holy Bible will make you crazy”. It is hoped readers of this treatise accept that the Spirit GOD cannot directly communicate with our own respective languages.  What is written there is no human teacher, and hard to believe only the Holy Spirit is the spiritual teacher. It is the purpose of this article for God to clear up all these things through the guidance of the only Teacher.

1 John 2:27  But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

This article is divided into three (3) parts:

•      Political – This refers to the Great Roman Empire ruling third of the total population of the world during the time of Christ.

•      Religious – how CHRISTIANITY degenerated to the low level of man’s perception that God hates. This happened when the name HELENA cropped up. This caused the Christian religion in tandem with the Government subsists in several countries until today. Unwittingly “human wisdom” crept to the dismay of our Lord:

1 Corinthians 1:19  … I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.

•        Spiritual – how Jesus Christ in the 20th century guiding His Chosen continue the stalled work left by the followers of His original Apostles. This is an eye-opener to many and the Holy Bible is open authenticating it.

Therefore, while everybody knows God is communicating with us through the Holy Bible, honestly we cannot fully understand His message. It is because divine revelation from God’s “intended message” is needed for His words. No wonder we often hear people who are seriously trying to comprehend the words they read, say: “Clearly trying to understand the message in the Holy Bible will drive you crazy”. It is hoped readers of this treatise accept that the Spirit GOD cannot directly communicate with our own respective languages.  What is written there is no human teacher, and hard to believe only the Holy Spirit is the spiritual teacher. It is the purpose of this article for God to clear up all these things through the guidance of the only Teacher.

1 John 2:27  But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

ROME AT THE BIRTH OF JESUS CHRIST

Jesus Christ was born when the Great Roman Empire was practically ruling the known world. Perhaps, never in any former period had so many human beings acknowledged the authority of a single sovereign. Some of the most powerful monarchies in Europe at present extend over only a fraction of the territory which Caesar Augustus governed. The Atlantic on the west, the Euphrates on the east, the Danube and the Rhine on the north, and the deserts of Africa on the south were the boundaries of his empire. Countries under the Great Roman Empire with their ancient names:

1. Italia (Rome)
2. Israel
3. Germania (Germany), part of Britannia (Great Britain)
4. Belgica (Belgium)
5. Sarmatia (Eastern Iran)
6. Gallia (France)
7. Hispania (Spain)
8. Illyricum (Croatia)
9. Mauritania (Republic of Mauritania)
10. Africa
11. Cyrenaica (Eastern Coast of Libya)
12. Aegyptus (Egypt)
13. Part of Asia.

It cannot be adequately estimated the rank of Caesar Augustus among contemporary sovereigns considering merely the superficial extent of the countries, placed within the range of his jurisdiction. His subjects of around 120 million people probably formed more than one-third of the entire population of the globe at that time. His empire embraced within its immense circumference the best cultivated and the most civilised portions of the earth. The vestiges of its populous cities, its great fortresses, its extensive aqueducts, and its stately temples, may still be pointed out as the memorials of its grandeur. The capital was connected with the most distant provinces by carefully constructed roads to quell an internal insurrection, or to encounter an invading enemy. And the military resources at the command of Augustus were abundantly sufficient to maintain obedience among the myriads he governed. Augustus could boast, towards the end of his reign that he had converted Rome from a city of brick huts into a city of marble palaces. The wealth of the nobility was enormous; and, excited by the example of the Emperor and his friend Agrippa or King Herod. They erected and decorated mansions in a style of regal magnificence; and, in a comparatively short period, many new and gorgeous temples and cities appeared throughout the empire. Herod the Great expended vast sums on architectural improvements. Rome modified the vernacular dialects of not a few of its subjugated provinces and greatly promoted the diffusion of Latin. That language, which had gradually spread throughout Italy and the west of Europe, was at length understood by persons of rank and education in most parts of the empire.

The MESSIAH was born!        

How significant to the world this day, that the calendar began counting years with A.D. abbreviation for “Anno Domini,” which is a Latin phrase meaningin the year of our Lord” referring to the birth of Jesus Christ. This is what we read in the Holy Bible:

Luke 2:1  And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.  4  And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) 5  To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. 6  And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. 7  And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
Luke 2:8  And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9  And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10  And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12  And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14  Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

However, question about December 25 as the date for the birth of Jesus Christ caused doubt for this period of the year is too cold for the shepherds tending their sheep at night. But this matter is resolved in the reign of Emperor Constantine the Great as discussed later.

CHRIST MINISTRY

Jesus Christ began preaching when He was about thirty years old (Luke 3:23). His ministry was only three years up to His crucifixion on the cross. Thereafter, His Apostles continued His work including Matthias (Acts 1:26) who replaced Judas Iscariot after committing suicide by hanging (Matthew 27:3-5).

Included among the Apostles of Christ was Saul of Tarsus, formerly a leading persecutor of His followers. He was going to Damascus to secure license to persecute more followers of JESUS. However, on his way JESUS CHRIST introduced Himself and to his surprise, it was his GOD who was talking to him. We read:

Act 9:3  And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:
Act 9:4  And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
Act 9:5  And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest
Act 9:6  And he trembling and astonished said, Lord what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.

Who is the Lord of Saul why was he persecuting the followers of Christ? Here, the Lord (of Saul) was speaking to Moses before the burning bush (Exodus 3:2-3):

Exodus 3:6 Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.

The LORD of Saul wrote the Ten Commandments:

Exodus 20:2  I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

From then on Saul of Tarsus now known as Paul became the leading apostle of CHRIST, for it turned out the Lord he was calling on his way to Damascus was JESUS CHRIST!

GREAT THINGS JESUS CHRIST DID  

These are some “great things” JESUS CHRIST did in His short period of ministry of only three (3) years:      

  1. He fed 4,000 men, beside women and children, withseven loaves and the fishes” (Matthew 15:32-38).
  2. In another instance, He fed 5,000 men, beside women and children, with five loaves and the two fishes (Matthew 14:13-21).
  3. He healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils. (Mark 1:34)

With His miracles many people followed Him on several occasions:

Matthew 4:25  And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judaea, and from beyond Jordan.
Matthew 9:2  And great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there.
Matthew 12:15  But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all;
Matthew 13:2  And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.
Matthew 15:30  And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus' feet; and he healed them:
Luke 5:15  But so much the more went there a fame abroad of him: and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by him of their infirmities.

But still, the attraction of the Religious Leaders was too great for the multitudes for they turned their back against Jesus Christ in the end:

Luke 23:13  And Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people, 14  Said unto them, Ye have brought this man unto me, as one that perverteth the people: and, behold, I, having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him:
Luke 23:21  But they cried, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. 22  And he said unto them the third time, Why, what evil hath he done? I have found no cause of death in him: I will therefore let him go.
Luke 23:23  And they were instant with loud voices, requiring that he might be crucified. And the voices of them and of the chief priests prevailed.
Luke 23:24  And Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they required. 25  And he released unto them him that for sedition and murder was cast into prison, whom they had desired; but he delivered Jesus to their will.

Very clearly written in the gospels of MATTHEW how Religious Leaders, the Scribes, Pharisees, Doctors of the law hated Jesus Christ for not understanding His great message. Unknown to them they were “stealing GOD of honour that solely belong to Him”. Jesus Christ rebuked and called them “hypocrite”. Warning since Old Testament time honour and glory solely belonging to GOD:

Psalms 111:9  He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.  
Matthew 23:8  But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. 9  And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. 10  Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.

Rabbi – means Teacher, Pastor, Leader, Minister and Priest in “spiritual matters”.

Holy and Reverend is adulation that solely belong to God.

Matthew 7:5  Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.

Truth never changes:

Ecclesiastes 1:9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

Because of this, the Religious Leaders in tandem with Civil Authorities even the “resurrection of Jesus Christ” was concealed from the people:

Matthew 28:1  In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulcher. 2  And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. 3  His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: 5  And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. 6  He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
Matthew 28:7  And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. 8  And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word. 9  And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.

Let us see how Religious Leaders and the Civil Authority hand in hand denied the resurrection of JESUS CHRIST.

Matthew 28:11  Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done. 12  And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large sum of money unto the soldiers, 13  Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.
Matthew 28:14  And if this come to the governor's ears, we will persuade him, and secure you. 15  So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.

Thereupon the Apostles/Disciples of CHRIST began to spread the “real gospel”. The “real gospel” actually is the identity of JESUS CHRIST!

2 Corinthians 11:4  For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

CHRIST DISCIPLES  

Spread the Gospel  

The twelve Apostles on their own shared the truth that Jesus Christ taught them. They were led by the Holy Spirit to many places. Of course they encountered great resistance and adversities just as Jesus Christ was with the religious leaders in His time. Almost all of them suffered martyrdom. They are the following:

•      Andrew (John 1:35-42) – He was a fisherman from Galilee; was Peter’s brother; brought Peter to Jesus. He preached the gospel to modern day Georgia/Bulgaria (area adjacent to the Black Sea near Turkey); martyred/crucified in the town of Achaia (Greece).

•      Bartholomew (Luke 6:12-16 )– From Cana in Galilee; also known as Nathanael; preached in India, to whom he also gave the Gospel according to Matthew; was crucified and buried in Allanum.

•      James (Matthew 10:1-4) – He was the son of Alphaeus, possibly Matthew’s brother; not to be confused with the son of Zebedee or the author of the Book of James (who was Jesus’ brother); when preaching in Jerusalem was stoned to death by the Jews and was buried there beside the temple.

•        James (Matthew 4:21) – He was the son of Zebedee, brother of John from Capernaum. He was the missionary in Judea and Herod the tetrarch with his sword beheaded him.

•      Matthew (Matthew 9:9) – missionary to Parthia (Iran); died of old age. A tax collector in Capernaum; son of Alphaeus, possibly James’ brother; also known as Levi or the publican; wrote the Gospel of Matthew; died at Hierees, a town of Parthia (Iran).

•      Simon/Peter (Matthew 4:18) – He was a fisherman from Galilee who was previously called Simon (Matthew 16:17) and was also called Cephas (John 1:42); he was Andrew’s brother. He wrote 1st and 2nd Peter, preached the Gospel in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Betania, Italy, and Asia. He was afterwards crucified upside down by Nero in Rome.

•      Philip (John 1:44-45) – from Bethsaida preached in Phrygia (Turkey) was crucified upside down and buried in Hierapolis during the time of Domitian.

•      Simon the Zealot – He was from Cana called Simon the Canaanite or Simon the Zealot (the Zealots were Jewish revolutionaries who opposed Rome); the son of Cleopas. He ministered in Persia and was killed after refusing to sacrifice to the sun god.

•      Thaddaeus/Judas son of James (Matthew 10:3) – missionary to Edessa and to the surrounding Mesopotamian region (Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Iran); died of old age. He may have taken the name Thaddaeus (“warm-hearted”) because of the infamy that came to be attached to the name Judas; also called Lebbaeus; not to be confused with the author of the Book of Jude who was Jesus’ and James’ brother, he died and was buried at Berytus.

•      Thomas (John 20:24-28) – Also called Didymus possibly a sherman; often remembered as “Doubting Thomas”. He preached to the Parthians, Medes, Persians, Hyrcanians, Bactrians, and Margians, and was thrust through in the four members of his body with a pine spear at Calamene, the city of India, and was buried there.

•      John (Matthew 4:21) - brother of James and son of Zebedee, he wrote the Gospel of John, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John and the book of Revelation. He was banished by King Domitian in the isle of Patmos and died at the age of 96 years.

•      Paul – became an apostle a year after the ascension of Christ and beginning at Jerusalem, he advanced as far as Illyricum (Croatia), Italy and Spain, preaching the Gospel for 35-years. In the time of Nero he was beheaded and buried at Rome.

•      Matthias - Local missionary in Jerusalem. After Jesus’ ascension to heaven the Apostles met in the upper room where they were staying to decide between two disciples, Matthias and Joseph called Barsabas who was surnamed Justus. Matthias replaced Judas Iscariot by the Apostles drawing lots. He was one of the 72 and preached in Jerusalem; died and was buried there. (Acts 1:15-26)

Christianity was preached with determination by the Apostles/Disciples and became one of the many religions in the Roman Empire. Persecution of the Christians began as early as 64 A.D. as the great fire of Rome breaks out that destroyed much of the city. There was suspicion Nero started it for he fiddled during the conflagration. The kind of death of the Apostles indicates how the people rejected the “gospel of Jesus Christ”. It was not acceptable for it was difficult to understand and, therefore, became abhorrent to them. It is written:

Matthew 7:14  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Matthew 22:14  For many are called, but few are chosen.

Based on the age of Apostle JOHN at 96 years, pure Christianity must have survived only up to around three (3) generations. This was when the name HELENA came into the picture in the HISTORY OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION sometime in the third century.


THE END OF Pure CHRISTIANITY  

We just imagine how the people who followed the footsteps of the original Apostles lived a kind of “life of disdain, ill-treatment and persecution”. The “gospel of the Apostles” was not for the elite, the cream of the crop so to speak; but to the plebeians and the underprivileged. However, this was sustained up to the third century with Helena (248 – 330 AD) of Drepana, Bithynia in Asia Minor.She was of humble parentage referred to her as a stabularia, or an inn-keeper. With her lowly stature in childhood, Helena paved the way to be attracted to the remnants of the Disciples of Christ and became one of them.

Many of the Roman Emperors during the period of around three generations were openly hostile to the Gospel persecuting and killing the Christians.  Emperor Nero (37-68 A.D.), perhaps the most infamous of Rome's emperors, ruled Rome from 54 A.D. until his death by suicide. He is best known for his debaucheries, political murders, persecution of Christians and a passion for music that led to the rumour mill that Nero

fiddled”. Emperor Domitian (81-96) who was naturally inclined to cruelty, first slew his brother, and then raised the second persecution against the Christians. Marcus Aurelius (161–180), Diocletian (244–312), and others succeeded one another with bloody persecution of Christians.


CHRISTIANITY
Continued by Constantine the Great

Many Christians know the gospel of the Apostles was continued by Emperor Constantine the Great that he was declared saint by the Catholic Church. This was through Helena who must be lovely and beautiful that attracted Roman emperor Constantius I. He took her as wife and had Constantine their first born son. Thereby Constantine inherited the throne of his father Constantius I, Chlorus, a Caesar meaning co-Emperor with Maxentius. This situation created problem to Constantine I, son of HELENA. Maxentius with his well built army wanted to seize the turf of Constantine I, his co-equal.

One day as Constantine I was riding on horseback he saw blazing in the sky a CROSS, with a sign “In hoc signo vinces” meaning "In this sign conquer." He knew only the Christians had this symbol. Therefore, he joined his mother Helena, a Christian. From then on, Constantine I took the CROSS as emblem to rally his army prevails over Maxentius.

And so, in the battle on October 28, 312 at Milvian Bridge, Constantine I overwhelmed the military forces of Maxentius and won. His body was taken from the river, decapitated and his head paraded through the streets of Rome. Constantine I, now known as Constantine the Great successfully consolidated the Great Roman Empire.

Elena left her fellow Christians and joined her son Constantine promoting the type of Christianity now called Catholicism. Mother and son believed and perceived, the CROSS symbol is all to the pure preaching of JESUS CHRIST. And so, they promoted and forced this religion in the great Roman Empire. Constantine the Great and his mother Helena devoted much time building churches in many places, diluting the pure doctrines that JESUS CHRIST taught to His original Apostles.

Of course the few remaining Christians did not like what they saw and withdrew themselves from Helena. They went underground avoiding the ire of the Great Emperor. Very clear to them this was not the doctrine of the real Disciples of Christ for the “way to the eternal kingdom of God”. From then on the life of the true Disciples of Christ was lost in the annals of human history.

In the beautiful churches built by Helena and her son Constantine were statues of pagan deities. Zeus the supreme god of the Greeks adopted by the Romans now named Jesus Christ. Venus the goddess of beauty for Blessed Virgin Mary, while Cupid the boy deity of desire for the child Jesus, and Mercury the messenger god for Paul the roaming Apostle. While the Holy Bible is revered as the book authored by God, it was taught to soothe the belief and wishes of the great Emperor Constantine. However, to Helena credit is due for the discovery of the CROSS on which Jesus Christ died. Here is the story:

Helena came to Jerusalem in 326 AD after she had a dream about the true cross of Jesus Christ. She felt that she had been divinely appointed to find the cross. When she arrived in Jerusalem, the Catholic bishop of Jerusalem, Macarius, told her that the holy sites had been covered by pagan Roman shrines for the previous 180 years. Christians (Catholics) did not visit the sites since they had become the shrines of idols.

These are what Helena found:

Over the cave in Bethlehem where Christ was born was an idol of Adonis. Over Calvary where Christ had been crucified was a large marble idol of Venus, the     goddess of carnal lust.

Over the Holy Sepulchre from which Christ had risen from the dead was an idol of Jupiter, king of pagan gods.

Helena, in the name of her son Emperor Constantine the Great had these pagan monuments torn down and the ground cleared and made ready for Catholic churches. The Christians in Jerusalem rejoiced. How did Helena find the true cross? Here’s the official tradition:

Then she had thus cleansed the place from the idol of Venus where the Cross had stood. Helena caused deep excavations to be made, which resulted in the discovery of three crosses. But which of the crosses had been Jesus Christ’ was unknown. This could only be manifested by a miracle. Macarius, Bishop of Jerusalem, after offering solemn prayers to God, touched with each of the three a woman who was afflicted with a grievous disease. The two first had no effect, but at the touch of the third she was immediately healed. Thus, recovering the cross with which Christ was nailed till his death.


LIBERAL INTERPRETATION  OF THE HOLY BIBLE

Thereafter, there was liberal interpretation of the Holy Bible. Constantine the Great was the Roman Emperor from 306-337 AD. His success, according to him, was due to the CROSS that symbolizes JESUS CHRIST. Therefore, he issued the Edict of Milan in 313 proclaiming Catholicism as the religion of his great Empire, often referred to as the Holy Roman Empire.

Since Catholicism was formed out of religious-political setup, different doctrines regarding the identity of JESUS CHRIST were preached to the people. They were the following:

•      Athanasius (296-373), the 20th bishop of Alexandria was the proponent of the Trinity doctrine. In Latin: Trinitas from “trinus” or “threefold” holds that God is three consubstantial persons or hypostases – the FATHER, the Son JESUS CHRIST, and the HOLY SPIRIT as “one God in three Divine Persons”.

•      Arius (250-336), proponent of the Arian doctrine, Christological concept which asserts the belief that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who was begotten by God the Father at a point in time. He is distinct from the Father and is therefore subordinate to the Father. Jesus Christ is not God, but He deserves worship because everything has been entrusted to him by the Father.

•      Sabellius (215-300) was a third-century theologian who most likely taught in Rome, but may have been a North African from Libya. Pentapolis was a place where the teachings of Sabellius thrived according to Dionysius. His doctrine also known as Modalism (or Oneness doctrine) considers the Father and the Son to be of “one substance”. By that is meant “the FATHER and SON are “one essential Person” though operating in different manifestations or modes including the HOLY SPIRIT. Hence, the name of God is Jesus Christ.

To avoid confusion and to solidify a common doctrine about JESUS CHRIST, the great Emperor Constantine called a council to resolve the issue.

THE COUNCIL OF NICAEA  

The Council of Nicaea in 325 AD was the first ecumenical council of the Christian (Catholic) church meeting in ancient Nicaea (now İznik, Turkey). It was called by Emperor Constantine the Great before his baptism, a religious pupil or neophyte, who presided over the opening session and took part in the discussions. The main debate was the theology of the relationship between Jesus Christ andGod:

One camp led by Arius held that Jesus the Son and God the Father were of different essences or substance. This is called the Ariandoctrine or Arianism whose Christological concept asserts the belief that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who was begotten by God the Father at a point in time, is distinct from the Father and is therefore subordinate to the Father.

The other camp led by Athanasius of Alexandria held that Jesus the Son and God the Father were of the same essence or substance. The Trinity doctrine (Latin: Trinitas, lit. ‘triad’, from trinus, “threefold”) holds that God is three consubstantial persons orhypostases—the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit—as “one God in three Divine Persons”. This camp of Athanasius prevailed and Trinity became the official doctrine regarding the identity of God.

Thereafter, Councils were conducted like the Second Council of Constantinople 553 AD where Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Church met to reconcile certain dogmas, but never did they meet as a single cohesive body. In the long period of Christian history more Councils were conducted, like: “The Council of Ephesus”, “The Council of Chalcedon” and many more. There was even a short period where the doctrine of Arius was adopted; but eventually the Trinity doctrine prevailed as the official doctrine of the Catholic Church for the identity of Jesus Christ.

The religion is now called CATHOLIC literally means “universal”. It originally was applied to all Christians because they are all part of the universal church in the way they are all members. The Latin word is catholicus, and in Greek it is katholikos, from the Greek phrase meaning “on the whole, according to the whole or in general.” The word in English includes a wide variety of things or all-embracing of the Catholic faith. This clearly refers to the historic doctrines and practices of the Western Church.”  The liturgical life of the Catholic Church revolves around the Eucharistic sacrifice one of the seven sacraments. These are:

•      Baptism, the ritual conducted on a child indicating the name and a sign of membership in the Catholic Church.

•      Confirmation is the sacrament by which the Catholics receive a special outpouring of the Holy Spirit.  It is believed children 7 years or older are given the ability to practice their Catholic faith in every aspect of their lives and to witness Christ in every situation.

•      Eucharist or Mass, one of the most important aspects that strongly asserts the "Real Presence" of Jesus' body. This is to say the sacrament is not just symbolic of the body and blood of Jesus but rather it is “His real body and blood”. This is called transubstantiation (in Latin, transsubstantiatio, in Greek μετουσίωσις metousiosis). According to the teachings, it is the change of substance or essence by which the bread and wine offered in the sacrifice of the sacrament of the Eucharist during the Mass, become, in reality, the body and blood of Jesus Christ.

•      Penance, this is the ordinary way for the forgiveness of mortal sins committed after Baptism and this power is given only to the priests.

•      Anointing of the Sick, this rite is performed to the very sick where the person is anointed with oil. This is also called “Extreme Unction” or the “Last Rite”.

•      Matrimony, is the sacrament where a "covenant of marriage is made between a man and a woman as spouses for the procreation of offspring.

•      Holy Orders, this is the sacrament that creates the hierarchy of deacon, priest, and bishop. This Sacrament is conducted by a Bishop to serve the spiritual needs of the Church.

The Catholic religion is unified with the election of the position, called “Papacy”. It is believed to be the successor of Simon Peter who recognized JESUS CHRIST by “divine revelation” in the following:


SIMON PETER RECOGNIZED JESUS CHRIST

How many realized this?

Matthew 16:13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
Matthew 16:14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist (1)  some, Elias (2); and others Jeremias (3), or one of the prophets (4).

Lesson:

It is not enough seeing and talking to Jesus Christ to recognize or identify Him. The Jews saw and talked to Jesus, but they did not identify His Father. This is proven by Him:

John 8:19 Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also.

How come we hear Religious Leaders preaching Jesus Christ, and yet declaring: “The infinite Father GOD cannot be identified with the finite mind of man. To do so, then will be like Him”. This is to discourage further question regarding the “identity of GOD”.

Jesus asked His Apostles:

Matthew 16:15 He (Jesus Christ) saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
Matthew 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

Simon Peter recognized JESUS as the CHRIST! “Human wisdom” dictates he simply recognized “Jesus as the Anointed One”. But Simon Peter’s recognition of JESUS matches up with Father God’s claim in the following:

Isaiah 43:10  Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
Isaiah 43:11  I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.

It was Father GOD claiming the only savior, and now as everybody knows it is JESUS CHRIST as the savior! How could this be reconciled?

Of course this is related to the “testament of salvation” of the FATHER promising to fulfill this “testament with His DEATH”!

Hebrews 9:16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.

Father GOD is a “Spirit”, how could He do it? Very clear now He had to “manifest Himself in the flesh” as Paul wrote:

1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God (not Jesus Christ, not He) was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles…

This is what Simon Peter saw Jesus Christ in the form of a man, and read in the following:

Philippians 2:6 Who, being in the form of God (Jesus in His role as Father), thought it not robbery to be equal with God (Jesus in His role as Son):
Philippians 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant (as Son) , and was made in the likeness of men:
Philippians 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross (as Father).
Philippians 2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him (as Son) , and given him a name which is above every name (not just JESUS CHRIST, as expounded):
Philippians 2:10 That at the name of Jesus (spiritual name)  every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

From the foregoing the two (2) roles of JESUS CHRIST are manifested. Simon Peter clearly recognized HIM!

Matthew 16:17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

Flesh and blood” of Peter refers to “human perception”, his “intellect and feeling” that God hates on matters pertaining to His “intendedmessage”. And so, Jesus said:

Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Thou art Peter, and upon this rock” – “rock” means “stone” to be distinguished from “Rock”:

John 1:42 And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone (Jesus as Son).
1 Corinthians 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rockwas Christ (Jesus as Father).

Very clear from the foregoing:

Matthew 16:19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Keys of the kingdom of heaven” – of course these are not “literal keys”, but the “truth in the word” that has the “power to bind” (power to condemn) and the “power to loose” (power to set free).

The foregoing can now be compared with the stand of the Catholic Church:

•      That Simon Peter was entrusted by CHRIST to head the Christian religion now called Catholicism.

•      That Catholicism is founded on the “rock” that will sustain it whatever stumbling block or impediment encountered; it would never collapse or destroyed.

•      That Simon Peter as original head would be succeeded by the Pope elected by the College of Cardinals, forming the governing authority of the Catholic Church.

•      That Priests ordained are given absolute authority to “forgive or not to forgive sins”. This is the 4th Sacrament called “Penance”.

This is the interpretation of the Church Hierarchy, a doctrine together with the sacrament of the Eucharist or Mass that made members believed the major role of Priests is the salvation of the soul.

Catholicism became the religion of the people and this spread to many countries from the west. The marriage of the Roman CatholicChurch with the Great Roman Empire made a perfect union that still subsist today. We cannot avoid observing many Catholic countries how they fare in comparison with more progressive nations. This is something to think about.


BENEFITS FROM THE HOLY BIBLE

As we read the Holy Bible, we learn MAN is composed of "BODY" and "SOUL"

A. For the BODY it represents our "physical life" where the Holy Bible is open to everybody that we all know.

1. For the INDIVIDUAL many things are learned especially on morals and better living; and also the obligation to the government is clearly specified. This is learned from the “letter” of the word.
2. For the NATION or country, the Holy Bible is for the general welfare of the citizens; and God sets the basic principle of the “separation of CHURCH (religion) and STATE (government). In “physical life” it is unavoidable that everybody is bound to the "GRAVE".

B. For the SOUL this represents our “spiritual life”. Here, we read GOD is speaking in “parables”, both in the Old and New Testament:

Psalms 78:2  I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:
Mark 4:34  But without a parable spake he (Jesus Christ) not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.

It is written the Holy Bible is a close BOOK and only JESUS CHRIST can open it (Revelation 5:1-5). The proof is very clear to all. Religious Leaders from different sect and denominations cannot agree on the doctrine of salvation. The reason is “human wisdom” that God hates is applied in interpreting the Holy Bible:

1 Corinthians 1:19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. 20  Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21  For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom KNEW NOT GOD…

So they resort to establishing Seminaries and Bible Schools training Priests, Pastors, Teachers, Ministers and Preachers of their respective congregation. For not knowing GOD, how can the Holy Spirit be their Teacher?

1 John 2:27  But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

In “spiritual life”, therefore, the SOUL is bound to either “Eternal Kingdom of God” or to the “Lake of fire” where Satan and the rest of the people who were deceived all will suffer the “second death”.


CATHOLICISM
The Religion of the World

With a common doctrine and a mighty Emperor, the Catholic religion began to spread in many countries for almost two millenniums. Church and Government became partners. Constantine’s reign as Roman emperor (A.D. 306-337) dramatically changed the direction of Christianity. This grew out of his strategy in unifying his empire by creating a “catholic”— meaning universal — church that would blend elements from many religions into one.

While Constantine supposedly converted to Christianity in 312 A.D., he wasn’t baptized until on his deathbed 25 years later. In the intervening years he had his wife and eldest son murdered, and from all appearances he continued as a worshipper of the sun god. Long after his supposed conversion to Christianity, he had coins minted with a portrait of himself on one side and a depiction of his “companion, the unconquered Sol [sun]” on the other.

“Christianity” that Constantine endorsed was already very different from the preaching of JESUS CHRIST and His Apostles. The emperor accelerated the change by his own hatred of Jews, and religious practices he considered Jewish. For example, at the Council of Nicaea (A.D. 325), church authorities essentially replaced the biblical Passover with Easter, a popular holiday rooted in ancient springtime fertility celebrations. Endorsing this change, Constantine announced: “It appeared an unworthy thing that in the celebration of this most holy feast [Easter] we should follow the practice of the Jews, who have impiously defiled their hands with enormous sin, and are, therefore, deservedly afflicted with blindness of soul … Let us then have nothing in common with the detestable Jewish crowd” (Eusebius, Life of Constantine 3, 18-19, Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, 1979, second series, Vol. 1, pp. 524-525).

Constantine’s affection for sun worship had earlier led him to endorse Sunday. The December solstice happens every year when the Sun reaches its most southerly declination of minus 23.5 degrees. In other words, it is when the North Pole is tilted farthest away from the Sun, delivering the fewest hours of sunlight of the year. History convincingly shows that December 25 was popularized as the datefor Christmas, not because Christ was born on that day but because it was already popularized in pagan religious celebrations as the birth day of the sun.

In the Holy Bible we read how the shepherds tending their sheep received the news of the birth of JESUS CHRIST from the angel of the Lord. Further proving that the Messiah was not born in December for this was too cold at night for the shepherds at this time of the year. Very clear therefore, Jesus Christ was not born in December.

Luke 2:8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
Luke 2:9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
Luke 2:10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
Luke 2:11  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
Luke 2:12  And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
Luke 2:13  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Luke 2:14  Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Emperor Theodosius I (379-395 A.D.) made Nicene Christianity the state church of the Roman Empire. This was continued for more than two millenniums in many countries up to the present time where the Vatican has “Papal Nuncio” to many Catholic countries.

The doctrine of the Catholic Church is formed by the College of Cardinals who advises the Pope, numbering 214 as of March 19, 2018. Very clear Catholicism cannot be considered “pure Christianity” for it is tainted with many unscriptural doctrines and practices. For a long time the people were absolutely forbidden to read the Holy Bible.

Purgatory” is one unbiblical doctrine believing this is the “middle ground or neutral place” between death and Paradise. It is a place where a person needs purging of sins that prevents him from reaching Heaven. This is not Biblical and clearly it is but the fruit of “human wisdom” that God condemns, but this is unquestionably acceptable to the people. Under this doctrine “purging of sins’ is made by “offering Mass”, prayers and sacrifices. Some ulterior motives are discernible; but religious emotionalism is hard to forsake. Today with the increase in number of members of this sect, and for waning interest of young men to become priest, two sacraments Penanceand Anointing of the sick are now seldom implemented.

The leading doctrines of this sect are “love of fellowmen and of course “easy way of salvation” with the seven Sacraments. What is written, however, is “love of “neighbour” that pertains to the SOUL. This is changed to “love of fellowmenthat relates to the BODY that eventually ends in the grave.  We read:

Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
2 Corinthians 5:10  For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

The foregoing is apart from the “White throne” or “Last Judgment”. Just a reminder what our Lord Jesus said:

Matthew 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.


THE INQUISITION PERIOD

Almost throughout the history of the Catholic Church the Holy Bible was totally banned. And so the INQUISITION, Latin verb inquiro(“inquire into”) was instituted. It is a tribunal or system for the discovery, examination, conviction and punishment of heretics. The Emperor created ambassadors to all countries under his sovereign rule, called Papal Nuncio to this date. This unified the “marriage” between religion and the government making it easy to prosecute and punish heretics, or those refusing to accept the doctrines of Catholicism.

Under the successors of Constantine in the Roman Empire the repression of heresy, or the enforcement of the decrees of Church councils and synods, was a function of the imperial government. Temporal punishments are imposed to propagators of religious beliefs that contradicted the creeds and executed by the state. In executing the decrees of the councils of the imperial officials, they called the laws of Theodosius. The Justinian “inquisitors” (inquisitores) were assisted by the bishops. However, the tribunals were the ordinary secular courts and judgment was rendered, it was in the name of the state, not the Church. But in the 12th century, the supremacy of the ecclesiastical power was universally recognized in Western Europe. The initiative in the work of repressing heresy was taken by the Church. The discovery, trial and conviction of the offenders were functions of the ecclesiastical power solely. The secular power simply executed the judgments of the Church tribunals.

Boniface VIII, original name Benedetto Caetani, was born c. 1235 and died October 11, 1303, Rome [Italy]), pope from 1294 to 1303. He pronounced definition of the respective powers and the mutual relations of Church and state were not proclaimed till the close of the 13th century. However, similar definition has been promulgated in later centuries that expressed the universal sentiment of princes and peoples. The celebrated edict or decree of the Pope written statement called Unam Sanctam, defines that “both swords, the spiritual and the temporal, are in the power of the Church. Implementation is executed one by the hand of the priest, the other by that of the king and the soldier. The will and tolerance is that of the priest ad nutum et patientiam sacerdotis. And sword must be subordinate to sword — oportet gladium esse sub giadio, and the temporal authority subject to the spiritual power — temporalem auctoritatem spirituali subjici potestati. (Quote from Encyclopaedia Americana)

MORE INFORMATION ON INQUISITION

In 1184 Pope Lucius III required bishops to make a judicial inquiry, or inquisition, for heresy in their dioceses, a provision renewed by the fourth Lateran Council in 1215. Episcopal inquisitions, however, proved ineffective because of the regional nature of the bishop’s power and because not all bishops introduced inquisitions in their dioceses; the papacy gradually assumed authority over the process, though bishops never lost the right to lead inquisitions. In 1227 Pope Gregory IX appointed the first judges delegate as inquisitors for heretical depravity—many, though not all, of whom were Domincan and Franciscan friars. Papal inquisitors had authority over everyone except bishops and their officials. There was no central authority to coordinate their activities, but after 1248 or 1249, when the first handbook of inquisitorial practice was written, inquisitors adopted common procedures.

Spanish Inquisition was established on November 1, 1478. It consisted of a Grand Inquisitor who headed the Council of the Supreme and General Inquisition made up of six members. Under it were up to 21 Tribunals in the empire. The Tribunal of the Holy Office of the Inquisition called Tribunal del Santo Oficio de la Inquisición were headed by Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella of Castile. It was intended to maintain Catholic orthodoxy in their kingdoms and to replace the Medieval Inquisition which was under Papal control.

It became the most substantive of the three different manifestations of the wider Catholic Inquisition along with the Roman Inquisition and Portuguese Inquisition. The "Spanish Inquisition" may be defined broadly, operating "in Spain and in all Spanish colonies and territories, which included the Canary Islands, the Spanish Netherlands, the Kingdom of Naples, and all Spanish possessions in North, Central, and South America. According to modern estimates, around 150,000 were prosecuted for various offenses during the three centuries of duration of the Spanish Inquisition.

Inquisitors needed to extract a confession because they believed it was their duty to bring the accused back to the faith. A true confession resulted in the accused being forgiven, but he was usually still forced to absolve himself by performing penances, such as pilgrimages, wearing multiple clothes, or heavy crosses.

If the accused didn't confess, the inquisitors could sentence him to life imprisonment. Repeat offenders -- people who confessed, then retracted their confessions and publicly returned to their heretical ways -- could be "abandoned" to the "secular arm". Basically, it meant that although the inquisitors themselves didn't execute heretics, they could let other people do it.

Capital punishment did allow for burning at the stake. In some cases, accused heretics who had died before their final sentencing had their corpses or bones dug up, burned and cast out. The last inquisitorial act in Spain occurred in 1834, but all of the Inquisitions continued to have a lasting impact on Catholicism, Christianity and the world as a whole.

The Inquisition was only formally abolished in the early nineteenth century. Some earlier historians seem to have inflated the number of people killed with the number of people persecuted by the Inquisition. In other words, when they spoke of “victims of the Inquisition” they did not specify between those who were executed and those who were merely imprisoned or forced to flee because of the erupting persecution. Obviously, depending on how one defines a victim, the number of victims could vary widely. Perhaps only tens of thousands were executed, but hundreds of thousands were victimized in some way.


TORTURE AND PUNISHMENT
Time of Inquisition

Heresy was strictly punished during the Inquisition Period. Some gadgets being used:

Strappado – this was a form of torture that began with the Medieval Inquisition. In one version, the hands of the accused were tied behind his back and the rope looped over a brace in the ceiling of the chamber or attached to a pulley. Then the subject was raised until he was hanging from his arms. This might cause the shoulders to pull out of their sockets. Sometimes, the torturers added a series of drops, jerking the subject up and down. Weights could be added to the ankles and feet to make the hanging even more painful.

Rack – This was another well-known torture method associated with Inquisition. The subject had his hands and feet tied or chained to rollers at one or both ends of a wooden or metal frame. The torturer turned the rollers with a handle, which pulled the chains or ropes in increments and stretched the subject's joints, often until they dislocated. If the torturer continued turning the rollers, the accused's arms and legs could be torn off. Often, simply seeing someone else being tortured on the rack was enough to make another person confess.

While the accused heretics were on strappado or the rack, inquisitors often applied other torture devices to their bodies. These included heated metal pincers, thumbscrews, or other devices designed to burn, pinch or otherwise mutilate their hands, feet or bodily orifices. Although mutilation was technically forbidden, in 1256, Pope Alexander IV decreed that inquisitors could clear each other from any wrongdoing that they might have done during torture sessions.

Excerpts from Encyclopaedia Americana, Vol. 15, Page 147b

“Sacconi writes in about 1250: “I have heard and seen a certain ignorant rustic who recited the book of Job, word for word, and many who knew perfectly the whole New Testament.” He contrasts this with the intelligence of Catholic Teachers.” These men, therefore, were most formidable antagonists in an age when books were so few and dear that a Bible cost more than the whole yearly salary income of an ordinary Parish Priest.

Bernard Gui (1300) warns Inquisitors that “it is not expedient to dispute concerning the Faith against such astute heretics in the presence of lay folks.” Saint Louis, in many ways a most character, warned his Knights against disputing with an unbeliever; let him rather “thrust his sword into the man’s belly, as far as it will go”.

In 1230, a certain weaver at Toulouse would say publicly, “lords, hear me! I am no heretic, for I have a wife, and lie with her and beget children, and I swear, and am a faithful Christian”.

The Catholics at one moment tore out their prisoners’ eyes and cut off their noses, claiming just right of reprisals. When the Catharist city of Beziers was stormed (1209) by Simon de Montfort’s Crusaders, Innocent’s cardinal legate reported to the Pope that “our men, sparing neither rank nor sex nor age, slew about 20,000 souls” and pillaged the whole city. The contemporary Papal chronicle puts it more tersely: “almost all were slain.” Innocent, without a word to hint that his Crusaders had done more than their strict duty, wrote now to congratulate them on the remission of past sins and the accession of worldly wealth which they will have earned through their obedience to the Vicar of Christ.

English merchant Nicholas Burton is tortured by officers of the Spanish Inquisition while imprisoned in Cadiz, 1560. He converted several of his fellow prisoners to the Protestant faith before he was martyred at the stake. Hulton Archive/Getty Images


THE REFORMATION PERIOD      

Around 1,060 years from the Council of Nicaea in 325, there was schism or rift in the Catholic Church.  People began to see unscriptural beliefs and practices and abuses of some leaders of the so-called “Universal Church”. Reformation began in Europe and the Holy Bible was opened to select religious people. The Reformation specifically referred to as the Protestant Reformation. These were the personalities that initiated it:

John Wycliffe (1320–1384) was an English, theologian, Biblical translator, reformer, and seminary professor. He was an influential dissident within the Roman Catholic priesthood during the 14th century. He attacked the privileged status of the clergy, which was central to their powerful role in England. He then attacked the luxury and pomp of local parishes and their ceremonies. He was also an advocate for translation of the Bible. His followers believed in the doctrine, “divine foreordaining of all that will happen, especially with regard to the salvation of some and not others”.

Martin Luther (1483-1546), a German priest, professor of Theology. He came to reject some teaching and practices like the indulgences. During his years teaching theology, Luther grew increasingly frustrated at the excesses and abuses which he saw within the leadership of the Catholic Church. On October 31, 1517, he posted his 95 Theses on the door of All Saint's Church in Wittenberg, which was the accepted practice for anyone at the university. He formed the Lutheran Church.

Philipp Melanchthon (1497-1560) was a German Lutheran reformer, collaborator with Martin Luther, the first systematic theologian of the Protestant Reformation, intellectual leader of the Lutheran Reformation, and an influential designer of educational systems. He stands next to Luther and John Calvin as a reformer.

John Calvin (1509-1564), a French theologian who initiated the “doctrine of predestination”. This is the absolute sovereignty of God in the salvation of the soul from death and eternal damnation. Baptist sects embraced this doctrine.

Other reformers:

Ulrich Zwingli (1484 – 1531) leader of the Reformation in Switzerland, Lefebvre d'Etaples ((1455 – 1536) France, Charles Fox Parham (1873 – 1929), with William J. Seymour of Pentecostalism founded the Bethel Bible School.


Heart-rending conclusion:

Very regrettable, indeed, to see these very bright, brave, and sincere Reformers who enthusiastically rebelled against Catholicism, but all end up with the same recognition of Jesus Christ by adopting the Trinity doctrine. Many groups were formed such as the Lutheran Church, Baptist groups, Methodism, Millerism and Adventist Group, plus many more.

Christianity further divided into many subgroups

The doctrine of Arius that was rejected in the Nicaean Council in 325 A.D. was revived. Also the Sabellian doctrine that was not popular at that time was also rejuvenated called “Modalism or Oneness doctrine”. Today these different groups are further divided, together with some strange doctrines that composed Christianity today numbering more than 3,000 sects and denominations.

And so today, we often hear this comment as an excuse for not recognizing the “True Christ”. “God is a mystery incapable of clear identification”. And to discourage further questions about the identity of God, they pacify the enquiring persons in search of the True God with an alibi, “The infinite God cannot be identified with the finite mind of man, to do so then we will be like Him”. And this is the verse they cite that never is it applicable in recognizing the “True Christ”.

Deuteronomy 29:29  The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

Let us listen to the Lord:

Isaiah 29:13  Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:
Isaiah 29:14 Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.

Christians did not listen to God, or rejected that there is only “one Teacher”, the HOLY SPIRIT. They remained blind to the “sin of Evethey themselves commit that they did believe the only Teacher.

1 John 2:27  But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

Proliferation of sects and denominations:

With the opening of the Holy Bible to non-Catholics, Religious Leaders were excited to establish Seminaries and Bible Schools to train “apostles of Christ”. Sincere and devoted people studied the word of God. But never were they unified to have a common belief and doctrines about salvation. So this is the contradictory result in the “eyes of God”.

2 Timothy 3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

The cause of failure is lack of “spiritual humility” that Jesus Christ kept on emphasizing but because of “spiritual blindness” they did not see:

2 Timothy 3:15  And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

“From a child” does not mean literal in age, but an adult who humble himself “like a little child”, as Jesus Christ said:

Matthew 18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

We are all witnesses to the proliferation of groups in Christianity. How are all these sustain their operation without money? Religious Leaders made “Tithes and Offering” a pecuniary doctrine, and they promoted preaching the word as a profession. How do we compare these professing “apostles of Christ” with the original”? Because of “spiritual blindness” people cannot see the difference. And so,

Romans 10:2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
Romans 10:3 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the  righteousness of God.


HOLY BIBLE
How it was formed

Just thinking how the “word of God” was given to man is already mind-boggling. How can we imagine every letter was just carved on bark of trees, later transferred to hides or skin of animals? As man’s intelligence progresses these were written on papyrus a material similar to thick paper that was used in ancient times as a writing surface. It was made from the pith of the papyrus plant. This is used as document written on sheets of such material, joined together side by side and rolled up.

With the invention of paper the words were written in books as we have today, but this took more than 1000 years. The Bible's Old Testament is thought to have been first written down in an ancient form of Hebrew. Until now, many scholars have held that the Hebrew Bible originated in the 6th century B.C., because Hebrew writing was thought to stretch back no further. The New Testament was written in a form of Koine Greek, which was the common language of the Eastern Mediterranean from the Conquests of Alexander the Great (335–323 BC) until the evolution of Byzantine Greek.

Johann Gutenberg holds the distinction of being the inventor of the movable-type printing press. In 1455, Gutenberg produced what is considered to be the first book ever printed: a Latin language Bible, printed in Mainz, Germany. Robert Estienne (Robert Stephanus) was the first to number the verses within each chapter, his verse numbers entering printed editions in 1551 (New Testament). Just a reminder:

2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

All the books of the Bible written must have been under inspiration of the Holy Spirit. The first five books of the Old Testament (known as the Pentateuch or Torah) was written by Moses during the forty years that the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness (1450 - 1410 B.C.). Forty (40) authors wrote the Bible over a period of 1,500 years. Very clear these Bible writers wrote as they were inspired by the Holy Spirit.  Moses was the first person to write portions of Scripture while John, the disciple of Jesus, was the last.

The Bible was written in two major languages—Hebrew for the Old Testament and Greek for the New Testament, with a few portions of the Old Testament written in Aramaic. No other book has ever been composed in quite the same way as the Bible. The human authors came from various walks of life. The contents of the Bible make clear that it has to be supernatural in its origin because the Bible includes revelation beyond the scope of people’s knowledge. The Bible also presents God’s point of view which would be impossible to learn unless God Himself revealed it. The Bible is not only supernatural in its origin but also supernatural in its truth. The scope of the revelation extending from eternity past to eternity future obviously requires divine revelation.

While the Bible does not give us exact details of how God spoke authoritatively through the human authors of Scripture, it does tell us that the words of Scripture originated with God and were communicated to humankind in order to produce the resultant Word of God. First, God originated the message. He then communicated it to those whom He wanted it proclaimed. All of this was eventually committed to writing. However it is the writings, not the writers, which the Bible puts the emphasis upon. Exactly how all this occurred is not stated. Scripture says that the ultimate source was God who moved the writers in such a way to say what was needed to be said. Although the writers were in control of their senses, God spoke His Word through them in such a way as to bring about His authoritative word. In a number of places Scripture records the Spirit of God has come upon people. This demonstrates that God's Spirit has come upon people in the past to accomplish His purpose. One thing to note, God being a “Spirit” His “words” have “spiritual message” that pertains to the SOUL the hope for salvation.

Worthy to note the Bible cannot be considered a history book, although in some cases history adopts from the Bible. Example, the old name of Egypt was Kemet. And what is written in the Bible does not necessarily mean it happened physically. Example Jesus said:

John 8:32  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. 33 They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?

God’s legacy:

Since God cannot communicate with us directly, He gave us the Holy Bible. And so, in reading it we imagine God speaks with our own language or dialect, but to understand it needs “divine revelation”. God said:

Hebrews 10:7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book  it is written of me, to do thy will, O God.

I come in the volume of the book” must have very deep inference. Simply stated, the only way for the Spirit GOD to deal with us is through His WORDS.

And because “God is a Spirit” so are “His words spiritual”. Therefore, God is talking to the people but they cannot understand Him. Demonstration:

John 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God.
John 1:14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (Very clear this refers to Jesus Christ.)

Is GOD dumb that He cannot speak? That is how Theologians interpret these verses distinguishing God from His words. They see God and His word as two entities or persons”, God the Father and His “word” for the son Jesus Christ. This is the basis of the Trinitydoctrine with the Holy Spirit making up the three (3) divine persons in One God.

With this doctrine have they identified the “God of the Holy Bible?” What we hear from them, “The infinite God can never be identified with the finite mind of man, to do so then we will like Him already”. Thus, discouraging further question regarding the identity of God!

Unknown to them, they are “eating the fruits of the tree of knowledge of good and evil”, the very sin of EVE.  This is “human wisdom” and we have to keep on reading:

1 Corinthians 1:19  For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
1 Corinthians 1:20  Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
1 Corinthians 1:21  For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God

Christianity today, therefore, became a religion of more than three thousand groups, each claiming the truth. Which of these has the truth?


THE HOLY BIBLE IS A CLOSE BOOK!

This is revealed to John the Beloved Apostle as he was exiled in the Island of Patmos.

Revelation 5:1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.
Revelation 5:2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?
Revelation 5:3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.
Revelation 5:4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.
Revelation 5:5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

Perhaps one would say, “How could the Holy Bible be closed when anytime I can open and read it?” Yes, indeed, but God has His way of explaining this. Apostle John continued and this must be what Bible believers have not realized:

Revelation 10:8  And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.
Revelation 10:9 And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.
Revelation 10:10 And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.

The foregoing is the “mystery” that Religious Leaders have not realized, while at the same time “feeding on it.” The “book” and the “little book” actually is the Holy Bible.

The “little book” is the Holy Bible when it is opened, read, personally interpreted, and preached to the people by Religious Leaders. However, they are limited to the “letter” with this warning:

2 Corinthians 3:6  Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

The benefit is lessons on “honesty, and piety” and other matters pertaining to “physical life”. This is what everybody wants to hear that they become “religious”. The angel told Apostle John, “Take it, and eat it up” which he did; and later said, “in my mouth sweet as honey”. Indeed, it is sweet and acceptable to be “religious”, however this is but half of the purpose of God in giving His words.

This is all that attracted people to the Holy Bible. People cannot proceed because the “book” which is also the Holy Bible is closed. It can only be “opened by the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of Davidclearly referring to JESUS CHRIST. And as Apostle John “took it, and ate it up; and it was indeed bitter in the belly”.

To God “bitter” is the “food for the soul” of His CHOSEN. This was demonstrated when the Israelites were about to be delivered from “slavery” from Egypt. God gave instruction to Moses before “crossing the Red Sea”. Think of this in the “spiritual sense” for it pertains to the soul.

In preparation for the time when God would kill all the first-born in Egypt so that Pharaoh would permit the Israelites leave the place:

Exodus 12:12  For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.

God required the Israelites (chosen) to do the following:

Exodus 12:5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep… (Clearly this is pointing to Jesus Christ).
Exodus 12:7  And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. (This symbolizes the “cross” with which the “Lamb of God” would shed His blood).
Exodus 12:8  And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.

Bitter herbs” in the food is what many people do not like to eat. For the “word of God” this is what Jesus Christ expounds from the “letter” of the word that makes it “spiritual” which is the “food for the soul”. All throughout this article would the reader find this message of our Lord and this is by “divine revelation”. For the “spiritual message” we have to accept JESUS CHRIST in His HOLY SPIRIT form is the “only Teacher” (1 John 2:27). Since Old Testament time the “word of God” was revealed as the “food for the soul”.

Jeremiah 15:16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.

Demonstration for the “little book” that can be opened and the “BOOK” that is closed: One of the Ten Commandments is:

Exodus 20:15  Thou shalt not steal.

The “letter” or literal meaning is not to steal anything of value not owned. This is sweet for it teaches “morality”. It is for “physical life” that benefits the BODY, but this is just temporary and eventually ends in the grave.

However, “swallowing” this commandment makes the “belly bitter” for now it pertains to the SOUL for “Eternal life”. Many have not realized that “spiritual stealing” refers to “stealing the glory and honour” that solely belong to God. One example, we read in the Old Testament:

Psalms 111:9 He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.

Jesus Christ rebuked the Religious Leaders in the following:

Matthew 23:8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.
Matthew 23:9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
Matthew 23:10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.
Matthew 23:11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.
Matthew 23:12  And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

Rabbi refers to Priests, Teachers, Preachers, and Ministers.

Master means leader.

Father (Fr.) only God deserves this title.

MORAL LESSONS make people very “religious”. No wonder we hear them say, “All religions (sects) are good” for their teachings benefit the body for “physical life”. But many people do not know this will not save the SOUL. It is an eye-opener only JESUS CHRIST, also known as the “lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David”, can break the 7 seals and open the BOOK. We keep on repeating, how many can relate JESUS CHRIST in His role as Father actually is the HOLY SPIRIT, the only Teacher:    

1 John 2:27  But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

For being “blind to this truth”, Religious Leaders take upon themselves the authority to study, understand, expound and teach the word of God; and then claiming they “feed the people with the word of God”. Certainly this is “sweet in the mouth” for people can easily understand with “human interpretation” of the word. As stated this is limited to “moral lessons” that only benefit “physical life” while still alive but eventually ends in the grave.

However, for the “salvation of the SOUL” it is only JESUS CHRIST, the “lion of the tribe of Juda, the root of David” that can open the BOOK or expound His intended message”. This makes the belly bitter that many Religious Leaders and their followers will reject. And so, Jesus Christ said:

Matthew 22:14Many are called, few are chosen

To prove, in the ministry of Jesus Christ we read He fed 4,000 and in another occasion 5,000 men except women and children with “few pieces of bread and fishes”. Great Multitudes followed Him. And yet, how many remained with Him? At Pentecost, only 120 souls deserved to receive the Holy Spirit!

Today, Catholicism retained its designation as Christianity having the largest membership with an estimated 1.2 billion Roman Catholics in the world as of 2017 according to Vatican figures. With this magnitude, for lack of priests some of the seven sacramentsno longer are performed like, “Confirmation, Penance, and Anointing of the sick”.

With the Holy Bible made available to all, sects and denominations began to sprout numbering thousands. Because “spiritual humility” is lacking, people are unaware of “spiritual blindness”. Religious Leaders and their followers continue “eating the fruits of the forbiddentree of knowledge of good and evil”; actually the use of “human wisdom”. The result, JESUS CHRIST is identified in the following, another way of saying there are “several Christ” being preached today.

•      Trinity doctrine - defended by Athanasius and adopted in the Nicaean Council in 325, the Christian doctrine in Latin means Trinitas, lit.'triad', from trinus, or "threefold". It teaches God is three consubstantial persons or hypostases—the Father, the Son Jesus Christ, and theHoly Spirit—as "one God in three Divine Persons". Athanasius was born 296AD, a bishop of Alexandria, Egypt.

•      Arianism, Christological concept which asserts the belief that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who was begotten by God the Father at a point in time, is distinct from the Father and is therefore subordinate to the Father. Jesus as saviour deserves worship for this was delegated by the Father. This doctrine originated by Alexandrian priest Arius (250–336). Arianism maintained that the Son of God was created by the Father and was therefore neither coeternal with the Father, nor consubstantial.

•      Modalism or Oneness doctrine teaches in one indivisible God with no distinction of persons in God’s eternal essence. Jesus Christ is the manifestation, human personification, or incarnation of the one God. The Heavenly Father, Resurrected Son, and Holy Spirit are three different modes or aspects. The doctrine teaches the Godhead is in Jesus, yet Jesus is not in the Godhead. This doctrine was introduced by Sabellius a third century theologian. This is the most deceitful of all doctrines since Satan is disguised as Jesus the “Lamb of God”. Warning:

Revelation 13:11  And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

Satan is limited to the “letter” of the word. He is clearly exposed when JESUS CHRIST in His role as “son of God” fasted 40 days and 40 nights (Matthew 4:1-2). Satan seeing Him hungry, said:

Matthew 4:3  And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.

Just as Satan did not see the “intended meaning of fasting” when Jesus emphatically told him, so are all people who do not know God, specially the followers of this “Modalism or Oneness doctrine”. This is “fasting” to Jesus Christ:

Matthew 4:4  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

What is the use of fasting for literal bread that only refers to the BODY that the person may even be proud for doing it? For God to be glorified, it is fasting for the salvation of the SOUL; that is, to “hunger for the truth in the word”. Satan is also called in the following:

Revelation 12:9  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

•      Jehovah doctrine teaches the FATHER is the “Almighty God”, and Jesus Christ is just a “mighty or junior God”. This doctrine was recently initiated by Charles Taze Russell (1852-1916) who formed the Jehovah’s Witnesses sect. Basically this is an Arian doctrine for there is only One God.

If the Disciples of Christ were here today, they would have voiced this sentiment:

Matthew 13:10  And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
Matthew 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
Matthew 13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.


PROPHECY IS FULFILLED!
Isaiah 59:19
“So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west,”
“His glory from the rising of the sun”.

WHEN did this prophecy “fear of the Lord from the WEST” begin? Who can deny this began when Helena and her son Constantine Iformed Catholicism and this caused fear of the Lord, referring to “Jesus Christ”. Today mother and son were canonized and they are now known as “St. Helena” and “St. Constantine I”.

This fear of the Lord was continued by the great Reformers who formed many more groups adopting belief about “Jesus Christ” in the Trinity doctrine. Since then evangelism intensified from the Western countries. But is this the “Christ” of Peter and Paul? Everybody accepts this “Christ” did not lead to the identity of “GOD of the Holy Bible”. This is something to think about!

HOW and WHEN “His glory from the rising of the sun began? The following “inspiration from the Holy Spirit” will reveal everything how knowing “JESUS CHRIST” led to the identity of GOD, then the “Lord will surely be glorified”. This must indeed be a “miracle”.


“SIN OF ADAM AND EVE”

It has been preached disobedience is the “original sin” of Eve. Many believe it is the apple doctrine with malicious undertone. Generally accepted this “original sin” is inherited.

The truth – sin is never inherited:

Ezekiel: 18:20 "The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father ...and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him."
Deuteronomy 24:16 The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.

Let us read the following:

Genesis 2:15  And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
Genesis 2:9  And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

As revealed, just as God is a “Spirit”, so His words are “spiritual”. He expounds His “intended message” through His very words, like for example:

garden” –  it symbolizes man for he was created out of the ground:

Genesis 2:7  And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

So, to God “garden/ground” represents man. The “trees” in the garden are what composed man: To note, there are three (3) kinds of “trees” in the garden. Look if these “trees in the garden” do not represent the three (3) components of man:

•      “Tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food” - this “tree” clearly represents the BODY with the sense sight, hearing, etc.

•      “Tree of life” – very clear this must be the “Spirit of God” in the midst of the garden that refers to its “invisibility”.

•      Tree of knowledge of good and evil – easy to conclude this must be the SOUL whose attributes are the “intellect and feeling or emotion”; also “invisible” that God says “in the midst of the garden”.

God’s instruction and warning:

Genesis 2:16  And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
Genesis 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

The “serpent’s” temptation:

Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent … said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
Genesis 3:2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:

Of course, the first 2 kinds of “trees” are not forbidden for these represent the BODY and the “SPIRIT of God”.

Genesis 3:3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
Genesis 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
Genesis 3:5  For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened [for what?], and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.  [clearly this must be man’s standard of good and evil].
Genesis 3:6  And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise (human wisdom), she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
Genesis 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened and they knew that they were naked [realizing nakedness of the garment of salvation]; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

By the way, we read before the FALL Adam and Eve were “naked”. This actually refers to “nakedness of the robe of righteousness”, referring to “physical life”.

How does it feel to be “naked of the garment of salvation? This means loss of salvation!

Isaiah 61:10  I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the Robe of righteousness...

Eating the “forbidden fruits of the SOUL (intellect and feeling) very clear MAN makes his “own standard of good and evil” imitating God that He said:

Genesis 3:22  And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil [man’s standard] and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
Genesis 3:23  Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden... 24  So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

Does not “flaming sword” symbolize the “word of God” in the following?

Hebrews 4:12  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

By this time we are now convinced that, indeed, God is speaking in “parables” both in the Old and New Testament:

Psalms 78:2  I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:
Mark 4:34  But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.

So this warning:

Jeremiah 17:5 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man and maketh flesh his arm…
Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

Is not the foregoing in direct contravention to the following?

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

God’s rebuke:

1 Corinthians 1:19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. 20  Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
1 Corinthians 1:21  For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom KNEW NOT GOD.

A lesson from Paul after recognizing Jesus Christ:

Galatians 1:11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. 12  For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

While Religious Leaders may claim the same thing, why are there still Bible Schools and Seminaries where Priests, Pastors, Preachers, and Ministers are trained by every sect and denomination? This is the cause of the proliferation of Christian groups each claiming the “truth for salvation”.

BAPTISM

Baptism was prophesied in the Old Testament:

Isaiah 40:3  The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

Isaiah 40:4  Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:

Isaiah 40:5  And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

This was fulfilled by John the Baptist:

Luke 3:5  Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth;

Limited to the “letter” of the word, Religious Leaders take BAPTISM literally by sprinkling water on the child, others pouring water on the head, or dipping in water believing the person receive the Holy Spirit.

In BAPTISM “literal water” has its spiritual equivalent referring to the “word of God”:

Ephesians 5:26  That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.

Let us remember the purpose of BAPTISM is to “prepare the way for the Lord”. To simply take the “letter”, how can literal wateraccomplish this? That is why God’s spiritual revelation from His words is needed.

•      “Valley” - indicates “low area” or short from the regular. Therefore, “valley in the word” refers to “verses that are never given importance, so they are ignored. The result, feeling confident although not having identified GOD how can He reveal His “spiritual message” of the word. Let us remember BAPTISM pertains to the salvation of the SOUL.  

•      “Mountain and hill – refers to “doctrines added” like setting up Bible schools and Seminaries to prepare Priests, Preachers, Teachers, and Minsters to preach the word of God. Are these not addition when the Holy Spirit is the sole Teacher?

1 John 2:27  But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

James 1:5  If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6  But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7  For let not that man think that he   shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8  A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

•      “Crooked” – how “crooked is the way” to salvation with the different interpretations of the Holy Bible. Religious Leaders depend on “human wisdom” that people like to hear for that is what they understand.

•      “Rough ways” – with the different interpretations of the Holy Bible debates result in chaos and confusion whenever sects face each other. There is only “one and level way” and this to identify the True Christ who says “He is the way” in His role as “Son of God” (John 14:6).

SPIRITUAL BAPTISM is needed in identifying JESUS CHRIST. Let us look how Religious Leaders with “human wisdom” identified Him and see if they can find the “straight way”:

•      Valley” – Here Jesus Christ is considered a “valley” that needs to be “filled up” in the Arian doctrine because “Jesus Christ is just a man and not God”.

•      “Mountain and hill” – Here Jesus Christ needs to be “levelled” in the Trinity doctrine for how can GOD be clearly identified when composed of the “FATHER, JESUS the Son, and HOLY SPIRIT”?

•      “Crooked” Jesus Christ needs to be “aligned” for how can Jesus be just a junior or “mighty God” with JEHOVAH as the “Almighty God”. Could there be two “Ggods”? That is why the Jehovah doctrine is akin to the Arian doctrine.

•      “Rough ways” – the identity of Jesus Christ needs to be polished for simply naming GOD as “Jesus Christ” in the “Oneness or Modalism doctrine when openly declaring “the Godhead is in Jesus, yet Jesus is not in the Godhead.”

Warning:

The “beast” (Satan) impersonates Jesus Christ. The lamb of God” speaks the “spiritual language”, while the “beast or Satan” is limited to the “letter” of the word. He is exposed in the following:

Revelation 13:11  And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

What is clear to all, Religious Leaders are limited to the “letter” of the word, and they expound it with “human wisdom”. The “old serpent” is still busy today:

Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

TITHES AND OFFERING

From the Reformation Period                

Religious Leaders appropriated this function of being the “teachers of the word of God”. And beguiled by the attraction of MONEY they changed the doctrine of God on “Tithes and Offering”:

Deuteronomy 14:23  And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always.

By divine revelation “corn, wine, oil, and firstlings of the herd” all refer to the unadulterated “word of God”, with God’s divine revelation. Religious Leaders substituted this with MONEY turning “Religiosity” into a money-making business. The Reformation simply succeeded in turning CHRISTIANITY from Semi-pagan into Semi-biblical one.

In Semi-biblical Christianity, the words in the Holy Bible are taken to the “letter” instead of depending on God for “divine revelation”:

Malachi 3:8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. 9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. 10  Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

In Semi-Biblical Christianity “Tithing” is interpreted to mean offering money in order to promote and sustain the sects and denominations. Bible schools and Seminaries were opened to train Priests, Pastors, Preachers and Ministers who will teach the “word of God” considered “food for the soul”. Congregations are created taking the following to the “letter” or literally:

Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Therefore, they build Chapels, Churches and Cathedrals where people offer homage to Religious Leaders. With this, again they take the following to the “letter” or literally:

Ephesians 4:11  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

Unknown to them these are just “functions” that God endows to any of His CHOSEN as the occasion dictates, but never considered “titles” as to demand respect from the laity. Again, they do not see what “respect” means in “spiritual matters”:

James 2:9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.

They read the following rebuke of our Lord that is actually directed to them, but because of “spiritual blindness” they cannot see.

Matthew 23:8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.

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

Matthew 23:10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.

Rabbi means Pastor, Teacher, and Minister

Master means leader

Father – for Friar or Fr.

Can we imagine appropriating these titles that solely belong to God?

Psalms 111:9 He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.

The Disciples of Christ after His resurrection preached the “real gospel” that actually indentifies JESUS CHRIST:

2 Corinthians 11:4  For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

Never did Jesus Christ promise to be “in the midst of them” in the CONGREGATION, but in the following to repudiate the formation of such GATHERING. You can only see the following on the CHOSEN:

Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Therefore to CHRIST, two or three CHOSEN is enough. Even if the CHOSEN is alone, “spiritually” they are three (3) together withJESUS the Father and Jesus the Son as spiritual companions. This is after recognizing HIM “by divine revelation” as Peter and Paul identified the one true GOD of the Holy Bible through JESUS CHRIST.

In the Old Testament this was demonstrated when King Ahab was after Elijah who wanted to kill him, he followed God’s instruction:

1 Kings 17:2  And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, 3  Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. 4 And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there. 5 So he went and did according unto the word of the LORD...

The ravens may symbolize JESUS CHRIST in His manifestations as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Again, to take the “letter” of the word, “in my name” does not just refer to the literal name “Jesus Christ”. Spiritually, His “name” is revealed in the following:

Revelation 19:13  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

Very clear the “spiritual name” for Jesus Christ is the “Word of God” that refers to the “spiritual truth”.

Formation of CONGREGATIONS by sects and denominations very clearly the product of “human interpretation” to the “letter” of the word. Hence, Religious Leaders justified “money” as the object for “Tithes and Offering” citing the following:

1 Timothy 5:18 For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.

1 Corinthians 9:11 If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?

2 Corinthians 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

1 Corinthians 9:14 Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.

To further encourage compliance to this interpretation they cite:

Luke 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

They made “teaching the word of God” a profession when the HOLY SPIRIT is the “sole Teacher” (1 John 2:27).

In Biblical Christianity God expounds on thespiritual meaningof the objects for TITHES:

Deuteronomy 14:22 Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year.

Deuteronomy 14:23  And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always.

Here “tithes” are to be eaten; of course not literal but spiritual, for these refer to the “word of God”:

Corn” – is processed into “bread” and “spiritually” now referring to the “word of God” as Jesus Christ demonstrated in “fasting”.

Wine” – In the Last Supper Jesus Christ revealed its spiritual meaning:

Luke 22:19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. 20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.

Wine for “blood” of Jesus shed on the cross, made the Holy Spirit available to the “humble in spirit”:

Matthew 5:3  Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Oil” – both in the New and Old Testament indicates “anointing of the Holy Spirit”.

Firstling” – “first-born” symbolizes the humility of JESUS in His role as “son of God”, model to the chosen.

Romans 8:29  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Tithes are to “Eat before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose to place his name” – actually this refers to the person who is willing to listen to the word of God. So talking about the word is “eating together” that obviously refers to personal EVANGELISM.

PAUL the leading apostle of Christ perfectly followed the law on “Tithes and Offering”:

Acts 20:33 I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel. 34 Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.

Sharp rebuke for depending on others for financial support:

2 Thessalonians 3:8  Neither did we eat any man’s bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you: 9  Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us. 10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. 11  For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.

Sharp rebuke for those who do not work, but depend on others for their material needs:

Proverbs_30:25 The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer;

Proverbs 6:6  Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:

These are what composed Semi-Biblical Christianity, whose creators are highly respected by their respective members. Warning:

Jamess 2:9  But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.

FOUR MAJOR DOCTRINES

OF JESUS CHRIST

1. “TRINITY DOCTRINE” - sects teaching this doctrine

Groups preaching the “Trinity doctrine” is the most popular for this was enshrined in the Nicaean Council of 325 AD convened by Constantine the Great. Enamoured with the CROSS, together with his mother Helena they formed Catholicism as the official religion of their subjugated countries. Later, mother and son were canonized as St. Helena, (Feast day is August 18); and St. Constantine I (May 21). And so, this Creed was formulated:

•      We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, the maker of heaven and earth, of things visible and invisible.

•      And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the begotten of God the Father, the Only-begotten, that is of the essence of the Father.

•      God of God, Light of Light, true God of true God, begotten and not made; of the very same nature of the Father, by Whom all things came into being, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible.

•      By whom He took body, soul, and mind, and everything that is in man, truly and not in semblance.

•      He suffered, was crucified, was buried, rose again on the third day, ascended into heaven with the same body, [and] sat at the right hand of the Father.

•      He is to come with the same body and with the glory of the Father, to judge the living and the dead; of His kingdom there is no end.

•      We believe in the Holy Spirit, in the uncreated and the perfect; Who spoke through the Law, prophets, and Gospels; Who came down upon the Jordan, preached through the apostles, and lived in the saints.

•      We believe also in only One, Apostolic Church; in one baptism in repentance, for the remission, and forgiveness of sins; and in the resurrection of the dead, in the everlasting judgement of souls and bodies, and the Kingdom of Heaven and in the everlasting life

The following “Trinity believing sects” adopted the Creed with certain variation. Their respective founders are enshrined and esteemed as saints:

•      Catholicism groups

•      Anglicanism

•      Protestantism

•      Lutheranism

•      Different Baptist groups

•      Episcopalian

•      Anabaptism

•      Presbyterianism

•      Congregationalism

•      Methodism

•      Assemblies of Christ

•      Assembly of God

•      Pentecostalism and Charismatic groups

•      Evangelicalism

•      Millerism and Adventist Group

•      Ecumenical Churches and Denominations

•      EASTERN ORTHODOX CHURCH

•      ORIENTAL ORTHODOXY

2. “ARIAN doctrine” - groups or sects teaching this doctrine

This doctrine was rejected in the Nicaean Council was revived with the following groups or sect:

•      Church of Christ (Iglesia ni Cristo) – This sect from the East was founded by Felix Ysagun Manalo, also known as Ka Felix, was the first Executive Minister of this sect and registered in the Philippine Government on July 27, 1914. While it is relatively new it progressed continuously with a total of 2,251,941 members in the Philippines, according to the National Statistics Office (NSO). It is a 28% increase, from 1,762,845 in 2000. But now with its impeccable organization, uniform design churches and cathedrals, high standard of morality; it is fast spreading it wings to many Northern, Western, and Southern countries. At the rate it is expanding, it is not farfetched for this sect to claim “His glory from the rising of the sun”.

•      Church of God International (Ang Dating Daan) – Another sect from the East, with an extraordinary talented leader expounding on the “letter” of the word. This started on April 20, 1980 in the Philippines founded by Eliseo Soriano. It conducts its evangelistic work through Radio and Television, the leader spectacularly speaks different dialects and languages. This sect is growing exponentially. These are the two sects vying for this prophecy “His glory from the rising of the sun”.

•      Unification Church of Sun Myung Moon

3. MODALISM/ONENESS DOCTRINE - groups or sects teaching this doctrine

This another doctrine at the time of the Nicaean Council found adherence from the following sects:

•      Kingdom of Jesus Christ, Name above every name – this sect also comes from the East.

•      Oneness Pentecostalism

•      Branhamism

•      Unitarian and Universalist

•      Christadelphianism

4. “JEHOVAH” DOCTRINE  - sect teaching this doctrine

This is a recently formed belief in God initiated by Charles Taze Russell (1852-1916), one “mighty God” and an “Almighty God” doctrine. Basically this belongs to the Arian doctrine for there is only one God.

We have yet to hear sects and denominations who do not preach one of the foregoing four (4) doctrines about JESUS CHRIST. And so, a test is needed to segregate the “tares from the wheat” as Jesus Christ gave this parable:    

Matthew 13:24  … The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: 25  But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 26  But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

Attractions of sects and denominations

People affiliate with groups or sects for the following reasons:

•      People are attracted to the well established and the most number of members

•      Fascination with doctrines of easy way to salvation

•      Attraction to material-physical benefits

•      Fascination with orderliness and well organized assembly

•      Lured by the eloquence and persuasiveness of the leaders

•      Motivated in following some Old Testament laws

•      Simplicity without much restriction is another attraction

•      Plus, many other reasons only God knows why people cannot embrace the truth

PURE CHRISTIANITY

“Acid Test”

Everybody accepts Spirit GOD is represented by His words since He cannot talk directly to us. Can the following be taken literally?

John  1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Theologians see God and His Word as two entities, more so with the following:

John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

This is how they conclude GOD and JESUS CHRIST (Word made flesh) as two different persons. From this inference, therefore, it is a complete surrender of Theologians that identifying the GOD of the Holy Bible “is a mystery incapable of clear identification”. Joined by Religious Leaders, they pondered, discussed, debated, and afterward arrived at “nothing clear” about the identity of GOD. Some questions to consider:

•      Can the Spirit God speak without His words?

•      The answer is obvious for God is not dumb!

•      Therefore, WHO is this GOD speaking?

•      And so, JESUS CHRIST gave this scathing rebuke to Theologians and Religious Leaders for “spiritual ignorance”:

Mark 12:27 He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore do greatly err.

Luke 20:38 For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him.

In the Old and New Testament:

Psalms 78:2 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:  

Ezekiel 20:49 Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! they say of me, Doth he not speak parables?

In the New Testament:

Mark 4:34  But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.

Since what is written is just the “letter” of the word, the Holy Spirit (the only Teacher) leads the CHOSEN to other verses to “give life” to the “letter” of the word. This is the “spiritual message” called the “living word” that nourishes the SOUL leading to Eternal Life. This is that portion of the “Lord’s Prayer”:

         Matthew 6:9  ... Our Father which art in heaven,  Hallowed be thy

name. 10  Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11  Give us this day our daily bread.

How can anybody call GOD his father when declaring “He is a mystery”? And, what is the name of God? This will be taken later. What “daily bread” are they asking for those who do not know God?

The “name” is not just the literal name “Jesus Christ” for even the Devil knows it. It is actually the “life on the dead letter of the word” (Revelation 19:13). This is the basis for finding the “truth”, and a rebuke to those who have not humbled themselves before God:

Isaiah 28:10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

Isaiah 28:11  For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.

Isaiah 28:12  To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.

Isaiah 28:13  But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

Any “Bible Teacher” who cannot apply these verses leading to the identity of GOD will “fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.” Religious Leaders for failure to apply the foregoing resort to “taking the context of the story”, and from there make their respective conclusions. The result is “different interpretations” of the word. This is what “they feed the laity with the word” to justify “Tithes and Offering” with money. This is a challenge to those who depend on “human wisdom”. How can they reconcile the following verses?

In the OLD TESTAMENT

Father GOD, also known as the “God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob” claimed He is the only GOD and SAVIOUR:

Isaiah 43:10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I AM HE: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.

Isaiah 43:11 I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.

In the NEW TESTAMENT

The “original Apostles” wrote the following regarding JESUS CHRIST:

Mathew 1:23  Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

1 John 5:20  And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

Jesus Christ Himself confirmed the foregoing with His statement:

John 8:24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I AM HE, ye shall die in your sins.

To all professing Christians this is a trap to this truth:

•      Can a prudent man believe a stranger?

•      Can this man trust that unknown person?

•      More so, “it is impossible to love before knowing!

What we hear from Religious Leaders in search of the clear identity of God, in order to discourage further question:

“It is impossible to know the infinite God to the finite mind of man; to do so, then we will like God already.”

Very clear, therefore, CHRISTIANITY TODAY has not succeeded identifying the True Christ. Professing Christians end up worshipping “another god”. Hence, from this there appears “two Gods”, the GOD of the Holy Bible, and the impostor and counterfeit:

2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

2 Corinthians 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.

2 Corinthians 11:14  And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

JESUS CHRIST

Of Pure Christianity

The “real GOSPEL

2 Corinthians 11:4  For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

If JESUS CHRIST is the “real gospel”, here is the curse teaching the “false Christ”:

Galatians 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any  other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

Galatians 1:9  As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

People at Caesarea Philippi:

The Disciples of Christ were amazed not recognizing Him:

Matthew 16:13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?

Matthew 16:14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist (1): some, Elias (2); and others, Jeremias (3), or one of the prophets (4).

From the foregoing it was proven, seeing and talking to Jesus Christ is not enough to know His identity. Today people have complete access to the Holy Bible, but without divine revelation, they have different perceptions of Jesus Christ. Therefore, it is proven it needs a “miracle” to know Him. Let us be reminded of the four (4) identities of Jesus Christ being preached today: (1) Trinity doctrine (2) Arian doctrine (3) Oneness or Modalism doctrine (4) Jehovah doctrine. They match the number of “identities” of Jesus Christ at Caesarea Philippi!

It is hoped Religious Leaders and their followers learn a lesson from EVE. She was beguiled by the “old serpent” to eat the fruits of the “tree of knowledge of good and evil”, which today very clear is “human wisdom”. Never can JESUS CHRIST be identified from the best of minds in the Seminaries and Bible Schools. Let us read how a poor fisherman from Bethsaida, Simon Peter, recognized JESUS CHRIST. Returning from Caesarea Philippi, Jesus Christ asked His Apostles:

Matthew 16:15  He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?

Matthew 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ (Saviour) , the Son of the living God.

Matthew 16:17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

Flesh and blood” of Peter:

Does not “flesh and blood” of Peter indicate “human wisdom”? In which case “flesh” for “intellect”, and “blood” for “emotion” or coming from the heart.

All Bible believers quote this, but never did they recognize JESUS as Simon Peter did that led to the identity of GOD. The Religious Leaders at that time professed their God is the “God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob”. But Jesus tested their claim:

John 8:19 Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also.

But for Simon Peter by saying JESUS is the CHRIST, he identified HIM as the LORD and “saviour” claimed by the FATHER in:

Isaiah 43:11 I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.

How did Father GOD do it? It was Father GOD who made the “testament of salvation” in Genesis 17:7. After Paul recognized Jesus Christ he wrote:

Hebrews 9:16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.

Father GOD was the testator. Therefore, He had to “manifest Himself in the flesh” in the person of JESUS CHRIST! How could He do this? Father GOD cannot just perform a miracle in the “twinkling of an eye” taking the person of JESUS CHRIST. And so this is what we read:

Luke 1:26  ...angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 27  To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph ...and the virgin's name was Mary. 28  And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. 31  And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 34  Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? 35  And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

The story is familiar to all. One thing unnoticed though is “that holy thing”. It is of general belief that JESUS CHRIST is the son of MARY. But never did JESUS call Mary His mother, but rather “woman” on several occasions (John 2:4, 19:26). Good for us modern science made this easy to comprehend the message. It is called “in vitro pregnancy”. It is a method of assisted reproduction in which a man's sperm and a woman's egg are combined outside of the body. This is called zygote which can be implanted to another “woman” that will nurse it until “birth of the child”. This is exactly what Father GOD did in “manifesting Himself in the flesh”.

Unknown to many the holy thing that Mary had in her womb was actually a “fetus” that never was her “egg or ovum” used by God. This is JESUS CHRIST! All these are expressed in the following by “divine revelation”:

1 Timothy 3:16 KJV 1611 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels…

(Other translations they changed “God” with “He or Jesus Christ”, and in the Confraternity Douay version of the Catholic Church nothing is mentioned at all.)

Simon Peter must have seen JESUS as the son of God and FATHER in one person! In the same manner Apostle John recognized JESUS and wrote:

         John 10:30 I and my father are one.

This is foolishness to the “Natural Men” (1 Corinthians 2:14)! Indeed, it is with “human wisdom” as Jesus condemned it:

1 Corinthians 1:19  For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. 20  Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?

1 Corinthians 1:21  For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom KNEW NOT GOD.

Very clear to Simon Peter by “divine revelation” (a miracle) can JESUS CHRIST be clearly identified. This is now endowed to the humble as we read:

Matthew 18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Luke 10:21  In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.

Also, this was written in the Old Testament:

Isaiah 28:9  Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.

(Modern Bible translations changed (.) to (?) at the end of the verse thinking it is impossible for taking the word to the “letter”.)

Very clear, therefore, this is the real JESUS, the “True CHRIST”

JESUS primary role as Father:

-  JESUS is the only creator, for there is only One God. However, what we  

  read in

Genesis 1:26 and 11:7 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness… (This is just the “letter” that does not yet give the “intended message”.)

-  JESUS is the saviour who fulfilled the “testament of salvation” of the

   FATHER (Genesis 17:7).

-  JESUS is the one performing miracles, not for the body but for the

   SOUL.

John 6:63  It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

-  JESUS alone deserves worship for He is the only GOD (not Jesus the

   Son who is not God, for He is just a model to the chosen in “humility”).

-  JESUS is the GOD who took His Holy Spirit form and promised His

  Disciples to meet them at Pentecost:

         John 14:18  I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

JESUS secondary role as Son of GOD took this role as model to the “chosen in spiritual humility”.

Romans 8:29  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

-  Jesus is not God for He cannot do anything on His own.

John 5:19  ... Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.

-  Jesus cannot be the saviour for He is not the maker of the “testament

   of salvation”.

-  Jesus cannot be co-creator it understandable because there is only one

  Creator but with the “letter” it is plural.

-  Jesus cannot perform miracles on His own only JESUS the Father

   can.

John 5:30  I can of mine own self do nothing...

-  Jesus should not be worshipped for this is exclusive to God only.

These two roles of JESUS CHRIST are further revealed and summarized in the following:

JESUS as Father God He is the “King of peace”.

Hebrews 7:2 To whom also Abraham…first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;

Jesus as Son of God He is just the “Prince of peace”.

Isaiah 9:6  For unto us a child is born [as Father because Jesus was worshipped], unto us a son is given [as Son of God when He was 12 years old with divine wisdom with Doctors of the law]: and the government shall be upon his shoulder [as Father]: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace [as Son of God] .

Look how “human wisdom” nullifies the “truth” that JESUS CHRIST is performing two (2) roles as Father and Son in one person. Of course this two roles cannot be done at the same time. Their respective function or task is perceived by “divine revelation”.

Simple illustration:

The two (2) roles of Jesus Christ can be simply illustrated in the following:

“Steve is the husband of Olive and father of Alice”. The two (2) roles of Steve are distinct and cannot be interchanged. Each role has a specific purpose and cannot be applied at the same time.

Rock and rock (or stone)

With this “miracle” of identifying JESUS CHRIST Simon Peter recognized the “God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob”. JESUS further told him:

Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock [small letter for stone] I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Later, Jesus Christ changed the name of Simon Barjona [meaning Simon son of Jona] to Peter [meaning stone]:

John 1:42 KJV 1611 And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.

This is the CHRIST that Peter recognized. He was with MOSES in the wilderness:

1 Corinthians 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 3  And did all eat the same spiritual meat;

        1Corinthians 10:4  And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for

        they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that

        Rock [capital letter] was Christ.

Taking the “letter” of the word, when Jesus told Simon Peter “upon this rock I will build my church, it is as if CHRIST build His church (Catholicism) on PETER. The “intended message” is revealed in the following. On truly identifying JESUS CHRIST leading to the identity of GOD did Simon Peter become His “temple” [Church]. This applies to all individual CHOSEN who have recognized JESUS:

1 Corinthians 3:16  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

Keys of the kingdom - As for the “keys of the kingdom” entrusted to Peter:

Matthew 16:19  And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

“Keys” are the spiritual words as revealed in the following when “other disciples” left because they could not understand what Jesus Christ was telling them. This was after JESUS CHRIST fed 5,000 He called “disciples”:

John 6:9  There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two

small fishes: but what are they among so many? 10  And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. 11  And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. 12  When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. 13  Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten.  (All these are but “letter” of the word)

Then Jesus began speaking about the real spiritual keys of the kingdom of heaven that clearly refer to His “spiritual words”.

John 6:53  Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.

John 6:54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.

John 6:55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink

indeed.

John 6:56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.

Look what many of the Disciples did after hearing this:

John 6:60 Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?

John 6:66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

This is how our Lord expounds the real or intended message” of His words. Never should any man take the “role of God” expounding on the “word” with human wisdom. We may now conclude that it is the “truth in the word” of the CHOSEN that “forgives sins”. From the foregoing revelations about the “word”, God reveals the recipients of the “keys of the kingdom of heaven”. It is given to the CHOSEN who are now the “temple” of God having “truth in the word” that sins are forgiven”.

Regarding the “flesh and blood” of Jesus Christ, this is how Simon Peter recognized Him. It was not with Simon Peter’s “flesh and blood”.

         Matthew 16:15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?

Matthew 16:16  And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ (Father), the Son of the living God.

Matthew 16:17  And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

Flesh and blood” of Simon Peter clearly points to “human wisdom” the use of the “intellect and feeling”.

For “Flesh and blood” of Jesus Christ, “flesh” is for the word. For His “blood” it is its shedding on the cross that Jesus took the form of the Holy Spirit now the sole Teacher (1 John 2:27).

God’s further revelations written by PAUL

What Peter saw in JESUS, so also did Paul:

Colossians 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

This is how Paul recognized JESUS CHRIST. Formerly known as Saul of Tarsus, JESUS leading persecutor since he was serving the God of Moses and Abraham:

PAUL’S RECOGNITION OF JESUS CHRIST

Act 9:1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,

Act 9:2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.

Act 9:3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:

Act 9:4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

Act 9:5  And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am JESUS whom thou persecutes...

The Lord or GOD of Saul was the “God of Moses and Abraham”. Here, he was surprised it was JESUS CHRIST who answered him! That must, indeed, be a miracle for GOD to introduce Himself as JESUS CHRIST. From then on, JESUS changed the name of Saul to PAUL becoming His leading Apostle! To Paul were revealed the following verses that lead the “humble in spirit” to identify JESUS CHRIST:

Father GOD made a covenant or “testament of salvation” to Abraham:

Genesis 17:7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.

God’s covenant now includes all nationalities under the following condition:

Galatians 3:28  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female ... 29  And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

A covenant or testament in order to take effect requires the “death of the testator or maker” in this case it was Father GOD:

Hebrews 9:16  For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.

Who would now believe this great revelation of “truth about JESUS CHRIST”?

1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles...

In many Bible translations the word “God” is substituted with “he” or “Jesus Christ”, and in other versions the word “God” is omitted. Multiple choice, “Who manifested Himself in the flesh”?

    Jesus Christ?

    Father God?

Obvious it was Father God, a “Spirit”, who manifested Himself in the flesh, now in the person of JESUS CHRIST.

Colosians 1:26  Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:

As stated, Jesus Christ had to perform two (2) roles to complete His plan for salvation to His CHOSEN. Examples for the two (2) roles, let us remember these two (2) roles cannot apply at the same time.  

JESUS CHRIST role as Father GOD:

•      When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, He was the FATHER that is why the “wise men from the East worshipped Him” (Matthew 2:11). His role as “Son of God” is not needed here.

•      Jesus after His resurrection met Mary Magdalene and the other Mary (maybe Virgin Mary) worshipped JESUS.

Matthew 28:9 And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.

•      The Apostles before JESUS ascension to heaven worshipped Him:

Luke 24:51 And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. 52  And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy:

JESUS CHRIST role as Son of God:

- When Jesus was twelve (12) years old (Luke 2:42), in the midst of the

doctors of the law, He was asking and answering their questions (Luke 2:47-47) and they were amazed at His extraordinary wisdom.

Instances where Jesus as son of God is very clearly demonstrated:

John 5:19  ... Jesus said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do

John 10:37 If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.

John 17:1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee.

Matthew 26:36 Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.

John 14:28  ... If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.

JESUS as “Son of God” is not God, therefore, He should not be worshipped.

GREAT MYSTERY that needs “divine revelation”, example:

Very clear it was Father GOD who made the “testament of salvation”, who bound Himself to fulfil it with “His own death”:

Hebrews 9:16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.

Question:

Why was JESUS the Son in the Garden of Gethsemane praying to the FATHER? Is not the FATHER supposed to suffer death on the cross?

Matthew 26:38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.

Matthew 26:39  And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

Matthew 26:42  He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.

Matthew 26:44  And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.

How many discern Jesus the Son’s agony is actually the burden of carrying the “pride of the chosen” that the Father had given to Him. Is not Jesus the son the “eldest brethren of chosen, their “model in humility”?

Romans 8:29  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Another “mystery”, why is it written “Jesus the son” is the one nailed on the cross and talking to the Father. Paul discerned the “intended message” for the CHOSEN to be nailed on the “spiritual cross” which is the TRUTH. So he said:

Galatians 2:20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Very clear now the “spiritual CROSS is the TRUTH. So just as the FATHER suffered on the “physical cross”, His “Son” representing the CHOSEN need to be crucified and nailed to the “spiritual cross”. Therefore, this is what we read:

Luke 23:34  Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

Matthew 27:46  And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

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

Luke 23:46  And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.

After resurrection, “physical for the FATHER” and “spiritual for the SON”:

Matthew 28:10 Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.

Therefore, is it not far-fetched to hear from the Natural Man, saying, you’ll surely go crazy understand all this! So many people just disregard these great “spiritual message” of God for man’s salvation.

FURTHER ILLUSTRATION FOR THE DUAL ROLES OF JESUS:

Revelation 3:12  Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, [as Son of God] and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God [as Son of God], …and I will write upon him my new name [as FATHER].

WHO can now reconcile the foregoing with the following truth about JESUS CHRIST?

1 John 5:20  And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son JESUS CHRIST. This is the TRUE GOD, and eternal life.

Very clear, the “letter” of the word cannot be substituted with the “spiritual” TRUTH in this verse for it is not “Son Jesus Christ” the true God, but “JESUS in His role as Father God”. Constant warning:

2 Corinthians 3:6  Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

Also, we have to note the respective role of JESUS is manifested as the circumstance dictates. At His birth, the role as “son” need not be considered. On the other hand, His role as “son” when He was 12 years old talking with the doctors of the law was very clear, His role as Father should not be thought about.

CONCLUSION:

The GOD of the Holy Bible in the Old Testament was Father GOD, also known as the “God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob”. But now that the “mystery” of the identity of God is revealed, it is hoped many people realize and accept JESUS in His role as FATHER is the “God of the Holy Bible”.

Very clearly proven “human wisdom” can never identify God. And so, pure Christianity is clearly distinguished from pseudo-Christianity that Satan succeeded in deceiving the people for more than two millenniums. To review:

•      At the birth of JESUS CHRIST, He was in His role as FATHER for He was worshipped by the “shepherds and the wise men from the East”. His role as Son of God was not needed in that instance.

•      What is surprising it was JESUS the Son very clearly written “speaking on the cross”. This is one proof that needs divine revelation for it contradicts JESUS the Father is “God’s manifestation in the flesh” fulfilling His “testament of salvation” with “His own death”.

•       The message is for the CHOSEN to see themselves as demonstrated by Paul being “nailed on the spiritual cross” which is the truth.

Galatians 2:20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

JESUS CHRIST introduced Himself to Paul, also known as Saul of Tarsus, after His death and resurrection. He wrote:

1 Corinthians 8:6  But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

A humble Scribe asked our Lord this question?

Mark 12:28  ...Which is the first commandment of all?

Perhaps many Bible believers will be surprised with His answer:

Mark 12:29  And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:

Mark 12:30  And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

Perhaps the lesson we learn here is it is not enough to believe in “one God”, for even the devils do:

James 2:19  Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe...

We have to identify the True CHRIST so as not be rebuked by Him:

John 8:19  Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also.

The NAME of GOD?

Today Semi-biblical Christianity has yet to settle the “name of God”. There are several names in the Holy Bible:

Exodus 3:13 And Moses said unto God… What is his name? what shall I say unto them? 14  And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

Isaiah 42:8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

Psalms 83:18 That men may know that thou, whose name alone is Jehovah, art the most high over all the earth. (KJV 1611 Bible version)

Other Bible versions for the name of God: Yahweh, Yahshua, Yeshua.

What is the truth? GOD had not yet revealed His “name” to His CHOSEN in the Old Testament!

Isaiah 52:6  Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak: behold, it is I.

And now the most popular “NAME” preached in “Semi-biblical Christianity” that is clearly written that even GOD’S enemies and Satan know:

Acts 5:42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.

However, to the CHOSEN who recognized JESUS CHRIST “by divine revelation” in His two (2) roles, His “spiritual name” is the “WORDof God”. We read this in the following:

Revelation 19:13 And he [JESUS CHRIST] was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

This “spiritual name” represents JESUS CHRIST as the “truth”. He said, “I am the truth” in John 14:6. And so, He reveals this “name” through His two (2) roles:

Revelation 3:12  Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God…and I will write upon him the name of my God[Son Jesus speaking]… and I will write upon him my new name [Jesus the FATHER speaking].

At Judgment Day Religious Leaders will surely claim the following:

By following the “letter” of the word for His “name”, they will tell the Lord the sacrifices and the “miracles” they have done in “His name”. But to Jesus these are just “signs and wonders” that He warned in Matthew 24:24.

Matthew 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name [Jesus Christ]? and in thy name  [Jesus Christ]  have cast out devils? and in thy name [Jesus Christ] done many wonderful works?

Matthew 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Very clearly now the “secret name” of GOD is “the TRUTH in the WORD” this is by divine revelation:

•        The TRUTH in the WORD is what forgives sins, as Jesus told Peter on identifying Him:

Matthew 16:19  And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

It is not only to Peter this power is endowed, also to all those who recognized JESUS CHRIST by “divine revelation”, for now they have the “power in His words”.

•      The TRUTH in the WORD is the “hidden manna” represented by a “white stone”:

Revelation 2:17  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

Very clear now the “new name” is TRUTH in the WORD. That is why it is written for the real praise for the Lord:

Psalms 56:10  In God will I praise his word: in the LORD will I praise his word.

Psalms 134:2 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD.

Lifting up the two (2) hands refers to:

Physical life” where our Lord expects His chosen to be “salt of the earth”.

Spiritual life” - the chosen need to be “light of the world”.

•      What “stone” is JESUS referring to? Actually it is the “stone” where the TEN COMMANMENTS are written:

Exodus 31:18  And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.

From the Ten Commandments CHRISTIANS will be classified:

To the CHOSEN the Ten Commandments are written in “white stone”, that refers to the “spiritual meaning” of the commandments. The “spirit” in the word or “spiritual message” is what benefits the SOUL leading to the Eternal Kingdom of God”.

In Semi-biblical Christianity the Ten Commandments are written in “black stone” where they are limited to the “letter” of the word that killeth”:

2 Corinthians 3:6  Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; NOT of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

The “letter” or literal understanding of the word simply benefits the BODY (for physical life) with MORALITY, but this eventually ends in the grave. Very clearly this indicates the “black stone” that the Natural Man understands (1 Corinthians 2:14).

Another example of the “letter killeth” is the commandment, “Thou shalt not steal” (Exodus 20:15). In Biblical Christianity, with the “white stone” spiritual stealing refers to taking the “honour and glory of God” in:

Psalms 111:9  He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.

Matthew 23:8  But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.  9  And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. 10  Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.

In Semi-biblical Christianity these titles or designation are appropriated or stolen by Religious Leaders!

         Rabbi – means Priest, Teacher, Minister

         Master – for Leader

         Father – in Catholicism Priests are addressed as (Fr.)

For Religious Leaders not heeding our Lord’s warnings, never would they be endowed with the “revelation of mysteries” that Jesus Christ is pouring His chosen with. And so, He said:

Mark 4:11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:

Mark 4:12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.

CHRIST DEATH ON THE CROSS

To the Chosen

This is repeated for emphasis:

The death of JESUS CHRIST on the cross is the greatest message of the Christian religion. It was in this event that the “Testament of Salvation” of the FATHER was fulfilled with “His own death”. Everybody believes there is only one God and the “death of Jesus Christ” actually happened literally-physically. Without “divine revelation” professing Christians have not identified God!

Isaiah 44:6 Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.

Many have missed this truth that GOD made a “Testament of Salvation” requiring His own death:

Hebrews 9:16  For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.

And so, to do this GOD had to “manifest Himself in the flesh” in the form of a man:

1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles…

Very clear, therefore, JESUS CHRIST is the “Father in the flesh” at the same time performing His secondary role as “Son of God” to lead the CHOSEN in humility. Here now is the significance of the fulfilment of GOD’S “Testament of Salvation”:

Matthew 27:50 Jesus when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.

Matthew 27:51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;

Matthew 27:52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,

Matthew 27:53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.

Mathew 27:54  Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.

Spiritual significance of the events:

•      Veil of the temple was rent” – The temple is supposed to be a sacred place, but there is a “veil” that prevents “light to enter in”. Inside, therefore, was darkness until the “veil was rent” or slashed. For me, it was only on February 3, 1981 when I became the “temple of the God”:

1 Corinthians 3:16  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

The “veil was rent” and with the “light in” I recognized JESUS as the FATHER in the flesh who died on the cross. “Literally” written it was the Son Jesus who was nailed on the cross. But this is “spiritual” as Paul said he was “crucified with Christ” indicating being “nailed on the spiritual truth/cross” (Galatians 2:20). And so, God’s guidance on Paul’s writings about the real message in the Holy Bible.

•      “Earth did quake” – since “earth symbolize man”:

Jeremiah 22:29  O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD.

There was “shaking inside me” and I began to cry because of joy unbelievably “feeling the love of God”. This happened on February 3, 198l when reading the Holy Bible that was hard for me to understand; but to my surprise it began to “open its spiritual message”.

•      “rocks rent” – I read in this verse that the “heart is like a stone:

Job 41:24  His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece of the nether millstone.

Very clear to me God changed my “heart of stone” into a “heart of flesh”:

Ezekiel 36:26  A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

•      Graves were opened and bodies of the saints which slept arose

To God I was “spiritually dead” for I could not understand the real message of the word in the Holy Bible:

Proverbs 21:16 The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.

For me, it was only on that momentous date when JESUS CHRIST died on the cross that miraculously I became one of those who rose from “spiritual death”!

•      “Went into the holy city, and appeared unto many”

This is my life today as you all know by this time. I enjoy sharing what God taught me about the significance of His death on the cross. And this I share to the whole world through this website:

www.purechristianity.org

For me, only on February 3, 1981 did I celebrate “Easter Sunday” for then the Holy Spirit guided me writing the articles in this website. I realized like Lazarus the brother of Martha and Magdalene, our Lord raised me from “spiritual death” as revealed in:

Proverbs 21:16  The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.

I am only wondering how professing Christians claim “they love God” at the same time saying, “God is a mystery”. Is this not “spiritual deception” with this warning?

Jeremiah 17:5  Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm…

Jeremiah 17:9  The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

Proverbs 3:5  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Does not this clearly demonstrate the Religious Leaders and their followers; unwittingly, like EVE are “eating the forbidden fruits of thetree of knowledge of good and evil”? The “old serpent” is alive!

2 Corinthians 4:4  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

2 Corinthians 11:14  And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

Religious Leaders depend on “human wisdom” and preach this to the people obviously they like to hear for that is easy to understand. Very clearly, therefore, “rough ways” refers to the different interpretations of the Holy Bible. Debates result in chaos and confusion whenever sects face each other. Indeed, they have not found the true CHRIST as the way” (John 14:6).

SPIRITUAL vs. LITERAL/PHYSICAL

Satan knows the Holy Bible and cites verses:

In Semi-biblical Christianity, the words in the Holy Bible are taken to the “letter” that does not give the “intended message”. A good illustration was; after “fasting”, the Devil tempted our Lord Jesus in His role as “son of God”:

Matthew 4:5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, 6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

How many realized that Satan is also reading the Holy Bible. He quoted this from the book of Psalms.

Psalms 91:11  For he [God] shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. 12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

Satan takes this “literally” not knowing “stone” in this case represents “people”:

Exodus 15:16  Fear and dread shall fall upon them [people]; by the greatness of thine arm they [people] shall be as still as a stone

Surely, Jesus in His role as “son of God” in spite of being with the people [stones] showing the “way”, He will never be tainted or influenced by the people of their of earthly or worldly ways.

In Biblical Christianity it is easy to see the “spiritual meaning”, or intended message when Jesus told the Devil “fasting is not to hunger for bread but to hunger for the word of God”. “Letter” pertains to the body that eventually ends in the grave, while for “spiritual fasting” it is for the salvation of the SOUL.

In the First Commandment:

Exodus 20:3I am the LORD thy God thou shalt have no other gods before me”.

Does not this cover the belief of many people that “God is a mystery incapable of clear identification”? Therefore, non-identification of Him automatically falls under this sin.

Exodus 20:4-5 “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God.”

Literally, this covers statues, printed images, or in any other forms visible to the eyes, or sense of touch.

Spiritually, this refers to persons “bowed down”, or honoured taking the title/s that solely belong to God. Jesus Christ rebuked the Religious Leaders:

Matthew 23:8  But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. 9  And call no man your fatherupon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. 10  Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.

Rabbi – means Teacher, Priest, Minister, and Pastor.

Father (Fr.) – only God deserves this title.

Master – leader on matters pertaining to God.

Psalms 111:9  He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend  is his name.

Have they not read this is sin?

James 2:9  But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.

After God opened our “spiritual eyes”, can we see anything right in the eyes of God the doctrines and practices in Semi-biblical Christianity?

THOU SHALT NOT STEAL

(Exodus 20:15)

This is the 7th commandment in the Catholic Catechism, actually the 8th in the Holy Bible.

Literally – stealing is taking anything not owned, like: money, jewellery, and anything of value. This is a lesson on “morality” that Semi-biblical Christianity teaches. However, because it is limited to “physical life” that benefited, eventually this ends in the grave.

Spiritually – JESUS concept of “stealing” is very far from “man’s notion”:

John 10:1  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

It is related to what Jesus Christ said:

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

Spiritually, therefore,this is how JESUS CHRIST revealed HIMSELF in the foregoing verse:

By “divine revelation” JESUS the Son is the way [door], JESUS the Father is the truth, and JESUS the Holy Spirit gives spiritual life.  

Jesus calls Himself “door into the sheepfold”, the same as saying “I am the way”. Of course we pass through the “door” or walk on the “way” led by Jesus the Son to arrive at the TRUTH, now represented by JESUS the Father.

Therefore, not walking on the “way” [or door], as Jesus the Son the model in “spiritual humility”, one will never reach/find the “truth” or know the identity of “JESUS the Father”. Simply stated, GOD will forever be a mystery to the “thief and a robber”.

Of course, this is aside from “stealing or robbing God of His honor and glory” that solely belong to HIM:

Rabbi – means Teacher, Priest, Minister, and Pastor.

Father (Fr.) – only God deserves this title.

Master – leader on matters pertaining to God.

Psalms 111:9  He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend  is his name.

The HOLY SPIRIT is actually is the Father when He promised His disciples in:

         John 14:18  I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

Matthew 28:20  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

And so, the HOLY SPIRIT (Jesus the Father) is the only Teacher (1 John 2:27).

From the foregoing, anybody who is not passing the “DOOR” is a thief and a robber.

THOU SHALT NOT COMMIT ADULTERY.

Exodus 20:14

Literally, “adultery” is voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and a person who is not his or her spouse.

Leviticus 20:10  And the man that committeth adultery with another man’s wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.

This is a lesson on “morality” pertaining to “physical life”. Again, this eventually ends in the grave.

“Spiritually”, however, this is demonstrated in the following:

John 8:3  And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery

John 8:4  They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.   Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?

John 8:6  This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.

John 8:7  So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. 8  And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

John 8:9  And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

Very clear from the Religious Leaders’ point of view, Jesus Christ simply touched the conscience of the Scribes and Pharisees. So today they preach our Lord teaches “mercy and love” that practically nullified the punishment for the sin of adultery. Unknown to the Scribes and Pharisees are the “two writings of Jesus Christ on the ground, where “ground” refers to people (Genesis 2:7).

The first writing refers to what Jesus Christ emphatically said:

Matthew 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

His second writing indicates He did not destroy the law and in this case it is applied to “spiritual adultery”.  Spiritually GOD is the “husband” and the people are His “wife”:

Isaiah 54:5  For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The Godof the whole earth shall he be called.

Jeremiah 3:14  Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city and two of a family…

The “seed” of God are His spiritual words (Luke 8:11). Satan the great counterfeiter is the “other male/man”. He does not have “seed” of his own, but robs God of His words. But Satan is limited to the “letter” for he cannot understand the “spiritual” or intended message of God. This was revealed when Jesus Christ” fasted for 40 days and 40 nights and Satan saw this “literally”. Satan told our Lord to turn the stones into bread to fill up His empty stomach. However, to Jesus “fasting” is spiritual, that is to “hunger for the word of God” (Matthew 4:1-4).

Spiritually, therefore, people without knowing are committing “spiritual adultery” with Satan in accepting his “seed” or the “word of God limited to the letter” that “killeth”. To repeat:

2 Corinthians 3:6  Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

Jesus writing on the “ground” reveals His real message. Punishment is enforced comes Judgment Day when the adulterer (Satan) and the people as adulteress will suffer the “second spiritual death”. This is the “death” very clearly written in the following:

Revelation 20:13  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

Revelation_21:8  But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers (fornicators) and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Revelation 20:14  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

In Biblical Christianity the presence of GOD is felt in the truth of His WORDS, and for this we praise HIM through His words?

Psalms 56:10 In God will I praise his word: in the LORD will I praise his word.

Psalms 56:11  In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.

Psalms 56:12  Thy vows are upon me, O God: I will render praises unto thee.    

Psalms 56:13  For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?

This is far from Semi-biblical Christianity where praises to God is expressed “literally-physically” with hands raised and from the mouth platitudes to God, but He hates this.

Isaiah 29:13  Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:

Isa 29:14  Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.

New Testament Ministers follow the “spirit” of the word for the salvation of the soul. Again guided by the following:

John 6:63  It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

•      Spirit that quickeneth– it is the Holy Spirit that “gives life to the dead letter” of the word. After all He is the sole Teacher (1 John 2:27).

•      “Flesh profiteth nothing” – the body or “physical life” does not benefit from the “spiritual word”.

So called “miracles” for the BODY never will come from God. These “signs and wonders” that Jesus Christ warned coming from “false prophets” preaching “Lo, here is Christ” or “there…”  (Matthew 24:23-25).

•      “Words are spirit” – the words are expressed in parables and by “divine revelation” they are for the salvation of the soul.

2 Corinthians 4:18  While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

TRUTH NEVER CHANGES    

It is written God is harsh or disciplinary in the Old Testament, examples:

Leviticus 24:19 And if a man cause a blemish in his neighbour; as he hath done, so shall it be done to him;

Leviticus 24:20  Breach for breach, eye for eye, tooth for tooth: as he hath caused a blemish in a man, so shall it be done to him again.

Leviticus 24:17  And he that killeth any man shall surely be put to

death.

But Jesus Christ said:

Matthew 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

Also, it is written “truth yesterday” must also be “truth today” as we read:

Ecclesiastes 1:9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

Hebrews 13:8  Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

Because “human wisdom” is limited to the “letter” of the word, the foregoing is preached to soothe human interest, and so they relate this to “physical life”. That is why we hear, saying, “God in the Old Testament is harsh or unforgiving. Jesus Christ changed this to “love”, citing the second of the Great Commandments:

Mark 12:31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

Later, “neighbour” will be clearly distinguished from “fellowmen” as our Lord clears this up by demonstration. “Neighbour” actually pertains to the SOUL for the “spiritual life” of a person, while “fellowmen” to the BODY for “physical life”.

EYE FOR AN EYE

Literallyeye for an eye refers to “tit for tat mean the infliction of an injury or insult in return for one that one has suffered. Or, action done intentionally to punish others because they have done something wrong.

Spiritually, however, since the “eye” is for seeing, the CHOSEN having “seen the truth”, they are now to show to others how they “saw the light of the gospel”. This is “love of neighbour” in the eyes of God and He is glorified for this leads to the salvation of the soul.

Our Lord showed no pity in "eye for an eye" when this refers to Satan His archenemy. What radiates from the “eyes of our Lord is light and righteousness". What emits from the "eyes" of His enemy is "darkness and deceptions!" True to what is written, "And thine eye shall not pity." (Deuteronomy 19:21)

The Scribes and Pharisees preached the word of God according to their own understanding. They followed the "letter of the word" a simple lesson on “morality” that only applies to “physical life”.

Matthew 23:25  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.

Matthew 23:26  Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is Within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

Outside of the cup and platter” refers to “morality” that applies to “physical life”. “Within the cup and platter” pertains to the SOUL that our Lord cherishes.

There foregoing is a rebuke, and to God it is “love”:

         Proverbs 27:5  Open rebuke is better than secret love.

Because of this, a certain Scribe went to see our Lord and asked Him:

Mark 12:28  … Which is the first commandment of all?

Perhaps Religious Leaders today would answer:

Mark 12:30  And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

This is a great blunder because they try to love God that they do not know. Have they ever succeeded reconciling the following?

IN THE OLD TESTAMENT:

Father GOD, also known as the “God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob” claimed the following:

Isaiah 43:10  Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.

Isaiah 43:11  I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.

IN THE NEW TESTAMENT:

Everybody attests to the following:

Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

The Apostles testify to the following:

1 John 5:20  And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

Jesus Christ Himself claims the following:

John 8:24  I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

But this enquiring Scribe having “humbled himself” clearly recognized the True CHRIST as the GOD of the Holy Bible in His two (2) roles as Father and Son.

And so, JESUS CHRIST told him:    

Mark 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

Mark 12:31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour [not fellowmen] as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

Mark 12:32  And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:

Mark 12:33  And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour [not fellowmen] as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.

That is the fruit of the rebuke of JESUS CHRIST to the Scribes and Pharisees; and this Scribe attained “Eternal Life”.

“TOOTH FOR A TOOTH”

Literally this is done intentionally to punish other people because they have done something wrong.

Spirituallytooth” is for chewing the food; it now refers to the “word of God” for Him to reveal His “spiritual message” which is the “food for the soul”.

2 Timothy 2:15  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Isaiah 28:10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: 11  For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. 12  To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.

Again, this is love of “neighbour” very different from love of “fellowmen”. With this principle on “reading the Holy Bible”, the person we talk to will see and learn the “spiritual way” of learning from the word of God. This is for the salvation of the soul.

“LIFE FOR LIFE”

Literally this is taking the life of another for vengeance. “Spiritually”, however, the Natural Man (1 Corinthians 2:14) is dead in the eyes of God. How many realized this kind of “spiritual death” in the eyes of God?

Proverbs 21:16 The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.

By sharing the word of TRUTH, the “dead” will learn to have “spiritual life”.

Jesus Christ applied this to the Scribes and Pharisees (Religious Leaders) by rebuking them in Matthew 23:2-33. This is a very sharp rebuke:

Matthew 23:31 Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. 33  Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?

But it is written:

Proverbs 27:5 Open rebuke is better than secret love.

Several Religious Leaders and prominent people benefited from this, foremost is the Scribe mentioned earlier. Nicodemus, Joseph of Arimatea and Zacchaeus may have heard these that later they became followers of Christ.

RELYING ON THE “LETTER

CAN NEVER IDENTIFY GOD

THE CHOSEN’S EMBLEM IS THE “TRUE CHRIST

Mark 16:17  And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

Mark 16:18  They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

•      “In my name” – This cannot be “Jesus Christ” for even the Devil knows this. Rather, it is the “truth” in the word that only the CHOSEN have.

Revelation 19:13  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

•      “cast out devils” - things not of spiritual truth” are of the Devil. Using the two-edged sword will cast out all unscriptural beliefs or doctrines:

Hebrews 4:12  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

•      “Speak with new tongues” – This was demonstrated on the day of PENTCOST:

Act 2:1  And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2  And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3  And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4  And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

•      “Cloven tongue” indicates capable of speaking the “letter” of the word that benefits “physical life”. This is on morality so as to become “salt of the earth”. Aside from this is to understand and speak the “spiritual word” that pertains to the SOUL to become “light of the world”.

People from difference countries witnessed PENTECOST and they were amazed:

Act 2:5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. 6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. 7  And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? 8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?

“Galileans” refer to the “followers of CHRIST”.

“Devout men” are the “humble in spirit” who can understand what the Apostles were talking about the “truth in the word”. The rest of the people, on the other hand, perceived differently, saying:

Act 2:13 Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.

Act 2:14  But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:

Act 2:15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.

This incident can be replicated today regarding people of other sects who are “humble in spirit”. They will be amazed when they can understand the “spiritual language” of God from the CHOSEN.

•      “Take up serpents” – This is talking freely about unscriptural doctrines and practices. But the CHOSEN are not affected.

•      “Drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them” – This pertains to taking or doing certain unscriptural practices dictated by circumstances, as being present in the religious services of other sects. But this is nothing to the CHOSEN for God knows their spiritual conviction is not affected at all.      

•      “Lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover” - this pertains to fellow believers who are undergoing trials, example in “physical life” that need counseling for this will affect their “spiritual sickness”.

JESUS told His Disciples:

Mathew 10:7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

•      “Preach” – no pulpit is needed but simply sharing the word to anybody willing to listen is enough for God.

•      Kingdom of heaven is at hand” – this refers to First Heaven that the CHOSEN are now in. This will be discussed later.

•      Heal the sick” – As discussed, this refers to fellow believers who are undergoing trials possibly in “physical life” that need advice for this will affect their “spiritual life”. With this the brethren are “spiritually strengthened”.

•      Cleanse the lepers” – literally a leprous person is abhorrent. Spiritually this may be a chosen of God, but having “some immoral and corrupte tendencies”. Sharing the word of God “will improve brethren’s “spiritual life”.

•      “Raise the dead” – of course the clue is the following:

Proverbs 21:16  The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.

Sharing the “truth” to a “humble person” will open his “spiritual eyes”.

Then begin to realize the great message of the “death of Christ” that leads to His clear identity. This will start speaking the “spirituallanguage” of God.

•      Cast out devils” – As discussed, things not of spiritual truth” are of the Devil. Using the two-edged sword will cast out all unscriptural beliefs or doctrines:

Hebrews 4:12  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

SPIRITUAL HUMILITY    

Key to Salvation

JESUS CHRIST demonstrated “spiritual humility” as we read in the following:

Philippians 2:6  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

Philippians 2:7  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

Philippians 2:8  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Who is this “man”?

Isaiah 53:2  For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

Isaiah 53:3  He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Isaiah 53:4  Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

Isaiah 53:5  But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Who could hold oneself not shedding tears of worthlessness pondering on this “love of our Lord”? Only the stony-hearted worldly person cannot! This must be our guide to “spiritual humility” that we may not be tempted to even think of “human wisdom” from His words. Paul became a leading apostle of Christ because “humility”. He said:

1 Corinthians 2:3  And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.

1 Corinthians 2:4  And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

1 Corinthians 2:5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

1 Corinthian 2:10  But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

1 Corinthians 2:11  For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

1 Corinthians 2:12  Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

1 Corinthians 2:13  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

And so, God’s worthy counsel:

Proverbs_3:5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

Jeremiah 17:5 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm…

Look how “human wisdom” cannot accept the “spiritual truth” that the punctuation mark is changed:

Isaiah 28:9  KJV 1611 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them tha

Isaiah 28:9 NIV “Who is it he is trying to teach? To whom is he explaining his message? To children weaned from their milk, to those just taken from the breast?

Note the punctuation mark: period (.) is changed to question mark (?)]

Jesus Christ confirmed the “truth”:

Matthew 18:3  And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

And so, His warning

Matthew 11:25  At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.

For lack of “spiritual humility”, is not this the evidence why CHRISTIANITY is divided into innumerable groups, and each claims the truth? This must be Satan’s deception that many people have missed the miracle of Jesus Christ “opening the eyes of the man born blind”? I thank God “I AM THIS MAN”! I was “born blind” not recognizing JESUS CHRIST. But, by a miracle, “I can see and now clearly recognize HIM.

John 9:39  And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.

It is the purpose of this article to share all these to readers who are willing to “humble themselves” as Jesus in His role as “son of God”. For those taking the word to the “letter” (or literally) did Jesus Christ ever make a person literally blind? There is nothing written where He made a person literally-physically blind. Very clear Jesus Christ is speaking “spiritual things”. This is the best evidence that His miracles are “spiritual” benefiting the SOUL; but human interpretation for His miracles is for the BODY. Jesus Christ warned:

John 6:63  It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life

We read the following to further emphasize the foregoing:

2 Corinthians 3:6  Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

2 Corinthians 4:18  While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

And so, for not recognizing JESUS CHRIST we hear Him rebuking the following:

John 9:40 And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?

John 9:41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.

Is not clear “spiritual blindness” is actually cannot identify God? Unfortunately religious people have not seen this. And so, they missed this truth about salvation:

Hebrews 8:10  For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:

Hebrews 8:11  And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.

Hebrews 8:12  For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

House of Israel” is not literal-physical or historical, but it refers to “God’s chosen”.

Very clear this proves that CHRIST miracles are invisible, “not seen”, for they pertain to the salvation of the SOUL, and not for the benefit of the BODY. To repeat for emphasis:

John 6:63  It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life (spiritual life).

Therefore, “spiritual blindness” now proves “not seeing or recognizing” the “True CHRIST”. Very clear the sickness of “blindness” that Jesus Christ healed is not literal-physical but “spiritual” to “see the way” [Jesus in His role as Son of God] and “find the TRUTH [Jesus in His role of Father GOD].

How many Religious Leaders and their followers realized this lesson and the significance of CHRIST miracles? At the same time He warns of Satanic deceptions:

Matthew 24:23  Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ [Christ of Athanasius] , or there [Christ of Arius or Sebellius]; believe it not.

Matthew 24:24  For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets [preachers who do not know the True Christ], and shall shew great signs and wonders [these are visible]; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

Matthew 24:25  Behold, I have told you before.

There is distinction between God’s miracle and His enemy’s “signs and wonders”. This was demonstrated when Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh to show the power of God:

Exodus 7:10  And Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and they did so as the LORD had commanded: and Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh, and before his servants, and it became a serpent.

Exodus 7:11  Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments.

Exodus 7:12  For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron's rod swallowed up their rods.

Notice it was not “serpent” that “swallowed the serpents”, but rather “rod” that swallowed up the rods” clearly demonstrating the “power or miracle of God” is superior to the “signs and wonders of Satan”. Spiritual miracles benefiting the SOUL are superior to “signs and wonders” mistaken as “miracles” that simply benefit the BODY.

Very clear Satanic deception is what people want “to hear and see”, but the “truth in the word” is not appealing to many. Here is another example in the Holy Bible which is beyond human comprehension. This refers to “death”, but spiritually speaking this is the “first death” that people do not know:

Proverbs 21:16 The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.

Would people believe that upon birth, they are “spiritually dead” in the eyes of God?

WHAT IS THE “BOOK OF LIFE”?

Hidden from many people, spiritually the “book of life” actually is the Holy Bible. Then, how do we know whether our name is “written in the book of life”? This is when we can identify ourself with the Bible characters. For example:

Man born blind since birth:

John 9:1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. 2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? 3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

Very clear we read this man was born blind and Jesus Christ opened his eyes that he could then see the surrounding. This miracle cannot be physical for Jesus said:

John 6:63  It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

The “spiritual miracle” actually was this man was “not literally blind”. He was “blind” not seeing the “light of the gospel” which is the “identity of JESUS CHRIST”, for this leads to the identity of “GOD of the Holy Bible”.

I, Adiel A. Jezneel, author of this treatise am claiming this “miracle” and what we read here is the proof. This is the “real GOSPEL”:

2 Corinthians 11:4  For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

Warning:

Galatians 1:8  But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

Galatians 1:9  As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

The following is very important. It is hoped Bible believers take note of it:

John 9:39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.

This cannot be “literal-physical” for nothing is written where Jesus made a person “physically” blind!  Very clear now is Jesus rebuke to the Religious Leaders:

Matthew 15:14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

This is how I claim “my name is written in the Book of Life”.

Another example:

The story of Lazarus the brother of Martha and Mary Magdalene is known to every Bible believer.

John 11:1 Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary (Magdalene) and her sister Martha. 19 And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. 21  Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.

John 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

John 11:34 And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see. 35 Jesus wept. 38 Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it.

John 11:39 Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. 40 Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?

John 11:41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. 43  And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. 44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

Perhaps everybody understands this story as it is written “literally”. However, God reveals the “intended message” is “spiritual” in order for the “word to be alive” as God is alive. Who among Religious Leaders did not preach this to have happened “literally-physically”? Actually this is the “first death” that applies to all people. To repeat:

Proverbs 21:16  The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.

I, the author of this article see myself in the person of Lazarus! I was born “spiritually dead” in the eyes of God for never did I understand His “intended message” from the Holy Bible when I am a college graduate. Like Lazarus I was buried in this “dark world” symbolic for the “cave”. My life was so dark and who will believe “I was spiritually dead” in the eyes of God. Just as the cave where Lazarus was buried, there is a “stone” covering. For me, the “spiritual stone” is my “stony heart” for emotionalism that is akin to pridethat God hates. And so, just as Jesus Christ commanded to set aside the stone covering the cave, our Lord on seeing my “spiritual humility” set aside my “stony heart”.

Ezekiel 36:26  A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

Just as Jesus told Lazarus to “come forth” and walked, I also walked upon embracing our Lord’s “life-giving word” as evidenced by this article. Jesus told to remove the cover of Lazarus for he was “bound hand and foot with grave clothe”. Unknown to me, in the eyes of God I was dead and bound with all sort of religious beliefs and practices implanted on me as a Roman Catholic” and later after joining the Pentecostal Church. The face of Lazarus was “bound about with a napkin”. Personally people cannot see my hypocrisy and what they see are all pleasing to men but abominable to God. Jesus saith unto them, loose him, and let him go. This is what I am today, spiritually dead, but now I am alive to share with people what God did to me.

Another example - Jesus heals a dumb man

Matthew 9:32 As they went out, behold, they brought to him a dumb man possessed with a devil.

Matthew 9:33 And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes marvelled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel.

Matthew 9:34 But the Pharisees said, He casteth out devils through the prince of the devils.

Literally a man is said to be devil-possessed and this is manifested physically. In Religiositycasting out Devil” is done by saying, “In the name of Jesus Christ get out of this man”. Presto! The man is relieved of whatever affliction he has. Let us note in Religiosity Jesus Christ is one of the 4 different identities as discussed before. People are happy claiming “this is a miracle”!

By this time it is very clear in spirituality JESUS CHRIST is what Apostles Peter and Paul recognized that led them to identify the “GOD of the Holy Bible”. On this basis, I claimed to have been “devil-possessed”, but not in the notion of the Natural Men.  But “in the eyes of God” yes, because I cannot talk about the “truth” and this is “Devil possession”, a dumb man in the eyes of God.  But after having felt the “love of God on February 3, 1981”, I was delivered from “Devil possession”, and began “speaking about the word of God”. The result is this treatise.

Another example – woman with an “issue of blood”

Matthew 9:20  And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:

Matthew 9:21 For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.

Matthew 9:22 But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.

Woman” – spiritually all people are “spiritual women” because they are supposed to be the “wife of God”:

Isaiah_54:5  For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name…

Jeremiah 3:14  Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family …

For 12 years this woman had an “issue of blood”; that is, she was suffering from “loss of blood”. “Spiritual blood” is “life-giving” as Jesus Christ at the Last Supper said:

Matthew 26:27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;

Matthew 26:28  For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

With the shedding of “blood” of Jesus, the only Teacher, the Holy Spirit sustains the chosen of their “spiritual food for the soul”. This “woman” which I can identify myself with, will I surely “suffer depletion of spiritual food” that sustains the life of my soul. But as the woman touched the “garment of our Lord” she was made whole. So I on “touching the robe of righteousness of our Lord” I can continue my “walk to eternal life”. One evidence is this article that I am sure is the fruit of the Holy Spirit’s feed for my soul”.

BIG GAP OF 1,681 YEARS!        

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Isaiah 59:19

So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west,

and his glory from the rising of the sun.

When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.

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The foregoing verses set the period from the time “fear of the Lord did not refer to the True Christ”. It is because the identity of GODwas hidden for a long period of time. His glory began only from the time the GOD of the Holy Bible was clearly identified.

JESUS CHRIST and His “original Apostles” preached the “real GOSPEL

(2 Corinthians 11:4). Apostle John was the only one who survived not suffering martyrdom. He was exiled in the Island of Patmos and died 96 years old. To think how many more years the preaching of the original Apostles continued, perhaps we may assume up to the time of HELENA. Because of her humble beginning, a stabularia, term translated as "stable-maid" or "inn-keeper", this is enough justification for her to be among the “shroud-persecuted Christians”.

As earlier cited, HELENA must be fair and beautiful that Roman Emperor Constantius I took her as wife. Their first-born son Constantine inherited the throne of his father, and later known as Emperor CONSTANTINE THE GREAT. This was around 300 years after CHRIST, the last period “preaching the real gospel of the Apostles”.

Constantine thinking his consolidation of the great Roman Empire was due to the CROSS he was attracted and beguiled with CHRISTIANITY. Together with his mother they promoted CATHOLICISM. This was a long period of time for the Reformation was in 1517 – 1648, initiated by the great reformers John Wycliffe, Martin Luther, Philipp Melanchthon, John Calvin, Ulrich Zwingli, Johannes Reuchlin, Tauler and many others. Realizing Catholicism has veered away from the teachings of Jesus Christ, they protested and formed their respective doctrines believing this is the “way to eternal life”. This triggered the formation of sects and denomination of the Christian religion preaching different “different ways of salvation”.

The Catholic Church continued restricting their members to open the Holy Bible. It was only recently through the Holy See that formally opened the Holy Bible under the pontificate of Pope John XXIII on October 11, 1962. Under Pope Paul VI on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8, 1965 were the Catholics given some freedom to read the Holy Bible, but under the tutelage of priests.

Through the efforts of the REFORMERS, the Holy Bible was opened to many people. What is regrettable in spite of being “great thinkers” they miserably failed to see the “real GOSPEL” actually the preaching of the “True CHRIST” with this stern warning:

2 Corinthians 11:4  For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

Galatians 1:8  But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

Galatians 1:9  As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

What is very lamentable these great Reformers brought with them the doctrine of the “Trinity”. So whenever the question is opened regarding the identity of GOD, they have a common answer: “The infinite GOD is a mystery incapable of clear identification with the finite mind of man”. And to discourage further questions, this is followed by “To definitely know God, then you will be like Him already”.

With the opening of the Holy Bible, many more factions of CHRISTIANITY were formed further dividing this religion. But this time the Religious Leaders adopt different doctrines of identifying Jesus Christ. The “Arian doctrine of Arius” was resurrected from the Nicaean doctrine of 325 AD. The “Oneness or Modalism doctrine of Sabellius” was revived. And only recently the “Jehovah doctrineof Charles Taze Russell (1852-1916), he formed the Jehovah’s Witnesses sect. However, Catholicism is still the leading Christian sect proven with the presence of Papal Nuncio in the government of many countries in our time. Just a reminder to prove pure Christianity has never been taught. The proponents of the foregoing doctrines have not succeeded identifying GOD. Here are the verses they failed to reconcile:

In the OLD TESTAMENT

Father GOD, also known as the “God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob” claimed the following:

Isaiah 43:10  Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I AM HE: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.

Isaiah 43:11  I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.

In the NEW TESTAMENT -  As testified by the Apostles:        

Matthew 1:23  Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

Luke 1:47  And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

Luke 2:11  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

1 John 5:20  And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

As testified by Jesus Christ Himself:

John 8:24  I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: or if ye believe not that I AM HE, ye shall die in your sins.

Very clear, failure to reconcile the foregoing triggered the preaching of the four (4) identities of Jesus Christ. Religious people are deceived into believing “fear of the Lord” is from GOD; but because of “spiritual blindness” they have not identified the True CHRIST! Therefore, very clear history attests it was from the “western countries” that evangelism started preaching “fear of the Lord”. But because the True CHRIST is hidden to them, the “other god” succeeded in deceiving many people.

2 Corinthians 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

2 Corinthians 4:4  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Indeed, it was a long period of time that the “real gospel” was hidden from the world. Emergence of pure Christianity began only in 1981. Therefore, there was a big gap of 1,681 years (1,981 minus 300) when the preaching of Jesus Christ ended in 300 A.D.

FULFILMENT OF A PROPHECY

This is a prophecy that came to past of which we are all witnesses to its fulfilment:

Revelation 7:2  And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,

Revelation 7:3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

The word “angel” has several references:

•      “Angel” refers to God – This was revealed to Jacob when he succeeded in overcoming his “spiritual trials” imposed by God.  With the “letter” of the word, “Jacob wrestled with God”. He was able to overcome, and this was to his credit:

Genesis 32:26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. 27 And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. 28  And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.

•      Again, “angel” refers to God when He assured Gideon of His power to overcome his “many enemies”. Similar to Jacob how he wrestled with God, Gideon was able to annihilate his (32,000 enemies with his 300 men), very clearly referring to “spiritual trials in life”.

Judges 6:22  And when Gideon perceived that he was an angel of the LORD, Gideon said, Alas, O Lord GOD! for because I have seen an angel of the LORD face to face.

ANGEL FROM THE EAST”

Who is the “angel from the east”, but JESUS CHRIST! With His clear identification, the “GOD of the Holy Bible” was revealed. He would seal the servants of God in their foreheads. The “seal in the forehead” no doubt refers to the identification of the True CHRIST.

On the other hand “angel/s” very clearly point to the FOUR (4) ANGELS to hurt the earth, the sea, and the trees. Are not the following being alluded to?

•      Jesus Christ of the Trinity doctrine

•      Jesus Christ of Modalism or Oneness doctrine

•      Jesus Christ of the Arian doctrine

•      Jesus Christ of the Jehovah doctrine

Today, one of these four Jesus Christs is preached by the innumerable groups that composed the Christian religion. Since it is not the True Christ, then the enemy takes the opportunity to deceive the people. This is the great deceiver:

Revelation 12:9  And the great dragon [1] was cast out, that old serpent  [2] called the Devil [3] and Satan [4] which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Can we still doubt the false Jesus Christ identity?

2 Corinthians 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

2 Corinthians 4:4  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

These are people deceived or hurt by the “4 angels”:

•      “Earth” symbolizes people in:

       Jeremiah 22:29 O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD.

•      “Sea” also symbolizes people in the “spiritual Red sea”, for this incident did not happenliterally”. The message of God is “spiritual” where the “Red sea” symbolize people who prevent and considered stumbling block for the CHOSEN to be fed with “spiritual manna” which is the “spiritual word” of God.

Exodus 13:18  But God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea: and the children of Israel went up harnessed out of the land of Egypt.

•      “Trees” very clearly refer to people in:

Judges 9:8-15  The trees went forth on a time to anoint a king...they went to the “olive tree, fig tree, vine, bramble”...

THE RESTORATION PERIOD      

Isaiah 59:19

“...His glory from the rising of the sun

How are all the events and circumstances regarding the religion founded by CHRIST put to light? With the omniscience of God, all these are according to His Master Plan. God allowed the enemy to “hide the identity JESUS CHRIST” for a long period of around 1,681 years. Religious leaders themselves attest to this by preaching “God’s identity is a mystery incapable of clear identification”.

Indeed, this is a long period of “spiritual darkness”, but this must be part of God’s plan allowing these to happen all for His glory. And so, we read:

Isaiah 45:6 That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.

Isaiah 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

Amos 3:6 Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?

Isaiah 45:5  I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me:...

Proving the wisdom of God, does He not know even the number of airs of our head?

         Luke 12:7  But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered

God is only in search of those willing to humble themselves; therefore, “spiritual darkness” must be for His glory anyway these people do not deserve to be with Him in His Eternal Kingdom.

It was only in 1981 when somebody was endowed the gift of identifying GOD through the birth of JESUS CHRIST. This must be an important clue in identifying Father GOD who manifested Himself in the flesh” in order to fulfil His “testament of salvation” with His own death. To repeat:

Hebrews 9:16  For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.

1 Timothy 3:16  And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles…

For almost two (2) millenniums, people were content professing loving God with the Trinity doctrine. To reiterate, this was the dark period in Christianity’s history. And so, His lamentation:

Isaiah 1:21 How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.

Isaiah 1:22 Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water:

Isaiah 1:23 Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.

Every letter is a clunk to the ears of the Almighty God. Very clear the foregoing is recorded in history books how the religion of CHRISTIANITY founded by CHRIST has undergone such degradation. For a long period of time, God waited for people willing to humble themselves with His “standard of humility”, but He was frustrated. The “door of heaven” was temporarily closed, so to speak. GOD was unknown as Religious Leaders and their followers declare without compunction, “The infinite God is a mystery incapable of clear identification with the finite mind of man”.

This was depicted in the Old Testament when only NOAH and his family were saved from the Great Deluge. JESUS CHRIST saw the same condition in His time, but He expounded the significance of the Great Deluge that it was just a shadow of the reality. Truth is vindicated as our Lord spoke later.

From the Reformation Period up to the year 1981, with the Holy Bible wide open, people were deceived into believing “God’s promise of salvation” was attained with man’s interpretation of the Holy Bible. Without divine revelation, Religious Leaders led the people into believing salvation was simply attained from the “letter” of the word. They totally ignored the following warning that JESUS CHRIST emphatically said:

John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

PAUL, the leading Apostle, continued the warning, but Religious Leaders ignored this truth for salvation:

2 Corinthians 3:6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

2 Corinthians 4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

More than Peter who recognized JESUS CHRIST who was with him at the time, PAUL identified our LORD in His physical absence seemingly more profound that, again, he wrote the following for easy identification of GOD:

Hebrew 9:16  For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.

1 Timothy 3:16  And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels…

1 Corinthians 8:6  But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

It was only on February 3, 1981 when the “real GOSPEL” was revealed to a person who hides his identity that he may not rob God of His glory. He adopted the name Adiel A. Jezneel, a pseudonym. He is from a poor country from the Far East; but it was GOD’Sprovidence to unveil His identity in the person of JESUS CHRIST in His two (2) roles. It was only then that “His promise salvation to the poor in spirit” is fulfilled. And it is in the wisdom of God can EVANGELISM be fully achieved with the advent of the spectacular speed in communication – the “Age of Computerization”. Very timely, this was with the opening of the website:

www.purechristianity.org

Worldwide evangelism began with the publication of the book CHRISTIANITY: YESTERDAY AND TODAY, with sub-title “The Discord among Christian Sects”. This book is now available as eBook.

For emphasis, Religious Leaders preach the “death of Jesus Christ on the cross” believing having completed God’s promise of salvation. Who would not welcome and be happy knowing this. But one important thing that religious people missed is the identity of GODwhom they professed to love. The Holy Bible gave the following clues for God’s identification. What is unfortunate, for a long period of around 1,681 years (1981 minus 300) billions of people never benefited from teachings of the Holy Bible without “divine revelation”.

Can anybody question GOD for not even a single soul was saved during the “dark period of the Christian history”? Did not God demonstrate this in the Great Deluge when only Noah and his family were saved? He reminds us, with His omniscience even before creation He already knew who among the people would humble themselves and these are all who deserve salvation. Without divine revelation Religious Leaders failed to reconcile the following verses identifying the “True CHRIST” leading to the identity of GOD. To repeat for emphasis:

The GOD in the Old Testament claimed the following:

Isaiah 43:10  Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I AM HE: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.

         Isaiah 43:11  I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.

JESUS CHRIST and His Apostles assert the following:

John 8:24  I [Jesus Christ] said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I AM HE, ye shall die in your sins.

1 John 5:20  And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

Great Christian Religious Leaders, for lack of divine revelations failed to reconcile the foregoing that they failed to identify JESUS CHRIST in His role as FATHER God, and His secondary role as Son of GOD to guide His CHOSEN to “spiritual humility”.  How many people realized for almost two (2) millenniums never where they covered by the following promise:

Hebrews 8:10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel [CHOSEN] after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:

Hebrews 8:11  And they shall not teach every man his neighbour [distinguished from fellowmen], and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. 12  For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

Very far did people in the “dark period of Christianity” reach the foregoing blessings! We continue reading, and the following verse is an “eye-opener”:

ISAIAH 59:19 . . .

“When the enemy shall come in like a flood...”

One reference for water is the word of God:

Ephesians 5:26  That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

There are two kinds of “flood” cited as God exposed His enemy.

Revelation_12:15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a FLOOD after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the FLOOD.

Revelation 12:16a  And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the FLOOD which the dragon cast out of his mouth.

FIRST REFERENCE (for flood)

Revelation 12:15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a FLOOD after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the FLOOD.

Let us remember before taking the great message of the foregoing, all these are with the “permissive will of God” and everything is for His glory.

The serpent actually is Satan who tempted EVE in the Garden of Eden to eat the “fruits of the tree of knowledge of good and evil”.

•      The “woman”, like Eve, actually represent the people how the serpent led Religious Leaders preach the “letter” of the word to the people. With “human wisdom” we hear different interpretations of the Holy Bible that “floodedSemi-biblical Christianity with the “letter of word”:

2 Corinthians 3:6  Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

•      Is not this a clear repeat what happened in the Great Deluge where people died literally because of the flood (water)? Water symbolizes the “word of God”:

Ephesians 5:26  That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

Today because religious people unwittingly rely on the “letter” of the word that symbolizes “water”, they are dying “spiritually” without knowing it:

Proverbs 21:16 The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.

•      And for simply following the “letter of the word”, the True Christ is never recognized that should have identified the “God” of the Holy Bible.

And so, a sharp rebuke was heard from Jesus Christ:

Luke 17:26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.

Jesus Christ saw this in His time when the people followed the Scribes and Pharisees who did not recognize Him. He saw “spiritual death” everywhere. Cannot the CHOSEN today also see the same condition of Christianity where “different Christs” are preached? Indeed, this is the “dark period” of Christian history, but because of “spiritual blindness” people cannot see. Without knowing Religious Leaders became instruments of the “angel of lightserving the unwary with the “water of death” (flood).

Following the “letter” of the word, look how professing Christians are happy with “physical miracles” thinking these came from the power of Jesus Christ, unmindful of the truth that everybody reads in the following:

John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

2 Corinthians 4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Example:

The “man born blind” – do they not take this “literally-physically”? But as earlier expounded, I am happy I saw myself as “this man born blind”. I was born blind not seeing the “light of the gospel” that actually refers to the identity of JESUS CHRIST.

Many people commit “spiritual blunders” not only for physical miracles, but also for “prayers and sacrifices that God does not want:

Hosea 6:6  For I desired mercy (for humility) , and not sacrifice (self imposed suffering); and the knowledge of God (truth in the word) more than burnt offerings (long prayers).

We also heard this from a Scribe who searched for the “identity of God” before “loving Him” in the following:

Mark 12:28  And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all (literal for the 2 great Commandments, but here the IDENTITY OF GOD)?

Mark 12:29  And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel (directed to all for many are not listening);The Lord our God is one Lord  (everybody says this, but this Scribe is after the identity of GOD);

Mark 12:30  And thou shalt love the Lord thy God (GOD of the Holy Bible) with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

Mark 12:31  And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

Mark 12:32  And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God (finally the Scribe identified JESUS CHRIST); and there is none other but he:

Mark 12:33  And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour (not fellowmen) as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings (long prayers).  and sacrifices (self imposed suffering).

How many Religious Leaders, together with their followers, realized the following? Challenge them if they can do the following as Jesus Christ told His Disciples:

Matthew 10:7  And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

This is only for the CHOSEN who can tell people “humble yourself” as we did that now we are in the “First Heaven” (to expounded later).

Matthew 10:8  Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

Heal the sick”, spiritually people are “sick” if they don’t appetite to “eat the spiritual” word of God.

Cleanse the lepers” just as physical lepers are abhorrent, so are “spiritual lepers” who refuse to listen to the “spiritual word” of God.

Raise the dead” because Religious Leaders take the “letter” of the word, never can they do it. But to the CHOSEN, sharing the truth to the unbelievers are “spiritual dead”:

Proverbs 21:16  The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.

A few who humble themselves begin to understand the great “spiritual message” of God.

Cast out devils” - anything not of the truth is of the Devil. This is what the CHOSEN are constantly doing.

Thhis is the assurance of Jesus Christ:

Matthew 28:20  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

SECOND REFERENCE (for “flood)

Now this refers to Jesus Christ deliverance of the CHOSEN:

Revelation 12:16a  And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the FLOOD which the dragon cast out of his mouth.

“Earth” here refers to JESUS CHRIST in His dual roles how He redeemed His people:

Psalm 102:25  Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.

Literal “Israel” represents the Nation, while “spiritually” it refers to Christ CHOSEN. Jesus Christ demonstrated this in His time:

Luke 17:26  And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.

Luke 17:27  They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.

The GREAT DELUGE

In our time!

With the omniscience of God, He knows who among the people living on earth would humble themselves. He demonstrated His wisdom when only NOAH and family were saved. It was only in the RESTORATION PERIOD did GOD reveal His identity through JESUS CHRIST. And only now by a miracle when JESUS CHRIST revealed His real identity and the “door of heaven is reopened”, so to speak. For a long period of 1,681 years, people were lurking in spiritual darknessloving GOD they did not know”. That is why Jesus Christ said:

John 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

How could Jesus Christ be the “light of the world” when He appears to have annulled God’s covenant after the Great Deluge?

Genesis 9:13 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.

Genesis 9:14 And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:

Genesis 9:15 And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.

Genesis 9:16  And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.

Very clear taking the “letter” of the word, Jesus Christ nullified the covenant of God “waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh”. The truth is, the GREAT DELUGE never happened “physically” for the following reasons:

•      Considering the age of the earth it is now 4.543 billion years.

•      Very clear no people were living on earth during that long period of time.

•      Consider the population of the world during the reign of Augusto Caesar, title adopted by Roman Emperors from 27 BC. At the birth of Jesus Christ the population of the earth was only 360 million people.

•      Today the population of the world, a little more than 2000 years is only 7.6 billion. And yet, experts in demographics already are faced with the problem of an “exploding population”.

•      The Ark that Noah made according to the specification of God was only 300 cubits in length, 50 cubits in width and 30 cubits in height (Genesis 6:15). This measurement of the Ark is too little considering this is just the equivalent in meters (137 × 22.9 × 13.7).

•      How could all living things be contained in that small structure?

•      The Ark was floating for 10 months (Genesis 8:5)!

•      All the animals need to be provided with food and water.

•      Just the pair of elephants, the bull consumes 1 drum and female ½ drum of water daily, or a total of 450 drums of water for 10 months.

What more, iron was not yet invented at that time.

In the Great Deluge God opened the “windows of heaven” and rained for 40 days and 40 nights. This is the “letter” of the word.

Genesis 7:11  In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. 12  And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.

Spiritually speaking, “rain” symbolizes the “word of God”:

Deuteronomy 32:2 My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew…

Very clearly then, the GREAT DELUGE happened “spiritually” during the time of CHRIST and in our time. The truth, Great Deluge symbolizes God’s “revelation of His words” to the individual CHOSEN. He sees wickedness around and with the “great flood of water” symbolizing His “spiritual words”, this benefits the CHOSEN with the “water of life”. On the other hand, He sees “spiritualdeath” around with the “literal word” (water), for they cannot understand the “spiritual message” of God:

Proverbs 21:16 The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.

This is how Jesus Christ saw “spiritual death everywhere for people simply take the “letter of the word”. And so, He said:

Luke 17:26  And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.

Luke 17:27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.

Literally, what is wrong with “eating”? However, to God this is “eating” the “letter of the word that killeth”.

I keep on repeating this warning:

2 Corinthians 3:6  Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

And “drinking”, it does not mean alcoholic drink. This is “spiritual emotionalism” a “fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil”.

Psalms 69:12 They that sit at the gate speak against me; and I was the song of the drunkards.

Religious emotionalism” is very clearly demonstrated by people who “do not know God”, and to Him this is “sitting in the gate” to salvation, but they can never enter in. “Emotionalism” prevents them from leaving their congregation. They may even be willing to suffer martyrdom for the love of God that they do not know.  Jesus taught “spirituality” and condemned “religiosity” in “Semi-biblical Christianity”.

They married wives, they were given in marriage”. Literally” what is wrong with this? But spiritually people are supposed to be “spiritual female” as written:

Galatians 3:28  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

In another relationship with God people are supposed to be married as “husband and wife”:

Isaiah 54:5  For thy Maker is thine husband…the God of the whole earth shall he be called.

Jeremiah 3:14  Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family…

Religious Leaders submitting to the temptation of Satan act like God in planting His “seed” (word) to the people, but limited to the “letter”. This is what Jesus Christ warned:

Luke 17:26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.

Luke 17:27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.

Who could understand all these unless we humble ourselves “like little children” so that God endows us with “divine wisdom”. Therefore, the triumph of CHRIST over His enemy was true in His time, as it is today spiritually. Thus, saying,

Matthew 24:35  Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

ISAIAH 59:19...

“...the Spirit of the LORD

shall lift up a standard against him

From the “letter of the word” never was NOAH and his family were saved physically. Rather, the GREAT DELUGE applies to the SOUL of every chosen of God. If with the literal word the relatives of NOAH were saved, spiritually these only refer to his soul:

Deuteronomy 13:6  If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom…which is as thine own soul

Literally” it is written eight were saved:

2 Peter 2:5  And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the FLOODupon the world of the ungodly;

Actually only NOAH was saved in the Great Deluge but this was just a “blueprint”. The reality happened during the time of Jesus Christ that applied to His Disciples of 120 who received the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

Can we further see the relationship of GOD in the Old Testament with JESUS CHRIST in the New Testament? It is for this truth that HE told His listeners:

Matthew 22:32  I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.

Very clear from the foregoing, GOD’S Old Testament words are just His “blueprint” to be executed and realized in the New Testament. In the book of GENESIS we read God narrated His CREATION of everything. On the sixth (6th) day He created man. And so, we read:

Genesis 2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2  And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made.

For emphasis, again let us read the following:

IN THE OLD TESTAMENT

Psalms 40:7  Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me,

IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

Hebrews 10:7  Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.

Only in the New Testament “can the will of God be done”. I believe it is on this issue that the phrase “the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him(Satan) is fulfilled. Is not this related to what we read in the book of Revelation?

Revelation 12:16  And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.

“earth” – referring to God who laid the foundation:

Psalm 102:25  Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.

“woman” – referring to His CHOSEN, “His wife”:

Jeremiah 3:14  Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you...

earth opened her mouth– again referring to God who saved the woman:

2 Samuel 7:23  And what one nation in the earth is like thy people, even like Israel [literal the Nation], [spiritual the CHOSEN] whom God went to redeem for a people to himself...

“flood” – “water” for literal word that causes people’s “spiritual death

“dragon” – very clear Satan the enemy of God:

Revelation 12:9  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

With these great revelations, God must have inspired me to write this article to prove only IN THE NEW TESTAMENT “that the will of God was fulfilled”.

Hebrews 10:7  Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.

Can Creation Harmonize

And Blend with Evolution?

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Creation theology vis-a-vis Evolution theory

SEMI-BIBLICAL

vis-a-vis

BIBLICAL CHRISTIANITY    

Human wisdom” vs. “divine revelation

Something to think about

                                               body  ~  soul

                                               sweet ~  bitter

                                             visible ~  invisible

                                          physical ~ spiritual

                                       religiosity ~ spirituality

We read the following both in the Old and New Testament:

Deuteronomy 4:2  Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.

Proverbs 30:6  Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

Revelation 22:18  … If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

Revelation 22:19  And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

Literally, “adding” is to put in another “book”, “chapter”, or “words”. That is not so, for it is obvious and easy to discover.  “Spiritually”, it is to explain or expound the words. The “addition” is the fruit of “human wisdom” that God hates. This is pride the equivalent of “eating the fruits of the forbidden tree of knowledge of good and evil” that caused Adam and Eve loss access to the “Tree of Life”.

Literally, “deducting” from the word of God is to remove or omit a chapter, or verse from the Holy Bible. Spiritually it is to ignore or disregard the “spiritual equivalent” of God’s “intended message” of the word. This is pride for refusing to become like a “little child”.

Matthew_18:3  And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

2 Timothy_3:15  And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

In the eyes of God, therefore, Bible Schools and Seminaries preparing Priests, Pastors, Preachers, and Ministers to preach the “real gospel” very clear is “human wisdom” that God hates. This is addition in the eyes of God.

The “real gospel” is the clear identity of JESUS CHRIST!

2 Corinthians 11:4  For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

To repeat, we hear four (4) different “identities” of Jesus Christ from the following doctrines. Very clear this is addition:

•      The Trinity doctrine

•      The Arian doctrine

•      The Oneness or Modalism doctrine

•      The Jehovah doctrine    

IRRECONCILABLE DIFFERENCE        

Between the “letter” and “spiritual” word

Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

In Semi-biblical Christianity relying on the “letter”/literal interpretation of the word, this refers to Adam (male the husband) and Eve (female the wife). And so everybody knows MAN is the male (for husband) and WOMAN is the female (for wife).

In Biblical Christianity with God’s revelation, “JESUS is Father God in His major role, and He is the Son of God in His secondary role. And so, Jesus said:

                  John 10:30  I and my Father are one.

JESUS in His minor role as “son of God”, model in “spiritual humility”, acts as brethren of the CHOSEN:

Romans 8:29  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

The Spiritual relationship of JESUS the FATHER and the CHOSEN, therefore, are both: “Father and son” as in:

1 John 3:1  Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

Husband and wife” (in Semi-biblical Christianity this is never preached):

Isaiah 54:5  For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel…

Jeremiah 3:14  Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family…

Look how the foregoing ends up with the following” and who can understand this without God’s clarification by “divine revelation”.

Genesis 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

This is repeated in the New Testament:

Matthew 19:5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?

Another “spiritual relationship” that is really “mysterious” to the Natural Man (1 Corinthians 2:14). This refers to the physical and spiritual life of the CHOSEN. “Physical life” is considered male as husband and “spiritual life” as female and therefore as wife. This is, indeed, too complicated beyond the range of “human wisdom” that is why all these need “divine revelation”. For the CHOSEN the “physical life” consists of the BODY ends in the grave, while the SOUL will join the saints in the “second heaven” also called Paradise.

However, for “Physical life” the soul should be in command for this is “man’s intellect and feeling”. This is the popular “human wisdom” which should be used to become “salt of the earth” as Jesus Christ said:

Matthew 5:13  Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

Very clear the CHOSEN are responsible for their “physical life” and God emphasized this in the following:

Proverbs 30:25  The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer;

Proverbs 6:6  Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: 7  Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, 8.  Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.

Spiritually speaking, therefore, the role of the chosen for “physical life” is that of “husband”, the ruler.

For “spiritual life”, however, the chosen are expected to be of total subjection to God, Jesus Christ in His role as Father. Spiritually speaking, this is how the CHOSEN are in the eyes of God: they are “husband in physical life” and “wife in spiritual life”.

The following now is clearly illustrated by “divine revelation”. Jesus said:

Matthew 19:4  And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,

Spirituallymale” refers to “physical life” of the chosen as “salt of the earth”, while “female” for “spiritual life” as “light of the world”.

Matthew 19:5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave FATHER and MOTHER, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?

Matthew 19:6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

Spiritually speaking, therefore, this is a marriage between “physical life and spiritual life”, which should be one perfect person in the eyes of God.

The general belief for “husband and wife” in “physical marriage” does not apply here. This is the “letter” of the word that does not represent the “intended message” of God.

In Semi-biblical Christianity, applying the word of God to the “letter”, marriage is considered permanent and therefore irrevocable. That is why in some countries divorce is not allowed.

In Biblical Christianity it is God’s aspiration for His CHOSEN to have their “physical and spiritual life”, as “spiritual couple, to be in perfect harmony till death.  And so,

Matthew 19:5  And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?

This is the “father” to leave:

John 8:44  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your

father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

Now who is the MOTHER “to leave or to abandon”?

Very clear it is the sect or congregation because in the beginning everybody, one way or another, people have been in “Semi-biblical Christianity”.

But now that the CHOSEN have two distinct kinds of life, as “temple of the Holy Spirit” this is fully appreciated:

1 Corinthians_6:19 What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

In several demonstrations, God’s aim for His CHOSEN is to have their “physical and spiritual life in perfect harmony that God said:

         “You are the “salt of the earth”, the “light of the world”.

For emphasis, the CHOSEN’S LIFE in the eyes of God:

Physical life” – is the “husband”

Spiritual life” – is the “wife”

KINGS and PRIESTS, spiritually speaking:

Revelation 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

Very clear to the CHOSEN this is while still living on earth.

•      They are “king” for “physical life” as principal.

•      They are “priest” for “spiritual life” for being fully submissive to God, sans human wisdom and personal capability.

The foregoing is how the individual life of the CHOSEN find themselves in the following:

Matthew 19:4  And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, 5  And said, For this cause shall a man leave FATHER and MOTHER, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? 6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

Who can understand these things without God’s “divine revelation”. To the NATURAL MAN it is “foolishness”!

1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

We need to repeat for emphasis that what is written in the Holy Bible in the Old Testament is just a “blueprint of God” planning to establish His Eternal Kingdom. Never did those things and events happened physically. This is proven with so many “contradictions and inconsistencies”, that we often hear people seriously trying to understand the message say, “you will go crazy satisfying yourself to comprehend the message of God”.

And for the New Testament books of the Holy Bible, while JESUS CHRIST and His Apostles are actual characters clearly written, still the “sacred words of God” need “divine revelation” for their “intended message” to benefit the SOUL.

SCOPE OF RELIGIOSITY AND SPIRITUALITY

Called with the Chosen

In Religiosity the Holy Bible is an open book; hence, in order to learn Seminaries and Bible Schools are opened to train “leaders” in every congregation and assembly of believers. The Holy Bible is taken literally and so doctrines of different groups differ and cannot be reconciled because this is the product of “human wisdom”.

This must be attractive to people for it is easy to understand. Example, the birth of JESUS CHRIST as “Son of God” is accepted by everybody.  His teachings, miracles, His death on the cross and resurrection from the dead is likewise accepted by many. This is the basis for salvation. Where is the catch? It is in the failure to identify the “GOD of the Holy Bible”, for they cannot comprehend the following:

1 John 5:20  And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

This is coupled with JESUS own statement where Father God claims the following:

Isaiah 43:10  Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.

Isaiah 43:11  I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.

And now JESUS CHRIST asserts the following:

John 8:24  I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

From the foregoing very clear in the minds of Religious Leaders there are “two Gods” and “two Saviours”. In spite of this, religious people just close their eyes and never think anymore of the one true God and the only Saviour. Very clear in the eyes of God this is “walking in the dark”.

How many pondered on the foregoing? Religious people are contented being with their respective group or sect. Religious Leaders are highly respected and honoured completely disregarding the following:

James 2:9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.

Because of “spiritual blindness” the Second Commandment is changed:

Mark 12:31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

Neighbour” is changed to “fellowmen” in many Bible translations. “Neighbour” pertains to the “soul”, while “fellowmen” simply to the physical life of a person. God is not after the body for this will just end in the grave, but He is after the soul for this will be with Him in His Eternal Life.

In Spirituality the Holy Bible is closed as expounded earlier. “Divine revelation” is needed for the core of the message is solely for the salvation of the soul. Hence, there is no qualified “human teacher” for this is the function of the Holy Spirit:

1 John 2:27  But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

Therefore, “spiritual life” is clearly distinguished from “physical life” on matters pertaining to the government and political concerns. This is from the writings of the two leading Apostles. Very clear there is “separation of Church [Christianity] and State [Government]”.

From Peter:

1 Peter 2:13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;


1 Peter 2:14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.


1 Peter 2:15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:

From Paul:

Romans 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.


Romans 13:2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.


Romans 13:3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:


Romans 13:4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.


Romans 13:5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.


Romans 13:6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.


Romans 13:7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

Hence, God’s role for “physical life” is for the people to choose the kind of government and elect the people running it. They may express their sentiment or suggest improvements for the welfare of the country as a whole.  Very clear is the doctrine of “The separation of CHURCH (religion) and STATE (government”.

NO CONGREGATION

In Pure Christianity

After PENTECOST the one hundred (120) Disciples dispersed and began to spread the “real Gospel” to different places (2 Corinthians 11:4). Never did they build “temple” or Chapels, Churches, or Cathedrals.

In the Old Testament God directed Solomon to build Him a TEMPLE. Measurement, design and materials were all specified by God. When it was finished God said, “I am deeply pleased now having a house”. Very clear this is just the “letter” that is not yet the ‘intended message”. The truth is revealed to the Apostles:

Act 7:47 But Solomon built him an house.

Act 7:48 Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet,

Act 7:49 Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest?

In the whole Bible it is only in the following that God says:

Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Very clear now, “in my name”, does not mean the literal name “Jesus Christ”. Rather, it is the “truth in the word” as earlier expounded (Revelation 19:13). And “temple” is not an edifice as the Natural Man understands. This is revealed to Paul in:

1 Corinthians 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

Therefore, we read how simply the Disciples gathered in houses (Acts 20:7-9), along the river bank, and in any place and manner they can talk about the word of God. Even being alone, the CHOSEN as “temple of the Holy Spirit” have “JESUS the Father” teaching and counselling, and “Jesus the Son” leading the “way to spiritual humility”.

In the Old Testament this was demonstrated when “God sent ravens to feed Elijah” because King Ahab was in pursuit to execute him. God gave him this instruction:

1 Kings 17:3 Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.

1 Kings 17:4 And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.

Very clear the “ravens” symbolized “JESUS the Father” teaching and counselling, and “Jesus the Son” leading the “way to spiritual humility” and so King Ahab was saved. How wonderful does God reveal things to His chosen. Can we imagine the topic for this treatise was prefigured how God sent “ravens” to feed Elijah!

Isaiah 46:11 Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.

While God’s chosen live individually He reminds them of the following:

Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Spiritually God’s view is the assembly of His chosen who are one as Apostle John wrote in the following:

John 17:1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:

John 17:2  As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.

John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God (Jesus as Father), and Jesus Christ (as Son), whom thou hast sent.

John 17:4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.

John 17:6 I have manifested thy name (truth in the word)  unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.

John 17:8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.

The practice of building Chapels, Churches, and Cathedrals is all the work of Catholicism, the “mother of sects and denominations”. And with this, the following “titles and positions” are assumed by the Religious Leaders for their honour and glory:

Ephesians 4:11  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

These are not titles or position, but “functions” of GOD endowed to any of the CHOSEN He deems necessary under prevailing circumstances. Therefore, they are not even aware of the honour and glory since they simply act as “speaker system”, as God speaks over the “microphone”, so to speak. Look how Religious Leaders appropriate these titles that solely belong to GOD!

Psalms 111:9 He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.

That is why we hear Jesus Christ rebuking the Religious Leaders by assuming His “position” in the following. Rabbi means Teacher, Master, or Leader over the laity.

Matthew 23:8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.

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

Matthew 23:10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.

Matthew 23:11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

Pure Christianity” is hard to find for it is being swallowed up by myriads of groups all preaching the Holy Bible. With their “literal interpretation of the word” each claims the truth, and all preach the nameJesus Christ”. For this treatise, never can the author claim credit for how can he lump together these information that unveil the “evil hands of the enemies of God”. And so our Lord’s lamentation:

Matthew 23:37  O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

Matthew 23:38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.

Matthew 23:39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

THE THREE (3) HEAVENS  

We never heard this in Semi-biblical Christianity. This was revealed to PAUL who recognized his GOD turning out to be JESUS CHRIST.

2 Corinthians 12:2 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth; such an one caught up to the third heaven.

If there is “third heaven”, then there must be “first heaven” and “second heaven”. Let us remember only the CHOSEN are entitled to be in these 3 heavens.

“FIRST HEAVEN”

When does the CHOSEN be in the “first heaven”?

Luke 17:20  And when he was demanded when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: 21  Neither shall they say, Lo here! Or, lo there! For, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

First Step

After the miracle of identifying GOD that He is JESUS CHRIST in His two (2) distinct roles as “Son of God” and “Father God” in one body, Jesus said:

         John 10:30  I and my Father are one.

Professing Christians have not realized that it needs a “miracle” to recognize JESUS CHRIST in one “body” performing two (2) roles: as Father GOD and as Son of God. They worship Jesus the Son when He is NOT GOD for He is just the eldest brother of the CHOSEN their model in “spiritual humility” (Romans 8:29). Jesus Christ in His role as FATHER promised this to His disciples:

John 14:18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

He fulfilled this at PENTECOST when the Holy Spirit descended upon His Disciples. Very clear JESUS in His role as FATHER actually He is the Holy Spirit called the Comforter.

Act 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2  And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3  And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4  And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

This incident made the CHOSEN become “temple of the Holy Spirit”.

1 Corinthians 3:16  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

The two (2) roles of JESUS CHRIST now are with them. This fulfilled JESUS statement while the CHOSEN is alone physically.

Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

This is different where three (3) persons having “spiritual fellowship” together. “In my name” does not imply the name Jesus Christ as the Natural Man understands. This refers to the “Word of God” as written:

Revelation 19:13  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

Never did JESUS say this referring to a congregation, thereby nullifying the literal interpretation in Semi-biblical Christianity:

Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Spirituallyassembling together” refers to the unity of the CHOSEN as God guides them. Hence, these titles taken by Religious Leaders are nullified for these are “functions” by individual CHOSEN as the Holy Spirit guides them under certain circumstances.

Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

Second Step

Cloven tongue is endowed to the CHOSEN to benefit from the “letter” and “spirit” of the word. From the “letter of the word” they aspire to become “salt of the earth”. “Physical life” is the chosen’s responsibility from the “letter” lessons on morality.

Proverbs 30:25 The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer;

Proverbs_6:6 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: 9  How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?

Matthew_10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

And from the “spirit of the word” to become “light of the world”, the “key” is “spiritual humility”.

Isaiah 28:9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.

Matthew 18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Luke 18:17 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.

James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6  But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7  For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8  A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

Third and final Step

The CHOSEN are “born again” indicating their transformation, by a miracle, from “goats” to “sheep” whose Shepherd is the “TRUE CHRIST”.

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.

Initially,

John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

“Seeing” is an inspiration to reach heaven. That is when the CHOSEN begin “fasting” or to hunger for the “great revelation of God’s words”. This is what the CHOSEN will do:

John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

Born of water and of the “Spirit” is to live by the “word as Jesus the Son” showed by example for “His younger brethren” to aspire to do.

This is “spiritual walk” where Jesus in His role as “Son of God” leads the CHOSEN to the “strait gate”.

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

This is the kind of life that the CHOSEN live like any other person, but to them they maintain being the “salt of the earth” and “light of the world”. And so, we read:

Revelation 3:5  He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

Revelation 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

In the company of JESUS the Father and Jesus the Son, who can refute the CHOSEN are now in the “First Heaven”. And this truth nullifies the need for “literal congregation” that sect and denomination have in Semi-biblical Christianity.

SECOND HEAVEN

Second Heaven is demonstrated in the story of Lazarus the beggar.

Luke 16:20  And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, 21  And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom…

Very clear what we read is just the “letter” that needs “divine revelation” for God to reveal His “spiritual” or intended message:

Beggar” symbolizes “poor in spirit”:

Matthew 5:3  Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Full of sores being “poor in spirit” God performed “miracles” that are not seen for they pertain to the SOUL. These refer to “spiritualblindness, deafness, dumbness, and spiritual paralysis.

2 Corinthians 4:18  While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Let us emphasize these are “not physical diseases”.  At his death Lazarus was in “Abraham's bosom” that indicates Paradise or the Second Heaven.

Paradise” is where Jesus Christ told the robber at His right hand” as they are nailed on the cross:

Luke 23:42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. 43  And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.

This is the Second Heaven where SOULS are waiting until GOD completes the number worthy to be with HIM in His “Eternal Kingdom”. Repeat, there is never “purgatory” as some Religious Leaders preach after “physical death”. This is but “human wisdom” that God hates, and the motive is obvious to the discerning.

PURGATORY?

Just a reminder, there is no middle ground or neutral place between death and Second Heaven. Catholicism is the originator of purgatory a place where a person needs purging of sins that prevents him from reaching Third Heaven. Very clear this is unbiblical for this is the truth:

Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

2 Corinthians 5:10  For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

Purgatory is simply the fruit of “human wisdom” that God condemns. Under this doctrine “purging of sins’ is made by prayers and sacrifices. God prefers “humility” to these that simply appeal to emotion:

Hosea 6:6 For I desired mercy (for spiritual humility), and not sacrifice (prayers); and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

Matthew 9:13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy (for humility) , and not sacrifice (prayers): for I am notcome to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

For “prayers” how can a religious person follow this?

         1 Thessalonians 5:17 Prayer without ceasing.

Very clear some ulterior motives are discernible to this “doctrine of purgatory”; but religious emotionalism is hard to forsake.

DAY OF RECKONING      

Love thy “neighbour” vis-a-vis “fellowmen”

After identifying the “True CHRIST”, the humble SCRIBE cited in Mark 12:28-30, mentioned the Two Great Commandments:

Mark 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

Mark 12:31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

These two terms need to be clearly distinguished, “neighbour and fellowmen”. Jesus Christ used the word “neighbour” to indicate love for a person pertaining to the SOUL. Bible translators changed it to “fellowmen” to express love for a person’s “physical life”. This is what everybody knows in “Semi-biblical Christianity”. This truth is revealed at Judgment Day when JESUS CHRIST separates the “sheep” from the “goats”. Jesus Christ revealed this to His Disciples:

Luke 13:23 Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, 24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

Let us remember “True love” is developed with mutual identification! This is too late for anyone who cannot identify the True CHRIST:

Luke 13:25  When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:

Luke 13:26  Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.

Luke 13:27  But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.

Non-identification of GOD makes His enemy grab the opportunity to deceive many people. Very clearly distinguished is “spirituality” from “religiosity”. God feeds His CHOSEN with “spiritual food”. The CHOSEN express their love by sharing this that God calls neighbour. Very clear “neighbour” benefits the SOUL of a person from the “spiritual” word of God.

In Semi-biblical Christianity because Religious Leaders preach the “letter” of the word, they are limited to preaching “love of fellowmen”. This simply benefits “physical life” that eventually ends in the grave. This is revealed comes Judgment Day. But it is too late:

Luke 13:28  There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.

Sheep on the “right hand”

Matthew 25:31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:

Matthew 25:32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 33  And he shall set the sheep [lamb] on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

Matthew 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

Matthew 25:35 For I was an hungred (physical or spiritual food?), and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink (literal or spiritual living water?): I was a stranger, and ye took me in (physical or spiritual temple?):

Matthew 25:36 Naked, and ye clothed me (literal or garment of salvation?): I was sick, and ye visited me (literal or spiritual word of comfort?): I was in prison, and ye came unto me (literal or comfort for spiritual freedom?).

Matthew 25:37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? (All for spiritual works of selflessness).

Matthew 25:38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? (No self-gratification  as in Semi-biblical Christianity).

Matthew 25:39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? (literal or spiritual bondage?)

Matthew 25:40  And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. (All these things without much fanfare)

Goats on the “left hand” - For not having identified the “True CHRIST”

Matthew 25:44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?

Matthew 25:45  Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

Matthew 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

Just imagine bitterness and deep resentment for those who ignored the warning of the danger by simply taking the “letter” of the word. But it is too late!

HARVEST TIME!            

The Coming of the Son of Man:

Matthew 24:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

This is classified into two (2) parts by divine revelation:

FIRST PART – Jesus Christ told His Apostles “different signs” that happened in their lifetime just as it applies to us:

Matthew 24:34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. 35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

Let us take some of the warnings:

Matthew 24:23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 24 For there shall arise falseChrists, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 25  Behold, I have told you before.

Signs and wonders” are the accepted “physical miracles” of Jesus Christ in Semi-biblical Christianity. They are visible [seen] and benefit the body [“physical life”] to the satisfaction and joy of the Bible believers.

They are actually the equivalent of the “serpents from the rods of Pharaoh”, a clear counterfeit of the “serpent from the rod of Aaron”. Theserpent from the rod of Aaron swallowed up the serpents (rods) of Pharaoh (Exodus 7:8-12). How many realized the great lesson from this “miracle”? The “serpent from the rod of Aaron” is the equivalent of “spiritual miracles” of Jesus Christ that benefit the SOUL. The serpents from the rods of Pharaoh are the “physical miracles” of Jesus Christ that benefit the BODY only.

This was discussed earlier regarding preaching of the “different identities of Jesus Christ”. At Caesarea Philippi people have seen and listened to Jesus Christ, but they had different identification of our Lord. Today, people have complete access to the Holy Bible. Cannot the following be the conclusion?

•      He is John the Baptist   -  Jesus Christ  in the Trinity doctrine

•      He is Elijah  - Jesus Christ in  Modalism or Oneness doctrine

•      Jeremiah and one of the prophets – Jesus Christ in Arian and Jehovah doctrine

Today none of the proponents of the foregoing doctrines succeeded in reconciling these verses in the Old and New Testaments that should point to the identity of “GOD” of the Holy Bible, by way of review only.

In the Old Testament GOD claimed the following”:

Isaiah 43:10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I AM HE: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.

Isaiah 43:11 I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.

In the New Testament JESUS CHRIST and His Apostles affirm the following:

John 10:30 I and my father are one.

John 8:24  I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I AM HE, ye shall die in your sins.

1 John 5:20  And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

Very clearly, therefore, love in the absence of “mutual identification” is a farce and a travesty that many Christians have overlooked. As a result, the following signs given by our Lord have not been fully appreciated by many Bible believers.  These happened in the life of the Apostles as our Lord said:

Matthew 24:34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. 35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

Matthew 24:29  Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

Stars” - How could this be literal-physical for “stars fall from heaven” when the earth is too small compared to the size of the stars? Very clear “stars” here are not the heavenly bodies that we see, but to God these are “spiritual stars”. They are the false prophets preaching the Holy Bible without divine revelation:

Jude 1:13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.

Jesus Christ is referring to the false prophets in Matthew 24:23-25 preaching “other Christs” that deceived the people.

Stars” also refer to Satan and his “fallen angels” who took advantage of people seeing “counterfeit light”, but in the eyes of God it is “spiritual darkness”:

Revelation 12:4  And his tail (Satan also called Devil, Dragon, Old Serpent (Rev. 12:9) drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth…

To the CHOSEN, therefore, those warnings actually happened in their life not “literally” but “spiritually”. As enumerated in the following:

Matthew 24:6  And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

Wars and rumours of wars” - These refer to “spiritual warfare” within the chosen as Paul experienced it:

Romans 7:15  For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.

Romans 7:16  If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.

Romans 7:17  Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

Romans 7:18  For I know that in me that is, in my flesh, dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

This is very far from the Natural Man’s perception, but to the CHOSEN this will lead them to “spiritual perfection”.

“Famines”

This is not “physical but spiritual” famines of the “truth”. In the eyes of God, many people have not realized that they are actually suffering from “spiritual famine” referring to “hunger for the truth in the word”. But many have not heard it.

Amos 8:11  Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:

Amos 8:12  And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.

Pestilences” is due to “human wisdom applied to the word but does not heal the soul. Of course this is “spiritual pestilences” referring to sects and denominations having different doctrines. Each claims the truth only to find at Judgment Day it is rejected, but it is too late to repent.

Ephesians 4:14  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

“Housetop”

Matthew 24:17  Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take anything out of his house:

Housetop refers to solitude with God as Peter was in the following:

Act 10:9  … Peter went up upon the housetop to pray… 10 And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance, 11  And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him…

At that moment, our Lord revealed to Peter the real meaning of things he did not know. Therefore, housetop indicates “moment with God” for the CHOSEN to see the truth and walk on the right way.

Women with child that give suck

Very clear this applies to the very Religious Leaders believing they are “feeding the people with the word of God”:

Matthew 24:19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!

Literally women give suck to babies. Human perception sees nothing wrong with this. Spiritually, however, only GOD should feed the CHOSEN [“spiritual children”] with His words. And so, “woe unto them that give suck” refers to Religious Leaders “feeding their congregation with the word of God”. Because of “spiritual blindness” they rob GOD of His glory for appropriating His exclusive role! And also grabbing the honour sole belongs to God:

Psalms 111:9  He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and REVEREND is his name.

And more verses “literally” written but having “spiritual” significance in the life of the CHOSEN.

THE REALITY          

Literal-physical

Since this article is the “History of the Christian Religion”, “harvest time” refers to the “end of the literal world”.

Matthew 9:37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;

The “letter” appears too simple to many Bible readers. But to God this refers to what has been discussed regarding the entire History of the Christian Religion.

Matthew 9:38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

John 4:35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.

As earlier mentioned, the real gospel of Jesus Christ must have ended up to the third generation or around 300 A.D. This was when HELENA by reason of her humble beginning became one of the remnants of the Disciples of Christ. Having married to Roman Emperor Constantius I they had a son by the name Constantine I, later known as Constantine the Great who founded CATHOLICISM. For a long period the Holy Bible cannot be opened for it was banned by Catholicism erroneously believed to represent the CHRISTIAN religion founded by Christ.

The Reformation Period started only on 31 October 1517 when the Holy Bible was opened. Even then, the Reformers who founded several sects and denominations carried with them the “doctrine of the Trinity”. Coming from their lips “The infinite GOD can never be identified with the finite mind of man; to do so then we will be like Him already”. Very clear this is to discourage further questions about the “identity of GOD”. More sects and denominations followed with other doctrines about Jesus Christ, but these also failed to identify the “GOD of the Holy Bible”. Therefore, is it GOD’S will inviting our attention to this verse?

ISAIAH 59:19

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“So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west,

and his glory from the rising of the sun.

When the enemy shall come in like a flood,

the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.”

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It is now of common knowledge CHRISTIANITY, composed of innumerable sects and denominations, openly declare the “GOD of the Holy Bible cannot be clearly identified”. And yet all preached the Lord Jesus Christ to fear Him. But this is fully repudiated He is not JESUS CHRIST of Peter and Paul in the 4 doctrines as proven before.

What is Biblically confirmed JESUS CHRIST of Peter and Paul led to the identity of “GOD of the Holy Bible”. This was revealed to a simple man from the Far East on February 3, 1981. He concealed his true identity taking the pseudonym of Adiel A. Jezneel. And so, the prophesy is made complete in,

Isaiah 59:19

His glory from the rising of the sun

It was a long period of around 1,681 (1,981 less 300) years when the identity of the True CHRIST was hidden from the people of the world. Now with genuine “fear of the LORD”, evangelism must continue to complete “four months” which can never be a literal period. Perhaps “a month for millennium” is reasonable enough for God to harvest SOULS. Then the year 4000 A.D may be considered the “end for harvest”. After all, it is written:

Psalms 90:4 For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.

2 Peter 3:8  But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

If so can we now conclude, this is not a prophecy but just an opinion, that 4 millenniums is the “time for physical harvest”? To our LORD this is only 4 days, and then expect the “end of the world”. We are now in the year 2018; could the “period of harvest” be for the remaining 1,982 years (4,000 less 2,018)? Since pure Christianity began in 1981 and ends 1,982 years thereafter; this must indeed be a finicky or exacting coincidence for the years “l981 and 1982!

HAPPY DAYS, WARS, CHAOS, AND MISERIES        

Period for the End of the World

With the advance in science and technology, these events will surely happen and future generations must prepare for them. Intermittent occurrences for a long period of 1,982 years, people will realize “happy days, wars, chaos, miseries, and a state of extreme poverty and squalor”. Perhaps that will be the opportune time for some people to begin searching for the identity of GOD; after all “true love can never be perfected without mutual identification”! And, by divine providence, through the wonder of the INTERNET this website is open to everybody.

www.purechristianity.org

Through the very words of God, sans human wisdom, the “True CHRIST” is clearly recognized leading to the identity of GOD of the Holy Bible! Then God’s promise, millenniums of years ago will be fulfilled:

Hebrews 8:10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:

Hebrews 8:11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.

Hebrews 8:12  For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

House of Israel” refers to God’s CHOSEN. Also, notice neighbour and not fellowmen. Look how SATAN deceived the people!

It will be in those eras when GOD will begin “bringing in souls to fill up His Eternal Kingdom”. By that time professing Christians will have realized how deceived they were, loving God that they did not know. Why did this “simple common sense”, for several millenniums people have not realized? Great deceptions indeed!

2 Corinthians_4:4  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

For a long period that the Holy Bible is accessible to the people, they will be dumbfounded not heeding the warning of Jesus Christ regarding these 3 verses:

John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

2 Corinthians 3:6  Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

2 Corinthians 4:18  While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

STERN WARNING

For the future, but applying today

By this time many people must have realized “human wisdom” is limited to the “letter” of the word which is heard from the Religious Leaders of sects and denominations of the Christian religion. We may call this “religiosity” that is easy to understand and, therefore, embraced by many people. However, our Lord Jesus Christ spoke “spiritual things” and only a few understood it, for it is difficult for many people to humble themselves. They do not realize and appreciate CHRIST crucifixion on the cross, when this is our Lord’s way leading to the identity of GOD!

In the Old Testament it was prophesied God would mark His people on the “forehead”.

Ezekiel 9:2  And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate … and every man a slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man among them was clothed with linen, with a writer's inkhorn by his side…

Ezekiel 9:4  And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, … and set a mark upon the foreheads of the menthat sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.

•      The six men, number “6” being the number of man, represent the CHOSEN with Jesus in His role as “Son of God” spreading the “real gospel”. The “real gospel” is the identity of the “True Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:4).

•      “Higher gate” – symbolizes “spirituality” over “religiosity”.

•      “Slaughter weapon” – the “word of God sharper than twoedged sword (Hebrews 4:12)

•      “Clothed with linen – this must be Jesus in His role as Father “clothed with the robe of righteousness and the garment of salvation”.

•      Writer’s inkhorn” – this must be our Lord’s “divine wisdom”.

Ezekiel 9:5  And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: 6  Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary…

This is “spiritual” not “literal-physical” in the process of spreading the truth by convicting people with the very words of God. In evangelism telling the “truth” hurts people for they have “different beliefs”, but once they “accept it” pride or “old human nature” is exterminated. “Killing and sparing nothing”, therefore, refers to all vestiges of “human wisdom” inciting “spiritual pride” in man needs to be “killed or obliterated”, for these are the enemies of “spiritual humility”.

Ezekiel 9:7  And he said unto them, Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain (Proverbs 21:16): go ye forth. And they went forth, and slew in the city.

Ezekiel 9:8  And it came to pass, while they were slaying them, and I was left, that I fell upon my face, and cried, and said, Ah Lord GOD! wilt thou destroy all the residue of Israel [not literal but those believing in the Holy Bible] in thy pouring out of thy fury upon Jerusalem (not the place but where the Holy Bible is accessible)?

Ezekiel 9:9 Then said he unto me, The iniquity of the house of Israel is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood (spiritual death Proverbs 21:16), and the city full of perverseness: for they say, The LORD hath forsaken the earth, and the LORD seeth not.

•      The house of Israel and Judah clearly represents “religiosity” a semblance of Godliness, but in the eyes of God “full of hypocrisy”. We heard Jesus Christ sharply rebuking the “Scribes and Pharisees”.

Ezekiel 9:10  And as for me also, mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity, but I will recompense their way upon their head.

Ezekiel 9:11  And, behold, the man clothed with linen [Jesus in His role a Son of God], which had the inkhorn by his side, reported the matter, saying, I have done as thou hast commanded me [referring to the Father].

•      “Spiritually speaking” this is what God sees in all people. But blessed are those who humble themselves for to them is the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 18:3). The foregoing is literally written, but does not the incident clearly portray the events in this treatise? More information about our Lord:

•      His LITERAL NAME is JESUS CHRIST with His two (2) roles as Father and Son.

•      His SPIRITUAL NAME is “Word of God”, the “spiritual message” that gives life which is the TRUTH as earlier discussed.

Revelation 19:13  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

SATAN WITH HIS MARKS

The Counterfeiter

As revealed to Apostle John while exiled in the Island of Patmos, the “other godis unknown to many people as they do not recognize the True Christ. Satan is an exponent of the “letter” or literal word that is “seen”, while to Jesus the “spiritual” the “unseen”.

JESUS CHRIST is only marking the “forehead”, but the DECEIVER marks the people:

•      In their right hand” indicating man’s capability.

•      In their foreheads” for the use of “human wisdom” that the Natural Man understands (1 Corinthians 2:14).

Satan’s appearance:

Revelation 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

Earth” symbolizes “man” in the following:

Jeremiah 22:29 O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD.

With “human wisdom” people misconstrue the “beast” for Jesus Christ. The evidence is the different identifications of Jesus Christ because they are one in taking the “letter” of the word that “killeth” (2 Corinthians 3:6). This “god” has several appellations:

Revelation 12:9  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Significance of his marks:

Revelation 13:16  And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

Revelation 13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Revelation 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six (666).

For taking the “letter” of the word people get the wrong idea of “buying and selling” to mean food for sustenance of the BODY. This is heard from Religious Leaders saying “in the last days people will be forced to be marked for they will die of hunger without it”. Closely related to this is the notion of taking the “letter” of word for fasting. The same belief as the Devil tempted Jesus Christ fasting 40 days and 40 nights. The Devil took this to the “letter” and told our Lord:

Matthew 4:3  And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.(To be eaten to satisfy the body.)

In “spirituality” very clear the word of God is not for the body but for the soul. And so, here is the answer of Jesus in His role as “son of God” to the Devil:

Matthew 4:4  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Professing Christians do not realize this is the way Religious Leaders preach the word of God that is focussed on “physical life” or for the body. Very clear, therefore, many people unconsciously accept the “marks” of the DECEIVER, while God is harvesting the souls of the “humble in spirit”.

Truth never changes:

Ecclesiastes 1:9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

Hebrew13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

This truth in the future has been going on in the past for the “word is spiritual”. This is the application of “Tithes and Offering” where the object is MONEY. How many people expecting this to happen in the future, when it has been going on in the past and in our time?

This is the proof:

The number of the beast (666) is exposed by the three (3) identities of the False Christ under:

•      (6) The Trinity doctrine

•      (6) The Arian  doctrine and the derivative Jehovah doctrine

•      (6) The Modalism or Oneness doctrine

Religious congregations are sustained by this “mark of the beast” with money for “Tithes and Offering”! May the people be guided by what God wants?

Hosea 6:6 For I desired mercy [for humility], and not sacrifice [man’s own effort]; and the knowledge of God (divine wisdom)more than burnt offerings (prayers).

Matthew 9:13  But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy (for humility), and not sacrifice (man’s own effort) : for I am not come to call the righteous (self-righteousness) , but sinners to repentance (for humility).

But SATAN has blinded the minds of many people as not to see all the foregoing!

THE TIME OF THE END

For Future Generations

Now that the time is towards the “end of the world”, let God reveal His “intended message”:

•      For the “individual chosen” in particular

•      For the “whole world” in general

•      At this point the “intended message” of God will now be on the “physical occurrences”.

We read about the “great tribulation”:

Matthew 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

Revelation 7:14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Spiritually:

•      For the “individual chosen” this can be seen in Apostle Paul in his “self-examination” actually “he is fighting against his old human nature”.

Romans 7:18  For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.  19  For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.  Down to the following:

Romans 7:24  O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

Romans 7:25  I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

•      For the people in general, God sees them for “not knowing Him” they would find themselves distressed and tormented because of extraordinary world condition.

Physically – the world will be in total chaos considering future devastation caused by modern warfare, including earthquakes in many places. Results will be staggering as it affects human life and habitation. This is the “period of trying experience, affliction or trouble”. We cannot delve in details of things to happen in that period. Only God knows but everything will be for His glory, for then the fulfillment of our Lord’s warning is fulfilled:

Matthew 13:40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.

The undeserving will go on their erroneous belief, but to the chosen they will be with Him in His Eternal Kingdom. Prophet Daniel wrote about these long time ago:

Daniel 12:1  And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

Daniel 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

Daniel 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

Daniel 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

God reveals His “great message”:

Daniel 12:5  Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other two, the one on this side of the bank of the river, and the otheron that side of the bank of the river.

Could these two be the dual roles of JESUS CHRIST as the Father and the Son”?

Daniel 12:6 And one said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?

Daniel 12:7  And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand  and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.

•      “Man clothed in linen”  - Jesus in His role as Father

•      “Right hand” – for being “light of the world

•      “Left hand” - for being “salt of the earth

•      “Time”?

•      “Times?

•        “an half”?

Apostle John as he was exiled in the Island of Patmos similarly wrote:

Revelation 12:14  And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.

Very clear the woman refers to the CHOSEN as “wife of God” (Jeremiah 3:14).

•      “Given two wings” clearly refers to the two benefits from the word for “morality” to become “salt of the earth”, and for “spirituality” for being “light of the world” (Matthew 5:13-14). These will carry the chosen to the Eternal Kingdom of God.

•      “Eagle” having a vision 4 to 8 times stronger than that of the average human symbolizes the chosen’s perception of “spiritual message” of God that many people cannot see. This is the miracle of the “man born blind” that Jesus opened the eyes to see.

•      “Wilderness” - this is reminiscent when God fed His chosen after having been freed from slavery.

What does “time” mean?

What does “times” indicate?

How about “an half” or “half a time”, what does it signify?

To refresh:

Revelation 12:13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.

Very clear the dragon refers to Satan who was “cast unto the earth”. This may refer to the long period when the “truth was hidden from the people”. The “man child” points to JESUS CHRIST.

Revelation 12:15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.

Of course the serpent is Satan, and the woman are the people. As God gave His words, symbolized by water, Satan tempts the people taking the “letter”; thereby, “flooding them with erroneous doctrines.

AS FOR “time, times, “an half” or “half a time” may I venture to think of this treatise that give us some clues for the answer?

•      Example, could “time” possibly refer to the spiritual period of gathering the souls of the chosen?

•      And “times” for the “four months” the physical long period numbering “four millenniums” or 4000 years.

•      And on “an half” or half a time” for the halfway of the total period that coincided with the “revelation of truth in the 2ndmillennium” or (2018) which is in our time.

If this assumption has a semblance of correctness, then the “physical end of the world” will be in 4000 A.D. This is the equivalent of four (4) months harvest that our Lord told His Apostles in:

John 4:35  Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.

Hence, there will still be around a 1,982 year period, more or less, left for our Lord gathering souls to His Eternal Kingdom. There will be intermittent joy and merriment because of temporary peace, and wars and hostilities among nations, resulting in chaos, pandemonium, sicknesses and suffering that cannot be avoided for this long period. This is the time for people to realize how deceived they are, and therefore, search for pure Christianity that our Lord founded.

So the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled:

Isaiah 59:19 So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun

Who is the “Lord feared from the west” if he is not the mysterious Lord Jesus Christ that people recognized with “human wisdom”? This started from the time of Constantine the Great on to the Reformation Period and to continue till Judgment Day.

The “glory of the LORDbegan when Simon Peter recognized the True Christ, then the LORD introduced Himself to Paul. This continued for a period of only around 300 years as mentioned before. Then the dark period of CHRISTIAN HISTORY began when the Great Roman Emperor Constantine I founded Catholicism.

By the power and mercy of God, resumption of CHRIST teaching began from the Far East when He found “humility” He had been waiting for a long period of 1,681 (1981 minus 300) years. This was the dark period in Christian history when the identity of JESUS CHRIST was hidden. But at last the “golden period” began when God found somebody who humbled himself and to him the “light of the gospel” began.

The LORD of Peter and Paul was extremely glorified in the person of JESUS CHRIST when He was recognized with His two (2) roles as FATHER and SON in one body? So we hear JESUS CHRIST say:

         John 10:30  I and my Father are one.

Very clear, then this must be the cause why GOD is truly glorified! And now let us listen to Prophet Daniel:

Daniel 12:8 And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?

Daniel 12:9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.

Daniel 12:10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

As written, let alone our Lord will reveal truth.

SECOND DEATH

This is the end for all who are not of God. Leading the list is SATAN and his son CAIN (in figure). Like a scaffolding used by an Engineer in building an imposing edifice. So God needed SATAN and CAIN in perfecting His CHOSEN to be worthy of His Eternal Kingdom. Look how God protected CAIN like SATAN his father serving as “spiritual scaffolding”:

Genesis 4:13 And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear. 14  Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me. 15 And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.

Very clear SATAN is God’s perfect means to purify His CHOSEN with his temptation and deception. He fell because of pride. But JESUS took His second role as “Son” to guide and strengthen His CHOSEN with spiritual humility. The LAKE OF FIRE, therefore, is prepared for all who do not deserve to be with God in His Eternal Kingdom.

Revelation_20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Revelation 19:20  And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

Revelation 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

The “second death” is equivalent to the complete destruction of the scaffolding by the Engineer. This is to preserve the beauty of the building. To God LUCIFER later known as SATAN, DEVIL, OLD SERPENT and DRAGON will lead the rest of the people to suffer “second death”. Very clear second death is the end of everything for them all. Without Satan and all those who have not recognized the “True CHRIST”, then GOD will show the beauty of His Eternal Kingdom.

Revelation 21:2 And I John saw … coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

Water of life” very clearly refers to the “wonderful words of JESUS CHRIST” that the goats missed in their lifetime. Therefore, the Third Heaven is for the GROOM with His BRIDE in their “eternal honeymoon” as described in the SONG OF SOLOMON.   To conclude, it is hoped distinction is made clear between “religiosity” and “spirituality”.

•      “Religiosity” while the teaching is based on the Holy Bible, the doctrine is limited to man’s interpretation or perception of the “letter” of the word. The result is fully accepted by many people for they learn moral lessons resulting in good human behavior that cannot be reputed.

This is what Jesus Christ saw in the Religious Leaders in His time. He told them they were cleaning the outside of the cup and platter (for morality), but inside is full of hypocrisy.... . To Jesus, He may consider this as “salt of the earth”. Yet, the benefit is limited to “physical life” that ultimately ends in the grave.

•      “Spirituality” as taught by Jesus Christ it is much deeper for the doctrine is founded on “things not seen” for this refers to the soul. “Humility” is the key to this for only the Holy Spirit can reveal the “intended message” of God from His words. If “religiosity” is limited only to the “outside of the cup and platter”, in “spirituality” “clean first what is inside the cup and platter that the outside” be also cleaned. Hence, complete is Jesus Christ counsel to His Disciples being the “salt of the earth” and “light of the world”. This is how our Lord harvests souls come Judgment Day.

IN A NUTSHELL

THE THREE KINDS OF LIFE ARE REVEALED

This is the “truth” that cannot be denied. We are all endowed with a “SOUL”.  Animals no matter how “easy to teach”, they don’t have it.

Therefore, our “soul” should be applied to the maximum for the benefit of:

1. “EARTHLY LIFE” – the body ultimately ends in the grave

2. “RELIGIOUS LIFE” – let us be careful with our “soul”

3. “SPIRITUAL LIFE” – “soul” will surely go to “heaven” by completely   submitting this to God

The attributes of our SOUL are the “intellect and feeling”, also known as “human wisdom”.

For our “EARTHLY LIFE” in order to enjoy it, we need to use our “human wisdom” to the maximum. Our motto should be “learn what is right and do it” guided by the lesson on “morality” from the Holy Bible.

For our “RELIGIOUS LIFE”, however, “human wisdom” is taboo, “verboten”, and never-never should it be applied for this is the “very sin of EVE” that is hidden from many people.   Let us listen to God:

1 Corinthians 1:19 “I WILL DESTROY THE WISDOM OF THE WISE, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. 20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom KNEW NOT GOD”.

In “RELIGIOUS LIFE” the dreaded “human wisdom” cannot be avoided. Actually, this is the “serpent’s (Devil) temptation to EVE that people do not even know. The “forbidden TREE of knowledge of good and evil” is the SOUL.  Its attributes (or fruits) are the “intellect or feeling” or “human wisdom”.

Is not only GOD has the “standard of good and evil”? With the use of the “intellect and feeling” EVE (people) cannot help but to use “human wisdom”. That is the temptation of the “serpent” telling EVE “to be like God” on eating (using) the “intellect and feeling”. Very clear this is “man’s standard” that God condemns.

Romans 10:2  For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, BUT NOT ACCORDING TO KNOWLEDGE. 3  For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

Proof for Religiosity:

We hear from our Religious Leaders this alibi to discourage further question about the clear “identity of GOD”. “They say, “It is impossible to identify the ‘infinite GOD” with the finite mind of MAN. To do so, then we will be like Him already". Can “perfect love” develop sans mutual identification?

In “SPIRITUALITY” to aspire for “God’s Eternal Kingdom”, let us listen to Jesus Christ:

Matthew 18:3 Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

1 Corinthians 3:18  Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.

And so, He said:

Matthew 22:14  For many are called, but few are chosen.

How many will accept this truth?

I fully feel what God sees with the condition of CHRISTIANITY TODAY. I believe the “end of the world” is still too far way for God to gather souls for His Eternal Kingdom. And now that I have tasted His love, my feeling of great happiness is expressed with “tears how God has loved me” knowing myself too little to deserve it.

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