Saturday, October 27, 2012

Lawful?

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We can learn much from the account found at Luke6:1-5. There is reads:

"Now it happened that He was passing through some grainfields on a Sabbath; and His disciples were picking the heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands, and eating the grain. But some of the Pharisees said, “Why do you do what is not lawful on the Sabbath?” And Jesus answering them said, “Have you not even read what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him, how he entered the house of God, and took and ate the consecrated bread which is not lawful for any to eat except the priests alone, and gave it to his companions?” And He was saying to them, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”
I feel joy and gratitude for what Jesus showed me during the night, and I know I must now share it with you (Matt.10:27; Isa.50:4,5).
I will take one verse/phrase at a time.
Verse 1. "Now it happened that He was passing through some grain fields
on a Sabbath; 
and His disciples were picking the heads of grain, 
rubbing them in their hands, 
and eating the grain."

  In this scene, Jesus and his disciples were very hungry (Matt.12:1). It was the period of time when they were intensely occupied with Jehovah's work of preaching truth, foregoing the securities of predictable shelter and food (Luke12:29,31; Luke9:58). When they passed through these grain fields and plucked grain, they were not stealing (Deut.23:25), but rather this provision was according to Gods' own Law (Lev.23:22).
  We are then told, that it was the Sabbath. In verse 5 we are told, that Jesus is LORD of the Sabbath. He has authority over all that this day signifies. According to Matt.17:25,26; the Sons of the Kingdom/True Sabbath, are exempt from the "tax" required of "strangers"/those "under Law".
Jesus and his apostles "plucked" the heads of grain, and were "rubbing" them to remove the "chaff" (Jer.12:14,15,16,17; 45:4). Jesus and the apostles have the authority to do this cleansing of the "wheat" (Rev.2:26,27; Matt.3:12; 19:28; 13:38; Mal.3:2,3; 4:1).
Then Jesus and the apostles were "rubbing" this wheat in their own hands, to cleanse it (Eze.16:9).
When prepared, they ate the grain (Isa.50:4; Gal.6:6; Luke17:8; 8:11).
This was necessary, because it was the only source of food available to them. Surely the religious leaders who were condemning them, were not providing "the proper food at the proper time" to sustain them. Jesus and his apostles relied on the provisions allowed by God, combined with their own authority of being set free of the Law (John8:36; Matt.17:26; Luke6:5).
This example is for all sons of the Kingdom. We are indeed free (2Cor.3:17; Gal.5:13) to eat bread from heaven; despite restrictions imposed by men in power (Rom.6:16,22). We, like Christ and the apostles, must not be restrained from our due food (2Thess.2:7).

Verse 2.
"But some of the Pharisees said, “Why do you do what is not lawful on the Sabbath?” 
  Gal.1:10
This is what Jesus was referring to in one of the signs of the end time (Matt.24:20).
Luke21:34,35,36. Jesus knew what the religious climate would be for his anointed brothers....the test that Satan would bring upon them (Matt.24:24,21,22). The truth being revealed through Christ at the Marriage Feast, would not be tolerated by the opposers (2Tim.4:3); but rather, it would be considered a violation of doctrine and religious authority (Rev.13:17,8)....just as the food Jesus and his apostles gleaned for themselves was also considered taboo.
We too face a "Sabbath" restriction today. We too, must respond as Jesus did.
We have a right to partake of Jehovah's provisions, despite the restrictions and opposition of men in power. We have been set free from the Laws of men. Awaken and arise!

Verse 3.
"And Jesus answering them said, “Have you not even read what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him?"
  The reference of Jesus here, confirms our situation. It shows that when God's servants are weary of the spiritual battle, are in the midst of enemies, and their needs are not being met by those responsible;
...Then just as David and his men refreshed themselves with what was Holy....so too Jesus and his apostles also did....so too should we who are also warring in loyalty to God. Those faithful wise virgins who are admitted into the marriage feast, do not have to surrender the oil in their lamps to those in a darkened condition (Matt.25:8,9). Neither should they "pay" for illumination from mere men, and allow these to direct them into subjection and darkness (Matt.25:10; 5:13,14,15,16; Rev.9:10,6). What men decree as a restrictive Sabbath....God's chosen servants freely partake the fruitage of.
Those doing God's will are worthy of their wages (1Tim.5:18; Luke10:7). When the survival of God's anointed priests and kings depend upon sustenance forbidden by men (Jesus and the apostles were priests and kings), prohibitions of men are irrelevant (Matt.12:5,6,7,8). The "Sabbath" is to serve the needs of men....not men to serve the Sabbath (Mark2:27). Even showing mercy to the life of an animal was regarded more highly than the Law (Matt.12:11,12). 
For those sheep who have fallen into a dark pit spiritually (due to the leadership of the wicked Steward --Matt.15:14), and feel it is forbidden by men to partake of those spiritual provisions which might pull you out; See...Jesus is Lord, and his care for you is greater than what men forbid! You are invited to the Marriage of the Lamb! (Rev.19:9)

Verse 4.
"how he entered the house of God, and took and ate the consecrated bread which is not lawful for any to eat except the priests alone, and gave it to his companions?” 
  Luke1:32
Jehovah allowed David and his men to eat the "consecrated bread". The greater David is the provider of Bread to his warrior companions (Rev.1:1; John17:7,8; Rev.11:3; Luke12:37). It is indeed "consecrated bread", cleansed by Jesus' own hands...the chaff removed (John6:53,51; 1Cor.15:37; Titus2:14). It is lawful in God's eyes, for this bread to be eaten by his cleansed priests (Rom.2:29; Mal.3:3,4; 1Pet.2:9,5; 2Tim.2:21; Eph.5:26; John13:10). They are, the "house of God" (1Cor.3:9; Eph.2:21).
Our Lord, is the Christ (Rev.19:16,14). It is time to eat what he is giving us (Rev.10:10; 20:12) despite it being, the "Sabbath" (1Cor.10:30; Matt.24:20).
When the marriage feast was due to be dispensed, Jesus foretold that "those invited were not worthy" (Matt.22:8).
As a result, "all those leaving the City" were admonished to attend, though not original invitees (anointed) Matt.22:9. So too, all those who are leaving Babylon the Great City [Rev.18:4,10; 17:18 --(apostate Jerusalem Rev.11:8)]  in order to obey Jesus (Matt.24:15,16), are welcome to attend and partake of, that end-time spiritual feast. (Luke17:37) So the "consecrated bread" meant only for the priests, is now being served to all those  no longer restrained by (and leaving) the Beast and it's ruling Harlot.

Verse 5.
"And He was saying to them, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.
Jesus Christ is our Head, and the highest authority (Phil.2:10; John3:35; Eph.1:22). We gratefully accept the grace of God (Rom.9:15,16), whether men approve, or not (1Cor.7:23; 1Thess.2:4).

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Some scriptural thoughts I wrote to an anointed one...

but a word on the 12 tribes....
I know they are not actual physical Jews, according to flesh.
Just as the Beasts in Daniel show the attributes of the final Wild Beast (Rev.13:1,2; Dan.7:5,6,4), so too the "tribes" of spiritual Israel have traits of some of the original tribes. The book of Revelation reveals the culmination, of the war of Gen3:15. The "woman" is the New Covenant...the "Promise" by which "seed" are born (Gal.3:29). That seed, is the twelve tribes of the spiritual "Israel of God".
(If you don't see this, please read pearl-thewoman.blogspot.com )
At Rev.12:1, she is seen as crowned with 12 stars (Prov.17:6; 1Pet.5:4; 1Thess.2:19; Prov.4:9; Isa.62:3; 61:3).
This represents the sealed 12 tribes of a full 144000 sons. They are not physical Jews, but spiritual (Rom.2:29; 9:8).
(http://4womaninthewilderness.blogspot.com/2013/01/what-is-jew-what-is-gentile-answers-to.html)
"Jacob" is the resurrected Christ, and his twelve "sons" are the apostles. The apostles are the figurative foundation stones of their 12,000 sons each (Eph.2:20; Rev.21:14; 7:4,5-8).
We are built up upon them (their teachings/records), and fleshly Jews have no part in this, unless they belong to Christ, just as we do.
Try to keep in mind that this is a symbolic scroll, and that the number 12 (6+6) is symbolic for witnesses of truth (Rev.14:5; John8:17). (This is discussed at pearl-666.blogspot.com )
According to Gal.4:30,24 , the physical Jews do not share in the promise of the inheritance, unless they become sealed anointed.
Do you think that fleshly Jews still have special favor from God, regarding the inheritance of Abraham (Acts13:45,46; Matt.21:43; Jer.35:17; Matt.23:37,38; Luke19:41,44; Jer.31:32)?

When I think of spiritual Jacob/Israel.....and the "fathers" of the tribes of Spiritual Israel (the twelve apostles),
I remember Matt.19:27,28; Luke22:30; Dan.7:9,22; Rev.20:4; 7:4.
Underneath the judgment of these twelve, will be the 144000. After 144000 are sealed out of all those invited (Matt.22:14) these 144000 will then also be given authority to judge... the world upon which they rule....(1Cor.6:2; 2Tim2:12; Rev.5:10).
Symbolically, each apostle has a gate to the Holy City...each gate admitting 12,000...each apostle
determining who will enter their gate and join those who make up New Jerusalem... coming under their tribe (Rev.21:12,14).

How is Rom.14:12; John5:22; and 1Cor.6:2 all true at once?
Jesus is clearly sharing the sealing of "Israel", with his apostles. Each "father" gets to determine which "sons" will comprise his tribe.
Yet we know that although this authority is given to Christ and the apostles,
they do nothing of their own initiative, but seek guidance and approval from the Father.

I have shown you things in a deeper way, although I am not sure you have yet accepted the surface things I sent last time.
I thought perhaps by showing it to you more deeply, you night see the surface more clearly.

Please let me know your thoughts on who make up the 12 tribes of the Israel of God.

I believe that all the advice Jesus gives in Rev., chapters 1-3, is for all  anointed;
....especially during the end-time....
no matter which tribe or symbolic Congregation of "seven" we belong to.

I gratefully accept wherever Jesus places me, but I have a special affection for the apostles John and Paul.
I would be grateful to be one of their sons, in their tribes.
But who would doubt that we will be placed just where we should be....and be ecstatic in whatever "abode" we might receive.

Love in Christ,
Pearl
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

"Wormwood" today

QUESTION:

Hey I'm doing a religion project and I was curious on
1.what is the code of conduct for jahovahs witnesses?
2. What are practices for this religion?
Thank you!


REPLY:
This is a huge question when it comes to "Jehovah's Witnesses".
I'll do my best.
I will respect that you are not specifically asking for religious beliefs, so I will only refer to them as is necessary to answer your questions.

First off, if you asked a practicing "witness" your first question, their reply would likely be brief and simple. They would likely say that their "code of conduct" was all the things which Christ directed, and that this "code" is founded upon the scriptures.

The problem with that assumption, is as follows...
Like all Organized religions, "Jehovah's Witnesses" believe that their doctrines are based upon the Truth of the Bible...that they are loyal to the Scriptures...and that they worship in harmony with Holy Spirit, and the tenets of the Bible. Like all Organized religions who have this belief, they would be wrong.

The "Code of Conduct" for witnesses, can not be separated from their "practices". All "Witnesses" are expected to make their religion, their life, completely.
Those practices, and that Code, are as follows:

Conformity to all current "organizational arrangements" is expected by all, as directed by those in authority, such as:

  dress and grooming:
       MALES: (full formal-wear when engaged in any public religious activity.
                      No hair long enough to touch the collar. No beards, in the USA.
                      Until recently, there used to be a white shirt requirement for giving a talk/sermon.
                      Dress and grooming specifications, while firm, differ in various Countries.
   FEMALES: No denim; skirts must be below the knee; nothing tight; high neckline.
                      Cars and homes also, must reflect diligence and a degree of affluence.
      Behavior: Five meetings per week, plus attendance at "service" meetings as often as
                      possible. (They are normally held twice daily.) "Field service" to
                      follow that meeting, for as many hours as possible.
                      Attendance at meetings should be even if one is subjected to
                      mortal threat. Arrival at meetings is expect to be 20 minutes before the
                      meeting starts. Children also, are to learn to imitate the parents, in
                      developing self-control enough to sustain rapt attention at meetings.
                      Meetings are to be fully prepared for; by a thorough preview of the
                      materials to be covered. Participation is expected. In addition,
                      there is to be a weekly "family study" conducted by the family head
                      (male if existing) in a member's own home.
                      Children are expected to do as well as possible in school, but are strongly
                      discouraged from pursuing higher education. They are to avoid any
                      friendships with the opposite sex, and dating is prohibited until the
                      intentional pursuit of marriage. They are to refrain from an extra-
                      curricular school activities. Their goal in life should be a career going
                      door-to-door proselytizing and that should begin at as early an age as
                      possible.
                      Men are only respected if they actively seek to "climb the ladder" within
                      their Congregations. This is achieved in steps, according to how well a
                      man conforms to "organizational arrangements" and provides a strong example
                      as one who is in unquestioning loyalty to those who direct.
                      Women are only respected if they are completely directed by the male figure
                      in their life, are always mild-mannered, have "exemplary" children,
                      are skilled as housewives, and spend a good deal of their time proselytizing.
                      All "Witnesses" must remain current in present doctrine. They must completely
                      espouse whatever that current doctrine is. If they fail to keep current with
                      changes in doctrine...perhaps believing something outdated...they run the
                      risk of being expelled from their Congregation, Family, and Friends.
                      In addition, there are "Assemblies" and "Conventions" to attend periodically.
                      Leisure activities are to be monitored by the standards of the organization,
                      which are exhaustive.

Some of these expectations are rooted in the Bible....most are not. An in-depth examination of all the doctrines and "arrangements" which "Jehovah's Witnesses" practice, and how these are NOT based on scripture, would be an exhaustive article indeed. I will not attempt to cover all of them with you, but here is a brief sampling:

PIONEERING:
                         This designation/title has a set hour requirement for proselytizing.
                         Those who enroll are given special privileges and esteem. This "arrangement" is
                         not found in the Bible, and in fact, violates Bible principles.
                         (Luke21:1,2,3,4; James2:1,2,3,4; Matt.6:1,2,3,4; )
RECORD KEEPING:
                         A count is made of attendance at various meetings, as well as how many
                         "partake" at the annual "Memorial" of Christ's death.
                         This is also in violation of scripture (1Chron.21:1; Rev.7:9).
FAITH IN DOCTRINES OF MEN:
                         Bible interpretations are often published without scriptural backing. It is sourced
                         in interpretations by men, and changes are made repeatedly as a result. There is to
                         be no "independent" study, nor comparison with other doctrines. This also
                         violates scripture (Matt.15:9; Isa.29:13; Col.2:20,21,22,23; 1John4:1; 2Cor.13:3).
                         All are expected to be loyal to these doctrinal changes, above loyalty to scripture.
                         Any who express disagreement based upon scripture, are labeled as disloyal to God Himself.
                         This also betrays the Bible.
         (1John4:1; Acts17:11; 1Thess.5:21; 2Cor.11:3,4,12,13,20; Rom.6:16;
          1Cor.7:23; Gal.1:10; Col.3:24; John4:24; Rom.1:25; Acts5:29)

Jesus left his disciples with the following command:
"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you". (Matt.28:19,20)

"Jehovah's Witnesses" break both of Christ's commands. They teach all to observe all the commands of men, and they baptize additionally, in the name of their Organization. They expect one's dedication, to be to them, rather than exclusively to God (which also violates God's Command). Mark12:30; Isa.42:8; Deut.11:16; Luke4:8; Matt.4:10)

I hope my reply to you has helped satisfy your need for information.
If you need something further, please follow up.
All the best for success with your project,
Regards,
Pearl

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Question:
"This past weekend i read a response to a readers comments about how well you use the scriptures and i wondered just how you come up to an accurate scriptural answer, i know you pray to Jehovah every time you get a question, can you please tell me how you manage to come up with so many scriptures all at once?"

Response:
Hello,
In answer, I could simply say that I have all the relevant scriptures at my disposal by means of Holy Spirit.
But I think you would like more detail.
Jesus said, "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you."  John14:26
The way that I experience the "remembrance" of "all that I (Jesus) said"...is that as soon as I consider a question, my mind begins to flood with scriptures. I believe this to be the things that Jesus said , for; he is  the "Word of God" (John1:1,14; 17:17). 

Thankfully, as scriptures come to mind; their application to the question at hand also becomes clear ("He will teach you all things"). Thankfully, the "flow" of scriptures and their application, come at a rate that I can work with....as fast as I can type, the scriptures and thoughts come. Sometimes it runs ahead of me, and I must strain not to forget it all. Sometimes the point comes first, and then the scripture....sometimes the scripture comes first, and then, the point of it.
I usually do this work for many hours each day (often forgetting to eat), and it can become very exhausting mentally. Sometimes I must take a rest (Mark.6:30,31,32). But it is, a wonderful , joyful work! As often as I re-read what I have written, there are more scriptures given, to add.

I do not always know where a scripture is located, but I will remember it word for word. In that case, I quickly open a google window...type in the words of that verse, and it's location in the Bible, pops up in the search results. In this way, I can cite (in my reply) the same scripture I have received, so that others can also consider it. 
I also can often realize how the "JW" mind might react to a particular point, due to my familiarity with their indoctrination (1Cor.9:19,20,21,22). In that case, another scripture will come to mind to help to prove the correction and adjust that perspective, to accept  the previous scriptural point being made (2Tim.3:16). 
I do this in hopes of reaching even those who have already been indoctrinated according to "strongly entrenched" error (2Cor.10:5,4).

I often learn while  I am writing, because very  often I do not know the answer to a question as I begin to write. But as the scriptural answers come to me through writing a reply...I am learning with clarity. It seems I have even begun to think along the lines of scripture at all times. Every thought, reaction, even while I sleep and dream....it is all according to the scriptures. I know that may sound strange, but I think this may be what the Bible means, when it speaks of "walking by spirit" (Gal.5:16,25; 6:16; Rom.8:5,4,1,2,9,10,11,14,16,17; 1John3:24).

Some have written me, commending me for my "extensive research". I smile at that because as you can see, I don't do that. Except for looking up where a scripture is located, and perhaps finding historical proof for what spirit has already explained; that's all I find, and add. I seek historical proof for some explanations, because there are readers who require such evidence...which is fine with me. I am here to do my best with whatever the sheep seem to sincerely require.

Faithful anointed ones truly are, just a vessel (2Cor.4:7). We have truth and spirit poured into us (2Cor.3:5; 1John2:20,24), according to the measure that we pour it out for others (Matt.5:16; 1Tim.4:15,16; 2Tim.4:2). Like Jesus, we are a channel...nothing more (Matt.10:20; John12:50; 5:30; 8:28; 7:16). The more we learn to depend upon Holy Spirit and pass it onto others...the more we receive (Matt.13:12; 25:29; 1Thess.5:4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11). This brings glory to the heavenly Father (John15:8). If we should depend upon our own thinking or that of doctrines of men (John7:18; Matt.25:9; Rev.13:17)....the less spirit we receive...as we attempt to bring glory to ourselves. Without spirit, we return to the darkness, where we can do nothing at all (John15:4,5; 1John2:28,24; John12:35; Eph.4:18: 1John2:11.)

Next time I will reply to your second question.
Thank you for asking,
Love,
Pearl

Sunday, October 21, 2012

A QUESTION:

Hello Pearl,
 I noticed that in the last two posts, you used Rev.8:10 three times, with various applications.
We have been taught that the "fallen star" "Wormwood", is "Christendom". I will give you the three places you used that scripture:
1.  "To accept power, riches, or dominion within Satan's world, would also
      cause an anointed one to "fall" (1John2:15,16,17; Rev.2:5; Rev.8:10; Rev.9:1; 12:4; Mark10:42,43).
2.  "There is SOME truth in it (Rev.8:10)."
3.  "We saw at Matt.24:24, that Satan is going to try to mislead the Chosen in the time of the end,
       by means of Powerful, prominent, "fallen" anointed (Rev.8:10,11; Rev.13:11;
       2Thess.2:1,2,4; Luke12:45).

Please prove by scriptures, that the "fallen star" is really anointed ones who rule. And then, please explain how Rev.8:10 applies in the 3 ways you have used it.

REPLY:

I am glad that you spoke up when having trouble seeing exactly what my writings mean. The disciples of Jesus also did this....Yet others, just walked away. Jesus rewarded those who were willing to "keep on asking" (Matt.13:36; 24:3; 7:7).
First, lets establish more clearly, who the anointed are.
Gal.3:29 reads:
"If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise."
(Rom.4:13; 8:17; 9:8)
Can you see from these scriptures, that the 144000 are considered "Abraham's seed", and "heirs" of the promise given to Abraham? Abraham was promised that his "seed", would inherit the earth, and bless all of mankind (Gen.22:17,18; 28:13,14). This "seed", was symbolized by heavenly "stars" (Gen.15:5; 26:4; Dan.12:3). The Greek scriptures also speak of these heavenly bodies of "light" which are to shine during the  "night" (1Pet.2:5,9; Matt.5:14,16; Phil.2:15 (NIV); Rom.13:12), as "stars" ...both the faithful (Heb.11:12; Dan.12:3; 1Tim.4:16) and the unfaithful (Jude1:13).
And so, when we wish to understand the symbols of the book of Revelation (Rev.1:1 "presented it in signs"), we must allow God's Word to give it's own interpretation (Gen.40:8; 2Pet.1:20; 2Tim.3:16,17).
Aside from the scriptures we have already considered, we can go to the words of the glorified Christ to learn more about these "stars". (Rev.1:16,20; 2:1; 3:1; 12:1)
According to those scriptures, Jesus "holds" "seven stars" in his "right hand". He then tells us that these "stars", are "angels" of the "seven" "Congregations" (Mark12:25; 1Cor.15:51). If we harmonize this with the rest of the previous scriptures, we know that these stars are "heirs" of the promises given to Abraham....the anointed. For, Jesus would not "hold" in his right hand of power, and use as beacons of light, counterfeit "Christians" not in Covenant with him, would he? What "light" would such agents of darkness have? (Matt.6:23; Eph.4:18).
No.....the "star" "angels" in Jesus' right hand, are the anointed in Covenant with him.
At Rev.12:7 we see that there are "angels"/messengers "battling" along with "Michael" (2Cor.10:3,4,5).
This battle is also pictured, at Rev.19:11,13,14. Those "battling" with Christ, wear "white robes". These warriors are anointed (see Rev.19:8; 6:11). At Rev.19:15 it tells us that Jesus here, will "strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron". Those riding with him then, have the same right (Rev.2:26,27). So according to scriptures, these "star"/"angels", are conquering anointed.

Now to get to the "star" at Rev.8:10....
"The third angel blew his trumpet, and a great star fell from heaven, blazing as a lamp, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water."
Let's look at the rest of Jesus' description of this "star". It is also said to be "blazing as a lamp".
How does this help our identification?...
In Matt.25:1, the "kingdom of the heavens" is compared to 10 virgins (Rev.14:4) with lamps (Luke12:35; Matt.5:15,16). Again, these are anointed ones. If one of these virgins was "blazing" as a lamp...surely it's teachings would be bright, and seen by many over a wide area.
If we continue to read into verse 11:
"The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many people died from the water, because it had been made bitter."........
Can you reason that previous to the "fall" of this "star", all the waters beneath this star (John4:14), were wholesome?
Even after this star falls and defiles the waters under it, the waters are said to be partially poisoned (one third).
Does this all sound like "Christendom" to you?
If we return to Rev.8:10...
"The third angel blew his trumpet, and a great star fell from heaven, blazing like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water."
According to Matt.5:19; a "great" star, would be one who was doing and teaching the one Truth from Christ (Eph.4:5; John14:6). We are told that this great "star" has enough authority, to fall upon "the rivers and on the springs of water". Christ tells us that these are the teachings of his truth (John4:14; 7:37,38). These pure waters do not come from, nor are they under the power of, "Christendom".
Finally, Rev.8:11 tells us that the name of this "star", is now "Wormwood". If we allow God's Word to teach us this identity, it becomes clear that this is a name he calls the unfaithful among his own Covenanted people.
(Jer.2:13,19,20,21,22,32,37; 9:15; 23:15; Amos.5:7; 6:12; Deut.29:18; Lam.3:15,19,40,48,49,50,51). (Read all Jer.ch.2)
There is no such thing as "apostate Christendom"....for, "Christendom" was never anointed, nor in Covenant with God, that she could become "apostate". "Christendom" could never become an adulterous Harlot....for she was never in a pure marital covenant with Jehovah.
False "Christians" are Satan's Counterfeit...A decoy to prevent the Chosen from seeing their current circumstances under the genuine apostasy, those unfaithful who really were in Covenant with Jehovah God. Jesus tells us that the "wicked Steward" IS one of HIS SLAVES (Luke12:42).  2Thess.2:4,3 makes crystal clear, that the end-time apostasy, is within and over, God's Temple of anointed ones (1Cor.3:16).

When Rev.8:11 tells us that "many people died from the water", this tells us that previous to taking in the waters of "Wormwood"...they were living. Do you believe this is the case with those taking in waters from Christendom?
If we look once again at Rev.8:10...
"The third angel blew his trumpet, and a great star fell from heaven, blazing like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water."
....this anointed star has charge of the "light" being shed as well as the spiritual "waters" being offered, throughout the world. Why? Because only the "Steward"/Gov.Bdy. has the authority to determine what all are fed (Luke12:42).
Finally, by falling "from heaven" (Rev.8:10; 2:5), it is established that this is one who had  been "enrolled in the heavens" (Heb.12:23; Eph.2:6), and can not possibly be anyone belonging to "apostate Christendom", if there were such a thing.

Hopefully by a consideration of all the previous scriptures, you can clearly see that the "Great Star", "blazing as a lamp" is a prominent anointed one. By reading that this one "falls" (Luke12:45; Rev.2:5; 6:13; 8:10; 9:1), and thereby poisons the spiritual waters it's sheep are partaking of; you can deduce the implications and repercussions (which are symbolically expounded upon in the rest of Revelation).
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Now for the places in which I referred to that verse:
1."To accept power, riches, or dominion within Satan's world, would also
      cause an anointed one to "fall" (1John2:15,16,17; Rev.2:5; Rev.8:10; Rev.9:1; 12:4; Mark10:42,43).
Hopefully you can see that if an anointed Steward broke Christ's command at Mark10:42,43 [as well as John13:34 (Luke12:45; 1John4:20); Matt.23:10,8,11; 1John2:15; John17:16] they would "fall" from Christ's approval (Matt.25:11,12; 7:23; Rev.20:10).

2.  "There is SOME truth in it (Rev.8:10)."
I agree that reference is a bit obscure. I am now referring to Rev.8:10 C.
"The third angel blew his trumpet, and a great star fell from heaven, blazing like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water."
My point is that even after "Wormwood" defiles the waters of Truth, only "a third" are poisoned at first. This means that the teachings, still contain mostly Truth! So we would expect that even though the "waters" have become unsafe.....there is still "SOME truth in it.".

3.  "We saw at Matt.24:24, that Satan is going to try to mislead the Chosen in the time of the end, 
       by means of Powerful, prominent, "fallen" anointed (Rev.8:10,11; Rev.13:11; 
       2Thess.2:1,2,4; Luke12:45).
Matt.24:24 reads:
"For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect."
The original Greek word for "Christs" is....."anointed ones".
Again, these are found among "Jehovah's Witnesses". Verse 24 continues that these false anointed brothers (2Tim3:5; 2Pet.2:1,2,3) will "arise" in power, and "perform great signs and wonders". This is for a certainty a parallel to the "false prophet" of Rev.13:13,14,11; Rev.19:20.
And then we are told that if it is at all possible, these "false christs and false prophets" WILL mislead the "elect"/anointed.
Can you see that these deceptions come upon the Chosen, AFTER they are anointed and considered by God's Word, as already belonging to the "elect"/"chosen"? (Matt.24:24)
If you know any anointed ones personally, they will attest to the commonality, that all of us were not fooled by "Christendom" in the least, previous to our anointing. More so, after it (1John2:20,27)!
Therefore it is unlikely that this masterful deception (backed by all of Satan's power--2Thess.2:9; Rev.13:13; Matt.24:24) is "Christendom".
This dangerous trap to mislead the Chosen, would have to be baited with much Truth, in order to ensnare the Holy Ones......perhaps with as much as two-thirds Truth?
And finally, 2Thess.2 confirms to us, that this last day deception (2Thess.2:1) (when a deceiving power takes over --2Thess.2:4)....takes rulership in the midst of the Chosen Ones, God's true Temple (2Thess.2:4)....not in "Christendom". See 1Cor.3:16,9; Eph2:22; 1Pet.2:5.

I hope these thoughts address your questions. If there is anything else, please let me know.
Jehovah bless your pursuit of life and truth,
Pearl

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A Comment:
Pearl,
While you may have your differences with the organization of Jehovah's Witnesses; you certainly have not lost your touch with the holy scriptures. You are as sharp as ever when it comes to quoting and sighting scriptures. Bless you and I hope, that you can work out your differences with the J.W.'s. Perhaps, you, a woman should be considered as the first woman President of the Watchtower, Bible and Tract Society????

Reply:
Hello Samantha,
Thank you for your very gracious comment!
Although it soothes some of the vicious slander I am also subjected to (Matt.10:25),
I think of the example of Jesus...
When the people sought to make him king, he "withdrew" (John6:14,15). The reason why, is stated
at John18:36. To accept power, riches, or dominion within Satan's world, would also
cause an anointed one to "fall" (1John2:15,16,17; Rev.2:5; 8:10; 9:1; 12:4; Mark10:42,43).
This is why the leaders of the WT, are considered by God to be a traitorous Harlot who betrayed Him and broke His Holy Covenant, in order to enter one with Satan (Rev.9:1 b; 13:11; Isa.28:15; 1Tim.4:1,2; Hosea6:10). This is a test that all 144000 are subjected to, as Jesus was (Matt.4:8,9; 1Cor.4:8,14; 1John2:15).
Pride is one of the hardest tests (Mark9:33,34; Matt.16:21,22,23), within Satan's long gamut, which he subjects each of the "woman's seed" to (Luke22:31; Rev.12:17; 2:10; 1Pet.5:8,9,10).
I thank you for your appreciation of the food the Father is providing us (James1:17; John12:50; Matt.10:20). But the kingdom we all must look forward to, is not here now....but is the one to come (Heb.13:14; 11:10; Rev.21:2; Rom.8:18,19,21,25; Rev.12:10; 20:4; 14:1; John16:22,33).
Love in Christ,
Pearl
P.S.
The WT does not give any freedom to anointed women, as regards sharing what Holy Spirit is giving them
(Gal.3:28; John15:5; Matt.7:19). Yet we do not seek the approval of men (Rom.2:29; Gal.1:10; 2Cor.10:18; John12:43; 1Thess.2:4; 1Pet.4:11)
They do not give that freedom of speech to any anointed, except the 8 men on the GB.
But if you would like to see what God's Word says about it,
I recommend pearl-womenteach.blogspot.com
pearl-wastefulsteward.blogspot.com and
pearl-prophecycease.blogspot.com

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Why does God allow Suffering?


Hello Pearl,
 Why does God allow all the bad things in the world to happen? Surely He has the power to put an end to it.

Reply:

This is a thought provoking question.
If you are one of Jehovah's Witnesses, you have heard it said that the reason why the God of Love (1John4:8) has not yet ended the groaning of all creation (Rom.8:22), is because mankind has not yet suffered long enough under Satan's rule, in order to learn that we need God's sovereignty. Think about what a contradiction that is! It asserts that God IS Love...and yet He is leaving us to suffer, until we finally get it through our thick skulls, that leaving Him hurts us (Rom.8:20; Gen.3:17,18,19,24); and that having Satan's dominion over us (which Adam and Eve chose Gen.3:13,17) is a failure. Hmmm. That may seem like a reasonable explanation to many. There is SOME truth in it (Rev.8:10). But, what is reasonable to men, is irrelevant (Prov.14:12; Isa.40:13,14; 1Cor.2:14). All that matters is what Jehovah Himself says (John17:17; Rom.3:4).

If we return to Romans8:22...
"FOR WE KNOW that the whole creation has been groaning together in pain together until now."
In truth, is there anyone alive that really needs to be told that life today is frustrating and futile?

When Jehovah told Adam and Eve that they would have a horrible life, and then die;
didn't they and their children, see it happen?
Is not the miserable existence and death of each one of us, proof enough that Satan is an unfit sovereign?
What does God's Word say?

Rom.8:22
"FOR WE KNOW that all creation keeps on groaning together and being in pain together until now."

Do we really need 6,000 years to realize that life is futile?
...that man/Satan rule is a failure?
Please, look again at the first three words of Romans8:22.


Certainly, Satan's advice in Eden, was a lie,
-AND WE NOW KNOW IT.
Wow.....it wasn't bad enough for Satan to bait our original parents into a death trap with his lies,
but now that we are all ensnared in the same web,
we are believing him again.......that things are so good that we actually need 6,000 years to prove otherwise.

If you can just choose one human being on this whole planet that you think has a great life, even from all of history,
do you think that by the end of their life,
they would still claim that life is perfect?
Even if they were rich and beautiful and smart and powerful,
.......they had family problems, or body guards, or their little girl died of leukemia.

"FOR WE KNOW that all creation keeps on groaning together and being in pain together until now."

Satan would have us believe otherwise, wouldn't he?
So would the Wicked Steward (Matt.24:45,48,49,50,51; Luke12:45,46)
They paint Jehovah as a spiteful God, who is deriving some sort of satisfaction from watching us suffer without him.
That is the subconscious message that reaches our mind,
when we accept the false God-dishonoring doctrine:
...that the reason the end is not here yet, is because Satan's rule needs to be proven a failure...
...that we need to realize our reliance on, and need for God enough....
...that we have to see that the "knowledge of good and bad" really results in pain and death.
...that God is not yet satisfied that we have suffered enough.

Really?

Do we really doubt the reality of the bad consequences of sin?
Satan surely wants us to believe that we do.
He wants us to believe that God is delaying the end, because He thinks we need to suffer long enough....
 to get it through our thick skulls that we need Him,
 and that life without him is a failure.

The universal mind of humanity is being crushed under anxious care.
NO ONE needs to be told that we are "enslaved to futility" (Rom.8:20)....and this we know since Adam and Eve.

"FOR WE KNOW that all creation keeps on groaning together and being in pain together until now."
ACCORDING TO GOD....Do we now already "know", or not?

SATAN certainly doesn't care if we suffer while he keeps his hold on the world.
He wants us to believe that Jehovah is just like him.
Another lie.

Jehovah was and is, greatly grieved at mankind's fall and it's consequences.
Don't you hear His tone of voice when He said, "What is this you have done!?!?" Gen.3:13
His heart is constantly being torn apart, each and every day since then,
as He observes all the suffering and deaths of every living thing, including all the human friends He has come to know (Gen.6:5,6; James2:23; John16:27; Matt.10:29).

WHAT IS GOD WAITING FOR???
(pearl-waiting.blogspot.com)

Satan wants us to believe that
all the guiding truths Jehovah has given us within prophecy, (which show us the end of all matters)...
will be revealed within Satan's own realm, the world.
Here Satan is, creating a phony drama on a stage he has total control of (1John5:19; Rev.12:9)....
to distract us away from the reality of the truth.......once again.
http://pearl-anillustration.blogspot.com/

Jehovah is not waiting for activity within the Nations, Politics, False Religion, or Commercial economics.
This is not what the Bible teaches us.
http://pearl-sign.blogspot.com/

"For the eager expectation of the creation is waiting for the revealing of the sons of God." Rom.8:19

Can you see that what we are all waiting for, is the Kingdom Heirs to be made complete in number, refined, sealed, perfected, unveiled, and installed?
Rev.6:9,10,11,reads:
"When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne. 10 They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” 11 Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been."

"The LORD will extend your mighty scepter from Zion, saying, "Rule in the midst of your enemies! Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet." (Ps.110:2,1)
"For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power." (1Cor.15:25,24)
There are still enemies of Christ (Phil.3:18; 2Cor.11:13; Rev.2:2; 2Thess.2:2,3,8).
All his enemies, have not yet been subjected to Christ (2Cor.10:5; Rev.19:11,14,8; 12:11).

Once this happens,
it can finally end!!!
Yes, that is what GOD tells us!

  "And I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
“Now have come to pass the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ, because the accuser of our brothers has been hurled down, who accuses them day and night before our God! 11 And THEY (the sealed anointed) CONQUERED HIM (Satan) because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their witnessing, and they did not love their souls even in the face of death." Rev.12:10,11; Mark8:35)

Do you see what we are really waiting for, according to God?
The "Watchtower" teaches that Mankind has tried every possible form of government, and that this was necessary for the reality of Jer.10:23; and Ec.8:9 to be proven. They assert that since each form of government has been proven a failure, the judicial basis was set for the arrival of Christ's "Thousand Year" kingdom, in 1914 
("Thousand Years", When?). 
Not so.
Ps.110:1-2 reveals that Christ rules "in the midst of his enemies". He has been ruling since his ascension into heaven 
(1Cor.15:25; Mark16:19; Ps.110:1; 1Cor.15:25; Matt.28:18). 
Through the kings of Zion...
 (Ps.110:2; 2Cor.10:3-5; 6:7; Rom.13:12; Isa.2:3; Mal.2:7; Eph.6:10-17; 2Tim.2:12; Rev.5:9-10), 
...Christ has been "subduing his enemies" of truth, by the truth (Gal.4:16; John8:40; Mark 8:35; 2Thess.2:8; Rev.19:14-15; Prov.2:6; Eph.6:17; Heb.4:12; Rev.19:15), which is also spoken through his ambassadors (Phil.3:20-21; 2Cor.5:19-20,15; 3:6; 6:1-2; Mal.2:7; 1Cor.4:1; 1Pet.4:10; Titus 2:11; 1Tim.2:4). 

All forms of man-rule under Satan 
(John 8:44; Rev.12:7; Heb.1:7,14; 2:16; 1:7; Rev.11:5; Jer.5:14; Luke 21:15; 10:19; 1John2:13; Rev.12:11), 
must be subjugated under Christ's feet (1Cor.15:24-25), after which, he hands his own kingdom, over to God
Only then, does God's eternal Kingdom, commence (1Cor.15:27-28). 
God entrusts His eternal Kingdom, into the hands of Christ and his chosen and faithful kings (Luke 22:29; Rev.3:21; Matt.28:18; Dan.7:13-14,22), including those who have fought and won the last of Christs battles, Armageddon (Rev.17:14; 19:11,14,16; Luke10:19; Matt.23:33).

Which is the last kingdom to fight against Christ at Armageddon... his last enemy?
There is one more form of government Satan is now empowering, that is "different" from those prior to it. 
It is able to "trample" and cause spiritual death, to God's own people 
(Dan.7:23; Luke 21:24,22) 
(1Cor.15:26,55; Rev.9:10,7; Eze.2:6; 1Cor.15:55-58; Rev.12:11). 
The "difference" within that last lethal kingdom, is depicted, at Dan.2:33,41-42. 
All the previous kingdoms which persecuted God's people, symbolically consisted only of metal (Dan.2:32).
The "difference" which the last kingdom possesses, is that the fourth kingdom/Beast, also contains "clay", along with the metal, iron. 
It is only after this final type of kingdom meets with failure, that the eternal Kingdom of God, arrives (Dan.2:34,44; 7:14,18,22).

The fourth spiritually lethal kingdom arises, after Satan's release from the Abyss.....
(Rev.20:7-8; 16:13-14; 17:14; 12:7,11; 11:7; 6:9-11; Rom.6:5).
(satans-short-period-of-time)
Through the fourth and last kingdom, Satan successfully tramples God's Chosen people. They are trampled into submissive captivity and slavery to the Beast. They need to repent, slave for the truth of Christ, and join him in righteous Battle.
(Col.2:8; Rev.13:7-8,10; 11:2; Matt.5:13; Luke18:8; 17:26-27; Rev.12:15; 1Tim.4:1; Rev.16:13-14) 
(Eze.22:30; 13:5; Jer.5:1; Isa.59:16; 64:7; Job 14:6-9; Eze.17:21-24,23; Mark 4:30-32; Zech.4:10; Eze.36:8; Dan.2:34,45; Zech.4:7) 
(Dan.8:25; 2Thess.2:8; Rev.17:14; Matt.10:20), 
<<(In response to Satan's release and successful deceptions; 
Christ, and then his faithful "woman"/"two witnesses"/angel messengers/faithful witnesses to follow, 
will also arise 
Rev.11:3-4; 12:15-17,6,14,7; 17:14) (earth-swallows-satans-river)
[For understanding about the woman being in the wilderness, please see 
Part A, paragraph 4, at this link: LINK ]

It is the fourth kingdom, initially consisting of Iron (Dan.2:33), that tramples the holy ones into subjection, in the time of the end (Dan.2:40). The fourth kingdom develops into a combination, within it's feet and "toes", iron and clay (Dan.2:33,42). 
The ten "toes" of it's feet, is a parallel to the "ten kings"/"horns", belonging to the symbolic Beast of Revelation (Rev.17:12-14). 
The "kings of the earth" (Greek meaning "Earth") are kings which should belong to Christ (Rev.1:5; 5:10; 19:16; John18:36; 17:16) (kings-of-earth), but they have rebelliously surrendered their royal authority, to the Beast (Rev.17:12-13; Jer.9:25-26; Amos 9:7; 1Cor.10:11).

By these things, we begin to learn why this Beast is "different" (Dan.7:23).
It's horns, are the ten "kings of the earth"/clay (Rev.16:15-16; Dan.2:44), some of whom have accepted official position as commanders within the Iron/Gentile Beast, supporting it's blasphemies 
(Rev.13:1,5-6; Rom.2:24; Isa.52:5; 2Pet.2:1-3).

Both terms.... "clay", and "kings of earth", reveal the "difference" which the last kingdom power possesses (which power, successfully tramples God's people, causing them to become dead in their sins (Eph.2:1-2,4-5; Col.2:13; Rev.3:1-3; 11:11-12; 4:1; Eze.37:3-8,9-10; Rev.7:9; Matt.5:19).
   After God's refining discipline (Zech.13:9; Mal.3:1-3), "one-third" of them repent 
(and are killed for their faithfulness Rev.11:7)...
 (Rev.7:3; 9:4; 3:19; 14:1; 22:3) (Zech.13:9; Rev.9:18,20), 
The repentant and victorious over the mark of the Beast, 
then battle along with Christ at Armageddon Rev.17:14; 19:11,14,8; 7:14) 
(mark-of-beast).

When that decisive battle that is now being fought is won, the final foe of Christ will be "brought to nothing" (1Cor.15:24-26,54-58).
The final powers of death will themselves be consigned to the "second death", the "lake of fire" (Rev.20:10,14-15). The last four entities of power who resist God's Kingdom, will be destroyed forever (1Cor.15:24-26).

So, how do the terms, "kings of the earth", and "Clay"
reveal what is unique to the last kingdom?
Please consider the following links to find out.

CLAY:
(See: http://4womaninthewilderness.blogspot.com/2013/05/why-jesus-came-to-earth-last-world.html)
and (http://4womaninthewilderness.blogspot.com/2013/06/small-addition-to-http4womaninthewilder.html)
and (http://4womaninthewilderness.blogspot.com/2013/02/rev.html)

KINGS OF EARTH:
pearl-kingsofearth.blogspot.com

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Satan has been ruling the world since Eden.
He is still ruling the world, and so, he is
"deceiving the entire inhabited earth" (Rev.12:9).
Within that deceived "earth", are "Jehovah's Witnesses" (Rev.17:8,13; 13:8).

Only the anointed, even have a chance of seeing truth through the darkness....

 see Isa.43:
10 “YOU are my witnesses,” is the utterance of Jehovah, “even my servant whom I have CHOSEN, in order that YOU may know and have faith in me, and that YOU may understand that I am the same One. Before me there was no God formed, and after me there continued to be none. 11 I—I am Jehovah, and besides me there is no savior.”
12 “I myself have told forth and have saved and have caused [truth] to be heard, when there was among YOU no strange [god]. So YOU are my witnesses,” is the utterance of Jehovah, “and I am God.
(see 1Pet.2:9; Rev.11:3)

Can you see that God MAKES his CHOSEN WITNESSES hear the TRUTH.....WHEN THEY ARE NOT BUSY WORSHIPING  someone or something else? (that is a requirement for receiving freedom from Satan's deceptions -John8:32; Matt.13:11)

More proof of this, regarding the "CHOSEN" as being the ones given the truth:

1John2:20,21,27:
20 And YOU have an anointing from the holy one; all of YOU have knowledge. 21 I write YOU, not because YOU do not know the truth, but because YOU know it, and because no lie originates with the truth.. 27 And as for YOU, the anointing that YOU received from him remains in YOU, and YOU do not need anyone to be teaching YOU; but, as the anointing from him is teaching YOU about all things, and is true and is no lie, and just as it has taught YOU, remain in union with him."

Can Satan ever deceive these ones also?
  "For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will give great signs and wonders so as to mislead, if possible, even the chosen ones.  Look! I have forewarned YOU."   Matt.24:24,25

The "Chosen Ones" can also be deceived by Satan, if they do not have the protection of Jehovah's Spirit....
which He will remove, if we are worshiping something else.... looking to those "great signs and wonders" which are a part of
Satan's "misleading" deceptions (2Thess.2:9,10,11,12; Rev.13:13,14,15; Matt7:15,21; Rev.9:1; 17:15).

One of those "wonder"ful lies, is the doctrine that the reason the end has not yet arrived,
is because Jehovah is not yet satisfied that we have suffered long enough and
that Satan's rule actually has to be proven a failure.

And where are we supposed to watch to see that prophetic proof unfold?..."Keep a close eye only on the unfolding drama of Satan's world",
which he has total control of!
ALL LIES!

We all must learn to look to Jehovah's Word for the truth,
not look to Satan's world.
Jehovah gives us the signs of the end that tell us how, why, and when (Matt.24:3; Rev.1:1,3).
They are in the Bible, not the evening news.
(pearl-laborpains.blogspot.com)
(pearl-sign.blogspot.com)

"FOR WE KNOW that all creation keeps on groaning together and being in pain together until now."
"For the eager expectation of the creation is waiting for the revealing of the sons of God." Rom.8:19,22

Why does Satan not want us to get the sense of Romans 8:19,22?
Because then we will be mesmerized by his tumultuous world, rather than helping the least of Christ's brothers to reach their goal (Matt.25:40)
Heb.6:10 reads:
"God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have ministered to HIS HOLY ONES, and continue to HELP THEM."

We saw at Matt.24:24, that Satan is going to try to mislead the Chosen in the time of the end, by means of Powerful, prominent, "fallen" anointed (Rev.8:10,11; 13:11; 2Thess.2:1,2,4; Luke12:45). What would such a wicked Steward be teaching?

They teach the sheep to look to Satan's world for a premature, counterfeit fulfillment of Prophecy.
They help Satan grab everyone's attention away from the Truth.
They have become Satan's ministers, prompting the sheep to look to Satan's world for the "signs". They are lying signs! (2Thess.2:9)
...and they prompt God's people to seek salvation through slavery to THEM (John7:16,17,18; Rev.13:12,16; 2Thess.2:4), rather than to God (Rev.14:1; Exo.20:5; Psalm146:3; 118:8; Rev.7:10) and the faithful (Rev.11:3,7,8,9,10; Rev.20:4).

2Cor.11:13-15:
 "For such men are false apostles (2Thess.2:2), deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ (Rev.13:11).  And no wonder, for Satan himself keeps transforming himself into an angel of light.  It is therefore nothing great if his ministers also keep transforming themselves into ministers of righteousness (Rev.13:1,2,8). But their end shall be according to their works."

The truth will not be gleaned from the information coming from Satan's world, nor in it's current events (1John4:1; Rev.16:13,14,15; 1Tim.4:1,2).
John17:17-19:
17 Sanctify them by means of the truth; your word is truth. 18 Just as you sent me forth into the world, I also sent them forth into the world. 19 And I am sanctifying myself in their behalf, that they also may be sanctified by means of truth.

"FOR WE KNOW that all creation keeps on groaning together and being in pain together until now."
"For the eager expectation of the creation is waiting for the revealing of the sons of God." Rom.8:19,22

Learning to ignore Satan's world and looking to scripture for fulfillment of prophecy is a tough one, even for many anointed.
Yet the book of Revelation exposes the Truth, to those faithful anointed who are blessed with insight (Luke12:35,36,37; Rev.3:20; 1:1,3).
Pray for Spirit, and I also pray for you (Luke11:13). It is true, the entire inhabited earth is being deceived by Satan. Only the faithful chosen have a chance at being set free by truth (1Pet.2:5,9; 1John2:20,27; John8:32; Rev.12:15,16,14; 9:14)...along with those who accept and feed on their sayings (Matt.10:40,41,42)....

Luke17:35-37:
"There will be two [women] grinding at the same mill; the one will be taken along, but the other will be abandoned.”  So in response they said to him: “Where, Lord?” He said to them: “Where the body is, there also the eagles will be gathered together.”

Those who are "abandoned"/"left behind" in the field (Matt.24:40,41; Joel1:10; Micah3:12; Eze.33:27;  7:15; Jer.14:18),  will be swept away by the river of lies coming from Satan's mouth, just as the earth was drowned in the days of Noah (Matt.24:39; Rev.12:16). All others will be "taken along" on the wings of the anointed "eagles" of the "woman" (Rev.12:14), to feed on the "body/"slain" "two witnesses", instead (Matt.24:16,28; Luke 17:37) in the "Wilderness".

Matt.10:40 “He that receives YOU receives me also, and he that receives me receives him also that sent me forth. 41 He that receives a prophet because he is a prophet will get a prophet’s reward....And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water to drink because he is a disciple, I tell YOU truly, he will by no means lose his reward.”
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I have written a few articles on this subject, if you would like to consider more scriptures related to it:
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pearl-faithfulslave.blogspot.com/
pearl-waiting.blogspot.com/

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So, a succinct answer to your question is;
God will use His power to end Satan's world, when all 144000 become sealed.
He does not delight in the suffering of Creation, but rather, is awaiting the just basis to end it (Prov.27:11; Rom.8:21,18,25; Luke22:31; Rev.2:10; Gen.3:15; Eph.2:21,22)
Once the 144000 anointed are sealed and the kingdom arrives, every tear will be healed (Rev.21:4,5; Rom.8:19).
Thank you for your excellent question Samantha. I apologize for widening out my answer....
but the hour is quite late, and I hope to open many eyes as much as possible.

Jehovah bless your search for life and truth,
Pearl

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Clarified: pearl-satansthrone.blogspot.com/

Update about our Brother Sas in Romania.
I just heard from Rus....


Dear Pearl ,
Two hours ago I was with Sas at Bank and received the money ; exactly the sum you wrote.
Then he paid them to Bank again and they are saved from court threatening.
Thank you very much and to all brothers who participate. And firstly thanks to Jehovah for His care.
Sas will write also to you .
Later I will come with the things you ask for from me.

love in Christ,
rus v.

I have translated as best as I can, this letter from our Chosen brother, Sas...


My beloved sister, Pearl
     Thank God our holy and heavenly father Jehovah, for refreshing and comfort care given me, from the heavy circumstances, which am certain care of me, also thank you to you my beloved sister, for your noble gesture, and those saints who accompany you, I also thank....which path you go wholeheartedly, you all care taken part in my affliction.
I want to let you know we received of what you have sent me, and do not know how to better Thank for your generosity.
Thank heaven our holy father, that ... I was delivered out of the lion's mouth "(2 Timothy 4:17 b) ..
Beloved sister in the Lord, I wish that further, the Lord Jesus Christ be with yours. Holy spirit be with you! Amen. "2 Timothy 4:22.

  With love in Christ Holy, will greet and kiss, Your brother, Gabriel Sas.

I sent the funds by way of Western Union.
All of you can send funds directly in this way.
For all the information, please contact me at pearl144000@hotmail.com

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Update on this effort...
So far we have 3 donations, which I am sure will help.
For those of you who wish to donate,
you can still do so. Money monthly to Sas,
via Western Union anytime, so it is never too late.
For information on how to send direct to Romania,
please write me at pearl144000@hotmail.com

For those who have given,
It is heartwarming to see the love that exists, without any boundaries between us,
despite the geographical distance and never meeting in the flesh.
The love, kindness, compassion, and generosity which truly exists in the Body of Christ,
is made evident.
I will continue to update whatever progress is made.
Jehovah bless you all for your willing sympathy to our Romanian Brother,
Pearl
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Some of you may remember the first post of Sept.18 (http://4womaninthewilderness.blogspot.com/2012/09/2cor.html)
There it was announced that an anointed brother in Romania needs our assistance.
Please read the link, and if you are moved to help,
please write me at the email address above.

I have heard back from Romania, and the situation continues to be quite dire.
Thank you for any, of kind and generous heart.
Pearl
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Monday, October 15, 2012

AntiChrist

This question was left in "comments" after the Oct.13 post.
I though others could benefit if I posted it:


Hi Pearl,
In the third paragraph of this article you wrote "...and end up worshiping them instead of the Son of God". I suspect this was a mistype? (Matt 6:10). If not please expound.


REPLY:


If by Matt.6:10, you believe that Jesus is not to receive any worship,
but only Jehovah is, then I understand.

Jesus is Jehovah's representative. By this statement,
I highlight men's inclination to follow and obey what they can see (Rev.13:8).
This improper worship was prophesied for our time. The leadership and authority given to
and taken by the "man of lawlessness" [who rules over the Chosen ones (2Thess.2:4; 1Cor.3:16; Eph.2:22)],
replaces the worship and subjection which is due Christ,
as the Head of his wife/body/Congregation. [(Phil.2:10; Romans14:8,9,11 (John5:22)]

Regarding those we should worship......
Rev.5:12,13,14; Heb.1:6; Matt.28:9,17; John9:38; 5:23
NOTE:
The Greek word for worship that is used in all the above verses is proskuneo. Obviously, the NKJV chose to translate this word as worship. The New World Translation (NWT), however, chose to translate this word as obeisance (honor, respect) in all the above verses. What becomes interesting about the NWT, is that whenever the same Greek word, proskuneo, is used in relation to the Father, the translators translated it as worship, even though they rendered it differently in relation to Jesus. (This can be verified by looking in the Watchtower’s own Kingdom Interlinear Translation of the Greek Scriptures.) Is this a double standard? Is the NWT justified in translating this word 2 different ways; as obeisance to Jesus and as worship to the Father?

Yet, while we give worship to God's installed King, we are given balance in understanding that Jesus is not equal to his Father.
This does not mean that he is not due any worship.
Our balance is clarified, at
1Cor.15:27,28:
"For “God has put all things in subjection under his (Jesus') feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him. When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all."

This does not infer that Jesus does not receive worship....but it does make clear that it is a relative worship in comparison to what is due our Heavenly Father.
Jesus Christ is not the equal of any man. He deserves obeisance from all, accordingly.

This might be illustrated with a family.
Suppose a mother sees to it (and enforces), that all in the household obey the Father.
This does NOT mean that the mother is obeyed INSTEAD of the Father, but rather,
that the mother is obeyed, because of the Father.
If the mother is disobeyed, the Father is also.
If the Father is obeyed, the mother is also.
This is how "worship" is given, both the Father and the Son, because of the Father,
and the position and authority He Himself, has given to His Son (Psalm.2:8; Phil.2:9,10;
John14:6; 5:22,23
Regarding Matt.6:10...
God's Kingdom IS Christ and the 144000 Sons,
that will do God's will on earth,
and "restore all things" (Acts3:20,21; Eph.1:10; Rev.19:16; 1:5; 5:9,10; Rom.8:29,30)
according to God's purpose.
I have updated http://pearl-restraint.blogspot.com/

P.S. I will be out doing Bible Studies in my area tomorrow.
       I will check my messages in the evening.
Jehovah's spirit bless all of you,
Pearl

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Some scriptural thoughts on Revelation chapter 7, verses 9,10:


Rev.7:
9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number (Mal.3:2,3; Matt.24:45; 22:14; 7:21; Luke17:33,34,35,36,37; 13:24; Dan.11:35; Rom.8:27; 1Sam.16:7), from every nation (Acts10:35; Rom.2:14,15; Heb.10:16) (Rev.5:9,10), from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing (Mal.3:2,3; Zech.4:14; Psalm130:3,4,5,6,7,8) before the throne (Rev.12:5; 14:3,4) and before the Lamb (Rev.14:1), clothed in white robes (Rev.6:11; 19:8), with palm branches in their hands (Lev.23:40; Num.33:1,9; Psalm92:12,13,14,15; 118:27; Song of Solomon7:6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13 (Matt.13:52); John12:12,13; Luke12:36,37) (palm symbolizes the "trees" who are part of the "Temple" 1Kings6:29,30,31,32,33,34,35; 7:36; Eze.40:16-37; 41:18-26),
10 and crying out with a loud voice (Rev.19:1; 1:10,12,15; Rev.19:6), “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” (Rev.19:10; 12:11,17-- meaning of Yeshua/Jesus--"Jehovah means salvation") .

This will be continued, up until verse 17.

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Who "renders sacred service, day and night" in God's Temple?

I received a comment about my published teachings on the "Great Crowd" of Rev.7:9.
It expressed a disbelief in the idea, that the Great Crowd are anointed ones.
and that the Greek word for "tent"/"dwell among them" at Rev.7:15 c, is the same Greek word for "tent"/"tabernacle" in Rev.21:3.

My objections are:
While English only has the word "tent"....these two places have two different Greek words.
One is a noun (thing), and the other is a verb (action).
There is a "tent", and there is the act of "tenting".
Knowing how these two words are applied in these two verses, are crucial, if we are to understand
the true identity of the Great Crowd.

Here was my partial reply:

Actually, I never said that the Great Crowd is the same group as the "numbered" 144000.
I said that no one can number those anointed who come through the "Great Tribulation"....the remnant of Chosen who become sealed. (Rev.7:14)

Rev.7:15 states that these are "rendering sacred service day and night in his temple".
The only ones permitted by Jehovah to do that, are the priests. (1Chron.23:30,32; Numbers18:7; 1Chron.9:33; 2Chron.23:6)

1Pet.2:5...
"you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable  to God through Jesus Christ."
(2Chron.23:6,7; 13:10,11; Rev.22:3,4,5; Mal.3:3)

Having anyone else in the Temple (or anyone performing priestly duties), is precisely what the scriptures call "a disgusting thing standing in a holy place". (2Chron.13:9; Eze.44:6,7,8,9).
(anointed priests have been circumcised in heart, so that they may enter the Temple and serve God acceptably--- Rom2:29)
Anyone who "renders sacred service" in the Temple, must be a priest , in order for it to be "acceptable".
All others are condemned to death.

The Greek at Rev.7:15 c does not say that the "tent will be spread over them" (bad translation!).
It says that "God " Himself "will tent upon them". The Greek word for this "tent", means to "tabernacle with"...to "dwell among"
                   (this is the same word used in John1:14 to describe Jesus "dwelling among" mankind.
                    This is why he was to be named "Immanuel" ("with us is God") to describe God's spirit
                    with Christ and he being God's representative. God's "tent" was not over Jesus
                    ....but God's spirit was in him....they were one. Also, Jesus was not "spread over"
                    mankind... He was "with" them....dwelling among them...as God's spirit dwells in His
                    anointed Temple. Eph.2:22)
...just as the pillar of smoke and fire was with the Tabernacle in Israel,
during the time they also spent... in the wilderness...just as the remnant are now (Rev.12:6,14).

God is with  the Great Crowd (see Rev.21:22; 22:3). The sealed priests who complete the full number, are part of God's completed divine habitation,
even while still on earth. (Rev.11:4).
This is not the same as Rev.21:3 a ....which does literally say that the "tent of The God is with men". If you check there, you will see the word for "tent" (noun) is a different word entirely, from "to tabernacle with"/"tent upon"/"dwell among" (verb) in Rev.7:15.

Can you see all this in the scriptures above?
Please take each point, one at a time, with the scriptures that accompany the points,
and look at the Greek if you need to.

If you look at the Greek, you will be able to see that the English word "tent" (in Rev.7:15),
is not the word in Rev.21:3 ...which describes God's action toward  the Great Crowd.
Rev.7:15 describes God's presence with his priests (reside among them) (Tent:VERB/ACTION).
                                                    God's spirit is indwelling among the 144,000.
Rev.21:3 describes the priests (Temple/Tent) as being with mankind (Tent:NOUN/THING). In this
                                                    context, God will be present in the earth, through his anointed
                                                    Temple/Priesthood/Holy City....just as He was present
                                                    through Christ ("Immanuel"/"with us is God" Matt.1:23; Col.2:9).

Please let me know how you do.
Love in Christ,
Pearl
PS: It is also significant that the Great Crowd are "dressed in white robes" (Rev.7:14).
This is only granted to the Bride of Christ (Rev.19:8)...
those sealed through their martyrdom (Rev.6:11).
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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Organized Religion


Regarding Organized religions...their operations, buildings, and heirarchy;

God who made the world and all that is in it, being Lord of both Heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by human hands, nor is He ministered to by human hands, as though He had need of anything - seeing that He is the One who gives to all men life and breath and everything else.
(Acts 17:24,25).

It is one of our natural, human desires to want to do something for those we love, and this obviously includes doing things for God; we desire to please Him with whatever we can do for Him. This was clearly demonstrated by Peter when he saw Jesus revealed (Matthew 17:1,2,3,4). Peter's natural response upon seeing Jesus, Moses and Elijah was the desire to do something: to construct and build something for all three men. He said: "Lord, it is good for us to be here; let us make three shelters (or tabernacles) one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah". This was his natural, human reaction without even needing to think about it!

So many of us today do exactly the same thing as Peter with those we perceive to be spiritual men and women - and without thinking about it. We delight in them, they are awe-inspiring, they are our heroes. We love to listen to them and while we may not physically build a tabernacle or temple for them, in our hearts we may effectively do so without realizing it, and end up worshiping them instead of Jehovah *and His Son (*see footnote). Moses and Elijah were great men of God, but God's response to this suggestion of building something was, and still is: "THIS is My dearly loved Son, who brings Me great joy; listen to HIM!" (Matt.17:4,5).

When God breaks our mindsets and opens our eyes to see and hear His Son, our response is the same as that of the disciples: "When the disciples heard the voice, they were so afraid that they fell flat on the ground. But Jesus came over and touched them. He said, "Get up and don't be afraid!" (Matt.17:6,7,8) When they opened their eyes, they saw only Jesus."
Through what they saw, and in hearing God's admonition to listen to Him, and even in spite of their fear, the end result was that "they saw only Jesus".
When the Chosen Ones experience seeing and knowing Jesus Christ in an earth-shattering, revealing way, no longer will we idolize the earthly, because we will have eyes for One only. No longer will we see churches, Halls, and temples as being something good for God and "good for us" but quite the opposite, for we will see God's intention and that He has only One in view: "I saw no temple in the city, for the Lord God Omnipotent and the Lamb Himself are its temple" (Rev. 21:22). This Temple (Christ) is not a physical building that we can see or go to, nor can He be constructed by us - it is ludicrous and presumptuous to think that we could do so! But that physical inclination in itself can present a challenge, stumbling block, and even provoke us to take offense at God's way.

The Temple - Made with Hands

Oh how we do love to do things and make things which we (and of course others) can see, hear and touch on this earth!
As Stephen said in his speech:
Our ancestors carried the Tabernacle with them through the wilderness. It was constructed according to the plan God had shown to Moses. Years later, when Joshua led our ancestors in battle against the nations that God drove out of this land, the Tabernacle was taken with them into their new territory. And it stayed there until the time of King David. David found favor with God and asked for the privilege of building a permanent Temple for the God of Jacob. But it was Solomon who actually built it. However, the Most High doesn’t live in temples made by human hands. As the prophet says, ‘Heaven is My throne, and the earth is My footstool. Could you build Me a temple as good as that?’ asks the Lord. ‘Could you build Me such a resting place? Didn’t My hands make both heaven and earth?’ You stubborn people! You are heathen at heart and deaf to the truth. Must you forever resist the Holy Spirit? That’s what your ancestors did, and so do you!" (Acts 7:44-51).

What was Stephen referring to that was 'heathen' and resisting the Holy Spirit? In the context of what he'd just been speaking about it seems to speak of one thing that all religions had in his day and still have today: temples. Or, in Christian terms: churches and Halls. The temple was a very sacred thing to the Jews (just as the Kingdom Hall is to many "Witnesses") and the significance of what Stephen said was not lost on the Jews. They were very angry with him for saying that God didn't need or want their "sacred" buildings and promptly killed him; thinking they were doing God a favor. And that is what is still often done today because the truth that God doesn't need or want these structures that we build, hits right at the very heart of idolatry.

But wasn't the temple God's idea in the first place?  
No, it was the tabernacle that God asked Moses to make, and the tabernacle was a tent and not a building. The tabernacle was in use right up until the time of King David and then it disappeared... David thought he had a better idea: a permanent building, a temple like other religions had. If you read the passage above again, you will see that it was David who asked to build the temple, and not God who asked for it. This fact is made even clearer in the Old Testament accounts, one given in 2 Samuel 7, the other in 1 Chronicles 17 (from the NKJV):

Now it came to pass, when David was dwelling in his house, that David said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of the covenant of the Lord is under tent curtains.”

I had never realized until reading that verse that building the temple, was David's idea. God didn't ask David to build the temple, nor did He want him to (which He clearly tells David shortly thereafter). Apparently it didn't seem fair to David - from his earthly, human perspective - that he lived in a beautiful palace while the ark of the Lord was in a tent. That, of course, sounds very noble and good to us humans, and when he told the prophet Nathan about his idea, Nathan's response to David was:

Then Nathan said to David, “Do all that is in your heart, for God is with you.” (1Chron.17:2)

One question needs to be asked here: had God been consulted? Had He said anything to either Nathan or David about a temple up to this point? Apparently Nathan thought the idea of building a temple sounded like a good idea too, so it appears that he presumptuously endorsed it on God's behalf although the following verses make it clear that he hadn't yet asked God what HE thought about the idea. Just because God is with us and has blessed us, doesn't mean we can go and "do all that is in your heart" - not even for the man who was said to be a man after God's own heart. And just because we see something that we think God needs us to do for Him, doesn't mean He wants us to do it.

That very night God came to Nathan with a strong message:

"But it happened that night that the word of God came to Nathan, saying, “Go and tell My servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord: “You shall not build Me a house to dwell in. For I have not dwelt in a house since the time that I brought up Israel, even to this day, but have gone from tent to tent, and from one tabernacle to another. Wherever I have moved about with all Israel, have I ever spoken a word to any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd My people, saying, ‘Why have you not built Me a house of cedar?' Now therefore, thus shall you say to My servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: “I took you from the sheepfold, from following the sheep, to be ruler over My people Israel. And I have been with you wherever you have gone, and have cut off all your enemies from before you, and have made you a name like the name of the great men who are on the earth. Moreover I will appoint a place for My people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own and move no more; nor shall the sons of wickedness oppress them anymore, as previously, since the time that I commanded judges to be over My people Israel. Also I will subdue all your enemies. Furthermore I tell you that the Lord will build you a house. And it shall be, when your days are fulfilled, when you must go to be with your fathers, that I will set up your seed after you, who will be of your sons; and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build Me a house, and I will establish his throne forever. I will be his Father, and he shall be My son; and I will not take My mercy away from him, as I took it from him who was before you. And I will establish him in My house and in My kingdom forever; and his throne shall be established forever.” ’ ”According to all these words and according to all this vision, so Nathan spoke to David." 
(1Chron.17:3-15)
[This prophetically speaks of Jesus (Heb.1:5,8)....and was not totally fulfilled in Solomon (Matt.12:42)...who in the end of his life, proved unfaithful (1Kings11:1-11). The eternal Temple/House, that Jesus was to build, was his chosen priesthood (1Cor.3:9,16,17; Eph.2:20,21,22; John2:21; 1Cor.12:27; 1Pet.2:5,9; 1Cor.6:19,20).]

So God said the opposite of what Nathan had told David on His behalf; instead of God telling David to "do all that is in your heart" He told him through Nathan that he was NOT to build a temple. The tabernacle or tent is significant here because it was a temporary dwelling, entirely adjustable, and would move on easily. Whenever the pillar of fire moved in the wilderness, the tents were packed up and the people moved with God leading them on. But you cannot move a temple building; it is firmly attached to the earth. It is earthly. A temple's foundations are fixed on this earth and not in the heavens. God did not want to be stationary, He is a God Who moves. He resides in the hearts of the faithful, and when they die, he can move to His next prophet/judge/king/high priest. This is the point he made to David, in 1Chron.17:5,7,11 above. God does not dwell in earthly temples of stone, but in faithful hearts. This is the proper place to worship God (John4:21,23,24; 1Cor.3:16; 6:19).
He went on to say,

"say to My servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: “I took you from the sheepfold, from following the sheep, to be ruler over My people Israel. And I have been with you wherever you have gone, and have cut off all your enemies from before you, and have made you a name like the name of the great men who are on the earth. Moreover I will appoint a place for My people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own and move no more; nor shall the sons of wickedness oppress them anymore, as previously, since the time that I commanded judges to be over My people Israel. Also I will subdue all your enemies." (Psalm110:1; 1Cor.15:25; Rom.16:20)

It sounds as though God was reminding David WHO was in charge and that He was quite capable of asking David or anyone else to build Him a temple if that had been what He had wanted. God was satisfied with the tabernacle/tent, even though man might despise it for being so flexible and unpredictable (John3:8).
He continued,

"Furthermore I tell you that the LORD will build you a house."

God's House - Made Without  Hands:

David appeared to have had things around the wrong way; instead of him building a house for God, God wanted to build him a house. But was this promise to David fulfilled, did God build David a house? No, not on this earth, and not in David's lifetime. We can now see that this promise was fulfilled in Christ, and that God was speaking of Him:
"Destroy this temple," Jesus answered, "and in three days I will build it again!" ...But Jesus was talking about His body as the temple. (John 2:19-21). And God had something far greater than Solomon's temple in mind: Christ, "Something greater and more majestic than the temple is here!" (Matt. 12:6). (see pearl-raiseitup.blogspot.com  part B "follow-up" )

God's message for David continued along these same spiritual lines:

"And it shall be, when your days are fulfilled, when you must go to be with your fathers, that I will set up your Seed after you, who will be of your sons; and I will establish His kingdom. He shall build Me a house, and I will establish His throne forever. I will be His Father, and He shall be My Son; and I will not take My mercy away from Him, as I took it from him who was before you. And I will establish Him in My house and in My kingdom forever; and His throne shall be established forever.”

Was this literally fulfilled? No, even though David thought God's words were about his son Solomon and it was partially fulfilled through Solomon. However, Solomon's throne was not established forever on this earth. The temple that Solomon built lasted in all its glory for a mere 34 years before being ravaged and spoiled, beginning a cycle of restoring the temple only to have it ravaged again and again, until it was eventually destroyed. God in His grace did inhabit that structure for a short time, but when He inevitably moved on, the temple could not move with Him and it was left behind; an empty shell for man to maintain. (Matt.23:37,38; 27:50,51) They would continue to hold their meetings and perform their rituals in it, but they would not meet God there, they would meet only each other (Hosea5:6; Eze.14:3; John9:31; Isa.59:2).

The temple had replaced the tabernacle, but Solomon's temple was to be replaced with a new Temple, which Ezekiel saw very clearly (Eze.ch.40-ch.48). This House is God's creation and God's Way: Christ the cornerstone, the 12 foundation stones, and the 144,000 living stones of Christ's Priesthood (Eph.2:20,21,22; 1Pet.2:5).
"When God speaks of a “new” covenant, it means He has made the first one obsolete. It is now out of date and will soon disappear..."  (Heb.8:13)
By these regulations the Holy Spirit revealed that the entrance to the Most Holy Place was not freely open as long as the Tabernacle and the system it represented were still in use. This is an illustration pointing to the present time... For that old system deals only with... physical regulations that were in effect only until the time of reformation and setting things straight."  (Heb. 8:13, 9:8,9,10).

Jesus said
"Destroy this temple, and in three days I will build it again," meaning his own body (1Cor.12:27; 3:16). But this was extremely offensive to those whose lives revolved around a physical building, just as it is offensive today to those whose lives revolve around the Organization and it's Kingdom Halls, because so much of this "temple mentality" continues today... as though God is inhabiting it and pleased with it.

The tabernacle (and the Sanctuary of the temple) were simply a picture of what was to come. They were symbolic of Christ and his Chosen Ones, when sealed in Heaven (Rev.12:5; Eph.2:6; Gal.4:26; Col.2:17; Heb.8:5; Rev.14:1).

The outer courts of the temple were a busy and noisy place where animals were tethered, slaughtered and sacrificed on the altar. But the Sanctuary consisted of the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies. The Holy Place had very little activity compared with the outer courts; it was where the lampstand, the table of showbread and the altar of incense (all symbolic of Christ and his priesthood) were kept. The Holy of Holies was only entered into once a year and the priest did very little in it - a big contrast to the daily, busy activity of the outer courts of the temple.
John used two different words for "temple" in John chapter 2. The first two instances of the word "temple"  is hieron  and means the whole of the temple including its outer courts. But the word which is used three times at the end of the chapter (including the one Jesus used in reference to his "body") is a different word - "naos" - which means ONLY the Sanctuary itself, consisting of the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies. This area was reserved for the Priesthood. No others were permitted entrance. Under the NEW Covenant, only the sealed anointed priests become this part of the spiritual Temple.
Those unsealed remain outside the Naos, which is the area that was prophesied to be trespassed by the ruling Gentiles (Rev.11:2; Matt.24:15; 2Chron.23:6; 13:9; Eze.44:6,7,8,9; Rev.13:7; 9:4). (pearl-disgustingthing.blogspot.com)
Matthew and Mark bear this out as they used exactly the same words for what Jesus had said. All other writers in the New Testament also used this word "naos" in reference to the Body of Christ instead of "hieron" (Acts 7:48; 17:24; 1 Cor. 3:16,17; 6:19; 2 Cor. 6:16; Eph.2:21; Rev.3:12; 7:13,15; 21:22 to name a few). It is significant that our English word "hierarchy" is derived from the root of the word "hieron" meaning outer temple.

The secular Greek definition of this word "naos" or sanctuary, was "inmost part of a temple, containing the image of The God" and interestingly, "a portable shrine" - reminiscent of the tabernacle or tent of the Lord (Rev.21:3,2). This word is also used of anointed, as the 'temples' of the Holy Spirit in 1 Cor. 3:16. There are no instances of the word "hieron" (the temple) being used in reference to Christ or His Body of Priests (1Pet.2:9) in the New Testament at all. Instead the word meaning a "sanctuary" or "holy place" is used, but our English translations don't differentiate between the two.

In fact, there is only One chief Cornerstone, who fully satisfies God. And we share in God's pleasure and delight in His Son when we are in Him - when we are living stones being built into this House, which is the "Body" of Christ (Gal.3:29). These are the ones his blood justifies (Rev.5:9,10; 7:14 c).

As I said, it is one of our natural, human desires to want to do something for those whom we love, and this obviously includes doing things for God; we desire to please Him with what we do and with whatever we can make for Him. But what men make on earth, fades. Only what God makes, lasts. That is a very important distinction. (Psalm127:1; Matt.6:20; Dan.2:44; 1Cor.15:24; Luke10:19; Rev.16:20; Dan.7:22). Only what men do, according to God's will, is stored in heaven. The rest is a "commerce" of futility (1John2:17; Matt.6:20; John6:27; Isa.55:2; Rev13:17).
If we unconsciously transfer what we intend to do for God, into doing it for a visible Organization; we have succumbed to the prophesied idolatry (Rev.13:16,8; Rom.1:25), and have "stored our treasures" on earth (Matt.6:19; Isa.50:9; Job13:28; James5:3; Eze.24:6,11,12,13; Luke12:39).

Kings and Kingdoms

I think it is beyond refute that it was never God's intention for us to have buildings or temples on this earth in which to worship Him like the religions of this world who have temples for their gods. Most of us are aware of the fact that the Israelites having a king was not God's idea either (1Sam.8:4,5,6,7). Their reason for wanting a king was so that they would "be like all the other nations" and have a king who would lead them and defend them (1Sam.8:19,20).
Early Christians gathered in homes and at "love feasts". These groups met in the homes of their fellow local members (Rom.16:3,5; 1Cor.1:11; 16:19; Col.4:15; Phm1:2). You may notice that in the original Greek of Acts20:20 it literally reads, "according to private houses". You will note that this verse does not say "door to door".

 Although the Organization interprets this as meaning a public door-to-door witnessing to strangers, the context of Acts20:20 (as well as the scriptures I already gave you) proves otherwise. Those whom Paul is speaking to (about teaching them "house to house"), are the same ones he is speaking to in Acts20:18,19,20,28,34,36,37,38 and are those whom Paul knew well.
The "houses" where Paul went to teach, were Christian meeting places...Congregations...not the doorsteps of the public. They did not have church buildings or "Kingdom Halls" in the first Century. Congregations met in private homes.

For those who were not yet associated with one of these groups, they could choose to listen when Paul and others taught "publicly" in market places, synagogues, etc.
OR
others would be directed to the "Living Stones" of the Holy Priesthood/God's Temple (Eph2:20,21,22; 1Pet.2:5,9) directly by Holy Spirit (Acts10:47,48) or the anointed would be sent by spirit to those of complete heart (2Chron.16:9; Acts8:26,29; Acts9:6,10,11).

To get back to having an Organization replete with official buildings and holdings, and the Leadership that inevitably presides above it....
God warned the Israelites that the result of their demanding a king would be that they would be in bondage and subjection to their king, and that he would use and abuse them (Rev.13:12,14,15,16,17,8,7,4).
God told Samuel to say to the people,
"If you have a king, this is how he will treat you. He will force your sons to join his army. Some of them will ride in his chariots, some will serve in the cavalry, and others will run ahead of his own chariot. Some of them will be officers in charge of a thousand soldiers, and others will be in charge of fifty. Still others will have to farm the king's land and harvest his crops, or make weapons and parts for his chariots. Your daughters will have to make perfume or do his cooking and baking. The king will take your best fields, as well as your vineyards, and olive orchards and give them to his own officials. He will also take a tenth of your grain and grapes and give it to his officers and officials (the tithe).  The king will take your slaves and your best young men and your donkeys and make them do his work. He will also take a tenth of your sheep and goats. You will become the king's slaves." (1Sam.8:9-17; Isa.28:10).
All of this is so clearly evident in Satan's religious systems today... where there is loyalty to the system, to the buildings, to the meetings and to the religious leaders... instead of loyalty to Jehovah God.
God took this desire of the people to have fleshly king, very personally. He viewed the people as rejecting Him as their King (1Sam.8:7). In the interests of His own people; He preferred to be their only King... just as He wants the True Tent to be our only Meeting Place (John4:21,23,24; Heb.8:1,2).

Today the majority of Christians are no different than the Israelites who wanted a temple and a king, just as Stephen said in his speech. We have built "temples" and we have wanted "kings" to look up to and to tell us what to do and what not to do, what to read and what not to read, what to believe and what not to believe, where to go and where not to go - the list is endless (Isa.28:10; Matt.23:23,24; Rev.13:17). The result of all these kings and temples are many religious kingdoms which are sustained by man and not God and which abuse and exploit people (Ec.8:9; Jer.10:23; 1Cor.4:6; Mark10:42,43).
Jesus gave us the example of true leadership by being a servant, and running away when the people wanted to make Him their King (John6:15; Matt.4:8,9,10). The Kingdom of God is NOT of this world: "My kingdom," said Jesus, "doesn't consist of what you see around you. If it did, My followers would fight so that I wouldn't be handed over to the Jews. But I'm not that kind of king, not the world's kind of king." (John18:36; 1Cor.15:50; Heb.13:14; 11:10).

We each need to honestly answer the question: "Who is king in my life?" A kingdom is a place where the king governs and decides everything.
"Kingdom Halls" reveal our inherent desire to do something for God (Matt.7:22), as well as the desire for religious leaders to tell us what to do and how to do it.. revealing our inherent desire to have a king here on earth to govern us.
But both a king and a temple are focusing upon what is seen here on earth rather than spiritually perceiving what is unseen (2Cor.4:18; Rev.13:4). They are substitutes for the Real and the True and we often idolize them - allowing them to become the center of our lives, instead of Christ. Whatever we idolize, we worship (Rom.6:16; Col.3:24). This effectively blinds us from seeing Truth because our eyes are on our idol so we can see nothing past that (2Thess.2:4,9,10,11; Rev.13:8,4). We need to be shaken out of our idolatry by hearing God's words deep in our hearts: "THIS is My dearly loved Son, who brings Me great joy; listen to HIM!" May God continue to shatter our idols and open our eyes so that we will see and obey, only Jesus (Matt.7:24,25; Matt.28:19,20). His true ambassadors, are no part of this world...nor it's hierarchy, riches, or dominion (2Cor.5:20; John17:16; Mark10:42,43;  Matt.23:8,12; 1John2:15,16,17; 1Cor.4:8,7; 2Thess.2:4,3).

"The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands." (Acts17:24)

"Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation." Heb. 9:11

"...you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood" (1Pet.2:5)

"Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?" (1Cor.3:16)

"For Abraham was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God." (Heb.11:10)


*FOOTNOTE:
(This comment of mine is in response to a question objecting the worship of Christ)
If by Matt.6:10, you believe that Jesus is not to receive any worship,
but only Jehovah is, ...then I understand your question.

Jesus is Jehovah's representative. By this statement of mine,
I highlight men's inclination to follow and obey what they can see (Rev.13:8).
This improper worship was prophesied for our time. The leadership and authority given to
and taken by the "man of lawlessness" [who rules over the Chosen ones (2Thess.2:4; 1Cor.3:16; Eph.2:22)],
replaces the worship and subjection which is due Christ,
as the Head of his wife/body/Congregation. [(Phil.2:10; Romans14:8,9,11 (John5:22)]

Regarding those we should worship......
Rev.5:12,13,14; Heb.1:6; Matt.28:9,17; John9:38; 5:23
NOTE:
The Greek word for worship that is used in all the above verses is proskuneo. Obviously, the NKJV chose to translate this word as worship. The New World Translation (NWT), however, chose to translate this word as obeisance (honor, respect) in all the above verses. What becomes interesting about the NWT, is that whenever the same Greek word, proskuneo, is used in relation to the Father, the translators translated it as worship, even though they rendered it differently in relation to Jesus. (This can be verified by looking in the Watchtower’s own Kingdom Interlinear Translation of the Greek Scriptures.) Is this a double standard? Is the NWT justified in translating this word 2 different ways; as obeisance to Jesus and as worship to the Father?

Yet, while we give worship to God's installed King, we are given balance in understanding that Jesus is not equal to his Father.
This does not mean that he is not due any worship.
Our balance is clarified, at
1Cor.15:27,28:
"For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him. When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all."

This does not infer that Jesus does not receive worship....but it does make clear that it is a relative worship in comparison to what is due our Heavenly Father.

This might be illustrated with a family.
Suppose a mother sees to it (and enforces), that all in the household obey the Father.
This does NOT mean that the mother is obeyed INSTEAD of the Father, but rather,
that the mother is obeyed, because of the Father.
If the mother is disobeyed, the Father is also.
If the Father is obeyed, the mother is also.
This is how "worship" is given, both the Father and the Son, because of the Father,
and the position and authority He Himself, has given to His Son (Psalm.2:8; Phil.2:9,10;
John14:6; 5:22,23
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