Sunday, October 12, 2014

Who says, "I am the Christ."?

This information was already posted at the end of a post about a different subject. I decided to post it on it's own with additions, so that it has it's own heading.

Jesus told those to be the last  remnant of his Chosen brothers...
"See to it  that no one misleads you . For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will mislead many." (Matt.24:4,5) (Mark13:21)

Christ is the English term for the Greek Χριστός (Khristós) meaning "the anointed". 
When the Hebrew scriptures were translated into a Greek version called the Septuagint; Khristós was used to translate the Hebrew מָשִׁיחַ (Mašíaḥ,) (Messiah), meaning "[one who is] anointed with holy anointing oil."
Christos is the Greek translation of the Hebrew word Mashiach (now customarily rendered in English as "Messiah"), which means "one who is anointed." 
The faithful slaves of Christ's body, would be included as Christs (Zech.4:14; 2Cor.1:21; 1John2:20,27), or, Messiahs.
These can prove faithful and true "wheat", or unfaithful and false "weeds".

For us to understand the prophecy at Matt.24:5, we need to understand a modern translation of this foretold claim.
To claim to be the "Christ", is by definition, also to
claim to be the faithful and true "anointed" and Chosen of God. 
This is the modern equivalent of claiming to be the anointed "faithful and discreet slave" that Jesus referred to at Matt.24:45. If someone asserts and promotes this exact claim about themselves; they fulfill this prophecy. Jesus tells us not to believe them (Mark13:21; 1John4:1).
Does the presence of such a presumptious "Christ", mean that a genuine faithful and discreet slave does not exist?
Such a slave is  appointed by Christ, to provide spiritual provisions (Matt.24:45; 7:17,19; John15:8). But the true faithful anointed, would not declare themselves to be such (Luke17:10), because they realize such labels are for their master alone to bestow (Matt.25:23; Rev.2:17; 3:5,12) and that before any receive it, they must endure to the end (Matt.24:13; 10:22; Gal.6:9; James5:8). They would not dare assume their approved standing and it's reward, prematurely (1Cor.10:12; Isa.47:8,9,7; Rev.18:7,8; Luke12:19,20,21) (Matt.25:23; Rev.22:12; 2Thess.1:7) (Matt.16:27; 1Cor.11:26).
Jesus asks us all  to contemplate his question... "Who really  is?" (Matt.24:45)
It would obviously not  be the ones touting the claim...
             (and enforcing it with persecution by an army of Gentile "elders" 
              -Rev.9:3; 13:15
               (Matt.24:49; Jer.13:13,21; Rev.17:11,16) 
          (Jer.17:5; Zech.4:6,14)
...but rather, the ones really providing the proper food (scriptural truth) at the proper time (alert and awake as to the hour of need, holding fast their testimony of Jesus (Matt.24:45,46; Luke12:37,36,35; Matt.5:14; Rev.12:17; 2:25). 

  The FDS would also be those who provide the spiritual food according to the method  Jesus indicated.
What method is that?
Rather than being clearly announced, extolled, and possessing an established place (Matt.24:23; Luke21:8; Matt.24:26);
as Christ's representatives (2Cor.5:20; 13:3; Rom.15:17,18; Luke12:3; Matt.10:27,20), they would simply be "flashing" "light" around the globe (Matt.24:26,27,28; 5:14; John8:12). (
"Eagles" would have to use their keen discernment to search out these "slain ones"/"carcass" (Mark8:35; Rev.6:9,11; 12:11; Matt.24:28; Rev.12:14,6; 11:3,8). 
They would be recognized by their true/fine fruit....not by a menacing self-proclamation. (Matt.7:20; Mal.3:18)

The true "light"/"food" would be sourced in the true vine (John15:4,5), and this light of truth would be a manifestation of Christ himself, unified with his faithful cloud (Mark13:26; Heb.12:1; Rev.1:7; Jude1:14; Rev.19:14,8; Matt.25:31; Heb.2:5,16) (John16:13,14; 14:26; Rev.11:3; Matt.10:27; Luke12:12; 21:15) (1Cor.6:17; 1Cor.2:10; Matt.10:27,26; John14:21,6; Rev.22:16; 2:28; Luke1:78; 2Pet.1:19).

That end-time light/fruit of Christ through his faithful, would contain some specific elements, including:

---the exposing of the "Man of Lawlessness" (2Thess.2:8; Rev.3:9) by these last anointed (Rev.11:5; Jer.5:14; Isa.24:6); 

---previous awakening and repentance by the faithful (Rev.3:19; 11:3; Joel1:13; Luke21:36; Mal.3:2,3; Micah7:9; Rev.3:2,17; Matt.25:5,6,7; Eph.5:14; Rev.3:18; Mal.3:3);

---condemnation of the apostate empire
(Rev.8:8; Zech.4:7; Mark11:23; Rev.2:26,27; 17:14; 19:11,14,8) 
through a war between truth and lies that continues until the End
(1Tim.4:1; Rev.16:13,14,15,16; 2Cor.10:4,5; Rom.12:2,1; 2Cor.6:7; 10:4; Jer.1:10; 2Cor.10:8; 13:10; 10:5; Dan.9:25,26; Isa.9:21,12); 

---and a symbolic "death" for truth's sake (John16:2; Matt.25:40; Dan.9:26; Rev.6:9,11; 11:7,8; Matt.24:28; Rev.12:11,14; 20:4)].

The genuine faithful anointed slaves of God, do not need to blow a trumpet to announce who they are, or draw people to where they are located [through the slave labor of millions of "publishers" / door to door preachers. Such "witnesses" draw people into subjection to an organization... not into God's authentic Temple. (1Pet.2:5,9; 1Cor.3:16; Eph.2:20-22)]. 
The faithful simply need to obey the Master, by producing fruit to feed his sheep (John15:16,8; Luke12:35; John21:17; Eze.36:8; 17:23).
Jesus Christ and all the genuine and sealed Chosen "Christs" (anointed) of Jesus' "Body",
would simply be "One" with the essence of the light they shine, as the vessels of it 
(John14:17; 1Thess.5:5; 2Cor.4:7; Luke1:78; 2Pet.1:19; Rev.22:16; 2Cor.4:6; Rev.2:27,28,29). 

The Christ/anointed who truly possess this holy oil of God's spirit (Matt.25:4; 13:12), would be manifested by shining true light, devoid of an established religious affiliation, dominion of tyrannical governance, hierarchy and spiritual commerce   (1John2:15; John17:16; 6:15; 18:36)...
They would not become manifested by claims, prominence, stature, physical holdings, worldly acclaim and accomplishments, honor by men, nor by their impressive surroundings and established location.  
(Luke 9:58; 1John 2:16,15; Hebrews 10:34; Rev. 2:9; Matt.6:19; Luke 12:20; Rev.18:14,19)
(1Cor.4:13; 1:25,27,28,29; Heb.13:13)
(Matt.24:1,2; John4:21,23 --

When we see these impressive physical things, Jesus tells us, "Do not believe it!"...
"For as lightening comes from eastern parts, and shines over to western parts; So the presence of the Son of Man will be". 
...And so the presence of the genuine Anointed "Sons of Oil" will also be (Zech.4:14; Rev.11:4; Matt.10:40) as they serve him (Col.3:24; John1:51; Rom.8:9; 2Cor.5:17) with the same spiritual glory he emitted (Rom.8:17; 2Pet.1:4; John17:22; John1:14). 

They are together with Christ, in spirit (1Cor.6:17; Matt.28:20) with their appearing bridegroom (John17:23,24; 14:20; 15:5; 6:56; Matt.25:6,10,13; 2Cor.11:2; Eph.5:27; John14:3; 12:26; 2Thess.1:7,10)(Isa.58:10; Ps.37:6; 97:11; Isa.58:10; 1Cor.3:13) 
and enter the marriage feast with him, (Luke 12:37; Rev. 3:20; 19:9)
along with all those who wish to attend and partake of the spiritual provisions 
        (Dan.7:13; Rev.5:1,5,7; John15:15;
          Rev.1:1; Matt.10:27; John21:17; 
          Matt.5:14; 1Cor.4:1; John7:38)
Rev.19:9; 22:17; 5:5; 10:2,7,8,11; 20:12; Rev.3:20).

"Who really is the faithful 
and wise slaves ("Christs"/anointed)?"? (Matt.24:45)
"By their fruits you will  recognize them."...both the fine,
 and the rotten (Matt.7:20; Mal.3:18).

Jesus identified two options before his Chosen slaves....
faithful/wise, and wicked/abusive/drunk/asleep.

Our lives depend upon identifying and distinguishing between the two, and whose provisions we will accept and obey. 
(Rom.6:16; 2Cor.13:3; 4:1,2; 1Cor.4:1,2; 1John4:1; 1Thess.5:21; Mark 13:37; Matt.7:15,20,24,26; Rev.13:11,8)

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