Saturday, November 22, 2014

Fasting / Wilderness Testing / Dominion of the Beasts


I am posting this is response to some questions, so that the one who asked them may read my reply with the pop up scriptures.

You seem to ask about fasting (and why Jesus did it)
(and the thought of him entering the wilderness after his anointing
and returning from there with the power of the spirit),
Should we fast when we are having spiritual difficulty?
Why do the elders seem to have absolute authority to teach in the "kingdom halls"?
Why the teaching that one needs to be a "JW" in order to be on the right path,
why are "JW's" afraid to express their thoughts,
what happens to those who do express "unofficial" thoughts,
why the GB leaders are the only ones considered as lead (anointed) by God's spirit.

To answer each of these thoughts in depth, would take a book,
so I will be brief with each one. For more depth about a particular one of these subjects, I can suggest going to my website, and using the search box.
After Jesus was anointed by God, he was elected as the initial "seed" and heir of God's kingdom (Gal.3:16; Heb.1:5,13; Eph.1:10,22; Rom.4:13). As such, he initiated the pattern for each invited heir (1Pet.2:21; Rev.14:4; 1Cor.11:1; Gal.3:29), including following that election with Satan's testing (Matt.4:1). Each of those invited as heirs, must go through Satan's accusations and tests (Luke22:31; Amos9:9; Zech.3:1,8; Rev.12:10; Job.1:6,11; John15:20; Acts14:22). The "wilderness" is used to represent this time of test by Satan (Rev.12:6,14 (2Cor.2:11); John17:15; Ps.1:6; Rev.17:3; Heb.3:7,8).
Those who come through such tribulations and tests successfully, are refined and sealed as faithful by them 
(Isa.48:10; 1Pet.4:12; Heb.12:6; Dan.11:35; Jer.9:7; Zech.13:9; Isa.48:10) 
(Rev.13:15; 9:15; 17:6; Zech.6:5; Eze.14:21,22; Rev.6:2,3,4,5,6,7,8; Zech.5:3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11; Rev.18:4; Matt.24:31,28) 
(Rev.12:4; Rev.11:2; 13:7; 9:5,4; 7:3; 6:9,11; 12:10,11).
(Acts14:22; Luke13:24; Matt.7:13,14,21,22,23; 25:11,12,13; Luke21:36; Rev.6:17; Matt.24:9,21,22,24,25)
Those who don't come through as faithful, have the wickedness in their hearts made manifest (Rev.17:3; Mal.3:18; 2Tim.3:9).

Why did Jesus fast during this time?
This is symbolic, and represents a denial of spiritual food sourced with men (Matt.15:9; Col.2:8; Eph.4:14) and reliance instead, upon God's Word and spirit (Matt.4:4; Eph.6:17; Phil.2:16; Heb.4:12; Rom.3:4; 2Tim.3:15,16,17). This must be imitated by all those who wish to come through their time of testing, successfully (John8:47; 1John4:6).
We too then, must not be guided by the doctrines of men, and in this way, we "fast".
Deprivations of our literal flesh, are of no benefit (Col.2:23). Our benefit comes from Christ feeding us (Eph.5:29).

The authority of the elders in the congregation, is given to them by means of the governing leaders. This is symbolically depicted at Rev.9:1,2,3 and Rev.13:11,12,14,15,16,17; 19:20).
Those scriptures also depict and explain your other questions...
   about the assertion that the path of "JW's" is the only one of salvation,
   why "JW's" are afraid and forbidden to express thoughts which are not the official current doctrine,
   and what happens to those who defy this tyrannical demand.
For more information about these things, and the fulfillment of prophecies which fulfillment you now see displayed in these current circumstances;
I suggest a search at the site, for "mark of the beast", "666", "getting 'killed'".

Regarding why the leaders are the only ones considered as lead (anointed) by God's spirit...
This tout was also prophesied to occur.
This relates to the same "star" depicted at Rev.9:1 and Rev.8:10,11; 13:11; 19:20.
The false prophet depicted in these scriptures (who works in behalf of the Beast, whose power it uses), is also depicted as a Harlot, who "rides" that same "Beast".
Prophecy tells us, that the time comes for this last Harlot, to declare herself as the only one fit to rule. (Isa.1:21; 47:7,8,9; Rev.18:7,8)

God gives His spirit to those whom He chooses.
Those who receive it, must provide it's fruitage,
especially during this time of famine.
(John15:4,5,8,16; Isa.43:10,21; 1Pet.2:9,10,5; Eph.2:20,21,22)

God bless you with His mercy and support,
Love in Christ,


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