Saturday, December 17, 2016

The Sting of Death -- First Death, or Second Death?

Questions I received:
When the world was destroyed in the day of Noah; Did that symbolize the removal or cleansing, of the first death? I have a problem understanding the timetable of the end of the two deaths. I know these are the last days, and the final and total judgment of life or death. Does the meaning behind Noah's day (as it pertains to the final judgment and salvation for Noah and his family), count as both the deadly power (of the flood), and then the removal, of both the first and second deaths, at once? I hope you can understand what I am asking   ?
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My Reply:
I also hope that I understand what it is you are asking. Please let me know.
I wanted to tell you that there is a post about what the meaning of the flood is for us today.
Here it is:
If you did not read that one, please do, as a primer to this response of mine. 

You asked if the "death" that is brought by the "elder"army/symbolic flood/Great Tribulation (LINK-1)(LINK-2), is the first or second death.
I did not know. 
I said a prayer, and some scriptures came to mind. Here is the result of what the scriptures caused me to perceive.....

The second death, is the "Lake of Fire", and is a symbol for God's condemnation and judgment (Rev.20:15; Matt.10:28) (LINK). Those thrown there, are then destroyed by Satan... because they have been abandoned by God and He does not rescue them if they did not repent (1Cor.10:10-11; Rev.9:11).  
   (To read more about the Destroyer:   
It is a spiritual, forever death (meaning, you do not get eternal life).

The first death, is physical and spiritual. It comes from Adam. All die this death, if we are not saved from it by Christ (Rom.3:23; 5:12; John14:6; 5:24; 6:63; 5:40; 3:36). If we are like all those who do not know God (2Thess.1:8; 2Cor.4:4; Eph.4:18), we die the first death. We have no other life, because we are not alive in our spirit (LINK). Spirit life only comes to those who are sons of God, or to the children of those sons of God (who are not anointed, but who are baptized in water, by them) (Matt.28:19-20; 1Pet.3:20-21) (LINK).

The anointed can lose their spirit life/being born again as spirit... returning to their dead condition (Jude 1:12; Eze.18:24), as do their spiritual children who continue to follow them (Matt.15:14; Job 33:22). That puts them back under the first death of Adam, because their spirit has now died (because they leave Christ as their own father - Isa.9:6; Ps.45:16). 
  If they do not repent before the end, they are thrown into the lake of fire (second death).
If the "elders" and false prophet can mislead the anointed, they can cause both... a return to the first and a final consignment to second death. The first death happens as soon as someone is no longer saved by Jesus Christ, and they have left the teachings of Jesus, by following the Beast (Rev.13:8). 
  The second death happens, when God's final judgment and condemnation, arrives (LINK). All those who have not repented of their idolatry to the Beast and false prophet, are thrown there (Rev.13:8; 20:15) 
This primarily refers to the anointed.
Those who are not anointed (but are baptized and think they are worshiping Yhwh),
are judged according to the leader/spiritual parent, they are following... whether true, or false. That leader is like a parent, and their children are those who follow and obey them (Hosea 2:2; 4:5; Eze.14:10). That relationship is sometimes illustrated within scripture, as the fruit produced by the branches of a vine. That branch is the parent. It's fruit are it's teachings, and the "children" that consume them. Spiritual children cling to the branch, feeding from it. What they become, is a result of what they have received from the branch. The vine/root, is either the teachings and spirit of Christ (John15:4-5,8; Luke 10:16), or of Satan (Deut.32:32-33; Rev.13:11; 14:19; Ps.58:3-4; Zech.7:11) (LINK).

If we are obeying a faithful slave and steward of Christ (Luke 12:42; John21:17; Matt.7:20; Luke 7:35; John7:38-39; Rev.22:17; Gal.4:26), we receive spiritual life through them, as a spiritual mother (Link)
(Matt.5:14-15; Rev.1:20; 2Cor.4:6; 3:18; Mal.2:7; Rev.1:5-6; 5:9-10) (Matt.18:10).
But if we are obeying an unfaithful slave and wicked steward, we receive death from them (Rev.2:20,23) (Link-1) (Link-2).

The harlot (unfaithful, false prophet), uses the Beast under her (organization/"elder" Gentile army) to spread her poison waters of death to all her children. Those messengers, bring death to those who listen, learn, and obey. 
If we are taken captive by those teachings (Col.2:8; Rev.13:10; Luke 21:24), 
and we do not repent then we will end in the lake of fire/second death.


So, the answer is,
that the army of "elders"/spiritual flood (Dan.11:10)--(see the first Link above, "symbolic Earth"),
can bring both deaths, if we have accepted the mark of the Beast and do not repent before the end. 
If we do repent, then our previously being marked by the Beast, had only caused a return to the first death, from which we can get rescued (by repentance). Through the final watchman/last Elijah/messenger of the covenant; God's Temple will be restored, and salvation offered through God's flood covenant, to those who repent (Luke 17:26-27; Ps.18:16-17; 66:12; Isa.54:7-9; Gen.9:11-13; Rev.10:1; Mal.3:1; Zech.4:10,9; Rev.22:6). 
Leaving our slavery to the Organizational Beast behind us, compares to "leaving the City" (Matt.22:9; Rev.18:4). Is that enough? (See this LINK)
Is it enough to leave behind the Beast as the master over our hearts and minds? No. We must also turn to God and Christ as our masters, and be marked as their obedient slaves... 
...thereby avoiding the second death (Eze.18:21).

I hope that addresses your questions.
Please let me know,
Pearl

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Who is the " Destroyer " (Abaddon/Apollyon)?

A question posted on Facebook:
"I have a question that I asked about, when i used to study with JW . Who is the angel it speaks about in Rev.9:11, Abbadon? They could not give me any straight answer, but some of them said it was Michael and Jesus."

My Reply:
Thankfully, the Bible itself makes clear who each entity in Revelation, is. That book was given to us by Christ, for a reason... "to show his slaves what must soon take place" (Rev.1:1). It's seals would be "opened", when the events it describes, are imminent. We are at some point therefore, meant to understand it's contents. -- When deciphering "Abaddon"/"Apollyon", we first note that the two names given, are said to be in both Hebrew and Greek (Rev.9:11)...
       [(Abaddon = "Destroyer" in Hebrew -- Job 28:22; 31:12; 26:6; Prov. 15:11; 27:20)
        (Apollyon = "Destroyer" in Greek -- 1Cor.10:10; Heb.11:28)] 
...indicating that this identity has the name "Destroyer" throughout the entire Bible record. To learn about the Destroyer, we can turn to Isa.33:1. It reads; "Woe to you, Destroyer, you who have not been destroyed! Woe to you, betrayer, you who have not been betrayed! When you stop destroying, you will be destroyed; when you stop betraying, you will be betrayed." -- Here we learn that the Destroyer betrays and destroys, and is destined to reap what he has sown. Could this king of the abyss (Rev.9:11) really be Christ? Of him, John10:10 reads; "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; But I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." -- Jesus is not a destroyer throughout the Bible. He identified that killer, at John8:44, as Satan. Jesus is not destined for destruction (Isa.33:1), but Satan (and "Leviathan"), are (Gen.3:15; Ps.74:14; Isa.27:1; 57:20). -- The Bible is rich with interpretative verses for Revelation. I have collected them, accordingly. If you would like to read them, here are some links that address the subjects of the Destroyer, his abyss, and those who emerge from that realm. (http://4womaninthewilderness.blogspot.com/.../locust...) -- 
These links provide a mere introduction, to the Bible's own interpretation of Revelation ch.9 (Gen.40:8). That interpretation differs drastically from that of the "Watchtower", and other "Watchmen". The "4woman" site linked above, has a search box and a contact form, for any additional research or assistance you may require. May we all benefit from the knowledge God provides, to those who "keep knocking" (Luke 11:9-10; 8:18).
Knowing the identity of the Destroyer is vital, if we do not want to be one of his victims (1Pet.5:8; Mark 4:15; 2Cor.2:11; Rev.12:15,9; 13:4,7,10; Col.2:8; Dan.7:25; Rev.16:13; 1Tim.4:1; Matt.24:4-5,24-25). 
Gaining the truth about Rev.9:11, reveals the darkness of "Watchtower" "light" (Matt.6:23 -- "If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!"). You are very welcome. I hope you will let me know, if another question comes up. All the best to you!

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Coming to Life

Additions made

A QUESTION:
In revelation 20:4 in the kjv it says people have been beheaded and
are getting white robes and are crying out to God. That sounds like the immortal soul idea.
But if you read revelation 20:5, it says some of the other dead didn't come back to life until the 1000 years were over.
This sounds like the soul coming back to life idea.
So which one is right? Both or either or?
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MY REPLY:

Rom.6:5 reads;
"For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his."

Were the martyrs in Rev.20:4 who were "beheaded", united with Christ in a death like his?
Well, why were they killed?
"And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God."

Of Jesus, John8:40 Reads;
"As it is, you are looking for a way to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God."
As we know, the Jewish leaders did kill Christ, for declaring God's truths.

Note what Jesus told us, at Mark 8:35...
"For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it."
(he-who-seeks-to-save-his-life-will-lose)
There Jesus tells us, that if we lose our life for the gospel (the truths of God), we will, as a result, gain our life.

So, those beheaded, gained life. They suffered a death for the truths of God.
Not only did they declare those truths, they believed them and lived by them.

Of such ones, Jesus said;
"Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life." (John5:24)
What kind of life?
Was this life... an indefinite extension of physical life, or an eternal spiritual life?

"Jesus answered “Truly, truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh is born of flesh, but spirit is born of the Spirit." (John3:6)

"The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you--they are full of the Spirit and life." (John6:63)

Have you discerned from these scriptures, that life results from faith in the words of Christ (the truths of God),
--when a testimony about that faith is given...
--a death like Christ, follows that testimony,
 ---and this all results in the granting of spirit life by God's spirit?...
...even while we yet reside in our flesh (Rom.8:9-11,12-14; John 8:51).

You may wonder then, "How one can be alive physically, if they have already "died" for the truth?"
Note Rom.8:13 (and Col.3:5-6; Gal.5:24) to see that there are "deaths" other than physical.
A "death" for truth, also results, by the hand of those with whom we battle (2Cor.10:4-6; Rev.17:14)... Satan's agents of religious deception (John16:2; 8:40) have the power to expel and condemn as worthy of a spiritual death, those against whom they bring false charges (usually blasphemy, sedition, heresy, or apostasy) (Matt.26:65-66; John12:42; 9:22; 16:2; Rom.6:5; John15:20).
(http://4womaninthewilderness.blogspot.com/2016/01/symbolic-death-by-means-of-world.html)


We learn by Rom.6:5, that in order to attain such a spirit life, we must be willing to die like Christ, for testifying to those words of life and truth.
This is confirmed, at Rev.6:9-11, where we hear of others who have died such a faithful death, who are also, crying out.
Note what reply is given to them...

"When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. 10 They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?” 11 Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters, were killed just as they had been."

A "full number" of God's witnesses, must be killed for the word of God and a testimony to it.
Only when that full number is completed, will God's judgment and vengeance arrive.
Spirit life results from a death for truth (Mark 8:35).
Those already killed and crying out, have already attained their spirit life (Rev.20:4).
They are waiting for the "rest" "to be killed, just as they had been", so that they too, can come to life (Rev.20:5).

Since these killed ones (at Rev.6:9-11) are also speaking, we can safely conclude the truthfulness of Christ's words,
that they have "passed over from death to life" (John 5:24).
It is crucial that we keep in mind, that such eternal life is spiritual, not physical.

You ask about "an immortal soul idea".
Well, had these martyrs not proven faithful, they would not have gained eternal spirit life.
They gained it after spirit granted it to them, as a reward,
based upon their "deaths" for truth.
They did not already possess it, but it was given to them.
An eternal spirit, is a reward for those who faithfully conquer the world and it's persecutions (Rev.21:7; 22:14; 2:17; 3:19-21).
  This idea of gaining spirit life as a reward for a faithful testimony to truth, unto the death...can also be seen, if we look at three scriptures...

"Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life, that the Lord has promised to those who love him." (James1:12)

"Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor's crown." (Rev.2:10)

"I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take away your crown. (Rev.3:11)

Can you see that our reward of eternal spiritual life, is compared to a crown?
Note that it is given to those who prove their love for Christ by being faithful, even to the point of death.
Note too, that such a crown can be taken away.


Since the life possessed by the martyrs in Rev.20:4, has been achieved through faithfulness,
there was a time in their lives, before that faithful witness and death was accomplished, correct?

Such ones did not always have that gift of life.
It was only given to them, after they had proven faithful.
Before they were granted spiritual life, they were still spiritually dead.
Remembering this, helps us with Rev.20:5...
"The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended."

So,
our first group of martyrs, "came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.".
Clearly,
they attained living spirit during the symbolic "thousand years".
They were faithful witnesses of the truths of God and Christ, and died for that testimony, during Christ's "thousand year" reign.

Not so those in Rev.20:5, of which we read;
"The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years had ended."

"The rest of the dead" indicates that the first group had also been dead,
but they "came to life" during the "Thousand Years".
This second group "did not come to life until the thousand years were ended".
So this second group, also comes to life.
The difference, is  when.

It will be impossible for you to understand these two verses, if you view life and death as physical.
Not only are these verses speaking of life as spiritual;
they are speaking of death, as spiritual.

One can be alive or dead in a spiritual sense, even while physically alive.
Some examples of being spiritually dead, while physically alive, are:

"To the angel of the church in Sardis write: These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead." (Rev.3:1)
Here Jesus is speaking to someone physically alive, yet is considered by Christ, to be spiritually dead.
That person has not yet, "come to life".

"The widow who lives for pleasure is dead, even while she lives." (1Tim.5:6).
(See also Eph.2:1,5; Col.2:12-13)
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And so,
when we read Rev.20:4-5,
we see that there are witnesses of God who are given the gift of spiritual life during two different time periods.

The first group to share in Christ's resurrection to spirit (1Pet.3:18), are killed for their testimony and receive spirit life during Christ's thousand year reign.

The "rest" of those to receive such a reward (Rev.20:5), (who are also mentioned at Rev.6:11);
receive their eternal spirit lives for their testimony to the death,
after Christ's thousand year reign.

Why is this?
Well, if you read more of Rev.20, we learn in verse 7, that Satan is let out of the abyss at the end of that "Thousand years". He has an alliance working with him (Rev.20:8,10) which alliance is also described in various other ways, throughout Revelation.

Verses 8-10 go on to explain the result of Satan's release
 (also shown at Rev.16:13-16; 17:14).

At the end of the thousand years and Satan's release,
there is a widespread and all consuming deception, released by Satan and his two agents...
the Wild Beast and the false prophet.
Scripture discloses that God's people are completely devoured by this great force.
They are unable to "come to life" (receive their "crown"/get "sealed" as slaves of God), while under the influence and dominion of Satan's agents.
(LINK)**
Rev.13:7 confirms...
"The Wild Beast ("locust-scorpion" collective**) was given power to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them. And it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation."
Those conquered by the Beast, submit to it, and receive it's mark on their forehead (Rev.13:16,15).
Any who refuse to render such worship to the beast, are killed (Rev.13:15).
If any were to wake up, and take a stand against the lies of the Beast (in order to testify to God's truths), they would,
like the faithful martyrs before them, be killed (Rev.11:3,7; 13:10).

Yet those who receive spirit life after Satan's release (and after the thousand years), would be "coming to life" "after the thousand years have ended", just as Rev.20:5 stated.

For more confirmation of this interpretation,
let us return to the latter half of verse 4;
In speaking of those resurrected first...
"They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years."

Note that those who gained spirit life first,
never worshiped the Beast or it's image, and had not received it's mark.
  The Beast had not yet been released from the abyss along with Satan.
Yet after the thousand years ends, Satan is released...
and his Beast and False prophet succeed in conquering and marking, the holy ones.
(http://4womaninthewilderness.blogspot.com/2013/05/mark-of-beast.html)

Previous to their waking up, repenting, and giving testimony,
God's chosen ones alive in this post-thousand year period,
are still spiritually dead.
They do not come to life, until they conquer their circumstances...
   the final, great machination of Satan, against them (Rev.12:17; 13:7,10).
  They too must give their testimony, and be killed (Rev.11:3,7; 12:10-11; 6:11; Mark 8:35; Rom.6:5; 1Pet.3:18).

The Bible defines that final great assault, as the "Great Tribulation".
(http://4womaninthewilderness.blogspot.com/2015/06/the-greatest-tribulation-why.html)

This is why the faithful who reign with Christ during the "Thousand Years", are depicted separately from those anointed priests who gain life during the Great Tribulation. (compare Rev.7:4 to Rev.7:9,14,17)

To grasp the truth about the thousand years, life, death, resurrection, and tribulation...
you must first adopt a spiritual viewpoint, and realize that it is just as Jesus said...
"the flesh counts for nothing" (John 6:63).

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I hope my reply has given you a clear answer, sourced in the Bible.
The difference between the two groups cited at Rev.20:4-5,
is not IF they always had a living spirit...
But WHEN they receive that gift, and how.

Thank you for your good question, and if any question remains,
please follow up.

Love in Christ,
Pearl

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Where are the Wild Beasts?

Some readers ask why my writings are focused on "Jehovah's Witnesses" as relevant to prophecy. They assume, that I am pointing to the members of the "Watchtower" as the fulfillment and manifestation of Revelation's prophetic scenario.

By using a brief illustration, I hope to clarify my identification of God's people today, and why readers might conclude that I am referring to "Jehovah's Witnesses" within my writing and comments.

Please imagine that there is a treasure of gold coins inside a small wooden chest.
Someone points to the chest and says, "There is the treasure".
Without elaboration of detail, we may assume that the wooden chest, is the treasure being referred to.

In the same way,
"Jehovah's Witnesses" are not the identity that I am referring to.
Yet within "JW's", are genuine anointed ones. 
They too, are under the Governing Body (wicked steward/Harlot)...
they too are dominated by local Congregational "elders". 
They too, have been mislead (1Tim.4:1; Rev.16:13-16; 20:7-8).
Satan has hidden a clear interpretation of Revelation's identities, by camouflaging God's people, in among a mislead throng of spiritual Gentiles (LINK) (LINK).

God's genuine people are clarified, at 1Pet.2:5,9-10 and Isa.43:1,10,12,21; 1Pet.2:9.
(LINK)
Satan's release from the abyss has freed him to summon the Wild Beast "from the sea"/Gentiles (Rev.13:1,4,7-8).
As you can see from Rev.13:7, it is able to overcome God's genuine people, just as Daniel and the gospel writers also prophesied.
That captivity (Col.2:8; Rev.13:10) and threat of death (Rev.13:10,15; 12:10-11; 11:7; 6:9-11; Mark 8:35) reaches all God's people, through it's three agents (Rev.16:13; 17:14). 
We know those three, as 
  Satan, 
  the "Watchtower" organization, 
  and it's governing body.

Backed by Satan's realm and power of deception and death (the abyss -Rev.9:11; Isa.33:1) and symbolically, given it's "key" (Rev.9:1; 8:10-11) to open demonic deception, lies, signs and portents;
the false prophet "breathes" spirit into it's Beast, giving it a false veneer of divine inspiration (Rev.13:15; 19:20)... which enables it to "kill" under the guise of being God's instrument to judge (John 20:22-23; Matt.16:19).
No part of God's "inhabited homeland"...
       (His "field under cultivation" (1Cor.3:9)/His people) 
       (Translated as "earth" from the Greek: "oikou": inhabited plot of ground/homeland -John 14:23
       --"make our home with them"/"inhabit them"  Luke 8:15; Eph.2:22)
...will escape this great test/Great Tribulation. **(LINK)

If you read the previous link**, you will be able to consider the source of the Great Tribulation, according to scripture.
It is by means of the agents of the abyss/Hades (Rev.9:3,10; 11:7)-- summoned forth by "wormwood"...     (LINK) (LINK
...that this great test of deception, reaches God's people and takes them captive (Rev.13:7,10; Luke 21:24).

Jesus said that this tribulation, would come in on "all the inhabited earth" (Luke 21:22,32,35-36), just as the "Man of lawlessness" (2Thess.2:4; Rev.13:18) comes in upon all of God's Temple (1Cor.3:16; 1Pet.2:5,9). Every "stone" (1Pet.2:5) will be thrown down and trampled (Luke 21:6; Rev.11:2; Dan.11:36,31) by Satan's alliance of Iron and Clay. 
All of God's remnant of people ("the remaining ones of the woman's seed" -Rev.12:17) would be made subject, under "the abomination of desolation"/"operation of error". None of these would escape dominance by Satan's agents (Rev.13:1,11,7).
(IRON: Gentile Wild Beast "from the 'sea' ", and
CLAY: adulterous harlot/false prophet/wicked steward "from the 'earth' " -Rev.13:11).
(LINK)

Since none of God's people escape this final test (Amos 9:9; Luke 22:31), one must question the single location and entity, where such a deceiving power exists today, against God's chosen anointed. (Rev.13:7; Matt.24:4-5,24-25).
I can testify, that no religion other than "Jehovah's Witnesses" has been so successful in projecting an Image, as "God's spirit-directed organization",
and as a result, 
been able to captivate and subjugate genuine chosen ones... encapsulating them under a Gentile dominion.  (LINK) (LINK) (LINK)
Remembering that the false prophet is depicted as a "two-horned" "lamb" from the "earth"...    
       (inhabited/occupied homeland) (LINK),
...my personal studies and spirit have made clear to me, that this leadership is sourced from within God's own priesthood...
  ...an anointed one... 
appointed by Christ to lead and spiritually feed his household of servants (Luke 12:42,35; Rev.8:10-11; 9:1; 13:11,15; 19:20).
  That leader "fell" from grace (2Pet.3:17; Rev.9:1; 2:5), poisoned it's living waters (Heb.12:15; Deut.29:18; Rev.8:11) (LINK) (LINK), 
and directed those of Christ's household under them, into idolatry (Rev.2:20; 13:15,8,7,10).

I don't know of any other religious entity, that has as it's leadership, genuine anointed ones,
acting as steward over other genuine anointed.
In fact, there are so many prophetic details which the "WT" organization fulfills,
  that it grows more difficult with increasing study and understanding,
  to miss the precise correlations between prophesy, and the anointed within "Jehovah's Witnesses".
   
To return to our illustration,
the identification of God's prophetic people in the time of the end,
is not synonymous with the organization and members of "Jehovah's Witnesses".
Drawing the conclusion that they are, is understandable...
  because the actual central subject of such prophecies, are within that very organization, 
are under it's dominion, and are contained captive within it's realm.

For more information about this subject: (http://4womaninthewilderness.blogspot.com/2014/01/update.html)

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Friday, September 9, 2016

Divine Judgment toward Victims

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What follows are questions I received...

Hello Pearl,
May I ask a question please?
How can a person who has been violently abused and traumatised since childhood find God or Jesus? In a situation where the word 'Father' is synonymous with violence and trauma how can that kind of damaged soul find a relationship with the Creator? How can a child that's experienced extreme violence from his natural parent and as a result is unable to form normal bonds with humans learn to love God and torn a relationship with him?
How does a blind and deaf person find God and Jesus?
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My Reply:

Dear Chi,
I would first like to tell you that all victims of abuse have their own unique experience, and their own unique response to it (Prov.14:10). While I do not equate my own experience with that of another, I tell you that I myself have been a victim of multiple forms of abuse, since infancy. That situation included a disturbed father, who afforded me little resource to accurately or realistically, conceive of God. I hope that my limited drawing upon that experience within my reply, will afford us some supplemental resource in addressing your questions, in combination with the wisdom of God found in scripture.
Please read each of the scriptures, preferably as you come to them. The greatest portion of wisdom and knowledge contained in my reply, is within them.

When facing trauma, each person has unique internal and external resources to draw upon, as well as their ability to optimize each resource, when being subjected to abuse.
For this reason, we can only speak in generalities. One strategy which may salvage the healthy development of one individual, may prove useless to another victim. One trauma that destroys an individual, may prove manageable to another.
God is fully able to make an estimation of each person's heart (Prov.21:2; Ps.33:14-15; 1John3:20). He knows exactly what each individual is capable of, what violence and injustices they have been subjected to, how their spiritual development was effected, and how their coping strategies are sourced in either goodness, wickedness, or ignorance.
He holds us each accountable, accordingly (Luke 12:48). He can view and judge each heart as good or bad, no matter what the psychological damage or physical limitation (Prov.24:12).

With these realities established, I will respond.
Firstly, there is no trauma that can create an impenetrable barrier between us and God (Rom.8:35,38-39).
God knows the spiritual capacity of each person, even before that personality crystallizes (Ps.139:16). He keeps each persons limitations in mind, when appraising their spiritual capacity and need (Ps.103:13-14; 78:39; 136:23; 51:10; 1John3:20).
Acts 17:27 reads;
"God intended that they would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him,
though He is not far from each one of us."
(Deut.4:29; Jer.29:13; Ps.65:2)
But then, how can any mortal, truly perceive, appraise, and draw close to God?
(Rom.11:33; Job 36:26; 1Cor.2:16)
We are all limited, and cannot fully know God on our own.
But what may cause an abused child, to turn toward God, and search Him out?
How can a child who knows nothing about the creator, "find Him"?

Each child does have
themselves,
their experience,
and the environment around him.
God exists and can be found, in all three (Rom.1:20).
"He is not far off" from anyone (Acts 17:27).
The very essence of God, is love (1John4:8,16).
Children can recognize and assimilate qualities of goodness, mercy and love from examples around them, even if that mercy and love is not given to them personally.
Whether a child learns in school about how birds care for their young... sees a mother cat caring for her kittens... feels the warmth afforded by a blanket, their hunger appeased by a morsel... sees sunlight streaming in through a window, or a breeze in Summer...
God's love reaches us all (Matt.5:45). We all and each observe or experience... need, mercy, satisfaction, and generosity. We all know, that kindness is good, and pain is bad. We all possess the power to cause, either.

The heart of each child, makes decisions about how they will cope. Coping choices become a part of that developing personality. Since Eden, every heart has the ability to perceive and choose between good and bad (Gen.3:22; Rom.2:13-16; Titus 1:15). When a child is subjected to, and feels pain; it knows that the perpetrator is acting selfishly and unlovingly. Children have an innate sense of justice, which presents them with a choice. Each child has the capacity to emulate hurtful behaviour, or to choose empathy and compassion through an innate ability to imitate God (Gen.1:26; 5:1; Col.3:10; Eph.4:24)... knowing personally through experience, that harm and pain result from abuse. God sees and responds to all those who are choosing righteousness and mercy (Rom.5:3-6; Jer.17:10) (Matt.5:7; James 4:6).
God's nurturing and protective spirit can see and reach such a child (Matt.10:29,31). That is my personal experience.
For those guarded by God's spirit, no abuse will be beyond their ability to cope with integrity
(Matt.6:13; 1Cor.10:13; Phil.4:13; 2Pet.2:9; Ps.37:28,33; 55:22; 27:10-11).

But now your third question introduces another issue. I will quote it to make that issue clear...
"How can a child that's experienced extreme violence from his natural parent and as a result is unable to form normal bonds with humans learn to love God and form a relationship with him?"

Although this verse is already cited above, I will quote it here:
"Even if my father and mother abandon me, the LORD will hold me close. Teach me Your way, O LORD, And lead me in a level path Because of my foes." (Ps.27:10-11)

I personally believe that the present condition of humanity in general, is dysfunctional and corrupt, as is their capacity for true intimacy. Few if any people are unadulterated, healthy and pure... or possess a full capacity for loving relationships according to our original design.
That being said, I do realize that victims who have had their capacity to trust, shattered,
have been scarred and damaged excessively and sometimes completely, in comparison to that of advantaged humanity.
  Can you consider, that to such an individual, the love of God can be appreciated all the more?
Even if we are not presently healed of our damage or distrust, Faith in His healing, His goodness, and His faithfulness, provides us with comfort and hope (2Cor.1:3-4; John14:27; Phil.4:7) even while we wait in hope for healing.
Upon what is such faith based?
God provides us with evidences and proofs, that His promises are reliable
(Heb.11:1-3,8,13; 10:23; 1Cor.2:9-10; Isa.64:4; James 1:12; 1John5:14-15; 3:18-20).
These comforting assurances alone, are reasons to love God.

As 1John3:20 above reads; "God is greater than our hearts".
His power to give us faith in Him, is greater than our experiences with our fleshly father. We learn that we need only to reach out to Him in our tribulation and post-trauma. He will not abandon us, but will lead us to Him, through Christ. We will see Him display Himself in our life and hearts. We can be made to stand before Him, through Him (Rom.14:4).
Both my husband and I suffered an extreme amount of neglect and abuse during our formative years.
This has certainly resulted in a perpetuation of pain to us both. But it has not resulted in an inability to develop faith and hope, nor an inability to be comforted by the promises of God.

All of us had no control over our development in our mother's womb.
When God chooses to cause a person to grow spiritually, we will grow also, in a way beyond our own control. All depend upon God to form a relationship with Him. In fact... no one grows to spiritual maturity, without the spirit, power, and grace of God. He is ever available, awaiting our search for Him (2Chron.16:9 A; 1Pet.3:12).
Although we may estimate a wide chasm between those abused and those not...
there is little difference to God between such persons. Both are dying and passing away, and both depend upon His mercy.
Both are easy for God to bless.

All this is not to say that there is never enough damage to prevent discipleship to Christ.
Does God not know this? Does God despise and reject such victims?
Psalm 51:17 reads;
"The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise."

Can God not heal such victims, and welcome them into His new creation and Kingdom of peace?
(John5:8-9; Mark 1:27,31-34,40-42; Luke 7:22; Rev.21:1-5; 22:1-2)
(http://pearl-holycity.blogspot.com/)
The future of each person is in God's hands, and He renders each judgment, perfectly (Rom.9:14; Eph.2:4-9; Rom.8:18-21).

For those with a history of childhood trauma, and those not...
abuse and tribulation is ongoing in a Christian life (2Tim.3:12; Acts 14:22; 2Cor.4:8-10; John15:18; 17:15). Although my traumatic childhood and young adulthood is behind me; abuses of my heart and spirit are ongoing. Some of that is by those who do not fully understand what they are doing. I must still endure such tribulation, injustice, reviling, slander, and pain. Yet we can remember, that Jesus was the pioneer of our faith, and suffered all these things and more (Heb.12:2). Victims of abuse can certainly find understanding, and relate to the life of Jesus. In him, we find an example of bearing up while enduring pain, even while keeping ourselves free of moral and spiritual corruption (1Cor.4:11-13; Rom.12:21).

Throughout each of our lifetimes,
we are presented with adversity...
opportunities to mature, and manifest who we choose to be...
whether victims or Victors.
That is the intrinsic power of free will,
which results in the identification of our own unique heart in the sight of God.

For those few who have been amputated of this most basic liberty,
God is judge. He is mercy and love, and can read the secret person of the heart (1Pet.3:4).
He certainly knows if we have done our best to reject wickedness and hurtfulness (Mark 12:31; Gal.5:14).
Regarding the blind and deaf...
A relationship with God is not seen with physical eyes or ears (2Cor.4:18).
It is seen with the heart, which is not beyond of the reach of God (Isa.59:1; Jer.32:17).

For the specific example of my own discovery of God during an abusive childhood,
you can consider Part I of: (http://pearl-personalfile.blogspot.com/)

I hope my reply is of some benefit to you, through the cited scriptures.
If it does not fully address your need,
please follow up.

Love in Christ,
Pearl

Monday, August 29, 2016

144000 and Great Crowd, Compared

This post is an addition made to ("Who are the 144000?").

The Great Crowd can be included in God's priestly group who stand for truth (symbolic meaning of 144000) when that number is regarded as not so much literal and numerical, but as those who testify to truth. There can be a group of Testifiers to Truth ("144000"), later joined by more who Testify to Truth. Although the group increases, the label of that number's meaning, remains the same.

Yet a distinction is made in Rev.7, between the 144000, and those who appear "afterward" (Rev.7:9).
We are told in Rev. ch.20, that the 144000 reign with Christ during the Thousand years (Rev.20:4-6). It is after the "Thousand Years", that Satan is released, and the Great Tribulation ensues (Rev.20:2-3,7) (Satan's "short time" of release Rev.20:3; 12:12,17).

During the "Thousand Years", Satan is restrained. Those who rule with Christ during that time, are not overcome by Satan's Beasts and their slave mark (Rev.20:4). After Satan's release, he empowers the false prophet and it's Beast, with powerful deception (Rev.16:13-16; 13:4,11; 20:7-8; 17:14; 20:9; 11:3,5; Jer.5:14; 23:29; Matt.10:20) (2Thess.2:9,11,8; Rev.2:16).
Initially, the Great Crowd are overcome (Rev.13:7; Dan.11:31-33; Rev.13:10 <Col.2:8; Luke21:24; Rev.11:2; Matt.5:13) (LINK). Of these, a remnant of those who face the Great Tribulation, will be saved (Matt.24:24-25,21-22; Dan.12:1; Jer.23:3; Mark13:26-27). These survivors, are the Great Crowd.

Therefore, the experience of the Great Crowd, differs from the previous faithful priests.
The previous 144000 had never accepted the slave mark of the Beasts (Rev.20:4) who are unleashed during the Great Tribulation (Rev.13:1,11). The remnant (remaining ones of the seed -Rev.12:17,15) are overcome (Rev.13:7), and must be rescued (Jer.31:11; Isa.48:20; 51:11). These are required to repent of their soiled identity, and be given white robes (Zech.3:3-4,8; Rev.3:18; Isa.1:18; Eze.18:27; Rev.19:8; 7:9,14). Not all, repent (Rev.2:21-22; 9:20-21; 16:9-11) (1Kings8:46-50; Mal.3:6).

The previous group of 144000 were in the Lamb's book of life during Christ's "Thousand Year" reign ("first resurrection"). The "second death"--
    (being overcome by death again, after having received redemption from Adamic sin and "first" death
    -Rom.5:12; John6:63; 5:24; 1Cor.15:45; 1Pet.1:23)
--"has no hold" on those previous "144000" (Rev.20:6; Luke10:19).
Yet for a time, the "sting" of the agents of death (1Cor.15:55,26; Rev.20:5,14), gains a hold on the remnant (Rev.9:10) during Satan's release and Great Tribulation. (LINK)

When the Chosen who are living after the Thousand Years, are overcome by the released Satan and the resources of his abyss; they are overcome once again by death. having lost their slave mark of God (Deut.11:18), (being slave-marked by the laws of the Beast -Rev.13:16)
(Rev.13:7; 9:4-6,10; 7:3) (LINK) (666)
Yet there will be those who repent, are saved, and are added to those who receive life (Rev.3:3,19; 20:6,5) "after the thousand years have ended".
This is why the "144000" and the "Great Crowd" are depicted by scripture, as two different groups.
Yet in the end, the survivors of the Great Tribulation, battle for Truth (Rev.12:10-11; Luke 12:8; Rev.6:9-11; Mark 8:35; Rev.11:8), alongside Christ at Armageddon (Rev.17:14; 19:14,8), and are united with the previous "144000", in the Lamb's scroll of life (Zech.3:7-10; Rev.3:5).

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Coping with the Great Tribulation

Clarified

Below is my reply to a letter I received. I have posted it for the beneficial scriptural thoughts it contains.
It gives a few constructive ways to respond to our time of "sifting", so that we can make best use of this limited time.

Hello,
I am glad to hear that you are making progress in Bible truths, despite our indoctrination from the "synagogue of Satan". God has foretold and promised, that righteous people will be "taken" to an invitation to the "marriage feast", which is served outside the apostate "city" (wherein the "disgusting thing" reigns -LINK)
[(Jer.3:14-15; Luke17:34-37; Matt.24:28; Rev.11:8; 6:9]
[(LINK)] (Matt.24:16; Eze.36:8) 
[(Matt.22:9-10 Greek: "diexodous")(LINK)] [(LINK)]. 
Yet once outside the "city", we are still under test in the "wilderness". Some will fall, even after their recognizing the identity of the "Beast", and their expulsion from it. So I continue to pray for these whom God has blessed with eyes and ears... those granted the ability to discern the road to life and the road leading to death.
The idolizing of the Beast's image, becomes increasingly blatant as we progress through the fulfillment of prophecy.
It is now clear to me, that the tribulation which first broke out on the anointed (Rev.7:3)(1Pet.4:17-18), has now broken out on the rest of "JW's" (earth, trees, sea). Reports and experiences are increasingly heard online, on FB, and at forums... about abuse by "elders", and the harm being caused by the unscriptural doctrine, policies and procedures  of  the G.B. 
(Great Tribulation -what and why) (G.T. -- Two phases). 
We know that "few" are able by the grace of God, to break free of their deceptive philosophies, principles, and traditions which hold them captive (Col.2:8; Rev.13:10). We who have broken free (John8:32), are still experiencing tribulation. But we live in hope, knowing that in comparison to our eternal reward, the present troubles, are "momentary and light".

As the truths of the scrolls are opened and presented at the marriage feast (Rev.20:12; Dan.12:4,10,3; Phil.2:15);
Satan responds with the opening of his lying mouth (Rev.12:15; 16:13-14), and an increase of demonic deception, 
to "whitewash the wall" of WT doctrine which defends the harlotrous city. 
That battle between truth and lies, is the essence of Armageddon (Rev.16:14; 20:7-8; 17:14). I hope you will continue to devote yourself to taking in the proper food at the proper time, now being made available, so as to be equipped to respond to this time of test, in accord with gaining the approval of God. I will refer you (by means of links) to further spiritual knowledge and support, in response to your comments.
Regarding your feelings about shunning; Jesus knew the remnant would be shunned (Matt.5:11-12; 10:22; John16:2). All Christ's faithful brothers (and those who receive them), are persecuted (2Tim.3:12). That is why Jesus declared that his judgment of life or death, is based upon the treatment given the least of them. Will members of those claiming discipleship, care for such persecuted ones, or shun them? (Matt.25:45-46) We are told that such love for the members of the Body of Christ, will "cool" (Matt.24:12), even though such love, is the hallmark of Christians, and Christ's greatest command (John13:35, 34; Heb.6:10).

Christ assured us that the "generation" (Greek:"race" 1Pet.2:10; 1:23; Ps.112:2) of faithful chosen, will "not disappear", until all things foretold about them, are fulfilled 
(Luke21:32; Dan.12:7; Rev.13:7; Jer.31:11; 15:21; Isa.48:20; 51:11; Zech.9:16; Rev.1:20; 10:5; Eph.2:6) (Ps.40:2; 69:2; Rev.12:15,14,6; 11:3; etc.). 
So you are certainly correct in your belief, that God will not leave His sheep without caring shepherds (John10:11; 21:17; 2Cor.5:20). Yet Jesus told us, that along with fine shepherds, there will also be wicked shepherds present... growing alongside the faithful (Matt.13:30; Mark8:38). He admonishes us, to carefully discern between the two sorts of stewards (Luke12:42-46) before we follow their voice (Matt.7:15-20; 1John4:1).

Although your daughter now claims that she will not cut you off, be advised that she will be pressured to do so under threat of expulsion, and at that point, she may succumb to the pressure. The sword of truth, divides (Heb.4:12; Matt.10:34; Luke12:51-53) (Rev.13:15-17)("Buying and Selling").
I wanted to respond especially, you your words....
"So then I realized the fight to get as many people out (which is my goal) as I can with Yah and Jesus' help, is going to be a real fight. 
I' m planning to copy the scriptures  you quoted and your reasoning to use in family study with my daughter so she can wake up too. My friend wants to join us, when I expressed to her I wanted to study more to memorize scriptures. I have to be really careful, so I can help as many as possible before I too am df'd. So, I am going to need your help on how to proceed."
I tell you truly;
It is not likely that any will respond positively to your testimony. This is one of the reasons why the last prophets, prophesy in "sackcloth" (Rev.11:3; Isa.22:12; Jer.9:1; 13:17)<(Col.2:8; 2Cor.11:20) ; (Rom.10:18, 21; Luke13:23-24; Matt.7:14). Yet despite their rebelliousness against truth, we are to give them warning (Eze.2:7; Rev.11:10). Their ability to hear that warning (Matt.13:16; 16:17; 13:11) (Jer.24:7) (LINK), 
or not (Rom.11:8-10; Matt.13:15) (Matt.15:8), 
is determined by God, who reads  hearts (Heb.4:13; Jer.17:10; Ps.44:21). 
"All the earth" worships the Beast, and few are saved from that end-time Idolatry (Rev.13:8; Jer.3:14; Luke17:34-37) 
(keep-awake).

If we are among those blessed with insight and recognition; it rests upon us to stand up and confess the truth of Christ (Luke12:8) to our "neighbors" (Eph.4:25). We expect the "death" that results (Rev.12:10-11; Mark8:35).
Please read these links, 
which help give scriptural instruction on how this should be done:
(warning+letterand (Give a Warning!)

You also ask:
"I also wanted to talk to you about organizing disfellowshipped ones to use signs at the assemblies to direct faithful anointed out of the org to Jesus Christ and your blog."
The annual assembly is now finished for this year. But there are local circuit assemblies and other meetings, which may also be demonstrated at, as well as construction sites and the annual meeting. Be forewarned that the Beast has also prepared to deal with demonstrators. For this reason, it is best to apply the suggestions the anointed are giving. Since the "elders" and "ministerial servants" have been told to rally between us and our audience (Dan.11:45; Rev.13:17).
    [see examples: (you can mute the videos)
    (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6M2pFdV5iQ
    (skip to view 5:53 ; 17:00 ; and 32:27 - un-mute to hear singing to drown out the demonstrator)
-  -  -  -  -  -  -
    (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M76NDk6upbg)(First minute)], 
(PLEASE NOTE: These videos are not a depiction of our demonstration (nor of our beliefs, message, or behavior), nor should we imitate the reviling of our enemies. I present the video, only to display the forces we face.)

Our sign must be held high, well over their heads, in the line of sight of those being dismissed from the assembly. Whatever construction design we create for our sign, it should keep this consideration in mind. 

Despite our formidable foe (Rev.13:4), we can do our best, trusting that God will reach the few whom He may rescue.
(Ex.14:14; 2Pet.2:9; 2Chron.20:15; Isa.41:10-16; Rom.8:31)
Then also, there is next year's Summer assemblies.
Here are some links, with suggestions...
        (The-Final-Witness) <<(please read all posts)
        (http://www.christsdisciple.com/)

Although you have given me your phone numbers, 
I likely will not be calling you. I hope you are not offended or hurt by this necessary decision. I will try to explain why I must choose it.
  Jesus well knew the treachery his brothers would face in the "world" (Matt.10:16; Micah7:5) (John17:15). Those whom we meet online, are not fully visible to us, and insincere people can easily mis-represent themselves (Dan.11:34)(2Tim.3:13). 
Should we do what we can, to be "cautious as serpents"? Or, should we simply trust, that we have God's protection? 
Christians imitate Jesus. 
Did he simply trust that God would protect him, even if he took chances with his welfare, believing that God would protect His purpose for Christ? Notice that the devil tried to get Jesus to think that way, and take note of Jesus' response...

"Then the devil took Him into the holy city and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, 
and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it is written,
‘He will command His angels concerning You’;
and ‘On their hands they will bear You up,
So that You will not strike Your foot against a stone.’”
Jesus said to him, “It is also written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” (Matt.4:5-7)

In imitation of Jesus, we all must not presume upon God, nor test out His protection of us by carelessness or ego.
I therefore, do not take chances by exposing my work to any possible danger. I know I can rely on God's support and protection of my spirit, so long as I do all I can, to keep it. I hope you understand.
That being said,
we can have video conferences, and you can always contact me via the "contact form" on the Main Page of the BLOG.
Video meeting can be done through gmail. If you have a gmail address and would like this option, please send me that address of yours. I will then send you a contact request. If you do not have a gmail email address, you can apply for one, here: (LINK). You will see at the bottom of that page, "Create account". Click on that.
And finally you said;
"I threw up my hands to Jah when I found out the anointed will be coming down to earth to instruct us!! What a loving arrangement!"
(LINK-1) (LINK-2
(Gen.28:12-14,17; Gal.3:29; Eph.2:19; Rom.8:19-21; Rev.21:2,4; 22:2; 5:10) 
(John1:51; Matt.22:30; Rev.1:20)
This is not only the arrangement of the future Kingdom of God, but also the arrangement of His Temple now present, which Temple is now found within the hearts of His faithful anointed priests. God's instruction, comes through them 
(Mal.2:7; 1Pet.2:9; Matt.10:20; Rev.5:10; 21:3; 1Cor.3:16; Eph.2:20-22) 
(Rom.5:5; John4:21,23; Heb.10:16; John4:14; 7:38-39; Rev.22:17).

Thank you for your letter, and my prayers are with all those graced by the spirit of our God, to find and remain upon the road to life.
Love in Christ,
Pearl
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REVIEW:
Ways to cope with the Great Tribulation

1. Continue in faithfulness and learning, even after expulsion into the "wilderness".
2. Credit God for your sobriety and discernment, and thank Him.
3. Be loving to all those leaving the "City", share the truth with them, and love even our enemies in that way.
4. Be prepared to lose family members for the sake of Christ's truth, as it is now being freely revealed to anyone interested (Matt.10:37; Mark 10:29-30) (Matt.22:9-10; Rev.19:9).
5. Expect to be "killed" for loyalty to Truth (Mark 8:35) (symbolic-death). When giving your testimony, prepare to be effective (1Cor.14:8; 9:26).
6. Use caution and discretion while on-line. Do not presume upon divine protection. While showing kindness and love to all, exercise caution and protective restraint.
7. Avail yourself of the association and support of others of faith, realizing with great gratitude and joy, that our God has been a Faithful Shepherd (Psalm 23). He has brought to us light and life during the darkest spiritual era (Isa.60:2), and given us the spring rain in it's season (Job 29:23; Prov.16:15; Hosea 6:3; Isa.45:8; Ps.72:6; 147:8; Zech.10:1; James 5:7-11,17-18).

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