Tuesday, December 26, 2017

What are, the Seven Spirits of God ?

God's "seven spirits" are from Him, but are not Him. The seven spirits, are "before the throne" of God (Rev.1:4). 
The Bible tells us, that they are the same as the "seven lamps" (Rev.4:5) who "burn and shine" (John5:35; Matt.5:14-15). 
Such lamps can prove faithful, or unfaithful (Rev.8:10-11). 
-- Jesus also equates those blazing lamps/torches/flames, to "stars" (Rev.3:1; Phil.2:15; Dan.12:3), "horns", and "eyes" (Rev.5:6). "Eyes", are also "lamps" (Matt.6:22), because it is our ability to perceive, and the means by which our understanding, is enlightened.
"Horns", are kings under Christ (Rev.17:12; 1:5; 5:9-10).
Each of these "seven", are also called angels (Greek:messengers), sent into the earth, to enlighten their own "congregation" (Rev.1:20) by means of their divine wisdom (Prov.9:1; Rev.3:12).
They are messengers of God's enlightening spirit (Matt.10:20)... prophets, to God's people. God sends His "light"/truth, into that dark "world", through such light-bearers (John13:20)... to give light to those in God's "house" (Matt.5:14-15; Eph.2:19; 1Tim.3:15; Heb.3:6; Titus 1:7; 1Pet.4:17).






Sunday, December 24, 2017

Babes and Children as Symbols

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Here is my reply to a question
That question asked; 
"I was wondering if you could share your thoughts on Matt.21:16 (from Ps.8:2) and how it relates to Matt 24:19. The relationship of the two needs a more rounded understanding, although the picture is there at the link: (http://4womaninthewilderness.blogspot.com/2014/03/pregnant-woman-and-nursing-mothers.html). 
Thank you!".

My reply:
Jesus and all scripture, can use the same symbols, but apply them different ways. For example, at Luke 8:11, a wheat seed symbolizes the teachings of God. At Matt.13:38, wheat seed stands for sons of the kingdom, and at John 12:24, it stands for the life of a disciple, needing to be given up, or dying. 
We could not interchange the different meanings of the same symbol. 
In other words, we could not say that the wheat seed that needs to die at John 12:24, has the same meaning of the wheat seed at Luke 8:11. If that were so, then the teachings of God, would need to die.
Using the same symbol for different meanings, also applies to "babes" and "young children". There is confirmation for this, by comparing as before, two examples.
FIRST use of "Babes":
At Heb.5:12-13, Paul said;
"12 Although by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the basic principles of God’s revelation again. You need milk, not solid food. 13 Now everyone who lives on milk is inexperienced with the message about righteousness, because he is an infant."
Can you see by this use of "babes", that Paul was disappointed in the spiritual immaturity of his audience? He is critical, because they are not making advancement in their knowledge of Truth and are remaining ignorant and immature (see Eph.4:13; 1Tim.4:15; 1Cor.14:20; 13:11).
---Do you discern by this, that being a "babe" was a negative thing, because it was used as a symbol for stagnation and a failure to mature?
SECOND use of "Babes":
Jesus said; "“I tell all of you with certainty, unless you change and become like little children, you will never get into the kingdom from heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom from heaven" -- “Let the little children come to me, and stop keeping them away, because the kingdom from heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matt.18:3-4; 19:14)
---Certainly Jesus did not mean that those who stagnate, remain ignorant, and fail to mature, are those who will inherit the kingdom. Matt.18:4 clarifies that in this parable, Jesus was using the symbol of a babe, to represent "humility" instead of the choice to be spiritually stunted. Such humble ones are "babes to badness" and the "shrewdness" that belongs to those of the world (Luke 16:8; 1Cor.14:20) 
Although Jesus used the literal little ones who were present, we know that it is not literal children who exclusively inherit the kingdom. Though the children were physical, the meaning was spiritual. This also is the case, at Matt.21:16 and Psalm 8:2.
----My point is, that the symbol of a babe or young child, can be used in various ways. That is the case, when comparing Matt.24:19; 21:16 and Psalm 8:2.
First let's look at Matt.21:16 and Ps.8:2, because they DO belong together in their meaning....
Matt.21:16 "and asked him, “Do you hear what these people are saying?" Jesus told them, “Yes! Haven’t you ever read, ‘From the mouths of infants and nursing babies you have created praise’?”
Ps.8:2 "Out of the mouths of infants and nursing babies
you have established strength
on account of your adversaries,
in order to silence the enemy and vengeful foe."
In those two uses of "babes", it would not mean those who had abandoned the path of spiritual maturity. Although once again, the children were literal and physical in the first century, again, the meaning is to be taken spiritually, as was the case at Matt.19:14.
Ps.8:2 teaches us that the *spiritual* "babes" who praise God, do so with a purpose. What comes out of their mouths... power is being established ("established strength"). The purpose of that power, is to "silence the enemy" and "vengeful foe".
Only God can supply divine power through the mouth of humble ones, so that those who take vengeance on God's people, are made silent in their accusations (Rev.12:10-11). This requires... not immaturity and stagnation... but courage, faith, and wisdom in the Words of God. It also requires, humility. If such a "babe" is used by God to powerfully subvert their enemies under their feet (Rom.16:20),
then they fulfill Luke 14:11; Dan.2:21 James 4:6 and Isa.40:4.
Now, how does that compare to Matt.24:19? 
It reads; "“How terrible it will be for women who are pregnant or who are nursing babies in those days!"
This is yet another use of "babes" and "nursing" infants, who need milk. Not all who are fed such milk, stagnate and fail to mature. We were all spiritual babes at one time. But those who have progressed with the care of spiritual mothers, have indeed matured in the knowledge of God. They have nothing to be ashamed of, just because they were babes in the past. Of them, Paul said;
"7 even though as apostles of the Messiah we might have made such demands. Instead, we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother tenderly caring for her own children. 8 We cared so deeply for you that we were determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but our very lives. That is how dear you were to us." (1Thess.2:7-8)
Clearly in this case, the use of symbolic "babes needing milk", was not a negative (as it was at Heb.5:12-13).
This scripture at 1Thess.2:7-8 is well attached to the meaning of Matt.24:19. Although "babes" are not specifically mentioned at Matt.24:19, the mothers bearing and nursing them, are. The babes of these distressed spiritual mothers, are those who are new to the gospel and just beginning to learn (1Pet.2:2; Gal.4:26; Eph.2:6; Rev.3:12). The Great Tribulation brings woe, adversity, and necessity upon those responsible to symbolically bring to birth, teach, and nurture, their "babes" (John16:20-22; Rev.12:2; Matt.24:19). 

The babes of 1Thess.2:7-8 and inferred at Matt.24:19, are NOT the humble and mature ones of Matt.18:3-4 and 1Cor.14:20.
Yet as the literal babes of first century Jerusalem were able to publicly praise our Lord and King, even new ones today that are still drinking "milk", can share in the praise and power of their humble, spiritual "mothers" (Rev.21:2; 22:17)(Matt.21:16; Ps.8:2), and assist in defeating the power of the vengeful enemy and his present deceptions. They can share in inviting others also, to the "milk" as well as the other advanced provisions (Isa.66:10-13; 60:1-4).



Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Two Horns

WT has the wrong interpretation when it promotes the two kings of Daniel, as the USA and Britain.
"Horns", are kings (Rev.17:12).
The "two kings"/horns, that "keep speaking lies at the same table" (eat and serve, the same lying doctrines -1Cor.10:21)(Dan.11:27), are depicted at Rev.13:11. There it reads; "Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth. It had **two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon."**
In speaking from the lying table of demons, they fulfill Rev.16:13-14 and 1Tim.4:1.
If we are to progress any further in the interpretation of the two kings/horns on the "beast from the earth"...
(not from the sea -Rev.13:1; Isa.57:20; Joel3:2; 1Cor.3:9)
..... then we must also accept that these two horns, are compared to the "two horns like a lamb". The primary "lamb", is Christ (John1:29; Rev.5:6).
Sheep-like ones (not goats Matt.25:33-34), would appear to belong to Christ, and seem to be following him (John10:14,27).
Christ himself has "two horns", because he also has two kings. They are two anointed kings (Rev.5:9-10; 1:5-6) who are also mentioned, at Rev.11:3... the "two witnesses". Those two horns testify to truths from Christ. This is why they are symbolized by "two" (see John8:17).
The 'earth beast' seems to have such horns... appearing to have the authority as belongs to the kings and priests of God, to speak the prophetic truth from Christ. That "two-horned" beast has an appearance of one of Christ's sheep... "like a lamb"... like one of Christ's brothers. But in actuality, it "speaks like a dragon" because it is also the false prophet among God's people... easily proven by a comparison of Rev.13:7,15-16 and Rev.19:20.
The four parts of the Image in Daniel, are also represented by beasts, at Daniel chapter 7. There you will see that the fourth beast to persecute God's nation, is described by Daniel as being "different" (Dan.7:7).
It is described as having ten horns (ten kings), and from this, we can see that it corresponds to the Beast of Rev.13:1,7.
This destroys the WT interpretation, because they say that the feet of iron and clay are USA and Britain... but they also teach, that the Beast with ten horns, is the U.N. They contradict themselves, because they don't have understanding.
One reason why the fourth beast is "different", is because it is comprised of clay, rather than the previous parts being composed exclusively of metal. The Bible tells us who comprises the clay (Isa.64:8; Eph.2:10,20-22; 1Pet.2:9-10).
The last power to persecute God's people (1Pet.2:9-10), includes the unfaithful of God's own people.... a wicked steward... a fallen heavenly star (Rev.8:10-11; 9:1; Luke12:42,45-46) who is beating his fellow servants of Christ's household.

There is an alliance in the last power (iron and clay)(Dan.2:40-43).
It is a parallel to the wicked steward's alliance with "confirmed drunkards" (Matt.24:49)... the harlot (Isa.1:21) who rides and elevates/empowers, the Gentile beast from the sea (who kills the faithful -Rev.11:7), and the false prophet, who "breathes" the image of being directed by spirit, into the ten horned beast (Rev.13:15; 19:20).
The WT's leaders are as blind leading the blind, because those leaders are the false prophet/harlot/wicked steward/clay... and the organization they "ride", is the ten-horned beast of iron, who is the "muscle" of that leadership.
Soon... all "JW's" will be shocked, because that Gentile organization will soon remove their own GB (Rev.17:16-17,8).
"Shocked", because they have not received the "proper food at the proper time", because they have mis-identified the "faithful slave" (Matt.24:45). They have not recognized the stealth reappearance of a beast of persecution against God's Elect. Instead, they worship it as being spirit-directed of God (Rev.13:8,15)(John20:22), and it's representative "elders", as a genuine priesthood over God's genuine Temple (Mark13:14; 2Thess.2:4; 1Pet.2:5; Dan.8:13; Luke21:24; Rev.13:10,7).
They have been swayed by "powerful signs and portents" (2Thess.2:9-12), like impressive building efforts and a "world-wide preaching work".
They don't realize that the final declaration of the "Good news", is for God's own people (Matt.10:23; Isa.48:20; Jer.31:11; Matt.24:22).
Another vision of Daniel, compares those same 4 powers of chapter 2, to beasts in chapter 7. The reason why such import is given to these visions (that's why God gave them), is because in the time of the fourth beast, the great tribulation occurs. It sifts those who idolize the fourth beast (Rev.13:8,16), from the few who remain loyal to the death for the sake of truth (John16:2; Mark8:35; 13:13-14; Rev.6:9-11; 12:10-11; Rom.6:5).

The spiritual battle that ensues between those few faithful messengers of truth, and the messengers of demonic teachings of demons (Rev.16:13-16; 1Tim.4:1; Rev.20:7-8; 17:14; 2Cor.10:3-5) (through the false prophet and it's beast), ---is the essence of Armageddon.

The last beast conquers God's own people (1Pet2:9-10; Rev.13:7; Matt.24:24-25; Luke21:24; Rev.13:10; Col.2:8)(Dan.8:24,11; 11:31; 2Thess.2:4; 1Cor.3:16).
If it were not for the understanding to be revealed in the time of the end....
(Dan.12:4,9; Rev.20:12),
(the days of deception/Gentile times, cut short)
....no one would be able to be saved (Mark13:20; Luke18:26-27).

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