Palindrome 02/02/2020?

Some claim that Palindrome 02/02/2020 has not happened for over 900 years and that a major global event may happen today, because of it. Allegedly, the last occurred 909 years ago and the next won’t happen until 12/12/2121 according to Ivanka Trump.

Going through any global event, it is not the global contagion coronavirus, since it started in Wuhan, China sometime ago. It is not even Brexit nor signing of USMCA either. If anything, the only global event today marks Super Bowl LIV between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs. While the Chiefs won after 50 years, there is nothing unique about this, as this is now the 54th Super Bowl.

But while this is the first eight digit palindrome of its kind since 11-11-1111,  There are a total of 38 palidrome dates in the 21st Century, in the month/day/year date format, as calculated by Aziz Inan, an electrical engineering professor at the University of Portland“. Similarly, whatever global event occurs in today’s palindrome, is there any better time to reiterate the basic solution to human maladies than now?

Human history

From the very first account of humans in Genesis, all that emerges as an inevitable theme of finality is man’s mortality. Everyone dies at their own unique time, whether intra-utero, 70 years or hundreds of years later as Methuselah who lived 969 years. Along the way, human history is a catalogue of sin, aches and pain, sickness, suffering from calamities and worse, our violent past. Humanity has gone a long way since then and that by sheer intellect that made possible lots of progress in inventions, innovations and the ability to be better. Still, whatever man does, goes back to what haunts us, our “will-o-the-wisp” existence. Death does not respect young or old, fame, wealth, pristine positions or material success; everyone eventually dies at their own time. But, cheers to God who created us for a purpose, have planned and is executing the solution to mortality.

Hope for the ultimate solution

As the LIV Super Bowl winner said, “never lose hope“. So should we not lose hope on “destiny of man” and look forward to the completion of God’s plan.

For now, the ultimate goal for humanity is salvation which is synonymous with “eternal life” or “immortality”. And, salvation is a process (not immediate) that has been planned from the beginning of time and came about because of God’s love and grace for mankind. Like any process, the bottom line and execution take time and requisite events must occur, viz.,

1. Creation of humans from the ground and “breath-of-life” breathed into his nostrils to become aliving being“. Without that “breath-of-life” the created matter-composed person has no life until Creator God(YHVH ELOHIM) “breathe” into his nostrils, this life-giving “spirit-of-man” component. A “living being” is composed of “flesh ” that comes from the ground and therefore earthy, + the “breath-of-life” which directly comes from the “life-giving” spirit God-Almighty, the YHVH-Creator, (Lord God/YHVH ELOHIM) and therefore spiritual and heavenly.

2. Through millennia of experience, humanity will see that, on their own and with the best they have, they will still be deficient in their abilities and power to fulfill the promise for them to have “dominion over all” as in Genesis(NKJV) and be in the “kingdom of God“. For accounting/imputation/charging of sin toone man“, the Ten Commandments were given at the time of Moses to humanity. They were written in 2 “tables of stone” to condemn sin in the flesh, for sin to abound(multiply) in its abomination and show how powerless humans with “stony heart” could be to fulfill all. There would be time, as promised and prophesied, when the “deliverer/Yeshuah” (man-Jesus) of this power will come.

3. The Messiah comes as incarnated YHVH-Elohim (Lord God/Creator God) and named Jesus ( Jehusuah/Yeshuah). This is the human prophesied to be the “trailblazer, Captain, author and finisher“, the “way, truth and the life” towards human salvation. He led a “righteous life” on his own (like Job) but as the Bible said,“…our righteousness are as filthy rags”. The righteousness that comes as “fruits from our fleshly being” is not what God requires as “sweet savor gift/sacrifice” to him. Instead, the righteousness that God seeks, comes from “fruits of the Holy Spirit“. And, to have these fruits, one has to receive it, starting from the trailblazer man/anthropos Jesus. At River Jordan, after coming out of water baptism, John saw Jesus received the full measure of the Holy Spirit that empowered him to overcome Satan and do miracles.

After receiving the empowering in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit, he died as propitiation for our sins to reconcile as to the Father. But, even more importantly, he was resurrected by the Father (as promised), to receive the “comforter/Advocate/Holy Spirit” to be given to us for the first time, starting at Pentecost.

4. Predestined time to have the first opportunity to receive the Holy Spirit was alluded to in the narrative about the “firstfruits and latterfruits”. God has chosen who will “be calledat their own time, like in Israel harvest for the “first(spring), and latter summer and fall harvest”. These harvests are opportunities that God provides to receive the empowering in-dwelling Holy Spirit. Jesus was the “first of the firstfruits, Jesus, being the “wave sheaf offering”(NLT), first order of resurrection. From Pentecost through the first trump“, humans are receiving the Holy Spirit of power to guide, protect and sanctify the elect“, the firstfruits, the first (after Jesus) to resurrect as “spirit-composed living beings“. Then the “latterfruits” during and after the Millenium.

5. Growth & Development after receiving the Holy Spirit of adoption. As following the guidance of the Advocate/Holy Spirit and being “one” with Christ and the Father are voluntary and with freewill, having the in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit does not equate necessarily to “salvation/immortality“. All will need to grow and develop as genetics and intra-uterine development taught us regarding the “gospel of and about Christ“. We are currently in the “womb of the church” for this process of sanctification, before delivery in a “twinkling of an eye“. This concept of time taken to develop is shown in the life of Abraham, Moses, the patriarchs, Paul, etc. who has to take years to receive the Holy Spirit and develop. The patriarchs did not receive the Holy Spirit but others assumed they did, forgetting that the first recipient has to be the “trailblazer“, the “anthropos/man-Jesus. So did not Job , who was “blameless and upright” in and by himself and not because of the Holy Spirit. . (NB. Even now , Abraham, Moses and patriarchs of old, are still in their graves, did not receive the promises and waiting for the Holy Spirit to be given to them when they get resurrected.) Remember, “the first shall be last and the last will be first“?

Post Pentecost, notice that even the 7 churches of God in Revelations with the power of the Holy Spirit to overcome temptations, were sinning and admonished to change. No wonder, we still have a High Priest(Jesus) interceding for sins we still commit. And , everyone else WITH the in-dwelling of Holy Spirit has “ongoing creation”. Each one of us, has to carry our own crosses daily through “developmental stages”.

Thank God, we have “intercessor” Christ.

Then comes the first resurrection, Battle at Armageddon, Millennial reign of Christ, last battle with human Gog & Magog, latter fruits resurrection, last judgment, new heaven and earth.

God Bless 🙏😇👍

Original Post: 02/04/2020. Please click on hyperlink highlights.

Dedicated to everyone, especially to someone I know who celebrated her 18th birthday on this very palindrome day of 02/02/2020. Also, to:

The Kansas City Chiefs for their “never lose hope” comeback from a 10 point deficit to win Super Bowl LIV, to radio host Rush Limbaugh who announced his advanced lung cancer 02/03/2020, World Cancer Day , to POTUS45 for his SOTU 02/04/2020 and acquittal/exoneration from impeachment 02/05/2020.

“I and the Father are one”, what does that mean?

This verse in John 10:30 “I and the Father are one” has been a bone of contention among religious leaders. This has been used as one of the bases for the Trinitarian concept of the “godhead”. To understand this quote one has to read chapter John 10:24-40 regarding the narrative.

From the context of this narrative, the following become clear:

1. The verse does not mean that Jesus and the Father are equal since the “Father is greater than all”.

Also, it does not mean that they have “oneness of power or essence/substance” as other commentators teach. Remember that when Jesus spoke those words, he was still on earth as a man/anthropos, flesh-composed unlike the Father who is spirit-composed, although man-Jesus was an incarnation of Creator YHVH-Elohim or Lord God. Similarly, it does not mean that the Father and man/anthropos-Jesus have the same knowledge of the future, as saith Jesus in Mark 13:32, “that day and that hour, there is knoweth, not the angels, nor the Son, but the Father only”. Man-Jesus did not have that knowledge as the Father

2. To the Jews of that time, the verse meant to them that he, being man, was “like the Father, is also “god”. That seemed to them to be blasphemy, so they picked up stones. Their reason is here given in express words, “because that Thou, being a man, makest thyself God” (John 10:33). While only God the Father should be worshipped, to the Jews of his time, they cannot believe that Jesus also defined “man as god“,(although not to be worshipped). Similarly, in the verse “Before Abraham was born, I am” the Jews again picked up stones to stone him, as they knew part roar he Abraham was older than him. Yet, Jesus defined man as “god”. What is “god”? is a question that has been explained in another post.

3. Rather, the verse to be “one“, clearly meant by Jesus to be about him, having been given the Holy Spirit by the Father at River Jordan, as in Matthew 3:16. This is the empowering spirit that made him “one” with the Father and from then on, miraculous works of man-Jesus came about(and not before). Notice verse John 10:38 “But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.”

Summary

John 10:30 has been used to mean anything but the truth to explain it, but unfortunately, with misinformation. It has also been a foundational teaching to Trinity that has been deconstructed. But, the Holy Spirit guides us to the truth as in John 16:13,

Truly, the presence of the Holy Spirit in Jesus made him “one with the Father as we will be “one” with the Father and his Son-Jesus with the Holy Spirit “in us“. This is the energy/power that will empower us to fulfill the goal in “oneness doctrine“.

Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith. He is the pioneer/trailblazer towards our salvation from eternal death. And because of him and through him, we will be “one”. As the prophecy in Genesis 2:24 that we “shall be one flesh” , this time with the “ongoing creation” by the Holy Spirit, we “shall be one Spirit”.

God bless🙏😇

Hyperlink version original post: January 25, 2020

Climate Change and the “end of the world”?

Nary a day goes by without being forewarned of coastal inundation by rising seas due to “global warming“. The prospect of global deluge and conflagration leading to “end of the world” is indeed very scary, not only for adults but also for the young generation.

This was highlighted by Greta Thunberg, a schoolgirl climate change warrior with Asperger’s syndrome from Sweden, in her address to the United Nations. Since 2004, so-called “scientists” were pressuring Pres. Bush through the Pentagon to declare an extreme proclamation that “global warming/climate change” is a national security.

Climate Science

The “basics, evidence, impacts and solutions” of climate science have been written and “eventually, entire regions (will) become uninhabitable“, an end-time scenario.

There is 97% consensus on global warming which is overwhelming. But “Only 16% of Americans realize that the consensus is above 90%”

While there are “31,000 scientists (that) say no convincing evidence” to this prediction, this number is questioned by “believers“.

Taking an opposing side, a former NASA scientist, Dr Leslie Woodcock, “laughed off man-made climate change as nonsense and a money-making industry for the green lobby, which approaches the subject with a religious fervor.

Similarly, Dr Mark Imisides, an industrial chemist, logically claimed that carbon dioxide can’t cause global warming. He posits that human influence on our climate, “even if we really tried, is miniscule. He continued:”The problem gets even stickier when you consider the size of the ocean. Basically, there is too much water and not enough air.The ocean contains a colossal 1,500,000,000,000,000,000,000 (1.5 septillion) litres of water! To heat it, even by a small amount, takes a staggering amount of energy. To heat it by a mere 1˚C, for example, an astonishing 6,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (6 septillion) joules of energy are required. To put this amount of energy in perspective: If we all turned off all our appliances and went and lived in caves, and then devoted every coal, nuclear, gas, hydro, wind and solar power plant to just heating the ocean, it would take a breathtaking 32,000 years to heat the ocean by just this 1˚C!” He theorized that the reason for change in climate is the same as that for season changes, i.e., the earth’s tilt towards the sun.

Dr Roy Spencer(former NASA scientist) and Lord Christopher Monckton, 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, mocked (no pun intended) this global warming hoax.

The controversy of climate change (global warming) is summarized in a nutshell by Dr James Lovelock, who quipped It’s just as silly to be a denier as it is to be a believer. You can’t be certain”.

Where do we go from here?

Not a “denier or believer“, it may well be that the issue is not on the controversial validity of “climate science” championed by those scientists for global warming or those against it? The “root cause” maybe more deep rooted for years. It may well be “religious, not secular” and may properly segue to “who to believe?

It was not long ago, in the 1950’s and 1960’s when there was widespread fear of population explosion and catastrophic events would happen because of the “prophesy/prediction” emblazoned in a best-selling book “Population Bomb” written by Stanford University Professor Paul Erlich and his wife Anne in 1968. It predicted worldwide famine in the 1970s and 1980s due to overpopulation, as well as other major societal upheavals, and advocated immediate action to limit population growth“. Many believed that and responses were China’s one-child policy and India’s two-child policy for population control. Many families in other countries, on their own volition, adopted what was euphemistically called “family planning” which became a “gateway to abortion and what has become a step towards infanticide”. Innovation and technological advances made a mockery of this Malthusian theory.

On a personal note, there was a senior medical student that I met in New York, who decided not to finish medical school because of 1975 in Prophecy written by Herbert W. Armstrong of the Worldwide Church of God. His argument and justification for his action was, “Why finish medical school when the world will end soon?” The year quickly went by and we were still around. Indeed, an interpretation of Biblical events but still a human prediction, nevertheless.

Upping the ante, so to speak as the Bible has a different take on the future, should people believe humans or God? Could this be a continuing debate between “atheists and theist”? Is “global warming” another in a litany of “doom-and-gloom scenario” that may find itself in the dustbin of history? Will there really be another “global deluge”, this time from melting polar caps due to carbon dioxide greenhouse effect? In contrast, what did God promise mankind?

Noah’s flood

To understand this dilemma, one has to go back to the narrative of Noah’s flood. Didn’t God promise and, even with a rainbow sign, that there will be no more deluge on earth? Yet, are people rejecting this by subscribing to “climate change hoax”? Not really on that basis, according to some religious pundits who believe in “global warming” and advanced the argument that Noah’s flood was entirely about a promise not to have “rain” as a cause of earth’s inundation. Was God’s promise really about the cause or not to have global flood, per se, irrespective of cause?

To analyze this proposition by religious experts, let us go back to the Bible’s narrative of Noah’s flood in Genesis. The following are clear:

1. The flood was a punishment for human wickedness, evil mind and corruption that filled the earth with violence, as in:

Genesis 6:5-7And God saw that the wickednessof man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the faceof the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

Genesis 6:11-13Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.

2. This destruction would be for all life on earth, except Noah and his family, as well as representative living creatures:

Genesis 6:8 “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

Genesis 6:17-22 “..,to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. But I will establish my covenant with you,and you will enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you. You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you.Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive.You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.”Noah did everything just as God commanded him.

3. The punishment was: “floodwaters” as in:

Genesis 6:17 “I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth…” NOTE: the warning of punishment was about “floodwaters” and

4. The means utilized were “rain” for 40 days and forty nights andfountains of the great deep broken up” to bring this on, as in;

Genesis 7:4 For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.

Genesis 7:10-12 “And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth. In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.

5. Here is the promise:waters of a flood

Genesis 8:21And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imaginationof man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.(meaning with floodwaters).

Genesis 9:11 “And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.

From the preceding verses, one can clearly see that God’s promise was to refrain from using “global floodwaters” to punish humanity as a whole. And, a rainbow became a sign/token that sealed this covenant as in Genesis 9:12-17. This rainbow then served as a sign, not just for global floodwaters coming from rain but any source of future deluge or water inundation.

Summary

Whether a “denier or a believer in climate change”, what is more important is the action one takes for the environment. There is nothing wrong with keeping our surroundings clean as we keep our homes “spic-and-span“. That is just “common sense”. But, as a mandated governmental, or worse, global policy, that then borders on extremism. People have to guard themselves from “false prophets of doom“.

Opponents of “climate science” may just be an expression of extremism from both sides of this divide, that requires suspension of disbelief. People can be “believers or deniers” of global warming/climate change. But, this issue may not be secular in nature after all. It may have roots as to who to believe: human prediction or God’s covenant with humanity. His promise will not be broken and any teaching of “global flood resulting from global warming” is antithetical to God’s ability to fulfill his promise since Noah’s flood.

Herein is the choice: fear human prediction or fear of God? Hopefully and prayerfully, we will have wisdom to discern truth from fiction. Let us therefore fear God because “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Quoting Mark Twain: “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t”.

Floodwaters, deluge or water inundation of earth is a delusion. God promised no more “global floodwatersas punishment for humanity, as a whole. The future punishment is in fact lake of fire“(Gehenna fire). Revelations 20:14-15.

God bless 🙏😇

Original post, Hyperlink Version: January 18, 2020

Dedicated to my friends who passionately believe in climate science.

The Message of Christmas.

Throughout the world, most of those in the Christian world celebrate December 25 as the birth of Jesus. However, some have to be acknowledged as dating that momentous event sometime in September or thereabouts. While my personal leaning is this September date as the historic and biblical events are compelling and harmonized, the emphasis by some on date pales, in significance, to the “good news” (gospel) of what this date was about.

Whatever the true date was, the message should not be lost as one celebrates Christ’s birthday. What really is the message?

Incarnation

A major teaching that can not be relegated to the dustbin of history, is that the YHVH-Creator gave up his spirit-composition and spiritual powers to come as a human on this earth, in Bethlehem. This he did to fulfill the eternal plan of the Father for Jesus to start, by being human, the process of salvation of humanity from eternal death. His advent as a human was prophesied hundreds of years before Jesus was even born. More than 300 prophecies were recorded to tell of His coming and repeated in:

Matthew 1:21New International Version
She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.

Devoid of “spirit-in-dwelling” and therefore lack of spirit-powers, this “anthropos/man/human Jesus” (I Timothy 2:5) nevertheless followed all the commandments on his own human/mortal powers , much like man/anthropos-Job who was “blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil”

The difference is, that while Job “came from the dust of the ground like Adam and therefore earthy“, Jesus originated from above and therefore heavenly“. Being both “blameless, upright and perfect in his ways“, still both died; Job died because of imputed/counted sin of one man Adam whereas Jesus died because of sins of all humans from Adam on. And, the most crucial and defining difference between them, while being both humans, was that Job did not receive the “in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit”, before he died, whereas Jesus did. Therefore, all the goodness of Job was not what the Father required; not the “fruits that come from flesh, though righteous they may be. Only the Father God decides what is a “savor and favorable to him” that pleased him as explained in the narrative of “offering by Abel and Cain“. On the other hand, Jesus was gifted directly and fully with the Holy Spirit of power by the Father at River Jordan and subsequently all his works were “fruits of the Holy Spirit”, which are “offering” that pleased and accepted by the Father. And, he was the first human who received this gift as a trailblazer, author and beginner of our salvation.

Summary

This is the message of Christmas that YHVH-Creator, in Genesis, incarnated to be the first human, the author/trailblazer towards salvation from eternal death. As “anthropos/man-Jesus”, he was mortal, yet still classified as “god”, like any human (like Job) without spirit-powers until he was given at River Jordan, tempted and overcame Satan with that power, overcame the temptation at garden of Gethsemane, crucified and died (being mortal), resurrected and subsequently attained immortality. And after resurrection,(not before) he received the promised “Advocate/Comforter” to subsequently be given to us to empower us towards salvation, so shall other humans, being “in the body of a Christ”. We will not develop, overcome and mature to be born as “sons/daughters of God” without this “empowering Holy Spirit in/dwelling in us”. We will all be immortal spirit-composed beings like our “elder brother” Jesus ( in a twinkling of an eye) in the “kingdom of God”, not a kingdom of man/human mortal flesh. By being human himself as a “builder/pioneer“, El SHADDAI/YHVH-Creator God, showed us the “way, truth and the life” about the process that humans can attain salvation, i.e., be “born of the flesh“, be empowered by the in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit, sanctified, die as mortals, be resurrected, “born of the spirit with spirit-composed bodies” towards eternal life. Indeed, Jesus is a “trailblazer”, the author and finisher” for all of us to follow his lead towards salvation through faith and grace of God.

God bless 😇🙏

Original post:December 25, 2019

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Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day



Throughout the whole U.S.A., the 4th Thursday of November by tradition has been set aside to give thanks to God for all the blessings we received individually and collectively, as a family or as a nation. Thanksgiving Day commemorates our appreciation for what the Almighty has done for all of us. Indeed, these blessings come in many forms. Some are thankful, inspite of Sept 11 2001, for relative peace, safety and tranquility. As global terrorism continues, local attacks of evil left victims with mangled bodies in streets of London/Europe, concert areas in Las Vegas, Florida Pulse gay bar , hallowed church in  Sutherland Springs,Texas and other “soft targets”. Still, many are blessed with good health or recovery from disease or festering ailment and have escaped being riddled with bullets or bomb blasts. Some give thanks for job promotion or financial security, and others for improved relationship with their loved ones . While these are legitimate reasons to be merry, many are not so fortunately endowed and are in the midst of suffering, pain and despair. One may ask, why some are blessed and others cursed?

What did I do to deserve this ? While there are immutable laws that bring about blessing or curse, i.e., blessing follows good deeds and curse comes because of evil deeds, they are not necessarily exclusive. There are evil people, who in our eyes and yardstick, flourish and good people who are swaddling in a series of failures or setbacks. Even so called blessed and chosen nation Israel went thru slavery in Egypt and even now does not have peace and security with their neighbor-states. Abraham, Moses, etc. died in hope, without seeing the promised land. David, Job, Daniel, to name a few in the Old Testament account, suffered. Even the apostles were in constant danger for their lives, including Paul, considered chief of them all. But, most of all, the man-Jesus, the very begotten Son Of God, the most blessed of all men, experienced the worst curse of all, dying a horrible and painful death by crucifixion. Brethren, the wisdom, power and control of God are transparent in these events occurring in man. Consider the following verses that should give us proper perspective of who our God is:

Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel to honor and another for dishonor?“[1]

“…Wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.“[2]

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways.”[3]

“I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity(evil): I the Lord do (or allowed) all these .“[4]

Behold, I have created the spoiler to destroy“[5]

“If there is calamity in the city, will not the Lord have done (or allowed) it?”[6]

He prepared “..vessels of wrath/mercy…”[7]

These preceding verses undoubtedly focus on God’s ultimate authority and sovereignty to do or not do whatever/whenever he wants, to any of his creation. He is incomparable, unique and the only one[8]. So unsearcheable are his ways! It is therefore apropos for all of us to heed the advise, “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…”[9]. The time for “judgment” of evil will come in due time.

A Bright and Awesome Future
Notwithstanding whatever fate has for us in this present world, it pales in comparison with what God has in store for us ultimately. The blessing we now have is muted by the enormity of our future. The “curse” that we now suffer will be forgotten knowing fully well the supreme gift destined for us to have. For how many among us would consider it a blessing being in an exalted position as CEO/President of a company or institution? How about being in the White House staff, or being President yourself ? Or, for that matter, being a member of your favorite exclusive club,e.g., Honors Club, Debate Club,Golf Club,Chess club, or Country Club ? Take your pick, and all of us have this need and want /expectation to be in an elevated and better position. Yet, what if you know that God has, in fact, planned for us to be in a position far greater than anyone can imagine, better/higher than angels (Psalms 8:4-8; Hebrews 2:6-10-18) and “one” with the Father. Notice,

God…is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of..infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts or hopes.“[10]
In the article “Destiny of Man”(11)  and Deification of Man”(12), one can see that we are created in the God-Kind, a very exalted “species“. We are now in the process started by Jesus to be a part of the “temple“(body) of God, a Family of Gods, a God-Kingdom. This is a supreme and exalted position reserved for us even before we were born, nor have done any works(good-or-evil), a testament to his mercy, faith, grace and love. Indeed, the wisdom of God, the depth and breadth of his sapience are far supreme. Let us therefore rejoice for when we think we are cursed, we are in fact blessed; and thinking we are blessed, we “ain’t seen anything yet” !


HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL !


References:

[1] Rom 9:21, [2] I Cor. 3:19, [3] Isa. 55:8, [4] Isa. 45:7, [5]Isa. 54:16, [6] Amos 3:6, [7] Rom. 9:22-23, [8] Isa 40:25, [9] Prov.9:10, [10] Eph 3:20 Living Bible,Wheaton Il. Tyndale House Publishers, 1979 

[11]Destiny of man. Retrieved from: https://fact-s.net/2011/05/21/the-destiny-of-man/ 

[12]Deification of Man..Completion. Retrieved from: https://fact-s.net/2014/07/12/deification-of-man-3/


Originally posted: November, 2003

Revised and posted November, 2017

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Holy Spirit as a Person, why it is Not…the bottom line?

Historically, and for generations ago, the Holy Spirit has been taught to be the “3rd person in the Godhead“. The teaching of the three Cappadocian theologians “made it possible for the Council of Constantinople (381) to affirm the divinity of the Holy Spirit, which up to that point had nowhere been clearly stated, not even in Scripture”( The  HarperCollins Encyclopedia of Catholicism, “God,” p. 568).See also:

The trinity doctrine is the belief that God is three persons coexisting in one being or substance, as the doctrine is often defined, is held by millions of Catholics, Protestants and Orthodox believers alike. 

Yet, UCG teaches that the Holy Spirit is “power” and not a distinct person. “To say the least, these depictions are difficult to understand if the Holy Spirit is a person

Bottom Line:

While the Holy Spirit is “energy/power” that emanates from the Father, what it does is more poignant. Indeed it is a “life-giving power”. It is the power that is transformative in developing a God-kingdom.

Being a “son” and member of the body of Christ is “by adoption of humans”. First human, as prophesied to be “adopted into the God Kingdom”, is Jesus. And he showed us the “way, the truth and life” to be adopted , as well.

For further reading : https://fact-s.net/2019/04/28/bible-bottom-line/

God bless🙏😇

Hyperlink version original post: January 25, 2020

After death, do we go to heaven?

After death, do we go to “heaven”? This is a very important question that many come across in search of the truth. And, how many times we heard in the pulpit, “going to heaven after death”? As we are composed of “flesh + spirit, do both, just one of our 2 components or neither go to “heaven” at death? Others claim we “sleep” until Christ returns? Also, do “all” humans go to this particular “heaven” after death or only the “good ones“? As there are 3 heavens, what “heaven” is referred to?

To answer these questions, let us go over biblical verses that cover the issue of “whereto after death“. And, permit me to make comments. First of, Jesus said,

John 3:13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven–the Son of Man.

The preceding verse is an all encompassing broad stroke, meaning, really nobody else went to or came from the heaven(?), but “ the one who came from heaven, the “son of man“, Jesus, as in John 5:26-27. He was there, full-bodied-Spirit-composed in heaven as YHVH ELOHIM with immortal body. No one else, aside from Jesus, who had an immortal body and was there in heaven before his incarnation; see also https://fact-s.net/2017/01/12/incarnation-questions-and-controversies/

And, this excludes all, with neither of their 2 components, from the first human outside of and in Eden and on, including Adam, Abel, Cain, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, prophets, his surrogate mother Mary, disciples, Paul, Peter and others. And, yes, this verse also excludes even their “spirit-in-man” component that separates from the body after death.

By inference, the heaven referred to, had to be the “third heaven”, God’s abode and that no one had ever gone there except Jesus, the Son of Man as YHVH ELOHIM who came from thence.

But, how can these verses align or harmonize with other verses, viz.,

2 Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord”.

Philippians 1:23 I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far”.

Obviously, the expectation of Paul was that after he dies, he “will be with the Lord” which is “better, by far”. But, when after death will this come to fruition, before or after the return of Christ on earth? So, did he really, and in what capacity and how, exactly ?

Consider also the following verses in the Old & New Testaments and my take in parentheses:

Old Testament:

Psalm 89:48Who can live and not see death, or who can escape the power of the grave? ( means everyone dies and goes to the grave; our present composition is temporal and was not meant to be eternal; and we need a Savior from eternal death). Hello


Psalm 86:13 For great is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the depths, from the realm of the dead.” (Means that the mechanism of salvation from eternal death has been established based on love, although the actuality of death, and therefore, our salvation is still in the future. Or, the psalmist is referring to the “after-the-fact realization of salvation“. As a prophecy, this may also refer to Christ’s resurrection.)

Psalm 55:15 Let death stalk my enemies; let the grave swallow them alive, for evil makes its home within them.(the consequence of sin/evil is death; all have sinned and death “stalks” all, even those alive ; strictly speaking, we became “enemies” of God because of sin; does not mean the person is still “alive” while in the grave).

Psalm 49:14They are like sheep and are destined to die; death will be their shepherd (but the upright will prevail over them in the morning). Their forms will decay in the grave, far from their princely mansions.(Because of sin, we were destined to die and “decay”, but a Savior, the “upright”, the true Shepherd will come in the future and prevail ; those who died will decay in the grave; our current bodies are far from our future immortal bodies or princely mansions).

Psalm 31:17Let me not be put to shame, LORD, for I have cried out to you; but let the wicked be put to shame and be silent in the realm of the dead(Here is the hope of resurrection that spells victory and glory instead of “shame” for those who stayed away from wickedness in contrast to those who continued to be wicked are therefore in hades and “silent in the realm of the dead and could not speak).

Psalm 30:3You, LORD, brought me up from the realm of the dead; you spared me from going down to the pit.(acknowledgement of YHVH/Lord as Savior from eternal death)

Psalm 18:5 The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me.(acknowledgment of our vulnerability to die)

Psalm 7:5then let my enemy pursue and overtake me; let him trample my life to the ground and make me sleep in the dust.“(crucifixion and death of Christ prophesied but the “sting” of death is gone because of the hope of resurrection)

Psalm 13:3Look on me and answer, LORD my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,(hope of resurrection without which we will continue to “sleep in death”).

Daniel 12:2Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.(1st resurrection to everlasting life and 2nd resurrection to shame and everlasting contempt for them to be converted in the process and the way towards salvation)

New Testament

Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. (Only few will “find it” as planned for the 1st resurrection, i.e., “firstfruits” with small harvest in contrast to the 2nd resurrection’s “latter fruits” where many will)

Matthew 19:24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God(On his/her own, no human can “enter the kingdom of God“; only through a Savior Jesus can this be done)

Parable of the Rich man and Lazarus Luke 16:19-31 ( timing of this narrative refers to the time in the future resurrection when those who refused to change will be thrown in “Gehenna fire” for eternal death; see also this story referred to.)

Repentant thief Luke 23:43 (Today” “refers to both of them dying on that day and Jesus promised that day that he will see the thief, in the future, in paradise).

1 Corinthians 15:51But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed!(NLT)(At Jesus’ 2nd coming, there will be people who “are alive and who persevered” that will be transformed in a blink of an eye” into immortal spiritcomposed bodies.)

Revelations 6:10 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?” ( these dead people, in their spirit-of-man component, will still “rest” until others who persevered were martyred)

Revelations 20:11-15 (this refers to people who where resurrected to mortal life and given the gift of Holy Spirit’s in-dwelling in them but rejected the guidance; the final judgment:the Gehenna lake of fire).

Revelations 21:1 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.

(All those who were saved from eternal death will live on thenew earth”. Even the Father will come down from heaven to dwell with immortal beings on earth.)

Are we going to heaven?

John 3:13 has established that no one, in whatever form, (neither of 2 composites of man) had gone to this “third heaven” where God is, except the “son of man”(Jesus). So, it has to be that, after death, we go to anotherheaven“(2nd or 1st?), (although they are asleep ) for those who died, consistent with the fact (although not the same as) of a different realm or place where “evil angels” are, i.e., in hell/tartaros. Additionally, as to whether we are going to that particular heaven(1st or 2nd) it depends on what is referred to us “we“. So, the better and precise question should be, “Which in us goes to heaven”? Let us then examine the following verse about what happens to our 2 components at death:

Ecclesiastes 12:7
and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.(NIV)

Our physical body component comes from dust of the ground and goes back where it came from. Whereas, the spirit-of-man, which comes directly from God, “returns” back to him. Clearly, it is the spirit-component of man that returns to God but body goes to hades(hell/grave) to rot. The spirit-in-man is the “real you” that came directly (and therefore heavenly) from the breath of Spirit-composed God Creator.Whereas, the body/flesh component came from the ground and is “earthly“. Whether good or bad the person is, this is what happens when the person dies.

First resurrection vs 2nd.

All “spirits-of-man”, at death, will return to the Creator in “heaven” (1st or 2nd?)but not thethird heaven”, which is God’s abode. But those who “overcame” will have immortal bodies being prepared that will manifest at the 1st resurrection. Whereas, those who did not overcome will have their first chance of the “power of the Holy Spirit“, in-dwelling in them, at the 2nd resurrection with “flesh-composed bodies“.

Summary

It is becoming clear with this research, that at death:

1. The 2 components of humans will separate; the flesh-composed part will go down to hades/grave on earth and rot while the “spirit-of-man” will return to God, but not assumedly in the 3rd heaven. The place maybe the 1st or 2nd heaven or a place similar(but not the same as) to “tartaros”. See also https://fact-s.net/2019/06/03/why-was-man-created-flesh-composed-and-weak/

2. Whether good or evil, we are “all” going to “return to God who gave it”,.

3. The “we” refers to the “spirit-in-man”, the “real you”.

4. The exact state is called “sleep“, in the Creator God.

5. Those who “overcame” in this life because of the in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit, will participate in the 1st resurrection when they will manifest on earth with spirit-composed immortal bodies, at Christ’s return, aka second coming. Others will have this opportunity to receive the Holy Spirit at the 2nd resurrection after they resurrect with flesh-composed bodies on earth, as in Ezekiel 37:12-14.

Your critique is welcome.

God bless 😊🙏😇

Original post: October 14, 2019 Hyperlink version.