FIRST-TRUMP#top..........Sound the alarm in Zion..... ...........................

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CONNECTIONS

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line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: (Isaiah 28:)


How do we learn? Well, as a very small child we're not usually given too much formal instruction. Some cute play pretties are hung on our crib or placed in out stroller, and these we bat at with our hand or throw on the floor. We're lucky to figure out our hands from our feet, and what to do with them when we have discovered them, leastwise put a name to them or try to describe them. The people who gaze at us while making goo-goo sounds are more of an oddity to us then we are to them. Education comes to us in the form of observation and experimentation rather than formality and organization.

As we age, this form of education changes to a degree. Our learning process takes on some form of what might best be called discipline. We're told to do this, and to not do that; come here, and go there, and we're given rewards for our obedience, and we're punished for our lack of obedience. But in spite of the world's efforts to manipulate us into its mold, we never lose that original form of education, learning by observation and experiment. Only now, instead of that method being called baby attempts to understand the world around us, including (and in particular) ourselves, we call the method "absolute science."

What we learned yesterday, either by trial and error, or my deliberate attempts to define the world we live in, we add to what we learn today. And what we learn today, we add to tomorrow's successes and failures. We don't judge our experiences as failures or successes unless the attempt brings to us either a reward or a punishment, otherwise it was merely slip of paper to add to the notch in the wall of our growing process.

God, through His Word, tells us that education comes in bits and pieces, that is, the baby steps we learned as an infant. In fact, we're instructed to return to that state of infancy if we expect to be with Him in the realm He exists in, which we refer to as Heaven, or the land of Paradise. God's instructions to us was expressed this way:

9Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. 10For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: 11For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. 12To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear. 13But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken. (Isaiah 28:)

It's not only in the world of religion that we've learned to place the wrong precept on the wrong here-a-little, but all through our human experience. This process is especially prevalent in the higher forms of human existence such as our schools of higher learning, our governments, and our scientific world. And like the baby who has discovered that booties work best on the nose, and feet are designed to eat with, what we have concluded to be fact, can not be altered or argued against. Line upon cockeyed then becomes the basis for our next level of learning, applied to our educational foundation.

You have no doubt found flaws in the reasoning of others, whether that "other" be a child, or your parent, or a highly touted scientist. But have you been able to find discrepancies in your own tower of experience? One flaw in the foundation will cause your house to lean, and eventually crumble. We see how others have had to apply the use of external supports to uphold their rigged stance, rather than reexamine, replace and rebuild their faulted conclusions, but have you questioned those weak supports you've had to apply to your own leaning building?

Part of our reeducation program is the making of new and varied connections to see if those wires we've welded into place might not be creating a short in our understanding of the Scriptures. The bootie you have on your ear is not my concern. That you will have to deal with yourself. I'm having enough trouble dealing with my own misgivings, such as the pencil up my nose. Line upon line is what we are going to look at in this study, and see if our lines line up with our precepts and our here-a-littles. I don't expect to make any earth-shattering discoveries, and I may very well have a few, or even very many wires just as crossed as do our theologians, scientists and educators. But until we try those booties somewhere else other than our ears, we'll never find where they work the best to keep our feet warm.

The connections I'm going to suggest here will very likely cause you much consternation and cause you to wonder about my sanity. And well it should. However, this attitude should also be taken with the findings and the odd connections made by the great scholars of our day and of days gone by as well. And it should be taken for all your own hard-held folder of facts as well, and in fact, especially.

Give the thoughts I bring to the forefront a moment of consideration, see if they might hold but a tad of probability rather than toss them out as the ramblings of a lunatic. It's ok to call me a nut case or a fruit cake, I've been called that before, and for good reason. Only give the suggested connections a try before you throw out the wash water. The baby might be hiding under that rubber ducky.

 

GREAT AUTHORITY

28And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: 29For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. (Mat 7:)

I read this today, and a thought struck me. What does it mean to have authority? I looked up the word in the Greek and found it means to have "Mastery, privilege, control." This caused me to think of how Jesus had "dominion," that is, He had control of all His circumstances. If He said to the wind "Stop," the wind stopped. He told His disciples, thereby us, that if we have but a tiny bit of faith we could move mountains. Adam, when he was created, was told to take dominion over his environment. This means he, as well as we someday, are to have dominion over God's creation as well.

Then I looked the word up in the dictionary. Authority according to Oxford means: "Having the power or right to give orders and make others obey." This, in my mind, reinforces what the Greek concordance has to say about authority. I add to this, though it isn't stated as such, the basic meaning of the word Authority, and that is "Author." My dictionary says that an Author is a writer of a book, or the originator of a plan or policy. Does this give you any ideas as to what the words of Jesus might have been like?

I see and hear the preaching from the pulpit, and the comments made by commentators and theologians. Although there are some excellent speakers, and some very knowledgeable people, I find errors in their reasoning and in their relating what they see in the Word. This is not to put down these people, they preach what they believe, and what they see. And as I said, some of them do an excellent job of performing this task. However, in spite of their knowledge and their skill, they lack mastery and full understanding of what they're talking about. Some are so far off base as to be leading their listeners astray from the truth. But that doesn't detract from their skill or their knowledge of the Word, just their understanding of that which they preach.

I would assume that the scribes and the Pharisees, though far more knowledgeable Scripture-wise than any of us, taught as do our preachers today. They could only relay what they've read, and what they understood the words to mean. They had no "authority" over the words. Jesus on the other hand, not only had understanding of the words, but He had control of the words. When Jesus spoke, things happened. It was as if Jesus was the "writer of the Book," "The Originator of the plan or the policy." And if Jesus Himself was not the Author, or the Originator, then certainly the One He spoke for held such a position. Jesus said"

63It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. 64But there are some of you that believe not. (John 6:)

16Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. 17If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. 18He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him. (John 7:)

28Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. 29And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him (John 8:)

49For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. 50And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak. (John 12:)

9Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father? 10Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. 11Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake. (John 14:)

12I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. 13Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. 14He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you. 15All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall show it unto you. (John 16:)

30I and my Father are one. 31Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. 32Jesus answered them, Many good works have I showed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? 33The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. 34Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? 35If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; 36Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?

12But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (John 1:)

17But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; 18And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. 19But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. 20For it is not ye that speak, but THE SPIRIT OF YOUR FATHER which speaketh in you. (Mat 10:)

11If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. (1Peter 4:)

ORACLE - G3051 - (logion) Neuter of G3052; an utterance (of God): - oracle.

[Note: Question, what does a prophet do?]

18I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. 19Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. 20At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. 21He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. (John 14:)

10Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. 11Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: (John 14:)

12For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. [Note: Try inserting the word "understanding" here and see if it might apply to this statement by Jesus.] 13Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. 14And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: 15For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal ["Make whole"] them. 16But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. (Mat 13:)

How is your eyesight? Did you make any new connections? Are you still trying to see through the darkness of doctrine? Who is the "Authority" we see in the Word? Who is Jesus speaking for? Is He speaking for Himself? Or is He a spokesman for someone else? If Jesus is speaking for someone other than Himself, then who is the "One who was made flesh?" And isn't the one who was made flesh, the one who is called "The Word"?

Complicated isn't it? No wonder the churches have settled on the "simplicity" of the Gospels, instead of the "Truth" of the Gospels.

Let's take this one step farther. If Jesus is a spokesperson for someone else, and we're to speak through the same means as Jesus spoke, then what does that make us?

Give it thought. It's taking me years to work through this, and for God to lead me baby-step by baby-step through His Word so I can absorb it all, and I'm still only scratching the surface. But I'm slow of mind, so it might not take you nearly as long as it did (is doing) me. However, keep in mind that truth will never be seen if looked for through closed eyelids of doctrine.


PLANT OF RENOWN

29And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of the heathen any more. 30Thus shall they know that I the LORD their God am with them, and that they, even the house of Israel, are my people, saith the Lord GOD. 31And ye my flock, the flock of my pasture, are men, and I am your God, saith the Lord GOD. (Ezek 34:)

Let's make some new connections. In my mind that's what Bible study is all about. It's not about trying to memorize what we've been told, or that we assume the Bible means, but to set aside our assumptions and open our mind to other possibilities so that God can make the connections ("line upon line") instead of our carnal thinking.

First of all we have a plant. Let's look at some plants in the Bible:

PLANT - H4302 - mat-taw' From H5193; something planted, that is, the place (a garden or vineyard), or the thing (a plant, figuratively of men); by implication the act, planting: - plant (-ation, -ing).

1Now will I sing to my wellbeloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My wellbeloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill: 2And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein: and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes. 3And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, betwixt me and my vineyard. 4What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes? 5And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up; and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down: 6And I will lay it waste: (Isaiah 5:)

33Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country: (Mat 21:)

13But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. 14Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. (Mat 16:)

40As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 41The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 42And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. (Mat 13:)

[Question: Where is the Kingdom? Is it in Heaven? If it's in Heaven, then why would the wicked be there to have gathered out of? And if Heaven isn't up in the sky somewhere, then where is it?]

19Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. (Mat 7:)

17And as for you, O my flock, thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I judge between cattle and cattle, [This is referring to small herd animals like sheep and goats] between the rams and the he goats [Rams and he goats are the same thing. The words used here can well be applied to magistrates and leaders of the people]. 18Seemeth it a small thing unto you to have eaten up the good pasture, but ye must tread down with your feet the residue of your pastures? and to have drunk of the deep waters, but ye must foul the residue with your feet? 19And as for my flock, they eat that which ye have trodden with your feet; and they drink that which ye have fouled with your feet. 20Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD unto them; Behold, I, even I, will judge between the fat cattle and between the lean cattle. 21Because ye have thrust with side and with shoulder, and pushed all the diseased with your horns, till ye have scattered them abroad; 22Therefore will I save my flock, and they shall no more be a prey; and I will judge between cattle and cattle. 23And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall+ feed them, and he shall be their shepherd. 24And I the LORD will be their God, and my servant David a prince among them; I the LORD have spoken it. (Ezek 34:)

14The yoke of my transgressions is bound by his hand: they are wreathed, and come up upon my neck: he hath made my strength to fall, the Lord hath delivered me into their hands, from whom I am not able to rise up. 15The Lord hath trodden under foot all my mighty men in the midst of me: he hath called an assembly against me to crush my young men: the Lord hath trodden the virgin, the daughter of Judah, as in a winepress. (Lam 1:)

13And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. 14And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. 15And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. 16And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped. 17And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. 18And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe. 19And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. 20And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs. (Rev 14:)

1Now will I sing to my wellbeloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My wellbeloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill: 2And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein: and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes. (Isaiah 5:)

7Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me. 8Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me. 9I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have sinned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: he will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness. 10Then she that is mine enemy shall see it, and shame shall cover her which said unto me, Where is the LORD thy God? mine eyes shall behold her: now shall she be trodden down as the mire of the streets. 11In the day that thy walls are to be built, in that day shall the decree be far removed. 12In that day also he shall come even to thee from Assyria, and from the fortified cities, and from the fortress even to the river, and from sea to sea, and from mountain to mountain. 13Notwithstanding the land shall be desolate because of them that dwell therein, for the fruit of their doings. (Micah 7:)

5A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. (Luke 8:)

1And he began to speak unto them by parables. A certain man planted a vineyard, and set an hedge about it, and digged a place for the winefat, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country. 2And at the season he sent to the husbandmen a servant, that he might receive from the husbandmen of the fruit of the vineyard. 3And they caught him, and beat him, and sent him away empty. 4And again he sent unto them another servant; and at him they cast stones, and wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully handled. 5And again he sent another; and him they killed, and many others; beating some, and killing some. 6Having yet therefore one son, his wellbeloved, he sent him also last unto them, saying, They will reverence my son. 7But those husbandmen said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be ours. 8And they took him, and killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard. 9What shall therefore the lord of the vineyard do? he will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others. 10And have ye not read this scripture; The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner: 11This was the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? (Mark 12:)

8And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. 9And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. 10And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; (Gen 2:)

15A fountain of gardens, a well of living waters, and streams from Lebanon. 16Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out. Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his pleasant fruits. (SoS 4:)

3And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, betwixt me and my vineyard. 4What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes? (Isaiah 5:)

18Then said he, Unto what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall I resemble it? 19It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden (Luke 13:)

VINEYARD - H3754 --kerem, keh'-rem From an unused root of uncertain meaning; a garden or vineyard: - vines, (increase of the) vineyard (-s), vintage. See also H1021.

40Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury. 41Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. (John 19:)

1When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which he entered, and his disciples. 2And Judas also, which betrayed him, knew the place: for Jesus ofttimes resorted thither with his disciples. (John 18:)

11But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, 12And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. 13And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him. 14And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. 15Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. 16Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. (John 20:)

[Note: I have a question for you. If Jesus was buried in a tomb near the craggy place He was supposedly crucified on, then why did Mary think Jesus was a gardener? And remember these words? "Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre," (John 19:41) There were no gardens near what we now call Galgotha that I'm aware of, but about a quarter or more miles away, on the opposite side of the city, across the valley, there is a very well known and often frequented garden. Does this mean anything to you?]

39And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him. 40And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation. 41And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, (Luke 22:)

21For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. 22Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. 23And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again. 24For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree? 25For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. (Rom 11:)

[Note: the comment on the garden made previously, and what I'm about to say here are not part of the connections I'm showing you, they're a "bonus." Is God anger? Is God love? We read here: "the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness." God is both of these, depending on which side of Him we're on. Preachers nowadays grab on to the "all love" side and ignore the anger part of God. I'm all too afraid that they, the preachers, and those who listen to them, will be experiencing the side they ignored when the Judgement comes. An added note, the churches like to hang on to their feeble belief that "Once saved, always saved," and they are all too prone to assume that baptism and a mental consent ("belief" constitutes "saved." To the above verse, remember this statement made previous to the one above: "if thou CONTINUE in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off." What does "cut off" mean? Paul is talking about the natural branch, Israel, being cut off from their own tree because they didn't continue. How much more should we, the wild branches, need to be careful that we continue. Jesus said: "Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:31-32) and "As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love." (John 15:9-10)

Jesus is speaking to believers, and to His disciples in the last passage. According to the churches these people can't lose their salvation. If that were the case, why is Jesus (and Paul) warning them against something that's impossible for them to do?

I hope your eyesight is a lot better than those who claim to be the spokesmen for God.]

6Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: 7Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. 8That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed. 9For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sarah shall have a son. 10And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac; 11(For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) 12It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. 13As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. (Rom 9:)

8And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. 9And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. 10And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; (Gen 2:)

1And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. (Rev 22:)

[Note: What nations? And why do the nations need healed if there is no more death and sorrow for everyone? After you've answered this question, if you can, check out this statement: "And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. (Rev 21:24) If everyone is in the city, what are these kings doing bringing their glory into the city? Then we have: "14Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie." (Rev 22:15). Here again we have some people who have the right to the tree of life, and are inside the city; and we have others, not so nice people outside the city. Those who even dare try to answer these questions try to dismiss the statements by saying they apply to the Millennium. Do you see this being at all feasible? When you've found the answer to the questions posed here, then such statements as those similar to the following, as well as many other obscure verses, will make a lot more sense to you: "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved;" (Mark 16:16)

15Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. (Mat 7:)

31Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: 32Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof. (Mat 13:)

2And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen [Note: Remember earlier what Paul had to say about Israel falling, and their fall is why the Gentiles are now grafted on to the olive tree?], and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. (Rev 18:)

43For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 44For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. (Luke 6:)

7He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. (Rev 2:)

8And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. 9And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. 10And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; [Note: The tree of life is in the "midst" of the garden. By the wording here, the tree of knowledge might well not be in the middle, nor in the garden at all.] (Gen 2:)

38He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly [Or by implication "the heart." See Mat 15: 19-20.] shall flow rivers of living water. 39(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) (John 7:)

[ Notice that these evil qualities are in the heart. We've seen elsewhere that good can't come from bad. Carnal can't abide with the Spirit of God. We're either one way, or we're the other. We're told not to quench the Spirit. Is it possible that those who are "saved," but haven't dealt with their heart, their sin problem, will have to forever live with those undealt with desires, outside the city, but be unable to do anything about their lusts? Isn't that a plausible picture of what happens in the Millennium, until Satan is released to convince those with such a heart that they can now act out on their desires, as was done by Korah and others in the wilderness? Give it thought. You'll be glad you did.]

5And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great. 6And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. (Rev 19:)

4The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD'S throne is in heaven: (Psalm 11:)

1Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest? (Isaiah 66:)

[Note: "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. (John 4:24) If God is spirit, then where would His throne be? Can you imagine God, a "spirit," sitting on a throne somewhere in the sky? If not, then where is His throne? Where is His "Temple"? See 1Cor 3:17 and 6:19 for Paul's answer to this question. Keep in mind the "rivers of running water," which we know to be the Holy Spirit, comes from the throne of God (and from Eden, according to Genesis). Doesn't this shed new light on what God is trying to tell us? The Bible is much more alive and logical once we break away from the comic book interpretation we've been taught since children.]

34But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne: 35Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. (Mat 5:)

[Question: Who is the "Great King"? Who was king of (over) Israel when Jesus made this statement? Do you think Jesus was referring to that person?]

17At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart. (Jer 3:)

[Note: Did you notice that during the time Jeremiah is speaking of, the "imagination of the heart" is still, present, just not acted upon? If you were to find yourself with eternal life, that is, you're "saved," but you still had all the craving and lusts you now take pleasure in, but were no longer able to take advantage of those lusts, wouldn't that be a "hell" to you? Wouldn't you be weeping and gnashing teeth, especially knowing that you are unable to enter the city, into the pleasures you were taught you were to receive, but you never "worked" to earn? On the other hand, if you were to find yourself in a position where you could live eternally free from those lusts you have spent a life time regretting and trying to rid yourself of, wouldn't that be a "heaven on earth"?

I'm not saying that this is all there is to the picture God is painting for us, not by a long shot. But there are many aspects to any great picture, and all of them must be considered if that painting is to truly be appreciated.]

1In Judah is God known: his name is great in Israel. 2In Salem [From "whole, perfect, just, friendly"] also is his tabernacle, and his dwelling place in Zion [From "sign, title, waymark"]. (Psalm 76:)

0The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master (Luke 6:)

32And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected. (Luke 13:)

3And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 4He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. (1John 2:)

18I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. 19Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. 20At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. 21He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. (John 14:)

[Note: Just for the fun of it, count the number of times Jesus said that we must keep His commandments if the promises He made are to be realized in us. Jesus is saying this to those who have proven their loyalty, and who will be His Apostles. How much more will those commandments be demanded of us? Now, look in your church Articles of Faith (or any other booklet that tells what is expected of you) and count the number of times "Commandments" is listed. We're taught that all the commandments are done away with for the "believer" who is baptized and sitting in a particular church. The requirements found in the Bible are merely "suggested ways of living" for the Christian according to them, not demands. Somehow I miss that picture. How about you?]

6For there shall be a day, that the watchmen upon the mount Ephraim shall cry, Arise ye, and let us go up to Zion unto the LORD our God. (Jer 31:)

2Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I was jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I was jealous for her with great fury. 3Thus saith the LORD; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the LORD of hosts the holy mountain. (Zech 2:)

13Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. 14Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; (Ezek 28:)

[Question: Where is the mountain of God? Who resided there until they were kicked off the land because of disobedience. Who is it that wore all those stones in his breast? Are you getting a picture of where "Eden" and the "Mountain of God" and the Garden is? Eventually you will. There's still a lot more to be said about all this I've yet to be given leave to say, or at least I haven't found the words to explain it as yet. Perhaps there's someone else who's been assigned that task, and not me.]

24Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. (John 12:)

 

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