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. A Priest sounds the alarm on a shofar

 

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CAUTION, ANTIBODIES AT WORK

And 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. (Rev 14:13)


    How often have you come upon a road sign that reads "Caution, men at work"? Then, when you drive a little farther you encounter someone holding a red flag while others work, or more often it seems, several men holding shovels they're using to prop themselves upright as they gab one to another?

    Signs are used to alert us that there is something ahead that we're to prepare for or to expect. If we disregard those warnings we can expect to find ourself in deep trouble.

Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. (1Cor 10:12)

Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily. (Col 1:28-29)

We are given warnings from every direction, and from the time of our birth. When we purchase a toy or other object from the local store we find listed on the label warnings that even the wrapping of that object can be a danger to the children if placed over their head. We receive so many warnings that we tend to disregard them in the same way we disregard the many warnings we read in the Bible.

If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul. (Eze 33:3-5)

Once there was an airplane that crashed in the mountains for no apparent reason. When the investigators found the little black box that recorded the incident, they discovered that the pilot of the airplane heard the warning given by the automatic warning system system that he should "pull up" because he was flying too low. In response to this warning the pilot said "shut up, gringo" and turned off the warning system. He had heard the warning, but instead of paying heed to the warning, he chose to follow the way of the world and turned off his warning system.

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; (1Tim 4:1-2)

When we detach ourself from our conscience, we separate ourself from the very instrument that God has supplied each of us by which we are to know what is expected of us.

How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Heb 9:14)

The world today teaches us that whatever we choose to do is all right just as long as it doesn't hurt anyone else. The Bible on the other hand teaches us that there is a moral code we're to follow if we expect to please God and to obtain eternal life. If we choose to listen to the world, then we turn a deaf ear to our conscience, thus to morality and to God.

In times past the world, this nation in particular, followed a rather strict code of ethics and morality. Not everyone followed this code to the letter of course, but because of that code, and that expectation, the world was a safer and a more comfortable place in which to live. Even the non-religious of the world followed the code established to one degree or another.

He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour. (John 12:25-26)

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? (Mat 16:24-26)

Many of us in the churches are taught that all that is required of us in order to obtain eternal life is to take a bath. Jesus has given us instructions beyond what we hear from the pulpits.

For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: (1Pet 2:21)

Jesus not only provided us with verbal warnings, but He also gave us an example as to how we are to live our new life.

But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, (Mat 23:5)

And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. (Mar 16:17-18)

We are given signs that indicate that we truly believe. But since we are unable to perform the signs given, we discount this warning and pretend it was added in error by some scribe in times past. Jesus also said that if we have the faith of a mustard seed we will be able to move mountains. How many of us have the faith of a mustard seed?

Jesus also gave us the following instruction, which is more in keeping with our fleshly abilities. Yet we ignore this warning in the same way we ignore most of the other warnings given to us of the Church:

By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. (John 13:35)

For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. (Gal 5:14)

If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: (James 2:8)

And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. (Mark 12:31)

Seeing as how we are a people inclined to reject laws, and to being told what we can or cannot do, we deny that there are any laws that apply to us of the Church. However, many times in Scripture the message is presented to us that we are to keep the law. Here we see that keeping the law does not require us to present our lamb for sacrifice, but to demonstrate our love for one another. Loving one's family, even when that family is the church we attend, is not that difficult for us. But as we see here, the one we are to love is that unlovable person called our “neighbor,” the one who despises us and would like to see us dead.

And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. (Rev 20:13)

For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. (Mat 16:27)

Some words, it seems, are written in invisible ink. The word “works” is one such word. Here we see that we are going to be judged according to our works. Yet in church we hear that works are outlawed, and anyone who performs works is trying to work their way to Heaven, therefore will be sent to hell.

The body we wear during our stay on this earth has a component that is called an antibody. Antibodies are designed to work against any substance such as a poison or a bacteria that tries to destroy our body or our health. Some agents are resistance to our antibodies, therefore they are a danger to our health. The Bible tells us:

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; (1Tim 4:1-2)

Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. (2Tim 3:5-8)

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; (Rom 1:28)

When we continue to deny the truth, and to do what is called for us to refrain from, we create within us a resistance to the “antibody” that is trying to set us on the road to health. As we continue on the wrong road, we effectively create over ourself a shield that protects us from the truth, meanwhile believing that we are truth itself. Paul tells us in the verse above that in these end times there will be such people teaching us the ways of truth. Yet these very people are immune to truth because they have ventured off the straight and narrow path they purport to teach.

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: (Eph 4:11-15)

Here we are given the reason God has furnished His Church with teachers, pastors and the like, for the purpose of bringing the people to the fullness and perfection of Christ. Yet we, from the pastors to the pews, have created a resistance to the antibodies, denying the roadblocks that tell us we are on the wrong road.


 

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