Is the parable of talent referring to good works needed to get to heaven?

Is the parable of talent referring to good works needed to get to heaven?

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What do “talents” refer to? The English word “talent” is a translation from the Greek word “talanton” (5007/5342). This means “a balance (as supporting weights), i.e. (by implication) a certain weight (and thence a coin or rather sum of money) or “talent”:–talent.”


  1. the scale of a balance, a balance, a pair of scales
  2. that which is weighed, a talent
    1. a weight varying in different places and times
    2. a sum of money weighing a talent and varying in different states and according to the changes in the laws regulating currency
      1. the Attic talent was equal to 60 Attic minae or 6000 drachmae
      2. a talent of silver in Israel weighed about 100 pounds (45 kg)
      3. a talent of gold in Israel weighed about 200 pounds (91 kg)

Matthew 25:15 Greek five talents … two talents … one talent; also throughout this parable; a talent was worth about 20 years of a day laborer’s wage.

Compare NIV and NKJV about the narrative.

In short, a “talent” is the value of “currency or worth” of labor or gift given to a person. In spiritual essence, it is the “energy/power” given to a person by God through “in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit “.

Regarding Matt. 25:14-30,, the servants were given “talents or bag of gold” to use as they please to gain something from it. One didn’t use it to gain and the value stayed the same. The message was to use it for good and not to be dormant. Therefore, this narrative refers to “good works” emanating from the “energy/power” of the Holy Spirit “. Therefore the short answer is, Yes they are required for salvation, that gets to heavenly kingdom of God

But, these good works must not emanate from us, flesh-composed body. They should not be “our” works per se, like Job ( a perfect and upright man who finally acknowledged his blindness) or atheists doing good. But works or “fruits” must come from the empowerment of the Holy Spirit that we merely expressed through and shown by “our works”.

As such, no one will boast (Eph. 2:9). By faith of Jesus, it took his death and resurrection for us to receive (Jn. 14:16) the in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit. This is a great gift, by the grace of God, to have and we must show “fruits of the Spirit”(Gal. 5:22-23).

Any good work that anyone can do by himself is as “filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6) and not consistent or reliably sustainable as our “flesh is weak(Matthew 26:41).


Eph. 2:10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

Notice the example of Jesus at the garden of Gethsemane:
He withdrew about a stone’s throw and prayed, ‘Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will but yours be done’” (Luke 22:41-42). Matthew records Jesus as making his request of the Father twice: “Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken away from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will’” (Matthew 26:39) and “He went away a second time and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done’” (Matt. 26:42). Mark records his prayer in a positive way, “‘Abba, Father,’ he said, ‘everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will” (Mark 14:36).

While not “his will”, he expressed the “will of the Father” through his works empowered by the Holy Spirit. Similarly, we are the “vessel” through which the “fruits of the Holy Spirit” will be manifested. The “fruits/works” are of the Holy Spirit, even if we did those “works” ourselves.

Beware, we might be cut off as in:
Matt. 7:19Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

Dan. 4:14He called in a loud voice: ‘Cut down the tree and trim off its branches; strip off its leaves and scatter its fruit. Let the animals flee from under it and the birds from its branches

See also Matt. 3:10; Lu. 3:9, 13:7; John 15:2, John 15:6;

We need to be overcomers, as in Rev. 3:5He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life.

Summary

Yes, the “talents”(metaphor for in-dwelling of Holy Spirit) have to be used and give rise to good works/action guided and empowered by the Holy Spirit. Without these “fruits of the Holy Spirit”, the Holy Spirit will be taken away from us. Without being “overcomers” we will be “cutoff” and will not reach the heavenly kingdom on earth.

God bless🙏😇👍

Hyperlink version revised and posted: November 17, 2020. Note: Original post on 10/20/2015

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Induced Abortion and After-Birth Infanticide

The previous post on “when does human life begin”, focused on how biblically it is defined by God. Life is conferred only when the “spirit-of-man” aka. “breath-of-life” was given after delivery from the womb. Any intra-uterine fetal activity is a function of intrinsic ability of cells/tissues to express themselves as programmed into them, like automaticity, rhythm, reflexes,etc. which are expressions of kinetic from potential energies. No activity from machine or robot that moves as programmed, can be considered as “living”. Any major genetic disorder not compatible with growth and development to maturity in-utero, will have spontaneous abortion. The “mature delivered baby” is alive as evidenced only with spontaneous breathing. Assisted breathing given to babies that are born is effective only when it leads to spontaneous breathing; otherwise, when the baby does not breathe despite artificial means, cyanosis supervenes that leads to stillbirth.

With that said, does this knowledge of “when does human life begin” justify induced abortion or after-birth infanticide? For the answer, this biblical research may help as a follow-up on this subject.

Definition of induced Abortion and after-birth Infanticide

These are very sensitive topics of discussion especially at this time of passionate pro-life and pro-choice advocates. Violence occurs as a result of differences in how people understand “when human life begins”. Pro-choice advocates maintain that the “fetus is still part of her body, the mother owns the fetus and therefore can rightfully decide” what to do with… and the argument continues. Is this thinking a justification for killing the fetus?

To begin with, abortion is intrauterine termination of pregnancy; it can be spontaneous or induced. It is induced abortion that is anathema to pro-lifers On the other hand, after-birth infanticide is termination of a newborn baby’s life when parent/s decided for that to happen.

Back from the future

Abortion is not a recent phenomenon; it happened in ancient times way before the present generation. Taking pregnancy through maturity is not an easy task. And, even more taxing to an elderly woman like Sarah who was already menopausal when she became pregnant with Isaac as in Genesis 18:9-15. What would have happened if Sarah aborted Isaac? This is an unthinkably dark scenario as Jacob and others would not have been born.

This then takes us to Mary, mother of Jesus. Remember, Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth, who, in her old age, was 6-month pregnant with John the Baptist as narrated in Luke 1. In Luke 1:41-45 , it stated that 6-month John leaped in Elizabeth’s womb as soon as she heard Mary’s greeting. Through Elizabeth’s ear, signals were sent to her own parts in the womb that the fetus “leaped for joy”.

Can you imagine if the prophet John was aborted instead of growing, developing to maturity, then delivered and breathed spontaneously? There would not have been a John who baptized Jesus with water at River Jordan!

Similarly, Bible interpretations that support abortion have to be reconsidered .

The point is this:

While the fetus in the womb are still parts/property and owned by a mother and not “alive as defined by God”, that does not give anyone a justification to commit induced and forceable abortion. Except for an emergent choice between life of mother or “fetus”(her parts”), choose the life of the mother. Besides that, there are numerous options other than killing the fetus. Even a “child born deaf and blind” has a future and for the glory of God, as in John 9:3. Jesus’ miracle to restore this physically“deaf-and-blind” child, is a prelude to spiritual enlightenment of those who are “deaf and blind” spiritually” through the in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit.

The best option is still to refrain from pre-marital sex, sexual immorality or unplanned pregnancy. Even those with late-onset genetic disease like Stephen Hawkin, deserved to live.

From the Source, may the Father God bless you with the “in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit to have wisdom and guidance to make the “right-choice”.

God Bless🙏😇👍

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Destiny of Man

Why am I here? Did I exist because of evolution or creation? Why was I born? Is there any purpose in my life? These are questions people are asking themselves for guidance and direction in seeking self-worth, value and introspection.

Since the average lifespan vs life expectancy is about 70-72 years, (although it has changed but basically about the same for 2,000 years) is that all there is to our longevity? Is our life on earth limited to a finite duration of time? Do telomeres predict our death? After death, then what? Should one care about whether there is life after death?

Different religions, whether Buddhism, Hinduism, Muslim, Judaism, Christianity , etc., profess that there is an after-life, although they differ in details. Knowing what the future has in store for us, brings perspective to how we value our present life and helps us understand our responsibilities and obligations, as well as what attitude and behavior we all need to adopt and express.

Creation or Evolution?

Since time immemorial, philosophers, seers and thinkers come and go. Yet, no reliable answer from them to these questions is forthcoming. Granted, they are all intellectually endowed and respected by the society and era that they lived in. Nevertheless, they are all farther from the truth for reasons that are obvious. Introspection and use of their own judgments and human abilities to search for answers, only left them with more questions. Answers to these pivotal issues are not forthcoming if we anchor our existence on evolution. Logic and wisdom lead us to a Creator. Had they turned to their Maker, their eyes could have been opened to the truth. For “…my thoughts are not your thoughts…. my ways are higher than your ways..Isa:55:8-9. Also, isn’t it logical to listen to the Creator, as described in Job Chapters 38 and 39? We listen to others and believe their writings, scientific or not, yet why is it repulsive to believe in those who personally witnessed God?

Source of Education:

Learning comes either passive or active. The active mechanism to learn is via our sensory somatic experience, viz., fire burns or heat is hot, when one touches a burning wood or the light of a candle. Also active learning comes from what we see and hear from a primary source and/or personally experienced. Passive learning on the other hand is when what we see and hear are from secondary sources, e.g., being instructed/lectured that an item is in fact hot and does burn, without actual personal experience. This is a first lesson in faith/trust in God who tells us the truth, instead of relying on our own finite brains, feelings, sight or hearing. Adam/Eve chose to learn the hard and active learning way by an actual experience of eating the “forbidden fruit, instead of heeding the verbal admonition of God against it, via the passive learning process. They both paid an ultimate and heavy price of eternal death for their bad choice. Sometimes, it is wiser to learn from an instructor than experience the aftermath of a bad choice and decision. Whether one believes it or not, there is a living God who is our Creator, who totally and completely knows us and has plans for us from the very beginning. As this subject is about destiny, it is vital to go to the instruction book of our Maker, the Holy Bible, for an eye-opening reality. And, there is no better place to start than from the beginning.

Sequence and Pattern:

In the book of Genesis, it is essential to consider the pattern being set by GOD/YHVH-ELOHIM in the process of creation, viz.,

1. That first, there was darkness followed by light… non-living things were created, then living things, as after death will follow life.

Notice, that….darkness was upon the face of the deep… then there was light. He first created non-living things, e.g. the planets and stars of multiple galaxies, then the living things, e.g. plants and animals. These are facts as narrated in the Holy Scriptures. But, what is the truth behind these events? It appears that this narrative has spiritual and functional meaning. GOD is showing this pattern of death (darkness, non-living) to be followed by life everlasting, that is to say that there is hope of life (light) after death (darkness, chaos ), in the same pattern that after lies, deception, confusion, and different interpretations will come the truth…that from mortality (death) will follow immortality (life forever)…that our current physical nature is temporal and will change to spiritual which is everlasting. Isn’t this a very powerful message of hope and renewal being taught to all of us from the beginning of time? Yes, our destiny is not eternal death and oblivion but eternal life.

2. Every living creature reproduces its own kind or likeness or image…..foundation of genetics.

Notice that before there was any other living entity, GOD/YHVH and angelic beings were already there as the only living entities ( see also fact-s.net/2011/05/21/what-is-god/). As the scripture says “…In the beginning, God created…”

To establish this pattern of reproducing like-for-like, kind-for-kind, class-for-class, and same image-for-image, GOD created the plants and animals. He showed that they can only reproduce after their own kind or likeness or image. And, within this concept is “adaptation changes depending on stimuli. After the plants and animals were created, at that particular moment, there were only three living classes of creatures, viz., GOD, plants and animals. After the principle of genetics was established that plants and animals can only reproduce after their own kind or likeness or image, what did GOD say?

Let us make man/kind in our image, after our own likeness…”

The plant-kind can only give rise to a plant, as the animal-kind can only reproduce the same kind. The same is true with the GOD-kind. Yes, God the Father, through man-Jesus, is reproducing himself thru the creation of man, human beings, flesh-composed, mortals. Man was created in the image of God..in the GOD-KIND, the highest and ultimate class of living entity. Not even was man ranked among the angels as Paul emphasized . Man, although currently lower than angels, in the future will be higher than them. Starting from a “template“/temple of flesh-composed, the “spirit of man” the breath of life” was put in there to experience life. This flesh-composed body is only temporary and will die. Subsequently, those who have “fruits of the HOLY SPIRIT and are “overcomers” will be resurrected with “spirit-composed bodies”, immortals with eternal life.

So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being the last Adam, a life-giving spirit”. The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. The first man was of the dust of the earth, the second man from heaven. As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the man from heaven, so also are those who are of heaven (1 Corinthians 15:45-48).

This is indeed an awesome destiny for man to be in the GOD-KIND,, or KINGDOM of GOD, not Plant-kingdom nor Animal-kingdom but GOD-FAMILY…GOD-KINGDOM. No wonder Christ prayed that man be”ONE IN HIM, as he is one in the Father, that Paul testified that we will be”like his glorious body…” that this flesh will change in a “twinkling of an eye …” in the future to become spirit, from mortal to immortality…that man will “have dominion “…”overall” … as GOD is over all. Yes, GOD is a family, with Jesus as quoted by Paul, the “…first of the firstfuits… “the firstborn among many brothers and sisters(brethren)” with Jesus as our elder brother, and his/our FATHER being all-in-all and above-all. And to think that this was all planned even before the creation of the world, before you and I were born, before anyone committed evil nor has done any good work, is a remarkable and compelling proof of GRACE and unwarranted GIFT to be in the GOD-KINGDOM and GOD-FAMILY.

In Psalms 8:3-9, this was alluded to:

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”

Notice that this was narrated as past events that never happened yet at that time suggesting an assured and definitive thing to occur although contextually still futuristic. Anybody living at that time will be hard-pressed to understand just by reading these passages. Centuries later, it took the in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit to grasp its awesome meaning and significance. Truly, “the blind shall see and the deaf shall hear” as written in Isaiah 29:18.

The Meaning of Hebrews 2

As enlightened by the in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit, Paul explained Psalms 8 further in Hebrews 2:5-18, See also parallel version NIV/KJV for comparison of translations

“It is not to angels that he has subjected the world to come, about which we are speaking. But there is a place where someone has testified: “What is mankind that you are mindful of them, a son of man (man-Jesus)that you care for him? You made them a little lower than the angels; you crowned (past tense though futuristic) them with glory and honor and put everything under their feet.”In putting (progressive tense) everything under them, God left nothing that is not subject to them. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to them. But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God(Father), for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. He says, “I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters; in the assembly I will sing your praises.” And again, “I will put my trust in him.”And again he says, “Here am I, and the children God has given me.” Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death (died as a man) he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.”

From the preceding, one can see that the endpoint of this prophecy is about “the world to come” and that “it will not be subject to angels but to mankind”. And this prediction started to unfold when man-Christ Jesus came.

Jesus is the “trailblazer/captain/pioneer” from which this prophecy comes to unravel. He is the first human (a trailblazer) to become immortal. through a process of death, resurrection and receiving-then-giving to us this empowering in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit. And, the finality is still future as “creation of the kingdom of God is still ongoing, so as to bring “many sons and daughters to glory”, in the “same family, to call us “brothers and sisters “

SUMMARY:

Our destiny far-surpasses our imagination (2 Cor. 4:17-18; Eph. 3:20.) Our flesh-composed body is temporal, merely a template. It has the spirit of man which is a “temple”, the holy-of-holies” for the Holy Spirit to dwell ( Acts 1:8; Lev.16:2, Matt. 27:51) so that man will be “begotten son/ child of God”. At the resurrection, this flesh-composed body will change to“born son “, “from mortality to immortality” from carnal to spiritual as “sons/children of God”. What happened to Jesus from flesh-composed man to now spirit-composed will be our destiny. He is the precursor, the pioneer/trailblazer for all of us. He is our Elder-brother, head of the church/body and we “are one”. Indeed, grace and love manifested !

Praise be to God the Father who planned and to God the Son who executed this glorious work to fulfill this destiny of man.

God Bless🙏😇👍

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Original post:06/27/2003

Reposted:5/21/2011

Revised:4/24/2017

Revised:5/13/2018 Happy Mother’s Day

Hyperlink version posted 3/12/19

Revision posted November 3, 2020 ELECTION DAY. God bless all voters and candidates 🙏👍

N.B. All revisions and postings kept the original version; additions and edits were to enhance and explain better the context of the narratives.

Election 2020

People see this election as the most defining and existential that will “fundamentally change” USA. In 2008, POTUS44 famously said this in his victory speech in Chicago that led to Obamacare as “election has consequences”. Whoever wins this year’s election will be regarded differently by people depending upon political affiliation. Some will say great, as others will echo an opposite and belligerent tone; “not my President”. Whatever happens afterwards, life goes on as usual as Ecclesiastes 1:9 says “nothing new under the sun”. All told, does humanity’s destiny really depend on “people’s choice”?

On November 3, voters in USA will elect the new POTUS. Early voting, whether in-person, absentee-ballot or general mail-in, has started and estimated to be over 8.7 millions. Whether Trump/POTUS45 will be re-elected or former VP Biden be the next POTUS, may not be known for days (or weeks) as both political parties are prepared with hired lawyers and an army of volunteers to contest legitimacy of some votes. “This past year, Democratic and Republican lawyers have filed hundreds of election-related lawsuits in state and federal courts, putting this election on track to become the most litigated in history. Moreover, Election Integrity has been questionable because of problems in on-line voter portal as well as failure to confirm the citizenship and signatures of the voter in mail-in ballots and claims of ballot-harvesting.

Multiple issues are confronting every voters’ decision on who to vote for, viz., unprecedented success of Trumponomics in just 47 months vs 47 years of Biden, leadership response to SARS-CoV-2 pandemic originating from WuhanLab in China, law-and-order vs Antifa-BLM protests/violence/looting/burning, border control vs immigration of illegal aliens, lower taxes and deregulation, environmental policies, pro-life vs abortion/Infanticide, Obamacare, school choice, criminal justice reform, international relations, etc.

Counter-intuitively also, claims of systemic racism, inequality, wealth gap, health disparity and even basic moral values, character, honesty, transparency, trust, etc. began to assume emphasis as a strategic move to win. As a result, division along racial lines, ethnicity, gender/sexual orientation and even among religious groups have surfaced with poignancy.

But the bottom line maybe pocketbook issues that affect daily living and survival. Self -interest is a powerful determinant on how people decide as we are all “flesh-composed” with needs, wants, expectations and difference in what is best.

No one knows the future and any prediction or polls that claim who will be the winner in this Election 2020 may just be pure gobbledegook predicated on supposed data, which at best, are expressions of “confirmation bias”.

As to who will win may not necessarily depend on “people’s choice”. May it well be dependent on the supernatural? This maybe a “hard pill” to swallow that our eyes may soon see the light.

Succession of kingdoms prophesied

In Daniel 2, a general prophecy of successive kingdoms/governments was laid out in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and its interpretation was revealed by God to Daniel. Eventually, “the rock cut out of a mountain, but not by human hands—a rock that broke the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold to pieces.” will replace all those human kingdoms. History confirmed that this succession of human governments came to pass and events are now waiting for its culmination.

There is a principle in play here. God’s choice vs people’s choice was explained by apostle Paul in Romans Chapter 9, that indeed, what happens ultimately depends on the decision-maker. The minute details and permutations of events may happen on their own but the finality will still end up as an expression of God’s will and sovereignty.

Essentially, Paul understood that it is God who ultimately decides “destiny of man”, succession of major kingdoms and even what defines who Israel is. Notice this:

Israel is not the children by physical descent who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring. Children of promise, God’s purpose in election might stand: not by works but by him who calls does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.”

Summary

Human kingdoms will come and go. Whether by violent or silent coup, invasion or by peaceful turnover through elections. Election 2020 will be no different. Legal challenges will come as humans can cheat, exercise political gamesmanship, maneuvering and chicanery, which are all expressions of human deficiency/weakness because we are created so, I.e., “flesh-composed” . Expect worldwide market gyrations, political upheavals, ups/downs and “dark winter

Ultimately, the whole human experience on earth will teach us that no man’s hegemony will be the answer, whether benevolent dictatorship, monarchy, socialism, Nazism, communism and not even capitalism or Constitutional Republic.

Humans were not created to develop “flesh-composed” human-kingdoms. Rather, we are a template for ultimately building a “God-kingdom”, an “ongoing creation”, composed eventually of “spirit-composed beingsand manifested at the time of Christ’s 2nd coming on earth to commence the Millennium. We were created “diverse and weak and needs to be empowered by “in-dwelling” of the Holy Spirit” for sanctification to have “oneness with God”.

There is hope for the future as promised and ordained. God’s kingdom/government will come on earth, commencing in Christ’s second coming on earth as prophesied in Daniel 2:44,

In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom (government) that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever.”

This return of Christ will takedown the anti-Christs at the battle of Armageddon in Megiddo and He and the “spiritual firstfruits” will reign in the Millenium on earth. An “ongoing creation” for the “spiritual latterfruits” (post-Millenium) will continue to occur and the rest of those who rejected Christ will die an “eternal death” by the “Gehenna fire”. Eventually a “new heaven and earth” will come and God the Father will dwell on earth, welcome by all “spirit-composed beings” the firstfruits and latterfruits, all members of the “kingdom of God”.

All US citizens are enjoined to vote.

God bless 🙏😇

The message of 2020 is for us to see with a vision of 20/20.

Hyperlink version posted on October 29, 2020.

Dedicated to all for Election 2020. Congratulations to all the winners. 🎉🎊

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What is “eternal judgment”, when does it begin, by whom and to whom?

Some people teach that “eternal judgment” occurs at the return of Christ on earth, when Millenium starts. Others, think after the Millenium. While some say now, at this current life for all. Notwithstanding, has there been judgments already? Let us all seek for the truth. Otherwise, together will we be “hoisting our own petard”?.

Eternal vs ephemeral judgments

It is true that there were many instances and events that were considered “judgments,viz.,

Sin of Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:14–24; (Genesis 3:17–18; and they were judged, punished with vanishment from the garden of Eden and eventually experienced death.

Note: The sin of one-man Adam was accounted for all so that one man-Jesus will take on the consequence of sin which is eternal/irreversible death. Romans 8:20–22; (Hebrews 2:9). (Isaiah 53:4–8

The antediluvian world of Noah(Genesis 7:17–24); Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:5–9); ten plagues against EgyptExodus 7—12). And so on.

But these are “ephemeral judgments” as all will have a chance in their future(after their resurrection) to repent of their sins and partake of the in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit. This is in contrast to “eternal judgments” which is final, not temporary nor any more resurrection. Read:final judgment at “Gehenna fire” on the unrelenting wicked and all who reject the sacrifice of Jesus Christ as payment for their sins (Matthew 10:15; Romans 2:2; Hebrews 9:27; 10:26–27). And these “final judgments” also are many, according to how people respond to determine who among them will eventually “end up at Gehenna fire”.

Who is the Judge?

The Bible is clear on this. The Father is the ultimate Judge but he entrusted this function to only one person: the Son of God. Notice the following verses:

A scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom” (Psalm 45:6). “The Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son” (John 5:22).

Psalms 82:8 Rise up, O God, judge the earth, for all the nations are your inheritance”.

Judgement Begins when?

How could a person be judged if he/she doesn’t know good from evil; and how will they truly know right from wrong if not equipped with “tool” to understand?

Remember what Jesus said at the cross: “Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.Luke 23:34

We are “deaf and blind” to spiritual truth. Our physical “eyes and ears” need to be opened spiritually. And, the ability to empower us to have spiritual understanding only comes from God. And this power can only be given to man-Christ Jesus who had to die first and resurrect.

Notice what Jesus said why he had to die: “But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. John 16:7

As Jesus had to die and be resurrected to receive this energy/power for us, so we must be accounted as “dead in Christ yet alive in the flesh, to receive it from him. With this “new empowerment”, Jesus can now fulfill his plan as a “Potter” in Jeremiah 18:4 to form (marred clay) into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him” for “ongoing creation”. We are not yet saved but being saved.

The Creator God YHVH Elohim created the angelic beings and 1/3 went against God; not all of them were one with him nor the Father. So, after creating all things, he made mankind temporarily “lower than angels but later to be “above angels”. But, the “new creation” was planned to be “one” with him and the Father

And with that “new energy” for us, that was given by the Father to resurrected Jesus, he then gave that power first to his disciples , then in a general way at Pentecost. And this “new creation” is a process that takes time, like any other natural/physical processes of creation to reach fulfillment. It is being given now to those chosen by God to participate to become “firstfruits”. Then, during the Millenium to others and aftetwards to the rest post-millennial.

The Holy Spirit empowered man-Jesus from the time of in-dwelling at River Jordan that enabled him to overcome Satan, do miracles and ultimately at garden of Gethsemane to “take the cup”.

This Advocate /Comforter/Holy Spirit is the energy/power that guides us to develop wisdom to choose good instead of evil. This process is for our sanctification through a mechanism not dissimilar but more complex and reflective of physical creation by bonding of 2-strands of DNA.

Along the way, there will be ups and downs. But, God is our patient Shepherd; he forgives; but don’t reject the Holy Spirit and commit “unpardonable sin”. Jesus in us through the Holy Spirit will patiently nurture us to grow and develop spiritually with “thy rod and staff they comfort me”. (Psalms 23:4)

To whom do eternal judgments begin?

The time has come to begin judgments to those with the in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit as in:

For the time has come for judgment, and it must begin with God’s household. And if judgment begins with us, what terrible fate awaits those who have never obeyed God’s Good News? I Peter 4:17

Judgments are occurring now in the church for: Self-evaluation (1 Corinthians 11:28); to purify the Body of Christ (Matthew 18:15–17). To be more like Christ (Ephesians 4:21–23).”For Divine discipline (Hebrews 12:5–11).

As a father lovingly corrects his children, so the Lord disciplines His own; that is, He brings His followers to a place of repentance and restoration when they sin. In so doing, He makes a distinction between us and the world: “When we are judged in this way by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be finally condemned with the world” (1 Corinthians 11:32). Whom Christ loves, He chastens (Revelation 3:19).

Summary

There are many judgments already done in the Bible but were “temporary” and prelude to “final and eternal” judgments that end up in Gehenna fire. Everyone will be judged at their own time as planned by God. First, the “firstfruits before the Millennium, then those alive but still flesh-composed during Millennium, then to follow are those who died after the Millennium as “latterfruits”,

Like “temporary judgments, these “final judgments” also are many, according to how people respond to determine who among those with “in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit” will eventually “end up at Gehenna fire”, the final/eternal death ( Read also Death, what is?)

Jesus was the only one entrusted by the Father to judge his creation. But, for judgment to exact true justice, the person judged has to truly know and differentiate good from evil. Spiritual truth cannot be understood without “spiritual tool” to awaken “physical blind eyes and deaf ears”. This tool is the “energy/power” aka “Holy Spirit” which was promised to be given to Jesus after his resurrection and subsequently given to those he chose as planned at time appointed. Jesus gave this to his disciples and then to others at Pentecost; hence to others.

Judgment “has to begin and has come with us in the household of God” as in I Peter 4:17 The “household of God” is neither Jew or Gentile as in: “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus”. Galatians 3:28

We will experience sufferings in this life as in James 1:12; 1 Peter 1:7, 4:12-13; Job 23:10.

Paul echoes this theme in Romans 8:17: “Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”

For those with “in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit”, beware of repeating your folly/sin and not to “vomit this energy/power” according to the admonition in Proverbs 26:11 Like a dog that returns to its vomit Is a fool who repeats his folly.

But, when we sin we have a High Priest to go to seek forgiveness. Still, remember, “God is not mocked” as in Galatians 6:7

God bless🙏😇

Hyperlink version original post: October 9, 2020.

Dedicated to my beloved on a special day.

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When does human life begin?

Does it begin at conception? This definition is the “bone of contention” that separates advocates of “pro-life and pro-choice”. To confer “personhood” to a fetus is also not a traditional Talmud law; this teaching allows abortion with limits but still inaccurate as defined by God.

Division emanates from this controversial subject that elevated to and heard by SCOTUS to rule in the infamous Roe v Wade which, in itself, has adherents and detractors even to this day.

Debate on this subject continues that is predicated on one’s interpretation of when human life begins. Does it start when 2 strands of DNA coalesce, at fertilization when zygote(fertilized egg) is formed? At embryonic stage? How about when fetal heartbeat is confirmed by ultrasound? How could these visible actions be ignored as evidence of life, some may ask?

Still, others would disagree even with these obvious intra-uterine activities, as “life”. With our advanced knowledge and understanding, one can correctly argue with the absence of life on metals, although with motion that is by automaticity, (as programmed by the inventor/manufacturer) like self-driving cars, machines, robotics and drones. Are they not “life-forms” just because they are “inorganic matters”?

In that case, consider a well preserved “organic” heart by hypothermia prior to transplant that is not moving, is that dead because of absence of visible contraction? But, when transplanted, re-warmed and begins to contract because of perfusion myocardial automaticity, is that heartbeat not an evidence of when life begins? Yet, when EEG is just flickering or lost of cerebral activity on “circulatory arrest and profound hypothermia” during a cardiac procedure or when a person on ventilator still has cardiac function but with “flat EEG and no pupillary reflex with pupils dilated, is the person still functionally alive or dead? Likewise, the motion in the intricate process of the electron transfer chain, ATP, formation of Vitamin D, chlorophyll, physiologic process, etc. , is that “life”? It is an obvious suspension of disbelief to assume those established activities as “life”.

Similarly, and extending the controversy, when “water moves/separates”as in Genesis 1:6-7 (CSB)Then God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters, separating water from water.” So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above the expanse. And it was so.”

Exodus 14:21-22 (CSB) “Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. The LORD drove the sea back with a powerful east wind all that night and turned the sea into dry land. So the waters were divided, and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with the waters like a wall to them on their right and their left.”

These verses suggest that mere activities or motions of water are “kinetic energies established, programmed and activated (by God) from potential energies” but not necessarily living entities or “having life”.

As humans have different take on any subject depending on their diverse educational background, can they really define when life begins? For this very important subject, and without endorsing or denying pro-life nor pro-choice, who really should define when life begins? The giver or recipient of life? The Creator God or humans? The answer is obvious to anyone who believes in an “intelligent designer”.

Genesis as a source

As Creator God (YHVH Elohim) and “source-of-life” revealed this definition of life in the book of Genesis, what better place to go back to and understand? Here is what it says in Genesis 2:7

Then the LORD God (YHVH Elohim) formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

Notice the 2 components of man based on where it came from:

1. The matter-component comes from the “dust of the ground”. It is “earthly” as confirmed in 1 Corinthians 15:48

2. The non-matter or spirit-component comes directly from Lord God himself, the “breath-of-life”, which is “heavenly” as confirmed in 1 Corinthians 15:48

What defines life or death?

As clear as sunshine, presence of that “breath-of-life”(aka “spirit-of-man”) defines whether a “being” is “alive or dead”, and not motion of cells or activities of organ systems. This concept is further buttressed conversely by what defines death:

Ecclesiastes 12:7 For then the dust will return to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.”

Psalms 146:4 His spirit departs, he returns to the earth; In that very day his thoughts perish.(i.e. no longer thinking or brain activity stops).

Acts 7:59 “They went on stoning Stephen as he called on the Lord and said, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!”

From the preceding verse concepts, it is clear that presence of “breath-of-life”(aka, spirit-of-man) makes a living being and it’s separation or absence from the matter-component of man, defines death. By extension, any activity or motion within and by the matter-component of man does not define “life” in the absence of “breath-of-life”.

Mechanism of material creation

Notice the process of how this material creation begins. In a nutshell, there has to be 2 distinct sex-opposite persons from where DNA has to originate as haploid gametes. There are 2 strands of DNA that has to bond as a double helix, with one strand coming from an egg of a female and the other strand from a sperm of a male. The fertilized egg then becomes a zygote which then grows and develops body components in-utero, till maturity and then delivered. The intrauterine movements and responses of the fetus appear to be reflexes and automaticity. Keep in mind that the intra-uterine fetus is not breathing atmospheric air on its own, and blood-respiratory exchanges are through fetal circulatory mechanism via the placenta.

In Genesis, when man was created, the “material/flesh-composition came from organic and inorganic material elements, aka, “dust of the ground”, but did not have life, a “living being”,until God breathe into his nostrils “the breath of life”. That “breath-of-life”, aka “spirit-of-man” did not come from the ground but came directly from spirit-composed God-Creator, by “breathing into the nostrils” and therefore a spirit-component-of-man”. A living person therefore has 2 components: flesh from the ground(earthy)and spirit-of-man(heavenly), without which the flesh is dead. This spirit-component is the only component that survives and goes back to the Creator when a person dies; the “real you” lives as the “rest of yourots and dies.

Harmonizing concepts of “activity” vs “human life“

Conceptually from the preceding, activities/motion do not define “life” nor should it be defined as “beginning of life”. All the changes that come with “union of 2-strands” of DNA by whatever method, nor the complex biochemical processes that come after, are spontaneously programmed into these organic and inorganic materials all the way through growth and development of the fetus in-utero, before the infant is delivered and spontaneously breathe on its own, can be considered “activities” but “not life itself”. They are “kinetic energies emanating from potential energies” established by the Creator God. Only when, the “spirit-component” is “breathe into man”, at which time of spontaneous breathing-in atmospheric air, can the “material component” be called a “living being”.

When an infant is delivered but does not breathe spontaneously even after attempted resuscitations the baby is dead and called a “stillbirth”. But, with breathing atmospheric air on its own, that becomes a “living being”, then learns from its fully developed 5-senses. As to a possible mechanism of learning is, a concept of “holographic DNA” may help in the growth and development of humans.

On the other hand, it is more complex spiritually, the growth and development of the “spirit-of-man” (female strand) by in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit of God (male strand) given to us by Jesus, as a gift from the Father. Nevertheless, the same general mechanism that leads to a change into a “new and ongoing creation”.

Summary

A continuing controversy is “the beginning of life”, at conception or when? This is a head-butting challenge among “pro-lifers and pro-choice abortionists/infanticide”, heightened and aggravated by federal and/or state funding for “women’s health”. This division emanates from humans co-opting God as the definer of when life begins and their failure to recognize the process of human creation with 2 components of man as taught by the “Life giver-God” in the Holy Bible.

God formed the “material component of man” from the inorganic/organic “dust of the ground/earthy” and became a “living being” only when the “breath-of-life/spirit-of-man” is given by spirit-composed “Creator-God/YHVH-Elohim”. Any biological process before this spirit-component (real you) was given to that material component resulted from kinetic energy programmed automatically within potential energy by Creator-God, the ultimate source of anything physical and spiritual. energy.

As the “material human creation” starts with a complex 2 stranded/double-helical DNA, one feminine strand binding with another male strand, so does “spiritual new human creation”. Spiritually speaking, the “spirit-of-man/breath-of-life” is the feminine strand put in man to be a living being.

This then learns from the “5 senses” of the flesh-composed human and becomes the composite of that natural body” from which decision is made to take action confronting him/her. But this “flesh-composed” body is subject to “pull of the fleshand needs a “Comforter/Advocate” (Holy Spirit) to empower it to overcome temptations and falsehood as Jesus learned in the garden of Gethsemane. It is a Genesis human creation that is lacking in spiritual power as planned for good purpose. It is merely a “template/temple “ into which the “male strand of spiritual DNA” (again from God) in-dwells and binds with the feminine-strand, the “spirit-of-man”. Through a more complex process, the “spiritual zygote” then grows and develops through a process of sanctification, learning wisdom to choose good from evil”.

Disclaimer:

This post should not be taken as an indictment of “pro-life” nor an endorsement of “pro-abortion”. No one should act out their beliefs with “criminal behavior”. For those being tempted to “abort”, please consider alternatives like adoption, second-opinion and most specifically, not to engage in sexual intimacy prior to commitments with one another , whether through civil or church venues. For rape and incest, there are laws that govern; we hope and pray that your personal decision will be consistent with what God wants.

This article is not about casting aspersions nor endorsing the merits of either side of the debate, a controversy aplenty. Rather, the goal is to give pause to the animus, make time for reflection and provide salutary perspective.

Some may not like to hear the truth, but somehow, one needs “to tell how the cow ate the cabbage”, a Southern catchphrase. This subject is a difficult one to resolve in its entirety and we will not be able to “carry forests on my back” but at least let us put a “crack” on this “nut”.

People have to muster gumption to tackle this dilemma of “when life begins and ends”. It is a yeoman’s task to venture on finding a balance among different perspectives, biblical or secular, cerebral or emotional they may be. That said, one recognizes the consequences emanating from issues about pro-life/pro-choice and life/death dilemma.”

Moreover, the advice of Paul within the context of I Corinthians 8:4 and in I Corinthians 10:28 can provide direction so as not to alienate others. With kindness and gentleness, try harder not to offend others with personal beliefs.

In responding to these difficult situations, always express the “fruits of the Holy Spirit”, in Galatians 5:22-23 viz.,

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

My hope and goal are to unite, not divide, on “things that matter”. through biblical studies.

***After knowing “when life begins”, does this knowledge justify abortion or infanticide? Can society confer “personhood” to a fetus according to traditional Talmud law; this teaching allows abortion with limits but still inaccurate as defined by God. For the answer, the next biblical research may help and will be posted soon as a follow-up.***

God bless🙏😇

Happy autumnal equinox and Chicagohenge 2020

Hyperlink version original post: September 22, 2020

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DNA’s coded message?

Why do we have DNA to start off as “bricks and mortars” of life? Does God have a message that we need to see from this? The apostle Paul indicated that there is:

Romans 1:20For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”(NIV)

Revealed in this generation

The discovery of enormously complex DNA Double Helix is one of the greatest scientific discoveries of all time. First described by James Watson and Francis Crick in 1953, DNA is the famous molecule of genetics that establishes each organism’s physical characteristics.

“With the “discovery, mapping and sequencing of the DNA molecule, we now understand that organic life is based on vastly complex information code, and such information cannot be created or interpreted without a Master Designer at the cosmic keyboard. Each human DNA molecule is comprised of chemical bases arranged in approximately 3 billion precise sequences. More appropriately, the A(adenine), T(thymine) in C(cytosine) and G(guanine) in the genetic code of the DNA molecule can be compared to the “0” and “1” in the binary code of computer software. Like software to a computer, the DNA code is a genetic language that communicates information to the organic cell. DNA molecule is an intricate message system. The material base of a message is completely independent of the information transmitted. Thus, the chemical building blocks have nothing to do with the origin of the complex message. As a simple illustration, the information content of the clause “nature was designed” has nothing to do with the writing material used, whether ink, paint, chalk or crayon. In fact, the clause can be written in binary code, Morse code or smoke signals, but the message remains the same, independent of the medium. There is obviously no relationship between the information and the material base used to transmit it. Contrary to the current theories of evolutionary scientists, the information contained within the genetic code must be entirely independent of the chemical makeup of the DNA molecule.

The DNA is the starting point for the process of creating living beings. Our generation is blessed to know and understand the complexity of fertilization, conception, intra-uterine fetal growth/development and onwards through adulthood. But how really did this begin?

Material DNA, a prequel to spiritual DNA

Notice the process of how this material creation begins. In a nutshell, there has to be 2 distinct sex-opposite persons from where DNA has to originate as haploid gametes. There are 2 strands of DNA that has to bond into a double helix, with one strand coming from an egg of a female and the other strand from a sperm of a male. The fertilized egg then becomes a zygote which then grows and develops body components in-utero, till maturity at 9 months and then delivered. The intrauterine movements and responses of the fetus appear to be reflexes and automaticity. Keep in mind that the intra-uterine fetus is not breathing atmospheric air on its own, and blood-respiratory exchanges are through fetal circulatory mechanism via the placenta.

In Genesis, when man was created, the “flesh-composition” came from organic and inorganic material elements, aka, “dust of the ground”, but did not have life, a “living being”,until God breathe into his nostrils “the breath of life”, which is the activating and initiating energy. That “breath-of-life”, aka “spirit-of-man” did not come from the ground but came directly from spirit-composed God-Creator, by “breathing into the nostrils” and therefore “a spirit-component-of-man”.

A living person therefore has 2 components: flesh from the ground(earthy)and spirit-of-man(heavenly), without which the flesh is dead. This spirit-component is the only component that survives and goes back to the Creator when a person dies; the “real you” lives as the “rest of yourots and dies.

Accounted as ONE person

While male and female beings have the same 2 components, i.e., flesh and spirit-of-man, they are “accounted as one flesh” as the woman came from the rib of Adam as in Genesis 2:21 In a way, male and female metaphorically are “double-stranded” together as one flesh. And as one person. Both are also figuratively assigned with a “feminine gender” as in “church/temple, bride, woman”. Likewise, Israel (northern part) was a wife to husband YHVH Elohim and divorced as in Jeremiah 3:8 as Judah (southern part) was called sister. See also 2 Corinthians 11:2
I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin (woman)to him.” (See the division of Israel into northern and southern kingdoms in 1 Kings 11:9-13, 1 Kings 11:29-39)

Message from double-helix DNA

As man and woman are numerically considered as “one person and as such is assigned afeminine gender”, here now is the message that comes with the spiritual significance of material double-helix DNA in forming a spirit-composednew creation” referred to in 2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

The “breath-of-life (spirit-of-man) breathe into the nostrils of man is the “energy” that empowers the flesh-component of man to be alive. This is the “feminine spirit-component” and the female strand of the spiritual double-helix given by the Creator-God YHVH-Elohim. By itself, it will not develop into a “new spirit-composed living being”. It needs a male strand that comes from the Father. As Christ said, he needs to “go away” to receive this “new energy” (Advocate/Holy Spirit) from the Father and to subsequently in-dwell” in us to “create new spirit-composed beings”. As Jesus said, “the spirit (of man) is willing but the flesh is weak”, meaning that the flesh is mortal, temporary and will die but the “spirit-of-man” has to get its wisdom and direction to act through the Holy Spirit that will come.

Jesus proved this to be so, himself as a “trailblazer/author/captain/finisher” receiving this Holy Spirit at River Jordan to empower him to overcome Satan, do miracles, make correct choice at garden of Gethsemane, endure crucifixion, be resurrected/declared as “Son of God” and the “firstborn of many brethren”

Now, that Jesus has proven himself as planned by the Father that this process is the only “way, truth and life”, with this “new energy” to create, he has then given this to empower first his 12 disciples then generally to others at Pentecost for them to grow and develop spiritually. The mechanism involved here is this:

The Holy Spirit/Comforter/Advocate represents the “male strand of spiritual DNA” binding as a double helix with the “female-strand”(breath-of-life”) first placed in man to live. Both are “spirit-composed” and came from above, heavenly. And from here on, the “spiritual zygote” then grows and develops “parts of spirit-body” through overcoming many challenges, nooks-and-crannies and hoops in life to reach maturity. Then, the prophecy of “woman in travail” will be fulfilled by delivery of new spirit-composed sons and daughters of God

Summary

The material double-helix DNA is a very complex pairing from female and male material sources that can only be programmed by an “Intelligent Designer”. This forms flesh-composed being through growth and development in-utero and into maturity in 9 months. At delivery, this infant was made alive/energized by God through an “in-dwelling” of the “breath-of-life”, and shown by breathing-in atmospheric air. The “breath-of-life/spirit-of-man” is the “female component strand, which is spiritcomposed”, having come directly from God.

However, this living being has 2-components that are in conflict with each other(Galatians 5:17) with the “spirit willing but flesh is weak” as Jesus experienced in the garden of Gethsemane. The “spirit-of-man” has to have an “Advocate/Comforter to empower it, be guided and develop wisdom to choose good over evil.

Observe the difference among children from the same parents. The DNA that comes from parents are mere “physical/material components”. The “spirit-of-man/the mind” from God learns from “5+physical sensory organs of humans” to become the totality of its composite being. Rightly or wrongly that makes the “living being”. And, this composite is “weak” and Jesus took 3 times to see for himself that it needs another component to strengthen it.

This is why a “male component strand of spiritual DNA , the Holy Spirit, has to be received as a gift by resurrected-Jesus from the Father. Not Jesus, nor YHVH Elohim(the Creator God in Genesis) had this energy/power before, until after YHVH Elohim incarnated into man-Christ Jesus who then died and resurrected.

Having received the Holy Spirit, Jesus is then empowered to energize the formation of this double-helix with the female component strand of the “spiritual DNA” by in-dwelling in the “temple not made by hands”, the holy-of-holies/most holy place, residing in man.

From this union or bonding into a double-helix spirit-composed DNA, will grow and develop (within the “pregnancy stage”) into “spirit-composed living beings” leading to “delivery at “first resurrection” of the “first-fruits “.

Remember, as the double-helix can also split, away from each other, so can the Holy Spirit cleave away from the “spirit-of-man”. Be an “overcomer” as Christ is.

God bless🙏😇 and Happy Jewish New Year🎉

Original hyperlink version posted: September 19, 2020 ; Rosh Hashanah

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Cautionary note: This is my current understanding of how “new creation” happens. It must not be taken as a dogma, dictum or an edict but my humble attempt to explain the process.

September 11,2001, the message?

Today, September 11, 2020, we remember this catastrophic history of “stark evil” against innocent people in New York that reverberated worldwide for its horrific intensity, death and destruction.

The September 11 attacks (often referred to as 9/11) were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamist terrorist group al-Qaeda[3][4][5] against the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. The attacks resulted in 2,977 fatalities, over 25,000 injuries, and substantial long-term health consequences, in addition to at least $10 billion in infrastructure and property damage. 9/11 is the single deadliest terrorist attack in human history and the single deadliest incident for firefighters and law enforcement officers in the history of the United States, with 343 and 72 killed, respectively.

From this vicious historical event one can deduce the following 2 incontrovertible facts:

1. There is evil that resides in the “mind”( aka, spirit-of-man). What made these people commit this murder and destruction? Any evil for that matter, what makes it act out? It comes down to what “their mind was taught” all their lives to muster strength and determination to plan and execute. We are all a “product” of our education that provides a composite that makes us who we are. The obvious solution is to “change what was taught” to that “mind”. That “mind” is the “spirit-of-man”, aka, “breath-of-life”, the “real you”, that made man a “living being”. But, how could this “spirit-of-man” (mind) change?

The “good news” is, there is only one way this can be achieved and that solution has been known from the foundation of the world. And that, is the realization that man, on his own, has “weak flesh “, and needs a “helper or advocate” for empowerment.

Everything that leads to action has to have “energy/power”. The modern use of “energy” “dates from around the middle of the nineteenth century, when it was beginning to be realised that the power that drove many different processes could be explained by the concept of energy being transferred from one system and form to another.”

No action happens without energy/power. Before one moves any muscle, a series of action within the process is activated. Chemical, neural, mechanical energies are as real as energies classified as electrical, solar, wind, nuclear, etc. These empower material things to take action, like motor vehicles, light bulbs, wireless networks and the like. But, spiritual things can only be empowered by “spirit-energy/power”.

This “helper/advocate” was promised to be given to resurrected Jesus for us to receive subsequently from him as a gift. This is the energy that empowers and provides strength, guidance, direction, etc. to make the correct decision of choosing good over evil and act on it.

This “energy/power” was given 1st to the apostles then at Pentecost. This will help us to be “one” with the Father as “man-Jesus has proven as a “trailblazer, captain of our salvation”. The essence of the “gospel” is predicated on our “ongoing creation”.

2. Life is like a vapor that is gone in a snap. Whether by accident, disease, natural disaster, drive-by shootings, foreign/domestic terrorism, warsor whatever, death is an ever present risk that lurks at the corner, haunting us constantly. Because we are mortals, all of us are “appointed to die once and afterwards undergo judgment”.

As “life is fleeting”, the focus should be in “life after”, the “legacy that lasts”. And, this “destiny” has been planned from the beginning of time. The “time has come” and the kingdom of God is at hand.

God bless👍🙏😇

Original post hyperlink version: September 11, 2020

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Labor Day, what message resonates?

Labor Day is a federal holiday in the United Statescelebrated on the first Monday in September to honor and recognize the American labor movementand the works and contributions of laborers to the development and achievements of the United States. And so apropos it is to pay homage to the “structure of national life erected upon toil, blood, sweat and tears” of the workforce.

Truly, those who work, whether at home or in any other place of work, contribute much to the progress of the nation. But remember, a worker has to be born first, and mothers’ “labor at childbirth” must also be recognized and revered.

Labor of Christ

But how fitting and timely it would be to also remember on this day the “labor of Christ? For him to be the “trailblazer, author, finisher of our faith and captain of our salvation” is a turning point in the “destiny of man”. What he did on earth as a human may answer the question “Who the Father of Labor Day” is.

Salvation is an arduous process that takes time. The teaching “once saved, always saved is not consistent with the truth. Faith initiated this process and it does not end there, as “faith without works is dead being alone”.

No wonder, man-Jesus started it and all the original apostles followed till their martyrdom. Our current “works” is not actually ours but came to be, as equipped by the empowerment of the in-dwelling Holy Spirit of power gifted to us by God.

On this Labor Day, let us all continue to “walk by the Spirit” till our future martyrdom. Let us be “overcomers”.

God Bless🙏😇👍😊

Original post: September 7, 2020 Labor Day

Dedicated to “all workers”.

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Was the Emmaus walk that Sunday, the day of Jesus’ resurrection?

Was the “Emmaus walk” that Sunday, the “resurrection day“?

The short answer is “No“. For an explanation, please follow me through on this.

In Luke 24:13-35, that “same day” (v-13) when the 2 disciples started to walk from Jerusalem to Emmaus was the day part of Sunday; indeed, but not necessarily the resurrection day.

Proof: “When they went” has to be after they knewall that had happenedfrom trial/crucifixion/burial including the resurrection. That day when “all happened” had to be Sunday when it was confirmed by “Peter and the women”(Lu.24:12).They knew this “empty tomb” (v-23-24) through the women who were there early sunrise of Sunday.

With Wednesday Nisan 14 crucifixion, and as “Jonas was 3 days and 3 nights in the belly of the fish”(Matt.12:39-40), Jesus already resurrected towards the end of Saturday going towards the beginning night part of Sunday. Remember, Jesus was buried towards the day-end of Wednesday, on Nisan 14, as by tradition no one gets buried on a sabbath, which was the 1st Day of the annual Feast of Unleavened Bread starting Thursday, Nisan 15.

According to the biblical account, Emmaus is “three score furlongs”, which can be 7 miles walk or 19 miles from Jerusalem. Whatever many miles it took to travel “60 furlongs” during that time, the key is that it must have taken “days“.

However, the narrative states that they reached Emmaus on the 3rd day. The “third day” was the 3rd from Sunday when they started the trip from Jerusalem ( Sunday, Monday, Tuesday); not 3rd day from crucifixion to resurrection(as others misinterpreted). The “day was far spent” (v-29, meant Tuesday towards sunset and to begin the following start of annual sabbath Wednesday nightime) so they invited the resurrected Jesus to eat (v-30) with them. And they started to rest that Wednesday night as it was the start of the 7th day of Unleavened bread, an annual sabbath, also a “rest day”. See also, Feast of Unleavened Bread in Lev 23:5-8 proving that Nisan 15 and Nisan 21 are annual or high Sabbaths

Summary

The disciples’ first knowledge that Jesus was resurrected was when the women, who were bringing spices, saw an empty tomb on the early part of Sunday. They then hurriedly told the disciples including Peter who confirmed the empty tomb in Luke 24:1-12.

With that said, the “walk from Jerusalem to Emmaus” started on the day part Sunday, after the disciples were informed by Mary(mother of James), Mary Magdalene and Joanna, who saw the empty tomb and confirmed by Peter and the disciples about the resurrection. It took the 2 disciples, one named Cleopas, 3 days to walk from Jerusalem (Sunday, Monday, through end of Tuesday) and reached Emmaus towards the or end or sunset of Tuesday, the “third day” when the “day was far spent”. The beginning for the 7th day of the 7-days annual sabbath of Unleavened Bread, was Wednesday, after sunset of Tuesday.

Jesus and the disciples then had a meal with “unleavened bread” on that Wednesday’s annual sabbath, the 7th day of Feast of Unleavened Bread. . There eyes were then opened to see that it was Jesus walking with them all along as in Luke 24:29-35

The Emmaus walk indeed started on the early day of Sunday after the disciples knew “all that had happened” (the trial/crucifixion/burial and resurrection). But, the “crucifixion” was on the day-part of Wednesday. To fulfill his prophecy that he would be 3 nights and 3 days similar to Jonah’s in the “belly of the big fish“, Jesus was buried before the end of Wednesday as the following evening was Thursday annual Sabbath, the 1st of the 7-day Feast of Unleavened Bread. By law and tradition, no one gets buried on a sabbath.

The resurrection was at the end of Saturday, counted from burial towards the end of Wednesday day, i.e., the beginning of Thursday (the start of the sabbath on the 1st day is the 7-days Feast of Unleavened Bread) and towards the end/sunset of Saturday; exactly 3days and 3nights as Jonas was in the belly of the big fish, and before the beginning of Sunday, i.e., from “even-to even or sunset-to-sunset”, a Hebrew reckoning of the day as instructed by God.

God bless😇🙏👍

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Original post: February 15, 2015

Hyperlink version posted:June 30, 2020

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