Monday, May 22, 2017

Marching Towards ASCENSION DAY !





Marching to ASCENSION Day

We praise Thy dearly-Beloved SON+

JESUS CHRIST our LORD,

Who+, after His+ triumphant resurrection, appeared to His+ disciples,

and in their sight ascended into Heaven,

to prepare a place for us,

that where HE+ is,

there we might also be,

and reign with HIM+ in glory !

Therefore, with Angels and Arch-angels

and with all the company of Heaven,

we laud and magnify Thy Glorious Name,

saying,

HOLY, HOLY, HOLY

LORD GOD OF HOSTS!

 The Heavens and the earth are full of Thy Glory.

Glory be to THEE, O LORD MOST HIGH.

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Ascension Day is the 40th day after The LORD'S Mighty Resurrection.  It is the day HE+ ascended up into the Heavens in a cloud before the eyes of His+ Disciples.  ( This year the remembrance of this Day falls upon  Thursday, May 25.)

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And no man hath ascended up to Heaven,

but HE+ that came down

from Heaven,

 

even the SON+ of Man

Who+ is in Heaven.

John 3:13

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This delightsome verse tells us A LOT of Heavenly facts !

 

Number one, no one --- no MAN --- has gone up into Heaven except HE+ Who+ came down from Heaven ... and was made incarnate in the Hebrew virgin Mariam.

 

Some think that every manifestation of GOD to man in the  Old Testament was always and ever through the 2nd person of the ELOHIM. That would be, in Hebrew, YHWH ADONAI+.


( That is, the 2nd person of the Trinity, The LORD JESUS CHRIST before His+ Incarnation, The Word of GOD, The WISDOM+ of GOD ).


Before HE+ was incarnate in the Hebrew virgin Mariam, The LORD JESUS was the ONE Who+ manifested HIMSELF and walked with Adam in the Garden in the form of a person,  some maintain.

 

Some think that the ONE Who+ appeared unto Abraham in the plain was The LORD JESUS.  Some say that Melchizedek was The LORD JESUS HIMSELF+.

 

We all know that the ROCK+ Which+ followed them in the wilderness was CHRIST.


It  seems obvious that the manifestation of GOD in a person-form would by necessity be the 2nd person of the ELOHIM, the TRINITY,  the LORD JESUS, before HE+ became incarnate.  That would be, in Hebrew, YHWH ADONAI+.


Many base this on: There is no other name under Heaven given among men whereby we must be saved. And... No man hath seen GOD at any time, the Only-Begotten SON+, Who+ is in the bosom of the FATHER, HE+ hath declared HIM. John 1:18


 At the same time, we all know that CHRIST JESUS prayed to The HOLY FATHER , our FATHER Which Art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name.

 

We know that Our LORD, incarnate, submitted His+ flesh unto the Will of our Heavenly FATHER.

 

This is a great mystery, but The ELOHIM is the plural, unified ONE, making  GOD: The FATHER, His Beloved Only-begotten SON+ JESUS CHRIST, and the Blessed HOLY SPIRIT.

 

The ELOHIM is not locked into the framework of men's thoughts. 

 

For MY thoughts are not your thoughts,

neither are your ways MY ways,

saith the LORD.

Isaiah 55:8

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And no man hath ascended up to Heaven,

but HE+ that came down

from Heaven,

 

even the SON+ of Man

Who+ is in Heaven.

John 3:13

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Heaven, we see here, is NOT LOCKED into earth's time frame, either. 

 

The restriction of TIME was placed on planet earth after the fall of man. We remember that The ELOHIM, GOD, chose us in HIM+ before the foundation of the world. Colossians 1:4. 

 

Time seems so important to human beings. Strange, isn't it, that TIME seems to have no bearing upon GOD ?


The ELOHIM , GOD, is not locked into time; neither are the Angels --- both good and bad --- locked into time.  TIME is placed upon us and this earth. This restriction was one consequence of Adam's sin.


If we STAY TRUE TO CHRIST during our Life-time, HE+ will stay true to us for all Eternity.  We too will have glorified bodies.  Death will have no more dominion over us.


At the Appointed Time, we will arise and BE WITH CHRIST forever, dining with HIM+ at that Heavenly Supper where HE+ tastes of the fruit of The Vine once more --- anew --- with us in the Kingdom of GOD.... just like HE+ said .





Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Handle ME+ ... and See !



BESIDE THE STILL WATERS
photo by Sr. Judith Hannah  + + +
Order of the GOOD SHEPHERD+ 

 

The Resurrection Season,

Day 32 of the 40 Days our RESURRECTED LORD JESUS spent with His+ disciples in His+ Glorified Body+ !

 

Then saith HE+ ( the Risen CHRIST) to Thomas,

 Reach hither thy finger,

and behold My+ Hands;

 

and reach hither thy hand,

and thrust it into My+ Side:

 

and be not faithless,

but believing.

John 20:27

 

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Behold My+ Hands and My+ Feet,

that it is I+ Myself+:

 Handle ME+, and see;

 for a spirit hath not flesh and bones,

as ye see ME+ have.

Luke 24:39

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 We are INVITED.

 Our LORD JESUS CHRIST invites us to touch HIM+.

 

After His+ Resurrection, HE+ invited the shell-shocked, unbelieving disciples to TOUCH His+ Glorified, Resurrected Body... that very Body+ they walked along with every day.

 

In agony they had watched that Body+ being beaten with whips of bone and nail, staggering under the weight of the Cross-beam.

 

Their senses REELED with the torturing Crucifixion of their SAVIOR+, the ONE+ they had deemed to be The MESSIAH+, the SON+ of GOD.

 

JESUS CHRIST the LORD invited them to TOUCH His+ now Glorified Body+ , that familiar form which they had all watched DIE under the hands of the rough Roman soldiers !

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 We are invited too.

 

We who struggle with life's problems are invited to draw near to the RESURRECTED CHRIST and actually touch HIM+.

 

How do we encounter CHRIST ?

How can we possibly come close enough to touch HIM+ now ?

 

Isn't HE+ in Heaven

with The HOLY FATHER ?

 This is how:

 We come close enough to HIM+

... to allow HIM+ to touch us

 

Come unto ME+,

all ye that labor and are heavy laden,

and I+

will give you rest.

 

Take My+ yoke upon you,

and learn of ME+;

 

for I+ am meek and lowly in heart:

and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

 

For My+ yoke is easy,

and My+ burden is light.

Matthew 11: 28-30

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Come, My children,

Enter into My Courts

and stand STILL before ME+.

 

Set your heart upon ME+.

… and I+ will set My+ Heart upon you.

 

Close the door to the world.

Close the door to your pressing troubles

And turn your gaze upon ME+

For just one hour of your day...

Alone, before ME+ in Stillness,

Not performing nor studying.

 

Just sit still beside ME+.  

 

The STILL WATERS are here,

at this place

 where I+ AM.

 Come.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Mystery of Melchizedek FORETELLS the RESURRECTION !


Melchizedek, the HIGH PRIEST of the MOST HIGH GOD, THE ELOHIM, 
blessing Abraham, the Servant of the MOST HIGH GOD.

Resurrection Season

Day  19 

of the 40 Days The LORD JESUS CHRIST

spent with His+ Disciples,

in His+ Glorified Body,

 AFTER HIS+ RESURRECTION !

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Knowing that CHRIST

being raised from the dead

dieth no more;

Death hath no more dominion

over HIM+.

Romans 6: 9

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All Things Must Be Fulfilled

which were written in the Law of Moses and in the prophets and in the Psalms concerning ME+.( Luke 24:44 )

And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, HE+ expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning HIMSELF+ . ( Luke 24:27 )

And [ JESUS ] said unto them,

Thus it is written

and thus it behoved CHRIST to suffer

and to rise from the dead the third day.

( Luke 24: 46 )

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Now we know there are prophecies foretelling of the Advent of CHRIST JESUS. But, where are the prophecies foretelling the suffering of CHRIST, hidden deeply in the Old Covenant ?

  Where is it so written that CHRIST must suffer ?

We all know Isaiah 53 describes His+ Suffering. However, let's focus on the more HIDDEN SCRIPTURES that are not so well-known as Isaiah 53.  So let's start at the beginning of the five books of Moses, in GENESIS.

 Genesis  14:18

 And MELCHIZEDEK  King of Salem ( Peace ) brought forth 

Bread and Wine:

he was the priest of the MOST HIGH GOD.

Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Whither the forerunner is for us entered,

even JESUS,

 made an High Priest

 for ever

after the order of MELCHISEDEC.

Hebrews 6: 19-20

 

Genesis 7: 1-7

For this Melchisedec, king of Salem,

priest of the most high God,

who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also

King of Salem,

which is,

King of peace;


Without father, without mother, without descent,

having neither beginning of days, nor end of life;

but made like unto the SON of GOD;

abideth a priest continually...

 ... And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest, Who+  is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.

 For HE testifieth,

THOU+ art a Priest for ever

after the Order of Melchisedec.

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Here we see MELCHIZEDEK, the Priest of the MOST HIGH GOD, offered BREAD AND WINE to Abraham and to Whom Abraham --- and indeed , the entire line of the Levitical Priesthood --- paid tithes.

There is never a mention of SUCH a High Priest again in Scriptures until we come to The LORD JESUS CHRIST.

Wherefore, holy brethren,

partakers of the heavenly calling,  consider

the APOSTLE+ and HIGH PRIEST+

of our profession,

CHRIST JESUS.

 Hebrews 3:1

Bread and Wine were FIRST INSTITUTED as the Body and Blood of The LORD JESUS CHRIST at the Last Passover.  That is when HE+ ate with His+ disciples before going to the Cross, explaining to them: 

THIS IS MY+ BODY, broken for you. 

 THIS CUP is the cup of the NEW COVENANT,

MY+ BLOOD, which is shed for you. 


The strange incident of "MELCHISEDEK" --- Whom some say was The LORD HIMSELF+ --- may be one of those Scriptures written in Genesis which Our LORD in His+ Glorified Body explained to the disciples .

Undoubtedly, HE+ now had

their UNDIVIDED ATTENTION !


HE+ opened their understanding to SEE His+ suffering portrayed early, very early in the record of the ELOHIM'S dealing with mankind.

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Known unto GOD are all His works

from the beginning of the world.

Acts 15:18

 

And to make all men see

what is the fellowship of the mystery,

which from the beginning of the world

hath been hid in GOD, Who

created all things by JESUS CHRIST:

Ephesians 3:9

 

I AM Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the LORD, WHO+ is, and WHO+ was, and WHO+ is to come, the ALMIGHTY.

Revelation 1:8


Remember the former things of old:

for I  AM  GOD ( EL ),

and there is none else;

 

I AM ELOHIM,

and there is none like ME,

Declaring the end from the beginning,

and from ancient times

the things that are not yet done,

saying,

My counsel shall stand,

and I will do all My pleasure:

Isaiah 46: 9 - 10 

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Glory be to the LIVING, RESURRECTED SAVIOR+ WHO+ opens our understanding of the hidden things contained in the OLD COVENANT, showing HIMSELF+ to be the fulfillment of all prophecy ! 

 

Death has no more dominion over HIM+

... nor for us, eternally !

GLORY, GLORY, HALLELUJAH !  Amen .

Saturday, April 29, 2017

HE+ Opened Their Understanding ...



Resurrection Season

Day 14

 of the 40 Days

The LORD JESUS CHRIST

spent with His+ Disciples,

in His+ Glorified Body,

 AFTER HIS+ RESURRECTION !

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 Knowing that CHRIST

being raised from the dead dieth no more;

Death hath no more dominion over HIM+.

Romans 6: 9

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And as they [ the men from Emmaus ]  thus spake, JESUS HIMSELF+ stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them,

Peace be unto you.

But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. And HE+ said unto them,

Why are ye troubled?

and why do thoughts arise

in your hearts?

 

Behold My+ hands and My+ feet,

that it is I+ Myself+:

 

handle ME+, and see;

for a spirit hath not flesh and bones,

as ye see ME+ have.

 

And when HE+ had thus spoken, HE+ shewed them His+ hands and His+ feet. And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, HE+ said unto them,

Have ye here any meat?

And they gave HIM+ a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. And HE+ took it, and did eat before them. And HE+ said unto them,

These are the words

which   I+   spake unto you,

while   I+   was yet with you,

 

that all things must be fulfilled,

which were written in the Law of Moses,

and in the Prophets,

and in the Psalms,

concerning ME+.

 

Then opened HE+ their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures,

Luke 24: 36-45

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They did NOT RECEIVE the Testimony...

 

The LORD JESUS appeared in His+ glorified Body to the Company of His+ Disciples.

Although Followers of JESUS, these men --- every one of them His+ disciples ---  were not with Peter nor with the Women of the Company nor with the men walking to Emmaus and thus, they had missed seeing the Resurrected LORD JESUS. 

The Company of His+ Followers did not believe ANY reports of their fellow Followers ! They did not believe that The LORD JESUS CHRIST was risen from the dead !

They did Not Receive their Witness.

They had watched HIM+ die, themselves being scared to death.  They were gathered together in Jerusalem somewhere, when SUDDENLY HE+ APPEARED among them.

 

Unlike a spirit, HE+ spoke to them and His+ words were very familiar: 

 

" Peace unto you !" HE+ said.

 

Did that bring them "peace" ?

NO... because they did not receive His+ Words . They were terrified and frightened.  They thought they had SEEN a SPIRIT !

 

So, HE+ told them to observe  His+ hands and His+ feet ... undoubtedly as a means to identify HIMSELF+,  that it was indeed HE+ HIMSELF+ , to these terrified disciples who had watched HIM+ die. 

 

HE+ invited them to touch HIM+ in His+ Glorified Body .

 

HE+ even gave them a rational, concrete explanation: "... for a spirit has not flesh and bones, as you see ME+ have."

 Then HE+ showed them His+ hands and His+ feet.

YET they BELIEVED NOT for joy, and wondered !

Then, HE+ ate before them.  Undoubtedly, every eye was trained upon His+ biting, chewing, and swallowing!

 

As they opened their hearts 

in Belief

to RECEIVE the TRUTH

of what they perceived

through their senses,

 

HE+ opened their understanding

that they might understand

The Scriptures.

 

ALL things written of HIM+ in the Prophets and the Law of Moses and the Psalms concerning HIMSELF+  had to be fulfilled , HE+ explained to them.  

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O, LORD CHRIST, The First-Born from the Dead,

help me to remember that my heart must be open to the Truth before I can understand it with my mind.

 

Help me to minister Thy Word+ to others in a way that their hearts are pierced. Then I will know that YOU+, O LORD, will open their understanding of it.

Keep me from teaching to the mind when I ought to be reaching the heart .

O LORD JESUS, Master of men's hearts, show me how to so bring my life in line with Thy+ Truth... that without a word spoken, others will see YOU+ , standing among them.

Blessing and Honor, Glory and Power be unto The LAMB+ forever and ever ! Amen.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

HE+ Opened Their EYES ...



Resurrection Season
Day 12

of the 40 Days The LORD JESUS CHRIST
spent with His+ Disciples,
in His+ Glorified Body,

AFTER HIS+ RESURRECTION !

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Knowing that CHRIST
being raised from the dead dieth no more;
Death hath no more dominion over HIM+.
Romans 6: 9
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How

Did HE+ Open Their Eyes ?

 And it came to pass,

as HE+ sat at meat with them,

 HE+ took bread,  and blessed it,

and brake,  and gave to them.

 

And their eyes were opened,

and they knew HIM+ !

 and HE+ vanished

out of their sight.

Luke 24: 30-31, 

The men of the Company of JESUS, walking to Emmaus

 

Let us notice what JESUS did to open their spiritual eyes.

  • HE+ sat with them.

  • HE+ took Bread.

  • HE+ blessed it.

  • HE+ brake it.

  • HE+ gave it to them.

HE+ instituted the Bread and Wine as His+ Body and Blood during the Last Passover meal HE+ kept with His+ Disciples.

That unleavened Bread was His+ Body, broken for us.

And when HE+ had given thanks,

HE+ brake it, and said,

 

Take, eat: this is My+ Body,

Which is broken for you:

this do in remembrance of ME+.

I Corinthians 11:24

 

How do WE

open the spiritual eyes

of those around us ?

We must do the same thing for others

which Our LORD did for us. 

 

  • We must be with them ... in some way, making some kind of contact with them.

  • We take BREAD with us... that is , the Body of our LORD JESUS. This is not BREAD from wheat, but HE+ that lives within us, goes along with us in our contact.

 

HE+ is THE  Bread+ of Life

and HIM+ we take with us to share.

  • We ask HIM+ to bless --- to sanctify and multiply --- this, His+ Bread of Life, that accompanies us wherever we go... and with whomever we are around.

  • We break this Bread+ that lives within us.

    How ? 

  • We go the second mile, we take the lowest seat, we turn the other cheek, we render good for evil. We share the Truth in love. ( Love is not "love" without Truth .) In short, we pick up our Cross also, and die daily.

  • And in so doing, we GIVE others the Bread+ of Life, the broken Body of our CHRIST.

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In any situation, people will give Followers of JESUS their attention WHEN they see them turn the other cheek, WHEN they see them go the second mile, WHEN they actually witness someone returning good for evil. The witness of the Broken Bread+, the Broken Body of CHRIST , goes forth.

That kind of witness speaks

LOUDER THAN WORDS.

For some, it will draw them to HIM+. For others, it will cause them to ponder why someone turned the other cheek when he did not have to.

That may chase some people away, but it will bother them in one way or another the rest of their life; they will not forget it because it is incomprehensible to them.

But the natural man receiveth not the things

of the SPIRIT of GOD:

 

for they are foolishness unto him:

neither can he know them,

because they are spiritually discerned.

I Corinthians 2:14

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We "open" the spiritual eyes of others when we WALK like JESUS walked, laying down His+ rights, His+ Life , for the unrighteous ... such as we were and sometimes still are.


He that saith he abideth in HIM+

ought himself also so to walk,

even as HE+ walked.

1 John 2:6,

Courtesy of Bible Gateway.com


When we lay down our “rights”, when we refuse to retaliate in order to obey JESUS, and follow His+ example, the Witness for HIM+ goes forth.

It is the LOUDEST witness we can give. It is also the SUREST witness we can give; there is no doctrine that can refute it.

There is no confusion about Whom+ we follow... when we do that. Others know immediately that we are NOT of the world.

Immediately, their eyes are opened to this one Truth:  There is something DIFFERENT about us. 

WHAT is it that makes us different ?

It is Who+ we follow.

 

BREAD OF LIFE MY RABBI

Then JESUS said unto them,

Verily, verily, I+  say unto you,

Moses gave you not that bread from Heaven;

but My+  FATHER giveth you

the true Bread from Heaven.


For the BREAD+ of GOD is HE+

which cometh down from Heaven,

and giveth life unto the world.


Then said they unto HIM+, LORD,

evermore give us this bread.


And JESUS said unto them,

I+  am

the BREAD+ of Life:

HE+ that cometh to ME+

shall never hunger;


and HE+ that believeth on ME+

shall never thirst.

John 6: 32-35

Scriptures courtesy of Bible Gateway.com

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