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Easter thoughts: Jesus raised the Old Testament Jewish Saints with Him (general)

One simple fact has endured for nearly 2000 years. On that first, quiet Easter Sunday morning, Christ did rise! And He did it because He loves us.

Jesus raised the trusting Old Testament Jewish Saints with Him...

Jewish Messiah (Mashiach ben David):
How could God come to earth and be born a child, yet remain God? With God, nothing is impossible. Muslems and Jews seem to be facing this same dilemma that those Jews who awaited the Messiah before Jesus arose faced. It all seems so impossible to both Muslems and Jews. The greatest of kings; born in the humblest of places.... God, born in the flesh!

Shekinah Glory:
Also, the Jews were unaware that who they had contact with in earlier times was always the Son. The Son took them out of Egypt, stayed with them in the desert, wrestling all night with Jacob, appeared to Moses as a burning bush, atop Mt Sinai and with Abraham & Isaac atop Mt Moriah, with the Prophet Daniel beside the Tigris; and the Son was also the shekinah light of glory in their Temple. He likely was also the Captain of the Lord’s Army at Jericho (Joshua 5:13-15) because He said it was holy ground where He stood. An angel would never have said that.

Jesus told us: "No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him". John 1:18

This is what those Jews alive before Jesus came knew from their prophets and prophecies about the coming Messiah. It all seemed impossible --like a contradictory paradox --until after Jesus came. Suddenly the impossible fell into place:

Jesus, Father of Eternity, yet a Son in time; Chosen of God and elect, yet despised of man; Born King of the Jews, yet rejected by them; Born of a woman, a virgin, yet had no father; Came from Bethlehem, Egypt, Nazareth. Prophecy says "Out of (Bethlehem) shall he come forth" (Micah 5:2); "I have called my son out of Egypt" (Hosea 11:1, Matthew 2:15), "He shall be called a Nazarene" (Isaiah 11:1, Matthew 2:23).

I think the Jews had/have a limited knowledge of God. They have strayed way too far from Torah, with their constant "secondary" Talmud arguments throughout the centuries. It all comes down to this. God told us in Torah that He would do something spectacular. He did. He came down from Heaven and took our sins upon Himself, so we sinners can Live. He did it like a "Korben"; the Lamb of God who took our sins upon Himself.

The Son was hinted at by the prophet Isaiah 700 years before Jesus arrived in both the Suffering Servant passages (Isaiah 52 - 53) which begins with Isaiah 52:13 with God Himself speaking to us.

Moses did speak of a deliverer to come.
Tucked into the midst of the summary of the Law in the eighteenth chapter of Devarim (Deuteronomy), talking about the punishment of false prophets, Moses made a remarkable prophecy: "The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like unto me from the midst, of your brethren. Him you shall hear."

Isaiah 53:9, "He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth." Jesus remember, was buried in a rich man's tomb - that of Joseph of Arimathea. Next, Isaiah tells us that it was the Lord who was crushing God’s ‘ideal servant’ and that the Lord was pleased to do so - since the ‘ideal servant’ was being offered up as a ‘guilt offering’...

The rabbinical "Flip Flop"...
See why the Suffering Servant passages had to be describing an individual (the Messiah), and not Israel as Rabbis began to wrongly teach in the middle ages only. In the 13th and 12th centuries there were many conversions of Jews to Christianity because of the obvious description by the prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 52 - 53, that could only be referring to the Messiah/Yeshua/Jesus and His historical suffering, death and resurrection. Prior to this Rabbinical "turn around", Jews had always taught true Biblical apocalyptic Torah Judaism - which their fathers taught them. And that was that the Suffering Servant passages by Isaiah referred to the Messiah. Read at the link below, why the Suffering Servant passages cannot refer to Israel and the suffering Israel has endured: here

We also are forewarned about the coming of Jesus in the Nativity passage and in 48:16-17 of Isaiah and in Genesis, the Psalms, Proverbs, and by Zechariah, Micah and Hosea:

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14 (written: 712 BC). Immanuel meaning: God is wih us.

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder: and his name will be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

Zechariah 12:10 - And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.

Genesis 1:26 (4000 B.C.): "And God said, Let us make man in our image.."

Proverbs 30:4 (700 B.C.): "Who hath ascended up into heaven or descended? Who hath gathered the wind in His fists? Who hath bound the waters in a garment?Who hath established all the ends of the Earth? What is His name, and what is His son's name, if thou canst tell?"

Psalm 2:11-12 (1000 B.C.): Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

Referring to the Triune God: 16 Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I: and now the Lord GOD, and his Spirit, hath sent me. 17 Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; Isaiah 48:16-17

While it is true that God is "one" (Deuteronomy 6:4), the Hebrew word translated as "one" is echad, which is the same Hebrew word translated as "one" in Genesis 2:24, saying that a man and his wife shall become "one" flesh

But, our one God is Spirit and Light, with 3 natures. Jesus is God also, a part of the same spirit and the same light of the Father.

The Son gives Himself up to the Father nature as being Greater than the Son. When on earth, Jesus was fully man (and fully God), yet He was "positionally" inferior to the Father. Just as flesh and blood is inferior to a Spirit. The Son is also the Logos, and the Word of God, who made everything seen & unseen by His Word.

The Father defers to the Son nature for our Salvation (Jesus is our ONLY mediator).

The Holy Spirit permeates all to bring us knowledge of God.

Try to grasp Jesus' nature as being both totally human and totally God. First, remember while on earth, Jesus forgave sins and did miracles in His own holy name.

To help you with this consider these paradoxes by early church father Gregory of Nazianzus (329-390 A.D.). Gregory used these to argue against Arianism.

"He was baptized as a man -- but He remitted sins as God...He was tempted as man, but he conquered as God...He hungered -- but He fed thousands...He was wearied, but He is the rest of them that are weary and heavy-laden. He was heavy with sleep, but He walked lightly over the sea...He pays tribute, but it is out of a fish; yea He is the king of those who demanded it...He prays, but he hears prayer. He weeps, but He causes tears to cease. He asks where Lazarus was laid, for He was man; but He raises Lazarus, for He was God. He is sold, and very cheap, for it is only for thirty pieces of silver; but He redeems the world, and that at a great price, for the price was His blood. As a sheep he is led to the slaughter, but He is the shepherd of Israel, and now of the whole world also...He is bruised and wounded, but He heals every disease and every infirmity. He is lifted up and nailed to the tree, but by the tree of life He restores us. He dies, but he gives life, and by His death He destroys death."

Jesus raised the trusting Old Testament Jewish Saints with Him:

Matthew 27:52-53

"and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many."

From Psalm 16:10 (written 1000+ B.C.):

"For thou will not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption."

When Christians recite the Apostles' Creed they affirm their belief that Jesus descended into hell (Sheol in Hebrew or Hades in Greek ). Early church fathers, Tertullian, Hippolytus, Origen, among others, regarded the descent literally....

From the Apostles Creed:

He descended into hell.

The third day He arose again from the dead.

Reports of Saints who rose from the dead with Jesus on Easter

The Ante-Nicene Library is a collection of manuscripts written by important Christians from the time of Jesus Christ to the Council of Nicea (325 AD). These manuscripts were not included in the Christian Bible, so they are non-canonical.

Within this library are numerous writings about how Jesus descended into Hades while His body lay in the tomb, and that numerous saints (one report 12,000) rose from the dead with Jesus on Easter Sunday. These reportedly remained on earth for the 40 days Jesus remained after having risen and ascended into Heaven with Jesus. There are many reports of these risen saints having been seen in Jerusalem after Easter Sunday.

The Gospel of Nicodemus, Vol 8, Chapter I:

Then Rabbi Addas and Rabbi Finees, and Rabbi Egias, the three men who had come from Galilee, testifying that they had seen Jesus taken up into heaven, rose up in the midst of the multitude of the chiefs of the Jews, and said before the priests and the Levites, who had been called together to the council of the Lord: "When we were coming from Galilee we met at the Jordan a very great multitude of men, fathers who had been some time dead"...And they went, and walked around all the region of the Jordan and of the mountains, and they were coming back without finding them. And, behold, suddenly there appeared coming down from Mount Amalech a very great number, as it were, twelve thousand men, who had risen with the Lord. And though they recognized very many there, they were not able to say anything to them for fear and the angelic vision; and they stood at a distance gazing and hearing them, how they walked along singing praises, and saying; "The Lord has risen again from the dead, as He has said; let us all exult and be glad, since He reins for ever. Then those who had been sent were astonished and fell to the ground for fear, and received the answer from them, that they should see Karinus and Leucius in their own houses. And they rose up and went to their houses, and found them spending their time in prayer.

Concerning the King of Edessa, Vol 8, Page 653:

"He humbled and emptied and abased Himself, and was crucified, and descended to Hades and broke through the enclosure which had never been broken through before, and raised up the dead, and descended alone, and ascended with a great multitude to His Father".

Pilate quotes Ben Isham, a sentry at Christ's Tomb

Below from Acta Pilati (Pilates report to Caesar)
BELOW IS A PORTION ONLY taken from "Acta Pilati", reported by Rev W. D. Mahan to have been found in the Vatican Archives

BEGINS WITH:

"To Tiberius Caesar, Emperor of Rome. Noble Sovereign, Greeting: The events of the last few days in my province have been of such a character that I will give the details in full as they occurred,

"He said that about the beginning of the fourth watch they saw a soft and beautiful light over the sepulchre. He at first thought that the women had come to embalm the body of Jesus, as was their custom, but he could not see how they could have gotten through the guards. While these thoughts were passing through his mind, behold, the whole place was lighted up, and there seemed to be crowds of the dead in their graveclothes. All seemed to be shouting and filled with ecstasy, while all around and above was the most beautiful music he had ever heard; and the whole air seemed to be voices praising God."

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Easter thoughts: An Easter question to Jewish Rabbis?

Question to Jewish Rabbis?

Why have you rabbis lawlessly wrestled authority from the kohanim (priests)? And why are you rabbis now leading Jewish people away from a faith squarely founded on true Biblical apocalyptic Torah Judaism as taught by the Jewish Bible?" You also skip over the Messianic prophecies in Torah. Is this because they uncomfortably point to Yeshua, like in Yeshayah(Isaiah) 53?

A Rabbi may answer: "Because the priesthood became corrupted by the Romans, and then the Temple was destroyed in 70 C.E."

Have you considered this?
"One kohen (priest) was not corrupted and his temple was not destroyed."

A Rabbi may ask: "Which one was that?"
The Truth is: "The Messiah-Priest that King David foretold in Psalm 110,[1] the portentous priest Zechariah also identified with the name of Moshiach (Messiah) in Zechariah[2] [3]--the very name Ezra called Yeshua (Aramaic form of Yehoshua) in the book of Ezra!"[4] The history of the Exodus is given to us in the Torah of Moses. There we read that a whole rebellious generation passed away leaving only a righteous remnant of two holy survivors of the Exodus to inherit the promised life in the Holy Land: Yehoshua (or Joshua- the Aramaic form is Yeshua--see Nehemiah 8:17) and Caleb. This is paradigmatic history, for it provides a prophetic model as a sign of things to come, as does the prophecy about Moshiach found in the reference to the two ominous olive trees in the book of Zechariah 4.[5] In fact, Yehoshua (or Joshua) is himself a sign of the Moshiach, as we shall see. The fact that the Aramaic form of Yehoshua or Joshua is Yeshua [see Nehemiah 8:17] when we see that the Tanakh teaches this name is to become Moshiach's personal name. "Joshua/Yeshua" is indeed one of the portentous and ominous names of "anshei mofet" ("sign-men) in the Hebrew Scriptures.[2]"

And, in the Jewish Bible, Yeshayah (Isaiah) 49:8 [6] infers that Yehoshua or Joshua/Yeshua (Greek: Jesus) is in fact a sign of the Moshiach. Therefore, if anyone wants to argue, let him argue with G-d and his holy Word in the writing of his holy prophet, Isaiah. It was Joshua who assigned the land of the promised inheritance to the individual tribes and families. Isaiah 49:8 alludes to this activity. This key verse infers that King Moshiach, the Servant of the L-rd, is the new Joshua, for in his own person the Moshiach will bring the promised new life for the people, which is their covenant inheritance.

A Rabbi may ask: If Moshiach is the one who is the Prince of Peace, the new Joshua, as it were, to bring the people out of the Golus (Exile) and into the land of eternal Sabbath rest, then where is all the world peace the Prophets said the Moshiach would bring?"

Answer: G-d did not promise peace to a world that rejects him, Rabbi. But those who receive the spiritual bris milah (covenant of circumcision) and the justification peace the Moshiach brings are in actuality raised to a new spiritual existence with Moshiach in anticipation of the Olam haBa (the World to Come), and in anticipation of the Resurrection Age and its peace.

But how can we have the latter if we refuse the former? How can we have the Olam haBa of Moshiach if we reject Moshiach's New Covenant life in the Ruach haKodesh (Holy Spirit)?

To continue, Bamidbar (Numbers) 34:19 [7] tells us that Caleb was from the Moshiach's tribe, the tribe of Judah. Caleb in the history of the Torah is thus a continuing sign-man or mofet man (mofet is Hebrew for sign or omen or portent [2]) of the remnant of one, the King Moshiach of the tribe of Judah, indicated before Caleb in places like Bereshis (Genesis) 49:10 [8] and after Caleb in several places in the Jewish Bible. This righteous-remnant-of one
motif reappears later in the Servant Songs of Yeshayah (Isaiah) chapters 52-53, where an idealized Israel is called Yeshurun [9] and then is seen in counterpoint to a suffering, dying and death-conquering Moshiach, the Servant of the L-rd.

`A prophet will the L-rd thy G-d raise up unto thee, from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me (Moses)."[14] That Deuteronomy 18:15, then, is a Messianic prophecy fulfilled ultimately in the Moshiach, the Son of David, should be clear enough. Confirmation comes in II Samuel [16] and in Isaiah,[17] which tell us that David's "house" will bring the Moshiach, and also in Ezekiel, which gives us the title of Moshiach, "David my Servant".
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Read "Why Isaiah 53 cannot refer to the nation of Israel, or anyone else, but must be the Messiah" here: http://www.chaim.org/nation.htm

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Easter thoughts: The Passover LAMB

Dear friend of our Salvation,

I don?t know of an allegory more fitting then the one you will read below to explain what is so thoroughly discussed in the Book of Leviticus for our understanding and obvious benefit.

Please consider to explore your Hebrew Roots this Passover (Easter).

There was a certain Professor of Religion named Dr. Christianson, a studious man who taught at a small college in the western United States .

Dr. Christianson taught the required survey course in Christianity at this particular institution.

Every student was required to take this course their freshman year, regardless of his or her major.

Although Dr. Christianson tried hard to communicate the essence of the gospel in his class, he found that most of his students looked upon the course as nothing but required drudgery. Despite his best efforts, most students refused to take Christianity seriously.

This year, Dr. Christianson had a special student named Steve. Steve was only a freshman, but was studying with the intent of going onto seminary for the ministry. Steve was popular, he was well liked, and he was an imposing physical specimen. He was now the starting center on the school football team, and was the best student in the professor's class.

One day, Dr. Christianson asked Steve to stay after class so he could talk with him.

"How many push-ups can you do?"

Steve said, "I do about 200 every night."

"200? That's pretty good, Steve," Dr. Christianson said. "Do you think you could do 300?"

Steve replied, "I don't know.... I've never done 300 at a time"

"Do you think you could?" again asked Dr. Christianson.

"Well, I can try," said Steve.

"Can you do 300 in sets of 10? I have a class project in mind and I need you to do about 300 push-ups in sets of ten for this to work. Can you do it? I need you to tell me you can do it," said the professor.

Steve said, "Well... I think I can...yeah, I can do it."

Dr. Christianson said, "Good! I need you to do this on Friday.. Let me explain what I have in mind."

Friday came and Steve got to class early and sat in the front of the room. When class started, the professor pulled out a big box of donuts. No, these weren't the normal kinds of donuts, they were the extra fancy BIG kind, with cream centers and frosting swirls. Everyone was pretty excited it was Friday, the last class of the day, and they were going to get an early start on the weekend with a party in Dr. Christianson's class.

Dr. Christianson went to the first girl in the first row and asked, "Cynthia, do you want to have one of these donuts?"

Cynthia said, "Yes."

Dr. Christianson then turned to Steve and asked, "Steve, would you do ten push-ups so that Cynthia can have a donut?"

"Sure!" Steve jumped down from his desk to do a quick ten. Then Steve again sat in his desk. Dr. Christianson put a donut on Cynthia's desk.

Dr. Christianson then went to Joe, the next person, and asked, "Joe, do you want a donut?"

Joe said, "Yes." Dr. Christianson asked, "Steve would you do ten push-ups so Joe can have a donut?"

Steve did ten push-ups, Joe got a donut. And so it went, down the first aisle, Steve did ten push-ups for every person before they got their donut.

Walking down the second aisle, Dr. Christianson came to Scott. Scott was on the basketball team, and in as good condition as Steve. He was very popular and never lacking for female companionship..

When the professor asked, "Scott do you want a donut?"

Scott's reply was, "Well, can I do my own push-ups?"

Dr. Christianson said, "No, Steve has to do them."

Then Scott said, "Well, I don't want one then."

Dr... Christianson shrugged and then turned to Steve and asked, "Steve, would you do ten push-ups so Scott can have a donut he doesn't want?"

With perfect obedience Steve started to do ten push-ups.

Scott said, "HEY! I said I didn't want one!"

Dr.. Christianson said, "Look! This is my classroom, my class, my desks, and these are my donuts. Just leave it on the desk if you don't want it." And he put a donut on Scott's desk.

Now by this time, Steve had begun to slow down a little. He just stayed on the floor between sets because it took too much effort to be getting up and down. You could start to see a little perspiration coming out around his brow.

Dr. Christianson started down the third row. Now the students were beginning to get a little angry. Dr.. Christianson asked Jenny, "Jenny, do you want a donut?"

Sternly, Jenny said, "No."

Then Dr. Christianson asked Steve, "Steve, would you do ten more push-ups so Jenny can have a donut that she doesn't want?"

Steve did ten....Jenny got a donut.

By now, a growing sense of uneasiness filled the room. The students were beginning to say, "No!" and there were all these uneaten donuts on the desks..

Steve also had to really put forth a lot of extra effort to get these push-ups done for each donut.

There began to be a small pool of sweat on the floor beneath his face, his arms and brow were beginning to get red because of the physical effort involved.

Dr. Christianson asked Robert, who was the most vocal unbeliever in the class, to watch Steve do each push up to make sure he did the full ten push-ups in a set because he couldn't bear to watch all of Steve's work for all of those uneaten donuts. He sent Robert over to where Steve was so Robert count the set and watch Steve closely.

Dr. Christianson started down the fourth row.. During his class, however, some students from other classes had wandered in and sat down on the steps along the radiators that ran down the sides of the room. When the professor realized this, he did a quick count and saw that now there were 34 students in the room. He started to worry if Steve would be able to make it.

Dr. Christianson went on to the next person and the next and the next. Near the end of that row, Steve was really having a rough time. He was taking a lot more time to complete each set.

Steve asked Dr. Christianson, "Do I have to make my nose touch on each one?"

Dr. Christianson thought for a moment, "Well, they're your push-ups. You are in charge now. You can do them any way that you want." And Dr. Christianson went on.

A few moments later, Jason, a recent transfer student, came to the room and was about to come in when all the students yelled in one voice, "NO! Don't come in! Stay out!"

Jason didn't know what was going on. Steve picked up his head and said, "No, let him come."

Professor Christianson said, "You realize that if Jason comes in you will have to do ten push-ups for him?"

Steve said, "Yes, let him come in. Give him a donut."

Dr. Christianson said, "Okay, Steve, I'll let you get Jason's out of the way right now. Jason, do you want a donut?"

Jason, new to the room, hardly knew what was going on. "Yes," he said, "give me a donut."

"Steve, will you do ten push-ups so that Jason can have a donut?"

Steve did ten push-ups very slowly and with great effort. Jason, bewildered, was handed a donut and sat down.

Dr Christianson finished the fourth row, and then started on those visitors seated by the heaters. Steve's arms were now shaking with each push-up in a struggle to lift himself against the force of gravity. By this time sweat was profusely dropping off of his face, there was no sound except his heavy breathing; there was not a dry eye in the room..

The very last two students in the room were two young women, both cheerleaders, and very popular. Dr. Christianson went to Linda, the second to last, and asked, "Linda, do you want a doughnut?"

Linda said, very sadly, "No, thank you."

Professor Christianson quietly asked, "Steve, would you do ten push-ups so that Linda can have a donut she doesn't want?"

Grunting from the effort, Steve did ten very slow push-ups for Linda.

Then Dr. Christianson turned to the last girl, Susan. "Susan, do you want a donut?"

Susan, with tears flowing down her face, began to cry. "Dr. Christianson, why can't I help him?"

Dr Christianson, with tears of his own, said, "No, Steve has to do it alone; I have given him this task and he is in charge of seeing that everyone has an opportunity for a donut whether they want it or not.. When I decided to have a party this last day of class, I looked at my grade book. Steve here is the only student with a perfect grade. Everyone else has failed a test, skipped class, or offered me inferior work. Steve told me that in football practice, when a player messes up he must do push-ups. I told Steve that none of you could come to my party unless he paid the price by doing your push-ups. He and I made a deal for your sakes."

"Steve, would you do ten push-ups so Susan can have a donut?"

As Steve very slowly finished his last push-up, with the understanding that he had accomplished all that was required of him, having done 350 push-ups, his arms buckled beneath him and he fell to the floor.

Dr. Christianson turned to the room and said, "And so it was, that our Savior, the Messiah, Yeshua/Jesus, on the cross, plead to the Father, 'Into thy hands I commend my spirit.' With the understanding that He had done everything that was required of Him, He yielded up His life. And like some of those in this room, many of us leave the gift on the desk, uneaten. "

Two students helped Steve up off the floor and to a seat, physically exhausted, but wearing a thin smile.

"Well done, good and faithful servant," said the professor, adding, "Not all sermons are preached in words."

Turning to his class, the professor said, "My wish is that you might understand and fully comprehend all the riches of grace and mercy that have been given to you through the sacrifice of our Master and Savior, the Messiah, Jesus. He spared not His Only Begotten Son, but gave Him up for us all, for the whole Assembly, now and forever. Whether or not we choose to accept His gift to us, the price has been paid."

"Wouldn't you be foolish and ungrateful to leave it lying on the desk?"

Share this with someone. It's bound to touch their heart and demonstrate Salvation in a very special way.

Peace to you and your family,

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04.23.2011
(edited by TheLightNTheWay, 04.23.2011)

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Easter thoughts: Jesus raised the Old Testament Jewish Saints with Him

Happy East bibleprobe- and to all here in the forum.

Thank you for this.

It is true that in the physical realm as 'men' it is difficult to grasp and understand the things that God can do. Why? Well, because to start off with God has made the physical realm very limited in His Creation, the mathematics and physics of our world- and the principles- For example I can tell myself "fly Gerard, fly"! But I won't fly, no I'll be standing there and standing there forever. Things that are mystical and fantastic and that seem magical go contrary to a very necessary component of what God needs of us- of what He knows our Soul's need "Control"- So our world is very controlled by its principles. We, surely become accostomed to this 'reality' and God certain respects this and in doing so He does nothing that is 'odd' or 'exaggerated' He is perfect and makes no mistakes, not even 1.

So, what about miracles? Yes, miracles are very merciful breakthrough's that God allows in His ways.. ways that He knows will not interfere with the very delicate balance of our world, of our minds, and the ways we live. God is Glorious, always! And He comes around, Jesus- If He does something for you, and you realize just how almost 'risky' it is- to do so- Jesus knows we 'tell' everything to everyone! And Jesus knows that unless a thing happen to one 'personally' it will never mean much to another. He knows our ways. Even when Jesus performed a miracle, it wasn't enough. 'Perform another miracle' was the response. And even, He did, didn't matter. God knows our ways, we would ask for miracles every single day. And as soon as Jesus would say 'no more miracles' the world would say 'what use have we for you, then'?

If I know this, do you think God doesn't know this? And don't you know this?

Personally, I know these things of God. This creation is the most artistic work that any mind will ever 'see'. God's divine, glorious touch is everywhere in everything- All around us, in everything.. signs, symbols, metaphors, parables, in language, numbers, nature, in animals, among humans, the sky, the ocean- the sand- it's Him, Him, Him painted everywhere! In everything!

Praise God our Father- Praise His Plan of Salvation- Praise Death and Life and Meaning and Repentance and Love- And the Heart that grows of the Earth- To Live!

God my heart loves now. My heart loves You now (again) and with Your Time- it is now the kind of love that you have deemed True. You have searched me, changed me- I cried and cried- Who wouldn't cry to have that and then have to be alone again- What do I mean by this? I mean that when my spirit was with Your Spirit, Lord- How could I ever part with you? Only by Your Grace! Until that day Oh Lord. I will wait and pray forever for Your Grace to keep me. And, indeed, Your Word is always True and God's Grace is sufficient.

In dreams I have been to spiritual places- Never can I convey. No. I believe in the spiritual realm more than the physical- The bible shows us the 'flesh' and God's Word reveals Truth upon Truth- No man can deny that a Word written over 2000 years ago could hold Truths to the day. Including the very Truth of Jesus' Return and who can deny these truths?

And who could know that such things would come to pass as were written over 2000 years ago? God! For He saw it all happen before it happened. And then His Plan of Salvation was formed- The world was formed by His Word, alone! His only begotten Son, Jesus was born in the flesh- God, a man. Imagine the depth of this for a minute. Imagine, God, to fulfill His own death at the hands of 'men'? Whom God could destroy in a Word. Imagine now that this is what His "Love" is. There is no greater Love. Jesus laid down His life for us. God saw it all before it happened- Jesus saw 'His hour' before it came.

Don't be freightened, no one has to understand all God's ways and no one ever will! Still, The Holy Spirit can bring forth Truths that will allow Knowledge that will not 'freighten' but 'heighten' awareness and understanding.

God Bless

                                                                              
                                                      
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