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<h1>September - Theology part 1</h1>
 
<h2 class="chapter-title">September 1</h2>
 
<h3>Theology</h3>
 
<h4>Basic Christian: Theology</h4>
 
Studying Theology
 
  
Theology is like piecing together a puzzle. Individual Theology pieces fit together and the picture begins to emerge. The picture Theology displays is the image of Jesus Christ!
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<blockquote>In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him (Jesus Christ); and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. ~ John 1:1-4</blockquote>
 
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<h2 class="chapter-title">September 2</h2>
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<h3>Adoption</h3>
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<h4>Adoption - See also Born Again, Inheritance, & Predestination</h4>
 
Huiothesia (G5206) Huios - sons; Tithemi - to place, appoint, commit; to place as sons
 
  
Verses - Genesis 48:5-6, Romans 8:15-23, 9:4; Galatians 4:5; Ephesians 1:5
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<b>First Use:</b> <i>Genesis 48:5-6 And now thy (Joseph's) two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, which were born unto thee in the land of Egypt before I (Jacob) came unto thee into Egypt, are mine (adoption); as Reuben and Simeon (existing sons), they shall be mine. And the children, which thou begettest after them, shall be yours and shall be called after the name of their brethren in their
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inheritance.</i>
 
<blockquote>And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first-fruits ['Born Again'] of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, <u>waiting for the adoption</u>, to know, the redemption of our body. ~ Romans 8:23</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>Who are Israelites; to whom pertains the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; ~ Romans 9:4</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the Adoption of Sons. ~ Galatians 4:5</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>Having predestinated us unto the Adoption of Children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, ~ Ephesians 1:5</blockquote>
 
Adoption Biblically is slightly different than what we think of as adoption. For instance a stranger is not adopted into the family of God, like the concept we have of adoption where a non-family member becomes a family member through adoption. The Biblical concept of adoption is confirmation of adulthood of an existing family member and with adulthood comes privileges and inheritance. In the Bible Jacob actually adopted his two grandchildren Ephraim and Manasseh. Jacob did not need to adopt them to make them family but he did need to adopt them to give them an inheritance in the promise land. Indeed Ephraim and Manasseh did receive inheritances in the promise land just like their uncles did, because they were adopted as sons and received the same inheritance as their uncles the sons of Jacob.
 
  
We are born into the family of God, through faith in the resurrection of Jesus in the new covenant. Jesus spoke to Nicodemus and told him that he must be "Born Again" in order to see the kingdom of God, [in Jesus the kingdom of God is now available] the First step to becoming a member in the family of God is to be born into the family as a child of God and that is done by the person accepting the covenant of God that we are His creation separated by our sin and that He loves us and died for our sins on the cross and then He resurrected from death to reconcile us to Him in His resurrection life. When we accept the "New Covenant" we are now in a correct relationship with God, we acknowledge that God exists and that we desire to have a relationship with Him. We have asked for forgiveness of our sins, we are now cleansed from our sin, we are now clean and God in Spirit has come inside of us giving us a new life in Him, our new birth into His family as a child of God.
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Once we are a "born again" child of God we are then predestined (appointed outcome) to the adoption. The actual adoption takes place later, when we physically die and our spirit and soul enter the visible presence of God where we are then adopted as sons of God and being sons of God we then receive an inheritance in heaven (visible presence of God).
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<h2 class="chapter-title">September 3</h2>
 
<h3>Angels</h3>
 
<h4>Angels, Spirit beings: See also Mankind</h4>
 
Aggelos (G32) messenger, to bring tidings, the intermediary between the sender and the receiver of a message
 
  
Verses - Exodus 3:2; Psalms 148:5; Colossians 2:18; Hebrews 1:6 12:22 13:2; 1 Peter 1:12; 2 Peter 2:4; Jude 1:6; Revelation 1:1 22:16
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<b>First Use:</b> <i>First Use: Genesis 6:2 That the sons of God [angels] saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.</i>
 
  
Angel means messenger, Angels are God's messengers, His assistants. Angels do not deliver their own message but
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they speak and assist when they are directed First from God. Angels are spirit beings, who are created by God for
 
companionship with God. The spirit realm is the permanent realm and angels as spirit beings have an everlasting
 
existence. Angels are "sons of God" this means three things; First they are each a unique creation of God. Angels
 
do not marry and have babies like humans do. God individually creates each angel. Second, being sons [family
 
members] they are in the visible presence of God. Third, being sons they have received an inheritance with
 
God.
 
  
<b>Holy Angels:</b> Note: Only holy (God's) people have holy (God's) Angels.
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The Holy Angels are God's messengers sent to help and assist believing humans.
 
<blockquote>Are they (Holy Angels) not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them (people) who shall be heirs (inheritors) of salvation. ~ Hebrews 1:14</blockquote>
 
The fact that there are Angels is another way to prove that God exists. Angels
 
are the messengers, having a messenger requires a sender and a receiver of the message. God is the sender of the
 
messenger and we are the receiver of God's message.
 
  
A lot of people in today's society will acknowledge the presence of Angels and they are correct, angels do
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exist as the Bible tells us that they do; to acknowledge angels requires us to acknowledge the sender of the
 
angel, God. True there are also plenty of unholy angels around, so it is very important to test every single
 
message and make certain that it comes from holy angels and matches the Holy Bible. Some people may indeed have an
 
angel communicating with them but it is in no means a holy angel of God if the message communicated does not match
 
the Bible.
 
<blockquote>Revelation 19:10 And I (disciple John) fell at his feet (holy angel) to worship him. And he
 
said to me, See you do it not: I am thy fellow servant and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus:
 
worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.</blockquote>
 
<b>Fallen Angels:</b> unholy angels
 
<blockquote>For verily He (Jesus) took not on Him the nature of angels; but He took on Him the seed of Abraham {became a human, not an angel}.. to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. ~ Hebrews 2:16-17</blockquote>
 
Fallen angels are not eligible for redemption like fallen humans are. The reason is that because of the status of angels
 
from which they chose to rebel. It was in the presence of God, in their inherited body and from their inheritance
 
that some angels chose to rebel from and became fallen angels. There is not another inheritance or body for the
 
fallen angels; nor can they remain forever in the visible presence of God because of their sin.
 
<blockquote>Then shall He (God) say to them (unbelievers) on the left hand, Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire prepared for the Devil and his angels: ~ Matthew 25:41</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>And the angels which kept not their First estate, but left their own habitation (God given spiritual body), He hath reserved in everlasting chains {the more wicked fallen angels are chained}
 
under darkness (out of the visible presence of God) unto the judgment of the great day. ~ Jude ver. 6</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>And having made peace through the blood of His (Jesus) cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself, by Him, I say, whether they be things {humans} in earth or things {holy angels} in heaven. ~ Colossians 1:20</blockquote>
 
Angels in the past have rebelled against God. This verse indicates that since the cross of Jesus there will be no more new additional angels rebelling against God. But the angels that have rebelled against God will continue to rebel against God.
 
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<h2 class="chapter-title">September 4</h2>
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<h3>Atonement</h3>
 
<h4>Atonement an ordained High Priest offering given for mankind and accepted by God</h4>
 
Katallage (G2643) restoration, reconciliation, mend, repair
 
  
Hebrew: Kaphar (H3722) cleanse, disannul, forgive, merciful, pardon, purge, reconcile
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<p><center><big><i>The Lord's Prayer</i></big></center></p>
  
Verses - Leviticus 4:20; Numbers 28:22; Nehemiah 10:33; Romans 5:11
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<p><blockquote>Jesus said "After this manner therefore pray all of you: Our Father which are in Heaven, Hallowed (Holy) be your Name. Your Kingdom come, Your Will be done in earth, as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts (sins), as we forgive our debtors (sins against us). And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For Yours is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory, forever. Amen. For if all of you forgive men their trespasses, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if all of you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ~ Matthew 6:9-15</blockquote></p>
  
<b>First Use:</b> <i>Exodus 29:33 And they shall eat those things wherewith atonement was made, to consecrate and to sanctify them: but a stranger shall not eat thereof, because they are holy.</i>
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<p><center><i>Concerning the Future Judgment<br />The Sheep and the Goats</i></center></p>
  
Atonement is an offering given by the offending party to the offended party. Offences separate and sever
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<p><blockquote>Jesus said "When the Son of Man shall come in His Glory, and all the Holy Angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the Throne of His Glory: And before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them one from another, as a Shepherd divides His sheep from the goats: And He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, Come, all of you blessed of My Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was hungry, and all of you gave Me food: I was thirsty, and all of you gave Me drink: I was a stranger, and all of you took Me in: Naked, and all of you clothed Me: I was sick, and all of you visited Me: I was in prison, and all of you came unto Me. Then shall the righteous answer Him, saying, Lord, when saw we You hungry, and fed you? or thirsty, and gave You drink? When saw we You a stranger, and took You in? or naked, and clothed You? Or when saw we You sick, or in prison, and came unto You? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Assuredly I say unto you, Inasmuch as all of you have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, all of you have done it unto Me. Then shall He say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from Me, all of you cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was hungry, and all of you gave Me no food: I was thirsty, and all of you gave Me no drink: I was a stranger, and all of you took Me not in: naked, and all of you clothed Me not: sick, and in prison, and all of you visited Me not. Then shall they also answer Him, saying, Lord, when saw we You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto you? Then shall He answer them, saying, Assuredly I say unto you, Inasmuch as all of you did it not to one of the least of these, all of you did it not to Me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. ~ Matthew 25:31-46</blockquote></p>
relationships. When the relationship is severed it requires a mending in order to repair and re-establish the
 
broken relationship. The means to mend the broken relationship is called the atonement. Man has offended God.
 
After all, all God did was to create us, give us life, bring us into existence and love us. All man does is to
 
disobey and turn our backs and walk away from God. With this behavior it is necessary that the broken relationship
 
between God and man be mended. In this case man is so separated from the knowledge of who God is that mankind is
 
not even aware that we have so offended God and that the relationship is broken and needs to be repaired.
 
  
When two parties are no longer communicating there is need for a third party to intercede. This third party is
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called the "mediator." In this case, it is man that is not talking to or seeking after God, so God sent Jesus as a
 
mediator to get the attention of mankind and to tell mankind that we have broken the relationship with God {it is
 
not uncommon for the offending party to be so clueless that they are completely unaware of their offending
 
behavior}. Jesus has done much of this mediation by speaking to prophets and having the Bible written. The
 
relationship is so broken that many people even deny the existence of God. The most shattered a relationship can
 
become is to deny the existence of the other person. Jesus is mediating/talking to us on behalf of God, because
 
Jesus is God and therefore He is capable of talking for God and representing God.
 
  
When the broken relationship is identified as broken, it is then possible to determine a remedy (atonement). It
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is up to the offended party to declare what is suitable to repair the relationship and it is up to the offending
 
party to desire to remedy the relationship otherwise the relationship will remain broken.
 
  
God being the offended one has declared that a relationship in the current sinful physical state of man is not
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acceptable. God has determined that to repair the relationship it will be necessary to have a new birth, a new
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Spiritual "Born Again" birth. Now it would normally be up to the offending party to meet the needs of the offended
 
one therefore restoring the relationship. In this case, man is not able to repair the breach, the brokenness is
 
too broken for us to repair. In this case God, has sent Himself to repair (atone) the separation on man's
 
behalf.
 
  
The atonement is what the offending party is offering to the offended party. God has a special category of
 
people that make offerings to Him. This group of people are called priests. A priest offers to God on behalf of
 
man, where a prophet receives from God and offers it to man. Because God is not upset with Himself and God is not
 
in a broken relationship with Himself, God has no need to make atonement with Himself. For this reason God had to
 
become a man. God had to become a man and serve as a Priest (High Priest) to offer atonement (repair) for the broken
 
relationship between man and God.
 
<blockquote>And he (Priest) shall do with the bullock as he did with the bullock for a sin offering {an earthly priest First had to sacrifice for their own sin then they could offer atonement}, so shall he do with this: and the priest shall make Atonement for them (people) and it shall be forgiven them. ~ Leviticus 4:20</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>For such a High Priest (Jesus) became us {we have}, Who is Holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners and made higher than the heavens; Who needeth
 
not daily as those (earthly) high priests, to offer up sacrifice, First for their own sins and then for the people's: for this (offered for man's sins) He did once when He offered up Himself. ~ Hebrews 7:26-27</blockquote>
 
Jesus is unique in that He is both the Priest (man offering to God) and the offering.
 
  
After the offending party offers the repair (atonement) it is up to the offended party to determine if the
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offering is acceptable and if acceptable, therefore repairing and restoring the relationship. We know beyond any
 
doubt that Jesus and what Jesus did as a Priest in offering atonement to God is acceptable to God and has repaired
 
  
the relationship between man and God. The reason that we know this is that God resurrected Jesus from death and
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<p><b>The Primary Ages of the 7 Church Letters of Revelation from Jesus Christ</b></p>
gave Him a new Spiritual body.
 
<blockquote>Concerning His (Father's) Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. ~ Romans 1:3</blockquote>
 
It is the resurrection of Jesus that shows us that Jesus is the Son of God.
 
<blockquote>And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement (repair). ~ Romans 5:11</blockquote>
 
The atonement between man and God is complete and completed; there is no current or future work of atonement. We have received the work that Jesus as our High Priest did for us on the cross. The relationship between man and God is open and available. The atonement is a sacrifice that is offered from a priest to God. We do not receive atonement from God. God is not offering to us because He has not offended us. Now that the relationship between God and man has been atoned (repaired) it is now the responsibility of each individual person to take advantage of the repaired relationship and to have fellowship with God.
 
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<h2 class="chapter-title">September 5</h2>
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<p>1. The Church at Ephesus -- The teaching instructing Church - The Apostles and their disciples including Justin Martyr, etc.<br />
<h3>Awake</h3>
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2. The Church at Smyrna -- The martyred persecuted Church - Polycarp the Bishop of Smyrna, Perpetua and Felicity of Carthage, etc.<br />
<h4>Awake see also Sleep</h4>
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3. The Church at Pergamos -- The worldly government Church - Constantine I, Ambrose, Monica, Augustine, etc.<br />
<b>First Use:</b> <i>Genesis 28:16 And Jacob awaked out of his sleep and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not.</i>
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4. The Church at Thyatira -- The Roman Catholic Church - Pope Leo I, Francis of Assisi, Thomas Aquinas, Ignatius of Loyola, Queen Mary I of England, etc.<br />
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5. The Church at Sardis -- The Protestant Church - Anselm of Canterbury, William Tyndale, King James I of England, Charles Spurgeon, etc.<br />
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6. The Church at Philadelphia -- The friendship (Evangelical) Church - Queen Victoria, George Muller, Edward Backhouse, Oswald Chambers, etc.<br />
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7. The Church at Laodicea -- The modern comfortable (Emergent) Church  - King Henry VIII of England, Westcott and Hort, C. S. Lewis, etc.</p>
  
Egeiro (G1453) - collect one's faculties;
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<p><b>Note:</b> what was important to Justin Martyr was that he had known and was connected to someone who he presumed had known an Apostle. Justin Martyr was witnessed to by a very elderly man who instructed Justin Martyr to start in the faith not by reading the Christian New Testament but by reading the Jewish Old Testament.</p>
Eknepho (G1594) to arouse oneself out of stupor
 
  
Verses - Psalms 57:8 139:18; Zechariah 13:7; Romans 13:11; 1 Corinthians 15:34; Ephesians 5:14
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<p>Ambrose Bishop of Milan, Italy "A Father of the Modern (Governmental) Church System" consecrated on December 7, 374 A.D.</p>
  
Awake is a word in the Bible that has two meanings. The physical meaning to awake from physical sleep and also
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<p>Saint Ambrose of Milan was a founder in the 3rd Church era the Church at Pergamos the legal governmental church era.</p>
awareness - awake. Awake is to be aware, aware of God and His plan for mankind; aware of man's sinful predicament
 
and aware of what God is doing in our lives and the lives of others to fulfill His plans.
 
<blockquote>And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. ~ Romans 13:11</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>Awake to righteousness and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame. ~ 1 Corinthians 15:34</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>Wherefore He saith, Awake thou that sleepest and arise from the dead and Christ shall give thee light. ~ Ephesians 5:14</blockquote>
 
One note of caution: Becoming aware or awakening especially to problems, sin and end time predicaments,
 
unfortunately does not mean that we can do much about them. Sin is an interesting situation in that while we are
 
in sin and in danger of the death that will result from it, we are in denial and unaware of sin, so sin is not a
 
problem to us even though it is our biggest problem. Once we have our conversion and awake to our sin and the sin
 
of others, we now become aware of sin and instead of treating sin like the non-event it is to a Christian, now we
 
sometimes obsess with sin, our sin and the sin of others.
 
  
God is patient and God is longsuffering. God has allowed mankind much freedom to come to the knowledge of Him.
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<p>Saint Monica the mother of Saint Augustine (baptized by Ambrose) was actually a member of the 2nd Church era Church of Smyrna -- The martyred persecuted Church before joining with Ambrose in Milan.</p>
God has an end time plan that does involve the antichrist, it is God's perfect plan and God is going to allow it
 
to unfold and take place. Yes we are to be awake. Yes we are to pray and to be salt and light in a dark world but
 
we are not to worry and take things on ourselves that we have no control over. So be awake but more importantly be
 
at rest in the Lord Jesus and let Him take care of His world.
 
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<h2 class="chapter-title">September 6</h2>
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<p><b>Also Note:</b> Queen Mary I of England was an exceptional and gifted Catholic leader. The problem was not with her as a leader [as was so often the case especially at certain times during the ancient early Christian era Roman Empire] it was that the Church era [time in general] had shifted an moved on and the Protestant era had begun.</p>  
<h3>Blessing</h3>
 
<h4>Blessing a good Word from God</h4>
 
Eulogeo (G2127) "Eulogy" Eu - good, well; Logos - word; speak well, bless, happy, praise, commendation
 
  
Verses - Genesis 5:2 9:1; John 20:29; Romans 4:7-8; Ephesians 1:3; James 1:12; Revelation 1:3 14:3 20:6
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<p>Recap: <b>The 7 Church Letters of Revelation from Jesus Christ</b></p>
  
<b>First Use:</b> <i>Genesis 1:22 And God blessed them (His created creatures), saying, Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas and let fowl multiply in the earth.</i>
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<p>1. The Church at Ephesus -- The teaching instructing Church - Faith in Jesus exhibited by a personal knowledge of Jesus<br />
<blockquote>Unto you First God, having raised up His Son Jesus, <b>sent Him (Jesus) to Bless you</b>, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities. ~ Acts 3:26</blockquote>
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2. The Church at Smyrna -- The martyred persecuted Church - Faith in Jesus exhibited by total commitment even to death<br />
<blockquote>Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all Spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: ~ Ephesians 1:3</blockquote>
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3. The Church at Pergamos -- The worldly government Church - Faith in Jesus exhibited by current worldly status<br />
Blessing is a good word from God. Blessing means happy. It is a blessing to do the good things that God has prescribed for us. We often think of a blessing as a worldly gift like money, or opportunity. A blessing is a word from God; a blessing is more knowledge of God. Blessings can come from both bad and good sources. We can be
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4. The Church at Thyatira -- The Roman Catholic Church - Faith in Jesus exhibited by works i.e. Penance, Priests, Saint worship, Purgatory<br />
blessed, good word from God, in any circumstance that we are in. Someone [hopefully a non-Christian] can come up
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5. The Church at Sardis -- The Protestant Church - Faith in Jesus exhibited by knowledge i.e. creeds, confessions, statements<br />
to us and cause all kinds of problems for us and this can be a blessing. It can be a blessing because God can
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6. The Church at Philadelphia -- The friendship (Evangelical) Church - Faith in Jesus exhibited by a personal relationship with Jesus<br />
still use bad circumstances to reveal Himself to us. Anytime God reveals Himself to us in a personal relationship, it is a blessing. These are often trying blessings but they are still blessings. Theses are blessings out of difficulties.
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7. The Church at Laodicea -- The modern comfortable (Emergent) Church  - Faith in Jesus exhibited by self-acceptance [i.e I accept the way I am and the way I live my life so Jesus must accept me this way also]</p>
  
Another kind of blessing is a good blessing. Someone [hopefully a Christian] can come up to us and have
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terrific interaction with us. They can speak to us and give us hope and joy directly from God, they might even
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<p><center><big>6th Church Era - The English Society of Friends<br />A Major Evangelical Sect</big></center></p>
give us a gift to solve a need that we have. This is also a blessing and God uses good blessings to reveal Himself to us as well. This is the kind of blessing that the Christian wants to be. We want to be a blessing to others in blessing them.
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<blockquote>And I (God) will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and though shalt be a blessing. ~ Genesis 12:2</blockquote>
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<p>The Religious Society of Friends: Doctrines and Practices ..., Publication date 1870<br />
Blessings are a cornerstone to the ministry of Jesus as Jesus taught blessings.
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<blockquote>And seeing the multitudes, He (Jesus) went up into a mountain: and when He was set,
 
His disciples came unto Him: and He opened His mouth and taught them, saying,
 
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
 
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
 
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
 
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
 
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
 
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
 
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
 
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
 
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you and persecute you and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely,
 
for My sake. Rejoice and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the
 
prophets which were before you. ~ Matthew 5:1-12</blockquote>
 
Blessings, good words of God's instruction, are given by God throughout the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation.
 
<blockquote>So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them. And God blessed them ... ~ Genesis 1:27-28</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>Blessed are they that do His [Royal Law] commandments, that they may have the right to the Tree of Life and may enter in through the gates into the (heavenly) city. ~ Revelation 22:14</blockquote>
 
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<h2 class="chapter-title">September 7</h2>
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<p>Early Church History to the Death of Constantine, Publication date 1884<br />
<h3>Body - Physical</h3>
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by Edward Backhouse [https://archive.org/details/earlychurchhist00tylogoog Online Book]</p>
<h4>Body, Flesh see also Spirit and Soul</h4>
 
Soma (G4983) body, visible expression, functioning unit
 
  
Verses - Matthew 26:26; John 2:21; Romans 8:10-13; 1 Corinthians 6:13; 2 Corinthians 4:10; Ephesians 3:6; Colossians 1:24
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<p><b>Biographical Preface of Edward Backhouse by Dr. Thomas Hodgkin</b></p>
  
<b>First Use:</b> <i>Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man (body) of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life (spirit); and man became a living soul (soul).</i>
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<p>As the following work may come into the hands of some who were not personally acquainted with its Author, it is necessary to devote a few pages to a sketch of his life and character. Those who knew Edward Backhouse of Sunderland, will never forget either the man or that fresh and vigorous Christianity which was the keynote of his life. But for the sake of others an attempt must be made to give an outline, however imperfectly, of the manner in which he served his own generation by the will of God before he fell asleep and was "laid with his fathers."</p>
<blockquote>I [Apostle Paul] plead to you therefore, brethren [Christians], by the mercies of God, that all of you present your bodies a living [Melchizedek] sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable [fellowship with God] service. And be not conformed to this world: but be all of you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that all of you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. ~ Romans 12:1-2</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>Wherefore when He [Messiah - Christ] comes into the world, He says, [Levitical] Sacrifice and offering You [Father God] would not [desire], but a [human - relationship] body have You [Holy Spirit] prepared Me [Jesus Christ]: ~ Hebrews 10:5</blockquote>
 
Body is one of the three components that make up, the human being. The other two components are a soul
 
(awareness) and a spirit (everlasting life). The physical body is the abode/dwelling for our spirit and soul. The
 
physical body has the important job of visible interaction in our physical world. We might be very happy and
 
pleased with someone, but they would never know it unless we bodily vocalized our vocal chords and spoke, or
 
gestured in an understood pleasing way. If we wrote a note or smiled, hugged and greeted someone warmly, they
 
would presume that we are conveying to them our emotions of joy toward them.
 
  
Without the physical bodily ability to express our soul we would not have interaction with other people. Our
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<p>He was the son of Edward and Mary Backhouse, and was born at Darlington in 1808. A resident from early boyhood at Sunderland, of which place he became one of the foremost citizens, he was thoroughly identified in his interests with the busy, stirring life of the North of England. He was not himself, however, actively engaged in commerce. Although a partner in collieries [coal mining], and in the extensive banking business with which the name of his family has been so long connected, he took little, if any share in the practical management of these businesses, having desired from the time of his early manhood to keep his hands free for philanthropic and religious work.</p>
body exits to function in a physical world and to express our soul. If we damage our body and physically it can no
 
longer represent our soul we then suffer death and the spirit and soul separate from the body and go into the
 
presence of God. God and only God has complete control over our spirit. Our spirit and soul remain in our body at
 
the direction of God and according to God's knowledge and in God's time we suffer physical death. Only Jesus on
 
the cross was able to direct His Spirit into the presence of God. God commands our spirit to remain in our body;
 
at God's direction our spirit and soul separate from our body and at Gods direction the spirit and soul either
 
remain in heaven or are imprisoned in hell. According to the Bible there is absolutely no such thing as human
 
ghosts. The ghosts that we deal with are demon spirits masquerading as human ghosts. But there are absolutely no
 
human spirits wandering the earth.
 
  
Part of what the earthly physical body has to represent is sin and the fallen nature of man. So our bodies
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<p>He was an eager and diligent student of natural history, a frequent traveler, and a landscape painter of considerable merit. Though not cultivating the graces of a professed orator, he could always be relied on to make a plain, vigorous, straightforward speech, with a heartiness which never failed to win the ear of a popular assembly. He was a rather keen, but not bitter politician, on the Liberal side, but never sought a seat in Parliament, whither he could certainly have gone as representative of Sunderland if he had desired to do so.</p>
carry in them the penalty of sin. We suffer pain, sickness and eventually death. One of the surest ways to know
 
that mankind is suffering from sin is to look at our physical bodies and to realize that our existence in this
 
body is temporary. Nothing on the earth is more temporary than our bodies. There are many forms of disease and
 
types of physical disabilities; none of these physical conditions hinders a person's relationship with God. No
 
physical condition represents our spiritual condition. People look and feel great as they use their healthy
 
energetic bodies to sin against God and people in all sorts of ailments glorify God.
 
  
God is worshiped in spirit; we can be in any physical predicament and still have fellowship and communion with
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<p>His whole life was coloured by his enthusiastic adoption of the principles of that portion of the Christian Church to which his ancestors for many generations had belonged; the Society of Friends. During a considerable part of his life he occupied a conspicuous position as a minister among them. It is generally known that in their body there are no paid religious ministers, but the work of preaching and of pastoral visitation is discharged by such members of the society as may feel themselves commissioned by the Unseen Head of the Church to undertake it. After one of these volunteers has preached in the "meetings for worship" for a while, if his services meet with the approval of the congregation, it is the custom to "acknowledge" him. Ministers thus acknowledged acquire a certain official position, but still are in no sense a clergy distinct from the laity around them, but only members of the body, whose gift happens to be of a kind which brings them into somewhat greater prominence than their brethren.</p>
God. We do nothing for God in the physical realm, unless it is being done with our hearts. Again our bodies
 
represent our souls so when we do something physical like sing, pray, preach, it is the expression of our soul.
 
God actually looks at our heart (soul) and hears us pray from our soul. It is with our internal beliefs that we
 
have a relationship with God. Our physical bodies communicate our internal beliefs.
 
<p style="text-align:center;">~ ~ ~ ~ ~</p>
 
  
<h2 class="chapter-title">September 8</h2>
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<p>Edward Backhouse used to refer his own conversion to the thirtieth year of his age. His life had been always pure and unblameable according to man's judgment. After this time it became more conspicuously devoted to the service of Christ; yet it was not till fourteen years after this time that he commenced work as a minister. In the interval his religious labours were chiefly of the kind which Friends call "eldership," and which consists in accompanying the ministers on their missionary journeys, advising them as to their spiritual course, and discriminating between the ministers whose gifts claim encouragement and eventual recognition, and those who seem to have mistaken their vocation. In 1852 he began to preach in the assemblies of
<h3>Born Again</h3>
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Friends, and after two years' probation was "recognized" as a minister, which position he occupied
<h4>Born Again see also Child of God, Adoption, Sons of God</h4>
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for the remaining twenty-five years of his life.</p>
Gennao (G1080) from Genos "kind"; reproduce in same kind, regenerate, give birth
 
Anothen (G509) Ano "above"; above, anew, again; "Born from Above"
 
  
Verses - Jeremiah 31:31-33; Ezekiel 37:26; John 3:3-4; Galatians 4:29; 1 Peter 1:23; 1 John 3:9 4:7
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<p>His preaching was very characteristic of the man, with no elaborate oratory, but a fine natural flow of language and a certain character of manly strength and earnestness in every discourse. His favourite topic of exhortation, especially in later years, was, "Press on, do not be satisfied with infancy or childhood in the Christian life. It is time now that you were full grown men and women in Christ Jesus, with all the power to overcome which this mature life should bring to you." The happiness of the Christian believer was another favorite theme, both in his conversation and his sermons. In speaking of his life after his conversion he says, "The more closely I kept to my faithful Guide, the more I understood the beauty of holiness, the glory of the Lord's delightsome land, the sweetness, the safety and the rest of abiding in Jesus." Those words, "the Lord's delightsome land," are very characteristic both of his life and ministry, and in writing them one seems to hear again the fine tones of that strong and hearty voice impressing, them on his hearers.</p>
  
<b>First Use OT:</b> <i>Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.</i> {Born the First time}
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<p>... It is difficult to describe this part of his character without conveying the impression that his was a self-indulgent life; but this was far from being the case. The sorrows and the sins of great cities, and especially of the great seaport near to which he himself lived, claimed a very large share of his time and thought, and he spent not only money, but health and energy freely in the endeavor to alleviate and reform them. He erected a large mission hall in one of the poorest districts of Sunderland, which became the resort of a large congregation, and was the center of a great Christianizing and civilizing work in a district which had much need of such assistance. In the various operations connected with this place, both on Sundays and weekdays, he took a large personal share. ... THOMAS HODGKIN</p>  
  
<b>Fulfilled NT:</b> <i>John 20:22 And when He (Jesus) had said this, He breathed on them (disciples) and saith unto them, Receive you the Holy Spirit.</i> {Born Again, Born from Above}
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Born again or "Born from Above" is an actual Spiritual event/occurrence. Jesus is literally breathing His
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Spirit of God into us, giving us new Spiritual life. The First people in the Bible to become Born Again were the
 
people gathered together in the upper room on the day of Jesus' resurrection from the dead. We celebrate this day
 
and call it Easter, but the appropriate name for the celebration is "Resurrection Sunday". On Resurrection Sunday,
 
Jesus breathed/baptized the believing disciples making them "Born Again" new Spiritual creations and now Spiritual
 
children of God.
 
<blockquote>Then the same (Resurrection) day at evening, being the First day (Sunday) of the week.. came Jesus and stood in the midst and said unto them (disciples), Peace be unto you... He
 
(Jesus) breathed on them and saith unto them, Receive (by faith in the Resurrection of Jesus) you the Holy Spirit (become a Christian): ~ John 20:19-23</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>I (John the Baptist) indeed baptize you with water unto repentance (attitude change): but He (Jesus) that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear:
 
He (Jesus) shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire: ~ Matthew 3:11</blockquote>
 
In Israel when the person who was to redeem a close relative refused to redeem that person, they signified their lack of desire to redeem by removing
 
their shoe. John is saying that Jesus is mightier, that Jesus is the redeemer. John does not want to interfere
 
(remove Jesus' shoe) with the redemptive work Jesus came to do. <b>Deuteronomy 25:7-9</b>, <b>Ruth 4:7-8</b>. Also, only a close
 
relative can be the redeemer. This is part of the Virgin birth of Jesus; if Jesus had an earthly father He would
 
only be a close redeeming relative to a few people. Because Jesus is our creator (we are made in His image) and He has no earthly father, Jesus is the closest relative, to each human.
 
  
Jesus baptizes with the Holy Spirit by breathing on His disciples. It is very important to note that this
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<center><big>Saint Ambrose, Saint Monica and Saint Augustine</big></center>
baptism is not an experience baptism. Jesus said to the disciples "receive the Holy Spirit". The Born Again
 
"experience" is actually not an experience. We are saved by faith not by experience. By faith we receive the
 
baptism (breath) of Jesus. There have been no changes in the Church since the night Jesus stood in the midst of
 
the disciples and breathed on them. We still become Born Again, "Born from Above" the same way the First disciples
 
did, by acknowledging the resurrection of Jesus and by receiving by faith the Born Again baptism from Jesus. If
 
the resurrected Jesus has not breathed on us as His disciple then we do not have the Holy Spirit and we are not
 
yet born again, children of God.
 
  
Forty days after this event, the disciples were then baptized with fire and the Holy Spirit this is an
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Ambrose Bishop of Milan, Italy "Father of the Modern (Governmental) Church System" consecrated on December 7, 374 A.D.
experiential baptism. This baptism is the baptism that empowers the born again disciple to now be a Christian
 
witness of Jesus. When Christians ask a person if they have experienced being born again, this is really what they
 
are referring to. It is very possible to be born again but not to be empowered by the Holy Spirit as a witness. We
 
become Born Again at our decision when we recognize that Jesus is our near relative redeemer, that we are dead
 
without His life. The day that we recognize the resurrection (Life) of Jesus is the day that Jesus will Himself
 
personally baptize us (Born Again) with His Holy Spirit of everlasting life. This is the Born Again baptism that
 
we receive by faith. The baptism of fire is an experiential baptism. This baptism happens later in the life of the
 
born again disciple. At God's choosing, God will give us various experiences and empower us to be His witness.
 
This experience baptism comes from seeking God.
 
<blockquote>And ye shall seek Me (God) and find Me (God), when ye shall search for Me with all your heart. ~ Jeremiah 29:13</blockquote>
 
<p style="text-align:center;">~ ~ ~ ~ ~</p>
 
  
<h2 class="chapter-title">September 9</h2>
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St Ambrose of Milan was a founder in the 3rd Church era the Church at Pergamos the legal governmental church era.
<h3>Called</h3>
 
<h4>Called see also Chosen, Elect, Glorification - Accomplished</h4>
 
Kaleo (G2564) call, bid forth, name; Kletos (2822) invite, appoint, called
 
  
Verses - Genesis 2:19; Psalms 31:17; Isaiah 62:2; Romans 11:29; 2 Thessalonians 1:11; 2 Timothy 1:9; Hebrews 3:1; 2 Peter 2:10
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St Monica the mother of St Augustine (baptized by Ambrose) was actually a member of the 2nd Church era Church of Smyrna -- The martyred persecuted Church before joining with Ambrose in Milan.
  
<b>First Use:</b> <i>Genesis 1:5 and God called the light Day and the darkness He called Night. And the evening and the morning were the First day.</i>
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When Augustine rejected Christianity in his youth it was the persecuted Church era Christianity of his mother Monica that he was rejecting. The early persecuted Church practiced what today we would call a Pentecostalism mixed with pagan practices.
<blockquote>And the LORD called unto the Adam and said unto him, Where art thou? ~ Genesis 3:9</blockquote>
 
<b>Called</b> (all are called to a personal relationship with God) --> Chosen
 
(those who have responded to the Call) --> Elect (of the chosen, elected or appointed to a specific purpose for
 
God) --> Glorified (Accomplished in God's specific plan).
 
  
<b>Abraham</b> --> Isaac --> Jacob --> Joseph
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In Milan the Bishop Ambrose rebuked the practices of (grave vigils - for those martyred) that Monica and her friends were practicing in Milan. Augustine was impressed that Ambrose rebuked the practice and again decided to consider Christianity.
<blockquote>Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also
 
justified: and whom He justified, them He also Glorified. ~ Romans 8:30</blockquote>
 
Called is to be bidden, or invited. A call is an invitation. All are called (invited). To be physically born as
 
  
a human being, created in the image of God, is to be called (invited) into a relationship with God.
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Ambrose and many of his era including Augustine had rejected the Judeo/Christian model of the early Church and were looking to practice a Platonism/Christian model (i.e. the "School of Plato" including both the Gnosticism of Plato and the Philosophy of Aristotle) of Christianity.
<blockquote>Jesus answered and said, This voice (The Father, speaking from heaven, glorifying Jesus) came not because of Me, but for your (disciples) sakes. Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince (Satan) of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up (crucifixion & resurrection) from the earth, <u>will draw</u> (call / invite) all men to Me. ~ John 12:30-32</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>Wherefore Jesus also (was sacrificed outside the city, at Calvary), that He might
 
sanctify (set us apart for God's use) the people with His own blood, (He) suffered outside the
 
gate (outside the city). <u>Let us</u> (bidding, calling) go forth therefore unto Him (Jesus)
 
outside the camp, bearing (having) His reproach (rejection of this world). For here (this
 
fallen sinful world) have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come (Heaven). ~ Hebrews 13:12-14</blockquote>
 
<b>Biblical Example: Abraham</b>
 
<blockquote>Now the LORD God said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country and from thy kindred and from thy fathers house, unto a land that I will show thee. ~ Genesis 12:1</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a new place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed: and he went out not knowing where he was to go. ~ Hebrews 11:8</blockquote>
 
Abraham, the father of faith, heard the calling of God and Abraham responded to God. Abraham left his old life
 
and went to have a relationship with God. This did not make Abraham without faults. Abraham still made plenty of
 
mistakes but now Abraham had a new life and a new friend in life, God. God became the friend of Abraham, that is
 
the call. The call is an invitation into friendship with God.
 
<blockquote>Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God. ... Unto the Church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all (Christians) that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs (Corinth) and ours (Christians throughout the earth): ~ 1 Corinthians 1:1-2</blockquote>
 
The Christians at the city of Corinth, worship the same God, Jesus, as all Christians no matter where they are on the earth.
 
<blockquote>Who (Jesus) hath saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began. ~ 2 Timothy 1:9</blockquote>
 
God has called (invited) us into a relationship with Himself. God did not call us to do work for Him. In fact
 
God did all the work (creation & redemption). God has called us to rest in the work that He has completed. It is
 
not work to obey God, nor is it work to worship God. Abraham was not working to make himself pleasing to God or to
 
get God's attention. Everyone already has God's attention. God called Abraham to come have a relationship with Him
 
and Abraham responded and proceeded to the promise land and received the promises of God in the "promise land."
 
<p style="text-align:center;">~ ~ ~ ~ ~</p>
 
  
<h2 class="chapter-title">September 10</h2>
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Pope Leo I (400-461 AD) is loosely considered to be the first Pope of the 4th Church era the Church at Thyatira -- The Roman Catholic Church.
<h3>Chosen</h3>
 
<h4>Chosen see also Called, Elect - Election, Glorification - Accomplished</h4>
 
Eklegomai (G1586) Ek - out of; Lego - words; select, make choice, choose out, chosen
 
  
Verses - Deuteronomy 30:19; Joshua 24:14; Proverbs 1:29; Isaiah 58:5-6; Ephesians 1:4; James 2:5; Revelation 17:14
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Judeo/Christian would come back into practice in the 6th Church era with the Church at Philadelphia -- The friendship (Evangelical) Church.
  
<b>First Use:</b> <i>Genesis 6:2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.</i>
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<b>Note:</b> the church at Rome "Vatican" didn't exist in the early Church years. The Council of Nicea was primarily hosted and represented by the stronger more influential Eastern Churches. The Church of Rome sending only two Presbyters and no Bishops to the very important Council of Nicea.
<blockquote>Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other. ~ Genesis 13:11</blockquote>
 
Called (all are called to a personal relationship with God) --> <b>Chosen</b>
 
(those who have responded to the Call) --> Elect (of the chosen, elected or appointed to a specific purpose for
 
God) --> Glorified (Accomplished in God's specific plan).
 
  
Abraham --> <b>Isaac</b> --> Jacob --> Joseph
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Chosen are the people that have responded to God's call. It is necessary to First respond to God and to obey
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the calling of God to be in the promise land. Ishmael was not a child of obedience, he was a child of servitude
 
being born to Hagar the servant. Isaac was the child of God's calling, born free, born in the land of promise.
 
When we answer God's call and respond to God we are in a right relationship with God and are in the promise land.
 
The chosen are only chosen in the promise land. Had Abraham not responded to God's call and gone to the promise
 
land. Isaac could not be the chosen child. Had Isaac been born anywhere in the world, he would just be another
 
person, but he was born in the promise land and therefore receives the promises of God.
 
<blockquote>And the servant said unto him (Abraham), Peradventure the woman (Isaac's bride)
 
will not be willing to follow me unto this land: must I needs bring thy son (Isaac) again unto the land
 
from whence thou (Abraham) camest? And Abraham said unto him, Beware thou that thou bring not my son
 
thither again... only bring not my son thither again. ~ Genesis 24:5-8</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>... for in Isaac shall thy seed be called. ~ Genesis 21:12</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>Now we (Church) brethren as Isaac was (chosen), are the children of promise. ~ Galatians 4:28</blockquote>
 
When we accept Jesus and are born again into the family of God, we, like Isaac, are in the promise land of God and like
 
  
Isaac we are the children of God's promises. Of the called those that respond to the call become chosen. God does
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choose with complete knowledge. God has complete knowledge of all past, present and future thoughts, actions and
 
events. God uses His knowledge to make His choices.
 
  
<b>Biblical Example: Isaac</b>
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Augustine (Part 2) [https://youtu.be/cI-DYrWLVsg YouTube]
  
Isaac is "chosen" over Ishmael to be the child to receive the promises of God.
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<blockquote>And as for Ishmael, I (God) have heard thee (Abraham): Behold, I have blessed him and will make him fruitful,.. But my covenant will I establish with Isaac. ~ Genesis 17:20-21</blockquote>
 
Isaac is an example of being chosen. Isaac was chosen because he was born in the promise land and because he was born free. Ishmael was also a
 
child of Abraham but he was a child born as a servant. Only the children that are born into the family are free,
 
while children born from a servant remain a servant. Only those that are born in the promise land can be chosen to receive the promises of God. Isaac fit all the conditions to be chosen. He was born into the family, he accepted his family, he was not a child of slavery and he remained in the promise land his entire life.
 
<p style="text-align:center;">~ ~ ~ ~ ~</p>
 
  
<h2 class="chapter-title">September 11</h2>
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<h3>Christian</h3>
 
<h4>A Christian is a follower of Jesus Christ</h4>
 
Christianos (G5546) Christ like, follower of Christ Jesus
 
  
Verses - Isaiah 62:2; Acts 11:26 26:28; 1 Peter 4:16
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<b>First Use:</b> <i>Acts 11:26.. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the Church and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians First in (the city of)
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Antioch.</i>
 
<blockquote>Then Agrippa [Roman king overseeing part of Judea] said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian. ~ Acts 26:28</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on his behalf. ~ 1 Peter 4:16</blockquote>
 
Christian means Christ like this means we will exhibit some of the same characteristics and personalities that
 
originate in Jesus. Being Christ like in our new nature is completely different than becoming a Christ. Humans
 
will never become a God, nor will we become our own Savior, nor do we take the place or even stand in the place of
 
God. We simply become similar to Jesus in our behavior.
 
  
It is interesting that the disciples did not First call themselves Christians, but that the Christ like conduct
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of the disciples led others to call them Christians. Additionally, Christians do not become disciples but
 
disciples become Christians.
 
  
Christians are not blameless people, but we are forgiven people. In fact, the only difference between
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Trump to Announce Jerusalem as Capital of Israel<br />
Christians and non-Christians, is Jesus. But Jesus makes the biggest difference the world will ever see. With
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Jesus there is reconciliation to God and life, without Jesus there is just sin, misery and death.
 
  
Christian is Christ like; this is the outward appearance of our baptism in Jesus. We become identified with
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US to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital<br />
Jesus. Baptism means to take on the appearance of another. If we walked down a busy street, chances are we could
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BBC [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-42246564 Article]
identify professional people, tourists, homeless people, gang members and a whole variety of people, that are in
 
appearance and character to their beliefs, actions and situations. These people are identifiable with their peer
 
groups; they are in baptism with their various functions of the day. If we looked and listened closer we might see
 
a tourist with a cross around their neck, or a professional person carrying a Bible to read and hear as a homeless
 
person prays to Jesus and speaks of their unshakable faith in God, despite their circumstances. This is because
 
being a Christian is not limited to cultural expectations. These people are Christians First and foremost and they
 
then function in society, but the world recognizes their Christ like attributes despite their circumstances and
 
the world calls them Christians.
 
<p style="text-align:center;">~ ~ ~ ~ ~</p>
 
  
<h2 class="chapter-title">September 12</h2>
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Nettanyahu on Trump's Jerusalem Declaration: Our National, Historical Identity Being Recognized Today<br />
<h3>Church</h3>
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Haaretz [https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.827146 Article]
<h4>Church the Called Out</h4>
 
Ekklesia (G1577) Ek- out of; Kaleo - called; called out ones, congregation, gathering
 
  
Verses - Matthew 18:17; Acts 2:47 5:11; Romans 16:1-5; 1 Corinthians 1:2; Ephesians 5:22; Colossians 1:18
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Five things to watch in Trump's Jerusalem speech<br />
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<b>First Use:</b> <i>Genesis 1:9 And God said, Let the waters under heaven be <u>gathered together</u> (called) unto one place and let the dry land appear: and it was so.</i>
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<blockquote>And I (Jesus) say also unto thee, That thou art Peter and upon this rock {the individual's rock solid confession that Jesus is God} I will build my Church: and the gates of hell shall not
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prevail against it. ~ Matthew 16:18</blockquote>
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The Church, the "called out ones" are the people who answer God's calling to remove themselves from this worldly system, to respond and have a Spiritual relationship with God.
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The Czech Republic follows Trump's lead and recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital<br />
<blockquote>Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor effeminate (homosexual prostitution), nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. ~ 1 Corinthians 6:9-11</blockquote>
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Business Insider [http://www.businessinsider.com/czech-republic-trump-jerusalem-israel-capital-2017-12 Article]
All Christians are people who have been redeemed from their sins and into the presence of God.
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<blockquote>Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will He teach sinners in the way (way of life). ~ Psalms 25:8</blockquote>
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The Church is a collection of both Jewish and Gentile believers in Jesus.
 
<blockquote>There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. ~ Galatians 3:28</blockquote>
 
There is not a distinction among peoples and groups in the eyes of God in the Church of Jesus. There are still Jews and Gentiles that do not accept Jesus and are not a part of the Church.
 
  
The Jews have had a six thousand year relationship with God. About 4,000 years before the incarnation of Jesus
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==== Updates: November 24, 2017 ====
God was interacting with Abraham. The promises and covenants of God belong to the Jews. It is the blood of Jesus
 
that brings the gentiles into the promises and covenants that the Jews already have. Gentiles do not become Jews,
 
but become Christians. Jesus is the fulfillment of all the Biblical promises to the Jews.
 
<blockquote>Ephesians 2:11-14 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which
 
is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from
 
the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the
 
world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh (close) by the blood of Christ.
 
For He is our peace, Who hath made both one and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;</blockquote>
 
<p style="text-align:center;">~ ~ ~ ~ ~</p>
 
  
<h2 class="chapter-title">September 13</h2>
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<center><big>Christian Church History</big></center>
<h3>Deceived</h3>
 
<h4>Deceived see also Knowledge, Unchangeable Truth</h4>
 
Periastrapto (G4015) Peri - around, about; Astratpo - light, shine, lighten; to envelope in light, shine around
 
  
Verses - Matthew 24:4-5,11,24; 1 Corinthians 6:9; Galatians 6:7; 1 Timothy 2:14; 2 Timothy 3:13; Revelation 12:9
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The Ancient Roman world [https://youtu.be/Sa_E9QBHe30 YouTube]
  
<b>First Use:</b> <i>Genesis 31:7 And your father (Laban) hath deceived me (Jacob) and changed my wages ten times; but God suffered him not to hurt me.</i>
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Constantine the Great [https://youtu.be/W0GCJfhjEYw YouTube]
  
Deceived is to think that a lie is actually the truth and to embrace and hold a lie instead of the truth.
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Apostolic Fathers [https://youtu.be/az4sztb0Tlc YouTube]
People will go a long way for what they think is the truth. If someone has accepted as truth and believes that
 
space aliens exist, they will process all thought information to continue their belief of space aliens. They will
 
also preach their truth, which is actually a lie, to other people attempting to persuade others of their position.
 
  
The deceived will embrace any hardship or disagreement, as persecution. Feeling persecuted they will then remain
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Christian Apologists and Early Heresies [https://youtu.be/vXJIbvsb00s YouTube]
even more steadfast in their position while reason, facts or circumstances will have little bearing on their
 
position. Since people will fight harder for what they think is the truth, Satan has done a big job of convincing
 
many people to believe lies and then gotten them to fight vigorously to defend what is simply a lie.
 
<blockquote>For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. ~ 2 Corinthians 11:13-14</blockquote>
 
The battle for the truth begins and ends in the mind. Deception can only occur First in the thought process and
 
then our actions are carried out by what we believe from our thoughts. The battle for the mind is revealed in the
 
Bible as the battle for a walled and gated city. The gates of the city are where the legal decisions (cities
 
thought process) were made. If during an attack the enemy could gain possession and control the gates of a city
 
then the city would be helpless and would be in the hands of the enemy as the enemy controlled all access into and
 
out of the city.
 
<blockquote>And they blessed Rebekah and said unto her, Thou art our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of millions and let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate them. ~ Genesis 25:60</blockquote>
 
We possess our own gates or faculties but we are susceptible to lies and deception. The correct thing for us to
 
do is to entrust our gates (faculties) to God. We need daily to be refreshed from God by meeting Him in prayer and
 
Bible devotions. In modern times we are bombarded with information from every variety of media. Most of the
 
information is just simply deceit. The only truth we will ever find in this world is written in the pages of the
 
Bible. God leads those who want to be led by Him. God will lead us in paths of righteousness. Let's look to God
 
and not to information that comes from people who deny the very existence of God.
 
<blockquote>Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures forevermore. ~ Psalms 16:11</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>And this is condemnation, that light is come into the world and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. ~ John 3:19</blockquote>
 
<p style="text-align:center;">~ ~ ~ ~ ~</p>
 
  
<h2 class="chapter-title">September 14</h2>
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Worship in the Didache [http://tinysa.com/sermon/22215855460 SermonAudio]
<h3>Deliverance</h3>
 
<h4>Deliverance the removal from harm and danger by a friendly helper</h4>
 
Paradidomi (G3860) Para - along, alongside; Didomi - have power, to give; to yield up, transmit, bring forth
 
  
Verses - Matthew 5:25 20:19; Acts 7:25; Romans 4:25; 2 Corinthians 1:10; Colossians 1:13; 2 Peter 2:9; Revelation 20:13
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<b>First Use:</b> <i>Genesis 32:11 Deliver me, I pray Thee, from the hand of Esau: for I fear him, least he will come and smite me and the mother with the children.</i>
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==== Updates: November 12, 2017 ====
<blockquote>And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance. ~ Genesis 45:7</blockquote>
 
Deliverance is the removal from harm and danger by an additional friendly helper. To be delivered is to have
 
help and assistance and to be removed from whatever the danger is. To know God is to be delivered from the danger
 
of spiritual death. There are other dangers, perils and toils in life. God has many ways to deliver us from our
 
various problems. Some problems God will never have us encounter. Some problems God will remove painlessly from
 
us. Other problems God will use to strengthen us and He will hold our hand and walk with us as we grow in faith
 
and perseverance while we get through these problems. It is important to know and to understand that a person's
 
circumstances have no obvious bearing on their relationship with God. We could have problems on top of problems
 
and God could seem to be far from us with no deliverance in sight. Our problems, or lack thereof, do not indicate
 
our relationship to God. A person without a care in the world might also have no relationship with God.
 
<blockquote>But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god
 
of this world (Satan) hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious
 
gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus
 
the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness,
 
hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But
 
we have this treasure (spirit/soul) in earthen vessels (human-flesh/body), that the excellency of
 
the power may be of God, and not of us. ~ 2 Corinthians 4:3-7</blockquote>
 
<p style="text-align:center;">~ ~ ~ ~ ~</p>
 
  
<h2 class="chapter-title">September 15</h2>
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<center><big>Church Creeds, Confessions and Councils</big></center>
<h3>Disciple</h3>
 
<h4>Disciple a Learner of a Teaching</h4>
 
Mathetes (G3101) "Mathematics, Math" pupil, learner, follower, learn, understand, follower of instruction
 
  
Verses - Matthew 5:1 9:10 28:7; Acts 1:15 6:1-2,7 11:26-29 13:52 14:20,22,28 15:10
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Understanding Christian Church History!
  
<b>First Use:</b> <i>Isaiah 8:16 Bind up the testimony, seal the law among the disciples.</i>
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Creeds and Councils: What are they? [https://youtu.be/xMz5MiM4iww YouTube]
<blockquote>... And the disciples were called Christians First in (the city of) Antioch. ~ Acts 11:26</blockquote>
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Council of Constantinople [https://youtu.be/WrlR1aFODDI YouTube]
<blockquote>But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. ~ John 14:26</blockquote>
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Council of Chalcedon [https://youtu.be/tFfNFJOppsM YouTube]
Disciple is a follower of a teaching. The Hebrew word Rabbi (Master) means teacher or instructor. A Rabbi is a very knowledgeable instructor; one that has mastered the subject in which the Rabbi is instructing
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Great Schism of 1054 A.D. [https://youtu.be/Q_s9Rcsg5UI YouTube]
<blockquote>The same came to Jesus by night and said unto Him, Rabbi, we know that Thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that Thou doest, except God be with Him. ~ John 3:2</blockquote>
 
The disciple is not the teacher but the learner. God is the teacher, man is the student. We are instructed to make disciples of people. This means that we are to teach people to look to and to learn from God the teacher.
 
<blockquote>But the anointing [presence of the Holy Spirit] which ye have received of Him abideth in you and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things and is
 
true and is no lie and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him. ~ 1 John 2:27</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>But ye have an unction (anointing) from the Holy One and ye know all things. ~ 1 John 2:20</blockquote>
 
It is interesting that it is the disciples that are then called Christians. We do not become a Christian and then become a disciple. It is in our being a disciple of Jesus our studying God, our getting to know God and through reflecting Jesus Christ, that others will call us a Christian.
 
<blockquote>And why call me Lord, Lord and do not the things which I say? ~ Luke 6:46</blockquote>
 
<p style="text-align:center;">~ ~ ~ ~ ~</p>
 
  
<h2 class="chapter-title">September 16</h2>
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<b>The Protestant Reformation</b>
<h3>Dunamis Power</h3>
 
<h4>God's Power - Dunamis Power</h4>
 
Dunamis (G1411) ability, miraculous power, able, possible, might, strength
 
  
Verses - Matthew 22:29 24:30 26:64; Acts 6:8; Romans 1:4,16,20 15:13-19; 1 Corinthians 1:18-24; Revelation 20:6
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Martin Luther and the Heidelberg Disputation [https://youtu.be/0kj5igoDedw YouTube]
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Luther's Reformation Breakthrough [https://youtu.be/IXpX1Gy4vYA YouTube]
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The Importance of the Reformation [https://youtu.be/Pn0QlENHlrQ YouTube]
  
<b>First Use:</b> <i>Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For Thine is the Kingdom and the Power (dunamis) and the Glory, forever. Amen.</i>
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<b>500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation</b>
<blockquote>But ye (disciples) shall receive power (dunamis), after the Holy Spirit is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me (Jesus) both in Jerusalem and in all Judea and in Samaria and unto
 
the farthest part of the earth. ~ Acts 1:8</blockquote>
 
Dunamis power is God's power as compared to man's power. God's dunamis power is displayed in creation and the
 
resurrection. God is the power of life and resurrection. This dunamis power is the power of the believer who is
 
walking in the Spirit of God; a believer who is empowered with God's power compared to self-human power. Compare
 
the amount of water a man can hold in the palm of his hand "self power" to all the oceans of the world as God's
 
power. God is limitless in His power and ability. God's dunamis-power makes living as a Christian very exciting.
 
Every moment and every encounter has the ocean of possibilities of being a Divine encounter. When we walk in God's
 
Spirit, being led by God, we can encounter any possibility, meet any person and have any opportunity.
 
<blockquote>That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men but in the power (dunamis) of God. ~ 1 Corinthians 2:5</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>And God hath both raised up the Lord and will also raise us by His own power (dunamis). ~ 1 Corinthians 6:14</blockquote>
 
<p style="text-align:center;">~ ~ ~ ~ ~</p>
 
  
<h2 class="chapter-title">September 17</h2>
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Movie: Luther (2003)<br />
<h3>Elect</h3>
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During the early 16th Century [Oct. 31, 1517 AD] idealistic German monk Martin Luther, disgusted by the materialism in the church, begins the dialogue that will lead to the Protestant Reformation. Luther 2003 Movie Trailer [https://youtu.be/GYyP5a_BD90 YouTube]
<h4>Elect an appointment to fulfil a specific (office) task</h4>
 
Ekleipo (G1588) selection, chosen with a purpose, chosen - with Gods' complete foreknowledge
 
Bachiyr (H972) choose, chosen one
 
  
Verses - Matthew 24:22; Luke 18:7; Romans 9:11; Colossians 3:12; 1 Thessalonians 1:4; 2 Timothy 2:10; 2 Peter 1:10
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Kennedy Classics - The Reformation: Then and Now [https://youtu.be/K9skIjKHNSE YouTube]
  
<b>First Use:</b> <i>Isaiah 42:1 Behold My Servant [Jesus Christ], whom I uphold; <u>mine elect</u> in whom my soul delighteth; I have put My Spirit upon Him: He shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.</i>
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Hundreds expected to attend celebration of 500th anniversary of Protestant Reformation<br />
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CJonline.com [http://cjonline.com/news/local/life/2017-10-26/hundreds-expected-attend-celebration-500th-anniversary-protestant Article]
  
Called (all are called to a personal relationship with God) --> Chosen (those who have responded to the Call) --> <b>Elect</b> (of the chosen, elected or appointed to a specific purpose for God) --> Glorified (Accomplished in God's specific plan).
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Discovery Institute fellow: The Protestant Reformation, 500 years on<br />
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NewsOK [http://newsok.com/discover-institute-fellow-the-protestant-reformation-500-years-on/article/5569828 Article]
  
Abraham --> Isaac --> <b>Jacob</b> --> Joseph
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John Wycliffe the Morning Star of the Reformation<br />
<blockquote>Peter [one of the original 12 disciples of Jesus], an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers (sojourners) scattered throughout (the earth).. elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you and peace be multiplied. ~ 1 Peter 1:1-2</blockquote>
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ThirdMill [http://thirdmill.org/newfiles/ra_mclaughlin/CH.McLaughlin.Wyclif.html Article]
<blockquote>Who shall lay (make accusations) anything to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. ~ Romans 8:33</blockquote>
 
God has justified (made right) Christians, therefore God is not going to listen to accusations (charges of wrong doing) He died to make us just. No amount of accusations can undo the sacrifice and cleansing blood of Jesus.
 
<blockquote>For I (God) know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end ... ~ Jeremiah 29:11</blockquote>
 
Election is appointment. When someone has a relationship with God, part of the relationship is to fulfill the reason that God has created us.
 
<blockquote>Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things and for thy pleasure they are and were created. ~ Revelation 4:11</blockquote>
 
God has created every person for a reason, First to have a relationship with God and during our relationship with God we get to get involved in the plans and activities of God. God has included us and made us a part of His activities.
 
<blockquote>That ye (Christians) would walk worthy of God, Who hath called you unto His Kingdom and Glory. ~ 1 Thessalonians 1:11</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of Darkness into his marvelous
 
light: ~ 1 Peter 2:9</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? ~ Romans 6:16</blockquote>
 
<b>Biblical Example: Jacob</b>, becoming Israel (Governed by God)
 
<blockquote>And He (Angel of the Lord) said to him (Jacob) what is thy name? And he said Jacob. And He said thy name shall be called no more Jacob (stumble) but Israel (governed by God): ~ Genesis 32:27-28</blockquote>
 
<b>Jacob is an example of election:</b>
 
  
Jacob had a relationship with God. Jacob even wrestled with God but in the end, Jacob was renamed by God from
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FoxNews: The Reformation, led by Luther, failed. Here's how we could finally reunite the Christian church [http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/10/29/reformation-led-by-luther-failed-heres-how-could-finally-reunite-christian-church.html Article]
Jacob to Israel (Submitted to God). Israel was elected to a specific plan for God. Israel (Jacob) was to become
 
the father of the nation Israel. The twelve sons and two of his grandsons became all of the components of the
 
nation Israel. We like Jacob need to become Israel, submitted to God. It is submitting to God and following His
 
plan that makes us elect.
 
  
Note, there are God's elect (chosen for a purpose) in God's kingdom of righteousness. There is also another
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Saint Anselm of Canterbury<br />
kingdom, the kingdom of darkness of which Satan is the evil ruler. Satan also has his chosen elect to do his
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Wikipedia [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anselm_of_Canterbury Article]
tasks. When we reject God we make ourselves available to Satan.
 
  
All humans are called to a relationship with God. Not everyone answers the call of God; some people answer and serve the call of Satan. Some people become the elect of Satan. The Pharaoh in Egypt who kept the children of God in slavery and would not obey God by letting them go, is one example of Satan's elect. The coming disobedient Antichrist is another example of someone that will have rejected the calling of God and accepted the calling of Satan. Judas also rejected God's calling and chose to follow Satan in betraying Jesus. Everyone who serves Satan knowingly or unknowingly does it by rejecting God. By clawing, fighting, backstabbing, lying, cheating, killing, stealing and destroying their way to the top. Unfortunately it is the top of Satan's heap and he has nothing eternal to offer. God does not choose people for evil. God does allow people to choose which kingdom they will serve in and to then let them fulfill roles in each kingdom. Roles of righteousness in preaching, teaching, helping in God's kingdom and roles of destruction in persecution, disobedience and deceit in Satan's kingdom.
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<b>Note:</b> Anselm of Canterbury is credited with changing the church focus from a Catholic Works doctrine to a Protestant Knowledge doctrine.
<p style="text-align:center;">~ ~ ~ ~ ~</p>
 
  
<h2 class="chapter-title">September 18</h2>
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<b>The 7 Church Letters of Revelation from Jesus Christ</b>
<h3>End Times</h3>
 
<h4>End Times the last time that man will be out of the perceived presence of God</h4>
 
Eschatos (G2078) "Eschatology" last, end, in chronological order, the last as opposed to the beginning
 
Hora (G5610) "Hour" time, times, day, season, duration
 
  
Verses - John 6:39; Acts 2:17; 2 Timothy 3:1; 1 Peter 1:5,20; 2 Peter 3:3; 1 John 2:18; Jude 1:18
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1. The Church at Ephesus -- The teaching instructing Church - Faith in Jesus exhibited by a personal knowledge of Jesus<br />
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2. The Church at Smyrna -- The martyred persecuted Church - Faith in Jesus exhibited by total commitment even to death<br />
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3. The Church at Pergamos -- The worldly government Church - Faith in Jesus exhibited by current worldly status<br />
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4. The Church at Thyatira -- The Roman Catholic Church - Faith in Jesus exhibited by works i.e. Penance, Priests, Saint worship, Purgatory<br />
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5. The Church at Sardis -- The Protestant Church - Faith in Jesus exhibited by knowledge i.e. creeds, confessions, statements<br />
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6. The Church at Philadelphia -- The friendship (Evangelical) Church - Faith in Jesus exhibited by a personal relationship with Jesus<br />
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7. The Church at Laodicea -- The modern comfortable (Emergent) Church  - Faith in Jesus exhibited by self-acceptance [i.e I accept the way I am and the way I live my life so Jesus must accept me this way also]
  
<b>First Use:</b> <i>Genesis 49:1 And Jacob called unto his sons and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days.</i>
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End times or last days are signified as the last times that man will be out of the perceived presence of God.
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==== Updates: October 2, 2017 ====
End times does not mean the end of the world or the end of time it means the end of man's separation from God.
 
Since the beginning of creation God has been revealing Himself to mankind. Since the fall of mankind God has
 
continued to reveal Himself, but to a separated mankind. When God and mankind are fully reunited, God will
 
continue to reveal Himself to man, although man will no longer be guessing about God since man will be in the
 
perceivable presence of God.
 
  
The end times are a call to mankind that the end of separation from God is almost over. The call to man is to
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<center><big><b>Christmas Day - Savior Day!</b></big><br />
prepare to meet God, prepare to meet our maker.
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<i>Christmas Day - Savior Day!</i></center>
<blockquote>Little children, it is the <u>last time:</u> ... And now, little children, abide in Him; that when He shall appear, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. ~ 1 John 2:18-28</blockquote>
 
<p style="text-align:center;">~ ~ ~ ~ ~</p>
 
  
<h2 class="chapter-title">September 19</h2>
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Approximately the day that Jesus Christ the Savior of the world entered into the world! -- [http://www.davidansonbrown.site/The-Evangelical-Christmas.html The Evangelical Christmas]
<h3>Evangelism</h3>
 
<h4>Evangelism telling of the "Good News" Message</h4>
 
Euaggelistes (G2099) Eu - well, good, well done; Aggelos - Angel, messenger; preacher, proclaimer of the gospel, good and well done messenger
 
  
Verses - Galatians 1:8; Luke 3:18; Romans 15:9; Ephesians 4:11; Colossians 1:23; 2 Timothy 4:2; Hebrews 4:2; Revelation 5:2
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Christmas Day is Monday, December 25<sup>th</sup> 2017
  
<b>First Use:</b> <i>Acts 21:8 And the next day we that were of Paul's company {including Luke who wrote the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts} departed and came unto Caesarea: and we entered into the house of Philip the evangelist, which was one of the seven {the First seven helpers chosen Acts 6:1-6}; and abode with him.</i>
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<big>Selected Christmas Sermon for 2017</big><br />
<blockquote>And He (Jesus) gave some, apostles; evangelists; and some pastors and teachers; ~ Ephesians 4:11</blockquote>
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Christ The Savior and King -- <small>Luke 1:26-38, Isaiah 9:6, Daniel 7:14</small><br />
<blockquote>But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof (accomplish, fulfill) of thy ministry (service). ~ 2 Timothy 4:5</blockquote>
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<small>Source: [http://archive.org/details/PastorAlfredCapozziChristmasSermon Bloomsburg Community Church 2009]</small>
Evangelism is to preach or proclaim the good news. The good news that God has not abandoned us to our sin but God in Jesus has rescued us from death. This is good news, this is the best news, an everlasting relationship with the loving, providing God.
 
  
Evangelism is the message of salvation in Christ Jesus. To be saved it is necessary to know that you are in danger of death and separation from God for eternity. The evangelistic message is therefore a two-part message. The message of sin and death and the message of life and resurrection in Jesus. It is necessary to proclaim both parts of the message. A message that is all sin, death and despair is not the gospel (good news) and a message that is all good news does not adequately portray the predicament of mankind nor does it adequately portray the cross and the sacrifice of Jesus.
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<p style="text-align:center;">~ ~ ~ ~ ~</p>
 
  
<h2 class="chapter-title">September 20</h2>
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<center><big>Thanksgiving (Christian Feast of Tabernacles) 2017</big></center>
<h3>Faith</h3>
 
<h4>Faith - Belief</h4>
 
Pistis (G4102) "Faith" [Noun], trust, belief, reliance, confidence in, sure of the value
 
Pisteuo (G4100) "Belief" [Verb], trust, faith, reliance, confidence in, sure of value
 
  
Verses - Habakkuk 2:4; Acts 3:16; Romans 1:17; Galatians 2:20, 3:11; Hebrews 10:38; Revelation 2:13
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<i>... that the abundant grace might through the <b>Thanksgiving</b> of many redound to the glory of God</i>
  
<b>First Use:</b> <i>Genesis 15:6 And he (Abraham) believed in the LORD; and He (God) counted it to him for righteousness.</i>
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Thanksgiving Day is Thursday, November 23<sup>rd</sup> 2017
  
What Abraham believed is that God is the God of Life. God had just promised Abraham that He and Sarah would become parents even though both of them were too old to have children.
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<blockquote>We having the same Spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak; Knowing that He which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present (in heaven) us with you. For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the <b>Thanksgiving</b> of many redound to the glory of God. For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man (soul) is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. ~ 2 Corinthians 4:13-18</blockquote>
Abraham believed that God could give life where none existed and God counts that belief in God as righteousness.
 
<blockquote>But without faith [noun] it is impossible to please Him (God): for he that cometh to God must believe [verb] that He is (God exists) and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. ~ Hebrews 11:6</blockquote>
 
Faith is a trust, a belief that we are safe and secure in the object of our faith. Moment by moment we have
 
faith in a variety of people and objects. We have faith in airline pilots to safely get us to the correct
 
destination. We have faith in doctors to diagnose and treat our illnesses. We have faith in the food we eat, the
 
beverages we drink and the automobiles we drive. Faith is not a foreign concept to us; we are constantly putting
 
our faith in many different things at any one moment. Just like we have faith in so many events during each day,
 
God has asked us to have faith in Him. God has asked us to have abundant faith in Him because our faith is
 
lacking, regarding the abilities of God.
 
<blockquote>There is one body and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, Who is above all and through all [Everlasting] and in you (Christians) all. ~ Ephesians 4:4-6</blockquote>
 
The Bible has one specific meaning for the word faith. Faith is specifically a faith in the resurrection of
 
Jesus. Faith does not mean, "I have faith that God will pay the bills". God may or may not pay the bills, either
 
way God is doing a work and He has a purpose for whatever He does or doesn't do. The faith, the one and only
 
Christian faith, is in the resurrection of Jesus. When we have true faith the belief in the resurrection of Jesus
 
and that through Jesus we too will be resurrected to everlasting life with Jesus in heaven, then who cares about
 
anything else? Who cares if the bills don't get paid? Who cares what the governments of the world are doing? who
 
cares if disease is racking the body? When there is faith in eternity, then the things of this world take a back
 
seat to the things of God. Faith in the resurrection does free us up; it frees us up from the worries of this
 
world. Sure there are bills to be paid, corrupt governments and illnesses to be dealt with, but when we deal with
 
life in the context of eternity and the living caring God we are then freed up to make better decisions and
 
choices.
 
<blockquote>I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. ~ Galatians 2:20</blockquote>
 
Faith is as good as the "object of faith" is capable of producing. I might have faith in a certain company that
 
my money will be safe and secure there and then choose to buy stock in that company. My faith in that company does
 
not affect that company at all, either for good or for bad. It could happen that my faith in that company paid off
 
and the company did real well It also could be that my faith was misplaced and the company did poorly. Either way
 
the result was a product of the company and not a result of my faith.
 
  
Let's continue to look at faith. Faith is not a power faith is a trust. Faith is to trust in the abilities of
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the object of faith. Faith is strictly dependent on the object. I might have faith that an airplane will take off
 
and land safely, or not and based on my faith in the airplane, I would make my decisions to ride on the plane or
 
to take a bus. Either way the airplane is unaffected by my faith choice. The plane doesn't land successfully or
 
crash based on my faith. Jesus, the object of our faith, He is all-capable. It is our faith that is lacking, not
 
the capabilities of Jesus. We need to increase our faith and trust in Jesus to adequately represent Jesus.
 
  
In the Greek language most of the words have the same base for each meaning. With slight changes, usually on
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Kennedy Classics - Pilgrims Give Thanks [https://youtu.be/yeEj-h3vHxo YouTube]<br />
the end of the word, the meaning of the word changes. The same is true for the English language. For instance,
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Kennedy Classics - The Pilgram Legacy [https://youtu.be/1Qj03e95Ybg YouTube]
angel becomes plural just by modifying the end of the word angel by adding the letter s, angels. Words that are
 
nouns and verbs are also usually closely related. The noun talk, can also become the verb talk, talks, or talking.
 
  
The two Greek words Pistis (faith) and Pisteuo (belief) are the same word with two different endings just like
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talk and talking. In English we do not say faith and faithing, but we say faith and belief, just like we might say
 
talk and speak. Faith and belief are the same word. They both mean trust. Sometimes we think that if only I
 
believe then I would gain faith, except that is like saying if only I could speak then I could talk.
 
  
Faith (trust) does not come from believing (trusting), but faith is a product of love. <b>But faith which worketh by love (Galatians 5:6).</b> Love comes First and then faith (trust) comes from love. Our faith in Jesus comes from our love of Jesus.
 
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<h2 class="chapter-title">September 21</h2>
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<h3>Fasting</h3>
 
<h4>Fasting to do without while focusing on God</h4>
 
Nesteia (G3521) abstain, go without, not take part in
 
  
Verses - Isaiah 58:3-4; Matthew 16:6; Acts 13:2-3; 2 Corinthians 6:5 11:27
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Holy Week (Passover) - Friday March 23<sup>rd</sup> 2018 ---> Easter Sunday April 1<sup>st</sup> 2018
  
<b>First Use:</b> <i>Judges 20:26 Then all the children of Israel and all the people, went up and came unto the House of God and wept and sat there before the LORD and fasted that day until even and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.</i>
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Pentecost (Shavuot) - May 20<sup>th</sup> 2018<br />
<blockquote>Is it such a fast that I (God) have chosen? A day for a man to afflict his soul? Is it to bow down his head as a bulrush and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? Wilt thou call this a fast and an acceptable day of the LORD? Is not this the fast that I have chosen? To loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens and to let the oppresses go free and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? When thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? Then shall thy light break forth as the morning and thy health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rear guard. Then shalt thou call and the LORD shall answer; thou shall cry and He shall say here I am. ... ~ Isaiah 58:5-12</blockquote>
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Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah) - Sunset on Sunday, September 9<sup>th</sup> ---> Tuesday, September 11<sup>th</sup> (IST)<br />
Fasting is doing without. For instance, avoiding anger or jealousy, also examining our thoughts and speech are all acceptable fasts. Going without food is also a powerful fast in that the flesh and self-life are being denied. Hunger is a natural physical instinct, when we deny our hunger, our bodies let us know that we are hungry. The power in this type of fast is to then take that physical reminder of hunger and to be reminded that actually I hunger spiritually for the things of God. Throughout the time of the fast we are continually using the desire for food to remind us of our desire for God and in doing so we are re-adjusting our focus onto God. By the end of the fast we are more in the habit of seeking God and less in the habit of seeking self. Fasting is not a tool to gain God's recognition. The fast is a tool to readjust our focus and for us to seek God. When we seek God we will find Him.
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Thanksgiving (Feast of Tabernacles) - Thursday, November 22<sup>nd</sup> 2018<br />
<blockquote>... And Jesus rebuked the devil (demon); and he departed out of him (a man's son): and the child was cured that very hour. Then came the disciples to Jesus apart (away from the crowd)
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Christmas Day 'Savior Day' - The Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) - Tuesday, December 25<sup>th</sup> 2018
and said, Why could not we cast him (demon) out? ... Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. ~ Matthew 17:14-21</blockquote>
 
This necessary fasting to help others overcome demonic possession, oppression and strongholds, is the fasting of helping and bondage breaking. The gifts that God has given us are to loosen the bonds that keep people in captivity. The gifts include helps - helping people with various tasks; giving - giving to relieve burdens, teaching - explaining the truths about God from the Bible. Any of the gifts
 
used in conjunction with prayer are going to weaken and remove the demonic strongholds that Satan is trying to entangle into in the lives of humans.
 
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<h2 class="chapter-title">September 22</h2>
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<b>Note:</b> Rosh Hashanah the Jewish Feast is observed every year by Judaism. The Christian fulfillment of Rosh Hashanah the Feast of Trumpets happens only once [when God the Father calls the Bride of the Son of God the Christian Church into Heaven]. Likewise there is only one Christian Holy Week (Passover) Feast fulfilled in Jesus Christ and only one Pentecost (Shavuot) fulfilled in the Holy Spirit. ~ David Anson Brown
<h3>Fear</h3>
 
<h4>Fear is the Acknowledgement of Danger</h4>
 
Phobos (G5401) "Phobia"; discomfort, fright, alarm, terror
 
  
Verses - Psalms 2:11; Proverbs 1:7; Isaiah 2:10; Romans 3:18; 2 Timothy 1:7; Hebrews 5:7; 1 John 4:18
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<b>First Use:</b> <i>Genesis 9:2 And the fear of you (people) shall be and the dread of you shall be upon every beast (animal) of the earth and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand they are delivered.</i>
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<span style="color: #004b77; font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">Holy Convocations, A Statute Forever, All Generations</span>
  
When Noah, his family and the earth's animals departed the ark after the flood, God put a fear of man in all the animals. Prior to the flood animals were tame. This is where animals became wild and distant from humans. God did this for man's protection. When sin entered the world some animals became poisonous and others became dangerous, if dangerous animals did not keep their distance
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Schedule of The Lord's 8 Holy Feast Days --- Spring Feasts: Holy Week is comprised of the four <b>Salvation Feasts</b> {Sabbath (Rest), The Lord's Passover, Unleavened Bread, and Firstfruits (Easter)} --- Pentecost (Shavuot) [Acts 2:1 - Church Age] is the Middle Feast: The <b>Sanctification Feast</b> --- The Fall Feasts: The three <b>Redemption Feasts</b> are comprised of {Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah) possibly the Rapture dates of the Christian Church, Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), and Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot)}
from people, then man would always be battling with animals.
 
<blockquote>The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: ~ Psalms 111:10</blockquote>
 
Fear is a feeling of fright, of being overcome, overtaken or overpowered. Fear is the acknowledgement of
 
danger. Fear is the beginning of the wisdom of God. Wisdom comes from knowing that God exists and that with Him
 
His judgment exists. We are to fear being judged by God. Some people do not have the fear of God; they are
 
deceived into thinking everything is going to be ok. They have deceived themselves into dismissing God and His
 
judgment against sin.
 
  
The Greek word for fear is phobos which is where we get the word phobia. Phobias are fears like closterphobia - fear of closed places, arachnophobia - fear of spiders. We are to fear God. He is awesome in His power. He is to be glorified, honored and worshiped.
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We no longer fear the judgment of God through Jesus we have a relationship of love with God.
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<b>Salvation Feasts</b> (Spring Feasts) - Jesus' First Coming
<blockquote>There is no fear in love; but perfect (complete) love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. ~ 1 John 4:18</blockquote>
 
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<h2 class="chapter-title">September 23</h2>
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1. Sabbath (Rest) - Saturdays - fulfilled (Holy Week) at the Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem
<h3>Fellowship</h3>
 
<h4>Fellowship is Friendship!</h4>
 
Koinonia (G2842) participation, interaction, communication, fellowship, interaction among friends
 
  
Verses - Psalms 94:20; Acts 2:42; 1 Corinthians 1:9; 2 Corinthians 6:14; Philippians 1:5, 2:1, 3:10; 1 John 1:3,6,7
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2. The Lord's Passover - 14th day of Nisan - fulfilled (Holy Week) at the Last Supper
  
<b>First Use:</b> <i>Leviticus 6:2 If a soul sin and commit a trespass against the LORD and lie unto his neighbor in that which was delivered him to keep, or in fellowship, or in a thing taken away by violence, or hath deceived his neighbor;.. Then it shall be, because he hath sinned and is guilty, ...</i>
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3. Unleavened Bread - 15th day of Nisan - fulfilled (Holy Week) on the Cross
  
Fellowship is friendship. Friendship is a rare gift given to us by God from the cross of Jesus. The cross of Jesus provides the basis of friendship. Mankind would still be at enmity with God and mankind would be at enmity with each other without the cross of reconciliation of Jesus. Mankind without God is incapable of friendship. Without God, man could never fully view another human as a friend. There would always be the possibility that fellow man would cease to be a friend and become a competitor, a threat, a danger, even an enemy instead of a friend and as a competitor competing for materials and resources that are needed to sustain our life. With God we know that it is God that sustains our existence and our life, that God is capable of taking care of us in any situation. Relying on God frees us up to have friendship with God and with our fellow mankind.
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4. Firstfruits [Born Again] (Easter) - first Sunday after the Feast of The Lord's Passover - fulfilled (Holy Week) in the Resurrection
<blockquote>And they [common Christians] continued stedfastly in the Apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. ~ Acts 2:42</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>God is faithful, by whom all of you were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. ~ 1 Corinthians 1:9</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. ~ Philippians 3:10-11</blockquote>
 
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<h2 class="chapter-title">September 24</h2>
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<b>Sanctification Feast</b> (Summer Feast or Middle Feast) - The work of the Holy Spirit
<h3>Freewill - freedom</h3>
 
<h4>Freewill a personal enactment through personal choice</h4>
 
Eleutheros (G1658) free, unrestrained, without obligation, citizen as opposed to a slave
 
Thelema (G2307) will, determination, choice, inclination, desire, pleasure
 
  
Verses - Deuteronomy 12:11; Psalms 119:108; Proverbs 1:29; Matthew 10:8; Acts 2:29; 2 Corinthians 11:7; Philippians 1:22; Revelation 21:6, 22:17
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5. Pentecost (Shavuot) Acts 2:1 - 50 Days (7 Sabbaths + 1 day) from the Sabbath Day before the Feast of Firstfruits or the 7th Sunday (49 days) after the Feast of Firstfruits (Easter Sunday) - currently in progress
  
<b>First Use:</b> <i>Leviticus 22:18 Speak unto Aaron and to his sons and unto all the children of Israel and say unto them, Whatsoever he be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers in Israel, that will offer his obligation [required giving] for all his vows and for all his freewill [volunteer giving] offerings, which they will offer unto the LORD for a burnt offering:</i>
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<b>Final Redemption Feasts</b> (Fall Feasts) - Jesus' Second Coming
<blockquote>I (King Artaxerxes) make a decree, that all they of the people of Israel and of his priests and Levites, in my realm, which are minded of their own freewill to go up to Jerusalem, go with thee. ~ Ezra 7:13</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: ~ Deuteronomy 30:19</blockquote>
 
Freewill is enacted through choice. If there is no choice then the freewill is meaningless and cannot be exercised. From the beginning of creation God has desired to have only a mutual freewill relationship with mankind.
 
<blockquote>For that they hated knowledge and did not choose [exercise freewill, correctly] the fear of the LORD: ~ Proverbs 1:29</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. ~ Romans 8:2</blockquote>
 
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<h2 class="chapter-title">September 25</h2>
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6. Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah)
<h3>Fruits of the Holy Spirit</h3>
 
<h4>Fruit is a product of the Vine, Tree or plant it is attached to</h4>
 
Karpos (G2590) fruit, flower, fragrance, substance, byproduct
 
  
Verses - Genesis 1:22; John 15:2,4,5,8,16; Galatians 5:22; James 3:18; Jude 1:12; Revelation 22:2
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7. Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur)
  
<b>First Use:</b> <i>Genesis 1:11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the Fruit tree yielding Fruit after his kind, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.</i>
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8. Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot)
  
Fruit is the substance from the plant. Fruit occurs naturally based on the type of tree or plant. An orange
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tree will have the orange fruit and a lemon tree will naturally have the lemon fruit. A tree does not become an
 
orange tree by producing oranges, a tree produces oranges because that is what it is First. A good tree will bear
 
good fruit and a bad tree will bear bad fruit. The easiest way to identify what kind a tree is, is not to look at
 
the leaves but to look at the fruit. The fruit makes it evident what type the tree is.
 
  
We as Christians produce the fruits of the Holy Spirit because that is part of what we are.
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Holy Week (Passover) - Friday March 23, 2018 ---> Easter Sunday April 1, 2018
<blockquote>I (Jesus) am the vine, ye are the branches: he that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much Fruit: for without Me ye can do nothing. ~ John 15:5</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>But the Fruit of the (Holy) Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. ~ Galatians 5:22-23</blockquote>
 
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<h2 class="chapter-title">September 26</h2>
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The Feast of Pentecost (Shavuot) - Sunday May 20, 2018
<h3>Glorification</h3>
 
<h4>Glorification - Accomplished see also Called, Chosen, Election</h4>
 
Doxazo (G1392) dignity, glory, honor, praise, worship, magnify, accomplishment
 
  
Verses - Romans 1:21 8:17,30; 2 Corinthians 10:17; Galatians 1:24; 2 Thessalonians 1:10-12; 1 Peter 4:11; Revelation 18:7
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The Fall Feasts (Rosh Hashanah) - Sunday Sept. 9-11, 2018 at sundown in Jerusalem, Israel<br />
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Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) - Tuesday Sept. 18-19 at sundown in Jerusalem, Israel
  
<b>First Use:</b> <i>Genesis 31:1 And he heard the words of Laban's sons, saying, Jacob hath taken away all that was our father's and of that which was our father's hath he gotten all this glory (accomplishment).</i> The sons of Laban were complaining because their brother-in-law, Jacob, had ended up with the flock that Laban had Jacob overseeing. This was God's plan. Laban was not acknowledging God; also Laban was cheating Jacob. God desired to share His glory with Jacob. The sons of Laban were looking at the glory of their father Laban and they received it, nothing. The sons should have been looking for the glory of God.
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Christmas Day 'Savior Day' - Tuesday December 25, 2018
<blockquote>Thy right hand, O LORD is become glorious in power: thy right hand O LORD, hath dashed in pieces the enemy...Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praise, doing wonders? ~ Exodus 15:6-11</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified. ~ Romans 8:30</blockquote>
 
Called (all are called to a personal relationship with God) --> Chosen (responded to the Call) --> Elect (of the chosen, elected or appointed to a specific purpose for God) -->
 
<b>Glorified</b> (Accomplished in God's specific plan).
 
  
Abraham --> Isaac --> Jacob --> <b>Joseph</b>
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<blockquote>The heavens declare the glory (accomplishment) of God; and the firmament showeth His handiwork. ~ Psalms 19:1</blockquote>
 
Glorification is accomplishment. God is accomplished in anything God desires to do, He is complete and He alone is Glory. When we take part in the plans and desires of God, we take part in His glory. We give glory to God by allowing His Glory to be accomplished in us.
 
<blockquote>For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly. ~ Psalms 84:11</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>And the city (New Jerusalem) had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it and the Lamb is the light thereof. ~ Revelation 21:23</blockquote>
 
God's glory of accomplishment is like the sun shining. A ray of light leaves the sun; the ray is an exact representation of the sun it left. Jesus is an exact representation of the Father. As the ray of sun shines forth light and warmth it removes darkness and warms the earth; it provides light and facilitates life (bios). The sun is accomplishing through the ray of light all that it desires to do, in splendid glory and accomplishment.
 
<blockquote>His glory is great in thy salvation: honor and majesty hast thou laid upon Him. ~ Psalms 21:5</blockquote>
 
God has glorified Himself in His accomplishment of creation and redemption. This is Glory, that God spoke and at the sound of His voice, into existence came life and that abundantly. This is God's glory, that He so loved the world that He gave Himself that whosoever believes in Him will live. This is God's glory, God has overcome our reproach of sin, disease and death and God has clothed us with His splendor and majesty.
 
  
<b>Biblical Example: Joseph</b>
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The Rapture [the end of the current Christian Church Age - the Church is called into Heaven] and [on] the Jewish Feast of Trumpets.
<blockquote>Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat (covering) of many colors. ~ Genesis 37:3</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>And Pharaoh said unto his servants, can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is? ... And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt. And Pharaoh took off his ring [seal of authority] from his hand and put it upon Joseph's hand and arrayed (clothed) him in vestures of fine linen and put a gold chain about his neck. ~ Genesis 41:38-42</blockquote>
 
Joseph is the biblical Example of glorification. The world betrayed Joseph. The world desired to kill him. The world sold Joseph into slavery. The world falsely accused Joseph of a crime that he did not commit. The world locked Joseph in a prison. The world abandoned Joseph and left him in prison. God overcame the world and glorified Joseph. God brought Joseph out of the prison of captivity. God clothed Joseph in clothing of splendor and majesty. God provided while the world starved. God accomplished His glorious plan of reunion and life. God accomplished what the world could not.
 
  
Like Joseph's road, the road to glorification is not an easy one. The world has rejected Jesus and as followers of Jesus we to will be rejected by the world. This is only proof that the world will suffer God's judgment and that the Christian will receive of God's glory. Like Joseph, we need to remain steadfast and be loyal to God at all times and through all conditions. Joseph is indeed the human Biblical example of glory.
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The Rapture and the Feast of Trumpets  [https://youtu.be/sVQr-a8nJtI Youtube]
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<h2 class="chapter-title">September 27</h2>
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Note: There are actually 8 prescribed Feast Days not 7 in Leviticus Chapter 23. The Feast Day of Sabbath [the Triumphal Entry (Palm Saturday) of Jesus Entering into Jerusalem for our Rest is often omitted by modern teachers]. The 7 Feast days comes from an ancient Alexandria, Egypt spiritualist teaching of the scriptures in equating the Feast Days of Israel with the 7 lamp bulbs of the Temple candlestick and therefore one of the 8 Feast Days had to be subtracted to get to the 7 to match the Temple lampstand. The 7 Feast Days is not a Biblical teaching it is an extra-biblical teaching. The 8 Feast Days is the correct Biblical teaching.
<h3>Gospel</h3>
 
<h4>Gospel the "Good News"</h4>
 
Euaggelion (G2098) to announce good news, declare, bring, preach, glad tidings
 
  
Verses - Mark 1:1; Luke 4:18; Romans 1:1,9,15-16; 1 Corinthians 15:1; 2 Corinthians 4:3-4; Ephesians 1:13; Revelation 14:6
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Rosh Hashanah the Jewish Feast is observed every year by Judaism. The Christian fulfillment of Rosh Hashanah the Feast of Trumpets happens only once [when God the Father calls the Bride of the Son of God the Christian Church into Heaven]. Likewise there is only one Christian Holy Week (Passover) Feast fulfilled in Jesus Christ and only one Pentecost (Shavuot) fulfilled in the Holy Spirit.
  
<b>First Use:</b> <i>Genesis 3:24 and He (God) placed at the east of the garden Cherubims and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.</i>
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Countdown: 2017 Feast of Trumpets (Jewish Rosh Hashanah) starts at sundown on Wednesday September 20th until sundown on Friday September 22nd.
  
This is the gospel, that despite the disobedience of man, God has kept "the way of the tree of life".
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[http://www.the-jesus-realm.com/ The-Jesus-Realm.com]
  
Note: <b>Jesus is the tree of life.</b>
 
<blockquote>And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom {that Jesus is the tree of life} and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. ~ Matthew 4:23</blockquote>
 
Gospel means "good news," the good news of the resurrection of Jesus and through the death and resurrection of Jesus, reconciliation of man to God with eternal life. This is indeed good news. Sometimes the word gospel is mistakenly used to mean truth as in "what I'm telling you is the gospel truth". It happens to be the truth that Jesus has risen from the dead and reconciled us to God, but gospel means good news. This is just how the news of Jesus should be presented, as good news. It is not bad news that God loves us and that our sins are forgiven. It is good news-the best of news.
 
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<h2 class="chapter-title">September 28</h2>
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<h3>Grace</h3>
 
<h4>Grace - Individuality see also Law - Conformity</h4>
 
Charis (G5485) cheer, greeting, graciousness, gratitude, benefit, favor, freedom, individuality
 
  
Verses - Ruth 2:2; Proverbs 1:9; Luke 2:40; John 1:14; Acts 4:33; Romans 3:24; Revelation 1:4, 22:21
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==== Updates: October 30, 2017 ====
  
<b>First Use:</b> <i>Genesis 6:7-8 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man and beast and the creeping thing and the fowls of the air, for it repenteth me that I have made them. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.</i>
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<center><big>Harvest Festival - Halloween - Reformation Day</big></center>
  
Grace is graciousness, it is freedom and it means individuality.
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<b>Jesus Christ the Lord of the Living</b>
<blockquote>Having then gifts differing according to the grace (individuality) that is given to us ... ~ Romans 12:6</blockquote>
 
Grace is individuality; the law is conformity. Grace is allowing another person to do something differently, to be an individual and to make mistakes. If it is even a mistake in the everlasting realm - do we really know how things are going to work out and what is a mistake and what isn't? Plus we, often learn more from our mistakes than we do from doing things "right". Grace gives us the freedom to learn and to discover who we are who others are and most importantly who God is.
 
  
For instance, when someone is in a conversation or witnessing about God and another-person would say something
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Shortly before his crucifixion, Jesus was questioned by the Sadducees about the concept of a resurrection. In order to demonstrate that there will be a future resurrection from the dead, Jesus told them: "But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken to you by God, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living." (Mt. 22:31-32)
differently or even disagree with what is being said and they think that they could discuss the topic more
 
thoroughly, grace is to let them be themselves and do it their way and let them learn. God does this with us, He
 
can witness much better than we can and we often misrepresent God. God gives us the grace to learn who He is and
 
to grow in that knowledge.
 
  
We receive grace from God through what Jesus did for us at the cross; He reconciled us to a relationship with Himself. There is no grace for the nonbeliever; grace only extends from a relationship.
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"However, among the heathen Druids, Samhain or Saman, is the lord of the dead and that lord is none other than Satan himself! Therefore, when people celebrate the dead, they unknowingly honor the devil!"
<blockquote>Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By Whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. ~ Romans 5:1-2</blockquote>
 
One person has to know another to extend or receive grace. The absence of a relationship is the absence of grace.
 
  
The "law" gives us knowledge of sin.
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It is important to understand what Jesus meant by these profound words "God is not the God of the dead, but of the living." The Sadducees to whom Jesus was speaking did not believe in a resurrection. They also accepted only the Torah as holy scripture. With this in mind, Jesus quoted the Torah (Ex. 3:6) to prove that a resurrection would one day occur. He did this by illustrating that long after the death of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, God continued to refer to Himself as their God: "I am the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob," not "I was the God..."
<blockquote>... for by the law is the knowledge of sin. ~ Romans 3:20</blockquote>
 
Without the law some people might not know that murdering another human is sin and unacceptable to God. With the law comes the knowledge of who God is and what is acceptable to Him and what is not. Grace allows us to have a relationship with God while we find out who He is and how Holy and righteous He is.
 
<blockquote>Moreover the law (knowledge) entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace (freedom) did much more abound: ~ Romans 5:20</blockquote>
 
Grace does not cover sins, only the sacrifice of shed blood and death of Jesus completely removes sin and cleanses us from all unrighteousness. Grace allows us to have an individual relationship with God; grace does not allow us to sin. God's grace allows us to gain knowledge of God and grace gives us the opportunity to repent from our sins.
 
  
Grace allows sinful man to have a relationship with God. It has often been said that we live in the era of grace, but it would be more accurate to say that we live in the era of repentance.
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The point Jesus was making was that although these patriarchs were dead (Heb. 11:13), they will live again in the resurrection, as will all of God’s people (Dan. 12:2; Lk 14:14; Jn 5:28; Rev. 20:4-6). Although these men were dead, they were as good as alive at that moment because God’s promise of a resurrection is immutable (Rom. 4:17).
<blockquote>If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me (Paul) to you-ward: ~ Ephesians 3:2</blockquote>
 
The Apostle Paul, prior to becoming a Christian, was a persecutor of the Church. Paul is mentioning that the grace that God has given to him, is for a part in building the Church. Building the very Church that Paul tried previously to destroy. This is an era of God's grace and it is also the era of repentance and confession. Currently confession and repentance are required of every person.
 
<blockquote>And the times of this ignorance [ignorance of sin and of who God is] God winked at: but now [after the cross] commandeth all men everywhere to repent: ~ Acts 17:30</blockquote>
 
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<h2 class="chapter-title">September 29</h2>
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With this understanding, Jesus’ words take on greater meaning. The God of the Bible is the GOD OF THE LIVING, not the God of the dead! To worship the true God, we should not celebrate rites dedicated to the dead.
<h3>Heaven</h3>
 
<h4>Heaven is in the perceivable presence of God</h4>
 
Ouranos (G3772) sky, celestial, belonging or coming from the sky
 
  
Verses - Genesis 28:12; Psalms 19:1 33:6; Luke 12:33; 2 Corinthians 5:1; Hebrews 1:10; 2 Peter 3:5
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<b>Who is the Lord of the Dead?</b>
  
<b>First Use:</b> <i>Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven (sky) and the earth.</i>
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However, among the heathen Druids, Samhain or Saman, is the lord of the dead and that lord is none other than Satan himself! Therefore, when people celebrate the dead, they unknowingly honor the devil!
  
The Bible mentions three heavens (skies). Referred to as the First heaven is the sky where birds fly and clouds can be seen.
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<b>Fall/Harvest Festival versus Halloween?</b>
<blockquote>He sendeth the springs into the valleys, which run the hills. They give drink to every beast of the field: the wild donkeys quench their thirst. By them shall the fowls of the heaven have their habitation which sing among the branches. ~ Psalms 104:10-12</blockquote>
 
The second heaven is referred to as where the stars and celestial bodies are.
 
<blockquote>That in blessing I (God) will bless thee (Abraham) and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of heaven and as the sand which is upon the sea shore ... Genesis 22:17</blockquote>
 
Prior to the invention of the telescope, there were approximately 7,000 visible stars and of course billions of grains of sand. Critics of the Bible often used this verse to try to claim that the Bible was inaccurate when comparing the number of stars to the number of grains of sand. Through the use of powerful telescopes, man is finding out what God always knew, that there are billions and billions of stars instead of just the 7,000 plus visible stars.
 
  
The third heaven is exclusively referred to as where God resides in power, majesty and glory. Heaven is where God is acknowledged and obeyed.
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Best Answer: Every year, millions of children throughout the world celebrate the custom of Halloween. During this celebration, they dress up in costumes, parade through neighborhoods knocking on doors, and declare the words "trick or treat," expecting to receive candy or some sort of gift. But is Halloween something Christians should celebrate? Is this the kind of festival Jesus Christ would want us to observe?
<blockquote>After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in Heaven, hallowed be thy Name. ..Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth as it is in Heaven. ~ Matthew 6:9-10</blockquote>
 
When we acknowledge God as our Father, we experience heaven here on earth.
 
<blockquote>It is not expedient for me (Apostle Paul) doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord. I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, whether in the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth; such an one caught up to the third heaven. ~ 2 Corinthians 12:1-2</blockquote>
 
The Apostle Paul was momentarily taken into heaven. Heaven was so incredible that he was not able to describe either the sights or the sounds of heaven. Earthly man is not able to comprehend the "third" heaven.
 
<blockquote>For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God beside Thee, what He hath prepared for him that waiteth for Him. ~ Isaiah 64:4</blockquote>
 
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<h2 class="chapter-title">September 30</h2>
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Today, Halloween is celebrated on the evening of All Hallows or All Saints Day. Because days were customarily reckoned as beginning at sunset, Halloween was celebrated in anticipation of November 1, which was dedicated to the Lord of the Dead. Halloween is founded on a fear of the spirits of the dead possessing those who are alive. This fear is driven by a belief that man has an immortal soul. It is important to understand that the Bible clearly declares that only God has immortality at this time. The apostle Paul, when writing to Timothy about Jesus Christ, said, "Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; Whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to Whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen." (1 Tim. 6:16)
<h3>Hell</h3>
 
<h4>Hell is away from the perceivable presence of God</h4>
 
Abussos (G12) bottomless pit
 
Hades (G86) grave, place of departed souls
 
Geenna (G1067) place of everlasting punishment
 
Tartaroo (G5020) deepest abyss of Hades, cast down to hell
 
  
Verses - Psalms 9:17; Isaiah 5:14 57:9; Matthew 5:22 23:15; Acts 2:27; James 3:6; Revelation 1:18 6:8 20:13-14
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First, understand that although Halloween professes to be a Christian holiday, it is anything but Christian. This custom was celebrated by the pagan world centuries before the New Testament Church was ever founded and it was not introduced into the professing Christian world until centuries after the deaths of the apostles. In fact, if you search the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, you will not find a single line advocating the observance of this holiday or anything like it. On the contrary, God condemns such practices throughout the scriptures.
  
<b>First Use:</b> <i>Genesis 1:2 And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep (Abussos). And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.</i>
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<b>A Strange Superstition</b>
<blockquote>For a fire is kindled in mine anger and shall burn unto the lowest hell and shall consume the earth with her increase and set on fire the foundations of the mountains. ~ Deuteronomy 32:22</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>He [King David] seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that His soul was not left in hell, neither His flesh did see corruption [decay]. ~ Acts 2:31</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>For if God spared not the [fallen] Angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; ~ 2 Peter 2:4</blockquote>
 
Hell is the opposite of Heaven. Because sin is not present in Heaven, God is revealing Himself in splendor, majesty and glory. Hell is where sin has not been dealt with. Anything that is considered unclean is to be cleansed with blood, or passed through fire, this includes people. People who have rejected the cleansing offer of Jesus' blood now, will spend eternity in fire and because of their own uncleanness they are not able to approach the Holy God.
 
  
Hell is described in its entirety in the Bible. Darkness, burning, loneliness, unending thirst, agony and worms that will not die. That is Hell no more and no less. No streets of gold no dwellings no structure no society just death, darkness and torment, void of the presence, glory and comfort of God.
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Halloween is one of the strangest holidays mankind celebrates. It is an amazing paradox, an unusual mixture of Christian terms and ancient pagan religious rites. Moreover, despite the technological and intellectual advancements our society has made, it still clings to ignorance of the past. As a result, we celebrate ancient superstitions by partaking in pagan rites, dressing up as witches, goblins, ghosts, skeletons, and demons.
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What is this holiday? Where did it come from and why is it celebrated? It certainly did not come from the Bible or the early Christian church raised up by Jesus Christ and the apostles (Mt. 16:13-17). Consider what authorities say regarding the origin and practice of Halloween.
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Ralph Linton, on page four of his book, Halloween Through Twenty Centuries, explains the connection between the current practice of Halloween and a pagan rite practiced by the ancient Druids.
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"The American celebration rests upon Scottish and Irish folk customs which can be traced in direct line from pre-Christian times. Although Halloween has become a night of rollicking fun, superstitious spells, and eerie games that people take only half seriously, its beginnings were quite otherwise. The earliest Halloween celebrations were held by the Druids in honor of Samhain, Lord of the Dead, whose festival fell on November 1."
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Further, the Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th edition, Volume 12 says: "It was a Druidic belief that on the eve of this festival, Saman, lord of death, called together the wicked souls that within the past 12 months had been condemned to inhabit the bodies of animals..." (pp. 847-858)
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The Yearbook of English Festivals by Dorothy Gladys Spicer adds the following: "All Hallows' Eve or All Hallow E'en, with its tradition of witches, ghosts, hobgoblins and spirits, its games and incantations, still is a gay time for pranks and parties in many North country homes. Fun-loving Americans have borrowed from their British ancestors many Hallow E'en games such as apple-bobbing, nut roasting and tossing of apple parings. Transplanted to the New World soil, the old practices have become revitalized, and currently are observed with more enthusiasm than in the country of their birth."
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"To ancient Druids, the end of October commemorated the festival of the waning year, when the sun began his downward course and ripened grain was garnered from the fields." "Samhain, or 'Summer's End,' as this feast to the dying sun was called, was celebrated with human sacrifice, augury and prayers; for at this season spirits walked, and evil had power over souls of men."
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"Not until the fourth century did the pagan vigil for the god of light give way to All Hallows, the mass for Christian saints; and not until the tenth, did the Druids' death feast become All Souls' the day of prayer for souls that had entered rest. Cakes for the dead were substituted for human sacrifice, fortune-telling for heathen augury, lighted candles for the old Baal fires."
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Far from being Christian, Halloween is an old pagan holiday masquerading as though it were one of the customs of the church. Despite this, professing Christians encourage their children to get into the spirit of this pagan custom!
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The celebration of Halloween is clearly a relic of pagan times and superstitious tradition. Notice what the authoritative Encyclopedia Britannica says about this holiday.
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"It long antedates Christianity. The two chief characteristics of ancient Halloween were the lighting of bonfires and the belief that this is the one night in the year during which ghosts and witches are most likely to wander about. History shows that the main celebrations of Halloween were purely 'Druidical,' and this is further proved by the fact that in parts of Ireland October 31 is still known as Oidhch Shamhna, 'Vigil of Saman.'"
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Saman or Samhain was the pagan lord of the dead among the Druids. However, this pagan holiday was not celebrated among the Druids alone. It has been and is currently celebrated around the world in different forms, but always with the same general pattern and meaning.
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Halloween was also a [ancient] Roman festival. Consider the words of the Encyclopedia Britannica regarding this celebration.
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"On the Druidic ceremonies were grafted some of the characteristics of the Roman festival in honor of Pomona held about November 1, in which nuts and apples, representing the winter store of fruits, played an important part."
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Halloween can be identified in various forms all around the world. It is found in both Christian and non-Christian countries. This is because its origins predate Christianity. Marie Trevelyan, in her book Folk Stories of Wales, writes the following.
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"In Wales it was firmly believed that on All Hallows' Eve the spirit of a departed person was to be seen at midnight on every crossroad and every stile." (p. 254)
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The practices involved in Halloween are also found in Mexico. In the book Adonis by Frazer, the practice of Halloween is clearly identified, not only by its date, but also by its symbolism and rituals.
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"The Miztecs of Mexico believed that the dead came back in the twelfth month of the year, which corresponded to our November. On this day of All Souls the houses were decked out to welcome the spirits. Jars of food and drink were set on a table in the principal room, and the family went out with the torches to meet the ghosts and invite them to enter. Then, returning to the house they knelt around the table, and with their eyes bent on the ground, prayed the souls to accept the offerings." (p. 244)
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The elements of this holiday are also found in Cambodia. According to E. Aymonier in the work Notice sur le Cambodge, people would chant, "O all your ancestors, who are departed, deign to come and eat what we have prepared for you, and to bless your posterity and to make it happy." (p. 59)
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It is clear that the trappings of Halloween have covered nations around the world. It is equally clear that the practices embraced by this holiday are not Christian at all.
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<b>Its Symbols and Superstitions</b>
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Understand the shocking truth from history as to why this holiday was celebrated! Ruth Kelly, a recognized authority on Halloween, wrote that because the Druids believed in the immortality of the soul, they concluded that a person’s spirit would pass from them at death and seek out another body in which to reside.
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"The pagan Druid priests . . . taught the immortality of the soul, that it passed from one body to another at death . . . They believed that on the last night of the old year the lord of death gathered together the souls of all those who had died in the passing year and had been condemned to live in the bodies of animals, to decree what forms they should inhabit for the next twelve months. He could be coaxed to give the lighter sentence by gifts and prayers." (The Book of Halloween, p. 10)
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Many Druids believed that black cats were in fact reincarnated human beings, and that the Priest had the ability to divine the future through them. If any crossed your path, however, it would mean they might posses you, a very bad omen. Halloween was celebrated to preserve in the minds of the people the false doctrine that the soul is immortal and that the dead are not really dead. The Celtic peoples believed that the souls of good men went to paradise while the souls of those who did evil were reincarnated in the form of animals for a year. The only chance these disembodied souls had for a decent afterlife was to return on this day of Samhain, and find a human body to possess. It is important to understand that November was regarded by the Celtic people as the beginning of the New Year. Therefore, it was a perfect time for their priests to remember and celebrate the dead.
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Source: Fall/Harvest Festival versus Halloween Trick or Treating?<br />
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Yahoo [https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20071027210010AAE4NAF Article]
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<b>Reformation Day and All Saints Day 2014</b>
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Yeah, everybody knows 31 October is the day Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses to the church door and started the Reformation. Everybody knows it's Halloween too. What does this mean?
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<b>The Origin of All Saints' Day</b>
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So when did we start having a Feast of All Hallows on 1 November? Well, we started having a Feast of All Hallows, or Saints, before it was on 1 November! In the Eastern Church, all the saints are collectively remembered on the first Sunday after Pentecost. It really got rolling when the emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire Leo VI (886-911) built a church in honour of his wife when she died, but as she was not a recognised saint he dedicated the church to all the saints, so that she would be included in a commemoration of all saints whether recognised as such or not.
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Source: Reformation Day and All Saints Day<br />
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Past Elder [https://pastelder.blogspot.com/2014/10/reformation-day-and-all-saints-day.html Article]
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<b>Halloween, Scorpio, Reincarnation and the Birth of Astrology</b>
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If you live in the Northern hemisphere, and if you are lucky enough to reside in a place that boasts four seasons, take a look around and you will see the passionate love-making of Lady Death and Laddie Life. If ever their love affair had an anniversary, it is Oct 31, Halloween. And the product of their illustrious adulation are the twins: Astrology and Science. Since Death and Life are lovers, let me assure you, that you need not be afraid to die, just as you should not fear life. For in nature, mythology, astrology, and science, they are bound together, opposite yet the same, like you and your mirror image.
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<b>Note:</b> what this awkward and inaccurate article is really describing is a type of occultism - i.e. Jewish Kabbalah. October 31st during the day is All Saints Day and Protestant Reformation Day however in the Kabbalah Jewish tradition the new day begins in the evening at sundown. Therefore sundown on October 31st is actually November 1st to an occult Kabbalah observer.
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Source: Halloween, Scorpio, Reincarnation and the Birth of Astrology<br />
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HUFFPOST [https://www.huffingtonpost.com/gahl-eden-sasson/halloween-scorpio-reincar_b_6076744.html Article]
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<b>Sundown and Yom Kippur</b>
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<b>Note:</b> All Jewish holidays begin at sundown because the Jewish people believe that the day begins in the evening and ends the next evening. Yom Kippur begins at sundown on the day before the date specified on the Jewish calendar for the holiday and ends an hour after sunset on the specified date.
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<b>The History Behind Samhain</b>
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All Hallow Mass<br />
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Around the eighth century or so, the Catholic Church decided to use November 1st as All Saints Day. This was actually a pretty smart move on their part – the local pagans were already celebrating that day anyway, so it made sense to use it as a church holiday.
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All Saints’ became the festival to honor any saint who didn’t already have a day of his or her own. The mass which was said on All Saints’ was called Allhallowmas – the mass of all those who are hallowed. The night before naturally became known as All Hallows Eve, and eventually morphed into what we call Halloween.
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<b>Note:</b> Samhain would be considered a Kabbalah Occult event.
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<b>Also Note:</b> All Saints Day is observed loosely starting from Oct. 31st until the first Sunday in November and commonly as the "Triduum of Allhallowtide" the three days of Oct. 31 - Nov. 2.
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The History Behind Samhain<br />
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ThoughtCo [https://www.thoughtco.com/about-samhain-history-2562713 Article]
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<b>All Saints' Day</b>
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In the Western Christian practice, the liturgical celebration begins at Vespers [an evening usually midweek church service] on the evening of 31 October, All Hallows' Eve (All Saints' Eve), and ends at the close of 1 November. It is thus the day before All Souls' Day, which commemorates the faithful departed. In many traditions, All Saints' Day is part of the triduum of Allhallowtide, which lasts three days from 31 October to 2 November inclusive.
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<p><center><big>God the Holy Spirit ~ Fruit, Gifts, Sanctification</big></center></p>
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<p>"You can have a personal relationship with God." We like to pull this amazing declaration out of our evangelism toolboxes, to focus on the fact that a relationship with God is actually possible for human beings. This fact is at the wondrous heart of biblical, evangelical Christianity.</p>
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<p>"You can have a personal relationship with God." We like to pull this amazing declaration out of our evangelism toolboxes, to focus on the fact that a relationship with God is actually possible for human beings. This fact is at the ...</p>
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<p>However, another word from the above statement also deserves our attention: personal. More than just a modifier of "relationship," "personal" points to the fact that God Himself must be personal in order to relate to us.</p>
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<p>How does Almighty God pull off being personal? According to theologian Millard Erickson, "The Holy Spirit is the point at which the Trinity becomes personal to the believer."</p>
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<p>1. The Spirit is the actual presence of God, active and alive, within Christians. Another theologian wrote, "Though we speak of the Spirit as the third Person [of the Trinity], from the standpoint of experience Spirit is first, because it is the Spirit that enables us to experience God's ... drawing near."</p>
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<p>2. Think about all these ideas regarding God the Holy Spirit: personal, active, alive, experiential, and "drawing near." As the very presence of God within us, the Holy Spirit does all sorts of things, among them producing [righteous] fruit, giving gifts, and making [us] holy [Christian Sanctification].</p>
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<p>Another thought about [Holy] spiritual fruit is worth mentioning. These nine elements — multiple parts of a singular fruit, like a cluster of grapes — perfectly describe life in the [Holy] Spirit. W. T. Conner, long-time theologian at Southwestern Seminary, phrased it perfectly in saying that the Spirit-filled life is moral and ethical, not "an emotional orgy. ... Paul was no wild enthusiast. His religion [traditional Christianity] always had at its center the element of rational and moral control. Christian character and conduct were the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit."</p>
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<center><big>Introduction to Christian Zionism</big></center>
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<center><I>Christian Covenant Zionism and Christian Dispensation Zionism</I></center>
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* Christian Covenant Zionism is primarily focused on the future Christian Church - Millennial Reign government, administrations, individual functions, etc.
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* Christian Dispensation Zionism is primarily focused on the future Jewish Israel - Millennial Reign Temple, government, administrations, etc.
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<b>Zionism: Christian Zionism by David Krusch</b><br />
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[http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/christian-zionism jewishvirtuallibrary.org/christian-zionism]
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<b>The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ)</b><br />
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[http://www.ifcj.org/ www.ifcj.org]
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<b>Haaretz: Christian Zionism Losing Its Israel Grip on Evangelicals</b><br />
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[http://whtt.org/haaretz-article-exposes-decline-christian-zionism-evan/ whtt.org/haaretz-article-exposes-decline-christian-zionism-evan]
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<b>Biblical Christian Zionism (MP3's)</b><br />
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[http://davidpawson.org/resources/series/biblical-christian-zionism davidpawson.org/resources/series/biblical-christian-zionism]
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Christian Zionists are charged with being politically dangerous, ... They are also said to be theologically heretical for two reasons.
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On the one hand, they [Zionists] <b>teach the very opposite of Replacement theology</b> (the notion that the church has replaced Israel as God’s people to achieve his purpose) which has been part of Christian tradition for centuries.
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On the other hand, the Zionist conviction that God has brought Israel back to her own land in our day has become entangled with Dispensational theology, which is largely discredited in Britain but still widely held in America.
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These three [MP3] talks are an integral series, aiming to lay a foundation for Biblical Christian Zionism in the New Testament. They expose the differences between this and both Replacement and Dispensational viewpoints, one too anti-Israel and the other too pro-Israel. Given in March 2007 by David Pawson
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<center><big>The Protestant Reformation</big></center>
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When the Protestant Reformation officially occurred on Oct. 31, 1157 AD with the Catholic Monk Martin Luther posting of his Ninety-Five Theses complaints against various Catholic church practices and some abuses. The Protestant Reformation in splitting from the Catholic church actually split into two Protestant factions the Evangelical faction and the Reformed Calvinism faction.
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<b>Evangelical Protestant Christianity</b> tends to view a fallen mankind as capable of doing good and generally being pleasing to a Good, Loving, Caring, Faithful and approachable Father God.
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<b>Calvinism Protestant Christianity</b> tends to view a fallen mankind as unable to please God and tends to see the Father God in a more stern and unapproachable way.
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The word Protestant means Pro "in favor of" and Testament "witness" the Christian Protestant movement is not an anti-Catholic movement it is a movement that is "in favor" and for primarily three Christian traditions that Christians felt were being neglected or denied by the Catholic church.
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1. Sola Scripture - the Bible is the only authority for Christian doctrine and the main authority for Christian living.
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2. Sola Fida - meaning that "Faith" not our works but Faith in the finished works [cross and resurrection] of Jesus Christ is our primary acceptable entrance into heaven.
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3. Sola Sacerdos - interaction between God and mankind is via a "Sacred Priesthood" the Priesthood (1 Peter 2:9) {Royal Melchizedek Priesthood} is available to all Christians at all times by and thru the agency of the Holy Spirit and is not strictly a human appointed priesthood as had developed in the Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches.
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<small>by David Anson Brown</small>
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<center><big>Fall Feasts 2017</big></center>
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<b>Video:</b> Bride will be Raptured during a Feast of Trumpets "Rosh Hashanah" by Mark Biltz [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cL7En3OJvZU&amp;feature=youtu.be Trumpets YouTube]
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<b>Feast of Trumpets (Leviticus 23:24)</b>
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The two-day Jewish Feast of Trumpets is interesting as it is both the next Biblical Feast (Leviticus 23) in order to be prophetically fulfilled “in their seasons” (Leviticus 23:4) and it is also considered to be the Feast time that provides the possible and even the probable end (i.e. Rapture event) of the current Christian Church Era.
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The current New Testament Christian Church started on a Feast Day the (Sunday) Feast of Firstfruits (Easter Sunday). The next Feast the Feast of Trumpets is the start of the Jewish New Year the civil (secular) New Year.
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The Christian Church would be considered to end sometime on the two-day Jewish New Year (Feast of Trumpets) Festival in that prophetically the prophetic calendar now switches from the Gentile timeline back to the *secular Jewish timeline in order to eventually complete the prophetic 70th Week (Daniel 9:27) of the famous prophecy of Daniel’s 70 Weeks (Daniel 9:24) prophecy.
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*The civil or secular nature of the Jewish New Year is that the New Year in itself does not directly initiate the start of Daniel's 70 Week. The 70th Week is actually initiated slightly later by a set of separate actions and conditions i.e. a Jewish Temple existing in Jerusalem on the Temple Mount and by various political covenants and developments.
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==== Updates: April 21, 2017 ====
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<center><b>Evangelical Christianity Explained</b></center>
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I have recently been studying early-church history including Roman Emperors,  Crusaders, Nights Templers and Spanish Conquistadors. Much of what these groups were doing and attempting to do was.
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1. Going to Jerusalem attempting to find traditional Christianity [though they often were looking for an artifacts based Christianity]
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2. Taking that Jerusalem based original Christianity out into the world
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This video is a good summary of where modern Christianity should be though granted there are several nuances where the video is wrong i.e. teaching only 7 Feast Days when in actuality there are the 8 Biblical Leviticus chapter 23 Feast Days starting with the often left out "Sabbath Feast Day"  (the Triumphal Entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem often taught as Palm Sunday but is actually a Saturday Sabbath event in the Bible).
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Leaving out the unauthenticated artifacts of times past and instead focusing on the correct Acts 2:1 "one accord" Jerusalem schedule  is a desired and reasonable place for the modern Christian.
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Actually if we neglect the ancient teachings and timelines of the Bible then we are mostly left with modern interpretations of what someone thinks the Bible should say.
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One of the safest and best ways to understand the Bible is to do it in the original timeline and context of the ancient Feast Days of Israel.
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<center><b>The "Millennial Rein" of Jesus Christ</b><br /><i>the coming Jerusalem centered Kingdom on Earth of Jesus Christ</i></center>
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<b>The Four Dispensations of The Bible's New Testament</b>
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In the Apostle Paul's trip to Rome [recorded in the Bible's Book of Acts by the early Church Historian Luke] are some of the most codded and cryptic passages of the Bible's New Testament. Was Luke aided by the Apostle Paul, putting forth the future of the Church Era and an End Time scenario that Christians could glean from to understand events both current and future?
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<b>Summary</b>: The Apostle Paul's Journey to Rome - The Four Dispensations of the Times since the 1st Coming of Jesus Christ seem to have been mapped out and enacted throughout Paul's Journey to Rome.
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1. The Apostles Dispensation (Acts 27:1-5)<br />
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2. The Common Christian Church Age (Acts 27:6-44)<br />
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3. The Martyred Saints of Revelation Tribulation (Acts 28:1-15)<br />
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4. The 1,000 year Millennial Kingdom Reign of Jesus Christ on earth (Acts 28:16-31)
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Source: [http://www.davidansonbrown.com/Common-Christian-Community-Devotional.html Common Christian Community Daily Devotional]
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<b>Recap:</b> the slight problem with the teaching in the video is that the teacher Mark Biltz is using the traditions of men to interpret the Bible instead of using the Bible to interpret the Bible. For example it is the tradition of men that there are only seven Feast Days yet the Bible in Leviticus chapter 23 commands eight Feast Days. As Christians it's imperative that we have an accurate Biblical message derived from the Bible (usually the reliable KJV) and not just the constant parroting of slightly inaccurate teachings that the Christian Church has become mired in.
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<small>By David Anson Brown</small>
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==== Updates: March 2017 ====
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<center>I'm posting this info as generally informative of current events and ideas <br />not as specific future events</center>
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<center><font size=3 color=#004b77>The September 23, 2017 Signs in Heaven</font></center>
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I have been watching some YouTube videos about End Time events. Each new year brings the potential of End Time prophetic events and already 2017 as a year of change has the potential to begin a significant new era. I certainly don't think 2017 is the end of anything and more likely it is the beginning of a new season however with so much change happening so fast it will be a good idea to get familiar with some of these current concepts so they don't surprise us and possibly confuse us all the more. If I see anything else interesting or that is helpful I'll also post it.
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In the last few years there have been some significant changes in the global society. i.e. Pope Francis (2013), Brexit (2016), Trump (2017). The Bible is mostly centered on Israel and Europe regarding the End Times.
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I'm not a fan of 1 person prophecy shows. I think that prophecy should be discussed in a group to help provide a better balance and should maintain traditional Protestant Church traditions and creeds. Also taking care not to place America completely front and center in End Times prophecy as that is difficult to do and maintain a traditional Biblical view since the Bible is mostly centered on Israel and Europe regarding the End Times.
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All the best to everyone!<br />
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<small>David Anson Brown</small>
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[https://youtu.be/0QceyQk8tcc YouTube] 5 Ways the World Has CHANGED since 58th Inauguration of TRUMP | Can LIBERTY Exist without Religion?<br /><font size=2>Pastor Steve Cioccolanti is declaring the start of global revival. This teaching begins an important series on Good Government called "Is America a Christian Nation?"</font>
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[https://youtu.be/BfDPmUVBL6o YouTube] September 23, 2017 | Greatest End Times Sign | Discoverer Interviewed | Revelation 12 Sign!<br /><small>
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Rex Bear of LeakProject.com sits down with Scott Clarke of erfministries.com to discuss bible prophecy, signs in the heavens, the mark of the beast, biblical wars, the rapture, the tribulation, next September 23, and what 2017 may hold for those who dwell on earth … and so much more. Don’t miss this interview!</small>
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[https://youtu.be/t3S85UNUyu8 YouTube] The RAPTURE before February 17th 2017?
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[https://youtu.be/L6Ea5_A_cio YouTube] DID MICAH SEE THE RAPTURE IN A VISION?<br />
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<small>Teaching on dispensations and corrupt bible versions</small>
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<FONT face="Arial" color=#666666 size=2>© Copyright by David Anson Brown 2014-2018. All rights reserved.</font>
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<center>New Projects<br />
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[http://www.davidansonbrown.com davidansonbrown.com]
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[http://www.3C-Christianity.com 3C-Christianity.com]</center>
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<center><big><span style="font-variant: small-caps;">New Projects for 2017</span></big></center>
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[http://CommonChristianCommunity.com/ CommonChristianCommunity.com]
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[http://www.CommonChristianCommunity.com/mediawiki/index.php?title=Main_Page CommonChristianCommunity.com] Wiki
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[http://www.CommonChristianCommunity.com/wordpress/index.php CommonChristianCommunity.com] blog
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[http://www.CommonChristianFaith.com/ CommonChristianFaith.com]</center>
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<strong>Updates:</strong>
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<small>*Updated Link -- </small> [http://www.davidansonbrown.site/downloads/BasicChristian_Essentials.zip BasicChristian_Essentials.zip]
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[http://www.davidansonbrown.site/downloads/BasicChristian-eBooks-Mobi.zip BasicChristian-eBooks-Mobi.zip]
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[http://www.davidansonbrown.site/downloads/BasicChristian-eBooks-ePub.zip BasicChristian-eBooks-ePub.zip]
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[http://www.davidansonbrown.site/downloads/USMC_Brown_D_A.pdf David Anson Brown USMC 1981-1984] Marine Corps info and photos (PDF)
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<center><big>Download and Share for Holy Week 2017</big><br />
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Please Download and Share the Basic Christian Materials - Thank You!<br />[http://www.davidansonbrown.site/downloads/BasicChristian_Essentials.zip BasicChristian_Essentials.zip]<br />[http://www.davidansonbrown.site/downloads/The-Jesus-Realm.zip The-Jesus-Realm.zip]</center>
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<center>***New Evangelical Holy Week [http://www.basicchristian.org/Evangelical-Holy-Week.pdf PDF], [http://www.basicchristian.org/Evangelical-Holy-Week.docx Docx],[http://www.basicchristian.org/The-Evangelical-Holy-Week.mobi Mobi], [http://www.basicchristian.org/The-Evangelical-Holy-Week.epub ePub]
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<center><big> [http://www.davidansonbrown.site/Common-Christian-Community-Devotional.html Year Devotional 2017]</big></center>
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<center><big>*** [http://www.davidansonbrown.site/jesuswalk.html The Evangelical Holy Week 2017] ***</big></center>
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<center><blockquote> Matthew 12:40 For as (the prophet) Jonah was Three Days and Three Nights in the whale's belly;<br />
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so shall the Son of Man be <u>Three Days</u> and <u>Three Nights</u> in the heart of the earth.</blockquote></center>
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<center><big>The Christian Community Year Devotional<br />
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A Daily Devotional for the Congregational Church Fellowship Style</big><br />
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Located at [http://www.davidansonbrown.com DavidAnsonBrown.com]</center>
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<i>Accentuating the Congregational Church model of Christian fellowship equality, the individual believers (royal) priesthood, individual righteousness and holiness maturity, the current Kingdom of Jesus Christ and His Millennial Age Reign to come and the present Age of Christian Responsibilities.</i>
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<p><small>- The Christian Community Devotional after a slow start will eventually be a daily devotional.<br />
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-- The Christian Community Devotional is going to be published in the HTML 5 and CSS format not blogged on WordPress.</small></p>
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<p>God bless everyone,<br />
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David Anson Brown</p>
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<center><big>Congratulations!!</big><br />
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Since December 2011 the [http://www.davidansonbrown.site/downloads/BasicChristian.pdf Basic Christian PDF] has been downloaded over half a million times (648,834) on just one website!<br />Also in about the same time the larger, more complete [http://www.davidansonbrown.site/downloads/BasicChristian_Essentials.zip BasicChristian_Essentials.zip] file has been downloaded 11,660 times</center>
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Alternate Download Location [http://www.davidansonbrown.com/ here]
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<center><big>The Eight Old Testament Holy Feasts of Leviticus Chapter 23</big><br />
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Holy Convocations, A Statute Forever, All Generations</center>
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Schedule of The Lord's 8 Holy Feast Days --- Spring Feasts: Holy Week is comprised of the four <b>Salvation Feasts</b> {Sabbath (Rest), The Lord’s Passover, Unleavened Bread, and Firstfruits (Easter)} --- Pentecost [Acts 2:1] is the Middle Feast: The <b>Sanctification Feast</b> --- The Fall Feasts: The three <b>Redemption Feasts</b> are comprised of {Feast of Trumpets [possibly the future Rapture of the Christian Church] (Rosh Hashanah), Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), and Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot)}
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<center><big>The 3 Feast Groups of Israel</big></center>
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<blockquote><i>Deuteronomy 16:16 Three times in a year shall all [those who desire to] thy males appear before the LORD thy God in the place which He shall choose [i.e. Temple Mount]; in the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Passover - Holy Week), and in the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost), and in the Feast of Tabernacles (Fall Feasts): and they shall not appear before the LORD empty [without an offering]:</i></blockquote>
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Spring Feasts (Justification/Salvation): Passover - Holy Week<br />
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Summer 'Middle' Feast (Sanctification): Pentecost - Acts 2<br />
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Fall Feasts (Redemption): Day of Atonement - 2nd Coming, Final Restoration
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<center><big>Starting Friday April 7<sup>th</sup> 2017 until --- Easter Sunday April 16<sup>th</sup> 2017</big><br />
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Holy Week (Easter) 2017 10 Day Timeline Devotional [http://www.basicchristian.org/frame_jesuswalk.html Website] - [http://www.basicchristian.org/JesusWalk.pdf PDF] - [http://www.basicchristian.org/BasicChristian.pdf Basic Christian PDF]</center>
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<b>*New</b> [http://www.davidansonbrown.site/wordpress/feed/ The Jesus Realm blog RSS] -- The Jesus Realm WordPress blog
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[http://www.davidansonbrown.site/downloads/The%20Jesus%20Realm%20-%20The%20Emerging%20World%20Court%20System.pdf The Jesus Realm] (PDF) -- Containing New Info Regarding The Emerging World Court System
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[http://www.davidansonbrown.site/downloads/Wiki-BasicChristian.pdf Wiki-BasicChristian.pdf] (PDF) -- The Basic Christian Wiki Material
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[http://www.davidansonbrown.site/downloads/Common%20Christian%20Confession%20of%20Faith.pdf Common Christian Confession of Faith.pdf] (PDF) -- The Common Christian Confession of Faith
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The-Jesus-Realm [http://davidansonbrown.wordpress.com/ blog]
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David Anson Brown [http://davidansonbrown.wordpress.com/ blog]
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<b>New:</b> the 1611 KJV Bible with Headings [http://www.basicchristian.org/1611-KJV-Bible_with_Headings.docx MS Word] - [http://www.basicchristian.org/1611-KJV-Bible_with_Headings.pdf PDF] --
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[http://www.basicchristian.org/1611-KJV-Bible_with_Headings.epub Epub] - [http://www.basicchristian.org/1611-KJV-Bible_with_Headings.mobi Mobi] --
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[http://www.basicchristian.org/frame_Bible_KJV_Headings_Version.html Online]
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All the Basic Christian eBooks [http://www.davidansonbrown.site/downloads/BasicChristian-eBooks-Mobi.zip Mobi] - [http://www.davidansonbrown.site/downloads/BasicChristian-eBooks-ePub.zip Epub]
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<center><big><b>Counting the 49 Days after Holy Week until John MacArthur's Calvinism provide for Christian Salvation</b></big></center>
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Countdown to Pentecost 2014 and the Extra Days needed after Holy Week until John MacArthur's Calvinistic teachings provide for individual Salvation and the Start of the Christian Church.
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Reminder: after Holy Week's Resurrection Sunday (Easter Sunday - the start of the Christian Church) we are going to do another countdown here at The-Jesus-Realm.com this time to countdown the additional 49 days after the Resurrection (the start of the Christian Church) until Pentecost Sunday. The extra days believed necessary by some in order to wrongly facilitate a Pentecost start of the Christian Church instead of the actual Holy Week start of the Christian Church.
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Note: (Leviticus 23:15,16) the Jewish Feast Day of Pentecost [50] is fifty days [7 Sabbaths (Saturdays) and then the next day Sunday] from the Sabbath Day (Saturday) during the Lord's Passover. The Pentecost [Acts 2] that the Christian Church is remembering is always 49 days [7 Sundays] from Resurrection Sunday [Easter Sunday]. Since the yearly Jewish Passover is on a different day each year and the Christian Church is remembering the Jerusalem Passover of Jesus [the yearly remembrance of the days of Christian Holy Week is calculated slightly different than the ongoing days of the Jewish Passover Week] the two yearly Jewish and Christian holidays do not always match-up on the calendar as the same day.
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The doctrines of Calvinism in neglecting the Events of the Christian Holy Week the doctrines of Calvinism do not have in them the foundation of  being 'Redeemed' by the blood of the cross of Jesus Christ and 'Saved' into the one True Resurrection of Jesus Christ but instead by the doctrines of Calvinism a person is not necessarily 'Redeemed' or 'Saved' by the Holy Week Ministry of Jesus Christ but  instead  a person is merely nebulously 'Chosen' via some form of  'Election' that is built and affirmed upon the assumptions, presuppositions and confirmations of man not as a result of the confirming presence of the Holy Spirit. Calvinistic doctrine wrongfully negates the works and ministry of Jesus Christ during Holy Week and exchanges the sure Foundation of the Christian Faith derived from the Holy Week events of Jesus Christ for a man centered gospel message of 'chosen' and 'elect'.
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John the Baptist (Matthew 3:11) prophesied that the Messiah (Jesus Christ) would be the one to continually “baptize” people with the Holy Spirit unto eternal Salvation not a solo working of the Holy Spirit Baptizing alone (the empowerment) as is recorded in Acts chapter 2. Jesus Christ being both the 'Beginning' Alpha by Baptizing His followers starting in the Upper Room (John 20:22) and continuing to Baptize His disciples throughout the entire Christian Church Era then 'Ending' Omega by Jesus Himself eventually calling and meeting (Acts 1:9-11, 1 Thessalonians 4:14) His 'Bride' of 'Baptized' followers in the clouds and bringing His Bride into Heaven.
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Note: the Basic Christian Ministry follows and instructs in the <b>Historical Biblical Christian pattern</b> [i.e. the literal grammatical historical method of Biblical interpretation] – in following the <b>actual Divine and human events</b> that Christianity is a direct product of i.e. creation, original sin, Heaven, hell,  the virgin birth of Jesus Christ, the earthly Ministry of Jesus, the Holy Week events and ministry of Jesus, imputed righteousness, the eternal resurrection, the historic Apostolic Church age, the current Common Christian Church Age, the Millennial Age to come, and the many other human and Divine events that have already happened or are yet to unfold among mankind.
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While the more modern Reformed i.e. Calvinistic traditions, doctrines and teachings are not so much derived from either historical or future events but are more derived from <b>presuppositional  teachings</b>, meaning that if a well-known person i.e. John Calvin or almost anyone with a Dr. in their title makes <b>a statement</b> then that statement becomes a kind of presupposed fact a fact that the general Christian Church at large is now supposed to universally accept as a biblical doctrinal truth even though that doctrine didn't emerge from historical events or even from well contemplated Biblical passages but  merely as a preference of certain people that once united in groupthink becomes a de facto Church doctrine.
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Concluding: there is a vast difference between the historic Church with the Biblical doctrines of the true historic Biblical Church and what is being taught and passed along today in the modern opinion induced church. -- This blog post in [http://www.davidansonbrown.site/downloads/The%20Jesus%20Realm%20-%20The%20Emerging%20World%20Court%20System.pdf PDF]
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<tt>Note: after Resurrection Sunday (the birth of the Christian Church – Feast of Firstfruits – aka Easter Sunday to Gentiles) we are going to do another countdown [http://www.davidansonbrown.site/ here] this time to countdown to the yearly Feast of Pentecost [June 8, 2014] so people can see that Pentecost (a growth/harvest Sanctification Feast) comes almost two months [in a different Season] after the (Justifying) Feasts of the Spring Passover/Holy Week have already been completed.</tt>
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<tt>Revealing that those who are teaching the very <b>false doctrine</b> of Justification through Sanctification i.e. the <b>Progressive Justification of Augustinian and Calvinism doctrines</b> by wrongly claiming that both the Christian Church (Justification) and individual Sanctification (individual Christian growth) both began only at Pentecost and that now both continue simultaneously based on our own individual actions and deeds are either knowingly or unknowingly perpetuating perhaps the biggest error in modern Christianity when in fact the work of Christian Church (Justification) was completed on Resurrection Sunday at the completion of Jesus’ Holy Week Ministry almost two months before the individual Sanctification empowerment (Acts 1:8, Romans 15:16) work of Pentecost even began.</tt>
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<tt>Also Note: the Holy Feast cycle is completed in the Fall with the Redemptive Fall Feasts. The three Biblical (Leviticus 23) Feast groups are the Spring (Passover) 'Justifying' Feasts (Romans 3:24-25, Colossians 1:20) that bring us sinners into a right relationship with God through the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ, then our individual Christian growth 'Sanctification' and the empowerment process given from God to us on the Feast Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1, Philippians 2:12) followed by the Fall Feasts and our Final 'Redemption' (Romans 8:23, 2 Corinthians 5:10) at our own physical death – when our actual body (soul and spirit) come into the perceivable presence of God. ~ David Anson Brown</tt>
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<center><big><span style="font-variant: small-caps;">New Projects for 2013</span></big></center>
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[http://the-jesus-realm.com/ The-Jesus-Realm.com]
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<span class="plainlinks">[http://the-jesus-realm.com/index.php?title=Main_Page The-Jesus-Realm.com] Wiki</span>
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<span class="plainlinks">[http://the-jesus-realm.com/wordpress/ The-Jesus-Realm.com] blog</span></center>
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<center><p><big>Website is Closed</big></p></center>
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10/05/2012 <b>Update:</b> The Basic Christian Ministry 2000 to 2012 material has for the most part concluded. When I originally started the internet ministry I thought it would be about a 3 to 4 year project and gratefully it has been closer to a 12 year project. Though now to continue adding material to the same files making them larger would just become counterproductive. -- I'm going to spend some time reorganizing some of the material and continue to refine the ideas, the theology and the presentation and start fresh with some more material probably later this year while still keeping the existing 2000-2012 material available. -- Most importantly I want to spend a lot of time in personal devotions, prayer, fellowship and just in seeking a personal relationship with God in Jesus Christ and considering if I should continue in ministry and really what kind of ministry to be involved in. -- All the best, God bless everyone! ~ David Anson Brown
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[http://c411480.r80.cf1.rackcdn.com/Wiki-BasicChristian.pdf Wiki-BasicChristian.pdf] (PDF)
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[http://c411480.r80.cf1.rackcdn.com/Wiki-BasicChristian.docx Wiki-BasicChristian.docx] (MS Word)
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<b>RackSpace Cloud:</b> Basic Christian
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[http://c411480.r80.cf1.rackcdn.com/BasicChristian.pdf BasicChristian.pdf]
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[http://c411480.r80.cf1.rackcdn.com/BasicChristian.docx BasicChristian.docx]
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[http://www.davidansonbrown.site/downloads/BasicChristian_Essentials.zip BasicChristian_Essentials.zip]
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[http://basicchristian.org/RackSpaceCloud%20-%20BasicChristian%20Files.pdf BasicChristian RackSpaceCloud Files (PDF)]
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[http://basicchristian.org/BasicChristian_list_of_files_on_RackSpaceCloud.rss BasicChristian RackSpaceCloud Files (RSS)]
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[http://c411480.r80.cf1.rackcdn.com/BasicChristian-eBooks-Mobi.zip BasicChristian-eBooks-Mobi.zip]
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[http://c411480.r80.cf1.rackcdn.com/BasicChristian-eBooks-ePub.zip BasicChristian-eBooks-ePub.zip]
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[http://www.basicchristian.org/Capt._John_Brown_Documents.pdf Capt. John Brown Documents] (PDF)
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[http://www.basicchristian.org/USMC_Brown_D_A.pdf David Anson Brown USMC 1981-1984] Marine Corps info and photos (PDF)
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I have been updating some of my Marine Corps information 81-84.
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If anyone wants me to make any changes just realize that I still have pictures of the oldest rope bridge in Australia and of orchids in Singapore.
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Also to my surprise when I searched the internet to find the correct name for the Singapore Botanic Gardens I found a list of the top ten parks in Singapore and the Botanic Gardens was not even on it – talk about oversight.
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God bless,
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David Anson Brown
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[http://marines.togetherweserved.com/bio/LCplBrown1981to1984USMC LCpl David A. Brown USMC] Bio and Timeline
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<center><h5><big><b>The Basic Christian Ministry 2012 Trilogy Project!</b></big></h5></center>
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<b>The Basic Christian Ministry</b> has completed the <b>2012 Trilogy Project</b> consisting of [http://www.basicchristian.org/Statement.pdf The Basic Christian Statement of Faith], A Declaration of Faith - [http://www.basicchristian.org/The%20Pierre%20Statement%20on%20Biblical%20Doctrines%20by%20confessing%20Christians.pdf The Pierre Statement on Biblical Doctrines by Confessing Christians] and The 1646 Westminster Confession of Faith modified into [http://basicchristian.org/Common%20Christian%20Confession%20of%20Faith.pdf The 2012 Common Christian Confession of Faith] God bless everyone! ~ David Anson Brown
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<blockquote>Romans 10:9-11 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth <b>confession is made unto salvation</b>. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on Him (Jesus Christ) shall not be ashamed.</blockquote>
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<center><p><big>Separation took Church from the buildings and set it free to be in the minds and hearts of the people</big></p></center>
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<b>Announcement:</b> After careful consideration regarding the Basic Christian Ministry, where it has been, where it is now and where it is intending to go it seems that we will need a long dedicated look into where the ministry should be going – so for the rest of the year and all of next year the Basic Christian Ministry is going to try to focus on the one topic of Church Separation. Specifically we are going to go back and look at specific areas of Church History [Greek Orthodox and English Anglican] to see where large successful movements have left abusive and domineering church systems and have not only survived but have also thrived. All things considered now is a very opportune time to rapidly flee from the current abusive, out of touch, domineering, Corporation, church as a profit business, secular system. So we are going to spend the next months and the next year taking steps to separate and remove ourselves, our family and our friends from the current modern church as a Corporation system. - God bless everyone! ~ David Anson Brown
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:''The great Church Separations of Church History have taken Christianity from the confines of the Cathedrals and from the one or two hours of worship each week that was equated within the brick and mortar church buildings and has set worship free among the land to be a continual worship of God in the great outdoors, in the country, in the streets, in the cities and most importantly of all into the minds and hearts of the people.''
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<center><p><big>Rosh Hashanah "Head of the Year" also known as 'Feast of the Trumpets' 2012</big>  [http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/379347/20120831/rosh-hashanah-2012-jewish-new-year-september.htm Jewish New Year] - - Jewish Year 5773 begins in the evening on Sunday, Sept. 16<sup>th</sup> and ends in the evening of Tuesday, Sept. 18<sup>th</sup></p>
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<p><b>Rosh Hashanah is a Leviticus 23 Feast and is a possible timeframe for the 'Last Trumpet' Rapture of the Christian Church</b> [http://www.basicchristian.org/The%20Pierre%20Statement%20on%20Biblical%20Doctrines%20by%20confessing%20Christians.pdf #9 The Pre-Trib Rapture of the Christian Church] (PDF)<br />Next year the Feast of Trumpets "Rosh Hashanah" begins in the evening on Wednesday, September 4<sup>th</sup> in 2013 and ends in the evening of Friday, September 6<sup>th</sup>
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September 14, 2012: <b>Occult Deception practices within the Church</b>
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''The question has to be asked are these Church Sanctuaries or are these Satanic Covens? Are they secretly functioning as both churches and covens? Pseudo pretend churches designed to take money and lie to unsuspecting Christians while the real intention is to fund and facilitate Satanic Covens.''
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Modern (occult) pastors seem to be continually instituting a false system within the Church. A pseudo system that vaguely resembles the Old Testament, particularly in part in reinstituting the already completed Levitical Law (i.e. tithing). What this pseudo church (i.e. wrongly insinuating that we Christians have to prove our actual Justification (faith in Jesus) by showing our obedience to O.T. Levitical Law like practices). This places a false atmosphere within the Church and creates a false impression that insinuates that Biblical practices are being followed and adhered to [well negated O.T. practices] and in this false O.T. system it places individuals i.e. pastors into a perceived position of the O.T. offices of anointed king, anointed prophet or anointed priest and it is creating a dismal, dysfunctional, corrupt and error ridden system that is devastating the modern Church.
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<b>See Also:</b> [http://www.basicchristian.org/mediawiki/Audio_Video/081912p.mp3 False Repentance Doctrine Exposed] (Mp3) --
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[http://www.faithfulwordbaptist.org/page5.html Faithful Word Baptist Church Sermons]
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<b>Excellent!!</b> Dr. D. James Kennedy Explains the difference between Justification and Sanctification [http://apprising.org/2012/08/24/saved-by-roman-catholicism-youve-got-your-work-cut-out-for-you/ YouTube]
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<small>Justification <i>does not</i> encompasses  Sanctification  … Justification [the outcome/result of our Redemption] and Sanctification [our continuing individual Christian growth] must always be distinguished (differentiated) but they can never be separated.</small>
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<h5>New Calvinism, New Baptist, New Evangelical, Gnosticism, and Communism 'Church Tribe' Communes</h5>
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A multiple part sermon review from the Paul's Passing Thoughts blog by Paul Dohse - 
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[http://www.basicchristian.org/mediawiki/Audio_Video/Part-2_-New-Calvinism-Gnosticism-and-Communism.mp4 Part 2]
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[http://www.basicchristian.org/mediawiki/Audio_Video/Part-3_-New-Calvinism-Gnosticism-and-Communism.mp4 Part 3]
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[http://www.basicchristian.org/mediawiki/Audio_Video/Part-4_-New-Calvinism-Gnosticism-and-Communism.mp4 Part 4] (Mp4 - Downloads)
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Reviewed Sermon: A progressive (Gnostic, New Calvinism, Commune) sermon given at Shawnee Hills Baptist Church in Portsmouth, OH
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# The Prodigal Son parable is supposedly about the older son (a Christian or a Jew) being mostly bad while the departed worldly son (worldly people) as being mostly good, and if we are like either son [we will end up like the Corinthians] and then if we attempt to discern spiritual matters ourselves without a Pastor {I guess, because only the Pastor has the Holy Spirit} - it could make us 'spiritually schizophrenic' and we don't want that -- or something like that.
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# Also, FYI wisdom and knowledge are NOT the same thing - but the Pastor is the shepherd - so use wisdom (a vision of good) but not knowledge (a way to defend individual bad ideas) in seeking a new Pastor 'shepherd' for the church.
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<b>Conclusion:</b> resistance is futile, [if you are not careful] you will be assimilated into this new Emerging Progressive (New Calvinism, New Baptist, New Evangelical, Gnosticism, and Communism 'Church Tribe' Communes) slave system to be sent out and produce your best (tithes) and give your free services to the community all the while most importantly being very obedient to your Pastor and your appointed church leaders [except of course for that Jesus Christ person because He really doesn't matter in this new system], and have a blessed day - but only by their approval.
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<b>Update:</b> The Basic Christian Ministry has material to post but it might not be for a while. Currently the next posted material is going to provide some important information regarding the existing New Testament superiority to the completed Old Testament. Jesus seemed to say that the New Testament is to be used to explain the Old Testament and likewise the Apostle Paul placed the authority and clarification of the New Testament over that of the already accomplished [in the bringing in of the Christ (Messiah)] Old Testament. Today some are presenting the Biblical Scripture order as O.T. first in importance [i.e. tithing] and the N.T. as a further revelation of the O.T. with a continued progression of more human (prophetic) knowledge and revelation to come and this is a gigantic error as the N.T. Covenant was always in view [Numbers 14:24] and the N.T. has always had precedence [Isaiah 1:11] over the O.T. even during [Joel 2:12-13] the O.T. time period.
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<blockquote>Matthew 13:51-52 <b>Jesus</b> saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto Him, Yea, Lord. Then said He unto them, Therefore <b>every scribe</b> [Bible scholar] which is <b>instructed unto the Kingdom of Heaven</b> is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his <b>Treasure</b> things <b>New</b> [New Testament] and <b>Old</b> [Old Testament].</blockquote>
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<blockquote>Colossians 2:16-17 Let no man therefore judge you in [O.T.] meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which [O.T. examples] are a shadow of [N.T. reality - events] things to come; but the [N.T. reality - existence] body is of Christ.</blockquote>
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=== New Resources ===
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[http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/ What Christians Want To Know]
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* [http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/teleological-argument-for-gods-existence/ Teleological Argument for God's Existence]
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* [http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/17-bible-verses-about-the-birth-of-jesus/ 17 Bible Verses About The Birth of Jesus]
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* [http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/the-lords-prayer-bible-verses-and-study/ The Lord’s Prayer Bible Verses and Study]
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[http://ironink.org/2012/12/public-opinion-polls-historicism-and-psychological-warriors/ Iron Ink blog] Article: Public Opinion Polls, Historicism and Psychological Warriors
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[http://ephesians511blog.net/ Ephesians 5:11 blog] A Discernment Ministry hosted by William Saunders
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[http://arminianperspectives.wordpress.com/ Arminian Perspectives blog] A Study of Salvation
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Updates: January 1, 2018

The Lord's Prayer

Jesus said "After this manner therefore pray all of you: Our Father which are in Heaven, Hallowed (Holy) be your Name. Your Kingdom come, Your Will be done in earth, as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts (sins), as we forgive our debtors (sins against us). And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For Yours is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory, forever. Amen. For if all of you forgive men their trespasses, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if all of you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ~ Matthew 6:9-15

Concerning the Future Judgment
The Sheep and the Goats

Jesus said "When the Son of Man shall come in His Glory, and all the Holy Angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the Throne of His Glory: And before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them one from another, as a Shepherd divides His sheep from the goats: And He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, Come, all of you blessed of My Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was hungry, and all of you gave Me food: I was thirsty, and all of you gave Me drink: I was a stranger, and all of you took Me in: Naked, and all of you clothed Me: I was sick, and all of you visited Me: I was in prison, and all of you came unto Me. Then shall the righteous answer Him, saying, Lord, when saw we You hungry, and fed you? or thirsty, and gave You drink? When saw we You a stranger, and took You in? or naked, and clothed You? Or when saw we You sick, or in prison, and came unto You? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Assuredly I say unto you, Inasmuch as all of you have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, all of you have done it unto Me. Then shall He say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from Me, all of you cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was hungry, and all of you gave Me no food: I was thirsty, and all of you gave Me no drink: I was a stranger, and all of you took Me not in: naked, and all of you clothed Me not: sick, and in prison, and all of you visited Me not. Then shall they also answer Him, saying, Lord, when saw we You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto you? Then shall He answer them, saying, Assuredly I say unto you, Inasmuch as all of you did it not to one of the least of these, all of you did it not to Me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. ~ Matthew 25:31-46

Note: Jesus made it clear to His disciples (followers) that we are to forgive one another and that we are to help, encourage and assist one another. It is very much a real concept that in the very and exact way that we treat others even strangers it is in the very same way that God is going to treat us including in the final judgment to come.

by David Anson Brown


 


Updates: December 30, 2017

The Primary Ages of the 7 Church Letters of Revelation from Jesus Christ

1. The Church at Ephesus -- The teaching instructing Church - The Apostles and their disciples including Justin Martyr, etc.
2. The Church at Smyrna -- The martyred persecuted Church - Polycarp the Bishop of Smyrna, Perpetua and Felicity of Carthage, etc.
3. The Church at Pergamos -- The worldly government Church - Constantine I, Ambrose, Monica, Augustine, etc.
4. The Church at Thyatira -- The Roman Catholic Church - Pope Leo I, Francis of Assisi, Thomas Aquinas, Ignatius of Loyola, Queen Mary I of England, etc.
5. The Church at Sardis -- The Protestant Church - Anselm of Canterbury, William Tyndale, King James I of England, Charles Spurgeon, etc.
6. The Church at Philadelphia -- The friendship (Evangelical) Church - Queen Victoria, George Muller, Edward Backhouse, Oswald Chambers, etc.
7. The Church at Laodicea -- The modern comfortable (Emergent) Church - King Henry VIII of England, Westcott and Hort, C. S. Lewis, etc.

Note: what was important to Justin Martyr was that he had known and was connected to someone who he presumed had known an Apostle. Justin Martyr was witnessed to by a very elderly man who instructed Justin Martyr to start in the faith not by reading the Christian New Testament but by reading the Jewish Old Testament.

Ambrose Bishop of Milan, Italy "A Father of the Modern (Governmental) Church System" consecrated on December 7, 374 A.D.

Saint Ambrose of Milan was a founder in the 3rd Church era the Church at Pergamos the legal governmental church era.

Saint Monica the mother of Saint Augustine (baptized by Ambrose) was actually a member of the 2nd Church era Church of Smyrna -- The martyred persecuted Church before joining with Ambrose in Milan.

Also Note: Queen Mary I of England was an exceptional and gifted Catholic leader. The problem was not with her as a leader [as was so often the case especially at certain times during the ancient early Christian era Roman Empire] it was that the Church era [time in general] had shifted an moved on and the Protestant era had begun.

Recap: The 7 Church Letters of Revelation from Jesus Christ

1. The Church at Ephesus -- The teaching instructing Church - Faith in Jesus exhibited by a personal knowledge of Jesus
2. The Church at Smyrna -- The martyred persecuted Church - Faith in Jesus exhibited by total commitment even to death
3. The Church at Pergamos -- The worldly government Church - Faith in Jesus exhibited by current worldly status
4. The Church at Thyatira -- The Roman Catholic Church - Faith in Jesus exhibited by works i.e. Penance, Priests, Saint worship, Purgatory
5. The Church at Sardis -- The Protestant Church - Faith in Jesus exhibited by knowledge i.e. creeds, confessions, statements
6. The Church at Philadelphia -- The friendship (Evangelical) Church - Faith in Jesus exhibited by a personal relationship with Jesus
7. The Church at Laodicea -- The modern comfortable (Emergent) Church - Faith in Jesus exhibited by self-acceptance [i.e I accept the way I am and the way I live my life so Jesus must accept me this way also]

 

6th Church Era - The English Society of Friends
A Major Evangelical Sect

The Religious Society of Friends: Doctrines and Practices ..., Publication date 1870
by Edward Backhouse Online Book

Early Church History to the Death of Constantine, Publication date 1884
by Edward Backhouse Online Book

 

Biographical Preface of Edward Backhouse by Dr. Thomas Hodgkin

As the following work may come into the hands of some who were not personally acquainted with its Author, it is necessary to devote a few pages to a sketch of his life and character. Those who knew Edward Backhouse of Sunderland, will never forget either the man or that fresh and vigorous Christianity which was the keynote of his life. But for the sake of others an attempt must be made to give an outline, however imperfectly, of the manner in which he served his own generation by the will of God before he fell asleep and was "laid with his fathers."

He was the son of Edward and Mary Backhouse, and was born at Darlington in 1808. A resident from early boyhood at Sunderland, of which place he became one of the foremost citizens, he was thoroughly identified in his interests with the busy, stirring life of the North of England. He was not himself, however, actively engaged in commerce. Although a partner in collieries [coal mining], and in the extensive banking business with which the name of his family has been so long connected, he took little, if any share in the practical management of these businesses, having desired from the time of his early manhood to keep his hands free for philanthropic and religious work.

He was an eager and diligent student of natural history, a frequent traveler, and a landscape painter of considerable merit. Though not cultivating the graces of a professed orator, he could always be relied on to make a plain, vigorous, straightforward speech, with a heartiness which never failed to win the ear of a popular assembly. He was a rather keen, but not bitter politician, on the Liberal side, but never sought a seat in Parliament, whither he could certainly have gone as representative of Sunderland if he had desired to do so.

His whole life was coloured by his enthusiastic adoption of the principles of that portion of the Christian Church to which his ancestors for many generations had belonged; the Society of Friends. During a considerable part of his life he occupied a conspicuous position as a minister among them. It is generally known that in their body there are no paid religious ministers, but the work of preaching and of pastoral visitation is discharged by such members of the society as may feel themselves commissioned by the Unseen Head of the Church to undertake it. After one of these volunteers has preached in the "meetings for worship" for a while, if his services meet with the approval of the congregation, it is the custom to "acknowledge" him. Ministers thus acknowledged acquire a certain official position, but still are in no sense a clergy distinct from the laity around them, but only members of the body, whose gift happens to be of a kind which brings them into somewhat greater prominence than their brethren.

Edward Backhouse used to refer his own conversion to the thirtieth year of his age. His life had been always pure and unblameable according to man's judgment. After this time it became more conspicuously devoted to the service of Christ; yet it was not till fourteen years after this time that he commenced work as a minister. In the interval his religious labours were chiefly of the kind which Friends call "eldership," and which consists in accompanying the ministers on their missionary journeys, advising them as to their spiritual course, and discriminating between the ministers whose gifts claim encouragement and eventual recognition, and those who seem to have mistaken their vocation. In 1852 he began to preach in the assemblies of Friends, and after two years' probation was "recognized" as a minister, which position he occupied for the remaining twenty-five years of his life.

His preaching was very characteristic of the man, with no elaborate oratory, but a fine natural flow of language and a certain character of manly strength and earnestness in every discourse. His favourite topic of exhortation, especially in later years, was, "Press on, do not be satisfied with infancy or childhood in the Christian life. It is time now that you were full grown men and women in Christ Jesus, with all the power to overcome which this mature life should bring to you." The happiness of the Christian believer was another favorite theme, both in his conversation and his sermons. In speaking of his life after his conversion he says, "The more closely I kept to my faithful Guide, the more I understood the beauty of holiness, the glory of the Lord's delightsome land, the sweetness, the safety and the rest of abiding in Jesus." Those words, "the Lord's delightsome land," are very characteristic both of his life and ministry, and in writing them one seems to hear again the fine tones of that strong and hearty voice impressing, them on his hearers.

... It is difficult to describe this part of his character without conveying the impression that his was a self-indulgent life; but this was far from being the case. The sorrows and the sins of great cities, and especially of the great seaport near to which he himself lived, claimed a very large share of his time and thought, and he spent not only money, but health and energy freely in the endeavor to alleviate and reform them. He erected a large mission hall in one of the poorest districts of Sunderland, which became the resort of a large congregation, and was the center of a great Christianizing and civilizing work in a district which had much need of such assistance. In the various operations connected with this place, both on Sundays and weekdays, he took a large personal share. ... THOMAS HODGKIN


Updates: December 7, 2017

Saint Ambrose, Saint Monica and Saint Augustine

Ambrose Bishop of Milan, Italy "Father of the Modern (Governmental) Church System" consecrated on December 7, 374 A.D.

St Ambrose of Milan was a founder in the 3rd Church era the Church at Pergamos the legal governmental church era.

St Monica the mother of St Augustine (baptized by Ambrose) was actually a member of the 2nd Church era Church of Smyrna -- The martyred persecuted Church before joining with Ambrose in Milan.

When Augustine rejected Christianity in his youth it was the persecuted Church era Christianity of his mother Monica that he was rejecting. The early persecuted Church practiced what today we would call a Pentecostalism mixed with pagan practices.

In Milan the Bishop Ambrose rebuked the practices of (grave vigils - for those martyred) that Monica and her friends were practicing in Milan. Augustine was impressed that Ambrose rebuked the practice and again decided to consider Christianity.

Ambrose and many of his era including Augustine had rejected the Judeo/Christian model of the early Church and were looking to practice a Platonism/Christian model (i.e. the "School of Plato" including both the Gnosticism of Plato and the Philosophy of Aristotle) of Christianity.

Pope Leo I (400-461 AD) is loosely considered to be the first Pope of the 4th Church era the Church at Thyatira -- The Roman Catholic Church.

Judeo/Christian would come back into practice in the 6th Church era with the Church at Philadelphia -- The friendship (Evangelical) Church.

Note: the church at Rome "Vatican" didn't exist in the early Church years. The Council of Nicea was primarily hosted and represented by the stronger more influential Eastern Churches. The Church of Rome sending only two Presbyters and no Bishops to the very important Council of Nicea.

by David Anson Brown

Who was St Ambrose of Milan? YouTube

Augustine (Part 1) YouTube

Augustine (Part 2) YouTube

The 7 Churches Eras of Christianity Daily Christian Devotional


Updates: December 6, 2017

Excellent News!

President Trump's speech was exceptionally well implemented. It couldn't possibly have been given with any more meaning, compassion and impactful importance then what the President delivered. Well done President Trump! ~ David Anson Brown

Trump to Announce Jerusalem as Capital of Israel
The Jerusalem Post Article

US to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital
BBC Article

Nettanyahu on Trump's Jerusalem Declaration: Our National, Historical Identity Being Recognized Today
Haaretz Article

Five things to watch in Trump's Jerusalem speech
Yahoo Article

President Trump: US Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's Capital 12/06/2017 [FULL SPEECH]
Live Stream TV News YouTube

The Czech Republic follows Trump's lead and recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital
Business Insider Article


Updates: November 24, 2017

Christian Church History

The Ancient Roman world YouTube

Constantine the Great YouTube

Apostolic Fathers YouTube

Christian Apologists and Early Heresies YouTube

Worship in the Didache SermonAudio


Updates: November 12, 2017

Church Creeds, Confessions and Councils

Understanding Christian Church History!

Creeds and Councils: What are they? YouTube Council of Constantinople YouTube Council of Chalcedon YouTube Great Schism of 1054 A.D. YouTube

The Protestant Reformation

Martin Luther and the Heidelberg Disputation YouTube Luther's Reformation Breakthrough YouTube The Importance of the Reformation YouTube

500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

Movie: Luther (2003)
During the early 16th Century [Oct. 31, 1517 AD] idealistic German monk Martin Luther, disgusted by the materialism in the church, begins the dialogue that will lead to the Protestant Reformation. Luther 2003 Movie Trailer YouTube

Kennedy Classics - The Reformation: Then and Now YouTube

Hundreds expected to attend celebration of 500th anniversary of Protestant Reformation
CJonline.com Article

Discovery Institute fellow: The Protestant Reformation, 500 years on
NewsOK Article

John Wycliffe the Morning Star of the Reformation
ThirdMill Article

FoxNews: The Reformation, led by Luther, failed. Here's how we could finally reunite the Christian church Article

Saint Anselm of Canterbury
Wikipedia Article

Note: Anselm of Canterbury is credited with changing the church focus from a Catholic Works doctrine to a Protestant Knowledge doctrine.

The 7 Church Letters of Revelation from Jesus Christ

1. The Church at Ephesus -- The teaching instructing Church - Faith in Jesus exhibited by a personal knowledge of Jesus
2. The Church at Smyrna -- The martyred persecuted Church - Faith in Jesus exhibited by total commitment even to death
3. The Church at Pergamos -- The worldly government Church - Faith in Jesus exhibited by current worldly status
4. The Church at Thyatira -- The Roman Catholic Church - Faith in Jesus exhibited by works i.e. Penance, Priests, Saint worship, Purgatory
5. The Church at Sardis -- The Protestant Church - Faith in Jesus exhibited by knowledge i.e. creeds, confessions, statements
6. The Church at Philadelphia -- The friendship (Evangelical) Church - Faith in Jesus exhibited by a personal relationship with Jesus
7. The Church at Laodicea -- The modern comfortable (Emergent) Church - Faith in Jesus exhibited by self-acceptance [i.e I accept the way I am and the way I live my life so Jesus must accept me this way also]


Updates: October 2, 2017

Christmas Day - Savior Day!
Christmas Day - Savior Day!

Approximately the day that Jesus Christ the Savior of the world entered into the world! -- The Evangelical Christmas

Christmas Day is Monday, December 25th 2017

Selected Christmas Sermon for 2017
Christ The Savior and King -- Luke 1:26-38, Isaiah 9:6, Daniel 7:14
Source: Bloomsburg Community Church 2009


Thanksgiving (Christian Feast of Tabernacles) 2017

... that the abundant grace might through the Thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God

Thanksgiving Day is Thursday, November 23rd 2017

We having the same Spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak; Knowing that He which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present (in heaven) us with you. For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the Thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man (soul) is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. ~ 2 Corinthians 4:13-18

Source: The Evangelical Thanksgiving

Kennedy Classics - Pilgrims Give Thanks YouTube
Kennedy Classics - The Pilgram Legacy YouTube



Countdown Judeo-Christian Evangelical Feast Schedule 2018

Holy Week (Passover) - Friday March 23rd 2018 ---> Easter Sunday April 1st 2018

Pentecost (Shavuot) - May 20th 2018
Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah) - Sunset on Sunday, September 9th ---> Tuesday, September 11th (IST)
Thanksgiving (Feast of Tabernacles) - Thursday, November 22nd 2018
Christmas Day 'Savior Day' - The Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) - Tuesday, December 25th 2018

Note: Rosh Hashanah the Jewish Feast is observed every year by Judaism. The Christian fulfillment of Rosh Hashanah the Feast of Trumpets happens only once [when God the Father calls the Bride of the Son of God the Christian Church into Heaven]. Likewise there is only one Christian Holy Week (Passover) Feast fulfilled in Jesus Christ and only one Pentecost (Shavuot) fulfilled in the Holy Spirit. ~ David Anson Brown

The Eight Old Testament Holy Feasts of Leviticus Chapter 23

Holy Convocations, A Statute Forever, All Generations

Schedule of The Lord's 8 Holy Feast Days --- Spring Feasts: Holy Week is comprised of the four Salvation Feasts {Sabbath (Rest), The Lord's Passover, Unleavened Bread, and Firstfruits (Easter)} --- Pentecost (Shavuot) [Acts 2:1 - Church Age] is the Middle Feast: The Sanctification Feast --- The Fall Feasts: The three Redemption Feasts are comprised of {Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah) possibly the Rapture dates of the Christian Church, Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), and Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot)}

The Eight Holy Feasts of Leviticus Chapter 23

Salvation Feasts (Spring Feasts) - Jesus' First Coming

1. Sabbath (Rest) - Saturdays - fulfilled (Holy Week) at the Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem

2. The Lord's Passover - 14th day of Nisan - fulfilled (Holy Week) at the Last Supper

3. Unleavened Bread - 15th day of Nisan - fulfilled (Holy Week) on the Cross

4. Firstfruits [Born Again] (Easter) - first Sunday after the Feast of The Lord's Passover - fulfilled (Holy Week) in the Resurrection

Sanctification Feast (Summer Feast or Middle Feast) - The work of the Holy Spirit

5. Pentecost (Shavuot) Acts 2:1 - 50 Days (7 Sabbaths + 1 day) from the Sabbath Day before the Feast of Firstfruits or the 7th Sunday (49 days) after the Feast of Firstfruits (Easter Sunday) - currently in progress

Final Redemption Feasts (Fall Feasts) - Jesus' Second Coming

6. Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah)

7. Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur)

8. Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot)

Christian Feast Days 2018

Holy Week (Passover) - Friday March 23, 2018 ---> Easter Sunday April 1, 2018

The Feast of Pentecost (Shavuot) - Sunday May 20, 2018

The Fall Feasts (Rosh Hashanah) - Sunday Sept. 9-11, 2018 at sundown in Jerusalem, Israel
Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) - Tuesday Sept. 18-19 at sundown in Jerusalem, Israel

Christmas Day 'Savior Day' - Tuesday December 25, 2018


The Rapture [the end of the current Christian Church Age - the Church is called into Heaven] and [on] the Jewish Feast of Trumpets.

The Rapture and the Feast of Trumpets Youtube

Note: There are actually 8 prescribed Feast Days not 7 in Leviticus Chapter 23. The Feast Day of Sabbath [the Triumphal Entry (Palm Saturday) of Jesus Entering into Jerusalem for our Rest is often omitted by modern teachers]. The 7 Feast days comes from an ancient Alexandria, Egypt spiritualist teaching of the scriptures in equating the Feast Days of Israel with the 7 lamp bulbs of the Temple candlestick and therefore one of the 8 Feast Days had to be subtracted to get to the 7 to match the Temple lampstand. The 7 Feast Days is not a Biblical teaching it is an extra-biblical teaching. The 8 Feast Days is the correct Biblical teaching.

Rosh Hashanah the Jewish Feast is observed every year by Judaism. The Christian fulfillment of Rosh Hashanah the Feast of Trumpets happens only once [when God the Father calls the Bride of the Son of God the Christian Church into Heaven]. Likewise there is only one Christian Holy Week (Passover) Feast fulfilled in Jesus Christ and only one Pentecost (Shavuot) fulfilled in the Holy Spirit.

Countdown: 2017 Feast of Trumpets (Jewish Rosh Hashanah) starts at sundown on Wednesday September 20th until sundown on Friday September 22nd.

The-Jesus-Realm.com



Updates: October 30, 2017

Harvest Festival - Halloween - Reformation Day

Jesus Christ the Lord of the Living

Shortly before his crucifixion, Jesus was questioned by the Sadducees about the concept of a resurrection. In order to demonstrate that there will be a future resurrection from the dead, Jesus told them: "But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken to you by God, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living." (Mt. 22:31-32)

"However, among the heathen Druids, Samhain or Saman, is the lord of the dead and that lord is none other than Satan himself! Therefore, when people celebrate the dead, they unknowingly honor the devil!"

It is important to understand what Jesus meant by these profound words "God is not the God of the dead, but of the living." The Sadducees to whom Jesus was speaking did not believe in a resurrection. They also accepted only the Torah as holy scripture. With this in mind, Jesus quoted the Torah (Ex. 3:6) to prove that a resurrection would one day occur. He did this by illustrating that long after the death of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, God continued to refer to Himself as their God: "I am the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob," not "I was the God..."

The point Jesus was making was that although these patriarchs were dead (Heb. 11:13), they will live again in the resurrection, as will all of God’s people (Dan. 12:2; Lk 14:14; Jn 5:28; Rev. 20:4-6). Although these men were dead, they were as good as alive at that moment because God’s promise of a resurrection is immutable (Rom. 4:17).

With this understanding, Jesus’ words take on greater meaning. The God of the Bible is the GOD OF THE LIVING, not the God of the dead! To worship the true God, we should not celebrate rites dedicated to the dead.

Who is the Lord of the Dead?

However, among the heathen Druids, Samhain or Saman, is the lord of the dead and that lord is none other than Satan himself! Therefore, when people celebrate the dead, they unknowingly honor the devil!

Fall/Harvest Festival versus Halloween?

Best Answer: Every year, millions of children throughout the world celebrate the custom of Halloween. During this celebration, they dress up in costumes, parade through neighborhoods knocking on doors, and declare the words "trick or treat," expecting to receive candy or some sort of gift. But is Halloween something Christians should celebrate? Is this the kind of festival Jesus Christ would want us to observe?

Today, Halloween is celebrated on the evening of All Hallows or All Saints Day. Because days were customarily reckoned as beginning at sunset, Halloween was celebrated in anticipation of November 1, which was dedicated to the Lord of the Dead. Halloween is founded on a fear of the spirits of the dead possessing those who are alive. This fear is driven by a belief that man has an immortal soul. It is important to understand that the Bible clearly declares that only God has immortality at this time. The apostle Paul, when writing to Timothy about Jesus Christ, said, "Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; Whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to Whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen." (1 Tim. 6:16)

First, understand that although Halloween professes to be a Christian holiday, it is anything but Christian. This custom was celebrated by the pagan world centuries before the New Testament Church was ever founded and it was not introduced into the professing Christian world until centuries after the deaths of the apostles. In fact, if you search the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, you will not find a single line advocating the observance of this holiday or anything like it. On the contrary, God condemns such practices throughout the scriptures.

A Strange Superstition

Halloween is one of the strangest holidays mankind celebrates. It is an amazing paradox, an unusual mixture of Christian terms and ancient pagan religious rites. Moreover, despite the technological and intellectual advancements our society has made, it still clings to ignorance of the past. As a result, we celebrate ancient superstitions by partaking in pagan rites, dressing up as witches, goblins, ghosts, skeletons, and demons.

What is this holiday? Where did it come from and why is it celebrated? It certainly did not come from the Bible or the early Christian church raised up by Jesus Christ and the apostles (Mt. 16:13-17). Consider what authorities say regarding the origin and practice of Halloween.

Ralph Linton, on page four of his book, Halloween Through Twenty Centuries, explains the connection between the current practice of Halloween and a pagan rite practiced by the ancient Druids.

"The American celebration rests upon Scottish and Irish folk customs which can be traced in direct line from pre-Christian times. Although Halloween has become a night of rollicking fun, superstitious spells, and eerie games that people take only half seriously, its beginnings were quite otherwise. The earliest Halloween celebrations were held by the Druids in honor of Samhain, Lord of the Dead, whose festival fell on November 1."

Further, the Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th edition, Volume 12 says: "It was a Druidic belief that on the eve of this festival, Saman, lord of death, called together the wicked souls that within the past 12 months had been condemned to inhabit the bodies of animals..." (pp. 847-858)

The Yearbook of English Festivals by Dorothy Gladys Spicer adds the following: "All Hallows' Eve or All Hallow E'en, with its tradition of witches, ghosts, hobgoblins and spirits, its games and incantations, still is a gay time for pranks and parties in many North country homes. Fun-loving Americans have borrowed from their British ancestors many Hallow E'en games such as apple-bobbing, nut roasting and tossing of apple parings. Transplanted to the New World soil, the old practices have become revitalized, and currently are observed with more enthusiasm than in the country of their birth."

"To ancient Druids, the end of October commemorated the festival of the waning year, when the sun began his downward course and ripened grain was garnered from the fields." "Samhain, or 'Summer's End,' as this feast to the dying sun was called, was celebrated with human sacrifice, augury and prayers; for at this season spirits walked, and evil had power over souls of men."

"Not until the fourth century did the pagan vigil for the god of light give way to All Hallows, the mass for Christian saints; and not until the tenth, did the Druids' death feast become All Souls' the day of prayer for souls that had entered rest. Cakes for the dead were substituted for human sacrifice, fortune-telling for heathen augury, lighted candles for the old Baal fires."

Far from being Christian, Halloween is an old pagan holiday masquerading as though it were one of the customs of the church. Despite this, professing Christians encourage their children to get into the spirit of this pagan custom!

The celebration of Halloween is clearly a relic of pagan times and superstitious tradition. Notice what the authoritative Encyclopedia Britannica says about this holiday.

"It long antedates Christianity. The two chief characteristics of ancient Halloween were the lighting of bonfires and the belief that this is the one night in the year during which ghosts and witches are most likely to wander about. History shows that the main celebrations of Halloween were purely 'Druidical,' and this is further proved by the fact that in parts of Ireland October 31 is still known as Oidhch Shamhna, 'Vigil of Saman.'"

Saman or Samhain was the pagan lord of the dead among the Druids. However, this pagan holiday was not celebrated among the Druids alone. It has been and is currently celebrated around the world in different forms, but always with the same general pattern and meaning.

Halloween was also a [ancient] Roman festival. Consider the words of the Encyclopedia Britannica regarding this celebration.

"On the Druidic ceremonies were grafted some of the characteristics of the Roman festival in honor of Pomona held about November 1, in which nuts and apples, representing the winter store of fruits, played an important part."

Halloween can be identified in various forms all around the world. It is found in both Christian and non-Christian countries. This is because its origins predate Christianity. Marie Trevelyan, in her book Folk Stories of Wales, writes the following.

"In Wales it was firmly believed that on All Hallows' Eve the spirit of a departed person was to be seen at midnight on every crossroad and every stile." (p. 254)

The practices involved in Halloween are also found in Mexico. In the book Adonis by Frazer, the practice of Halloween is clearly identified, not only by its date, but also by its symbolism and rituals.

"The Miztecs of Mexico believed that the dead came back in the twelfth month of the year, which corresponded to our November. On this day of All Souls the houses were decked out to welcome the spirits. Jars of food and drink were set on a table in the principal room, and the family went out with the torches to meet the ghosts and invite them to enter. Then, returning to the house they knelt around the table, and with their eyes bent on the ground, prayed the souls to accept the offerings." (p. 244)

The elements of this holiday are also found in Cambodia. According to E. Aymonier in the work Notice sur le Cambodge, people would chant, "O all your ancestors, who are departed, deign to come and eat what we have prepared for you, and to bless your posterity and to make it happy." (p. 59)

It is clear that the trappings of Halloween have covered nations around the world. It is equally clear that the practices embraced by this holiday are not Christian at all.

Its Symbols and Superstitions

Understand the shocking truth from history as to why this holiday was celebrated! Ruth Kelly, a recognized authority on Halloween, wrote that because the Druids believed in the immortality of the soul, they concluded that a person’s spirit would pass from them at death and seek out another body in which to reside.

"The pagan Druid priests . . . taught the immortality of the soul, that it passed from one body to another at death . . . They believed that on the last night of the old year the lord of death gathered together the souls of all those who had died in the passing year and had been condemned to live in the bodies of animals, to decree what forms they should inhabit for the next twelve months. He could be coaxed to give the lighter sentence by gifts and prayers." (The Book of Halloween, p. 10)

Many Druids believed that black cats were in fact reincarnated human beings, and that the Priest had the ability to divine the future through them. If any crossed your path, however, it would mean they might posses you, a very bad omen. Halloween was celebrated to preserve in the minds of the people the false doctrine that the soul is immortal and that the dead are not really dead. The Celtic peoples believed that the souls of good men went to paradise while the souls of those who did evil were reincarnated in the form of animals for a year. The only chance these disembodied souls had for a decent afterlife was to return on this day of Samhain, and find a human body to possess. It is important to understand that November was regarded by the Celtic people as the beginning of the New Year. Therefore, it was a perfect time for their priests to remember and celebrate the dead.

Source: Fall/Harvest Festival versus Halloween Trick or Treating?
Yahoo Article



Reformation Day and All Saints Day 2014

Yeah, everybody knows 31 October is the day Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses to the church door and started the Reformation. Everybody knows it's Halloween too. What does this mean?

The Origin of All Saints' Day

So when did we start having a Feast of All Hallows on 1 November? Well, we started having a Feast of All Hallows, or Saints, before it was on 1 November! In the Eastern Church, all the saints are collectively remembered on the first Sunday after Pentecost. It really got rolling when the emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire Leo VI (886-911) built a church in honour of his wife when she died, but as she was not a recognised saint he dedicated the church to all the saints, so that she would be included in a commemoration of all saints whether recognised as such or not.

Source: Reformation Day and All Saints Day
Past Elder Article


Halloween, Scorpio, Reincarnation and the Birth of Astrology

If you live in the Northern hemisphere, and if you are lucky enough to reside in a place that boasts four seasons, take a look around and you will see the passionate love-making of Lady Death and Laddie Life. If ever their love affair had an anniversary, it is Oct 31, Halloween. And the product of their illustrious adulation are the twins: Astrology and Science. Since Death and Life are lovers, let me assure you, that you need not be afraid to die, just as you should not fear life. For in nature, mythology, astrology, and science, they are bound together, opposite yet the same, like you and your mirror image.

Note: what this awkward and inaccurate article is really describing is a type of occultism - i.e. Jewish Kabbalah. October 31st during the day is All Saints Day and Protestant Reformation Day however in the Kabbalah Jewish tradition the new day begins in the evening at sundown. Therefore sundown on October 31st is actually November 1st to an occult Kabbalah observer.

Source: Halloween, Scorpio, Reincarnation and the Birth of Astrology
HUFFPOST Article


Sundown and Yom Kippur

Note: All Jewish holidays begin at sundown because the Jewish people believe that the day begins in the evening and ends the next evening. Yom Kippur begins at sundown on the day before the date specified on the Jewish calendar for the holiday and ends an hour after sunset on the specified date.

Refrence Article


The History Behind Samhain

All Hallow Mass
Around the eighth century or so, the Catholic Church decided to use November 1st as All Saints Day. This was actually a pretty smart move on their part – the local pagans were already celebrating that day anyway, so it made sense to use it as a church holiday.

All Saints’ became the festival to honor any saint who didn’t already have a day of his or her own. The mass which was said on All Saints’ was called Allhallowmas – the mass of all those who are hallowed. The night before naturally became known as All Hallows Eve, and eventually morphed into what we call Halloween.

Note: Samhain would be considered a Kabbalah Occult event.

Also Note: All Saints Day is observed loosely starting from Oct. 31st until the first Sunday in November and commonly as the "Triduum of Allhallowtide" the three days of Oct. 31 - Nov. 2.

The History Behind Samhain
ThoughtCo Article


All Saints' Day

In the Western Christian practice, the liturgical celebration begins at Vespers [an evening usually midweek church service] on the evening of 31 October, All Hallows' Eve (All Saints' Eve), and ends at the close of 1 November. It is thus the day before All Souls' Day, which commemorates the faithful departed. In many traditions, All Saints' Day is part of the triduum of Allhallowtide, which lasts three days from 31 October to 2 November inclusive.

Wikipedia Article


Updates: July 30, 2017

God the Holy Spirit ~ Fruit, Gifts, Sanctification

"You can have a personal relationship with God." We like to pull this amazing declaration out of our evangelism toolboxes, to focus on the fact that a relationship with God is actually possible for human beings. This fact is at the wondrous heart of biblical, evangelical Christianity.

"You can have a personal relationship with God." We like to pull this amazing declaration out of our evangelism toolboxes, to focus on the fact that a relationship with God is actually possible for human beings. This fact is at the ...

However, another word from the above statement also deserves our attention: personal. More than just a modifier of "relationship," "personal" points to the fact that God Himself must be personal in order to relate to us.

How does Almighty God pull off being personal? According to theologian Millard Erickson, "The Holy Spirit is the point at which the Trinity becomes personal to the believer."

1. The Spirit is the actual presence of God, active and alive, within Christians. Another theologian wrote, "Though we speak of the Spirit as the third Person [of the Trinity], from the standpoint of experience Spirit is first, because it is the Spirit that enables us to experience God's ... drawing near."

2. Think about all these ideas regarding God the Holy Spirit: personal, active, alive, experiential, and "drawing near." As the very presence of God within us, the Holy Spirit does all sorts of things, among them producing [righteous] fruit, giving gifts, and making [us] holy [Christian Sanctification].

Another thought about [Holy] spiritual fruit is worth mentioning. These nine elements — multiple parts of a singular fruit, like a cluster of grapes — perfectly describe life in the [Holy] Spirit. W. T. Conner, long-time theologian at Southwestern Seminary, phrased it perfectly in saying that the Spirit-filled life is moral and ethical, not "an emotional orgy. ... Paul was no wild enthusiast. His religion [traditional Christianity] always had at its center the element of rational and moral control. Christian character and conduct were the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit."

Source: sbclife.net


Updates: July 16, 2017

Introduction to Christian Zionism
Christian Covenant Zionism and Christian Dispensation Zionism
  • Christian Covenant Zionism is primarily focused on the future Christian Church - Millennial Reign government, administrations, individual functions, etc.
  • Christian Dispensation Zionism is primarily focused on the future Jewish Israel - Millennial Reign Temple, government, administrations, etc.


Zionism: Christian Zionism by David Krusch
jewishvirtuallibrary.org/christian-zionism


The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ)
www.ifcj.org


Haaretz: Christian Zionism Losing Its Israel Grip on Evangelicals
whtt.org/haaretz-article-exposes-decline-christian-zionism-evan


Biblical Christian Zionism (MP3's)
davidpawson.org/resources/series/biblical-christian-zionism

Note: the Listen option is one-click but the Download MP3 option brings up a popup screen that also needs to be clicked.

Christian Zionists are charged with being politically dangerous, ... They are also said to be theologically heretical for two reasons.

On the one hand, they [Zionists] teach the very opposite of Replacement theology (the notion that the church has replaced Israel as God’s people to achieve his purpose) which has been part of Christian tradition for centuries.

On the other hand, the Zionist conviction that God has brought Israel back to her own land in our day has become entangled with Dispensational theology, which is largely discredited in Britain but still widely held in America.

These three [MP3] talks are an integral series, aiming to lay a foundation for Biblical Christian Zionism in the New Testament. They expose the differences between this and both Replacement and Dispensational viewpoints, one too anti-Israel and the other too pro-Israel. Given in March 2007 by David Pawson


Updates: July 2, 2017

The Protestant Reformation

When the Protestant Reformation officially occurred on Oct. 31, 1157 AD with the Catholic Monk Martin Luther posting of his Ninety-Five Theses complaints against various Catholic church practices and some abuses. The Protestant Reformation in splitting from the Catholic church actually split into two Protestant factions the Evangelical faction and the Reformed Calvinism faction.

Evangelical Protestant Christianity tends to view a fallen mankind as capable of doing good and generally being pleasing to a Good, Loving, Caring, Faithful and approachable Father God.

Calvinism Protestant Christianity tends to view a fallen mankind as unable to please God and tends to see the Father God in a more stern and unapproachable way.

The word Protestant means Pro "in favor of" and Testament "witness" the Christian Protestant movement is not an anti-Catholic movement it is a movement that is "in favor" and for primarily three Christian traditions that Christians felt were being neglected or denied by the Catholic church.

1. Sola Scripture - the Bible is the only authority for Christian doctrine and the main authority for Christian living.

2. Sola Fida - meaning that "Faith" not our works but Faith in the finished works [cross and resurrection] of Jesus Christ is our primary acceptable entrance into heaven.

3. Sola Sacerdos - interaction between God and mankind is via a "Sacred Priesthood" the Priesthood (1 Peter 2:9) {Royal Melchizedek Priesthood} is available to all Christians at all times by and thru the agency of the Holy Spirit and is not strictly a human appointed priesthood as had developed in the Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches.

by David Anson Brown


Updates: June 4, 2017

Fall Feasts 2017

Video: Bride will be Raptured during a Feast of Trumpets "Rosh Hashanah" by Mark Biltz Trumpets YouTube

Feast of Trumpets (Leviticus 23:24)

The two-day Jewish Feast of Trumpets is interesting as it is both the next Biblical Feast (Leviticus 23) in order to be prophetically fulfilled “in their seasons” (Leviticus 23:4) and it is also considered to be the Feast time that provides the possible and even the probable end (i.e. Rapture event) of the current Christian Church Era.

The current New Testament Christian Church started on a Feast Day the (Sunday) Feast of Firstfruits (Easter Sunday). The next Feast the Feast of Trumpets is the start of the Jewish New Year the civil (secular) New Year.

The Christian Church would be considered to end sometime on the two-day Jewish New Year (Feast of Trumpets) Festival in that prophetically the prophetic calendar now switches from the Gentile timeline back to the *secular Jewish timeline in order to eventually complete the prophetic 70th Week (Daniel 9:27) of the famous prophecy of Daniel’s 70 Weeks (Daniel 9:24) prophecy.

  • The civil or secular nature of the Jewish New Year is that the New Year in itself does not directly initiate the start of Daniel's 70 Week. The 70th Week is actually initiated slightly later by a set of separate actions and conditions i.e. a Jewish Temple existing in Jerusalem on the Temple Mount and by various political covenants and developments.

Updates: April 21, 2017

Evangelical Christianity Explained

I have recently been studying early-church history including Roman Emperors, Crusaders, Nights Templers and Spanish Conquistadors. Much of what these groups were doing and attempting to do was.

1. Going to Jerusalem attempting to find traditional Christianity [though they often were looking for an artifacts based Christianity]

2. Taking that Jerusalem based original Christianity out into the world

This video is a good summary of where modern Christianity should be though granted there are several nuances where the video is wrong i.e. teaching only 7 Feast Days when in actuality there are the 8 Biblical Leviticus chapter 23 Feast Days starting with the often left out "Sabbath Feast Day" (the Triumphal Entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem often taught as Palm Sunday but is actually a Saturday Sabbath event in the Bible).

Leaving out the unauthenticated artifacts of times past and instead focusing on the correct Acts 2:1 "one accord" Jerusalem schedule is a desired and reasonable place for the modern Christian.

Actually if we neglect the ancient teachings and timelines of the Bible then we are mostly left with modern interpretations of what someone thinks the Bible should say.

One of the safest and best ways to understand the Bible is to do it in the original timeline and context of the ancient Feast Days of Israel.

The "Millennial Rein" of Jesus Christ
the coming Jerusalem centered Kingdom on Earth of Jesus Christ

The Four Dispensations of The Bible's New Testament

In the Apostle Paul's trip to Rome [recorded in the Bible's Book of Acts by the early Church Historian Luke] are some of the most codded and cryptic passages of the Bible's New Testament. Was Luke aided by the Apostle Paul, putting forth the future of the Church Era and an End Time scenario that Christians could glean from to understand events both current and future?

Summary: The Apostle Paul's Journey to Rome - The Four Dispensations of the Times since the 1st Coming of Jesus Christ seem to have been mapped out and enacted throughout Paul's Journey to Rome.

1. The Apostles Dispensation (Acts 27:1-5)
2. The Common Christian Church Age (Acts 27:6-44)
3. The Martyred Saints of Revelation Tribulation (Acts 28:1-15)
4. The 1,000 year Millennial Kingdom Reign of Jesus Christ on earth (Acts 28:16-31)

Source: Common Christian Community Daily Devotional

Recap: the slight problem with the teaching in the video is that the teacher Mark Biltz is using the traditions of men to interpret the Bible instead of using the Bible to interpret the Bible. For example it is the tradition of men that there are only seven Feast Days yet the Bible in Leviticus chapter 23 commands eight Feast Days. As Christians it's imperative that we have an accurate Biblical message derived from the Bible (usually the reliable KJV) and not just the constant parroting of slightly inaccurate teachings that the Christian Church has become mired in.

By David Anson Brown



Updates: March 2017

I'm posting this info as generally informative of current events and ideas
not as specific future events
The September 23, 2017 Signs in Heaven

I have been watching some YouTube videos about End Time events. Each new year brings the potential of End Time prophetic events and already 2017 as a year of change has the potential to begin a significant new era. I certainly don't think 2017 is the end of anything and more likely it is the beginning of a new season however with so much change happening so fast it will be a good idea to get familiar with some of these current concepts so they don't surprise us and possibly confuse us all the more. If I see anything else interesting or that is helpful I'll also post it.

In the last few years there have been some significant changes in the global society. i.e. Pope Francis (2013), Brexit (2016), Trump (2017). The Bible is mostly centered on Israel and Europe regarding the End Times.

I'm not a fan of 1 person prophecy shows. I think that prophecy should be discussed in a group to help provide a better balance and should maintain traditional Protestant Church traditions and creeds. Also taking care not to place America completely front and center in End Times prophecy as that is difficult to do and maintain a traditional Biblical view since the Bible is mostly centered on Israel and Europe regarding the End Times. All the best to everyone!
David Anson Brown

YouTube 5 Ways the World Has CHANGED since 58th Inauguration of TRUMP | Can LIBERTY Exist without Religion?
Pastor Steve Cioccolanti is declaring the start of global revival. This teaching begins an important series on Good Government called "Is America a Christian Nation?"

YouTube September 23, 2017 | Greatest End Times Sign | Discoverer Interviewed | Revelation 12 Sign!
Rex Bear of LeakProject.com sits down with Scott Clarke of erfministries.com to discuss bible prophecy, signs in the heavens, the mark of the beast, biblical wars, the rapture, the tribulation, next September 23, and what 2017 may hold for those who dwell on earth … and so much more. Don’t miss this interview!

YouTube The RAPTURE before February 17th 2017?

YouTube DID MICAH SEE THE RAPTURE IN A VISION?
Teaching on dispensations and corrupt bible versions


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Year Devotional 2017


*** The Evangelical Holy Week 2017 ***

Matthew 12:40 For as (the prophet) Jonah was Three Days and Three Nights in the whale's belly;
so shall the Son of Man be Three Days and Three Nights in the heart of the earth.


The Christian Community Year Devotional

A Daily Devotional for the Congregational Church Fellowship Style

Located at DavidAnsonBrown.com

Accentuating the Congregational Church model of Christian fellowship equality, the individual believers (royal) priesthood, individual righteousness and holiness maturity, the current Kingdom of Jesus Christ and His Millennial Age Reign to come and the present Age of Christian Responsibilities.

- The Christian Community Devotional after a slow start will eventually be a daily devotional.
-- The Christian Community Devotional is going to be published in the HTML 5 and CSS format not blogged on WordPress.

God bless everyone,
David Anson Brown


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The Eight Old Testament Holy Feasts of Leviticus Chapter 23
Holy Convocations, A Statute Forever, All Generations


Schedule of The Lord's 8 Holy Feast Days --- Spring Feasts: Holy Week is comprised of the four Salvation Feasts {Sabbath (Rest), The Lord’s Passover, Unleavened Bread, and Firstfruits (Easter)} --- Pentecost [Acts 2:1] is the Middle Feast: The Sanctification Feast --- The Fall Feasts: The three Redemption Feasts are comprised of {Feast of Trumpets [possibly the future Rapture of the Christian Church] (Rosh Hashanah), Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), and Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot)}


The 3 Feast Groups of Israel

Deuteronomy 16:16 Three times in a year shall all [those who desire to] thy males appear before the LORD thy God in the place which He shall choose [i.e. Temple Mount]; in the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Passover - Holy Week), and in the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost), and in the Feast of Tabernacles (Fall Feasts): and they shall not appear before the LORD empty [without an offering]:

Spring Feasts (Justification/Salvation): Passover - Holy Week
Summer 'Middle' Feast (Sanctification): Pentecost - Acts 2
Fall Feasts (Redemption): Day of Atonement - 2nd Coming, Final Restoration

Starting Friday April 7th 2017 until --- Easter Sunday April 16th 2017
Holy Week (Easter) 2017 10 Day Timeline Devotional Website - PDF - Basic Christian PDF

*New The Jesus Realm blog RSS -- The Jesus Realm WordPress blog

The Jesus Realm (PDF) -- Containing New Info Regarding The Emerging World Court System

Wiki-BasicChristian.pdf (PDF) -- The Basic Christian Wiki Material

Common Christian Confession of Faith.pdf (PDF) -- The Common Christian Confession of Faith


The-Jesus-Realm blog

David Anson Brown blog


New: the 1611 KJV Bible with Headings MS Word - PDF -- Epub - Mobi -- Online

All the Basic Christian eBooks Mobi - Epub


Counting the 49 Days after Holy Week until John MacArthur's Calvinism provide for Christian Salvation


Countdown to Pentecost 2014 and the Extra Days needed after Holy Week until John MacArthur's Calvinistic teachings provide for individual Salvation and the Start of the Christian Church.


Reminder: after Holy Week's Resurrection Sunday (Easter Sunday - the start of the Christian Church) we are going to do another countdown here at The-Jesus-Realm.com this time to countdown the additional 49 days after the Resurrection (the start of the Christian Church) until Pentecost Sunday. The extra days believed necessary by some in order to wrongly facilitate a Pentecost start of the Christian Church instead of the actual Holy Week start of the Christian Church.


Note: (Leviticus 23:15,16) the Jewish Feast Day of Pentecost [50] is fifty days [7 Sabbaths (Saturdays) and then the next day Sunday] from the Sabbath Day (Saturday) during the Lord's Passover. The Pentecost [Acts 2] that the Christian Church is remembering is always 49 days [7 Sundays] from Resurrection Sunday [Easter Sunday]. Since the yearly Jewish Passover is on a different day each year and the Christian Church is remembering the Jerusalem Passover of Jesus [the yearly remembrance of the days of Christian Holy Week is calculated slightly different than the ongoing days of the Jewish Passover Week] the two yearly Jewish and Christian holidays do not always match-up on the calendar as the same day.


The doctrines of Calvinism in neglecting the Events of the Christian Holy Week the doctrines of Calvinism do not have in them the foundation of being 'Redeemed' by the blood of the cross of Jesus Christ and 'Saved' into the one True Resurrection of Jesus Christ but instead by the doctrines of Calvinism a person is not necessarily 'Redeemed' or 'Saved' by the Holy Week Ministry of Jesus Christ but instead a person is merely nebulously 'Chosen' via some form of 'Election' that is built and affirmed upon the assumptions, presuppositions and confirmations of man not as a result of the confirming presence of the Holy Spirit. Calvinistic doctrine wrongfully negates the works and ministry of Jesus Christ during Holy Week and exchanges the sure Foundation of the Christian Faith derived from the Holy Week events of Jesus Christ for a man centered gospel message of 'chosen' and 'elect'.


John the Baptist (Matthew 3:11) prophesied that the Messiah (Jesus Christ) would be the one to continually “baptize” people with the Holy Spirit unto eternal Salvation not a solo working of the Holy Spirit Baptizing alone (the empowerment) as is recorded in Acts chapter 2. Jesus Christ being both the 'Beginning' Alpha by Baptizing His followers starting in the Upper Room (John 20:22) and continuing to Baptize His disciples throughout the entire Christian Church Era then 'Ending' Omega by Jesus Himself eventually calling and meeting (Acts 1:9-11, 1 Thessalonians 4:14) His 'Bride' of 'Baptized' followers in the clouds and bringing His Bride into Heaven.


Note: the Basic Christian Ministry follows and instructs in the Historical Biblical Christian pattern [i.e. the literal grammatical historical method of Biblical interpretation] – in following the actual Divine and human events that Christianity is a direct product of i.e. creation, original sin, Heaven, hell, the virgin birth of Jesus Christ, the earthly Ministry of Jesus, the Holy Week events and ministry of Jesus, imputed righteousness, the eternal resurrection, the historic Apostolic Church age, the current Common Christian Church Age, the Millennial Age to come, and the many other human and Divine events that have already happened or are yet to unfold among mankind.


While the more modern Reformed i.e. Calvinistic traditions, doctrines and teachings are not so much derived from either historical or future events but are more derived from presuppositional teachings, meaning that if a well-known person i.e. John Calvin or almost anyone with a Dr. in their title makes a statement then that statement becomes a kind of presupposed fact a fact that the general Christian Church at large is now supposed to universally accept as a biblical doctrinal truth even though that doctrine didn't emerge from historical events or even from well contemplated Biblical passages but merely as a preference of certain people that once united in groupthink becomes a de facto Church doctrine.


Concluding: there is a vast difference between the historic Church with the Biblical doctrines of the true historic Biblical Church and what is being taught and passed along today in the modern opinion induced church. -- This blog post in PDF


Note: after Resurrection Sunday (the birth of the Christian Church – Feast of Firstfruits – aka Easter Sunday to Gentiles) we are going to do another countdown here this time to countdown to the yearly Feast of Pentecost [June 8, 2014] so people can see that Pentecost (a growth/harvest Sanctification Feast) comes almost two months [in a different Season] after the (Justifying) Feasts of the Spring Passover/Holy Week have already been completed.


Revealing that those who are teaching the very false doctrine of Justification through Sanctification i.e. the Progressive Justification of Augustinian and Calvinism doctrines by wrongly claiming that both the Christian Church (Justification) and individual Sanctification (individual Christian growth) both began only at Pentecost and that now both continue simultaneously based on our own individual actions and deeds are either knowingly or unknowingly perpetuating perhaps the biggest error in modern Christianity when in fact the work of Christian Church (Justification) was completed on Resurrection Sunday at the completion of Jesus’ Holy Week Ministry almost two months before the individual Sanctification empowerment (Acts 1:8, Romans 15:16) work of Pentecost even began.


Also Note: the Holy Feast cycle is completed in the Fall with the Redemptive Fall Feasts. The three Biblical (Leviticus 23) Feast groups are the Spring (Passover) 'Justifying' Feasts (Romans 3:24-25, Colossians 1:20) that bring us sinners into a right relationship with God through the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ, then our individual Christian growth 'Sanctification' and the empowerment process given from God to us on the Feast Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1, Philippians 2:12) followed by the Fall Feasts and our Final 'Redemption' (Romans 8:23, 2 Corinthians 5:10) at our own physical death – when our actual body (soul and spirit) come into the perceivable presence of God. ~ David Anson Brown


New Projects for 2013

The-Jesus-Realm.com

The-Jesus-Realm.com Wiki

The-Jesus-Realm.com blog


Website is Closed

10/05/2012 Update: The Basic Christian Ministry 2000 to 2012 material has for the most part concluded. When I originally started the internet ministry I thought it would be about a 3 to 4 year project and gratefully it has been closer to a 12 year project. Though now to continue adding material to the same files making them larger would just become counterproductive. -- I'm going to spend some time reorganizing some of the material and continue to refine the ideas, the theology and the presentation and start fresh with some more material probably later this year while still keeping the existing 2000-2012 material available. -- Most importantly I want to spend a lot of time in personal devotions, prayer, fellowship and just in seeking a personal relationship with God in Jesus Christ and considering if I should continue in ministry and really what kind of ministry to be involved in. -- All the best, God bless everyone! ~ David Anson Brown


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Capt. John Brown Documents (PDF)

David Anson Brown USMC 1981-1984 Marine Corps info and photos (PDF)

I have been updating some of my Marine Corps information 81-84.

If anyone wants me to make any changes just realize that I still have pictures of the oldest rope bridge in Australia and of orchids in Singapore.

Also to my surprise when I searched the internet to find the correct name for the Singapore Botanic Gardens I found a list of the top ten parks in Singapore and the Botanic Gardens was not even on it – talk about oversight.

God bless,

David Anson Brown

LCpl David A. Brown USMC Bio and Timeline


The Basic Christian Ministry 2012 Trilogy Project!


The Basic Christian Ministry has completed the 2012 Trilogy Project consisting of The Basic Christian Statement of Faith, A Declaration of Faith - The Pierre Statement on Biblical Doctrines by Confessing Christians and The 1646 Westminster Confession of Faith modified into The 2012 Common Christian Confession of Faith God bless everyone! ~ David Anson Brown

Romans 10:9-11 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on Him (Jesus Christ) shall not be ashamed.


Separation took Church from the buildings and set it free to be in the minds and hearts of the people


Announcement: After careful consideration regarding the Basic Christian Ministry, where it has been, where it is now and where it is intending to go it seems that we will need a long dedicated look into where the ministry should be going – so for the rest of the year and all of next year the Basic Christian Ministry is going to try to focus on the one topic of Church Separation. Specifically we are going to go back and look at specific areas of Church History [Greek Orthodox and English Anglican] to see where large successful movements have left abusive and domineering church systems and have not only survived but have also thrived. All things considered now is a very opportune time to rapidly flee from the current abusive, out of touch, domineering, Corporation, church as a profit business, secular system. So we are going to spend the next months and the next year taking steps to separate and remove ourselves, our family and our friends from the current modern church as a Corporation system. - God bless everyone! ~ David Anson Brown

The great Church Separations of Church History have taken Christianity from the confines of the Cathedrals and from the one or two hours of worship each week that was equated within the brick and mortar church buildings and has set worship free among the land to be a continual worship of God in the great outdoors, in the country, in the streets, in the cities and most importantly of all into the minds and hearts of the people.


Rosh Hashanah "Head of the Year" also known as 'Feast of the Trumpets' 2012 Jewish New Year - - Jewish Year 5773 begins in the evening on Sunday, Sept. 16th and ends in the evening of Tuesday, Sept. 18th

Rosh Hashanah is a Leviticus 23 Feast and is a possible timeframe for the 'Last Trumpet' Rapture of the Christian Church #9 The Pre-Trib Rapture of the Christian Church (PDF)
Next year the Feast of Trumpets "Rosh Hashanah" begins in the evening on Wednesday, September 4th in 2013 and ends in the evening of Friday, September 6th


September 14, 2012: Occult Deception practices within the Church

The question has to be asked are these Church Sanctuaries or are these Satanic Covens? Are they secretly functioning as both churches and covens? Pseudo pretend churches designed to take money and lie to unsuspecting Christians while the real intention is to fund and facilitate Satanic Covens.

Modern (occult) pastors seem to be continually instituting a false system within the Church. A pseudo system that vaguely resembles the Old Testament, particularly in part in reinstituting the already completed Levitical Law (i.e. tithing). What this pseudo church (i.e. wrongly insinuating that we Christians have to prove our actual Justification (faith in Jesus) by showing our obedience to O.T. Levitical Law like practices). This places a false atmosphere within the Church and creates a false impression that insinuates that Biblical practices are being followed and adhered to [well negated O.T. practices] and in this false O.T. system it places individuals i.e. pastors into a perceived position of the O.T. offices of anointed king, anointed prophet or anointed priest and it is creating a dismal, dysfunctional, corrupt and error ridden system that is devastating the modern Church.

See Also: False Repentance Doctrine Exposed (Mp3) -- Faithful Word Baptist Church Sermons


Excellent!! Dr. D. James Kennedy Explains the difference between Justification and Sanctification YouTube

Justification does not encompasses Sanctification … Justification [the outcome/result of our Redemption] and Sanctification [our continuing individual Christian growth] must always be distinguished (differentiated) but they can never be separated.


New Calvinism, New Baptist, New Evangelical, Gnosticism, and Communism 'Church Tribe' Communes

A multiple part sermon review from the Paul's Passing Thoughts blog by Paul Dohse - Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 (Mp4 - Downloads)

Reviewed Sermon: A progressive (Gnostic, New Calvinism, Commune) sermon given at Shawnee Hills Baptist Church in Portsmouth, OH


Sermon Synopsis:

  1. The Prodigal Son parable is supposedly about the older son (a Christian or a Jew) being mostly bad while the departed worldly son (worldly people) as being mostly good, and if we are like either son [we will end up like the Corinthians] and then if we attempt to discern spiritual matters ourselves without a Pastor {I guess, because only the Pastor has the Holy Spirit} - it could make us 'spiritually schizophrenic' and we don't want that -- or something like that.
  2. Also, FYI wisdom and knowledge are NOT the same thing - but the Pastor is the shepherd - so use wisdom (a vision of good) but not knowledge (a way to defend individual bad ideas) in seeking a new Pastor 'shepherd' for the church.
  3. Supposedly we then need to choose and align our choices according to the Pastoral-cultural 'group' (tribe) mentality - not by any real individual Biblical based concepts.
because the individual = division | while the group = justice

Conclusion: resistance is futile, [if you are not careful] you will be assimilated into this new Emerging Progressive (New Calvinism, New Baptist, New Evangelical, Gnosticism, and Communism 'Church Tribe' Communes) slave system to be sent out and produce your best (tithes) and give your free services to the community all the while most importantly being very obedient to your Pastor and your appointed church leaders [except of course for that Jesus Christ person because He really doesn't matter in this new system], and have a blessed day - but only by their approval.


Source: Paul's Passing Thoughts blog


Update: The Basic Christian Ministry has material to post but it might not be for a while. Currently the next posted material is going to provide some important information regarding the existing New Testament superiority to the completed Old Testament. Jesus seemed to say that the New Testament is to be used to explain the Old Testament and likewise the Apostle Paul placed the authority and clarification of the New Testament over that of the already accomplished [in the bringing in of the Christ (Messiah)] Old Testament. Today some are presenting the Biblical Scripture order as O.T. first in importance [i.e. tithing] and the N.T. as a further revelation of the O.T. with a continued progression of more human (prophetic) knowledge and revelation to come and this is a gigantic error as the N.T. Covenant was always in view [Numbers 14:24] and the N.T. has always had precedence [Isaiah 1:11] over the O.T. even during [Joel 2:12-13] the O.T. time period.

Matthew 13:51-52 Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto Him, Yea, Lord. Then said He unto them, Therefore every scribe [Bible scholar] which is instructed unto the Kingdom of Heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his Treasure things New [New Testament] and Old [Old Testament].

Colossians 2:16-17 Let no man therefore judge you in [O.T.] meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which [O.T. examples] are a shadow of [N.T. reality - events] things to come; but the [N.T. reality - existence] body is of Christ.

God bless everyone! ~ David Anson Brown


New Resources

What Christians Want To Know

Iron Ink blog Article: Public Opinion Polls, Historicism and Psychological Warriors

Ephesians 5:11 blog A Discernment Ministry hosted by William Saunders

Arminian Perspectives blog A Study of Salvation

Society of Evangelical Arminians blog Article: The Almost Completely Unknown Difference that Makes All the Difference

False Reformation (four tenets of Martin Luther's and John Calvin's egregious false gospel) by Paul M. Dohse Sr. Preview Amazon.com blog

Note: it is important that we the Church discuss social topics and appropriately utilize Biblical doctrines especially Redemption, Justification, Sanctification, Salvation, End Times, etc. ~ David Anson Brown


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BasicChristian_Essentials.zip

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