Monday, November 7, 2011

Jacob's ladder
The True God can do whatever he pleases and "no one can check his hand or say, what have you been doing?"  (Dan 4:35)
So God can do whatever he wants to:
And so it will be, concerning how he will make all things new; (Revelation 21:5)  as well as by what means he will communicate with mankind during that time.


The True God's word will come true. (Isa 55:10, 11) 
His unfolding Game Plan is dynamic. His name means he will become whatever he needs to become. (Ex 3:14, 15)    Speaking to Satan, “the original serpent” (Rev 12:9)    Almighty God declares this in (Gen 3:15) “I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your seed and her seed.
 Satan has been at enmity with this woman and her seed since the beginning. We see this very same woman in Revelation (Rev 12:1, 2, 5, 6, 17) and how Satan goes off to “wage war with the remaining ones of her seed.”
It is God’s promise to fulfill his initial purpose for man and the earth.
From (Genesis 3:15) to the book of Revelation there were promises or “covenants” and prophecies, from God, for the ‘sole purpose’ of bringing forth her children, or “seed”.   He will bring to a finish the “sacred secret” of this promised “seed”.    (Rev 10:7) (Col 1:26, 27) (Eph 1:10) 
This sacred secret, the complete Administration, is now the means by which God's purposes will be fulfilled and all things will be made new. (Rev 21:5)

   (Ephesians 1:8 -10)...This he caused to abound toward us in all wisdom and good sense, in that he made known to us the sacred secret of his will.  It is according to his good pleasure which he purposed in himself for an ADMINISTRATION at the full limit of the appointed times, namely, to gather all things together again in the Christ, the things in the heavens and the things on the earth. Yes in him. 
{Other translations that use “Administration”…and some bible scholar’s notes}:

The New American Standard Bible: (1995) …with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth.
Aramaic Bible in Plain English (2010) …for the administration of the end of time, that all things which are in Heaven and in Earth would be made new again by The Messiah.
Darby Bible Translation …for the administration of the fullness of times; to head up all things in the Christ, the things in the heavens and the things upon the earth;
Weymouth New Testament …for the government of the world when the times are ripe for it--the purpose which He has cherished in His own mind of restoring the whole creation to find its one Head in Christ; yes, things in Heaven and things on earth, to find their one Head in Him.
World English Bible…to an administration of the fullness of the times, to sum up all things in Christ, the things in the heavens, and the things on the earth, in him;

Barnes’ notes on the Bible:   That in the dispensation - The word rendered here as dispensation," οἰκονομία oikonomia, means properly "the management of household affairs." Then it means stewardship or administration; a dispensation or arrangement of things: a scheme or plan.


Wesley’s notes: That in the dispensation of the fullness of the times - in this last administration of God's fullest grace, which took place when the time appointed was fully come. He might gather together into one in Christ - Might recapitulate, re - unite, and place in order again under Christ, their common Head. All things which are in heaven, and on earth - All angels and men, whether living or dead, in the Lord.


Each of Jesus' anointed brothers must be fully tested as members of this Administration. (Luke 22:31) (Mark 10:39)
We are all awaiting for the completion of this Administration. 

In fact it is what all creation is in eager expectation of.  (Rom 8:18-23) 
  
It involves Jesus’ sealed anointed brothers.
They will assist Jesus in gathering all things together again into the Christ. (Eph 1:10)

(Matt 20:23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28) The anointed will “minister” to mankind.
(Minister comes from Latin meaning “minus” and the Greek word means “servant”).
These “priests and kings” will have been tested as their master was.
(Mark 10:39)
They will slave for The True God and would serve as their master Jesus did. 


Jesus' sealed anointed brothers are Ambassadors of Christ (2Cor 5:20) and representatives (citizens) of the holy city New Jerusalem, the city of the living God. (Eph2:19, 20, 21, 22) (Phil.3:20).
As representatives, they will “come down” out of heaven from God andtent” (Greek – “reside”) with mankind. (Rev 3:12) (Rev 21:2, 3, 9, 10) 
 Jesus “tented” (or resided) with mankind. 
(John 1:14) (Matt 1:23) 
The sacred city … coming down from heaven.
God told Abraham “by means of your seed all nations will bless themselves” 
(Gen 22:17, 18).
 The anointed are the secondary “seeds” of the covenant. They are part of the “Temple or (Tent”) (1Cor.3:16, 17) of God.

The city is not a literal city, but made up of living stones, built by...                                
God himself. (Heb 11:10)

Yes, built by the True God himself.
The Apostles are called ... (Living stones), and Jesus (the primary seed) is the cornerstone.”
(1Pe 2:3, 4, 5, 6) (Eph 2:18, 19, 20, 21, 22)

The bible also calls the stones "pillars"   Wisdom builds it's house on "seven pillars". (Prov 9:1) These things are all connected.  Jesus is depicted as having seven horns, seven eyes  in (Rev 5:6).  He has the seven stars in his hand and seven golden lampstands. (Rev 1:20)  These living foundation stones or pillars are part of the house of God. (Rev 3:12)  They are Priests and Kings.  Jesus is the Great Priest over the house of God. (Hebrews 10:21)  In his dream Jacob calls the place the house of God. (Gen 28:17, 18) The anointed are the church or the house of God. (1 Tim 3:15)
Pearl Doxsey updated her article on Who are Anointed with this information.
She says:
{ I believe all these to be symbols for the same priests and kings...
Stone of vision -(1Pet.2:5,9; Eph.2:20; Dan.2:34,35,44,45) 
The Bible also refers to stones as "pillars" (Gen.28:11,17,18; 31:13) 
(Gen.28:17; Heb.10:21; 1Tim.3:15; 1Pet.4:17; 1Cor.3:9,16; Eph.2:19,20,21,22)
(Rev.1:20; 5:6; 3:12; Prov.9:1) }
Who are anointed:   http://pearl-whoareanointed.blogspot.com/

So does the vision of Jacob's Ladder showing the representatives of this "Living City" made up of living stones coming down from heaven mean that the anointed brothers of Christ will also be coming down?  
      The answer is yes...they will and they will spend the vast majority of their time here on earth with us.  They will go to what we might consider "conferences" for a short while, but then they will return back to us.  Each of the twelve spiritual tribes of "Israel" will go in it's own turn.

(Rev.22:2) 
Young's Literal Translation:

...in the midst of its broad place, and of the river on this side and on that, is a tree of life, yielding twelve fruits, in each several month rendering its fruits, and the leaves of the tree are for the service of the nations;

After their meeting they will come and be with all of us...including their "loved ones".  There is no indication in the scriptures that the chosen ones leave their earthly existence to only be spiritual bodies in heaven with Jesus. (That is a Watchtower teaching..and it is wrong)  Even Jesus will be allowed to "come down" to earth.  Why would anyone believe that a God of love would forbid us to see and hug our loved ones who have been chosen to be heirs of God's Kingdom?   We pray for God's Kingdom to come...on earth...as it is in heaven.   The chosen ones are representatives of his Kingdom on earth.
Please note: Jesus could have miraculously healed anyone no matter how far away they were from him, as we see in the account of the Army officer’s slave.
(Luke 7:2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10). 
But Jesus preferred the “personal touch”.   He healed people with compassion. He took the man who was deaf away from the crowd. He showed compassion for him. He touched lepers even though lepers were considered unclean. 
(Mark 7:32, 33, 34, 35 ) ( Mark 1:40, 41 ) 
He said his disciples would do works greater than these. 

Few  have faith like that of the Army officer (in Luke chapter 7).  Jesus said that not even in all Israel has he seen such faith. (Luke 7:8, 9)  What about those that will be resurrected and healed? (Acts 24:15) How will their faith be built?  They will benefit greatly by this hands on "personal touch" in order to "learn" faith in the True God, the true source of their healing. 

What do you think? Will Jesus allow the Kingdom healing to be impersonal, invisible and done while he and his brothers are sitting on thrones in the heavens?  (This is how the Watchtower sees it)

What do you think?  Do they sit around in heaven, invisible to humans, waving "magic wands" to do these things?  That is silly.

How will the faith of those resurrected be learned? 
They can't see God, so how will they know where the source of his blessings are from?  As visible representatives... messengers/angels;  Jesus brothers will make clear to all that to the Almighty Father in Heaven, belongs the praise.
Jesus the firstborn son came down from heaven.
 (John 1:9, 14,)
His firstborn sons, those of the first resurrection (Rev 20:6) are the congregation of the firstborn (Heb 12:23) who have been enrolled in the heavens. 
Ambassadors are enrolled as citizens in their home country.  

They come down to earth as Jesus representatives and God's.

Guess who’s coming to dinner?   (Heb 1:6) (Heb 9:28)
“But when he again brings his firstborn into the inhabited earth…” Interesting ...yes?  According to these scriptures, the firstborn will again be brought into the inhabited earth. 
(Is Jesus also going to be there, as well as his firstborn sons?)  
 (Acts 1:9, 10, 11) (Acts 3:20, 21) (Heb 1:6) (Heb 9:28)
The ambassadors, are going to “come down” to earth. 

They will reign on the earth. (Revelation 5:10) 

The Greek word (epi') in Revelation 5:10 translates into English as "upon". So they will reign "upon" the earth or "on it".  Many Bible translations read "they will reign on the earth". 

New International Version (©1984)
You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth."
New Living Translation (©2007)
And you have caused them to become a Kingdom of priests for our God. And they will reign on the earth."
English Standard Version (©2001)
and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.”
New American Standard Bible (©1995)
"You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth."
King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
International Standard Version (©2008)
You made them a kingdom and priests for our God, and they will reign on the earth."
They will resurrect, heal, and teach in the service of their master.
 {The footnote at John 1:51 in the reference bible says angel means messenger and it brings out that (“to” the son of man) means “in the service of ” the son of man…as in to wait “upon the son of man…or as a servant would wait on his master.}
This is what Jacob’s ladder is about. 
(John 1:51) (Gen 28:12)

He is building a "stairway to heaven" and they all (the cornerstone and the foundation) can ascend and descend using that "stairway" 
One translation :   International Standard Version
who is building his stairway to heaven and setting its foundation on earth; who is calling for the waters of the sea and pouring them out over the surface of the land— the LORD is his name!  (Amos 9:6)


Not to “angels” who were born in heaven (the spirit sons of God). 
It is in reference to Abraham’s seed, ( Heb 2:5, 12, 14, and 16) the Israel of God, (Galatians 6:16), the Ambassadors or messengers/angels, of Christ

Now some would think that the Israel  spoken of here are fleshly Jews, but the scriptures say otherwise. 

(Romans 2:24, 28, 29) (Rom 9:6) (Rom 9:7, 8)
(Galatians 3:26, 28)  See article God saves Israel

An angel can be a spirit son of God as one of his messengers or simply a messenger or representative.
The sealed faithful brothers of Jesus are Ambassadors, messengers or (angels) of Jesus, and representatives of the holy city.
They also are co-inheritors of the with Jesus.
Why would their Heavenly Father not allow them to come down and walk upon their inheritance?
{If you inherited your parent’s home, but were not actually allowed to step foot in it or live in it... Is it really yours?
Which parent would give their child a new bicycle as a gift, an not allow him to ride it?}
The True God can do whatever he pleases.   Holy Spirit is the most powerful force in the universe.
God's faithful servants in the past were allowed to come  to earth and materialize, to carry out his purposes. Abraham entertained angels. Angels took Lot out of Sodom.  Jacob wrestled with an angel.
(Genesis 17:1, 18:1-22, 19:1-3, 16, 32:1, 24-30) Zechariah the father of John the Baptist and Mary the mother of Jesus saw and talked with angels.

(Luke 1:11-14, 26-38) Angels appeared to the disciples at the tomb. Jesus materialized to his disciples after his resurrection.
(Luke 24:13-51) There is ample scriptural evidence that this is possible.

The True God's word will come true. 
It just may not be as men have imagined.
Soon by means of this Administration (Ephesians 1:8, 9, 10) God will make all things new. (Rev 21:5)
Will any of us rightly be hot with anger when God makes things new, His way?(Jonah 3:9, 10) (Jonah 4:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11) (Isaiah 55:7, 8,  9)
God has promised, so it will come true. “So my word that goes forth from my mouth will prove to be. It will not return to me without results, but it will certainly do that in which I have delighted, and it will have certain success in that for which I have sent it.” (Isa 55:10, 11)



 Rev.21:2,3
 I saw also the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God and prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.  With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: 
Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his peoples. And God himself will be with them. 
(Through his representatives)
(The chosen ones are the tent or temple of God) (1 Cor 3:16)
Matt.1:23
 Look! The virgin will become pregnant and will give birth to a son, and they will call his name Emanuel, which means, when translated,  With Us Is God..

How was God "with us"? Through the physical presence of His Son. (Heb.1:6)


Agape  Obadiah.