THE END-TIME MARK OF THE ANTICHRIST (VII)

Israel goes back to Temple worship when the Antichrist finally shows up

(…continued from part 6…)

(VII)    Another truth is that this evil personage cannot pin anyone down and give this number to an unwilling soul. Those who cannot endure, plucking from the ratiocinatio of volitionalism, will ask to receive the mark. Jesus would still have His remnant, who did not believe the Word of salvation –before the rapture– in the turbulent world. They will pay for their salvation with their own blood, for stubborn pluck of the refusal to take the accursed number. God is always in control. He orchestrates all events to suit His will. If the Antichrist should overstep his boundaries, (by a deceitful chip injection, or forcibly against one’s will, should put the mark on any remnant) he will be shocked that God may lessen his days from three and a half years to a couple of months or even days. Jehovah is the ultimate Judge! Amen!

Fake Christ has no sheep: “The abomination of desolation.”

                Why is 666 his number? Rev. Chris Okotie explained it thus: “Adam, the first man, was created on day number six –Exodus 31:17. Jesus Christ, the second Man is 6+6 i.e. 66 or 12 –12 disciples; 12 tribes of Israel. The third man, the fake ‘Christ’ is 6+6+6 or 666.” His name —the third man—, as the Bible couches, goes with his number (Revelation 13:18). Period! What a revelation!  

         Christians are God’s property

            Get born again. Become Jesus’ bona fide property. This automatically exempts you from the impending tribulation. What Jesus Christ promises is eternal life (John 3:16). What does the Bible say, concerning Christians? It is in 1Peter 2:9-10, But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 10) Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.”  

With the rapture, Christians are exempted from taking the number 666.

                ‘Chosen’ of verse 9 is eklektos (ek-lek-tos’), meaning: ‘select; by implication favorite.’ ‘Generation’ is ethnos (eth’-nos) ‘a race (as of the same habit), that is, a tribe; specifically a foreign (non-Jewish) one (usually by implication pagan).’ What is ‘peculiar’? Peripoiēsis (per-ee-poy’-ay-sis) and it means: ‘a preserving, a preservation; possession, one’s own property; an obtaining, acquisition.’ Peripoiēsis gives a picture of a circle with a dot within. God is the circle while the Christian is the dot. God will not open the circle for any evil incursion. When He does, it is because the quiddity of His ‘peculiarity’ can handle it. Amen!

Christians shall not come into condemnation

                The tribulation is God’s anger on Israel. As for the Christians, the promise is: Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life (Joh 5:24). Paul’s scriptural corroboration is, There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Romans 8:1). Let me cap it with: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2Corinthians 5:17). Amen!

                Let us use scriptural facticity to do justice. Can the Antichrist really give the number and mark of his name to true born-again Christians? The Bible has all the answers to these seemingly knotty questions. Let us start from the beginning of scriptural couch.

And I will put enmity between thee and the woman” [Genesis 3:15]

                Genesis 3:15, And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” Borrowing from the teaching of my Pastor, Rev. Chris Okotie, this clearly teaches that the physical contact of aggression between the Antichrist and the Church does not receive Divine authorization. It is between Jesus and the Devil. Where was the prophesy fulfilled? On the gory cross of Calvary, of course. The Antichrist has no Divine authority to touch the Christians: we are the mystical body of Christ, the Second Member of the Godhead. The enmity is between the woman and the evil spirit behind the incursive serpent. Satan is the evil spirit while the woman is the Church.

                There is absolutely nothing this Antichrist can do outside the allotment of empyrean authorization. He and his Lucifer, the father of lies, know that they dare not operate outside Divine rules.

Eschatological vials of Jehovah’s wrath

                Folks, this is why you just must be born again (John 3:7) before your earthly time is up! Pray the prayer of all prayers: the one that gets you born again. Are you ready? It must come from the core of your heart, and believing every word. Here we go; say:

Dear heavenly Father, I come to you now, in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe in my heart that Jesus died for my sins. I believe that You raised Him from the dead (for my justification). I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord, and I receive Him as my Lord and Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!

. (…to be continued…)

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THE END-TIME MARK OF THE ANTICHRIST (I)

(I)          I am truly flabbergasted, each time, to hear and read of the fears prevalent among my Christian brethren, concerning the mark of the Beast –the Antichrist. “They want to use this coronavirus pandemic to inject the chip of the 666-mark into the bodies of unsuspecting populace!” Others warn people not to step out at a particular period of the day, saying, “The powers that be have decided to spray the mark of the Beast into the atmosphere, employing the strength of the 5G internet network.” One evangelist even said, in an article, that the LORD Jesus had told her to tell Christians to get ready to flee to safe places. Reason? The Antichrist had already given the directive to his apostles to forcibly start engraving the mark on people, especially, the Christians. The great tribulation, according to the article, has begun; and Christians, according to what Jesus had told her, are billed to partake of the eschatological tribulation. True is the word of God which says, “My people perish for lack of knowledge.”

   The article even stated that, Jesus Christ told her that Christians should be careful lest they should receive the mark and enter into eternal perdition! Unbelievable! Should we not be careful to whom we give our attentive ears? Merely saying that Jesus said it does not mean that Jesus truly did say it. The disciples asked Jesus about the end time and He taught it to them in the Book of Matthew.

   “And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet” (Matthew 24:6). The turbulence of Covid-19, of wars and of social aberrancy definitely do not actuate the flagitious hegemonism of the Antichrist. It is merely a precursor to his eventual inauguration. How do I know this fact? Jesus was pellucid with the eschatological addendum: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.          

Spirit-filled Christians will not partake of great tribulation

                As at today, the 10th of July, 2020, the Antichrist, the son of satanic perdition cannot give the mark of his name to anybody. It is not possible. And it is simply because it is not yet his time. The LORD God is in absolute control of global occurrences. Verses 13 and 14 of Matthew chapter 24 reads: “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. 14) And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.”

                Verse 13 does not, in any way, underpin the 5th point of Arminianism, which states that: “believers are able to resist sin but are not beyond the possibility of falling from grace;” simply because one cannot lose one’s toga of soteriology. Romans 11:29 clearly teaches: For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.” The Greek for ‘without repentance’ is ametameletos (a-me-ta-me’-lee-tos) means ‘irrevocable.’ Those who must endure are the ones who never received Jesus as Lord and Saviour before the rapture, who must, painfully, pay with their blood, unfortunately. Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9) Not of works, lest any man should boast. Kauchaomai (kaf-cha’-o-mai) is the Greek for ‘boast,’ meaning: ‘to glory, vaunt.’

                Matthew 24:15, “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:).” This verse, credited to the Lord, Himself, points to a particular world event, when we can say unequivocally that the Antichrist and his afflictive agenda is a reality. That is when the mark will be branded on the people of the world. He will enter into the holy of holies of the Jerusalem Temple and nothing will happen to him, even though he is not the High Priest. Nothing will happen to him because he is that Wicked one who will be revealed (2Thess 2:8). The Greek for ‘wicked’ is: anomos (a’-no-mos) meaning: ‘1. lawless. 2. (negatively) not subject to (the Jewish) law. 3. (by implication) a Gentile. 4. (positively) wicked.’ The Jewish law of Jehovah does not affect him because of his different breed of humanity. Confer these verses: 2Thessalonians 2:3-4; Daniel 9:27, 11:31; 12:11

                “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22) And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened” [Matthew 24:21-22]. Let us look at some of these words. ‘Tribulation’ is the Greek word, thlipsis (thliy’-psis) meaning: ‘pressure.’ It comes from a root word thlibo (thliy’-ɓō) ‘1. to compress. 2. to squeeze. 3. to press hard. 4. (passively) to be hard pressed. 5. to pinch. 6. (figuratively) to press in against, to crush (in a crowd).’ The next is ‘shortened’ koloboo (ko-lo-ɓo’-ō) ‘1. to dock. 2. (figuratively) abridge.’

                ‘Flesh’ is sarx (sarx’)1. flesh (as stripped of the skin). 2. (strictly) the meat of an animal (as food). 3. (by extension) the body (as opposed to the soul (or spirit), or as the symbol of what is external, or as the means of kindred). 4. (by implication) human nature (with its frailties (physically or morally) and passions). 5. (specially) a human being (as such).’ Saved’ is the Greek, sozo (sō’-zō) ‘to save, i.e. deliver or protect.’ The last word for treatment is ‘Elect,’ eklektos (ek-lek-tos’) meaning:‘1. select. 2. (by implication) favorite.’ God knows that if the Antichrist should be allowed to use the whole seven remaining years of the 70 weeks, even those whom the Lord had preserved for the soteriology would not be able to endure the tribulation.

(…to be continued…)

Folks, this is why you just must be born again (John 3:7) before your earthly time is up! Pray the prayer of all prayers: the one that gets you born again. Are you ready? It must come from the core of your heart, and believing every word. Here we go; say:

Dear heavenly Father, I come to you now, in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe in my heart that Jesus died for my sins. I believe that You raised Him from the dead (for my justification). I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord, and I receive Him as my Lord and Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!

 (…to be continued…)

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THE NEW SPIRITUAL SPECIES (three)

   “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” Hebrews 13:5

 (Continued from part two)

(3)          Christians are not just another race of people, we are so close to Him, the Most High, as closer as His next of kin. ‘Nation’ (from 1Peter 2:9) is ethnos (eth’-nos): ‘a race (as of the same habit), that is, a tribe.’

                Tell me what titillation envelopes you coming to the realisation that you and the Most High are of the same tribal group? This is the nationality of the new spiritual species. ‘Peculiar’ has two definitive words of: eis (ice): ‘into, unto, to, towards, for, among,’ and peripoiēsis (per-ee-poy’-ay-sis):’a preserving, a preservation, possession, one’s own property, an obtaining.’

 Christians are divinely called out species

            What is ‘peculiar’ saying? Christians are a people obtained as God’s possession: a preservation of His Divine delight. It actually gives you a picture of a circle with a dot inside the circle. You, the special species, are the dot. God is the circle. A divine hedge around you: His especial prized property. If the Lord does not open the circular hedge none can access you to harm you. Remember Job, the righteous man? I am His prized possession. Are you a born again Christian? An affirmative answer means you are God’s best possession. He has kept you in the best of glorious places: in Himself! Your peculiarity is a possession safely treasured in Divinity.

                Why do you think Pauline apostolic penmanship will read, “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him” [1Corinthians 2:9]? When glorified, we will look better than angels. “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is” [1John 3:2]. Jesus tells us in John 14:17, “Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” If the Spirit of God the Father, and of God the Son has taken a residence in our spirit realm, on account of the fact that we are born again Christians, then we have an endowment of the mind of Christ.

                There should be no wonder why it is written, “Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life” [1Corinthians 6:3]? It amazes me when a whole lots of Bible teachers and pastors will say that the good works we do on earth provide the materials for the architectural construction of the celestial buildings of our heavenly habitation. They certainly do not understand the Scripture. They teach from the reading of the KJV Elizabethan English rendition. They forget that the Septuagint is in the Greek of the New Testament. Without the Hebrew understanding it is very difficult, if not impossible, to teach the Old Testament. John 14:2, “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” Shall we look at the Greek understanding of the key words? ‘House’ is oikia (oy-kee’-ah): ‘properly residence (abstractly), but usually (concretely) an abode (literally or figuratively); by implication a family (especially domestics).’ Oikia, in this context is strictly of the domestic family. Angels, to our scriptural knowledge are sons of God.          

Do angels have physical construction of houses (according to scriptures)? Monē (mon-ay’) is the Greek for ‘mansions’ and it means: ‘a staying, that is, residence (the act or the place).’ Monē is specifically ‘room or space, large, wide, wide-stretched,’ in this context. I once asked someone while explaining this, “Which is larger, the ‘house’ or the ‘mansion’ from our architectural understanding?” He answered, “Mansion.”

                Then followed my rhetoric, “How come the ‘mansion’ is inside the smaller ‘house’?” ‘Many,’ polus (pol-oos’) means ‘large, wide, wide-stretched (space).’ The ‘many mansions’ tells us of large room or space for all Christians. Topos (top’-os) is the Greek for ‘place’ which means: ‘a spot (generally in space, but limited by occupancy; topos is different from chōra (kho’-rah): [‘a region or country, i.e. a tract of land] is a larger but particular locality), that is, location (as a position, home, tract, etc.); figuratively condition, opportunity; specifically a scabbard.’

            John 14:3, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” Where exactly is the Topos of Jesus? Luke 22:69 has the answer. “Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God.” This is our special Topos -the right hand of the Majesty. Amen!  

 “I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”

                Get born again and be counted among the new species of humanity, say this prayer with all your heart, meaning it:

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!” 

(Concluded)

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THE NEW SPIRITUAL SPECIES (two)

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  “…your life is hid with Christ in God” Colossians 3:3

(Continued from part one)

(2)          Not like the bulls, rams and lambs hitherto used in sacrificial exculpation, the expendability of which necessitated daily sanguinary butchered ritual for atonement, Jesus rose to live forever. That made the difference, soteriologically. At the pouring forth of the blood of the object of sacrifice in death, the sacrificant is absolved of the hanging judgment. The life of an innocent animal is exchanged for that of the sacrificing wrong doer. The dead animal is not recallable. When Jesus rose from the dead, the Eternal One, who is also the Holy One of Israel, came back from the dead to sniff out death from our essence. The Bible says, “we were quickened together with him:” for in so doing we rose never to die spiritually again, living as eternally as our Saviour, ‘who was, who is, and is to come. Amen!’ “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out.” How many sins were forgiven? The Book of Colossians’ answer is, “All!”

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THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS (Jer. 23:6), “that we might be made the righteousness of God in him (2Corinthians 5:21).

            If the scriptural factuality is of 2Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new;” does it not follow that the regenerated soul of a Christian is a spiritually brand new man? This word ‘new’ is the Greek kainos (kahee-nos’): ‘new (especially in freshness).’ Paul did not use neos or neōteros (neh’-os): ‘new, recently born, young, youthful, properly so with respect to age.’ This freshness is located in the spiritual silo or refrigeration of the eternal Christ Jesus. The newness of this freshness, coming from the throne of the Eternal Father, is definitely eternal!

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 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature…”

                “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” [Romans 10:10]. The noun ‘righteousness’ is the Greek dikaiosunē (dik-ah-yos-oo’-nay): ‘a feminine noun which speaks specifically of (Christian) justification.’ The feminity stance makes our justification a proper Bride of the Righteous Lamb, who has sworn the oath of “I will never leave nor forsake thee.” Most definitely, our life, as His mystical body on terra firma, has its locale majestically in Christ, the Second Member of the Godhead. “When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory,” so says the word of God in Colossians 3:4, where ‘life’ is zoe, ‘God’s kind of life.’ The life of this new species cannot be lost, having its location in Christ, who continually takes care of it: for it is His own life! Amen!

            What does it say in Colossians 3:3? It reveals what the spiritual baptism does. “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” “Why,” if any should ask, “will God hide us doubly in Him and in Christ?” Eternal security! That is the answer. God would not trust any other but Him -Jesus. He does not want another careless blunder from an egregious stupidity displayed by the first Adam. “In him was life; and the life was the light of men” [John 1:4].

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“In him was life; and the life was the light of men”

                God made the absolutely best choice when He chose Jesus. He, most definitely, chose Himself when He chose to hide us in Jesus. Is Jesus not Emmanuel? “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out.”  God did all of these marvellous deeds to ensure our eternal safety, knowing fully well that we, as free moral agents could disrupt His ineffable plan of salvation. We, as the new spiritual species, have, therefore, become too priceless; bought with the invaluable sinless blood of the Lamb of Jehovah.

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HIS ASCENSION ENGENDERED OUR FUTURE RAPTUROUS ASCENSION

          1Peter 2:9, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.” Amen. What is ‘chosen’? It is eklektos (ek-lek-tos’): ‘select; by implication favorite.’ What one does with and for a favourite belonging is what God does for and with us. When you have to discipline your body do you destroy it for whatever reason? I believe not. ‘Generation’ is genos (ghen’-os) meaning: ‘kindred or offspring.’ Christians are not just another race of people, we are so close to Him, the Most High, as closer as His next of kin. ‘Nation’ is ethnos (eth’-nos): ‘a race (as of the same habit), that is, a tribe.’

                Get born again and be counted among the new species of humanity, say this prayer with all your heart, meaning it:

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”       

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THE NEW SPIRITUAL SPECIES (one)

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 “…having forgiven you all trespasses…” Colossians 2:13

            Of what stunt am I expected to pull to perfect the finished toil of God as pertaining to the salvation of man? Being told of an engagement in a life-long work of morality to maintain my spiritual regeneration, doubtless, makes me the consummator of my salvation. The Christian soteriological stance is of eternal consequence (John 3:15, 16; 10:28). Do I have the capacity to containerise the essence of divine soteriology? Does theology imbue regeneracy with the power of sustenance, thereby, keeping my salvation as new as when the Author of salvation rose from the dead for my justification? What elbow grease can any Christian consummate to save himself from losing his spiritual regeneration? Having paid in full when He said, “It is finished,” how much am I still owing?  Selah!

           What did God do? He sowed Jesus as a seed faith to serve as the Divine mechanism for the regeneration of fallen Adam. Of course, Adam sinned to turn the perfection of day number six (where God said “very good” compared to “good” of days one to the fifth) into imperfection of mankind. All fell in Adam: the reason for a continual oblational act of exculpation. Then appeared Jesus. He died; the Just One. He rose to save all who would come to Him. Humanity perished in Adam, who could not save even himself. Jesus, on the other hand, rose to save, as the last Adam, and eternally too. The key of life is now in His divine hand. All Jesus had to do was to commit just one sin to plunge us back into hell bound sin. I thank God for His wisdom. “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out” [Romans 11:33]!

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            The germination of Jesus bore fruits. They are called Christians -the new species of the creativity of Jehovah. Is there any crop that builds a silo for itself? Is it not the farmer who puts the valuable fruitfulness into the preserving silo? Jesus is the vine -the true vine. God the Father is the Husbandman who places the regenerated new species of creation into Christ, the Eternal Son, in whom is life -life eternal. As no man can save himself, no man can, as well, maintain this newness of spiritual life in Christ Jesus, who is the Author and Finisher of the saving faith. Amen!

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          Colossians chapter two is quite informative in this regard. Let us look at verse 13 which reads, “And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses.” The word ‘dead’ is nekros (nek-ros’): ‘From an apparently primary word νέκυς nekus (a corpse); dead (literally or figuratively.’ The next word ‘in,’ is en (en): ‘a primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state).’ ‘Sins’ is paraptōma (par-ap’-to-mah): ‘a side slip (lapse or deviation), that is, (unintentional) error or (wilful) transgression.’ Then we have ‘quickened together’ suzōopoieō (sood-zo-op-oy-eh’-o): ‘to reanimate conjointly with (figuratively).’ The word ‘with’ which is sun (soon) is ‘A primary preposition denoting union; with or together [but much closer than meta (met-ah’) denoting accompaniment; “amid” (local or causal) after, behind; or para (par-ah’) ‘from, of, at, by, besides, near], ‘that is, by association, companionship, process, resemblance, possession, instrumentality, addition, etc.’ Charizomai (khar-id’-zom-ahee) is the Greek for ‘forgiven’ and it is defined as: ‘to grant as a favor, that is, gratuitously, in kindness, pardon or rescue.’ We have ‘all’ which is pas (pas): ‘any, every, the whole.’ The word ‘trespasses’ is the same as the above paraptōma.

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 He is risen! Forgiven forever!

            From the definitions above, the natural man’s deadness has its locational state in sinfulness. Mankind, in his Adamic nature, is nothing but a walking cadaver. Now, for the gentile nation of Colosse, which had no partaking of the Divine circumcision treaty, they were ‘doubly dead.’ Having agreed with the sooth of John 3:3 “…Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God;” and had gone ahead with its Romans 10:9-10 actuation, a miracle which only God could perform occurred. His rise from the dead had established a reanimation of believing souls! Christ Jesus happens to be an eternal Being. From that eternity past the Trinity had resolved to save the Adamic race.

                Get born again and be counted among the new species of humanity, say this prayer with all your heart and meaning it:

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”     

  (…to be continued…)

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TRINITY OF THE GODHEAD (5)

                The Scriptures, most evidently, teaches the co-equality of the Trinity. 

                “That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him” [John 5:23]. The verb, ‘honour or honoureth,’ is timaō (tim-ah’-o): ‘to estimate, fix the value of a belonging; to revere, venerate.’ This commentary on John 5:23 captures it so perfectly: “That all men should honour the Son, c.] If then the Son is to be honoured, EVEN AS the Father is honoured, then the Son must be God, as receiving that worship which belongs to God alone. To worship any creature is idolatry: Christ is to be honoured even as the Father is honoured therefore Christ is not a creature; and, if not a creature, consequently the Creator. See Joh 1:3.”

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   THE CELESTIAL ASSIZES

“He that honoureth not the Son] God will not receive that man’s adoration who refuses to honour Jesus, even as he honours him. The Jews expected the Messiah as a great and powerful Prince; but they never thought of a person coming in that character enrobed with all the attributes of Godhead. To lead them off from this error, our Lord spoke the words recorded in these verses.” [Adam Clarke’s Commentary].

                Revelation 5:8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. The angels and the elders ‘fell down’ in worship of the Lamb. They give to the Lamb, the Lord Jesus, right there in the throne room, what is due to the One (Father) who sits eternally on the throne.

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   Most Holy Place

                In the Most Holy Place of Exodus 26:34 “And thou shalt put the mercy seat upon the ark of the testimony in the most holy place.” This was the physical location of the Holy Spirit, seated in acceptance of all adoration to Jehovah, the Eternal Creator. Co-equality! Here the Spirit received honour due to Elohiym. Amen. All that Peter asked in the Book of Acts 5:3-5 was, “…why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?” and in the fifth verse, “…Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost:…” all because, according to the Apostle in the fourth verse, “thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.” The Holy Spirit is equally Jehovah God. Amen. “But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation” (Mark 3:29). Do we all not know that any sinful act is ultimately an evil commission to the Divinity?

                “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,” John 3:16 began to teach of the Eternal Father’s soteriological design, and, “that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” is the conclusion. Stepping from eternal glory to save mankind is what we read in John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Of this very One Paul says in Hebrews 10:20, “By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;” and in Colossians 2:9, “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” ‘Fullness’ is the Greek word, plērōma (play’-ro-mah): ‘repletion or completion, that is, (subjectively) what fills (as contents, supplement, copiousness, multitude), or (objectively) what is filled (as container, performance, period).’ ‘Godhead’ is theotēs (theh-ot’-ace): ‘deity; the state of being God; divinity (abstractly).’

                Paul catechized these theological realities through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. In these days of grace, when the Spirit of the truth communes, through the evangelism of the Church, of the salvation through Christ and you deny this kerygma of eternal truth, what you are doing is nothing short of calling the Holy Spirit a liar. Blasphemy! Unpardonable sacrilegious act of eternal consequence! Why? He is the hidden, God Eternal! Period. Was He not hidden behind the katapetasma (second veil) in the most holy place? Is He not dwelling inside our spirits -the millions of Christians- who have received the Divine adoption and through whom He preaches the kerygma to the world? If this Spirit dwells in the hearts of millions across the global sphere does He not display the characteristic ubiquity of the eternal God? Selah.

   AND ONE SAT ON THE THRONE (Revelation 4:2)

                Isaiah 42:8, “I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images” is an established fact that God does not share honour and worship. Why –have you ever asked yourself–- would attributes of Divinity be shared among the Trinity? What a perfect plan of Divinity is in operation: God, the Father, sits in the celestial assizes as the absolute Judge; God, the Son, is seated as the Eternal Advocate; the Divine Witness is none other than the Holy Spirit!

   And these three are one (1John 5:7)

                For the perfection of this actuation God gave the solution of John 3:3, which comes into effect when Romans 10:9-10 is invoked in the sinner’s prayer. And for the actuation of this divine rejuvenation God must give the covenant name: Jehovah. I AM THAT I AM was first used to emancipate the suffering Israel.                                

     (…to be continued…)

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THE LORD OF EXODUS (part 3)

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“Why would God show Himself to man?”

 (…continued from part two…)         The question that should be begging for an audience, at this juncture is: “Why would God show Himself?” To Adam: it was to prove not only His true physical existence but to become man’s salvaging strength. He did not just appear to Adam every cool of the evening, He walked towards them to teach the lifestyle of righteousness. To Moses: to prove His integrity for: with Abraham a covenant was made to honour His word of Genesis 3:15 “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” God deemed it essential to show Himself to Abraham.

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The possible site where God showed Himself to Moses

Abraham’s faith was essential to get him to perform an adumbration of the Calvary sacrifice with Isaac, engendering God’s promise to actuate Israel and eventually Himself, even Jesus. The LORD God had to show up personally to give the necessary legal backing to the raising of His covenanted Israel. This is God’s business. The business of giving man an eternal option of heaven or hell. It’s difficult to have riches on earth; Lucifer having cornered all the gold of Havilah. He showed up to present a leeway in circumvention of Lucifer’s incontrovertible volar grasp enthronement of financial oligarchy. In Hebrew, Havilah is chăvı̂ylâh (khav-ee-law’): ‘circle.’ And this is the vicious circle that Satan wraps round wealth acquisition. He gives it only to those who have gone through esoteric initiation. Check out the spiritual stand of the globally very rich people.

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The LORD of Exodus walked the walk to make us rich. 2Corinthians 8:9, “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.” The enemy is a roaring lion and a raging storm. He must be silenced, so what did He do? Mark 4:39, “And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.” The verbal ‘arose’ is diegeirō (dee-eg-i’-ro): ‘to wake up, awaken, arouse (from sleep).’ Right from the day man tasted of sin he died. Man became a walking cadaver. Man began to live through spiritual somnambulism.

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Moses became living solar illumination whose countenance could not beheld!

For this reality the Lord of Exodus ‘arose’ for: He had to enter into death on our behalf. ‘Rebuked’ is epitimaō (ep-ee-tee-mah’-o): ‘to tax upon, that is, censure or admonish; by implication forbid.’ Adam did forfeit his dominion of the earth when he was found guilty of sin. The LORD, found in the habiliment of man, arose to the occasion, censured the enemy’s attempt and forbidding his evil intent. ‘Peace’ is siōpaō (see-o-pah’-o) ‘to be silent, hold one’s peace; used of one’s silence because dumb; metaphorically of a calm, quiet sea.’ The tempestuous enemy must be forced to keep quiet.

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The LORD, even over the waters

                 Peace that had eluded man all these centuries is now restored. Amen. ‘Be still’ is phimoō (fee-mo’-o): ‘to close the mouth with a muzzle, to muzzle; metaphorically: to stop the mouth, make speechless, reduce to silence to become speechless; to be kept in check.’ The enemy, officially, has been kept in check. Why should Jesus bother Himself with this that looks like a show off? It was germane that He should stand up for the fallen man. He was in the fashion of a man, ergo, it was expected of Him to champion the course of humanity. If He is the LORD of Exodus this was the opportunity to prove it.

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He came to calm the evil storm of mankind! Amen!!

He must of the necessity of legality rebuke the stormy ocean to authenticate His divine Lordship even over the waters. Water, in scripture represents humanity or the word. The Lord did not rebuke the water actually. It was the evil spirit of Satanism that was silenced and muzzled. Kept in check and the perfect consummation of which will be effected when he is imprisoned for one whole thousand years! And these are the reasons why He did take that walk away from Moses (whose sunny countenance they could not phantom) so as to enable this rendezvous. Jesus, the Rock of ages, in His preincarnate manifestation, is the LORD God of Exodus 34:6-7. Amen! Hallelujah!

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Get born again to receive eternal bliss from the LORD of Exodus, say, Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”   (Concluded)

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CAN GOD WALK INTO AN AMBUSH? (two)

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(Continued from part 1)                Exodus 15:8 is the proclamation of His Omnipotence. It reads: “And with the blast of thy nostrils the waters were gathered together, the floods stood upright as an heap, and the depths were congealed in the heart of the sea.” Awesome! And God alone is! Confer Acts 26:8; Rev. 19:6; Job 37:23 and God’s speech of Job 38:31-35, 39:1-20, 40:9 & 41:1-7. In Genesis 17:1, “And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect:” not seeing God’s physical representation. But in Genesis 18:14, “Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son,” a physical palpability of Him sits before the physical being of Abraham. Was Abraham not glad (John 8:56) to see Jehovah? Only the Omnipotent can afford the rhetoric, “Is any thing too hard for the LORD?” Amen.

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“Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off? 24. Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD” [Jeremiah 23:23-24]. The word ‘fill’ is, in the Hebrew, male’ (maw-lay’): ‘1. full (literally or figuratively) 2. (literally) filling 3. (concretely) fulness 4. (adverbially) fully.’ God sees all things and persons in all the universe at every time and all the time! This is an affirmative omnipresence of Jehovah. Awesome. The LORD God alone is. The incontestability of God’s omniscience has a verifiability in Isaiah 46:9-10, “Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, 10. Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.” And this clearly is the reason why God does not play games, and anyone, for this reason, who tries to play hide and seek with Jehovah must be stupid! Other verses of His omniscience are: Genesis 6:5; 1Samuel 2:3; Job 12:22, 21:22 & 28:24.

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Who can lay any ambush to the disadvantage of God with these three immanent nature of His? Even if He lacks those qualities His divine presence alone will throw all enemies into oblivious extinction! People just do not realise the ineffable power that God wields. As Reverend Chris Okotie puts it interrogatively, “From where do you begin to fight God, is it from the eternity past or from the eternity to come?” And may I contribute my own query: “Or is it in this present phenomenal, sinful decadence of man’s world?” He is bigger than the earth, in fact our Milky Way galaxy is smaller than Him. The Lord is larger than the entire universe!

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The Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI/NASA)

The diameter of the universe has a calculated distance of 92 billion light years. Bringing this down to our earthly measurement is like this: 1 light year is approximately 9,460,730,472,580.8 kilometers or 5,878,625,373,183.6 miles. Multiply 92 billion by 9.4 trillion and you will arrive at staggering 540,833,534,332,836,000,000,000 miles or 870,387,214,377,360,000,000,000 kilometers! A billion in USA and Canada is calculated thousand million in Britain, France and Germany. Trillion and quintillion of USA are counted thousand billion and thousand trillion respectively in Britain. The earth’s diameter above, in words, reads like this. Eight hundred and seventy sextillion, three hundred and eighty seven quintillion, two hundred and fourteen quadrillion, three hundred and seventy seven trillion, three hundred and sixty billion kilometers. Quite an arithmetic figure! The volume of the universe will be 870,387,214,377,360,000,000,000 × 22/7 × 4/3 cubic km.

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    To whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?

A reason for these numbers is to show the inconceivably beyond-belief humongous, jaw-breaking magnitude of God’s stature. Another reason, lamentably, is that the terribleness of His inevitable judgment on His enemies does absolutely nothing as a deterrent. They keep fashioning devices of iniquitous existence. One scripture that holds me spellbound is the eschatological Revelation 16:9, “And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.” The word ‘blasphemed’ comes from the Greek blasphēmeō (blas-fay-meh’-o): ‘to vilify; specifically to speak impiously.’  ‘Repented’ is metanoeō (met-an-o-eh’-o): ‘to think differently or afterwards, that is, reconsider (morally to feel compunction).’     (…to be concluded…)

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CAN GOD WALK INTO AN AMBUSH? (one)

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Ask an atheist and he will come up with, “Do I even believe in his existence?” His final conclusion will be, “Of course, yes, all things being equal.” What will be the response of Paul Tillich, whose theology is based upon ontological assumptions? Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536) the Dutch humanist, will, no doubt, receive a nudge from Humanism in his answer. And it is indubitable what Friedrich W. Nietzsche’s assertion, the author of the teaching, “God is dead” will be. It is most evident that Rev. Chris Okotie, my pastor’s, answer is an emphatic, “No way!”

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Rev. Chris Okotie

This topic, to many, sounds so puerile. You will appreciate the germaneness if you are apprised of philosophical foray into theology. Most atheists in an acute obduracy are of the conclusion that, “since this God can’t be accessed….He’s dead;” in their submission. Paul Tillich, a university professor and doctorate degree holder in philosophy is also a Professor of Theology. To him, “the word ‘theology’ conveys the meaning of logos (reasoning) and theos (God and divine things). This places him in the philosophical understanding that God is to be reasoned out! Tillich said that faith is not knowledge, he claims to know. His apologetic theology sees pistis (faith) as gnosis (knowledge) in his reading of the New Testament, which easily arrays him in the toga of a latter-day Gnostic. He sees Jesus as the New Being, a pointer to his Hegelian induction.

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Paul Tillich

From his ontological romance, Tillich wrote, “If we say that something is living, we indicate that it is dying.” His Hegelian immersion made him see God as developing from Being: the trinitarian Father is the Power of Being, whom he dialectically set up as the Hegelian new theses standing in antithesis to Logos (Jesus), from which comes a synthesis (Holy Spirit).

The only reason why an avowed Humanist like Desiderius Erasmus would dabble into Church matters is just to muddy the waters of the kerygma, using his excellent ebullience to paint it with humanistic colours. He provided enough support for Martin Luther’s cause but stuck unexpectedly with Catholicism. Erasmus’ ‘Christian’ humanism had blossomed forth in the movement’s confidence that man is quite well able to do without God because he can find absolute and radical freedom from all moral laws in a Christ who has become united with fallen humanity. I believe the reason why Erasmus would not join Luther was not farfetched. He still bowed to Mary, he believed in Catholicism, and is comfortable with transubstantiation: all of which the true Church would reject.

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Friedrich W. Nietzsche

Nietzsche wrote a book, “The Madman” where he put the words, “death of God” his Madman cried, “Do we not hear anything yet of the noise the grave diggers who are burying God? Do we not smell anything yet of God’s decomposition? Gods too decompose. God is dead” (Madman). A whole lot of philosophers and theologians gave their active support e.g. Paul Tillich, Rudolf Bultmann, T.J.J. Altizer (who said, “God has actually died), Martin Buber (God is merely an eclipse), Bonhoeffer (who believes that, “Man is now self-sufficient and has no need of God”) and William Blake. These people have quite a large followership.

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From the Bible, my sole reference point, which I have studied very well, Jehovah, the God of the Christian Bible, can only be seen, heard and understood by faith. Hypocrisy reigns so effortlessly in the hearts of humanity. Man takes one look at the weather and decides, “I don’t need an umbrella.” He believes his political leader’s promise. “I’ll pass this examination.” When it comes to the Creator he refuses to expend the same faith. He does not know that the enemy is the one behind his nonconformist Gibraltar obduracy. Satan always goes into hiding to set people against the Lord of creation.

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The stark reality is that this God of heaven and the earth is the only good One; and that He has carefully planted His true existence inside every living entity. Anyone who denies Him is being stubbornly unrealistic. There are actually two forces. Your repudiation of the good One automatically attracts the evil enemy. You must come to the good God by faith, therefore. Lucifer turns you from this good Jehovah by handing you a useless toy called calculation of empiricism, in the name of philosophy, which takes you on an endless journey of unproductiveness.

 (…to be continued…)

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WHY WILL GOD ALLOW CERTAIN THINGS? (part five)

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          New Jerusalem Temple coming down to the new earth of Jehovah

That true greatness is not found in individual’s greatness, but in the individual’s ability to make others great is incontestable. The majestic splendour of God will manifest when the view of the new world is dotted with gods. The Holy Spirit anointed inhabitants of the new earth will metamorphose into gods, each of us, probably, will represent a particular splendid radiance of Jehovah. Existing around the earth will be gods of divine radiance like the stars of the dark sky. Each of the billions showing off different glorious radiance of Divinity. A spectacle to behold!

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                             Moses saw the back side of the LORD God

God’s true splendor cannot be captured by these billions of gods. So, what is going to happen is that each blessed one will have to change from one colour to another effulgence of divine brilliance, and each hue will not look really like others, simply because this is what God truly is. Unfathomable! As we depict HIS glory, so we will be falling down in worship of the Most High in Spirit and in truthfulness of it. This is a unique phenomenon! This mundane show of His glory will continue for eternity. His ability to deify His created beings is the true greatness of Him, who was, who is, and is to come, the LORD, the LORD God Almighty! Every available space on earth will reflect the true glory of HIS Person. This is what Lucifer, the erstwhile head of the angels, bestially craved for.

The Devil’s detestation of Christians is based on the fact that we will inherit the LORD God Himself. We are the heirs of the eternal God. Our heirship is from eternity to eternity. Like the LORD God, we are eternally good; and the diminishing returns of gerontological deficiency can never creep into our glorious life. Christ’s life is ours. The long we live the more glory of Him who sits eternally on the throne we exude.

When we meet to commune, it is the communion of Divinity. When we greet one another it is a holy greetings of Divinity. Our only focal entity will be the Father and the Lamb. Egoism would have long been thrown into hell, where it rightly belongs.

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Satan egoistically communed with himself in his quest for divinity. He shunned the council of the Holy Spirit. The irrelevance of the Holy Spirit for him, rendered him irrelevant. He lost eternal blissful existence before the Creator. This great angel had lost it forever. He, therefore, in his maniacal self, is doing all he can to push man away from this unprecedented glory that God has planned for mankind. He is doing all he can to disparage John 3:3. He is fighting tooth and nail to keep man from actualizing Romans 10:9-10. He knows what a regenerated one stands to inherit. He knows what a massive second chance humanity is endowed with. He, consequently, set up religions, myriads of them, to marginalize the efficacious truth of spiritual regeneration inherent in Christianity.

Lucifer has injected the foetus of every matrix with a certain venom that enhances your disparaging stance of Jesus. That deceptive potion gives one a spiritual taste bud that craves for the religious meals provided by those beliefs. Before you know it you are already believing in the Eastern didactic karmic reality. You are sold to Masonic cultic way of life. The jihadic offer of 72 virgins of Islamic religious stance begin to appeal to your palate. The ontological paradigm of your ancestral belief, the custodians of which are the demonic familiar spirits, continue to fascinate your psyche. The relevance of divine counsel of the Holy Spirit: its repudiation, is the reason for this satanic design

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The Spirit has sent so many messages into your heart. Be wise. Apprehend the relevance of His messages. Get born again. Belong to Jesus, and you are settled eternally. Let us see the biblical relativities.

*True greatness= John 14:12, Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”

*New earth= 2Peter 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Revelation 21:1-5, 23. Verse one says, And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.” The word ‘new’ is the Greek kainos (kai-nos’): ‘new (especially in freshness); it speaks of renovation.’ Our earth will be renovated and made more spacious.

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Moses squinched when he saw the back side of Jehovah

* God’s true splendour = Isaiah 48:12-13.

*Satan communed with himself = Isaiah 14:14, I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

*Lucifer has injected the foetus = Revelation 12:4, 9, & 12 and verse 9 is, And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

*The Spirit has sent messages= Matthew 12:31-32; verse 31 says, Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. Confer Hebrews 10:26.   (Conclusion) 

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God spoke with Israelites face to face at Mount Sinai