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4th Quarter 2011
December 31, 2011 The Logos as _Yah_ functioned as the Helpmate of the God, and as such, the Logos as _Yah_ would never have inherited the authority of the God; therefore, as the glorified First Son of the firstborn sons of the Father, the glorified Christ Jesus inherits the authority of the God.
December 24, 2011 Laying down your life, giving up the pursuit of the finer things in life, may necessarily lead to poverty, hunger, actual need.
December 17, 2011 To deny Jesus before men will cause Jesus to deny that the person is a disciple before angels, thereby leaving the person open to demonic possession … to deny Jesus through denying that His earthly father was the Logos leaves the Sabbatarian Christian open to the Sacred Names Heresy, a doctrine of demons that suffocates the inner son of God just as surely as a plastic bag over the head of an infant suffocates the child; for central to the Sacred Names Heresy is denial of Jesus through rejection of even His name.
December 10, 2011 Jesus presented to the Sadducees that denied the resurrection a dilemma that they could not easily resolve: the dead had no God if the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob was only the God of living persons. There could neither be a resurrection or salvation in any form without there also being a God of the dead, a God that raised the dead to life—and the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob was not this God so there had to be another God or else humankind was doomed to obviation at death, meaning that Abraham was condemned to eternal death if there was not a God of dead Israelites … The God of dead Israelites is the God who raises the dead and makes them alive (John 5:21), with this God not being the God of the living, the God of those who have been raised from the dead; for the Father gave to the Son all judgment (v. 22), thereby making the glorified Son the God of the spiritually living. Without a God of the dead, the man Jesus the Nazarene could not have been resurrected from death—The Son gives life to the living, not to the dead, with the life that the Son gives being that of the perishable flesh putting on immortality. And it is here where visible Christendom and present-day rabbinical Judaism denies the Father: every person is humanly born with a dead inner self that must be raised to life by the Father, the God of the dead (the God of the inner self, not the flesh).
December 3, 2011 The Father of Israel is not the Father of Israel, when the former is the nation that is outwardly circumcised and the latter is the nation that is circumcised of heart. The son of promise that Isaac represents is not the Son of Promise that Christ Jesus represents. The sons of promise that were in the womb of Rebekah are not the sons of promise borne by the last Eve, the Christian Church, following the Second Passover liberation of Israel … the linguistic icons sound audibly the same even when printed in differing fonts as “the Father of Israel” serves as a metaphor for the Father of Israel; for again, Israel is not Israel. For the person not truly born of God and for all infant sons of God, confusion is unavoidable when Yah is the Father of Israel as well as the Father of the infant Jesus, the one who gave life to the fetus that became Jesus the Nazarene when born of Mary, betrothed to Joseph of the house of David … when Jesus was born of Mary, He had but one breath of life, the breath of life He had received from His Father, Yah, the Father of all Israel.
November 26, 2011 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. The sign of John will have disciples that are truly born of God keeping the commandments as the outward expression of inward love for God.
November 19, 2011 Before the Father will give life to His sons by resurrecting the inner selves of Christians from death, there must be food available for these infant sons of God to eat … Paul said that his epistle to the Corinthians was milk and so it is. But does a human person grow to maturity only drinking milk? A son of God will not mature on a milk diet, but needs solid food to grow strong enough to resist the Adversary and prevail against the Adversary. Each of the Apostles recognized as pillars of the early Church needed, himself, to be fed spiritual food; i.e., instructed in core principles for understanding the mysteries of God. Each needed to undertake a second journey of faith, a journey that would challenge what the Apostle understood about the Father and the Son … for natural Israel, God [Elohim] was one deity, not two deities as the linguistic icon comprising the Tetragrammaton YHWH reveals.
November 12, 2011 John’s vision, like the little scroll itself, was sweet in his mouth, but bitter in his belly as John realized that considerable time would pass before Jesus returned; that even after Jesus received the kingdom, there would still be another 1260 days before He came as King of kings; that there would be a great blood bath immediately prior to when the kingdom is given to the Son of Man, followed by another blood bath in the Endurance of Christ … there was no previous knowledge of an Endurance in Jesus. The assumption was that when the kingdom was given to the Son of Man (Dan 7:9–14), the Messiah would have come or would then come. The expectation was that the Messiah would forcibly take the kingdom from the prince of this world and would restore Israel as the kingdom of God here on earth.
November 5, 2011 Moses forms the basis for accepting or rejecting Jesus; for if Jesus is the prophet about whom Moses wrote—the contention here is that Jesus is—then Jesus is not an addition to Moses but comes out from Moses as a man exits his house—as the builder of the house (Heb 3:3) closes the front door of the house behind Him when He goes home for the night. Moses is the little scroll of Revelation 10:1-11.
October 29, 2011 This person has or will live his or her life in a different context than the person who Knows the Lord, or who claimed to Know the Lord. And in the preceding paragraph is the most important mystery of Christ: a Christian is to live his or her life in a differing context from the non-Christian. The Christian who lives as a Gentile is a spiritual bastard. This Christian judges him or herself unworthy to enter the kingdom of the heavens—and he or she will not enter, but will, instead, perish in the lake of fire.
October 22, 2011 Sabbatarians—Sabbath observing Christians—Philadelphia has something to say to you: those Christians who worship on Sunday have far more love for neighbor and brother than you have, and how can you claim to love God, which your keeping of the commandments says, when you do not show love to your spiritually lifeless brothers in Christ? Do you not realize that you, too, are not yet truly born of God as evidenced by your lack of love? Today, forgiving sins [having mercy on brothers and neighbors] is a rare thing, not a common thing. And this should not be.
October 15, 2011 The flesh of every person, Jew or Gentile, is defiled through the indwelling of sin and death in the flesh until the Second Passover liberation of Israel, the message that John the Baptist conveyed in the sign disclosing that he was ordained to be more than a prophet—The sign that the flesh of every person is defiled before and after repentance and baptism brought to an end the earthly covenants contained in the Law and the Prophets: “For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John” (Matt 11:13). Only the reality of the heavenly covenants—those covenants not ratified by the shedding of blood—remained, with the entirety of the Book of Deuteronomy forming the shadow and copy of the heavenly Moab covenant, the covenant for which the glorified Christ Jesus is the mediator.
Feast of Atonement Let here those who have assembled for the high Sabbath and are fasting privately consider how a remnant of Israel returned from Babylon as a shadow and type of a remnant of the Christian Church, by faith, returning to the Lord from spiritual Babylon, the single kingdom of the Adversary. Consider how few Christians are this day fasting, and of those that are fasting, how few truly understand the significance of Israel killing the Azazel at the time of Herod's temple (i.e., the Second Temple).
October 8, 2011 In symbolism, Adam is the dust of the earth Elohim used to form the first man—not all of the dust of the earth, but a hundred or so pounds—and is analogous to Christ, Head and Body [Jesus and all of His disciples] being that portion of humanity the Father transforms into firstborn sons of God. What separates physical human beings from the dust of the fields is possession of the breath of life, with life having been given to many differing creatures of which only human beings are destined to become sons of God. What separates Christ from humanity is possession of the breath of God in the breath of Christ, not the breath of God along with the breath of Christ but in the breath of Christ.
October 1, 2011 Sabbatarian Christians need someone to teach them the basic principles of the oracles of God, which isn’t to keep the commandments in isolation to interpersonal relationships with the world, other Christians, or parents, spouses, and children. The commandments form the shadow and copy of spiritual love for God and for brother. Love fulfills the commandments, and love for God will have the Christian keeping the commandments. Love for neighbor and brother will govern how the Christian relates to fellow human beings in situations that are not easily covered by a commandment. Love for brother will prevent a Christian from being irritable or resentful.

3rd Quarter 2011
Feast of Trumpets 2011 Christians born of God as sons that walk as their elder brother Christ Jesus walked will appear this day, the Feast of Trumpets, 2011, before God. They will fast on Yom Kipporim, and they will keep Tabernacles [the Feast of Ingathering] wherever two or three are gathered together in Jesus’ name. Then, they will keep the Last Great Day, expecting nothing, expecting everything.
September 24, 2011 Circumcision of the heart is not some mysterious process, but is first cleansing the heart by faith, then by faith believing the writings of Moses and the words of Jesus, about whom Moses wrote. And the person with a circumcised heart will fear the Lord, and will walk in His ways, and will keep His commandments out of love for the Lord.
September 17, 2011 Paul wrote to the holy ones at Colossae, telling these holy ones to set their minds on the things that are above and not on the things of this earth, the holy ones were not inclined to seek public office, nor were they really allowed to participate in politics. Colossae was part of the Roman Empire. The affairs of state were not shaped by democratic institutions, but by autocrats. The affairs of state were the domain of a political class, this class selected by intrigue and by familial relationships, with merit only receiving cursory consideration. And Christians, by the fact that their activities were no longer subject to friends and family (the subject of Col chap 2), had excluded themselves from consideration for public offices: they were now religious extremists in an empire suspicious of any sort of extremism.
September 10, 2011 It wasn’t natural Israel that was the first to be born of God as sons: it was the Christian Church, not angels or Jews, that was the first to receive life in the heavenly moment where the mount of assembly exists. Yet it was also the Christian Church that was first to deny Christ Jesus in this heavenly moment. As a result, the greater Christian Church has made itself the last to enter this unchanging moment: with very few exceptions, Christians shall never enter the mount of assembly—its teachers actively instruct Christians not to strive to walk as Jesus walked and thereby go where Jesus went.
September 3, 2011 The Apostle Paul learns late in life that grace and mercy are two, not the same concept, as evidenced by his salutaions to Timothy. This implies that even the Apostle continued to grow in grace and knowledge through revelation--that he did not receive all knowledge at one time, as the prophets of old.
August 27, 2011 The person that is humanly born as the property of another person can accept his or her fate, or can seek freedom, liberty, control of his or her own destiny. Even when a slave’s master treats the slave well, the slave is not free to come and go as the wind comes and goes, the essence of what it means to be born again or born as a son of God: a human person is not free to leave space-time and the confines of the creation; flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God (1 Cor 15:50). Thus, the fleshly body in which the spiritually lifeless inner self is born and confined from human conception is subject to the spirit prince of this world, the prince of the power of the air, the Adversary and cannot serve God.
August 20, 2011 The concept that ruled 6th/7th/8th Century BCE thought was that each area of land had it own particular god, with the Lord being the God of Jerusalem. The God of heaven is the God who is in Jerusalem, but does the God of heaven live in only one location? When Israel is the geographical Promised Land, the land that the eyes of the Lord [Israel’s] God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year to the end of the year, the occupants of the land form the shadow and copy of the living inner selves of Christians. Who these occupants ethnically are is not of importance; for the living inner self of a Christian, regardless of the ethnicity of the flesh, will be a son of God. What is of importance is the willingness of the inner self to mentally walk as the man Jesus the Nazarene walked.
August 13, 2011 As the Body of Christ began with one man—Jesus the Nazarene receiving the divine breath of the Father (Matt 3:16)—the Body of Christ died with the death of one man, the Apostle John, approximately seventy years later [probably exactly seventy years from the year in which Jesus was resurrected from death and breathed on the ten disciples — John chap 20]. Thus, expect to see the martyrdom of virtually all faithful Christians following the Second Passover liberation of Israel. It will be, with a statistically insignificant Remnant excluded, the only means by which Christians can hold-on to the indwelling eternal life they will receive at the Second Passover liberation of Israel.
August 6, 2011 In societies constructed on acceptance that human beings are born with immortal souls, the Law that made sin alive is neglected, thereby causing all in that society to again come under the reign of Death, the fourth horseman of the Apocalypse. The society becomes a nation of spiritual prostitutes.
July 30, 2011 But what Paul apparently didn’t fully grasp is what James understood: For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead. (Jas 2:14–26)
July 23, 2011 Was it the Lord who had given to Job seven sons and three daughters, many sheep, camels, yokes of oxen, donkeys and servants? Job says it was when he says, Shall we not receive good from God — and Job is typical of most Christians, who when receiving good ascribes having received that good to God. And the so-called friends of Job are also typical of most Christians in that when evil befalls someone else, they ascribed that evil to God and to the person having some sort of hidden sin; hence a spiritual moron such as David Pack of the Restored Church of God claimed that hurricane Katrina striking New Orleans was evidence of God punishing the city for its wicked ways, and this is simply not the case. A house divided will not stand: if God intervened in the Adversary’s administration of this world, the Adversary’s governance of this world would fail, and fail because of God’s intervention, not because of the Adversary’s lawless ways. God would defeat the entire purpose of setting up the demonstration in which each of us presently live, a demonstration showing that sons of God cannot rule themselves apart from God, that self-governance under democratic principles is doomed to failure from its conception.
July 16, 2011 The Christian pastor or the wannabe teacher of the law that teaches presumptuously is of the Adversary and will come to the same fate regardless of how good, how sincere the intentions of the person unless—and this is an important caveat—the person becomes one with Paul as Apollos was one with Paul; for to teach without being called to teach inevitably causes irreparable harm to the holy ones. The wannabe teacher simply will not understand what it was that Paul wrote, the reason he or she has no business teaching. And this goes for seemingly mighty men [and women] of God such as seen on television just as it goes for the solitary busybody that gallivants around the countryside, running to and fro, not working with his or her hands to support the person but filling idle time with idle words.
July 9, 2011 A disciple can labor and not be compensated for his or her labor as any housewife knows and as many self-employed disciples know: there is no hard correspondence between labor and compensation. Likewise, there is no positive correspondence between spirituality and possession of the things of this world—if there were a correspondence, the relationship would be negative, meaning that the more things a Christian has, the farther the Christian is from God.
July 2, 2011 Again, until the Second Passover liberation of Israel, let the Philadelphian’s only manifestation of unbelief come through engaging in transactions that causes the Philadelphian to be as the boy was among the five thousand followers of Christ Jesus, a person prepared to stay awhile, to endure in place [in situ] for an extended period (up to seven years). Let the Philadelphian’s unbelief not manifest itself in a transgression of the commandments, but as a transaction through which the Philadelphian can supply to those who haven’t prepared those things that doubters will need to live physically for a while longer.

2nd Quarter 2011
June 25, 2011 As earthly Jerusalem in the days of King Nebuchadnezzar was a vine that could only live by entwining itself around the Babylonian, forsaking all others, including the King of Egypt, New Jerusalem in the days of the Adversary’s reign as prince of this world is a worthless vine, faithless and lawless and fit only for destruction by fire—and thus it is to this vine that the Adversary will turn to try and save himself following the Second Passover liberation of Israel. It is to Arian Christendom [representing the King of the North] that the Adversary will come once spiritual Babylon is dealt a below-the-belt blow hard enough to stagger this world, a blow that will see all uncovered firstborns killed in a day. Once the Second Passover liberation of Israel occurs, it will be extremely unlikely that any genuine Christian can engage in transactions in or with this world. Thus, whatever the Christian has on hand will have to do until a new culture emerges, one not based on transactions. For the vine that represents greater Christendom will be chopped down by the Second Passover liberation of Israel, and will be closely examined by God for 200 days before most of it will be condemned to the lake of fire.
June 18, 2011 Because it truly isn’t possible to determine which Christian is alive but dormant and which Christian died during the long night of darkness, God will baptize every Christian in spirit—and if God will give to every Christian a chance, should not we as Philadelphians, do likewise, giving to both the lawless and the loveless an appropriate length of time to break dormancy after the Second Passover liberation of Israel? God will give to Christians 220 days to break dormancy.
June 11, 2011 In the course of Philadelphians preparing or not preparing for the possibility that the Second Passover liberation of Israel would occur on the second Passover of 2011, the inner selves of Philadelphians, each individually born of God as sons born out of season (i.e., before it is the time for birth), were made visible for man, angel, and God to see: how every Philadelphian prepared spiritually to be great or least in the kingdom of the heavens was outwardly discernable through whether the Philadelphian had waited until the last minute to physically set aside sustenance/foodstuffs equal to, say, what an ancient Hebrew would have set aside to last from one season to the next season.
June 4, 2011 Because we live in a time similar to the days of Jeremiah—a time when the Christian Church will be razed because of its lawless ways—God will not hear prayers made for the nation, any Christian nation, or for the greater Church. Prayers need to be specific and limited to asking God to intervene in the affairs of believers.
May 14, 2011 It would be in this demon’s interest to keep Christians worshiping this fallen angelic son of God rather than the Most High God, and how better to keep its ego stroked than to warn Roman Catholics beforehand that they should not neglect praying to this demon (vision of Fatima) even after the Second Passover liberation of Israel and the repentance of the then-reigning hierarchy of the Roman Church, a repentance that will not last.
May 7, 2011 What seems to be occurring and to have occurred is that this legal firstborn of the Adversary has just trampled the silver-color ram, the king[s] of Persia. If this is true, then the Second Passover liberation of Israel will occur this year on the second Passover. The democratic uprising of this year’s Arab spring would seem to indicate that Greek values, that of democracy, has prevailed in a region that has seen autocratic rule for more than a millennium. Thus coupling the worldwide outbreak of the virus of democratic self-governance to the killing of Osama bin Laden and the widespread dislike of the United States of America, even within America itself, and humankind appears on a collision course with destiny, the end of this present era in this month of May.
April 30, 2011 All Americans, all peoples of this world must drink from the cup of God’s wrath, with the pious sealed in death except for those of the pious who have the spirit of prophecy.
April 23, 2011 The ministry of the two witnesses will be a testimony against greater Christendom that could have redeemed the time—before the Second Passover and the 220 days immediately after—to spiritually and physically prepare to endure to the end [the end of the age, or the saint’s personal end]. The ministry of the two witnesses will, when the man of perdition is revealed on day 220, shift to being a testimony against rebelling Christians, with the plagues they bring upon the earth producing a separation between faithful and unfaithful Christians, with entire regions struck because of collective rebellion against God.
April 16, 2011 The person who has been called to be an apostle or prophet or evangelist or pastor “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ” (Eph 4:12) has been given a differing quantifiable amount of faith than the laity, with the laity receiving additional faith when the laity is fully equipped for ministry. Therefore, the quantifiable measure of faith/belief that the Father has given to members that do not have the same function (Rom 12:4) is proportional to the function that the member is to serve in the Body of Christ.
April 9, 2011 The Christian—Sabbatarian or otherwise—who wounds the consciences of infant sons of God or potential sons of God sins against Christ Jesus and can expect nothing from Christ when judgments are revealed. In mercy, Jesus will grant immortality to some Christians who have slain their infant brothers, with the Apostle Paul serving as the model for those who slew sons of God in innocence. But unless the Christian has equal or greater zeal for Jesus than what the Apostle Paul had after he was called by Jesus, the Christian cannot expect to see Paul in the kingdom, but can expect to find him or herself in the lake of fire.
April 2, 2011 Do apparent discrepancies mean that the gospels are not to be believed? NO! But they are to be treated as texts, as narrative accounts, as accounts similar to what will be produced by endtime disciples who write about what happens after the Second Passover liberation of Israel. Not all accounts will be of equal worth. And three hundred years into the Millennium, edits will have been made on the various surviving accounts so that some aspects of the narrative are emphasized and some things are minimized.

1st Quarter 2011
March 26, 2011 It will be fellow Christians who martyr their brethren as Cain slew righteous Abel. The concealed hatred of Christians for God and for Christ Jesus—hatred hidden in their rejection of the commandments of God; hidden in their refusal to walk as Jesus, an observant Jew, walked—will be made evident for all to see when all Christians are filled-with and empowered by the breath of God … the blood bath and ensuing chaos following the Second Passover liberation of Israel will not herald the return of the 12th Imam, but the beginning of the ministry of the two witnesses, who will strike the earth with every sort of plague.
March 19, 2011 The man called by God to speak the Lord’s words has his reward in heaven so all this man needs in this world is enough to maintain physical life until the job for which he has been called is completed. He needs nothing more, including the honor and esteem of this world. He doesn’t need to drive a Buick; he doesn’t need to wear a suit, or to live in a house that honors God—what sort of house would that be? This person needs nothing more than to believe God and faithfully execute the task to which the person has been called.
March 12, 2011 According to Jesus, Christians are not to be alarmed—unduly concerned—when they hear of wars and rumors of wars, earthquakes and famines.
March 5, 2011 It will not be time to intervene in world affairs until after the present prince of this world is cast into time halfway through seven endtime years of tribulation, and then it will be wise to wait until Christ Jesus returns. Until then, the land of this world is for burying the dead and not for possession by the living.
February 26, 2011 The Woman must truly want to be one with the Bridegroom, and want to be one with the Bridegroom enough that She is willing to die physically for this marriage made in heaven, a reality that used to be seen in childbirth.
February 19, 2011 Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people. And walk in all the way that I command you, that it may be well with you—pertains to Christians today, and will pertain to Christians after the Second Passover liberation of Israel when the stakes are higher; for when Christians are filled-with and empowered by the spirit of God, they will not be covered by Christ Jesus’ righteousness as they presently are.
February 12, 2011 If dinosaurs have feathers and if one particular species had a red crest and black and white mottled feathers, with feathered shanks and feet like ptarmigan, then written in the rocks of this earth is evidence that the Lord could do what He demanded of Job, transform the proud into the low, then hide the low in the dust of this earth. This transformation of the first of the Lord’s works into chickens and chickadees is evidence that the Lord, by His own right hand, can save Himself and by extension, those human beings that are of the Lord.
February 5, 2011 It fell to the man Jesus the Nazarene to reveal God the Father to His disciples and to return to Israel knowledge that the Levitical priesthood should have revealed to the people.
January 29, 2011 When the people do what is right in their own eyes, they rebel against God and do what is evil. When Christians do what seems right to them, they rebel against God and do what is evil, calling good evil and evil good.
January 22, 2011 Although relinquished auctoritas will never be regained by the people of the United States, if this auctoritas is not relinquished the nation’s citizenry will be utterly wiped out in a day.
January 15, 2011 There is no economic reason to consecrate to the Lord all firstborns: Whatever is the first to open the womb among the people of Israel, both of man and beast, is mine. … Every firstborn of a donkey you shall redeem with a lamb, or if you will not redeem it you shall break its neck. Every firstborn of man among your sons you shall redeem Ex 13:2, 13. The reason given to redeem is the Passover exodus of Israel from slavery: Therefore I [the Israelite] sacrifice to the Lord all the males that first open the womb, but all the firstborn of my sons I redeem v. 15. But redeeming makes no sense unless there is an ownership issue in play.
January 8, 2011 If a pharaoh or a Caesar does not usurp the auctoritas that constitutionally resides with the people of the United States of America prior to the Second Passover, the people collectively will be slain as “the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne” was slain (Ex 12:29) when Moses led Israel out from slavery. The struggle that lies immediately ahead of America will be between the people to hold auctoritas and the would-be pharaoh who is intent upon taking to himself the authority that resides in being the nation state’s “first citizen,” able to jet around the world on Air Force One. Although relinquished auctoritas will never be regained by the people of the United States, if this auctoritas is not relinquished the nation’s citizenry will be utterly wiped out in a day.
January 1, 2011 Greater Christendom, today, when resolutions that are not usually kept for more than a few weeks are made, has the chance to do what the Sabbatarian churches of God are unable to do because of their employment of double think to eliminate dissonance—today, greater Christendom can elevate the context in which Christians engage Scripture. Today, Christians everywhere can, by figuratively standing on tiptoes, reach those grapes that are neither sour nor spoiled. If time is indeed short, then Christians need to act like it is, with keeping the commandments of God being the reasonable expectation of everyone who believes God.

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