The Glory That Should Follow

Northern Iraq

Christians are being systematically cleansed from the country. Most have been forced to convert, flee or have been publicly executed for their faith.

“It might be too much to ask you to stand on our side in this battle between civilization and barbarism, but at least have the decency to swallow your selective outrage while Israel wages war against the extremist groups seeking to eradicate the values that we all hold very dear,” he said.

 

Prosor accused the UN   http://godsplan.org.uk/eviltrilogy.htm  of complicity (association or participation in or as if in a wrongful act) in the slaughter taking place in Iraq and elsewhere thanks to its “allowing       (Islamic terror) organizations like Hamas to continue to exist in the Middle East.”

For Israel (Jews) this conflict has been around since the fall of Adam and Eve here on this fallen earth, the great enemy has seen to that. However; Jehovah, denouncing Satan said to him;

 

Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee [Satan] and the woman, [Christ] and between thy seed [Satan's] and her seed; [Christ's] it shall bruise thy head, [Satan] and thou shalt bruise His heel [Christ].

 

The enmity began at the fall, and it will not cease until the second advent of Christ.

 

Matthew 16:24—25 

24 Then said Jesus unto His disciples, “If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.

 

ei = if.  Putting the condition simply.  a. Followed by the Indicative Mood, the hypothesis is assumed as an actual fact, the condition being unfulfilled, but no doubt being thrown upon the supposition (1Cor. 15:16).

 

1 Corinthians 15:16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised?:

 

Simply put =If we really desire to be with, and follow the life of Christ, then we must be prepared to suffer as He did to gain resurrection and inherit a new life for which He paid the price.

It is easier to say than to do when it involves family and children, however the strength, and the conviction of our belief is paramount. Psalm 23 immediately springs to mind.

 

Psalm 23

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

 

2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters.

 

3 He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake.

 

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.

 

5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

 

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

 

This is the glory for His disciples and believers to inherit, and be done once and for all from this evil fallen earth. What happiness and peace is there to be had?  Answer = Very little. Many. many martyrs have gone before us, and it is in the true understanding of Jehovah’s Word, that we will be asked to follow Christ also. The enemy is running rampant over the earth as we speak, and seems to be in the ascendant; but it is all determined on threats of death. Once we accept that death is but a transit to Jehovah’s Kingdom our spirits are kept safely in the sheepfolds as shown up in the stars. These are today known as the Great, and little bear. http://godsplan.org.uk/messianicage.htm

 

Ecclesiastes 12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.  http://godsplan.org.uk/stormcoming.htm

 

  

The larger sheepfold is Ursa Major            The smaller sheepfold is Ursa Minor

Which, will safely hold the spirits.            Which safely holds the spirits of those who went before us.

 

For God-fearing people there is nothing to fear; only those of the enemy’s seed will perish in the end, and pay the price in full because of their transgressions.

 

25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for My sake shall find it.

 

Jesus foretells His Sufferings, Death, and Glory.

This is the first definite intimation Jesus makes to His disciples that He will seem to be a Victim rather than a Victor—or if a Victor, then only in a quite unusual sense. He had, indeed, told them before that discipleship would be a costly thing

Matthew 10:9 forward. And they had already seen Him rejected in His own village. (Matthew 13: 53—58), but His mighty works and His affirmations about His Kingdom had kept alive their hopes of worldly power. The recent confession by Peter and its approval by Jesus must have greatly strengthened those hopes.

 

Matthew 16:22 Then Peter took Him, and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto Thee”.

 

Jesus replied indignantly…

 

Luke 24:26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?”

 

Matthew 13: 16--17

16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear these things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

 

eldon = to see: implying not the mere act of looking, but the actual perception of the object:

 

Perhaps he realised that fact and desired to set them right. He felt that the confession provided an appropriate background for announcing what he had himself known long to be the TRUTH—that He was, indeed, the Christ, but the Suffering Christ of (Isaiah 53)

 

Isaiah 53:10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He hath put Him to grief: when Thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.

 

...When thou shalt. This introduces the break in the Dispensations, which is the subject of the rest of the chapter: the glory which is to follow the sufferings. See Appendix 71 & 72

http://levendwater.org/companion/append71.html

http://levendwater.org/companion/append72.html

 

He shall see His seed… See” corresponding with “see” in Isa 52:15 i.e. the result, issue, and reward of His sufferings.

 

Isaiah 52:15 So shall He sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at Him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.

 

Cp Psalm 22:30 A seed shall serve Him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.

 

Psalm 24:6 This is the generation of them that seek Him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.

 

Psalm 25:13 His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth.

 

The Chaldee Targum reads, they (His seed) shall see the kingdom of their Messiah”.

 

Isaiah 53:11 He shall see of the travail of His soul, and shall be satisfied: by His knowledge shall My righteous Servant justify many; for He [Christ] shall bear their iniquities.

 

Satisfied Not disappointed. We have not an impotent Father, or a disappointed Christ, or a defeated Holy Ghost, as is so commonly preached, but an omnipotent father, an all-victorious Christ, and an almighty Holy Spirit, able to break the hardest heart and subdue the stoutest will.

 

In any case, from this time Jesus never lets the disciples lose sight of the fact that He is to suffer a violent death (Matt 17:9, 12, 22—23, 20:17—19. And Cp Mark 9:9—13, 30—32. Luke 17:25, 18:31—34). One who until now had been to them a teacher and wonder-worker endeavours from henceforth to have them see in Him a Redeemer.—One Who must suffer to save.

How little Peter understood Matt 16 verse 18 is evident from verses 22—23. He who had just been called a rock to build on is now a stone to stumble over. 

 

Matthew 16: 18 And I say also unto thee, “That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

 

I say also = I also say (as well as the Father), looking back to a preceding Agent with Whom the Lord associates Himself.

 

Whether we are to understand it (with Augustine and Jerome) as implying “thou hast said [it]” (see Ap 147 http://levendwater.org/companion/append147.html) , or “thou art Peter”, most Protestants as well as these ancient “Fathers” agree that Peter’s confession is the foundation to which Christ referred, and not Peter himself. He was neither the foundation nor the builder—(a poor builder Matt 16:23)—but Christ alone, Whom he had confessed  (1 Corinthians 3:11) Thus ends this the great subject of this second portion of the Lord’s ministry. http://levendwater.org/companion/append119.html  

 

It is evident, however, that these Fathers give only a paraphrase; and do not profess to be giving an exact quotation. One thing, however, is certain, and that is our only point in this Appendix, viz. that the earliest references made to this passage disclaim all idea of its having any reference to the apostle Peter, but only to HIM Who was the subject of Peter's confession.

 

Matthew 16:23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get thee behind Me, Satan: thou art an offence unto Me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of man.”

 

Get thee behind Me, Satan. The Lord saw in this a direct assault of Satan himself through Peter.

 

1 Corinthians 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

 

The solemn words properly follow on Jesus’ announcement of His Passion. The paradox (A statement that seems contradictory or absurd but is actually valid or true) of His own life must be the paradox of His followers. Self-discovery through self-surrender—this was the law He laid upon them because He had Himself learned its everlasting validity. It is not impossible to live selfishly—but what an impossible life it is.

To give up life is only to lose a lower and find a higher.

 

Propaganda lies by Hamas.

Major news organisations including the BBC, the New York Times and Al-Jazeera have admitted that the statistics used to portray the number of deaths in Gaza during the ongoing conflict may not be accurate.

An in-depth analysis of the widely-used Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) figures found that statistics emerging from the region show a "disproportionate" number of civilian casualties.

The BBC spoke to IDF spokesman Captain Eytan Buchman who said: "The UN numbers being reported are, by and by large, based on the Gaza Health Ministry, a Hamas-run organisation."

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/gaza-strip-lies-damned-lies-palestinian-civilian-death-115856744.html#wf2hWGw

 

To seek the TRUTH, is not to seek it in man’s manipulated media.

 

2 Peter 1:13-21

13. Yea, I think it meet, (just) as long as I am in this tabernacle, (Bodily Temple) to stir you up by putting you in rememberance.

14. Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me. (Vacating the mortal bodily Temple.)

15. Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease (death) to have these things always in remembrance.

16. For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but where eyewitnesses of His Majesty.

17. For He (Christ) received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to Him from the excellent glory, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased,”

18. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with Him in the holy mount.

19. We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth into a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:

20. Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the Scripture is of any private interpretation.

21. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

 

Jesus showed the whole world the way back to the Father, through His suffering, and death; but the greatest triumph of all over Satan was, and is to come, the resurrection, to a new life far from this awful flesh, and fallen world; to Jehovah’s Kingdom. From the heavens (stars) to the ancient prophets, from Genesis to the New Testament, and from most of all; Jesus, they all reveal the one TRUTH; resurrection unto life.

 

1 Corinthians 15:55-56

55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.

 

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.”

 

The natural Body and the Spiritual Body

Paul now turns to the doctrine of bodily resurrection, to remove difficulties by explaining its true meaning. The main obstacle is a material view of resurrection. By the parable of the grain of wheat we are reminded of the outward form of the present and the future body. The present body must perish;

 

1 Corinthians 15:36 Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die.

Quickened: same as “made alive”.

 

God gives a new body according to His own creative decree…

 

1 Corinthians 15:38 But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased Him, and to every seed his own body.

 

 Even in this fallen earth there are generic differences in types of fleshly bodies. There is also a vast difference between the kind of body suited for this region, and that suited for the higher region of life. In the same way, in that higher region there are differences in outer appearances, just as the “heavenly bodies” shine in the firmament with varying splendour. All this illustrates the resurrection of the dead…

 

1 Corinthians 15:42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption:

 

Our present life is the seed-time, marked by perishableness, dishonour, weakness.

 

Compare Romans 8:10, 21

10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

 

Philippians 3:21  Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body, according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

 

2 Corinthians 13:4 For though He was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God toward you.

 

Through death we pass to the state of incorruption, glory, power,

 

Compare Romans 8:18—23

18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of Him who hath subjected the same in hope,

21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

 

Corresponding to these two conditions are two different kinds of body, one natural, the other spiritual.

The first corresponds to the needs of the soul in this worlds needs of physical existence, fulfilling the requirements of thought, feeling, will, and is thus in process of adaptation for the higher service of the life  above the realm of the senses.

 

Galatians 6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

 

 In that spiritual sphere a suitable vehicle of self-expression will be needed. The type of the first is the first man, who, in the words of Scripture, “became a living soul”

 

Genesis 2:7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

 

As the first Adam was made of the earthly substance which fitted him for life on this earth, so there is a last Adam, Who by His entrance into the realm above has assumed a form that accords with the spiritual realm, and has also become a life-giving Spirit. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/firstandsecondadam.htm

It is the resurrection of Christ which assures us that as we have hitherto borne the image of the man of earth, so hereafter we shall wear the likeness of the Man of heaven. The new humanity united in Christ has solidarity no less than that of mankind on earth.     

The apostolic witness was not a myth; it was a vision of the coming of Christ. It came from a voice borne of heaven; from God Himself and no other. The Prophetic Word is a light till Christ’s coming, and was not of its own revealing, but brought by power from on high.

Knowing first that no prophecies of Scripture are of a private interpretation by the will of man, but by those holy men of God; who spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost residing within them. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/peter.htm