Chris Welch uses Designer Pro 365 to illustrate all 3rd level concepts

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Fractals and science are running parallel

Morris Cerullo says all TRUTH is parallel.
Heard of fractals?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwWyTts06tU
Fractals describe our reality as totally interlinked from the small to the galactic.
In 1900 a new reality or new form of Christianity was introduced right at the time Einstein was coming up with his theories of relativity. The Christian Outpouring of the Holy Spirit was called Pentecostalism and some 60 years later continued to be rolled out in the traditional denominations.
By 1920 Einstein was NOT happy with his theories. There were things still missing. This period tends to get hushed up. Einstein actually started to quote Tesla's theory which included the concept of an "ether"
By the 1930s the spiritual ministries of apostles and prophets were re-discovered in the context of the baptism in the Spirit and the version of pentecostalism which became a major missionary movement known as Apostolic churches was formed.
By the 40s and 50s, while healing evangelists were travelling through the earth, some of these early pioneers started to see the same drawbacks that Jesus discovered. By John Chapter 6 the Holy Spirit was highlighting to Him that people were following Him for outer signs and outer needs, which although bundled within His message, wasn't actually what Jesus was sent to do, which was to lay the axe to the root.
Whether the secret science that goes on at CERN has now got to the root of the material realm, certainly public science is still tied up with rather sketch accounts of reality all propagandised by the Royal Society and the BBC. As Einstein had observed by the twenties, this is very incomplete.
By the 50s when healing evangelism was at its height, small bunches of Christians all over the globe were discovering that there was a third level to Christianity, and was the actual spiritual version that Jesus spoke and taught and imparted.
It explained the concepts inside of concepts inside of concepts way of teaching that represent Jesus parables. Think Russian dolls.
It explained missing elements in newer Christian moves that now meant something.
Fall into the ground like a seed and die....
the five foolish virgins and the five wise virgins
It explained why there is a two phase aspect to this sentence
Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.
So by the 1950s the Manifest Sons Movement began and people understood more of the Tabernacle blueprint in the heavenlies. There are three areas to the Tabernacle. There are three stages of Christian growth according to 1 John 2.
They MIRROR our own natural reality of children, young men and adults or fathers.
Thirdlevel opens everything inward at the same time as everything we perceive naturally. As one is being discovered so the other is opening up.
A fractal is a good picture.
Each meeting is a fractal of the heavenly blueprint, the tabernacle. Each encounter with Christ is a fractal.
If you broke open a believer on the first day they encounter Jesus you would see their spirit born complete already a complete tabernacle in its own right.
Our lives as a whole are fractals of the whole thing.
Nobody has the right to make fun of a baby because they are not adult. No one has the right to make fun of a young man because they are not at the stage of true fatherhood yet.
But what we see in Hebrews 6 is that part of an apostle and prophets job is to behave like a mother bird and destroy the nice cosy nests that are now hindering a baby bird's development. So yes, charismatic situations that have remained so now for 4 or 5 decades, you had better believe we are coming to tip them over and get the birds out to fly!!!!
This very day we have had screams on Facebook against me and people like me of
elitest
of cult leader
of asshole
when all I am doing is coming and saying excuse me....your birdsnest is now far too small and it is getting in the way of your development.
That's all thirdlevel is. Growing up. And you will find when you have grown up, that you too are a Father level type ministry who everybody calls names just about the time their cute little nest is being overturned.
Thirdlevel is the only opposite of a cult in the world.
Everybody else on earth is already inside Rothschild's Pyramid
or some baby Christian pyramid of first and secondlevellers.
The third level relates you directly to the Head, and if you and I are in the Head then we will ofcourse be bumping into each other often, but not because we are held together by strings and manipulations....but because Jesus is real, and is moving us around.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Preterism is not accurate because.... by Santo Calarco

Saint Iranaeus of Lyons
First appeared on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/santo.calarco.5/posts/10155292262644533
70AD Preterism view of the book of Revelation was NOT the view of the church fathers.
The Preterists view on the book of Revelation is that its primary focus is on events surrounding the destruction of Jerusalem. Preterists insist on an early date for the book of Revelation to tie it into the 70 A.D. destruction of Jerusalem.
This is not supported by the church fathers who lived at that time.
Revelation was written by John. Smyrna was one of the seven churches this book was written for AND THIS CHURCH DID NOT EXIST TILL AFTER THE DESTRUCTION OF JERUSALEM! Since Smyrna was one of the recipients of this book then it had to be written many years AFTER 70AD.
Polycarp was a disciple of the apostle John, and the bishop of the church of Smyrna in Asia. According to Polycarp the Book of Revelation was written AFTER the destruction of Jerusalem. In his letter called "To the Philippians" he writes that his church, did not exist before the destruction of Jerusalem.
Preterism insists that the "great tribulation" was the destruction of Jerusalem in 70AD but one early Church Fathers, The Shepherd of Hermas, written in the early 2nd Century placed the great tribulation as future of his day - years after 70AD.
The Didache was used as a church manual and written about 100 A.D.. It quote some of the events of Matthew 24-25 and Revelation and placed them future of 100 AD:
"Watch for your life's sake. Let not your lamps be quenched, nor your loins unloosed; but be ye ready, for ye know not the hour in which our Lord cometh. …. For in the last days false prophets and corrupters shall be multiplied, and the sheep shall be turned into wolves, and love shall be turned into hate; for when lawlessness increaseth, they shall hate and persecute and betray one another, and then shall appear the world-deceiver as Son of God, and shall do signs and wonders, and the earth shall be delivered into his hands, and he shall do iniquitous things which have never yet come to pass since the beginning. … And then shall appear the signs of the truth; first, the sign of an out-spreading in heaven; then the sign of the sound of the trumpet; and the third, the resurrection of the dead; yet not of all, but as it is said: The Lord shall come and all His saints with Him. Then shall the world see the Lord coming upon the clouds of heaven.” [Didache, XVI]
Irenaeus
Irenaeus (A.D. 180), a student of Polycarp (who was a disciple of the apostle John), wrote that the apocalyptic vision “was seen not very long ago, almost in our own generation, at the close of the reign of Domitian” (Against Heresies 30). He places the book near the end of Domitian’s reign, and that ruler died in A.D. 96. Irenaeus seems to be unaware of any other view for the date of the book of Revelation.
Irenaeus (100 years after 70AD) had this to say about future events:
“It is therefore more certain, and less hazardous, to await the fulfillment of the prophecy, than to be making surmises, and casting about for any names that may present themselves, inasmuch as many names can be found possessing the number mentioned; and the same question will, after all, remain unsolved. ... But he indicates the number of the name now, that when this man comes we may avoid him, being aware who he is: ... But when this Antichrist shall have devastated all things in this world, he will reign for three years and six months, and sit in the temple at Jerusalem; and then the Lord will come from heaven in the clouds, in the glory of the Father, sending this man and those who follow him into the lake of fire; but bringing in for the righteous the times of the kingdom, that is, the rest, the hallowed seventh day; and restoring to Abraham the promised inheritance, in which kingdom the Lord declared, that many coming from the east and from the west should sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob”[Irenaeus: Against Heresies, Book V, XXX].
These events did not take place at 70AD but were still future of 180AD for Irenaeus!
Clement of Alexandria
Clement of Alexandria (A.D. 155-215) says that John returned from the isle of Patmos “after the tyrant Domitian was dead” (Who Is the Rich Man? 42).
Victorinus
Victorinus (late third century), author of the earliest commentary on the book of Revelation, wrote:
"When John said these things, he was in the island of Patmos, condemned to the mines by Caesar Domitian. There he saw the Apocalypse; and when at length grown old, he thought that he should receive his release by suffering; but Domitian being killed, he was liberated" (Commentary on Revelation 10:11).
Jerome
Jerome (A.D. 340-420) said,
"In the fourteenth then after Nero, Domitian having raised up a second persecution, he [John] was banished to the island of Patmos, and wrote the Apocalypse" (Lives of Illustrious Men 9).
To all of this may be added the comment of Eusebius, who contends that the historical tradition of his time (A.D. 324) placed the writing of the Apocalypse at the close of Domitian’s reign (III.18).
Drs McClintock and Strong, who reject the 70AD declare that “there is no mention in any writer of the first three centuries of any other time or place” (1969, 1064).

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23/4/17 Facebook Santo Calarco continues
Now this one is a clanger!!
Preterism insists that the beast of revelation 13 is Rome.
It also says that the picture of Jesus coming on the clouds in Revelation 1 and Revelation 19 is a symbol of Jesus coming in judgment against Israel in 70AD THROUGH ROME!
Now get this!
The beast is Rome
Jesus coming on the clouds is ROME destroying Jerusalem in 70AD
Here we go ...
Revelation 19:19
And I saw the BEAST (supposedly Rome) and the kings of the earth with their armies gathered to make war against him who was sitting on the horse and against his army (supposedly Jesus coming THROUGH ROME to destroy Jerusalem)
WHOAAH!
So you have Rome the beast making war against ITSELF = Jesus (Rome) coming on the clouds to supposedly destroy Jerusalem in 70AD!
It's just all nonsense.
Rome attacks Rome when it attacks Jerusalem?!!
None of this is what Revelation is talking about.
One day I will tell you exactly why I am hammering the 70AD theory.
I have a specific agenda.

Tidal Wave in the Kitchen



What was this sudden tidal wave of blog viewings about last week?



Thursday, 20 April 2017

Looking through the lenses of the Cross - Rob Rufus

Dan Bowen transcribed this  and remember it was in the very comments section of Dan's own personal blog (Jan -July2008) that this blog was incubated, until some of the girls coralled me into doing my own. Dan  recently died and I don't know any details.

Grace and Glory Conference 2010 - Session 2 - Rob Rufus
This is the 2nd session of the 2010 Glory and Grace Conference held in Hong Kong preached by Rob Rufus;

"Looking through the lenses of the Cross"

I want to talk on the wonderful Cross this afternoon. There is so much Scripture we could read but we are going to read just one verse. 1 Corinthians 1:17;

"For Christ did not send me to baptise but to preach the Gospel - not with words of human wisdom - less the Cross of Christ be emptied of it's power".

It is an astounding insight to me that the Cross can be emptied of it's living power! As soon as we rely on human wisdom or intellectual power - we empty the Cross of it's supernatural content. Later in this chapter Paul said that God will frustrate the intelligence of the intelligent.

Intellectual preaching of the Cross is no gospel at all!

Paul said he wanted to know only Christ and Him crucified. Preaching and demonstration of His power so that men's faith would not rely on man's wisdom.

The scandal of the Cross is it's simplicity. The Cross is so simple - it confuses clever people.

Yet the Cross is the wisdom of God. The Cross is profound! The Cross is deep! Yet it is in simplicity - we preach the Cross and we believe on the Cross of Christ. When the Galatian church started leaving the Cross and going into Moses law like many Christians today - for them the Cross is just that baby thing. It is for immature believers. Paul wrote a letter immediately to the Galatians and all his apostolic passion and in the complete absence of political correctness or diplomacy - he said; "You foolish idiots! Who has bewitched you?! Christ was clearly betrayed before your very eyes as crucified!".

I want to ask you unreflecting idiots - does God move among and do miracles because you obey the law or because you believe the message of the Cross?

Paul is making it very clear that when the Cross of Christ is not central to all we preach - the power of God stops moving in the church and through the church!

When we repent of our intellectual arrogance, and understand that the Greeks want great philosophy and the Jews want signs and wonders and the world is divided between those that are brain-centered and those are that are intuitive and feeling-centered - and the answer for that is not to flatter this side or that side but to hold our line boldly and preach the message of the Cross that is foolishness by the arrogance of this world's standards - but it is the wisdom of God.

The wisdom of God is what I want. The wisdom of God and the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. The Bible says that the foolishness of God is wiser than the wisdom of man. The Cross is the lense that we must look at life through. When you look at principalities and powers through the lense of the Cross - you see them only defeated! You see the devil so small and the ruling spirit over Hong Kong is the Holy Spirit! All others were triumphed over at the Cross! Jesus took no prisoners.

He stripped them all of their authority, disarmed them, when you look at people through the lense of the Cross you see objects of God's love and affection. When you look at sickness through the Cross you see that all things are possible, when you look at the nations through the Cross, you KNOW it is possible to disciple nations! China can be discipled by the gospel of grace! Australia can! Africa can! All the nations will be! There will be cultural changes in government and education through the Cross.

Will all the world obey God? No. Will evil get worse? I don't know it can - but possibly. But this I know - that the greatest sign of the end of the age - the greatest sign of history being summed up at the consummation of the ages is not a temple on the Rock in Jerusalem! It has got nothing to do with "666" or the Anti-Christ! In Matthew 24:14 Jesus said in answer to the question what will be the sign of the end of the age - the gospel will be preached as a sign to all nations and then the end will come!

The greatest sign at the end of the age is a restored gospel of the Kingdom.

You say; "Rob why are you preaching with such intensity - can't you just chill and relax a bit?". No - it is because the Cross does that to my blood. Everything from the Old Covenant has to come through the lenses of the Cross. It changes before it goes into the New! Every church needs to have the lense - the filter of the Cross in place! There are certain night clubs that you cannot get into unless you have something to get in there with. There is a bouncer in the door that won't let you get in.

The Cross is God's defense to protect the Church from the ministry of death!

2 Corinthians 3:7 says the law is a ministry of death!

The law was meant to kill us and crush us and curse us and condemn us and pour wrath on us and stir up more sin in us! How many pastors in their right minds would let THAT into their congregation? Any preaching designed to perform and deserve is preaching the Law!

I don't care if you don't dress up in Levitical priestly clothes and don't say "Moses said ..." - when we preach to believers that we have to earn and deserve the blessing - we are preaching the Law. We heard this morning - preach the gospel of grace and stir believers to respond with faith and the power of the Cross will be released.

The Cross is the bouncer that won't let Old Covenant truths past through the Cross into New Covenant without them being changed.

Circumcision comes to the Cross and praise God - it doesn't get through easily! At the Cross - the bouncer made it irrelevant to have the snip on the tip! They used to snip on the tip and through it away - they never stuck it back on again with glue. Circumcision comes to the Cross and it changes as it comes through into the New Covenant! Now it is not the snip on the tip - it is circumcision of the heart!

Colossians chapter 2 says that old sinful nature which is really a nature of unbelief in the goodness of God - a nature driven to rebellion against God through unbelief in His goodness - that old nature was cut away, circumcised and thrown away - never to be brought back!

The power of the Cross removes the sinful nature from the unbeliever and gives us a new nature which is righteousness of God in Christ Jesus!

A nature that does not want to sin! A nature that is just like Jesus! Identical to Jesus! That is powerful! A watered-down or powerless preaching of the Cross has produced millions of counterfeit conversions.

The Cross produces radical salvations! The curse of the law comes through the Cross and says; "I want to get into the New Covenant!". The Cross says; "No! I cancel you! You will not condemn God's people! You will not manipulate them with guilt! You will not control them with religious demons! It is for freedom that Christ has set you free! Stand free and refuse to submit to a yoke of slavery!".

What is the yoke of slavery Rob? Very simple: it tells us right there in the chapter before. Slavery is bondage from Mount Sinai. Paul goes on in that same chapter of Galatians 5 and says in verse 4 if you Christians already in Christ seek to be justified by the law then you have been alienated from Christ and you have fallen from grace! Grace is infinitely higher than the law because if you go back to law, then it means you have fallen to something low down and it means that someone hasn't been safe-guarding you with the bouncer of the Cross! Or you haven't been safe-guarding your own heart because the Cross and power will never let the law through that has been cancelled theoretically and potentially - there is now therefore NO condemnation to those that are in Christ Jesus!

Every Christian should be dancing their way through life with NO condemnation! I just went into a trance there. I just saw multiple millions of believers in Christ dancing their way through life without condemnation! I saw one billion, 400 million Chinese experiencing what is God's heart before time began to hear this gospel and not an inadequate or false gospel mixed with law and grace.

To mix law and grace is to preach NO gospel at all.

For if law can get through the Cross, then it is not the cry of the Cross of Christ that is being preached. Colossians 2:14 said God cancelled the law at the Cross! To preach what has been cancelled - the Holy Spirit will not help you. The Holy Spirit will not help you preach something the Father cancelled at the Cross! The world is under the law - not those in Christ. To preach the law to the believers is to preach with whatever power it is - but it is not God. It is the power of human wisdom emptying the Cross - it is the power of human ability and the power of devils and witchcraft. The Cross is not baby steps towards some maturity.

The Cross is only one step. It is God's one-step programme. We didn't take that one step. God took that step. It was a divine loving step in Christ Jesus through the Cross. In that loving step He came right to us - so all the fullness of Who God is stepped through that Cross towards us totally available to us! And He didn't wait for us to have enough faith to step through the Cross to us. We heard this morning that before we had any faith God absolutely and fully in Christ Jesus stepped towards us through the Cross and everything God is - is with us right now. When God stepped through the Cross in fullness to us - all the heavens were opened.

The height, breadth, depth and length of heaven was open to us believers in Christ!

So when you hear believers today praying these kind of prayers; "Oh God rend the heavens and come down!" - I think God goes; "Eh? I have ripped the veil, I have ripped the heavens and stepped towards you through the Cross - I am here fully!". To say; "God rend the heavens and come down is an insult to the Cross!".

It is not judgement on my condemning anybody. I have been preaching a mixture of law and grace.

But the fact is that the majority of the body of Christ on the planet today is under performance pressure - is a sign to me that the Cross has been emptied of it's power.

Every imaginable idea by God's people - every formula is out there on the market. God stepped through that Cross in Christ Jesus towards us and He took an oath in Isaiah 54. I am paraphrasing it but it is true to Scripture;

"I take an oath that I will never step back away from you through the Cross backwards - in all My fullness I am here with you all the time whether you can feel it or not - I am here! In fullness! With you".

Who hasn't sinned in the last 3 weeks? Not once! Glenda keep your hand down!

God's Presence is as much with you when you fail, mess up or make a mistake or even sin. We do not encourage sin. It is just silly to sin. It is not what our new creation nature wants. But we are all learning to walk this walk. And it is not our sin, our short-comings and our failings that causes Christ to be alienated from us. It is coming back under law.

People said when these great revivals came to the end, it was because there was too much sin. Friends - revival started in times of terrible sinning! Legalistic religion stirs up sinning! It is when people come back into grace that the power of Christ is operating in their lives - that is revival!

And the church would never need another revival if they would just stay in the power of the Cross!

It is like you want to get every pastor on the planet and say "Listen - there is a way for us to stay in the flow of God's Presence and power!". We are taking about 70 leaders away after this conference and we want to learn from each other the wisdom of how to administrate local church in grace. It is like Andrew Wommack said this morning - people get into extremes of both sides. This message of the gospel has to be so protected that local churches flourish in this gospel! We don't want to end up like the Galatians or end up like the Corinthians! People in grace are starting to say - listen I can be undisciplined, I don't need to go to church or read my Bible - just live loose! That is not the Cross!
(because of the thirdlevel stepchange this needs perhaps qualifying...but not too much!!!ACWelch)


If your heart doesn't beat with a passion to see the nations saved then you haven't understood grace! If the Bible isn't alive to you then you haven't understood grace! If local church isn't exciting to you then you haven't understood grace!

"But Rob I don't want to go to church that mixes law and grace!". We don't want "Grace Pharisees" who are so judgmental about everything - but if you can't a church that preaches the Cross in power then start one! There are enough of us to come help you! You can be a man or a woman, or any colour, it doesn't matter if you are not a preacher - start one! And if you are not stupid or a grace Pharisee then we will come help you! Anywhere in the world!

God's people have got to be assured of this. It is a one-step programme. There are no backward steps. Galatians 2, Colossians chapter 2 and Ephesians chapter 2, Romans chapter and Romans chapter 8 tells us why God will not step back from you. He is stuck with you even when you mess up and sin sometimes! On that Cross Christ was not crucified by Himself! Jesus said; "Take up your Cross and follow Me". Deny yourself - self-righteousness, religious arrogance, hypocrisy and come to Me those who are heavy laden and I will give you rest for My yoke is easy and My burden is light! Come to Me! And every person on the planet - the Bible says in those verses - we were co-crucified with Christ. We were co-buried with Christ, we were co-raised with Christ! We were co-ascended with Christ! We were co-seated with Christ in the heavenly realms! We are co-equal heirs with Christ!

God cannot go anywhere without you! For Christ to step away from you - He has to step away from Himself! 1st Corinthians 6:17 says;

"But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him".

So everywhere God is - you are there! When your shadow heals the sick, it is no big mystery! When your words carry miracle life and power - it is no mystery! You start this Christian race at the finishing line as a winner.

The spirit of suicide and the spirit of demonic religion is one and the same thing. Religion is occupied with trying to get us to die to ourselves.

"Come on - die to that flesh. Die to yourself!". If we believe that then we are admitting that Jesus didn't really die on the Cross. How can you die to yourself - when you have already been fully crucified with Christ? He fully died on that Cross! And your old sinful nature fully died on that Cross! And you have fully been raised from the dead in Christ! How can you die to yourself? "Rob I have heard Paul say - I die daily". Probably Tuesday morning, God allowing - I want to take Hebrews 5 and Hebrews 6 and in two sessions unpack those two chapters. We are going to hit verses 4, 5 and 6 in Hebrews 6. It says that those who fall away, it is impossible to be restored to repentance. We are going to show how many lies have been preached through not reading Scripture in context.

When Paul said; "I die daily" - he was not contradicting when he said; "I have been crucified with Christ". When Paul said; "I die daily" - he was not talking about his old nature having to be crucified again. The context was persecution for preaching this gospel. It caused him to be lashed many times and rejected by false brothers and imprisoned and go hungry, naked and sleepless. Let me promise you this - if you preach the gospel Paul preached, not in an arrogant way there will be things coming against you and attacking you and THAT is what Paul is talking about. Some days you will feel like you are dying!

For me resurrection is not a doctrine anymore! It is a daily life necessity! All the intense attacks are absolutely worth it to preach this gospel! This gospel is worth it! Come on - let's give the Lord a shout in this place!

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Romans Chapter One and Two - John Stevens



(Scripture references are from NKJV unless stated otherwise)

Paul sits at a desk. He has 20 years of apostolic experience to draw upon in Christ. He either writes or starts to dictate to Tertius (16 v 22) this epistle.



We know something of knowledge of the believers in Rome through:

his friendship with Priscilla and Aquila (16v3 & Acts 18v2)
hints at some causing division (16v17)
his estimation that they are well taught and needing only some things emphasised (15 v 14,15)
his stated intention to visit before but now, at last, he sees an opportunity (15 v 22,23)
his confidence that they would want to support his plans to take the gospel to Spain from Rome (15 v24)
It becomes clear, as proposed in the introduction that as the epistle develops, that the main division threatening the truth of the gospel in Rome was the deteriorating relationship between Jewish and Gentile believers; threatened, at root, by arrogance. We will tackle this head on as we follow Paul’s argument.

But now Paul, out of his communion with the Spirit of Christ, writes the first few verses and sets the scene for the whole letter.

Paul, a servant (slave) of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God which he promised before through the His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh and declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead

Instantly Paul expects the Gentiles in the church to have a coherent grip on the Jewish foundations of the gospel – the words Christ, His prophets, Holy Scriptures, and David are not stated by accident. Today we have largely distanced ourselves from this foundation and so we find this epistle speaking once more into our ears – can we hear?

Paul takes us back into the past in order, in time, to join him in the present and the future.

Paul directs us to consider the Holy Scriptures – which we know as the Old Testament – and how the various writers had become prophets looking for the arrival of the Messiah (Aramaic for anointed one and ‘Christ’ in Greek). In Old Testament days three offices were anointed by the Spirit: prophets, priests and kings and the prophets foretold that God would raise up the Messiah, the Christ, a Davidic King (e.g. Is 11v10; Rom 15 v12). Paul is preaching that Jesus is this promised Messiah.

It is vital that we recapture the realisation that, whilst it is true that Jesus Christ is Lord of all, He is also the rightful King of Israel. The Israel of Paul’s day, ruled by Rome, largely did not recognise this and the rulers, of course, revealed their true colours in their complicity in the arrest and crucifixion of their Messiah. The political Israel of today also does not recognise the legitimacy of Jesus’ kingdom. Those Jews that do and have submitted themselves to His rule constitute the true Israel, the Israel of God. Some of them were in the congregations in Rome. Paul himself is, of course, both a Jewish believer and a Roman citizen

Paul underlines Jesus’ legitimate claim to the throne of David by appealing to his lineage ‘born of the seed of David according to the flesh’. Then he pounds in the declaration that, marvellous though that is, Jesus is more than just the Son of David for the Jews. Having been raised back to life He is also the Son of God.

At the end of these opening four verses Paul’s readers have been reminded that they are bending their knees to the Messiah, the Davidic King and Son of God; he will continue at pace now to declare that this news is as relevant for all the nations as it is for the Jews.

In the space of these opening four verses Paul has shown that the gospel is for all, form the Jews and for all nations i.e. gentiles. He continues in verse 5:

‘…through whom we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name’

Paul summarises this by stating ‘…you also are the called of Jesus Christ. To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called saints’

(We will return to that phrase ‘…called saints…’ later in relation to the concept of sanctification and propose a shift in understanding of the word).

By the time we reach v16 Paul introduces a ministerial conviction and theme:

‘I am not ashamed of the gospel…it is for everyone who believes…for the Jew first and also for the Greek’

This theme – for the Jew first then Gentiles – Paul will use in coming chapters.

The righteousness of God

It is not the purpose of this study to enter fully into the debate about the righteousness of God and the cognates of the Greek word. Please refer to commentaries.

Paul says at least two things about God’s righteousness

(1) Jews and Gentiles are all sinners and therefore justifiably under the wrath of God

(2) God’s is righteous in justifying sinners

Jews have all failed to keep the Law and are therefore guilty. Gentiles, equally, have not only broken the Law that they had scant if any knowledge of, but also any moral code that they require of others and yet fail to keep themselves. So we are all guilty.

‘Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself for you who judge practice the same things’

And so Paul, writing to Jews and Gentile believers in Rome, reminds them, that no amount of effort will overcome the real problem that all are under the justifiable wrath of God. And therefore wouldn’t God’s righteousness be upheld if he poured out His wrath on all who sin? The righteousness of God would surely be revealed by His wrath?

But the genius of Paul is that he sees past the justifiable wrath of God as the parameter of righteousness. Like Habakkuk, Paul’s argument has its foundation in the other dimension of righteousness; mercy. In wrath remember mercy cries the prophet. And again the Spirit at work in Habakkuk finds its fulfilment in Christ and so Paul quotes the prophet in an earlier verse ‘the just shall live by faith’ (Hab 2v4; Rom 1v17).

Like many verses in Paul’s opening chapters they are portrayed as windows through which we will eventually see a wider and fuller picture.

But at least here, in verses 16 and 17 we see Paul’s perception that God’s righteousness is not challenged by justifying law breakers but upheld and revealed. And that, unlikely though it may have seemed to Paul the Pharisee, this salvation is unlocked, not by attempts to keep the Law, but in giving up this pursuit and the placing of one’s faith in…? Well that’s to come.

The work of the Spirit

The last two verses of chapter 2:

‘…he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is that circumcision which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew who is one inwardly, and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, and not in the letter, whose praise (play on the word Jew/praise) is not from men but from God’

Here again Paul states the radical truth that the true Israel, is not populated by the descendants of Jacob that have been circumcised and attempt to obey the Law, but those descendants of Jacob that have been circumcised in the Spirit, in the heart.

Paul doesn’t expand on this at this point but he does return to the work of the Spirit in later chapters.

(A note at this stage: When Paul speaks of the Jews or Israel he is talking about Jews and Israel, when he is talking about Gentiles he is talking about all people that are not Jews and when he is talking about the church he is not referring to Israel but all believers in Christ; Jew or gentile. It’s worth bearing in mind at this point that Paul does not confuse these terms)

And so we will also have to wait.

In summary, after the foundation dug in the opening four verses of chapter one there are two pairs of verses, 1v16,17 and 2v28/29, that catch the eye, designed to keep the believers in Rome needing to read more.

If that was the hors d’oeuvres…

Monday, 17 April 2017

For Tomb Dwellers - Stacie Schulz

This is written to those in the Tomb.

You have had almost every experience one can have in Christianity, from the moment you were introduced to the living Christ, you have done all you know to do to follow the Lord--flowing out of your heart of love for Him....you have attended church services, gone on retreats, enjoyed the fellowship of saints and at times been exasperated by them too....you have worshiped out of joy...and also in pain...you've given your time, talents, attention, money--all that the Lord has asked of you & sometimes even more...you have searched the scriptures...you have enjoyed times of

communing, talking, and hearing....the revelation given from these times of prayer has been sweet to the soul, and has also been as heavenly ozone to your spirit....you're always seeking...desperate for more of His presence....never quite satisfied...you have felt there is still more to experience & know...and now you have come to a new place, unfamiliar, it's beyond dry, it's a place where there is no hearing, no seeing, no talking, the place of nothing. The place of no motion within.

The place of the tomb.

You have pondered much while in this place...wondered "what have I done?" "why can't I hear the Lord?" "why do I feel nothing, no desire, no emotion, I feel I am a stranger yet in a familiar land".
The answer now comes....this familiar land is the place of the tomb, the land where your Beloved has taken you to...the land of death to the old, where you no longer *do* anything...except wait.
You wait. You wait. You wait.
It is in this dark night of the soul where you are coming to know the Lord in a new way...you are experiencing what it was like for Him while he was in the tomb, waiting in the silence, knowing in his own flesh He could do nothing. Waiting on the Father.
Waiting on the QUICKENING.
Waiting on RE-UNION.

It is time.
Time for the old-wineskin to be removed, and clothed with the NEW from ABOVE.
You will no longer have a head knowledge of "It is finished"....you will KNOW it is finished!

You too will have the STONE rolled away from the tomb of your old heavens...the heavens of old experiences will be rolled away as a scroll...and the soft light of a new DAY will come. The power of RESURRECTION will cause you to ARISE.
No more seeking His presence...because now you ARE HIS PRESENCE filling the earth! The NEW EARTH that you are! Bringing the NEW HEAVEN!
HE MAKES ALL THINGS NEW!☀

You.

Freedom comes! 🦋👑

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Happy Easter Not

This is not what you think. This is not me saying it is not a happy time. This is me saying it isn't Happy Ishtar but something far far awesomely greater.

If you can't see the pictures I include the text separately, and the teaching on the Waving of the First fruit barley Harvest from this website.







Text

  • Illustration 1  Like two separate lost chemical compounds waiting 

to be combined in one giant explosion the Jews don’t currently celebrate Temple worship
and don’t celebrate “Waving the Firstfruit Barley
Harvest”(see description below)and the Gentiles?well they have disappeared up their own backside
celebrating Ishtar and Eggs and fluffy fertility bunnies

and stuffing a wooden Cross on top to celebrateJesus, the “out there” God resurrecting.
So what would happen if we put
the two real compounds together?
you see,the day Jesus rose was
the precise time Jews were
waving the first harvest!!
  • Illustration 2
Jesus, the Divinely Begotten Son of God who came here
in the likeness of flesh but without sin being injected
into Adam’s line, suffered and died as a first fruit seed,
to be resurrected as pioneer and first among many
brethren. Today on this day He was waved before 
principalities and powers as one who overcame Death
for all time. To all who believe on Him they receive the 
same Divinely Begotten Son Life of Jesus Christ at their
spirit centre.The equivalent of any”waving “ today is as we outwardly 
take the Bread and the Wine to show forth the Victory of Christ, and inwardly we now constantly reckon ourselvesto have co-died and co-resurrected with the Son and are
members of His Body on earth.

  • Illustration 3
John in his gospel takes us through the  Tabernacle, showing how first Jesus ,then His offer of life to us works itself through. Chapter 3 is on being born again.Chapter 4 is on water or the baptisms. Chapter 6 and 7 is on the Bread and the water of life and how this will BECOME us in the third mature level.Chapter 8 and 9 is on Light (the candlestick) and
how this trains us to “see inwardly” with a new
single eye, and be blind nolongerChapter 10 ends on identity and who does Jesus say He is and who do we say we now are by new
birth. This is the battle as we enter the thirdlevel
and the cause of such friction with others who do
not see yet. Chapter 11 concludes this walk through with the raising of Lazarus. From now on      Jesus is involved for real with His own body
  • Illustration 4
He who believes in the Son has eternal life Jn3.36 ….whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.Jn.4.14
For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life Jn6.40  BEHOLD the Son raised today, the firstfruit
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
Heb.6.19More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ,  and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith,  that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Paul’s take on waving the firstfruit!!!! Philipp 3:8-10

Waving the First Fruits Feast- Notes
THE SERVICE OF FIRST FRUITS

Firstfruits requires the Temple, and since the Temple is no longer available, Firstfruits is not celebrated in the same sense as it was in the past. In the Temple days both the people and the priest would celebrate First Fruits. The priests would set aside a portion of their barley field to be the sheaves used for the harvest on Nisan 16. This barley field was cultivated solely to be used for the first fruits harvest. The Sanhedrin, the ruling council of seventy who headed the nation, would have been responsible for the field.
In the evening of Nisan 15, at the start of Nisan 16, three Sanhedrin came from the Temple to cut the First Fruit Barley harvest. With three sickles and three baskets the men would prepare to cut down the harvest to be presented in the Temple. The bundles of barley had already been prepared for the Sanhedrin members chosen to harvest the crop. As the Sun was setting, and the new day began, (Nisan 16) the men ask questions to those present.
Has the sun set?
With this sickle?
Into this basket?
On this Sabbath?
Shall I reap (now)?
On the positive response from the crowd the men would repeat the harvesting two more times as a safeguard. The reaping would continue until 2/3 of a bushel was reaped.
THE PRESENTATION OF FIRSTFRUITS
The three baskets of Barley were then taken to the Temple to be threshed with rods, as opposed to ox powered sledges, to preserve the barley heads. The barley was then parched in a flame and winnowed in the wind to remove the chaff. The barley was then milled and sifted until it was very fine. According to the Talmud the inspectors should be able to stick their hands into the barley flour without any flour sticking to the hands when they were removed. (Menahot 8:2)
On the morning of Nisan 16 the work of the barley harvest firstfruits were presented to the Lord in the Temple. One “Omer” (5 pints) or barley was mixed with ¾ pint of olive oil, along with some frankincense. This was the firstfruits offering. The priest would wave this before the Lord, burning some and giving the rest to the Levites.
http://www.truthnet.org/Feasts-of-Israel/6-Feast-Firstfruits/Index.htm

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Friday, 14 April 2017

Current Hollywood and a history of Theatre - Its connection with Mystery Schools

Again, I don't necessarily endorse all this information but it does represent a lot of the history of dramatic arts, and largely unknown by the average person.
Facebook accompanying note

Some important foundational teaching on ONE of the aspects of drama. But it also works in reverse.... it helps to show you how powerful evangelistic drama is....the Oberammergau festival. Last year in Havant when a passion play was put on in summer in Havant Park. Truly powerful. The person who apprenticed me in pianos was converted through the Zeffirelli films Jesus of Nazareth. And Paul used the powerful phrase in Galatians.... Jesus Christ who was publicly portrayed as Crucified



Thursday, 13 April 2017

User Friendly URL



Well as we approach the millionth page impression or page opening on my blog it has dawned on me after 8 years, that a URL that is
080808onnowto. blogspot.co.uk is not the easiest to recall!!!!
Now as most people press links in emails twitter or Facebook it's not that big a deal.... but try sharing that URL with friends!!! Hmmm. No wonder the thirdlevel message is slow to get out!!!!
So Google asked me if I'd like a more memorable URL.
So I bought one
This'll be easier!!!
My blog is not announcing a corporation cornering the thirdlevel market. How do you even do that when Jesus is our cornerstone and the One we all have to do with!!
So my blog is simply an information site!! So you can connect with Jesus yourself.
So here is the simpler URL
or simpler
thirdlevel.info

existing URL links will still function
www.080808onnowto.blogspot.com
www.080808onnowto.blogspot.co.uk