Tuesday, September 21, 2021

IMAGINED BY PAGAN AND PRIMATIVE MINDS

  THIS WE DO KNOW, DO YOU?

The Hebrews, Israel of the Old Testament, believed in one God. There is no mention of an evil other god. The Persians being (Hindu of the Zoroastrian Branch) believed in two gods. One god was good, "Ahura Mazda", the other god, "Angra Mainyu" was evil. The Persians also believed in myriads of other lesser lesser gods who went about doing good and evil. Another Zoroastrian concept adapted into Judeo/Christian thinking is the belief in immortality (or never dying) of the human soul. These things all originated in the Hindu religion  from which Zoroastrianism was born of. One must remember that Israel of old was held in Persian captivity for many years and greatly favored and influenced by their benevolent captors.    
NOW THE WHY
The much accepted religious myth of an arch angel named "Lucifer" rebelling against God thereby causing and leading a great cosmic war in Heaven (which he lost and was subsequently cast out of heaven) is mainly supported by these few much misunderstood, and privately interpreted scripture', Ezekiel 28:12-17, Isaiah 14:12-15, Revelation 12:1-3, and Luke 10:18.

Let us first consider Isaiah 14:4-16, and in so considering note that it is plainly stated that this prophetic proverb, is a proverb. An illustrative story, or maxim used to illustrate something. Proverbs often utilize hyperbole, simile, euphemism, and many other tools of language to embellish and illustrate the matter and purpose of the subject of the proverb. A proverb is not a literal telling of something but rather an illustrative explanation. To appreciate this point allow me to ask; Do yo really believe that fir and cedar trees rejoice and talk as is written in verse eight? Are you really that much of a literalist?
The second thing to note is that the subject of this proverb is the king of Babylon. Emphasized in the sixteenth verse where the question is asked, "Is this the man  that made the earth to tremble?" The subject of this proverb was a man, the man was the king of Babylon. The subject was not a heavenly angel inciting rebellion in heaven.
As concerning the Latin or Roman name Lucifer it must be noted that in the Hebrew text and language no such name existed. This naming of the king of Babylon was added centuries after the church fell away. It was initially inserted into the Latin Vulgate. The title "son of the morning" was nothing more  than Hebrew satirical sarcasm,  scorning the self exalted king of Babylon at his impending downfall.
The idea that this scripture has a duel meaning one being the natural king of Babylon and the other in reference to some contrived fallen arch angel is speculative at best and without evidence.



Isaiah 14:12 , How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning? How art thou cut down to the ground which didst weaken the nations? *Did you know that Lucifer is not a Hebrew name but  is in fact  Roman?
*If so, did you ever wonder how this Roman,Latin name came into the Hebrew text before there was the Roman language was known to Israel?
*Did you know that the fourteenth chapter of Isaiah was not written about a fallen angel, but to and about a fallen Babylonian king who  was persecuting the Israel of God of the old covenant during the time of the writing?
*Did you know that the fourteenth chapter of Isaiah contains no mention of Satan or the Devil by name or reference, except with interpretation and that by prejudice of this thought? Isaiah was prophesying to the very human and mortal king of Babylon. All else is assumed from the contemporary Hebrew metaphor and hyperbole of the prophet' writing.   
*Did you know that centuries later a Roman Catholic scribe inserted the name Lucifer into Isaiah fourteen because he wanted the prophecy to be about a perceived fallen angel?
*Did you know that in Roman astronomy the star we now know as Venus was known as ... Lucifer?
*Did you know that the name Lucifer is derived from the Latin term lucem ferry, which means bringer of light because the morning star, Venus, is seen in early morning heraling  the impending sun rise?
*Did you know that in the Hebrew text the word used to describe the king of Babylon was Helal, son of Shabar, which is translated Day Star, or son of the Dawn? which can be described as the personal splendor of the proud king' dress and court.
*Did you know that Lois the XIV was called "The Sun King".
*Did you also know that many English kings also received similar flattering titles and names? To verify this just look into a KJV bible at the introduction the translators afforded King James.
* Did you know that the scholars who translated the KJV of the bible did not use Hebrew texts but the Latin Vulgate which was translated by, (St. Jerome) of the Catholic church  in the fourth century after Christ?
* Did you know that this same, St. Jerome had a bishop who was an  adversary to his Arian  teachings?
* Did you know that this adversarial  bishop was named  Lucifero da Cagliari, who was the bishop of Cagliari in Sardinia, Italy? 
*Did you know that  our Lord, the Son of God,  Jesus Christ was referenced as the Day Star by the apostle Peter in, Second Peter 1:18-19?
*Have you ever considered that in Revelation 22:16, Jesus Christ declared Himself as being, "The root and offspring of David, the bright and morning star," that of course is to say, Lucifer in translation.
Now you know who Lucifer was. You now know Lucifer was not a fallen angel, nor was, or is, he the keeper of the fires of hell. He was a man. A mortal, but powerful bishop who was opposed to the teachings of Jerome.  Jerome was a Catholic cleric and prolific writer second only to Augustine of Hippo. Jerome was a man who vengefully took it on himself to insert his adversaries name as being the name of a long deceased Babylonian king of ill repute. Now you Know! 

   

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Monday, September 20, 2021

STINKS SO BADLY IT SHOULD BE BURIED

 Leaving Egyptian bondage the Hebrew people wandered for forty years in the desert of Sinai. Estimates of up to three million people were sure to make a lot of stink from sewage and other waste. For this cause God directed all of Israel to carry a paddle, (shovel) upon their weapons to bury the stink which came from within them, Deuteronomy 23:13-14.  Further adding that the camp would be this way kept holy for the Lord their God who walked among them.

 All scripture was written for our learning, Romans 15:14, and were but a shadow, (picture) of things to come, Hebrews 10:1. In first Timothy 3:16-17 we find that all scripture was given that the man of God be thoroughly supplied by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness so that the minister of God may be fully equipped unto all good works. 
From the earliest of times the principle of the blotting out of a name is recorded in the bible, Psalms 69:28, Psalms 109:13-17. This was as a bible prescription concerning the execution of eternal judgment. As an example consider Achan and how his sin resulted in his and all of his progeny being destroyed forever, Joshua 7:20-20. They were stoned until buried under a heap of stones in the valley of Achor. It has been determined by scripture that there have been those whose lives, deeds, and testimony were such a stink, were so vile and detestable that their very names, and even "the very memory of their existence" were blotted out, (buried) from the remembrance of God and man. 
Such stink has come out from among the Israel of God of today which is The Body Of Christ. We have, as did in Israel according to the flesh, in times of old wandered in the desert wilderness. Ours has been a wilderness of religious confusion while traveling to the promised land of a church restored. For us to fail to bury the stink of body waste, and refuse is to pollute the camp thus making it an unholy place for God to walk among us. Nothing less than unholy ground, which would be an place unfit for the Lord our God to walk. We do want The Lord walking among us.
What I particularly reference are certain individuals of the last century. Certain men who brought shame, disgrace, pain, sorrow, death, and division among us, Romans 16:17-18. Men who in fact left a legacy of destruction of innocent souls while posing themselves as being an angel of light,  (figuratively illustrative of ministers of God), among certain elements of this body. These men, like the evil corrupt priests, and even high priests of Israel during the time of the first apostles of Christ, Second Corinthians 11:14, were satan, (slaunderer'sdevil's) men who used political guile, personal charisma, and natural talent to manipulate themselves into the very highest place's of influnence then using their office and influence to plunder, abuse, use, and misuse their many victims. No, not even sparing children. One was ultimately convicted as a pedophile. Hearing the continued reference and extolling by name or euphemistic title of such men is without a doubt grievous to God and justifiably to their many victims, which is in fact inclusive of all of us who love God, His Son, this body, this vision, and desire for God to continue to walk among us. It is not that we wish any man vilified. Their evil trail has sufficed in doing a thorough job of that. Neither do we wish to have the stink of their remembrance continually stirred by the calling of names, deeds, or words into our remembrance. Their names and all remembrance of them should simply be buried as was Achan's in the low place of Achor. Only to be recalled in negative judgment and then only as need demands. 
God has, does, and will yet in finality blot some names out of the book of life, (wipe their name eternally from all memory) Revelation 3:5.

Sunday, September 19, 2021

SHOVELED, WINNOWED, AND FANNED

IS IT NOT TIME TO GET ABOUT THE BUSINESS GOD CALLED US TO DO ?

 What is needed is clean provender that has been winnowed with the shovel and the fan on the threshing floor.   There are those who say the days of contending for the faith are over. They say that the threshing floor format of seeking and establishing the truth of the scripture no longer works. They say that the effort has produced nothing since the early days of this body. Unfortunatly there is some truth in what they say because in fact there has been no true open threshing floor in many years. There have been discussions many, and there has been contentious arguments many. However to say there has been any true threshing floor in many years is not true.

 Firstly for there to be a threshing floor there must be the God given order of the threshing floor whereby truth without bias of position, personality, nor eloquence can dominate the outcome in establishing truth. There must be an order where only the word of God sustained by the Spirit of God can be the final arbitrator, First Corinthians 4:5. Let them speak by two's and three's and let the others judge First Corinthians 14:29-33. Let there be a man, of proven integrity, First Corinthians 6:5, who can and will without fear nor favor serve as the moderator/mediator keeping order that all may contend in the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace, Ephesians 4:1-6, until the Lord returns,  until we all come unto the unity of the faith. Let all things be done decently and in order, that all may learn, and all be comforted. Neither the truth or the church the Lord is waiting for has been fully restored, and will not be until there is a ministry standing shoulder to shoulder, seeing eye to eye, and speaking the same thing, Isaiah 52:7-10. There will be no divisions among us. If we are in fact who we believe ourselves to be we will be one when the Lord returns, First Corinthians 3:1-5.
Without this method, the method God afforded us, what is our alternative for using the candle of the Lord to uncover the truth of the Gospel that has been buried under the traditions and philosophies of men since the church of the first century was taken out of the way? Second Thessalonians 2:7. We who are indeed called and sent are not called to idleness, we are called to be laborers, skilled and productive. There are many things among us that must be restored and resolved before we can truly represent the Lord in fullness. There are the matters of the resurrection of the dead, the devil, the restoration of Israel, pagan religious practises that are allowed among us, to name just a few. Then there is the establishing of a general order, and standards that are reflective of our divine mission. Yes there is yet much work to be done, Would we not all would dread to see these matters left to the babylonish political maneuverings of men, practicing power politics.
 I present that without an open threshing floor we will be reduced to dependency on men who because of personality, influence, and power who will establish a mans order promoting the teachings of men just as every other religious group has. The threshing floor is the methodology that God  has from our beginning given this ministry. Lets use it. Lets get about the business of the Lord. The truth of God is precious and like the finest of gold must be free of all contaminants to be pure, tried in the furnace with all the dross of mens ideas, prejudices, opinions, and private interpretations, along with foolish petty politic's, skimmed off and thrown away. 
The oxen likewise the young asses that ear the ground shall eat clean provender which has been winnowed with the shovel and the fan.
 And there shall be upon every high mountain, and upon every high hill, rivers and streams of water in the day of the great slaughter when the towers fall. Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that The Lord bindeth the breach of His people and healeth the stroke of their wound. Isaiah 30:24-26    

Saturday, September 18, 2021

THE HOOK WAS SET IN MY JAW,

 In the early spring of 1972 a rather sloppy looking, (although he was wearing a white shirt and, an obviously expensive rumpled suit and tie),  middle aged man, walked into a meeting I was conducting. He was accompanied with his prim, but severely pinched face, and attired wife, along with his early teen-aged daughter, they quietly took a seat  on the front row. Crossing his legs, while holding a bible, a notebook, and pen in hand and lap he seemed intensely interested in everything I had to say.

 Finding his unusual demeanor interesting, but seemingly obnoxious,  I couldn't help but often notice the many contortions of his much animated facial expressions, which were frequently accentuated by the pursing of his ever spittle spattered generous lips which appeared to dominate the entirety of his lower face. His wispy, windblown, and misshapen hair with those animated bushy eyebrows, also filled any careful  observer with wonderment by themselves. 
Somewhere toward the end of my message that night this man raised his hand. The allowance of an open format where I encouraged congregants  and visitors to question my teachings I immediately recognized him asking him to stand and introduce himself. This he did with great aplomb introducing himself as Reverend ---  --------. 
"The early church," he began, "Came forth in power and glory. The apostles Christ ordained and sent forth performed miracles, raised the dead, healed the sick, opened blinded eyes, made the lame to walk, and the deaf  to hear. All these things and more they did" he continued. "My question is this, Is this that church" If not where is the continuance of that church today?"
Flabbergasted  by the audacity of the question I sputtered, "I don't know, but God has healed some people among us."
"Have you seen any dead raised, blinded eyes or deaf ears opened?" he further challenged.
"Well no, not exactly," I sheepishly responded.
Grinning with confidence he then asked, "Would you like to?"
"Of course I would" I quickly answered. "Are you saying you do these miracles?"
"No," he while guffawing at my question answered. I"m not saying any such thing. "What I am saying is that there is coming a ministry and a church that is going to be like the church Jesus built and inaugurated on the day of Pentecost almost 2000 years ago. We who are a part of that church will again see an apostolic ministry equal to the one those early church saints experienced.  
It was that on day, 49 years ago, with many teachers, gatherings,  and experiences behind, and built upon, that the vision of a restored church with a fully equipped apostolic ministry took germination with roots deep within my soul. It was then that Babylon began to become the dark black hole of religious abominations that I know it to be today. It was on that day that I began my lifetime quest for perfected truth, and righteousness in Christ Jesus.
The early apostolic church produced perfect over-comers, men and women who by following their God sent, Christ ordained, apostolic ministry had grown to the measure of the stature of the fullness  of Christ. They became just like Jesus the Christ. They too raised the dead, etc, etc, etc, and were then, (that happened just prior to the wrath of God being poured out on that generation in 70 A.D.)  They were caught away to be with the Lord.
He subsequently often mentioned that there were a sizable gathering of knowledgeable ministers who frequently came together in large open meetings to present their thoughts, ideas, and teachings an a setting he called a threshing floor. That, he explained, was how they would prove truth by the questioning, and, answering, therewith proving those things presented to be true or false with scripture evidence, First Corinthians 14:26-40. Nothing was left to the private interpretation of anyone, Second Peter 1:20-21. So it was, as a great mentor of mine "Brother Nick Gruick" often chuckled "the hook was set in my jaw".  The truth of the mysteries of God, dispensed by the stewards of His mysteries, Matthew 13:11, and First Corinthians 4:1,  have been reeling me in toward His shore since that time.    
As it was then, so shall it be again. We, (at least some of us) are still earnestly contending for the faith that was once delivered to the saints, Jude 1:3-4. And this, by the grace of God, we shall do. 
      
                

OLE SLEWFOOT, LUCIFER WAS, JUST AOTHER MAN, NOT LIKE THE GREEK GOD OF THE WILD PAN AT ALL

 Isaiah 14:12 , How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning? How art thou cut down to the ground which didst weaken the nations? 

*Did you know that Lucifer is not a Hebrew but  is in fact a Roman name?
*If so, did you ever wonder how this Roman, (Latin) name came into the Hebrew text before the Roman language was known to the ancient Hebrew writers?
*Did you know that the fourteenth chapter of Isaiah was not written about a fallen angel, but to and about a fallen Babylonian king who  was persecuting the Israel of God of the old covenant during the time of the writing?
*Did you know that the fourteenth chapter of Isaiah contains no mention of Satan or the Devil by name or reference, except with interpretation and that by prejudice of this thought? Isaiah was prophesying to the very human and mortal king of Babylon. All else is assumed from the contemporary Hebrew metaphor and hyperbole of the prophet' writing.   
*Did you know that centuries later a Roman Catholic scribe inserted the name Lucifer into Isaiah fourteen because he wanted the prophecy to be about a perceived fallen angel?
*Did you know that in Roman astronomy the star we now know as Venus was known as ... Lucifer?
*Did you know that the name Lucifer is derived from the Latin term lucem ferry, which means bringer of light because the morning star, Venus, is seen in early morning heraling  the impending sun rise?
*Did you know that in the Hebrew text the word used to describe the king of Babylon was Helal, son of Shabar, which is translated Day Star, or son of the Dawn? which can be described as the personal splendor of the proud king' dress and court.
*Did you know that Lois the XIV was called "The Sun King".
*Did you also know that many English kings also received similar flattering titles and names? To verify this just look into a KJV bible at the introduction the translators afforded King James.
* Did you know that the scholars who translated the KJV of the bible did not use Hebrew texts but the Latin Vulgate which was translated by, (St. Jerome) of the Catholic church  in the fourth century after Christ?
* Did you know that this same, St. Jerome had a bishop who was an  adversary to his Arian  teachings?
* Did you know that this adversarial  bishop was named  Lucifero da Cagliari, who was the bishop of Cagliari in Sardinia, Italy? 
*Did you know that  our Lord, the Son of God,  Jesus Christ was referenced as the Day Star by the apostle Peter in, Second Peter 1:18-19?
*Have you ever considered that in Revelation 22:16, Jesus Christ declared Himself as being, "The root and offspring of David, the bright and morning star," that of course is to say, Lucifer in translation.
Now you know who Lucifer was. You now know he was not a fallen angel, nor was or is he the keeper of the fires of hell. He was a man. A mortal, but powerful bishop who was opposed to the teachings of Jerome.  Jerome was a Catholic cleric and prolific writer second only to Augustine of Hippo. Jerome was a man who vengefully took it on himself to insert his adversaries name as being the name of a long deceased Babylonian king of ill repute. Now you also Know! 

P.S. If you do not believe these presentations of facts, search them out and disprove them. May the Lord bless and keep you. 

Friday, September 17, 2021

A PLUMBLINE MADE WITH A PLUMBLINE AMOS 7:7-8

OUR CAMPGROUND 

                   OUR HERITAGE

(In Hebrew)  EL MIRA THE PASTURE OF GOD)
LETS BUILD THE BODY
NEHEMIAH 4:6

 It is good to honor both the men, and women of honor, both those of the past and the present who have given so much of themselves to The Body of Christ by way of affording us the Campground at Shepherdsville, Kentucky. It seems that we sometimes have been remiss in not fully and properly giving honor where honor is due. The Bible teaches us to owe no man anything, Romans 13:8. Let it be known there has been great sacrifice with much suffering by many which has afforded us these wonderful grounds as a place of common heritage and place of gathering. 
It all began with a vision given by God to Brother William Sowders. A vision to have a place that would be a pathway of charity. A place where all of the people of God could gather. A place where race, denomination, doctrine, or any of the many other things that divide God’s people could be lef t behind. A place where there would be an open pulpit.  A place where the people of God could meet and worship God in Spirit and in truth. He envisioned a place where the Word of God could be preached and threshed out without fear or favor to any man.  
This place on top of Mt. Elmira, on Highway 44, just west of Shephersville, Kentucky. This is the place which we identify as The Gospel Of The Kingdom Campground. It is the place God gave us for this purpose. Brother Sowders prophesied that this Campground would be a place of refuge where the people of God would be gathering throughout the thousand year reign
Purchasing the property in 1935 and beginning meetings shortly thereafter he witnessed God bless and increase until the Tabernacle was full and overflowing. Men of God from around the country came to hear, to see, and to receive this more perfect gospel showing a more perfect way God revealed to this humble but great man of God. Great truths were taught and established on the threshing floor. The people of God were blessed. Brother Sowders saw his vision come to a marvelous margin of fruition; then in he 1952 passed from this life after having fought a good fight and keeping the faith. It can be said of a certainty he was faithful until the end of the purpose of God in his calling.
In 1955 it was erroneously determined that the days of the Camp meetings were no more and that the Brotherhood would gather there no more. I was not there so I am not qualified to make too many comments about the decision, but this I do know; God was not finished with the Campground. The courts soon thought to possess the property and put it up for sale. Were it not for men who continued to hold this great asset and place of heritage dear it would surely have been lost. Brother R.E. Dawkins went to court and succeeded in saving the property from certain seizure and sale. Then there was Sister Mary Mills, who through patience and persistence with proof of purpose, spent countless hours’ of labor and many of her own assets to keep the property from being taken over by the government and sold at auction for taxes. Even with this the courts levied taxes on much of the agriculture aspects of the property demanding back taxes be paid. Ministers, who continued to cherish the heritage and vision, responded; paying off all of the tax levied indebtedness. 
In 1984 God arranged that Brother Alfred Daves become a trustee of The Gospel Of The Kingdom Campground. Like Brother Sowders and those other men before him Brother Daves had a vision and a love for this Campground. His vision was to see the Campground again become a common meeting place for all the people of God. He also was endowed by God to see the property that had fallen into disuse and disrepair restored to its former glory. He began visiting and gathering with the General Brotherhood from around the country petitioning them to come and visit, to see, to feel, saying, "Try the spirits and see if they be of God."
In 1988 God directed Brother Daves to ask Brother James Sowders to become a trustee. God inspired Brother Daves to know that Brother James Sowders would be a gate for the return of the Brotherhood. Brother James Sowders accepted the responsibility and from then until now God has proven He is in the arrangement. The Campground has flourished and the improvements are many. The crowds are again overflowing as are the blessings of God. This Campground is The Body Of Christ’s. It belongs to the general brotherhood. The Campground is once again a place of vision and heritage for all of God’ people to come and worship. God in fact has used Brother Alfred Daves in This part of the restoration process.  
So much of what we are,  hold to be true, good,  and dear are directly related to the people and events that took place at the (Gospel Of The Kingdom Campground) during the great Camp meetings of years gone by. It was there during the 1930s and 1940s that most of the foundation doctrines of this Body were hammered out by men with a vision of a restored Church preaching a restored gospel. Could it be that God will again allow us a renaissance on these very same grounds? Here where He, just a few decades ago, inspired men to dig into the scriptures and  struggle  through the trash pile of traditions and philosophies of religion to have their souls illuminated with the greatest advances in restoring the Apostles Doctrine since the great apostasy? If so, it is my desire to be there when it happens.
Not for reasons of nostalgia or the thought  that a geographical consideration obligates God.  It does not. There is an advantage because the Camp Ground and the Camp Meetings are possibly the only ideal place for the continuance of the labor of restoration began by Bro. William Sowders. This same Camp ground in 1935 is, or at least could be, the most neutral of meeting places. Of course neutrality would be contingent on the establishing of an order where there would be authority and order, but without partiality of personality or position. This could be done by the implementation rules of order protected by a seven man rotating trusteeship, combined with a rotating moderator-ship.
Appreciation of the fellowship of the ministry and saints of God is a given. However also appreciation of the truth of the word of God is also paramount. Not just the milk of the word, but the meat of the word. The people of God love to praise and worship God. Our God is worthy of our praise and worship. Of a truth all  are encouraged and uplifted during a move of the Spirit. However it is the truth of the word of God that sustains us. The word of God enables us to see the things that were, the things that are, and the things that shall be. The Word of God serves as our eyes before, eyes behind, and eyes all around. When the bread is broken, and the olives are squeezed we all are edified, as we are washed in the water of the word. When men of God stand to their feet and teach the word of God without fear nor favor, and that subject to question, proving all things and holding fast that which is good, we all are edified and thereby grow.
God will soon again, on the Campground, speak through men to draw us closer to Him through the continued revelation of His truth. Jesus said that we would know the truth and the truth would make us free, John 8:31-32. Then in John 17:17 He said, Sanctify them through Thy Word, Thy Word is truth. Through His Word the church shall ultimately know even as they are known, First Corinthians 13:12. The labor of restoring the truth, and building a garner is what built this Body,  We were not built on a shout,  or as an ecumenical fellowship, neither were we built on healing's and miracles. We have had, and do have all these wonderful blessings of the Spirit. However our vision and our divine commission is founded and established on the vision of producing the Church the Lord will return for.

IT IS TIME TO BUILD AGAIN THE TABERNACLE ACCORDING TO THE PATTERN WE WERE FIRST SHOWN ON THE TOP OF         THE MOUNTAIN THAT IS THE SHEEP'S PASTURE