BAPTISM WITH/IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

Aloha Saints, Family and Friends,   Beloved of Jesus and me,    John3:16

BAPTISM, FILLED/WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT,  “WORTH CONSIDERING”  7/23/21  Ken<><

Baptism = to Immerse, Whelm, Saturate.   Need context to know what is immersed in what?     We will be covering this topic on our Tuesday evening Bible Fellowship from 5:30 till about 7:30 with a “Pot-Blessing.”   Some come if you can?  85-4554 Mamalahoa Hwy.   So. Captain Cook,  HI 96704  (Kealia)

And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.  14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:  15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up  trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;  Heb. 12:13-15

Matt. 3:10-12, “And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.  11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear::he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire  12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.   ( Also fits for the pre-tribulation Rapture.)

So when did GOD’S Salvation become effective for HIS CHURCH?   
John 20:15-23,   “ Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.  20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.  21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.  22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:  23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.
 
Acts 1:4-5, “And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.  5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.” 

Acts 1:8,  But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.   Luke 11:11-13, “If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?  12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?  13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

 Acts 2:4, “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”    Acts 2:38, “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”   The Real Church: 1 Cor. 14:26-33, Eph.4:11.

There are two ministries of the Holy Spirit among many that are very important to us:   The Breath of Life for our salvation and in our obedience the Power of God to do HIS will.

So where in the New Testament do we see the example of this?  First in Samaria with Philip in Acts 8:12,   “But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.  Acts 8:14-17, “Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:  15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:  16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)  17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.

And with Paul the same thing.   Acts 8:4, “And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?  5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.  6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?   (So Saul became Paul here and was saved, Rom.10:9-10.   And then 3 days later: Acts 8:17, “And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.

And again with the disciples of Apollos, Acts 19:2, “He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost…4Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.  5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.  6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

GREAT QUOTES on Holiness: (“Without which, no man shall see the LORD.”
“You know, we live in a day when we are more afraid of holiness than we are of sinfulness.”
-Leonard Ravenhill      “Holiness, not happiness, is the chief end of man.”-Oswald Chambers
 “True holiness is not achieved by what we do, but what we allow God to do in us.”   -Mark Hart
“Holiness is not the way to Christ. Christ is the way to holiness.” -Adrian Rogers     “God has one destined end for mankind – holiness! His one aim is the production of saints. God is not an eternal blessing- machine for men. He did not come to save men out of pity. He  came to save men because He had created them to be holy.” -Oswald Chambers    “If you think you can walk in holiness without keeping up perpetual fellowship with Christ, you have made a great mistake. If you would be holy, you must live close to Jesus.”-Charles Spurgeon     “Holiness has never been the driving force of the majority. It is, however, mandatory for anyone who wants to enter the kingdom.”-Elisabeth Elliot     “Many Christians have what we might call a ‘cultural holiness.’ They adapt to the character and behavior pattern of Christians around them… But God has not called us to be like those around us. He has called us to be like Himself. Holiness is nothing less than conformity to the character of God.”  -Jerry Bridges    “Do not expect to grow in holiness if you spend little time alone with God and do not take His Word seriously.”  -Joel Beeke     prophetic@revivalschool.com

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Yours, in HIS great Love and wonderful Grace & Mercy,   Ken<><   ken@trinity-aloha.org
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SIGNS, RAPTURE, WRATH & KINGDOM

Aloha Saints, Family & Friends,  Beloved of Jesus and me,   John 3:16    These are my notes for Tuesday evening HouseChurch,   www.OhanaChurch.Life.   Tomorrow evening we will be getting together at about 5:30 PM for a Pot-Blessing and some sharing time together like in 1 Cor. 14:20-33   If in the area:
85-4554 Mamalahoa Hwy.   Captain Cook,  Hawaii  96704   ken@trinity-aloha.org

SIGNS, RAPTURE, WRATH & KINGDOM,    7/20/21 TrueVine HouseChurch    Ken<><
THIRTEEN SIGNS concerning Jesus Christ returning for HIS Church to take them home.  (Leave any out?)

1.      Falling away, 2 Thess. 2:3, “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come,                     except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
2.    Many coming in the name of Jesus but not teaching what HE taught.  Matt. 24:5
3.    Wars & Rumors of wars, Matt. 24:6
4.    Famines, Matt.24:7
5.    Pestilence (Pandemic), Matt. 24:7
6.    Earthquakes, in many places.   Matt. 24:;7
7.    Persecutions.  Matt.24:9-10
8.    False prophets.  Matt.24:11
9.    Sin to increase and many returning back into the world.  Matt.24:12
       We need to remember:   “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”
10.    Matt.24:14    And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the  end come…..33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.  34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.  35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away…..42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come….50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,  51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

1 Thess. 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.  15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.  16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:   17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

11.    1 Pet. 4:17,   “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

12.     Dan.12:4, “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

13.    The Jews have returned home and again have a language and nation.   Lk.21:24, Isa. 66:8,  Zech.12:3
          Jer. 16:14-15,  Isaiah 11:11-12,  Matt.23:39….

WE ARE JUST ABOUT HERE AT THE PRESENT TIME:

Then comes the DAY of WRATH for the rejection of GOD’S salvation for 7 years on the Earth.   In Heaven at the same time there is victory, rejoicing and the union of Christ and HIS Church.

With the beginning of the Great Tribulation GOD allows the antichrist to FINALLY gain control, which he has always wanted,  and this begins the downward spiral of pain to judgment and Armageddon.  This whole 7 years will be extremely painful to all those left behind.  But,   Ezek. 28:18…..  It is the beginning of the final judgment of lucifer being thrown into the lake of fire.

Rom.2:5    But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of         wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;
Rom. 5:9    Therefore, since we have now been justified [declared free of the guilt of sin] by His blood,             [how much more certain is it that] we will be saved from the wrath of God through Him.
Rom. 9:22    What if God, although willing to show His [terrible] wrath and to make His power known, has         tolerated with great patience the objects of His wrath [which are] prepared for destruction?

Daniel 9:24    “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.   (There has been sixty nine weeks of years from Daniel to Jesus. ”    There is still 7 years remaining to complete this prophesy.  Many feel, as I do, that the remaining 7 years refers to the Great Tribulation still  under the LAW:   “to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity and bring in everlasting righteousness.”  So the Great Tribulation is 7 years long as in Rev. 12.   Without the presence and Power of the Holy Spirit who came at Pentecost  and will leave with the Church.   This will be a deadly 7 years on earth, going from very bad to much much worse.

Rev.12:6      And the woman (Israel) fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.  (3 ½ years of major persecution from the beginning of the Great Tribulation under the antichrist without obstruction.)

Rev. 12:11    And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.  (The, They, here is the Church in heaven and boots lucifer out off the heavens ½ way through the Great Tribulation.)

Rev. 12:14     And to the woman (Israel) were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.  (another 3 ½ more years of even greater persecution for the Jews.)
Rev.4:1 And then there is  John as caught up after the Church Age on earth like the Rapture to see the rest of The Revelation from a heavenly perspective.

Rev. 12:5, Like the Man Child (Jesus) is also caught up with the “Rod of Iron” into heaven.  the serious persecution of the Jews is noted.     The Rod of Iron is the Church:   (Psalm 2:9,  Rev. 2:27,  Rev. 12:5,  Rev. 19:15 )  With which the Lord (The Head ) will rule the nations in HIS 1,000 year KINGDOM of Righteousness and for eternity.   The “Rod of Iron” (Church) is caught up with Jesus as the head in the eternal perspective of God as per Cor. 12,  Eph. 4:14, Eph. 5: 23, Acts 4:11, Col. 1:18, 2:19.

Yours, in HIS great love and wonderful grace and mercy,   Ken<><

Heaven

Aloha Saints, Family and Friends,  beloved of Jesus and me,   John 3:16

HEAVEN      “WORTH CONSIDERING   7/16/21

Today’s Scripture:  ( A Good word, from a church in Texas.)
“The LORD has made everything for his own purposes… ”  (Proverbs 16:4, NLT)
   
There Is a Purpose
When someone walks out of your life and you don’t understand, it’s easy to get discouraged. But when you meet the divine connection He has for you, somebody better than you ever dreamed, you’ll look back and say it was part of His purpose. Or, what about the supervisor who tried to keep you down all those years? You didn’t realize it at the time, but staying in that workplace with a good attitude, giving your best, and doing the right thing when the wrong thing was happening was developing your character, strengthening your spiritual muscles, and getting you prepared for the next level. You wouldn’t be who you are without that difficulty. You didn’t like it at the time, but you look back now and say that was good.

God’s ways are better than our ways. He sees things we can’t see. He always has a purpose in what He’s doing. Trust Him. If you keep honoring Him, it’s just a matter of time before God brings it all together.
   
A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You see the big picture for my life, and You use difficulties for my good. Help me to be patient and trusting when things happen that I don’t understand. I believe that You will bring it all together for my good. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Ken’s Thoughts,
We really need to find and understand God’s overview to really submit to these thought.  These thought are so very foreign to our old Adamic carnal nature that we have learned to live with.  It is impossible for our sin nature to be comfortable with God Truth,  2 Corinthians 5:16-18 AMP  “So from now on we regard no one from a human point of view [according to worldly standards and values]. Though we have known Christ from a human point of view, now we no longer know Him in this way. 17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior & Lord ], he is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life]. 18 But all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ [making us acceptable to Him] and gave us the ministry of reconciliation [so that by our example we might bring others to Him],

What is an old Earth creationist?
A: An old Earth creationist is a creationist who thinks that God created everything, but also accept that the Earth and the universe really are 4.5 billions and 13.8 billion years old, respectively. They usually argue that the six days of the bible is metaphorical, and that the actual Hebrew word used for “day” (“yom”) can also mean a really long time, epoch or era.  They can be further those who think that evolution is God’s toolbox of creating kinds (i.e. evolution happened as biology says it does, but God was behind the steering wheel.)  

Further this is seen in the plants being the 3rd day, while the sun, moon and stars were on the 4th day.   And then God telling Adam to “replenish and subdue” the earth and putting him in a Garden to keep him safe from what was still left over from after the great destruction,   Gen.1,   Isa. 28:17.  And we also see this in the union of Adam’s family becoming joined to the previous creation as they were evicted from Eden, Gen. 6:1,  John 3

Peter wrote that a 1,000 years was like a day to the Creator.   So we have trudged through 6,000 years on earth and are almost ready for the day of rest, Sabbath,  The Kingdom of Christ Jesus of 1,000 years.    Zech. 14:3-4, “ Then the Lord will go forth and fight against those nations, as when He fights on a day of battle. 4 In that day His feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives, which lies before Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in half from the east to the west by a very large valley, and half of the mountain will move toward the north and half of it toward the south.  Armageddon.       (Some feel this valley will allow the sea water to fill the Dead Sea and Jerusalem will become a seaport. This is at the beginning of the 1,000 year millennium Kingdom.   And then after 7,000 years of securing man’s destiny on earth for Heaven or Hell then comes “All Things New.”

Heaven:
Rev. 21:3-5, ““See! The tabernacle of God is among men, and He will live among them, and they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them [b] [as their God,] 4 and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be death; there will no longer be sorrow and anguish, or crying, or pain; for the [c] former order of things has passed away.”  5 And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.”

1 Corinthians 2:8-10,  None of the rulers of this age recognized and understood this wisdom; for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory; 9 but just as it is written [in Scripture],  “Things which the eye has not seen and the ear has not heard,  And which have not entered the heart of man,  All that God has prepared for those who love Him [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, who obey Him, and who gratefully recognize the benefits that He has bestowed]. 10 For God has unveiled them and revealed them to us through the [Holy] Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things [diligently], even [sounding and measuring] the [profound] depths of God [the divine counsels and things far beyond human understanding].”

Heaven is located up to our North
Job 26:7  “It is He who spreads out the north over emptiness.  And [a] hangs the earth on nothing.

Hell is a void retained by God for lucifer and those who do not follow Jesus as all souls are eternal.  Jude 12-25
Isaiah 14:13:  “But you said in your heart, (lucifer) ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit on the mount of assembly In the remote parts of the north.  Ezek. 28:18, (GOD to lucifer) “You profaned your sanctuaries  By the great quantity of your sins and the enormity of your guilt,  By the unrighteousness of your trade.  Therefore I will bring forth a fire from your midst;  It will consumed you,  And I will reduced you to ashes on the earth In the sight of all who look at you. 

At our small local House Church we will be spending time sharing concerning the above scriptures.
85-4554 Mamalahoa Hwy.  next Tues. 5:30PM Pot Blessing.     ken@trinity-aloha.org    www.OhanaChurch.Life

Yours in HIS great Love and wonderful Grace and Mercy, Ken<><   www.trinity-aloha.org
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ARMAGGEDDON & KINGDOM 2

ARMAGEDDON,    ‘WORTH CONSIDERING”       7/13/21   www.OhanaChurch.Life,        by Ken Smith<><

Revelation 16:12-14
12 Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river, the Euphrates; and its water was dried up, so that the way would be prepared for [the coming of] the kings from [a]the east. Armageddon    13 And I saw three loathsome spirits like frogs, leaping from the mouth of the dragon (Satan) and from the mouth of the beast (Antichrist, dictator) and from the mouth of the false prophet; 14 for they are [actually] the spirits of demons, performing [miraculous] signs. And they go out to the kings of the entire inhabited earth, to gather them together for the war of the great day of God, the Almighty.    (Notes:  Revelation 16:12 Lit the rising sun. Using this phrase, or just the rising, was the ancient way of referring to the east. A dry Euphrates would enable massive armies to travel quickly from the region of Iraq (Babylonia) to territory north of Israel (Syria) in preparation for the battle at Har-Magedon (v 16))

Revelation 16:15-17,  15 (“Behold, I am coming like a thief. [a]Blessed is he who [b]stays awake and who keeps his clothes [that is, stays spiritually ready for the Lord’s return], so that he will not be naked—spiritually unprepared—and men will not see his shame.”) 16 And they (demons) gathered the kings and armies of the world together at the place which in Hebrew is called [c]Har-Magedon (Armageddon).  Seventh Bowl of Wrath.  17 Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple from the throne [of God], saying, “It is done. [It is all over, it is all accomplished, it has come.]”

The Coming of Christ the Conqueror
11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who was riding it is called Faithful and True (trustworthy, loyal, incorruptible, steady), and in righteousness He judges and wages war [on the rebellious nations]. 12 His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many royal crowns; and He has a name inscribed [on Him] which no one knows or understands except Himself. 13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in [f]blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies of heaven, dressed in fine linen, [dazzling] white and clean, followed Him on white horses. 15 From His mouth comes a sharp sword (His word) with which He may strike down the nations, and He will [g]rule them with a rod of iron; and He will tread the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty [in judgment of the rebellious world]. 16 And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name inscribed, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” 17 Then I saw a single angel standing in the sun, and with a loud voice he shouted to all the birds that fly in midheaven, saying, “Come, gather together for the great supper of God, 18 so that you may feast on the flesh of kings, the flesh of commanders, the flesh of powerful and mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all humanity, both free men and slaves, both small and great [in a complete conquest of evil].”
19 Then I saw the beast and the kings and political leaders of the earth with their armies gathered to make war against Him  these two were hurled alive into the lake of fire which blazes with brimstone. 21 And the rest were killed with the sword which came from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse, and all the birds fed ravenously and gorged themselves with their flesh.

Isaiah 52:1-3,   Awake, awake, Put on your strength, O Zion; Put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city; For the uncircumcised and the unclean Will no longer come into you. 2 Shake yourself from the dust, arise, O captive Jerusalem; Rid yourself of the chains around your neck, O captive Daughter of Zion.  3 For the Lord says this, “You were sold for nothing and you will be redeemed, but not with money.”

Micah 4:2-4,   And many nations shall come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,  To the house of the God of Jacob,  That He may teach us about His ways, And that we may walk in His paths.”For the law shall go forward from Zion, And the word of the Lord [the revelation about Him and His truth] from Jerusalem. 3 And He will judge between many peoples And render decisions for strong and distant nations. Then they shall hammer their swords into plowshares And their spears into pruning hooks [so that the implements of war may become the tools of agriculture]; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Nor shall they ever again train for war. 4  Each of them shall sit [in security and peace] under his vine, And under his fig tree,
With no one to make them afraid, For the mouth of the [omnipotent] Lord of hosts has spoken it.

Matthew 8:10-12,   10 When Jesus heard this, He was amazed and said to those who were following Him, “I tell you truthfully, I have not found such great faith [as this] with anyone in Israel. 11 I say to you that many [Gentiles] will come from east and west, and will sit down [to feast at the table, and enjoy God’s promises] with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven [because they accepted Me as Savior], 12 while the sons and heirs of the kingdom [the descendants of Abraham who will not recognize Me as Messiah] will be thrown out into the outer darkness; in that place [which is farthest removed from the kingdom] there will be weeping [in sorrow and pain] and grinding of teeth [in distress and anger].”

Isaiah 65:24-25,  24 “It shall also come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear. 25 The wolf and the lamb will graze together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox [there will no longer be predator and prey]; and dust will be the serpent’s food. They will do no evil or harm in all My holy mountain (Zion),” says the Lord.

Ezekiel 34:25-27,   25 “I will make a covenant of peace with them and will eliminate the predatory animals from the land so that they may live securely in the wilderness and sleep [safely] in the woods. 26 I will make them and the places around My hill (Jerusalem, Zion) a blessing. And I will make showers come down in their season; there will be [abundant] showers of blessing (divine favor). 27 Also the tree of the field will yield its fruit and the earth will yield its produce; and My people will be secure on their land. Then they will know [with confidence] that I am the Lord, when I have broken the bars of their yoke and have rescued them from the hand of those who made them slaves.”

Rod of Iron:
The TRUE Church for the rule of  Christ Jesus, Psa.2:9,  Rev.2:26-29,  12:5,  19:15

Yours, in HIS great love and wonderful grace and mercy,   Ken<><   www.trinity-aloha.org
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There is but one Church of Christ Jesus as LORD,  all who Love, Trust & Obey HIM are eternal members.

HEAVEN

Aloha Saints, Family and Friends,  beloved of Jesus and me,   John 3:16  (Have a great 4th of July….)

 HEAVEN, A Short Study,  Revelation, #7 of 7   “Worth Considering”   7/4/21     From Ken Smith<><

From the beginning of our new species with a freewill, as in Adam, 6,000 years ago we have seemed to know that there was something beyond the door of death.   For most of us it seems woven into our being from birth.  Of course we hear stories of what folks think it is.  When young I got the impression heaven was sitting on cloud 9 with a harp.  None of that was of any interest to me, it sounded rather boring.  But considering there are some 694 verses in the Holy Bible about Heaven,  there is certainly a lot of interest in the subject.  And as we get older, like me, we give it a bit more attention as our soul lives in a temporary body.  Bible teaches that the life is in the blood.  If the blood stops,  the soul leaves.

So in the beginning before the physical  heavens and the earth existed there was only GOD and HIS POWER.  Then it seems that HE decided to have a family and to covert just a bit of HIS power into a universe, and us,  a Universe which we get to see every night.   Especially sunsets make me stop and watch their unique beauty and I never tire of the joy of watching the heavens in the evening.  And then I reflect upon the love in my creation that allows my soul to see through my eyes the beauty and colors of that radiated energy.  None of which is necessary for my life.  It is a love gift from my Creator as Paul talks about in Romans 1:19-20

So let’s go to Job, the oldest book in our Bible,   for  understanding about where heaven is:  Job 26:7 “It is He who spreads out the north over emptiness.  And [a] hangs the earth on nothing. “ Job 37:22 .   “Out of the north comes golden splendor [and people can hardly look on it]; Around God is awesome splendor and majesty [far too glorious for man’s eyes].

Apostle Paul, mentions that he knew a man who was caught up into the 3rd Heaven in 1 Co. 12:1-5, “  It is necessary to boast, though nothing is gained by it; but I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. 2 I know a [a] man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know, [only] God knows—such a man was caught up to the [b] third heaven. 3 And I know that such a man—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, [only] God knows—4 was caught up into [c] Paradise and heard inexpressible words which man is not permitted to speak [words too sacred to tell]. 5 On behalf of such a man [and his experiences] I will boast; but in my own behalf I will not boast, except in regard to my weaknesses.  (And I really believe it was Paul.)  So Heaven has layers, at least 3?  Earths Air space,   Star universe,  & God’s Dwelling Place.

Apostle John had a similar experience in Rev. 4:1 “After this I looked, and behold, [a] a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a [war] trumpet speaking with me, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.” 2 At once I was in [special communication with] the Spirit; and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with One seated on the throne. 3 And He who sat there appeared like [the crystalline sparkle of] [b] a jasper stone and [the fiery redness of] a sardius stone, and encircling the throne there was a rainbow that looked like [ the color of an] emerald. …”  Read chapters 4 & 5…. for a better look but remember they did not have our vocabulary words to use.

So lets get into what we can know.  tells us that it is a totally different dimension than the time dimension that we live in.  1 Cor.13:8-13, “ Love never fails [it never fades nor ends]. But as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for the gift of special knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part [for our knowledge is fragmentary and incomplete]. 10 But when that which is complete and perfect comes, that which is incomplete and partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. 12 For now [in this time of imperfection] we see in a mirror dimly [a blurred reflection, a riddle, an enigma], but then [when the time of perfection comes we will see reality] face to face. Now I know in part [just in fragments], but then I will know fully, just as I have been fully known [by God]. 13 And now there remain: faith [abiding trust in God and His promises], hope [confident expectation of eternal salvation], love [unselfish love for others growing out of God’s love for me], these three [the choicest graces]; but the greatest of these is love.

Heaven, what to expect, in Rev. 21:3-4, “and then I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “See! The tabernacle of God is among men, and He will live among them, and they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them [b] [as their God,] 4 and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be death; there will no longer be sorrow and anguish, or crying, or pain; for the [c] former order of things has passed away.”  Should read Rev. 21 & 22.

And there will be a new heaven and a new earth and a building that Christ Jesus is building of about 1500 miles square at the base and 1500 miles high.  Could be a cube but I think a pyramid.  And it will be the gathering place for Christ Jesus and the Church for eternity.  Rev. 20:26-27: “and they will bring the glory (splendor, majesty) and the honor of the nations into it; 27 and nothing that defiles or profanes or is unwashed will ever enter it, nor anyone who practices abominations [detestable, morally repugnant things] and lying, but only those [will be admitted] whose names have been written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

So what will the Church be doing?   As Kings and Priests, Rev.1:6, 5:10, 20:6 and Ambassadors 2 Cor. 5:20.   Stewards over cities: Luke:19-17-19.   So as Jesus said,” John 14:1-3 “Do not let your heart be troubled (afraid, cowardly). Believe [confidently] in God and trust in Him, [have faith, hold on to it, rely on it, keep going and] believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many dwelling places. If it were not so, I would have told you, because I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and I will take you to Myself, so that where I am you may be also.”    So think about it, Perhaps we have been allowed to live in a world controlled by lucifer to make us spiritual strong in Jesus if we have made HIM LORD.  Those other dwelling places may have had no Jesus or lucifer.   Perhaps God want’s them to also know about HIM but without the big mess.   Perhaps we are in a school to bring us to the place of being the Rod of Iron in scripture to help share the love of our Great Creator to HIS other creations in the universe.  I sort of lean that way.  Who else could  best share the Love of God than those who have been saved by it. Those who have overcame lucifer by the blood of the Lamb, the word of their testimony and loved Jesus more than their own lives. Rev.12 :11.      If you like this, please pass it along.

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ARMAGEDDON &The KINGDOM

Aloha Saints, Family & Friends,  beloved of Jesus and me,   John 3:16

ARMAGEDDON & The KINGDOM #6. in series.   “WORTH CONSIDERING”   7/2/21

An overview 6 of 7 of “The Revelation” of Jesus Christ as written by Apostle John.   by Ken Smith<><

In the past 5 studies we have covered    1.)Signs,   2.) Rapture,   3.) 7 yrs. ECSTASY,   4.)144,000,  5.) 7 yrs. WRATH,    6.)  Armageddon & Kingdom,   7.)  New Heaven & Earth

Today, and every day we are seeing the movement of the atheistic Socialistic Kingdom, The New Word Order seeking to plant the seeds of destruction in our United States.  Soros has spent billions of his own money towards the vision of a one world concept.    Pretty much the rest of the world has either been subjugated or does not care.   So,  as goes the U.S.,  so goes the world..  Most of the lies of the false peace are now found everywhere and the real truth has been locked up now as most of the sources of objective news in the U.S.  Have been closed down.   And our educational system is now overrun with those who find the lies of Socialism rational.  Over 30 million so called Evangelicals did not even vote in the last presidential election.  And many voted for Socialism as they believed the lies.

So now our general population is teetering on the edge of going for the lies of socialism to try to find security.    Just one more senator on the Socialist side of the balance and it is pretty much a done deal and over the dam we go.    The Nordic Countries tried out Socialism a couple of decades ago and have been working hard ever since to leave it behind due to the destruction that it caused in their economies.  The Bible teaches that if a man will not work, don’t feed him.  In Socialism the promise is that everyone has the right to eat,  regardless.  The Nordic countries went broke trying to make Socialism work.  But many today have not heard of the other side of that story and still hold up the Nordic countries as an example of how good socialism is.  China is rather pragmatic.   The heart beat has been changed back to Capitalism but the brains of Socialism are still in control of the CCP .  And now the CCP is GOD for the common man and the system is really NWO.  In the 7 years of the Great Tribulation the NWO takes total control of the world by the middle of the Great Tribulation and the world will find itself in total electronic economic slavery.   All transactions must go through the N.W.O. Computer.   And any excess energy will all go into making the war equipment to bring the whole world into submission to the N.W.O..  Seems like little Israel may be the last country on the block to try to bring into submission.   But they have vowed together to never experience again what happened to them in WW II  And as the N.W.O. army goes into the Middle East for this final and ultimate control, this is when Jesus returns.  

So the light is getting brighter as the darkness is getting darker.  And the Middle East with it’s mineral wealth is the focus for the N.W.O.  to have access to.  The far east has massive plans and is building the old silk road to connect to the wealth of the world to China.  This same road will be used in seeking to ultimately destroy Israel once again as in 70 AD with Titus.  Christ Jesus will return at that time in His second advent.   In the first advent Jesus came as the suffering Savior, Isa. 52, Psalms 22.   In HIS 2nd Advent HE returns as the King of Kings and at Armageddon totally destroys the armies gathered there to destroy Israel .  The world persecution of the Jews is going to become horrendous during those last 7 years of the Great Tribulation.
But this will not be like the gunfight at the OK Corral.  It will not even be a battle.  It will be a slam dunk victory with only the words out of the mouth of King Jesus.  It will be like every computer chip in all of the gadgets of the worlds armies is fried and nothing works, all at the same time.  And all of the men in the equipment are killed in the field and then in prophesy, feed the vultures.

After 6,000 years of watching us dissect and destroy HIS beautiful creation, our Creator GOD is very upset !!!!!!  But HE has waited patiently for the manifested creation (Rom.8:19) of HIS eternal family through the Blood Of The Lamb.   After Armageddon the Kingdom of Christ Jesus is set up on Mount Zion in Jerusalem for the PEACE that will be on the earth for 1,000 years.   Psalm 133:3,   Isa.2:3,  Joel 2:1,  Micah 4:2,  Zach. 8:3.   Jesus returns to destroy the armies of the world in Israel with the word of HIS mouth.   Then Adam’s curse will also be lifted and it will be like living again in Eden.  At the end of the 1,000 years our Creator God allows those souls  to also be tested.    lucifer will again be released and he goes forth and gathers another army out of the folks in the Kingdom. Rev. 20:7-10.  

After this final testing of the souls from the Kingdom,   then comes the 2nd Resurrection, Rev.20:11 and anyone whose name was not written in the “Book of Life” was removed in fiery pain into the midst or outer darkness as a living soul without a body for Eternity.   Think of what it would be like to not have your body?  There is nothing in Holy Scripture concerning God creating a new body for the souls who opt out of HIS salvation. And the body you now have,  has a built in delete button,  Gen.6:3.   This is what is says, unvarnished, you want to try to change it, it is up to you, you have a free will to do as you wish.  But the Bible contains the Holy Word of God, like it or not.

Please read Revelation,  Chapters 21 & 22,  you really don’t want to miss being there.  At the end of the 7,000 years our Creator reconstitutes our solar system atoms into HIS comfort zone as a new creation and not one trace of lucifer’s evil will ever be found again.  Then the former things will have passed away including time.  And GOD’S original vision and purpose will be realized as man will then be in GOD’S own image and likeness as a Holy obedient righteous soul but still having a free will.  But also totally loyal and completely sealed into Christ Jesus as the WORD OF GOD,  KING of KINGS and LORD of LORDS to the Glory of the Father. The Kingdom of God will be filled with the Love, Humility, Obedience and Righteousness of God.

The Revelation of Christ Jesus was written with the simple words of that time and many of the words that we use today did not even exist.  There was very little mechanical nothing electronic and very little medical so we need to read The Revelation through the eyes of a person of the 1st Century and the Holy Spirit help us make the adjustments to our time.

 Jeremiah 17:9-10   “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.”

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GREAT TRIBULATION

Aloha Saints, Family and Friends,  beloved of Jesus and me,   John 3:16

GREAT TRIBULATION, “WRATH”   “Worth Considering” 7/1/21     from Ken<><     

At this time we are coming into the birth pains for the birth or final gathering of the souls of the Church of Christ Jesus as LORD.   Persecution is coming, the NWO, a great revival, a false peace, the Rapture when totally unexpected and then the WRATH of GOD falls due to the pride and rebellion on earth and because of those in sin who have rejection of HIS salvation.  

The last lesson #4,  was the 7 years in heaven, and this is #5,  the 7 same years but on earth.

The seven seals (Revelation 6:1–17; 8:1–5)
    Time line, overview of the whole 7 years of God’s WRATH.

1.)  Seven trumpets (Revelation 8:6–9:21; 11:15–19)
      1/3 of earth burned up, 1/3 of sea becomes blood, 1/3 water poisoned, sky darkened by 1/3, demons           released, painful sting, 5 months.  200 million army from the East.   1/3 of humanity is killed.

2.)  Seven thunders (Revelation 10:3-4)   Sealed (unknown)

    Chapter 12 is also a very Important Time Line Chapter as is Chapter 6.

3.)  Seven bowls/vials (Revelation 16:1–21)
    Pandemic plagues, poisoned waters, Heat of sun increased scorching humanity, then darkness                            (volcanic  action?) and boils with great pain, Euphrates dries up. Gathering of the armies of the world to         Israel, massive earthquake,  hailstones

Judgment of world’s false religious system (Revelation 17 & 18) during this time.

These three  end-times judgments from God are due to what was done to Jesus and the rejection of God’s offered redemption and yet none repented.  Personally I tend to see these 3 judgments as all taking place at the same time from different perspectives, but this is my point of reference.  Also some feel the Church of Jesus will still be on earth for part or all of this, I strongly disagree.  This is the WRATH of GOD due to unrepentant, Those in the TRUE Church have already repented and Jesus is already LORD.   God’s just wrath was taken by Jesus for HIS Church, Isa.53,  John 3:16, Rom.10:9-14.  1 Cor. 13.

The seven seals include the appearance of the Antichrist (Revelation 6:1–2), great warfare (Revelation 6:3–4), famine (Revelation 6:5–6), plague (Revelation 6:7–8), the martyrdom of believers in Christ (Revelation 6:9–11), a devastating earthquake causing terrible devastation, and astronomical upheaval (Revelation 6:12–14). Those who survive the six seals are right to cry out, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?” (Revelation 6:16–17).   (Covers the whole 7 years.)

The trumpets include hail and fire that destroy much of the plant life in the world (Revelation 8:7), the death of much of the world’s aquatic life (Revelation 8:8–9; 8:10–11), the darkening of the sun and moon (Revelation 8:12), a plague of “demonic locusts” that torture the unsaved (Revelation 9:1–11), and the march of a demonic army that kills a third of humanity (Revelation 9:12–21).

The seventh trumpet calls forth seven angels who carry the seven bowls of God’s wrath (Revelation 11:15–19; 15:1–8). The bowl judgments include painful sores afflicting humanity (Revelation 16:2), the death of every living thing in the sea (Revelation 16:3), the turning of rivers to blood (Revelation 16:4–7), an intensifying of the sun’s heat (Revelation 16:8–9), great darkness and an intensification of the sores from the first bowl (Revelation 16:10–11), the advance of the Antichrist’s armies at Armageddon (Revelation 16:12–14), and a devastating earthquake followed by giant hailstones (Revelation 16:15–21).

Together, the seals, trumpets, thunders and bowls of the end times comprise “the great day of  [God’s ] wrath” (Revelation 6:17) and serve to judge the Antichrist’s kingdom of wickedness. Revelation 16:5–7 declares of God, “You are just in these judgments, you who are and who were, the Holy One, because you have so judged; for they have shed the blood of your saints and prophets, and you have given them blood to drink as they deserve. . . . Yes, Lord God Almighty, true and just are your judgments.”

At the end of the 7 years of GOD’S WRATH the armies of the world are poised to destroy Israel once again as in 70 AD with Titus.   But this time Jesus returns and destroys the armies of the world at Armageddon and sets up HIS 1,000 yr.  earthly kingdom of righteousness on Mt. Zion in Jerusalem.  Rev. 19:11-19   Notice the Rod of Iron in verse 15 as HIS Church has, by then, become HIS Rod of Iron.

Yours in HIS great Love and wonderful Grace & Mercy, Ken<><   www.Trinity-Aloha.org

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There is but one Church of Christ Jesus as LORD,
All who Love, Honor and Obey HIM are eternal members.

144,000

Revelation of Christ Jesus, by John.    “Worth Considering”   6/30/21   by Ken Smith<><

Three things of interest.  One came to the surface in our discussion on Tuesday,  6/29/21

1.)    144,000
In our gathering last night we spent sometime on the 144,000.   But there are only 2 scriptures concerning them.

Revelation 7:4, “And [then] I heard how many were sealed (marked) out of every tribe of the sons of Israel: there were 144,000.  5 Twelve thousand were sealed (marked) out of the tribe of Judah, 12,000 of the tribe of Reuben, 12,000 of the tribe of Gad, … and so on…  9 After this I looked and a vast host appeared which no one could count, [gathered out] of every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages. These stood before the throne and before the Lamb; they were attired in white robes, with palm branches in their hands.  10 In loud voice they cried, saying, [Our] salvation is due to our God, Who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb [to Them we owe our deliverance]!  11 And all the angels were standing round the throne and round the elders [ [a] of the heavenly Sanhedrin ] and the four living creatures, and they fell prostrate before the throne and worshiped God.  12 Amen! (So be it!) they cried. Blessing and glory and majesty and splendor and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and might [be ascribed] to our God to the ages and ages (forever and ever, throughout the eternities of the eternities)! Amen! (So be it!)

Revelation 14:1-3, ‘Then I looked, and behold, the Lamb stood on Mount Zion, and with Him 144,000 [men] who had His name and His Father’s name inscribed on their foreheads.  2 And I heard a voice from heaven like the sound of great waters and like the rumbling of mighty thunder; the voice I heard [seemed like the music] of harpists [a] accompanying themselves on their harps.  And they sang a new song before the throne [of God] and before the four living creatures and before the elders [of the heavenly Sanhedrin ]. No one could learn [to sing] that song except the 144,000 who had been ransomed (purchased, redeemed) from the earth.  4 These are they who have not defiled themselves by relations with women, for they are [[c] pure as] virgins. These are they who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These are they who have been ransomed (purchased, redeemed) from among men as the first-fruits for God and the Lamb.  5 No lie was found to be upon their lips, for they are blameless (spotless, untainted, without blemish) before the throne of God.  This view of the 144,000 appears to be in heaven and not on earth.

So with this very limited amount of information obviously it is a supernatural awareness that in spite of Titus in 70 AD destroying Israel and converting it into Palestine and all of the Jewish persecutions that there remains a pure family of Abraham for the promises that God gave to Abraham.  And that they are Jewish Holy men who have made Jesus LORD.  And that they are musicians who fill the heavens with a new song in worship of Christ Jesus as LORD.  After 2,000 years of denial, Jesus as LORD could be the new song.   I suspect that their purity is due to the redemption of GOD through Christ Jesus as LORD as all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God.  Isa. 53 and need the redemption that is in Christ Jesus as LORD.

2. )   The Two Witnesses, Please note in witnessing an event at least 2 witnesses are needed.
    Deut. 17:6,  19:15,  Matt 18:16,  26:60,   2 Cor 13:1,  1 Tim. 5:19,  Heb. 10:28
    
Rev. 11:2-12, “ But leave out of your measuring the court outside the sanctuary of God; omit that, for it is given over to the Gentiles (the nations), and they will trample the holy city underfoot for 42 months (three and one-half years).  3 And I will grant the power of prophecy to My two witnesses for 1,260 (42 months; three and one-half years), dressed in sackcloth.  4 These [witnesses] are the two olive trees and the two lampstands which stand before the Lord of the earth.  5 And if anyone attempts to injure them, fire pours from their mouth and consumes their enemies; if anyone should attempt to harm them, thus he is doomed to be slain.   6 These [two witnesses] have power to shut up the sky, so that no rain may fall during the days of their prophesying (their [a] prediction of events relating to Christ’s kingdom and its speedy triumph); and they also have power to turn the waters into blood and to smite and scourge the earth with all manner of plagues as often as they choose.  7 But when they have finished their testimony and their evidence is all in, the beast (monster) that comes up out of the Abyss (bottomless pit) will wage war on them, and conquer them and kill them.  8 And their dead bodies [will lie exposed] in the open street ([b] a public square) of the great city which is in a spiritual sense called [by the mystical and allegorical names of] Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified.  9 For three and a half days men from the races and tribes and languages and nations will gaze at their dead bodies and will not allow them to be put in a tomb.  10 And those who dwell on the earth will gloat and exult over them and rejoice exceedingly, taking their ease and sending presents [in congratulation] to one another, because these two prophets had been such a vexation and trouble and torment to all the dwellers on the earth.  11 But after three and a half days, by God’s gift the breath of life again entered into them, and they rose up on their feet, and great dread and terror fell on those who watched them.  12 Then [the two witnesses] heard a strong voice from heaven calling to them, Come up here! And before the very eyes of their enemies they ascended into heaven in a cloud.

There are 3 possibilities for who are these witnesses,   Enoch, Elijah and John (due to no knowledge of John’s death and what Jesus said about him to Peter, John 21:22-23)   So as we read the account of the 2 witnesses it appears that they are to record the events of evil so as to stand in the 2nd Judgment and give an accurate account of what was done by lucifer for his judgment.  Notice in verse 7 “and their evidence is all in” they are killed.  Seems this may be the second half of the Great Tribulation.  As their ministry seems to begin as lucifer takes over the 3rd Temple claiming to be god.  And as  “It is appointed unto man, once to die but after this the judgment.” Heb.9:27.  It may well be Enoch and Elijah as the prophets of God as they never died?

3.)  The Great Whore of Rev. 17-18,   
For me, this is obviously the gathering together of the counterfeit world church as it comes together in the end time (now) and the fiery Judgment of the whore.   Note that she sits on 7 hills, Rev.17:9.   Two world cities sit on 7 hills, Jerusalem and Rome.  So read carefully, I like the Amplified as giving the better picture and also please note Rev. 18:4 that warns the Christian to leave that counterfeit church prior to her Judgment.  Just as Jesus also warmed the Christians to leave Jerusalem in 70 AD,  in Matt.24:15-19

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THE SEVEN YEARS

(3)    THE SEVEN YEARS,  …..   IN HEAVEN: ECSTASY,   ON EARTH: WRATH/TRIBULATION,   6/28/21
            Tues. 5:30 will be the 2nd of the RAPTURE series of the end times at Kealia House Church. 
            Located at 85-4554 Mamalahoa Hwy.  Captain Cook, HI 96704,   ken@trinity-aloha.org   P0T BLESSING.

Next Tuesday we will be considering the Miraculous balance of God as found in those 7 years.   Opposites in play at the same time.  The birth of the baby and the destruction of the placenta at the same time.  So we will be looking at what happens in heaven first.  Isa.28:14 (11-20)   “Line upon Line”

INTRODUCTION:    7 YEAR (time line chapters,)   REV.  6  & 12:
Actually there is a very precise time line concerning the Resurrection of the Dead and the Rapture running through the Holy Scriptures which starts at the Rapture.   (You will probably have questions, so send them.)

First of all, it would seem an impossibility for the 1st Resurrection of the dead to be at any other time than just before the Great Tribulation.  As the Holy Spirit who came at Pentecost will no longer be here during the Great Tribulation.  2 Thess. 2:3-10.  AMP.   And in the Rapture of those DEAD and ALIVE, the saved of Christ Jesus receive new eternal bodies will be filled with the Holy Spirit,  1 Cor.15:40-57.   And Jesus  brings HIS rewards with HIM to share for their works done for HIM when alive, 1 Cor.3:14. And as the “Rod of Iron” And then the Church also enjoy a great victory over lucifer and boot him and his minions out of the heavens all prior to  Mid/Trib. Rev.12:11.  (In Adam we let him in, In Christ Jesus we get to boot him out.  Ezek. 28:18.)   After this great victory the heavens are cleansed and then comes the great gathering of the Marriage Feast of the Lamb  (The eternal union between Christ Jesus and HIS Church that HE died for.  Rev.19:6-9 This will be a gathering of those who had faith in the Lamb of God for their salvation up to the Rapture.  At the end of the 7 years,  Jesus Christ gathers HIS Church/Bride/Body/Rod of Iron and heads for earth to destroy all of the great armies of the world gathered in Israel,  seeking to prevent the promises of God from reaching Abraham.  This is called Armageddon after the name of the valley in which it happens.  It will not be much of a battle as Christ Jesus crushes all of the army’s gathered there with only the Word of HIS Mouth.   Israel will then have a pile of steel right at their front door step for gardening in the Land promised to Abraham and his family,  The Kingdom of Christ Jesus,  The Prince of Peace on earth then for 1,000 years.

FAMILIES IN GOD’S KINGDOM:  Acts 3:25,  Gen.12:3,  Gen.28:14
Those in the faith of Abraham under the old testament covenant are family/friends of the Bridegroom.  John 3:28,  “Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.  29 He that hath the bride is the bridegroom:   but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.  30 He must increase, but I must decrease. ”     Those in Jesus under the New Testament (WILL) covenant,  filled with the Holy Spirit are the (Bride/Church/Body of Christ/Rod of Iron.)  The Prophet John, saw this clearly and states he is a friend of the Bridegroom.   John was the last and greatest of the Old Testament Prophets so he would represent Israel.  There May be other families prior to Noah and prior to Abraham & Moses are other families that are invited to join the party of the 3 1/2 years of the Marriage Feast of the Lamb.  It would give all of us a chance to check out Abraham, Moses, David and the other folks of faith in Hebrews 11.  Could it be possible that Charlton Heston really does look like Moses????

SOOOO  WHEN the Old & New Testament  Saints of Jesus all get raptured and are given new eternal bodies, they will also receive their rewards and then join with Michael for the  big WAR in the heavens to boot lucifer and all of his fallen angels out of the heavens.     And after this, in heaven,  the Church goes directly into the marriage feast of the LAMB.   The Union/Marriage of Christ Jesus and HIS Church and  includes all of the O.T.  Saints that at the feast and it will fill the heavens for a long long time.  It begins around Mid/Trib after which the Church is clothed in fine linen and are given white horses to come down with Jesus to view HIS absolute victory at Armageddon and set up His Kingdom on earth.

We are not told much of the details of that WAR Rev.12:7 in the heavens  But it will probably be a learning phase for the Church as to how to do a battle in the heavenly.  There is the Unity factor of John 17 that needs completion and also the faith factor of Heb.11 that the Church needs to grow up into to learn how to overcome by the Blood of the Lamb, There is need for a 100% Commitment, Rev.12:11   And there is the organization of Eph. 4:11-16.   WE are way behind in learning how to walk all this out at this time.  Personally,  I don’t feel that WAR is a slam dunk.  I feel it is going to be a real hands on spiritual warfare in which the Church/Bride grows up into learning how to be the Rod of Iron for the LORD.  That the victory is ours but it could take some time on the battle field for us to get the hang of what we need to know to enjoy that victory.   Lucifer and his minions will not go quietly into vacating the power of the air.  We enjoy the same spiritual learning processes on earth and with testing.  This victory will bring much joy and Glory to our Lord Jesus Christ.  We need to practice down here.  Rev. 12:12….

In the chronology of Rev. 12,   Man-child (Jesus) is caught up Rev.12:5 which will complete the head with the body which is Christ and the Church,  He is the Head and the Church is the Body (Rod of Iron) Joined together in the Rapture.  Rom.12:5,  1 Cor. 12:27,  Col.1:24,   The only reason the Church is still here is as yet the Body of Christ is yet incomplete but we are already into the birth pains (Matt. 24) for the delivery so are getting close.  The delivery is the Rapture or the snatching away into a new spiritual life of freedom with Christ Jesus,  our Creator God made flesh.

REVIEW:
At first, Rev.12:6,  for  3 ½ years, the Woman, (Israel) flees into the wilderness this is the beginning of the 7 yr. Great Tribulation and at the same time the war breaks out in heaven and the dragon is defeated and booted out by the Church at the end of that first ½ of the Great Tribulation,   Rev. 12:11.  The Church enjoys the 1st resurrection at the beginning of the 7 years and each soul is given a new eternal body and also rewards are given for works while on earth. (Not to be confused with salvation.)  1 Cor. 3:13-14. “The work of each [one] will become [plainly, openly] known (shown for what it is); for the day [of Christ] will disclose and declare it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test and critically appraise the character and worth of the work each person has done.  14 If the work which any person has built on this Foundation (Jesus),  [any product of his efforts whatever] survives [this test], he will get his reward.”      So we are resurrected or translated, given a new body, and evaluated for rewards and then go to assist Michael and make the difference of victory (EZEK.28:18 ) in booting lucifer and his minions out of the heavens. Rev. 12:11.   And the devil comes down having great Wrath,  Rev.12:12 in the middle of the 7 years of the Great Tribulation of God’s WRATH.  He desecrates the Temple .  Due to God allowing lucifer to exist we have had the opportunity spiritually grow up very fast.  But like wights in a gym, they can make you.   Many a good athlete has been broken due to pride and rebellion.  The way up, is down in learning about humility and obedience through loving faith in the finished work of Christ Jesus.   Yours in HIS great love,   Ken<><   www.trinity-aloha.org

STRENGTH in WEAKNESS

THIS IS SO “WORTH CONSIDERING” THAT I JUST HAD TO SEND IT ALONG…
   Yours, in HIS great love and wonderful grace and mercy,   Ken<>< www.Trinity-Aloha.org

PERFECTING STRENGTH in WEAKNESS       6/24/21
by Kenneth W. Talbott

“God does not offer us a way out of the testings of life.  He offers us a way through, and that makes all the difference.” -W.T. Purkizer     Often God’s way up is down: from the “downer” of 40 days in the wilderness, to the beginning of a ministry of signs and wonders;  from the downside of a Roman prison, to letters that are still cherished two millennia later; from declaring with a curse, “I know not the Man,” to “in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene — walk!”

PLUMBING the DEPTHS BEFORE doing “GREATER THINGS”
Be open to this possibility: not even the depths can thwart the  purposes of God; in fact, the road to the heights normally runs right through them! As a famous artist once commented to a friend of mine, “My greatest pictures are painted against a dark background.” No matter how “negative” the process looks to our eyes and others (think of Job and his so-called counselors),  God faithfully, and without tiring, draws us through the “depths” of our soulish lives and impulses toward the heights of the life of the Spirit.  At the end of his troubles, Job finally understood, “I know You can do all things,” and “No purpose of Yours can be thwarted.”

I have many times faced the death of my dreams, visions, ideas,  goals and initiatives. Yet, more and more, I am seeing God’s hand, offering to transform all these “negative-appearing results of my weakness and failure,” to use them as my teachers, showing me what abiding in Him actually looks like. Even our worst mess-ups can be seen as gifts in the purposes of God –  what Michael Wells calls “warning lights,” which serve to keep us better on course.

There is truly a child-like simplicity in all this: When I am abiding in Him, I cannot and will not ask of Him anything that wouldn’t bring glory and honor to Him. I become like the child in a drought-stricken land, whose prayers were answered when a woman was the only person to show up at the “Pray-for-Rain Meeting” carrying an umbrella!

Jesus likened our relationship to Him as to a branch abiding in the vine – concluding His teaching with the words, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you.” Looks like “greater things” are on the way for all branches abiding in the vine! But, first, let’s look at another aspect of the necessary downside.

MY POINT of EXTREMITY – GOD’s STARTING POINT
George Washington Carver is known for his work in finding so many uses for the peanut. Yet, few are aware that Carver also revitalized the entire paint industry in the South via his work  with pigments drawn from the clays in the soil around Tuskegee Institute (where Carver spent most of his productive years as a researcher/teacher). In one case, year after year, he doggedly  sought to recreate the “royal Egyptian blue,” a mixture of pigments that had last been seen in the Pharaohs’ tombs.  After twenty-five years of unsuccessful experimentation – he finally, desperately, declared to the Lord that he was giving up.       That’s when the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit within him asked, “Have you tried this formulation?” He ran into his lab and tried it. Then, for the first time in 3,000 years out came the royal Egyptian blue!

A lifetime of education and research was not enough. Carver’s point of extremity became God’s starting point. Many, if not all, “greater-than” moments come via divine revelation at the point of man’s extremity.

“THANK GOD for THE COMMUNISTS!”
A “spiritual grandpa” of mine, Norman Grubb, who went to be with the Lord at age 98 some years back, once exclaimed to me, “I thank God for the communists!” Having identified with the anti-communist movement of that era (along with several other “anti- movements”), I gasped in response, “Just how can you say that, Norman?!” Grubb responded with, “The communists are creating the vacuum that can only be filled by Jesus Christ!” It wasn’t much longer after that that the Berlin Wall fell. Thousands of missionaries flooded into formerly communist countries, bringing the good news of Jesus Christ to fill the communist-created vacuum within hungry hearts.

Do you have a problem, a crisis, a perplexity, a relational breakdown, a pain or a sorrow?…  Such problems can be used by the Holy Spirit to create the vacuum that only Jesus Christ can fill.

In the upside-down irony of God, His Holy Spirit typically transforms our greatest areas of weakness into His most powerful areas of ministry through us. Many an unwed mother, transformed by the power of the cross, has eventually started a ministry to unwed mothers and their babies. The Christian parents who lose their children in an accident, perhaps end up starting an orphanage or clinic. The redeemed, former prostitute or drug pusher, develops a rescue ministry for street kids. Coincidence?

We started this transformation process as children, are still in it, and always will be while on this earth.   Speaking for myself, I can say that my days of wanting to do great things for Jesus are, hopefully, behind me. For I now see  how too often I took the vision, figured out how to do it, and clothed it in the robes of my own soulish devices (with Biblical prooftexts, of course), rather than in the robes of Jesus Christ’s  authority. As a result, I have produced a lot of lemons. Now, to my great joy, I am discovering how God makes His lemonade out of my life’s lemons.

Instead of “doing great things for Jesus,” my increasing desire is that I would travel His “downward” path to the place where He does His “greater things” through me.

As George MacDonald wrote, “No words can express how much the world owes to sorrow.  Most of the Psalms were born in the wilderness.  Most of the Epistles were written in a prison. Take comfort, afflicted Christian: when God is about to make a preeminent use of a man, He puts him in the fire.”