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Cashless/Checkless, Tattoo or Computer Chip ID?

Does a Checkless/Cashless Society Portend Earth’s end?  

©copyright 2002 Bonita M Quesinberry, R.C.

  

 

The writer of “Bind Up the Testimony, Seal the Law“, a Biblical interpretation of The Revelation now available at book stores everywhere, states being ENCOURAGED by articles touting the coming of checkless, cashless living, as well as the threat of required tattoos or computer chips beneath our skin for ID verification. being indicative of earth’s eventual end. “Although”, she said, “the message is not a new one.” Similar news has been published periodically in America and globally over the last 158 years, as well as cited in various theological renderings. Still, the writer is encouraged in a way contrary to popular Revelation interpretations. Why she is confident is revealed here.

 

While a Texas junior bank lending officer in 1978, a small town in New York also was functioning as a test site for checkless, cashless living: and it seemed to be successful. Unfortunately at the time, having spent a year in seminary study of The Revelation, she would find she was armed with man’s interpretation of Revelation 13:11,16-17; recited:

 

“I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth and he had two horns like a lamb and he spake as a dragon. He causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: and that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark or the name of the beast or the number of his name.”

 

Naturally, during that time she believed such a lifestyle would fulfill this prophecy: until the Holy Spirit provided God’s much simpler yet more precise and exceedingly logical discernment. There was and remains no doubt that the two-horned lamb is the United States, for there are many Biblical passages to validate the axiom. The symbolic lamb denotes: 1) its Christian appearance, and 2) this country’s youth (having arisen from the wilderness) as opposed to ancient nations (rising from waters) who’ve been around for thousands of years. Its horns are two, indicating 1) its power over its own people (church) and 2) those of other nations, which power the U.S. has exercised for many years and continues to do so. The horns also reveal, 3) America is not as harmless to Christ’s true church as it might first seem, but rather a beast supporting the first beast.

 

Speaking like the dragon refers directly to a purportedly Christian nation contrarily allowing all manner of ancient Rome’s paganistic doctrines and traditions within its boundaries, while claiming to be “one nation under God” and “in God we trust.” One might wonder then to which god does this nation refer? Neither its Constitution nor any other legal national document reveals the identity of the god to which it points allegiance and from which it gains its power.

 

Additionally, the Lamb with horns promotes purportedly Christian denominational dogmas seemingly teaching on behalf of Yeshua yet speaking on behalf of the great whore riding upon (controlling) the pagan beast of ancient Rome. And, America does support her because it houses her harlot daughters thus is responsible for their blasphemous message spanning the globe. While heathenism was and remains all over the world and the U.S., contrary to the Bible speaking to the world at large, it speaks only to Christ’s church and pagan Rome is used prophetically to point to events directly affecting Christ’s small flocks during any given era: after His ascension back to heaven.

 

For a checkless/cashless society to work there also would need to be Federal Laws to insure that all State Laws are enforced from the highest level in the event of disobedience in one or more States, or individuals for that matter. Such a law must, of necessity, support the blasphemous mark of Satan, which just happens to be a counterfeit likeness of God’s seal of authority (Exodus 20:8-11). Both seals are symbolic in nature inasmuch as they are spiritual marks, therefore recognized by individual and/or group behavior: as opposed to some hitherto unknown tangible identification such as a tattoo or micro-chip inserted beneath a person’s skin.

 

Having said that, we then are pointed to the World Council of Churches continuing to lobby our Government, for 30+ years and continuing, urging the creation and approval of a Federal Sunday Blue Law in order to control all State Blue Laws, which include deadly police power: as exercised during the Puritan age. See “Dateline Sunday, USA” by Warren L. Johns, esq. The inclusion of police power provides the ability to legally threaten and/or take life when or as necessary to enforce these laws. Such deadly power attached to those old laws has never been abolished. It is very much alive today, just not exercised for many years: but they will be.

 

Therefore, man’s interpretation of those Revelation scriptures is that this nation and the world must first accomplish three things BEFORE Christ will return, which is to declare that Christ will not arrive until:

 

1) A Federal Blue Law requiring all US citizens to adhere strictly to a Sunday sabbath is passed and duly enforced, for which consenting persons will receive an identifying tattoo or special credit card (all bearing the same number) or a microchip or some other form of identity equally tangible and seen by the naked eye or computer scanable. The corporeal mark supposedly grants a person the power to buy or sell, as they will, while those without it cannot. This belief has been around at least since Social Security came in following the 1920’s great depression, which requires the assignment of an identifying number to every card-carrying living-breathing U.S. citizen. Albeit, such numbering systems have existed since time immemorial. Also,

 

2) A checkless, cashless global society in which only those persons identified, according to such a law, would be able to live as they always have: amply enjoying excesses in shelter, clothing, food and desirable luxuries; and,

 

3) To rebuild the Holy Temple in old Jerusalem, which would cause a third construction, allegedly pursuant to prophecies spoken by Isaiah and Jeremiah, without any regard for Daniel’s portent (Daniel 9:26-27). Then, and only then, is it supposed that Christ will return for a 1000-year reign upon earth (another fallacy). The recent euro ostensibly is just one global step in this direction. So too is corporate Christendom’s encouragement upon a misguided Israel to rebuild the Holy Temple.

 

Oops! If those three events must take place, then the whole Bible is rendered three times a lie: 1) by bold statement filled with irrelevant facts; 2) by implication; and, 3) by omitting crucial facts. Worse, rebuilding the Holy Temple implies that our Messiah never came in the flesh (I John 4:2-3). All over the world, corporate Christendom teaches that Daniel’s 70-weeks/490-years prophecy (which began in 457BC) stopped at 69-weeks/483-years or at the close of 26AD. Supposedly, the 70th week or final 7 years just resumed at the beginning of 2001 and is anticipated to conclude sometime in 2006 or, perhaps, 2007: or maybe as late as 2008! If it is 7 years, why not state it will end at the close of 2007? As this vague date implies, they don’t know of what they speak!

 

Contrarily, they state that Christ did begin His ministry in 27AD and He died in 33.7 AD and minister Stephen died at 34AD: yet, they deny the 70-weeks were then fulfilled in total; thereby implying Christ never came in the flesh.  In any court of the land a lie is a lie, whether it be by bold statement filled with irrelevant facts or by implication: which is a manipulation words designed to avoid responsibility. Or, they lie by omission of crucial facts or by all three methods, which makes the latter worse. “As it is on earth, so it is in heaven.” Concerning Daniel’s 490-years prophecy, denominational Christian religions have compounded their lies three-fold, thus rendering the harlot daughters’ sin greater than their great whore mother’s sin (Ezekiel 16:44-52).

 

There are several facts rendering those three man-predicted events completely erroneous and misleading to Christ’s church: whether they are put into practice or not. Each may well take place, or at least to some minor degree, but none will ever be fully in place by the time Christ returns because:

 

1) Sealing God’s people (Revelation 7:3), and by implication the simultaneous marking of Satan’s goats, began with the Philadelphia church age (1844AD). During which time, and continuing today, the Lord’s hidden truths “about to die” (Revelation 3:2), discovered near the close of the Sardis church age (1843AD), began to be revealed globally in 1844: simultaneous to Ishi’s call to, “Come out of her my people (Revelation 18:4).”

 

And, 2) the Philadelphia era ended in 1991, heralded by an exceedingly loud trumpet, called Desert Storm, announcing the final church age of Laodicea, which will be very short indeed: as Christ promised. Last but not least,

 

3) Daniel’s prophecy was completed by 34AD with the stoning death of minister Stephen, which fulfilled the 70-weeks/490-years thus beginning the “time of the Gentiles.” The remainder of Daniel’s portent warned beyond 490-years when it spoke of the “sanctuary” or the Holy Temple’s destruction. Therefore, Daniel prophesied, then Christ stated, “not long from now” the Temple would be destroyed: and was in 70AD. Additionally, Daniel 9:26-27 makes it very clear that, after such destruction, the temple would never be built again upon this old earth, “not even until the consumption;” which means not even until redemption. Therefore, the prophecies of Isaiah and Jeremiah are, and absolutely were, merely the furtherance of fulfilling Daniel’s portent: not separate prophecies calling for a third Temple building.

 

Aside from those facts, there currently and contrarily sits upon the Holy foundation a new Moslem Mosque. What are they going to do? Blow it up? Perhaps, albeit more pressing is the fact that New Jerusalem will be built in heaven during the sheep’s thousand years reign IN heaven. Then, it will come down from heaven onto a restored-to-like Eden earth. Scripture further advises that there will be no temple therein because God and His Christ ARE the temple. So, what would be the point of building a temple in Old Jerusalem now? There absolutely is not one verse throughout the entire Bible indicating it necessary as a warning sign of Christ’s return. Therefore, only one entity could possibly benefit from such a destructive lie: Lucifer himself, at least until Jesus arrives in the clouds.

 

Man’s interpretation, via Satan’s machinations, of these crucial prophecies is done in order to deceive people (Christ’s church) into believing His return is a long way off: perhaps even a thousand years. It also implies to the Jews that their Messiah has never come, thus preventing them from accepting Jesus as the Son of God. As predicted, many are saying today that things go on as they always have. If we believe that man’s predicted three events MUST take place BEFORE Christ returns, there then is no doubt that His arrival would, of necessity, be very far into the future. Know this: If those events must occur, then the Bible and God and Jesus are each rendered a liar and we all may as well throw up our hands in utter defeat with no hope of life eternal.

 

More importantly, corporate Christendom is behaving just as did the Pharisees when Jesus began His earthly ministry: they expected greater things and personage than what they saw with their own eyes. Why? Because they did not discern by way of the Holy Spirit but rather by comparing Christ to a worldly perspective. In their mind, how could Jesus be King of the Jews? He had no rich and powerful country under His rule: unless they were ignorant enough to believe He really did come from heaven and actually was the Son of God.

 

Christ had neither royal robes (only sackcloth and ashes) nor fancy chariots in which to travel rapidly and comfortably (only a donkey colt). For that matter, Jesus didn’t even LOOK kingly. He was black, as black as Solomon’s curtains and Kedar’s tents. Wow! Doesn’t that throw a monkey wrench into Klu Klux Klan belief! Anyway, not only was Jesus black, but His face was so marred and His short body so deformed that people would turn away from looking at Him. Indeed, He could be compared to the hunchback of Notre Dame!

 

As scripture cites, there was nothing comely or beautiful about Christ’s appearance that would have encouraged people to follow Him. My, my! Isn’t God’s wisdom absolutely perfect? It’s all about the inward person, after all. Also, Hebrew leaders completely disregarded their own Torah prophecies: and so do Christian leaders of today. (Solomon 1:5; Isaiah 52:14; 53:2-3; Psalm 119:141; 139:14-16; Luke 19:30,35; Matthew 21.2-5)

 

But worse! Jesus actually lived on the streets and slept out in open fields or in caves. A destitute street person AND trouble maker, for pity sake! The son of an impoverished carpenter who lived in a dry hot wilderness as opposed to the luxuries of city dwelling. Ah, but most convincing to Jewish leaders was finding Jesus NOT followed by numerous well-trained, armed legions of tireless warriors defeating all of Israel’s enemy nations. Gees, Louise! He was even buried in a borrowed tomb!

 

It all brings to mind: “What was is and what is will be and what will be was. There is absolutely nothing new under the sun.” The physical description of Jesus speaks volumes to a global population bent on worldly riches belonging only to the bold and beautiful followers of corporate Christendom. And, indeed, they are right: for it is all they will ever have because they will not inherit Ishi’s kingdom.  

 

Nevertheless, by presenting these facts it is hoped one can determine that in denying natural cataclysmic events such as the world has never seen (which actually have been happening since 1991 as portended) while contrarily expecting the highly visible events above discussed (which if they do occur, mean absolutely nothing and neither will delay nor hasten redemption): then the simple signs of Christ’s imminent return are missed just as easily as Hebrews missed His Messianic visit. Such spiritual blindness results in utter destruction: for Jesus comes as a thief in the night. And that metaphor is exactly what El Shaddai’s Truths describe. Nevertheless, the Holy Spirit offers Eloi’s interpretation:

 

1) The spiritual sealing/marking work concluded with Desert Storm, thus man’s tangible marks are meaningless as well as useful only as a consistent means to persecute Jesus’ small flocks. Thus, the only thing remaining is for Christ’s few straggling sheep to exit HER, which has been happening every day in each generation and from every creed in the world since the beginning of the Philadelphia age; and,

 

2) A Federal Blue Law is not required to fulfill these end days’ prophecy inasmuch as there is a little known Federal law giving the U.S. government, at its discretion and in the absence of a matching Federal law, full power to enforce any and all State laws. So, fighting for a Federal Blue Law is just another ruse intended to make it seem as if Christ’s return is far away. After all, that law has yet to be passed. Actually, it’s never made it to the table. Corporate Christendom uses this trick to perpetuate also greed: higher oil, food, clothing and shelter prices literally causing many to wind up on the streets. Is that not to prevent buying and selling? If a Federal law is unnecessary, then what about not being able to buy or sell if we bear the seal of the One True Living God? The implication is that those sealed of God will not be able to buy or sell AT ALL, which brings us to:

 

3) Not being able to buy or sell AT ALL belies scripture stating that Christ’s sheep at no time will be without life’s necessities nor will they go begging for food right up to redemption. Before Blue Laws and since the first such laws enacted during America’s Puritan age (but as early as 200AD Rome), no person whose behavior demonstrates God’s Seal has ever been able to buy or sell on the Father and Son’s Sabbath. However, because of Blue Laws, neither are they able to buy or sell on Satan’s black sabbath enforced by laws of the land. In short, Ishi’s sealed sheep obey God absolutely in all things.

 

Therefore, and by similar behavior, all goats bearing Satan’s mark always have and always will, at least for a short time to come, freely buy and sell seven days a week: while those with the Seal of God may only buy and sell five days a week. Why is that? Because the Lord said to obey His Sabbath AND the laws of the land. In reality these State requirements are labeled as unfair business tactics—then and now—yet not one government official or Christian lobbying group deigns to present a bill for change: thus, goats always have had an economic advantage, even more noticeable since 1844.

 

Pray it has been shown herein that it is the spiritual simplicity of God toward which all should look. In conclusion, Christ is even at the door and about to come through it. Since 1991, this writer has told everyone who would hear with understanding that this nation would be hit toward the latter end of 2001. How and by what manner? It was certain only that fire and a disease “in small dust” like that of Moses’ Egypt would be involved and directed at this nation’s wealth and military power. America was struck as Revelation prophesied—at the monuments erected to its god of mammon and military power—right in the midst of harvest time: September 2001.

 

The Spirit says to Christ’s churches: in abject obedience to God’s Statutes of Life, all ye sheep watch the clouds, for HARVEST TIME is nearer than the moral majority choose to believe. Why in the world would any true follower of Christ want to delay His arrival by attempting to change what cannot be changed, what is and always was predestined: the unchangeable? Only Satan “hope(d) to change times and laws,” (Daniel 7:25, fulfilled by 348AD and revealed in 1843AD).

 

This is WHY the writer is so very encouraged and even excited. Actually jumping up and down, shouting praises and singing Hallelujah! For it all proves just how quickly Jesus will walk through that proverbial door to take up His sheep to meet Him in the air! Freeing us all from mankind’s messy twist of God’s Word and His beautiful creation. 

 

HALLELUJAH, PRAISE THE LORD! FOR HE IS GREAT AND MIGHTY AND HIS WAYS ARE JUST! 

 

Harvest time…Remember…Harvest Time!

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©copyright 2002 Bonita M Quesinberry, “Bind Up the Testimony, Seal the Law,” available by order from any local or online bookstore; Amazon.com most cost effective

  

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Will My Beloved Pet Go to Heaven?

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Will My Beloved Pet Go to Heaven?

©copyright 2007 Bonita M Quesinberry, R.C.

 

 

Of the many Bible tutorials TSaS has presented over the last five or six years, this one brings the love of God into a sharper clarity than ever before. Such incredible detail is gained only by way of the greatest Light; such a Light revealing all the smallest, almost insignificant, of features: a Light showing not just the incalculable, immeasurable, and indefinable depth of God’s love, but just how immense the area over which His love extends: nothing is without God’s love, absolutely nothing with which we are familiar in our finite world and our finite perceptions.

 

There simply is not one thing or person with whom we could even begin to compare God’s love; thus, I feel such sadness for each person who has chosen not to experience His love by having not chosen to obey our Father. This testament of God’s love reminds me of the cat with whom I grew up with, Cissy. When I was age 6, we got Cissy as a 3-week old breeder cast off, considered an ugly duckling, which my Mother fed with a doll bottle until she was old enough to eat on her own. She turned out to be the most beautiful cat, part Persian and Angora, truly a family member that did not know she was a cat: she thought she was part dog and part human. She died when I was half way through my 24th year. We all grieved terribly, thus I was so pleased when my parents had her buried in a pet cemetery, headstone and all.

 

Scriptures hereinbelow cited are paraphrased from the Authorized King James Version Bible and just might come as quite a surprise to many readers.

 

What animals do not have, that we humans do possess, is the power of free will in making daily choices; other than this, there is no difference between us. Animals do only what God requires they do, the things He designed them to do; which is a lot more than can be said for the human race: unless, of course, man intervenes by forcing a different behaviour upon an animal. Even then, our small and great creatures continuously strive to do as God intended. As He instructed us to obey our human masters, so animals obey their human masters; even when contrary to their nature.

 

Job 12:10 and Psalm 150:6 could not be more concise in answering our question— “In God’s hand is the soul of every living thing and the breath of all mankind. Let every thing that has breath praise the Lord. You praise the Lord.”

 

“Every thing that has breath, praise the Lord.” I had opportunity to prove this with my ferret Cocoa. He does not mind his cage for short naps, would even put himself in the it for naps, or overnight sleeping; but, he was adamant about getting out of confinement during the day, IF I were home. Every morning, he would grip the cage door with his little hand-like paws and rattle the daylights out of it until I let him out.

 

One Friday evening, a little over seven years ago, I came across the above Psalm just about time for Cocoa, then six months old, to go into his cage for the night. I carried him to it while explaining, “Cocoa, the Lord says that ALL things that have breath are to praise the Lord. Now, you have breath, so you need to know that it is now the Lord’s Sabbath until tomorrow night: it extends from sundown to sundown every Friday night to Saturday night. This means you need to be quiet and rest and praise the Lord.”

 

I put Cocoa in the cage. Though highly unusual, he never made a sound the next morning. BUT! The minute sunset arrived, signaling Sabbath end, Cocoa instantly set up a mighty rattling, insisting on getting out of the cage for at least a few hours before bedtime. Cocoa is now 8 years old and still obeys God’s Sabbath, along with his little mate, 6-year-old Princess. It cannot be said that Cocoa obeyed the Sabbath because I obey the Sabbath and had done so as long as Cocoa could remember. He did not obey the Sabbath UNTIL I told him about it. Is this not true of humans, as well?

 

Several months later, Cocoa and I went to stay with my friend Betty for a month, while she recovered from a terrible bout with pneumonia. Betty could not help noticing Cocoa rattling the cage door every morning and asked if he did it every day. “All but the Lord’s Sabbath.” She did not believe me; however, after observing Cocoa’s quiet each of four Sabbaths, Betty was a believer and quick to tell others about it.

 

The first thing we learn in Job and Psalm is that every living thing has a soul, though many might argue that they have no spirit being within, such as we do. Nonetheless, the second thing we learn is an admonition to ALL things that breathe: they are to praise the Lord, for He alone breathed the breath of life into all things. If we back up a bit to Job 12:7-9, we find an instruction to ask of animals, birds and fishes of the sea and they will teach us; also, speak to the earth and it shall teach us.

 

Have you ever noticed that no matter how badly a dog or a cat might be treated, it remains fiercely loyal to its abusive owner? No doubt the dog or cat is petrified of such an owner, which is clearly noted in its body language— first lesson learned from this mammal, you its master are abusive— still, it will come back again and again seeking its owner’s attention and affection, however little or rare the owner might give it. Animals even take abuse without complaint or fight yet do weep and cry out in pain.

 

Even children, who are abused by parents, still seek the parents’ attention and affection, even seek their approval right up until their parents’ deaths. Second lesson: animals teach us what it means to love unconditionally. Third lesson: animals teach us to quietly take the abuse of others, including that of those in our lives: such as spouses, other family members, neighbors, even employers. We were instructed to do this when Jesus said in Matthew 18:22, “Turn the other cheek seven times seventy;” as well as when Apostle Paul said in I Corinthians 6:6-8, “You sue a brother who has wronged you, and that before man’s court of unbelievers, when you should have accepted the wrong. You do wrong!” 

Take a bird out of the sky and cage it, or take a fish out of the sea: they struggle until they die a premature death. The same applies to us; if we go against our Creator, we struggle until we die or until we repent, which ever comes first. Observe untouched forests, how beautiful and healthy and well balanced they are; then, view the travesties when clear cutting begins: bacteria indigenous to and safe in forests is dangerously spread into areas where it does not belong thus causing hideous diseases; the ground erodes and land slides hazardously, often causing deaths; and, with every tree cut down, the earth loses its ability to convert carbon monoxides into life giving oxygen. Yet, earth still struggles to support life in and upon it. Yes, we can learn from all life forms and even earth. Observe and speak your questions.

 

God has now established that animals have souls and, like us, are instructed to praise the Lord; but, does this mean they will go to heaven? We already know that only obedient spirit beings, which inhabit these frail flesh bodies we walk around in, will go to heaven. Well, Ecclesiastes 3:19-20 enlightens, “That which happens to men, happens to animals; even one thing befalls them both: as one dies, so dies the other. Yes, they all have one breath; so that a man has no superiority above an animal. All go to one place; all are of the dust and all turn to dust again. Should this mean the spirit of man goes upward and the spirit of an animal goes downward to the earth?”

 

What we see amidst mankind is a belief that we are superior to animals, a belief they have no soul thus no spirit, no ability to rationalize or feel emotions— that is what most of us have been taught— therefore man deems heaven unavailable to them. Ecclesiastes clearly denies man’s teaching. Also, animals consistently demonstrate logic and emotions; as shown in Numbers 22:21-35 where God revealed not only a donkey’s reasoning ability but also allowed it to speak to Balaam; who learned that his abuse of the animal was not only wrong, but it also acted in what only seemed to be a disobedient manner in order to save Balaam’s unworthy life.

 

Humans are instructed to praise the Lord and, if they do so, they will go to heaven. We praise the Lord by obeying our Father. Like humans, animals and all living things also are instructed to praise the Lord; therefore, if they do so, they also will go to heaven.

 

Does not Ecclesiastes state that what happens to man, happens also to animals? More importantly, Ecclesiastes reveals that animals are spirit beings within those flesh bodies. And, those spirit beings do as God intended they do and they do it without question. Would that mankind should do the same thing: do, rather than question. Finally, heaven and a restored earth to include animals is further validated in appropriate prophecies, wherein animals are discussed and described (see “Bind Up the Testimony, Seal the Law,” wholly Biblical, Holy Spirit interpretation of The Revelation).

 

The Bible strongly supports pets and all other animals, such as are not considered vile beasts, as going to heaven and inheriting a new earth along with those humans who both “love and obey God as well as have the faith of Jesus Christ.”

 

Oh? Someone questions whether or not animals know and love Christ, one of our prerequisites to entering heaven? There is a large, abused Pit Bull named Buddy roaming the forest community where I live: his body language tells of abuse by his master across the road. For some odd reason, Buddy comes to the end of my driveway every day and simply sits there barking. The first time he did this, I quietly said, from where I sat on the deck some 60 feet away, “In the name of Jesus, you go home, Buddy.” That dog cocked his head, then turned and trotted home; though he still visits every day yet too frightened to come to me.

 

On another day, I was out in the yard when he and Siska, another neighbor’s different and smaller breed of Pit Bull came literally charging into the yard. Siska is not abused and does know me, but Buddy instinctively went into pack attack mode by rapidly circling behind me. I spoke softly while making no sudden moves, “Hello, Siska. Buddy, in Jesus name you come back around with Siska.”

 

Buddy actually looked surprised but came around from behind me, his lips appearing to smile. He and Siska then took off. So, yes, our animals even know Christ and obey commands in His name, especially when delivered in loving tones. Did not the fig tree die upon Christ’s command? Would it not have born fruit if He had commanded? Upon Christ’s command, did not a few loaves of bread and a couple of fish feed 5000 people?

 

“That which happens to men, happens to animals.” As our spirit being will be given a new, incorruptible body, so we can believe our pets’ spirit beings will be given new, incorruptible bodies. Why would we doubt such a thing? After all, God loves every thing He created; He would do no less for animals, who have obeyed without choice, as He will do for us who obey by choice.

 

Consider your choices carefully and remember that we are not superior to animals: treat them well and learn from them how to be better humans and caretakers of our planet and its life-sustaining abilities. It Is Written!

 

~~ end Sabbath Lesson of 03/17/07

 

 

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Cinderella Syndrome

Cinderella Syndrome

©copyright 2007 Bonita M Quesinberry, R.C.

Cinderella Syndrome? Is this clinical terminology? It is and counselors use it as a diagnostic term to describe angry, out of control children who live with one parent and a stepparent or even abusive parents; kids who automatically assume that all stepparents and abusive parents are evil thus act out their confusion, sense of abandonment and rage. Several years ago, this issue was covered in a lesson about parenting; however, this syndrome also impacts marriages much more than people realize.

“The French Cendrillon,” penned by Charles Perrault in the 1690s, is believed to be the original “Cinderella;” of this latter, similar tales of wicked stepmothers and prince charming saving an abused princess are found in nearly all cultures. However, the originals were not written as children’s fairytales; they were novel length works intended for adults, which explains negatives in “Cinderella” that destructively impact children.

Tales such as “Cinderella” and “Sleeping Beauty” create unrealistic, and often unfair, expectations of stepparents or abusive parents and future marriage partners. Many, but not all, children who grew up on these classic fairytales automatically assume stepparents are wicked and immediately will set out to derail that vile person who dared to disrupt their life: girls dreamed of being swept away by a strong Prince Charming, who saves their lives, loves them unconditionally, and gives them everything they want; and, our boys expect to become mesmerized by a beautiful, sweet, loving Princess, to whom they willingly would give the world on a silver platter. Both believe they will be saved from a wicked stepparent, or abusive parents, then go on to live happily ever after. In their world of make believe, life is sweet smelling roses void of thorns.

It’s irrelevant to have taught that these are just fairytales, not real life; especially if parental role models are less than examples of a godly union. A child is impacted at such a young age that he or she does not understand the explanation; and, if it be they also have a stepparent or later gain one or have an abusive parent, fairytales become all that much more of a realistic hope to him or her: an abusive stepparent or poor parental example transfers to a prince or princess with marriage being this child’s escape to perfect love, one that usually will fail miserably. When reality does not match the fairytale outcome, divorce courts open their doors and slam down a gavel with ominous finality on what only seems to have changed from wicked stepparents or vile parents to evil spouses.

Today, there are a number of excuses given courts of law to justify the abominable action of divorce: infidelity, abuse, abandonment, misrepresentation, going in different directions, no longer on the same emotional level, no longer “in love;” though the most popular excuse cited in legal petitions is irreconcilable differences: sounds better and neither party suffers public blame.

The point of divorcing: “I made a mistake. He isn’t my prince charming” or “she isn’t my beautiful princess;” albeit, the more popular phrase is, he or she “isn’t my soul mate.” And, they just KNOW that their soul mate is still out there somewhere patiently waiting for them; thus, adulterous remarriage becomes the solution.

Notice the word “excuses” above; for God considers not one of those excuses to be a valid reason for divorce. Although, He does allow a man to divorce, IF and only if his wife has committed adultery, but He does not allow a woman to divorce her husband for any reason. Jesus taught forgiveness; so even in cases of adultery, divorce is not God’s solution for troubled marriages.

It is sad that people are astounded when a couple reports having been married 40 or 50 years or, as the Quesinberry grandparents, married for 72 years when grandfather died at age 96. People instantly ask, “What’s your secret to staying married so long?” The Quesinberry’s would have said that, despite grandfather’s early infidelity and even abuse, God’s plan for marriage was the reason for longevity.

This Cinderella Syndrome defines marriage as it being all about “me, myself, and I:” what marriage can do for “me,” what the spouse can do for “me,” about how much the spouse loves “me.” To enter a marriage with such self-serving expectations is a sure ticket to divorce courts. On the other hand, God directs us to look outside self; therefore, marriage is supposed to be about loving the spouse and doing all we can for our spouse. It should not be about what the spouse can do for self.

Marriage also is about reflecting a oneness that mirrors our oneness with God; thus, marriage is all about pleasing God by our obedience to His earthly marriage rules. After all, marriage applies in this lifetime only; for in the eternal life there will be no one given in marriage. Our total focus then, as genderless spirit beings, will be our awesome Father and His Christ, our Lord and Saviour who is our future husband.

We, as parents, need to be aware of how fairytales might impact our children’s future behaviour; therefore, we need to be very cognizant of any negatives such stories might be forming in our kids’ minds. If negatives are there, then don’t allow those fairytales for young, impressionable children. Let them read them as adults who, hopefully, have been thoroughly taught God’s way by the time they read those fables.

And, of course, we need to be setting the very best possible examples for our children to follow. God’s Word provides everything we need to be great husbands and wives from the get go, to assure marital longevity void of becoming a national statistic. Being godly husbands and wives results in becoming the best parents. God’s Word tells each spouse what He expects of him and her, explains their respective duties designed for each— providing no room for focusing on whether or not the other spouse is doing what he or she should be doing— and God explains how to parent the children He loans to us.

The single biggest mistake couples make is to believe they must please their spouse or lose him or her. We never can fully please another human, not as long as we are in these finite bodies and Satan roams around looking for victims to devour with lies. But without any doubt, we can please God: we’ve only to follow His rules for husbands and wives, which directs us to focus on being the best self can be without any regard for what the other spouse is doing or not doing.

As with all things concerning our heavenly Father, we are judged solely on self-behaviour; so, in reality, it does not matter what our husband or wife is doing right or wrong. In fact, if we are committed and work at being a godly person, spouse and parent, odds are in our favor that, eventually, the noncompliant spouse will change his or her behaviour simply by what they see in us. The Word charges, “Who are you to say your mate will never change?” Refer to “Discipline Self.”

Wives and mothers, are you teaching your daughters how to be godly women and showing your sons how to recognize a godly woman so that, when it is time, he will make a wise choice in his choice of mate; your children seeing it in your behaviour and reinforced by your teaching of God’s Word on the topic? Husbands and fathers, are you raising your sons to be godly men and showing your daughters how to recognize a godly man so they will make a wise choice in husbands; showing them by your behaviour and instructing them according to God’s Word on the subject?

Every answer we need to this temporary life’s many issues is found only in God’s Word. So, don’t make the mistake of looking for happiness to come from another human, where it never will be found. God told us where to find happiness, “Happy is the person who obeys God’s Law.” At best, other people can only enhance our happiness, though we cannot always count on them to do so; but they never can take happiness away from us when God is the One to have given it.

Below cited are all relevant scripture references; however, for a clear understanding, it is most helpful to read them gathered into one place; as in the AKJV Topical Bible “Truth Gathering,” the only Topical Bible available that includes ALL relevant scriptures quoted verbatim. Please note that references below are taken from the Authorized King James Version Bible; other versions often differ due to hazardous omissions, deletions and erroneous definitions that depart from original language intent:

HUSBANDS: Genesis 2:22-24; 3:17-19; Exodus 22:19; Leviticus 18:22-23; 20:10,15-16; 21:7; Deuteronomy 22:5; 24:5; 27:20-23; Proverbs 18:22; 21:9,19; 22:24-26,29; 24:1-7,9; 25:23-24,28; 27:12; 28:12-14; 29:22-23; 31:3-6; Ecclesiastes 7:1-6,8-9; 9:9-10; 11:8-10; I Corinthians 7:1-16, 25-29,32-33; 11:3-12; 6:14-18; Ephesians 5:25-33; I Timothy 2:8; 3:2-5; Titus 2:2,6-8,11-15; I Peter 3:7-13

WIVES: Genesis 3:16; Deuteronomy 22:5; Esther 1:20,22; Proverbs 19:13-15; 27:15-16; 31:10-31; Ecclesiastes 7:26,28; I Corinthians 7:2-5; 7:10-11,13-17,34, 39-40; 11:3,8-9,11-12; II Corinthians 6:14-18; Ephesians 5:22-24; I Timothy 2:8-15; 5:14-15; Titus 2:2-5; I Peter 3:1-6

PARENTING: Proverbs 13:23-25; 19:18,26-27; 20:11,20,29-30; 22:6,15; 23:24-26; 26:3-5; 28:7,9,24; 29:3,15,17-18; Ecclesiastes 4:13-14; 11:10; Matthew 15:4-6,~7; 19:19; Mark 7:10-13,19; Luke 18:20; Ephesians 6:1-4; Colossians 3:20-21

DIVORCE: Genesis 2:22-24; Leviticus 21:7-14; 22:13; 24:1-4; Jeremiah 3:1; Proverbs 6:32; 30:18-20,23; Ezekiel 16:32,35,38,43-44,~45; 33:15; Hosea 2:2-3,5~,6-9; 4:~1~l,2,3; Matthew 5:31-32; 19:3-9; Mark 10:10-12; Luke 16:18; John 4:6-18; 8:3-5,7,9-11; Romans 7:2-3; I Corinthians 6:13-15,18-20; 7:1-4,10-16,39-40; 11:3,7-9; 14:34; Ephesians 5:22-24,33; Colossians 3:18; I Timothy 2:9-15; 5:11-12; Titus 2:3-5,11-12; Hebrews 13:4,17; James 4:4; I Peter 3:1-2; II Peter 3:1-2,17; Luke 22:40,46; Matthew 5:48; I Thessalonians 5:22; Isaiah 32:9-12 — keep in mind Ecclesiastes 7:26 and James 4:8 as well as consider Proverbs 31:10-28

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Resource: “Truth Gathering,” chapters 4, 5, and 17; Husbands and Wives, Parenting, and Divorce, respectively; pages 139-148, 309-318, respectively; “Truth Gathering” ©copyright 1998, an exhaustive AKJV Topical Bible of all critical-to-salvation subjects, fully annotated for definition and comprehension. Book Review: “Every Christian should have this topical Bible as a study companion to their Bible.” Available by order from any local or online bookstore: Amazon.com offers lowest pricing.  

~~ end Sabbath Lesson 03/10/07

10 March 2007 Posted by | Bible, Bible Related Articles, Bible Study, Christ, Christian, Christianity, Church, Escatology, Evil, Fathers, God, Homemaking, Husbands, Jehovah, Jesus, Love, Marriage, Mothers, Parenting, Religion, Self Help, Spiritual, Spiritual Study, Truth, Wives | 8 Comments

Looking Back ~~ as Jesus Defines

Looking Back

©copyright 2007 Bonita M Quesinberry, R.C.

A few years ago, TSaS presented a Biblical teaching about looking back over our lives to review the many sins we have committed against our Lord; a lesson promoting humility in His presence as opposed to living in the past; this latter being a deadly place to be in. This tutorial, however, brings forth a different form of looking back based on Christ’s words in Luke 9:62—

Jesus said, “Any person, who has put his or her hand to the plow, then looks back [to the cares of this world], is not fit for the kingdom of God.”

By appropriate definition, to plow is an act of labor spiritually associated with finding lost sheep and, ultimately, the harvest of those sheep when Christ returns in the clouds; which explanation is noted in Luke 10:2. In Luke 9:62 above, however, Christ had just invited a man to follow Him; but the man replied conditionally, “First, let me go and bury my father.” Jesus then instructed, “Let the dead bury their dead.” (Luke 9:59-60)

This looking back to the cares of the world also reflects the teachings in Christ’s Parable of the Sower in Matthew 13:3-9,18-23,37-42; specifically the seeds that fell among thorns, weeds as it were, growing in the world along side God’s wheat: the weeds representing the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches, of which both choke out the Truth from those people who endured in Christ for only a little while. But, when it became inconvenient to live God’s Truth, they turned back to the worlds little gods.

Proverbs 21:4 reveals one of the purposes of this spiritual plowing in the midst of humanity: “An arrogant expression and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.” In short, the wicked plow the world only for its riches, all of the conveniences of “man’s wicked inventions” and the power of money; while I Corinthians 9:10 indicates that we, who labor for Christ, plow with an attitude of hope to separate weeds from the wheat; so we will be partakers of Christ’s hope. As we labour for God and Christ, we are simultaneously discerning the weeds— wolves in sheep’s clothing— from the wheat, those lost sheep we seek to reach during the time allotted for our work.

Going back to Luke 9:62, Christ stated who is not “fit” for God’s kingdom. By definition and in the spiritual sense, “fit” means to have the qualities and qualifications to meet the demands of following Jesus; therefore, if we look back to the cares of the world, as did the man in Luke 9:59, then we are considered unfit to follow Christ: being found unfit results in a sentence of twice dead; which brings us to His statement in Luke 9:60 about letting the “dead bury their dead.”

Anyone who refuses to instantly follow Jesus is considered already dead though still living; therefore, those who are spiritually dead should bury those who are physically dead: for Christ’s work is far too important to take the time away from our task to bury someone who has died only of a flesh body, whether or not the deceased died in Christ; for the body is merely a garment. His work, and ours if we choose to follow Jesus, is a labour to save people from the permanent death of the body’s spirit being within. What more rewarding task can there be than to be instrumental in saving someone from God’s pit of fire and brimstone? Saving just one is to be called great in heaven, another sign of this vital mission’s importance.

The story of Lot’s wife, as told in Genesis c.19, reveals death as the final reward for looking back after having been told not to look back: she turned back to the cares of Sodom and Gomorrah and the life she had left there. Instantly, she was turned into a pillar of salt; which, by the way, very quickly replenishes earth’s soil. She died for disobeying God’s command. Most important, however, is that she died for having more concern for Sodom and Gomorrah than for God wishes. The angels warned that looking back would cause their demise; thus, Lot’s wife had been given fair warning.

This enhances the fact that the cares of this world are temporary; and, anything spiritually deemed temporary is not worth our time and emotion or energy. Matthew 10:37-38 and Luke 16:13 confirm this premise; therein Jesus clearly stating that we cannot cling to the world and simultaneously serve God. In other words, we can do only one or the other: there is no acceptable form of riding the fence, of having one foot in Christ’s field and another in the world’s field. Hence, a new world to come should be our only focus; which means we care more about following Christ and, by the Truth we speak, labouring with God’s Word to save His lost sheep from a fiery pit: ignited by Christ’s quick return.  

Luke 20:35-36 clearly states that those found fit to carry on Christ’s work will inherit a new earth, where they will be considered equal to heaven’s angels and will never die again; for they will have new bodies that cannot be defiled. Another sign of being deemed fit, cited in II Thessalonians 1:4-5, is noted by the persecutions and troubles we endure for Christ’s sake, as well as our work by faith with power. Revelation 3:4 reassures those found fit that they are worthy of the kingdom; thus, dressed in garments of white, they are promised they will walk with Christ.

I Timothy 5:18 declares labourers for Jesus as worthy of His reward. What did God promise Christ? Having agreed to die for man’s past sins, God promised Messiah that He would rule a restored earth; a place where no evil, no illnesses and diseases, no death and no pain will exist. Therefore, this also will be our reward for following Christ. Likewise, those who refuse to follow Jesus are found worthy of death, noted in Revelation 16:6.

There are so many ways in which we might be clinging to the world, looking back as it were, and not even realize we are looking back instead of pushing Christ’s plow forward and through His wheat field. How many ways of looking back do you find in your life? Let us view a few possibilities not noted in the above text:

1. A person professes Christ yet continues to look back upon a childhood fraught with abuse, using that same abuse to justify his or her own unacceptable behaviour. To look back is to remain a victim of abuse, therefore consistently rendered incapable of looking forward in order to plow Christ’s wheat field. Those who continually look back to injustices done to them are, in effect, looking to the world to correct those wrongs instead of, in faith, knowing that God will avenge us at the appropriate time. Faith is to let go of the past and to move forward in God’s Word, so that we will be avenged!

2. One might complain about our nation’s government or the wars in which it might be engaged or global warming caused by man’s indifference to the care of this planet. This is to look away from Christ’s plow. Faith knows that nothing transpires in any government and no wars begin or end without God’s absolute control and for His greater purpose. This is to focus on the ills of the world instead of labouring with God’s Truth to save Christ’s lost sheep. We cannot cure the world’s ills; only God can and, ultimately, will do that. The only thing we can do is, hopefully, save a few from God’s fire of destruction.

3. Some might spend an inordinate amount of time grieving over the death of a loved one, which is to cling to the world, to a person; their behaviour reflecting a greater love for the person than for Jesus. Faith knows that our loved ones did not die; they merely sleep until Christ calls out their names when He comes in the clouds. Faith misses the deceased but continues to push Christ’s plow.

4. A person hears God’s Truth from one pushing Christ’s plow and, perhaps, he or she even acknowledges the soundness of those teachings; but, he or she continues to abide in  “man’s commandments and traditions” while excusing his or her lack of obedience. This is a person clinging to the world instead of embracing God and only God. He or she looked back to the convenience of the world, the comfort of their denominational choice, instead of grasping Christ’s plow to speak those same Truths to every ear that will hear. He or she is deemed unworthy, unfit. It is up to each individual, without exception, to search out God’s Word; and, while there are some laborers who have put God’s Truth out there in the form of books or on the Internet or both, the choice to obey is personal and cannot be made by the plowman. We make choices for only self. As Jesus said, “Pray for more labourers.”

5. To choose money instead of Christ’s plow is to cling to the world. For instance, a mission God has for a person requires that he or she give up a very lucrative job as well as his or her home and other worldly things. Those who accept the plow give up these things readily, knowing their basic needs will be met through God; yet, the unworthy will look back to those things as evidence of his or her success in the world: reminiscent of the rich man in Matthew 19:16-24, whom Jesus acknowledged had obeyed God’s law, but he walked away from Christ when He then told him he had yet one thing still to do: sell all that he had and give it to the poor and follow Christ. This was a man who lacked the qualities and qualifications to meet the demands of following Christ, thus unfit for God’s kingdom. 

As Lot’s wife turned into a pillar of salt, so in essence do all those who refuse to take Christ’s plow into their hands; thereby forsaking the permanent world to come in favor of this defiled earth’s temporary glitter. As noted in Sabbath Lesson of 27 January 2007, “A World Without End,” all these will lie dead from one end of earth to the other end; neither mourned nor buried, thus ultimately replenishing earth of what was taken from her to create then sustain them. These are those who, when they heard God’s Truth and were invited to take Christ’s plow, were salted with God’s Truth. But, in refusing to fully work His plow, they lost their flavour, their ability to season others with Truth. So in the end, they will be returned to earth and will never exist again.

Matthew 5:13 refers to the labourers, those who take Christ’s plow, as being the “salt of the earth” and those who refuse the plow are described as having “lost their flavor and henceforth are good for nothing, except to be walked upon by the feet of men.” This latter statement refers to God’s declaration that, in the new earth, His people will walk upon the ashes of the wicked.

Christ continues in Matthew 5:17-19, wherein He defines the salt as God’s light of Truth, which is God’s Law, according to the Psalm. Those who readily take up Christ’s plow do as Christ did: they both live and teach ALL of God’s Law, this latter also causing them to be called great in heaven while at the same time persecution and tribulations come upon them as a sign of their kingdom worthiness; noted above in a previous paragraph and further clarified in Mark 9:49-50 and Luke 14:33-35.

Colossians 4:6 directs Christ’s plowmen to always speak with grace seasoned with salt; which is to speak of God’s grace in offering salvation, though mankind is unworthy, accompanied with God’s Truth. In doing so, we are assured that we always will know how to answer every question mankind might have; this is not to say that mankind will necessarily believe the answers. It only seems difficult to speak God’s Truth when we are not living His Truth, which is to turn from the plow back to the world. It is difficult to speak God’s Truth only when we care more about what others think of us than we do about what God thinks of us, which is again to look back from the plow.

Has your salt lost flavour? Will you metaphorically become Lot’s wife when Christ returns? Have you failed to fully embrace Christ’s plow, thereby never looking back? Has the world’s little gods become your little gods?

If your answer is yes to any one or each of those questions, you can choose to repent, change your position, and enhance your flavour. You can choose to refuse to look back, to become fully seasoned, consistently pushing Christ’s plow forward as we prepare for Christ’s return for the harvest of His small flocks. Time is short, very short.

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~~ end Sabbath Lesson of 03/03/07

6 March 2007 Posted by | Bible, Bible Related Articles, Bible Study, Christ, Christian, Christianity, Church, Faith, God, Grace, Jehovah, Jesus, Love, Redemption, Religion, Salvation, Self Help, Spiritual, Spiritual Study, Ten Commandments, Theology, Truth, World | 2 Comments