Sunday, March 21, 2010

Alpha and Omega

“In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits…” Revelation 22:2.

“…but of the fruit of the tree, which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it…” Genesis 3:3.

The tree in the “midst” of the garden symbolized a direct conflict with Almighty God’s teachings to Adam. After, having the opportunity to notice the various meanings, of the word “midst” that I wrote about in (Midst, also can be defined as middle, center, central, interposition, put between, throw in, a wedge, insert, intruder, etc.), I discover that it's interesting to learn how interposition can also be defined as meddling, interference, hindering, stop, obstruct, etc. In order words, to "stir up" a big mess!

Now, I want to focus on Almighty God. “For false Christs and false prophets will rise and show signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.” Mark 13:22. “…Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He’, and will deceive many. But when you hear of wars and rumors of wars do not be troubled, for such things must happen, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be EARTHQUAKES in various places, and there will be famines and troubles… these are the beginnings of sorrows.” Mark 13:5-8.

 “And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it."  Matthew 28:2. This last scripture reveals that the appearance of an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, can cause a great earthquake!

Before these things, “… the Lord rained brimstone and fire, on Sodom and Gomorrah, from the Lord out of the heavens. So He overthrew those cities, all the plain, all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground.” Genesis 19:24-25. God’s Word said it, I believe it, and that settles it for me. How about you?

I have chosen to totally, and completely rely on the Word of God, rather than the words of most men. And, it’s always good to read, and search the scriptures for yourself. Because, as I have said before, when we don’t read the Word of God for ourselves, we risk following in the error of the Pharisees! And, when I don’t have complete understanding of what God’s Holy Word is revealing to me, I humble myself, and go to Almighty God with a repentant heart, and ask Him to give me understanding of His Word. This was the final approach that I took, as a young teenager, after asking people questions about God’s Word, and they were not able to answer the questions to my satisfaction.

The Lord wants us to come to Him, with our questions, anyway. Not only will He give us the understanding of His Word, He ("His Holy Spirit") will connect with our human spirit, the “spirit” in mankind that has been with us since we were born into the world. “Before, I formed you in the womb I knew you…” Jeremiah 1:5a. There are some people who may not be called to be prophets (I certainly don’t consider myself as being one) like Jeremiah was, but we all have a human spirit within us. And this is the spirit that connects us to the Lord Almighty! And Satan has sought to destroy the human spirit of mankind since the beginning of Adam and Eve, when they were deceived into taking the spirit of Satan, and putting Satan’s spirit between the spirit of mankind, and the Holy Spirit of Almighty God! This is the greatest deception of mankind, and of the entire world as a whole!

Almighty God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to redeem this separation of mankind from Him. Jesus Christ died to destroy Satan’s deceptive lies, and restore the life of mankind back to Almighty God! We still have an opportunity to choose the Tree of Life. The tree symbolized in, “…the middle of its street, and on either side of the river” (Revelation 22:2). And turn away from the deceptions, and ungodly principles of Satan. The “serpent” in the Garden of Eden succeeded in separating mankind from Almighty God. Jesus Christ died to close that gap of separation, and bring mankind back to serving, and worshipping Almighty God in truth. A deceived, and spiritually blind world serves, and worships Satan’s principles without completely knowing how, or in what manner they are doing so. Simply, because like Adam and Eve did, during their era, the WORLD has exchanged the truth (Holy Spirit teachings and guidance), for a deceptive lie (Satan’s teachings and direction). Which tree have you chosen to live by? The time, to choose, is getting shorter!

“I looked when He opened the sixth seal and behold, there was a great EARTHQUAKE… and the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind.” Revelation 6:12-13.

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