For you and your family
J E Bradburn
In the first mention of the heavenly bodies, the purpose of the Creator is clearly stated. Genesis reveals the fact that they were created, not only "to divide the day from the night, and to give light upon the earth"; but, they were set "for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years". These names and the twelve "signs" go back to the foundation of the world. (Flesh age). Jewish tradition preserved by Josephus assures us that this Bible astronomy was invented by Adam, (Father) Seth, (Son) and Enoch (Grandson) the "Sphinx" was invented as a memorial. It had the head of a woman and the body and tail of a lion, to tell us this book, written in the Heavens, began with the sign "Virgo" (Virgin), and will end with the sign "Leo" (Lion). The word "Sphinx" is from the Greek Sphingo, (to join; because it binds together the two ends of this circle of the heavens.)
Genesis 1:14 -19 (KJV)
14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
16 And God made two great lights; the greater light [Sun] to rule the day, and the lesser light [Moon] to rule the night: He made the stars also. https://levendwater.org/companion/append4.html
17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
It all began with http://www.godsplan.org.uk/2%20Peter%203.htm
We are now in the Last Days of precession
2 Peter 35 (KJV)
3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
4 And saying, Where is the promise of His coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
It is so very important, and crucial, that you read every link to get a proper overview of this time and season, as well as what your being informed of.
2 Peter 3:118 (KJV)
01 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:
02 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the Holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:
03 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, http://www.godsplan.org.uk/apostasytogodskingdom.htm
04 And saying, Where is the promise of His coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/secondadvent.htm
05 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: http://www.godsplan.org.uk/2%20Peter%203.htm
07 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. http://godsplan.org.uk/politicalapostasy.htm
08 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. https://levendwater.org/companion/append4.html
09 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/formSoul.htm
11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, http://www.godsplan.org.uk/spiritualmaterial.htm
12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/kingdom.htm
14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of Him in peace, without spot, and blameless. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/christianrace.htm
15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; http://www.godsplan.org.uk/stpaul.htm
16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/markofcain.htm http://www.godsplan.org.uk/parables.htm
17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/persecution.htm
18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/faith.htm
Unfortunately; or more precisely fortunately
While we are here on this earth http://godsplan.org.uk/fleshage.htm which we share with the wheat, tares, and Satan http://www.godsplan.org.uk/system.htm we have to remember we are the wheat on this fallen earth, and it is not easy. Everyone falls under the spell of wickedness sometime in their lives; that is why the four pillars of society was spoken by Christ as the Wheat and Tares http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Fourpillarsofsociety.htm
Matthew 13:2430 (KJV) http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Jesusmission.htm
24 Another parable put He forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/parables.htm
26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? From whence then hath it tares?
28 He said unto them, An enemy [Satan] hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
The parable that Jesus told to His disciples is where we are today. Dishonest, unscrupulous, and blasphemers, are those who get into a power of authority in a wicked world [Tares]; not a care whether it is right or wrong to those people who repent [Wheat]. However, God in His infinite wisdom, forgives sinners and those who really want to be forgiven, can face the judgement to come. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Bereshith.htm
The wheat and tares parable is quite poignant to us today (causing a sharp sense of sadness, pity, or regret) which Jesus told at His first coming, because He and His Father could see where we were heading, hence; the wheat and tares parable and the of the other parables. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/parables.htm which you should read and inwardly digest. There is a reason why Jesus spoke to the multitude in parables, and here it is:
Parables open our eyes to deeper insights into Jesus [Elohim] and His Father [Jehovahs] kingdom and give us a greater glimpse into the spiritual realm. To conceal the truth: Jesus explained, Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/earstohear.htm This truly is the learning curve of Christians who Love Jehovah as much as He loves us, http://www.godsplan.org.uk/christianrace.htm
The Urgent Appeal to Run the Christian Race
The writer depicts the Christian life as a race in the amphitheatre. The metaphor is borrowed from the Greek games. There is the arena surrounded by tiers of seats which are thronged by spectators who watch the various contests and cheer on their chosen champions. The conditions of success are described. The runners throw off their superfluous garments, so that they may be free to exert their maximum strength and gain their maximum speed. Their footsteps never flag and their efforts are never relaxed. Their eyes are fixed steadily upon the goal and they strain every nerve to win the prize. The use of this metaphor seems to have been very popular and there are frequent references to it in the N.T.
1 Corinthians 9: 2427 (KJV)
24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we are incorruptible.
26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:
27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a casta.
Where Paul draws lessons both from the footrace and the boxing match. Every verse of (Hebrews 12:12) is based on the metaphor, and every phrase is used with telling effect.
Hebrews 12: 12 (KJV)
1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
As the Amphitheatre is surrounded tiers by seats from which the spectators watch the games, so the arena of life is surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses. The allusion, of course, is to the list of heroes enumerated in (Hebrews 11 (KJV) who is represented as being intensely interested in the struggle of the early church, since they without us cannot be made perfect.
Hebrews 11 (KJV) http://www.godsplan.org.uk/faith.htm
01 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
02 For by it the elders obtained a good report.
03 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/gentont.htm
04 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of His gifts: and by it he [Abel] being dead yet speaketh.
05 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
06 But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of http://www.godsplan.org.uk/booksofenoch.htm them that diligently seek Him. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Orion.htm
07 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
08 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Bereshith.htm
09 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:
10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/knowledgeandwisdom.htm
11 Through faith also Sarai herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.
12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.
13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Jesusmission.htm
16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for He hath prepared for them a city. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/kingdom.htm
17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,
18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Judah and Ben and the http://godsplan.org.uk/fulltentribes.htm
19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.
20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
21 By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Lineage4.htm
22 By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/housesofisrael.htm
23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Lineage4.htm
24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; http://www.godsplan.org.uk/exodus34.htm
25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.
28 Through faith he kept the Passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
29 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.
30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Lineage6.htm
31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.
32 And what shall I more say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:
33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions.
34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:
37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
To succeed in the Christian race we must lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us. The meaning of the last phrase has been much disputed, as the Greek word is never found and its significance is uncertain. The best suggestion is that it means close fitting, or clinging closely round, and refers to the hampering effect of sin, which, like a clinging robe, impedes the steps of the runner of the heavenly race. Let us run with patience. Patience here means steadfastness, or loyalty, and the phrase should be translated, therefore, Let us run with unflinching purpose Looking unto Jesus. As the eyes of the runner in the race are fixed upon its goal, so the eyes of the Christian must be fixed upon Christ, the author and perfecter of our faith. The word translated author is found also in 2:10 where Christ is described as the author of salvation.
Hebrews 2:10 (KJV) For it became Him, for Whom are all things, and by Whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the Captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
Ap 114. THE "KINGDOM OF HEAVEN" AND THE "KINGDOM OF GOD" http://levendwater.org/companion/index_companion.html
We have seen in Ap. 112 that the word "kingdom, like the Greek basileia, has regard to sovereignty rather than territory, and to the sphere of its exercise rather than to its extent. Using the word "kingdom" in this sense, and in that which is conveyed in its English termination "dom", which is short for dominion, we note that the former expression, "the Kingdom of heaven", occurs only in Matthew, where we find it thirty-two times (*1).
But in the parallel passages in the other Gospels we find, instead, the expression "the Kingdom of God" (e.g. cp. Matt. 11:11 with Luke 7:28). The explanation of this seeming difference is that the Lord spoke in Aramaic; certainly not in the Greek of the Gospel documents. See Ap. 94. III. https://levendwater.org/companion/append94.html
Now "heaven" is frequently used by the Figure Metonymy (of the Subject), Ap. 6 for God Himself, https://levendwater.org/companion/append6.html whose dwelling is there. See
Psalm 73:9 (KJV) They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth. http://godsplan.org.uk/fleshage.htm
Dan. 4:26, 29 (KJV)
26 And whereas they commanded to leave the stump of the tree roots; thy kingdom shall be sure unto thee, after that thou shalt have known that the heavens do rule.
29 At the end of twelve months he walked in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon.
2 Chronicles 32:20 (KJV) And for this cause Hezekiah the king, and the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz, prayed and cried to heaven.
Matthew 21:25 (KJV) The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe Him?
Luke 15:21 (KJV) ("I have sinned against heaven" is thus contrasted with the words "and in thy sight").
John 3:27 (KJV) John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.
Our suggestion is that in all the passages where the respective expressions occur, identical words were spoken by the Lord, "the Kingdom of heaven". However, when it came to putting them into Greek, Matthew was Divinely guided to retain the figure of speech literally ("heaven"), so as to be in keeping with the special character, design, and scope of his Gospel (see Ap. 96) https://levendwater.org/companion/append96.html ; while, in the other Gospels, the figure was translated as being what it also meant, "the Kingdom of God". Thus, while the same in a general sense, the two expressions are to be distinguished in their meaning and in their interpretation, as follows:--
The Kingdom (or Sovereignty) of HEAVEN
1. Has Messiah for its King;
2. It is from heaven; and under the heavens upon the earth;
3. It is limited in its scope;
4. It is political in its sphere;
5. It is Jewish and exclusive in its character;
6. It is national in its aspect;
7. It is the special subject of Old Testament prophecy;
8. And it is dispensational in its duration.
The Kingdom (or Sovereignty) of GOD
1. Has God for its Ruler;
2. It is in heaven, over the earth;
3. It is unlimited in its scope;
4. It is moral and spiritual in its sphere;
5. It is inclusive in its character (embracing the natural and spiritual seeds of Abraham, "the heavenly calling", and the "Church" of the Mystery). Hence,
6. It is universal in its aspect;
7. It is (in its wider aspect) the subject of New Testament revelation;
8. And will be eternal in its duration.
We are to overcome the evils of the cares of this fallen earth, by filling the mind and heart with the concerns of the Kingdom of God, a great soul-filling and mind-absorbing end; we are to struggle after His righteousnessthe victory of good in this world, while we continue to aim for personal perfection. We achieve this by taking each day as it comes from the hands of a gracious God, permitting only the duties of the day to claim our thought. Such a frame of mind is an inexhaustible source of strength towards a successful struggle for existence.