TOMORROW’S NEWS: TODAY!: UPDATE 2; France, Britain, The US, Russia and China will meet on 30 Jun to discuss imposing a solution on Syria and a new UNSC rsolution.
UPdATE 1: A ceasefire was declared by Hamas at midnight last night. Since then some ten rockets have struck Israel.
Rockets continue to strike Israel.
The Catholic conservatives are confronting the Obama Administration and taking steps to seize the moral leadership of humanity, and beginning to set the conditions for the abomination to appear and take that role exalting himself above all that is called God.
IMPORTANT REMINDER: Sunset tonight ending 21 Jun will begin the New Moon, 22 Jun; which will be the first day of the Fourth Biblical Month.
Tonights New Moon has been confirmed by multiple visual sightings.
The First Epistle of Peter
Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ.
Peter is writing to the elect saints who were called by God the Father and were sanctified by the Holy Spirit unto obedience. Called to obey God and covered by the sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ. And this is referring to the blood of the New Covenant; the sacrifice of Christ.
The Mosaic Covenant was ratified by the sprinkling of blood on the people. And the New Covenant is ratified by the sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ upon the people. Christ being our sacrifice.
Grace to you, and peace, be multiplied.
Grace meaning the forgiveness of God, that they would be forgiven all their iniquities and that they should have a peaceful relationship with God and with other faithful saints through their individual unity with Christ..
V 3: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fades not away, reserved in heaven for you.
WE have a hope of resurrection and eternal life, and we have a proof of that hope by the reality that Jesus Christ was resurrected and given eternal life. It can be done. has been done, and it shall be done to you!
If you keep God’s commandments and love him you, will receive an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled that does not fade away. It does not diminish with time. And it is reserved in God’s heaven for you.
V 5: For you who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
We are kept by GOD’S power and not by our own strength; we MUST remain in unity wioth God and that is done through faith in God and a diligent internalizing of the mind and nature of God through the uncompromising keeping of all the commandments and teachings of God.
Your salvation shall come in the latter day, at the last time, as the seventh trump begins to sound, when you are resurrected. That is, your salvation comes when you are brought back to life and given the gift of eternal life and presented to the Father. And you are to be revealed, or this salvation is to be revealed, in the last time.
Wherein you greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, you are in heaviness through manifold temptations or afflictions. That the trial and testing of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perishes, though it be tried, [your faith being tried] with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.
Our faith is much more precious than gold that perishes because God is creating in you, through testing, trials and the development of your faith: The very nature of God!
He is developing a godly nature and faith in him; that is going to last for eternity.
Whom having not seen, you love; in whom, [though now ye do not see him,] yet believing, you rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
Faith means to believe, to trust, and because you believe God, you do what God says; which results in the salvation of your souls, your lives. You are saved by the grace of Christ’s sacrifice and by your willingness to turn from sin and a turning toward’s your God and the diligent keeping of his commandments.
Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you.
The prophets prophesied of Christ and salvation through his life and sacrifice unto the resurrection to life; all being the gift of God.
Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ, which was in them did signify.
Now, the spirit of Christ was in all the prophets. And the Spirit of Christ is nothing less and nothing other than the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit of God; which is the very mind and nature of God.
The Holy Spirit was in all the prophets, signifying that God had called and put his spirit in many, many people since Abel; since the very beginning, and showing that God has called certain people throughout all of history to be his people, and to be a part of a new covenant.
This revealing that the seven days of Unleavened Bread pictures the calling out of a kind of first fruits of the New Covenant for six thousand years followed by a thousand year Sabbath of rest in the presence of the Creator.
However, these people [called before Christ came] were called in faith, looking forward to the sacrifice of Christ. And now we who are called in this latter day can look backward upon a reality which has taken place. Those people were called by the Father in faith, looking forward to the sacrifice that Christ would make on their behalf.
V11: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. Speaking here of all the prophecies concerning the first coming of Christ and the things that he should suffer.
V 12: Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost [or the Holy Spirit] sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.
Referring to the Holy Ghost or the Holy Spirit again, as the Spirit of Christ in those prophets. And those prophets preached and taught the gospel throughout history. And these prophecies and the gospel was for the end time. And it was about repentance and turning from sin and turning to God, and it was about salvation through the application of the sacrifice of Christ, and about receiving the gift of eternal life at the resurrection.
V 13: Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace which is brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; Like obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to your former lusts, which you did in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be you holy in all manner of conversation [conduct]; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
Peter is telling the people he was writing to and through them, us; that we should be holy as God the Father is holy and as Christ is holy. The Father of course keeps his own commandments and the son, Jesus Christ said, “I have kept my Father’s commandments.” And we are also to keep their commandments through the power of their spirit in us.
And if you call on the Father, who without respect of persons, judges according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear.
That is, pass your life in consideration and in the knowledge that you will be judged by the Father, judged by every word of God according to your deeds in this life; and you will be judged based on his word. You will not be judged by what some man says about his word. There is a personal responsibility in everyone to put God first. And we are to test everything that every man says by the standard of God’s word because it is God’s word by which we will be judged.
And we should be respectful of God, knowing this and understanding this. And we should fear God and not men. There is a great deal of fear in the Church of God regarding the ministry and the authorities over them. People are afraid to question, afraid to speak out, afraid to test; and that is wrong.
We are to fear God and not men. For it is God who can destroy both body and spirit in the lake of fire. No man can do that. Do not be intimidated by men, no matter who they claim to be or how high and mighty they might think of themselves. They are nothing compared to God. And you will be judged by God and God’s word, not by what any man says.
V18: Forasmuch as you know that you are were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conduct received by tradition from your fathers.
You are not redeemed from the vain traditions of your elders by corruptible things. Your redemption was not by gold or silver or the blood of lambs or goats or bullocks.
But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. Perfect and without any trace of sin.
V 20: Who truly was foreordained before the foundations of the world, but was made known in these last times for you.
Yes. Christ was the Lamb of God, who has slain from the very foundations of the world, as it is written in Revelation. This was done as Peter said in Verse 20: Foreordained before the foundations of the world. That Jesus Christ would atone for the sins of his creation. It was all part of the plan from the very beginning.
V21: Who by him, [or we by Christ] do believe in God, that raised Christ up from the dead, and gave him glory, that our faith and hope might be in God.
That is, we are not to have faith and hope in any man or group of men. Our faith and hope is to be in Almighty God.
Seeing you have purified your souls [or bodies or spirit] in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren [or honest and sincere love of the brethren], see that you love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which lives and abides for us.
Meaning that we are to discard the old person and become a new person in Christ and in the Father. We are to discard our sins and our law breaking, and our hatreds, and envies, and animosities, and embrace God, and keep his commandments, and to be filled with God’s love for God and for each other.
V24: For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of men as the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower thereof falls away: But the word of the Lord endures forever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
Yes, Moses is dead and turned to dust. Yes, Herbert Armstrong is dead and turned to dust.
It is Almighty God and his Christ, who live and who will judge us. And they will also judge Moses, and judge Herbert Armstrong. We will all be judged by the same God; by the same word and commandments of God according to our works and how we have kept God’s commandments and internalized his nature.
And he is not a respecter of persons. He will judge all of us by the same standard. Seeing that all men will be judged by the standard of God, let us not cling to the standards of men or the teachings of men, but let us turn diligently and zealously study the Holy Scriptures to see what God wants for us, and to be approved by God because we put him and his word first.
The ministry and various leaders can be a tremendous influence for good. They can also make mistakes and be a trememdous influence for evil if they are false. And we must test every word that every person, every man and indeed every spirit and angel says; against the standard of the word of God. For flesh is nothing, and Herbert Armstrong is nothing, even Moses was nothing in comparison to God.
But the word of the Lord endures forever. And this is the word which, by the gospel, is preached unto you. That is, what is preached to you is the word of the Lord which endures forever.
Wherefore lay aside malice and guile, hypocrisy, and envy, all evil speakings.
Put away all words that divide men from God and his commandments and the teachings of Christ Get rid of them. Destroy them.
And as newborn babes desire the sincere milk of the word of God that you may grow by it: If so be ye have tasted that the Eternal is gracious. To whom coming, we come as unto a living stone, which has been disallowed and rejected indeed of men, but has been chosen of God and is precious, You also are lively stones, and are built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
And the term spiritual sacrifices is in reference to burnt offerings. And in the burnt offering, the whole animal is consumed by the flames and rises up as a smoke up to the heavens. And this is symbolic of a sweet odor or a sweet savor to God. It shows that we are to be consumed with Christ-like zeal for obeying our Father; consumed with Christ-like zeal for keeping his commandments, with loving him and putting him first, even as Jesus Christ was burning and consumed with love and zeal for obeying his Father.
Jesus Christ was consumed with zeal and love for his Father, with keeping his Father’s commandments.
Even so, we must present ourselves as living sacrifices, spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through our dedication to loving him, and to keeping all of his commandments.
To compromise with the commandments of God is to compromise with the very mind and nature of God! Such compromise leads ultimately to DEATH and not the eternal life of peace and love that is of God!
To tolerate any sin among us is a terrible terrible SIN; for it tolerates the way to DEATH among us! We are NOT to tolerate sin for the unity of the organization, because such sin separates us from God and destroys our unity with Almighty God!
Wherefore also it is contained in the Scriptures. Behold, I lay in Zion a chief corner stone, elect and precious: and he that believes on him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: and he that beleiveth on him shallnot be confounded
Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient. [That is, those who do not keep the commandments.] The stone, which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, and a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient. [That is, not keeping God's commandments] whereunto they were also appointed.
Those people who do not keep God’s commandments stumble at the mystery of Jesus Christ. They don’t understand that they are to follow the example of Jesus Christ and keep the Father’s commandments as Christ did.
But you who believe are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people that you should show forth the praises of him which hath called you out of darkness of sin into his marvelous light: Which in time past were not a people.
We must come out of the darkness of sin and disobedience to the law of God and the way to life; in order to become a people of light and life; a shining example for all peoples!
We were not a people, we were scattered individuals among many peoples. But we are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy in the past, but now we have obtained mercy.
Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, as travelers, to abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul[ or against your life. Abstain from the lust of sin for this wars against your very life.]
Having your conduct honest among the Gentiles that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake. That is, submit to all the laws of man as long as they do not conflict with the commandments of God. Submit for the Lord’s sake.
Whether it be to the king as supreme, or unto governors as unto them that are sent by the king for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.
For in doing this, you are setting an example of obedience to authority, which others will be expected to follow. And in the day of visitation [the coming] of the Kingdom of God, they will know by our example that they will be expected to obey the authority of the king, the authority of God.
For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men; As free, and yet not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
You may have the right to do certain things, but if the government says no, then you obey the government. Why? To set an example of righteousness. All things that are lawful are not always expedient.
Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.
Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle master, but also to the forward [or stubborn and conceited] and unworthy. For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endures grief, enduring and suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it if when ye are buffeted for your faults, you take it patiently? But if, when you do well, and suffer for it and you take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.
And I tell you that God will provide his reward for those who have suffered because through this kind of suffering, we learn patience, we learn humility. And these virtues, God will not despise.
For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ suffered for us, leaving us an example, that we should follow in his steps. We should be willing to suffer and forgive as Christ suffered and forgave.
V 22: He did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to the Father who judges righteously.
It is in the Father’s power to pass judgment. It is not up to us to strike out and lash out and take revenge for revenge is mine, saith the Eternal. God will judge between his children and he will reward the righteous and he will correct the wicked.
We are NOT to sue our brethren in the faith, but are instead to commit the matter to our Father who knows all things and hudges righteously.
Who his own self, bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
We are to be as DEAD to sin and compromising with God’s commandments! We are to be alive in righteousness, which is the law of God; so that we may live eternally in the commandments and the very nature of God!
Now, does that mean none of us are sick? And that everyone should be healed? What was it referring to?
It is referring to healing from sin. It is referring to being saved from spiritual sickness, being healed in the spiritual sense.
Being turned away from sin and turned to righteousness. That we become dead to sins, and sin is the transgression of the law, 1 John 3:4.
Being dead to sin means we are no longer subject to sin. We have turned away from it. And we should then live under righteousness. That is, we should live by the commandments of God. For in the past, we were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
Once we are dead to sin; we are NOT to continue in that which we were delivered out of!