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3/19/06 From The Lord, Our God and Savior
The Word of The Lord Spoken to Timothy
For All Those Who Have Ears to Hear
Thus says The Lord God of Israel: Woe to the #kingdoms of this #world! Woe to the false #religions of this world! The #atheist shall have it far better than you, when the #wrath of the great and dreadful God has come! Woe to the #king of the north! Woe to the #kings from the rising of the #sun! Woe to the king of #Persia and the #people of #violence! Woe to every #nation and people, who say, “Come, let us put an end to #Israel as a nation. Let us utterly #destroy them, that the name of Israel may be remembered no more!”... BEHOLD, I AM AGAINST YOU! Says The Lord God.
Thus says The Lord, to the king of the north: Come and mount up your #troops, and take #flight. Call upon your #agreement with those of the rising sun. Honor your #covenant with the people of #violence. #Cast your #devices and #launch all your #weapons of #war. Come against My #chosen people and the land #promised to their #forefathers, forever! COME! Says The Lord. Fulfill the #evil desires of your #wicked #hearts. For you shall #fall, and you shall not be found! Says The Lord of Hosts. You shall be a #valley of #dead and dry #bones, buried in the #land you came to #destroy, for it shall #consume you! - #Food for the #birds, dwelling place of the #worm.
Therefore come, I say! Come, and leave your spoil and your rotting #flesh! For you shall surely stumble, you shall fall, and you shall not be found! And by your falling shall the name of The Lord be #glorified in every land, even unto the ends of the earth! For this is but an #awakening, and many shall behold it, the #mighty and #awesome #power of The Lord!
Behold, the #earth shall be #shaken, the #clouds shall burst! I shall command #pestilences to come upon you; they shall cleave to you and #drink your #blood, and you shall be driven #mad. For you shall #stumble, you shall #fall, and you shall not be #found! (Save a sixth part whose #hearts I know; they shall return home and be spared.) For in your eagerness to spoil shall you become the #spoil, and sustain My people seven #days.
Swiftly shall I destroy this great #multitude who come out to #fight against Me, who seek to destroy My people, Israel! For they shall be driven to the #ground by #fire, by #hail, and by #thick #darkness! FOR #STRONG IS THE LORD WHO DEFENDS ISRAEL!
_Behold, My #countenance has changed!
My #face is set hard against you, O #enemies of Israel!
My #arm is outstretched and ready for #battle!...
Thus that which is #written shall be fulfilled,
And that which is determined shall be done,
And you shall be left utterly desolate!...
Then all shall know, I AM THE LORD!_
Yet #understand this, O #house of Israel: I do not do this for your sake, but for My #holy name’s sake. For My name is profaned among the nations. And you, O Israel, have not obeyed My #Word, neither have you walked in The Way I have shown you. For you yet reject The One who I had sent to you, The Holy One who was #glorified upon the #tree. Thus His #blood remains upon you. For you are the #children of your #fathers, the #descendants of those who killed The #Author of #Life!
_Thus I have spoken it,
And it shall surely come to #pass...
Says The Lord of Power and Glory._
#prophecy #prophet #Jesus #Yeshua #Christ #Messiah #God #church #bible #scripture #christian #christianity #JesusChrist #HolySpirit #Savior #Saviour #Lord
12/1/05 From The Lord, Our God and Savior
The #Word of The Lord Spoken to Timothy
For All Those Who Have Ears to Hear
Thus says The Lord: I am The Lord your God, He who stretched out the #heavens and laid the #foundations of the #earth, The #Maker of all #things. Yes I AM HE, The #Creator of #Heaven and Earth, The #One alone who sits on #high, #molding and #shaping that which I have created by Him who is forever seated at My right #hand. The #Father and The #Son are One.
Behold, even to #man did I grant this #power, the power to #create or to #destroy. Yet within man dwells a corrupted #spirit. And so he goes out and comes in, corrupting his way before him, leaving #mourning in his #wake; creating that which brings harm to himself, destroying that which was to sustain him, even to the murdering of the #innocent; desecrating that which is #pure, polluting the things of God, as he turns his #back on his Creator.
Thus I must #judge the peoples of the earth; behold, I shall surely testify against them and utter My strong rebuke. For as it is written, so shall it be: I shall come, and I shall not keep #silent! A #fire shall devour before Me, and a great #storm shall #rage all around Me! I shall call to the heavens above and to the earth beneath, and judge all people! Indeed, all shall give an #account on that #day, even of every idle word.
Yet let My #faithful ones, all who have made a #covenant with Me by #sacrifice, be gathered to Me, and let them be judged according to the New Covenant; let The #Holy Sacrifice stand in their #place and #speak on their behalf. For only the rejection of The Holy Covenant leads to #judgment and #death; or the acceptance thereof, from judgment into #life. For I am a #just God and a Savior; My #mercy endures #forever, My judgment is #righteous, and My #justice lasts throughout the #generations. Behold, Heaven is My #throne, and the earth My #footstool, says The Lord.
For I had sent to you My Son, in whom the fullness of God dwells, God in the #flesh, Immanu El; a man without sin, blameless, who willingly gave up His life for all who have fallen under judgment, that those who are willing might pass from death to life, from darkness into The Light of Life. For He carried the #weight of the world’s #sin to the #cross, and #crucified sin through His #suffering; the penalty of sin abolished as He fell asleep, the #Victory established for all #time upon His #rising. Thus He will be your judge at the Last Day, O peoples of the earth, because He is both God and man. Therefore, blessed are all those in whom He sees of Himself. For these have already passed from judgment into life, seated forever at His right hand.
Therefore hear the Word of The Lord, for thus says The Lord: Do not be deceived; let #satan #gain no foothold. For there is but One God and One Savior, One #Deliverer in the Day of #Wrath. Again, I say to you, do not be deceived. Satan can not change his visage and become man. He is what he is, and remains who he became to this day. He is heylel, son of the #morning, with a #heart like the #abyss. And those fallen are like him, corrupted by those same things which consume him.
Yet satan has indeed appeared to #men, sending them #strong delusions, preying upon that which already dwells within them; even imitating #Mary, the #mother of The #Messiah, deceiving those who remain #ignorant of the Truth, leading a multitude away into false #worship and #idolatry. So then satan only imitates the #truth, for there is no truth in him. When he tells a #lie, he is only doing what comes #natural to him, because he is a liar and the father of all lies. Thus he does indeed wear many #disguises, and delights in leading My people astray. For by #clever words and #dark #speeches he bears false #witness, leading multitudes away into faiths which are dead - FALSE RELIGIONS! DETESTABLE PRACTICES! ABOMINATIONS!
#YahuShua #HaMashiach is The #Gift, He is The Only #Way; there is #salvation in no other, nor any other #name under Heaven by which you must be #saved. Thus ALL #religions of this #world are an #abomination in the #eyes of The Most High God! Every one of them #pollutes the #land and spreads forth like a #plague! Behold, even those who #bear My name have become like them! Not one worships Me in #spirit or in truth, all have gone astray! Corrupt #workers, arrogant assemblies, you #worship yourselves!
Yes even you, O churches of men, have corrupted the Word of Truth, and do not cease from #polluting My name! You misuse My name and abuse My Word, subverting the people through false #doctrine and filthy tradition! You encourage them to forsake My #Commandments and ignore My every #decree! In the name of The Holy One, you cause My people to sin! By permission, UNDER #GRACE, you encourage them to transgress The Commandments of God, #teaching and #preaching to them another messiah, adding to and taking away from My Word to uphold your own way, and all for the sake of unjust gain! Shall I not #discipline you for these things?! Shall I not bring down My #hand hard upon you?! Shall I not come forth swiftly and wipe ALL religions from the #face of the earth?!
Yet true #faith has a name, and true #religion yields #fruit of the same: A #Bride who obeys the voice of her #Husband and walks in His ways, a people #worthy to be #called by His name. Yet the #light has departed from the churches of men, The Word of Truth is hidden from their #eyes. All is #corrupt and dying, #darkness fills the earth.
And so The Word was sent, and came into
The world to seek and to #save the #lost...
And behold, He is coming again, to #deliver His own,
All those who #believe and #live by The Word;
And to destroy those who #fight against The Word,
For they too are #bound by The Word...
For The Word stands forever...
Immovable and everlasting, unchangeable,
Having complete #authority over all things,
The #light and the #dark, the #righteous and the #wicked...
Indeed, the whole #universe is set within
The confines of His #will, giving heed to Him
Who created it, forever and ever...
#prophecy #prophet #Jesus #Yeshua #Christ #Messiah #God #church #bible #scripture #christian #christianity #JesusChrist #HolySpirit #Savior #Saviour #Lord
An Inclusive Rather Than Exclusive Spirituality: Kirpal Singh and the Lesson of Nag Hammadi
By James Bean (Exploring the World Religions Column)
There are the great world religions: Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Taoism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, the Bahai Faith, Aboriginal/Indigenous/Native American/Sami People, etc. In addition to comparative religion there is also comparative mysticism, the study of various schools of spirituality or mystics that are, or once were, operating within many of these above-mentioned faith communities, East and West. Viewing religions through this particular “lens,” one’s list may include: Kabbalah, Gnosticism (Valentinians, Barbeloites, Nassenes, Manichaeans, Cathers, Bogomils), Hesychasm (Eastern Orthodox mysticism), Syriac and other forms of Monasticism, Quietism, the Beguines, Gottesfreunde or Friends of God, to name a few in the Christian category, Sufism, numerous lineages of Saints, Sant Satgurus and Bhaktas based in India.
The Gospel of the Egyptians
“The god of time (illusion, Kal, maya) has put a cover over the teachings of Saints and thus concealed them from humanity.” (Swami Ji Maharaj)
“And there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed. There is nothing buried that will not be raised!” (Greek Gospel of Thomas)
"The great Seth wrote this book… He placed it in the mountain that is called "Charaxio," in order that, at the end of the times and the eras… it may come forth and reveal... the great, invisible, eternal Spirit… The Gospel of the Egyptians. The God-written, holy, secret book." (Gospel of the Egyptians, The Nag Hammadi Library)
In December 1945 a collection of ancient scriptures – fifty-two books – was unearthed near the village of Nag Hammadi in Egypt. These texts had been placed in a clay storage jar, sealed, and buried sometime during the Fourth Century AD. Monks who lived at a nearby monastery founded by Saint Pachomius most likely hid them there at the time. They would have been sacred texts once part of the library of this monastic community, one of several Pachomian monasteries operating in Egypt during those days.
Rather than confining themselves to only reading the Old and New Testaments or teachings exclusively from Orthodox Christian sources, these monks had a surprisingly diverse collection of writings that can only be characterized as inter-faith and multi-traditional. In other words, they were also studying the scriptures of other teachers, sages, religions and “cousin” esoteric mystical movements of their day.
The papyrus codices of the Nag Hammadi scriptures includes Christian texts such as the Gospel of Thomas, a collection of the earliest known sayings of Jesus, Dialogue of the Saviour, Gospel of Mary Magdalene, the Book of Thomas the Spiritual Athlete, Teachings of Silvanus, and Apocalypse of James (Parts I & II).
There are also many examples of mystical or Gnostic Jewish texts. Perhaps the oldest book of the Nag Hammadi Library, Eugnostos the Blessed, is one of many that originate with a sect known as the Sethians, who were affiliated with another line of living teachers in a different branch of Gnosticism that practiced a somewhat Kabbalah-like form of Jewish mysticism.
Several important Nag Hammadi books are part of the Corpus Hermeticum, sacred texts of the Hermetic tradition, an esoteric religious and philosophical mystery school or school of spirituality based in Egypt attributed to Hermes Trismegistus (“Thrice-Greatest Hermes”). These include: The Discourse on the Eighth and Ninth Heavens or Planes, Asclepius, and The Vegetarian Prayer of Thanksgiving.
Scholars have noticed there is a strong influence of Neoplatonism, a philosophy based on the teachings of Plato, present in many of the Nag Hammadi texts and Gnostic gospels. Both the Corpus Hermeticum and Nag Hammadi Library refer to India on a couple of occasions, and one Nag Hammadi book by the name of Zostrianos mentions the Persian Prophet Zoroaster. The books of Nag Hammadi are in the Coptic language and are copied by monks from much earlier Greek manuscripts. Some of the writings seem to originate in Syria, just north of Israel, including the Gospel of Thomas (Sayings of Jesus) and Book of Mar Sanes.
The Sentences of Sextus is a Pythagorean text, a collection of proverbs popular with many during the early centuries C.E.. The Pythagoreans were, as the name suggests, followers of Pythagoras, a sect that had a fascinating combination of mathematics, mystical practices and beliefs including reincarnation, transmigration of the soul, and hearing the Music of the Spheres, the Harmony of All Harmonies. They also adhered to a vegetarian diet. In fact, for most of the last two thousand years in the western world the word “vegetarian” has been synonymous with “Pythagorean,” such was their influence on Pagan, Jewish, and Christian traditions. Vegetarians have been referred to as “Pythagoreans” up until recently, when the word “vegetarian” became fairly popular.
Some of the scriptures of Nag Hammadi are from a moderate, fairly mainstream Gnostic Christian movement called Valentinianism, founded by Saint Valentinus of Alexandria. Some suspect that many of the Pachomian monks had been followers of Valentinus and brought their scriptures with them when they joined the monastery near Nag Hammadi.
Jesus and the Ebionites (Hebrew Christians), the Mandaean Prophet John (the Baptizer), Seth, Pythagoras, Valentinus, and Hermes Trismegistus
From the point of view of the monks contemplating the words of these scriptures, their interest was not a schizophrenic or contradictory eclectic spirituality. All these writings do have much in common. They share common themes and threads, a universal contemplative wisdom that transcends narrow religious sectarian boundaries, a rich treasure-trove of spirituality. The names of the teachers and the schools of spirituality they founded varied, yet the principles and practices were essentially the same. The Tree of Gnosis had many branches.
What a fascinating otherworldly, meditative, and “Eastern” version of Christianity these Coptic monks of the desert had — “a faith once entrusted to the Saints”. (Book of Jude) Egypt once was a kind of “Tibet of the West,” complete with chant. It wasn’t “om mani padme hum,” but there are actually many amazing examples of a rather AUM-like vowel chant preserved in several of the Gnostic texts.
“Wisdom leads the soul to the place of God.” (The Sentences of Sextus, Nag Hammadi Library)
Attempted Planetary Lobotomy
The codices of Nag Hammadi were buried after Bishop Athanasius condemned the use of so-called “non-canonical” books in his infamous Festal Letter of 367 AD. As a new conservative sectarian hardline leadership, with its lists of “approved” and “banned” books, imposed itself upon the monastic communities of Egypt, it is believed that some monks took these forbidden books from the monastic library and hid them away, thus rescuing them from certain destruction, and this free-spirited act ended up preserving them for future generations. The collection of the sayings of Jesus known as the Gospel of Thomas, rather than being the victim of censorship and the book-burning hysteria of the Fourth Century, now has its own website, the Gospel of Thomas Home Page. The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, illustrating the leadership role of women during the early days of Christianity, instead of being forever wiped from the pages of history, in the Twenty First Century is the subject of great interest by many open-minded spiritual seekers around the world.
“The tyrant will not be able to take away happiness.” (The Sentences of Sextus, Nag Hammadi Library)
The loss of the Nag Hammadi Library and the destruction of the Library of Alexandria represent two spectacular examples of "Planetary Lobotomy," the unrestrained wanton destruction of the knowledge of humanity. At least in the case of Nag Hammadi, a large percentage of the texts have been restored to us, and we can read them online.
The Lesson of Nag Hammadi
Beware of today’s “Athanasius-types,” the Archons (the rulers, the powers-that-be). The spirit of Athanasius lives on in each generation, desiring to take freedoms away, seeking to blow up statues of Buddhas and Saints, forbidding the study or public recitation of “unauthorized” books of the Masters – deliberately making these books go out of print, causing trouble for many seeking souls, ever thinking up new rules and regulations. The results of the imposition of over-reaching rule-making, control and censorship in spiritual organizations, despite the usual good intentions that are advertised, ultimately leads to the loss of knowledge and wisdom, a reduction in the quality of meditation practice — the dumbing down of a tradition.
“The Pharisees and the scholars have taken the keys of knowledge and have hidden them. They have not entered nor have they allowed those who want to enter to do so. As for you, be as sly as snakes and as simple as doves.” (Yeshua, Gospel of Thomas)
As I’ve written in the past, there is no permanent Institution or University of Mysticism, but a decline-renewal process, a continuous pattern of Masters making a fresh start in a new location, choosing to remain free, to exist in genuineness and authenticity. No need for a hierarchy of scribes or ever-growing caste of Pharisees to surround the Master, ultimately blocking him from our view. Let’s just stick with hanging out with the Master around the Bodhi or Banyan Tree of simplicity. The true Masters do spend time with their disciples. Personal interviews? Answering the mail? Absolutely. Yes. Make every effort to enjoy their company and communications whenever you can during this lifetime, while both you and they are in the body.
The Master says, “What your own eyes cannot see, your human ears do not hear, your physical hands cannot feel, and what is inconceivable to the human mind – that I will give you!” (Yeshua, The Gospel of Thomas – Wisdom of the Twin, Lynn Bauman’s translation published by White Cloud Press).
Administrative religious councils have been at war with enlightened souls since the beginning of time, and ultimately seek to retire and replace living Masters altogether. I remain suspicious of the institutionalization process, the eagerness on the part of some to build ever-larger buildings for themselves, and thirst for power, the creation of new leadership titles, committees and councils to rule over.
“Do not lay down any rule beyond what I ordained for you, nor promulgate law like the lawgiver, or else it will dominate you.” (Yeshua, Gospel of Mary Magdalene)
Only mystics care about mysticism.
The Modern-day Example of Master Kirpal Singh (1894–1974)
The spiritual Master from India, Sant Kirpal Singh, advised his students to follow a satsang template that included a long reading list of potential scriptures and sources of inspiration or Master-instruction: “For the subject of a talk, we may take up the hymns from any scripture, preferably from the Masters of the Sound Current. It may be supplemented by apt quotations from the parallel writings of other Master Saints. The Holy Gospels themselves are full of such material as may fit in with such a context. The illustrations from various Masters are essential so as to bring out the essential unity in the teachings of all the Saints.” (Instructions For Holding Satsang, by Sant Kirpal Singh)
“To fill the human heart with compassion, mercy and universal love, which should radiate to all countries, nations and peoples of the world. To make a true religion of the heart as the ruling factor in one’s life. To enable each one to love God, love all, serve all, and have respect for all, as God is immanent in all forms. My goal is that of oneness. I spread the message of oneness in life and living. This is the way to peace on earth. This is the mission of my life, and I pray that it may be fulfilled.” (Kirpal Singh)
Kirpal Singh was a prolific writer, publishing scores of books over the years, quoting from most every world scripture, mystic, poet, philosopher, and great Master that has ever existed spanning the centuries, very much embodying this same curiosity and inclusive universal spirituality we find present in the Nag Hammadi Library of Egypt. May the legacy of both always be remembered and honored for all time to come. ////////
#Gnosticism #Gnostic #Gnosis #NagHammadiLibrary #GnosticGospels #KirpalSingh #Library #Books #InterFaith #Religions #Inclusiveness #Coexist #Tolerance #Curiosity #InterFaithDialogue
2019, le peuple de France a globalement accepté la #république comme son identité, de la même façon qu'il a abandonné #Dieu, il pense que le #pape est #catholique . La #révolution permanente qui "formate" (comme un disque dur) ses racines lui offre l'identité illusoire qu'il est ce qu'il imagine. Il croit donc à ce qui lui est matériellement et socialement confortable ; la #vérité devient alors un #sophisme , un #concept .
Il a 2000 ans un gars mal rasé est entré dans un temple et dans une colère qui lui était inhabituelle a viré une caste de marchands , s'opposant comme un glaive à l'intérieur de tribus, de familles persuadées d'une légitimité à dominer, à maintenir ceux-qui-ne-sont pas-eux dans un #matérialisme animal.
2019, après un cycle, les marchands ont repris les temples, les humains ont perdu la #foi et s'adonnent à des #croyances ( #shoah , #communisme , #consumérisme , #droit-de-l’hommisme , #mondialisme , #ésotérisme ,... )
Les #sociétés se dé-lient et s'en plaignent, tout en accusant encore se qui les reliaient ( #religions ).
A la fois enfermé dans son matérialisme et déconnecté de son #héritage, l'humain se mure dans une individualité , se cocoone dans une bulle atemporelle (l'instant présent, blabla, développement personnel,...). Il reste quelques lieux de #résistance , en son centre, la #famille .
Les #magiciens n'ont eu de cesse de déporter notre attention sur des #réalités ( fausses ou insignifiantes ), les marchands n'ont jamais cessé leur entreprise, les vampires de voler les âmes.
L'humanité sera à jamais tentée de suivre deux chemins incompatibles, celui du matérialisme (veau d'or) qui mène à l' #esclavage , ou celui de la spiritualité, à la #transcendance .