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The View From Afar Off

The term "afar off" is used in the Holy Bible in both a literal, physical sense, and/or a prophetic sense, in that the "seeing" is through time (see also Parabolic Prophecies), as made possible by the "eyes" of knowledge and understanding of what is written in the Scriptures. The actual Hebrew word that is usually translated as "afar" is pronounced raw-khoke; it means remote, in space (i.e. from one place to another) or time (whether "looking" forward, as made possible by Prophecy, or back, as made possible by Bible History).

For the LORD (see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM'), who "sees all things" (in space or time), there is nothing, or no one, hidden.

"23:23 Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off? 23:24 Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD." (Jeremiah 23:23-24 KJV)

When the Messiah returns, to rule (see Israelite Monarchy - The Messiah and The Coming World Dictator), everyone on earth will see and know Him from "afar off" - because in the Kingdom of God, everywhere will be in the Kingdom of God (see The Gospel of The Kingdom of God).

"4:1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. 4:2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion [see Anti-Zion Is Anti-Christ], and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 4:3 And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." (Micah 4:1-3 KJV)

"But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins"

When the LORD tested Abraham with a command to sacrifice his son Isaac (on Moriah - the same place, centuries later through time, that God would go through with the Sacrifice of His Son), Abraham "saw the place afar off" as he approached it (see What Made Abraham Righteous?).

The Holy Scriptures

"22:1 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham:

And he said, Behold, here I am.

22:2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.

22:3 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him. 22:4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off." (Genesis 22:1-4 KJV)

And what was Abraham "seeing," in his eyes, and in his mind? "The promises, but having seen them afar off" of the Kingdom of God, as ruled by one of Abraham's own "seed" (the line of the Messiah originated from Abraham, a "gentile" from Iraq; see Israel's Iraqi Roots and The Covenant With Abraham's Seed).

"11:13 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. 11:14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. 11:15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. 11:16 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.

11:17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son. 11:18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: 11:19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure." (Hebrews 11:13-19 KJV)

What Abraham saw when he answered the call of the LORD, any repentant person can see too, "For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call."

"2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 2:39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call." (Acts 2:38-39 KJV)

The Creation (see Christ The Creator) is obvious evidence of itself. Humans are themselves proof of God "afar off."

"36:24 Remember that thou magnify his work, which men behold. 36:25 Every man may see it; man may behold it afar off." (Job 36:24-25 KJV)

"Coming out of the world" is done by living a Christian life in which the Holy Spirit is the pathfinder of the journey to the place which is "afar off" only in time (seemingly - see Could Christ Return Tonight?), not in space (see Are We In Heaven Now?).

"1:2 Grace [see Growing In The Grace And Knowledge] and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

1:5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 1:6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 1:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 1:8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ [see Follow Me]. 1:9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.

1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall" (2 Peter 1:2-10 KJV)

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