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Thursday, November 6 2014

Job 27: What's The Expiration Date Of The Church?

"And He said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things"

The true "Church of God" is a sacred Biblical term. It is not merely a man-made corporation, a "church" building, or a cult of some overbearing human "leader" - although millions of people have perverted it into one or all of those idolatrous things (see also Is Your Church A Cult? and Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?).

While many claim otherwise for themselves and their lust to "lead," or to do as they please, in Christ's Name, at "my church," the "Church of God" did not originate by any pontifical man or woman, Roman Catholic or Protestant. It was created by the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God), from the command of the Father (see By Him Were All Things Created).

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"1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 1:19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; 1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven." (Colossians 1:12-20 KJV)

In the actual languages of the Word of God (see The Word Of God In The Tongues Of Man), "church" means those called i.e. called out of the carnal world, to live according to the LORD's terms and conditions of salvation. That's what repentance means (see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners).

The limited-time purpose of the Church of God is to prepare those who choose to become native-born children of God in the Kingdom of God. That's what "born again" really means (see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?). The Church of God will expire when the Kingdom of God has fully come because at that time there will be nothing to come out of (see The Church: Mission Accomplished).

"21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

21:5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

21:6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." (Revelation 21:1-8 KJV)

Job understood that his mortal existence would end, sooner or later, one way or another. Job understood that the troubles brought upon him by Satan (see How Did The Devil Challenge Job To Commit A Satan? and What Did Satan Do To Job's Soul?) were a test to provoke him into placing more value on a "limited time" existence (see Let Both Grow Together Until The Harvest) than the eternal life that will surely come to those who overcome (see The Harvests Of Salvation).

"27:1 Moreover Job continued his parable, and said,

27:2 As God liveth, who hath taken away my judgment; and the Almighty, who hath vexed my soul; 27:3 All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils; 27:4 My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit. 27:5 God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me. 27:6 My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.

27:7 Let mine enemy be as the wicked, and he that riseth up against me as the unrighteous. 27:8 For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul? 27:9 Will God hear his cry when trouble cometh upon him? 27:10 Will he delight himself in the Almighty? will he always call upon God? 27:11 I will teach you by the hand of God: that which is with the Almighty will I not conceal. 27:12 Behold, all ye yourselves have seen it; why then are ye thus altogether vain?

27:13 This is the portion of a wicked man with God, and the heritage of oppressors, which they shall receive of the Almighty. 27:14 If his children be multiplied, it is for the sword: and his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread. 27:15 Those that remain of him shall be buried in death: and his widows shall not weep. 27:16 Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare raiment as the clay; 27:17 He may prepare it, but the just shall put it on, and the innocent shall divide the silver. 27:18 He buildeth his house as a moth, and as a booth that the keeper maketh. 27:19 The rich man shall lie down, but he shall not be gathered: he openeth his eyes, and he is not. 27:20 Terrors take hold on him as waters, a tempest stealeth him away in the night. 27:21 The east wind carrieth him away, and he departeth: and as a storm hurleth him out of his place. 27:22 For God shall cast upon him, and not spare: he would fain flee out of his hand. 27:23 Men shall clap their hands at him, and shall hiss him out of his place." (Job 27:1-23 KJV)

Fact Finder: Was Job fully aware of the coming resurrection and the Kingdom of God?
See Job's Prophecy Of The Resurrection


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This Day In History, November 6

355: Roman Emperor Constantius II promoted his cousin Julian to the title of Caesar, assigning him to rule the Prefecture of the Gauls (see The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).

1429: Henry VI was crowned king of England, 7 years after succeeding to the throne at age 8 months.

1528: Shipwrecked Spanish conquistador Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca became the first known European to set foot in what is today known as Texas. Contrary to popular myth, the voyages of Christopher Columbus were limited to the Caribbean Sea area (see the map of the voyages of Columbus at Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy). The continent of North America itself was discovered by Vikings who landed on what is today the east coast of Canada - over 5 centuries before Columbus discovered the Caribbean.

Hawker Hurricane 1572: A supernova (a newly-visible "star" caused by the explosion of an old star) was observed in the constellation Cassiopeia.

1632: King Gustavus II of Sweden was killed during the Battle of Lutzen in the Thirty Years War.

1813: Mexico was declared independent of Spain.

1861: During the U.S. Civil War, Jefferson Davis was elected president of the Confederate States of America.

1867: The first Parliament of Canada opened.

1889: The Eiffel Tower opened in Paris.

1913: Mohandas Ghandi was arrested in South Africa for leading an Indian miners march.

1917: During the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), the 5-month third Battle of Ypres ended when Canadian and Australian troops took Passchendaele. The advance of 5 miles cost 240,000 men.

1917: The beginning of the "October Revolution" by the Bolsheviks (October 25 according to the then-used Russian calendar), led by Vladimir Lenin and Leon Trotsky.

1918: The Republic of Poland was proclaimed.

1923: During the time of out of control inflation in Germany, a single loaf of bread sold for over 100 billion Marks. Much of the inflation was caused by the government printing vast amounts of (eventually worthless) paper money to pay its vast government debt in which it couldn't afford to even pay the interest any longer.

1932: In German elections, the Nazis lost 34 seats and 2,000,000 votes but still remained the largest party in the Reichstag with 196 seats. Adolf Hitler was eventually elected President of Germany (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).

1935: The first flight of the Hawker Hurricane. Over 14,000 Hurricanes were built during the Second World War, including 1,400 built in Canada for the Royal Canadian Air Force. Hawker Hurricanes and Supermarine Spitfires defeated Hitler's air forces in "the Battle of Britain."

1944: Walter Edward Guinness, first Lord Moyne, British Minister for Middle East Affairs, owner of the Guinness beverage company, was murdered by radical members of the Zionist "Stern Gang," named after its leader Avrahan Stern. With few exceptions, the "Zionists" were horror-stricken by the assassination. The 2 youths who committed the crime were placed on trial in Cairo in January 1945, and swiftly found guilty and hanged (see A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism and A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).

1962: The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution condemning South Africa for its apartheid policies.

1991: A Canadian fire-fighting team extinguished the last of the 751 oil fires that had been started by Iraqi troops in Kuwait at the end of the Gulf War.

1996: Over 2,000 people were killed or lost at sea when a cyclone struck India's major crop-growing state of Andhra Pradesh.

1999: A referendum in Australia voted to retain the British monarch as head of state.


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