THE KINGDOM


A CHRISTIAN'S MISSION


THE FIRST MOVE IS YOURS


CODE IN THE PATRIARCH'S NAMES







OPEN: Hey, good morning and welcome to STAG, I'm Jack. What's Christianity all about? What is God doing and how do we participate? Also, what is required to be allowed to participate? Then we'll help all that by showing God's reality. He actually, told us the story of Jesus with the names of the first ten patriarchs, from Adam to Noah. But first……

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It's really hard to find someone who can talk about God's overall objective and where we humans fit in. It's All About The Kingdom.

All a Believer's time, energy and money that is pointed at God, must go for the edification of the Body of Christ. Twenty-five percent of a Believer's life is to be spent in pursuit of God's Objective.

God's Objective has always been to set up a Kingdom here on earth. The angels that fell were part of that process. God is using a certain 7000 years of history to fill the void left by those fallen angels.

Everything God does has this overall thrust toward the Kingdom. But we must not forget that God tells people what He's going to do, so they can prepare. He's giving us 7000 years to get ready.

When the angels fell, God created humans, with the idea that over many thousands of years He could mold them into little beings just like Him. They would be God-Beings, with full God Consciousness, just like Jesus.

God didn't create humans in order to save them. He created them to start getting the word out about God's Kingdom to come later on. He gave us that 7000 years to finally give everyone ever born the chance to join in and put their 25% to work for God.

He has laid out in detail what He expects us to do with our money. He even broke it down into three separate categories, to help us understand. Out of the three tithes, only a small bit is not given to the Priesthood and Levite.

I dislike doing this, but it's necessary. Don't get hot and want to argue that the tithe was done away with. Forget that idea, and either read on or don't. I'm not here to argue, but edify. Treat me with your God-given authority to take it or leave it. If you think about it you may discover that argument is an ego trip. It only edifies the speaker.

God set us up with the tithing system for what? For the furtherance of His Objective. All that money is to go to those who edify other Believers. The Priesthood and the Levites did just that. They studied scriptures, passed on their knowledge to the people. They were the depository of God's word, like the Ten Commandments and the Torah.

In every era God has given those people enough evidence of Himself to help them choose to participate in His Objective. The Kingdom.

That's what the money does, whether directly or indirectly by individual effort. Time and Energy over lap a bit, but let's take time. Out of the possible 30 hours a week of "free" time, the Believer will using 7-8 hours in God pursuits; bible study, web page posting, essay writing, bloging. Going to church on Sunday doesn't count. That's just putting yourself in a position of a receiver, not a transmitter.

What do we mean by "energy?" Reading the Bible isn't using very much energy. Eye movement and page turning use very few calories. Energy means output. Energy works. Energy produces. This is a place where the other two tithes touch energy.

Some of your Time will be spent composing, putting up web pages, walking around the neighborhood posting Bible study, or Presentation bulletins. We are expected to produce things that will help edify the Body, in order to get the word of God's Kingdom out to other Believers.

We are NOT to even consider unbelievers. God's Objective doesn't include unbelievers. God is not in the business to saving the world, even though He has made salvation available to the world. He's in the business of setting up His Kingdom.

He wants us Believers to work edifying other Believers so he set up the Holy Spirit with the task of "drawing" certain ones at certain time, to information about God that would have an effect on them, giving them the chance to get closer to God or back away. Remember Jesus saying, "No man can come to me, except the Father, which has sent me, draw him." John repeats this saying in chapter six, verses forty-four and sixty-five.

A lot of people have thought through the centuries that because they were good to the poor or the drunks on skid row that they were making points with God. They weren't edifying Believers. They were trying to put scalps on their belts.

Evangelism, as the first priority of the Church is a satanic construct. Paul tells us very clearly what the Believers are to be doing. He says in Ephesians four that the "work of the ministry" is the edification of the Body of Christ, so that at some future time that Body will be transformed into the exact type of "body" that Jesus now has.

The first job of the Church is to pursue objectives that will further God's Objective. And you know, that tear jerking sermon on the starving, HIV positive, Ebola victims in Africa? Did that make you a little more like Christ? Did that tell you a little more about God? Did it spark your curiosity to open your Bible? Or did it possibly get you to give a bunch of money, out of which "administrative costs" would be deducted before being sent to Africa, or Where ever.

Every Believer has to ask, "Am I being taught the real meanings of the Bible, and not just what some few verses talk about. Is my "teacher" pulling apart the word and connecting it up with other parts, showing that the connectedness points to the Objective?

I'm a firm believer that for one to actually do the Walk, one has to have a very firm belief in God. You belief in God is directly proportional to the amount of risk you are willing to take in edifying other Believers. Are you ready to start taking out 25% of your paycheck and using it for God? That's the real test of how much one believes in God. Paul even tells the Corinthians that, and I paraphrase, "you prove the Holy Spirit by the way you give." Paul tells his people in every letter but one that they are to pay the teacher.

God is setting up a Kingdom here on earth in just a few short years. You want to get in on that? It's gonna cost ya! It's going to cost you 25% of your present life. But believe me, if you ever get close to that 25%, you'll wake up one day and find that you're actually, in for another 10-15% and didn't realize it.

So, Christians have a mission to undertake.

We've heard that each person in the Body has a unique and irreplaceable function.

We know from Ephesians 4 that this function is the building up of the Body, edification. This must mean that we are to focus our efforts on believers.

What will reach believers? The Gospel of salvation? They've already heard and accepted that.

We have two main areas of work. 1-presenting evidence that God is real. 2-presenting evidence that the Bible is true. Those two things underpin all Christian life.

The evidence that the Bible is true is simply done, with much hard work. There has been much historical and archaeological evidence that shows events told of in the Bible to have actually happened.

In the area of prophecy, it can be shown that most of biblical prophecy, especially about the House of Israel, has been fulfilled. One 4000 year old prophecy has just come to pass in the last century. It's the prophecy given to Abraham. God told him that his descendents would control all the major trade entrances of the world. That has been accomplished by the lost House of Israel, Britain and the USA.

No human being could know that. It's one of the supernatural aspects of the Bible. There are three or four other supernatural things about the Bible. These are the numerical schemes that run through the Scripture. Numerical properties that could not be invented by the actual writers of the book. Indeed, they had no knowledge that what they were writing had those qualities.

Just the first half of Jesus' genealogy, written in the Book of Matthew, contains fifteen features of the number seven, which symbolizes spiritual completion. This involves the number of nouns, names, vowels, consonants, all the letters, words, and figures. Then there's the Bible Code, written about by Michael Drosnin. It has been well established as existing. The codifying of the text by this method is humanly impossible.

Once we have established the veracity of the Bible, we have also confirmed God's reality. It is from this place that we can confidently pursue His tasks, depending on Him for the needed help. One can't act on something not believed in. The actions of Christian life are too hard for the person who just talks about believing in God. If James was here, he'd say, "Look for their works."

The "work" of Christian life is the hardest of all the options. Many easier options can all be seen to contain self-interest, Protectionism. We commonly make decisions based on our comfort, safety, or financial security. It doesn't take long to discern whether a person is grounded in God or Self.

Some people will have trouble trying to reconcile Paul's writing in Ephesians four with Jesus' commission to his disciples, the one known as the Great Commission. There's only one explanation. Jesus was talking about two different groups of people. Jesus told Paul what was meant for believers in general. He told his disciples what he wanted them, specifically, to do. The Great Commission was given to only the disciples, not everyone.

Another proof of that is what Jesus said about the Holy Spirit's job. He said, "No one comes to God save the Father draw him(my paraphrase)." I'm not the Holy Spirit. It's not my place to "draw" someone to God. It's not my place to "lead someone to the Lord." I've been told to build up the Body of believers.

How do I reach other believers, if I'm not to do that on a personal level? We must do enough study of a subject to be able to communicate the idea to others. Then, we must find ways to communicate that idea in a way that the receiver has 100% control over the intake of the idea. A blog, a web site, a book, a radio/TV show, a newspaper ad for a meeting are all ways that allow the receiver to take as much or little as they decide.

Don't think that these ideas are something new. On the other hand, don't think that because the ideas aren't new that they will have no meaning for the receiver. It must be remembered that we are all individuals and have our own way of communicating an idea. This is where our uniqueness in the Body comes in.

That Old Truth will come out of your mouth differently than out of mine. And only ears that can hear your kind of mouth will respond. For this reason, we must remain aware that everyone to whom we present the Truth will not take it in. Only a very few can hear things the way you say them.

Therefore, without your particular voice those people will have to hear the Truth elsewhere. If God wants to draw that person, then of course, the person will find another mouth to listen to.

If one is to be True to God's calling, the only thing we can do is nothing. Yeah, right! Nothing. We must take out every little bit of our own agenda or reason for doing something, and completely, 100%, surrender to God. But that happens two ways, not just one. Without recognizing both, one may not move forward in one's Walk.

We first have to define some words. What does "surrender" mean in this case? And how do we get rid of our own agenda?

Simply put, surrender means doing something God's way. But the second part is indispensable. That part includes our making no decisions as to what we will do, as well as how to do it. It's not up to us to decide what we're going to do for God. Our task will be to edify the Body, but we must let God bring us the way that we'll do that work.

We must make real the idea that God is in charge of our lives and is working to bring about what He knows we need. There will always be tasks for us to work on while we wait for His leading us to new ones.

So surrender means doing only what God brings us, His way.

If you find yourself judging the task or the method by which to accomplish the task, then you haven't yet surrendered.

This idea relates to our salvation also. We are not to try and figure out how to be saved; what we have to do the make it in. We can't try and help God out and add our own acts; things that we decide are going to help get/keep us saved.

The Bible says we're saved by faithing, so we should be able to confirm the above by examining faithing. If faithing saves, then it must fall into those two ways of living.

Faithing is acting on a promise of God in the face of negative circumstances. It's depending on God to get us to our goal by taking care of those things that look like they will keep us from success.

That sounds like surrender to me. I have put aside all the thoughts about what can go wrong and moved ahead anyway. I'm not doing it my way; I'm doing it God's way.

Would you like a more detailed idea of "God's Way"? Just try the Ten Commandments and as much of the Mosaic Law as you know about. I call the Ten Commandments the "Rule Book of Life." Paul said it was our "school master."

Once you see what God has brought you, you can stack it up against the Ten Commandments to see how God wants it done.

The Law is God's Mirror of Perfection. It shows us God's Perfection. That allows us to measure our way against God's. If God didn't give us some standard to go by, we'd never get in. We'd be making it up as we went along, depending on Self, not God.

Paul talks about this when he tells us that he wouldn't know what sin was if there was no Law. You can't break a law that doesn't exist. And that the purpose of the Law was to convince us that we needed to add God's help to our own efforts to succeed. Once we saw the Perfect way, we'd know that we could never accomplish it alone.

If you are a Believer, you are to be sharing your God-stuff with other Believers in such a way that they have complete control over how to take what you've presented.

But let's break down the basics behind the Believer's mission. The foundation is faithing.

The first move is yours.

You've heard me talk a lot about Faithing. Maybe you wondered just what the heck that really was. Sure, you've heard me say that faith is an action word. It's an action based on God's Word. But how do I do that? If you're anything like me, you have a hard time picturing what you do when you Faithe.br />
I've heard the message of faithing hundreds of times. And talked about it to other people at least half that many. And still, I have this very vague feeling about it, somehow.

Well, in the course of trying to genericise faithing into some kind of universal "formula", I picked up a new slant on faithing that helped me clarify God's role in our faithing acts. That's what I want to tell you about.

The main point, is the title of this commentary. The first move is yours. Or as I usually say, "You gotta get out of the chair."

You see, one of the steps of this generic faithing formula is that we must take the first step in the process of making our goal a reality. Faithing is very like telling the future. Or better, acting like something was going to be true. Pretending sort of fits, but hints too much at fantasy. And faithing is definitely not a kids game.

Taking the first step is actually the third. First, is determining the goal by judging it against its Rightness, our Prudence, and it's Possibility. Secondly, we would ask God for His help by claiming which ever of His promises we thought we could use. Then, take the first step.

Now, to a person unfamiliar with this kind of thing, might come a feeling that God wouldn't help first. And one may end up way off the track in some argument about philosophy and God's love. And I can understand that on two levels. One thing that comes to my mind right away is that God should be willing to give me a little help without me doing anything first. After all, I did ask. And besides, it's just a little bit fearful to stick my toe in before He tells me the water is fine.

Secondly, if I make all the first moves, how am I to know for sure that He's really there, and did help me? It looked like I was doing it on my own. "Well, mostly on my own. I did get a couple breaks; small ones."

I do agree that it's scary out there in faithing land. You just never know. Not for sure. Though that's one good indicator that you're faithing, and not just gritting your teeth and doing something by will alone. You see, when you're faithing you're putting your trust somewhere outside yourself. And when we do that we always feel a little risk. The risk is clearly indicated by our feeling of reluctance.

Well, if I'm scared, doesn't God see that? Shouldn't He have a little compassion? He does, and He does. The trouble doesn't lie with God's love, knowledge, or compassion, and definitely not His power. In a manner of speaking, He's just sitting there waiting to shower those things on me. But His hands are tied.

Let me take a side road for a minute. You see, whatever knowledge you have about something, God has infinitely more. Whatever goal you've set, God knows precisely the best way to reach that goal. If you want to build a house, God knows all the shortcuts that save time. You want to sharpen a knife, God knows just exactly how many strokes, and at what angle, because He knows the makeup of the steel, the temper of the blade, and even how many times you'll use that knife before the next time you get a chance to sharpen it. The point is, that we know pitifully little about the things we do, compared to God.

No big deal. God doesn't care. I don't care. And if anybody really spent the time caring, they'd never get anything done. Mostly when we start out to do things we have enough knowledge to get the job done. Oh yeah, I make mistakes, but I don't make that many. And I try to go back and do things right on the big ones.

I guess the point is, that we could probably do it, but we could do it so much better if we had God's help. After all, it's free expert advice. "OK, that's what I'll do. I'll sit here and wait for God to tell me what to do first." See how silly that sounds. Why? 'Cuz in this context, that's not the way you take His advice.

Let's say you're building a box. Are you going to sit there until God goes and buys the lumber? You're certainly not going to sit home and wait for God to tell you to go get the wood! Now I think we're back on track. Remember I mentioned God's hands being tied. You see, it's your movement that unties God's hands. As a matter of fact, every time you stop moving toward your goal, you tie up God's hands again.

Here's an amusing example. There was a guy who kept praying for God to help him win the lottery. The man had legitimate reasons to deserve the money. He prayed and prayed. This went on a long time. Finally, God broke into his prayer one night and said, "Give me a break, will ya, BUY A TICKET!"

There's no doubt that if you've determined some goal, that you can find more than one thing you could do first. You might draw a plan of the box before you buy the wood.

God also knows the weaknesses in your plan; besides knowing the best way to get the job done. He can give the little push that will seem like the lucky break that saved you so much time. For instance, if you're a lousy planner and go to buy the wood first, you may just "happen" to hear the salesman talking about a free set of plans he just put on the display case. If you had tried to struggle with those plans, it may have taken you an extra days work.

Therein lies another key to faithing. Don't do the plans if there's something easier to accomplish. A basic order and organization is certainly necessary, but don't get locked in where it isn't important.

That concept leads directly into the next step in the faithing process. Listen! No, that's it. You must listen. As you progress toward you goal, you must be careful to listen for God's suggestions. He's that little voice in your head that sometimes gives you flashes of inspiration, or warnings that something weird got into the process and needs to be dealt with. You know, those times when later you've said, "I knew I was going to do that!" That voice is how you knew.

Anyway, God can only help with the stuff you're actually doing. It's an ongoing thing. Whenever you're doing, He's helping. I mean, what would you think if I was standing behind my car, and when I asked you to help me push it to the curb, I just stood there and waited 'till you started pushing. You wouldn't be helping, you'd be doing the whole thing.

Well, I've tried to weave the first four steps of faithing into this discussion so far: set a clear goal, ask God's help, do the first thing that feels good, and listen. I'd like to talk about the last three.

Tracking, Logging, and Thanks.

Listening and tracking are very similar. Listening is like sitting on the edge of your chair to make sure that one of those little suggestions from God doesn't get by unnoticed. Tracking, is more like keeping a running total of all the suggestions and coincidences and lucky breaks that popped up along the way.

Tracking is very important in reinforcing your awareness of God. When those "breaks" start to add up, we can see that things out of our control have been making our project easier. I know, coincidence is a very attractive and easy answer, but how many coincidences make a fact? And remember, we've already asked God to help. We can't say, "Please, God help me. Oh, that was just a lucky break."

How about logging? Personally, I like to keep a journal. Every day I write down the main activities. And any side comment that seems appropriate. Every one of those coincidences makes it into the book. It's a very positive way to build your faith in a hurry.

Finally, if you've done all of the above, I don't have to suggest that you thank God for helping get you to the point of the finished box. You've already done that. And you've thanked Him for all the bonuses along the way. Especially the one, where your neighbor Ed offered to pay you to build him two for his speaker system.

But gee, none of that would have happened if you were still sitting in the chair, maybe pouting, and waiting for God to make the first move. He can only help you do what you're doing. And who needs God to help them sit in a chair?

Don't sit there, faithe!

But you know, people don't act on things they don't believe. That's why I like to present things that proves God's hand in history. The stronger our belief in God, the easier it is to overcome the risk involved in participating. Faithing always contains an element of the unknown; the scary part. Like, "I won't have enough for food if I tithe."

So, here's that little study on the names of the first ten Old Testament patriarchs. And before I start that, I'll remind you of another little study I've shown you before. It's the one on Genesis 1:1. Just this one verse tells the story of Jesus and redemption. OK, the patriarch's names.

I was listening to Chuck Missler one day and heard him tell of the message of the Messiah found in the names of the Patriarchs of the Old Testament. This was part of a presentation dealing with some of the codes contained in scripture.

So I decided to look up these names in various reference books. I used Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary, indicated below by D. I also used "Who's Who in the Bible", by Joan Comay and Ronald Brownrigg; that's the WW note. Next I looked up the names in Strong's concordance, seen below as the letter H, followed by the Hebrew dictionary number. Lastly, I looked up the names in "Insight on the Scriptures," a two volume "encyclopedia" put out by the Watch Tower folks; those notes are indicated by JW. The number of the generation of each Patriarch precedes the name.

Below each name, in italics, is the phrase I came up with to summarize the name meanings. Please don't be too critical with this backwoods scholar. This study wasn't meant to be exhaustive, only to show that God writes His message in many different places, in many different ways. So, even though some of my phrases may seem to stretch a bit, please recognize that these name-meanings do fit loosely into the context of the Messiah, and not a mess of unrelated ideas.

Now here's the rather neat part. I reasoned, "If the God-oriented Patriarchs told the story of Christ and salvation, what would the names in Cain's line reveal?" Well, I thought sure that we'd hear all about how Cain messed up, and all the bad stuff that happened to him. This would be God's way of saying, "Don't screw up." I was only part right.

You can see for yourself what are the bare definitions of the Cain-line names. They start out telling Cain's failing, but then change to something quite different; and not surprising. It looks to me like God turned the story right back to His message again. See if you don't agree that God ends up telling us that salvation is still available to those who screw up.

The interesting part is that the Cain line doesn't go to the Messiah, specifically. It's as if God is presenting the scenario of the Legalist frame. It doesn't talk of a Redeemer, but of God's discipline to those "People of God."

Regardless, both lists of names can be seen as coherent statements about our walk with God. They aren't, as I said, just a jumble of non-related ideas. And the statements fit nicely with the rest of the scriptural message.

This may strike some as, perhaps, inconsequential, less than important. So are all the individual nails in a coffin. Let me ask: Into what category would you place this information? Does it refer to eating taboos? Is it about walking around the desert for forty years? Is it a history of Paul's journeys? What, in the Bible, do these statements connect with, if not God's dealings with our souls? Instruction in salvation? I might add, that just being able to categorize the statements gives proof of their coherence.

One last reiteration: Noah didn't pick his name. Neither did he sit down one day with his history/genealogy book and change all the names of his grandparents so they fit with each other. The names weren't changed. No one changed the order of birth for those named. Over the course of almost two thousand years, these ten generations of people, headed by the Patriarchs, lived their lives like we do. The origin of the message is not human. God left us this message encoded in those first ten Patriarch's names.

God is Real. That's the true importance of the encoded messages in these two lists of names.

PS- Make of this what you will. There are ten generations in the first list of names, but only seven generations in Cain's list. Both these lists are for the period before the flood (except that I included Noah's sons to see if they would fit into the code). The number ten is the number of responsibility, and the number seven is one of completion.

Now here's the study.





Generation

RECAP: A human being, ground of mankind is appointed, put in place, as a substitute that compensates for mortal man/mankind. A fixed dwelling place for God's praise and out raying, God's servant, who descended, went down, obediently dedicating himself to be the shoot and branch that was pierced, brought (strength and) quiet rest; which allowed - honor, passion and blessing.

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Generation RECAP: The swift striking lance of self-gotten righteousness produces a narrow, disciplining initiation by God, in the form of a quick hiding-away, separating discipline, a stroking (cleaning up) of those called by God; which brings strength, detachment from the physical flow of life, music, weapons against sin, and loveliness, beauty and pleasure.

Neat, huh?

WRAP: 1-Well,if you never find out another thing about the Believer's Walk, you still have enough to get with God.
2-If you want to talk about these subjects or anything else, STAG is a comfortable place to do that. We're at 88 Briceland Rd. in Redway. The number is 707 923 ALLY(2559). On the web it's STAG.WS/ Don't forget to check out the radio archive and YouTube channels, too.
3-Thanks for listening. I'll be back on Jan 3. Hope to wee you then.
4-The Believer's Walk is not an easy one, but we have all the help we need. God has promised to take care of us as we go. He's the only one who is able to do that, too, because...
5-He's Real. And He always does the things He says He will, for those who faithe on His word.
This is Jack, Bye.







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