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The Emerging Church

“Returning to Essentials”
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Hospitality is the practice that keeps the church from becoming a club, a members-only society. —Diana Butler Bass [1]

Practical, practice-based Christianity has been avoided, denied, minimized, ignored, delayed, and sidelined for too many centuries, by too many Christians who were never told Christianity was anything more than a belonging or belief system. Now we know that there is no Methodist or Catholic way of loving. There is no Orthodox or Presbyterian way of living a simple and nonviolent life. There is no Lutheran or Evangelical way of showing mercy. There is no Baptist or Episcopalian way of visiting the imprisoned. If there is, we are invariably emphasizing the accidentals, which distract us from the very “marrow of the Gospel,” as St. Francis called it. We have made this mistake for too long. We cannot keep avoiding what Jesus actually emphasized and mandated. In this most urgent time, “it is the very love of Christ that now urges us” (2 Corinthians 5:14).

Quaker pastor Philip Gulley superbly summarizes how we must rebuild spirituality from the bottom up in his book, If the Church Were Christian. [2] Here I take the liberty of using my own words to restate his message, which offers a rather excellent description of Emerging Christianity: . . . .

(Please click here to read rest of this article by Richard Rohr, from his Daily Meditations in The Center for Action and Contemplation Blog called “The Emerging Church,” dated November 30, 2017.)

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About That Flag Thing

Hi everyone. Bob here. Just a note to let you know that the month of October has been a dry month in the writing area for me, but Genie, my wife,  has been having much more happening in that area this month. Therefore I have asked her to allow me to place an article given to her through the spiritual rheum which fits better in my blog and makes a very important point in truth. Genie and I attempt to live our lives even as Paul declared boldly that he lived his. He stated that he was indeed a citizen of Rome (ACT 16:21-38 & 22:22-27) and of the Hebrew/Jewish clan (ACT 21:39), but that he was foremost a believer in the Christ, Jesus (ACT 19:4). To this Genie and I proclaim with Paul’s court testimony that we are citizens of the United States, still a member of the United Nations, we are descendant members of the Protestant Churches of the World, but first and foremost we are believers in Jesus, the Christ and his father to whom we give our allegiance.

As citizens of this country, which has since its birth proclaimed to be “one nation, under God” it concerns us when we see activity which shows that proclamation to be challenged. Something done quite often it seems. That is what this article by Genie is about. One of those challenges. Thanks, Genie, for allowing me to put this article in my blog this month. The “stage” is yours:

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ABOUT THAT FLAG THING

by: Rogene A. Robbins

 

I do tend to get political on my personal Facebook account. but I try to keep politics and other matters that divide us and make us believe we are separated from God and each other out of Espirational.  But… when I wake up with a blog post I would not choose to write writing itself I get up and start typing.

So what about that flag thing?  Is it un-American to not stand, salute, place your hand over your heart, sing the National Anthem or pledge allegiance to the flag of our country?  If we choose to sit or stand in silent prayer are we dishonoring the flag, our country, war veterans living and dead?  Should people really  be forced to stand for the National Anthem or say the pledge of allegiance?  What slippery slope will that take us down?

I live in Oklahoma, a state that is so conservative our dirt is even red.  When we go into our small town for events it is not unusual for the singing of the national anthem and/or the pledge of allegiance to be used to open the meeting or festivities.  So what do I do?  If I am already standing I stand quietly with my hands at my sides.  If I am sitting I remain seated.  Why?

I pledge allegiance to no one and nothing  but God.  Isn’t pledging our allegiance to our country or even just a symbol of it idol worship?

Let’s read the words of the first two of the Ten Commandments from Exodus, Chapter 20.

“And God spake all these words, saying,

I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.”

In the wilderness the people of God chose to worship a golden calf while Moses was on the mountain receiving God’s law.  In our modern-day wilderness our worship is nationalism, electing a political leader to make American “great”, Christian, and white again even if it means going against the Creator.  Some of us even display the flag, one of our national symbols in our churches.  Things change, but they really stay the same, don’t they?

When will we stop looking outside for  help, answers, and leadership when the Spirit of God is within each of us?  Turning back to God isn’t about belonging to a certain church, blindly following a leader, excluding certain groups from society or even standing for the national anthem.  Turning back to God is as simple as realizing that God is still here, within each and every one of us, looking to the Spirit of God for guidance and living as followers of the way.

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Chapter 12 of The Revelation

There is much discussion being promoted and conducted this month of September of 2017 about a part of the Biblical book of The Revelation of Jesus Christ to St. John the Divine and “Planet X.” Sadly enough it is centered on bad information and a theory of scriptural interpretation which cannot be proven. It basis said application of the meaning of the interpretation of the allegory of this prophecy upon the rotation of the astrological signs which are coincidentally rotating through our time periods this month. However, to be sure that while most certainly the Apostle John could have made reference to such an incident in his prophecy, he did not. John was not an astrologer.

To help people have better guidance as to how to understand this section of John’s writing, I am placing below a copy of Chapter 12 from The Literal Authorized Version of The Revelation and a quote from my commentary concerning how it has already been fulfilled. For more information concerning how I came to this understanding of the allegorical language of Bible prophecy, may I suggest you obtain a copy of my work called: REVEALED from Amazon’s Kindle bookstore.

The original Authorized King James Version of Revelation 12 may be seen on Bible Gateway by clicking here.

The Revelation, Chapter 12, The Literal Authorized Version.

  • And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a city made righteous with the Father God, and the Jerusalem under her walk, and upon her king a life of twelve churches;
  • And she being with God cried, travailing in birth and pained to be delivered.
  • And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great sinful Satan, having seven kings and ten kings, and seven lives upon his kings.
  • And his false prophet drew the third part of the churches of heaven, and did cast them to the enemies: and Satan stood before the city which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her god as soon as it was born.
  • And she brought forth a man-god, who was to rule all nations with a correction of Rome, and her god was caught up unto God, and to his Heaven.
  • And the city fled into the desolation, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there 1260 years.
  • And there was war in heaven: Michael and his ministering spirits fought against Satan; and Satan fought and his demons.
  • And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
  • And the great Satan was cast out, which deceiveth the whole world; he was cast out into the enemies, and his demons were cast out with him.
  • And I received a loud speech saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the word of his Messiah: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God at all times.
  • And they overcame him by the life of the Christ, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

 

  1. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the tribe and of the people! For Satan is come down unto you having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
  2. And when Satan saw that he was cast unto the enemies, he persecuted the city which brought forth the man-god.
  3. And to the city were given two chariots of a great Rome, that she might fly into the desolation, into her place, where she is nourished for 1260 years, from the appearance of the Satan.
  4. And the Satan cast out of his speech a spirit as an enemy after the city, that he might cause her to be carried away of the enemy.
  5. And the foundations helped the city, and the foundations opened her speech, and swallowed up the enemy which Satan cast out of his speech.
  6. And Satan was wroth with the city, and went to make war with the remnant of her children, which keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus the Messiah.

 

 

From Bob Robbins’ Commentary, REVEALED, Part 2, Book IV:

 

            Chapter 12 – The Women and the Dragon

 

Suddenly the scene changes from one concerning mainly the events of the physical earthly world to that which is universal and spiritual. John again begins recording the prophecy, now in a different light, as he was told he must do in Chapter Ten.

There appeared to John “a great and wondrous sign … in heaven” of “a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feel and twelve stars on her head” (REV 12:1). The figurative description here seems clearly to indicate the city of Jerusalem. While it seems contradictory to many teachings, that woman represented the true church, this fact is, in actuality, quilt complimentary of that theory.

Found in the midst of nearly every major, and oft times minor city in the world is the home base of some religion or religious denomination; sometimes even several denominations or religions can be found to have sprung from one metropolitan area. Though some may not be obvious to the untrained eye, others are quilt prominent. Mecca is the central holy city for Islam, The Church of Christ Scientists’ home base is in New York City. The Roman Catholics, of course, are ruled from a Rome suburb. The Church of the Nazarene’s base of operations is in Lenexa, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri while, in another of Kansas City’s suburbs, Independence, Missouri, is a denomination called The Reorganized Church of Latter Day Saints; while another of this metropolitan’s suburbs called Unity Village headquarters for the Unity Church. The list could go on for pages but the fact is that the base of true faith has and shall continue to be in Jerusalem which is depicted in Scripture as a virtuous woman. (JER 6:2; ISA 54:5; HOS 2:19; JOH 3:29; 2CR 11:2)

Citing people like Seiss and Davis, Anderson points out how important it is to recognize that there is but one true church; that being the one derived from the ancient Israeli nation which was spoken of by Luke as “the church in the wilderness” (ACT 7:18) which contained twelve kingdoms (or churches) made up of all the nation’s twelve tribes. “The whole Bible,” says Anderson, “has but one story: the story of the conflict between Christ and his enemy: between the seed of the woman and the dragon” (UTR pg 113).

But, without warning, another “sign” appeared: that of an enormous red dragon. Anmianus Marcellinus reported that there was a dragon affixed to the purple standard (flag) of Rome (TRH bk. 16, ch. 12, par. 39, pg. 116) which dragon Anderson reports to having been red when quoting from Marcellinus’ History of the Roman Empire. Rome, having been built on a group of seven hills, or mountains, from which it conquered the then known “civilized” world and divided it into ten governmental sub regions fulfills the description of the dragon described by John completely.

This dragon, through its “prophecies” and promises, drew a third of the stars, or that is four of the tribes which were of Israel, and flung them into the foundational teaching of of their faith. These teachings of the Pharasees and Saducess caused much grief to be laid upon the true followers of the faith and thus did the dragon stand “in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might devour her child the moment it was born” (REV 12:4).

That this was truly the case can be shown by the order given by Herod for the extermination of all male infants in Bethlehem after Jesus’ birth. But add to this extermination the fact that Saul (Paul) of Tarsus had himself belonged to one of these groups and later repented of his erroneous ways to become a chief witness as to the Messiahship of Jesus throughout the rest of his life.

The moment Jesus was born he was swept away by his Earthly parents into a safe place where little is known of him until the beginning of his ministry when he was about thirty. Years later, after the dragon thought it had put an end to this man’s threatening position, Jesus arose from the grave in which the dragon had placed him. Soon he was “snatched up to God and to his” place in heaven (REV 12:5). This was seen by eleven of the disciples and many other persons who were with them and recorded by Luke in his book of the Acts of the Apostles (1:9).

In following the instructions of her Lord, the Church “fled into the desert to a place prepared for her by God” (MAT 24:15-21). Where this place was is not ever revealed possibly because if, perchance, this writing were discovered and understood by the dragon’s people it would not have been wise to record where the church was hiding. However, in 70 A.D., when the Roman soldiers tramped into Jerusalem and destroyed the temple; those who heeded Jesus’ words to “flee into the hills and mountains” (MAT 24:16) were spared their lives. The headquarters of the church was, at that time, moved into Antioch temporarily and, according to Anderson, other secluded places, such as the Piedmont valleys and the Alpine mountains, even the friendly young America, all became havens of refuge for the persecuted people of God” (TUR pg. 119).

At the same time that Jesus was winning the hearts of men and women on Earth, giving evidence that he was, as Peter pronounced, “the Christ, the Son of the Living God” (JOH 6:69), there was also occurring a “war in heaven” (REV 12:7). Michael, the archangel of Might who took over the battle between Gabriel and “the prince of the Persian kingdom” when Daniel had asked God for answers concerning prophecy (DAN 10:12-14), had gathered the good angels against Satan who, along with the fallen angels, were in battle in order to maintain their place in Heaven.  “But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven” (REV 12:8).  Jesus said, concerning this battle, as he gazed into the night sky near Capernaum one evening as the seventy-two disciples which he had sent out in the surrounding area to preach returned, “I saw Satan fall like lightening from heaven…” (LUK 10:18)

Michael had successfully “hurled down that ancient serpent … who leads the whole world astray.” The Authorized (King James) Version of the Bible says that at this moment Satan and his angels were “cast out into the earth” (REV 12:9).  That is he was cast into the midst of Earth, never again to return to the heavens.  The places on Earth like the Bermuda Triangle seem to indicate that such a place as this Scripture speaks of does exist on this planet.  Innumerable times have ships and planes disappeared while navigating over these negative vortexes never again to be seen.  There must, is seems, be a reason.  Is it not reasonable that these disappearances occur basically only when these negative vortexes are “turned on” for either the entrances or exits of the negative universe’s occupants; they being the demons, or fallen angels of Satan?

The idea that the demonic world is largely aquarian and reptilian in nature can be seen not only in the fact that it was a serpent-like creature which seduced Eve from the truth originally; but in the various forms of religious literature throughout the world, from Syria to Egypt, from India to South American it is recorded in the artifacts that the “wisdom” between the knowledge of what is good and what is evil has come from the “underworld” or out of the “waters of the deep” (SGM pg 75, 79; see: REV 4.10.0; 3.1.6).  Some have said that these were the remains of the creatures of Atlantis which legend claims to have sunk. But it did not sink at all.  Rather it was flooded by God in Noah’s day never to be drained again even to this day.  These creatures, of which the Loc Ness Monster could possibly be one sample, are not the beings who evolved into amphibious creatures due to their continent being flooded as some occultists believe, but instead are fallen angels who left their “first estate” (JUD 6) in order to follow Satan, their god.

They made this decision long before man was created but now they had been forced into the planet, Earth, once and for all time. The angels which remained in the heavens rejoice, saying:

 “Now have come the salvation and the power and the Kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ.  For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.  They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. Therefore rejoice, you heavens and them who inhabit them!  But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you!  He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.” (REV 12:10-12—NIV)

John says that, “When the dragon saw he had been hurled to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child.” He did this by first entering into one of Jesus’ own disciples, Judas, and causing him to betray his Lord to the Roman soldiers and the Hebrew Sanhedrin. This, in effect, caused the eventual crucifixion of Jesus. But when Jesus did not remain in the grave, as Satan had hoped, the devil them set out to pursue and attempt to destroy the church which bore Christ’s name.

The church heeded the waning Jesus had given her, as mentioned before, and beginning in 70 A.D. until 1330 A.D. (exactly 1260 years) she was hid in obscurity in the desolation of the remains of the Roman Empire. Then, in the decades of 1330-1340 the Catholic University of Paris found itself in the midst of a struggle with a group called “nominalists” which censured fifty-one points of the teaching of a man named Ockhan who was of the Franciscan order (WYC pg. 8). His book, De Ecclesiatica et Politica Protestate and books by one of his contemporaries, Mrsiglio, who wrote both Defensor Paris and Diagolus became widely read during the mid-fourteenth century and became a strong influences upon John Wycliff who was born in 1320 (JWT pg. 71,72), the prophet who stood up against the Catholic Church and translated the Bible into English.

 

 

So, while there may be a remote possibility of a possible interpretation of the prophetic book of The Revelation in the way the doomsayers are promoting on the Web and other ways, the possibility of it’s accuracy is nominal. As you can see if you read the above disclosure, the glorious woman was the Jewish nation/church and the twelve stars were the twelve tribes. To see where I got these definitions please see the prophetic dictionary found in Part One of my series. If you have any questions about this article, Revelation 12, “Planet X,” or anything else concerning this type of prophecy please comment and ask your questions on this blog.

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It’s Your Choice

“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live….”

(DEU 30:19; as found in Bible Gateway; In Context | Full Chapter | Other Translations)

 

Okay, so the worldly prophets are at it again. All over the virtual world of the Web, in numerous churches and even on the planet’s talk on the streets and in the homes of many our eyes are being turned toward the heavens as the soothsayers and the doom prognosticators are pointing toward August 21 and September 23, 2017, as harbingers of the beginning of the end. Are they right?

You’d think we’d know better by now that a total eclipse of the sun, caused simply by the passage of the moon between the direct path of the light created by the sun’s flames and a relatively small land space on Earth, is nothing more than a periodic natural event which occurs due to simple physical universal laws. Yes, there is reference of the sun being darkened in the book of The Revelation (8:12). Yes, there is mention of a stone being cast onto Earth which destroys one-third of those living (REV 18:21). But I ask you, how many other eclipses have occurred since the time during which John scripted his vision? How many other “visionaries” have there been who have warned Earth’s inhabitants of impending doom and the arrival of “Judgement Day” only to be left standing alone with only a few blind soles after the astronomical event, be it an eclipse, a meteor shower, the passage of a nearby comet or some other natural phenomena?

Is there a better way to understand the prophecies of the Bible? Is there another “message” to the things we see and experience personally for perhaps the first time? The answer to this is a resounding “YES!” It is because of such confusion, either intentional and manipulative in purpose or unintentional that a more pure understanding of how the prophecies of the Bible is imperative.

That is why I’ve dedicated my life to writing and publishing my series called REVEALED. Not to show my power of the printed word, the fact that I received low grades in school in English proves I do not have that. The book was not to be my theses to prove my vast knowledge of both scripture and world history, I do not carry a theological degree and my education has centered on business, psychology and education – not religion. But my acceptance to the call to help people better understand the glorious foundations of the Scriptures and the prophecies found within them came early in my life, before being indoctrinated by worldly churches. Thus I have found no need to constantly be looking for ways the prophecies are to be fulfilled. My faith is simple. I know the prophecies of the Bible, for the most part, have already been filled, or they are being fulfilled, or a few are yet to be fulfilled. Simple as that.

There is really nothing left to be to be revealed about the mysteries of the prophecies, and there has not been since John wrote The Revelation. The only reason I chose to write my series of lessons/books is to try to give further guidance concerning how to comprehend the picturesque language those prophecies are written in better. John was told not to seal up his book (REV 22:10), therefore he tried to make the way of understanding the prophetic words as clear as possible. But by the nature of man, confusion sat in over the centuries to the point that everyone who studies the Scriptures believe they have the right understanding of the words contained in the prophecies. Such confusion causes people to have doubt, to believe lies and to think the Bible has no basis of Truth when the prophecies fail as interpreted.

We all have a choice to make for August 21, 2017 and beyond. I’ll admit that I am making a statement similar to what the worldly theologians make when I say that this date is not necessarily the beginning of the end. It could be. But I believe as strongly as those who proclaim that possibility that the beginning of the end started over 2000 years ago and that we are about to enter a “new age” of hope, peace and love of which this planet has never experienced. This is not starting on August 21, nor any other specific date. It will not be announced by an eclipse, a comet, “Planet X” nor any other astronomical event. This coming 1000 years of peace, the Millennial Sabbath, will come by an awakening of the spirit of mankind into their true spiritual personhood. The chaos of this world will pass away as people begin to understand that there is more to this life than we have been told.

The Hebrew people, the Jews, missed the Christ when he first came to Earth because they sought a worldly king who would defeat their enemies and establish their kingdom over all the earth. It did not happen. Most missed their Messiah because he came as a peaceful servant, not a conquering warrior. Followers of Jesus today, many of them, are doing the same thing. They believe that it is our responsibility to establish “The Kingdom of God” regardless what it takes, violent or otherwise. Please, do not be deceived. God’s ways are not man’s ways (ISA 55:8). When Jesus was here, nearly 2000 years ago he established a spiritual kingdom of people who were taught the knowledge of the kingdom of spirit, who was given understanding of that knowledge and who were able to obtain the wisdom of how to live in that spirit. We need not create the Kingdom of God on Earth, it is already here. We need not fear the future, we should rejoice in it.

Yes, times are likely going to get tough through the next few years, especially if people listen to and believe what the worldly philosophers and prophets are proclaiming. And I admit that what I am writing here is but my opinion and could be wrong. Are you able to make such a statement about the coming eclipse? Planet X? Or in previous years about Hale Bop, meteor showers or a multitude of other astronomical events which have been declared by well-meaning yet misled spokes persons who struck fear in people’s hearts as they spoke.

The choice is ours. We can either follow these ungrounded mythologies surrounding scriptures and allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by fear and dark knowledge, or we can stand in the light of the sun on August 21, 2017 and watch as that light is temporarily darkened by the moon passing overhead. This marvelous event shows our dependence upon the natural light of the sun, even as our spiritual life is dependent upon the light of love emitting through the true believers of God. There is nothing to fear. Experience this eclipse. Watch the sun disappear. Watch it come back again. Even as Jesus, the Christ, arose from the grave, the Spirit of God has been, is, and shall always be here. Our choice is, do we believe it?

 

 


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Have you been asking “What on Earth is happening here. . . on Earth?” This is a question which has been asked by people throughout history and has been speculated by both the wise and fools ever since the beginning of time. One of the most discussed and controversial books ever written, The Book of The Revelation of Jesus Christ to St. John, found in the Christian Holy Bible today stands in the midst of this question. Why is this book so important? Why is it written in an allegorical, “secretive” language which seems to cause more confusion than answers to the basic question? And even if this description the apostle tells is accurate how can we know where we are at in its forecasts?

This book is Volume Two of The Espirational Truth Ministries’ continuing series on the systematic research which its founders have been doing for over 50 years. Volume One was where the author explained what the prophetic, allegoric language is and how the definitions to the figurative language is found in Bible parables and prophecies as they were discovered and found. It contains a glossary of many of the common terms used in the Bible parables and The RevelationVolume Two of this series called REVEALED is a stand alone volume which builds on the theory presented in Volume One where the allegorical language of the prophecy as presented by John has been removed using the literal language as defined by the Bible itself. Then, as shown to be done by Old Testament prophets like Daniel the prophetic writing of The Revelation is carefully correlated with history. This current Kindle edition has footnotes showing how events which has occurred since this book’s original publication in 1988 have progressively pushed Earth’s history further along the path toward prophetic fulfillment as described by John.

This is not just another doom and gloom book of predictions which talks about the “end days” and the ultimate destruction of Earth and Earth’s inhabitants. If you read to the end of the book you will see how humans have a glorious future promised where we are returned to our proper place of being citizens of the Universe created by a loving God. We will finally realize that we are spiritual beings having a human experience who are invited into eternity by the creator of us all. Please read this book and share it with others. We all need hope in this chaotic world we live in today. That’s what this book offers.


 

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