WAITING FOR THE MESSIAH
The word "Messiah" is known in several different religions. Muslims and Jews both have a belief that a Messiah will come to deliver or redeem them. Within Christianity, the Messiah is the first born spiritual son of God. In an ordinary conception, not only do the parents' reproductive cells combine to produce the new person, but also, the spirit of the father combines with the spirit of the mother to produce a new spirit for the child. Jesus became the only begotten son of God when the spirit of God infused his human body that manifested through the power of the Holy Spirit. The spirit of God powered his humanity.
When God's spirit paid the spiritual penalty for sin by being crucified and going into hell on our behalf, hell had no power to hold his spirit. He thus paid the penalty for sin, and by his resurrection, recaptured the gift of eternal life through the power of the Holy Spirit. He, God, was our Messiah, savior, deliverer and kinsman redeemer. He came the first time in precisely the manner in which he was prophesied to come, and before he left, he made clear that he will return. So, once again, we are in waiting mode. For what are we waiting and what should we be doing in the interim?
At his first appearance, our Messiah diagnosed the problem, paid the penalties, and set forth the initial plan of remediation. At his second appearance, he will expect that we have implemented the initial plan of remediation, using all of the resources he provided. We should be in position to commence the final stretch of the remediation plan which is scheduled to occupy us for the next one thousand years. It will take one thousand years before we arrive at the point of perfection at which we truly can have authority over, and be uninfluenced by, the evil forces that exist on the earth. If he returns and discovers that we have failed to implement his initial plan of remediation, we cannot possibly expect to move to the next level. It would be equivalent to demanding to be trained as an actuarial expert when you have no solid mathematical foundation.
No one can be raptured who has not received the indwelling Holy Spirit, and been baptized by full immersion in water with a genuine desire to repent of all sin. Nor can anyone be raptured who has not been sealed by the Holy Spirit of God for the same reason that one seals a container of food to prevent or reduce contamination. One also must be trained in the basic abc's of how to repent of specific sins and thereby cleanse the body, soul and spirit. Only the purest form of water can evaporate, and only the purest bodies will be raptured . . . .
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