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-Should we be fasting as they did in old times to draw close to God? Isaiah 58:3-12

How much closer to Crerator-God can one be?.The very presence of His loving nature is in us. However, time spent thinking on application of spiritual concerns.brings forth.His fulness.

Acts of love and compassion, helping the poor, etc., enables the evils that may be affecting our lives due to acting on the extremely low consciousness ego we all have, to be broken.(Jehoshaphat's example; fasting for favor:.Esther 4:15-17)

From a higher consciousness level we become enabled to conquer the arrogance of the ego level that binds us to many hurtful things.

The body adapts to things that you do over and over again. Act as you would like to become and you will become from the heart what was once only acting.

Fasting is one way to crucify the ego:.Isaiah 58:5-11 "Is it such a fast that I have chosen? A day for a man to afflict his soul? Is it to bow down his head as a bulrush and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? Will you call this a fast and an acceptable day to the LORD? Is not this the fast that I have chosen? To loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens and to let the oppressed go free and that you break every yoke? Is it not to deal your bread to the hungry and that you bring the poor that are cast out to your house? When you see the naked, that you cover him and that you hide not yourself from your own flesh? Then shall your light break forth as the morning and your health spring forth speedily and your righteousness shall go before thee. The glory of the LORD shall be your rereward.(rear guard for the troops in front; God will be with you all the way). Then you'll call and the LORD shall answer. You shall cry and he'll say: Here I am! If you take away from the midst of you the yoke, the putting forth of the finger.(shaking the finger in arrogance at someone you're upset with).and speaking vanity. And if you draw out your soul to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted soul, then shall your light rise in obscurity and your darkness be as the noonday and the LORD shall guide thee continually and satisfy your soul in drought and make fat thy bones and you shall be like a watered garden and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not."

Fasting clears the mind because it provides for the body to concentrate on cleansing itself. Normally the blood supplies new nourishment to the cells and carries away wastes at the same time. 

Fasting erases arrogance by taking one away from the sense of self-sufficiency that being engrossed within our concerns and desires perpetuates. Fasting makes one acutely aware of the interdependency of our lives. 

Because one is free from fixing food, etc., more time is available for spiritual concerns like study and thinking time about what has been read and more time for prayer and meditation. This would be called a spiritual fast and is often combined with a physical body cleansing/renewing fast.

The fasts most mentioned in the New Testament after Christ rose from the dead and became resident in believers are:.1Corinthians 16:13; Galatians 5:1; Philippians 1:27; 4:1; 1Thessalonians 3:8; 5:21; 2Thessalonians 2:15; 2Timothy 1:13; Titus 1:9; Hebrews 3:6; 4:14; 10:23; Revelation 2:13,25; 3:3,11.
 


-What / when are the last days?

The last days are talked about in.Acts 2:17; 2Timothy 3:1-5; Hebrews 1:1,2; 1Peter 1:20 and explained here.

The Bible states that a day with the Creator is as a thousand years.(2Peter 3:8).and He created seven days for this era. It is believed by some that the last part of the week started after Emmanuel rose from the dead.

Comprised with.Barnes Notes:.Regarding the phrase "in the last days". In the Hebrew, Chaldee, Syria and Arabic, the phrase is rendered "after these things" or "afterwards". The expression the last days, however, occurs frequently in the Old Testament: Genesis 49:1, Jacob called his sons, that he might tell them what should happen to them in the last days; that is, in future times. Hebrew is 'in after times'. Micah 4:1 "In the last days.(Hebrew 'in after times').the mountain of the house of the Lord", etc..Isaiah 2:2 "In the last days, the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains." Acts 2:17 "And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy and your young men shall see visions and your old men shall dream dreams."

The expression then properly denoted the future times in general but, as the coming of the Messiah was to the eye of a Jew the most important event in the coming ages, the great, glorious, and crowning scene in all that vast futurity, the phrase came to be regarded as properly expressive of that. And they spoke of future times and of the last times, as the glad period which should be crowned and honored with the presence and triumphs of the Messiah. It stood in opposition to the usual denomination of earlier times. It was a phrase in contrast with the days of the patriarchs, the kings, the prophets, etc.

The last days or the closing period of the world, were the days of the Messiah. It does not appear from this and it certainly is not implied in the expression, that they supposed the world would then come to an end. Their views were just the contrary. They anticipated a long and glorious time, under the dominion of the Messiah and to this expectation they were led by the promise that his kingdom should be forever and that of the increase of his government there should be no end, etc. This expression was understood by the writers of the New Testament as referring undoubtedly to the times of the gospel. And hence they often used it as denoting that the time of the expected Messiah had come, but not to imply that the world was drawing near to an end:.Hebrews 1:2 "Has in these last days spoken unto us by his Son." 1Peter 1:20 "Was manifest in these last times for you."  1John 2:18 "Little children, it is the last time".2Peter 3:3; 1Peter 1:5; Jude 1:18. The expression, the last day, is applied by our Savior to the resurrection and the day of judgment:.John 6:39,40,44,54; 11:24; 12:48. Here the expression means simply 'in those future times', when the Messiah shall have come.

This day today is the time of salvation.(note here that this time started with Christ's ascension back to the Father after He was resurrected from the body of Emmanuel; life on Earth was different before that {Psalms 14:3,4}), now is the time the Creator wants everyone to awaken out of the world of sleep and into the spiritual:.Revelation 12:10; Acts 17:30; 1Timothy 2:4 "Who will have all humans saved and to come unto the knowledge of the truth."

How does one get salvation today?.Acts 15:11; 16:31; Romans 10:9,13.; Isaiah 53:11.

The last day spoken of in John 6:54 and earlier in that chapter is talking about the last day of the age of the Mosaic Law that was to be done away in Christ.(2Corinthians 3:7-11; Hebrews 10:4,9).by His death and resurrection, which at the time He said this was still to occur.

Today, the 'last day' for believers is the day of a believer's resurrection.(1Corinthians 15:52).and that's as good as done.(Romans 4:17 "...God, who quickens the dead and calls those things which be not as though they were.").once one is a believer:.John 3:36 "He that believes on the Son has everlasting life..." John 5:24,25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heard my word and believes on him that sent me, has everlasting life and shall not come into condemnation, but is passed from death unto life. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God and they that hear shall live.".Romans 8:23; 1Corinthians 15th chapter.

The last day of one's experience on Earth is controlled by God for each person. It's God who decides when one's learning time is done. If one is not learning, then he or she is has turned to being here just to heap stuff upon themselves.

Though the Mosaic Law was done away in Christ, it still carried on with the corrupt religious leaders.(Matthew 23rd chapter).of the day, that is, until the massive destruction that so destroyed their depraved Old Testament religious system.

This bastardized.system back then was used as a basis for concocting their own brand of religious interference.in order to continue controlling men and women:.2Peter 2:19. The scripture is talking about when Messiah comes again.(John 14:3), it will close this time.(why close the time?.Hebrews 10:4,9,16).and then will be the last day of that age, which came with the destruction of the corrupt religious order. And when did He come and was that the final coming?.Hebrews 9:28.

Trials and testings in life are indicators in a person's life that the time is now to both awaken and learn spiritually important things. They are needed to bring those who will respond into high consciousness, as the Creator Himself lives within.

Salvation is the beginning glimpse into the true reality of yourself:.1Corinthians 2:9; 13:12.

Satan/Lucifer, the light bringer, was to bring light no more, as he turned.(Revelation 12:4).one third the angelic realm against the Creator-Father, that is, they, having free will like us and being able to choose as we also do, chose a way that had nothing to do with higher consciousness, but rather, a new way and what appeared to them to be a better road to follow.(the metaphor 'grass is always greener on the other side of the hill' is talking about what you don't have and want, which appears to be more valuable that what you do have), a more interesting way, a way they had not known and no doubt, wanted to explore and adhere to, as they had let the true way of life, of the Creator, lapseand instead was chosen the way of selfishness, greed, etc, the way that has become known as the dark side.

The angels were to help and guide mankind into good.(Luke 12:8,9), but they soon figured out mankind's destiny:.Hebrews 1:4,5; 2:5-18; 1Corinthians 2:9; 6:3; 1Peter 3:22; 2Peter 2:4.

Some of them didn't like what they saw:.Revelation 12:4; Daniel 8:10; Isaiah 14:11-15; Jude 1:6.

Was mankind that one third and that is one reason why we are having the human experience, to learn things and to see that the Creator meant what He said about death in the beginning?.Genesis 2:17. Hmmm!

Christ would now have to bring the light to mankind from the Father. This ushered in a new dispensation:.Ephesians 1:10.

John 6:38 "For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me." 1Peter 4:2 "That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God." John 5:30 "I can of mine own self do nothing. As I hear, I judge and my judgment is just, because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which has sent me." John 4:34 "Emmanuel said unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me and to finish his work."

The 'world' ends with our becoming persons of sincere spirituality, where it says that we too die, but  it's 'dead in Him', so there is no longer a reason to die physically. What does 'dead in Him' connote?

The phrase 'dead in Him' refers, in the Bible, as 'accepting Him into our hearts' and who is this 'Him':.Colossians 3:3;.Romans 7:14-25;.2Corinthians 5:17; John 6:51.

The new world is not something you go to, it is something that you have been made part of since way before the beginning of the age of mankind:.2Timothy 1:9. But you didn't know this. 

It's a higher calling'.(Hebrews 3:1).than the ego level we, by default, adopt ourselves into shortly after being born good, the less so, the better parents we've had. Nevertheless, all are born into that level for a learning on Earth, learning as we grow through the problems our ego level causes for ourselves and for others:.Job 5:7 "Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward."

The loving nature of the Infinite One is revealed to you in this 'new world', a new world within your heart. This culminates in a great new world coming from the invisible into the physical.

1Peter 4:6 "For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit."

What occurred in the book of Acts was shortly after Emmanuel's resurrection?.Acts 2:16,17. It was referred to as the last days then. Some have believed that this refers to the 'end of the world', the time when some so-called 'spiritually'.(spiritual in name only, not in actions).individuals would unknowingly be antiChrist. Some confuse it with the 'day of the Lord'.

Emmanuel died about the 4th day, the 'day for a year' way of thinking, after 4000 years of human history, human that is, since a special spirit was put in man:.1Corinthians 2:11.

We are almost at or into beginning of the seventh day.(7000 years of human existence), give or take about 7 years because of some conjecture and finagling. Should time since, be counted from the time of Emmanuel's birth or from the time of Emmanuel's resurrection? Most believe it was from His birth; but maybe from:.Matthew 3:16,17.


-What does the word sin mean?
In the original, the word 'sin' simply means 'to miss the mark'. Both in the Old and New Testaments, original Hebrew and Greek, respectively, various words were used and all translated 'sin'. 

They all mean 'missing the mark', missing the way to be in a higher consciousness which brings happiness and takes you away from problems, things that you really don't want in life. The word iniquity means something somewhat different, although it too means 'missing the mark'. Such words refer to the thoughts and actions of one standing in need of love.

One misses this by simply going along with what he or she has got along with all his life devoid of higher consciousness concerns and that is what is called the ego motivated life, the level of consciousness mankind acquires as he lives his life. What choice did he really have to start out with anyway? 

Doing 'right' is doing things which produce good happy things for you, but sometimes you get tricked:.Proverbs 14:12. Doing wrong is doing that which hurts you.now or later. The Creator-God is not hurt by any sins you may do. Sins are not even seen, known or counted against anyone anymore.

Obviously, a standard has been applied in order to see what we classify as 'right' or 'wrong'. That standard is 'does it, will it make and keep you and any others affected, happy? It's the golden rule.

Apart from higher consciousness, religion often has subjective standards that all too often turns into their 'laws of God'. So we have different religions with differing 'laws of God':.Malachi 3:6 "For I am the LORD, I change not..."

Allowing one standard.(the ten commandments of the Mosaic Law of the old covenant).to have precedence over another.(the commandments, meaning the teachings of the new covenant).can also be sin, because sin means 'missing the mark' and that is missing the mark by using a now done away standard instead of one relevant today to a relationship with God. But for general guidelines for society, many things in the old covenant are useful.

Sin means in the original to 'miss the mark'. To miss the mark of what?

On the other hand, the word 'iniquity' in the Old Testament means something different than what we normally may think. Most think that it means the same as the word 'sin'.

Living in sin is living from the low consciousness ego level that we never even knew we were living from, as it was all just so normal and we just saw ourselves like most others, who may be also be living at that level.

Living from that level to the degree we are should be telling those alert in life that something is not quite right, as it is from this destructive level that one reaps what he has sown and what he has sown was done mostly in ignorance:.1Peter 4:3; Romans 8:2,5; 1Corinthians 2:14.


-1Corinthians 14:26.Why are there many interpretations of the Bible?


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