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Part IVb, The Lord vs. Satan: SupCtHeaven aka, the Trial of Human History.. aka, Did God err?

God's Script: NOW, versus "Later", continued
Why does our "NOW" end with a Pre-Trib Rapture? Says Eph1: Because Bride is COMPLETED!

IVa: Macro Role, of Alpha Precedence IVb: ..of Body IVc: ..of Trial Combat IVd: ..of Your Own Destiny
Intra-Part IVb Links in this red table also serve to list webpage theses. Italic links are subtables.
Rapture's due to Believer NUMBERSFather's Balancing Criteria for Fit Bride: Criterion #1, HE does it all, Eph2:10#2, He Endowers via Pastors Feeding Us Word, Eph4:11-16#3, He Exploits via Church, Eph1:22-23, 3:21: Part IV Outline ThreadsCriterion 3F: the Role of NumbersSo Numbers' Balance Ripens for Rapture
God's GAAP Accounting:
Diamond Doctrine Facets per 'Buck' of Bible-in-head
1st Facet, Impossible Ruler Over Impossible Ruled:
Believer Learning Bible is sole CONDUIT for Blessing
2nd Facet, Impossible Blessing RE-ROUTES
to Believer Learning Bible & his periphery
3rd Facet, Impossible Priesthood:
4th Facet, Mission Impossible Soul Life:
Warring TRANSFORMATION into Son's Thinking
5th Facet, Impossible Cycling-Truth Profit
Defeats Satan in the Trial
6th Facet, Impossible Body Bride:
Intra-Body Blessing
7th Facet, Impossible Progeny:
Believer Blessing, post-mortem

God's GAAP Balancing:
So How Many FACETED Believers, 'ripen' Church?
Criterion 3B: Church Ripeness can't be prophesiedCriterion 3C-D: Church's Wifely Role is to be History, Not PropheciesRole of Church, SummaryAppendix: how 'scholars' misread Bible so misread or debunk Rapture

Rapture's Based on Body, Not Prophecy

Now to Father's Other Reasons for the pre-Trib Rapture besides Precedence, and the Truths which these Reasons, display. It's a cardinal rule of hermeneutics that you "compare Scripture with Scripture." What matters is Doctrinal Fit. Rapture is a contested doctrine, by those who've not yet examined the Bible's proof of it. Proof would not be acceptable only from citing the many relevant verses -- which some think contestable -- but even more importantly, one must demonstrate the underlying Doctrinal Fit of pre-Trib Rapture, with respect to all the rest of Bible Doctrine. So accounting for the Doctrinal Fit of a pre-Trib Rapture becomes paramount, whether you believe in it or not. If you don't believe in it, then the Fit has to be explained away. If you do believe in it, you don't understand what you believe, absent seeing the Fit. More, if there is a Fit, then you can compare pan-Bible with many more verses, accounting for that Fit. After all, truth must be consistent with all other Truth. Accordingly, what Doctrinal Fit have we seen thus far? We observed how the CHARACTER of Precedence, forms the legal parameters of Church; and hence, the exigency of Rapture being pre-Trib. There are eight major types of Precedence, which here are mnemonically listed:

Consequently, here in Part IVb we'll thread in the above Precedences, and further examine Father's Other Body-Building Criteria, all of which surround the fact that Father wants the Rapture to depend on Believers Voting To Learn His Son. Since we can't read each other's souls individually, let alone in aggregate -- no one can predict when that Voting will suffice to complete Church. So scrap all those drooling historical event programs which choke Christian media: every generation will have the same Daniel 9:26c trends, as we saw in Part IVa. (
To read a longer sidebar on this topic of our misreading Bible re Rapture, click here.)

So let's next catalog some of the balder Bible English verses and keywords, which show that the NUMBER of PEOPLE in Church is something FATHER will DETERMINE, so no one can predict when Rapture will occur. This rebuttal-phase "Church Age" will continue, until the number of PLEROMA are "complete" -- á la the criteria in

It's astonishing, how this numbers-fulfillment concept is so stressed in the NT's well-known metaphors. It's more astonishing, how we overlook them and then claim Rapture isn't in the Bible, lol:

Thus you can begin to see that the Lord in the Gospels, and every NT writer; each has his subtle and not-so-subtle ways of stressing this Body Completion criterion. The citations above are more quickly-obvious; most other numbers verses assume reader already knows this criterion, so build on it, rather than stress it severally; and therefore focus on the intra-believer or inter-believer issues, not so much the big picture goal: Ephesians is the flagship Bible book on Church Body Completion. Paul in Ephesians bluntly says Church is the completion of the Father's Purpose for history, because Church is the Completion of Christ. Paul's bluntness doesn't only appear in Ephesians; Romans 5:1-15:17 is yet another parallel sketch. Yet in Ephesians the panoramic meaning is full, Greek drama style. Building the Body-Bride-Progeny is the primary theme of the book.

1st Criterion: GOD Endowers Bride and Does All the Work of Making Her Fit, Eph 2:10.
(Parallel passage is Phili1:6.)

God the Holy Spirit constantly stresses the extreme Leveraging Value of Bible Doctrine, in every verse of Scripture. He always does so by small and deft deployments of arcane characteristics of the original languages of Scripture. So if you don't know those original-language texts, you can't see what He's saying. Tiny particles and case endings, subtle etymological wordplays, rare grammar constructions, allusions, imports from other languages -- oodles of little things placed just right! change the entire meaning! Since Part I, many of these deft deployments have been mentioned in small-font notes. So let's go on a Greek-techie ride. Here in Ephesians, you can't see the Founding, Begetting, Financing Structure of our Royal Spiritual Life in Christ, if you don't study the Book in the original-language texts. This table will illustrate why.

Ephesians 2:10 in corrected translation reads: "For we are His Craftsmanship, CREATED in Christ Jesus for the FOUNDING purpose of DIVINE Achievements which God [Father] prepared in advance, that we should/may walk/live in them." A parallel verse is Romans 8:28, which is also Greek Drama, as explained at length in Fixes.htm.

As has been said repeatedly since Part I, We are the Work, done to us by God. Not not not not what we 'do' to ourselves or anyone else. What He Makes Us Become, is the spiritual life's goal. Not, what we do. And this becoming is an invisible thing, a progenitor-making thing. You are here to Become a Founder, not to founder around looking for peasanty things to do. You are to be a product God makes inside you. A whole polity, as we saw in "Summing up the Reasons" of Part III.

  • You must have capital, to pay.
  • You must have capital, to help others.
  • Therefore you must become the capital, since the only thing you take with you when you die, is your soul.
  • Hence Bible Built In Your Soul, Goes With You. That alone makes you rich, and it makes you rich forever.
  • Only then can you do good, whether down here or after you die.
  • Gold silver precious stones are not manmade, 1Cor3.

    Note the verse well: we are to live in HIS WORKS, not our own! That meaning's precisely the opposite, of the usual translations! See how Satan&Co. beguile us? If we are HIS Craftsmanship, saved by grace -- then how is it WE do something? Can a chair made by a carpenter, suddenly do something on its own? Um, kids don't make themselves. Their parents make them. Father Makes Us, not the other way around! Potter makes, not the pot makes!

Paul uses the Ionic dative of EPI and other arcane features of Greek to communicate this meaning: We Live In God's Works, not our own. Ephesians is all about Church Founding. Birthing. Begetting. Progeny. How we get made, how God knits us together, how God creates us. As a Dowry for Son, answering John 17:20-21!
  • Ephesians Chapter 1 has the longest single Greek sentence in Bible, because Paul uses covenantal vocabulary. My pastor spent a lot of time stressing that when he kept re-teaching Ephesians 1 in 1985. I don't recall him saying why. But from my own practice, I know one reason why: in a legal document, the purpose of a long sentence is to stress the intimate relationship between the provisions within the sentence, so they can't be misconstrued as falling 'outside' the purview of the clauses. Therefore any elaborative material following the close of the sentence is to be understood in the context OF the sentence. Sadly, English Bibles chop that sentence up into smaller sentences, so you can't see this contractural meaning. The covenant is tied to the kata-Melchizedek contract with Christ in eternity past: Gen3:15's bruise clause, Isa53:12, Psalm 110, 1Tim2:5, (and the later Hebrews 5-10); which Christ invoked to INVENT Church in Matt16:18, John 17:20-21 (remember, that prayer was long known before John reduced it to writing). Father is in the process of answering Christ Now, Operation Footstool (Ps110 via Eph1:22); that's why Paul writes the longest sentence in the Bible, Eph1:1-18.

  • This long sentence is on the dowry which was laid up for us in Eternity Past; stressing, that this Founding and Endowering of Church was the very purpose of history since before creation, summing up all things, Eph1:10; then, Paul prays for the successful outcome of Church, to "fill all in all" by the end of Eph1, since all is finished via Church, i.e., the Trial, see the Operation Footstool reference in v.22; all is thus exploited through Church. That prayer is unfinished (i.e., no Amen or doxology) because Church wasn't finished when Paul prayed. Idea that Church is ongoing, no one knows when Rapture will occur. So the prayer is still ongoing, Banah-Building-of-the-Last-Eve is in progress (compare with Hebrew of Gen2:22). [Self-reminder: This is the 'unfinished' prayer. Notes are in 92SD, not 85Eph. Get the notes, and explain it. If I remember, the reason why this prayer is unfinished is that its results go on forever. So, there's no "Amen".]

  • So, Chapter 2 onward is about how that finishing and exploitation is achieved, and of course God Does It, since He's making a Gift to His Son, get it?
  • The Ionic dative in 2:10 stresses that God does all the work.
  • Greek preposition EPI w/Ionic dative stresses even far more, because a) EIS or HINA would be more removed from the "Created in Christ" Cause; b) EPI, which connotes Building On Something Founded, stresses both "contact" and "where", yet for the benefit of the direct object (Christ, and therefore us) -- can only be shown by the Ionic construction.
  • It's an awesome choice, this Ionic dative, for the dative case is that of benefit-to-beneficiary, Relationship to Giver, hence often 'indirect object'; but "Jesus" is right next to the clause; and since we are "in"Him -- Built Upon Him, and Acted Upon us!
  • So the Ionic dative includes all those meanings, deftly! with "God" right smack dab in the middle of the sentence. 'Doing all the work, see.
  • Multi-entendre meaning, here: for KTIZW (=to create) is in the passive voice, so the EN also signifies "by agency of" Christ Jesus. Not, by agency of our own ideas. It's a Greek grammar rule that EN+passive verb enacting the EN clause +Actor, signifies "by agency of" that Actor. You see this EN+passive+Actor in Holy Spirit verses, almost all of which are mistranslated "in".
  • So notice how the verse's construction refers the reader back to Matt16:18, the Agent King kata-Melchizedek Psalm 110, Eph1:22 -- invokes His Title to CREATE Church. Created by Agency of Christ Jesus, get it?
  • And then of course, John 17:20-21, Father's Response Prepared Beforehand in Eternity Past (theme of Eph1, again), Divine Achievements we live in. Um, you live in a THINKING, a 'house of thoughts', since the real you is your soul.
  • So Who can Father your thinking, except God?
  • See all the clever allusions and wordplay Paul packs into even this single verse, Eph2:10, incorporating by reference the entire prior Chapter, plus Ps110, Matt16:18, John 17:20-21 (John's material was known, but not yet written)?

  • Paul loves to play on this fact in all his epistles: the "good works" are What God Makes Out of Us, exactly as Eph2:10 says!
  • God's Point in Eph2:10: we wouldn't be able to "walk in them" if God didn't do the work. For, we can only "walk by means of the Spirit." (See Rom8:1, Rom8:4, Gal5:16, 5:25.) Commonly-venerated lexicons stress that PROETOIMAZW (prepare beforehand) is "only used for God's work" in the NT. That verb is in the aorist tense, meaning it is all done by God, so what plays out, are but results: hence "walk" is in the subjunctive aorist, the blending of purpose-and-result signified by HINA (="that").
  • Parallel passage is Phili2:12-13, using the middle voice in KATERGEW of v.12, then the fabulous Divine verb ENERGEW, in v.13.
  • Blessing-by-association is the entire theme of Ephesians, demonstrating how Isa53:12 gets 'done': God Will Make Riches of Glory Out of The Body of Christ, which is Part of Christ Himself. The believer is to understand that he is part of the Biggest Blessing in the Universe, the Culmination of History.
  • Therefore, his behavior toward men takes certain expressions, based on his Occupation with Christ (Eph3:19). That's why Paul weaves in a postscript ending the epistle, re all those marital/family inter-fraternal comments. It's not about morality, it's about living toward Father and being built: the listed behaviors and relationships, would flow out from that Divine Thinking.
  • Paul spends four chapters on how Father builds Church for His Son: so the emphasis is on the Living for Father's Purpose, not on morality.
  • Paul also stresses that this building finishes God's Angelic Trial arguments; so in each Chapter you'll find a thread about the Trial, i.e., "redeeming the time", Eph5:16 (KJV). [See also Eph1:10b's "in the heavens", 1:21-23 (Footstool), 2:1b, 3:10, 4:8-9 (The Ascension, which Satan&Co. fought), 5:32(marriage is a central Trial issue in the Angelic (Divorce) Appeal Trial), 6:11-18.]
  • All aspects of Part III's Third and Fourth Reasons are referenced in Ephesians, especially the Third and Fourth Reasons for Royalty. Test that claim for yourself. Parse Ephesians, and see.

  • Actually, "good works" is a terrible translation of ERGOIS AGATHOIS, because the Greek term has a very pregnant meaning going all the way back to Homer. Both terms first reference the Divine: idea is that whatever is good, came from 'the gods.' Second, whatever works, also came from 'the gods'. So you can't divorce The Giver from The Action. Man is blessed to get good, to get works.
  • Bible keeps the Greek cultural meaning since the Real God Really Did Make Everything. Greeks believed that life ought to be lived based on Intrinsic Value, which is to say, Virtue: that's what AGATHOS meant to the Greeks. You'll see this view expressed in Greek plays. Even the smallest thing is tied to Divine purposes, so live as unto the gods. Even a small thing has some epic meaning it represents; the banal has its roots in the Divine, so is not so banal. For this reason war should be virtuous, etc.
  • Consequently, when you read a Greek play, the surface activity is very earthy, but the meaning behind it is epic. Just as Paul writes what seem to be basic behaviors with respect to interpersonal relations, but with the epic underpinning of God's Grand EnDowering Purpose.
  • So to just go through the moral behaviors, without first being 'enlightened' (Eph1:18), nor comprehending breadth-length-height-depth (Eph3:18), is to miss Love, Him, fullness (Eph3:19), abundance (Eph3:20), and glory (Eph3:21).
  • God's Script for endowering us precedes and must fuel all those behaviors; so it couldn't be clearer, God's Thoughts as you do the do's, alone make alive. Third Facet link section of this webpage will elaborate.

  • Hence ERGON + AGATHOS in Greek signify not simply "good works", but rather Epic Intrinsic DIVINE Value Achievements. Concept that the gods are always working everything together for a Good Result. Just the opposite of man's notion of good works. God's Works are EPIC-SIZED, not potlucks and being nice to someone. When you review the Seven Facets link sections of this webpage, you'll see just how EPIC are His Divine Achievements, which no human being can even do. Yet, all the world depends on them. And the BELIEVER in Church is the CONDUIT for all of those Achievements? Yes. It's frankly quite shocking how Eph2:10 'plays'. We have no clue how important God has made us.

  • English Bibles mistake or fuzz up WHO does the "good works" in Eph2:10. No one properly translated EPI ERGOIS AGATHOIS to reflect its Ionic Greek dative of purpose or its Divine Actor Nature (emphasized by the anarthrous construction). This is a common mistranslation method, cutting God's head off and putting man's atop, so man appears to be the actor, thus reversing the meaning of the Greek text. This type of error occurs thousands of times in English Bible translations. Since Greek drama and philosophy have so many extant manuscripts, so are well documented; since there is much scholarship on both Greek languages and their culture; for translators to assign these famous Greek Divine-Actor words to the wrong actor (ERGON + AGATHOS), is blindness. 'Aided by Satan&Co. These words appear in hundreds of verses, if not thousands; God's Head is cut off, replaced with man's. It's a constant, egregious, repeated, and deft surgical error. Notice how the original meaning in the Greek is reversed in translation, just as it's reversed here in Eph2:10. (Error occurs in most God-Does-All-The-Work verses.)

    So notice: Ephesians 2:10 is just after the famous Eph2:5, 8-9, which make clear that No Works Can Save: We Only Got Saved By Grace. So, do any translators' brains turn on one measly verse later, in Eph2:10? Oh no. Grab any translation you like of Eph2:10. Did you see some dippy "to do" stuck in there? Making -- why should I be surprised -- making it look like WE work!??? Lie! There's no no no "to do" in there, or even implied! So why the mistranslation error in English Bibles? It's not like the translators don't know about the Ionic dative, most translated Bibles even vaguely recognize it by translating EPI as "for", rather than the usual "on".

    There seems to be no excuse. My pastor spent a lot of time on this verse, and obviously he didn't get his learning in a vacuum; the information was obviously 'out there' when he went to seminary in the 1930's, else he'd not know about the Ionic dative's import. So what happened to everyone else, that they let the horrible translations get into English Bibles? Granted, it takes time to learn. Even my own pastor spent a whopping seven years of daily Bible classes exegeting and proving the meaning in Ephesians verse by verse, restarting three times: he kept being dissatisfied, saying that Ephesians had so much more to say than he had taught, prior. He was embarrassed over his prior 1972 teaching, had to be talked out of pitching everything he'd ever taught prior.

    Here's the point of this digression re my pastor: if a pastor who beat his brains out for over 50 years daily studying in the original languages, had the above purple interpretation which transformed his own ministry, then how much more do WE need to get the right meaning out of this Book? You can prove his insight due to Ephesians skyrocketed from 1985 forward: incredibly advanced stuff, it will take mainstream theology a century to catch up; but his pre-85 teaching enhances the post-85 material, provides an audit trail, a development/discovery path, is priceless. Yet look out on the internet: Ephesians is shallowly taught by everyone else. Yeah, because they use translations which reverse the meaning in the original-language texts! By contrast, notice how the above purple translation is consistent with context, but the usual translations contradict context! First rule of hermeneutics is context context context (subset of compare-Scripture-with-Scripture rule). Ok: well, that rule wasn't followed in the published translations of Eph2:10.

On a larger scale, Paul's rhetorical construct for Ephesians counterplays and thus tweaks Euripides' famous play "Ion", which was about the mythical FOUNDING of the Greek sea peoples. You can view the play from Perseus, in either English or Greek: Click here. Sometimes Perseus is excruciatingly slow, in the Greek. If it seems to hang, just hit the back button or stop button, then try again. You're better off clicking on the Greek words to get definitions, than using their dictionary lookup, which hangs or is very slow. It's hard to see definitions in Perseus, they are fixated on word count statistics. Just keep looking on the page. In the little popup windows you have more luck, the definition will be in the top line (truncated). If you have Bible Greek dictionaries in your software, it's faster to use that, rather than Perseus. It's easy to download their fonts: just hit "Configure Display" and follow the instructions. Latin transliteration works, but if you'll look up words you'll need one of the Greek fonts. I use SP Ionic in Perseus. All Greek fonts online tend to break in the middle of words, it's disconcerting. But you'll get used to it. Sometimes you can fix that by narrowing or widening your window, or picking a different View Size in Explorer 6. It's unpredictable, but I've had luck with that.
  • The Ionic Greeks were said to be born from Ion, who was the son of a human mother and a god who raped her, Phoebus Apollo.
  • "Ion" means venom, as in snake: venom is the production of a snake, euphemistic for semen. The Greeks were irreverent about their 'gods'. [In the Greek, it's spelled "Iwn" and "Iwna", maybe a soundplay on the Greek Drama heroic accusative? Need to research that more, I don't know Ionic Greek declensions. Iòs is the nom. masc. sing. in BibleWorks. It's impossible to search Perseus, all you get, is that it's a proper name. Greeks always did meaning play on names, so should be translated, but isn't. Perseus uses Liddell-Scott.] In line 660 in the play's Greek text, the name is truncated from exeimi participle. Very funny: it's a tweak on the Exodus! Euripides tweaks the OT often in this play, as you'll see if you read it. Kinda fitting, then, that God should have Paul tweak Euripides' "Ion"...
  • Here's the basic plot:
    • Phoebus Apollo raped Creusa, who bore Ion.
    • She, embarrassed over being seduced, abandoned the child in the cave where she was 'wedded', putting him inside an ark (!) with snake charms (!) for protection, and casts him adrift. Oh, yeah, the Greeks knew the story of Moses quite well -- they're the ones who renamed the Reed Sea, "Red Sea"!
    • Phoebus Apollo aka Loki then discovers the child, has Hermes take him to Phoebus' Temple at Delphi, to rear him.
    • So the child is a slaveson (Greek word DOULOS means both slave and son), but doesn't know his parentage. It was custom to give orphans and captured slaves to the local temple, but it was not a custom to abandon children there. Again, Euripides makes mocking parallel to the Moses story, this time a priestess discovering the ark.
    • Years pass. During that time Creusa marries, but is made barren by Phoebus.
    • So eventually she comes to the Temple with her husband, seeking a boon that she will have children.
    • Meanwhile, Phoebus is playing yet another prank, on Creusa's husband Xuthus. Phoebus gets him to believe that Ion is his real son, via the Pythia.
    • The husband buys into the claim, since the couple are childless and the peripetic, conquering Xuthus did attend many a Bacchic orgy.
    • Ion doesn't want to leave the Temple, afraid that both Athens who accepts no strangers -- and Creusa in particular -- will want him dead due to his sudden high fortune. But he reluctantly and then enthusiastically, agrees to Xuthus' claim.
    • Indeed, Creusa is surreptitiously informed of this new heir, and resolves to kill Ion with ion (venom from Gorgon that she wears around her wrist).
    • Meanwhile, self-appointed daddy Xuthus goes to the twin Peaks of Parnassus with two heifer victims (Isa53:10's ASHAM, red heifer offering), shades of Abraham going up -- but no Isaac! Rather, he bids Ion remain behind and set up the feast to celebrate his sonship, holding it if necessary in Xuthus' absence.
    • There ensues some wildness as her plot to poison him misfires during that celebration, which by the way looks a lot like Isaiah 28 (an uncomplimentary passage on how Samaria partied instead of preparing for Sennacharib).
    • The whole of Delphi is enraged, and seeks Creusa to stone her.
    • Creusa flees to the altar of Delphi to avoid death; Ion finds her there and confronts her.
    • The Pythia intervenes and presents the ark in which she found Ion. Creusa recognizes it, and all is revealed.
    • At that point, Athena comes down and announces now-penitent Phoebus as the real father,
    • who will atone for his own misbehavior by making Ion the head of four great branches of Greeks, and
    • by making Creusa and her husband the progenitors of other famous Greek tribes.
  • As you can imagine, this is a legend every child grew up on, like we in the US grew up on Johnny Appleseed, or Paul Bunyan.
  • Euripides was a popular playwright. Aristophanes' "The Frogs" is about Dionysus (Bacchus) going down to Hades to retrieve either Aeschylus or Euripides, because the Greeks had no good "poets", anymore. Remember also that Greek plays were still very popular in Paul's day, so Paul's audience would recognize any allusions. Just as we do, when people allude to or inject phrases from popular movies, songs.. even actors.

  • All of Ephesians tweaks this play. [Self-reminder: I wonder how many other Ionic expressions are in it. Go through all the notes.] What we call "Ephesians" was actually a letter which cycled throughout the churches (our copy being one which Ephesus got, hence the 'book' title), most of which were on both sides of the Aegean Sea, the area which the goddess Athena announces will be Ionian, as a gift from Phoebus Apollo. Again, the play portrays the legend that many famous Greek 'tribes' came from Ion; that many more (including the Doric/Spartan peoples) came from his mother Creusa and her human husband (see Athena's speech at the end of the play).

  • Paul's letter would have been scandalous! to the non-believers; it would have gotten wide circulation. [No wonder he met with such opposition, in Acts; this letter is written after Paul was imprisoned, but is clearly a recap and expansion on prior explanations (Eph3:3).]

  • So God the Holy Spirit has Paul choose one of the most famous plays and legends which relate to Epic Founding, as the paradigm for the Real Founding of the Church In Eternity Past on the Real Founder, Christ Who is not not not a 'snake'. So Paul tweaks the play by saying Who The Real Founder Is!

  • Ergo Paul's use of the Ionic dative for Eph 2:10, EPI ERGOIS AGATHOIS: Behold God's Real Truth of Your Good Begetting, and No Venom, either! (I'll long laugh about this. My class notes on Eph2:10 are from the 1980's, T.247s2'85 Eph; there's nothing about this play in them. Yet I've owned the play since 1984, but didn't even know of it. But 20 years later, in a class tape, my pastor noted the meaning of "frogs" in Rev16:13 as an allusion to Aristophanes' "The Frogs". So, I found that play among my books. From there, I got into Greek drama and the outline of Revelation for this website. Looking for a sample of interjection to explain TACHÚ, I got into Euripides, hence, "Ion". I didn't know the translation of "Ion", either until I read the play and looked it up. So to stumble on this verse in these circumstances!)
  • Note that EPI in Eph 2:10 ties to Foundation/ Cornerstone in both Eph2's ending, and thus to the Ionic purpose, being built upon Him.

  • Ion, who grew up as a slaveson in the Temple of Delphi -- was Phoebus' 'craftsmanship', get it? So, Paul parallels that legend as a teaching aid in his letter: How The Real God Is Building A Body Which Is Also A Temple!

  • Phoebus' penitent gift of making the Greek peoples reveals the treachery for which Delphi and its Oracle were famous; after the 'chorus' of Creusa's handmaids learn of Ion being adopted, they talk about Phoebus' treachery. So Paul tweaks that with Ephesians: God gives a straight answer, and yep, we really are sons of God -- of the Real God, not of a double-tongued snake demon! See how easy it would be for the Ephesians and other Greeks to relay the Gospel to non-believing Greeks? The myth is a morphing from the truth, not the other way around. Believer-Greeks would be able to demonstrate that from Genesis forward, showing how the Greek myth was really demonic, a satire on the Exodus. (All demon-authored stories blatantly satirize the Bible in some way. Look at any popular holy book, you'll see the satire.)

  • Moreover, Ephesians 2's you were once far but now near must have made the Greek hearers smile and even laugh, remembering how Ion had been abandoned by both godfather and human mother, as a child; how he was cruelly snatched up and put in the Delphic Temple to 'rescue' him, but he never knew his own origins. Yeah, the Real God isn't like that! The Real God's Parallel Answer: Ion and his mother were estranged, so were you goyim (see Eph2); far, but finally brought "near" (a technical term for being near God, Temple) by play's end, and at the Temple's altar, to boot! From whom come a whole bunch of progeny (Church), knitted together (marriage and family verses), all united by the Blood (Thinking of Christ)!
  • Hence the Favored Citizenship (a Roman term for the highest-privileged colony, Eph2:19), no longer orphans like Ion had been! Oh, this is fabulous.

  • The play "Ion" employs 'snaking' subthemes of venomous thinking to advance the plot; so Paul parallels those themes in his letter to illustrate that 'Phoebus Apollo' is really Satan, thus showing the Angelic Conflict is resolved in the REAL PLAY of building Church. In the play, you find Genesis 6 allusions, demons ("gods") uniting with women -- which underly all Greek myths -- that, of course, is the impetus for both Ion and the play. Phoebus Apollo is the Greek name for Satan (tying to the Morning Star title and the Genesis snake: apollumi means to destroy, Apollyon means Destroyer). So Paul has snaking subthemes about the Angelic Conflict in Ephesians, lol!

  • Of course, the overall effect of God's Provision for Christ is marital, which ends filling all in all (Eph1:21-23, sexual analogy intended), and, the epilogue -- Defeating That Ol' Snake Who Seduced Generations Of Humans. "Pleroma" originated as a concept of being filled up with a god's seed, pregnant, and came to mean pregnant with that thinking; then, in the general sense of being filled up with some particular view or doctrine, i.e., John 1:14. So when Paul uses the term of Christ in verses like 3:19 (us being filled up), and 4:13 (the goal for Church, criterion for the Rapture), it's a tweak at Ion.

  • So Christ comes at the Rapture to snatch us up, analogous to Athena coming down at the end of the play -- how rich the metaphor, to the Greek reader! Wow. God outclassed Euripides via Paul! God wins the Olympic competition for Best Play!

  • Yet though God wins, God Gives the Prize to you! And the Gift He Gives, is Christ's Thinking, Bible Doctrine. For that reason Christ Ascended, Eph4:7ff, tying to Isa52:13+53:12! [Oh my -- "measure" in v.7 ties to "measure" in v.13! Maybe that's why Ephesians 4:8-9 interpretatively reverses its OT quote of Ps68! The Man gave His Gift of Thinking, so The God gives us That One as a Gift! See also last half of Rom5.]

    Read the play, you'll see these and many other Pauline tweaking parallels to the Angelic Conflict and Church, to Isaiah 53's begetting (and especially, Isa54:1) re Creusa's origins, parentage (too hard to explain here), and marriage. Ion's worries over his new-found 'father' via Phoebus' aka Loki's prank are rich with parallelisms, too many and too arcane to list here. Awesome stuff. It's a short play. So now when you read the building analogy at end Eph 2, Eph3:15ff, and 1Cor3's "foundation", you see better what Bible says. The parallelling genius is Total: God's. This FOUNDING is a frequent running theme of Paul's in all epistles, so he's not merely tweaking the play in Ephesians. Yet in that book Paul slam-dunks the Greek sages, writing GOD's Play which outfoxes the snake!

Ok, enough about play parallels! Enquiring religious minds want to know What are the (ahem) "good works" we are to "walk" in?
      • Well, Paul doesn't answer that until Eph3:16's "inner man" clause!
      • Whaddaya know. Getting stronger. Inside.
      • For what purpose? v.17 "[S]o that Christ may BE AT HOME in your hearts THROUGH DOCTRINE" [caps are my pastor's translation of katoikew aorist active infinitive+kardia+pistis, T.360s2, 85Eph series], and
      • (v.18) "that you..may be able to GRASP THE IDEA with all the saints". [T.363s2, katalambanw.]
      • After all, Ion is a DIAKONOS in the Temple, serving in it, a priestly function; as well as a DOULOS, slaveson. More about that, follows below in God's Second Criterion for Building Church. Seed of the Word in you, begetting. Not works.
      • Gee, no works there, but rather Learning! So Who is doing the work? 2:10, God!
      • And What is the Work? Inner strength, Thinking-of-Christ dwelling in your hearts..comprehend.
      • Aha. Becoming Fit Bride, then.
      • A Temple, even (end Chap2).
      • For the Shekinah Christ.
      • Coalescence. Oneness. Married.

Ooops. All those good-deedy ideas pandered by the religious types don't add a farthing to becoming Christlike; don't add a copper to the spiritual capital you take with you at death, huh.

2nd Criterion: God makes Her Fit,
via Holy Spirit's Ministry of Feeding Bible Doctrine, Eph3:15-19, Eph 4:11-16.

[Thieme notes: 85EphT440s2ff re Eph4:16 (4:11-16 run from T419-460 and later, but t.450-452 have exeg: see pink stickies in notebook E); his resulting trans is very different from all Bibles, mostly because translations don't recognize (or clarify) what Paul in Greek means by the body-parts analogy. Worse, they mistranslate or poorly place heautou as if it ref'd body (rather than pastor=HAPHE); v.13 is in BibleWorks notes, from L.1603.]

Backdrop for Ephesians 3 and 4: when you have a relationship with someone, the quality of that relationship is entirely determined by

        • Association: How INTIMATE you are with the other person.
        • Bond: how much SHARED THINKING you have with that person, and
        • Comprehension: how well you KNOW that person.

It should be obvious that we all get attracted, knowing little about the other person. But as we know each other better, we find differences which are unpleasant. So the bonding doesn't progress, or it stays less intimate, so we don't associate more closely. If we keep on trying to know the other better, then we find ways to bond. God by nature is alien to our nature. He being Infinite, can bond to us, and did. But we being of the opposite desires (Isa55:8-9), don't want to know Him. No amount of works, emotion, rituals on the planet can solve that problem. Such activities don't really bond people to people, and certainly not to God. The first bad experience generally breaks a relationship, or seriously erodes it. So one needs a deeper level of sharing, to weather the ups and downs, especially if that relationship is to be intimate. God's will is FULL INTIMACY, John 17. So that's the point of this 2nd Criterion: creating that intimacy. You will get as much or as little of it as you want. And that level chosen, lasts forever. God never coerces us to have a relationship, and never coerces what level of relationship, either. So we get as close to God as we want, and if we don't want to learn Him, we don't want to be close. Period.

    God makes use of all the bad stuff in life. One of the uses is to divest the believer of his need for "nice". For to the extent you need a relationship to be "nice", the "nice" is what you want, not the person with whom you have "nice". That fact proves itself quickly, when things go wrong. People divorce, companies disband, friendships break, all because what had been "nice", is not, anymore. So when things aren't "nice" with God, then what happens? We break. He does not. He should hate us, but only loves us. We can't love Him back; what passes for love is emotion. You can't love someone you don't know, and you can't want to know someone with whom you don't associate, and you won't associate with someone who seems unattractive. Religion makes knowing God unattractive, a 'must do' thing, to get "nice". So, we don't know Him. So, if we learn Him anyway, sooner or later "not-nice" will happen to us, provoking the question of breaking the relationship. Every Bible hero went through that. Cross is the maximum not-nice experience, and Christ never broke. Because, He KNEW God Intimately. Those same ABCs will sustain us.

The purpose of Bible is to BOND: to get God's Head into your head, so you share His Thinking because you know Him, and you want to Bond with Him, Phili3:7-11. Fully intimate. Fully Shared. Thus fulfilling Christ's prayer in John 17:17-21. So the Real Royal Spiritual Life is 100% Internal, Thinking, so to get this Oneness. All day long, all night long, everything you do and think is Associated with, Bonded to and Comprehended, based on All the Bible you know THAT day. That's SERVING as a PRIEST to Father, as you'll better see in the Seven Facets link sections of this webpage. These ABC'S can be FULL, as in "Pleroma"; but you need the full 'alphabet' of His Thinking, to get there. Notice that 'oneness' depends on having All the Truth in you, which He prays for. Not just a few verses you say at supper, on holidays, or sing on Sundays.

That was His Job, so it's also Your Job: Under Christ the King-Priest kata Melchizedek, you also are a Royal Priest To Father Who Hears You Every Second. That's the real "work of service" you are being trained in. So, you must be continually Fed His Thinking, or the ABC's of your spiritual life will be Absent, Babyish, and Crude. So will be your eternal future, if you don't eat and live on Bible. It's that simple. No other rules, and nothing other than Bible (i.e., good deeds, rituals, singing songs) can PUT HIS HEAD INTO YOURS. Your Craftsman Alone can do that. So, Your Craftsman -- the Holy Spirit -- teaches you how to craft your thinking on all the specifics in your own life, every time you are in a state of 1Jn1:9 used, as you DAILY go through this eating learning living procedure of Bible in your head, 24/7. Eph3:15-19 depicts the outcome if you learn from your Craftsman. Eph4:11-16 explains the procedure, being under a pastor He has personally appointed to train you in Bible. RightPT.htm is a fuller explanation of that rule.

Here, Paul again tweaks the play "Ion" to show God's True Priestly 'Service' Rule of learning and living on Bible 24/7, so to think Perfect Thoughts before Father. Ion is a DIAKONOS in the Temple, serving in it, a priestly function; he is as well, a DOULOS, slaveson. Paul will be playing on these meanings in Eph 4. In the play, you see a lot of Ion's thinking, and he's wholly occupied with what he understands to be the god's standards and thinking, while he does whatever he does. Ion is the dedicated slaveson.

Both Greek words were frequently employed in plays to develop subplots, since both words have double-entendre, High-and-low-status meanings which make for what we would consider 'Shakespearian' twists. DIAKONOS was either a waiter, kitchen slave, or diplomat, emissary, representative of the king: more on DIAKONOS follows below. DOULOS, as just mentioned, was a slave or a son. So you can have lots of fun writing plots where the son is mistaken for a slave, and an emissary of the king is mistaken for kitchen help! We Church are both, lol! In the play Ion, DIAKONOS is used in both senses: Ion is actually in charge of the Temple's possessions, a cushy position of no little honor; but in the first scene, the talkative Ion's sweeping the front of the temple with a laurel bough, and shooting arrows to drive off birds trying to eat the sacrifices or nest in the Temple -- quite the caretaker!

English can't replicate all that witty meaning. Still, most translations of Eph3:15-21 are decent enough that you can see Paul is talking about The Individual Being Built Up In Him. For, Eph1 was Father's Purpose of Endowering; Eph2, how We Are All Being Built Up Together Into A Temple; so, next question -- What About The Person? Well, the person gets built up, living stone quarried (note how it's done to you), then all the stones get fitted together. So, Eph3, is on the individual's being built.

Unfortunately, Eph4 is egregiously fuzzed up in Bible translations. Paul's meaning is clear and witty, but only in the Greek. Eph4 is on the fitting together of ALL the individuals, and answers the question how each of them is 'supplied', so that Eph3's individual purpose, is accomplished. Hence, Eph4:11-16 baldly states (in Greek, not trans.) that Eph2:10's AGATHOS, ="intrinsic value Divine achievement" (not insipid "good works") is accomplished in the Body Of Christ Via Eating Doctrine, so we can Serve Doctrine.

The wordplay in Eph4:11-16 is fabulous! It's all one sentence with four main subjunctive-mood verbs (you can't tell that in English), signifying the intimate connection between the clauses, á la Eph1:1-18. For a fuller description with the Greek text, translation and important embedded exegetical notes, CLICK HERE for Eph41216.htm. Two other corrected translations, working and smooth, are in RightPt.htm. A new and hybrid translation appears below which I like even better than in those webpages. Frankly no translation can ever do justice to the God-inspired original. That's why God preserved the original-language texts. Every time one revisits the text one finds ways to improve the translation versus what one had before. God is Genius!

Key to translation and interpretation: recognize how Paul parallels his EIS clauses as 'branches' from KATANTANW in 4:13, the climactic verse about reaching Christ's Own Maturity level (most shocking verse in Bible, imo). This recognition is not done in any published Bible, so the passage is fuzzed up; typically, EIS clauses are mistranslated in English with some horrifying results. (i.e., making Rom10:10 look like you must say aloud you believe in Christ to be saved, what a lie. Rather, the EIS=Because, since it's the second EIS in the sentence. So, Rom 10:10 should read EIS=Because you are already saved you are able to say aloud that you believe. Typical, the published translation reverses what the Greek says.)

In Eph4:11-16, Paul uses KATANTANW with its EIS clauses to construct a ROAD MAP in which all roads lead to the same destination; en route, there are benchmarks of development to 'get there', else you don't make it. Subjunctive mood in Greek with EIS indicates purpose and objective, but allows potential for failure: "qualified by the element of contingency", as my pastor puts it. So Paul makes the EIS clause do double duty, showing the destination as well as the purpose. In our modern English, this deft parallelling should be translated with bullets. Each bullet below is an EIS clause in the Greek, and begins with EIS. Note well the parallel objectives in each such bullet. Idea is that all of them meet together. [I'm not wholly using my pastor's translation here, but just translating straight from the Greek, lest someone think I parrot him. The interested reader can get his 85 Ephesians series beginning about lesson number 870 until about 970 to see the exegesis he uses. Study Socrates on the meaning of HENOTES, because it's a culturally-loaded word of being in harmony with the gods' thinking, not the insipid "unity" you find in English Bibles, aarrrgghhh.]

The main verbs are in caps, below. All the other text is 'spoked' around the main verbs via subordinate clauses, dramatic usage of verbal nouns and adjectives. EIS clauses are underlined, for easier spotting. When eis clauses are chained as here, they are causal. KATANTANW takes EIS, and the object of EIS is the 'destination' object of KATANTANW, the verb meaning "to arrive at", "reach" (a destination in your journey, the spiritual life's destination here). [God bless BibleWorks. Its search function lets you specify a narrow verse range and then search on the Greek word you want, exactly. So many uses of EIS would else be hard to track!]

Words you see here but don't see in published translations are actually included in the Greek words' meanings; but the translators are required restrict themselves to one English word per Greek word, so you get the wrong translation if you obey that standard. No one in professional translation would ever use such a standard: he'd be fired. So I'll not use it, here.

    "[v.11] And He gave.. to some men, the spiritual gift of 'pastor-teachers';
    [v.12] each one provided for the thorough spiritual training of believers,
  • resulting from his feeding-them-Word;
  • resulting in, building up the Body of Christ;
    [v.13] until,
  • resulting from the Divinely-Unified-System-of-Doctrine-and-Believed-Knowledge-of-the-Son-of-God, we severally ARRIVE AT
  • the resulting 'destination' of 'Completely Mature Hero':
  • resulting in, Christ's Own 'Pleroma' Spiritual Maturity Level;"

    "[v.14] so we'd stop BEING spiritual babies, wave-tossed hither and yon via every tempestuous teaching by the chicanery of men, [and as much] by our keen-and-constant-proclivities for any straying, false-doctrine scheme;
    [v.15] but instead teaching Truth within/by means of God's Love System, we would GROW UP

  • into/ with reference to Him, The Everything, Who is The Head, Christ;
    [v.16] born from Whom all the Body, being 'very married'-and-'embraced'-of-Word via every Divinely-Financed 'husbandman'-pastor according to God's Enabling -- one Allotted pastor-teacher per Allotted congregation -- he, to the extent of his own growth within/by means of God's Love System CAUSES, MAKES the growth of the Body,
  • resulting in its building up [of v.12]."

That looks nothing like your English Bible, huh. Many translation mistakes are made in published Bibles. So the above Eph41216.htm will explain what they are. It's particularly bad in 4:16, where the gender of the "one" [pastor, in context since verse 11] is in the neuter, so "himself" has to be rendered in English, but the dippy translations say "itself" as if that referenced the Body, which in the Greek is feminine gender (so can't be "itself", must refer to the pastor, same gender). The pastor-teacher is the poster boy example in the passage, since he was the last office mentioned; but obviously the same paradigm in larger context would include each evangelist having his own allotted role; and back in Paul's day, before Canon was closed, the apostle and the prophet each had their allotted roles, those offices now being defunct since 96AD. [The only permanent spiritual gifts post-Canon are pastor-teachers and evangelists. The others weren't needed after Canon finished. Apostleship was only given to those who saw the Resurrected Christ, and Paul was the final one appointed -- see 1Cor15:1-10. "Prophets" has three meanings, one of which is pastor-teacher; another, someone gifted to say what would end up being written Bible, a gift which died when Bible completed; the last one, also dead since Scripture finished, was foretelling the future: for now Everything comes through the Son, and Revelation is the end of Canon: see Heb1 and Rev22:6-21. Trace the usages of prophetes and apostolos in the Greek text. Should become obvious that the foretelling, and future-Bible notifying role of the prophetes is dead; should be obvious that there's no such thing as apostolic succession, especially after reading 1Cor15:1-10. Same, for lots of other claimed-extant 'gifts' like tongues, healing -- search Bible on these passages, see how they were temporary, dead since Temple destroyed or Canon completed in 96AD. Lack of 1Jn1:9 and doing one's proper Bible homework account for the fact Christendom has been so mixed up about these issues for centuries. Does take time to analyze, but it's amazing how fast are God's Brains -- which you don't get, if you're not breathing 1Jn1:9 as needed!]

It's really important to note that the ALLOTMENT (METRON..MEROUS) language is legal, contractural, coming from Isa53:12's booty-sharing (merizw..skula) clauses in the LXX. Paul uses that language to introduce Eph4, in 4:7; also in Romans 12:3, 1Cor10:13, 1Cor13:9-12, 2Cor1:14. Idea is that Christ's Thinking paid for us, so is now "booty" for us to plunder, so we can become booty for Him in the eternal state. Really cool analogy. Christ bluntly makes that analogy in Luke 6:38 (using METRON, which is the cognate noun from MERIZW). Certain Greek words and their import in Ephesians 4:11-16, should be highlighted.

  • Notice how we are to GET FOOD rather than 'do' something. All a baby can 'do', is doo-doo! MECHRI, until, he grows up!
  • We ourselves are served doctrine by "pastor-teachers", to eat it.
  • Convoluted English makes it look like the flock is doing that "work of service", but the PROS and EIS Greek prepositions prove it's the pastor-teacher who does it. [v.11, corrected trans, Granville Sharpe rule; but also v.16's analogy of "joint", Greek HAPHE, and "work of service", Greek DIAKONIA; more on the latter follows. Note to self: class notes begin at Book E ('bout half-way) T437s2. Exeg here in website instead uses mostly Bible Works as an 'independent source', except where it couldn't help.]

  • Verse 12's DIAKONIA is egregiously fuzzed up in English with phrases like "work of service". Instead, DIAKONIA has the root sense of PREPARING and SERVING FOOD (i.e., waiters).
  • DIAKONIA comes to mean mediating, intermediary, so it has a REPRESENTATIVE connotation, and is entirely about WORDS. Communication. Not a mere messenger, but someone in government who is assigned to handle some aspect of the king's business.
  • This dual meaning afforded the punning Greek playwrights some funny plot lines: like one where a hostess mistakes a foreign minister for a kitchen servant, and sends him out to chop wood! In short, both meanings were well-known. So, Paul, the irrepressible humorist, uses both meanings at once, too. We are restauranteuring Ambassadors! Ambassadorial restauranteurs? How 'bout Representative Gourmets?

  • For, Bible Doctrine is our food, just as it was the Lord's: Deut8:3,Matt4:4, "bread" and "water" passages, etc.
  • We are charged with the Communication of Our King, 2Cor5:20. Among us are those charged with feeding us this Communication. Only when we have been fed, can we ourselves, do any communicating. Like, I couldn't write these webpages were I not fed by my own God-appointed (Eph4:16) pastor-teacher. Notice how writing webpages has no authority, but is useful. Notice further that the writing depends on being fed. Finally, notice that if God didn't make the feeding NOURISH you, all the food in the world would just turn to fat, killing you. Hence the need of 1Jn1:9 and study under your right pastor, then living on what you learn, 24/7. Else there is no circulation, and your spiritual life is toast. Coma-toast, burned at Bema.
  • DIAKONIA in Eph4:12 is related to the word DIAKONOS, which is often used for the pastor-teacher (so is "elder" and a bunch of other synonyms, each stressing a different facet of his role). So it's a great wordplay, showing cause and effect.
  • Principle taught: you have to get whatever DIAKONIA God gives through being FED by your DIAKONOS. No DIAKONOS, no 'eating' from your DIAKONOS, means you have no DIAKONIA that survives Bema-Burning (1Cor3).
  • The 'service' is that you get fed, since you are a sheep and the 'work' is 'produced' INSIDE you -- duh, what sheep can 'do' anything but eat, sleep, get fat and grow wool, all of which happen TO the sheep!
  • Greek word KATARTISMOS is usually translated vaguely as 'equipping' in English. That's misleading, but what else can a translator do with it, since he's restricted to a one-English-word-for-one-Greek-word rule? Here's the scoop: root meaning of KATARTISMOS is to set right a broken bone or mend a fishnet; aha! requires an EXPERT to equip us. (Like, the Holy Spirit who Appoints a teacher for each of us.) BDAG, along with the other lexicons I have in BibleWorks, shows that the noun comes to mean training up to a state of corporate completeness; the corporate equivalent of ARTIOS, "mature" in 2Tim3:17; so that shows you it's learning Bible Doctrine (2Tim3:16) which is the criterion. Really, that's a parallel passage to EPI ERGOIS AGATHOIS in Eph2:10.
  • Obviously, Training Means Learning. Just like James said, in James 1. Just as the Lord kept saying, while He was here "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me." (John 4:34.) Our 'work' is The WORD, not body-works. Eating and living on it, Matt4:4. If that's good enough for the Lord, then guess what's the life for us? Can God make it more obvious than these verses plus the analogy to us as SHEEP? Sheep don't work; others work ON them. They get fat and shaved and die to make someone else get food.

  • So, then: in Eph4:11-12, the pastor-teacher 'cooks' and 'serves' us the food based on our needs, since congregations are matched to their right pastor-teachers by Divine Design, Eph4:16. Notice how we won't all agree on what 'right doctrine' means. Notice how we will variantly interpret the roles, if any, of works, rituals, etc. Notice finally that none of that variation alters God's design of one pastor per congregation. We don't have to be perfect in our doctrines, but if we don't get under someone and learn, there's no way we'll grow out of whatever we got 'wrong', thus far. So the worst thing you can do, is refuse to be under a teacher. People habitually refuse to be under pastoral authority in the name of pastors being so routinely apostate. Yeah, that's true: but then God knows who you need, so whether you think that pastor apostate or not, if you refuse to be under him, you'll be spanked big-time. Pastors of course are always learning too (ideally). So whatever pastor you are under, if that's the guy God orders for you, that's the teaching you obey. Until and unless, God moves you elsewhere. It's like being under parents. Kids can disagree, but authority is authority. Here, the authority is one you consent to -- so, as long as you consent, that's the authority you obey -- or you go elsewhere. Quietly. (Judging or criticising a particular pastor makes you get the discipline you think is due him, or the actual discipline due him. That's why I try to keep criticisms in these pages at the generic or doctrinal level, never personal, unless one of my own screwups makes for a good sample; examples are necessary to show where there are problems, but more importantly, to illustrate how Satan&Co. beguile us all. We live in a glass house, ouch, and no one among us means to get it wrong about God and His Word. But we all do, in variant ways.)

Continuing with Eph4, now verse 16:

  • The phrase " 'very married'-and-'embraced'-of-Word" in the above purple translation, versus the usual 'joined and held' published translation, comes from a pair of Greek sexual-intercourse verbs Paul uses in OT tradition and to tweak the play "Ion". These are SUNARMOLOGEW and SUMBIBAZW. These verbs are also used in the construction of buildings, same idea of intimate fit. OT has a lot of fun with the twin ideas of marital intimacy 'fit' and construction 'fit': it's a major rhetorical style in the OT, so Paul is aping it here. Thus the purple translation above, reflects that wordplay. For example, Paul reminds the reader of Gen2:22 when he uses these verbs. Sadly, that wit is fuzzed over in English with 'joined and held'. But now you know what kind of 'joined' and 'held' is really meant. The latter verb is used a lot in the LXX -- i.e., in Isaiah -- as you are to have 'intimate relations' with God by means of being knit together in HIS WORD. A lexicon for SUMBIBAZW might say something like 'knit together/unite understanding by means of instruction or advising'. For SUNARMOLOGEW you'll typically get joined-together-as-a-building, but with a little imagination you can see what kind of marital joining is in view. Here, you must know the graphic nature of the verbs, or you miss what Paul says. Especially, since he's tweaking "Ion". We are to be close, intimate with Our Husband's Thinking. Hebrew DAVAQ in the OT had the same mandate (translated "cleave" in KJV), and in Hebrew it means to have sex, as my pastor never tired of repeating. Well, that's metaphorical: you don't have physical sex with God, duh. But if you're not intimate with His Thinking, it's like being a frigid wife. Worse, actually. That's why I used the American idiom, "very married" to translate SUNARMOLOGEW; the American idiom means the married couple are quite devoted to each other and harmonious. Then "embraced-by-Word" is a good translation of SUMBIBAZW, uniting both the marital and communication-knitting connotations Bible uses for it. Spiritual tfellin. Both of those verbs are in the passive voice, done TO you.

  • So here in Eph4:16, notice the analogy between the 'uniting' of a married couple to build progeny, and the 'uniting' of stones to make a building. Paul deliberately chooses these graphic verbs SUNARMOLOGEW and SUMBIBAZW to show God's Superior Begetting of Temple from Messiah=Christ=Temple, contiGuity from OT stressed. So, Eph4:16 in Greek is the exact opposite of its translations, Made To Be Thinking High. Like a professional, which we are in training to be: kings. Like Our Husband, for crying out loud! See the multifaceted tweak on the play "Ion" Paul makes, by picking these two verbs? I mean, "in Christ" and "in Him" -- these frequent NT refrains have a sexual connotation for a reason! It's Oneness, just like He prayed in John 17, which is a marital prayer!

      Note well: contiGuity, not contiNuity. Church is never Israel, they are two separate walls, kingships, covenants, priesthoods -- joined in Christ. Because God's Standards are always the same, of course many of the OT rules port over to the NT, but technically it's de novo, a legal term for redeciding a case on its merits, ignoring any prior rulings. Christ invented a spiritual life which we inherit. We are technically totally apart from the Mosaic Law. However, He fulfilled the Mosaic Law. So the principles will be consistent with His Nature of Fulfillment. That's why you need Romans 13 and 14, which tell you what remains and what ends; you need Eph4-6, Hebrews 13, 1Pet3, same idea. These things wouldn't need to be repeated unless the Law had been abrogated due to being fulfilled in Christ (running theme in Hebrews, especially Chaps 7-10).

  • "Divinely-Financed 'husbandman'-pastor" in the above purple translation versus mere "joint of supply" in published translations derives also from the etymology of two Greek words. Published-translations' "joint" is Greek word HAPHE. Like SUNARMOLOGEW and SUMBIBAZW above, HAPHE is used in both the body-linking and construction-linking sense. It has a "husbandman" connotation as well; that meaning fits together particularly well with SUMBIBAZW, so HAPHE is here translated "husbandman" to convey Paul's wit on marriage, biology-of-body, progeny, and Temple construction. ("Pastor" meaning was introduced in v.11, so needs repeating here in English.) The concept of 'Divinely-financed' is due to Greek-play-expense-underwriting noun EPICHOREGIA, which is a favorite of all NT writers. (We are, after all, being orchestrated in the greatest Drama of history, due to Christ.) So the Underwriter of our Greek play, the One who has the Doctrine Money To Fund It -- is GOD! The Greek noun is anarthrously used, so means GOD is the Underwriter. Sadly, published translations completely wipe out all this meaning by translating those two nouns "joint of supply". Very misleading. Again, God's work, not man's (with emphasis on the Holy Spirit's role, in Eph4). It was very expensive to put on a Greek play. Kinda like it's expensive to make a major movie, in modern times. So "Underwriter", "Financial Backer" does an EPICHOREGIA, "financing" of it all. The Producer, if you will.

  • Again, Learning, not works: since what actors did, was LEARN LINES. WORDS, not works. [Book E, T.450s2, 85Eph series.] I'm from Los Angeles, so grew up around (mostly wanna-be) actors, directors, etc. Acting is embedded in the local culture. So that's kinda how I 'play' my own spiritual life. I keep voting to go 'into character' of Christ Himself. (Only the Holy Spirit makes that work. So all you can do is vote and then go ahead.) Even when brushing my teeth or doing the dishes, I seek to emulate or at least better understand, what would He be thinking doing the same activity. What would it be like for Him? After all, the Trinity indwell me just as They do any other believer, so They have an answer to every question, right now. God wouldn't invent pee if He had no purpose for it, because He has to look at it forever! So, Not WWJD, but WWJT: What should I be thinking? What should I be hearing? He didn't live one second on this planet without constantly asking those two questions toward Father and then waiting for an answer, which would be instantaneous. The point of the Priesthood is that it be FATHER'S Answer what you think and do 24/7, even if your own will is the same: it's a facet of what theology terms "kenosis", Phili2:7-8, setting aside your own, because you'd rather it be His, come what may. Thinking toward Father, learning, turning over so Father is pleased. It's not really sacrificing, but a preference. Not a loss, but a gain. Life is just flat not worth living at all, unless it's Father's Choice.

      Any actor can tell you this is the best way to get inside someone, pretend (and know you're pretending) to 'be' that person. An actor spends a lot of time getting into character before he ever steps foot in front of the camera. Superficial aping is not true acting. You must be able to see through the character's eyes. Well, we have God's Script, so we can do that. So stay in constant 'conversation' with Him, aka 'prayer'. His Answers come from John 14:26, a recall, understanding, insight, not voices or visions, lol. Most commonly, you just know the answers' principles and immediately know the Scripture to back up those principles from several or many parts of Bible at once. You'll find it very witty, how several verse-snippets from widely-divergent parts of Scripture come to mind when needed, whether in translation or in the original-language words learned. See how that actually happens to the Bible writers, to the Lord, when you read Bible. Sudden and deft recall of stuff you hadn't even studied for years comes to mind, too, the way the dots of facts connect, the continuity and orchestration. Very genius, apt, the Holy Spirit's 'reply'. Which of course you test WITH BIBLE, 1Jn4:1-6: as demons can send you thoughts, too. It's a fact of life: we have an unseen audience, this is a Trial, and we are the pawns/heroes in this real-life drama. You are truly your own movie, being watched, beginning Job 1 and 2, Luke 2, 15:10, 1Cor4:9, 11:10, Eph3:10, 1Tim5:21, 1Pet1:12, Hebrews 1, all of Revelation (heaven watches earth). It's not farfetched, not an oooh-ahh. It's REAL. So, play it as real: What Word Jesus Thinks? Act it out! Best way to learn Him is to keep on thinking Bible toward everything, 24/7. Analogizing, analyzing, pondering, acting out. In your modern life with your modern daily stuff. God hears it all. But then, your life is your own, before the Lord. So you decide how to live it, before Him.

  • Purple translation's "one Allotted pastor-teacher per Allotted congregation", is an idiomatic rendering of the Greek idiom, EN METROI HENOS HEKASTOU MEROUS. You should translate in the target language the meaning of a source language idiom, and here to know the idiom's meaning, you must start back in Eph4:7. Fatal to the translation here, published Bibles don't do that. So this vital rule of God's goes undetected: you have no spiritual life if you don't follow this rule, and you can't know the rule, if it's not properly translated. This rule shoots down all notions of ecclesiastical hierarchies. So of course it's not properly translated! Greek nouns METRON and MEROS (=share, portion, measure) shows apportionment as a system. METROI and MEROUS have a root idea of assigned-portion. Etymologically METRON stands for the VESSEL holding one's given MEROS of a thing, so a measuring CUP concept=METRON, and what it holds, is a MEROS. So together, these nouns come to mean your allotted inheritance. Isa53:12's LXX Greek uses the verb MERIZW =to apportion, share out, give one's share of an inheritance. So, one pastor is assigned to one congregation, and these two paired words METROI and MEROUS are used that way in this verse. Your pastor is your booty and you are his. You'll find Paul make jokes about that mutual-belonging often in his letters, about how his audience 'belongs' to him, and he to them. Sometimes he uses METRON to convey this (but his phrasing of the idea varies a lot, Gal4:19, 2Cor3:2, Eph3:2, Rom1:11, etc). Again, Paul uses that language to introduce Eph4, in 4:7; also in Romans 12:3, 1Cor10:13, 1Cor13:9-12, 2Cor1:14.

  • Greek noun AUXESIS means "growth" which is not of itself : a thing which happens, but is not its own cause. The noun is cleverly placed to point backwards-and-forwards, telling you the pastor's own growth forms the assigned "measure" (METROI, standard/allotment/assigned-portion) for his congregation's (MEROUS) growth. Published translations make it look like the Church grows itself, in Eph4:16. That's a gender error in translation (next bullet), but also a verb error, given the meaning of AUXANW, (=to grow) from which the noun AUXESIS comes. Exact opposite translation, versus God's Greek!

  • "CAUSES, MAKES" in purple translation, is Greek verb POIEW, and the actor is the pastor. Verb is in the middle voice, causative.
  • So HEAUTOU goes with the verb and also references the pastor. It does not go with the noun OIKODOME (=building, noun, or building-up, verbal noun) which receives the action, and is a different gender. But, is mistranslated in published Bibles as if it did.
  • Again, the building doesn't make itself. Greek HEAUTOU is in the neuter gender, tying to HENOS, "one", meaning the pastor (the one at the end of v.11). Showing that, God does this growing of us through the pastor, whose own spiritual growth forms the limit of what his congregation can grow to. My own pastor stressed that fact, and beat his brains out to grow more himself, so that he wouldn't limit our growth. In the Greek, this limitation is placed at the end of the sentence, not where you'd expect it -- in Greek, what's most important is reserved until the end. So Paul is stressing the importance of the pastor's own growth in God's System (EN AGAPE, ties to HENOTES). Warning that the pastor himself must be in the System, or the congregation won't grow. Parallel verses would be 1Cor9:27, 13:6-7, 2Tim2:5, Titus 1:16, Jude 12, "vipers" quotes by the Lord, many other verses. Downright scary, pastors' responsibility, though they are but human. They need our unending prayer support. Imagine how awful it would feel to have taught something wrong about God all your life, and then have to face Him at the Bema? Better we laymen should all be denuded of rewards, than our pastors!

  • "Enabling" in purple translation above is the noun ENERGEIA, which always means Only Divine Work, as any good lexicon will tell you. That verb is culturally laden with the idea that the gods 'energize' everything. But do you see any of that meaning, translated? No! Translations of Eph4:16 are goofy and magical, as if you grow yourself up by means of human works and agreeing with other people! Again, God's head is cut off, and man is made the hero instead! And how could the verse be translated without misleading? Oh, you'd have to add the word "Divine" or "God-works"! So I added "Divine" in English, since it is already included in the Greek meaning of ENERGEIA. Chop "Divine" out, and people can readily conclude their works are in view. Deft satanic surgery, huh. You just know zero translators mean to render a translation satanically. We are too hassled, too hurried, and that satanic one-English-word-for-one-Greek-word hamstrings us. It's taught in every seminary, arrrrgggghhh: see the Appendix to Mounce's Basics of Biblical Greek for a good example of the rule's usage (I bought the book at a seminary). The rule has been in effect for centuries. It should be changed. Fat chance.

  • Meaning for Church: We are being Made By God into a Synergized Temple Economy, Polity Of Doctrine. Eph4:11-16's verbs are all passive in meaning: a building doesn't make itself! Eph2:10, God does it, we are His Craftsmanship! Eph4:11-16 tells you how and what Divine Achievements in 2:10, get produced in us sheep. Either God does it to us, or Satan&Co. do. We are all dumb sheep, and couldn't discern the truth if it bit us. Which, it constantly does.

  • Corollaries of Eph4:16 which apply to Your Priesthood Now and Later: if the pastor's own spiritual growth limits what his congregation can grow to, as Eph4:16 says (indicated by POIETAI..HEAUTOU) -- then Your Growth Likewise Molds Your Own Kingdom. Your own body is your 'practice kingdom', since you have the doctrine in you. Also, we saw in Part III's Corollaries 3A-3D, God blesses people down here based on your growth. So later, when you've died, your future kingdom will be all those below you. So grow! Millions of lives depend on it, as we saw in Part III's Corollary 3C, "Caring Charge". It couldn't be more important, to learn Bible. When you read the Seven Facets link section of this Part IVb, you'll see that God's EPIC-SIZED WORKS are far bigger than a human being can even do. So what HE MAKES of you in any nanosecond is worth more than all the money on the planet, and in fact make money itself, even possible. All because you breathe.

      By contrast, watch how silly, to claim works do squat for God. If an unbeliever gives a million dollars to charity; and you, believer, give a million dollars to the same charity, who is better? So what's the importance of your being a believer, if works is the spiritual life? See what a crock it is, what a lie it is, what pandering it is, for pulpits to urge upon their congregants, works? It's Thinking, not works. That's why the widow who gave her two coppers was worth more than the guy before her, who gave the equivalent of a year's wages. [One of my bible dictionaries said a "talent" was worth a year's wages. I think that's inaccurate -- talent was worth far more -- but I forget how I know it was worth far more. Probably, from one of my pastor's explanations, gotta find it.] Her thought was more valuable, and the money meant nothing (Mark 12:44, Luke21:4).

  • So Eph4:11-16 in Greek stress God's Work, and that His Work Is Feeding Us Via Our Right Pastors; that the main criterion for the Rapture date depends on our Corporately Learning And Eating what we learned, not works. A Body Is Built Up By Food. Works don't feed, for crying out loud. Re-read v.11-16 with this Doctrine-Builds-Body meaning in mind; watch how the other references in both it and verses 17ff suddenly make sense (regarding maturity versus childishness, truth, understanding versus ignorance). The criterion is stated in other ways in Scripture, too. Gal3's description of the Seed is parallel. A seed doesn't grow itself. It needs to be planted ("implanted Word", in James 1); it needs soil and watering (Luke 8 parable), so it needs a Farmer to buy it in the first place (ibid +Matt13, Mark4).

  • Thus, "Fit Bride". Fitted together as a Body, nourished with sufficient flow of Living Bible Doctrine in all its parts; fitted for eternal service to Father, the deepest desire of the Son: thus, fitted for the King of Kings, down to the last detail! Fitted for His marriage bed, then, in both body and soul! Coalesced. One. In answer to His John 17 prayer.
  • All this, within just 5 verses in Eph 4, by the only perpetual virgin, the apostle Paul! Who really liked the topic a lot, for he talks about it allusively in Eph1:15-23, 3:15-21, Romans 6-7, 1Cor6-7, 1Cor12, just to name a few large passages! [It's really interesting, the order of topics in 1Cor; marriage in Chap7 follows the spiritual-body-union metaphor with Christ in Chap 6; more on marriage and the Angelic Conflict just precedes the Communion topic in Chap11; then, spiritual gifts, in Chap12-14, with Love smack dab in the middle! So where-the-heck do Christians get so legalistic? You'd have to throw out 80% of the NT, to justify their positions...]
Note Well: our "service" is as Royal Priests To Father, not people, just as Our King-Priest, Christ's.
That service is Thinking 'sweet savor'(e.g., 2Cor2:15, 10:5), just like the Cross.

Can't do the Will of Someone you don't first know! And that, you yourself live on! So IT sustains you. Get it? So we 'serve food' by Living On The Word. Just as Our Lord did: Matt4:4. Whatever else we do with our bodies, varies with the spiritual gifts we were given, as Eph4 (and 1Cor12, among other places) explained. So we aren't all pastor-teachers, but we are all to live on The Word. That provides the Priestly Sweet Savor of Son's Thinking to Father! and a way for the 'peasants' to get out of peasantry: to Live Royally, instead. [Again, the similarity between artios, mature, and artos, bread (cf Matt4:4) -- gotta research if the etymology between the two words is connected. Bet it is!]

Your Role In Life Key ==>The English translations all stress man, but the Greek stresses God. He Is The Recipient Of Our Thinking, which in turn is based on the Bible Doctrine we 'ingest'. That's what saved us, that's what we live on: Christ's Thinking. Only then, are we truly functioning ministers in His Kingdom, Priests To Father, Our First and Last Purpose In Life! Only then, can the peasant get any kind of 'message' attractive enough for him to choose to leave his peasanty ways.

Man's thinking is helplessly ugly. Always trying to get something, always afraid, always blaming, always negative, always shallow, always pumping up his fragile ego with the puny deeds he'll call 'good'. No wonder most people wish to die, by the end of their lives. So what atones for all that ugly thinking God is stuck with hearing? Our thinking. Same exact principle, as the Cross. While it's clear Christ paid the entire opportunity cost of creation on the Cross, and therefore all of us are dividends, so to speak -- even so, who wouldn't want to max out the value of the dividends? So -- your thinking Scripture is applied by God to the evil thinking he hears in someone else. Thus, that someone else, can have a life. Is there a greater work than this? God does it, but He does it in your name. Which is ironic, since only the Holy Spirit runs the cycling Doctrine, in you. Pure profit, to you. Pure profit, to Him Him Him. So, justifies Him spending some of that Blessing Profit, ON those whose thinking, is ugly. You couldn't do any work as great as God directly blessing them because HE likes how HE hears you think.

Okay, does that mean you go to a mountaintop somewhere and meditate or sit on a park bench contemplating your navel? Nope. It means you get in and stay in God's System and keep on ASKING Him for His Will on a thing. Don't do what Peter did in Acts 1, presenting Him with your OWN choices and making Him pick among them. (Peter had a bad hair day. Notice, as my pastor reminded us, you never hear from those two straw-picked disciples again.) God does all the picking. Be alert for what He picks. It will usually seem like the wrong choice. God is not politically-correct in any generation, Isa55:8-9. "Least-expected, most desired" characterizes all His answers. Abraham wanted one son, God wanted to make a universe of sons. That kind of thing.

Ergo, Only FATHER Decides
What "Body" Fits & Complements
His Son's King of Kings,
Bright Morning Star,
King-Priest kata-Melchizedek
Battlefield Royal Patent.

This Kingship predates time, so predates Israel, as the Book of Hebrews takes great pains to explain. Church is not Israel, ever. See Ps110:1, Isa52:13+53:12, 1Tim2:5, all of Eph1, Matt16, John 17:20-21: these are the actual contract verses with oodles of Precedence, as explained at length in Part IVa. Then, read the entire Book of Hebrews repeatedly until you can't even forget it when sleeping; pay close attention to the flow of the author's points, especially since Hebrews is surgically mistranslated (demon surgeons, we humans aren't that smart and long-lived, in our coverups). Then next, Acts 1:7, Matt24:36, Matt25:13, Mark13:32. Since Eph1:1-18 (longest sentence in Bible's Greek) proves Father made our Dowry in Eternity Past, obviously exploitation of the Body is what He wants. What He wants. HE, not us. Because, we are a gift to Him from Christ, inasmuch as we are to be Royal Priests to Father forever. Body of Christ, the King-Priest kata Melchizedek.

So it's a PRIESTHOOD type of Kingdom, which is a type of AMBASSADORSHIP, our friend DIAKONOS. Serving Father. Just like Ion was a servant in the Temple, an ambassador for the god, someone others sought as a go-between to 'put a good word in' to the god. Well, the Real God gets paid by Thinking, and even back during the Levitical priesthood the priests were separated, having a 24/7 job. Thus those more DISTANT could get blessing from God. So it is, in the eternal state and even while down here, as the Seven Facets link sections of this webpage, will explain. Takes special training to be a priest, not in the rituals -- but in the thinking. God doesn't need rituals or works. Doesn't mean you can't do them, does mean that whatever you do with the body, the right thinking better be in it at the time, or your relationship with God is fanciful toast, 1Jn1:6, 8, 10. If your spouse just went through the right motions but the thinking was elsewhere or ugly, those motions would become immediately ugly to you. How much more, to God (i.e., Isa1:13, 65:5).

    Incompatibilities will range widely in heaven, so there's a need for priestly thinking to compensate for that. Worse, hell lasts forever, so what kind of counterthinking must exist? In aggregate, this amounts to a Body of Thinking which is an Ongoing Pleasant 'Smell' for Father. For when you have total power and wealth, your pleasures go by principles. You have everything else, and spend everything based on principles. That is, if you have Integrity. So those most sharing your principles would be intermediaries between you and those who less share your principles, and so on to the opposite end, those irreconcilably hostile to you. These incompatibilities will last forever, so counterthinking is a must. Fitted counterthinking, to match the less-compatible thinking. That's how sins got paid, by Christ's counterthinking. That's how you live with what's incompatible to your own life, by counterthinking some beneficial reason, to go on living with it.

    It's neither good for ruler nor ruled that what's incompatible, should be confined together in close quarters. What Presidency runs well or happily, when those hostile or incompatible-of-policy, reside alongside? Disagreement is important, but that doesn't mean proximity should accompany it. How much more, God should not have to listen to, put up with, be 'near', those who disagree with Him? It's not as though He withheld the means for getting close. So the rejectors, can get the distance their rejection obviously chooses.

Hence our ABCs: Associative intimacy Bonding us to Him Who we Comprehend fully: that's a thinking relationship, no matter what we do. Our closer, more intimate level of thinking will justify blessing those farther away from Him, both now and forever. So too and first, Isa53:11, Christ's Mastery Of Truth on the Cross is what paid for sins (Hebrew and Greek inspired texts stress this point, and do so differently). So, That Structure Never Changes. God is not pleased by anything else (Heb11:6), and only the Thinking constitutes Evidence in the Trial (Heb11:1). So, while it is true that God Loves everyone Infinitely, it is also true that Fellowship With Him is largely distant -- since, to be close, you gotta Think Like He Does. Of course, man bristles at this idea, just like Satan does, wanting his puny deeds to count for something; well, that's arrogance. So, a life filled with arrogance isn't getting filled up with Son's Thinking, so will be distant forever, though in heaven. It's only fair. When we are all standing before Him at the Bema, we'll then agree it's only fair, no matter how much we bristle now. Hence the warning in 1Jn4:12-17, esp. v.17: let's Learn Him, so we will have Confidence on that Day.

A modern term for this Body would be "economy". That's also a common Bible word, OIKONOMIA (Eph3:9); it has a building-word counterpart, OIKODOME (Eph4:12). Both are Bible keywords for the structure of what's called (in olde English), a "dispensation", the covenantal period, aka "Age". Yes, dispensations are Biblical: but like any other doctrine, the way some particular person divides them up, might be wrong. Truth is, the "covenant" is the contract, and the "dispensation" is the period over which the contract is valid. Ephesians and Colossians are God's main macroeconomics books for Church, though a lot of microeconomics verses are in there. Philippians is His microeconomics text, though macro-stuff is in there also. 1John is microecon. The other NT epistles are more of a mix. So of course one can argue what are the provisions during what period, but clearly there's no contract ever born which lacks duration clauses. Whew: now we don't have to wrestle over the convenantalists versus the dispensationalists' debates, and can leave them all thrashing in the sandbox, as if the discussion were either/or. It's two sides of a coin: covenant, the economic provisions: dispensation, the time period OF those provisions. Simple.

So these STRUCTURE words add up to a whole series of interrelated polities, complete with flourishing economies: Kingdoms. We know they are federated and hierarchical in nature, because Bible says there are plural kings. An empire, really, in which the constituent kings 'rank' relative to each other. So there are interrelated economies, as well. Given the believer numbers in history since Adam, heaven is quite large, so the eventual eternal state would be a whole universe of maybe 100 billion humans, before we even estimate the angelic population: this, because anyone too young (or handicapped, etc.) to reject the Gospel by the time he dies, is saved. Well, that kind of mortality alone has always been quite high among humans: those since-Adam numbers alone, could easily run in the tens of billions. "God's GAAP Balancing" link section below will cover that and other numbers estimates in more detail.

Paul starts the economy/polity analogy immediately (Eph1:3), and it keeps weaving in and out of what he writes in Ephesians. The polity is built upon the Eph1 eternity-past escrow, and we are citizens of it. (Eph2:19, "politeuma", favored-citizenship, a big deal in those days.) Since God is Omnipotent, the question of an economy, money, etc. is based on Reasons, not abilities. So when He says "every spiritual blessing", He WILLS to match that with whatever material EXPRESSIONS will best go with the spiritual reasoning developed.

Each person being unique, reasons slightly differently from the next, so a wide variety of provision will be caused to exist. Again, to express the spiritual variety. So there will be vast differentiation in material provision. Those who opted to be close to God by learning Him, will have more to go with the larger expression of intimacy in their souls. Those who opted to be distant from Him will have less, because they opted for less. So too, among those who have much, the KIND of muchness they have, will vary. Some people don't mind owning lots of things; the upkeep and maintenance isn't a hassle in their minds, they enjoy it. Others would rather own little and spend their money in other ways they find more pleasant. We differ. A lot. So the polity God makes must be varied enough to accommodate all the freedom which will then be 'heavenly' to have.

Now, each of us lives in some country. Each country is full of people who are rich and poor. Unequal effort, unequal 'supply' of money. Problem is, how are the poor gonna get fed? Problem is, how can the country avoid going bankrupt if it feeds the poor, who don't add anything to the production value a country can sell? Problem is, how are ya gonna do this, without being unfair to those who work hard? Since heaven is a free place, these questions are still valid, but of course have perfect solutions which will perfectly operate, too. Lack of intimacy with God is a kind of poverty. Since anyone can get that intimacy, the vast majority don't want it, so won't have it in the eternal state. So they will be poor, and need others richer than they are, to make up for that difference.

As will be explained more after this table ends, the key is to get "economics of scale": a successful company or economy requires ENOUGH people, and ENOUGH money, in AGGREGATE; because money flow among the people, and production from its flow, is like the cardiovascular system. So, if the 'blood supply' is smaller in some places, but large enough elsewhere, then 'circulation' can continue. Hence the economic "body", like the physical one, is unequal, but each part is necessary. So the doctrine learnt is likewise UNequal, but in aggregate is sufficient for the health of the whole. Which means, the Pleroma are Very Rich. They have to be, because those who did not opt to learn God's Script shall be poor (Bible term is "naked", gumnos) forever. Thus, in aggregate, there will be enough for the kingdom to thrive -- freely. God never gerrymanders Truth.

Therefore: the big goal of any Christian who claims to love "the poor", should be to grow on God's Script all the way to Pleroma: so he will be big enough to make up for the millions of believers who (every generation) opt for Satan's Brother-Foot myocardial infarction ('heart attack', in plain English). So there will be enough Doctrinal Money Flowing to bless everyone, in the future.

Just as we are all "in Christ", so also those who don't grow up to Pleroma, are IN the Pleroma rulers. That's why the Pleroma will be ruling kingdoms in eternity: the masses elected to live far away from Christ down here, but close to each other and to their emotions, rituals and works, Phili3:18-19, Romans 8. Subsequently, they will be in heaven alright -- but far away from Him, and under some king who unlike them, elected to be Close to Christ, learning Him intimately. It's the exact same analogy as for Christ. He, elected to be One with Father -- in His Deity He was naturally "one", but His Humanity could choose distance. Instead He chose Full Oneness, John 17. Hence the Cross, a-knowing-sin-yet-staying-sinless just as is His Deity (and of course Father's). So, His Human Soul had to be built up in Divine Truth by the Spirit; as a result, all sins could be put IN Him. So, all mankind is technically IN Him (theme of Romans 6). So, He will "divide the spoils", as it says in Isa53:12, and "with the great ones". Great, because IN Him. Great, because Grew UP in Him. Which God the Holy Spirit playing 'Mother', so to speak -- did TO us. For Him. So, those who didn't take that offer get apportioned out "among the great ones", owned by them. Which is a terrific blessing to them. Because, they will have smaller souls, so need the 'intermediary' of a king (who needs his own staff), to enjoy being ruled. All this, is communicated in Bible both blatantly and with 'invisible' original-language characteristics. Alpha and Omega. Founder And Finisher. Which you are also to provisioned to become. Invisibly.

The higher you go in life the more your job owns you, not the other way around. So the higher you grow in God the more that thinking owns you, and you progressively stop having a life of your own, 2Cor5 and the Lord's "lose your life" comments (Matt16:25, Mark 8:35, Luke 9:24, 17:33). You don't mind losing your life to something you love, and in fact consider yourself gaining. But technically, you sacrifice yourself to that object of your love. So poverty is the result of refusing to love, essentially. So the ability to love is smaller, and therefore poverty of love down here, leads to poverty of love up there. Perfect, loving.. but small. So needs from those bigger than the self. So rulers and a hiearchy are needed forever. Thus everyone can have what he wants, whether poor or rich.

So notice the two-fold economic nature of this future federation of Church polities God is crafting: i) a federation whose Thinking Pleases Son, fits Son's Thinking, Reflects Son's Thinking, and thus 'smells good' to Father; and ii) a federation within which everyone needs everyone else's thinking to operate optimally and synergistically, such that everyone can be free to be what he chose to be down here, in the relationships he chose down here. We don't all choose to be high. We don't all choose to be low. Freedom means we ought to get what we do choose. And that, is heaven.

We are finite, and are unequal in every respect. Spiritually, our inequalities ONLY result from our choices, since we all get the Holy Spirit without measure, John 3:34. Without measure, but also without coercion. We will unequally CHOOSE to grow up, and whatever we CHOOSE will be our lot in the eternal state. The poor will have become poor solely by choice, and the rich will become rich solely by choice, and we will be freely NOT sinning, so we won't have the hangups about rich and poor that we do now. So heaven is not like down here, where we are often unequal irrespective of our choices; where we are insecure or bullying based on our own perceptions of inferiority or superiority (contrasted with angelic behavior in Rev 4:10 and 19:10). More about that inequality and its uses will be covered just after this table ends.

3rd Criterion: because Body is of Christ, God Exploits All Else Through Her.
(a common refrain in Ephesians, i.e., 1:22-23, 2:21, 3:5+9+10, 3:21's "by means of the Church throughout all generations of this Age Over the Ages, Amen.")

Each NT writer has his own way of expressing this refrain. Paul seems to like sweeping clauses with the following terms in them: "Age", "fill"+ "all", "riches of His Grace" or "Glory", "the all things" (ta panta). The latter keyword is very commonly used in NT (and maybe LXX, I've not yet checked that), and it always has a universally-encompassing meaning. So, then: very near any clauses with these keywords in them, you'll find the Church; if you look a bit closer, you'll find that the Church is made a catalyst, subject, or object of "all". Nearby any of these clauses you'll find something to do with the Angelic Conflict, usu. via keywords translated "rulers" and "powers" or "authorities" (which are levels of Satan&Co. organization). Of course, nearby any of these clauses, the Lord Jesus Christ is Most Prominent. For, we are His Body. And He's why Father (with Spirit) exploit all else through the Church. Blessing by Association. With Christ, so therefore with Christ's Body. We are not our own, and our being so highly-favored is due to Him. Always. Let us never be Uriah-Heep nor puffed up, about this epic truth.

So God, Who takes ALL facts and interrelationships into account, also has other Criteria for His Decision, besides our being internally developed into "Fit Bride". These other Criteria also require Rapture be the kickoff for the Tribulation. The Criteria all intertwine, thus constituting the main 'threads' of of Part IV and V. Briefly stated, these other Criteria relate to

      • Angelic Trial Arguments (focus of Part IVc and d);
      • The Lord's Battlefield Royal Bridegroomship (focus of Part IVa);
      • The Lord's Role in History and thus the Role of Church (focus of Part IVa and the rest of this Part IVb);
      • the Defending Role of Church in Millennium, relative to Israel (focus of Part V),
      • and its Eternal Role (also in Part V); and,
      • the Finishing Nature of Mankind's 'Votes' (also focus of this Part IVb).

Father's Criterion 3F: The Role and Properties of "Numbers"

Now let's examine Father's Criterion 3F, The Finishing Nature of Mankind's Votes: for man's votes are the Substance of the Angelic Trial (Criterion 3A), Heb11:1 (Greek). This NUMBERS criterion is multi-faceted, and impacts how Criteria 3A-E, transpire. There are unbelievers and believers 'voting' on how much they want God. The voting, of course, affects the balance among people both now, and in the future. That balance thus determines how history goes.

Since the sine qua non of Perfection is BALANCE, as we saw in Part II, and since finite creatures exist, a question arises: what is the perfect number of them? [Pity the ancient philosophers: they argued this number thingy for eons, and got nowhere, because they kept starting with mere math, instead of with Absolute God!] Moreover, what is the requisite proportion of Divine Thinking (or bad thinking), sufficient to bless (or hurt) them? Notice how there's a certain "ripeness" quality about number: too few, and a thing doesn't work. Too many, and a thing becomes bad, even if it was good. The "balance" is the right time to 'pick the fruit', as it were. Likewise, in science we routinely see a Bell-curve property of destruction whenever the number of a population becomes too high (e.g. in viruses, Malthusian theory). We've seen in Part II and will see in Part IVc that the 'contagion' of thought is in part quantitative -- when 'too many' bad thoughts are in a populus, it degenerates.

What's the role of "numbers"? Well, first let's look at what numbers, really are: VARIETY. The very word "numbers" means "variety". There must be MANY, and each one is different from the next (+1 property of uniqueness). It's the combining of the numbers, the combining of the varieties, which underlies virtually every structure in life. Like many dots, but..each one at least slightly different from the next. So each number is unique; each combination is unique; the rate and manner of change in Living Numbers Of People, Is Thus Unique. Like a snowfall. Among all these uniquenesses, some combinations are small in 'size', but BIG in effect. Likewise, at the opposite end of the VARIETY spectrum, some combinations are big in size, but small in effect. Sometimes, ONE is so big (Christ, for example), that ALL are affected (anyone can be saved). At the reverse end, MANY are so individually small (sins, for example), they have NO positive effect. Only their WEIGHT has effect (i.e., weight of our sins crushing Him, Isa 53:5's dakah, the volume of plunder, 53:12).

So, variety means hierarchy. The Numbers Have To Fit Together In Just Such A Way, So They Can All Benefit Each Other, No Matter How Big, Or How Small; However Disparate In Compatibility; or, however alike. So, the Relationship Between Small And Big Within That Hierarchy, is simply this: Mass depends on LEVERAGE. Leverage, as you probably know, is the property of a small thing being able to 'cause' a big effect. A 'small' amount of malaria can kill you. A 'small' amount of anthrax in an envelope killed a lot of people. Germs are small. Their 'leverage' value is high. The military equivalents for this financial (and science, biology, etc.) concept is "economy of force", and "concentration of force". Use those analogies as you read, if they are more familiar to you.

This same leveraging of mass applies in happier areas, of course. Say you bought your house with just a little money "down". That downpayment leveraged the entire value of the house, for it was what the bank wanted, in order to justify Lending You The Rest Of The Money. So, that little down payment "blessed" the mortgage, without which you couldn't get the house. Thus you see how "mass" (the whole cost of the house) is leveraged (justified) by means of a little. So that 'little' is called "leverage", "seed/venture capital" (economics/finance); "hub", "pivot" or "vector" (physics); "cornerstone/foundation" (architecture); even, "preservative" (food industry). In the Bible, negative leverage is called "leaven" (yeast); positive leverage (pivot/ preservative, etc.) is called "remnant", or "salt".

So, then, whether looked at from within the Bible's text itself, or observed from extra-Biblical sources, these leverage principles of "salt" or "leaven" are obviously structural properties woven into the entire universe. The "few" have what economics would term a "multiplier effect" on the "many". In fact, in economics, "multiplier effect" means that the "few" actually CAUSE the "many".

Here's another critical numbers concept which economics addresses: money begets money. The larger the pool of capital, the more income that capital can earn, the more Addition TO Capital is available. This is the most important reason why one needs a class of wealthy people for a polity to be healthy and strong. (If you know anything about actuarial welfare/pension science, all that knowledge analogously applies here in spades, especially with respect to the role of present values.)

Biblical capital can only come from..duh, the Bible! So, Bible makes frequent reference to this fact, but unfortunately the English translations all fail to UNIFORMLY translate economics/financial terms in the Bible: deposit (both noun and verb), escrow/in-trust funding, investment, financing, etc. are all Bible concepts which both the OT and the NT use. Keywords like "inheritance", "promise", "reward", "crown", "prize" (but also a lot of verbs saying the same thing which English never quite gets right) abound, and they all tie to this same idea: God's says to Invest In Learning His Son So To Receive The PAYOUT of "Riches" on PERSONAL deposit for YOU. My favorite ones are in Proverbs, about "wisdom" (eaten Bible Doctrine) being capital, making you rich (e.g., Prov 8:18 tied to Eph3:8).

God's Thinking, Bible Doctrine, is likewise Infinite, True, Righteous (etc) by NATURE. So it, too, is PURE PROFIT. So if the Holy Spirit invests Doctrine IN you, you become bigger. We've seen this spiritual law play out since Part I. You and I, of course, are not infinite. So, we aren't naturally big enough to hold so much wealth. The spiritual life is entirely and only about wealth, and to get wealth means one has to Grow In Wealth. Bible Doctrine accomplishes that goal; so, once the person is big enough, the wealth IN him flows to everyone else. By Divine Design the person, once Infused With CHRIST'S Thinking (Bible Doctrine, in verses like 1Cor2:16), becomes so BIG, everything he does 'invests'. So, just as it is when something bad 'bounces off' God, every bad thing happening to such an "enlarged" (Bible term) believer bounces off him, so produces multiplying YIELD for him. For, the Thinking of Christ was BUILT by the Holy Spirit, so is Divinely, innately, Profitable. So, the believer who gets filled up with Bible Doctrine (Romans 8, main theme) can't help but be Divinely Profitable -- so, RICH. And, as you know by now, the 'poor' are 'poor' because they don't know HOW to handle wealth. So, by seeing the rich, they LEARN how to handle wealth (if they want to, that is) -- and by APING the rich, they themselves can GET rich.

So, all those poor spiritually, can get rich by aping you -- if if if you are rich. In Him. In His Word. Until then, what you are learning 'sits' in you, growing growing growing -- until the time the capital investment is big enough (think what it costs to have enough money to build and operate a steel mill) -- to pay off. That's God's plan for your life. That's what Pleroma means. At the point of Pleroma, you are BUILT ("banah", clever Hebrew term for the construction of the woman from the first Adam, forecasting the Bride from the last Adam). "Evidence Testing" (covered in Part IVd) proves you to be a profitably operating steel mill. Thus, providing the livelihood of millions. Yes, millions.

Excluding 'timing' trades (a type of smart gambling, like commodities/options traders do), there are basically two types of investments in life: long-term, and short-term. Short-term investments, i.e., interest-paying bank deposits, are supposed to yield quickly; therefore, of course, their typical yield is correspondingly smaller than would be true for long-term investments. Long-term investing means that one's ability to forego is 'stretched', because one waits longer for the yield to be realized. Thus, there is an increased Risk Of Loss Of Principal/Capital, for the longer you wait to get paid, the more chance there is of the payor being unable to do it (because of extrinsic attacks, etc). Moreover, longer-term investments typically require a larger amount of capital investment than a short-term one. The same exigency of a bigger-deposit also applies to investments which pay you more, kinda like a minimum bank balance being required to get certain 'goodies' from your bank.

Hence, long-term investments usually entail considerably more risk, but usually pay off many times more than small-term alternatives. The bigger yield must 'make up for' all that extra waiting, and risk. Bible Doctrine is the most risky investment of all, because it has the most enemies, and because God's Infinity means one must accumulate a lot of Doctrine before the "payoff" can be seen! For, investing in Bible Doctrine means you are the target for the investment! God invests IN YOU for the LONG TERM (eternity)! So His Investment (with your consent) is designed to pay off, IN YOU! So what's the risk? That you won't stick with it, but rather you'll 'sell out' to Satan's counterfeit investments...

So, then, YOU are taking a risk, too. You think how, 20 billion years from now, you yourself will have had 20 billion years of perfect rapport and happiness with the Most Gorgeous Persons in the Universe; that you will have had 20 billion years of perfect rapport, activity, happiness with ALL your fellow-beings. Moreover, that 20 billion years is just a drop in the bucket, compared to the billions of billions, of billions of Unending Future Years with the happinesses all just being bigger and bigger and bigger...All this, God promises is the result of investing in Bible Doctrine during this dust-speck period called "life". Think, then: isn't the rate of return on 'your' investment in Bible Doctrine, a bizillion percent? Which He Himself (Holy Spirit) Alone can invest in you (you merely consenting)? So what's your risk? That you'll get tired of 'waiting', and instead opt for Satan's pretend-gain investments, which are all really debt, so you become a spiritual bankrupt!

So what have we seen thus far, about "numbers"?

So above all, since God is Omniscient and therefore Must See All The Small, As Well As All The Big, At Once And Forever; don't you immediately know how He'd DESIGN the relationship between Doctrine-Dollars and life? Wouldn't

  • He demand that the Small Leverage The Big (be catalysts for far bigger gains than if the small didn't exist)?
  • He demand the small have a "multiplier effect" due to Multiplying Value-Added Circulation, yet another way for smallness to leverage big results?
  • He demand the 'net tax' be zero, since taxes have no production, but instead, only added COST?
  • He demand Capital Investment In His Son be not only totally Pure Profit, but also the means whereby all the small pettinesses taxing life, are made into Catalysts of Far Bigger Gains than would be true, absent their existence?

    Of course, only GOD could make those bullets hit their targets!

  • God is the Ultimate Capitalist, and Thank God for that!

    So Balance-in-Numbers
    Makes Church "Ripe" for Rapture

    God thinks, therefore we do. The question is, WHAT do we think? Literal Hebrew of Proverbs 23:7a tells us, "as he calculates in his soul, so he is". Calculates, reckons, considers, weighs pro's and cons. Verse's main point is that you can't trust the OUTER behavior of someone, because his INNER calculations, are against you. So he may look nice, act nice -- but you'd be better off avoiding him. Pretty strong language, in that passage. Of course, sooner or later we all have run into (or have ourselves been) such a calculating person, ouch!

    Thinking determines everything in life. How you CHARACTERIZE an event is how it will affect you. If you were fondled by a priest when you were 11, and you forget about it, it means nothing, and you were unharmed. Doesn't matter that the priest was horrible to do such a thing. If, by contrast, you stubbed your toe and agonize forever after about it, you are severely affected by it. Doesn't matter, that it was only a stubbed toe. Psychology is based on this premise: How You Baptise A Thing, Determines Your 'Reality'. Yeah, in the sense that You Call Real Based On Your Thinking About 'Whatever'. Doesn't mean it really is true, but does mean that's how you'll THINK.

    So in aggregate, man's thinking adds up to a whole lot of bad and good stuff going on. Wives think husbands cheat, husbands think wives only want their money, children think their teachers are mean, everyone thinks Martha Stewart is guilty because she almost lied: so she unjustly goes to prison. The prison is real enough, even if the basis, is not. Principle: bad thinking and good thinking have real effects, even if based on falsehood. [I keep bringing up the Stewart case because it is so indicative of the sickness-of-accusation in the US. Flimsy stuff which people CRAVE to ACCUSE, is the sign of a nation about to terminate under what my pastor calls the "Fifth Cycle of Discipline": OT talks about this a lot. It's in Isaiah about every other chapter, and occupies most of Zechariah, Hosea, Malachi. Jeremiah spends a lot of time on it as well. General principle is Matt7:1-2, but here writ large for the nation.]

    Thinking alone is the true currency in life, buying everything bad or good, since the effects of the thinking are always REAL. It shouldn't be surprising, then, that Real God Really Knows The Real Effects Of Whatever Thinking He Perpetually Hears.

  • So for Church to be Raptured, Church In Aggregate Needs A Balance Of Thinking Such That The Whole Group Is Benefitted, Not Harmed. Especially, if planning the Body of Church for the One Who Paid for Church, Eph5. Only Divine Thinking will be circulating, there.

  • So, then: SOME need to be Very Highly Thinking, since most will NOT be.

  • So It's A Funding Calculation, God's Macroeconomics: How Much Aggregated Divine Thinking Will Result From "X" Composition Of Church, Compared To Some Other Number/Composition ?

  • So, the corollary: what's the right BALANCE, such that the Low Ones, When Matched To The High Ones, Will Together, Connected -- Synergistically Produce This Aggregated Divine Thinking?

      Bible terms oikodomia (house, structure, both literal and figurative of 'organization') and oikonomia are keywords used to show God's Corporate Goal, here. Like, a POLITY: citizens of Heaven, a holy nation (Pauline and Petrine catchphrases). We've just seen some of the variables which go into making a successful polity and economy, such as low taxes, and free enterprise. Much more true, this, when it comes to THINKING. One person is good at thinking out how some piece of machinery works; another, at how foreign policy should work; a third, on how to make dinner. All are vital, but not all are equal. Can't exactly fix foreign policy, if no dinner!

      FREEDOM means VARIETY. Freedom within finite beings, means societal barriers in order to create BALANCE among them, and SYNERGY among them. Because, individually, We Are Each Different. So, we're not gonna be sitting up on clouds all chirping away, strumming golden harps. We will be perfect and far bigger persons, then. But we will be, essentially, much like we are down here: one does one thing, and another, another; NOT EQUAL. Even nations and taxes eternally continue, Rev 21:24! Because, each person is unique. Unique combination of interests, abilities, and especially, Doctrinal Thinking. Which we had to ACCUMULATE down here, as we saw in Part III.

      So, in life down here as in life post-body-death, we differentiate and as a result, fit together as a whole. Down here, we often don't get to make choices about how we differentiate; a person who wants to be a ballerina, is too heavy, so can't. Someone who wants to be President, has too checkered a background for the opposition, so can't be nominated. Lots of restrictions. But in God's Economic and Political Plan for Church, There Are No Restrictions, because Christ paid for them all, theme of Eph1. So He is free to make what He wants, juridically, at HIS end. However, He is FREE, so we must be also. That's HIS CHOICE. So, What We Choose As Our Relationship To Him, Is What We Will Get. In this division of the webpage, you'll learn more about why. Tangentially, you'll also learn that very reason is why you can't predict the Rapture's date...

  • Oh boy, then we gotta know What Aggregate Amount Of Doctrine Money, Church Needs! Hmmm. Let's start with a smaller question: what's a "buck" of Divine Thinking, worth Now? Well, we learned from Part III that the only legal tender, the only 'capital' in God's Kingdom is His Son's Thinking, Bible Doctrine. What's the "multiplier effect" of that "buck" of Doctrine? What's the "tax" imposed on a populus, if that "buck" is not circulating? Conversely, What's The Capital Investment Growth, If Enough People Invest In His Thinking? Well, the answers to all those questions weave throughout the rest of Part IV. For the moment, let's look at..

    God's "GAAP" Accounting: Seven Doctrine-Diamond Facets per "Buck" of Divine Thinking

    "GAAP" in the American Public Accounting means "Generally Accepted Accounting Principles", meaning the STANDARD by which ethical accounting, should be practiced. Well, God's Accounting is always and ONLY based on the Impossible, in order to be Infinitely Acceptable. Because "nothing is Impossible, for God." That verse is in the context of the rich man asking Christ what good deed the guy could do to get to heaven (Matt19, Luke 18, and esp. Mark 10:17ff). Because even he knew that his wealth wouldn't get him there. What he didn't know, was that all the good deeds he could ever do (and he was doing a lot of them, with all that money).. wouldn't add up to a hill of beans in God's Accounting. Because, GOD IS INFINITE.

    Okay, time to roll out the Seven Fabulously-Impossible Diamond Facets in Every "Buck" of Divine Bible Doctrine!

    First and Founding Facet, Impossible Ruler OVER Impossible Ruled:
    Believer learning Bible is the Sole CONDUIT for Divine Blessing to the Human Race.

    Divine Thinking in us puny humans is of utmost historical importance to the preservation of the human race, as we saw in Parts II and III. Satan rules this place. So people can't get blessed by God, except through us "salt". It's a Judicial Issue: the one who you select as your ruler, rules. So the one you didn't select, doesn't. See Romans 6-8. The unbeliever is selecting Satan, whether he knows it or not. The carnal (not using 1Jn1:9) believer is also selecting Satan, but his legal status remains as a citizen of Heaven (Eph2), so some de minimis blessing still goes 'through' him. For, he's getting TIME to grow up. Clearly, the growing believer who's using 1Jn1:9 is selecting God. So, the Blessing thus Authorized through venue of that person, is.. stupendous. Note how it's not due to works.

    Remember the Trial basis from Part I: who is better for the human race, God.. or Satan&Co.? The Superior Side wins. So the SUPERIORITY has to be demonstrated, but within Trial terms. And one of the most important of Trial terms, are man's Votes. In fact, the Voting criterion is the central focus of this Part IVb. For now, let's just focus on the fact that voting for God, is the harder of the two votes to make, and it almost never 'plays' pretty. Voting for Satan&Co. is always the easier of the two votes to make, and they'll play any way they can, to GET your vote. So for the Divine Benefit Plan to be operating, believers must exist. Since Satan's plan always ends with ennui, as we saw in Part II, the human race needs Divine Blessing. But, isn't Voting for it. Thus believers have always been automatically determinative of history: even though technically we are "no longer OF the world", and even if we ourselves, Do Absolutely Nothing, But Breathe.

    This point cannot be overstressed. If there was only ONE believer on earth, and that person was bedridden, barely able to think, even; but what few thoughts the person had, were Doctrine, the entire planet would be blessed in some way. Even if not doctrine, but alive, Divine Blessing is allowable, because that person ONCE believed in Christ. Never underestimate the power RELEASED in consequence of the Cross, Eph1:19 and 2:7. You can practically predict a rise in prosperity following a rise of interest in getting Bible, anywhere in history you look. (In Part IVc is a "Blessing History" green table, listing epochs you yourself can empirically check.)

    There are at least seven categories of this CONDUIT role of Blessing which occur locally, regionally, nationally, worldwide:

    1. Blessed TIME. We saw something of this in Part IVa. You can prove this conclusively from Bible. Extensive analysis with Bible citations is in Mirroring.htm; the spreadsheet version of it is GeneYrs.xls; and a 30-page synopsis of the results is in TenWaysThisTimelineDiffers.doc. The synopsis and spreadsheet probably speed comprehension faster, but you need Mirroring.htm for the underlying principles and details on each of the people -- and especially, for the Temple timeline. When you load GeneYrs.xls, Excel's "View" menu has an option named "Custom Views": select that, and you'll find a handy listing of spreadsheet sections from Adam through 2007, which you can easily go to with a double-click of your mouse.

        Shocking stuff, thoroughly revised and updated for 2007. Smaller time grants also apply, and some of them are quite dramatic. A good example of a short grant was D-Day, where because Hitler SLEPT, the Allies were able to successfully land. God blessed that TIME -- a very strategic time -- due to one or more INDIVIDUALS who were learning His Son. We'll know who they are, at the Bema.

    2. Blessed WEATHER, AGRICULTURE, ECONOMICS, PROTECTION, and all manner of physical stuff on a GRAND SCALE -- all this is outlined in Lev26. So the whole world is affected! You can easily prove all this from Scripture. The general principles are repeated as threads throughout Scripture, but summarizing chapters like Leviticus 26, Deut28 give you a panoramic view of how the Divine Blessing Plan works for a believer (under any covenant). So if you want to bless mankind, grow up in Christ.

    3. Blessed other-category CIRCUMSTANCES. These are all secular blessings, things people yearn for, when we are positive. Secular cursings, things people fear, when we are negative. They are NOT 'small-potato' blessings/cursings! Category is broad, but would include whatever goes along with the Lev26 category, above. A big category would be cultural and societal norm changes. This you can prove historically. Whenever many people begin to believe in Christ, the actual social structure changes where those people are located. So, for example, you'll find that during the Civil War, many people came to believe in Christ -- and if you read how people reacted to the war, you'll find an astonishing amount of honor thinking, whether the individuals were believers, or not. The West developed for this reason, actually. People who did not believe, were still attracted to the virtues they saw in those who did believe. So they adopted secular ideas and aped them, thus growing secularly in the process. The West was once a wild continent of savages worshipping trees and rapine. Christianity civilized its ideas (and also harmed its ideas, both trends). You can say the same thing for certain cultures, like China and Islam, though these latter two demonstrate a cruelty which Christendom unevenly grew out of. Still, the root idea is that good thinking is attractive, and gets aped. So clearly God's Thinking would have a far greater impact on even the secular happiness of unbelieving mankind.

    4. Blessed PEOPLE. There will always be some nation or nations on the planet who are 'celebrities' in each generation. The baton passes as Leviticus 26 and Deut 28 play negatively. Just as in the OT, when Israel was a haven people could seek to learn God, so also some Gentile nation or group of nations, today plays the same role. It's a FREEDOM role. Freedom to learn God. Substitute for "nation", "region", "neighborhood", even "family". Pockets of prosperity, from the very small (i.e., you), to the very large (a polity). "Prosperity" doesn't necessarily mean visible prosperity, though the larger-scale "blessed People" categories, are usually visible (visual aid). The US is an example: note how everyone loves to hate us, yet apes our ways of doing things (for better and for worse). They see us as prosperous, and they want to have what we have. Even though "democracy" is not necessarily a good idea, the Freedom Of Opinion, is sacrosanct: were the US not here championing the idea, many nations would be under far greater tyranny, because there would be less 'competition' for the minds and hearts of man.

        Visible or no, "Prosperity" will always be a Prosperity Of Thinking -- a vigor, a vitality, a virtue. It won't necessarily be visible, this good thinking. Sometimes, the blessed people are undergoing testing, so things can actually look quite bad. But blessing is nonetheless true: The Greatest Blessing Ever In History, Was The Thinking Blessing Christ Himself Received On The Cross, Isa53:10-11 (include the LXX, which is missing from the Hebrew). For That Process Opened His Soul For Full Compatibility With Father, Isa52:13 tied to Isa53:10-12, Hebrews 1-2, Heb5:8-9, Heb12:2 (well, the whole book)!

    5. Blessed COMPETENCE. Usually, but not always, competence resides in the nation (etc.) of the blessed people. Sometimes the competence is developed elsewhere, and a blessed nation (region, family, etc.) GETS HELP from such other place(s). "Competence" means ability to function well despite the many foibles in the world. It is a vital blessing. So vital, in fact, that one of the hallmarks of Lev26 cursing, is a loss of competence in economic, political, or foreign affairs. The US is suffering a massive decline in competence, which is due to lack of interest in God. Come this time next century, we may no longer be a nation. My pastor has warned of this problem for the better part of 50 years.

    6. Blessed LEARNING. Here, the root idea is that thought is contagious. Part IVc will have much more to say about the contagion of thought. Suffice it to say that if you are learning God, your thinking will become more competant in other areas as well, to support and enhance the learning of Bible. The abilities to think, reason, plan, decide, analyze are all required to learn Bible better. Holy Spirit provides those abilities, and if you are living in God's System (see GodSystem.htm) you will be improving in such thinking skills even when not in Bible class. For the idea is, you are to be thinking toward Father 24/7 -- so what must happen to your secular abilities? They improve. They improve, since you are to be online with the Spirit in whatever you do. So whatever you do, improves.

        So if whatever you do improves, the improvements will be noticed. You have associations with people, and a kind of communication life with them. So, people like to learn from each other, and people will be learning from you: even if you aren't saying anything. This is particularly true since you must be pointed out as a believer -- again, even if you say nothing. So you will be watched, aped. So people will benefit from that learning. It's a big benefit, not a small one. For all the problems in life are due to bad thinking. So if you're engaged habitually in good thinking, others will pick up on that thinking -- whether you know it or not -- and they will thus get the opportunity to improve their own thinking. Again, this is a big deal, since Father likes good thinking, even in the smallest things. And he rewards good thinking, always. If He thus re-routes to you that reward (since despite good thinking, the individuals are not voting for Him to rule them), well.. you'll be trained in how to use it. Again (at the risk of nagging) -- this is a huge benefit. Not, a small one. All other benefits are due TO it, for a populus must have Capacity For Blessing, and all Capacity, is born from Thinking.

    7. Prayer is exclusively a conduit blessing which YOU control. YOU are the exclusive authority, here. If you don't follow the protocol, your prayer won't count. Only the believer has the privilege of prayer, and only if he prays following the protocol, will he be heard. Our world would be in much better shape if we properly PRAYED, i.e., 2Chron7:14. So all those Moslems, Buddhists, and other faiths who think their prayers get heard, well.. we need to pray for them, too, since they are praying to the wrong name -- God won't answer to a fake name or belief any more than you would answer if someone called you by the wrong name. We don't use prayer properly. We don't ask God for big things, we don't really believe He'll do what we ask, and what we ask, is absent sufficient Bible understanding. We don't think big, like the kings we are in training to be. Ok: so what to do? Practice. Guess. Learn the protocol until it is natural (it's real simple, a question of being in fellowship and talking to the Right Person and believing in His Answer, see GodSystem.htm's #5, or PrayProc.htm). It never hurts to pray often and practice. That's an immediate conduit blessing you yourself can do, anywhere anytime any day. Prayer is a nuclear weapon. You truly CAN pray ANYTHING in His Name -- yikes, be careful what you request!

    Then there are the INDIVIDUAL Scripture examples, to show you the Extreme Blessing Value Of Even One Believer On Earth. Most of the OT, you'll notice, REVOLVES around individuals -- depicting, how the world depended on them, as far as God was concerned. One judge, one 'appointed' person for a task -- this is GOD'S Accounting! If you peruse those individual stories, you'll find each one of those folks was wacko in some way, for quite awhile -- so the world wasn't blessed because of any good deeds they did. In fact, it was solely because they BELIEVED (big point James stresses in James 2, but the good-deeders always miss it). Then, after they grew up in El-Elyon, or Adonai, or however they called Him, then they do one or two things which we humans laud. But it took Years Of Believing And Learning, to get them there -- which God did TO them (another big point James stresses in Jas2:22 or 23, using Greek verb sunergew). [If you're under my pastor, think also of what he's taught since 1997 about Jeshurun and Pleroma. So we are all learning, en route there, so Blessing because en route, would also apply in a corollary manner (and on a smaller scale, but look how God blessed Europe after the Reformation, and we know most of the people, even among the 'leaders', were spiritually childish).]

    As demonstrated in GeneYrs.xls and Mirroring.htm, God granted the world 1000 more years to live, due to Abraham. Abram found God when he was age 75. Poor guy, he went wacko, on and off for the next 25 years; with the result that the whole world today suffers from one set of cousins (the Arabs) being dead set against another set of cousins (the Jews) -- and probably at least 80% of today's world population, has at least one 'drop' of either Arab or Jewish genes in its DNA. God's sense of humor: for "Abraham" means "the father of many nations"! For all during Abram's wacko zig-zagging growth, he kept believing. By the end of that time, he'd grown up, so now he was ready to have the promised heir. Well, look at the result: we are all children of his belief (theme in Romans 4, real important to grasp).

    Next example, Moses: due to him, the world got 490 and 1000 more years to live, as well. And Moses got his time, due to Joseph being granted 490 years, so the world got to live from Joseph TO Moses, only because of that TIME Grant. Through Moses, the whole of Israel was preserved, as we saw at the end of Part III. But it's really the whole world, for all history goes by Israel, and Moses was the SOLE reason for Israel's preservation, at that time. So too, Noah, like it says in Gen5: "but Noah found Grace". Compared, to everyone else in the world: God gave the world 490 years and 1000 years due to Noah, without which there would not have been an Abraham, who got his award the year Noah's expired. Many other confirming verses can be listed, like the statement Moses was the most humble man on earth, like the Genesis 5 roster (showing the heroes in GOD'S eyes, and notice how few there were), the Hebrews 11 roster. David, for example, was the reason why Israel continued to exist, viz., in the catchphrase about how God Keeps Israel Alive Due To His Servant David. Then there are the Righteous Branch verses, which refer to Christ; most famously, the Seed passage (i.e., in Galatians 3). So, see? If God Is Pleased By Even One Person On Earth (Job being another example, especially in the Trial context), then the earth continues. Never Underestimate The Priceless Value Of Bible Doctrine Learned And Circulating In Your Own Soul!

    Biggest example, David. God gave David SIX Time Grants! The entire world since 963BC survived based on them. Daniel 9 is an accounting based on the time grants to David, because the TEMPLE was a promise to David, 2Sam7. Temple represented MESSIAH, was a kind of down-payment guarantee that Messiah would come. So the Temple was given its own 490-year time grant, from 950BC-460BC. But apostacy, a kind of negative voting by believers, resulted in God razing the Temple using Nebuchadnezzar, in 586BC. So it was 126 years short of its 490-year grant. So God ALLOCATES BACK those missing years, in coming up with the accounting pieces in Daniel 9. That puts Time back on track in light of David's three 490-year and three 1000-year time grants, the endings of which bracket the scheduled and realized, lifetime of Messiah, Jesus the Christ. Christ Bought Time by dying successfully on the Cross, Gal4:4. So, that's our legacy in Him: but that rule, has been true since Adam, as GeneYrs.xls and Mirroring.htm explain. (TenWaysThisTimelineDiffers.doc is a shorter explanation, so you might want to read it first.)

    So as individuals, and as a group, we believers are the SOLE means of the world's weal -- or walloping. Scary thought, huh. The unbeliever is never to blame, on a grand scale. Only us. King-sized responsibility goes with a King-sized potential inheritance.

    Ergo 2nd Facet: Impossible Re-Routing of Blessing, FROM Impossible Ruler TO Impossible Ruled

    We just saw that believers are the sole conduits of blessing to the world. In itself, that First Facet is a direct blessing TO the world, not to us, but BECAUSE of us. Here in this Second Facet, we'll see that the blessing accrues TO us, not the world; they share indirectly, due to their PROXIMITY to us. This has a multiplier effect, just as we saw earlier with money: blessing is better than money. The multiplier macro preservation value, as we saw in Part IVa's "re-routing" section on Legal Precedence, was VESTED in Christ, so the re-routing to us, varies with how much we've grown in Him (main theme of Paul's and others, tapping the merizw keyword in Isa53:12's LXX). So how much of it we directly get, depends on how much we are learning Him Now.

    Notice the parallel. The world breathes because we do, and we breathe because HE does, and HE does, because He paid for all sins. So There Must be a Far Bigger Macro Effect Due To Believers Learning Him, post-Session. For Now, He Himself is BIGGER, Having Been Seated, Heb1:4; for He is Risen and Ruling. This fact is the central theme of the Book of Hebrews: see Heb1. We are Body, so We Are To Have The Same Effect on History. Even though, and especially because, we are not of the world, anymore.

    1. So, look at the macro effect: unlike the training OT folks needed, we need much more; so, much more ASSOCIATED Blessing can flow to those who we 'need' around, to learn what we need to learn. Part III's Corollaries 3A-D, multiplied many times due to the many believers (hopefully) cause their nations, Great Blessing. Or, if we are too negative, Great Cursing.

    2. BASIS for Blessing to Us: Life Now is all and only about, our Real Role, our Role Real, Our Role Royal: that of being developed into a Royal Priesthood, for FATHER. We saw the parameters of that, in Part III.

    3. All this, because FATHER is pleased to do it for CHRIST: sweet savor principle, like that of the Cross (Isa53:11 combined LXX and BHS texts; and "sweet savor" verses, KJV). [Other versions translate the term differently. KJV is uniform, though, so it makes a good search target.]

      So the sum of these three, combine into a Blessing ABC: ASSOCIATED BASIS CHRIST; those ASSOCIATED with us are more blessed because the BASIS is our need for spiritual Priestly Training for Father, due to CHRIST. Now you know one reason why the wicked prosper. Some growing believer NEEDS them to prosper. (More often they prosper because believers malign them, lol, Matt7:1-2.)

      For True Blessing in Life is THOUGHT, not outers. All the outers in the world won't make you feel good if your soul is full of sick thoughts. Conversely, if your thoughts are healthy, bad outers won't matter. That is a significant testimony in the Trial (Fifth Facet), that blessing is an INNER thing, not an outer thing (i.e., accoutrements and works). Only God can bless you on the inside. So then whatever you have on the outside, is worth having even if painful.

      Meanwhile, other people are only alive because believers are alive. Because believers need to learn Him, and need circumstances which constitute a Training Environment. A 'job' requires a setup so that 'job' can function. Again, we've voted for God to rule us forever, that first nanosecond we believed Christ paid for our sins. Everyone else, didn't vote for Him (at least, not yet). So, They Continue Only Because We Do. And we continue, only because CHRIST does. And the quality of our continuance, likewise depends on Him: Learning HIM, and not learning the world. For the world, Satan owns. But God, owns us. So what we Think, Learning Him, 'pays' for the continuation of Planet Earth, even as His Thinking on the Cross, paid for us to even exist. See how that analogy continues? See how it's Only about Learning Him?

    Next, let's go over the underlying principles to show why these ABCs are true. Essentially, we get blessing from God because our learning 'smells good' to Him. Every one of these Facets is worth MEGABUCKS of Divine Diamond Doctrine Blessing to our very souls; but then, God has this 'thing' about matching material blessing to spiritual blessing, per contracts in eternity past with Son, theme of Eph1 and Isa53:10-12. Secular always comes from and reflects, spiritual, in God's laws. That's why everything in life exists in opposites, hypostatically (depicting God-Man), for example (check it out, whether physics, economics, biology, etc). So too, in the Divine Accounting of Diamond Doctrine Blessing Bucks. So you are accruing real wealth: first and most valuable, spiritual -- increases your oneness with Christ, so you can see Him better -- forever. Intimacy grows. Nothing beats this. Nothing compares to Intimacy with Him, period. However, your ability to EXPRESS that enjoyment of intimacy, requires you have a body -- ideally, a whole kingdom is needed, so you must become a king -- and then all the wealth to support that body (again, a kingdom's worth). You will OWN it all, yourself. People included, if a kingdom. That's the ideal way for a polity to be, if the ruler is virtuous. And we will all be perfect, then. We are owned by God, and we know how Divine a blessing that is! So Divine, the world depends on it: Now, and in the eternal state. So this is real money to go with your real wealth. Count on it. Some of that you'll get even while down here, to train and support you. Maybe a lot, maybe a little, usually times when you have a lot and a little, so you get a full spectrum of training.

    Bible "riches" keywords are many, but often translations fuzz them over. "Riches", especially in the NT, means this category: "riches of His Glory" is pretty easy to find. "Treasure" and just about any material-good word (and all food and shelter words) depict Diamond Doctrine Bucks, in the NT. For the Word is likened to every kind of material good man has or wants.

    So why are we so blessed? God likes the SMELL of His Son's Thinking in us. I like to call it the "isotropic property of the universe", that God the Father Sees His Son, Everywhere He Looks. To depict this, OT uses the smell metaphor all over the place, signifying that future Son's sacrifice by means of the cooking meat of the Levitical offerings. "Sweet savor" is a really cool translation in the KJV, and it's used often. Idea was that the believer in the OT who sacrificed an animal, cooked it. The smell of the cooking is called "sweet savor". It's a really great tweak at the world's religions of the day, because they all taught that YOU did something for the 'god', YOU sacrificed. Heathen religions were all about pain. Even the mandated sex acts were designed to be degrading. So, sacrifice was about pain to you, pain to the victim. Religion is always and only about pain, in any period of history. The other polities also were often HUNGRY. They didn't get blessings of weather and agriculture, akin to how in the last Exodus 9 plagues, Goshen (where Israel lived) was always exempted. So if you travelled, you knew you were getting near Jerusalem because all you'd smell, was cooking meat from all the animal sacrifices. Meat was hard to come by, in the old days. So right away you associated the blessing of FOOD, with Israel. Easy to want to convert! So these two things, a God-sacrifices FOR you faith, plus all that meat, did a great job of evangelizing. For Israel was a center of commerce, and the world travelled through her.

    Via the Mosaic Law then, and the spiritual life Now, God refutes ALL religious notions and says, No, it's not really sacrifice, but Dinner Together. You don't regard it as sacrifice, to prepare a meal for people you love. You don't regard it as a sacrifice, to prepare and then eat, what you enjoy. God is about Togetherness, not pain. Dinner is always regarded as a togetherness, social function, especially in ancient times when "dinner" was more like what we'd call a banquet, today. In the Middle East, if you shared dinner with someone, a kind of bond occurred. Fighting with the person afterwards was more difficult, and in some cultures, no longer possible (the hospitality extended created a reciprocatory obligation). So God is deliberately communicating to the rest of the world and to Israel, that the sacrifices were what GOD did for man, not the other way around. Man would naturally want to reciprocate. But how do you reciprocate God?

    So the sacrifices depicted this then-future Son's Thinking Toward Father On Man's Behalf, So That Man Could Have Dinner With God Forever.

    They got mere 'dinner', but we get EUCHARISTIA, Col2:7, His Thinking to 'eat', 24/7. So the effect of that food must be light-years larger than what they got to 'eat'. We've already seen how much bigger is our spiritual life individually, in Part III. Well, What Must Be The Macro Effect? If only one guy, Moses, was carrying the whole nation of Israel, God's Chosen People, as we saw at the end of Part III; then what 'multiplier effect' must we potentially have? Moses didn't have the Thinking of Christ in writing, "but we have the Thinking of Christ", 1Cor2:16 (theme of the epistle). Moses saw through the veil, and he was the only one allowed to do so; but we have unveiled face; he saw like a child, but we can see as adults (1Cor13:9-13).

    Re-routing of blessing to us spills over to them, since we are in the world being 'cooked', while they remain raw. Idea is, the Smell Of His Thinking Is Innately Admirable, and so maybe they will opt for getting cooked, when they 'smell' us. That's a corollary and very-minor reason for our existence down here, since The First Reason Is To Think Toward Father What Pleases Him To Hear/'Smell'. But it's impossible to be down here learning Him and not 'smell' good to others, even if one never talks about God. It's the Attitude. Oh boy, people notice!

    See the multiplier effect: your thinking 'circulates' just like money does. And those who pick it up, pass it on. You also get thinking passed on, to you. So all this thinking cycles in a POLITY, and the strength or weakness of that polity depends on the circulation of thinking IN it. That's what God is building, an Eternal Set of Federated Polities -- Kingdoms -- which have a Perfected, Synergistic Thinking Structure. For we will be sinless forever, yet have free will. It's not a magical status. We will KNOW ENOUGH to not want to sin, even as God Who is Omniscient, never wants to sin. He can sin. He WON'T, because He knows what sin is. He doesn't like it. He likes that sweet savor, instead. Even you are not tempted to sin certain types of sins, because they don't 'smell good' to you, and nothing can make them 'smell good'. Something you know about those sins makes them forever smell bad to you, so you are not tempted. Well, magnify that idea out to infinity, and you know why God will NEVER sin any kind of sin, even though He being Omnipotent, could do so. Next, you now can see how we will be free in the eternal state, yet never sin. So that Thinking Structure of His, needs to be built in us. Multiplier effect, variety, hierarchy. Re-routing, therefore.

    So even now, God 'deploys' you as it were, to an audience. They get information from you, whether you realize it or not, whether you talk about God or not. In exactly the same manner, that selfsame 'deployment' creates CONTACT; because they are associated with you in some manner (even a chance encounter), God Can Justify Blessing Them. For, you must have some need of the encounter (i.e., for spiritual training, the foremost reason for deployment). So, They Have To Be Blessed In Order For Your Need To Be Met. The company you work for must be blessed, so you can be paid. The nation you live in must be blessed, so you can live in it. Notice that carefully: YOU are the cause, not them. You need it, so to provide for your needs, they all have to be blessed. What a humbling thing to know!

    Lest you be tempted to think God is arbitrary, understand that the blessing or cursing which happens, was already due those who got it. Problem is, the bridge might have been out on how they could GET what was due. Justice is a tangled thing; what's due also depends on there being a delivery mechanism, and if no mechanism, then Justice is in effect missing. So we believers are used to create bridges where needed. My pastor calls this "the geographical will of God" and other like names. So: cursing is intended to bless just as blessing is intended to bless; and the Blessing, is to be motivated to look UP. Man typically only thinks of God when he's hurting, and even then all he thinks is a quick "God, help me!" -- and then, danger passed, he goes back to his rote observances, "God" just being a genie you rub when you must. So the truth is, the cursing or blessing is not based on deserving, but based on Need. So if you need cursing, they do also. If you need blessing, they do also. But since they aren't voting for Him, then the need is determined by yours -- and is never unfairly administered.

    If you want to see the ultimate type of re-routing, the Re-Routing of Time, spend time (heh) on Mirroring.htm. Notice how OTHER people got or lost Time, blessing, due to the individuals God used. A great example in that page, is Joseph. The development of the 12th and 18th Dynasty of Egypt is literally TAGGED to the 490-year awards to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph like birthday presents. For Joseph, it was a slavery present: Egypt was blessed 490 years due to him alone; and in the 490th year, the Exodus occurred. The 80 years while he was vizier (12th Dynasty, starting with Amenemhet II), gave Egypt a chance to develop so well economically, my 1985 Encyclopedia Britannica waxes rhapsodic about it in its "Egypt, History of" article (without noticing Joseph was the vizier, of course). God uses everyone, so orchestrates all the foreknown effects, so that Justice is Always Served. Because God Sees It, and HE should get Sweet Savor. That's why the Cross, so we are free to screw up -- that's why everything happens as it does. Freely, yet never 'outside' the Justice Requirement of Sweet Savor, Ps37:28, the quintessential Psalm about why you don't worry when the wicked prosper.

    So you are being blessed or cursed SOLELY based on whether you are learning or rejecting, Bible. And everyone around you, depends on you learning Bible. Couldn't be a balder way to prove that fact, than by how God orchestrates Time around believers, none of whom did any good deeds by modern standards, but by God's Hebrews 11:6 standard!

    Ergo 3rd Facet, Impossible Priesthood FOR the Impossible Ruled: Thinking Christ-Perfect Thoughts to Please FATHER

    As explained in Part III's "Third Reason for Invisibility" and "Third Reason for Royalty",

    So our first three Facets of Mega-Doctrine Diamond Bucks, look like this:
    1. First Facet, YOU are the conduit for blessing or cursing to the human race, simply because you are a believer. That, because YOUR King is God, and the rest of the world has voted instead for Satan to be its king. So it's a problem of JURISDICTION. God is King only of all believers. So Blessing FROM God can only be granted DUE TO believers. This has been true since Adam's Fall: had he not believed for Salvation (Gen3:21), we'd all not be here. So the Jurisdiction Rule applies, throughout history. It's phenomenally upgraded, for Church, as we saw.
    2. Second Facet, Your King Blesses You Directly, to Train You in His Royal Son's Thinking. So as a result those ASSOCIATED with you, get blessed. You are treated as their owner, and to bless you for what YOU need, they must get blessing.
    3. So Third Facet, here: you are a Royal Priest to Father, being trained in that: so you are learning His Son's Thinking, in order to develop a Thinking Lifestyle of Perfect Thoughts which Father can enjoyably 'smell'. Others in your periphery will smell them also, which has a multiplier effect on your periphery, the nation, the world -- even if you never mention "God", which effect is a Second-Facet re-routing.

    For God measures Value and thus Blessing He can Justify,
    by the Divine Quality and Quantity of Thought He 'hears'.
    God does not measure value based on action,
    but rather on the thought behind the action.
    For Thought Alone, Makes Alive.
    Therefore even a menial object like brushing teeth,
    or a disgusting object like sin imputed on the Cross!
    is made Value solely due to Like-Christ Thinking during that moment.

    Let's walk through how this works. If a point seems confusing or wrong, use 1Jn1:9 if needed and Ask God to show you the relevant verses. There are so many, I'm not sure which ones you need to see. So what follows is a summary of the doctrines, and any citations will be restricted to those which spring to mind per John 14:26.

    So in all events, notice it's not "What Would Jesus Do?" It's "What Word Jesus Thought", and "What Would Jesus Think?" Indeed, Scripture is rife with verses on this Word-Makes-Alive topic. The Bible heroes are heroes due to BELIEVING, which is a kind of THOUGHT. Trusting in God is a thinking. The widow who put in the two coppers versus the rich guy's Temple contribution before her -- she was more valuable than him, based on thought, obviously. The Lord said you committed adultery if you merely thought it. Pharisees were condemned based on their thinking, infecting others by their false legalistic teaching, to think the same way. (Just read the Mishnah, see for yourself how awful their thinking was.) The Hebrews 11 roster of heroes are all measured based on their thinking, and Hebrews 11:1 says Thinking Word is the Trial Testimony. More about Hebrews 11:1 follows later. Point is, thought is what makes alive. Money is not alive. Your body is mindless, so not really alive, just an organic machine. Only Thought is alive, so only Thought is the measure of value for Justifying Blessing or Cursing. [Thought applied to intrinsic worthiness however does matter. Intrinsic worthiness is anything God is or has constructed, i.e., Scripture, the basic laws of the universe like morality, gravity, etc. Bucking the system has a correspondingly bigger negative effect when bounced against intrinsic worthiness than when bounced against something stupid. So, ironically, that's why homosexuality is a sin of devastating impact: because it goes against the laws of nature God constructed. Ironic, though, is the why: because self-righteousness is the most self-destructive sin of all. The homosexual who persists, as indeed anyone who persists in a sin -- gets hurt the most not because of the sin itself -- since all sin is stupid -- but because he uses a self-righteous motive to persist. In short, the most destructive force in the universe is self-righteous motive -- thought! -- which expresses in the bucking itself (i.e., Gen3, Isa14:14), rather than, the sin itself! Rebelling is more than sin, and the motive for all sin (pesha in Hebrew).]

    God Is Immaterial: Pure Thought, His 'DDNA', so to speak. Godness is Infinite, therefore the only 'body' He has, is a 'Body' Of Thinking, aka YHWH, Essence (ousia), Being (ho own=YHWH, Exo3:14, a term John uses), Substance (hupostasis), Reality (ho logos), The Word (ho logos, first meaning, Hebraistic for dabar and emeth). Concrete doesn't think. A couch never laughs. The planet Venus cannot read you a poem named after her. Inanimacy doesn't think. The ability to be alive had to come from SomeOne Greater Who Was Already Alive. Big hint: "Spirit" means life, breath. Gen1:2, incubating, Speaking Into Existence The Restoration Of The Earth. Heb1:3, the Hupostasis, Christ, Who (John 1) was Always God, upholds the universe by His Word. Wow. Thought is pretty enlivening, huh. So much for all those reincarnation fantasies about our coming from some bleeping amoeba, lol.

    Word in You run by the Holy Spirit is a Resurrection and Session Power, Eph1:17-20. That's why Bible so often uses Resurrection catchphrases to describe it. In Christ, in God's System (i.e., using 1Jn1:9 so under the Power of the Spirit), the more Scripture you learn, the more you see Truth, so the more you orient to Truth, so the more you Think Truth in whatever you 'do'. So the value of 'whatever' suddenly becomes Matt4:4, Thought Applied! Isa54:1, the Impossible Life! We the sterile, bear kids: His Thoughts, dividends of Him, 'children' of Him! Get this: the sterile object of your thought (and all is sterile, compared to God), becomes childbearing! For, God sees the Thought Applied in the circumstance, therefore the meaning of the sterile object, becomes alive. [Examples: egeiro, to raise up from death, ek nekrwn, out from the dead ones. See also Eph1, and similar passages. The phrase, "out from the dead ones", ek nekrwn, occurs over 50 times in the NT; I didn't count the OT occurrences. So this is a strongly-stressed metaphor for God's Enlivening Purpose and Power. My pastor spent months when exegeting Eph1 over and over and over (3 times!), to explain the Biblical moniker of resurrection power.]

    Because Word Makes Alive what was Dead, Thought Makes Alive;
    So Everything dead (i.e., your body, your life down here) -- is Now Qorban

    As we also saw in Part III's twinned Third Reasons, due to the Cross everything is ruled "Qorban", dedicated-to-God. Nothing in life is excluded for being too low. Qorban is a voluntary thing. Christ has ruled on it. Now, it's our turn. To the extent therefore that we Practice Him, we are ratifying qorban. So, we get built into Qorban, as He was the Ultimate Qorban, the Holocaust Offering for the whole world. That "qorban" OT concept had two basic elements: dedicated to Destruction, or dedicated to Service -- Paul illustrates this with aposiopesis, in Rom9:20-23. See, the OT problem was, only certain things/people could be dedicated-to-God, since Christ had not yet come. But now that He has come, everything can be dedicated-to-God. And everything IS.. in Him. So now everyone can choose Which Way To Be Qorban: and everyone makes himself a "vessel of destruction", as Paul explains in that Romans 9 passage -- if he rejects Christ. Pre-salvation, never believing. Post-salvation, never learning, so No Treasure In Earthen Vessels to Survive Bema Burning (1Cor3).

    Everything is holy, now. It wasn't, before He completed the Cross. Hence our Priesthood is not like the OT (central theme of Book of Hebrews). New covenant, to implement the New Covenant for Israel. So Everything About Your Life, Is Dedicated To God: Qorban table in Part III's "Third Reason for Royalty" showed how that works. So if you refuse, you get punished. It's Not About Sin, But About Growing Up In Christ. Far worse than sin, then, to refuse. Part III's Four paired Reasons covered these concepts in great detail, especially the Third and Fourth Reasons for Invisibility and Royalty. If you refuse, you are still qorban, so you will be devoted to destruction. You never lose your salvation, But There's More Important Stuff To Lose -- the Kingship rewards, which make you close to God.. forever. [Why pastors don't teach this fact, I'll never fathom. A few do: search the internet for "doctrine of crowns". There will be many goofy websites, but a few good ones. My pastor calls it by other names, so you shouldn't get his site in the mix. I want to say Travis Baptist Church -- I forget where it is -- is another listing with sensible teaching. But the teaching is out there -- sparse, but it exists. This replaces the sin question with a More Serious Issue -- and obviously, sin obstructs spiritual growth, creates more downtime getting past the habit, etc., so you won't want to sin anyway. The Bar was Raised by the Cross to Eph4:13: that's rarely taught, too. But you should be able to tell that even in translation of that verse, plus via reading even a translation of Romans 6-8, if breathing 1Jn1:9 as needed, the whole time.]

    The NT references qorban concepts often, too many to list. But here is a sample grouping:

    So you do not focus your attention on "earthly things", because you are not part of Satan's world anymore. Instead, 'cook' them with Doctrine. Bible says this so often and in so many ways you should be able to open it to almost any page in the NT, and find verses on that fact. 2Cor5, and Romans 6-8, Philippians 2-3, all of Ephesians, Hebrews harp on this fact. Christ talked about it constantly, viz, what does it profit, if you gain the world but lose your soul? He is Your Soul Now. Spirit Is Your Brains Now. Everything else, is qorban for the Royal-Priesthood Training Purpose, as outlined in Part III. Blessing you need for this purpose, blesses the world far far more than anything you can ever even fantasize doing. For, God is Infinite, and you are not.

    So as you can see, this Thinking toward Father is a full-time job. 24/7, really, and it takes nearly a lifetime to get to the place where it's 24/7. So while good academic discipline in learning Bible is important, how you INTERNALIZE and APPLY it to your life, and what MOTIVE governs, is equally important, 1Cor13:1-3. So it's not only about whether you know Hebrew or Greek, or names of doctrines or whether Sennacherib was defeated circa 701BC. It's about whether what you are learning, integrates in your soul. A little with a lot of integration, creates Integrity. As my pastor likes to put it, the inhale is the learning, and the exhale is living on what you learned of our Beautimous Word, for Diamond-Doctrine learning and living, is God's Currency. Sweet savor of the Cross, in us! "Christ in you, the confident expectation of Glory", Col 1:25-27 and 1Pet1:7-8.

    Ergo 4th Facet, the Mission Impossible Soul Life OF the Impossible Ruled: A Quad-Dichotomous Warring Transformation into Son's Thinking

    In the Third Facet, we just saw the Impossible Requirement for Christ-Perfect Thoughts Toward FATHER. Everything else in life is qorban, devoted; even, brushing your teeth.

    So this Fourth Facet is about that Warring Transformation, and the underlying dichotomies which are being resolved through it.

    The Dichotomy between Infinity and Finity

    First Dichotomy: Infinity is never compatible with finity; that's why Christ had to be Two Natures in One Person, and then in that Dichotomous Status, Complete the Cross Without Sin. The Cross simultaneously resolves this Dichotomy, resolves the Trial and defeats Satan, creates a New Kingdom of Church, as well as accomplishes the payment for sin to Father forever. God is nothing if not efficient in His Goals. It's God Who 'goes low' (tapeinow, verb in Phili2:8), to Unite with Man. Man can't go up, see. Note well: perfection doesn't mean compatibility. The problem even in perfection, is to GET compatibility with Infinite God. The angels were initially perfect too, but not fully compatible: had there been full compatibility, Satan wouldn't have sinned. Same, for mankind: Adam was initially perfect, but not automatically compatible. God, as we know, is Infinitely Perfect. And, because He is, He Unites All Incompatibilities to Himself. That is a Choice. Perfect Infinity makes that Choice, flat. Togetherness, flat. No conditions, Eph1, "filling all in all."

    This First Dichotomy between Infinity and finity, is why the Lord said you cannot be a slave to both God and mammon, Matt6:24. The entire Trial is about whether God or mammon, is better. "Mammon" isn't really worldly wealth, but the thought process behind it. So, a Trial of Two Thought Processes: God's, or Satan's. So "mammon" isn't money per se, being rich per se -- but rather, what conclusions do you draw as a result? Do you think well of yourself, as if some external made you a good person, like the guy in Luke 11:12-21? See, "mammon" represents the world's preoccupation with itself. Idea of believing in, trusting in, and above all preferring something other than God; trusting in whatever that other thing/person is, more than God. Christ is talking about God and mammon in this context: Matt6:21's, "where your heart is, there your treasure shall be also." So He's not browbeating anyone when He says you cannot be a slave to both God and mammon. It's just a fact, and He's explaining the problem: the thinking, depicted by "heart" in the verse. Not, what wealth or goodies. But how you value them, i.e., as being your 'god'.

    This dichotomy between God and mammon is more fundamentally, the dichotomy between Infinity and finity, for finity is SEPARATIST, small, needy. No matter how big it is, its 'interests' are opposite those of Infinity. Infinity is inclusive, wanting all big and small, uniting, loving, holding. Finity must push off, since after all, its birth (creation) is separatist by nature. Mi beten, ek koilia, Out From The Womb. See the humorous Hebrew of Gen 3:22, how God uses the preposition "min" to communicate how man SEPARATED from God, due to sin. But look: to be born, to be created, is already a type of separation.

    Thus finity by nature is incompatible with God. But God resolves it in the very Person of Christ. Satan disputes God's Solution and Togetherness Plan, so this Dichotomy is a Central Issue in the Trial. Here's how that works:

    For it's not God who has a problem being incompatibly united to finity: obviously, since He created. (See also Gal3, esp. v.20 in NASB.) Rather, it's the finity which has the problem. So, finity needs MEDIATION by means of the Truth Cycling in the soul. Thus finity needs Infinity to BE Inside, and Cycling. Then the problem is Reconciled, which took Christ a lifetime of growing in the Truth. But look at the result! Even the Cross, is a Joy (Heb12:2). As a result, post-salvation His Thinking in us functionally reconciles our thinking in the SAME WAY as it reconciled His Two Natures. Isa53:10-11 in the LXX show five infinitives which demonstrate how this gets done; these infinitives are played on throughout the NT. Isa53trans.htm has the details. This is not the Reconciliation of Salvation, which was already permanently done on the Cross, obtained that first nanosecond you believed in Christ. Rather, this is a resultant functional reconciliation need to get COMPATIBILITY. A wife's 'reconciliation' with her husband is not merely the official kind (i.e., not divorced), but rather is one of SHARED THINKING. Else, divorced even while still married. We are divorced in our thinking, even though that initial faith in Christ 'married' us to Him forever. So now it's a question of INTIMACY, which is a kind of thinking reconciliation. For again, finity is not compatible with Infinity, ever. So a continual mediation is required, cycling in your head. Else there is no intimacy.

    Dichotomy: You Inherit Christ's Training and Position, Despite Your Puny Nature

    Second Dichotomy, your Royal Position in light of God's Ultimate Design for Your Life has to be the SAME as Christ's, even though you are puny compared to Him. God can do anything, including make alive what is dead, Isa54:1. God knows everything, and He wants to put His Son into everything, even as He put all sin into His Son on the Cross. Thus Everything is made Compatible. For us, that means Rapport, Like-Mindedness. Now consider: if you're going to become Like-Minded, then you must get Parallel Training Which Puts You In The Same Position As God Is. Else, you can't know Him well enough to have Rapport. That's why Adam was made ruler of the world (parallel to how Satan was made ruler of the angels). God was training Adam using animals -- which were far inferior -- to see that God Who is Far Superior, is not demeaned or offended, but happy to GROW Adam (and later, the woman). For Power means RULING, not willy-nilly grabbing and doing like some lottery winner or kid in a candy store, busy purchasing everything you ever wanted, etc. When you have absolute power, you use it based on REASONS, since you are not limited by characteristics. Doesn't matter, therefore, that finity is too small. Doesn't matter, then, that a menial task has no innate value. Doesn't matter, then, that sin is disgusting. Omnipotence Can Create Any Result For Any Reason Sovereignty Chooses, and that's How It Will BE, Period. God thinks. So God wants Thinking to be the Criterion, the Reason for judicial matching of thing "n" which is mindless and even disgusting, with Thought "X" which is Christ's. So that kind of reasoning and matching, is what we're being trained in. The pressure helps us gain a stamina so that when when we die, our souls will be big enough for the new life we'll be getting.

    Dichotomy: Christ's Hupostasis is Replicated in You, so your old and new natures are constantly AT WAR

    Third Dichotomy: your entire life is Now "MISSION IMPOSSIBLE": Thinking Toward God must be CHRIST-KINGLY, PERFECT. But cannot be. Thus you are in the same dichotomous position as Christ was: Divine Thinking Required, but hampered by being human at the same time. As we saw in Part III and IVa, due to Matt16:18, it's a requirement of the Trial that we inherit the same spiritual life as Christ's: and how well we live that spiritual life, is the Substance of the Trial and the Reason for the Rapture's unpredictable timing, Greek of Heb11:1 (covered later on). So we are in the Same Position as He is. Obviously the scope is smaller; but you are in Him, so you are in His Same Position, as while HE was down here. You need that status, in order to train in His Thinking. So, that's your real status, whatever you look like to yourself and others 'outside'.

    Hence as you grow spiritually, you will progressively hate yourself. For your standards about "good" are RISING, and you of course never measure up, theme of Romans 7. God accomplished Our Spiritual Births via the Hypostatic Union of His Son on the Cross; and accomplishes our spiritual growth, via the Thinking of That Son growing in the Church believer ("in Christ" verses). Therefore, you are in Union with a Nature NOT compatible with your own, so your desires keep on reflecting that fact. So the battling you feel, is the incompatible human nature, going against the spiritual nature you inherited as a result of Him Mediating Himself via all those Truth Deposits.

    Let's examine the interplay between what's seen from the outside, which is God's Perspective, compared to what the self fighting sees, on the inside. When it takes a lot of effort to go after a goal you love, there are many moments of suffering. The love keeps on driving you (2Cor5:13-14). On the inside it feels bad, and the circumstances make that feeling worse. On the outside, it looks awesome. See that Love! How much that person, loves! We react to the Cross from the outside. God responds from both the outside and the inside because He Is Infinite, Experiencing All At Once. So whatever you're going through that hurts, He experiences it worse -- see how the Lord cried with other people suffering, in the Gospels. And who hurt worse, than HIM? Ish makhovot, w'idua holi, The Heartbreak Man Knows Lovesick Grief, Isa 53:3. Godness doesn't 'feel' -- it's FAR more intense than that. Far more intense than all the suffering of all people ever alive and hurting -- all at once. Because God is Omniscient, the suffering never turns 'off'. All based on Truth.

    He is Amazed and Joyful over Something Impossibly Ugly, Made Beautiful (Heb12:2). Doctrine applied, DOES that. Just as it did, when Christ applied His Thinking TO our sins, on the Cross (ibid). Which, since God is Omniscient, always plays before Him. Cross is always 'on', just like all other facts. Experienced, always all-at-once. So what amazes Him the most, is that we ugly, hopeless beings are willing to live for Him, with Him, to Him. That we can think the same kinds of thoughts, understand the same doctrines, as His Son does. Because, it shouldn't be possible. But the Truth poured into us, MAKES it possible. Sterile us, bearing kids?! Impossible! Heh. Again, the Richest Parent of All, Christ -- tells us in His Word that He Loves Creating Salvation, even from sin, even from evil, even from all the wiles of Satan. And He loves it being done TO Him by the Holy Spirit -- slowly. One 'dot' at a time! He Loves RESCUING us. It's a creative process: first rescue, salvation from hell, John 3:16. After that, many rescues, one precept at a time. Slowly. Remaking the soul so when the body dies, the soul is prepared for heaven, in and with Him forever.

    Dichotomy: You are both Spiritually Pregnant AND a Spiritual Fetus, Yourself! No wonder you're internally at war!

    Fourth Dichotomy: our post-salvation life here is a PREGNANCY. That, because

    Therefore, from God's Perspective, whatever you do while Thinking Doctrine, is ennobled beyond all wealth. For the first and most wealth, is His Thinking. Paying, even for sins (Isa53:11, again). No bigger work, than this! For God Knows Value, because He knows Everything. The non-God object of any thought is completely irrelevant (doesn't matter how good or bad it is); since it isn't God, it's "short" of His Glory (2nd prong of Rom3:23). So, instead, you get the privilege of using even the most mundane of things, 'toward' Him: "bringing every thought into captivity to the standing-under-hearing of Christ", 2Cor10:5 (ties to Heb5:9). [The capped words are a literal translation of hupakoe, because the literal meaning is more what Paul means. The Holy Spirit plays on etymology a lot, in choosing words. The whole of Hebrew is wordplay based on etymology, every word within itself! So too, most of Bible's Greek. so English "obedience" misleads the reader, especially since the verse is about hearing and learning and using. Just as it was, in Deut 6:4. "Obedience" is a believing, based on a hearing: that's a running theme throughout Bible. Check it out. Even logic tells you that you 'obey' your own thoughts when you 'hear' and believe them!]

    To sum up: We get Infinity, His Thinking, CYCLING in our puny bodies, so we get an Impossible Life of learning and living on Bible, so to have Perfect Thoughts Father Will Forever Hear. Impossibly wonderful life, if we stick with it; impossibly horrible, if we do not. Bible terms depicting this impossible cycling are very wry, and usually not visible in the English. Most common, is the "Love of God" or "Love of Christ" or "Love" verse with a motion verb that is used for Bible itself; like, Rom5:5 (Word=water, in OT). Greek subjective and objective genitive ("of" in English) is a CIRCLE; subjective, God's Love; objective, Love producing Love FOR Him (i.e., Rom5:5, which is bald on the mechanics, but also 2Cor5:14, and many parallel verses which most study Bibles and Bible software, will list). So it's God's Thinking (technically, Christ as God and Man is stressed as Source). "Treasure in earthen vessels" is another catchphrase; so are "mirror", and "glory to glory" phrases (or their concepts, viz., in 1Pet1:7-8). Then there are the multitude of ironic phrases so common everywhere in Scripture, like valley exalted, mountain made low, dead made alive again; poor made rich, and rich made poor (see James 1, then look for the many parallels in Gospels and OT); all these are communicating what the Circle is: "Christ in you, the Confident Expectation of Glory" (Col1:25-27, again).

    Again, It's Only The Thought That Counts to make you happy and sinless and Pleasing-to-God. God's Thought. In You. Whatever your nature. Col 1:25-27, Philippians 1:21!

    Hence 5th Facet, the Impossible Cycling Profit FROM Impossible Ruled: What pleases Father, fulfills us.
    Even -- and especially -- when we are hurting. This defeats Satan in the Trial.

    This Cycling of Infinity inside Finity, is an Impossible Profit: "Christ in you, the Confident Expectation of Glory", as Paul puts it in Colossians 1:27. That's a Trial verse, a demonstration to Satan&Co. why their contentions are false. So here in the Fifth Facet, The Diamond Doctrine Bucks are extreme. So let's review again the Facets thus far:

    1. First Facet, you are the CONDUIT for blessing or cursing to the human race, simply because you are a believer. That, because your King is God, and the rest of the world has voted instead for Satan to be its king. So it's a problem of Jurisdiction. God is King only of all believers. So Blessing from God can only be granted due to believers. So these are Conduit Diamond Doctrine Bucks.
    2. Second Facet, DIRECT BLESSING from Your King, to Train You in His Royal Son's Thinking. So as a result those associated with you, get blessed. You are treated as their owner, and to bless you for what you need, they must get blessing. So these are Direct Blessing Diamond Doctrine Bucks.
    3. Third Facet, you are a ROYAL PRIEST to Father, being trained in His Son's Thinking, to develop a Thinking Lifestyle of Christ-Perfect Thoughts which Father can enjoyably 'smell'. This has a multiplier effect on your periphery, the nation, the world, which is a Second-Facet re-routing. So these are Sweet Savor Diamond Doctrine Bucks.

    4. Fourth Facet, a Quad-Dichotomous, Mission Impossible Life of Christ-Perfect Thoughts. So your nature is continually at WAR with this Training, due to Perfect Truth growing inside your head, Perfectly Operating: for your thinking is being TRANSFORMED by Him, the Holy Spirit. Dead to Living, a Resurrection and Session Power. So these are Transformation Diamond Doctrine Bucks.

    5. So Fifth Facet, here: the Impossible CYCLING PROFIT of those Christ-Perfect Thoughts, and the Suffering Profit, Heb12:2; which results in Satan's Defeat in the Trial. So these are Trial Victory Diamond Doctrine Bucks. Really, you could call these Mature Love Diamond Doctrine Bucks. For when Love matures, it WANTS suffering, needs it as an outlet, calls suffering Profit, Phili1:21. My pastor warns you need "two mutual flanks": Doctrine in your head, but also Love for God. The first without the second is hopeless legalism, sterile and unspiritual, however correct one's doctrines might be. The second without the first is a crazed person, having no discernment. The two must grow in tandem. So when you study if a love for God is not growing, but rather a puffed-up love of how well you know Bible -- your salient is exposed, and you're off-kilter in the spiritual life. Same for the rah-rah crowd you see so often in churches -- their problem is no Bible. DDNA2.htm covers the "two mutual flanks" in more detail.

    Suffering, a Profit? In the Eyes of True Love, yes. True Love is what's really on Trial. True Love is created from that Cycling of His Thoughts in Our Impossible Life. So the Impossible Profit OF that Love -- especially in the context of suffering -- makes Trial Victory Diamond Doctrine Bucks For FATHER. We saw in the Third and Fourth paired Reasons of Part III how Christ and thus us, come to the 'place' where happiness means, Pour Myself Out. To max out the love expressions, toward Father. Tahat asher he'era + lamawet naphesho, as Isa53:12 puts it -- On Behalf of Whom He poured, His Soul Out, unto death. "Tahat" simultaneously means to go low and to substitute for someone. So Philippians 2:5-10, Heb12:1-2 and 2Cor13:14 are then the operating reality of your life, just as on the Cross. Those seraphim angels in Rev4:10 are constantly thrilled, so they keep throwing down their crowns. True Love is like that.

    So we first see Compatibility is a Choice Of Will to Adjust To The Object(s), and it is a continual choice which Love Alone can motivate. Since a choice of will, when God created, He did not force compatibility on any creature. Rather, He gave them knowledge so they could choose how much compatibility they wanted.. with Him. Finite creation faces the same problem of adjustment, for God is not like finity, and there always remains a Dichotomy between Infinity and finity, as we saw in the Fourth Facet. So to resolve the incompatibility requires that Infinity -- God -- Pour Himself INTO finity, and that finity keep ON wanting that Cycling. He united to what is Not Like Himself (see last half of Rom5, 1Tim2, Gal3, John 3:16, Rom5:8). So, will we choose to unite to Him Who is Not Like, us? In order to Be Together? And, How Much? [Romans 5-8 is all about this adjusting-due-to-Love process (parallel descriptions are in Heb4-12, 1Cor2-13, Col1, Gal3-5, Eph1-4 w/different metaphorical bases, but same idea). You can see Paul explain this adjustment-due-to-Love process, even in translation, if you start from Rom4. Chapters 1-3 are lead-in to 4, which is a crescendo chapter, setting the stage for 5-8. Chapter 8 is a crescendo chapter. Everything Paul writes after Chapter 8 is conclusionary, based on Chap8: corollaries, macro and micro. Read it, see for yourself. Romans is badly translated in all key verses, so after you've seen that "something" of this meaning is there, go through it all again, very carefully, with lexicons stronger than Strong's. Strong's is not intended to be anything but a handy mnemonic to students already familiar with the Bible's languages, as most in the 19th century, were.]

    So as depicted in Part I's brown font, Satan essentially rejected this adjusting to the Truth, the True Apodosis, Integration with God. Satan instead prefers his always-divorcing apodoses, and insists God is the One Who's Wrong. Hence, we are on Trial -- in a Divorce trial (see Daniel 9's prelude, and all of Hosea, though the English mightn't be so clear). So, in the Divorce Appeal Trial, Satan's still angling for a "Mistrial" verdict based on the same reasoning which motivated his rebellion, the fact of the incompatibility between Infinity and finity. It's not about sin, but about God's Design. Christ solved the sin problem at the Cross, so from the Divine 'end' sin is not on Trial; that's why in Rev20:11-15 people are judged for their good deeds (ergon, in Greek), not their sins. To Satan also, sin is not an issue, but rather just evidence of what he considers GOD'S FAULT, the incompatibility. So, he contends a different standard ought to be used vis á vis finite creation, rather than God's Own Infinite Standard of Righteousness. More about the "Mistrial" contention will follow Part IVc. More about this incompatibility and how God solves the problem via Cross, is covered in Fixes.htm (link's at page top and bottom), as soon as you load the page. You might also want to peruse "God's Four-Part Trial Answer" links in Paradox.htm.

    God's Reply is that He will MAKE us Compatible. So that's not the problem. What He wants, is LOVE. Togetherness, and at His Level. Nothing less, will 'do'. Finity by nature needs barriers to hold together: barriers of time, of space, of body, of needs due to that body, of soul, of sequential thinking -- oh, barriers all over! Good deeds are also BARRIERS. For then your relationship is barriered by your good deeds, so something is 'between' you and the person to whom you relate: the deeds are the mediators, the 'god' between you and the other person. So Satan wants good deeds to be the 'god', instead of God. See how evil Matt4 is? Worst kind of evil, cutting out God altogether, in the name of good, just as happened to Adam with the figleaves, as shown in Part II.

    But INfinity means, No Barriers. Love means you THROW DOWN your barriers, like those angels throw down their crowns, in Rev4:10ff. Like Christ threw away His Own Life, on the Cross. For, love is essentially alien to finity's need to push off, be on its own. So even were you perfect, you would have this 'tug'. It's not temptation, but the natural property of being finite, the 'tug' of independence. Since love is all about dependence, especially the superior choosing to spend self on the inferior (parents to children, for example), love is alien to independence. That's why it feels like a defeat or a threat, to BELIEVE. For inherent in belief, is DEPENDENCE. The foundation of love is belief, so to the extent a person doesn't believe in God, he is incapable of any kind of love, even toward humans. Yet it's quite understandable, for belief is a kind of 'surrender' of your independence.

    If you want to be close to God, you must go against your own finity, not merely resist sin; and ALL its innate barriers must come DOWN, with Divine Love=Truth REPLACING them. Thus functional reconciliation is achieved; for God's Attributes are Indivisible. So when the believer receives deposits of His Truth, His Love is being 'deposited', too. For there are No Barriers in God.

    The warring we saw in the Fourth Facet is essentially the symptom of internal soul barriers ALL coming down. Part III's First Reason for Invisibility covers the listing below in more detail. Here is but a sketch of what amounts to an internal soul 'guerilla' war of attrition:

    So the Impossible Profit of "Christ in you, the Confident Expectation of Glory", Col1:25-27, demonstrates you are supernaturally, Free; suffering DIDN'T undo the Love. God is Unpriced, and so are you. "Having done all, to stand", Eph6:13 (KJV). The Impossible Ruler is in your head, so you the Impossible Ruled, are Impossibly a Priest to Father; katartizw'd, kitted out with an Impossible Life, so now that Impossible Profit, generated via the individual mechanics of Eph3:15-19 via Eph4:11-16.. pays off. Oh, how rare a gem the Holy Spirit has made you, by this point. In Part IVc, you'll see how rare, how powerful, all this Thinking you're learning, really is. You're only getting the design, now. But remember the First Facet? The Ruler couldn't justifiably BE a ruler benefitting Earth, if you weren't learning. Not someone else, YOU. We Christians are soooo busy looking at others, we forget all about, ourselves. That's not altruism, but stupidity. Each of us is a King-in-Training. We should regard ourselves that way. Objectively, like God does. This is the Dowry Father pays Son: our training. You're worth an incredible amount of money. Will you bring it to the wedding? Or have it re-route to someone else? That's where this Thinking, Vests: in you. Not, in someone else.

    So Note The Impossible Profit.. Love! As Galatians 5 explains, God wants the Impossible Profit of Infinite, Divine Love, which He produces via the Spirit Pouring In the Truth, operating in every believer, and at Christ's Level! ["Fruit" in Bible means thinking, teaching, and is always an agricultural word for PROFIT, the 'crop' which made all that husbanding, worthwhile. So when reading Gal5:22, keep that fact in mind. For the "at Christ's Level", see Eph4:13, Greek -- astounding verse! If you don't get the Greek Marital Vocabulary Paul uses in v.16, you won't understand v.13. It's a real pistol to find out from the lexicons that sumbibazw, etc. are Marital sex verbs, and even (sometimes) crude ones, in Greek lit. See RightPT.htm's exegesis section, if God thinks you should.] Love.. because God is Love (1Jn4). So, God makes Love Pour in You via those Truth Deposits, Rom5:5. So: You Are To Be Transformed, just as Paul explains (by way of imperative), in Rom12:1-3. This is a very important passage, and its translations are a royal mess. Here's a quick translation of 12:2 from Greek, so you can see how different, the meaning. Capped words vary from the translations extant. Trans:

    That's the work he's talking about, in Eph2:10; what James is talking about, in Jas2:22. (See also Rom8:28 which uses the same Divine-Actor intransitive! verb.) You become something you were not: Compatible. Heh: like Paul notes in Rom12:2 when using the word metamorphow (gnostic term!), God doesn't need multiple lifetimes, to 'evolve' you! Doesn't need to first make you a goat or amoeba, and move you up the chain! (Evolution is just Greek deification myths/ gnosticism/ metempsychosis in new clothing, what a joke on intellectuals! Satan chuckles.) [See the first two evolution links in Basics box link on Home Page, if you're interested. It's truly embarrassing how science can be soooo dumb to miss yet another reincarnation of reincarnation!] If God were a cactus and you were a rose, you couldn't be 'potted' in the same soil, but you would have to be farther away, even though in the same Garden (Heaven). But Doctrine makes you into a cactus, too! So you enjoy being Close To That Cactus Who got stuck with all sins, Christ! All you 'contribute' is your nonmeritorious consent, and your weakness: 2Cor12:9-10. It's a real cross, just to breathe. Sic transit gloria mundi, and Thank God For That!

    So how is it we finite puny can be compatible? God Cycling His Thinking in us every second is done BY Him. So it's Godness cycling in finiteness. What God does to an object makes it HOLY. Again, this is the Resurrection Power concept of the Third Facet: Only Thought Makes Alive. So if it's GOD's Thought in you, it's alive at God's Own Level, since done By God. Yes, that means we are utterly dependent, a kind of kenosis. That's why all the barriers have to come down, that's why it feels so bad and defeating. What's being defeated, is the natural barrier against God doing it all TO you. We humans value ourselves in terms of what WE do. That valuation must be utterly destroyed. Satan contends this destruction is the wrong way to have a relationship. Well, if you love God you want to be destroyed, just because: and just because He is forever better than you are, you NEED it to happen, to be happy that He's getting His 'money's worth' out of you, so to speak. That's the reasoning of Love. In humans, this reasoning has a price. But when Divine Love is built in you, it becomes Priceless, Isa55:1ff. No price is too high. God doesn't love us for what we can do for Him. He just loves us, period. And, in Pleroma, you find out you too just love Him, period. That's why Abraham needed to sacrifice Isaac, to see that it wasn't God's Promise he loved the more, it was GOD he loved the more. Love never accounts itself as loving. So the proof of it, must be demonstrated TO the one loving. By the One Loving.

    Consequently God the Holy Spirit is not ashamed of us, but He is Mothering us to beat even Satan's arguments in the Unseen Angelic Trial, Heb11:1. What beats Satan is thinking Bible, 24/7, 1Jn5:4. That's how the Lord became the Way, the TRUTH, and the Life, Matt4:4. So can God do that to us also? If Yes, Satan is defeated. Writer of Hebrews likens this life to wandering in the wilderness (esp. in Heb4 and 11), during which the Unseen Trial Evidence Of Christ Is Our Faith, His Thinking, Heb11:1.

    estin.de pistis elpizoménwn, hupóstasis pragmátwn, elégchos ou blepoménwn.
    Pronounced, like this:
    eh-stin duh PEESS-teess Ehl-pee-dzoh-MEH-nohn Hoo-POH-stasis Prag-MAH-tohn El-EGG-khos Ooh Blep-poh-MEN-ohn.

    Satan can't defeat this Heb11:1 testimony of Word in You. It's a nuclear weapon to learn and live Bible 24/7, in God's System.

    So here we are, in this stadium called Planet Earth, each of us choosing (or not) to get this Impossible life: "what think ye of Christ?" If we want Relationship with God, we believe in Him; if we want an Intimate Relationship with God, we learn His Word all our lives, in God's System (i.e., 1Jn1:9 breathed and learning Bible under your God-appointed pastor). Else, we might marry Him (initial faith in Christ), but -- well, we just want the status (being in Heaven forever), not really the Person. So, that's what we'll get: fabulous status, retarded relationship, Matt7:1-2. Those having voted for Intimacy all their lives will get to Pleroma, and will rule the rest of us who didn't make and stick with, that election. Intimacy is voluntary.

    Hence 6th Facet: the Impossible Body, Bride!
    So let's review again the Facets thus far:

    1. First Facet, you are the CONDUIT for blessing or cursing to the human race, simply because you are a believer. That, because your King is God, and the rest of the world has voted instead for Satan to be its king. So it's a problem of Jurisdiction. God is King only of all believers. So Blessing from God can only be granted due to believers. So these are Conduit Diamond Doctrine Bucks.
    2. Second Facet, DIRECT BLESSING from Your King, to Train You in His Royal Son's Thinking. So as a result those associated with you, get blessed. You are treated as their owner, and to bless you for what you need, they must get blessing. So these are Direct Blessing Diamond Doctrine Bucks.
    3. Third Facet, you are a ROYAL PRIEST to Father, being trained in His Son's Thinking, to develop a Thinking Lifestyle of Christ-Perfect Thoughts which Father can enjoyably 'smell'. This has a multiplier effect on your periphery, the nation, the world, which is a Second-Facet re-routing. So these are Sweet Savor Diamond Doctrine Bucks. For Thought Alone, Makes Alive.

    4. Fourth Facet, a Quad-Dichotomous, Mission Impossible Life of Christ-Perfect Thoughts. So your nature is continually at WAR with this Training, due to Perfect Truth growing inside your head, Perfectly Operating: for your thinking is being TRANSFORMED by Him, the Holy Spirit. Dead to Living, a Resurrection and Session Power. So these are Transformation Diamond Doctrine Bucks.

    5. So Fifth Facet the Impossible CYCLING PROFIT of those Christ-Perfect Thoughts, and the Suffering Profit, Heb12:2; which results in Satan's Defeat in the Trial. So these are Trial Victory Diamond Doctrine Bucks. Aka, Mature Love Diamond Doctrine Bucks. For even a puny human wants suffering as an outlet, calls suffering Profit, Phili1:21. For it doesn't matter that you are of a lower nature, as Satan had contended. It doesn't matter that God is impossibly higher, as Satan contended. The INTIMACY is unbreakable, Heb11:1. Doctrine in your head, but also Love for God, same Trial as Christ's, Unseen Evidence, Nuclear Weapon, knocking down All Barriers. Wholly dependent, your own nature totally irrelevant to you. For what God does TO you alone is satisfying, even if it's a cross.

    6. So here, Sixth Facet the Impossible Body of His Thinking, makes an Impossible Bride.. forever. So these are Bridal Body Diamond Doctrine Bucks. The 'body' of your kingdom is tailored to YOU. And in aggregate, we are all perfectly fitting, HIM.

    The Impossible Body of His Thinking changes that impossible body you're stuck with down here; changes the impossible bodies of others you live with; changes, for all eternity, the Body of Christ To Be Just Like Him. In aggregate, a sea of glass, Rev4:1's tableau (Rev4 is the Rapture and its aftermath). So here in the Sixth Facet, the Bridal Diamond Doctrine Bucks are invested and spent on us believers FOR us other believers. Pretty much every Christian is at least vaguely aware that we have relationships to each other which are important. However, we view these relationships as body things we do, like being in church together, being in social functions, and we call these, "Christian fellowship". Unfortunately, typical "Christian fellowship" often wrecks the Body, rather than building it; is a snare, 2Tim2:26-3:7, rather than a service. Same problem as in Acts 5 and 1Cor4-5 and James 4, everyone had his eyes on the other guy, in the name of God -- but God was nowhere in view.

    The REAL building of the Body Corporate is largely something only God sees. God knows how the eternal state needs to be, for His Son. That's one big reason the Rapture is unpredictable, we are all in a state of spiritual flux. Those who died before us had certain characteristics, individually and corporately, which of course we don't know. The Body of Christ is an aggregate, composed of those still alive and those dead, those yet-to-be-born. So really, your own Bridal Diamond Doctrine Buck value is established wholly by your own personal spiritual growth, not by how you interrelate to other believers down here. Even were you isolated your entire life, part of your value is related to all those other believers in eternity. God knows how you need to develop for that value to fit exactly right. So again, it's what He does to you, not what you or other believers do to each other, that constitutes TRUE AND ETERNAL "Christian fellowship".

    However, there is one big visible category with which we all should be concerned: WANTING GOOD PASTORS. Wanting the Word means wanting to know God, so we need to let our pastors know we want to EAT more information about Our Dread Lord, for HIMSELF. We've seen how learning Word is the basis for blessing. So our voting to learn Word would mean we seek pastors who teach it. IF we don't do this, the Word will not be taught, and the world will be in peril again. This happens in 200-year cycles in history. The current cycle began in the mid 1850's, and has already started to turn sour: in the US, we've suffered a precipitous decline in true Bible interest, beginning in the 1930's and then escalating seriously in the 1960's. However, right now people in the age 20-30 group seem to be going through a revival of interest.

    So consider: since believers have historically been a tax on mankind, because they historically have not learned Him, Then the (Part IVa) Divine Benefit Plan yield required on each succeeding generation of believers needs to be Much Higher, to get the same Aggregate Thinking Result for eternity. Hence, the potential growth available and needed; thus the potential responsibility for us today, is enormously higher than in Paul's day! That means you and I have a Much Higher Potential Inheritance than obtained for previous generations, because they forfeited their crowns. It's simple math: if the eternal structure is a value of "X", its present value 2000 years ago, was far smaller than today. But since the Rapture hasn't happened yet, the required 'thinking fund' for lack of a better word, is not there. So subsequent 'thinkers' to be funded must each be bigger than in prior generations, to still result in that future "X" value. It's as simple as you needing $10,000 in five years, but two years pass and you've only saved $100 of it. So now you've only got three years to get $9,900. Ouch.

    Worse, Scripture goes hidden when people stop wanting it. Just because we've got the technology now, doesn't mean this can't happen again. Bible was very widely available during the first century, and they had no technology. After that, it quickly vanished. Which means interest in God was generally extremely low between 96AD and 1850 AD. Reformation and other movements (like the Waldensians) show blips of increase in interest, but these blips are of childishly-narrow Biblical scope (i.e., Reformation was about true Gospel (faith-alone), Luther and Calvin), and short-term (going apostate within a decade/generation or two after beginning). When interest in Scripture declines, interest in education declines, especially in the languages of Scripture. So yeah, maybe the technology remains, but who's around to TEACH it? Hence the need for us Christians to be adamantly seeking good teachers. We don't crusade on this. We just do it, ourselves, one at a time. Back in the 1930's, you had to study Bible languages for years, and you took your exams in Latin. For the past generation or so, you don't even need but a year or maybe two of Greek, let alone much Hebrew, to graduate -- and seminary students even complain about that much. That tells you properly-trained teachers, are NOT coming out of seminary. So yeah, the Word in the original-language texts is now in public domain, accessible on any computer. But NO ONE TO TEACH IT means it's just as hidden, as if still buried in crocodiles, within caves. Same thing happened in the 2nd century. We have come full circle.

    Even worse, Lev26 plays its negative contract paragraphs when we reject Bible, so major historical crises are in the offing. By now, 6 or 7 generations into the major trend of world history since the Crucifixion, which is the Kidnapping, Freeing, and Now Worldwide Availability Of The Original-Language Texts of Bible (2-3 generations into the ease of use of those texts, see MirrorNOW.htm), our patent disinterest in Word, means a future negative history of extreme magnitude. Which negativity, can only be offset by us Learning Him -- again, demonstrated by seeking good pastors. So the magnitude of Our Learning Him in this current period of Church, is vitally necessary and extremely high. Way bigger than in the past. For there has been so much loss in past centuries, there must now be a bigger gain required. Every century which passes from here on out, must have bigger believers still; and if they aren't produced, then Satan wins in the Trial. We know Satan won't win from prophecy, but on a micro level -- what you gain if you stick with God's System, versus what YOU lose -- the results are dramatic. Positive, or negative. Every Believer Counts!

    So on behalf of Our Bridal Body yet-to-be-born, it behooves us to individually grow as much as possible; and, not only for that reason, to seek good pastors, plus instill in our children a refreshing idea of God and Bible, not the legalistic Dour-God or Circus-God image of past generations. So in terms of how we relate to other Christians, probably the most useful thing we could do is TALK BIBLE. Brainstorm the doctrines with each other, find out who the good pastors are and pass on that information, encourage them and each other who are under them, think over what we are learning under our pastors. That will encourage thinking in ourselves -- ideally, without us descending into my-pastor-or-denomination-is-better-than-yours. For we all can learn from each other, as all of us are Crown Princes, whatever our gender or societal status.

    The only other visible thing we should do, is STAY OUT OF POLITICS. That's Revelation 17. God will curse us bigtime for our politicking, urging our home nations to do something we consider 'moral'. We don't need Caesar, we need Prayer. We're the only people on the planet who have the right of prayer. We just ask God for whatever we think is needed. By contrast, the prolife movement is a blot on Christianity. It isn't functioning in the Right Jurisdiction, so none of its proponents are growing much spiritually, if at all. If you believe abortion is wrong, Ask God YOUR King -- not Caesar, who is one of Satan's subkings. Satan rules this world; any cause you get into will only be a vote for Satan, in the end. Why else do you think, the worldwide weather and other disasters like terrorism, have been so weird the last decade or so? Does no one bother to read Lev26 and Deut28? Guess not. So what do we do about all this? Get in and stay in God's System, First Commandment. Then He will use us to rescue our respective peoples, nations. That's the Precedence of the Cross. Christ went to FATHER for everything, not the Sanhedrin, not Rome -- get the point?

    Dia Touto! For this Very Reason! 7th Facet, Impossible Progeny!

    Like all other Diamond Doctrine Buck categories, this Progeny Diamond Doctrine Buck Value will be a basis for determining your inheritance at the Bema. So there are a total of seven whole Faceted 'funds' of Diamond Doctrine Bucks with which you get accredited, simply by voting for the Holy Spirit to do TO you, what He did to Christ, via learning and Living on the Word, 24/7:

      So let's review again the Facets thus far:
    1. First Facet, you are the CONDUIT for blessing or cursing to the human race, simply because you are a believer: Conduit Diamond Doctrine Bucks.
    2. Second Facet, DIRECT BLESSING from Your King, to Train You in His Royal Son's Thinking: Direct Blessing Diamond Doctrine Bucks.
    3. Third Facet, you are a ROYAL PRIEST to Father, being trained in His Son's Thinking, to develop a Thinking Lifestyle of Christ-Perfect Thoughts which Father can enjoyably 'smell': Sweet Savor Diamond Doctrine Bucks.
    4. Fourth Facet, a Quad-Dichotomous, Mission Impossible Life of Christ-Perfect Thoughts, since your thinking is being TRANSFORMED by Him, the Holy Spirit: Transformation Diamond Doctrine Bucks.
    5. Fifth Facet, Impossible CYCLING PROFIT and Suffering Profit, Heb12:2, Defeating Satan in the Trial: Trial Victory Diamond Doctrine Bucks, aka Mature Love Diamond Doctrine Bucks.
    6. Sixth Facet, the Impossible Body of His Thinking, makes an Impossible Bride.. forever: Bridal Body Diamond Doctrine Bucks.
    7. So here, Seventh Facet, Impossible Progeny of His Thinking, POST-MORTEM blessing in your name, which God gives the world: Progeny Diamond Doctrine Bucks.

    What I'm calling "Progeny" here, my pastor calls "Heritage Impact" of the believer who dies victorious. [Running theme in my pastor's epic 1985 Ephesians series of consecutive recorded Bible classes -- seven years' worth -- is the impact of the believer God grows up to Full Spiritual Maturity of Christ. For example, when exegeting Eph4:13 in T436s2 (probably lesson 872) he uses the term "Heritage Impact" to describe the post-mortem blessing I'm here calling Seventh Facet "Progeny".] It's a series of blessings to the believer's periphery which goes on after his death. The granting of Time to the entire world for 490 or 1000 years due to selected believers, is a demonstrably-true Bible doctrine you can see and vet in GeneYrs.xls. History would not have continued, else. But so far as I can tell, I'm the only one who knows about that being in the Bible thus far. However, others know of extra types of post-mortem blessings, my pastor being one of them. The general idea of post-mortem blessing from a believer is well attested in Scripture, the "for the sake of my servant David" verse and the blessings you see the children get from their parents' benedictions, etc. Those benedictions were prophecies, legacies. Doesn't mean you have to pronounce them, for the kids to receive them. God blesses. We all know about the four-generation curse, so there's a flipside of blessing. Point is, the world is impacted by these blessings too, long after we're gone. Most significantly, the Trib and Mill believers CANNOT EXIST unless Church completes successfully. So if we know that big a blessing applies on a macro level, we know myriads of other Divinely-Granted blessings exist on smaller levels. It stands to reason that the same Six Facets of Blessing enumerated above, have post-mortem 'threads' or 'roots' which sprout crops in future generations. God is consistent in the policies He sets.

    It's hard to be categorically specific here, other than with respect to the blessing of Time, which I could document since Adam. But if that blessing is so dramatic and specific, then we know other categories exist as well. There are trends of history which help us see the post-mortem impact. You can look at the increase in Bible interest in nations historically, and see the contemporaneous (same-generation) rise in material prosperity; you can see it continue for about four generations within that same nation, generally each time. Sometimes only one or two generations (which tells you subsequent generations were quite negative) remain prosperous. So we know the CONDUIT blessing categories continue post-mortem, as they can be empirically traced. So if what we can see continue is so vast, then other types and smaller-scale blessings continue as well.

    The most important 'progeny' we can 'propagate' is correct and INTERESTED understanding of Bible. Typically, people use the Bible as a mere location for genealogical records, or trot it out at holidays, reading Psalm 23 or some other 'traditional' passage. How sad. Historically our theologies remain quite puerile, even after centuries of having Bible. We still wrestle over GOD101 topics, as if we were all stuck in the Reformation, as if frozen in time. There's no excuse for that: our theologies of God's Nature should be way better than they are. Moreover, there's no excuse for us not understanding that Bible Thinking Alone Toward Father is The Spiritual Life, since Christ Paid For Our Sins To Father by means of His Thinking. So if you're trying to figure out what's the best propagating you can do, learn Bible and pass on your learning to anyone who wants to brainstorm it with you. People talk. Good Bible topics or ideas are refreshing, delightful, light-years more delicious than ALL other information passed on. God never lets His Word return void. But we can refuse to learn it, talk about it. What a loss to us, if we do.

    GOD's GAAP Balancing: How MANY Believers with Diamond-Doctrine "bucks", 'ripen' Church?

    As we've seen since Part II, God's Covenants require enough "salt", and "mass". Only a little salt, applied to a whole lotta mass! Consequently, the "mass" leveraged by the "salt", the "multiplier effect", the "economy of force" and "concentration of force" values for even a buck of Divine Thinking, is extreme; for, if the leverage/multiplier is high in natural things (germs, physics, finance), how much higher would it have to be, in supernatural things? Ergo the Seven Macro Effects of God's Balancing Criteria to Make Fit Bride. These seven are the product of the seven micro facets of each Diamond Doctrine Buck accumulating in us, solely by agency of the Holy Spirit (never by means of works). This accumulation -- or lack of it -- accounts for the 'play' of History until the Rapture. So the following seven Macro Effects are always ongoing, 'til then.

    1. ARCHEGOS Effect, Heb12:2+Isa53:12a+b: there must be a "progenitor", (Greek "archegos", Founder/Foundation/Fountainhead/ Father/ Head/ Leader/ Ruler) to whom the covenant is granted. THE Archegos is the Lord, and the Holy Spirit is making archegoi, Pleroma Kings, from out of His Thinking. When enough of those kings have been completed, the Rapture occurs. One king starts a polity; he's one of the "great ones" of Isa53:12 who gets his share of the people booty, believers who by their own choice! flunked the spiritual life. They will be looking up to him, to better see Christ, and he will reflect Christ to Whom he looks up the most. Chief slave=king.
    2. BOOTY-BODY Mass Effect for the archegoi, Isa53:12a+b: there must also be sufficient progeny. My pastor likes to remind us that "kaine" in 2Cor5:17 means new-in-species, our human spiritual nature being perfectly fitted to Christ just as Isha was perfectly fitted to Adam in body and soul. Hence it stands to reason that if you become a Pleroma king, the resultant kingdom inherited is kitted out specifically for you. Humbling thought, huh.
    3. Corporate COUNTRIES Effect, 1Pet2:5,9, Rev1:6, 5:10: these Progenitors and Progeny result in a Federation of Kingdoms, each of which is in a hierarchical RANKING (John 14:2, Greek) among those of us who will be Church ("my Father's House").
    4. DUE DILIGENCE Effect, Heb11:1,6,40: this Ranking is determined by how we "abide" in Him, which means living in His Thinking (His 'house of thoughts', His Word).
    5. EXCELLENCY of the Knowledge Effect, Eph 3:15-19, 4:13: abiding in Him therefore determines how and where in Heaven we will have our abiding future (main theme of Eph3:15-19, Philippians 3, John 14-17, 1Jn). So the Excellency of the Knowledge He puts in you which you then LIVE ON, leads to your being called "Excellency" -- a king, forever.
    6. FLUNK, the spiritual grade of Christianity thus far, Eph4:14, 2Tim2:26-3:7, Phili3:18-19: there are literally billions of low-ranking people in heaven, because the Rapture still hasn't happened. So all those vaunted holy people our religions tout were/are almost entirely, spiritual morons. This, their writings tragically prove; cruise the material on the internet or television, see for yourself. History and almost any documentary on Bible also proves how much we hypocritical Christians hate God by all our foolish, childish ideas and patent ignorance of Bible -- all the while fancying ourselves erudite and holy, of course!
    7. The GAME, Our Spiritual Olympics Marathon Race Is On, Heb12:1-2, 2Tim4:7-8, 1Cor9:24-27: To Build The Progenitors, The Pleroma Kings for the King Over Kings. "King of Kings" is not the correct translation. It's a Greek lexeme, so should be translated "King Over Kings".

    For again, the biggest criterion to establish the size of Church, and the balance between Progenitors And Progeny is this: What Numbers Are Sufficient To Fully Reflect Christ's Thinking in us Royal Priests, Eternally Before FATHER? We just saw the Seven Facets. We are being mined now to result in a synergistic hierarchy of Son's Thinking Which Father Will 'Smell' Forever. Rulers think, and the masses emulate the Ruler in varying ways. People love to look UP at other people and talk about every little detail in those upper folks' lives. Tabloids depend on it. So the task is To Create The Rulers' Thinking, so that the future whole polities will forever ape, emulate, reflect THE SON to Whom We All Look Up.

    Let's revisit the Divine Formula for making the economy (oikonomia) and body-house (oikodome) for Church. At the beginning of this "Balance-in-Numbers Makes Church Ripe for Rapture" section, was a white table like the one below. Now that you've some sense of the Diamond Doctrine Bucks God wants to deposit in you; now that you see each such Buck has Seven Divinely-Rich Facets, let's ponder God's Building Formula again:

    God's Macroeconomics: How much aggregated Divine Thinking will result from "X" composition of Church? Again, Divine Thinking is the true currency in life, buying everything: the "every spiritual blessing" clause in Ephesians 1. Real God really knows the real effects of whatever thinking He perpetually hears. When you have a lot of power, the way you happily use it must be keyed to Good Reasons. Else, the power becomes a misery, rather than a pleasure. So Good Reasons Require Good Thinking. God is Total Power, so Total Reasons are alone enough. Total Thinking, therefore, is the criterion. All else is just binged! to go with that Thinking. Because, God can indeed do anything He wants, so what He wants, is the Free Thinking To Be Right. All else is a passive thing, a go-along, even as the body just goes along with whatever the soul, thinks. Ergo:

  • Church in aggregate needs a Balance of Thinking such that the whole group is benefitted. Especially, since planning the Body of Church for the One Who Paid for Church, Eph5.
  • This balance depends on one king per eternal polity being the progenitor, and the polity 'fitting' him as progeny. One head, many body parts.
  • Corollary, as we saw in the Corollaries' links in Part III: what's the right eternal balance, such that the low ones, when matched to the Pleroma kings, will together, connected -- synergistically produce this aggregated Divine Thinking? Eternal freedom among finite beings thus requires societal barriers, to preserve enjoyment of compatibility. Barriers create balance and synergy among the variant compatibilities, wrought by the variation we chose to learn and live on Word, down here. That will be the only reason why we vary in rank forever: Word, not what we were down here; Word, not gender, job, or any other human factor people drool or divide over, down here. Up there, we will be perfect and far bigger persons; yet essentially, we'll still differentiate, as each of us has uniquely chosen for or against -- WORD. We will therefore not be equal. Unequal therefore unique combinations of interests, abilities, and especially, Doctrinal Thinking, result. All of which we accumulated down here, as we saw in Part III.

    God's Economic and Political Plan for Church won't impose restrictions, since Christ paid for us ALL, theme of Eph1. So He is free to make what HE wants. What He wants, is that we choose our relationship to Him while down here: that's what we'll get 'up there'. Did we choose a works-based, ritual-based relationship, closer to people but far away from knowing Him intimately? Did we choose emotionality rather than Word, being close to feely stuff we hallucinated, but far away from knowing the Real God? Ok: that's what we'll get in heaven, too (sans the hallucinating, of course)! True Justice. Truly derived. No coercion. YOU GET WHAT YOU WANT FROM GOD by Divine Decree, Matt7:1-2.

  • Now let's try to calculate these numbers. First, the overall size of Church is much bigger than believers expect. Ever since Adam, anyone in history who died before being old enough mentally to reject the Gospel went straight to heaven, 2Sam12:23 and all the "blot out" verses. Every human born is registered in the Book of Life. You ONLY get blotted out because you REJECTED the Gospel all your life. Well, lots of babies didn't reject the Gospel, they couldn't even understand it to reject it. Infant mortality is and remains high, throughout history. Then there's the number of people with diseases or malnutrition which so hamper mental function, they couldn't understand the Gospel. Lots of reasons why lots of people died without being able to reject the Gospel. So they went to heaven. [A child comes to recognize the idea of an Omnipresent God sometime. If he consistently rejects that idea he might not go to heaven, and it wouldn't matter if he got the Gospel, for the Gospel is based on God being of a certain character which is already rejected. Only God has all the facts. I know I was aware of God in this manner when I was maybe four or five years old, as were most of my generation. So it can happen that young.]

    That means heaven's human population is in the tens of billions. Since from any ONE generation Church can complete, its size is a dynamic: on earth now, there are mainly three generations at about two billion each. (More about that valuation follows later in this section.) Conversely, how many too-young died since the Crucifixion? That number alone easily exceeds two billion. So we know that while any one generation CAN complete Church, a much larger "Body" exists.

    So what's not yet enough, is the number of RULERS. So what we've not done since 30AD, is grow up spiritually. Hence Christianity's had a Macro Flunk Effect, our failing grade mentioned above. We piously claim thousands of spiritual giants among us from past and present in far larger proportions than needed to complete Church. So they aren't spiritual giants, after all. Numbers can't lie, they don't have political agendas, and the meaning of the numbers is clear: we are STILL here, so we've a very sorry report card, even among those whom we consider 'spiritual'. They are not. We should thus revisit our notions of what constitutes spirituality, since obviously our notions are NOT God's. You'll see just how stridently the math proves this, a bit later on in this section.

    Accordingly, although Church can complete in any generation, there is a backup contingency criterion -- enough BALANCE between the underlying population, and the rulers. Well, duh -- the rulers are always very few. Many body parts, but only one brain. So notice: the ideal is actually the balance between, not the aggregate number itself. A dynamic -- so again, the Rapture cannot be predicted. As a result, we'll see how any ONE of us growing up spiritually, makes an enormous impact on history.. forever. (My pastor has taught this fact for decades, but until writing up this page I didn't understand the numbers. Maybe it will help you too. Scary stuff!)

    So what NUMBERS of Pleroma Kings Thinking Doctrine must result to fulfill the Divine "X-for-Xpistos" Formula? Well, we've seen from Part II-III that blessing or cursing by association is in part quantitatively based on a very small ratio and therefore number, of "salt" persons. Most often, between "1" and "3": the former, needed to start the process, and the latter, to stabilize/perpetuate it. Again, because secular always reflects spiritual, in both math and science this property is also frequently noted: the structural 'laws' of physics, thermodynamics, navigation, and even economics often center on "1" or "3".

    In short, the numbers REQUIRED are small; but if enough Divine Thinking is in a few people, then many believers who reject the spiritual life can be supported. It ends up being a free dynamic which always has a perfect answer for 'whatever' size, since anyone on earth can believe in Christ. Isaiah stresses this fact in Isa52:13-54:1, with his constant contrasting of the One Christ with the many resulting sons He paid for. (Nerd note: He paid for everyone, but you must BELIEVE in His Payment at least once in your lifetime to become a son, John 1:12, 3:16, Gal3:26, Eph2:8-9. Don't add any other verbs.) That's the Eternity Past Contract For Making Sons, and it proves conclusively that indeed it only takes a few, to balance (leverage) off the many. One good thought, John 3:16, saved you forever! So what does God do for an 'encore'? Build many kingdoms from one each believer who GROWS UP in His Son's Good Thoughts! Just as He builds ALL from His Son, Isa53:11!

    Here's the root reason why the numbers required are few. The world largely rejects Christ, so goes to hell; even believers -- and not all 'Christians' are believers, remember the "Lord, Lord" passage -- even believers overwhelmingly reject the spiritual life. There's a reciprocal (flipside) of the fact that 99.999% of believers are apostate, and therefore only a few Rulers need to be developed. You or I, could become one of those rulers. God's Power alone develops us. So EACH of us who grows up in Christ can tip the historical scales for better with More Power Than An Atom Bomb: God's Own Power in Growing Us Up. Precept by atomic-sized precept, God can grow anyone up in His Son, Eph1:18-20, 3:19, 4:13. Those who grow up in Him are a motley collection of folks you'll see at the Bema: charwomen and celebs-you'd-never-expect, paraplegics and wealthy, not a few 'wayward' monks and businessmen, and human royalty. Every Bible hero is controversial: exactly the opposite of what Christians would 'count', would they ever read their Bibles, wa lo hadar in Isa53:2.

    Bear in mind as you read what follows, that Ephesians 1 says EACH of us has a crown, so it is ours to LOSE (see also the "lose your crown" verse somewhere in Rev). My pastor harped on that fact for seven years of daily Bible classes when exegeting Ephesians verse-by-verse. He didn't want us to forget it, constantly reminding us that there is an "eternal memorial to lost opportunity" per person which each one losing his 'crown' can visit in heaven, because the benefits are "escrowed". A king need not have a kingdom to be a King. Christ had no Kingdom at His Resurrection. So had we all become kings, we'd have the standards, wealth, and enjoyment of a king, without the BURDEN of people to rule. So the fact that there are people to rule in eternity means most people rejected the spiritual life, and forfeited their crowns. Thus the intended wealth had to be re-routed, the Divine Benefit Plan idea broached in Part IVa (elaborated on in Part IVc), which is taken from both my pastor's exegesis of Ephesians, and directly from the wa-et-atsumim ("great ones") clause in Isa53:12. (See the JPS Tanach for the first clause, and Webster's Bible for the second; all English Bibles blasphemously mistranslate that verse, making it look like Christ only gets a part of the total, though the Hebrew is unmistakeable that He gets it ALL, and HE does the re-apportioning, laken ahalleq LO [to Him!] b'rabbim, w'-et atsumim [to the great ones, i.e., Pleroma] YEhalleq [HE assigns] shalal [the people-booty and other spoil].) Thus more training is needed to be a king, because frankly, it's a royal pain to rule people, even if they are perfect. Ruling is above all, PARENTAL: and you'll gladly kill yourself doing it, especially if the ruled are perfect. Love would drive you. Much more true, in the eternal state.

    So, it becomes a race against time: will enough Pleroma be developed? And, what does this enough-Pleroma-in-any-generation criterion tell us, about RATIOS to achieve perfection-in-number? Bible and history help us here. We have some ratios to use as guidelines. None of them will be exactly correct, but they will help us get a sense of proportion. A sampling of ratios follows, with a hypothetical conclusion. You might prefer to develop your own ratios from other Bible data, etc.

    3350/100=34 people. 3350/30=112 people.
    The population would be 300 million times 67, about 20 billion people!
    Again, anyone dying before able to reject Gospel goes to heaven;
    human history is full of people dying too young.
    So 20 billion is not unreasonable.
    So if 112, that's one ruler per 179 million.
    If 34, one ruler per 591 million, seems high.
    Conversely, if we even used a 10 factor,
    that would be 3350/10, so 335 people,
    so one ruler per 60 million, roughly the size of France.

    So let's next think about the number of generations since Adam. According to the Bible, the year 2007 is year 6113 since Adam's fall. GeneYrs.xls is a timeline from Adam through 2007 used to show how God grants time based on believer spiritual growth, but you can use it here to get the 6113 date. That works out to 204 generations, assuming an average of 30 years each. So applying the above assumptions,

    204*50=10,200 rulers, on a population of 300 million x 204, = 61.2 billion.
    10200/100=102 people. 10200/30=340 people.
    Again, anyone dying before able to reject Gospel is in heaven.
    So 61.2 billion is not unreasonable.
    So if 102, that's one ruler per 179 million.
    If 340, one ruler per 591 million, seems high.
    Conversely, if we even used a 10 factor,
    that would be 10200/10, so 1020 people,
    so one ruler per 60 million, roughly the size of France.

    We're really missing the boat on the value God intends to make from us, huh. Even if only 60 million, that's the size of FRANCE! It is an issue how big a country is ENJOYABLE to rule, so I tend to favor the 60-million ratio. Too big a country would make rulership too remote? Of course, the kings are stacked in a federation, since Christ is Head. So Paul is maybe ruler over several billion at least, with lesser kings below him.

    Okay, what about the time it takes to grow up to Pleroma and finish the course? Does that affect the number of Pleroma? Well, that's impossible to estimate too, though we know Paul got there over something like maybe 38 years (30AD-68AD, my pastor spent some time analyzing that issue in his 1999 classes). The Lord is also atypical (The Unique One), and it took Him 33 years. Of course, the Lord is Way Bigger Pleroma than even Paul; and Paul, is way bigger Pleroma than what would be 'typical'. Still, the 30-year-build-savior number in the OT, might be a guideline. Ok: let's say 30-50 years (it can be any number, now). Well, that doesn't increase the progenitor number, because the Pleroma person would be growing up during a generation's 'time'. Okay, that's enough number crunching to "get the drift" of how the proportions, play.

    Now let's factor in the eternal future. The the number of "progenitors" (Pleroma) Father wants

    In short, the job of 'Church' is not restricted to a single generation, as was true for those prior, though post-mortem blessing does flow from every Bible hero. Still, this is a Higher Job than they had. But Christ is So Much Higher than Moses (theme of Heb3), so even this much larger job, over a much larger population (which encompasses all believers in history, eventually).. man, you're still talking something way less than 50,000 people throughout all time! being needed. (Something under 15,000? Gotta quintuple the 3,350, to even get that high.) Any generation on the planet today, easily numbers at least 1 billion souls! [Well, you could say there should be about four generations on the planet in any given year, so if the world's population is 6 billion, then about 4 billion would be over age 20, with maybe a half-billion over age 60, so maybe 1.5 billion below age 20. Wow.] So it's a wonder the Rapture hasn't happened, 'til yet!

    We don't know how long a future that represents.

    Presume that the total number of generations in history were 333.
    That means a population of 300 million x 333 = 99.9 billion.
    At the "France" ratio size, that equates to 16,650 Pleroma,
    but of course the kingdoms are hierarchically organized,
    so it wouldn't be an even size of 60 million per king.
    So if we say 10,000, we'd be more accurate.

    Therefore, the Pleroma number needed is maybe somewhere between 1000 (Low, KINGS) and 10,000 (High, RULING CLASS) to cover all eternity. That valuation adjusts lastly for a gut sense of the efficiency in the eternal state, evidenced by the Angelic Ratio: at some size the governing body itself is too large, unwieldy. We'd have perfect knowledge then, but it would be truly annoying to have 10,000 beings meeting in a conference; the personalness gets lost? You might come up with some other adjustment. But whatever the value, notice how it must be extremely small, compared to the likely overall population in eternity. That Church hasn't been completed yet, despite the very wide spread of Christianity in history, confirms how we Christians hate God. Which of course, history all too well corroborates. So much for our protestations of how we love Jesus. The numbers prove we don't.

    However you craft the ratios, it's obvious that balance between the NUMBERS of these two groups is a perfection criterion. Son wants Father to get the Maximum Amount Of Reflection of Son's thinking in Son's kingdom/economy. That's what we live for. And frankly, in heaven the only Topic of Interest is Him, so no one will care who's superior or inferior (see how the angel censures John in Rev19:10). So obviously, if the top-tier are too many, the bottom tier is too taxed, regulated. Conversely, if the top-tier is too few, the many have no cohesion, and the Royal Thinking Standards' circulation will be too weak. In short, the top needs to be few, so that the many can have more; but not so the many are choked. That has always been the case, even down here on planet Earth; so how much more true, in a perfect life?

    Perhaps here it's good to demonstrate how the essential "numbers" of variety, make Rapport synergistic. Additionally, to show how variety means the requisite composition of Church, cannot be predicted by man. As was noted in the "Criterion 3F..Numbers" section, the very word "numbers", means "variety". There must be many, and each one is different from the next (+1 property of uniqueness). It's the combining of the numbers, the combining of the varieties, which underlies virtually every structure in life. Like many dots, but..each one at least slightly different from the next.

    Variety thus knits together otherwise-disparate groups, for each one varies by just a little bit, all up and down the spectrum. So, those "distant" can be enjoyed more than if there were a "great gulf fixed" between "us" and "them". For, there are lots of others between your group and the other group, each one a little closer to that other group than the next -- so you can get a lot of vicarious pleasure watching, or knowing about, those not "near" your own group. Thus distant groups benefit from the mediative effect of those who are "between".

    Hierarchy, then, is a natural result of variety. Mediation, then, is the way such variety can harmoniously co-exist. To the benefit of all, for not only do folks group together based on commonality/rapport, but they also enjoy the more "distant" groups through the intermediaries (others who are closer to the distant groups than they themselves are). The flow of information, of vicarious enjoyment, of ideas and just sheer joy of seeing how others live -- all depends on mediative hierarchy. Balanced: few at the 'top', whose real life is one those at the 'bottom' would consider most unpleasant; many at the 'bottom', who enjoy the togetherness of massing -- a commonality which the 'few' don't have. Of course, those few prefer both their isolation, and giving-their-all to the 'job', so would consider it unpleasant to mass together, work "9-to-5", have regular time off. Authority always isolates you; the job rules you even in your off hours; so you have to learn to love being isolated. See? Everyone benefits. Just like a family.

    So, we can't know exactly how large the total kingdom will be, to have the perfect VARIETY in it; so, we don't know how many "top-tier" and "masses" there need to be for the balance-in-numbers-perfection to occur. Thus, the Rapture can't have a warning event preceding its own occurrence. For, its only "trigger" is both volitional and invisible: the completion of the Bride. Your volition is YOURS. Your decisions are YOURS. Only GOD, moreover, can know what "number" constitutes completion: but His Knowing that doesn't make it happen. Instead, our volition makes it happen: believers, not God, by Divine Decree: how will we "finish the course"? 'Same question as applied to His Incarnation. For, He's our "Author" (Heb12:2), Greek word "Archegos", and we are in training to become "Archegoi".

    So Church's "Ripeness" Date can't be prophesied

    Let's now interweave Father's Criterion 3B, The Lord's Bridegroomship, into 3F, man's voting for God. For a Bride must CONSENT to be Married.

    Christ is God-Man, and He too is Sovereign. Having been Seated, as Hebrew 1 notes, Everything now goes through the Son. Through His Human Sovereignty, as well as His Divine Sovereignty. The Church is designed by the Father (per Eph1) as a Gift to the Son: a Bride, to the Bridegroom, and the Bridegroom is a Bridegroom because He, in His Humanity, defeated Satan (cf Heb2, 1Jn3, etc). Therefore, the Rapture is a Decree, a Ruling the Son wants, first. However, what are the terms of that Ruling? Well, this Son wants a FIT Bride, and the Father wants to make that Bride Fit for His Son, which is why we get the inheritance in Him that we do (John 8,14,17, Eph1,3,Heb7-10,12,1Cor2-4, 2Cor5, Rom6-13, Col1, all "riches" passages, etc).

    This Bridegroom became a Bridegroom of His Own Free Will. He freely relied on the Spirit's Power to spiritually-develop and sustain Him -- all the way through the Cross. So, this Bridegroom is wholly-freely-determined. "God's Action", the Power provided by the Holy Spirit, was only provided to the extent the Son's Human Free Will wanted it. 'Which the Son Totally Wanted. 'Even through the Cross.

    This God's-Free-Action, matched to Son's-Humanity-Free-Reception sets the Precedence and the terms of the marriage contract with the Bride. For, the Bride is to have the same spiritual life as Her Bridegroom, in order to become FIT for Him. By HER Choice. As we saw in Part IVa, precedence of the prior Bridal contract which got annulled, ported over. Further, precedence from the Groom Completing His Contract, also ported over. So it can only be a volitional criterion, for Church's 'Rapture'. Because it was ONLY a volitional criterion, for the prior Intended Couple, one of whom refused, and One of Whom Accepted.

    So when the Bride votes negative, the Bridal Contract is being rejected or breached. Rejection has an endpoint. As we saw in Part II, when mankind no longer responds to the spiritual life provided, the people have become "saltless", overtaxed by me-be-good governing the soul. To correct the lack of Divine Thinking production, the covenantal epoch/dispensation ends. Question is, what justifies a replacement? 'The Divine Thinking of PAST "salt" people, just as we saw in Part II. So, covenantal provisions are revised for the new group, even though they are all negative.

    Each of these covenantal changes has been foretold; each change is marked by a warning "sign". Hence, there is no more prophecy to 'tell'. It's all in writing, now. Thus you can match up what God wrote with what happens, to know it's God Who's Talking, not hallucination, not happenstance. Every "sign" is always an Orchestrated Thing, so you know it's not a natural phenomenon you can explain away (no such thing, really); so you know it's not a hallucination or wizardry (since Satan&Co. can do lots of supernatural and hallucinogenic stuff). In short, God Makes Plain He is Behind a thing, by matching the Word to the wonders. If you don't know the Word, you will screw up the wonders, and .. have a very tragic life.

    Hence: "SIGN" (semeion) in Bible, is always a Warning, a Judgement. So too, the Rapture's Sign is for purposes of Judgement, that Man's Votes are sooo negative, God must Declare War, as it were, on the entire world. Which means, the world is "ripe" (Bible term in Revelation and elsewhere) for Judgement. So the first thing you learn about God's Signs, is that He's telling you something BAD. Which, prior to the sign occurring, you can AVOID by doing what He says (learn His Son). Leviticus 26 and Deut28, again, summarize the parameters and The Meted Stages Of Orchestrated Judgement. All these, you can trace out in Bible and in history, as happening when interest in Bible, drops precipitously LOW. So it's always man's negative votes, which bring on "signs" from God. When those votes are "ripe" for "reaping", well.. the "sign" hits.

    The Rapture thus has these same characteristics: the rejector-number is "ripe" for a change, the acceptor-number is "ripe", and God has finished His Rebuttal answer to Satan. These latter two are the Church-side litmii of the Rapture, since:
    1. Enough believers passed the 2-3-4-5 Evidence Tests (of Part III, covered again in Part IVd), to finish God's Answer to Satan. These would be the top-tier Church believers (analogous to Abraham, Moses, et.al). They together constitute the 'progenitor' criterion mentioned above, in the sense that there has to BE a top tier (the Lord being the King of Kings, so 'top-of-the-top', so to speak).
    2. Enough "masses" of believers will exist, sufficient to constitute a kingdom of "progeny", to benefit from the numbers of top-tier "progenitors".

    So the Rapture's date cannot be predicted; nor did the Lord prophesy it in Matt16:18 for the sake of Church, but FIRST on behalf of Israel. For Church is wholly founded upon an ABROGATION of a prior contract between Israel And Messiah -- a contract based solely on Voting, as we saw in Part IVa. Because He had to invent it DURING and FOR Israel's 'time', the Rapture itself is a contingent prophecy, not a fixed one. Cut out, graft in.

    Oh, Objection! People say otherwise! People say the Rapture has has has 'SIGNS'!

    Oh Yeah? Where did we in Christendom ever get the goofy idea that there was supposed to be a "preceding" sign? No other sign prophecy has a sign preceding it, except the sign of Jonah (spoken/written warning by a preceding prophet). Comb the Bible all you like, take decades even, with every scientific instrument and Bible Code scholar known to man, and you won't find even one instance where the sign itself, was preceded by a sign to advertise it.

    For, ALL signs in the OT were "imminent" (theological term)! The very significance of "sign", is ex post facto, not ante! You know, the Dome Of The Rock And Wailing Wall Are Very Blatant Signs, And Are Ex-Post-Facto of Dan9:26c, Matt24; sorta burlesqueing the future Rev11:1, but it's Satan who made that joke (by putting up the Dome). So how much more SIGN do you want, to tell you how to read Bible, huh??? Um, how meshugge do you have to be, to go combing through Revelation dissecting what will happen then, and meanwhile ignore these Two Biggest Witnesses of Stone; and next, predict when the Rapture will arrive, and that based on literal events in Revelation, which are all POST-Rapture?! Sheesh: it's the Rapture which KICKS OFF those events! Yeah, we'll read anything but the Smart Word Already Provably Fulfilled in the Most Holy Place!

      You realize, of course, that people who look to 'prove' Bible with their relic hunting, 'testing' of miracle events in it, science debates, etc. ad nauseaum, all demonstrate that their faith is wavering near zero. Bible makes them nervous, and they want a greater surety than what it says, as if some old stone inscription or ossuary would be superior proof. That's why they can't tell God orchestrates Time Grants since Adam. That's why these Two Blatant Stone Witnesses, the two biggest proofs any relic hunter could want of Bible being TRUE -- go unheeded. No matter how many signs God gives -- duh, the Bible being 100% conclusive, only God is smart enough to write it -- no matter how many signs God gives, we'll still not 'see' any proof. So the constant emphasis on whether current historical events mean we are the Rapture generation, is of this same type: people think that if they see something similar in the world, that 'proves' Bible right. Nope. God proves Bible true AS YOU READ IT, if you're using 1Jn1:9 and living in God's System. You don't need to 'reconcile' anything in the world, and frankly -- God will point out so much empirical proof in the world, you can't remember it all. Then you'll know that people are asking the wrong questions, get no or the wrong answers, so don't 'see' any proof. But you see it everywhere, 24/7!

    Let's explore how Bible uses prophecy and signs. Each "warning sign" is God's Action. The underlying 'cause' warranting God's taking action is, of course, always creature volition. The 'number' of creatures who have cumulatively voted, as it were, for-and-against God has become "ripe" for a reply, so to speak, by God.

    Thus any warning sign, including the Rapture, is always predicated on Justice 'replying' to the cumulative effects of volition. It is a Ruling, a Judgement, a Decree Response By God. Directly. His Volition, His Sovereignty, chooses the reply to make.

    So let's review how Bible uses signs: the sign itself, is always a result of something, never a cause of something. Again, God's Action in Reply, to man's votes. Sure, the sign itself becomes a cause, and sometimes once the sign begins, there is a fixed time period it "announces", as we'll see below. And what does the "sign" announce? JUDGEMENT. In every case, whether the sign kicks off a fixed-time period or no, Judgement is God's Own Justice Reply, not some action undertaken for no reason. God is Just. In other words, any "sign" in the OT is the "sign" of something beginning based on PAST cumulative results. Moreover, the initial "Warning" was always a Statement, not an event, and the occurrence of the "sign" warned meant that the Previous Warning Was Not Heeded. Duh. Can God make it more obvious? Why then do so many obsess over "signs"? No wonder the Lord said, "an evil generation seeks a sign" (e.g., Matt 12:39).

    Furthermore, "signs" are chained, kinda like a "child process" in computer programming. So the Divine Broadcasting System exhibits a very predictable pattern: Stated-Warning (this is how we learn what a "sign" is, even); then, the KICKOFF sign; then, any RESULTANT ("child process", so to speak) "sign(s)". Even so, the occurrence of the events within that pattern are not necessarily tied to fixed-dates, just as a "child process" in computer programming sometimes starts or ends based on user input, rather than on an elapse of time. The chaining is exhibited in many ways in Scripture, depending upon the type and nature of Judgement which needs to be executed.

    God's Judgement Replies thus come in two 'flavors': fixed-sentence, and contingent-sentence:

    1. FIXED-SENTENCE: Scripture does, in certain instances, state periods-of-time Once The Judgement BEGINS, which the "sign" kicks off. In these instances, the "sign" BEGINS a 'clock', so to speak. Thus you see 40 years as a typical OT warning or judgement period; or, sometimes, 120 years, e.g., started by the "sign" of Noah's commencing to build the Ark. Or, the time Israel stays in the Babylonian captivity, 70 years. These are all Grace Warning Periods or Sentences, and so they do have fixed time periods. So also, the Tribulation has a fixed time period, for it is at once both sentence and a Grace Warning of the 2nd Advent. And the "sign" starting that Tribulation 'clock', is the Rapture. See? God is consistent. The structure of signs and sentences is consistent.

      PROPHECY KEY ==> Every Fixed-Sentence Prophecy Is A 'Child' Of A Kick-Off Sign. Also, No Fixed-Sentence Prophecy Depends On Volition. Check it out yourself. Go through the fixed-sentence prophecies in Scripture, and note how these parameters are always true.

    2. CONTINGENT-SENTENCE: Justice also decrees contingent sentences. Here, the sentence's QUALITY and LENGTH of time depends on recipient response. Of course, the greatest example of this Flavor "2", is the Gospel. The Gospel acts like a contingent warning: "Believe or Burn". The deadline is not given as a set date, but rather as the CONTINGENCY of one's death. Growing up in 1Jn's Script is likewise a Warning to believers, as we've seen from Part III (and will see below) in all the "endure..end" and similar-type verses. That, too, is a Contingency: grow up, or else lose your highest-and-best (reserved, escrow) inheritance. The "deadline" is, again, death. Of course, if you don't begin early, the later you begin to grow in Him, the more intensely you'll have to grow, to 'catch up'. And, of course, there comes a point when not enough time is left to 'catch up'. You don't know what time is left. So: get cracking!

      In a similar way, but on a macro level, the Leviticus 26 and Deut28 punishments are all judgements contingent on the 'user input' of volition awakening DURING the punishment. So, the "time" period is determined by volitional responses. For, God does not coerce. 2Chron7:14 is a good sample verse to show the Divine Policy here. It currently applies to the US, which is under the "5th" of the "cycles" of Divine Discipline ("cycles" being my pastor's term for the fifth round of the punishments in those passages). So, no definite time period is set; rather, it's Contingent Upon Sufficient Change-Of-Mind By The Believers In The Polity Being Judged.

      ANOTHER PROPHECY KEY ==> Every Contingent Prophecy Is A Kickoff Sign, And Every Contingent Prophecy Is A Result Of Prior Accumulated Volitional Votes. So, Every Contingent Prophecy Is 'Imminent': Its Occurrence Date Cannot Be Predicted. Again, go through Scripture, check it out for yourself.

      So, to properly understand 'where' the Rapture belongs, we only need to see whether the Rapture is a 'child' or a 'kickoff' prophecy. If the former, then we have to look for a kickoff sign (the 'child' is always dateable). If the latter, then the prophecy is 'imminent': the date is unpredictable ('kickoffs' cause 'children', but not vice versa).

      Obviously, the Rapture is a kickoff prophecy, and therefore date-unpredictable: for, as we saw at the beginning of this subsection, the Rapture is Contingent On Aggregate Volitional Responses to the "Warning" of Getting-With 1Jn's Script. So, it, too, falls under this Flavor "2", not -- repeat, not -- under Flavor "1". Those who inanely try to fit the Rapture under Flavor "1" will thus become obsessed with dating the un-dateable, and will thus miss out on growing up in Christ, because they fruitlessly spent their time trying to date the Rapture, rather than trying to LEARN THEIR LORD. Thus, such folks will only have the "mass" Royal inheritance: distance from Him for all eternity. So, Matt 7:2! Caveat Emptor: Be Warned.

    Okay, but what "results", then, turn the Previously-Stated Warning Into The "Sign"? Well, look: believers in any period of history essentially vote on how much Rapport they want with Him. Such a fact is thus just as true for the Church. It is thus also just as true that any kickoff "sign" is really "imminent" , in the sense that the "sign" itself represents the Judgement Reply To The "Results" of Unseen Thus Unpredictable Cumulative Volitional Votes during that historical period. So, the far-fulfillment of the Virgin Birth (Isa7) didn't have a Predicted Date. Indeed, if you look at any OT kickoff prophecy, none have predicted start dates. There are timelines for the RESULTANT (chained, child-process) signs, (e.g., Daniel's 70 weeks), there are benchmarks, there are symptomatic events -- but none of those benchmarks or symptomatic events are conclusive of the start date of the kickoff "sign". So, again, in this sense, all kickoff "signs" in the OT have an 'imminency' quality about them, for their occurrence is based on God's Reply to the invisible, cumulative 'votes' of volition. 'Which no one but God can date.

    So, frankly, the pious eye-roll quotes that "we are in the end times, brother", and bizarre trying-to-date-the-Rapture craze, long the bane of Christianity, are completely at a dissonance with every other kickoff-sign's function. For that "Sign" Begins A Thing, can't ever be predicted, since it's Invisible Negative Volition Which Always Gets The "Sign" as a Judgement Reply from God. 'Simple as that.

    So the Rapture, being as it too is a kickoff "sign", can only be "imminent": we know that at some point, the world-wide trends become so apostate, man becomes "ripe" for "the Rapture" to occur. Further, we know that the Rapture itself falls into Flavor "2" of the Divine Justice System, given the terms of our marriage contract with the Lord (discussed above -- Bride's free will is determinative, just as the Groom's Free Will was determinative). So, in any period of Church history, the viewed declines are inconclusive, because the spiritual life might be flourishing, and God is just "cleaning house". So one can't do any date-setting for the Rapture -- at all.

    One final and very happy comment on the interplay between 'kickoff' and 'child': nearly every promise in the Bible is in the contingent category, or the 'child' of one. Like, the Lord promises that "I give to [us] eternal life: no one shall pluck [us] out of [His] Hands". That is a 'child' promise of an already-fulfilled contingency, the Cross. See? Not our volition, but His, produced the 'child' of permanent salvation (see also 1Jn5 in this connection). Heh. Another example: He promises that we believers go to heaven when we die (contingent on death), and God Chooses How We Die, And What Date. Still, we don't know that information. So His Volitional Vote makes our date of death, a kickoff! Imminent! But next begins our 'child' promise of living with Him forever and ever. Fixed! Double-Heh. This is all the more meaningful when you know what "sealed to the Day of Redemption" means: that's the Holy Spirit's Guarantee That You Will Go To Heaven ("seal" was a legal guarantee, in the ancient world). A Fixed Guarantee Contingent on..what? Only on what date you die. Not on 'where you're going' in the spiritual life. Triple-heh.

    ..for Church's Wifely Role is to Be History, not prophecies

    Now, let's interweave Father's Criteria 3C, The Lord's Precedenting Role in History for Church.

    Since we have this sealed guarantee, since no one can pluck us out of His Hands, since the Trinity Indwell us -- let us not settle for a mess of pottage, like Esau did. Let us remember to Whom we are Betrothed. We are Betrothed to the Nexus of History, The King of Kings, the Word of the Cross, the Word of God, the Word. He, and He alone, truly is history. (Isa 28:16-17, Heb1, John1, Col1:16-18,"Alpha and Omega" verse, etc.) Thank God for that! For, what value is there to breathing at all, if He's not the REASON? So it comes as no surprise that He also controls history (e.g., Acts 17:26, Isa28:16-17).

    So, it should come as no surprise that the Father would want a Fit Bride for this Uniquely-Born Son. So, then: it should not be surprising that the Role for this Bride, while she trains down here, is to BE History, even as Her Betrothed already is History (cf Rom9:33, 1Pet2:6 and similar-concept passages). If even earthly kingdom's histories rested wholly on whom the Crown Prince would marry, how much more, the kingdoms of the Eternal State! We are not our own, but His, and His Title rules us. So, then: we have enormous power, and need to wake up to that fact. So, then: we must learn the rules-of-use of our "goodies", Our Extreme Profit In Christ. For, His Kingdoms are His Personal Property. Forever. And therefore, as Bride, ours.

    Thus, we don't set dates for the Rapture, we instead PREPARE for it, and our preparation is likewise a volitional contingency. For, as will be shown in Part IVc's "Rap the Rapture" section, we do know from Scripture that each of the New Testament writers themselves expected the Rapture to occur at any time during their own lifetimes. What was the criterion? Had enough believers in Paul's day reached their full Royal potential -- "the fullness of Christ" (Greek word "Pleroma") -- the Rapture could have occurred before Paul even died; same, for the time of John; same, for any generation. That's another reason why the Rapture is unpredictable, since we don't know who of us will grow, and who will fail.

    Church Makes HISTORY, Not Prophecies

    So, then:

    • Since we believers are positionally closer to God in the hierarchy/variety of humanity, compared to unbelievers; since among believers, only a few of us are growing toward Pleroma -- we are moseses-in-training. Really, Higher. For, as Paul puts it, this is "the fullness (Pleroma!) of times". For, due to Our Archegos, we are Royal.

    • Due To Our Being Royal, We Are Used To Determine The Character And Length Of This Phase Of History. For good, by our growing-up in Christ; or, for bad, by our rejection of our post-salvation legacy in Christ.
    • Thus, Both The Quality And Quantity Of Current History, As Well As The Size Of The Kingdom Is Impacted By Our Spiritual Lives Now.

      If a believer-generation is apostate, immediate history is adversely affected ('explained in Parts IVc and d). That increase in "progeny" also requires an increase in "progenitors", for balance, so history must (badly!) continue. Conversely, if a believer-generation is unusually positive, immediate history is prosperously affected ('also in Part IVc and d), and the "progenitor" group increases. That increase in "progenitors" also requires a decrease in "masses", for the requisite balance to occur. Of course, such a decrease means that the quality of life improves even more (Malthusian people-nomics). See how important our lives are? This open-endedness is unique.

    ..Because Christ Invented Our Spiritual Life

    Christ's "ending" at the Cross was foretold by Isaiah 53:5-6, for example. ("[C]rushed" there is really Hebrew for a burden-too-heavy-to-carry! A perfect analogy to Stone-too-heavy-to-lift!) The length and features of His Royally-Invisible Spiritual Life, however, were not foretold. Why? 'Because He Himself was to INVENT the Spiritual Life, while He was here. ("Archegos" means Author, Originator, Inventor, Pioneer, Hero -- cf Heb12:2.) See, He was Free To Choose Whether He'd Even Go To The Cross. He was Free To Use The Doctrine Or Not -- or, use His Own Deity. Thus the features, and the length of time it took Him to advance, were options via the Spirit which He Himself Chose While He was Living Here. His Humanity INVENTED the Spiritual Life of the Cross ("The Word of the Cross"), as well its character and length, because His Job Was To "Redeem..Time": to Pay For The Rest Of Time. See Mirroring.htm for the full story. It's utterly provable from Bible, math, history. Shocking stuff.

    His Precedence, Our Corollary: Thus, He's our Precedence, our "hupogrammos", our Copybook, as noted in Parts I and III. So: the length of our individual spiritual lives are also not forecast by God, for we inherit Christ's same Rulership Spiritual Life: 'difference is, He's Our Spiritual Life. The Pattern He Invented is Now the Standard for us; however, we are to make the rules OUT of His Pattern, the Doctrine in our own souls, just as He did. So, the Church Is Thus To "Redeem The Time": buy the time for the rest of the human race, because we ARE the Bride, the Evidence of Him in the world (1Jn4:12-17).

    Ergo, Our Shocking "Multiplier Effect"

    Remember how in Part II, it took only three Evidence Test 'passers' to justify the Royal Bloodline? Only one, to justify the continuation of the nation for 40 years, then only three, to justify the growth of the remnant? Then only a small remnant? What's the proportion there? Well, Moses was "one" compared to about 6 million people (including children). One to six million! Ok, then: what about the 'proportion' The CHRIST justifies? That was One Person For All Humans. What's that proportion? "Infinity", so to speak. So, don't you think the leverage we Church have, given our Precedence, is potentially rather more than 1:6,000,000? Since Christ's leveraged Blessing-By-Association is Uncountable?

    Okay, let's really be conservative. Even if we just use economics concepts, the "capital", "leverage" and "multiplier" effects are gigantic. What "multiplier effect" shall we assume results from the "capital leverage" of just one believer who's grown up in Christ? Let's pick a low number, say "10", even though the Biblical multiplier seems to be something more like "100" (cf the parable beginning at Luke 8). So: each of us is potentially the on-earth conduit of blessing or cursing to 60 million people, roughly the size of France? It's too awesome a thought to bear, a stone too heavy to lift! Thank God for 1Cor10:13, since "the way of escape" is the same as Our Christ's: Live in the Word! 2Cor12:7-10![NB: L1520, 5/99, 92SD estimated the needed Pleroma for US to avoid Lev26/Deut28 "Five Cycles of Discipline" at between merely 25-50 believers; at "25", his estimate is roughly 50% of Moses' ratio, meaning an estimated multiplier versus Moses for CA Pleroma at between 1-2. Thus the number to remain a client nation is far lower, because the 5th Cycle in the US is currently in-process. Since the client nation is the justification for the continuation of history for the world, the actual multiplier is of course far greater, but impossible to accurately estimate. One would need to know how many client nations there are currently, and population of each, versus how many non-client nations and their respective populations.]

    Bigger than that: the WORLD kept on living because Israel did. We saw in Part IVa how God grants 490 to 1000 YEARS for the entire planet to go on living, due to some one believer on it; if more than one can be granted, the times improve in quality. But at least one. So also, that one justified the ENTIRE PLANET. So one nation of believers, justifies the entire planet -- Israel's existence justified the planet continue. So it's not really even 60 million, but the nation which has the Pleroma, is used to justify the planet go on breathing. Could this be more intimidating? The smallest thing a king does, is front-page news. The smallest thing you do is front-page news in heaven. Think of it that way, for if you would be close to Christ forever, you're stuck being a public person forever. Every thought you think is heard by FATHER. For, that's your JOB: Royal Priest to Father. That He ordains your breathing justify the world's breathing (or breathing a little easier) is quite secondary, huh. What's bigger, than God?

    Next, Father's Criterion 3D, the Defending Role of Church relative to Israel.

    The most important part of this Criterion Is Whether Church Actually Completes. Part IVa, the origin of Church is to create a bridge back to Israel's time, since she rejected Christ. So an entirely new entity was needed, which He invoked in Matt16:18, and left up to Father to configure, in John 17:20-21. So we defend Israel, as shown in Part IVa, by GROWING UP. Consequently, as we've just seen, human history is wholly determined by how Church goes. Therefore, our role in the Millennium will likewise have that role, but the specifics of its configuration are in process and can't be specified. Part IVa covered how Church is being used to rescue Israel, as an Esther-type, Now. In the Millennium, no matter how we turn out, those who are Pleroma will rule Gentile nations in the Millennium, to implement the promise that Israel will have peace from her enemies, as a Wifely Service to Our Lord. Part V will cover how Church functions (and does not function), in the Millennium.

    So, as already explained in Part IVa, the only prophecies during "Church" can be its terminii. And the occurrence of the second of the terminii, Depends On How We Grow, Now. This, because the terminii Bracket Jewish-Age Events:

    BIGGEST PROPHECY KEY ==> All prophecy is solely related to the Jewish covenants, because all prophecy is about the "Testimony of Jesus" (Rev19:10; this is but one layer of meaning in that verse). The very meaning of the name (in Greek) "Jesus" (Heb:Yeshua, English "Joshua") stresses His Jewish Humanity in Hypostatic Union -- which wasn't predicted AT ALL until the Covenant to Abraham, the progenitor of the Jewish Race. For, until Abraham circumcised himself, there was no Jewish Race, as Romans 4 explains.

    So also, There Was No Church Until He Prophesied It, In Matt16:18. Even then, His prophecy was based on Father calling the shots as to the terms, and He said in that verse, I WILL BUILD, future tense of oikodomew. Future, after He paid for sins. Because, there still might not have been a Church, if Israel had accepted Him. He had to announce the prophecy of it while alive, so Israel would be forewarned she was playing Vashti. The outgoing broken vows could yet be mended. He just knew they wouldn't be; and in typical Jewish play of prophecy, When The Days Get Numbered, Israel Gets A Prophecy About It.

    So again: we are the Fulfillment of Prophecy, so we make History. They are to look at us BE the fulfillment. Church gets no prophecy of her own, for her days are NOT numbered, get it? So those days can end in the next five minutes, next five years, next five centuries. But here you can assume without being a donkey, that the sooner is the more likely --

    So Satan&Co. are playing the Dome and the Wailing Wall and Islam for all the Gotterdammerung they can get. So you know they think the Rapture is quite near. We should, too.

    So, during the "Church Age", the Lord's not wearing, so to speak, His "King of the Jews" hat. That 'hat' is set aside, as it were, temporarily. Instead, He is Seated as the Heir of All Things (Heb2), Not Testifying. The King is deliberately absent from the world's view (parable of the stingy servant, and Matt24's king-gone-away), due to the four Reasons explained in the "First Characteristic" section of Part III. Instead, we are testifying, as Bride-Evidence of Him in the World. That is why we are Ambassadors. 'Whether by blood Jewish, or Gentile. All Church believers are "one" new-in-species spiritual race (cf Gal3, 2Cor5:17's Greek). So, see? We Are A Different 'Race', and have Our Own Covenant. We are used to Rescue Israel's Covenants, not replace them. Different "R". In PartIVa, the precedence spawning our creation was covered. In Part V, the outcome of our creation for Israel, the Millennium, will be covered. For now, notice How We Are Agents Of The Rest Of History, By Divine Design. Because we are IN CHRIST, not in Israel.

    Role of Church, Summary

    In sum: We Are The Fulfillment Of The Prophecy Of His Coming, The Means Of Implementation Of "Operation Footstool" (my pastor's term, taken from Ps110:1). So We Are Here To Make History, Not Prophecies; Because We Are Grafted In, Part Of, The Fulfilled Prophetic One, The CHRIST.

    Thus, as the last section of each chapter in Hebrews notes, Operation Footstool is in its preparatory phase, and we Church are 'it'. Because, we are Body of Christ, an Extension of Him. The historical trends of Operation Footstool are also foretold in the NT, with rubrics like "the latter days"; but no specific prophecies are to be fulfilled, since the Church is NOT in the Jewish Age. We were "grafted in", remember. (Cf. also the bracketing-method of writing Hebrews uses, culminating with effective present tense of martureo in Heb10:15 -- the earlier 'bracket' being Heb8:8-12.) So there is no prophecy, no date-setting. Rather, there is a need for the Bride to Prepare, since preparation, by nature, is a behind-the-scenes function. You don't announce "the play" until it's ready to go onstage! 'Which readiness can't be dated, since it is entirely volitional.

    Therefore, all events between the two prophetic terminii, as well as the quality of the epoch itself, are determined EXCLUSIVELY by how we grow or retrogress in Christ. By How Many Of Us Grow Up Spiritually To Complete Pleroma Status -- and as we saw, only a very few are needed, maybe between 1,000 and 10,000 to suffice for all time, oh! A dinky fraction of a modern city on any given day! 'Just as history during the 1st Advent was wholly dependent on how Our Lord of the Sabbath would grow toward His Cross. (Matt12:8, Heb4:10-16, Rev19:10.) In sum, this open-ended role for the Church is unique, because:

    So, then: we can only say that "the play WILL go on!" And, Get Ready! Tachu!

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    Appendix Sidebar on how 'scholars' and other folks misread and thus misdate or debunk Rapture

    Rapture is a valid doctrine for many reasons, and the many ways the Rapture is expressed in the NT, are overlooked by 'scholars' who demonstrably do NOT test pan-Bible. Witness how in the typical allegedly-scholarly documentary you see on Bible in the History Channel or elsewhere, degreed people(!) claim that "Rapture" is an invention of the 19th century. What a crock. Guess they can't read Bible, for look: "rapture" is really an Anglicized Latin Bible term: viz. 1Thess4:17 in Vulgate Online Bible mapped-to-KJV. The verb "rapere" means to snatch/take/pluck up, and has a violence/suddeness connotation. Perfect tense form is "rapto". So, in old English, "rape" -- which didn't only have the sexual connotation it does in modern English. "Rapture" in olde English then meant simply, taking-suddenly. So the term's origin has nothing to do with the insane allegation that Darby or someone else in the 19th century invented "Rapture". Bible 'scholarship' is inexcusably bad (especially in documentaries), yet passes itself off as competent. Thank God it's so easily proven inept by a little Bible digging.

    Hence there are three basic sets of mistaken ideas people have about the Rapture, so they can't find it in the Bible; or, if they find it, can't time it properly; or, insist that Bible prophecies events just preceding Rapture. Example: Ezekiel 37 plainly and literally talks of resurrecting OT Jewish believers to constitute the WHOLE of Israel; but the "bones" are instead twisted to mean the mere establishment of the secular State of Israel in 1948. Then there's the misreading of last trumpet in 1Cor15 and 1Thess4, versus a DIFFERENT (lower-ranked) angel who blows his trumpet to kick off the mid-point of the Tribulation, in Rev11:15. One could go on and on with how folks misread Bible passages which are clear even in translation (i.e., the only verb that saves you is BELIEVE, clearly stated in John 3:16, 16:9, Eph2:8-9, many other passages). But grouping all these examples categorically, you get three basic flavors of misreading:

    1. Misreaders who think Revelation is allegorical or symbolic rather than literal. Thus they throw out most of the OT prophecies about the Tribulation and 2nd Advent, of which there must be hundreds of verses. Revelation plays on the OT imagery and uses stock Greek drama rhetorical style to convey its message (i.e., a quadriliogy surrounding one day, the Day of the Lord). Nothing secret or hidden about it. Format is rolled out chronologically, too. All this is ignored by the misreaders.

      The Revelation imagery, just as in the rest of Bible, is metaphorical: the metaphor stands for something LITERAL the image represents. That's not symbolism, really. Symbolism is vague and ephemeral, but a metaphor depicts something real. So when John writes he's trying to describe what he sees in terms the reader can use to LITERALLY relate. Yes, they are OT and Greek drama images and each one means something real that will or is really taking place. For example, Ezekiel's vision of the wheels within wheels is literal -- he really saw it -- and metaphorical, for the Justice of God. Same too, with John: he really saw those things, and they REPRESENTED other things which will really happen, like the demon (not human) armies swarming up out of the literal Abyss, in Rev 9. (Satan opens the Abyss where demons are locked up, text is plain.) In short, those who dismiss Revelation as allegorical or merely symbolic instead of metaphorical, do so because they are uncomfortable with the supernatural. Then they don't even believe in God, Who by definition is Supernatural. Oh well.

      This really can't be too hard, can it? In Rev4:1 two "meta tauta" clauses wall off Church from the Tribulation, since Rev4:1 is the actual Rapture Event. We are a sea of glass in front of our King, so the Kingdom is complete, and we reflect Him. Nothing in Revelation after that speaks of any Kingship He has over the earth, until the 2nd Advent. So there is NO Church on earth except the Fake Church, after Revelation 3 ends. It's as bald as a blimp flying overhead. Title deed ceremony in Revelation 4 means that His Kingdom is not on earth, which is why He's OPENING the seals (Roman custom of inheritance, the heir opens the scroll). So we are not on earth, since we already know He is Our King. Can this be more obvious? Just like He said in Luke 19, He would go away to a 'far country' and receive his Kingship appointment and then return (2nd Advent). We are there in the throne room with Him when He gets that Appointment, so now He is ready to open the inheritance deed -- which has to happen with us present, since it's the Bema, in Rev4:1. Dunno how God could make it all plainer.

      Every image John uses in Revelation is backed up in either the OT's imagery, so there's no mistaking the meaning -- or was current in Roman culture (i.e., tableaus and miming were then-current features in Greek and Roman plays). So those who find Revelation vague, aren't doing their Bible and isagogical homework. Revelation 9, for example, specifically says demons come from the Abyss, a jail under the sea. Those aren't human armies, they are demon armies, and Satan unlocks them. Text is very bald. Yet if you look around on the internet, even Pre-Trib Rapture teachers misread Rev9 and call them human armies with 'modern' vehicles and weapons, making a big stink about how China's reserve army is 200 million. Yeah, it is (military training is compulsory in China), but that has zippo to do with Rev9. Point is, when Revelation is bald even in translation, we don't read it rightly; so we don't read its sophisticated OT-documented imagery rightly, either. No excuse for that.

    2. Misreaders who think Church started in Abraham's tent, such that Church's covenant somehow derives from Israel's. These people throw out the entire New Testament; don't even try to argue with them, just walk away. Um, can the words "New Testament" make it clearer that we are not Israel? Term is used in Book of Hebrews, hey kaine diatheke. It's wordplay on Jer31:31-34, showing how the Matt16:18 INVENTION of Church is based on Christ invoking His Kata-Melchizedek Kingship -- a Kingship wholly separate from and antedating Israel, since the kingship is instead an eternity-past contract, Isa52:13+53:12, 1Tim2:5, Ps110. Whole Book of Hebrews is dedicated to that subject, elaborating on how the shift to Church occurred, why our covenant is separate and not related to Israel. Our newness "now" (=keyword for Church Age in the NT), is used as a 'bridge' to restore Israel, so she can get her own new covenant promised since the Exodus, Heb8:8-10:17. Due to her rejection of God, His promise to her RE-ROUTES. So she's no longer on the same odos, derek, road; but she'll end up at the same promised destinations: Trib, Mill and then the eternal state. So Church is not Israel, ever. The OT law even on the 10 commandments had to be restated de novo in order for it to apply, i.e., in Romans 13.

    3. Misreaders who don't recognize that Daniel 9 signified the End Of Allotted Time. These people throw out all the date verses, never analyzing the patterns, how all the dates demonstrate God's ORCHESTRATION of time under an Accounting System of Time Grants on which the world depends. Time is not automatic. It must be granted someone on earth, or the earth STOPS existing. First grantee was Adam. So all of Gen5, 11, the king and Temple dates, etc. -- hundreds of verses, minimum -- are overlooked. God started Accounting for Time with Adam's fall, awarding 490 or 1000 years only if some believer sufficiently developed spiritually by the time an existing time grant, ran out. It's a baton-passing criterion. Else, Time would end. So if you don't know that, even if you believe in the Rapture you'll either misdate it, or bethink prophecies for the Tribulation, somehow presage the Rapture or mean Church is in the Tribulation.

    So with these three types of mistakes -- all due to slipshod scholarship and laziness, no other cause -- the Rapture unfairly gets a bad rap. It's not a matter of interpretation. It's lack of homework on the part of those who debunk the Rapture or misdate it, period. There's no excuse whatsoever that we don't know how God Accounts Time. God's Accounting System for Time is too bald in the Bible, and even I could prove it out in but two years, using only BibleWorks software (a collection of Bibles, lexicons, and other generic tools which pastors use across America). So Pre-Trib Rapture debunkers and misdaters only prove they don't do their Bible homework, sorry. This isn't rocket science; it just requires a dogged chasing down of all the verses, because there are so many. Of course, until writing up this Part IV I hadn't properly done my Bible homework either, lol -- twenty years ago, the four years of daily exegesis in Revelation under my own pastor, bored me. Like everyone else, I just relied on what other people said, doing Not Enough Bible Digging. Then God spanked me for that. So I lost another four years writing up this Part IV, beginning on the 20th anniversary of my boredom with the daily exegesis of Revelation. God is punctiliar about matching the time, huh. Mea maxima culpa, huh. Like everyone else who has an arrogance problem due to being intellectual, I was a tad embarrassed about the Pre-Trib Rapture, even though I believed in it. Ooops.

    Additionally, we don't apply common sense to Bible interpretation where we should. So we come up with wrong answers or no answers, but blame Bible, instead of ourselves.