Paul: His Doctrine – Part 4

paul-saul-tarsus“ But you shall receive Power by the Holy Spirit coming upon you…”   Acts 1:8. 

 Paul however did not understand the Spirit attribute; it’s purpose or it’s function.  

“And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up: and a cloud received him out of their sight”  Acts 1:9.  Paul teaches a physical return of Christ, followed by what many Christians call the rapture; when, according to Paul, the dead in Christ will rise up, and be taken up into the clouds.   “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air…” 1 Thessalonians 4:16.17.  But Paul, who is simply recounting the story of Jesus being taken up, because he was not there, has missed something very important in the story.   “And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;”  Acts 1:10.  The two men in white apparel represent the two witnesses, which together make up the “spirit of truth,” which appear to preserve the truth. To correct the error or iniquity pertaining to Jesus’ return; iniquity that Paul is responsible for, and will be held accountable for.  “Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven”   Acts 1:11.  If the men of Galilee were doing right by gazing up into heaven, waiting on a physical return, what need would there be for the two men to question it?  He was taken up out of their sight,” meaning, they did not see him taken.  And in like manner he will return.  A return not seen!  Paul said, “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet must sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”  To say that we shall not all sleep, which clearly is not about sleep, but about death, is simply A LIE.  Everyone of us will die a physical death.  And when we do, our spiritual condition does not change.  We are not raised incorruptible.  The only thing that does change is our physical condition.  There will be no more suffering on a physical level.  However, whatever spiritual (mental and emotional) state we cross over in, is the same spiritual state we will be raised in. While a wrong thought can be changed immediately upon hearing the truth, the corruption of the heart does not just disappear the moment we are resurrected.  Paul’s lying doctrine has kept Christians from doing the spiritual works through which their heart would be made pure, keeping Christians from experiencing true salvation, which many Christians will come to understand, as prophesied by Jeremiah–  “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.”  The last trump is sounding.  “Now it was on the third day, when it was daybreak: There were thunder-sounds, and lightning, a heavy cloud on the mountain, and an exceedingly strong shofar sound.  And all the people in the camp trembled”  Exodus 19:16.  It is the daybreak of the third day; the beginning of the third-thousandth year since Jesus brought us the spiritual knowledge that is not being taught in the churches.  What God’s people are being fed is Paul’s doctrine; a doctrine that is lacking in spiritual knowledge, as was written by the prophet Hosea, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge,” the destruction being spiritual destruction on a soul-level.  They were to prepare for this third day, one that will be met with fear:  “YHWH said to Moshe: Go to the people, make them holy… let them scrub their clothes, that they may be ready for the third day…”  Exodus 19:11.  We are made holy through the spiritual works attributed to Jesus, not through “the works of lying” attributed to Paul.  And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16:18.  Peter means a (piece of) rock, the foundation of this spiritual church.  While Paul understands that God does not dwell in temples made with hands, he, through the forming of his own doctrine, laid his own foundation, upon which the physical churches have been built.  For this reason, through the mercy and grace of God, we have been given “The Revelation of Jesus Christ,” recorded by John, the one Jesus loved.

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2017

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