FAITH: beginning and end

OpenBible2“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

In the definition of faith, is the beginning of faith (things hoped for, things not seen) and the end of faith (the substance, the evidence).  The beginning of faith is an analogy to the beginning of Creation.  God created heaven and earth in His mind, but there was no substance or evidence of His creation, no actualization, the earth was yet without form.  For God’s thought or idea of creation to become substance or matter would take God’s word, the works that brought His creation into existence.  Faith, like creation, requires works. There are works associated with the beginning of faith and there are works associated with the end of faith. We are given a number of examples of the works associated with the beginning of faith in the book of Hebrews, each one having to do with external salvation, which started with a thought. Noah, believing in his mind that a flood was coming began the works of building an ark.  Just believing something in our mind does not make it a reality.  Christians believe in the Son, which is the beginning of faith. And many still believe Jesus will return, which also falls under the beginning of faith, as there no evidence to support this belief.  They have been taught to have faith in Jesus Christ, and to accept him into their heart as their personal savior, a level of faith that, by itself, has no power, as was spoken by James, “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.” James 2:26.  As there could be no creation without works, there can be no salvation without works, the two allegorical. As it took works to bring God’s physical creation into existence, it takes works to bring our spiritual creation into existence, through which we receive internal salvation, which is the end of faith, as was spoken by Peter, “Receiving the end of your faitheven the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:9.

The carnal works of the law, a figure or type-and-shadow of the spiritual works, could not perfect them that did the service, as we see in Hebrews 9:9,10, but which were to be kept until the spiritual works could be completed, until  “the time of reformation,” when we form a new heaven and earth, through which our “first heaven and earth” passes away (Revelation 21:1). “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled,” Matthew 5:18, referring to this new spiritual heaven and earth.  Jesus said he came not to destroy the law, but to fulfil it, but it is not Jesus the person that fulfils or completes the law, but what Jesus personified, which is the word; the works of creation.  “All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.”  John 1:3.   All things are made by a seed, and the seed is the word of God (Luke 8:11); the works through which the creation was made, which is the end of faith as our works have been completed, made perfect.  To bring our new creation into existence is going to take works, which is synonymous with the son, as is written in the book of John, “Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest, because I said, I am the Son of God?  If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.  But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works…”  The works of the Father are the works of creation, which is why Jesus, the seed or word of God, was with God in the beginning, through which the physical creation was made. Our spiritual works of creation are found in the beginning and end of the book of Genesis, which means creation. The beginning of Genesis gives us an overview of the creation process, the end of Genesis, where Jacob tells his twelve sons what will befall them in the end of days, providing the details of this creation or salvation process.

Jesus does not care if we believe in him, which falls under the beginning of faith.  He wants us to believe the works, the word believe meaning to obey or put action to. These are the works that perfect our faith, completing it, which is the end of faith. Salvation, like creation, requires works. It took God’s Spirit and word to bring His creation into existence.  It takes faith and works to make our salvation a reality. As there were six days of works in the physical creation of heaven and earth (not to be taken literally), there are six metaphorical days of spiritual works in the creation of our spiritual heaven and earth, through which we receive true salvation.  These works are found in the first six churches in the book of Revelation. The message of the seventh church is for those that have skipped over these six days of works.  What they think they are in their mind is not what they are in their heart. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:… They are lukewarm, not on fire for God, which they would demonstrate by doing these spiritual works. They have been taught to think that Jesus did the works for them by dying on the cross. They have been taught to think that they have received salvation by believing in Jesus, which is only the beginning of faith.  To reach the end of faith will require them to do the works, which Jesus instructs them to do through the message of the seventh church, saying, … I council thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyeslave, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.”  Revelation 3:17-19.  The word repent means to think differently.  Changing the way they have been taught to think about salvation is the beginning of the spiritual works through which they will receive true salvation… “Receiving the end of your faitheven the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:9.

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2000

PAUL the LIAR

Paul of Tarsus

I first heard Paul was a liar back in 1975, from the Teacher of the first revelation of 1960.  It was the very first documentary on “The Dead Sea Scrolls” that served as a witness to this very important truth, in which Peter wrote the following about Paul and his teachings in his letter to Clement.  

“bad instruction, vain boasting, and other such evils have filled the whole house of this world like some enormous smoke preventing those who dwell in it from seeing the Founder aright.” 

Jesus was the founder of true Christianity, whose teachings Paul perverted.  Peter goes on to say that Paul is the source of these errors, and that his visions deluded him. The following are from the Homilies and Recognitions of Clement:

“Our lord and prophet, who has sent us, declared to us that the Evil One, having disputed with him for forty days, but failing to prevail against him, promised that he would send Apostles from among his subjects to deceive them. Therefore, above all, remember to shun any apostle, teacher or prophet who does not accurately compare his teachings with James…the brother of our Lord…and this, even if he comes to you with recommendations.”

“The Assembly of the Lord, which was constituted in Jerusalem, was most plentifully multiplied and grew, being governed with the most Righteous ordinances by James”

“James is preaching in the Temple when an unnamed enemy accompanied by an entourage of followers, bursts in.  The ‘enemy’ taunts James’ listeners and drowns out his words with noise, then proceeds to inflame the crowd, with reviling and abuse, and, like a madman, to excite everyone to murder, saying, What do ye?  Why do ye hesitate?  Oh, sluggish and inert, why do we not lay hands upon them, and pull all these fellows to pieces?… Much blood is shed; there is a confused flight, in the midst of which that enemy attacked James, and threw him headlong from the top of the steps; and supposing him to be dead, he cared not to inflict further violence upon him.”

Who would have had ‘an entourage of followers’ at this time?  Who is this angry unnamed enemy that is trying to silence the one called “James the Righteous”?  James is in the Temple, preaching to the Jews; those adhering to the law, which Paul, by this time is calling rubbish.  James’ obedience to the law would have earned him the Righteous epithet, which was appropriate for the time.  Paul would have been considered an enemy to those adhering to the carnal law through external works, and also to those adhering to the spiritual law through internal works. We are to keep away from any teachings that do not agree with the teachings of James, and when it comes to works, the teachings of Paul and the teachings of James, do not agree.  And when it comes to keeping the law?  Paul rejects both the carnal and the spiritual law, which he has substituted with his own law, which he calls “the law of Christ,” found only in the Pauline Epistles.

The following was also found among the original seven Dead Sea Scrolls.

“Those who were unfaithful together with the Liar, [who] did not listen to the word received by the Righteous Teacher from the mouth of God… who were silent at the time of the chastisement of the Righteous Teacher and did not aid him against the Liar who rejected the Law in the midst of all their Assembly… were unfaithful in the new covenant in that they have not believed in the covenant of God, and have profaned His Holy Name.”  (The Habakkuk Commentary or Pesher Habakkuk)

Christians who follow the teachings of Paul are unfaithful in the new covenant because they have not done the works.  The new covenant is synonymous with the new creation, which cannot come into existence without works.  James teaches that faith without works is dead. Faith without works is the definition of unfaithful.  Paul teaches that Jesus did the works for us, which is a LIE!

“the Spouter of Lies, who leads many astray in order to build his city of vanity ON BLOOD and erect an Assembly upon Lying, for the sake of his glory, tiring out many with a worthless service and instructing them in works of Lying, so that their works will be of Emptiness. And they will be brought to the same Judgements of Fire with which they insulted and vilified the Elect of God.”

Paul built his own doctrine ON BLOOD, Christians crediting their salvation to the blood of the Lamb.  In truth, the blood of the lamb symbolizes the death of righteousness that has taken place within us. We are washed in the blood through the works that satisfy the debt we owe because of that death.  Paul teaches that salvation is a gift rather than the compensation or reward for good works. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and not of yourselves; it is the gift of God. Not of works… ”   Paul teaches that we can do nothing to save ourselves, which is why Christian’s works will be of Emptiness.  Because of this, they will be brought to the Judgements of Fire, which is a good thing because they represent the spiritual works through which our new creation comes into existence, through which we fulfil our end of the new covenant. I’ve been asked by Christians over the years why God would allow this deception to take place.  It’s not that God allowed it.  It’s that man chose it.  A group of political and religious leaders known as the Council of Nicaea decided what teachings would make the New Testament cut, and Paul’s best fit their agenda, which was to present one religion for the people to follow.  This in no way takes away from the Holy Bible being the Word of God, which is a detailed account of man’s spiritual and religious history.  It is up to the individual to discover that Paul’s teachings are opposed to the teachings of Jesus, which makes Paul the likely candidate for this person dubbed “the Spouter of Lies.”

“And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, and desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem”  Acts 1:9

The same character as that unnamed enemy that attacked James in the Temple, which gives us some insight into Saul’s zealous character.  It would take one powerful experience to change this destructive energy. Many disciples of the Lord were saved from death by Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus, which is a change in a person’s beliefs or attitudes, but not necessarily in their character.  According to the book of Acts, there was a disciple of the Lord at Damascus named Ananias, whom the Lord in a vision instructed to go enquire in the house of Judah for one named Saul of Tarsus, who has seen in a vision a man named Ananias, who put his hand on him, that he might receive sight. According to the story, the Lord tells Ananias that Paul (who has been murdering the disciples of the Lord) is a chosen vessel; chosen to bear the name of the Lord; to stand in support of Jesus, before the Gentiles, the kings, and the children of Israel.  Vision or no vision, the story has two important things to teach us. One, that Paul is blind. And two, that he was chosen to do one thing, which was to bear the name of the Lord before those of government and religion. But Paul’s egotistical character would not be satisfied with that menial commission. He would go on to build his own doctrine of Christ, through which he would bring harm to the disciples of the Lord on a soul-level.  Paul wastes no time setting out to gather a following, selling his Christ doctrine to the disciples of John and to the disciples of Jesus, possessing the spirit of a politician, who assumes different personas to gain votes.

“And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; to them that are without the law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without the law.  To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.”

So now Paul is out saving people.  Take note of how often Paul refers to himself.  The ego at work.  His zealous character, now used to ‘save’ instead of slaughter has not changed one bit.  Paul’s need to ‘save others’ immediately after his conversion is where the idea of saving souls comes from; an ego-driven role being played out by many Christians, out there trying to save others through some bogus salvation, while rejecting their own true salvation. Paul has appointed himself to teach the gospel of Christ, as does the priest or pastor, but what spirit is leading him?

“For I would that all men were even as myself… It is good for them if they abide even as I.  But if they cannot, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.  And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: But if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband…”

Paul wants other men to be like him, celibate, controlling their sexual urges. But if they cannot, due to the lust of their physical flesh, they should marry, and remain married. If the wife does leave, she is to remain unmarried.  Paul claims that this is the Lord’s command, which is a LIE.  This is a religious command, initiated by Paul, and instituted by the Catholic Church.  And we all know the evil that was perpetuated by priests who could not control a lust that is inherent to the physical body.  James, contrary to Paul, teaches on the spiritual lust of our spiritual flesh, which is not to be controlled, but overcome through the removal of the flesh that drives the lust.  This takes place through the spiritual circumcision the prophet Jeremiah spoke of, whose words Paul plagiarized.

Paul teaches salvation without works.  Jesus teaches salvation through works.  Paul teaches that the righteousness Jews associated with obedience to the works of the Law was self-righteousness.  Paul was a Pharisee, son of a Pharisee, a zealot when it came to obedience to the carnal Law.  But having seen the light, now claims to have shed his robe of self-righteousness, saying, “not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ…the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.”  Jesus said he came not to destroy the law, but to fulfil it.  The carnal works of the law were to remain in effect until they were fulfilled through spiritual works.  What Paul is doing here is tearing down the works of the law in order to lay the ground-work for his ‘faith without works’ doctrine.  According to Paul, one becomes righteous by having faith in Christ, not by doing the works that perfects one’s faith, which is what James taught. Under Paul’s doctrine, one can simply believe in the man Jesus and be saved.  Jesus, on the other hand, is not concerned with whether or not we believe him, as recorded in the book of John.  He wants us to believe the works, which is to obey the spiritual works through which our faith is perfected, completed, our soul receiving salvation.  “Receiving the end of your faith even the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:9.   Paul was Apostle to the Gentiles.  But Jesus said, “salvation is of the Jews.”  Proof that Paul’s salvation is a sham.

The first revelation served to expose the errors in the doctrines of Christianity, which is to expose the LIES in Paul’s doctrine.  Let’s start with water baptism.  Jesus instructs his Apostles to remain in Jerusalem, where they are to wait for the promise of the Father. He re-enforces John’s baptism unto repentance in water, and then speaks of the immersion in holy Spirit that was to follow their baptism in the name, as we learn from Peter, the rock upon which Jesus said he would build his church, which is spiritual.

“Then Peter said unto them, Repent and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”  

Jesus told his Apostles to wait in Jerusalem for the promise, which is synonymous with the gift.  Paul completely perverts the words of Peter as we are about to see:

“And it happened, while Apollos was in Corinth, Paul, having passed through the upper parts came to Ephesus: and having found Some disciples, he said to them, “Have you received the holy Spirit since you believed?

And they said to him, “We have not even heard whether there be any holy Spirit.”

Paul, out to build his own churches with his own doctrine has found some pure vessels into which to pour his iniquity. They are disciples of John, having been baptized with water unto repentance.  Paul tells them that John told the people that they should believe on him that was to come after, and be baptized in the name. Paul taught the people to believe in the man.  Jesus taught the people to believe the works. Once again, Paul, with his carnal mind, is making it about the man.  If Paul was being led of the holy Spirit, he would understand the workings of the holy Spirit. He would know that it is not the holy Spirit one receives following baptism in the name, but the gift of the holy Spirit.  The Teacher of the first revelation illustrated it this way: There is a knock at the door. You open the door.  A man hands you a gift. The man is not the gift. The man delivers the gift.  The holy spirit is not the gift. The holy spirit delivers the gift.  One receives the gift during the time one is immersed in holy spirit, the power that delivers the promise or gift, which is truth.  Paul’s LIE has not only created a lust for spiritual power in Christians, which the promise or gift will have no part in.  It is keeping many of them from doing the spiritual works through which they would receive true salvation.  The disciples in Ephesus believed the words of Paul and were baptized in the name, after which Paul laid hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit, speaking in tongues, and prophesying. The power of suggestion. They received exactly what Paul told them they would receive once they believed; a mockery that is being played out in churches around the world. What makes it a mockery it is that it an imitation of the real thing, which took place on the day of Pentecost, which Paul took no part in.

Paul teaches that one fulfils his made-up “law of Christ” by bearing one another’s burden, which brings us to yet another LIE, being the opposite of what the prophet Jeremiah and Jesus taught.  Jesus teaches that we are to bear our own burden, demonstrated through the carrying of his own cross.

“And as for the prophet, and the priest, and the people, that shall say, The burden of the Lord, I will even punish that man and his house… And the burden of the Lord shall he mention no more: for every man’s word shall be his burden; for ye have perverted the words of the living God…”  Jeremiah

The burden was never Jesus’ to carry, as the word of God, truth, carries no burden.  It makes us free. Jesus carried the cross to illustrate how our own word of lies weighs heavily upon the truth that wants to live in our heart.  Because of Paul, Christianity teaches that Jesus died for our sins, in place of our sins, which is a LIE.  Jesus died because of our sins;  because of our iniquities, as was written by the prophet Isaiah.  Truth dies because of iniquity.

Paul said, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”  Paul is referring to being free of the bondage of the carnal law, which his “law of Christ” sets them free of.  This is where Christians get the idea that they are free of their bondage or addiction when they accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior.  The truth is, we are made free of our yoke of bondage through the spiritual works we perform through the christ power.

“Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves…for even their woman did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another…”

Paul is breaching the subject of homosexuality, using the carnal law to support his case against it, the very law he claims his “law of Christ” has set them free of.  Paul said, “there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.”  If there is no such thing as gender when one is “in Christ,” why is Paul, who refers to his followers as “babes in Christ,” even talking about the physical relationship to begin with?  Jesus never taught on homosexuality because he was teaching obedience to something greater than the carnal law.  Jesus would not have brought our attention to the physical act, but to the spiritual act taking place within us.  I have come in contact with many Christians over the years who love to boast about not being under the Law, arrogantly placing themselves above the Law.  Yet, being followers of Paul’s teachings, they are compelled to judge homosexuality according to what is written in the Law.  So how can they say they are not under the Law?

“If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely put him to death; their blood shall be upon them”   Leviticus 20:13

Paul, being carnally-minded, taught Christians to look to the man Jesus Christ, and to wait upon a physical return.  He has found support for a physical return of Jesus in an event that took place in Galilee. But Paul, not having seen it for himself, and not being spiritually adept, has missed something very important in the story pertaining to the event, which he recounts in his book of Acts, and which will prove his teachings of a physical return to be a LIE.

“And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up: and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 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.”

The two men that stood by in white apparel represent the two witnesses, who are there to make sure that the truth pertaining to Jesus’ return is not turned into a lie, which they did by asking a simple question. If the men of Galilee were doing right by gazing up into heaven, waiting on a physical return, what need would there have been for the two men to question it?  It says that Jesus was taken up “out of their sight,” meaning, they did not see him taken.  His return will be in like manner.  A return not seen!

“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…”

The carnal-minded lying words of Paul, who is teaching a physical return, and what Christianity calls “the rapture,” which sadly, so many Christians still believe in.  The word rapture does not appear in the Bible, nor does the word have anything to do with some physical event. It has to do with an emotional state, which one experiences upon the spiritual return of Jesus— upon the return of truth to his heart.

“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.”

More lying words from Paul.  To say that we shall not all sleep, which is clearly not about sleep, but about death, is a LIE.  Every one 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 or mental and emotional state we cross over in, is the same state we will be raised in. While a wrong thought can be changed immediately upon hearing the truth, the impurities of the heart do not go away upon resurrection. Paul’s doctrine of lies has kept Christians from doing the spiritual works through which their heart would be made pure; through which they would receive true salvation. And according to the prophet Jeremiah, they will come to know that they are not saved.

“The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.”  Jeremiah 8:20

As for the “last trump” that Paul says will accompany this miraculous ascension and transformation? It has already sounded, the type-and-shadow of which took place 3500 years ago when God told Moses to make the people ready for the third day.

“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

We are in the daybreak of the third day. In the beginning of the 3rd thousandth year since Jesus brought us the spiritual knowledge that is not being taught in the churches, to the very ones that claim to be God’s people, as was written by the prophet Hosea, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge,” the destruction being spiritual, on a soul-level.  At the sound of the shofar, a trumpet made of a ram’s horn, they were to ascend the mount, illustrating the spiritual ascension and transformation that takes place in what the mount symbolizes, which is the heart.  But the people declined out of fear, lacking the courage to surmount what was in their heart.  Paul, the founder of his own Christianity, offers the people another way to climb up.  Jesus warns us about this, revealing the true way through the spiritual works of the seven churches in the book of Revelation.

“Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write… I know thy works, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them to be liars.”  Revelation 2:1,2

It was in Ephesus that Paul told the LIE that is directly responsible for God’s people skipping over the spiritual works, the first of these works being to find PAUL a LIAR.

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2016