Firstly let us state clearly the minimum set of beliefs that you must hold in order to be baptised into the church and that you must continue to hold in order that you continue in the church.
[Step 1] Jehovah and Jesus and the Bible: Jesus, called the Word by John, was sent by God and performed the works portents and signs catalogued in the 4 canonical gospels. He was the messiah prophesied by the old testament prophets. God whose name is Jehovah or Yahweh (or something like it) is the Father of Michael. Michael is an angelic son of Jehovah. The two are not part of the Catholic Trinity. The original manuscripts of the of the bible, in their original languages, (which manuscripts we no longer have today) were written by prophets but inspired by God. The oldest copies that we do have today, although not perfect, are good enough for God's purposes for us at present. The Dead Sea scrolls find confirms this in the case of the entire book of Isaiah. Then one argues that if Isaiah has not changed significantly in 2,000 years, neither has any other book of the bible. For more see intro1.
[Step 2] Ransom: Jesus was possessed by the angel Michael at his baptism. Jesus died as a human when he was sacrificed by the high priest of Israel Caiaphas, thereby ending the law of Moses. God then resurrected him initially as an angel. He then delivered his angelic body to God as a ransom for Adam's angelic body. He was then resurrected as a human and appeared to his disciples, in a different human body, for 40 days before ascending into a cloud as described in Acts 1. His original human body was taken by God from the tomb as a ransom for Adam's human body. The resurrected Jesus is the heavenly head of all true Christian churches. For more see intro47.
[Step 3] Father Abraham, Love and Universal Salvation: Was the Patriarch of the sons of the circumcision. He is also the father of us all according to Paul in Romans 4:16. He was given a covenant in Genesis 12 that all the families of the ground should bless themselves by means of him. The blessing of that covenant is a citizenship in the Kingdom of God for which Abraham is the ambassador. This covenant is called the First Abrahamic Covenant (1AC). It is a different covenant from the Land and Circumcision Covenant (LCC) which expired with the Conversion of Cornelius as described in Acts 10. Paul explains that Abraham received the 1AC before he was circumcised. So it is a covenant for those with the faith in God that Abraham had, before they get into an official true religion. For God so loved the world (not his church) that he gave his only begotten son. So we must confess Abraham as the father of all those who enter into the kingdom of God whether they are Christians. Muslims, Hindus, or any other faith in God. For Jesus did not die for the Christians or the Jews alone. He did not die even for Abraham alone. He died for everybody because he ransomed Adam himself. For more see intro28.
God is love says John and love never fails says Paul. Love endures all things, says Paul. It even endures the kind of behaviour that puts one in Hell. God's love does not fail with any one of his sons. He does not command us to love our enemies and then kill his enemies or send them to Hell permanently. He loves his enemies more than we do. He is not a hypocrite. Love will succeed in each and every one of his sons. And God will love us and teach us and discipline us and father us until it does. And when it does we shall be saved - all of us - see intro14.html.
[Step 4] Repentance: You must repent of your past sins prior to baptism, and you must continue to repent of your post baptism sins after baptism. At baptism your past sin is a private matter. After baptism you should openly confess your sins to your brothers. Some sins are policed by your conscience, some by the church and some by the angels. None go un-noticed or unrecorded by God. But all will eventually be forgiven! For an explanation of the various sins and how they are policed please see the rest of this web page.
[Step 5] Understanding your baptism: A baptism is a cleansing for entrance into a salvation covenant. The Lords Witness water baptism (which normally does not involve any water) is a cleansing for entrance into the 4th Elijah Covenant (4EC), which is a subcovenant of the Isaaic Church Covenant (ICC), which makes every Lords Witness a covenant son of Isaac. It is the water baptism covenant for the 4th true church. Every true church is founded by an Elijah who is baptised from heaven. Jesus asked the Pharisees in Luke 20:4: Was the baptism of John from men or from heaven. It was of course from heaven, no man baptised John. John baptised everyone intransitively. By this we mean they could not pass their baptism to others. However the 12 apostles could baptise transitively. By this we mean that anyone baptised by an apostle could himself baptise further disciples who could themselves baptise further disciples. This is the Christian equivalent of network marketing. Jesus chose the 12 apostles, but he had to get permission from John for their baptisms to become transitive. They then could father 12 tribes. The 12 tribes of the Israel of God. The President of the Lord's Witnesses claims to be the 4th Elijah. During the baptism process you will be asked to agree to enter into the law of the 4EC, all of which is recorded on this web page. So it is a good idea to read all of this page and to understand what it is that you are committing to! For more see intro32 and see intro33.
[Step 6] Confess 2 Gods and their 2 wives: Every Christian church is the whole world worships either one God or three Gods in a trinity. The trinity doctrine is false. There are in fact presently two Gods. Jehovah or Yahweh or Jah, is the un-begotten God of the old testament, the creator of the angels and the heavens and man. And Jesus is the begotten God of John 1. Jesus became a God when he successfully carried God's divinity upon his shoulders during his ministry and his sacrifice. Jesus, who was possessed by the angel Michael, was the first angel to achieve divinity. But since like begets like, all of God's sons will one day be God's just like their father. God will succeed with all of his sons and daughters. But some of us are going to take a bit longer than others! A God is someone with perfect unbreakable love and righteousness. For more see intro26 and see intro11.
You must confess that Jesus came in the flesh in the first century both as a human and then afterwards through his wife the first new covenant saints, after he made that covenant. You must also confess that Jesus will come again in the flesh to collect the church at the end. If not then you are an antichrist, which is a bad idea.
We cannot talk about our two divine father's without mentioning our two divine mothers. For God decreed all children should have two parents and he is not a hypocrite. Jesus' 1st New Covenant bride consists of 144,000 sealed saints as described in Revelation7 and Revelation14. But Jesus does nothing that he has not seen his father doing...
The Son cannot do a single thing of his own initiative, but only what he beholds the Father doing. For whatever things that One does, these things the Son also does in like manner (John 5:19).
So God himself, Jehovah, had married a church of 144,000 angels in actually the 2nd Holy Spirit Covenant, before Jesus married the saints in the covenant that he mediated. God's wife is his helper just as Adam's wife was described as his helper in Genesis 2:18 and the Holy Spirit is described by Jesus as the helper in John 14:26. Likewise the Jerusalem above of Galatians 4:24, which is God's heavenly administration is his holy spirit.
So Jehovah has a wife who is his holy spirit and likewise Jesus has a wife who is his holy spirit. We do not require a believer to accept that the precise number of individuals in the group wives of Jesus and Jehovah is 144,000. We do require him or her to believe that they both have a group wife and that these two wives are their respective administrations which are their respective holy spirits.
[Step 7] The Kingdom of God: The World was run by Satan and his heavenly administration. The Kingdom of God is run by Jesus and his heavenly administration which is his wife and his holy spirit. On earth the Kingdom of God is divided into 144,000 Kingdom and is run by 144,000 2NC Kings under the authority of the 144,000 heavenly 1NC Kings. This is a real secular government for the planet along with a new heavenly and earthly priesthood. All those running the Kingdom will have precisely the opposite agenda to most of those running the world. All humans must see both administrations to appreciate the beauty of the latter and the ugliness of the former. The transition period between these two administration is called the Time of the End of Daniel12. For more see U8.
Do not try and fool the holy spirit by declaring that you accept the 7 points above when you are not convinced about some of them. Attempting to fool an all seeing God is very dumb, and the result may be disastrous for you (see the account of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5). One must embrace the points sincerely/heartily, one must accept them with satisfaction, one must accept them with both the mind and the heart in order to be ready to be baptised. For those who heartily accepted what Peter said were baptised (Acts 2:41).
[Final Checks] Ananias and Sapphira: We read the candidate the account of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5:1-11, and ask them to ensure they are being true to themselves and to God before we baptize them..
If you cease to believe any of the 7 things you do not need to leave the church. Once you have climbed the 7 steps that existed when you were baptised into the church, then you are in the temple courtyard. You do not get thrown out of the temple if someone redesigns the steps every now and then (as we do in the LWs). It is OK to change your belief, we are not thought police (and we are not always right, even with our MBS). But you must not become an apostate. If you feel the need to evangelise a position contrary to the MBS then please discuss this with the elders as a matter of urgency. If you can scripturally prove that the LWs are incorrect then please make sure your arguments are heard. You are free to believe what you like. But if you evangelise a position against any part of the MBS you will get a warning for apostasy. So, for the avoidance of doubt, you can hold a position against any of these 7 steps, if you change your mind after baptism. But you should not evangelise them whilst remaining an LW. You cannot play football for Barcelona wearing a Manchester United shirt. However you can support Barcelona whilst playing for Manchester united. We do not police your thoughts or your beliefs - you do that. We police some of your actions and the angels police others.
We also strongly advise that you read the disfellowshipping/excommunicating criteria for the congregation first. If not, then you may be leaving us almost as quickly as you joined! Please make sure that you understand what could be perceived to be the cost to your lifestyle that you will be asked to pay before asking us to baptise you. You decide when or if you are ready to be baptised, we follow your wishes.
If you are addicted to any drug including tobacco, alcohol, weed, anti depressants etc. so as to be dependent upon the drug on a daily basis, then you can still be baptised into the LWs. But you have to be careful to put God before that drug. We all have distractions from serving God. Addiction to a drug is just another distraction. All we can do is try and help you to quit or at least manage the addiction to that you can also serve God effectively as well. Nobody is perfect. But each day we get another chance to improve.
8 Ministerial servants should likewise be serious, not double-tongued, not giving themselves to a lot of wine, not greedy of dishonest gain, (1 Timothy 3 NWT)
So the true church has people applying to be ministerial servants who give themselves to a lot of wine!!
If you have children whom you are not looking after. You will have to start looking after them if that is possible for you!
The 7 steps above are the 7 steps to the South Outer Gate of Ezekiel's Temple for the sons of the true church (the sons of Isaac by covenant) - see U267.
For the 7 steps necessary to go into the visionary temple of Ezekiel by the North Outer Gate (for the sons of the 1AC, the sons of Abraham by covenant, the sons of the faith that Abraham had) see U267.
For the 7 steps necessary to go into the visionary temple of Ezekiel by the East Outer Gate (for the saints, the sons of Jacob by covenant) see U267.
The discovery of the method of baptism that the LW use, is a lovely piece of research. A great example of the Jigsaw Principle of the code. One collates and compares all of the accounts of baptisms and laying on of hands and physical resurrections in the Greek scriptures, and out comes the answer, which has been carefully concealed by the holy spirit, from all the 'baddies' in the past. It is a method that can be used for 'water' baptism or for baptism in holy spirit. The process is, as far as we can make out:
Anyone with faith in Jesus can pray to ~Jesus and anyone with faith in Jehovah can pray to Jehovah - please see U3. All those who put faith in our two Gods have our two God's as their fathers through the relevant covenants. Both Gods have dominion over their faithful one, their worshippers. So we can all pray to one or other or both.
The priest says a prayer asking for forgiveness for any of his outstanding sins not only in the past but actually throughout the length of his baptism or festival activities too.
Go into a private room, just the priest and the believer (and the spiritual mother)
The two turn away from each other, standing back to back (the mother also turns away with her back to the priest)
The priest, if he is sanctified, kneels and prays. We
pray to our father who art in heaven (this can be Jehovah or it can be Jesus
or it can be both - the priest can choose)! The priest asks to
confer the level of cleanliness which is appropriate on the believer, through
the laying on of his hands on him. The priest has his palms spread out to the
heavens, like Solomon had when he prayed in 1 Kings 8:54 , for he will lay
them upon the believer. It is
important for the priest to ask God to give the Christian the correct
baptism even if the priest himself does not know which baptism that is!!
Humility!! God knows best!! Before the water is turned into wine we can only
baptise into the 1AC, the 4EC/ICC or the CRC. True Ex JWs (those water
baptised into the JWs prior to 2001Heshvan14 - sunset on Friday
2001November2) can baptise true ex JWs into both the 4EC and the CRC. All other baptism
are into the 4EC if the candidate wants to join the church. 1AC baptisms are
not permissible by Laodicean/Zoarites until 2019Iyyar27 - 2019Chislev11.
Those over 11 years old can be baptized into the 4EC/ICC. Those over 5 years old can be baptized into the 1AC. Ages are by Hebrew reckoning using old secular years.
The priest then stands up and turns round facing the believer's back
Do you agree to enter into and to obey the law of the 4th Elijah Covenant? Or in an emergency situation on a secular Sabbath: Do you agree to enter into and obey the law of the 4th Elijah Covenant the moment that the Sabbath finishes? (if the baptism takes place upon a weekly Sabbath or an Atonement day)
The Believer makes his response, hopefully 'yes'.
He says something to the believer, which is the equivalent of: Do you want to become sound in health? Do you want to be baptised? Do you want to become a Lords' Witness?
The Believer makes his response, hopefully 'yes'.
The priest then asks the believer to 'turn to the Lord'.
The believer then 'turns to the Lord', turning round to face the priest (who represents the Lord in the baptism).
The priest then asks him to kneel.
The believer kneels, facing the priest, and closes his eyes.
The priest then lays his hands on the head of the believer, and says a blessing out loud, telling him the cleanliness he is about to receive. This confers to the man the cleanliness spoken by the priest, presuming that the priest knows the correct level of cleanliness for the man. For this cleanliness is purely a matter of faith on behalf of the candidate, the correct time for such cleanliness to be given, the status of the candidate (age, previous baptisms etc) and the cleanliness of the priest. For a water baptism the priest might say:
May our two Gods bless [name of believer] so that he has his sins of the past forgiven and he becomes a son of the 4th Elijah Covenant and a son of the Isaaic Church Covenant, a son of Isaac by covenant a son of the 4th Elijah by covenant.
For a spirit baptism the priest might say:
May our two Gods bless [name of believer] so that he has his sins forgiven to time indefinite and he becomes a son of the Second New Covenant and a son of the Jacobian angelic Covenant, a son of Jacob by covenant, and a son of Gordon by covenant. May he be born again, having his name written in the heavens, gaining a dedicated angelic body in the heavens, becoming a spirit son of God, this day.
15. The priest then grasps the believer's hand or hands, tells him/her to get up, and/or to walk, and/or to pick up his bed and/or welcome home depending on the baptism being given and helps him/her to his/her feet. And here he/she is, wholly clean, Amen. 1NC reserves will be given: Get up pick up your cot and walk. But the CRC sealing must be stated to be subject to their partaking at the Passover (or late version).
'Get up' means be baptised into the name of Isaac, the father
of the ICC, the system covenant for water baptism (or it means be baptised into
the name of Abraham, the father of the ICC, the system covenant for faith
'Walk' means be baptised into the name of Jacob, the father of the JAC, the system covenant for spirit baptism.
'Pick up your bed' means have a completed water baptism, be sealed into the CRC, have a resurrection into the Kingdom of God, be declared righteous in the flesh.
'Continue walking' means: We recognise that you already have a spirit baptism from heaven.
'Welcome home' is said to all those who continue walking, since they have been homeless, they have been spirit sons of God with no water baptism, which means the second death if that state persists.
5 This is what the [true]
God, Jehovah, has said, the Creator of the heavens and the Grand One stretching
them out; the One laying out the earth and its produce, the one giving breath
to the people on it, and spirit to those walking in it:
16. Big hug (Eutychus - Acts 20:9)
The believer then glorifies God hopefully and thanks the priest if he feels so moved. Consider the ten lepers, only one glorified God and thanked Jesus, the priestly mediator of his fleshly cleanliness, thanking the priest is appropriate it would appear.
15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, turned back,
glorifying God with a loud voice.
16 And he fell upon his face at [Jesus'] feet, thanking him; furthermore, he was a Samaritan (Luke 17).
One principle behind the above, is that the believer should not see the priest praying.
Incidentally, these various gyrations and genuflections are not the big issue, we dare say that they will be messed up many times, this is not a gymnastics contest, just as the water baptism is not a diving contest. It is God who will grant the cleanliness due to the faith of the candidate and the period of time in which he finds himself, notwithstanding the ineptitude of the priesthood.
17 And as he was going out on his way, a certain man ran up and fell upon his knees before him and put the question to him: "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit everlasting life?" (Mark 10).
Fine so one must fall upon one's knees for a start.
21 A great number that became believers, turned to the Lord (Acts 11).
22 Jesus turned around and noticing her, said: Take courage daughter, your faith has made you well (Matt 9).
30 Jesus recognised in himself that power had gone out of him, and he turned about in the crowd and began to say, who touched my outer garments? (Mark 5).
14 With that he approached and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still, and he said: Young man, I say to you, Get up! (Luke 7).
The bier is the human vessel, it is touched. If you bearers would just stand still for a minute and think!! You have run right past Jesus Christ, because you are so intent on your own wonderful works of stretcher-bearing. Hey you there, stop!
54 But he took the girl by the hand, and called, saying: Girl, get up! (Luke 8).Dorcas:
40 But Peter put everybody outside, and bending his knees, he prayed, and turning to the body, he said: Tabitha rise! She opened her eyes, and as she caught sight of Peter, she sat up. Giving her his hand, he raised her up (Acts 9).
This is the fullest explanation of how to raise the dead, in one scripture.Eutychus:
10 Paul went downstairs and threw himself upon him, and embraced him and said: Stop raising a clamour for his soul is in him (Acts 20)
Well that's one way to do it! In fact Paul did a lot more than that. 'Soul' means 'life' here. This account only describes Paul's actions once Eutychus had had his soul returned. Incidentally the first century, 1NC brothers were baptised through prayer but without the laying on of the hands, for theirs is a house not made with hands, since it is made by God. But the house of Jehovah is a house made with hands. The laying on of the hands in the first century was for the conferring of the gifts of the spirit, and could only be done by an apostle...
14 When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they dispatched Peter and John to them;
15 and these went down and prayed for them to get holy spirit.
16 For it had not yet fallen upon any one of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
17 Then they went laying their hands upon them, and they began to receive holy spirit.
18 Now when Simon saw that through the laying on of the hands of the apostles the spirit was given, he offered them money,
19 saying: Give me also this authority, that anyone upon whom I lay my hands may receive holy spirit (Acts 8).
1 For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, should be dissolved, we are to have a building from God, a house not made with hands, everlasting in the heavens (2 Corinthians 5).
56 Many, indeed, were giving false witness against him,
but their testimonies were not in agreement.
57 Also, certain ones were rising and bearing false witness against him, saying:
58 We heard him say, 'I will throw down this temple that was made with hands and in three days I will build another not made with hands.'
59 But neither on these grounds was their testimony in agreement.
60 Finally the high priest rose in their midst and questioned Jesus, saying: "Do you say nothing in reply? What is it these are testifying against you????" (Mark 14).
This is very cryptic. Either you see it or you don't. The house of David is for angels and is therefore not made with hands, the house of Solomon is for humans and is therefore made with hands, by the laying on of hands. In the case of the house of David, the laying on of hands was not a part of the baptism, it was the conferring of the gifts of the spirit. In the case of the house of Solomon, it is the conferring of the gift God gives, forgiveness, through a baptism into a test. This is all semantics, but it is also the symbolic and cryptic code of the bible. FDS2 and FDS4 baptise into the ICC through the laying on of the hands, since we are temples, tablets made with hands. FDS1 and FDS3 baptise into the ICC through water immersion, since they are temples, tablets not made with hands. And the tablets made by God, not by the hands of Moses, were the ones which were broken due to idolatry of the golden calf, the 1NC saints who have the first spirit covenant under the JAC, the gold covenant and are sacrificed (hence calf). For more on the 4 tablets of the covenant see U200.
1 For this reason, now that we have left the
primary doctrine about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying a foundation
again, namely, repentance from dead works, and faith toward God,
2 the teaching on baptisms and the laying on of the hands, the resurrection of the dead and everlasting judgment (Hebrews 6).
16 And he took the children into his arms and began blessing them, laying his hands upon them (Mark 10).
40 But when the sun was setting, all those who had people sick with various diseases brought them to him. By laying his hands upon each one of them he would cure them (Luke 40).
6 For this very cause I remind you to stir up like a fire the gift of God which is in you through the laying of my hands upon you (2 Timothy 1).
Those in FDS1 could only baptise in water. The 1NC saints are all baptised from heaven. John baptised Peter. Then after the first tranch of 1NC saints was resurrected, they could baptise others from heaven. So Peter and Philip and Paul baptised in water only whilst in TCC1.
47 Can anyone forbid water so that these might not be baptized who have received the holy spirit even as we have? (Acts 10).
Peter knew that since Cornelius and his household had already received the gifts of the spirit, they must already be baptised in holy spirit, baptised into the name of Jesus, baptised into the 1NC. So he only offered them water, but that was in fact all he could offer them in the way of baptism.
38 With that he commanded the chariot to halt, and they both went down into the water, both Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him (Acts 8).
The Ethiopian Eunuch had been to Jerusalem to worship as a Jew. He was reading aloud the book of Isaiah. He was therefore a proselyte. Proselytes were called at Pentecost on 33Sivan5. So the Eunuch was ready for sanctification into the 1NC. But Philip did not do that. He merely baptised him into the 1EC.
14 When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted
the word of God, they dispatched Peter and John to them
15 and these went down and prayed for them to get holy spirit.
16 For it had not yet fallen upon any one of them, but they had only been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus.
17 Then they went laying their hands upon them, and they began to receive holy spirit (Acts 8).
They were baptised into the 1EC by Philip and then into the 1NC by an angel in heaven, then Peter and John mediated the gifts of the spirit to them.
2 and he said to them:
Did you receive holy spirit when you became believers? They said to him: Why, we have never heard
whether there is a holy spirit.
3 And he said: In what, then, were you baptized? They said: In John's baptism.
4 Paul said: John baptized with the baptism [in symbol] of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.
5 On hearing this, they got baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus.
6 And when Paul laid his hands upon them, the holy spirit came upon them, and they began speaking with tongues and prophesying (Acts 19).
This is technically an interesting situation. One cannot be baptised into the name of Jesus, sanctified into the 1NC, until one knows about Jesus and the holy spirit etc. So once Paul told them about Jesus, then the 1NC angels in heaven could baptise the Ephesians to be 1NC saints. Then Paul laid his hands on them giving them the gifts of the spirit. This is actually the angels working with Paul. The angels had to sanctify these guys in order that Paul could give them the gifts of the spirit, since these could only be given to sanctified Christians. So in this sense, the apostles themselves (and only the apostles) could as good as sanctify in holy spirit. Paul could not baptise these Ephesians into the 1NC because he was not a 1NC saint. He was the mediator of the ELC, the covenant of Bilhah.
The Watchtower and FDS3 worked in a similar way to FDS1 as regards the 1NC saints, the temple not made with hands.
58 We heard him say, I will throw down this temple that was made with hands and in three days I will build another not made with hands (Mark 14).
So the temple of FDS1 was not made with hands, so those in it could not baptise with holy spirit by the laying on of the hands. They baptised in water and Jesus the non adamic human, and Michael and the 1NC saints in heaven sanctified the 1NC saints in TCC1. The same is true of TCC3. But things are different with FDS2 as regards the sons of Bilhah and FDS4 as regards the sons of Rachel and the Great Crowd. We are a temple made with hands since the sons of the 2NC and the ELC are human in the Kingdom of God. So we baptise people by the laying on of the hands. Gordon suspects that Paul did this for the sons of Bilhah, the sons of the ELC as well.
The ability of those in FDS2 and FDS4 to baptise in holy spirit is described by John in Revelation 11 and Zechariah 4. There are two lampstands and two olive trees each of which has two bunches of twigs and 2 pipes that pour the golden [fluid].
3 And I will cause my
two witnesses to prophesy 1260 days dressed in sackcloth.
4 These are [symbolized by] the two olive trees and the two lampstands and are standing before the Lord of the earth (Revelation 11).
11 And I proceeded to answer and say to him:
What do these two olive trees on the right side of the lampstand and on its left side
12 Then I answered the second time and said to him: What are the two heads of grains of the olive trees that, by means of the two golden tubes, are pouring forth from within themselves the golden [liquid]? (Zechariah 4).
The golden [fluid] is the holy spirit. The two lampstands are TCC3 and TCC4 in Revelation11 in the second presence. The two olive trees are likewise which TCC3 and TCC4, on the right and left hand of Jesus, the Lord of the earth. One picks the heads of grain, the olives, from the tree then presses out the olive oil, which is golden unless extra virgin - when it is olive coloured - into the golden tubes. Here we are, God's 2 witnesses, the 2 true Christian churches of each presence. In this presence of course these are the Jehovah's witnesses and then the Lords' Witnesses.
12 At that time Solomon said: Jehovah himself said he was to reside in the thick
gloom [not a prayer as God is in the 3rd
13 I have successfully built a house of lofty abode for you, an established place for you to dwell in to time indefinite [a prayer] (1 Kings 8).
14 Then the king turned his face and began to
bless all the congregation of Israel, while all the congregation of Israel were standing
up [a blessing].
15 And he went on to say: Blessed is Jehovah the God of Israel, who spoke by his own mouth with David my father, and by his own hand has given fulfillment, saying (1 Kings 8).
This is a blessing, he turns towards them to give it. So his prayer was made whilst he was turned away from the congregation. Then we read:
And Solomon began standing before the
altar of Jehovah in front of all the congregation of Israel, and he now spread his palms out to
23 and he went on to say: O Jehovah the God of Israel, there is no God like you in the heavens above or on the earth beneath, keeping the covenant and the loving-kindness toward your servants who are walking before you with all their heart (1 Kings 8).
Whereas we read in the parallel account in 2 Chronicles:
And he began standing before the altar of Jehovah in front of all the
congregation of Israel, and he now spread out his palms.
13 For Solomon had made a platform of copper and then put it in the middle of the enclosure. Its length was 5 cubits, and its width 5 cubits, and its height 3 cubits; and he kept standing upon it. And he proceeded to kneel upon his knees in front of all the congregation of Israel and to spread his palms out to the heavens.
14 And he went on to say: Oh Jehovah the God of Israel, there is no God like you in the heavens or on the earth, keeping the covenant and the loving-kindness toward your servants who are walking before you with all their heart (2 Chronicles 6).
So he knelt down, and spread out his palms to the heavens and he presumably turned back away from the congregation. Then when he finished this prayer we read:
54 And it came about
that, as soon as Solomon finished praying to Jehovah with all this prayer and
request for favour, he rose up from before the altar of Jehovah, from bending
down upon his knees with his palms spread out to the heavens;
55 and he began to stand and bless all the congregation of Israel with a loud voice, saying:
56 Blessed be Jehovah, who has given a resting-place to his people Israel according to all that he has promised. There has not failed one word of all his good promise that he has promised by means of Moses his servant (1Kings8).
Solomon's actions show that prayers should be made kneeling down and privately and silently, whereas blessings should be made publicly and audibly whilst standing up. The prayer is the burnt offering, all of which goes to God, the blessing is the communion sacrifice, which is shared with God and the priests and the congregation.
2 May prayer be prepared as incense before you, the raising up of palms as the evening grain offering (Psalm 141).
The evening grain offering was a burnt offering (Numbers 28:8).
Isaiah is quite plainly equating prayer with the 'whole burnt offering', with the emphasis on 'whole'. So all of the prayer goes to God. Let us not be like the sons of Eli:
12 Now the sons of Eli were
good-for-nothing men; they did not acknowledge Jehovah.
13 As for the due right of the priests from the people, whenever any man was offering a sacrifice, an attendant of the priest came with the 3-pronged fork in his hand, just when the meat was boiling,
14 and made a thrust into the basin or the two-handled cooking pot or the caldron or the one-handled cooking pot. Anything that the fork might bring up the priest would take for himself. That is the way they would do in Shiloh to all the Israelites coming there (1Samuel2).
Let us stop sticking our forks in other people's prayers to Jehovah, guess which feeding program the 3 pronged fork represents (FDS3). Let them pray silently to him alone as did Hannah, whose prayer was answered with Samuel, her son:
12 And it occurred that while she prayed extendedly before Jehovah, Eli was watching her mouth.
13 As for Hannah, she was speaking in her heart; only her lips were quivering, and her voice was not heard. But Eli took her for drunk (1 Samuel 1).
She was not drunk, her actions were inspired, she is teaching us how to pray. As Jesus did:
5 Also, when you pray, you must not be as
the hypocrites; because they like to pray standing in the synagogues and on the
corners of the broad ways to be visible to men. Truly I say to you, They are
having their reward in full.
6 You, however, when you pray, go into your private room and, after shutting your door, pray to your Father who is in secret; then your Father who looks on in secret will repay you.
7 But when praying, do not say the same things over and over again, just as the people of the nations do, for they imagine they will get a hearing for their use of many words.
8 So, do not make yourselves like them, for God your Father knows what things you are needing before ever you ask him (Matthew 6)
How exactly is God our father? Sure he is the father of those born again, and the God of those born again, since he is God of the living. But he is also the God of Abraham and the father of Abraham, whose is the father of all those with faith through the 1AC. So all with faith can pray to Jehovah. That is pray to Jehovah directly, not through Jesus. Jesus is a mediator of covenants, not a mediator of prayers.
2 Oh hearer of prayer, even to you people of all flesh will come (Psalm 65). This one is God.
9 Jehovah will indeed hear my request for favour; Jehovah himself will accept my own prayer (Psalm 6).
13 But as for me, my prayer was to you, O Jehovah, At an acceptable time, O God. In the abundance of your loving-kindness answer me with the truth of salvation by you (Psalm 69).
6 Do not be anxious over anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication along with thanksgiving let your petitions be made known to God (Philippians 4).
11 The Pharisee stood and began to pray these things to himself,
'O God, I thank you I am not as the rest of men, extortioners, unrighteous, adulterers, or even as this tax
12 I fast twice a week, I give the tenth of all things I acquire.'
13 But the tax collector standing at a distance was not willing even to raise his eyes heavenward, but kept beating his breast, saying, 'O God, be gracious to me a sinner (Luke 18:11-13).
Evidently both of these were praying to God directly.
6 You, however, when you pray, go into your private
room and, after shutting your door, pray to your Father who is in secret;
then your Father who looks on in secret will repay you.
7 But when praying, do not say the same things over and over again, just as the people of the nations do, for they imagine they will get a hearing for their use of many words.
8 So, do not make yourselves like them, for God your Father knows what things you are needing before ever you ask him.
9 you must pray, then, this way:
'Our Father in the heavens, let your name be sanctified.
10 Let your kingdom come. Let your will take place, as in heaven, also upon earth.
11 Give us today our bread for this day;
12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And do not bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the wicked one.'
14 For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you;
15 whereas if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
16 When you are fasting, stop becoming sad-faced like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Truly I say to you, They are having their reward in full.
17 But you, when fasting, grease your head and wash your face,
18 that you may appear to be fasting, not to men, but to your Father who is in secrecy; then your Father who is looking on in secrecy will repay you.
In the literal meaning, 'your Father' is God. In the greater coded symbolic meaning:
Your father who is in secret/secrecy is Jehovah (because he is in secret to
Your father who looks on in secret/secrecy is Jesus (for those born again) (because he is not in secret to men - we have seen him)
Blessings are requests of God made out loud in the form of speech to the congregation:
22 Then Jehovah spoke to
23 Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, 'This is the way you should bless the sons of Israel, saying to them:
24 May Jehovah bless you and keep you.
25 May Jehovah make his face shine toward you, and may he favor you.
26 May Jehovah lift up his face toward you and assign peace to you.'
27 And they must place my name upon the sons of Israel, that I myself may bless them (Numbers 6).
34 Jesus said to them: The
children of this system of things marry and are given in marriage,
35 but those who have been counted worthy of gaining that system of things and the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage.
36 In fact, neither can they die anymore, for they are like the angels, and they are God's children by being children of the resurrection.
37 But that the dead are raised up even Moses disclosed, in the account about the thornbush, when he calls Jehovah 'the God of Abraham and God of Isaac and God of Jacob.'
38 He is a God, not of the dead [physically], but of the living [judicially], for they [the 3 patriarchs] are all living to him [literally having been raptured into their angels upon their death, being NAC saints]. (Luke20)
The reason why Jehovah is, not was, but is, the God of the patriarchs is because they were resurrected as angels at the time their physical bodies died (through the NAC). Whereas the sons of the JAC could not be resurrected as angels until John the Baptist had died validating that covenant. Jacob was not a son of the JAC, for a father cannot be his own son. So the children of the salvation covenants are God's children. So he is the father of many who are judicially dead are well as all who are judicially alive. But when you are physically dead, in the first death you do not praise Jah and he is not your God, until you are resurrected.
To the saints in general there is only 1 God, Jehovah...
5 For even though there
are those who are called gods, whether in heaven or on earth, just as there are
many gods and many lords,
6 there is actually to us [the Corinthian church] one God the Father out of whom all things are [and another God out of whom all things are not as yet], and we into [eij] him [we are going back into God to become divine eventually - see intro26]; and there is one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things are, and we through him. (1 Corinthians8)
Jesus is only the God of those to whom he is a father. So he is God of the sealed saints via the ARC. But he is the father too of Jacob and therefore of all the sons of the JAC. So he is a father of all the saints. He is God of any saint due to an indirect fatherhood. He becomes their direct father when they are sealed. Jesus is neither a father nor a God of the unsanctified.
All humans who end up in Gehenna will have Jesus as their God because he is about to become their father. Those in Gehenna are in a salvation covenant which prevents their spirits being destroyed. They are resurrected due to the ransom of Michael - we think. So we all pray to Jehovah, but the 1NC saints and the sealed saints can also pray to Jesus.
12 Most truly I say to
you, He that exercises faith in me, that one also will do the works that I do;
and he will do works greater than these [i.e.
resurrect people and more!], because I am going my way to the Father [to
become head of the second holy spirit].
13 Also, whatever it is that you ask in my name [being baptised into my name], I will do this, in order that the Father may be glorified in connection with the Son [God through Jesus and Jesus through the saint. Your prayer must be for something that glorifies your father Jesus, not for a Ferrari that glorifies only the son].
14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it [since you are my son, baptised into my name either through the 1NC or the ARC] (John 14).
21 A woman, when she is
giving birth, has grief, because her hour has arrived; but when she has brought
forth the young child, she remembers the tribulation no more because of the joy
that a man has been born into the world.
22 you also, therefore, are now, indeed, having grief; but I shall see you again [during the salvation manifestation for a rapture at the end of the presence] and your hearts will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.
23 And in that day you will ask me no question at all. Most truly I say to you, If you ask the Father for anything he will give it to you in my name [on the basis that you are my relative].
24 Until this present time you have not asked a single thing in my name [you cannot do that until we are engaged]. Ask and you will receive, that your joy may be made full (John 16).
23 Furthermore, many had
to become priests [in succession] because of being prevented by death from
continuing as such,
24 but he because of continuing alive forever has his priesthood without any successors.
25 Consequently he is able also to save completely those who are coming towards God through him [through faith in him these one come into the salvation covenants], because he is always alive to plead for them [as head of the holy spirit, the mother pleading for her kids to the father] (Hebrews7).
So we are not required to pray to God using Jesus' authority! He has less authority that God in any event.
15 And Hezekiah began to pray before Jehovah and say: Oh Jehovah the God of Israel, sitting upon the cherubs, you alone are the [true] God of all the kingdoms of the earth. You yourself have made the heavens and the earth.
16 Incline your ear, Oh Jehovah, and hear. Open your eyes, Oh Jehovah, and see, and hear the words of Sennacherib that he has sent to taunt the living God.
17 It is a fact, Oh Jehovah, the kings of Assyria have devastated the nations and their land.
18 And they have consigned their gods to the fire, because they were no gods, but the workmanship of man's hands, wood and stone; so that they destroyed them.
19 And now, Oh Jehovah our God, save us, please, out of his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you, Oh Jehovah, are God alone.
20 And Isaiah the son of Amoz proceeded to send to Hezekiah, saying: This is what Jehovah the God of Israel has said, 'The prayer that you have made to me concerning Sennacherib the king of Assyria I have heard (2Ki 19).
33 May the God who gives peace be with all of you Amen (Romans 15).
3 May you have undeserved kindness and peace from God our Father and [the] Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 1).
11 Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct
our way prosperously to you.
12 Moreover, may the Lord cause you to increase, yes, make you abound, in love to one another and to all, even as we also do to you;
13 to the end that he may make your hearts firm, unblamable in holiness before our God and Father at the presence of our Lord Jesus with all his holy ones (1 Thessalonians 3).
This is covered in U43 and in U191.
So in summary everyone who is baptised into FDS4 who has also been baptised into FDS3 gets to pick up their bed/cot. These ones are guaranteed a resurrection into the Kingdom of God. They have passed the test that the true God has set. They have recognised and joined the two true religions of the presence. This is a beautiful interpretation, and here is the mercy and wisdom and love of the true God. And here, the fulfillment of the scripture:
12 You are not greater than our forefather Jacob, who gave us the
well and who himself together with his sons and his cattle drank out of it, are
13 In answer Jesus said to her: Everyone drinking from this water will get thirsty again.
14 Whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty at all, but the water that I will give him will become in him a fountain of water bubbling up to impart everlasting life (John 4).
Yes, the water being the final water baptism of the LWs, which shall not be replaced by any further water baptism. For the water baptism, the well, of the Watchtower has run dry. So JWs are thirsty again. They must be rebaptised into the LWs. But those who join TCC4 (the LWs) will never (as a group) get thirsty again. Furthermore they will baptise others themselves, making sons for God in the heavens through prayer, blessing and the laying on of hands as described above. So you who go by the name of Jehovah's Witnesses, will you heed the counsel of Paul when he says:
15 However, the spiritual man examines indeed all things, but he himself is not examined by any man (1 Corinthians 2) ?
Will you therefore examine all things, which would include an examination of this website/book? Or will you instead ignore the utterance of God's spirit above and follow instead the commandments of men, not to read this sort of literature, not to eat certain foods? Yes read the scripture which says:
1 However, the inspired utterance says definitely that in later
periods of time some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to misleading inspired
utterances and teachings of demons,
2 by the hypocrisy of men who speak lies, marked in their conscience as with a branding iron;
3 forbidding to marry, commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be partaken of with thanksgiving by those who have faith and accurately know the truth (1 Timothy 4).
And understand that this food is not only physical but also spiritual. For God makes spiritual food too does he not? So partake why don't you, and follow the spirit not of cowardice but of God. Yes, your wife or your husband or your best friend in the congregation may not agree with your course of action and may shun you. But if you love that one who persecutes you in ignorance, then you will show them the way, by following not your comfort zone, but your Lord, Jesus Christ. Then you will be a true Christian, and this will be the best thing you can do for them and for God. And great will be your reward in the heavens for this is how they persecuted all the prophets who came before you.
Will you therefore follow the example of Jesus, who spoke to Satan himself, or will you shun God's new people as instructed by Satan through the Watchtower? Will you bask in the glorious freedom of the children of God or will you cower behind your mother's skirt after the manner of a frightened child of the flesh? Are you Christians or are you Christianians? Are you followers of Christ or followers of followers of Christ?
There are 4 accounts, one in each gospel where Jesus orders a man to get up, pick up his bed/cot/little bed and either walk or go home. Here are the first 3:
So, boarding the boat, he proceeded across and went into his own
And, look! they were bringing him a paralytic lying on a bed. On seeing their faith Jesus said to the paralytic:
Take courage, child; your sins are forgiven.
And, look! certain of the scribes said to themselves: This fellow is blaspheming.
And Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said: Why are you thinking wicked things in your hearts?
For instance, which is easier, to say, Your sins are forgiven, or
to say, Get up and walk?
However, in order for you to know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins -- then he said to the paralytic:
Get up, pick up your bed [klinhn], and go to your home. And he got up and went off [aphlqen] to his home.
At the sight of this the crowds were struck with fear, and they glorified God, who gave such authority to men (Matthew 9:1-8).
And men came bringing him a paralytic carried by
But not being able to bring him right to [Jesus] on account of the crowd, they removed the roof over where he was, and having dug an opening they lowered the cot on which the paralytic was lying.
And when Jesus saw their faith he said to the paralytic: Child, your sins are forgiven.
Now there were some of the scribes there, sitting and reasoning in their hearts: Why is this man talking in this manner? He is blaspheming. Who can forgive sins except one, God?
But Jesus, having discerned immediately by his spirit that they were reasoning that way in themselves, said to them: Why are you reasoning these things in your hearts?
Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up and pick up your cot and walk [peripatei]'?
But in order for you men to know that the Son of man has authority to forgive sins upon the earth, -- he said to the paralytic:
I say to you, Get up, pick up your cot [krabbaton], and go to your home.
At that he did get up, and immediately picked up his cot and went [exhlqen] out in front of them all, so that they were all simply carried away, and they glorified God, saying: We never saw the like of it (Mark 2:3-12 NWT adapted from the Greek).
And, look! men carrying on a bed [klinhV]
a man who was paralyzed, and they were seeking a way to bring him in and place him before
So, not finding a way to bring him in on account of the crowd, they climbed up to the roof, and through the tiling they let him down with the little bed among those in front of Jesus.
And when he saw their faith he said: Man, your sins are forgiven you.
Thereupon the scribes and the Pharisees started to reason, saying: Who is this that is speaking blasphemies? Who can forgive sins except God alone?
But Jesus, discerning their reasoning's, said in answer to them: What are you reasoning out in your hearts?
Which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven you,' or to
say, 'Get up and walk'?
But in order for you to know that the Son of man has authority on the earth to forgive sins-- he said to the paralyzed man: I say to you, Get up and pick up your little bed [klinidion] and be on your way [poreuou] home.
And instantly he rose/stood up before them, picked up what he used to lie on and went off [aphlqen] to his home, glorifying God (Luke 5:18-25).
We apply the Parallel Accounts Principle, and deduce that there are 3 greater fulfillments to these 3 accounts. Now here play spot the difference. Here is the comparative table.
|Child, your sins are forgiven||Child, your sins are forgiven||Man, your sins are forgiven you|
|or Get up and walk||or Get up pick up your cot and walk||or Get up and walk|
|Jesus' own city||Removed roof, dug opening, let him down||Climbed on roof, let him down through tiling|
|Get up pick up your bed go home||Get up pick up your cot go home||Get up pick up your little bed go home|
|Got up went home||Got up picked up cot went out||Stood up picked up what he used to lie on went home|
|Scribes wicked||Scribes wicked||Scribes and Pharisees wicked|
|Paralytic on bed||Paralytic carried by 4||Paralysed man on bed|
The Symbolism is:
|Get up||Baptism into the name of Abraham, cleansing of the flesh|
|Pick up your bed/cot||Have a resurrection, righteous decree in the flesh|
|Walk||Baptism into the name of a son, sanctification of the spirit, walking with a clear conscience before God (you have to get up before you can walk!)|
|Child of Matthew||New covenant saints of FDS1, who make it to FDS2|
|Child of Mark||Nethinim of FDS3 who are FDS4|
|Man of Luke||New covenant saints of FDS3 who make it to FDS4. 'Man', because these New Covenant Saints are sealed, declared righteous in the flesh before their final rebaptism in the flesh. This is not true of the New covenant saints of FDS1, or of the Nethinim.|
|Your sins are forgiven||The first baptism|
|Which is easier your sins are forgiven or get up and walk (Matthew)||Their first baptism was get up and walk.|
|Which is easier your sins are forgiven or get up pick up your cot and walk (Mark)||Their first baptism was get up pick up your cot and walk, the Nethinim are given a righteous decree in the flesh at their first baptism.|
|Which is easier your sins are forgiven or get up and walk (Luke)||Their first baptism was get up and walk|
|Cot||Earthly resurrection (Krabbaton was like a stretcher, lower to the ground than a bed)|
|Jesus' own city||FDS1, the first true Christian religion, he physically set this one up.|
|Roof||Rulership of New Covenant Saints (Elevated/heavenly, temple stones)|
|Roof removed||Rulership of FDS3 ends before baptism of child in Mark, this did not occur in the first presence in the case of FDS1 who were still feeding officially when the Nethinim baptism started in 69Ab see .|
|Roof tiles||New Covenant Saints|
|Through roof tiles||Baptism of man of Luke is through the New covenant saints|
|Home||The next true Christian congregation, the new home. That of FDS2 in the case of Matthew, and FDS4 in the case of Mark and Luke|
|Got up picked up his cot and went out||Nethinim leave FDS3 their old home, and they 'are' their new home of FDS4, hence he is not said to have 'went home'.|
|Scribes wicked||Rotten new covenant saints of FDS1 and FDS3 who do not leave|
|Scribes and Pharisees wicked||Two designations, this happens twice, once in each presence.|
|Paralytic carried by 4||They are FDS4|