The Mystery has been revealed. We ALL have access to Grace through the Holy Spirit.
What is God's Spirit bringing us towards? What is the purpose of Life? If you believe in Causality, you have to believe that God was The First Cause. If He is, why did He make us? What is the meaning of life?
DOCTRINE #58: MEANING OF LIFE
The meaning of life is church and marriage. God's purpose is to create a Bride for His Son. Church is the ultimate community solely made up of people (even though God can be a part of it). The ultimate community is marriage because God is involved. The meaning of life is the church (one type of ultimate community) in the ultimate community (marriage covenant with Jesus and God the Father).
Question: Do you believe we can know the meaning of life?
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The next four passages documented how the Bible ended...
"1 After these things I heard as it were a great voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, Hallelujah; Salvation, and glory, and power, belong to our God:
2 for true and righteous are his judgments; for he hath judged the great harlot, her that corrupted the earth with her fornication, and he hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.
3 And a second time they say, Hallelujah. And her smoke goeth up for ever and ever.
4 And the four and twenty elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshipped God that sitteth on the throne, saying, Amen; Hallelujah.
5 And a voice came forth from the throne, saying, Give praise to our God, all ye his servants, ye that fear him, the small and the great.
6 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunders, saying, Hallelujah: for the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigneth.
7 Let us rejoice and be exceeding glad, and let us give the glory unto him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
8 And it was given unto her that she should array herself in fine linen, bright and pure: for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.
9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they that are bidden to the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are true words of God.
10 And I fell down before his feet to worship him. And he saith unto me, See thou do it not: I am a fellow-servant with thee and with thy brethren that hold the testimony of Jesus: worship God; for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
11 And I saw the heaven opened; and behold, a white horse, and he that sat thereon called Faithful and True; and in righteous he doth judge and make war.
12 And his eyes are a flame of fire, and upon his head are many diadems; and he hath a name written which no one knoweth but he himself.
13 And he is arrayed in a garment sprinkled with blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies which are in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and pure.
15 And out of his mouth proceedeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness of the wrath of God, the Almighty.
16 And he hath on his garment and on his thigh a name written, KINGS OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in mid heaven, Come and be gathered together unto the great supper of God;
18 that ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses and of them that sit thereon, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, and small and great.
19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat upon the horse, and against his army.
20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought the signs in his sight, wherewith he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast and them that worshipped his image: they two were cast alive into the lake of fire that burneth with brimstone:
21 and the rest were killed with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, even the sword which came forth out of his mouth: and all the birds were filled with their flesh." (Revelation 19:1-21)
(There is a Bride, but the identity is not known. Jesus is the Groom. We know the Bride is made up of believers: people who are saved by grace through faith. The Bride is humble, because she recognizes that God's Righteousness has saved Her (He gets the glory), and the linen She is adorned in is because of Her righteousness: Her works and reward for living by grace through faith. Jesus was called the Word of God in this passage and will defeat Evil with the two edged sword that comes from His Mouth! What was the sword? Rhema! Rhema was the revelatory WORD of God that brought wisdom. It's all words!)
"1 And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand.
2 And he laid hold on the dragon, the old serpent, which is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years,
3 and cast him into the abyss, and shut it, and sealed it over him, that he should deceive the nations no more, until the thousand years should be finished: after this he must be loosed for a little time.
4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus, and for the word of God, and such as worshipped not the beast, neither his image, and received not the mark upon their forehead and upon their hand; and they lived, and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
5 The rest of the dead lived not until the thousand years should be finished. This is the first resurrection.
6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: over these the second death hath no power; but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
7 And when the thousand years are finished, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
8 and shall come forth to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to the war: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
9 And they went up over the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down out of heaven, and devoured them.
10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where are also the beast and the false prophet; and they shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat upon it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne; and books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of the things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead that were in it; and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death, even the lake of fire.
15 And if any was not found written in the book of life, he was cast into the lake of fire." (Revelation 20:1-15)
(Satan is locked up for 1000 years and those people who died for Jesus because they preached the Word of God (truth) will rule with Jesus for 1000 years. Then Satan is released, and not only does he deceive the nations, but he is also deceived. Satan has animal thinking and will not understand why he was released, but he will continue to deceive the nations and the evil he causes will eventually destroy him! Then there will be the Final Judgment where EVERYONE will be judged if they have accepted salvation or not, and those who have gained reward and those that have not. You will not get your reward if you do not have God's causes, His Righteousness: salvation!)
"1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth are passed away; and the sea is no more.
2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven of God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a great voice out of the throne saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he shall dwell with them, and they shall be his peoples, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God:
4 and he shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and death shall be no more; neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain, any more: the first things are passed away.
5 And he that sitteth on the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he saith, Write: for these words are faithful and true.
6 And he said unto me, They are come to pass. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
7 He that overcometh shall inherit these things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
8 But for the fearful, and unbelieving, and abominable, and murderers, and fornicators, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, their part shall be in the lake that burneth with fire and brimstone; which is the second death.
9 And there came one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls, who were laden with the seven last plagues; and he spake with me, saying, Come hither, I will show thee the bride, the wife of the Lamb.
10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,
11 having the glory of God: her light was like unto a stone most precious, as it were a jasper stone, clear as crystal:
12 having a wall great and high; having twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels; and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
13 on the east were three gates; and on the north three gates; and on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.
14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
15 And he that spake with me had for a measure a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.
16 And the city lieth foursquare, and the length thereof is as great as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs: the length and the breadth and the height thereof are equal.
17 And he measured the wall thereof, a hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of an angel.
18 And the building of the wall thereof was jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto pure glass.
19 The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald;
20 the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprase; the eleventh, jacinth; the twelfth, amethyst.
21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the several gates was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.
22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God the Almighty, and the Lamb, are the temple thereof.
23 And the city hath no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine upon it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the lamp thereof is the Lamb.
24 And the nations shall walk amidst the light thereof: and the kings of the earth bring their glory into it.
25 And the gates thereof shall in no wise be shut by day (for there shall be no night there):
26 and they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it:
27 and there shall in no wise enter into it anything unclean, or he that maketh an abomination and a lie: but only they that are written in the Lamb's book of life." (Revelation 21:1-27)
(The new Jerusalem is called the Bride. The new Jerusalem is also called God's House. The Greek word that we get our word "cells" from meant "rooms". We will occupy rooms in God's House that make up cells in the Body of the Bride. The description of the new Jerusalem was the Church of Believers. Believers are those who are "athirst" for Life. The new Jerusalem was a picture of repair. The old heaven, old earth, and the first things will all pass away. We have a taste of that now when we think of growth. Even the good things that we produce, God will still prune back to make more, in order that we become more profitable. The first way, which is still good and still profitable, will pass so that there can be more fruit!)
"1 And he showed me a river of water of life, bright as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb,
2 in the midst of the street thereof. And on this side of the river and on that was the tree of life, bearing twelve manner of fruits, yielding its fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
3 And there shall be no curse any more: and the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be therein: and his servants shall serve him;
4 and they shall see his face; and his name shall be on their foreheads.
5 And there shall be night no more; and they need no light of lamp, neither light of sun; for the Lord God shall give them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.
6 And he said unto me, These words are faithful and true: and the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, sent his angels to show unto his servants the things which must shortly come to pass.
7 And behold, I come quickly. Blessed is he that keepeth the words of the prophecy of this book.
8 And I John am he that heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel that showed me these things.
9 And he saith unto me, See thou do it not: I am a fellow-servant with thee and with thy brethren the prophets, and with them that keep the words of this book: worship God.
10 And he saith unto me, Seal not up the words of the prophecy of this book; for the time is at hand.
11 He that is unrighteous, let him do unrighteousness still: and he that is filthy, let him be made filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him do righteousness still: and he that is holy, let him be made holy still.
12 Behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to render to each man according as his work is.
13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.
14 Blessed are they that wash their robes, that they may have the right to come to the tree of life, and may enter in by the gates into the city.
15 Without are the dogs, and the sorcerers, and the fornicators, and the murderers, and the idolaters, and every one that loveth and maketh a lie.
16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things for the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, the bright, the morning star.
17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And he that heareth, let him say, Come. And he that is athirst, let him come: he that will, let him take the water of life freely.
18 I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, if any man shall add unto them, God shall add unto him the plagues which are written in this book:
19 and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the tree of life, and out of the holy city, which are written in this book.
20 He who testifieth these things saith, Yea: I come quickly. Amen: come, Lord Jesus.
21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with the saints. Amen." (Revelation 22:1-21)
(In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were barred from eating from the tree of life because they justified themselves instead of justifying God, this was the original sin. In the new Jerusalem those who have washed their robes may justly come to eat of the tree of Life. We make the decision in regards to our robe being washed or not; it is a statement of our own free will to allow God to purify us in Holiness. This was the last passage of the Bible and God told us the mystery: He is making a Bride from believers. Those who change the message, by adding or taking away from the words recorded here, will lose their right to be in the Bride (which was the church) in marriage with Jesus. May the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life be with those who are diligently seeking to please God through faith. Actually, this mystery was presented in several passages. Here were some of them...)
"14 Then come to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not?
15 And Jesus said unto them, Can the sons of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then will they fast." (Matthew 9:14-15)
"19 And Jesus said unto them, Can the sons of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? as long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast.
20 But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then will they fast in that day." (Mark 2:19-20)
"33 And they said unto him, The disciples of John fast often, and make supplications; likewise also the disciples of the Pharisees; but thine eat and drink.
34 And Jesus said unto them, Can ye make the sons of the bride-chamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them?
35 But the days will come; and when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, then will they fast in those days." (Luke 5:33-35)
(In Jewish tradition, the wedding was a feast. The guests feasted while the bride and groom went into the huppah: the bride-chamber where the couple consummated the marriage. The best man stood guard at the door of the bride-chamber making sure no one distracted the couple. When the marriage was consummated the groom called to the best man. The couple presented the blood-stained sheet proving the bride was not married to another and the community celebrated the excellency of the bride that allowed their community to continue. The above passages showed the Church is the Bride (each of us is a part of the Bride or "son of the bride-chamber") and Jesus is the Groom. It looked as if Jesus was "dating" us when He was on earth.)
"26 And they came unto John, and said to him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond the Jordan, to whom thou hast borne witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him.
27 John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it have been given him from heaven.
28 Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but, that I am sent before him.
29 He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, that standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is made full.
30 He must increase, but I must decrease.
31 He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is of the earth, and of the earth he speaketh: he that cometh from heaven is above all." (John 3:26-31)
(Jesus said John the Baptist was the best man! John knew that Jesus was the Son of God and was Right and Just. He knew this because John said Jesus MUST increase, and he MUST decrease, anything less would be a contradiction. The more we allow God to direct our actions the more we DECREASE... this was humility and growth. John knew God's Identity.)
"1 Let not your heart be troubled: believe in God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I come again, and will receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." (John 14:1-3)
(Jesus said God's House has many mansions. The new Jerusalem is 1500 miles on a side, which is half the size of the United States. It is also 1500 miles high. In order for the Church to occupy the new Jerusalem, we would have to have some very large houses: mansions. According to Jewish tradition, when the man betrothed his wife through a vow or token, he went away to build their house. He was not allowed to come back for his bride until his father inspected his house and gave him permission. Jesus said He went away to make a house for us like a Jewish bridegroom.)
"23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my word: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my words: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's who sent me." (John 14:23-24)
(Jesus spoke of us living in the new Jerusalem because of keeping Jesus' WORDS. Our beliefs are proven by our actions: what we keep. The cause of keeping Jesus' Words is loving God. This is the First Command!)
"1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, who took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
2 And five of them were foolish, and five were wise.
3 For the foolish, when they took their lamps, took no oil with them:
4 but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
5 Now while the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
6 But at midnight there is a cry, Behold, the bridegroom! Come ye forth to meet him.
7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are going out.
9 But the wise answered, saying, Peradventure there will not be enough for us and you: go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
10 And while they went away to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage feast: and the door was shut.
11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
13 Watch therefore, for ye know not the day nor the hour." (Matthew 25:1-13)
(Jesus is the Son that comes back when the Father says so. THAT is why only the Father knows when Jesus is coming back for us. The lamps were a Right WHAT. All of the women had them and just like we learned: ALL have knowledge/WHAT's/facts. BUT, there were some that did not have the CAUSE for the fire. They didn't have a Right HOW/WHY. You cannot create a flame without fuel. The oil was the cause. If we do not have truth, and pursue comfort, we are not "known" by Jesus. If we do not have truth, all we have is a SAY, just like the virgins who were left behind.)
"1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, to the saints that are at Ephesus, and the faithful in Christ Jesus:
2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ:
4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blemish before him in love:
5 having foreordained us unto adoption as sons through Jesus Christ unto himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
6 to the praise of the glory of his grace, which he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved:
7 in whom we have our redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,
8 which he made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence,
9 making known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he purposed in him
10 unto a dispensation of the fulness of the times, to sum up all things in Christ, the things in the heavens, and the things upon the earth; in him, I say,
11 in whom also we were made a heritage, having been foreordained according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his will;
12 to the end that we should be unto the praise of his glory, we who had before hoped in Christ:
13 in whom ye also, having heard the word of the truth, the gospel of your salvation,-- in whom, having also believed, ye were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,
14 which is an earnest of our inheritance, unto the redemption of God's own possession, unto the praise of his glory." (Ephesians 1:1-14)
(Paul's letter to the Ephesians was his explanation of the meaning of life. His letter began with this passage. The word "earnest" in verse 14 was analogous to a token: engagement ring. The Holy Spirit is proof the Church is betrothed to Jesus. Read over these verses again and be conscious of how many definitions we have learned that were in this passage. It's awesome. It's like reading with a highlighter!)
"14 For we have not here an abiding city, but we seek after the city which is to come." (Hebrews 13:14)
(The city which is to come is the new Jerusalem. If you are a believer, this is where you are seeking: something you can't see and something that hasn't happened yet. What's that called?)
"5 And Jehovah came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.
6 And Jehovah said, Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is what they begin to do: and now nothing will be withholden from them, which they purpose to do." (Genesis 11:5-6)
(Notice, people on earth that were of one language and one mind were able to do anything. This was a spiritual principle true for EVERYONE whether they are believers or not! Likewise, we will be able to do anything while we are in the Bride, the new Jerusalem, the Body, when we work together. God said that when people speak the same language there will be nothing withholden from them: words! All of us will have the Mind of Christ within us, the ultimate MIND! Yet we will still be unique...)
"11 And he gave some to be apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 for the perfecting of the saints, unto the work of ministering, unto the building up of the body of Christ:
13 till we all attain unto the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a fullgrown man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
14 that we may be no longer children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, in craftiness, after the wiles of error;
15 but speaking truth in love, we may grow up in all things into him, who is the head, even Christ;
16 from whom all the body fitly framed and knit together through that which every joint supplieth, according to the working in due measure of each several part, maketh the increase of the body unto the building up of itself in love." (Ephesians 4:11-16)
(We've seen this passage in several Doctrines. It was Paul's description of the Bride. We are all going to work together until we all together are the same stature as Jesus. The Bride will be equal to Jesus. In fact, look at this passage from the next chapter of Ephesians...)
"22 Wives, be in subjection unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
23 For the husband is the head of the wife, and Christ also is the head of the church, being himself the saviour of the body.
24 But as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives also be to their husbands in everything.
25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself up for it;
26 that he might sanctify it, having cleansed it by the washing of water with the word,
27 that he might present the church to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
28 Even so ought husbands also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his own wife loveth himself:
29 for no man ever hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as Christ also the church;
30 because we are members of his body.
31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh.
32 This mystery is great: but I speak in regard of Christ and of the church." (Ephesians 5:22-32)
(Paul said the mystery was that we, the Church, are married to Jesus. How do we sanctify our man-made traditional churches? We wash them with Jesus' WORDS! Matthew 7:24... this was a DO, this was wisdom! In this eternal marriage, Jesus IS the WORD. He is the Perfect Husband.)
"1 Therefore let us also, seeing we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2 looking unto Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising shame, and hath sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." (Hebrews 12:1-2)
(Jesus came down from heaven and endured the cross for the joy that was set before Him. Jesus was in heaven. What could be greater than heaven? What DIDN'T Jesus have in heaven? Jesus endured the cross so that we could have the ability to be saved. So that we could have the Holy Spirit. So that we could choose to be saved and take our place in the Bride. Jesus' joy was marriage to the Bride where every cell in Her Body willfully desired Jesus. Believing in Calvinism made Jesus perverted: Jesus would be with a Woman who had no choice in the manner. In fact, that arrangement would be very similar to pornography...)
So why is it taking so long for us to be in heaven as a part of this Bride? Is there a reason WHY? If God wants us to be in heaven, why are we not there yet? We know that God is Right and Just, but it seems like the abuse Believers have endured throughout history is quite sufficient.
We are living in the "current way," anxiously anticipating the "next way" for God to move. What about when people were living under the Law, were they anticipating what would happen in our generation? What about the people before the Law? What about the people before...