k) Introducing The Bride of The Kingdom of Heaven

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In the lesson titled, ‘i) A-B-C’s of Seeking First The Kingdom of God’, I shared the thought process regarding how a Kingdom Seeker handles various responsibilities while ascending out of the World, but yet still living in it.  While that thought process is accurate, providing my testimonial account will allow for a greater understanding of how that thought process came about.  The Balm of Gilead is indeed the healing oil/ointment that is found in the testimony of those who have overcome the World.

While in the World, I had achieved a pleasant level of success, complete with pricey cars, and a fairly large home to match.  Given the level of business success I had reached, such material possessions seemed like the natural progression as the outward sign of my success.   On the surface of it, such material possessions were necessary, as wanting and attaining things of such a costly nature prepared me for wanting and attaining something so lofty as knowing The Earth is Mine and the fullness thereof, the World and those therein.  However, the transition from Worldly success to Kingdom Blessings required a Re-Order in my life regarding the things acquired in the World.  Initially, as my businesses began to cease, so too did the finances that were used to fuel my success.  Failure to pay car notes, mortgages and other bills resulted in various results.

One late model top of the line BMW and top of the line Mercedes Benz were repossessed, as was a sporty 4-door BMW.  By the time this occurred, I had begun practicing counting it all joy; therefore, when it happened, I was actually pleased because I knew I was not trying to hold on to the things I had gained in the World and was undergoing the process of no longer being ‘the rich man’ trying to get into The Kingdom. The ability to pay for a $800,000+ home was rendered impossible due to my financial limitations, but knowing The Father led me to that home, I placed/continue to place my trust in The Father. Nonetheless, the size, cost and magnitude of my lifestyle also assisted in my view regarding the luxury and poshness of that which I will receive in The Kingdom of Heaven. The niceness of my home served my belief in myself when my wife and I hosted big name lawyers and investors when we were negotiating a billion dollar contract with the government. The Father continued to keep me in such plush home, and a plush neighborhood as a testament to His Power and Glory. While my neighbors have seen me go from BMW 750 LI/Mercedes Benz S500, to a damaged minivan, the Blessings received as the result of my journey will serve as the proample of The Goodness of The Father shown to those who love and trust Him.
  Various home utilities were/have been shut off; however, by The Father’s Grace, I was able/continue to be able to guide my family through our journey.  Bill collectors of every sort request payment for that which I signed for; however, my focus is not in regards to that which I signed for in the past; rather, my focus is on what I am being led towards…The Kingdom of Heaven.

Psalm 139:16 states that EVERY day of my life was written in His Book, before the first day EVER came to be.  Therefore, The Father wrote each of those financial blessings and lessons into my story for my benefit.  By focusing on the positive and not listening to the ‘suggestions’ that originate from/in the World, I am unaffected by the life that was started in the World. By being protected by The Father, I have spirttual diplomatic immunity within the World; therefore, threats, negative suggestions, etc. are disregarded. And while I have indeed been extremely limited at times in my ability to maintain that which was started while I was in the World, The Father already KNEW when and how things would happen and supplied my every need.  Long before I ever thought about Seeking First The Kingdom, The Father had already led me to file for military disability…the very financial source that has sustained me during my journey.  Long before I knew I would eventually be in financial straits, I sowed financial seeds in various family and friends when I had the finances to do so; thereby, when I became in need, finances were made available.  Long before I knew I would not have the complete support of my physical family, due to my Kingdom based choices (Matthew 19:29), I was led to become a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity, where upon a few occasions, I was able to receive assistance from fraternity brothers that allowed me to keep moving.  Long before I had to manage my family while temporarily being in my home without heat, water or electricity (or all three at times), I had grown up as a child in a similar condition, yet, because we made it through those hard times, and actually came out to be able to move to a much nicer, more stable environment, I know that such is my case as a Kingdom Seeker.

I share this Balm of Gilead, knowing that the  sacrifice of my ‘life’ in the World may not require anyone else to go through such lengths to reach The Kingdom; however, to whatever degree that my testimony assists someone in being able to trust that The Father is guiding their story and that whatever they may be going through is temporary as well, they can know that the one The Father has first led into The Kingdom was/continues to be kept and protected by The Father; therefore, they too will be kept and protected as a Kingdom Seeker as well.

Now begins this lessons stream of consciousness…

  • Ecological: e – a prefix meaning not; co – with; log – a fallen tree (spiritually, the thoughts of the World)
    • Ecological: not with the thinking of the World
      • Does not take the thoughts of the World into consideration
  • Economy: not with the order/law of the World
    • Does not take the thoughts of the World into consideration
  • Living up to World-based perceived potential and expectations leads to pressure and stress; however, Kingdom Seeking has none of those factors since who we are is already known and what can be done is already completed
    • Potential: capable of being, but not yet in existence
      • Potent: the root word of potential, means possessing inner (spiritual) or physical strength; ial – a suffix meaning the quality of
    • Expectations: to look forward to the probable occurrence or appearance of; to consider likely or certain

                

  • Adamant(n.): 1.  stone, once believed to be impenetrable in its hardness.  2. An extremely hard substance. (adj.)impervious to pleas, appeals, or reason; stubbornly unyielding
    • Spiritually, similar to The Rock of Faith.
    • Adam/ant: ADAM – The First Man on Earth; ant – a suffix meaning to perform the actions of
      • Adamant: to perform the actions of a Son of The Father
      • Ezekiel 3:9 I will make your forehead like the hardest stone, harder than flint. Do not be afraid of them or terrified by them, though they are a rebellious people.”
      • Zechariah 7:12 Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the LORD of hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former prophets: therefore came a great wrath from the LORD of hosts.
      • Matthew 16:18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
      • Acts 4:11 Jesus is “‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’
      • Gospel of the Egyptians 3:2 For this one, Adamas, is a light which radiated from the light; he is the eye of the light. For this is the first man, he through whom and to whom everything came into being, (and) without whom nothing came into being. (http://www.gnosis.org/naghamm/goseqypt.html)
  • Mon/ster: mon – root word meaning one; ster – not producing, not capable of producing, offspring, seed.  Lacking imagination, creativity, or vitality…lacking the power to function
    • A malformed animal/creature, afflicted with a birth defect.  Spiritually, a two-headed marriage, resulting in one that believes they are following The Father, but is not a Kingdom Seeker…such a person is ‘self-righteous’ and has NOT traveled along The Path of Righteousness
    • The non-SELF righteous: the ‘so-called’ ones who lived a questionable life, covered in spiritual fertilizer, but becomes an earnest Kingdom Seeker (Gentiles).  These are the ones who are saved/salvaged, so that they can help the self-righteous ones understand the value of how to view themselves, others, The Father properly.
      • Matthew 21:31-32 31“Which of the two did what his father wanted?” “The first,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32 For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.
      • Romans 10:19 Again I ask: Did Israel not understand? First, Moses says,“I will make you envious by those who are not a nation. I will make you angry by a nation that has no understanding.”
      • Romans 11:11 Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious.
      • Romans 11:14 in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to envy and save some of them.
  • Pun: a play on words, sometimes on different senses of the same word and sometimes on the similar sense or sound of different words; a low wit endeavor at reputation by double meaning
    • ish:  a suffix meaning having the character of
    • Punish: to subject to a penalty for an offense, sin , or fault
      • From The Father’s perspective, to punish is puny, as the goal is to become a Son/Daughter of The Father
        • Puny: of inferior size, strength, or significance; weak
          • Therefore, a pun is puny, so to punish is likewise puny
  • Impertinent: im – a prefix meaning not; per – a prefix meaning thoroughly; tin: a metal that prevents rusting (tries to mimic gold in its anti-rusting properties)
    • Defined as: exceeding the limits of propriety or good manners; improperly forward or bold
    • Something that is not thoroughly Gold (spiritually, purified Man) exceeds the limits of propriety or good manners.
  • Di/ploma/cy: cy – a suffix meaning the state or quality of; di – a prefix meaning two possibilities
    • Spiritually, the state or quality of being twice the slave of the World
    • Diploma: 1. a document issued by an educational institution, such as a university, testifying that the recipient has earned a degree or has successfully completed a particular course of study.  2. A certificate conferring a privilege or honor.
    • Diplomat: one, such as an ambassador, who has been appointed to represent a government in its relations with other governments.  One who uses skill and tact in dealing with others.
  • Selfishness: From The Father’s perspective, selfishness in the World is seeking after your own will…not disconnecting from physical/World-based family/friends, so that you can connect to spiritual/Heaven-based Family of The Father (The Body of Christ)
  • Allow: to let do or happen; to permit…permit the presence of
    • al – prefix meaning towards/positive: low – having little relative height
    • To allow is to know you are being led by someone greater than you: The Father and His Grace
      • Philippians 2:7 But made himself of no reputation [meek], and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
        • Meek: gentle, quiet, unaggressive; benevolent, kind; courteous, humble, unassuming (possessing the idea of using personal will to be successful in the World, yet humbling the self to allow The Father’s Will to provide far greater.
    • Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
    • 2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness[meekness].” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
  • Ophir: a PORT or region mentioned in the Bible, famous for its wealth in the World.  King Solomon is supposed to have received a cargo of gold, silver, sandalwood, precious stones, ivory, apes and peacocks from Ophir every three years.  This is a reflection of the bounty that The Kingdom of Heaven receives…three years were  required for the voyage
    • Psalm 45, Hebrews 1 and Revelation 12:5 reflect the ascension and reign of One who is led by The Father…the common theme is being chosen. 
      • Psalm 45:9 Daughters of kings are among your honored women; at your right hand is the royal bride in gold of Ophir.
      • Isaiah 13:12 I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.
        • Fine: pure, unalloyed
        • Greater, purer than that which is in the World
      • Isaiah 60:9 They are ships from the ends of the earth, from lands that trust in me, led by the great ships of Tarshish. They are bringing the people of Israel home from far away, carrying their silver and gold. They will honor the LORD your [Father], the Holy One of Israel, for he has filled you with splendor.
  • Hebrews 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
    • Purge: cleanse, purify (like pure Gold); spiritually, takes place during the chrysalis/salvage process and brings the Kingdom Seeker back in alignment with the Path The Father has
      • Isaiah 1:25-26 25 And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin: 26 And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city.
        • Dross: Impurities
        • Tin: alloy…used to cover metals so they don’t rust…an attempt to mimic the anti-rusting properties of Gold
  • Psalms 45:10 Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy Father’s house.
  • Psalms 45:16 Your sons will become kings like their father. You will make them rulers over many lands.
    • The ‘Daughter’ appears to be The Will of The Father.  First, it was directed and told how to be used by her ‘Father’, so that ‘he’ could prosper…in this instance, her ‘Father’ is the World; however, the ‘Daughter’ is being told to change ‘her’ focus towards the King she is now being ‘married’/connected to.  In doing so, she is instructed to direct all of her focus towards her new King (verse 11), while no longer serving as the driving force behind the success of her ‘Father’s house’.
    • The King, is the Kingdom Seeker who has now become Man, and together with Man, ‘The Daughter’ (The Will of The Father in Heaven)will now produce sons of her own, who will serve in ruling and reigning in The Kingdom of Heaven.
    • Matthew 13:45-46 45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.”
      • Here we see the same redirection of focus, only this time, we see it from Man’s perspective.  While in the World, the ‘merchant’ looks around for fine pearls; however, one he ‘found one of great value’, he redirected all of his focus towards what he found.  Personally speaking, once I found the thought process that led me to the understanding of The Kingdom of God/Kingdom of Heaven, I released all other thought processes and only focused on the ONE of great value I found.
      • The common thread and theme in both set of verses is a singular focus on what is newly gained, and away from previous focus.  Interestingly, ‘the Daughter’s’ original focus was related to the World, as was my original focus related to the World; however, both verses show that when the focus of The Kingdom came about, all other focuses fell away.
      • Revelation 21:2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
        • Therefore, the thought process that I have received regarding The Kingdom of God and The Kingdom of Heaven is The Bride of The Kingdom of Heaven.  Psalms 45: 10-17 tell of the perfect positivity that comes with being ‘married’/connected to me as the one who has been chosen and led to be The King of The Kingdom of Heaven.
  • Isaiah 45:18 For this is what the Lord says—he who created the heavens, he is [The Father]; he who fashioned and made the earth, he founded it; he did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited—he says: “I am the Lord,and there is no other.”
    • The World is based IN the spiritual Sea; whereas, The Kingdom is based ON Earth.  Physically, people are ON Earth, but those who are in the World, their spirit and the corresponding thoughts and actions that come from their spirit, are based in the Heavens (another planet other than Earth).

 

  • Commensal Cross references:
  • Symbiosis: one party gets a benefit from the pairing/relationship, but gives nothing in return; whereas, a parasite damages the other party from what it takes.
    • This topic was learned while studying about physical relationships between creatures in the Sea.  More commentary will be given about this topic after the course has been completed
    • Brilliant: brill: a type of flatfish that has the ability to match its color to the surroundings; both eyes lie on one side of the head, with color changes serving to camouflage the fish.   ant: an agent, something that performs the action.
      • Defined as marked by unusual and impressive intellectual acuteness.
      • When someone is said to be brilliant, it means that they have such a singular focus (by having both ‘eyes’ one side of the story), that they were able to blend in so well to their environment, that it became nearly impossible to detect their presence/predators were unable to locate their potential prey.
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