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Apr 26, 2021 #2 "The Holy Spirit is God’s power in action, his active force, of which is present within one's own self. Vacant of a spiritual awakening, a spiritual awareness becomes unlikely to influence adequately. Spiritual harmony in a worldly atmosphere requires a commitment of great discipline, and it is not meant to be easy, believe it. God's work has been done, and until this is acknowledged and accepted, many are being severely misled, 'faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see', and it being a willingness to change, that shall often bring about things hoped for............ and this, the intellectual community too often is without spiritual maturity to relay an absolute, that is essential. Attempting to gain self-recognition by narrative dialogue, often presents harmful and misleading interpretation, thus bringing cause of division and separation, and this cannot bring a unity unto Christ our Lord. 'For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect'.
"Of great importance."
~The natural man is one who only sees scripture by the letter, and the spiritual man is one who has better understanding of the mysteries (the deep things of God). ~
This completely aligns with what the Apostle Paul taught in 2 Corinthians, that the letter (the literal understanding of Scripture) versus the spirit of the Word of God “for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life” (2 Corinthians 3:6). The Jews read the scripture by the letter (simply the literal understanding), not by understanding the mysteries hidden in scripture (Colossians 1:26), and therefore they missed the first coming of Jesus.
The Early Church (pre 325AD) warned about this deceptive doctrine and taught that the true rapture is about us ascending from our earthly nature, into the mind of Christ; an entirely different understanding of this theology that has greatly infiltrated the Church. Interestingly, the Mirriam-Webster dictionary describes the rapture acutely in alignment with the Early Church as “a mystical experience in which the spirit is exalted to a knowledge of divine things”. Truth is objective, not subjective, and we need to understand what the Early Church taught on this matter in order to have pure doctrine!