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Make The Tree Good

Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. – Matthew 12:33.

“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” – Ephesians 4:1-3. “Be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.” – Ephesians 4-14-19.

“Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” – Ephesians 4:26-32.

Go Into The Gates Of The Nobles

“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” – Colossians 3:15-17.

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner

A Walk In The Spirit – Walk As Jesus Did

How do we walk in the Spirit? The Lord shewed me, and, behold, two baskets of figs were set before the temple of the Lord, after that Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon had carried away captive Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, and the princes of Judah, with the carpenters and smiths, from Jerusalem, and had brought them to Babylon. – Jeremiah 24:1.

“One basket had very good figs, even like the figs that are first ripe: and the other basket had very naughty figs, which could not be eaten, they were so bad. Then said the Lord unto me, What seest thou, Jeremiah? And I said, Figs; the good figs, very good; and the evil, very evil, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil. Again the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel; Like these good figs, so will I acknowledge them that are carried away captive of Judah, whom I have sent out of this place into the land of the Chaldeans for their good. For I will set mine eyes upon them for good, and I will bring them again to this land: and I will build them, and not pull them down; and I will plant them, and not pluck them up. And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the Lord: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.” – Jeremiah 24:2-7.

“And as the evil figs, which cannot be eaten, they are so evil; surely thus saith the Lord, So will I give Zedekiah the king of Judah, and his princes, and the residue of Jerusalem, that remain in this land, and them that dwell in the land of Egypt: And I will deliver them to be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth for their hurt, to be a reproach and a proverb, a taunt and a curse, in all places whither I shall drive them. And I will send the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, among them, till they be consumed from off the land that I gave unto them and to their fathers.” – Jeremiah 24:8-10.

A Walk In The Spirit | Let Us Go On Unto Perfection

“I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house. I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof.” – Isaiah 42:6-10.

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner

Redeem The Time – For The Days Are Evil

Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savor. – Ephesians 5:1-2.

“Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.  And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.” – Ephesians 5:14-21.

Be ye therefore followers of God my brothers and sisters. To walk in Love is to share the Word, the everlasting Gospel. Loving your neighbor as yourself is to feed them with the Word, as we have been fed. “Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.” Everything that is in this world is in direct opposition to the Spirit. “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the Law.” – Galatians 5:17-18.

“Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.” “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”

Are You Risen With Christ? For Where Your Treasure Is, There Will Your Heart Be Also.

May the Everlasting Father, the Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The Prince of Peace, bestow upon you all spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner

Behold My Mother And My Brethren

In my own walk of faith, I have been blessed to understand many wonderful things about the Word of Life. Although, none of it came easy. The Bible tells us, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” – Matthew 5:6. You may find this website, the articles, the eBooks, and the videos, and say, this guy must really have it together. I laugh at that statement. Or, the exact opposite, this guy must have completely have lost his mind. I laugh at that one too.

Growing up, I loathed reading. I crammed for exams and used cliff notes when I was supposed to be reading books for school. About the only time that I ever did read was when I got in trouble. And only when I had my outdoor and TV privilege’s taken away. I have to say though, the one book that immediately comes to mind, was quite the internal adventure. I rather enjoyed the book. But in general, I was lazy pertaining to educational experiences. That summed up most of my childhood and part of my early adulthood. Looking back, I may have changed some things.

Change for me didn’t start taking place until much later in life. As Paul says, “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” I understand that one. Have I ever put someone to death or had them put to death? No. Although, knowing what I do now about the Gospel, any time that we get angry with our brother, or say something mean to them, we are in essence snuffing out a portion of their light. Now add to that having kids. Aargh. Especially teenagers these days.

In my immediate family, we are split. I believe the Bible to be true. My spouse does not. Or, so she thinks. So our kids are divided. I will now liken the battle with the Truth and the reason why most people don’t want to believe or accept it. The truth is painful. No? Most people wouldn’t think so either. We are taught to go to charismatic churches who gloss the surface, feed us with crumbs, and somehow, a bait and switch happens and we leave feeling satisfied. What does the Bible tell us? “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

Herein lies the problem. And why I began with snuffing out someone’s light. We have been conditioned to push pain as far away from us as possible in order to protect ourselves. Although, this is contradictory to what we should be doing. By being angry with our brother, we are pushing them away from the light even more, instead of drawing them to it. When we aren’t facing our own difficulties, we aren’t drawing to the light either, so that we can be healed. The Lord loves a humble spirit and one who acknowledges their guilt before Him. That in essence, is it in a nutshell. The inability to acknowledge ones guilt, and ask for forgiveness.

By some happen chance, how I began this post, is not where I thought it was going to end up. Or, maybe this was exactly the way that it was supposed to go. As I began maturing and started acknowledging my own guilt, the Light of Life was finally able to begin His process with me. It took years, and it’s still in the process. I had to go through many “faiths” in order to determine whether they were true or not. “And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.” – John 10:5. “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”

Remember, I said that I used to loathe reading? And in fact, I still do. Except when it comes to the Word. The Word is something to marvel at. It is Magnificent. It is Marvelous. He is Amazing. The Lord God is Splendor. He is other worldly. As in my experience of the internal adventure I had reading a book growing up, The Bible takes you to places that are unimaginable. When you go to a church, or any ministry, they attempt to interpret what is being said to make the message sound good and to fit within their beliefs. What church have you ever gone to and felt guilt or remorse? If there are any, they are few and far between. I know of only one man. Yet, even he fell short. Once again, trying to interpret what is being said, instead of just reading it.

Nevertheless, on to perfection. As I have posted here previously about who we are, where we come from, abstinence, sanctification, and the indwelling of the Spirit by the washing of water by the Word, I feel reminded to bring up the most just cause after we have known the Lord God intimately and have been blessed to receive of His Spirit, loving our neighbors as ourselves. For if we are not doing this, how can we say that we know the Lord?

“He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the WORD which ye have heard from the beginning.” “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.”

There is a very good reason that nearly every moment that I have free, all that I am led to do is share the good news of the Gospel. That is all that I desire to do. It is all that I want to do. And it’s not burdensome. If only one comes to the knowledge of understanding and only one sinner turns to repentance, that is one brother saved from death. “Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.” “And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.” I pray that the following video will be received well.

We are all called to service for the Lord, there is no way around it. “The old commandment is the WORD which ye have heard from the beginning.” Once you have dined, receiving the chief principal meal, after you are converted, we are told this: “So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.”

Brethren, feed the sheep… “While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him. Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.”

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner

The Everlasting Gospel

Lost in the infancy of this newly found freedom
Trying to grip the reality I found
Awoke from a sleep that has crippled my soul
Beginning to see what my eyes never told
Searching and seeking for something unknown
Never to find it, I’ve been so alone
Through much despair, grief, and deep sorrow
I’ve encountered my demons and faced them head on…

Throughout my life, I have encountered the same problems that are common to all of us. I have made mistakes. Quite a few actually. Yet, the Lord God in His infinite wisdom and goodness, taught me valuable lessons throughout my life. I wasn’t always one to take the advice of others growing up. I put my hands right to the “burner” and got burned. And a lot of times, it was painful. Finally though, change and growth happened.

We all should take the time to consider our lives, looking at the past, and see how gracious the Lord truly is to us all. “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” – 2 Peter 3:9. Although, the very next verse should be somewhat sobering to us all. “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.”

What if we were to fall short? Peter explains this portion as well in verse 11. “Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness.” Let us look at the root meaning of conversation and godliness. We will also be looking further at another word contained within the definition.

Are we striving for excellence with the command of our vessels? Are we attempting to align our thoughts and behaviors with those of the Messiah? Did you know that there was a Gospel scheme? It is as simple as, “forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.” – Philippians 3:13. Did you know that there was a before? Were you aware that we aren’t from here? Did you know that Jesus even tells us this? Those who know the truth are referred to as strangers and pilgrims on the earth. If you are either, would you be from that place?

Those who gain access to the Spirit are eloquently put in the Bible as such, “And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord:” Would you like to know the depth of this meaning? Do you want to leap for joy when you hear the Spirit speak to you? “And his disciples heard it.” Everything is here for you. This entire website and all contained herein is to give you the keys to eternal life, as I have been blessed to receive them.

“Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.” – Psalm 51:4. Please click the following link – The Gospel Of Repentance. It will take you through a journey of understanding to help you gain perspective of how grave this sin truly is. Also consider clicking on the Bible Study With The Word on the Homepage. It adds additional Scriptures and videos to gain even more understanding. Finally, read the free eBooks and all of the recent posts. The Word Stands, and I pray that all who find their “way” here, will as well.

Simply Believe…

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner

What Tables Are We Eating From?

In the Book of John, Jesus gives us a profound understanding of what it takes to gain entry into eternal life. Yet, it is so simple. Are we reading our Bibles, or are we taking another’s word at what they’re telling us? Do we hinge our understanding and eternal salvation based upon one verse of scripture? What about halves of verses? Let me ask you a question. Who is the “Chief Cornerstone” of our faith? Does everything stand on the words that Jesus Christ spoke?

“It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” – John 6:63. How can we say that we know the Lord, if we don’t know His words, even His sayings? Below is a very brief video that I would like for you all to consider before we continue.

Throughout the pages of Lift Up A Banner, I do my best to get out of the way and allow the Spirit to teach us by showing what the Bible has to say. Scriptures are always provided with the Words of Jesus Christ as the foundation, and the rest is built off of His sayings. Within the videos and lessons, there are many layers of truths that are spoken and visually seen. Each lesson will in fact build off of a previous one. The same goes with the videos. Jesus tells us that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. And no man comes to the Father but by Him. Do you know the way? Do you know the truth? Did you just understand a better portion of the life, by reading this post and watching the short video?

For the majority of the teachers, ministers, and pastors in the world, it all goes something like this: They read a verse or two from the Bible and give us their interpretation of it. How about adding to those verses with what Jesus said? What about two or three things that Jesus said? Truly, we are all being fed with bread alone. I know of a man that founded his “church” off of “except ye be converted,” and entirely omits the second half of the verse, “and become as little children.” Can you even be converted without becoming as little children? Let’s quickly go and take a look at 1 John 3.

“He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.” Let’s look deeper at the translation of the word seed using the Strong’s Concordance and e-Sword.

Hmm… Quite interesting. Jesus tells us, “ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.” As well as, “if any man will come after me, let him deny himself (abstain), take up his cross daily (through self-denial), and follow Me (to be in the same way with, to accompany Him as His disciple).” Paul teaches us about sanctification by abstaining from sex. Jesus tells us, “he that forsaketh not all that he hath, cannot be my disciple.” Hence, conversion can only come through abstinence and “becoming” as little children.

“And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord: Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest. And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and when he had looked round about upon all things, and now the eventide was come, he went out unto Bethany with the twelve.” – Mark 11:9-11. If you take the time to read the six free eBooks, watch the videos, and read the lessons, you will become aware of just how profound those three previous verses are. “The Kingdom of God is within you.” I pray that this will find you well, and that you seek out the Lord with all of your heart and all of your soul. If you are as one who hungers and thirsts after righteousness, you will be filled.

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:13-14. The Gospel Of Repentance is another place for you to begin.

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner

For Ye Are Bought With A Price

It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. – John 6:63.

“Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.” – John 6:53-58.

Know Ye Not That Your Body Is The Temple? For Ye Are Bought With A Price… ABSTINENCE

“Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.” – Psalm 51:4. – The Gospel Of Repentance.

“From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” – Matthew 4:17. – Did Jesus Teach Repentance?

Let us walk as Jesus walked, together. As we grow in Him, we learn to do as He did, and become how He was. He is the same today, yesterday, and forever. We should choose to become like Him through everything. – Jesus, Abstinence, & The Bible, a free eBook.

All six free eBooks in the best order for your understanding. Each book builds upon the one before, adding more Scriptural evidence, to allow us to see and hear exactly what Jesus and His disciples were teaching. – The Bible Revealed

The Gospel Of Repentance

Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. – Psalm 51:4. This may in fact be the most difficult post that I produce with the Lord by my side. It may even be my last, as I feel the tears currently welling up within my eyes. To know the Lord intimately, I am sure is probably the deepest desire of nearly every man’s heart. Although, to know the Lord, means to experience His pain, and to understand His suffering. Let us now look deeper into what it means to repent in the Bible.

All that the Father bestows upon us is a gift. All honor, glory, and praise belongs to Him alone. As I opened with Psalm 51, I will push forward with a single question. What is this great evil, that we all committed against the Lord? Let us begin, at the beginning. Not the beginning of this world, but the very beginning. Were you aware that there was a difference? The Gospel of John opens with, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.” Prior to the creation of this world there is what we will call the “first estate.” Let us go take a look at the Book of Jude.

“And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities… But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.”

Let us now crack open the KJV Bible and look closely at a few of the words in the original Greek, so that we can gain further understanding on who all of these angels are. Before doing so, why is the Gospel of Jude written in the present tense and not the past? Why does he say, “Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities… But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves?” We will now breakdown the word “chains,” in Jude 1:5. As well as the word “flesh,” in Jude 1:7. Let us look and ponder together.

These angels which fell from Heaven, which left their first estate were placed in, “a band, that is a ligament of the body.” These angels gave themselves over to fornication, as is, “human nature (with its frailties (physically or morally) and passions), specifically to be a human being, and to be carnally minded.” Who is it that is suffering the vengeance of eternal fire? Every last on of us. Please, take a second for a pause. Consider what you are looking at and reading. “Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.” Now, consider the angel in Revelation who gave John the “little book.” For in his mouth, on the surface, the Word of God was sweet. Yet, the moment that he had digested the Word, it became bitter in his belly. That holds true to anyone who has understood the depths of truths and the meaning to repent in the Bible.

We will continue with the Gospel of Jude while considering, “arise o’ sleeper, wake up from the dead,” “to be carnally minded is death,” & “the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God, neither can he know them, for they are spiritually discerned.” “Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities… But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves?” The two words that we will look further at are “these,” and “naturally.”

We are told that it is speaking on this man and this woman. Once again in the present tense. It also says that what they now know physically, instinctively, and naturally, they won’t even understand what they are reading or seeing, and will even speak evil of it. “Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.” In John 10 we learn about the moment where the Jews take up stones to cast them as Jesus.

“Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?” Let us go find where it says that in the Law, or more specifically in the Old Testament. We will be looking at Psalm 82:5-7. “They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course. I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.” Here we are once again, with it saying that they won’t know and they won’t understand what they are seeing, hearing, or looking at. Psalm 82 says that we are all gods, children of the Most High God, that fell from Heaven that will now die like men. Let’s look at the word “gods” and the word “fall” in the original Hebrew.

The psalmist, while under the influence of the Holy Ghost, was telling us that we are all angels that got cast down, and cast out of Heaven that are all going to die like men, awaiting judgement. “Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.” Now, watch the following video.

I never said that it was going to be easy. Although it is the 100% truth. Since we began at the very beginning, the first estate, and discovered who we all are, and a portion of what we did, let us go back, to the beginning of this world, Genesis 1. Before we do, let us consider, “the anointed cherub that covereth,” Lucifer. “Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.” – Ezekiel 28:13-15.

What exactly is he covering with, and who is it that he is covering? The answer is our flesh. Here, set the stage for Genesis 1:26-27. “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” We will once again look at the definition for “god.” As well as the definition for image.

In the cumulative sum of Genesis 1, there is no LORD or Lord, in front of the word god. So here we have a whole bunch of angels creating a system separate from the Lord God, making a phantom, that is, figuratively an illusion, resemblance; hence a representative figure, ESPECIALLY AN IDOL: an IMAGE, a vain shew. Does that sound like that is something that the Lord God made? Is any of the definition for image open to any other interpretation? The answer is no. That is because Genesis 2 is the creation of Adam and Eve, separate from the Genesis 1 creation, so that the Lord God could get back the prodigal son’s of His choosing. Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.

“Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.” Let us step forward to Exodus 20 and what the Lord told us all that we should not have done. Before doing so, let us consider Revelation 11:8, “And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.” “I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.  Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God.” – Exodus 20:2-5. We will be looking at the translation for graven image, as well as the translation for likeness.

The LORD God told us not to make any idols, or any phantom or specifically embodiment species. What is the definition for the image of god in Genesis 1 again? “A phantom, that is, figuratively an illusion, resemblance; hence a representative figure, ESPECIALLY AN IDOL: a vain shew.” As I asked previously, is there any other way this can be translated? Why do we need to be born again? “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do… And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.” In Colossians 3 we are told, “Jesus, who is the image of the invisible God, is the firstborn of every creature.” That is it precisely. Jesus came from a Virgin, impregnated by the Holy Spirit, the first born of the “new” creation, hence being “born” again. How can Jesus be the image of the invisible God, and we be created in His image? Look at the world around you. Do any of us look as if we fit that profile? Let us now watch the following video.

We will continue to build upon this with Psalm 73. “When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end. Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction. How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors. As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image. Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins. So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.”

Let us look at the original Hebrew again in a few places. The first word that we will pay attention to, is the word God. It isn’t the same word, it is different. It means “especially the Almighty.” We will also look at “castedst down” and the word image again.

Here we have the psalmist realizing the moment of being roused out of sleep. Terrified, for who he was, and what he had done. Totally frightened and disgusted by it. He was pierced in the very fiber of his being. The bigger question is, will you? The parable of the Prodigal son, isn’t a parable at all. It is the truth. The foolish angels who took their eternal life, coming to a far away land, and wasting it on riotous living and fornication. Will you fully come to the understanding and realization, repent back to the very beginning, by letting go of those things that are behind and reaching forth unto those things which are before?

I will add one final short video to this post that should solidify whether we, as true believers in Jesus Christ, have to forsake everything, and become as little children in order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

I pray that all of this receives you well. My hope, as I know with a certainty how late the hour is, that if even one of you may find your way Home, all of my time and efforts are worth it. For the sake of my brethren… May the Lord God, the Self Existent Eternal Jehovah, even Jesus Christ come in the Flesh, bless you in all things, and by His infinite mercy and grace. Please go through the Bible Study, the eBooks, and all of the lessons. The Word speaks for Himself. If we only allow ourselves, our pride, and our haughty, prideful spirit, to get out of the way.

“The stone which the BUILDERS rejected is become the head of the corner.”

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner

The Way Of Truth Shall Be Evil Spoken Of

But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. – 2 Peter 2:1-2

I pray that the following videos will lead you in understanding the fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as I have been led to understand it. May The Lord’s grace and mercy be upon you, even unto the end.

Please take the time to watch, ponder, and digest all of those things that you saw and heard. What else can we learn about the latter day prophets according to the Bible? Let’s watch the following video and see for ourselves.

For a better understanding of the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, begin your journey here: Bible Study With The Word.

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Take the time to explore all of Lift Up A Banner – The Bible Unveiled. Every lesson will help you in your own walk with the Lord God.

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner

Have You Heard The Call?

As a Christian, have you heard the sayings of Jesus Christ? Have you understood His mysteries? Have you woke up from the Dead? Did you receive His light? Did you yourself, become a light unto this fallen world? Have you forsaken all else and taken up your cross and followed the Lord? Are you helping your brothers or sisters to carry their cross? Are you clothing the naked? Are you freeing the captives? Are you restoring sight to the blind? Are you feeding others with the Bread of Life, the Word of God?

In a previous post we discussed the location of where our Lord was Crucified, Golgotha. Also know as Calvary. The definition of both words mean, “the place of a skull.” Jesus tells us, “The kingdom of God is within you.” The correct translation of Golgotha is, “The place of YOUR skull.” Please see the previous post here. In the post there is a video which adds interwoven scripture of the New Testament, the teachings of Paul, and the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Also check out Crucified At Golgotha, a free eBook which goes until further detail. Let’s now take this understanding from the Gospel and build upon it. Could there be additional Scriptures that bear witness to this subject? Are there principals within the Bible throughout the Old Testament that bear witness to the way, the truth, and the life? Meaning, how we ourselves should be living, how we learn the truth, and how we understand how to live? The following video adds to the previous post and the eBook. Take the time to consider it all, and pray over it.

If you have heard or understood even a small portion of what you read or saw here today, or if you have even further questions or doubts, check out the in depth Bible Study which expands on many Gospel Principals. It will help lay the proper foundation and build upon each layer, brick by brick. Finally, take that understanding and look at all of the posts. Each post will build upon one of the principals of the Gospel, as we each strive for mastery of our own vessels. May the Blessed Hope of our eternal salvation be built upon the one True Foundation, even Jesus Christ. “The Stone that the builders rejected has become the Head of the corner.” Who are the builders?

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner