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Judge by its cover or judge by its contents – We have to be careful in making sound judgment there are people in sheep’s clothing and there are friends with many faces. We have to trust the Word of God when it comes to guidance and protection, and for an answer when it comes to who are we going to trust? Do not be conformed to the attraction of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our mind that will lead us to God’s perfection.

The Book of Revelation was written many centuries ago, it has never been touched nor interpreted by many believers for their own interpretation but was left to those who studied theology and other scholars. However, because the Bible was in circulation after the invention of the printing machine, there were believers who expressed their freedom to own it and thereby eventually made their own interpretation. The leaders of many congregations are still responsible for the correct interpretation of the Scriptures and the spiritual growth of their members, thus, the Bible study is very important.

The Book of Revelation is one of the books in the Bible that is symbolical.  We could have different thoughts if we are in a separate Bible class or learn it from different preachers of different denominations.  Maybe John wrote it as he sees it, and had no understanding of it, and some have referenced it from the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament).

Since it is symbolic, the truth depends on one’s vision to another, except if believers are seating side by side and exchanging thoughts may eventually agree to a conclusion.  Centuries had passed and up to the present time, many still disagree with the inclusion of the Book of Revelation in the Bible.  We may also find Bibles that do not include the book of revelation.  Many claims that the book was and is a compilation of various writers; should had not been included or should have ended in Chapter 3 and end in verse 7.

The members of the canonical group were influenced by a powerful church that dictated what had to be put in the Bible. The same things happened to the epistles of Paul that not all letters are his. The time has come to correct our thoughts that our faith for the One True God must be fully acknowledged in every religious gathering. We are not discrediting the work of the Son, but he is the center of every worshipper instead of the Father.  I believe that the Son will not be delighted omitting the Father.  Without the Father, there will be no Son and without a Son, there will be no Father.  We cannot be one without the other.

When we talk about these issues, we should consider the righteous approach.  Subjective thoughts are open for public investigation, interpretations, and conclusions, and when we come to the objective discussion we should deal with facts and pieces of evidence.

Whichever thought to start will be a good startup. The difficulty sometimes is based on what others saw but we didn’t see and therefore make the comprehension much harder without properly sharing.  Like the Bible, as far as I am concerned, the Revelations are not part of the New Testament. The message of the Father was His concern about us.

This book of Revelation is not about God which will be the judge, and the Son, the faithful witness.  It is about us to be aware of things to come. Are we saved? Do we still need to be saved?

The Revelation as I considered being ( Testament of God/God’s Testament for the end of the ages) the third division of the Bible in reference to God’s holy number.  Number 3 which biblically represents divine wholeness, completeness, and perfection. Number two is an open space but when we put the holy number 3 we stamp it with God’s perfect completeness.  What more could be added when it is already complete.  God works on perfect numbers which are part of His divine perfection.

Someone asked me if I shifted my faith (maybe they are following my work) and ask me to join the interfaith group and share my experiences on social media. Additionally, there is another one that invited me to be part of their revival movement to be broadcasted worldwide by October 4… with an expected 1 million participants.  We need also to practice caution. If you are in the ministry you appreciate big opportunities such as those. Is that God’s calling? Do I accept it or ignore it?

I believe thinking about it is proper and should wait for a few more days to respond.  We do not know if it is from God until you receive signs of confirmation from the Holy Spirit. People make mistakes by making a quick reaction in rejecting or accepting something without the presence of awareness of where it comes from.  In a situation, when a decision is needed consult the Bible; and this is what I received “do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets, are around us.”

The next thing I asked myself is these questions; did I shift my faith? Did I walk away from the Christian religion? Where I am now? Am I lost?  Did I have a new assignment to pursue? Somebody told me I am a progressive Christian? What do you mean by that?

Actually, the first offer was from the interfaith group which opened up my eyes to realize what is my stand regarding my faith. I know by birth I am a Christian, I was baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. I believe I experienced receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit with fire back in November 2006; since then I walk by faith and started to be a servant (minister) of the gospel.  I am a Christian! I am a Catholic Evangelical Christians. For explanation check: http://www.amazingkingdom.org/catholic-evangelical-defined/

One time I was in a group of fundamentalist Christians and I mentioned something about God, not more than a minute I was asked if I belong to a Jehovah’s Witnesses because they thought I was referring to God alone without a Son.  In another event, I was told that I am talking about Mormons, so I am a Mormon!  That is when I mentioned that we can all be gods. Jesus mentioned that references from the Old Testament Scripture. If that happened to me, it could also happen to others.

What would they think about Christianity? Would you think they would want to belong to this environment? Are these the people we call Christians? Very judgmental!  Self-righteous people!!  It shows they are practicing persecution and these people are always talking about Christians being persecuted.

There are two kinds of Christians; the True Christians and the other one they just think they are Christians. We can profess all year long but without confession, you are not there yet to claim you are a Christian.

The fundamentalists are the most common to make an error in judging the open-minded Christians. We do not persecute our own brothers, we can correct their mistakes, rebuke humbly when they are wrong, and encourage when they are drifting or shifting to another direction but with gentleness, respect one another is a sign of brotherly love. Always ask why it is happening and you may be surprised that the behavior and attitude of our own becomes an issue.

Mankind is a natural sinner and when you read the book of Revelation you will be engaged with fear of things to come not an encouragement to hold on to the faith. We are taught that we are not part of the judgment and that is true just for a simple reason that we are sinners subject to die—prejudged.

God has a bigger plan for us, something different, and that we really do not know. There is a hint, during judgment day we will all be in rapture and taken to a place where we can’t witness the judgment being carried. Is that a mystery or a concealed secret?

What is Christianity? Christianity is often discussed in terms of believing God’s promises, trusting in his faithfulness, and relying on God’s character and faithfulness to act.-Wikipedia

While others defined it as; 1:the religion derived from Jesus Christ, based on the Bible as sacred scripture, and professed by Eastern, Roman Catholic, and Protestant bodies. 2: conformity to the Christian religion. 3: The practice of Christianity—merriam-webster.com › dictionary › Christianity

Related topic recommended for reading: When Jesus became Christ: http://www.amazingkingdom.org/?s=when+Jesus+became+Christ

Christianity has so many ups and downs, so many divisions, and so many different interpretations; some denominations do not believe what was written in the Bible: Speaking in Tongue, baptism of the Holy Spirit; though it is not written the majority believes the existence of the Trinity in different forms.

“Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.”—2 John 1:9-11.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect—Romans 12:2.

Christians that believe to follow some of the teachings of the Hebrew Bible (God, The Ten commandments) excluding the Law of Moses which is designed for the Jews and some teachings of Islam’s Quran (God, Adam) cannot be judged as lukewarm believers but believers of the truth that we are believers of God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  This alone we can start to unite in the Spirit of God.

A husband and wife with different beliefs but yet agreed to live together because of love with each should not be forced to be separated but rather let them live together for the sake of their children. Let their love be the bridge to make the unbelief holy. God has called everyone to live in love and peace.

Let us give glory to God in the highest by sharing our light to shine before others that through our good works they may find what they are missing and witness the goodness of God through us.

Glory to God in the highest

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D., Bishop Emeritus

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