Why we lack and have problems
Haggai 1:10 -
Therefore the heaven over you is stayed from dew [cover], and the earth is stayed from her fruit.
We who live in this creation are a part of the Heavens. The highest 3 levels (dimensions) of the Heavens (Paul called it the third Heaven) are the dwelling place of God. Even though Gad is everywhere this place is called His dwelling place because His glory is most here. The Garden of Eden is in this Upper Heavens.
Between our level and the Heavens is a level which separates and restricts entry to the upper Heavens also known as the Holy Mountains of God. This is the level wherein is described as lies the fiery Sword of God and where the Cherubs keep guard. When man had no sin in him he could move between the various levels like the Angels do since this level did not exist. This level is more to restrict the fallen angels thrown down (removed) from the Upper Heavens from entering the Holy Mountains of God. This restriction is not because to keep them from doing harm to the dwellers of the Upper Heavens but more because having evil in them they will perish when they come closer to God.
Below our dimension are two levels one called Hell which is the lowest level and then the level called Grave or Sea which lies between Hell and us.
Hell is a place where spirits of all humans who die and are not in the Lord or forsaken go. Hell is not a valley where endless fire burns, this is a Jewish misunderstanding which is carried by the Catholic Church. Hell is a prison also described as an endless pit, for every cell is in total isolation and every spirit that is bond here suffers for the sins in them. No one tortures them; in fact each one brings in their own torturing machines, since the sins in them are the endless fire or never dying worms that cause them to suffer. Although Jesus went here since He was forsaken by the Father when He was covered with our sins, but since there was no sin in Him, He did not suffer and could not be held here, that is why He resurrected. His purpose to some here was firstly to break the curse of Hell so that all who believe in Him do not go there, secondly to fulfil the promise of God to Noah for all the spirits from the time of Noah who existed there were preached by Him and those who accepted Him were set free from Hell along with Him.
Since none go to Heaven for none can enter it unless all mankind is judged and those having the Truth receive Righteous covering from the Son, thus God made a provision or level where the spirit of those who believe in Him go that is the level below us and between Hell and us, also called the Grave or Bosom of Abraham. From the time of Noah all those who are in the Lord have been gathered here written 'slept with their fathers' or 'gathered unto their people' in the OT and 'slept' in the NT. All the patriarchs of the OT went there and the incident of Samuel highlights this.
Bible says after the Judgement Day when all those judged and fallen and those still alive in Hell will be put in a place called Lake of Fire or Sulphur. There people do not suffer their sins but suffer for rejecting the Word of God. Here the suffering is worse than Hell. It also says the levels will cease to exist and the Heavens will come in a new level of glory.
Today's message talks of this glory of God being delayed because of us and thus creation also suffers. If we read a few scripture before it talks of rebuilding the temple with wood from the Mountains. It is not talking of an earthly temple but a spiritual temple that is us.
The scriptures says we people are lost in building earthly temples of flesh and worldly understanding but are failing to build our spiritual temple.
God's Hand is not short nor is He unable to sustain us or provide for us. Let us concentrate on building our spiritual temple and stop depriving the Heavens its glory and ourselves the provisions of God.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, we like fools plan great things for ourselves here on earth as if we are to dwell here forever. Lord, we pray your people realize how short life is and how the time is at hand to finish the work we are assigned. The work of bringing your sheep to You, of leading the lambs and making them sheep, since lambs do not enter Heaven but sheep do...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference ]
7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
8 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
Genesis 25:8 - Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people.
Genesis 35:29 - And Isaac gave up the ghost, and died, and was gathered unto his people, being old and full of days: and his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.
Genesis 49:33 - And when Jacob had made an end of commanding his sons, he gathered up his feet into the bed, and yielded up the ghost, and was gathered unto his people.
Numbers 20:26 - And strip Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar his son: and Aaron shall be gathered unto his people, and shall die there.
12 And the LORD said unto Moses, Get thee up into this mount Abarim, and see the land which I have given unto the children of Israel.
13 And when thou hast seen it, thou also shalt be gathered unto thy people, as Aaron thy brother was gathered.
Judges 2:10 - And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.
1 Samuel 28:9-15
9 And the woman said unto him, Behold, thou knowest what Saul hath done, how he hath cut off those that have familiar spirits, and the wizards, out of the land: wherefore then layest thou a snare for my life, to cause me to die?
10 And Saul sware to her by the LORD, saying, As the LORD liveth, there shall no punishment happen to thee for this thing.
11 Then said the woman, Whom shall I bring up unto thee? And he said, Bring me up Samuel.
12 And when the woman saw Samuel, she cried with a loud voice: and the woman spake to Saul, saying, Why hast thou deceived me? for thou art Saul.
13 And the king said unto her, Be not afraid: for what sawest thou? And the woman said unto Saul, I saw gods ascending out of the earth.
14 And he said unto her, What form is he of? And she said, An old man cometh up; and he is covered with a mantle. And Saul perceived that it was Samuel, and he stooped with his face to the ground, and bowed himself.
15 And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And Saul answered, I am sore distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God is departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither by prophets, nor by dreams: therefore I have called thee, that thou mayest make known unto me what I shall do.
2 Corinthians 12:2 - I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.
50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on 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, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.
8 Go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith the LORD.
9 Ye looked for much, and, lo, it came to little; and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it. Why? saith the LORD of hosts. Because of mine house that is waste, and ye run every man unto his own house.
10 Therefore the heaven over you is stayed from dew, and the earth is stayed from her fruit.
11 And I called for a drought upon the land, and upon the mountains, and upon the corn, and upon the new wine, and upon the oil, and upon that which the ground bringeth forth, and upon men, and upon cattle, and upon all the labour of the hands.
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