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Visions of Jesus Christ the Lord of Lords and King of kings of the ever Expanding Universe

Visions of Jesus Christ the Lord of Lords and King of kings of the ever Expanding Universe
by Frank Manasseri

There are only four men mentioned and written about in the scriptures that were given visions, or glimpses of the future Kingdom of Jesus Christ. There may have been others who were also given this insight, but only Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and John’s accounts are written in the scriptures.

The Prophet Isaiah:
The prophet Isaiah’s description of the future King of the kingdom of God, where
God opened the windows of heaven and allowed Isaiah to see a future vision of the Lord sitting upon his throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.

Isa 6:1-8
In the year that king Uzziah died I saw:

1. The Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.
2. Above the Throne stood the seraphim’s: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.
3. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.
4. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.

The Prophet Ezekiel:
The prophet Ezekiel also was given a vision of the future Throne of the Christ:
Ezek 1:26-28

26 And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.
27 And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about.
28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.(KJV)

The Prophet Daniel:
The prophet Daniel was also given visions in the night of this Holy Heavenly place as recorded in Daniel 7:13-14.
1. Behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.

2. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.(KJV)

Dan 8:15-17
15 And it came to pass, when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, and sought for the meaning, then, behold, there stood before me as the appearance of a man.

16 And I heard a man’s voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision.

17 So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision.(KJV)

Dan 10:5-7
5 Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz:

6 His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude.

7 And I Daniel alone saw the vision: for the men that were with me saw not the vision; but a great quaking fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves.(KJV)

The Apostle John:
The Apostle John received similar revelations of the Lord of Lords and King of Kings in His risen glorified and exalted position which the Father had bestowed upon His Son.

Rev 1:9-19
9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.

10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet.

The Apostle John’s description of the risen glorified Christ who is the Alpha and the Omega:
1. A voice like the sound of a trumpet
2. He said I am the first and the last
3. Like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot.
4. Girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
5. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow;
6. His eyes were as a flame of fire;
7. And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace;
8. His voice as the sound of many waters.
9. In his right hand seven stars:
10. Out of his mouth went a sharp two edged sword:
11. His countenance was as the sun shines in his strength.
12. He has the keys of hell and of death

All four of the accounts written in the scriptures paint a most vivid picture of an Awesome King ruling over His kingdom with all authority, holiness, righteousness, sternness and judgment. These biblical accounts depicts the four men who were given these visions, as men who were stricken with and awesome reverence, if not fear of the One coming to rule the world.

There is a day coming when every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.

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Why complain or ask why persucution of Christians?

Did not the Lord tell us in His Word that we would suffer for His sake?

What is happening today with all this ungodliness with which we are surrounded is nothing more but fools being drawn away by their own lusts and evil desires.

Islam is about as Anti-Christ as anything can get, and yet some of our people are going over to the Middle East to join ISIS. Again these are fools that do not want the truth of Jesus, so they reject it, and run to serve the anti-christ radical Islamsts.

Christians around the world are either going to grow up and take a bold stand for Christ, or they are going to continue to wimp out and serve their own bellies.

Judgement comes upon the House of God first.

In the old testament Joshua said, “Choose ye this day whom you will serve, but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

In Thessalonians it is written, “because they love not the truth God will send them strong delsion that they should believe a lie.”

With all this anti-christ behavior around us, God is providing some strong delusion so that they who love not the truth will be drawn away to perish.

Perhaps one day our decision will be to either die for Christ as a martyr, or continue to live as a deluded coward.

The “Apple Pie and Ice Cream” gospel which has over the years lulled many Christians into a spiritual slumber, will soon be replaced by the gospel of the Kingdom of God.

Therefore do not be alarmed by persecution but rejoice that the Lord’s return is at hand!

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DISCOVERING THE LORD JESUS THE CHRIST “AS HE IS” TODAY PART VIII of XIII

DISCOVERING THE LORD JESUS THE CHRIST “AS HE IS” TODAY PART VIII of XIII

By Frank J Manasseri

Is Jesus Christ fully God?

The epistle of Hebrews is one of “much more”, “better than”, “greater than”. In all things the epistle of Hebrews shows that Jesus was and is greater than all the prophets, angels and is even greater than Moses. It also speaks of the New Covenant with its better promises than that of Abraham.

Chapter one deals with the Divine Nature of Jesus Christ and begins with the word GOD! This should immediately capture the reader’s attention, in that it is likened to Genesis which begins with, “In the beginning, GOD!” or “GOD in the beginning”. No other epistle begins in this manner, and as such Hebrews should get our focused attention because this epistle declares that God is speaking to us in His dear Son.

God makes it known that in these last days He is speaking to us through His dear Son. God speaks to us not through the prophets or by way of angels, but in His dear Son.

His Son is greater than all the prophets or angels who did in the Old Testament speak at various times and places for God. Under the Old Covenant the prophets and angels were limited to communicate to man’s intellect. However, now under the New Covenant Jesus speaks by way of Holy Spirit, directly into the spirit or heart of His people!

His Son is the brightness of His (the Father’s) glory and the express image of His nature. His only begotten Son is the exact imprint of the Father, speaking into the heart or spirit of believers. The resurrected, glorified, Christ is imparting the very life of God from the Throne room of heaven itself into the spirit of believers. 4

The Son of God upholds all things by the word of His power which has been bestowed upon Him by the Father. He has been appointed heir of all things being made so much better than the angels. He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they have.

This Son of God, in whom God is speaking to us today, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down or took His dignified and rightful place at the right hand of the Majesty on high.

Because He loved righteousness and hated iniquity, God anointed Him with the oil of joy above His fellows. As we shall see later on in this study, this anointing of Joy or Holy Spirit occurred sometime after the resurrection, between the Ascension from the Mount of Olives, and the day of Pentecost.

Therefore today if we do not harden our hearts, the Son of God lives in our heart to impart very heaven to us from His throne. He reveals Himself to us, ever perfecting us,
bringing us into the Father’s presence, in order that we may one with Him and with the Father thereby becoming over-comers in this world.

This is just a small portion of what Hebrews Chapter one reveals to those who are seeking and hungering after Truth.

To be continued. . .

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DISCOVERING THE LORD JESUS THE CHRIST “AS HE IS” TODAY PART VII of XIII

DISCOVERING THE LORD JESUS THE CHRIST “AS HE IS” TODAY PART VII of XIII

By Frank J Manasseri

The Final Temptation of Christ

The following scriptures will expose where, when and what the final temptation of Christ was.

Matt 26:36-39 (KJV)

Matt 26:42 (KJV)

We read in the Gospels that during His agony in the Garden, the Lord went to the Father three times to ask if this cup could pass from Him. It was here that Satan came with his final temptation of Jesus Christ to not obey His Father. This particular temptation was so intense that the Lord actually agonized during the temptation and sweat droplets of blood.

The Greek word for agony here in Luke 24:44 is agonia which is to be in bodily strife, struggle or contest, a violent struggle or agony both of body and mind.

His agony was so intense that the capillaries in His forehead ruptured, and He began to sweat blood. However, once again as a man under intense mental and physical anguish, the Lord Jesus Christ did not give in to this final and ultimate temptation. He resisted and overcame the Devils temptation.

Luke 22:42-44 (KJV)

Jesus Christ was tempted in all points as we are and yet He never succumbed to sin.

Jesus Christ A Great High Priest

Hebrews 3:1 declares that Jesus Christ is The Apostle and High Priest of our profession. Since He was tempted in all points, He is able to empathize with all men in their lowest state of sin, and at the same time, be is able to advance to the aid of anyone who cries out for help, for all who shall cal upon the name of the Lo4rd, shall be saved.

Heb 4:14-15 (KJV)

Under the Old Covenant or Old Testament, the High Priest after the order of Aaron, would enter into the Holy of Holies once a year, to make atonement for his sins and the sins of Israel. He would sprinkle the Mercy seat with the blood of bulls and goats covering the sins of Israel for one year. This special day is called the Day of Atonement and Jews continue to observe this Holy Day today.

Heb 9:12-14 (KJV)

Jesus Christ is not the High Priest after the order of Aaron but now the High Priest forever after the Order of Melchizedek, and constantly makes intercession for us in the Holy of Holies which is not on this earth but in heaven.

Heb 5:5-10 (KJV)

Heb 7:24-28 (KJV)

To be continued. . .

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DISCOVERING THE LORD JESUS THE CHRIST “AS HE IS” TODAY PART VI of XIII

DISCOVERING THE LORD JESUS THE CHRIST “AS HE IS” TODAY PART VI of XIII

By Frank J Manasseri

Jesus Christ Fully Man – Tempted in All Points

Because He was fully human He was subject to temptation in all things and yet was without sin. Some might say that because He had sinless blood, it was easier for Him to resist sin. I believe the opposite of this is true. Sinless blood did not lessen the pressure of His temptation. To the contrary, sinless blood made His temptation all the more intense.

“There is a degree of temptation that we may never experience simply because, no matter what our spirituality, we will succumb before we reach it. But Jesus Christ had no such limitation. Since He was sinless, He took the full extent of all that Satan could throw at Him. He had no shock system, no weakness limit, to turn off temptation at a certain point. Since He never succumbed, He experienced every temptation to the maximum. And He experienced it as a man, as a human being. In every way He was tempted as we are, and more. The only difference was that He never sinned. Therefore, when we come to Jesus Christ we can remember that He knows everything we know, and a great deal that we do not know, about temptation, and testing, and pain ”

MacArthur, John F., The MacArthur New Testament Commentary, (Chicago: Moody Press) 1983.

During His forty days of fasting in the wilderness, the Lord was being tempted by the devil in three major categories. These include all areas in which all men everywhere are tempted.

Is it possible that being tempted in all points does not necessarily equate to the Lord going through the same daily battles of temptation which we are subject? How could He have been tempted in all points as we are without going through the daily trials and temptations of life? The answer to these questions may be discovered in the accounts of His temptation in the wilderness.

Luke 4:1-13 (KJV)

We find the Lord was being tempted for forty days and yet did not succumb to any of the temptations and sin. The evidence of the manner in which He was tempted is given in the gospels of Matthew and Luke. Both Matthew and Luke agree on these three areas of temptation.

In comparing the various accounts of the Lord’s temptation in the wilderness, we find three points or categories.

1. If you are the Son of God command these stones be made bread.
2. If you are the Son of God cast thyself down.
3. Worship me, and I will give you all the power and glory of the world.

These points or categories are delineated in I John 2:16:

I John 2:16 (KJV)

16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

In understanding “all that is in the world” we must ask a question. What does the word all indicate here?

Whenever the word all is used, it either means all with distinction or all without exception, and the context generally dictates which definition applies.

In I John 2:16 it is all without exception. The context of this passage deals with loving not the world, neither the things that are in the world…. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life is not of the Father.

The three major points or categories which are not of the Father are:

1. The lust of the flesh.
2. The lust of the eyes.
3. The pride of life.

The following chart may help in understanding how the Lord was tempted in all points or categories:

Discovery Chart 001
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Under these three points fall “all that is in the world” which is not of the Father. If they are not of the Father they are in the category of sin.

Further evidence that Jesus was not tempted on a daily basis is also found in Luke 4:13

Luke 4:13 (KJV)

When the devil had ended all the temptations, he left Jesus for a season and went away. The Greek word for season here is kairos, which means an opportune point of time at which a thing should be done.

Luke 4:13 (RSV)

These scriptures indicate and are proof that Jesus was not tempted on a day to day basis. The scriptures declare that the devil left Him for a season only to return again at some opportune time.

This now begs the question; “What was this opportune time for the devil to return in order to tempt the Lord Jesus?” Once again let us go to the Word of God to find the answer to this important question.

To be continued. . .

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DISCOVERING THE LORD JESUS THE CHRIST “AS HE IS” TODAY PART V of XIII

DISCOVERING THE LORD JESUS THE CHRIST “AS HE IS” TODAY PART V of XIII

By Frank J Manasseri

ETERNITY PAST

Before the days of His Flesh, in what we shall call Eternity Past, was it possible that the Son of God was with the Father in the form of spirit? If so did the Son share the same attributes as the Highest God? Let’s look at some scripture that seem to indicate this pre-existence was possible.

John 17:5 (AMP)
5 And now, Father, glorify Me along with Yourself and restore Me to such majesty and honor in Your presence as I had with You before the world existed.
Philippians 2:6-8 (AMP)
6 Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God [[a]possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God], did not [b]think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped [c]or retained,
7 But stripped Himself [of all privileges and [d]rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being.
8 And after He had appeared in human form, He abased and humbled Himself [still further] and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the death of the cross!

These scriptures seem to indicate that according to the plan of salvation, the appointed time came for the Son of God to willfully limit Himself of His Glory and His divine attributes and willfully laid aside all those attributes that made Him equal with God.

In other words He, Jesus Christ chose not to use His Godly powers while in the flesh, and in doing so, He made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant and was found in fashion as a man. Is it possible the Son of Almighty God, was willing to conceal His glory and leave His divine attributes behind (heaven) in order to be born a perfect human sacrifice for the sins of all mankind?

The way I see it, in this seemingly deliberate and willful act of obedience to the Father, The Son of God stepped from the limitlessness and security of eternity into the confines of the time and space of this fallen world. Accordingly He was willing to humble and subject himself to the cruel and savage treatment He received during the days of His flesh in order to obtain the gift of salvation for mankind.

In obedience to the Fathers Will, He was conceived by the Holy Spirit Then after nine months in His mother’s womb, He was born a helpless infant, totally dependent upon His mother Mary and stepfather Joseph. He grew up as other children along with His brothers and sisters under the authority of His earthly parents in Nazareth.

The Lord Jesus willfully emptied himself to become man, so that He could save us from an eternity in Hell, and freely give all who will confess Him as Lord eternal life.

Oh! What Faith! Oh! What Love! Oh! What Hope! Jesus the Son of God became the Son of Man to dwell among us in the flesh, and to declare to us the Father God. This began the days of His flesh where He was fully human.

Fully Man with Sinless Blood

John 1:1-5 (KJV)

But how is it that the Son of God, Who is the Word made flesh, was born into this world without sin?

The answer to this question may be found in the epistle to the Hebrews.

Heb 2:14 (KJV)

This verse is telling us that the children are partakers of flesh and blood. The word partakers is from the Greek word koinoneo which means to share in common, to be a partaker of or in anything in common with others.

It is interesting that another Greek word is used to describe what part the Son of Man took. The verse does not say that He partook, koinoneo of the same, but that He took part metecho of the same.

The Lord Jesus was born into this world with pure sinless blood, which He inherited, not from fallen Adam but from His Heavenly Father. Jesus is the promised seed of Abraham and He is the only man born of a woman without the original sin of Adam. The flesh He took part of, was from the line of David through His mother Mary. And so He was born fully human in order to be made like unto His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God.

To be continued. . .

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DISCOVERING THE LORD JESUS THE CHRIST “AS HE IS” TODAY PART IV of XIII

DISCOVERING THE LORD JESUS THE CHRIST “AS HE IS” TODAY PART IV of XIII
By Frank J Manasseri

A Revelation from Heaven

It is understood, that God, the Father of Jesus Christ, is not limited by time and space. He is eternal, and as such, He is not subject to any of the natural laws of the universe as we are. God is Sovereign and exists in the eternal now. We on the other hand are limited to time and space. Therefore it is difficult, if not impossible for us to fully grasp the meaning of eternity. Because of these human limitations I will be using the terms “Eternity Past” and “Eternity Future” in order to illustrate from the scriptures what I believe are the different forms of Jesus Christ’s existence.

We begin our journey on the day of Pentecost. Soon after the outpouring of the Holy Spirit Peter filled to overflowing with the Spirit, begins to preach the gospel. Then when he gets to the place as recorded in Acts 2:32 and 33, an amazing truth is revealed. These two verses disclose the actual status and location of the Lord since His recent resurrection from the dead and ascension into heaven.

Acts 2:32 and 33
This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we are all witnesses.
Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.

This is the first indication that the Lord Jesus Christ has been glorified and exalted as prophesied in the Old Testament. This truth was being revealed to Peter as he, filled with the Holy Spirit preached on the day of Pentecost. Some fifty days earlier Jesus had told the disciples in John 16, that He would send the Comforter and that this Comforter would guide them into all truth.

John 16:7-15 (KJV)

The Lord told His disciples this Comforter would not speak of Itself, but what It hears, It would speak, and that It would glorify Jesus. This is exactly what transpired during Peter’s anointed preaching, on the day of Pentecost, ten days after the Lord’s ascension into heaven.

This word exalted in Acts 2:33 is the greek word hupsoo which means to elevate (literally or figuratively.) It comes from the root word hupsos which translates altitude, the sky or dignity.

Compare Acts 2:33 (KJV) with Philippians 2:6-11(KJV)

The Revised Standard Version puts it this way:

Phil 2:6-11 (RSV)

The Living Bible gives us another perspective:

Phil 2:6-11 (TLB)

In Philippians 2:9 we learn that God has highly exalted Him and has given Him a name, which is above every other name.

Keeping in mind the Bible offers instruction, understanding, and purpose will assist in our investigation of the scriptures in order to find out exactly when this high exaltation of Jesus Christ actually took place.

To be contiued. . .

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