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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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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 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 Christ As He Is Today Part II

Discovering the Lord Jesus Christ As He Is Today Part II
By Frank J Manasseri

A PURIFYING HOPE
The Word of God speaks of a transformation and purification that is to come upon every true follower of Jesus Christ when the reality of I John 3:1-3 begins to live in their life. The Apostle John wrote these words by revelation. Thinking and meditating upon this section of scripture fills the heart with joy for the promise to the Christian believer is; “we shall be like Him for we shall see Him AS HE IS.”
I Jn 3:1-3
1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. (KJV)

LORD! LORD!
Unfortunately the stark realty is a day will come when some that profess to know the Lord will confidently declare to Him how they had done many mighty works in His name. Sadly He will say to them, that He never knew them. This will be a terrible shock to these individuals who were so sure they knew the Lord! What a cold and rude awakening this will be to some that spent a lifetime thinking they were serving and worshipping Him. How painful and terminal is will be to these when they discover in eternity, they never had a personal relationship with Him AS HE IS.
Matt 7:21-23(KJV)
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

The more we discover about an individual the deeper our relationship may become. The same is true of Jesus Christ! Therefore let us explore His nature for if we only know Him as fully human we are most definitely limited in our relationship with Him. On the other hand, we are limited in our relationship with Him if we see Him as fully God alone.

The fact of Jesus being fully man and fully God during the days of His flesh is a prominent Theology in most of the Church today. To others the statement that Jesus Christ was fully man and fully God may seem contradictory and some may even find this confusing. Still some may simply dismiss it all as foolishness. However the question remains. Is it possible for us to comprehend this seemingly difficult subject? Could a human being be fully God? Could God be fully human? And, if this is true, then how, when, where, and why did all this take place? The scriptures in Matthew 7:21-23 tell us how imperative it is that we know Jesus intimately and that He knows us. However before we continue in this quest let us investigate the subject of what the scripture defines as strongholds.

To be continued. . .

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DISCOVERING THE LORD JESUS THE CHRIST “AS HE IS” TODAY Part I

The following is submitted by the author not as a completed work but as a journey in progress. This quest to personally know Jesus Christ “As He Is,” may take a lifetime, and one must be willing to be open to new information based upon truth of scripture alone and not speculation, feelings or experiences.

DISCOVERING THE LORD JESUS THE CHRIST “AS HE IS” TODAY Part I of XIII

By Frank J Manasseri
This is a Biblical study of the plan of salvation, which after the counsel of

His own Will, The Father God along with His only begotten Son, set in motion before the

foundations of this world.

The goal of this work is to present information that will be both challenging and enlightening concerning Jesus Christ (The Messiah). What is written in the following pages may challenge some traditional theology in such a way that it will encourage the reader to join the ranks of those noble Bereans who after hearing the scriptures, “searched the scriptures daily whether those things were so.” 1

THE REVEALING OF THE CHRIST

Today many are seeking to learn more about this Jesus of Nazareth who claimed to be the Son of the True God. During the days of His earthly ministry, Jesus presented a challenge to His disciples when He asked them “Whom do men say that I the Son of Man am? 2

There was a significant purpose for His inquiry. This one simple question provoked a response that unleashed a revelation from Heaven concerning the Christ the Son of the Living God.

The Lord desired to know what the people were saying about Who He was, but of more importance to Him He desired to known whom the disciples believed He was. Why was this so imperative? Why didn’t the Lord just simply announce Who He was to everyone? Jesus knew He was the Christ the Son of the living God, and He certainly did not need any man to confirm or validate this truth. He knew that only the Father could truly reveal the Son and only the Son truly reveal the Father. 3.

In this revelation from heaven one may begin to develop an intimacy with Him, for what one thinks of Jesus Christ is the most singularly important factor for those who deeply desire to enjoy an intimate relationship with Him and to know Him “AS HE IS” today.

In this record some thought He was John the Baptist, while some thought He was Elias, Jeremiah or some other prophet that had been reincarnated. Opinions have not changed much since the time when the Lord Jesus asked this question of His disciples. Even today individuals still have a myriad of opinions of what they think Jesus of Nazareth is.

Many so-called Biblical scholars hold symposiums designed to share information, insights and opinions hoping to find the answers to who Jesus really is. By the confession of their mouths they speak and declare who they think He is. Their conclusions are like the opinions recorded in this section of scripture, some are correct, and some are wrong.

Why is it so important to the Lord that people accurately know who He is? The proper answer to this question will determine the quality an individual’s personal relationship with Him.

If one thinks He is just one of the many Prophets or just another Holy man, then the relationship will not be based on truth. However if one accepts, as Peter did, that Jesus is the Christ the Son of the Living God then this relationship is built upon the solid rock of truth.

The Father God’s Love for mankind was and is continually manifested through His only begotten Son. The selfless life of sacrifice and service of Jesus the Christ is plainly illustrated as we journey through the pages of the Bible. (John 17:16-26)

The Son of God declared the Father to His followers and to all those who would listen. (John 1:18)

To be continued. . .

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Speaking the Things Concerning the Kingdom of God (Part II)

Sermon on the Mount

Part II

In the beginning of the Lord Jesus’ ministry, we read in the Sermon on the Mount, that He speaking as the King taught the disciples the Beatitudes of how to live in the Kingdom of God. Notice these are BE-ATTITUDES and not DO-ATTITUDES. The difference being, these were not Laws or rigid rules to be kept in order to become a Kingdom Citizens, but the simple Attitudes needed in order to live as a citizen in blessing of the Kingdom of God.
Without getting into all of the eight beatitudes, a quick glance at the first one is necessary to understand what is meant by the BE-ATTITUDES:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the Kingdom of God” (Matt 5:3). This “poor in spirit” is the attitude of a true follower of Jesus of Nazareth. This is the opposite of arrogance or a haughty, prideful attitude. True humility and not arrogance is the manner in which Jesus lived and served those around Him during the days of His flesh. Jesus showed by example how He lived and conducted His life. This is the first requirement of the Kingdom of God, or this is the attitude one must develop in order to begin to be a vital blessed citizen in the Kingdom of God.
Today this Kingdom of God is not yet manifest in the material or physical realm as it is a spiritual Kingdom replete with Kingdom Blessings and Rewards for those who will learn “how” to live as a Kingdom citizen bringing glory to God and not to them.

This helps define the journey we are on. A quest to investigate the scriptures in order to accurately discover what Jesus of Nazareth taught about the things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.

In discovering the basis of True Christianity we may begin to learn and live in simple obedience to His instructions, giving Glory to the Father and resulting in receiving the Kingdom blessings now and Kingdom rewards in the future when the Lord Jesus returns to establish his Kingdom on earth.

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A Pearl of Great Price

Matthew 13:45-46 (KJV)

45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:

46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

Unlike some today who try to make the gospel palatable for reluctant sinners, Jesus made it clear that following Him had its price. Rather than acceptance, fame, prestige, and prosperity, you can expect rejection and persecution for your efforts. That is if you are truly following the Lord Jesus of Nazareth. This is far from a popular approach to evangelism, but it’s honest. This also ensures that no one will endeavor to enter the Kingdom on the wrong basis.

“Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness” (Matt. 5:10).

Jesus wanted His disciples to not sit around and sing “Kumbaya,” but to count the cost of discipleship. He knew that many of them would suffer persecution, be disowned by their families and excommunicated from the Jewish synagogues. Many would suffer even martyrdom at the hands of the Roman government. They needed to count the cost before they made a commitment to follow Him.!

Persecution did come to those early Christians. The Emperor Nero smeared many of them with pitch, crucified them, and then burned them to light his garden parties. He condemned Christians for refusing to worship him as a god and blamed them for the burning of Rome in 64 AD

Christians were also accused of cannibalism because Jesus said, “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him” (John 6:56). They were also said to be revolutionaries because they believed that God would one day destroy the earth.

The world’s animosity toward Christians hasn’t changed. You might not face the severe persecutions the first-century believers faced, but you will be persecuted (Phil. 1:29). Even new Christians often face difficulties. If they refuse to join their former friends in sinful activities, they might be rejected. If they work for a dishonest boss who expects them to participate in or condone his evil practices, they might be fired, or be forced to quit their jobs. This might bring extreme financial hardship to their families.

God won’t always shield you from persecution, but He will honor your integrity and give you strength to endure any trial that comes your way. Praise Him for His all-sufficient grace!

Ask God for the wisdom and strength to face any persecution with integrity and unwavering faith.

“Blessed is he that watcheth.” (Revelation 16:15)

“We die daily,” said the apostle. This was the life of the early Christians; they went everywhere with their lives in their hands. We are not in this day called to pass through the same fearful persecutions: if we were, the Lord would give us grace to bear the test; but the tests of Christian life, at the present moment, though outwardly not so terrible, are yet more likely to overcome us than even those of the fiery age. We have to bear the sneer of the world that is little; its blandishments, its soft words, its oily speeches, its fawning, its hypocrisy, are far worse.

Our danger is lest we grow rich and become proud, lest we give ourselves up to the fashions of this present evil world, and lose our faith. Or if wealth be not the trial, worldly care is quite as mischievous. If we cannot be torn in pieces by the roaring lion, if we may be hugged to death by the bear, the devil little cares which it is, so long as he destroys our love to Christ, and our confidence in him.

I fear me that the Christian church is far more likely to lose her integrity in these soft and silken days than in those rougher times. We must be awake now, for we traverse the enchanted ground, and are most likely to fall asleep to our own undoing, unless our faith in Jesus be a reality, and our love to Jesus a vehement flame. Many in these days of easy profession are likely to prove tares, and not wheat; hypocrites with fair masks on their faces, but not the true-born children of the living God. Christian, do not think that these are times in which you can dispense with watchfulness or with holy ardour; you need these things more than ever, and may God the eternal Spirit display his omnipotence in you, that you may be able to say, in all these softer things, as well as in the rougher, “We are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”
Charles H. Spurgeon,

Revelation 12:10-11(KJV)

10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

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