ARE YOU BEING CALLED?
The called out ones....becoming Converted
Ekklesia, is a Greek word translated church, meaning "called out assembly." How can you know if God is calling you to join His Ekklesia, or called out ones? Well, if Satan has deceived the whole world, as it says in Revelation, then most of the world's religions are based on deception. And Christ predicted this very thing, when He said "Many will come in my name, saying I am Christ, and shall deceive many." Matthew 24:5
So there is real religious deception afoot in this world. And the people who are loyal to the real God and His real son Jesus are the true believers and they are the "called out ones." of this world. How can we tell who they are? From what you might have been taught, Jesus supposedly came to do away with the law. Well the prophetic book of Revelation identifies the true followers of God, who have not been deceived by Satan.
Revelation 14:12....Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
Once you break with false traditions that were handed down from parent to child, you can begin to be "called out." Just because something false is said over and over, doesn't mean it will ever be the truth.
THE LORD OF THE SABBATH...the world was made by Christ
He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. John 1:10
We have to get past spiritual teenagehood, where we think we know everything. Eventually, we have to understand that our parent God knows a whole lot more than we do. Eventually, we have to show respect by doing what He asks.
How? For example, a respectful teenager listens to their parents and they come in by 11:00, if that is the curfew they have been given. How can we show respect to our spiritual parent in regards to time? Well, we can remember the 7th day Sabbath to keep it holy, not working on this day.
Speaking of Jesus, John 10 confirms the world was MADE BY HIM...and the world knew him not." They did not recognize the Jesus who walked among them was creator of earth! This is why His sacrifice was so valuable, the creator died in our place, so we would not have to. As creator, God Himself rested on the 7th day from all His works, an example to His called out ones...in other words, those who are loyal to Him, and not loyal to Satan, the god of this world. Have you ever wondered why God called Lucifer the morning star?
How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast
down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!
Isaiah 14:12 Satan was the original Sun god. If Satan has deceived the whole world, would he want them to keep the true creator's day of worship? He would not. He had a different day for those deceived by him.
SUNDAY NOT COMMANDED...
Sunday is the first day of the week, and no where in the Bible does it command this day as God's day of worship. For 1000s of years, Sunday was the day the pagan sun worshippers kept. About 400 years after Christ's death, in an effort to bring in the masses of sun worshippers (and their money) into the corrupt church, the corrupted church changed the day of worship from Saturday to Sunday, on their own authority alone. It was wrong.
"And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time." Daniel 7:25
HOW YOU GET THE TRUTH
Once you start to obey the Sabbath, God will gives you His Holy Spirit, which the bible says God gives to those who obey Him.
And we are his witnesses of these things, and the Holy Spirit also, which God has given to
those that obey him. Acts 5:32
Once God calls you...you don't choose Him, He chooses you!
And you begin to obey Him, then He will give you more truth! Things you never saw before will become clear, but be warned you can easily lose this. The Sabbath is a test command, if you can't keep the Sabbath, there is no need to worry about trying to keep all the other things God commands, such as the Holy Days, food laws or anything else. Yes, they are important, no doubt, but if you can't keep the test command of the 7th day Sabbath, then there is no need to bother God with the rest of it. The Sabbath is the most important first step to forming a connection with the creator, who made the earth, the animals, men and the Sabbath...and YOU!
BEING CALLED BY GOD...
If God opens your mind, He does so because He knows you have a shot at making it in the first resurrection, which is a "better" resurrection. It is a resurrection to eternal life at the return of Christ, when the saints are gathered at the last Trump. And they will rule the earth with Christ for the 1000 year millennium. There is second "chance" (but not to be a spirit being at the return of Christ)
There is another chance as, they will come up naked (physical human being) in the general resurrection of all the dead at the end of the 1000 year millennium. It is called the Great White Throne Resurrection. Christ spoke of this resurrection of all the rest of the dead, calling it "the judgment." Luke 11 speaks of it saying,
"The queen of the south shall rise up in judgment with the men of this generation, and condemn them: for she came from the utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, a greater than Solomon is here"
Here we see the Queen of Sheba coming up in a resurrection with the people of Christ's time. This judgment comes at the end of the millennium, the massive job of the people of the millennium is to prepare the earth for this great resurrection!
It will take the full 1000 years to get the earth ready for it. It is called the Great White Throne judgment, and here is where all the dead, small and great come to life again. They will be taught God's word (books were opened is from Biblios...the Bible!) They will be flesh and blood and have span of a human lifetime as physical human beings, (100 years?) they will be taught God's truth and His ways and if they do not rebel, then they will possibly receive eternal life at the end of their life, or maybe not, and if not, there are no more chances. Reprobate literally means losing your trial twice. Very few though will choose to reject God twice. They will have the option to become a spirit being and live forever, but they will never have the position of great responsibility and rulership the first fruits are given.
In the first resurrection, the saints are gathered and they become spirit beings, working side by side with other saints and with Christ to set this world straight and to get things ready for the massive Great White Throne judgment. You will be on the inside of God's works and operations. One of the called out ones to do a big job, and you cannot choose it, God will choose you because He has a job for you to do, because you are loyal and obedient to Him.
There is one thing though, most of your friends and family absolutely will not understand what you are doing at all, and this is a test as to whether you love God most. We have all lost friends, mothers, fathers, lost family, lost all sorts of things because we loved God most. To keep the Sabbath, a sign of your New Covenant with God, you will be required to put God and His Law first...and if you can't, if you choose not to keep the Sabbath, then you will be choosing not to have a relationship with the creator of the earth, you will be sadly choosing not to be under the covenant with the true God. Disobedience causes loss of understanding of truth, you will lose all the truth you understood and worse than , you won't get anymore (and it's so amazing to understand the truth)
The Holy Spirit is what has caused you to understand the truth and God only gives His Holy Spirit to those who obey Him. Acts 5:32 says,
"We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit,
whom God has given to those who obey him."
We have all given up things because we chose to obey God, but those things don't mean anything in comparison. Christ said He did not come to bring peace but war. He said, a mans enemies will be those of his own household.
But....that is your test of to see if you are worthy of the great calling you are being offered. This is a test of who we love most. If it is not God, then we are not worthy of Him. God requires we pass this test. Keeping the Sabbath is the sign of God's great Covenant you have with Him. You have to keep it to have a personal relationship with the creator, the Lord of the Sabbath....
Are things a little hard to handle, it will all be ok, just put your trust in God and do what your heart knows is right. It will work out for you.
"And we know all things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose."
God must know you can make it or He wouldn't have called you in the first place. He has a job for you in the coming literal Kingdom of God....He would like for you to fill one of the many needed positions available.
"In my Father's house, there are many mansions"...start keeping the commandments now, and be part of the pre-team, if you are a faithful servant, then God has a future job, perfect just for you, you will be helping God work out His massive plan of Salvation for all mankind!
This calling by God is the pearl of great price, the value of it is inestimable, it's worth whatever price (family, job, etc...) you have to pay for it. Some will not pay the price required to have it, but many other loyal servants of God have, and many more will.