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Dr. Arnold Murray, DRE Newsletter #200 June 1995
An astronaut on a recent shuttle Peter heard the voice of God on the
mission made an interesting observa-
mount of transfiguration.
tion. She said, "Stars are much like people. 111l i g4t tt no
/I PETER 1:19 We have also a more sure
They are born, they live and they die."
word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that
When a star dies and ceases to emit light, ·1 1-..
it is almost as if the star was blotted out. i "".e- ;-.I
This thought might bring to mind the sec
ond death which faces Satan a'ld those that choose to
follow him, when they are blotted out at the end of the
millennium. They will never be seen, heard from or
brought to mind again. To avoid being blotted out, we
should learn to be part of an eternal light.
There is only one light that is eternal.
is our Father and His Son. In most cases,
"light" in the New Testament is translated
Greek word "phos". It is interesting to note
word "phosphoros" which is derived from "phos" means
the morning star. Of course, the true morning star is
Are you a child of light? Are you a star, or child,
of the Living God? What is a star supposed to do'!
Give off light, don't absorb light as the moon.
You have a portion of Christ's light in you. Use that
light to help others that have lost their way. Use that
light to bring hope to those that live in darkness. Light
is life. Light is salvation. Let's team more about light
and the stars from God's Word.
II PETER 1:13·14 Yea, I think it meet, as long as I
am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in
remembrance; H Knowing that shortly , must put off this
my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath
Many of the great teachers of the New Testament
often brought those they were teaching to remembrance.
Basically, they were saying, "You already know these
things. Let me remind you". Peter knew he would soon
be leaving the tabernacle of his flesh body and wanted
to remind the elect of the dispersion of a basic truth.
/I PETER 1:15-16 Moreover' will endeavour that ye
may be able after my decease to have these things
always in remembrance. 1IJ For we have not followed
cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto
you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,
but were eyewitnesses of His majesty.
Peter, James and John had witnessed the transfigu
ration of Christ described for us in Matt. 17:2. "His face
did shiue as the SlUl, and His raiment was white as the
/I PETER 1:17-18 For He receIVed from God the Father
honour and glory, when there came such a voice to
Him from the excellent glory, "This is My beloved Son,
in Whom I am well pleased." 1IJ And this voice which
came from heaven we heard, when we were with Him
in the holy mount.
ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth
in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the
day star arise in your hearts:
Peter was speaking of two events. He was speaking
of the second coming of Christ, or anytime someone
recognizes the light and is drawn to Christ.
II PETER 1.20·21 Knowing this first, that no prophecy
of the Scripture is of any private interpretation For the
prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but
holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy
I prefer to translate "Holy Ghost" as "Holy Spirit",
The scripture was not written by man. The Bible was
wTitten by men as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
Let's go back to the beginning to learn more about the
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word
was with God, and the Word was God,
"Word" is translated from the Greek "logos" and means
the Living Word which is Jesus Christ. Christ
God from the beginning.
JOHN 1:2-3 The same was in the beginning
J All things were made by Him; and Without
not any thing made that was made.
You are a child of God. He made your very soul.
Do you want to live?
JOHN 1 :4-5 In Him was life; and the life was the light
of men, And the light shineth in darkness; and the
dqrkness comprehended it not.
This light is the "phos" we discussed earlier. A light
that darkness is unable to comprehend. When you walk
into a room full of long faces, let the light in your eyes
shine. Be a star of God. Those in darkness will feel the
goodness even though they don't lUlderstand
how you can be in such
Perhaps they will ask
the opportunity to plant
JOHN 1:6·7 There was
from God, whose name
r,me came for a witness,
St. John is speaking
of John the Baptist.
JOHN 1:8·9 He was
a good mood.
and give you
a man sent
was John. l The
to bear witness
that all men through him
that Light, but was sent to
bear witness of that Light. 2 That was the true Light,
Which lighteth every man that cometh into the world,
111ere is no other light. There is no other way to
salvation. There is no other way to live in the flesh with
tme peace of mind.
JOHN 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was
made by Him, and the world knew Him not
111ink about this. Imagine yourself building a tre
mendous house. your children taking over your
house and then acting as if they don't even know you.
That is how God feels. He created everything and most
of His children ignore Him and His Word, Take time to
tell Father you love Him and appreciate the light He has
given you. Christ is in you and Christ is the Light. Let's
turn to the Old Testament.
NUMBERS 24.17 'I shall see Him, but not now I shall
behold Him, but not nigh: There shall come a Star out
of Jacob, And a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, And
shall smite the corners of Moab, And destroy al/ the
children of Sheth.
The word "Sheth", or Seth, is a poor translation. God
would not destroy His own children. 1111S word should
be translated "confusion", In this verse we see the proph
ecy of the Star that would rise to be King out of IsraeL
And Edam shall be a possession,
Selr also shall be a possession for his enemies; And
Israel shail do valiantly
Edom is Russia. Seir is Esau's place where many
Kenites lived, If you hme the Star, you will do valiantly.
NUMBERS 24:1920 Out of Jacob shall come He that
shall have dominion, And shall destroy him that remaineth
of the city,' " 2Q And when he looked on Amalek, he
took up his parable, and said, "Amalek was the first of
the nations But nis latter end shall be that he perish
Amalek was a son of Esau. When the Star returns,
there will be only one nation with one King. All other
nations will perish forever.
NUMBERS 2421-22 And he looked on the Kenites,
and took up his parable, and said, "Strong is thy dwellingplace,
And thou puttest tny nest In a rock, ;12 Nevertheless the
Kenite shall be wasted, Until Asshur shall carry thee
Asshur is the Assyrian which is a type of antichrist.
The Kenites have a stronghold and will continue to be
strong, until when? Until the antichrist has had his mle.
Then the Kenites that follow Satan ",ill be wasted; however,
everyone has a choice including the Kenites. You may
follow the Light and have everlasting life, or you may
follow darkness and be blotted out forever
We could go on and on concerning this subject. In
Chapters 3, 5, 8, 9, II and 12 of the Book of Sf. John
Christ told us over and over, "I am the light of this
world", The light is the Word. The light is the truth. It's
your choice. You may live in darkness or in the light.
Let's go to the last chapter in the Bible.
REVELATION 22:4 And they shall see His face, and
His name shall be in their foreheads,
That is quite a promise. His name, which is the
Word, will be in our minds.
REVELA TlON 225 And there shall be no night there;
and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for
the LORD God giveth them light.' and they shall reign
for ever and ever.
The light that God giveth them is from the Greek
word "photizo". This word is easily recognizable as the
English word "photo". Have you ever heard of someone
having a photographic mind? Perhaps this is the reason
no one will have 10 ask his neighbor, "Do you know
the Lord?", when He returns.
Let's think about this word "photizo" a little more.
What must you have to take a photograph? Light! Just
as film exposed to light imprints an image on the
negative, the light God giveth us imprints His Word in
our minds. Isn't His Word beautiful? The light He gives
His children that follow Him will allow them to perma
nently see and understand. We are speaking futuristi
cally, of course. I have studied God's Word for more
than forty years. Bible scholars and deep students realize
there is so little we really understand in comparison to.
God's knowledge. My point is don't ever begin to think
you know it all. We all need His light When you
receive His light, be a star for Him. Let your light shine
in this dark world.
In His Service,
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