The Shining

No… this isn’t about the horror film… but it will be a horror if you reject how God intends us to shine.

What do I mean?  Read on…

I was listening to The Radical Vision of New Jerusalem so I found the article, The 12 Foundation Stones in New Jerusalem, discussing light and how it reacts with these stones.

Also… these are some images of God’s creation, the second heaven (space), that have been captured by the NASA James Webb Telescope.

Psalm 19:The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,                   The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. 11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.

Is there a similarity in regards to vibrancy and dynamics between the foundation stones and these images of galaxies?  In other words, is this showing the Glory of God’s creation—His way of creating color and brilliance displaying His awe-striking power and glory… that can be matched by no one?

Ecclesiastes 5: 2 Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.

Job 40:Moreover the Lord answered Job, and said,Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it.Then Job answered the Lord, and said,Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further.

Now… to do some cowboy back-of-the-envelope math…

In light of this… do these scriptures relate more?

The Wisdom of God… the Spirit of the fear of the Lord… the Holy Spirit… God’s pure Light… is more precious than the ruby, or the diamond that men desire… that are black and white (gray scale) when exposed to crossed-polarised light (similar to “pure” light), according to the article..

Proverbs 3:13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. 15 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.16 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.

How about being full of light… or the lack, thereof?

Matthew 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

And… what causes us to be so?

Ephesians 4:22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. 25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:27 Neither give place to the devil.28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

Ephesians 5:For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. 13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; 19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

Does not storing up treasures on earth… chasing after mammon…cause darkness?  Do not men use their riches to store up earthly treasures including diamonds and rubies?  And… again, how do they shine when exposed to crossed-polarised light (similar to “pure” light), according to the article?

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They are somewhat colorless… void of brilliance—kind of lifeless compared to the dynamic multifaceted array of colors of the anisotropic stones listed for the foundation of the New Jerusalem.

1 Timothy 6:For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

Mark 4:18 And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.

James 5:Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you.

Psalm 39:Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them.

In other words… the world hides the depravity of what it treasures… for now, until it’s too late.

Psalm 49:10 For he seeth that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others.11 Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their dwelling places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names.12 Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish.                         17 For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him.18 Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself.19 He shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see light.20 Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.

Psalm 52:Thou lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah.Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue.God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah.The righteous also shall see, and fear, and shall laugh at him:Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.

Where are we commanded to store up treasure… is it not in Heaven?  And… where are the brilliant anisotropic stones that bear a rainbow array of light said to be at, for eternity?

[Also see “Becoming Rich” on The Series Page.]

Today… in the world, there’s good and evil… light and darkness… blessing and curse—the Saint or an enemy of God… we both live in this world… so we experience both.

Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

The world is the testing ground for our life… death is the final exam—on Judgment Day, the sentence is given by God… of Light or darkness, for eternity.  What we choose and how we live are indicators of what we face.

The children of darkness…

How are the unfaithful to God… false teachers and prophets… necromancers… occultists described… are they not described as wandering stars reserved for darkness?

Jude 1:10 But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.

Isaiah 8:19 And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits and unto the wizards, that chirp and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? on behalf of the living should they seek unto the dead? 20 To the law and to the testimony! if they speak not according to this word, surely there is no morning for them [no light in them (KJV)]. (ASV)

In lack of light revealing the darkness

Is the false flag rainbow homosexual transgender cross-dresser derangement worth it?  How about the “save the world for the jesus they’ve carved out in their own image” crowd—that they must “redeem” the world for God and hand the rescued world over to Jesus… that they’re the redeemer, not Him?  I think of the dominionist… 7-mountain mandate… new apostolic reformation… ecumenical… woke social gospel… new agers… the mystics… any prophecy adulterating falsification.  

Revelation 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

To deceitfully contort prophecy… does this do the same for the testimony of Jesus?

And… to defraud… reject God for who He is…

It leads to delusion… now, they’re increasingly buying into the worship of the earth and its environment—they sacrifice the male and female created in the image of God on the altar of their evolution, “climate change”, “creation care”, and humanism gods… only to be “affirmed” for their idolatry by their pseudo savior, the antichrist… the servant of their father, Satan.

Psalm 36:The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes.For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful [That his iniquity will not be found out and be hated. (ASV)].3 The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, and to do good.He deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way that is not good; he abhorreth not evil.

1 Timothy 4:Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats [Sound familiar… demonizing meat in favor of bugs and their lab “food”… destroying marriage, children, and the family?], which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

Psalm 28:Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, which speak peace to their neighbours, but mischief is in their hearts.Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavours: give them after the work of their hands; render to them their desert.Because they regard not the works of the Lord, nor the operation of his hands, he shall destroy them, and not build them up.

Psalm 34:16 The face of the Lord is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

Does it all come down to a common fear in this world… about the belly and body?  Has it changed since Israel’s trek through the desert?  Does not falling prey to result in sin… fear resulting in unbelief?  

Is not murder through abortion, jabs, masks, and lockdowns… the attempt to control the world and its population, ultimately over… we (I) won’t have enough… God can’t provide… so I must take you, my competition, out?  In other words, we seek to save ourselves at the price of destroying others.

Luke 12:And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.                  22 And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.23 The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.                    29And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. 31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Is this fear of man worth it…that’s if you want to shine, brightly, forever?

Philippians 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

Daniel 12:And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

Matthew 13:41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Proverbs 4:18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

The children of Light…

Are not the Saints described as living stones… with Jesus Christ as the chief corner stone?

1 Peter 2:To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.

Does this also describe the house that can be built?  If we choose wisely our construction, our inheritance will be imperishable built on the 12 foundation stones…

Matthew 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.              20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.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.            24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

…not on the twice dead and decaying stars (the false prophets and teachers) reserved for darkness.

1 Peter 1:Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

Revelation 21:14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

Psalm 127:Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.

The choices are to be the living… those that have Life, and hope for a brilliant dynamic light filled future…

Psalm 67:God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.

Ecclesiastes 11:Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun:

…or the despair of the drab grey to black of the dead.

And… we have to prepare and be on guard… to avoid the latter..

1 Thessalonians 5:But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.

Those that could care less…

Why does the tattoo world, hallows eve celebrators, death metal rockers, the occult, the gothic, the Marxist-communist-socialist, etc. draw to the latter like a moth to a flame?  You do the math.  Rebellion towards the everlasting covenant of God—the male and female created in the image of God… to go out and be fruitful and multiply… not to maliciously squelch the breath of a man, i.e. drown, suffocate, or stab him shedding his blood… honor the marriage and family that bring forth lifeseems to love the dark side of the stones.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

1 Samuel 15:22 And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

Matthew 23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness [Is this kind of like the rubies and diamonds coveted by the world, that when exposed to pure light, lack brilliance showing drab grey scale like darkness?  The world loves it’s rich and famous “stage stompers”… but shun the simple and humble true shepherd watchmen.].28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

(Coincidence… may be no significance—what’s the name, Black Rock, associated with?  Is it not the notorious Burning Man event… also called Black Rock City… erected in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada?  Do they not worship man, defiance to God Laws, and the dark side in a literally depraved setting… a dry dusty hot desert (Jeremiah 17:5-6)?  They wind up burning down their erected wooden effigy idolizing man.  Then, there’s the questionable BlackRock hedge fund suspected to be involved in foul-smelling activities against humanity.)

And… dark-black-dead stones bear no life… a hope for the future.

Psalm 21:Thine hand shall find out all thine enemies: thy right hand shall find out those that hate thee.Thou shalt make them as a fiery oven in the time of thine anger: the Lord shall swallow them up in his wrath, and the fire shall devour them.10 Their fruit shalt thou destroy from the earth, and their seed from among the children of men.11 For they intended evil against thee: they imagined a mischievous device, which they are not able to perform. 12 Therefore shalt thou make them turn their back, when thou shalt make ready thine arrows upon thy strings against the face of them.

Psalm 37:For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.10 For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

However… there’s hope to be redeemed from the drab and grey… the black darkness… to vibrant shining.

Mark 5:And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.                    15And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.

Matthew 3:But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

Psalm 36:How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.10 O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart.

Psalm 37:Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.

Which stone(s) will you choose?

Psalm 25:14 The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.

Psalm 56:13 For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?

After seeing how stones shine, I understand the mention of stones in God’s Word, better.


All text reference scripture quoted or discussed is King James Version unless otherwise noted.  Bold, colored lettering, brackets [my understanding of things right now… or possible cross-reference], and underline… mine.

Sermon and articles referenced…

The Radical Vision of New Jerusalem https://youtu.be/_PWB1TTqRuM?t=4005

The 12 Foundation Stones in New Jerusalem https://www.christianevidence.net/2018/09/the-12-foundation-stones-in-new.html

Webb Telescope Image sources… https://www.nasa.gov/webbfirstimages  https://webbtelescope.org/

May not be legit… or still be up, but here’s a video… James Webb Space Telescope LIVE Tracking Latest Deep images of universe and galaxies (RELAXATION)  https://youtu.be/HfjVyKvAQoo

Consumer group issues alert over BlackRock’s woke crusade: ‘No regard for American families’  https://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/consumer-group-issues-alert-blackrocks-woke-crusade-no-regard-american-families

Meet BlackRock: the ‘Architect of Woke Capitalism’ Destroying America from Within  https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2022/08/23/meet-blackrock-the-architect-of-woke-capitalism-destroying-america-from-within/