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A Revelation

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I have taught you and we have practised this command of Jesus:  “I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.” And that as we use worldly wealth (NIV), which the other translations call “the mammon of unrighteousness,” (KJV) that is, “deceitful riches, money, possessions” (AMP) to win (gain) as friends those who are not friends, that is, our enemies… and in so doing, we are welcomed into eternal dwellings, that is, our bodies, which we live in, will likewise become imperishable and eternal, surviving and overcoming the days of distress until Jesus arrives to be changed in the twinkling of an eye to be with Him through the millennium and then be untouched by the final fire that will destroy this entire Earth before we go to the New Earth.  Such is the fullness of the promise for those who are faith-FULL to the entirety of Jesus and the entirety of His words.

However, as brought to my attention, the KJV and NASB rendering of this verse say, “…Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness…” (KJV) and “…make friends for yourselves by means of the wealth of unrighteousness…” (NASB) “…that, when ye fail…” (KJV) and “…that when it fails…” (NASB) “…they may receive you into everlasting habitations” (KJV) “…eternal dwellings,” (NASB) which open the other side of this command.  It means that those persons who are “friends of the mammon of unrighteousness,” whom you have tried to make friends with using the “the mammon of unrighteousness,” when you fail, if you fail, will receive you into eternal dwellings… not because they own those dwellings, for the word “receive” is the same word as when Jesus said to us, “Receive the Holy Spirit,” that is, they will receive you into your eternal habitations, which they have built for you… with you as lord and they as your servants.

Such is the grace and power of the word of God and the cunning therefore of our God, so that when we apply His word with fullness of faith, doing what no heathen would do, that is, loving our enemies, even using worldly wealth to win them as friends, that if we succeed, we will be welcomed into eternal dwellings… but if we fail, we will be received into eternal dwellings.  Either way, we are rewarded, and those who oppose us, though they are blessed, are forever placed beneath us.  Such is the vengeance and justice of our God.

And see that worldly wealth is the mammon of unrighteousness, which are deceitful riches, money, possessions… all of which we can have and have in abundance if we are using it to obey the Lord’s teaching… used in gaining friends from those who are friends of the mammon of unrighteousness.

You know what money and possessions are… but as to deceitful riches, they are the intangible riches that deceive a person into thinking ” ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’  But you do not realise that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked,” a state of self-righteousness that qualifies one to be the Lord’s vomitus… lukewarmness… a wealth that prevents fruitfulness.

So indeed, nothing is wasted, even our lukewarmness can be profitable if we use it to win friends… and when it fails, if it fails, we will still be received into eternal dwellings, but when we succeed, we will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.

Just as Jesus fed the 5,000 and had 12 basketfuls leftover of bread and fish of such quality that it made them follow Him to the other side of the lake for more instead of going home… so likewise we will do with deceitful riches, money and possessions, that they will follow as well.

Perhaps they will listen, perhaps they will not, but they will know we have spoken to them of Jesus with the Spirit of Prophecy when He appears overhead on clouds of glory and with great power.

Amen

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