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    • Roy, again you give us another long-winded and tortured language lesson all to preserve your earthly, man-centered view of heaven-on-earth. While you try to dictate terms and conditions, still others have another sense. Gal 4:1 Now I say, as long as the heir is a child, he does not differ at all from a slave although he is owner of everything, 2 but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by the father. 3 So also we, while we were children, were held in bondage under the elemental things of the world. 4 But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, 5 so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. 6 Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, " Abba! Father!" 7 Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God. There is a distinct schism between God and Man.
      There is a distinct schism between Heaven and Earth.
      There is a distinct schism between Hagar and Sarah.
      There is a distinct schism between Ismael and Isaac.
      There is a distinct schism between Mount Sinai and Mount Zion.
      There is a distinct schism between the Law and the Gospel.
      There is a distinct schism between Judaism and Christianity.
      There is a distinct schism between Adam and Jesus.
      There is a distinct schism between this Earth and the New Earth.
      There is a distinct schism between Religion and Spirituality. So if some of us want to envision Heaven as something not of this world, which is what the sky is; we need not maintain your view, which I see as earth-centered. So allow me, and others, to view these two verses as referencing the same thing, because I and others do. Gal 4:26 But the Jerusalem above is free; she is our mother.
      Heb 12:22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, 23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24 and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel. Answer these questions: Where did Jesus go when He ascended?   What altitude did He stop at in your view?   How many miles up did He go before He stopped?   Is Jesus stuck at that same spot? Where is He right now?
    • For any number of excuses, the ability to become a Jew is not possible. Notice I said "excuses" rather than legitimate reasons. The term "Jew" must be defined / explored further. If you mean Jewish born then you must be the physical heir (whole or in part) of Abraham through Isaac and Jacob. Even Gentiles who marry physical Jews are not Jewish though their offspring are. Some rabbis disagree (citing only the maternal lineage counts today... which was an impulsive ruling on what to do with the offspring of Jewish women raped by Nazis). If you mean a religious Jew, then you are only Jewish in the practice of Judaism and not a physical Jew (being Gentle born). In the cursing of the fig tree Jesus was in effect putting an end to the temporary atonement capabilities of Judaism for the fulfillment of Judaism: New Covenant Judaism / Christianity which he was about to usher in through his own shed blood. It is therefore not a good idea to go in reverse order of the covenants God made with his people... it would be tantamount to the Israelites returning to Egypt from Mount Sinai. Now we come to the ultimate definition of a Jew... the praise of God. "Jew" comes from the name Judah and the first mention of that name is: Genesis 29:35 (AV)
      35 And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, Now will I praise the LORD: therefore she called his name Judah; and left bearing. Judah is technically the first "Jew." But with the regard for the definition of the term and the people called by that name it is regarded by most that Abraham was the first "Jew." He was the father of faith. His faithful act (departing from the worldly life at Ur to what was only a promise of the LORD) and his ultimate act of faith (willingness to sacrifice all in the person of Isaac his son) garnered him this headship in God's eyes and in Judaism and Christianity. His faith manifested in physical acts but the faith itself was spiritual. Abraham was named Abram + ha = Abraham by God because he would be the father of many nations. In the physical sense this came true though Ishmael and the children Keturah bore to him after Sarah passed away. According to Romans, the Apostle Paul taught that Abram's fatherhood of many nations was through spiritual adoption not physical ancestry (which if you read carefully includes Jewish born people / physical Jews): Romans 8:15 (AV)
      15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. Romans 9:4 (AV)
      4 Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; Briefly: This is prophetic of our adoption by the Father. Only Jesus is the direct Son of the Father. And all of humanity (including Jews) are offspring of Adam (the creation of Jesus preincarnate). So our sonship of the Father has to be through adoption when we believe (a spiritual trait). The spiritual act of adoption, making us both the adopted heir of the Father and of the father of the faith Abraham. If the Jewish born people only wish the physical lineage to Abraham to be the distinction, then they must share that distinction with all the billions of sons of Ishmael and Keturah. For even the birth of Isaac (the child of the promise / distinction) was supernatural / miraculous. Part of what clued Abraham in on just what God is capable of Hebrews 11:17–19 (AV)
      17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,
      18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:
      19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure. It is in this theological background that the sage to both Judaism and Christianity (the Apostle Paul) wrote: Galatians 3:24–29 (AV)
      24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
      25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
      26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
      27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
      28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
      29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. Romans 2:28–29 (AV)
      28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
      29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise** is not of men, but of God. ** Genesis 29:35 "praise the Lord" Romans 9:6 (AV)
      6 Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: How could Romans 9:6 make sense or even be true if it is not contrasting Physical Israel with Spirit Israel? Okay, this is usually when I get clobbered by the objectors who use every angle and trick in the book to try to disprove what only quoting the scriptures teaches. And NONE of their opposition includes applicable scripture quotes... otherwise they would have a case for refutation or at least consideration. But what fuels their disbelief and antagonism towards the messenger (me who am nothing) is either Jewish Pride or Gentile Prejudice.  People become Spirit Jews of the Spiritual House of Israel when they believe in the King of the Jews, the Son of God, the Holy One of Israel.  That applies to Jewish born people** as well as Gentile born people.  **Romans 9:1-6 The OP's concern / question / curiosity must be tempered with these things.
    • There remains a future rest for the people of God to enter in, Which is also mentioned in Hebrews, And also mentioned here, In which case this future Sabbath-rest that remains to be entered into is related to the seventh day Sabbath, And as such, the relation between the seventh day Sabbath and this future Sabbath that still remains to be entered into is that just as there is a Sabbath rest on the seventh day from the beginning, so will there be a Sabbath rest on the seventh thousand year from the beginning. Each day of the first week foreshadowed a thousand years, Adding up to a total of seven thousand years determined for this heaven and earth to exist, and just as the last day of the week is a Sabbath rest in which God rested from his work, so will the last thousand years be a Sabbath rest where the people of God will rest from their works, And even the people of God who are among the dead will also be resurrected to enter into this rest, Which includes Daniel, And even Abraham, As all who died and partake in the first resurrection, beginning from Abraham to all who died for the sake of the gospel of Jesus Christ, will be raised to enter into this rest of a thousand years, This is why not observing the seventh day Sabbath is not a sin, Because the true fulfillment of the seventh day Sabbath is at the seventh thousand year Sabbath, in which case those who walk by belief will rest and fulfill the true Sabbath when it comes. And after this millennial rest is over, this heaven and earth will vanish into non-existence, In which case then a new heaven and earth will come forth into existence, And just as God appointed times for this heaven and earth, so will he appoint times in the next heaven and earth, which are the "ages of the ages", And those who come to live in that heaven and earth will live into the ages of the ages that God appoints and will never die, as death will be a former thing,
    • Amen Paul, Jesus is the Truth and the Life ,no other truth can be found,don't you think?
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