Temple School of Taphim 7:
The Sixth Commandment
1. Beloved children and friends, I welcome you back to the House of the Lord in the Name of Jesus Christ, whose House this is.
2. You have now been instructed on the four commandments which deal with man's relationship to God and the first of the six commandments with deal with man's relationship to man. The first four commandments are as follows:
3. "I am the Lord your God...you shall have no other gods before Me...You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate Me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love Me and obey My commandments...You shall not misuse the Name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses His Name. Remember the Sabbath by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labour and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, not your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but He rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy" (Exodus 20:1-11,NIV; Taphim 6:2).
4. "Honour your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you" (Exodus 20:12, NIV; Taphim 6:12).
5. The last time you were in the House of the Lord you were taught the importance of this the Fifth Commandment relative to the remaining five. It is the head of the six man-to-man commandments.
6. You understood that the root of teenage crime, violence, and disrespect for authority lies in disobedience of the Fifth Commandment. You were taught that children should respect and honour their mother and father, and obey their father as head of the house, and that this is the foundation of a happy society.
7. Those of you who are fatherless or motherless because of death, divorce, abuse or other cause will be given fathers and mothers in the Holy Order whose duty will be to love, instruct, and care for you. There are no parentless children in the Holy Order. There are no orphans in the Kingdom of God. Ever.
8. Jesus taught that all those who obey His commandments are brothers, sisters, fathers and mothers. What He meant by that is that whilst God has given us biological parents -- parents who have brought us into the world and who take care of us while we grow up -- He has also given us a great family in the Church.
9. The moment you enter into the Kingdom of God through faith, repentance, and baptism into Christ you inherit a whole new family. Suddenly, you have lots of new brothers and sisters. As you get to know them and love them so they become as precious to you as your own flesh-and-blood brothers and sisters.
10. You were taught last time the importance of honouring and respecting your parents, both the children and the grown-ups. You were also taught that there is a difference between honouring a person and honouring that person's office. Before you were born, your parents were called by God to be your mother and father. Mothers and fathers are so because that is their calling and office. Moreover, before you were born, you agreed to be subject to them in this life.
11. This is why you find yourself in the family that you do. It is no chance, no accident. This key of knowledge is very important. You are to honour your father and mother because of their calling and the covenant you made in the pre-mortal world to be subject to them. Honouring them is therefore honouring God's decision, based on His infinite love and wisdom, to place you under their care.
12. Honouring and respecting them as persons is something that cannot, however, be forced outwardly. Your parents may be good or bad. If they are bad, you are still to honour them for God has placed you under them for a reason that you may not understand until later in your life or maybe not even until the next life.
13. If they are good, then you will be naturally attracted to them, and honouring them with your whole heart will be easy. Whether they are good or bad, you will find faults in them. It is not, however, your calling to judge them. You are simply to love, honour, and respect them because you love, honour and respect your Heavenly Father.
14. It should be obvious to you by now that unless you obey the Fifth Commandment you will find obeying the First Commandment very difficult, unless you find yourself in the situation of having parents who are easy to love and honour.
15. Your picture of God in the beginning will very largely be formed by your parents. It may also be formed by others in leadership positions or in positions of authority, such as grandparents, uncles and aunts, big brothers and sisters, school teachers, and so on. You will find that there are many "father-" and "mother-figures" in your childhood all of whom have shaped your picture of God.
16. No parent is perfect, but fortunately our Heavenly Parents -- the Godhead -- are perfect. Our Heavenly Father has revealed Himself through Jesus Christ who is also our Father. When you are born again, you become the sons and daughters of Christ.
17. You were given the perfect example of a son and daughter last time when we looked at the way Jesus honoured and respected His parents. You are to honour and respect your parents not only in good times but in bad too, when you maybe feel misunderstood, unloved and uncared for.
18. Now that you have turned 12 years old you will experience big changes both in your body and your spirit. You will become aware of things you did not see before. It is from this age that you start growing up into a father or a mother. You are still children and will not reach adulthood for a few more years, but the process has begun.
19. Physically, you do not become an adult until you are about 16 years old when you can marry if you wish. But coming to adulthood spiritually will depend on you. There are many so-called grown-ups who are spiritually still children.
20. How can you tell whether you are grown-up or not? There are many signs. Firstly, you will take responsibility for all your actions. You will accept that you are responsible for all you do and won't try to blame others. Secondly, if you have honoured and respected your parents, you will honour and respect your brothers and sisters. That might be hard because maybe you think they are very difficult to honour and respect. Maybe they are. But someone who is growing up begins to see and understand how father and mother see and feel.
21. You will have a desire to help them, taking care of your younger brothers and sisters. You will in turn teach them to respect mother and father. Younger children imitate or copy their elder ones. As a growing-up child you will want your younger siblings to honour, love and respect your parents as you do. You will, in a way, start parenting them.
22. Thirdly, as you spiritually grow up, you will develop a more peaceful and open nature, for the nature of Jesus Christ will be forming in you. You will not want to force your will on others or try to make yourself the centre of attention. You will learn to forget yourself and consider the needs of others first. This change will not happen all at once, but gradually.
23. Fourthly, you will long to learn and grow in the mysteries of the Gospel. As you grow up there may be times when you find Church unappealing and perhaps even boring. The reason for this is that the heart of Church life is giving yourself for others. Therefore a child who is self-centred will have no interest in such things but will only wish to please self.
24. Thus as you spiritually grow up you will desire the fellowship or company of the older members of the Kingdom. You see, the Gospel cuts across all age-groups. It isn't something just for grown-ups or for old people -- it is for everyone, and that includes you. Age makes no difference in the Kingdom of God.
25. The key to this spiritual growing up lies in the Fifth Commandment which you were taught last time -- obey, love, honour, and respect your parents. Obey even when you don't understand -- trust for the wisdom as you grow up. As you are obedient to the commandments so you will gain wisdom and understanding.
26. You were also taught, in the words of Jesus: "Blessed are the humble, obedient, and submissive: for they shall inherit the earth" (Taphim 6:57; Matt.5:5, LT translation). For the words "humble", "obedient" and "submissive" Jesus uses the word "meek". It is very hard to find meek people today. It is especially hard for young people to be meek in a society where they are taught to be tough, rebellious, rude, and independent of parental authority.
27. This is hardest for the boys but can be difficult for the girls too because of the ways girls are taught to be in the world. Learning to be humble, obedient and meek is an important gateway into the Kingdom of God and this Holy Order.
28. To be meek is unpopular, and so following God means you must risk being unpopular at school and in the world. You may have to sacrifice being admired by schoolmates. You will, however, eventually earn their respect and in so doing win souls for Christ. Remember that you are a witness or a missionary for Jesus -- you are to bring the spirit of Jesus with you wherever you go -- into the classroom and amongst your friends. In so doing, God promises to bless you -- that is, give you priceless spiritual gifts that come only to those who are truly meek.
29. One of the first roads to meekness is learning how to use your tongue. What you say is just as important as what you do. You were taught last time that you are to begin to call your parents "father" and "mother". This, for some of you, may be very, very difficult. It is important for you to understand that calling them this doesn't mean that you are to love them less -- on the contrary, you are to love them more.
30. As you grow in understanding and wisdom in general so you will begin to understand just how much your parents have given to you, and still give you. At various stages in your journey in the temple you will be given new names, just as Abram was renamed Abraham, Sarai renamed Sarah, and Jacob renamed Israel. Each new name represents an important stage of your spiritual growth into adulthood, a process that will continue all your life.
31. By calling your parents "father" and "mother" you indicate that you understand two things: Firstly, that they are more than "Daddy", "Pappa", "Mummy" or "Mamma", namely, that they are in the image of your heavenly parents. You can never learn the deep respect owed to God unless you learn to deeply respect your parents; Secondly, you indicate that you have been born again, for one who is born again in Christ will desire to honour his or her parents to the fullest -- and the most honourable names you can give your parents are father and mother.
32. You will find that this was the way that Jesus addressed both His Heavenly Father as well as His earthly parents. Words are important and powerful. I am sure you give your friends nicknames and perhaps you have nicknames for yourself. Most nicknames arise out of humour -- maybe because of something funny someone has done or because they look a certain way. Nicknames, provided they are not malicious, are alright when you are small. They lack any real spiritual meaning, however, and should cease to be used as you grow up in the Lord. None of us would dream of giving the Lord a nickname because deep down we know it would show a lack of respect.
33. A small child cannot always say "mother" or "father" in some languages because the words are too difficult, so they abbreviate to "pappa" or "mamma" because it is easier. In the original Adamic language this was not a problem because the names for "father" and "mother" -- ABBA and AIMA -- were easy for a child to pronounce. Thus in Jesus' day and before children did not use abbreviations like "pappa" or "mamma" because they weren't necessary.
34. In the Holy Order you will learn not only to be conscious of the sounds of names but, more importantly, their meanings. Those who are called into the Order, as you have been, must develop this awareness. In honouring the Fifth Commandment you should therefore become conscious of just what the words "father" and "mother" really mean.
35. Finally, you were told to use the same principle of respect towards school teachers, those in government, and publically to those in the Church. In a world of chaos, disorder and disrespect, your example is very, very important. Wisdom, grace, and meekness are the characteristics of those who are obedient to the Fifth Commandment.
The Sixth Commandment
36. Beloved children and friends, today we are going to look at one of the shortest of the commandments, the sixth, which says: "You shall not murder" (Exodus 20:13, NIV).
37. In 1970, the FBI did an investigation which showed that serious crime such as murder, rape, assault with intent to kill, robbery, burglary, and car theft occurred 11 times a minute in the USA. This was an increase of 176% since 1960 while the population only rose by 13%. Crime was growing 13 times faster than the population.
38. It is far worse today. Calculations show that there are probably about 100 murders being committed every minute in the United States. World-wide the figure is even greater. Never has the world been such an unsafe place to live in. Even worse, children are now murdering each other at a frighteningly high rate.
39. Although the Sixth Commandment refers only to murder and not to accidental killing, manslaughter is still regarded by the Lord as a terrible offence. Those who unintentionally killed someone in Old Testament times were obliged to flee to a City of Refuge (Numbers 35:9-34; Joshua 20:1-9) where the Levites lived. There they were obliged to remain until the High Priest died (Numbers 35:25,28,32). They therefore lived in exile away from normal society.
40. Murderers, on the other hand, were always put to death or executed. One of the commandments of the Law is that those who are guilty of major crimes are to be executed (Exodus 21:12-17). This is called capital punishment. The execution was normally carried out by the nearest male relative of the one murdered.
41. In our modern western world capital punishment is usually considered barbaric and there are many countries which have got rid of the death sentence. The rise in violent crime is in part the result of removing this aspect of the Law in times of great moral lawlessness.
42. The Bible comes under considerable attack these days because God commanded the extermination of the pagan tribes who lived in the land of Canaan (Deuteronomy 7:1-2). This was not, however, humanly devised warfare nor was it the result of personal vengeance or malice. In fact, God hates killing so much that He even finds the shedding of animal blood, which was required in the animal sacrifices in the Law of Moses, revolting.
43. Because man has rejected the Ten Commandments he has lost sound judgment. It is important to know that, for example, the people whom God ordered exterminated under Joshua's leadership were burning alive their own children in human sacrifice to their pagan gods. They had sunk to the absolute bottom of moral depravity. Life is so precious that the justice of God requires that the innocent be protected and the wicked be punished.
44. From the beginning of time it has been God's will that men and women learn not to kill but to save life. Man is given life by the Creator. Man did not give it to himself. Neither may he take it from himself or from others. Life is sacred because it comes directly from God Himself.
45. Our life's probation is a short one. We are here to learn some very important lessons which would be impossible in the spirit world. Cutting off a man's or woman's life before they have had time to fulfil their life's purpose is therefore a very serious crime against them and the God who created them since they only have one life. There is no re-incarnation -- no second chance.
46. Murder or accidental manslaughter cruelly crushes all the hopes and dreams and plans of a man and his family. Only God, who gave life, has the right to take it back. Earth life is a privilege that is only ever given once. That is why any form of murder is one of the ten great sins for it destroys the highest creation of Almighty God. In some respect, murder is identical to what Satan attempted to do when He tried to usurp the power of God.
47. Though it is not necessarily an easy life, earth life is a vital part of the Plan of Salvation which you will learn about in the House of Pethach when you are called there. Those spirits who rebelled against God in heaven before the earth was made are forever damned in their progression because they will never be born in physical bodies here.
48. Many spirits, who were weak in faith, have only been allowed to taste mortality for a short period of time. Some, who were exceptionally pure, may not have needed to taste earth life for long. Both were therefore cut short in their lives. Others are here not because they need to be but because they offer themselves to serve their brothers and sisters in their struggle through the material plane.
49. There are many reasons why people are down here, reasons most will not know until the next life. For whatever reason, murdering them is still a terrible crime. When their time is up, sometimes the Lord allows them to be murdered, sometimes He allows them to be taken by disease, hunger or by natural causes. Whatever the reason, each soul has a fixed span of life.
50. Life is complex and you will wonder many times as to its purpose, weigh up what you consider to be injustice, and so on. One thing you will learn as you mature spiritually is that God allows the forces of evil to fulfil His purposes. The fact that He may allow a murderer to bring someone's mortal probation to end does not, however, lessen the seriousness of the sin of murder.
51. Judas Iscariot was used in such a way for the overall benefit of good. Yet Judas' crime remains. It is important you remember these things as you grow up and mature for you will be confronted by many apparently perplexing things in life. It is important that you always learn to have God's perspective.
52. The causes of murder are many and you will learn much about them in your journey through the Holy Order. It almost invariably begins with pride which then leads to other sins. If pride is the alpha of sin, murder is its omega. Satan started his fall with pride and ended up as a mass murderer.
53. I also want you to understand that all murder is motivated by the devil. Nowadays murderers can be let off with light prison sentences if they claim they were "not in their right mind" when they killed. Every murderer is responsible for his actions; if he was blinded by Satan it was because he allowed himself to be blinded by Satan.
54. Now under the Old Covenant murder was the taking away of someone's physical life. Under the New Covenant, Jesus has broadened that definition. He says: ""You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.' But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, 'Raca', is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, 'You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell"" (Matthew 5:21-22, NIV).
55. Here Jesus tells us the spiritual root of murder, namely, hate and anger. Jesus declared that if personal anger filled the heart of one of His subjects, such a person is in danger of judgment. If that anger leads a man to have utter derision and contempt for his fellow human being, that man shall be "answerable to the Sanhedrin" -- in other words, of God's punishment. If in bitterness and scorn and man shall say of his fellow, "You fool!", such a man shall be in danger of hell fire.
56. If any person harbours hate or anger then he is possessed by the spirit of murder. That is a frightening thought. Wherever you see hatred or anger, then the line between it and physical murder is always thin. Action always follows thought. First we think, then we do. The Spirit of Christ guides us not only to control our actions, but to control our thoughts and attitudes too.
57. The New Covenant, of which you are members by faith and baptism in the Name of Christ, is first of all inward. Growing up in the New Covenant is the process of God writing His Law in our hearts and mind with the pen of the Holy Spirit (Hebrews 8:10).
58. In this the Holy Order you will be accountable not only for your outward, physical actions but also for your inward thoughts and feelings. It is not enough to restrain yourself physically by will power if you have hatred or anger in your heart. Here you must go to the root.
59. The apostle Paul said: "Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written, "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord" (Romans 12:19, NIV). Man is incapable of taking vengeance with the proper wisdom and justice to all concerned. God alone has such wisdom, power, love and the "right" to execute them -- end their mortal probation -- if needs be.
60. Children and friends, as a true Christian you are going to meet many enemies in this life. If you are in Christ, people are going to hate and persecute you, as Jesus promised (John 15:20; Luke 21:12; 11:49; Matthew 5:11). Your response is always to be love. There will be times when this will be very, very hard, especially if they have hurt someone who is very dear to you.
61. To serve your fellow man -- especially those who hate you -- takes real strength of character. Don't ever let anyone tell you that the Christian Way is for weaklings -- those who think they are "tough" are in fact the weaklings. However a person may behave towards you, you must see behind the anti-social behaviour and have the wisdom to realise that your enemy is a son or daughter of God, made in His image, who for the present is misguided in his thoughts and feelings.
62. So, remember, you do not have to kill someone to be a murderer. The apostle John said: "We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death. Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him" (1 John 3:14-15, NIV). A lack of love always leads to hate. And hate always leads to murder if it is allowed to proceed to its terrible conclusion.
63. The spirit of murder is a real danger to everyone. How is it to be avoided? Let us read further what the apostle John wrote: "Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world -- the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does -- comes not from the Father but from the world" (1 John 2:15-16, NIV).
64. Beloved, do not be deceived into thinking that the outside world is "O.K." -- the spirit of murder is never far away. Those who love the world and all its lusts are only one small step away from being murderers. Does that sound fantastic? It may do, but it is true.
65. Nations which have been at peace for a long time can suddenly find themselves in a vicious, bloody and cruel civil war. The nation of Yugoslavia was at peace for a whole generation after the Second World War and then, almost overnight, the different peoples making up that nation started brutally murdering one another. This has happened time and time again all over the world. It was only externally imposed force which prevented them doing it earlier. When that controlling force was removed, chaos resulted because the people were carnal and worldly.
66. The world may look calm and peaceful to you but remember this -- if a nation is not following Christ and living His commandments then no matter how good things look, that nation is only a hair's breadth away from anarchy.
67. It is happening in many countries in the world and it will happen in more as you grow up. Some of you may even live to see total world anarchy which God said would engulf the world in the last time. This time is called the Great Tribulation and will last seven years, the last three and a half years being a living nightmare. There will be no law and order anywhere except in the 12 firstborn colonies of Zion.
68. People will murder each other and even eat each other. Is that hard to believe? Can it be that out sophisticated 20th/21st century can suddenly become worse than animals? Yes, it can be, and will be. Do not be deceived. Do not let the world trick you into thinking that there is real "peace" when there isn't. The prophet Jeremiah warned about our time: "'Peace, peace,' they say, when there is no peace" (Jeremiah 6:14, NIV).
69. Indeed, Ezekiel prophesied that the ungodly would "lead My people astray, saying, "Peace," when there is no peace, and because, when a flimsy wall is built, they cover it with whitewash" (Ezekiel 13:10, NIV). All peace without Christ and obedience to the commandments is just a whitewashed flimsy wall that will fall down at the slightest gust of wind. The peace and security in the world, so long as it is built upon men's laws and not God's, will collapse.
70. What is the world's peace? If you study it carefully you will see that it allows you to break every commandment. Look at the lust and violence in the world which is at so-called "peace". You only have to turn on your TV's today and you are soon drinking in lust and violence whether you want to or not.
71. The average person sits in front of a TV and absorbs hour upon hour of fornication, adulteries, beatings and murders. The mind, like a sponge, soaks all these things up until the soul is living all these things inside. Most of the terrible murders, rape, robberies and other crimes that have been committed in recent times have been inspired by the violence and pornography on TV, videos and in magazines.
72. One American actor decided to carefully monitor what his young son watched on TV in an average year and discovered that he saw about 50,000 murders. He decided to get rid of his TV.
73. Beloved children and friends, you will find that most TV programs show human behaviour that is contrary to the Ten Commandments. Worse than that, these programs convey a spirit that tells you that this behaviour is alright. For this reason many New Covenant Christians families do away with TV altogether as there are so few morally clean and upbuilding programs any more.
74. There will be no TV in the firstborn communities to which you will be called one day if you are faithful, and video films will be carefully checked for their moral content. That is something you should prepare for. At this stage, however, this is only a guideline and you should learn to follow the will of the Lord through your developing personal revelation.
75. The spirit of murder thrives where there is competition, greed and selfishness. The capitalistic society is therefore based on the spirit of murder. In fact, as you will discover later, the whole system of economics and morals from which the world originates is Babylon. It originated with one of the worst antichrists this world has ever know, a man called Nimrod. He was the original founder of the city of Babylon which was feared in the ancient world for its violence, viciousness and cruelty.
76. In the Book of Revelation the Lord commands: "Come out of (Babylon), My people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues" (Revelation 18:4, NIV). This is why the Holy Order is both a spiritual and a physical gathering out of the world where a righteous people can be saved from Babylon's plagues.
77. These plagues are too numerous to list. They include such diseases as AIDS which is the result of sexual immorality, and particularly homosexuality; cancer, the result of impure foods caused by additives; smoking, pollution of nature, drugs, murder of unborn children ("abortion"), exploitation of the poor, drunkenness, so-called "mercy killing" (euthanasia), and many other plagues.
78. All of these are based in the spirit of murder. Another kind of murder is caused by the tongue. People's reputations are destroyed by reviling, condemning and scandalising. Wicked words can be enough to drive people to physical and mental sickness and even to suicide. One of the most important lessons you will learn in the Holy Order is how to control your tongue.
79. All of this evil is based on a certain spiritual attitude which Paul describes as follows: "They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed, and depravity. They are full of envy, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these things but also approve of those who practice them" (Romans 1:29-32, NIV).
80. Finally, we come to one of the greatest evils of all, and that is war. Millions of human lives, created in the image of God, have been mercilessly slaughtered down through the ages in useless, senseless, idiotic wars which in most cases failed utterly to accomplish their stated purpose.
81. War solves nothing in the final analysis. Under the Old Covenant war was permitted under certain circumstances. Under the New Covenant, however, there is no provision for Christians waging war. Jesus said: "For all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword" (Matthew 26:52, AV).
82. Throughout His ministry Jesus took no part in this world's politics or wars. On trial for His very life before Pontius Pilate, He said: "My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, My servants would fight to prevent My arrest by the Jews. But now My kingdom is from another place" (John 18:36, NIV).
83. Only God has the right to wage war; governments and nations do not have this right. As for Christians, Paul says: "For though we live in this world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world" (2 Corinthians 10:3, NIV).
84. So where does war come from? The apostle James said: "What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but don't get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God" (James 4:1-2, NIV).
85. When an aggressor attacks, peoples and nations of this wold refuse to trust God to deliver them as He did ancient Israel as He did at the Red Sea (Exodus 14). Today people are divided and confused in their religious, political and national loyalties.
86. There is no nation on the earth that really knows and trusts the living God for His supernatural protection in time of war. And because their faith is weak, they must resort to arms, spending countless billions of dollars/pounds/etc. to protect themselves. Countless millions of people are killed, crippled, or ruined. And through warfare, millions of young men are taught to become effective killers.
87. Since the First World War in 1914 nations have been taught to hate one another. Hating the communist nations was the last great round of propaganda hatred. Since communism fell in the 1990's and the need to hate communists with it, the hatred of Westerners has been turned elsewhere -- back to the Jews and to foreigners. When times become hard economically, hatred is always quick to bubble to the surface. The spirit of murder is everywhere.
88. Children and friends, the New Covenant is the Kingdom of God. It is non-political and non-military. New Covenant Christians who enter into the Holy Order no longer involve themselves in politics nor serve in the military. The firstborn do not take up arms against their enemies or the enemies of the nations to which they belong. Our only politics is Zion. And our warfare is not with the weapons of this world. If, because of a lack of faith, we are forced to resort to weapons, it must only be as a last resort in defence of our families and our lives.
89. Beloved children and friends, it is my prayer that you never have the blood or any man or woman on your hands. King David was a righteous man and waged war with God's permission. But because of the blood he spilled, he was not permitted to build the temple.
90. New Covenant Christians are a temple people, and a temple people must be free of the blood of the world both physically and spiritually. Whereas other Christians may, under certain circumstances, be justified in taking up arms -- using a lesser evil to overpower a great one -- the firstborn are not because we operate out of a different spiritual dimension.
91. War will one day come to an end when the Lord Jesus Christ returns in power and glory. The New Covenant Church of the Firstborn, which is called to provide rulers for the Millennial Government of God upon the earth, must establish, by example, the way in which nations are to conduct themselves during the 1,000 years of peace (Micah 4:1-3).
92. The Sixth Commandment, "You shall not murder", is therefore far broader in its scope that at first you perhaps supposed. The spirit of murder is the world in its every manifestation, the spirit of Babylon. May you be true and faithful to this commandment always, keeping your hands clean of the sins and pollutions of this generation, is my prayer in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Question and Answer Session
93. We will now have our question and answer session according to the rules that you have been taught (Taphim 1:49; 2:88). I will now take your questions.
(Questions and answers -- max. 30 minutes)
94. Beloved children and friends, may you develop a greater consciousness of the world around you and the spirit of murder which is its foundation, and may you flee from it with all the energy of your souls.
95. May the Lord bless you and keep you until we meet again in His House next time. Amen.
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