Greetings, brothers and sisters. This is Dr. James Perry continuing with our series where we seek to explore the deeper meanings of our relationship with Jesus Christ. Over the years, the heavenly Father has revealed many revelations of spiritual truth to me, and I want to share them with you. This morning we ponder our lives as we seek to understand the meaning of the end of the mortal career
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The End of the Mortal Career
"And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet and they shall gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other." .Matthew Chapter 24, Verse 31
Brothers and sisters, this morning we discuss the end of the mortal career. There are many circumstances that terminate the mortal career. Due to the accidents of time, some may not live a full mortal life. Some die in youth or middle age. But in our discussion, we shall consider the mortal career from the perspective of mortal living from birth to old age, and from the perspective of those rare terminations due to translation.
Since the phenomenon of translation is rare, we shall briefly survey this first. The Scriptures gives us and account of two figures who were translated- Enoch and Elijah. The information concerning the method whereby this was achieved is sketchy, but from the information given, and what we know of God’’s will and the life of Jesus we form a fairly accurate picture of how they were able to reach that level of spiritual development. The Life of Jesus gives up a perfect example of a mortal who perfectly achieved the doing of the Father’’s will and showed us how to do the same. Jesus demonstrated to us how to achieve translation. When he was baptized in the Jordan, that signified that he had completed the process of perfecting his human nature.
Concerning Enoch, Scripture tell us in Genesis 5:22 that after Enoch begat Methuselah, He walked with God. And in Genesis 5:24 that he walked with God and was not for God took him. In Hebrews 11:5 and 6 we are told that "by faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found because God had translated him: But before his translation he had this testimony that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please God; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." So we see the primary role that faith plays in translation.
And of Elijah it was said, 2 Kings 2:11, "And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked. That behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. This is the gist of the spiritual phenomenon in a few sentences. The language of the concepts of what had happened was given in turns of what they understood at that time, but it should be clear that involved here is a completed relationship between God and Enoch and Elijah.
In this narrative, we witness the end of the mortal career for these two mighty spiritual warriors. The souls of these two individual had matured to the point where they were able to fuse with the Father’’s spirit, and thus were able to move to the next step of their spiritual career without the necessity of passing through the portal of death. But translation did the same thing for them that mortal death does for those who undergo mortal death-the liberation of soul from the material mind. It is also clear that they did God will for their lives.
At the time for translation grew near, they were notified that they would be leaving, that their mortal career was completed, and therefore they were qualified to begin the next phase of their eternal career. They had followed the divine plan for their lives. They had kept the faith, living faith throughout of all the ups and downs of life. And now we consider the end of the mortal career for those who live the full mortal life passing through all of the stages. We who live in this age after the bestowal of Jesus are exceedingly blessed, for we have his mighty Spirit of Truth to guide and help us complete this race. Now we consider the end of the mortal career in some detail.
The mortal career begins for us spiritually at the time we make our first moral decision. At this point, the Father’’s spirit comes to indwell our mind, thus creating a soul. It is at this point that we become sons and daughters of the heavenly Father, and the divine plan for our life begins. Based upon our potential, and projected human talent, we begin that process of actualizing these potentials and talents. But we have free will, and may refuse to cooperate with certain aspects of it or even all of it. Our will is supreme in the moral and spiritual arena. We may choose our values over the values of the Father’’s will. We often enter into the arms of "procrastination, equivocation, insincerity, problem avoidance, unfairness, and ease seeking." These negative qualities delay, and frustrate the divine plan for our lives. And this is why so few of us complete the divine plan for our lives which is designed to translate us at the end of it. It is by making progressively rigorous moral and spiritual decisions that fuel our soul’’s growth, and better coordinate our souls with the Father’’s spirit.
As we pass through the material stages of life, so does the divine spirit pass through the spiritual counterparts of that same life. As we pass from childhood to young adulthood about 5 years to about 20 years, the divine spirit functions as thought changers. This phase of the divine plan is designed to move us away from the animal reactions towards the more spiritual reactions of our minds and soul. From the age of twenty to about 40, the divine spirit functions as thought adjusters. Having laid the foundation, the divine spirit begins the process of elevating these human thoughts to increasingly spiritual levels. From the age of 40 to deliverance from the flesh, the divine spirit functions as thought controllers. In this phase the divine spirit is able to maintain the soul focus on these elevated spiritual thoughts. And as the mortal passes from childhood to young adult hood and from young adulthood to middle age and from middle age to old age, the divine plan becomes increasingly manifest.
When the mortal enters the last stage of his mortal life from about 65 to death, he retires from active duty as it were. He no longer has responsibility for his career. He is now in the process of unifying his life experience, and the unifying of his life experience occurs as he reviews his past life through the various stages. As he view his past life, he takes note of the values of good from these experiences, values that he may not have recognized before. There is also the painful review of facing the evil, and sometimes sin in his life. He meets them and repents of them if has not already done so and receives forgiveness for them. He is in the process of purifying his soul and his faith. And at the end of this review, he approves the divine plan for his life, and acknowledges the goodness of God
This divine plan is designed to perfect his mortal’’s character as well as actualize his intellectual and spiritual potentials. It is doing this process of review that the mortal realizes the degree to which he had cooperated with the divine plan for his life. In the meantime, the divine spirit seeks to further align the human will with the divine prior to either translating the soul, or ending the unique partnership in the flesh.
And as time goes, and the aging process continues and soon the destructive process of the mortal life increasingly overtakes the reparative process of the body, and it begins to fail. At such time, the mortal more and more frequently spends his time in bed, until all of his time is spent in bed. He is now ready for the final stage of mortal dissolution. If you are to experience translation, you will be notified of that and given further instructions at that time.
And when the time finally arrives when it is really time to leave this level of existence, when it really comes time to end the mortal career, that time when you sit on the border between life and death, you will not be anxious, nor troubled. Your mind will be at peace, you will not be concerned about yourself; your only concern and thoughts will be of others. Your soul will exclaim that you are truly blessed. And as your eyes close or your step into the receiving circle for translation, in a blink of an eye, you will find your self awakening in your resurrection chamber on the mansion worlds in your glorified body, and you will never forget that glorious resurrection morning, not through all eternity.
This concludes today's message on understanding the meaning of the end of the mortal career. We hope you find something in this message to ponder and pray about as you go about your day.
Until next time, this is Dr. James Perry.