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ETERNAL LIFE . . . . FACT? OR FICTION?
Book One Of Two
By Martha ©1995

Excerpts Taken From Book One Of Two of, Eternal Life, Fact? OR Fiction?
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CHAPTER 1 IS ANYONE LISTENING?

What, where, when, who, and how? Are not these the questions of a little child? Do not questions and questions and more questions continually come out of the inquisitive minds of children? Why is the sky blue? What makes clouds float? Why can’t fish breathe air? Where did I come from? Why do people die? Where does light go? Why is fire hot? Where does GOD live? What is GOD? When will I see Him? Who is GOD? Why is there a GOD? And how does GOD live and where and who is GOD? How do I know there is a GOD, anyway?

There was a man who lived that said, Matt. 18:3 Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Mk. 10:15 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of GOD as a little child, he shall not enter therein.

Therefore, if we ask, should we not also take and receive what we ask for? And if we ask, who do we ask? Should we ask a mountain to speak? or the water to take voice? or a tree to answer us? Are we to speak to the wind? or fire? or rain? or cry out to the sun to speak? or the moon to whistle? Should we ask those things that are, why they are, and who made them, as though they made themselves and us as well? Obviously nothing that is created is GOD, nor has created its own self. We know we are, because we are. So we begin there, and breathe in a deep breath, and know that because we live, someone lives who has created us, and we speak to ourselves and say within ourselves, “Breath of life, where did you come from, and who are you, and where are you going?” And then we just listen. We ask the unseen and unknown Creator to identify Himself and to reveal Himself. And we simply, wait, and simply, patiently, listen.

For that same man said, Behold, the kingdom of GOD is within you! Listen! Look! Hear! See! And, BEHOLD! THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS WITHIN YOU! We ask and we receive. For this same man also said, Matt. 7:7-11 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your FATHER which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

Lk. 11:10-13 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

So we ask. We seek. We knock. And we know that we shall not receive a lie from a GOD that has created us, for we see from the very creation that this GOD is a good GOD, and not an evil GOD, and we know that His love must be beyond our understanding, and His wisdom and power incomprehensible to our human minds. And so we hunger. We thirst. And we ask, seek and knock that we might be led into the truth and understand the truth and know the truth.

Chapter 2 IN THE BEGINNING

IN THE BEGINNING, GOD CREATED THE HEAVEN AND THE EARTH. (GEN. 1:1) Gen. 1:2 . . . . .And the Spirit of GOD moved upon the face of the waters. Gen. 1:3 And GOD said, Let there be light. . ..Gen. 1:6 And GOD said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters. . . .Gen. 1:9 And GOD said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place. . . .Gen. 1:11 And GOD said, Let the earth bring forth grass,. . . . .Gen. 1:14 And GOD said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven. . .Gen. 1:20 And GOD said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. Gen. 1:24 And GOD said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind,. . . . . .Gen. 1:26 And GOD said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, . . . .Gen. 1:27 So GOD created man in his own image, in the image of GOD created He him; male and female created he them.

The SPIRIT of GOD is the power behind the WORD, and GOD said. The WORD must first be with GOD, and come forth from GOD, and then the SPIRIT, the power, forms the WORD into whatsoever is the commandment of the WORD. The WORD is always first spoken out of the mouth of GOD and then the SPIRIT of GOD, the Holy Ghost, is sent forth and is the power that forms whatever the WORD of GOD speaks. JESUS, the SON of GOD, the only begotten Son of GOD, begotten by the WORD of GOD that was spoken, was then formed in the womb of Mary, she being overshadowed by the Holy Spirit to form JESUS in a virgin’s womb, without man’s seed. GOD said, let us make man in our image, and GOD formed first Adam from the dust of the ground, and blew the breath of life into Adam, and Adam became a living soul.

Gen. 2:7 And the LORD GOD formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

When Adam was first created, he was alone, and set in the garden of Eden alone, to dress it, to tend it, and obey GOD’s WORD.

Gen. 2:18 And the LORD GOD said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. 19 And out of the ground the LORD GOD formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them. . . . .21 And the LORD GOD caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; 22 And the rib, which the LORD GOD had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. 23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

The LORD GOD from the dust made every living creature, but the woman, taken from the side and flesh of Adam, was made and created from Adam. The woman was created therefore, after all things had been created that were created, and GOD said, let us make man in our image. He first created Adam, and then created Adam and Eve. Adam was divided by GOD’s SPIRIT, and what was one now became two. The WORD spoke and it was so. It is spoken and it is so. It is written and it is so. The WORD is GOD and is first with GOD and then comes forth and is formed through the power, the SPIRIT.

Concerning JESUS . . . . .The Apostle John writes . . . .Jn. 1:1 In the beginning was the WORD, and the WORD was with GOD, and the WORD was GOD. 2 The same was in the beginning with GOD. 3 All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not.

Col. 1:12 Giving thanks unto the FATHER, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear SON: 14 In whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15 Who is the image of the invisible GOD, the firstborn of every creature: 16 For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: 17 And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the pre-eminence. 19 For it pleased the FATHER that in Him should all fulness dwell.

Chapter 12 WHAT OF THE FEMALE FIG? AND THE CITY? AND THE MILLENNIUM?

And JESUS speaks of the female fig tree as well as speaking of a male fig tree.

Matt. 24:32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh.

Mk. 13:28 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near.

And we again read in Revelation concerning a tree. . . . .Rev. 22:2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 And there shall be no more curse.

Jeremiah the prophet also prophesied two appearings, both a first appearing and a second appearing. John prophesied of the woman, chosen and elected by GOD to bring into the world the Manchild, and she becomes a tree of life to the world, a running river of the Spirit of truth and life and wisdom, restoring all the doctrines of JESUS CHRIST, she being called, the Lord our righteousness. Revelation calls the second appearing an offspring, and an offspring is a descendant of, or a child of, or a seeded one, and we know that JESUS was not an offspring, for an offspring is one who comes from another, and JESUS was formed in the womb by the Spirit of GOD and was not an offspring, but was the only begotten, the first. JESUS, the only begotten Son of GOD, was prophesied by Jeremiah.

Jer. 23:6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

The Offspring, coming forth from the woman travailing in birth, the second Eve, is prophesied by Jeremiah, she travailing in birth to form the Branch.

Jer. 33:15 In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land. 16 In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this is the name wherewith she shall be called, The LORD our righteousness.

And the Offspring, coming out of the belly of the WORD, out of Revelation, an Heir, and the Offspring, a Branch, a Little Child, His appearing bringing in the Kingdom of GOD, the City of GOD, new Jerusalem, a spiritual City, filled with the power of GOD, where death and sickness and disease are all done away with, is theoretically, scripturally a sound doctrine, and ought to be considered, with an awesome and fearful responsibility of its truth. JESUS speaks of this Offspring that He shall send.

Rev. 22:16 I JESUS have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches.

(This angel, this manchild, this anointed one, shall enter into the churches and shall testify of himself and say )

I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star,

(And at this very time shall the Bride and the Spirit go with Him and bear witness in power . . . and shall say. . . .1)

17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come, And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come, And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

JESUS calls Himself here in this scripture the root, having an Offspring, an Angel that He sends in His name, a new name, a hidden name. Also written down in the scriptures JESUS said Himself while in the flesh, If they say I am here or there, Go not after them. If they say that CHRIST is here or there, follow them not. For I shall come in a new name.

Rev. 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my GOD, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my GOD, and the name of the city of my GOD, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my GOD: and I will write upon him my new name.

So the City of GOD that we see in Revelation, descending down out of heaven from GOD, new Jerusalem, has in it a heart beating, a Woman seen and wondered about even in the heavens as she appears there, sealed in the WORD to be born in the earth in her appointed time, a Woman that shall bring forth a river of life, a tree of life, and a pure running stream of truth that the world might know that the Kingdom of GOD is descending down into the earth once again to destroy the works of satan and his kingdom, never for it to rise up again to destroy the earth or men’s souls, or afflict the earth with sin and destruction.

Soon after the Woman appears in heaven, there appears also the great red dragon in heaven. Who and what is this great red dragon? Who has access to the heavenlies? Satan? Yes! But there is another that has access to the heavens, and that is the church. As Israel in JESUS CHRIST’s day had access to the heavens, likewise, does the church have bold access into the throne in the heavens.

SHE IS THE GATE
Words & Music By Martha, & Sonja Peterson ©

I have seen written in the WORD
JESUS said, I am the door
And I have seen written in the WORD
A woman is the gate into the City
I have seen written in the WORD
There was a first and there was a second Adam
And I have seen written in the WORD
There is a first and there is a second Eve

Lift up your head O ye gate of the LORD
And be ye lifted up ye everlasting doors
That the King of Glory, Mighty LORD of Hosts
Can come in. He can come in

I’ve seen redemption. I am at peace
Through the door, I have come
And now I knock upon Her gates
And when she opens, I will enter in
I’ve seen the curse lifted in the newborn’s face
In the second Adam and in the second Eve
I have seen the door burst open wide
And the gate swing wide open

Lift up your head O ye gate of the LORD
And be ye lifted up ye everlasting doors
That the King of Glory, Mighty LORD of Hosts
Can come in. He can come in!

The god of mammon that powered Israel in the day of JESUS CHRIST, now empowers the church. JESUS said, you are of your father, the devil, and his works you do! When the Woman appears, her accusers appear also, in the heavens, with great accusations, and night and day, accusations, in so much, as being responsible for great bloodshed and death upon all who follow the Heir, the Woman, and Her seed, and Her doctrines in the earth. Yet, the earth opens up her own mouth, and receives the graves of the enemies of the Woman and Her seed, and Her Manchild is crowned as the fruit of Golgotha upon His birth! And coming with Him is power unspeakable! glory unimaginable! and immortality and life, death being done away with! Tell me, reader, is not it glorious? to contemplate such a wonder? to hope in such a wonder? and to hope it might be possible? Could it be? Could it possibly be that the earth and all of its inhabitants stand at the dawning of a righteous heaven and earth? at the destruction of satan and all of the wicked? at the ending of all evil and the beginning of a righteous world? where death and all sin is done away with? washed away? healed? forgotten? never to be remembered forever and ever? no millennium where we would again face the horror of death and satan and destruction? never again to see the face of evil? What a hope! What a glory!

The reign of the gospel of JESUS CHRIST is coming to a close, and one only need to look around at the earth and all of its terrors and destructions and death and violences, and know that satan is loosed in the earth and knows he has but a short time. It amazes me to hear the futile words of men, that believe they can bind the powers of hell that GOD has loosed, that GOD Himself has loosed, to test and try the last generation of flesh, whether they love righteousness, or love evil. GOD is an angry GOD, a disappointed GOD, a sorrowful GOD, a weary GOD, and He is wrathful. No more mister nice guy!

GOD has angels, ministers, spirits, powers, readied with judgments, wraths and plagues. And where judgment falls, where disasters occur, where the carcasses fall, are those who plunder, take, and steal, all earthly possessions, like vultures and eagles of prey. Man can bind no devil, demon, or power, nor bind angels and ministers that GOD has set aflame with judgments against wickedness. The powers of darkness shall be overcome by He who is to appear, not the arrogant words of men who claim this and claim that, only for the purposes of advancing the coin banks and building great works and great ministries, with boastings. GOD has loosed the WORD, has loosed Revelation upon the world, has loosed all the demons and devils and satan from the prisonhouses, and men can bind what GOD has loosed? What spiritual folly! What spiritual suicide! I can bind my least, and my greatest creditor, and all my creditors, and render them powerless to do me harm, simply by paying them. Go and learn what that means!

We are not debtors to the flesh, nor the world, nor anything of this world. Go and learn what that means, also! Neither are we debtors to the gospel of JESUS CHRIST, as though it is bought and sold for coins of gold. We are already purchased possessions of CHRIST JESUS, purchased by His shed blood, and are His possessions, His properties, and His servants, and His slaves. We are His coins to be spent in this world for the salvation of souls, and are His sacrifices to the world for the salvation of souls from damnation, wrath and hell. We cannot give GOD coins that are already His coins and not ours to give. We are the coins, and our lives are not our own, but are now His purchase, and His possession. All our coins are now GOD’s coins, not ten percent, not twenty percent, but all! If He clothes us in sackcloth or silk, so be it. If he clothes us in burlap or wool, so be it. If he feeds us beans or meat, so be it. If he feeds us but water and bread, so be it. If He houses us in splendour or in a tent, so be it. If He gives us all, or gives us nothing, so be it. For we are married unto CHRIST, for better, for worse; for richer, for poorer; in sickness and in health; in life and in death, forever. We are cast into the great treasury and coffer of GOD’s Kingdom, to be spent in this world in whatsoever fashion that pleases Him. He is sovereign! He is GOD! We are the purchased, not the purchaser! The rich oppress the poor, even in the Kingdom of GOD! The rich get richer, and the poor get poorer! Do you honestly believe the blessings of GOD come because you give Him coins? You know Him not! You are a stranger to Him! He is not a creditor! nor a predator!

The thousand year reign of the gospel of CHRIST is ended and the Kingdom of GOD about to descend down to earth in a new Jerusalem, and this City of GOD shall sit all over the earth and be sheltered and kept from the temptation that is upon the world.

Lk. 21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

Rev. 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

We read in Romans why men have been confused concerning the thousand year reign of JESUS CHRIST, for we know there is no ending to the Kingdom of JESUS CHRIST forever, and ever, so what is this ending? this reigning? It is answered out of the mouth of the Apostle Paul in Rom. 5:17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.

So there is a literal reigning of the gospel of CHRIST in the earth that has a thousand years to harvest the earth and reap the souls into the Kingdom of GOD, and then satan is loosed for a season. The reigning of the gospel is closing, and the loosing of satan is sure. The unbelief of man and the powers of evil bring the gospel age to its closing.

Rev. 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the devil, and satan, and bound him a thousand years, 3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Chapter 1 Is Anybody Listening?
Chapter 2 In The Beginning
Chapter 3 Is Anyone Answering?
Chapter 4 Someone Is Listening
Chapter 5 Are we Listening?
Chapter 6 Are We Still Listening?
Chapter 7 Truth And Reality Agree; Wisdom Is Known Of Her Children
Chapter 8 What Is Truth?
Chapter 9 Is there A Second Eve?
Chapter 10 Is There Another To Come?
Chapter 11 Who Do We Ask? Tradition? Doctrine? Who?
Chapter 12 What of the Female Fig? And The City? And The Millennium?