All throughout the Bible God is often referred to as a rock or a stone. If you think about the actual object it can either be very useful or the complete opposite. A rock can cause a great deal of damage or offer a great deal of support. This is why God is so often referred to as a Rock or a stone.

Christ can either be our rock, our foundation, or Christ can be a stone that causes men to stumble.

As it is written:

"See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame." Romans 9:33

"As you come to him, the living Stone - rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him - you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ." 1 Peter 2:4-5

Now to you who believe this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,

"The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone,
"A stone that causes men to stumble and a Rock that makes them fall."

They stumble because they disobey the message."

Apostle Paul spoke of Christ in two ways depending on the people in which he was referring to at the time. To some, Christ was a precious stone, a Rock and a foundation for them, however, to others, he was a stumbling stone. What caused them to stumble? Disobedience to the message that Christ gave.

There are two very important things to think about.

1. Where is this stone laid? in ZION
2. What is the message that either causes men to stumble, or gives them life.

"Consequently faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ." Romans 10:17

What is the word of Christ?

When Apostle Paul and the other disciples went out into the synagogues and other churches at that time, they went to preach God's word, the word of Christ:

"When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and talked abusively against what Paul was saying."

Why would they be jealous?

"Then Paul and Barnabas answered them boldly: 'We had to speak the word of God to you first. Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles. For this is what the Lord has commanded us:

"I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth."

"When they Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed." (Acts 13:45-48)

**At this time when the disciples were preaching the word, they often received persecution from the Jews who rejected the word of God. The word that Apostle Paul and Barnabas were preaching at the time were the words of Eternal Life. These are the very words that the Jews rejected. Being that they rejected this word, what did Christ become to them? He became a stumbling stone. However, to the Gentiles, those who believed the message of eternal life, Christ became their Rock and Salvation.

What is the message of eternal life that Apostle Paul preached? Why would anyone ever reject the words of Eternal Life?

"We do however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we speak of God's secret wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began." 1 Cor 2:6-7

The message that he preached refers to a secret wisdom that God did not reveal during their age. Then in what age will it be revealed?

"But in the days when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be accomplished just as he announced to his servants the prophets." Rev 10:7

Okay, as we all know the book of revelation refers to the very last ages. In this time, the mystery of God will be accomplished.

Then what is this mystery that the Bible is referring to?

"My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge." Colossians 2:2-3

The mystery is in Christ....but what mystery is there in Christ that we have yet to know about?

"The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God."

Ah yes, so Christ refers to the image of God, and apostle Paul stated that this mystery, which is in Christ, has been hidden since time began. Which book refers to the beginning? Genesis. Then lets see, what mystery is in Genesis that helps us to understand the mystery of Christ, the image of God.

"Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, in Our likeness.." Gen 1:26

....have we spotted the mystery yet? Look again.

Us - –pronoun
1. the objective case of we

Our - –pronoun
(a form of the possessive case of we used as an attributive adjective)

Who said this?

"Then GOD said,"

From the very beginning God spoke in plural and when creating man, made man in the very image of God. Then what was the product that came from the image of God?

"...Male and Female he created them." Gen 1:27

Let's recap.

The message that caused men to stumble that Apostle Paul preached was the word of Christ. Christ, is the image of God. God has not one, but two images. This has been a mystery and was not revealed during the Apostolic ages, but will be revealed in the last days.

Then, in the last days, what is God's image? Just male? Who is the Christ that is giving eternal life?

"I Jesus have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches....The Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!". Whoever is thirsty let him come; and whoever wishes let him take the free gift of the water of life." Rev 22:17

In the last days The Spirit AND the Bride are calling us to give us the water of life (eternal life Jn 4:14)

The Spirit, we are familiar with, but, who is the bride?

"One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, "Come I will show you the Bride, the wife of the lamb". And he carried me away in the spirit to a mountain great and high and showed me the Holy City Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God." Rev. 21:9

When John was given the revelation of who the bride was, he was shown the Holy City Jerusalem, however, it wasn't a physical city, because it was coming down out of heaven from God.

Now, remember, the stone was set in Zion.

"The deliverer will come from Zion;" Romans 10:26

Remember, the message that they rejected were the words of eternal life, the message of Christ.

Who is the Christ that will come from Zion in the last days?

"Look upon Zion, the city of our festivals, your eyes will see Jerusalem." Isa 33:20

"But the Jerusalem that is above is free and she is our Mother." Gal 4:26

Stumble yet? I hope not.

This is the message of Christ. Jesus Christ, at the very end of the Bible gave this testimony that in the last days, eternal life, deliverance, will be given from not only God the Father, but also God the Mother. Why is Christ sometimes a stumbling stone in Zion? Because, many people today find it difficult to accept that God is both male and female. Just like 2000 years ago many found it difficult to accept that Jesus Christ was the Messiah prophesied to come. However, this is the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is not revealed to us in the age of the Holy Spirit.

Christ promised to come again. In this age Christ is prophesied to come with a new name and to bring his bride.

"He who has an ear let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it known only to him who receives it." Rev 2:17

Jesus said he will come with a new name.

"Let us rejoice and give him glory, for the wedding of the Lamb has come and his bride has made herself ready." Rev 19:7

the Lamb, is Christ (John 1:29)

Clearly the Bible testifies of our Heavenly Father Christ Ahnsahnghong and Heavenly Mother New Jerusalem, coming in the last days, to give us eternal life.
Everything written in the scriptures teaches us of the mistakes that were made in the past, so that we may learn from them and in turn not make the same ones.(Ro 15:4)

2000 Years ago the rulers of that time rejected the words of Christ and therefore could not enter the kingdom of heaven.

We must not let the mystery of God being both male and female be a stumbling stone, rather embrace this mystery, as the precious stone that has come in these last days to give us freely, the gift of the water of life, eternal salvation.

"The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer." Psalm 18:2


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