It is not very often that a person graces this world with their presences. Then, 2000 years later His presences here is still memorialized. And memorialized, for a full week with our memorizing of Jesus completely altering community life. With public schools being closed. Churches conducting nightly pilgrimages. By high lighting the events of Holy Week leading up to Resurrection Sunday. On the day of His execution, businesses closed from 12-3, some stayed closed. The nation had blue laws, then, with businesses being closed on the Lord’s day. America was a far different country then. A Christ honoring, and a God fearing people. With a the nation being rewarded with prosperity and military superiority.
That was yesterday, today it’s very different, and all to the shame of the church. The church will have to answer for its treachery. Because, of the nations tumble from greatness, to mediocracy, then to nothingness which is the fault of the church.
The Christ being paraded across America today is not the Jesus of those distant yesterdays nor of the New Testament. The tributes being paid to him this entire week distorts His greatness and His mission. Because to associate Jesus with entrepreneurialism as a mechanism for profits over a thing called Easter, is pure blasphemy. With blasphemy being behaviors by which people or nations think that they can replace God’s edicts with their own.
There are many ways for a people to curse God today and thus die because they have committed the sin of blasphemy. And, it’s suggested that the world chaos manifesting itself in numerous ways today. Through out the world, and within the United States is occurring because the world, and the United States insists upon committing the sin of blasphemy against Jesus.
Scriptures teach that the United States was destined through the sons of Joseph to represent the purpose and mission of God upon this earth. As history moves forward, America falls further away from that cause and mission. A prime example is the legalization of same sex marriages. Which is blasphemy according to our scriptures, as recorded in Leviticus 20:13. Where we find this law from God, “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lies with a woman, both have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.”
That same truth is found in Romans 1:24-27. Penned by the Apostle Paul, the greatest churchman to have ever lived. During his lifetime he experienced much opposition from the original eleven disciples of Jesus. Despite the resurrection of Jesus, they continued to observe the Jewish rituals of Judaism. Paul persevered preaching Christ crucified and resurrected. They did not. We owe the commemoration of resurrection Sunday to historic battles he fought.
Because the church has allowed the government to sanction homosexuality. This great nation is being put to death, and their blood is falling upon all of us and for generations to come. Until the church, God’s instrument rises up to end such blasphemy against our God. If you want to know what marriage is all about examine the following scriptures, Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5-6 and Ephesians 5:31.
Jesus Christ, was the worlds greatest and most effective revolutionary. He challenged the religious and political authorities of his time and condemned them. To save America, so should the body of Christ, His church. Instead today, Jesus is presented as one with the state. The two are not compatible and have nothing in common! So, read upcoming discussions and get a glimpse of a very different Jesus.
The day prior to entering Jerusalem. Which was the day before Palm Sunday, named after the occurrence recorded, John 12:12-13, The people took branches of palm trees, and went to meet Jesus because they had heard He was coming to Jerusalem. And they cried expressions of suffering, saying Hosanna, meaning liberate us while carrying and waving their palm branches. They wanted a spiritual revolution! They got theirs and we need ours. America will only be changed through a spiritual revolution. A revolution announcing that mortal people can not succeed without honoring the Man of the season, Jesus Christ.
Jesus went to Bethany which was a short distance to the East of the city. He went there to have dinner with close friends. His learned that His friend Lazarus was sick and later died. Jesus did not pay much attention to the news of his death. He dined with the sisters of Lazarus, Martha and Mary. Both were close confidants of Jesus, with Mary being very special. Perhaps His wife according to the gnostic gospels. And that woman from the gnostic gospels kept the men together, and gave them purpose after the murder of Jesus. And of course the male dominated church has always minimized the spiritual gifts of woman. Adhering only to the writings of the King James Bible put together by mortal men, note, John 21:25. Let me O! Lord associate with gallant women and the world will be changed.
With Lazarus now dead four days. Both Martha, and Mary were very upset because they thought, if Jesus had arrived sooner Lazarus would not have died. Jesus accompanies the women to the grave sight. There He weeps! The stone was removed from the grave, and Jesus commanded, “Lazarus come forth!” He that was dead came forth. Jesus gave instructions directing that the grave clothes be removed. This account is described in John chapter eleven.
There is something peculiar about Christianity. Many people reject the message and mission of Jesus, unless they can associate miracles with his teachings. It apparently was that way during His lifetime. Because it was reported that many people believed in Jesus, because Jesus said, “Lazarus come forth.” And he, that was dead came forth. With many having seen the miracle He preformed, now believed, John 11:43-45.
But it had a secondary effect, the religious authorities feared that the Romans would come, and prohibit their clerical duties, and maybe destroying Jerusalem because of Jesus, verse 48, John eleven. So they decided that Jesus must be murdered, verse 53, John eleven.
The miracle of Lazarus being dead four days, John 11:39, and returning to life, John 11: 43-44, does not occur today. But with secular history unfolding before our eyes today, and being traceable to our scriptures. Such occurrences are miracles in themselves. People should see such occurrences as signs of our inerrant scriptures. Giving undeniable credibility to biblical pronouncements announced centuries before the life of Christ.
We’ll see greater hate for the Jews. And that hate will be focused on Jerusalem. Significant armies, of the world community will attack Jerusalem. Maybe led by the once again revived Roman Empire, a future ten state empire of our modern day European Union states. Perhaps led by an Assyrian king, from Germany. Done in conjunction with the Muslim Arab world. And an unlikely federation of nations from Russia, China and Iran. Mission obliterate the Jews as a people, and the state of Israel from the face of the world. The Christian West once a powerful federation of states in itself will have disintegrated into the rubbish of nothingness. Perhaps by Daesh, the unstoppable armies of Muhammad for the glory of Allah. The United States will have been obliterated. Russian hacking into our electronic systems to influence U.S. elections turns out be real. That perhaps represented their experimental probing to eventually disable our electronic communications systems of operation and communications. Using for the first time drone driven submarines to launch nuclear weapons at targeted targets. Making the Japanese attack upon Pearl Harbor on, 07 December 1942, look like child’s play. Meanwhile, Daesh is here emerging from their many, Trojan Horses, better known as mosques. Wiping out key infrastructures at will. Hunting down, and beheading members of the U.S. Congress. The president, and his cabinet has been beheaded in public. Along with all Supreme Court justices. The U.S. citizenry has been so completely terrorized that there isn’t any will to resist.
Here is why Israel will again experience even greater horrific times. The high priest, Caiaphas said to his fellow priests. “You know nothing at all,” John 11:49. In the same chapter he said, “Consider that it is expedient for us that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not,” verse fifty. Israel still rejects the Messianic message of Jesus. The consequences of that rejection may well spill over onto the world scene. Resulting in some very volatile times for the world community. And, it’s playing out on the world scene today. Meaning kill Israel! As it would be more expedient for one nation to die, so that the whole world does not perish.
In John 11:25-26, just prior to returning life to Lazarus Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” That is the Palm Sunday message and the message of Holy Week, which should be the most celebrated week of the year for the family of Christ.
Hopefully, biblical road signs matched with secular events will serve as significant miracles causing many to believe in the life, death and resurrection of Christ.
The more things change the more they remain the same. In Jesus’ day the religious leaders feared the loss of power and influence. As opposed to serving the needs of the people. Which is the way of many, if not most of our religious leaders today. Always snuggling up to the political hierarchy for the sake of power and influence.
Think what an impact the church could have if it demanded living wages for workers. Restructuring our tax system to benefit employees and not CEO’s and their corporate conglomerates. Or, real universal health care with the federal government being the single payer. Providing a health care plan for every American beyond ObamaCare. Also taking advantage of what science has to offer from stem cell research. That is what the life of Jesus was about. Serving the needs and interest of ordinary people. And supported by the social Epistle of James, in particular, James 2:14-26. Far cry from the interest of most modern day churches. That is exactly why the High Priests decided Jesus would have to die. Up setting the apple cart is seldom a healthy thing to do, but it is the Christian thing to do.
That’s exactly what Christendoms Holy Week should be about. Celebrating the ways of our liberator, Hosanna in the highest. With God being great, so we can be great as His body of believers. We need to condemn the many practices of blasphemy unfolding before His church today. And crusade, for the social needs of His people. That is as much apart of Holy Week, as any segment of our Christ journey to His execution. If done boldly with determination, it could serve as Christendoms death march, as well. Read the following scriptures starting with 2 Timothy 3:12-13, Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecutions. But evil men will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. And, John 15:18-20, “If the world hates you, know it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” Remember the word that I said to you, “A servant is not greater than his master. If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also.” In Matthew 24:9, Jesus said, a time will come, when they will really make life hard for Christians. Christians will be hated and killed wherever they are found. Because the Christ teachings are being taught, and fought over for His names sake.
Christ was a militant for God, are you? Think of militancy in terms of spirituality. More about that later, as the journey continues. In the meantime, small cells should be formed and made combat ready. Being violent, nonviolently. Pay attention to other discussions during this holy season for insights.