Epiphanies what they mean

What you are about to read about a former world leader contains more truth than fiction. It’s about the epiphany experienced by the former president of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

This padre has also experienced an epiphany that America will be completely destroyed because of her sins against God Almighty. The prophet Daniel talked about a fourth world kingdom. This padre has concluded that global Islam is that fourth kingdom. Which will be fully developed with future discussions.

Its been years in the making the fruits of my epiphany. And the epiphanies of revelations for me have down right frightening for me.

Shiite Muslims like Christians believe the world will be rescued from total self destruction by supernatural intervention. We differ on the results of this divine intervention and by whom.

Americas birth as a nation can be traced through are scriptures. Now it came to pass that Joesph was that his father was sick. So he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim. And he learned that his family was coming he sat up in bed. Then Jacob said to Joesph, “God Almighty appeared to me and blessed me, saying, ‘Behold, I will make you fruitful and multiply you, and I will make of you a multiple of people, and give this land to your descendants after you as an everlasting possession,'” Genesis 48:1-4.

And he blessed Joseph, and said, “God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, the God who has fed me all my life long to this day. The Angel who has redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; let my name be upon them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude of nations in the midst of the earth,” Genesis 48:15-16.

So Jacob proceeded to bless his grandsons. But Joseph observing the process said to his father, he intervened to correct what he perceived to be a mistake. But his father corrected him saying, “I know my son. He shall shall become a people, and he also shall be great; But truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his descendants shall become a multitude of nations,” Genesis 48:17-19.

And it became so in the providence of divine time. Ephraim became Great Britain, a multitude of nations. Where it was said that the sun never set upon its empire. It was so vast that somewhere the sun was rising upon Ephraim the father of multitudes of people. And big brother Manasseh, he to would become a people and those people are known as Americans.

And four great beasts came up from the sea, each different from the other. The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings. I watched till its wings were plucked off; and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man, and a man’s heart was given to it, Daniel 7:3-4.

The lion is the national symbol of British pride. Symbolizing the qualities of the nations strength and courage. The British a proud, and dignified people personified by the picturesque features of the king of beast.

Well, what about the wings of that lion? Made to stand up on the ocean shore like a man. And will this creature endure, or be slaughtered, on its own land called America? That’s the discussion for tomorrow and beyond.

A day 4 trickery or is it

Hopefully, the previous posting raised some questions. Because, this posting is designed to do the same. This padre will take you on journeys that many others will not for reasons known only to them. Agreement is never sought because that’s a matter to be settled between you and your God.

Yesterday I discussed some supernatural experiences of others. Including that of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, former President of the, Islamic Republic of Iran. Could there be any validity to his acclaimed testimony? Read on and find out.

Many people have very little interest in national or world affairs. Especially, if those affairs are of a religious nature. Despite that much of the news every day centers around some aspect of religion.

The never ending turmoil between Islamic sects throughout the Arab/Muslim. Gives false hopes that world has little to fear when it comes to being annihilated by Muslims. Then the world has Iran, an Islamic state. A nation of Shiite Muslims making life miserable for Israel. It will continue and intensify. And neither Israel, nor the United States will prohibit Iran from being a nuclear power, if Iran has decided to become such a power. And that decision may not be necessary because Iran believes that they are destined divinely to bring Islamic rule upon the world. It’s not just Iran that believes that to be true. It’s a belief shared by the Muslim world. It’s just that Iran, as a sovereign state is more vocal about it. They’ll do it collectively though they will lack harmony but not as individual states fighting to divide the world between themselves. A paradigm learned from the three previous world empires and exposed by the prophet Daniel.

Of course, the world has Syria another influential player supporting Sunni Muslims in the region. A thorn in the side of Iran. The Syrian civil war seems to have eased the Iranian pain from that torn. With Syria perhaps falling under the prophetic announcement of Isaiah 17:1, which reads, “Behold Damascus will cease to be a city, and it will be a ruinous heap.

Then there is Saudi Arabia, a Muslim state. Ruled by the third Muslim sect Wahhabism. Attempting to be a peacemaker for the region. Offering Israel peace in return for captured lands during the 1967 war several times. Which includes allowing East Jerusalem to be the capital city, for a Palestinian state once sovereignty is gained. Causing the United Nations, and even the U.S., an Israeli ally to get on the Saudi bandwagon. Bringing enthusiasm of gratification to the devotees of Islam. Because, they see Allah responding to their prayers.

Israel will not surrender Jerusalem to the Muslim world in a peaceful manner. It’ll never be taken off the table. The tragedy is that Israel will have to deal with the fate of Jerusalem by themselves. The United States will be irrelevant, even if she has a mind change concerning Israel. The world is marching to a time when the world’s armies will gather to take Jerusalem from Israel. By that time, the United States will be a heap of ashes.

One would think that with all that is occurring in the region because of religion. With its impact globally, that people would be desperate for information. Trying to sort out and make some sense out of religion and its global impact. An impact powerful enough to disrupt the global economy beyond what the world has ever experienced. Gathering a momentum power that could annihilate the world.

But most are not, rather they are amused. Writing off their shenanigans, as the behavior of lunatics. Who if anything will annihilate themselves. But they will not be so amused if Pakistan’s nuclear weapons fall into the hands of those lunatics. Then those shenanigans will take on a whole new meaning.

Lesson taught and failed! The West has failed to learn its lesson from the toppling of Saddam Hussein and the conflict in Afghanistan. Democracy’s of the west is not a cure all for the woes of a Muslim world. In some instances, it creates more problems than it cures. It’s because God keep interfering. As he has his own design for the world, and the non Muslim world will not like it.

It’s almost inconceivable that this turmoil centers around the small nation of Israel. With a population of less than ten million people; smaller than North Carolina. A major part of this turmoil is all about Jerusalem. Jerusalem is vital historically and religiously to Israel, Islam, and Christendom. The turmoil over Jerusalem is centuries old. It was the capital of the Old Testament’s King David. Conquered by King Nebuchadnezzar who made slaves out of the Israelites. Jerusalem has changed rulers many times with the Muslims controlling Jerusalem until 1967. With the six day war against Israel (1967) the Muslims lost control of Jerusalem.

They may never get control of Jerusalem, again! But it will not be because they failed to try. The European Union with an Army may lead an attack to secure Jerusalem for Islam. Those who follow the news know that Germany has encouraged the formation of an army for the European Union. And some think that the EU is in the stages of becoming its old self, as the revived Roman Empire. And as every day passes, Europe becomes more Muslim, and less Christian. Again, we have religion in the news as an event maker. Getting little press because this army is being proposed for defensive purposes. And not being seen as an offensive force, for Islam. The Muslim world knows that there are two ways for them to get control of Jerusalem. Annihilate Israel but Israel is militarily to powerful for the entire Islamic community. This they learned in 1967. That leaves them with the option to nuke Israel! Which of course brings into play the Iranians, and their maybe nuclear program. The other way to capture Jerusalem would be for the community of nations through United Nations to dispatch armies as a means of establishing peace in the region. Under the authority of the once unthinkable but now probable a one world government.

Which might succeed temporarily, but will ultimately fail, because Jesus Christ is to rule from Jerusalem. Micah 4:1-5, But in the last days…(vs.1) the God of Jacob will teach us his ways (vs.2). The law will come from Zion and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem (vs.2). Many strong nations will be rebuked (vs.3). In the end they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore, (vs.4). There will be no more fear, (vs.4)!! For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the LORD our God, forever and ever (vs.5).

The Muslims have a different take on the end times with the world submitting to Allah, as noted previous postings.

Many Christian theologians are content with biblical prophecies predicting that Jesus will govern from Jerusalem and so are Muslim theologians. But with a different perspective Jesus will deny that he’s the son of God. Jesus will be a devotee of Islam and his allegiance will be to Allah. As a new era of time unfolds from Jerusalem. Understand how this plays out from the previous posting.

Here is the puzzle to be addressed with future discussions. Who is to say that the Jewish, or Muslim approach to God is less correct than the Christian approach to God?

We know that humans can not be relied upon to live outside of their personal bias. Human ingenuity, has developed to the point where global annihilation can readily occur. All that power is captured from the perspective of individual and nation state bias. And from our era, a religious bias.

World madness by perceptional images of God

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was elected President of the, Islamic Republic of Iran, in 2005. Early in his presidency, he made headlines around the world. By saying that the world would be better off without Israel. He has repeated that statement so often that many think it just harmless rhetoric.

But he has moved on to amuse some while angering others by calling a conference that called into the question the Holocaust. It does not end there because he has also said that Israel should be moved somewhere in Europe. Why Europe, because according to Ahmadinejad, Christian states created Israel on the sacred lands that belong to the Muslim world. Therefore, those responsible Christian states should move Israel to be among them where they belong.

While such statements have gotten him amble press coverage, his apocalyptic religious zealotry has mostly gone unnoticed. Maybe because the media sees such shenanigans as political show boating. Just a wacko, seeking world attention. After all, what else could be behind such insane statements.

Regardless of what the media or governments think, Ahmadinejad does see himself as a apocalyptic figure. He has discussed his super natural experience while speaking from the podium at the United Nations, September 2006. During his speech he was covered by a light of some sort. Ahmadinejad insists that the light was not directed to the podium by any United Nations personnel. Ahmadinejad is adamant that the light was sent from heaven. This spectacular occurrence was witnessed by another person associated with his presidential delegation. Who said that he noticed the light as soon as President Ahmadinejad uttered the holy words, “in the name of Allah.” The aide said that the light was surrounding and protecting the President.

The light is described as being green. Ahmadinejad confirmed that the light was green. he declares that he was placed inside the protective aura of the green light. The President went on to say that he felt that the atmosphere changed. He said that while speaking for nearly thirty minutes. He noticed that the leaders of the world community did not move an eye lid; completely unable to blink. President Ahmadinejad continued saying, that it was as if they were being controlled supernaturally and suddenly they were Ahmadinejadized.

This protective aura that Iranian president experienced. Along with the captivating experience endured by the world leaders in attendance. Apparently was not noticed by them, or anyone, other than Ahmadinejad, and an aide.

Does that mean that it was a figment of his imagination.? Maybe and maybe not is the answer. He is not the first person to report some sort of supernatural experience. Both President Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush report having had personal conversion experiences with Jesus Christ.

Most likely many clerics of varying religious persuasions attest to some supernatural experience. As can this padre, which I’ll share. At a very young age, preschool. During the night, I felt the presence of something different. Being a child, I had no way to describe or explain this sensation. The next morning I noticed this huge book which was the family Bible. I paged its pages looking at the pictures completely mesmerized by the experience. Somehow knowing that what I experienced the night before, and those pictures were somehow connected. Being discovered by my Mother, who seemed alarmed. She closed its pages and chastised me. Only later to find me again paging its pages. That scenario replayed itself for awhile. Until the Bible disappeared, and never seen by me again. That whole experience has been with me just like it happened yesterday. Because I knew, as time pasted, that I was to become a priest.

One of my parents was Roman Catholic the other was Lutheran. Born into a family who had a grandfather of native Iroquois lineage. Great division existed in my family over religion, and ethnicity, so that the two were never discussed. Because of such family division, I was never able to determine which of the six tribes that made up the Iroquois League my grandfather came from. A pain that I have never been able to put to sleep.

The years passed, and I reached age nineteen. It was the month of February, the fifth day. I was reading a book on religion (one of several passions, books, physical fitness and international events), when I felt suddenly felt compelled to confess my sins, and embrace Christ, as my personal Lord and Redeemer. What made that experience significant was my childhood experience. The room was poorly lit, and I knelled on my knees to pray. Suddenly an aura of white covered me, and brightened the whole room. Of course, I had no explanation for what occurred, and was not about to share my experience, for fear of being labeled a lunatic. So, I started reading the Bible. Months later, I came to the Second book of Corinthians. Which read, If any person be in Christ, he becomes different. Old ways are gone, and behold! things are entirely different, 2 Corinthians 5:17. Then everything came together, my bedroom experience, the family Bible, and the reading of a book about the consequences of sin. The rest is history because here I sit, and write, as an ordained padre.

So that leads me back to the supernatural experience that the former President of the Islamic Republic of Iran claims to have experienced. He should be taken seriously. Because he sees himself, as a vehicle for the ushering in of the return of the Shiite Muslim Messiah. And that means, the world community can expect greater turmoil through out the region because of Ahmadinejad visions. Which of course, has repercussions reaching every nation, as we Americans have experienced.

Proving the 56 signatories to the Declaration of Independence wrong

Sometime in the future, archaeologists digging through the rubble of what use to be the United States. Discovered a curious document. In that document they discovered a novel concept of citizen responsibility. Which read, “… Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the people to alter or to abolish it…”

These space travelers traveled to our galaxy from a very distance galaxy. They were a species known for their sense of logic. Just the opposite of the human species. Where reasoning, and logic was based upon the superstition of religion. Which eventually led to this galaxy, with earth, as one of its stars being destroyed through nuclear bombardments. They concluded that such a horrific event could only have occurred because Americans failed to make the government of the United States accountable as set forth in their Declaration of Independence. All because they could not get pass the superstition of “religion.” A very great evil, according to these travelers.

But why would a civilization of people, allow such a catastrophic event to occur? Reading further they stumbled upon these words. “…; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed…” These distant travelers gave great thought to the notion of “sufferable evils.” Concluding that several combination’s existed like ambition for world dominance. Based upon geopolitical greed centered around exploitation of regional resources; oil being primary. Finally, they concluded that without doubt the greatest folly of “sufferable evils” was “religion!”

They were familiar with a German philosopher who wrote that religion is the opium of the people. Opium, a substance that dates back to at least ancient Greece. It is obtained from the juice of the opium poppy. And, it has a soothing numbing effect where little matters, except for the ecstasy it creates.

No doubt this distance star earth, populated by a life form referred to as human had drugged itself with the opium effect of religion. The people of earth had spent centuries slaughtering each other. Then chasing the defeated to far away places. Every time the defeated regrouped through prayer and devotion. Their God showed them how to build more powerful weapons. New powers emerged like Iran and North Korea, who also had the ultimate weapon. The world stage is soon to be set for a nuclear destruction.

However, there is still time to avoid the unthinkable. Each nation must do what is necessary to save the planet. Americans must shed the hallucinogenic effect of religion. Hold the President, and the Congress accountable to the tenets of the Constitution. This American government must understand that it gets its authority to govern from the people. In order for this to occur, we the people must prove the 56 signatories to the Declaration of Independence wrong. We are no longer willing to suffer American evils upon the known world. These evils must no longer be allowed to be sufferable. It is an elitist notion by the rich and powerful used to persuade the public to see things their way. Using a combination geopolitics and religion to advance their agenda.

The world community, especially Americans, have been conditioned to think that all religions in there own way lead to a God awareness. Some are downright dangerous like Islam. Islam needs to be exposed for what it represents. Which is a governmental militaristic movement that uses the camouflage of religion to war against other nation states. And it really works well for them, especially in America. Because of certain and specific Constitutional guarantees. When in reality, Islam is a diabolic threat to civility. As it moves to crush any thought or expression that’s not Islamic. Islam today is the most eminent threat of the 21 century to economic global security. In addition, the practitioners of Islam are responsible for the current global insecurity which will grow like an incurable cancer. Unless the world community, especially the United States, wakes up to save itself from this barbaric menace. Failure to do so will result in a future where Islam will turn America into a rubble of ashes. Unless America recognizes no other God but Allah.

Such a catastrophic event will not occur from atheists powers like North Korea, China, or Russia. They are far to logical, and understand the devastating deadly consequences of an attack upon America. While devotees of Islam, see such catastrophic consequences as a means as ushering in their God’s kingdom on earth. REALLY SCARY!

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A fox was being chased by huntsmen and begged a wood-cutter whom he saw to hide him. The man told him to go into the hut. Soon afterwards the huntsmen arrived. and asked if he had seen a fox pass that way? He answered ‘NO’-but as he spoke he jerked a thumb towards the place where the fox was hidden. However they believed his statement and did not take the hint.

When the fox saw that they had gone, he came out out, and made off without speaking. The woodman reproached him for not even saying a word of acknowledgment for his deliverance.

I would have thanked you the fox called back. If your actions and your character agreed with your words.

This fable is aimed at people who make a public profession of virtue but behave like rogues. (Source:Penguin Classics-Fables of Aesop-“Actions Speak Louder Than Words”)

One knows this is a common practice through out the non-Christian community. And one would hope it is not common in the Christian community, but it is most likely wishful thinking. Treachery is just part of our human nature. It was prevalent even among those close to Christ. Remember the words of Peter, “Though all men shall be offended because of you, I will never be offended.” Causing Jesus to answer, “I say unto you that this night, before the cock crows, you will deny me thrice,” Matthew 26:33-34. But Peter and the other disciples, perhaps some what shocked, replied, “Peter said unto him, though I should die with you, yet I will not deny you. Likewise said all the disciples,” Matthew 26:35.

Then we have Judas who along with Peter was one of the twelve. Judas went to the authorities. And asked them what they would give him, if he delivered Jesus to them. They agreed upon 30 pieces of silver, Matthew 26:14-15. “And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him, Matthew 26:16.

We all must be mindful to make sure our actions and character match our words. For like the fox, Jesus does not respond well to such behavior. For he warned, “Whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father who is in heaven,” Matthew 10:33.

Christianity is serious business with a history of sacrifice, self denial, and martyrdom. It seems that we as Christians are not doing enough to advance the cause of Christ. Just a quick survey of community occurrences dictates that we are being inundated with evil. What was thought to be unacceptable not long ago, suddenly is acceptable. Could it be that the body of believers today are a people who profess virtue, but behave like rogues? If so that accounts for the reason why the unacceptable is becoming more acceptable.

We all have regrets with the fortunate taking corrective action by repenting. It seems that is what Peter did, “Peter remembered the words of Jesus, who said unto him. Before the cock crows, you will deny me thrice. And he went out and wept bitterly,” Matthew 26:75.

Why Muslims respect Jesus

America is in turmoil because the electorate has allowed Wall Street to select its candidates. Which allows the electorate a limited choice; not of their choosing, when deciding, who will occupy the Peoples House, the representatives serving in the Congress. And thus, which candidates will be confirmed as Supreme Court justices. Which has brought about a complete desecration of the American way by corporate conglomerates. Which had been, a reliance on divine providence in determining the affairs of state. Today that’s a laughable notion, and America is ceasing to be the land of milk and honey. A biblical expression for superiority in the affairs of state, when the state honors God. Blinded politicians have painted such truths white, the color of surrender. For the sake of political correctness, and social inclusiveness  of the people regardless of race, ethnicity or religion. Unless the aforementioned is corrected; Americans will have a new master, and that master will be Islam.

When former Iranian head of state, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, of the Islamic Republic of Iran visited Columbia University in January 2008. He lectured a group of academics at Columbia University. Significant rhetoric fell from the speakers mouth. That rhetoric needs to be understood. His lecture was a prayer, or an announcement concerning the capture of the world by Muslims. On American soil; and totally missed by the university academics, the U.S. media, and our American government. And worse of all, many who make up the body of believers, who represent the Church of Jesus Christ. The nations only solution for a return to the days power, influence prosperity of its yesterdays.

Here is his prayer or announcement of world capitulation to Islam. “In the name of God, the compassionate, merciful” “Oh, God, hasten the arrival of Imam al-Mahdi, and grant him good health, and victory, and make us his followers, and those to attest to his rightfulness.” Note: and those to attest to his rightfulness. Ahmadinejad is referring to us infidels converting to Islam.

The following will explain who Imam al-Mahdi is, and his role on the world stage.

At a future time, maybe soon, as some think. Imam al-Mahdi will appear on the world scene. Al-Mahdi, meaning the rightly guided one. He will be a man who practices true Islam. He will not be a prophet. Just a ordinary guy. Maybe your Muslim neighbor.

It is thought that this rightly guided one will reign from the capital city of Syria which is Damascus. Many consider Damascus, the worlds oldest city. Often the center of world conflict, as it is today.

It is said by Muslims, that Jews will be the invincible power on the world scene. This will occur two times. This revelation comes directly from Allah. The Mahdi will make his appearance on the world stage sometime between those two periods.

During this period there will a horrific battle. Muslims, and Christians, both accept this horrific war known as “Armageddon.” Armageddon is defined as the decisive catastrophic battle that brings an end to the known world. The problem though is that each religion sees itself as the victor. Muslims believe that they can prepare the proper conditions for the guided ones return. That is what makes the Islamic community so dangerous. Even your Muslim neighbor in the good old U.S.A. To what extent will they go once motivated by a diabolic messenger.

It is that predatory beast that John saw. Who looked, and acted like a leopard guided by the dragon of Revelation 13. Yes, I am suggesting that the guided one, Imam al-Mahdi could very well be the leopard of Revelation 13. We have no way of knowing this with absolute certainty. But the Muslim guided one, meets the characteristics of evil described in chapter thirteen.

Muslims everywhere are dangerous because their purpose is to revolutionize the world. Forcing the world community to conform to the teachings of the Qur’an. Including all governments, meaning only Islamic regimes will govern. Pluralism in any society to devout Muslims is behavioral decadency.They have no respect, or tolerance for governments that are not governed by Islamic law. If necessary to achieve this end, and as we all know, they will resort to violence. Nor, do they hesitate to extract violence against those whose social customs are opposed to the teaching of the Qur’an.

Christians believe only Christ knows the time of his return. Therefore, Christians will defend Jerusalem with Israel against Islamic nations. Muslims believe they must control Jerusalem in order for the guided one to return. There can be no negotiated settlement for control of Jerusalem. That is what the war of all wars is about and it is underway right now. What the world can expect, is for conditions in the region to intensify. With repercussions boomer ranging around the world. No peoples will be spared, and global economies will be devastated by having to contend with this Islamic menace. A religion that knows nothing about decency, therefore, erasing civility as a noble human experience.

Muslims believe this war for will last six years but ultimately Islam prevails. Capturing the seat of Christianity, Vatican City, or the capital city of the United States. It could be any great city of importance to the infidels. Like the United Nations headquarters in New York City. Arguments can be made for the capture of any one of these cities. Because each in there own, way has protected Israel. Housing a people that Muslims assert have no right to exist.

Sometime in the seventh year a influential and charismatic figure will appear on the world stage. Possessing extraordinary powers of persuasion with the ability to communicate in many languages. Creating a formidable challenge to Islamic rule. Which results in another war, this war is between the Jews and Muslims. This war is so violent. It goes beyond any kind of destruction the world has ever experienced. To the very elimination of all life forms on the planet. Fitting nicely into John seeing the beast wounded almost to death. Then making a remarkable recovery. Causing the world to marvel at its resiliency, and declaring, who can successfully war against the beast, Revelation 13:3-5.

Suddenly, and unexpectedly, Jesus returns as promised. Praying, and walking behind Imam Mahdi. Christ will pursue and kill the Antichrist. He will destroy the armies of Gog and Magog (for a later postings). Armies that have rejected, and fought against the children of Allah. Muslims then kill all Jews, and other infidels. The surviving people see this, and convert to Islam. Islam then rules the world with harmony and peace prevails globally.

Qur’an 43:61, The (Qur’an) gives knowledge of the Hour; do not doubt it. Follow Me for this the right path. And, that path is world dominance!

Times have changed and are far more complex than those of the past. Old conflicts were based upon struggles over political ideologies. Conflicts over the supremacy of Capitalism verses Communism. Democracies verses totalitarian governments. The United States and its pathetic government isn’t remotely close to understanding today’s world realities.

This era of ours features the struggle for the accepting or the rejection of Islamic religious supremacy. Muslims have foot soldiers all over the globe, including in the United States. Anxious to be apart of the Islamic call found in their war manual at 43:61.

Perhaps, the most powerful weapon that Islam has at its disposal. Is a weapon that rocks the civilized world into deep slumber. Including far to many Christians which is their respect for Jesus. Ask any devout Muslim, if they accept Jesus as the Messiah. The answer is always yes, followed by peace be unto him. People who should know better, including Christians, walk away thinking Muslims mean us no harm. For Muslims, Jesus is instrumental in the conversions of Christians to Islam. That is the only reason Muslim’s give respect to Jesus.

Do not be tricked as Muslims try to legitimize Islam through Judaism and Christianity

As the world media spins it tales of gloom and disasters, people become calloused. Nasty and indifferent to each other. Always expecting things to get worse. Unfortunately, for the world community, a whole lot worse.

Remember the Godfather movies where the Godfather was gunned down in an assassination attempt upon his life. Gangland war breaks out among the five crime families. While recuperating from a close encounter with death, one of his sons is murdered at a toll both. Finally strong enough, the Godfather arranges a meeting with the five crime families. And presents this question to the other families. How did things ever get this bad?

No doubt many have asked that question about our world. It is a good question because how did things get this bad? The simple answer is the fall of the first man and woman. Which is true, but the more complex answer is found in Genesis sixteen and seventeen. Where we discover that Abram fathered a son with a household servant, Hagar. In a very real sense, Abram and Hagar are the parents of Islam.

One of the lessons to be learned is that the scriptures teach us hidden lessons through inferences. In Genesis seventeen we read about this conversation between Abram and God.

Abram was 99 when God visited him. Saying, “I am the Almighty God; walk before me and be perfect.” “I will make my covenant between me and you. I will multiply you exceedingly.” God went on to tell Abram that through this covenant he would be the father of many nations. Then God changed Abrams name to Abraham; meaning father of many nations. Telling him that he would be exceedingly fruitful. With many nations coming into existence because of their mutual agreement. Abraham would be perfect and God would make the world prosperous through him

Also an angel of the Lord appeared to Hagar. Telling her that she would give birth, and the child’s name would be Ishmael. It is through the linage of Ishmael that Islam came into existence. One of the promises made to his mother Hagar was that her sons descendants would be so many that counting them would be difficult, Genesis 16:10.

How significant are these two accounts. The first one between an angel of the Lord and Hagar. The Egyptian servant to the household of Abram and Sarai. And the other between, “Almighty God,” and Abram. Whom God said would be the “Father of many nations.”

Quite significant because it is the stuff inferences are cut from. The only promise to Hagar through Ishmael’s Muslim descendants is that they would be great in number. And unable to get along with each other, and the world community. For this same angel of the Lord told Hagar,”He will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he will dwell in the land of his brethren,” Genesis 16:12. Very evident today!!!

While God spoke directly to Abraham, telling him he would be fruitful, as well as the father of many nations.

It all boils down to this Muslims are a world wide nuisances and a violent nuisances at that. Without a great nation among them by Western standards.

While the West is blessed by God through the Abraham’s linage. Having given our world the freest most prosperous nations in the history of human kind.

In our world, how did things ever get this Bad? Its a centuries old drama. With the practitioners of Islam trying to mimic the legitimacy of Judaism and Christianity through the descendants of Abraham. In their failure, they only become more divisive and violent. It’s the story of Islam’s Qur’an. By attempting to legitimize their religion. By creating a connection between themselves, Judaism and Christianity. On the other hand, the Bible makes no attempt to legitimize Judaism or Christianity by discussing Islamic teachings. The Bible just says that their number will be great. And that the linage from Ishmael will represent a wild group of people, who can not along with each other or anyone. Which certainly is proving to be true, where ever a Muslim is found.

A rosy world is not to be

“Come up here John! I will show you things that must come hereafter, Revelation 4:1.

“And I stood upon the sand of the sand of the sea. And saw a beast rise up out of the sea having seven heads and ten horns. Upon his horns, ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy, Revelation 13:1.

The beast represents the secular growth and influence of the worlds community of nations. Along with the emergence of one, who though religious, is very Antichrist.

How does one put forth such a picture? It is done in the following manner. “The great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him,” Revelation 12:9. With the archangel Michael also announcing, Woe to the inhabitants of the earth. Having great wrath because relatively  speaking, he knows his time is short. Then having regained some sense of his whereabouts and realizing his presence upon earth. He got to work persecuting the woman, who brought forth the male child, verse 13.

From the previous posting we learned that the immediate task was to persecute the woman (the church) (her offspring, converts to Christianity). Not the male child, who is the church because it amounts to being an impossible task. Because Jesus said that the gates of hell would not prevail against his church, Matthew 16:18. So, it would be useless to persecute the male child. But the destruction of the woman might be doable, by persecuting her offspring, Christendoms converts.

To do this the devil would need a mighty auxiliary force. The synergy of the sea as the beast emerges by becoming more powerful as the centuries pass.The emerging power of the European Union, the United Nations, the Caspian Nations and the Arab League of Nations. Symbolized by an unusual body, with seven heads, and ten horns. And on his horns, ten crowns. Suggesting extra ordinary intellectual capabilities (7 Heads). Matched by the strength of its military coordination (10 horns). With a crown for each of his horns. Referring to political empires united upon a common cause or pursuit. Each empire united had one common ideology. With the heads having the same blasphemous name clearly visible. Suggesting similarity of purpose because blasphemous is not defined.

But we already have learned that the anger of the Devil is vented against the church as the woman of Revelation. Including her off spring which are represented through converts to Christianity. But as Revelation unfolds, we discover another of the conquests of the great dragon. Which is the destruction of the root of David, or Israel. Jesus himself makes this statement. “I Jesus have sent my Angels to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the root and offspring of David,” Revelation 22:16.

What ever blasphemous behavior is to occur it will be designed to eradicate both Israel and the Church of Jesus Christ. It will come from two avenues, one political and the other religious.

We have no way of really knowing that if the nations cited above independently or collectively make up that impressive empire. They were used for two reasons. First they are on the world scene today. All show signs of hostility towards Israel. And hostility against the principled witnessing Church of Jesus Christ. Meaning the church that adheres to Jesus Christ as the “Word of God,” teaching and preaching his doctrines.

This is important because the Antichrist may well be a religious person or a religious institution. Some think it maybe the awakened Roman empire. Politically as a union of states, under the religious influence of the Pope in Rome. It can not be ruled out as a possibility. As we only have symbols, to work with.

But this padre does not hold to that conclusion. Rather I suspect this impressive collection of states is represented by both Islamic nations and configurations of groups like al-Qaeda. Because it fits into the unanimity of the empires described in Revelation 13:1. Along with emergence  of a religious person who is Antichrist. From a Christian perspective blasphemy is defined, as standing in as God which has been the Islamic argument for hundreds of years. That they, and not the Jews or Christians are the children of the Abrahamic promises.

What most Christians don’t seem to understand is that what they hold to be sacred is under growing diabolic influences. It is really time to wake up, shape up and ship out in defense of what’s scared to Christ and his church.

Lets do it

An astonishing event took place centuries ago, and then, centuries later was made available for us. It goes like this, the great dragon, that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world was cast into the earth. But the dragon was not alone because it was said that his angels were cast out with him. And with great wrath because relatively speaking, he new his time was short. (Revelation 12:9,12)

Just think of all the time people spend trying to sort out world affairs. With one verse the cause and purpose of world affairs is made understandable. In summary, the cause Satan, and his purpose is to deceive the whole world. How? Stay toned.

Everything has a beginning, so when did the great dragons explosion and earths woes begin? We don’t know, because the history of the supernatural is segmented. But for this particular historical time line, sometime between the birth and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

From those events, the great dragon intensified his assault on the inhabitants of earth. Because Jesus provides the only solution for troubling world affairs. And his weapon of choice “deception” because not many believe the cause and effect to be so simple. Humanity is now engaged in a deadly struggle that is manifesting itself in many ways. A struggle few know much about because it all sounds like a fairy tale with its assortments of causes and effects.

In that we are engaged in a war with that “old serpent called the Devil and Satan” against our Lord and his church. It means that the cause of Christ and his church is best defended by by knowing what its up against. Which requires the necessity of knowing something strategically valuable about the “great dragon.”

We have discovered that Satan, who is the “great deceiver” has a core of fallen angels with him. And just what is it that this band of fallen angels have in mind for us, where you and I live?

Most likely, as the “great deceiver,” with his group of loyalist. Cunning deception which will manifest itself in confusion. Showing itself in the manifestation of doubt. Forging convincing ideologies of not being able to distinguish between the believable and unbelievable. That is the aforementioned, how. Designed to make Jesus Christ irrelevant as the solution for troubled world affairs. And why the “great dragon” and its cohorts must focus their attention upon the church as the primary agent of unbelievability.

The “great dragon” with forced residency upon the earth had to pick a new fight with God. So in due time, he began persecuting the woman who gave birth to the male child, Revelation 12:13. This was foretold in Matthew 24:9, “Then shall they deliver you (Jesus) to be afflicted, and they shall kill you; and you shall be hated of all nations for my name sake.” Verse 8, “All these things shall be the beginning of sorrows.”

The “great dragon” and its fallen band of angels have not lost sight of their conquest which is still to persecute Christ. Because Christ lives beyond his resurrection through his church; therefore, the conquest must be to destroy the church.

Because here’s what is at stake, “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come,” Matthew 24:14. With Christ followers announcing the necessity of repentance. Along with acceptance of Christ, as the Father’s sacrificial lamb for individual sin. But it has been a costly process through out the ages, and will most likely remain so before the end comes. Because the archangel Michael issued this profound announcement, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death,” Revelation 12:11.

Because the persecuted woman is the witnessing church, along with her offspring the converted to Christ through out the centuries. This connection is derived from the expression of Revelation 12:13. “… when the dragon saw that he was cast into the earth. He persecuted the woman …” Also note, … “Woe unto the inhabitants of the earth …, verse 12.

Hopefully, fellow believers in Christ have learned something of strategic importance concerning the “great dragon” the persecutor of the church of Jesus Christ. With deception being his primary trademark for weakening the faith of believers which is the only way the “great dragon” and his fallen angelic cast can penetrate the church. A weakened church is a weakened world. Get strong for Christ and the church will get stronger one convert at a time.

Connections between living and longevity

Good health and longevity are pursuits people are willing to spend millions of dollars chasing. Peddler of health and longevity authors often find themselves on the best sellers list sometimes for months at a time. They brag that their books sell millions of copies. The simple point is people in search for health and longevity make those people very wealthy.

A rather sorry state of affairs when a little common sense will do the trick. Perhaps a few things can be learned from this posting as we pursue good health and longevity.

Books stores stock shelf’s of books for the public to buy. Now e-books have jumped into the mix giving avid readers many more options. These books make all kinds of claims; guaranteeing health and longevity. As we all know, they are all big sellers. The problem is some of these books provide good information backed up by good science. While other books offer very questionable advice, based on very little science, if any, but they still are big sellers.

Here is some information seekers of health and longevity might want to look into. It comes from “Diabetes Care,” a journal published by the American Diabetes Association. Of course, their focus is on the millions of Americans suffering from that horrible disease. One of their studies discovered that a “vegan” diet reverses symptoms.

Their findings from the study show interesting results. Not just people suffering from diabetes, but for over all better health.

For those who may not know what a “vegan” diet represents, it is a diet free of all meat, fowl, fish, and dairy products. Their study showed that such a diet lowered blood sugar levels. It is also helpful in weight loss because it is a low fat diet. Other benefits, include lower cholesterol levels. And better kidney function.

Dr. Neal Barnard, President of the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine, said that his hope was that the study would encourage people to rethink their diets. Maybe reliance on prescription drugs could be reduced or avoided.

Diabetes, and other diseases are often the result of our genetic structure. But poor diets, and lack of exercise sure do not help in our quest for good health. And then the failure to manage stress, which is a real killer!

This study is based upon good science because it comes from qualified professionals who represented several universities. These universities, were University of Toronto, University of North Carolina, and George Washington University.

This writer is a vegetarian who practices a vegan diet. A person free of disease and never hospitalized, nor on any prescription drugs. It is my contention that good health is found by purposeful diligence.

That purposeful diligence consists of several elements. Two have been briefly discussed diet and exercise. The third element is our spirituality. If one considers themselves to be a creation of God, as this writer does. Then the body must glorify God. It is a Biblical edict. These words are written in 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, “Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the spirit of God dwells in you? If any person defiles their temple of God ( poor diet, lack of exercise) that person God shall destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple you are?”

What is to follow below will require strong bodies and disciplined minds which is attained through a natural diet accomplished through strenuous exercise. With exercise, take it easy at first. After long periods of physical inactivity, be cautious! Eat foods free of pesticides, herbicides and harsh fertilizers all designed to maximizes profits at the expense of your health. Do not ingest food colorings which are known carcinogens. Along with a whole host of health destroying so called foods. Peddled by people who care more about profits than consumer health.

Always be in pursuit of knowledge, especially spiritual knowledge or awareness. God’s prescription is a trio that consists of body, mind and soul, Romans 12:1-2, “present your bodies,” “renewing of your mind,” accomplished by healthy diet and exercise which is declared to be our “reasonable duty”. That is exactly what God expects from his followers. To make that soul connection take another glance at the above Corinthians passage. Which maybe necessary to overcome a formidable foe discussed below. Only devout well committed, and physically conditioned Christians can turn back this foe.

This padre encourages a committed study spirituality using e-books or traditional books. Done with specifically selected topics in conjunction with your Bible. Many of us have been sounding the alarm; America is in big trouble. Re-energized Christians spiritually and physically are the answer. In your study toss in some books on diet and exercise. Discover how they are connected for the survival of Christendom. And don’t forget to mix in the role of government in your study. Important because government is the problem rather than the solution for Christendoms survival. And compare religions, and study what they have in common. Religions like are Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Because to understand contemporary times, it’s necessary to understand what they have in common. How these three great religions, two for good and one for evil, have shaped human destiny, and may well alter destiny one more time. With Islam most likely to be the religion with the greatest modern day impact. Why?

The non Muslim community needs to make a concentrated effort to understand Islam. Because Islam represents the most imminent threat to global economic security. In addition Islam, is responsible for the current global insecurity which will grow like an incurable cancer. Unless the world community, specifically, the United States wakes up to save itself from this global menace.

Strokes from the painters brush

All around the world, people in their own way, are struggling to make sense out of a world that makes no sense. With some thinking that violence between individuals and nations as the culprit. Making for a world, that makes no logical sense. Why, some ask, are we as a species so prone to hurtful behavior?

To answer that question great effort has been extended to come to grips with violence and then to eliminate it. Resulting in local, regional, national, and international legislation to eliminate, or at least control violence. The scope of this legislation does not just apply to individuals. With certain bodies, have been formed that extend this legislation to the nations, that make up our world community.

Sadly, nothing works to curb individual or global violence. It does not matter, if we are referring to individuals or the violence between nations. It just gets worse and will continue to worsen. Despite the advances of modern technology. To eliminate the causes of social and economic disparities. That some attribute to enhancing violence. Making our world an even more senseless place.

It is not the purpose of this posting to discuss the inferences which exist between the above lines. Because readers will be able to expand on the writers thought patterns, and paint their own mental picture of a world in chaos struggling for answers. Hoping to eliminate global senselessness.

The purpose of this posting and some to follow is to take a journey in and out of the Biblical book of Revelation. Painting a picture making sense out of a world that for many makes no sense. Attributing the cause of this senselessness to its rightful author. The source of violence along with social and economic disparities.

Hopefully, presenting biblical, and secular material that is persuasive enough to accomplish one or more of the following. First to convince the authenticity of the life changing ability of Jesus Christ. Giving recipients a life driven purpose, in exchange for mere existence.

Then to demonstrate how secular events support what from the Bible has foretold. Then, perhaps, some will be persuaded to take up the cause of Christ as loyal and faithful servants. Taking a journey, who knows where, but wherever it goes, it will be for the glory of God.

Christians need a motto, a goal or purpose to keep focused. You can not go wrong by working for Christ with this result in mind. Be known by the angel of God, like John, *as one who bore witness of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ,* and all the things he saw, Revelation 1:2. For it is the purpose of Revelation to show his servants the things which must shortly come to pass…,” verse one.

Before time was recorded, there was a war in heaven. This war was between Michael and his angels. They fought against an entity referred to as the Dragon. The Dragon lost this war. Revelation pays tribute to this Dragon as being great. Despite the Dragons greatest it was dispatched from heaven. Labeled as “that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan.” The great Dragon’s job description explained from A-Z as the woes of our planet. This is done in a few simple words, “… called the Devil and Satan who deceives the whole world…” To make things worse, when the great Dragon was dispatched from heaven, he did not travel alone. The great Dragon’s angels accompanied him, Revelation 12:8-9.

Then Revelation utters a stern warning, …”Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and of the sea! For the Devil is come down unto you, having great wrath…,” Revelation 12:12.

For contrast God had Ezekiel prophecy in chapter 33:11, “Say unto them, as I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn from your evil ways; for why will you die, O house of Israel?” It was given to Peter to record. “… The Lord… is long suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance,” 2 Peter 3:9. Do you see the duality of scriptures? Both Ezekiel and Peter speak of God wanting people to choose life. Peter no doubt saw the connection. When he said, in that same verse. That the Lord is not slack concerning his promises but is long suffering.

God would have us understand the road signs along the biblical journey. So that humanity can make sense out of what appears to be a senseless world. This is because God would have us choose life and have it more abundantly, John 10:10, as opposed to death. For any other way, leads to a world making little sense.

If one make the choice to exemplify John’s example as one who bore witness of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ. By becoming the eraser of those combatants who would bring woes upon the inhabitants of the earth. Learn how through a gallery of arts taught by this padre. So that in the end, we might inflict some strokes from the painters brush. Arrangements made through the *contact us* tab associated with the navigation link.

Getting bloody what it means

A call to devotion, respect, humbleness and action is what the art of praying is all about. The Lord’s Prayer, or the Christ model of prayer as preferred by this clergyman. Is indeed an illustrative narration by Jesus, teaching that the execution of the cause, and mission of Christ is the cause of true warriors of the cross. With one phrase from that group of verses having several different applications. As such, Christians should know how to apply all of those verses together when praying.

Consider two applications concerning the clause found in, Matthew 6:11, about “our daily bread.” This posting will discuss two more applications that can be applied, when praying for “our daily bread.”

When praying, “give us our daily.” A common error occurs because many assume it means we have a ‘give me’ and ‘do this for me’ Father in heaven. When actually, it can be associated with our service for Christ. This can be done by providing for the material needs of our communities. Jesus often used phrases in his teachings to represent several practical applications. The phrase give ‘us our daily bread’ is one of them. If you read the gospels, this was important to Jesus. The provisions Christ provides, we should distribute, as the peoples ‘daily bread’ which are gifts from God.

Then of course, “our daily bread” is represented by what God automatically does for us as Christians. This is accordance with Matthew 6:8, “… for your Father knows what you are in need of before you ask him.”

Then we have Holy Communion. Our daily bread becomes the body of Christ. Luke 22:19, “he took bread, gave thanks, and broke it, and gave unto them, saying, this is my body which is given for you; this do in remembrance of me.” Representing the broken body of Christ. Not the defeated Christ because defeat is impossible. Christ said, he had already overcome this world, John 16:33. After Christ finished distributing the bread, “he took the cup saying, this cup is the New Testament in my blood, which is shed for you,” Luke 22:20. Closely associate the cup of Holy Communion with this scripture. “And he was clothed with a vesture (his body broken and bloodied) dipped in blood; and his name is called The Word of God,” Revelation 19:13.

Three verses represent yet another meaning of Matthew 6:11, “give us our daily bread.” “This do in remembrance of me,” Luke 22:19 and 20. Magnificently tied together by Revelation 19:13. I suggest that you memorize those three verses. Then when taking Holy Communion, silently repeat those verses, and experience new depths to your communion observation.

Christ is instructing his followers to recall the full cycle of his life. His plan, and his mission of taking up the hard work of the cross. Symbolic in his broken body. Suggesting as Christ followers that we are required. To put ourselves in harms way for the cause and mission of Christ, if necessary. The most significant role we have is to offer the gospel to humanity. Which under certain circumstances, can be very dangerous. As time progresses towards, his kingdom on earth. Christianity will not be a practice for the faint at heart. That is what Holy Communion is ultimately about. The cycle of his life and our service to him.

The cup representing the blood of Christ is processed in three steps. Accepting the word of Christ, baptism which is the public process of confession by the renouncing of sin. As recorded in Mark 1:4, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. Then the participation in Holy Communion is an act of remembering the whole process.

The forgiveness of sin is not automatic. It is a process of individual under taking. We all must ask for forgiveness, Matthew 6:12.

The second phase is controversial only because some argue that disciples are empowered to forgive sin. It is the age old division between the Catholic and Protestant religions. A clergyman is in a unique position, when as a chosen disciple, he listens to sinful confessions. But like any other disciple, (you) we can only show the way. The ultimate remission of sin occurs as a result of the spilled blood of Christ. Matthew 6:12, reads, “Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who wrong us, our debtors.” Taken to mean that the disciple must have been purified by the blood of Christ. Then the disciple is able to show the way to forgiveness but without the ability to forgive sin. All Christ followers, are empowered to assure forgiveness of sin, once the repentant confesses, and accepts the Christ sacrifice.

As believers in the Christ purpose and mission, we must continue to confess our sins and hold no grudges, vs.12. For spiritual perfection, and purity is never ours.

The Christ model of prayer, or the Lord’s Prayer, requires that we ask to escape sinful opportunities. By being delivered from the presences of evil, vs 13. To be pure for Christ, is no easy chore.

In conclusion, our Father in heaven is holy, and worthy of our adoration, Matthew 6:9. We pray for his “kingdom to come,” verse 10. Because his is the “kingdom” and the “power” and the “glory”, Amen, Matthew 6:13. We are his instruments for the providing and receiving of “daily bread.”

Perhaps the gospel of John sums up the purpose of the Christ model of prayer. “These things have I (Jesus) spoken unto you, that you may have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation. But be of good cheer, I (Jesus) have overcome the world, John 16:33.

Yes, indeed “in the world you shall have tribulation.” The world is a nasty place and it’ll get nastier, as Christendom is made irrelevant for the sanity of a world gone mad. But Christ will always have a remnant, who will not allow Christ to become irrelevant. Therefore; perhaps, we where born for each other. As a remnant of warriors brought together to defend and declare the relevancy of Jesus Christ. Making irrelevant through the arts of acting violently in a nonviolent manner. Those who are the cause of our tribulations. If so, get in touch through the *contact us* tab associated with the navigation link.

One last expression the work done for Christ is a work of hardship. Therefore; when appeals are made, its not likely that entire congregations will come forth for the cause, though it would be nice because everybody can do something. But rather, there are many out there, who are Christians, but left the organized church for many different reasons. Not least among those reasons was because of an association with a church that was about everything. Except making irrelevant those who those who delight in making Christianity an experience of tribulation. Get in touch, if the above expression somehow rings true.

Omens of history spells of destiny

It should be considered a good omen that history has a tendency to repeat itself through out the centuries. No doubt the wise learn from such historical events. But the wise seem to be very few along the historical trail. Allowing the few who have learned to avoid replication of historical errors. By perpetuating their wisdom from generation to generation.

Some centuries ago, the Psalmist observed a particular trait in human behavior. That no amount of suffering can cure. It just seems that humanity can not benefit from the historical record. Generations of people turn into centuries of history. With each generation through out the centuries repeating the same mistakes. It is a particular characteristic about our species individually and collectively as nations of people. We have an innate tendency to deify God. The historical record is clear about the consequences of such behavior but it does not matter.

That prompted the Psalmist to raise the following question. “Why do the nations rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?” Psalm 2:1. Worse yet is the constant historical behavior of governments. With each in their own way legislating edicts contrary to the simple plan of God Almighty. In very simple language the Psalmist painted the truth in this manner. “The Kings (governments) of the earth set themselves above everything and the rulers take counsel together against the LORD, and against his anointed. Saying, let us break their bands asunder and cast their cords from us,” Psalms 2:2-3.

There are two basic paths to choose from. Either the people will submit to the rule of nations, who want nothing to do with God. Determined to break the peoples reliance upon God. Casting their dependence on God as worn out rope. In The United States this is done in subtle ways. As opposed to outright declarations by some nations. The end result is the same whether in America or countless other nations.

The other path is for the people to side with God and practice the theology as outlined in the scriptures. Which means an existences of abuse from government authorities because the two kingdoms can not exist together.

People of God, are directed by God, to be separate from secularism, note, 2 Corinthians 6:14-18; Psalms 139:19-22. The duty is to force integrity and moral values into our secular state at all levels of government. The church should be about the business of the church, as exemplified by Jesus Christ. Who was murdered for his opposition to secular governments and religious fraud.

There is a another simple truth to be learned from the historical record. In the end Godlessness among the nations will have this sad conclusion. “He that sits in the heavens shall laugh. The Lord shall have them in derision,” Psalms 2:3. Such history has repeated itself countless numbers of times. But God should not be seen as being cynical over the fate of the nations. The choice is there to be selected and followed. Rejection of God’s edicts has its consequences. But in the meantime, it is our modern day duty, as Christians to provide governments everywhere with every opportunity to escape God’s derision. It is called preaching the everlasting gospel to the four corners of the earth, Revelation 14:6. Perhaps God’s derision is some how connected to 2 Chronicles 36:16. Which reads, “But they mocked the messengers of God; and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against the people, till there was no remedy.”

Christianity and its appeal to millions

What attracts people to Christianity, Christianity of all stripes? Most likely, high on the list of reasons is the ‘give me,’ or ‘do for me;’ petitions to God. Also the fear of the unknown, like the prospects of hell, with its eternal burning fires and unsatisfiable eternal thirst. Which is just likely, to gain the petitioner the non responsive ear of God. And maybe that’s what they fear most, but keep it to themselves.

It would not accomplish much to elaborate about the ‘give me,’ or ‘do for me’ prayers. Because most believe what they want to believe, regardless of what the scriptures teach. And of course, such beliefs are help along by the church. Who insist that God is a ‘give you’ and ‘do for you,’ God. But when petitioners, complain that the ‘give me,’ and ‘and do for me;’ God fails to deliver. The church responds saying it was not God’s will. Because people want to, and need to believe; they accept such replies.

Many modern day churches are about misleading people concerning the purpose and function of our Christian mission. Holding steadfast with God, who satisfies every need through prayer. Which is contrary to the teachings of Christ, and the experience of parishioners. The church will adhere to its currant path. Because many modern day churches, are mostly a cash machines. A cash machine that must generate mega bucks for the promotion of image, prestige, and power. And along the way, the church might pick up some, not so controversial, social issue as the cause of the church. Never really able to accomplish much because many modern day churches have forsaken the Christ mission.

If parishioners, or non church people want to know the truth, ignore the teachings of most churches. Truth can be determined form a careful examination of only the gospels and of course, a careful study of the Acts of the Church (book of Acts). It would not hurt to browse the book of Revelation; especially chapters two and three. There you will discover the Christ plan, mission and experience. Which is vastly different, from what many modern churches teach.

To hear most churches talk, one would think that the place called heaven will be a very crowed place. Not so suggested, Jesus in the gospel of Matthew. Resulting with the disciples becoming exceedingly amazed at what Jesus said. Asking him, who, then, can, be saved, Matthew 19:24-25? Compared with Revelation 3:16-17, “I will spew you from my mouth” because of misplaced attitudes, and Revelation 22:12, to give to every person according to their accomplishments. And this ‘give me’ and ‘do for me’ attitude comes about as a result of not understanding the prayer that Christ taught us to pray in Matthew 6:9-13. That prayer teaches Christians about attitude, mission, experiences which is all about the kingdom and glory of God.

Twisting frienships

A farmer was confined to his homestead by bad weather. Unable to go out to find food, he began by eating his sheep. And as the storms continued, it was the goats next turn. Finally since the rains did not ease, he was driven to slaughtering plough oxen.

At this the dogs, who had been watching what he did, said one to the other: ‘We better make ourselves scare. If the master doesn’t spare even the oxen which share his labor, how can we expect him to keep his hands of us?’

Beware above all of people who do not shrink from ill-using their friends. source: Penguin Classics-Fables of Aesop-“Forewarned is Forearmed.”

Friendship is a peculiar experience because the friends we trust the most sometimes disappoint us the most. Their is a friendship that can be developed and it starts with the following. A person who has friends must show himself friendly; and there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother, Proverbs 18:24.

There are models for us to learn from with one of them being found in James 2:23. And the scriptures was fulfilled which said, “Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness; and he was called the friend of God.” But it was not an easy experience, for Abraham to get to know this friend who sticks closer to one than a brother. Because he was tested many times to see if he was up to the task of being known as a friend of God.

In what follows is centuries of history with some of it impacting us today. You see than, that by works a person is justified, and not by faith only, James 2:24. It is said in Genesis 13:16, where God made the following announcement. “And I will make your seed as the dust of the earth, so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.” From one of the most significant passages in the Bible, came Isaac, Jacob, Joesph and David. Those men by faith accomplished many marvelous works. Joesph a descendant of Jacob eventually gave us the great nation that we refer to as the United States. And through David, we have the lineage to Jesus Christ. The only one able to reconcile all human errors whether as nations or as individuals unto himself. All these men demonstrated their faith by their works.

Consequently, each in their own special way, knew the one friend who would be closer to them than a brother.

It is a marvelous journey with many failures and some triumphs. Certainly the stuff that should encourage Christians to aspire to be all that we can become for the glory of our risen redeemer and Lord.

Two laws of self preservation which one prevails

A fowler spread his nets and tied his tame pigeons to them. Then he retired to a distance and waited for something to happen. In due course some wild pigeons came up and got entangled in the mesh.

When the man hurried to the spot and began to lay hands on them, they reproached the tame birds for not giving warning when they saw their kindred walking into a trap. ‘In our position,’ the others replied, ‘it is more important to avoid giving offense to our masters than to earn the gratitude of our kindred.’

In the same way, slaves are not to be blamed, if in their anxiety to earn their masters goodwill, they fail in affection towards their own relatives. (source: Penguin Classics-Fables of Aesop-The law of Self Preservation)

Here’s a Pauline exhortation. And what concord has Christ with Belial (meaning worthless one)? Or what part do they that believe have with infidels? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? (Belial represents the darker side of the human condition).

And what agreement has the temple of of God with Idols? For you are the temple of the living God; as God has said, I will dwell in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Wherefore, come out from among them, and be separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.

And will be a Father unto you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty, 2 Corinthians 6:15-18.

As temples of the living God, our kindred is the fellowship of believers, through Christ. What does it really mean? For some it means this, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimonies; and they loved not their lives unto the death,” Revelation 12:11.

And for others it means this, “They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold and silver, bronze and iron, wood and stone, “Daniel 5:4. The ‘they’ in verse 4 are the ‘Belials’ of Daniels day. But such is the sad history, for much of Christendom today.

In the end, its all about self preservation. and the latter will not get the job done but the former will. So if America is ever going to flourish again, then Christendom is going to have to offend those who want to be our masters and thus earn the gratitude of our kindred. Through the arts taught in Revelation 12:11. Because there are ‘fowlers’ who are spreading their nets to destroy Christendom and thus America. And the fowlest of those fowlers is the Muslim community. So get in touch, and learn the necessary survival skills through the ‘contact us tab associated with the navigation link.

The story is the truth

Sometimes this writer resorts to using fables to tell a story. Some of my favorites are stories told by Jesus Christ through his parables. While others come from the Fables of Aesop. And from time to time, fables come to my attention by surfing the web. Children’s nursery rhymes also work well. There seems to be no end in the ways to tell a story. Avenues like poems and music have been used for centuries.

As most know, the purpose of a fable is to provoke ones thinking cords. By being able through ones imagination to envision certain drastic or enriching conclusions. Prompting the reader to help put an end to catastrophic events. Then, when the situation merits it, protect and enshrine the good.

Some fables picture tales without the use of specifically named characters. Fables often employ animals that speak, and act as though human. Which directs readers to draw differing conclusions concerning real life events, but with some truism that applies in a universal manner. Even something as simple as a child’s nursery rhyme can do that.

Fables can tell the story about people who are well known for their legendary exploits. Using human characters like Dick, Karl, or George. Along with certain political themes like the loss of democracy in the United States. Propelling the nation through congressional legislation to be subservient to a dictatorship. Helped with the urging of the nation rally around the flag. Demanding, ‘political correctness,’ through speech and behavior. Acting any other way is to be un-American. Allowing the government to advance their political agenda. Because to succeed, they must have patriotic citizens. Which has been an American icon, for discouraging descent. Enslaving most Americans into thinking that they own the virtues the flag represents. When in reality, they do not! Study the pledge as a fable and arrive at your own conclusions. Do not think of fables as expressions of disrespect. Rather see it as a statement of the way the Republic should be once the falsehoods are overcome. Fables can demonstrate what happens to people. who walk to the beat of Americanism with the flag wrapped around themselves. Resulting in The U.S. Sedition Act of 1918 and today’s Patriot Act.

The richness of a fable, is that they allow the reader to apply the stories application to specific events, or occurrences surrounding the readers every day experiences. If you are into politics, then walking lock stepped in accordance with governmental propaganda. Has led to the abuse of America’s most cherished democratic institution, the electorate. The most abused, and disrespected element of this American Republic.

The writer of a fable may well be attempting to illustrate a specific lesson in story form. However, the reader may well make an application to her/his life experiences completely foreign to the writers intent.

Fables poke fun at our American complacency through sleep like lethargy to events that impact our lives. For some reason, many Americans, seem to accept the notion that events that impact them unfavorably are meant to be. They therefore, can not be altered, and must be accepted. All this, while Americans slept ever so soundly. Without doubt this has resulted in the greatest coup of American history. Because it has permitted the redefining of America into something she was never intended to become.

But one thing still remains, Americans know how to complain, O! can they ever complain. Its just that most can not act a fable for successful resolution. Reminds me of a children’s nursery rhyme. With only one pig having the correct remedy for survival. With the wolf threatening to huff and puff and blow the house down. Prevailing two out of three times. But not against the third pig. Because unlike the first two pigs, this pig built a sturdy house. Wonder if there are enough people with the craftiness of the third pig. Because the times of the season, demands craftiness of the third pig.

How many can remember the exploits between this third ingenious pig and the wolf? And how the pig went on to live happily ever after? Well America has a nasty wolf huffing and puffing at its door. Threatening to blow America apart and succeeding through one military fortress at a time that they call mosques. It’s from those mosques that they emerge to attack us. Now many Americans don’t buy such a story line, despite how the defensive posture of America has changed since 9/11. With a whole new war machine having been created called, Homeland Security. To protect the nation against the huffing and puffing of those determines wolves.

In the end, America needs people of ingenuity, who can muster enough craftiness of one upmenship which is necessary to trap that wolf in boiling water. So that America can live happily ever after.

Interested, sure hope so because time is running short. Once their numbers multiply to significant numbers their war game changes. From one of coexistence, to one of compromise to Islamic demands; or suffer violent huffing and puffing. That is the European lesson to be learned.

So this padre teaches the scriptural history of America from the books of Genesis, Daniel and Galatians. Showing how American ideology is completely incompatible with that of Islam. We are in a war with Muslims, a very different war, but nevertheless, a war. A war the government doesn’t know how to fight, but Christians do. Therefore, engage this padre in an interesting boot camp experience. And walk away knowing how to kill violently with nonviolence. Found through the *contact us* tab associated with the navigation link.

More than just a blood feud

A snake, having made his hole close to the porch of a cottage. Inflicted a mortal bite on the cottager’s infant son. Grieving over his loss the father resolved to kill the snake.

The next day, when it came out of its hole for food. He took up his axe, but by swinging to hastily, missed its head, and cut off only the end of its tail.

After some time the cottager, afraid that the snake would bit him. Endeavoring to make peace, he placed some bread, and salt in the hole.

The snake, slightly hissing said, there can be no peace between us; for whenever I see you, I shall remember the loss of my tail. And, whenever, you see me, you will be thinking of the death of your son.

It is said, that no one truly forgets injuries in the presence of him who caused the injury. Source: Penguin Classics-A Blood Feud-Fable of Aesop.

As applied to Islam and the world community we can expect global hostilities to explode with greater intensity everywhere.

Where have all the peace makers gone?

They should be everywhere around us, and should be you and me. Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers; for they are the children of God,” Matthew 5:9. Blessed meaning to make right.

Aesop touch upon an eternal truth when his fable declared, “There can be no peace between us.” Muslims recognize that fact, and it’s unfortunate that the same can’t be said for most Christians. Well today is another day, when blindness by so many Christians must come to an end. More Christians, acting in the spirit of the Apostle Paul, must in her, or his own way put an end to such blindness. Paul centuries ago recognized the Islamic threat to Christendom. So he asked a question, “Nevertheless what does the scripture say? Cast out the bondwoman (Hagar mother of Islam) and he son, (Ishmael father of Islam) for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son (Isaac) son of the bondwoman (Sarah, Abraham’s wife).” Texts:Galatians 4:30.
Hope, and anticipation, both run eternal.

Muslims national and international enemy

What is it about religion that is so captivating? That despite the best efforts of some to diminish its influences. Religion always remains the power to contend with.That has been the case for the United States since its beginnings. If it were not for the separation clause in our Bill of Rights, the United States most likely would be a nation with Christianity as its official state religion. And that state religion would probably be some form of protestant evangelical fundamentalism.

Every American should be grateful that “separation clause” because religion represents one of the greatest evils perpetuated upon citizens of any country. Women and men are not capable of speaking for God. When they attempt to speak for God, the result is a people oppressed and often brutalized. It does not matter which flavor of religion a person prefers. Christianity must remain a private matter and not a public obligation. That does not mean that Christians should remain silent concerning governing matters concerning the state. To the contrary, Christians need to hold the state accountable to the blessings and constraints of our Judeo Christian heritage. We are not doing the job, and that’s why America is in trouble.

The above is shared because if Muslims have their way our America will be tailored in the clothing of Islamic law and culture. Will Americans fight to preserve their nation? I think not because Christendom has gotten to fat and lazy. Because in America, she is not a persecuted church, yet.

When religion determines the political agenda for a nation, the politicians establishes standards for civil behavior based around religious law. Resulting in a perfect formula for mindless submission to the dictates of politicians. Who are subservient to religious authorities. Take a look at the Muslim world because dozens of examples exist.

Then we see this playing out on the world stage everyday, somewhere. Men, women, boys, and girls willing to blow themselves up for some eternal reward. If that is not mindless submission to an edict from a religious authority, then mindless submissions is non existent.

At the beginning of this posting a question was asked. “What is it about religion that is so captivating?” The answer is quite simplistic. It is the promise of escape from eternal torment and the promise of paradise! Most likely, when a suicide bomber straps to his or her body lethal explosives. That person is motivated by some edict. For Muslims, it comes from the Qur’an. With the edict having been provided by Allah through the prophet Muhammad. Who has inspired modern day Islamic clerics to continue the Islamic cause.The following is one source of inspiration etched into the minds of suicide bombers. “You who believe, shall I show you a bargain that will save you from painful torment? Have faith in God and his Messenger [Muhammad] and struggle for his cause with your possessions and your persons-that is better for you, if you knew-and he will forgive your sins, and admit you into the Gardens graced with flowering streams, into pleasant dwellings in the Garden of Eternity, This is the supreme triumph,” Quar’an 61:11-12. And never forget Muhammad’s, eternal edict, “I was ordered to fight all men until they say, ‘There is no god but Allah.'”

“Might makes Right.” Islam has rendered that paradigm obsolete. The 21 century paradigm is “Right makes Might.” It is owned by the Muslim world. “Right makes Might” because for Muslims “Right is from an ultimate authority, Allah and their prophet Muhammad.

It is why, the United States has not prevailed in Iraq, Afghanistan or anywhere the U.S. confronts Muslims. And most unfortunately, through out the United States. And the sad news, is that the Muslim remaking of America is just getting started.  The West, and in particular the United States, is at a loss as to how to battle this ever growing stronger Islamic power. Because the West, led by the United States is focused on traditional warfare resolution. Islam can only be defeated from a biblical understanding of prophecy. Then the nation militarily must conduct its warfare from this new paradigm.

Be mindful neighbors here in the states, and around the globe. Islam abhors life and worships death. “… based upon gardens graced with flowering streams…” Do not think this does not apply to Muslims living in the United States. They worship, dress, and think like there Muslim counterparts around the world. They are devoted to the prophet Muhammad, and his god, Allah. Who are sworn to our destruction. So they must be considered just as dangerous. When push comes to shove, who will they side with? Christians, Jews, people who acknowledge another religion, or no religion at all. A religion outside of Islam, is not tolerable to the teaching of the Qur’an. One must conclude then that they would side with our enemies, thus Muslims are our national and international enemy.

With a concentrated focus on Islam. As the most eminent threat of the 21 century to global economic security. In addition, Muslims are responsible for the currant global insurrections and insecurity which will grow like an incurable cancer. Unless the world community, specifically the United States wakes up to save itself from this barbaric menace. Which will be addressed by suggesting various actions that need to take place.The written word can accomplish so much. Travel unencumbered and without exhaustion.

War of the Ages

Its a world that makes no sense, unless you know what it means to have your name written in the book of life. Because if you do, then you know all about the Lamb slain since the foundation of the world, Revelation 13:8. Then the world makes a lot of sense. Because in this modern world, no court of law would demand stoning for blasphemy. Not even if the blasphemy was against God. That single act of blasphemy managed by religious and political partners. Is the pivotal point that will eventually usher in the wrath of God upon humanity. “The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation (people not written in the book of life) (followed by the Dragon and his collaborators) and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb,” Revelation 14:10. Think that’s laughable, remember this, those who laugh first, don’t laugh best.

But the crime of blasphemy, in God’s court is a very serious crime. The law against blasphemy is one of the Ten Commandments. Blasphemy is defined for us in Exodus 20:7 as follows, “Thou shall not take the name of the LORD, your God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that takes his name in vain.”

Each commandment has a particular focal application individually and collectively for the individual and the community of nations. But the focus is primarily upon God’s people, and for our time, upon his body of believers.

There are some exceptions, with this particular commandment being one of them. I consider this fourth commandment to be the war of the ages. Because it is the struggle for not just the loyalty of humanity, but for the struggle for their souls and ultimately their final destiny.

It has played itself out this way for centuries. Right into our actual time of existence and for some undetermined period still ahead. It is what the beast of Revelation thirteen is about.

With Exodus 20:7, giving us God’s definition for blasphemy. This is how blasphemy against the LORD occurs. It occurs when someone claims to stand in the place of God. Claiming to have the same powers as God. That is what blasphemy against the LORD is all about.

It occurred for the first time in the garden. When the Serpent, the most subtle of all beasts, Genesis 3:1, told the woman that she would not die if she disobeyed God, verse 4. This serpent beast told the woman that if she followed her instincts. Then she would have her eyes opened, and that she, *would be like God, knowing good and evil,* verse five. Thus becoming equal to God. Standing in his place in the garden knowing the difference between good and evil. What was her punishment for her blasphemy? Perpetual hardships through childbearing, and the burden of male dominance, verse 16. And for the man, sorrowful labor just to eat, followed by death, verse 17-19. The saga continues today, different time, different players, same results.

Just prior to beginning his mission on this earth. This event occurred, Jesus was being baptized and praying, then the heavens opened. “And the Holy Spirit descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a loud voice from heaven said, ‘You are my beloved Son; in you I am well pleased,'” Luke 3:21-22. There we have the greatest mystery of all time. Like a dove, the one and the same, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

In due time God, “God sent not his SON into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved,” John 3:17. But Jesus said, “No person can come to me, except the Father, who has sent me, draws them; and I will raise them up at the last day,” John 6:44. Jesus said, “… I will give my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world,” John 6:51. That is the process of God’s sacred declaration for salvaging wreck lives. That had its beginning centuries ago, in the garden, as recorded in the book of Genesis. The single act in the garden by Eve and Adam condemned all of us. It is only through Christ that our individual condemnation is erased.

One of our concentrations is upon defining blasphemy from the scriptures. In the New Testament blasphemy is further developed in Mark 3:29. Where we read, “But he that shall blasphemy against the Holy Spirit hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation.” For some centuries now blasphemy has taken new twists and turns. By people claiming to have the ability to forgive sin. It occurs when someone claims to be standing in place of God. That was the crime that Jesus was accused of committing. Because he said, that He and the Father were one, John 10:30. Immediately stones were taken up again to stone him, John 10:31. Because these Jewish scholars understood the law laid down in Exodus 20:7. No person on earth can act as a substitute for God. Such an act is to take and use God’s name in vain which violates the fourth commandment of the ten. So these Jewish scholars said this to Jesus, “For a good work, we stone you not, but for blasphemy, and because you being a man, makest thyself God, John 10:33. It is clearly recorded that only God can forgive sins, if any institution or person claims that ability it is blasphemy, Mark 2:7. Jesus in his defense unequivocally make it clear when he said, “But that you might know that the Son of man has the authority to forgive sins,” Mark 2:10. Because of the mystery, and the miracle of the trinity, noted above.

In accordance with the fourth commandment and all the scriptural arguments presented. For any institution or person(s), to claim that authority is blasphemy against God.

Most people around the globe are caught up with issues that have no lasting substance. Some are personal while other such issues impact masses of people, but nevertheless having no lasting substance. Take the United States for example. The frenzy over ObamaCare and same sex marriages.

It all boils down to substances of no lasting value. In the end that focus only means more pain and suffering.

The focus should be to understand world events from a biblical perspective. They have lasting substance because of its eternal significances and consequences. The world community of people needs to come to grips with religious and political occurrences that have been boiling for centuries. Just when will that pot boil over, I do not know. When it occurs people will understand what the Archangel Michael meant when he said, “Woe unto the inhabitants of the earth.” A stark warning impacting few with fear. I fear!

This posting dealt pretty much with defining the phrase of blasphemy. Because the Beast of Revelation 13:1, had 7 heads with the word blasphemy on them. And that this beast would blaspheme against God, and that it would war against the saints (Christians) and all persons, tongues and nations upon the earth, Revelation 13:5. Not to be forgotten is the worship of this beast by the worlds inhabitants, Revelation 13:4.

What institution on this earth claims to have the power to stand in God’s place on this earth? None other than the Roman Catholic Church. Whose collective agents, starting with the Pope. Along with his subservient priests, who claim powers to forgive sins through their sacrament of absolution. Meaning to stand in for Christ on earth forgiving sins. Both occurrences represents the deadly sin of blasphemy against God.

When all is said, and done about the frenzy of events that capture the time of so many. You have read here some of the substances that really matters. The only way to Christ is through God. Who can end the suffering and pain that so many chase after.

That prospect is ignored in favor of the enemies of God, who commit blasphemy against God. Whose combination of powers comes from the Dragon. Woe indeed to the inhabitants of the earth for the cement is hardening. Daniel saw it as iron but when it collapses it brakes humanity to pieces, Daniel 2:40. And the Dragon will live on for a spell more. And his power, and influence reaching into future households yet to come, Revelation 20:1-3.