Vision is it through the soul or spirit neither replied Jesus

When, this writer padre was very young. By way of a visionary experience, somewhere from the unknown. Or so, I thought at the time, came an awareness that this child was destined for the priesthood.

Then this child was discovered paging through the family Bible. It was suddenly snatched away and hidden. A search was launched until it was found. Only to experience the same parental experience over and over. Until its final disappearance. At that time, this child was to young to read, so only the pictures were studied. The remembrance of that final biblical observation is so fixed in my mind. It’s like it happened last night. It was a picture of a woman standing. People were siting and knelling all around her. Over the decades that visionary experience of being called to the priesthood has been repeatedly recalled. As has the picturesque remembrance of that standing woman and those around her.

Then one night, I was startled out of my sleep seeing a woman standing in my bedroom. As I sat up, she turned around and evaporated, so it seemed. That experience lasted for decades with never a word being said.

For reasons unexplainable, this padre over the years has been particularly devoted to the Mary’s surrounding the life of Christ. In particular, Mary from Magdala, adviser to Jesus, and perhaps his lover. Most know her as Mary Magdalene. The woman who held the disciples together, and gave them a sense of direction after Jesus was executed.

Mary found them weeping and asking, how can we continue the work of this human? They did not spare him. Will we be spared?

Mary greeted them and said, there is no need to weep. The remembrance of his courage and power will be your inspiration and protection. Remember that for it was his way of showing us the power of his own humanness as well as our own.

When Mary had finished, they had a sense of purpose, and started a discussion concerning the words spoken by the Savior.

Then Peter said to Mary, sister we know that Jesus loved you in ways different from other women. Tell us what Jesus may have said to you that he did not share with others.

Mary said okay, I’ll share one of our private conversations. I told Jesus that I saw him in a vision. I asked him this. Does a person see a vision through the soul or the spirit? Jesus answered me, and said, neither. The vision is seen through the mind. And where the mind is, there is the treasure.

Source: The Gospel of Mary. One of the forbidden Gospels because of the prominence given to Mary.

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education,” Mark Twain.

So now as an adult, looking back on that childhood vision. Often wondering which came first the vision or the picture. It has been concluded that the picture was first seen by the mind. The mind replayed the vision during sleep. The goodness of that woman in that biblical picture became the treasure of a child’s mind. Goodness is what this adult cherished most then and now. It culminated in this adults theological education and ordination.

Mary Magdalene, was known as the constant companion of Jesus. She was present at his execution and discovered that he was not in his burial tomb. Her insights are worth serious study.

Remember that Jesus rebuked his disciples for disrespecting her. As she anointed him, in preparation for his burial, Matthew 26:13.

Israeli strength not by weaponry alone

Many a time they have afflicted me from my youth. Yet they have not prevailed against me. The plowers plowed on my back; they made their furrows long.

The LORD is righteous; He has cut in pieces the cords of the wicked. Let hose who hate be put to shame and turned back. Let them be as grass on the housetops. Which  withers before it grown up, with which the reaper does not fill his hand, nor he who binds sheaves with arms. (cf Psalms 129:1-7).

A call away. Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me under the shadow of your wings, from the wicked who oppress me, from my deadly enemies who surround me. (cf Psalms 17:8-9).

Done time, and again, as a nation of fewer that 10 million occupying a land about the size of New Jersey. Whipping into repeated submission the Muslim world that surrounds them. With a population tens of millions more than the Israeli population. Sitting on land masses of enormous acreage compared to what makes up Israel.

Plain and simple its supernatural influences that cause Israel to prevail. Now the angel who talked with me came back and wakened me, as a man out of his sleep. And said to me, “What do you see?” I said, “I am looking and there is a lampstand of solid gold with a bowl on top of it, and on the seven lamps with seven pipes to the seven lamps. Two olive trees are by it, at the right of the bowl and the other at its left.” So I answered and spoke to the angel who talked with me, saying, “What are these my lord?” Then the angel who talked with me answered and said to me,” “Do you not know what these are?” And I said, “No my lord.” So he answered and said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel. Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,” says the LORD of hosts. (cf Zechariah 4:1-6). Meaning when things don’t make any sense and the puzzle can’t be put together. No need to fret because the Spirit of God will intercede and the pieces of that puzzle just fall into place. With this mysterious reoccurrence baffling the finite world. The mind of God through his word. “He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye.” Zechariah 2:8.

Jews provided 4 the birth of the civilized world

What we know about today’s world events that have and are occurring is because of a man of God, named Jacob. But renamed by God, as Israel, Genesis 32:28. Who blessed Joseph, and his two sons Ephraim and Manasseh. Setting the course for centuries of history which is understood by few.

With all that being said, it is time to take a look at Jacob’s son Joseph. In Genesis 49:1-33. A chapter worth your study because this posting will discuss just a few verses. In verse one, Jacob whom we know now as Israel, gathers his sons for a meeting. And he declares, “… gather that I may tell you that which will befall you in the last days.”

Jacob said that Joseph would be a “fruitful bough” whose branches shall run over the wall. A “fruitful bough” even a “fruitful bough” by a well, Genesis 49:22. This verse suggests, that Joseph’s own sons Ephraim and Manasseh. Who were endowed with the birth rights of Israel, Genesis 32:28. Later providing them with this benediction, “let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth,” Genesis 48:16. Which led to Jacob or Israel, announcing that Ephraim would would become a “multitude of nations” With Manasseh the eldest also becoming “great,” Genesis 48:19.

From the previous discussion, substantiation with reasoning was provided. Naming Great Britain and the United States as the intended beneficiaries of this prophecy.

Through the lineage of Jacob, a prince for and by God. Who was endowed with the power of God, and through God, would experience prevailing authority over humanity, Genesis 32:28. Later Jacob traces his own lineage back to Abraham and Isaac. And announces that because of his prevailing authority that they would grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth, Genesis 48:16. And with a few words, we have a configuration of two great people, and three great nations. The Jews, and the English speaking people. Who in history would become, Israel, Great Britain and the United States. Then as succinctly as possible, Genesis 49:22, means unparalleled wealth, prosperity and power through every conceivable aspect imaginable. Note the prevailing endurance of Almighty God to the everlasting hills. To the crown of Joseph because he was separated from his brethren. Set aside for greatness through his sons, Genesis 49:23-26. No other nations on this earth are more prosperous and powerful than the three nations cited.

The Almighty’s has been merciful and enduring for centuries. The Almighty’s mercy and endurance is subsiding with frightful times ahead. The first to experience the Almighty’s wrath might well be Great Britain. Because the evil of Islam, the hand maiden of the devil which is ruining Great Britain. With the United States clearly within their sights. Leaving Israel very vulnerable to Islamic slaughter.

This readers, is powerful material. It should be carefully read and studied. And expanded upon for this padre has just scratched the surface. It falls under the instructions of 1 Corinthians 14:3, “He that prophesies speaks to humanity for edification, exhortation and comfort.” Irregardless of the age!

In that prophesies purpose is to edify, just what would the Almighty have us exhort and to whom? And what comfort would it bring about? Want the answers, then engage this padre in a journey that is as insightful, as it is frightening. Do you know the difference between Israel, as a nation, and the House of Israel? That’s what this discussion has touched upon. Well Israel, and the House of Israel is in for some dreadful times. So go to the *contact us* tab which is associated with the navigation link to make the necessary arrangements.

A monster tagged ISSI

Here it is the easy fix for a world gone mad. And made more insane because a brand new monster is on the world scene tagged ISSI. Stirring new fears where old fears have not been forgotten. Globally all nations, Muslim and non-Muslim have suddenly realized! We have meant our victor. Having a sense unexplainable that victory is not attainable. Because that’s part of the majestic mysteriousness of God Almighty to get the attention of His wayward creation. So the nations will put forth an effort to prove their instincts wrong. For at least, the sake of marginalizing the worlds helpless populace with their increasing fears.

The easy fix is as follows; because, “Surely the LORD does nothing. Unless he reveals His secrets to His servants the prophets,” Amos 3:7, and through, “The Revelation of Jesus Christ which God gave Him to show His servants things which must shortly take place. And He sent, and signified it by his His angel to His servant John,” Revelation 1:1.

What you have read is about some of the events and consequences Jesus talked about. When he said, “For then, shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor shall ever be,” Matthew 24:21. A merciful and just God used the ancients like Amos, John and others to inform us about troubling world events. Along with the reasons as to why He will allow such great catastrophic upheavals of destruction upon earth. Bringing humanity to the very brink of self annihilation. It’s because of one wake up call after another being ignored.

During the course of these discussions it was shone how God spared humanity from extinction. Extinction was bypassed because there was a man, who found grace in the eyes of God. God found him to be a just man and perfect in his generation. And Noah, walked with God.

Can such a person be found today that will spare the world from rising and flooding death seas of ISSI. It’s here that God allows Isaiah show us how to pull the plug on ISSI. If it is to occur, it’ll be because God found a person, who looked to his Maker. With humility and respected the Holy One of Israel. Crafted with an awareness that receding seas are not done by the crafty genius of the created. Thoughts crafted from Isaiah 17:7-8.

Suggestive that God is always in search for other Noah’s. Mercifully looking for ways to spare his creation from extinction. Because as things stand right now, Jesus is going to have to intervene or no one will survive. A declaration by Christ himself, Matthew 24:22.

Which leaves us with this old maxim, if not you, who? Maybe the whom is born of one and spreads to the many. Swallowing one Body of Believers after another. Until the church maximizes its potential as the salt and light of the world. Then it becomes that Christ cherished City on a Hill, as God intended. And government functions as it should because the government returns has become Christ center. Which was the intention of the nations founding fathers.

A legacy in peril; therefore, a legacy lost. “The only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments,” Benjamin Rush, On the Mode of Education Proper in a Republic, 1806. One of the signers of our, Declaration of Independence.

A foundation crushed. “And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure, when we have removed their only firm bases, a conviction in the minds of the minds of the people that liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country, when I reflect that God is just that his justice cannot sleep forever,” Thomas Jefferson, 1781. Another signer of our, Declaration of Independence, and our third president.

Truth never sleeps. “These are the times that try men’s  souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman,” Thomas Paine, 1776

Truth awakened. “Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the LORD guards the city the watchman stays awake in vain,” Psalms 127:1.

They will be the ready ones discussed yesterday. And for awhile that dreadful tribulation will be postponed because God is a God of mercy and second chances.

The mysterious ways of the ready ones against ISSI

Whispered between avowed enemies, we must come together and destroy ISSI or ISSI will destroy us. They say what goes around comes around but this is a different world because went around never materialized. Remember this exchange of war rhetoric from Syria’s president Bashar al- Assad should the United States intervene in the sovereign affairs of Syria. Declaring that Iran will even the score, so be smart Obama and stay away. And Syria crossed Obama’s red line and Obama stayed away.

It’s well known that Iran’s military prowess is far greater than Israel or the United States ever expected. As Iran successfully captured in flight a U.S. spy drone and brought it down undamaged by staging a landing in Iran. And Iran is now in possession of sensitive American Intelligence. And from that intelligence, who knows what military capabilities that drone handed Iran. Encouraging a mocking Assad to boast the loss will be yours because Iran will destroy your war ships through out the region. Contributory factors to the changing status of the United States, as presented by the prophet Isaiah and discussed yesterday. A wanna be powerhouse again, but can’t regain it equilibrium, so will the United States make a failed pack with Syria, Iran and state enemies? In order to best ISSI! Which has been her way now for sometime, and rightfully should be recognized as Chamberlain’s ghost. Instead will that appeasing ghost allow ISSI to put the finishing destructive touches upon the beleaguered United States and its pack rats.

Isaiah 17:4-6, discusses the weak economy of Judah which could encompass Israel and Great Britain. But it seems primarily directed, for now at the United States. With harvesters working hard with their arms without much success. Made picturesque with the gathering of corn in the valley of Rephaim. Because the Rephaim people were war enemies of God’s people. With no better success with the picking of fruits with a berry here and a berry there says the LORD God of Israel.

But standing off in the distance there is an unidentified man talking to his God. Worshiping in speech or thought maybe like a prophetic vision declaring, “At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel. And he shall not look to the alters, the works of his hands; neither shall he respect that which his fingers have made, neither the idols, or the images,” Isaiah 17:7-8. A perfect supernatural journey to be experienced by the ready ones. By themselves, and then passed on collectively to others as nation builders. Bearing fruits individually and collectively as a nation is forged. Generally with unawareness, until out of nowhere a bolt of understanding occurs. It was the mysterious majestic heroics of the Holy One of Israel who did all this! Our yesterday’s, and maybe for sure our tomorrow’s, if there are still any ready ones available?

No hawkers! No ready ones were found. So, in that day his strong cities shall be like a forsaken bough, and uppermost branch, which they left because the children of Israel; and there shall be desolation. (Children of Israel is applicable to Israel and the house of Israel which means those nations born from Genesis 17:4;Genesis 48:16; 19-20). Because you have not been mindful of the Rock your strength, (Genesis 49:24), therefore you will plant pleasant plants. And set out foreign seedlings; in that day you will make your plant to grow, and in the morning you will your seed flourish; but the harvest will be a heap of ruins. In that day grief and desperate sorrow, Isaiah 17:9-11.

Woe to the multitude of many people who make a noise like the roar of the seas, and to the rushing of nations that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters! The nations will rush like the rushing of many waters; But God will rebuke them and they will flee far away. And be chased like the chaff of the mountains before the wind, like a rolling thing before the whirlwind. Then behold at eventide, trouble! And before morning, he is no more. That is the portion of those who plunder us (Israel), and the lot of those who rob us, Isiah 17:12-14.

And that is the ultimate interpretation of, Isaiah 17:4c, “They will be as the glory of the children of Israel,” says the LORD of hosts. It was expanded upon yesterday. Tucked away by God Almighty amidst human tragedy without hope or reprieve with aforementioned and after mentioned scriptures. Some to be feared others relished. All serving as a reminding testimony that through Israel the promise was made. Israel is the source for what the world wants and the consequences for not taking that want. It’s the God ordained formula for what it means to be blessed. (cf Genesis 12:3).

Israel 2 much 4 ISSI 2 bear

There is hope because God is merciful when it involves individual and national repentance. That hope is based upon American and Israeli repentance. The future of our existence really does depend their repentance.

For now, it’s the mundane over the spiritual. It’s a shocker for most, but world peace rests upon how the world treats Israel. God gave the world the perfect opportunity for world prosperity and peace. He did so, when He privileged Moses to give us the exact formula, “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you,” Genesis 12:3. While we wait for the possibility of spiritual awakening, it’ll be the mundane that captures world attention. With this realization that it’s undetermined as to the level of involvement the United States will play in its response to ISSI. It doesn’t really matter because the nations involvement will be futile.

It’s the Jews who spared the world from domination through Nazism under Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini’s fascism. Hard to accept because it’s not taught. If you have read any of the recent discussions in this short series, then you know that the lineage of America is Jewish. Assorted scriptures were cited as proof. While most earthlings focus on the mundane, God focuses on what we earthlings call the supernatural. So unbeknown to most, God through Abraham and Sarah then their lineage of Isaac, Jacob and Joseph one of Jacobs sons. Who had a son named Manasseh, and during a baptismal ceremony of birth rights a nation was birthed that would be tagged as America. And that’s how the Jews won the war. You have heard it said, God works in mysterious ways. And for many His mysteriousness has been discovered.

Let the mysteriousness of God roll on as perhaps ISSI is stopped by Israel. There are several interesting verse that goes like this, The burden against Damascus. “Behold” ‘Damascus will cease from being a city and it will be a ruinous heap, vs.1. The cities of Aroer are forsaken. They will be for flocks which lie down, and no one will make them afraid, vs.2. The fortress also will cease from Ephraim. The kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria. They will be as the glory of the children of Israel,'” says the LORD of host, vs.3. Suddenly, Isaiah’s prophetic doom takes a departure of hope without much fanfare. Announcing, ‘the remnant shall be like the glory of the children of Israel.’ With perhaps the remnant being those people who survived. Whatever weapons Israel used to turn to Damascus to dust along with her surrounding cities from the aforementioned scripture of Isaiah 17:1. ISSI had its birth in Syria and could very well be pushed back into Syria by the United States and then destroyed by Israel. Making the victory, “the glory oft he children of Israel.” A centuries repeated historical occurrence for Israel against enemies where victory seemed impossible.

A different prophetic story is told perhaps for a war weary and worn out United States. In that day it shall come to pass that the glory of Jacob will wane and the fatness of his flesh shall grow lean, vs.4. It shall be as when the harvester gathers grain, and reaps with his arm. It shall be as he who gathers heads of grain in the Valley of Rephaim,”vs.5, Isaiah chapter 17.

Commentary: Damascus has become a burden perhaps because of ISSI’s global insurgency. It’s said that ISSI was birthed in Syria and already is a great evil. And perhaps will return to Damascus to experience its return to ashes or nothingness as a formidable evil by Israel. It could well be that the United States with assorted allies pushed ISSI back into Syria. That’s when verse one will climax as a ruinous heap of uninhabitable space for human occupancy as suggested in verse two.

Verse three tells us that the fortress of Ephraim will cease. Ephraim has a biblical history that represents Great Britain and her Commonwealth of Nations. It’s found in, Genesis 48:15-20. Note the phrase in verse 16, “let them grow into a multitude in the midst of earth.” A journey to Romans 4:17-18 , which boldly declares, As it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations” in the presence of Him whom believed God, who gives life to the dead and calls those which do not exist as though they did; who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.” And now back to Genesis 48:20, and the phrase, “and his descendants shall become a multitude of nations.” There is tons of secular history that develop over the centuries that resulted in God Almighty canceling and saying from a prophetic declaration through Isaiah that Ephraim, the Jew responsible for the birth of the UK; would as, “The fortress also will cease from Ephraim,” Great Britain. Suggesting that some force mobilized, and then destroyed the United Kingdom’s, multitude of nations from ceasing to be.

The expanding human tragedy of suffering by brutal torturing and unprecedented deaths at the hands of ISSI is a scriptural possibility. All because of a rejection of a trio of mysteries contained in the living breathing Word of God, Revelation 19:13. Which gave birth to Genesis 3:15, “And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed. He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.” Which is about the conflicts between good and evil, God and Satan. And God’s seed the church, his designated force to bruise the head of evil through Jesus, the Father’s Seed. While suffering, a bruised heel from evil. Evil has accomplished more than it should have resulting in this sad finding. Causing Peter to pin the believer’s glory and evil’s shame which has its roots in Daniel 2:45, with these phrases, “The stone cut out of the mountain without hands.” The mysteriousness of God picturesquely from a mountain declaring His remedy for the evils of the world. His Christ and His church. “The dream is certain and its interpretation is sure.” “Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, “The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone,” and, “A Stone of stumbling and a Rock of offense,” 1 Peter 2:7.

Resulting with this sad occurrence. “And in that day it it shall come to pass, that the glory of Jacob shall be made thin, and the fatness of his flesh shall become lean, vs. 4. The glory of Jacob is the United States by virtue of Genesis 17:4. Birthed through Genesis 48:16;19-10. And the United States exercised he maturity as expressed through Genesis 49:22-24. Unfortunately for all to observe the glory of the United States has been made thin because the United States has turned away from the God of Abraham and Sarah. It seems that Isaiah’s declaration of a United States as being rich in very aspect of her being. Unexpectedly is now seen as a being losing all those aspects of her being by being declared skinny.

Israel 2 much 4 ISSI 2 bear to be continued.

ISSI hoax or not

U.S. failures, as discussed yesterday left Syria in a continuing mess. Which allowed for the birth of a new world devil tagged ISSI. A formidable enemy only in its infancy. Attracting recruits to fight their war from the United States and elsewhere globally. A foe the United States or the world community doesn’t have the slightest clue as to how to fight. You’ll continue to hear lots of talk, but it’ll be a failed walking of the talk. With nations clambering to explain how they were blind sided by an evil worse than Nazism.

The same old rhetoric surfaces arguing that ISSI doesn’t represent real Islam. So fearful of ISSI is the world that Muslim have joined the pitiful rhetoric. Here is the truth! ISSI represents real Islam. The Muslim voices who say otherwise represent the apostasy of Islam. Which is supported by their war manual, the Qur’an.

First lets hear from Muhammad himself, who said at his farewell address in March 632. “I was ordered to fight all men until they say, ‘There is no god but Allah.'” According to Islamic tradition, Muhammad wrote the Qur’an as a result of revelations from Allah. Here are one of several texts from that revelation, Your Lord revealed to the angels: “I am with you: give the believers firmness; I shall put terror in the hearts of the disbelievers. Strike above their necks and strike all their finger tips. That was because they opposed God and His Messenger, God punishes them severely.That is what you get! Taste that! And the torment of the Fire awaits the disbelievers,” Battle gains, book 8;12-14. Those Islamic texts explain the beheading of American journalists, James Foley.

To unbelievers of Islam it was a barbaric crime. To Muslims it was an act of duty to terrorize because they oppose God and His messenger Muhammad. And it’s an act of folly for governments to think that they can bomb ISSI into nonexistence. Again we turn to their war manual the Qur’an to discover why. In text 65-66, of the same book; “Prophet, urge the believers to fight, if there are twenty of you who are steadfast, they will overcome two hundred, and a hundred of you, if steadfast, will overcome a thousand of the disbelievers, for they are people who do not understand. But God has lightened your burdens for now, knowing that there is weakness in you. A steadfast hundred of you will defeat two hundred. And a steadfast thousand of you will defeat two thousand, by God’s permission. God is with the steadfast.

What chance does the United States have against an enemy like ISSI? Especially, when we know that American troops, and the public at large don’t have the fortitude for war. Politicians are afraid to act because it’ll cost them a failed election. It’s all because they fail to understand the consequences.

Know this, those Muslims in a state of apostasy will slowly come around to the ISSI way because Muslims were born with ISSI in their blood. Take a good look at Genesis 16:12, where Muslims are seen as people of war. Given permission by God to flex their muscles, Genesis 17:20. Verse 21 tells what us ISSI is all about. It’s opposition to our Judea/Christian bond through Isaac. In Proverbs 17:11-13, we see Muslim anger, hate and fury for being denied the birthrights of Isaac. Along with eventual consequences. For now, it’s what Islamic world turmoil is all about and it’s found in Galatians 4:22-31. Cautionary urging to do more than read the aforementioned scriptures. Study them and pray over them.

United States fading empire

Tragedy on the world which is understood by few. If it were understood, than it wouldn’t be a world tragedy. Making it time to consider the elements that are making this tragedy a world event.

Just a couple of examples should set the stage for some real concerns. It’s about future history in the making. Consider what’s going on in Syria, as Bashar al-Assad continues his long slaughter of Syrians. Which at one time cause NATO to suggest a Libyan style intervention to stop the slaughter. Do that said, Assad and I’ll fire missiles into Israel. Counter punch Israel, do that and Damascus will become dust. Bingo! Prophecy fulfilled, “The burden against Damascus. Behold Damascus will cease from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap,” Isaiah 17:1.

To compound matters, Assad said, that he’d get help from Lebanon, and that Iran would attack American warships in the area. So the question must be asked, is Assad God’s man of the hour? If he is, it must be understood from this perspective. Human tragedy is God’s way of spanking humanity for disobedience. It’s a wake up call to repent and be spared tragedies on the horizon. That ultimately is what is meant by these words from Jesus. “And unless those days be shortened, no flesh shall be saved; but for the elects sake those days will be shortened,” Matthew 24:22.

The kingpin for avoiding tragedies for over two hundred years has been the United States. Exemplified by its sacrifice and victories as the prevailing power in the worlds two world wars. Then the people of the United States were a God fearing, honoring and obedient nation.Then this was the American experience as recorded in Genesis 49:22-26 as the nations birth rights through Joseph. With his oldest son Manasseh; grandson of Jacob and great grandson of Abraham and his wife Sarah. The spiritual ancestors of America. A neglected and forgotten history and the reason America is in so much trouble. In those days of honor, and obedience Psalms 64:7-10 characterized the nations invulnerability. And as such Psalms 65:9-13, God showered the American peoples multiple rewards.

Here are some expanded thoughts for clarity purposes relying on God’s word for substance; however, with emphasis throughout from this padre. “The fortress also will cease from Ephraim, the United States which is made up of people the UK, who no doubt were unaware that they were joining Manasseh to bring into existence America, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria; they shall be like glory of the children of Israel,” says the LORD of hosts, Isaiah 17:3. It must be understood that nations have a lineage just like people do. Ephraim is the younger brother of Manasseh and their prophetic declarations as nations comes from Genesis 48:15-20;Romans 4:18.

The United Kingdom and America inherited God given birth rights and with those birth rights came great responsibilities. First as individuals, who in this instance were destined to be a people of lawfulness through sinful forgiveness by Jesus Christ. Then destined to create nations whose decedents who would continue those birth rights, Romans 4:7-8. The focus for this discussion is on the United States. The problem with America is that birth right with its responsibilities is no longer considered an individual or national inheritance. The consequences are evident for those of us who have eyes to see and ears to hear. It’s a mystery contained in Ezekiel 12:2; God’s prophet to the house of Israel. One such house is the United States. And those mysteries were emphasized and expanded upon by Jesus in Matthew 13:11-15. The old America new the following contained in Matthew 13:16-17; 23. Verses 18-22 contains the slippery slope that is destroying America.

If you have been following the news, then you know that the United States talked the talk but failed to walk the talk. Which seriously wounded America as a power of influence anywhere in the world. It’s a simple formula from Jesus himself as referenced above. It’s why the United States stumbled in Syria. And with Russia there, as Russia emerged as the prevailing influence. And it occurred again, as the United States confronted, and continues to confront the Russians over it’s tactical successes within the sovereign state of Ukraine. Get use to it as Russia becomes more powerful and influential on the world carpet, as the United States fades.

ISSI on the horizon

No matter which way it plays out, what’s happening in our world is suggestive that our future is not very bright. Centered around what Jesus said, “For then there shall be great tribulation, such as the world has not been seen since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor shall ever be,” Matthew 24:21

So how dim will things become? Disturbingly horrible, so that there will be no tranquility anywhere on the face of the earth. It’s time to consider two declarations made by Jesus. Just what tribulation occurred at the beginning of the world? That caused Jesus to say, until this time, so, what are the events of this time that will never happen again?

First a word of caution, do not allow yourself to be fooled by the words, ‘THIS TIME.’ Some scoff at such statements reminding us that Jesus said that more than 2000 years ago. Saying, here we are, a very advanced society, and the tribulation badness hasn’t occurred. Proving the Bible is just a lot of nothing. With people like this padre, trying to make something out of nothing. Understand this, ‘THIS TIME’ is a work in continual progress, and you can count on the tribulation of badness to occur. Maybe soon or maybe centuries from now.

So lets first look at the tribulation that occurred at the beginning of the world world. And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it REPENTED THE LORD THAT HE HAD MADE MAN ON THE EARTH, AND IT GRIEVED HIM AT HIS HEART. AND THE LORD SAID, “I WILL DESTROY MAN WHOM I HAVE CREATED FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH; BOTH MAN AND BEAST, AND CREEPING THINGS, AND THE FOULS OF THE AIR; FOR IT REPENTED ME THAT I HAVE MADE THEM, Genesis 6:5-7.

But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a just man, and perfect in his generation, and Noah walked with God, Genesis 6:8-9. And God instructed Noah to build an ark, Genesis 6:14. Saying, “And behold, I even I, do bring a flood water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die. But with you will I establish my covenant,” Genesis 6:17-18.

And everything died, Genesis 6:21, except for Noah and those sheltered in the Ark. And God provided humanity with a second chance, Genesis 8:15-22. And God blessed Noah and his sons and said unto them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth,” Genesis 9:1.

And that settles the statement made by Jesus that a new tribulation will sweep the world that had not been seen since the beginning of the world.

This is the other profound declaration that Jesus made that will bring peace to the soul and mind. Because the next tribulation, the worse ever, and never to be duplicated ushers in this Christ consolation. “And except those days should be shortened, there should be no flesh saved; but for the ELECT’S sake those days shall be shortened,” Matthew 24:22.

Jesus always leaves a way of escape. It’s found in the picturesqueness of the Ark. Which is symbolic of God’s Ark, through Jesus Christ allowing humanity to escape death. Recorded as such; For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust that He might bring us to God. Being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, by whom He went and preached to the spirits in prison, who were formerly disobedient, when once the Divine long suffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is eight souls were saved through water. There is also now an anti-type which now saves us; baptism, not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of good conscience toward God through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Who has gone into heaven and sits at the right hand of God. Angels and authorities having been made subject to Him, 1 Peter 3:18-22.

It’s all about finding grace in the eyes of the LORD. And to be seen by God, like Noah, as a just person and perfect in ones generation. And maybe God will use the many of youse to spare humanity, yet again from a promised tribulation. Because a new devil, has escaped from prison. An unprecedented evil tagged ISSI.

Next time, events that might suggest an that our tribulation in the world that has never been seen before, or will ever be seen again, might be closer than anticipated.

Ravished by a school teacher

What a fascinating time to be alive! Though it’s more than a bit scary. Here we are in America were we are smug and safe from the ills that plague most of the world. But wait a minute, what’s going on, a student sneezes and the student sitting next to her politely whispers, ‘bless you.’ And the classroom teacher is on her like a hound dog after a rabbit. Scolding senior student, Kendra Turner, a Dyer County High School in Tennessee for using a banned word. The teacher said, “We are not going to have godly speaking in my classroom. Such expressions are for church.” Kendra defended herself and told the teacher in America we have freedom of religion and freedom of speech. An administrator intervenes, and Kendra is banished from the classroom. Sending her to a classroom reserved for disruptive students tagged as ISP or In School Suspension.

What will it take to wake up the church. Evil is rampant in the United States, a land special to God, as the descendants of Abraham. And recorded in, Genesis 17:4-8, as never changing truth. And no less important in this never changing truth is Sarah, Genesis 17:15-16. From those truths our forefathers crafted an American nation under God. And with God and through God they crafted an exceptional nation. Whose life has been chronicled in Genesis 48:22-26; confirmed in Psalms 64:7-10. Reaffirmed through Psalms 65:9-13.

There has never been a country like the United States nor will there ever be a duplicate. When America vanishes as the defender of religion and freedom of speech the world will experience a darkness never imagined. It’ll make ISSI’ evils look like child’s play.

So the challenge is to never let it happen. Because if not stopped from happening then eventually, ‘bless you’ will become a hate crime. Hate crimes by law are criminal acts. The hand writing on the pages of experience through out America is very legible.

For starters why not express your outrage to the school authorities associated with Dyer County High School. They are, Mike McLaughlin; School Board Chairman, Dyer County School District, 159 Everett Ave., Dyersburg, TN 23219; phone (731) 285-6712

Peggy Dodds, Principal; Dyer County High School, 1000 W. Main St., Newborn, TN 38059; phone (731) 627-2229.

And Dr. Dwight L. Hedge, Superintendent; Dyer County School District, 159 Everett Ave., Dyersburg, TN 38024; phone (731) 285.6712.

In conclusion all Christians should mount a nation wide protest against the nations drift into godlessness. Here is a simple example. Apply ashes on your forehead as is done during lent as a symbol of mourning. Only this time when people ask tell them you are mourning over the nations drift into godlessness. Use Kendra as an example; or the removal of Christ from public life. Including chaplains in the military not being allowed to pray in the name of Jesus.

No doubt creativity abounds, so find your own way to publicly protest your disapproval for the nations departure from our Judea Christian tradition. Really, bless you as an act courtesy in itself announces where you stand. Make it a point of expression whenever the opportunity presents itself.

Turtle along boy this is not 4 U

Many people argue that they see the cup half full, as opposed to half empty. Other slogans like, draw outside of the box, or why be normal. When in reality, most people when it really counts, see the cup half empty. Staying well inside the box, hoping to shrink its dimensions. Acting like a turtle retreating inside its shell because being inside creates an atmosphere of comfort. Defined as being normal. That other stuff puts you outside of the shell and at risk. So, in the end, most condemn the boldness of those who say,”why be normal.” Because they put themselves, and “us” at risk.

All because some have difficulty seeing the Gospels of Mary and Thomas as having the same credibility as the other Gospels. And I respond by, asking why not? Because it is written, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. That the people of God may be thoroughly furnished unto all good works,” 2 Timothy 3:16-17. Why limit yourself to what King James canonized as authoritative and inerrant scriptures?

Arguing for the stability of civilization, people must draw or live within the box. Voicing such opinions seeing it any other way is abnormal and counter productive.

One of the my favorite notions for such arguments is that God put certain people in place for determining how one should look at the contents in the glass. Clearly directing these gifted ones to determine the extent of freedom only within the box. And their determination, of normality is their God given gift. Why limit yourself to what King James canonized as the authoritative and inerrant scriptures? Because his collection of sixty six books constituting the Bible have determined the churches belief system thus confining the church within the perimeter of a controlling box.

All of which this padre considers nonsense. Because it limits imagination and creativity. Mandating the acceptance of a predetermined society by selected power brokers.

It is argued by some that the Bible in itself is of questionable authority. They point to the fact that we do not have in our possession the original text. What we have is one translation after another provided to us by ordinary people. Although these people were considered distinguished scholars and translators.

People with personal agendas. And people connected to power, who also had their reasons for wanting particular translations to favor particular reasoning. When it comes to reasoning, power always wins. Especially when the outcome is of great importance to the power structure or ruling class.

When King James of England, commissioned the Bible to be translated from its “original languages” into English. It was not from the “original languages” of the Hebrew and Greek. By the time of 1611, enough manipulations had taken place favored by the ruling powers; that the Bible was already suspect of being reliable.

Biblical historians report that King James brought together impressive scholars with the very best of interpretative and translation skills. Four hundred years later the task was finally accomplished. Giving the world the Kings James version of God’s dealings with humanity with its accompanying decrees. Excluding much that was written and said about God, and how God expressed himself through Old and New Testaments periods. Leaving no consideration for what is recorded in the Gospels of Mary, Thomas and books like Enoch and many other writings.

Knowing what we all know about human character. Skeptics point that it is not possible that the world has a pure translation from the original languages in the King James Bible.

Some might wonder just what does that means for the body of believers who make up the Church of Jesus Christ? With many being firm believers, in the teachings of Jesus Christ. Who only see the connections between Old and New Testaments. It means the fulfillment of some intriguing occurrences in history. Events able to occur despite any power plays caused by manipulations of biblical texts down through the centuries. And with enough authority to silence the critics and skeptics concerning the authenticity of the Bible.

The founding of the Jewish state in 1948. That singular event resulted in the fulfillment of two Biblical prophecies. It is written in Jeremiah 23:3, “And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries to which I have driven them, and will bring them back again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase.” Then in Isaiah 41:18, this text appears, “I will open the rivers in high places and fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.” This is often referred to as the “flowering of Israel.” From the barren and dry lands of the desert, Israel was able to produce a world class economy. This from lands inhabited by Arabs, who could not produce a sustainable economy let alone a world class economy.

Even beyond that though, is the personal life transforming experiences which led to many conversions to Christ. While some might argue, that religious experiences are based on emotional experiences at the the time of the occurrence. And that such religious experiences, have no sustainable proof. To that we say, “the just shall live by faith,” Romans 1:17. The believers faith is predicated upon, “… the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes …,” Romans 1:16. For Jesus himself declared, “… your faith has saved you; go in peace. Then God pronounces this benediction upon believers as his final words to believers, “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all, Amen, Revelation 22:21.

All this despite power grabs and manipulative interpretations that might have occurred as a result of 400 hundred years of translation. But the prophecies of Jeremiah 23:3 and Isaiah 41:18, fulfilled in our lifetime. Equally important are the converted believers in Christ, who make up the body of Christ. All this should serve as powerful indicators for the believability of the Bible.

The point being that the King James version of God’s voice is a marvelous gift to humanity. But for ones own spiritual growth, much remains to be read and practiced from Mary’ and Thomas’ Gospels and many other documents overlooked. Because some argue they were not canonized by men, who determined the authenticity of God’s voice to humanity. Who perhaps did not want to empower women. Certainly a historical quest of Christianity has been to keep woman in their rightful place, in the home, and absent professional careers. Thus robing the world of gifted women to advance the cause of Christ. One thing that is learned from Mary’s gospel is that she kept the disciples together after Christ was crucified.

When it comes to your spiritual growth, the glass must be half full. Put ones self in a position to think and act outside of the box. To do so, you can not be normal. At least not by the standards of Christ. So, in the end, we mimic the Christ example and not that of the turtle.

There is much more to the authenticity and believability of the Bible then this posting covered. John had this to say about the matter. “And there are also many other things Jesus did, when if they were written one by one, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written,” John 21:25.

He who testifies to these things says, surely, I come quickly, Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all, Amen, Revelation 22:20-21.

Israeli Palestinian conflict

One of the ‘hot spots’ waiting to engulf the world in absolute chaos is the Middle East. It is an area of the world that has been boiling for centuries waiting to scald the area with misery and death. Far beyond, what the area is experiencing today. And when it does, the entire world will experience its deadly burn.

This biblical catastrophe had more than one launching point in history, with one building upon the other. But the one for discussion for this discussion, occurred when God renamed Jacob, and gave him the name of Israel, Genesis 32:28. Jacob had twelve sons who constituted the twelve tribes of Israel. Right before the eyes of the world that history is playing itself out to conclusion. With most not having the slightest clue as to what is occurring throughout the international community.

And thanks to the internet, no matter what happens there, it is instantly available to the world community. Usually we see finger pointing among politicians. Declaring their side innocent and accusing the other side as being the instigator. Leaving the public with the responsibility to sort out the facts as presented. Then making a judgment, as to where to place the guilt. Most often, our judgments are bias in accordance with our particular perspective.

A perfect is the Israeli Egyptian border barricade constructed years ago. Israel had constructed the barrier because Muslim Palestinians were using the free access into Egypt as supply line for war purpose that would allow them to fire rockets into Israel. Israel hoped the barrier would provide the nation with greater security and for the most part it has, With Palestinians complaining about unnecessary hardships. Like the procuring of daily necessities for Palestinian existence.

Israel promised that the 1.8 million people living in the Gaza Strip would not live normal lives while Israel is under rocket attacks. And through their underground tunnels into Israel to kidnap and kill Israelis. With the United Nations, high commissioner for human rights constantly insisting that Israel must lift some of its restrictions, by at least allowing delivery of humanitarian aid, and Israel has complied but not to Hamas’ satisfaction. So controversy rages on today because it makes it more difficult for Hamas’ war efforts against Israel. And from that controversy reaching us today, we still have a stand off of opinion. With world leaders falling on both sides of the controversy. Leaving the public with the responsibility of sorting out the issues. By assigning blame, to those at fault. Which is no easy task, especially considering media prejudices.

But as, I have advocated, Christians can look to the Bible for answers when nothing makes sense. Which is the case, with the Israeli Palestinian crisis. What needs to be done is to take world events and match them with scriptures. Then world events begin to make sense.

Today’s turmoil in the Middle East gets its history from the Bible. Jacob had twelve sons.Through his sons twelve separate tribes materialized. Eventually forming the United kingdom of Israel.

The Israelites have always been problematic for God. Electing not to honor the covenants God made with them. Which resulted in severe punishments, for God’s chosen people to endure. Like the severing of their kingdom into two kingdoms. These Israelites rebelled against the the grandson of King David. As a result of this rebellion, ten of the tribes eventually became captives of the Assyrian empire. Eventually becoming scattered through out the empire. Migrating north into Europe. They are sometimes referred to as lost tribes of Israel.

But two of the tribes Judah and Benjamin, became known as the kingdom of Judah. Referred to as the southern kingdom or simply Judah. They existed as a kingdom for more than a century before falling to Babylon.

Among those ten tribes of the Northern Kingdom two tribes stood out. They were of the lineage of Jacob’s son Joseph. Whose sons were Ephraim and Manasseh. It is Ephraim and Manasseh that captures our attention.

A discussion took place between Joseph and his father Jacob, Genesis 48:18. This is the conclusion of that discussion. Ephraim though younger was to be the greater of the two boys. Through Ephraim shall come a multitude of nations, Genesis 48:19. As for the older brother, Manasseh, Jacob told Joseph that he too would become a people, verse 19. Then Jacob called his sons together so that he could tell them what would be their destiny in the last days, Genesis 49:1.

The next posting will center around those “multitude of nations,” and the people through Manasseh. Whose destiny manifested itself through Great Britain, and the United States.

Comatose America means death

The world owes the English speaking people an expression of immense gratitude. Because the speakers of English gave the world the gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world! Those that follow me will not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life,” John 8:12.

Not walking in darkness has applications for individuals and the community of nations. The most important application is the life transforming experience of 2 Corinthians 5:17. Which unequivocally announces, a person in Christ is a new creation. With new aspirations having been freed from the chains of the past. Which in the past perpetuated, evils darkness, over the goodness of the light. With that newness of life the English speaking people took the gospel to the world community as one very important application. Another application is that the English speaking people offered the world the premier political system known to humanity, as democracy.

In our modern world the English speaking people of the world are turning away from the fundamental precepts that Christ emphasized as important. Namely our Judea-Christian heritage. Which taught, “… the truth shall make you free,” John 8:32. And with serious consequences for individuals and the world community. For the pits of hell have unleashed a renewed and now unprecedented evil. Which is known to the world, as Islam. Its evil influence is being experienced around the world. Including the worlds English speaking nations. Ever since Pope Emeritus Benedict quoted a 14th. century Christian Emperor, attributing this statement to him. “Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached,” Byzantine Christian Emperor Manuel 11 Paleolgas.

Ever since Benedict exposed the emperor’s comment. I have been rehearsing the emperor’s statement in my mind. And have concluded three things. First and foremost, Emperor Manuel 11 Paleolgas was correct in his assessment of Islam. Pope Emeritus Benedict did Christendom a great disservice with his apology to Muslims. For Muhammad himself said in his farewell address in March 632, “I was ordered to fight all men until they say ‘there is no god but Allah.'” That pretty much says it all and accounts for Muslim violence around the world. It is not a matter of if, but when will Muslims emerge from their mosques to slaughter the innocent in the United States. As they freely do in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and through out Europe, including Great Britain. One of the worlds great English speaking peoples. Who are on the verge of destruction due to a ever growing Muslim presences. Lastly, the body of believers, who are the church, must rise up and expose Muslims for what they represent. A threat to our Judea-Christian heritage as represented through our dependence upon our triune God, the republic and culture. That God Almighty gave to the United States of America.

Because the English speaking people seem to be content to alter, and ignore God’s precepts. It seems from prophecy that the English speaking nations are going to get a severe dose of punishment. With the primary beneficiaries being the United States and Great Britain. With Israel also feeling the repercussions because the United States, and Great Britain have been Israels security blanket. And world events seem to suggest that Muslims just might be the people to inflict that punishment.

Time to gear up, O sons and daughters of thunder. Not to preserve America as she is, but to return her to what she was.

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Could it be that life in the Kingdom of God might have fewer occupants than expected

A vast contrast is very distinguishable between the movement Jesus Christ organized and today’s modern church. Should one travel the various roads of many communities. There you will be able to find many beautiful looking church structures. These churches in order to operate must comply with certain federal, state, and local ordinances. Parishioners come from all walks of life. Many politicians and government officials can also be found in attendance. All of this is in stark contrast to the experiences of Christ and his disciples.

This then is a posting of what it means to embrace the cause of Christ. Of course, it will be in opposition to the above paragraph. The mutual acceptance between church and state officials is what has crippled the Christian movement. The state is and always has been about control of religious institutions for its own purpose. While the the church should be about making sure that the government governs according to Christ like principles. The two are at opposite ends of the poll when it comes to purposes. They can not be in harmony with each other; ever! Which what we see today between church, and state.

Most people know that Christ was executed because of his opposition to both the civil and religious leaders. Christ said in Matthew 10:24-25, “The disciple is not above his master nor the servant his lord. It is not enough that the disciple is like his master and the servant his lord. If they have called the master (Jesus) of the house (church) Beelzebub (meaning an evil deity was in possession of Jesus, Matthew 12:24) how much more shall they call them of his household (body of believers)?” (emphasis this writer)

The following represents some of what Christ told his followers to expect from both the civil and religious authorities and even family. While he was preparing his followers for what to expect during his lifetime, it is equally applicable today. We gain that hint from, Matthew 10:22. Which reads, “You shall be hated by all men for my names sake, but he that endures to the end shall be saved.” Jesus was sending his disciples into communities that would be hostile to what they were doing. Telling them, “Beware of men; for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they scourge you in their synagogues. You shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the gentiles,” Matthew 10:17-18. Christ often used fables to illustrate his instructions. In this instant he compared them to sheep encountering wolves, and provide an antidote for survival, in Matthew 10:16, be as, “Wise as snakes and harmless as doves.” This is an easy allegory to understand. It’s easy to picture what would happen when two such creatures encounter each other. This parallels what followers of Christ could expect from the religious and civil authorities when in opposition to their corruption. But when push comes to shove, and Christians really press the religious and civil authorities to do what is right. Then even family may turn and side with the religious and civil authorities, 21-22. But perseverance has it rewards as Matthew notes in verses 20, the spirit of God will assist, and those who endure to the end shall be saved, verse 22.

What does that say about those, who might be be Christians, but are aligned with the religious and civil authorities? Perhaps they are the goats referenced in a recent discussion, yesterday. Who if you recall were banished to everlasting punishment, Matthew 25:32-33 and 45-46. Compare that with the tale of the camel and the eye of the needle in Matthew 19:23-24. Such passages seem to suggest that life in the Kingdom of God might have fewer occupants than expected. Rich most likely does not refer to monetary wealth. But rather a reference, to the setting aside of ones Christian responsibility.

Suggesting that Christians need to be wise as a snake and innocent as a dove. Which in itself is no guarantee for success. In order to exemplify this Herod, head of the civil government had John the Baptist arrested. Herod had heard of the influence of Jesus upon the people within his political domain. He was afraid of Jesus because he thought John the Baptist was Jesus, who had risen from the dead. He wanted to execute John the Baptist but he was afraid because of his popularity, Matthew 14:1-5.

That is what Christ expects from his Church. Condemn what is wrong and work to correct the wrong. The church is not a building but rather the body of believers.

These postings should be read as strategies to be employed by Christians as they create a revolutionary Christian movement. Two strategies can be learned from this event. Gain the favor of the citizenry as did Jesus. This always alarms the civil authorities. It serves as a power base for successful activism. The second lesson is that it illustrates what being wise as snake and as harmless as doves means. It spared John the Baptist from being executed by Herod.

John the Baptist infuriated people close to Herod. He condemned an intimate relationship between Herod and his brothers wife. In the end through trickery, John the Baptist was beheaded, verses 6-11. This teaches that all bets are off when one is in the service of Christ. Treachery is always present. Sometimes it comes from sources least expected.

Embracing the purpose of Christ can be very dangerous. Jesus said that in some instances people would be arrested. Then forced to face trial in their civil courts. Jesus also said that family members would give up brothers and sisters to religious and civil authorities. Christ said children would turn their parents over to the authorities. As a result of this some of these parents would face death. Read carefully Matthew 10:16-25. Then decide if the average person attending church is representative of this kind of Christianity. Christians can make a difference for the cause of Christ. It’s hard work and sometimes dangerous.

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Jesus on Christendom

If you identify yourself as a Christian, it is possible that you will find yourself sentenced to everlasting punishment, But if you are righteous, to eternal life. Jesus said it not me. This is how he put it, “When the Son of Man shall come in all his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory.” Then,” Then, “those shall go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into life eternal,” Matthew 25:31,46.

In the life of a Christian, a lot of living will have taken place between verses 31-46. A time will come when Jesus will gather all nations before himself. One of the first items of business will be for Christ to separate his followers into two groups. Some of us will be recognized as “sheep” while others as “goats.” The “sheep” will be to his right with the “goats” to his left. To those on his right, Jesus will inform them that they are the blessed of His Father. And they are to inherit the kingdom, prepared for them since the foundation of the world.

This is what they did to merit that recognition. When Jesus was hungry, they fed him. Providing him with food to eat and beverage to drink. It did not matter if Jesus was a stranger because they provided shelter and clothing. Even when sick he received their company. The same occurred when Jesus was in prison.

Then those fortunate enough to be the “sheep” on his right will react from puzzlement. Never recalling any personal life encounters with Christ. Standing before Jesus rhetorical questions will be asked.

Jesus will reply, “Verily I say to you, insomuch as you did it for some other person, you did it unto me,” Matthew 25:40.

We then discover some very harsh reactions by Jesus to those recognized as “goats.” “Depart from me, you are cursed, into the everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.” This judgment was issued because their duty to other people was just the opposite of that of the “sheep.”

We as Christians have a dual responsibility. As members of his church, we have the responsibility to care for one another as illustrated by Christ. But it extends itself, to those outside of the church. Because it is one of the most effective ways of introducing the saving gospel to those outside of Christ. It is one of the lessons learned from the ministry of Jesus. It’s what caused him to be loved by the ordinary people of his time.

Verse forty one is somewhat of a puzzle. For there we find Christ, shuttling off Christians to the everlasting fires. A place reserved for the devil and his angels. Should we take that judgment by Christ in a literal sense? This padre thinks not. For these reasons, first other scriptures do not support the notion of believers having experienced saving grace of Christ; ever encountering such an experience. That leaves us with this conclusion. Christ was an artist at using vivid illustrations to hammer home a matter of great importance to him. So, verse forty one, should be understood from that perspective. The aforementioned responsibility we have to each other and those outside of the life transforming grace of Christ.

Sons of Thunder

Many see Jesus Christ as some romanticized beauty. Often pictured as being a fair skinned man, wearing clothes of silk of earth toned colors woven together with gold threads.

But the larger question is, what did Jesus really look like? That question can’t be answered because the oldest portrait of Christ dates from 375 AD. Making such portraits unreliable because the people of Jesus’ time had died by 375 AD.

So to get a reliable portrait of Jesus, we have one reliable source which is our scriptures. We are led to believe that there was nothing desirable in appearance, dress or mannerisms that was impressive enough to capture anyone’s attention. The portrait we get from our scriptures is chronicled for us by Isaiah. Who painted this picture, “He has no form or comeliness, and when we see him there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised, and rejected by men. A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were our esteem from him,” Isaiah 53:2b-3.

And probably in the sight of many, an accurate portrait of Jesus. Though not valued by most, to us, of his family. We highly esteem him, we value his courage, strength and self sacrifice for our redemption. So courageous, and strong was he that death could not conquer him. And he taught us that because he lives, we shall also live beyond the grave, John 14:19. And, that’s the portrait Christendom prefers to embrace and indeed it should.

But, it falls short of the portrait Jesus pictured of himself. This his self portrait, “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword,” Matthew 10:34.

Jesus is our high priest, Hebrews 5:4-5,10, whose priestly lineage dates back to those Old Testament priest, who were considered zealots. Namely the grandson of Aaron, Phinehas. Scripturally substantiated through Numbers 25;7-9 and in particularly, Numbers 25:10-11.

And interestingly, Jesus, in choosing the twelve disciples called two brothers John and James to whom He gave the name Boanerges, that is, “the sons of thunder,” Mark 3:17. The account of choosing other disciples Simon is referred to as a Zealot, Luke 6:15. Then in Acts 1:13, we find Simon again referenced to as the Zealot. Then we have Simon Peter Bar-Jonah, whom Jesus called blessed. And that the revelation was not because of his own insights, but rather from His Father who is in heaven. Then announcing that he was going to build his church upon Peter the rock, Matthew 16:15-19, as a son of thunder. All twelve were intended to be Sons of Thunder and Zealots. As exemplified by Peter, who responded as a true zealot, when he drew his sword and drew blood in defense of Jesus, John 18:10.

It’s also note worthy to see that Jesus chose John to baptize him. One who came clothed with camels hair, Matthew 3:4. Baptizing people after confessing their sins, verse 6. Then instructing them to bring forth fruits worthy of their repentance, verse 8. While John publicly called the authorities, a generation of vipers, verse 7. Denouncing publicly the infamous behaviors of King Herod, which cost him his head, Mark 6:18;27.

Who but a zealot revolutionary like Jesus knowing the circumstances of John’ murder. And when told, to flee the area because Herod would kill him. He sent the messenger to Herod saying tell that fox, behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected, Luke 13:31-32.

Jesus showed no respect for the political or religious authorities. While warning the people, who were prone to materialism to remember that it was impossible to serve God and at the same time be encumbered with the substances of this world that he called mammon, Matthew 6:24.

To emphasize the point Jesus suggested that it might be necessary to hate ones own family, including mother and father, Luke 14:26. Which of course would be the true test of a revolutionary zealot seeking to join his ranks as a disciple. Then, if up to such behaviors, it is necessary to bear ones own cross and follow the same trail of purpose. If one can’t then discipleship is impossible, verse 27.

The cross is symbolic of the price to be paid for being of the family zealots, as exemplified by Christ himself. Jesus died for our sins on the cross that we might have life eternal. The Christ disciples, as revolutionary zealots work, a work that must be designed to fight systems that would deny his message of repentance and salvation. Because it is appointed for all men to die, and then the judgment, Hebrews 9:27.

“So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation,” Hebrews 9:28. In the meantime the church has this as its primary duty. Which is to rule the nations with rods of iron. Overcoming their vessels as pottery to be broken to pieces. Over coming them through the Masters example. Becoming a stared Christ souldier, if one is able to hear the Spirits message. (cf Revelation 2:27-29).

With Jesus crediting his Father for his own zealotry. And making it clear that he has passed on that zealotry to his church. America would be far more prosperous and secure, if the church had come any way close to living up to its commission. So the opportunity is ripe to turn some vessels of pottery into broken pieces. Better get going before time expires. It takes courage as exemplified from yesterdays discussion to be the sons, and daughters of thunder.

Resistance requires courage

Deep in the kingdom of Nebuchadnezzar the mighty and fearless ruler of the Babylonian empire lived three men. They were unknown to each other, but shared the same thoughts about the kings recent edict.They were known as Belteshazzar, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. They had gained the respect of a prophet within the empire by the name of Daniel, renamed Belteshazzar Daniel in return had gained the respect of Nebuchadnezzar and sat next to the king as his personal adviser.

As the story unfolds we’ll see, who was the superior adviser One known factor is that Daniel managed to avoid the heat for his advice. Although the same can not be said for the other three who are the central characters of this biblical tale. And of course, the fourth person in that fiery furnace. Whom according to King Nebuchadnezzar, “The form of the fourth is like the Son of God,” Daniel 3:22-25.

Daniel had advised the King to appoint the three men as governors for his provinces which the king did. Then the king issued an edict which said that all people within Nebuchadnezzar’s kingdom were to bow to the ground. Worshiping the kings recently erected 90 foot pure gold statue. Each of these men decided that they would not pay homage to the kings edict. When, the sound of musical instruments sounded through out the kingdom. It was the signal for all to bow to the ground and pay tribute to Nebuchadnezzar for all his magnificent triumphs through his sculptured image. Each of the three did not obey the edict!

In the 21 century this would have been considered an act of non violent civil disobedience. Today the three might be tagged as enemy combatants. Then disappearing mysteriously not to be heard from again. But Nebuchadnezzar used fire to get rid of people, a rather effective remedy. And ultimately, God’s own remedy, according to the book of Revelation at chapter 21 verse 8.

O! Well back to how it was seen by King Nebuchadnezzar, from his glorious palace in the heart of his Babylonian empire. He mused that he could not tolerate this disrespect from his governors. These men governed only with the King’s permission. What a great imperial King like Nebuchadnezzar gives he can surely take away. They would pay tribute to his edict or die! So, dating back to the time of Nebuchadnezzar we discover that the state can apply violence against the people and escape punishment. And so, it is in our 21 century modern world. But when the people respond to unfair government edicts with violence. That is terrorism and must be punished. The scales of justice need to be fixed. Are you a fixer and a doer, if you are, then the job is doable. Here is one secret for success. Years ago while in Denver, Colorado an acquittance shared this with me. It was said that one should (SIBKIS) challenges to death. S=see I=it B=big K=keep it small I=it S=small. See it big, keep it small. Jesus put it this way, “For where your treasure is there will your heart be also,” Matthew 6:21.

The White House is where Americas Nebuchadnezzar’ reside. His majesty sits as ruler of the modern world. This embodiment of Nebuchadnezzar also demands that the world pay homage to their many triumphs at home and abroad through his edicts or die! Not always physical death but on occasions, yes. A modern day favorite is for pack of nations to employ bullying that they have tagged as sanctions, as one example.

Actually it is down right scary because the United States is far more vulnerable to defiance then ever in its history. Because a powerful and defiant Muslim alliance against the nation is mushrooming. Which is not afraid to challenge America’s economic superiority, or its militarily superiority. Actually the little known prophet Hosea has an opinion about scenario which I might just discuss.

The focus here is not intended to be upon the imperial ruler ship of the nations Nebuchadnezzar’ Obama. But rather upon defiance as seen through Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Three real men used for allegorical purposes to tell a story of resistances. Great resistance fighters of history are symbolic of these three men. Who became the countless numbers of very ordinary people, who have had enough of tyrannical rule during the course of history. In our time, in history, we need Christian women and men to take upon themselves the very likeness of these three men, and resist the imperialism of the nations Nebuchadnezzar’.

All of us Shadrach’s, Meshach’s, and Abednego’s need to step up our resistance. We need to become God’s conduits for enlightening the public concerning the threat Islam presents to everything that is Jewish and Christian in America. People can’t understand the nations Islamic threat unless they understand the Jewish connection with America. Because we have a government, that is blind to its own spiritual history, thus unable to understand this Islamic threat. You, and me, and people like us are the solution for this Islamic threat.

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Power of universal consciousness

Some time long ago a group of men gathered in search for a new archbishop. They wanted someone who was polite and easy going. Someone who would work in harmony with the state. They chose an older man for the post because he was quiet and not likely to stir up much controversy. And if they were wrong – well he would not be around long. So, Oscar Romero became the new archbishop.

He became for the church and the state its worst nightmare. All in one he became the Shadrack, Meshach, and Abednego. Three men who refused to dishonor God, who said, “You will not have any other gods before me.” “You will not make any image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth.” “You will not bow down yourself unto them, nor serve them; for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generations of them that hate me.” “Showing mercy unto thousands of them who love me and keep my commandments,” Deuteronomy 5:7-10.

And through his assassination, he became part of the universal consciousness pictured in the fourth person in the fiery furnace of King Nebuchadnezzar. He become one with histories many Shadracks, Meshacks, and Abednegos, who through their lives and death honored God. Men like Martin Luther, who freed the world from the death grip of Roman Catholicism. Collectively such people represent our universal consciousness which inspires people to overcome great adversaries.

Jesus understood this clearly when he said to his personal adviser Mary. Though your bother is dead he shall live again. He’ll live in the consciousness of others. Jesus understanding this universal principal when he said, if you believe in my death you will live on after your death, John 11:23-27. Inspiration comes from the life and death of others. It’s the great motivational consciousness that puts fear in all governments. They know that a motivated people with the embodiment of the universal consciousness can accomplish what appears to be impossible.

Archbishop Oscar Romero knew this when he said, “I must tell you, as a Christian, I do not believe in death without the resurrection. If I am killed, I shall rise in the Salvadoran people.”

One could only imagine what would occur if the modern church practiced and followed what Jesus taught. Paul wrote and said, for those of us baptized into Jesus were also baptized into his death, Romans 6:3-5. The Christ that is taught in most churches today is not the Christ Paul was talking about. Think about this. The Christ Paul is referring to was a convicted criminal. He was no friend of the religious community of his day, nor a friend of the state. That is why he was given a death sentence and executed. On one occasion He was going to return to Judea. His disciples were alarmed. They said to Him you can not return to Judea. The people stoned you the last time you were there, John 11:7-8. Being a Christian can be a nasty experience. That is the story the modern church does not want you to know about. They want the public to be engulfed in this supernatural stuff. Like eternity in hell or heaven so that people flock to the church in order to learn how to escape hell and find heaven. And in so doing, the church has become very wealthy and powerful. Some want people to be so wrapped up in the second coming of Christ that they are of no earthly value to the cause of Christ. What many church leaders want today, is to duplicate the desires held by those church leaders in Oscar Romero’s lifetime.

What Christians need to do is turn from from the comfortable houses of their church. And really learn, what baptism means for Christians. Learn what Daniel exposed and meant with his doctrine of universal consciousness. When all of this comes together for the believer in Christ, Holy Communion takes on a completely new and different experience. Who knows what will happen. Christians may actually be declared criminals by their church and government for embracing the teachings of Christ and Mary. Remember the role of Mary. She was the personal adviser to Jesus. And Mary was rewarded for her faithfulness. Jesus said, “Assuredly I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told for a memorial of her,” Matthew 26:13. Of course, the church does not want people to know that truth. After all, they have spent centuries attempting to silence women. Just think the most influential rebel of the time received his sense of mission and purpose from Mary. No! I’m not talking about the Mary of the advent season. To discover that truth you have to read another gospel. This gospel has been denied any validity for fear that might empower women. It is called the Gospel of Mary. Which makes the modern day church not much different from the the church when Martin Luther came along.

Purpose greatest sacrifice & mystery known 2 humanity

“Ordinary people are capable of doing extraordinary things. That is what it is all about. They must count,” Studs Terkel.

How much more so for Christians because we have the power of Christ within us. Who commands the body of believers, to take up his cause through the symbolism of the cross, Mark 8:34. ” And when he had called the people, unto himself. He said unto them, whosoever will come after me, let them deny themselves, and take up their cross and follow me.” Which can only occur, because of the newness of Christ which resides in every Christian, 2 Corinthians 5:17. For the cause of Christ, occurs within us because God has reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and has given unto us the ministry of reconciliation, verse 18.

One might ask, how is this possible? “To wit, that God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them, and has committed unto us the word of reconciliation,” verse 19.

“Now then we are ambassadors for Christ,” verse 20. Because, “He had made him, who knew no sin, to be sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him, verse 21.

Caught on the blind side

When you gamers are out there trying to bag a win irrespective of the gaming. Be careful because you might get bagged, yourself.

The following is as much fiction, as nonfiction. But the overall picture, makes it nonfictional. So watch your blind side!

A deer which was blind in one eye went to graze on the sea shore, turning its good eye landwards, on the watch for approaching humans, and the injured eye on the sea, from which it did not expect any danger.

But some men, who came coasting inshore saw it and shot it down. As it was dying it thought: “Unlucky that I am! I was on guard against the attack which I knew might come from the land, but not the sea, from which I thought no danger threatened, has proved yet more deadly.”

Our expectations are often deceived. Things which we feared might do us hurt turn out to our advantage, and what we thought would save us proves our ruin. (source:Penguin Classics-Fables of Aesop-“Caught On The Blind Side”)

In the 21 century there is an old century occurrence that is an apt modern day scenario. Like the deer who thought he was but wasn’t, Peter advised, Be sober, be vigilant because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour, 2 Peter 5:8.

How does that play out today? In as many ways as there are scenarios. Here is one told by Luke. Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And Behold! There was a woman, who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. But when Jesus say her, He said to her, woman you are loosed from your infirmity. And laid His hands on her and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.

But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation because Jesus healed on the Sabbath; and said to the crowd, “There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day.” The Lord then answered him and said, “Hypocrite! Does not each of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it?” “So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound, think of it, for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath,” Luke 13:10-16.

What do we know about Satan’s craftiness? He’s a shape shifter, who is able to manifest himself in different ways. John described him as that ‘great dragon’ that ‘serpent of old’ called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world, Revelation 12:9.

He’s able to infest himself, as one or many beings, called demons and unclean spirits. As seen in Luke 8:26-33, where this account is recorded. After crossing a lake, and stepping on dry ground, Jesus was met by a man, who had demons for a long time. Coming from his home a tomb and naked. And it was like, he was hunting Jesus, because he yelled, “What have I to with you, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me!” For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of him, and he was kept under guard bound with chains and shackles; and he broke the bonds, and driven by the demon into the wilderness. Jesus asked, “What is your name?” “Legion!” Because many demons had entered him. And they begged Jesus, that he not command them to go out into the abyss.

Now a herd of many swine was feeding there on the mountain. So they begged Jesus that he would permit them to enter them, and Jesus permitted them. Then the demons went out of the man and entered the swine, and the herds ran violently down the steep place into the lake and drowned.

What are to make of all of this? A dragon, serpent, the Devil and Satan, demons as unclean spirits. Capable of multiple ways of deception by inflicting hurt upon individuals, and able to afflict the governing ability of nations.

So the prudent of this world need to be on high guard. Because our adversary the devil walks about, as a dangerous roaring lion seeking whom he may destroy. So as, not to be caught on the blind side. Know this, pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall, Proverbs 16:18. So declares the inerrant living breathing Word of God, note Revelation 19:13. The vesture dipped in blood is the body of Jesus Christ. Upon death the grave couldn’t contain him. He ascended, and sits on the right hand side of God, Psalms 110:1. Who is the perfect cure for all this Satanic mayhem. Because it’s chronicled this way, “If you, then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God.” Colossians 3:1. It’s the best way not to be caught on the blind side.

There is a species of some sort tagged Muslim. Who can cripple, and are crafty shape shifters. Appearing to be something that they are not. Able to possess people with madness that causes blindness. Resulting with the community of nations to behave more like Aesop’s deer. Whose fate is sealed for repeated destruction. Because like the deer what they feared would hurt them, was their strength. Stewardship based upon Christian governance. Instead like the deer they governed from pure secularism which is proving to be their ruin.

Muslims are to varying degrees the subjects of Satanic demon infestation. Just like Legion. How else can they be described? As our scriptures declare them to be wild and against everyone, Genesis 16:12. And the apostle said, Cast out the bondwoman (Hagar the mother of Ishmael and her son, the founder of Islam. Because God’s gift to humanity, was Jesus Christ through the lineage of Isaac, Galatians 4:28-31.