In Memorial God’s allegorical paintings

The Bible a most fascinating book. The use of allegorical characters used to paint a picture for all time. Resulting in biblical writers like Moses, Solomon, David, Joel, right on through to John’s Revelation to pick up on those themes. Followed by centuries of theologians right on down to our time continuing the discussion. Others will follow us, as long, as time permits. The duality of those biblical occurrences represents just one of those fascinations. Like the story of Adam and Eve and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Perhaps both incidences, are allegorical in nature.The Moses narrative in Genesis is about choice and destiny. Using named characters as pictures of choice and consequences. What applied to Adam and Eve is a story about the condition of humans which is applicable today.

While the resurrection is also allegorical because the real life event of Christ’s murder and subsequent resurrection is picturesque or allegorical of a first and second resurrection. Completing the cycle of choice and consequences.

First a short journey into Genesis. There we find the creation of the first man, Genesis 2:7. For what it is worth, creationism and evolution are compatible. As Christians, there we have the account of creation. But the theory of evolution, is evident before all to see. Today’s human species are bigger, stronger, more intelligent. Than the human species of even two mere past decades.

But creationism verses evolution is for another day. Other than to say that the ultimate aim of some advocates of evolution is to prove that “we” are god. With the intent of proving that God is non-existent. Which of course will only propel such advocates onward to the second resurrection. Put this way, “And I (John) saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another was opened, which is the book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire,” Revelation 20:12-15.

Hopefully once before the Spirit, our redeemer Jesus, and accompanied by His bride you and me, they’ll change their minds about the non existence of Him. And accept, His free invitation to freely drink the waters. If not, then they’ll experience His judgment. Wherefore the scoffers, and mockers will experience the perfect truth. Some to everlasting life and others to everlasting contempt. With water being the perfect allegory for personal redemption as recorded in Revelation 22:17.

The first scriptural allegory appears with the “tree of life” and “tree of knowledge of good and evil,” Genesis 2:9. In verse 15, God gave this man some simple instructions. Take care of the garden. In verse 17, this man was told not to partake of the “tree of knowledge of good and evil.” Failure to obey would result in death. There we have the first mention of death. Carried over to our by Romans 5:12. In Genesis 2:22, we have the creation of the first woman.

In Genesis three, verse five, the woman is told by disobeying God she would become like God knowing good and evil. From there, the quest to be like God got its start. Humans from that start launched their determination to classify good from evil.

For example, President Obama, drew the line for his government. Distinguishing between good from evil, when he allowed embryonic stem cell research. Some In the U.S. Congress, saw Obama’s good as evil. Voices on both side of the debate exist outside of the congress. Right into the theater of Christendom. With that theater not winning the day. Because they lacked the power, and influence upon Obama that they had with Bush. It has been interesting observing how the Obama administration defined good and evil, as time eats away at his presidency. His commitment to federal funding for stem cell research. Which is sweet a change, by turning the Bush evil into good for the betterment of humanity. One of the positive aspects of his presidency.

The greater concern for God was not the violating of the prohibition against interaction with “the tree of knowledge of good and evil.” but rather with the “tree of life.”

The concern was that the first man and woman would become like “one of us,” or God like beings. Knowing the difference between good and evil. Resulting in the first man, and woman joining the Gods. From the tree of life experience they would live forever, Genesis 3:22.

The use of the objective form of the pronoun us for we. Suggesting the possibility of more than one God. Suggesting again that these God’s did not want any more competition between themselves with new God’s being added to the mix.

The first man was assigned an existence of servitude and obedience. Later he was joined by the first woman. Who found away around God’s prohibition through the Serpent. Who told the woman, she would not die, Genesis 3:4.

I have written about this phenomenon from the book of Ezekiel in previous discussions. Suggesting that a war between the God’s is going on in the heavens. With the outcome for now uncertain. Scriptures tell us that the great deceiver, Satan, or the Serpent of Genesis was a rebellious angel who was thrown out of heaven.

All religions trace their authenticity to God’s revelation. Each with an interpretation different for humanities purpose and function. From that of their competitors. Who can say for certain, which religion represents God’s truth?

In the real world of today that is what tearing the world apart. The conflict between three religions. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in the Middle East which has spread around the globe. Excusing none, no not even the United States. With religious clerics from each religion influencing governments to act against the others as infidels. This nothing new because it has been going on for eons of time. Today the intensity is much greater and will get worse.

This is only shared to stimulate thinking. Even though it’s contrary to the belief, that most people do not like to think. Most prefer to stay well inside the lines of determined belief systems.

For example, once this padre delivered a sermon titled, “Yes, indeed you shall live again.” Suggestions were made to theories concerning reincarnation. Can you imagine the reaction? My only purpose was to stimulate thinking. Why did those parishioners believe the mainline Christian version for the afterlife. Most believe without thinking. Just accepting what they had been indoctrinated to accept. In many cases since infancy.

The absolute worse bases for convictions of any sort. Investigate, evaluate, then you will own your convictions. That is the purpose of these discussions. No attempt is made to persuade. Every attempt is made to stimulate thinking and self realization. Which is especially true for this discussion.

A few thoughts about life outside of the “Garden of Eden.” With thoughts about the resurrection occurring with the next discussion.

Since the first man and woman were expelled from Eden life took on a different dimension. Life became difficult with life ending in death and burial. In a grave of silence with no reward or punishment for the life lived, c 2 Kings 22:20.

What happens next? God will wake up the dead on two separate occasions. Separated by a 1000 years. And recently discussed, if you missed those postings with their scriptural bases. They can be read by clicking the appropriate calendar dates. “50 Days After Easter,” 24 May 2015. “Declaration Day Death The Journey,” 25 May 2015; “Death Its Complexity,” 26 May 2015; “Full Pews And Ringing Cash Registers, 27 May 2015; Really Didn’t You Feel So Bad Because Killing Him Felt So Good,” 28 May 2015,

Solomon told us in Ecclesiastes what we all know. Humanity is predisposed to evil with madness in their hearts while they live. Then they join the dead, Ecclesiastes 9:3.

Stimulated to think and challenge! How about you?

Without ? this must be sorted out by God

Some remarks need to be dealt with because the remark is so very profound. It is what the biblical prophet said about religious co-existence. It is found in Micah 4:5, “For all people will walk in the name of his god.” Suggesting more than one God. With Genesis 1:26, concurring, “And God said let “us” make man in our image….”

It is obviously about a time in the unimaginable future when nations will make war no more and fear will be nonexistent. More astounding is that Micah tells us its authentic! Because the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken it, Micah 4:3-4.

What is Micah telling the world? Is he saying that there is more than one God? Could be! Just think of Judaism the religion of the Jews. The oldest of the three Abrahamic religions. Representing Judaism, the religion of the Jews. From Abraham two sub-sets exist. With each sub-set seeing the true path to God in a slightly different manner. They are the religions of Christianity and Islam.

Then the people have hordes of other religions who have their own God with a different path of truth.

For many others, such confusion among the Gods is to much. So they elect to deny the existence of any God. Where do such people fit in looking at Micah’s prophecy. With what God will, they walk with?

Islam offers an answer. This future will exist because every body will eventually convert to Islam. Except the Jews who will all be annihilated. To a very large extent that is what the Middle East conflict is all about.

Some Christians would see Micah’s prophecy as occurring among people who are ‘born again.’ There interpretation would be all inclusive for Jews, Muslims, and others who have accepted Christ as their personal Savior. And as with the Muslims, the problems of the Middle East are largely religious. Hard to believe, I think, but true. With the focal point being the struggle for Jerusalem. Why? Because the legitimacy for each of the three religions, has a history associated with Jerusalem.

Of the three Abrahamic religions Judaism talks the least about the afterlife. The emphasis for the Jews seems mostly to be about this life. This is what is said about Abraham when he died. Abraham died, and his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him, Genesis 25:8-9.

Genesis reports that Ishmael lived a long time and died, Genesis 25:17. When Isaac died his sons buried him, Genesis 35:29. Before Jacob died, he gave instructions to his sons, Genesis 49:33.

In 2 Kings 22:20, death is reported as follows. The grave is the final experience. Where the dead will have no knowledge of future occurrences.

According to Micah, someday we will all walk in the name of our god. In peace, and perfect serenity. Where fear will be unknown, with war an occurrence of the past. In the end there is no explanation for Micah’s prophecy of multiple Gods. Sometime in the future, such a mystery will be unveiled by God, and then understood by we mortals. In the meantime, future discussins will discuss what happens at death, from the Christian perspective.

Recently this padre discussed what happens after death, from the Christian perspective. Click the calendar dates of May 25-27 to read them.

Here’s another opportunity to study the scriptures. Focusing on the various scenarios as to how Micah’s prophecy might work. Especially as to how Judaism, Christianity and Islam are setting the tempo for world turmoil.

For this padre, any notions about multiple God’s is settled with there being one triune God. This is clarified in different ways. First by studying the names of God, as expressed through our scriptures. Because the appearance of different names expresses, and exposes His character. Examples are the use the word God, translated is Elohim meaning creator. Then we see the word LORD translated meaning, revealer. And concluding, for now with Lord, signifying ownership as master. Sometimes God uses the possessive form of a pronoun like us to communicate his triune presence. As shown in Genesis 1:26, let us make man in our image. And his, triune presences is seen in the New Testament. Whosoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, 1 John 5:1. And in verse six, This is He that came by water (baptism) and blood (crucifixion), even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that bears witness, because the Spirit is truth. Bringing finality to his triune being, verse 7. For there thee that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word (note Revelation 19:13, And he (Jesus) was clothed with a vesture (body) dipped in blood. And his name is called The Word of God), and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.

Apologies for any offense created early on with this discussion. Intent was to stimulate thinking because to many people don’t really explore what they believe. They just sit in pews Sunday after Sunday and accept, as truth, whatever is said. It may be, and may be not, as said before, research and study. Then conclude, and you will be the owner of your truth. Which is more fulfilling than buying into another persons truth.

When time made a difference

“The good Education of Youth has been esteemed by wise Men of all Ages as the surest Foundation of Happiness both of private Families and Common-wealth’s. Almost all governments have therefore made it a principal object of their attention. To establish and endow with proper Revenues, and Seminaries of Learning, as might supply the succeeding ages with men qualified to serve the Publick with Honour to themselves, and their country,” Benjamin Franklin, 1749.

Centuries earlier the writer of the book of Proverbs put it this way. “Get wisdom, get understanding; forget it not, neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve you; love her, and she shall keep you. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore, get wisdom; and with all your getting, get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote you, she shall bring you to honor when you embrace her,” Proverbs 4:5-8.

No doubt the results of a good education, as envisioned by wise men through America’s splendid history. Taking the scriptural then enshrining it into the secular. Today in America, it’s the opposite where the secular is enshrined as the scriptural. As if America can find its way with out God. And because many think we can, there rests the decaying plight of America.

And explained why by Samuel, “But you have today rejected your God, who Himself saved you from all your adversaries and your tribulations; and you have said to Him, no! Set a king over us,” 1 Samuel 10:19a.

O! The circumstances are different but the means to the end are the same. So as happened to the Israelites, so will America be visited by the unusual. All you have to do is plug in different variables into the formula. “But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe all His commandments and His statutes which I (Moses) command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you. Cursed will be your cities and your country. Cursed will be your economy. Cursed will be the generations of children that follow you. Effecting and nulifying everything that makes for prosperity. Which, will be a preputual curse no matter what resolutions are attempted. Believe it because The LORD will send on you cursing, confusion, and rebuke in all that you set your hand to do, until you perish quickly because of the wickedness of your doings in which you have forsaken me,” Deuteronomy 28:15-20.

In America, the school year is about to end. And those graduating, know little about the foundation of happiness. Because across the land, the depth, and breath of what made America great, has disappeared from the learning  curriculum. Which is an in depth awareness of the nations Judeo/Christian heritage, with Jesus Christ as the hallmark of its heritage. And when, after twelve years of exposure, graduates were prepared to bring honor to themselves, their families and their country.

The only wisdom that brings understanding is a foundation laid out in the fourth chapter of Proverbs, verses 5-8. Because when all is said and done academically, what remains is an exaltation of dependence upon God. And God will promote the individual, with that person bringing honor to self and country. That is what Proverbs 4:8, is all about. It is something that can’t be grasped intellectually. It can only be experienced spiritually. Enough people through our nations history, walked away from school with that experience. Which in return; made America the most prosperous nation, ever on the face of God’s earth. And instilled in those; who looked at America from across the oceans, with awe, and envy of our prosperity and military might. Causing Japanese Admiral, Isoroku Yamamoto, to submit this declaration of his, 07 December 1941 attack upon Pearl Harbor. “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant, and fill him with a terrible resolve.”

No such concerns rests in the bosoms of America’s 2015 enemies. With the most formidable enemy being the Muslims community nesting in their military fortresses that they call mosques. Done upon the sacred soil given to America through the grandsons of Jacob, Ephraim and Manasseh. (cp Genesis 48:14-20). And decreed by God to Abraham. (cp Genesis 17:1-4). Magnificent and glorious with centuries of history, as the house of Israel rose from nothing to be something beyond human ability. At risk today, as Muslims emerge, and attack us at will with apparent government complicity. Because they can’t see the devil in a godless people because this government has more in common with the devil than with God. Such attitudes didn’t exist in the nations 1941 America.

So what happened between 1941 and 2015? Many horrific non-scriptural occurrences, but now just a few brief comments. For the most part, America has put God out to pasture as being outdated and unnecessary in individual and national affairs. Here is just one glaring example. Entering a public high school of about 2000 students. Where the students in the morning, are given the option to recite, or not recite our “Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.” On the wall, I noticed this inscription. Saying that if you find  the “Pledge to the Flag” objectionable, please show respect to those who don’t, and allow them to pledge their allegiance to the flag. Choice in 1941, NO! In decades in the past, a Bible would be found prominently placed on a teachers desk. With the Ten Commandments with in the sight of all students.

How insignificant is small? There is no such thing as small and insignificant, when it comes to promoting America’s Judeo/Christian heritage. You see those bent on putting God out to pasture because they think He’s outdated and unnecessary. They are the ones outdated and unnecessary from God’s perspective. And the nation is giving testimony to those realities, as it becomes irrelevant as a mover and shaker of national and world events.

The time is urgent! Saving America needs people with strong and serious commitments to Jesus Christ. To step up, and do what is necessary in order to reverse this godless trend. By returning  America to a foundation of God glorifying honor of our Judeo/Christian principles.

Christians! Strategist are needed to chart that course for finding such resolutions. Organize discussions of planning and execution with fellow Christian patriots. As the nation, starts its journey back to our God given heritage. It will not happen over night but the longer the wait the more difficult the journey. Bringing about a time, when the task will be impossible. It’s feared that time may well be here. Find out, ready to do battle? Launch exploratory feelers to determine the mood of the country for self preservation for the glory of Jesus, family and country.

Really didn’t you feel so bad because killing him felt so good

Dr. Hannibal Lecter writing to F.B.I. agent, Will Graham, “… Graham, you worry to much. You would be so much more comfortable with yourself, if you relaxed with yourself. We do not invent our natures, Will; they are issued to us along with our lungs, pancreas, and everything else, Why fight it? … when you were so depressed after you shot Mr. Garrett Jacob Hobbs to death. It was not the act that got you down, was it? Really didn’t you feel so bad because killing him felt so good? Think about it, but do not worry about it. Why shouldn’t you feel good? It must feel good to God… He does it all the time, and we are made in his image. You may have noticed in the paper yesterday, God dropped a roof on thirty four of His worshipers…. Don’t you think that felt good? Thirty four… He let you have Hobbs. He got 160 Filipinos in one plane crash last week. He’ll let you have measly Hobbs. He won’t grudge you one measly killing. Two now.” (Source: Red Dragon, Thomas Harris, Dell, 1981, 2000, p.p. 348,9).

Although a work of fiction, Dr.Lecter’s analysis of an unsympathetic God to the misfortunes of others is an opinion shared by many.

Stuck in my mind is an experience I had with a single mother. She had fought a long battle with cancer. She feared her death because she was to leave behind two young sons. This mother just wanted to know. If God is merciful, and just, why was he letting her die a slow death? Ultimately leaving to a cruel and mercy less world her two children? An unsettling question which this padre struggled with for years. My theological training did not prepare me to give her the answer. She desperately asked every time I visited her. Decades later, I secured the answer, to late for her. But not for the many others, who seek the same answers. Part of the answer is within this discussion while another from the previous discussion. However, if troubled by similar complexities, private consultations are available. Find the navigation link and click upon the the ‘contact us’ tab.

Most have heard it said that the more things change the more they stay the same. Because as it was in the days of old, so it is today. People want a kingdom, but without God in it. The prophet Samuel installed Saul as King over the Israelites because that is what they wanted. It is recorded, “You have this day rejected your God. Who has himself spared you difficulties and rescued you from your adversaries. For this, what respect was shown to God? None! For the people said to God, Give us a king to govern us, 1 Samuel 10:19.

God has granted humanities wishes to be free of his governance. As God scolded, Adam and Eve over the choice they made. So he scolds humanity to this very day. It is recorded, “It shall come to pass, if you will not obey the voice of the LORD your God. Observing all his commandments and statutes. The following perpetual curses you will experience, Deuteronomy 28:15. (Emphasis added through out). In the city you will be cursed. Do not blame God when airplanes crash into your buildings killing whom you think are innocent. Your agriculture will be cursed with contamination. Do not blame God when the presumed innocent are poisoned and some die, verse 16. Religious practices foreign to God’s word, will be cursed, verse 17. Jesus said, many will come in my name, saying, I am the Christ; and shall deceive many, Matthew 24:5. Jesus is the totality of the Bible, Revelation 19:13, which includes all the scripture verses cited in this discussion. Cursed will be what is most precious to you; your children. Along with your orchards and livestock, verse 18. Humanity has made its bed and must now sleep in it, verse 19. Humanity can expect to experience more of God’s curses. Designed to create difficulties as a method of rebuking humanity. No matter how noble or great the effort. Even if it means destruction which is the result of humanities wickedness. Because all of us, in our individual ways have forsaken our creator, the LORD GOD Almighty, verse 20.

That has been humanities story since the dawn of time. Dating back to Adam and Eve. They chose to be like God. Instead of being in subjection to him, Genesis 3:5,22. Humanities struggles and adverse experience were ushered in as of Genesis 3:23.

The consequences have been severe for our species. Leaving many like Dr Lecter and my single mom to judge God instead of themselves. All such consequences have a purpose which is as follows. “For in the day of prosperity be joyous. But in the day of adversity consider: God also has set the one over against the other, to the end that humanity should find nothing after him, Ecclesiastes 9:14.

It is a hard lesson for humanity to learn. There is nothing after God. But to experience the vestures of his clothing dipped in blood which is his life, death and resurrection, Revelation 19:13. Then by the mercy of God, for those who are wise, “Seek the LORD, all you who are the meek of the earth. Who have kept his laws, and have sought righteousness through your meekness. For you will not be forgotten in the day of the LORD’S anger,” Zephaniah 2:3. For Jesus promised, “But first seek the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you,” Matthew 6:33. “Do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for the things of itself. Sufficient unto this day is its own evil,” verse 34.

Just as Dr. Lecter touch upon the often unspoken psyche gratification of pleasures forbidden and then bring psychological confusion. It occurs because badness feels so good which is the result of lives lived between two worlds. Get the answers you want through private consultations.

The LORD bless and keep and keep you safe. The LORD make his face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you. The LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace, Numbers 6:24-26.

Full pews and ringing cash registers

Here they are, questions to be answered about the dead, and the living, and everything in between.

We already know from yesterdays discussion that blessed are those who will have part in the first resurrection, Revelation 20:6. And the question has been raised concerning those who died before the time of Christ? Will they just continue to rest in their graves, according to 2 Kings 22:20?

And what about the millions since Christ, who refused his gift of everlasting life on His terms? And the many, who have murdered some of the saints and servants of Christ?

And from those groups people who will still be alive, when Christ returns for the second time, and ends everything according to 1 Corinthians 15:24. What will be their fate?

The second resurrection brings hope to the many who scoffed at all this God talk. Made fun of such talk, and ignored any necessity for the Christ demand of personal repentance from sin. With absolute belief upon him, as ones redeemer and Savior. Which dates way back, before the first advent of Christ. Including all the children to young to have made a conscious decision regarding the acceptance or denial of Christ.

Along with all the ramifications, as to what it means to be a human. Engulfing, and answering,  all those questions raised about people in the first few paragraphs.

It was put this way, John was told not to seal the words of this book; for the time is at hand, Revelation 22:10.Then God in his everlasting mercy, will reach out to them one last time, even after the death of some. People of all ages, irrespective of race, gender, ethnicity or creed. They will be given one last opportunity.

Standing before the Bright and Morning Star of all new beginnings, the Christ of Revelation 22:16. Inviting those not to reject his last plea, but to come and freely drink. With the Spirit (Christ) and the bride (Christians) saying, Come! And let them that thirst come. And whosoever will, let them take the water freely, Revelation 22:17.

Even at this stage of life, it’s about choice. Though the end of life from the Psalmist declaration in Psalms 90:10, had occurred for many (death). Death offered a second chance at life. But another negative choice will  result in the second death. Because death and the grave (hades) which had spared them could no longer, and they were cast into the lake of fire. That is the second death of Revelation 20:14. All because it is recorded, “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire,” Revelation 20:15. And according to Revelation 20:14, the second death is a permanent state  unconsciousness and nothingness. In other words extinction with God showing his mercy. Meaning there will be no eternal damnation in hell begging for all eternity for just a drop of water.

It’s just a scare tactic used by many churches to keep the pews full and cash registers ringing.

YES! there is a real eternal hell to be experienced. It’s reserved for a very special trio. It’s recorded as follows, “The devil who deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and false prophet are, and they will be tormented day and night forever,” Revelation 20:10.

For those who want to expand their understanding about life and death, and those world event in between. The two preceding discussions concerning death will be helpful. Perhaps you should engage yourself in some in depth research concerning the contextual subject matter of these discussion. Because what was said, just scratched the surface of some very deep and complex scriptural topics. Then you’ll be the owner of your discoveries. Which is the real bases, for any satisfying belief system.

How close are we to the precipitation of the events discussed during this discussion here? Not answerable! But we are given a clue from Daniel. “But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase,” Daniel 12:4.

Death its complexity

Recently we celebrated one of the most liturgical days of the church calendar. Observed as ‘Pentecost,’ which assures, “… That whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved,” Acts 2:21. Made necessary, “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive,” 1 Corinthians 15:22.

Before Pentecost, going back centuries many had died. And without exception, except for Jesus Christ, this has been and will continue to be the destiny of the living. Because the Prophetess Huldah, addressing the consequences of sin. Said, “Surely, therefore, I will gather you to your fathers, and you shall be gathered to your grave in peace; and your eyes shall not see all the calamity which I shall bring upon this place …,” 2 Kings 22:20. And so it is today, the dead rest in peace in their graves. Without knowledge of the calamities beholding to the kingdom of men.

We know this to be true because Christ is God, as recorded in John 10:30, “I AND MY FATHER ARE ONE.” And having established heavens occupancy in John 3:13, which reads, “NO ONE HAS ASCENDED TO HEAVEN, BUT HE WHO HAS COME DOWN FROM HEAVEN, THAT IS THE SON OF MAN, WHO IS IN HEAVEN.”

The dead are in waiting for the order of the resurrection. Which is as follows, “But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the ‘first fruits’ of those who have fallen asleep,” 1 Corinthians 15:20. This event of grandeur, is known as the First Resurrection. “Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God, the Father, when he puts an end to all rule, and all authority, and power,” 1 Corinthians 15:24. What a prophetic history lies between the lines of this paragraph. Learn it! Engage yourself in the study of the scriptures and walk away having an awareness of tomorrow, today.

Some might ask, what about the millions, who never had the chance to accept Christ, as their redeemer because they died before the ministry of Christ occurred? With many of them being God’s prophets and faithful servants. Are they to remain in the grave? No!

Perhaps the greatest historical event, yet to occur finds its destiny from the prophet Daniel. “At that time Michael shall stand up. The great prince, who stands watch over the sons of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation. Even to that time, and at that time your people shall be delivered. Everyone who is written in the book. And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake. Some to everlasting life and some to everlasting contempt. Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament. And those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever,” Daniel 12:1-3.

This is the first resurrection mentioned above. Recorded in Revelation 20:6, “Blessed, and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the the second death will have no power, but they shall be priests of God, and of Christ and shall reign with Him a thousand years,” Revelation 20:6.

“And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth (1000 yrs.) shall awake. Some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt,” Daniel 12:2. Then God said to Daniel, “But you Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase,” Daniel 12:4.

And after this great increase in knowledge, the end comes. And it plays itself out in the book of Revelation. But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection, Revelation 20:5.

We already know that blessed are those who will have part in the first resurrection. And the question has been raised concerning those who died before the time of Christ. will they just continue to rest in peace in their graves? And what about the millions since Christ, who refused his gift of everlasting life? And those living when Christ returns for the second time and ends everything as stated in 1 Corinthians 15:24.

This is deep and complex stuff and answers many of lives riddles, not only about death. But also events that are and will continue to occur, as the end of the age approaches. Get updated by self emersion in the study of scriptural teachings and its history.

On Declaration Day Death The Journey

What goes around, goes around, goes around and comes all the way back around. Here it is the life-death cycle. Experienced by joyful, and sad families depending where that family is at the moment, when that event makes its last cycle.

For sometime this padre has been thinking about a comment made awhile ago concerning the death end of that cycle. It is one of the least understood tenets of Christianity. It was instigate over the remarks made by the once globe trotting evangelist Billy Graham. Peddling his scare tactics of hell fires and eternal torments. Such doctrines have served to make Billy Graham and others like him very rich people. And, at the same time, contributing to reducing the Church of Jesus Christ to mockery and ridicule. Directing Christendom in a direction never intended by Christ.

The gospel of Jesus Christ when preached as taught from the Bible. Results in a gospel of action and deliverance from both spiritual and material degradation. Holding governing authorities accountable for their actions. While being equally, accountable for their failure to act. While at the same time not exempting, individuals from their Christ like reactions. When this gospel is preached, in its purity, it can have severe consequences. Those consequences have both positive and negative consequences.

That is not the gospel Billy Graham elected to preach and many like him because it would not have make him or them wealthy. Going to the streets, and getting down right sweaty and dirty was not their forte. No, the well groomed, and handsome Graham, with his exceeding charismatic personality. Preferred fine linens, and to wine and dine, in the halls of crystal lighted palaces of the rich and powerful. With the likes of President Richard Nixon and his corporate cronies. All Presidents have had such associations, as did President Obama. Interesting because President Bush’s adviser Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell was Obama’s adviser for a period of time.

For me, the first signal that Obama was cut from the same piece of cloth as Bush, was the ushering in of his as government as usual.

The criminal, President Nixon, admired Graham because Graham contributed to keeping Christians in check. That notion plagues most of Christendom today. The gospels picture Christ, as one, who never saw a government he admired. Christ advocated rebellion against such scoundrels. A far jolt from today’s call for the support of government.

The featured plank of the Graham ministry was about escaping hell and experiencing heaven. Followed with a duty to obey the government. One shared by most of Christendom, which the government really loves. It goes like this, Christians place yourselves in subjection to the higher authorities. That doctrine was first announced by the apostle Paul, Romans 13:1-7. Meaning this; when the government is in compliance with our scriptures, then honor and comply. And when not, revolt! Totally compliant with what Jesus taught. With this from Jesus himself, “Think not that I am to send peace on earth. I am come not to send peace but the sword,” Matthew 10:34. But because the Graham’s of Christendom have prevailed, Christendom has a Church that is mostly useless. Based around fear of hell and servitude of obedience to the government.

By contrast, examine the experience of John the Baptist. Along with how Jesus responded. John was in prison because he condemned a marital union. Which was unlawful, according to the law of the time. On Herod’s birthday, the sexy daughter of the women central to the controversy. Danced before Herod, and it pleased him very much. Knowing that for the moment she owned, Herod. With that ownership, he promised to give her what ever she desired. Which was the head of John, separated from the body, of course. And forthwith the head of John was presented to the dancer, Matthew 14:1-11. Later the disciples came, claiming the dead body of John, and buried him.

Then they journeyed to tell Jesus. Jesus hearing the news sought privacy. The people hearing of the beheading of John. Followed Jesus, perhaps to extend their sympathy. After all, the two were allies. With the baptism of Jesus, by John. Jesus launched his ministry. And, the heavens opened for Jesus. Seeing the Spirit of God descending like a dove upon him. With a voice from heaven saying, this is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased, Matthew 3:16-17.

Note two extremely important occurrences. When Jesus removed himself from his solitude, no doubt grieving the murder of his closest ally. He was moved by the response of the people to the murder of John.

Here is what Jesus did not do which is part of his expectations for Christians today. Jesus did not tell the people that he looked forward to seeing John in heaven, as did Graham concerning the death of Ruth Graham, and many others separated from their loved ones.

This is what he did do! Emerging from solitude moved with compassion for the people. Who traveled to see them. He immediately proceeded to heal the sick among them, Matthew 14:13-14.

Nor did he say that John would be greeted by a great reception in heaven, as did Graham concerning his wife. Jesus knew that there was no after death experience, at that time.

The Graham hype was more about sympathy, for the staggering Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. It does not have the same swagger with his son at the helm. Sympathy generates generosity which in return generated $ for Billy.

As noted in verse 14, Jesus healed the sick. Which is one aspect of the Christ purpose, and expected of Christians today. In that this not a discussion about healing. That will be a topic for another time. Suffice for this discussion, the Christ purpose of healing today is for Christians to demand, and secure ‘free’ health care for everyone. Paid for by the nations corporate conglomerates. They have billions to spend in securing a government. That will legislate their interest against that of the people. Resulting in a demand by the people, for a revamping of the American unfair tax system. So that the needs of the people becomes the governments first priority. Obama’s heath care reform falls far short of meeting the health care needs of Americans. If Billy was able today to preach that gospel, he may have had his head presented to the Billy Graham evangelistic Association as a souvenir. As perhaps, would many other favorites of Christendom to their enshrined edifices.

If the dead are not in hell or heaven, then where are they? In the ground without consciousness. God said in Genesis, chapter three, “For out of the ground, you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return, verse 19b.

With out consciousness, or sight of occurring world events. As established in 2 Kings 22:20, where death is the final experience.

Is that grave their final resting place for all eternity? Where one is finally free from the struggle for existence and is at ‘peace.’

The answer is no! The journey concerning the ‘last enemy’ will be continued.

Perhaps now is a good time to say that no disrespect is meant to Mr. Graham, or his family over the death of Ruth. What is disrespected is Billy’s harmful results for the mission and purpose of Christ.

Secondly, this padre is a vocal critic of Islam. Again, no disrespect to Islam is intended. One of the three Abrahamic religions. Because Jews, Christians and Muslims, share common ground with the father of our respective religions, Abraham. We should be able to work together to make the world a safer and better place to live. Unfortunately, Islam is committed to the annihilation of the Jews. And, all people who do not convert to Islam, especially Christians. That is the aspect of Islam that is condemned. So Christians must wake up a deal with reality. Muslims are our enemies, and as such should be treated, as our enemies. Learn how by engaging this padre in some ‘how to’ lectures and workshops. I can be found through the navigation link by clicking upon the ‘contact us’ tab.

If Muslims want to practice their backwards religion in the mountains of Afghanistan and Iran. In Syria, Saudi Arabia, in other Muslims countries, fine. But the free world must force this Islamic menace off our streets. And Christendom must pick up the cross, as forerunners announcing the doom to come for our failure to act.

As an option, discussions can be centered around the ‘death experience.’ Which these discussions on death just scratching the surface of a much feared and not well understood occurrence. Discussions will take the fear out of death and provide scriptural understanding.

Or for others, how about a Christ like struggle to put government in it’s rightful place. As servants of we the people, who fear Jesus and keep his edicts. And not a government that serves the interest of the rich and their corporate cronies at the expense of we the people.

50 days after Easter what it means

How does one determine which one of God’s Holy days are the most important? One doesn’t because God’s Holy days are sequel. One Holy day building upon another. Which indeed are holidays, but not like those created by man. Which the prudent person would ignore, and turn their focus upon God’s Holy holidays days for celebration. So to follow, are a few words that prayerfully will help some pay their respect to the one, who made it possible. Today is one of those days because it’s the celebration of Pentecost. It ushered in the age of the church with significant obligations.

The Bible is a book about sequels, and this day of Pentecost traces its origins back to the book of Leviticus. An obscure book to many, but a book of great importance to the church. For now, we’ll turn our attention to Leviticus chapter twenty three. The ancient Jews were instructed to celebrate, “The Feasts of the LORD,” or the “Wave Loaves (Feast of the Weeks). Which was picturesque of the resurrection of Christ, “the first fruits over death.”

For the Jews, they were to calculate 50 days, after the seventh Sabbath; by offering a new grain offering to the LORD, Leviticus 23:16. And given the following instructions, “… They (new grains)  are the first fruits to LORD,” verse 17. Symbolic of the resurrection of Christ and those to follow him after their own death.

As a first fruit unto the LORD, this was important because he laid down the following law. “And you shall proclaim on the same day that it is a holy convocation to you. You shall do no customary work on it. It shall be a statute forever in all your dwellings throughout your generations,” Leviticus 23:21.

Now to the 21 century, we discover that without the resurrection of Christ from the grave, as the first fruit offering to God. The conquering of death would not have occurred and there would not be any meaningful Christianity. Supported by 1 Corinthians 15:14, “And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.” This is important, “But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the “first fruits” of those who have fallen asleep,” verse 20. “For since by man came death, by Man came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall live again,” verses 21-22.

And significantly, for those who have experienced the newness of life in Christ, 2 Corinthians 5:17. We have the following to anticipate. “But each in his own order (death): Christ the first fruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming,” 1 Corinthians 15:23. Meaning like Christ, death will not own us forever. But like Christ, we too will be resurrected as his first fruits to everlasting life.

Then the grand finale of this earthly mess, “Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the father, when he puts an end to all rule, and all authority and power,” verse 24.

But before that we have Pentecost, translated from the Greek meaning the fiftieth day. And celebrated 49 days after Resurrection Sunday, but including it in our count totaling 50 days. Which corresponds with the in 50 day instructions given to the Jews from Leviticus 23:16.

Then we have the purpose and mission of the church.

“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were with one accord, in one place,” Acts 2:1. And there, they found themselves miraculously filled with the spirit of God, Acts 2:4. What followed created controversy in that day, as it does today, note verses 5-9. But Peter stood up and provided an explanation, “… heed my words. For these are not drunk as you suppose … but this what was spoken by the prophet Joel: ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, I will pour out My Spirit upon on all flesh … I will pour out my spirit in those days …And it shall come to pass that whosoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved,'” Acts 2:14-21. And concluding, “Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit. He poured out this which you now see and hear,” Acts 2:33.

With all that having occurred, their purpose and mission is ours, as noted in Acts 1:8, “But you shall receive power, when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

We accept this responsibility because, “Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might  be a kind of first fruits of His creatures,” James 1:18.

Bringing together the picturesque duties of the ancient Jews to give the first fruits of the harvest to the Lord. As Christ, was the first fruit of the Father. With the Father then pouring out His Spirit upon humanity giving assorted gifts and responsibilities.

Is it any wonder that this scriptural history and prophecy is so sacred to God. That He enshrined it as an everlasting statute. Saying that it is to be proclaimed as a holy convocation. Advising his people of yesterday and to this day, as follows, “… You shall do no customary work,” Leviticus 26:21. Pentecost is then proclaimed as a holy convocation upon us. Because, we are the fruits of God’s first harvest through Jesus Christ.

Holy convocations explained in depth for the curious or serious seeker. We have a Teacher the ancient Jews didn’t have in the personage of Himself in Spirit form. Discover the depths of scriptural history as prophecy. Walk away spirit filled and aware of the intrinsic events forth coming. It’s wroth the challenge, time and effort because it means a different you. And a different you means a different world.

The duty of the cross with the breaking of bread

“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing,” Albert Einstein.

Any moralizing over the tenets of good verses evil will accomplish little. Because humanity is domed to do evil, with most relishing the accomplishments of evil or evil wouldn’t prevail. Sometimes it’s so because those who look on are to frightened to intervene. With many being silent admirers of evil. Because it’s the expected nature, when outside the influence of Jesus Christ.

That is why Jesus took upon himself our nature but without our evil aspects. Offering himself to the Father as a sacrifice for our evil. So that we might know God. And through God with our new natures, we have newness of life and purpose, 2 Corinthians 5:17. Doing evil, or looking the other way, are no longer acceptable options.

Because it falls under the jurisdiction of 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 his people, till there was no remedy.” With Revelation 22:12, giving notice, and behold! “I come quickly, and my reward is with me to give to every man according as his work shall be.”

What God expects is for his body of believers to prosecute his cause. That is what Jesus meant when he ordered Christians to take up his cross and follow in his tradition, Matthew 16:24.

This discussion is the final one that started with a series of teachings taught by Jesus and widely misunderstood. If you haven’t read the others, or might want to review them, click the calendar date 17 May 2015, titled, “Life in God’s 21 century.

During the course of those discussions, the focus was on what has been tagged, The Lord’s Prayer. Found in Matthew 6:9-13, where Jesus spoke these words, “In this manner, therefore, pray: ‘… Give us this day our daily bread,'” Mathew 6:11. There in that particular discussion it was established that ‘bread’ represents nourishment. Associated with Christendoms twofold responsibility, Matthew 7:10. Which is to provide for the mundane needs of others. And more important to be nourished spiritually, as one studies the Bible. The word of God is the bread of life.

Pay attention because what is to follow, is controversial. It’s about how one substance become another, called by the church, transubstantiation. It’s based upon a sound  scriptural foundation. The first is found in John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Cemented with the anchoring force of these words, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us. We beheld his glory, as the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and mercy,” John 1:14. With the cathedral of His being made indestructible, thus everlasting, “And he (Jesus) was clothed with a vesture (body) dipped in blood; (humanities only redeemer) and his name was called ‘THE WORD of GOD,'” Revelation 19:13.

Transubstantiation the miracle of God, allowing one substance the body of Christ to be changed into something not humanly possible, so then, not humanly understood. And than again, into our scriptures which are more than just written scripts on paper. Being infallible by the breath of God through it’s numerous authors, 2 Timothy 3:16. With transubstantiation occurring through his church, you and me. Note this phrase from 1Timothy 3:15, “the church of the living God, the ‘pillar and ground of truth,'” God is alive through His word and church, you if redeemed!!! We the redeemed are his church and not those concrete, glass stained widows and roofed palaces.

If you have a Bible before you, look at it, page it, while it appears to be only paper it is very much alive. It’s the personage of God made live. One thing becoming another which is able to transform lives into something humanly, also thought impossible.

This miracle is also associated with the millions of Christians, who will break bread and drink of his cup on any given Sunday. This observance was important to Christ. With an emphasis upon the kingdom of God. Where we have this recording, “But I say unto, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom,” Matthew 26:29.

Again associated with the great command of Christ, who said, “In this manner, therefore pray: … ‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven,'” Matthew 6:9-10. Every thing about New Testament Christianity centers around  Matthew 6:7-8 and expanded upon through, Matthew 6:9-13. Understood through the usage of the venn diagram from the previous discussion.

The fruit of the vine Christ referred to as the last passover as he gathered his disciples unto himself, Matthew 26:26-28. Later, how much later, we do not know, the church simulated that tradition as one of its sacraments which we call the Lord’s Supper. It is a sacred tradition with its abuses having serious consequences. Because it is associated with the cause (his cross), purpose (prosecution of his gospel) and is a sacrament for those worn out from being on the battlefields were evil is encountered. The power of the Lord’s supper is the source for regeneration of strength. Resulting in us (His church) becoming a movement not able to be defeated, if we want it to be that way for the causes we fight against. “Know you not that your body is the temple of the HOLY SPIRIT, who is in you, whom you have of God, you are not your own, 1 Corinthians 6:19. Transubstantiation one substance while the same becoming another. We are human (not perfect) but (perfection of God lives in us). Pretty amazing!!! The transubstantiation sustainability of our triune God.

The Lord’s supper it was not instituted to be one of those ‘happy days’ where warm smiles and handshakes are exchanged. It is a remembrance of the life works of Christ, accompanied with his suffering. It is past onto the body of believers for our association with him in the carrying of his cross and the prosecution of his causes.

Here is its sacredness, “And as they were eating, Jesus took bread and blessed it; and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, Take, eat, this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink you all of it. For this is my blood which is shed for many for the remission of sin.” Once again the miracle of God with one substance being two. Not comprehensible by human logic because by appearance the substance looks the same.

In so doing we are helping to prepare the way for the kingdom of God. No small matter for students of the Bible. If you recall, Jesus said, “In this manner, therefore pray. Our Father who is in heaven, Sacred is your name.” Who else but God Almighty can take a substance and convert it into something else which in appearance looks unchanged? At your next communion combine both observances his and yours.

That concludes this seven part series on what has been tagged, The Lord’s Prayer. With much more to be said  from what is nonexistent from between the lines. Want those lines revealed? Open your Bible and study its contents. And end up with some mind stimulating spiritual experiences.

My Bread Jesus! Give it to me

Now Jesus turns to an unspecified expression when praying, yet another qualifier for effective praying. Which is, “Give us our daily bread,” Matthew 6:11. Just what did Jesus mean by asserting such a phrase? Obviously, we can’t be certain. But bread is generally associated with nourishment, with nourishment having different ramifications according to ones needs. But we do have this definition from Jesus, “Or what man is there among you whom, if his son ask bread, will give him a stone. Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent,” Matthew 7:9-10. So it’s reasonable to associate bread with human needs. And as, Christians it’s our responsibility to meet those needs.

But many practice the assumption that it’s kind of like Jesus providing a bottomless grab bag, with innumerable ‘give me’ and ‘do this for me’ treats. With the church being responsible for such erroneous notions. Which they peddle in order to keep the pews full, and their cash registers ringing up mega bucks for empire building.

Here are some of their favorite peddled treats. “Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall opened unto you. For everyone that asks, receives; and to him that knocks it shall be opened,” Matthew 7:7-8.

Not so! Most of the time. Many with incurable diseases turn to curse God because their sickness weren’t cured. The same with people who lost their jobs and can’t find work, despite their asking, knocking and seeking. Followed by the many foreclosures on their homes. Families who lost loved ones in America’s senseless wars in the Muslim world. Despite asking for God’s protection for those they love in the service of their country. And here’s a biggie, asking Jesus to end those wars in favor of the United States. News Bulletin:It ain’t going to happen.  And on I could go, but there is no need because such occurrences are all to familiar, aren’t they?

But guess what? God does provide! Just that it’s not in that context. Jesus clearly explained that context with two statements.”And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions, as the heathen do. For they think that they shall be heard for their many words,” and, “Therefore; do not be like them, for your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask him,” Matthew 6:7-8. Thinking caps on?

So what is this getting our daily bread really about? Because the scriptures sure seem to present conflicting assertions, as cited with the aforementioned. And these supposedly, conflicting assertions are used as proof by many that our scriptures are contradictory and therefore unreliable. Which is, one hundred percent incorrect. Our scriptures must be seen like a venn diagram. Which shows a logical interconnecting relationship between a collection of scriptures that appear contradictory.

Then what is this all about ‘give me my daily bread.’ As noted, bread has been defined as nourishment. First and foremost, we should first seek God’s nourishment from His living word. Here is some daily bread, as nourishment that we all desperately need. Teach me your way, O LORD; I will walk in your truth. Unite my heart to fear your name, Psalms 86:11. How many one might wonder think of that as what Jesus meant when he told us to ask for our daily bread?

Then we have to see the scriptures from God’s world view perspective. Offering prayers contrary to what the scriptures teach is tantamount to offering vain  repetitions. All prayers must be brought together as a scriptural whole, and not just a select few scriptures. This prayer that Jesus taught which has been tagged, The Lord’s Prayer is God’s center piece in our venn diagram. With the varied sub sets from the Old Testament and New Testament bringing the seeming contradictory into logical agreement. The parts are the essence of the whole.

Like the following, “You shall keep, therefore, his statutes, and his commandments, which I (Moses) command you this day, that it may be well with you, and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days upon the earth, which the LORD thy God gives you forever,” Deuteronomy 4:40.

Overall, and collectively, from our scriptures that is the meaning of, “After this manner, therefore pray you, … ‘Give us our daily bread,'” Matthew 6:9-11. Which brings fruition to the seeking, finding, knocking and the getting. Because one who asks receives, with those seeking finding, all because they knocked and it will be opened up to them. Done in accordance with Matthew 7:7-8. All part of the grand prayer as taught by Jesus. Scriptures can’t be fragmented they must be combined as a whole. Then scriptures work collectively and without contradiction. In the end, it must be learned that our daily bread is about nourishing the soul. That is apart of God’s world plan for everyone, who names Jesus as their redeemer. Our great God of the universe, who said, Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” (cp Matthew 6:26).Then in accordance from His determination every mundane need falls in place. Because its recorded, therefore do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat, or what shall we drink, or what shall we wear? For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows what you need all these things.” (cp Matthew 6:31-32). And here is God’s instructive clincher concerning our daily bread. “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you,” Matthew 6:33. Accomplished through Psalms 86:11. So maybe it’s time to put the horse before the carriage because having the carriage before the horse hasn’t worked. And when it has worked, it’s happen chance meaning a coincidence.

Then Jesus moves to conclusion by offering this, “After this manner, therefore, pray you, … ‘And forgive us our debts, as we forgive us our debtors,” Mathew 6:12. Meaning we are in debt to God, as sinners. He bore our sins and set us debt free. And like wise, so should we act towards others.

Then offering this advice, “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,” Matthew 6:13a. And from the Old testament this nourishment, The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want …. He restores my soul; He leads in the paths of righteousness for His names sake, Psalms 23:1-3.

There is no magic bullet for the attaining our daily bread because it takes a lot of work to escape the temptation of evil. We know an adversary exist called the devil. Bent on destroying us, so we told be vigilant, 1 Peter 5:8. With vigilance being helped along by praying for the ordering of our steps through his word. So that no iniquity will have dominion over us. (cp Psalms 119:133).

With Jesus then directing us to finish as we started. “After this manner, therefore, pray you, … ‘For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever,'” Matthew 6:13b.

Everything posted in this series, was and is, about his glory. Because the life of the Christian should revolve around that prayer. That’s what the prayer Jesus taught is really all about.

There we have it seven qualifiers about praying, The Lord’s Prayer. A prayer of great depth. It’s growth enhancing, when studied earnestly as a scriptural whole. Meaning not relying on a few isolated scriptures but the Bible context about praying as a whole.

Jesus and His Kingdom

“In this manner,” said Jesus, “Therefore pray, “… Your kingdom come. Your will be done in earth, as in heaven,” Matthew 6:10. “Your kingdom come,” seems to be the second most important aspect or qualifier when praying, as Jesus prioritized prayer for us. And if so, how many Christians have those concerns as priorities when praying? That is shared just to stimulated thinking among the scores of us who pray.

That phrase, “Your kingdom come,” represents the first advent of Jesus. He came to fulfill the Davidic Covenant which the Jews rejected. With Jesus turning to the Gentiles, “To take out of this people for his name,” Acts 15:14. Be great full, and praise his holy name.

With the forth coming provision for Jews and Gentiles. “After this, I will return (2nd advent) and rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down; I will rebuild its ruins, and I will set it up. So that the rest of mankind may see the LORD. Even all the Gentiles, who are called by my name. Says the LORD, who does all these things,” Acts 15:16-17. (As we say, to the judge, side bar your honor). Some thing to be heard just between the lawyers and the judge arguing before the court. But this side bar is different, it’s designed to be a side bar absent the judge. Which is to recall, the instructions of Jesus when praying , who said, when you pray, say our Father, who is in heaven, hallowed is your name. A command to praise the Father. God deserves our ever ending praise for what he has done and will do with the account found in Acts 15:16-17). Without any question this is important to our God. Praise his holy name, as redeemer and for being faithful to his word.

It is God’s will from heaven because part ‘b’ or the 3rd. qualifier by Jesus who instructed us to pray. “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth, as in heaven.” So there is an in between period between those clauses of Matthew 6:10. Which is for the body of believers, who are the church having this as our responsibility. Preceded by this from Jesus, himself, “All authority is given to me in heaven and earth,” Matthew 28:18b. “Go you, therefore, and make disciple of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age, Amen,” Matthew 28:19-20.

Historically folks that’s it. All that has been going on between the heavens and earth. And causing so many questions to be asked, like what’s the reason for all of earths calamities? Easy answer rejection of Christ. Solution, execution of what has been expressed here and with the last few discussions on the subject about praying.

It’ll end though this way, “Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God, the Father, when he puts an end to all rule, and all authority and power,” 1 Corinthians 15:24. We should return to giving praise to the Father, who is sacred and perfect. Because, he’ll bring all of earths calamities to an end. That’s why we pray, according to the instructions of Jesus. “Your will be done in earth as it is in heaven.”

Making prayer understandable, practical, useful and fulfilling is what is being presented. With so much being left unsaid. Want to know more? Engage this padre in some learning and thought provoking lectures. Find me through the navigation link by clicking upon the ‘contact us’ tab.

Guaranteed, it’s not what most would expect to hear. And most likely, subject matter never heard before. Serious talk for serious times.

The Voice of Jesus

After this manner, said Jesus, when you pray, “… Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven,” Matthew 6:10. That phrase has, is and will continue to play out upon the world stage. Continuing to cause serious ramification’s for individuals and the community of nations. With many being aware that its been tagged as the ‘Lord’s Prayer.’ But lacking the slightest clue about the real significance of what Jesus was teaching concerning this prayer technique.

And I must say, most churches are not very helpful. For they advocate, what Jesus condemned. When he said, “But when you pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do, for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking,” Matthew 6:7.

Short commentary: Prayer request’s for the cure of chronic illnesses and some not so chronic. Give me my way when encountering conflicts. Asking God to change weather patterns from water shortages to floods and everything in between. Money matters must occupy a lot of God’s time, no doubt boring him. Then we have people praying for the election or defeat of political candidates. O! how about the conclusion of global hot spots in favor of the Americans. What many churches do is peddle money making notions. Which attract people to church to be engage in numerous nothingness, like offering vain repetitions. For the sake of the so called ‘free will offering.’ If your not there, you can’t fill their cash registers.

That kind of praying is useless! Should something unusual occur it’s not because God ruled in their favor this time. But because, as he promised, and recorded, don’t do the offering of vain repetitions like heathens. Seems like God thinks of his own, who pray, as such, as heathens, most tragic. Exhorting sternly, “Therefore don’t be like unto them. For your Father knows what you need before you ask him,” Matthew 6:7-8.

God describes the deterioration of his church in Revelation, chapters two and three. He starts with the church at Ephesus and concludes with the church at Laodicea. Thought to be characteristic of the church through the ages. In Revelation 3:15-17, we find God expressing his displeasure this way. “I know your works, that you are neither cold or hot; I would that you were either cold or hot. So then because you are neither cold or hot, I will spit you out of my mouth. Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing, and know not that you are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.”

No doubt that there are many contributing factors for God’s displeasure with his church. And most probable one of them is the abuse of a cardinal doctrine of importance to him, praying.

So for our next discussion, a two part presentation of what Jesus meant when asking us to pray for his kingdom to come.

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The Perfect Prayer

Most look for gadgets of some sort when wanting satisfaction from the toils of life. Gadgets meaning those pursuits of pleasure which are far to numerous to cite. A little use of ones imagination and dozens will come to your attention.

And strange as it may sound, or maybe not so strange, praying may be one of them. The do this for me and give me this syndrome. Perhaps that’s what Jesus had in mind, when he said, “But when you pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do; for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking,” Matthew 6:7. Then in the next verse Jesus declares, ‘your Father knows what things you need before you ask him.’ So then, why pray? Seems like a waste of time, doesn’t it?

Dispatch any such notions because prayer plays a significant role in our lives. Especially when Jesus provides specific instructions about the role of prayer in our lives.

Having discussed qualifiers, when praying with the previous discussion. Here then is the first qualifier, in this manner pray! Our Father in heaven, hallowed or sacred is your name, Matthew 6:9. Meaning we are to recognize his purity and perfections as creator and the sustaining force of his creation. Nothing occurs without his permission. Not the rising or the setting of the sun. And everything that happens in between. Think about the awesomeness of what you just read. So praise him, again and again! Can we ever show him to much gratitude for his enduring mercy upon us as sinners, though saved by grace? Even we, who have so little, of this worlds wealth have so much compared to most of the earths people. There is a reason, and that reason is because America was Christ obeying and Christ honoring. In America today, Jesus is being marginalized and with such attitudes and behaviors, so will individual and national wealth be marginalized. So sorry, am I! One suspects Jesus mutters to himself.

One of my favorite verses is Psalms 24:1, which reads, “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof; the world, and they who dwell therein.” In just a few words, we have the essences of his hallowed being. The complete complexity and beauty of his creation. Most certainly worthy of his creations constant praise.

It’s not a choice, it’s a command to be offered to the Father. Because Jesus said, “In this manner, therefore pray. Our Father, who is in heaven, hallowed is your name,” Matthew 6:9. That’s how important that command is to Jesus. It’s what we offer to God first and last when offering our prayers. And it goes like this, “For yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever,” Matthew 6:13b. It’s that all encompassing awareness everything is because of him. So praise him!

It’s not done as a ritual or because Christ commanded it to be done. That how the pagans pray according to Jesus.  It done out of pure reverence for the Father deserving to be hallowed by our every breath. Often I proclaim his very hallowed being through a hymn. Sometimes just silently in my mind. Like these words from, “How Great thou Art.” “And when I think, that God his son not sparing. Sent him to die, I scare can take it in. That on the Cross, my burden bearing. He bled and died to take my sin away. Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee, How great thou art.”

To sum this up, for me there is something very uplifting and morale boosting. It’s just plain energizing. My prayer is that you’ll also find it to be as such. As you pray your selected hallowed praises to the Father. More to follow as the other qualifiers are developed.

Indisputable must the Christian way

Getting it together, and becoming an effective steward for Christ requires the use of some disciplines. One of which is the use of prayer which was introduced with the previous discussion. Explaining how prayer has changed since the time of Christ. And to be expanded upon here, along with the meaning and use of our Lords Supper.

Christians need to get their perspectives in order when praying. By addressing the issues important to our redeemer, Jesus Christ. Who didn’t become our redeemer, so that we could play church.

We are engaged in a war much like the war that engaged God in his heavens, Isaiah 14:12-17. Resulting in Lucifer, that great Serpent, made perfect in all his ways being exiled from heaven, Ezekiel 28:15, Revelation 12:7-9. And described as the beginning of the earths woes, Revelation 12:12.

Although Revelation 12:12 is a reminder of the past it is also futuristic in application. Satan’s past focused mostly as the prime menace of the bride of Christ. In the latter days, Satan will intensify his attack engulfing all of humanity. And Satan will be impressive, as he manifests himself in different ways. One such way will be to be seen as an inspiring religious leader, and known as the false prophet.

Here though is a manifestation not of his many ways. In Isaiah 43:11, we find these words, “I, even I, am the LORD, and beside me there is no Savior.” Any notion or concept opposing the truth of Isaiah 43:11 is a manifestation of Satan! Therefore; we are told, “I have declared, and have saved, when there was no strange god among you; therefore, you are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God,” Isaiah 43:12. But just as strange god’s overcame Israel, so it is today, for his bride, the body of Christian believers. And so will it be during the end days of this age among the earths people. But the one thing this impressive religious leader, the incarnation of Satan will not be able to do. Is to save a lost soul, with the awareness that he/she has encountered the life transforming grace of our Savior. As his witnesses, we have this warning, 1 Peter 5:9, “Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil, like a roaring lion walks about seeking whom he may devour.” If that is not enough, we learn that he finds fault with us before God day and night, as the accuser of the brethren, Revelation 12:10. If you don’t fear anything, fear that!

As his witnesses, God has given us the tools of power and recuperation. Which are the avenues of prayer and his empowering supper. Because the battle is fearsome, and many will fall. We need our power and our strength.

Talking about perspectives to get them in order when praying. Here then are the seven qualifiers for successful praying. For this discussion, I’m going to outline them and fill in the details within the following discussion. Bookmark them or printed it out, so you’ll have it for reference.

Introduction: Jesus said, “But when you pray, use not vain repetitions, as the pagans do; for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows what things you have need of, before you ask him,” Matthew 6:7-8. Very important!

Seven Qualifiers from Jesus: (1) In this manner, therefore pray! Our Father, who is in heaven, hallowed be you name. (2) Thy kingdom come. (3) Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. (4) Give us this day our daily bread. (5) And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. (6) And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. (7) For yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever, Amen, Matthew 6:7-13.

If you have the interest take the time to study the referenced scriptures. And if not, just follow along because I have learned what’s of little interest today. Has a way of becoming a significant interest later on. And, sometimes years later.

But in the meantime, I pray, The LORD bless you, and keep you. The LORD make his face shine upon you. The LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace, Numbers 6:24-26. Because no man, but God can accomplish that. The most sought after elements for the good feeling of wholesomeness. Even among those who call themselves agnostics or atheists. Because at birth, God instills in every human his awareness, Genesis 2:7. And Adam translated means human, and the Lord God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. At death the process is reversed, note Job 34:14-15 and Psalms 104:29-30.

Life in God’s 21 century

The Lord’s Prayer, as the Christ model for praying. Is indeed is an illustrative narration by Jesus. Demonstrating that the execution of the cause and mission of Christ is the cause of the true warriors of the cross. As such, Christians should know how to pray.

So here we go folks, pay attention and emerge with a meaningful prayer life.

For whatever reason those serving his cause, Jesus wanted his followers to know how to pray. Because after his death and resurrection, a new covenant or relationship with his followers would be instituted by God the Father. Lots of things would change. Which remain in effect today, perhaps the most significant change to occur would be prayer. Closely followed by the Lord’s Supper or Holy Communion. Both of which will be clarified with this discussion and those to follow. But before the new can be understood, it’s essential to understand the old.

The disciples knew that Jesus practiced this unique phenomenon called prayer. They wanted the power of this prayer phenomenon. So Jesus had a discussion with his disciples about a fig tree. Jesus, and his disciples approached a fig tree with green leaves, but without the fruit of figs because it’s season had not arrived.  (which is figurative, of human calamities always about to unravel). “And Jesus answered and said unto it, “Let no man eat the fruit from you ever again,” (in this instance death). And the disciples heard it,” Mark 11:12-14. So here we have a fig tree which is figurative in meaning about the calamities of the human condition.

The next day they passed by this same fig tree. With Peter noticing that it had dried up from the roots. Suggesting that the tree had died (being picturesque of human death), note Mark 11:20-21. With the scriptures recording this all important response for the time of the disciples and ours. This is important, so take note because it’ll be expanded upon later. “And Jesus answering, saying to them (us too), ‘have faith in God,'” Mark 11:22.

Turning his attention to an allegory using a mountain. Designed to be illustrative about the power of prayer that they could exercise. He said to them. “I say to you, whatsoever you shall say unto this mountain, be you removed, and be cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe in his heart that those things which he saith shall come to pass, he shall have whatever he saith. Therefore, I say to you. Whatever things you desire, when you pray, believe that and you receive them, and you shall have them,” Mark 11:22-24.

Jesus had all ready given the disciples unusual powers. We find this recording in Matthew 10:1, “And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out (demonic possessions a very real phenomenon then and now), and to heal all manner of disease.” With the mountain declaration being symbolic of their power. But requiring an absolute faith and belief that it’ll come to pass, Mark 11:22-24).

They learned their lessons well because their chronicles are dispatched through out the New Testament with one example fund in the book of Acts. Peter and John went to the temple and encountered a man crippled since birth. The man wanted money from them. With Peter responding, “Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have, give I unto you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk,” Acts 3:1-6. Then Peter helped him up, and immediately he was returned to full health. He went into the temple walking on his own and leaping while praising God (another clue to successful prayer but for later, note it). Everybody in the temple knew him. And they were filled with wonderment, as to how such a thing could occur? Mark 3:7-11.

After the resurrection of Jesus, things pretty much continued as it had occurred during his ministry with his disciples. Until his ascension, then things changed, as did the healing ability of his disciples which ended. And, extends it self into our world today.

The new focus would be empowerment through the Holy Spirit. Serving as a Christ witness through out the community extending itself globally, Acts 1:8. And puff, Christ was gone! Acts 1:9.

Does that mean miracle healing of the lame, sick and those possessed by demons will never occur again? Of course not! Because, God never erased two conditions. One of which is recorded in Mark 11:22, “Have faith in God.” With the another being found in Matthew 19:26, “…, with men this impossible, but with God all things are possible.” All such miracles are acts of God. Working today, on rare occasions through his servants. If it were otherwise, there would be no need for doctors, hospitals or insane asylums.

Martin Luther, delivered the world from the clergy. Meaning anyone can approach God, the clergy can be bypassed. If you have a particular need know this, should a sparrow fall to the ground. With the very hairs of your head being numbered. Then fear not, you are more important than the sparrows, Matthew 10:29-30. Recall 2 keys for healing from Matthew. Belief like the moving of a mountain which requires having faith in God, and equal belief that what is impossible among men, is possible with God.

But also remember, we are like the dried up fig tree, which is picturesque of the human condition as being sick from sinfulness. Should one be so blessed, be sure to be found in the house of God with enthusiasm giving praise to God, Acts 3:8. Because there will be many, who will wonder with amazement, Acts 3:9. And that will be your first opportunity to be a witness for Christ. In accordance with the new covenant after his ascension, Acts 1:8.

Such folly has befallen us

Here we are, at the end of another work week of toil. Ordered by God Almighty himself as compensation for a nature contrary to his nature. Because of that he said, “… in the sweat of your face shall you eat bread …,” Genesis 3:19.

Many will dispute such an assertion arguing that equating sweet and bread with earning a living. Is pure and simply erroneous arguing that such experience were necessitated for our evolutionary development.

But none can dispute this, “Yet man is born into trouble, as the sparks fly upward,” Job 5:7. Nor part of this, “And Satan answered the LORD, and said, skin for skin, yes, all that a man has will he give for his life,” Job 2:4. It’s all about getting the edge and staying on top in the pursuit of excellence. As a means to an end of the folly that has befallen us. The accumulation of various and sundry pursuits. That wear us down till nothing matters but the getting of more. With the Satanic euphemism serving us “skin for skin all that a man has will he give for his life.” Because many think that the pursuit of excellence in owning is worth our skin, and indeed it eventually does cost us our lives. Not always physically, but to the point where life is just plain miserable. And as has been said, “we are our own worse enemies.”

When all is said and done, this is what matters. “But I know that my redeemer lives, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth. And though my skin, worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh  shall I see God. Whom I shall see myself, and mine eyes shall behold and not another; though my heart be consumed within me,” Job 19:25-27. With verse 27, giving to us our God given instincts that we somehow know to be true. Because the human condition struggles to deny our God instilled spirit awareness. Despite this from Genesis 2:7, which instills in everyone that awareness of God. “And the LORD God formed man out of the dust of the ground, (without life) and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

That miraculous gift of life occurs today in the mothers womb. And despite mans ingenuity, he’ll never create a life form outside of the womb that breathes. Breath is of God! It’s that miraculous substance given by God and put into his creation about to become alive. And there is your proof for the existence of God.

Those of us, who have given our self over to our redeemer, this we have accepted. And as Job proclaimed, I know, that my redeemer lives, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth. Even if death destroys our bodies, we know that we’ll see God. And at that day of reality, our God created beings will be consumed with euphoria. And that is a prophetic announcement from God through Job, and made available for us at, Job 19:25-27.

This represents a deep and complex discussion that can only be understood as Philemon put it, “The grace of our LORD Jesus Christ be with your spirit,” verse 25.

X Sec. of Treasury & God

“It’s an unquestionable truth that the body of people in every country desire sincerely its prosperity. But it is equally unquestionable that that they do not possess the discernment and stability necessary for systemic government. To deny that they are frequently led into the grossest of errors by misinformation and passion, would be a flattery which their own good sense must despise,” Nations first Secretary of Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, 1788.

A nation not governed by God’s edicts, is a nation doomed. And the further America moves away from it beginnings, the further removed it becomes from God’s edicts. With its paralyzing consequences!

Resulting in this godless spectacle, “Behold, the nations are like a drop in a bucket and are counted as small dust on the scales, Isaiah 40:15a.  Behold! he considers the nations as nothing,”commentary Isaiah 40:15b. And God will not be mocked because as a people, and a nation, what is sowed will be reaped, Galatians 6:7. Who will in various and asunder ways topple the arrogant. Because it is he, “Who brings the princes to nothing; he makes the judges of the earth as vanity,” Isaiah 40:23.

Do not believe the politicians, who say America is on its way to economic recovery. It is not! A 18 Trillion dollar debt in itself will prevent any recovery from occurring, long term. Small bubbles of recovery will burst but lack of substance. Among other things, the nation needs to be governed by biblical economics. And, debt isn’t in God’s scheme of financial security. For it is recorded, “The rich rule the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender,” Proverbs 22:7.

We are not as gullible, as our ancestors or are we? It couldn’t be that we are more gullible, could it? If we stay on this current path, by gosh, we are!

But at any rate, Americans, and their government must think beyond economics. And collectively, as a people, this is the only way to recovery. “If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and heal their land,” 2 Chronicles 7:14.

And with that, I pray, “Prepare the table, watch in the watchtower, eat, drink; arise you princes, and anoint the shield,” Isaiah 21:5. “… Then he answered and said, Babylon is fallen! And all the carved images of her gods,” Isaiah 21b-10a.

May the church rise to the occasion. With mobilization of the princes, with God tactically anointed shields. Amen! Found between these truths. Different times, different seasons same God. “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel. Not by might or power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts. Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain. And he shall bring forth the capstone (Jesus). With shouts of Grace, grace to it,” Zechariah 4:6. “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the son of God, let us hold fast our confession,” Hebrews 4:14.

Galloping away to the neverlands

The following is a parody featuring Obama, the man who said yes, we can, but couldn’t. It could be Bush, who never found a truth he couldn’t lie about. And then Ronnie Reagan, who stole an election, by sending a negotiating team to Iran to hold Americans hostage, until elected. Some real scoundrels have occupied the White House, so the following from an unknown source is a fitting tribute to them all.

Guess that’s why God has been so angry with them over the centuries. Expressing himself through Daniel, he said, “And he changes the times and the seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to those who know understanding,” Daniel 2:21.

Our nation has lost its sense of wisdom and knowledge and it’s the duty of the church to make sure the nation regains its sense wisdom and knowledge. The question, is the church up to the task? Explore that topic with like minded friends, and fight to return America to what she was intended to be.

Because there’s an Islamic empire emerging, and it’s truly global. And its helm sits a fallen angel named Lucifer. His craftiness occurs, through his residency within his Muslim subjects. So watch out because the life you save might be your own. Christians need know more about this empire? Engage yourself with your friends in learning all you can about the true face of Islam. And what you discover will not be a pretty face. In so doing so you will save lives beyond your own.

“On a sunny day in late January 2017 an old man approached the White House from across Pennsylvania Avenue, where he’d been sitting on a park bench. He spoke to the U.S. Marine standing guard and said, “I would like to go in and meet with President Obama.”

The Marine looked at the man and said, “Sir, Mr. Obama is no longer president and no longer resides here,”

The old man said, “Okay,” and walked away.

The following day, the same man approached the White House and said to the same Marine, “I would like to go in and meet with President Obama.”

The Marine again told the man, “Sir, as I said yesterday, Mr. Obama is no longer president and no longer resides here.”

The man thanked him and, again, just walked away.

The third day, the same man once again approached the White House and spoke to the same U.S. Marine, saying, I would like to go in and meet with President Obama.”

The Marine, understandably agitated at this point, looked at the man and said, “Sir this is the third day in a row you have come here to speak to Mr. Obama. I’ve told you already that Mr. Obama is no longer president and no longer resides here. Don’t you Understand?”

The old man looked at the Marine and said, “Oh, I understand. I just love hearing it.”

The Marine snapped to attention, saluted, and said, “See you tomorrow, sir.” (source unknown)

When that day occurs, the nation should snap to attention and thank Jesus that his presidency has ended.

Going going gone

That’s what they say in baseball, when a ball is well tagged. And it’s busting at the seems, as it makes its way out of the ball park. If your a fan, and it’s out of here for your team. You can almost feel the enthusiasm as your you guy circles the bases. The power of ones imagination able to capture all kinds of experiences.

Well for many, that captured enthusiasm is experienced, when a politician leaves office. And it doesn’t matter if it’s a jack ass, who thinks political correctness and assimilation by social inclusiveness represents the American heritage. Or an over sized creature with a long trunk. Used for bullying people into thinking corporate America knows best, what’s good for America. And that money has the same constitutional standing, as a person.

Here are a few thoughts about the world of politics. Maybe as the ball heads out of the ballpark, you’ll make a spectacular catch and send that scoundrel head hanging down to the dug out and out of sight.

And just maybe, you’re one of many, wanting to see that politician clean the bases with an out of the park blast. Thinking America’s future rests with it’s politicians. Once that might have been so but not today.

Here’s why, “The government consists of a gang of people. Who are taken one with the other because they have no special talent for the business of government; they have only one talent. Which is a talent for getting and holding office,” H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956.

James Madison, the nations fourth president, must have seen America’s future when he said, “There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.”

But governments that displease God ends up in the trash can, that’s why Muslim states are a perfect example of how not to govern. Perhaps Israel has the best idea! Keep Muslims outside of your boarders. Wake up America, Islam will destroy the country. Perfect example, our friends on the other side of the ocean, Great Britain. We are not there yet, the nation needs to follow the Israeli model. So camel up you Ishmaelites and journey to some flourishing desert that beckons.

Recently, we paid tribute to our mothers. God gave Mary this awareness, even before Jesus was born. The church has framed her prayer, as Mary’s Magnificat. Note: Mary said, “My soul magnifies the the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior,” Luke 1:46-47. The nation that prospers and survives is the nation that prays those words. We did once, but no more. A few years ago (2010) a government official said prayers exalting the Christian faith, can’t be offered at the nations national day of prayer. Because it’s offensive to Muslims, and therefore; the government withdrew evangelist Franklin Grahams invitation to participate in that years prayer festivities. The Christian community should have been all over the government because no Muslim ever contributed anything to make America what it once was. Only what she is becoming which is a stagnant state of nothingness. Their contributions today are destroying America by bringing the curse of God upon a once godly nation. As they do within every nation where they are found. America was make great because of the contributions of its Jews and Christians by creating what the nation once hailed had reverence for our Judeo Christian heritage.

Mary went on the remind the world to remember this. “He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones and exalted the lowly” Luke 1:51b-52. Mary gave birth to the perfect solution for all that troubles America. It’s time for the Christian community to make that America’s focus once again.

Through out it’s history America has faced many challenges and survived. Mainly because America depended upon God for deliverance. Mostly, history of the past; so it’s important that Christians return that history to the forefront of American consciousness. Gather your friends and fight to return the nation to its lost greatness. And make that history absent a Muslim presence. We need to return to that experience again. Because Islam is more threatening to Americas future than was Nazism.

Hope for America is not to be found through government. It must be through the church becoming desperate to preserve our Judeo Christian traditions. And learn why, there is no such thing as a Muslim American. Refuse to accept government doctrines of ‘political correctness and social inclusiveness.’ Hell bent on trying to make it appear so! God never intended for America to be corrupted by Muslims. Learn why!!! And act upon it!!!

Son of the morning the ultimate shaker and mover of human affairs

We all know that the story of history has always been pictured as good against evil. With those struggles ending with good trumping evil. Followed by various announcements that finally the world is safe from evil forever. But no sooner said, and a new evil is upon the world. All these struggles pit humans as the culprits seeing the other guys good as evil.

But what if all this is just artificial, the ineptness of humans to see and understand what is really occurring? With the struggle really being between supernatural forces in a place called heaven. The good being one or the other of two heavenly entities. Heaven referring to a place where deities reside. Creatures beyond mortality as we humans experience mortality. The most reliable account that we have of these two is found in the Bible. One is referred to as God and the other Lucifer.

Lucifer, of course, from the Biblical account is the force of evil, described as being “perfect in all ways,” Perfect until iniquity over came him, Ezekiel 28:15. Iniquity biblically defined as being perceived as God, Isaiah 14:14. Which represents the original sin; with its ultimate destruction, Ezekiel 28:16.

For starters, Lucifer, was banished from heaven and confined to the ground. Assumed to be our earth but could it be possible that it is not? But rather still in heaven, where the “battle of battles” still rages. Between invisible forces over who will finally be God? Just an unconventional thought because that war is not over between himself and God. Because it was announced that the kingdom of God, is at hand centuries ago. And here are, waiting, why? Because the time is not right, I hope so! As for me, I’m cheering for God. How about you?

Lucifer is referred to as the “son of the morning,” apparently in control of the nations; whom he has weaken, Isaiah 14:12. Possessing extra ordinary powers by making the world tremble. Powerful kingdoms dissolved, and made a wilderness, and reshaped into new kingdoms. Only to have the process replayed time and time again. Isaiah 14:16,17. Suggesting that Lucifer is in control of the human species. Giving Lucifer encouragement that the battle to reign on the the top of the holy mountain of God is his. A place of God’s domain, but a place familiar to Lucifer, Ezekiel 28:14.

Because of Lucifer’s determination to be God, he has been condemned. Condemned to a place that is down somewhere. A pit called Sheol, Isaiah 14:15. Defined in Isaiah 14:9, a place already existing, housing the deceased “chief ones of the earth.” Brought back to life when Sheol captures Lucifer. The final destiny for world leaders. Would it include United States Presidents? All of who professed to be devout followers of God in this battle of good against evil. Or are the chief ones, confined to being the chief ones of the Old Testament? O! My the theories abound. The answers are in the Living Word. Master it and engage yourself and become a different person in the process. You were created for that God divine process. Claim it and become a difference maker.

There you have it folks the source and cause of human suffering. The struggle for supremacy over all created things. It all boils down to the struggle for the namesake of God. A battle absent a winner. Humans are pounded with horrible evils caused by the great kingdoms. God has elected not to dispatch Lucifer to Sheol. But God blames Lucifer, for this earthly mess. Still Lucifer, refuses to relinquish his namesake of God and accept his doom. After all it is difficult to defeat one who is acknowledged as “perfect in all ways,” Ezekiel 28:15.

Therefore, God, has elected not usher in in his kingdom of paradise. Consequently, mortals suffer because these two invisible entities continue to war against each other. One will ultimately rule from the City of Truth, the mountain top, Jerusalem, Zechariah 8:3.

However, the Bible declares that God’s patience with Lucifer will end with his doom being sealed. My prayer, Jesus, thy kingdom come.

Thomas Paine once said, “I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and brave by reflection. Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct will pursue his principles unto death.” Well the way things are developing, we earthlings may need a good dose of Paine’s optimism.