Meaning Ramadan 4 non Muslims

Have you ever heard the phrase “nice does not work?” Nice does work in matters of general etiquette but that is where it ends. In most other situations, being nice does not work. It only leads to one being taken advantage of or as being seen as weak. It’s just the ethics, for the most part, of a 21 century world.

Generally speaking, the Muslim community represent a community of people of exquisite etiquette. Appearing to be just nice. For the most part it is just an artificial front, or a means to an end. The end resulting in Islamic demands of conformity to Islam. When Muslims become entrenched in a community. Then their Mosques, become safe havens for jihadist or holy warriors. From where they emerge to strike fear and mayhem. To a Muslim there is no such thing as failure. Because even a failed attack succeeds because of the fear element. Any niceness for now serves, as the means while death is the ultimate end for non Muslims. Study world events involving Muslims the pattern of niceness turned violent is rather striking.

Such behavior is more evident in Great Britain. Where Muslims by sheer numbers, are enabling jihadist to emerge from their Mosques with deadly force. So what have the Brits done? They capitulate to Islamic demands. With Islamic law settling more and more legal issues in Great Britain among Muslims. What the Brits seem blinded to, either by choice, or by conclusion, is that Islamic law will never up end centuries of British law. WRONG! In a way it’s the Muslim niceness playing in the form of tolerance. It is the Muslim goal to Islamicize all of Great Britain. The Muslim world hates Great Britain because of the strong role they played in creating the state of Israel in 1948. Capturing Great Britain, is for Muslims, pay back.

Americans can expect that same pattern to engulf the nation for the same reasons, as reasoned, concerning Great Britain. It is just a matter of time for the United States. But for now, their trump card will remain being a people of exquisite etiquette. As Muslims birth rate multiplies like mosquitoes upon stagnant water. Their exquisite etiquette will start disappearing. The Qur’an puts it this way, “O PROPHET! ROUSE THE BELIEVERS TO THE FIGHT. IF THERE ARE TWENTY AMONG YOU, PATIENT AND PERSEVERING, THEY WILL VANISH TWO HUNDRED: IF A HUNDRED, THEY WILL VANQUISH A THOUSAND UNBELIEVERS. FOR THEY ARE A PEOPLE WHO DO NOT UNDERSTAND,” Qur’an, book 8:65.

How can it be any other way? And here is why, Muslims began observing the month long celebration of Ramadan which will end in mid July. Most non Muslims look at Ramadan as an innocent religious festival. It’s anything but innocent because its a time for fine tuning the aforementioned verse from the Qur’an. In mosques everywhere, one way or another, here is what Ramadan represents. “It was in the month of Ramadan that the Qur’an was revealed as guidance for mankind, clear messages giving guidance and distinguishing right and wrong. So any one of you, who is present that month should fast, and anyone, who is ill or on a journey should make up for lost days by fasting on other days later. God wants ease for for you, not hardship. He wants you to complete the prescribed period and to glorify Him for having guided you, so that you may be thankful. If my servant ask you about Me, I am near. I respond to those who call Me, so let them respond to Me, and believe in Me, SO THAT THEY BE GUIDED,” Qur’an, book 2:185-186.

What Ramadan teaches is that lifestyles other than those sanctioned by the Qur’an represents decadency. With lifestyles being a catch all expression for the way people live, function and are governed. Meaning, “O PROPHET! ROUSE THE PEOPLE TO THE FIGHT.” Ramadan is about mental and moral conditioning for a time when Muslims will say. We will not wait any longer. It will be now, sharia law, or shahadat martyrdom.

Islam when fully empowered through sharia law the people are confined to brutal and barbaric subjection. Which traps people, in the darkness of the dark ages. That is the goal of Muslims where ever they are found. That is part of the turmoil that is tearing western nations apart. Hopefully, Americans will wake up and deal with this Muslim menace. Before, it deals with the American people beyond what has occurred and is occurring.

Here’s a glimpse of life under sharia law. It’s an Islamic hot issue, but not getting a lot of press. It’s the lack of morals among non Muslims. For Muslims moral decadence can only be eliminated through Islamic law. For Muslims the Qur’an is universal, meaning it is not compartmentalized. Islamic law does not just apply to certain nations. It applies to all nations! Under strict Islamic law, music and dancing will be prohibited. Woman will be completely covered and confined to obedience to their husbands. Daughters will not be free to marry whom they will. Father’s will choose his daughters husband. Woman will have no right to divorce, abortions, contraceptives or liberty apart from what their husbands permit.

Islam is a religion of intolerance by the Qur’an’s own definition. “If anyone seeks a religion other than (Islam) complete devotion to God, it will not be accepted from him: he will be one of the losers in the Hereafter, Qur’an, book 3:85.

Any study of Qur’an, will reveal its ancient concepts concerning gender inequality. From the dark ages Islam faults women as the primary source of moral corruption. “… tell believing women that they should lower their glances, guard their private parts, and not display their charms beyond what is acceptable to reveal; they should let their head scarves fall to cover their necklines and not reveal their charms… they should not stomp their feet so as to draw attention to any hidden charms…,” Qur’an, book 24:31.

It is not a matter of behavioral choice. In the matter of female dress codes or the stomping of feet in dance. “When God and His Messenger have decided on a matter that concerns them, it is not fitting for any believing man or woman to claim freedom of choice in the matter: whoever disobeys God and His Messenger is far astray,” Qur’an, book 33:36.

“Prophet, tell your wives, your daughters, and women believers to make their outer garments hang low over them so as to be recognized and not insulted…,” Qur’an, book 33:59.

“Read! Your Lord is the Most Bountiful one who taught by means of the pen, who taught men what he did not know, ” Qur’an, book 96:3.

Now Muslims know, and it is their duty to bring the world into conformity with Islam in acceptance, behavior and conduct. The world must accept the Muslim god, Allah, and his messenger, Muhammad. Behavior must be in conformity with Islamic law as taught by the two. Making sure conduct is not decadent.

The United States in some respects has been fortunate because the Muslim populace is not large enough to wage a full fledged holy war. Here is how you can determine the stages of their holy war against us. Americans will be able measure the strength of their conquest for the heart and soul of America. By the frequency of their attacks whether successful or not. Then Americans will know that their ability to contain and destroy this Islamic menace is slipping away. To contain the damage, the government will make concessions to accommodate Islamic demands. And its guaranteed, Uncle Sam will concede because that has been the will established by patterns of other Western nations. Especially so, when Uncle Sam sees Muslims generally as being a peaceful people.

Resulting in the absolute end of exquisite etiquette behavior from our Muslims neighbors. It may be a lot closer than some suspect. The nation will know when that has occurred because Muslims will withdraw their parody of friendship. Demanding, and receiving concessions to accommodate Islamic issues in lieu of violence. It is the Muslim way. Study global Islamic behavior. It has always been that way. The difference is that its getting closer to home.

Muslims are sure that America is there’s because they know that the U.S. government amounts to clay pigeons at a gun range. What they aren’t sure about is the American populace. So we need to armor up and launch our own offensive stance. Interested in learning how to armor up for shoot out in defense of America? Then find this padre through the *contact us* tab associated with the navigation link. But know this, God was never any slacker, when combat was necessary to defeat his enemies. “And five of you shall chase an hundred, and an hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight; and your enemies shall fall by the sword,” Leviticus 26:8. Now you’ve read the scripture, so here’s how its done. “For I will have respect unto you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, and establish my covenant with you,” verse 9. All that is necessary is to learn how divine intervention brings the two together in the 21 century.

Many ways to kill a mocking bird

Birds are using potholders to pull worms out of the ground.

The trees are whistling for dogs.

Hot water now comes out of both taps in the sink.

You can make sun tea instantly.

You break into a sweat the instant you step outside at 7:30 a.m.

You realize that asphalt has a liquid state.

You actually burn you hand opening the door.

You learn that a seat belt makes a pretty good branding iron.

You discover that it only takes two fingers to steer your car.

The best parking place is determined by shade instead of distance.

The temperature drops below 95 degrees F. and you feel a little chilly.

Farmers are feeding their chickens crushed ice to keep them from laying boiled eggs.


To me belongs vengeance and recompense; their foot shall slide in due time. For the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come to them make haste. (scriptural text: Deuteronomy 32:35

Mystery of the terebinth tree

Talk about unusual experiences here are some from the record book. Which will help explain some of what was discussed yesterday about the five Supreme’s, and fellow adherents.

A governmental leader dies and Isaiah sees the LORD. He sees Him setting on a thrown high and lifted up. With the train of His robe filling the temple. Above the temple stood a few seraphim’s; each one had six wings and with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.

And one cried to the other, and said, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts. The whole earth is full of his glory! And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.” Isaiah 6:1-4.

So Isaiah said, “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips. For my eyes have seen the King, The LORD of hosts,” Isaiah 6:5.

Then one of the seraphim’s flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the alter. And he touched my mouth with it, and said, “Behold, this has touched your lips; you iniquity is taken away, and your sin is purged,” Isaiah 6:6-7.

Also I heard the voice of the Lord saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” And He said, “Go and tell this people, Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing but do not perceive. Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and shut their eyes. Lest they see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and return and be healed,” Isaiah 6:8-10.

Then I said, “Lord how long?” And He answered, “Until the cites are laid waste and without inhabitant, and the houses are without man, the land is utterly desolate. But yet a tenth will be in it, and will return and be for consuming. As a terebinth tree or as an oak, whose stump remains when it is cut down. So the holy seed shall be its stump,” Isaiah 6:11-13.

Commentary on Isaiah chapter six. Early on we are introduced to some creatures referred to as seraphim’s, What’s a seraphim? They are six winged heavenly creatures. Whose purpose is defined from the scriptures themselves. From the cited scriptures they are beings, who act as intermediaries between God and man. They are mercenaries of destruction for God, when things go wrong from the perspective of The Lord of hosts.

The very sound of their voices demonstrates power to be feared. Showing uncanny abilities to bring about unexplainable phenomena causing the posts of the doors to be shaken and filling the house with smoke.

Isaiah knew that he was in trouble by his own declaration because his eyes had seen the King, The Lord of hosts. Then one of the seraphim’s flew to him and provided the means of redemption. Then announcing that his sin had been purged.

Our Lord had remained in the shadows until the seraphim completed his mercenary work of redemption. Necessary for Isaiah and anyone responding to the call. Reaching us universally today, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us? Without hesitation and enthusiastically Isaiah responded, “Here am I! Send me.” How will the redeemed of Christ respond to the call of mercenary redemption of America. Because the five Supreme’s, and their adherents violated, the holiness of marriage, as a union only between a man and a woman.

The times are different between Isaiah’s world and ours. But not the effect because it’s the result of what was said yesterday, “Judgment by the five Supreme’s who bowed to the whims of powers beyond their awareness. Because of that human cognitive sensing is altered inhibiting rational  reasoning.” Whatever, is going on through out America; it’s of supernatural origin and not humanly understandable. Like for the people of Isaiah’s time, his prophecy is applicable for America today.

It’s a mercenary message of a people committed to a force foreign to what’s conventional. Severing a heavenly power like that of His seraphim’s in like manner. Mercenaries for a foreign entity reaching Isaiah and the redeemed today also announcing, “Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing but do not perceive. Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and shut their eyes.” It’s why the five Supreme’s and their adherents are celebrating illegal marriages. And it embodies everything else that is wrong with the United States, as she continues her journey away from divine providence. A supernatural providence that made her wealthy and mighty. Putting everything American beyond peril to annihilation.

However, there is a dual message of hope available for every ones benefit. As Isaiah’s sin was purged in an unusual way. Our Lord can do the same for all today and maybe again through the unexpected. With sin purged and lives refocused people regain sight, hearing, understanding and are healed. The return suggest the possibility of a rediscovered Israelite and an American experience. As both peoples, were to be standard bearers for the process of redemption. Israel failed, and has been judged harshly with the greater effect of her rebellion still to desolate her. And America is because of Israel, and she is taking the tragic ways of rebellion that will also desolate her. But hope abounds because the Lord is merciful.

Isaiah wanted to know, as should redeemed Americans, how long should the dulling of the senses be, if redemption fails and there is no return to national destiny. And He answered, “Until cites are wasted and uninhabitable for human occupancy. With the land unable to provide a sustainable food supply because it has been made utterly desolate. All of this is of the Lord causing men scurry far away. The landscape is a land mass of forsakenness.

The human species can be a stubborn group because despite impossible conditions ten percent will return in the same unpurged state of spirituality. For the purpose of eventual consumption, by death. But there is a terebinth tree whose stump remains when it is cut down. So the holy seed shall be its stump.

Faltering humans though ultimate defeated in their quest to defy the Lord. Being destined to be cut down and to experience eternal death. But redemption is pictorially shown here by the stump of a cut down tree. Where the mystery of redemption resides, as the holy seed. It’s a declaration that when the redeemed respond, “Here am I send me.” Then the Lord of host will respond. Sometimes in the most unusual and unexpected ways. From national trends, and American attitudes that’s what it’ll take to spare the United States from her complete desolation.

The fate of evil Five Supremes

Judgment by five Supreme’s who bowed to the whims of powers beyond their awareness. Because of that human cognitive sensing is altered inhibiting rational reasoning. Whereby a couple being televised looks at his male partner referring to him as his wife. Not long ago such a statement would have caused that couple to be declared miserably sick. And being, a threat to the normal functioning of society. Today it’s the converse! Why? It’s esoteric and soon to be discussed. For now a discussion about the cause and effect of the miserably sick.

The one who is going to set the record straight declared, “Professing to be wise they became fools, and changed the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man, and birds, and four footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts to dishonor their bodies among themselves. Who exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

For this reason, God gave them up to vile passions. For even the women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of woman, burned in their lusts for one another, men with men committing what is shameful and receiving the penalty of their error which was due.

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness.” Romans 1:22-29a.

Exacerbating lawlessness through out the nation. Is this what you really want for America? “Maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil mindedness. They are whispers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving and unmerciful,” Romans 1:29b-31.

A warning to those who know better. “Who knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same, but also approve of those who practice them.” Romans 1:32.

Bringing about a just destiny for the five Supreme’s. And all who welcomed their ruling by defying God Almighty and siding with Satan.  It is written, “Let death seize them; let them go down alive into hell. For wickedness, is in their dwellings and among them,” Psalms 55:15.

A friend in need is a friend indeed

Two friends were traveling together when a bear suddenly appeared. One of them climbed up a tree in time and remained there hidden. The other seeing the he would be caught in another moment, laid down on the the ground and pretended to be dead. When the bear put his muzzle to him and smelt him all over, he held his breath – for it is said that a bear will not touch a corpse. After it had gone away, the other man came down from his tree and asked his friend what the bear whispered in his ear. ‘It told me,’ he replied, ‘not to travel in the future with friends who do not stand by one in peril.’

Genuine friends are proved by adversity. (source:Penguin Classics, Fables of Aesop-A friend in need is a friend indeed)

“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor; for if they fall, the one shall lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; but how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord, is not quickly broken,” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12.

The worse of betrayals! “For it was not an enemy that reproaches me, than I could bear it. Nor is it one who hates me, who has exalted himself against me; then I could hide from him. But it was you, a man my equal, my companion and acquaintance. We took sweet counsel together, and walked to the house of God in the throng,” Psalms 55:12-14.

“A man, who has friends, must himself be friendly. But there is a friend, who sticks closer than a brother,” Proverbs 18:24.

Because, “Greater love has no one than this, than to  lay done ones life for his friends,” John 15:13.

The journey made understandable, by the grace of God. “He has shown you, O people, what is good; and what does the Lord requires of you? But to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8.

Pick up that cross and do the hard work for Jesus. It done best in pairs of two but three never hurts.

America a sinking ship

“A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If I am a Father, where is My reverence? And if a Master, where is My fear? Says the Lord of hosts unto you. To you priests who despise my name.”

Yet you say, “In what way have we despised Your name? You offer defiled food on My alter.” But say, “In what way have we defiled you?.” By saying, “The table of the LORD is contemptible.”
“And when you offer the blind as a sacrifice, is it not evil? And when you offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? Offer it then to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you favorably?” Says the LORD of Hosts.

Discussion done in an allegorical manner. Manipulate each paragraph of behaviors in your mind in accordance with the polluted table of each paragraph. Substituting it with modern day offerings by America, or for that matter, that of individuals. And wonder if Jesus would accuse the government of contemptible behaviors.

Concluding that if God is the father of America, as he is, where is the honor or the respect due him? And would the governors, or the courts who examined such behaviors? Be pleased and exonerate their personage?

Who knows the answer from the human perspective? But God answers, O! Priests that despise my name.

Therefore; ends any ancient and modern day brain teasers, designed to provoke thinking through allegorical picture telling.

As always, no matter what the circumstances repentance is encouraged, “And now, seek God’s favor that He maybe gracious to us. While this is being done by your hands, will He accept you favorably?” Says the LORD of hosts. (scriptural texts:Malachi 1:6-9).

But unfortunately; as a nation, America is a sinking nation because she has defiled herself in the presence of God Almighty. And is making no attempt to mend her ways, thus experiencing His favor. Bringing these consequences upon America sooner than latter. “For then shall be great tribulation, such as not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor shall be.” (scriptural text:Matthew 24:22).

And to a very large extent the afflictions that will pound America with terrifying consequences is found in Revelation 13:1-4. In capsule form the pain will come from the beast or false prophet. With some suspecting that it’ll be a Roman pontiff named, Petrus Romanus, or Peter the Roman. Those who speculated such an occurrence thought this pontiff would emerge after the reign of Pope Benedict XV1. In that Pope Francis assumed the office of the papacy after Benedict. Such speculation by the speculators might have gotten it wrong. But maybe not, perhaps the error was in the name and not the man. Only time will tell.

Here is what is not speculation. Whoever the false prophet is, he will work in conjunction with an influential world leader scripturally recognized as the anti-Christ. It’s thought by many that He will be an European associated with the rived Roman Empire of ten horns. (cp Daniel 7:23-25). Resulting from a reformulated European Union of ten nations states. Both getting their power and influence from the dreaded dragon of history.

However this padre holds to a different theory. Thinking that perhaps the anti-Christ will be a Muslim. In that Islam is at war against the community of nations. Europe is practically owned by Islam. With European governments surrendering sovereignty to Islamic demands because they fear Muslim terror. Thinking acquiescence equals peace and peace is better than terror.

Note this phrase, “And shall intend to change times and law.” The goal of Islam is to bring the community of nations into conformity with the Islamic calendar of observation and worship. With the community of nations being governed by Islamic law. The seen enemy of Muslims are Christians and the God we worship. Note these phrases, “He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, shall persecute the saints of the Most High. Then the saints shall be given into his hand.” (cp Daniel 7:25).

Observe ISSI they execute Christians! In the United States Christians are being persecuted for their faith. Long standing traditions of Christian expressions in public places are now illegal. Failure not to honor the evils of political correctness and inclusiveness can cause people to be fired from their jobs. Because they were critical of homosexual marriages, or spoke against Islam. Christian clergyman asked to offer a prayer at public held forums. Have been told not to mention Jesus in their prayers. Refusal to do so resulted with them being removed as a participant. How close are we to Nazi Germany, when sermons had to be approved by the government? Closer than one might suspect. This we also know, businesses have been sued because they refused to offer their services to customers because the request violated their conscience.

Hot to trot are Muslims who want criminal legislation to punish people who say offensive things against Islam, especially their prophet. In that it has not happened yet, they legislate their own punishment.

So what’s new? Nothing according to the Apostle Paul. Who wrote, “Now we, brethren, as Isaac are the children of promise. But as he, (Ishmael father of Islam) who was born according to the flesh then persecuted him, who was born of the Spirit, even so it is now,” Galatians 4:28-29.

Notes from prison

Have you ever thought what it would be like to be hauled off to prison? Suspecting that you would never leave that prison alive! What kind of thoughts would race through ones mind when anticipating such a fate. Would their be confusion, fear, anger, hate, anxiety or composure Most people find the lack of certainty for ones tomorrows unsettling, especially when the outcome appears to be rather dismal.

A Lutheran clergyman and university professor lived that experience. His reaction seemed to be one of extreme composure. Working as an intense person seeing the larger world around him as opposed to the real world of reality. One can only imagine the wisdom he parted to his students. Who were fortunate enough to absorb his lectures. No doubt Christ, saw him as a man who practiced, Matthew 3:8, 24/7. Which says, “Bring forth, therefore, fruits worthy of repentance.” A worthy goal for each of us to strive for, in our own humble and inadequate ways.

Interesting enough, when one experiences the newness of life in Christ. Very ordinary people like you and me are able to become more than we ever thought we could become. That is the lesson of, 2 Corinthians 5:7-8. Which reads, “For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” That kind of strength comes from 2 Corinthians 5:17-18, “If any person be in Christ, they become new creations; old things are passed away *behold* all things are become new. And all things are of God, who has reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and has given unto us the ministry of reconciliation.”

Professor Bonhoeffer participated with an underground movement that plotted to kill Adolf Hitler. He was executed for his participation in that plot. But while imprisoned, he composed a manuscript of his thoughts. They were later published and the book was titled, “Letters from Prison.”

Here are a some of his thoughts. “In the larger sense the entire planet is the House of God. Suggesting that the Christ followers should be chasing the money changers from the House of God. And providing for the temporal needs of humanity. But commerce and government have little to worry about because Christianity has become the whore of commerce and government. Leaving a small contingent of Christ followers to execute his edicts for the temporal survival of the masses. And as any observer can see, the scale is very tilted in favor of commerce and government.”

There came one, John the Baptist, who perhaps was Bonhoeffer’s inspiration. He told the people that if they had two coats give one away. The same sharing should occur with food, Luke 3:11. Providing for the temporal needs of the community is an intricate part of our Christian responsibility. But as we all know, the more things change, the more they stay the same. As Bonhoeffer noted, commerce and government have little to worry about from the Christian community. But he also noted which is true today, there will always exist a small contingent of Christ followers, who will execute his edicts.

Bonhoeffer and John the Baptist shared another commonality. They both sacrificed their lives for their behavior based on their belief in God’s edicts. Both preached, the life transforming power of Christ. John the Baptist put it this way, “…I indeed baptize with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am unworthy to untie. He shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit …,” Luke 3:16.

Bonhoeffer put it this way, ” Cheap grace is the deadly sin and the enemy of the church. We are fighting today for costly grace. Cheap grace is the justification of sin without the justification of the sinner.”

The life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer represents what costly grace means. All of his books are a worthy read because they are based upon sound Christian theology with practical applications. Every life counts, and every contribution matters. No matter how small the contribution might seem. Because in Christ, there is no such thing as a small contribution. It is just a matter of finding the proper seeds to sow, based upon the climate.

Y things r not like they use 2 b

Indeed, this is all about understanding why things are not like they use to be. And from that understanding, will come a perspective that just might enrich you with a spiritual awareness of the world we live in today.

It had its beginning centuries ago and resulted in the ordination into the apostolic apostleship. To be ordained an apostle required that one was an eye witness of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. And once confirmed an apostle, they were endowed by God with special powers.

We discover these truths starting with the Acts of the Church. Where this account is given to us. “Beginning from the baptism of John to that same day when he was taken up from us, one of these must become a witness with us of His resurrection.”

And they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed named Justus, and Matthias. And they prayed, and said, “You, O Lord, who knows the hearts of all, show which of these two you have chosen to take part in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. And they cast their votes, and their votes fell upon Matthias. And he was numbered with the eleven apostles. (scriptural texts:Acts 1:22-26).

The scriptures expand apostleship beyond the account given to us from the aforementioned texts. With Paul giving witness, as follows. But the requirement is the same, “Am I not an apostle? Am I not free? Have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord?” (scriptural text:1 Corinthians 9:1).

Paul goes onto to provide unequivocal testimony for his own apostleship and that of others. “And that he was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. And that, he was seen by over five hundred brethren at once; …. Including James then by all of the apostles. Then last of all, He was seen by me also. For I am the least of the apostles, who is not worthy to be called an apostle because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God, I am what I am, and His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain. But I labored more abundantly then all the others. Yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” (scriptural text:1 Corinthians 15:5-10.

And then Paul concludes, “Truly the signs of an apostle were accomplished among you with all perseverance, in signs, and wonders and mighty deeds,” 2 Corinthians 12:12.

And as one reads the New Testament those signs, wonders and mighty deeds are self evident. Abilities as gifts given by God to those called apostles, who had witnessed the resurrection of Jesus Christ. But not self evident today because there are no recorded apostolic succession given to those beyond the apostles of the very early church. And when they died, so did signs, wonders and mighty deeds. Because spiritual gifts, just are not transferable.

I write about this because there is a lot of confusion because sincere believers in Christ crave those powers of the apostles. And become deluded into thinking that our scriptures are irrelevant because they cannot exercise those same apostolic signs, wonders and mighty deeds.

In truth, most of the Old Testament and New Testament are not applicable beyond the first century into our church age. There exceptions, of course, and they are as follows. John was told to write about the things that he had seen, things which are and things which shall be hereafter. (scriptural text:Revelation 1:19). What John saw, was a failed church that he took to task in chapters two and three. His scolding of the things which are were interfaced with what has been given to us and contained in the scriptures of the New Testament. Modern day relevancy to repent and be saved. Coupled with our responsibility to continue to preach the gospel in preparation for His kingdom on earth until the end of this age. And then, the things to follow hereafter which is about scriptural prophecy.

One final expression, to God be the glory. Because signs, wonders and mighty deeds do occur! But not because of any human claiming such abilities, because they themselves have become deluded into thinking they are something they are not. Those apostolic wonders occur because of the one who sits in the heavens declared the following. “But when you pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do (clergy included), for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not you, therefore, like unto them, for your Father knows what things you have need of before you ask him.” (scriptural text:Matthew 6:7-8).

And in conclusion if you get this, then you are well on your way of not only being aware of your spiritual surroundings but applying them to yourself and to a modern world. Which is, Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter. Fear God, and keep his commandments. For this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment with every secret thing, whether it be good or whether it be evil. (scriptural texts: Ecclesiastes 12:13-14).

A clumsy liar

Travelers by sea often take with them Maltese lapdogs or monkeys, to while the time during their voyage. One such traveler had a monkey. When they were off cape Sunium on the coast of Attica a violent storm arose, in which the the ship capsized and everyone on board, including the monkey, had to jump over board and swim. A dolphin which saw the monkey mistook him for a man, and taking him on its back carried him to land. On reaching Piraeus, the port of the Athenians, it asked the the monkey if he was Athenian born. When the monkey said he was, adding that his parents were illustrious citizens of Athens, the dolphin asked if he knew Piraeus too. The monkey took Piraeus to be a man; so he said he new him very well – in fact he was one of his good friends. This whopping lie so enraged the dolphin that it tipped him into the water and left him to drown.

This fable satirizes people who, ignorant of the truth, and think they can make others swallow a pack of lies.  (source:Penguin Classics-Fables of Aesop-A Clumsy Liar)

“For there shall arise false Christs and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders, insomuch that if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect,” Matthew 24:24. So are you apart of the very elect? Those who name Christ as redeemer and Savior. Be careful, because many churches are self serving. Who tell convincing pack of lies. The one, and only true church is built around only what the scriptures teach. And that church, is not a structure of concrete, steel, wood and stained class windows. But rather a group of people, who have taken the words of Jesus seriously. When He said, “Unless you repent, you shall likewise parish,” Luke 13:3. “And he who does not pick up his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it,” Matthew 10:38-39. From there you will build a faith based upon what the scriptures teach. And in every respect you are the church. Just get busy doing the work of Jesus Christ and you’ll experience challenges that seem insurmountable, but are not. Bringing you a sense contentment that seemed impossible.

Brought about by this supernatural phenomenon. “Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned, I saw seven golden lampstands. And in the midst of the seven golden lampstands, one like the Son of Man. He had  in His right hand seven stars, and out of His mouth went a sharp two edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shinning it its strength,” Revelation 1:12-13b; 16. Then Jesus spoke from the midst of those lampstands, “The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches,” Revelation 1:20.

For those not part of the elect, because of the hypocrisy you observe. But nevertheless are curious, I suggest you start reading the gospel of John. And who knows what might happen because the best voice for God is his Spirit. It works according to what is recorded in John 3:8. “The wind blows where it will, and you hear the sound of it, but can’t tell where it came from, and where it goes; so is every one born of the Spirit.” Because we have this eternal promise, “So shall my word be that goes out of my mouth; it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing that whereto I sent it,” Isaiah 55:11.

Everybody hopes to gain something from their effort, me too. Here it is, “If you have knowledge let others light their candles in it,” Margaret Fuller, 19th century woman’s rights activist.

Lessons learned late r tragic

Earlier today an Aesop fable was discussed. With the moral of the fable being this discussions title. So as far as ones personal self, hopefully, it’ll be taken care of while there is still time. But as far as America is concerned, that’s a collective responsibility. Evil haunts America in the personage of Homosexuality and Muslims. Jude tells us why we better be hopeful that the nine Supreme’s get it right with their upcoming judgment.

Jude engages us in a history lesson. He asks us to remember that our Lord having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe.

Then Jude moves on to a world not familiar to a lot of us. Saying, and the angels, who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode. He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day.

Then moving on to an evil that has disgusted God since the dawn of time. Homosexuality! Jude using Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around as examples of God’s revulsion. Those people, in those cites, like the people of Sodom and Gomorrah charges Jude gave themselves over to sexual immorality. Jude calls such behavior as going after strange flesh. Asking us to see the example, whereby, God set forth those people as an example of His vengeance condemning them to the eternal fire. (scriptural texts:Jude 1:5-7).

How will God judge homosexuals who make mockery of scared behaviors reserved for men and women through holy matrimony. The example is before them the eternal fire.

How will God judge us, whom Jude refers to as the ones called, sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ? Telling us that certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turned the grace of our God into lewdness, and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ. (scriptural texts:Jude 1:1b;4).

The guilt is ours for we His church have allowed the aforementioned to occur. Perhaps sensing our peril, Jude offers us his benediction, “Mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.” (scriptural text:Jude 1:2). Maybe God will destroy America by burning her to ashes, or by allowing lawlessness to create such instability that that any notion of lawful order is nonexistent. It seems America is well on its way to lawless nationhood. Perhaps causing Americans to crave law and order to the point of turning to Islam for peace and lawful order. One thing is certain, under Islamic dominance homosexual behavior will be an instant death sentence.

Think in terms of self and nation

A bird in a cage at a window used to sing at night time. A bat which heard her came up, and asked why she never sang by day but only by night? She explained that there was a good reason. It was while she was signing once in the day time that she was captured, and this had taught her a lesson. “It’s no good taking precautions now,” said the bat. “You should have been careful before you were caught.”

The moral is that it is too late to be sorry after you have let things go wrong.

(Source:Penguin Classics-Fables of Aesop-A lesson learned to late)

“And he who does not take their cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it,” Matthew 10:38-39.

Stern promises from Jesus, so that things do not go wrong. Behold! I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book,” Revelation 22:7. “And behold! I am coming quickly, and My reward is with me, to give every person according as their work shall be,” Revelation 22:12.

It doesn’t end there. More later!

Why does God speak in so many voices

People seem to be afraid of the unknown. From the unknown, comes a market basket filled with superstitions. Superstitions like heaven and hell which represent two major doctrines of Christianity. Those doctrines have made mortal men very powerful and in some incidences as rich as they are powerful. Take the Pope in Rome. Does anyone question his power worldwide or his wealth? The Pope influences politics and business around the globe.

Many have read, The DaVinci Code. Which became a blockbuster of a movie. Creating as much controversy, as it made money for the movie studio. Rome then flooded the Hollywood studio making the film with threats of a boycott. Yet, with the power of his voice heard around the world. Does the Pope, or his clergy in anyway resemble the Christ, and His apostles of the New Testament?

This is not an attack on the Holy Roman Catholic Church. The same can be said for the many Protestant denominations that exists. Which begs the question, why does God speak in so many voices? God does not speak with many voices. God speaks with one voice, but we mortals just can not hear God’s voice. Maybe it’s the potential for power and wealth that causes the deafness. Instead of selfless service to the needs of humanity.

Shortly after this writers ordination and assignment to a local parish the experience there became intolerable. The work of Christ was not being accomplished. What was being accomplished was a lot of finger pointing and fault finding. Soon thereafter, this padre departed from that perish.

As strange as this may sound, at around two years of age, this padre was called to be a priest. It is remembered like it happened yesterday. It is the only ambition to possess this padre’s being from that moment to this day. Of course, another assignment occurred with pretty much the same results. So, it was with reluctance that a meeting was arranged to announce my resignation. While having breakfast with the Bishop, an assignment was accepted to minister to the people of the inner city of Philadelphia in the keystone state of Pennsylvania. The inner city was better known as the ghetto. Where the very poor, and the cities undesirables lived.

The living conditions of my new parishioners were horrible. Babies sleeping in dresser drawers. Multiple families living together in small apartments. In some incidences toilets did not flush. Some apartments lacked running water and electricity. Single dwelling homes existed with dirt floors. These people lacked food, clothing, health care, and decent housing. Children did not go to school. Adults were not employed. Their economy was based on prostitution, drugs, and many other behaviors classified as criminal.

The ministry in behalf of Christ is the finding of solutions and meeting the needs of every day ordinary people. It has a biblical foundation in book of Matthew. It is called ‘liberation theology.’ The apostles of liberation theology are not only found in the cities ghettos. But in the halls of congress, state, county, and city legislative halls. But they are few in number. The apostles, meaning common people committed to social change working the whole of the city. Working for social and economic justice. That is the one voice God speaks with but few here. Because there is no glamor, power or wealth in such ministries. They generate to much controversy when silence is what the ruling elite prefer.

Liberation theology does not depend on the doctrines of the unknown like heaven and hell. Which allows for the building of concrete castles, known as churches from the ashes of fear. From which mega bucks can be raised to promote self serving agenda’s which sometimes include the manipulation of government and businesses. Like we have see occurring today from Christian conservatism. Complain not you, on the right because the left of Christendom is just as guilty. It is with there help that presidents and congress people manage to gain control of the White House and the Congress. And in the end, the people have nothing to say that the elite pays attention to. Because the elite of Christendom makes choices that we the people do not favor. And in part, that is why America is falling apart.

What has been said of the church should not be taken as an indictment for the whole of Christianity. This writers best friend was a priest. Fr. Thomas Ashton, amplified the gospel of Christ, and his church most certainly was not a concrete castle. Unfortunately, his life was snuffed out by a drunken driver. Let me provide an example of how the gospel is preached.

A severe snow storm crippled the city. The sheriff came to see me asking for help. A homeless person needed shelter who was recently released from jail. I went to the rectory thinking my friend would be able to provide shelter until the storm broke. Only to discover he was sick with a high fever. As I was walking away, Fr. Tom rushed out informing me that the man was staying. Of course, I worried because the man was a stranger and had been just released from jail. He stayed nearly three weeks.. I have no idea what went on between the two. Other than the knowledge that the stranger left the city a better man than when he arrived. Fr. Tom had that kind of magic.

Then there was my trusted associate, Bill Lewis who committed suicide over religious intolerance. Two men who touched my life in very profound ways. As they demonstrated the teachings of Christ by the way they lived their lives. Like every situation, one shoe does not fit everyone. So, it is with the church. And the needs of the people, inside, and outside of the church.

Here is a glimpse of what liberation theology means. It’s about how to apply the Christ principles to bring about social and economic justice. Liberation theology is partly focused upon prayer. With most people lacking a genuine awareness about prayer. When the disciples came to Jesus, and asked to be taught to pray. He honored their request. It’s what is known as The Lord’s Prayer. Perhaps one of the most misunderstood teachings of Christ. The phrase, “give us our daily bread,” is central to liberation theology. Because of its allegorical association with Christ’s revolutionary commitment to social change in the community. With bread being the substance of life. Prayer is a matter of focus, commitment, and determination. Prayer has nothing to do with give me or do this for me mentality.

The Christ prayer interfaces with the sacrament of communion. Another misused practice offered by Christ, but not well understood by many. It’s a matter of getting down in the gutter where the work is taxing. Distributing the bread of spiritual regeneration along with the bread of daily subsistence. Working for the betterment of the community.

Working the trenches etching a living at your place of employment. Applying liberation theology is just as useful there as being out in the community helping others. Learn to interface liberation theology with prayer and holy communion. Holy Communion is very sacred to Christianity. You can exhaust yourself from many different activities. Holy Communion should be the pause that refreshes.

Dam those politicians corruption is their stuff

The people whose government became a drunkard; devised a plan to cure it of their failings. They waited til it was dead drunk-blind to the world-and then hoisting it on their shoulders. They carried it to the cemetery and dumped it there!

When they thought the government had time to sleep it off, years later. They went back and knocked at the gate. Who’s there? it called; and they answered, that they were bringing an offering of votes for the dead. ‘We do not want your votes,’ it said; ‘bring corruption to drink. Damn your votes! Corruption is the stuff for us!’

At this the people beat their breast and cried; ‘Woe are we! Much good we’ve done with all our scheming!’ Far from teaching you politicians a lesson, its made you worse than ever. Your evil has become second nature with you. With evil being defined as an abandonment of God’s holy edicts, as to how nations should govern themselves. (source Unknown)

Such is that the natural practices of governments. Remember the Democrats, are bed partners with Republicans. The ills of the nation are because of the drunkenness of both parties. A time will come when, government may want to break its habits of evil, but can not. Because, its evils has long been the way to govern for the.

Persisting in evil ways goes beyond not being able to quit. Such behavior risks God’s abandonment. Bringing dire consequences for individuals, targeted cities and reaching the nation as a whole. Because collectively, the nation refuses to quit their evils! Could that be the perils the United States is experiencing. We know from Obama’s second term that government evils have worsened. And from that awareness, one can see God’s abandonment of the nation. And who suffers the most, we the people. Because it’s our responsibility to make sure that our government is Christ obeying, and thus Christ honoring. 2016 will give us another chance, maybe our last.

As a forerunner of histories darkest days, yet to come. It is recorded, “All these are the beginning of sorrows, Matthew 24:8. Leading to the worst of times, referred to as the “Abomination of Desolation,” Matthew 24:15. Preceded with some thing like this, “Then shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear them; he will hide His face from them at that time. Because, they have behaved themselves ill in their doings,” Micah 3:4. With only one hope remaining, “And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh saved; but for the elects sake those days shall be shortened,” Matthew 24:22.

The right kind of Father’s day

Like yesterday, so it is today! Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great upon the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the LORD said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping things and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I made them.”

But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD! (scriptural texts:Genesis 6:5-8). And may all Father’s make that their pursuit, as many do. And like Noah, may all Father’s everywhere add this to their pursuits. And, Noah did according to all that the LORD commanded him. (scriptural test:Genesis 7:5).

And may all such Father’s inherit bountiful blessings, just like Noah. God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.” (Genesis 9:1).

Humpty Dumpty Father’s Day

Pithy rhymes have a way of capturing occurrences; often in mocking fashion. Centuries ago the phrase, “Humpty Dumpty,” was used to mock fat people. Then an event occurred in history to tell another pithy rhyme in mocking fashion. As two armies massed for battle upon a lofty hill. One led by King Richard 111 of England, the hunched backed monarch. Opposed by Henry Tudor, head of the house of Lancaster. To battle for the kingship of England. King Richard sat posed upon his horse,Wall, directing his troops war efforts. When he fell from his horse, and what a great fall it was. Because he was immediately surrounded by enemy troops. There he was butchered with his body hacked to pieces. Despite the valiant efforts of all Kings horses with rushing soldiers upon them. From that incident came the emergence of the rhyme, Humpty Dumpty often seen egg shaped mocking the hunch backed monarch. And today shared with little children, as a humorous cartooning of a rhyme. Little do the children know the symbolism of this pithy rhyme. So here we go:

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall;
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the King’s horses
And all the Kings men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again!

Maybe not hunched backed, nor sitting upon a horse, but certainly ridiculed. The Humpty Dumpty mocked this time, were the Republican party candidates McCain then Romney. With both, having had great falls. And all the Kings men, could not put McCain or Romney back together again.

Then new conqueror emerged, the Democratic parties valiant crusader, Barack Obama. He too fell! And all the Kings men, though trying, will not be able to save him. But the deeper concern should be, can America survive when his failed presidency ends? Clinton or Bush, God help America.

A tale of love

Then Arina Vlassyevna came to his side, and pressing her gray head to his said, “It can not be helped, Vasya. A son is liked a lopped of branch. As a falcon, he comes when he wills and goes when he lists, but you and I are like mushrooms growing in a hallow tree. Here we sit side by side without budging. But I shall stay with you forever and unalterably, just as you will stay with me.” Vassily Ivanich removed his hands from his face and embraced his wife, his constant companion. With a warmth greater then he had ever shown her in his youth. She had consoled him in his grief. (source:Fathers and Sons, author Ivan Turgenev)

Developing that truth little further, “In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: God also hath set the one over against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him,” Ecclesiastes 7:14.

The harvest for destruction.

Go back in time, when Jewish temples doted the landscape. With this carpenters kid stirring up all kinds of controversy among the people. Who grew up aggravating the religious and political figures to such anger. That they decided that the world would be a better place if he were dead. Most having those experiences and hearing that kind of chatter. Would have packed it up and headed out of town on the next available camel.

Well he didn’t, but one of his companions did his best to do so. Unable to bear what he suspected, the inevitable, the end of this revolutionary movement that he had been associated with. With the news spreading among the crowd. Causing him severe anxiety, so he took to hiding but but he was spotted and recognized. with finger pointing and name calling. Finally; a response came, with cursing and swearing, “I know not this man of whom you speak,” Mark 14:71. And, who could this scoundrel be? Who would scoot when the scooting got tough? None other than the one Jesus eye balled. And said, you are Peter, and upon this rock, I’m going to build my church. And not even hell will prevail against it, Matthew 16:18.

You have heard it said, “to error is human to forgive is divine.” Well here is how it played out for Peter. Recalling the words of Jesus, “Before the cock crows twice, you will deny me thrice,” remembering this, “he wept,” Mark 14:72.

What is to follow was true for Peter, and is true for us today! “Simon, Simone, behold! Satan wants you, so he can shift you as wheat. But I’ve prayed for you that your faith shall fail not. When you are converted! Strengthen your brethren,” Luke 22:31-32. That should be the essences of Christianity, ‘strengthen your brethren.’ If indeed, one is inclined to follow the tone last several discussions.

Jesus appointed another 70 and sent them out in pairs of two, Luke 10:1-2. Announcing that there was large harvest waiting to be harvested. The beauty of pairs is that they may see the crop to be harvested from different perspectives as they survey the landscape. And each pair may well recruit dozens of other pairs to join them in the harvest. And when the harvest is completed, they are gone, as though they never were. Only to regroup later because the harvest is never truly over.

For these discussions, think of the harvest as causes that need to be destroyed. Causes that dishonor Jesus Christ. But always mindful of ones environment which can be deadly. As forewarned by Jesus, when he said, “Go your ways, behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves,” Luke 10:3. Keeping in mind, we’re talking about the art of violence with out it. All brought together by a mercenary underground group of guerrillas through their artistic endeavors.

May God be gracious, and bring us together for some necessary harvestings. For that to happen the artists needs to be skilled in the ethics of situationism. Flourishing in what Sun Tzu suggested, “Be extremely subtle to the point of formlessness Thereby you can be the director of the opponent fate.”

Necessity not always pleasant

What few know about and fewer experience which is divine apparitions within close proximity of others. God in his infinite wisdom shared the following with us. Perhaps as an example of what could be expected, as the newness of church age progressed. “And they that were with me saw indeed the light and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of him that spoke to me.” And I said, “What shall I do, Lord? And the Lord said unto me, “Arise, and go into Damascus; and there it shall be told thee of all things which are appointed for you to do,” Acts 22:9-10.

Had Paul known beforehand the consequences of that journey, would he have had proceeded? Most likely from the detailed account of his life, probably yes. It’s not likely that God was in the business of allowing Paul to produce an autobiography of his life, for histories sake. Indeed with God, there is always a deeper more profound esoteric experience to be learned.

So the necessity is as follows. I speak as concerning reproach, as though we had been weak. Howbeit whereinsoever any is bold, I speak foolishly, I am bold also.

Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they the the seed of Abraham? So am I.

Are they ministers of Christ? I speak as a fool. I am more; in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prison more frequent, in deaths oft.

Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes, save one.

Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned. Thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day, I have been in the deep. In journeys often, in perils of water, in perils of robbers, in perils by my own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils of the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren.

In weariness and painfulness, in watching often, in hunger and thirst, in fasting often, in cold and nakedness. Beside those things that are without, that which comes upon me daily, the care of all the churches.

Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is offended, and I burn not? If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities. The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ which is blessed for evermore, knows that I lie not.

In Damascus, the governor under Aretas the king, kept the city of Damascenes with a garrison, desiring to apprehend me. And through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and escaped his hands.

It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord. I knew a man in Christ about fourteen years ago. Whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell. God knows such an one caught up to the third heaven. How that he was caught up into paradise. And heard unspeakable words which is not lawful for a man to utter. Of such an one will I glory, yet of myself, I will not glory but in my infirmities.

For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth. But now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he sees me to be, or that he hears of me.

And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a throne in the flesh. The messenger of Satan to buffet me. Lest I should be exalted above measure.

For this thing, I besought the Lord thrice. That it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for you. For My strength, is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly; therefore, will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (cp 2 Corinthians 11:21-12:9,KJV).

Perhaps this is the deeper more profound esoteric experience that God in his infinite wisdom has distributed. A calendar of expectations should any Christian practice the Pauline example. Which is, it’s always urgent to preach the gospel out of necessity. But that necessity is not always a pleasant to experience. But to travel the esoteric journey of apparitions, causes one to see the unpleasant experiences as being pleasant. It cannot be understood, only experienced.

In the end, it is thought that Paul was beheaded by the Roman Emperor Nero. But even in death, Paul won his struggle against the empires of darkness and evil. For he said, “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain,” Philippians 1:21. Explain that to the Nero’s of the world, who work to silence the Christ message. It can’t be done because they don’t understand that God promised that His grace is sufficient. Again, another esoteric apparition learned through experience. That’s what Paul’s autobiography was all about.

A place called Eden

Tragedy strikes! People seek answers. Some blame and curse God. Others pray but to no avail. Perhaps because their sins cry more loudly than prayers for mercy. They shall call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but shall not find me, Proverbs 1:28. Tragedies from the human perspective are unfortunate. From God’s they are self imposed. For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, Romans 3:23. And all that is the consequences of accounts told in the book of Genesis.

And the Lord God said, “Behold the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil; now lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat and live forever.” Therefore the Lord God sent him from the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed a cherubim at the east end of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way of the tree of life,” Genesis 3:22-24. It is thought that Eden is the dwelling place of the Gods which is derived from Genesis 3:22.

A cherubim is a living creature. They are not human. For our understanding of their uniqueness to serve the interest of God Almighty. Ezekiel sees them in human likeness possessing animal features. Painting them picturesquely with animal traits which gives them unusual ability to serve His interest. Like at the East gate of Eden. These living creatures are seen as having four faces and four wings. Suggesting an intelligence much greater than any human. With movement of supersonic speeds. Ezekiel 1:5-12.

While chapter one omits calling these living creatures a cherubim. He makes it clear later when he writes; this is the living creature I saw under the God of Israel by the River Chebar and I knew they were cherubim. Each one had four faces, and each one had four wings, and the likeness of the hands of a man under their wings. And the likeness of their faces was the same as the faces which I had seen by the River Chebar, their appearance and their persons. They went straight forward. (cp Ezekiel 10:20-23). With straightness suggesting oneness of purpose and loyalty to God Almighty.

Apart from the substance of life, life is one tragedy after another, just waiting to happen.There is no avoiding that statement because it has been that way since Adam was kicked out of Eden. However, those of us who have experienced the fullness of Christ have experienced occurrences unexplainable by human rational. Causing us to wonder, how did that occur.

Here’s a preview of how that might have happened. It’s about an event yet to come but it gives us insights into the cause and effect of the last sentence of the above paragraph. “I watched till thrones were put into place, and the Ancient of Days was seated. His garment was white as snow, and the hair of His head was like pure wool. His throne was a fiery flame, its wheels a burning fire. A fiery stream issued and came forth from before Him. A thousand thousands ministered to Him. A thousand times ten thousands stood before Him. The court was seated, and the books were opened.” (cp Daniel 7:9-10).

Who is say that the recipient of the unusual and unexplainable didn’t experience the Ancient of Days dispatching a cherubim or two to ones rescue? Not me because this padre has been the recipient of that occurrence more than once.

America at risk

Have you not known? Have you not heard, that the everlasting, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, faints not, neither is weary? There is no searching of his understanding. He gives power to the faint; and to them that have no might, he increases strength. (cp Isaiah 40:28-29).

An emerging power not thought capable of hurting America, will do just that. And in scriptures, she is known as the revived ancient Roman Empire. Inspired by the false prophet, maybe Peter Romanus, Peter the Roman, thought to be the pontiff who follows Pope Benedict XV1/Pope Francis tenures. Working in conjunction with a very persuasive political leader referred to as the beast and both are empowered by the dragon. And that beast, is thought to be an Assyrian with the Assyrians today representing the German speaking people. Therefore, some think that this beast will be a leader from Germany. That is not to suggest that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is that beast.

But speculation is changing as Europe is being overwhelmed by Islam. With European leaders surrendering to Islamic demands. Saying peace is better than bloodshed for the nations security. Hoping that pluralism and inclusiveness will benefit the region. What they don’t grasp is that Islam rejects any ideology that doesn’t conform completely to the demands of Allah and the prophet Muhammad.

So if the beast isn’t going to emerge within Europe, then from part of the world will his emergence occur? Some think from Turkey making, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as the likely beast. Don’t get caught in such speculation as being accurate character identifiers. Because we simply do not know some of these things with certainty. Scriptures are to be studied, and matched with unfolding world events. What looks certain today may not look so certain tomorrow. This we do know the truth of, Revelation 13:1-4, will occur.

What does this mean to America? Just this, Blessed be the name of God, forever and ever. For wisdom and might are his, and he changes the times and the seasons. He removes kings and raises up kings. (cp Daniel 2:19b-20a).

You do not have to be a scriptural genius to know that America has shelved God, as being not very important in the schemes of American affairs. For as the sun rises and sets; more individuals and their government look to themselves and not God for answers and solutions.

President Obama is alleged to have declared that the wealthiest nation in the world can afford ObamaCare. How can the world’s greatest debtor nation be the wealthiest? It’s a contradiction in terms that are not reconcilable. American’s in private, and public life can’t feel the gravity that is pulling the nation into the abyss of moral and spiritual decadence. That is a possible indicator that the nations people should pay attention to what Daniel forecasted above. And occurring, as Isaiah explains below. If so, it’s a death sentence for America.

America has been blessed with many enlightened churchmen, who have challenged the people and their government to move away from moral and spiritual decadence. But there comes a time, when the message changes. Where a new message by God is announced through one of His messengers. And he said, “Go, and tell this people, hear indeed, but understand not; and see you indeed, but perceive not. Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.”

The said I, “Lord how long?” And He answered, “Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate.” And the Lord will have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land.” (cp Isaiah 6:9-12).

You have read visions give to Daniel and Isaiah for ancient peoples that has played itself out many times. And their visions and prophecies are reaching our modern twenty first century. And promises to impact America, if you know your end time scriptures. What we do not know, is just when that time will occur.