A Prophet without Knowledge

A fortune teller was sitting in the market place and doing good business. Suddenly a man came and told him that the door of his house had been wrenched from its hinges and all house possessions carried off. He jumped up and with a cry of consternation ran to see what had happened. A bystander who was watching him said, “You profess to foretell what is going befall other people, but you did not foresee your own misfortune.”

This fable exposes the folly of men who mismanage their own lives, yet claim to possess foresight in matters which do not concern them. (source:Penguin Classics-Fables of Aesop-A Prophet without Knowledge)

Seems to this writer that Aesop confused the two which was the ability to foretell the future while at the same not being able to manage his own affairs. Meaning, I suppose, his inability to foresee his own unfortunate destiny. One could be a forceful forecaster of future events while failing miserably to see ones immediate circumstances. Because to be human is to error, as perfection in human affairs is beyond our capabilities, despite innate gifts. With that being said, as Christians, we all have specific gifts. And no matter what the gift, someone can always point a finger of accusation and fault. The key is to discover your gift, and exercising that gift faithfully to the honor and glory of Jesus Christ.

Perhaps the following will be helpful, “There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all. For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills,” 1 Corinthians 12:4-11.

One could benefit by engaging ones self in a study of the gifts of the Spirit. Perhaps the gift of prophesy. Not the prophesying of mysteries yet to come, but as one, who clarifies, what has been announced and what it means for modern societies. Because it is written, “For all the prophets …. prophesied until John,” Matthew 11:13.

In the light of chaos who is this Jesus

Putting the chaos to rest once and forever.

Who has believed our report? And to whom has the way of the LORD revealed?

For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; and when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him.
He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God and afflicted.

But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was beyond Him, and with his stripes we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He was led  as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth.

He was taken from prison and from judgment, and who shall declare His generation? For He was cut off out of the land of the living; for the transgressions of My people He was stricken.

And they made His grave with the wicked, and with the rich at His death, because He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth.

Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He hath put him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see his seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.

He shall see the the labor of His soul and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many; for He shall bear their iniquities.

Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He has poured out His soul unto death, and He was numbered with the transgressors, and He bore the sin of many, and made intersession for the transgressors. (Scriptural texts:Isaiah 53:1-12).

And it is done, putting the chaos to rest once and forever.

Grace to you, and peace, from God, our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Scriptural text:Philemon verse 3).

The power of dissent

“Every thing useful and beneficial to man, seems to be connected with obedience to the laws of his nature, the inclinations, the duties, and the happiness of individuals to resolve themselves into customs and habits, favorable, in the highest degree, to society. In no case is this more apparent than in the customs of nations respecting marriage,” Samuel Williams, The Natural and Civil History of Vermont, 1794.

Now that the United States U.S. has legalized homosexual marriages. Setting aside the declaration of naturalist and historian, Samuel Williams. For such an antithesis against God Almighty, the United States will not move on unscratched.

The United States is guilty of violating two of God’s statutes. They are the most sacred in the universe, as are all of God’s other laws. But for sanctioning, what God condemns, the law of guilt is found in Leviticus 18:22; Leviticus 20:13 and Romans 1:24-27.

It mocks God’s natural laws and God will not be mocked, Galatians 6:7-8. According to God, its just not what man sows, but what the nations sows collectively that will stir the wrath of God. Causing, a kind of mysterious corruption of their collective endeavors. So we the people will experience our collective endeavors being corrupted as a nation.

But there is a resistance out there, and for the resisters this promise is also enshrined as law. So, resist that which violates God’s holiness, “And let us not be weary while doing good, for in due season, we shall reap, if we do not lose heart,” Galatians 6:9.

Living the Life

More permanent and genuine happiness is to be found in the sequestered walks of connubial life than the giddy rounds of promiscuous pleasure, George Washington, 1786.

Guess George had it right all the time. That’s because God set the record straight a long time ago. God noticed that it was not good for man to be alone, Genesis 2:18. And so God, in His supreme wisdom created a solution. And brought into Adam’s life a companion, verses 21-22. And Adam responded, and said, “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of man” Genesis 2:23.

Then without question, we have histories most profound social statement. “Therefore a man leave his father and his mother, and shall be joined to his wife, and they shall be one flesh,” Genesis 2:24.

And any other social relationship, other than that between a man and a woman, is an antithesis to the purpose and intent of God.

And no doubt that is the reason for God’s brutal condemnation of same sex relationships.

The following is God’s judgments which unlike human law can’t be set aside. And those who attempt to do so will endure God’s wrath. First God’s wrath which is recorded as follows, “If a man lie with mankind, as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death, their blood shall be upon them,” Leviticus 20:13.

And then to Romans 1:24-27, were we find this eternal and final legal decree. Which can’t be set aside, or overturned, no matter how outdated the statute might seem to be. “Therefore, God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lust of their hearts, to dishonor their  bodies among themselves. Who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than Creator, who is blessed forever, Amen. For this reason God gave them up unto vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lusts for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.”

What many want understanding of sorrow

An amaranth grew beside a rose. “How lovely you are,” it said to the rose, “and desirable in the eyes of the gods and men! I felicitate you on your beauty and your fragrance.”

“But my life,” replied the rose, “is a short one; even if no one cuts me, I wither. You continue to bloom and always remain fresh as you are now.”

Aesop suggests that it is better to be content with little and live long than to enjoy a short spell of luxury and then exchange it for misfortune, or even death. (source:Fables of Aesop-Penguin Classics-“A Fabled Flower That Fades Not”)

Like Aesop’s flowers, Paul correlates two lives, one which fades away while the other flowers forever. Which in the end is the flower worth cultivating. And the flowering begins, “Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain, we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.

But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition.

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience and gentleness.

Fight the good fight of faith, and lay hold on eternal life, to which you are called and having confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses,” 1 Timothy 6:6-12.

A discussion for the people within the family of God. Which, requires the experience found in 2 Corinthians 5:17. When it happens, you’ll know it. So, if that is not your experience, and you’d like to become part of the family of God. Follow the instructions recorded in Romans 10:9-10.

Enemy at the doorstep

“The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic,” President John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963.

But he (Jesus) answered and said, “Every plant which my Father has not planted shall be rooted up. Let them alone, they are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into a ditch,” Matthew 15:13-14.

The applications are many which of course includes politicians of every stripe. Seems as though they are a continuous stream of clowns falling into that ditch. To avoid that ditch, they need to take heed to the kind of plants God would have them be.

They will not, so God’s body of believers in and through Jesus Christ must help to uproot them. Then work as one body to plant God honoring plants.

Here are some plants that need to be uprooted. Muslims in America. Same sex marriages! Neither of which have a place in God’s America. That’s just two of many deadly plants that are killing America but perhaps the most deadly.

Muslims in America, and same sex marriages represent, President Kennedy’s, great enemies of truth because it’s a myth that is persistent and persuasive. And unrealistic to think that God will not uproot those plants Himself. But at a great cost to America because God’s punishments always have serious consequences.

A way to make America great without Donald Trump

The American landscape was for ever changed almost fifteen years ago when the Muslim world attacked the United States. Not only did they attack us, but they did so by hiding in Mosques for cover. Only to emerge and crush the Twin Towers, and then to crash into the Pentagon building. Our American symbols for economic and military superiority.

That historic change was launched, 11 September 2001, and should be remembered as a national holiday. For the primary reason that it was an attack upon the nations Judeo-Christian heritage. And because of the loss of life, psychological damage done to countless thousands of Americans. Along with the economic collapse erupting from that Muslim attack. Forgiveness for such sins should not be a part of the American psyche. Of course, our national government will not enact such legislation for two reasons. First our government, and most of the people through out the country have become drunk from drinking the 100 % pure intoxicant of political correctness. Secondly, our American government, and many of its citizens do want to offend the Muslim community. Which is a shame because we should offend them, and remake America as one nation under God. Absent any Muslim communities from shore to shinning shores.

Islam in America represents our greatest plague of modern times. Which parades itself as a religion, claiming authenticity from Allah and his prophet Muhammad. It is not a religion, rather it is a political system. Draped in the blood of slaughter using religion as a cover. Islam will not be satisfied until every sovereign state capitulates to the laws of Islam. A political religious system that is determined to annihilate the Jews from the face of the world. Along with all Christians who fail to convert to Islam. It is what their Qur’an teaches!

Christ warned us, “Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but are inwardly ravening wolves,” Matthew 7:15. The experiential history of Great Britain over the last two, to three decades. A Christian nation being reduced to ashes by Muslims. Turning it into a third world nation which shows the world what those Wolves can do when allowed to go unchecked. Which will be America’s fate, if those Wolves remain unchallenged, and unchecked by the our Christian communities.

The world is at war with most being unaware. More Jews than Christians understand that we are at war and see Islam as evil and a global enemy. But not to vocal about it. Preferring to be more subtle about such allegations. But the rhetoric is loud a clear through out the Muslim world. Muslims blame the Jews for world chaos. And the United States as the power that allows the Jews to reek world havoc. The problem is that Muslims from their perspective understand what is going on. As do the Jews, while most Christians, do not have a clue.

Our Christian communities need to understand the varied and complex mixtures of Judaism, Christianity and Islam as forces under God. Those religions, and not the United States, nor any other bodies like the European Union, or the United Nations will determine the worlds future. And it needs to be understood that Islam is the most eminent threat of the 21 century to global economic security. In addition, Muslim are responsible for the current global insecurity which will grow like an incurable cancer. Unless the world community, specifically the United States, wakes up to save itself from this barbaric Islamic menace. If it is going to happen, our Christian community must take the lead. The United States has always been the force behind the defeat of tyranny. And the force behind the United States, in the past has been divine providence from the God who gave America Jesus Christ.

But in reality, I do hold much hope for the church to raise sufficient resistance to this Islamic menace that will make much of a difference. Because, this not the play of people going to concrete castles with stained class windows. Dressed in fine threads and shining cars. Rather it’s the warfare for the survival of the nations Judeo-Christian heritage.

It should be obvious by now that Obama/Biden ticket was not the answer because Obama is a Muslim sympathizer and Biden is drunk from that intoxicant of political correctness. The Congress is just that, the Congress, which is an institution for the perpetuation of self glorification.

The only hope is found in Revelation 3:18-22. Perhaps histories most profound words. “I (Christ) counsel you … that you might see, verse 18. As many as I love … be zealous … repent, verse 19. Behold! I (Jesus) stand at the door and knock …, verse 20. To them that overcome … verse 21. Those that have an ear, let them hear what the Spirit is saying unto the churches, verse 22.”

Here are a few more thoughts of what is being said to the churches. “I (Jesus) am come to set fire on earth!” Luke 12:49. “Suppose that I am come to give peace on earth, I (Jesus) tell you No! but a division,” verse 51. This division Christ is talking about is a division that separates our two worlds. The Judeo-Christian world verses earth bound kingdoms, like the Obama administration. Working providentially Jews and Christians and summed up as, “A light (Christ) to lighten the gentiles, and the glory of your people, Israel.” Luke 2:32. Meaning the preserving of God’s future. He does have a future here, it’s called his second advent. Everything occurring today, or on any other day, is a struggle between two forces. One force (church) to make it happen (the light) and the other darkness (Satan) to deny it. Satan uses surrounding forces of evil like Islam and governments to serve his conquests.

Turning the tables: “Be extremely subtle to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious to the point soundlessness. Thereby, you can be the director of the opponent’s fate,” Sun-Tzu, c. 544-496 BC. Master those arts. Because they’ll help in reclaiming America for Jesus? Some of those arts are found in the aforementioned scriptures. You’ll find other scriptures as you study the Word. Like being found formless to the point soundlessness though Hebrews 4:12. It’s how personal redemption occurs. And has a companion in Isaiah 55:11 and John 3:8.

Truth known by Donald Trump not Hillary Clinton

What your about to read is unprecedented in world history. Unprecedented because it’s global, resulting in all nations being infested with the cancerous ideology of Islam. Which knows no boundaries, and does not distinguish between Muslims and non-Muslims, until it has swallowed its victims in death. Then this Islamic disease declares itself victorious, and moves on to infect its next victim. Because, that is the biological nature of all cancers, yesterday, today and tomorrow.
And what is to follow, is playing itself out in some community somewhere in the world right now. If not in actuality, then by good fortune because it has been temporarily interrupted. Because that is the best that can be done with any cancer, unless the disease is eradicated. Which should be the primary mission of the world community, and especially our Judeo-Christian world. The only power that can defeat Islam because it’s Christ centered.

Here’s an Islamic episode from history by Muslims in Pakistan which played out this way. Declaring that they launched an attack on the UN World Food offices in Islamabad which killed five people. That is in addition to sixteen other people they killed on another day. Why would they commit such a heinous crime? Especially when the food distribution center fed Muslims, who otherwise would go hungry.

Here is the answer from a Muslim spokesperson, Azam Tariq, who said the UN and foreign aid agencies were “infidels.” He went on to say that the food agency was not in the interest of Muslims. So they sent a Muslim suicide bomber dressed in a military uniform to blow himself up. End result, task accomplished! Because it’s the Muslim way which is mayhem, destruction and murder.

So, who cares in America? Unfortunately not many, after all that kind of madness does not happen in the United States. Except for 9/11, the attempted Fort Dix massacre in 2007, and the shooting massacre by, Muslim Major Nidal Malik Hasan at Fort Hood in 2009. Then at the finish line of the Boston marathon, and more recently in San Bernardino. All of which are becoming a distant memories. I’m here to tell you it will happen more frequently through out the United States. As Muslims, within the United States become greater in numbers. After all, look at the European experience, if you need a history lesson. So it’s time for non-Muslims in America to wake up. And rid ourselves of this cancerous like menace, before it intensifies its claims on America as unstoppable prey. And when Muslims can do that, then the world will belong to Muslims.

Do not allow the voices who chatter the mantras of peace seeking and peace loving Muslims. Asserting that troublesome Islamic slaughter is the behavior of a few radicals. The many, not the few have altered the way commerce is conducted around the world. Go to any airport and there you’ll experience the results of Muslim peace and love. Or watch your freedoms evaporated because of Muslim peace and love.

They are predisposed to violence and can’t help themselves. For that truth is recorded in our holy scriptures which unveils their thirst for violence. In Genesis 16:12, this truth is found, “He shall be a wild man; his hand shall be against every man, and every man’s hand against him. And he, shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.”

Muslims trace their ancestry to Ishmael, and Genesis 16:12, is referring to Ishmael. The illegitimate son of Abraham, suggesting that Islam is an illegitimate way of life. Damaged from birth, and consequently, infectiously cancerous to everyone it comes into contact with.

The Apostle Paul warned the Church about this Islamic menace. Few listened then and fewer now, one suspects. There Paul was talking about the struggle between Ishmael and Isaac. Or Islam and Christianity, saying, “But as he who was born according to the flesh then persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, even so it is now.” Asking, “Nevertheless what does the scripture say?” Answering, “Cast out the bondwoman and her son, for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.” (Scriptural texts:Galatians 4:29-30).

Cardinal Sean O’ Malley

He is part truth and part fiction and in every way a walking contradiction. Who is that person? He is Cardinal Sean O’ Malley, Archbishop of Boston. This is what makes him a walking contradiction.

On Thursdays, 18 April 2013, the Cardinal said at an interfaith service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. Which was designed to help Boston and all of America to come together and heal after the Boston marathon bombing.

The Cardinal said, “We must be a people of reconciliation, not revenge. The crime of two young men must not be the justification for prejudice against Muslims or against immigrants.”

The Cardinal got it right when he said, “We must be a people of reconciliation.” And he was right, when he said, “The Boston bombing was a tragedy. And it must not be the justification for prejudice against immigrants.” The Cardinal got it wrong, when he included Muslims in that statement.

Some truth and some fiction and that’s why he’s a walking contradiction. Here’s why, The Bible declares that unto us is given the ministry of reconciliation. From the only book that matters, this is recorded, “And all things are of God, who has reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation; to wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.” (Texts:2 Corinthians 5:18-19). The only way Muslims can be included in O’ Malley’s statement is if they are reconciled to God through Jesus Christ. And, that’s our job! Are we up to the challenge? Because O’ Malley was saying, reconcile Muslims into our community, as one of us. They are not one of us. Unless they have been reconciled to God through Jesus Christ. That lack of reconciliation is what makes Muslims evil.

Muslims are evil because the Bible declares them to be problematic and therefore evil. Moses, inspired by God recorded, “… and shalt bear a son, and shall call his name Ishmael.” Muslims trace their lineage to Ishmael and see him as the father of Islam. “And he will be a wild man; his hand against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.” (Texts:Genesis 16:11-12). A perfect scriptural truism which is easy to prove. Because, it’s so observable globally everyday. Reaching America 9/11, in Boston at their marathon finish line on, 15 April 2013. Then devastating the United States with their San Bernardino massacre on 02 December 2015.

God inspired Paul to warn us to get rid of Islam. What follows is strategically important for understanding our world today. “For it is written, that Abraham had had two sons. The one by a bondwoman.” Hagar the mother of Islam. The other by a freewoman. Sarah Abraham’s wife and the mother of Isaac, who inherited the covenant promises God made with his father, Abraham. But he who was born of the bondwoman was born according to the flesh,but he of the freewoman was through promise. Which things are an symbolic, for these are two covenants. The one from Mount Sinai, which genders to bondage, which is Hagar. For this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to Jerusalem which now is in bondage with her children. But the Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all.” Those reconciled unto God through Jesus Christ.

For it is written, “Rejoice, O barren You who do not bear! Break forth and shout, you who are in labor! For the desolate has many more children than she which has a husband.” In the end the Ishmaelites will be the most populace people on the planet. Giving the worlds people reason to cry, and in particular, Jews and Christians. Because, it means even greater Islamic violence.

“Now we, brethren, as Isaac are the children of promise. But, as he who was born after the flesh then persecuted him who was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.” Muslims manifested their persecution of Jews and Christians during 9/11. Again in Boston at the finish line of the cities historic Boston marathon. Then attacking the innocent of San Bernardino. Muslim violence is about replacing our Judeo/Christian heritage, as the worlds answer to God’s covenant promises to Isaac.

The centuries old solution. “Nevertheless what does the scriptures say? Cast out the bondwoman and her son. For the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son the freewoman. So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.” The difference between Islam and Christianity is easily understood. Christianity is of God by promise and Islam is of Satan. God’s historic nemesis through the centuries. And fewer believe that than any other time in American history.

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” In other words reject O’malley’s call for reconciliation with Muslims. Because, he is a walking in contradiction to the word of God. (Texts:Galatians 4:22-Galatians 5:1. With emphasis through out by this padre).

Somewhat surprised that presidential candidate, Hilary Clinton has not sought Cardinal O’Malley’ endorsement. They share identical positions about Muslims. Clinton took a get out of jail card by declining such endorsement, one suspects, for fear of angering her Muslim constituents.

If elected as president, she plans to extend President Obama’ presidency on all fronts which includes the furtherance of Muslim acceptance nationally and internationally. While denying the nations one time wealth and military superiority through our Judeo-Christian heritage.

Muslim Terror in the United States-How it works

Muslim, Mohammed Hossain, came to the United States from Bangladesh. He became a naturalized U.S. Citizen. Why did Hossain leave Bangladesh and immigrate to the United States? And you can rest assured that there is a striking similarity between Hossain and a host of other Muslim devils. Like the Boston marathon bombers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, or the San Bernardino  shooters Tashfeen Malik and Rizwan Farook.

The larger question is why do these people flock to our country? Then become determined to remake America to their taste. And even a larger question begs to be answered, why do we Americans allow this to occur? Why not find ways to force these people to return to places like Bangladesh, and Chechen heritage of the Tsarnaev’s. So they can live in the darkness of centuries past. With all of its associated misery. Because once rooted here in the United States, they become an incurable cancer. As Bostonian’s would discovered, on marathon Monday several years ago As did Californian’s more recently from the senseless rampage shootings by Malik and Farook.

It is impossible to know for certain their intentions. We the Christ community of the United States are left to deductive reasoning as to their real intentions. It was certainly not their intentions to leave behind in their Islamic religion, culture, or politics. Rather their intentions were to bring their Islamic religion to our country. Then through their religion, they would attempt to force their Islamic culture and politics upon us. Until we say, there is no god but Allah.

They say that Bangladesh is a democracy with Islam being its state religion. A majority of the population is Muslim. Hindus, Christians, and Buddhists represent other religions throughout the nation. But Bangladesh, is free of Zionism. Islams most despised religion. With Christianity, as its second most despised religion. There one finds a similarity between that devil from Bangladesh and the devils Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Other Muslim devils are sure to imitate Malik and Farook, who hate Jews and Christians. Hoping that random shootings send a clear message, as to their real targets.

Christianity most likely was at the top of brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev hate list. Along with assassins and Malik and Farook. So perhaps their marathon bombing and San Bernardino shootings was meant to signal a hate for our Judeo Christian foundation. After all, Muslims complain that Israel only escapes Islamic annihilation because of the United States. Think what that would mean, if Islam became the dominant religion in the United States. After all, Islam is the worlds fastest growing religion. Which includes growth in the United States. And as the dominant religion, they would form the dominant political party. Life would be most difficult for Jews, and Christians should the country fall into predominantly Muslim control. So the West, and particularly the United States, should wake up, and put some restraints on this modern day Muslim genocidal inclined menace.

We are told that the world is facing refugee crisis because of the war in Syria. So why don’t these refugees immigrate to countries like Bangladesh? It would seem that Muslims would find contentment in countries like Bangladesh. A haven for Muslims having what every devout Muslim demands. A nation that recognizes Islam as its state religion. With its jurisprudence based upon Islamic law. There they would enjoy the company of people who share their cultural and political beliefs. And to top things off, no Jews to hate which is a Islamic preoccupation. So it would hold true for Muslim devils featured in this discussion one suspects.

Yet they are driven to come to America. With Mohammed Hossain settling in Albany, New York. There he accomplished several things. He became the owner of a pizzeria. Then the Mohammed Hossain, became the founder of the Masjid As-Salam mosque in Albany. Finally, Mr Mohammed Hossain and Imam Yassin Aref were convicted in a United States Federal Court for supporting terrorism. The federal government charged Mohammed Hossain with 27 crimes. He was convicted on all 27 counts. Imam Yassin Aref was charged with 30 crimes and found guilty of 10 crimes. Both men were sentenced to long prison terms.

These two Muslim devils were found guilty of 37 crimes out of 57 in an indictment that charged them with supporting terrorism. The F.B.I. learned that Imam Yassin Aref had close associations with a known terrorist leader Mullah Krekar while he was in Syria.

Who is Mullah Krekar, some may ask? Quickly concluding, just another person among billions of people without name recognition for most. This is a guy born in Northern Iraq. The founding leader of a Kurdish terrorist organization, Ansar al-Islam, meaning “helpers of Islam.” And he is known as having mentored two al-Qaeda leaders, Usama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri both now dead.  Krekar is credited with being of strategic importance in the development of al-Qaeda’s international perspective of global domination.

Here in the United States, a Muslim from Bangladesh. Who founded a mosque on American soil. Then a Kurdish refugee becomes the spiritual leader of the mosque founded by a naturalized U.S. Citizen. And this Islamic cleric, is associated with Krekar who developed the war strategy for al-Qaeda. Which has as one of it objectives, the destruction of the United States.

If anyone thinks, that these two Islamic terrorist. Convicted in a United States Federal Court, had any other intentions, but to contribute to the furtherance of the goals of al-Qaeda. Then, our deductive reasoning runs in different directions.

So what about the devils Tamerlan and Dzokhar Tsarnave? Most have concluded that they were just an unfortunate pair who were radicalized and made evil. Making the likes of the brothers a constant American threat.

While Americans, anxiously wait for the justice departments ultimate discoveries. Concerning Malik and Farook and their Islamic relationships here in the United States and abroad.

No matter the outcome this is certain. The spin the Obama administration will be that one or two misguided Muslims don’t represent real Islam. To the glee of the greater Islamic community because most Americans will buy that spin hook line and sinker.

But a few of us no better because Muslims have no intentions of integrating themselves into the greater Judeo Christian heritage of America. Which is ever so sadly being disassembled, and declared to be a relic of the past. And it’s why America which was known globally for its exceptionality as a prosperous economic and military power. To use a biblical phrase the land of milk and honey. (text:Exodus 3:8). Signaling a people content and blessed by God. Because it’s recorded, “One man of you shall chase a thousand, for the LORD your God, He it is that fights for you, as He has promised.” (Text:Joshua 23:10). And as America puts such experiences as relics, so will God turn America into a relic.

Answering Muslim horrors

Most Intriguing, is Malachi prophetically talking about a nuclear holocaust? Or maybe, the end result of global warming? We do not know, but this we know from the book of Matthew, for those of us who have confidence in God Almighty. “And except those days should be shortened, there should be no flesh saved; but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened,” Matthew 24:22.

At any rate, the prophet Malachi has the last word from the Old Testament. Providing concise observation of the state of the world. He tells of a time somewhere in the future. When the proud, and the wicked shall burn like an oven becoming like stubble. The outcome will be pretty severe. The day will come, when they will be burned up. Leaving them without root or branch, according to the Lord of Hosts, Malachi 4:1. No matter how it plays out on the world stage, it will be a time to be feared.

But for those who fear God, shall the, “Son of Righteousness,” will come with healing in His wings. And you shall go out, and grow fat like stall fed calves, verse 2. That last sentence allegorically represents God’s eternal promise to provide for his faithful.

Note the following clause, “I shall do this.” God has always expected the righteous to oppose unrighteousness. You shall tread down the wicked. They shall be ashes under the soles of your feet. On the day that I shall do this, according to the Lord of Hosts, verse 3. The movement of God’s people has been greatly hindered by those who see God as a pacifist.

Remember my servant, Moses, which I commanded him at Horeb. A law for all of Israel containing my statutes and judgments, Malachi 4:4. I will send to you Elijah the prophet, before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord, Malachi 4:4-5. While meant for Israel, it is also a prophetic declaration that without explanation takes us to New Testament revelations consistent with God’s expectations for His statutes and judgments. With the life of Christ exemplifying a proactive and non-pacifist behavior, as was the behavior of believers in the early church. For a quick study read the early chapters of, “The Acts of the Church.”

He shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers. Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse, Malachi 4:6. Suggesting the cleansing power of God to unite people regardless of their disobedience. I will do this is God’s promise. Otherwise humanities disobedience would result in the destruction of the earth. Students of the Bible know that humans can not sustain God’s curses. His eternal mercy has always spared humanity with one act upon another act of mercy. Until that terrible day of the Lord. With its final curse and with out mercy.

Those six verses are about God’s disappointment over humanities failure to adhere to his statutes which have always brought judgments. Always suggesting that another opportunity will be provided, like the sending of Elijah and then Jesus. And as always, the people of the “book” with their faith rooted in that book have a commissioned duty. “Track down the wicked and make them like ashes under your feet,” Malachi 4:3. God has never been content to accept evil because evil is born from disobedience to God.

The final words of the Lord of Hosts, the Son of Righteousness is do it, end wickedness. Lest I come and inflict you with a curse, Malachi 4:6. We know the ancients failed. Pictured by the Jews of Israel, who have experienced dire consequences for their neglect of God’s demands of them. It did not end with the Jews. The failures are equally shared from that time to our very own. With our Judeo-Christian peoples experiencing the continuation of God’s curse for our disobedience. Which dates back to Genesis chapter three, where we have the beginning of disobedience to God with its consequences. That act of disobedience with it consequences plagues humanity to this day.

The commission has never changed. It is just different through out the Bible. The first book of the New Testament picks up where Malachi ended. With humanity still plagued by the curse of disobedience. But with the book of Revelation announcing, that Christ will conquer the curse of disobedience, Revelation 21:5. Because Christ is faithful and true, He will make all things new. That is the pivotal purpose of John’s instructions as he writes what he saw.

Matthew opens with this, “The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Quickly making the connection between the Jews of the Old Testament and the people to follow. Which is the bases for our Judeo-Christian relationship, and responsibility to God, and one another. We have a duty whether Jew or Christian to strengthen our relationship. We are the people directed by God. To represent His opposition to evil which has its roots in disobedience to God. Dating back to Adam and Eve through their disastrous choice.

Early in Matthew, we are told that Mary would give birth. This baby was to be called Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins, Matthew 1:21. The birth of Jesus, was God’s way of trying to spare humanity. From the destructive forces of the oven which has the power to leave humanity with neither “root or branch,” verse one of Malachi four.

For the “Son of Righteousness” will rise with healing in his wings, Malachi 4:2. Which corresponds with Matthew 1:21, it is just said in a different way.

The responsibility is the same. “Tread down the wicked, for they shall be ashes under your feet.” Malachi 4:3.

Matthew put it this way, “Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance,” Matthew 3:8.

The last book of the New Testament closes with the same connection. “I Jesus, have sent my angel to testify unto you the churches. I am the root, and off spring of David, and the Bright and Morning Star, verse 16, Revelation 22. Cementing the connection of our Judeo-Christian bond in Malachi, Matthew and Revelation. Also cementing our respective duties. Fight the wicked from Malachi 4:3 to the bearing of fruits in Matthew 3:8 and the Christ of Revelation 21:5 who will make all things new.

Failure has it consequences, with Malachi seeing the wicked or those refusing to obey God as being “burned up,” becoming “stubble,” having neither root nor branches,” verse one, Malachi 4. Whereas, Revelation has them cast in the “lake of fire” which is the “second death,” verses 14-15, Revelation 20.

Where the theme of last book of the Old Testament ends, the first and last books of the New Testament pick up the same themes. Hoping that through Jesus both Jew, and Christian will continue forge a bond through our Judeo-Christian heritage. In the end, as the struggle for global sanity and stability marches on to conclusion. Jews and Christians must stand strong together as one. Because, we are one in God. The Jews are few in number. Only populating the world with about 13 million people out of a global population of about six billion. With Christians representing about two billion. So we Christians, and Jews are greatly out numbered. Another reason for us to stick together. Because the onslaught against the Jews and Christians is just heating up. With the central culprits being Muslims wherever they are found. For all of God’s people, who can see, hear and reason from the rhetoric so available, it all should be very obvious.

Whipped and Beaten

A wild ass which saw a tame one sunning itself went up and congratulated it on its sleek condition and the good food it enjoyed. Later, however, he saw it with a load on its back. And, a driver following behind beating it with a stick. “I can’t congratulate you now,” he said, “for I see you have to pay dearly for having plenty to eat.”

There is nothing enviable in advantages which are obtained at the price of exploitation and suffering, concluded Aesop. (source:Fables of Aesop-Penguin Classics,”Counting the Cost.”

There is a cost for being who we are. Because we inherited the fallen natures of humanities first couple. A guy named Adam and a gal named Eve. And part of the cost of being who we are requires the following. The ground is now cursed and in toil we all eat from it. It is infested with weeds. And, from that difficulty humanity would manage a harvest. And that harvest would require the sweat from the laborers brow all our lives, Genesis 3:17-19.

As we all know, life isn’t a bowl of cherries. We just must make the best of it and sometimes under excruciating circumstances. It doesn’t matter our station in life everyone is cursed to burdensome toil.

Our God is interested in fairness. So I leave you with these two lessons the first one is from the book of Matthew and the other from Luke. When Jesus organized His twelve disciples, meaning messengers. He sent them to forth to do good among the people. That account can be read in Matthew 10:1-10. You’ll notice that in verse ten that the twelve were told that they were worthy of their food from the efforts of their labor.

Then in Luke, Jesus organized another group of seventy. Sending them forth into the community in pairs of two. They were being sent forth to reap the harvest from the preaching of the gospel, Luke 10:2. But the labor would be difficult, verse three. But no matter what the labor, the worker is worthy of their hire, verse 10.

Jesus was a God fearing man, who was sent to do the work of His Father. So one would expect His concerns to be of a religious nature. But in the service of the Father, He was concerned about fairness in the work place. As should we, who call ourselves Christians. But it is one place among many, where we, the Christian community have failed miserably. Mainly because many Christians have been convinced by corporate conglomerates and their governments. That the market place should be allowed to to take care of itself. As most know, that notion is called capitalism. Which is really the doctrine of exploitation and suffering. And it should be no less an evil to us, as were the evils viewed by the wild ass. As he observed the horrendous infliction of exploitation and suffering upon the tamed ass. Which begs the question, is the Christian community today nothing more than a bunch of tamed asses? Beaten into submission by the drivers of corporate conglomerates, who wield burdensome loads upon the backs of the workforce. And all at the behest of the government. As all should know, profiteering at the expense of the labor force is the American creed. As the Christian community sings, “Onward Christian Soldiers.”

Keep that tongue in check

or, it’ll get you in trouble.

A lion and an ass made a partnership and went out to hunt. When they came to a cave in which there were some wild goats. The lion stood at the entrance to watch for them coming out while the ass went inside to scare them. The lion caught most of them, and then the ass came out, and asked if he had put on a good show at driving them out? “I give you my word,” replied the lion. “I should have been frightened of you myself, if I hadn’t known you were an ass.”

People who brag to those who know them must expect to be laughed at, concluded Aesop. Source:Fables of Aesop-Penguin Classics, “Sound and Fury Signifying Nothing.”

Kind of an ancient Greek philosophical assumption about bragging. But its theme reverberates through out scriptures. But not to much is said about it despite the harm and evils caused by the bragging tongue. While on the other hand, the tongue is a powerful gift from God which can, and should be used to serve and honor God.

James had this to say about bragging, “The tongue is a little member and boasts great things. Behold! How great a matter a little fire kindles,” James 3:5. Because “The tongue of the wise uses knowledge correctly but the mouth of fools pours out foolishness,” Proverbs 15:2.

Let us work to be less like the self serving ass, and more like the wise, as discussed yesterday. Aware of the fire that little instrument can kindle. Making sure that it fires knowledge and avoids pouring out foolishness.

The destiny of thought

“Truth does not become more true by virtue of the fact that the entire world agrees with it, or less so even if the world disagrees with it,” Moses Maimonides.

“Mad is to hold an erroneous perception and argue perfectly from it,” Auralio Voltaire.

“He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice,” Albert Einstein.

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things,” Paul, Philippians 4:8.

No doubt if you hold to those truths, you’ll find that most disagree. Because they’ll hold an erroneous perception about truth and argue, perfectly from it. It’s the way most march joyfully to the music of the rank and file. Really in no need of a brain because a spinal cord would fully suffice.

Only in Christ, do we learn to think and act. Because, He gives us the insight to understand the erroneous perceived truths of the majority. Enabling us to ignore their seemingly perfect arguments. By being in full command of the brain God gave us. All because we learned that all things can be accomplished through Christ, who strengthens us, Philippians 4:13. And that strength comes from the teachings of the Psalmist, who wrote, “Blessed is the man who walks not in the council of the ungodly, nor stands in the paths of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the ungodly. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night.” He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that brings forth its fruit in its season. whose leaf shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. (Scriptural text:Psalm 1:1-3).

How Muslim slaughter occurs

The modern day persecutors of God’s people is occurring from the Muslim world. Muslims have been emerging from Islamic states. Moving westward determined to conquer nations in their path for Islam. The attempt here is to give a scriptural meaning to the DVD titled, “Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West.” Which Hillary Clinton used as an excuse for the Muslims attack on our American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. Have you seen it? If not, it’s a must see. The truth angered the Muslim world which is a good thing, as regular readers know from previous discussions.

Etch this into your intellectual awareness because it is important to know. The Muslim onslaught against the West which is mostly Christian. But by association, and not by practice, if it were the reverse, Islam would not be a threat to the West. It is through Western governments that the Dragon of Revelation hopes to successfully persecute the church and her off spring as symbolized in Revelation 12:13,17. This is what is recorded, “And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman who brought forth the male child,” verse 13. “And the Dragon was angry with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, who keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ,” verse 17. With those few words, readers have the equipment necessary to understand world turmoil. And why the producers of the DVD had packaged their product with such alarming urgency. They did a good job unveiling the methods and goals of Islam but neglected to ground their message from a Christian scriptural perspective. The argument here is that Muslims are the dragons tools to persecute Jesus through his tabernacle of believers.

And the drums should beat, and the trumpets should tap, “Onward Christian Soldiers marching as to War.” Once again putting an end the this Muslim menace. Only the church has the source of enlightenment to accomplish this because governments maneuver through the science of geopolitics engulfed and blinded by the subset of political correctness. Making them doomed to create one failed crisis after another.

The church has a formidable task facing it because the dragon is employing an invisible army of evil. Clothed in the armor of religiosity through the practice of Islam. This thesis will be developed from the book of Revelation 13:2, along with several other verses. Moving on we find evil cleverly depicted as being a leopard, Revelation 13:2.

Here are some striking similarities between destructive forces of Islam and the Leopard. Leopards are solitary hunters. Who characteristically hunt their prey by the cover of the night. By deploying their attack, by ambush. As the unsuspecting creature, is pounced upon from the cover of the trees. With the leopard never willing to confront its prey directly.
Such is the similarity between Muslims and the leopard. Instead of hiding in trees Muslims hide in mosques. Later to emerge to strike their foe by ambush. Muslims like the leopard prefer to be secretive about their intentions until the unsuspecting prey have no chance for escape. Recalling one high light of the DVD, reminding us that the 19 Muslims who attacked us on 9/11 trained in our country. And no doubt enjoyed comfort and encouragement within various mosques before emerging to strike the nation.

The bombers who brought mayhem to Boston’s historic annual marathon aptly fit the description of the waring leopard, who pounces upon unsuspecting people, who have no chance for escape.

The suggestion was made that the Dragon had employed an invisible army in his quest. Exemplified by those two Muslims who were able to hide themselves until death and injury took its toll. Cheered on by Muslim’s on American soil and abroad. Offering them encouragement and hoping for their success. Wanting to find ways to offer resources and protection. Believing that each attack helps to destroy Christianity and the West. And from those Islamic nations, we in the West allow those leopards to migrate into our nations. For the sole purpose of destroying us, as they emerge from the tree like cover of their mosques. Absolute madness!!!

Muslims when confronted about such goals offer abhorrence to the slaughter that their ilk inflicts. Yet they practice the same politics as ISSI. With all of their applicable tenets. Making them one of the same, or said a different way, a Muslim is a Muslim.The power of the cover of religion allows Muslims to move across the world with impunity as they raise money to fund the slaughter of the innocent from the cover of their mosques.

The enemy of God, the Dragon, is the force behind all evil. In our modern era, the force of the Dragon is working through Islam. And this Dragon condemned by God, uses the Beast, invisible to the naked eye, but not the spiritual eye, who blinds world governments to this Islamic threat. For the beast, is symbolic to world governments.

Revelation 13:2, informs us that the leopard had the feet of a bear. A leopard always seeking anonymity walks on its toes. While the bear walks flat footed, suggesting a down to earth tactics. With the combined art of being the solitary hunter attacking from the camouflage of trees. While being “down to earth” displaying a love for God, and a hatred for evil. As the leopard, secretly seeks out its next victim. There is no greater evil! And the church must rise to the occasion, and destroy this leopard/bear. Because governments pictorially as beasts are the blinded servants of the leopard/bear.

We also discover the leopard has the mouth of a lion which is symbolic of power and authority. This leopard/bear gets its power as political system. Which is its main focus, as it wars to bring all nation states to the submission of Islam. Then using its mouth likeness of the lion to legitimize itself as a religion. Which is easy to discredit because God has declared Himself as as the LORD, the King of Israel and His redeemer, saying, “I am the first, and I am the last, and beside Me there is no God,” Isaiah 44:6. Followed with this, “… but the LORD shall be unto you an everlasting light, and your God, your glory,” Isaiah 60:19. Carried over to our times where Jesus said, “… I am the light of the world …, John 8:12. Finalized in Revelation 1:8, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, says the LORD, who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”

Despite the seemingly invincibility of this leopard, it suffers a critical wound to one of its heads almost to its death. But it recovers, astonishing the world, verse three. Suggesting the determination of this beast in its conquest. As well, as the influence it projects. “And they worshiped the Dragon who gave power unto the Beast; and they worshiped the Beast, saying who is like the the Beast? Who is able to make war with him,” Revelation 13:4.

As has been suggested, this a war against the the church, and her offspring. Verse four makes it clear that the leopard despite the influences of the Dragon is beatable. But this creature and its masters are resilient, and lives for another day. So can we, will we rise to the occasion, and work to deny this abominable creature more time?

Verse five is about the success of the leopard because of the power of the Dragon. As was said earlier, the church has the benefit of spiritual insight. The leopard wants Jerusalem! That is what the Middle East crisis is all about. Especially the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. With this verse being about a time on earth known as the great tribulation. A topic for another discussion.

One final note, we are engaged in earths final global warfare which is denied by the beastly governments. How long will it last-not known! How bad will it get-bad! How will it end? “… by He and who is to come, the Almighty of Revelation 1:8. Why? Because if not, “All flesh shall be destroyed, and for the elects sake (Jews and Christians) those days shall be shortened,” Matthew 24:22. But in the meantime, “Those who keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ,” Revelation 12:17. The body of believers, His church, has not been excused from fighting this leopard/bear/lion like creature. Possessing a Muslim wherever a Muslim is seen. Who equally is the master the beastly governments.

The Blood from the Begotten of Strange Children

Continuing with the thundering voice of God, as ushered through Jacob. Who gathered his sons to tell them about the last days, Genesis 49:1. A voice that has echoed through the ages, as the very voice of God. With one constant theme, obey God, and shun evil. And prepare for the last days because once those days arrive, the Kingdom of our God can’t be far below the horizon. In the span of time, how far, it’s unknown to us mortals. Our duty is to be that voice for God until that time. And as history unfolds, we have our work cut out for us.

So, on with the second theme of the Begotten of Strange Children. In that theme was developed through the previous discussion, it might be helpful for clarity purposes to read it. Because we are talking about behaviors that anger God. And, there are always consequences for that. They manifest themselves in many ways. With no doubt some of them haunting the earth today with global strife in many forms. In a way they are God’s ticket to a better way, but the people will not pay attention, so the woes will only intensify.

At any rate the second departure from God’s edicts is the matter of abortions. We have recorded for us this scared prohibition. “You will not kill,” Exodus 20:13. What God is addressing here is intentional murder. Just because the government says, abortions are legal that does not make them legal from God’s perspective, nor should it from the perspective of His church. His chosen agent on earth to oppose evil. The adjective chosen was inserted in the previous sentence because God has supernatural forces at His disposal to rebuke murders.

As many know, Dr.George Tiler, tagged as “Tiler the baby killer,” was executed in 2009 for murdering children yet to be born. Repeatedly taking the lives of babies from their mother’s womb. Mother’s in the third trimester of their pregnancy. At a time when life is viable outside of the mother’s womb. When this occurs it is murder, even when the government declares that it is not murder. Roe -v- Wade did not set aside God’s Law, “You will not kill.” It is not suggested that his murderer was a supernatural force sent by God.

State sponsored abortions represent complex issues that do not always present themselves with easy answers. Perhaps some abortions are necessary, for reasons beyond the scope of this discussion. But all abortions, when preformed out of convenience, for any, and all parties, that represents a violation of God’s law, “You will not kill.”

So what about the murderer, Scott Roedr, the person charged with the killing of Dr. Tiler. Did he break God’s law, “You will not kill?” Some would argue not necessarily, because the killing represented a justifiable killing. In our society which is mostly Christian in name but not by practice. The Mr Roedr’s  are amplified as martyrs while the Dr. Tiler’s are vilified.

Those of us, who name Jesus Christ as our Savior, are caught between two worlds. For us, the Obama government represents the other world. A world to which we have no obligation to honor, let alone obey. Power is with them, so to walk to the beat of a different drummer will have consequences. In every sense of the word, we are foreigners with nothing in common with the Obama world or whatever administration is in power.

We represent a King in exile while here waiting His return. While waiting we have many duties. One of which is to prepare for the coming of the King of Kings, Jesus Christ. Who will reign from the Mount of Olives in the sacred city of Jerusalem. Whose kingdom will be our world. It’s ours now, its just that our King has not arrived yet. But that does not make it any less real for us because anticipation is half the dream.

And while preparing for that world, as has been said else where in this discussion, we must oppose state evil, as did Mr. Roedr. No! I’m not suggesting that people should pick up guns and start killing people in the name of preventing state evils. There are many other routes to take in combating state evils beside using death as a weapon. Our primary weapon is announcing the life transforming power of Jesus Christ. That’s God’s most potent supernatural force for dealing with we mortals. It has this effect which can’t be understood intellectually because it must be experienced. It’s recorded like this, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (Scriptural text:2 Corinthians 5:17).

But for those, who have had such an experience and travel the newness of that life. Understand the following. Because those who live that way might experience martyrdom, as did Stephen in Acts chapter seven.He accused the authorities of being killers, Acts 7:52-53. They felt betrayed, verse 54, as do governmental administrations when challenged about their evils. With American liberties disappearing and anti-Christendom intensifying. Christian persecutions and prosecutions aren’t far below the horizon. As they stoned Stephen, so they might stone us. So Stephen prayed, verse 58-59, as should we, whatever the degree of persecutions or prosecutions. With prayer and martyrdom serving as powerful weapons. It’s one vital lesson of history. People rally around just causes. And finally, Stephen knelt down and cried with a loud voice. “Lord do not charge them with this [murder] sin. And when he had said this he fell asleep.” verse 60.

The journey is short. Discover your purpose and mission. And if it has a Stephen like ring to it know this because it’s supernatural. Because it was the LORD speaking through Moses to Aaron, to us today, “The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the LORD lift His countenance upon you, and give you peace.” (Scriptural texts:Numbers 6:24-26).

The Begotten of Strange Children

Thundering across the skies with increasingly greater noise are the teachings of Jacob, who gathered his sons and said, “Gather together, that I may tell you what shall befall you in the last days.” (Scriptural text:Genesis 49:1).

We are his children, the offspring of one of Jacob’s sons Joseph. And Joseph had two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh. With Hosea chiming in and saying, “They have dealt treacherously against the LORD.” Describing this treachery as the “begotten of pagan children.” (Scriptural text:Hosea 5:7a,b, KJV). Declared to be behaviors by thought, actions and accomplished deeds which are viewed as the ultimate departure from His counsel, as recorded in the scriptures. And from the last discussion, arose the question, to be answered here. Just what might be some of those departures?

For now, two such departures will be discussed. With the second to be discussed later. With the first being Americas determination to sanction homosexual life styles as accepted behaviors. It is to be expected that the government would sanction and see homosexual behaviors as normal relationships. With such people being afforded all civil conveniences entitled by law to non-homosexual people.

One of the failing and falling beauties of America, is our constitutional wall of separation between church and state. In the past, the Body of Christ, people like you and me, who literally are the church. We were strong enough to keep the government in check. With the ability of the church in all aspects of governance which was able to deny the government the authority to legalize homosexual marriages. How can the church be an influence for God, when even some churches are sanctioning homosexual behavior. Even going so far, as to ordain homosexual clergy. When God’s prohibition against homosexuality is not questionable. It’s clearly recorded for all time in Leviticus 20:13, that such behavior is an abomination to God and worthy of death. Here are the the exact words, “If a man lies with with male, as he lies with a woman, both have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.”

At one time the union of American states was unanimous in its stand against homosexuality. But, one by one, states fell victim to what God condemns. Some by their state legislators, others by state and federal courts. Finally the nations highest court stepped in and delivered a death blow to America. By spitting in God’s face, by ruling in favor of what He condemned.

May God be gracious to us by raising up His sleeping church to take its rightful role as the inhibitors of all, who would mock God because of His sacred edicts.

There are those, who would argue that Old Testament prohibitions against homosexuality passed with the ushering in of Christendom. Advancing their position by asserting that the Old Testament was about the law while the New Testament is about mercy through grace.

While both arguments have merit, but one does not cancel out the other. Because the New Testament picks up the Old Testament prohibition against homosexuality. In the book of Romans this condemnation of homosexual is found. “Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves. Who exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever, Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections; for even their women did exchange the natural use for that which is against nature; and likewise also men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another, men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves recompense of their error which was fitting,” Romans 1:24:27.

For closure, behavior is classified as being moral or immoral. With the highest law available for guidance being God’s law as contained in our holy scriptures. Therefore, to be moral is to condemn homosexuality and oppose any governmental ruling that says otherwise. To be immoral is to accept the opposite of what God’s condemns.

Furthermore, there are many mysterious occurrences that surround us. One of which are the scriptures quoted for this discussion. They represent the very living essence of God today. We discover this in John 1:1, which breathes the following, “In the beginning was the WORD, and the WORD was with GOD and the WORD was GOD.” Then examine Isaiah 55:11, followed by John 3:8. That’s why we call it the living breathing WORD!

Global warming and catastropic diseases

The way things are, does not mean that they have to be that way. Because two people in Eden, decided that they wanted to do things their way and not God’s way. With God  asking, “Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?” Genesis 3:11b. With an affirmative answer of blame found in verses 12-13. One of the most human of all traits, the blame game.

As opposed to assuming personal responsibility which has led to individual and nation states conflicts. Their act of disobedience altered humanities destiny forever. And that attitude with its consequences has been passed onto us for centuries. With people making it a priority to  being true to themselves first and foremost. Resulting in the manifestation of a world community of nations hostile to our Creator. But only with God’s permission because it’s recorded, “Who in times past allowed all nations  to walk in their own ways,” Acts 14:16. Which has resulted in centuries of suffering and chaos.

Just because God has allowed humanity to defy Him in self defeating pursuits. Does not mean He has abandoned His creation. It just means that life on planet earth is a lot tougher than it has to be. Even for the redeemed in Christ.

The people of obedience and disobedience are in a struggle over a simple notion.The quest of the centuries from Eden, obedience to God or disobedience. In the scriptures the struggle is framed as follows, And the devil said unto Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I will give it to whomever I wish. Therefore, if you will worship before me, all will be yours,” Luke 4:6-7.

Followed by this strong rebuke. “And Jesus answered, and said to him. Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, you shall worship the LORD, your God, and Him only shall you serve, verse eight.”

There we have the battle lines clearly established. With Satan, the master of this world having authority to give the glory of his conquests to the people of disobedience. With the nations battling for preeminence, with each other. But with one condition which is total submission to the prince of the power of the air. Whose very spirit is in and works through the people of disobedience through nation states, as noted in Ephesians 2:2.

For now, God is content to allow things to remain as they are, but with one exception. “Nevertheless, He did not leave Himself without a witness. In that He did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness,” Acts 14:17.

Maybe some thinking outside the box is appropriate here. Because the bounties, or riches of a people, and their nations represents God’s witness of Himself to His creation. And His goodness can as easily be withheld, as given. With His goodness being His attempts to get the attention of an errant people. To acknowledge and submit to the worship of the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve. The absolute duty of individuals and nation states, said by Jesus Himself as aforementioned. The United States and its people were the recipients of His fruitful seasons. Because by actions and deeds that is what characterized America. Unfortunately, by actions and deeds that seems to be an American experience of the past.

And there will be consequences for America and the community of nations. It’s just a matter of how far below the horizon those consequences are. Just as the sun rises above the horizon, so will be our grief. For it is recorded, “For nations shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there shall be famines (from global warming) and pestilences (catastrophic diseases), and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows,” Matthew 24:7-8. “For there shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except these days should be shortened, there should be no flesh saved, Matthew 24:21-22. The message is clear. Turn from the prince of the power of the air, and become part of the elect. And worship the LORD your God, and only Him will you serve.

And to serve Him is to work to ease the chaos and mayhem plaguing the lives of so many people and the world community. Encouraging them to become a part of the elect of God’s obedient people.

Formula for receiving God’s help

A rich Athenian was on a voyage with other passengers, when a violent storm blew up and capsized the boat. All the rest tried to swim to shore, but the Athenian kept calling on God Athena and promising her lavish offerings if he escaped. One of his shipmates shouted to him, “Do not leave it all to Athena; use your arms as well.”

That is what we all should do. Besides invoking the aid of heaven. We must think and act for ourselves. (source: Penguin Classics-Fables of Aesop-God Helps Those Who Help Themselves)

Perhaps it is the easy way out to invoke the aid from God. Only through God’s mercy will the petitioner receive such help. There are many scriptural formulas for receiving God’s help. They all require a lot more than just using ones arms. The following formula requires a lot of thinking and acting. Because in the end whatsoever the petitioner does shall prosper. But it is not a quick fix because it requires a lot of swimming through the oceans of life. Study Psalms 1:1-4, and apply those gems to your life; and prosper. Because in the end verse six will be your reward. While those who seek the Athenian way will experience verses four and five.

What money can not buy

Ever have a night when sleep just will not come? We all do, I suspect, and for various reasons. Some because of nefarious reasons and some for reasons not nefarious at all.

“In the jungle he had rested, knowing that rest was as much of a weapon as a gun. The eyes and the mind much more lethal when alert then a dozen steel weapons strapped to his body.” (source:The Aquitaine Progression, a Robert Ludlum novel)

There is something very divine about the restoration of the body through rest or sleep. Elihu in the book of Job passed on this observation. “In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls upon man, while slumbering on their beds, then He opens the ears of men, and seals their instruction,” Job 33:15-16. When all is right between man and his creator, he emerges, like the Ludlum character revitalized with mind and eyes focused on the task at hand. Able to function in a lethal way of alertness, as opposed to when tired. Having the capability as if he had acquired suddenly unknown assets or abilities. Maybe fitting the awareness of Ludlum’s character of comparing it to having a dozen steel weapons strapped to his body. How many times have you heard it said, ‘let me sleep on it?’ Clarity of purpose and strength often emerge from deep rest. A true gift from God which must be earned! Earned indeed in order to be experienced and enjoyed.

Repeatedly this often is heard, ‘O! what I would give for a good night of sleep.’ If sleep could be bottled and sold, it would make someone very rich. So, if sleep is a gift from God, its fair to ask, how is it obtained?

We are told the following in Psalms 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” Being still is representative of a well recuperated body from deep rest. Because that is what it takes for the body of believers, His church, to overcome all the obstacles and resistance to the Christ message. Both in our personal lives and as we collectively oppose the trends throughout society to smoother the Christ influence. It is the intent of Jesus Christ that His followers work exalt Him among the heathen. And by doing so, He will be exalted through out the earth.

But that can’t occur until, we individually are able to experience the recuperative rest as a gift from God, through sleep. In that this is truly a gift from God, it must be earned. And it’s earned through Psalms 1:1-2, which reads, “Blessed is the person who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits  in the seat of the scornful. Meaning we must separate ourselves from the ways and influences of this world. It’s easy reading but putting it into practice is much more difficult. It’s called living the Godly life. And in doing so, every aspect of ones life takes on new dimensions. It is accomplished in the following manner, “But their delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night.” And that is how the gift of rest, or sleep, is experienced.

That recuperative sleep is carved by so many but denied. Denied because they have chosen the ways of ungodly living at the expense of the bounty’s of the well rested body. And is it any wonder that so many can’t sleep because they are pictured as such, “The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away,” Psalms 1:4. By contrast the godly, well rested, are pictured as a tree, “And they shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth fruit in its season; its leaf shall not wither; and whatsoever they do shall prosper, Psalms 1:3.

Far out pacing the well rested Ludlum character, who emerged from his rest more lethal than one caring a dozen weapons. Money will buy guns, but not the recuperative rest sought by millions. Only Christ centered living can accomplish that.