People Ways and Destines

That which follows, most likely will not stir the interest of most politicians, nor the celebrity status driven people of Hollywood, nor the driven athletic super star. And certainly not the masters of exploitation on Wall Street. With rare exception, they are all about making history, being glamorized or immortalized, and made very wealthy, even if they have to cheat those who can least afford to be cheated. That is the way of the temporal world.

There is a better way and it starts with the recognition of this heralded dispatch of centuries past. “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways says the Lord,” Isaiah 55:8. Then, what are the ways and thoughts of the LORD? Many! But hear are a few, master them, and find the destiny of prosperity. And of course, learn to avoid what is made clear by instructions from our sacred scriptures.

In that quest, do not think in terms of being a history maker, or being glamorized, or immortalized or wealthy beyond your imagination. Although that is not beyond a possibility, but rather think in terms of a destiny of prosperity in obedience to Jesus Christ. For those, who make that journey, they have indeed discovered the destiny of prosperity. Because another eternal promise from the promise maker is, “Behold! I come quickly and My reward is with Me to give to each according to their work,” Revelation 22:12.

Here is one path to that destiny of prosperity. “Happy are the people, who walk not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful, But their delight is in the law of the LORD; and in His law they meditate day and night. They shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season; its leaf shall not wither; and whatsoever they do shall prosper,” Psalms 1:1-3. Again, think in terms of the spiritual and not the temporal.

As contrasted by the tumultuous experiences thrust upon the history seeking makers, celebrity status folks, heroes from the world of athletics and those dollar crunchers, who do so at any cost. Irregardless of the harm done.  Collectively who are described as like this, “But the ungodly (realize that some who say Lord, Lord are of the ungodly) are not so, but are like the chaff (waste) which the wind drives away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous (meaning when life is over for them they will not know the rewards mentioned above, Revelation 22:12).  For the LORD knows the way of the righteous; (godly in Christ) but the way of the ungodly shall perish,” (meaning the second death of eternal nothingness which is the inability to withstand the judgment, Revelation 20:15, but to get the full impact of nothingness read verses 11-14, also), Psalms 1:4-6.

All because of the following. “For the preaching of the cross is to them that parish is foolishness, but unto us who are saved it’s the power of God,” 1 Corinthians 1:18.

With a quick glance back to the first paragraph as a refresher of the ways and destinies of so very many. Those numerous pursuits are experienced as follows, “For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent,” 1 Corinthians 1:19. It’s very difficult to convince people that they are not wise and prudent in their pursuits.

God is beginning to pinch the wayward ways of the self obsessed of paragraph one. Who want a kingdom, but with out God involved in any way. Especially the history seekers, who mostly represent our system of government. And because of the them, that pinch is feeling more like a bite. For all, even the Christ community, who may really be the ultimate target of that bite.

Because, it’s the dwindling Christ community that stands in the way of the gods of temporality.

Coexistence costly

On a particular day Jesus was meant by some angry people, who confronted him directly. Challenging Him by demanding, if you are the Christ tell us directly.

With a public out cry occurring with Jesus engaging in this exchange of words. I told you, and you believed not; the works that I do in my Father’s name they bear witness of Me. But you believed not because you are not one of us. My people hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never parish, neither shall anyone plunk them out of My Father’s hand. My Father, who gave them to Me is greater than all, and no man can plunk them out of the Father’s hand. I and my Father are one! That was more than the gathering mob could endure. This Christ, born of a woman, and equating Himself with God was worthy of death by stoning.

Jesus showing no fear said, many good works have I shown you from My Father; which of those works are going to cause you to stone me?  The mob was quick to respond. For good works, we’ll not stone you. But for equating Yourself with God, for that we’ll stone you! (source John 10:23-33)

When Jesus walked the hallowed territories of Palestine, He was often confronted by an opposing religion to his teachings. Who had the support of a wimpy political system that tried to walk on both sides of the street at the same time. Which led to the brutal murder of Jesus.

Now two thousand years later those of us, who hear His voice, and have His eternal promises which never ages. Know that we can’t be plunked from the Father’s hand because Jesus is the Father. But we can be stoned by a suicide bomber because we know Allah is not God and Muhammad has no standing as a prophet in these United States. And that Islam is a sham as a religion, and must be seen as a military political system determined to impose Islamic law upon the United States.

There are two things wrong with this scenario. Muslims disagree with my caricature of Allah and his prophet while fully waring for an America under Islamic law. While, we have a wimpy government in Washington. Doing their best to repeat the tragedy that Jesus encountered. By walking on both sides of the street at the same time. Which if allowed to continue, will result in the brutal murder of many.

The cost of discipleship is ones willingness to put oneself in harms way for Christ. As did Jesus, when declaring himself to be God. So to, must we, as Christ believers. When we denounce Islam for what it is, a military political system determined to remake America in the image of Allah and Muhammad.

The work of God and its consequences

Yes, people of God, are directed to be separate from secularism. It works in the following manner. And what accord has Christ with Belail (meaning nothingness)? Or they that believe with unbelievers? 2 Corinthians 6:15. Clearly showing a separation between two very different pursuits in this world.

Whether the majority within the general public accepts the nothingness of their society, it is immaterial to the responsibilities of individual committed Christians. In the end their individual and collective societies will return to dust from which they came. Not a pleasant reality but accurate as it is truthful from the scriptures.

That is what individual death, and the changing of world powers is all about. Death is observable all the time, nothingness and dust. With the changing of world powers being less frequent. But it is happening right before us today, as the United States slips from being the global premiere economic and military power. The United States will clearly become the paper tiger that some noticed some time ago. It all represent God’s clear object lessons of the nothingness outside of His directives. That is what human suffering is all about. It started in the book of Genesis. It helps some to understand the Psalmist lamenting, “Why do the nations rage and the people imagine a vain thing?” Psalms 2:1.

The hope for America is to reclaim her destiny from our ancestors Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Manasseh, David and Jesus Christ. Three nations have enjoyed unusual blessings from God. They are Israel, Great Britain and the United States. But each in their own way, are in the grips of the prophecy of Hosea chapter five Which can be summed up in verse four, …”And they have not known the LORD.” Meaning to have failed to dot the (i’) and cross their (t’) in accordance with God’s directives.

“And what agreement has the temple of God (you and me) with idols? verse 16a. The church should be about the business of the church, as exemplified by Jesus Christ. Who was murdered for his opposition to secular governments and religious fraud. Verse 16b continues, “For you are the temple of the living God …” Which represents a vast difference between people. Pursuing very different approaches to life. One which sees the bigger picture outside of themselves where existence continues after all seemingly ends. While the other grapples to survive gathering prestige and other stuff, knowing that in a several decades it all ends forever. One represents a glorious existence while the other a pitiful end.

Which is why the command is specific, “Wherefore, come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord …,” verse 17a.

Which will now take us to Acts of the church, where we find centuries later the young church lamenting the cries of the Psalmist in chapter two, verses two and three. But the scene has changed, but the behavior being the same. Note the similarities then and at the time of the early church. “… Why did the nations rage, and the people plot vain things? The kings (governments) took their stand, and the rulers were gathered against the Lord, and against His Christ. For truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom you have anointed. Both Herod, Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel where gathered together. To do whatever Your hand and Your purpose determined before to be done,” Acts 4:25-28. Meaning it is the revolving door of history repeating itself through the centuries. Begging for wise people not to repeat the historical errors of their predecessors. Which is to reject God and His Christ, who is the only figure, who can alter the nothingness of existence. Nullifying the rage between the nations. Bringing an end to the vain imaginations of the people.

Verse 16a, wants to know what possible agreement could exist between the temple of God and idols? Although touched upon above, the term idols represents the perfect pursuit of nothingness. All those pursuits, whatever they may be outside of the sanctions of God Almighty.

But for those of us, who diligently pursue the sacred sanctions of God. This is where our fortitude to persevere comes from. It is put in this manner, “Or do you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you? Whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which is God’s,” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.

The world that most are engaged in amounts to nothingness. While the world, of those who have the compact of 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, remain in a world called somethingness with earthly challenges and divine rewards. It all comes down to personal and national choices. Individually, and collectively as groups of nations, crunch time is always on the horizon.

Jesus seeking Magdalenes and rebel rousers for Christ

On the last Thursday, before he was murdered, Mary Magdalene anointed Jesus with a very expensive herb. Drawing some rather sharp criticism from Judas. Which drew a sharp rebuke from Jesus. Issuing a new commandment instructing followers that where ever the gospel is shared tribute should be given to her.

Why? Because God was about to end one covenant with humanity, and begin a new covenant. During his earthly ministry, Jesus was accustomed to having people always wanting something done for them. Now, comes Mary, and does not ask anything for herself. Instead she anoints the head of Jesus, Matthew 26:7 and his feet, John 12:3. This was an act of contriteness, respect, and worship. Jesus captured the moment to immortalize Mary. By saying, “Verily I say unto you, wherever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world. It shall be told what this woman has done as a memorial of her,” Matthew 26:13.

Three simple words, but it is exactly what God expects from us today. Which this discussion will only touch upon, but one that much can be learned

Two ministerial functions were taking place. Jesus said, Mary performed a ceremonial rite in preparation for his death, Matthew 26:12. Then Jesus told his disciples that soon he would leave them. Mary’s act of contrition was to signal that his relationship with us would change. In his absences the prayer of petitioning Jesus would end.There would be no more miracles. His followers (you and me) our approach should also be one of contriteness. Meaning recognition of our sinful nature. Seeking redemption through Christ, as exemplified in John 1:12, “But as many as received him, to them gave he the power to become the children of God, even them that believe on his name.” Followed by worship verse 13-14, Who was born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the WORD was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we should behold his glory, as the glory of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. Followed by service to humanity, as exemplified by John who bore witness of him … verses 15-18.

Note how John dealt with the religious and civil authorities sent to question him, John 1:19-23. This is the witness, or service of John, who are you? John replied not the Christ. Again asking, what are you and who are you? John answered, “I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness. Wilderness representing the vast nothingness of temporal society. Following the instructions of Isaiah who said make for the way of the Lord! Like John, the Christ followers primary duty from the wilderness is a duty to reject, turn away and over throw. Any religious or civil authorities, who do not recognize the authenticity of preparing the way of the Lord.

Knowing this would be a tough sell, Jesus said, that he would sometime in the future intervene in the affairs of humanity. During this interim period, humanity would be left to its own devices as to how to manage the planet. As everyone can see, collectively the planet is not being managed in a successful manner. Surely, it is not from the lack of people praying and asking God for miracles. Name your hot button! Maybe it is the end of America’s wars. Saving lives, and trillions for an economy desperate in need of money, or global warming. Could be a personal relationship, or some health issue. And, the list could go on for pages, with things pretty much remaining unchanged.

Today the duty is to stop asking and start doing. Prepare the way of the Lord because only Christ can provide the kind government people want. We start by resisting evil manifested through corrupt governments and fraudulent religions. Who combine their numbers to exert subjugating tactics that paralyze the people. To the extent that most can not act to obtain their own best interest. Making many people subservient to political and religious systems alien to their instincts. Find those instincts, shred them and liberation is yours.

Here is on of of those tactics for subservient submission. Prayer is often addressed by the clergy in around about manner. When people ask, or complain about the silence of God. The safe answer is it is not the will of God or some other flimsy answer. Which of course is, not very comforting to the parishioner. Today is a different time in which Christians are to stop asking and start doing.

What many do not understand, but most suspect, many churches are about the building of steel, wood and concrete castles that generate money, prestige, and power for the clergy. The church for the most part is not about the execution of the work of Christ. Because of this the church has given the world a kingdom without God. This is how Jesus describes the failure of the Church. Because you say you are rich, and increased in goods, and have need of nothing. Do you not know, wrote John, as heaven opened its gates and granted this observation, you are wretched, poor, blind, and naked, Revelation 3:17.

But according to verse nineteen, there is hope. We as a body of believers still have time to impact our world. Taking away its kingdom. By preparing the way for the return of Christ. “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten; be zealous, therefore and repent,” Revelation 3:19.

As always the choice is ours, be silent and go with the flow, or determined mutiny is the answer. Which must occur, when one prepares for the way of the Lord.

It’s a terrible time for the United States

Israel has a new leader a youthful military leader. And from the get go, he receives his commission. It was valid for Joshua 14 centuries before God became Jesus Christ. But back to Joshua this is what God told Joshua and us today. “This book of the law (for us grace) (but with binding truths to be practiced like the law) shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate therein day and night, that you might may observe to do according to all that is written therein; for then you shall be made very prosperous, and you shall have good success,” Joshua 1:8.

The pure unadulterated word of God offers individuals and the world community everything desired and yet it’s refused. Wonder in confusion and trapped by nothingness is the plight of many and certainly governments. With the United States being at the top of the pack of nations. Because the book of Genesis teaches that God expected so very much from the United States.

Judgment will plague the United States because the United States has moved into the dark days of Noah, where God saw that every intent of his heart was evil. 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 earth, both man and beast, creeping things, birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah, found grace in the eyes of the LORD. And humanity, was given a second chance. (Texts:Genesis 6:6-8).

Then came Sodom and Gomorrah two cities consumed by brimstone and fire from the LORD of the heavens. Cities vaporized, as smoke from a furnace. (Texts:Genesis 19:24;28). Why? Because homosexuality knew no boundaries, and God said, “Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is grave. I will go down now and see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry against it that has come to me; and if not I will know.” (Texts Genesis 19:20-21).

Reverberating from the heavens, throned by God, comes this from Jude, as “Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and have gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.” (Texts Jude 1:7).

From Los Angeles, California, 02 June 2013:Lutheran assembly elects gay bishop. Openly gay bishop, Rev. DR. R. Guy Erwin, elected to a six year term on Friday, 31 May 2013. The Evangelical Lutheran church made a rule change in 2009. Which allows gays, and lesbians to be ordained in the nations largest Lutheran synod.

But for those of us in Christ, as it was for Joshua, so it’s for us, “Have not I commanded you? Be strong; be not afraid, neither be dismayed; for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go,” Joshua 1:9.

With those promises comes Americas tomorrow’s. Those of us in Christ will be ready for the battles with evil that we’ll encounter. And by God’s grace, like Noah, He will preserve us from the nations dreadful destiny. And many of those battles will be tossed our way by our own government. Because wickedness, and sexual immorality is now the nations infrastructure.

Such a shame for the ancestors of Manasseh, the people who make up the United States. We are going the way of Manasseh’ younger brother Ephraim, Great Britain. Who has fallen so far from the mountain top, that she is no longer recognized as a major power in any area, on the world theater.

So what we have here is prophecy reinvented in the twenty first century. And suggestions, as to how to find grace in God’s sight. It’ll be an individual experience and not a national deliverance. America is doomed to experience some horrific times. Her glory days are behind her. Be smart, be sure, to be right with God.

The genesis effect

As part of our nature, human curiosity is never satisfied. In one form or another, our species is busy satisfying our curiosity about the things to come. Always wondering what tomorrow will bring, and at times, with personal peril for what will occur today. Which seems to be a constant trait, through out history.

Humanities greatest pursuit should be making sure our today’s are pleasing to God. Then our tomorrow’s will fall into place. What was said of Noah, should be our pursuit today and tomorrow. It was said of Noah, that he had found grace in the eyes of the LORD, Genesis 6:8.

For our time, Paul in Galatians chapter one put it this way. “Who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this evil age. According to the will of God and our Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever, Amen,” verses 4-5. Note, the “will of God.” Many want to know the will of God. Agreed? The, “will of God,” to be delivered from evil through the divine providence of God our Father. Who wants to keep His creation safe. Humanity is made safe through Christ. That can not happen, until one clearly understands, and accepts the Christ sacrifice for individual sin. Christ’s life, His saving power, is then available to deliver us from the influences of this evil world.

Then Jesus taught, “Seek first the ‘kingdom of God’ and ‘His righteousness,” Matthew 6:33. Very important, “Be therefore not anxious about ‘tomorrow;’ for ‘tomorrow’ will be anxious for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is its own evil,” verse 34.

What is meant by the phrase “sufficient unto this day is its own evil? Jesus taught us about that evil in Matthew 24:38-39. It is called by this padre the genesis effect Because it puts into play, the curiosity of the human nature.

Many have paid good money to fortune tellers and others to get a glimpse of the future. And millions could be earned if someone could foretell tomorrow’s history with accuracy. Especially, if they could provided proof as to whether world history as we now know it will end. The good news is, yes, word events as we know them will end. The regretful news no one knows the timing. Jesus put it this way. “the day and hour no man knows, not even the angels of heaven, but my Father only,” Matthew 24:36.

Even the disciples wanted to know when the world would end. “… tell us when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of your coming, and the end of the age?” Matthew 24:3.

Jesus told them it will be just like in the days of Noah, Matthew 24:37. What where those days like? Genesis gives this account. It was a time of unusual wickedness. Humanities pursuit was a thought process of producing only evil, Genesis 6:5. So successful was humanity in this endeavor that the earth was corrupted with violence, Genesis 6:11. To the point that God regretted that He created humanity. Moses expressed God’s sorrow with these words, “it grieved Him at His heart,” Genesis 6:5-6.

But God is always merciful, in Noah God had a just man. Perfect in his generation for he walked with God, Genesis 6:9.

God had determined to end that age with a devastating flood. God said unto Noah, “The end of all flesh is come before me. The earth is filled with violence through them. Behold I will destroy them with the earth,” Genesis 6:13. Going on to instruct Noah to build an ark, verse 14. Then entering into a new relationship with Noah with the entering of the ark, Genesis 6:18.

So will it be in the unknown future when God will have had enough of humanities wickedness. Noah’s ark served as a prophetic picture that evil is an abomination to God to be destroyed.

But as Noah, found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Becoming a just man perfect in his generation, and able to walk with God. That is the destiny of people who find grace in Jesus. Becoming perfect in our generation, and able to walk with God. The path to that walk was introduced above.

For it is the promise of scriptures that this age will end, and all those in Christ will have an Ark like experience. Not on the waters but in the sky.

What a Presidential term amounts to for the electorate

The role President Ronald Reagan played in establishing world terror haunts the world today. So far in the past, but true, he was a President, that so many Americans revere. Who like most American Presidents had one focus. Which was his own self interest to go into the history books with greatness attached to his name.

What Americans should demand from congress. Is a national motto. Perhaps stamped on our currency broadcasting “to Hell with the People.” Because that is the end result of their service to the American public. That is most applicable for both foreign and domestic policy. Just think of the trillions spent fighting wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria. And now with ISSI wars that were not and are not win able. With Obama telling the world that ISSI is on the run as a defeated enemy. But ISSI tells a different story as Allah’s best warriors inflect death and mayhem, at will and any where through out the world. With Iraq being more allied with Iran than with the United States. As for Afghanistan, O well, she’ll always remain a place where civilized people would not choose to live.

At home who do you think is responsible for what plagues America? None other than the Reid’s, McConnell’s, Ryan’s, Peloso’s, Clinton’s and the Obama’s. With lies, deceit and self interest being their captive forces. All of whom, who have contributed to the phenomenon of Donald Trump. Because those legislators, and the President make lies, deceit and self interest so attractive. Having convinced the electorate that recovery through prosperity has arrived. But the electorate are now waking up after absorbing decades of their political trickery. After having been told its the resilience of capitalism in the market place. Now the electorate knows its the truth for the few with continued financial hardships for the many. Having caught on to the nastiest of political trickery which is play the blame game. The electorate use to believe that election cycles represented a chance for change for the good. But now the electorate has discovered it isn’t so. They now know that elephants and jack asses are one and the same. They just look different but share this commonalty. Self survival at the expense of others. Welcome Donald to the White House because the electorate is willing to take the chance that you’ll make America great again.

Fault goes deeper than that because the mess the country and the world is in today is largely the fault of the Christians. Because we have allowed our government to govern from a perspective of non-Christian principles. And we the public, to whom the republic belongs must now pay the consequences. As a church, we are to splintered to be agents for change. Our hope rests in the prayer Jesus taught. “After this manner when you pray…. “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth…,” Matthew 6:9-10. Meaning, of course, until that time, work to have government function from a Christ perspective. Even a few can make a difference. The impossible can occur! Jesus said, “…. but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and cast into the sea, it will be done,'” Matthew 21:21. But only through hard strenuous work with perhaps the loss of some lives. Because Jesus was not talking about enormous clusters of rock, stones, ores, trees and dirt making grandeur mountain sites to behold and marvel over. With Jesus perhaps suggesting that mountain sites of great grandeur, represent human governments. The task of the church is to cast those mountains of great grandeur into the sea. Challenging people to be all they can be for Jesus. Then reshaping governmental institutions, committed to serve the public good, for the glory of God.

While a university student, studying political science. Professors often used the expression “might makes right.” It was always phrased as a question. As they went around the globe pointing out the over throw of sovereign governments by U.S. administrations. The various presidents of these administrations used their private or personal army for these regime changes, the Central Intelligence Agency. In particular, this student recalls the time spent by a professor lecturing on the aftermath of the Iranian revolution for the United States. Which ushered in the clerical party of fundamentalist Muslims, headed by Ayatollah Khomeini.

The CIA put the brutal government of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi in power in 1953. His brutalization of the Iranian people employing his secret police, the Savak. Which fostered such hate for the Shah, that it resulted in the Shah fleeing to Morocco.

Most likely, the CIA sensing that their long time client was about to lose his control over the Iranian people. Found them busy in Paris, France, creating a new friendship with none other than Ayatollah Khomeini. Khomeini was busy forming a new Iranian government. In order to succeed he would need the support of the Americans.

In the United States, a presidential campaign was going on. Later it became known that members of the Reagan campaign were meeting with Khomeini in Paris. The plan keep the American hostages contained in the U.S. Embassy until Ronald Reagan was elected.

So Khomeini’s Iran, and Reagan’s America both got what they wanted. When all is finally played out on the world stage. It will be an arrangement that the United States will regret, more and, more and more.

The Islamic Republic of Iran is a global force. Reeking havoc where ever it is able to root itself. With Islam as its national religion. Islam amounts to a deadly weed, and the world of civilized nations once again needs to exterminate this unsightly growth. Because if the civilized world fails to do so, the end result will be the strangulation of world stability. Know this, the only force that can accomplish this, is the body of believers, who make up the Church of Jesus Christ.

The United States with its power could have moved to replaced the Shah with a true form of a democratic government. Would not have been an easy task because of the U.S. backing of the Shah for decades. But the Iranians were not any more presupposed to a Islamic fundamentalist government. When “might makes right” it was more important to win an election than move to create a democratic government. Which was a colossal error. How colossal the error, only time will tell? Because the clerical government of Ayatollah Khomeini lives on.

The CIA always felt that the Iran was strategic to the control of the Middle East. Not only the Middle East, but the entire world. From that CIA blunder, the Islamic Republic of Iran was created. From that Iranian Republic, the graphics of might making right has been rendered obsolete. With a modern version for inflicting might in order to make things right from an Islamic perspective.

Here we are in the twenty first century and the United States is experiencing the Iranian version of “might makes right.” And just think, all this because of a cowboy. Who became President, and made political deals with the Devil. Resulting in pain, and suffering for Americans then, and now!

What is happening in the world today can be only understood from a religious perspective. That is one lesson the Islamic Republic of Iran is busy teaching the United States and the world community. And they have their allies, even in the United States as they establish one more mosque after another. Global mayhem today is the handmaiden of Islam. Donald Trump says he understands that and that he’ll correct it. It has been said the best learned lessons are learned the hard way. Then, sometimes it is just to late. Let us hope it is not to late for the United States. Will the electorate give Trump the oval office as the nations last chance to learn some lessons the hard way?

Resisting Evil

News that reverberates across the news wires that never fades.

“The abortion debate *turns deadly,* “A doctor known for the performing late term abortions is gunned down.”

Someone responded, “What do you mean, turns deadly? As if abortion hasn’t turned turned deadly with more than 50 million babies murdered since, Roe v Wade.”

State sponsored abortions represents complex issues that do not always present themselves with easy solutions. Perhaps some abortions are necessary for reasons beyond the scope of this discussion. But a abortions preformed out of convenience, for any and all parties represents a violation of God’s law, “You shall not Kill,” Exodus 20:13. Which includes state sanctioned murders, for what the state call, just wars.

From the secular perspective, “Today when a concerted effort is made to obliterate this point, it can not be repeated to often that the Constitution is a limitation on government, not on individuals. It does not prescribe the conduct of private individuals, only the conduct of the government. It’s not a charter for government power, but a charter of the citizens protection against the government,” Author novelist, Ayn Rand, 1905-1982.

From the scriptural perspective. In times long forgotten God’s people did a better job resisting state evil, as did Daniels friends, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. From the historical record we have this account. The king issued a law requiring all his subjects to worship the idol he had made. And as with state sponsored evil, failure to comply brought consequences, Daniel 3:5-7. And Daniels friends bore the consequences, for putting God’s law ahead of government edicts, Daniel 3:14-15. Telling the king directly, “…. be it known unto you O King, that we will not serve your God’s. nor worship the golden image which you have set up,” Daniel 3:18. Because God’s law ordained, “You will not make unto yourself images, or likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth,” Exodus 20:4-5. Because God offers His own consequences for such behavior, “….visiting the iniquity of your fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generations that hate me,” Exodus 20:5. “And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love, and keep my commandments,” Exodus 20:6. Which was also the experience of Daniels friends. And because the king was mad, an exceeding hot fire was ignited in the furnace, Daniel 3:19. And they were cast into the furnace but suffered no harm, 20;23;25. Because the three experienced the mercy of God, Exodus 20:6.

But in more modern times, we have the courageous Martin Luther, who defied the Roman Catholic Church, and helped usher in the Protestant Reformation. To Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who resisted Hitler’s Nazism and paid for it with his life. To Scott Roeder, who assassinated, ‘Tiller the Baby Killer,’ Sunday 31 May 2009.

But the perfect example for defying evil, is God himself, who asked? “Why do the heathen [nations] rage and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of this earth set themselves up, and the rulers take counsel against the LORD His anointed [Jesus Christ]. Saying let us break their bands asunder and cast their cords from us [God’s laws and influences]. Then shall He speak unto them in His wrath, and vex [difficulties] them with His displeasure, Psalms 2:1-5.

Remember Jesus said, “I and my Father are one,” John 10:30. Part of picking up the cross [Matthew 16:24] and its about sacrifice [Matthew 16:25] and rewards [Matthew 16:27] and following Jesus is to resist, Psalms 2:2-3.

The Begotten Strange Children

Thundering across the skies with increasing greater noise are the teachings of Jacob, who gathered his family together and said, “… gather that I may tell you that which will befall you in the last days,” Genesis 49:1.

It’s a long history, but we are the offspring of Joseph’s sons Ephraim and Manasseh. With Hosea chiming in and saying, they have dealt treacherously against the LORD. Describing treachery as the *begotten strange children,* Hosea 5:7. Declared to be behaviors by thought, actions and deeds viewed by God as the ultimate departure from His counsel as recorded in the scriptures. And so, a fair question is, what do those departures represent?

For now, two such departures will be discussed. With the first being Americas sanctioning of homosexual life styles as acceptable behaviors. It is to be expected that the government would sanction and see homosexual behaviors as normal relationships. With such people being offered all civil conveniences entitled by law to non-homosexual people. An act of government and not God. Marriage from God’s perspective is as such, “Therefore a man shall leave his mother and father and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” (Text:Genesis 2:24).

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, perhaps people like you and me, who literally are the church. We were strong enough to keep the government in check. The responsibility of the church in all aspect aspects of governance. Able to deny the government the authority to legalize homosexual marriages. How can the church be a 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 is clearly recorded in Leviticus 20:13, that such behavior is an abomination and worthy of death. Here are the exact words, “If a man lie with mankind, as he lies with a woman, both have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” Their blood against them; and with blood being the source of life, suggesting that such abominable decadency will be passed on to succeeding generations. Which is certainly visible in America today, and with such abominations being worthy of death. As the nations stature as a world leader, with prosperity for its citizens, disappears. Wake up America, and do some serious thinking. Is this what you want for yourself and your family? If not condemn what God condemns by your actions.

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. Thank God that the people of California and Florida, prevailed by denying the government the authority to condone what God condemns. Then the nations highest court stepped in and said the hell with God. Gays have the same marital rights heterosexuals. And with the voice of five Supreme Court justices they condemned God. Thus without knowing it the justices condemned themselves and the nation. May God be gracious to us by raising up the sleeping church to take its rightful role as the inhibitors of all state evils.

The other departure, without question is the matter of abortions. We have recorded for us this sacred prohibition. “Thou shall 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. And from the perspective of his church, his agent to oppose state evil.

Remember the infamous, Dr. George Tiller, tagged as “Tiller the baby killer,” executed on a Sunday for the children yet to be born. Repeatedly taking babies from their mother’s womb. Mother’s in their 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 it is not murder. Roe v Wade did not set aside God’s law!

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

So what about the accused, Scott Roeder, convicted of the killing and serving life in prison. Did he break God’s law, “You shall not kill?” Not necessarily, if the killing represents a justifiable killing, some would argue. For Mr. Roeder, it doesn’t matter because the state has prosecuted the case without the influence of the church. Again the church needs to step up, and make itself heard, and felt. For now history will forever, vilify, Mr. Roeder, and Dr. Tiller will be amplified, as a martyr. Neither is a villain or martyr, but rather sinners who were in need of the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

Those of us, who name Jesus Christ as our Savior are caught between two worlds. For us, the Obama government represents the other world, which we have no obligation to honor, let alone to obey. One of our duties is is to prepare for the coming of the Kings of Kings, Jesus Christ, who will reign from Jerusalem. Whose world is our world. And while preparing for that world, as has been said else where in this discussion, we oppose state evil. But we do not kill, as did Mr. Roeder. Death is solely a discretionary entitlement solely determined by God Almighty. And He a has an arsenal of weapons, to do just that. And for the spiritual discerning, its playing out in America, now! Vengeance is mine saith the Lord; “Beloved do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay,'” says the Lord. (Text:Romans 12:19).

Service to Jesus is a privilege and not an obligation. Certainly the Creator of everything that is, who solely determines all boundaries, needs not the assistance of any mortal being to accomplish whatever He determines. But when privileged to serve and do things the Christ way which is to preach the gospel. Then make no mistake because those who live that way will be martyred, as was Stephen in Acts 7. He accused the authorities of being killers, Acts 7:52-53. They felt betrayed, verse 54. As will, U.S. governments, as the nation becomes less Christ honoring. And they stoned Stephen, but Stephen prayed, verses 59-60. And finally, Stephen knelt down and prayed with a loud voice. “Lord lay not this [murder] sin to their charge. And when he had said that he fell asleep,”

Big difference between the approach of Stephen and Scott Roeder. And those of us saved by the grace of Jesus should use the approach of Stephen, and leave the violence to God Almighty. Rather it’s homosexuality, abortion, or the evils of Islam.

There you have it, “The Begotten Strange Children.” The behavior of treachery offensive to God. Representing some departures from his recorded counsel in our scriptures. With consequences certain, already emerging upon our national scene.

With the mystery of these discussions being connected to Isaiah 55:11. Then doing what it’s suppose to do, according to John 3:8. And that is why the cause of Christ can never be defeated. Because the author is declared to be, “The Word of God,” Revelations 19:13.

Z for Zeus J for Jesus

A couple of tales that keep circulating. One which is, what goes around comes around, and when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Well here is another from Aesop. With one more to follow which is the most reliable.

Zeus made a bull, Prometheus a man, and Athena a house, and they chose Momus to judge their handiwork. He was so jealous of it that he began to find fault with everything. Zeus he said, had made a mistake in not putting the bull’s eye in its horns to enable him to see what he was butting.

Prometheus’ man should have had his mind attached to the outside of his body; then his thoughts would have been visible, so that wickedness could not be hidden.

As for Athena, she ought to have mounted her house on wheels, so that one could move it without any trouble, if a rogue came to live next door.

Zeus was angered by this display of malice and exiled Momus from Olympus.

Nothing is so good that some fault cannot be found in it. (source-Penguin Classics-Fables of Aesop-“Room for Improvement”)

There will always be fault finders, especially when it comes to our Christian faith. God’s creation has many Momus’ who often chronicled it as having not occurred, as recorded in our scriptures. With the courtyard of earth being polluted with just as many Momus’ denying the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Saying His requirement for repentance in order to avoid the second death, is a fairy tale. And the fault finding could go on for pages.

So what is one to do about such fault finding? Remain true to the scriptures and like the Psalmist sing, “Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in you,” Psalms 32:22. Remember ‘Hope Springs Eternal’ from yesterday? Might be a worthy re-read or first read. Because hope can’t be explained, only experienced.

Knowing that the scriptures are true because, “I am the LORD: that is my name, and My glory will I not give to another, neither My praise to graven images,” Isaiah 42:8. Sure cancels out the validity of Islam. Islam amounts to nothing more than graven images for the Christ believing community. And should be nationally and internationally opposed by the Body of Believers, who make up the church of Jesus Christ.

And John, who saw Jesus clothed with a vesture dipped in blood said; and His name is called, The Word of God,” Revelation 19:13. As it was in ancient times, when the Chronicler said, “But they mocked (found fault) with the messengers of God, and despised His words, and misused His prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against His people, till there was no remedy,” 2 Chronicles 36:16. The fault finding and the abuse continues today and no one should be fooled by the fault finding. “Be not deceived, God is not mocked, (made fun of) for what ever a person sows that shall they reap,” Galatians 6:7. And that folks should help some in the understanding of the very dreary American climate. As our national treasure of ‘Milk and Honey’ from the ‘Land of Plenty’ dissipates.

So times are getting tough and they’ll get tougher. Because the American attitude about our Judeo-Christian heritage pretty much seals the nations fate. Time for the tough, to get tough for Jesus. It’s time to sing and act, “Onward Christian Soldiers”, marching as to war. For the time is approaching, and it has been announced, “And behold! I come quickly, and my reward is with me, to give to every one according as their work shall be,” Revelation 22:12.

Hope Springs Eternal

Two cons became friends in prison. One makes a daring and successful prison break and escapes to Mexico. The other finally paroled. Andy had left a letter for his friend, Red, in which he wrote. “… Meantime have a drink on me and do think it over. I will be keeping an eye out for you. Remember hope is a good thing, Red, maybe the best of things and no good thing ever dies. I will be hoping that this letter finds you well,”

Red in refection, I hope Andy is down there. I hope, I can cross the border. I hope to see my friend and shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope,” Steven King-The Shawshank Redemption.

They say, “Hope Springs Eternal,” with a mystical sense about it. Here is the most mystic of hope. Because hope can’t be explained only experienced.

For we are saved in this hope. But hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? Romans 8:24.

Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, that your faith and hope might be in God, 1 Peter 1:21.

With this mysticism unfolding in ways beyond human comprehension. It’s just accepted and expressed as hope that springs eternal.

But lets take the saved in Christ, somewhere because there was someone who had hoped. “Making hope the best of things and no good thing ever dies.” And in the providence of time this mystical event occurred. “So shall my word that goes out of my mouth; it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and prosper in the thing whereto I sent it,” Isaiah 55:11. With Romans 8:24 and 1 Peter 1:21 occurring like this. “The wind blows where it will, and you hear the sound of it, but can’t tell from where it came from and where it will go; so is everyone that is born of the spirit,” John 3:8.

Sweet Sleep

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

There is something very mystical 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 sleeps falls upon men, in slumberings upon the bed; then He opens the ears of men, and seals their instructions,” Job 33:15-16.

How many times have you heard it said, “Let me sleep on it.” Clarity of purpose often emerges from deep rest. Sleep, a true gift from God which must be earned. Earned through right living, as taught in Psalms 1:1-2, “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law he meditates day and night.”

Doubt it, test it! Over time. And remember, God isn’t a grab bag of goodies, for selfish human interest. Which seems to be a twenty first obsession for far to many. Whispering silent thoughts, like provide it Jesus, or we’ll part ways. Indeed the ways will be parted, and the world suffers.

And the church will be judged, as declared in Revelation 1:20;2:5. Which reads, “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 which you saw are the seven churches. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do your first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.” And understand, it’s not about concrete and stained glass windows, but rather, people washed clean by the blood of the Lamb.

The person at peace with Jesus knows the sleep of recuperation of verse three, “And he shall be like a tree planted by rivers of water, that brings forth fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he does shall prosper.” Not necessarily from the material but rather by spiritual acquisition.

But the person troubled shows the following, “The ungodly (non believers) are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away,” verse four.

Human toil takes us deep into the jungles of aggressive, hostile and sometimes adversarial conflicts. Sometimes such experiences are beyond being exhausted. Yet sleep will not come. But the well rested body knows that sleep, is indeed, as much of a weapon strapped to ones body. Because the rested body results in the mind becoming a lethal functioning machine. Able to prioritize and mow down the toils of human existence.

Actions and their response

A crow sat in a tree holding in his beak a piece of meat he had stolen. A fox which saw him was determined to get the meat. It stood under the tree and began telling the crow what a beautiful big bird he was. He ought to be king of the birds, the fox said; and he would undoubtedly would have been made king, if only he had a voice as well.

The crow was so anxious to prove that he had a voice, that he dropped the meat and croaked for all he was worth.

Up ran the the fox, snapped up the meat and said to him. “If you added brains to all your other qualifications, you would make an ideal king.” (source:Fables of Aesop-Penguin Classics-“A Lesson for Fools”)

Six centuries before Christ, Obadiah wrote the following. “The pride of your heart has deceived you. You who dwell in the clefts of rock, whose habitation is high; you say in your own heart, who shall bring me down to the ground?” Obadiah 1:3.

But such a response, will eventually bring this result. “Though you ascend as high as an eagle,  and though you set your nest among the stars, from there will I bring you down,” says the LORD,” Obadiah 1:4.

Forever wise counsel, “… Be not wise in your own opinion,” Romans 12:16.

Out of Work

A group of doctors at a global conference are bragging to each other about the state of medicine in their home countries.

A French doctor says, “Medicine in my country is so advanced that we can take a kidney out of man put it in another, and have him back at work in six weeks.”

A German doctor says, “That’s nothing, we can take a lung out of one person, put it in another, and have him looking for work in four weeks.”

A Russian doctor says, “In my country medicine is so advanced that we take half a heart out of one person, put it in another, and have them both looking for work in two weeks.”

An American doctor, not to be out done says, “You guys are way behind. In our last two presidential elections, we took a Muslim from Indonesia via Hawaii and put him in the White House. He continued the mess of a useless war in Iraq. Making Iraq an ally of Iran. And expanded the wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In his first term all bets were that he’ll go to war with Yemen next. And so he did! He’s ruined the economy, and now half the nation is out of work.” (source:Patriot Post-but modified by this writer).

And to set the record straight-no! The republicans could not and will not do any better. Because Obama was just a continuation of 8 years of the Bush era. And Romney, would just have been a continuation of Obama’s 4 years. Boiling down to this reality, the American electorate are in deep dew-dew.

Maybe Americans should think about turning back to our Judeo-Christian heritage. It served us well, until along came Carter/Reagan, And the fall from the mountain top to the abyss has gained momentum with every presidential term.

Our Judeo-Christian heritage is rich in history. Dating back to Abraham to Jacob and his son Joseph. Who had two sons, Manasseh the oldest and his younger brother Ephraim. Those boys went on to fulfill their scriptural prophecies with the emergence of Great Britain and the United States as world empires.

It’s a fascinating history, and for those interested engage yourself in a self study of that history. And maybe, together we can begin the climb from the abyss to the mountain top.
And remember what Helen Keller said, “The world is moved not only by the mighty shoves of the heroes, but by the aggregate pushes by honest workers,”

Fiscal Resposibility

“But with respect to future debt, would it be wise and just for that nation to declare in the constitution they are forming that neither the legislature, nor the nation itself can validate a contract of more debt than they may pay within their own age, or within the terms of 19 years,” Thomas Jefferson, 1789.

So why didn’t such a declaration find its way into our constitution, my fellow Americans? Who knows for sure, but the following sure played a significant role, one suspects.

“He has said (governments ) in his heart, I shall not be moved; for I shall never be in adversity. His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud; under his tongue is mischief and vanity (the human condition exempting no one). He sits (governments) in lurking places (halls of congress ) of the villages; in the secret places (government behind closed doors) he murders the innocent; (at home & abroad) his eyes are secretly fixed against the helpless (the American legislative process against the taxpayers),” Psalms 10:6-8. (emphasis this writer through out).

But a people destined for greatness from the birth of one of Joesph’s sons, Manasseh. Who in the providence of time lived in Great Britain with another son of Joseph, Ephraim. And when the time was right migrated across the ocean, and formed 13 colonies that again in the providence of time became the United States.

So much biblical history that so very many do not know about. For if they did, maybe things would be far different in the halls of congress. Our Declaration of Independence declares that governments are instituted by the people. Meaning that the people are responsible for government. That’s the historical biblical record. But we the people have relinquished their responsibility to the government. And this government has said, “…God has forgotten; he hides his face; he will never see,” Psalms 10:11.

But we the people, need to remind the government of this historical biblical promise. “And he (God) changes the times and the seasons; he (God) removes kings (empires, kingdoms & governments); he gives wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to those who know understanding,” Daniel 2:21. I’m afraid that the United States lacks wisdom and understanding, with God being in the process of changing the times and the seasons for the ancestors of Manasseh, with the replacement of a new global empire. Then Americans will learn what it means to be subservient to another empire across the ocean. And with that fall from grace will disappear all the trimmings associated with the, “Land of Plenty.” And do you know that the American Land of Plenty, also has a scriptural foundation?

Nothing divine it happened by time and chance

The North Wind and the Sun were disputing which was stronger, and agreed to acknowledge as victor whichever of them could strip a traveler of his clothing.

The wind tried first. But its violent guest only made the man hold his clothes tightly around him, and when it blew harder still, the cold made him so uncomfortable that he put on an extra wrap. Eventually the wind got tired of it, and handed him over to the sun.

The sun shone first with moderate warmth, which made the man take off his top coat. Then it blazed fiercely, till, unable to take the heat. He stripped, and went off to bathe in a near by river.

This fable shows that very often persuasion is more effective than force. (source:Fables of Aesop-Penguin Classics-“The Gentle Art of Persuasion”)

Who knows, maybe Solomon was the subject of a dispute between the North Wind and the Sun? Because Solomon in Ecclesiastes concluded the following, “I returned and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happened to them all,” Ecclesiastes 9:11.

We inhabit an imperfect earth by our own fault and with imperfect inhabitants. And it has been said, that the best intended plans are sometime laid to waste. Causing the unexplainable to occur leaving us speechless and shaking our heads in wonderment. Because so often things only can be explained by timing and chance.

Time and chance an everyday occurrence, if one stops and gives some thought to it. Playing out something like this, being at the right or wrong place at a particular time. Where good or poor fortune strikes, things that can only be explained by time and chance, maybe.

Even Jesus raised the question when he asked, “Or those 18, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them.” Then continuing, “Do you think that they were sinners above all men in Jerusalem?” Luke 13:4. This is how Jesus settled the matter of time and chance. “I tell you no! But except you repent, you shall all likewise perish,” Luke 13:5.

Yes, factors of weather can bring about disastrous or glorious effects. But it is certain the disastrous and the glorious occur as God’s means to signal to us, repent or perish. But repentance and accepting Christ, are perhaps the most scoffed at notions ever proclaimed. But the million upon billions placed in graveyards will someday know that it was the mistake of a lifetime. For the living, time and chance is ours. So what will it be repent or perish? Making for now time and chance our property.

Laugh and the world laughs with you:weep and you weep alone

A bald man, who wore a wig was riding one day. When a puff of wind blew the wig off, at which the bystanders guffawed. Reining in his horse, he said, ‘It is not surprising that I can not keep hair which is not mine on my head. Since its proper owner, on whose head it grew, could not keep it there.’

Let no man be cast down by accidents which befall him. What nature did not give us at birth can never be a permanent possession. Naked we came into the world, and naked shall we leave it. Source:Penguin Classics-Fables of Aesop-“A Philosophic Baldpate.”

Most get Aesop’s inference, I suspect. But there is a stage beyond nakedness because our species broke the Edenic Covenant. From that failure, we have these words, “In the sweat of your face shall you eat bread. Until you return to the ground; for out of it you were created; for dust you are, and dust shall you return,” Genesis 3:19.

For most that is a pretty dismal prospect. All the sweat and labor to secure less than ten decades of existence. Only to deteriorate to useless dust.

In the mean time human existence plays out something like the following. “He has said in his heart, I shall not be moved; for I shall never be in adversity. His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud; under his tongue is mischief and vanity. He sits in his lurking places of the villages; in secret places he murders the innocent; his eyes are secretly upon the poor. He lies in wait secretly as a lion in his den; he lies in wait to catch the poor. He does catch them when he draws them into his net. He crouches and humbles himself so that the poor may fall by his strong ones,” Psalms 10:6-10. Concluding, “He has said in his heart, God has forgotten; he hides his face; he will never see it,” Psalms 10:11.

There in verses 6-10, we have the cunning ways of a fallen species. Along with a way of getting around all accountability to God in verse 11. Those six verses play out on the world scene in the form of corporate, governmental and individual decadency.

Scriptures sometimes require the use of ones imagination. The above verses represent some of those occasions. It boils done to this scenario. It is any behavior where one has been victimized. Just slip yourself into the picture of those verses and there is your individual hurt.

It has been said, laugh, and the world laughs with you, weep and you weep alone. Most people in our world will laugh at any notion about accountability to God. While some of us weep at the worlds decadency. Weep we do as though alone, but the God who said this, “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof; the world, and they who dwell therein,” Psalms 24:1. Who also said this, “He that sits in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall have them in derision,” Psalms 2:4. Payback is in the providence of God Almighty. Against the nation and to all individuals who do harm. Including the many, who have been hurt and have no voice for justice, babies, children and the elderly. In derision, I shall have them is the eternal promise.

For those, who have experience the redemptive grace of Jesus Christ, this decadent world is just sick place to live. Affording us a different scenario in Jesus Christ. Let God take care of business as usual and give yourself to higher purposes. Where a reprieve can be found from the sweat of ones labors and sorrows.

Concentrate on this path and discover avenues of reprieve. It is not always an easy path because it requires effort, commitment and maybe sacrifices. So note, Blessed is the person who walks not in the counsel of the of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the congregation of the scornful. Think about what that means and how it is accomplished. Then practice this, but their delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law they meditate day and night. Followed by the rewards, and they shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season; its leaf shall not wither; and what-so-ever they do shall prosper, Psalms 1:1-3.

Some contrast between how those people function outside of Christ. And how believers function when draped by the mercies of God.

For now: only war will provide the victor

Most people scramble to make sense out of what is happening as the news makers spin their tales. Take the civil war in Syria or consider how Pakistanis spin democracy which is by candidate assassination and violence at polling stations. No matter how the news splashes across the news wires it is just plain scary for many people.

And America is not exempt from all this crazy scary Muslim behaviors. We had the Fort Hood massacre by a Muslim in the United States military. And I ask, who in their right minds would allow a sworn enemy to become apart of our armed forces? Only a useless collection of politicians, who make up the United States government. Then allowing them to build military fortresses on American soil, called mosques. From which they emerge to attack us. Then we had the near disaster Northwest flight 253, by an Muslim granted permission to enter the country. That Muslim was recruited, and specifically trained to kill Americans. With the Obama administration having had critical information, but failed to act. A real sense of panic is beginning to grip the American populace. But that was a few yesterdays ago, spin forward to, 15 April 2013, and there, we had the Boston Marathon massacre. Same scenarios, same excuses by the nations politicians. Not able to see that Muslims come to America to partake of her multiple bounties, only to turn on us. Getting trained, and willing to die, as long as they kill and injure as many Americans as possible. But the face of America, is experiencing an unwelcoming make over. Which the non-Muslim, American populace must rise up and end, while time remains to end it.

But it does not have to be that way for Christians. God has spun his own tales which are splashed across the pages of the Bible. Enabling people to make sense out of national and world events. One problem is that people do not pursue these chronicled events with enough intensity to know that what is happening is nothing more than biblical history unfolding through our news outlets.

Despite the good efforts of some clergymen to help the nation understand what is occurring. Only to find themselves to be dismissed as alarmists. That must stop, too. To save America, this history must be learned, and we must return the nation to its Judeo-Christian roots.
Suggesting that most people can not make the connection between what is occurring on the world scene through biblical pronouncements. For example, there has been discussions for some time concerning the end of violent hostilities between Israel and its Muslim neighbors. In which Arab/Muslim world would offer Israel recognition as a state. Which includes peace with all its Muslim neighbors. This arrangement has one central condition with biblical significances. It is that Israel would agree to East Jerusalem becoming the capital city for a Palestinian state. On that one sentence rests the destiny of the world. It is from that destiny that Christian militancy should be the featured focus. Like it or not Israel and America are inseparable and together we must defeat God’s enemies. And God has no greater enemy than the Islamic community, wherever a Muslim is found.

Israel will continue to refuse to surrender Jerusalem. Because Jerusalem is to important to Israel as a holy city with centuries of Jewish history. Jerusalem and its surrounding communities represent the Israeli promised lands. Which sets the stage for some perilous times for the world community, defining the real meaning of ‘hell on earth.’

This rejection by Israel will ultimately lead to serious consequences not just for Israel but for the world community. The time frame for this occurrence is unknown. All a theologian can do is see the road signs and share them.

Emerging from centuries of hostilities Christianity and Islam are on a collision course. Both religions have a scenario which will annihilate the other. To theologians, like this writer, this is not new information. The question is, how close are we to a such a catastrophic event? From the Christian perspective, the answer is we do not know. It could occur very soon, or maybe a thousands of years from now. After all, Christians have been expecting the end to occur since the time of Christ. And here we are, still merging towards that prophetic end. And that is why there is still time to return America to what God intended.

Muslims are waiting for the guided one to appear, and end this age as we currently know it. Just when will the guided one appear? It is not known, but according to Muslim teachings it will be soon.

There was a time, when the Jews persecuted Christians. With the Roman Empire as the dominant political authority as collaborators in this persecution. Doing the dirty work for the Jewish religious leaders because they lacked the military strength, and the power of the law to execute their judgments. Christians have long held the Jews responsible for the crucifixion of Christ. Which was a religious bias because Christians failed to hold the Rome Empire equally accountable for the crucifixion of Christ.

How time puts history in a giant tumbler, and over time spins events creating different enemies on the world stage. With the Jews and Christians bonded as one, as it should be according to scriptures through their respective nations. Making the enemy of today for both nations the Arab/Islamic nations. Resulting with some dangerous culprits on the worlds political stage. Including within the borders of the United States. Fighting until they have Jerusalem and the Jews are annihilated and the United States becomes an Islamic state. Which is laughable to everyone, except Muslims.

Which could well give birth to the fears of the United Nations, that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict could finally erupt and engulf the entire world community. The focus point for this eruption is the controversy over Jerusalem. Although it is seen from a secular political perspective as a struggle between Israel and the Palestinians over the creation of a sovereign Arab/Muslim state. But which really centers around the worlds three major religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The ultimate resolution to the crisis is which of the three religions will ultimately control Jerusalem? Because of that there is no solution by political concurrence because of what each religion is being asked to compromise is central to their faith. For now, only war will attempt to create a victor!

From a biblical perspective, there is not going to be a political or religious resolution. According to the Bible, this is a part of what is going to occur. Zachariah prophesied, “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all peoples around about, ( meaning globally) when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day, saith the Lord, I will make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people; all that burden themselves with it shall be cut to pieces, though all the nations of the earth be gathered against it,” Zechariah 12:2-3. One can only imagine, what catastrophic events will take place, with the unfolding of the details between those lines.

The nations causing this threat to Jerusalem will be the Islamic nations and Muslim zealots. With some suspecting that the a revived Roman Empire will be participants in this attack. Part of the Gog Magog configuration which is central to Biblical prophecy. Together they will make war against God’s Judah (Jews as Gods chosen people). But the Arab/Muslim world will be in for a surprise, that empire turns on them and destroys them, also. And in the end for awhile the setting authority will be that empire thought dead but having found new life will be headquartered from Jerusalem. Israelis defenders will not be the Christian nations led by the United States. Because by that time the United States, will be a nation subservient to the regenerated Roman Empire. This war is pictured in Matthew 24, as the “Abomination of Desolation.” Where it is written, “Suffering not seen since the beginning of the world to this time, nor shall ever be. And except those days be shortened, there shall be no flesh saved,” verses 21-22.

This is a very interesting time in the history of the world. Despite the skeptics, who abound, and consider such biblical accounts as “hog-wash.” But for the prudent, it should be the focus of study. On the horizon, for those, who see and understand. Developments are shaping up to make the world a very inhabitable place to reside.

And the nations, putting our world at risk, are the nations embodied with practitioners of Islam. Whom Christ warned the world about. When he said, “And then if any man shall say unto you, Lo here is Christ; or, lo He is there; believe him not. For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and show signs and wonders, to seduce, if possible, even the elect. BUT TAKE HEED; BEHOLD, I HAVE FORETOLD YOU ALL THINGS,” Mark 13:21-23. Understand that and this and you’ll understand the deviousness of religion. It’s found in Isaiah 44:6, “Thus saith the LORD, the King of Israel and his redeemer, (Jesus Christ, at that time it was prophecy, and note verse 22) the LORD of hosts. I am the first, and I am the last, and beside me there is no God.” And Jesus said, “I and the Father are one,” John 10:30. So any declarations of any other God’s or prophets, like Allah and Muhammad are by God’s declaration false Christs! Because this truth is denied by Muslims, and many other religious and non-religious groups. The world is catapulting into a catastrophic mess. Which humans will only survive because God intervenes, Matthew 24:22. All of this because of one city, Jerusalem. Propelled though by false Christs, who can also, and are found through out world governments.

More specifically, the United Nations and the sovereign state of Vatican City led by the last Pope before Vatican City is destroyed. Because Catholicism has long lost its God given destiny as a lampstand for Christ. And is beginning to feel the pain of its desertion from Christ.

When the smoke finally clears, it will be Jesus Christ who will reign from Jerusalem.

Prosperous walk of life

Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.

A good man obtains favor from the lord, but a man of wicked intentions, he will condemn.

A man is not established by wickedness, but the root of the righteous cannot be moved.

An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, but she who causes shame is like rottenness in his bones. (Think in terms of a prophetic announcement fulfilled through Christ. Then one of the seven angels, who had seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues came to me, saying, “Come, I will show you the bride of the Lamb’s wife.” And, “Husbands love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself for her. That he might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that he might present her to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, but that she should be holy without blemish,” (Texts:Revelation 21:9; Ephesians 5:26-27).

The thoughts of the righteous are right, but the counsels of the wicked are dreadful.

The words of the wicked are lies in wait for blood, but the mouth of the upright will deliver them.

The wicked are over thrown and are no more, but the house of the righteous, will stand.

A man will be commended according to his wisdom, but he, who is of a perverse heart will be despised.

Better is the one, who is slighted, but has a servant, then he who honors himself but lacks bread.

A righteous man regards the life of his animal, but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

He who tills his land will be satisfied with bread, but he who follows frivolity is devoid of understanding.

The wicked covet the catch of evil men, but the root of the righteous yields fruit.

The wicket is ensnared by transgressions of his lips, but the righteous will come through trouble.

A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth, and the recompense of a man’s hands will be rendered to him.

The way of a fool’s wrath is known at once, but a prudent covers shame.

He who speaks truth declares righteousness, but a false witness, deceit.

There is one who speaks like a piercing sword, but the tongue of the wise promotes health.

The truthful lip shall be established forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but counselors of peace have joy.

No grave trouble will overtake the righteous, but the wicked shall be filled with evil.

Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, but those who deal truthfully are his delight.

A prudent man conceals knowledge, but the heart of fools proclaims foolishness.

The hand of the diligent will rule, but the lazy man will be put to forced labor.

Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.

The righteous should choose his friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.

The lazy man does not roast what he took in hunting, but diligence is man’s precious possession.

In the way of righteous is life, and in its pathway there is no death. (Texts:Proverbs 12:1-28).

Our Finest Hour

By such humble pursuits of the following. One can not but obtain the worlds greatest wealth. Which is to know that, “The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple,” Psalms 19:7. Please do not become offended by the word simple, Because we are in a state of simpleness, when compared with the magnificence of GOD Almighty, owner and creator of everything that is, Psalms 24:1-2, and Psalms 19:1.

Moving on to Psalms 19:8, “The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; (true path to wealth that matters) the commandment of the LORD is pure enlightening the eyes. (The eyes of our spirit connecting us with swirling world events. Some of which have been discussed in very recent discussions). How is this obtained? By seeking understanding, and then practicing the following.

“Who can understand his secret errors? (sins of omission) Cleanse thou me from secret faults.” Sin can be classified into two basic categories which are the sins of commission and omission. Sins of commission are sins people commit with full knowledge that the act is in violation of God’s law. God is so pure, holy and perfect that no person can meet his expectations which is to be pure, holy and perfect. Consequently we are incapable of even understanding certain offenses against God. These sins for purposes of communication are our sins of omission. Sins which people commit without any awareness that they are just as damming as the sins of commission. That is what Psalms 19:12-13 is all about. “Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from my secret faults. Keep thy servant (we in Christ are all servants) also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me.” Then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from my the great transgression. Let the words of my mouth, and the meditations of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.”

That is why taking a stanza from, How Great Thou Art,” adds beauty to God’s mercy and those sacred words of the Psalmist.

As you read the stanza and chorus sing or hum along, and may the grace and mercy of God, minister to your spirit, as is my experience every time I do so. Which is the bases and foundation for this discussion.

And when I think that God, his son not sparing;
Sent Him to die, I scare can take it in;
That on the cross, My burden bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin.

Then sings my soul, My Savior God to Thee,
How great Thou art, How Great Thou art!

And by God’s perfect design our sins known to us, (sins of commission) as well as those unknown to us (omission) are forgiven. “Then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression,” Psalms 19:14. We can not remain ignorant of our secret faults (sins of omission) which blocks our spiritual growth. And in due time, Numbers 6:24-26, will be our experience. Which reads, “The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up His countenance, and give you peace.” As the combined scriptures of this discussion become our reality.