Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Now that the Christmas is almost here for the millions, who observe the day. Mostly from the perspective of *halls decked with holly* and *mistletoe.* Unaware or unwilling to know that Christmas is an every day celebration with the beginning of each new day.

Twinkle twinkle little star-How we wonder, who you are-What follows is some of who I am-So if I sit atop your tree-Think of me the rest of the year.

But before going on, it should be understood that seeing the halls decked with holly. Along with flashing lights with ample mistletoe is very magical with its impact most relaxing. Merry making is part of life and has a necessary and proper place in our lives because it’s a way of recuperation. Although difficult because of work and other responsibilities people should find time for merry making every day. Its equivalent can be found by taking Holy Communion because this holy sacrament helps rejuvenate our souls. We are a trio of sacredness which includes body, mind and soul. Merry making for the mind can be accomplished by reading our holy scriptures. It is that in so many ways, people fail to comprehend the everyday aspects of Christmas. Which is the design of this discussion-hoping to provide a glimpse into our Christmas celebration.

And so, here are some every day aspects about Christmas. With the providence of time, God sent the angel to visit a rather ordinary woman named Mary. Gabriel made some rather astonishing remarks for Mary. Telling her that she would conceive in her womb a baby. Then the angel told her that she was to name the baby Jesus. Then hearing from Gabriel the greatness of this person. A person who would inherit his father’s (David) not Joesph’s household which plays a significant and often unnoticed place in the Christmas story. Here we have the before Christmas pageant of enormous historical significance impacting us today. Joseph plays a surrogate role as provider for his family which includes his son Jesus. As he cares for Mary, and the baby Jesus, as though he was the natural father. Family and responsibility are those aspects of Christmas to be valued. Exemplified by Joseph. Which extends, beyond Christmas day and makes a circular journey. The supernatural always intersects with the natural of human nature. It is that most are unaware of this supernatural/natural phenomenon. Most likely because a complete lack of interest and because this phenomenon move across our time line very slowly. And then at the end, makes a sudden burst to complete the circle of the clock. With it then being to late, to benefit from its lessons.

Now the historical, in which, Gabriel announces that Jesus would inherit David’s throne, his father. Which was a supernatural declaration, described in Matthew 1:1. And then reigning over the house of Jacob, or Israel. And his kingdom forever which shall have no end. Obviously, this kingdom is a future occurrence. And is a complex discussion, one not designed for this discussion. Other than to say that there will be no peace between Israel and the Palestinians which includes the entire Arab Muslim world. Despite the hype from the United Nations through its membership governments and the worlds media conglomerates. The only way the Arab Muslim world, and governments making up the United Nations will succeed with their mandates for peace will be by force. That is exactly the likely scenario from our Old Testament prophets. Which will be the historical event, that will trigger the events necessary to return Jesus to the throne of his father David in Israel’s Jerusalem.

But hearing all this from Gabriel, all that Mary could do was to respond to the angel saying, “How shall this be, seeing that I have know not a man.” With Gabriel responding, “With God, nothing shall be impossible!” With Mary answering, “Behold!” “The handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.”

In short summary here a few every day aspects for observing Christmas in a practical way. How the supernatural (God and his agents like Gabriel) intersect with the natural (humanity). With Christmas representing our connection to the supernatural because our scriptures are supernatural. Like no other book ever written. They are the living breathing Word of God. And like Mary, we need to believe that with God nothing is impossible. That’s what Christmas means. Then Christmas means being responsible and faithful to our families, as emulated by Joseph. Next we Christians, must offer our support to Israel for control of Judea, Samaria. In other words, ownership of all of Palestine. And never agreeing to share, or surrender Jerusalem to Muslim jurisdiction. Christmas had a beginning when Christ was born and Christmas will end when Jesus reigns from David’s thrown in Jerusalem. An event making Christmas complete every day. We must like Mary submit ourselves, and say, “… be it unto me according to your word.” And in a nut shell, so they say, the experience of Christmas before, during and after Christmas.

For those interested in reading the scriptural account for themselves. The following scriptures were used to express these thoughts. Luke 1:26,27,31,32,33,34,37 and verse 38.

Prophetic prayer for Christmas women at work

A very different Christmas Carol. With a discussion about woman on the front lines of Christmas and beyond. Hannah, who stood up in a man’s world foreseeing and announcing God’s answer to a world troubled mostly by men. Along with a stern warning for doing the male thing, ignoring God.

But Hannah first prayed sharing her vision for a distant future generations, like ours. And said, “My heart rejoices in the LORD; my horn (authority) meaning Hannah was a source of authority in her community. Whose authority would reach us today) is exalted in the LORD. I smile at my enemies because I rejoice in Your salvation. (The Christ child). “No one is holy like the LORD; for there is none beside You. Nor is there any rock neither like our God. Talk no more so very proudly; let no arrogance come out your mouth. (Two superbly male traits pride and arrogance resulting in all kinds of trouble). For the LORD is a God of knowledge; and by Him actions are weighed. (And, America hurts! In that most governments, at all levels are made up of men. It’s a reasonable assumption that its the male presences that is the problem. More inclined to do it their way. Even if it goes against God’s way. And this seems to be so individually, as it relates to family and careers. Hannah with her Christmas message warns against it with the following). The bows of mighty men are broken, and those that stumble are girded with strength. (O! How this has played, so many times, so many different ways), 1 Samuel 2:1-4. Could the mighty of Christmas 2014 be the United States? And could the stumbler’s girded with strength be ISSI

Once again God chose a woman in order to get done what had to be done. At the right time God sent Gabriel to find a virgin whose name was Mary. Shocking Mary, the angel came and said unto her, “Hail you, who are highly favored, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women. And the angel said unto her, fear not, Mary; for you have found favor with God. (What a superlative declaration, you have found favor with God). And behold! You shall conceive in your womb, and bring forth a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father, David. And he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever (with some Americans being part of that kingdom because of his grandson Manasseh. A topic this padre has written considerably about with scriptural support. Know your scriptures, know your world); and of his kingdom there shall be no end,” Luke 1:26-33.

It was a Mary that God used to change the course of the world dynamics.. And all who have followed have served in Mary’s destiny. Because she found favor with God, and was declared to be favored among women, forever. These few passages reveal God’s faith in the leadership of women, despite Eve making a different choice. Mary corrected Eve’s mistake in Eden. Also showing God’s supernatural intervention into our history, always designed to save us from ourselves. And to a large extent, supernatural forces are at work to prevent Jesus from ruling from David’s throne in Jerusalem. By the same power broker that tricked Eve. So our Christmas Carol has a past which brought us to the present era. And it’s being challenged today, and into the unknown future.

Mary absorbing all this from Gabriel, finally said, “How shall this be, seeing that I know no man?  And the angel answered, and said unto her. The Holy Spirit shall come unto you, and the power of the Highest shall over shadow you. Therefore, that which shall be born of you shall be called the Son of God. (And Mary shares a Christmas wish to be emulated). ‘Lord be it unto me according to thy word,'” Luke 1:34-38.

Like Hannah, Mary declared, “My soul does magnify the Lord. And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. Holy is his name. And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength, with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the imaginations of their hearts. He has put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree. (Perhaps Mary’s plea for women to join her, as change makers. With some going down in history as visionary crusaders). Because God has a way of, “filling the hungry with good things; and the rich he sends away empty,” Luke 1:46-53.

Christmas stories 2 untold

Two women centuries apart had their own Christmas stories to tell the world community. Christmas can’t be understood apart from Jewish history. Because Jews, and Christians fall under the same umbrella of God’s ordinances. Because we have it written, “And if you be Christ’s, then are you Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise,” Galatians 3:29. Resulting in the abundance of God’s bounties or wrath. Depending upon individual personal choices or national collective choices as nations.

For Israelis this abundance of bounties or wrath has been a roller coaster ride between the two. Christians have not fared much better over the centuries. Except for two extra ordinary nations, Great Britain and the United States. But things are changing, as both nations are slipping more and more towards God’s wrath. And not by default, but by deliberate choice.

Our first woman shared this Christmas story with the world with these words. “And Hannah prayed,” and said, ‘my heart rejoices in the LORD, my horn (strength) is exalted in the LORD; my mouth is enlarged over my enemies, because I rejoice in your salvation,”‘ 1 Samuel 2:1. Here Hannah gave the world her prophetic awareness of the birth of our LORD Jesus Christ. She goes on in verse two saying, “There is none holy like the LORD; for there is none beside you, neither is there any rock like our God.” Followed by this warning, … “the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed, verse 3.

Hannah’s prophetic Christmas story hails these bounties of gifts upon God’s faithful. “The bows of mighty men are broken, and they that stumble are girded with strength,” verse 4. She went on to counsel, “The LORD makes poor and the LORD makes rich; he brings low and lifts up,” verse seven.

“He raises up the poor from the dust. And lifts the beggar from the ash heap, to set them among princes. And to make them inherit the throne of glory; for the pillars of the earth are the LORD’s, and he has set the world upon them,” verse eight.

It is not for anyone to judge Israel, as to whether they are reaping God’s bounties or His wrath. This though can be said, Israel as a nation has rejected the everlasting gospel, as dispatched by the angel of Revelation 14:6. Which is not a good omen for any individual or nation. So maybe for now, God will turn the tables upon Israel and give victory to her Arab/Muslim enemies that surround her.

It’s amazing how this little Israeli state, smaller than California, has been able to fend off her avowed enemies. Who have boldly announced their determined purpose to eradicate Israel from the face of the earth. And they have backed their talk with action. But have failed and failed and failed because of Hannah’s Christmas prophecy.

Succeed yet they might, and if you haven’t noticed, notice, because the United States is moving away from Israel towards support of her avowed enemies. A move the United States will regret. Because ultimately this will occur, “He will keep the feet of his saints and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail. The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them. The LORD shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto His king (Jesus) and exalt the horn (authority) of His anointed,” verses 9-10.

In those few verses, we have the Christmas story, “I rejoice in your salvation,” Hannah, 10th century B.C. The travail of earthly struggles and there climatic end.

The other woman of our Christmas pageantry, Mary, pretty much echo’s the same prophetic story as Hannah. And Mary said, “My soul does magnify the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. For he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden; for behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For He has done to me great things; and holy is His name. And His mercy is upon them that fear Him from generation to generation,” Luke 1:46-50.

Note verses 51-52, as related to world affairs. “He has shown strength with His arm and has scattered the proud in the indignation of their hearts. He has put the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree. Historians are amazed, as the nations greatest generation, World War Two veterans over came some seemingly insurmountable odds to turn the tide of defeat into victory. Perhaps with the Normandy invasion being the greatest from, 06 June 1944-01 September 1944. Because from the cold waters, as troops valiantly climbed treacherous mountains, as open targets from above. To send the Germans into permanent retreat. And in the Pacific the battle for Iwo Jima from, 19 February 1945-26 March 1945. American victories occurred because of Luke 1:51-52, “He has shown strength with His arms; he has scattered the proud with in the imagination of their hearts. He has put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.”

But in the end, for a spell, America’s enemies might be exalted. Mary capsules it this way, “He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty,” verse 53. America is not the humble Christ fearing and Christ honoring nation of World War Two. And no doubt she’ll pay her dues for her godless treachery.

Our Christmas pageantry is really  about verses 54-55, “He has helped his servant, Israel, in remembrance of his mercy. As He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed forever.” If one is Christ, as taught in, Galatians 3:29, then you are of Abraham’s seed and of the family of Israel. On occasions, when Christmas becomes more secular than spiritual God’s wrath becomes necessary in order to appreciate His fruitful bounties
The best way to determine individual or a nations barometer as to whether to expect to see the abundance of His bounties or the fury of His wrath. Is to observe how Christmas is celebrated. Does one observe the Christmas spirit of Hannah and Mary or the opposite.

A stranger in town

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

For he shall grow up before him like like a tender plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he has no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we esteem him stricken of God and afflicted.

He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement our 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 is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, 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 off the land of the living. For the transgressions of My people, was he stricken.

And they made His grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death because He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His mouth.

Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When 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 of the labor of His soul, and shall be satisfied. By His knowledge shall My righteous justify many; for He shall bear their iniquities.

Therefore, will I 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 transgressor; and He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. Isaiah 53:1-12.

There we have the Christmas story. He shall grow up before him like a tender plant. Leaving the Christmas scene of his birth and growing up to soon. Only to be despised and rejected. Becoming a man acquainted with grief. And because, we all like sheep went our own ways. Being separated from God by our sins. God wounded him with our sins by offering his soul as a sin offering. And though smitten with painful stripes, by his executioners. He uttered not a word of objection even though innocent. This Christmas, though numbered with the transgressors, he prays for his transgressors, us! Welcome the stranger to your town, and make Jesus, a stranger no more. Because! That’s the real story of Christmas.

Ebenezer Scrooge of the season

“And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure, when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country, when I reflect that God is just; that his justice can’t sleep forever,” Thomas Jefferson Query 18, 1781.

Sometimes, I wonder, if the succession of American presidents was in anyway associated with their awareness of God’s destiny for America. If not, Thomas Jefferson, the man who would become the nations third president. And considered the primary author of the nations Declaration of Independence had some accurate insights.

You’ll notice that Jefferson raised some interesting thoughts with his 18 query, meaning questions in 1781. As the one, directed to the State of Virginia.

First, a personal observation which prompted this discussion. During the last several years, I have spent a considerable amount of time among some rather gifted intellectual students. Observing that they had no hesitation to be dishonest or even to be discreet with their unethical behaviors.

There was a time in America when the Ten Commandments were prominently displayed in the nations classrooms. It was not unusual to see a Bible displayed on a teachers desk. And not, absent from that duo was the American flag. What effect did such displays have on American students, who knows? But some remember observing a commandment which read, “Thou shalt not steal,” Exodus 20:15. In this particular environment there was no flag present to offer ones pledge to God and nation. And long gone is student recitation of the Lord’s Prayer. And in this particular environment, not even the modern day, moment of silence.

Little doubt that America has found it’s way successfully to becoming a godless nation. It’s no longer inspirational to uphold America’s destiny as a city on a hill whose light of godly integrity could not be hidden, Matthew 5:14. There was a time when American education meant combining God and nation as one inseparable unit. A unit that is described as a light that is not hidden. But put on a lampstand because it gives of its brilliant light for the nation and the world, Matthew 5:14-15. America of yesterday! With only one intention in mind. That our light would so shine that everyone would know our individual and collective good works, and glorify our Father, who is in heaven, Matthew 5:16. So in the end, American education should be about preparing students to glorify our Father, who is indeed in heaven. With the secondary benefit being a power full and prosperous people and nation.

And so, Jefferson raised indeed two important queries. Which the twenty first century Christ believing, and serving church must address; if America is to remain a powerful prosperous people and nation.

For we in Christ, like Jefferson know, that God is just, and his justice can’t sleep forever. Because we have this promise recorded, “Be not deceived, God is not mocked, for whatever a person sows that shall they also reap. For they that sow to their flesh shall reap of the flesh corruption, but they that sow to the Spirit shall reap of the Spirit life everlasting,” Galatians 6:7-8. Because old Ebenezer hasn’t changed any. Always denying the spirit of the season. Hopefully, we have some tiny Tim’s willing to convert our Ebenezer’s to the Christ of the season.

This padre has a repertoire of discussions to present. That will educate those interested in our Lord’s ordained destiny for America from the scriptures, as part of Matthew 5:14-16. And another repertoire of actions designed to reverse the godlessness through out the nations educational system. Interested? Contact made through the ‘contact us’ tab associated with the navigation link. Because, if we are not overtaken in our duty to Jesus; then in due season, we shall reap life everlasting, Galatians 6:9.

Missing links birth of Christ found

What a mystery, determining the birthday for the baby Jesus. Yesterday we learned why. Ended up being a little scary. More like Halloween because of its scariness. The difference though it’s real!

Maybe knowing His birthday isn’t important, because after all, it’s a human thing. Because we are talking about a person, who had no beginning and is without an ending. Which for many makes Him a very intriguing person. So we learn this about the life of Jesus as it unfolded, revealing him to be a person of astonishing courage and talent, if the latter can be labeled a talent. Defying government, religious officials, healing the sick, even returning life to the dead and his murder by the Jews and Romans. Most astonishing his own return to life. Which he said, was symbolic to the experience most of his followers would encounter. But just like himself, they would never taste the second death. Because they too, would be resurrected to life. A life with Him, forever!

Nevertheless, hearing Him teach, and then seeing His courage and life defying accomplishments. It’s amazing his followers never marked his birth date. One would have thought, that they would have wanted to commemorate His birth for all posterity. The birth of such an unusual man. Just as remarkable, nor did any contemporary historians date his birth.

Then what are we to make of this? Maybe this! God commemorated his birth as follows “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod, the king, behold, came wise men from the East to Jerusalem. Saying, “Where is He born king of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East, and have come to worship him,” Matthew 2:1-2.

But that was then, it’s different for most today. Saying it’s just a clever made up fable from some very imaginative minds? The grand hoax of history? These wise men represent the first secularization of Jesus. With most today coming to observe Jesus as Santa through glittering lights, mistletoe and halls decked with holly. Capped with gift giving and celebrators of plentiful dinners. For most, yes, it’s a hoax. Turned into a time of fun, and relaxation. And that’s why Christmas lives on the way it does, for so many. Helped along by profiteers, who worship the season for jingles it puts in their depleted bank accounts.

Here are those found missing links for the birth of Christ. The Bible is the worlds most unusual book. Though printed on inked pages. Having had endured endless translations. It’s accuracy has been preserved. Because it’s the living breathing Word of God, as announced in Revelation 19:13. Where we find a missing link to Christmas, “And he (Jesus) was clothed with a vesture (His body) dipped in blood; and his name is called THE WORD OF GOD.” That’s quite a journey from his birth to his declaration, “Abba, meaning Father,” it’s finished, it’s the meaning of Mark 14:36. Thus creating another found link to the birth of Christ. Because from His finished experience of life. THE LIVING WORD OF GOD lives within the Christians of Christmas. As recorded in 1 Corinthians 6:19, “WHAT! Know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who dwells in you, whom you have of God, and you are not your own.” Can you imagine that during the season of gift giving its God who gives. With this being as magical, as it is mysterious, an occurrence bearing this phenomenon. “The Spirit, living breathing WORD of GOD bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of (Christmas) God,” Romans 8:16. Here is what makes that experience possible, yet another found link to the Christ of Christmas. Though different from Adam, the birthing process is the same, “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of live and he became a living soul,” Genesis 2:7. And incidentally, death can’t occur until God withdraws his breath from his creations nostrils.

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas, if it was just about receiving, would it? No not at all! So hears the gift God wants for Christmas. We were costly said God; therefore, glorify Me in your body and in your spirit. Because all of you, belongs to me. (Text:1 Corinthians 6:20).

And for you naysayers, who can’t accept what you’ve read. Here’s why, it was prophetically announce in Isaiah 53:1, “Who has believed our report? To whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?” That arm reaches out, “Unto you a Savior is born,” Luke 2:11. And answered through John 12:39-40, “Therefore they could not believe … He has blinded their eyes, and hardened their hearts; that they should not see with their eyes, and understand with their heart, and be *converted,* and I should heal them.” You have the breath of God in you; but you will not become a living soul, until you are *converted* to the Christ of Christmas. Then you’ll find the missing link of his birth. But; the links can’t be found through reasoning, only through personal experience. Then as you mature in Christ, the aforementioned will be understood. Merry Christmas, it’s an everyday experience.

Heaven Beckons

During the Christmas season some worthy questions for Christendom. If we Christians, answer in the affirmative, shouldn’t the forth coming prompt make America, and the world very different? “A son honors his father. A servant his master. If I am the Father, where is my honor? And if, I am a Master, where is My reverence? And if I be a Master, where is my fear? Says the LORD of hosts unto you.” (Text: Malachi 1:6a).

My prayer, God have mercy on me for not doing enough. How about you? Want it to be different in 2015? Study the contents of Christmas discussions to follow.

Assemble your own action plan. Keeping in mind that a house is built one brick at a time, nailed by one nail at a time sheltered one window and shingled one shingle at a time. With this end in mind a house that shows our Father his honor and due reverence.

13 words of Christmas

In just a few words, we have the meaning and purpose of Christmas. “A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of my people Israel,” Luke 2:32. Which is also the only solution to ethnic and racial bigotry. Because there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all that call upon him, Romans 10:12.

I extend to you, and everyone you love, the very best that Christ has to offer, this season and for the New year. Worship the Savior, who lived to die, and died that we may live. Verified through Romans 6:6, which declares, if we have been united together in the likeness of his death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of his resurrection.

Tis the eve of the day

“How many observe Christ’s birthday! How few his precepts! O! tis easier to keep Holidays then Commandments,” Benjamin Franklin.

Wishes are extended to you for a Christ centered celebration, as we recall his miraculous birth. Recall Mary’s astonishment, when out of nowhere, suddenly an angel appeared. Who said, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!” Seeing him (Gabriel), she was troubled at about what he said and wondered at its absurdity with fear. Luke 1:28-29. Then Gabriel said, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And, behold, you will conceive in your womb, and bring forth a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God shall give unto him the thrown of his father David. And he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end, Luke 1:30-33.

O! What history has already been accumulated from that prophetic statement which rests between verses 32-33. And before our very eyes, it continues to unfold.Have you started to think about your resolutions for the new year? Here’s one to consider. A resolution of discovery concerning the history from that prophecy from the past, and reaching our world today and beyond. Many benefits are available for the studious seeker. Like how the past, and current events will connect with our future. So that when events explode on the world scene, you will not be shocked. Because Jesus would not have anyone ignorant, concerning those events.

Here is your proof. The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him, to show his servants things which must shortly take place. And he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John. Who ore witness to the word of God, and to testimony of Jesus Christ, to all the things he saw. Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it, Revelation 1:1-3.

A promise made and another promise kept. This time the birth of Jesus shared with us by the prophet Amos. But that was told to us a long time before his birth by the prophet Amos. Who said, “Surely the LORD God does nothing. Unless he reveals his secret to his servants, the prophets,” Amos 3:7.

God through David established humanities lineage from King David, to Jesus to us. And when he had removed him (Saul), he raised up unto them David to be their king, to whom also he gave testimony, and said, ‘I have found David, the son of Jesse, a man after my own heart, who will do all my will,'” Acts 13:22. Yet, another resolution begging to be resolved for the understanding of prophetic history. Because, it’s all connected to what is to follow.

Therefore, all of Palestine belongs to the posterity of King David. We through Jesus are of that posterity. That should suggest a whole lot about future peace in that area. The entire world will feel the shock waves from that tumultuous eruptions that will explode upon the world scene, as the nations move beyond resisting what God has ordained. To taking by force Jerusalem, and all of Palestine from the rightful heirs, the Jews.

“From this man’s seed, (King David) according to the promise, God has raised up for Israel a Savior, Jesus, Acts 13:23. And that’s a huge part of what Christmas is all about. The giving to the Jews a Savior. To a large extent the Jews are equally responsible for the mess that’s going to engulf the world. Because most Jews, especially Israel as a nation under God rejects the notion that Jesus is their Messiah.

In the end Benjamin got it right. Many observe his birthday, but not his precepts. Because it’s easier to keep holidays, than commandments. The primary commandment, or precept for this posting is the Holy Land. Where this event, we call Christmas originated. And global turmoil is all about trying not to allowing Jesus to inherit the throne of his father David. And that’s also apart of our Christ centered Christmas to be celebrated which is for Christendom to prepare for that sacred pageantry found in Luke 1:32-33.

Ramifications of Christmas

She brought forth her first born son. Wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger because there was no room in the inn, Luke 2:7.

With the birth of Jesus Christ, a new era of history was launched. Martin Luther described some of that history when he wrote, “The Kingdom of Christ is a proclamation of peace and grace, as the angels sang that he should be the Savior of the whole world to free His people and save them from their sins. This Lord does not build castles, towns, and villages like an emperor, king or elector of Saxony, or even like me in my own household, but he saves his people from their sins. This is a fair, dear and precious assurance to a troubled and tormented consciences laden with sins, that to them, and to us all, a Child is born who will rule and vindicate. Who will help and not destroy, murder, strangle or kill. These are not the words of a man. This preaching is from heaven. If one does know the baby Jesus, it is impossible that one should not rightly honor God.”

With the majority of people not knowing the baby Jesus. Ignoring His commandments and precepts. Humanity will in some form relive Genesis 6:7. Where God said, “I will destroy humanity along with the rest of my creation. I am sorry that I had made them.” But as always, in God there is hope, “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord,” Genesis 6:8. That is what Christmas means, and every day thereafter, that is what humanities history is about, God’s grace. Far different from the heralded headlines of the secular media. To please the of ever increasing secularized people. And what a shame, and tragedy it is, and will become.

But Christ, like the Father found humanities life style despicable! Jesus in adulthood said, Matthew 10:34, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth; I came not to send peace, but a sword, Matthew 10:34. Now the Christ child having offered His grace which has been soundly rejected. Sits in heaven as the full embodiment of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God’s vengeance’s for the rejection of his grace is in a holding pattern. Having decided humanities future as recorded in Revelation nine. “And the four angels were loosed, who were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, to slay the third men, Revelation 9:15. This shall be done by a horrible death. “By these three was the the third part of man killed, by fire, and by smoke, and by brimstone, which was issued out of their mouths,” Revelation 9:18. Those who survived those plagues repented not. But managed to pole volt over God’s commandments and precepts and continued to master evil. In pursuit of things that neither see, hear or walk. Failure to repent proliferated in the worship of false religions. Allowing for murder, illicit sex which all results in the theft of the soul, Revelation 9:18,20,21.

Of all of God’s creation, his most precious jewel is the human soul. Because it is the link between God and his human creation, Zechariah 12:1. “… the Lord who stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth, ‘AND FORMED THE SPIRIT OF MAN WITHIN HIM.'” Resulting in our ‘CREATION’ in the very image of God, Genesis 1:27. Which places humans, as beings with powers just beneath the power of God, or maybe even equal to God’s power. Because of sin we have spilt our life force (blood) having it poured out like the tiny spics of dust, with its putrefying results, Zephaniah 1:17. It’s called “choice” we can do as we choose, but with dire consequences.

Perhaps Ben Franklin said it best. “How many observe Christ’s birthday! How few his precepts! O! ’tis easier to keep holidays then Commandments!”

But those who survive the wrath of God, do so by knowing the baby Jesus. Keeping his precepts and commandments. Will sit with God as judges at the end of this era in history. Note, 1 Corinthians 6:2 “Do you not know that the saints will judge the world?”

Martin Luther, got it right. “If one does not know the baby Jesus, it is impossible that one should rightly honor God.” A part rightly honoring God and being a part of the Kingdom of Christ is the Christmas proclamation of peace and grace. GRACE: G= God’, R= Riches, A= At, C= Christ, E=Expense. (source unknown) Which ushers in personal and global peace, “for there is no other way,” as we often sing.

May the peace and grace of Christmas be yours. For this is indeed what Christmas of the past, present and future represents, until that unknown time announced, when a third of humanity will die, Revelation 9:15. But in the meantime, it is our holy duty as believers in Christ to oppose the secularization of the birth of the Christ child. Which will spell over to his resurrection or what they call Easter. With its sweeping consequences while we announce his constant grace.

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Two Christmas stories not often told

Two women centuries apart had their own Christmas account to unfold before the world community. Israelis and Christians fall under the same umbrella of God’s ordinances. Resulting in the abundance of God’s bounties or wrath. Depended upon individual personal choices or national collective choices as nations. For Israelis this abundance of bounties or wrath has been a roller coaster ride between the two. Christians have not fared much better over the centuries.

Except for three extra ordinary nations, Israel, Great Britain and the United States. Those nations have mostly enjoyed the exceedingly fruitful bounties of God’s provisions. But things are changing, as these nations seem to be slipping more towards God’s wrath. And not by default, but by deliberate choice.

Our first women shared this Christmas account with the world with these words. And Hannah prayed, and said, “My heart rejoices in the LORD, my horn (strength) is exalted in the LORD; my mouth is enlarged over my enemies, because I rejoice in your salvation,” 1 Samuel 2:1. Here Hannah gave the world her prophetic awareness of the birth of our LORD Jesus Christ. She goes on in verse two saying, “There is none holy like the LORD; for there is none beside you, neither is there any rock like our God.” Followed by this warning, “… the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.”

Lets see from Hannah’s perspective how the LORD, who is God, weighs actions. She prophetically understood how empires come and go. Which is equally, prophetically applicable today. “The bows of mighty men are broken, and they that stumble are girded with strength,” verse four. She went on to counsel, “The LORD makes poor and the LORD makes rich; he brings low and lifts up,” verse seven. “He raises up the poor out of the dust, and lifts the beggar from the refuse, to set them among the princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory; for the pillars of the earth are the LORD’s, and he has set the world upon them,” verse eight.

Focusing on a trio of nations destined by God to take from the angels hand and accept the following by virtue of a vision. And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven. Having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue and people. Saying with a loud voice, “Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come; and worship him that made the heaven and earth, and the sea and the foundation of waters,” Revelation 14:6-7. From Christmas to Christmas that is God’s successful formula for being able to escape his wrath. Israel flat out rejects having any responsibility to to preach the everlasting gospel. And Israel will be reaping God’s wrath because that was and is her destiny. Israel will later than sooner, will worship and fear Jesus, who is God. Because the hour of his judgment is come. Which is not a good omen for any individual or a nation.

Soon God will turn the tables upon Israel and give the victory to her enemies. Because the pillars of the earth are God’s, and he will set whom ever he wills upon them for a time, verse eight.

But ultimately this will occur, “He will keep the feet of his saints (Christians), and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail. The adversaries of the LORD (Jesus) shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them. The LORD shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king (Jesus) and exalt the horn (authority), of his anointed,” verses 9-10. That is the Israeli future just after his second advent. A time when the Jews reconcile their differences with God, and accept Jesus as their Messiah. But many hardships and much blood shed will be spilt before that glorious event occurs.

The other woman of our Christmas pageantry, Mary, pretty much echo’s the same prophetic account as Hannah, compare Luke 1:46-55. Note what this Jewish woman capsuled. And Mary said, “My soul does magnify the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. For he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden; for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For he that is mighty has done to me great things; and holy is his name. And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation,” Luke 1:46-51.

Consider verses 51-53, as related to world affairs, “He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud with in the imagination of their hearts. He has put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree. He has filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he has sent empty away.” Great Britain and the United States will join Israel in experiencing God’s wrath. Though both nations have accepted the responsibility of preaching the everlasting gospel, as instructed by God. But that was yesterday, today both nations have moved far from influencing the world with the everlasting gospel. And both nations will experience God’s wrath, as discussed in recent postings. Mary prophetically announced it this way, “He has filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he has sent away empty,” verse 53. Yes, that was the experience of Ephraim (Great Britain and her Commonwealth of nations  and big brother Manasseh, the United States). Both nations will find themselves as the ones sent away empty. And their enemies, who are hungry will be filled with good things. The delicious fruits of conquering both nations. Sad commentary, isn’t it? But then, if you’ve read some of my recent posting, you know why and through whom.

The Christmas pageant is really about verses 54-55, “He has helped his servant, Israel, in remembrance of his mercy. As he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed forever.” Sometimes God’s wrath becomes necessary in order to appreciate his fruitful bounties. And as regular readers know, God changes his mind, if a Noah is found. His only requirement is genuine repentance. So in the end there is hope for our trio of nations. But as also emphasized, God’s mercy occurs through individuals, like Noah, and then engulfs nations.

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Christmas Blues

What does Christmas 2013 mean? Does it mean that we are about to celebrate his 2013th birthday? A time of joy to the world, good will towards all people and peace on earth? If so, what went wrong because it seems that his advent on the world scene isn’t bringing about those superlatives.

There are many ways to respond, but this padre has chosen the following because its history is older than Christ himself. And the primary reason for the temporary interception, with the setting aside of those magnificent superlatives which will occur. Is because God, said so!

So here we go, a Christmas Carol that’s not fictional but real. Because it’s the season of the supernatural, with the birth of Jesus Christ, the perfect gift for a troubled world.  But our world is gloomy, and very troubled. Because of a child not of supernatural origins, but of the flesh or lust. His name, Ishmael the father of Islam.

So here is that rather magical tale of Christmas ghosts of the past, present and future. Because Islam is the ghost that haunts us from the the past, through today and others yet to be determined. Because Islam is an illegitimate religion. Because our Jewish/Christian scriptures declare it to be so. So here, briefly speaking for God, the Father of perfection and truth is a Christmas Carol narrative from Paul and Moses.

Get your Bibles, and follow along because what I say doesn’t matter. But what God says, is all that matters. What you see in parenthesis represents my emphasis for clarity and interpretation purposes.

Turn to Galatians 4:28-31. “Now we brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise, verse 28. Promises made to Abraham, continued through Isaac, David to Christ, the Savior of all mankind. Making it possible that in Christ all people could experience peace and goodwill. God’s divine offering for every Christmas. What a history to be told of opportunities experienced and those missed.

But as then, he that was born of the flesh (Ishmael or Islam) persecuted him (Isaac) that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now, verse 29. Now you know why Islam is so bothersome and troublesome for the Jewish/Christian world. Leaving the world community very volatile and dangerously unstable. More so, when Iran becomes a power with nuclear weapons.

Now it’s time to hear from Moses, Genesis 16:12. “And he (Ishmael verse 11) shall be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.” WHY? Because Abram or Abraham and Sari or Sarah doubted God, and turned to get a heir to the promises of God through the lust of the flesh. Note the scriptural account, Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had boren him no children. And she had an Egyptian maidservant whose name was Hagar. So Sarai said unto Abram, “See now, the LORD has restrained me from bearing children. I pray thee, go in unto my maid. Perhaps I shall obtain children through her.” And Abram heeded to the voice of Sarai. Then Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar, her maid, the Egyptian, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan. So he went to Hagar, and she conceived. And when she saw that she conceived, her mistress became despised in her eyes. Then Sarai said unto Abram, “My wrong done be upon you! I have given my maid into your embrace; and when she saw that she had conceived, I became despised in her eyes. The LORD judge between you and me.” So Abram said unto Sarai, “Indeed your maid is in your hand; do to her as you please.” And when Sarai dealt harshly with her, she fled from her presence,” Genesis 16:1-6.

Such illegitimate sex always has consequences which the world has experienced ever since and is reaching us today. And thus the Islamic determination to destroy the Jewish/Christian people. Allowing Islam to step up and declare that Ishmael, was, and is the child of promise. And to a large extent the Islamic unrest that exhibits itself globally, in constant violence is their struggle to eliminate Isaac.

Back to Paul, who asks the right questions and provides the right answers. Verses 30-31, “Nevertheless, what saith the scriptures? “Cast out the bondwoman (Hagar the mother of Ishmael or Islam) and her son (Ishmael), for the son of the bondwoman shall not be the heir with the son (Isaac) of the freewoman (Sari or Sarah),” verse 30. Solution! Rid Israel and America of its Islamic menace because Islam is determined to exterminate us.

So then brethren, we are NOT the children of the bondwoman, but of the FREE, verse 31. We Jews and Christians are inseparable as one. And, Christmas 2014 well be a lot more merrier with a substantially lessened Muslim presence.

Tantalizing treats for the Christmas season

“A word is dead when it is said, some say. I say it just begins to live,” Emily Dickinson.

God sent the angel Gabriel to the city of Nazareth, to meet a virgin engaged to Joseph. Upon meeting her, Gabriel said to her, “Hail, you are highly favored, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women.” Finding herself confused, thinking, I have lost my mind. But the angel said, “Fear not Mary; for you have found favor with God.” “And behold, you will conceive in your womb, and bring forth a son, and shall call his name Jesus,” Luke 1:26-31.

Emily really got it right, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we, beheld his glory, the glory as the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth,” John 1:14.

“Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord. He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored,” Julia Ward Howe.

“The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world is to be in reality what we appear to be,” Socrates.

“There is no more dangerous experiment than that of under taking to be one thing before a man’s face and another behind his back.” General Robert E. Lee.

“You must study to be frank with the world. Frankness is the child of honesty and courage. Say just what you mean to do on every occasion, and take it for granted that you mean to do right.” General Robert E. Lee.

“Strive to be greatest man in your country, and you may be disappointed. Strive to be the best and you may succeed: he may well win the race that runs by himself.” Benjamin Franklin.

“It is almost a miracle that modern teaching methods have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry.” Albert Einstein.

And from Gabriel to all that is in between, two brothers were fishing.

A voice called out saying follow me. “I will make you fishers of men,” Jesus Christ, Mark 1:16-17.

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill can not be hidden,” Jesus Christ, Matthew 5:14.

“Where your treasure is, there will be your heart,” Jesus Christ, Matthew 6:21.

While applying to Saul, Eliab and others, it is applicable today because men and women look at outward appearances, but I look at the heart, God, 1 Samuel 16:7.

“Behold! I come quickly, and my reward is with me to give to every person according to their work,” Jesus Christ, Revelation 22:12.

“I have heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eyes sees you. Wherefore, I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes,” Job, Job 42:5-6.

Thinking is the delight of the soul. Because it manifest the true character of our being. So a few tantalizing treats for the Christmas season. Because sometimes it is rewarding to travel inside the souls of great thinkers and not to be denied the rewards of their expressions.

The best to everyone during this season of joy and good tidings.

Christmas its cumulative effect

Determining the birth date of the baby Jesus is impossible. The Bible does not not provide a date for his birth. As the life of Jesus unfolded, revealing a person of astonishing courage and abilities. Defying government, and religious authorities, healing the sick, and even returning life to the dead. His cruel murder by the Jews and the Romans could not put an end to the magnificence of his personage. Because not even in death could Jesus be silenced. While not welcomed by most, but held in high reverence to the faithful in Christ. Was his most astonishing return to life, and his ability to live among the living, as though he had never died. In the end Christmas is about the cumulative history of ones birth to ones death. Which he said was symbolic to the experience most people would encounter. But like himself, they would never taste the second death because, they too, would be resurrected to life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of his death, certainly we shall be in the likeness of his resurrection, Romans 6:5.

For reasons unknown, his followers never recorded his birth date. One would have thought, that they would have wanted to commemorate his birth for all posterity. The birth of such an unusual man. And just as remarkable, nor did any of his contemporary historians of his time, date his birth.

So why the twenty fifth of December? Was there something special about that day? Yes! Many think that our celebration of his birth on the twenty fifth is associated with the celebration of the Roman Saturnalia. The festival was celebrated by merry making of large banquets and with the exchanging of gifts. Some think that celebration lasted up to a week. Saturn is associated with darkness and death. The darkness of Saturn was behind the Romans now, with the solstice moving towards greater light. Saturnalia was really a celebration of the unconquered sun. Darkness and death would always give way to light life. It did not matter, if it was associated with farming or human life. Light, and life prevailed according to the Romans.

By now, the early Christians were being vigorously persecuted by the Romans. So Christians picked the twenty fifth because they could easily celebrate the birth of Christ with great festivity, and not be noticed because of Saturnalia. It was easy for Christians to blend in and pretend to celebrate the movement of the sun from darkness to light. While they celebrated the advent of Christ, as the Son of righteousness with all of its associated meanings.

It is thought that notion of gift giving among Christians had its roots in that Roman celebration. That is not entirely true. In those days it cost something to be a Christian. Costs like persecutions, prosecutions, torture, imprisonment and even executions. Executions resulting from your head being removed from the rest of your body. Torture by being placed in the gelatin. With the executioner making sure that ones neck was properly placed on the cutting block. Wondering if the cutting blade would gracefully make its descent without jamming. If it did jam, the executioner would just host the blade back up and try again.

All because the condemned, of that time, professed Christ as Savior and Lord. Savior because of a recognition of ones state of sin. And Lord because one bowed to the supremacy of a King, who would one day reign as such here on earth.

No fashionable clothes or fancy buildings called churches. With some of those churches proudly enjoying the tag of being a mega church. Because as many as ten thousand people may gather at any one time to be entertained. Fine musicals, and talented orators to keep the flock faithful. Why at this time of the year some of those churches stage major productions of the nativity pageantry, selling tickets for as much as $25. All free from state prosecutions because they are bed fellows with their political cronies. With a real feather in their caps because some of the attendees where those very same bedfellows. Wonder if that’s what the prophet Hosea meant, when he called such shenanigans harlotry? The only politicians, lawyers or religious people, who attended functions Jesus sponsored were those finding fault and looking for reasons to kill him.

It took a while, but the civil authorities finally wised up. They knew that they could not defeat those committed Christians. Because they knew those Christians would succeed in turning their world up side down and inside out, so they legalized Christianity. Before that, Rome had made it a crime to be a Christian. Christ was murdered because he violated both civil and religious law. Even in Christ time the civil authorities feared Jesus. Therefore they found no reason to murder him. so they turned him over to the Jews, who did. But guilt is equally shared by the Romans because they controlled the legal system. And the Romans, could have prevented his murder.

Making a long story short this is what the civil authorities learned. Recognize Christianity by giving it a prominent place in society. With that recognition comes two results. First the government has a mechanism for the control of the people. Their old nemesis the Christians. Last, and maybe most important, the state rendered Christians a mostly useless threat to civil rule.

Since we do not know the exact date for the birth of Christ, perhaps this posting sheds a little light on how Christmas might have become commercialized and neutralized. We Christians need to move away from the darkness of Saturn to the light of the Son. Failure to do so, will once again see Christians celebrating the birth of Christ in the shadows of yet another oppressor.