the church is what it should not be

During the last couple of days two discussions addressed what we cherish most and what most fear which is life and death. On occasions biblical scriptures were used. So this needs to be said, this writer is not a churchman. Though he is a devout Christ follower. Educated in theology/political philosophy and ordained.

Because most churchmen are empire builders, and their churches should be seen as businesses with entrepreneurs at the helm. Their business is about profits for expansion. They fight among themselves for theological supremacy. They have as many different interpretations of what the Bible teaches as there are stars in the sky. Leading to severe animosities between between church denominations making it next to impossible to serve the good of the community.

Besides the product of animosity here are a couple other products they sell. The family association that comes with church membership. Another product they sell is fear, fear of the afterlife. Both products keep the pews full and bank accounts healthy. Another product they that they have to sell convincingly is that the beliefs of the denomination were divinely inspired. So that few are willing to challenge such assertions for fear of being ostracized from the church community.

So they flock to church, for that cozy family feeling, and to feel safe from the unknown. Whether it involves life, death, heath, employment, weather or world calamities. You name it they got it covered. All that makes it easy to surrender ones money which sometimes is beyond their means. Done so that the entrepreneurship can continue. Making it a very profitable business. That is the business of the modern day church in America. Confusion! With shrinking church attendances. Is it any wonder?

The church was initially designed by divine providence to be revolutionary. That would cost something because those being pushed against would push back. That’s that’s the biblical history of the Old and New Testaments. Jesus was crucified because He disturbed and disrupted the natural order of His time.

God had a plan that the Messiah would come, and He would fulfill His kingdom promises to the Jews. The Jews wouldn’t accept His message and the Romans found him to be a threat to their empire. End result, kill Him.

New game plan by divine providence expand the kingdom promises to the gentiles. Their agent, the Apostle Paul. His writings are crucial for ones understanding of our role in these our revolutionary times.

If you drop by from time to time, you’ll find discussions not built upon the aforementioned church entrepreneurs, but rather revolutionary age ending drama’s.

anything but ordinary

Empires, one faded, Ephraim, or Great Britain, the other on its way, Manasseh, or the United States. Picking up from yesterday on the subject of stalwart incubators. From a combination of an angel and a man with mysterious doings of divine providence. Seeking an answer, for what was the genius behind the United States rushing to offer benevolence globally? While at the same time, becoming a monster of death through her unparalleled military apparatus.

Blessed is the man You choose, and cause to approach You, that he may dwell in your courts. See Psalms 65:4. Another ancient chronicler report the above as follows. “I was found by those who did not seek Me; I was made manifest to those who did not ask of Me,” Roams 10:20. It’s also the path this Padre experienced.

When that occurs, this is its aftermath. God visited the earth and watered it. You greatly enrich it; the river of God is gull of water. You provided their grain You have prepared it. You water its ridges abundantly. You settle its furrows. You make it soft with shower. You bless its growth. You crown the year with your goodness. And your paths drip with abundance, they drop on the pastures of the wilderness. And the little hills rejoice on every side. The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valley are clothed with grain. They shout for joy, they also sing.

Once divine providence with all its mysteriousness descends upon someone. And that someone, or someones responds. Unconsciously at first, they brought to dwell in the court of God Almighty. But something happens to them as they journey into the destiny of governess. Perhaps as they observe the unexplainable abundance of natural resources such as food production. Here’s a proven equation. Rain+sunshine=food. Rain and sunshine in the right amount equals the ability to harvest crops which nourishes everything necessary to move on from agriculture to industrial magnificence. And American industrial wealth, has made her a superior unparalleled superpower. But it’s slipping away because America as a people with its elected leaders are not being drawn into the court of divine providence. Because there is a prevailing attitude through out the nation, that this God stuff doesn’t work for a highly technical society. Arguing that innovation is the child of ingenuity which leads to productivity and renown world status. Today America seeks human derived equations to prove her greatness, as an unmatched super power for global dominance.

Y Islam is such a menace What 2 do about it

After the hit upon Sonny, in the movie the Godfather. The Don recuperating from an assassination attempt upon his own life. Arranges a meeting with the five crime families of New York and New Jersey. And presents this question, how did things ever get so bad?

Here is that same question in regards to world events. So, then how did things in this world ever get so bad? The answer, the tribes of the Ishmaelites, whose lineage occurred through Ishmael the father of the Islamic world.

Here is a short survey of Islam, as the problem plaguing the world community. Hagar bore Abram (Abraham, Genesis 17:5) a son. Abram called his son’s name whom Hagar bore Ishmael, Genesis 16:15. Hagar, an Egyptian was not Abram’s wife. She was the maid servant servant of Sarai, (Sarah, Genesis 17:15) Abram’s wife.

Because Sarai bore Abram no children, she encouraged a sexual relationship between her husband and her maid servant. Which had its expected results, pregnancy and dissatisfaction.

Sarai frightened Hagar, so she fled. But an angel for God was dispensed. Announcing to Hagar, I will multiply your seed exceedingly, and it shall not be numbered because of your exponential birth rate.

The following must have been shocking to Hagar. As she was told, “He shall be a wild man. His hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him. He shall dwell in the presence of his brethren,” Genesis 16:12.

The prophecy concerning Ishmael is expanded upon in chapter twenty one. Hagar became very distraught, and she abandoned her baby. Hoping that the child would die, Genesis 21:15-16.

But God heard the voice of Ishmael, and dispatched His angel, again. Who told Hagar not to fear. Because God had heard the baby’s voice. She was instructed to become a mother to Ishmael. With this promise that Ishmael would become a great nation, Genesis 21:17-18.

God was with Ishmael, verse 19, by providing him with water after the water was spent. Providing Ishmael with shelter in the wilderness where he became strong and able, verse 20.

Ishmael lived a very long time. He was the father of twelve sons, Genesis 25:12-18. The sons of Ishmael became the founders of the Ishmaelite tribes that spread from Africa to modern day Iraq. With modern day Arabs/Muslims tracing their lineage to Abraham and his son Ishmael.

Which they should because it has a God/Christ centered Judeo-Christian scriptural bases. The only reliable foundation for understanding the past, present and future, as it reaches us today. But here’s what stops Islam from becoming, what it desperately wants. Which is to be the son of promise, and thus the people to fulfill the promise made to Abraham. Which was, “I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come out of you. And I will establish My covenant between Me and you. And your seed after you in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto you, and to your seed after you. And I will give unto you, and to your seed after you, the land wherein you are a sojourner, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God,” Genesis 17:6-8.

The Islamic glitch in this scenario is that Ishmael is the son of Abram and not Abraham, and as such, is the son of the flesh. Ishmael was the son of Abram’s adultery, and as such, illegitimate. Which would make Ishmael an unlawful possessor of any of the Abrahamic covenants.

God understanding His own laws said, “You shall not commit adultery,” Exodus 20:14, appeared unto Abram when he was 99. Announcing Himself as, God Almighty, and telling Abram to walk the walk of God and be perfect. This of course shook Abram up a lot. Causing him to fall on his face. With God saying, “As for Me My covenant shall be with you, and you shall be the father of many nations. Neither shall your name any more be called Abram, but your name shall be called Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made you,” Genesis 17:1-5.

How was this to occur, after all Abraham was 99. And human reason would dictate that for this to occur, a male heir would be needed. So to start the process, another name change occurred with Sarai becoming known as Sarah. With God telling Abraham that Sarah would be blessed by giving birth to a son. And that his name would be called, Isaac. And that Sarah, would be the mother of many nations. And from her son kings of people would be born. Again Abraham fell on his face, this time to laugh at God. Saying how can this be, I’ll be a 100 and Sarah will be 90. With Abraham saying to God, “Oh! That Ishmael might live before you,” And God said, Sarah, your wife, shall bear you a son indeed; and you shall call his name Isaac. And I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him,” Genesis 17:6-8. And Isaac became the son of promise by the will of God.

It’s from the seed of Isaac from which the ancestry of Christ runs. It’s the foundation of an inseparable bond between Jews and Christians. And why America has been the faithful handmaiden of El Shaddai or God Almighty, as His protector of Israel. It’s an everlasting covenant, ordained and sanctioned by El Shaddai, And as long as America does her part to further the needs and interest of Israel, all will be well with America.

This is the promise, “I will bless them that bless you and curse them that curse you. And in you shall all the families of the earth be blessed,” Genesis 12:3. Simple formula for what the world says it wants, peace and prosperity.

It’s more important for America to join Israel in destroying the Arab/Islamic threat to Israel. With equal attention to destroying the Islamic presence in America. Muslims want what they can’t have, and will kill, and create mayhem to destroy God’s covenant with Isaac. Determined to make it their own. And with this discussion, those like the Don, who have asked, how did things ever get so bad? While the Don, and his crime associates may never have found the answer to their question. Not so for us! Because, we have found the answers as to how things got so bad.

For a secure Israel and America, we need to rid ourselves of our Islamic presence. Because if we don’t, the Islamic threat will only intensify for Israel and America. God preserve the family of Abraham and Sarah which should be the prayer of all of us. A wise people, and their servants in government should exercise all haste to see that Genesis 12:3 is our individual and collective pursuit.

The Bible a book of riddles and puzzles

Yes, from what I hear the Bible is a book of riddles and puzzles for many. Many are unable to make the connections between indirect statements. By taking them as precise pictures, and putting them in there connecting place on the puzzle table. Making the Bible an understandable and comprehensible book. One riddle standing alone sometimes offers no clarity in itself. Clarity comes when each riddle is connected to the overall picture presented in God’s word.

Here are some riddles, a phrase requiring some thinking, spiced with some commentary. They will be set apart when necessary from the Bible by the use of the curved symbols (commentary within) for the purpose of connecting those riddles to the puzzles of the Word of God.

“Blessed are the people who walk not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the in the ways of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful,” Psalms 1:1. (Simply put do not allow your government to determine for you right from wrong. Governments are ungodly and their ways are scornful to God with consequences). Joel 3:2, connects this riddle to the larger puzzle. “I will gather all nations, and will bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat, and will judge them there for My people (the elects sake, those in Christ) and My heritage Israel, (God’s first love) whom the nations have scattered among the nations and divided My lands.” (All of Palestine belongs to Israel, and it is our Christian duty to stand with Israel against the Arab Muslim world). Joel 3:2 is riddled and puzzled with Matthew 24:22. (The most horrific time in world history when humanity has brought itself to the point of annihilation. Because of the governments hate for the elect. Referring to Christians and Israel). And Matthew 24:22 is a part of Revelation 12:11, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb (a masterful riddle) and by the word of their testimony; (another masterful riddle) and they loved not their lives unto the death.” (That experience is foreign to much of Christendom today, but not Christians in Arab Muslim lands).

That could be one reason, among many, as to why God is angry with His church, note Revelation 3:15-17. Which are the most dreadful words to be pronounced upon believers in Christ at this juncture in history. The world is as it is because of our failures. Now note our condemnation, “I know your works. You are neither cold or hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So, then because you are lukewarm and neither cold or hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, I am have become wealthy, and have need of nothing. Do you not know that you are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.” (Which most likely is the reason the Bible is a book of riddles and puzzles for many.) And the riddles of Revelation 3:15-17 is connected to Revelation 22:12. “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with me, to give to everyone according to their work.”

Which returns us to the God of mercy, who time and time again allows us to return to our destiny. “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous, and repent. To them who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne. As I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. Those that have an ear, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches,” Revelation 3:19;21;22.

This then is the path for individual and national prosperity. “Delight in the law of the LORD. In His law be sure to meditate all the time. They shall be like a tree planted by the water that brings forth fruit in its season. Its leaf shall not wither. Whatsoever they do shall prosper,” Psalms 1:2. That was the way of the United States for a very long time. A people and whose nation knew and experienced the riddles of Genesis 49:22-26. Because if you know your Bible, then you know that Joseph is the historical record of America.There we learn that being prosperous is about spiritual depth in ones life (By the hand of the mighty God of Jacob, who then made those verses an American experience. At best, apart from God, temporal wealth is about happenstance which creates more hardships than that wealth is worth. But the converse of wealth from God makes hardships disappear. America has traveled the converse road for a long time but now has departed from that journey. And now her wealth is becoming one of misery and hardship. The archers shoot and the United States experiences multiple infrastructural wounds. Because his bow is weak, and his arms and hands are weak and getting weaker. Because the mighty God of Jacob is no longer the nations desired Shepherd. The very stone that makes wealth possible from the spiritual and mundane perspectives. There you have a complex riddle for puzzle of wealth.

In the end, this is how God sees the community of nations, “Behold the nations are like a drop in the bucket. And are counted as the small dust upon the weighing scales. He considers them to be as islands and not very important,” Isaiah 40:15.

Psalms 1:4-6 contains the riddles of a people within a nation who decide to depart from God’s protection. Which seems to be the path America is taking. “The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore, the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knows the way of the righteous; but the way of the ungodly shall perish.”

The phrase, “The ungodly shall not stand in judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.” That little riddle is associated with part of the great completion of God’s puzzle in Revelation 22:12 noted above. They are still resting in their graves. Awaiting a future time as mentioned in Daniel 12:2-3. “And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament. And those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.” Which as a riddle connects to Revelation 20:12, “And I saw the dead, small and great, (ordinary people and world figures like Presidents, Prime Ministers, Popes, Rabbi’s, Ministers, Muslim clerics, CEO’s and the like) standing before God, and the books were opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books according to their works.” With verse 15 telling us of the consequences of that judgment. Which is eternal banishment from God, as they were dispatched to the lake of fire. This is the second death according to verse 14. (Meaning they do not suffer eternally but are in a state of eternal unawareness similar to the first death).

There we have a few riddles and obscure phrases tucked into a part of scripture. But when assembled together, as a more completed puzzle, humanities ultimate destiny becomes understandable.

The unexplained explained

“I returned, and saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread bread to the wise, nor riches to men of understanding, nor favor to the men of skill; but time and chance happened to them all,” Ecclesiastes 9:11.

The Egyptian experience

For You! “You may only be someone in this world, but to someone you are the world,” The Sunshine Committee, King High School.

Such expressions, though well meaning, are tantamount to a declaration of going life’s way on ones own. In other words independent of God. Which today is a plague, effecting both individuals and the nation as a whole. Bringing with it dire consequences manifesting itself through a government that can’t govern. And a people, who are delusional by thinking a turnabout will occur. Once the government is governed by a majority of one party verses the other in all branches of government. Not so, and here is why.

But first, the Egyptian experience should not always be seen as either ancient or modern Egypt. Because Egypt in scriptures is sometimes a symbolic depiction about carnality and mundane experiences. Carnality in terms of human behavior, and mundane attachments to gods who don’t exist. Behaviors that aggravate God Almighty bringing judgment.

An elderly gentlemen, by today’s calender had this advice to offer twenty first centuries Americans. Woe to them that go down down to Egypt for help. With And stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many. And in horses because they are strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the LORD!

Yet he also is wise, and will bring evil and will not call back his words. But will arise against the evil house of his evildoers, and against the help of them that work iniquity.

The godly walk is not a cakewalk, but rather a walk of constant perseverance and constant devotion to the God of Israel and his LORD, Jesus Christ. All other perseverance’s and devotions are folly for the following reasons.

Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses flesh, and spirit. When the LORD shall stretch out his hand, both he that helps shall fall, and he that is helped will fall down, and they shall fail together. (Texts:Isaiah 31:1-3).

Is a turnabout for America possible? Short answer, no! Long Answer tomorrow.

Why? More than, $19 trillion dollars of national debt by the end of FY 2016, as opposed to the nations GDP of about $18,060 trillion dollars end of FY 2016. Different economist inside and out side of government come up with different tables for our nation debt and our gross domestic product. This is fact what the nations working people produces in goods services and sells for earned income doesn’t pay the bills. So the United States government has to borrow money to make the difference. Equaling a debt of about $59,910 million per American citizen. Furthermore the United States government paid about $223 billion dollars in interest on our national debt during the fiscal year. Economist claim that represents about 6 percent federal spending. And represents the fastest growing are a federal spending.

As you can determine through the economy, God has many ways to discipline a nation and its people. Bottom line the American people and its government is making decisions displeasing to God Almighty.

Which includes sanctioning what God calls an abomination, homosexuality, Leviticus 20:13. Now, this great abomination has sweep the nation, state by state. Sealed forever in Romans, where God recorded, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,” Romans 1:18,

A nation blinded, and not able to see Islam, as the global monster that it is from, Genesis 16:12. Unable to see the danger emerging upon the horizon, he who was thought dead but lives again, and the world marveled, Revelation 13:3. But America cried because her national and world  dominance is no more. Long answer, tomorrow.

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.

Judgment fitting a harlot

It’s no coincidence that the states that made up these United States criminalized homosexuality. Some states penalized such criminal behaviors with as much prison time as fifteen years. Inspiring the federal government to enact a statute declaring that marriage was to be only between a man and women. Called DOMA, or Defence of Marriage Act.

Why were such laws passed because that is what the majority of Americans wanted. So politicians did the only thing that they are good at which is to determine which way the wind is blowing. And discovering the will of the people, they enacted the appropriate laws. Which were signed into law by state governor’s, and President Bill Clinton. Clinton has said, that he only signed DOMA into because he feared a constitutional amendment declaring marriage to be between a man and woman. Going on to say that he now favors DOMA being declared unconstitutional.

All of that is history because DOMO is gone and America shamefully has united itself as a people who condones what God condemns.

There was a time, when America was a God fearing and God honoring country. The nations culture and its laws were fashioned around our Judeo-Christian heritage. And that is why, homosexuality was criminalized. Now America has, and will continue to walk a road in opposition to its Judeo-Christian heritage of culture and laws.

The legalization of same sex unions amounts to another nail, driven into the American coffin of death. Because the nation as a whole has decriminalized homosexuality. A clear act of ungodly defiance of what God declared an abomination.

Judgment fitting a harlot, yes indeed. From our scriptures we learn whoredom reaches beyond sexual deviance. To be continued.

Eavesdropping on a conversation a learning experience

Two friends were traveling together, when a bear suddenly appeared. One of them climbed up a tree and remained there hidden. The other, seeing that he would be caught in another moment. Laid down on the ground and pretended to be dead. When the bear put its muzzle to him, and smelt him all over. He held his breath! For it is said that a bear will not touch a corpse. After he had gone away, the other man came down from the tree, and asked his friend what the bear whispered in his ear. It told me, he replied, “Not to travel in the future with friends, who do not stand by one in time of peril.” (source:Fables of Aesop-Penguin Classics-“Genuine Friends Are Proven By Adversity”).

Jesus was having a conversation with Simon. “Saying that Satan not only wanted him, but would sift him as cultivated wheat. Harvested and processed to serve evil. But do not be concerned Simon, I have prayed that your faith will sustain you.” Simon replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison, or death if necessary.” “Not so Simon, you will deny knowing me more than once.” (Texts:Luke 22:31-34).

Now some time had past and Jesus had been arrested. Then brought him before the civil and religious authorities. Because they were trying to find away to kill him. (Texts:Matthew 26:57;59).

A woman approached Peter. “Hey!” “You were with Jesus of Galilee.” Peter replied for all to hear. “I do not know what you are talking about.” (Texts:Matthew 26:69-70).

Peter was approached again. This second woman said to all of them. “This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth.” He replied, under oath, “I do not know know the man). (Texts:Matthew 26:71-72).

People observing all this finally approached him. “Peter, you must be one of them. Your speech betrays you. Peter angrily began to curse and to swear, saying, “I do not know the man!” Suddenly the cock crowed, and Peter remembered what Jesus warned him about. Before the cock crows, you will betray me. Peter departed and wept bitterly. (Texts:Matthew 26:73-75).

As can be expected, when in need there is Jesus. Who said, “When you repent, strengthen your brethren.” (Text:Luke 22:32). It worked for Peter, and it works for you and me. Merciful Jesus at work then and now. Saying, “He that is without sin among you, let them cast the first stone at her.” Jesus looked around saw none but the woman. “Where are your accusers. Have none condemned you?” She said, “No man, Lord.” Jesus replied unto her, “Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more! (Texts:John 8:7;10-11).

And so, it seems to be true, genuine friends are proven by adversity and mercy.

The Lord bless you and keep you. (Text:Numbers 6:24).

The sower who produced what it means for tomorrow

Jesus knew something about work, as there never seemed to be enough hours in his day to accomplish His agenda. Maybe exhausted, so on a particular day, he sought solitude by the sea.

It didn’t work out because as usual, lots of people gathered to see him. So He got into a boat and sat down and the people stood on the shore waiting to hear what He had to say. He was a crowd favorite because He was a man of opinions. He often did the unexpected. Like berating religious and political figures. Chasing profiteers out of the house of God. Or by taking a few fish and several loafs of bread and feeding hundreds. And on occasions, He would return to heal people who were sick or crippled. Even demons feared Him, as He liberated people under their control. His compadre the apostle John said  this about his friend, “And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.” Amen. (scriptural text:John 21:25).

On this day, as the crowd stood on shore, Jesus resorted to story telling. Saying, “Behold a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them.

Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away.

And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and chocked them.

But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop. Some a hundred fold, some sixty, some thirty.” Mark 4:1-8).

We know from the previous discussion that our responsibility is to evangelize the world. Our efforts are not directed at politicians at any level of American governance. But rather at the electorate, because once the people become born again Christians, they will see that Christ fearing people hold elective office. And legislate and govern according our Judeo-Christian beliefs which are rooted in our scriptures.

Jesus drops at the doorstep of His church four scenarios, as you and I, sow our seeds of evangelism. It seems three out of four are not  receptive to our message. Which is, you must be born again or you to will like wise perish. Then we discover that the twenty five percent who become new creations; whereby, old things have passed away. Beholding that all things have become new. (scriptural text:2 Corinthians 5:17). Not all bore fruit worthy of their repentance which the scriptures command. (scriptural text:Matthew 3:8).

In a complex and mysterious way those whose sowed seed yielded a crop (converts) that sprang up and (they) increased  and became the next generation of evangelists. However the vast majority of people bore no fruit worthy of their salvation. And now you know why the United States, and the world is in such a mess. Making it necessary for the few to step up their evangelistic efforts. In order to return America to its once solid foundation, as a God fearing and honoring nation. And God reciprocated by making the United States prosperous and militarily unbeatable. It was called American exceptionalism! An expression hated because it suggested God directed the nations ways to be the envy of the world. And it was so!

Jesus concluded His discussion with those who stood at the sea shore to hear what He had to say. Saying this, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” (scriptural text:Mark 4:9). Though directed to those people at the sea shore, it is very much a discussion meant for us today. Because our scriptures are the living, breathing word of God. And confirmed by Revelation 19:13, He (Jesus) was clothed with a vesture (body) dipped in blood, and His name is called the Word of God. And we need to hear what the scriptures are saying.

It seems that God has raised up two presidential candidates, Dr. Ben Carson and Senator Ted Cruz, who name Jesus as their Savior. Having experienced the Christ changing influences in their lives. Thus making them the presidential leaders America needs at this crucial time. It would be an act of God, if one was elected president and the other became vice president.

Israels and Americas prophet

If you are an American, then you live within the house of Israel. And as such, America will be destroyed, first from within, so that it can be obliterated by the ten horned beast with huge iron teeth. (scriptural text: Daniel 7:7). When will this happen? Only God knows! It could happen within our lifetime or it could be in the distant future. Before this series ends, this padre will give reason, as to why it might be the former, as opposed to the latter.

God in his providence has provided us with a book like no other. So that we might be able to discern His mind. Though one can handle it and open its pages seeing inked writings upon ordinary paper. Yet the Bible, itself is like no other book because it’s the living breathing providence of God Almighty himself. Note carefully these three announcements:Moreover He said to me, “Son of man, eat what you find; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.”

So I opened my mouth, and He caused me to eat that scroll.

And He said unto me, “Son of man, feed your belly, and fill your stomach with this scroll that I give you.” So I ate, and it was in my mouth like honey in sweetness.

Then He said to me, “Son of man, go to the house of Israel and speak with My words to them.

For you are not sent to a people of unfamiliar speech and of hard language, but to the house of Israel.

Not to many people of unfamiliar speech and of hard language, whose words you cannot understand. Surely, had I sent you to them, they would have listened to you.

But the house of Israel will not listen to you, because they will not listen to Me; for all the house are impudent and hard hearted.

Behold, I have made your face strong against their faces, and your forehead strong against their foreheads.

Like adamant stone, harder than flint, I have made your forehead; do not be afraid of them, nor be dismayed at their looks, though though they are a rebellious house.”

Moreover He said to me, “Son of man, receive into your heart all My words that I speak to you, and hear with your ears.”

“And go get the captives, to the children of your people, and speak to them.” Thus says the Lord God, “Whether they hear or whether they refuse.”

Then the Spirit lifted me up, and I heard behind me a great thunderous voice, “Blessed is the glory of the LORD from his place.” (scriptural texts:Ezekiel 3:1-12).

Second announcement: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God.

He was in the beginning with God.

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory as the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. (scriptural texts:John 1:1-2;14).

Third announcement: And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, “See you do it not! I am your fellow servant, and your brother that have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True. And in righteousness, He does make war.

His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns; and He had a name written that no man knew except Himself.

And He was clothed, with a vesture dipped in blood. And His name was called, The Word of God. (scriptural texts:Revelation 19:10-13).

Limited Commentary:This was shared, so that reader might capture some of the historical evidence for the Bible being very different from any other book. And that its difference is because God himself made himself manifest in ways that only God could accomplish. First as a scroll, then, as flesh and finally, as a vesture (body) dipped blood. Declaring that His name is the Word of God.

House of Israel:They are the nations that emerged because Jacob blessed Ephraim and Manasseh. (scriptural texts:Genesis 48:13-20). The kingpin of those multitude of nations was Ephraim, whom we know as Great Britain. And Manasseh, whom we learned from a previous posting was the wings torn from the lions back and became America.

At helm of this creation of nations to be born was Israel. Destined to create a world obedient to God Almighty. But were blinded, by the god of this age. Becoming unable to believe lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ should shine on them. (scriptural text:2 Corinthians 4:4). And O! How Israel and the house of Israel will suffer.

ISSI on the horizon

No matter which way it plays out, what’s happening in our world is suggestive that our future is not very bright. Centered around what Jesus said, “For then there shall be great tribulation, such as the world has not been seen since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor shall ever be,” Matthew 24:21

So how dim will things become? Disturbingly horrible, so that there will be no tranquility anywhere on the face of the earth. It’s time to consider two declarations made by Jesus. Just what tribulation occurred at the beginning of the world? That caused Jesus to say, until this time, so, what are the events of this time that will never happen again?

First a word of caution, do not allow yourself to be fooled by the words, ‘THIS TIME.’ Some scoff at such statements reminding us that Jesus said that more than 2000 years ago. Saying, here we are, a very advanced society, and the tribulation badness hasn’t occurred. Proving the Bible is just a lot of nothing. With people like this padre, trying to make something out of nothing. Understand this, ‘THIS TIME’ is a work in continual progress, and you can count on the tribulation of badness to occur. Maybe soon or maybe centuries from now.

So lets first look at the tribulation that occurred at the beginning of the world world. And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it REPENTED THE LORD THAT HE HAD MADE MAN ON THE EARTH, AND IT GRIEVED HIM AT HIS HEART. AND THE LORD SAID, “I WILL DESTROY MAN WHOM I HAVE CREATED FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH; BOTH MAN AND BEAST, AND CREEPING THINGS, AND THE FOULS OF THE AIR; FOR IT REPENTED ME THAT I HAVE MADE THEM, Genesis 6:5-7.

But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a just man, and perfect in his generation, and Noah walked with God, Genesis 6:8-9. And God instructed Noah to build an ark, Genesis 6:14. Saying, “And behold, I even I, do bring a flood water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die. But with you will I establish my covenant,” Genesis 6:17-18.

And everything died, Genesis 6:21, except for Noah and those sheltered in the Ark. And God provided humanity with a second chance, Genesis 8:15-22. And God blessed Noah and his sons and said unto them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth,” Genesis 9:1.

And that settles the statement made by Jesus that a new tribulation will sweep the world that had not been seen since the beginning of the world.

This is the other profound declaration that Jesus made that will bring peace to the soul and mind. Because the next tribulation, the worse ever, and never to be duplicated ushers in this Christ consolation. “And except those days should be shortened, there should be no flesh saved; but for the ELECT’S sake those days shall be shortened,” Matthew 24:22.

Jesus always leaves a way of escape. It’s found in the picturesqueness of the Ark. Which is symbolic of God’s Ark, through Jesus Christ allowing humanity to escape death. Recorded as such; For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust that He might bring us to God. Being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, by whom He went and preached to the spirits in prison, who were formerly disobedient, when once the Divine long suffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is eight souls were saved through water. There is also now an anti-type which now saves us; baptism, not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of good conscience toward God through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Who has gone into heaven and sits at the right hand of God. Angels and authorities having been made subject to Him, 1 Peter 3:18-22.

It’s all about finding grace in the eyes of the LORD. And to be seen by God, like Noah, as a just person and perfect in ones generation. And maybe God will use the many of youse to spare humanity, yet again from a promised tribulation. Because a new devil, has escaped from prison. An unprecedented evil tagged ISSI.

Next time, events that might suggest an that our tribulation in the world that has never been seen before, or will ever be seen again, might be closer than anticipated.

War of the Ages

Its a world that makes no sense, unless you know what it means to have your name written in the book of life. Because if you do, then you know all about the Lamb slain since the foundation of the world, Revelation 13:8. Then the world makes a lot of sense. Because in this modern world, no court of law would demand stoning for blasphemy. Not even if the blasphemy was against God. That single act of blasphemy managed by religious and political partners. Is the pivotal point that will eventually usher in the wrath of God upon humanity. “The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation (people not written in the book of life) (followed by the Dragon and his collaborators) and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb,” Revelation 14:10. Think that’s laughable, remember this, those who laugh first, don’t laugh best.

But the crime of blasphemy, in God’s court is a very serious crime. The law against blasphemy is one of the Ten Commandments. Blasphemy is defined for us in Exodus 20:7 as follows, “Thou shall not take the name of the LORD, your God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that takes his name in vain.”

Each commandment has a particular focal application individually and collectively for the individual and the community of nations. But the focus is primarily upon God’s people, and for our time, upon his body of believers.

There are some exceptions, with this particular commandment being one of them. I consider this fourth commandment to be the war of the ages. Because it is the struggle for not just the loyalty of humanity, but for the struggle for their souls and ultimately their final destiny.

It has played itself out this way for centuries. Right into our actual time of existence and for some undetermined period still ahead. It is what the beast of Revelation thirteen is about.

With Exodus 20:7, giving us God’s definition for blasphemy. This is how blasphemy against the LORD occurs. It occurs when someone claims to stand in the place of God. Claiming to have the same powers as God. That is what blasphemy against the LORD is all about.

It occurred for the first time in the garden. When the Serpent, the most subtle of all beasts, Genesis 3:1, told the woman that she would not die if she disobeyed God, verse 4. This serpent beast told the woman that if she followed her instincts. Then she would have her eyes opened, and that she, *would be like God, knowing good and evil,* verse five. Thus becoming equal to God. Standing in his place in the garden knowing the difference between good and evil. What was her punishment for her blasphemy? Perpetual hardships through childbearing, and the burden of male dominance, verse 16. And for the man, sorrowful labor just to eat, followed by death, verse 17-19. The saga continues today, different time, different players, same results.

Just prior to beginning his mission on this earth. This event occurred, Jesus was being baptized and praying, then the heavens opened. “And the Holy Spirit descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a loud voice from heaven said, ‘You are my beloved Son; in you I am well pleased,'” Luke 3:21-22. There we have the greatest mystery of all time. Like a dove, the one and the same, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

In due time God, “God sent not his SON into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved,” John 3:17. But Jesus said, “No person can come to me, except the Father, who has sent me, draws them; and I will raise them up at the last day,” John 6:44. Jesus said, “… I will give my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world,” John 6:51. That is the process of God’s sacred declaration for salvaging wreck lives. That had its beginning centuries ago, in the garden, as recorded in the book of Genesis. The single act in the garden by Eve and Adam condemned all of us. It is only through Christ that our individual condemnation is erased.

One of our concentrations is upon defining blasphemy from the scriptures. In the New Testament blasphemy is further developed in Mark 3:29. Where we read, “But he that shall blasphemy against the Holy Spirit hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation.” For some centuries now blasphemy has taken new twists and turns. By people claiming to have the ability to forgive sin. It occurs when someone claims to be standing in place of God. That was the crime that Jesus was accused of committing. Because he said, that He and the Father were one, John 10:30. Immediately stones were taken up again to stone him, John 10:31. Because these Jewish scholars understood the law laid down in Exodus 20:7. No person on earth can act as a substitute for God. Such an act is to take and use God’s name in vain which violates the fourth commandment of the ten. So these Jewish scholars said this to Jesus, “For a good work, we stone you not, but for blasphemy, and because you being a man, makest thyself God, John 10:33. It is clearly recorded that only God can forgive sins, if any institution or person claims that ability it is blasphemy, Mark 2:7. Jesus in his defense unequivocally make it clear when he said, “But that you might know that the Son of man has the authority to forgive sins,” Mark 2:10. Because of the mystery, and the miracle of the trinity, noted above.

In accordance with the fourth commandment and all the scriptural arguments presented. For any institution or person(s), to claim that authority is blasphemy against God.

Most people around the globe are caught up with issues that have no lasting substance. Some are personal while other such issues impact masses of people, but nevertheless having no lasting substance. Take the United States for example. The frenzy over ObamaCare and same sex marriages.

It all boils down to substances of no lasting value. In the end that focus only means more pain and suffering.

The focus should be to understand world events from a biblical perspective. They have lasting substance because of its eternal significances and consequences. The world community of people needs to come to grips with religious and political occurrences that have been boiling for centuries. Just when will that pot boil over, I do not know. When it occurs people will understand what the Archangel Michael meant when he said, “Woe unto the inhabitants of the earth.” A stark warning impacting few with fear. I fear!

This posting dealt pretty much with defining the phrase of blasphemy. Because the Beast of Revelation 13:1, had 7 heads with the word blasphemy on them. And that this beast would blaspheme against God, and that it would war against the saints (Christians) and all persons, tongues and nations upon the earth, Revelation 13:5. Not to be forgotten is the worship of this beast by the worlds inhabitants, Revelation 13:4.

What institution on this earth claims to have the power to stand in God’s place on this earth? None other than the Roman Catholic Church. Whose collective agents, starting with the Pope. Along with his subservient priests, who claim powers to forgive sins through their sacrament of absolution. Meaning to stand in for Christ on earth forgiving sins. Both occurrences represents the deadly sin of blasphemy against God.

When all is said, and done about the frenzy of events that capture the time of so many. You have read here some of the substances that really matters. The only way to Christ is through God. Who can end the suffering and pain that so many chase after.

That prospect is ignored in favor of the enemies of God, who commit blasphemy against God. Whose combination of powers comes from the Dragon. Woe indeed to the inhabitants of the earth for the cement is hardening. Daniel saw it as iron but when it collapses it brakes humanity to pieces, Daniel 2:40. And the Dragon will live on for a spell more. And his power, and influence reaching into future households yet to come, Revelation 20:1-3.