Roll over play dead like a frightened dog

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“And the great dragon was cast out that old serpent. called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast with him,” Revelation 12:9.

But! The heavens were told to rejoice. “Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you that dwell in them. WOE! To the inhabitants of the earth and sea. For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath because he knows that he has but a short time,” Revelation 12:12.

Here is how this is playing out on the world scene. “And the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman (Jews as the Redeemer’s family) who brought forth the child (Jesus), Revelation 12:13.

For what troubles individuals and the world community, there is no cure or solution because the  persecutions will only intensify. As it is written, “And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them. And authority was given to him over every tribe, and tongue, and nation,” Revelation 13:7.

What are we suppose to do? Roll over, and play dead, like a frightened dog? No! The gospels command must be executed. People are curious, so they asked, “Who are you, that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?” He said, “I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness. ‘Make straight the way of the LORD, as the prophet Isaiah said,”‘ John 1:22-23.

Making straight the way of the Lord can be costly because it requires condemning what God condemns. And equally important echoing this eternal message, “In the beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” As it is written in the prophets behold, ‘I send my messenger before your face, who shall prepare the way for you. The voice of one crying in the wilderness. PREPARE you the way of the Lord. MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT,”‘ Mark 1:1-3.

It’s not a choice, it’s a directive! Difficult, dangerous but with rewards. “These are the ones, who were not defiled with the woman, (by apostate religions, including many within Christendom today through that old serpent, who gives them their power), for they are virgins. These are the ones, who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These were the redeemed from among men, being the first fruits to God and to the Lamb,” Revelation 14:4.

Doing more than u ever thought u could do

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Then I stood upon the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea…. See Revelation 13:1.

Without question this beast is to be feared. This beast will be a person of global influence. His influence will go beyond powers of a the head of state. For example from, China, Russia, or Turkey. A likely possibility is the head of the United Nations. Because it has all the necessary mechanisms in place for world governance, except one, a military. Whose, armed forces could be derived exclusively from Europe. Giving rise to long held concepts for a revived Roman Empire. Giving rise to another long held notion of what goes around comes around. The very empire that existed during the life time of Jesus Christ.

Question, why would sovereign states surrender their sovereignty to a global body? Answer, the world is becoming so chaotic that out of desperation nation states will see it as their only chance for global stability.

But in order to get a sense of perspective about this beast, we shall briefly visit the biblical book of Daniel which provides us with some valuable information. We find one of the worlds great kings, who had a very troubling dream which upon awakening, he could not remember. He knew that he had dreamt something horrific. Which made him determined to have his dream recalled, along with an interpretation.

So he summoned his advisers to provide him with an interpretation of his dream. But they could not help this poor troubled fellow. Well that did not settle well with King Nebuchadnezzar. So like all governments immemorial to history. King Nebuchadnezzar threatened them with severe punishment, if they could not interpret his dream. But to lessen the severity, he sweetened the pot. By promising his advisers with lavish rewards for the interpretation of his night vision. Nebuchadnezzar emphasized the consequences for failure to make his dream known. Telling them that he cut them to pieces, and have their property destroyed. But for successful interpretation of his forgotten dream, riches and prestige would be awarded to them.

The conversation goes on with accusations being made by the King and excuses being put forth by his advisers. His advisers complained that the King asked for the impossible. Because the King could not give them the particulars about his night vision. Saying … “there is not a man upon the earth that can accomplish what the King demands. Finally declaring, “except the God’s, whose dwelling is not with the flesh.” Such a response only angered the King. Causing him to issue a law calling for the murder of all his advisers throughout the Babylonian empire which included the prophet Daniel and his associates.

Eventually the Captain of the kings guard came for Daniel. Daniel assured the captain that he, and his associates could provide the king with the interpretation.

Daniel went home, and discussed the situation with his associates. It was decided that they would seek the mercy of the God of heaven about the kings forgotten dream. During the night, Daniel had his own night vision which included  the dreams interpretation. But before Daniel approached the king with the answers, he blessed the God of heaven. Acknowledging Him for His wisdom and might. Daniel offered this specific prayer. “And He changes the times and seasons, He removes kings and sets up kings. He gives wisdom and knowledge to those who know understanding, He reveals the deep secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with Him.  And I thank you and praise you. O! thou God of my fathers, who has given me wisdom might, and has made known unto us the King’s matter,” Daniel 2:21-23.

Learn the lessons of those three verses for yourself. And you’ll become one of those, who are wise. A person of knowledge based upon your understanding of God’s world history. How is that accomplished? When Daniel told the captain that he could give the king what he desired. he had no foreknowledge of what troubled the king or what he wanted. He trusted God, that God would provide him with what was needed. And by so doing, Daniel acknowledged three modern day spiritual principles that are ageless because they reached back to Daniel’s lifetime as well. The book of Hebrews reveals these words, “Now the just shall live by faith; but if any person draws back, My soul shall have no pleasure in him,” Hebrews 10:38. What Daniel communicated to the captain of the king’s guard was done in its purest sense, *now the just shall live by faith.* Followed by, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen,” Hebrews 11:1. And, “Without faith it is impossible to please Him; for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him,” Hebrews 11:6.

Ancient scriptures made modern in our 21 century. Making it possible for us to become more than any of us ever thought we could become. All because of some lessons Daniel left for those of us, who would follow centuries later. Accompanied with this pure perfect crystallized diamond, “Likewise the Spirit, also helps our weaknesses. For we do know not what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us. With groaning which can not be uttered. Now He, who searches the heart knows the mind of the Spirit because He makes intersession for the saints according to the will of God,” Romans 8:26-27.

The restored soul and how to get there

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While listening to a often sung hymn, “How Great Thou Art,” I found myself once again struck by the majesty of the words. Each stanza has a particular focus on the greatness of God. From creation, to Christ and his return, covering all of his major themes. With each theme there are myriads of jewels for the worshiper to discover. As the spirit of God touches your soul.

This padre gets maximum satisfaction while out and about the country side, and seeing a stunning sight. Like the magnificence of a rain bow, or the sight of a recently born baby. Instantly, blessing that baby silently, as God touches our respective souls for just a few moments and brings us together for all eternity. These are the words of my blessing, child you can not come unto Jesus except the Father draws you to Him, John 6:44, Concluding with my favorite blessing because life is tough and will get tougher. Jude 24-25, “Now to Him, who is able to keep you from stumbling. And to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy. To God our Savior, who only is wise. Be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever.” Amen.

Then from memory, I sing to myself the appropriate stanza and chorus. It is an uplifting experience especially in a world that has a tendency to wear one down. Even infants!

Praising God is one way God restores our souls, and leads us in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake, Psalms 23:3. Enjoy the experience! For your consideration, the four stanzas and the chorus. The chorus of course repeats itself after each stanza. Read them slowly and meditatively and sense the power of the words. Really works well while listening to the hymn being sung while allowing your soul to absorb the words through your eyes and ears.

O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder,
Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made;
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder
Thy power through out the universe displayed.

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

When through the woods, and forest glades I wander,
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees.
When I look down, from lofty mountains grandeur
And see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.

Chorus stanza repeats: Then signs my soul, My Savior God to Thee.

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

Chorus repeats: The sings my soul, My Savior God to Thee.

When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation,
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart.
Then I shall bow, in humble adoration,
And then proclaim, “My God great Thou art!”

The sings My soul, My Savior God to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Savior God to Thee,
How great Thou art. How great thou art!

For those, never having had the uplifting experience from the hymn. You can do so by selecting a search engine. Search by using the words, “How great thou Art,” Shea or Presley. But to listen to all four verses type, Boberg, who was the original author. That should take you to youtube.com. I enjoy both the George Beverly Shea and Elvis Presley renditions best.

whirlwinds of contractions settled

From the whirlwinds of contractions emerges information that you can count on. From yesterday it was said that the Jesus declaration of, “Whatever you ask, I’ll do it,” is an erroneous expectation for today.

It is often erroneous thought that the New Testament replaced Old Testament Jewish customs. It didn’t! The following writers were primarily talking to Jews. The gospels, the epistles of James through Jude. And Revelation chapters 1-5, with the remaining chapters being applicable in a more universal manner.

It was a period of transition and controversy. There we find those writers talking to Jewish believers. For them there was only one requirement in order to experience forgiveness of sin. Jesus Himself established the criteria. Recorded as. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” See John 3:16. A period of transition because the Jews were steeped in Judaism and were found in their synagogues observing Jewish orthodoxy. Controversial because some Jews were experiencing the gift of everlasting life.

The criteria for Jew or Gentile is different today. And is recorded as follows, For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. See Romans 10:4. Now the expansion of belief for Jew or Gentile, “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” See Romans 10:9-10.

Because Jesus came to His own, and they rejected Him. Instead of Jesus establishing God’s kingdom on this earth in fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies. The Father created a detour by sacrificing His only Son on the cross. With His kingdom on earth to become a reality sometime in the unknown future.

In the interim, Jesus interrupted a Jew hating prosecutor and made him His ambassador to the gentiles. For the first time in history, God decided to include we gentiles in His plan of redemption.

This padre ventures to say that most of Christendom doesn’t have the slightest clue as to the implications of what has been discussed or will be discussed. Including the implication of the words of Jesus, “If you ask anything in my name, I’ll do it.” See John 14:13-14. Adequately discussed previously with the change forthcoming. Found it necessary to lay the right foundation for the best understanding.

Powerful stuff to settle the confusion which is necessary for the Way to emerge to be what it should be. Churches without walls. With people being mobilized to practice the way of Paul for the glory of His Savior and ours, the Lord Jesus Christ.

stalwart incubators

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.

Answer, divine providence, who intervened in the affairs of humankind. Whether they liked it or not, however, if in opposition, they eventually succumbed, and became stalwart incubators through whom divine providence could manifest itself.

Here’s a tale that might be tall or not. Jacob had just finished moving and found himself alone at night. Unexpectedly, Jacob found himself wresting with a stranger. The two wrestled a long time. Seems like the man wasn’t trying to do Jacob any serious bodily harm. Just kind of toyed with him. Until he realized dawn was approaching. Then, he deliberately threw Jacob’s hip out of joint. Saying, “Let me go; it’s daybreak.”

Jacob said, “No not til you bless me.” The stranger asked, “What’s your name?” The response, “Jacob.” Said the stranger, “Not any longer. Your name from now on is Israel.” Continuing the stranger said, “You have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed,”

Aroused with curiosity, Israel said, “Tell me your name.” Intuition kicks in, as the stranger responds, “Why is it that you ask about my name?” Immediately, Israel knew that he had interacted with divine providence.

The chronicler of this event acknowledged on the spot that Israel had been christened picturesquely to be the face of what would become the state of Israel. And Israel confirms this for our chronicler by saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and my life has been preserved.”

Some have heard the old adage, “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels,” Hebrews 1:14.At the start, Jacob thought a stranger had invaded his space where he had settled for the night. He was told, if you recall, that he struggled with God and man. So this man, the embodiment of an angel, who had taken on the incarnation of a man. Which represented the horrors of a night invasion that turned out to be the launching of a career that would announce the birth of two nations from the lineage of Abraham and Isaac. Which were, Ephraim, Great Britain and her Commonwealth of Nations and, Manasseh, the United States. The topics of recent discussions.

As stalwart incubators two more thoughts. The question was asked, what are these my lord? The angel answered, “These are four spirits of heaven, who go out from their station before the Lord of all the earth.” And, “Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who have inherited salvation.”

a path not well journeyed

Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that us within me, bless His holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits. Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. See Psalms 103:1-5.

The journey from the cross

Christendom has completed its most sacred journey of our calendar year. With this being another in a series of discussions designed to make you angry but concluding with jubilance. Because unto us, was given a Savior, who would save His people from their sins.

And in so doing, He was murdered, but death could not capture its prey. Because death is the result of sin, and Jesus was sinless. And today, Jesus manifests Himself through His church which is you and me! So be jubilant because you can’t be defeated and neither can I! Nor will we taste the second death. Soon there will be discussions concerning death. Especially if one is worried about the funeral rites of interment. As to whether, or not, there is a hereafter? It’s a terrible unnecessary burden to bear. There is hope for people, who went to their grave denying the reality of life after death.

And so on that day centuries ago which is relived everyday since by far to few Christians. Who by their attitudes and behaviors mourn His torture. Just a though they were standing there, as Pilate took Jesus. And wiped Him, allowing his soldiers to twist a painful crown of thorns back and forth on His head. Then in mockery they put a purple robe on Jesus. Ridiculing Jesus, one can imagine with their smiles and laughter. Offering their collective voice in song like fashion. “Hail King of the Jews!” Then they struck Him with their hands.

Finally, Pilate had observed enough of this torturing of this brave man. So he went out to address the crowd once again. Saying, “Behold I am bringing Him out to you, that you may know that I find no fault in him.”

Then Jesus made His way out to greet His executioners. Wearing His painful crown of thorns and purple robe. And Pilate made one last statement to them. “Behold the Man!” Signaling his respect for a courageous man that maybe he thought was more than just a mortal like himself. (Scriptural texts:John 19:1-5).

Where is this most courageous man ever to stand before Pilate? Where we would expect to find Him which is in the midst of His church. An institution not of concrete, wood or stained glass windows, but among people that He has pardoned as sinners. Saying to you and me, as he did to Peter, “And I also say unto you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Scriptural text:Matthew 16:18). Problematic experiences like misunderstandings, mockery, persecutions, prosecutions, jail, but not eradication.

Jesus is that rock, a solid substance that can’t be pulverized no matter what evils violently assail His people. And Peter would bear the responsibility, like you, and me to bear the testimony of Jesus. Even unto death, if necessary. Being responsible for chronicling what we have coined as the great commission received from heaven itself.

It came into being just before His execution occurred. When the apostle John observed this historic announcement. An angel flew in the midst of heaven holding the gospel to be preached. Reaching every nation, people and language. Saying with a loud voice, “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.” (Scriptural texts:Revelation 14:6-7).

Our responsibility is to first fear Him and then to give to Jesus our humble worship. Acknowledging His judgment as a sentence of death. And in our worship understanding that nothing occurs until Elohim which is translated meaning God. Who by His say so, made the heavens and earth, the seas and springs of water. In other words our primary duty is to glorify God with our praise, and to enjoy Him forever.

And the world has, and is today very engaged in destroying our primary duties to our God. And that should make all of Christendom very angry. But it doesn’t!
How do we know that Jesus is in the midst of His church? The apostle John by divine design was allowed to witness, and record the Christ presence to that effect. I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day. And the Alpha and Omega said, “What you see write in a book and send it to the churches.” John then turned to see, who was speaking to him. He saw seven golden lampstands. One like the Son of Man. And He had in His right hand seven stars. John seeing Him, fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me. “Don’t be afraid; I am the the First and the Last. I am He who lives and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen! And I have the keys to Hades and of death. (Scriptural texts:Revelation 1:10-18).

With Jesus being among His people, His Church. That is the answer to the assaulting powers that would destroy everything God has commissioned. And we, as His lampstands of light. In the midst of seven stars, His angels among His churches. Must become angry enough not to allow that to occur. (Scriptural text:Revelation 1:20).

For those who do, He sustains with this promise. Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you. But rejoice, to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that, when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified. (scriptural text: 1 Peter 4:12-14).

Not an ordinary Saturday

Because it was preparation day, that bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath. The Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.

The the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who was crucified with Him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. And he who has seen, has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you may believe. For these things were done that the scripture should be fulfilled. “Not one of His bones shall be broken.” And again another scripture says, “They shall look on Him whom they pierced.” (Scriptural texts:John 19:31-37).

In our day? And? maybe theirs too.

Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen. “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “Who is and was and who is to come, the Almighty.” (Scriptural text:Revelation 1:7-8).

A Respecter of Persons

A lion was standing over a bullock which he had felled, when a bandit presented himself and demanded a share of it. “I would give it to you,” said the lion, “If you were not a habitual plunderer yourself.” With that he drove the ruffian away.

It happened that that an inoffensive traveler came that way. On seeing the wild animal he stepped back. But the lion was as gentle as could be. “There,” he said, “you shall have a share for not being greedy. Do not be afraid to take it,” And after dividing the carcass he went off into the woods, to give the man a chance of getting it.

A very good example, deserving all praise. Yet it is avarice that grows rich while meekness  remains poor. (source:Penguin Classics-Fables of Aesop-“A Respecter Of Persons”)

Here we are in the 21 century and nothing has changed, ever wonder why? Here’s why.

A long time an angelic being existed, who was accused of the following. “You have weakened the nations!” Isaiah 14:12c. From that accusation we arrive at part of Aesop’s observation that avarice grows rich. Because it drives people to take what isn’t theirs and to steal what was never meant to be theirs. It started in heaven, when Lucifer was asked. How are you fallen from heaven O Lucifer, son of the morning? Isaiah 14:12a. In Lucifer’s case it was the result of wanting to take God’s place in the heavens, Isaiah, 14:13-14. Avarice at its arrogant pinnacle.

Lucifer’s attack upon God’s crowned jewel earth and everything therein, Psalms 24:1. Which probably occurred because of the defeat this angelic being experienced. As Lucifer, and other angelic beings fought God’s angelic defenders. Where we have this account, “And war broke out in heaven, Michael and his angels fought with the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought. And they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him,” Revelation 12:7-9

Resulting in this debate. So Satan answered the LORD and said, “Skin for skin! Yes, all that a man has will he give for his life,” Job 2:4.

So most of the time avarice will prevail because Satan understands the human condition. Which is to get the getting at what ever price has to be paid, and thus a very ugly world.

But its not universal, for those who have had the following personal experience. “Therefore, if any person is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; BEHOLD! All things have become new,” 2 Corinthians 5:17.

Because, Aesop didn’t get it all right. Because there is a meekness that brings unexpected riches. Jesus taught it when he said, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth,” Matthew 5:5. But it’s far more complicated than verse five. Meekness requires an inward experience and then an outward manifestation of the inner experience. Found through out Matthew 5:3-16. Concluding with this admonishment, “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect,” verse 48. Meaning this, “But in every nation whoever fears Him, and works righteousness is accepted by Him,” Acts 10:35. Seek meekness through the mastery of Matthew chapters five-seven. Thus, slaying avarice which a part of the human condition. And a richness beyond the avarice of the human condition will be yours.

It’s a tough journey because it’s not magic. According to Matthew 5:11-13, “Blessed are they, who are persecuted for righteousness sake; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute, and say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets, who were before you.”

A discussion for the preparation of “Onward Christian Soldiers Marching As to War.” More than just inspirational words from a cherished hymn. But rather a way of life for those denying the avarice of human nature and embracing the Christ meekness as a way for fighting back. Because Jesus said, “Think not that I came to send peace on earth; I am come not to send peace, but a sword,” Matthew 10:34. And by all means Christ is a, “respecter of persons,” Who said from the book about war, “And BEHOLD! I come quickly, and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be,” Revelation 22:12.

Formula for receiving God’s help

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

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

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