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The Difference between Islam, Judaism & Christianity

An explanation of the Soleimani killing for my foreign readers.

Iran’s air power compared to USA

Judaism is a monotheism based on the written Bible, primarily the Old Testament with emphasis on the first five books known as the Torah. The Jews were required by Yahweh to obey the laws as given by Yahweh and were promised a Messiah who would deliver the nation from her enemies.

Christianity is a monotheism based on the written Jewish Bible plus a New Testament of writings after the sacrifice of the Messiah Yahshua for the sins of the world. In addition to the laws of the Old Testament they also accept and believe the promises of the New Testament offering them the mercy of Yahweh as gentiles.

Islam is also a monotheism because it has the same father of the faithful, Abraham, but have added to that doctrines from a prophet known as Mohammed. Islam kept the Old Testament genealogies but did not add the Messiah Yahshua. They believe that dying for the faith will bring them redemption of their sins, not the sacrifice of Yahshua.

They also believe that Islam will be the worldwide religion of all peoples and that killing non-believers, also called infidels, is acceptable in order to make this come true.

So the chief difference between them is the method of salvation and a place in the afterlife:

  • Jews believe the slaughter of the sacrificial temple animals gave them their salvation from sin for one year.
  • The Christians believe in the single death of Yahshua (Jesus) brings them the salvation from sins and it happened only one time.
  • Islam believes that their personal death for the faith gives them their salvation.

The Bible says, “Can any two walk together lest they be agreed?

Clearly there is no fundamental agreement here.  The world yearns for peace.  Looking at this list of beliefs one cannot see peace unless two groups agree with the third. It is the other subsidiary beliefs that cause the trouble.

Now to explain the death of Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, by the United States on Jan. 2. There is a long history behind this act.

Embassies are Protected Places

First, our embassy was attacked.  Embassies across the globe are protected territory so that Chinese, the British, the French and everyone else is safe on their own territory in Tehran just as the Americans.  When they attacked our embassy they violated international law.  It is possible that President Trump and his military advisers were waiting for just an excuse like this to take the guy out legally as he has been a terrorist for a long time and a gifted general.

Profits from War

Second, if the information came from CNN about American politics it is false – not just occasionally but all the time. CNN is owned by investors who support the Democratic party.  Many Democrats use money to finance their campaigns for office garnered both legally from lobbies and also under the table from foreign nations, all actions now pending in the Department of Justice.  The Democrats have been using Ukraine as a convenient ATM machine to finance their business which is what Trump asked the Ukrainians to investigate. Yes, this is treason and it is hard to prove but expect more indictments this year. 

Some of these are the manufacturers of military equipment and as you know airplanes are very expensive.  Many Democrats think a war would get rid of Trump.    The gun merchants have been around a long time.  Our President in 1956 called it the Military-Industrial Complex.  Money spent on the military drains it from private citizens who need that money for schools, hospitals and other needs. So this didn’t start yesterday!

It was the military expenses that defeated the Soviet Union in the long run.  It was spending 32% of its budget on military while President Reagan was spending 12% here in the USA.  There was no way Gorbachev could keep up with us in this area and the Russians were getting poorer and poorer so it all collapsed in 1989. Russia has never really recovered.

Iran is Committed to War Everywhere

Third, Iran is a religious dictatorship.  Islam believes that all men everywhere will be Islamic and that starting a war with any country and converting them, by any means possible, including murder, is acceptable to their god whose name is Allah.  Allah is not to be confused with the god of Israel or the Christians.

There are pockets of Islamic rule in the USA, remember that all our government bodies are local, under what they call Sharia Law, which is extremely harsh.  For example if  woman dates a white man or a man from another religion she can be legally murdered by her male relatives.  This is called honor killing. 

In the USA no one is permitted to kill any sentient being and not answer for it, including your dog.  So the presence of Islamic people is a real problem here because we allow complete freedom of religion.  Obama was a Muslim and he was dealing with the Muslim nations and letting them away with murder.  One of the reasons Trump was elected was to stop this.

I’ve attached a graph to show you the military strength of Iran.  You can see it would be suicide for them to attack us in any real measure, so they will just be an annoyance as long as they can and use the news media to make people think they are stronger than they are.

Iran’s Internal Woes

Fourth, The dissidents in Iran, mostly people your age and younger, want the religious leaders GONE.  They have been begging us for 20 plus years to help them get rid of the Mullahs, but our laws prevent us from engaging in any civil wars.  We are committed to our treaty holders, like Israel.

Israel is Protected 

And speaking of Israel, Iran constantly threatens them with militarily trouble, and every day has rockets coming at them.  Israel has a special Iron Shield however that as soon as a rocket goes off, a computer sends a missile into the air to destroy it.  Apparently they don’t even need people to run the machine!  But Israel is very small and our chief ally in the Middle East.  Israel is very happy that this general is gone.

Fifth, if Iran wants our business then we can protect our Iranian property and people.  But if they want our businessmen to leave, which they don’t, then they have to let us defend our people.  American businessmen bring a lot of cash to Iran so Iran must decide – American money or send us all home?  Can’t have it both ways.

End to Oil Dependency

Sixth, we no longer need Iran’s oil.  In 2019 the President announced that we are now oil-independent.  We do not need to buy a single drop of oil from any foreign nation, friend or foe. Period. Iran thought their spigots of oil would never run dry.  They thought we’d be buying at their inflated prices forever and ever.  Not so.  So Iran is in a difficult place. 

In addition Saudi Arabia does not like Iran either, so their friendships in the Middle East are shrinking, and the Saudis are much larger, stronger and richer than Iran. The ball is in Iran’s court as the saying goes.

Finally, CNN would have you believe that Trump is in trouble.To the contrary, he is extremely strong with the common man;  only the politicians who have been living off bribes, lobbyists and under the counter deals are unhappy with him, and the DC bureaucracy. The rest of us are rejoicing.  He promised to drain the swamp and he is doing it. 

#Israel #Soleimani #Military-IndistrialComplex #lobbyists



The Worst Sin of All is …

Presumption? I would not have picked that myself.

Psalm 19:13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.

It all begins with self will.

Satan gets his big come down in Isaiah 14:11 ff. This is the key passage where Jews believe for the restoration of their national homeland. The Message is a modern translation and too priceless not to quote in full.

This is where your pomp and fine music led you, Babylon,
    to your underworld private chambers,
A king-size mattress of maggots for repose
    and a quilt of crawling worms for warmth.

12 What a comedown this, O Babylon!
    Daystar! Son of Dawn!
Flat on your face in the underworld mud,
    you, famous for flattening nations!

13-14 You said to yourself,
    “I’ll climb to heaven.
I’ll set my throne
    over the stars of God.
I’ll run the assembly of angels
    that meets on sacred Mount Zaphon.
I’ll climb to the top of the clouds.
    I’ll take over as King of the Universe!”

15-17 But you didn’t make it, did you?
    Instead of climbing up, you came down—
Down with the underground dead,
    down to the abyss of the Pit.
People will stare and muse:
    “Can this be the one
Who terrorized earth and its kingdoms,
    turned earth to a moonscape,
Wasted its cities,
    shut up his prisoners to a living death?”

18-20 Other kings get a decent burial,
    honored with eulogies and placed in a tomb.
But you’re dumped in a ditch unburied,
    like a stray dog or cat,
Covered with rotting bodies,
    murdered and indigent corpses.
Your dead body desecrated, mutilated—
    no state funeral for you!
You’ve left your land in ruins,
    left a legacy of massacre.
The progeny of your evil life
    will never be named. Oblivion!

21 Get a place ready to slaughter the sons of the wicked
    and wipe out their father’s line.
Unthinkable that they should own a square foot of land
    or desecrate the face of the world with their cities!

22-23 “I will confront them”—Decree of God-of-the-Angel-Armies—“and strip Babylon of name and survivors, children and grandchildren.” God’s Decree. “I’ll make it a worthless swamp and give it as a prize to the hedgehog. And then I’ll bulldoze it out of existence.” Decree of God-of-the-Angel-Armies.

The sin of Adam and Eve was their self-will. 

The fruit business was just part of the test.  Why does God test us? Simple.  He knows what we are made of, but we do not. 

The test is to let us know where we stand and what is in our heart. 
When we finally see our need, our lack and the solution, repentance follows.  

Years ago I stayed with a 99 year old woman who had no diseases but she needed care.  She had plenty of money, no children, and lived in a paid for house but her heart was consumed with evil. She thought I was stealing her clothing – size 5; I was a size 18.  But when evil fills the heart facts do not matter. 

She complained about everyone and everything. Apparently she had never been tested. It occurred to me that God really did not want to send her to hell so here she was, waiting for death, in a world of conflict, rejection and misery all brought on by her own empty life. 

It reminded me of the funeral director who said there was only one woman whose corpse on which he could not manage to create a smile. She too lived to a very old age, and her caregiver said she never saw in her life the slightest kindness or love. 

Behind this road to hell is the presumption that God is supposed to make your life easy, fun, rich, and successful.  It is not. Whatever brief time we have on earth is to prepare for the eternal life we all have – no matter where that will be.  It is our decision. Our will.

Repentance means “Change Your Mind”

Repentance is not hanging your head in shame and skulking around under guilt and fear. But real repentance is proactive and healthy. 

Repentance is internal

Jesus never said, “How do you feel.” Emotions are reactive, they occur after something happens. You fall down the stairs and start to cry. The crying follows the fall – the crying does not precede it.

Our emotions lie to us

People who live in their emotions are usually unsuccessful. They identify as victims. Their focus is in the past and everything that either went right or wrong for them.

If they are on the top of the world, they live in a cloud of glory and happiness. If something goes wrong and they are rejected, they lash out. Most of what parents do to correct and rear children is in this area – preventing the emotional life from taking over.

Thinking precedes decisions

Meanwhile, Jesus said often, “What do you think?” The thought is father of the deed. Education is a life long exercise in thinking about what you are doing and why. One whole book of the New Testament, Philippians, is about managing your thinking. When your mind wanders, grab it by the throat and drag it back into reality.

In primitive societies people thought demons sat in the tops of trees and threw sticks at them to make them stumble. We think that is absurd now, but in reality the smallest child starts out in this world not knowing who or why things happen to them. And without guidance, they would grow up with the same notions of malicious invisible beings acting out of vengeance.

The process of thinking which leads to repentance

The Bible gives us the steps. “With the heart man believes unto righteousness and confession is made unto salvation.”

At some point an individual needs to recognize that he/she is not righteous, and that the Person involved in changing him is God Himself. This process of deep dissatisfaction with oneself is important, and it must not lead to emotional reactions of being God’s victim, or hopelessness, or abject failure. These emotions take the person away from the reality of the solution. The tendency of a human being is to be completely self-focused. And many people fall into this pit.

Corrie Ten Boom said this, “I look inside and I ‘m depressed. I look outside and I’m distressed. I look at Him and I am blessed.” Repentance is taking your focus off the problem and back onto God and His solution.

The process of individual salvation can take a very long time – years of alcoholism, drug addiction, wandering from job to job, fighting, jail, failed marriages – all because the focus of the person’s mind was on the natural world, or the self, and not the spiritual solution.

At that point, it is the heart which accepts the truth, believing that righteousness will come from God. What follows is a public confession which leads to salvation as the verse above shows. No one is saved by joining a church, anymore than you can be saved by joining the Kiwanis Club. Your new connection to God comes in the spiritual, unseen world.

God’s tool for reformation is the Bible; many people will tell you they were saved by reading it, even a small portion. And that is why so many dictatorial governments reject the Bible because it does result in changed lives. The Bible was ejected out of American schools and today shootings, violence, rape, broken families and all kinds of social ills are visible in schools that we had almost none of 60 years ago.

Reformed, repentant people can then reform their culture, society, politics, and the media. We can hope.

Check this out. Real Repentance

#emotions #thinking #socialchange

A Word from the Bible about Alcohol

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There are many denominations that preach against alcohol. It can be a life-threatening addiction. It killed off my mother, my father and my husband. Nevertheless it is not the product but the usage. Nothing is dangerous unless used in excess.

Everything God made is good. Too many video games, too much TV, too much alcohol, too much time on your cell phone, excessive listening to music, excessive anything – is flat wrong because life is about balance.

But now to answer your question. Jesus was a guest at a wedding and when the wine ran out he asked his mother to see that the servants filled great vats with water which He then turned to wine.

John 2:5- 10 His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”

6 Now there were six stone waterpots set there for the Jewish custom of purification, containing twenty or thirty gallons each.

7 Jesus said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.”

So they filled them up to the brim. 8 And He said to them, “Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter.” So they took it to him.

9 When the headwaiter tasted the water which had become wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the headwaiter called the bridegroom,

10 and said to him, “Every man serves the good wine first, and when the people have drunk freely, then he serves the poorer wine; but you have kept the good wine until now.”

No, we don’t have proof here at Jesus actually drank any of this wine himself, but if it was wrong would he have provided it for others? In all things we have free will.

We are not under law but grace. When we live foolishly the Law comes back to remind us that we didn’t use good judgment. There are people sitting in jail today because they used the grace of God foolishly and drank too much. And their “will” was suddenly placed at the mercy of the police. Decisions have consequences. If you fail to control yourself you can be sure the “state” will come in and control you until you learn your lesson. I worked with prisoners for many years, and that is the lesson they had to learn.

Saying this passage is about spiritual things, or only for the end of time places meanings on it which are not in the original.  Yes, it is possible to see spiritual application in this passage, but that is true of every other Bible passage as well.  It is possible to spiritualize something so much that you lose the plain meaning of it.  That makes you the judge and jury over what God said, and that can’t work. Picking and choosing what you believe is called heresy.

If you know you are not supposed to drink you do not need me to tell you that; if you want to drink, you do not need Jesus telling you it is OK. And in any event, you do not need to stop drinking to get to heaven.

Salvation is about believing that Jesus died for your sins, not you stopping drinking and then getting yourself saved because you did.  Many churches believe that drinking is a sin, but no matter what you believe, you are not saved by doctrine. And you are not saved by what you do or not do.

The old gospel tune, Trust and Obey, is still the path of life.  If God told you not to drink, then that is your command.  And He expects obedience. And think how easy that is. He hasn’t asked you to come up with $10,000 dollars?

The decision, to drink or not, is yours. But the results are also yours. Be wise, be cautious. Life is more than food and drink. Jesus said that too.

Why Your Vote is a Religious Obligation

Your vote in China is not a religious duty. In fact, the secret ballot is not permitted in China, and you can be sure if you, as a legislator, fail to vote the way the Communist Party wants you to vote, you will hear about it. This party even went so far as to call itself a Republic-democracy which is most certainly is not in actual practice.

The true dictatorship controls everything that controls you. There are no guns for private citizens; they have hampered freedom of movement, and no real religious worship is permitted if it disagrees with the beliefs of the state. And Christianity does disagree with the Communist State.

Most nations have no electorate

Your vote means nothing in Yemen which right now is ruled by thugs and terrorists. Your vote in Russia is empty too. The whole nation is on a downward slide, having never fully righted itself after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989. Vladimir Putin is a man steeped in military culture and planning for that nation exactly what previous communists have done – make it a military stronghold, which as before will collapse.

Americans are asked to vote all the time. Not just President, and Governors, but sheriffs, police chiefs, Tax Collectors in small counties and large, even the board of water managers. It is all too much.  30 million Christians did not register and vote in the last election. Voting is a civil right; not voting is a civil wrong. And look what we got – a Congress of soreheads spending millions on impeachment while issues like health care languish. Shame.

God gave us this system – if we can keep it

But because God has provided us with this kind of democracy we have a religious obligation to keep what He gave us.  Not just because we are so blessed, but because so many other nations cannot make that claim.

There are millions of people trying to get into the USA on all our borders.  We always say it is the opportunity to make a living, or for better health  care, or an education – but we ignore the one thing all dictatorships do not have – and that is the private, personal, hidden vote at a ballot box available at least every two years and often more even than that.

The first thing Hitler did when he became head of Germany was to remove the guns from private citizens. No inanimate object is your enemy – and guns are inanimate. Let that be a lesson to you.

We are without excuse if our government is diseased and overpowering us. And now with the exposure of the FBI and other major agencies being riddled with corruption we have a broom in our vote to clean up the whole mess.  If we don’t do it you can be sure the enemies of America will be more than happy to take over. God warned Cain –

Genesis 4:7 If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.”

Evil crouches at the doors of our free, Christian nation – although it hardly seems very Christian anymore. But what God raised up He wants to restore.

That will only happen with your vote, a New Year’s resolution you can easily keep.

#civilrights #votingrights #communism #corruption #DeepState #swamp

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Happy New Year

Lord, this year let me be a bridge over which Jews can walk into the Kingdom of God, and where Christians can walk back into the Chosen People for one united fellowship under the King of Kings.

2020 The Year when the Great Evil Powers Come Down


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China’s system is fundamentally flawed which the protests of Tibet, Mongolia and Hong Kong make very clear. China’s people do not really support the PooBahs in power and they are finding it out, which is why the censorship and imprisonments are increasing so wildly. Not to mention the body parts being sold, mostly Falun Gong and Muslims. You can’t hide this kind of grisly business forever. China is doing what the Soviet Union did and for the same reason. Fear can put you in power, but it cannot keep you there. China was China before the communists showed up and China will be China again after they leave.

Iran:

Venezuela:

Prophecy for 2020

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2020 is the Year of the Entrepreneur.

Entrepreneur. The word comes from two words, entre, meaning ‘before’ and ‘aprendre,’ the root of the word apprehend, meaning to seize or grasp.  That word Paul uses in the Bible correctly meaning to take hold of something.  The entrepreneur takes hold of something long before others do, and acts upon it.  He or she invests time, energy, and money into something the future holds for himself and others. 

Paul says Yahweh apprehends us; He sees our future value in the plans He has for us.  We in turn need to apprehend Him and those plans so we can work together. Out of this comes the Kingdom of Yahweh.

When we see the words “lay a hold of” in the Bible we are looking at the word apprehend; the entrepreneur grasps the purposes of Yahweh. And Yahweh also grasps us as his foot soldiers on earth.

The Kingdom of Yahweh is Our Goal

The Church is not the be-all and end-all for Yahweh.  It is the Kingdom, not the church that is the goal. Yahshua spoke to His followers right before he departed earth to “make disciples of the kingdom” not Believers in the Church.  Right now, Christians are struggling to hold on to the church, bemoaning the loss of attendance (now down to about 26% of the total number of believers), and the Church Age is over.  

Yahweh wants to bring in His kingdom which is a system of people and project management quite a bit different from the church.  The church is run my men (humans) but the Kingdom is run by the Holy Spirit. Yahweh will be working with obedient individuals all under the same head, rather than churches where headship is in one person or a group of leaders. No denomination rules here, no external by-laws or constitution. Only the Word of Yahweh.

 

Yahweh can do this now as even poor people have a phone, hence access to the second heaven electronically where the messages from the Spirit of Yahweh can reach us without human interference. This is why internet censorship is so serious.  The devil is in charge of the second heaven and doing all he can to prevent the dispersal of the messages of Yahweh.

 

I doubt this kingdom group will be very large.  It takes faith-filled, fearless people to launch out without the accouterments of modern life, a building, a parking lot, a piano. And men seek applause; none here. 

 

Jeremiah 29:11  I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. (from The Message, translation of the Bible for moderns.)

Facts about Israel, the Chosen People

Several years ago a correspondent known only as Jafon sent me this text. Now as then the Jews are a source of constant comment and controversy. His remarks will help you understand who they are and what to expect in the future. This is the most complete and thorough discussion of this topic I’ve ever seen, including scriptures, worthy of a Bible study course for believers.

Fact #1. The God’s Chosen People and their Land. Jewish people are the Chosen People:

Eretz means Land

After Adam and Eve sinned, humanity deteriorated so badly that God destroyed the early world of men with the Great Flood. Noah and his family knew the Lord, and were spared, but after they came out of the Ark and started repopulating, their descendants abandoned God, became idolatrous, perverse and evil. Then God created a special nation to be a light to the other nations. The Creator of the universe specifically chose the nation of Israel to be that unique people who would witness to His reality. “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the people who are on the face of the Earth” (Deuteronomy 7:6).

“You are My witnesses,” declares the Lord, “and My servant whom I have chosen, in order that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, and there will be none after Me. I, even I am the Lord; and there is no Savior beside Me” (Isaiah 43:10-11). If the Chosen People were faithful to our calling, God promised to bless us above all the other nations, so that the nations of the world would know that the God of Israel is the true God who alone can save us, by reconciling us to Himself, thereby restoring us to peace, joy, blessing and life. But if we were disobedient to our calling, the Lord promised to severely punish us so that the nations of the world would learn a lesson from us, and know that it is a terrible thing to disobey the God of Israel. Either way, through our obedience or disobedience, the Chosen People would witness to the other nations of the world that the God of Israel is to be reckoned with.

Fact #2. The Land of Israel belongs to God:

“The Earth is the Lord’s and all it contains, the world and those who dwell in it” (Psalm 24:1). Since the entire world belongs to God, He has the right to apportion it as He chooses, and He specifically gave the nations their lands based on the Jewish people’s right to the Land of Israel! “When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance, when He separated the sons of man, He set the boundaries of the peoples according to the number of the sons of Israel. For the Lord’s portion is His people; Jacob is the allotment of His inheritance” (Deuteronomy 32:8-9).

Fact #3. The Chosen People needed a Chosen Land, and so the God of Israel strategically chose the Land of Israel for the People of Israel:

“This is Jerusalem; I have set her at the center of the nations, with lands around her” (Ezekiel 5:5). The Land that God chose for us is located in the center of the nations, connecting the continents of Europe, Africa and Asia. Because of this strategic location, the Jewish people had ample exposure to all the nations of the world.

Fact #4. The Land of Israel was given by God to the descendants of Abraham as an everlasting possession:

“The Lord appeared to Abram and said, ‘To your descendants I will give this Land’” (Genesis 12:7). God further said to Abraham: “I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you. And I will give to you and to your descendants after you, the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession” (Genesis 17:7-8).

Fact #5. Even though Abraham had many sons, the Land of Israel wasn’t given to Ishmael,

or to any of the other sons of Abraham, but only to Isaac: “Abraham said to God, ‘Oh that Ishmael might live before You!’ But God said ‘No, but Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him’” (Genesis 17:18-19). God rejected Abraham’s request that Ishmael be the heir of the covenant, and appointed Isaac instead. Years later the Lord God appeared to Isaac and said, “to you and to your descendants I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath which I swore to your father Abraham. And I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven and will give your descendants all these lands; and by your descendants all the nations of the Earth shall be blessed” (Genesis 26:3-4). Knowing that Isaac was the heir of the covenant, which included the Land of Israel, Abraham gave all that he had to Isaac. He gave gifts to his other sons, but he sent them away to the lands of the east, not wanting the heir of the everlasting covenant to have rivalry over the Land of Israel from his siblings (Genesis 25:5-6).

Fact #6. Even though Isaac had two sons, the Land wasn’t given to Esau, but to Jacob:

One night Jacob had a dream while fleeing from his brother Esau. In his dream the Lord said to him, “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac; the Land on which you lie, I will give it to you and to your descendants.” (Genesis 28:13). God later appeared to Jacob and said to him, “the Land which I gave to Abraham and Isaac, I will give it to you, and I will give the Land to your descendants after you” (Genesis 35:11-12). This promise deeds the Land of Israel to the descendants of Jacob – the Jewish people of today.

Fact #7. There is no doubt about Israel’s God-given borders because they are described for us in detail in the Holy Scriptures:

“The Lord said to Abram after Lot had separated from him, ‘Now lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward; for all the land which you see, I will give it to you and to your descendants forever… Arise, walk about the land through its length and breadth; for I will give it to you’” (Genesis 13:14-17). “The Lord made a covenant with Abraham, saying, ‘To your descendants I have given this Land, from the river of Egypt as far as the great river, the river Euphrates’” (Genesis 15:18-21). “I will fix your boundary from the Red Sea to the sea of the Philistines, and from the wilderness to the River Euphrates” (Exodus 23:31). Therefore we must conclude that the entire Land of Israel, including Judea and Samaria (the so-called “West Bank”), Gaza, the Golan Heights, and all of Jerusalem, was given by the God of Israel to the people of Israel in perpetuity. We, and we alone, have been given the title to the Land of Israel as a permanent inheritance by the Lord. No human government or coalition of governments has the right or authority to cede portions of the Land of Israel to anyone else.

Fact #8. In addition to the everlasting covenant (which includes the Land), God swore an oath to give the Jewish people this Land:

Keep in mind that it’s absolutely impossible for God to break an oath (see Hebrews 6:16-18). In the Holy Scriptures, this oath is reiterated more than forty times. Here is just one example: “He has remembered His covenant forever, the word which He commanded to a thousand generations, the covenant which He made with Abraham, and His oath to Isaac. Then He confirmed it to Jacob for a statute, to Israel as an everlasting covenant, saying, ‘To you I will give the land of Canaan as the portion of your inheritance’” (Psalm 105:8-11). There is no other passage in which there are so many words used to describe God’s unyielding commitment to Israel: covenant, word, oath, confirm, commandment, a thousand generations, statute, everlasting covenant. A person has to have a terrible bias not to understand that God is assuring the Jewish people the perpetual right to the Land of Israel in the strongest possible language.

Fact #9. Israel’s sin and resulting exile from the Land of Israel never annulled God’s covenant with His Chosen People,

nor did it permanently abrogate our right to the Land of Israel: “Yet in spite of this (Israel’s disobedience), when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not reject them, nor will I so abhor them as to destroy them, breaking My covenant with them; for I am the Lord their God. But I will remember for them the covenant with their ancestors” – which includes the Land of Israel (Leviticus 26:44-45). Our exile from Israel was meant to be temporary! In Deuteronomy 30:1-5, Moses specifically predicted that we would experience a time of obedience and blessing within the Land, followed by a period of disobedience and exile from the Land, followed by spiritual restoration to God and physical restoration to the Land: “So it shall be when all of these things have come upon you, the blessing and the curse which I have set before you, and you call them to mind in all nations where the Lord your God has banished you, and you return to the Lord your God and obey Him with all your heart and soul according to all that I command you today, you and your sons, then the Lord your God will restore you from captivity, and have compassion on you, and will gather you again from all the people where the Lord your God has scattered you. If your outcasts are at the ends of the Earth, from there the Lord your God will gather you, and from there He will bring you back. And the Lord your God will bring you into the Land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it.”

It’s no coincidence that after two thousand years of exile, the Chosen People are being restored to the Land that our fathers possessed, and simultaneously, we are being spiritually restored to God through the Messiah, as is evidenced by the growth of the Messianic Jewish movement in Israel and around the world.

The Son of God Himself predicted that because the majority of Israel did not believe He was the Messiah, Jerusalem would be destroyed, and we would be exiled among the nations, but eventually, we would return to Israel (Luke 21:23-24). This prophecy began in 70 AD when Jerusalem was destroyed, and then again in 135 AD, when the Second Jewish Revolt against the Roman Empire was crushed. We were scattered to the nations, and lost political control of Jerusalem. However, over the past 2,000 years, there were always some Jewish people who remained in the Land of Israel. Starting in the 1880’s, this prophesied regathering of Jewish people to Israel picked up speed, and now there is a reborn nation of Israel, with Jerusalem as its capital, with 5.3 million Jewish people regathered from more than 70 countries, just as Israel’s Messiah predicted.

Fact #10. In His prophetic Word, God promised to regather us to “our own Land”:

“I will take you from the nations, gather you from all the lands, and bring you into your own Land… And you will live in the Land that I gave to your forefathers” (Ezekiel 36:24, 28). Again Ezekiel predicts: “Thus says the Lord God, ‘Behold, I will take the sons of Israel from among the nations where they have gone, and I will gather them from every side and bring them into their own Land’” (Ezekiel 37:21). Jeremiah adds: “‘Behold days are coming’ declares the Lord, ‘when it will no longer be said, “As the Lord lives, who brought up the sons of Israel out of the land of Egypt,” but, “As the Lord lives, who brought up the sons of Israel from the land of the north and from all the countries where He had banished them.” For I will restore them to their own Land which I gave to their fathers’” (Jeremiah 16:14-15). Ultimately this regathering to our own Land will be greater than the Exodus out of Egypt!

Fact #11. In His prophetic Word, God calls this restored Land “Israel” – not “Palestine”:

“I will open up your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves, My people; and I will bring you into the Land of Israel” (Ezekiel 37:12). The name “Palestine” comes from the Philistines, the ancient enemies of the Jewish people. “Palestine” was the derogatory name given to the Land of Israel by the Romans after they conquered us. But throughout the Word of God, this Land is always called Israel – never Palestine.

Fact #12. God, speaking to us through the prophet Ezekiel, informs us that this Land is specifically reserved for the Jewish people:

“You O mountains of Israel, you will put forth your branches and bear your fruit for My people Israel; for they will soon come. For behold, I am for you, and I will turn to you, and you will be cultivated and sown. I will multiply men on you, all the house of Israel, all of it; and the cities will be inhabited and the waste places will be rebuilt” (Ezekiel 36:8-10). 2,500 years ago Ezekiel told us that in the Last Days the Jewish people would be restored to our Land. The Land would begin to prosper and the Jewish population would greatly increase. In the past century these prophetic words have been coming to pass. The Land of Israel, which lay barren for centuries, has seen increasing numbers of the sons of Israel returning to our ancient homeland, repopulating the cities and cultivating the Land.

Fact #13. 2,500 years ago the Lord also told us that the Jewish return to the Land would provoke a reaction from Israel’s neighbors:

“Because the enemy has spoken against you ‘Aha’ and ‘The everlasting heights have become our possession’ … Surely in the fire of My jealousy I have spoken against the rest of the nations, and against all Edom, who appropriated My Land for themselves as a possession with wholehearted joy and scorn of soul, to drive it out as a prey” (Ezekiel 36:2-5). Even though the nations surrounding Israel would claim possession of the Land of Israel for themselves, and try to drive out its rightful Jewish inhabitants, God repudiates the claims of these nations. Even though the majority of the Jewish people were exiled from our Land (there always was a remnant of Jewish people who remained within Israel), that doesn’t give anyone else the right to claim the Land of Israel for themselves. If a landlord has some bad tenants that he evicts from his property, he does not expect anyone else to enter his vacant property and claim it for their own. Due to our sins, the Landlord of Israel evicted most of us from the Land, but that didn’t give the Romans, the Byzantines, the Crusaders, the Ottomans or the Arabs the right to claim God’s holy Land for themselves.

Fact #14. God will severely judge any nation who divides up any part of this special Land:

“In those days and at that time when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. Then I will enter into judgment with them there on behalf of My people and My inheritance Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; and they have divided up My Land” (Joel 3:1-2). When Messiah Yeshua returns, the fortunes of the Jewish people will be fully restored, and the nations will be summoned to Jerusalem, where they will be judged for scattering the Jewish people and dividing up our Land.

Fact #15. Eventually this conflict over the Land of Israel will entangle the entire world:

God, speaking through the prophet Zechariah in 12:1-3, in the Sixth Century BC, predicted: “Behold I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that causes reeling to all the peoples around” (the nations will react to the regathering of the Jewish people with senseless behavior and irrational hatred); “and when the siege is against Jerusalem, it will also be against Judah. And it will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples” (Israel’s Islamic neighbors want to destroy the hated “Zionist Entity” because the Islamic worldview teaches that the entire world will ultimately come under the control of Islam. A Jewish state in the midst of the Moslem Middle East is by its very existence an insult to Allah and Islam, and must be destroyed. Islam can have no true and lasting peace with Israel – only a temporary cease-fire. Hostilities will once again be renewed when Islamic strength is renewed. At its core, this is a religious conflict – not a political or economic one); “all who lift it will be severely injured.” (The nations of the world will be drawn into this conflict and try to remove the Jewish presence from Jerusalem. However, be warned – every nation that tries to remove the Jewish people from our Land and capital city will be severely injured). “And all the nations of the Earth will be gathered against it.” (The world’s united nations will wage a final world war in the Middle East, directed against Israel).

It’s amazing to see this 2,500-year-old prophetic scenario shaping up before our very eyes! Zechariah’s prophecy continues and informs us that the army of the united nations will be defeated; God will destroy all those nations that fight against Israel; Israel will be miraculously saved and recognize Yeshua as the Messiah!

Fact #16. This will be a time of great difficulty for the Jewish people, but they will be miraculously delivered out of it:

“Alas! for that day is great, there is none like it; and it is the time of Jacob’s distress, but he will be saved from it” (Jeremiah 30:7). The fires of anti-Semitism will reach their hottest point in the near future, but with God’s help, we will come through our fiery trials to a time of unparalleled salvation. Israel’s salvation and blessing will then overflow to the other nations of the world.

I regret that i have no idea who this author is or how to credit his work.

#Islam #Jews #promisesofYehweh #MessianicJudaism

Spirit of Error losing market share; Truth is up

After a decade of untruths, half truths, speculation, lies, rumors, accusations, innuendo, and just plain stupidity, truth is making a long-awaited, long-needed comeback.

Cable news news wanted us to believe that the sitting President Donald Trump was going to be thrown unceremoniously out of office for collusion with Russia. Two and a half years later we learn that the entire thing was a set-up by Democrats fearful that their cherished government was going to be managed by someone else and their decade long corruption exposed. Here is a compendium and listing of all the Spygate participants many of whom may be indicted.

Cable news kept the fires of anticipation going and for their effort lost huge numbers of viewers and credibility. When all of this was discovered to be a deliberate fraud, viewers went elsewhere. The Internet expands because truth is more likely to be found there, although it takes some digging.

New investigators entered the race for truth, such as Judicial Watch. This organization fields multiple lawsuits verifying information on corruption by federal employees, especially in the FBI and the CIA.

Books on political fraud now abound. Egghead historian, Victor Davis Hanson writes on the Deep State. We are now capitalizing that term. Todd Starnes wrote several books, the most recent is the Cultural Jihad. mark Levin, longtime lawyer-critic of all thing unconstitutional, on the bias of the press which goes back over a hundred years.

An internet list of famous women journalists did not contain one word about a conservative who had exposed massive corruption in media, which demonstrates the wide censorship of Google et. alii. Laura Ingraham, Michele Malkin, and were not mentioned although they are more widely read or viewed.

Notice to Subscribers

From now on all references to God will appear at Yahweh and all references to Jesus will be Yahshua. This is in deference to Jewish believers, also called Messianic Jews, who use this term which is Biblical.

Jesus is the term used by Greek Christians who wrote the New Testament. There is nothing wrong with using the name of Jesus, but readers from across the globe will be better informed by the usage of these names.

#Yahshua #Yahweh #Messianic #Jews

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How to Interpret Scripture

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Please read 1st Samuel 25 in The Message which you can find free at Bible Gateway.com  It is a modern translation and reads easily.

There are at a minimum three ways to interpret scripture.  In this story the 1st, basic way is to recognize that it is a historical piece about David before he became king of Judah, Nabal, a wealthy rancher, and Abigail, his wife.  Anyone who reads a Bible can understand this level of meaning in this story.

The second level is the interpretation of the story as a model for good and bad management, several other lessons about human nature, what to do, and what not to do and why.  Everyone needs cousel on how to manage people. Nabal does just about everything wrong. The third level is the spiritual interpretation which you can read in a piece about Nabal.

Going back to level 2, we learn that Nabal (whose name means “fool” reminding you that you should please name your children wisely) owns a huge ranch with thousands of sheep and goats.  In Texas you need 25 acres for 100 sheep so Nabal needs 750 acres for his sheep alone plus 10 goats per acre at a very minimum, about 1000 acres including some for the humans. In Texas there is a privately owned ranch larger than the State of Rhode Island; animals need large amounts of grazing land and supervision is difficult.

David has 600 followers guarding Nabal’s land mass during the final stages of growth prior to the sheep shearing when rustlers could steal unguarded animals or even murder the herders.  For this season David’s unseen army has been their protector, so he asks Nabal for proper payment for his services.  Nabal brushes him off, saying since he didn’t see him how does he know he has actually done his job?  Nabal could not possibly have known whether his land was being protected and by whom given its size. But if nothing happened to either his sheep or the herders he should find that unusual and recognize that his property was being protected.

Years a man brandished a gun against his ex-wife who was hiding out in my building, on my floor.  I knew nothing of it.  You do not have to see a crime in process to acknowledge you are being protected.  That is why we pay our army and the sheriff even though we may never see results with our own eyes.  The very fact that we live in peace means they are minding our business.

David becomes incensed and resolved to slaughter Nabal and his employees.  Abigail, a wife who is no fool, gathers together a meal for David’s men and takes it there to prevent any retribution.  David is properly thankful and his men enjoy their feast.

When Abigail returns home she finds her husband dead drunk after a giant party, but she waits to tell her husband how she paid off David until Nabal is sober.  He goes into a coma – we can project here that perhaps it is the DT’s – and after 10 days dies.  Abigail then becomes wife #2 for David.

Here are the lessons to learn.

  • Just because you don’t see the protection you have does not mean you are not responsible for blessing them.  That is why we pay our taxes.  A workman is worthy of his hire.  The size of the payment was equal to the size of the job they did. Yahweh is also protecting you all the time and you do not see him.  If you are in danger for some reason, especially if you are a child, it is because the parent over you in lax.  Yahweh puts authority into others and then judges them if they mis-step.  We do not see Yahweh’s delegated protection either.
  • The blessing must be equal the task.  Abigail did not show up with three sheep and a few loaves of bread, but enough for the entire crowd.  We are to pay what we owe.
  • When the proper authorities fail to do their duty you can step in to compensate.
  • Vengeance is mine says the Lord. David’s hot head reaction was about to do him which he recognized in verses 30. This could have cost him the throne of Israel.  see post on vengeance
  • Recognize, as David did, that someone was sent by Yahweh to prevent his planned revenge.  David was having a testosterone fit and defending his ego.  Don’t do it.  Yahweh will make things right.
  • Nabal acted rashly and so did David. Two wrongs don’t make a right.
  • Wait until someone is sober before telling them the truth.  I’ve used this on occasion and it works.  The person may not accept what you say but don’t waste good revelation on someone whose mind is damaged by drink or drugs.

Level 2 is where ministers get their sermon material, so you need not wait for them to preach – study it yourself.

The third level of interpretation is the one which looks at some spiritual truth in the story by digging into details.  I’ll cover that in another post on Nabal.

There is also a subsidiary lesson on the judgment of nations, about which  there appears to be little written. Nabal died after 10 days and ten is the number of The Law.  If someone died under the “Law” that is without mercy or grace of Yahweh, the Law must be satisfied.  Yahshua’ death satisfied the requirements of the Law, but we have traditionally applied that only to individuals.  But Yahweh judges nations too.

There are sheep nations and goat nations. One of my tasks for future study is to sort out what the Law requires for national status before Yahweh. We know that Israel is the chosen people and more importantly the chosen piece of real estate; we also know that the USA has special status and continues, in spite of its many sins, because she both protects other nations and is a zealous missionary nation. In 2012 there were 419,000 Christian foreign missionaries and if course many others inside the country.  Per capita South Korea has even more and she will be rewarded by reuniting with North Korea when the time comes.

The Bible states that “the iniquity of the Amorites” (Genesis 15:16) will be fulfilled before Yahweh will judge them.  We, the readers, are not told how many days, weeks, or months it will take for “sin to be fulfilled” but we can be sure that it will be applied.  I’ve fumed over the fact that Syria has been allowed for so very long to murder its own citizens.

Hence, 10 more days or periods of time, and 10 could easily be ten more years. We do know that Yahweh tries to get everyone out before He lowers His hammer.  Lot and his daughters got out of Sodom in the nick of time.  In fact he was so pokey the judgment rained down the very same day he left. Luke 17:29.

Abigail became the wife of the King of Israel as a result of her generous and also dangerous act.  Nabal had the authority in that culture, and certainly enough power, to kill his wife for taking family property to provide for David and 600 men.  Nabal’s drunken coma protected Abigail, another blessing from Yahweh.

The Lord wants us to dig deep into His word.  We get to know Him, His plans, and Himself.

#Yahwehsjudgment #Yahwehprotects #Godjudges #Godprotects

Jesus Came to Turn the World Upside Down

Picture a society where people had little or no restraint, sex with whomever
regardless of relationship, addictions out of control, people out of work and
partying between drinking bouts, high unemployment, abandonment of children, elevated sickness and accidents, fear of criminals, fear of foreign involvement and disruption of your own nation, educational standards down, high taxes….need I go on?

Politics was unsteady; people in power had no concern for the citizens,
foreigners were messing with their government, and there was rampant
corruption. That is the world Yahshua was born into.

And he changed everything. He said sex was only between legally married
males and females, in accord with Old Testament laws. He said sin must be dealt with in order to have fellowship with the Yahweh of the Universe. He said Yahweh would provide a way out of this dissipation and depravity because of a sacrifice for sins that Yahweh alone would provide. And he said this was for all mankind not just the Jews. Every evil indulged in was condemned; every idol to be destroyed, every government of man to be changed by the changed hearts of new believers.

He was blamed, and his followers, the New Testament church was blamed for “turning the world upside down.”

From the Phillips translation: Acts 17:6 The Message


On three Sabbath days he argued with them from the scriptures, explaining
and quoting passages to prove the necessity for the death of Christ and his
rising again from the dead. “This Yahshua whom I am proclaiming to you,” he
concluded, “is God’s Christ!” Some of them were convinced and threw in their
lot with Paul and Silas, and they were joined by a great many believing Greeks
and a considerable number of influential women. But the Jews, in a fury of
jealousy, got hold of some of the unprincipled loungers of the market-place,
gathered a crowd together and set the city in an uproar. Then they attacked
Jason’s house in an attempt to bring Paul and Silas out before the people. When they could not find them they hustled Jason and some of the brothers before the civic authorities, shouting, “These are the men who have turned the world upside down and have now come here, and Jason has taken them into his house.
What is more, all these men act against the decrees of Caesar, saying that
there is another king called Yahshua!” By these words the Jews succeeded in
alarming both the people and the authorities, and they only released Jason and the others after binding them over to keep the peace.

And that is precisely what we have again today. The newspapers and
television may not be telling the public this, but across the planet there is
war, riots, unrest, migrants fleeing from one country to another, and being
told they cannot enter in most cases. There are governments killing their own people such as North Korea, Syria, and Iran is in turmoil approaching civil war.

A world in turmoil

China has jailed a large number of religious people, killed many
(est.250,000) and sold their organs for surgical procedures for those who could afford a new kidney or whatever. Placid little Norway is being charged with snatching children from the homes of parents who do not “agree with the government” usually home schoolers. Britain has spent two years fighting over leaving the European Union and only now has finally made a decision about their future, with many people still resistant. This decision will have far reaching economic reprisals.

German citizens are fleeing Islamic migrants to their home country to live in Hungary. Many refugees are stopped at the border as they leave the war torn Middle East. Islamic raids and murders continue to plague the upper one third of the continent of Africa. Mexico appears to be run by drug lords. 10,000 Christians every year are killed for their beliefs.

So if we have a Christian revival it would indeed turn the world upside down – which is where it needs to be. And if this is going to happen it must start with the churches. This is the Churches’ hour to stand for decency, civility, morality and responsibility. 2020 will tell us if this is going to happen or not.

#radicalchange #worldafire #restoration

The Globe at Night – Shows where God is Light

Except for India, Japan and the Levant, the greatest concentration of light comes from Christian nations where Yahweh is recognized as light.

The Valley of Decision 2020

Joel 3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.

This is the year when everyone will take sides – are you going to save the
American Republic or are you inviting a socialist state to rule. The deciders
are corporate giants like NBC, media giants in New York, Washington DC and Los Angeles, sports leaders such as ESPN, small corporations like Chick-fil-a, and governments large and small. And every other adult individual and family will be required to take a stand as well. And when they do, their true center will be exposed.

Christianity Today, a long running Christian magazine, was always
thought to be boldly Christian. When it took a stand, the world discovered that it was supporting open borders financed by anti-Christianity George Soros’ money. Franklin Graham, Billy’s son, condemned the magazine’s position and exposed that his father voted for Trump. If the magazine had not taken a stand, neither would anyone know all these other facts about funding and support.

The impeachment process, besides costing over half billion over a three year period in Congressional salaries alone, exposed the bias of virtually all the people working in Congress.

Taking sides is Yahweh’s will

It’s common to hear people praise and encourage agreement, but we find none of this in scripture.

Yahweh said, “Can any two walk together lest they be agreed?”
Answer – No. We have no agreement with evil, or malice, or even wrong motives. Men of good will have a hope of peace but there is no peace for the wicked. What agreement He asks is there between Christ and Belial (a term for evil). There are may occasions in life when we must take a stand.

2019 is a year when men of evil intent are being exposed in large numbers.
We expect judgment if open crime, but Yahweh is looking at the hearts of man as well. Political leaders especially because they are in the public eye cannot hide their crimes. Jeffrey Epstein, a serial sex trafficker, could not hide behind his $400 million dollars in the bank. Being rich or powerful can keep you hidden just so long and then – poof. It is all out in the open and the
general public must take sides.

2020 is a time of judgment

Yahweh judges those who go against Him. He has a great deal of tolerance. He might wait 70 years, but eventually He says, “Time’s up.” Exposure of
evil doers serves as a warning to common folk that there is a time of judgment. Many individuals some very famous, others we never heard of are publicly supporting one side or the other.

Pew Research shows these wide gaps in public opinion.

He says, these words:

1 Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord
come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and
will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have
praise of Yahweh
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Hong Kong, Syria, Iran, Yemen, North Korea, Venezuela and in many other
places that do not make the headlines, there is war or riots or controversy,
not just in the USA. Britain after 2 years of waffling finally made a solid
decision one way. Hundreds of thousands of refugees are moving across the
globe, changing the course of history with their feet. Europe
especially has suffered from migrants moving across many borders.

Human rights are under attack across the planet from sex trafficking to
selling body parts in America and China, organs taken from political prisoners, usually of conscience.

Evil conversations are also coming forth; Luke 12:3 Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.

Yahweh is bringing all wickedness to the fore. But He is not unfair – He
also said He would not doing anything without first telling His prophets. So
now you know.

#prophecy #futurist #worldwidejudgment #comingjudgement

The Difference between Fellowship & Relationship

Moderns bandy about their “relationships” which sounds so arcane to older folks. We had friends, family, spouses, and neighbors in the old days. They speak of relationships as being very close but in actual fact relationships are more likely to be apart or at least at some distance. To speak of someone you have close relationships with is actually called fellowship. Perhaps you heard it too much in church and think it is only for religion.

Here is a scripture that can easily be misunderstood which demonstrates the difference. From Luke:

The Prodigal Son

11 And he said, A certain man had two sons:

12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.

13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.

14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.

15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.

16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.

17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!

18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,

19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.

20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.

21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.

22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:

23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:

24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.

25 Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing.

26 And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.

27 And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.

28 And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him.

29 And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:

30 But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.

31 And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.

32 It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

The son had a relationship to his father. He was a son and he didn’t stop being his son when he went off on his bender. We can have relationships by blood, as a son-father, or by marriage, or by corporate agreement and other contracts. I have a relationship to the companies in which I have stock. I have a relationship to my country as a native born citizen, taxpayer and voter. You can have a relationship with your animals because you are legally responsible for their care, but in all these cases you do not necessarily have fellowship.


I have no fellowship with the managers of my stock purchases. If I think the company is a bad investment, I sell the stock but I never speak to anyone about it nor would I want to. I have a a relationship to the colleges where I graduated but I haven’t been back for many decades.

Fellowship is personal. My husband, my closest relationship and my closest fellowship when he was alive is long gone. My children have grown and gone and we have fellowship on Facebook. My church is 150 miles west of here so I have no more fellowship with them although I still have my name on the books, hence relationship.

When a military man is deployed he still has relationships at home but his fellowship is now with his military unit. Thank heavens for the internet and Skype.

Now, about Yahweh. You can be saved (relationship) but still have very little fellowship with Him. I know many Christians who have virtually no fellowship with him. I will ask them, “Did you pray about this?” They’ll say, “Oh I am not going to bother Yahweh with something as small as that.”

I won’t sermonize here, but Yahweh makes it plain that he is especially interested in fellowship. He says, “Come let us reason together.” He wants to talk and explain stuff to you. He says, “I will never leave you,” but how many people can appreciate that in daily life?

If you have questions the Bible has answers but it means reading parts you may never look at. Yahweh uses the Bible to speak directly to people. Of course you have time. You just must take it from some other place where you are using it. As long as you are alive you have time. In fact that is what life is – the time you are here.

If you get with Yahweh this year, He might give you a big party!

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