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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.
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
many believers still use the old KJV for study. It has its drawbacks in usage because it was translated in 1611. The modern versions remove some of these common in those days. I don’t know anyone who really likes grammar but here it has importance.
For example “-eth” is found often in such words as:
Psalm 121:4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
There is a special meaning in the original. The “-eth” suffiz means continuing action. This is referred to as the “continuing present tense” or “habitually.”
This is action that does not stop. So Yahweh is watching over and keeping Israel without any break in time. No, Yahweh did not dump Israel after Yahshua died as the redeeming sacrifice. There is no end to the promises to Israel, the Jews and Yahweh’s chosen people continue to the end of time and afterwards. Judaism has its function; the church has its.
In the second example, those who continue to study Yahweh’s word will have no shame. Shame comes to our lives when we are insecure about our actions. There are many occasions when believers are forced to make very difficult decisions, choosing the lesser of two evils. Making a decision when issues are black and white is simple, but life does not contain easy issues, or easy decisions. And sometimes, after we make the “right” decision things go “wrong.”
There are occasions in our work world when we must do things that are in violation of our own principles. There are employees who are expected to be in drunken parties with others. I’ve heard of people who feel an obligation to give to charities they think are corrupt. Some bosses expect employees to engage in practices that are morally objectionable. As the modern saying goes, there is an APP for that.
God knows the difference between what you must do in your job that violates your conscience and what your own conscience is telling you.
There is an example in the Old Testament.
Naaman the Syrian (that is, he was not a Jew) had a miracle healing from the Jewish God. At the prompting of his maid he was encouraged to seek out Elisha the Prophet for a cure for his leprosy, a disease so disfiguring that it also made him a pariah in his community. This healing restored him to his position and his job. However, he also knew he must take part in idol worship in the course of his duties as General of the Army.
He appealed to Elisha the Prophet for mercy, which was granted. Here is the passage.
I Kings 5:17 Naaman said, “If not, please let your servant at least be given two mules’ load of earth; for your servant will no longer offer burnt offering nor will he sacrifice to other gods, but to the Lord. 18 In this matter may the Lord pardon your servant: when my master goes into the house of Rimmon to worship there, and he leans on my hand and I bow myself in the house of Rimmon, when I bow myself in the house of Rimmon, the Lord pardon your servant in this matter.” 19 He said to him, “Go in peace.”
Naaman was required to accompany his boss into a idol temple for worship and wanted to be sure God knew he wasn’t taking part in his heart. God knows when you have tough, conflicting calls and He has mercy on that. However, no one should expect to stay in a job that continually challenges one’s faith. There are other jobs.
I once worked for a woman involved in the occult. I got out as fast as I could. She had hired some witches for her business and I worked with them on separate shifts in Eldercare. One woman levitated the bed in the spare bedroom on one old man.
Another witch prompted an old man she was serving, another Eldercare assignment, to contact his dead wife. That was too much for me. There were also some Christian nurses who were disturbed over his reaction. We all noticed he was agitated after she was on duty. I quit without comment.
I worked for a woman in a job that had much potential but in her office she conducted worship services for a quasi-Christian cult; it preached that there is no sin. I quit there after a few months. A year later the office building in which she worked caught on fire – but only her office burned. A friend of mine had an office across the hall and all he suffered was a little smoke damage. God is more than capable of judging people when they are out of line.
Two things we learn from this lesson. God does know your heart and two, be careful whom you hire to take care of an older adult. It was a shock to me to find witches actively trying to influence seniors in eldercare.
My non-scientific estimate of the percentage of people who have no idea what a missionary does? Maybe 95%, +or- 3%. Missionaries are change agents, and we know that human beings are resistant to change. If we tell them that up front, we’d never get a single convert, so we begin with the culture.
Liturgical Religion is not a mission goal
Most religions are liturgical; even those churches which are informal have a standard practice in public meetings. The gathering together of like-minded people forms the whole basis of society – all societies – around location (geographical), religions- most of the original societies relied on a powerful god-person, or a soldier-leader who ruled by force, or most frequently by families, almost always language families.
This is not high-sociology, just an observation. It is the link that Islam has with itself all over the world, a world mission to rule through Sharia law and a ruling class tolerating no other.
Christianity, based on Judaism follows much the same path, except that the Yahweh is not Allah but a person who identified Himself as “I Am.” Originally Yahweh set standards for his people – a set of rules and a common master, Yahweh Himself. But the manner in which this religion is lived is based largely on local culture. The Eskimos (Inuits) gather around a fire, Catholics gather in formal grand churches, some African groups gather at the river with no formal structures in sight. Today there are large churches which meet only on the internet.
Culture is the Contest for Understanding
Within the context of culture missionaries examine the situation and pray for guidance on how Yahweh may be understood and known. In China, for example, all the assumptions about western religion are false such as the notion that Christianity is for white people – an Anglo-God so to speak, based largely on English-speaking standards since most of the missionaries to China came from that part of the world.
The Yahweh of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is originally identified with the Semitic Peoples of the Middle East. Yahshua, because he died for the whole world, does not and has not limited himself to one cultural standard. You find Menorah and 7 branch candlesticks (they are not identical) in Messianic churches, but only occasionally in other buildings. Some churches have dancing, and music – others not. Some have communion every Sunday, many only as the minister feels moved to do so, others once a month. That is because Yahshua wants us recognize His world-wide persona.
2 Corinthians 5:16 (CJB) So from now on, we do not look at anyone from a worldly viewpoint. Even if we once regarded the Messiah from a worldly viewpoint, we do so no longer.
Learning out about Yahweh starts with a small group
Knowing Yahshua Christ only through one’s individual congregation is referred to in scripture as knowing Yahshua “after the flesh” a term from the King James version. But later on, it is a sign of spiritual maturity to leave behind the notion of denominational practices that are limited to local churches. When this does not happen churches become repositories for the children of the original members who may or may not be believers, having never been presented the same powerful gospel their fathers and mothers heard. These churches waste away. Today 30% of Christians do not go to church, disinterested and unchallenged, depending unfortunately on TV which may not move them forward.
Missionaries must first understand the people they are reaching
The missionary is first a Watchman on the Wall – see Ezekiel. This person or persons spy out the land for a shred of concern for eternal things. Occasionally there is a zealot (like Paul) who is already motivated and one needs to get him moving in a better direction. There may be desperately dissatisfied and unhappy people who do not appreciate what is happening around them. They can make good converts too.
The least available are those who are self-satisfied or content with the status quo. Ronald Reagan defined the status quo as “the mess we are in,” sand many people are too inert to change.
Reality is the ultimate goal of religious training
The church is ultimately about reality – or looking at life through Yahweh’s eyes, using the Bible and the testimony of believers. It will always meet head-on culture and use it for its advantage to introduce Yahshua as a person. You know girls who grow up thinking marriage will solve all their problems. Men may think, if i can only find a girl. Yahweh has a mate for you, and He’ll do a better job of finding one for you.
Yahshua is not a movement, an idea, a system or a benevolent dictator; he is a person separate from the cultural assumptions which cloud people’s minds. Since repentance is about “changing one’s mind” the missionary must start there. Of course there is opposition.
For those who believe that unbelief is a valid position I can only say you cannot prove a negative. It is futile. If you must hold on to your position you must do it by faith – that is you must say “I have faith that Yahweh does not exist.” This is the same group that says a falling tree does not make noise in the forest simply because no one hears it. That defines the humanist’s position on reality. No human need be present in order to verify or negate what is happening.
The universe has both absolutes and truths
However, what is real is real regardless of who knows, sees, hears, or understands. In fact, the whole notion of immutable standards needs resuscitation so people can deal with the real world; all else is illusion. Reality cannot be defined by what you think; that is the best definition of neurosis: ” my notion of what reality is, makes it real.” These people are not dangerous (usually) just dysfunctional.***
We do not need to push the demonic on people for them to get a whiff of evil; we must show them that evil does not go away simply because we wish it would. Yahweh allows evil to remain as part of our training. An athlete repeats over and over certain moves until, when he is under extreme pressure from a contender, he makes exactly the right moves to win.
After the missionary has done his job, he moves on and leaves the congregation to a pastor or a group of leaders. There are new fields to plow.
*** I had a friend years ago who was neurotic. She had three marriages but she honestly believed that all previous marriages did not exist and that her third husband was the true father of the two sets of children from her previous two marriages. You can call this nuts if you wish, but it is a good example of neurotic behavior.
#psychosis #neuroses #deception #delusion
The year was 1944. Americans were exhausted. The losses and the victories of wars on two sides of the planet were stretching us thin. That winter was the coldest in European history, and the hardest for the Allies. We lived in Haddonfield, New Jersey.
I had never seen any road so grand. The White Horse Pike was three lanes wide made of broken, whitish concrete with grass growing liberally in all cracks and between lanes. Vehicles were with our troops in Europe or the Far East and common folk either walked, took a bus or rode a train everywhere. We were lucky. Grandpa had some extra gas coupons and during the war we rarely ever drove a car. Americans just could not afford cars while a war was raging and we saw only a few cars on this road.
Grandpa, being a farm boy at heart, was there to pronounce doom on a turkey for dinner. Turkeys were a North Eastern staple based on pilgrim tradition. No steroid-stuffed mass-produced fowl like today. And Grandma made creamed white onions, sweet potatoes with brown sugar and pecans, dressing with celery and giblets, creamed fresh corn, stewed cranberries from nearby New Jersey bogs, plus pumpkin and mincemeat pies.
The rest of the year we had Spam and grated carrot salad, and once a week maybe a baked chicken. I got the leg. This meal was a real change of diet.
In our small town there were no working age men and very few young women. My parents were off doing war work, my mother taking the train home for an occasional weekend. Those were dark times.
But we were thankful. We could see the end of the war. Yahweh had spared us bombs on our homeland. We were a praying people and we knew Yahweh had made this possible. The first sign of sin, says Romans, is lack of gratitude. We are missing a lot of that today.
Romans 1:21 although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
Now 75 years later we are digging out of another war – a war against the Constitution, against people of faith, against prosperity, against morality, against anything Yahweh ever said. This time we cannot be sure we will win. Most everyone has enough to eat, people have cars, TVs and rights, and sometimes free healthcare. But they lost the greatest things because their nest was so full of toys. They lost the ability to be thankful.
Thanksgiving weekend is not “turkey day,” or football game day, or get out at 3 a.m. to shop at the big box store day; it’s the day we notice that Yahweh made all this possible to hard workers, sincere pray-ers and moral believers. And to those who thank him.
Only two nations celebrate a day of giving Yahweh Thanks – Canada and the US. And if you’ll notice the statistics, these are two of the most prosperous nations on earth. I doubt if this is a coincidence.
No it can’t be. Yahweh hears real prayers from His people and when He does He responds with blessings.
This year, notice that each generation has its wars, its tests, its victories and failures. They come in different packages but they are all for our instruction. Let us be thankful.
|Time is like a river. You cannot touch the water twice, because the |
flow that has passed will never pass again.
Franklin Graham was speaking at the First Baptist Church in Jacksonville , Florida , when he said America will not come back. He wrote:“The American dream ended on November 6th, 2012. The second term of Barack Obama has been the final nail in the coffin for the legacy of the white Christian males who discovered, explored, pioneered, settled and developed the greatest republic in the history of mankind.A coalition of blacks, Latinos, feminists, gays, government workers, union members, environmental extremists, the media, Hollywood , uninformed young people, the “forever needy,” the chronically unemployed, illegal aliens and other “fellow travelers” have ended Norman Rockwell’s America .
You will never again out-vote these people. It will take individual acts of defiance and massive displays of civil disobedience to get back the rights we have allowed them to take away. It will take zealots, not moderates and shy, not reach-across-the-aisle RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) to right this ship and restore our beloved country to its former status.
People like me are completely politically irrelevant, and I will probably never again be able to legally comment on or concern myself with the aforementioned coalition which has surrendered our culture, our heritage and our traditions without a shot being fired.
The Cocker spaniel is off the front porch, the pit bull is in the back yard, the American Constitution has been replaced with Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” and the likes of Chicago shyster David Axelrod along with international socialist George Soros have been pulling the strings on their beige puppet and have brought us Act 2 of the New World Order.The curtain will come down but the damage has been done, the story has been told.
Those who come after us will once again have to risk their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to bring back the Republic that this generation has timidly frittered away due to white guilt and political correctness..” IN GOD WE TRUST
This is one of the most important concepts in the Bible that is almost universally misunderstood because human beings believe life ends when they die, but the Bible says that death is not at the end of life on the planet, but when you enter it as a baby. Life is, in fact. the beginning of the First Death. Hang with me here; this is not easy.
King James had a problem.
The Christians in England were arguing about the correct version of the Bible. Kings don’t like controversy especially about topics where they are not especially informed. He gathered a group of scholars together and using the best Greek, Hebrew and Latin texts translated the King James version still in use today (1604-1611). It is called “authorized” because he authorized its translation.
Is it filled with errors? Not really.
His charge to them was to be as faithful as possible to the texts they had, and not to deviate. This they did. Consequently today there are very few glaring mis-translations of God’s word; in fact, many modern translations have improved the use of language through philological sources.
But one place has been mis-translated by modern versions.
Here is the accurate King James:
Romans 7:24 (KJV) | 24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
Here is the inaccurate New King James Version
Romans 7:24 (NKJV) | 24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?
Let’s look at the Greek original.
ΠΡΟΣ ΡΩΜΑΙΟΥΣ 7:24 SBL Greek New Testament (SBLGNT)
24 ταλαίπωρος ἐγὼ ἄνθρωπος· τίς με ῥύσεται ἐκ
τοῦ σώματος τοῦ θανάτου τούτου;
All five of the most popular Greek versions of the New Testament agree on how this is phrased, including the version I used in seminary the Nestle Text.
Here is the structure of the sentence.
τοῦ: this is the genitive case, both masculine and neuter meaning “of, or belonging to.
σώματος: this neuter word means body, that is a flesh body. It is not to be confused with another word for body, corps, which we use today when we say the Marine Corps, a body of men committed to the same military goals. Or perhaps the word corporation which is a body of workers hired for mutual benefit.
θανάτου: is the masculine word for death
τούτου: this neuter or masculine demonstrative pronoun means “this”
This passage might mean either this body or this death. But why tamper with the original?
The fact that the word “this” appears at the end of the sentence should erase all doubts as to whether it modifies death or body. It is, at that position, a long way from any reference to the body. Position in Greek is important.
Furthermore, in Greek tradition, the flesh was regarded as evil in and of itself. Hebrew teaching does not endorse this; the Hebrews believed the body was good, inasmuch as God had called everything He made good.
Paul was more Hebrew than Greek and he would not have endorsed anything evil in his physical body.
That leaves us with the clear indication that we must investigate what “this death” is. Clearly it does not refer to being dead at the end of one’s life, or specifically Paul’s life. He is asking for deliverance here and now from not his body but “this death.”
Why would so many modern translations jimmy with this text? Apparently because they believe death is an event. It is not.
Death is a place.
When we understand this we can then move on. No one actually dies if they mean a total absence of self. The soul of every man (woman and child) lives on. Where that place of eternal living is, is called either heaven or hell, and that destination depends on the choices one makes in life. You, yes you, were created before the foundation of the earth.
Ephesians 1:4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love
Some commentators think this means some are appointed to damnation and others to life. If that is so, and it is not, then the purpose of Christ’s sacrifice is belittled. If men do not have free will, then the whole exercise is pointless.
God had a plan and a place in mind for you, individually. You were born into this place where death reigns.
Romans 5:17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)
If you don’t believe me, look around. Eating a single meal involves something that previously died, be it animal or vegetable. Every human dies eventually. Even the planet is scheduled to die along with the entire universe. (See http://wp.me/p1otAF-lH for an explanation of time and eternity.)
If we recognize that this planet is the place of the First Death then we can comprehend what The Second Death might be.
Revelation 20:14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
Revelation 2:11 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.”
Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.
Revelation 20:14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
Revelation 21:8 But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
So how plain is this?
The Second Death is indeed a place, a lake of fire. A fire that never goes out. And the First Death is right here, right now, the life we all live together on this planet.
What is also clear is that while the body of the First Death has no permanence, ashes to ashes – dust to dust, another “body” must exist in the Second Death. This is the body that feels fire but never burns up. It is an “eternal” body just as those with “eternal” life have a spiritual body which is not destroyed.
Do you have standing with God?
This is a legal term. If you take a case to court, the judges will first determine if you have the right to bring a suit. They call this “standing,” meaning that you have a right to state your cause in court based upon your stake in the outcome.
Here is an example. Years ago I told my husband that I didn’t want third child. We had two girls and my first child was such a handful I did not see how I could possibly take on another. My husband, without telling me, prayed for a son and a year later here comes a baby boy.
My husband had standing before Yahweh to ask for a son. First, we were legally married. Second, the husband is the head of the home and can ask for anything that will enhance the home and our combined lives. Because Yahweh regards us as one flesh, the husbands’ prayers for his wife are actually stronger than anyone else’s.
I could pray you have a son, and there would be no harm in that, but I have no standing before Yahweh because we are not related in any way. However, if you ask me to pray that you have a son, that gives me standing before Yahweh to intercede for you. Better still, if you are a woman you ask Yahweh yourself. But you could only make that request if you are legally married because Yahweh honors those laws of man which do not conflict with His laws.
No “standing” for something antithetical to God’s word
I am not permitted to pray that you have an abortion, because the murder of babies, either inside or outside of the womb is strictly forbidden for every human being regardless of background, religion, or national identify. Yahweh promised to destroy the entire nation of the Canaanites, the worshipers of Molech the abortion god, 3,500 years ago and He still means business today. Yahweh has a long memory.
Doctors have greater standing to pray for patients. Some believers will only seek out medical personnel who pray for their patients. A legally elected leader of a nation who prays for his people publicly or privately has great benefit. Collections of the prayers of American presidents can be found in books. But other elected leaders also have standing to pray for their citizens. Yahweh has honored elected officials calls for days of fasting and prayers for the nation when we were under great threat of harm.
Whose prayers are heard?
Psalm 102:17 God will turn to the prayer of the impoverished; he won’t despise their prayers. Economic stress is one of the chief ways Yahweh gets your attention. It is good to know He is listening.
Yahweh asks us to pray about evil activity. Psalm 141:5 Instead, let the righteous discipline me; let the faithful correct me! Let my head never reject that kind of fine oil, because my prayers are always against the deeds of the wicked.
Notice that we are not to pray for the destruction of the person; Yahweh will handle that in due time. We ask that the deeds of the wicked be judged. Next time you see a pedophile being sentenced to prison you can say the deeds have been judged. Yahshua warned his disciples about praying down judgment on individuals. The deeds, not the individuals, are to be judged.
Luke 9: 51 As the time approached when Jesus was to be taken up into heaven, he determined to go to Jerusalem. 52 He sent messengers on ahead of him. Along the way, they entered a Samaritan village to prepare for his arrival, 53 but the Samaritan villagers refused to welcome him because he was determined to go to Jerusalem. 54 When the disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to consume them?” 55 But Jesus turned and spoke sternly to them, 56 and they went on to another village. Calling down fire refers to judgment prayers.
Whose prayers are ignored?
The wicked have no standing. Psalm 141:5 Let the righteous strike me; It shall be a kindness. And let him rebuke me; It shall be as excellent oil; Let my head not refuse it. For still my prayer is against the deeds of the wicked.
Proverbs 15:8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, But the prayer of the upright is His delight. This scripture points out that no donation to the church or other work of God can compensate for your sin. Repentance and forgiveness alone wipes the slate clean.
The Lord’s prayer brings this principle out. You ask for forgiveness first before asking for any blessing either on yourself or others. In Matthew 6 we find the prayer:
9 “Pray, then, in this way:
‘Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10 ‘Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 ‘Give us this day [e]our daily bread.
12 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from [f]evil. [g][For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’]
Then Yahshua adds this postscript, emphasizing that forgiveness puts us in right standing before Yahweh and verifies our prayers.
Proverbs 15:29 The Lord is far from the wicked, But He hears the prayer of the righteous.
Psalm 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear. This scripture emphasizes that you must already know of a sin that you have committed or are now committing. David prayed, “Cleanse me of secret faults.”
We really do not know the truth about ourselves. But Yahweh is gracious and lets us know little by little. You will find that the most mature Christians are those who have a good sense of their own lack, while at the same time having the greatest faith in what Yahweh can do. And that is the final secret for prayers – faith in what Yahweh can do.
To some ethnic groups the idea of reverence and submission to one’s elders is basic to society. In China elders even have the right to demand a child marry, and often to whomever they chose. Parents also expect the new couple to take care of the son’s father and mother in their old age, but not the mother’s family. This has led to the abortion of girls. To counter this the Chinese communist bureaucracy allows those couples who have a girl initially to conceive a boy for a second child to guarantee them a pension.
Other societies are equally demanding; Hispanic groups still exert some influence on family choice. I saw many a foreign-born mother taking over where she did not have Yahweh’s lawful authority. Yahweh’s command to Adam and Eve was the man is to leave father and mother and cleave to the wife to create a new home. (Genesis 2:24) The parents’ authority is over. Having parents select a mate all seems so old-fashioned to Americans who have actually taken personal choice to wild extremes, and the number of divorces should reflect that quickly.
Chinese anchor babies
This accounts for some immigrants to the USA immigrating to allow personal choices quite outside of employment or political freedom. Many Chinese mothers live in San Francisco hotels to have a baby in America to permit the child to claim American citizenship.
The ancient Hebrew Bible, known the world over as Yahweh’s word to mankind, gave 10 commandments. The fifth of these was to “honor one’s father and mother.”
One Commandment has a promise
But Yahweh doesn’t leave it there. He says there is a promise attached saying “In order that your days (not the parent’s days) may be long in the land I have given you.” Hebrews, like most tribes of people, prefer to stay in their own land rather than be relegated to a nation that may not appreciate them. Notice that your parents are not guaranteed a long life – you are. Notice that a long life is not guaranteed in a foreign land, only Israel. No wonder thousands have returned to that homeland since 1948.
Honor is not love
That leaves us to examine the tricky word “honor.” To Americans it tends to mean respect, even deference, maybe also obedience. And on this word many fail to take heed. Bad parents abound, living in addictions, violence, crime, giving out unreasonable punishment, and unable to control their emotions or tempers. And you will hear children from these homes tell you that honor when defined as respect or even love is something they cannot provide.
But the word honor is not respect, not deference, not love or like, and if it involves drinking or drugs, not obedience either. At this point we need to understand why Yahweh chose the word “honor.”
Honor’s old-time meaning referred to money or care. We hear it occasionally in the word “honorarium” to indicate a fee paid to a distinguished speaker, or to the person who wins a major award such as the Nobel Prize.
Honor means financial support. The children are to care for their parents in their old age. This promise also generates long life for them as well. It does not mean the sexually abused child must love; perhaps that might come from the in working of the Holy Spirit. But the child can take care, or see that others take care of an aged parent.
Children have an obligation to accept people as they are, and that includes parents. But this is not an acceptance or rejection for performance. The parents’ performance is not the issue. The issue is Yahweh’s blessing for you.
If your parent has failed in life, you do not need to approve. If that parent tried to kill you or make life a terror for you, lied about you or threw you out into the cold to make your own way, you are not expected to have warm feelings about them. You are only expected to see that they are not wards of the State.
Perhaps Yahweh in His mercy can help you actually love them, but that is not honor, it is not in the law, and it is not expected. That kind of acceptance is part of your growth, not theirs.
#honor #honour #10commandments #finances
And we thought when communism lost in Eastern Europe it was silenced. Maybe not.
I discovered this excellent newspaper which compensates fir the fact that our TV and standard newspapers have failed to report truth.
Psalm 68:21 Yes, God will shatter the heads of his enemies— the very skulls of those who walk in guilt.
Psalm 138: 19 If only, God, you would kill the wicked!
If only murderers would get away from me—
20 the people who talk about you, but only for wicked schemes;
the people who are your enemies,
who use your name as if it were of no significance.[e]
21 Don’t I hate everyone who hates you?
Don’t I despise those who attack you?
22 Yes, I hate them—through and through!
They’ve become my enemies too.
The United States has a long arm of influence on the world and that makes it exceptional. Many other nations influenced world history -Russia, China, Great Britain – but those changes were largely external and involved government and trade. America has fostered internal changes, the way business and industry work, the way people live and interact. These are the changes we rarely see.
Americans are publically accused and blamed
Americans are blamed and hated because of their involvement with so many nations, accused of imperialism and narcissism and whatever ill is presently sticking in the craw of a foreigner. But what happened with America is that after World War II it found itself is the position of being a world leader. It was not so prior to that war. Yes, everyone wanted to visit here, but they had no day-to-day involvement with Americans.
Americans interacted internationally
England stopped slavery before the Americans did. But the Americans changed the whole world when it comes to slavery. Britain was able to end slavery because of the zealous voice of Wilberforce a wealthy man who sat in Parliament. But this did not change the rest of the world.
But because of a world war, and the ensuing war in Korea, people around the world came to know Americans, first as soldiers and then as just people. And they wanted to copy that kind of life and the American way of looking at the world. The word America comes from a Latin word meaning “friend” and most people found Americans to be friends, non-judgmental, resilient, happy and open to new ideas. And they wanted to be like that.
Americans act differently
Then they noticed that Americans did things differently. Women were educated; this was uncommon in many places across the world. Even today 23% of the world is illiterate. Women cut their hair, wore pants and short skirts, rode motorcycles, bought cars, and even single women bought houses. The changing status of women has had world wide influence.
Americans had a service for people who were sick, or in an emergency where you needed to go to a hospital or a victim in an auto accident. A big van filled with emergency equipment drove to where you were to help. When I lived in the Philippines during the 1990s Filipinos were astonished at the TV program Rescue 911. You could just call and people would help you. That was a time when 12 million Filipinos were living on the street with no help for anything. No wonder they all wanted to come to America!
American generosity extends even to animals
Americans for the most part treat their animals well, and those that abuse them are held in contempt. In much of the world an animal hospital is unheard of. They either eat animals, abuse them or ignore them.
The same with children. Americans have programs across the globe eliminating sex traffickers and sex slaves. Yes, some American entrepreneurs make big money off this but even more are fighting this kind of abuse of children, of both sexes.
Americans have music, and choices
There are hundreds of types of local music across the world but in America you find every single one and more. America is the birthplace of jazz, and every conceivable variety of music can be heard online, at concerts, in churches, in elevators! In foreign countries you find only a few choices. Foreigners have picked up on this with flash mobs, videos, and YouTube posts of every kind of music. Come one, come all.
Americans exported their values in law and order
In Hong Kong this month protesters are waving American flags. Some think we are behind the unrest there but we are not. That flag is just an indication that Hong Kong young people want an American type democracy. They recognize that Americans who study in Hong Kong are happy; they have personal goals, they speak about their government freely, and they worship freely. It is a disease they catch – this disease of personal liberty. And the Chinese kids are smart. Their parents insist upon it, so it is born of real thought and focus.
That is why we can say America is exceptional. Everybody across the globe may do it one way; we are the exception.
A preacher in Texas says people want prophecy. Prophecy is God talking to us through events. Well – it is all around us.
For example, July 2019, all lights out in New York City. Billboards in Times Square, Broadway dark, folks trapped in subways & elevators, no air conditioning. The message? New Yorkers are spiritually without light. Shine some truth on your lives.
And it’s not just New York City that’s experienced unexpected blackouts recently. Cities and towns from coast to coast have gone dark. Within just 45 days in the summer of 2019, millions of Americans were impacted by blackouts.
June 8… more than 20,000 people in Northern California had their power shut off by the state’s largest utility as a “fire safety precaution.”
June 9… 350,000 people lost power in Dallas, TX after severe thunderstorms rolled through the region.
Storms, hurricanes and floods
July 19-20… more than 277,000 people saw their power disrupted throughout Wisconsin from thunderstorms, tornadoes and floods.
July 19… 600,000 to 800,000 people lost power in Michigan as the result of storms and high winds. Some were without power for 6 days. Flint, Michigan also had contaminated water for a long time and many became ill. Water stands for the word of God, as well as Jesus, who is the word made flesh. Flint residents might start reading the Bible for some fresh water.
July 22-26… over 300,000 people had their homes go dark in New Jersey due to powerful storms.
July 27… nearly 40,000 people lost power in Washington, D.C. The cause is still being investigated. Of course these things are caused naturally but they have spiritual meaning Here is what God is saying:
Your power source is wrong, the grid has been neglected. I, God am your power source, and the consequence is you’all are living in the dark.
God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. (1 John 1:5)
Another prophecy which means God is talking to us is through events. In San Franciscans they walk through feces encrusted streets. People, you live in a toilet bowl. Is this what you really want? This prophetic process is very simple.
The Old Testament is filled with references to God manipulating the weather as a lesson in disobedience. He includes the non-Jewish nations as well. Here is a sample from The Message written in street language.
Nahum 1:2-6 The Message (MSG)
2-6 God is serious business.
He won’t be trifled with.
He avenges his foes.
He stands up against his enemies, fierce and raging.
But God doesn’t lose his temper.
He’s powerful, but it’s a patient power.
Still, no one gets by with anything.
Sooner or later, everyone pays.
Tornadoes and hurricanes
are the wake of his passage,
Storm clouds are the dust
he shakes off his feet.
He yells at the sea: It dries up.
All the rivers run dry.
The Bashan and Carmel mountains shrivel,
the Lebanon orchards shrivel.
Mountains quake in their roots,
hills dissolve into mud flats.
Earth shakes in fear of God.
The whole world’s in a panic.
Who can face such towering anger?
Who can stand up to this fierce rage?
His anger spills out like a river of lava,
his fury shatters boulders.
Some preachers say the Old Testament is of little use, but God says, “My word abides forever.” (Isaiah 40:8) Not to be taken lightly.
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Did Judas Hang Himself or Did He Fall?
The Bible is a textbook so its information is not either/or but both/and. Everything fits together though scattered about.
According to the New Testament, after Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus, leading to Jesus’ crucifixion, he felt remorse so he killed himself. We have two accounts of this action, which were written by (or attributed to) Matthew and Luke. Skeptics often point to the two accounts of Judas’ death to claim the New Testament contains conflicting information, yet instead the two accounts are easily reconcilable and provide us with an undesigned coincidence. Accordingly, this article reconciles the passages and offers responses to skeptics’ likely opposition.
“When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.”
“What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.”
So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.
The chief priests picked up the coins and said, “It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money.” So they decided to use the money to buy the potter’s field as a burial place for foreigners.That is why it has been called the Field of Blood to this day.”
“Brothers and sisters, the Scripture had to be fulfilled in which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through David concerning Judas, who served as guide for those who arrested Jesus. He was one of our number and shared in our ministry.”
(With the payment he received for his wickedness, Judas bought a field; there he fell headlong, his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out. Everyone in Jerusalem heard about this, so they called that field in their language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.)”
Akeldama is a hilly area with rough terrain, as can be observed in the following modern photo:
Notice that the account by Matthew says he hung himself, while the account by Luke says he fell to the ground. The reconciliation is that he hung himself before falling to the ground. It is likely that Judas hung himself from a tree and after his body began to decompose, either the tree limb broke or someone cut the branch from which he was hanging down to remove his body, causing Judas to fall to the ground. Since his body had likely decomposed, his body would have burst open as described by Luke.
Opposition 1: He fell headlong
Skeptics will note that Judas fell “headlong,” which is defined by the Cambridge dictionary as either (1) falling with “great speed or without thinking;” (2) head-first or (3) very quick or quickly without considering what you are doing. Given Judas’ condition at the time of the fall, the options are reduced to either or both a quick fall or one which was head-first.
Judas could have hung himself in several ways. He could have: (1) drop hanged himself, which he could have done by securing a rope to his neck from a branch and dropping from (or jumping off) for a quicker and less painful and death; (2) suspended himself from a branch, which he could have done by hanging the noose from the tree, wrapping it around his neck, and kicking away whatever he used to elevate himself; or (3) hung upside down, which is known as inverted hanging. Inverted hanging may be the most painful because the death would be prolonged. Judas could have fastened the rope to his feet and suspended himself from a branch. The weight of his lower body organs would eventually crush his heart and collapse his lungs, leading to death.
Given the hilly terrain of Akeldama, Judas may have fallen or landed headlong using any of the three options. Strong’s Greek translation of the verse that says “fell headlong” in the NIV comes is “prenes [headlong] genomenos [having fallen],” which suggests he either fell headlong, landed headlong, or fell and landed headlong. The Greek translation could be interpreted several ways. In other words, this so-called contradiction can easily be reconciled in multiple ways.
In fact, the two passages give us a much more vivid picture of Judas’ suicide. Only taken together do we come to understand that Judas hung himself and eventually fell, with his body bursting open, likely due to its decomposition. Without Matthew, we would not have learned of the fate of the 30 pieces of silver and what it meant when Luke indicated in Acts that Judas “bought the field.” Without Acts, we would not have learned of Judas’ final moments following his death. This is an example of an undesigned coincidence.
Opposition 2: Matthew says the Pharisees bought the field, while Luke says Judas bought the field.
In the Old Testament, the prophet Zechariah (11:12-13) prophesied as follows:
“I told them, ‘If you think it best, give me my pay; but if not, keep it.’ So they paid me thirty pieces of silver.
And the Lord said to me, “Throw it to the potter”—the handsome price at which they valued me! So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them to the potter at the house of the Lord.”
This account parallels the accounts from Matthew, where the Pharisees used the 30 pieces of silver to purchase a potter’s field, and Acts, where Judas symbolically “bought” the field. In both cases, the money Judas had “earned” by betraying Jesus funded the Field of Blood where he committed suicide. In other words, we again have reconciled the passages, resulting in no provable contradictions.
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Recall that Jesus left not a hair or a bone fragment in that cave. The religious leaders would have used that as proof he was not risen. Even today the religious leaders of Israel cannot adequately answer the question of habeas corpus – “you may have the body.”
Habeas Corpus – Jesus’ body never found
Don’t you just love the way God takes care of the details?
There are two passages from the Bible that explain the total absence of Jesus’ body as a fulfillment of the law as well as a deterrent to critics.
First, the sacrifice of the Passover was to be totally consumed.
Leviticus 7:17 But the remainder of the flesh of the sacrifice on the third day shall be burnt with fire.
And Jesus was resurrected on the third day. In most cases the priest saw to it that the blood sacrifice was totally consumed, but when Jesus was in the tomb there was no priest present. God, however, still had that chance to show Jesus’ sacrifice was accepted by the father so God did it Himself, as in this passage:
God consumes the sacrifice Himself
2 Chronicles 7:1 King James Version (KJV) 7 Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices.
Jesus as a single once-for-all sacrifice
The book of Hebrews reminds us that there is no additional sacrifice for sins. Jesus literally paid it all, that one time, never-to-be-repeated complete sacrifice for every sin of history now, in the past and in the future, if we as individuals will accept it. Ah, but that is the question.
So when the disciples, and the women looked into the tomb, they found the grave clothes and no Jesus, no corpse, no nothing, not a hair. God accepted the sacrifice.
President Obama insisted on calling the terrorists ISIL instead of ISIS because of his contempt for Israel, our treaty partner.
ISIL includes Israel
But, ISIL means the ISIS area as well as the Levant region which includes Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Cyprus and part of southern Turkey.
We are not at war with Israel – ever. It is the fatherland of the Christian faith and the only democracy in the Middle East. And we should be cautious about Turkey which is our sometime-friend.
Wikipedia has more on this subject.
ISIS is an Egyptian goddess
Lastly, ISIS is an Egyptian goddess, and we certainly don’t have any love of false religion, even the kind that doesn’t kill off its enemies.