Job 28:12-19 “But where, oh where, will they find Wisdom? Where does Insight hide? Mortals don’t have a clue, haven’t the slightest idea where to look. Earth’s depths say, ‘It’s not here’; ocean deeps echo, ‘Never heard of it.’ It can’t be bought with the finest gold; no amount of silver can get it. Even famous Ophir gold can’t buy it, not even diamonds and sapphires. Neither gold nor emeralds are comparable; extravagant jewelry can’t touch it. Pearl necklaces and ruby bracelets—why bother? None of this is even a down payment on Wisdom! Pile gold and African diamonds as high as you will, they can’t hold a candle to Wisdom.
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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.
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It’s taken me four decades to understand this passage in Corinthians in reference to a communion service of believers. But it was walked out in my life in a dramatic manner.
1 Cor 11:27 Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. 30 For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.
Sleep means to die in verse 30. To understand what this means, let’s examine what it does not say. It does not say to fail to discern a Christian, or a friend, or a believer, or a baptized person or the devil himself. It says failure to discern, not the Lord Himself, but His Body.
Who is the Body of Christ?
That’s us. But more importantly the “us” is not just Harold, Jenny and Roy, but to recognize the part of Christ’s body where Harold, Jenny and Roy function.
People totally outside the church of Jesus certainly know them in their stores, social groups and offices. But this situation is unique; that is when we as believers take on the garment of being “Christ to the world.”
About 40 years ago my husband walked in the house at supper and said, “The Lord told me that you are a liver in the body of Christ.” I smiled because Jesus had already shown me that. And in case you’re interested the liver is hidden and it does something no one like to see – filter out all the junk that goes through the body. In fact, this little blog has spent many years filtering out false teaching and corrupted understanding in Christian circles.
The liver is corrective. Livers do not add Christians to the Body of Christ; they don’t sing, they don’t run the front office; they just react to what is passing through. As you can tell, I am not necessarily a popular figure. “Oh dear – here comes the liver. What kind of crap have I swallowed now!” they worry.
But enough of my complaints. Let’s look at this in a practical manner. To bring up sickness and possible death for some believer-behavior, esp. in the New Testament is quite rare. We must pay attention.
Bones & Skin
Consider what bodies have: Bones hold a shape. Bones in scripture are symbols of priests, not Catholic ones, just people who lead and make the body upright. Then there is skin which symbolizes faith. Faith completely surrounds a body because you need to believe for your backside, past, the present, and the front, the future, what is below the feet and above the head. You are encased in faith.
The lungs take in the word of God. My pal Jack reminded me that God only breathes out, never in. That is our breath too. Breath symbolizes Holy Spirit bringing in required oxygen which allows the body to exercise all its internal and external functions. That air is the immediate word of God, the ruach (Hebrew).
Human beings require air; spiritual man requires God’s present word to survive. We need a mouth, which symbolizes a prophet, eyes which symbolize seers (people who see) and ears symbolizing a group who hear the Lord. Hands and feet bring the gospel; they serve as mercy ministers and take the Body where Holy Spirit wants it to go.
Gall Bladder & Thyroid
The gall bladder removes bitterness, the kidney filters out water impurities, and the thyroid regulates the body. Have you ever been in a church or Bible study/prayer group where one person takes over? That is an unregulated group. That is a body that has failed to recognize the other parts of Christ’s body. And that is what can lead to sickness and even death. The thyroid is a regulator.
Six years ago a church leader banished me from the meetings as a false teacher. I’d never been confronted this way; most people just condemned me behind my back. (Or, avoided me if they have an issue.) A year later she ended up in the hospital three times with strokes. NO – I had not prayed against her. Jesus told his disciples not to do that – to leave judgment to Him.
I was just as surprised as you are. She had failed to recognize a part of His Body. Then later on a man who assumed some spiritual leadership in this same group, heaped contempt on me; I was astonished. Same deal – he did not recognize my place in the Body. After nine months he was gone! The group rebuked him.
Then some other spiritual leaders rebuked me for being “unforgiving.” They too had failed to see what was going on. As a 40 year veteran of the mission field, I’d never had any trouble seeing who was whom in a group. It’s part of the job.
God is just as interested in Fiji Islanders as he is Texans, and He is quite able to call and fit them into a Christian body in their home town. But friends in the American church had no experience with diverse people, ministries or God’s calls on individuals. I feel as though I have made a giant leap forward in understanding what God wants for the future of His People.
Clearly Church, we need to start making this part of the New Testament real. Jesus is not coming back for an unruly mob, a quarreling faction or a self-righteous bunch of over-educated, self-absorbed believers. He is coming for a team that knows, like a body, how to work together. That is our future.
#mandarin #chinese #allemand #espagnol #cantonese #francais
#Biblesymbols #dreaminterpretation #dreamsymbolism
Water is the most important symbol in the Bible and the first noun spoken in the Holy Writ. This dream is just a start.
Surprise: This writer is a stand-up comic, but he is serious about the Lord.
#Biblesymbols #dreaminterpretation #dreamsymbolism
On the last night before Bob Jones’ passing Bonnie Jones was alone with him in his hospital room and observed the clock on the wall as it sped forward. At exactly 11:55 p.m. the red second-hand began to move quickly then rested at the perpendicular position pointing to twelve. Immediately the minute hand began to advance forward rapidly. Of course when the minute hand moved, the hour hand advanced as well. Throughout this process the minute hands did not move. It all stands for the new move of God for this generation.
Join Bonnie Jones as she describes and interprets this amazing spiritual sign for the Body of Christ.
As you watch the hands move you can tell by the background conversation that no one has sped the clock forward with any device. All the talk is current.
This text can also be found on The Elijah List.
“Bob Jones’ Clock Stopped Here: We Must Discern the Times”
Bonnie Jones, Pineville, NC
He answered and said to them, “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’; and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times.” Matthew 16:2-4
On the last night before Bob Jones’ passing, I was alone with him in his hospital room and observed the clock on the wall as it sped forward. At exactly 11:55 p.m. the red second-hand began to move quickly, then rested at the perpendicular position pointing to twelve. Immediately the minute hand began to advance forward rapidly. Of course when the minute hand moved, the hour hand advanced as well.
In this quick transition, the clock stopped at exactly eight o’clock for a period of five seconds. It began spinning forward again until both hands reached exactly midnight then they stopped. The red second-hand jumped forward five seconds then the clock seemed to reset itself. This process took a total of five minutes. The same thing happened with the clock exactly one week earlier. At that time four others, beside myself, were in the room to bear witness to this extraordinary yet prophetic happening.
Several weeks after Bob’s passing, we talked with the head of security from the hospital. We showed him the video we made on our phone of the clock in fast-forward. He was amazed and said it was impossible for this to happen. He told us that all hospital clocks are synchronized to atomic time for the purpose of recording births, deaths, surgeries, etc., because the timing must be precise. Yet, this did happen – not once, but twice.
I believe that God was showing us a demonstration of spiritual things being accelerated in the Body of Christ. The fact that the clock stopped at eight o’clock indicates a new beginning. There was grace before the new day (11:55 p.m.) that has been extended to the Body of Christ. Bob would speak of the number eleven, from Isaiah 11, where God is stretching forth His hand a second time to the remnant. And I believe fifty-five reveals great grace being released to bring in the billion-soul harvest Bob often spoke of.
It shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set His hand again the second time, to recover the remnant of His people who are left… Isaiah 11:11
I believe the red second-hand resting on the twelve pointed to God’s divine apostolic government being established. In fact, I believe it is already in position and now being revealed by the Spirit of Truth. There were five witnesses – also meaning grace. The first time it happened was February 6; six representing the number of man.
The time 11:55 also represents two chapters in the Bible: Isaiah 55 from the Old Testament, and Hebrews from the New. Hebrews chapter 11 is known as the faith chapter. It’s loaded with testimonies from the heroes of faith. Yet the night of Bob’s passing, I witnessed his demonstration of obedience that leads to faith. And this is what I believe the New Testament saints walked in. Bob would always talk about Isaiah 35 being the Highway of Holiness and Isaiah 55 being the conditions for it.
Highway of Holiness
Daily we need to heed to the voice of the Lord and obey. Too many have partaken of the fruit of the world and walked in its ways. Our soul is easily swayed by all the distractions of this fast-paced world. Yet our spirit should be the reigning authority in our life. If our spirit is submitted to the Holy Spirit, we will make choices according to the Father’s will and stay on His Highway. As the Body of Believers walk with the Lord on the Highway of Holiness, surrendered in obedience to Him, their toxins are flushed out of the soul and only their redeemed spirit remains.
In short, all roads lead to the same place, although some take detours and never return to the straight and narrow way. Some are all about self and some are all about I AM. Take the road less traveled and arrive on time in the arms of Jesus.
Please view this video of the clock in fast-forward recorded on February 6th, 2014 in Bob’s hospital room (link below). Indeed, it was a supernatural phenomenon that only God could make possible. It’s an extraordinary prophecy and we need to take heed and understand: the time is NOW for HARVEST.
Time has been accelerated and we must be able to discern the signs of the times. Don’t let the distractions of this world keep you from walking with Him in the eternal realm.
Step into the harvest field of hope and follow after Him, only He can make you a fisher of all mankind. Follow the road less traveled and bear witness to the Anointing.
#symbolism #dreaminterpretation #prophecy
The Children’s Crusades were endorsed by the failing Roman Catholic Church to boost its sorry ratings. The black plague was raging for over a century in various places. Nearly 25% of Europe and in some places even higher percentages died in spite of pricey priestly prayers.
Enter Obama’s failing presidency with every age and voter group, even blacks, and he needs something to boost his image. Just like the Children’s Crusade debacle, it’s all backfired. The sacrificial lambs are now languishing in barracks with scabies and TB. Drug dealers may be evil but they’re not stupid, entering with machine guns along with hundreds of pounds of drugs so far confiscated thanks to an aggressive Texas governor’s National Guard.
In 1212 many of the kid-crusaders died on ships, worked to death or starved, or kept as slaves for the sex trade. Ugly business then as now. Americans may have endorsed abortion but they still don’t like people killing live humans or using them as pawns in a deadly political scheme.
You wondered if history repeats itself?
This is a detailed dream and the symbolism of the security breach in the White House and its interpretation as a future of terrorism in the United States through Texas. It is long but for people who want to understand how dreams and symbols are interpreted it is a solid message based on current events.
Rick Joyner is a long time Christian teacher and known especially for his ministries to leaders in both the religious and secular worlds.
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#mandarin #chinese #allemand #espagnol #cantonese #francais #Biblesymbols #dreaminterpretation #dreamsymbolism
To the luckless journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff, it can hardly be called abstract – it is the reality of a lost head, but symbolically it tells the tale of a dangerous, demonically inspired political system that plans to behead all those nations which disagree with its evil theology. It is a planetary warning to especially Americans, as the keeper of the international purse strings, but also China and all Europe down to tiny little Belize. Even Australia, which has some hope of being isolated, is on guard, full tilt.
These barbarians will tolerate nothing less than full cooperation of every nation, every leader, and more importantly every kind of money in every pocket, a hell on earth.
Symbolism is a Multiverse
Shrouded in dark flowing robes (another metaphor) that cover the face and thus every intention as well the dark hidden truth say they cannot “face” us. They want your head – the head of your family, the head of your government. Their mind is now your mind. People are things. “We slice infants in half. Obey or die.” Symbols expose a reality we may not want revealed.
The Goal – You get a new head
The United States already had a headless leader, President Obama, who thinks that to deny reality will make it go away. He has been reading too much Alice in Wonderland, like the half visible grinning cat in a tree, uninvolved. The Islamic State, he says, is not Islamic which ironically they put it in their name. This is another version of asking what “ISIS is.” Really?
Furthermore, the president calls it ISIL which is a much larger territory than ISIS. ISIL encompasses parts of Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, and a place called Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East.
Air strikes can win the day, he says, while 31,000 ISIS soldiers wonder how a drone can do all that – since they can just run like so many roaches to another Islamic hideout and wait for the drones to drone on by. And he says, ISIS is not Islamic.
The head that has fallen to the ground is all religions but Islam. If it were not so, wouldn’t Islamic nations such a Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and all countries ending in -Stan, come against this scheming cabal? But instead they let American guns and money fight their intra-Islamic battles.
As we settle their quarrels we elevate Saudi Arabia to take over the Islamic world domination program while hardly lifting a finger. If we let them play this game we are as headless as Leaders-From-Behind.
News media – also headless
Beheading tells us who they are and what their plans are. The head is no longer our God but theirs – Allah, an ancient god of war, celebrates death. Our Western God is for life. It is also a metaphor for what has happened to the America news media. They lost their head years ago and now are scurrying around looking for the lost stories of the past 7 years.
Deut 30:19 I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;
We are in the valley of decision. Israel has made its decision. They said- we didn’t fight in Germany to the death, but we will now.
What will we decide?
#symbolism #beheading #multiverse
You’ve heard all about the lake of fire, noise, smells,
God makes hell specific to the sinner
I think of a small farmer in the mountains of North Carolina who starves one of his horses. The others seem to do all right. He also has a grudge against a mule. The laws of the nation and state are inadequate here and even though the local Pound Manager knows and wants to charge this man, he has no legal opportunity.
We have no knowledge of his motives but God knows how to reward this man for his evil heart.
A personally designed hell
Here is what he can look forward to in hell. First there will be no nice grassy farmland, or cool mountain breezes; picture a noisy, feces encrusted city street, barking wolves and trash everywhere. But most of all God will see to it that this man is hungry, not just for a day or two, or even as long as this poor horse must suffer but for eternity. Hunger also requires water, but there is no water in hell.
There is no water in heaven
I know this because water is a symbol of Jesus Christ and the word of God. Jesus is the King of Hell so He may show up on occasion but He is not there to dip his finger in a dish of water for this farmer. And if this fellow perchance, also has a smoking and drinking habit he will be forever wanting a bottle of liquor and some cigarettes while he is there again for a time so long you and I cannot imagine it.
The cutesy notion that we get to party with our buddies, dance to country tunes with our favorite fallen fiddlers is a prettied up picture the devil tells his students. You might think the devil is in charge of hell; not so. God is in charge of everything, always has been.
After we die our choices are over
The bald fact is that after we die we lose all choice. The choice we make is here, on earth. Heaven is not a static place. The Bible says there are goings on there we cannot even imagine, although I try. I’d like to walk on the bottom of the sea for example, and maybe take a spin on the rings of Saturn. I want to talk to some Biblical scholars and ask questions about things I have not yet understood. I may or may not get any of those options.
God is under no obligation to allow me access to those things if my obedience to Him in this life has been less than He knew I was capable of. After all God has a plan for every life; your job is to find out what it is. And abusing animals or people, or money, or power, or addictions is not on the agenda.
Make your choices now
Oh yes, heaven will be heaven of course, so much better than we can imagine, but our freedom and our rewards will be limited by our obedience in this life. Just as the animal abusing farmer has no choice about his punishment, neither do we choose our rewards,
The best advice any preacher ever gave is this – Trust and obey for there’s no other way.
Dream interpretation, symbolism and visions are all forms of non-verbal communication (as are music and movies) but they contain messages none-the-less. Frequently we ignore them or spend a few minutes being puzzled and then give up. They need to be analyzed, identified and understood.
Certain basic rules apply. You don’t match apples with oranges; for example, a dream about an animal will not refer to a building unless that building’s logo is an animal. (Geico as an example.)
Biblical Symbolism goes back thousands of years
The Judeo-Christian Bible is a good start because it is the oldest book on this topic and because the symbolism has been well tested over the years. A notable example which has modern application is the sacrifice of Isaac by Abraham 3,500 years ago. (Genesis 22) It is the portrait of the later sacrifice of Jesus and a warning and example of why we are not to sacrifice our children.
Blood Sacrifice for appeasing an angry God
Blood sacrifice is a long-standing principle in all societies. Let us apply this to a modern situation. Soon after Barak Obama ordered the death of Osama Bin Laden a group of terrorists “sacrificed” members of the Seal Team 6 – the group which carried out the assassination. See Deaths of Seal Team 6 Exposed
This was not merely revenge but that they provided Allah, their god, with a blood sacrifice. But who noticed? As far as I can tell, practically no one. But that is the core of any interpretation – the meaning of events. Islamic fundamentalists see this as a sacrifice to Allah since he is the source and destiny of their political religion. It also occurred on August 6, 2011, a Saturday, the high holy day for the Jews. Even though Seal Team members were probably mostly Christian, Muslims still think of their main enemy as Jews. https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/aug/9/kuhner-who-betrayed-navy-seal-team-6/ The Taliban took the credit for the hit.
Abortion also is a blood sacrifice
Blood sacrifice, e.g. abortion, is a continuing factor in modern societies from the 13 million per year in modern China to the 4 million a year in the USA, and is a legal or illegal factor in most other nations. It is a practice going all the way back to the Moabites of the Bible who sacrificed to Moloch, the god of child sacrifice. God’s warning to them was that Israel was to wipe them off the face of the earth. Judging by the statistics above that hasn’t happened yet.
Since the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob does not accept child sacrifice, someone else does – Satan. The practice obligates us to him. By-the-by, he feels no such obligation to reward us. Our ignorance of these matters is of no concern. Like a small child who accidentally eats a chili pepper, the innocent act in no way affects the painful outcome – a burned mouth.
5 Principles of Islam
Obama’s flag (see Symbolism – What does Obama’s new flag mean?? http://wp.me/p1otAF-8M) contains a reference to the blood sacrifice which is a core belief in Islamic fundamentalism. – the voluntary death of the believer to please Allah and reach heaven with its carnal rewards. The horizontal stripes on his flag represent the 5 principles of Islam all won with the blood of martyrs, or of infidels. Islam believes and practices the theology which requires either the conversion or death of the infidels – that is, anyone who disagrees with them. Their martyrs’ deaths are proof of their sincerity.
The Sacrifice for Sins already paid
Judaism and Christianity unqualifiedly reject this theology believing the blood sacrifice has already been made – for the Jews at their High Holy Days, and the Christians in the sacrifice of Jesus. That puts these two groups at the top of the Islamic hit list. Jesus warns (Luke 21:20) But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation has come near” so keep your eyes on Israel.
If all this seems arcane to you it is not to the middle eastern mind which has dominated this generation. For Muslims the year they were thrown out of Spain (1492) is just as real as yesterday. That was the same time that Christopher Columbus headed to the new World as a Christian missionary, a fact not often recognized. https://www.amazon.com/Light-Glory-1492-1793-Gods-America/dp/0800732715/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+light+and+the+glory+peter+marshall&qid=1561718841&s=books&sr=1-1
Christopher Columbus was a Christian evangelist
Columbus’ first name means in Greek “Christ bearing” and the explorer received permission to take his crew to the “Indies” for the express purpose of evangelism. The fact that he was replaced by Spanish soldiers who brought with them venereal and European diseases does not negate his own better motives.
Islamists believe that they will rule the whole world so of course they want back into Spain. Their theology trumps every other concern. . The fervor of the military mission is enhanced by their 500 year failure to make any appreciable progress. Other than infiltrating many societies they have not managed to establish Sharia Law in any but those nations already committed to Sharia.
A culture that embraces death cannot breathe life into society.
Germany, England, and France originally welcomed Muslims but have changed their minds, seeing the obdurate refusal to accept any of the principles by which these European societies live. That Muslim nose in the tent was a mistake. And where Muslims have infiltrated they have not improved the society. They remain an isolated group, unwilling to change.
Victor David Hanson of the Hoover Institution (http://victorhanson.com/) has good comments on why this failure has motivated them to fight harder.
President Obama set the tone for a Muslim leader
Back to Mr. Obama. Media people were puzzled that his reaction to the death of the ambassador in Libya was so indifferent. He reacted as though it was none of his concern. And truly it is not if he considers himself “resident” of a state, America, which will be subsumed into the Islamic takeover. He flies another flag. The following picture shows a non-verbal verification of this.
But he does pledge the Russian flag. He and his wife do not put their hands over their heart when watching others say the pledge – they do not pledge. Their hands go over their right lung. They are citizens of another country. This is all non-verbal information, hence symbolism.
The America flag does not appear when Obama is speaking from the Oval Office.
With that in mind the “terrorists” who took down the twin towers on 9/11 are actually just helping to bring about the world government of Islam. The terrorists, who attacked the embassy and burned the flag, were not burning Obama’s flag, so why would he stand by America and its employees? If the Terrorists are bringing in the new world government why would Obama, their new leader, condemn them? They are doing Allah’s will.
Candidate Obama told the Media before he was elected that he wanted a society of government control, redistribution of assets, which means rich people will leave and the remaining citizens left will be poor- equally poor. https://www.amazon.com/Dreams-My-Father-Story-Inheritance/
All of his plans are in his autobiography. Mr. Obama placed environment above the interests of people, poverty has increased, joblessness has increased, all part of the leveling process integral to Islamic fundamentalism. Like Marxist China, none are rich (except the rulers) and all others are poor – that is the meaning of equality: Equally in want. I worked and lived in China and that is what they have – and they don’t like it.
#Islam #ShariaLaw #ChristopherColumbus
If You have a dream about….. Some people are so stressed out and busy during the day God can only speak to them at night when they are asleep. Not all dreams are from God of course. But the important ones, the ones you remember in detail, usually have a message. It is the privilege of kings (that could be you) to search out a matter. So here are some guide lines
Proverbs 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.
Jeremiah 5:14 Wherefore thus saith the Lord God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.
In the kingdom of dreams metals are at the top of the list, like stars, and creatures with blood at the lowest level. Let’s say you have a dream about a man with a great pile of wood. (A friend of mine did exactly that.) The man had many works in his life; he was wealthy and well known, but those wood piles would eventually go up in smoke. If he had a pile of diamonds, not so.
Diamonds are the hardest material found on the planet (that we know of) and worth a great deal of money. So too in the Kingdom. A diamond is a hard item created under great pressure. The following passages speak of diamonds from the king James version.
Psalm 19:10 God’s Word is better than a diamond, better than a diamond set between emeralds. You’ll like it better than strawberries in spring, better than red, ripe strawberries.
[ Hymn to a Good Wife ] A good woman is hard to find, and worth far more than diamonds. Her husband trusts her without reserve, and never has reason to regret it. Never spiteful, she treats him generously all her life long. She shops around for the best yarns and cottons, and enjoys knitting and sewing. She’s like a trading ship that sails to faraway places and brings back exotic surprises. She’s up before dawn, preparing breakfast for her family and organizing her day. She looks over a field and buys it, then, with money she’s put aside, plants a garden. First thing in the morning, she dresses for work, rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started. She senses the worth of her work, is in no hurry to call it quits for the day. She’s skilled in the crafts of home and hearth, diligent in homemaking. She’s quick to assist anyone in need, reaches out to help the poor. She doesn’t worry about her family when it snows; their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear. She makes her own clothing, and dresses in colorful linens and silks. Her husband is greatly respected when he deliberates with the city fathers. She designs gowns and sells them, brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops. Her clothes are well-made and elegant, and she always faces tomorrow with a smile. When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say, and she always says it kindly. She keeps an eye on everyone in her household, and keeps them all busy and productive. Her children respect and bless her; her husband joins in with words of praise: “Many women have done wonderful things, but you’ve outclassed them all!” Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades. The woman to be admired and praised is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God. Give her everything she deserves! Festoon her life with praises!
The time is coming when the Master will strip them of their fancy baubles—the dangling earrings, anklets and bracelets, combs and mirrors and silk scarves, diamond brooches and pearl necklaces, the rings on their fingers and the rings on their toes, the latest fashions in hats, exotic perfumes and aphrodisiacs, gowns and capes, all the world’s finest in fabrics and design.
[ The Heart Is Hopelessly Dark and Deceitful ] “Judah’s sin is engraved with a steel chisel, A steel chisel with a diamond point— engraved on their granite hearts, engraved on the stone corners of their altars. The evidence against them is plain to see: sex-and-religion altars and sacred sex shrines Anywhere there’s a grove of trees, anywhere there’s an available hill.
As I watched the four creatures, I saw something that looked like a wheel on the ground beside each of the four-faced creatures. This is what the wheels looked like: They were identical wheels, sparkling like diamonds in the sun. It looked like they were wheels within wheels, like a gyroscope.
And then I saw four wheels beside the cherubim, one beside each cherub. The wheels radiating were sparkling like diamonds in the sun. All four wheels looked alike, each like a wheel within a wheel. When they moved, they went in any of the four directions but in a perfectly straight line. Where the cherubim went, the wheels went straight ahead. The cherubim were full of eyes in their backs, hands, and wings. The wheels likewise were full of eyes. I heard the wheels called “wheels within wheels.”
Emeralds and Pearls and Gold
The Bible often speaks of “precious stones.” People who have suffered and survived are diamond like. They are valuable friends now and can take anything. So diamond-like friends really are your best friends! Precious stones are found by those who sift through a lot of dirt. You’ll find valuable people that way too. Emerald is the color of heaven (think of Wizard of Oz) and pearls mean suffering. Gold means Godliness and of course great value.
Matthew 7:6 warns against casting your pearls before swine. The interpretation of that is that if you have suffered you do not share this with people who have no understanding or appreciation of what you have gone through.
Stars symbolize angels with great power. At one time stars were worshiped, but that is idolatry and strictly forbidden.
Revelation 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands which you saw are the seven churches.
That includes the Zodiac and all astrology. Astrology is trying to find God’s will without going thru Him. Not good! And more importantly, not true either.
Water symbolizes the Word of God. You can go a long time without food, but not without water. God started the creation of the universe brooding over the water. Water has been equated with Jesus Himself. Surely, if Jesus is called the word of God, and water is called the word, then Jesus is the water-word of God.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
Ephesians 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word
Water in Feng Shui, the oriental practice of good design, symbolizes wealth and prosperity. Houses on rivers and lakes sell for higher prices. Japanese decorators add little waterfalls to rooms for detail. Water is very soothing. If that is in your dream, it is a good sign, unless of course, in your dream you find it contaminated, in which case I must assume you have swallowed something pretty awful which could poison your mind.
Water can be flowing, meaning it is the most pure, it can be still, meaning it is ready to drink, or it could be muddy, contaminated by others or stuck in some pond backwater covered with slime. There are lots of possibilities for water in your dreams.
Write down your dreams and then check against the Bible. Better God’s word which is always true than who-knows-what from who-knows-whom – Check it out!
The Bible contains the meanings of words, colors included telling us to compare spiritual with spiritual, not spiritual with the natural interpretation. God used symbolism to tell his story to mankind because from the beginning people could not read. But there were theological lessons everywhere. The rainbow is the first and foremost of these symbols and it is the major promise of God in history, his promise of good and glorious things for the family of man.
1 Corinthians 2:13 13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Ghost teaches,comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
The colors are in order, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and finally violet, or purple. They form naturally in the sky. It is a picture of the path to the Kingdom of God which is the Christian goal. We pray this:
Matthew 6:10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
To enter the Kingdom you begin with red, which stands for the blood sacrifice, Jesus. No one comes into the presence of the Father without having recognized the blood covenant and its purposes.
Next is orange which is for deliverance from evil forces including demons and curses. A good bit of ignorance surrounds this in today’s churches leaving them to fight against evil without proper information and the results are sad.
After one has dealt with the devil you come to yellow which stands for holiness. Silver symbolizes redemption, and gold is holiness. It may seem superfluous to say this, but one can hardly expect to make any progress in the life of the Kingdom without having genuine holiness. There is a form of Godliness which has no power. Pity.
2 Timothy 3:4-6 (KJV) 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
After yellow comes green meaning information, and growth. Many national companies use green for health, harvest, and information. Before you can have faith in God, which comes next, you need the Bible which contains the information you need.
Blue symbolizes faith. Without faith it is impossible to go on. Yes, everyone has a measure of faith which is provided to him/her but beyond this faith must be exercised at every single level if one wishes to progress in holy things.
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
I’ve heard Bible teachers and members of congregations say “I do not believe” this or that in the Bible and guess what? They don’t really, so move on. So there is not much reason to sit under their teaching. (Don’t confuse activity with progress. The devil can keep you busy for many years.)
After blue comes indigo. Some people call this lavender, or even shocking pink. It stands for spiritual warfare. Being a warrior for God comes after you have been through the previous processes, otherwise the devil tears your tail off. Spiritual Warfare brings a victory and after that comes the crown.
All ancient kings wore purple since purple dye was wildly expensive and only they could afford it. It comes from the crushing of a tiny little sea “worm” which produced the color. So now perhaps we can understand when the Palmist said, I am a worm and no man.
Psalm 22:6 But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.
Jesus was crushed for us all and now wears purple in heaven as King.
You will rule and reign with Christ here on earth if this process is yours. At this point the rainbow is a finished product. Your life has reached its goal.
We say in church “God in three persons blessed Trinity.” Unfortunately this in no way explains the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The reference comes from the Latin Vulgate translated by Jerome in common use for many years in the Roman Catholic Church. Vulgate refers to the common language of the ordinary Italian at the time.
In that Bible the Godhead is referred to a “personna” meaning person. However, the original New Testament was written in Greek (with a little Aramaic) and the word to describe the God head is “homousias” meaning “the same essence.” While this term is hard to define, personna makes it worse.
What is an Essence
Consider this. You step into an elevator and there is a pleasant fragrance. You surmise that some woman has been in the elevator and leftover is her perfume. You think, “That might be vanilla!” The woman is no longer there but the fragrance lingers on.
Later you arrive at your appointment and voila! You smell that same scent. But this time the receptionist is that woman. It is distinctive now on her. There is no mistake about it. It identifies her.
So it is with God – not three different gods which personna suggests but the exact same essence or scent.
In 325 C.E. the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in Rome at the Council of Nicea determined that indeed God the Father, Christ the Son and the Holy Spirit were all the same essence, unique to them but yet all the same.
So let us apply this to our understanding – God, Jesus and Holy Spirit are all “ousias” essence, and “homousias” = the same essence.
The 2nd Coming of Jesus
When Jesus returns at the 2nd Coming it is called the “para-ousias” a combination of ‘besides’ and ‘essence.’ The “ousias” or essence of Jesus will be with or beside us. Perhaps only those who know him originally will recognize His scent when he comes?
Like the woman’s perfume in the elevator we recognize immediately – OH – I remember that from before and now recognize Jesus again now that He is here.
For others it may be the Smell of death.
2 Corinthians:2: 14-16 In the Messiah, in Christ, God leads us from place to place in one perpetual victory parade. Through us, he brings knowledge of Christ. Everywhere we go, people breathe in the exquisite fragrance. Because of Christ, we give off a sweet scent rising to God, which is recognized by those on the way of salvation—an aroma redolent with life. But those on the way to destruction treat us more like the stench from a rotting corpse.
Isn’t it interesting that Paul, writing this book, would refer to fragrance Here? A Greek-speaker as he was would know ‘ousias’ as fragrance; Jewish believers would not know this word.
The smell of Death
The same idea is repeated in our references to the devil, the snake, who seeks us out. Snakes have poor eyesight but a keen sense of smell. I wonder, does that snake smell the death on us, and then attack?
When Jesus comes back many people may not be able to smell the fragrance of the Almighty.
Economist John Forbes Nash won a Noble prize for game theory. He made two points. (1) The more valuable something appears to be in the minds of the competitors, the higher the price it generates. As an example, he noted that a beautiful girl created greater competition than just a pretty girl vying for the same group of young men.
(2) Competitors seek to keep the final price as cheap as possible, which he called equilibrium. For math-nuts there is a pile of equations which we will ignore here. Both theories apply to modern Christian evangelism.
Nash described a bar scene where a group of college boys discussed the girls. A pretty girl entered and several of the men, but not all of them, went over to get her attention. A little later on a drop-dead gorgeous girl came in and all the men gathered round.
The prize of the game – the girl – earned her value by her perceived worth to the men based on her beauty. Her actual value may have been very little – in fact she might be a tiresome pill. The merely pretty girl may be much more clever, intelligent and talented but this did not factor into the game.
Let us apply this to the issue of Christian evangelism. Clearly the most valuable thing available to humans today is the saving of their soul. Its loss is an eternal disaster.
If we apply game theory two things become obvious. Modern evangelism does not attach a high price to salvation. Television religious programming which reaches the largest audience focuses on the “love of God” to the point of leaving listeners to conclude that God is too nice and too tolerant to ever send anyone to hell.
Theologians dubbed this “sloppy agape” or “cheap grace” so what cost Him everything we regard lightly or not at all. It is one jump from there to the wrong conclusion that God saves everyone and that hell is a wild image from Renaissance literature, with gargoyles spitting and lashing out their tongues at us from the stone walls of ancient cathedrals. Some teachers even conclude that there is no hell at all except for a handful of really BAD people and we all know who they are! The rest they say end up in heaven.
There is a not a shred of evidence to support universal salvation or the absence of hell. To compare this with Nash’s theory, the beautiful girl that the men compete for is not all that beautiful, in fact, she may be very ordinary. Statistically we know that 30% of the born again believers do not go to churches. If there is no competition, no real loss in choices of life or death – why bother??
If hell is not really that big a deal, then being saved is not a big deal either. Many people already believe their sin is not so bad that anyone, much less they must die for it, but just to get their ticket punched each week they show up at church. Equilibrium for them is the uneasy self-satisfaction of knowing they have done their very least.
Originally printed in Pathway Press, 2013.
In a wonderfully sarcastic piece from Facebook, black politician and military veteran Allen West writes of how foolish the celebration over the removal of the Confederate flag from South Carolina, as though it had the least ability to effect the massive changes American needs in race relations and the ills of the minority communities, so I copy it here.
Alan West writes:
“Yippee, the Confederate battle flag has now been removed from the grounds of the South Carolina State Capitol. And, just like that, it solves the problem of black-on-black crime and killings. Now we’ll see the out-of-wedlock birthrate in the black community drop from 75%. There will be better educational opportunities and schools in South Carolina’s black communities and all across America.
The black unemployment rate will drop —especially the almost 40% black teenage unemployment rate. We’ll now see an economic entrepreneurial boon in the inner cities because the Confederate battle flag’s been lowered. And there’ll be no more gangs of blacks beating on whites — as we saw in Ohio recently.
Yep, the liberal progressive media shouted “squirrel” and an entire nation went a running. All the yelling and shouting by the crowds was evidence of those who lack grace, respect and dignity. Former South Carolina Gamecocks football coach Lou Holtz remarked that when you get to the end zone, you should act like you’ve been there before. So what does the lowering of the Confederate battle flag have to do with the killing of little seven-year-old Amari Brown in Chicago — anyone know when his funeral is?”
We are already good at substituting for reality
Of course we don’t know where his funeral is because we have enjoyed a life of substitutions. The Church, that great community change agent, allows Bible study to substitute for personal holiness, attendance at services to substitute for obeying God’s personal commands to us, and fellowship with believers as a substitute for fellowship with the Lord himself.
We barely pay attention anymore to the masses of lawbreakers released early from prison to commit fresh crimes. 79,000 illegal felons have been re-released into the population instead of being deported. We have voted and instructed the Congress to act in one way and it looks the other way. Our President seems barely to notice the country or its wishes; he’s as determined to get a deal with Iran as Iran is determined to wipe America, The Great Satan, off the face of the earth.
And what has to be supreme nonsense, after 67% of the voters in over 30 states added to their Constitutions the verification that marriage was only between one man and one woman,(see Amendments by states ) the Supreme Court decides though lacking judicial authority to do so, because it did not originate marriage, that a union between two persons of the same sex is marriage in spite of the clear fact that they have no ability to procreate or continue the human race.
1 Why do the nations conspire[a]
and the peoples plot in vain?
2 The kings of the earth rise up
and the rulers band together
against the Lord and against his anointed, saying,
3 “Let us break their chains
and throw off their shackles.”
4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
the Lord scoffs at them.
We can join God in His humor but we should be joining Him in changing a culture that thinks because someone said something, that makes it true. Or that taking down a flag has any effect on the major issues of our time. The Supreme Court changed marriage not one whit; they only brought themselves into condemnation. What they did can be undone by the Church ready to leave the womb of mother-church and join the fight for the sanity of our nation and its people. Every time the Church has done this, she has won. It is long overdue.
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