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Daily Life in Hell

You’ve heard all about the lake of fire, noise, smells, pain and the intolerable heat but truth be told God makes hell specific to the sinner. God knows our heart and He knows what we have done in this life, so the punishment fits the crime.

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.

Blood Sacrifice and the Symbolism of the Death of Seal Team 6 (revised)

With Joe Biden running fir President it’s time to review some sorry information from the past, his revealing the names of Seal Team 6 which led to their murder. This allowed the men to be sacrificed.

https://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jun/7/the-betrayal-of-the-navys-seal-team-6/?fbclid=IwAR2fOJjpDskECHE8shGF1WoXw4qo_XCeW-2cqgZa7jjnv18jEOq4RJRug-Q

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.

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Dream Interpretation & Symbolism -water, diamonds, stars, wood

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.

Wood

Wood stands for people but not necessarily Christian people or those of faith. Wood is eventually burned up so it symbolizes works. events, things and people who are here today, gone tomorrow.

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.

Metals

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

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.

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.

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.”

“‘I came by again and saw you, saw that you were ready for love and a lover. I took care of you, dressed you and protected you. I promised you my love and entered the covenant of marriage with you. I, God, the Master, gave my word. You became mine. I gave you a good bath, washing off all that old blood, and anointed you with aromatic oils. I dressed you in a colorful gown and put leather sandals on your feet. I gave you linen blouses and a fashionable wardrobe of expensive clothing. I adorned you with jewelry: I placed bracelets on your wrists, fitted you out with a necklace, emerald rings, sapphire earrings, and a diamond tiara. You were provided with everything precious and beautiful: with exquisite clothes and elegant food, garnished with honey and oil. You were absolutely stunning. You were a queen! You became world-famous, a legendary beauty brought to perfection by my adornments. Decree of God, the Master.

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

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

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!

Coming Fall 2020 Dream Interpretation & Biblical Symbolism

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Symbolism – Colors and Their Meaning

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 meaning of colors in based on the rainbow. It signifies God’s promise to all mankind, not just Christians and Jews.rainbow2

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.

Coming soon.

Explaining the Trinity

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.

Game Theory and the Weakness in Christian Evangelism.

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.

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Confusing Reality with Symbols

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, confederateflagas 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.

Psalm 2

Why do the nations conspire[a]
    and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth rise up
    and the rulers band together
    against the Lord and against his anointed, saying,
“Let us break their chains
    and throw off their shackles.”

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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Symbolism of Seeds

One of the major symbols in the Holy Bible is the seed. It refers to many things, primarily human beings, as being created from a family seed, to Jesus as the promised Messiah and the seed of a woman who will save the world as early as the book Genesis and the deeds that are sown in society, our works, our words, our presence which makes its mark on the world. That is a lot of territory.

The Promised Seed

First, after Adam and Eve make such a disastrous decision to disobey God, He reveals to them His plan – that the seed of a woman will save the world. Genesis This seed is the offspring that is born thousands of years later in the land of Abraham. Mary had the proper seed (ovum) , and the Holy Spirit provided the sperm. What came forth was the person who would change the world. This is contrary to what human beings do – they create systems; God changes the world by bringing in a baby.

The Law of Sowing and Reaping

Second, we are told that seeds only reproduce their own kind. But to do this the plant must “die” or release the seeds from the pods into the ground. When Jesus died he made provision that a generation of people over the next several millennia could reproduce his works and His words to future societies. This explains his statement, “it will be counted to him for a generation. http://Psalm 22:30 A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.

A generation comes from the word “gene” which refers to the imprint of the nature of Jesus on future human beings who will also be saviors and change agents. We have His DNA.

Finally there is you and me – that generation coming forth to replicate the life of Jesus in our own time with our own neighbors. What we are is in one small part a portion or reflection of that seed of the first seed, the Lord Himself. For one it might be music, another writing, another preaching, another an honorable businessman or politician or sports figure. We aren’t the whole package like the Lord, but we are part of it.

This last usage of the word seed is the substance of this song by Glen Campbell.

Planted by God (you and I if we are obedient servants of the Lord)
In a field without worth (in this fallen and evil world)
We are but seeds in His eyes
So He nurtures with grace
And His hands work the earth
That His fruit may be sanctified
(we are to bring forth holy fruit)
Come harvest time. (the duration of our life on earth and possibly after wards in our children and society.)

So when doubt dries the land (the world is hostile to God)
Or the cold war winds blow (the whole world lies in the wicked one)
When the floods of indifference rise (apathy is the enemy of progress and truth)
Oh the roots that faith grew (No one sees our roots of faith)
Will keep us strong
`Til our last sunset leaves the sky
(Our death leaves more seeds on the ground of our nation)
Come harvest time.

CHORUS: Come harvest time
What thanksgiving we will show
When the Plowman brings freedom
From the earth here below
Come harvest time
Oh what joy will be known
When He gathers the souls (that is us)
Of the seeds He has sown.


Glen Campbell’s Song about God’s Harvest

This is our real inheritance in God- that we leave a message, more precisely we are a message to be planted in future generations. When Jeremiah says, quoting God, “I have plans for you,” this is what he is talking about. Blessed are those who find the path God has for them.

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Symbolism of Women in Dream Interpretation – part 1

The Bible is filled with women participants. For the purposes of dream interpretation, these are pictures of various churches and personality types both for good or ill, depending on their history and profile. These three you will recognize –

The whore, the prostitute and the harlot.

The whore does it for carnal pleasure.

The prostitute does it for profit.

The harlot promises to do it but never comes through.

Whores and whoremongers are linked together. The “Mongers,” an old-timey term, are the salesmen – the pimps or the Johns in today’s language…that is, sex peddlers.  In the spiritual sense however, it refers to those who use religion to justify their behavior and expand their interests into the occult, like seances, and studying false religions or embracing false religions into either Jewish or Christian religious services. It might be exciting to talk about astrology in church but it is called whoring in the Bible.

The Profit motive

The prostitute does it for money; she (or he) brings profit either to themselves or others, the whoremongers. A prostituting church is one that condones sin because the people who are giving substantial tithes are supporting the church and “we con’t want to offend them.” But God is offended.  Keep in mind that the natural is never as offensive to God as the spiritual motive.

He looks on the heart as it says in 1 Samuel 16:7.  That does not mean that churches which ask for money are prostitutes; institutions need money to function. If churches which ask for money annoy you maybe God is reminding you of payments you owe Him!

The Harlot Church is mentioned in Revelation.  This religious system makes a big pretense of being the Truth but never has anything to show for it.  We wonder why 73% of Christians no longer go to church.  This might be the reason – all talk and no do.

A dream about any of these women, or women in the Bible who fit this profile should give you a chance to examine what you are doing religiously or morally and how it reflects something in your life that needs exposure or change. Dreams are God’s subtle way of speaking to us when He knows, if He talks to us directly it will probably scare us to death.

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The Power of Christmas to Evangelize Worldwide

Without fail every year there are complaints about the commercialization of Christmas and the emphasis on spending money – say for that $45,000 Lexus, while many families have nothing extra for children or adults. But after seven long years of want and unemployment across the land Christmas 2017, with added cash and hope, shoppers were not complaining about anything more than the traffic – and the prices. (A critic wrote to me to say there was no thing as a Lexus as cheap as $45,000.  I stand corrected.)

There is a hidden benefit to Christmas no matter how garish.

But that is the surface.  There is a hidden benefit to Christmas which is no doubt why God doesn’t seem to mind the glitz and over consumption of it all. And that is because aside from Christmas, how would so many people, especially foreigners in distant isolated lands, without American television or in most homes the Internet as well, know about Christianity?

No other religion has such a worldwide display. There is no birthday bash for Mohammed. Judaism has an interesting history with celebrations in September and October, but there is no glamour in it. Christianity alone takes a day off every year to recognize the birthday of someone very few people on this planet know anything about. The atheists join in the fun as well.

The Bible is forbidden & Christians persecuted in many areas.

Large swathes of the planet forbid the Bible or Christianity of any kind, some to the point of death or imprisonment.  There are no religious bookstores or friendly church suppers where the curious can learn anything new. Even at the birth of Jesus the political leader, Herod, was so terrified of this infant that he slaughtered 6,000 baby boys in Bethlehem. Information about Jesus causes a reaction.

Factory workers in China wonder as they make Christmas items, “Who are these wise men? This ornament cost 400 kuai! That is more than my daily pay!” They have no internet, and religious liberty is more talk than do. Possibly someone at the work table may know what a Christian is. The Chinese prize education and are full of questions.

The American Christmas raises questions.

Here is a chance for the lone Christian in that factory to tell the story to one’s fellows. Workers in Taiwan and Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines are also making trees, garlands, jewel studded ornaments, paper mache decor, blinking lights, some of them very expensive.

Christmas Symbolism.

Everything we have at Christmas has a spiritual dimension.  The tree is both the one that Jesus was crucified on, as well as representing the tree of life.  The other tree, The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, was the tree coveted by the First Pair.  Jesus is now that green tree of new life to replace the one we mistakenly chose previously. We learned about evil, but now we also have access to all the knowledge of good – the good God of salvation – as well.

The gifts represent those of the wise men; and those men were foreigners, just like so many worldwide foreign nations, also able to receive the works of God. Jesus also promised us gifts on his death – wisdom and knowledge, tongues and interpretation, prophecy and other anointings. God didn’t just give us a son, but also a provider, leader, the King of Kings. Our trinkets pale in comparison.

There is the music business too which reflects the praising angels on high.  I wonder how many unbelievers eventually in their lifetimes have a chance to think about the words they sang in a choir somewhere, or heard in the mall.  To sing The Messiah is to repeat the words of Isaiah about the coming ruler.  Do they contemplate the revelation in the lyrics?

Dollar for dollar this Christmas shows people care.

What does a person in impoverished Yemen for example, think of the richest nation in the world taking a day off in December to spend money like crazy, eat a fabulous meal, and exchange costly gifts all because of some tiny baby born in a barn in the Middle East 2,000 years ago?

It really makes no sense.  But God sees the influence of this outward show and can use it to raise questions in the minds of men and women worldwide.  They may ask, as so many already have, “What child is this?”

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Symbolism – What does Obama’s flag mean??

Obama takes no ownership of the events in the middle East (9/2012) because the flag that was burned was Bush’s symbol – the old America- the old regime going all the way back to the founding of the country. That nation, that flag was burned – not Obama’s.

His new flag has 9 stripes, red and white, indicating the 9 Shari-law managed nations just as the “57” states he visited during his 1st presidential campaign are the 57 Muslim Islamic states. The five red stripes are the 5 governing principles of the Muslim nations.

Allegiance to Islam

His new flag remains untouched by fire or rebellion. So when he said this flag-burning spree is the new Berlin Wall, that old wall is the USA and its entire history – got it?

You can’t say he didn’t tell you!

This photo shows the death scene where the Ambassador in Libya was murdered with the new Obama flag above it. Notice the 5 bloody stripes on the wall.

Compare this to the writing on the wall in the Old Testament; God informed a ruler that his rule was inadequate and his reign was over.

God judges political leaders and says:

You’re as arrogant as he ever was. Look at you, setting yourself up in competition against the Master of heaven! You had the sacred chalices from his Temple brought into your drunken party so that you and your nobles, your wives and your concubines, could drink from them. You used the sacred chalices to toast your gods of silver and gold, bronze and iron, wood and stone—blind, deaf, and imbecile gods. But you treat with contempt the living God who holds your entire life from birth to death in his hand.

24-26 “God sent the hand that wrote on the wall, and this is what is written: meneteqel, and peres. This is what the words mean:

Mene: God has numbered the days of your rule and they don’t add up.

27 Teqel: You have been weighed on the scales and you don’t weigh much.

Peres meant that he lost his throne, and his life that very night. The judgment for Benghazi is yet to be realized.

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How to Pray for your Family

It sounds so simple, praying for your family, but there always is a catch. What you pray must line up with the Word of God. Some people at this point will duck the issue; they’ll go to priest, minister or trusted friend for prayer. But the authority in this situation belongs to Mom or Dad, or adopted parents- whoever is in charge. Praying according to the Word means actually knowing and believing what the Word says. So go to the Bible for the answers.

A great scripture is this: Proverbs 11:21 – The seed of the righteous shall be delivered. That sounds so quaint –the seed. Simply put, that is the offspring. Your children are your seed. No matter how far they stray – they can me living in Nepal; they are still your seed.

Are you righteous? Hopefully so, because now you have a platform on which to launch your prayers. A rather confusing prayer starts this way, “Lord I know I am a rotten sinner, but please deliver my kids.” Yes, God hears that, but how much better to ask God to save you from being rotten first and then praying for your kids?

Nevertheless, a parent’s cry God always hears. Years ago the father of a mutual friend was torn up because his 30 year old daughter had cancer. His prayers for her healing were heart-wrenching, and God heard. Today, 30 years later, I have no memory that the father ever lived a Christian life. But God still heard and the girl was cured.

You’ll not get anywhere praying with worry, fear or unbelief. All situations should be viewed as an opportunity for God to guide, correct, teach, etc.

Are you not seeking God because you think He will fail?

And you are not to pray saying, “I can’t pray because what if I fail?” You are not the healer, the deliverer, or the savoir, so that thought delete from your mind. You are praying to God not to yourself. So you cannot fail.

Job 1:10 – This is a very effective prayer for when we are separated. You “pray a hedge” around the person you are concerned for.  This hedge is made of thorns and when you put it around someone it helps keep bad influences away from someone. If the person is involved in the occult, with drugs, prostitution etc., that hedge should form a barricade against the contacts and the customers.

When I have been frustrated in a situation, especially when I’m unclear about the facts, I simply send angels. “Please God rush angels to the situation and have them act as you see fit.”

And how does this work? By faith of course. If you think your faith is weak go back to the Bible and get a new dose of juice. Faith comes by hearing and that by the Word Of God.  In fact, you can read it out loud to yourself and see if your faith does not increase.

Finally, one or two bullet prayers is nice, but pray often and then again.  God likes to know you are still on the case, and so is He.

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Symbols in the Mineral Kingdom

The things of the natural world are a reflection of spiritual truth. So if you want to know truths about God or life, look to the natural world for evidence.

The Bible is full of symbols

In the sometimes strange world of Biblical symbolism, things are upside down. The mineral world is superior to the vegetable and that is superior to the animal kingdom.  The lamb (Jesus) is sacrificed for the sins of the world, and those who join Him in heaven become stars in his crown.  Stars sing, which means they are personalities.  Living matter is brief whether man or elephant but diamonds are forever as the local jeweler advertises.

Diamonds

Diamonds are a symbol of suffering because they are formed under intense heat and pressure. The suffering is also hidden from public view.  Diamonds are very hard to locate and to extract from their mountains of dirt.

Dirt

Dirt represents natural man.  It is not to be confused with “being dirty” unless the dream specifically says so.  Earthiness is not evil in itself.  It is just not a spiritual substance.  However, a dream in which you see the need for a bath means just that- you need to find out what you have been involved with what has left you soiled.

Keep in mind that dreams are about truth, and need to be looked into in that light.  We are supposed to take baths regularly, but if we have been in the wrong place with the wrong people, a dream might indicate to get rid of that association and clean up your act.  Taking too many baths is also not a good sign.  In Shakespeare’s  play Lady Macbeth repeatedly washed her hands.  Her guilt was what she was trying to wash away.

Pearls

Pearls which are a symbol of suffering can be very expensive. The suffering image comes from the fact that an irritant enters the clam’s shell and the nacre forms around the sand.  As the oyster “suffers” (i.e. endures) the pearl forms.  The pearly gates of heaven allow those who also have suffered for others to enter.

Revelation 21:21 the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.

Rocks

The animal kingdom however is temporary and temporal.  That kingdom dies and goes away.  The mineral kingdom is glorified.  Jesus is referred to as the rock.  Rocks are places of stability and permanence.  Often we find Jesus referred to as “The Rock.”  This is repeated by contemporary churches, i.e. The Rock Church.  Rocks are foundational material. In describing the experience of the Old Testament people, Paul uses three symbols here – water surrounding them as a “cloud” in the desert, and drinking from a rock, which is Christ Himself. Most of us do not go looking for water in rocks.

1 Corinthians 10:1-5 The Message (MSG)

10 1-5 Remember our history, friends, and be warned. All our ancestors were led by the providential Cloud and taken miraculously through the Sea. They went through the waters, in a baptism like ours, as Moses led them from enslaving death to salvation life. They all ate and drank identical food and drink, meals provided daily by God. They drank from the Rock, God’s fountain for them that stayed with them wherever they were. And the Rock was Christ.

Water

This passage shows that water which is call the “word of God” surrounded the chosen people wherever they went. This is true for us as well. Water is always a reference to the word of God which is Jesus Himself.

Ephesians 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

Jesus as water is present at the creation. Jesus is also referred to as the Word

Genesis 1 King James Version (KJV)1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

Water baptism is symbolic of the person being born into the kingdom of God by being washed by the water of the word of God and also being saved by the blood of Jesus. Natural birth includes both a lot of blood and water when the birth sac is broken.  We can live a long time without food but not water.

Iron and Brass

Iron is the symbol of judgment. Chains are made of iron. Brass is also judgment and specifically refers to the problem of having one’s prayers ignored.

Deuteronomy 28:23 The heavens which are over your head will be bronze, and the earth that is under you will be iron.
This passage and most of Deuteronomy 28 is a group of curses on those who disobey the laws of God.

Precious Stones

Gems and precious stones have specific meanings as well usually reflected in their color.  (See the post on colors.) Many dreams are not in color but when they are, pay attention to what you see. I once had a dream about blue and white stripes.  The painter’s name was Tammy, which means purity, and white stands for holiness and blue for faith.  That was my message, to paint my life in those colors. Tamar in the Bible is the name of the date Palm tree, a symbol of praise. What made the dream memorable was also the fact that blue is my favorite color.
The purpose of these posts on dream interpretation is not to interpret your dreams, but to have you do them. God is, after all, talking to you not me.
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