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“Roll Away the Stone” Chapter 17 Palm Sunday

23 Mar

Zechariah 9:9

The Coming of Zion’s King  

Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!
Shout, Daughter Jerusalem!
See, your king comes to you,
righteous and victorious,
lowly and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

“Who is this Jesus person?” “What’s all the fuss about?”

Asked a wealthy merchant of Jerusalem, as a cloud of people, and multitudes of “Hosanna” shouts burst through the eastern gate of the city.

“He’s a great prophet” A bystander told him.”A prophet who has done many great miracles in the name of Yaweh.”

“Ha!!! Prophet?”  Retorted the merchant. “Riding a donkey?”

On February 15, 519 B.C. a young Israelite was awakened from what he described a trance, by an Angel of God. His name was Zechariah, and was given eight revelations while yet under Babylonian captivity. These visions, and message the Angel delivered, were not just words of the coming remission of God’s judgement, and freedom for physical Israel’s 70 years of enslavement, but, also a heralding proclamation to the world. A message of hope, salvation, victory, and finalized deliverance from the universal law of sin and death.

Though the book of  Zechariah, including the vision Zechariah was given that night, entails  earthly kings of  power storming the land on colorful steeds, the spiritual message within the book was veiled. And, sadly, for some, without God-given spiritual discernment, still remains shielded today. The real hero in the prophetic vision wasn’t to show on the scene for another 500 years… Not riding a war-horse, or taking land, and spoil, by means of corporal shield and sword, but Instead, He came saving souls, with the sword of a Holy Spirit. An unshakeable passion of  faith, on the most humble beast of all.                                                                                                                                  On the back of a baby Burro.

                             

                                Matthew 21:2-5

                             The Royal Welcome

When they neared Jerusalem, having arrived at Bethphage on Mount Olives, Jesus sent two disciples with these instructions: “Go over to the village across from you. You’ll find a donkey tethered there, her colt with her. Untie her and bring them to me. If anyone asks what you’re doing, say, ‘The Master needs them!’ He will send them with you.”

This is the full story of what was sketched earlier by the prophet:

Tell Zion’s daughter,
“Look, your king’s on his way,       
poised and ready, mounted
On a donkey, on a colt,
foal of a pack animal.”

John 12:13  

 So they took palm branches and went to meet him. They were shouting,

“Hosanna!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord,
the king of Israel!”  (The Message )

I saw a message on a Church marquee sign today that read: “Easter is not a Dead Issue.” And though we could argue about the word “Easter” and its origin. Or, the exact time, and date of the “Resurrection” of Jesus Christ, until the day of His return. I pray instead, if only for one day, if not, a complete Holy Week, we stand together, united in praise…

Because, one thing I believe anyone who knows the Lord Jesus will have to agree on, is, it must have been an awesome sight to behold; The Triumphal Entry. But, the most important Triumphal Entry of our personal lives…is the Day He Enters Our Hearts.

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“Roll Away the Stone” Chapter 16

15 Mar

Are we being a Barnabas to our sisters, and brothers, in the family of God? Are we being a Barnabas even to our natural family members when they’re in need of encouragement? Maybe they did wrong. Maybe they’ve made some bad decisions in life that brought shame to the family. But, does constant chastisement, and nagging, on how bad one has lived their life ever help change a person, or help them to see the error of their ways? Or, does it take love, and gentle directive nudging?

Sometimes, of course, there is a need for confrontation, and speaking the truth to a person in tough-love, but then comes a time for encouraging, and disciplining that person in ways that are not accusative, or condemning . Saul, of Tarsus, for an example, was a very astute man of his day, in the eyes of religious law. Sadly, though, like many of today, he was over zealous in how he saw God and His work. Many extremist of the Mideast, Fareast, and even here in the  U.S. will take a person’s life in a second, and even take their own life thinking they are doing God a great service. The Bible, of course, tells us this type of behavior will be common in the last days.

They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.                                 John 16:2

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.            2 Timothy 3:1-5

This behavior isn’t limited to the Muslim religious extremist, it’s right here, even among some so-called Christians. Even as far back as the Crusades men went out for the wrong reasons, taking lives and thinking they were doing God some great service. Here in America, people have bombed abortion clinics thinking they were doing God a favor. And it’s not just in the abortion clinics by any means. Two years ago, a Dr. who was well-known as an abortion, or, right to choice advocate was senselessly gunned down. Taken in the prime of his life by one who thought he was doing God a favor. Not in his clinic, But, in His CHURCH!!!!!

(May 31, 2009, George Tiller,)

Now. Getting back to Saul. So extremely zealous in believing the things he was doing to Christians was all for the Glory of God, that he went to the high priest asking to be deputized, as it were, legally sanctioned to go out, capture, beat, and imprison, any and all Christians he came across on the way to Damascus. But, as we read, in Acts Chapter 9,  Saul met with a greater authority. He met the “True High Priest,” on the road to Damascus,and was given a much higher appointment than that of  a deputy enforcing the “Religious Laws of Man”. Saul met his divine appointment when he met JESUS the Christ!

And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

In other words, Jesus was saying.  ” Saul, you are defeating your own purpose, and persecuting those you should be encouraging”.

And he (Paul) trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.                                                    Acts 9:1-6

Now we know this was a very humbling experience to say the least for Saul. He was blinded by the Light of Jesus’ exuberant manifestation, and led by the hand to Damascus where all he did for three days, and nights, was pray. He wouldn’t eat, he couldn’t sleep. He just prayed.

This was no covert operation Saul, of Tarsus had been on in the taking, and imprisoning of the saints of God either. Saul, of Tarsus was a dreaded, and greatly feared name, when heard, or  mentioned,  among the disciples of the Lord as we see in Acts 9:13. After Jesus told Ananias in a vision to go to straight street and “lay thou hands on and anoint one Saul of Tarsus”, Ananias retorted : ” Lord, I’ve heard so much of what this man has done among our brethren. Are you sure this is what you want me to do Lord, this man may just cut off my headstone me to death”. (Paraphrased)

Our loving savior Jesus, assured Ananias it was what He desired for him to do, as Saul was a Chosen vessel for the work of the Lord. After which, Saul was a born again, filled with the  Holy Spirit of God, baptized, new man in Christ, (Now called Paul, ) and went out almost immediately after Ananias laid his hands on him, and the scales fell from his eyes, and began reaching in the synagogues that Christ was the son of God.

Nonetheless, just because we know all of this, do we think he no longer had guilt to deal with over the things he had done? Of course he did. In fact many believe this guilt, and lack of self forgiveness was the very thorn in Paul’s side, which the Bible tells us clearly, in Paul’s own words, buffeted him till his last letter to Timothy, before being killed.

The Bible tells us, of this thorn in Paul’s flesh, that he asked the Lord to remove it three times. Gods only response was:  “My Grace Is Sufficient”. And, seeing as Paul was known to pray for three days at a time, those three times of his imploring God to remove the thorn could have been three different occasions in prayer equaling nine days or more. So. If the Great man of God, Paul, who wrote 13, and some say 14 books of the Bible needed an encourager to help keep him from falling into despair even after seeing Jesus the Christ, in a great vision of light on the road to Damascus. Then who are we to not be an encourager to our sisters, and brothers? Knowing that we need encouraging many times our selves, even if a person has fallen, or caused shame, or less than perfect in his, or her, walk with the Lord, if God says His Grace is enough, then who are we to cast stones of discouragement and doubt at that person?

I’ve personally heard several sermons, preached by two different preachers, both saying “the Church has taken this Grace thing just a little too far”, and both times, in both services I said to myself ; (and wanted to stand and shout it ) Maybe you’ve taken yourself too far preacher! But, brothers, and sisters, if God says ye are saved by His Grace, then the only thing I’m taking from the Grace God has given to another person, is my hands off.

The Church needs more Barnabas’

We need to edify our sisters, and brothers. We need to bring them up when they are down. The Bible tells us that we are to glory with one another in our mountain top experiences, and mourn together in our valleys. I believe for a man, or a woman, to be truly born again we are to see a change in the way we feel toward other people in their hardships, and pain, even in the midst of our own mud bogged pain filled situations of life. We need a Barnabas, and we need to be a Barnabas . The only way the Church I believe will ever come together again in one accord is to learn this lesson from the great book of Acts, and to learn to apply it into our daily interactions with our brothers, and sisters, in Christ.

Now Paul wasn’t the only one who had doubts. Can you imagine the thoughts of the disciples of the Lord the first time Paul showed back up in Jerusalem? Can you imagine the fear, and hatred, and total distrust the disciples must have felt toward a man who stood firm as he held the coats of those other Pharisees while they cast the stones that killed Stephen? And only the Lord knows what other things he had done…In the Name of the Lord, of course.  Or, at least, that he thought was a great service to the Lord, according to his Religious schooling of the time. These things could have not been easy for even Paul to forget, and no doubt were on the minds of all the other disciples.

Paul needed someone. Paul needed Barnabas. We need a Barnabas, we need to be a Barnabas. We need to be a comforting, welcoming, soul warming glimmer of light for the Lord, in someones life, and not a flashing red, flag of condemnation.

Now, Barnabas had a divine calling as well. He was born on the Greek Island of Cyprus to a Jewish family, and the Bible tells us if we go back a little further in the book of Acts:

Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means Son of Encouragement), sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet.                                                                                   Acts 4:36

Here we see that Barnabas was already being prepped to help encourage the Jew whom God had chosen to be the “Minister of Salvation” unto the Gentiles. The Church Needs More Barnabas :

Here’s what the Bible says Barnabas did first among many other things concerning Paul.  Straightway Paul preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests? But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ. And after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel to kill him: But their laying await was known of Saul. And they watched the gates day and night to kill him. 25Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down by the wall in a basket. 26And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple. Acts 9:20-26

When the religious leaders got wind of what Paul was up to they were furiously indignant, and out for more blood. This time, Paul’s blood. Here was a man hunted by his own people,  once in the same mind-set with, and same erroneous belief of who God was, now willing to die for what Jesus had shown him an opposite cause. He knew, however, that he wouldn’t die this day, as God had told him of the things he would suffer for Jesus’ name sake before he would deliver the message of the Gospel to Rome.

No, the time was not yet come, and he knew what he was supposed to do, and whom he was supposed to be with. But, they did not trust Paul at all, and Paul understood that. Paul really suffered in his mind, and heart, over the things  he had done in his past to people he wished now he could bring back, love, edify and encourage. But,that was as impossible as becoming one of the close-knit disciples of the Lord must have seemed to him at that moment. When, right before his eyes, Gods wonderful plan continued to unveil its self:

But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. And he was with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem. And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him. Which when the brethren knew, they brought him down to Caesarea, and sent him forth to Tarsus. ( After this the Bible tells us ) Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.  Acts 9:27-31

Without Barnabas standing up for Paul, the likelihood of him becoming accepted among the disciples was not good. In fact, one could have just as easily torn him down, assassinating the chance of a changed character, as many times today we are prone to see. Peter was not even about to come around such a man as this, had it not been for Barnabas.

So, the same choice is ours to make. God already ordained us to be an encourager, yet He also has given us a choice. Ruth, had Naomi, David, had Jonathan, Job, should have had three close friends who sat at his side, and suffered along with him as he was so painfully scourged physically, and spiritually, but, instead they accused him, and pointed a self discerning finger and made his pain even worse. But, what did God have to say about it?

And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath. Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.

So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as the LORD commanded them: the LORD also accepted Job.

And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.                                 JOB 42: 7-10

Who will you be? ..an Eliphaz, a Bildad, a Zophar?  Or will you choose to be a Barnabas?

She Sails Fare Another Day

To those who sit in darkness; 

Waste deep in the drink of woe.

The light you bring shares life;

A beacon of  glimmering  hope.

You carry the torch not for selfish gain; But, foundering ships avail.

Stranded aground, gurgling sounds, off starboard in the Captains gaze…

Hips be lifted, beams a shifted; Hoist the mainsail Maties!!!

She Sails Fare Another day.

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‘Roll Away the Stone” Chapter 15

10 Mar

Why does God allow adversity? That’s a question we’ve all asked at one time, or other, in our lives. We don’t even have to be a child of God to ask that question. It seems, in fact, the number one most pondered question of all times when it comes to the quest for the meaning of life. It’s also the most widely posed question among all diverse groups who seek the meaning of life. Atheist, use it to try to prove their claims that there is no God. Agnostics, use it to try to balance the teeter tottering split rail fence rung their indecisive minds spin from possibility, to possibility, on. And, we the children of God, ask it many times from the midst of our own anguish filled tumult, and tragedies.

As hard as it is for us to accept, or, even contemplate when we are experiencing such life altering circumstances, the answer boils down to one thing.  “Faith.”  How much do you believe God’s word? Do you really believe God allows adversity in our lives to prepare us for something better in life, as His word so often alludes to?

Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.  Psalm 66:12

Or, do we instinctively assume the Devil is behind all adversity in our lives? Although Satan may be used by God in inflicting the adversities he has devised in one of his whiles against God’s children, it is never Satan who is behind the final outcome.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.  Romans 8:28

When we face struggles in our life, God may only be trying to get our attention. He may be trying to teach us something, or just strengthening our faith. One thing is for sure. If you are facing seemingly bad circumstances in your life as a child of God, God has something good in it for you. Once we come to realize this, and begin to respond to those difficulties rather than ask why, God’s purpose behind our sufferings begin to show.

 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.                       Romans 12:2

The Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.                                                       Psalm 34:22                       

Adversity is something none of us are immune to. The question, however, in our hearts, and minds, when adversity comes knocking should not be ..“Why does God allow this”? But, how do I best respond to it. If we get buried in the all too overwhelming questioning of why such a thing is taking place in our life, we may just miss the lesson, or message, He is trying to get us to see .

One great Biblical example that comes to mind is Joseph’s life changing dilemma of being thrown into a pit by his brothers, and then sold into slavery by some passing Midianite  merchants, to later become the Governor of Egypt as part of God’s plan to one day rescue Joseph’s family, (the seed of Jesus ) from impending famine. Joseph could never have fulfilled God’s plan in all of this had he broke down in total despondency, and defeat. But, Joseph never blamed God. Though he may have had moments of wondering, and even asking God why. Sooner or later, he used the adversity as a starting point to carry on what he knew (By Faith) was a plan devised by God. How can that be? You may ask. Because, Joseph had long since succumbed to the realization that God was with him… Joseph rested..  In the Finished Works of God.

 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.                               Genesis 50:20 

Am I saying that God is the author of all our sufferings? Not at all.

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.      John 10:10
He never promised we would not suffer adversity. But, He does promise a perfect peace, and unexplainable joy from the hope He gives us deep down inside. The trials, and tribulations,  we go through here in this present life on earth? Maybe some of it is to keep us from being satisfied with what this world has to offer. Which all too often, because of abounding worldly evil, and selfish rebellion to God’s moral standards, includes suffering and pain. The next time you find yourself struggling with something heartbreaking, or too hard to understand, instead of complaining, or asking why▬ strive to be closer to Him. Because here, now, and forever. That is the absolute best place in the world to be.

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.                                          Revelation 21:4

Dandy Lion, Your Seed Has Been Received

 

Like a Dandy Lion;  Seeds blowing in the wind…
We are here for a moment..
Blown asunder… Our stems bend…Ashleyp915
Floating gracefully our sprites do list…
All hollowed wonder, pondering the mist…
It comes as freshness. Replenishing our slumber. No longer a need for us to wonder. Peace and lighted wings of fire…Do you think He’ll let you fall?  Rest natural child..the Super-Natural Father has a plan. He’ll inform you. He has control of it all.  And in all. Peace.  You’ll see, has no end.

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“Roll Away the Stone” Chapter 14

8 Mar

God is a paradox in many ways to our finite understanding. Which in part could be why there are so many denominations or “Faiths” as the Church world has rationalized the term through the years. If so, that could only mean that God offers, and expects, more of His ways to be understood by His children. Wouldn’t it? It isn’t God’s fault. If God wants us more united, (and heaven knows we should ), as He tells us in His Word, it’s hard to imagine we all have the same love letter from God right in front of us. How can there be so many different interpretations of the same Bible that plainly states it is of no personal interpretation? The problem then is an individual one more than a church issue.

Notwithstanding, Satan, the accuser of the brethren, clearly working the onset, and fanning the flame of many disagreements leading to church divisions, the final fracture of the congregation falls on people who by not hearing from God take it upon themselves to part ways. When most church schisms spring from semantics of one verse, or just one word, it has to boil down to individual, personal, interpretation. A deeper, more attentive, relationship with God is the answer. The beauty of it for us today, unlike the Israelites who wandered around in the desert for 40 years instead of crossing into their promised land in the eleven days the trip should have taken, is that Jesus has provided us a perfect opportunity to commune directly with our heavenly Father. We have no excuse for wandering around aimlessly, when He has already paid the price with His precious life, and walks with us every step of the way. All He ask is that we believe in Him. And love Him.

Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways:         Psalm 95:10       

So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.      Hebrews 3:19

Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.

 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.   Isaiah 43:18-19

And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.       John 6:35

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Matthew 23:37

WHERE ARE YOU?

You wonder sometimes why no one ever shows; You’ve created such wonders, a place for them all to go. Hard to imagine, what else they expect to find out there;When you’ve given all they’ll ever need, in one place for all of them to share. There’s devotional time, insight, forums and news; Yet the flock remains scattered, as words in a library, among books too numerous to choose.There’s creation, drama, action, and love; sea shores, mountain tops, even fire from above.There’s conquest, chivalry,  sermons and prayer;Yet, still I am alone it seems, for in my quiet time, I alone am there.Now, this may seem selfish, to those of you reading;

But, fear not, do not think it just I pleading.

Tis  not a letter from me to intrigue you;

But from my own daily forgetfulness to spend time with God;

These are words I hear, Softly, lovingly: “ My son”. ” Where are you” ?

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“Roll Away the Stone” Chapter 13

6 Mar

We’ve all heard that undeniable “Inner Voice” as almost a shout in our spiritual ears; “Don’t Do it”, or maybe, ”Do This.” By undeniable I’m speaking of that voice we as children of God “Know” without any doubt at that moment it is the voice of God! ( And We Know We’d Better Heed His Voice ) Many times, though, most of us who know Jesus as our Lord, and Savior, have sought and awaited for what seemed an eternity to hear God’s voice in answer to a particular question, or prayer in our walk with Him. Nothing seems more frustrating to a believer than not hearing God’s voice while seeking an answer to a question, or guidance from Him for a certain direction in life. A big part of the problem is not taking time to listen, thereby giving place for the all too many other voices, or ..”thoughts”to fill our heads. When this happens we may actually be hearing the answer from God, yet can’t distinguish, or put our finger on which is His voice or answer. God’s Word tells us in many places that the answer is to “Trust” Him. By doing so, from my experience, dedicating time with God, and waiting in trust that He is always on time with His answers with our best interest at heart, doesn’t leave any room in my head for collective static, or interferences. Staying plugged into God clears the airways so that I hear no other messages but His.

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.                                                                                                                      Isaiah 40:31

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               THIS CROSS SAYS GOD LOVES YOU

 But, can He forgive me for wrecking my life, and hurting my family for so long? Asked the young man holding a gun to his own head. Yes, said the cross, God loves you.

But, can He forgive me for hurting so many people for so long, and the things I stole from them? Asked the thief. Yes, said the cross, God loves you.

But, what about all the scars I’ve left on my body? Asked the young girl as she slashed another bloody lesion on her leg. Yes, said the cross, God knows the hidden scars you are trying to cut away from within your soul.

But, what about the times I cursed Him, and swore there was no God? Asked the broken-hearted atheist. How could He ever love, or forgive me? A broken leg heals easier than a broken heart, said the cross:  Matthew 11:28
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

But, surely, He can’t love me; said the lady with the aborted child running across her broken heart, spirit and mind for the past twenty years. Yes, said the cross, your child is with God now, only waiting and praying for you to come to Him as well.

But, none of this makes any sense at all;  Said the philosopher, there is no logic in it to be found. Man’s logic is not God’s logic said the cross: Isaiah 55:8
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. Oh this is all just a lot of foolishness. Said the philosopher. Yes, the cross replied;     1 Corinthians 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto those which are saved it is the power of God.

But, I have studied in the most prestigious Universities, and learned from the greatest professors among man, the philosopher retorted. Of course, said the cross;  :1 Corinthians 1:21 Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he has used foolish preaching to save those who believe. In fact, the cross said:

1 Corinthians 1:27
Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.

As the philosopher sat back down, an IRA gunman stood in his place with gun in hand, and tears in his eyes and said; I have always thought I was doing God a great justice by fighting for my cause, but, standing here before you, I am suddenly overcome with the realization that I have taken the lives of countless innocent people, for a cause that never really made sense. Surely!!; The gunman said. You’re not going to tell me that God still loves me, and will forgive me for taking those people’s lives… Are you?

The cross leaned out, touched the man over his heart, and whispered into his ear: On this cross, the world killed the Son of God, and the Son said just before He died:                                        

 Luke 23:34“Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do”.    

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“Roll Away the Stone” Chapter 10

28 Feb
                                                        
           He is like a tree planted beside streams.
       A tree that produces fruit in season
          and whose leaves do not wither.
               And what it produces thrives.

A well cultivated field will grow what the farmer intended it to grow. If one is in the Word of God, who planted us to begin with, and keeping in good company of fellow flowers, and not the weeds, they will absorb the sustenance of living waters, and grow as a tree planted by the waters of a river bank. This of course is not to say that we are to live separate from, or alienate the rest of the world, but only that we are separate in the way we live.

We also have a hope for a future existence long after this present physical life. A life increasingly better, and more abundant. Not just a temporal here today, gone tomorrow.  But we have been given this choice of eternal security, as a gift. And we live among others in this world who need to know Gods grace as well.

Just as weeds grow among flowers, we live among some not yet in the light of God’s love. How will they know of it, if all we do is attend church, and church socials, geared only to edify those already in the church?

Matthew 5:14
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.

All too often though, we as the children of God can allow our selves to become shaded from His light by becoming entangled with artificial intrigue, and deceptive lures of the adversary. Like a corn plant, that would otherwise be producing goodness for the world to seek as nourishment, stooping to admire the deceptive beauty of a morning-glory flower only to become wrapped, and smothered by its suffocating vine, so could it be in the life of a child of God.

All hope is not lost if this happens, however. For just as the farmer can prepare the field, before a wild-flower like the morning-glory can completely take over, He can also plow and hoe the weeds away from the corn. The child of God is exactly like the corn plant in that situation. But, without the love and caring actions of the farmer, we will soon wither away and die. The Word of God is what we need to inhibit and reverse any harmful effects of such life stealing substances, and influences in our lives as children of God.

If one has withered somewhat, or drifted away, all we have to do is reach out for the farmers loving hand. Although you may feel it will depress you if you read the wrong verse, or chapter, of His Word, when you are feeling down, the truth is, maybe you have only drifted from the nourishment that keeps us from withering in our spirit, but have not yet become entangled. I have drifted at times and felt the same thing about getting back into His word, but thankfully, our Father God will not leave us to wither away.

If  He finds even the slightest ray of hope in us, like a tiny sprig reaching out from the dead crusty hardened trunk of a tree not planted on the banks of a flourishing river, God’s Word will bring water to us. Or, if  a bird has taken the seed and dropped it on rocky, non-productive ground, He will bring the water to us through His Word, and continue to shine His light on us until the rivers of living waters are once again flowing from within us to other needy plants, and flowers, in the Garden of the Lord. Read His Word written just for you, and share the blessings of goodness it produces with all the world.

 I will be like the dew to him;  He shall grow like the lily, and lengthen his roots like Lebanon.                                                                                                                                                       Hosea 14:5

The first thing a Christian must learn to do to enable God’s gift within us to produce noticeable fruit, is to learn to rest secure in “The Finished Works of Jesus” on the cross for us individually. According to God’s Word, (Many examples including Moses) one can become saved and live a life of struggles and never reach the “Kingdom of God,” or, “The Promised Land” until the day of Jesus’ return. How sad that would be for a child of God.

Jesus already suffered and died, to purchase with His own blood, abundant life for us to enjoy here and now. In other words, the Kingdom is at hand, and we must seek what ever it takes to receive and walk in that promise from Him. What is it that we must seek? How do we rest? For me it is to seek His face. This may sound a little too cliché to many, so I’ll put it this way. It is basically impossible to think of Jesus and the things He went through for us, while thinking of sinning at the same time. Of course, we can shut the thoughts of Him out of our hearts, and minds, and do the thing the adversary has tempted us with. Thankfully, we don’t have to though, as along with eternal life, and reconciliation to our heavenly Father, Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection has given us power to overcome sin.

This of course is not to say I am perfect, or have reached the place of a completely sinless life. But, my rest is in what He has already done for me. Just as the flower, or corn plant, in the garden springs forth life and love in response to the light giving, warm and loving sunshine, the more we drink in the water of His Word, the more love we produce. Not only do we produce good fruits for others around us, but we also develop much more love for Him. Respectively, from His nurturing love for us, and our growing love for Him, we begin to produce nourishing fruit, both physically, and spiritually.

Until Jesus comes back for His children, we will not all be completely sinless. But, from glory to glory, because of His love for us and our growing love for Him, we instinctively DO  Sin less.

© paul willis-2013

Flower Image From Dodo278

You Saw it coming

14 Mar

You Saw it coming, I Saw it go…

I was younger then. Foreknew what I Saw, but in verity, still don’t know.

Only knew then…   I Saw it go. 

Before you Saw it coming,  I’d begun to See a light.

For the Sake of all concerned, you Sacrificed the happiness of one.

I never Saw it coming…barely even knew I was there.

A child, just learning what happiness might be,  gifted ponies taken by three, and painted carrousel figures never making their rounds.

You Saw them coming…long after I Saw them go.

Hotel Canuuk-I-warnedya,Eh? “For The Hook”

29 Jan

As Our Story Begins, we find our mild mannered Captain Bell-Hook assisting   hotel guest as they arrive at the front desk. He politely spiels to the arrivals, a congenial run down of the hotels lay-out, dinner menus, and basic orientation.

As most any day at hotel Canuukiwarned-ya, while there are  a “Few”cheerful paying customers at the desk, the usual heel-hounds  scurry about, sniffing out ways to stiff the hired help, thereby saving themselves a few dollars out of pocket change. Apparently, when some folks decide to stay in a ritzy, better than average hotel spending more on a room for a night than last months rent, they think everything else should be included in the bill.

So, as Captain Bell-Hook seemingly appears preoccupied assisting other guest, little “Chip-Off-The-Old-Skin-Flint” pulls the “make eye contact with mommie dearest” diversion, as dad makes off with the luggage cart  in attempt to save himself $3.00 bucks.

This being the oldest trick in the Gratuity Gangster Game, ole dad chuckles, thinking lil flint slips the bags unnoticed right under Captain Bell-Hook, and the entire hotel staff’s noses.

As the morning progress’s,

the same old shell-games pass numerously, erroneously believed shielded just beneath the staff’s line of vision daily, and all goes on as planned. Just another beautiful morning for the Bellmen, whom we all know would rather be at work, waiting on visiting yuppy, tight wadded transients and their families, than to be at home serving their own.

Around 10:30 A.M. while the hotel lobby thinned out a bit from the hustling crowd, the phone buzzes for service from a room on the ground floor.    Bzzzzz!!!

“Front desk, Hotel Canuukiwarned-ya, Hook speaking, how may I help you”?

A squeaky elderly female voice on the other end squelches out the words: “Young man, I need you to come and repair my microwave oven”. “Okay ma’am; What seems to be the trouble with it”“Well”.   She retorts, “If I knew that I wouldn’t need you to come and fix it”. “Now would I”?  “Ah, no ma’am, I suppose you wouldn’t”. ”I’ll be right there ma’am”.

Just as Captain Bell-Hook hangs up the phone, this little aberration appears in front of the desk, as the sound of giggles, and occasional squeak of a luggage dolly is heard down the left corridor. “Are you gentlemen doing any hiring today”? Little miss bell-booby asked. Bell-Hook, knowing this was just an apparition conjured up via the evil-spirit, ”Red-Herrinnymphus”  by another team of gratuity gluttons, left the desk manager to deal with it, and headed down the right corridor toward the old lady with the microwave issue, purposely choosing not to look left, not wanting to see the inevitable escaping caddy-cart.

As the lady shut the door after inviting Bell-Hook in to take a look at her microwave, the Hook turns and informs the lady; “Ma’am, I’m sorry, but, this is not a kitchenette room, and I will have to take your microwave back to the front desk with me”.  After years of pursuing his career as a professional service person, Bell-Hook thought he had heard every slandering stream of belligerent, belittlement’s known to man…

But, he was wrong.

As he made off down the hall with granny fiery-dart’s flash cooker, he turned to let her know she could pick it up at the desk upon checkout. Unfortunately, he turned just in time to see her fling her evil toaster towards his head with the force of a forward motioned wrecking ball, and never got the words out of his mouth before being eaten alive.

The toaster rolled down the hall end over end at  breakneck speed, before finally coming to rest at the lobby entrance, and spit the Bell-Hook out all warm and toasty.

I said the toaster spit him out all warm and toasty..

I said the toaster spit him out…

well, okay,.. maybe it didn’t spit him out after all,  which means of course, the story now must take a turn in the …

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Oh, there he is;

As Captain Bell-Hook’s assistant, “Big Bell-O-Mac”, saw what was taking place he quickly grabbed the phone to call police for obvious needed assistance, as by now little old microwave lady’s granddaughter had arrived at the scene, quite livid at Bell-Hook for taking grannies microwave. Big Bell-O-Mac had barely gotten the word; “Hello” into the phone, when the granddaughter gouged a 10 inch syringe into his leg, pumping in 800 units of green pectin, instantly turning him into a huge pile of mindless jello.

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Needless to say, this was about as much as Bell-Hook could take. Still steaming from the toaster oven, he thought better of popping-off and blowing his top all over the place. Instead, as if delivered by some unseen force, a plan to calm everyone down, and get things back on an even keel instantly came to his mind. He remembers thinking to himself; ” I  couldn’t have come up with a better plan if it were written specifically to me on the back of a Crunch Berry box”. While scooping up the plate of lime-jello, that was once his friend, and co-worker, and placing it gently into the mini-fridge behind the front desk, he tells the granddaughter of the oven smuggler she could take the microwave back up to her room.

Once the young lady left, he immediately began tracking the room numbers of all the tip- stiffing, cart stealing, appliance poaching, skin flint guest that had crossed his path since he arrived earlier that morning. He then called them all one by one, informing them it was now 11:45, and seeing as they had been such affable, gracious paying customers, the hotel was treating them to a special “Free-Lunch”  in the restaurant on the second floor.

Never being ones to miss out on a free-lunch, everyone was in the lobby, and ready to go upstairs before the clock chimed high-noon. Exuberantly giddy, in expectation of a free meal, Captain Bell-Hook had little trouble getting them all to pack into the same elevator, ready to ship off in minutes.

“Going Up”?

No sooner than the doors of the elevator closed, Hook was in and out of the phone booth, faster than a silver bullet can kill a vampire, completely transformed from the lowly, mild- mannered Bellman, everyone knew and loved, into  “Captain, You’ve Been Warned,”!!! slammed the joy stick that released the trap-door- floor of the elevator open, sending all aboard plummeting rapidly into the abyss.  A place that no one knows, not I,  not the Hook, not “Captain You’ve Been Warned”, or even the hotel establishment…No one knows where…this place is not even…

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...Okay, it's somewhere in Siberia...…Okay, it’s …somewhere in Siberia…

All seemed to be going well the rest of the afternoon, till suddenly, both front glass doors of the hotel were blown in through the lobby at the speed of light. The sudden explosive sound of shattering glass sent patrons fraying across one another, sprawling to the floor, just in time to keep from being ripped, tattered, and torn by millions of lightning speed shards of sparkling glass. To the Hook, who was now peering out from his crouched position, behind the front desk, it looked like some sort of diamonds storm- shot out from a massive cannon.  What was to come through the door next, however,was even more bone chillingly frightening to the Hook, as it was none other than Arch- Nemesis of Captain You’ve Been Warned, herself,              “Paula Deen”!!!

Hook was shaken even more upon learning from the blood curdling question the low country cook screeched, that the little old microwave lady was apparently Paula Deans granny too…

“Where’s my little microwave cooking granny y’aaaall…wut heff  y’all done withh har”? 

Looking over at the Hook, and realizing he was actually Captain “You’ve Been Warned” in a Bell Hop uniform, she screamed; “Why you yellow belly grandma hatein, non-donut eatin scandrawl you, when I git my hands own y’aaall I’m a – gonna sop you up with some maple sir-rip, and eat you alive mister”!!!

By now the news of Paula Deen’s arrival, and intentions to devour the Hook, had reached Mrs. Hook, otherwise known as “Vampire Lover”,  who spread her wings and flew in like an F-22, Stealth Raptor, in hopes to help her husband. She knew even with the assisted super powers of  “Captain You’ve Been Warned” the Hook was no match for the Krispe-Kreme-Burger-Queen by himself.

Swooping in, The Vampire Lover took hold of the Apple – butter, lard Queen , latching onto her neck, and with just one bite collapsed to the floor, an apparent victim of  instant diabetic comma.

The Hook went completely ballistic…  Reaching behind him with both arms, and swinging back around in one fluid motion, letting go of the object he’d grabbed with such a force it took out two stress bearing columns from beneath the ceiling before slamming into Deen, the Low Country Brawler Queen. Suddenly there was a massive explosion, as the entire ground floor of the hotel was coated and filled from ceiling to floor with oozing green slime. In through the holes where the two glass doors once stood, the wind blew fiercely, forming an air pocket. The green slime began to harden, as  squishy, gurgley, popping sounds came from smaller bubbles lining its walls as they burst. Suddenly, one of the smaller bubbles popped sending something flying across the hotel and slamming into the far wall which had already hardened its green slime covering into something the consistency of Super-Ball rubber. The thing shot from the bubble bounced at a high rate of speed from wall to wall, back and forth across the entire span of the hotel lobby at least 20 times like a pin- ball in a rubber room. Suddenly, sticking straight out like an arrow shot from Robin Hoods bow, it came to a vibrating stop, when it stuck into the left

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butt cheek of Paula Deen, who in turn fell across the Vampire lover with such a crushing impact that all the air came rushing out of the Vampire Lover, kick starting her breathing again.

As the slime hardened into a buoyant, bouncy, rubbery, cocoon, kids, and adults alike poured into the lobby from all directions, jumping up and down, whooping and laughing, and bouncing around like they were in some sort of a kids inflatable moon-walk castle or something.

Just then, as the Hook cleansed the remaining slime off the thing shot out of the bubble, enough to realize it was his buddy, and co-worker, Big Bell-O-Mac, Paula Deen turned and said;

“Hey, Wut wus that thang you stuck in my laft butt cheek”?

A little reluctant, Big Bell-O-Mac, shrugged, and said…“Erm, it was this 10 inch syringe that crazy niece of yours stuck me with earlier”.

“Hum”.    Deen said.  “I don’t thank I’ve felt this good in three yee-ahs, Ya’ll”.

By now the place had filled with emergency crews, paramedics, firemen, policemen, and even a doctor or two.

“Mrs. Deen, I was a guest on your show a while back”. “Here, let me have a look at you, make sure you’re okay”.  A thin, pale looking lady said.

“Oh, I’m fine Dr. Wilma “.  Deen Said. “Other than the diabeatus thang, I thank I feel better than I have in yee-ahs”. “And by the way, fancy a meetin you here.”

“Yes”. The young lady doctor said. “It is quite the coincidence”. ” Now, let me drawl a little blood from you, and see what effect that stuff  in the syringe may have had “.

“Hmm, Mrs. Deen”. The doctor said after examining the blood on a few strips of Litmus paper, and running it through a hand held meter a few times. “I don’t see any sign of your diabetes, I think you’ve been completely healed”.

“Hehehehe!!! Did Ya’ll hear thaet”? Dean exclaimed. “I’m heaaaald”!!!

“Ya’ll need to bottle that stuff up and sell it as a meeracull quewer or something, ya’ll, in fact…I’m takin a buh-ckit of it home with me and bake me some green cakes, heheheee.”

So, along that time the Hook looks up at the clock on the wall and says to Mrs. Hook. ” Well, babe…it’s quitting time. Time for the shift change. Let’s go home”.

As they strolled arm in arm toward what used to be the front door of the hotel, Hook stops in his tracks upon hearing the chime of the elevator just as it comes to a stop in the lobby. The doors open, and inside stood eight, familiar looking, dirty, half frozen, faces gazing furiously back at him. “What now”? Asked the Vampire Lover. Hook looked at his wife through eyes half glazed over from fright and surprise, and half squinted from holding back the urge of bursting out laughing and says:                                                               

                                        ….>>>”RUN”!!!>>>

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                                   Now back to my favorite pass-time:


HAPPY NEW YEAR, reasons to believe…

4 Jan

I’ve been asked many times in as many ways why I believe in God, or more specifically why I believe in Jesus. Though this post of course can only scratch the surface I felt impressed to offer a few of the practical reasons I believe.

Most recently, after stating that according to the Bible, Adam lived 930 years, I was asked how I could believe such a thing, and how could anyone know seeing as there was no written language that far back . A flurry of other questions came along with the most recent one as follows:

“If God made Adam as a likeness of himself and as the first human, why was he the only person to live that long, which means he was unlike other humans”. “And how do they know how long he lived, as there are no records from his time as they could not write, also his bones were never found”.

The answer to the first, and most important question, “Why do I believe in God, or Jesus”?, simply put, for the most part answers the question of why I believe  the words of the Bible.

My belief is based on faith He has given me proven trust- worthy through both life experiences, and precise verification within the Bible itself. Was it blind faith? No, not at first, He lovingly offered me much evidence, both spiritual, and physical to see He is real.

Have I lived spotless, righteous, and holy?  What?  Before or after He came into my life..? Don’t answer that…Heh, If I could have saved myself from the second death I wouldn’t need a savior.

But, the reality is, though I am still not where I would like to be, and nowhere near the person He would have me to be, I know He has not, nor will He utterly cast me away. He’s not looking for the perfect specimen, as there are none. Which is why He stepped into time and died, to afford us eternal life with Him.

I wont go into many, if any , life experiences, or personal God encounters throughout this particular article, unless of course one happens to present itself while I’m sitting here.  However, based on some of the questions asked about the Bible, I do find that a brief run down of its chronology may be helpful to some who have similar questions. And as time is of the essence, apparently more the pertinent.

Therefore, a good starting place might be the most recent question(s) asked on the matter.

“If God made Adam as a likeness of himself and as the first human, why was he the only person to live that long, which means he was unlike other humans”. “And how do they know how long he lived, as there are no records from his time as they could not write, also his bones were never found”?

First of all, Adam wasn’t the only one to ever live that long. In fact many who came after him lived longer. Noah, who lived 950 years, and Methuselah, the Bibles oldest man at 969, are just a few examples. Moses, however, only lived 120 years, and his bones were never found according to the Bible, as God himself buried him.

Now, also I should point out that God declared around the time of the 7th Generation, (a numerically significant generation as I’ll explain later in this post) that soon, a human’s life span would no longer exceed 120 years. Moses was the first of all the generations beginning with Adam to live only the 120 (natural) years God allocated. Abel of course being the first murder victim did not.

As for the question, whether there was an actual written language from that time or not, I’m certain much of what was written when the first alphabet, whenever it was actually invented, came from closely kept oral traditions. Exemplifying evidence of this is seen in the traditional; “Oral Torah”.

(Interesting Unrelated Note): After many years of woolgathering, theorizing, and hypothesizing, based on fossilized evidences and assumptions,  archeologist of the U.S. Southwest, rather than insisting their personal presupposed explanations are correct, of what became of the lost civilization  known as the “Anasazi” , have now concurred that the truth of the matter lies in the age-old “Oral Renderings” of the surrounding tribes. Which, parenthetically, the “Modern Pueblo” have told them for years. Go figure…er, wait that’s exactly why it’s taken them this long to see the forest for the trees…Anyway, back to the topic and region at hand.

Regardless whether one believes in the Torah, or Old Testament account,   archeological documents take us back to the Sumerian (just outside of the presumed location of the Garden of Eden) Cuneiform language written in stone around 4000 B.C. as well as Egyptian hieroglyphics in 3800B.C.

There are those who claim that Chinese writings have been found reaching back to at least 4500 B.C. Although, as tight-lipped as the Chinese government is ..?

“Who knows? They may have more Nuclear Warheads than anyone in the world as far as the rest of the world really knows.

Shy these validations, other than a few apocryphal scribes who claim that Enoch, “the seventh from Adam” (who was said to be accepted, or walked with God and was taken to heaven without seeing death) himself invented the alphabet…(Which if one cross references the book of Enoch, the books of Jude, and Peter in the New Testament, with the renderings of Flavious Josephus, is not that hard a suggestion to accept) little else is known for sure.

Now, am I proclaiming that the Hebrew language is the original written language? Well, not me persé, as I would submit to entertain such an idea we would first have to narrow the origins of the “Spoken Language”.

Now, If tangible scientific evidence is more your speed, you’re going to love this next part. Oh, and rather than decorate this already lengthy article with more fluff and stuffed words, I’ll just post a quote from Peter Pettersson, of the “Science Mysteries” magazine section of  WORLD MYSTERIES.com web site, on the study of Cymatics, Dr. Hans Jenny’s  study on the effects of sound waves on matter, by observing shapes and symbols on sand, when subjected to certain sound waves.

  I strongly recommend checking that, and other websites about the scientifically documented phenomena of Cymatics when you have a minute, you will be pleasantly surprised.

Scientifically Documented Phenomena? Almost as paradoxical sounding as the ways of the Biblical God does many times.  I know. Anyway…

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“In his research with the tonoscope, Jenny noticed that when the vowels of the ancient languages of Hebrew and Sanskrit were pronounced, the sand took the shape of the written symbols for these vowels, while our modern languages, on the other hand, did not generate the same result! How is this possible? Did the ancient Hebrews and Indians know this? Is there something to the concept of “sacred language,” which both of these are sometimes called? What qualities do these “sacred languages,” among which Tibetan, Egyptian and Chinese are often numbered, possess? Do they have the power to influence and transform physical reality, to create things through their inherent power, or, to take a concrete example, through the recitation or singing of sacred texts, to heal a person who has gone “out of tune”?”

End Quote

Here is just one of many other sites on the subject to look into.

                                                       Rexresearch.com                                    Geometric Symbols Of Ancient Letters and Words

Flavious Josephus, tells us in his chronical: Antiquities of the Jews: Book 1, paragraph 3, chapter 3:

“Now he says that this flood began on the  seventeenth day of the aforementioned month; and this was one thousand six hundred and fifty-six years from Adam, the first man; and the time is written down in our sacred books, those who then lived having noted down with great accuracy, both the births and deaths of illustrious men”.

I personally have little evidence to support his claim, though there is certainly less evidence to deny it. In fact, as he is speaking about the 7th to the 10th generations from Adam, which include Enoch the seventh, through Noah the tenth, there is more evidence to support the possibility of a written language by that time than there is to rebut, or refute it.

In the Book of Enoch, Enoch himself is called a “Scribe” by the Angels. In chapter 13, Enoch actually writes a prayer of petition in behalf of the fallen Angels for their teaching humans hidden things of the heavenly realms.

Some of those things were evil from the knowledge of Satan, and others from the Watchers, such as writing.  Which Enoch goes on to explain that the original human-race had no need of as they were yet un-touched by knowledge of good and evil.

  Among some scholars, and evangelical Christians, especially, I realize the book of Enoch is considered a controversial book. And, there were indeed proven counter-fitted versions of the book showing up in hopes of profit after the original version disappeared for many of the dark years until 18th century travel writer, James Bruce, brought three copies of the original version to the western world from Ethiopia, where it had been used, and is still considered sacred text, by the Orthodox Christian Church. It was also one of the many pre second- temple scrolls found in the caves of Qumran, better known as the “Dead Sea Scrolls” in 1947, as I delve deeper into in my writings on “Sons of Enoch” beginning in chapter 3.

These facts in themselves makes it clear to me that the art of writing was likely taught to man just after Adam and Eve were cast out of the garden, as Adam and Eve were tempted in the garden, and once Cain, and Abel were born, the first murder in history was committed just east of Eden.

Either way, some fallen Angelic beings were among the people between the time of the expulsion from the Garden of Eden, and Noah’s flood, according to Judaic scripture believed by the second temple worshipers to be sacred.

Nonetheless, the assumption that a historically sound written language came into being as long as 2000 years after Adam was kicked out of the garden is not that hard to accept either,  given the fact that the Legend of Santa Claus has now lasted over 2000 years.

Unlike Father Christmas, ( Saint Nicholas of Myra’s), story of course, which has succumbed many veritable renditions along the way, ( as one might expect from centuries of Mommas explaining to a child why they saw Momma kissing Santa Claus last night), the Rabbi’s of Jewry, before being pronounced a Rabbi were held to the utmost verbatim chronological, and historical recital standards.

One other possible scenario believed by some is that the written language was first devised 200 years after Noah’s Ark landed on Mt. Ararat. After all, assuming one believes in God, He wouldn’t send the Patriarch of the New World across the waves of time without either a written account, or at least an accurate memory of traditional World history, would He?

The following is a quote from the book of Enoch, who lived before the flood found in the New Testament book of Jude.

♪,,,, ♫,,,, ♪     “Hey Jude”    ,,,♫,,,♪,,,,      No  wait… that was Paul McCartney…

Here it is:  The Book of Enoch

9. And behold! He cometh with ten thousands of ⌈His⌉ holy ones
To execute judgement upon all,
And to destroy ⌈all⌉ the ungodly:Who refuse to repent.

And to convict (not condemn) all flesh
Of all the works ⌈of their ungodliness⌉ which they have ungodly committed,
And of all the hard things which ungodly sinners ⌈have spoken⌉ against Him.

And the quote, or comparison as found in the New Testament:

Jude 1:14-15

New Living Translation (NLT)

14 Enoch, who lived in the seventh generation after Adam, prophesied about these people. He said, “Listen! The Lord is coming with countless thousands of his holy ones 15 to execute judgment on the people of the world. He will convict (NOTE… Convict…Not Condemn)!!! every person of all the ungodly things they have done and for all the insults that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”                  ( He offers a choice )

An even more spot on quote is found in the King James Version of the new testament:

Jude 1:14-15

King James Version (KJV)

 14And Enoch also, the “seventh” from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,

15To execute judgment upon all, and to convince, (convict) all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. (End Quote)

I should probably take this time to point out that I find significances in numbers used throughout the Bible, affirming a divine architect where human geological, and historical records are concerned.

These numbers undeniably recur throughout the Bible in great frequency, and in instinctive like passages. ( Not to be confused with the Jewish system of assigning a numerical significance to every letter of the Hebraic alphabet called Gematria ).

Albeit, the Gematria plays into the acrostic patterns throughout the Bible, as I will touch on a bit further in this post.

To further explain the frequently used numbers I am referring to and their distinct significances, I’ll give a few examples.

You’ve likely heard it said that #7 is the number of Gods “completeness”, “perfection”, or as the “Good Number”.  Some obvious reasoning’s for that assertion are:

At 562 appearances the number 7, or, a derivative of, is used more throughout scripture than any other number. It is also used more in the prophetic language/symbolism, of the Bible than any other. Just a few examples are as follows:

God created all things by the seventh day and said it is good. God rested the 7th day. There are 7 days in a week, Noah was instructed to carry 7 pairs of each clean animal on the ark, etc…

In the “Prophetic language” arena of the Bible, in Revelation and Daniel alone the #7 is used 42 times. (e.g., Seven Spirits, Seven Churches, Seven Vials, Seven Trumpets, Seven Angels, and the list goes on)

The first example in the Bible alluding to the number seven being the number of completion is found here:

Genesis 2

“1Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.

2And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.

3And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

And  just a few cross references to further clarify my point:

(Note): Based on much study of His word, many of us find Jesus‘ finished works on the cross to be the undeniable representation of the “True Sabbath”   afforded to those who believe in Him. ie,

  Hebrews 4:10
For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.

Remember, Jesus’ final words on the cross were:  “It is Finished” 

“7 =complete. In other words the Lords Day, Spiritually speaking, is not just one specific day…Neither Saturday or Sunday, but the day Jesus fulfilled the law by nailing it to the cross, the ultimate day of rest began.

Psalm 119:164

 164Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments.

Of course, it’s probably just a coincidence that the number seven is used exactly seven times in Genesis 7 , right?

Parenthetically, though I initially intended only to expound briefly on the number 7 and the number 12 as examples, it just occurred to me that it might be a great time to point out the significant Biblical meaning of the number 8, since the number of people on Noah’s ark was indeed 8.  ( The ark is also easily seen as type of savior, As many other Old Testament characters, and sacred items were).

The number 8 is frequently used in context of a “New Beginning” “New Birth” and  “Resurrection”  ( 3 e.g.,  1. The Hebrew letter assigned with the number 8 means to be super-abound, or fattened with life giving abundance. 2. On the eight day Jewish boys were consecrated unto God via circumcision. 3. Jesus rose on the third day, and according to Mathew 28 that would be the dawning of the 1st day of the next week, or, the 8th day.) 

Here are just a few other examples, yet again, I can’t begin to scratch the surface in one post on the symbolic usages of numbers in the bible. Realistically, to even make a small dent in the common synonymous use of the number eight alone in our everyday lives corresponding with bible usages, one would have to write a book.

(e.g., There are 7 days in a week, then the 8th day begins a new week, their are 7 notes in a musical scale and the 8th note begins a new scale an octave higher than the 1st note in the previous scale. (There are 12 notes in a perfect measure.) 12 being the number of Perfect Governing Order…Gee, I wonder what time it is? Time to get the house in order maybe?

Circumcision,was a type of baptism to be performed on baby boys on the eight day. However, when Jesus fulfilled the law, circumcision was no longer required to enter into the New Covenant which reunites us all with our creator without the need of ritualistic ceremonies, or fleshly sacrifices. After Jesus came on the scene…   the true (Spiritual Baptism/circumcision) is what makes us a new person by the Grace of God through faith in Christ Jesus.  (Romans 2:28-29(Colossians 2:11-13),

♪,,,♫,,,♪,,,  “Eight Days A Week”   ,,,♪,,,♫,,,♪.. Not now !!!          Ringo I’m a Little busy…
Well, I wasn’t going to throw a lot of scripture into this post, but, believe me…None of these, if you will actually read them will be perceived as empty, legalisms, because -

Galatians 3:28
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

  Just a quick digression before moving on. The number 6 is always affiliated in context in the Bible as the number of man, beginning with the fact that man was created on the sixth day.

Many of you have seen the prophetic mention of 666 in ( Revelation 13:18 ) which reads:

18Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
This may or may not be speaking of using the Gematria calculations I briefly mentioned above, but, I’ll leave the counting method up to you on that one. However, since the opportunity manifest itself, I’ll take this time to touch on what the Gematria is.
Each letter of the Original languages has an equivalent, or corresponding number, and original geometric symbol, assigned to it. Most, if not every time   a word is used throughout the Bible, the letter itself equates to the same significant meaning as the number, if that makes sense?  No? I didn’t think so.
Math, obviously was never my strong suit, but, should one take a moment to google (significant numbers in the Bible) or the system of  Gematria, called Isopsephiathey, in the Greek, you will find that this system of word/ number association goes way deeper than I could possibly attempt to explain, though I can certainly say the synonymous meanings and recurring, calculative parities are astonishingly endless.
(There are many sites to choose from on the subject).
Anyway, I only mentioned all that to point out that according to many scholars of the Gematria, regardless of which name of Jesus one uses, and which alphabet (Greek or Hebrew) or which Gematric formula one uses to calculate it, the Gematria numerical value of the name Jesus is always: 888
Now, back to where this all began.., Both the post, and the World for that matter.
“The Genesis”

It wasn’t until the 13th generation (Moses) that the completion of God’s Genesis 6 proclamation, that “mans life span would be shortened” is realized in it’s completion. If you recall, this proclamation came about in Enoch’s day. Enoch, the 7th from Adam.

After Noah’s Ark landed on Mt Ararat, (Or wherever it landed) we begin to see the life expectancy of man become shorter and shorter. For example; Abraham lived 175, and his wife Sarah to 127, and so on until, (Joshua), of the 14th generation.

Joshua lived only 110 years, but not before he delivered the Israelites into the promised land.Unfortunately, Joshua could lead the camels to water, but, he couldn’t make them drink.

Which brings up another great truth…God will never force anything against our personal will… He simply gives us a choice. And that choice is to simply believe, and be thankful for the life He has given us…And that eternal.

Joshua is the same name as Jeshua, or Jesus, by the way, which brings us back to the reference of His being our day of rest. Being as it was interpreted from the Hebrew language in the Old Testament, and from the Greek, in the New, this name was wrongly transliterated by the King James gang in at least one place in the Bible.

eg;

Hebrews 4:8

King James Version (KJV)

  8For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.

Here are a few more accurate interpretations of what that verse really says, which, is very important in ones studies to arrive at the message of Christ as our day of rest. And first let me just say, thank you Jesus…What a sweet rest it is.

Hebrews 4:8

New Living Translation (NLT)

 8 Now if Joshua had succeeded in giving them this rest, God would not have spoken about another day of rest still to come.

Joshua, like Noah’s ark, the ark of the covenant, and so many other Old Testament means of temporal salvation, are all pointing us to the coming day of Jesus. Whether one takes them as allegories, or actual events in everyday lives of people from the beginning of time is between them and God. The end result still, is JESUS saves without our help.

The divine plan, and necessity of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus the Christ are self explanatory when one reads the overall story.
 Like the endless recurring number/letter significant revelations throughout the bible, one Old Testament story after the other reveals all of the physical laws, days, and religious observances of that time were only temporal means of cleansing ones spirit of sin. When we compare the things Jesus did throughout the New Testament, we see that He once and for All fulfilled those things for us. How? 
  God Himself…stepped into time to do what no man could ever do.
One old man who’s grandson came telling him he had found God, and was now saved, said it best. The grandfather had prayed for the salvation of the boy for years. One day as the old man sat rocking in his chair on the front porch the boy came home ecstatic, laughing, and shouting “Praise God” Grandpa, he said, “I really heard and understood His word today when I was told at Church that Jesus said no greater thing can any man do than to lay down his life for his friends.”  The old man, extremely happy and thankful that the boy was on his way to salvation through Christ, looked up with tears in his eyes and said; “Yes son, no greater thing can any Man do”..”But, Jesus died for His enemies.”

Romans 5:8

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

He did it for us…Not for Him. And there’s nothing we can do to help Him save us, but to accept what He did for us. And accept the “Not So Hard to Believe Reality that  …We didn’t crawl out of a can of primordial mushroom soup one day and grow legs and a brain.

Oh, sorry…Didn’t mean to sound preachy… But, Testifying, that I could really get wrapped up in…

Where was I …Oh yeah, the number 12.

The number 12 in scripture always shows up when speaking of God’s Perfect Governing plan..How things are meant to be...In Tune, if you will. In fact, the first mention of number 12 in the bible speaks of many kings who served under King  “Chedorlaomer”, and after 11 years they rebelled, guess they didn’t quite get it, as any one thing taken from the number twelve leaves us with number 11, which is mans attempt to be god.

All through the Bible the number 11 falls just one short of God’s way. Case in point, the Israelites wandered through the desert for 40 years…complaining, giving in to the heat, frustrated they no longer had Chef- Hatshepsut of Egypt serving up leeks, garlic and cream cheese on a bagel, yet they walked past the place of crossing over into the (number 12) promised land many times, as the Bible clearly states the trip was only an 11 day walk:

Deuteronomy 1: 2 (There are eleven days journey from Horeb by the way of mount Seir unto Kadeshbarnea.)

3And it came to pass in the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first day of the month, that Moses spake unto the children of Israel, according unto all that the LORD had given him in commandment unto them;

40 Years..?

Not to mention that any one number added to the number twelve throughout the Bible equates to bad news as well. The Number 13 always points to rebellion, beginning with the lineage of Cain’s offspring, where as Seth’s offspring rolls a 7 every time.   “Ah… Lots of course, not dice”..

  • There are 12 notes of a musical scale…when including sharps and flats.
  • The Sun governing the moon and stars travels a 360 degree path=30×12
  • The solar system rotates through all 12 constellations of the Zodiac.
  • There are 12 months in a year.
  • There were twelve sons of Jacob
  • Twelve Apostles
  • Twelve Cranial Nerves
  • Twelve Tribes
  • Twelve Gates of Heaven
  • Twelve Guarding Angels
  • Twelve eggs to a dozen…erm..well, you get the point

I know this all sounds silly to some, and complicated, and, I admit it is a little deep…But oh so fulfilling when one takes an interest.

I tell you what isn’t complicated though…Salvation through Jesus. He’s done all the work.

 ♪,,,♫,,,Imagine there’s no heaven,,,♪,,,♫,,,it isn’t hard to do,,,♪,,,♫

Sorry John Lennon, back when you wrote that I was inclined to agree…But,  knowing what I do now…Imagining There’s No Heaven…doesn’t add up, and is a total impossibility for me.

Just a few other points of how easy it is to be accepted by God…unto eternal life with Him. You may recall I mentioned the Old Testament offering many foreshadows of Christ, and Gods ultimate plan for our salvation.

Here’s the thing. The 10 commandments could never save anyone… they only brought us face to face with the reality of our selves,where if we are totally honest,,,We become self-condemned, But Jesus said:

John 5:24

King James Version (KJV)

 24Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, has everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

All those before Christ could use the commandments to TRY  to please God… But, it was “Faith in God” that actually saved them.

Just as Abraham…all those listed in the Hebrew Hall of Fame, ( Hebrews chapter 11) whom, shy of Enoch, were murderers, liars, thieves and adulterers, were all accounted righteous to God,  by…Faith…and responding to Gods conviction, (not condemnation) with a true contrite, humble heart of remorse for the things they did, not by any good thing they did.  Hebrew Hall of Faith…Hebrews chapter 11, now there’s a story.

Well, I guess I’ll sign off for a while now, (and I wish I could have gotten this message out before Christmas), but, please take this thought…

If Jesus wasn’t the true reason for the season, after all the chronological lineage trails, and begat, after begat, after begat, from Genesis to the 4 Gospels, why is there not another birth mentioned in the remaining 10 books of the Bible?

No other birth was recorded in the Bible, after the birth of Jesus.

Just a thought…God Bless You All, and have a wonderful, thoughtful 2012.

                        In loving Memory of George Harrison

“Sons of Enoch” chapter 8

21 Jan

The Bible offers some ever so brief , yet intriguing passages about Enoch.  In light of the previously posted evidences and explanations showing the early church, and those of  the Second Temple Jewry being versed in the Book of  Enoch, I think it safe to look into the Book to see what,  if any light it may shed into our investigation of who may have actually been the designer, and or the builder of the Great Pyramid of  Giza. There are a few other resources that we will be looking into also, all of which  were found among the Dead Sea Scrolls, and were apparently a part of the Jewish religious resources dating to the 4th  Century B.C.  yet obviously based on older sources. It is important to realize that much of the  parchment and writings especially on the outer-most part of the Scrolls were greatly damaged from centuries of exposure to the elements such as moisture. Further into the individual scrolls, however, as the experts unrolled them carefully and scientifically, a treasury of translatable ancient literature became real. The Bible itself  has already given much of what was found there,  in part,  as most of the writings  seem in line of the same narratives. Nonetheless, many of the stories are much more detailed and personal. Before continuing any further into any other area of study, book, or scroll,  I feel I should probably post a little of what the Bible says about the subject that we are about to introduce here, and that would be the “Nephilim”

Genesis 6

1And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, 2That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. 3And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. 4There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. 5And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. 7And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

8But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.  ( notice that this verse became the 8th verse in this passage )

One such book, or writing found among the Dead Sea Scrolls is known as the (Genesis Apocryphon.) Now, at the beginning of this scroll we find a very interesting conversation, or speech from Lamech, (Grandson of  Enoch & Father of  Noah) who was apparently, for what ever reason, ( possibly because the Nephilim problem was greater on Earth at that time than the Canonical Genesis 6 reveals to us ) perturbed, or concerned that the child that his wife was carrying might actually be the child of one of the:.. 

Now, here is where we hit another crossroad in our study,  so let me first just say that there are,  as I mentioned earlier,  pieces missing from the parchment, and therefore, in this first interpretation from:

John C. Reeves

Blumenthal Professor of Judaic Studies
Department of Religious Studies
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

“Then I considered whether the pregnancy was due to the Watchers and Holy Ones, or ( should be ascribed ) to the Nephil (im), and I grew perturbed about this child.” vacat

In the John C. Reeves interpretation we see that the Watchers, or Holy Ones,  and the Nephilim, or Giants could very possibly be two separate races. Which correlates well with the words in the  Canonical Genesis 6 wording:  Genesis 6 :4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

In a different, more recent interpretation (with added paraphrasing) of this same parchment, by:

Paraphrase and comments by Lesley Faulk and Amanda Scott

We find a bit more information leaning to the Nephilim, or Giants being thought of  as the off-spring of the “Sons of God” as commonly believed in many scholarly circles, (though there are three major theories of belief on who the “Sons of God” actually were as we will soon see). Yet, this interpretation denotes an almost absolute assertion that the Nephilim were the off-spring of the Sons of God,  where as the Bible, or the Genesis Apocryphon, as you will see do not.

“I thought, in my heart, that the conception was the work of the Watchers the pregnancy of the Holy Ones and that it belonged to the Giants”

Our main goal here, as far as the subject of this study goes, is to learn how the Second Temple Jews viewed the Genesis story, and moreover, how they interpreted Pre-Deluge history and tradition.  Incidentally, let me point out that we can all take a deep sigh of relief, along with Lamech. The Bible, and the Genesis Apocryphon both make it very clear, that this child was absolutely not conceived of any form of  fornication, or forbidden act by the Sons of God, or the Nephilim, and Batenosh, who was Lamech’s wife, because this would have been Lamech and Batenosh’ first child: Noah

Nonetheless, what does this say for the rest of the people who were on earth just prior to God sending the great flood to destroy everyone except for the 8 people  allowed  to enter the Ark ? Apparently, as we will soon see, when the Bible said: And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, It was not just talking about some people, but the vast majority of  humankind by the time of the flood. And speaking of the Number 8, which is, as many of you already know the Biblical number for “New Beginnings”,  and the Ark being a foreshadowing of the wonderful Salvation plan of  God through Jesus, whose name equates in more than one way through the calculations of Gematria (the Hebrew alphabets letters are also represented by numbers ) to JESUS = 888. I can see this is adding up to a more in-depth visit into the land of Biblical numerical significance before we are through.  In the mean time, you may find it interesting that Lamech lived to the ripe old age of  777 years. Gods number for completion.  And quite frankly, if  you are wondering if this is all  leading up to seeing where the World is today on the ” Prophetic end time Clock ” …count on it.    ©

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