Jesus is the Answer

Jesus is the answer. I’ve often heard from others in response to that statement; What is the question“? And my response to them is always the same. Ask it. Seriously, ask any question and Jesus is the ultimate answer to it. For example, some with the intent of proving my statement wrong riposte  – “What’s your favorite color”?  And please remember this is just one of many questions I’ve encountered in reply to my statement that Jesus is the answer, so inclusively speaking, I say as our taste buds change as we mature so then do our color pallets. As a child and probably for 30 years of my adult life my favorite color was blue. Now, however, I have to say I’m much more attracted and comfortable with green. “So how does that equate to Jesus being the answer to the question: What’s your favorite color ?” They ask.  And I politely reply. It all has to do with the meaning of life. If God never gave us life- we would have no meaning – color, in fact, would have no meaning. Jesus, the Lord of Creation, is, of course, God- the author and finisher of all meaning and of our faith. Therefore, Jesus is the answer to the most ardently asked question of all time – What is The Meaning of Life ?– Without the answer to that question – or at least the ability to ask or ponder it- no other question matters.

How do we come to know Jesus? Many with great intentions over-spiritualize the relationship between man and God. Some were raised and firmly believe in a “Works based salvation” wherein we have to perform certain feats, rituals or even achieve in and of our own strengths “sinless perfection” to become saved. That, praise God, is not what the Word of God teaches, as we plainly read here: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” Ephesians 2:8         The Word of God also teaches that no person could ever see God and live- Then goes even further to explain the simplicity of God’s plan – God provided a mediator- Jesus is the answer.For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;” 1 Timothy 2:5

Nowhere in His Word does God tell us if we believe in the “Finished Work of Christ at the Cross” to pay our sin debt that everything will be painlessly pristine in our lives. Nor that, contrary to popular belief, Jesus will make all bad things go away-  He does, however, tell us we can have true peace unlike any superficial earthly meaning of the word and that He will make a way through the situations in life to “Work all things to the good for His children.”  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 

Even in the event of the physical death of one of His children, they will reap treasures in heaven because for the child of God- Life doesn’t end here in physical death. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.” Revelation 2:11   –  Now, you’re probably wondering how we become one of these “overcomers”.  – For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, – even our faith.” 1 John 5:4 – So, our faith in what? You may ask. And once again Jesus is the Answer.    These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33  –   

” And thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  1 Corinthians 15:57                                                                                                         

So as you can see Jesus truly is the answer to all questions – and – the meaning of life must truly be to be at perfect peace with oneself, our peers, and most of all our creator. And believe me, I know personally how seemingly impossible this being at perfect peace with oneself and the world is. Especially this day and age with pestilences, fathom, and disease circumventing the world, and society becoming more evil by the minute – “I  -could never pull this off.” You’re probably saying, and you would be right. But, if you ask the one who already pulled it off for all who will come to Him and believe in Him you’ll learn to rest in His finished work at the cross for you and you to will then know “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7 

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  –  Jesus  –

 Matthew 11:28

Acts 2:21

And it shall come to pass, that whosoever

shall call on the name of the

 Lord shall be saved.

Sons of Enoch chapter 29— Forbidden Knowledge—

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With all this talk of secret societies, shadow governments, world domination, mind and population control, —on and on, it can be completely overwhelming trying to absorb it all. Heaven forbid trying to make sense of it all. Especially if one has no prior personal studies in these areas. It’s imperative to have the inspiritment of something, or someone larger than a dark world bent on acquiring, practicing, and hiding such “secretive” knowledge for one to possibly come to grips with it all.

This is why many choose to ignore the obvious, writing every mention of such things off as conspiracy theories, conjecture, or fairy-tales.

Ultimately, rather than allowing themselves to become frightened, or overwhelmed by something they don’t understand, and refusing to address such things as the important social issues they clearly are, many will never come to know true peace.

I’ve wondered, and sought understanding about such things as “Secret” Societies, The End of the Age, and the potential imminence of a so-called—“New World Order,”—  for many years.

Honestly, they aren’t so secretive.

It’s said that George Bush senior was the first world-renowned political figure to coin, or reiterate the (Biblically Prophetic Term) “New World Order” when addressing the world, and nation, at the end of the cold war on January 16, 1991.

The fact is,.. Though not termed as such, Woodrow Wilson revealed he was very aware of said “Secret Societies,”  holding shadowed office’s of domineering  prominence, and  principalities, over all nations, and governments, just before instituting the 12 “Federal Reserve Bank System” that took monetary control over the world, back in 1913.

“Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men’s views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the U. S., in the field of commerce and manufacturing, are afraid of somebody, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.”         “Woodrow Wilson”

  The Bible also clearly foretells such events, entities, and societies, in many places. Probably most notably in this ensuing verse:

Ephesians 6:12

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

This isn’t to say that all so-called “secret societies” are evil. Nor am I inferring the Bible is the only revealing source on such matters. Still and all, the Old Testament is irrefutably one of the most trusted, authoritative, repositories regarding historical events.

Historians from religious, secular, and academic circles, have relied on its chronological continuum for thousands of years, and many agree on its veracity of events, if not total historical accuracy of man’s existence. Among those relying on the Holy Bible, regardless of what their personal, or, collective agendas may be…are “Secret Societies.” 

Many “Secret Societies” practice occultism. They may not  brew up magic potions, alchemy, or even try to stay secret —The realSecret” is the hidden knowledge of old they attempt to tap into and use for their personal advancements.
 I  alluded earlier in this writing, erroneously, I might add, the words; “Heaven forbid,” trying to make sense of everything taking place, or rumored imminent this day and age. Because, that isn’t exactly correct, since the Bible, and its affiliate historical writings are precisely where certain secret societies learned of the alleged secret wisdom they pride themselves to posses..
 The irony?
The “Secret Knowledge” is what heaven forbade.  Or, more accurately, according to the book of Enoch, was knowledge not intended for the human race to learn about… At least: “Not At This Juncture”
“Wouldn’t Be Prudent”
 
That’s not to say the human race wouldn’t have eventually learned of the darker side of the supernatural,..       But Who Knows?
If man had not fore-taken of the fruit of the forbidden tree —“tree of knowledge of  good and evil” ( or the differences there-of ) then maybe the human race would never have come to know how to be evil.
From my personal studies in the matter it is quite plausible, just as the book of Enoch tells us, that fallen angels came to humans in many forms, and faces.
It seems persistent with mythological stories about so-called gods, and watchers from many diverse cultures across the world anyway.
Not only does the “Serpent-man” show up in the Genesis of everything in the “Garden of Eden” according to the Holy Bible, but, is even still worshiped in many places around the planet today.
Most descriptions, and legends, telling of the “Serpent god,” persist that he, nor his army of watchers have been seen for thousands of years. But, in almost all renderings of his alleged existence, he promised to return one day.
None of this information is all that secret as is plainly presented symbolically by most “Secret Societies.”
The Illuminate, eg;  is symbolized by the Owl of Knowledge, or, secret wisdom,.. the Owl of Minerva.

occultism

/ˈɒkʌlˌtɪzəm/

Noun… in the modern English vernacular = The study of the supernatural, or, collective supernatural forces,  Mysticism etc.

Adjective… Secret, Hidden, Forbidden

“Ergo”

“The study of supernatural knowledge, hidden from the senses and intellect, kept secret from man, and forbidden by God”.

to be continued:

I Love And Still Wonder

I love Jesus, Mama, Granny, and Pa.

Daughter, Grandson,  Sisters… My Darling Wife who gives her all.

My daddy, and…. a whole lot of cousins I barely ever knew.

I loved music, horses, cooking and dogs.

Cats adopted me, so, I fed their cause,

Actually found myself in love with them, allergies, paws and all.

How awesome they’ve all been…  Why now do I see stained glass

visuals of King David dancing naked with his harp before all the kingdom?..

Yet, only an audience of two?

The “One” he danced for, was all the inspiration he needed to perform,

Though, the one peering from the window above in disdain, saw not the Art at all.

Willis-©-2012

flickr-PJBayens

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 own 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 philosophyzer, 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 peoples 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”

Reasons to believe… Sons of Enoch 28

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…

“Quote”

“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

Blue-Zone (song lyrics)

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She’s on her feet, all the day long;

In  a  world surrounded by a world of it’s own.

And it’s faster than  life,  and sometimes it takes;

All the girl can do to keep from getting the shakes.

But it’s a matter of life, and she can’t afford;

To see another number taken off of the board.

Because, they’re just like family;

And truly they are, God’s little Children;

And she’s their shining star, when the blues are on:

(chorus)

Now she wonders how long, she can go on;

Surrounded by people yet she feels all alone.

but she’s got what it takes, she gives them her all;

though she’s  not so sure about Jesus yet He’ll never let her fall…Like a stone

Cause she’s the glimmer of His healing grace…in their blue zone.

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(turn around)

And she wonders if she’ll ever make a difference in the scheme of things;

But she’s got love…and that’s God’s middle name.

(Stanza 2)

Now she’s strictly a pro, in the medical realm;

She aint got time for no fooling around.

So she wears a big ring, and the finger that it’s on;

Says that she’s married, but she goes home alone.

For the time that she shares, God will surely bless;

But sometimes she dreams about a wedding dress.

For now her patience are all, she has time for;

And the men that she’s known  always seemed to pour…the blues on

(chorus)

Now she wonder’s how long, she can go on;

Surrounded by people ,   hates to go home  alone.

But she’s got what it takes, she gives them her all;

now  she’s crying out to Jesus, and He’ll never let her fall…like a stone

Cause she’s a glimmer of His healing grace, in their blues song.

(Turn Around)

And she wonders if she’ll ever make, a difference in the scheme of things;

But she’s got love…and that’s God’s middle name.

( chorus)

(turn around)

(Chorus)

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“Paul’s Song”Damascus Road

Well it was on the third day when Ananias touched me, I could finally  see again, and oh what a light.

I could feel the wind blowing, though all the walls were battened down, heard the  sound of fluttering wings go by.   

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It was such a strange feeling, looking back,  how blind I’ve been, could only see when my Lord covered my eyes.

Oh my God, Stephen, what have I done, I should have  run and just taken my own life.

(interlude)> But … oh,… oh,…    Damascus road.

I could not stop preaching, Jesus is the son of God, and His Glory on Damascus  road  I  saw.

I could feel their anger growing, my words had them confused, to avoid the wrath of  rabbinical Jews,  they lowered me down a wall.

He has shown me great suffering, and what I must lose, should I choose, His precious name and beckoning call.

I said my Lord, you know it’s true, I will do anything for you, lay down my life, as you died for us all.

Cause,  I was Born, Again…on Damascus road…

Chorus> ( And I thank God for you Timothy, and Luke for staying behind with me, Tim please come and visit me, before they end my life. And please bring my manuscripts, on the parchments that I wrote, and…oh by the way…bring my coat?  For Winter Is Nigh…

Acoustic gets heavy :> Electric Jams:> stanza 3> Now the Copper-Smith was ruthless, but Nero was a beast, A Small Still Voice said, they’re coming down the hall…

First they took my chains loose,then they beat my head till my soul was bruised, and rammed me into my own blood stained wall.

I don’t recall seeing a judge, I guess Satan still had a villainous grudge,

when they swung the sword that took my head…..off…  ( Apregio )   Orchestra!!! ..~~~~~^609ISWK E_____——–@^@

(Wisper) but I just stared into heaven above, saw the Glory of  God, and the Angels above… and heard Stephen’s  sweet voice…say

..Welcome Home Paul… ( take it home boys….Jam)

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Say End Time In Time


When the ” End Time ” topic comes up, several things usually take place.   One of which, unfortunately, in my opinion, delivers a punishing blow to the advancement of Gods Kingdom.

One: Deep eschatology debates arise as two or more prophecy scholars rarely agree totally on interpretation and timelines.

Two: A nonbeliever becomes totally offended and either leave the room, or begins debating the existence, or the motives of an all-loving God, who in their opinion is unjustly destroying what He allegedly created.

Or, three:  A believer who is unstudied in the area of end time prophecy, ( for reasons ranging from fear that it might take them out of their personal comfort zone of salvation, to the ignorance of it’s importance to Kingdom advancement will interject that the world has been in the end times for the past 2000 years.

As far as the first reference of what usually happens when the topic of the End Times comes up, I will admit that eschatology debates can be harmful to the great commission of spreading the good news when the parties turn it into a battle of bull-wits before unfamiliar peers of the teachings.

Albeit, when done with the proper motive of iron sharpening iron, then it can be very helpful, for both parties, Christianity, and ultimately to the world.

Of course, many Christians will say that the End Time message is not needed, not a matter of salvation and that they will be flown to safety when it all goes down anyway.

And, I’ll just leave those Christians to the Atheist to debate, as even well-studied Atheist know that Christianity is not supposed to be about self. In fact, salvation is not supposed to be hoarded, but given away as a gift, just as God gave it to us.

Not that we can save anyone ourselves, but, if we know enough about prophetic end-time events to be aware of the shortness of time that we have left to minister His word, then we may be able to change the heart and understanding of at least one nonbeliever.

And speaking of nonbelievers, that brings us to the second occurrence which many times comes about upon the mention of the ” End Times ”  and that one is the unbelievers becoming offended, or indifferent and spouting off to a Christian why they don’t believe in Christ, or God. But, I really can’t see where that does the testimony of

Christ any great harm, either.  After all, if we are secure enough in our own salvation to know that we are going to survive the great tribulation, either by Pre -Tribulation Rapture, or Pre-Wrath Rapture, (depending on one’s view of eschatology) then, how’s that hurting the Kingdom advancement?

No, unfortunately, the latter example of what many times takes place at the mention of the End Times, (though certainly true, in that once Jesus rose to life, the plan of salvation through His atoning death, went into effect 2000 years ago) is the thing that I see as the most harmful of the three things that most generally take place at the mention of the End Times.

Why harmful?  Many ask. Quite frankly, for a Christian believer to profess that the end times are only vaguely mentioned in the word of God, or irrelevant to the believer, and a world that is following a false hope of pluralism, in my opinion, they haven’t done their homework.

It really only goes to show that they haven’t taken Gods instructions, through Paul, in the book of Timothy, seriously when Paul admonished:

2 Timothy 2:15
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not  to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

This reprove, in my opinion, went out to not only Timothy in the first century, but to all Christians even until this very day, which, by the way, if you haven’t discerned by now, I vehemently profess to be the ” EndTimes.”

Why would we be instructed to study to show ourselves approved unto a God who already approves of us through His Son Jeshua, who He sent to die on a cross for us? You may ask. Because we are to be workmen, and work-women, to spread the good news of Christ, and the Kingdom of God. Workmen to help those who do not know Him, or what the  “end of the age ” as Jesus puts it in Matthew 24, among other places in the Bible, is truly all about.

It’s about life, not death. Not about destruction, but, of restoration, and completeness. The “End Time ”  is the new beginning. A breath of fresh air, new life, new heaven, new earth.

Don’t we as Christians even get it ourselves enough to get into His word, off our pews, and into the streets? To shine light into darkened hurt filled hearts out there who need desperately to hear the Good News of Christ? Don’t we get it?          “The End
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“Sons of Enoch” chapter 21

“City of Enoch”

We will begin our search for the ancient city of Enoch, by first pinpointing  the most reasonably accepted location of the Garden of Eden, based on the evidences that we have,  starting with the Genesis 2 account.  The Genesis rendering of the location goes as follows:

Genesis 2:8

And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.    9And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.    10And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.  11The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold; 12And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone.  13And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia. 14And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates.

If  you will notice,  I have raised certain words in bold print within the foregoing Genesis passage. The reason of my highlighting those words is to point out that the Genesis writer called these  10 places,  or at least those with proper noun assignments,  by their   post-diluvian titles.   In other words,  regardless of  who we  attribute the writing of the book of Genesis to, whether it be Moses, or whomever, we surely know that the book was written after the flood,  and therefore, those places  would bare the names in which the Author was familiar with during his life time.  This is an important bit of information for us to make note of  in our study,  as  you  soon will see.   As  I  pointed out earlier,  the writer of  Genesis went to great lengths to show definitive landmarks, and locations,  clearly expecting his readers to recognize, and identify with the locations based on  his descriptions.  That being said, we will now go back into the Bible and see what,   if  any possible  clues it may offer as to where Eden was located.

Ezekiel 27:23
Haran, and Canneh, and Eden, the merchants of Sheba, , and  Asshur and Chilmad, were thy merchants.

Here we see that Ezekial refers to Eden as being an actual area , or  town, existing during his time, while delivering a message from God , and pointing out some of the merchants that traded with the great city of  Tyre.  All of which, run in sequence within the verse, just as their geographical locations would be seen on a map, or an aerial view ( as our study will show) of  Southern Babylonia.   Hence, we will take a closer look now at that localized area, the  names,  and explore the modern day excavations and archeological findings,  to see if a picture isn’t  after all,  still worth a thousand words.  But, first let me point out that Babylonia was located  in the area later  known as Mesopotamia, which is Greek for:  (Between the two Rivers) The map seen here can be viewed in more detail, along with other detailed information, and links @  BIBLE HISTORY.COM What we see on this map of the ancient Babylonia area aligns the two ( Presently  named and identified today,)  rivers described in the book of Genesis account almost as precisely  as one could ask  for.  Undoubtedly,   it also  shows us that the trade rout  along those rivers, especially when considering that most of the earths population, in those days were located within the same general area, was the most efficient possible scenario for it’s time,  and would even be unto this present day.  The next map that we see  shows more of the then (Genesis Writers) names of the towns, as well as what they were called  in a much later time in history, ie; (Assher/Assyria,)  by the time of the fall of  Samaria,  ( Israel, )  to the Assyrians,   in 722 B.C.  The red line in the map shows the trail that the deported Israelites would have been marched off  from Samaria into Assyria, and the Median provinces.  I only added this map to help us to see the changes and to stay on track with the  two named rivers in the Genesis 2 account, of the Euphrates, and the Tigris,  ( Hiddekel.)   In our continued  search, however,  I will  turn your attention, and mine, to the not so spelled out, nor  easily authenticated names, and locations of the other two rivers, beginning with the  first one in which the Genesis writer labels as the “Pison“. (Strongs #06376>Pee-Shone) As one  attempts to locate, or equate this river to another known river of the more modern times, (as many have attributed it to dozens) they will soon realize that it is not an easy task to say the least. One could rely on the countless geographical studies, maps, outlines and reviews of the equally innumerable experts, geologist, and Bible land explorers from the past to determine which, if any of the many rivers in the  ocean of possibilities could be the river Pison. However, in doing so, one will succumb to the realization, that in the end of all the reading, mapping, googeling, study and gasps,   they will still have to either rely on eenie meanie, miney mo, or the casting of  lots to choose one.  Other than praying for divine revelation into the matter, in which,  I  have certainly done,  I have decided to go with a more personal, technique, or at least, a personal study rather than to rely on someone else’s predetermined conclusion in the matter, and that technique is one of deductive reasoning based on the clues that we are given, beginning in the beginning of it all…the Genesis account.

Genesis 2:11
The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;

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“Sons of Enoch” Chapter 20

” City of Enoch “

As you may recall from the previous  chapter, the city of Enoch spoken of here, was according to the book of Genesis, the first city ever built on earth.   According to the scriptures,  Cain built this city  and  named  it  Enoch,  in honor of his son, who was also  named Enoch. This  Enoch, However,  as we stipulated in an earlier chapter was not the same Enoch which the Genesis account tells us walked with God, and was taken into heaven. Here we will show where we believe the first city was  located,  based on Biblical information,  geographical, and archeological reasoning, as well as information found on tablets of  Sumerian cuneiform languages and lore.

"Adam and Eve Expelled From Paradise"

Mesopotamia writing in cuneiform

For centuries secular,  and religious,  philosophers, both scientific and theological, have debated the validity of the Genesis writer’s depiction of the Garden of  Eden, and the birth place of civilization. The allegorical significances of the stories throughout the book of Genesis, as well as the Bible itself, are undeniable to say the least. Today, however, with the unearthing of archeological evidences, languages, and ancient cities throughout the regions where the Bible tells us all of this took place circa 5000 years ago,  many of the most skeptical of  historical thinkers astonishingly admit an undeniable realization, that at least some historical significance and validity lies within the Biblical  account of  the birthplace of  humankind.  I feel it is important to point out that the writer of Genesis definitely put forth much effort in his writings, to descriptively locate for the reader,  many detailed  geographical points of references, and landmarks. These places of reference are with us yet today, and for that reason alone, I feel that there was an absolute , definitive and historical purpose in the mind of the writer of Genesis.  Allegories, and fairy tales rarely use actual geographical locations, let alone give such a detailed and  traceable layout for the readers, either presently alive,  or to possibly exist thousands of years later. Albeit, there are still at least two views of what the writings are all about, and the one of the more liberal acceptance would be of just a location  where a mythical tale unfolds.   Nonetheless, the reality that the actual location existed,  and does still today,  has become more and more difficult for anyone to ignore or contradict.  The ensuing study therefore, will be offered to the reader with the authors embracing  of the Genesis account at  face value,  and as a literal,  and historical narrative.  After all,  if it was good enough for the writers of the New Testament, and Jesus himself  to validate for us as an actual historical account, then it is good enough for me.  I base  this  belief not only by faith,  but also on  much study into the validity and historical evidence of  the existence of Yeshua,  (Jesus, ) and his followers.