the circle of passion… understanding the radical elements of Islam and Christianity

    pas·sion ˈpaSHən/: noun

    1. strong and barely controllable emotion. "a man of impetuous passion"
    2. the suffering and death of Jesus. "meditations on the Passion of Christ"

    synonyms: crucifixion, suffering, agony, martyrdom [1]

    According to David Barrett et al, editors of the "World Christian Encyclopedia: A comparative survey of churches and religions – AD 30 to 2200," there are 19 major world religions which are subdivided into a total of 270 large religious groups, and many smaller ones. [2]

    The circle of passion above is an illustration of how I see the religions in all of the world.The blue portion of the circle, which makeup all the known religions, comprise Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Muslims, Chinese and Catholics, Orthodox and Protestant Christianity, etc…

    The blue portion of the graphic representing the ‘world of religion’ is a picture of what the Coexist Foundation and the Chrislam Movement is all about. [3]  Their  ultimate goal is for all the religions of the world to coexist in peace and harmony. Dwelling in a warm, cozy community without conflict, while joining hands and singing a round of kumbaya my lord, kumbaya. For the most part the vast majority of the world religions have no problem with this concept, except for a couple of radical segment of Islam and Christianity.

    A careful examination of the circle of passion reveals two very small slivers which are located at the extreme edges. Even though they are part of the larger circle, they are distinct from the larger, vast majority of religionist. These slivers would be considered outside the norm of their respective religion, and labeled as radical or extremist. It is hard to understand what the actual percentage of the smaller slivers are in relationship to the majority, but we can surmise they are miniscule in comparison to the majority.

    The religionist that are within these smaller slivers are not only smaller in number, but possess a different conviction than those in the larger area of the circle. The conviction of the patrons in the slivers are so strong and determined they are willing to die for these  convictions. In order to understand these radical elements we must understand some foundational teachings of Islam and Christianity.

    Islam:

    Shahid or Shaheed (Arabic: شهيد,‎ šahīd, plural: شُهَدَاء šuhadāʾ ) originates from the Qur’anic Arabic word meaning "witness" and is also used to denote a "martyr." It is used as an honorific for Muslims who have died fulfilling a religious commandment, especially those who die wielding jihad, or historically in the military expansion of Islam.

    The word shahid in Arabic means "witness". Its development closely parallels that of Greek marturos "witness", the origin of the term martyr. Shahid occurs frequently in the Quran in the generic sense "witness", but only once in the sense "martyr; one who dies deliberately for his faith"; this latter sense becomes standardized in the hadiths. [4]

    Christianity:

    Mat 10:34  Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
    Mat 10:35  For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
    Mat 10:36  And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.
    Mat 10:37  He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
    Mat 10:38  And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
    Mat 10:39  He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

    1Pe 4:12  Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
    1Pe 4:13  But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
    1Pe 4:14  If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
    1Pe 4:15  But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.
    1Pe 4:16  Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
    1Pe 4:17  For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
    1Pe 4:18  And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
    1Pe 4:19  Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

    The radical patrons in the two slivers are not only located 180  degrees of each other, their conviction are just as diametrically opposed. Radical Islam lives to kill. Taking innocent life is no problem for this violent segment of Islam and if their own death is required during the Shahid, they willingly die. Those dwelling in the radical Christianity sliver do not take innocent life. They are generally the innocent lives that are taken by the violent, Islamic extremist, yet they are willing to die for the cause of the gospel and the testimony of their Christ.

    Now every patron of Islam does not have the conviction to “die wielding jihad or for the expansion of Islam” nor every Christian to be “reproached for the name of Christ”. The blue portion of the circle of passion is reserved for them to coexist in peace, but those that inhabit the slivers are fully committed… even to death!

    Though the inhabitants of the slivers have similar convictions and commitment, their end  is quite different. Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God, commit the keeping of their souls to Him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

     

    “A man who does not have something for which he is willing to die, is not fit to live.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

    King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee, for his efforts to end segregation and racial discrimination through civil disobedience and other non-violent means.

    The ONLY true peace, in both this life and the one to come is in Yeshua:

    brother malachi

    [1] https://www.google.com/#q=meaning+of+passion

    [2] David B. Barrett, et al., "World Christian Encyclopedia : A Comparative Survey of Churches and Religions in the Modern World," Oxford University Press, (2001).

    [3] http://awordfrommalachi.com/2014/10/11/a-common-word-chrislam/

    [4] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shahid

    when the spirit of hate does not see eye to eye

    Iraq: Isis cruelty graphically revealed in gay man’s savage rooftop execution in Mosul

    January 16,2015

    The Islamic State [IS] group has released photographs that allegedly show the final moments before a man is thrown from the roof of a building in the Iraqi city of Mosul as punishment for being gay.

    The photos were uploaded to Justpaste.it by jihadists and circulated on social media sites by IS-affiliated accounts.

    The photo shows a man about to be pushed to his death by two IS militants and another shows that a large crowd had gathered to watch below.

    A caption on one of the photographs explains that the man had committed a crime of ‘the people of Lot’, meaning that he is alleged to have committed an act of sodomy, and was ‘thrown from a high place’ as punishment. [1]

    As the large crowd (Muslims) gathered below to watch the brutal execution, there does not appear, at least openly, to be any opposition to the judgment meted out by ISIS against the homosexual.

    Below is a YouTube video of protestors in the Palm Springs, CA that gathered back in 2008 to protest the unanimous approval of Prop-8 initiative.

    Proposition 8 was a ballot initiative, and a California state constitutional amendment, passed in the November 2008 elections, which says that "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California."

    The video is from a local news report covering the protest that took place at the Palm Springs City Hall. Wonder if the protestors in the video would have been as vocal in the Iraqi city of Mosul as they are against the Christian grand-mother in the USA?

     

    Anti-Proposition 8 Mob Attacking Grandmother-

    Uploaded on YouTube Nov 10, 2008, by Public Freedom

    Anti-Proposition 8 Mob Attacking Grandmother – YouTube Video

    YouTube Note: Public Advocate of the US has been sending volunteers all over the United States conducting a Citizens Survey to find out if Americans support traditional marriage and the Marriage Protection Amendment, legally defining marriage as between a man and a woman at the Federal level. An overwhelming majority said that they do and wanted to encourage President-elect Obama to do the same.
    The recent passing of Proposition 8 in California shows that we were absolutely right. If the people of California believe in traditional marriage, what must the rest of the country support? The radical lefts reaction shows how obscenely dedicated they are to silencing the American people, even sparking violence against those who do not fit into their narrow ideological box. Public Advocate will be covering these events as they unfold. For more information about our organization visit us on the web at
    www.PublicAdvocateUSA.org


    Surah Al-A’raf 7:80-84 [2]

    (7:80) And remember when We sent Lot, as a Messenger to his people and he said to them: Do you realize you practice an indecency of which no other people in the world were guilty of before you?

    (7:81) You approach men lustfully in place of women. You are a people who exceed all bounds.

    (7:82) Their only answer was: ‘Banish them from your town. They are a people who pretend to be pure.

    (7:83) Then We delivered Lot and his household save his wife who stayed behind,

    (7:84) and We let loose a shower [of stones] upon them, Observe, then, the end of the evil-doers


    Leviticus 20:13 Young’s Literal Translation- [3]

    Lev 20:13  If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

    Romans 1:26-28 Young’s Literal Translation- [4]

    Rom 1:26  Because of this did God give them up to dishonourable affections, for even their females did change the natural use into that against nature;
    Rom 1:27  and in like manner also the males having left the natural use of the female, did burn in their longing toward one another; males with males working shame, and the recompense of their error that was fit, in themselves receiving.
    Rom 1:28  And, according as they did not approve of having God in knowledge, God gave them up to a disapproved mind, to do the things not seemly;


    I have selected one of the many references from the Quran, the Old and New Testaments (Holy Bible), that condemns the act of homosexuality as being an egregious sin.  Having established such, it  seems a little disingenuous that the ant-Christian / pro-homosexual movement, in America, would be so vocal against Christianity while turning a mute tongue to Islam… or does it.

    January 16, 2015

    Duke’s Downsized Call to Prayer Draws Hundreds in Support of School’s Muslims

    Hundreds of students of varying religions gathered outside of the chapel on Duke University’s campus Friday, , to take part in an Islamic call to prayer — in support of the school’s Muslim population, which had been offered then denied the opportunity to broadcast the call from the chapel’s bell tower.

    The adhan was heard over a small amplifier on Friday, but Duke had announced Tuesday that the three minute chant would resonate from the chapel’s bell tower each Friday before the Duke Muslim Students Association met for their weekly prayers in the chapel’s basement, as they have been doing for years.

    "This opportunity represents a larger commitment to religious pluralism that is at the heart of Duke’s mission," Christy Lohr Sapp, the chapel’s associate dean for religious life, had said in an earlier statement. In an article in the News & Observer of Raleigh, Lorr Sapp elaborated that recent attacks in Paris and Pakistan had shed a light on Muslims that wasn’t accurate, and Duke championed the more public call to prayer to celebrate a Muslim community that is "peaceful and prayerful." [5]

    January 17, 2016

    Muslim leaders from across America will gather in Texas this weekend to hold the annual Stand With the Prophet in Honor and Respect conference, a weekend forum that is being billed as a “movement to defend Prophet Muhammad, his person, and his message,” according to event information.

    The Saturday event, which seeks to combat “Islamophobes in America” who have turned the Islamic Prophet Muhammad “into an object of hate,” according to organizers, comes just a week after radicalized Islamists in France killed 17 people.

    “This is not an event. It is the beginning of a movement,” organizers write on their website, which blames Americans for giving Islam a bad name. “A movement to defend Prophet Muhammad, his person, and his message.”

    Evangelist Franklin Graham was particularly opposed to the call the prayer idea, taking to Twitter and Facebook to discourage alumni and donors from supporting the school until Duke reversed their decision.

    "As Christianity is being excluded from the public square and followers of Islam are raping, butchering, and beheading Christians, Jews, and anyone who doesn’t submit to their Sharia Islamic law, Duke is promoting this in the name of religious pluralism," Graham said. [6]

    While Islam is being promoted as a ‘religion of peace’ across the west, in the shadow of this past weeks rampage, the homosexual community’s silence is deafening. When Sharia Islamic Law comes to America, it will be interesting to see how the two ‘spirits’ get along.

    Pray for the peace of Yeshua

    brother malachi 

    [1] http://metro.co.uk/2015/01/16/isis-throw-man-off-roof-in-iraq-for-being-gay-5025367/

    [2] http://www.islamicstudies.info/tafheem.php?sura=7&verse=80&to=84

    [3] https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Leviticus+20&version=YLT

    [4] https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+1&version=YLT

    [5] http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/dukes-downsized-call-prayer-draws-hundreds-support-schools-muslims-n288036

    [6] http://freebeacon.com/issues/muslim-leaders-to-hold-stand-with-the-prophet-rally-in-texas/

    I Met a Man…

    brother malachi:

    I am re-blogging this post from ‘The Rural lowegian’ http://ruraliowegian.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/i-met-a-man/

    There is an old saying that seems to be quite prevalent in a man… “we see things not as they are, but as we are”.

    We see evidence of this in the life of King David when the prophet Nathan was sent of God with the parable of the rich man that had taken the poor man’s one ewe lamb for his wayfaring friend.

    David was ready to ‘kill’ him as just recompense, while completely oblivious to what he had done to Uriah the Hittite.

    In this post from the rural lowegian we find a man that had a heart that was tender toward the leading of God’s Spirit… a man like King David. A man after God’s own heart.

    Sometimes our actions do not reveal the desires of our heart until the Spirit intervenes.

    Thanks for the post rural lowegian!

    Peace in Yeshua
    brother malachi

    Originally posted on The Rural Iowegian:

    I once met a man who said he was thirsty so I handed him a bottle of water, but he would not drink.  He then said he was hungry so I handed him my lunch, but he would not eat.  Finally he said he was lost so I asked him where he was going, but he would not speak.

    What I did not understand was he was thirsty for the word, he hungered for the spirit, and had lost his way from the path of righteousness. So I laid down the mirror and picked up my Bible to quench my thirst, quash my hunger, and find my way again; the man was me.

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    is your view of god creative and philosophical ?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    In the second epistle to the Corinthians, the Spirit of God warns the church of Corinth, to beware of anyone preaching another Jesus or  gospel or bearing a different spirit.

    This admonition is good advise for today, for there appears to be a lot of muddy water as to who God is, what He allows  and how He works. It’s not uncommon to hear someone say “I don’t think that God would allow this or that, or operates likes this or that, or that is NOT the god I worship!”

    The problem is His ways are not our way nor His thoughts our thoughts, so when we see God do something that is not palatable to our flesh, some simply reject it as a manner in which God works. It’s NOT a creative and philosophical  way one wants to see God. When one finds him/her self in this state of mind, the mind begins to fashion a god after their own image.

    modern day example of this truth…

    Oprah Winfrey- http://youtu.be/Oxao4LmTMfU (video television program)

    “I will say I was one of those people who used to go to church every-I grew up, as I was sharing with the last caller, you know, in the South and so going to church every Sunday, Sunday School, Baptist Training Union, Wednesday night prayer service, the whole thing, choir, all of it.
    And when I moved to Baltimore, I was in my 20s, and I remember sitting in a church, you know, one of those big churches where you have to get there at, you know, 6:30 in the morning to line up for 8 o’clock service, and the minister was preaching about-it was a really good preacher-and he was preaching about how God-"the Lord thy God was a jealous God and the Lord thy God would condemn us for whatever," and I remember I-I had a spiritual aha!
    There. And I was in my late 20s, and I suddenly thought, "How can this God who is all loving and all powerful, why would God be jealous of me?" [1]

    It is pretty apparent that Oprah is not getting spiritual direction from the Word of God and Spirit of Truth, so New Age “spiritual teacher” Ulrich (Eckhart) Tolle has filled this role. Oprah quotes from his book ‘ A NEW EARTH ’…

    "My favorite quote is in the first chapter," says Winfrey during one of these webinars. "Man made God in his own image. The eternal, the infinite and the un-nameable reduced to a mental idol that you had to believe in and worship as my God or your God." [2]

    When the mind has to compute the different attributes of God such as love, peace, blessings, tranquility, etc… these attributes are readily accepted as to how  we view God, but the same mind struggles with the judgment of God. It runs counter-productive to our creative and philosophical view of God.

    the vial judgments poured out upon the world…

    Rev 16:1  And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.
    Rev 16:2  And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.
    Rev 16:3  And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.
    Rev 16:4  And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.
    Rev 16:5  And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus.
    Rev 16:6  For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.
    Rev 16:7  And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.
    Rev 16:8  And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
    Rev 16:9  And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.
    Rev 16:10  And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,
    Rev 16:11  And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.
    Rev 16:12  And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.
    Rev 16:13  And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
    Rev 16:14  For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

    The judgment mentioned in Revelation speaks of pain, not only in intensity but duration. So grievous,  that inhabitants gnaw his/her  tongue for pain. Important note “yet the world will not repent of their deeds”.

    The afore mentioned judgment in Revelation is prophetic and according to the words of Christ, are future and He states the world has never seen the like or will until that day…

    Mat 24:21  For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
    Mat 24:22  And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

    To give us some perspective, I would like for you to consider a period of God’s judgment in the history of the nation Israel. Joram is king over the northern kingdom in Samaria (845BC) ,when Benhadad, king of Syria locks the city down. In those days, the enemy would encamp around a fortified city not allowing sustainable goods into the city. Once the city was starved, in weakness they would surrender or fall to defeat. Samaria finds themselves in dire straits and under the judgment of God.

    the judgment of God can get very severe…

    2Ki 6:24  And it came to pass after this, that Benhadad king of Syria gathered all his host, and went up, and besieged Samaria.
    2Ki 6:25  And there was a great famine in Samaria: and, behold, they besieged it, until an ass’s head was sold for fourscore pieces of silver, and the fourth part of a cab of dove’s dung for five pieces of silver.
    2Ki 6:26  And as the king of Israel was passing by upon the wall, there cried a woman unto him, saying, Help, my lord, O king.
    2Ki 6:27  And he said, If the LORD do not help thee, whence shall I help thee? out of the barnfloor, or out of the winepress?
    2Ki 6:28  And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she answered, This woman said unto me, Give thy son, that we may eat him to day, and we will eat my son to morrow.
    2Ki 6:29  So we boiled my son, and did eat him: and I said unto her on the next day, Give thy son, that we may eat him: and she hath hid her son.
    2Ki 6:30  And it came to pass, when the king heard the words of the woman, that he rent his clothes; and he passed by upon the wall, and the people looked, and, behold, he had sackcloth within upon his flesh.
    2Ki 6:31  Then he said, God do so and more also to me, if the head of Elisha the son of Shaphat shall stand on him this day.

    When a city gets hungry enough for a mother to eat her child, that pretty severe. Anything humanity suffer on the earth today will pale in comparison to the day of the Revelation.

    Can this measure of judgment come to America? If so, when? Rest assured, she is not ready.

    brother malachi

    [1] http://static.oprah.com/pdf/20090114_sas_transcript.pdf cf:page 18 & 19
    [2] http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/profiles/eckhart-tolle-this-man-could-change-your-life-850872.html

     

    modern day spiritual taboo…

    Hindu god Shiva- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Sri Maha Mariamman Temple

    Shaivism is the oldest of the four major sects of Hinduism. Shaivas believe that Shiva is the Supreme Being and consider him All and in all, the creator, preserver, destroyer, revealer and concealer of all that is. In the Hindu religion, Shiva is revered as the quintessential  destroyer. According to Hinduism, as ‘the destroyer’, his role is to destroy all the worlds at the end of creation and dissolve them into nothingness.

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    In the second epistle of Peter we find that creative and destructive power rest in YAHWEH, and Him alone.

    2Pe 3:1  This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:
    2Pe 3:2  That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:
    2Pe 3:3  Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
    2Pe 3:4  And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
    2Pe 3:5  For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
    2Pe 3:6  Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
    2Pe 3:7  But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
    2Pe 3:8  But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
    2Pe 3:9  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
    2Pe 3:10  But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
    2Pe 3:11  Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
    2Pe 3:12  Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
    2Pe 3:13  Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
    2Pe 3:14  Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
    2Pe 3:15  And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
    2Pe 3:16  As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
    2Pe 3:17  Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
    2Pe 3:18  But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

     


    a nation’s sin…

    All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers.
    Deu 8:2  And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.
    Deu 8:3  And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.
    Deu 8:4  Thy raiment waxed not old upon thee, neither did thy foot swell, these forty years.
    Deu 8:5  Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee.
    Deu 8:6  Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him.
    Deu 8:7  For the LORD thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills;
    Deu 8:8  A land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of oil olive, and honey;
    Deu 8:9  A land wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, thou shalt not lack any thing in it; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills thou mayest dig brass.
    Deu 8:10  When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the LORD thy God for the good land which he hath given thee.
    Deu 8:11  Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day:
    Deu 8:12  Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein;
    Deu 8:13  And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied;
    Deu 8:14  Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the LORD thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage;
    Deu 8:15  Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint;
    Deu 8:16  Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end;
    Deu 8:17  And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth.
    Deu 8:18  But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.
    Deu 8:19  And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish.
    Deu 8:20  As the nations which the LORD destroyeth before your face, so shall ye perish; because ye would not be obedient unto the voice of the LORD your God.

    America will be without excuse.


    repentance – a nation’s leaders…

    A Presidential Proclamation

    Whereas, the Senate of the Unitewd States, devoutly recognizing the Supreme  Authority and just Government of Almighty God, in all the affairs of men and of nations, has, by a resolution, requested the President to designate and set apart a day for National prayer and humiliation.


    And whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence  upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in  humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy  and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures  and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.

    And, insomuch as we know that, by His divine law, nations like individuals are  subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world, may we not justly fear  that the awful calamity of civil war, which now desolates the land, may be but a  punishment, inflicted upon us, for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of  our national reformation as a whole People? We have been the recipients of the  choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace  and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation  has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand  which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us;  and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these  blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated  with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity  of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!

    It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess  our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.

    Abraham Lincoln -1863


    repentance – the people of God…

    Dan 9:3  And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:
    Dan 9:4  And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments; Dan 9:5  We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments:
    Dan 9:6  Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.
    Dan 9:7  O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto thee, but unto us confusion of faces, as at this day; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and unto all Israel, that are near, and that are far off, through all the countries whither thou hast driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against thee.
    Dan 9:8  O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee.
    Dan 9:9  To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him;
    Dan 9:10  Neither have we obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets.
    Dan 9:11  Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy law, even by departing, that they might not obey thy voice; therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned against him.
    Dan 9:12  And he hath confirmed his words, which he spake against us, and against our judges that judged us, by bringing upon us a great evil: for under the whole heaven hath not been done as hath been done upon Jerusalem.
    Dan 9:13  As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us: yet made we not our prayer before the LORD our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand thy truth.
    Dan 9:14  Therefore hath the LORD watched upon the evil, and brought it upon us: for the LORD our God is righteous in all his works which he doeth: for we obeyed not his voice.
    Dan 9:15  And now, O Lord our God, that hast brought thy people forth out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and hast gotten thee renown, as at this day; we have sinned, we have done wickedly.
    Dan 9:16  O Lord, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee, let thine anger and thy fury be turned away from thy city Jerusalem, thy holy mountain: because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people are become a reproach to all that are about us.
    Dan 9:17  Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of thy servant, and his supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord’s sake.
    Dan 9:18  O my God, incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name: for we do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousnesses, but for thy great mercies.
    Dan 9:19  O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name.


    If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 

    I fear  that what the LORD requires to stay His judgment upon America is spiritual taboo!

    the city’s demise…

    How lonely sits the city that was full of people! How like a widow has she become, she who was great among the nations! She who was a princess among the provinces has become a slave. She weeps bitterly in the night, with tears on her cheeks; among all her lovers she has none to comfort her; all her friends have dealt treacherously with her; they have become her enemies. Lamentation 1:1-2

     
    brother malachi

    arrows winged with the Constitution of the United States of America

     

    “As the eagle was killed by the arrow winged with his own feather, so the hand of the world is wounded by its own skill.”- Helen Keller

    God is light, and in him is no darkness at all!

    The Christmas season conjures up the spiritual warfare that seems to be waxing stronger with each new year. The war is between light and darkness as the darkness vies for spiritual space that light used to possess. The world of darkness feigns that they just want equal opportunity to dwell in the same space with light. Now there is a spiritual principle that God has given evidence of in the physical realm. Light and darkness cannot dwell in the same space. Darkness is the absence of light. Even when a small amount of light is present, the darkness has to give place to the light. Herein lies a very important truth, darkness cannot suppress light, darkness only exist in the absence of light.

    The systematic removal of Light

    Evidence of this spiritual struggle has just taken place in Tallahassee, FL. Last year the Satanic Temple of New York, petitioned for a permit to erect a display, giving place to Satan and his realm of darkness, next to the nativity scene at the Florida State Capitol, but the permit was rejected as “offensive”.

    The display that was to be placed next to the nativity scene in Tallahassee consisted of a kiosk that showed an angel falling from  heaven into the bed of hell, with a scripture reference from Isaiah 14:12 

    “How are you fallen from heaven O Day Star, son of Dawn”

    This year, the state of Florida allowed the Satanic Temple display after the group applied for a 2014 permit with the legal backing of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. [1]

    While this is going on in Tallahassee, the Detroit chapter of the Satanic Temple, secured rights to place a  display at the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing. Their display consisted of the snake from the Garden of Eden sitting in front of a pentagram, offering a book representing “knowledge” as a gift.

    Michigan lawmaker Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge), made the statement "I will not allow this Satanic group to hijack the CHRISTmas season for their message…The ‘Snaketivity’ display represents darkness while we celebrate the light." [2]

    While the ‘snake’ is slithering through Florida and Michigan, he is in Oklahoma as well. Once again the Satanic Temple of New York has partnered with the ACLU in an attempt to force the state of Oklahoma to remove the  Ten Commandments that is erected on the steps of the Oklahoma State Capitol, or they will have to allow the erection of a 7-foot Satanic statue that depicts Baphomet, or Sabbatic goat, flanked by two children. [3]

    The last of examples I will share for today is The Oklahoma City Civic Center rented the venue out for the purpose of Black Mass, to The Dakhma of Angra Mainyu — which is headed by a tattooed registered sex offender with the moniker “The Dark Lord” — for $420. “The center can’t deny use of the facility to any group based on their beliefs”, officials said. [4]

    Notice the verbiage of the official…

    “The center can’t deny use of the facility to any group based on their beliefs”. 

    The weapon that is being wielded by the Dakhma of Angra Mainyu, the Satanic Temple, the ACLU and  Americans United for the Separation of Church and State is the Constitution of the United States to espouse their satanic doctrine. Arrows winged with our own liberties and freedoms are seemingly keeping us from preventing such grievous wickedness from gaining a foothold in our society. It seems that the same principles of Helen Keller’s quote is well in play here.

    Contrast this with the guidelines of the Old Testament Law…

    Deu 18:9 -  When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.
    Deu 18:10 -  There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,
    Deu 18:11 -  Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
    Deu 18:12 – For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

    Lev 20:26 -  And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine.
    Lev 20:27 -  A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them.

    … the removal was necessary to inure the wickedness would not corrupt the entire nation.

    The wiles of the devil

    Consider the scripture reference from Isaiah on the kiosk in Tallahassee, understanding that Satan is known for twisting and bending the scriptures to promote his cause. The complete rendering of Isaiah: 14:12 includes something very important that was left off of the verse by the Satanic Temple.

    Isa 14:12- How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

    The Hebrew word that is translated “weaken” is châlash; khaw-lash’
    A primitive root; to prostrate; by implication to overthrow, decay: – discomfit, waste away, weaken.

    The Devil is a liar and a murderer from the beginning. He is…

    Abaddon (destroying angel)

    Apollyon (destroyer)

    Antichrist (opponent of the Messiah)

    … and America is giving place to him?

    I have taken the liberty to visit additional scripture from the same prophet. There were six woes pronounced upon Judah for their willful forsaking of God’s word and their following of Israel, the northern kingdom, into the same sins. I have listed two of the six, which will fit the bill quite well…

    Isa 5:18-  Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope:
    Isa 5:19-  That say, Let him make speed, and hasten his work, that we may see it: and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw nigh and come, that we may know it!
    Isa 5:20-  Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

    … the next two versus speaks to their demise.

    Isa 5:24- Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
    Isa 5:25-  Therefore is the anger of the LORD kindled against his people, and he hath stretched forth his hand against them, and hath smitten them: and the hills did tremble, and their carcasses were torn in the midst of the streets. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.

    As we see the spirit of darkness gaining preeminence, we can only surmise that God is removing His Light from our society.

    America will not find blessings in 2015. Pray God will have mercy on her.

    brother malachi

    [1] http://www.christianpost.com/news/christian-woman-says-shes-sorry-but-had-to-destroy-satanic-display-next-to-nativity-scene-at-florida-capitol-131715/

    [2] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/17/michigan-nativity-scene-state-capitol_n_6341800.html

    [3] http://www.chron.com/news/nation-world/article/Satanic-Temple-s-statue-of-Satanic-figure-under-5454360.php

    [4] http://nypost.com/2014/08/13/okla-governor-bashes-wrong-satanists-for-hosting-black-mass/

    killing God

     

    LucasCranach_Massacre_of_the_Innocents

    The Massacre of the Innocents (detail) by Lucas Cranach the Elder (c. 1515), National Museum in Warsaw 

    The above painting is Cranach’s depiction of the biblical narrative of infanticide by Herod the Great, the Roman-appointed King of the Jews. According to the Gospel of Matthew,[1]

    When the Magi had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. Get up, he said, take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him. So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: "Out of Egypt I called my son." When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old or under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled: "A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more." Matt. 2:13-18

    The purpose of Herod’s order to kill all the boys surrounding Bethlehem, two years and younger, had one specific child as its target, Immanuel, Yeshua Ha Mashiach, the ONE child the wise men had traversed afar to worship. The rest of the children caught up in the murder were mere collateral damage, which can be likened to the innocent babies that are slaughtered (57 million+ since 1973) at the hand of the abortion industry.

    Herod never considered his decree as an attempt to “kill God”, his only focus was the prophecy concerning a child that was to be “the king of the Jews”… political in nature… sounds all too familiar!

    Now Satan (the spirit behind the curtain), quite the contrast. He had a very specific agenda, it was to kill the Messiah. After all he is a liar and a murderer from the beginning, and the lust of the father, his children will do.

     


    America’s Killing of God-

    “gott ist tot” – German translation- “God is dead”

    Gott ist tot is the all familiar quote by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. It first appears in Nietzsche’s 1882 collection The Gay Science (German: Die fröhliche Wissenschaft), in sections 108 (New Struggles), 125 (The Madman), and for a third time in section 343 (The Meaning of our Cheerfulness). It is also found in Nietzsche’s classic work Thus Spoke Zarathustra (German: Also sprach Zarathustra), which is most responsible for popularizing the phrase. The idea is stated in "The Madman" as follows: God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it? — Nietzsche, The Gay Science, Section 125, tr. Walter Kaufmann [2]

    At face value, the quote has quite the negative connotation, imagine man’s futile attempt to “kill God”.

    The Philosophy Index, a philosophical think tank, that provides  interpretations of philosophical works and an overview of the basics in philosophy, says the quote is often taken out of context.

     

    The meaning of the phrase is often misunderstood — many have interpreted that Nietzsche believed in a literal death or end of God. Instead, the line points to the western world’s reliance on religion as a moral compass and source of meaning.

    Nietzsche’s works express a fear that the decline of religion, the rise of atheism, and the absence of a higher moral authority would plunge the world into chaos. The western world had depended on the rule of God for thousands of years — it gave order to society and meaning to life. Without it, Nietzsche writes, society will move into an age of nihilism. Although Nietzsche may have been considered a nihilist by definition, he was critical of it and warned that accepting nihilism would be dangerous. [3]

     

    ni·hil·ism ˈnīəˌlizəm,ˈnēəˌlizəm/

    noun -the rejection of all religious and moral principles, often in the belief that life is meaningless.

    synonyms:
    skepticism, negativity, cynicism, pessimism;

    • PHILOSOPHY-extreme skepticism maintaining that nothing in the world has a real existence.
    • HISTORICAL-the doctrine of an extreme Russian revolutionary party circa 1900, which found nothing to approve of in the established social order.

    The Philosophy Index’s take on what Nietzsche’s thoughts on nihilism, and what his quote truly meant, is the topic for consideration.

     


    What would America, devoid of a moral compass look like?

    What would the Western world that had depended on God for hundreds of years, which gave order to society and meaning to life look like if they forsook the same?

    Spend some time watching the news as to what is happening in the world, more importantly, what is happening in America.

    The culprit is not  nihilism, the rejection of all religious and moral principles, often in the belief that life is meaningless, it is a society that is devoid of Yahweh and His Messiah. What Herod attempted and failed to do at the birth of Jesus, the religious folk of Christ day attempted the same, yet NO man took His life, He laid it down, an offering for sin. He who knew no sin, became sin that we might have His righteousness.

    As America continues to allow God’s presence and influence to be pushed from her society, we shall surely see the demise of the same. Consider the following admonition…

    Mat 12:43  When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.

     
    Mat 12:44  Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.

    Mat 12:45  Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

    … Just look at the United States of America.

    brother malachi

     

    [1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massacre_of_the_Innocents#cite_note-Jer3115-3

    [2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_is_dead

    [3] http://www.philosophy-index.com/nietzsche/god-is-dead/

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