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

 

40-years of murder Roe v. Wade

Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. Jeremiah 1:4-5

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On January 22, 1973 the Supreme Court’s voted 7-2 in the case of Row v. Wade that established a nationwide right to abortion (government condoned murder of innocence). Forty years  of murder and some 55 million abortions later, while America is awaiting the full impact of God’s judgment….

COURT RULES UNBORN IS ‘CHILD’

Judges ‘affirmed the value of all life, including those most vulnerable of all’Published: 01/11/2013 at 5:46 PM

Article is posted in its entirety in case the link is removed at later date.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/01/court-rules-unborn-is-child/#9WtMczLUwyLvfFSF.99
 

A ruling from the Alabama Supreme Court has concluded that a reference in state law that prevents exposing children to dangerous chemicals also protects an unborn child.

While the decision itself is unrelated to abortion, in a court where at least one justice has advocated overturning Roe v. Wade the decision today in Ankrom v. State undoubtedly will be referenced again.

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/01/court-rules-unborn-is-child/#9WtMczLUwyLvfFSF.99

The case upheld the convictions of two women, Hope Ankrom of Coffee County and Amanda Kimbrough of Colbert County, who were prosecuted for using drugs during their pregnancies.

The state law originally was intended to prevent parents from operating meth labs around children, or allowing children to be in meth labs, and does not mention the unborn.

But the decision said “The plain meaning of the word ‘child’ in the chemical endangerment statute includes unborn children.”

Mathew Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel, a pro-life law firm that filed an amicus brief in the case, said, “In personal injury, criminal, and wills and estate law, the trend has been to recognize the unborn child as a human with legal protections, not merely a ‘potential’ human being.

“The U.S. Supreme Court’s abortion cases are an aberration to law and stand on an island by themselves, and that island will one day disappear,” he said.

After all, it was the original Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion throughout the United States that noted should the personhood of the unborn be established, abortion advocacy would disintegrate, since the unborn then would be qualified for all the protections offered by the U.S. Constitution.

Liberty Counsel said its brief “provided the Alabama Supreme Court with a thorough historical review of legal protection for unborn children, dating from ancient Greece to the present day.”

The group said, “Common law in England and the United States, with support from the medical and legal professions, recognized that ‘[life] is the immediate gift of God, a right inherent in every individual; and it begins in contemplation of law as soon as an infant is able to stir in the mother’s womb.’ This understanding remained the prevailing view in the United States through the middle of the 20th century, when a societal shift prompted a ‘liberalization’ of criminal laws, including restrictions against abortion, culminating in the abortion cases, Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113, (1973) and Doe v. Bolton, 410 U.S. 179 (1973), in which the Supreme Court held that unborn children are not ‘persons’ protected by the right to life set forth in the Constitution.”

In a report on WTVY in Alabama, state Attorney General Luther Strange praised the resolution.

“The court has ratified our argument that the public policy of our state is to protect life, both born and unborn,” he said. “It is a tremendous victory that the Alabama Supreme Court has affirmed the value of all life, including those of unborn children whose lives are among the most vulnerable of all.”

According to records, Ankrom and her newborn son both tested positive for cocaine when the child was born in 2000. She was on probation for a year. Kimbrough’s son was born in 2008 and died 19 minutes later. His cause of death was “acute methamphetamine intoxication” and she was sentenced to 10 years.

Previously, the same court suggested that states simply “reject” the concept of pre-viability abortion-at-will that comes from Roe v. Wade until the U.S. Supreme Court overrules the precedent.

In a powerful statement that appears to affirm the concept of the “personhood” movement, through which pro-life advocates seek to have states recognize the unborn as “persons,” a concurrence in a case result from Justice Tom Parker said, “Since Roe was decided in 1973, advances in medical and scientific technology have greatly expanded our knowledge of prenatal life.

“The development of ultrasound technology has enhanced medical and public understanding, allowing us to watch the growth and development of the unborn child in a way previous generations could never have imagined,” he wrote.

“Similarly, advances in genetics and related fields make clear that a new and unique human being is formed at the moment of conception, when two cells, incapable of independent life, merge to form a single, individual human entity.”

He continued, “Of course, that new life is not yet mature – growth and development are necessary before that life can survive independently – but it is nonetheless human life. And here has been a broad legal consensus in America, even before Roe, that the life of a human being begins at conception.”

His concurrence continued, “An unborn child is a unique and individual human being from conception, and, therefore, he or she is entitled to the full protection of law at every stage of development.

Get Judge Roy Moore’s classic book about his battle for liberty, “So Help Me God: The Ten Commandments, Judicial Tyranny, and the Battle for Religious Freedom.”

“Roe’s viability rule was based on inaccurate history and was mostly unsupported by legal precedent. Medical advances since Roe have conclusively demonstrated that an unborn child is a unique human being at every stage of development. And together, Alabama’s homicide statute, the decisions of this court, and the statutes and judicial decisions from other states make abundantly clear that the law is no longer, in Justice Blackmun’s words, ‘reluctant … to accord legal rights to the unborn..’

“For these reasons, Roe’s viability rule is neither controlling nor persuasive here and should be rejected by other states until the day it is overruled by the United States Supreme Court,” he said.

It came in addition to a unanimous majority opinion, which Parker also wrote, that said a woman, Amy Hamilton, was entitled to pursue a claim over wrongful death of her unborn child.

Parker explained he wrote the special concurrence to the unanimous ruling because the Roe decision doesn’t apply in such cases.

“Because Roe is not controlling authority beyond abortion law, and because its viability standard is not persuasive, I conclude that, at least with regard to the law for wrongful death, Roe’s viability standard should be universally abandoned.”

The “personhood” campaign that has been developing around the nation calls for states to adopt constitutional amendments describing the unborn from the moment of conception as “persons.”

Also of note is the fact that Judge Roy Moore last November was elected to the position of chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court and soon will be sworn in to those responsibilities.

He told WND that he will be responsible for acknowledging that God is the sources of human rights.

“I get criticized for my professions that God is the basis of all rights or liberties,” he told WND, “and yet, the rule of law, being the Constitution, and its companion, the Declaration of Independence, organize the laws of our country on [the premise that] our rights come from God.”

Government’s job, he said, is to secure and protect those rights.

Further, the full Constitution needs to play an active role today, he said.

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/01/court-rules-unborn-is-child/#9WtMczLUwyLvfFSF.99


Alabama has the proper biblical perspective. I would to God, America had more statesmen like Attorney General Luther Strange, Judge Roy Moore and Justice Tom Parker.

The word of God teaches [Romans 13] that government (authority) is established BY GOD to punish evil and protect good. When government becomes the instrument of evil against good instead of good against evil, bitter for sweet, and darkness for light, there is but one fate…. His judgment!

“Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils, and shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood.” Psalm 106:37-38

Pray for God’s mercy on America, for the shedding of innocent blood.

brother malachi

merry Christmas ‘a word from malachi’

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For over sixteen-hundred years the birth of Christ has been celebrated on December 25th, even though  for the church’s first three centuries, Christmas wasn’t in December, or on the calendar at all.

There has been much time and attention given to searching the scriptures n an attempt to find ‘the date’ in which Jesus was actually born. One in depth study even places the birth of The Christ Child around September 3BC. The September –3 BC comes from a study "The Birth of Christ Recalculated". The author, Dr. Ernest L. Martin, claims to have calculated the exact date of Jesus Christ’s birth based on the celestial charts for that era. The date of Christ’s birth, based on the famous Star of Bethlehem, is calculated to be September 11, 3 B.C..

 

Many biblical scholars, theologians, historians, and astronomers say that the Star of Bethlehem, signifying the birth of Jesus Christ, can be calculated to within a few hours of September 11, 3 B.C., based on celestial charts and alignments for that time. Historian Dr. Ernest L. Martin first article on the subject appeared in 1976, and in 1981 he published his research in "The Birth of Christ Recalculated". In 1991, the book was re-released as "The Star that Astonished the World." Dr. Martin revealed in his book, that the signs in the sky on the night of Jesus’ birth occurred on only one day in 3 B.C., and they occurred exactly on September 11, 3 B.C. between 6:15 pm and 7:49 pm EST.

One of the scriptural links to Ernest Martin’s study is found in the book of the Revelation 12:1-2

“And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. “ Revelation 12:1-2

The astronomical synchronism of this sign by supposition occurred in the year of Christ’s birth in 3 BC.

  • Virgo occupies, in body form, a space of about 50 degrees along the ecliptic (The head of the Woman actually bridges some 10 degrees into the previous sign of Leo and her feet overlap about 10 degrees into the following sign of Libra the Scales].

  • In the year of Christ’s birth, the Sun entered the head-position of the Woman about August 13, and exited her feet about October 2.

  • But the apostle John saw the scene when the Sun "clothed" the Woman" (to be mid-bodied], and this happens between about 150 and 170 degrees along the ecliptic, which occurs over about a 20-day period each year, which in 3 BC was from about 27 August and 15 September.

  • If John in the Book of Revelation were associating the birth of Christ with the period when the Sun is mid-bodied to the Woman, then Christ would have been born within this 20 day period. From the point of view of the Magi back in their homes in Babylon, this would have been the only logical sign under which the Jewish Messiah might be born. Especially if He were to be born of a virgin [Even today, astrologers recognize that the sign of Virgo is the one which has reference to a messianic world ruler to be born of a virgin. Devore, Ency. of Astrology, p. 366]. http://www.versebyverse.org/doctrine/birthofchrist.html


Now to be sure the spiritual air is relatively clear, there is nothing in the ‘Holy Scriptures’,  at least considered black & white, that would validate this September 11, 3 B.C. date, so one can only base these findings on supposition at best.

So if December 25th is NOT the actual day of Jesus’ birth, where did that date come from?

 

“In 274 A.D., the Romans designated December 25 as the birthday of the unconquered sun, being the time when the sun begins noticeably to show an increase in light, resulting in longer daylight hours. By 336 A.D., the church in Rome was adapting this festival, spiritualizing its significance as a reference to Jesus Christ and calling it the ‘Feast of the Nativity of the Sun of Righteousness.’ Attempting to Christianize and incorporate the pagan traditions of antiquity, the church in Rome adopted this midwinter holiday celebrating the birth of the sun god as one of its own observances, somewhat changing its significance, but retaining many customs of the pagan festival. As the Roman church spread its influence religiously and militarily, this holiday of December 25 became the most popular date in Christendom to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. A special mass was established for Christ, hence, the name, ‘Christmass,’ abbreviated ‘Christmas.’” Promised Seed of Christ

The pagan origins of the December 25th Christmas date, as well as  many of the customs associated with our modern day celebration (feasting, partying, gift giving, etc.…) of Christmas, were also  associated with the Roman Saturnalia to honor the god Saturn.

Many of the decorations characteristic of the Saturnalia celebration involved greenery – swathes, garlands, wreaths, etc… and were hung over doorways and windows, and adorned  stair-ways. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturnalia

Ornaments in the trees included various articles of decorations, sun symbols, stars, and faces of the god Janus (the god of gates and door, beginnings and endings). Trees were not brought indoors (indoor Christmas trees began as a German tradition), but decorated where they grew. Even the hanging of mistletoe and burning of the Yule logs, were part of the pagan holiday. http://www.novaroma.org/religio_romana/saturnalia.html

When one considers the origin and celebrations associated with the Roman Saturnalia, it is pretty obvious that “Christmas”, and thereby its seeming association to the birth of Jesus Christ, is nothing more than "paganism wrapped with a Christian bow" or “the mixing of oil and water” the naysayers argue. The sad truth is, that the pagan aspect, (fleshly and selfish appetites) have become the reason for the season instead of the worthy recognition of the fact that God became a man.

So what are we to do?

Was the church for the first three centuries correct?

Due to the fact that God in His word, has not given us the exact date of Jesus’ birth, should the body of Christ abstain from any type of  Christmas celebration?

 

“The life of man is a continual death, unless it be that Christ lives in him.”

—Ignatius

It is paramount for one to understand that Jesus Christ was born to die. The Creator taking on Himself flesh and blood that He might die for the  SIN of His creation. Could this be the reason He confirmed, to the exact date, His death and not His birth?

As Ignatius is alluding to, it is the same for the creation… we are born to die.

“It is appointed unto men once, to die, then the judgment of God”.

If a man trust in this Christ he shall never die… believeth thou this?

We might do well to consider this as we go about our celebration of Christmas. It is more about one’s attitude than all the decorations or even the celebration itself, as God looks not on the outward appearance but at the content of the heart.

My only thoughts on this is “let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holy-day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days.” So whatever you do, do it for the honor of Christ.

 

"Hear the angels, as they’re singing

On the morning of His birth!

But how much greater will our song be

When He comes again to earth!"

 

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MERRY CHRISTMAS

Brother Malachi

even Jesus had a bucket list

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The Bucket List is a 2007 American dramedy film directed by Rob Reiner, written by Justin Zackham, and starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. The main plot follows two terminally ill men (portrayed by Nicholson and Freeman) on their road trip with a wish list of things to do before they "kick the bucket". Wikipedia

It is my hope that after you have read this post, you will find that even Jesus has a bucket list.

Please prayerfully consider the gospels of Luke 18:3119:10; Matthew 20:29-34 and Mark 10: 46-52 before continuing in this article.

While studying in the gospel of Luke, I ran across the events that took place in Jericho while Jesus was in route to Jerusalem to be offered a sacrifice for the sin of the world. It became apparent to me that even Jesus had a ‘bucket list’.

In the gospel of Luke [18:31], Jesus tells His disciples “behold we go up to Jerusalem and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the son of man shall be accomplished”.

This was not a new message. On more than one occasion, Jesus had made His disciples aware of the fact that He was born to die, and the purpose of His life was “not to be ministered to, but to minister and give His life a ransom for many”, but His disciples did not understand the things which were spoken. This was a hard saying so they could not understand it.

When one studies the life and ministry of Jesus, it would be so easy to only hear His teaching and see the results of His miracles. When we see the events that transpired in route to Jerusalem we realize that the steps of Jesus are not coincidental and haphazard. but rather methodical in His promise to “seek and save that which is lost”. The events of Jericho reveal a personal agenda that Jesus was fulfilling as He would never pass this way again. Hence Bartimaeus and Zacchaeus become items on Jesus’ bucket list.

Jesus’ encounter with three blind men while passing through Jericho in route to Jerusalem are recorded in Matthew, Mark and Luke. Luke is the only gospel that mention His meeting with Zacchaeus. There are a few things to consider.

1. Matthew’s gospel mentions that there are two blind men sitting by the wayside as Jesus exits Jericho and that Jesus had compassion on both, and touched their eyes and immediately their eyes received sight.

2. Mark and Luke only mention one blind man and only one blind man healed.

3. The blind man in Mark’s gospel (like Matthew’s) states that the blind man is begging as Jesus exits Jericho while Luke’s gospel states the blind man is outside the city as they (Jesus and His disciples) drew nigh to Jericho.

Now there are skeptics out there that would attempt to discredit the validity of God’s word just because different details are presented in the different gospels. We could liken these same men those that have blinded eyes and harden hearts, so they cannot see with their eyes nor understand with their hearts and be converted. It is my hope that they will see Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God,  as they consider the truths ever before them.

Now back to the subject… it is only in the gospel of Mark that the blind man outside of Jericho is ascribed with the title Bartimaeus (by interpretation is the son of Timaeus), No mention of, or who the second man was who sat begging with him and there is no name attached to the blind man who sat begging on the other side (entrance) of Jericho.

 

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Jesus healing blind Bartimaeus, by Johann Heinrich Stöver, 1861.
The only thing we know about all three men along the wayside, is that they were blind, poor and sat begging outside of Jericho. We learn from the gospel records that Jesus had compassion on all of them and all of them received their sight.

I wondered what if Jesus would have only healed Bartimaeus and not the other two blind men?

I also wondered why the Word of God would distinguish the person of Bartimaeus and not the other two blind men?

I think the answer is recorded in Mark’s account where we find the personal link to Bartimaeus. This gospel account says that Jesus made this statement to Bartimaeus… “Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole”. There is no record in any of the other gospels that Jesus made a similar statement to the ‘other blind men’… names unknown.

One might contend that all three that were blind and begging  believed that Jesus was the Christ, after all  they ALL cried out “thou son of David, have mercy on us”, and that this testimony of faith was confirmed in the restoration of their sight.

Just because someone is the recipient of a miraculous work does not guarantee that the same believed that Jesus was who He said He was. Were there not ten lepers that were healed but ONLY ONE returned to give glory to God. All ten lepers said “Jesus, Master have mercy on us”, and He did. In the case of these lepers, all ten were the recipients of the miraculous work, but a mighty work of God is not contingent, nor does it always validate the belief of the individual’s heart.

It the case of the blind men, they all cried “thou Son of David, have mercy” but only the words  of Bartimaeus were confirmed with the content of his heart… that Jesus was who He said He was… Jesus the Messiah.

So what can we glean from this story? Jesus was not just looking for some blind men to heal, but that He was “seeking to save that which was lost”… He was looking for Batimaeus. He was not just walking along the highways of Jericho and said oh, here are some blind men, I think I will heal them. No, He was specifically looking for Bartimaeus. It was the same scenario with Zacchaeus.

 

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Zacchaeus
by Niels Larsen Stevns
The gospel of Luke is the only record of Jesus’ encounter with Zacchaeus and takes place while Jesus and the disciples are passing through Jericho.

As we have already seen, He healed one blind man while drawing nigh unto Jericho and will heal two blind men, one being Bartimaeus, while exiting the city.

There is a similarity between Zacchaeus and Bartimaeus in that Zacchaeus could not see Jesus. It was not that Zacchaeus was blind he was short in stature and could not see for the throng of people that followed the Christ.

In order to overcome his physical limitations, he climbed a sycamore tree so he could see as The Christ passed through Jericho. Now there is nothing of value for an individual to see Jesus pass through the city while perched atop a tree. For many stood before the Christ and died not knowing any different. I am of the opinion that what gives power to this story, is not that Zacchaeus was looking for Jesus, but that Jesus was looking for him, because Zacchaeus was on His bucket list.

You’re probably saying, but it was Zacchaeus who ran ahead to climb a tree so that he could SEE Jesus as he passed by! But to remain true to His mission; “to seek and save the lost”, it was no coincidence my friend that Jesus looked up and SAW Zacchaeus and summoned him down that He might abide with him. 

In His final return to Jerusalem He opened the eyes of two men, Zacchaeus and Batimaeus. Bartimaeus had a physical and spiritual enlightening and  Zacchaeus the latter, but they both saw Him as “the Son of David”, and would never be the same again. When a man comes face to face with his sin he can but make one cry…

 “thou Son of David, have mercy on me!”

In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying “if any man thirst let him come unto me and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water”. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified). Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying said, “of a truth this is the Prophet”.

Jesus Christ has the terminally ill (spiritually) at heart. He’s looking for them. The question is, has the terminally ill (one that is dead in  trespasses and sin) seen Him?

The bucket list of Christ is filled with water… life giving water… and if any man drink of this water, he shall never thirst again.

malachi

‘bp oil spill reveals the heart of hypocrisy’

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The BP Oil spill is now front and center of the entire world. Government officials estimate between 24 million to 47 million gallons of crude oil have leaked into the Gulf since the April 20 explosion that killed 11 workers, making it the nation’s largest oil spill ever. Latest projections have the oil being pulled into the loop current that runs from the Gulf of Mexico, around the southern most tip of Florida and north into the Atlantic Ocean, with a high probability of affecting the coast of Europe.

The pictures below are reminiscent of what is playing out along the northern Gulf Coast, nearly seven weeks after a BP rig exploded and the wellhead a mile below the surface began releasing millions of gallon of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. With each news report we feel a spirit of bitterness that is rising to unprecedented levels, even from those that do not live in the immediate affected area.

 

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oilspillprotest The reality of seeing oil washed up on the white pristine beaches of the Northern Gulf Coast, not to mention the toll that the oil is taking on innocent wildlife is literally gut wrenching and heart breaking.

There is not only the smell liken to diesel fuel along the beaches, but the stench of death is beginning to permeate the salty gulf air.

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PUBLIC OUTCRY

 

BP Oil Flood Protest in Jackson Square, New Orleans LA May 30, 2010

 

Imagine a society that had the same concern for an innocent baby in it’s mothers womb as it does for the birds, turtles and fish in the sea. Or a vehement disdain for the doctor that profits from ripping the unborn child from the safety of its mother’s womb as the BP executive that is making billions in profits.

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PICTURES OF A REAL CATASTROPHE

 

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Where is the public outcry? Eleven workers die on the Deepwater Horizon and hundreds and thousands of creatures living in the sea, pale in comparison to the 48,589,993 killed at the hand of the abortionist since 1973. Why is our society not as angry with the medical profession, judges, senators, congressmen/women and even the president of this United States as they are with the executives of British Petroleum?

How can a nation’s heart not break for these tiny babies yet pictures of these innocent birds covered in oil will bring tears to our eyes? Does this make sense to you? This catastrophe has eternal consequences.

There can be but one answer and it proves the word of God is true…

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. Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes and prudent in their own sight! Isaiah 5:20-21

There is but one answer… REPENT! May God have mercy on us.

Before I formed thee in the womb I knew thee, and before you were born, I sanctified thee and ordained thee to be my prophet.        Jeremiah 1:5

malachi

‘the fruit of the womb is HIS reward’

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Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is His reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate… Psalm 127:3-4

 

I Am a Child of God

Month One
Mommy, I am only .25 inch long but I have all my organs.
I love the sound of your voice.
Every time I hear it I wave my arms and legs.
The sound of your heart beat is my favorite lullaby.

Month Two
Mommy, today I learned how to suck my thumb.
If you could see me you could definitely tell that I am a baby.
I’m not big enough to survive outside my home though.
It is so nice and warm in here.

Month Three
You know what Mommy, I’m a boy!
I hope that makes you happy.
I always want you to be happy.
I don’t like it when you cry.
You sound so sad.
It makes me sad too and I cry with you even though you can’t hear me.

Month Four
Mommy, my hair is starting to grow.
It is very short and fine but I will have a lot of it.
I spend a lot of my time exercising.
I can turn my head and curl my fingers and toes and stretch my arms and legs.
I am becoming quite good at it, too.

Month Five
You went to the doctor today.
Mommy, he lied to you.
He said that I’m not a baby.
I am a baby, Mommy, your baby.
I think and feel.
Mommy, what’s abortion?

Month Six
I can hear that doctor again.
I don’t like him.
He seems cold and heartless.
Something is intruding my home.
The doctor called it a needle.
Mommy, what is it? It burns!
Please make him stop!
I can’t get away from it!
Mommy! HELP me!

Month Seven
Mommy, I am okay.
I am in Jesus’ arms.
He is holding me.
He told me about abortion.
Why didn’t you want me, Mommy?

Every Abortion Is Just:

  • One more heart that was stopped.
  • Two more eyes that will never see.
  • Two more hands that will never touch.
  • Two more legs that will never run.
  • One more mouth that will never speak.

Herein lies the greatest rebellion of a society against God. Killing babies made in the likeness of His image.

malachi

‘Florida court sets atheist holy day!’

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The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God…..

In Florida, an atheist created a case against the upcoming Easter and Passover holy
days. He hired an attorney to bring a discrimination case against Christians, Jews and observances of their holy days. The argument was that it was unfair that atheists had no such recognized days.
The case was brought before a judge. After listening to the passionate presentation by the lawyer, the judge banged his gavel declaring,”Case dismissed!”
The lawyer immediately stood objecting to the ruling saying, “Your honor, how can you possibly dismiss this case? The Christians have Christmas, Easter and others. The Jews have Passover, Yom Kippur and Hanukkah, yet my client and all other atheists have no such holidays.”
The judge leaned forward in his chair saying, “But you do. Your client, counsel, is woefully ignorant.”
The lawyer said, “Your Honor, we are unaware of any special observance or holiday for atheists.”
The judge said, “The calendar says April 1st is April Fools Day. Psalm 14:1 states, ‘The fool says in his heart, there is no God.’
Thus, it is the opinion of this court, that if your client says there is no God, then he is a fool. Therefore, April 1st is his day. Court is adjourned.

Compliments of the happy atheist forum.

malachi