Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Psalm 58, as in the days of King David, so it is today 515-1 - 12 - 3

Our God Who Judges the Earth Judges the Judges. Today we have a warrior of the type of Jehu fighting to overcome the scheming not only of the left but also the RINOs and the Elite.
Psalm 58:1-2, “1 Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men? 2 Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth.”
Daily falsehoods are made against those attempting to bring positive change to our country. Also, calls are made to violence with the result of domestic terrorists. Surely judgment will fall on these reprobates’ judges (politicians).
Psalm 58:3, “The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.”
Even more condemning is Isaiah 48:8, “Yea, thou heardest not; yea, thou knewest not; yea, from that time that thine ear was not opened: for I knew that thou wouldest deal very treacherously, and wast called a transgressor from the womb. “ 
Psalm 58:4-5, “4 Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear; 5 Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely.”
James 3:8, “But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly (unrestrained) evil, full of deadly poison.“ Again falsehoods come naturally to the unrighteous.
Psalm 58:6-9, “6 Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions (H3715), O LORD. 7 Let them melt away as waters which run continually: when he bendeth his bow to shoot his arrows, let them be as cut in pieces. 8 As a snail which melteth, let every one of them pass away: like the untimely birth of a woman, that they may not see the sun. 9 Before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in his wrath.” 
H3715, a village (as covered in by walls); also a young lion (perhaps as covered with a mane): - (young) lion, village. Break their teeth, destroy them?
To melt away is to disappear, be cast away, refuse, reject, also, is reprobate, utterly, vile person. Sudden death, die prematurely and never see the sun.
Arrows cut in pieces, possibly “blunt and harmless,” [Bible Believer’s Commentary]
Psalm 58:10-11, “10 The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked. 11 So that a man shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth.”
Needs no further comment, however, similar to Psalm 68:23, “That thy foot may be dipped in the blood of thine enemies, and the tongue of thy dogs in the same.” A foretelling of the fate of Jezebel in 2 Kings?
Come quickly Lord Jesus.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

What about man’s suggestions versus God’s ways? 515-1 - 12 - 6

The Emerging Church and Postmodernism
"The postmodern person rejects the biblical absolutes that there is an immutable God, that God is sovereign, and that the only way to salvation is through the blood sacrifice of Jesus.  Therefore, the Christian and the postmodern person often do not have sufficient common ground to allow proper dialogue on spiritual matters.
The postmodern person might ask if there is any such thing as truth and whether or not truth can be known either experientially or rationally.  The modernist would say, "Of course there is absolute truth!  Asking if truth can be known is an absolute question!"
Postmodernism welcomes a softer, gentler emerging church that follows man’s way rather than God’s way:
• Rejects the notion of Universal Truth, something recognized as true
• It asserts its own truths about the Universe
• Constant never-ending change
I recently finished The Book of Judges Part 1, a little too close to home here in the United States. CM stated that we are living in a period like that described in the Book of Judges and made the following points:
1. There is no king in Israel.
2. People are doing what is right in their own eyes.
3. God’s people can’t seem to work together.
4. People are in bondage to their various enemies.
1. There is no king in Israel:
In my opinion, the United States had an absentee, narcissistic, selfie picture taking president for eight long years. We now have a very involved and proactive POTUS. Sadly, the establishment RINOs and the Democratic Party are fighting him.
2. People are doing what is right in their own eyes:
Early in his presidency Obama started his denigration of law enforcement by saying a policeman acted stupidly. Under Obama Domestic terrorists group like black lives matter materialized.
3. God’s people can’t seem to work together:
This too often is the case, nevertheless, in the election of 2016 we Christians worked together and, in my opinion, prayed Donald Trump into office. We continue to pray for the president, his family, and his administration.
4. People are in bondage to their various enemies:
After president Trump won the election in 2016 it was like liberal America collectively lost its mine. The liberals were/ are in bondage to free stuff. Former President Bush referred to the bigotry of low expectations, code for Jesse Jackson and his ilk to keep people in bondage.
In recent years we in the United States have had warnings or “shakings” to quote Messianic Rabbi Jonathon Cain. There are voices “crying in the wilderness” that is present day America, however, are people listening? Rather most are doing “what is right in their own minds,” filling their inherent spiritual gap with the untampered (H8602) mortar of sinful behavior.
H8602, to smear; plaster or slime; frivolity: - foolish things, unsavoury, untempered.
As with the Northern Kingdom has the United States lost her hedge of protection? Is there a gap? God tells Ezekiel that there is nothing and no one to stand in the “gap” that Israel has made in her wall of protection. Who/ what should have been “gap” fillers? Who/ what fills the gap for us today?
With thanks to the Blue Letter Bible website:
1) breach, gap, bursting forth
a) bursting forth, outburst
b) breach
c) broken wall
d) outburst (fig. of God's wrath)
Lessons learned, we BACs must be more proactive and stand in the gap while there is (pray-fully) still time.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Psalm 55, an imprecatory prayer? 515-1 - 11 - 4

Full disclosure, normally I don’t feel this anger, this need for imprecatory prayer, nevertheless, given the events of little more than a month:
Nov. 5, 2017 a shooter was stopped by an armed civilian after killing 26 in a Texas church. His goal was to kill all 50 plus church members.
About a week earlier eight people were killed when a suspect said to have yelled "Allahu Akbar" ran over them with a rental truck in New York.
Oct. 1, 2017 58 people killed and more than 500 wounded during outdoor music festival on the Las Vegas Strip.
CM didn’t classify Psalm 55 as an imprecatory prayer, however, there are reference to it as such. IMO, verses 15 and 23 fit the bill.
What is imprecatory prayer?
Answer: First of all, let’s define imprecatory prayer. To imprecate means “to invoke evil upon or curse” one’s enemies. King David, the psalmist most associated with imprecatory verses such as Psalm 55:15, 69:28, and 109:8, often used phrases like, “may their path be dark and slippery, with the angel of the LORD pursuing them” (Psalm 35:6) and “O God, break the teeth in their mouths; tear out the fangs of the young lions, O LORD!” (Psalm 58:6).
Psalm 55:15, “Let death seize (H3451) upon them, and let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them.”
H3451, desolation: let death seize, to lie waste
Psalm 55:23, “But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction (H7845): bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half (H2673) their days; but I will trust in thee.” 
Destruction, H7845, from H7743; a pit, a trap, corruption, destruction, ditch, grave, pit. H7845, A primitive root; to sink, literally or figuratively: bow down, incline, humble.
Half, H2673, to cut or split in two; to halve: - divide, live out half, reach to the midst, part.
Devin Patrick Kelley, the church shooter was only 26, not even half a normal life-time. The truck driver survived and asked for an ISIS flag while in Bellevue Hospital. The Las Vegas shooter is dead either by suicide or “suicide by cop.”
Evil is becoming increasingly pervasive as members of the left and the Soros, Clinton, and Obama minions such as Antifa continue to fester like an inflamed boil after the election of Donald Trump as POTUS.
Ephesians 6:12, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” 
I’m still praying that the election of Donald Trump as POTUS will reverse the downward spiral of our country. Although Obama accelerated the decline, we started downhill when God was thrown out of schools and more than 50 million unborn babies were sacrificed on the altar of convenience. More time is needed to bring many more into the Kingdom.

My your views concerning the future of Israel. What is this heresy called Replacement Theology? 515-1 - 11 - 5

Genesis 17:7-8. “7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. 8 And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.” 
The Bible clearly shows that this was an unconditional and eternal covenant and God passed this covenant on to Abraham's son Isaac and his grandson Jacob and each time the covenant was renewed, it included their descendants, the Jewish people.
God is not through with Israel, however, Jesus held the Israeli responsible for not knowing the time of their visitation. It is as if scales have covered their eyes and they are blinded to Jesus as Messiah. Luke 19:42, “Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.” 
This blindness is not forever and does not negate God’s covenants with Israel. Ezekiel 37 and the “Valley of dry bones” is prophetic of the restoration of the unbelieving Israel that occurred in the 20th Century. However, Ezekiel 36:22, “Therefore say to the Israelites, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: It is not for your sake, people of Israel, that I am going to do these things, but for the sake of my holy name.” God cannot abandon Israel without breaking His Holy Word. God will protect the Jews as prophesized in both Ezekiel 38 and Psalm 83.
During the tribulation many Jews will be killed by the antichrist and his minions, nevertheless, a remnant will escape to Petra. According to Zechariah, the remnant “shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son.” Th the scales will drop from their eyes and they will be brought into the Kingdom.
Those church leaders with a weak Hermeneutics claim that the Everlasting Covenant God made with Israel has passed to the church though Replacement Theology. Sadly, Replacement Theology is likely the majority view and includes:
1. Israel forfeited her promises when she rejected her Messiah
2. The promises to Abraham passed to the Church
3. All the Old Testament covenants were conditional
Replacement theology is a heresy and so is demanding that Israel give up her God given land. Israel has little land today about 1/10 of 1% of the land mass of her neighbors. And yet Israel is under great pressure to give up land. Every time Israel gives up land rather than peace it brings her enemies’ rocket launchers closer to their cities. It also brings the curse of Genesis 12:3 upon those seeking to divide God’s land.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

The relevancy of Jephthah’s four arguments today 508-1 - 7 - 1

Jephthah’s four arguments
Argument 1. The facts of history:
The Promised Land
“Jews have lived in this land continuously from the time of its original conquest by Joshua more than 3200 years ago until the present day, though Jews were not always in political control of the land, and Jews were not always the majority of the land's population.”
The above website has very interesting history of Israel and ends with:
“This page barely scratches the surface of all there is to say about Israel and Zionism. There are entire sites devoted to these subjects. Here are a few that are worth checking out:
Virtual Jerusalem is a great place to start your search for information about Israel. The site is based in Israel, and has lots of useful information, including Israeli news, travel information, information about making aliyah, and lots of great links.” Also suggested was Theodor Herzl's The Jewish State.
With thanks to Wikipedia, “Aliyah is the immigration of Jews from the diaspora to the Land of Israel. Also defined as "the act of going up"—that is, towards Jerusalem—"making Aliyah" by moving to the Land of Israel is one of the most basic tenets of Zionism.”
Argument 2. The land grant from the Lord
“And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.” (Genesis 17:7-8).
CM pointed out that God made seven “I will” statements in the Abrahamic Covenant, the first four of which apply to Israel:
1) And I will make of thee a great nation.
2) And I will bless thee
3) And make thy name great
4) And thou shalt be a blessing
Argument 3. Three centuries of occupation:
Refer to argument 1, The Promised Land
Argument 4. They were fighting against God:
Again, I refer to the videos, “Against All Odds.”
As CM pointed out the remaining three “I will” statements made by God in the Abrahamic Covenant statements deal will those who bless or curse Israel:
5) And I will bless them that bless thee
6) And curse him that curseth thee
7) And in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Every world power that has controlled and/ or occupied the land of Israel has become a former world power, or has lost power, such as Rome and Britain. After the eight years of the Obama administration America has lost much of our position as a world power. Thankfully we now have a POTUS far more supportive of Israel. Now if we would just move our embassy to Jerusalem.

God has used me in unlikely situations 508-1 - 7 - 5

In the early 1980s I was living across the bay from San Francisco and would often spend my summer weekends tent camping in the Sierras. After a stressful week at work to be able to withdraw into the womb of creation was very uplifting. During one of these weekends in the Sierras I had the opportunity to witness to hundreds of thousands via the Today Show on NBC.
There was a classical music festival held for several weekends in Bear Valley, California. The Today crew was there to recorded interviews and music which they distilled down to a four-minute segment from three hours “in the can.” The crew wanted to talk to a tent camper who came to attend the concerts and no RV campers. Since it seemed that I was the only tent camper attending the festival I was chosen to be interviewed.
During a very short interview at my camp site I was asked if the Sierras were an appropriate place for a concert. I can still remember looking at the man interviewing me like he had two heads and saying something like “What better place, this is God's Cathedral.” I wonder if NBC would allow my reference to God’s Cathedral to be aired today.
Full disclosure, now I’m years past sleeping on the ground in a tent and much prefer a comfortable bed in my camper van.
I’ve maintained a blog for several years, Page-views were slow in coming but are picking up. Not a great impact, however, the viewership is world-wide.
Oct 5, 2017 – Nov 3, 2017 Stats for top 10 countries
Entry                           Page-views
United States             355
Russia                        351
Germany                     42
China                           30
Kenya                          18
Portugal                      18
France                         16
Ukraine                       14
Canada                         9
United Kingdom          6
I pray I never miss an opportunity to witness because I was/ am inattentive or timid.

Friday, November 3, 2017

1 John 1:9 vs the Name it and claim it televangelists 515-1 - 10 - 6

1 John 1:8-9, “8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Mark 8:34, “And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”
This call to the people to “deny himself, and take up his cross” is not a great marketing tool. However, it keeps us on the narrow path that leads to life. Matthew 7:14, “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Sadly, there are the money oriented “Name it and Claim it” prosperity televangelists leading people down the wide path that leads to destruction.
Joel Osteen pastors the Lakewood Church mega-church in Houston, Texas which seats over 30,000 congregants. Estimated millions watch him on television and he has written several best-selling books. Joel has a problem with the word sin and is, in my opinion, a motivational speaker. This is counter to 1 John 1:10, “If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”
The church in Laodicea is comparable to these mega-churches of today that preach the gospel of name it and claim it to members of the “me” generation. It is a lukewarm church, neither hot nor cold. Jesus said, “I will vomit you out of My mouth.” I’ve shared this video before, however, it is still relevant:
“Demons Work - Live In Church!” is a montage of televangelist hustle:
There are televangelists such as Dr. David Jeremiah who hold to the Word of God.  In his book I Never Thought I'd See the Day: Culture at the Crossroads. He writes "It never occurred to me that the Bible could be marginalized and even vilified publicly as it is today."
As a born-again Christian I’m an ambassador for Christ and it is incumbent on me to share the Word. Paul tells us in 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.” The lesson here is once more to stay focused on the Word as the absolute authority, Sola scriptura.

Psalm 49, it's not about money 515-1 - 10 - 1

Psalm 49:6-9, “6 They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; 7 None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him: 8 (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth forever:) 9 That he should still live forever, and not see corruption.”
When asked what a rich man left behind his lawyer said, “Everything.” Add to that, no U-Haul trailer followed the hearse to the cemetery. No amount of works or of wealth will provide salvation either for the wealthy or for their friends and/ or family, Ephesians 2:8-9, “8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
Jesus was and is our propitiation and through grace we are justified before God. Once justified on to sanctification, Ephesians 2:10, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” 
There is no redemption for those who reject this gift of grace, Ephesians 5:5, “For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.”
180 degrees from grace is The Roman Catholic Church and their doctrine of works (money). 1 Individual Mass “Offering” is $10.00 and a Novena of nine Masses “Offering” is $90.00.
Johann Tetzel, 1465 – 11 August 1519, was a German Dominican friar and preacher. “In addition, he was a Grand Inquisitor of Heresy to Poland, and later became the Grand Commissioner for indulgences in Germany. Tetzel was known for granting indulgences on behalf of the Roman Catholic Church in exchange for money, which allow a remission of temporal punishment due to sin, the guilt of which has been forgiven, a position heavily challenged by Martin Luther. This contributed in part to the Reformation.”
Johann Tetzel rightly or wrongly is credited with the quote, "As soon as the coin in the coffer rings, the soul from purgatory springs."
On a personal note, after my mother’s conversion to Catholicism at the age of 90 I often reminded her of her early Christian upbringing. Although mom never owned up to it, I believe that her conversion to Catholicism was because her friends were Catholics and would make sure that she got to church.
When my mother was dying I was appalled when well-meaning friends gave her a scapular to hold in her hand as she passed over. It is my understanding that on the first Saturday after death a Roman Catholic saint will liberation one from purgatory if that person is buried with a scapular. My mom in purgatory, really!
Mom loved Lynda Randel’s Gospel music. Although mom was unresponsive, I played Lynda’s CDs for her during her last two nights on earth. She calmly passed the next day.
Paul couldn’t have made any plainer. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, "For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:"

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Jotham's curse, no. rather a watchman 508-1 - 6 - 2

Rather than uttering a curse like Jotham, I often feel like a watchman on the wall. God had this to say to Ezekiel in Chapter 33:1-9.
“In this chapter, Ezekiel is compared to a watchman. If he warns the people faithfully, but they do not hear, then they will be responsible for their own destruction. If he fails to warn the people, and they perish, God will require their blood at the watchman's hand.
God held Ezekiel responsible for the house of Israel. The question arises for every believer: For whom will God hold us responsible? To whom shall we witness? Whom shall we warn? Our relatives, fellow workers, neighbors, friends? It is a solemn responsibility, and we do harm to our own soul if we do not fulfill it faithfully.”
[Believer’s Bible Commentary]
Decades ago I collected 90% silver coins in an early attempt as a prepper. The price of silver spot was going up and I could buy very little and sadly a few rolls of coins were stolen. Far more dependable protection in this increasing dangerous world is found in The Book of Ephesians. That said, as a watchman I’m compelled to again warn of a clear and present danger being mostly ignored by the federal government.
There are threats to our electric power grid are posed by cyber-attack, sabotage, a geomagnetic super-storm, and electromagnetic pulse (EMP) from the high-altitude detonation of a nuclear weapon. Hardening our grid is possible and at a reasonable cost, nevertheless, little to no action by our government.
What can I do as a watchman warning of the clear and present danger of an EMP? A major concern is to protect the teachings I purchased over the years from KI.  I have all of CM’s Bible teachings and most of his other teachings on flash drives packed in Faraday pouches as well as a solar charger and an audio Bible that is charged by solar plus a very small computer. These would be very helpful with small Bible study groups should our grid be taken down. 
As a watchman, I need to be better educated concerning EMPs and to be vocal. Warning of the dangers of an EMP is rather like the man carrying a sign, “Repent, the end is near.” Not unlike studying the Bible and being a witness for Jesus.

The leadership of Abimelech is evident in the world today 508-1 - 6 - 1

Here I again revisited Rabbi Jonathan Cahn’s book from 2011, “The Harbinger: The Ancient Mystery that Holds the Secret of America's Future.” When the Assyrians attacked the Northern Kingdom, Israel, it was “a shaking” that they ignored just as 911 was a shaking for America. Israel was later conquered and dispersed never to be regathered. Did we in America ignore our shaking?
Although the terrorist attack of 911 did not destroy the United States, it had at initial effect like the bombing of Pearl Harbor, it woke up a sleeping giant, the citizens of the United States. People came together, and many gathered in churches to pray for our country. As with Israel, our leaders didn’t repent, rather boasting that we would rebuild even better. It didn’t take long for any move towards repentance to cease to exist on the part of America. 
After 911 then POTUS Bush referred to Islam as a religion of peace, really. Instead of going after Saudi Arabia, home of most of the 911 terrorists, we attacked Iraq, a country where terrorists were pretty much controlled by a ruthless dictator. The claim was made that there were WMD in Iraq which were not found, however, it’s my long-held opinion they were taken to Syria. A possible second possible reason for going after Iraq, did President Bush perhaps still held a grudge against Iraqi president Saddam Hussein for a plot to assassinate Bush Sr. years before.
“The United States sent various personnel to Kuwait to investigate the alleged assassination attempt. Based on interviews of the alleged co-conspirators, forensic examinations of the explosive devices, and intelligence reports, the United States Government concluded that Iraq was behind the attempted car bombing. In response, on June 26, 1993, President Clinton ordered a cruise missile strike against an Iraqi Intelligence Service (IIS) building in Baghdad. A Kuwaiti court later convicted all but one of the defendants charged with crimes arising from the assassination attempt.”
The Bush Jr. years brought destruction to some terrorists, however, not with a millstone to the head. Then during the Obama years ISIS grew to become the threat it is today. President Trump is our Cyrus, our Jehu who must prevail against both external and internal threats. I often pray for the safety of President Trump, his family, and his administration.
I also pray for revival in America, a return to God while there is still time. The Northern Kingdom was dispersed and assimilated into other lands. Judah also fell more than a century later but never lost their allegiance to their covenant land. Nevertheless, the fate of Judah should be a lesson to America, an America that seems to have forgotten/ ignored the shaking of 911. God told the prophet Jeremiah, “Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to me: for I will not hear thee.” Jeremiah 7:16.

Friday, October 27, 2017

With God no fears 508-1 - 5 - 2

“Paul Simon wrote this about providing comfort to a person in need. It started as a modest gospel hymn but became more dramatic as he put it together. Speaking in the documentary The Making of Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon said, "I have no idea where it came from. It came all of the sudden. It was one of the most shocking moments in my songwriting career. I remember thinking, 'This is considerably better than I usually write."
God is my bridge over troubled water. I know God is with me, it’s that quiet assurance deep within me. I feel a pull on my heart for the many who are without faith. This would be a frightening world if not for the absolute knowing that I’m covered by the blood of Jesus.
Antifa, part of a shadow government here in the United States, has just “announced that they’re planning to purge every single Trump voter.” Oops, that includes me. Thankfully I have God, God who must be laughing as in Psalm 2. Psalm 2:1, “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?”  Psalm 2:4, “He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.” 
So, November 4th should be an interesting day. I plan to stay at my remote off-the-power-grid summer home in Arizona until the middle of November. This is not out of fear of this fringe group, rather to avoid any possible road blocks as I return to "civilization." Lots of activities planned by Antifa in California and my winter home is less than 20 miles from the Arizona/ California border.
So as the heathens rage on November 4, I will be still and know that God is in control. Recently I wrote on this verse for another KI class, Psalms Part 1. Psalm 46:10, "Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is/ will be exalted among the heathen. Our being included in God's plan was planned from the very foundations of time. Genesis 3:15, “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”
Psalm 46:11, “The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah. Interesting that here the Israel patriarch is referred to as Jacob, not Israel. Jacob means heel catcher, that is, supplanter. Inclusive of Gentiles not as a supplanter to Israel, rather included as brothers and sisters in Christ.
Yes, God is with us! Our Bridge over Troubled Water.

Winning the war and losing the victory 508-1 - 5 - 3

Recently graduated from high school my great nephew was involved in the 2004 battle for Fallujah. Sadly, his Squad Commander was killed.
Breaking Point: The Battle of Fallujah
The KIA include 23-year-old Lance Corporal Shane Kielion (search). He was shot by a sniper hours after his wife — back home in Nebraska — gave birth to their first child, a son she named Shane Kielion Jr.
Sadly also, the victory wasn’t lasting.
Remembering the Iraq War’s bloodiest battle, 10 years later
November 4, 2014
“The city of Fallujah was eventually turned over to the Iraqi government. It fell to Islamic State militants this January, as they swept across western Iraq. Nicholson said veterans of Phantom Fury have their own opinions about that, but are focusing the event this week on the sacrifices and heroism of those involved in 2004.”
The following link provides lots of images of the battle for Fallujah 2004 India Company:
Iraq: Fallujah is liberated, now what? 30 Jun 2016
“While the human cost, including the vast urban destruction and the large population displacement, is devastating, taking the city of 4,600km and 300,000 residents from ISIL fighters remains highly significant.
Yet, the most pointed question remains: What will the government of Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi do with its hard-won military victory in order to make it politically sustainable?”
Good question! So much blood shed by our military to get a foothold. I remember Vietnam and the so-called Rules of Engagement. If we put our military in harm’s way, we must support them and fight to win.
During the Obama administration our military was undermined by a POTUS more interested in a transgender and homosexual agenda then winning a lasting victory.
We now have a new administration; however, President Trump is being opposed not only by the libs but also the RINO and a shadow government.

Psalm 46, God is with us 515-1 - 9 - 5

It is difficult to choose a portion of this wonderful Psalm, God is with us! God is with us/ me whether as when Jerusalem was under attack or during personal harassment for my belief.
“It is generally thought that the historical background of the Psalm is the miraculous deliverance of Jerusalem when it was besieged by the Assyrian wolf, Sennacherib (2 Kings 18:13–19:35; Isaiah 36:1–37:36). At this time the people of Judah were tremendously conscious of God's presence with them in a unique way. And so the Psalm celebrates the praises of Him who is Immanuel—God with us.
[Believer’s Bible Commentary]
Psalm 46:2-3, “2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; 3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.” 
I know God is with me, it’s that quiet assurance deep within me. My heart goes out to the many who are without faith. This would be a frightening world if not for the absolute knowing that I’m covered by the blood of Jesus.
Psalm 46:10, "Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is/ will be exalted among the heathen. Our being included in God's plan was planned from the very foundations of time. Genesis 3:15, “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” 
Psalm 46:11, “The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah." Interesting that here the Israel patriarch is referred to as Jacob, not Israel. Jacob means heel catcher, that is, supplanter. Inclusive of Gentiles not as a supplanter to Israel, rather included as brothers and sisters in Christ.
Yes, God is with us!

Psalm 42 - As The Deer 515-1 - 9 - 1

Psalm 42:1-2, “1 As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. 2 My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?” 
Hart, H354, a stag or male deer: - hart. properly strength; hence anything strong; specifically a chief (politically); also a ram (from his strength); a pilaster (as a strong support); an oak or other strong tree: - mighty (man), lintel, oak, post, ram, tree.
Panteth, H6165, to long for, cry, pant.
Thirsteth, H6770, It indicates a strong desire and need for water to drink. Here it is used in beautiful metaphors of the soul thirsting for God.
In researching Psalm 42 I found there are three conclusions concerning just what this great thirst really is. Is the voice of David as he wandered in exile during the rebellion of Absalom? Or is it our Messiah who was subjected to rejection and suffering. Or the Jewish remnant during the Great Tribulation.
Water is necessary for physical life and living water for the soul. At the end of the Feast of Tabernacles Jesus cried out, John 7:37-38, “37 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. 38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” This invitation was extended to anyone who come to Him. In Jesus is a reservoir of living water and as we receive we shall let flow to others.
So yes, this great thirst is also mine! My soul pants for Jesus. Nevertheless, “when shall I come and appear before God” I know I’ll be overwhelmed by the knowledge of my sins.
The Maranathal singers created the song “As The Deer” that speaks to this thirst:
Verse 1
“As the deer panteth for the water
So my soul longeth after Thee
You alone are my heart's desire
And I long to worship Thee
Chorus 1
You alone are my strength my shield
To You alone may my spirit yield
You alone are my heart's desire
And I long to worship Thee”
Jesus is our King and so much more, He is our propitiation. Jesus fills that empty spot in my being and as the deer pants….

Friday, October 20, 2017

Gideons Then and Now 508-1 - 4 - 4

“Two hundred years had passed since Joshua led the children of Israel in the conquest of the land. But because they failed to obey the Lord fully, because they failed to totally drive out the pagan people of Canaan, like a disease in remission, two centuries later the pockets of remaining Canaanites regained strength and began to dominate and regulate the lives of the people of Israel.”
[CM’s Judges PDF]
True then, still a threat to Israel today.
Gideon was avoiding doing anything to defeat the Midianite army, rather he was hiding his goods from them. Gideon finally answered God’s call and after God limited his army to 300 men he routed the Midianite army with pitchers and torches. The Midianites were so confused that they began attacking one another, then fled only to be pursued by several of the Tribes of Israeli.
The people wanted Gideon to rule over them and Gideon declined.  Judge 8:23. “And Gideon said unto them, I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you: the LORD shall rule over you.” Very good advice, Romans 8:31, “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”
Fast forward to the 20th and 21st centuries, today many Israeli are secular and give the credit for their victories to the IDF. For now, it seems God tolerates this attitude and has less prohibitions against the use modern technology. Israel has been successful in wars with her neighbors and regained some of the land given to her by God.
There is an interesting DVD series “Against all Odds: Israel Survives.” Investigative reporter Michael Greenspan interviews IDF soldiers who took part in seemingly hopeless battles and were victorious.  In one case a mighty wind blew sand from around mines allowing the soldiers to cross safely. One small group was out of ammunition and were about to be over-run by their enemy when the enemy ran off. Later a Muslim involved reported that they saw a huge figure standing behind the IDF soldiers, “Father Abraham.” In my opinion, these victories undeniably demonstrate God’s hand protected/ is protecting Israel. Several of the older Israeli soldiers interviewed gave credit to God.
Just a few examples:
The Six-Day War: Jun 05, 1967 to Jun 10, 1967
"By the end of the war, Israel had conquered enough territory to more than triple the size of the area it controlled, from 8,000 to 26,000 square miles. The victory enabled Israel to unify Jerusalem. Israeli forces had also captured the Sinai, Golan Heights, Gaza Strip and West Bank."
Yom Kippur War: Oct 06, 1973 to Oct 26, 1973 started on the holiest day of the Jewish faith. Israel was victorious.
In the war of 2014 the Iron Dome air defense system intercepted and destroyed short-range rockets, artillery shells and mortars.
Israel is surrounded by enemies and her continued existence is proof that God keeps his word. Again, in Proverbs we are reminded that God has our back, Proverbs 21:31, “The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD."

Watchman on the Wall 508-1 - 4 - 2

Paul tells us to “be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might” and “If God be for us, who can be against us?” In Ephesians 6:11-13, “11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
So I wear the full armour of God and am thus protected from outside distractions, I discern God’s will for me by listening to that small, still voice. When I’m in fellowship with God things just seem to go right in my life. Then this truly applies, Philippians 4:7, And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Although we have a new and more Godly administration, our world still seems to be spinning out of control. Both the progressives and the RINO are doing their best to obstruct President Trump from doing his job. Then there is the rumored Shadow Government also working against President Trump and of course there is the OWG working to take over.
If I were not in accord with God, the above malefactors would be frightening. However, Job 19:25, “For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:”
For years I’ve felt that God has me as a Watchman on the Wall, not unlike the crazed man holding a sign, “Repent, the end is near.” For the last several months I’ve been feeling push to change my sign to read, “We’re not being told the truth, EMP is a clear and present danger.”
Ezekiel is compared to a watchman in Ezekiel Chapter 33. If Ezekiel warns the people faithfully, but they do not hear, then they will be responsible for their own destruction. If he fails to warn the people, and they perish, “God will require their blood at the watchman's hand.” Ouch!
America is not found in the end days unless… Nahum 2:12-13, “12 The lion did tear in pieces enough for his whelps, and strangled for his lionesses, and filled his holes with prey, and his dens with ravin. 13 Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will burn her chariots in the smoke, and the sword shall devour thy young lions: and I will cut off thy prey from the earth, and the voice of thy messengers shall no more be heard.”
An EMP could effectively wipe out America, the lion’s whelp unless…

Psalm 40, no burnt offerings 515-1 - 8 - 4

Psalm 40:6-8, “6 Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required. 7 Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, 8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.”
Paul repeats the Psalm, Hebrews 10:7, “Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.”
1 Samuel 15:22, “And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.”
God does not desire burnt offering, rather our obedience. Jesus was the final sacrifice completing the Scarlett thread foretold in Genesis 3:15, “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” And followed up in Genesis 3:21, “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.” Just as an animal’s blood was shed to provide covering for Adam and Eve, we are covered by Jesus blood shed on Calvary.
After the Resurrection Jesus treated two Emmaus disciples to a seven-mile Bible Study. Luke 24:25-27, “25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: 26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? 27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.”
Christ Appears on the Road to Emmaus
The volume of the Book is written of Jesus!

Psalm 39, a rather depressing Psalm - 515-1 - 8 - 3

Psalm 39:1, “I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.”
Tongue, H3956, skipping eating and licking, From H3960, to wag the tongue, that is, to calumniate (make false and defamatory statements about); accuse, slander.
James, the brother of Jesus was vocal in his opinion of the tongue. James 3:5-6, “5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.”
Psalm 39:2, “I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred.” Through his severe trials King David was determined not to rebel or complain against the Lord around unbelievers; to be a stumbling block.
Psalm 39:3, “My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue,” Perhaps King David was finally overcome with indignation at his suffering so when alone he shared a questioning prayer with the Lord.
Psalm 39:4-6 "LORD, how long is this nightmare going to last? Tell me how much time I have left, and when it is going to run out. At best the span of my life is only about the width of my palm; compared to Your eternity, my lifetime isn't worth mentioning. All of us humans are as unsubstantial as a vapor. We go through life like phantoms. We rush around in frenzied activity—but what does it all amount to after all? We spend our lives scrimping and saving, and leave it all behind to be enjoyed by ingrates or fools or strangers!”
[Believer’s Bible Commentary]
King David finally ended this depressing Psalm; Psalm 39:12-13, “12 Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were. 13 O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more.”
King David referred to the brevity of his earthly life, that he was a sojourner passing through. He was beseeching the Lord to recover his strength before he departed his earthly walk.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Psalm 33:3, sing praises onto the Lord 515-1 - 7 - 3

Psalm 33:3, “Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise.”
As a young child I was blessed to play the part of Mary singing to the baby Jesus two years in our church’s Christmas Pageant. Growing up I sang in both the junior and senior church choir. My ambition was to sing “O Holy Night” as a soloist but I had to settle for singing in with two other girls in our high school choir. Sadly, my sweet little soprano voice has long since abandoned me.
I often joke that a frog slipped down my throat while asleep.  That said, my favorite times include singing in church, especially the Praise and Worship Songs based on the Psalms. I never really learned to play a musical instrument so no playing skillfully. Nevertheless, I make a loud noise when singing in church.
Praise and Worship Songs are usually upbeat so there is still the love of the old hymns. “It is Well With my Soul” is powerful especially considering the hymn’s background.
Horatio G. Spafford was a successful lawyer and businessman in Chicago with a wife Anna and four daughters, previously they had lost their only son to pneumonia. In 1873, the French ocean liner, Ville du Havre was crossing the Atlantic from the U.S. to Europe with 313 passengers including Mrs. Spafford and her four daughters. Mr. Spafford was to follow a few days later. The Ville du Havre collided with another ship and was lost. Anna Spafford was one of the few survivors.  
Mr. Spafford booked passage on the next available ship. When about four days out, the captain called Spafford to his cabin and told him they were over the place where the Ville du Havre went down taking his daughters.
Mr. Spafford wrote “It Is Well With My Soul” while on this journey.
“When peace like a river attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll,
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.”
This is reminiscent of 2 Samuel 12 and King David saying after the death of his first son by Bathsheba, “But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” Painful as it for Christians to lose loved ones, the knowledge of being together again is a great solace.
As for “Sing unto him a new song,” when the Lord takes me home either through physical death or the Blessed Hope, I’ll be singing in his heavenly choir with a glorified body and voice.