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. 

Psalm 32:7, a Song of deliverance 515-1 - 7 - 2

Psalm 32:7, “Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.”
God, our hiding place is repeated in Psalm 119:114, “Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.”
Shield, H4043, a shield, the small shield or buckler; figuratively a protector shield.
Isaiah speaks to judgment, Isaiah 28:16-17, “16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.  17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.”
“Isaiah 28:16, 17 God has established the Messiah as the only worthy object of trust, a sure foundation. Those who rely on Him never need run scared. Under His reign, everything will have to meet the test of justice and righteousness, and judgment will sweep away every false object of trust.”
[Believer’s Bible Commentary]
Isaiah 32:2, “And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.” A Messianic Psalm as the Man, providing shelter, protection, refreshment, and shade is the Lord Jesus.
“Thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance”, I so love the praise and worship song that are based on the Psalms.
You Are My Hiding Place
You are my hiding place
You always fill my heart
With songs of deliverance
Whenever I am afraid
I will trust in You
I will trust in You
Let the weak say I am strong
In the strength of the Lord
There were the Righteous Among the Nations, an honorific used by the State of Israel to describe non-Jews who risked their lives during the Holocaust to save Jews from extermination by the Nazis. They included the family of Casper ten Boom.
Corrie and Betsie ten Boom were middle-aged sisters working in their father's watchmaker shop in Holland leading uneventful lives until the coming of the Nazis. The ten Boom family provided a “Hiding Place” and they and their many friends saved the lives of an estimated 800 Jews, and protected many Dutch underground workers.
The ten Boom family was betrayed in 1944 but the Nazis never found any of the Jews in the hiding place. Betsie and Corrie were imprisoned in Ravensbruck and brought many of their fellow prisons to faith. Betsie passed in Ravensbruck and Corrie survived and became a noted speaker.
From the book, The book The Hiding Place
"Sleet stung us as we reached the outside. I stepped close to the stretcher to form a shield for Betsie. We walked past the waiting line of sick people, through the door, and into a large ward. They placed the stretcher on the floor and I leaned down to make out Betsie’s words, “. . . must tell people what we have learned here. We must tell them that there is no pit so deep that He is not deeper still. They will listen to us, Corrie, because we have been here.”
[The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom and Elizabeth and John Sherrill]
Betsie had found her hiding place with the Lord.

Jael engaged in deception with Sisera, yet she was praised by Deborah, and today. 508-1 - 3 - 5

Jael could have been a type for the 21st Century female Kurdish fighters.  CM pointed out that if the Canaanites had won the battle, hundreds of Jewish girls would have been captured and raped, Judges 5:30. Again, an ancient type of the evil behavior of 21st Century ISIS terrorists.
Why Kurdish Women Joined The Fight Against ISIS
June 26, 2017
“Groups of female Kurdish fighters, known as Women's Protection Units, have been fighting on the front lines against ISIS for years. While they have been glamorized by Western media, little is known about the women and their motivations for fighting.”
"They fight alongside their male companions on the front lines and you mentioned that they are now actually very active in the liberation of Raqqa. They also played an important role in the liberation of Tell Abyad, which is also in northern Syria, this was in June 2015.
The female Kurdish fighters aspire to equality with some female commanders over both men and women.
The Sight Of A Woman With A Weapon Makes ISIS Flee In Panic
Updated Jun 07, 2017
A Bethnahrin Women Protection Forces, HSNB, fighter who was born and raised in a European country chose to travel to Syria to fight terrorists. She had this to said:
“This is a fight for all women in the world. ISIS is the worst oppressor in modern time, if I will be able to help release some of the women they are holding hostage and selling as sex slaves, it’s enough for me. I am ready to die for that. It’s also a struggle for the survival of my people, the Assyrians/Chaldeans/Syriacs and for all other Christians in Middle East. I am ready to die for that, too. And I am happy to seek revenge for my friends who were martyred fighting terrorism.”
As for Jael, she did good, perhaps out of a sense of survival. Fate presented her with an opportunity to kill Sisera. She was equal to the task and nailed it.

Friday, October 13, 2017

About that cycle of decline, bondage through abundance and back to bondage 508-1 - 3 -2

The Tytler Cycle
Spiritual Faith
Then starting over with Bondage
Bible believing Christians looking for religious freedom, liberty and opportunity immigrated to Colonial America. Some came to this country in bondage as payment for their passage and later some in steerage. This took great courage and many lost their lives.
With the passage of time came abundance for many as the north became industrialized, however, there were sweat shops in the North. The South’s industrial development was delayed due to a crippling dependence on slave labor.
Rather than working together cities often became a war zone between labor and management. Both sides selfishly protecting their abundance.
Complacency set in and people forgot their roots as history was/ is being redacted. Apathy set in and many became dependent on the government and voted for whoever promised the most freebies. There is a fine line between dependence and bondage.
Prayerfully this cycle is being broken in the United States with the election of Donald Trump as POTUS.
On a personal note, my family background is rather ordinary. One family branch arrived in Colonial America in the early 1600s. In doing family research I thought I came across one ancestor who came to America in bondage but later searches failed to turn him up. In bondage or looking for a better life they came to America. Perhaps my Quaker Armitage ancestors came to America looking for religious freedom only to immigrate to Canada after the American Revolution as loyalist to King George.
Two other ancestors marched to the defense of their towns during the American Revolution. Loyalist to King George or seeking to kick the British out, all were looking for liberty. Another ancestor fought in the War of 1812 to protect our hard won independence. Lots of farmers in my background who helped to settle this country.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

history is being rewritten today 508-1 - 2 - 3

I just posted the following on Facebook:
 I'm working on the following question for school: "DQ#3. How is history being rewritten today, either in your own country or in Israel? What consequences are taking place because of this?"
I started my answer: How is history being rewritten today? A better question might be, where to begin. Again, I repeat myself, we surely are in the days of Isaiah 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!”
Concurrently I'm reading Jonathan Cahn's latest book, "The Paradigm: The Ancient Blueprint That Holds the Mystery of Our Times" and the above question and his book started to really come together.
Rabbi Cahn comment "The following is a record of some of the acts of hostility toward God, His ways, and His people that took place under the Obama administration" lead me to the wallbuilders webpage referenced:
America’s Most Biblically-Hostile U. S. President
“Listed below in chronological order are (1) numerous records of his attacks on Biblical persons or organizations; (2) examples of the hostility toward Biblical faith that have become evident in the past three years in the Obama-led military; (3) a listing of his open attacks on Biblical values; and finally (4) a listing of numerous incidents of his preferential deference for Islam’s activities and positions, including letting his Islamic advisors guide and influence his hostility toward people of Biblical faith.”
As I read the webpage I remembered many of these actions. I've often said that it'll take time, if ever, for us know the full extent the of damage Obama and his minions did to our country. Sadly, many elected Republicans let it happen. And We the People also let it happen.
Then in 2016 many leaders such as Franklin Graham reminded Christians that their failure to vote in 2012 for Mitt Romney because he was a Mormon likely cost him the election. Instead this bias was rewarded with the re-election of an advocate for Islam who often denigrates Israel and was working on the so-called two state solution. There was a tremendous groundswell of Christians not only in the United States but in Israel praying for Trump to be victorious. Prayer meetings were held often through the night before the election. Thankfully Donald Trump is our POTUS.
But once again I digress.  Has political correctness started to usher in the principles of Newspeak as found and the disturbing book 1984? “To give a single example. The word free still existed in Newspeak, but it could only be used in such statements as “This dog is free from lice” or “This field is free from weeds.” It could not be used in its old sense of “politically free” or “intellectually free” since political and intellectual freedom no longer existed even as concepts, and were therefore of necessity nameless.”
[Orwell, George. 1984]
Are we as a country so far from Newspeak when using "improper pronouns" can lead to fines and/ or arrest due to new transgender laws in New York and California?
There is an incredible amount of false news being promoted by the media. It's nearly a year since Donald Trump won the office of POTUS and as I've noted before that it's as if the Liberals have collectively lost their mind, now I would add to that, developed a susceptibility to believe every bit of propaganda perpetuated by the likes of George Soros, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Hussein Obama.
As a BAC I’m praying that President Trump will restore Christian values in American or is it too late? Will we Christians be driven underground as with the early Christians? What will happen November 4, 2017?
As I stated before, rewriting history, where to start?

Psalm 28:7 515-1 - 6 - 4

Psalm 28:7, “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.” 
Shield: H4043, From H1598; a shield (that is, the small one or buckler); figuratively a protector; also the scaly hide of the crocodile, buckler, defense, ruler, H1598, to hedge about, that is, protect.
Trusted: H982, refuge, be confident or sure, be bold (confident, secure, sure), careless (one, woman), put confidence, to flee for protection, have hope.
Rejoiceth: H5937, to jump for joy, that is, exult: - be joyful, rejoice, triumph.
I so love Praise and Worship songs especially by the Maranatha Singers. Hundreds of times I’ve listened to their adaptation of Psalm 3:3, “But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.”
A Shield About Me: The Maranatha Singers
“Thou, O Lord, art a shield about me
You're my glory
You're the lifter of my head
Thou, O Lord, art a shield about me
You're my glory
You're the lifter of my head
You're the lifter of my head”
Yes, The LORD is my strength and my shield, without Him I would just fade away. My heart most assuredly trusts in Him and greatly rejoices in Him, I’m helped by Him 24/7. I often joke that a frog must have crawled into my throat and ruined my sweet soprano voice of decades ago. However, with my song will I praise Him which leads into Psalm 28:2, “Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee, when I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle.”
I impatiently wait for the day I’ll join the Heavenly choir with my perfect God given voice and sing praises to Lord Jesus as I worship Him.

Psalm 27:1, “A Psalm of David. - 515-1 - 6 - 6

Psalm 27:1, “A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
Light not darkness, salvation through grace and the strength of the rock of our salvation, very blessed am I.
Light, H216, From H215; illumination, happiness, bright, clear. H215, A primitive root; to make luminous (literally and metaphorically): break of day, glorious, kindle, set on fire, shine.
Genesis 1:3-4, “3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4  And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.“
And the opposite of light, darkness: H2822, the dark; literally darkness, misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness, night, obscurity
Salvation: H3468, liberty, deliverance, prosperity: - safety, salvation, saving.
Act 4:12, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” 
We are justification by grace, Ephesians 2:8-9, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."
Strength: H4581, a fortified place; figuratively a defense, rock, stronghold.
Throughout both the Old and New Testaments the rock and/ or stone is used a type of the Messiah. All through The Book of Psalms King David referred to God as the rock of salvation, refuge. Jesus is our rock of salvation, our propitiation before our righteous God, our refuge.
Isaiah 28:16, “Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.”
Precious: H3368, valuable, brightness, clear, costly, excellent, reputation.
The precious corner stone is picked up again in 1 Peter 2:6, “Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, Precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.”
As an aside, shortly after Donald Trump became POTUS I wrote, IMO, the Obama administration was a long eight years for most conservatives and especially for BACs to witness the denigration of morals in an age where many conformed to Isaiah 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 Harbinger revisited, The Paradigm Visited 508-1 - 2 - 8

Rabbi Jonathan Cahn is, in my opinion, an outstanding Bible scholar and author. He can take threads from the past and apply them to 21st Century America. I started to read his most recent book, “The Paradigm: The Ancient Blueprint That Holds the Mystery of Our Times.” I decided first to revisit his book from 2011, “The Harbinger: The Ancient Mystery that Holds the Secret of America's Future.”
The Harbinger compares the reaction of Israel, the Northern Kingdom, to the first invasion of the land by the Assyrians and that of the United States after 911. Neither Israel or the United States repented their sins, rather, they would rebuild even better. The leaders of the Northern Kingdom boasted, “The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycamores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars.” Isaiah 9:10.
The attack by the Assyrians was “a shaking” that Israel 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?
The day after 9/11 Senate Majority Leader, Tom Daschle in a statement concerning a 'Joint Resolution of Condemnation for the September 11, 2001 stated the following: “But there is a passage in the Bible from Isaiah that I think speaks to all of us at times such as this: 'The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with dressed stone; the fig trees have been felled, but we will replace them with cedars.'”
New York City Mayor, Rudolph Giuliani and New York State Governor, George E. Pataki said much the same; Major Giuliani after the attack and Governor Pataki when dedicating the building of the "Freedom Tower" on the 4th of July 2004.
When he was the 2004 Democratic Candidate for Vice President John Edwards spoke the same verse while at a prayer breakfast. Again, no repentance and Senator Edwards careen was later destroyed.
It certainly appears that there are/ were many parallels in the rise and fall of ancient empires and contemporary America. For so long we been considered the leader of the free world and the most powerful country in the world. The American electorate twice elected a POTUS who seems determined to bring our once thriving country to its knees; a judgment from God for our falling away from Him and losing our moral compass?
Was the election of Donald Trump as POTUS a reprieve for our country? I pray so.
A footnote, Rabbi Jonathan Cahn’s 2017 “The Paradigm: The Ancient Blueprint That Holds the Mystery of Our Times” is quite a read. Again, very relevant to 21st Century America.