Thank you sir for saying exactly the truth about fear in religious thinking and teaching today. Spot on.
Some days I feel like filing a Missing Persons Report for Jesus.
I survey the media landscape of what so many identify as representing Christianity in my country and it feels like he has all but vanished.
I don’t know exactly when it happened, but somewhere along the line my faith tradition got hijacked.
I suppose it was a half a century or so ago as the Evangelical Church and American Politics started an ill-advised courtship, and the public face of the people of Jesus in the U.S. gradually became a bunch of angry, middle-aged, upper middle class, largely white, largely male folks with entitlement issues and persecution complexes.
You know the ones. They’re everywhere. They have billion dollar media empires and multi-pronged ministry machines and millions of devoted followers. Regularly they broker in a familiar brand of righteous bitterness, always publicly wringing their hands and beating their breasts, as they remind the watching world that once again the sky is indeed…
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Keep the peace
Go to war
Win the battle
Let your voice be heard
Hope against annihilation
Slowly die from birth
Be part of the team
Stand on your own
Look at the beauty
Experience the pain
Seek the answers
Find the questions
Pull yourself up
Get a pillow for your ass
Feel the shackles
Be brought to your knees
Care for others
Don’t expect anything
Endure the eternity
In the blink of an eye
Hope in the unseen
Nothing is hidden
Take care of yourself
Always move forward
Take two steps back
Stay close at hand
Keep your distance
Speak your mind
Look for the good in everyone
See the splinters in your eye
You are born to live
You are destined to die
Enjoy the wonders
Experience the tragedy
Ask for Love
Suffer the silence
Yearn the heights
Know the depths
Be comforted within an embrace
Persevere in the isolation
Lead the way
Follow the way
Do not transgress yourself
Pursue the light
Condone the darkness
Just read an article about today’s meeting between Pope Francis and Abbas.
First, all fall short of the Glory of G-d. Second, seeking peace is noble. Third, we still do not understand how to attain peace (Or more succinctly; recognize that we already have peace with G-d and that not because of ourselves but because of the already accomplished work of Emmanuel, the Christ.) and that is because we believe, still, in our own prowess (we must perform in one way or another and then there will be peace). Not true. Whether or not we understand this, it remains.
Khomeini recently said he would try and protect (save) the oppressed. Another in a line of many who truly do desire peace and salvation from evil. However, as long as we see ourselves as our own own saviors, nothing will change. “Man rules man to his own detriment.” This has been proven to anyone with one brain cell functioning. The Pope cannot save, Abbas cannot save, Khomeini cannot save, O’bama cannot save, Putin cannot save, etc, etc, etc…..infinitude. Will we ever learn?
Prophecy will be fulfilled despite our best efforts to repudiate it. The Word of Jehovah stands and without apology.
We, on the other hand, may have much to apologize for; on the one hand claiming to seek peace while with the other hand indiscriminately murdering our brothers and sisters. No matter who they are, wherever they are, whatever name G-d has revealed Himself to them as, if it does not suit us then it’s “off with their heads”.
You can keep your definition of peace. I choose Emmanuel for it is He and He alone that is Savior and He and He alone who is mediator between our Father Jehovah and us. We are indeed made “peculiar”, even unto ourselves. That may be a saving grace.
It is of note that as we seek peace we can do nothing but make war. As we plead for mercy we wield mercilessly against our neighbor. As we say we know justice, we blindly follow injustice. As we claim Love we display hatred.
Who are you, whoever you are, to deny truth? And with what, your pretty pedanticisms that serve only your own conceit and self justifications. You, whoever you are, are no better than I and am I no better than you.
May the Lord of all Love come quickly for surely there is an egregious absence of Love here now!
I originally taught this on March 12th. Being that today is the anniversary of Israel’s re-establishment as a Nation within the World Body it seem’s apropos to re-post. Not posted to bring fear, but understanding and blessing.
REGARDING PROPHETIC SIGNS OF THE END TIMES:
What was prophesied to us regarding what to watch for that would signify the beginning of the end of days has already happened. It happened in 1948 with the re-establishment of Israel as a recognized Nation within the World Body. She had waited for over 2000 years to regain her status.
One thing that it signifies for the Jewish people is a significant step toward rebuilding the Temple in Jerusalem. Make no mistake, it has been ordained and it will happen. We need not worry about it or doubt that it will finally ever happen. It has been established and it will be. Immutable.
Our Father wants us to be knowledgeable and we are to know and understand that certain things must happen first. Our Father is orderly and succinct and has succinctly made known to us the order in which things must happen before the Temple is re-built; allowing then for the revelation of the abominable desolation to come where the anti-Christ will be revealed.
One of the things it signifies for the Christian people is the beginning of Christ’s preciously longed for return. We are to know and understand that Christ is, right now, preparing Himself for that day.
Over time, God reveals His mysteries to us when it is time. And that time is the time that He ordains to be the time; right down to the day, hour, moment, and second. The one time not revealed in specificity is the actual day of Christ’s return. No one knows; and if he thinks he does then one needs to reconsider the matter. Do not follow false teachers and teachings that insist they know through some formula or other etc. We know that Father has said that He has reserved the right to keep that mystery/secret to Himself until the actual event itself.
Similarly we know that no one can predict exactly who the anti-Christ is. God has, however, made us aware of what to look for and when the time is to be looking for it. No-one will know exactly who he is until after the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem. This sets the stage for the abomination of desolations where the anti-Christ will reveal himself by usurping the throne within the Temple and proclaiming himself to be God.
Another consideration for the Christian is what is known as the Rapture. The time when Christ will return to gather the Church to Himself; where-after we will be wherever He is eternally. This is not the same thing as what is known as Christ’s Second Return. These are two separate events. I will describe a bit more on His 2nd coming later in this sharing.
There is much debate about Pre-Tribulation Rapture and Post-Tribulation Rapture and even Rapture in the middle of the Tribulation period. For myself; through the Lord’s guidance and after many years of study I have come to believe that Christ’s return to gather His people to Himself will happen before the anti-Christ is revealed and before the Tribulation events and Ezekiel’s battle.
Why do I say this? Well I know that the revealing of the anti-Christ cannot happen until all hindrances currently preventing his egregious claim to the throne are removed. What is currently hindering this? Christ via His church. We are His Church. We, the body of Christ and with His authority and through His will, are preventing the establishment of the anti-Christ’s brief reign of terror which begins directly after his performing the abomination as described above. Understand that he will be in power before this day but, before he sits on the throne in Jerusalem, no-one will know him as the anti-Christ specifically.
Now we know that when something is hindering the establishment of something else, that thing which is a hindrance must first be removed in order for the establishment of what it opposes. Following that logic then it must be that we, as the hindrance, need to not be here in order for the anti-Christ to make his move for the throne whereby then he will be revealed through his own ill advised action.
Therefore, I look for Christ’s coming to gather us together with Him for all eternity, to be before the Tribulation. Indeed, even before the anti-Christ is exposed worldwide.
Christ’s Second Coming, and for battle this time, will not be until the entire world is embroiled in war and is at the precipice of total annihilation. This will be only after the aforementioned events have transpired in Jerusalem. It is only at a time after this that Christ, along with us and the Angel’s will return to bind the enemy and Christ will establish His reign on earth.
There is more to come even after these things; but that will be for another teaching.
-Nancy Evelyn Pais
This is a totally weird type of flower, the way it grows and how it grows, well at least it was weird to me. Totally unexpected as well as I have not seen it anywhere else around there and then it was like boom right there for everyone to see. Where do you think it is and more importantly what is this?
I believe that sometimes, pain is just pain.
Sometimes it just hurts.
Until we see the face of God, we mostly won’t know the why. Even then, I’m not sure there will be a neat bow-tie at the end.
In the waiting, I don’t want to moralize my pain. I refuse to connect the dots at someone who is hurting in the lowest bottom of their soul. I cannot pretty-up grief with retrospective hindsight or poetic reflection. I will not diminish someone’s tragedy into an allegory. I cannot take a human wound and flip it into a cute outline for my logical sensibilities.
Pain sucks. It’s dirty. It’s not fit for books and movies. It doesn’t always resolve. It’s not romantic. It doesn’t need an answer or a fix-it-all. That drives me crazy, but nearly every answer has always come up short and trite and impractical. Pain is a terrible…
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