The Astrological Ages and Philippians 3 – The Example of Paul

October 31, 2014

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The Astrological Years

An astrological age is a time period which astrology postulates parallel major changes in the development of Earth’s inhabitants, particularly relating to culture, society and politics.

Astrology is the work of the devil.

Astrology is the work of the devil.

There are twelve astrological ages corresponding to the twelve zodiacal signs in western astrology. At the completion of one cycle of twelve astrological ages, the cycle repeats itself.

Astrological ages occur because of a phenomenon known as the precession of the equinoxes. One complete period of this precession is called a Great Year or Platonic Year of about 25,920 years.

There are two broad approaches about the effects upon the world due to the astrological ages.

Some astrologers believe the changes upon Earth are caused and marked by the influences of the given astrological sign, associated with the Age, while other astrologers do not follow the causative model and believe it is a matter of synchronicity.

Many astrologers believe that the Age of Aquarius has arrived recently or will arrive in the near future. On the other hand, some believe that the Age of Aquarius arrived up to five centuries ago, or will not start until six centuries from now.

Despite all references provided by various sources, astrologers cannot agree upon exact dates for the beginning or ending of the ages.

Age of Cancer: 8640 to 6480 BC

Cancer rules: Food, Agriculture, Houses and house building, Community, Motherhood, and Family.

Mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the Universe. The basic form of most mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a center point.  Each gate is in the general shape of a T. Mandalas often exhibit radial balance. The term is of Hindu origin. It appears in the Rig Veda as the name of the sections of the work, but is also used in other Indian religions, particularly Buddhism. In various spiritual traditions, mandalas may be employed for focusing attention of aspirants and adepts, as a spiritual teaching tool, for establishing a sacred space, and as an aid to meditation and trance induction. In common use, mandala has become a generic term for any plan, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe.

Mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the Universe.
The basic form of most mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a center point.
Each gate is in the general shape of a T. Mandalas often exhibit radial balance.
The term is of Hindu origin. It appears in the Rig Veda as the name of the sections of the work, but is also used in other Indian religions, particularly Buddhism.
In various spiritual traditions, mandalas may be employed for focusing attention of aspirants and adepts, as a spiritual teaching tool, for establishing a sacred space, and as an aid to meditation and trance induction.
In common use, mandala has become a generic term for any plan, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe.

This age hosted the Neolithic Revolution and the invention of agriculture around the world. The traditional dates for the Neolithic Revolution are 9000 to 6000 B.C., a rather exact fit for the Age of Cancer.

The traditional area for this new activity was the Near East. This was part of a matrix that included Eastern and Mediterranean Europe, and the Nile river valley.

Another agricultural matrix began as early as 9000 B.C. in Southeast Asia, up into central China. New Guinea and the Rajasthan desert area of India was also a part of this matrix.

And in the New World agriculture was being invented from the Yucatan in Mexico and Central America down the west coast of South America through Peru. Houses were built and people settled into permanent year around communities, giving up the roving life of the hunter-gatherer.

Scores of communities were settled throughout the Near East, leaving us ample record of their lives in the dry air of the deserts of the Middle East.

There is little record of community living in the wetter climates of Southeast Asia or Central America, where building materials likely had rotted away thousands of years ago.

Age of Gemini: 6480 to 4320 BC

Gemini rules: Movement, Trade, Communication, Hand/eye coordination, the Mind and ideas.

The Age of Gemini opened up new vistas for exploration and interaction across large distances.

Across the Near East we see an explosion of crafts industries with huge stone and bone industries creating a wide variety of articles, a statue industry and a bread industry.  

Gemini Age man began using his mind and his hands to create a more interesting life for himself.

The ceramics industry is the most remarkable of these industries in part because of the decorations used. Although ceramics were created before this age, it was right at 6500 B.C. that they exploded both in excellences of craftsmanship, and in the sheer numbers of vessels created.

Almost immediately, everywhere, they were created with abstract decorations on them that led, over time, to beautiful polychrome glazes with a wide variety of abstract symbols for decoration. Ceramics also appeared in Europe, the artic fringe of Eurasia, in China and the Malay Peninsula.

Mandala of Astrological Protection. The Srid-pa-ho mandala is a powerful ancient image based upon traditional Tibetan calendar charts which follow natural cycles of time, the seasons and the planets, it is associated with enhancing physical and emotional balance. Offering protection from negative influence arising from seasonal, planetary or cosmic phenomena, the mandala has the protector deities of Manjushri, Avalokitesvara and Vajrapani, top center, adding their powers of wisdom and compassion.

Mandala of Astrological Protection.
The Srid-pa-ho mandala is a powerful ancient image based upon traditional Tibetan calendar charts which follow natural cycles of time, the seasons and the planets, it is associated with enhancing physical and emotional balance.
Offering protection from negative influence arising from seasonal, planetary or cosmic phenomena, the mandala has the protector deities of Manjushri, Avalokitesvara and Vajrapani, top center, adding their powers of wisdom and compassion.
You can purchase this online for under $2,000.

These symbols, such as crosses and swastikas carried a new Gemini religious symbolism with them. Art during the Age of Cancer was representational.

As we enter the Age of Gemini abstract symbolism quickly replaced representational art as the predominant form of art. Abstract imagery carried much more meaning and information for the Gemini mind.

Essentially all of our modern language families were created here. Experts agree that the proto-Indo-European language was begun around 5000 B.C. This is the parent language of almost all of the languages spoken today.

Other experts indicate that a parent to the Chinese language was created around 4800 B.C. in China.

Experts at what?  Confusion?  Stupidity?

The Gemini individual began to explore beyond the boundaries of the local village, and over the course of the age a huge trading network was created by 5000 B.C. that extended from the Mediterranean Basin through the Near East and up into southern Russia.

In Gemini fashion the main commodity traded was information and knowledge.

A similar trade network was created in the Archaic Culture in North America that extended out from the New England area west to the Yellowstone and south to the Caribbean.

Age of Taurus: 4320 TO 2160 B.C.

Taurus rules: Money and wealth, Monumental building, Permanence, Solidity.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the majority of Jews were Taurus.

Sometime after 4800 B.C., the U’baid people in Mesopotamia moved out onto the harsh, resource poor river plains of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers.

There they invented money as a means of trade, and invented banks and banking to support the use of money.

Their trading villages were remade into market towns. Their banks soon began to float loans and collect interest.

During birth the horoscope of the child is immediately calculated by astrologers. Woodcut from J. Rueff, De conceptu et generatione hominis, 1587. By the time astrology became "religion and science at the same time" - the oldest known personal horoscope is from the year 410 B.C. - it had already undergone a long period of development.  Astrology is not just a phenomenon of European religious history; it is to be found in all the great religions and in all cultures - in more or less complex forms.  Today astrology is still a constituent part of a religiously influenced way of life in many parts of the world.  Whether in India or South America, even some scientists first consult an astrologer before embarking on longer official trips.

During birth the horoscope of the child is immediately
calculated by astrologers. Woodcut from J. Rueff,
De conceptu et generatione hominis, 1587.
By the time astrology became “religion and science at the same time” – the oldest known personal horoscope is from the year 410 B.C. – it had already undergone a long period of development.
Astrology is not just a phenomenon of European religious history; it is to be found in all the great religions and in all cultures – in more or less complex forms.
Today astrology is still a constituent part of a religiously influenced way of life in many parts of the world.
Whether in India or South America, even some scientists first consult an astrologer before embarking on longer official trips.

Bartering gave way to the development of a money economy, along with business and banking, and the use of copper as a universal medium of exchange, the first known coinage.

Money was deposited into these early U’baid banks to be applied, much as we do today, towards projects of civic improvement, which would in turn make more money. By 3500 BC these new U’baid towns were rich with imported goods.

A whole new basis for community living was created. Indeed the sole archaeological indicator for growth during this age was the incremental increases in wealth found at these and other sites around the world.

The religions of this age were bound to the ideal of money and wealth. The gods showed their favor in a very Taurus way by showering wealth and goods on those who worshipped them. The temples became the center for the collection and redistribution of wealth, and priests were the administrators of this activity.

The earliest examples of writing were temple business accounts listing what was coming into the temple warehouses, and what was being given out.

Although writing is traditionally a Gemini quality, we can see here that Taurus was solidifying Gemini thought, in a very practical Taurus way, into a permanent Taurus business record.

Now I’m convinced that the Jews are Taurus, they will take anything they can get. 

Adolf Hitler killed the Jews because he grew up around them and despised them because they were thieves.  Many people hate Hitler for killing so many Jews, look at what they are doing now.

Taurus spiritual thought revolved around the ideal of creating heaven here on earth by building cities in a hierarchal fashion to mimic the perceived structure of heaven. Towns were built with their walls facing the four directions.

Temples were built as the center of town. Over the course of centuries they were constantly being rebuilt over the old foundation.

Eventually these temples grew into huge mountainous pyramid structures called ziggurats in Mesopotamia that could be seen from miles away. The Egyptian pyramids were built at this same time. New finds in Peru have found huge pyramids being built there at this same time. In this same process towns grew to become cities.

Cultures began to organize themselves along hierarchical lines as well, creating class structure. India’s caste system began at this time. Most calendars give starting dates around 3000 B.C. as they began to organize time and the year around the equinox and solstice dates.

Holy days were set so that a natural cycle of rituals marked the passage of time. In this way time was honored as hierarchical and sacred.

Kundurru (boundary stone) of the Babylonian king Melichipak II. with sun, moon and Venus. The myths of the star-gods describe which functions and capabilities these gods possess.   A short outline of these characteristics looks something like: the sun embodies life and light also beyond death, but also the death-bringing drought.  The moon is beneficial for life and growth in general; Ishtar-Venus embodies as evening star, love, and as morning star, struggle; Nergal-Mars, war and death; Nabu-Mercury, knowledge and science; Marduk-Jupiter, priestly and worldly rule; and Nimib-Saturn, difficult (field)work and everything difficult and transitory.

Kundurru (boundary stone) of the Babylonian king Melichipak II. with sun, moon and Venus.
The myths of the star-gods describe which functions and capabilities these gods possess.
A short outline of these characteristics looks something like: the sun embodies life and light also beyond death, but also the death-bringing drought.
The moon is beneficial for life and growth in general; Ishtar-Venus embodies as evening star, love, and as morning star, struggle; Nergal-Mars, war and death; Nabu-Mercury, knowledge and science; Marduk-Jupiter, priestly and worldly rule; and Nimib-Saturn, difficult (field)work and everything difficult and transitory.

The Scorpio opposite energy can clearly be seen here as well. Scorpio rules death and rebirth. The Pharaohs of Egypt and the ruling Ens of the various city-states in Mesopotamia were buried in huge monumental tombs.

With them they took much of their wealth and usually all of their servants so that they would be comfortable, in Taurus fashion, in the afterlife. Similar burial practices were found in the Archaic Culture in North America dating to this same period.

Age of Aries:
2160 to 0 B.C.

Aries rules: War and fighting, Challenge, Individuality, Independence.

Aries marks an important shift in world consciousness. The older matriarchal ideal of Taurus monumental solidarity, where everyone had his or her defined place in society, was the antithesis of the incoming Arian ideal of individualism.

Around 2500 B.C. mythologists note a worldwide mythic solarization happening where the new young hero god rises up and defeats the older goddess, thus inaugurating a new order in heaven.

Patriarchal paradigms replaced matriarchal paradigms everywhere, and men took over the running of society. Hero mythologies were created honoring these new gods and the masculine warrior ideal.

Aries brought with it war on a huge scale. This age was one of continual fighting. Empires were created. Sargon of Akkad created the first known military empire around 2300 B.C.

Following him, conquest became the norm, with a long list of empires being created through conquest, and then being conquered by another, until the rise of Rome in the first century B.C.

The ancient Greeks came to epitomize this energy and their Olympic religion glorified the warrior mentality.

Gods and goddesses fought with each other. They chose sides in human wars so that they could take part in the glorious human battles being fought.

The Biblical Old Testament is an Aries tale. It was first written down around the 7th century B.C., well into the Age of Aries.

Now how would they know this unless they were there or maybe they have been channeling the dead, they probably channel the Wright Brothers because they can’t be wrong.

Although God is said to be a loving God, references to the older Taurus age mentality, he is portrayed in the written account as stern, jealous, and vindictive. In Aries fashion he is fighting for his own ascendancy over rival gods.

The old-Egyptian zodiac of Dendera with the Gods of the decades. The zodiac was populated by a multitude of gods and demons which were not, or not only, connected to the planets or fixed stars, but which occupied the systematically divided areas of the sky.  These gods and demons then became decisive for humans when the sun passed through their particular region of the sky. But with this the interpretation of horoscopes became a very complicated affair.  For every point through which the sun passed was determined by at least three gods or demons.  The deity of a zodiac sign reigned a whole month, namely as long as the sun was passing through this sign. At the same time, the sun passed through one of the three decades of a sign of the zodiac, each one lasting for ten days.  And on top of that were the single degrees which the sun passed through in a day.  The way, the Egyptian astrology is familiar with further divisions of a region with its particular gods - the so-called borders: divisions of variously large degrees - so that actually more than three gods determine the quality of a particular time of day.

The old-Egyptian zodiac of Dendera with the Gods of the decades.
The zodiac was populated by a multitude of gods and demons which were not, or not only, connected to the planets or fixed stars, but which occupied the systematically divided areas of the sky.
These gods and demons then became decisive for humans when the sun passed through their particular region of the sky. But with this the interpretation of horoscopes became a very complicated affair.
For every point through which the sun passed was determined by at least three gods or demons.
The deity of a zodiac sign reigned a whole month, namely as long as the sun was passing through this sign. At the same time, the sun passed through one of the three decades of a sign of the zodiac, each one lasting for ten days.
And on top of that were the single degrees which the sun passed through in a day.
The way, the Egyptian astrology is familiar with further divisions of a region with its particular gods – the so-called borders: divisions of variously large degrees – so that actually more than three gods determine the quality of a particular time of day.

He is pictured as a general leading his army of “Chosen People” in conquest of the “Promised Land” of Canaan. Those who do not follow his commands or commandments are punished or threatened with punishment for insubordination. He is often portrayed as smiting the enemies of his chosen.

This is correct, but the insubordination isn’t explained, which is something a liar or politician would do when they’re trying to pull a fast one.

The insubordination was that the people worshiped false gods which is the same thing as worshiping God’s archaeologist’s enemy, the devil. 

They ignored God except when they were in a bind, they got what they deserved.  Well no, they deserved much worse.

In China, the militaristic Shang Dynasty overran the peaceful Lung Shan culture around 1850 B.C. inaugurating a long history of warfare. They were in turn overrun by the more powerful Chou Dynasty in 1122 B.C.

Recent finds in Peru have unearthed a city called Casma dating to 1500 B.C. The pyramid temples have images of war and fighting carved into their walls.

Age of Pisces: 0 B.C. to 2160

Pisces rules: Transcendence, Spirituality, Contact with Other Worlds, Fear, Prophets and Prophecy, Dissolution, Dreams, Illusion, and Lack of Direction.

The Age of Pisces has been an age of great world religions (false religions), starting as early as 700 B.C. The eras of an age mark a transition point where new energies are felt that lead to new directions that will welcome in the new age.

This happens about 700 years before the new age begins. We notice that around 700 BC the Prophetic Revolution began the process of changing a local Semitic religion into the great world religion of the Hebrews.

Around 500 B.C. Lao Tzu introduced Taoism to China. The Buddha was doing the same thing in India. Hinduism was also undergoing a Pisces shift.

The warrior gods such as Agni were demoted while Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva were all elevated in importance as gods of a new transcendent reality beyond the mortal relative world. These were all religions of transcendence.

Judaism led to Christianity and Buddhism spread to encompass most of the Orient. These religions spread beyond national boundaries to become the first multinational organizations in history.

Here Saturn and his children, performs official duties by farmer, craftsman, banker etc. An important point concerning the acceptance of Hellenistic astrology among ancient scholars is also its compatibility with the geocentric world view of Greek natural science and cosmology.  Claudius Ptolemy (100-176 A.D.) attempted, in his astrological text "Tetrabiblos," to adapt the divinatory astrology in the Egyptian tradition to the natural-scientific world view by leaving out all references to revelations and limiting himself completely to a sober presentation.  But no contradiction arose thereby, for Aristotle, whose scientific authority in cosmological questions remained unchallenged until the early modern period, likewise saw gods in the luminous stars whose effects reach beyond the ether into the sublunar world.  Marcus Manilius reports that it was gods who had inspired the priests on the Euphrates and on the Nile to their knowledge of the laws of the cosmos. Stoic influence is clearly recognizable in Manilius’ astrological world view.

Here Saturn and his children, performs official duties by farmer, craftsman, banker etc.
An important point concerning the acceptance of Hellenistic astrology among ancient scholars is also its compatibility with the geocentric world view of Greek natural science and cosmology.
Claudius Ptolemy (100-176 A.D.) attempted, in his astrological text “Tetrabiblos,” to adapt the divinatory astrology in the Egyptian tradition to the natural-scientific world view by leaving out all references to revelations and limiting himself completely to a sober presentation.
But no contradiction arose thereby, for Aristotle, whose scientific authority in cosmological questions remained unchallenged until the early modern period, likewise saw gods in the luminous stars whose effects reach beyond the ether into the sublunar world.
Marcus Manilius reports that it was gods who had inspired the priests on the Euphrates and on the Nile to their knowledge of the laws of the cosmos. Stoic influence is clearly recognizable in Manilius’ astrological world view.

Wrong again, Judaism did not lead to Christianity.  The people of Antioch  called Jesus’ disciples Christians after His resurrection and ascension because all the disciples lived the life that Jesus taught them to live.

Buddhism did not start after Christianity, Buddhism was here before Jesus was.

National governments became theocracies, the secular arm of society working at the behest of the spiritual paradigm they represented.

Europe was the Holy Roman Empire, a Christian empire following Christian precepts. Islam was created at the outset to also be a religious Moslem governing body. The same was true for Tibet. It was a spiritual nation.

It’s never surprises me that whenever something evil or just a flat out lie about Christianity/Jesus the Catholics are involved.

The Holy Roman Empire was not a Christian Empire, the only Christian Empire there is is Jesus Christ, the head of the church and the church is Christians.

Islam is very similar to Judaism and Judaism was also here before Jesus – they are both evil.

War was turned inward in this age. The enemy was no longer just an external force or challenge. It was internal, and there was seen to be a great battle between good and evil, God and Satan that was constantly tearing at our souls.

The Church battled amongst itself while trying to create a set dogma for correct belief. The Inquisition was established to weed out incorrect thought and belief. Women were persecuted, tortured, and burned for the irrational belief that they were pagan and associates of Satan.

This is true, people were executed for being pagans or associates of Satan, but they were not pagans or Satanist, they were Christians and the executioners were pagans and Satanists.

Pisces fear rose to great heights to overshadow the compassionate and loving message of Christ. As a sad result Christianity ended up becoming the most violent institution in history.

I just can’t believe the garbage written in this article.  The last sentence directly above makes no sense.  Christians, true one, not just those that say they are Christians (like most Jews, the Mormons, the Catholics, Rick Warren, Oprah, etc.) are like Jesus and He was not violent.

In the Orient fear was focused in a different but equally Piscean direction. The great Satan was replaced by the idea that this earthly existence, the Wheel of Life, was a prison, and that we must transcend or escape to a higher heavenly awareness in order to be happy and free. Pisces rules imprisonment and escapism.

Claudius Ptolemy as a father of the astrology. Woodcut of E. Schön (1515). Astrology lived on in a hardly modified form in the Middle Ages. In the sixth century A.D., Rhetorios appears in the Byzantine Empire as a compiler of the astrological tradition, following especially the Egyptian-Hellenistic line.  An important impulse for the astrology of the Middle Ages is given by various Arabian astrologers who, under Muslim rule, further develop the "mundane" astrology (concerning meteorological and social events).  In the year 762, the Jewish astrologer Messahalla, who converted to Islam, determined the date of Baghdad’s founding.  In the 8th century A.D., Al Kindi and his disciple Abumassar appear. They are concerned with mundane problems as well, with the so-called "Great Conjunctions," which were supposed to give information about important political events and developments concerning the entire human race. The astrology of the Middle Ages reaches the heart of Europe, in addition to the Byzantine line especially by way of the Arabian science which is taught in Toledo and Salamanca, and experiences a renewed flourishing with the Renaissance.

Claudius Ptolemy as a father of the astrology. Woodcut of E. Schön (1515).
Astrology lived on in a hardly modified form in the Middle Ages. In the sixth century A.D., Rhetorios appears in the Byzantine Empire as a compiler of the astrological tradition, following especially the Egyptian-Hellenistic line.
An important impulse for the astrology of the Middle Ages is given by various Arabian astrologers who, under Muslim rule, further develop the “mundane” astrology (concerning meteorological and social events).
In the year 762, the Jewish astrologer Messahalla, who converted to Islam, determined the date of Baghdad’s founding.
In the 8th century A.D., Al Kindi and his disciple Abumassar appear. They are concerned with mundane problems as well, with the so-called “Great Conjunctions,” which were supposed to give information about important political events and developments concerning the entire human race.
The astrology of the Middle Ages reaches the heart of Europe, in addition to the Byzantine line especially by way of the Arabian science which is taught in Toledo and Salamanca, and experiences a renewed flourishing with the Renaissance.

That’s incorrect, first off there is nothing great about Satan, unless murder, homosexuality, child molestation, lying, stealing etc., is great.

The great wars of this age were religious wars. The Crusades were fought to wrest the Holy Land from the Muslims creating a basic militaristic division between Muslim and Christian that still affects us today.

There has always been a division between Christians and the Muslims and everybody else because Christians worship Jesus, the Muslim’s worship Allah, who might be related to Rick Warren.

Age of Aquarius:
2160 to 4320

Aquarius rules: Brotherhood, Utopia, Genius and Science, Immortality, Hopes Dreams and Wishes, Revolution, Electricity.

Although we are not in the Age of Aquarius yet, we can see what is happening historically as we close in on that age. 700 years prior to Aquarius takes us back to the fifteenth century. This was the time of our Renaissance.

Science rose up to rival religion as the new Aquarian paradigm. Along with this was a new focus on humanism and the human potential.

In addition, the Aquarius Era was from 1800 to 1980. This era saw the Industrial Revolution and the revolutionary advances of the Twentieth Century. Science and technology have revolutionized our world.


It’s hard for me to believe that anyone would spend their life creating or studying such nonsense, but there’s a lot that do this.  I don’t say this because I believe in Jesus, I say it because it is absolute foolishness. 

At the beginning of the article it says:

Some astrologers believe the changes upon Earth are caused and marked by the influences of the given astrological sign, associated with the Age, while other astrologers do not follow the causative model and believe it is a matter of synchronicity.929-j-1

Astrologers number one are way off because the Zodiac has nothing to do with anything  other than messing up people’s minds.

Astrologers number two are also incorrect, because “synchronicity” means:

The simultaneous occurrence of events that appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection.

Everything that happens on earth, in outer space, in the ocean, everywhere is controlled by God.  And in a since you could say that everything is in sync, but not everything is in order.  Everything that takes places occurs due to His purpose.

…all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose (Rom 8:28).

929-j-2Some people say that we are in the Year of Pisces and others say we are in the Year of Aquarius, the year I’m in is 2014 and I believe the Year of the Lord is coming in my life time, not anytime soon though. 

If you agree with me on what I have said about the above article (if you don’t that’s okay, it’s human to err, you’ll catch on)  you are going to howl tomorrow when we talk about…

Philippians 3
The Example of Paul

1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe.929-a

2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.

Beware of the Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Mormons, Rick Warren, Billy Graham, Oprah, etc.

3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.

4 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more:

5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;

6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.

7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.

929-b3:7-14 – Paul’s confidence in Jesus.

8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,

9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

3:12-14 – the Christian life is like a race, elsewhere Paul uses athletic imagery in a similar way (1 Cor 9:24-27; 1 Tim 6:12; 2 Tim 4:7-8; cf. Matt 24:13; Heb 12:1).929-c

12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

929-e15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in anything ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.

16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.

“Let us walk by the same rule” – put into practice the truth they have already comprehended.  We are responsible for the truth we currently possess.

If you don’t speak the truth, even though you believe in Jesus, you have nothing.  For example, Rick Warren believes in Jesus, but he tells lies, he agrees with the Muslim’s that God and Allah is one and the same.

17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.

18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:

3:18-19 – see v. 16929-d

19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)

20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ:

21 Who shall change our vile body that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.


…the Year of Pisces and Aquarius.


The Zodiac and Philippians 2 – Obligations of Christians

October 30, 2014

The words in Black and Maroon is the text from historical/archaeological facts or the numbered scriptures from the Bible.  
Words in Blue are God – Red is Jesus – Green is Jerry.
Jerry is not a scholar, but a very curious 12 year old boy who loves Jesus and likes to research.
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God told us not to live by what we see in the sky:

Archaeologists have uncovered temples to the Moon-god throughout the Middle East.  From the mountains of Turkey to the banks of the Nile, the most wide-spread religion of the ancient world was the worship of the Moon-god.  In the first literate civilization, the Sumerians have left us thousands of clay tablets in which they described their religious beliefs.  As demonstrated by Sjoberg and Hall, the ancient Sumerians worshiped a Moon-god who was called many different names.  The most popular names were Nanna, Suen and Asimbabbar.  His symbol was the crescent moon.  Given the amount of artifacts concerning the worship of this Moon-god, it is clear that this was the dominant religion in Sumeria.  The cult of the Moon-god was the most popular religion throughout ancient Mesopotamia.  The Assyrians, Babylonians, and the Akkadians took the word Suen and transformed it. The Muslims say that the name of the Moon-god is Allah, the god they worship.  And that is okay, because there is no real Moon god.

Archaeologists uncovered temples to the Moon-god throughout the Middle East.
From the mountains of Turkey to the banks of the Nile, the most wide-spread religion of the ancient world was the worship of the Moon-god.
In the first literate civilization, the Sumerians have left us thousands of clay tablets in which they described their religious beliefs.
As demonstrated by Sjoberg and Hall, the ancient Sumerians worshiped a Moon-god who was called many different names.
The most popular names were Nanna, Suen and Asimbabbar. His symbol was the crescent moon.
Given the amount of artifacts concerning the worship of this Moon-god, it is clear that this was the dominant religion in Sumeria.
The cult of the Moon-god was the most popular religion throughout ancient Mesopotamia.
The Assyrians, Babylonians, and the Akkadians took the word Suen and transformed it.
The Muslims say that the name of the Moon-god is Allah, the god they worship. And that is okay, because there is no real Moon god.

And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven (Deut 4:19).

But mankind has been doing it for centuries upon centuries.  People used the sky to know when to plant their crops and things, and I believe that would be okay and even useful, if that is all they used it for.

God told us not to use the sky as a symbol of how to live because He knew what would come of it. 

Since the beginning of time people have used the sun/sky/stars/planets to manipulate others, to control, more now than ever.  People aren’t looking into the sky to know when to feed their family, but how to rip off their neighbor.

The Zodiac was created due to people studying the constellations and now psychics and fortune tellers are using it. 

It’s idolatry:

Thou shalt have no other gods before me (Ex 20:3).

Anyone can manipulate the above scripture (the devil is the best at doing such things) and say it doesn’t pertain to the Zodiac.  But if you know God then you know that He doesn’t have to spell it out word-by-word. 

If you don’t know God, it would be wise to get to understand Him so you won’t get lost or stay lost.  If you are going to drive across country a smart person would use a map.

 The Zodiac

The constellations have been called humanity’s oldest picture book. For 5,000 and more years, people have looked into a clear night sky and seen the same stars we see today.

There has been much speculation as to the origin of the constellations.  Until recently it has usually been assumed that they evolved from the fancies of primitive imaginations, but research now suggests that they were designed as a pictorial scientific coordinate system.  A coordinate system is a set of imaginary lines for measuring positions, like the lines of latitude and longitude for determining locations on the earth.  The constellations perform a similar function, but they employ pictures, which make it easy to identify stars without need of instruments.  Moreover, this evidence points to a time and place that they originated: about 2700 B.C at about 36° north latitude.  There are three main lines of evidence that point to this date and location.

There has been much speculation as to the origin of the constellations.
Until recently it has usually been assumed that they evolved from the fancies of primitive imaginations, but research now suggests that they were designed as a pictorial scientific coordinate system.
A coordinate system is a set of imaginary lines for measuring positions, like the lines of latitude and longitude for determining locations on the earth.
The constellations perform a similar function, but they employ pictures, which make it easy to identify stars without need of instruments.
Moreover, this evidence points to a time and place that they originated: about 2700 B.C at about 36° north latitude.
There are three main lines of evidence that point to this date and location.

 They isolated groups of stars and connected them to each other with imaginary lines, much as we play connect-the-dots.

In the past, people had an excellent knowledge of the night sky. They were able to tell when to plant and when to harvest, and later they navigated the seas with the stars’ help.

Characters of myth and legend were used to name and tell the stories of the stars. Here are a few.

The group of stars that looked like a man with a sword was named Orion, for the famous hunter in Greek mythology.

The pattern that looked like twin boys they called Gemini, the Twins.

The large, bright group of stars in the shape of a lion is known as Leo. According to Greek mythology, Leo was the fierce lion killed by Hercules.

There are millions of stars, but only 5,780 are visible to the naked eye. The largest constellation is Hydra, the Sea Serpent. The smallest constellation is Crux, the Southern Cross.

Twelve constellations, together called the Zodiac, form a belt around the earth. As the earth revolves around the sun, a different part of the sky becomes visible until, after a year, the earth has completed one trip and starts again.

Each month, one of the 12 constellations appears above the horizon in the east to begin its march across the sky. Night after night, the constellation appears to move across our sky until it disappears below the horizon in the west and the next constellation appears in the east.

The word Zodiac comes from both Greek and Latin. It means “circle of figures” or “circle of life.” According to the ancient Romans, the year began on the spring equinox, with Aries.

The dates shown next to the signs may not be exactly correct because I have seen different dates in different places.  

One of the most easily recognized of all constellations, Orion lies near to the Milky Way, and thus contains many open clusters and some of the best nebulae in the heavens.  Led by the bright stars Betelgeuse and Rigel, this constellation holds many fine telescopic and binocular objects, along with some of the most photographed regions of the sky.

One of the most easily recognized of all constellations, Orion lies near to the Milky Way, and thus contains many open clusters and some of the best nebulae in the heavens.
Led by the bright stars Betelgeuse and Rigel, this constellation holds many fine telescopic and binocular objects, along with some of the most photographed regions of the sky.

I’m sure everyone has, and that right there should let you know that God is not the creator of the Zodiac because He never makes errors nor does he waver.

Read the short description of each sign and tell me that they are not ridiculous.

Aries (The Ram) – March 21-April 19

In Greek mythology, Aries was a winged ram with golden wool. His hide became the much-desired golden fleece.

Taurus (The Bull) – April 20-May 20

Jupiter, the supreme Roman god, turned himself into a bull when he swam from Phoenicia to Crete.

Gemini (The Twins) – May 21-June 20

This constellation reminded the Greeks of Castor and Pollux, the mythological twin sons of Zeus. It was thought to bring good luck to sailors since it appeared at the end of the winter storm season.

Cancer (The Crab) – June 21-July 22

Cancer represents the crab that Juno, queen of the gods, sent to rescue Hydra. But Hercules stepped on the crab, crushing it to death. To reward the crab for its heroic attempt, Juno chose it to represent this constellation.

Leo (The Lion) – July 23-August 22

This large constellation honors the strength and bravery of the lion.

Virgo (The Virgin) – August 23-September 22

Virgo is traditionally depicted as a maiden holding an ear of grain to symbolize the harvest.

Libra (The Scales) – September 23-October 22

Gemini is one of the constellations of the zodiac.  It was one of the 48 constellations described by the 2nd century A.D. astronomer Ptolemy and it remains one of the 88 modern constellations today.  Its name is Latin for "twins," and it is associated with the twins Castor and Pollux in Greek mythology.

Gemini is one of the constellations of the zodiac.
It was one of the 48 constellations described by the 2nd century A.D. astronomer Ptolemy and it remains one of the 88 modern constellations today.
Its name is Latin for “twins,” and it is associated with the twins Castor and Pollux in Greek mythology.

Libra is the symbol of balance. This constellation appears at the time of the autumnal equinox, when days and nights are equal.

Scorpio (The Scorpion) – October 23-November 21

In mythology, Scorpio (or Scorpius) was the scorpion that attacked and killed the hunter Orion.

Sagittarius (The Archer) – November 22-December 21

This constellation is usually pictured as Chiron the archer, who is a centaur (half man, half horse). Chiron is said to be aiming his arrow at Scorpio to avenge the death of Orion.

Capricorn (The Sea Goat) – December 22-January 19

Leo is the fifth of the twelve Zodiac constellations.  Depicted as a crouching lion facing the west, with a sickle of stars marking the head and mane of the animal, this constellation is seen mostly in the evening.

Leo is the fifth of the twelve Zodiac constellations.
Depicted as a crouching lion facing the west, with a sickle of stars marking the head and mane of the animal, this constellation is seen mostly in the evening.

In many cultures, Capricorn has the head of a goat and the tail of a fish. The goat, an expert climber, represents the sun’s climb from its lowest position in the sky. After December 22, the shortest day, the sun’s time in the sky increases daily.

Aquarius (The Water Bearer) – January 20-February 18

The Babylonians believed that this group of stars represented an old man pouring water from a jar. The Greeks saw Ganymede, the cup bearer of the gods, who poured the water of life.

Pisces (The Fishes) – February 19-March 20

Pisces represents Venus, the Roman goddess of love and beauty, and her son Cupid. To escape from a monster, they turned into fish and jumped into a river.


People even use the Zodiac to describe the year, or actually the centuries.  Have you heard of the Astrological Ages?  It is not only ridiculous, but demonic, i.e., idolatry.

Tomorrow we will start a two day study with…

Philippians 2
Obligations of Christians

1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,

Hydra is the longest constellation in the sky and is also the largest in terms of area.  It is so long that it takes more than six hours to rise completely.  Along its northern side, we can observe the zodiacal signs of Cancer, Leo, Virgo and Libra. The stars in the serpent's head appear to be at the same distance but they are really very far away from each other.  The northernmost of the six stars in the head of the serpent, Epsilon Hydrae, is a quintuple star - a system of five stars.  Alphard (Arabic for "the solitary one") is Hydra's brightest star. In Greek mythology, Hercules slew Hydra, a horrible serpent with many heads that grew back as soon as they were cut off.  Killing the Hydra was one of Hercules' twelve labors, during which he also defeated Leo, the lion, and Draco, the dragon.

Hydra is the longest constellation in the sky and is also the largest in terms of area.
It is so long that it takes more than six hours to rise completely.
Along its northern side, we can observe the zodiacal signs of Cancer, Leo, Virgo and Libra.
The stars in the serpent’s head appear to be at the same distance but they are really very far away from each other.
In Greek mythology, Hercules slew Hydra, a horrible serpent with many heads that grew back as soon as they were cut off.
Killing the Hydra was one of Hercules’ twelve labors, during which he also defeated Leo, the lion, and Draco, the dragon.

2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

These first five sentences is what Jesus meant when He told the scribe to obey the second commandment:

…Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself… (Mk 12:31).

6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

“In the form of God” – affirming that Jesus is fully God.

7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

“Form of a servant” – realize that God lowered Himself to become a puny human being and not only that, He basically bowed down to us – can’t we do the same for Him?

8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Not only did He lower Himself and serve us, He also let us beat and kill Him for the sole purpose of letting us live, and not only live, but to live forever with Him.

Crux - The Southern Cross  If you live in the Southern hemisphere, or if you are vacationing in someplace like Hawaii, you can see a small but beautiful constellation with the shape of a cross.  Its name is Crux and it is located very close to the constellation of Centaurus. The brightest star in Crux is called Acrux. Acrux is really two stars going around orbitting each other, but they are so far away that we see them as one star. Explorers of the Southern hemisphere used Crux to guide them when sailing. By looking at Crux, they could figure out in which direction to sail without getting lost.

Crux – The Southern Cross
If you live in the Southern hemisphere, or if you are vacationing in someplace like Hawaii, you can see a small but beautiful constellation with the shape of a cross.
Its name is Crux and it is located very close to the constellation of Centaurus.
The brightest star in Crux is called Acrux. 

9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

2:10-11 – bow…confess” – God’s design is that all people everywhere should worship and serve Jesus as Lord.  Ultimately all will acknowledge Him as Lord, whether willingly or not.

11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:

We complain about a lot of things and we have no right to do so.  When Jesus was here the only complaints He had was when people dishonored God (e.g., Matt 21:13), He never complained about the way He was treated, even while He was being crucified He said:

Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do… (Lk 23:34).

15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

Aries is a constellation in the northern hemisphere. Its name means "ram" in Latin.  That line there is the "ram" what an imagination, but you'll see that the Greeks had better imaginations then that. In Greek mythology, the constellation is identified with the myth of the Golden Fleece, sought by Jason and the Argonauts.  It is said that the ram was offspring of Poseidon.  In the myth, it helped king Athamas' children Phrixus and Helle escape over the sea after their step-mother had arranged a plot to have them killed.

Aries is a constellation in the northern hemisphere. Its name means “ram” in Latin.
That line there is the “ram” what an imagination, but you’ll see that the Greeks had better imaginations then that.
In Greek mythology, the constellation is identified with the myth of the Golden Fleece, sought by Jason and the Argonauts.
It is said that the ram was offspring of Poseidon.
In the myth, it helped king Athamas’ children Phrixus and Helle escape over the sea after their step-mother had arranged a plot to have them killed.

16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain.

17 Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all.

18 For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me.

19 But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state.

20 For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state.

21 For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s.

22 But ye know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel.

23 Him therefore I hope to send presently, so soon as I shall see how it will go with me.

24 But I trust in the Lord that I also myself shall come shortly.

25 Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labor, and fellow soldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants.

Astrology is idolatry. Who is the best at idolatry is the Catholic faith.   It is one of the largest religions in the world, with over 1 billion Roman Catholics.  The pope is revered tremendously by Catholics all over the globe. GOD SAYS: “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God..." (Ex 20:1-15). Did the Catholics not read that part of the Bible?  Oh, they have their own Bible, maybe it's not there. Why is there a huge statue of the pope, and Jesus-so tiny?  Why isn't Christ being magnified?

Astrology is idolatry. Who is the best at idolatry is the Catholic faith.
It is one of the largest religions in the world, with over 1 billion Roman Catholics.
The pope is revered tremendously by Catholics all over the globe.
GOD SAYS:
“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God…” (Ex 20:1-15).
Did the Catholics not read that part of the Bible? Oh, they have their own Bible, maybe it’s not there.
Why is there a huge statue of the pope, and Jesus-so tiny?
Why isn’t Christ being magnified?

26 For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick.

27 For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.

28 I sent him therefore the more carefully, that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful.

29 Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness; and hold such in reputation:

30 Because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me.


…the Astrological Ages.


Phillipi and Philippians 1 – Prayer for Thankfulness

October 29, 2014

The words in Black and Maroon is the text from historical/archaeological facts or the numbered scriptures from the Bible.  
Words in Blue are God – Red is Jesus – Green is Jerry.
Jerry is not a scholar, but a very curious 12 year old boy who loves Jesus and likes to research.
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Philippi

Philippi is located about 9 mi. inland (north) of Neapolis (modern Kavala).  It was founded in the fourth century B.C. After the battle of Philippi, in 42 B.C., veterans of the Roman legions were settled there and in 27 B.C. the city became a Roman Colony.  It was an important city of Macedonia, and the main highway from the east that headed towards Rome, the 493 mile long Via Egnatia, ran through the city.

Philippi is located about 9 mi. inland (north) of Neapolis (modern Kavala).
It was founded in the fourth century B.C. After the battle of Philippi, in 42 B.C., veterans of the Roman legions were settled there and in 27 B.C. the city became a Roman Colony.
It was an important city of Macedonia, and the main highway from the east that headed towards Rome, the 493 mile long Via Egnatia, ran through the city.

The city of Philippi in Paul’s day boasted a remarkably colorful history:

* In 359 B.C. the orator Callistratus and some Greek colonists from the island of Thasos founded a colony, called Krenides in northern Greece near Macedonia and Thrace.

* In 356 B.C. Philip II of Macedon seized the gold mines near the site, fortified the city wall, drained the nearby marshes, constructed a theater, increased the city’s size and renamed it after himself.

* Alexander the Great (the son of Philip II) used Philippi as a base for his conquests.

* In the 2nd century B.C. Macedonia was captured by the Romans and Philippi became a Roman outpost.

* In 42 B.C., in the civil war following Julius Caesar’s assassination, Octavian (Augustus) and Mark Antony defeated the forces of Cassius and Brutus at a major battle near Philippi.

* Octavian, also victorious in a subsequent war against Mark Antony and Cleopatra, renamed the city Colonia Julia Augusta Philippensis and settled a number of Roman veterans there.

* Paul’s missionary work in Europe began at Philippi, and it was there that the first baptisms in Europe took place (Acts 16:9-33).

Paul arrived in Macedonia around 50 C.E.  Paul arrived by boat, most tourists arrive by by plane.  Paul landed at Neapolis (now Kavala), a small beautiful fishing village at the time and now a small, still beautiful, city with an aqueduct built at the time of sultan Suleyman the Magnificent (1521-1566) still pretty much intact.  Thessalonica, a city then, a bigger city now, the capital of the Greek province of Macedonia. Paul traveled about 9 miles on foot with a couple of companions along the Via Egnatia to Philippi.  Tourists travel about 90 miles on a large air-conditioned tour bus along the modern highway to Philippi.

Paul arrived in Macedonia around 50 C.E.
Paul arrived by boat, most tourists arrive by by plane.
Paul landed at Neapolis (now Kavala), a small beautiful fishing village at the time and now a small, still beautiful, city with an aqueduct built at the time of sultan Suleyman the Magnificent (1521-1566) still pretty much intact.
Thessalonica, a city then, a bigger city now, the capital of the Greek province of Macedonia. Paul traveled about 9 miles on foot with a couple of companions along the Via Egnatia to Philippi.
Tourists travel about 90 miles on a large air-conditioned tour bus along the modern highway to Philippi.

Situated near the Via Egnatia, Philippi lay between Asia and Europe and was thus an excellent base of operations for Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth, since she could acquire this commodity from the east and sell it to Romans and Greeks in the west.

Acts 16:12 is sometimes taken to mean that Philippi was the administrative center of the district of Macedonia, but the Greek text of this verse is uncertain and may actually mean that Philippi was “a city of the first district of Macedonia.”

Evidence from Pliny the Elder (Natural History, 4.38) indicates that the capital city of this region was Amphipolis. A theater that was in use in Paul’s day can still be found in Philippi, and a stone crypt near the forum is traditionally identified as Paul’s jail, although this tradition has not been verified.

The Philippi of Paul’s day was essentially a Roman city in Greece. Its Roman citizens enjoyed the same legal rights as those in Italy, and Latin became the common language of the city.

The heavy Roman presence in Philippi may account for the greeting from “Caesar’s household” in Phil 4:22. Still, Paul reminded his Christian readers, their citizenship was in heaven (Phil 3:20).


The other day, we had talked about Astrology and to show how old it is, how long people have been duped by the devil with it, tomorrow we’ll look at…

Philippians 1
Prayer for Thankfulness

1 Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:

Ruins of ancient temple in Thassos island - Greece

Ruins of ancient temple in Thassos Island – Greece

2 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,

Paul always thanked God for all believers, but he also thanked Him for everything he had or didn’t have.  Paul thanked God for the good times he had and the bad times.  He thanked Him for allowing him to live on earth and to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.

4 Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,

5 For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;

6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

“Work in you” – Paul was confident, not only of what God had done “for” the readers in forgiving their sins, but also of what he had done “in” them.  “Work” refers to God’s activity in saving them.

An island with crystal beaches and lush greenery, Thassos is the northernmost island of the Aegean Sea, very close to the coasts of the mainland.  Ideal for family and relaxing holidays, Thassos island has gorgeous beaches, either organized or totally secluded.  The mountainous villages in the inland have traditional architecture, with stone houses, paved streets and grey-tiled roofs.  The surrounding landscape is great for trekking with paths leading to abandoned places, castle ruins and caves.  The most interesting sightseeing in Thassos Greece is the Ancient Agora, while the Monastery of Archangel Michael offers breathtaking view to the Aegean Sea.

An island with crystal beaches and lush greenery, Thassos is the northernmost island of the Aegean Sea, very close to the coasts of the mainland.
Ideal for family and relaxing holidays, Thassos island has gorgeous beaches, either organized or totally secluded.
The mountainous villages in the inland have traditional architecture, with stone houses, paved streets and grey-tiled roofs.
The surrounding landscape is great for trekking with paths leading to abandoned places, castle ruins and caves.
The most interesting sightseeing in Thassos Greece is the Ancient Agora, while the Monastery of Archangel Michael offers breathtaking view to the Aegean Sea.

“Day of Jesus Christ” – His return, when their salvation will be brought to completion.  It is God who initiates salvation, who continues it and who will one day bring it to its consummation.

7 Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace.

“Partakers of my grace” – not even imprisonment and persecution can change such sharing.  Even in Paul’s imprisonment they willingly identified themselves with Paul by sending Epaphroditus and their financial gifts. 

They had become one with Paul in his persecution, and all believers become one in Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection, i.e.,” the old and new man of self” (Rom 6:6-10; Eph 2:15-16, 4:22-32;  Col 3:9-17)

8 For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.

9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;

10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;

11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

“Filled with the fruits of righteousness” – what is expected of all Christians, see the note in v. 7.

Via Egnatia was the main Roman road, from the Adriatic Sea along the northern shore of the Aegean Sea through Thrace to Byzantium. The Via Egnatia was built by a Roman senator named Gnaeus Egnatius, who served as praetor with the powers of proconsul in the newly conquered province of Macedonia in the late 140s B.C. Like all Roman roads, the pavement of the Via Egnatia was about six meters wide.  In Philippi, large tracts survive. The road passed along the central market, and a sewer made sure that the street was never too wet or dirty.  It was repaired several times; on one place, you can still see that old tombstones and honorific inscriptions were reused.

Via Egnatia was the main Roman road, from the Adriatic Sea along the northern shore of the Aegean Sea through Thrace to Byzantium.
The Via Egnatia was built by a Roman senator named Gnaeus Egnatius, who served as praetor with the powers of proconsul in the newly conquered province of Macedonia in the late 140s B.C.
Like all Roman roads, the pavement of the Via Egnatia was about six meters wide.
In Philippi, large tracts survive. The road passed along the central market, and a sewer made sure that the street was never too wet or dirty.
It was repaired several times; on one place, you can still see that old tombstones and honorific inscriptions were reused.

12 But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel;

Everything that happened to Paul God allowed or caused for His purpose.

13 So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places;

14 And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

15 Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:

16 The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds:

“The one preach Christ of contention” – those who preach with wrong, insincere motives do so out of a sense of competition with Paul and so think they are making his imprisonment more difficult to bear.

“Not sincerely” – not all preaching of the gospel is based on proper motives but out of greedy desire to increase their pocket book and/or to be admired by others, e.g., Rick Warren, the Catholic Church.

17 But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defense of the gospel.

18 What then? Notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretense, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.

19 For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,

After preaching the gospel in Philippi, Paul passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia on his way to Thessalonica. Amphipolis was one of the most important cities of Macedonia in antiquity - it was the capitol of one of the four republics into which the Romans divided Macedonia in order to break up her political unity. The Via Engatia ran through the city, and is one of the reasons the city remained important during the time for the early church.  The remains of four early basilicas have been discovered and make it clear that Amphipolis was a notable religious center.

After preaching the gospel in Philippi, Paul passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia on his way to Thessalonica.
Amphipolis was one of the most important cities of Macedonia in antiquity – it was the capitol of one of the four republics into which the Romans divided Macedonia in order to break up her political unity.
The Via Engatia ran through the city, and is one of the reasons the city remained important during the time for the early church.
The remains of four early basilicas have been discovered and make it clear that Amphipolis was a notable religious center.

20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.

21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

“For me to live is Christ” – the new man.

“To die is gain” – the old man.

22 But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labor: yet what I shall choose I wot not.

“Fruit of my labor” – the spreading of the gospel and the up building of the church.

23 For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:

24 Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.

25 And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith;

26 That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again.

27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

Philippian Jail This traditional place of Paul and Silas's imprisonment is of dubious authenticity, but it remembers the attack on these men and their subsequent flogging and imprisonment.

Philippian Jail
This traditional place of Paul and Silas’s imprisonment is of dubious authenticity, but it remembers the attack on these men and their subsequent flogging and imprisonment.

28 And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.

29 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;

30 Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.


…the Zodiac.


The Book of Philippians

October 28, 2014

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Summary of the Book of Philippians

The book of Philippians is a Prison Epistle (letter written while in prison).   Paul wrote it about 62 A.D. as he anticipated his release from prison.

926-1They key personalities are the Apostle Paul, Timothy, Epaphroditus, Euodia, and Syntyche.

It was written to show his appreciation and love to the Philippians in a thank you letter for their continued help and support, and also to encourage their growth.

Chapter 1 – Paul writes about his sufferings and that through his imprisonment the Kingdom was increased.

But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel (1:12).

Christians are to surrender their lives in service to Christ Jesus. And what should Christians expect in this life for doing this? Suffering.

Paul explains that there are two things granted by God for a believer. The first is to believe in Him and the other is to suffer.

For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;

Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me (1:29-30).

Chapter 2 – Paul explains the benefits of believers in unity with the “mind of Christ”.

He teaches a theological lesson about the humanity of Jesus Christ as He laid down His glory and became a perfect human man in order to rescue and restore mankind back to a relationship with God.

926-2Chapter 3 – Paul expounds on the joys of a Christian and encourages the church to press forward with the Gospel. He displays his testimony when he said,

Yeah doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Jesus Christ my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ (3:8).

This does not mean that we are to hope to have to suffer or to try and make our life miserable.  What Paul is saying is that we need to trust in Jesus and if our life does go downhill still trust in the Lord.

Chapter 4 – Paul again mentions joy in Christ as he encourages believers to rejoice in the Lord. It is important for the believer to be well grounded in prayer and thanksgiving. To offer praise and to give God thanks for the many provisions they are blessed with:

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus (4:19).


The Cult of Dionysus and Ephesians 6 – The Whole Armor of God

October 27, 2014

The words in Black and Maroon is the text from historical/archaeological facts or the numbered scriptures from the Bible.  Words in Blue are God - Red is Jesus – Green is Jerry. Jerry is not a scholar, but a very curious 12 year old boy who loves Jesus and likes to research. If you have any questions you would like to be answered privately or any subject you would like posted please contact me here.

The Cult of Dionysus

Although the ancient Greeks did not discover wine, they believed that Dionysus (a god with the mind of man and the instincts of a beast) invented wine. Greeks worshiped Dionysus as god of wine. Oeneus the king of Calydon, whose name in Greek means "wine", was the first to be taught by Dionysus how to grow the vine and use it.

Although the ancient Greeks did not discover wine, they believed that Dionysus (a god with the mind of man and the instincts of a beast) invented wine.
Greeks worshiped Dionysus as god of wine.
Oeneus the king of Calydon, whose name in Greek means “wine”, was the first to be taught by Dionysus how to grow the vine and use it.

The cult of Dionysus, the god of wine, also called Bacchus, appears to have emigrated from Asia to ancient Greece, Dionysus worship was notorious for its unrestrained, orgiastic character, involving wine, music, dance and sex (although festivals officially sanctioned by Greek cities tended to downplay some of the wilder elements).

Euripides, the ancient Greek playwright, included a memorable account of Dionysus worship in his play “Baccae. This play highlights the efforts of Pentheus, king of Thebes, to stifle Dionysus worship in his city.

At the end of the play, frenzied female devotees of Dionysus  (a group that included Pentheus’s mother) tore the unfortunate king limb from limb.

The cult remained popular throughout the Hellenistic age. Although suppressed in Rome during the 2nd century B.C., Dionysus worship experienced resurgence, becoming an authorized religion of the Roman Empire.

Outsiders sometimes confused Jewish worship with that of Dionysus, possibly for the following reasons:

* Prior to the Jewish Maccabean revolt, which began in 167 B.C., Greek overlords forced their Jewish slaves to participate in Dionysus worship.  Observers may have believed that these Jews had become involved in Dionysus cult voluntarily.

* Jewish society used symbols also associated with Dionysus worship (such as vine leaf, grape cluster and cup).

* Ecstatic worshipers of Dionysus often shouted out a meaningless exclamation, Euoe Saboenhis! This could have been confused with the Jewish term for God, Yahweh Sabaoth, which was sometimes pronounced lao Sabaoth.

Dionysus was usually depicted as a youth, wearing a crown of vines with grapes while holding the thyrsus, a wand which was a fertility symbol, and a cup of wine. He was always accompanied by female followers, the Maenads, who expressed the physical abandonment.

Dionysus was usually depicted as a youth, wearing a crown of vines with grapes while holding the thyrsus, a wand which was a fertility symbol, and a cup of wine.
He was always accompanied by female followers, the Maenads, who expressed the physical abandonment.

Dionysian drunkenness was more than mere self-indulgence; it was a counterfeit spirituality. In the frenzied and ecstatic Dionysiac rituals, intoxication with wine was equated with being filled with the spirit of Dionysus.

Some of the new believers in Asia Minor were probably carrying this form of worship with them into the church by associating wine with the filling of the Holy Spirit.

Paul did not want anyone to confuse a drunken frenzy with the power of the Spirit. He repudiated this notion by denouncing drunkenness and associating Spirit filling with other activities.



This is the last chapter of Ephesians so tomorrow we’ll being with.

 

Ephesians 6
The Whole Armor of God

1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.

2 Honor thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)

3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Legend says that while Dionysus was walking one day on the shore on an island in the Greek seas, he was abducted by pirates, who mistook him for the son of a rich king and expected a heavy ransom. They carried him aboard their ship and attempted to bind him with ropes; but the knots untied themselves and the ropes fell to the deck. The sea around the ship turned to wine, and a vine began to grow up the mast. The god assumed the form of a lion, and the pirates, in terror, leapt overboard and were transformed into dolphins.

Legend says that while Dionysus was walking one day on the shore on an island in the Greek seas, he was abducted by pirates, who mistook him for the son of a rich king and expected a heavy ransom.
They carried him aboard their ship and attempted to bind him with ropes; but the knots untied themselves and the ropes fell to the deck. The sea around the ship turned to wine, and a vine began to grow up the mast.
The god assumed the form of a lion, and the pirates, in terror, leapt overboard and were transformed into dolphins.

5 Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;

6 Not with eye service, as men pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;

7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:

8 Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.

9 And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armor 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.

“Not against flesh and blood” – a caution against lashing out against human opponents as though they were the real enemy and also against assuming that the battle can be fought using merely human resources.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Dionysus was symbolically associated, with the rebirth after death as in vine culturing; where the vines must be pruned after the vintage is over (death) and remain dormant during the winter , until (rebirth) spring comes to start growing again. Greeks were influenced by the wine's dual nature; the joy and ecstasy, and the brutal, unthinking rage. They celebrated with wine the liberation from the bondage of reason, and the social custom. The wine helped them soften the hardship, and troubles of the everyday life. Under the influence of wine, one could feel possessed by a greater power and do works one otherwise could not.

Dionysus was symbolically associated, with the rebirth after death as in vine culturing; where the vines must be pruned after the vintage is over (death) and remain dormant during the winter , until (rebirth) spring comes to start growing again.
Greeks were influenced by the wine’s dual nature; the joy and ecstasy, and the brutal, unthinking rage. They celebrated with wine the liberation from the bondage of reason, and the social custom.
The wine helped them soften the hardship, and troubles of the everyday life. Under the influence of wine, one could feel possessed by a greater power and do works one otherwise could not.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

“Shield of faith…quench…fiery darts: – describes the large Roman shield covered with leather, which could be soaked in water and used to put out flame-tipped arrows.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

The battle is spiritual and against the devil, not against each other, and we cannot beat the devil alone, we need God’s strength.

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

21 But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things:

22 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts.925-c

23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.

(Written from Rome unto the Ephesians by Tychicus.)



…the Book of Philippians.

 


Astrology and Ephesians 5 – The Works of Light and Darkness

October 26, 2014

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Words in Blue are God – Red is Jesus – Green is Jerry.
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Astrology

I had talked about Astrology, also known as Astral Worshiping,  in the book of Ezekiel, but I want to mention it again because it appears that, aside from the world’s increase of the greed for money and immoral sexuality, Astrologists and Psychics are planting a deeper foot in the ground.924-1

When I was a teenager I read a lot about Astrology because I was intrigued by the fact that all of my friends, it didn’t matter what sign they were, fit the description of the sign.  I’m on the cusp of Capricorn/Aquarius and it’s got me pegged.

God IS NOT the author of astrology, but the creator of  outer space (Gen 1:14-16).  The devil is very intelligent (Eze 28:5) and he manipulated God’s creation of the astronomical world to turn people away from God. 

The devil cannot make anything, other than trouble, he can only counterfeit things God creates.  For example, lust for love, arrogance for self-confidence and greed for a good work ethic.

How the signs fit the people is beyond me, but God has no reason to create astrology and He even tells us not to study the stars, but to come to Him only.

And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven (Deut 4:19).924-2

Living by what some nut writes about astrology in the local newspaper is opening the front door of your home inviting the devil in and it will lead to the destruction of your life. I had never lived my life by astrology, drugs got me later and I made quite the mess of my life. 

Gospel in the Stars?
What Does the Bible Say About Astrology?

Introduction

I recently received an e-mail describing a Bible study in which it was stated that the gospel could be found in the stars of the Zodiac.

I was rather surprised that Christians were teaching such things and thought that it would be good to present what the Bible really says about astrology and stargazing.

Gospel in the Stars?

In the late 1800’s two books were written, “The Witness of the Stars” by E.W. Bullinger’s, and “The Gospel in the Stars” by Joseph A. Seiss’s.

Current proponents claim that God’s whole plan of redemption can be found in the Zodiac and that the history of mankind and Christ can be understood from the constellations.924-3

Most of those who promote this idea admit that the gospel can’t be seen in the stars themselves, but that it comes from a “Christianized” interpretation of the signs of the Zodiac, which were assigned by the ancient peoples to apparent groups of stars, called constellations.

These figures are not seen in the natural formations of the stars, but are the result only of human imagination. In no way could the stars provide a sign that the Son of God would come to earth and die in our place to offer forgiveness of sin as a free gift of God’s grace.

It would be impossible for an uninformed person to determine the “gospel” from the stars.

What Does the Bible Teach About Astrology?

The Bible does not specifically discuss astrology extensively, but what it does say is always negative. Like many other sins, the problem with astrology is that people are trying to get answers about life’s questions from a source other than God.

Many people believe that they can know the future through the location of the stars and planets. However, apart from God’s revelation, fortune telling is specifically prohibited throughout the Bible.

Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I [am] the LORD your God (Lev 19:31).924-4

A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood [shall be] upon them (Lev 20:27).

Astrology Has No Power of Prediction

In the book of Daniel, the Bible makes fun of astrologers and indicates that they are powerless to really observe the future.

King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon had a disturbing dream that none of his astrologers or “wise men” could interpret. The King had ordered all the wise men, including Daniel, a young captive from Judah, to be executed.

924-6Daniel convinced the king’s bodyguard that God would reveal the mystery to him and requested time to seek the answer. Having prayed to God and received the answer in a vision, Daniel reported to the king’s chambers. Daniel told King Nebuchadnezzar:

Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king;

But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these (Dan 2:27-28).

Later, when King Belshazzar, Nebuchadnezzar’s son, saw a finger appear and write on the wall at his party, he called in the astrologers, who, likewise, failed to interpret a writing that had appeared on the wall. These astrologers were again shown to be powerless deceivers.

In the same hour came forth fingers of a man’s hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaster of the wall of the king’s palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote.

Then the king’s countenance was changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees smote one against another.  (You have to laugh, this so-called mighty king wet his pants in front of all these other kings).

The king cried aloud to bring in the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers. And the king spake, and said to the wise men of Babylon, Whosoever shall read this writing, and shew me the interpretation thereof, shall be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about his neck, and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom.

Then came in all the king’s wise men: but they could not read the writing, nor make known to the king the interpretation thereof (Dan 5:5-8).

924-5God demanded that we are not to practice astrology, we are not to look at “signs of the heavens.” God calls such “signs” delusions:

Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.

For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe (Jer 10:2-3).

The Bible says that those who are stargazers and make predictions based upon that are in error and will not be saved from judgment:

Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast labored from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail.

Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee.

Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame: there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before it.

Thus shall they be unto thee with whom thou hast labored, even thy merchants, from thy youth: they shall wander everyone to his quarter; none shall save thee  (Isa 47:12-15).

924-7The Kings (such as Josiah) were told to get rid of the worship of the heavenly bodies in their nation and did so – under penalty of the judgment of God.

The seriousness of this offense is clear, since the penalty for this kind of idolatry was death by stoning. God destroyed the ten northern tribes of Israel because they indulged in astrology and other forms of demon worship:

And they left all the commandments of the LORD their God, and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal.

And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.

Therefore the LORD was very angry with Israel, and removed them out of his sight: there was none left but the tribe of Judah only (2 Kgs 17:16-18).

Evil god Molech

Evil god Molech

As a judgment of God, the northern tribes were conquered by Assyria. However, Manasseh, one of the evil kings of Judah, also established astrological worship of the heavenly bodies during his reign:

For he built up again the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; and he reared up altars for Baal, and made a grove, as did Ahab king of Israel; and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served them.

And he made his son pass through the fire, and observed times, and used enchantments, and dealt with familiar spirits and wizards: he wrought much wickedness in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.

And he set a graven image of the grove that he had made in the house, of which the LORD said to David, and to Solomon his son, In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all tribes of Israel, will I put my name for ever:

Neither will I make the feet of Israel move any more out of the land which I gave their fathers; only if they will observe to do according to all that I have commanded them, and according to all the law that my servant Moses commanded them.

But they hearkened not: and Manasseh seduced them to do more evil than did the nations whom the LORD destroyed before the children of Israel.

And the LORD spake by his servants the prophets, saying,

Because Manasseh king of Judah hath done these abominations, and hath done wickedly above all that the Amorites did, which were before him, and hath made Judah also to sin with his idols:

Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Behold, I am bringing such evil upon Jerusalem and Judah, that whosoever heareth of it, both his ears shall tingle (2 Kgs 21:3, 6-12).

924-9As a result of this idolatry, Judah was also enslaved and dispersed as a nation, because of their involvement in astrology.

Israel’s involvement in astrology and the worship of heavenly bodies was described by many of the Old Testament prophets, including Jeremiah, Zephaniah, and Amos.

They all described how this was displeasing to the Lord and that His judgment was the result of such practices.

New Testament Condemnation

As in the Old Testament, the New Testament also condemns astrology:

Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, O ye house of Israel, have ye offered to me slain beasts and sacrifices by the space of forty years in the wilderness?

Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon (Acts 7:42-43).

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Although the heavens do declare the glory of God (Ps 19:19), they do not proclaim the gospel. The gospel was revealed to man by God Himself, who spoke through the prophets and came to earth in the person of Jesus Christ.


Many ask if there anything wrong with just reading the definitions of the signs and matching them to people of those signs? 

No, reading part is not a sin, but it’s like alcohol, drinking is not a sin, but getting drunk is.

924-j-1By reading the signs of the Zodiac you will subconsciously judge people by those signs and then you have sinned.

Satan is extremely good at what he does, i.e., to do not good.  As Peter warned us:

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour (1 Pet 5:8).

The Zodiac is like an advertisement, which is a subliminal message.  For example, you see an advertisement on the television or see a banner and later see the item advertised at the store so you buy it.924-j-2

The Zodiac came from the devil’s playground and if you venture in you might as well stand in the middle of the highway and see how long it takes to get hit.

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me (Jn 14:1).

We are going to stay in this field and tomorrow we’ll look at…

Ephesians 5
The Works of Light and Darkness

1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;

924-a2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savor.

3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;

“All uncleanness, or covetousness” – Paul moves from specifically sexual sins to more general sins, such as greed.  These include sexual lust but refer to other kinds of excessive desire as well.

4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.

“Foolish talking, nor jesting” – the word “filthiness” indicate that it is not humor as such but dirty jokes and the like that are out of place.

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.924-b

“Whoremonger…nor covetous” – see note of  v. 3.

“Idolater” – the greedy person wants things more than he wants God, and put things in place of God, thereby committing idolatry.

“Inheritance’ – the person who persists in sexual and other kinds of greed has excluded God, who therefore excludes him from the kingdom.

6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them.

“Partakers” – even we, Christians, live among these types of people. 

That doesn’t mean you cannot associate with them and try and educate them on Jesus, it means you cannot hang out with them.

924-c8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

Paul is saying that at one time we, Christians, had been in the same darkness as those mentioned above, but we woke up and we should do our best to wake them up WITHOUT getting to close.

9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)

10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.

11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.

“A shame even to speak of” – we are not to dwell on the evils that others do.924-d

13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.

14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

Drinking is not a sin, but getting drunk is because all drinkers know, it alters our thinking process.

924-e19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body.

24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.

25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it924-f

26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.

29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

924-g30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.


…the Cult of Dionysus.


Supernatural Creatures: True or False? and Ephesians 4 – The Unity of the Spirit

October 25, 2014

The words in Black and Maroon is the text from historical/archaeological facts or the numbered scriptures from the Bible.  
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Supernatural Creatures: True or False?

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Diminutive fairies of story-books, the Faerie Courts such as the Daoine Sidh (People of the Hills). These are the Old Gods of Ireland – the Tuatha Danaan (Children of Dana). Reduced from the halls of worship to the hollow hills of folklore by the advance of Christianity, the various Faerie Courts are the masters of Glamour (transformation and illusion).

Trooping Faeries

923-2The Processionaries or Trooping Faeries, are as Gregarious Faeries, Shee-og and Macara-Shee (or by different individual clan or local names). 

They may be encountered on certain nights of the year as they tread their traditional paths by foot, some carrying sundry possessions or banners, some such as the Manx Hog-men heaving their entire hill-home upon their backs.

Often amongst the Irish Troops, an Amadan or Faerie Fool is to be found. Though jesters for their own kind, they will not suffer any ridicule from human lips. One Amadan, known as the Stroke Lad, can induce madness and paralysis with the mere touch of his fingers.

Merry Dancers

923-3At night, it is possible to chance upon the Faeries dancing within the confines of toadstool rings or megalithic stone circles, or fleeting across the sky as the ethereal glow we have come to know as the Northern Lights.

It is all too tempting to join the Fir Chlis or Merry Dancers in their festivities, but it would be a great folly to do so.

Thus indulged, such hapless humans may find themselves dancing unto death or insanity, or otherwise may find themselves trapped in the Otherworld for centuries that seem to pass as single nights.

Muryans

923-4In Cornwall, it is believed that Faerie Glamour is not infinite and that each and every time a Fay shape-shifts or casts a transformation, part of their vitality – the life-force known to mystics as Prana – diminishes.

The oldest Faeries (and those who have been wanton in their use of magic) will therefore in their final phases appear as ant-like creatures known as Muryans.

Other people, though, believe that the Muryans are actually the souls of Druids who died refusing to accept Christianity, or are the spirits of children that passed away before being baptized. In Cornwall therefore, it is considered foolish and unfortunate to tread upon ants.

Pixies

923-5Much land in the English West Country of Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset is Pixie territory, won by them in ferocious battles with other Fay breeds. Isolated Pixie colonies have also been reported in East Anglia and Northern England and, at times, travelling Pixy-Fairs have been seen operating in other regions.

Pixies are generally mischievous rather than utterly malevolent in their dealings with mankind. Typical Pixie tricks include causing people to become trapped in grassy rings known as Gallitraps, or to become totally lost in familiar surroundings (being Pixy-Led).

Pixies tend to live in grassy hollow hills (Pixy-Mounds) but may at times venture into rural dwellings. A sub-species known as Grigs tend to prefer the surroundings of apple-orchards. Other sub-species such as Bucca prefer the coast, whilst the Derricks are fond of moor-land.

Elves

923-6Though the Elves’ roots lie in the Scandinavian and Germanic lands, many have made themselves at home in the British Isles, especially in Scotland.

There are both Light Elves and Dark Elves. The former are pale and radiant and tend to inhabit the crowns of tall trees, whilst the more nefarious Dark Elves prefer to live within the hollows between the roots.

Both types are skilful at crafts & metal-work and neither are overly-fond of mankind.

They may strike at us with cursed projectiles known as Elf-Shot or Elf-Bolts, induce strokes & insanity and may also weave matted knots (Elf-Locks) into the hair of sleepers and into the manes of horses.

Elves can alter their size and shape at will, and as one of their favored forms is that of the mouse, Elves are also none too keen on cats.

Stone Faeries

923-7During the hours of daylight they appear as cold stone monoliths and may only give the most fleeting murmur of a melancholic sigh; yet once bathed in silvery lunar light a profound transformation occurs.

Boulders metamorphose into the lithe bodies of young women of pale, iridescent complexion and long flowing hair.

Either naked or clad in sinuous dresses of grey or white, the Stone Faeries, Saresyns, Pyrenees – call them what you will – then dance in freedom, or spin the threads of life and fabric of time upon huge stone wheels. Come the dawn, the maidens return to stone once more.

Hyter Sprites

923-8An unusual and localized Fay breed, the Hyter Sprites are common only to East Anglia in England (though similar species have been reported in Spain and Mexico).

The Hyter Sprites transform their small humanoid frames into the manner of Sand Martins. They may be encountered in small groups or congregated in flocks of considerable size. Though generally shy or indifferent to human presence, it has been claimed that Hyter Sprites will lead lost children home.

The Ferier Trooping faeries of Suffolk may sometimes also assume avian form, but this they do less habitually.

Spriggans

923-9Although their music-making is often appealing, the same cannot be said for the appearance and manners of the Spriggans. This species are to be found on the Cornish coast, upon Selena Moor, and to a lesser extent on the Irish coast.

They keep themselves busy by looting human houses, stealing from thieves and smugglers, abducting children, blighting crops, infecting livestock and raising storms at sea. Despite their often coastal existence, Spriggans however cannot touch salt-water.

Their wondrous ability to change size in an instant can be extremely intimidating and confusing to the senses, and has led some people to believe that this race is in fact the ghosts of long-dead Giants.

Korred

923-10There are numerous differing breeds of Korred, the dominant Fay species of Celtic France. They are mainly encountered in the vicinity of earthworks, dolmens and other megalithic monuments, but may also be found on heaths, marshland, and coastal cliffs and by ancient wells.

It is often suspected by greedy minds that the Korreds guard vast amounts of treasure, as they will defend their haunts with gusto. They can be bargained with however, as pigs left under the watchful eye of a Korred will be well tended – upon the understanding that a good portion of meat will be given to the Korred when the beasts are butchered.

Likewise a blunt knife left on a Korred stone with a coin, will be discovered well sharpened later and the coin removed. They will not work if watched however (but may still take the coin).

Korreds like to dance on Wednesdays, but if humans join in the men will find themselves extremely exhausted and the women will find themselves pregnant.

When the baby is born, it will strangely bear a strong resemblance to some local man other than the husband of the mother.

The Unseelie Court

923-11As opposed to the Seelie Court, whom are Scotland’s most fair and noble Faeries, the Unseelie Court are a motley collective of Dark Fays, Goblins, Bogies, Supernatural Witches and even the corrupt souls of dead sinners.

The Unseelie Court are the unblessed and all are murderous and vile, yet most petrifying to behold are their number that manifest as the Sluagh or Host. They appear moving in from the western sky as a black, writhing cloud.

This babbling multitude will seize unfortunate humans from the ground and force them to participate in their heinous crimes.

Many of these victims will be left physically and mentally broken, many miles away from their scene of abduction, but any who are already of doubtful character will be assimilated into their number.

In Ireland similar mobs of “Bad Faeries” are known as the Adh Sidhe and Slua Si. On the Isle of Man the phenomena is called the Farish or Guillyen and the terrible noises they emit are known as the Sheen-ny-Feaynid – The Sounds of Infinity.

The Fomorii

923-12Also known as: the Fomors, Fomorians, Fomoire, Tuatha de Domhain (Children of Domnhu ) and Sea-demons.

The Fomorii were an ancient semi-aquatic race that would rage, extort and slaughter their way across the land after nightfall. They were the bane of Old Ireland, until their defeat at the hands of the Tuatha de Danaan.

The Fomorian warlord Balor was a barbarous giant whose gaze from his single eye could cause crops to wither and men and soldiers to blister and burn. It took four Fomorii henchmen to hold open Balor’s eye with ropes, hooks and pulleys.

The other Fomorii were extremely diverse in form but generally extremely hideous. Many were conglomerations of human, animal and unrecognizable parts.

Other notable Fomorii included the dreadful female warrior, Lot, who had hungry mouths situated on her breasts and four extra eyes in her back, and Searbhan the half-man.

This one-eyed, one-armed, one legged Giant was far from being handicapped by his form and was renowned for being a brutal and efficient killer.

The Fomorii were dispersed but it is possible that some of the monsters of sea and land that lingered down the ages were originally of their number.

Firbolgs

923-13The Firbolgs were fairly primitive marsh dwellers who escaped to Ireland from a life of slavery in ancient Thrace. Though they ruled Ireland for a while it wasn’t long before they were oppressed by the Fomorii race.

However the Firbolgs still decided to ally themselves with these dreadful tyrants in the war against the Tuatha de Danaan. The Firbolgs, though, were defeated before the fall of Balor.

The scattered Firbolg took up a secret existence in the quagmires of Ireland and Britain living off rats, frogs, carrion and other meat they could slaughter or steal. Their bitterness and harsh conditions possibly caused them to evolve into Ballybogs, Boogies, Mudbogs, Peat Faerys, Bogles and other similar foul swamp species.

The Coranied

923-14This strange, supernatural race sought to enslave Wales and Southern England in the days of the Druids. So awesome was the esoteric knowledge of the Coranied that they could turn dry leaves into gold coins and could hear whispers on the wind.

It was only due to the efforts of the Welsh brothers Llud and Llevellys that the Coranied conquest of Southern Britain was not assured.

By crushing the bodies of unspecified insects into water and spraying the brew onto the bodies of the Coranied, the liberty of the land prevailed – for whilst this concoction proved lethal to the invaders, it remained entirely harmless to the Ancient Britons.



When I was a kid I enjoyed reading Greek and Roman Mythology, but I never believed they were real, just myths and the same with the many fairy tales written.

Roman mythology is the body of traditional stories pertaining to ancient Rome's legendary origins and religious system, as represented in the literature and visual arts of the Romans.  "Roman mythology" may also refer to the modern study of these representations, and to the subject matter as represented in the literature and art of other cultures in any period.

Roman mythology is the body of traditional stories pertaining to ancient Rome’s legendary origins and religious system, as represented in the literature and visual arts of the Romans.
“Roman mythology” may also refer to the modern study of these representations, and to the subject matter as represented in the literature and art of other cultures in any period.

I still don’t believe in any of them, at least not like the tales are told.  But I’m not saying they can’t exist because Satan and his fallen angels are all supernatural and real.  One thing Paul says makes it so I am unable to exclude the possibility of their existence:

“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 (Eph 6:12).

What Paul says makes me think that maybe these fallen angels are in rank, as God’s angels are ranked.  At one time Satan (used to be called Lucifer) had been above all the other angels (Eze 28:13-19; also see Isa 14:12-15).

Yet, the devil and his girlfriends cannot harm us if we are with God.  Paul tells us to:

“…whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand (Eph 6:13, also see vv. 14-18).

923-j-2Paul also guaranteed safety from the devil:

“What shall we then say to these things?  If God be for us, who can be against us? (Rom 8:31).

I know what Paul says is true, not because God saved my life  35½ years ago when I didn’t believe in Him or anything He has done for me since then.  I know it is true because I know Him.

When I was a teenager I was also intrigued by astrology, also known as Astral Worship, so tomorrow we’ll look at…

Ephesians 4
The Unity of the Spirit

1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,

923-a4:1-32 – the chapter begins and ends with exhortations to love and forgive one another, which Jesus is doing and has done for us.

2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;

3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

“Keep the unity” – which God produced through the reconciling death of Christ.  It is the heavy responsibility of Christians to keep that unity from being disturbed.

It is not easy for anyone to keep such unity in place and we will all fail at times, but it’s a lot easier to do if you realize that God Himself is asking us to do that for Him.

4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

923-b8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.

9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?

10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)

11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

“Of the faith” – here “faith” refers to the Christians’ common conviction about Christ and the doctrines concerning Him, as the following words make clear.

14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;923-e

“Sleight…craftiness…deceive” – Jesus said to always keep our eyes on Him or we will fail, like Peter did (Matt 14:22-31).  Remember what Hebrews says:

“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith… (Heb 12:2).

In other words, read your Bible and get to know Jesus so when you hear false teachings you will know and you will not fail. 

For analogy, everyone knows that the unemployment rate has gotten worse since Obama became president, so when he says it’s getting better, don’t fall for that, or anything he says for that matter.

15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,

923-f4:17-5:20 – Paul has just discussed unity and maturity as twin goals for the church, which God has brought into existence through the death of Christ.  He now goes on to show that purity is also essential among those who belong to Him.

“Vanity of their mind” – life without God is intellectually frustrating, useless and meaningless.

18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:

19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

“Have given themselves over” – just as Pharaoh’s heart was hardened reciprocally by himself and by God, so here the Gentiles have given themselves over to a sinful kind of life, while Rom 1:24, 26, 28 says God gave them over to that life.

20 But ye have not so learned Christ;923-c

21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:

22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another.

26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:

27 Neither give place to the devil.

“The devil” – personal sin is usually due to our evil desires (see Jas 1:14) rather than to direct tempting by the devil.  However, Satan can use our sins – especially those like anger that are against others – to bring about greater evil, such as divisions among Christians.

923-g28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

“But that…edifying” – an exhortation parallel to the previous one.  The Christian not only stops saying unwholesome things (foul language); he also beings to say things that will help build others up.

30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

“Grieve” – by sin, such as “corrupt communication” And the sins mentioned in v. 31.  The verb also demonstrates that the Holy Spirit is a person, not just an influence, for only a person can be grieved.923-d

31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.


…the cult of Dionysus.


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