1 John 5 – Faith Through the Son & Australia and the Muslims

It has been suggested that this speech be circulated to all country leaders, especially Canada and The United States.

This is the last chapter of this book so tomorrow we will start with…

1 John 5
Faith Through the Son

1 Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.

“Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God” – faith in Jesus as the Christ is a sign of being born again.

2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.

3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

“His commandments are not grievous” – not because the commands themselves are light or easy to obey but, as John explains in v. 4, because of the new birth.  The one born of God by faith is enabled by the Holy Ghost to obey.

4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

“Overcometh” – to overcome the world is to gain victory over its sinful pattern of life, which is another way of describing obedience to God. 

Such obedience is not impossible for the believer because he has been born again and the Holy Ghost dwells within him and gives him strength, as Jesus had needed strength when He was crucified.

John speaks of two aspects of victory: (1) the initial victory of turning in faith from the world to God (first “overcometh”); (2) the continuing day-by-day victory of Christian living (second “overcometh”).

This does not mean there will no longer be hardships, and actually it could increase them.  But once you truly give your life over to Christ nothing matters because you know how petty this life is and that a much better one is coming.  Here’s an example:

Let’s say you are six years old and it is Christmas morning.  You are excited, but there is a sheet draped across the opening of the living room where the tree and presents are, and you are not allowed to enter.

That is quite the hardship for a child, especially since they are excited to get to the presents.  Yet, you will continue to wait and endure this hardship until you are given permission to enter, rather than going to your room frustrated.

Finally mom and dad say you can go in, but you have to wait until grandma and grandpa show up before you open the presents – another hardship.

You are so close to the prize, but not yet.  Your parents then tell you that you can go outside and play and they’ll let you know when it’s time because grandma and grandpa may not show up for hours.

You prefer to sit and wait because you don’t want to take a chance of missing out on the prize.

If you ever get so frustrated that you want to throw in the towel because you start doubting Jesus, remember that if you go out and play, you might miss the prize.

5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.

Water symbolizes Jesus’ baptism and blood symbolizes His death.  These are mentioned because Jesus’ ministry began His baptism and ended at His death.

John is reacting to the heretics of his day, but it pertains to those of today as well, who said that Jesus was born only a man and remained so until His baptism.  At that time, they maintained, the Christ (the Son of God) descended on the human Jesus, but left him before his suffering on the cross so that it was only the man Jesus who died.

Throughout this letter John has been insisting that Jesus Christ is God, as well as man (1:1-4, 4:2, 5:5).

“The Spirit that beareth witness” – the Holy Ghost testifies that Jesus is the Son of God in two ways: (1) the Spirit descended on Jesus at His baptism (Jn 1:32-34), and (2) He continues to confirm in the hearts of believers the apostolic testimony that Jesus’ baptism and death verify that He is the Christian, the Son of God (2:27; 1 Cor 12:3).

7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.

9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.

10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.

11 And this is the record that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us:

15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

16 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.

“Sin unto death” – in the context of this letter directed against Gnostic teaching, which denied the incarnation and three off all moral restraints, it is probable that the “sin unto death” refers to the Gnostics’ adamant and persistent denial of the truth and to their shameless immorality.

This kind of  unrepentant sin leads to spiritual death.  Another view is that this is sin that results in physical death.  It is held that, because a believer continues to sin, God in judgment takes his life (cf. 1 Cor 11:30).  In either case, “sin which is not unto death” is of a less serious nature.

17 All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.

18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.

19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.

20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

“Idols” – keep yourself form false teachings and hence from false gods, e.g., idols.

Australia and the Muslims

A protest against an anti-Islam film Innocence of Muslims was held in Sydney, New South Wales.
While the protest started peacefully, violent confrontations between police and protesters began when protesters reached the United States Consulate General.

In resulting clashes, six police officers and 19 protesters were injured.

The violence was condemned by Australian political leaders, including Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

Police arrested nine protesters in connection with the violence.

Yesterday, I had told you that sometime around August of 2013, I received an email about what Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard had to say about the Muslims, but today (3/26/14) I see online that many are saying it was a hoax.  Yet, she has done this twice, so are there two hoaxes?

 

But I’m not so sure that it is because what she says is very similar to what Putin said in his speech I had posted yesterday. 

Hoax or not, everyone should listen to it and what Putin said.

QUESTION:  What do Australians think of these Australian Muslims calling for the overthrow of democracy in Australia?

ANSWER:  You shouldn’t be at all surprised …look what’s happening throughout Europe where they are claiming control & ownership of suburbs & even towns & cities in the UK for example where large parts of cities are now almost 100% Muslim controlled !

It started in a small way there as well but grew through migration.

Can’t happen here? Wait & see!

Below is the so-called hoax by Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard telling Muslim immigrants they must learn to speak the English language and adapt to Australian culture or leave the country.

The people calling this a hoax is probably Muslims and/or atheists, but they won’t call Putin’s speech a hoax because he’s a man so they fear him.  Muslims treat their cattle better then they treat women.

She’s done it again. She sure isn’t backing down on her hard line stance and one has to appreciate her belief in the rights of her native countrymen. A breath of fresh air to see someone lead. I wish some leaders would step up in Canada & United States.

Australian Prime Minister does it again!! This woman should be appointed Queen of the World. Truer words have never been spoken.

It took a lot of courage for this woman to speak what she had to say for the world to hear. The retribution could be phenomenal, but at least she was willing to take a stand on her and Australia’s beliefs. The whole world needs a leader like this!

Speech

Prime Minister Julia Gillard – Australia Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law, were told on Wednesday to get out of Australia.

Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law were told on Wednesday to get out of Australia, as the government targeted radicals in a bid to head off potential terror attacks.

Separately, Gillard angered some Australian Muslims on Wednesday by saying she supported spy agencies monitoring the nation’s mosques.

Quote:

Immigrants, not Australians, must adapt. Take It or Leave It.  I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture.  Since the terrorist attacks on Bali, we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Australians.

This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom

We speak mainly ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society. Learn the language!

Most Australians believe in God. This is not some Christian, right wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented.

It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture.

The idea of God has certainly become contentious in contemporary Australia. In 1949, there was little disagreement: a Gallup Poll reported that 95 per cent of Australians believed in God.

Today, Australians hold a variety of views. The 2009 Survey of Australian Attitudes conducted by the Australian National University among 1718 adult Australians found that just under half the population (47%) believed in God. Among that 47 per cent, there was considerable variation in the levels of confidence. Just 25 per cent of the Australian population said they had no doubts that God exists. The remaining 22 per cent were somewhat tentative in their belief. Some said they had doubts, but generally believed. Others said they believed some of the time but not at others.

There is also a variety of attitudes among those who do not believe in God. Not all are atheists. Indeed, just 16 per cent of Australians said they believed there was no God or higher power. Another 15 per cent say they do not know whether there was a God. An additional 20 per cent said they did not believe there was a personal God, but they did believe there was a higher power.

I do believe our country is doomed because the so called geniuses of our country kicked God out of the schools and the courts.  When Jesus comes back I’ll be standing with God laughing at the idiots:

“Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;

But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:

I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;

When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.

Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:

For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:

They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.

Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.

For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.

But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil” (Prov 1:24-33).

We will accept your beliefs, and will not question why All we ask is that you accept ours, and live in harmony and peaceful enjoyment with us.

This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this.

But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs, or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great Australian freedom, “THE RIGHT TO LEAVE.”

If you aren’t happy here then LEAVE. We didn’t force you to come here. You asked to be here. So accept the country YOU accepted.

…the Book of 2 John.

1 John 4 – The Source of Love & Vladimir Putin on Muslims

Sometime around August of 2013, I received an email about what Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard had to say about the Muslims, but today (3/26/14) I see online that many are saying it was a hoax.

And it could be a hoax, yet, what she allegedly said is very similar to what Putin said and her reason for saying it, if she did, is due to the way the Muslims behave, and it is true that the Muslims are slowly but surely taking over small communities.

The radical Muslims live by the Koran,  and it is scary and they are coming here to the United States. 

Tomorrow we’ll look at…

1 John 4
The Source of Love

1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

“Spirit” – a person moved by a spirit, whether by the Holy Ghost or an evil one.

“Try the spirits” – cf. 1 Thess 5:21.

“False prophets” – a true prophet speaks from God, being “moved by the Holy Ghost” (2 Pet 1:21).  False prophets, such as the Gnostics of John’s day, speak under the influence of spirits alienated from God.

Christ warned against false prophets (Matt 7:15, 24:11), as did Paul 1 Tim 4:1) and Peter (2 Pet 2:1).

I believe that Jesus was the last prophet because since He came we don’t need prophets; we have the New Testament and the Holy Ghost.

“Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail…” (1 Cor 13:8).

“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received words with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so” (Acts 17:11).

Yet…

“And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams” (Acts 2:17).

But if anyone says that God said that people are supposed to give money to their need or their church or whatever, that’s a flat out lie.  That is one of the false prophets that Jesus talked about. 

That does not mean you should not give at your church I’m talking about false prophets like Bishop Hilliard who claims God told him it was time to upgrade his helicopter and the people were to give extra.

2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

Prosperity Gospel preacher and false prophet I.V. Hilliard of New Light Christian Center Church in Houston, Texas, has come under fire for sending a letter requesting a special “favor seed” of $52 from church members in order to upgrade the church’s helicopter.

Claiming he received a direct message from God regarding the situation, Hilliard’s letter, which promises all who “sow a seed” that they will automatically receive a “transportation blessing” in their own lives, is a stark example of the many heresies and false doctrines in the Prosperity Gospel movement that has corrupted much of the Christian church today.

Hilliard and his wife, who live an extreme, lavish lifestyle comparable to multimillionaire rock stars, are a part of the apostasy – the prophesied falling away of much of the Christian church from Biblical doctrine to false preaching, in preparation for the coming Antichrist (June 24, 2013).

“Confesseth” – not only knows intellectually – for demons know, and shudder (Jas 2:19; cf. Mk 1:24) – but also confesses publicly.

3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

4 Ye are of God, litt

“He that is in the world” – the devil.  In v. 3 “world” means the inhabited earth; in vv. 4-5 it means the community, or system, of those not born of God – like the Jews, the Muslims, the Mormons, the Oprahs, the United States Congress, etc. – including the antichrists.

5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.

6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

4:7-5:3 – the word “love” in its various forms is used 43 times in the letter, 32 times in this short section.

8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

“Knoweth not God” – only those who are to some degree like Him truly know Him.

“God is love” – in His essential nature and in all His actions, God is loving.  John similarly affirms that God is spirit (Jn 4:24) and light (1:5), as well as holy, powerful, faithful, true and just.

9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

“No man hath seen God at any time” – since our love has its source in God’s love, His love reaches full expression (is made complete) when we love fellow Christians.  Thus the God whom “no one has seen” is seen in those who love, because God lives in them.

13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.

14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.

15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.

16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God and God in him.

17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

“No fear in love” – there is no fear of God’s judgment if you love Him because genuine love confirms salvation.

19 We love him, because he first loved us.

All love comes ultimately from God; genuine love is never self-generated by His creatures.

20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

See Jn 13:34.

Vladimir Putin on Muslims

No wonder he was selected by Forbes as the most powerful person in the world!

This is one time our elected leaders should pay attention to the advice of Vladimir Putin.

I would suggest that not only our leaders but every citizen of United States should pay attention to this advice. In addition, all of Europe should listen as well.

How scary is that? It is a sad day when a Communist makes more sense than our leaders but here it is!

Vladimir Putin’s Speech
Shortest Speech Ever

On August 04, 2013, Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, addressed the Duma, (Russian Parliament), and gave a speech about the tensions with minorities in Russia:

In Russia, live like Russians. Any minority, from anywhere, if it wants to live in Russia, to work and eat in Russia, it should speak Russian, and should respect the Russian laws.

Please note that the information is from outside sources not officially sanctioned by the RCA.
Any suggestions for better links from those with significant knowledge of the countries in question would be most welcome.

Click on the country about which you wish to know more.

If they prefer Sharia Law, and live the life of Muslim’s then we advise them to go to those places where that’s the state law.

Russia does not need Muslim minorities. Minorities need Russia, and we will not grant them special privileges, or try to change our laws to fit their desires, no matter how loud they yell ‘discrimination’.

We will not tolerate disrespect of our Russian culture. We had better learn from the suicides of America, England, Holland and France, if we are to survive as a nation.

The Muslims are taking over those countries and they will not take over Russia. The Russian customs and traditions are not compatible with the lack of culture or the primitive ways of Sharia Law and Muslims.

When this honourable legislative body thinks of creating new laws, it should have in mind the Russian national interest first, observing that the Muslims Minorities Are Not Russians.

The politicians in the Duma gave Putin a five-minute standing ovation.

What is the Muslim view on Vladimir Putin?

It is no secret that Russia is the world’s biggest non-Muslim sponsor of Islamic terrorism.
Russian weapons and rubles flow into Iran and Syria, and from there to terrorist groups throughout the Middle East.

Russian personnel train the Iranians, who in turn train Iraqi Shiite terrorists on the best way to kill American soldiers.

While the US was getting ready to take down Saddam Hussein, Russia was using its best delaying tactics in the UN, while rushing its top of the line weapons into Iraq.

Putin knew that Saddam was finished and that Iraq’s debt to Russia would never be paid. Nevertheless the doomed Saddam got the best the Russian armories had to offer in order to kill as many American troops as possible.

After the invasion, Russian officials would boast of the increased demand for their weapons in the Muslim world.

#1 He’s an aloof guy, so nobody really knows him well enough to have any valid opinions of him. Guys an ex-KGB agent – not even the NSA screw around with guys like that.

#2 – He is a very evil guy.

#3 – Like it or lump it for all the reasons applicable to Russian culture Putin is showing who is boss, there won’t be any soft deals for troublemakers and just see what happens to Dagestani insurgents.

#4 – He is as ruthless as Russia requires it. And he is no Moslem.

#5 – I like the guy. Puts people where they belong.

#6 – I don’t think that Putin should be viewed from any religious point of view at all. I personally think that he is a great man/leader.

I am not stating that in any sense to any humanity or religion or ethics etc. I am stating that in the frame of nationalism and the challenges that he has not only met, but the wisdom and knowledge and prudence he has exhibited in dealing with the challenges.

Soviet Union was almost history. The financial breakdown had almost put it to an end. Though the present Russia is now still ruled by KGB. All the top industry owners were once KGB agents. They may still be.

Putin was very nasty and tricky when he first enjoyed everything as president and then made some constitutional changes and then became the prime minister and started enjoying the same authority there. So all in all, one can say that he is a full time dictator and power hungry person.

But on the other hand, one has to see, what he has done for the country and the economy and thus the people of that country. He has done a great job!!!

Also although now he has brought Russia back to the same level or even surpassing the United States in military might etc. BUT he has NOT behaved in an irresponsible way as the Americans have been behaving for the last 20 years.

He is the person who has taken steps to avoid the 3rd world war, while confronting America, in a very tactful and yet assertive and forceful way. He allowed them to retreat in a somewhat respectful way over the Syrian Crisis.

Supreme Court upholds ban on Muslim headwear in schools
A branch of Russia’s Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by a group of Muslims for the right of schoolgirls to wear traditional religious attire, specifically the hijab, in classrooms.

The appeal was made by a group of citizens of Muslim faith from southern Russia’s Stavropol Region.

They complained that a decree by the local administration ordering all schoolchildren to appear in classes only in regular secular clothes, which came into force in January this year (2013), infringes their freedom of faith as guaranteed by the constitution.

Certain denominations of Islam requires that all women wear special headscarves called hijabs, covering their hair and necks.

The controversy erupted when a group of schoolgirls was barred from classes for two weeks when they insisted on wearing hijabs.

The girls then began attending to a local religious school, the parents saying their daughters would receive the mandatory universal secondary education at home.

However the administration ruled that a religious school cannot replace a secular one.

Else very few can realize that the whole world was sitting on a nuclear conflict at that moment of time. And the way the Obama sounded like a stupid idiot, was too much.

But the Putin’s response to his speech was by far very, very responsible and mature and yet very logical and depicted a person who was really very knowledgeable and immaculate.

So as a leader, I would rate him great.

#7 – Salam I know him as the president of Russia and he is a disbeliever.

#8 – Hey, I am Muslim. I believe Putin is an idiot. As is the pathetic country of Russia still living in the Dark Ages, oppressing homosexuals and religious people.

#9 – At first I didn’t like Putin because he turned a blind eye to the skinhead attacks on non-Europeans in St. Petersburg and elsewhere. But I’ve grown to respect him.

I like that he described the collapse of the Soviet Union as the “greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century”.

I recognize that Muslim capitalist Alisher Usmanov is a good friend of his so he’s not against a person purely because of their religious or ethnic heritage.

I also respect that he refuses to obey America and slot into the New World Order like so many other countries (especially English speaking countries).

I greatly admire the Soviet Union and its heritage. Despite the horrible excesses of Stalinism, it was, on the whole, a noble experiment.

#10 – Same view as with rest of the World’s invaders, including the United States one too, and the biggest one!

#11 – He needs to give Chechnya freedom.

#12 – I don’t care.

#13 – He is a disbeliever who rules by falsehood. And lately, he seems to be following in Bush’s steps. Recent events. 

…Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s speech.

1 John 3 – Obedience and Love & Mormonism

I had talked about the Muslims a couple days ago when we read 2 Peter 2 (The Muslims Are Coming, the Muslims Are Coming) and when we read 2 Peter 3 I had talked about Muhammad and The Koran.

Did you know that the Russians aren’t that fond to the Muslims either?  Tomorrow we’ll look at…

1 John 3
Obedience and Love

1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

Brigham Young, June 1, 1801 – August 29, 1877, was an American leader in the Latter Day Saint movement and a settler of the Western United States.

He was the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1847 until his death in 1877.

He founded Salt Lake City and he served as the first governor of the Utah Territory, United States.

Young was dubbed by his followers the “Lion of the Lord” for his bold personality, and was also commonly called “Brother Brigham” by Latter-day Saints.

Young was a polygamist and was involved in controversies regarding black people and the Priesthood, the Utah War, and the Mountain Meadows massacre.

 Beloved, now are we the sons of God and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

We will continue to be the “sons” of God, not gods.  If the Mormons want they can be gods in hell, or they can wake up and smell the coffee.

3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

“Hope” – not a mere wish, but unshakable confidence concerting the future.

4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.

“Sinneth not” – John is not asserting sinless perfection, but explaining that the believer’s life is characterized not by sin but by doing what is right – not sinning willfully.

7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

See Jn 8:44.

9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

“His seed” – the picture is of human reproduction, in which the sperm (the Greek for “seed” is sperma) bears the life principle and transfers the paternal characteristics.

“Cannot sin” – not a complete cessation of sin, but a life that is not characterized by sin.

10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.

11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

“From the beginning” – see 2:7.

Baptismal font in the Salt Lake Temple. In such fonts, Latter-day Saints perform proxy baptisms on behalf of people who have died without being baptized.

In the ancient Temple of Solomon, a deep brass basin similarly “stood upon twelve oxen…and the sea was set above them, and all their hinder parts were inward” (1 Kgs 7:25).

12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.

“Cain” – see Heb 11:4.

13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.

14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.

15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

“Hateth” – see 2:9-10.

16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

17 But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

3:17-18 – see Jas 2:14-17.

“Love of God” – God’s kind of love, which He pours out in the believer’s heart (Rom 5:5) and which in turn enables the Christian to love fellow believers.  Or it may speak of the believer’s love for God.

Baptismal font in the Salt Lake Temple. In such fonts, Latter-day Saints perform proxy baptisms on behalf of people who have died without being baptized.

In the ancient Temple of Solomon, a deep brass basin similarly “stood upon twelve oxen…and the sea was set above them, and all their hinder parts were inward” (1 Kgs 7:25).

18 My little children let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

19 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.

20 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.

21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.

22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

23 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.

This command has two parts: (1) Believe in Christian (see Jn 6:29), and (2) love each other (see Jn 13:24-35).  The first part is developed in 4:1-6 and the second part in 4:7-12.

24 And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.

Mormonism

Mormonism is the predominant religious tradition of the Latter Day Saint movement of Restorationist Christianity. This movement was founded by Joseph Smith, Jr., in the 1820s.

The Mormon entrance to the Salt Lake City, Utah, Temple (notice the all-seeing eye). Mormon founder, Joseph Smith, was a 33rd degree Freemason.
The relationship between Mormonism and Freemasonry began early in the life of Mormon founder Joseph Smith, Jr., as his older brother and possibly his father were Freemasons while the family lived near Palmyra, New York.

Nevertheless, in the late 1820s, the western New York region was swept with anti-Masonic fervor, and the Book of Mormon, a foundational religious book published by Smith in 1830, is generally considered to reflect that anti-Masonic sentiment by condemning what it portrays as oath-bound conspiratorial organizations.

During the 1830s and 1840s, Mormonism gradually distinguished itself from traditional Protestantism. Mormonism today represents the new, non-Protestant faith taught by Smith in the 1840s.

After Smith’s death, most Mormons followed Brigham Young west, calling themselves The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).

Other variations of Mormonism include Mormon fundamentalism, which seeks to maintain practices and doctrines such as polygamy that were abandoned by the LDS Church, and various other small independent denominations.

The word Mormon is derived from the Book of Mormon, one of the faith’s religious texts. Based on the name of that book, early followers of founder Joseph Smith, Jr. were called Mormons, and their faith was called Mormonism.

The term was initially considered pejorative, but is no longer considered so by Mormons (although other terms such as Latter Day Saint, or LDS, are generally preferred).

Mormonism shares a common set of beliefs with the rest of the Latter Day Saint movement, including use of, and belief in, the Bible, as well as other religious texts including the Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants.

It also accepts the Pearl of Great Price as part of its scriptural canon, and has a history of teaching eternal marriage, eternal progression, and plural marriage, although the LDS Church formally abandoned the practice in 1891.

Cultural Mormonism includes a lifestyle promoted by the Mormon institutions, and includes cultural Mormons who identify with the culture, but not necessarily the theology.

Relation to Judaism

Although Mormons do not claim to be part of Judaism, Mormon theology claims to situate Mormonism within the context of Judaism to an extent that goes beyond what most other Christian denominations claim.

The faith incorporates many Old Testament ideas into its theology, and the beliefs of Mormons sometimes parallel those of Judaism and certain elements of Jewish culture.

Joseph Smith, Jr. (December 23, 1805 – June 27, 1844) was an American religious leader who founded the Latter Day Saint movement, the predominant branch of which is Mormonism.
At age twenty-four, Smith published the Book of Mormon, and by the time of his death fourteen years later, he had attracted tens of thousands of followers, established cities and temples, and founded a religion and a religious culture that continues to the present day.

By the 1840s, Smith and several prominent Mormons had become Freemasons and founded a lodge in Nauvoo, Illinois, in March 1842.

Soon after joining Freemasonry, Smith introduced a temple endowment ceremony including a number of symbolic elements that were essentially identical with their analogues within Freemasonry.

Smith remained a Freemason until his death; however, later Mormon leaders distanced themselves from Freemasonry.

In modern times, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), the predominant Mormon organization, holds no position for or against the compatibility of Masonry with LDS Church doctrine.

In the earliest days of Mormonism, Joseph Smith taught that the indigenous peoples of the Americas were members of some of the Lost Tribes of Israel.

Later, he taught that Mormons were Israelites, and that they may learn of their tribal affiliation within the twelve Israelite tribes. Members of the LDS Church receive Patriarchal blessings which declare the recipient’s lineage within one of the tribes of Israel.

The lineage is either through true blood-line or adoption. The LDS Church teaches that if one is not a direct descendant of one of the twelve tribes, upon baptism he or she is adopted into one of the tribes.

Patriarchal blessings also include personal information which is revealed through a patriarch by the power of the priesthood.

The Mormon affinity for Judaism is expressed by the many references to Judaism in the Mormon liturgy. For example, Smith named the largest Mormon settlement he founded Nauvoo, which means “to be beautiful” in Hebrew.

Brigham Young named a tributary of the Great Salt Lake the “Jordan River“. The LDS Church created a writing scheme called the Deseret Alphabet, which was based, in part, on Hebrew.

The LDS Church has a Jerusalem Center in Israel, where students focus their study on Near Eastern history, culture, language, and the Bible.

There has been some controversy involving Jewish groups who see the actions of some elements of Mormonism as offensive.

In the 1990s, Jewish groups vocally opposed the LDS practice of baptism for the dead on behalf of Jewish victims of the Holocaust and Jews in general.

According to LDS Church general authority Monte J. Brough, “Mormons who baptized 380,000 Holocaust victims posthumously were motivated by love and compassion and did not understand their gesture might offend Jews… they did not realize that what they intended as a ‘Christian act of service’ was ‘misguided and insensitive'”.

Mormons believe that when the dead are baptized through proxy, they have the option of accepting or rejecting the ordinance.

Relation to Islam

Since its origins in the 19th century, Mormonism has been compared to Islam, often by detractors of one religion or the other.

For instance, Joseph Smith was referred to as “the m0dern mahomet” [sic] by the New York Herald, shortly after his murder in June 1844.

A Dummy’s Guide to Mormonism
Mitt Romney is evil not only because he’s a Mormon.

By Pete Kotz – Nov 22nd, 2011 – News
Last month evangelical leaders gathered in Washington, D.C., for the Values Voter Summit, where disciples of the Pissed-Off Jesus harrumphed about how much America sucked.

That’s when the bomb ignited.  As you may recall, preacher Robert Jeffress was on hand to introduce Rick Perry.

He warned that Mormon “cult” members were not only despoiling Broadway but were actually running for president.

“Non-Christians” like Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman had invaded the Republican primary like a bunch of damn Mexicans — and they didn’t even have comparable skill at operating a riding lawn mower.

If patriots didn’t take heed, Jeffress cautioned, America would soon be possessed by heretics.

We decided to get to the bottom of this menace, providing answers to your most alarmed and misguided questions:

Why do Mormons worship Satan?
They don’t, actually. They believe in God and Jesus.
It’s just that those guys get busy, so they named Joseph Smith their VP of Operations here on Earth.

Smith was a magician from Palmyra, N.Y., in the 1820s.  He was also the first American to possess superpowers, claiming he could find precious minerals and buried treasure by staring at rocks. Farmers paid him $3 a day to locate riches beneath their fields.

This epithet repeated a comparison that had been made from Smith’s earliest career, one that was not intended at the time to be complimentary.

Comparison of the Mormon and Muslim prophets still occurs today, sometimes for derogatory or polemical reasons but also for more scholarly (and neutral) purposes.

While Mormonism and Islam certainly have many similarities, there are also significant, fundamental differences between the two religions.

Mormon–Muslim relations have been historically cordial; recent years have seen increasing dialogue between adherents of the two faiths, and cooperation in charitable endeavors, especially in the Middle and Far East.

Islam and Mormonism both originate in the Abrahamic traditions. Each religion sees its founder (Muhammad for Islam, and Joseph Smith for Mormonism) as being a true prophet of God, called to re-establish the truths of these ancient theological belief systems that have been altered, corrupted, or lost.

In addition, both prophets received visits from an angel, leading to additional books of scripture. Both religions share a high emphasis on family life, charitable giving, chastity, abstention from alcohol, and a special reverence for, though not worship of, their founding prophet.

Before the 1890 Manifesto against plural marriage, Mormonism and Islam also shared in the belief in and practice of plural marriage, a practice now held in common by Islam and various branches of Mormon fundamentalism.

The religions differ significantly in their views on God. Islam insists upon the complete oneness and uniqueness of God (Allah), while Mormonism asserts that the Godhead is made up of three distinct “personages.”

Mormonism sees Jesus Christ as the promised Messiah and the literal Son of God, while Islam insists that the title “Messiah” means that Jesus (or “Isa“) was a prophet sent to establish the true faith, not that he was the Son of God or a divine being.

Despite opposition from other Christian denominations, Mormonism identifies itself as a Christian religion, the “restoration” of primitive Christianity.

Islam does not refer to itself as “Christian”, asserting that Jesus and all true followers of Christ’s teachings were (and are) Muslims–a term that means submitters to God–not Christians as the term is used today.

Islam proclaims that its prophet Muhammad was the “seal of the prophets”, and that no further prophets would come after him.

Mormons, though honoring Joseph Smith as the first prophet in modern times, see him as just one in a long line of prophets, with Jesus Christ being the premier figure of the religion

Mormons have a scriptural canon consisting of the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and a collection of revelations and writings by Joseph Smith known as the Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price.

The Doctrine and Covenants is one of four books of scripture used by Latter-day Saints (Mormons).
The other three books are the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and the Pearl of Great Price.

These four books combine together into what is known as “The Standard Works” of the church.

The LDS Standard Works are extensively cross referenced, and are studied in harmony together.

Each book of scripture is revered individually, but we believe it is the combination which offers powerful clarity and validity to all.

Mormons however have a fairly open definition of scripture. As a general rule, anything spoken or written by a prophet, while under inspiration, is considered to be the word of God.

Thus, the Bible, written by prophets, is the word of God, so far as it is translated correctly. The Book of Mormon is also believed to have been written by ancient prophets, and is viewed as a companion to the Bible.

The Mormons also believe that:

* faithful Mormon males and females can become Gods and Goddesses, eventually, after a long (almost evolutional) learning curve.

* God, Our Father and His Son, Jesus Christ have resurrected bodies of flesh and bones, not spirits.

* we are literal Sons and Daughters of God, not created beings.

* God operates from the basis that “Knowledge is Power,” rather than love.

Wow, after reading that it really makes you wish you were a Mormon, doesn’t it?  I was being sarcastic and I forgot who I was talking to.

Since Romney was unable to defeat Obama in the presidential campaign in 2012 I doubt he will ever be able to become a god.

Yet, maybe Obama will want to change from being a Muslim to a Mormon and they’d let him become a god or maybe, because the way he is, a goddess.

Wouldn’t matter, all Mormons and Muslims are going to hell anyway.

…Vladimir Putin on Muslims.

1 John 2 – Fellowship Maintained by Christ’s Advocacy &Can We Become Gods?

When Obama was president he had bent over backwards to prove to the world that humans make mistakes, sometimes huge stupid mistakes.  I had voted for Romney, not because I thought he would be a good president, I just thought he would be better than Obama.  We didn’t have much of a choice on who to vote for – it was Laurel or Hardy.

America was probably better off with Obama then Romney.  And Obama, no matter how horrible he is, he is better than McCain, would have been.  McCain is a duplicate of Malcom X, but without the intelligence and courage. 

Obama does not seem to be that bright, but Romney, being a devout Mormon, believes that he will someday become a god.  I wonder how he can think that, I mean, he was unable to take the presidency away from a Muslim, and he thinks he can become a god?

Since we are on that subject, tomorrow we will take a deeper look into…

1 John 2
Fellowship Maintained by Christ’s Advocacy

1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

“Advocate” – the Greek word refers to someone who speaks in court in behave of a defendant.

In other words, Jesus is our advocate and he defend us before the judge (God).

“The righteous” – in God’s court the defender must be, and is, sinless.

2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

“Propitiation for our sins” – propitiation refers to turning away God’s wrath.  God’s holiness demands punishment for man’s sin.  God, therefore, out of love, sent His Son to make substitutionary atonement for the believer’s sin.

In this way the Father’s wrath is propitiated (satisfied, appeased); His wrath against the Christian’s sin has been turned away and directed toward Christ.

We have to wonder, why would God do all this when since He’s God and can do anything He chooses?  I think I know God rather well, but not good enough to understand why He does certain things, such as this.

Yet, I do have an idea and here it is.  I know God is fair, more than fair, and He doesn’t want a family of robots, but one of people that have the choice to love Him or despise Him, so He gives us freewill.

Advocate
Greek Word Pronunciation: para-KLE-tos

Strong’s Number: 3875
Goodrich/Kohlenberger Number: 4156

Key Verse: “If anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” – 1 John 2:1

Parakletos is a compound word, comprised of para, meaning “beside,” and kaleo, meaning “to call.” The verb form, parakaleo, is very common, and means “to call one to aid,” as an advocate in a court; then “to exhort or entreat, to pray or implore,” and “to comfort or console.”

One noun form, paraklesis, is translated as “consolation, encouragement, exhortation, or comfort” and is used for all three members of the Triune Godhead: 2 Corinthians 1:3, “God of all comfort”; 2 Corinthians 1:5, “comfort abundant through Christ,” and Acts 9:31, “comfort of the Holy Spirit.”

The other noun form, our word parakletos, is used by Greek writers to denote an advocate in a court, as one who intercedes.

Those that don’t believe in Jesus or those that do believe in Jesus but lives their evil ways despise God and will spend eternity in hell.  Those that believe in Jesus and live life the way He did love God and will spend eternity in heaven with Him.

3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.

This is another verse that people would like to use to say that they will become a god, i.e., “the love of God perfected.”

6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

7 Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.

8 Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.

9 He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.

10 He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.

11 But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.

Hating someone is not a sin, we cannot control our feelings, but acting in a hateful way is a sin.

12 I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake.

13 I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.

14 I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.

15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

“World” – not the world of people or the created world, but the realm of sin in the world, which is controlled by Satan and organized against God and righteousness.

16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

This is how the devil tricked Eve.

17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.

God’s children will go to heaven and the New Agers, the perverts, the Oprah’s and the like will bed down in hell.

18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that Antichrist shall come, even now are there many Antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.

“Last time” – meaning that this is everyone’s last chance to get right with Jesus, because he Jesus returns it is the end of the world.

I am uncertain on when Jesus’ final return will be, nor does it matter to me.  I know, without question, that Jesus will be here on the day that He has chosen and afterwards I will be with Him for eternity.  That is all that matters.

Some say that the Rapture is not Jesus’ Second Coming:

“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thess 4:16-17).

Since Jesus does not set foot on earth some believe that this would not be His Second Coming, but the beginning of the seven year tribulation, and after those seven years the Second Coming and the end of the world comes.

The Book of Matthews says that the seven year tribulation will begin and sometimes during it will be the rapture:

Before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end (Jn 13:1).

The reader of this verse from Saint John’s Gospel is brought to understand that a great event is about to take place.

The introduction, full of tender affection, is similar to that which we find in Saint Luke: I have earnestly desired, says our Lord, to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.

And even on the cross Jesus showed His love for the world when He said, “Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots” (Lk 23:34).

“Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other” (Matt 24:29-31).

So it could be possible that Christians will experience the first 3½ years of the tribulation and then the Rapture occurs, and then comes the “Great Tribulation” which is the last 3½ years of the seven year tribulation.  This is when Satan makes his appearance (Rev 13),

Nobody knows for certain, and don’t believe anyone if they say they know (Mk 13:32) and like I said, it doesn’t matter.  We don’t have to try and figure it out or anything for that matter.  I learned back in 2009 that life is so simple and easy if you let Jesus run your life for you.

Life can still be frustrating and disappointing, but it’s a walk in the park when Jesus has the reigns.

19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.

20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.

“Unction” – or “anointing,” i.e., the Holy Ghost.

“Holy One” – Jesus Christ or the Father.

21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.

22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is Antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.

24 Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.

25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.

26 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.

27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.

29 If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.

Can We Become Gods?

I don’t know how many different religions or beliefs that people believe in that say  that in time, as long as you do things as needed, some will be able to become a god. 

The Mormons have the cockamamie idea that they can become a god and the New Age theory is more bizarre than that, which I will show in a bit.

Here is a verse that a lot people twist:

“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is” (1 Jn 3:2).

The catchall is “we shall be like him.”  Well, since Jesus is God and we’ll be like Him then we’ll be gods, right?  Not so.  We are “created” spirits, nothing more.

The “we shall be like him,” phrase means that we’ll have the faith that He has, we’ll have the loving heart that He has, and we’ll be holy like He is. 

I can’t imagine being able to love “everybody” like Jesus does.  I don’t think I could handle such a heart, I mean, then I would love Obama, Oprah, Gates, Warren, and the like.  Since I’m human, if I had a heart like Jesus I think I would truly go bonkers.

As I said above, we are spirits and that is what we will always be.  We don’t know what bodies we may have, but we will always be “created” spirits. 

The non-believers will also always be “created” spirits, but while we are enjoying God and life, they’ll be whining and crying in hell for eternity like burnt toast.

Mormons

The Mormons, like the Catholics, have their own Bible and the scriptures in their Bible declare that the ultimate goal of a Mormon is to become a god and procreate for all eternity.  For example:

The Doctrine & Covenants states:

And again, verily I say unto you, if a man marry a wife by my word, which is my law, and by the new and everlasting covenant, …Ye shall come forth in the first resurrection; …and shall inherit thrones, kingdoms, principalities, and powers, dominions, …and they shall pass by the angels, and the gods, which are set there, to their exaltation and glory in all things, as hath been sealed upon their heads, which glory shall be a fulness and a continuation of the seeds forever and ever.

Then shall they be gods, because they have no end; therefore shall they be from everlasting to everlasting, because they continue; then shall they be above all, because all things are subject unto them. Then shall they be gods, because they have all power, and the angels are subject unto them.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, except ye abide my law ye cannot attain to this glory.

For strait is the gate, and narrow the way that leadeth unto the exaltation and continuation of the lives, and few there be that find it, because ye receive me not in the world neither do ye know me (Doctrine and Covenants 132:19-22).

Joseph Fielding Smith, Jr. (July 19, 1876 – July 2, 1972) was the tenth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1970 until his death in 1972.

He was the son of Joseph F. Smith, who was the sixth president of the LDS Church, and grandson of Hyrum Smith, brother of LDS Church founder Joseph Smith.

Joseph Smith taught a plurality of gods, and that man by obeying the commandments of God and keeping the whole law will eventually reach the power and exaltation by which he also will become a god.

Joseph Fielding Smith Jr., Doctrines of Salvation, Vol.1, p.69 – p.70:

THE STRAITNESS OF THE WAY. Mortality is the testing or proving ground for exaltation to find out who among the children of God are worthy to become Gods themselves, and the Lord has informed us that “few there be that find it.

Joseph Fielding Smith Jr., Doctrines of Salvation, Vol.1, p.97 – p.98:

ALL EXALTED MEN BECOME GODS. To believe that Adam is a god should not be strange to any person who accepts the Bible. When Jesus was accused of blasphemy because he claimed to be the Son of God, he answered the Jews:

Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?

Joseph Fielding Smith Jr., Doctrines of Salvation, Vol.2, p.9:

What is eternal life? It is to have “a continuation of the seeds forever and ever.” No one receives eternal life except those who receive the exaltation. Eternal life is the greatest gift of God; immortality is not.

There are many more foolish scriptures, you can read some of them here

The New Age

Here are a few beliefs of the New Age:

#1 – Jesus was not and is not the only Christ, nor is he God.

The New Ager understands Christ as a reincarnated avatar, Messiah, or messenger sent from the “hierarchy” to give the living on earth spiritually advanced revelation. The New Age accepts that Buddha, Mohammed, Confucius, Jesus, and many others were “Christ”.

#2 – God is impersonal, cosmic, a God of energy forces.

All things, including man, constitute, the ONE – called Universal Mind, The Source, Universal Self, Cosmic Consciousness, Universal Presence, or The Force – your Inner Voice, Higher Self, or Intuition.

God is an impersonal energy; force, immanent in all things (including man). God can be referred to either as she or he, mother or father, god or goddess. Do not be deceived! New Agers do not mean God or Jesus Christ of the Bible. 

Most New Age teachers hold that Mother Earth, the sun, the moon, and the stars, indeed all of Nature can be worshipped as God.

#3 – Man is himself God, for he consists of and is the creator of “the forces.” Man already exercises the powers inherent in his divinity and needs only to awaken to this fact.

New Ageism embraces supernaturalism, but ascribes it to the creature, not the Creator (as in Rom 1:22-24). 

They flaunt the “I am God” concept as it naturally appeals to man’s ego and thirst for power, an appeal as old as the Garden of Eden. 

Satan promised Eve: “Ye shall be as God.”

#4 – Man should seek and accept spiritual instruction and direction directly from the spirit world.

The lure of the occult is almost always on the basis of acquiring knowledge or power. [Neil T. Anderson, The Bondage Breaker, pg. 114] We crave a knowledge that is esoteric, not normally available to the ordinary person.

We want to experience a power that is spiritual and supernatural in origin. People don’t seem to want to hear what God has to say, they want information and direction from someone else who “knows”; a psychic, a channeler, a palm-reader, a card-reader, Ouija boards, astrology, magic charming, automatic writing, or the spirit of a dead friend of relative.

In a sense these are God-given desire, but they are intended to be fulfilled by the knowledge and power which comes from God. However, Satan is busy trying to pass off his counterfeits for God’s knowledge and power as the real thing. If he can get us to accept his versions of knowledge and power, he has a foothold in our life.

#5 – All religions and religious teachings lead to the same goal.  All are equally of merit.

Satan’s primary tactic in opposing God is not to foster atheism but religion; not to prove there is no God but to be worshipped as God. “I have not come to found a new religion,”

Lord Maitreya says. “I have come to teach the art of Self-realization,” something which is neither an ideology nor a religion, but benefits people of all religions and those who have none. “I come to you ‘like a thief in the night.'”

He tells us, “so that you will not become too excited. Slowly, as you become aware, you can ‘digest’ what is ‘eaten’. In awareness you will know Me. In ‘isms’ you will fight against me”.

#6 – The “ancient wisdom” of Babylon, Egypt and Greece – not the Bible – is the basis of all truth.

Vice President Albert Gore in his book Earth in the Balance; Ecology and the Human Spirit, reveals himself as a person who believes we should have a “mother goddess” that we can worship.

He points back to ancient religions and Hinduism and says that they have something good in their worship of “mother earth,” and claims that our modern slogan should be the worship of “mother earth”; that man and nature are one, and that God is part of nature, and nature is part of God.

On pages 258 through 259 of his book, he shows where he departed from the Baptist faith and entered in to the New Age Religion.

Gore also says:

The richness and diversity of our religious tradition throughout history is a spiritual resource long ignored by people of faith, who are often afraid to open their minds to teachings first offered outside their own system of belief.

This Pan-religious perspective may prove especially important where our global civilizations responsibility for the earth is concerned.

Native American Religions for instance offer a rich tapestry of ideas about our relationship to the earth. [Al Gore, Earth In the Balance; Ecology and the Human Spirit, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1992.]

I remember Gore had also said, and it’s in his book, that Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas is the main cause for the thinning of the Ozone.  It is due to all the methane gas that the cows let out.

I have also heard that Gore had once been at a museum in Philadelphia, looking at the paintings of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, and he asked the employee there who they were. 

One might wonder, “How did he ever become Vice President?  But then when you realize that Bush was president at the time it makes complete sense.

#7 – Sin and evil do not exist.  Peace and love are the ultimate realities.

New Agers deny the existence of a hell (Gehenna fire) and a judgment. They also deny that sin and evil exist. God (The universe) is alleged to be beyond good and evil.

And of course, members of the Lucis Trust and Planned Parenthood  are of the New Age, i.e., One World Order.

The Bible does not teach multiple gods, eternal marriage, or endless children?

There is only one God, who has eternally existed:

“Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.

Nine Reasons Hillary Should Not Be President:
Aside from the fact that she is basically a bad person, she’s far from being a “lady.” She has also accomplished nothing and she’s pretty stupid when it comes to protecting the United States.
1) She is an open and enthusiastic enemy of the Constitution on virtually every issue (i.e., she’s a liberal).
2) She incompetently enabled a preventable terrorist attack in Benghazi and then silenced witnesses, staged phony “investigations,” and lied through her teeth to cover it up.

3) She took bribes from communist China in the form of illegal campaign contributions, in exchange for influential seats on Commerce Department trade missions.

4) She was fired from the “Watergate” investigation by life-long Democrat Jerry Zeifman for being “an unethical, dishonest lawyer” who “conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the Committee and the rules of confidentiality,” as he put it.

5) She was caught completely fabricating a story out of thin air about coming under fire in Bosnia, which she was later forced to admit to lying about.

6) She blatantly lied under oath to deny inventing bogus criminal charges against seven White House employees to get them out of the way (to replace them with Clinton friends and cronies). From the LA Times: “There is ‘substantial evidence’ that First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton lied under oath in denying that she played a role in the 1993 White House travel office firings, independent counsel Robert W. Ray reported Thursday.” That would be the same Robert Ray that the bought-and-paid-for Clinton propagandists at Media Matters lyingly misrepresented as having exonerated her.

7) She illegally seized hundreds of FBI files, suppressed countless incriminating emails, and leaked Privacy Act-protected information to silence and smear Democrat activists sexually harassed by her husband (see here).

8) In the 1990s, she helped mastermind a fraudulent land deal with Clinton crony James McDougal, who owned the extremely shady bank used in the scam, which was illegally used to pay off Clinton campaign debts…and witnesses in this scandal (Whitewater) were openly intimidated, silenced, and had their careers brutally destroyed when they remained in the way.

9) The left’s trademark of ploy of silencing all dissent with red herring diversionary smears like “you’re racist” has already taken its Hillary-era form, with liberals frivolously condemning gender-irrelevant controversies as “sexist.”

I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no savior” (Is 43:10-11).

“Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God” (Is 44:6).

“Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else” (Is 45:22).

“The Bible never equates eternal life with marriage and parenthood. It is promised to all who have come to Christ for salvation.

He that hath the Son hath life, and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life” (1 Jn 5:12).

“But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage:

Neither can they die anymore; for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection” (Lk 20: 35-36).

We are not children of God by procreation but by spiritual adoption.

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (Jn 1:12).

“For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus” (Gal 3:26).

It is a ridiculous thought that we will become gods.  Satan had the same idea and he’s much more powerful than us, but look what happened to him – Is 14:12-17; Eze 28:3-19.

Always remember:

“For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God” (Ex 34:14).

“(For the LORD thy God is a jealous God among you) lest the anger of the LORD thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth” (Deut 6:15).

“I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images” (Is 42:8).

…Mormonism.

1 John 1 – The World of Life& One of The Mysteries of God and Answers About Jesus

I hope the below information answers any questions, if you have any more feel free to contact me and hopefully I will have the answer for you, but I don’t know everything.

There is a question that I did not include with those below because to many it is not a question but a goal they think they can reach, such as those of the New Age, so tomorrow we will look at…

1 John 1
The World of Life

1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;

1:1-4 – says almost the same thing in Jn 1:1-4.

“Was from the beginning” – has always existed.

2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)

“The life…that eternal life” – Christ.  He is called “the life” because He is actually the only living being who has life within Himself by Himself.  He is also the source of all life and sovereign over life.

3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

False teachers, such as Rick Warren, Oprah; evil organizations such as the Catholics and the Mormons.  Anyone or anything that does not accept Jesus as their Savior.

7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

This does not mean we cannot sin, because we are unable not to sin, we cannot be as holy as He is.  But if we sin “willfully” then we live in the dark and do not have fellowship with Jesus.

8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:23).

9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Rom 10:9).

“Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all they diseases.

The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.

As far as the eat is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us” (Ps 103:3, 8, 12).

10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

“We have not sinned” – Gnostics denied that their immoral actions were sinful.

One of the Mysteries of God and
Answers about Jesus

Here are a couple of questions many ask, the Yes/No answer is immediate, but the more explained answer is below:

1. Was Jesus a regular person like us?  Yes. 

2.  Was Jesus the Father?  No.

3.  Was Jesus the Holy Ghost?  No.

4.  Was Jesus the Son of God?  Yes.

5.  Is Jesus God?  Yes.

6.  Did Jesus know He was God?  Not at birth.

7.  Did Jesus have the miraculous power of God when he was on earth?  No..

8.  Was Jesus abnormal, a freak of nature?  Yes.

9.  Was Jesus Satan’s brother?  No.

10.  Was Jesus a Christian?  No. 

11.  Did Jesus go to Church?  No.

12.  Did Jesus Sin?  No. 

13.  Was Jesus married?  No. 

14.  Who or what is the Trinity?  God. 

Before we answer these questions, let’s explain who God is?

First off, God created us in His image and likeness.

“‘And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…” (Gen 1:26).

(The “our” makes it clear that Jesus and the Holy Ghost have always been here too).

That does not mean we are also gods, like some idiots proclaim.  But God wants us to be His children and to do that we need to trust in Him, in Jesus Christ.

“For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus” (Gal 3:26).

“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” (Phil 2:15).

The Jews like to think they are the children of God, but only His children are only those that have faith in Jesus.

“In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother” (1 Jn 3:10).

In 740 A.D. in a land locked between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, known as Khazaria, a land which today is predominantly occupied by Georgia, but also reaches into Russia, Poland, Lithuania, Hungary, and Romania, the modern Jewish race is born. A modern Jewish race that incidentally is not Jewish.

At that time, the Khazarian people felt a vulnerable people as they had Muslims on one side of them and Christians the other side of them, and thus constantly feared attack from either side.

Furthermore, the Khazarian people were of neither faith and instead practiced idol worship, which made them ripe for invasion by a people who wished to convert them to an established faith.

The Khazarian King, King Bulan, decided in order to protect themselves against attack, the Khazarian people must convert to one of these faiths, but which one? If they converted to the Muslim faith they would risk attack by the Christians and if they converted to the Christian faith they would risk attack by the Muslims.

He had an idea. There was another race that he was aware were able to deal with both the Muslims and the Christians either side of him, predominantly in matters of trade.

A race which also dealt with Khazarians in the same manner. That race was the Jews. King Bulan decided if he instructed his people to convert to Judaism he could keep the Muslims and the Christians happy, as they were both already willing to trade with the Jews, so this is what he did.

King Bulan was right. He would live to see his country unconquered, his people convert to Judaism enthusiastically and adopt the principles of the most holy Jewish book, the Talmud [which is the most evil book of all, it is worse than the Koran].

He would not live to see many things, things he hoped would be good, nor would he live to experience the bible prophecy, as the, “Synagogue of Satan.”

And Jesus is clear on pointing this out.

“I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of tem which say they are Jews and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan” (Rev 2:9).

We are spirits created by God and placed inside human body/shell/tent, a fabrication also created by God and we need to act and behave like Him.  A quick summarization is:

God is A Spirit – “God is Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (Jn 4:24).

(Throughout the entire Bible God’s Spirit, whether it is talking about the Holy Ghost or just God’s Spirit, i.e., the Trinity (1 Jn 5:7), will always be capitalized.  When our spirit is mentioned it will be in lower case).

God is holy – “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation” [conduct/behavior] (1 Pet1:15).

God is Love – “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love” (1 Jn 4:8).

And this is the type of person God is and we are to follow suit –

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” (Gal  5:22-23).

God is the creator of all things:

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Gen 1:1).

“For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him” (Col 1:16).

“All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made” (Jn 1:3).

God created everything and He created it for Him to enjoy, whatever pleases Him He does.

“Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure” (Is 46:10).

God answers to no one, He can do anything:

“For with God nothing shall be impossible” (Lk 1:37).

“I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things” (Is 45:7).

God loves everyone the same (Rom 2:11), but does not mean He treats everyone the same way, as He told Moses:

“And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be
gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy”
(Ex 33:19).

Answer Section

1. Was Jesus a regular person like us? 

Yes He was and He did not know that He was God until later (this is explained in question #6). 

The only difference between Jesus and us is that His mother, Mary, was still a virgin when He was born.  How that is possible is that she had been impregnated by the Holy Ghost, her hymen was still fully intact.

“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost” (Matt 1:18).

“…the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph…fear not…for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghos”t (Matt 1:20).

And her husband, Joseph, did not have intercourse with her until Jesus was born (Matt 1:25).

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2.  Was Jesus the Holy Father? 

No, the Holy Father was the father of “Jesus the person”, rather than “Jesus the Spirit”, but they were equal.

“My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

I and my Father are one” (Jn 10:29-30).

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God enters into humanity to save humanity – that’s Christmas.
It is about grace undeserved which should lead to faith unreserved.

What does it mean to be human? Is it our reason, or morality, or dominance on earth that sets us apart from other creatures?

Jesus is as much a revelation of God as he is of true humanity – humanity as it was meant to be, untainted by sin.

Why is Jesus humanity important? Because it means we have real knowledge of true humanity, real salvation as Jesus is our substitute, and real comfort and help as we face trials and temptation.

Without Jesus we are nothing!

3.  Was Jesus the Holy Ghost?

No, the Holy Ghost was the Comforter that comes to us when we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior.

“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever” (Jn 14:16).

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you” (14:26).

4.  Was Jesus the Son of God? 

Yes, but He was also known as the “Word” and the “Lamb of God” because He was the sacrificial lamb on Pentecost to save us from our sins (1 Pet 1:19).

The need for a sacrificial lamb without blemish began at the beginning of time (Ex 12L5).

“And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he [John the Baptists] saith, Behold the Lamb of God” (Jn 1:36).

“The next day John [the Baptists] seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (Jn 1:29).

“Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession” (Heb 4:14).

The demons also knew that Jesus was the Son of God:

“When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most high? I beseech thee, torment me not” (8:28).

“And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not” (Mk 5:7).

5.  Was Jesus God? 

Yes.

When Jesus is called the Lamb of God in John 1:29 and John 1:36, it is referring to Him as the perfect and ultimate sacrifice for sin.
In order to understand who Christ was and what He did, we must begin with the Old Testament, which contains prophecies concerning the coming of Christ as a “guilt offering” (Is 53:10).

In fact, the whole sacrificial system established by God in the Old Testament set the stage for the coming of Jesus Christ, who is the perfect sacrifice.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” (Jn 1:1, 14).

“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory” ( 1 Tim 3:16).

6.  Did Jesus know He was God? 

The Bible does not explicitly say if He did or not.  I say He didn’t until He was around 12 years old because of the following reasons:

Every year Mary, Joseph and Jesus went to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover.  When they went and left Jerusalem they did in a group.  This particular time when Marry and Joseph left for home they didn’t see Jesus, but thought He was with friends somewhere in the crowd.

After a day they still had not seen Him and no one else did either so they returned to Jerusalem and three days later they found Him…

“…in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both bearing them, and asking them questions.

And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.

And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him,  Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us?  Behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.

And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me?  Wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?” (Lk 2:46).

The Holy Spirit gives us the power to live a victorious life. We do not have it in ourselves.
Other religions tell you that you have the power in you; they tell you to find your inner self or inner strength.

We are as helpless and hopeless to fight against the enemy without the Holy Ghost.
As the Scripture says, it is through God that we shall do valiantly; because it is He who will tread down our foes.

David says, “The God who has girded me with strength has opened wide my path. He made my feet like the feet of deer, and set me secure on the heights. He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze” (1 Sam 22:33-35).

But that is not the only reason I say Jesus did not know He was God right away, the other reason is that, according to the Bible, Jesus was not filled with the Holy Ghost until John the Baptist baptized Him.

“Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.

But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?

And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness.  Then he suffered him.

And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matt 3:13-17).

But John the Baptist, who was Jesus cousin and six months older (Lk 1:36), knew of God and he knew who Jesus was because he was filled with the Holy Ghost before he was even born.

“And there appeared unto him an angel [Gabriel v. 19] of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.

And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.

But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elizabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.

And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and may shall rejoice at his birth.

For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb” (Lk 1:11-15).

Passover, or Pesach is the most important Jewish festival (there are seven in all, which we will discuss later).

The Jewish people celebrate Passover as a commemoration of their liberation over 3,300 years ago by God from slavery in ancient Egypt that was ruled by the Pharaohs, and their freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses.

It commemorates the story of the Exodus as described in the Hebrew Bible, especially in the Book of Exodus (chap 12), in which the Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt.

Passover commences on the 15th of the Hebrew month of Nisan and lasts for either seven days (in Israel) or eight days (in the diaspora).

In Judaism, a day commences at dusk and lasts until the following dusk, thus the first day of Passover only begins after dusk of the 14th of Nisan and ends at dusk of the 15th day of the month of Nisan.

The rituals unique to the Passover celebrations commence with the Passover Seder when the 15th of Nisan has begun.

In the Northern Hemisphere Passover takes place in spring as the Torah prescribes it:
“In the month of [the] spring” (בחדש האביב Ex 23:15). It is one of the most widely observed Jewish holiday.

In the narrative of the Exodus, the Bible tells that God helped the Children of Israel escape from their slavery in Egypt by inflicting ten plagues (Ex 7:14-11:10) upon the ancient Egyptians before the Pharaoh would release his Israelite slaves; the tenth and worst of the plagues was the death of the Egyptian first-born.

The Israelites were instructed to mark the doorposts of their homes with the blood of a slaughtered spring lamb and, upon seeing this, the spirit of the Lord knew to Passover the first-born in these homes, hence the name of the holiday.

Samaritans still make this pilgrimage to Mount Gerizim, but only men participate in public worship.

John, even as a fetus, knew that Jesus was God and due to his actions so did Elisabeth and Mary, but unless one of them told Jesus He did not.  And even if they had that would be a hard pill to swallow.

“And [Mary] entered the house of Zacharias and saluted Elisabeth.

And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit:

And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.

And whence is this to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

For lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.

And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord” (Lk 1:40-47).

7.  Did Jesus have the miraculous power of God when he was on earth? 

No, He, like us, prayed and fasted.  He also spent a lot of time talking to the Father, which we should all do, but we can talk to all of them at the same time, which will be explained in question #14.

“Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered” (Matt 4:1-2).

“And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed” (Mk 1:35).

“One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God” (Lk 6:12).

John 17 is one big prayer – Jesus is praying for us.

8.  Was Jesus abnormal, a freak of nature like some people say? 

You bet He was, He was the only person that ever lived without sin, I would say that is definitely abnormal and freakish, I wish I was such a freak.

“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Cor 5:21).

“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (4:15).

“Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth” (1 Pet 2:22).

9.  Was Jesus Satan’s brother?   

No, Satan is a fallen angel.  Jesus actually created Satan, as He did all the angels.

“All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made” (Jn 1:3).

Satan had been the greatest of all angels, and he was beautiful and extremely intelligent.  His beauty and intelligence filled him with pride and he sinned.

Know that God has not taken anything away from Satan aside from his residence and his authority over the other angles in heaven.  That is why Peter warns us to stay away from Him:

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

First off, Satan did not lead Jesus anywhere, as many try to say.
After Jesus was baptized by John the Baptized His spirit took him into the wilderness to fast for 40 days and nights (Matt 4:1-2).

And of course, He was then hungry and weak, and that was when the devil attacked Him (Matt 4:3-11).

The devil is like a Hyena – it is small and vicious, but cowardly. It only strikes its victims when they are weak and close to dying.

The Mormons, like other faiths, believe that God created Jesus and Satan and therefore they are brothers.

God did not create Jesus, Jesus is God (Jn 1:1, 14; 1 Tim 3:16).

But God did create Satan, at one time he was the most powerful angel of all, but like a lot of powerful people, they become obsessed with themselves and the end up falling flat on their faces.

God literally threw Satan out of heaven (Is 14:12-17; Eze 28:3-19) and he will spend eternity in hell (Rev 12:7-12).

And Jesus told us how wicked he is, as well as the non-believers of the world, and what he/they will do to us (Jesus is talking to the Pharisees, the Jews, here):

“‘Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it” (Jn 8:44).

What Jesus says above tells us how dangerous Satan is, and God explains what happened in heaven:

“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;

That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners? (Is 14:12-17).

Behold, thou art wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that they can hide from thee:

With thy wisdom and with thine understanding thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures:

By thy great wisdom and by thy traffic hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches:

Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God;

Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness.

They shall bring thee down to the pit, and thou shalt die the deaths of them that are slain in the midst of the seas.

Wilt thou yet say before him that slayeth thee, I am God? but thou shalt be a man, and no God, in the hand of him that slayeth thee.

Thou shalt die the deaths of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.

Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.

Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.

Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.

Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffic; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.

All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more” (Eze 28:3-19).

10.  Was Jesus a Christian? 

No.  Jesus is not a religion, He is God.  And He did not call his disciples or anyone a Christian, the people of Antioch (Acts 11:26) started calling the disciples Christians after Jesus was crucified, resurrected and gone because even in Jesus absence they continued to live the, per se, Christian way.

Today the term “Christian” does not mean much because the new definition, according to today’s dictionaries, such as Dictionary.com:

1. a person who believes in Jesus Christ; adherent of Christianity.

2. a person who exemplifies in his or her life the teachings of Christ: He died like a true Christian.

3. a member of any of certain Protestant churches, as the Disciples of Christ and the Plymouth Brethren.

Catholics call themselves Christians and it fits in the above definition, but they are not, they are of the synagogue of Satan (Rev 2:9).

11.  Did Jesus go to Church?  

No, but He did go to temples and synagogues to correct the priests of their evil ways.

Jesus is the head of the church and we, the followers, is the church.

“Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ” (1 Pet 2:5).

“And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matt 16:18).

“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” (1 Cor 6:19).

“But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Pet 2:9).

“Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence” (Col 1:13-18).

12.  Did Jesus Sin?

No, see question #8 for explanation.

13.  Was Jesus married?

No.  There is no place in the Bible that says He was or was not.  I am sure that if He had been married it would have been written.

14.  Who or what is the Trinity?  

The Trinity is God, which is the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.  Yet, even though it is one God, these are three different people.  That does not make sense to us, but neither does God.

This is why I had said in question #7 that we don’t pray to the Father, we pray to all of them, to God.

“For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one” (1 Jn 5:7).

A Few Other Questions

Beware of false teachings-doctrines and paganism Christianity.
If anyone comes to your meeting and does not teach the truth about Christ, don’t invite that person into your home or give any kind of encouragement (2 Jn 1:10).

Having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them (2 Tim 3:5).
It is interesting to observe that anti-christian groups rarely try to lead lost sinners to their false faith.

Instead, they spend much of their time trying to convert professing Christians (and church members, at that) to their own doctrines.

They are out to “seduce” the faithful.

The word “seduce” carries the idea of “being led astray.”

We have been warned that this would happen: “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and teachings of demons” (1 Tim 4:1).

Jesus calls Satan the “father of lies” (Jn 8:44).

The devil’s purpose is to lead Christians astray by teaching them false doctrines (2 Cor 11:1-4, 13-15).

We should not accept everything a person tells us simply because he claims to believe the Bible, for it is possible to “twist” the Bible to make it mean almost anything (2 Cor 4:1-2).

And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.
Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works (2 Cor 11:14-15).

Satan is not an originator; he is a counterfeiter.

He imitates the work of God. For example, Satan has counterfeit “ministers” (2 Cor 11:13-15) who preach a counterfeit gospel (Gal 1:6-12) that produces counterfeit Christians (Jn 8:43-44) who depend on a counterfeit righteousness (Rom 10:1-10).

In the Parable of the Tares (Matt 13:24-30, 36-43), Jesus and Satan are pictured as sowers.

Jesus sows the true seed; but Satan sows “the children of the wicked one.”

The two kinds of plants, while growing, look so much alike that the servants could not tell the difference until the fruit appeared!

Satan’s chief stratagem during this age is to plant the counterfeit wherever Christ plants the true.

And it is important that you be able to detect the counterfeit and separate the teachings of Christ from the false teachings of Antichrist.

Where did God come from?

Nobody knows, but Jesus tells us that He has always been:

“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty” (Rev 1:8).

Can God create a rock so heavy He can’t lift it?

That is a ridiculous question, but the answer is yes.

“But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible” (Matt 19:26).

“For with God nothing shall be impossible” (Lk 1:37).

If God created everything, who created God?

Nobody, He has always been (Rev 1:8).

“I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no savior” (Is 43:11).

“I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me” (Is 45:5).

“I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things” (Is 45:7).

“Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else;  (I am God, and there is none like me” (Is 46:9).

…can we become Gods?

John 21 – The Appearance Beside the Sea & Ten (21-30) More Quotes About Jesus

This is the last chapter of the Book of John, so tomorrow we’ll start…

John 21
The Appearance Beside the Sea

1 After these things Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed he himself.

The Colosseum in Rome, Italy
Ancient Roman architecture adopted certain aspects of Ancient Greek architecture, creating a new architectural style.

The Romans were indebted to their Etruscan neighbors and forefathers who supplied them with a wealth of knowledge essential for future architectural solutions, such as hydraulics in the construction of arches. Later they absorbed Greek and Phoenician influence, apparent in many aspects closely related to architecture; for example, this can be seen in the introduction and use of the Triclinium in Roman villas as a place and manner of dining.

Roman architecture flourished throughout the Empire during the Pax Romana.
Roman Architecture covers the period from the establishment of the Roman Republic, supposedly in 509BC, to about the 4th century, after which it becomes Late Antique or Byzantine architecture.

Most of the many survivals are from the later imperial period. Roman architectural style continued to influence building in the former empire for many centuries, and the style beginning in Western Europe about 1000 is called Romanesque architecture to reflect this dependence on basic Roman forms.

2 There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of his disciples.

3 Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing.

4 But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus.

5 Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No.

6 And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.

7 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher’s coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea.

8 And the other disciples came in a little ship; (for they were not far from land, but as it were two hundred cubits,) dragging the net with fishes.

9 As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread.

10 Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught.

11 Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken.

12 Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord.

13 Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise.

The Roman Forum

14 This is now the third time that Jesus shewed himself to his disciples, after that he was risen from the dead.

15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.

16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

18 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not.

Rome Today
Rome is a city and special comune (named “Roma Capitale”) in Italy. Rome is the capital of Italy and also of the homonymous province and of the region of Lazio.

With 2.7 million residents in 496.3 sq mi, it is also the country’s largest and most populated commune and fourth-most populous city in the European Union by population within city limits.

The urban area of Rome extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population of around 3.8 million. Between 3.2 and 4.2 million people live in Rome metropolitan area. The city is located in the central-western portion of the Italian Peninsula, on the Tiber within Lazio (Latium). Rome is the only city in the world to contain in its interior a whole state; the enclave of Vatican City.

19 This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.

20 Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee?

21 Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do?

21:15-17 – “Love” – (remember the Bible was not written in English, but parts in Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic).  The Greek word for “love” in Jesus’ first two questions is different from the word of “love” in His third question, which is the same word Peter uses in all three answers.

It is uncertain whether a distinction in meaning is intended since John often made slight word variations, apparently for stylistic reasons.  Also, no distinction is made between these two words elsewhere in this Gospel. 

In this passage, however, they occur together, and the variations seem to deliberate to be explained on stylistc grounds.  The “love” in Jesus’ first two questions (agapao) refers to a love in which the entire personality, including the will, is involved.

The “love” in Jesus’ third question and in Peter’s answers (phileo) refers to spontaneous natural affection or fondness in which emption plays a more prominent role than will.

The neoclassical Piazza della Repubblica.

Whatever interpretation is adopted, the important thing is that in no serious a  matter as the reinstatement of Peter, the great question was whether he loved Jesus.

Peter had been restored privately and personally (Lk 24:34; 1 Cor 15:5), but now it is to be a public matter.  He had disowned Christ in public three times.  Now he must own Christ three times in front of the other disciples. 

22 Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.

23 Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee?

24 This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true.

25 And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.

Ten (21-30) More Quotes About Jesus 

 “Know Jesus, know peace. No Jesus, No peace.” 
― Found on car bumper  

“The way of Jesus cannot be imposed or mapped — it requires an active participation in following Jesus as he leads us through sometimes strange and unfamiliar territory, in circumstances that become clear only in the hesitations and questionings, in the pauses and reflections where we engage in prayerful conversation with one another and with him.” 
― Eugene H. Peterson 

  “Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?” 
― Corrie Ten Boom

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I couldn’t get Him out of my head. Still can’t. I spent three solid days thinking about Him. The more He bothered me, the less I could forget Him. And the more I learned about Him, the less I wanted to leave Him.” 
― Yann Martel  

 

“The Bible is the story of two gardens: Eden and Gethsemane. In the first, Adam took a fall. In the second, Jesus took a stand. In the first, God sought Adam. In the second, Jesus sought God. In Eden, Adam hid from God. In Gethsemane, Jesus emerged from the tomb. In Eden, Satan led Adam to a tree that led to his death. From Gethsemane, Jesus went to a tree that led to our life.” 
― Max Lucado 

 

  “For those who feel their lives are a grave disappointment to God, it requires enormous trust and reckless, raging confidence to accept that the love of Jesus Christ knows no shadow of alteration or change.

When Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy burdened,” He assumed we would grow weary, discouraged, and disheartened along the way. These words are a touching testimony to the genuine humanness of Jesus. 

He had no romantic notion of the cost of discipleship. He knew that following Him was as unsentimental as duty, as demanding as love.” 
― Brennan Manning 

 

Jesus was saying that you can’t have a larger life with restricted attitudes.” 
― Joel Osteen 

 

 

 

 

 

“To ignore, repress, or dismiss our feelings is to fail to listen to the stirrings of the Spirit within our emotional life. Jesus listened. In John’s Gospel we are told that Jesus was moved with the deepest emotions (11:33)… 

The gospel portrait of the beloved Child of Abba is that of a man exquisitely attuned to His emotions and uninhibited in expressing them. The Son of Man did not scorn of reject feelings as fickle and unreliable. 

They were sensitive antennae to which He listened carefully and through which He perceived the will of His Father for congruent speech and action.” 
Brennan Manning 

 

“For some reason, the most vocal Christians among us never mention the Beatitudes (Matthew 5). But, often with tears in their eyes, the demand that the Ten Commandments be posted in public buildings. 

And of course, that’s Moses, not Jesus. I haven’t heard one of them demand that the Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes, be posted anywhere.

“Blessed are the merciful” in a courtroom? “Blessed are the peacemakers” in the Pentagon? Give me a break!” 
– Kurt Vonnegut  

 

“Jesus’s resurrection is the beginning of God’s new project not to snatch people away from earth to heaven but to colonize earth with the life of heaven. That, after all, is what the Lord’s Prayer is about.” 
-N.T. Wright

…the Book of Acts.

John 20 – The Resurrection of Jesus & The Resurrection of Jesus

I have seen within myself what Jesus can do.  He changed my heart. 

Jesus didn’t give me wealth, or control, or special powers or anything of the sort.  Jesus gave me “LIFE” and a promise that He’s coming back.

Tomorrow we’ll close the Book of John with some more…

John 20
The Resurrection of Jesus

The use of a wreath around the Chi Rho symbolizes the victory of the Resurrection over death, and is an early visual representations of the connection between the Crucifixion of Jesus and his triumphal resurrection, as seen in the 4th century sarcophagus of Domitilla in Rome.

1 The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulcher, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulcher.

2 Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulcher, and we know not where they have laid him.

3 Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulcher.

4 So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulcher.

5 And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in.

6 Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulcher, and seeth the linen clothes lie,

7 And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.

8 Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulcher, and he saw, and believed.

9 For as yet they knew not the scripture that he must rise again from the dead.

10 Then the disciples went away again unto their own home.

Stained glass of Resurrection with two Marys at a Lutheran Church, South Carolina.

11 But Mary stood without at the sepulcher weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulcher,

12 And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.

 13 And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.

14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.

16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.

17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

“For I am not yet ascended” – the meaning appears to be that the ascension was still some time off.  Mary would have opportunity to see Jesus again, so she need not cling to Him.

Alternatively, Jesus may be reminding Mary that after His crucifixion she couldn’t have Him with her except through the Holy Ghost.

A rotunda in Church of the Holy Sepulchre, called the Anastasis (“Resurrection”), which contains the remains of a rock-cut room that Helena and Macarius identified as the burial site of Jesus.

18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.

19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.

21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.

Lit. “Those whose sins you forgive have already been forgiven; those whose sins you do not forgive had not been forgiven.”  God doesn’t forgive people’s sins because we do so, nor does He withhold forgiveness because we do. 

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, also called the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, or the Church of the Resurrection by Eastern Christians, is a church within the Christian Quarter of the walled Old City of Jerusalem. It is a few steps away from the Muristan.

Rather, those who proclaim the gospel are in effect forgiving or not forgiving sins, depending on whether the hearers accent or reject Jesus Christ.

24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.

25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.

26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.

27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.

28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.

29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

“They that have not seen, and yet have believed” – would have been very few at this time.  All whom John mentions had seen in some sense.  The words, of course, apply to future believers as well.

30 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:

31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

The Resurrection of Jesus
Quick Explanation of
“Fear the Lord your God” (Deut 6:13)

Every day more and more people are taking a look – for some, a 2nd look – at the historical person of Jesus.

The Apostle Paul wrote that “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Cor 15:3-4)

Thus the death and resurrection of Christ were proclaimed as belonging together at the very heart of the gospel, forcefully placing “the full weight of faith on both the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ” by stating, “if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith”(1 Cor 15:14)

In fact, Paul further claims that belief in the death and resurrection of Jesus is so central to salvation that “if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. [1 Cor. 15:17).

Many wonder why Jesus Christ has been studied so extensively, has been studied more than any other person?  The answer is simple, Jesus was not just a man, He is also God (Jn 1:14; 1 Tim 3:16).

When we hear the word, “God” a subliminal flag is automatically triggered and the message that enters the mind is “Fear!”

Four different types of fear:

1.Believer without a personal relationship with Jesus – fear as we understand the definition of it does not register with this person and he or she doesn’t understand why God tells us to fear Him (Deut 6:13; Prov 1:7, 8:13; Matt 10:28; etc.) because they are not afraid. 

That message “Fear” is still in their mind and because they want to do right for God they cannot help but wonder why they are not afraid.  It would be like putting a paintbrush into a can of blue paint and painting the wall, but the color on the wall is not blue.

Yet, as the believer spends more time with Jesus a personal relationship begins to form and slowly the wall starts to become blue.

2.Believer with a personal relationship with Jesus – the fear he or she has is not fear as we understand it, it is absolute awe; a complete feeling of protection that is a wonderful feeling, but also frightening.

3.Non-believer – nothing registers with them, not even the subliminal message because they are to ignorant to read.

4.The fool – this is the person that had been a believer and decided to that they preferred to be a part of the world.  They live in total fear because they know how truly powerful God is.  They are not only afraid of their own shadow, but their shadow is too.

Explaining Evidence
and Meaning of the Resurrection

Women at the empty tomb, by Fra Angelico, 1437-1446.

To begin with, everything about Jesus was unique: The prophecies of His coming. His birth. His life. His teachings. His miracles. His death. And especially His resurrection.

It is history’s most significant event.

The validity of Jesus’ claims about Himself rests on the Resurrection.

Many skeptics say that to believe in a risen Christ is nothing more than a blind leap of faith with little or no basis in truth.

When confronted with the facts, however, those who are intellectually honest have been forced to admit that the Resurrection is a historical event based on irrefutable proofs.

Evidence for the Resurrection

1.Christ predicted His resurrection.

Icon depicting the Emperor Constantine, accompanied by the bishops of the First Council of Nicaea (325), holding the Niceno–Constantinopolitan Creed of 381.

“From that time Jesus forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised against the third day” (Matt 16:21).

Even though His followers did not understand what He was telling them at the time, they remembered His words and recorded them.

2.Jesus made numerous appearances to His followers. He comforted the mourners outside His tomb on Sunday morning. On the road to Emmaus, He explained things about Himself from the Old Testament. Later, He ate in their presence and invited them to touch Him.

Scripture records that Jesus was seen by more than 500 at one time. Some may argue that a few people could have agreed to a deception, but how can one explain the collaboration of 500 people?

3.The disciples who were once so afraid that they deserted their Lord now courageously proclaimed this news, risking their lives to preach. Their bold and courageous behavior does not make sense unless they knew with absolute certainty that Jesus had been raised from the dead.

4.The growth of the Christian church confirms the Resurrection. Peter’s first sermon, which dealt with Christ’s resurrection, stirred people to receive Him as their living Savior.

‘Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls’ (Acts 2:41).

The Shroud of Turin is a centuries old linen cloth that bears the image of a crucified man. A man that millions believe to be Jesus of Nazareth. Is it really the cloth that wrapped his crucified body, or is it simply a medieval forgery, a hoax perpetrated by some clever artist?

Modern science has completed hundreds of thousands of hours of detailed study and intense research on the Shroud. It is, in fact, the single most studied artifact in human history, and we know more about it today than we ever have before. And yet, the controversy still rages.

And that group of believers has multiplied until now it reaches around the world. Today, there are hundreds of millions of believers, but there are more non-believers in the world.

5.The testimony of hundreds of millions of transformed lives through the centuries shows the power of the Resurrection. Many have been delivered from addictions. The destitute and despairing have found hope.

Broken marriages have been restored. The most conclusive proof for the resurrection of Jesus Christ is that He is living within believers today in all of His resurrected life and transforming power.

Conclusion

The resurrection of Jesus Christ ranks as history’s most revolutionary event.

One cannot deny that He shook the world in His day.  He was just a single man but the world feared Him to the point that they executed Him.

His life, His being, has shaped the course of history.

The Resurrection is the final proof that Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be and if He would not have died and rose for us we would have no salvation.

Only the wise “Fear God!”

…ten more quotes about Jesus.

John 19 – Jesus Crowned with Thorns & The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

Most people have heard of the Seven Wonders of the World, but how many have heard about the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World noted below?  There are other Wonders of the World also,  which we will get to in the Book of Acts.

Christ Carrying the Cross as portrayed by El Greco, 1580.
In Christianity, the crown of thorns was woven of thorn branches and placed on Jesus Christ during the events leading up to the his crucifixion.

It was one of the instruments of the Passion, employed by Jesus’ captors both to cause him pain and to mock his claim of authority. It is mentioned in the Canonical gospels of Matt (27:29), Mk (15:17), and Jn (19:2, 5) and is often alluded to by the early Church Fathers, such as Clement of Alexandria, Origen, and others.

In later centuries, relics believed by many to be all or part of the Crown of Thorns have been venerated.

Tomorrow we are going review…

John 19
Jesus Crowned with Thorns

1 Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him.

2 And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe,

3 And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands.

4 Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him.

5 Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man!

6 When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him.

“Take ye him, and crucify him” – the petulant utterance of an exasperated man, for the Jews couldn’t carry out this form of execution, they needed Governor Pilate to order it.

7 The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.

8 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid;

“The more afraid” – Pilate was evidently superstition and this charge frightened him.  Besides, his wife warned him not to crucify Jesus because she had been troubled over a dream she had (Matt 27:19).

9 And went again into the judgment hall, and saith unto Jesus, Whence art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer.

10 Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?

11 Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.

“The greater sin” – that of Caiaphas (not Judas, who was only a means).  But “greater” implies that there was a lesser sin, so Pilate’s sin was also real.

12 And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar’s friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar.

13 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha.

14 And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!

15 But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.

16 Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away.

The crown of thorns of Jesus Christ was bought by Louis IX from Baldwin II. It is preserved today in Notre Dame de Paris.

17 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:

18 Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.

19 And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.

20 This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin.

21 Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews.

22 Pilate answered, What I have written I have written.

23 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout.

24 They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did.

25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.

Pontius Pilatus, known in the English-speaking world as Pontius Pilate, was the fifth Prefect of the Roman province of Judaea, from AD 26–36. He is best known as the judge at the trial of Jesus and the man who authorized the crucifixion of Jesus.

26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!

27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.

28 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.

29 Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.

“Vinegar” – equivalent cheap wine, the drink of ordinary people.

30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

“It is finished” – apparently the loud cry of Matt 27:50; Mk 15:37.  Jesus died as a victor and had completed what He came to do.

“Gave up the ghost” – it usually takes a couple days to die by crucifixion, it took Jesus three hours because He decided when to die.  No person can do that.

31 The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the Sabbath day, (for that Sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.

Pontius Pilate’s wife is unnamed in the New Testament, where she appears a single time in the Gospel of Matthew. In later Christian tradition, she is known variously as Saint Procula (also spelled Proculla or Procla), Saint Claudia, Claudia Procles or Claudia Procula.

Christian literature and legends have amplified the brief anecdote about Pilate’s wife in the New Testament.

“Legs might be broken” – to hasten death, because the victim then could not put any weight on his legs and breathing would be difficult.

32 Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him.

33 But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs:

34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.

“Pierced his side” – probably to make doubly sure that Jesus was dead, but perhaps simply an act of brutality (see v. 37; Is 53:5; Zech 12:10; cf. Ps 22:16).

35 And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.

36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.

19:36-37 – “Scripture” – John observes God’s overruling in the fulfillment of Scripture.  It was extraordinary that Jesus was the only one of the three whose legs weren’t broken and that He suffered an unusual spear thrust that didn’t break a bone.  God controls all actions.

37 And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced.

38 And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.

“Joseph” – a rich disciples (Matt 27:57), and a member of the San Hedrin who had not agreed to Jesus’ condemnation (Lk 23:51).

39 And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight.

“A hundred pound weight” – a very large amount, such as was used in royal burials.

40 Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.

41 Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulcher, wherein was never man yet laid.

42 There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews’ preparation day; for the sepulcher was nigh at hand.

The Seven wonders of the Ancient World

On the ancient island of Pharos, now a promontory within the city of Alexandria in Egypt

There are many listed Wonders of the World, most of them are forgotten, and some new discovered wonders of the world.

Most of this Wonders of the World, are strange and weird to other countries, that made them so curious to see and experience the beautiful natural nature or man-made scenery. Here are some lists of the Wonders of the world. Today we will start wwith the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Of the six vanished Wonders, the Lighthouse of Alexandria was the last to disappear, although the Lighthouse of Alexandria did not survive to the present day, it left its influence in various respects.

The earliest lists had the Ishtar Gates the seventh wonder of the world instead of the Lighthouse of Alexandria.  In the Middle Ages, the list known today was compiled in the by which time many of the sites were no longer in existence.

Today, the only ancient world wonder that still exists is the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.  Other Seven Ancient Wonders that do not exist are, Hanging Garden of Babylon, Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, Mausoleum at Halicarnassus and Colossus of Rhodes.

Mausoleum at Halicarnassus or Tomb of Mausolus

Mausoleum at Halicarnassus or Tomb of Mausolus (scale model in Turkey)

The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus or Tomb of Mausolus was a tomb built between 353 and 350 B.C. at Halicarnassus (present Bodrum, Turkey) for Mausolus, a satrap in the Persian Empire, and Artemisia II of Caria, who was both his wife and his sister.

The structure was designed by the Greek architects Satyros and Pythius of Priene.

The Mausoleum was approximately 148 feet in height, and the four sides were adorned with sculptural reliefs, each created by one of four Greek sculptors — Leochares, Bryaxis, Scopas of Paros and Timotheus.

The finished structure of the mausoleum was considered to be such an aesthetic triumph that Antipater of Sidon identified it as one of his Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

The word mausoleum has now come to be used generically for an above-ground tomb.

Mausoleum at Halicarnassus site in ruins, as it is today

Ishtar Gate

The Ishtar Gate  was the eighth gate to the inner city of Babylon. It was constructed in about 575 B.C. by order of King Nebuchadnezzar II on the north side of the city.

Dedicated to the Babylonian goddess Ishtar, the gate was constructed using glazed brick with alternating rows of bas-relief mušḫuššu (dragons) andaurochs.

The roof and doors of the gate were of cedar, according to the dedication plaque. Through the gate ran the Processional Way, which was lined with walls covered in lions on glazed bricks (about 120 of them).

Ishtar gate – Remains in 1930

Ishtar Gate depicts only gods and goddesses which include Ishtar Adad and Marduk. Statues of the deities were paraded through the gate and down the Processional Way each year during the New Year’s celebration.

Originally the gate, being part of the Walls of Babylon, was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the world until it was replaced by the Lighthouse of Alexandria; in the 3rd century B.C.

Temple of Artemis

Ishtar Gate Babylon, Iraq (replica ) in 2011

The Temple of Artemis, also known less precisely as the Temple of Diana, was a Greek temple dedicated to the goddess Artemis and was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

It was located in Ephesus (near the modern town of Selçuk in present-day Turkey), and was completely rebuilt three times before its eventual destruction in 401. Only foundations and sculptural fragments of the latest of the temples at the site remain.

The first sanctuary (temenos) antedated the Ionic immigration by many years, and dates to the Bronze Age. Callimachus, in his Hymn to Artemis, attributed it to the Amazons. In the 7th century B.C., the old temple was destroyed by a flood.

Temple of Artemis

Its reconstruction began around 550 BC, under the Cretan architect Chersiphron and his son Metagenes, at the expense of Croesus of Lydia: the project took 10 years to complete, only to be destroyed in an act of arson by Herostratus. It was later rebuilt.

…the Resurrection of Jesus.

Temple of Artemis site of today

John 18 – Jesus Betrayal and Arrest & Once Majestic Cities That Sank Beneath The Ocean

No telling what is at the bottom of the ocean, below are a few things found.

Tomorrow we’ll look at…

John 18
Jesus Betrayal and Arrest

1 When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which he entered, and his disciples.

The Capture of Christ by Fra Angelico, c. 1440, depicting Judas and Peter, cutting the ear of the Malchu
s, the servant of Caiaphas.

Remember, even though Jesus was God, He was also a man and He had our weaknesses, not our sins, but our weaknesses.

He asked the Father if He had to go through with the crucifixion? (Lk 22:42).
Who would want to go throu
gh what Jesus went through?

“The brook Cedron” – east of Jerusalem and dry except during the rainy season.

2 And Judas also, which betrayed him, knew the place: for Jesus ofttimes resorted thither with his disciples.

3 Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons.

“Officers from the chief priests and Pharisees” – equivalent to the temple guard sent by the Sanhedrin.

“Lanterns” – These were not Coleman, but terracotta holders which household lamps could be inserted.

“Torches” – resinous pieces of wood fastened together.

4 Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye?

“Knowing all things that should come upon him” – Jesus wasn’t taken by surprise.

5 They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them.

6 As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.

7 Then asked he them again, Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth.

8 Jesus answered, I have told you that I am he: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way:

The Brook of Cedron.
So called from Kedar, black, dark, gloomy.

This was the memorable brook over which the great Redeemer passed, to enter the garden of Gethsemane, the night before his sufferings and death. Here, indeed, Jesus often walked, for he loved the sacred haunts of that hallowed ground, where he knew his last agony, in the conflicts with Satan, was to take place. (John 18:1-2)

The brook itself lay in a valley to the east of the city, between Jerusalem and the mount of Olives; and it emptied itself in the dead Sea.

9 That the saying might be fulfilled, which he spake, Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none.

10 Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus.

11 Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?

“The cup” – often points to suffering (Ps 75:8; Eze 23:31-34) and the wrath of God (Is 51:17, 22; Jer 25:15; Rev 14:10, 16:19).

12 Then the band and the captain and officers of the Jews took Jesus, and bound him,

13 And led him away to Annas first; for he was father in law to Caiaphas, which was the high priest that same year.

“Annas” – had been deposed with the high priesthood by the Romans in 15 A.D. but was probably still regarded by many as the true high priest.  In Jewish law a man couldn’t be sentenced on the day his trial was held.

The two examinations – this one and that before Caiaphas – may have been conducted to give some form of legitimacy to what was done.

14 Now Caiaphas was he, which gave counsel to the Jews that it was expedient that one man should die for the people.

15 And Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple: that disciple was known unto the high priest, and went in with Jesus into the palace of the high priest.

Kidron Valley
The Kidron Valley (classical transliteration, Cedron, from Hebrew: נחל קדרון‎, Naḥal Qidron; also Qidron Valley; Arabic: وادي الجوز‎, Wadi al-Joz) is the valley on the eastern side of The Old City of Jerusalem, separating the Temple Mount from the Mount of Olives.

It continues east through the Judean Desert, towards the Dead Sea, descending 4000 feet along its 20 mile course. The settlement Kedar, located on a ridge above the valley, is named after it. The neighborhood of Wadi Al-Joz bears the valley’s Arabic name.

The Bible calls the Valley “Valley of Jehoshaphat – Emek Yehoshafat.” It appears in Jewish eschatologic prophecies, which include the return of Elijah, followed by the arrival of the Messiah, and the War of Gog and Magog and Judgment Day.

16 But Peter stood at the door without. Then went out that other disciple, which was known unto the high priest, and spake unto her that kept the door, and brought in Peter.

17 Then saith the damsel that kept the door unto Peter, Art not thou also one of this man’s disciples? He saith, I am not.

18 And the servants and officers stood there, who had made a fire of coals; for it was cold: and they warmed themselves: and Peter stood with them, and warmed himself.

19 The high priest then asked Jesus of his disciples, and of his doctrine.

20 Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing.

21 Why askest thou me? ask them which heard me, what I have said unto them: behold, they know what I said.

22 And when he had thus spoken, one of the officers which stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, Answerest thou the high priest so?

23 Jesus answered him, If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil: but if well, why smitest thou me?

24 Now Annas had sent him bound unto Caiaphas the high priest.

The Old City of Jerusalem, as seen from across the Kidron Valley.

25 And Simon Peter stood and warmed himself. They said therefore unto him, Art not thou also one of his disciples? He denied it, and said, I am not.

26 One of the servants of the high priest, being his kinsman whose ear Peter cut off, saith, Did not I see thee in the garden with him?

27 Peter then denied again: and immediately the cock crew.

28 Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas unto the hall of judgment: and it was early; and they themselves went not into the judgment hall, lest they should be defiled; but that they might eat the passover.

“The hall of judgment” – the palace of the Roman governor, Pilate.  John says little about the Jewish phase of Jesus’ trial but much about the Roman trial.  It’s possible that John was in the Praetorium, the governor’s official residence, for this trial.

Lanterns are first spoken of by Theopompus, a Greek poet, and Empedocles of Agrigentum. Lanterns were used by the ancients in augury.

The only known representation of an ancient Egyptian lantern probably is not much different from those spoken of by John the Evangelist in John 18:3 from the New Testament, where the party of men who went out of Jerusalem to apprehend Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane is described as being provided “with lanterns and torches.” Lanterns in ancient China were made of silk, paper, or animal skin with frames made of bamboo or wood.

One of the earliest descriptions of paper lanterns is found in records from Khotan, which describe a “mounting lantern” made of white paper.

29 Pilate then went out unto them, and said, What accusation bring ye against this man?

30 They answered and said unto him, If he were not a malefactor, we would not have delivered him up unto thee.

31 Then said Pilate unto them, Take ye him, and judge him according to your law. The Jews therefore said unto him, It is not lawful for us to put any man to death:

“Take ye him” – in other words, no Roman charge, not Roman trial.

“Not lawful for us to put any man to death” – the Jews were looking for an execution, not a fair trial.  The restriction was important for otherwise Rome’s supporters could be quietly removed by local legal executions. 

Sometimes the Roman’s seem to have condoned local execution (e.g., of Stephen, Acts 7), but normally they retained the right to inflict the death penalty.

32 That the saying of Jesus might be fulfilled, which he spake, signifying what death he should die.

Torch construction varies depending on its when it was constructed and for what purpose. Torches were usually constructed of a wooden stave with one end wrapped in a fabric which was soaked in a flammable substance.

Variations of this design have existed through history. In ancient Rome some torches were made of sulfur mixed with lime. This meant that the fire would not diminish after being plunged into water. Modern procession torches are made from coarse hessian rolled into a tube and soaked in wax.

There is usually a wooden handle and a cardboard collar to deflect any wax droplets. They are an easy, safe and relatively cheap way to hold a flame aloft in a parade, or to provide illumination in any after-dark celebration.

33 Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews?

34 Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me?

35 Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me: what hast thou done?

36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.

38 Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.

“What is truth?” – Pilate may have been jesting, and meant, “What does truth matter?”  Yet, he didn’t want to crucify Jesus so he probably meant something like, “It isn’t easy to find truth, what is it?”

“Find in him no fault at all” – teaching the truth was not a criminal offense.

39 But ye have a custom that I should release unto you one at the passover: will ye therefore that I release unto you the King of the Jews?

40 Then cried they all again, saying, Not this man, but Barabbas. Now Barabbas was a robber.

“Barabbas” – a rebel and a murderer (Lk 23:19). The name is Aramaic and means “son of Abba.”

Once Majestic Cities
That Sank Beneath The Ocean

No great metropolis stands forever. Eventually, every city falls. Some due to war, others to disaster. But the saddest and most poignant ruined cities might be the ones which have been swept under the ocean. Here are some of the most beautiful submerged cities. (Top image: Alexandria.)

Alexandria, Egypt, founded by Alexander the Great in 331 B.C.

Some of the most interesting sections of the magnificent city, including the palace quarter with Cleopatra’s Palace on the Island of Antirhodos and the old city of Rhakotis, were submerged by tidal waves and earthquakes more than 1200 years ago.

Heracleion (also known as Thonis), Egypt, founded in the 8th century B.C.

This ruin was discovered in 2000 by Team IEASM (Institut Européen D’Archéologie Sous-Marine). Before the foundation of Alexandria, it was the most important port of Egypt. And it was sunk in the 8th century.

Heracleion had the temple of Amun, which played an important role in rites associated with dynastic continuity

Canopus, in the eastern outskirts of modern-day Alexandria

First mentioned in the 6th century BC. Canopus was known for its sanctuaries of Osiris and Serapis. Discovered in 1933.

Mystical stone structures below the waters off Yonaguni Jima Island, Japan, discovered by a local diver in 1986

Is that a 5,000-year-old city sunk by an earthquake 2,000 years ago with an awesome monolithic, stepped pyramid — or just a natural sandstone structure?

 There are ruins of a castle, five temples, a triumphal arch and at least one large stadium, connected by roads and water channels, according to Masaaki Kimura, a marine geologist at the University of the Ryukyus.

Saeftinghe (or Saaftinge), southwest Netherlands, now a swamp known as the Drowned Land of Saeftinghe 

The land around the town was lost in the All Saint’s Flood of 1570, and the city was sunk in 1584, during the Eighty Years’ War, where Dutch soldiers were forced to destroy the last intact dike around the town.
 

Port Royal, Jamaica, founded in 1518 and destroyed by an earthquake, a tsunami and fires in 1692.

 It was a popular spot for the English and Dutch sponsored privateers to spend their treasure in the 16th century, but later it turned to the main base of pirates. The earthquake of 1692 liquefied the sand, and lots of buildings slid into the water or simply sank straight down.

The city of Baiae (also known as Campania) and the Portus Julius, home port of the western Imperial Fleet, Bay of Naples, Italy, a popular resort for the ultra-wealthy in the last decades of the Roman Republic. It had a casino and a giant swimming pool, too.

Baiae was sacked by Muslim raiders in the 8th century, and was entirely deserted because of an epidemic of malaria around 1500. The most of the buildings are now under water, due to local volcanic activity.

Pavlopetri, Greece

The 5,000 years old city was discovered in 1967 by Nicholas Flemming, but the archeologist kept finding new buildings every year.

The Neolithic village of Atlit-Yam, off the coast of Atlit, Israel

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This site, lies 25-40 feet beneath sea level dates at least between 6900 and 6300 BC. There are some rectangular houses, wells and a stone semicircle with seven megaliths, 1320 lb. each. Ten flexed burials have been discovered, including a woman and child who were the earliest known cases of MTB (tuberculosis).

Lion City (Shi Cheng) of Qingdao Lake, China

The city was flooded in 1959 to create an artificial lake for the Xin’an River Dam Project. 290,000 people were relocated.

Shi Cheng was built during the Eastern Han Dynasty (between 25 and 200). In the 7th and 8th century this place was a cultural, economical and political center, but now it lies 90 feet (27 m) below the surface.

Samabaj, the Lost Maya City in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, found by Roberto Samayoa Asmus in 1996.

The most important spiritual and healing center in Guatemala for over 2,000 years, Lake Atitlán has been inhabited since at least 300 BC. Ceremonies were performed from 200 BC-200 AD at a now-submerged temple on one of three islands off San Lucas.

Samabaj vanished beneath the water about 1,700 years ago, when the lake suddenly rose 20 meters. Archaeologists think Volcan Atitlán may have erupted and blocked the outlets at the bottom of the lake with mud.

But Lake Atitlán continued as a ceremonial center and remains a sacred site where Mayan astrology and spirituality are still practiced by many Maya as well as by people who visit from around the world or who now call the lake their home. – according to Mayan Calendar Users Guide.

Bezidu Nou (Hungarian: Bözödújfalu, German: Neudorf).

1995

The whole village, including two old churches, was flooded in 1988, and since then only one church tower has been visible for more than two decades. This place was only one of the many destroyed towns and villages in the Ceaușescu-era.

2008

Countess Claudine Rhédey von Kis-Rhéde, an ancestor of the British Queen Elizabeth II was born here in 1812, but her final resting place was in the Reformed church of the town, which was renovated in 1936 thanks to a donation from Queen Mary of England, great-granddaughter of count Rhédey.

2009

2012

…the seven wonders of the Ancient World.

John 17 – The Prayer to be Glorified & The Last 10 Stories of the 20 Most Famous Love Stories in History and Literature

They say love is a powerful thing.  All of the below stories and the ten I had posted before are without a doubt controlled by love, but none of them can hold a candle stick to the greatest love story of all time.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (Jn 3:16).

And true love never dies, but there are many people that fall out of love, so we have to wonder if human’s can actually have true love.  I know we can’t love like You do.

We can fall out of love and we also lose things, which You never do, so tomorrow we’re going to look at…

John 17
The Prayer to be Glorified

1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:

17:1-26 – Jesus longest prayer.

2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.

3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.

“Christ’s mission was not self-centered.  All He did was for the Father, and also for us.

5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

6 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.

7 Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.

“All things…are of thee” – only as people see the work of Jesus can they understand God.

8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.

Three things about the disciples are mentioned:

1. They accepted the teaching (unlike the Pharisees and others who heard it but didn’t receive it). 

2. They knew with certainly Jesus’ divine origin.  Acceptance of the revelation led them further into truth.

3. They believed.

9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.

10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.

11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me that they may be one, as we are.

“That they may be one” – the latter part of the prayer strongly emphasizes unity.  Here the unity is already given, not something to be achieved.  The meaning is “that they continually be one” rather than “that they become one.” 

The unity is to be like that between the Father and the Son.  It is much more than unity of organization, but the church’s present divisions are the result of the failures of Christians.

We can have that same unity today.

12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.

13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.

14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.

16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.

19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;

“Them also which shall believe on me” – Jesus had just spoken of the mission and the sanctification of His followers.  He was confident that they would spread the gospel and He prayed for those who would believe as a result.  

All future believers are included in this prayer, even the wicked people like Bush and Obama.

21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:

23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.

26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

The Last 10 Stories of the 20
Most Famous Love Stories
in History and Literature

11. Jane Eyre and Rochester

In Charlotte Bronte’s famous tale, friendless characters find a cure for loneliness in each other’s company. Jane is an abused orphan employed as a governess to the charge of an abrasive, but very rich Edward Rochester.

The improbable pair grow close as Rochester reveals a tender heart beneath his gruff exterior. He does not, however, reveal his penchant for polygamy – on their wedding day, a horrified Jane discovers he is already married.

Heartbroken, Jane runs away, but later returns after a dreadful fire has destroyed Rochester’s mansion, killed his wife, and left him blind. Love triumphs, and the two reunite and live out their days in shared bliss.

12. Layla and Majnun

A leading medieval poet of Iran, Nizami of Ganje is known especially for his romantic poem Layla and Majnun Inspired by an Arab legend, Layla and Majnun is a tragic tale about unattainable love.

It had been told and retold for centuries, and depicted in manuscripts and other media such as ceramics for nearly as long as the poem has been penned. Layla and Qays fall in love while at school.

Their love is observed and they are soon prevented from seeing one another. In misery, Qays banishes himself to the desert to live among and be consoled by animals. He neglects to eat and becomes emaciated. Due to his eccentric behavior, he becomes known as Majnun (madman).

There he befriends an elderly Bedouin who promises to win him Layla’s hand through warfare. Layla’s tribe is defeated, but her father continues to refuse her marriage to Majnun because of his mad behavior, and she is married to another.

After the death of Layla’s husband, the old Bedouin facilitates a meeting between Layla and Majnun, but they are never fully reconciled in life. Upon death, they are buried side by side. The story is often interpreted as an allegory of the soul’s yearning to be united with the divine.

13. Eloise and Abelard

This is a story of a monk and a nun whose love letters became world famous. Around 1100, Peter Abelard went to Paris to study at the school of Notre Dame. He gained a reputation as an outstanding philosopher.

Fulbert, the canon of Notre Dame, hired Abelard to tutor his niece, Heloise. Abelard and the scholarly Heloise fell deeply in love, conceived a child, and were secretly married.

But Fulbert was furious, so Abelard sent Heloise to safety in a convent.

Thinking that he intended to abandon Heloise, Fulbert had his servants castrate Abelard while he slept. Abelard became a monk and devoted his life to learning. The heartbroken Heloise became a nun.

Despite their separations and tribulations, Abelard and Heloise remained in love. Their poignant love letters were later published.

14. Pyramus and Thisbe

A very touching love story that is sure to move anyone who reads it is that of Pyramus and Thisbe. Theirs was a selfless love and they made sure that even in death, they were together.

Pyramus was the most handsome man and was childhood friend of Thisbe, the fairest maiden in Babylonia. They both lived in neighboring homes and fell in love with each other as they grew up together.

However, their parents were dead against them marrying each other. So one night just before the crack of dawn, while everyone was asleep, they decided to slip out of their homes and meet in the nearby fields near a mulberry tree.

This be reached there first. As she waited under the tree, she saw a lion coming near the spring close by to quench its thirst. Its jaws were bloody. When Thisbe saw this horrifying sight, she panicked and ran to hide in some hollow rocks nearby

As she was running, she dropped her veil. The lion came near and picked up the veil in his bloody jaws. At that moment, Pyramus reaches near the mulberry tree and sees Thisbe’s veil in the jaws of the lion.

He is completely devastated. Shattered, he pierces his chest with his own sword. Unknown to what just happened, Thisbe is still hiding in the rocks due to the fear of the lion. When she comes out after sometime, she sees what her lover did to himself.

She is totally shattered when she sees the sword piercing right through her lover’s chest. She also takes the sword and kills herself.

15. Elizabeth Bennett and Darcy

Actually Jane Austen has personified two attributes of human nature, pride and prejudice in Darcy and Elizabeth. Darcy comes from a very high social hierarchy and Pemberley.

He typifies the educated aristocracy while on the other hand, Elizabeth is the second daughter of a gentleman of modest means.

Mr. Bennett has five daughters who have been allowed to grow up the way they wanted, there has been no school education for them, nor has there been any governess at home.

Elizabeth’s very indulgent mother and irresponsible father never gave any thought to the future of the daughters, it is always taken for granted, that they will do well for themselves.

To a woman of Mrs. Bennett’s understanding, doing well exclusively means finding a rich, well to do husband. For a man of Darcy’s social stature, these were very serious failings of the family and totally unacceptable to his polished, educated and refined mind.

Darcy adores Pemberley, and the future mistress of that estate can only be just as polished and refined and from an equally prestigious family. He falls in love with Elizabeth only to be refused by her initially, and then much later she realized that she can love no one but Darcy.

How they become united and understand the love for each other makes very interesting study.

16. Salim and Anarkali

The love story of Salim and Anarkali is a story that every lover knows. The son of the great Mughal emperor Akbar, Salim, fell in love with an ordinary but beautiful courtesan Anarkali. He was mesmerized by her beauty and fell in love as soon as he saw her.

But the emperor could not digest the fact that his son was in love with an ordinary courtesan. He started pressurizing Anarkali and devised all sorts of tactics to make her fall in the eyes of the young, love smitten prince.

When Salim came to know of this, he declared a war against his own father. But the mighty emperor’s gigantic army is too much for the young prince to handle.

He gets defeated and is sentenced to death.

This is when Anarkali intervenes and renounces her love to save her beloved from the jaws of death. She is entombed alive in a brick wall right in front of her lover’s eyes.

17. Pocahontas and John Smith

This love story is a famous legend in the history of America. Pocahontas, an Indian Princess was the daughter of Powhatan. Powhatan was the powerful chief of the Algonquian Indians in the Tidewater region of Virginia.

Pocahontas for the first time in her life saw Englishmen in May 1607. She found John Smith most attractive and developed a liking for him. Smith was taken to the official residence of Powhattan and he was tortured.

It was Pocahontas who saved his life from the attack of the Indians. Pocahontas then helped Smith to stand on his feet and Powhattan adopted Smith as his son. This incident helped Pocahontas and Smith to become friends with each other.

Pocahontas after this incident made frequent visits to the Jamestown and passed on to the Indians messages of her father. John Smith after getting badly injured due to gunpowder explosion, returned to England.

When Pocahontas made a visit to the fort, she was informed that Smith was dead. Sometime after, Pocahontas was taken prisoner by Sir Samuel Argall. Argall hoped to use Pocahontas as a bargaining chip with her father Powhatan in effort to get English prisoners returned.

During her captivity, she decided to become a Christian, taking the name “Rebecca” when she was baptized. A year later, she married John Rolfe.

She made a visit to London, where he met his friend John Smith after eight long years and it was their last meeting.

18. Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal

In 1612, a teenage girl, Arjumand Banu, married 15-year-old Shah Jahan, ruler of the Mughal Empire. Renamed Mumtaz Mahal, she bore Shah Jahan 14 children and became his favorite wife. After Mumtaz died in 1629, the grieving emperor resolved to create a fitting monument.

It took 20,000 workers and 1,000 elephants nearly 20 years to complete this monument – the Taj Mahal. Shah Jahan was never able to complete a black marble mausoleum he planned for himself.

Deposed by his son, Shah Jahan was imprisoned in the Red Fort of Agra, and spent lonely hours staring across the Jamuna River at the monument to his beloved queen. He was eventually buried beside her in the Taj Mahal.

19. Marie and Pierre Curie

This is a story about partners in love and science. Unable to continue her studies in Poland because universities did not admit women, Maria Sklodowska Curie traveled to Paris in 1891 to attend the Sorbonne.

Known by the French “Marie,” she spent every spare hour reading in the library or in the laboratory. The industrious student caught the eye of Pierre Curie, director one of the laboratories where Marie worked.

Curie ardently wooed Marie and made several marriage proposals. They were finally married in 1895 and began their famous partnership. In 1898 they discovered polonium and radium.

The Curies and scientist Henri Becquerel won a Nobel Prize for Physics in 1903 for discovering radioactivity. When Curie died in 1904, Marie pledged to carry on their work. She took his place at the Sorbonne, becoming the school’s first female teacher.

In 1911 she became the first person to win a second Nobel Prize, this time for chemistry. She continued to experiment and lecture until her death of leukemia in 1934, driven by the memory of the man she loved.

20. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

This love story is about English royalty who mourned her husband’s death for 40 years. Victoria was a lively, cheerful girl, fond of drawing and painting. She ascended the throne of England in 1837 after the death of her uncle, King William IV.

In 1840, she married her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. While at first Prince Albert was unpopular in some circles because he was German, he came to be admired for his honesty, diligence, and his devotion to his family.

The couple had nine children. Victoria loved her husband deeply. She relied on his advice in matters of state, especially in diplomacy. When Albert died in 1861, Victoria was devastated. She did not appear in public for three years.

Her extended seclusion generated considerable public criticism. Several attempts were made on Victoria’s life. However, under the influence of Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, Victoria resumed public life, opening Parliament in 1866.

But Victoria never stopped mourning her beloved prince, wearing black until her death in 1901. During her reign, the longest in English history, Britain became a world power on which “the sun never set.”

 

…once majestic cities that sank beneath the ocean.