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  1. Isaiah 53: ‘Forbidden’ Chapter in the Tanakh :: By Geri Ungurean Published on: January 7, 2018January 8, 2018 by RRadmin7 Category:General Articles, Geri Ungurean After I was saved in 1983, I called a Messianic Congregation in my area and spoke to a lovely lady – a fellow Jewish Christian. She was so excited over my coming to know Yeshua as my Savior! We must have talked for well over an hour, but the thing I remember so vividly was when she brought up Isaiah 53. She asked if I had ever read that portion of Scripture. I had not – but promised that I would after we hung up. To say that I was shocked would be a gross understatement. I remember reading the words over and over. I wondered why I had never heard this in my synagogue. It was a clear picture of our Redeemer – Yeshua – and why He went to that Cross to suffer and die. I’m sure that most of the readers of this article have read Isaiah 53 numerous times. But for those who have not – I am placing it here: *All bolded words are for emphasis for the reader. “Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, There is no beauty that we should desire Him. “He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. “Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. “All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. “He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth. “He was taken from prison and from judgment, And who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken. “And they made His grave with the wicked— But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was any deceit in His mouth. “Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand. “He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities. “Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors” (Isaiah 53: 1-12). Perhaps you have Jewish friends for whom you are praying. Showing them this passage of Scripture is very powerful! But please pray for the Lord to show you the right time to do this. From oneforisrael.org https://www.oneforisrael.org/bible-based-teaching-from-israel/inescapable-truth-isaiah-53/ Isaiah 53 Forbidden Chapter Video < click here to view video Isaiah 53 – The Forbidden Chapter The 17th century Jewish historian, Raphael Levi, admitted that long ago the rabbis used to read Isaiah 53 in synagogues, but after the chapter caused “arguments and great confusion” the rabbis decided that the simplest thing would be to just take that prophecy out of the Haftarah readings in synagogues. That’s why today, when we read Isaiah 52, we stop in the middle of the chapter; and the week after we jump straight to Isaiah 54. What happened to Isaiah 53, you might be wondering? That is exactly what this article is about. In the Bible, in the book of Isaiah chapter 53, the prophet prophesies about the Messiah that he would be rejected by his people, suffer and die in agony, and that God would see his suffering and death as an atonement for the sins of humanity. Isaiah lived and prophesied about 700 BCE. According to his prophecy in chapter 53, the leaders of Israel would recognize they had made a mistake at the end of days when they rejected the Messiah, so Isaiah put the prophecy in past tense; and because he saw himself as part of the people of Israel, he used third person plural (we). At the end of chapter 52, Isaiah writes an introduction to chapter 53: “Behold, my servant shall prosper…” The term “servant” is supposed to connect back to sections earlier in the book that speak of “the Servant of the Lord” (for example, in chapters 42, 49 and 50, where the Messiah is described as a servant that suffers). “He will be high and lifted up and greatly exalted.” This is to emphasize the eminence of the Messiah who would in fact rise from the dead, ascend to the heavens and sit next to the Father. His actions would give him a higher status than every human king or ruler. “Just as many were appalled at You—His appearance was disfigured more than any man, His form more than the sons of men.” Before the Messiah is exalted he would suffer and be humiliated. His body would be abused and tortured so badly that he would be completely disfigured and unrecognizable. “So He will sprinkle many nations. Kings will shut their mouths because of Him, for what had not been told them they will see, and what they had not heard they will perceive.” Despite the horrific suffering, the day would come when even kings would come to look to him with reverence. And now, let’s dive into chapter 53 itself… “Who has believed our report?” This is describing the lack of faith among the people of Israel who don’t believe what they’ve heard. “To whom is the arm of Adonai revealed?” Isaiah calls the Messiah the “Arm of the Lord.” Earlier, in chapter 40, Isaiah declares that the “Arm of the Lord” would rule for him. In chapter 51 the Gentiles put their hope in the “Arm of the Lord,” and the “Arm of the Lord” would redeem. In chapter 52 the “Arm of the Lord” brings salvation. Now, in 53, Isaiah reveals to us that the “Arm of the Lord” is in fact the Messiah. The Messiah is very much part of God himself. “For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, like a root out of dry ground. He had no form or majesty that we should look at Him, nor beauty that we should desire Him.” He was a shoot in spiritually dry ground – there had been no word from God for 400 years. “He had no beauty that we should desire Him.” He was not appealing to us. We didn’t want him. His appearance wasn’t particularly glorious or impressive, and the way he showed up didn’t cause people to desire him. In contrast to what rabbinic Halacha teaches today, according to this prophecy, the Messiah would not be born to a prestigious rabbinic family or grow up in the grand residences of wealthy rabbis. We can say with near certainty that the external appearance of the Messiah was nothing extraordinary at all. “He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief, One from whom people hide their faces. He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.” The life of the Messiah was characterized by pain, rejection and suffering. He didn’t get the honor due to the Messiah, but was despised and rejected by the leaders of his people. We considered him some kind of social misfit – someone we might hide our faces from when we pass someone on the street that we are embarrassed to see. We didn’t think he was the Messiah. We didn’t even register that it could be him. “Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our pains. Yet we esteemed Him stricken, struck by God, and afflicted.” The Messiah suffered in our place – he carried our sicknesses, our suffering, our pain… and the sins we committed, while our people – while we – thought he was being punished, and that his suffering was God’s punishment for sins that he himself had committed. We didn’t understand that it was for OUR sin. “But He was pierced because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities. The chastisement for our shalom was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” The Hebrew says wounded, pierced. He died. Like someone who has fallen wounded, or someone perforated with bullets – not for any fault of his own, but it was our wrongdoing. He was crushed because of our iniquities, our sins – the punishment and discipline we deserved went to him. The “stripes” are hard blows that leave marks, and by his scars we are healed. In exactly this way, hundreds of years later, the prophecy was fulfilled. Yeshua went to the cross in order to take the death we deserved. “We all like sheep have gone astray. Each of us turned to his own way. So Adonai has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” The Hebrew talks of going astray like sheep wander off and get lost. We all, people of Israel, ignored him and went on our way; but despite this, God put all our sin and iniquity on him – on the Messiah. “He was oppressed and He was afflicted yet He did not open His mouth. Like a lamb led to the slaughter, like a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He did not open His mouth.” The Hebrew says he was exploited, abused… his dignity and right to a fair trial were taken from him. The Hebrew says he was afflicted – tortured – but he didn’t open his mouth. This shows that he did not resist his unjust sentence. He didn’t try to rebel or escape, and he didn’t take legal representation in spite of the fact he was facing a death sentence; but he was led like a sheep to the slaughter, or to be sheared without resisting the injustices being done to him. “Because of oppression and judgment He was taken away. As for His generation, who considered? For He was cut off from the land of the living, for the transgression of my people— the stroke was theirs.” They arrested him and took him to trial. As a result of the trial he was “cut off from the land of the living”. A death sentence. Not for his own crimes, but those of his people. In the Scriptures, “My people” always means the people of Israel. The Messiah would die, not for his own sin, but for the sin of his people – the people who should be taking the punishment for their own sins – but the Messiah took it upon himself. He is the one who died. His generation wouldn’t care to bring him up in conversation, but would rather sweep his existence under the carpet. So for the last 2,000 years, Yeshua the Messiah has been the best kept secret in Judaism; and this is precisely why he was labeled “Yeshu” in Judaism, which stands for “May his name and memory be blotted out.” “His grave was given with the wicked, and by a rich man in His death, though He had done no violence, nor was there any deceit in His mouth.” Even though he was taken out to be executed like a criminal, even though he did nothing wrong, and never lied, in his death he was to be buried in the fancy tomb of a rich man. Yeshua really was killed on the cross and was buried in the grave of a rich man, a member of the Sanhedrin, Joseph of Arimathea. It’s a clear symbol of the ironic situation in which the Messiah receives honor for the noblest deed of them all – taking the death sentence we deserve on himself. “Yet it pleased Adonai to bruise Him. He caused Him to suffer. If He makes His soul a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, and the will of Adonai will succeed by His hand.” So who is responsible for the death of the Messiah? Is it “the Jews” as so many Catholics have accused us of in the past? Maybe the Romans? They were the ones who actually crucified him? No. “God was pleased to bruise him.” God is the only one able to forgive and bring salvation to the world, and he turned himself into a sacrifice. What kind of sacrifice? A guilt offering. The death of the Messiah was no accident – God used his own stiff-necked people as priests in order to bring about the forgiveness of sins, not only for his people Israel, but for the whole of humanity. In contrast to the Yom Kippur sacrifice, which was only valid until the following year and just ‘covered over’ sin, the atonement of the Messiah took away our sin once and for all! None of us as human beings are perfect – we are not able to be that perfect sacrifice. Only God himself could do that. After that comes a very interesting statement: “He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days.” In spite of the fact that he would be killed, he would also prolong his days. He would rise again from the dead and would see the “fruit of his seed” planted in his resurrection. By the way, we also have a video on the resurrection of Yeshua. “As a result of the anguish of His soul He will see it and be satisfied by His knowledge. The Righteous One, My Servant will make many righteous and He will bear their iniquities.” The Messiah would see and be satisfied by his labor, because many would be made righteous by the suffering he endured as a righteous man when he took on himself the sins and iniquities of many. All who recognize him as the Messiah will be his “seed” in a spiritual sense. “Therefore I will give Him a portion with the great, and He will divide the spoil with the mighty— because He poured out His soul to death, and was counted with transgressors. For He bore the sin of many, and interceded for the transgressors.” The Messiah was the one interceding for us, an advocate for us as sinners before a holy God. The Messiah took on his shoulders the sin of all who believe in him. It’s an encouraging prophecy of hope and a future. God is not just interested in forgiveness expressed in words, but also demonstrated in actions. That’s why he took on the appearance of a servant and took the punishment that we deserve on himself. Read rest of article here: https://www.oneforisrael.org/bible-based-teaching-from-israel/inescapable-truth-isaiah-53/ Isaiah 53 may be the most compelling and powerful source from the Word of God to the unbelieving Jew. No wonder I never heard this chapter of Isaiah in my synagogue! Our rabbi did not stress reading the Tanakh (the Old Testament). The leaders in the synagogue would show us the most important passages to read (according to them). This reminds me of the Catholic Church! I have to wonder how many of my people came to a saving knowledge of Yeshua because of Isaiah 53. I have read that some rabbis tore out this part of Scripture to avoid any confrontation or demands for explanation from members of their congregation. I believe that a Jew who was truly searching for Truth about the Messiah, quickly realized that a chapter of Isaiah was missing. This would only encourage the inquisitive Jew to search out Isaiah 53! I am certain that a serious student of the Tanakh would have been shocked; and it most likely would have caused them to further search the Scriptures, and perhaps even read the New Testament out of curiosity! God makes no mistakes. Isaiah 53 is part of the Old Testament – just as our Lord ordained it to be. This passage of Scripture is like a diamond sitting in plain sight, but overlooked by most of the Jewish people for centuries. Romans 11 As we read this chapter of Romans, it is clear that the partial hardening of the Jewish people towards Yeshua was instrumental in opening up heaven to believing Gentiles. It also says that my people will become jealous of the Gentiles and their relationship with God. I believe that we are seeing this clearly today. This Scripture always made me understand that Jesus did not just come for His people Israel – but ultimately for the whole world: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12:1-3) (emphasis added). The Lord is Good and True and Righteous; and His Word never changes! Shalom b’Yeshua MARANATHA! https://grandmageri422.me/author/gerilovesyeshua/
  2. Oprah wins Hollywood, thrills media crackpots If Trump is unfit as they say, he must be crazy to lower taxes, get the economy booming, and place Jerusalem in the right hands…Right? Contact Editor Jack Engelhard, 09/01/18 08:33 Share For more than a year now, the media’s been trying to unseat President Trump by craftily insinuating that he colluded with Russia to win the White House. They’ve been at it without success, like Einstein’s definition of insanity – doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. In Trump’s case, the result remains the same, nada, no collusion, which raises the question – who you calling crazy? That point addresses all the hoopla sparked by former Trump aide Steve Bannon who colluded with author Michael Wolff to accuse Trump of being mentally unfit for office in the book “Fire and Fury.” But before tracking Trump’s mental condition, the media may want to undergo its own psychiatric evaluation. It appears that from the day Trump stepped off the elevator to announce his candidacy, we have all watched editors and reporters lose their minds. I covered that in a column the other day – “Who’s Afraid of Michael Wolff? Not Trump” – but I never expected the media to still be going bananas over that book -- and still relishing, as they do, every time they can smirk and cackle at their attempt to turn our president into a laughingstock. Instead of responsible reporting, they offer ridicule. Over the week, nine out of 10 questions at the White House Briefing were about Trump’s fitness. That’s their OCD, not his – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. This is some crack-up on the part of the media. They’ve no tolerance for a president who is not Obama and now, after the Golden Globes -- Oprah. Oprah’s “presidential” speech in Hollywood Sunday night set Liberals to dreaming of an Obama third term -- but as a woman. They lapped it up from Oprah; every single cliché and platitude. Trump should be so lucky with the elites. Most likely Trump irritates the Left because all his moves domestically and internationally are motivated by love of country. Which was never Obama’s forte’. If Trump is unfit as they say, he must be crazy to lower taxes, get the economy booming, and place Jerusalem in the right hands…Right? As for me, I’ll take insanity like that any day. I like a patriotic leader, especially one so successful. I’m irrational that way. Was Chris Matthews rational when he announced that he gets a “thrill up his leg” each time Obama speaks? That was some time ago, but he’s still on MSNBC. He wasn’t carried off to the loony bin. This would have happened if Hannity said that about Trump. By my reckoning, The New York Times was first to crack up…and over there they still won’t let a day go by without some mention of Trump and Russia in the same headline, even if there’s no there there…no connection, no collusion, the editors just doing it from force of habit…again and again and again. Same result. Who are THEY calling crazy? What about “Morning Joe” and his girlfriend – the two MSNBC lovebirds who go bonkers over everything Trump says or does? At CNN – those people really do need to get their heads examined. Over there it’s a carnival of Trump bashing. Get Trump on ANYTHING. The Russia thing is a failure…next; let’s try the insanity offense.But that is just the latest trick from the media. Get Trump on ANYTHING. The Russia thing is a failure…next; let’s try the insanity offense. Overall there’s been nothing to show, from any of them, except for an incurable case of Trump Derangement Syndrome. The media find no fault in Trump except for whatever voices they hear in their heads, which is no comfort to America. We need a media that is fair and BALANCED, which brings us to Fox News, ordinarily a sound group of people, though Shepard Smith – I don’t know about him. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/21531
  3. Soldier used a spade to decapitate ISIS jihadist during Afghanistan gun battle Jan 7, 2018 12:36 pm A British soldier is credited with using a spade to decapitate an Islamic State terrorist during an ambush in eastern Afghanistan, according to published reports. What happened? During a fierce, six-hour gun battle, the veteran sergeant reportedly cut off the gunman’s head just as a Special Air Service unit ran low on ammunition, according to the Daily Mail. After killing him, the soldier used the jihadi’s own weapon to kill more ISIS members, according to the report. U.S. troops soon moved in to help rescue the SAS soldiers. The SAS unit was forced to take cover in a farm while under fire from Islamic State gunmen, reports said. They started to run low on bullets and radioed their base for support, but could not tell if their message was received. The soldiers then reportedly agreed to fight to the death rather than face capture. They knew that being captured would mean torture and a filmed execution. The jihadis starting closing in as the SAS soldiers began running out of ammo, reports said. The SAS soldiers decided to defend themselves by using rifles as clubs and grenades, if necessary. And that’s when one of them killed a jihadi with a spade. How did U.S. military assist? Nearly one-half of the SAS unit had run out of ammunition as two U.S. Apache helicopter gunships appeared and forced the insurgents to withdraw, the Daily Star reported. A U.S. Chinook soon followed and rescued them. The battle between the SAS and former Taliban members happened six weeks ago, according to reports. Both the Islamic State and the Taliban are gaining ground in Afghanistan. But they see themselves as enemies because of their different ideological views and goals, the Daily Mail reported. British military expects to double its SAS soldiers in Afghanistan to about 100, reports said. http://www.theblaze.com/news/2018/01/07/solider-used-a-spade-to-decapitate-isis-jihadist-during-afghanistan-gun-battle
  4. Interesting point, had never thought about it that way. I'm sceptical about the whole UFO thing to be honest, and or demons flying these things around.
  5. If these purported aliens are demons that are flying around, then in all seriousness where do they build these "Physical" workable spaceships/flying saucers?
  6. Can you lose your Salvation?

    This is what I believe. I believe God had no intention of making the issue of salvation confusing, after all, its the most important point is it not? The Bible is quite clear on what a person needs to believe in their heart and confess with their mouth in order to become saved. I see no where in the Bible that teaches once a person is truly saved, how they then become unsaved. If you are truly saved by Christ then I believe you are saved forever. Christ died for our sins, once a person gets on his knees, accepts and acknowledges that fact, and believes it in his heart then he is saved. Christ is God, if He can save you, can He also not keep you?
  7. The Cradle, the Cross and the CrownBy Pete GarciaDuring the Christmas Season, it is fitting for Christian households and churches to focus on the first coming of Jesus Christ. In times past, and perhaps not so much anymore, one could see the manger scenes in town squares and in front of churches of all denominations. Christmas cards bearing the Star or the three Wisemen are passed amongst believers during this season. Preachers preach predominantly from Matthew 1-2, churches hold cantatas and the sounds of “peace on earth, good will toward men” fill the ears of believers round the world. Bethlehem, Israel becomes the focus of world stage once again, as Christian’s flock to the Church of the Nativity,which is currently held hostage by the Palestinian movement.The CradlePerhaps people like to focus on Christ as an innocent baby, or focus on the role of parenthood as Mary and Joseph cared for this child who came about supernaturally. The virgin birth of Christ and the role of Mary, figures large in Catholic circles and also in liberal and secular circles where the possibility of a virgin birth is denied. Thus Christmas, as to its true meaning (unto you is born a Savior), is controversial.“But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.” – Galatians 4:4-5When the fullness of time had come…is a phrase so packed with meaning that it would not be possible to break it all down in the limited space (or ability) I have at my disposal. But it speaks to the eternal purpose of God’s plan for the redemption of mankind, and of all created order. It speaks to the specific moments on man’s timeline, when God would intervene, in a supernatural and visible way, to put feet to His plan.Dr. Andy Wood’s makes much use of this phrase in his teachings, and really brought to my mind, the preciseness and purpose for why God chose that particular time frame for Christ’s first coming. Consider these points:– Since Alexander the Great, Koine Greek became the predominant common language in the Mediterranean. Koine Greek, is a very precise language which is perfect for capturing the original intent and meaning of the Scriptures…no matter which language they get translated into in the future.– The Roman republic form of government ends under Julius Caesar and he creates a total dynastic dictatorship under what would become the rule of the Caesars. Christ was born and dies under the reign of a Caesar, and will return one day when another Caesar (Antichrist) who has set his empire up over the whole world.– The Roman’s perfected the creation of the road networks, which spanned across the boundaries of the Mediterranean, Asia Minor, Europe, and even up into Britain.– Israel remained under the subjugation of Gentile powers (as described in Daniel 2:31-45, 7, 8, & 11) which had played out from the time of their exile to Babylon (605-539BC)So looking at it from a holistic point of view, there was a common language (Koine Greek), advanced network for travel (all roads lead to Rome), dominant pagan world power (fertile fields no doubt), and Israel in the final years before her diaspora. Unknown exactly which year Christ was born in, or rather, is much in dispute to the exact year, we know when He was born the nation of Israel wasn’t expecting it. We know from the world’s perspective, the birth of the Christ in some backwater province of the Roman Empire, didn’t even register a blip on their geo-geo-political radar. We know Christ lived up unto the age of 30 virtually as an unknown, before exploding onto the scene to present the world with 3 ½ years of God in the flesh, ministry. At the end of that, He managed to make the Pharisees, Sadducees, and Zealots mad enough to trump up false charges and have Him brought before the Sanhedrin to be tried as a political prisoner.The Cross In Genesis 49, Jacob was blessing his sons, who would become the heads of the 12 tribes of Israel. When Jacob came to bless Judah, he gave him an interesting prophecy;The scepter shall not depart from Judah,Nor a lawgiver from between his feet,Until Shiloh comes;And to Him shall be the obedience of the people.Also, in Numbers 24:17, the prophet Balaam prophesied that this same scepter would be accompanied by a Star, by which the wise men (Matt. 2:2) would know where this One born King of the Jews would be.“I see Him, but not now;I behold Him, but not near;A Star shall come out of Jacob;A Scepter shall rise out of Israel,And batter the brow of Moab,And destroy all the sons of tumultNow, modern Jewish scholars today will refute that Christ is the Messiah, because their argument is that the ‘scepter’ departed from Judah back in 605BC when the Babylonians under Nebuchadnezzar laid siege to Jerusalem. Furthermore, that from then, until 1948, the Jewish nation had been under some form of Gentile domination. All that is true. But what is also true is that the Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, and Romans allowed the Jews to have semi-autonomous rule (Zerubbabel, Ezra, Maccabeus) over themselves, up until King Herod Archelaus was removed from power by Julius Caesar in 6AD (Josephus, Antiquities 17:13). That’s when the Jews lost any remaining semblance of autonomy and were subject to a series of Roman procurators with Pontius Pilate being one.Since Jews were either not anticipating the coming of their Messiah, or had largely ignored the literal fulfillment of the prophecies pertaining to Christ’s first coming, they thought they had lost their right to wield capital punishment on Him, which is why they had to turn it over to Pilate for the official sentence. Now, that didn’t stop them previously from trying to stone Him to death on a couple prior occasions when they were riled up, but He always managed to allude them. (John 8:58-59, 10:30-33) They (the Sanhedrin) didn’t want to crucify Him on Passover because of the negative publicity, but again, the timing was such that God orchestrated everything to coincide with exactly the Passover Feast. (Mark 14:1-2; 1 Cor. 2:6-8)The victory at the Cross represented something much more significant than a literal kingdom on earth (which is still yet to come), but that Christ conquered death and hell. (Rev. 1:18) Because Christ had to be a man to die for the rest of mankind as our Kinsman Redeemer, Christ willingly endured the joy set before Him, in order to pay the price for OUR salvation. (Lev. 25; Heb. 12:2; Rev. 5:6-10) It would be equivalent to God rigging a game that placed all the burden and rules against Himself, so that by His losing, we win. Christ trading His own perfect holiness, for our sinful and corrupted lives, is oft referred to as the most lopsided trade in all of recorded history…yet, that is exactly what transpired. We don’t think about it this way, but God the Son, traded His former estate, to take on forever, that of God in a glorified human body.The Crown I’ve often heard Amillennialists and Preterists state emphatically, that Christ will not return to rule and reign on earth, because they say that we are now in the Kingdom. I couldn’t disagree more. The Scriptures tell us, that this world, is under the sway and control of Satan himself. (Luke 4:5-6; 1 Peter 5:8; 1 John 5:19; Rev. 2:13) As much as these might wish, the Cross didn’t usher in some Edenic age where lambs lay down with wolfs, children play with cobras, and nations beat their swords into plowshares (Isaiah 2:4, 11:2-8). Any interpretation that detracts from the actuality that God Himself will right the wrongs, and restore nature back to its original order. Anything less than that, is to depart from the plain reading of the text into allegorical folly.It was to King David that God said, “And it shall be, when your days are fulfilled, when you must go to be with your fathers, that I will set up your seed after you, who will be of your sons; and I will establish his kingdom.” (1 Chron. 17:11) God states over and over, that the Kingdom Come is not established by man or by earthly efforts, but by God Himself. (Dan. 2:44-45; Psalm 2; Rev. 19:11-16) There is the idea that the Kingdom is purely spiritual, and is argued that the Kingdom is now in play, only in the heavenly realms, this by taking several texts out of context. (Luke 17:20-22; Romans 14:17) If those who deny the literal coming Millennial Kingdom on earth had their way;Christ would only come to earth to die, and not to reign; for Christ to be born ‘King of the Jews’, but to not actually become “King of the Jews”; for Him to ride a donkey, but not a white horse; for Christ to be spat on, beaten, and hang naked upon a cross of shame, but not to return in triumphal glory coming on the clouds with the armies of heaven behind Him. If Christ doesn’t return, then He remains defeated on the earth that He spoke into existence, that God’s word does not mean what it says, and that God can break, unbreakable promises.The reason that men and women promote these heterodox teachings, is because man made religion, whether it be Roman Catholic, or Protestant, have become too invested in the things of this world. They want life to continue on, or maybe they just see life continuing on and on, in some endless cycle of man rising and falling. (2 Peter 3) They have to depart from a plain sense reading of the text, and insert their own interpretation, which supplants God’s promise to return in victory, and claim what is rightfully His. And not only to claim what is His, but that every knee should bow, whether it is in heaven, on earth, under the earth, throughout all of creation, and confess that Jesus Christ is King. (Philippians 2:9-11) Are these folk saying that Christ is free to rule everywhere, but the earth?The Christ-rejecting world, as well as those Christians who have fallen into spiritual slumber, will be astonished in that Day, when Christ comes for His Church. Because that Day, opens the window of time, for the Tribulation to begin. It doesn’t begin the Tribulation, but the Church has to be removed prior to the start of that final week of years, in which at some point afterwards (days, weeks, months, years), the seven year Tribulation will begin just as it is noted in Daniel 9:27. The final seven years will be the most horrific, violent, and devastating period of time humanity has ever seen. (Matt. 24:21-22) God will accomplish two things by it; first, He disciplines Israel, and second, He destroys all the Gentile nations round about her, by bringing the whole Babylonian system crashing to the ground. (Jer. 30:7-11)It is noted in the Prophets, that THAT DAY will begin in unimaginable calamity, perhaps masking the Church’s departure. The prophet Joel records…“The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord”. Paul writes that “For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.” 1 Thess. 5:2-4Make no mistake that the Lord will return and will come with the clouds and in great power and glory. Christ will come and reclaim that which was lost with Adam. He has the title deed to the earth. He no longer wears the crown of thorns, but now wears ‘many crowns’, meaning He has ALL authority. When the holy prophet Isaiah saw the throne room, he was undone. When the holy prophet Daniel sees the throne room, he was shaken. When John sees the glorified Christ in all His splendor, he falls over as dead. How much more traumatized will an unrepentant, Christ rejecting world be when it sees the sky splitting open and Christ returning in power and glory? The whole world will mourn. (Rev. 1:7) The world at this moment, doesn’t care. The religionists try to minimalize or explain-away His soon coming with fanciful wordsmithing. Those actively opposed to Christ, who loathe Him and are filled with vengeance because this age is coming to an end, are ramping up evil in these final moments…But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate, that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing, which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen. 1 Timothy 6:11-16
  8. The protests are already fizzling out, not that they were huge to begin with. Media reports suggested huge protests across ME, what a load of rubbish, in Kabul Afghanistan for example, their were about 200 people with signs...not really huge by any stretch lol All glory to God for the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel!
  9. The yes vote won...now the fallout begins. Will the new legislation protect Christian schools from the LGBT community? November 22 2017 - 8:53AM Save Print License article You're gay? You're out! Gay teacher sacked due to WA law loophole On Wednesday morning, we learnt a teacher at a Rockingham Baptist school was dismissed from his job. Craig Campbell had attended South Coast Baptist College as a child through its kindergarten, primary and secondary school and taught there for nearly three years. Speaking to WA LGBTI community newspaper Out In Perth, he said that he had attended this school as a student through primary and secondary school and had loved being a teacher there over the last three years, until being dismissed last month. "We [Mr Campbell and his partner] went to my aunt's wedding and there were three kids from my school in the back of the room," he said. "It got to this point where I was like, 'I can't hide this anymore'". Believing he was doing the right thing, Mr Campbell chose to speak with the head of his department about his relationship. "I told them I was in a relationship and obviously this is something that I believe is fine from both a moral and a theological standpoint," he said. Following his admission, Mr Campbell soon learned he had been taken off the list of approved relief teachers for the school. The school later confirmed Mr Campbell had been let go due to "an inconsistency with his beliefs on sexuality and the college's beliefs". It's his love, his life and his community. Or at least it was. When they recently learned he was gay he was told his services were "no longer required." Is this legal? Absolutely. You see, despite all the progress, law reform, wonderful support from the people of Western Australia and the cheering from many State and Federal MPs, there remains an extraordinary loophole in the WA Anti-Discrimination Act (1984) which has never been closed. Under Section 73 (3), any LGBTI staff member at a private or religious school can be sacked for no reason. This includes teachers, administrative staff, gardeners – anyone. LGBTI students can also be expelled and church schools can refuse to enrol students just for coming from a same-sex family. This extraordinary exemption from the Act gives sweeping privileges only to private schools, even though these schools rely heavily on taxpayer funds to survive. LGBTI staff and students live with the constant threat of this horrible law being used. Most schools don't use it and don't even want it, but a handful does. Usually the attitude of the school depends entirely on the principal, but this can change suddenly when the school principal changes, meaning that teachers can find their careers end and students are pressured to leave without notice. You're gay? You're out! And don't think this won't happen. This appalling situation was also highlighted in 2015 by the Foundation Christian College in Mandurah. It caused community outrage when it prompted the removal of a seven year old girl from the school after it discovered she had two gay dads. Now that Australia is on the cusp of embracing marriage equality, we will be in the extraordinary position where LGBTI people in the private school system can legally get married under federal law, and then legally sacked the next day under state law. And the one thing we know for sure about all these cases and future cases, is that the school hierarchy never asks the student body or surveys the parents who choose the school, how they feel about this discrimination. I believe the vast majority of parents and students would be strongly opposed to LGBTI teachers being sacking for no reason, it's simply unfair and disruptive to quality education. The leadership within some church schools is as out of touch with community standards on this matter as it was with same-sex marriage. This is reality for LGBTI people in WA, but I don't believe Western Australians support this or want it to continue. The plebiscite result is particularly indicative of this. I don't believe any private school that operates with public funds should be allowed to breach anti-discrimination laws. In the United Kingdom, any religious or church school which accepts government funding must abide by human rights law and cannot discriminate. Any church school that wants to do what these schools in Perth have done, would not be allowed to accept government funding. Personally I certainly don't believe that at a time when Western Australians have just shown such overwhelming support for the LGBTI community through the marriage survey, that this form of bigotry can be allowed to continue unchallenged. It's simply human rights. For example, Tasmania abolished its religious exemptions 20 years ago. In that state, no private or church school can sack LGBTI staff or expel LGBTI students. In the two decades that law has been in place, no political party or church group has ever called for the special exemption from anti-discrimination law to be returned. Its removal has made Tasmania a better and fairer place and its schools more inclusive. Surely if Tasmania can do this 20 years ago, we can do this today? It's now up to Premier McGowan to finish the job and to abolish the very last anti-homosexual law in WA. Brian Greig OAM is a former Democrats senator and veteran LGBTI advocate.
  10. Kurdistan: Iraq prepares for attack against Peshmerga, northwest Mosul Oct 26, 2017, 10:04 am Erbil (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi troops have launched an attack against the Kurdish Peshmerga troops deployed in northwestern Nineveh, the Kurdistan Region Security Council said. “Iraqi forces and Iranian-backed PMF are shelling Peshmerga positions from Zummar, North West of Mosul. Now advancing,” KRG’s security council said in a tweet on Thursday. A press release, issued on Thursday by the KRSC, said, “In the last six days, Iraqi forces and Iranian-backed PMF [Popular Mobilization Forces] have deployed heavy weapons in preparations for this major attack. In Zummar, heavy artillery and tacks are positioned in offensive posture towards nearby Peshmerga positions. In Rabia, U.S. equipment, including significant number of Humvees and Armored Personnel Carriers, have arrived to reinforce tanks and artillery deployed in recent days.” https://www.iraqinews.com/iraq-war/kurdistan-iraqi-prepares-attack-peshmerga-northwest-mosul/
  11. Jerusalem

    Yes and highly recommend going if you ever get the chance. Unfortunately I was working at the time so didn't get to visit all those wonderful Biblical places like the sea of Galilee, Mount of Olives/Gethsemane et al. However, I did get to spend the day in the old city visiting the western wall and joining some tours that take you beneath the surface. You can actually follow the western wall below the surface and via a tunnel with a guide who provides running commentary, its an amazing tour! Also visited the church of the Holy Sepulchre where its alleged our Lord was crucified and His tomb is located. The location is a bit contentious, some say the garden tomb and crucifixion actually took place outside the old city walls at skull hill, I intend to visit that location next trip. The people are amazing and love sharing the history of the place with you. Spent some time with IDF soldiers as well along the border of Gaza, just young soldiers who love their country and are defending it with smiles on their faces and joy in their hearts. Have every intention of going back some day to do the rest of the country, cant wait.
  12. What will the mark of the beast look like?

    It doesn't. The main passage in the Bible that mentions the “mark of the beast” is Revelation 13:15-18. Other references can be found in Revelation 14:9, 11, 15:2, 16:2, 19:20, and 20:4.
  13. What will the mark of the beast look like?

    Deceived and coerced yes. When one knows the truth and refuses to obey it, he is subject to any lie, any deception, any untruth that man can conjure up.
  14. What will the mark of the beast look like?

    It would appear that taking the mark of the beast will be a blasphemous act of willful defiance against God. Christ does not save those who do not want to be saved, nor does He save those who reject Him. Receiving the mark of the beast is essentially worshipping Satan. Those who take the mark have made the choice to serve Satan rather than obey God and receive Christ as Savior. When people make that decision during the tribulation, God will grant their request to be eternally separated from Him.