Sunday, September 14, 2014

America - Ignorance or Arrogance


Thought for the Week

 

Media attention of Middle East seems to focus on Jews versus “Palestinians” - and favors the latter. Never have I seen a news media program, by any channel, expound on the simple fact that the entire region is peopled by folks who are still very tribal by nature. Outside of international political dialogues there is really no historical justification for the terms Palestinian or Iraqi, or Syrian, or Jordanian, etc. None of these terms reflect the same people that the term historically (if ever) applied to. The nations of the Middle East, like those of Arica, employ borders which are recent inventions (20th century) haphazardly imposed by European powers on the native peoples of the region (Look up the 1916 Sykes-Picot Agreement - a “secret” agreement between Great Britain and France and Russia regarding the dismemberment of the Ottoman Empire). The national borders in the Middle East do not coincide with any historical, tribal, ethnic, religious, or political boundary of the peoples in the region.

The Sunni and Shia Muslims are now going at it just like the Tutsis and Hutus recently did in Rwanda. The primary difference for the West is, regardless of whom among the Muslims wins, all Christians and Westerners will be next on the hit list - as they are now only more so. To support either side against the other now is just training and supplying a future enemy. Sadly, the West has a bad habit of continuing to apply this failed policy - over and over again ad naseum.

It has been said that those who fail to learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them - as Solomon said there is nothing new under the Sun. The West seems incapable of learning from history - ancient or modern. If our leaders bothered to learn a little history about the region we would all be better off. The Bible is an excellent source for the ancient history of the tribalism of the region; and, Seven Pillars of Wisdom is an excellent source for more recent history reflecting the same issue.

          The US militarily supplied and trained Afghanistan against the Soviet Union - then went to war with Afghanistan (and things are not looking to good concerning Russia these days either). The US militarily supplied Iran for decades. Research the “Atoms for Peace” program - the US gave Iran its first nuclear reactor; and, in 70’s, competed with the Germans and French to nuclearize Iran! Then, in the 80’s, the US militarily supplied Iraq against Iran. Then went to war with Iraq in the 90’s and again after 9/11 (and now war with Iran is probably only a matter of time). The US has supplied Saudi Arabia with top of line military hardware and training for decades. The 9/11 hijackers where Saudis - as was Osama Bin Laden. The US has militarily supplied Jordan (as well as trained them with our own Special Forces) ever since Jordan kicked out the “Palestinian People” in 1970. Many Jordanians are backing either Hezbollah or ISIS - prominent Iraqi’s, of the “Saddam era” Ba’ath Party, are living high on the hog in Jordan and are backing ISIS.

The US has recently been financially and politically backing the “Palestinian People” against Israel; yet, more “Palestinian People” are from lands in Jordan than from lands in Israel and nobody is trying to force Jordan to return that “homeland” to the Palestinians! Regardless, these are the same “Palestinian People” who have been and are “against” the US and the West. The “Palestinian People” supported the PLO - which conducted numerous terrorist acts against the West for several decades (e.g. Black September). The “Palestinian People” continue to support Hezbollah which has - and continues too - conduct numerous terrorist acts against the West (e.g. the bombing against US troops in Beirut in 1983). The “Palestinian People” supported Saddam Hussein against the West during Desert Storm and the Gulf War.

          Some may point to the old adage “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”. Some may point to the Sadat era of Egypt; and, maybe Egypt could have helped but Obama turned his back on them when they went against an open enemy of the West - the Muslim Brotherhood! Israel is the only nation in the region that does not wish the demise of the US in the long run; and, they are the nation/people backed by YHWH!

Will the US and/or the West ever learn? Picking a Muslim “tribe” to support is about as effective as “cutting the head off the snake”. “Cutting off the snake’s head” to end the Islamist Jihad’s is akin to cutting off the head of a snake in Medusa’s hair. Did killing Hussein “fix” things, or killing Bin Laden, or the death of Kaddafi, etc.? Just take a look at the number of “leaders” of ISIS over the last decade!

NOTE: Ironically the pro-“Palestinian” crowd never asks Jordan or Lebanon or Syria to give up land to the “Palestinians”. “Palestinians” as a people, are comprised of many tribal factions. They historically lived in present day Lebanon, Israel, Syria, and Jordan - but the Arabs of these nations do not want them - wrong tribes. The population of “Palestine”, when Britain and France carved up the region, ethnically consisted of dozens of tribes of Arabs and Jews; and, they religiously consisted of several other sub-factions (Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Eastern Orthodox Christians; Sunni, Shia, and other versions of Islam, and a host of “smaller” beliefs). “Palestine” has never really had a single, uniform, clearly defined, ethnicity or religion or area of land.

The logic of a “Palestinian” killing an Israeli Jew to get back “his people’s land” is worse than the convoluted logic of a Mexican citizen (of Spanish and Native American decent) killing an US citizen (of Native American decent) to get back “his people’s land” - land the Spanish took from the Apaches, who probably took it from yet another tribe (e.g. the Anasazi).

 

Quote of the Week

 

Your good and my good, perhaps they are different, and either forced good or forced evil will make a people cry with pain. Does the ore admire the flame which transforms it? There is no reason for offence, but a people too weak are clamant over their little own. Our race will have a cripple's temper till it has found its feet.' Prince Feisal, Seven Pillars of Wisdom, T.E. Lawrence

 

. . . war upon rebellion was messy and slow, like eating soup with a knife. Seven Pillars of Wisdom, T.E. Lawrence

 

COMMENT: T.E. Lawrence appears to have been one of the few Westerners in a position of influence in the last century to have understood the people of the Middle East. Seven Pillars of Wisdom should be required reading for any Westerner interested or involved in foreign policy making. It appears few if any in Washington DC have ever done so; and sadly, their arrogance and ignorance will continue to be paid for in blood by better men than they.

 

Did You Know

 

During Ottoman rule the term Syria was used to designate the approximate area included in present-day Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Israel and part of Turkey (the Hatay area). After World War I, in 1920, Ottoman Syria became the Arab Kingdom of Syria, which in 1938 became a Republic (and France gave Turkey the Hatay area), and in 1946 became independent. One of its first acts as a new nation was to attack Israel (1948). Since then it has either been ruled by a dictator (Assad, Ba’ath Party), been in a civil war - or, like now, both.

After World War I Iraq was carved out of the Ottoman Empire and was under British control. In 1932 it was made the Kingdom of Iraq. In 1958 the king was deposed and it became the Republic of Iraq. Since 1963 it has either been ruled by a dictator or been in a civil war (in 1979 it was Saddam Hussein, Ba’ath Party). The Kurdish people of the region have been, and are, trampled on by the Turks and the Iraqis.

After the Ottomans lost WWI France divided up “Lebanon” and Syria to the benefit (in French eyes) of Beirut and the detriment of Damascus. Lebanon gained independence from Vichy France in 1943 but since France was under German rule the Germans used it until the British took control from them so the French did not actually recognize Lebanese independence until 1946. From then until 1968 Lebanon was the most stable country in the region (though in 1958, 5,000 United States Marines were sent to Beirut).

After the Arab-Israeli War in 1967 Israeli/Arab/Palestinian war refugees started arriving. In 1968 Palestinian militants began to use southern Lebanon as a launching pad for attacks on Israel; and, following the Palestinian’s defeat in the Jordanian civil war in 1970 thousands of Jordanian Palestinians regrouped in Lebanon. Egypt and other Arab nations forced Lebanon (then under “Christian” leadership) to turn over control of a large portion of the southern part of the country to the Palestinians. So many Palestinians invaded Lebanon that civil war eventually broke out in 1975 and continued until the 1990’s. This civil war included occupation of parts of Lebanon by both Israel and Syria. Israel entered and withdrew several times (e.g. 1992 and 2000) but part of the territory is still under dispute. Syria stayed until 2005. Open warfare broke out again with Israel in 2005 and 2006 and sporadic fighting continues as Syrian and Iranian backed forces (Hezbollah) use Lebanon as a base to harass and attack Israel.

Although Israel formed as a nation state again in 1948 it had been in the making since the 19th Century. Jews became a majority in Jerusalem around 1866 and formed a Jewish agricultural settlement in the region 1878. In 1909 the first kibbutz was established in the region and Tel Aviv was founded as a Jewish speaking city. The 1917 Balfour Declaration, which followed the Sykes-Picot Agreement in 1916, is viewed by many historians as an endorsement by Great Britain for the reestablishment of a Jewish nation. The 1922 Mandate for Palestine, by Britain and the League of Nations, carved up Transjordan and set up about three-fourths of the area for “Palestinians” and about one-fourth as a national home for Jews.

          Since 1948 the borders of Israel have been very fluid due to the many wars with neighboring Arab nations. The West Bank, held by Jordan and not the “Palestinian People”, was taken away by Israel after one such war. A similar story applies for many of the other disputed land areas such as the Golan Heights (from Syria) and the Gaza strip (from Egypt). Many Arabs (“Palestinians”, Yemenis, etc.) are Jewish and many Israeli Jews are Arabs.

          This list could go on ad naseum. Other Middle East nations, such as Jordan, Kuwait, Yemen, UAE, Qatar, etc, are also recent fabrications as national political entities which largely ignore the historical tribalism of the region.

          Iran is a whole other can of worms; and, though they are Muslim, they are Persian, not Arab.

Comment: To add insult to injury the US (e.g. the State Department, et al), especially recently, has focused on employing and deploying more women and LGBT/homosexuals to represent us. This is not only an insult in Arab nations it is illegal as well! Even the US military has shown this ignorant political correctness ever since Desert Shield/Storm in the deployment of women in the Civil Affairs troops allegedly used to “Secure the Peace” - I witnessed this first hand in 1990/91!

For an idea of the future see this very informative link on ISIS. (Maybe forward it to Obama - he does not seem to be aware of the information).

 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Self Help?

There is a lot of debate going on right now concerning the massive influx of illegal aliens entering the US via the southern border. There seems to be a propensity for the left wing liberals to debase anyone desiring to secure the border as inhumane. I have personally been involved in previous events of a similar nature - the Haitian boat exodus. I can personally vouch for the fact that we “screened out” innocent children as “economic refugees” while we knowingly “screened in” personnel who were former torturers for the “secret police”, the HIV positive, the MSRA TB positive, and known criminals. First off, the national health risk posed to the general population is rapidly escalating and is undeniable. This situation is an unprecedented opportunity for terrorists to easily penetrate our borders - practically an invitation from Obama himself! If liberals want to talk about humanitarian needs they could - but will not - look closer to home.
In the USA, the US government says that 1 in 5 children go hungry. According to the No Kid Hungry organization, food insecurity—the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food - exists in 17.2 million households in America, 3.9 million of them with children. That’s a lot of kids that need our help who do not pose a danger to national safety; and the needs at home do not end there.
As many as 1 in 6 seniors go hungry too. Organizations such as Meals on Wheels, who address the issue of senior hunger, need financial donations as well as volunteers.
The number of homeless in the USA is growing and with it a need for clothing donations. A caution though - not all organizations are truly giving to those in need though - some are multi-million dollar thieves. A good place to check out the credibility of a charity is Charity Watch.
There are literally hundreds of ways to fulfill the commandment to love your neighbor. Most programs, such as the nationwide VA “No Veteran Dies Alone” program, will cost you the only thing you can give to YHWH that He does not already own - your time.
We are told, as individuals, to get our own act right before we try to “fix” our brother. The same can be said for the actions of a nation as well. The USA should heed the saying, “physician, heal thyself”! If only the politicians would leave their million dollar homes and neighborhoods to at least “visit” the neighborhoods of the average US citizen they would find plenty of “crises” needing humanitarian actions that, like the “border crisis”, the politicians themselves have had a hand in creating.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
"Welfare's purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence." - Ronald Reagan
Comment: This quote relates to the old adage, “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day; but, teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime”. Too many folks do not care enough to put forth an individual effort to help others. These folks would rather have the government hand out so called “entitlements”; but, this methodology does not address the roots causes of the issue of poverty and so does not benefit anyone in the long run. True love for your neighbor means more than throwing money at a problem - it means giving up your time and effort to help.
DID YOU KNOW?
In 2013, child poverty reached record high levels in the U.S., with 16.7 million children living in “food insecure” households and 47 million Americans depending on food banks - more than 30% above 2007 levels.
In 2012, in the US, 31 million low-income children received free or reduced-price meals daily through the government National School lunch program. During that same timeframe nearly 14 million children are estimated to have been served by just one civilian program - Feeding America.
Comment: Child hunger is a worldwide problem - including the USA; and, hunger has no race, no religion, no border. Of all the charities and programs out there I know of none that directly serve and help more people than local food banks. In AZ one local town’s food bank shut down this year due to low food supplies and a lack of volunteers - and this town has several “Christian” churches! And Jesus said:
And before Him shall be gathered all the nations; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And indeed He will set the sheep off His right, but the goats off the left hand. Then the King will say to those on His right, Come, the blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food to eat; I thirsted and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you took me in; naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you visited me; I was in prison and you came to me. Then the righteous will answer, saying, Master, when did we see you hungry and feed you; or thirsty and gave you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and took you in; or naked and clothed you? And when did we see you sick, or in prison, and came to you? And answering, the King will say to them, truly I say to you, in so far as you did it to one of these, the least of my brothers, you did it to me. Then He will also say to those on His left, Go away from me, cursed ones, into the everlasting fire having been prepared for the Devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you did not give me a thing to eat; I thirsted and you did not give me a thing to drink; I was a stranger and you did not take me in; naked and you did not clothe me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit me. Then they also will answer Him, saying, Master, when did we see you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not help you? Then He will answer them, saying, truly I say to you, in so far as you did not do it to one of these, the least, neither did you do it to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into everlasting life.
(Matthew 25:32-46)

Sunday, July 6, 2014

No pain no gain

Imagine this scenario: A kid’s parents promise him a weekly allowance if he tries to mind well, do well in school, and do his chores. After a week goes by and the day to collect his allowance arrives the kid asks if he can have the car for the evening too. The mother hesitates and points out that the kid usually failed to take the trash out and that she ended up doing most of the dishes by herself. The father points out that the kid failed at least half the time to help his little brother get to and from school like he was asked to do. The kid just shrugs and says, “Okay, so no car for the evening, I understand, can I get my allowance now though? You promised.” The father replied no to the car for evening and that he had forfeited his allowance as well. The kid is stunned and says he ought to get at least half his allowance; after all he had done at least half of his part of the deal. The father points out that the deal was not do what you want and get paid for it. The deal was to try to do what was asked of him and he’d get the full reward for it.
This scenario fits a lot of so called “christians”. While ignoring over half of what YHWH has asked them to do they will still ask for a variety of things and then question why they do not get what they want. They obey only what is convenient for them and ignore the rest. They act as if obeying at least half the commandments is the same as being obedient. Most would not murder or steal even if it was allowed. Still they expect forgiveness for wilful acts such as coveting, adultery, etc., yet would never think of forgiving someone else for the damage done by an accidental car wreck, a medical error by a doctor, etc. Many will tithe to a “church” for their own convenience: so they can have air conditioning, nice carpet, and softer pews during “worship services”. Yet you will not find them personally “inconvenienced” by feeding the hungry, helping the homeless, visiting a jail, or even visiting a hospital to check on the well-being of strangers.
It is easy to find preachers preaching a get rich gospel, preaching activism for the rights of a racial or sexual minority, or even a gospel treating Jesus as just a great moral teacher - teaching an earthly, humanitarian, gospel of love that ignores the spiritual fact that love and obedience to YHWH is first and foremost. Can you name one “well known” preacher who teaches the gospel Jesus did - that salvation comes by love and obedience to YHWH above all else and then agape toward your fellow man next.
And behold, a certain scribe stood up, tempting Him and saying, Teacher, What shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? And He said to him, What has been written in the Torah? How do you read it? And answering, he said, "You shall love YHWH your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind," and "your neighbor as yourself." And He said to him, You have answered rightly; do this, and you shall live.
(Luke 10:25-28) (Seer also Matthew 22:37-39, Mark 12:28/29)
(References to Deuteronomy 6:5, Leviticus 19:18)
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
In the final years before Arcadia’s fall, there were many signs that disaster was at hand. Had the Republic still been governed by godly men in those years, much suffering could have been avoided. Barbarians raided along the borders with unnatural success, yet the stewards of the provinces chose to hide their depredations rather than admit their weakness. - Velnius, On History
Comment: As the Scriptures tell us there is nothing new under the Sun. The USA, once considered a “Christian” nation and a champion of freedom, is doing to itself what no other nation could do - destroying itself.
DID YOU KNOW?

NOTICE: All links in this article are to the taxpayer funded Voice of America website!
In 2010 Kenya adopted a new constitution which OK’ed abortion and the partial implementation of sharia law. This was done with the full support and backing of the Obama administration - which, in violation of US law, spent millions of US taxpayer money to push it thru (as well as promising more “foreign aid” if it was approved). After a United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) meeting in May 2010, the US also pushed the LGBT agenda for a repeal of all Kenyan legislative provisions which criminalize sexual activity between consenting adults. But Obama did not get all he wanted; so, on 26 June 2012, the United States embassy in Nairobi held what was believed to be the first ever LGBT pride event in Kenya. A public affairs officer at the embassy said, "The U.S. government for its part has made it clear that the advancement of human rights for LGBT people is central to our human rights policies around the world and to the realization of our foreign policy goals". Similar events were held at other U.S. embassies around the world.
The percentage of folks in the USA claiming to be LGBT is miniscule compared to the political power they wield: http://www.voanews.com/content/lgbt-percentage-highest-in-dc-lowest-in-north-dakota/1605262.html
But they, the LGBT mafia, have the full support and backing (via taxpayer money) of the US government to enforce their agenda worldwide (2011): http://www.voanews.com/content/obama-elevates-gay-rights-as-a-foreign-policy-priority-135136743/174955.html
Is it any wonder embassy security suffered in Africa? Don Obama and his administration were too busy using resources to push their LGBT agenda (June 2012)! http://www.voanews.com/content/us-embassy-in-nairobi-hosts-gay-pride-event/1252825.html
Security was not and is not a top priority (Benghazi, September 2012) - the LGBT agenda is!
Not to be out done the UN is pushing the same US backed agenda (2014): http://www.voanews.com/content/un-ramps-up-free-equal-lgbt-campaign/1908316.html
Comment: A leader held to no account is a no account leader. I proudly served 12 years in the Armed Forces of the USA; but, this was not the voice of the America I served. I still fully support the US Constitution and our form of government. However, I am ashamed and sicken at what our government has become and at what it is doing to people worldwide. America is no longer the land of the free and the brave have become too few. I fear the actions of the folks in Washington D.C. more than anything a terrorist could do. Obama’s pen and phone have proven far more dangerous. Further, the worst may be yet to come. Congress is so full of cowards the American people are being held hostage by Obama as he violates law after law with no consequences to himself or his acolytes. Whether the end of the world is near or not the end of the United States is well underway. Speak out now or be prepared to fight tomorrow.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Chrislam, Abortion, etc


Chrislam and the LGBT

          It has saddened me for quite some time to see so many so called “Christians” who do not keep the Sabbath of YHWH.

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

(Exodus 20:8)

I am saddened too by how many follow the trinity doctrine and place Jesus as equal to the One True God - YHWH.

You shall not have any other gods before Me.

(Exodus 20:3)

Hear, O Israel, YHWH our God is one - YHWH. And you shall love YHWH your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.

(Deuteronomy 6:4-5)

But, Satan has successfully used these deceptions for quite some time. In these more modern times I feel the sadness growing as I see the increase in numbers of those falling into Satan’s other deceptions. Some of these deceptions are not so new; but, they are certainly growing among so called “Christians”. I speak of murder by abortion and the growing influence and acceptance of the LGBT crowd. Yet there is another deception that has a new twist - chrislam. It is the melding of “Christianity” and Islam - more on that in the “In the Spotlight” article this week.

Our poor children have a heavy burden with so many parents deceived and societies (e.g. the USA) that not only allow sin but require its acceptance and promote its practice. Obama and his ilk, as tools of Satan, did not start these trends but they have certainly accelerated their growth and popularity; and, they are forcing this, their evil agendas, as hard as possible down the throats of the citizens of the USA as well as promoting them to the world in general - with taxpayer money no less.

The LGBT mafia has mastered the art of extortion. In most states in the USA a private citizen is allowed to make a “citizen’s arrest” for a crime committed in their presence. Can you imagine what would happen if someone arrested a LGBT mafia member under the RICO Act! (18 U.S. Code Chapter 96 - RACKETEER INFLUENCED AND CORRUPT ORGANIZATIONS) -- sections 1461–1465 (relating to obscene matter), or sections 2251, 2251A, 2252, and 2260 (relating to sexual exploitation of children) or even section 278 (relating to importation of alien for immoral purpose), etc.! Do states have RICO Acts at the state level?

Much of the LGBT crowd is ok with Islam being taught in public schools but not “Christianity”. This is ironic because under sharia law the LGBT crowd would be executed - as they currently are in many Muslim countries. If the end does not come quickly this could lead to some rather strange consequences. I would say I am waiting to see how the battle between the chrislamists and the LGBT mafia plays out but since they are both on the same side - with Satan - it’s a moot point. Though maybe if the women hide their sexual preference they, being infidels, will just be made into sex slaves - just not with the type of partners they prefer. Still, they could then get all the abortions they can handle since pregnancy would lower their value!

The One testifying these things says, Yes, I am coming quickly. Amen. Yes, come, Lord Jesus! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with all of you. Amen.
                    (Revelation 22:20-21)

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Down to Gehenna, or up to the Throne, He travels the fastest, who travels alone. - Rudyard Kipling
Comment: All worshippers of YHWH are part of a single flock, but, we are still individuals. No matter who you affiliate with it is your own actions and beliefs that will be on trial when Judgment Day comes. You will answer for your own works or lack thereof. Christ Himself said the unfruitful branch is cast into the fire (John15:1-6).
 
DID YOU KNOW
According to WHO (World Health Organization) there have been over 20 million abortions worldwide so far this year and every year in the world there are an estimated 40-50 million abortions. This corresponds to approximately 125,000 abortions per day. Abortion is the leading cause of death worldwide - even when you add many other causes together. Consider the statistics so far this year:
Alcohol related - 1.2 million
- AIDS - .75 million
Cancer - 3.7 million
- Children under 5 years of age - 3.5 million
Communicable diseases - 6 million
- Malaria - .45 million
Suicide - .5 million
- Smoking - 2.2 million
Traffic related deaths - .6 million
For a combined total of 18.9 million - still less than death by abortion!
Furthermore, studies show that abortion accounts for 13% of women’s deaths during pregnancy and childbirth. And for so called “Christians” - 37% of women obtaining abortions identify as Protestant and 28% identify as Catholic!
Comment: That means over half the abortions worldwide are solicited by women who call themselves Christians! These women are responsible for more deaths in a year than Hitler was in his lifetime! And to add insult to injury in the USA they get taxpayer money to pay their contract killers (abortionist). Is it any wonder that Jesus said, “many are called but few are chosen”.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Is Your Family Tree a Tree to Life


With all the turmoil, uncertainly, and chaos in the world today it can be challenging to keep a focused mind and a settled spirit. Some folks try to hide in ignorance - choosing to play ostrich and stick their heads in the sand, some strive to try to predict the future - as if they can know what Jesus has already said no one but YHWH knows (beware of these false teachers):

But as for that day and hour no one knows it - not even the angels in heaven - except the Father alone.
(Matthew 24:36)

Still others, I include myself here, find solace in drawing closer to YHWH as best we can. One way to do this is the study of our multifaceted roots, our beginnings, as gentile worshippers of YHWH. On one hand we began like all men - we were created by YHWH; and, we all trace our lineage thru Noah to Adam. But, YHWH’s first chosen people - the “root stock”, include Israel in their line, gentiles do not.

The descendants of Israel are still YHWH’s chosen people - the covenants He made are everlasting. Gentile worshippers of YHWH have not replaced the chosen people of YHWH; rather, Jesus told us we are made, thru Him, a part of the flock of Israel:

And I have other sheep which are not of this fold. I must also lead those, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock, one Shepherd.
(John 10:16)

Gentiles worshippers of YHWH can be, in essence, grafted into the family tree of Israel; but only if we remain obedient and fruitful (John 15). Today, many “Christians” act as though they were the only chosen people of YHWH. These same “Christians” have a family tree leading to roots found among the pagan gods of Rome, not YHWH and the nation of Israel. That is why the “family tree” of “Christianity” looks more like the evolutionary tree of Darwin! That tree comes from Pagans, Paul and the Popes, not YHWH and His Prophets, or Christ and His Apostles.

Everyone needs to learn their family tree - or you may be barking up the wrong tree:

Not everyone saying to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter into the kingdom of Heaven, but those doing the will of My Father in Heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name do many works of power? And then I will declare to them, I never knew you; depart from Me, those working lawlessness!
(Matthew 7:21-23 -- reference: Psalms 6:8)

          As James told us:

But someone will say, you have faith and I have works. Show me your faith without works and I will show you faith by my works.
(James 2:18)

                    For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so
                    also faith without works is dead.
(James 2:26)

          Do your roots lead to the tree of life? You must be doing the will of YHWH and not just believing:

The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will permit him to eat from the tree of life that is in the paradise of God.
(Revelation 2:7)

Blessed are the ones doing His commands, that their authority will be over the Tree of Life, and by the gates they may enter into the city.
(Revelation 22:14)

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Roots?


The word catholic means essentially universal or all-encompassing and the etymology is from Greek katholikos “universal, general”.

The term pontifex maximus - which the Catholic pope uses, comes from the Roman king Numa Pompilius (he was actually a Sabine), circa 715 BC. He also founded, among Romans, the cults of Jupiter, Mars, and Quirinus. The etymology is Latin meaning “great bridge maker”.

From the Britannica Concise Encyclopedia - pontifex - Member of a council of priests in ancient Rome. The pontifices were responsible for administration of the jus divinum (laws concerning religious practices). There were 3 pontifices under the monarchy, but by the time of Julius Caesar the number had grown to 16, of which 1 was designated chief priest, or pontifex maximus. Also included in the collegium (college) of pontifices were the Vestal Virgins. Among the duties of the pontifices were regulation of the calendar and of expiatory rituals, consecration of temples and sacred objects, superintendence of marriage and the family, and administration of the laws of adoption and succession.

Comment: There is a reason why it is called the Roman Catholic Church and not the Roman Christian Church or the Christian Catholic Church. The job of the Roman Catholic Church Pontifex Maximus, the great bridge maker, was to “bridge” the differences between all the roman religions and come up with one “catholic” state religion. They did and it is primarily an amalgamation of the previous roman pagan religions and the teachings of Paul with a small percentage of “Christianity” twisted by anti-Semitism. It is not based on YHWH or the teachings of Christ.

Eliot Quote



We shall not cease from exploration

And the end of all our exploring

Will be to arrive where we started

And know the place for the first time. - T.S. Eliot, Dry Salvages

 

Comment: Our beginnings, our roots, have a lot to do with who we are and what we believe. However, we can change who we are and what we believe. Do you know the “roots” of what you believe or are you afraid to explore your beliefs and instead are going blissfully unaware through life as one of the “sheeple”? The destiny of your soul depends on what you do and believe. Do you care enough about yourself or your children to explore the truth?