Monday, December 20, 2010

Birth of The Saviour, Christ our Lord God of Israel

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour.

Luke 2:10
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

Luke 2:11
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

Isaiah 45:15
Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour.

Isaiah 45:16
They shall be ashamed, and also confounded, all of them: they shall go to confusion together that are makers of idols.

Isaiah 45:17
But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end.

Isaiah 45:18
For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.

Isaiah 45:20
Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save.

Isaiah 45:21
Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.

Our Saviour has spoken TRUTH and righteousness openly to his Disciples and the peoples of the world and He has NOT spoken anything in secret.

Isaiah 45:19
I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain: I the LORD speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.

John 18:19
The high priest then asked Jesus of his disciples, and of his doctrine.

John 18:20
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.

John 18:21
Why askest thou me? ask them which heard me, what I have said unto them: behold, they know what I said.

(Romans 14:7, 8)
Whether we live or die, in life or death, in living or dying, in belief or disbelief, in acceptance or denial, we still belong to the Lord our CREATOR, even when the whole world forsakes us. We are never truly totally alone in this world or in the next. For all of mankind belongs to the Lord (even the good and the evil) for He is the Lord of the living and the dead.

Romans 14:13
“Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.”

Therefore let us not judge each other with an evil eye or self reasoning or contempt for whatever reason. But instead, be ever more on our guard not to put a stumbling block / obstacle / some action or event that hinders progress of our fellow men.

What is able to hinder progress of our fellow mankind, brothers and sisters?
Depravation / morally corrupt – leading away from what is right.
Deprivation perhaps? – denial of some basic material essential benefits.
Repression, be it in society, ethnic differences, governmental repression of its subjects (forcing people to live in confined areas and refugee camps), religious repression (forced to convert by the sword) and gender repression.

These stumblingblocks that some people place before other people that continues to hinder another man’s progress or freedom to choose or freedom to live or believe.

When someone who claims to do what is right for his government when he kills a religious extremist or “terrorist”, he has provided the so called “terrorist” an occasion to fall. He has placed before his fellow man a stumblingblock. Did the “righteous man” look into the future and have seen that the terrorist is beyond redemption and that he can NEVER repent even though being placed in neutral conditions and after being taught the truth. For who can tell the “TIMING” of a person’s repentance?

It is better to put a sinner / unrepentant person in solitary confinement / life imprisonment than putting him to death.  For the terrorist will give his account to God when it is time and he will be judged accordingly.

But the person who placed the stumblingblock in the terrorist’s path shall also give his account to God when it is time, for the Lord will ask the terrorist, who caused you to fall?

Blessed is he who does not put a stumblingblock in his brother’s way.

Isaiah 45:23 “………....That unto me [ “me” is referring to the God of Israel Himself and He was also called our Saviour Jesus son of Joseph and Mary ] every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.”

Romans 14:5
One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.

Romans 14:6
He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.

Romans 14:7
For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.

Romans 14:8
For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.

Romans 14:9
For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.

Romans 14:10
But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

Romans 14:11
For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.

Romans 14:12
So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

Romans 14:13
Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.

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

Isaiah 45:23
I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.

Isaiah 45:24
Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed.

Isaiah 45:25
In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.

Among the many reasons why THE CREATOR OF THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH, OUR SPIRITUAL FATHER IN HEAVEN, THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTHY, chose to be born into His own creation is to save us, He is our SAVIOUR, to obtain right to judge over the living and the dead (Romans 14:9). 
If God has never tasted death, the dead will not suffer or allow themselves to be judged over by someone who has never tasted death.  This is how insufferable, proud and conceited mankind is. 

Monday, November 8, 2010

What is Faith?

"Now FAITH is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
- Hebrews 11:1

"That your faith should NOT stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God."
- 1 Corinthians 2:5

Faith as described in Hebrews 11:1 may sound like "fantasy" or "wishful thinking" to many people and it might as well be if we place our trust & faith in the wrong person.  Such error might just bring your whole world come crashing down in trembling and fear.

We may have some degree of faith and trust in the people we know and perhaps a child or baby may have 100% faith on his parents to take care of him/her, but even these may fail when a parent abandons a child at the orphanage or some odd place.
Can a child muster enough faith in his lifetime to trust anyone again, after experiencing abandonment?
Does that child need somebody else to show him kindness and loyalty before he respond with the same OR is it inbuilt within a person that ability to love and trust regardless of the adverse surroundings or bad experiences. 

Is it all about "EVIDENCE" again, that a person may need to know that trust and faith among mankind is possible based on what he sees first before responding?

What about trust and faith in a GOD that we nave NEVER SEEN? What kind of evidence do we need from GOD?

"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?"
- 1 John 4:20

So, from 1st John 4:20, does our faith in God stem UNCONSCIOUSLY or subconsciously from our own ability to love and trust someone else?

In a way, it is true. as in John 3:6, we were all born from our original pair of ancestors "Adam and Eve" (of whom were Sons of God before their fall from grace) through the ORIGINAL / INITIAL life giving "Spirit of God" upon their CREATION.

Just like when we can trace the evidence of our biological parents through DNA (the flesh), we can trace our Creator through the Holy Spirit of GOD.

In normal circumstances, as a child is so naturally drawn to his parents for love & trust and vice versa; so are we naturally drawn to the LORD for love and trust because the Holy Spirit of God is not empty and hollow but is a part of us that is of substance and reality that can be known and to learn from in a quiet manner because the Spirit is our lifeline link to God, just as the DNA is our link to our biological family, so is the Holy Spirit our link to our Heavenly Father, our creator. (And I am NOT talking about the Pentecostal / Charismatic type of "holy spirit")

"That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit."
- John 3:6

Who on earth would dare put their trust another person whom they have never seen or heard before - as it is neither proper nor safe in this day and age; but if we put our faith in the LORD Most High and when it is in accordance to the will of God, then fantasy sometimes becomes reality and wishful thinking can become miracles.

"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."
- 1st John 3:24

"Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God."
- 3 John 1:11

"Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear."
- Hebrews 11:3

"By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith."
- Hebrews 11:7

How is your faith in the LORD? 
Is it based on your constant relationship with the Lord through prayer and study; or is it based on your inbuilt subconscious capacity; or is it based on popular demand of the day - Monkey see, monkey do?
Can our faith in the LORD get swayed and we need to attach a spiritual Richter scale to measure our tremor and fear?   
Sometimes.....  probably...... but we constantly hope to build our faith upon the steady ROCK so that when the wind and the waves hit us or sudden earthquake......   we pray for the Lord's saving grace hoping to remain as steady as Daniel in the lion's den and that is to come out alive and in "one piece".  

Thursday, November 4, 2010

"The Messiah"

A short note on what is a Messiah.

To the Christians, it is a common belief that Jesus Christ (The Messiah) who was born in the line of David and subsequently died on the Roman Cross and resurrected on the 3rd day after His death some two thousand years ago, will return again or so called second coming of Jesus Christ. The problem is there are so many factions in Christianity that there are those who did not believe that he died and rose again. Many more Christians dispute the true identity of Jesus of Nazareth and adhere to their view that He is not the God of Israel who created all of the Heavens and the Earth but merely a Prophet or a special created being who separate from God. Who then is Jesus of Nazareth?
The many stories in the New Testament itself are always somewhat contradicting and full of paradox in terms of what Jesus was doing and what He was “testifying” or preaching.

For one example, why did He say that no sign shall be given except the sign of the prophet Jonah, but in fact at the same time, He was doing so much healing the sick and “raising the dead” miracles, signs and wonders continuously for 3 and a half years?

The issue that Christians should be truly concerned with and struggle to understand is NOT whether Jesus is just the Messiah (Psalms 146:3) but whether Jesus is also the God of Israel, who is the Creator of the Universe (Psalms 146:5-6).

Psalms 146:3
Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.

Psalms 146:5
Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God:

Psalms 146:6
Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever:

For who is greater?

Is a Messiah greater than the God of Israel?

Does the Son come before the Father?

Does LIFE come from the Father or the Son?

Is your Salvation dependant upon the Father or the Son?

Where most Christians went wrong is when they worship the image of the Son (a Jewish man named Jesus of Nazareth) when God specifically tells us not to worship a graven image and they do not know the Father at all, thinking that the Father is unapproachable or a "cannot be seen" being.
Well, the Father is unapproachable to the vile and sinful man, not so much as you cannot go near God or that He cannot draw near to the sinful man, for even Satan/Lucifer always has an audience with the LORD to converse with God face to face, but because a normal man in his weakened fallen condition may feel too pressurized or pulverized by the awesome presence of the LORD, that for his own sake, he is banished from the sight of the LORD; But if you are Born-Again, you are made new in the spirit and you will be able to see the LORD face to face without being grind to powder.

Israel too is often referred to as the Son, so, do the Christians want to start worshipping every Jew that they see? In the book of Zechariah 12:8 mentions that the house of David shall be as God. Similar to the first generation of unfallen children of Adam are called sons of God and even so, Adam was called a Son of God.

Christians!!! Worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth. When the truth has been revealed, please do not refer to Jesus as the Son of God anymore for that was His mantle 2000 years ago, he came in the flesh to represent us as “Son of God” to reconcile Himself to us. So now worship the LORD as the Father for who He really is, as the God of Israel, the King of the Jews.  Call the LORD, Father, do not call the LORD "Son" because all Born Again Jews and Gentiles are called "Sons of God". 

John 4:22
Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.

Zechariah 12:8
In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them.

Psalms 95:3
For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.

Psalms 82:1
God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods.

Psalms 82:6
I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.

Psalms 86:8
Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; neither are there any works like unto thy works.

Matthew 17:11
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.

Preceding Jesus of Nazareth’s first coming was John the Baptist (Luke 1:17).

As such, preceding to Jesus a.k.a. God of Israel’s second coming, there must be also a Messenger in the similar office that of John the Baptist with the spirit and power of Elijah.

After a short while in the near future, as in (John 3:30) Israel will increase, but I must decrease. I must stand outside of Israel because now that I am a Gentile, I am just a friend of the bridegroom but my joy is complete when Israel is restored unto the LORD. 
(I hope Israel does not think of me as an enemy anymore but as a friend forevermore, I am so happy to be able to hear your voice again, I can finally decrease and go away in peace.)  

Gentiles who are "born again" are individual “spiritual Melchizedek”, kings and queens of righteousness and peace.

Israel is God’s inheritance, as sons of God and they shall serve Him forever in Jerusalem as representatives of God as salt of the earth and light unto this world.

Israel will prepare themselves as a Bride adorned to receive her Husband, the God of Israel, King of the Jews, Jesus of Nazareth. I do not know the hour of the return of Jesus but it will be anytime after the completion of the Third Temple in Jerusalem (Malachi 3:1), in accordance to the detailed description in the Book of Ezekiel. It is not a "Temple of Solomon" as mentioned by some people.  The Temple according to the vision of Ezekiel is many times larger than the first Temple of Solomon.  

Revelation 21:2
And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

John 3:27
John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.

John 3:28
Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.

John 3:29
He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.

John 3:30
He must increase, but I must decrease.

John 3:31
He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.

John 3:32
And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony.

John 3:33
He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true.

John 3:34
For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.

John 3:35
The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.

John 3:36
He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

1 John 4:4
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

To the Jews, Jesus Christ is just a prophet. Many Jews did not see Him as The Messiah because he prophesied the destruction of the Temple instead of ushering in eternal peace and they believe that there is another one or two Messiahs coming to restore Jerusalem and to rebuild the 3rd Temple of Jerusalem as one of the credentials of “a” Messiah. But worse of all, many did not see Jesus as the God of Jacob.

The fact is that both the Christians and the Jews are correct in certain ways. It is of vital importance to always remember what Jesus said, that salvation is of the Jews.

Matthew 22:42
Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The son of David.

Matthew 22:43
He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying,

Matthew 22:44
The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool?

Matthew 22:45
If David then call him Lord, how is he his son?

What ye think of Christ? How can Jesus be the Son of Man or Son of God when David called Him LORD? (Matthew 22:42-45) How can Jesus be the son of David when King David himself called Him LORD?

Gabriel declared Jesus to be “Called” the Son of God because of what He came to do; as a “Job Description” but not “Who” He really is, that He is the God of Israel = Creator of the Heavens and the earth. There is only ONE CREATOR and we the rest of the people are His servants, His spiritual children.

The LORD was to represent us as part of what He came to accomplish and that is to take Israel’s/Isaac’s place as the scapegoat (a male Ram) for Isaac (Luke 4:29) and a spotless lamb for a sin sacrifice (female Lamb – Leviticus 4:32) for all the children of God. Jesus of Nazareth was the spiritual Melchizedek “King of Righteousness”.

Luke 4:29
And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.

Leviticus 4:32
And if he bring a lamb for a sin offering, he shall bring it a female without blemish.

The physical person “Melchizedek” also known as the first King of Salem (Jerusalem) was the Lamb of God, just one of the sons of Adam and Eve, (a daughter in this case, who was betrothed to Abel but he was murdered by Cain, so later she was married off to Seth, husband of one wife for over 900 years) a king and high priest of the Lord Most High, just like her brothers, the other sons of Adam and Eve, the sons of God born before the fall (12 sons and 1 daughter), this number is reflected in Jacob/Israel’s household of 12 sons and 1 daughter.

Hebrews 7:15
And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,

Hebrews 7:16
Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.
Hebrews 7:17
For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

Psalms 110:1
The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.

Psalms 110:2
The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.
Psalms 110:3
Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.

Psalms 110:4
The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.
Psalms 110:5
The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath.

Psalms 110:6
He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries.

Psalms 110:7
He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.

To keep in mind that the word “Messiah” or “Christ” or “Anointed” is not a word that is used exclusively to “THE” LORD MOST HIGH, creator of the Heavens and the Earth. This is where the Christians made a mistake when they try to match all the puzzles in the Bible to Jesus of Nazareth and thinking that the word Messiah is equaled to GOD.

Messiah = God?

A messiah is not equaled to God but is a person anointed by the LORD to do His work or carry out His assignments.

A simple and yet clear understanding of the basics of the word “Messiah” is referring to a person or persons anointed with the Holy oil and Holy spirit of the LORD Most High from whom all blessings and anointing flow out to all His creations. All Kings of Israel and Judah and all High Priests and Prophets of the LORD in the entire Bible were referred to as the anointed of the LORD.

So it is even safe to say that ALL Kings of Israel, Judah / High Priests / Prophets / and ALL genuine Born Again Christians are anointed by the Holy Spirit of the Lord and hence = to “Messiah” or people anointed either with the Holy Oil or Holy Spirit of the LORD.

Even King Cyrus, King Darius and Artaxerxes king of Persia. who followed the commandment of the God of Israel to allow and assist the Jews to rebuild the second temple in Jerusalem are so called Gentile Messiah.

Ezra 6:3
In the first year of Cyrus the king the same Cyrus the king made a decree concerning the house of God at Jerusalem, Let the house be builded, the place where they offered sacrifices, and let the foundations thereof be strongly laid; the height thereof threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof threescore cubits;

Ezra 6:14
And the elders of the Jews builded, and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they builded, and finished it, according to the commandment of the God of Israel, and according to the commandment of Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia.
Haggai 2:2
Speak now to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, and to the residue of the people, saying,

Haggai 2:4
Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, saith the LORD; and be strong, O Joshua, son of Josedech, the high priest; and be strong, all ye people of the land, saith the LORD, and work: for I am with you, saith the LORD of hosts:

In order to build a Temple of the LORD, there must be both a Spiritual and a Political representative liken unto King David / King Solomon and Prophet Nathan or King Cyrus, Ezra and Haggai.

In the office of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest was to anoint a governor in the office of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel. In this case the office of Zerubbabel is Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, a man liken after King David whose name is the BRANCH (Zechariah 3:8, 4:9, 6:12, Jeremiah 33:15). His hands shall accomplish the will of the LORD and to complete the rebuilding of the Third Temple in Jerusalem and he shall serve the Lord in righteousness in the Land of Israel.

The original King of Salem (Jerusalem) Melchizedek was the pure olive tree while Israel is the wild olive tree. While Jesus represents the Spiritual pure olive tree and all His Children both Jews and Gentiles are His branches. Only the unfallen can be defined as “pure” olive tree.

Zechariah 3:8
Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH.

Zechariah 4:9
The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you.

Zechariah 6:12
And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD:

Jeremiah 33:15
In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land.

Zechariah 4:12
And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves?

Zechariah 4:14
Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the LORD of the whole earth.

The two olive branches are the present representatives of the LORD in the offices of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest and a governor of Israel in the office of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel. They are the same two olive trees in Revelation 11:4 standing before the LORD God of Israel, Jesus Christ.

Revelation 11:4
These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.

Ezekiel 34:24
And I the LORD will be their God, and my servant David a prince among them; I the LORD have spoken it.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

‎"Why is a raven like a writing desk?" - “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll

‎"Why is a raven like a writing desk?" I have been thinking about this riddle for the past few days after watching the latest Disney movie “Alice in Wonderland”. I suppose I have seen this riddle before when I first read the storybook during my schooling days but I never bothered to think about it or attempt to solve it.

Here is my attempt to solve this riddle.

Both are places where messages are written on. A desk is for us to write on, a raven is for God to write on. Not only in "mythology" but also in reality in the Bible, ravens are carriers of messages or warnings from God.

God wrote His commandment on the raven to feed Elijah and away the ravens flew following God's commandments to feed Elijah......

1 Kings 17:4
"And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there."

1 Kings 17:6
“And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook.”

Regarding this riddle from "Alice in Wonderland" - among some other people's attempt to solve the riddle, here are some samples (you can google it to see the rest of the samples): -

1) "Because the notes for which they are noted are not noted for being musical notes".
2) "Poe* wrote on both" ...
* ["The Raven" is a narrative poem by American writer Edgar Allan Poe, first published in January 1845.]

In the days of Lewis Carroll (1832 – 1898), the most common place to write something on is on a desk. Be it a short note, a message or to the elaborate drafting of legislation and etc. There might be somebody who may be seen writing on the floor / wall or some other place with a flat surface. Unlike today, you write using computers, mobile phones, on computer softwares, internet discussions forums, facebook “wall” and etc. How far has mankind progressed to a stage where we can play god writing on “Walls” in cyberspace…… But what exactly do we write about most of the time? Practically 99% of wonderland NONSENSE……

Let us read some Bible verses to see what other places that the Lord Most High, creator of the heavens and the earth wrote His Commandments upon. Among the many places, here are some samples; Wall of a king’s palace, tables of stone, in our hearts so that we may not to forget and of course, the raven. 

Exodus 34:1
“And the LORD said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest.”

Hebrews 8:10
"For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:"

Jeremiah 31:33
"But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people."

Daniel 5:5
“In the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king's palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote.”

Daniel 5:6
“Then the king's countenance was changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees smote one against another.”

Daniel 5:25
“And this is the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN.”

Daniel 5:26
“This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it.”

Daniel 5:27
“TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.”

Daniel 5:28
“PERES; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.”

Even animals such as the raven are able to follow God's commandments without fail, what about us who are sons and daughters of God?  Not only do we constantly seek NOT to follow our Heavenly Father's / God's commandments but also attempt to continuously vex the Lord with our nonsensical rebellion and empty words.   Shame on us.    

Malachi 2:17
"Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?"

Monday, August 23, 2010

Do you want to "LIVE FOREVER"?

Do you really want to “Live forever”?

Genesis 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

What does it mean “to live”? Is it not far better to die a righteous death and go to heaven? (or so, is that what Suicide Bombers were taught?) Even the Bible says, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21).

In the book of Genesis 3:22, to live forever as a human being as you are right now and not in some floating heavenly dream or re-engineered superhuman. Are you able to take life as it is now with all its imperfections and live forever? The imperfections that we see now, are they just a matter of one person’s opinion? To the Lord, you maybe the most perfect creature dearest to His heart, while to somebody else, flaws are all they see.

So, people who take pleasure in seeing other people die or blown up into a million pieces and want the same for themselves are they insane, brainwashed by systematic induction of perverse theology or plain stupid.

Oh, another reason, demon possessed…….. Is that what so-called Martyrs are going to tell God when they end up in Hell? The demons made me do it.

Do not say, I did not warn you beforehand.

Real martyrs of God are not the ones that go deliberately seeking death because of religious affiliations but those whom death came looking for them – people who are full of life,  and only want to live for their Lord and family.   

Come to think of it, mostly people who are well endowed in monetary means and not to forget social and political power are interested to live forever, to seek after Immortality, hoping to safe guard their interests, so to speak. Some people go to great lengths and effort (to the extent of even bringing harm or to kill) to find that fountain of youth.

Job 7:16 I loathe it; I would not live alway: let me alone; for my days are vanity.

Job 14:14 If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.

Job 21:7 Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power?

Try asking people born poor and are struggling to live one day at a time, if they want to live forever?

For my own selfish reasons, I am hoping for the nearest exit.

What about some people who are in irreversible situations according to the law of human nature (but according to the laws of God’s nature, anything is possible and reversible !!!).

Just a few examples:-

a) People born into extreme poverty and neglect

b) People with painful Terminal illness – seeking Euthanasia

c) People who have been in prison for so long, they have forgotten how to live in a society. Life imprisonment – some may plot for revenge while some just hope to die.

d) People who have been betrayed or abandoned by family, loved ones closest to them.

e) People who are trapped in a series of detrimental situations.

f) People who are born or made disabled.

g) ……etc…….etc……….

Psalms 49:1 Hear this, all ye people; give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world:

Psalms 49:2 Both low and high, rich and poor, together.

Psalms 49:3 My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.

Psalms 49:4 I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp.

Psalms 49:5 Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity of my heels shall compass me about?

Psalms 49:6 They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;

Psalms 49:7 None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:

Psalms 49:8 (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:)

Psalms 49:9 That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption.

Psalms 49:10 For he seeth that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others.

Psalms 49:11 Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their dwelling places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names.

Psalms 49:12 Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish.

Psalms 49:13 This their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah.

Psalms 49:14 Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling.

Psalms 49:15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah.

Psalms 49:16 Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased;

Psalms 49:17 For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him.

Psalms 49:18 Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself.

Psalms 49:19 He shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see light.

Psalms 49:20 Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.

We are basically programmed to believe that humans can live up to around 120 years old, even though “the Bible tells us so” (Genesis 6:3), it is because we see the mortality rates of our fellow human beings all die within that range of age. Most people believe that human beings like plants and animals, cease to exist when we die. That is a convenient way to think, that since we will cease to exist when we die, why bother trying so hard to live a righteous life and why bother to believe in some mythical being who claimed to have created everything that we see and know?

1 Kings 19:4 But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.

Psalms 7:5 Let the enemy persecute my soul, and take it; yea, let him tread down my life upon the earth, and lay mine honour in the dust. Selah.

Psalms 31:13 For I have heard the slander of many: fear was on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life.

Jonah 4:3 Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live.

Even the Prophets of old, wish for death to come (Elijah, Jonah, …..). What prompted them to seek for their life to be taken away? Are they not men of God, strong and mighty in Spirit of the Lord?

And yet, a life of seclusion and fear of death threats have made Elijah wish he had not been born.

John the Baptist spent all of his life in the desert alone and that even made him stronger in the Spirit.

In Jonah’s case, perhaps because the Lord pursued him so deliberately and intensely to pronounce God’s Judgments on Nineveh and hence Jonah became so preconditioned to think only of the destruction of Nineveh; that when the people of Nineveh repented and the Lord stayed His hand from destroying Nineveh, Jonah actually became somewhat ashamed and disappointed that his predictions did not come true. Did Jonah have some shreds of pride left in his heart?

Many times, even as the Lord punishes the wicked, he also chastises the righteous and even meets out a lesson or two for His own Prophets to learn from.

Jonah had to learn give up his pride and prejudice; while Elijah, well, he probably needed to learn to come out of that cave and face his greatest fears without shame or remorse, that wanton woman named Jezebel, the embodiment of the whore of Babylon, the worshipper of Beelzebub and all those who stand against the Lord God of Israel.

This demonstrates that even the mightiest of the Prophets of God are just human beings and when left alone, what do we normally do? A person left alone for too long, may tend to have their fears unusually magnified. Although it is good to be able to spend some amount of time alone in prayer and communion with the Lord.

In the end what the Lord aims to achieve is to show us that the Spirit of the Lord working through these prophets are able to overcome any of their individual weakness and fears.

Galatians 2:20 - “I am crucified with Christ: neverthless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

Although, we are left with the picture of a pouting and disgruntled Jonah sitting all alone outside the gates of Nineveh………….

It is quite unusual for the Bible to have a story that stops without a proper ending………

I wonder what happened to Jonah after that. Did he stop pouting and come out from under his booth with a contrite heart and get on with his life? I guess we can ask Jesus that question when He returns……

Ezekiel 18:19

Yet say ye, Why? doth not the son bear the iniquity of the father? When the son hath done that which is lawful and right, and hath kept all my statutes, and hath done them, he shall surely live.

Ezekiel 18:20

The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.

Ezekiel 18:21

But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.

Ezekiel 18:22

All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live.

Ezekiel 18:23

Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?

Ezekiel 18:24

But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.

Ezekiel 18:25

Yet ye say, The way of the LORD is not equal. Hear now, O house of Israel; Is not my way equal? are not your ways unequal?

When I am depressed because of various reasons and maybe because the roof over my head looks as if it is going to fall down on me (because small pieces of it did), all I want to do is cease to exist but my mother would say “nonsense”. All my life since I was baby, many people close to me (cousins) tells me that I have a short life. I was told that when a person is called to do God’s work, he basically has a short life, especially in my circumstances. So, throughout my short life, I never thought about what it really means to live out my life until 120 years or more, if Jesus Christ comes back before I die. I never made any long-term plans. I never bought any life insurance. I never wanted to go anywhere or do anything. But I knew, I had to do something before I die, so I waited patiently to complete my duties so that I can die and go home to heaven, that sort of thing. I was kind of looking forward to that day and hope it will be soon. But only this past year or so, I realized (through the Lord’s revelation), that all those people that told me that I have a short life, are wrong. The worse thing is, I was feeling disappointed because I have always thought I am going to take the short cut out of here. So can somebody remind me of what it means to live again? Why do we have to struggle to survive?

My mother no matter how hard her life was, she has never thought of death before in her entire life. My mother although she does worry a lot, she does not bother herself with silly thoughts and imaginations [unlike me… :-(   ] and she has a faith that is solid as a rock. Phew!! Thank the Lord I inherited a little piece of that rock…:-)

My mother said, all my complaining and sadness is all about money, isn’t it? Hhhhhmmmm….. I am not sure but money does answer some of my problems!!!!! Fixing this, fixing that, …….it takes money to generate more money …… and it takes even MORE money to buy time off from laborious work ….

I think I am becoming a fan of King Solomon and I think I am as bad as he is, for saying, MONEY ANSWERTH ALL THINGS!!!

Being obsessed about money and the things that mankind does to get it illegally that makes man evil but money itself is nothing but a means for exchange of goods and services….

Ecclesiastes 10:19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.

1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

In Psalms 146:2 helps us to see that no matter who we are and where we are (“while I have any being”) we will live to praise the Lord all the days of our lives. - “While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.” A person does not only need to “sing” in order to praise, but praises and honour and blessings unto the Lord can comes in all forms.

We praise the Lord and bring honour to His Name, through things that we do (when we live according to His Truth and Spirit) , the words that we speak with a renewed speech, the witnessing through our lives with the people that wishes to seek the Lord, and when they shall see it and shall place their trust in the Lord also.

Psalms 40:3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.

Psalms 45:17 I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations: therefore shall the people praise thee for ever and ever.

Psalms 146:1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise the LORD, O my soul.

Psalms 146:2 While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.

Psalms 146:3 Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.

Psalms 146:4 His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.

Psalms 146:5 Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God:

Psalms 146:6 Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever:

Psalms 146:7 Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The LORD looseth the prisoners:

Psalms 146:8 The LORD openeth the eyes of the blind: the LORD raiseth them that are bowed down: the LORD loveth the righteous:

Psalms 146:9 The LORD preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.

Psalms 146:10 The LORD shall reign for ever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the LORD.

Psalms 22:26 The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.

Deuteronomy 8:1 All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers.

Deuteronomy 8:2 And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.

Deuteronomy 8:3 And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.

So what does it mean to live?

“That man shall not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth MAN LIVE.” Deuteronomy 8:3

The Lord created the heavens and the earth and everything that is good in it including mankind. He created us not in vain but in his goodness and grace our Lord will enable us to live. Not only just enough to survive or get through the day, but according to the His endless riches of the full assurance of understanding and power of our Father in Heaven, the Lord Most High through whom we are His inheritance.

Colossians 2:2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;

Isaiah 45:18 For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.