Merry CHRISTmas

“Yo-Ho-Ho and a bottle of. . .eggnog.” The Christmas season is upon us and in full swing. Music is in the air and many classics play on our flat screen TVs. Shows like, White Christmas, It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol, and The Miracle on 34th Street. Many movies portray the Crucifixion while others from the world portray Santa Claus and stories about relationships that the season brings back into reconciliation.

Although these are great movies about the giving spirit of Christmas, where are all the films about the greatest miracle that God gave to mankind, the miracle of the Immaculate Conception? Has the world forgotten about the reason for the season? Have we forgotten that Jesus not only died on the Cross, but had a miraculous beginning, an extraordinary, phenomenal, and miraculous life?

We have all probably seen, including me, the aforementioned movies a number of times, plus many others about the spirit of Christmas and of giving. I thought about this very thing as I watched the end of The Bible, which depicted the main events of the Bible. Whereas movies aim for sensationalism, we as Christians cannot think of anything more sensational than the gift and birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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

Now the story of the Cross is great and I praise Jesus Christ for enduring it for me [1], and I’m all for the preaching of the Cross [2], and of the Gospel [3], but His death is not His only story. Christ’s birth and short 33 year life here on Earth was nothing short of miraculous and a blessing from God the Father to all of mankind [4].

Although I know the story, I wanted to be a part of the scene by diving into a movie, especially during this season. I flipped through the channels trying to find a movie about Christ laying in the manger at the Inn in Bethlehem, but to my chagrin, all I could find was one of the aforementioned films.

A Scripture worth noting here is Isaiah 9:6, 7, which speaks to the first miracle, the virgin birth. Many scriptures prophesy to the coming of the Messiah. Here are just a few: Genesis 49:10; Isaiah 7:14; Jeremiah 23:5; Micah 5:1, 2. Genesis 3:15 is the first prophecy in Bible and speaks to Jesus.

v6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
v7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this [Isaiah 9:6, 7 KJV].

So. . .back to the Bible. Matthew 1:23 tells us of His miraculous birth. (God really knows how to make an entrance, eh.) Oh, to have been there and gazed upon the loving face of the baby Jesus. The witnesses were so lucky.

Although conceived through man, each baby is still a miracle in their own right. Christ showed me that through the man, Christ is our brother. However, through the woman, we are the Bride of Christ. When the first Adam was born, he was perfect in every way. He had never sinned. How long he lived before the tree, no one knows, but it was long enough to recognize the sound of God and His authority [5]. When Adam finally sinned and with the taste of fruit still on his lips, he knew his wife Eve, thus passing sin down to all of mankind. Because Eve was culpable and duplicitous in their disobedience, the sin-nature also infected her.

In Luke 1:26-38, the Angel Gabriel came to Mary and told her that she had found favor with the Lord and that she would conceive a child whose name would be Emanuel. Mary said, “I am the Lord’s servant, may your word to me be fulfilled.” The Holy Spirit came upon Mary and impregnated her with righteousness, holiness, and the full essence of God the Father. God created the first Adam as an image of God but now, God, the Holy Spirit, did not create the second Adam but fertilized and infused Mary’s Seed with the full essence of God.

Our meaning of fertilized is not the same meaning as the world defines the word, but is, in fact, a spiritual fertilization, which curtailed the placing of the Holy Spirit into Mary’s Seed. (The Holy Spirit infused Himself into Mary’s Seed and NO INCEST was involved as some think.)

Jesus was now, not only man, but God. He was not an image of God like the first Adam but the real deal. Then when Jesus died on the Cross, the Holy Spirit (the Comforter [6]) became available to those who would accept Christ and follow Him.

I may be the last person on this planet to get this understanding of not only the act, but of the particulars, it does not negate the truth of the revelation. However, just in case I am not the last to know, I submit this understanding and revelation to you for your edification and comfort. The comfort in knowing that we have a Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, and have the zeal of the Lord Almighty (who) will accomplish this [7].

Since the spirit of Christmas is giving and the Lord gave us so-o-o much, even His life, I relay to you a message from the Lord through His Spirit:

My Gift to mankind is in My birth.
The gift of My birth is in My life.
The gift of My life is in My death.
My Bride. . .receive My gift.

To which I immediately and personally replied:

My gift to you Lord is my rebirth.
The gift of my rebirth is in my life to you.
The gift of my life is in my death.
My husband. . .please receive my gift.

MERRY CHRISTMAS
AND A
HAPPY NEW YEAR
TO
MY DEAR FAMILY AND FRIENDS

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[1] Hebrews 12:2
[2] Mark 16:15
[3] 1 Corinthians 15:1-8
[4] John 3:16
[5] Genesis 3:10
[6] John 14:26
[7] Isaiah 9:6, 7 NIV

MARK OF THE BEAST

About a week and a half ago I was reading the book of Revelation and ran across a single word that all but jumped off the page at me. That word was beheading. In light of current events, it immediately reminded me of James W. Foley who, on August 19, 2014, became the first American casualty of ISIS [1], when they beheaded him. . .on camera. This was an absolute tragic and barbaric crime against humanity [2]. This one word compelled me to research further.

v4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years [Revelation 20:4 KJV].

Nothing divides the body of Christ quicker than the book of Revelation and end time prophesies, but the first thing we have to remember about the book of Revelation is that it is not linear. Revelation 20:4 speaks to the first resurrection after the tribulation and about those who did not worship the beast or take his mark.

DEFINING THE GREEK

Revelation 13:18 addresses the mark of the beast that Revelation 20:4 talks about. So. . .what does 666 mean? You may be surprised.

v18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six [Revelation 13:18 KJV].

Let’s dissect the Scripture in the language in which it was written, Greek. First off, I have learned that the opening phrase “Here is wisdom” was a colloquialism for “Here is a riddle [3].” For two millennia, man has tried to decipher the number 666. Therein lays the riddle, it means something else [4].

Other than the opening phrase, the two major words in Revelation 13:18 that might lead one to a different interpretation than intended is “count and number.” To condense this narrative, the word “count” in the Greek is Psephizo, which means to determine or decide. The word “number” in the Greek is the word arithmos [5], which reduces down to an “indefinite number” or is better translated as “multitude.”

SIX HUNDRED THREESCORE AND SIX

We have to remember that especially in this day and age when we see 666, we are seeing Arabic Numerals. However, God told John to write down what he saw [6]. Because 666 is a number and a name [7], John did not see the Arabic Numerals 666. What John saw was “Chi Xi Stigma,” which is Chi = 600, Xi = 60, Stigma = 6 [8]. What makes this such an incredible prophesy is that the word that “Chi Xi Stigma” spells, did not even exist in John’s day.

The characters “Chi Xi Stigma” are Arabic for “Bismallah,” which means “In the name of Allah.” You can Google these characters Online [9]. Now, let’s transpose Revelation 13:18 with our definitions and see if we can make it a little less cryptic.

v18 Here is a riddle. Let him that hath understanding determine the multitude of the beast: for it is a multitude of men; and his multitude is in the name of Allah [Revelation 13:18 translated from the KJV Bible].

Today, you’ll find the “Chi Xi Stigma” on all banners, arm bands, head bands, and flags in all of Islam. The characters Chi Xi Stigma look like the capital letters X E C with small curly tails. In addition, I might note that the character Stigma also has a literal meaning of scar, mark, or badge of service. The crossed swords (X) also represents Jihad and Islam.

CONCLUSION

The beast is Islam and the Bismallah is the mark. Muslims stylize the Bismallah so that we cannot recognize it. However, here is another link to see what I mean by stylize. Stylized Bismallah

Nonetheless, just to cover all bases, no verichip or R.F.I.D chips for me. However, it makes allot more sense to me that Matthew 24:21 is fulfilled much more dramatically with the beheading of men, women, and sadly that of children, rather than from just taking a R.F.I.D. chip. You will not know what I mean until you’ve seen the torso of a 10 year old child. Sadly, I have. No one likes to read this stuff, let alone see it, but until America (no, the world) pulls its head out of the sand, things will continue and escalate. I guarantee that fact. Terror groups are combining forces as we speak, because a Caliphate is their goal, and if I read my Bible correctly, they’ll succeed.

However, have no fear! At the end of the three and a half year tribulation, Christ returns. Are you ready? Is your lamp filled with oil? Do you anticipate His return? Are you preaching the Gospel to every living creature?

On the Cross, Jesus sacrificed Himself and did away with a limited mortal sense of man as just a lump of clay, and proving that man’s true life is spiritual and eternal, and made in the image of God [10]. Christ’s victory on the Cross is our victory, but only upon acceptance of Him. Halelujah!
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[1] Islamic State of Iraq and Syria
[2] Matthew 24:21
[3] hode este sophia
[4] An amphiboly, which means that it has more the one meaning.
[5] Arithmos is where we get the word arithmetic. Strongs G706 never refers to a number and always refers to a group of people.
[6] Revelation 1:9
[7] This is a multi-lingual palindrome, Greek and Arabic
[8] In the first century, the stigma’s value was 6. You can see the text in the original manuscripts and is what John saw and wrote on Patmos. Codex Vaticanus
[9] Walid Shoebat was once a Jihad terrorist who converted to Christianity, and is now an evangelist.
[10] Genesis 1:26, 27

NOTE: There are 35 known Terrorist training camps in the United States of America and the Government is hell bent on not doing anything about it. The present administration is decimating the military. News agencies report that the litmus test for generals keeping their jobs is “Will you fire on American citizens?” The persecution of Christians is a daily occurrence. The writing is on the wall. Keep our focus on Christ and lets take as many with us as we can.

Make It Important

This last weekend, while weeding out my DVD collection, I found a forgotten treasure; all eight copies of Robert B. Parker’s Jesse Stone made for TV murder mystery series. So-o-o, I decided to have a marathon. Of course, anything with Tom Selleck, is worth watching. However, in case you’ve never seen any of these movies, here is a brief background blurb.

Following his divorce and loss of his job as a homicide detective for the LAPD, Jesse Stone travels to Paradise, Massachusetts, a quaint little coastal town where they hire him as their chief of police. Jesse Stone lost his job in LA because of his drinking problem due to his divorce.

By disc number four, “Sea Change,” Stone is seeing a shrink [1] for his drinking. During this session, Doctor Dix says something that grabbed me and wouldn’t let go. Because of the unction that I felt, I knew that I was going to do something with the statement. So guess what I did and who I consulted first. 🙂

Doctor Dix was curious as to why Jesse drank and asked him, “Do you drink while at work?” Jesse answered, “No, I don’t. It would be unprofessional.” He then asked, “Do you drink at home?” Jesse replied, “Yes.” After further discussion Doctor Dix came to an internal conclusion that Jesse drank because of his divorce and worried about what he had no control over, which in and of itself is an exercise in futility. I am sure that the doctor surmised in his head that the reason Jesse only drank when he got home, was because his focus apparently changed, to which Doctor Dix gives the take-away of the scene, “If you haven’t got anything to do, find something to do. If it’s not important. . .make it important.

Many of us today give the enemy a foothold in our lives when our minds become idle and we worry about things over which we have no control and do not give it to God.

v27 and do not give the Devil a foothold [Ephesians 4:27 NIV].

v27 Idle hands are the Devil’s workshop. . .[Proverbs 16:27a TLB].

As with Jesse Stone, if we are going through a difficult period in our life and have much time on our hands, then I echo Doctor Dix, “If we have nothing to do, find something to do. If it is unimportant. . .make it important,” or as Jean Luc Picard of the Federation Starship Enterprise says, as he points to the observation screen, “Make it so.

If you have nothing to fill the void at present, a great place to start would be the Scriptures and time spent with the Lord in prayer. Now I do not know what you are going through (if anything right now), but here is a great Scripture to get you going.

v8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
v9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you [Philippians 4:8-9 KJV].

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[1] Played by William Devane

The Gospel told through the tree

Everything in God’s Word leads to Christ, and the tree is an important symbol to the progressive story that the Bible tells, from cover to cover.

• The tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (Sin enters the world). By nature, starting with Adam, through his sins, man separated himself from God. This is man’s problem. (Rom. 3:10-23).
v23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
• The tree of Life (Eternal life and reward). God cast out Adam and Eve so that they would not partake of the tree of life resulting in mankind living in an unredeemable state forever. (Romans 5:17)
v17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.
• The Vine (Israel and its planting). No nation has been more favored of God than Israel. But Israel was a degenerate vine. (John 15:5) The church is NOT the true vine; Christ is the vine. The church cannot fulfill Israel’s destiny without Christ.
v5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
• The Fig Tree (Israel and its rejection). Simply put, the wages of our sins is death (Spiritual death) (Rom. 6:23).
v23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
• The Olive Tree (New life, new beginning) However, to accept God’s solution through His death, we, because of our problem, have to confess with our mouths and believe in our hearts that Jesus is Lord. Man has to call on the Lord to receive salvation (Romans 10:13). This is man’s response.
v13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
• Christ hangs on the tree (Forgiveness and redemption from sin).  Jesus paid for our sin debt. This is God’s solution. (Rom. 5:8).
v8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
• The Cross is the tree of Life (Salvation and eternal life given). Salvation comes by faith (Rom. 10:9,10).
v9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
v10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

This is basically the Bible and the Gospel in a nut shell told through the tree.