Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Israel: We Stand With You

The Moment of Silence
in the hearts of the Jews, GOD'S Ancient People,
and the Grafted-in Jews... 
for the Victims of the Holocaust 





Click on the links below. 

STANDING STILL 

ISRAEL'S Moment of Silence

Monday, April 24, 2017

Their EYES Were HOLDEN ...




Day 9

of the 40 Days

of the Resurrection Season

 

when The RISEN LORD JESUS CHRIST

appeared to His+ Company of believers

in His+ Risen, Glorified Body

which could never die again.

 

Their Eyes Were Holden ...

 

The men walking to Emmaus had a problem: their eyes were holden and they could not recognize The RISEN LORD JESUS.

 

  But their eyes were holden

that they should not know him.

Luke 24:16

 

The men, one named Cleopas, were of the Company who followed JESUS and who were with the band of disciples gathered together the First Day of the week. They were present when the women reported that they had seen an Angel who told them HE+ had risen from the dead and was ALIVE !

 

 HE+ is not here, but is risen:

remember how HE+ spake unto you

when HE+ was yet in Galilee,

 

Saying,

The SON+ of Man must be delivered

into the hands of sinful men,

and be crucified,

and the third day rise again.

 

And they remembered His+ words,

 

And returned from the sepulchre,

and told all these things unto the eleven,

and to all the rest.

 

It was Mary Magdalene and Joanna,

and Mary the mother of James,

and other women that were with them,

which told these things unto the apostles.

 

And their words seemed to them

as idle tales,

and they believed them not.

Luke 24: 6-11

 

The two men were present when Peter ran to the tomb and found it empty and reported back to the Company of believers.

 

 Then arose Peter,

and ran unto the sepulchre;

 

and stooping down,

he beheld the linen clothes

laid by themselves,

 

and departed,

wondering in himself

at that which was come to pass.

Luke 24:12

 

Then, these two followers of JESUS embarked on a journey to Emmaus, a village about 7 miles away. As they walked, The RISEN CHRIST drew near and joined Himself+ to them ... but they did not recognize HIM+ !

 

It was fully day, for the women and Peter had come and gone from the sepulchre and reported back to the Company about their findings ... likely, with a storm of discussion... which would have given time for the sun to rise.

 

As the men walked in daylight with the unrecognized but RISEN LORD, HE+ asked them what manner of things were they discussing as they walked, being sad ?

 

After Cleopas exclaimed his surprise that this "stranger" was unaware of what had happened at the Passover, the two men expounded to HIM+ the events of the Crucifixion plus the reports of the Empty Tomb. It was the third day since all these terrible things happened.  

 

The surprising response of this "stranger" to their explanations was:

 

O fools,

and slow of heart to believe all

that the prophets have spoken:

 

Ought not CHRIST

to have suffered these things,

and to enter into His+ glory?

Luke 24:25-26

 

Then HE+ expounded to them the Scriptures from Moses and all the prophets concerning the CHRIST, Himself+.

 

However, their eyes were still holden ... and they yet did NOT recognize The RISEN LORD being with them and talking to them.

 

Do we recognize HIM+ when HE+ is among us today...

 

or are our eyes so fixated

on knowing ABOUT HIM+

that we do not discern

His+ Presence ?

 

Are our eyes so fixed on the things of this world...

 

that we cannot discern His+ Voice

from other voices...

especially the voice

of our own troubles

and concerns ?

 

When The RISEN LORD called these two serious-minded and sad believers "FOOLS !" , it was a stern rebuke, one of the hardest rebukes HE+ spoke in the New Testament.

 

Un-belief ,

even when in grief, sadness, and confusion,

earned these two believers

HIS+ stern rebuke

for their stubbornness.

 

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We do not know WHY they refused to believe the report that HE+ had risen from the dead and was ALIVE and had indeed appeared to the women, whom they all scoffed at. We can only surmise that they were still in shock and heart-broken.

 

That was no excuse,

according to

The LORD'S up-braiding !


 Yet, in His+ great mercy and kindness, The RISEN CHRIST JESUS opened their eyes at the Breaking of Bread, His+ Body.

 

What "eyes" ? 

 

HE+ opened the eyes

of their hearts

so they could "see"

with their spirit

 

WHO+ HE+ was,

The LIVING LORD JESUS CHRIST,

standing there among them

... all that time.

+  +  + 

 

DEAR LORD JESUS,

 

Open my eyes that I may see YOU+ instead of the things that crowd YOU+ out of my vision.

 

Open my eyes that I may see YOU+ instead of my troubles and concerns that loom so large.

 

Help me to stop focusing upon this temporary world and its crushing and certain evil and rather, let me see YOUR+ hand fulfilling prophecy for YOUR+ soon return.

 

I want to know YOU+, O my LORD CHRIST, not simply know things about YOU+.

 

Be THOU+ my vision, O LORD JESUS, I pray,

 

for YOU+ have risen from the dead

and YOU+ are LORD. 

Every knee shall bow,

every tongue confess

that JESUS CHRIST is LORD !

 

Amen and amen,

and thankfully so !

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Friday, April 21, 2017

40 DAYS and 40 NIGHTS ... The RESURRECTION SEASON !


DAY 6 
of the Resurrection Season
of the Christian Calendar


The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that JESUS began both to do and teach,  Until the day in which HE+ was taken up, after that HE+ through the HOLY SPIRIT had given commandments unto the apostles whom HE+ had chosen: 


To whom also HE+ shewed Himself+ alive 
after His+ Passion by many infallible proofs, 


being seen of them forty days, 
and speaking of the things pertaining 
to the Kingdom of GOD:
Acts 1: 1-3
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Forty days and nights --- unlike ANY other 40 days and nights ever had been or ever will be on planet earth --- were 40 VERY ACTIVE days and nights. 

Disciples were moved from  a despair they could hardly live with to  a  JOY that they could hardly contain in their natural bodies. 




In fact, the brothers walking to Emmaus were SO ENLIVENED by contact with the Resurrected, Living LORD , that they turned around and walked BACK TO JERUSALEM  that very same night ... a matter of nearly 7 miles ! --- just to share the fact : 

JESUS IS RISEN !

What did The Risen LORD talk to them about during that 7 mile journey from Jerusalem to Emmaus ? 

 
Then HE+ said unto them, 
O fools, 

and slow of heart to believe 
all that the prophets have spoken: 

Ought not CHRIST 
to have suffered these things, 
and to enter into His+ Glory?   

And beginning at Moses and all the prophets,  
HE+ expounded unto them 
in all the Scriptures 
the things concerning HIMSELF+.

Luke 24:  25- 27 
+  +  +

 Earlier, verse 16 tells us that their eyes were holden, that they might not know Who+ HE+ was, as they expounded to HIM+ their puzzlement over His+ death. 

From the very words of these brothers, they had TRUSTED in CHRIST, so they were quite confounded at the works of GOD.  

Apparently, they did NOT trust the witness of the women of their company who found His+ Tomb empty ... and had talked with an Angel !  

HOW OFTEN HAVE WE OURSELVES
REJECTED THE  WITNESS 
OF THE LIVING CHRIST ?

Why do we make The LORD "prove" HIMSELF+ to us, over and over again?  

Yes, we "agree" in our minds... but do we ALWAYS AFFIRM in our hearts the Truth, when we are faced with great and serious difficulties ? 

The LORD,  The LIVING LORD, The RESURRECTED JESUS, up-braided the brothers ... and it was NOT GENTLE. 

"O, fools ... "

The LORD called these brothers !  

and slow of heart to believe 
ALL
that the prophets have spoken:
 
 The LORD JESUS+ revealed HIMSELF+ to them only in the breaking of the Bread, His+ Body,  because their minds were fixed on "what they knew"  or thought they knew.  

Unbelief is like that.  

The LORD had to share with them the Crucified CHRIST, alas,  before their eyes were opened to the Resurrected, Living CHRIST !

The breaking of the Bread, HIS+ Body, was required to move them from unbelief to FAITH ... that living trust in CHRIST to be exactly WHAT HE+  said HE+ is ! 

IS CHRIST REQUIRED 
to do that for us too ? 

Must  HE+ prove Himself+ over and over again to us before we move from unbelief to faith in HIM+, faith in His+ Victory over death, hell, and the grave ?  

Do we continue to live in despair in secret, tormenting areas of our lives ?

Must HE+ upbraid us, also ?
+  +  +

Dear Heavenly FATHER, 

O, THOU WHO hast given  us Thy SON+ and made us meet to be partakers with HIM+ in glory,  I stand ashamed before THEE for my unbelief. 

I repent and forsake my clinging on to unbelief even when I know The LORD JESUS is ALIVE and LIVES ever to make intercession for us. 

Turn my vision from myself and onto the Victory in CHRIST.  

Turn my vision from the affairs of this world and onto the Coming Return of CHRIST, when HE+ makes all things new and puts to flight the workers of evil, high and low. 

Grant me that Living victory, entrusting my care and keeping unto HIM+ Who+ lived and died, and "Behold,"  HE+ said, " I+  AM  ALIVE FOR EVERMORE! " 

 In the Mighty and LIVING Name of our Resurrected LORD JESUS CHRIST, I lift these prayers to THEE, O FATHER. 

+  +  +

Glory be to GOD ON HIGH ! 
HalleluJAH ! CHRIST IS RISEN ! 
HE+ is risen INDEED ! 
+  +  + 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

HE+ LIVES! Resurrection of Jesus Christ, The HOPE of The Human Race





Jesus is ALIVE ! 

Life will never be the same.

 

Life is not about making money, buying endless things, being popular and well thought-of.

 

Life is about an ETERNITY with The ONE+

Who created you and all that exists.

 

HE+ came to us from another realm, another dimension, the heavenly-celestial dimension.

 

HE+ came to HIS+ own but they would not receive HIM+.  Many who say they are HIS+ still do not receive HIM+.

But HE+ is ALIVE! 

 

The Disciples saw HIM+ die a hard and painful death, complete with reviling and mocking. They heard HIS+ Words from the Cross. They watched the Roman soldier shove a razor sharp Roman lance into HIS+ heart to make certain HE+ was dead.

 

Joseph and Nicodemus lovingly removed HIS+ battered body from the Cross, wrapped it,  and placed it in Joseph’s tomb.

 

The religious leaders besought Pilate for a Roman guard detail to be placed to guard the tomb. Pilate gave them a watch, a squad of soldiers numbering 4 soldiers, which was changed every 4 hours, a total of 16.   The  penalty in the Roman army for allowing your “Prisoner” to escape was death.


When JESUS came out of the Tomb these hardened Roman soldiers passed out and became as dead men. Angels rolled the stone away. Their appearance was like lightning.


The SON+ of GOD is Alive and at The Right Hand of The Eternal GOD HIS+ Father, and will soon come again as HE+ promised. A Day of rejoicing for HIS+ Children, a day of terror for HIS+ enemies.

 

LIGHT OF THE WORLD, 

HE+ is Alive. 

Nothing will ever be the same again.

 

CHRIST IS RISEN!   

HE+ IS RISEN INDEED!  Hallelujah!!  

Come LORD JESUS!

WHAT Was HE+ Doing down there... in the Heart of the Earth ?




Taking Captivity Captive

THREE UNIQUE

DAYS AND NIGHTS

ON PLANET EARTH…

 

Never having occurred before

and never to be repeated !

 

What Was HE+ Doing Down There ?

 

 

 

For as Jonah was

three days and three nights

in the whale’s belly;

 

so shall the SON+ of Man be

three days and three nights

in the heart of

the earth.

Matthew 12:40

 

 

What was HE+ doing down there in the heart of the earth, for three days and three nights ?

 

We KNOW HE+ was not sleeping !

 

We KNOW HE+ was not recuperating !

 

We KNOW HE+ was not being punished by the devil ! ( As some heretical teachers assert and witch covens too!)

 

For CHRIST also has once suffered for sins, the RIGHTEOUS+ for the unrighteous, that HE+ might bring us to GOD, being put to death in the flesh, but MADE LIVING by the HOLY SPIRIT: 1 Peter 3:18 ( literal translation) .

 

Forasmuch then as CHRIST has suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; 1 Peter 4:1

 

We KNOW HE+ HAD FINISHED

THE JOB.

 

FATHER, it is FINISHED.

Into Thy Hands I+ commend My+ Spirit.

John 19:30 and Luke 23:46

 

JESUS answered and said unto them,

Destroy this Temple,

 

and in three days

I will raise it up.

 

Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this Temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?

 

But he spake of the temple of his body.

 

John 2: 19-21

 

The Witness from Matthew 26:61

 

And they ( His+ enemies) said,

This Fellow+ said,

 

I+ am able to destroy

the Temple of GOD,

and to build it

in three days.

 

Matthew 26:61

 

The Witness from Mark 14:58

 

We heard HIM+ say,

 

I+ will destroy this temple

that is made with hands,

 

and

 

within three days

 

I+ will build another

made without hands.

Mark 14:58

 

THOU+ hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: THOU+ hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them.

Psalm 68:18

 

Oh that the Salvation+ of Israel were come out of Zion! When God bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad. Psalm 53:6

 And;

Oh that the Salvation+ of Israel were come out of Zion! when the LORD bringeth back the  captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad. Psalm 14:7

 

For CHRIST also has once suffered for sins,

the RIGHTEOUS+ for the unrighteous,

 

that HE+ might bring us to GOD,

 

being put to death in the flesh,

but MADE ALIVE by the HOLY SPIRIT:

 

By WHOM also HE+ went

and preached unto the spirits in prison;

 

Which sometime were disobedient, when once the long suffering of GOD waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.

 

The like figure whereunto 

even baptism doth also now save us.

 1 Peter 3:18-21

 

So, WHAT  was  

HE+ Doing

in the Heart of the Earth

 for 3 days and 3 nights ?

 

HE+ was PREACHING !

HE+ was proclaiming!

 

HE+ was forming the CHURCH in the heart of the earth… the Ecclesia … the Called-Out onesliterally, called out of sheol, hades, hell, Abraham’s Bosom, the Heart of the Earth.

 

HE+ was preaching to the Captives, those in Abraham’s bosom, as per Luke 16.  

  • HE+ was preaching to those who died, from Adam to Noah. 

    • HE+ was proclaiming the Good News of Salvation to the Patriarchs up to the time of Moses.  

      • HE+ was proclaiming the fulfillment of the Salvation Message to the Righteous Jews in Abraham's Bosom who had died following The LAW of Moses with all of their hearts, like David did. 

 

HE+ brought the Message of Salvation through HIMSELF+ to the Righteous Dead, whoever they were, that followed a Right Way of Life. 

[ Keep in mind: they were not CHRIST- REJECTORS . . . for they had had NO OPPORTUNITY to know the Saving GRACE of our LORD JESUS CHRIST  until HE+ preached the GOOD NEWS in the heart of the earth. ] 

 

Romans 2: 14-15

For when the Gentiles, which have not the Law, do by nature the things contained in the Law, these, having not the Law, are a law unto themselves:

Who shew the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another in the day when GOD shall judge the secrets of men by JESUS CHRIST according to my gospel.

 

For,

for this cause

 

was the Gospel preached

 

also to them that are dead,

 

that they might be judged

according to men in the flesh,

but live according to GOD in the spirit.

1 Peter 4:6

 

Your father Abraham rejoiced

to see My+ Day:

and he saw IT,

and was glad !

John 8:56

 +  +  +

 

 

My substance was not hid from THEE,

when I was made in secret,

and curiously wrought

 in the lowest parts of the earth.

 

Thine eyes did see my substance,

yet being unperfect;

 and in Thy+ Book

all my members were written,

which in continuance were fashioned,

when as yet there was none of them. 

( that is, literally, which in a day were formed into ECHAD, the unified plural ONE ... which equals the CHURCH ) 

Psalm 139: 15-16

 

Thus, the CHURCH, the Ecclesia, 

the Called-Out ones …

 was formed

 

when Our VICTORIOUS LORD descended

 

into Hades, Sheol, the Heart of the Earth, 

Abraham’s Bosom


and preached


the GOSPEL unto the dead.

 

It had never been done before.

 

Not only the Patriarchs before CHRIST came, but also those dead ones who had never heard of the LIVING LORD and the commonwealth of Israel, the ones who had never had the first chance to join themselves unto Israel to worship the Living LORD… now had the opportunity to receive the GOSPEL of CHRIST.

 

THAT  is what HE+ was “doing” down there in the heart of the earth for 3 days and 3 nights:  FORMING THE CHURCH.

 

+  +  +

 

Thus, as HE+ preached the GOSPEL to the Captives and took those who were held captive in hades, sheol, Abraham’s Bosom, ( i.e., the righteous dead ) … HE+ formed the Church and MOVED IT INTO THE PARADISE OF GOD, which is now located in the Third Heaven !  (see  2 Corinthians 12:2 ).

 

Hear the Prophet Hosea:

 

Come, and let us return unto the Lord:

for HE+ hath torn, and HE+ will heal us;

HE+ hath smitten, and HE+ will bind us up.

 

After two days

will HE+ revive us:

in the third day

HE+ will raise us up,

 

and we shall live in His+ sight.  !!!

 

Hosea 6:1-2

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 Glory to GOD in the Highest!

Friday, April 14, 2017

They Have Stripped ME+ of My+ Garments

This is a  3-minute chant from the English Orthodox Byzantine Church, traditionally done on Holy Thursday before the Crucifixion of CHRIST JESUS. 

( It has a surprise ending; be sure to listen to the last stanza. ) 

While we can only count "3 nights and 3 days"  from a Wednesday Crucifixion, with two Sabbaths in that Passover week,  we join with other Christians in the Commemoration of The LORD'S Crucifixion on the western Christian world's "Good Friday" ... since the commemoration itself is not a matter of Salvation. 



  They Have Stripped ME+ 

of My+ Garments 

English Orthodox Byzantine Chant

Chanted by Vassilis Hadjinicolaou.


 

  They Have Stripped ME+ 

of My+ Garments  ... 

for the LAST TIME ! 

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MARANATHA!  

Come, LORD JESUS !  

 

* We have portrayed in this video Christian ART; we do not worship images nor icons. / Sr. Judith Hannah  + + +