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CAN GOD WALK INTO AN AMBUSH? (one)

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Ask an atheist and he will come up with, “Do I even believe in his existence?” His final conclusion will be, “Of course, yes, all things being equal.” What will be the response of Paul Tillich, whose theology is based upon ontological assumptions? Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536) the Dutch humanist, will, no doubt, receive a nudge from Humanism in his answer. And it is indubitable what Friedrich W. Nietzsche’s assertion, the author of the teaching, “God is dead” will be. It is most evident that Rev. Chris Okotie, my pastor’s, answer is an emphatic, “No way!”

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Rev. Chris Okotie

This topic, to many, sounds so puerile. You will appreciate the germaneness if you are apprised of philosophical foray into theology. Most atheists in an acute obduracy are of the conclusion that, “since this God can’t be accessed….He’s dead;” in their submission. Paul Tillich, a university professor and doctorate degree holder in philosophy is also a Professor of Theology. To him, “the word ‘theology’ conveys the meaning of logos (reasoning) and theos (God and divine things). This places him in the philosophical understanding that God is to be reasoned out! Tillich said that faith is not knowledge, he claims to know. His apologetic theology sees pistis (faith) as gnosis (knowledge) in his reading of the New Testament, which easily arrays him in the toga of a latter-day Gnostic. He sees Jesus as the New Being, a pointer to his Hegelian induction.

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Paul Tillich

From his ontological romance, Tillich wrote, “If we say that something is living, we indicate that it is dying.” His Hegelian immersion made him see God as developing from Being: the trinitarian Father is the Power of Being, whom he dialectically set up as the Hegelian new theses standing in antithesis to Logos (Jesus), from which comes a synthesis (Holy Spirit).

The only reason why an avowed Humanist like Desiderius Erasmus would dabble into Church matters is just to muddy the waters of the kerygma, using his excellent ebullience to paint it with humanistic colours. He provided enough support for Martin Luther’s cause but stuck unexpectedly with Catholicism. Erasmus’ ‘Christian’ humanism had blossomed forth in the movement’s confidence that man is quite well able to do without God because he can find absolute and radical freedom from all moral laws in a Christ who has become united with fallen humanity. I believe the reason why Erasmus would not join Luther was not farfetched. He still bowed to Mary, he believed in Catholicism, and is comfortable with transubstantiation: all of which the true Church would reject.

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Friedrich W. Nietzsche

Nietzsche wrote a book, “The Madman” where he put the words, “death of God” his Madman cried, “Do we not hear anything yet of the noise the grave diggers who are burying God? Do we not smell anything yet of God’s decomposition? Gods too decompose. God is dead” (Madman). A whole lot of philosophers and theologians gave their active support e.g. Paul Tillich, Rudolf Bultmann, T.J.J. Altizer (who said, “God has actually died), Martin Buber (God is merely an eclipse), Bonhoeffer (who believes that, “Man is now self-sufficient and has no need of God”) and William Blake. These people have quite a large followership.

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From the Bible, my sole reference point, which I have studied very well, Jehovah, the God of the Christian Bible, can only be seen, heard and understood by faith. Hypocrisy reigns so effortlessly in the hearts of humanity. Man takes one look at the weather and decides, “I don’t need an umbrella.” He believes his political leader’s promise. “I’ll pass this examination.” When it comes to the Creator he refuses to expend the same faith. He does not know that the enemy is the one behind his nonconformist Gibraltar obduracy. Satan always goes into hiding to set people against the Lord of creation.

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The stark reality is that this God of heaven and the earth is the only good One; and that He has carefully planted His true existence inside every living entity. Anyone who denies Him is being stubbornly unrealistic. There are actually two forces. Your repudiation of the good One automatically attracts the evil enemy. You must come to the good God by faith, therefore. Lucifer turns you from this good Jehovah by handing you a useless toy called calculation of empiricism, in the name of philosophy, which takes you on an endless journey of unproductiveness.

 (…to be continued…)

Get Jesus Involved (2)

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I KNOW MY REDEEMER LIVETH

(Continued from the 1st part)

Even within the confinement of an excruciating pangs of satanic attack, Job continued to hold onto his guard of faith when he made the famous scriptural pronouncement, “I know my Redeemer liveth” (Job 19:25). He had involved God, his Redeeming Jesus Christ. Amen. The word ‘know’ is yada` (yaw-dah’) ‘to know; (properly) to ascertain by seeing; observe, care and recognize.’ ‘Redeemer’ is ga’al (gaw-al’) ‘1. to redeem (according to the Oriental law of kinship) 2. to be the next of kin (and as such to buy back a relative’s property, marry his widow, etc.) 3. kinsman redeemer 4. (in justice) avenger.’ All these definitions are of Jesus. Job’s involvement with the LORD God gave him the knowledge of an eternal Redeemer. Amen!

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            “….for whither thou goest, I will go… and thy God my God

Her submission of “….for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God;” in the book of Ruth 1:16, was what got Jesus involved in her predicament. Ruth had, with that asseveration, cut off the idolatrous umbilical cord that did bind her to the Moabite gods. With Christ’s involvement, her life was now being managed by divine operative. The active ‘goest’ or ‘go’ is the Hebrew yalak (yaw-lak’) ‘1. (literally or figuratively) to walk 2. (causatively) to carry (in various senses);’ which when compared with halak (walking of Genesis 3:8) is ‘lifestyle.’ ‘Lodge’ is lûn (loon): ‘to stop (usually over night); by implication to stay permanently.’ This woman represents the Church, the body of Christ. Her walk has involved Jesus for all eternity. Praise the LORD!

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Daniel prayed toward Jerusalem

Daniel involved Jesus when he opened the window towards Jerusalem in Daniel 6:10 for he remembered the 1Kings 8:44 supplication of Solomon. He had, from his teenage days, been involving the Christ, when he rejected the king’s food of idolatry.  And by time he had become an elderly man Daniel’s involvement with the LORD was total. He had come to an absolute trust in Jehovah and did not want to depart from Him.

David had always been very close to the Lord his God. In the book of 1Samuel 17:36, he said, “Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.” David did not give himself the credit for his achieved feat. He gave it to the Lord, Jesus Christ, whom he had always involved in his affairs. Hear him in verse 37 “David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.”

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Having involved Jesus, young, inexperienced David dared Goliath!

Goliath oppressed David with, “Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field;” in verse 44, after having cursed David by his idolatrous gods. David did not waste time to involve the LORD God in 1Samuel 17:45 “Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.” Goliath came with three things representing the consummation of Satanism. The first time we see a sword in scripture is in Genesis 3:24, in the hand of an angel impeding an entry into Eden. A blockage to any progression.

Spear or javelin was first seen in Cain, whose name, in Hebrew, is qayin (kah’-yin) BDB Definition: Kenite = “smiths.” It is the same as another qayin (kah’-yin): ‘spear: in the sense of fixity; a lance (as striking fast) (with a play upon the affinity to qânâh (kaw-naw’): ‘to get, acquire, create, buy, possess.’ Cain was too much of himself to seek the protection. He had possessed all by his strength.

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Get Jesus involved and become a warrior!

The birth of Cain was to bring into effect, the strengthening of the protection of God’s word. Cain chose not to involve the Lord. He got the ruinous Lucifer involved in his earthly affairs. Jesus, the LORD God of the Eden abode, had to clothe the erring couple with the righteousness of the sacrifice which prefigured Him and that was the shield that protected them from His anger. Verse 46) “This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.”

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“…for the battle is the LORD’S

David’s confidence in the LORD’s involvement emboldened him to speak words of destruction against the intention of an unrepentant enmity. 47)“And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’S, and he will give you into our hands.” The very second you involve the LORD, the battle becomes His, then the sword that makes progress impossible, and the satanic javelin set against you becomes inoperative, leading to a capitulation of the enemy’s neck of pride under your feet! Amen.     (Conclusion)

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Better get Jesus involved!

 

Get Jesus Involved (1)

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All you need to do is to get Jesus involved in any boisterous satanic bullying and the gargantuan frightening opponent will be nothing more than a ranting of a braggadocio.

The Bible says that “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him” (Isaiah 59:19). The word ‘standard’ in Hebrew is nûs (noos) ‘to flit, that is, vanish away (subside, escape; causatively chase, impel, deliver).’ When Abraham believed in the LORD, hoping against hope for a child, it was Jesus Christ that he actually involved in that historical show of faith. And when the trial of all trials came knocking at the door of his faith he still believed God to do something for he said, “…..My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together” [Gen 22:8].

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How do I know it is Christ? Abraham spoke face to face with the epiphany of the LORD God in Genesis 18:1, 7, 13, 17-33. God, the Father, will never vacate the celestial throne. The only visible Member of the Godhead can be none other than Jesus Christ. Amen.

It was Jesus Christ who followed the exodus of the Israelites that gave Moses the heroic gutsiness to chart an unheard-of path in the Red Sea which brought the raging, saline water at attention! When they were thirsty Christ stood on the torridity of a rock to provide abundance of the needed liquid to everyone’s satiation.

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For the impossible to become a possibility, involve Jesus.

In the book of Judges 13:18 we read of an event which was a precursor to the birth of Samson, “And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret?” Manoah had involved Jesus when he prayed to God for a son. The epithet ‘angel of the LORD’ is, in many cases, the epiphany of the unseen Jehovah. This is the preincarnate manifestation of Christ Jesus. He said HIS name is ‘secret’ which in Hebrew is pil’ı̂y or pâlı̂y’ (pil-ee’) meaning: ‘wonderful, remarkable, incomprehensible, extraordinary.’ Who does the oracular afflatus call ‘wonderful’? It is the expected Messiah of Isaiah 9:6. It is Jesus the Christ. As many times Samson got Jesus involved he brought the extortionate belligerency of the enmity of the Philistines to their knees.

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                                “…even the devils are subject unto us through thy name

The disciples of Jesus followed the ascribed due process of an operation Jesus’ involvement, the result of which was captured in Luke 10:17, “And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.” Jesus is the reason for their spiritual feat in verse 18, “And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.” Michael led the angelic counter force, in the name of Christ, the Creator, against the first putsch by Lucifer, the Devil. On the cross of Calvary, Satan’s power went into enervation for as many who would invoke the involvement of Jesus in their vexatious predicaments.

2. the church prayed

They involved Jesus on behalf of Peter

What things have the evil ones expropriated from your ownership? The kind of which he did when he came to the nascent Church unawares and plucked off James. Take your authorized stand in the same fashion as the Church, when she began to call on the name of Jesus in Acts 12:5, “….but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.”  What type of prayer was offered by the church? It is called proseuchē (pros-yoo-khay’): ‘prayer addressed to God.’ Proseuchē comes from another word, proseuchomai (pros-yoo’-khom-ahee) ‘to pray to God, that is, supplicate, worship.’ Proseuchē  calls for supplication which gives a picture of an appeal from someone to a familiar person. Proseuchomai comes two words: pros (pros) ‘to the advantage of; at, near, by’ and euchomai (yoo’-khom-ahee) ‘to pray to God; to wish.’

In supplication they told God how they grew lethargic and lost James, a pillar giant of His ministry and after apologising made a proseuchē  unto God for a miraculous release of another giant of a pillar in the person of Peter. We understand that anyone who dared to free Peter would have had to face a treasonous charge, no doubt. But how do you slam a treasonable offence on the angel of Jesus, the Governor of the nations? Do not wait until you are dispossessed of something priceless. If the Church had not brought Jesus into the spiritual fray Peter would have been lost, probably, when he was most needed.

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Use your faith, like the woman with the issue of blood, to involve Jesus.

 The Woman with the issue of blood was trammelled by the economy of the covenant of the old testamentary order. A woman having her periodical flow must not go near an ecumenical person or the temple. She heard of the liberating Jesus and wasted no time involving Him. And the emaciating shame of twelve, sanguinary years came to a miraculous end. Just like that! She brought Jesus into her picture when she uttered the faith filled, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.  Two words stand out here: touch & whole. ‘Touch,’ in the Greek is haptomai (hap’-tom-ai) ‘(properly) to attach oneself to, i.e. to touch (in many implied relations).’ Sozo (sode’-zo) is the Greek for ‘whole’ and it means: ‘to save, i.e. deliver or protect.’ Only Jesus can save, deliver and protect. It was the involving ‘touch’ which led to her salvation.

 (…to be continued…)

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The LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning

 

 

 

 

NO COMPROMISE (two)

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  Sun, stand still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon

 (Continued from part one)

Joshua’s walk with the Lord emboldened him to do the impossible, “….and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon” [Joshua 10:12]. The command yielded an unprecedented positive result as it is testified in the 13th verse, “And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.” His inexorable stance concerning his affinity with God made him articulate the famous scriptural, “….but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD” [Joshua 24:15].

Deborah and her unflinching faith and obedience to the dictates of the word of Jehovah is the preoccupation of this uncompromising woman. As Deborah’s giantess’ strides, so the achievements of the one whose mind is stayed on the Lord. The uncompromising one attracts Godly, success loving people, all because they see in you a certain perpendicularity of righteousness that eases access to the throne of mercy as we read in Judges 4:8, “And Barak said unto her, If thou wilt go with me, then I will go: but if thou wilt not go with me, then I will not go.”

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“…and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” Amen!

The uncompromising virtue that welled up the veins of the four Hebrew teenagers is a challenge to get us enlisted in the spiritual war against the tendentious conspiracy of compromised empowerment. Satan’s first step was to induce an aura of languidness which changed what identified them with their nativity: Israel.

Belteshazar, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were originally Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah respectively, who had their names changed to birth them into a new compromising concept. One who is thoroughly baptized into the didactic notion of the scriptures will not allow himself to be an agent of conspiracy against God’s command. They tore up, therefore, the fake habiliments of Babylonian nomenclature, tearing them into shreds to hoist the spiritual nationalism of Israel. Israel, in Hebrew, is Yiśrâ’êl (yis-raw-ale’) meaning: ‘he will rule (as) God.’ Israel, technically, is ‘a prince by the side of Jehovah.’ They refused the gourmet of the zeitgeist. At the end of the story the several other youths looked good. But the uncompromising four Hebrew young boys did not only look best, they had the most prized wisdom which the emperor had spent so much seeking for. Amen.

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It pays to remain a virgin before marriage

Mary’s righteous disposition brought an angel Gabriel all the way from heaven; “And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 31) And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 32) He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33) And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end” [Luke 1:30-33].

God definitely knows how to surprise His own in the rewarding of diligence. Mary could not believe her ears in the 34th verse: “Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?” She could not believe that the millennial expectation of every woman was unbelievably fulfilled and that she was the very ,vessel incarnating the God of very God!

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                                      Behold Joshua’s secret of success!

Each of these biblical heroes and heroines could have shot himself or herself in the foot, making a perfect walk with God an impossibility. Abraham would not have qualified for the epithetic: father of faith, patriarch of Israel, and friend of God. Job? Just imagine if Job had failed. What would have happened? Job would have turned God into a liar! Job would have disappointed God like millions do daily. Satan would have triumphed over him, and for the rest of his life he would be licking his sorrowful wounds. David knew how to approach –from his heart– the LORD his God. It paid handsomely.

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It is best imagined what could have been the outcome if Joseph had succumbed to Satan’s offer of the fornication with his master’s wife. His unwavering loyalty to the word of God changed his slavery status, out of the gulag of condemnation, to become the number two lord of the ancient superpower Egypt, and to whom all bowed. He could have destroyed the offer of God’s privilege which enabled him to champion the preservation of God’s people, the Israelites. History would not have awarded him with any biblical heroism.

Use your God given talent to His glory. He will ask you to account for its use.

Who would have known Mary if she had just as made the mistake of committing just one seemingly innocuous sexual act in her life, before marriage? One act of fornication would have broken her virginity, rendering her absolutely ineligible to conceive the Saviour of the world! One illicit sex would have disqualified her womb from the actualization of the Incarnation! All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any;” says Paul in1Corinthians 6:12. So many useless, inconsequential habits and deeds have ruined humanity. Too bad!

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 The LORD stands by non-conformists to reward them

Today we discuss the heroism of the teenage Hebrew boys who decided to go the way of Jehovah. If not for his righteous heart, David would never have been able to set the normative for the good rulership of Israel’s kingdom. “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee;” of Psalm 119:11, was, doubtless David’s daily song. Amen! (Concluded)

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                                 So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven

Read part one here

NO COMPROMISE (one)

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Did Daniel die in the ruinous den of ferocious lions? No! So, don’t compromise.

He is an exceptionally great sportsperson. This guy who has won so many laurels has, for so many occasions, been invited to join the secret cults of masonry but had for that many times declined. His sole reason being, “I’m already in the secret cult of JESUS.” As a Christian he believes he is 110,000% wholly Jesus’, therefore, there, ostensibly, is no room left to join another cult.

Anytime he is poised to score a good point an invisible dart will just fly towards his direction to maim him. An angel sends the dart off his direction, into the belly of the ground. There were times when the satanic weapons were sent back to the evil culprits, maiming or sniffing out their lives outright. Tongues begin to wag à la press publications. Little did they know that Psalm 91:5, “Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;” was at work from the Lord whom this great footballer confesses as his Lord and Saviour.

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For I know that my redeemer liveth,” he said, in Job 19:25

He was Abrahamic resolute, walking the walk side by side his Jehovah. He would not trade-off his covenantal position with Jehovah for anything. In the face of aggravating vicissitudinary turns of life he becomes the philosophical Job in equanimity. Of course she is a Mary who, in expectation of her Lord’s demand, kept herself from youthful concupiscent inclination, thereby, making her matrix available for the LORD’s use.

He asked himself what Joseph’s stance would be if he were an athlete and found out, from the scriptures, that he would certainly have stuck to his uncompromising integrity. Hear an uncompromising Joseph in Genesis 39:9, “There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” (Emphasis mine).

Yes, David walked a route meant for a dastard when he ordered the assassination of Uriah, the husband of Bathsheba, whom he was committing adultery with, but this same David always knew how to come back to the Father and he never forsook the worship of Jehovah all the days of his historic life; and in this wise he trod the path of David.

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Abraham, the father of faith.

“And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect” [Gen 17:1]. The verb ‘walk,’ is hâlak (haw-lak’): ‘to walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively), lifestyle.’ Abraham chose a lifestyle that put a smile on the divine countenance of Jehovah. ‘Perfect’ is tâmı̂ym (taw-meem’): ‘entire (literally, figuratively or morally); also (as noun) integrity, truth.’ Abraham’s integrity remained in one piece; he died at an eld of one hundred and seventy-five years, having run an enviable race.

The book of Job 2:9-10 reads, 9) “Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die. 10) But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.The word ‘integrity,’ tûmmâh (toom-maw’) means, ‘innocence.’

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Job’s ‘no compromise’ stand paid off. Amen.

Job’s innocence and obdurate fidelity earned him one of the biggest earthly biblical rewards. “And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before” [Job 42:10]. This, no doubt, made him the richest man on earth! Your story can end so beautifully like Job’s: “Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold. 12) So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses. 13) He had also seven sons and three daughters. 14) And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch. 15) And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren. 16) After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, even four generations” [Job 42:10-16].

My advice is, “Don’t compromise.”

It is a well-known fact that Job was, personally, guiltless of the predicament he found himself. He faced his trials with a certain equanimity. Tribulations are good for us. They teach us how to wear the fitting robe of patience. It is getting worse these days after six thousand years of Adam’s unfortunate act that has plunged man into this quaggy state of depravity. Knowing fully well that God has imbued every individual with the spirit of equanimity, it is quite expedient for him to exploit this virtue to his own advantage when he gets ambushed in a trial. It will always rear up its head: trial.

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              “How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?”

The no-compromise person remembers Joshua and Deborah. Joshua’s strength is predicated on, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success” [Joshua 1:8].

(…to be concluded in the next part…)

Read the concluding part two here

WHY WILL GOD ALLOW CERTAIN THINGS? (part five)

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          New Jerusalem Temple coming down to the new earth of Jehovah

That true greatness is not found in individual’s greatness, but in the individual’s ability to make others great is incontestable. The majestic splendour of God will manifest when the view of the new world is dotted with gods. The Holy Spirit anointed inhabitants of the new earth will metamorphose into gods, each of us, probably, will represent a particular splendid radiance of Jehovah. Existing around the earth will be gods of divine radiance like the stars of the dark sky. Each of the billions showing off different glorious radiance of Divinity. A spectacle to behold!

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                             Moses saw the back side of the LORD God

God’s true splendor cannot be captured by these billions of gods. So, what is going to happen is that each blessed one will have to change from one colour to another effulgence of divine brilliance, and each hue will not look really like others, simply because this is what God truly is. Unfathomable! As we depict HIS glory, so we will be falling down in worship of the Most High in Spirit and in truthfulness of it. This is a unique phenomenon! This mundane show of His glory will continue for eternity. His ability to deify His created beings is the true greatness of Him, who was, who is, and is to come, the LORD, the LORD God Almighty! Every available space on earth will reflect the true glory of HIS Person. This is what Lucifer, the erstwhile head of the angels, bestially craved for.

The Devil’s detestation of Christians is based on the fact that we will inherit the LORD God Himself. We are the heirs of the eternal God. Our heirship is from eternity to eternity. Like the LORD God, we are eternally good; and the diminishing returns of gerontological deficiency can never creep into our glorious life. Christ’s life is ours. The long we live the more glory of Him who sits eternally on the throne we exude.

When we meet to commune, it is the communion of Divinity. When we greet one another it is a holy greetings of Divinity. Our only focal entity will be the Father and the Lamb. Egoism would have long been thrown into hell, where it rightly belongs.

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Satan egoistically communed with himself in his quest for divinity. He shunned the council of the Holy Spirit. The irrelevance of the Holy Spirit for him, rendered him irrelevant. He lost eternal blissful existence before the Creator. This great angel had lost it forever. He, therefore, in his maniacal self, is doing all he can to push man away from this unprecedented glory that God has planned for mankind. He is doing all he can to disparage John 3:3. He is fighting tooth and nail to keep man from actualizing Romans 10:9-10. He knows what a regenerated one stands to inherit. He knows what a massive second chance humanity is endowed with. He, consequently, set up religions, myriads of them, to marginalize the efficacious truth of spiritual regeneration inherent in Christianity.

Lucifer has injected the foetus of every matrix with a certain venom that enhances your disparaging stance of Jesus. That deceptive potion gives one a spiritual taste bud that craves for the religious meals provided by those beliefs. Before you know it you are already believing in the Eastern didactic karmic reality. You are sold to Masonic cultic way of life. The jihadic offer of 72 virgins of Islamic religious stance begin to appeal to your palate. The ontological paradigm of your ancestral belief, the custodians of which are the demonic familiar spirits, continue to fascinate your psyche. The relevance of divine counsel of the Holy Spirit: its repudiation, is the reason for this satanic design

mt-sinai-drawing                          God spoke directly with the Israelites on Mount Sinai

The Spirit has sent so many messages into your heart. Be wise. Apprehend the relevance of His messages. Get born again. Belong to Jesus, and you are settled eternally. Let us see the biblical relativities.

*True greatness= John 14:12, Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”

*New earth= 2Peter 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Revelation 21:1-5, 23. Verse one says, And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.” The word ‘new’ is the Greek kainos (kai-nos’): ‘new (especially in freshness); it speaks of renovation.’ Our earth will be renovated and made more spacious.

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Moses squinched when he saw the back side of Jehovah

* God’s true splendour = Isaiah 48:12-13.

*Satan communed with himself = Isaiah 14:14, I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

*Lucifer has injected the foetus = Revelation 12:4, 9, & 12 and verse 9 is, And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

*The Spirit has sent messages= Matthew 12:31-32; verse 31 says, Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. Confer Hebrews 10:26.   (Conclusion) 

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God spoke with Israelites face to face at Mount Sinai

WHY WILL GOD ALLOW CERTAIN THINGS? (part four)

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(continued from part three)   It goes beyond a case of questioning His authority, you are actually insulting Jehovah when you try to play God. The excellence of God’s personage is so salient that the creation of man must truly be godlike in order not to marginalize His creative prowess. To Adam God imputed free moral agency.

God did brief Adam when he was made the lord of the earth. In the course of bringing her to Adam, God would, no doubt, have briefed the woman on her ‘help meet for him’ role. While Adam was ‘to dress and to keep’ the Garden, the woman was to serve as a ‘help meet.’ ‘Dress’ is ‛âbad (aw-bad’) ‘to work (in any sense); by implication to serve, till, (causatively) enslave, etc.’ ‘Help meet’ in Hebrew, is ‛êzer (ay’-zer): ‘aid;’ this word comes from ‛âzar (aw-zar’): ‘to surround, that is, protect or aid.’

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                                              Man was made a free moral agent

The woman that God brought was a bodyguard; whose job was to support her husband by agreeing with him, who is the lord, priest and the prophet of Eden and consequently the earth. They were absolutely responsible for their action or inaction. It was a mark of gross perfidy when Cain defiantly asked, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” These words were the proof of an apodeictic apostasy. The word ‘keeper’ is shâmar (shaw-mar’): ‘properly to hedge about (as with thorns), that is, guard; generally to protect, attend to, etc.’ Shâmar is the same word God used when He told Adam to ‘keep’ the Garden. The eternally uprightness of God’s word of instruction became despicable to Cain’s warped perception. “I don’t need Your instructions, I’ll rather protect myself,” were the words of Cain. God allowed him to stray into oblivion. Cain was tested. He failed.

As many ladies lived unaccompanied by the word of God, that so many got mesmerized by the attractiveness of the cruel, fallen angels of Lucifer. The consequence of free moral agency misapplication. God desires to populate the creation with intelligent, free moral agents. You, as an individual, most definitely know what is appropriate. You desire good things and acquire those things. There are situations we detest. We go to all extent to ensure their impossibility. The things we deprecate, unfortunately, are the things many humans mete out to others. Egotism. Cupidity. Man’s pretensions are quite alarming.

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                 A robot isn’t a free moral agent, but the offspring of Adam is.

A robot cannot pretend to be anything else. It is programmed for its activities. God wants beings who can receive anointing for deification. Those who, willingly, will decide to follow God’s will are the creatures of His dream. Fall short of His dream and you have become a daydreamer. Any desire outside Christ is a falsehood of reverie. The tragedy is that too many lack the righteousness of Jesus.

If any will do what will be pleasing unto the Lord, he must meditate on, and comply with Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” The present continuous ‘renewing’ is anakainōsis (an-ak-ah’-ee-no-sis) ‘renovation, complete change for the better;’ while ‘transformed’ is metamorphoō (met-am-or-fo’-o) ‘to transform (literally or figuratively “metamorphose”).’

Satan will most certainly run evil thoughts through your mind. A design to make you place the onus of your predicament on God. What Job said in Job 1:21, “….the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD;” is a scriptural anomaly. Was it not Satan who did evil to him? God does not do evil. HE should never be castigated for any misfortune. In James 1:13-27; verses 13-14 read: 13) “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: 14) But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.” I will always be responsible for all my actions, and you are to take the full responsibility for whatever happens to you.

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Curse God and die,” his wife ill advised.

I have always made sure I never, for any reason, fling an iota of blame at God for any misfortune I find myself in. ‘Tempted’ is the Greek word peirazō (pi-rad’-zo) ‘to test (objectively), that is, endeavor, scrutinize, entice, discipline.’ Put contextually, ‘tempted’ has to do with ‘enticement to sin,’ going by the fact that peirazō as temptation has two grand meanings, ‘solicitation to sin, and trial from providential situation or circumstances.’

God will never be an accomplice to an evil act of sin. The words ‘drawn away’ is exelkō (ex-el’-ko). This is what Thayer Definition says: ‘to draw out, metaphorically: lure forth: in hunting and fishing as game is lured from its hiding place, so man by lure is allured from the safety of self-restraint to sin.’ In James 1:14, the language of the hunting is transferred to the seduction of a harlot.’ From Strong’s Definition: ‘to drag forth, that is, (figuratively) to entice (to sin).’ Sincerely speaking, this is where the generality of mankind is guilty.

At the end of all these trials those who decide to use their free moral agency Christ-like will be deified. Everywhere on earth, it will be god here god there. God, god, god of deified man, gloriously everywhere! Amen.      (…to be concluded…)

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WHY WILL GOD ALLOW CERTAIN THINGS? (part three)

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The vicissitude of the righteous Job

 

(…continued from part 2)

There is no doubt that the beings who became demons had a way of contacting their Creator. They would rather be fed with lies. They forsook the LORD, their God to their own peril.

Adam was another intelligent person. He was endowed with an immense wisdom. Did the LORD God not show up every evening to commune with the first Adamic couple? Did the LORD not appear well garbed while they sat before their God in stark nakedness? Did Adam’s intelligence prompt him to expect the LORD to show up, in one of those days, with a glorious toga befitting Adam, the lord of the earth? Why would Adam throw the futuristic glorious opportunity on the scrapheap, in a direct opposition to the Maker, only to take sides with a woman who was no less than a walking cadaver? You cannot allow your spouse to separate you from the love of the LORD.

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John 10:24, Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly. Their unbelief had affected their souls. Unbelief is plainly a deviation from God’s desire. God kept them in the darkness of their choice. He cannot dwell together with unbelieving souls. Spiritual immaturity of humanity will view this as a weakness on the part of God, which is not so: for God’s immutability is the proof of His strength. Amen.

                Job. If he had not gone through that harrowing experience, he probably would not have agreed to ventilate Job 40:4, Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth. I can hear someone’s agitation: “You mean God had to take him through that excruciating and debilitating pains just to make him say that?” You have no idea what is at stake here. We are talking about an acquirement of celestial citizenry. God, in His wisdom, has decided that Job had all it took to undergo the trial. Job, fortunately, did not disappoint the LORD God, his God.

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King Ahab paid dearly for rejecting Jehovah

Why will God allow a lying spirit to deceive Ahab in 1Kings 22:22, And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so. King Ahab decided to dump the God of his ancestry, the One who made a covenant with faithful Abraham. God does not force anyone to serve Him: He is looking for those who will do John 4:23, But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. Ahab, by his action, did call God a liar. A spirit that would deceive Ahab, according to God’s judgment would not be out of place.

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The only family that survived the annihilation of Sodom and Gomorrah

The story of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 19:24 reveals, Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; 25. And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. What right had a man to force his sexual immorality upon a fellow man? The visitors that Lot thought wise to lavish a comfortable hospitality on are the very ones the evil Sodomites decided to violate, not knowing that they were messing with heavenly visitants. Only if they had known!

Jericho is a type of the world. Jericho means ‘fragrant’; and figuratively it speaks of yareach (yaw-ray’-akh) (or Yrechow): ‘the moon’ and ruwach (roo’-akh) 1. (properly) to blow, i.e. breathe 2. (literally, only) to smell 3. (by implication) perceive 4. (figuratively) to anticipate, enjoy.’ Jericho refused to give off good smell; would not shine and breathe the life that glorifies Jehovah. Joshua, whose name means ‘Jehovah is Saviour’ went round Jericho to preach of the salvation but Jericho would not accept Jehovah. God destroyed it.

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There’s a reason why Jericho fell

2Thessalonians 2:11, And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12. That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” The above punishment will be meted out on those who would worship the Antichrist. Jesus did warn us in the holy writ when He told His disciples in Matthew 24:14, And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. To disbelieve the word of God is tantamount to calling God a liar! They shunned the truth. They will be fed with the lies of the one whom they believed: the enemies, that is.     (…to be concluded…)

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WHY WILL GOD ALLOW CERTAIN THINGS? (part two)

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(Continues from the 1st part)
Imagine what a slap –not to mention a more devastating punch– from God will do. God, as we have in Psalm 139:7-12, Proverbs 15:3 & Jeremiah 16:17, teach His ever-presence at all times in everywhere in the entire universe, on land and in the innermost part of every palpability of objects of human treading and navigation. Psalm 139:7-8, “Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? (8) If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there”. Isaiah 46:9-10 and Proverbs 15:11 do shed light on His omniscience. “…I am God, and there is none like me, (10) Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure” (Isaiah 9-10). “Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world” (Acts 15:18). And to cap it all is His foreknowledge of:
(i) Contingencies: 1Samuel 23:10-12
(ii) Future events: “Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them” (Isaiah 42:9); Jeremiah 1:5; Acts 2:23.
(iii) Human needs: Matthew 6:8
(iv) The Day of Judgment: Mark 13:32
(v) The redeemed: “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren” (Romans 8:29). See also, Romans 11:2 & 1Peter 1:2.

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Is God a good Person as Matthew 7:11 asks? “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” Matthew 19:17, “And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments”. There is no evil in Him: Psalm 34:16, “The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth;” read also Jeremiah 44:11; Amos 5:14 & 9:4. If God is good and has all these incomprehensible power to deal with all circumstances, then He knows why He did, and why He allowed what. When we get to heaven (make sure you’re born again before you die) He will explain all things to us, surely.

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                Lucifer, the dark angel and his demons

It is wrong to colour God’s actions. You will be delivering Lucifer’s message thereby. Lucifer would not be allowed to be Masonically generative in the heavenly assizes, and would not be permitted to step into an unauthorized position. He flared up. Lucifer missioned himself to set mankind against the will of God. Many have fallen into his trap, turning themselves against the thrice holy God. In Genesis 6:5, it is said of Satan’s achievement: “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man [was] great in the earth, and [that] every imagination of the thoughts of his heart [was] only evil continually.” So he has succeeded in making those who think they are wise enough to believe that they can teach God what to do.

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Could demons look thus?

The first living beings God created were endued with intelligence. Angelic beings know why they were made. In a most befitting sanitary holiness, these magnificent ones were brought into creation to beseem the sacrosanct ambience of the celestial abode of the thrice holy Jehovah. God did not decide to create robots for a good reason. He (God) needed intelligent ones who would, from a cognitive dispositions, make decisions from a desiderative mind, which is totally committed to the worship of the truly Most High and who alone deserves all honour, glory and power!

Any created being who infringes on an inviolable code should be intelligent enough to understand the implications of taking steps in an audacious contempt of the heavenly assizes. Had God any other choice but to sentence Lucifer and his co-putsch plotting scoundrels into eternal damnation? I believe not! The beings of the earth at the fall of Lucifer followed the Devil, were stripped of their bodies, and they became the disembodied spirits: demons. I have here, the link to my five-part post: “DEMONISM,” to enable an understanding of the origin of demons: https://hoojewale.wordpress.com/2016/04/30/demonism-part-one …

God allowed Satan to dwell on his heinous desires, concoct the machinations, scout for unholy votaries, and the unfortunate execution of the evil intention, so that He would prove to Lucifer how great Jehovah truly is. God wanted to show him that all the unbelievable praises in the worship of Him, all of which had tumbled from his angelic lips, were absolutely true! Satan gambled and, inevitably, he lost. Amen.

Lucifer, you were so full of pride, which goes ere falls of great entities, and again you failed to sprawl in absolute submissiveness before the LORD GOD. Faith in God would have enabled you to have explored a hitherto unknown merciful nature of Him, who sits on the everlasting throne. You gambled pridefully. The truth is: if you had to gamble you should have brought faith, according to His Word, on the table of stake.
(…to be continued…)

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WHY WILL GOD ALLOW CERTAIN THINGS? (part one)

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Angels married the daughters of men

The first thing Lucifer lost was his sense. His sense of reasoning got impaired. God, the Creator, is the first to establish the sense of reasoning. All forms of reasoning must conform to His Logos. Why? He is the Almighty! All-knowing! All-over! Only from Him does true wisdom flow. An impaired wisdom requires correction. A wielder of wrong notion is very circumspect, suspecting every correction and the communicator of it; believing an attempt to rob him of his ‘treasured’ understanding. Lucifer, hence, would not approach the High and Lofty Jehovah with his problem. He was lost forever!

The evil in him posed, “Why should I be the only one to lose?” And in his satanic resolve, “I’ll inflict this evil on every living entity”. He raised the first ever insurrection: in heaven. This attempt cost him his estate (Jude 1:6). He had lost forever: his leadership role of the celestial praise and worship, his ‘light bearing’ office and his archangel leadership. Too much to lose when opposed to the Creator! When the spirit of defiance leads you to a loss, and you decide to continue to wage the war of defiance, this is a fully blown danger of self-destruction. Lucifer became the most dangerous being in the universe. His ability to cajole the third of the mammoth population of the heavenly host evinced the parlous and perilous stance of his existence among unwary men. And by the time this great angel had taught the beings of this earth his ways -at the time of his fall from heaven- they became foul demons (read my post DEMONISM https://hoojewale.wordpress.com/2016/04/30/demonism-part-one …).

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He beguiled Adam’s wife who made her husband to display an egregious stupidity which has turned men into querulous beings of criticism who are asking questions like, “Is there really a Creator, and do we need one at all?” The Hindustan’s is “Are you sure there’s no rapport between God and Satan, hence, good partners?” How can there be hell!?” When man lost his sense through Lucifer’s incursion, he also lost the Light of knowledge which in turn severed him from the true worship of Jehovah. Severance from the Almighty makes one hell bound. Cain lost out because he followed Lucifer. Knowing fully well that man was made to be a worshipper, Satan pointed out the sun to replace the True Light so as to make up for the sacerdotal vacuum which sin had created.

In the same vein, symbolism took over the given Word of God. Is it not the norm to see people flashing two fingers these days? If only they know what cultic symbolism that portrays. Two fingers of a hand is the compass. The two fingers of the other hand is the square. Intersect the two ‘v’ shaped fingers and you have an abstraction of the occult star of David. What does it mean to flash the compass and the square? It means that man is the sole architect of his own life, needing no God of the Bible!

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God’s Unapproved Angelic Marriage to Daughters of Men Proved Disastrous

So it was very easy in Genesis chapter six for the girls of the Adamic race to fall in love with fallen angels resulting in an unholy alliance which gave birth to a freakish species of half-angel half-man beings; and this is what the ‘G’ in Masonic compass and square stands for: generative. Those giants were an act of obviation of the inevitable coming of the Messiah. Those giants would never go, neither would their offspring, to heaven, having in them the seed of a doomed fallen angel. The word ‘giants’ in Genesis 6:4 is nphiyl (nef-eel’) (or nphil {nef-eel’}) ‘(properly) a feller, i.e. a bully or tyrant.’ They were the tares that Lucifer planted. God would not be frustrated. He destroyed all of them in the great deluge. Why would God create what He cannot, or would not want to, or be able to tame, is the 64 billion dollars question.

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They roamed the desert because they could not show faith

One important truth is that when the Bible is silent on an issue, it is quite unwise to give any exegesis on it. A proper study of the Bible does reveal a whole lot to feed man’s curiosity as it pertains to His ways or acts. Is He the Almighty, having a certain potency even science cannot compute? How powerful will a One who could, as Exodus 15:8 reveals, “And with the blast of thy nostrils the waters were gathered together…;” Job 4:9, “By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed”; and also, “…and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked” (Isaiah 11:4) be?

(…to be continued…)

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