EASTER SUNDAY (2nd part)

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Note that in Genesis 1:3-5 all God did was to set His divine foot on terra firma in order to establish His ownership (Psalm 24) so that in all things He is number one as attests to in Colossians 1:18, where ‘preeminence’, in the Greek, is prōteuō (prote-yoo’-o): ‘to be first (in rank or influence).’ Every Sabbath (that is Saturday – being the last day of the week) reassures them in the old testamentary order that they had a rest. Sin polluted the rest. When Jesus chose to resurrect on the first day of the week, did He not decide to begin all over again from the day He started it all (Day One)? In Day One of Genesis 1:3, there was none but Him standing on the terra firma. None helped Him to shine the Light of the truth. None could say, “I was there with Him to share the glory of creationism.” Now that He had to revert to that first day of the week, He is in complete control of true worship. The first day of the week came to be known as the Lord’s Day.

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Revelation 1:10, “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet.’ This Lord’s Day is in 1Corinthians 16:2 (which happened to be a Church service day), “Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.” Act 20:7 (is more explicit), “And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.” The breaking of bread is of ‘Easter’ or the Passover, because the taking of the communion did replace the Passover which was eaten first eaten in Egypt. John 20:19, “Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.” This verse takes us back to Genesis 3 when He used to pay them a visit in the secluded area of the Garden of Eden. After the sin the first psychological problem was that of fear coated with insecurity. After His resurrection the fear of insecurity restricted them to one room. How they longed to hear His protective words of endearment: “Peace be unto you”.

There is a marked difference between the Sunday of our (Christian) worship and that of the literal ‘Sunday’ of the sun deities such as: Amaterasu, the sun goddess of Japan, sun god Re of Egypt, Mithra of Persia, Inca of Peru, Helios (Greece); Sol (Rome); Surya, Savitr, and Mithra (India); Utu (Sumer); and Shamash (Babylonian and other Semitic areas). Their sun god is the transient Satan; a thief, liar and a cunning dupe. Our Messiah (of Christians) is the Eternal One. He said, “I [am] he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death (Rev 1:18) confer chapter 3:7. He comes from eternity, saves us and takes our salvation into the realm of eternity for eternal safe keeping of our dear souls. Amen.

If you will like to be part of the Kingdom of Jesus, you must be born again. It is very simple to get born again. Pray this prayer from Romans 10:9-10. Pray as if this is your last with all your heart. Ready? DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER, I COME TO YOU NOW IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST. I BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD. I BELIEVE THAT JESUS DIED FOR MY SIN. I BELIEVE THAT YOU RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD. I CONFESS WITH MY MOUTH THAT JESUS IS LORD AND I RECEIVE HIM NOW AS MY LORD AND MY SAVOIUR. I GIVE GOD ALL THE GLORY. AMEN.

 

JESUS THE SAVIOUR

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Easter Sunday (part 1)

 

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Easter, no doubt, is esoteric. While Sunday is a human tampered fetishism fundamentally, Biblical account of creationism is crystal clear that God created a 24-hour day (of light and darkness), a 7-day week of six working days and the Sabbath day of rest concluding the week. Every day is the LORD’s.

Easter is a pagan festival held in honour of the goddess Eostre or Ostara and celebrated at the spring equinox or within the month of April. Also known as Eostre, it is thought to be a derivation from a Teutonic goddess of spring, Eastre, adopted in gross error by Christian writers about the 8th century. Only once in Acts 12:4 Easter appears in the KJV and it is the Greek word pascha (pas’-khah) Thayer Definition: the paschal feast, the feast of the Passover, extending from the 14th to the 20th day of the month Nisan. Strong’s Definition: ‘the Passover (the meal, the day, the festival or the special sacrifices connected with it).’

The Passover ritual is easily found in scripture, in Exodus 12:1-29, “And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD’S passover” [Exodus 12:11]. ‘Passover’, in Hebrew is pesach (peh’-sakh): ‘a pretermission, that is, exemption; used only technically of the Jewish Passover (the festival or the victim). Pesach comes from pasach (paw-sakh’): ‘to hop, that is, (figuratively) skip over (or spare); by implication to hesitate; also (literally) to limp, to dance.’ Verses 26 & 27 of Exodus 12, “And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service? 27 That ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the LORD’S passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses. And the people bowed the head and worshipped.”

Jehovah commanded Israelites to eat this Passover to protect them from the destruction about to befall Egypt and more importantly, to adumbrate the Good Friday substitutionary death. God will always protect His own, no matter what it takes. At Easter true Christians are not involved in the fallout of the syncretism embarked by Catholicism. What Christians celebrate on Easter Sunday is Passover, which Roman Catholic aberrant dogma christened Easter, in honour of one goddess of spring.

 

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Easter is all for Jesus who before his passion gathered the apostles in the account we read in Mark 14:24, “And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many”. Paul taught in Hebrews 9:15 “And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance”. The reason for the application of this rite even to the Church is explained in Hebrews 8:7, “For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second”. Amen!

The commission of the original sin of disobedience by our pristine parents demoted Adam from being the ordained ruler of the earth, thus placing man under satanic hegemony. Lucifer’s dominance engendered another traditional way(s) of worship, other than the one laid down by Jehovah. God forbids adoration of objects in the 2nd commandment. ‘Sunday’ and its spiritual aberrant implication is never to the veneration of Christ. In creationism it is the first day or Day One. It was when the Light was separated from darkness. This Light is the Creator. He must, of necessity, show up in Day One because He is the Alpha. In creating other days He pervades them. On the seventh day He rested, especially owning the Sabbath for Himself (as the Omega), and commanding even the lord of the earth and his wife to honour the seventh for number 7 (perfection) is God’s number.

(…to be concluded…)

GOOD FRIDAY

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                                                                      Death is swallowed

 

Good Friday is not a day of mourning, that is, to see the Saviour, still wriggling in the excruciating pang, on the gory cross of the Calvary event. Is He still on the punitive cross? Will Jesus reminisce on this hour of a seemingly Satanic hour of triumph and feel the pain again spiritually, mentally, psychologically or physically? He is no more on the sanguinary cross meant for a criminal.

The same rationale that prompted the angel to say, “He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay [Mat 28:6], should be the reason why you should take your eyes off the cross of Jesus and onto the One of Revelation 1:17-18, “And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: (18) I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death’. Even the tomb is too ineffectual in keeping Him detained in the bowels of the earth.

Acts 2:24 says, “Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it”. The truth is that He is never a candidate of death. He has, from eternity, been too much for any hellish incarceration. He is the One who was, is, and is to come; of whom in Isaiah 63:1, the prophet enquired, “Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength?” And the Great One answered, “I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save”. How can anyone be mourning over the crucifixion of Him who declared in the fifth verse, “And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my fury, it upheld me”.

 

 

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OUR GLADIATOR

 

Can any other person perform this work of salvation save Him, who alone is God over all (Romans 9:5). I do not see Him on the cross any more, where He put on display the weakness of the first Adam, whose sin ushered in death. Can someone who took the penalty of your sin, and dying in the process, came back to life by His own power, still cause you to continue to mourn his death? Would you not in honour, not of your saved neck, but, of the salvaging one throw the biggest party? Good Friday, definitely, calls for a huge celebration of life (saved from destruction). Most definitely, it must not call for a somber, but rather sober reflections leading towards a fruitful Christian walk with, as 1Corinthians 2:8 calls Him, the Lord of glory.

Adam Clarke, in his commentary explained: “The Lord of glory.] Or the glorious Lord, infinitely transcending all the rulers of the universe whose is eternal glory;” while that of Poole runs thus: “the Lord of glory; both with respect to his Divine nature, as to which he was God blessed for ever, and also as Mediator, being the Author of glory to those who believe. And from Jamieson, Fausset and Brown’s Commentary, we have: “Lord of glory — implying the inseparable connection of Christ’s humanity and His divinity. The Lord of glory (which He had in His own right before the world was, John 17:4; John 17:24) was crucified”. He travelled to Bozrah to stain His divinity with the blood of the enemy, for me.

Bozrah, (which comes from batsar (baw-tsar’)BDB Definition: ‘to gather, restrain, fence, fortify, make inaccessible)’ means: ‘sheepfold, fortress or distress’. Eight times it appears in the Bible, in Genesis 36:33; 1Chronicles 1:44; Isaiah 34:6; Isaiah 63:1; Jeremiah 48:24; Jeremiah 49:13; Jeremiah 49:22 & Amos 1:12. Eight represents new beginning, in scripture. Bozrah in this context is of the fortress man is so powerless against. Adam’s original sin commenced a new beginning: death, a fortress man could not break through to his freedom. They were very comfortable in Abraham’s bosom, deep down the earth, but had no accessibility out of this land even as the righteous dead. Satan had the keys then.

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                                            1Corinthians 15:55, “…where is thy sting?

 

The LORD of glory took the war into their enclave, pulverized their fortified stronghold, giving easy access into life eternal. Amen. It is no longer a morose laden Good Friday! Roll out the drums of sweet victory! Give thanks to Jesus! Satan, on Easter Fridays, remembers when he thought he had got God conquered and wish had not entered Judas to do that unholy job. He is licking his wounds, delivered on his person at the interment of the Holy One of Israel. One day in hell his entire being will be nothing but bruises, leaving him no tongue to do no licking. Satan understands 1Corinthians 15:55, “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” which fills him with great discomfort. Satan’s loss is our victory.

Only born again people can celebrate this victory. You can get the spiritual, new birth by praying this simple prayer which you must believe with all your heart before it will work. Say, “Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I believe that Jesus is LORD and I receive Him as my LORD and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen.

menorah-Jesus in Isle of Patmos  REJOICE!!!

 

THE CHOSEN ONE (1st part)

 

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“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light”: 1Peter 2:9. The verse begins with ‘but’, which in Greek is: de (deh): a primary particle (adversative or continuative) meaning: ‘but, moreover, and, etc. This definition shows that it is a continuation of a discourse. Who are the object of the discourse? They are the ones of verse 7 allusion, “Unto you therefore which believe he is precious”; of whom the fifth verse pens, “also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house”, and they are those who have “tasted that the Lord is gracious” in verse three. These were first mentioned in 1Peter 1:2, “Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ”.

                Peter says they are ‘chosen’, eklektos (ek-lek-tos’): ‘picked out, chosen, select’. You know how you take your time, knowing fully well you have all of it, when purchasing foodstuffs with none competing, being the first and earliest in arrival and you want to pick the very best? So did God, by the reason of being able to wield a faculty of His, called foreknowledge, took time, looking into the future of the offspring of Adam, He selected those who would make Him a very proud Creator. God chose the ones who would make Jesus their lifestyle, who would walk the righteous walk side by side His holy strides. These chosen ones are so special that God will never allow them into another’s hand. Another hand is a waster. God does not waste any property. Amen.

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The chosen constitute a ‘generation’ genos (ghen’-os) Thayer Definition: 1. kindred a. offspring b. family c. stock, tribe, nation 1. i.e. nationality or descent from a particular people d. the aggregate of many individuals of the same nature, kind, sort’. Strong’s Definition: “kin” (abstractly or concretely, literally or figuratively, individually or collectively). This genos comes from ginomai (ghin’-om-ahee) Thayer Definition: ‘to become, i.e. to come into existence, begin to be, receive being’. The born again Christian is so unique, specifically positioned in a distinguished state of existence: to bring full pleasure to the Majesty on high. Many are the Christians who just do not see the very closely knitted kinship existing between us and the High and Lofty, LORD God. Why did He command man to “Be fruitful, and multiply”, Genesis 1:22? One day, He knew, they will be the most precious intelligent beings to adorn the heaven and, especially, the earth.

Why, do you think God chose Israel? It was basically to adumbrate the emergence of one of God’s well-guarded secret: the Church. Israel means ‘a prince by the side of God’. ‘Royal’ is basileios (bas-il’-i-os): ‘royal, kingly, regal’. And basileios originates from basileus (bas-il-yooce’): ‘leader of the people, prince, commander, lord of the land, king’, which is probably from basis (bas’-ece): ‘1. a stepping, walking 2. that with which one steps, the foot’. Our royal footing has a heavenly insurance policy covering it. We are, by divine decree, the lords of the terra firma. It looks too, fairy-like, good to be true. Nevertheless, it is very true! The Bible says in Psalm 115:16, “The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’S: but the earth hath he given to the children of men”. The earth is where the action is, and the chosen ones own it by divine donative decree. If there are any activities going on in any other planet, it can only be that of the illicitness of demonism. Next time you hear of aliens – it is only a euphemism – demonism is actually meant.

Hierateuma (hee-er-at’-yoo-mah) is the Greek word for ‘priesthood’, which has the definitions: ‘1. the office of a priest 2. the priestly fraternity, that is, a sacerdotal order (figuratively)’. The first earthly priest was no other than the first man, Adam. When Cain was thrust into the vagrant flight, engendered by sin, he set up an order of esotericism. Satan has always been a copycat. The sacerdotal order of the chosen ones is God ordained. The policy of governance may, by virtue of civic plebiscite, be the preserve of voted politicians but the dimension of the prophetic utterance, the spiritual stability of a nation is owned by the chosen ones. Alienation of the chosen ones is the bane of universal socio-politico turmoil. The chosen stands in the spiritual gap to enable the Creator’s positive participation. No priesthood means no God. Satan knew that God would have nothing to do with Cain’s city of Enoch (which means ‘initiate’) so, it was demonically apropos for Cain to raise priests of the occult.

(…to be concluded…)

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LET NOT THE SUN SET… (part two)

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       …continued from part one (IN COMMEMORATION OF MY BIRTHDAY, THIS 17TH MARCH, 2016)

 

Sorrowful reality is the fact that the first couple raised the first human to face a tragic death and also the first candidate of hell. What would you do to the first humans you nurtured, on a daily bases, for years if they decided to rebel against you if you were God? Do you know how painful it is to lose ones child? They lost Abel for ushering sin into humanity. They messed up God’s toil!

 

 

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                                                         Bane of Man’s Misery

 

 

Sin caused rape. Do you know what trauma rape victims undergo? Rapists are more daring by the second in human history. Armed robbery victims are always left in a stupor, especially when the stolen item is an irreplaceable gem or work of art. How would a monarch feel if his daughter decides to go the way of professional prostitution and all plea from the throne fall on deaf ears? Personally, I hate lies so much that I can almost maim a liar. Lies are poured forth torrentially every second on earth. The gravity of lying is never apprehended until you see and come to the understanding that when a lie is spoken what an individual has done is to call God a liar. How? You were told to take one piece of cake. No one was looking so you took an extra two. “How many did you take?” “One piece”, you answered. You were not the only one who answered at that time. Before you said, “one” God said, “three”. Has your utterance not labelled the Almighty Jehovah God a liar?

When you changed the true, blue colour of the cap you were seen in and you told your hearers, “I came in a dark red cap”, you lied against the heavenly Witness who did see you in the blue cap because He made mention of, “blue”, expecting you to echo the truth. You, disappointingly, uttered a contrariness which clearly branded God a lying One; and this is how grievous a told lie is.

So many are the atrocities of man. Sin ushered into the life of mankind, the act of idolatrous worship. Idolatry is simply satanic. It makes you a staunch supporter of Satan – the one you were created to bring to justice. Idolatry brings you into a spiritual matrimony where you the idolater is the wife and Lucifer, the evil one, is your husband. In Ephesians 5:22, “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord”, the word ‘submit’, which in Greek is hupotassō (hoop-ot-as’-so), Thayer Definition: ‘1. to arrange under, to subordinate 2. to subject, put in subjection 3. to subject one’s self, obey 4. to submit to one’s control 5. to yield to one’s admonition or advice 6. to obey, be subject’; comes from two Greek words of: hupo (hoop-o’) ‘by, under’ and tassō (tas’-so) ‘1. to put in order, to station a. to place in a certain order, to arrange, to assign a place, to appoint’. What hupotassō is saying is that, the wife should package herself well then arrange herself properly under the authority of her husband. Now imagine you doing that (hupotassō) under the authority of creation’s worst and bitterest enemy? Idolatry is nothing short of you sneering at God, knowing fully well that He hates what you are doing.

When man chooses to drink, more often than not, he goes for a highly fermented liqueur, which he quaffs until the venom of its sting robs him of every scintilla of sobriety. The demon which had goaded him to stupor will then take over God’s own creation. Backbiting is another atrocity man daily dives in to give himself a long, mudslinging swim. Need I reel more of man’s sinful activities?

It is clear that some angels failed to please God by opting to come under Lucifer’s leadership. The first beings of the earth allowed Satan to deceive them. A deceit which made them to jettison Jehovah’s deity so that they would embrace an evil and lying Lucifer. The Creator decided to create us, humans, you inclusive. God was seeking for righteousness among humans: to lay a solid evidential ground to bring justice to Satanic acts. Some angels and the first beings (who became demons) could not provide God this pleasure. Many humans have disappointed God. It is now your turn to choose between the Creator and the evil liar.

Satan is so mentally warped, completely demented, too crazy to ever feel remorseful or shame. He is absolutely against the good God, so what should one expect from this enemy of the LORD? Satan has no feelings at all; which reminds me of the gods of different ages from the Akkadians, Greeks and Romans who believe that their gods know nothing but a daily debauchery and that they have no real care for their worshippers. The truth is that all gods of idolatry are telescoped into one Lucifer. Lucifer is so wicked that absolutely nothing can ever pacify him. Every idolater does not know that Satan cannot be gainfully worshipped. He has made sure of a certain spiritual blindfolding of all idol worshippers. Satan does everything possible to keep them from the manumission found in the gospel truth of Jesus. Only losers, like Lucifer, will worship Satan.

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In all of man’s inhumanity against his fellow man and against the express word of scripture, God chose to forgive man, even in the face of an undeniable fact that the one whom He had made to judge Lucifer did bungle it. Dear lady, you can decide to hunt the one who has offended you with the unforgiving spirit which Satan has placed inside of you. You can also choose to reach out heavenward and adorn him in the garb of forgiveness. Do you know that if this person should go to Jesus with a genuinely contrite heart, asking for forgiveness, God will most certainly bestow him with forgiveness? He would have settled himself, spiritually, while you continue to drown yourself in the wicked swamp of unforgiving stupidity. Choose! Deuteronomy 30:19; Joshua 24:15. (conclusion)

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LET NOT THE SUN SET… (part one)

 

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She was too angry to be pacified. “You have no idea what atrocity, so debilitating, has been meted on my person”. Still will not be mollified, followed the rant, “If it was an inadvertent act I will understand but for someone to approach a proverbial six-toed person, look straight into his face and slowly turn the gaze, dramatically, downwards and begin to count the toes loudly with an outstretched fingers of impunity”. She paused for a few seconds, sighed, and in a very low tone asked me, “If it were you, what would you do when after counting he should ask you, ‘what are you doing with so many twenty-four toes and fingers’, please, tell me?”. Seeing her implacable stance, I knew that what I thought would not placate her so I told her God’s own story.

A long, long, many billion years ago after God had created the heavens, the earth and other heavenly objects, He sat on His celestial throne and desiring to live to His expected state of Divinity, He created an angel, Lucifer, then several billion highly intelligent others, to give Him, the Creator, worshipful obeisance. Lucifer was the star of the angelic attraction, being made the most beautiful, most intelligent and the most powerful. He was the best singer, the praise and worship leader in the heavenly ecumenical assemblage. The head of all intelligent beings.

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Luciferian Angelic Recruit

 

One day he walked to the presence of the Most High and said or better still, demanded to be promoted to the state of divinity. The One who sits on the throne declined on account of the fact that Lucifer cannot assume the position of the fourth of the Godhead. It was not unknown to this great angel that only the Creator should receive worship and never the creature. It was an audacious approach to the throne of the Most High in the heavenly assizes.

In glorious excellence these intelligent beings were made. It was not their creation that brought lively activity to heaven. God Himself is the very essence of life. All beings, including the ones of the terra firma (at that time {of the pre-Adamic era}), knew that God is the source of life and every physical activity. They were not unmindful of the fact that they owed their very essence to His beneficent disposition. With the greatest joy they continually revelled in worship of the Most High. It was clear, from the onset, that they were infused with life and intelligence to enable them worship in truth and in spirit from the volition of their hearts, and very much aware that they were of creationism.

The chief of the intelligent angels mooted an idea of a putsch, unfortunately. He coveted the majestic throne of the High and Lofty One in a wanton disregard to the Person of His Majesty. In a wicked unprecedented audacity, Lucifer recruited a whopping third of the angelic host from a total of tens of billions. He led the march of the heavenly insurrection to table a schismatic demand before the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.

Michael led the two-thirds loyal angels to halt the display of that mutinous senselessness. One can only imagine the type of weapons that was used in the angelic conflict. Was it a war of wits, incantations, fits and slaps, swords or of combustion? I wish there will be a playback of the angelic clash for our viewing enjoyment when we go to heaven. Lucifer lost, receiving a condemnation to hell together with his nonconformist angelic cohorts. You would expect this evil angel to have learnt his lesson, lay low in absolute subjection to the Word of the Most High, but the guy went haywire, completely warped in an unapologetic resolution. Abject insanity.

Having made up his mind to steal, kill and destroy life on earth (where Michael’s victory sent him), his first casualty were the beings of the earth then, whose foolish acceptance of Satan brought God’s judgment on them which turned them into disembodied spirits i.e. demons (Jeremiah 4:23-26 ).

 

 

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                                                         Adam was a bait to trap Lucifer

 

 

Being a God of legality, He decided to walk the path of justice by creating man whose uprightness will bring about the actualization of Satan’s eventual hellish incarceration. Adam was actually a bait to catch Satan. “And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. (2) And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years”, reads Revelation 20:1-2. This incident will take place here on earth in the tribulation period of the Antichrist’s hegemony. There will be a remnant, whose sole desire is to please the LORD God, and in full expectation of the advent of the Messiah will heed to Pauline, “looking unto Jesus” of Hebrews 12:2, and who like Job, in his epic endurance cried his famous, effusive, “I know my redeemer liveth”, will call forth the expected Messiah.

The remnants are the Jews whose voice will cascade the avalanche of the heavenly host, led by Him, with whom we all have to do, even Jesus! Satan will be charged, among other counts, with deifying himself who is not the Creator. He had been lording over man illegally. The trapped man will cry out onto heaven just like the Israelites of old. The earth is truly where the action is.

For six whole long thousand years man has been committing sins unabatedly. To think that Adam and his wife did behold the very image of the LORD God every blessed cool of the evening, heard Him, worshipped Him, spoke with Him and loving Him, yet they still foolishly disobeyed Him. They knew that death, i.e. being cut off from the love of His presence, awaited them at the slightest smear of sin. In an outright defiance to the Word of God Adam entered into sin against the thrice holy God. Incredibly an unacceptability. What did their sin of ‘seemingly’ mere disobedience cause? Plenty!

Before their very eyes their presumably favourite child died, not naturally, but from the hands of the murderous first child, who was the very first to go through gestation, conception and parturition in the history of Adamic humanity (astounding!). (to be continued…)

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THE MYSTERY OF THE FISHED COIN (part 2)

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‘A piece of money’ is called statēr (stat-air’): ‘in the NT a silver stater is equal to four drachmas. Telos and kensos are compulsory civic duties. They do not have fixed amounts. We know that the civic duties paid on twenty camel loads of goods will not be the same as three donkey loads. The very rich young man who met Jesus once (for instance) will not pay a poll tax expected from a, low income, tent making Paul of Tarsus.

 

 

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Four drachmas

 

A statēr is four drachmas, that is, one shekel or twice the amount of a didrachmon. These two amounts of money (‘a piece of money’ and didrachmon) are ecumenical. If Jesus’ words were, “thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee”, you will find out that a statēr divided by two is didrachmon. Jesus paid protection money!? Why?! Simple.

Every time they went about in collection of this half shekel, they gathered it somewhere for an onward transmission to the temple. God, the Holy Spirit, was always present to keep safe, for that year, all those who were smart enough to obey Exodus 30:12. Peter came to ask Jesus concerning the half shekel issue he encountered. Jesus preempted him by asking him about money involved in civic duties, but instructed him to use the mysterious money to settle divine injunction. It was germane that Peter should be the one to fish out the stater because he is the type of a Christian. The simple reason why Jesus paid for protection is this: to free and protect those who will be born again.

Peter went out to do the bidding of his Master and found one of the collectors. He gave the stipulated half shekel – God had told them not to give more, even from a rich man. Peter definitely needed protection. Jesus, as a sinless man and Christ, the true Protector of Israel, did not need to pay for an atonement of His soul.

 

Petra drachma coin

Stater

 

The stater Peter dropped made an unusual high pitched clang. Each time it was emptied into another container the sound from it was so different. Finally, it was poured forth into the treasury of the Jerusalem Temple and the Holy Spirit shouted, “Received!” Jesus actually paid for believers’ eternal protection. He did not need it. His body -Christians- need spiritual protection for their souls. He bought us with that half shekel. The Holy Spirit, the true Witness of the transaction, accepted it and God in heaven echoed, “Amen. Accepted!” Jesus paid for the souls of believers in adumbration of the gory Calvary event. When He said, “It is finished”, in John 19:30, what do think is meant by ‘finished’? It is the Greek word teleō (tel-eh’-o) [which comes from the already treated telos]: Strong’s Definition: ‘to end, that is, complete, execute, conclude, discharge (a debt)‘.

 

 

 real cross

 

 

 

 

                                               A true picture of the wounded, crucified Christ

 

Evidently, ‘discharged (a debt)’, in this context, is the meaning of ‘finished’ or teleō. It was not just another ½ shekel that was dropped for the safety of the life of a sinless Jesus. The significance of this didrachmon of Jesus takes care of eternal damnation. When anyone appears before the throne of the thrice holy LORD God, his sinful nature covers him all over (dramatically speaking). For the one who has gone through spiritual regeneration this is what happens. As God’s accusing, divine finger points to this saved soul, Jesus comes in front of the saved person and the Divine anger is removed, thrown into hell. Why? When Jesus paid the price pecuniarily and gorily, He went down the way of the sinners, whose evil deeds He shouldered as their Champion, to hell or hades or better still, the land of the wicked dead.

The terms of justice looked at this Personage in the land of the dead, found nothing incriminating (John 14:30, 1Corinthians 5:21, Hebrews 4:15, 1John 3:5-8 & 1Peter 2:22) in Him. His righteousness makes us righteous. God does not see our sins any more (Isaiah 1:8, 43:25; Romans 5:20; Hebrews 8:12). Jesus is the only divine insurance policy. “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable [are] his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” Romans 11:33.

God knows that He will never violate His word. He does the unexpected when He decided to bind Himself with His word, in order to protect the regenerated ones (no matter what), whom Jesus has paid and paid for. God has to reflect the perfection of 2Corinthians 5:17 on us, so that when HE looks at us, HE will not see our sinfulness again, rather it is the One in the Book of Proverbs 8:30 (the Love of His Eternal Being) He will behold. Praise the LORD! (the conclusion)

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