Death [2]

Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting?” [1Corinthians 15:54-55]

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2)            Some still believe and asseverate that, “There’s no physical realm of hellish gaol.” A Davidic Psalm 16:10 is a Christological “For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.” The word ‘hell’ is the Hebrew she’ôl (sheh-ole’): ‘grave, hell, pit, the underworld Sheol – the OT designation for the abode of the dead; place of no return; without praise of God; wicked sent there for punishment; hades or the world of the dead (as if a subterranian retreat).’ Jesus did not receive any condemnation in the abode of the dead. Acts 2:31 “He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.” Pellucidity of Scripture teaches that Jesus descended, the proclaiming Visitant, to the invisible underworld.

Who says hell is not real? It is a reality.

It says in unequivocal terms in Ephesians 4:9-10, “(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? [10] He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)”  He went to the same place where Lazarus found himself –Abraham’s bosom. God would not allow the argument of the wicked-dead ‘rich man’, borne out of Satanism, to thrive: by sending him back to earth –even if Abraham could.

“…and delivered them into chains of darkness…” [2Peter 2:4].

Jesus, the true Witness, had to manifest in the lower region of our world –the wicked-dead to expect judgment, while the righteous dead had the flame of their hopes burning brightest. 1Peter 3:18-20 18) “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:  19) By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; 20) Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.” Jesus went yet to the lowest region of hell –Tartarus— to proclaim doom to the fallen angels who married the daughters of the antediluvian men, to engender the atrocious act of Satanism. The creation of Adam and a wife, perfectly established the Church.

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So many scriptures support hellish life after death. Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire[Matthew3:12]. The understood goodness of the harvested wheat is the pointer to its usefulness. What accounts for its goodness is none other than the imbibed Word of truthfulness: Jesus. The worthlessness of the chaff (children of disobedience) makes them candidates of the unquenchable fire.

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                Proverbs 2:19, “None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.” The expression, ‘take hold of’ is the Hebrew nâśag (naw-sag’) meaning: ‘to overtake; ability; to reach, attain to, cause to reach; to be able to secure.’ Once in hell, the occupant has lost the ability to return to the life of celestial bliss. And this is what Pauline couch of Hebrews 9:27 is all about, which reads, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” where the word ‘appointed’ is apokeimai (ap-ok’-i-mahee): ‘to be laid away, laid by, reserved; reserved for one, awaiting him.’ The subject of this verse, ‘men’ is the Greek anthrōpos (anth’-ro-pos): ‘1. a human being, whether male or female or man-faced; 2. with the added notion of weakness, by which man is led into a mistake or prompted to sin 3. with the adjunct notion of contempt or disdainful pity.’ From these definitions, anthrōpos connotes degeneration of Adamic nature as opposed to the born again Christian.

                Rid your mind of unscriptural thoughts. Get born again. Say this simple prayer, believing it with all your heart. Say:

“Dear heavenly 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 on the cross 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 Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”      

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Death [1]

1)            Death is not an absolute cessation of life. It is simply the reality of being cut off from the presence of God. In the tiniest fraction of a second, one is out of one’s body when death sniffs out the earthly life. To physicality, breath cessation of a living intelligent being is his end. Not so, it is, at all. Death is actually the absence of the vitality marking the essentiality of the spirit, one of the known tripartite quiddity constituting the Adamic creation. Simply put, theologically, death is to be absent from the presence of life –Jesus.

At the cessation point of breath, the dual entity of spirit and soul is transported to the realm of the ‘unseen’, either to eternal bliss or anguish. Who is the entity, of whom a cut off from His presence is death absolutely? Is it Brahma, Krishna, Buddha or Allah? None of them. It is Yahweh, the I AM THAT I AM, who was, and who is, and who is to come. Amen.

Lucifer was piqued to see the first couple still alive

      Adam, when he committed the disobedient, original sin of the Eden Garden, he died, not physically but spiritually. His spirit realm, sin-stained, failed to enter into the erstwhile sacred fellowship with the Creator. This is the truth about death. It was when he saw the sacrificial animals, one for him and the other for his wife that the gravity of the mark he had missed struck him. Dead animal friends of the pristine family told him: death was imminent. Every birth of Adamic progeny, as a result, became the accouchement of a walking cadaver. Death!

Then came the death of Abel, probably the most favourite offspring, which, definitely, shook him terribly. Death! Pellucidity of death passing upon every mankind became unbearably a truism.

In the couching of God’s protocol -the Bible- the very first words are, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” [Genesis 1:1]; and the title ‘God’ is the Hebraic ‘Elôhı̂ym (el-o-heem’): ‘Plural of ‘ĕlôahh (el-o’-ah); gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative.’ The One who spoke the first words of creationism is none other than the First Member of the Godhead, the Father. Verse 2, “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters:” is an introduction of the Third Member of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit. ‘Moved’ of verse 3 is râchaph (raw-khaf’): ‘to brood; by implication to be relaxed.’ It is the brooding likened to that of mother hen, creating the energizing spirit of hatching the egg into life. Like the eternal Father, the Holy Spirit is the life Giver.

There is life after death

 “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light” [Genesis 1:3]; bringing the Second Member of the Godhead, Jesus Christ, into creationism participation, ergo, Creator of life. Amen. Mosaic couch needed not say, “In the beginning God the Father …. ” simply because it was the Trinity –constituting one God—, working in consonance as co-Creators. Having established the concept of the Author of life, let us look at the users of it.

When one is pronounced clinically dead, a resuscitation of the essential vitality of life –the soul—, seen to be absent, is about to be scientifically carried out. Its failure renders the body, that did containerized the vital life, what my Yoruba people call, korofo –emptiness. Pinch, tickle and make verbal and physical advances at the cadaverous heap of remains, and there would not be the slightest response. Why? The soul [which is the realm of emotions, will and thoughts] is no longer present in the lifeless remains. After death is judgment. How do I know this fact? Lazarus died, the rich man died, each one to a separate region of the blissful Abraham’s Bosom and the fiery hell torment respectively.

It shall bruise thy head” [Gen. 3:15]

                Rid your mind of unscriptural thoughts. Get born again. Say this simple prayer, believing it with all your heart. Say:

“Dear heavenly 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 on the cross 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 Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”      

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JESUS: The WORD Of God (What does it betoken?) Part 6

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6)            Too overwhelmed to share the Eternal Truth, Apostle John would not even observe the orthodoxy of the characteristic salutation of an epistle in 1John 1:1-2 “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; 2) (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;).” The allusion to the ‘handling of the Word of life’ is of John 1:14. “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son” [1John 5:11]. The spiritual location of eternal life is found nowhere else; in the Person of Jesus alone is the bliss of eternity to be found. Selah! “He that hath the Son hath life; 1John 5:12 further uncovers, “and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life” is the conclusion.

                1John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. The Word of God is both the Eternal Life and the True God. I want to look at four verses to buttress this fact.

                It says in the book of Isaiah 9:6, For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. The first sobriquet, ‘Wonderful’ is the Hebraic pele’ (peh’-leh): ‘a miracle.’ Pele’ comes from its root pala’ (paw-law’) ‘1. (properly, literally or figuratively) perhaps to separate, i.e. distinguish 2. (by implication) to be great, difficult, wonderful 3. (causatively) to make great, difficult, wonderful.’

The WORD: in His pre-incarnate manifestation.

                The next, ‘Counsellor,’ is ya`ats (yaw-ats’) ‘1. to advise 2. (reflexively) to deliberate or resolve.’ Being the “mighty God” His “Counsellorship” must be eternally of the Divinity. His ‘Fatherhood’ is an ‘Everlasting’ Hebrew `ad (ad) ‘1. (properly) a (peremptory) terminus 2. (by implication) duration, in the sense of advance or perpetuity (substantially as a noun, either with or without a preposition).’ ‘Prince’ is sar (sar) ‘a head person (of any rank or class);’ while ‘peace’ is shalowm (shaw-lome’) (or shalom {shaw-lome’}) meaning : ‘1. Safe 2. (figuratively) well, happy, friendly 3. (abstractly) welfare, i.e. health, prosperity, peace.’ The Word of God is the Ruler of eternal peace.

Safe hand of the Word

                 Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God [Isaiah 44:6]. Take note that ‘LORD’ is written in capitals and that is I AM THAT I AM, the covenant name of God –Jehovah– to the redeemed. Interestingly, the prophet quotes the Divinity in the description of Himself as “I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.” If truly, beside Him there is no God, what do we make of the declaration of Jesus first in Revelation 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.A later declaration is I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.” [Rev 22:13]. What is the Divine status difference between the ‘LORD’ of Isaiah 44:6 and the ‘Almighty’ of Revelation 1:8? Selah!

Absolutely a pellucidity

                The third Scripture is Isaiah 54:5 For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called. The divine ‘Maker’ is `asah (aw-saw’) ‘to do or make (from existing materials).’ Of whom is it said, All things were made by him; and of whom still, is the scriptural couch, and without him was not any thing made that was made[John 1:3]? Luke 5:34 And he said unto them,  Can ye make the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? Who is the Bridegroom? Jesus. For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ [2Cor 11:2]. Who is the ‘husband’ of espousal? Jesus!

The Maker of all things: The WORD.

                And the fourth Scripture is John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. Do you remember 1John 5:20? It reads, And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

                The Eternal Father in John 17:3 is the True God. The irrefutability of the Word being the True God in 1John 5:20 is pellucid. The titles of Jesus in Isaiah 9:6 are they essentially Divine? Selah!  

               Get born again by saying this simple prayer.

“Dear heavenly 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 on the cross 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 Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”

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JESUS: The WORD Of God (What does it betoken?) Part 5

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5)            The Word is a celestial Personage. If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God [Colossians 3:1]. ‘Risen’ is the Greek sunegeiro (soon-eg-ei’-ro) ‘1. to rouse (from death) in company with 2. (figuratively) to revivify (spiritually) in resemblance to.’ Death is conquered by the Word of God, resulting in one’s spiritual revivification. The word ‘above’ is ano (an’-o), meaning: ‘upward or on the top.’ You have heard of being ‘born again’ all the time, right? This ano is the root word for ‘again,’ anothen (an’-o-then) ‘1. from above 2. (by analogy) from the first 3. (by implication) anew.’ It says that Christ ‘sitteth’ which is kathemai (kath’-ay-mai) 1. to sit down 2. (figuratively) to remain, reside.’ Jesus, from eternity past to eternal existence to come, has His divine residence in the celestial assizes of the Rainbow Administration of the Almighty.

Jesus on His ascending way to the right hand of Majesty

                What the ‘right hand’ betokens is found in Luke 22:69 Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God. God is Almighty, right? How great is Almighty? Indescribable. That is the power that the Word of God wields. Unquestionably an ineffability! The great power of God engenders latria obeisance. 1Peter chapter 3 in the last part of verse 21 and the 22nd read: by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: 22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him. Now the word, ‘subject’ is hupotasso (hoop-ot-as’-so) ‘1. to subordinate 2. (reflexively) to obey.’ We know that the only One all in heaven is in subjection to is the LORD God, Himself; none else! Jesus receives latria due only to the Almighty. Is He Almighty? Find it out in Revelation 1:8. What is the Greek for ‘Almighty?’ it is pantokrator (pan-tok-rat’-ore) ‘he who holds sway over all things; the all-ruling, i.e. God (as absolute and universal sovereign).’

                Pantokratōr (pan-tok-rat’-ore) comes from pas (pas): ‘all, any, every, the whole;’ and kratos (krat’-os): ‘vigor [“great”], (literally or figuratively).’ The word ‘Almighty’ is exclusively of Jehovah in Scripture. Its Hebraic couch (48 times) is shadday (shad-dah’-ee): ‘almighty, most powerful; Shaddai, the Almighty (of God).’ Fifty-seven times is its occurrence in Scripture. Nine times in the Greek New Testament and ten times –when you add ‘omnipotent’ of Revelation 19:6 which is the same Pantokratōr– bringing the total number of ‘Almighty’ to 58. Not one creature has the biblical description of Almighty. Note the article ‘the’ qualifying ‘Almighty.’ He did not say it by the employment of an indefinite article “an Almighty” or “one of those called Almighty.” The use of ‘the’ definite is a pointer to a particularly known Entity. Since the Creator alone is “The Almighty,” the Scripture “I and my Father are one,” becomes so limpidly couched. Selah!    

He that hath seen me hath seen the Father” John 14:9

                For this reason, Colossians 3:2 enjoins, Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. ‘Affection’ is phroneo (fron-eh’-o) ‘1. to exercise the mind, i.e. entertain or have a sentiment or opinion 2. (by implication) to be (mentally) disposed (more or less earnestly in a certain direction) 3. (intensively) to interest oneself in (with concern or obedience).’ How important is the Word? Colossians 3:3 informs: For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. This is a double insurance. Of what benefit this eternal Word is to us is couched here in Colossians 3:4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Is Christ eternal? What happens to whoever finds himself in Him? He most certainly lives eternally as his Divine Host, is it not? Certainly so! Amen!

                Jesus knows that our life is hid in Him, ergo, He made the transpicuous statements of John 14:1 and John 6:40. Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me [John 14:1]. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day [John 6:40]. Christ is the Eternity of God’s thought, will, strength and verbalism. And that is ineffably ponderous!

               Get born again by saying this simple prayer.

“Dear heavenly 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 on the cross 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 Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”

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DELAY IS NOT DENIAL (three)

The taunting of Peninnah

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3)            Hannah was called names. Unfruitfulness. She did not give them her ears of faith. Peninnah taunted her, did not she? But Peninnah’s needling derision could not stop that which the Lord God would do. Elkanah did something to douse the matter but he could have stood by her in his refusal to marry a second wife, Peninnah, defined as ‘jewel, pearl, or the face’. There is nothing special, spiritually, about her.

                1Samuel 1:17-20 “Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him. 18) And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad. 19) And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the LORD, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the LORD remembered her. 20) Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the LORD.”

Peninnah’s heckle was not Jehovah’s denial

                Even though the judgment of Eli, the high priest, was garbed in atrocity of its pronouncement, it would not vitiate Hannah’s potential faith in the God of Israel. Her faith had engendered in her the humility of a good Christian, raising her to the enablement which held back her tongue from lashing at the stupidity of God’s servant.

Great Samuel: the proof that delay is not denial

                Thankfully, the emergent alloy of faith and humility from this woman of great fortitude saved Eli from absolute irresponsibility. An ‘ascension’ (for that is the English definition of the Hebraic Eli) to the celestial assizes had to be made available to Hannah’s petition. The same Eli who had wrongfully accused her of an unladylike debauchery must change the lyrics to, “Go in peace.” Pronounced on her is ‘peace’, a Hebraic shâlôm (shaw-lome’) which means so many things: ‘completeness, soundness, welfare, peace;

+completeness (in number)

+safety, soundness (in body)

+welfare, health, prosperity

+peace, quiet, tranquility, contentment; peace, friendship

+of human relationships

+with God especially in covenant relationship

+peace (from war)

                Should there be any genuine reason to wonder why she decided that her countenance was not going to be sad again? Selah! Shâlôm!

Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days.

                Daniel 1:6-19, “Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: 7) Unto whom the prince of the eunuchs gave names: for he gave unto Daniel the name of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, of Shadrach; and to Mishael, of Meshach; and to Azariah, of Abednego. 8) But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. 9) Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs. 10) And the prince of the eunuchs said unto Daniel, I fear my lord the king, who hath appointed your meat and your drink: for why should he see your faces worse liking than the children which are of your sort? then shall ye make me endanger my head to the king. 11) Then said Daniel to Melzar, whom the prince of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, 12) Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink.

It took ten days to prove the lads right

                13) Then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenance of the children that eat of the portion of the king’s meat: and as thou seest, deal with thy servants. 14) So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten days. 15) And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king’s meat. 16) Thus Melzar took away the portion of their meat, and the wine that they should drink; and gave them pulse. 17) As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. 18) Now at the end of the days that the king had said he should bring them in, then the prince of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar. 19) And the king communed with them; and among them all was found none like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: therefore stood they before the king.”

                The Bible says that they were of Judah. Judah means ‘praise’. Jesus Christ comes from Judah. All genuine praise related eventualities need to evoke the power advertence found in Jesus. Why JESUS? He is the Creator; He is the Author of faith. Daniel in Hebrew is dânı̂yê’l (daw-nee-yale’) ‘God is my judge.’ Hananiah is chănanyâh (khan-an-yaw) ‘Jah has favoured’. Mishael is mı̂yshâ’êl (mee-shaw-ale’) ‘who is what God is’. Azariah is ‛ăzaryâh (az-ar-yaw’) ‘Jehovah has helped’.

                The truth is that God has heard us even before we offer the petitions of our hearts for His divine attention. Faith and caution become the tools of the divine engagement. Faith to keep us on the solidity of the terra firma; caution makes sure that we continue to walk according to divine will.

                Get born again. Say this simple prayer, believing it with all your heart. Say:

 “Dear heavenly 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 on the cross 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 Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!” 

(…to be continued…)

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Which Is, And Which Was, And Which Is To Come. (six)

Jesus Christ is the Creator

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6)            Jesus the Almighty, as He is depicted in Scripture, created all things. The very first of creationism was brought into being out of nothing for: the word ‘created’ of Genesis 1:1 is bara’ (baw-raw’) ‘1. (absolutely) to create 2. (qualified) to cut down (a wood), select, feed (as formative processes).’ The absoluteness of bara’ supports ex nihilo, the Greek for ‘create out of nothing.’ Amen! Jesus upholds all creatures in their beings (Colossians 1:17). The Lord Jesus wrought miracles on earth. The word ‘secret’ of Judges 13:18, pil’iy (pil-ee’) (or paliy’ {paw-lee’}) means ‘remarkable. ‘Wonderful’ of Isaiah 9:6 is pele’ (peh’-leh) ‘a miracle.’ Jesus did resurrect Himself from the dead (John 10:17-18). Jesus saved the whole world from eternal destruction (John 11:25, 5:21, 6:39 & 40). 40).

Abraham saw my day and he was glad

                To prove His Almightiness made Him say: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am” (John 8:58). There is a marked difference between ‘was’ and ‘am.’ While ‘was’ is ginomai (ǰiy’-no-mai) ‘1. to cause to be (“gen”-erate).2. (reflexively) to become (come into being).3. (of events) to happen;’ eimi (ei-miy’) is ‘am,’ meaning: ‘1. I am (i.e. I exist).2. (emphatically declaring oneself, following ἐγώ ego (e-ğō’): ‘I’) It is I Myself (see Matthew 14:27, Matthew 14:28 and Mark 6:50).3. (of God himself, following ἐγώ ego (e-ğō’)) I AM (this is the comparable Greek form of God’s Hebrew name, YAHWEH; compare Yhovah (yeh-ho-vaw’) Yhow (yeh-ho’) [as a prefix] 1. (meaning) the self-Existent or Eternal, the I AM. 2. (person) Yahweh (Yehvah), Jewish national name of God. 3. (anglicized) Jehovah. 4. (as a name prefix) Yeho-. 5. (As expressed in Hebraic Koine Greek) ἐγώ εἰμί -ego eime-, I AM (literally: I myself, I am).).’

                For your scriptural information, “which was,” ho en in Greek takes the age of Jesus to the ‘eternity past.’ If no creature existed in the eternity past, it follows that whoever has his existence from that eternal past has an essence of immutability. Living before time, Jesus is immutable: for time cannot affect Him. He is as old as the Eternal Father! In Proverbs chapter 8, verse 22 speaks of wisdom: “The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.” Verse 23 underscores the “wisdom’s” datelessness, “I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.” Verses 24 to 29 which continue to uphold the eternal existence of Wisdom is essentially Jesus in Colossians 2:3 “In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” But what is this next dramatic revelation on wisdom which reads: “Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him” [Prov 8:30]? Is there any theological savviness to the physical ontogenesis of the Father and of the Christ? Is there an Eternal Grandparent that did bring them up? If these are not tenable then the glaring truth here is, basically, that God the Father and the Christ are of equal ancientness.

                How is the datedness of Jesus arrived at scripturally? Each verbal tense of “Which is” ho on “which was” ho en and “which is to come” ho erchomenos is an imperfect tense. What is the grammatical salience of an imperfect tense? Does this tense of ‘imperfectness’ denote or connote an impairment to the status of the subject –Jesus? Not at all, for if it does, then, its inference to the Eternal Father puts a question mark on the Father’s ancientry. An imperfect tense is an action or act that does not come to a conclusion. If I should say, “I spoke at 4pm,” the ‘speaking’, coming to a concluding end (at 4pm), is a perfect tense. “I that spoke,” though is in the aorist (past tense), is an imperfect word of action, not grammatically concluded.

                The Christ’s ‘was,’ en of “which was” took place in the eternal past. His existence did not come to a termination even in the eternity past! HIS imperfect ‘is’ runs through all the days of this present now: and none can claim to live throughout these days of creationism. We are in the six thousandth year of creationism. “Which is” implies His unimpeded perseity throughout time of creation from Adam to the present moment which extends to the prophecy of His scriptural one thousand years of His earthly rule and beyond. Methuselah, the known oldest man did not even clock the eld of 1,000.

                The same One, Christ, lives unto the unending eternity ‘to come.’ “Which was” speaks of eternity to come. The imperfect tense of ‘was’ points to His Lordly eternal Being throughout that unending period. Only the Creator can have these said of Him and to remain verifiably a truism! Jesus, indubitably, is very God of very God! Amen!

Angels worship Jesus Christ

                Jewish Torah scripting understands that ‘the holy blessed God said to Moses, “Say unto them, I am he that was, and I am he that now is, and I am he that is to come,” wherefore אהיה –I Am—is written three times.’ Who is this Jewish God? His earthly name is Yehoshua Mashiyach –(maw-shee’-akh) ‘1. Anointed 2. usually a consecrated person (as a king, priest, or saint) 3. (specifically) the Messiah, the Anointed One– Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Amen!

                Rid your mind of unscriptural thoughts. Get born again. Say this simple prayer, believing it with all your heart. Say:

“Dear heavenly 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 on the cross 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 Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”      

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5)            I would love to continue this topic, titled, “Which is, and which was, and which is to come,” by alluding to the pellucidity of this epithet of being of the Father and of the Son.                                                                                                               

We understand the transcendentalism of the Eternal Father. If the Son appropriates “Which is, and which was, and which is to come,” to Himself, there is no doubt why He is “over all God, blessed forever” of Romans 9:5. The expression ‘which was’ speaks of His immutability. Jesus’ externality of fixity accentuates His agelessness. This “which,” ho, in Greek, is simply definite article ‘the.’ En (ayn) the Greek for ‘was’ being an imperfect tense of eime (am, be, being) is best defined as ‘One.’ As one commentary couches it: ‘particularly this phrase is expressive of the eternity of Christ, who is, was, and ever will be; and of his immutability, who is the same he was, and will be for ever the same he is, and was, unchangeable in his person, in his love, and in the virtue of his blood, righteousness, and sacrifice; he is the same today, yesterday, and for ever. It is a further proof of the deity of Christ” [John Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible -Revelation 1:8]. Jesus is the One. The One and the only One like Him. Incomparable! He is very God of very God.

                Another commentary runs thus: which is . . . was . . . is to come—a periphrasis for the incommunicable name JEHOVAH, the self-existing One, unchangeable. In Greek the indeclinability of the designation here implies His unchangeableness. Perhaps the reason why “He which is to come” is used, instead of “He that shall be,” is because the grand theme of Revelation is the Lord’s coming (Re 1:7). Still it is THE FATHER as distinguished from “Jesus Christ” (Re 1:5) who is here meant. But so one are the Father and Son that the designation, “which is to come,” more immediately applicable to Christ, is used here of the Father [Jamieson, Fausset and Brown’s Commentary on Revelation 1:4].                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

The most enigmatic personage to tread upon our world: JESUS

                Yet another commentary reads, “This phraseology is purely Jewish, and probably taken from the Tetragrammaton, יהוה YEHOVAH which is supposed to include in itself all time, past, present, and future. But they often use the phrase of which the ὁ ων, και ὁ ην, και ὁ ερχομενος, of the apostle, is a literal translation. So, in Sohar Chadash, fol. 7, 1: “Rabbi Jose said, By the name Tetragrammaton, (i.e. יהוה Yehovah,) the higher and lower regions, the heavens, the earth, and all they contain, were perfected; and they are all before him reputed as nothing:- והוא היה והוא הוה והוא יהיה vehu hayah, vehu hoveh, vehu yihyeh; and HE WAS, and HE IS, and HE WILL BE. So, in Shemoth Rabba, sec. 3, fol. 105, 2: “The holy blessed God said to Moses, tell them: – אני שהייתי ואני הוא עכשיו ואני הוא לעתיד לבוא ani shehayithi, veani hu achshaiu, veani hu laathid labo; I WAS, I NOW AM, and I WILL BE IN FUTURE.”                                                         

                “In Chasad Shimuel, Rab. Samuel ben David asks: “Why are we commanded to use three hours of prayer? Answer: These hours point out the holy blessed God:- שהוא היה הוה ויהיה shehu hayah, hoveh, veyihyeh; he who WAS, who IS, and who SHALL BE. The MORNING prayer points out him who WAS before the foundation of the world; the NOONDAY prayer points out him who IS; and the EVENING prayer points out him who IS TO COME.” This phraseology is exceedingly appropriate, and strongly expresses the eternity of God; for we have no other idea of time than as past, or now existing, or yet to exist; nor have we any idea of eternity but as that duration called by some aeternitas a parte ante, the eternity that was before time, and aeternitas a parte post, the endless duration that shall be when time is no more. That which WAS, is the eternity before time; that which IS, is time itself; and that which IS TO COME, is the eternity which shall be when time is no more” [Adam Clarke’s Commentary on Revelation 1:4].                                                                                             

                Jesus the Almighty, as He appears to be in Scripture, created all things and the very first of creation was brought into being out of nothing for: the word ‘created’ of Genesis 1:1 is bara’ (baw-raw’) ‘1. (absolutely) to create 2. (qualified) to cut down (a wood), select, feed (as formative processes).’ The absoluteness of bara’ supports ex nihilo, the Greek for ‘create out of nothing.’ Amen! Jesus upholds all creatures in their beings (Colossians 1:17). The Lord Jesus wrought miracles on earth. The word ‘secret’ of Judges 13:18, pil’iy (pil-ee’) (or paliy’ {paw-lee’}) means ‘remarkable. ‘Wonderful’ of Isaiah 9:6 is pele’ (peh’-leh) ‘a miracle,’ Jesus did resurrect Himself from the dead (John 10:17-18). Jesus saved the whole world from eternal destruction (John 11:25, 5:21, 6:39 & 40).                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  For your scriptural information, “which was,” ho en in Greek takes the age of Jesus to the ‘eternity past.’ If no creature existed in the eternity past, it follows that whoever has his existence in that eternal past has an essence of immutability. Living before time, Jesus is immutable: for time cannot affect Him. He is as old as the Eternal Father! In Proverbs chapter 8, verse 22 speaks of wisdom: “The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.” Verse 23 underscores the “wisdoms” datelessness, “I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.” Verses 24 to 29 as they continue to uphold the eternal existence of Wisdom is essentially of Jesus in Colossians 2:3 “In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” But what is this next dramatic revelation on wisdom which reads: “Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him” [Prov 8:30]? Is there any theological savviness to the physical ontogenesis of the Father and of the Christ? Is there an Eternal Grandparent that did bring them up? If these are not tenable then the glaring truth here is that God the Father and Christ are of equal ancientness.

                Jewish Torah scripting understands that ‘the holy blessed God said to Moses, “Say unto them, I am he that was, and I am he that now is, and I am he that is to come,” wherefore אהיה is written three times.’ Who is this Jewish God? His earthly name is Yehoshua Mashiyach –(maw-shee’-akh) ‘1. Anointed 2. usually a consecrated person (as a king, priest, or saint) 3. (specifically) the Messiah, the Anointed One– Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Amen!

                Rid your mind of unscriptural thoughts. Get born again. Say this simple prayer, believing it with all your heart. Say:

“Dear heavenly 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 on the cross 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 Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”      

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4)            Colossians 3:11, Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all;” where the adjective ‘all’ is pas (pas`) and means: ‘(including all the forms of declension) ‘all, any, every, the whole.’  

                Jesus is the only corporeality of existence that will make Himself equal to the Divinity and will not be in danger of being charged with Divine robbery of an imposter. In case any wants to think of Him in the likeness of comic heroism of Superman, He just snapped whoever it is out of such disillusionment by capping His grand introduction with: ‘the Almighty.’ There is none of creationism great enough to go by even one of “I Am,” “Alpha and Omega” or “The Almighty.” As the “I Am,” Jesus is the corporeal manifestation of the unseen Jehovah. God, through Jesus, entered into our world for a salvific purpose. Alpha and Omega is the sobriquet that points Him out as the Word of God. Jesus is God’s protocol. Is there any difference between a person and his spoken vocabulary? I think not. Jesus, ergo, is JEHOVAH.

                Pantokratōr (pan-tok-rat’-ore) is the Greek word for ‘Almighty’ which means: ‘he who holds sway over all things; the ruler of all; the all ruling, that is, God (as absolute and universal sovereign.’ This word comes from pas (pas): ‘all, any, every, the whole;’ and kratos (krat’-os): ‘vigor [“great”], (literally or figuratively).’ The word ‘Almighty’ is exclusively of Jehovah in Scripture. Its Hebraic couch (48 times) is shadday (shad-dah’-ee): ‘almighty, most powerful; Shaddai, the Almighty (of God).’ Fifty-seven times is its occurrence in Scripture. Nine times in the Greek New Testament and ten times –when you add ‘omnipotent’ of Revelation 19:6 which is the same Pantokratōr– bringing the total number of ‘Almighty’ to 58. Not one creature has the scriptural description of Almighty. Note the article ‘the’ qualifying ‘Almighty.’ He did not say it by the employment of an indefinite article “an Almighty” or “one of those called Almighty.” The use of a definite ‘the’ is a pointer to a particularly known Entity. Since the Creator alone is “The Almighty,” the Scripture “I and my Father are one,” becomes so limpidly couched. Selah!    

                Is the Revelation 1:8 Jesus’ self-introduction an intended appropinquation of His being to divinity? Certainly not. The Lord Jesus is very God of very God. He is the Jehovah of the Old Testament. Jesus told them in John 5:39, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” In another place it is written, “And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me” [Luke 24:44]. The supreme theme of the Bible is Jesus Christ –He runs through every 66 Books of the Bible!

                 He is the Author of creationism (John 1:3 &10; John 5:17-19; Isa 45:18; Eph 3:9; Col 1:16, 17; Heb 1:2, 3; Heb 1:10-12). In Hebrews 1:3, the words ‘express image’ is charakter (khar-ak-tare’) ‘1. a graver (the tool or the person) 2. (by implication) engraving ((“character”), the figure stamped, i.e. an exact copy or (figuratively) representation).’ Was it for the fun of it that He said to them, “…he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father in John 14:9? Jesus is past finding out!

When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive [Ephesians 4:8]

               Only God can save, right? Is Jesus the Saviour of the world or not? He said, “And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you” [John 16:23]. As the Eternal Father giveth, so doth the Eternal Son doeth in John 14:14, “If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” No other heavenly being can lay claim to this eleemosynary feat of Divinity. How many people pray in a minute worldwide? Millions? Billions? How can Jesus be in all these locations of prayers at the same time if He should promise, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them;” in the book of Matthew 18:20? Jesus is as omnipresent as the Father! Only God hears and answers prayers. Amen.

                Rid your mind of unscriptural thoughts. Get born again. Say this simple prayer, believing it with all your heart. Say:

“Dear heavenly 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 on the cross 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 Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”      

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“I am Alpha and Omega, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”

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3)            The commencement of Jesus’ introduction of Himself is ‘I am,’ ego eime in Greek. Ego eime is the Hebrew translation of hayah (haw-yaw), meaning: ‘to be, exist.’ It is the shortened, covenant name of God, I AM THAT I AM.

                Jesus does not stop there at Ego eime, but has to leave none in doubt of who is being introduced. The introduction continues with ‘Alpha kai Omega.’ The Greek ‘Alpha’ has the definition of: ‘the first letter of the alphabet: figuratively only (from its use as a numeral) the first.’ The next word is Ō (o’-meg-ah): ‘The last letter of the Greek alphabet, that is, (figuratively) the finality.’ As the Alpha, Jesus is the preeminent word of God; and without Him God the Father says nothing –what is there to discuss outside the LOGOS? As the Omega, Jesus is the finality of creationism. After Jesus, there is absolutely nothing to say theologically. He is the Logos, the totality of God’s thought, idea, reasoning and intention.

                His Alpha and Omega stance underscores His ubiety. Every letter in-between the first and last letters is actually Him. How do I know this fact? Ephesians 1:23 says specifically of Jesus, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.JFB Commentary expounds that, ‘filleth’ in the Greek couch actually reads, “filleth for Himself.” The word ‘filleth’ is the Greek pleroo (play-roh’-o) meaning: ‘1. to fully, completely fill 2. (literally) to cram (a net), level up (a hollow) 3. (figuratively) to fully supply, satisfy, execute (an office), finish (a period or task), verify (or coincide with a prediction), etc.’

                Many verses verify the Ephesians 1:23. Ephesians 3:19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. The word ‘passeth’ is the Greek huperballo (hoop-er-bal’-lo): ‘1. to throw beyond the usual mark 2. (figuratively) to surpass (only active participle supereminent);’ and the abstract noun ‘knowledge’ is gnosis (gno`-sis): ‘knowing (the act).’ No love, save that of Jehovah God, passes knowledge; Jesus, ergo, is very God of very God. Amen. He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things (Eph 4:10). Who went down the earth? Jesus. Who ascended, historically, from death to the heavenly assizes? Jesus Christ! John 1:10, He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. Why? The ‘god of this world’ (Lucifer) has had their eyes securely blinded (2Corinthians 4:4) in order to keep them in the gulag of Satanism.

                Colossians 1:19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;Colossians 2:9-10 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 10) And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power. The word ‘complete’ is pleroo (play-roh’-o) meaning:1. to fully, completely fill 2. (literally) to cram (a net), level up (a hollow) 3. (figuratively) to fully supply, satisfy, execute (an office), finish (a period or task), verify (or coincide with a prediction), etc.’ in this context the third definition of to fully supply, satisfy, execute (an office), finish (a period or task),’ is very appropriate.Colossians 3:11, Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all;” where the adjective ‘all’ is pas (pas`) and means: (including all the forms of declension) ‘all, any, every, the whole.’   

                Rid your mind of unscriptural thoughts. Get born again. Say this simple prayer, believing it with all your heart. Say:

“Dear heavenly 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 on the cross 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 Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”     

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Which Is, And Which Was, And Which Is To Come. (two)

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2)            Two is the number of witness and of testimony. The twice couched kai (i.e. and) of this phraseology (which was, and is, and is to come) underscores the transcendentalism of His Being. The One whose existence is visible to the present now is the very One whose being is from incalculable eternity of pre-creationism, and is the One who will continue to be in the eternity to come. No creature can assume this phenomenon.  Impossible! This is the reason why nothing can, in its absoluteness, be in homogeneity with the Divinity. This will make it quite easy to come to the facticity of His Omnipotence, Omnipresence and Omniscience. The facticity is in the phrasal ‘which is, was, and is to come.’    

                ‘Is to come’ does not only agree with the grammatical imperfectness of the ‘which was,’ it couches the pellucidity of an unbroken agelessness of this Enigmatic Entity from eternity past, to the present earthly age and unto the eternity to come. How can this Jehovah, who existed in the eternity past, find His way here, and be containerize in the present time of mortality, to partake of calculable time (by the One who is forever timeless), and continue to live unto eternity to come? Quite abstruse! His eternal being has never been truncated. The heavenly abode knows not of the chronological dimension of Adam’s world: for there is neither day nor night in the empyrean abode of the Most High. This is how the eternal LORD God stepped into our world.                                                                                                                                                          

                Revelation 1:8, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” The epithetical “which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty,” in this verse here, is strictly of the Second Member of the Godhead, Jesus Christ, and the express Word of God. A reenactment of the ‘burning bush’ of Mosaic experience is unfolding on the Island of Patmos, where Jesus made this introduction. Ask yourself why Jesus will call Himself ‘the Almighty.’                                                                                                                                           

I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.” “Thou canst not see my face:” [Exodus 33:18 & 20]

                Moses met God on the Horeb Mountain. That God the Father has never set His divine feet on planet earth is a limpidity. Who, ergo, is this Visitant that made a physical appearance to the Horeb Mountain? There His name, Jehovah, was revealed for the first time. Horeb in Hebrew is chôrêb (kho-rabe’) meaning: ‘desert, desolate; it is another name for Mount Sinai from which God gave the law to Moses and the Israelites; Chȏrȇb is a (generic) name for the Sinaitic mountains.’ Many things sprout from Horeb. It is a wilderness, serving appropriately for the unfruitful stance of Adamic progeny, stemming from the original sin of the Eden fall. It gives a picture of a crazy world that has jettisoned the worship of the true Elohiym. The Devil’s incursive onslaught of ‘steal, kill and destroy’ has left the world superably helpless, full of grief and devoid good life.                                                                                                                        

 Moses at Mount Horeb divine rendezvous

                The topographical height of Horeb pictures two entities: one of proclivious haughtiness –a wicked imposter– and One before Whom Moses stood, the High and Lofty Jehovah. The imposter is Pharaoh, who will soon feel the awesome power of the Most High. At Mount Horeb He is the invisible God, ergo, Moses can only hear Him behind the conflagration which pictures Him seated behind the katapetasma, known as the second veil of the Jerusalem Temple. But at Patmos which means ‘a trodden or beaten way, path,’ the same Lord has come to man, in the corporeality of Adamic nature, in humility, made a little lower than the angels (Psalm 8:5; Hebrews 2:9), despised at Golgotha (Isaiah 53:3), so that wherever the Christians tread may become their Divine donated inheritance (Joshua 14:9). Amen.                                                  

                The commencement of Jesus’ introduction of Himself is ‘I am,’ ego eime in Greek. Ego eime is the Hebrew translation of hayah (haw-yaw), meaning: ‘to be, exist.’ It is the shortened, covenant name of God, I AM THAT I AM אהיה אשר אהיה EHEYEH asher EHEYEH. The Septuagint has it thus: Εγω ειμι ὁ Ων, I am he who exists. The ‘I am’ use of Jesus was not fortuitous. He had used the “I am” sobriquet in an absolutely deific reference to Jehovah, of Himself. “I am with you always,” of Matthew 28:20 is strictly omnipresent. “I am the light of the world” [John 8:12], is reminiscent of Revelation 21:23. John 8:18, I am one that bear witness of myself,” makes Jesus equal to the Father in the Pauline For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself” [Hebrews 6:13]. “I am the good shepherd” [John 10:11] takes us to who He is: found in Psalms 23:1 & 80:1. When He made the asseveration, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live” [John 11:25], Jesus unveiled His Lordship of creationism.

                Rid your mind of unscriptural thoughts. Get born again. Say this simple prayer, believing it with all your heart. Say:

“Dear heavenly 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 on the cross 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 Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”      

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