ADAM WAS NOT DECEIVED; SO WHAT HAPPENED?

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1)          All it takes to get caught up in the discomfiting hideousness of transgression is a simple rejection of the express word of Jehovah, the Creator. Every intelligent being is created a free moral agent. God does not dither in stocking the intelligence of free moral agencies with the necessary knowledge to guard against inappropriateness.

It is clear that God knew that His grace would come to Adam’s rescue. He empowered him with dominion [Gen 1:26]; being the ‘dresser’ of the world [Gen 2:15]; the ‘keeper’ of it (Gen 2:15); more than enough of victuals (Gen 2:9) and the fifth is the knowledge to keep away from annihilating evil (Gen 2:17). A calculated study of these authorising items shows that Adam was actually given four tools of empowerment to enable him retain his sole dominion. ‘Dominion’ is the Hebrew râdâh (raw-daw’) ‘to tread down, that is, subjugate; specifically to crumble off.’ The word ‘dress’ in Genesis 2:15 is ‛âbad (aw-bad’) ‘to work (in any sense); by implication to serve, till, (causatively) enslave, etc.’ ‘Keep,’ of the same verse is shâmar (shaw-mar’) ‘to hedge about (as with thorns), that is, guard; generally to protect, attend to, etc.’

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The first part of Genesis 2:9 says “And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food.” Adam’s dominion makes him the sole determining worker. He is well equipped to protect Eden (as the ‘dresser’), and by extension the whole world, against any foreign invasion. Abundant food to strengthen, and for refreshment of his soul was available for his use. To ensure his eternal life of dominion, Genesis 2:17 says, “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”

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God did put everything in his hands and under his control; it is just sad that the man threw all caution to the winds of carelessness. Adam was created to crush any opposition to the word of God. He should have tied the invading ophidism of Lucifer in knots and flung away. Four is the scriptural number of creation. On the fourth day was the creation of the lights of earthly illumination. Adam was sentiently and intelligently endowed, as the federal head of humanity. So, what happened to him? An unnecessary risk beckoned on him for a ride into obliquity. Stupidly, he decided upon this embarkation. Our pristine dad did not embrace the wisdom of God. He, unexpectedly, played God.

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“And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression” [1Timothy 2:14]. ‘Not’ is ou (oo) in the Greek, and it means: ‘the absolutely negative adverb; no or not; in direct questions expecting an affirmative answer.’ The verb ‘deceived’ is apataō (ap-at-ah’-o): ‘to beguile, cheat, that is, delude.’ Adam knew exactly what he was doing. He was not under any delusional mesmerism. He decided on the commission of hara-kiri, seeing that the woman had degenerated into a walking cadaver.

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Adam, you are not God. You should have done what your wife failed to do: waited till the cool of the evening when the LORD God came to fellowship with you as He was wont to. Yes, you are the lord of the earth, but the LORD God who did put you in charge will ask you to give an account of your action. This is why we need to be circumspect in every course of our earthly act, especially, the one that has to do with God.

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Get Jesus initiated by getting born again: pray this 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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THE LORD OF EXODUS (part 1)

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“The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious…”

Who is this chanting Lord, apprising Moses of the self-encomium, “The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, 7) Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation [Exodus 34:6-7]? This is Yahweh Elohim. The I AM. The Creator of the heavens and the earth. The One who is, who was and is to come. The Almighty! Unfortunately, some pastors teach that this One of the Book of Exodus is an angel.

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Is the name of God the sound of our breathing?

‘LORD,’ in capitals is the Hebraic יהוה with a transliteration: yehôvâh (pronounced- yeh-ho-vaw’) BDB Definition: Jehovah = “the existing One.” The proper name of the one true God. Unpronounced except with the vowel pointings of {‘ădônây (ad-o-noy’): An emphatic form of ‘âdôn; the Lord (used as a proper name of God only)}.’ Strong’s Definition: (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God.’ Origin of this name is from  היהhâyâh (haw-yaw) ‘to be, become, come to pass, exist, happen, fall out; to exist, that is, be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary).’

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“Come unto Me all ye that labour and are heavy laden.

Êl is the Hebrew word for ‘God’ which is pronounced (ale). It is defined as: ‘strength; as adjective mighty; especially the Almighty (but used also of any deity).’ Moses had impetrated the LORD in the eighteenth verse of the preceding chapter, which reads: “And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory” [Exodus 33:18]. Israelites had beheld the LORD as the pillar of cloud and of the fire. What Moses prayed to behold was the true glorious physical nature of Him. The likeness and the image (of Himself) of which He, at creation (Genesis 1:26), asked to be the prototype in the making of Adam. Moses was desirous to see This Personage who walked the Garden of Eden in the cool of the evening. Moses did not impetrate an angel as this chapter reveals.

God graciously granted him his wish in Exodus 33:19-20 “And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy. 20) And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.” (An angel cannot say this!) Only HIS goodness could be made available to the sinful eyes of mankind. God is so good. The LORD knows that to behold His countenance is to be brought to judgment. Jehovah’s magnanimity, when it comes to showering mercy, is so evident here. His scrupulousness is an unparalleled, parental loving kindness.

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Exodus 33:21-23, 21) “And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: 22) And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: 23) And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.” The word ‘cover’ is śâkak (saw-kak’) ‘properly to entwine as a screen; by implication to fence in, cover over, (figuratively) protect.’ ‘Hand’ is kaph (kaf): ‘palm, hand, sole, palm of the hand, hollow or flat of the hand.’   How more paternally can one be? God knew that Moses was still existing in the carnality of human sinfulness. Jesus had not yet died for man’s spiritual emancipation. A look at him from His magisterial stance, as Elohim, will not spare even the meekest adjudged moral quality of Moses. Jehovah is the true Protector. It was the same palm that formed Adam and his woman that was made readily available to get entwined adorably around Moses, His servant, prophet and leader of His chosen Israelites by the oath of His divine mouth.

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The Hebrew for ‘back side’ is ‘âchôr (aw-khore’): ‘the back side, the rear; backwards; hereafter (of time); behind.’ The word ‘face’ is pânı̂ym (paw-neem’): ‘Plural (but always used as a singular) of an unused noun (פּנה pâneh, (paw-neh’); the face (as the part that turns); used in a great variety of applications (literally and figuratively); also (with prepositional prefix) as a preposition (before, etc.).’

The LORD would not bring Israel to judgment by throwing the legality of the terms of His gaze at Moses. As pânı̂ym defines, His face turns in only two directions. The direction of evil for a summary sentence; while that of righteousness receives the virginal verdict of “…..Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:” [Matthew 25:34]. Rather than give Moses an ominous gaze, the Lord took a walk. He walked His righteous walk away on behalf of Israel, His child. His walk was a promise to show Himself, thereafter, at the appointed time. As long as the physical or spiritual Israel is involved, the LORD of Exodus has walked our righteous walk on our behalf. Amen.

Get born again to to receive eternal bliss from the LORD of Exodus, 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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CAN GOD WALK INTO AN AMBUSH? (three)

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Sinfulness is quite mysterious. Unseen hand goads you into adventurous evil. The deceiver makes you enjoy the immorality. For unknown reason you want to continue in it! Astounding!

Ghoulish slaughter of sacrificial scapegoats is believed to be the order on the altars of Freemasonry and the Illuminati. Voodooism and its attendant dreadful secrecy cut across Africa and South America. Baal worship, which drew God’s ire to the point of giving them up for destruction, has received a modern touch. Kabbalah is the choice of Jewry, God’s own chosen nation. Governments are cultic. Businesses belong to the initiates alone. The fear of the Most High, to them, is nil. Bad.

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Those who, like Paul, will, with all sincerity of their knowledge filled hearts, say, “…for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day;” (of 2 Timothy 1:12) do understand who and what God is. It is evidently crystal that it is impossible to waylay God. Nothing, absolutely, takes Him by surprise. Is He not the Omniscient? Let us read some scriptural truisms from Isaiah 40:12-25. Verse 12, “Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?” In the hollow of his hand, and not even both hands? Well I understand that Disney of Hollywood will, effortlessly, put it on the silver screen, but certainly not without the gimmicks of cinematography and the dexterity of seasoned acting, however.

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Verses 13 and 14 rhetorically require answers concerning His knowledge. If verse 15 makes the a categorical “Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing;” and that of 16 “And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering;” beams great lights on God’s majestic preeminence. Lebanon is famed for the best trees. Put the trees and all the expensive animals of Lebanon together and it will be too insufficient to serve as a proper sacrifice before His supreme Majesty, says the language divinely given to the historian and prophet Isaiah. Driving the truth home is the 17th “All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.” It is now apropos for another rhetorical question of the 18th “To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him?”  The 19th and the 20th both serve as an intimation of the folly of any comparison with the Most High.

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One glaring and immutable truth I have learnt about God is that any moment He approaches with a question there is never an answer that will favour the respondent. So, what we read in verse 21, “Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?” actually prepares the sober minded one for: “It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in: 23. That bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity;” the 22nd & 23rd verses to be well digested. This is, so that the effusive 24th, “Yea, they shall not be planted; yea, they shall not be sown: yea, their stock shall not take root in the earth: and he shall also blow upon them, and they shall wither, and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble:” having been understood, there cannot arise any iota of the slightest misconception at any given moment when we read Isaiah 40 of the 25th verse, “To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One?” I heard someone whisper, “It’s a rhetoric question, needing no answer,” and to which I say, “Amen!”       (Concluded)

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If God is for me

God is almighty   AMEN!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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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.

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WHY WILL GOD ALLOW CERTAIN THINGS? (part three)

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The vicissitude of the righteous Job

 

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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 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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LOVE (What’s It?) part one

GOD Is 'LOVE' - 1 John 4 verses 7-8

It does not find its true delineation in the realm of emotionalism. No doubt about the fact that emotion can be symptomatic of love, but is it not very well known medically that a symptom of tiredness does not necessarily serve as the diagnosis for malaria?

Our emotions are not stable. They do have the tendency to fizzle out at an advent of another experiential stage of existence. Emotions often becloud the good sense of true judgment of a prevailing issue. Feelings ride on the wings of volatility for prominence and survival. Your feelings cannot be wholly trusted.

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Love is not a feeling per se. It is a state of being. Love, actually, is a Personage. In the book of 1John 4:8, it reads: “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love”. The 19th verse: “We love him, because he first loved us.” ‘Loveth’, ‘love’ and ‘loved’ (verse 19) is the Greek agapaō (ag-ap-ah’-o): ‘to love (in a social or moral sense)’; it is the verb form of agapē. ‘Knoweth’ is ginōskō (ghin-oce’-ko) ‘to learn to know, come to know, get a knowledge of, perceive’; ‘to “know” (absolutely)’. ‘Love’ in verse eight is agapē (ag-ah’-pay): ‘brotherly love, affection, good will, love, benevolence; love feasts’. Agapē is a feminine noun, therefore, very productive. No one knew love until God showed it. The same love moved God to descend from His most highly exalted heaven to save the lost souls.

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Love, no matter what!

The grammatical femininity of agapē is indicative of worship. Whatever receives veneration has become a husband, spiritually. Jesus, who receives worship, is espoused to the Church {Ephesians 1:22, “And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church”; Ephesians 5:25-32, where verse 25 reads: “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it”}. Nimrod has the appellation of Baal and one of the meanings of Baal is ‘husband’. Wherever you see the symbolism of the moon, crescent or the sun, know that it could be a replication of Baal worship. It should not surprise anyone that Diana worship involves libidinousness. Diana is the same person as Semiramis, the moon goddess wife of Nimrod, the Baal. Anyone who comes to Jehovah God with the agapē of Christ will be doing so with the role of a worshipping stance.

 

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The word, ‘charity’ in 1Corinthians 13:1-13 is Agapē, where we see the credentials of love. Faith is so vital that without it none can receive anything from God. We even understand that faith is what God employed at creationism. Hope keeps our faith at the highest degree of its zeal but love is the greatest among the three: “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity” [1Corinthians 13:13]. “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment” [Mark 12:30]. Love, unlike virtues like hope and faith, is all encompassing. It is the very essence of God. You show faith to exhibit God, but when you love you are God in disguise. It is for this reason esoteric cultism enjoins its initiated ones to cultivate the habit of philanthropy in order to balance the good with their evil deeds.

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God is a Spirit. Love, truly expressed, must flow from Him. You cannot manifest genuine love unless it is energized by the Holy Spirit. Verse three of 1Corinthians 13:3-8 reads, “And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.” Esoterically fueled philanthropy is an attempt in otiosity. Verse 4, “Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up;” where ‘suffereth long’, makrothumeō (mak-roth-oo-meh’-o) means: ‘to be long spirited, that is, (objectively) forbearing or (subjectively) patient’. ‘Kind’ is chrēsteuomai (khraste-yoo’-om-ahee) ‘to show oneself useful, that is, act benevolently’. ‘Envieth’ is zēloō (dzay-lo’-o) ‘to have warmth of feeling for or against’; while ‘not’ oú (ou), is absolutely negative adverb no or not’. ‘Vaunteth’, perpereuomai (per-per-yoo’-om-ahee) Middle voice from πέρπερος perperos (braggart; perhaps by reduplication of the base of peran (per’-an) –which   comes from– peirō (to “pierce”); through (as adverb or preposition), that is, across’.) means: ‘to boast’; ‘not’ is oú (ou). ‘Puffed up’, phusioō (foo-see-o’-o) means: ‘in the primary sense of blowing; to inflate, that is, (figuratively) make proud (haughty)’.       (…to be concluded…)

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CAN I ADVISE GOD AS ABRAHAM AND MOSES DID? (Part 1)

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               Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?

To the mind that is yet to graduate from theological puerility, some Bible characters have swung open the doors of the possibility to counsel God. “After all ‘concerning the work of my hands command ye me’ is what Isaiah reads,” becomes their scriptural submission.

A counsellor’s beam on the darkened side of an individual’s life, with an intention to make one see clearly and to succeed, is purely advisory. The submission of Moses in his bid to assuage God’s ire was nothing short of counselling. Let us read Exodus 32:9-14, 9) “And the LORD said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people: 10) Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation. 11) And Moses besought the LORD his God, and said, LORD, why doth thy wrath wax hot against thy people, which thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power, and with a mighty hand? 12) Wherefore should the Egyptians speak, and say, For mischief did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people. 13) Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou swarest by thine own self, and saidst unto them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it for ever. 14) And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.” God was visibly irked, being the One to call them ‘stiffnecked people.’ But the question truly is, can God be counselled?

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“Peradventure ten shall be found there?

In the book of Genesis 18:22-32, Abraham is seen in a conversational rapport with Jehovah. Verses 18:22-26 read, 22) “And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD. 23) And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? 24) Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein? 25) That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? 26) And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.” Abraham continued to haggle from fifty to a minimal few in order to save Sodom and Gomorrah. Verse 32 reads, “And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten’s sake.” In both scenarios God heeded to the counsel of each character. Whether the Lord God can be counselled or not can only be answered by His protocol, the Bible. Let us consult the Scriptures.

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                              “Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD?

Isaiah 40:13-14 read, 13) “Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being his counsellor hath taught him? 14) With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding?” An earlier Old Testament saint, Job went rhetorical in Job 21:22, “Shall any teach God knowledge? seeing he judgeth those that are high.” Paul evidently quoted Isaiah in his scripting of Romans 11:34, “For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?” The next verse asks, “Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?”

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Does ‘atonement’ not look like ‘AT- ONE- MENT with God’?

Is God a sanguinary Deity to require blood sacrifice as an atonement? He did that to save the Adamic race. He told the errant Cain in Genesis 4:7, If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. The word ‘sin’ is chatta’ah (khat-taw-aw’) (or chattacth {khat-tawth’}) ‘1. an offence (sometimes habitual sinfulness), and its penalty, occasion, sacrifice, or expiation 2. (concretely) an offender.’ The word ‘lieth’ is rabats (raw-bats’) ‘1. to crouch (on all four legs folded, like a recumbent animal) 2. be implication, to recline, repose, brood, lurk, imbed.’ An offering of the blood of a ruminant in exchange for the life of a man is God’s solution to our sinful propensity.

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The blood reconciles man to his Maker. The word ‘reconcile’ shows in scripture the first time in Leviticus 6:30 And no sin offering, whereof any of the blood is brought into the tabernacle of the congregation to reconcile withal in the holy place, shall be eaten: it shall be burnt in the fire. ‘Reconcile’ in the Hebrew is kaphar (kaw-far’) ‘1. to cover (specifically with bitumen) 2.(figuratively) to expiate or condone, to placate or cancel.’ Your sins are not only covered, they are cancelled, by God. In the New Testament, it is in Romans 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life, where ‘reconcile’ is katallasso (kat-al-las’-so) ‘1. to change mutually 2. (figuratively) to reconcile.’ What happens spiritually is that the death and resurrection of Jesus was designed to effect a mutual exchange, to purge us of our sins; by which we become righteous before the thrice holy God. Levitical offering prefigures Christ’s eventual atonement. Colossians 1:21, And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled.” No one else, as far as Jehovah is concerned, can blot out human sinfulness (only the sacrificial katallasso of Jesus is required).

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Abraham’s obedience to Jehovah earned him ‘the father of faith!’

Abraham had to obey God by agreeing to sacrifice his only son so that God would give up His Only Begotten Son. “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]!”

Man hardly understands that he can have a relationship with God. There is this primordial acceptance that the gods are so marblehearted towards the activities of humans on earth. It is believed that the gods are always involved in wanton debauchery and sex such that they could care less about the travails of earthly man. As easy as pie man, therefore, finds it not difficult to maintain a stereotypic mindset when it comes to the LORD God, the Creator of the universe. Jehovah is not an unfeeling God.

Isaiah 53:4-5, Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. (5) But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. Matthew 8:16 & 17, When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: 17) That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses. Our sympathetic Jehovah says in Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. God, who created us perfectly, decided to save us from our sinful nature. He is full of compassion; but we must relate to Him in His own terms.

The number one term is not a denouncement of your sins, neither is it the resolve to start doing good things; it is the deployment of the faith that has been quickened in your heart as the rejuvenating word of God begins to permeate the entire fabric of your reasoning capacity. “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” [Hebrews 11:6]. And this faith must be found only in God’s Word -Jesus.

Other gods’ rewards can never be eternally endowed (it is an ephemerality of falsehood), little wonder then, that these gods of falsehood cannot vouchsafe the gift of eternal life.

Those who are endowed with God’s relationship do not appreciate this rare opportunity, it is abused unfortunately.

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Get born again by saying this sinners’ 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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THE CONSUMING FIRE!

The plain truth is that people do not know this God of creationism.

It really amazes me when I hear people say, “We’re all going to be with the Lord when we die”. Everybody believes his deceased loved one “has gone to be with God”. Which God? That is always the bone of contention. Jehovah, the God of creationism, has had it all spelled out in His holy writ who will and how to ascend to Him after the earthly sojourn. Non-compliance with John 3:3 will not get one introduced to Romans 10:9-10, the only ritual that paves the righteous way to eternal bliss. It would not even surprise me if some should be made to believe that, “when we get to heaven God, the merciful, will listen to our pleas.” Some believe that God is too merciful to throw anyone inside hell. The Bible says, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” [Hebrews 10:31]. How can people forget the hellish shower of conflagration that Jehovah used to annihilate the population of Sodom and Gomorrah?

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They, obviously, do not have the flimsiest idea who He is. Hebrews 12:29 says, For our God is a consuming fire. The word ‘consuming’ is katanalisko (kat-an-al-is’-ko): ‘to consume utterly.’ He destroys disobedient people! The God I know will not allow obeisant competitiveness. “We’re all serving the same God”, I have always heard people intone. They are most certainly, not talking about the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel. His covenant name is Jehovah. You cannot have any spiritual rapport with Him until Jesus is introduced to you. You cannot be bowing down to some traditional deity, a certain First Cause, Great Spirit or whatever name you choose, and think that you are in an ethereal relationship with the Most High. As long as it is not the God of the Bible (I hope I do not sound like a stupid bigot?), forget it; you are not in any spiritual business with the true God.

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When God gives the donation of sanctification, justification and righteousness it is always an event of forensic invention. God does not need any witness to endow you with justification. He, the LORD God, is the Witness; and He is the Judge! He looks into your heart of faith in Jesus, and knowing fully well that you mean it from your heart, God imputes your faith as righteousness. “He does not do an infusion” (as FAUSSETT puts it) “which carries an implication of character change.”

The Lord did the needful: He took charge of your life personally; garbing you in the righteousness of justification. He now owns the justified new you absolutely! He cannot go back in His gabble backed pronouncement. And when I dwell on this well thought out covenant of Him I just cannot help wondering what a good God is Jehovah! All I hear myself exclaim is: “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]!” He is so good so much that He binds Himself by His word! Not that He is in bondage, not at all! He is so good that He wants His saints to be absolutely safe! And I declare, “What a God of mercy He is!”

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Isaiah 45:7, “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.” This verse tends to see God as an accomplice to evil perpetration. The word ‘create’ is bârâ’ (baw-raw’): ‘(absolutely) to create i.e. without any existing material.’ Yâtsar (yaw-tsar’) is the Hebrew for ‘form’ and it means: ‘to mould into a form; especially as a potter; figuratively to determine (that is, form a resolution).’ ‘Make’ is ‛âśâh (aw-saw’): ‘to do, fashion, accomplish, work, make, produce (using an existing material).’

From extant elements God formed light, and made peace looking at the pleasant cohabitation between couples. Darkness and evil are synonymous. He is neither of them: for it is written in Genesis 1:31 “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” He plucked darkness and evil (out of nothing) to deal decisively with devilish inclinations.

It was on the day man that could not be found where God expected him to be for the simple reason that he had entered into the putrefaction of the sinful nature, and dead spiritually, that the inevitable judgment of, “cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;” and “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return” of Genesis chapter 3 verses 17 & 19 respectively. God is truly not a respecter of persons (Acts 10:34). (…to be continued…)

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