An Open Letter To
Black Lives Matter:
Open Letter To Senator Mikulski And The Senate
Select Committee On Intelligence
How to avoid being ensnared in the ongoing Federal
operation 'Ni∓∓er Catcher' and 'Black
Snare', run out of the US intelligence
community and certain sections of Law Enforcement.
These operations do exist, though naturally not with
those pejorative titles. They are not legal, nor are
they officially recognized but key people in high
positions run these operations that specifically
target Black Americans and certain White Americans
who seek justice, truth and use their rights to
bring these things back to our once great nation.
The impetus comes from the US Intelligence community
- LE does the footwork. This is what they did to so
many civil rights leaders back in the 60's and 70's.
They have honed their skills for the technology of
the 21st century.
26 Mar 2020
Biblical Perspective For Our Times
whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my
of him shall the Son of man be ashamed,
when he cometh in his own glory,
and the glory of the Father,
and of the holy angels.
(Luke 9:26 [ASV])
set Jehovah always before me:
Because he is at my right hand, I
shall not be moved.
(Psalms 16:8 [ASV])
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Nehemiah Part LV
Did not Solomon king of
Israel sin by these things?
yet among many nations was there no king
and he was beloved of his God,
and God made him king over all Israel:
nevertheless even him did foreign women
cause to sin.
Shall we then hearken unto you to do all
this great evil, t
o trespass against our God in marrying
(Neh 13:26-27 ASV)
We continue our look into the
book of Nehemiah with the continuation of
Nehemiah's religious reforms. This time we
return to the issue of foreign wives, which if
you remember from an earlier chapter, was a
major issue among the returnee's. It is one
that Ezra had to deal with a few decades
before as well as Nehemiah. In continuing to
chide his hearers, he reminded them of the sin
that Solomon had committed. Solomon as we all
know loved many foreign wives and they turned
his heart from serving the Lord. He was once
very special to God and built him a great
temple. But his heart was drawn to foreign
women and they caused him to err and commit
apostasy. See 1Kings
11:1ff what Solomon did and just how
God felt about it.
This was the danger that the
Lord warned about in the law (Deut 17:17).
Solomon fell for this trap of the devil and
that is all it was and is. Any person
place or thing that tries to get us to get
out of God's commandments is wittingly or
unwittingly an agent of the devil. Even
Peter, with the best of intentions was used of
him (Matt 16:23).
We must always remember this. Solomon got into
bed with all of these foreign women and then
started worshiping all of those strange gods
and goddesses. Solomon was probably the
biggest reason Israel went into apostasy after
David, for as the King does, so do the people.
Since then there was a constant string of
false gods, idolatry and other abominations in
Israel. Why did this happen? The reason is in
the passage above "But
king Solomon loved many strange women..."
were designed to put a stop to the same
errors that transpired before and here
he reminds the people of this great sin
of the past. He knew exactly what would
happen. These women would bring their
idols into the homes of his people and
bring error to his people entice the men
of Israel to their temples and religious
Why are Foreign Gods So Enticing?
this is one thing that we should talk
about because it is very relevant today.
Other gods, they are often 'elastic'
enough morally speaking, where adultery,
perversions, lying, stealing, fraud,
trucebreaking, arrogance, hate,
warmongering and even murder are allowed.
The devils religions are designed to do
one thing - to give people a warm
religious feeling while they commit sin
against God and move along the railroad
tracks to hellfire. That is the key
spiritual purpose of any and all
People today don't want to deal with moral
absolutes. Don't lie, don't steal, be
faithful to your spouse, etc, these things
are seen as too constraining. They don't
want a religion that makes them live a
little humbler and quieter and one that
takes away their sinful pleasures or ill
gotten revenue streams. They want a
religion that lets them do whatever they
want and even encourages them in so doing.
As you all know, many of those false
religions in the days of the kings of
Israel allowed for huge sexual orgies.
This is the kind of religion many people
flock to. Then the people say, "who is the
Lord? We don't know him - "We brought
ourselves out of Egypt" or "by or own
strength we are protected" or "my idol
blesses me everyday" or "Molech has
prospered me" or "Ashtoreth healed me from
my boils". The people forget the God who
did wonders for them. Why? It was more fun
to go to the orgy than to Temple. There
was more money in defrauding your neighbor
than dealing honestly with him. It was
cheaper to kill the guy who owned the land
you wanted to buy than to pay him for it.
Who would notice, since the you and the
Judge who would hear the case are drinking
buddies and went to the temple of Molech
This is the morality that many people
really like, then and now. Oh sure, they
decry these things in public or when they
are the victims of crime and evil, but
they are more than willing to engage in
wickedness when they see something in it
But the religion of the Lord is not
that way. It is one of the few religions
with a clear-cut no non-sense moral code.
That code is 180 degrees opposite to the
'situational ethics' of today the
quasi-eastern religions and new age
religions and philosophies that are
becoming more popular here in the west.
These days, religion is being used to put
a stamp of approval on sin and evil,
justify it and codify it into law, not
For we Christians today, the admonition
above about being unequally yoked is your
best guide in marriage with
unbelievers as is the experience of
ancient Israel and Solomon. Marriage is trouble
enough when married to a fellow
that marriage to these strange women was a
grievous sin and it was. God loved
Solomon, blessed him and gave him enormous
responsibility and yet these foreign women
turned his head and his heart against the
Lord. Nehemiah asks the question. Should
we listen to you and let this happen
again? Should we sin again against the
Lord, Is that your counsel?
Nehemiah was having none of this. if
nothing else they were going to have a
clear witness against them and their evil.
Nehemiah was calling them out.
one of the sons of Joiada, the son of
the high priest, was son-in-law to
the Horonite: therefore I chased him from
(Neh 13:28 ASV)
The exact reason
or Nehemiah's ejection of Eliashib is not
clearly stated, but I think it is inferred
from the earlier verse when Nehemiah asked
if transgressing God's commandment was his
counsel. This to me would follow. Here is
what K&D says about this passage.
acted with greater severity towards one
of the sons of Joiada the high priest,
and son-in-law of Sanballat. He drove
him from him (מעלי, that he might not be
a burden to me).
person had a vested interest in seeing to
it the nation remained in rebellion
against God and that foreign wife of his
was the reason. Again, this is just like
Moses said it would turn the hearts of the
people away from him. We must remember
that this was a priestly bloodline. So
this was a pretty important spiritual
issue for the future of Israel. A shepherd
in rebellion can only lead his sheep in
the same direction.
We will continue the last
section of Nehemiah next week God willing,
and then perhaps the following week a
summary of the book.
The reason for this is not expressly
stated, but is involved in the fact that
he was son-in-law to Sanballat, i.e.,
had married a daughter of Sanballat the
Horonite (Neh 2:10), who was so hostile
to Nehemiah and to the Jewish community
in general, and would not comply with
the demand of Nehemiah that he should
dismiss this wife.
In this case, Nehemiah was obliged to
interfere with authority. For this
marriage was a pollution of the
priesthood, and a breach of the covenant
of the priesthood and the Levites. - K&D
Grace and peace to you all in Christ
Pause And Consider...
What is my thinking on this virus
from a spiritual perspective?
I say this under no special
spiritual unction, only some random
I think this is a warning. It's a
warning not to China or Iran; the US or
Russia but to the world. It's a warning that
is going to be just painful enough to make
sure it gets everyone's full attention. God
may be warning the world of its direction.
He may be warning these nations who dabble
in bioweapons they need to stop. He may be
warning a sinful, wicked, world that he is
coming to the limit of his patience.
In short - I think me may be
warning every man woman and child, Christian
or Muslim, Buddhist or Atheist, Black or
White, old or young that our world needs
to change its ways.
Will the world listen? No. I
rather think not. One day he may raise up a
prophet to speak to the nations about its
direction. I think he might. Of course he
will be laughed at and mocked, they will do
Saturday Night Live skits on him but God
will be watching.... carefully how the world
reacts to those he sends to warn them.
Is the clock running out for 'sin planet';
our troubled earth? It may very well be.
Many problems are on the horizon of which
this pandemic is just one and in my view a
small one when one considers the diseases
that have hit Africa (Ebola, Lassa Fever,
etc), the problems we have had with Locusts,
the overall demographic issues many nations
are facing. The rise of hate, racism,
violent nationalism, wealth and income
disparity, grinding poverty and then the
drugs... we must not forget the drugs of
which this nation is particularly a problem.
Sex sins openly paraded, abominations and
murder with powerful political lobbies. God
see's all of this. His silence thus far is
NOT a mark of approval, but one of patience.
Look at the kinds of greed
and corruption going on in America, Wall
Street and elsewhere. Look at the murder
rates on some cities. Look at the millions
of people hooked on dope - legal and illegal
mind and emotion altering substances.
Look at the wars America has
started, the bloodbaths that are now ongoing
as a direct result of American
'intervention' - look at Libya! Look at our
world, look at the race hate in Ukraine, a
nation where they name street's after
Hitler's Henchmen and Nazi's the world over
gather. So your own search on Asgardsrei
festival. There is a massive global
(let me stress that word) network of Nazi's
now being erected and connected in a place
that is getting millions of aid from you and
me via taxpayer dollars. No one really gets
what's going on there as our media has done
an excellent job at keeping the whole truth
about Ukraine out of the public debate. But
this is what the west has sunk to. Don't
blame the so called 'racist' Trump for this
- it was Obama-Biden that started this whole
mess and Trump who tried to put a stop to
...and got impeached when he
There are hundreds of
excellent articles, studies. background
papers and blog posts on US support for
Nazi's in Ukraine, if you care to take the
time to look.
Folks... let me say
something here you all need to hear for the
umpteenth time - the devil is a master
deceiver. He knows how to fool folks... and
if you don't think you can be, you already
have been. Those on the left don't
believe that their leaders would knowingly
support this kind of thing, but who was it
who was beating the President over the head
for not giving them the money... and
arms? How do they get away with it?
Because the people even and particularly
those in their own party.... in reality just
don't care, they want the party to
open up the government 'free stuff' window
for them, not worry about genocidal maniacs
getting money and arms on the American dime.
But I suspect that one day
they will care, as these networks of racists
are right here in the US. Some according to
news reports are planning on weaponizing the
coronavirus to target Jews and cops. Have we
seen these forces shoot up Black Churches
and Synagogues? Yes. Will we see more? As
long as Uncle Sam writes a check to them you
can bet we will - many, many more as they
recruit people in law enforcement; local,
state AND Federal.
There is a deep darkness in the
American deep state that not even the
President can control.
Then there is the crime.
The Mayor of Baltimore has called on
residents to stop shooting each other. His
concern is that they will need those
hospital beds for the virus. He's got a
problem. There was a mass shooting a few
days ago there. Didn't hear about it? Not
surprising you didn't... since it happens so
much in the city. Go do your favorite news
search engine and type in the words Baltimore
shooting just for the past week...
you'll see how many and what I mean. Do the
same for Chicago.
I have been Black for a
long, long time and I will tell you what I
think. God has a serious controversy with
much of Black America. He is not going to
rest until its settled... one way or the
other. He will deal with what is broken and
he may do it by sending them leaders they
think are their friends and 'love them' who
will sell them down the river for a campaign
donation. No brothers, he is not happy about
what's going on in that neck of the woods.
In a time of rising human trafficking and
slavery the specter of a return to chains
and an auction block may not be so far away
as some may think. Don't think God can't or
won't do it? He did it to his own people
once before when they rejected him. He's the
same God. He has not changed. Your skin
color is not a 'get
out of hell free' card. The
fact that your great great great
grandparents were slaves is not going to
move the Lord to tears as a defense. He will
merely point to your own actions made under
your own free will. They alone will condemn
those steeped in such violence... of any
race. You'll be stuttering excuses and the
Lord will point to the blood of your brother
dripping from your own hands.
Then there is the Church. As I am going
through the book of Samuel for insiders the
whole episode of Eli's house should be a
major warning to religious leaders that God
is watching and when you cross a line, he
will deal with you in the most severe
fashion. Here is a bit I wrote a
couple of weeks ago.
The Philistines had won a great military
victory over Israel because Israel had
sinned and the Priesthood who was supposed
to be guiding the people to God were
involved in some of the worst kind of
Brothers and sisters,
don't let anyone tell you that God cannot
and will not curse people, places and
things. He can and will. This episode (1
Sam chapter 5) was to teach the
Philistines a key lesson as to the power
of the God of Israel and that they should
not gloat over their victory over Israel.
Israel's loss was not about Philistine
military power or their god Dagon, but it
was about the sins of Israel and the
abominations of the Priesthood symbolized
by the house of Eli.
I see in this an important lesson. I
believe that one day, God is going to
allow many a Church to fail, fall into
disrepute, get destroyed in natural
disasters and many pastors to be held up
to open shame and even killed. This will
be for the same reasons he allowed
disaster to fall upon Israel in the days
of Eli. The sins reached to heaven and
was a serious stench before God's
throne. God did not want his name
associated with the sins of Israel or
the House of Eli (the Priesthood) and he
does not want his name to be associated
with many of the abominations going on
in many Western churches today.
Understand, I know many pastors are
doing right and really are trying hard
to serve God in these most difficult
times. Pastors and men of God are not
perfect, but the good ones strive
towards perfection. But many more are
not, they simply do not have any desire
to obey the Lord in all things (or any
thing) and thus, lead their sheep
astray. Religion is entertainment or a
game or a way to have social position or
a way to make money with such pastors
and Church leaders. God and serving him
in spirit and in truth is not within the
purview of their understanding.
But the heathen who just
won a 'victory' over God's people have
found that in reality that their
'victory' had a cost that none of them
even remotely considered. See what
happened to the Philistines in 1 Samuel
chapter five when they thought they had
a major war trophy and found out that
what they really did was bring in
something that proved to be an
existential threat to them if they hung
on to it.
Yes, as these crisis hit our nation and
world let us consider most carefully
something - God is on the throne. You can
mock, ignore and even blaspheme him, but
he does have a vengeful streak in him.
This is a side of God's character many
don't recognize. YOU DO NOT MESS WITH THE
ALMIGHTY. When he says Vengeance is mine,
that is exactly what me means (see Rom 12:9
Our nation, our world is in
a heap of trouble. But leaders tend to mock
rather than turn to God. A nation like
Britain that used to be a bastion of
Christianity is now turning mostly Atheist.
Islam is also rising there. What will turn
people back to God?
One thing I can truly thank
this President for and that is for recently
calling for a day of prayer over this whole
Pain and suffering and
recognizing that if they want relief from
their suffering in this life and the
world to come there is only one place to go.
That's God. But right now people are fat,
selfish, full of pleasures, full of dope,
full of themselves and full of the other
stuff (for the most part) and God just does
not figure into their calculations.... right
now. As long as they 'got theirs' they are
happy just where they are. Considerable
discomfort is often about the only remedy
for such people, should God be gracious
enough to deal with them in this
Gracious enough you say?
Yes, gracious enough.
many as I love, I reprove and chasten:
therefore, and repent.
(Rev 3:19 - ASV)
This is the crux of the
matter. People think that when God brings in
trouble to souls gone astray he is being
evil or it is judgement. Often it is a kind
of loving chastisement to get people to
change course because they won't do it any
other way. They won't hear prophets, pastors
or priests. So that only leaves one voice
they will hear - the voice of their own
That often gets folks
attention. Full and undivided
So if this chastisement does not bring about
a change of heart to much of 'planet sin' -
more may very well be prepared for it, I
Consider this. If this
coronavirus is a bio-weapon and I am fairly
certain it is, nations are going to want to
know who launched it. They are going to
'tear out a thousand tongues' to find out
who did this. When they do find out what do
you think they are going to do? I will tell
you what they won't do and that is sit and
sulk. So this may be just the very beginning
of a biowar that goes on between forces the
people will never be allowed to discover. My
point is an important one. If this disease
does not get mankind's attention, other
things may very well follow that will be
even more 'attention getting'.
How does this play out prophetically? Is
anyone going to hear?
the rest of mankind,
who were not killed with these plagues,
repented not of the works of their
that they should not worship demons,
and the idols of gold, and of silver,
and of brass, and of stone, and of wood;
which can neither see, nor hear, nor
and they repented not of their
nor of their sorceries, nor of their
nor of their thefts.
(Rev 9:20-21 - ASV )
The so-called Church will not
be immune to these things, they too will be
called to the altar of repentance. In fact,
the Church will be one of the key points of
focus in judgement.
For the time is come
to begin at the house of God:
and if it begin first at us,
what shall be the end of them
that obey not the gospel of God?
And if the righteous is scarcely
where shall the ungodly and sinner
Wherefore let them also that suffer
according to the will of God
commit their souls in well-doing
unto a faithful Creator.
(I Peter 4:17-19 - ASV)
Even now the 'gods' of America are being
challenged. The gods of Wall Street, bonds,
stock markets, gold, futures, derivatives,
hedge funds, silver, the dollar and material
wealth. Take a look at the markets and the
unprecedented steps the Treasury and Fed are
taking to keep the system from collapsing.
These are troubling times.
These are just my own personal
ruminations and not given as any kind of
divinely inspired 'word'. I hope they get
Christians and others to step back and think
carefully about our sinful world and where
we are heading and to call the Church to get
back to basics and a rock solid biblical
Let the nation and world pause
and consider its ways - Christian, Jew
and Muslim; old and young; black and white.
But to also know that God has an open hand
of fellowship and love prepared for any man
or woman and of any race who answers the
the Spirit and the bride say,
Come. And he that heareth,
let him say, Come. And he that is
let him come: he that will,
let him take the water of life
(Rev 22:17 ASV)
May God richly bless you all and may you
pray, seek God's face on these things, pause
and consider your ways and the ways of our
increasingly wicked world and be careful
about where you go and what times you go
there during this health emergency.
Nehemiah Part LIV
I commanded the Levites
We left off last time with Nehemiah threatening
with arrest the traders who were loitering
outside of the city gates on the Sabbath so that
they could get into the city and trade their
wares. This passage appears to show that a
shifting of responsibility for keeping of the
gates on the Sabbath.
that they should purify themselves,
and that they should come
and keep the gates, to sanctify the
Remember unto me, O my God, this also,
and spare me according to the greatness
of thy lovingkindness.
(Neh 13:22 ASV)
Because this gate keeping on the sabbath was
basically a religious issue and part of
Nehemiah's religious reforms it was the Levites
who were given this duty but again, it appears
this is only on the Sabbath. This was probably
not the city gates but the gates that led to the
temple but the passage does not preclude it
being the city gates.
Then Nehemiah utters another prayer to the Lord
after having accomplished one of his reforms.
The last time he did this was in verse 14 when
he reformed the keeping of the Temple
storehouse. But this time note the subtle
difference. He asks God spare him according to
his mercy. This is rather interesting because as
Nehemiah continually has to make reforms and
often seemingly with little to no help from the
elders of Israel. He may be sensing something
spiritually. That being that he is starting to
see a dangerous pattern of apostasy already in
God's people. Consequently he prays that if God
should show displeasure with this people, God
would not lump him in with the rebellious. Let
such a prayer be on the lips of every saint who
lives in modern Babylon and who has found
himself inside a Church that no longer preaches
sound doctrine. Don't get lumped in with the
In those days also saw I the Jews
that had married women of Ashdod,
of Ammon, and of Moab: and their
children spake half in the speech of
and could not speak in the Jews’ language,
but according to the language of each
(Nehemiah 13:23-24 - ASV)
This issue is one that keeps cropping up and
again Nehemiah must once more, remind what is
slowly demonstrating to be a stiff-necked people
that intermarriage with foreigners was strictly
forbidden under Jewish law. The People's of
Ashdod, Ammon and Moab, there were clear
prohibitions concerning them (Deut 23:3-4) to
congregate with, let alone marry. The were not
even allowed into the Congregation/Assembly of
Brothers, the Lord has a long memory when others
do his people wrong. He does not forget. The
schemes of the Ammonites were deceitful and
devious. Yet God is far wiser than the schemes
of men. He see's them coming from long before
those who plot were even born. The enemies of
God have no idea the just how powerful the God
we Christians serve is. They work against us and
know not that they dig only their own graves in
But the sins of the Ammonites in those days was
enough to make sure that God separated that
spiritual poison from his people.
While I am certain that
anthropologist and historians and other
know-it-alls will say that the modern day
Palestinians bear no genealogical relationship
to the ancient Philistines, I cannot help but
note the location of these cities and the
Palestinians today and their attitude to the
Jewish people and nation (Wikipedia has a map
showing the Philistine Pentapolis you
can easily find). No, the evidence is hardly
conclusive, but still I cannot help but wonder
if there is more spiritually going on
with the Israeli-Palestinian fight that just
land and militant Islam. This is not said to
denigrate modern Palestinians and the Christians
who live among them. But to give you all just a
bit of food for thought.
Also food for thought is that God's offer of
salvation today includes those from all
of the above named cities today. Jew, Gentile
But in Nehemiah's time, this forbidden form of
intermarriage was clearly fairly common. They
spoke a different language than Hebrew. Nehemiah
could hear it in his daily conversation.
Another interesting note regarding the
Palestinians in Gaza is that before the 1967
war, Gaza was part of Egypt. Now note what
Albert Barnes says about the speech of the
Ashdodites in those days.
of Ashdod - The Philistine language,
which was akin to that of Egypt.
The key here to understand is that this was not
a minor issue. This was a major problem in the
past and one reason why Israel apostatized in
the past. They married foreign wives and they
led their husbands into worshiping idols. Back
in those days, the oracles of 'political
correctness' had not been enshrined as they have
in the modern western world. They were under the
Mosaic law, not the laws of Modern day gods of
'Political Correctness', and these laws that
Nehemiah were trying to impress on the Jews were
designed to prevent the moral degeneracy of
Israel. The Pulpit Commentary has some
interesting thoughts on this in the Unholy
Alliance section (towards the bottom) on
this link. It's long but very insightful.
According to the language of each
people - The children spoke a mixed
dialect - half-Philistine, half-Hebrew. - Albert
Now we can get a better understanding as to why
this issue was not only important, it was
essential. If the Children of Israel could not
obey the Lord in this, then they would not be
able remain favored by him and what happened
before could happen again... exile.
Nehemiah understood these things. Why did not
anyone else see it? I don't know but this I do
know. Peace and prosperity, are often the
greatest enemies of God's people. The settle in,
get fat and forget God. This may have been part
of the problem. Things were looking up, the
center of Jewish life was restored as were the
walls. Commerce was booming in the city. When
things like this happen that is when
lukewarmness and apostasy set in. Remember
I contended with them,
Nehemiah was very upset and wanted them to know
just what was at stake. Nehemiah basically, if
we used the common vernacular, "cussed them
out - up one side and down the other". He
was very, very angry and like our Lord when he
went into the temple and overthrew the tables,
got physically violent.
and cursed them, and smote certain of
and plucked off their hair,
and made them swear by God, saying,
Ye shall not give your daughters unto
nor take their daughters for your sons,
or for yourselves.
(Nehemiah 13:25 - ASV)
The commandments were clear. They knew the law,
they a stood in a solemn assembly and heard it
read in their hearing. The problem? They just
weren't going to obey it. But this generation of
out of all all should have known better. The
were in exile and felt the hand of the Lord upon
them and are now rebuilding the city after it
was reduced to rubble by their enemies. Why?
They refused to listen to the prophets God had
sent them. They were being stiffnecked, defiant
and rebellious and this is what got Nehemiah so
angry. Did they want to bring the Lord's wrath
down on them again?
Brothers then as now the Lord demands that his
people be separate (2Cor
6:17). This separation today is not
based on race, but solely on spiritual
'familyhood' - those who are born from God (Born
again into God's family) from those who are not.
To many people who read this they may see God as
being too harsh and Nehemiah as too draconian.
The fact is, most Christians just don't really
understand God... at all. Their view of God has
often been clouded by today's (I'll say it)
gutless 'political correctness'. That God really
does expect obedience and holiness in his
people. These are not optional. But in
those times and ours there were important
differences to what God expected - one being the
old covenant and the other the new. In the New
ALL nations/peoples can participate in God's
salvation, blessings and not face the
prospect of having to pay for their own sins.
All sinners are called. There is no special sin
that precludes one from being called to
fellowship with God. The only prerequisite here
is REPENTANCE from those sins.
The idea of separation probably best understood
as God separating man from his sins - his evil.
But when others are steeped in it, he does not
want it to rub off on us. This is why he does
not like his people spending too much time
around those who don't know him and his ways.
They will very often lead his people astray.
Yes all are called to fellowship with
God, not just Israel as it was in the Old
But God still has standards and he expects us to
meet them. One of them is separation.
Well, we will continue this book next week the
good Lord willing.
Grace and peace to you all in Christ Jesus!
I do want to say that we all should
pray. It may sound cliche, but I really do think
we should pray and make some subtle and
not so subtle changes in our lifestyle. First
stay home more. Second, we should really get
before the Lord before we go anywhere. Just ask
the Lord about it. Should you go out to that
restaurant tonight? Should you go shopping at
the busiest times like you usually do? Ever
thought about shopping at 11PM on a weeknight?
If you are lucky enough not to have to work at a
9-5 or are off because of the virus (like many
teachers) a shift like that may be a good idea.
My point is that too often we do things out of
habit or desire rather than seeking God's face
on them. Give your car a rest! Stay at home keep
yourself safe and if you are sick, keep
others safe. Be considerate; very
considerate of others. You may fare well with
the virus if you get it, but that 80 year old
lady you bumped into at the store may not do so
well if she catches it.
The death toll from this could
be high, particularly in older folks, those
who are already suffering from something else
and certain ethnic communities who are more
susceptible to the virus.
Will there be a vaccine?
Probably, but it may not be developed in the
US and I don't want to sound too cynical but
even if it did it would be too expensive to
deploy and those who created it would demand
that government take up the financial slack.
In short, my suspicion is that they might
'blackmail' Uncle Sam for the billions they
will claim is needed.
This may sound too cynical for many of you,
but I personally have little confidence in the
whole Big Pharmacy-FDA-Congressional Oversight
system to deliver anything to the country
other than a massive doctor/medical/vaccine
bill... for something of questionable medical
effectiveness, but whose profits will find
their way back into political campaigns of the
Congress who will authorize payment for it.
Who else could develop a vaccine? The
Russians? Maybe. Israel? Could be. The
Germans? They might. There is a radio show I
heard this AM you may want to check out over
at MEforum.org called Itai Bloch on
Israel's COVID-19 Vaccine. Check it out
its quite interesting. The point here is that
a viable vaccine or treatment may not
necessarily come out of the US.
But let's not panic, the flu
kills a lot of people as well... every single
year. We must put this in perspective and not
let panic mongers either on the web or in
power freak us out. There has been too much
panic and fear in the halls of power these
past few days all over the world.
Let us also pray for the President, our
leaders in the House and Senate who deserve
our prayers and others who are in decision
making positions. Pray for your local leaders
as well, who often get a power complex when a
crisis like this develops.
Prayer and seeking of guidance
from the Lord will help us all through this
Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by
Nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
For the pestilence that
walketh in darkness,
Nor for the destruction that wasteth at
A thousand shall fall at thy
And ten thousand at thy right hand;
But it shall not come nigh thee.
Only with thine eyes shalt thou
And see the reward of the wicked.
(Psalms 91:5-8 - ASV)
we who serve the Lord in spirit and in truth
put our full trust and faith, not in our
leaders, country or in a vaccine, but in the
Lord our God!!
Blessings to you all in the
name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Today, I want to leave off all the news and
just talk a bit about spiritual matters that
I think are important. As I watch events in
China and how the government reacts - a
wholly authoritarian and yes, I see as a
spiritually 'dark', anti-God government, I
cannot help but pause and consider a few
things.Understand, I am not railing against
the Chinese people or even those good souls
who work in government and are trying to
change things for the better there. Rather
this is about Xi and the hard left turn
towards hard line communism he has taken
China. I want to take some time today and
give a short spiritual commentary... just
some observations I think will help
spiritually mature saints better grasp the
I think one thing we should keep in mind is
that the devil's systems tend to be utterly
incompetent. At least in the things that
make the lives of people better. But we must
remember that the Devil's MO is not
to make things better for man. He has a
different MO and Christ told us what that
was in the gospels. It is to steal, kill and
destroy (SK&D). That appears to be what
is happening in China. Do your own research
Rights and China. Take a look at how
Hong Kong is reacting to China's hoped for
expansion of authority there.
But this is just one example of the real
effect of these kinds of authoritarian
systems of governance. They are run by dark
spiritual forces and men who willingly serve
such systems do the devils work wittingly or
often completely unwittingly with
alarming skill. They preach a new age, a new
order, a golden age and deliver the nation
mass graves, death camps and torture
chambers. Do your OWN research with terms
like 'torture', 'China', 'labor camps'. Such
systems preach life and often, only deliver
death. This is the way of authoritarian
systems, particularly those that have a
strong 'cult of personality' individual
running the show.
But this is the heart of satanic governance,
particularly in the 20th and 21st century.
We saw these things in Hitlers Germany,
Mao's China, Stalin's Russia and now we are
seeing it in Xi's China (with their labor
camps for Muslims) and what are almost
certainly political purges now going on in
China under the cover of the very real
pandemic. Remember, China has a 'great
firewall' that is designed to both keep
information the power does not want from
getting in and information that the
people have and the power does not want
released from getting out. Reports have come
to light that in China, you can't log onto
the internet without facial recognition. Say
something the power does not line and you
may find yourself in a labor camp... or
worse because they know EXACTLY who you are.
When we see such governments we need to see
them as a kind of preview to the rise of the
man of sin. This is what he will be about.
Preach peace and bring death. He will be
diametrically opposed to the God of heaven
and will set up an image to be worshiped. So
as we see the kinds of incompetence that
typifies these kinds of systems, just know
that there is a deep satanic methodology to
the madness these men bring to their
countries - SK&D.
We must also keep this firmly in mind, we
who have had our eyes opened by the Lord and
his Holy Spirit. While there are some
unsaved souls out there who still have
enough sense to see something wholly wrong
with these systems, many times the promise
that these systems and men offer is too much
for the ordinary lost soul to resist. They
get seduced. Hitler's ideology was most
seductive to a great many Germans. It gave a
defeated, broken and battered Germany pride
and purpose and thousands, later millions
bought into it. Stalin carried on the great
proletariat revolution. There is something
seductive about these things to some people
and the promises for the future these
leaders bring. The same can be said of Xi,
he has his own peculiar vision of the
future, which is firmly rooted in the
I write this little piece today, because I
like many others, am slowly beginning to see
the promise and hope of democracy die. Pew
Research did a most insightful piece on the
dissatisfaction with democracy globally
about a year ago, that lays out many of the
reasons why and polled people all over the
I think we are moving to a point where
democracy cannot or will no longer work. I
hate to say that but I think it is a day
that is not so slowly approaching. It's not
that democracy is bad. No, it's that evil
men have found a thousand and one ways of
thwarting the will of the people even with
elections that have the votes counted right.
Voting and putting in new leaders brings in
no substantive positive change. The reasons
for this are many and won't be delved into
here. The point here is that as democracy
wanes, something else or rather someone
else will choose our leaders and make
policies for us with less or perhaps none of
Once a major global crisis ensues, I think a
new system a global one may be foisted on us
all and America may not have much say about
it as she may be seen as the primary problem
the world faces. What is that problem? Here
is one for starters....
Try our debts. Here is just the interest we
pay on it.
It's those amazing deficits that when they
can no longer be serviced is going to bring
in some serious global chaos. So know this.
A crisis is coming. There is no way
around it at this point in time. Even now
with this virus or rather in my view, the
over-reaction to it, market experts even
major banks are warning something is
seriously amiss in the markets -
particularly the Treasury Markets.... that
is how the US funds its outrageous
expenditures. It's a question of when it
happens and what solutions are imposed on
the world once it does. Those are the
questions and if the next crisis is the 'big
one' we may have a pretty good idea what it
will eventually bring about.
But we may see a major transformation of the
world first. A Post American world order
take shape before we see the rise of the man
of sin. A world order where America will
never again be allowed to rise to
the heights she once did, but remains a
lesser kingdom of the end times. In other
words, we may see a time of serious
chastisement on America first. But such a
scenario I don't (personally) think lines up
very well with the prophets and their words
on the end times. This country may fall when
she is at the heights and while the city (I
want to stress that word CITY as it is used
six times Rev 17:18; Rev 18:10;
18:16; 18:18; 18:19; 18:21 to describe Mystery
destroyed. The major city that
represents Babylon may go, but major parts
of the nation may very well remain. Though I
think it will ultimately be a goat nation
(let the reader understand that).
Let us remember that when Christ returns he
is going to do so in power and splendor. He
is going to have a host of warrior angels
with him to divvy up justice the old
fashioned, righteous and holy way. Excuses
will not sway him, flattery will anger him
and two words that so many in the western
world hates today - personal
responsibility - for ones words and
deeds will be the issues that will be
when the Son of man shall come in his
and all the angels
with him, then shall
he sit on the throne
of his glory:
and before him shall
be gathered all the nations:
and he shall separate
them one from another,
as the shepherd
separateth the sheep from the goats;
and he shall set the
sheep on his right hand,
but the goats
on the left.
it is true America has done much for
Christians in the past and the key point of
judgement in the above passage is how these
nations treated Christians, this nation for
the most part has a very good
record. Except the last President whose
administration it seemed to this author to
encourage or at least 'accidentally' assist
a considerable amount of highly deniable
'collateral damage' to be perpetrated on
Christians world-wide. It took him several
years for him to even acknowledge publicly
that we Christians were being slaughtered
when we so clearly were. I just personally
saw something very dark spiritually that the
Obama administration had over it. But it is
not just him, there is and always has been a
strong spiritually dark element within parts
of our deep state (the real people/networks
who run the country and make key policies).
Don't get me wrong, I am not talking about
devil worship or anything like that, but
people who have been fully deceived by and
can be used by the devil in powerful ways
and not know that's what they are doing. And
then the masses follow such people because
they are in the right political party, have
the right look about them or the right skin
color. How did Shakespeare put it?
Devil hath power to assume a pleasing
pretty face, fine words and wonderful
promises have seduced many a person in both
sex and politics. The devil knows how to get
people to follow him. Promise them the moon
and once they've been fooled, deliver
coffins instead. He's been doing in for many
centuries and it works time and time again.
My point is that Trump may be an aberration
to what we may see in the future when the
Democrats get power again. We may see
America begin to use its covert power to
secretly target Christians. Remember ISIS
and the whole 'we tripped and fell and
handed loads of arms to terrorists by
mistake' fiasco's we once had under
the last administration? ISIS stole from,
killed and destroyed (SK&D) many
Christians and Churches. The devil's work.
The point here is that those of you who hate
Trump or don't like him because he is White,
or rich, or has a loud mouth, does not act
'Presidential' or is too old or you don't
like his wife or (insert your reason here)
should consider that in THE key thing that
separates the Sheep Nations from the Goat
Nations, on that great day. Trump is moving
America into the Sheep nation category and
remember there is only one criteria. How did
they treat Christ's brethren?
the King shall answer and say unto them,
Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did
unto one of these my brethren, even these
ye did it unto me.
(Matt 25:40 [ASV])
It's not how much you spent
on welfare, did you win a war in
Afghanistan, how many Gay weddings you
performed or protested against. No, it is
how did you treat Christ's brethren - his
REAL brethren who will almost certainly be
social and political outcasts and not
necessarily 'acceptable' churchmen in robes
or televangelists driving brand new luxury
I think this is because there is going to
come a time when we will be hated -
literally HATED by ALL NATIONS for Christ's
sake. Some kind of mass propaganda campaign
that will be highly effective will demonize
us all and it will be very difficult to give
aid and assistance to the true body of
Christ. It could be a time of enormous
betrayal as well.
So I will keep my eyes on Xi, Modi as well
as Putin and observe how these leaders use
their power and the methods they use to
attack Christians. Through in Russia, they
have a somewhat different approach. The
Orthodox Church has full state approval but
other smaller Christian sects are under
considerable attack. Forum18
often has some good stories on events in
Russia and Eurasia.
The devil is busy brothers, very busy, but
he does his work in ways that many don't
recognize it for what it is.
Growing authoritarianism? Cult of
personality? These I think are signposts to
the future our God has warned us about in
the books of the prophets in the Old and New
In closing, I know I have not written much
at all on the virus on the public site. Much
privately, not much here. The only thing I
will say is that I am not panicked in the
least. The death rate for this thing from
all I have read is just not that high. Yes,
a lot of people are going to get it and lots
will get sick and sadly some will die. Until
an evidence based system of
treatment that does not cost a fortune and
does not require a hospital stay is found,
this is just going to be a problem for some
time. I personally am not looking for any
kind of 'cure' to happen for many long
months or years. But a system of effective
treatment could appear before long. Perhaps
one will become available when its been
demonstrated to work and is known to be
But let us keep this in some perspective. At
least 20,000 people have died so far
I have refrained from posting too much
information because there are some aspects
to this officials clearly want to downplay.
I will respect that desire because frankly
people have a tendency to overreact, freak
out and even lash out at the wrong things.
So I have saved my better more informative
and speculative posts on the virus for older
more mature (private) readers.
That will remain the policy for the
foreseeable. People have seriously abused my
work and analysis before and the worst
offenders were those in government. I am not
going to let that happen again.
Then I contended with the nobles of Judah,
and said unto them,
What evil thing is this
that ye do, and
profane the sabbath day?
Did not your fathers
thus, and did
not our God bring all
this evil upon us,
and upon this city?
yet ye bring more
wrath upon Israel by
profaning the sabbath.
(Nehemiah 13:17-18 -
This whole idea of profaning the
sabbath may have become the 'new normal' in
Israel, but God's firebrand, Nehemiah was not
going to sit still for it. In this passage, he
goes to the nobles and elite of Judah and pleads
with them on this issue. Nehemiah was really
making sure that religious reform was real and
not just a day of singing to the Lord during a
celebration. There is a lot more to serving God
than that. This was one of Israel's obligations,
to keep the sabbath. The nobles were not only
negligent, but frankly were rebellions in their
attitude to this.
Nehemiah reminds the nobles that this is why all
the mess they went through happened to them.
They stopped obeying the Lord. The implication
being 'do you want to go through all that
again'? That is what the last phrase in
the above passage means. They were heading down
the same path as their fathers and were on their
way to bringing God's wrath upon the city and
its inhabitants. When these sins go uncorrected
by the nobles, they will eventually be corrected
by the Lord. Do you get the impression that if
God had not raised up a man like Nehemiah that
Israel would have lapsed right back into
apostasy long before the first generation of
returnees had passed on? I do.
Again, we are not given the reaction
that Nehemiah's angry rebuke had on the nobles.
I suspect they didn't do much, but bob their
heads in a agreement and do what most rulers
do... nothing. It isn't like the Nobles didn't
know what was going on and it isn't like they
had never heard of the sabbath. The guilt was
I note in the next passage what
Nehemiah's reaction was after the meeting.
And it came to pass that,
when the gates of Jerusalem
began to be dark before the sabbath,
I commanded that the doors should be shut,
and commanded that they should not be opened
till after the sabbath: and some of my
set I over the gates, that there should
no burden be brought in on the sabbath
So the merchants and sellers
of all kind of wares lodged
without Jerusalem once or twice.
(Nehemiah 13:19-20 ASV)
What the nobles decided to do is not
known to us, what is known is that Nehemiah was
a man of action. He was not going to wait for
the Nobles to debate the issue, he was going to
make sure Israel did not fall back into sin. So
he put some men around the city and made it
clear. "You aren't bringing your stuff in
here today, it's the sabbath. Come back when
it's over, and you will be welcome."
He did this at the outset of
It is interesting that Nehemiah had to set the
men to do this and the elders of the city did
I testified against them, and said unto
Why lodge ye about the wall? if ye do so
I will lay hands on you. From that time
forth came they no more on the sabbath.
(Nehemiah 13:21 - ASV)
When they could not get into the
city, they hung about outside the wall waiting
to get in. Perhaps they figured they could set
up shop in the choice spots if they got into the
city first. This apparently happened the first
two Sabbath's after Nehemiah's reforms. This did
not make Nehemiah happy at all. So he spoke
against them and asked them why they were
loitering. This was a rhetorical question, he
know exactly why. They wanted into the city and
were barred entry. This was a wise move on
Nehemiah's part because once they knew they
could not loiter outside the walls, they would
not carry all of their wares on the sabbath
towards the city on sabbath. Then we get a look
at just how serious Nehemiah took this issue.
Remember he was the effective governor and was
operating under the Kings command. So his threat
to lay hands on them was no idle street-bully
boast. He had men at arms and the legal
authority that could make it happen.
This whole episode goes to the
character of Nehemiah and the theme of this
book. The issue of religious reform for the
returning exiles. The kings and rulers of old as
well as the nobles of Nehemiah time may have
been wimpy when it came to making sure the
people observed the law, but not Nehemiah. This
is a man with a mission and he meant business.
If it meant that the law was going to be
enforced by his police, then that is what was
going to happen.
We will continue on with the last few verses of
this amazing book next week as we look at more
of Nehemiah's religious reforms, God willing!!
Right now, I want to talk about
something that is one of hardest things for
Christians to do. It is hard and at the
same time, it is a test of our faith. No, it's
not arduous, it is not anything that is going to
make us break a sweat or have to burn the
midnight oil over. It's not anything that is
going to cause us to have to come off with some
money or fill out forms in triplicate. It's not
going to do any of those things.
What is it that can be so
difficult but will certainly cause many to
stumble and fall. Is it resisting sin?
What is it?
When going through parts of
the book of Isaiah Sunday, I was struck by how
the Lord blesses those that do one thing for
him in particular. What is that?
in the way of thy judgments,
O Jehovah, have we waited for thee;
to thy name,
even to thy memorial name, is the desire of
(Isaiah 26:8 ASV)
thousand shall flee at the threat of one;
at the threat of five shall ye flee:
till ye be left as a beacon upon
the top of a mountain,
and as an ensign on a hill.
therefore will Jehovah wait,
that he may be gracious unto
and therefore will he be exalted,
that he may have mercy upon you:
for Jehovah is a God of justice;
blessed are all they that wait for
For the people shall dwell in Zion at
thou shalt weep no more; he will surely
be gracious unto thee at the voice of thy
when he shall hear, he will answer thee.
(Isaiah 30:17-19 ASV)
And it shall be said in that day,
Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him,
and he will save us: this is Jehovah;
we have waited for him,
we will be glad and rejoice
in his salvation.
(Isaiah 25:9 ASV)
There are many such passages
in Isaiah and all through the Bible. Waiting
on God (he often waits on us!) is so very
important but it can also be difficult. It can
also be a major stumbling block for some. Just
waiting on God can be very hard. There is no
work involved, no mission fields to preach the
gospel in with hostile populations trying to
stop you from proclaiming and teaching. No
government agents trying to entrap you and get
you to appear to commit a crime. No, just
waiting alone is going to cause many
Christians to stumble and even fall. How did
our Lord put it?
if that servant shall say in his heart,
My lord delayeth his coming;
and shall begin to beat the menservants
and the maidservants, and to eat and
and to be drunken; the lord of that
servant shall come in a day when he
and in an hour when he knoweth not,
and shall cut him asunder,
and appoint his portion with the unfaithful.
(Luke 12:45 ASV)
So we see how impatience led
this particular servant to fall into sin,
rebellion and lose his soul.
The Psalmist also exhorts us
to wait on the Lord.
for Jehovah, and keep his way,
And he will exalt thee to inherit the land:
When the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see
(Psalms 37:34 ASV)
Brothers, waiting on God in
these times is not so easy. It can be very
hard. There are so many distractions and
allurements in the world and we just have to
keep focused on our God.
While this passage in
may not deal specifically with waiting, I
think it speaks volumes to the final
generation who shall live during the time of
the Mark of the Beast, when apostasy and
blasphemy will be at truly epidemic
proportions and many believers will have
already gone by the wayside, many simply
fearing for their lives. To that generation,
waiting on God and delivering up our lives in
his service will not be easy. Some of us
already know we are to die for the Lord.
Others of us may not think the Lord will
require it of them. It may be hard for those
believers to be steady in their faith and WAIT
on the salvation of God. That kind of waiting
requires faith, real faith.
Do you have it?
What if our faith one day
drives us out of our homes and into the hills,
forests or even sewers while the servants of
anti-Christ try and hunt us down?
Brothers, even the redeemed, those who
have already gone before us and given
their lives to the Lord; did you know that
they have to wait as well? Yes, there is
waiting in heaven as well for the
And when he opened the fifth seal,
I saw underneath the altar the souls
of them that had been slain for the word
and for the testimony which they
and they cried with a great voice, saying,
How long, O Master, the holy and true,
dost thou not judge and avenge our blood
on them that dwell on the earth?
And there was given them to each one a
and it was said unto them, that they
rest yet for a little time, until their
and their brethren, who should be killed
even as they were, should have fulfilled
(Rev 6:9-11 ASV)
thing is about much more than our petty,
childish impatience. There is the whole
creation God has to think about and God has is
own reasons for doing things the way he does
them. He does not need to explain himself to
us. We on the other hand are indeed given a
commandment that can be summarized.
Be patient therefore, brethren,
until the coming of the Lord.
Behold, the husbandman waiteth
for the precious fruit of the earth,
being patient over it, until it receive
the early and latter rain.
Be ye also patient; establish
for the coming of the Lord is at
Murmur not, brethren, one against
that ye be not judged: behold, the judge
before the doors. Take, brethren,
for an example of
suffering and of patience,
the prophets who
spake in the name of the Lord.
Behold, we call them blessed that
ye have heard of the patience of Job,
and have seen the end of the Lord,
how that the Lord is full of pity, and
(James 5:7-11 ASV)
Blessings to you all who serve
and honor Christ Jesus!
Nehemiah Part LII
me, O my God, concerning this,
and wipe not out my good deeds
that I have done for the house of my God,
and for the observances thereof.
(Nehemiah 13:14 ASV)
Here Nehemiah lays out a
prayer after the events dealing with Tobiah's
ejection from the Temple and the appointment
of new overseer's of the temple and its
stores. Nehemiah asks God to remember him, in
that he has stood up for the Lord in this very
important matter. The prayer is of note
because the phrase of wiping out good deeds is
not seen elsewhere in the OT.
The Cambridge Bible commentary notes two
passages that seem to be clearly related, 2Chr 32:32 and 2Chr 35:26,
where the chronicler sets forth the idea of
good works being remembered. Nehemiah wants
God to remember him.
Nehemiah is probably keenly aware, as any true
saint is of his own failings, frailties and
mistakes but nevertheless, wants God not so
much to overlook those, but just to remember
what he has done in the name of and for the
name of the Lord.
Nehemiah wants God to remember the deeds he
has done to restore the pure religion of
Jehovah as well as the Mosaic rituals to the
In those days saw I in Judah some men
treading wine-presses on the sabbath,
and bringing in sheaves, and lading asses
as also wine, grapes, and figs,
and all manner of burdens,
which they brought into Jerusalem
on the sabbath day: and I testified
in the day wherein they sold
There dwelt men of Tyre also therein,
who brought in fish, and all manner of
and sold on the sabbath unto the children
and in Jerusalem.
(Nehemiah 13:15-16 ASV)
Here Nehemiah was doing what the
Priests should have been doing and clearly
weren't. People were working on the Sabbath, a
clear prohibition in the Law. Yet here they were
treading grapes for wine and hauling
agricultural goods and, depending on how one
reads verse 15, were selling them. Nehemiah
seems to have been seriously taken aback. They
had to know about the Sabbath but yet were not
going to observe it. Why was this? Did they just
decide to ignore the law? Were they just paying
lip-service to Nehemiah and the other reformers?
That answer is not clear, but it does
seem likely that because there were many
foreigners who lived in the area who were not
bound by the Jewish law. They would work, the
Jews were prohibited. This would be an
impediment to their businesses and give the
foreigners an unfair 'competitive advantage'.
But keeping the sabbath was a constant problem
with their forbears as well. The prophets of old
spoke of it incessantly. No one heeded. This was
one of the reasons that they went into exile.
No, certainly not the only reason, but it was
one reason the Lord got so angry with Israel.
This was a problem even before the prophets who
warned of the exile and the Lord was none too
pleased. Here is how the prophet Ezekiel put it.
also I sware unto them in the wilderness,
that I would not bring them into the
which I had given them, flowing with milk
which is the glory of all lands;
because they rejected mine ordinances,
and walked not in my statutes, and profaned
for their heart went after their
Nevertheless mine eye spared them,
and I destroyed them not, neither did I make
a full end of them in the
And I said unto their children in the
Walk ye not in the statutes of your fathers,
neither observe their ordinances,
nor defile yourselves with their idols.
I am Jehovah your God: walk in my
and keep mine ordinances, and do them;
and hallow my sabbaths; and they shall
be a sign between me and you, that ye may
know that I am Jehovah your God.
But the children rebelled against me;
they walked not in my statutes,
neither kept mine ordinances to do them,
which if a man do, he shall live in them;
they profaned my sabbaths.
Then I said I would pour out my wrath upon
to accomplish my anger against them in the
(Ezekiel 20:15-21 ASV)
You will find reference to sabbath
breaking in many of your old time prophetic
works. (See also Jer
17:21-27) Nehemiah was going to
ensure that that mistake was not repeated and
that Israel got off on the right foot. This
generation knew full well the cost exile had,
Nehemiah for one did not want to repeat that
mistake. Albert Barnes makes comment that
bringing back the sabbath may have been the most
difficult part of the Jewish law to
Old habits die hard and living among
the Babylonians for so long as well as those who
were in Jerusalem being under foreign rule, the
habit of working on the Sabbath was probably
just part of daily living for decades. In verse
16 we see how foreign traders and businessmen
were a big part of the problem. They would come
into the city bring their wares to Jerusalem and
sell them. They were not Jewish and had no
respect for Jewish law so why should they
observe the Sabbath? And you know what? They
didn't. The Tyrian's brought in their fish and
goods and sold them on whatever day suited them
and the People of Israel bought them, on
whatever day they were available. Clearly they
were not giving the Lord or his law the proper
respect and Nehemiah, God's firebrand, was going
to deal with the leaders of Judah who allowed
this to go on. Nehemiah testified against those
who engaged in this practice
was basically letting them know that God
see's what they were doing and it was sin
and that God would lay charge to those who
broke the Law.
We will continue Nehemiah and how he
upbraided the leaders for this lapse in
the next installment, God willing!
They Won't Be Back
This is a hard, hard
lesson but all of is need to learn it and
not let the realities of Christian living
get us down. One of those realities is
shall many stumble,
and shall deliver up one another,
and shall hate one another.
(Matthew 24:10 - ASV)
No man can come to me,
I hate to break this to you,
but in these times, the closer we come to
the rise of the man of sin, the beast
system's final form and the coming of
Christ, falling away will be a very,
very common thing
. Many will fall
away, not a few. This will be particularly
true when persecution comes and comes hard.
That will be the real test for western
Christians. What are you really going to do
when your walk with Christ costs... I mean
I know this is a theme I have talked about a
few times before but it bears serious
repeating. Those who come to know Christ and
willfully and knowingly turn on the cross of
Christ are in a very serious spiritual
condition. In many cases, the simple fact
is, they can never come back. Some of you
think I am hard on this issue. No brothers,
God is most merciful but at the same time
our Lord, through his Apostles made some
things very clear.
For as touching those
once enlightened and tasted of the
and were made partakers of the Holy
and tasted the good word of God,
and the powers of the age to come,
and then fell away, it is impossible
to renew them again unto repentance;
seeing they crucify to themselves
the Son of God afresh, a
nd put him to an open shame.
(Hebrews 6:4-6 ASV)
It is not my place to say if anyone has
placed himself into this category or not. I
do not know. What I know is that there is a
form of apostasy that precludes any future
offer of salvation. In other words, you
can't come back. Why is this?
I do not know for certain, but part of the
reason is stated in the above passage. They
brought great shame to the gospel by their
apostasy. The other reason I think has to do
with the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God is a
rather sensitive issue with the Lord. His
person and work are not to be taken lightly.
Let us remember that blasphemy against the
Holy Spirit is the only unpardonable sin (Mark 3:29
Also remember that its work is essential in
the work of salvation. If God's Spirit will
not draw that person to Christ (or back to
Christ) then the path to salvation is
blocked. Keep in mind what Jesus said.
except the Father that sent me draw him:
and I will raise him up in the last day.
(John 6:44 ASV)
A person must be drawn and
if the work of the Holy Spirit in
3:5) is no longer possible,
that person is in extreme
spiritual danger. When a person shows spite
to the Holy Spirit, and turns away from the
path of salvation there is frankly little if
any hope for them.
A man that hath set
at nought Moses’
law dieth without compassion
on the word of two or three
of how much sorer punishment, think
shall he be judged worthy, who hath
trodden under foot the Son of God,
and hath counted the blood of the
wherewith he was sanctified an unholy
and hath done despite unto the Spirit
(Hebrews 10:28-29 ASV)
I don't say these things to depress any of
you or say that there is absolutely no hope
for your associates who have fallen away,
but to say that in our times, you had best
get used to seeing this kind of thing... a
lot. Our main task is two fold. First to
make sure we are not like Lot's wife,
looking back on spiritual Sodom or in the
case of the Children of Israel, Egypt.
Looking back is bad enough, but going back
is clearly forbidden and for many, that trip
is one way, you won't be back even if you
wanted to, not without the person and work
of the Holy Spirit.
Second, I would exhort you to not be too
full of sorrow and pity for such. They made
their choice - to turn on the Lord. You
must make yours
, to stay with him even
if all others forsake him. That is your job.
Remember how Samuel was distressed over Saul
and his apostasy? He was deeply grieved. But
did the Lord join in Samuel's 'pity party'?
No. He rebuked Samuel who had work to do and
is excessive whining over Saul may have been
effecting his work as a prophet and was
nothing more than criticism of the Lord and
his sovereign decision.
Jehovah said unto Samuel,
How long wilt thou mourn for Saul,
seeing I have rejected him from being
king over Israel?
fill thy horn with oil, and go:
I will send thee to Jesse the
for I have provided me a king among
(I Samuel 16:1 - ASV)
The Lord chided Samuel and for good reason.
Why was he whining about this reprobate king
who in the very next verse Samuel is
concerned that he may kill him? Who knows,
but for a long time Saul and Samuel were
probably pretty close. It was hard for
Samuel to see Saul go down the path he had
taken. But Samuel knew his duty. He was a
prophet of the Lord and his representative
and he had to do as the Lord bid. The first
thing was to dry his tears for Saul and the
second, to go and anoint a new King.
There comes a time when we have to let go of
relationships and old friends sometimes
change and change for the worse. God does
not want us to be friends with liars,
murderers, traitors, adulterers and thieves
and when people start to go down that road,
we need to move away and stay away.
So if you see this happen to someone you
know, don't spend too much time weeping over
such people. What should you do instead?
And he said unto
If any man would come after me,
let him deny himself, and take up his
and follow me.
(Luke 9:23 ASV)
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