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.
Links I Like
all over the Christian spectrum!
Last Days Of The Age
(Catholic... great news
(A look at today from
an Orthodox Perspective)
Assyrian News Agency
(A look at events in
look at events inside China, from
a Christian Perspective)
Christian Movement Watch
(A hard-hitting blog
talking about the growing sin of
Homosexuality inside the Church)
Christian, but gets into important
trends in the Islamic world)
19 Sept 2019
whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my
of him shall the Son of man be ashamed,
when he shall come in his own glory,
and in his Father's, and of the holy angels.
set the LORD always before me: because he is
at my right hand,
I shall not be moved.
1Mark can be reached
Puberty Blockers For Kids As Young
The rise of Transgenderism has powerful
proponents. Russia Today as well as
other UK outlets are talking about new
recommendation on allowing these drugs at an
early age. Kids
are now on the frontline of a major
culture war, not just in the US, but throughout
the western world.
Not Even Jezebel Did This, so says the story out
of The Stream. They talk about killing babies
with still beating hearts. The Washington
Examiner talks about the hideous medical
experiments going on with fetal tissue right
here in the USA.
Then there are the other killings in America.
CBS has a
piece on murder. The Nation a piece on Suicide.
We are a deeply troubled nation. Particularly on
the spiritual front. I could go on and and on
recount many of the horrors going on inside the
nation, the shootings, gruesome murders,
mentally unstable behavior by Americans strung
out on various narcotics. But not today....
Brothers, I am
often struck by the fact that God took so long
in warning Israel of her sins and waited for her
to repent. She did not. The same with Babylon,
which God used to spoil the sinful nation of
Jeremiah wrote in a book all the evil
that should come upon Babylon,
even all these words that are written
And Jeremiah said to Seraiah,
When thou comest to Babylon, and
and shalt read all these words;
Then shalt thou say, O LORD, thou
spoken against this place, to cut it
that none shall remain in it, neither
beast, but that it shall be desolate
And it shall be, when thou hast made
end of reading this book, that thou
bind a stone to it, and cast it into
the midst of Euphrates:
And thou shalt say, Thus shall
and shall not rise from the
I will bring upon her: and they shall
Thus far are the words of
(Jeremiah 51:60-64 [KJVA])
Those old prophets warned for many
long years, decades often. What did the people
say? They usually mocked.
And the word of the
LORD came unto me, saying,
Son of man, what is that proverb that
in the land of Israel, saying,
The days are prolonged, and every
Tell them therefore, Thus saith the
I will make this proverb to cease,
and they shall no more use it as a
proverb in Israel;
but say unto them, The days are at
and the effect of every vision.
(Ezekiel 12:21-23 [KJVA])
After many long years and many prophecies that
people ceased to listen to. What happened to
Now in the fifth month,
in the tenth day of the month,
which was the nineteenth year of
Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon,
came Nebuzar–adan, captain of the
which served the king of Babylon, into
And burned the house of the
and the king's house; and all
the houses of Jerusalem,
and all the houses of the great
men, burned he with fire:
And all the army of the
that were with the captain of the
brake down all the walls of
Jerusalem round about.
Then Nebuzar–adan the captain of the
guard carried away captive
of the poor of the people, and the
of the people that remained in
and those that fell away, that fell to
the king of Babylon, and the rest of
But Nebuzar–adan the captain of the
guard left certain of the poor of the
land for vinedressers and for
(Jeremiah 52 12-16)
And the captain of the
Seraiah the chief priest, and
the second priest, and
the three keepers of the door:
He took also out of the city an eunuch,
which had the charge of the men of war;
and seven men of them that were near
king's person, which were found in the
and the principal scribe of the host,
who mustered the people of the land;
and threescore men of the people of the
that were found in the midst of the
So Nebuzar–adan the captain of the
guard took them,
and brought them to the king of Babylon
And the king of
Babylon smote them,
and put them to death in
Riblah in the land of Hamath.
Thus Judah was carried away captive out
of his own land.
This is the people whom Nebuchadrezzar
carried away captive: in the seventh
three thousand Jews and three and
In the eighteenth year of
he carried away captive from Jerusalem
eight hundred thirty and two
In the three and twentieth year of
Nebuchadrezzar Nebuzar–adan the captain
of the guard
carried away captive of the Jews
seven hundred forty and five persons:
all the persons were four thousand and
(Jeremiah 52:12-30 [KJVA])
One lesson here was that God judged both
Israel and Babylon. He used Babylon as a tool
to judge Israel for its great wickedness, but
he did not forget about the sins of Babylon
either. The fall of that empire is described
in the book of Daniel.
Brothers, God warns and warns. He is not
unmerciful. But what you can be certain of is
that God is not playing games with evil and
wickedness. He is going to punish. If he did
not, he would be guilty of the accusations
that the lost and godless always say, that God
is unjust. No, he is perfectly just, the
problem is that men love evil and his mercy
and forbearance is often mistaken for
acceptance of our wicked ways.
God is just but he is also merciful.
A truly penitent soul, will be heard by God.
His forbearance is designed just for this
purpose, to give us space to repent, not an
excuse to add to our wickedness. But
those who use it as such an excuse will find
that they have fallen for a trap of their own
Let us look around America and see what this
evil is doing to America. But more importantly,
that we never, ever partake in any of it and
thus become defiled.
Nehemiah Part XL
the rulers of the people dwelt at Jerusalem:
the rest of the people also cast lots,
to bring one of ten to dwell in
Jerusalem the holy city,
and nine parts to dwell in other cities.
And the people blessed all the men,
that willingly offered themselves to
dwell at Jerusalem.
Chapter 11 begins with the word 'and'.
However it does not appear to bear any strong
connection with the previous passages.
Here is what the Cambridge bible says about it.
1. And] The
copula has no connexion with the preceding
chapter, and probably marks the
compilatory character of the passage. - Cambridge
While this may be one of those minor details
that only scholars wrangle about, the casting of
lots may not have taken place during the same
time and ceremonies of the last chapter. But may
have taken place at a later time and
circumstance. But the passage is not clear.
The passage above shows that the people cast
lots as to who would live in Jerusalem. One
would think that people should hardly have to be
induced in such a manner to live in the capital
city, but there it is. Why was this so? I think
the answer can be found in chapter 7.
the city was large and great: but the
people were few therein,
and the houses were not builded.
With that passage we understand why
there may have been some reticence to move to
Jerusalem. It was, in our modern vernacular, a
'ghost town'. There was no place to live. Those
who went there would have to live in tents or
makeshift dwellings until something more
permanent could be built.
Moreover, moving is a troublesome business.
Probably more so back in those days some 2500
years ago. Ask anyone who has done it a few
times in our day and age! Not only that, but
many had their livelihoods where they were
located. Moving to a new city that was not built
up yet and with a sparse population of people
who were in similar economic circumstances was
going to be hard. The casting of lots to decide
things was nothing new. It was also done for the
Priests in the previous chapter (10:34).
After having built the walls under such hostile
circumstances, Nehemiah knew it was unwise to
let the let the city remain sparsely populated
and had to find a way to get people into the
city. Who knows what mischief his enemies would
conjure up? While some commentators think
that the people went up willingly, I think the
fact that lots had to be cast shows the
opposite. Some probably did not really want to
go or had economic reasons wanting to stay where
they were. The Geneva commentary basically
points this out. If there was a great desire to
live there, lots would not have had to be cast
in the first place. So who was it who was
subject to the cast lots? K &D gives us this
bit of commentary.
of the people” does not mean the assembled
people with the exception of the rulers,
but the people with the exception of the
few who dwelt at Jerusalem. These cast
lots to bring (לְהָבִיא) one of ten to
dwell in Jerusalem. The predicate, the
holy city, occurs here and Neh 11:18 for
the first time.
So the decision was made, out of ten - nine
would dwell outside the city in other parts of
Judea and one would dwell in Jerusalem. Verse
two says that the people blessed the people who
willingly offered to go.
Jerusalem is so called, on the ground
of the prophecies, Joe 3:17 and Isa 48:2,
because the sanctuary of God, the temple,
was there. בֶּעָרִים means, in the other
cities of Judah and Benjamin.
הַמִּתְנַדְּבִים, those who showed
themselves willing to dwell in Jerusalem,
is taken by most expositors in contrast to
those who were bound to do this in
consequence of the decision of the lot;
and it is then further supposed that some
first went to Jerusalem of their free
choice, and that the lot was
then cast with respect to the rest.
There are not, however, sufficient grounds
for this conclusion, nor yet for the
assumption that the decision of the lot
was regarded as a constraint. The
disposal of the lot was accepted as a
divine decision, with which all had,
whether willingly or unwillingly, to
comply. All who willingly acquiesced
in this decision might be designated
as מִתְנַדְּבִים; [to impel; hence to
volunteer (as a soldier), to present
spontaneously: - offer freely, be (give,
make, offer self) willing (-ly) ].and
these departed to Jerusalem accompanied by
the blessings of the people. Individuals
are not so much meant, as chiefly fathers
of families, who went with their wives and
children. - K & D
these are the chief of the province that
dwelt in Jerusalem:
Now we come to one of those to me somewhat less
interesting passages of scripture, the listings
of peoples, families and tribes that only
scholars like to study and debate about. But
this time, we will spend a bit of time on them
rather than just skipping over this section.
but in the cities of Judah dwelt
every one in his possession in their
cities, to wit,
Israel, the priests, and the Levites,
and the Nethinims, and the children of
Here Nehemiah talks about the princes or chief
(heads) of the province that actually dwelt in
Jerusalem. Two things must be remembered here.
The word province must be understood to be a
province of Persia under Xerxes. Keep in mind
that Judea, politically speaking, was a rather
unimportant 'sideshow' of the greater Persian
empire. I say this so that there is no
misunderstanding that Israel was still under
foreign domination and Nehemiah was acting under
Verse three I find a bit confusing. But the
sense here appears to be to list out those who
are leaders/chiefs/heads in Jerusalem and
contrast out the fact that the rest lived in his
own land/home. This 'every one' includes
Israel - which is the whole
nation as it existed before the Kingdom
The class of the Nethinim is an interesting one.
The word is first used 1Chronicles. But some
commentators equate their functions with those
first assigned to the Gibeonite's in the book of
Joshua (Chapter 9). Who they were exactly is a
matter of debate. But the best view seems to be
that they were converted/naturalized foreigners
(non-Israelite's) who did manual and menial
labor in the Temple.
The Levites - The priestly tribe.
The Nethinims - These were Temple
The Children Of Solomon's Servants -
Another class of servants
The Children of Solomon's Servants - This is
another semi-unknown and interesting group.
These appear to be like the Nethinim,
descendants of foreign nations who either
converted and/or were conquered. These may have
been the progeny of the Canaanites who were used
by Solomon for the Building of the Temple. Both
The Davis Bible Dictionary and the Cambridge
Bible agree on this. These may have continued to
be bondservants (slaves) in the Kingdom for this
is what they were in the days of Solomon (1Kings 9:20), but we
cannot be sure.
We will continue Nehemiah next week, God
Christians In Jail For Homeschooling Kids
"Pastor Ramón Rigal was sentenced to two years
in prison in April for homeschooling his two
children, as well as for leading an
unregistered church. His wife Ayda Expósito is
serving an 18-month sentence in a women’s
prison for refusing to educate their children
in government-run schools, the only legal
option in Cuba." - Morning
Church Requests Prayer Over Pressure From
A News report says that regional authorities
are directed to intensify their efforts in
looking into the financial activities of
Protestant leaders. ME Concern reports.
Village Church Set On Fire
Persecution Relief looks at another tragedy
that Indian believers face. A new law could
put pastors in jail for many years, according
this piece out of the ICC.
persecution goes on and on. But brothers
know this - if our religion were an empty
one, no one would pay it any mind. But the
gospel is real. The devil knows this and
that is why in so many places there is
such a spate of violent persecution of
God's people. You can find some
persecution against some faiths in a few
places here and there, but with
Christianity, it is hated just about
everywhere, even increasingly here in the
Christ said 'love your brother' and the
world says 'kill the Christians'.
Why is this? I think the book of
Revelation gives us a major part of the
the dragon was wroth with the woman,
and went to make war
with the remnant of her seed,
which keep the
commandments of God,
the testimony of Jesus Christ.
So let us not be downhearted.
This is evidence of both the importance of
our faith and the lateness of the hour.
Let us not slumber, be be awake
Vaccine Efficacy: Hard
There are plenty of
investigations that the establishment has
kept secret that demonstrates that there are
some problems with vaccines. But once you
start quoting those things and linking to
them, they do what they can to silence you.
There are billions of dollars in a hoped
for revenue stream to consider in all
of those jabs (which cost money per do$e).
The HHS? Well, are the
officials there looking out for the kids or
their own personal financial interests? You
don't have to cite some obscure blogger to
want to scratch your head while in a
quandary trying to figure that one out. The
Government itself looked into some of these
issues and what they found was troubling
Do you get the
impression that this is a racket? One where
insiders get their pet vaccine approved with
or without rigorous testing so they can
retire on a mountain of gold?
But anyone who
questions the use of vaccines immediately
gets silenced/censored and has all manner of
negative names thrown at them. Those who
call the effectiveness of them cite 'hard
science' often don't really know what they
are talking about. To me it looks like
'science' that only exits in the reports of
those with serious financial conflicts of
Some of these firms,
who have been silencing those who question
vaccines? One can only ask if they are
working together to keep these big drug
companies rolling in the dough.
From my perspective, this is one and only
one key aspect of the whole American problem
the nation faces, the real corruption in the
US exists in the places that are supposed to
be the covert 'check' on it in our political
system. The secret agencies and government
working groups whose job it is to protect
the nation, secretly are not about to do it
if it effects someones bottom line. Again,
there is a great deal of money at stake.
Now let me make this
clear. Given the kinds of things happening
in our world and the rise of new kinds of
bio-warfare that has and is already taking
place, prudent measures do need to be put in
place to forestall a serious pandemic that
could kill millions in just a few weeks,
should America's foes develop such a
doomsday weapon and believe me, they are
working on it. A cursory internet search
using terms like 'doomsday bio-weapon' will
yield all kinds of results, many from highly
respected publications. So the governments
concern about anti-vaxxers is not an
abstract one. Such people could be
unwittingly be used by a foreign adversary
to stir up large number of people from
taking a vaccine that protects against a
bioweapon and kills many.
Those who deployed
such a weapon would be the prime suspect in
such a campaign. But the other threat that I
don't think our policy makers can see, or
rather are being paid not to see
(think conflict of interests) is that many
of the vaccines themselves may be part of a
long term biological attack on America.
It's one of those things where you never
want to kill people outright a day or so
after they take a jab. No, you want to give
them some progressive disease that develops
over time, or a binary toxin that is only
effective when the second half of the toxin
is introduced by another method weeks,
months or even years later. This would make
detection very difficult and would assist in
helping to evade accountability (a key
aspect of any covert plan). Given the
financial interests who have considerable
sway in our nation who would want to hide
such a plan (if it did exist) and the ties
they have to our 'deep state' and by
extension key parts America's 'narrative
control' agencies and corporations? The
concern is no idle one. Many of those
interests appear to be under significant
influence of foreign powers.
This is why the
censorship crowd is out in force and why it
is gaining such traction. Gun control,
Vaccines and other issues? This is all done
because there is a war going on and most
Americans have no clue as to the real battle
lines. They are stuck on the bi-partisan
shadow boxing TV show also known as American
politics. They still have not figured out
that next to nothing is going to change no
matter who wins in 2020. That is because
entrenched interest run this country and
most Americans lack the sophistication to see
past partisan and foolish
narratives and mindsets.
Do your best, I ask all of you to see past
the partisan emotionalism, the inflammatory
statements of all sides; the slanted
stories in the major press and don't let
propagandists play on your fears and
emotions. Get the facts, think
and use that organ that so many people in
the US seem intent on destroying with
Habakkuk Part IX
What profiteth the
that the maker thereof hath graven
the molten image, and a
teacher of lies,
that the maker of his work trusteth
to make dumb idols? Woe unto him
that saith to the wood,
Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise, it
Behold, it is laid over with gold
and there is no breath at all in the
midst of it.
But the LORD is in his holy temple:
let all the earth keep silence
Nevertheless the people
Here the prophet, who was
speaking of Lebanon in the previous passages
and the violence connected with the place,
shifts from speaking of violence to
idolatry. This seems to be a general
observation and prophetic word rather than
one just directed at Lebanon, as Israel was
steeped in it at the time as well. He asks
rhetorically what possible profit or good
can a graven image have; an image that the
maker himself has created? The question
again is rhetorical because such an action
borders on madness. Yet people in the
ancient world were smitten with all manner
of graven images and worshiped them as gods.
Israel copied them, just like they copied
the nations around them when they demanded a
refused to obey the voice of Samuel;
and they said, Nay; but we will have a
king over us;
That we also may be like all the
and that our king may judge us,
and go out before us,
and fight our battles.
(I Sam 8:19-20 [KJVA])
The people wanted to copy
the ways of others. It was little different
with idols. Everyone else was doing it why
should not they? This is the mentality of a
great many of God's people, then and now.
Idols have no profit - they cannot save,
they cannot hear and they do nothing but
gather dust and take up space while the man
adores it. All the while the idol has all
the intelligence and sensitivity of a piece
of stone. How can a person - a thinking
person put its trust in such a thing?
Idolatry was a constant problem in Israel as
the major and minor prophets spoke often
about it. (Isa 44:9.
Jer 2:8-11 and many more passages).
Even today it is a problem and one day it is
going to be a major global problem for in
the last days, it is the mark and image of
the beast that will command worship. The
image of the last days will indeed be
decidedly different for somehow they will be
able to put life into an image/idol (see
G1504 - see Rev 13:15).
In verse 19 the
prophet goes from simply observing how
foolish the worship of idols are to the fate
of those that do it, he pronounces a woe
The person who puts his faith in such things
and says it is going to teach or awaken;
this is the kind of person the prophet
warns. The Preachers
Homelitical makes some important
points that I am going to pass on. It says
that idolatry is
1 - a system of lies.
it is as the last stanza of verse 19 makes
clear... it's not even alive!!
2 - a system of impotence
3 - a system of vanity
The section ends
with a deep reverence for God, who see's
these things and knows what the sons of men
are up to. Unlike these works of stone and
wood, God dwells on high in his Holy temple.
The prophet then exhorts silence before him.
the prophet begins a prayer to God. Verse
one is a bit of a problem as the word
Shigionoth is just a bit but not totally
obscure. The word is this one in Strongs.
prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon
O LORD, I have
heard thy speech,
and was afraid:
O LORD, revive thy work
midst of the years,
in the midst of
the years make known;
shig-gaw-yone' or shiggayonah
from 7686; properly, aberration, i.e.
(technically) a dithyramb or rambling
poem:--Shiggaion, Shigionoth. see HEBREW
Most commentators see this
as a kind of rambling prayer or speech by
the prophet set down to music. The Cambridge
Bible notes that it is a kind of wild
ecstatic poem and may really mean to the
music of 'Shigionoth'. It was probably a
kind of poem and music that was not as
orderly and predicable as many were used to.
I hate to draw parallels with some of the
vulgarities of our times, but perhaps we
could look at it as a kind of 'rap' music of
those days as he set down his prayer perhaps
to music. Granted, this may be a very rough
way to look at the way this was set down. It
was probably not your typical 'church music'
poem or song. However Adam Clarke thinks
that verse one was added later.
This may be off point, but some of you may
find this of interest.
I suspect that
the title here given is of a posterior date
to the prophecy. It appears to interrupt the
connection between this and the termination
of the preceding verse. See them together: -
In verse two the prophets deep reverence for God
is shown. When the Lord spoke he was afraid. I
know the feeling! The prophet then asks God to
revive his work. That his word, long promised,
be fulfilled. Barnes enlightens us on this
passage as he notes that at times his word seems
unfulfilled as time passes. But in reality, his
word is all laid up in store. The prophet here
seems to be asking God to 'get a move on' and to
remember his words and works and revive them.
Darby thinks that Habakkuk is looking for a
revival and hearkens back to the olden days,
perhaps during the exodus. Most importantly he
asks God that though he may be angry with his
people, that he remembers mercy.
2:20 : “But the Lord is in his holy
The prophet may here
refer to the speech which God had
communicated to him, (Hab 1:1-11, 2:4-20),
and the terror with which he was struck,
because of the judgments denounced against
Jerusalem. - Adam Clarke
Be silent before him, all the
Hab 3:1 : O Lord, I have heard thy
I have feared, O Lord, thy work.
As the years approach thou hast
As the years approach thou makest
In wrath thou rememberest mercy.”
We will continue our look at Habakkuk soon as
God gives grace!
(Grain.org) We were concerned
that corporate supermarkets were expanding
faster in Asia than anywhere else in the
world. Although traditional markets and street
vendors are still very visible and important
to the region's food supply, the entry and
aggressive expansion of multinational food
corporations, beverage companies and
supermarket chains over the past decade has
had major impacts on Asia's farmers, food
workers, traders, and consumers.
This expansion is facilitated by a growing
number of free trade and investment
agreements, which allows these companies
to develop their global procurement systems.
The opening of 100% foreign direct
investment in retail coupled with lower
tariffs for agriculture products in many
Asian countries and tax loopholes allow
retail chains to undercut local production
with foods sourced from the cheapest or most
heavily subsidised areas.
This puts pressure on local producers and
increases monoculture production in specific
areas, like the banana and pineapple
plantations in the Philippines, the oil palm
plantations in Indonesia, the coffee and tea
plantations in Vietnam or the industrial
seafood and poultry operations in Thailand. -
Story Continues At Grain.org
Staying on the subject of food (and famine) FEWS
has released their latest on the situation in
can find the report here at FEWS
In Yemen, the food aid blame
game continues, this time with the
Houthi's being blamed for destroying 'expired'
food aid. The UN has warned of cuts if new aid
is not forthcoming. It has already been forced
to cease some programs in Yemen. You can read
more about the shortfall at
We Americans... many of us just don't know what
it is like to be without food. I mean really and
truly to be without food.
Why Cumbereth It The Ground?
spake also this parable;
A certain man had a fig tree planted in his
and he came and sought fruit thereon, and
Then said he unto the dresser of his
Behold, these three years I come seeking
fruit on this fig tree,
and find none: cut it down; why
cumbereth it the ground?
And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it
alone this year also,
till I shall dig about it, and dung
it: And if it bear fruit,
well: and if not, then after that thou
shalt cut it down.
And he was teaching in one of the
synagogues on the sabbath.
You know one of the key
things that God is looking for from his
people? It's fruit. The fig tree,
representative of the people of Israel here
and God being the owner of the vineyard is
looking for some fruit. This is such an
important passage, not just for the Jews
back then but also for the Church today.
First of all let's take a
look at a couple of things. The conclusion
that the owner had of his field was not a
hasty one. It was one born of years of
patience and the evidence of this own eyes.
He waited and watched in anticipation that
his investment and work would yield some
The owner is completely
practical. This is not an esoteric debate,
he wants to know why the tree is taking up
precious ground if it has no value to him.
These parables can be so telling. Let's take
a look at what the Biblical Illustrator has
to say about this.
SITUATION OF THE TREE, the place where it
stands. It is in God’s vineyard, and our
Lord tells us how it came there. The
vineyard was not its natural situation. It
did not spring up there, nor was it brought
there by accident. God Himself had it
planted there. An emblem, brethren, of our
situation at this hour, and of the way in
which we came into it. - The Biblical
let's take a deeper look, the fig tree was
planted in the vineyard. This is not a
natural place for it. A vineyard is for
growing grapes, not figs. Remember how
Abraham came out of Ur and settled in
Canaan? God was looking for fruit among his
people that he had brought both into Canaan
and later from out of the nations they were
driven (exile). Remember how we the Church
are a wild olive branch (Rom 11:17)?
The commentary goes on to
eloquently describe that God watches. He
watches over his people for fruit. He has
made an investment in us in time and effort.
He wants us to bear fruit. He had these
expectations with Israel. What was the
result? He kept looking for fruit, kept
seeking some kind of sign that his
investment would pay off and usually found
none. What did he do to Israel? I will tell
you, he cast them off the land. This is the
end of the unprofitable servant (Matt 25:30) or in
this case, the unfruitful tree. They are
ultimately cast off. The Lord is sore
displeased when he finds no fruit on the
'trees' he has planted. As one commentator
put it, consistent unfruitfulness before God
becomes a serious spiritual offense/crime.
This parable shows God's patience with his
people. He waited and waited for some fruit,
but then he became annoyed and somewhat
perturbed by the lack of fruit. He was angry
enough about the whole situation where
cutting it down was the first solution he
Yet the dresser made
intercession for the tree and proposed an
alternative. Let him take just a bit more
care for it and see if that will work. The
person or office here is clearly interpreted
to be the intercessor. Someone who stands
between both the tree and the owner and has
day-to-day contact with both. This is a type
of high priest or even Christ himself who
mediates between God and man.
Fast Forward to the 21st
While this parable was clearly written as a
parable about Israel, it bears direct
application to the Church as well. Have you
taken a real good look at American and
Western Christendom? A real hard spiritual
look at it? I know I have. I know many of
you mature 'old-time gospel' believers have
as well. The Church is in crisis and I am
certainly not the only one who see's it.
Pope's who try and make light of adultery,
pastors who 'marry' homosexuals, every
manner of sexual sin running rampant in the
congregation and most importantly with
little or no rebuke from the pastor or
elders; politics rather than Bible being
preached from the pulpits. The American yes,
even western Church is in a pitiable state.
Instead of the fruits of the spirit we have
the stench of division, perversions, hate,
greed, apostasy and more and more an
overarching desire to be like the world,
rather than be as God commanded us to be...
in his order.
of this coupled with trends as the rest of
society - a seeming increasing divorcement
from reality and diminishing mental
stability. As 'crazy' takes over the West,
it is also infecting what calls itself the
me be straight and no nonsense about it. If
the Church is in crisis and cannot keep
people in the congregations it is because in
so very many of them, there is no salvation
in them. Just a form of religion, a
'philosophy' or a social club but no genuine
born from above in a supernatural fashion in
abiding in Christ Jesus.
in me, and I in you.
As the branch cannot bear fruit of
except it abide in the vine;
no more can ye,
except ye abide in me. I am the vine,
ye are the branches: He that
abideth in me,
and I in him, the same
bringeth forth much fruit:
for without me ye can do nothing.
If a man abide not in me, he is cast
forth as a branch,
and is withered; and men gather them,
and cast them into the fire, and
they are burned.
If ye abide in me, and my words abide
ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall
be done unto you.
Herein is my Father glorified,
that ye bear much fruit;
so shall ye be my disciples.
Here we see the same
spiritual principle but this time not in
a parable, but in a direct command of
Christ to his disciples.
For many of these pastors, religion is a
'get rich quick scheme', a way to get a
McMansion, a Lexus and a pretty wife and
good health insurance by being a
'motivational speaker'; one that uses a
smörgåsbord version of the bible - only
preach the things they like and they
think the congregation wants to hear.
Now brothers I say this not
about all Churches. There are many who
are doing their best to really
do right by God. They are neither
perfect and can and do make mistakes.
This is not some broad criticism of all
pastors and Churches. It is more about
trends in modern Christendom and a new
kind of 'religion' that seems to be
rising up in America that can no more
save a soul than can an incantation from
a wizard. They have form of godliness
but deny the power thereof. I am often
reminded of a passage from the letters
to the Seven Churches of Asia where our
Lord says this to the Church at Sardis.
unto the angel of the church in Sardis
These things saith he that hath the
seven Spirits of God,
and the seven stars; I know thy works,
that thou hast a name that thou
livest, and art dead.
Be watchful, and strengthen the things
that are ready to die: for I have not
found thy works perfect
No brothers, as I head out to the major
Christian internet sites and read the
pieces in them, I am often appalled by
what is passing itself off as
When we should be a stunningly different
kind of people from the world - a
genuine counter culture, I see the
Church as being more and more like the
world God has told us to come out of. We
cannot love this world - the greed,
lust, idolatry (ie, in the form of
pop-idol adoration, and materialism),
hate, murder thefts; the materialism and
the desire to be like everyone else.
Brothers loving this world is utterly
not the world, neither the things that are
in the world.
If any man love the world, the love
of the Father is not in him.
For all that is in the world, the
lust of the flesh,
and the lust of the eyes, and the pride
is not of the Father, but is of the
And the world passeth away, and the
but he that doeth the will of God
abideth for ever.
One way you can see if
someone is truly saved or at least one
key aspect of that person is that they
are very different from everyone
else. They are not like the world around
them. How so you might ask?
for that blessed hope,
and the glorious appearing of the
God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
Who gave himself for us,
that he might redeem us from all
and purify unto himself a peculiar
zealous of good works.
ye are a chosen generation, a royal
an holy nation, a peculiar people;
that ye should shew forth the praises
of him who hath called you
out of darkness into his marvellous light:
We are to be different
because we are special. We are to bear fruit
in the Lord's vineyard. What kind of fruit?
the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
gentleness, goodness, faith,
temperance: against such there is no law.
(For the fruit
of the Spirit
all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
Not because I
desire a gift:
but I desire
fruit that may abound to your account.
Which is come
unto you, as it is in all the world;
bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in
since the day
ye heard of it,
the grace of God in truth:
chastening for the present seemeth to be
grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth
the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto
therefore let us offer the sacrifice of
praise to God
continually, that is, the fruit of
giving thanks to his name.
And the fruit
is sown in
peace of them that make peace.
coming of the Lord. Behold,
waiteth for the precious
fruit of the
earth, and hath long patience for it,
receive the early and latter rain.
spots in your feasts of charity,
feast with you, feeding themselves without
are without water, carried about of winds;
fruit withereth, without fruit,
plucked up by the roots;
Above are just a few passages
in our bibles on fruit. Let us all take
counsel also from chapters two and three in
the book of revelation on how the Lord looked
upon parts of the early Church.
I think it meet that we consider these times and
ask ourselves this most important question when
looking at major parts of Modern Christendom.
Have we come to a point where God has asked the
vine dresser where is the fruit and says...
'Cut it down... why cumbereth it the ground?'
May God bless and keep all who put their full
faith and hope in Christ Jesus.
Finally there is real
effort to reform Social Security and fix a
gaping shortfall in its budget. Gaping
because without serious changes to the
system, it's going to go broke before too
long. That is not my opinion, it is the
opinion of the funds Trustee's. Let us
keep this in mind, the fund will be broke
in just a few years unless there is
reform. That year is 2035 by current
estimates, but could move up a year or two
depending on how many people start
receipts and expenditures are accounted
for through two federal trust funds: the
Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance
(OASI) Trust Fund and the Federal
Disability Insurance (DI) Trust Fund.
Under their intermediate assumptions and
under current law, the Social Security
trustees project that the DI trust fund
will become depleted in 2052 and the
OASI trust fund will become depleted in
2034. Although the two funds are legally
separate, they are often considered in
combination. The trustees project that
the combined Social Security trust funds
will become depleted in 2035. At that
point, the combined trust funds would
become insolvent, because incoming tax
revenue would be sufficient to pay only
about 80% of scheduled benefits.
This is what will happen, you would be
legally entitled to benefits the government
will be legally prevented from paying.
If a trust fund became depleted and
current receipts were insufficient to
cover current expenditures, there
would be a conflict between two
federal laws. Under the Social
Security Act, beneficiaries would
still be legally entitled to their
full scheduled benefits. However, the
Antideficiency Act prohibits
government spending in excess of
available funds, so the Social
Security Administration (SSA) would not
have legal authority to pay full Social
Security benefits on time. - Social
Security: What Would Happen If the
Trust Funds Ran Out? - CRS
There are many reasons why the system is
crumbling. One and only one is that people are
living longer than they once did (RL44846).
This has caused many to look at increasing the
In response to rising life
expectancy, some commonly discussed Social
Security reform proposals involve increasing
the retirement age. Yet these proposals
would affect low earners disproportionately
(i.e., reductions in their lifetime Social
Security benefits would be considerably
larger than for high earners). Congress may
be interested in policy proposals that
mitigate the uneven effects of increasing
the retirement age and protect the interests
of lower- earning, shorter-lived workers.
This is one reason why the fund is having
trouble, Grandma's gonna live to be a hundred!!
For those of you who want a primer on the
Benefit Claiming age, one can be found
Just how far off they have been in the past in
predicting when the fund would go 'broke' can be
seen in the chart in the appendix
of this report. So this is not some
esoteric debate, Congress needs to get off its
duff and stop looking for microscopic specs of
dirt in the Mueller report and start crunching
numbers and come up with some legislation to
fix the problem.
The good news is that some in the House have
indeed come up with a plan. John Larson has come
up with a piece of legislation called The
Social Security 2100 Act.
It would boost benefits for retirees (old and
new) and protect against inflation and helps
keep poorer workers from falling into poverty.
The downside? It imposes new taxes on current
wage earners. It particularly hits people who
are very wealthy and makes them pay more. Here
is how Mr. Larson put it on his site.
Have millionaires and
billionaires pay the same rate as everyone
– Presently, payroll taxes are not
collected on wages over $132,900. This
legislation would apply the payroll tax to
wages above $400,000. This provision
would only affect the top 0.4% of wage
earners. [Sec. 201, 202]
50 cents per week to keep the system
– Gradually phase in an increase in the
contribution rate beginning in 2020 so that by
2043, workers and employers would pay 7.4%
instead of 6.2% today. For the average worker
this would mean paying an additional 50 cents
per week every year to keep the system
solvent. [Sec. 203] - John
Well, you can all read more about the proposal
and the number of co-sponsors on numerous sites
across the web. Some great sites have some
interesting views on it. You may want to peruse
the web using the keywords The Social
Security 2100 Act. You will find a
lot of material.
It remains to be seen how the President
reacts to this. He hates taxes and tax increases
and this may meet with some resistance. But it
could be a major political issue for him. He is
struggling politically and needs to be seen as a
problem solver rather than a problem maker as
many of his opponents and even some of his
former supporters see him.
This bill as far as I can see is a very good
place to start. We would not need even this kind
of measures if Congress dealt with this just a
few years ago. The longer they wait to fix
things, the more painful the solutions will be.
In Somaliland a
Woman was beaten and then divorced for
having Bible. Morning Star News
“There and then he took our two
daughters away from me and divorced me,” she
told Morning Star News. “He gave me a stern
warning that I should not come close to the
children, and that if I do, he will take the
Bible to the Islamic court and I will be
killed by stoning for becoming an apostate.”
Somalia’s constitution establishes
Islam as the state religion and prohibits the
propagation of any other religion, according
to the U.S. State Department. It also requires
that laws comply with sharia (Islamic law)
principles, with no exceptions in application
for non-Muslims." - Story Continues At MorningStar
Turkey the ICC talks about the nation's
disappearing Christian leadership.
It is a story of a lack of leaders and the
deportation of foreign pastors by the
Institute has a great story on the
Extinction of Christians in the Middle East,
a problem that seems to be of little real
interest to a world more interested in wealth
accumulation, interest rates, gay sex and hot
button political issues than right and wrong.
Faithwire asks where
is the media coverage on the horrible
events in Nigeria. In Mexico, a Pastor was shot
dead in his Pulpit, according to the
Christian Post. While they are not sure of the
motive, Christians have been under attack in
this part of Mexico.
... then there are stories
What did our Lord tell us?
things have I spoken unto you,
Let none of the things we see in this wicked
world shock us brothers, we are going to be
hated by all men for his names sake, but
he that endures to the end, the same shall be
that ye should not be offended.
They shall put you out of the synagogues:
yea, the time cometh, that
whosoever killeth you
will think that he doeth God service.
And these things will they do unto you,
because they have not known the Father,
How many were saved in Noah's day? Eight Souls.
Habakkuk Part VIII
Behold, is it not of the
LORD of hosts
people shall labour in the very fire,
and the people
shall weary themselves
This passage appears to
refer to many of the great works that
emperors and tyrants made. People worked and
sweated to build those huge monuments to
mankind's arrogance. Powerful men, overseers
and slaves built them, but the Lord calls
their work 'very vanity'; something empty
and having no purpose. The reference to fire
however, may mean that it is by fire that
their work is destined (Barnes). Probably as
a judgment on the bloody city (Gill). I
think of the modern day skyscrapers and
massive towers and even artificial islands
that men often build as a monument to
himself as a kind of modern day equivalent.
Though back in the days of Habakkuk, a very
harsh form of slavery was present.
The Preachers Homiletical makes this point
in one of this chapter headings - that the
city was being built with the wrong
materials (blood) and was established in
iniquity and would be dealt with by God. .
the earth shall be filled with the
In contrast to the cities of blood and
monuments to men, the prophet here contrasts
that with a word that the whole earth shall
one day be filled with the knowledge of the
Lord. Which is based, not bloodshed and gain
or on the backs of slaves, but on holiness,
righteousness, justice and peace. A total
contrast from the afore mentioned city. This
passage I think is referring to the final
return of the Messiah in Glory.
knowledge of the glory of the LORD,
as the waters cover the sea.
unto him that giveth his neighbour drink,
thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken
thou mayest look on their nakedness!
filled with shame for glory: drink thou
and let thy
foreskin be uncovered: the cup of the LORD'S
shall be turned unto thee, and shameful
be on thy glory.
Here the drunkards are lambasted. Not
just for getting drunk, but getting their
neighbors drunk as well, just so they can look
upon their nakedness. Mathew Henry makes the
observation that this was the sin of Belshazzar,
who was drunken at a party. A party where he
drank before a thousand people (Dan 5:1). The
passage may also be allegorical - where a king
who is drunken with power and lust for goods
brings both his victim, his ally and himself to
the violence of Lebanon shall cover thee,
This passage is not clear as to what is meant by
violence of Lebanon, weather it be the actual
violence of the people or the violence done to
them by a conquering army. Also, what exactly is
referred to as beasts is debated by many
commentaries. I won't get into it here, but
rather concentrate on the reasons for this
judgment on the people. It was because of men's
blood and because of violence in both the land
and in the city and all that dwell there in.
and the spoil of beasts, which
made them afraid,
because of men's blood, and for the
violence of the land,
of the city, and of all that dwell
God hates violence. The cities of those days
were clearly marked out for a significant amount
of it and this is what the prophet is speaking
about. Let us remember his earlier complaints to
LORD, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt
Yes, violence is something that will surely win
the ire of the Lord.
even cry out unto thee of
violence, and thou
wilt not save!
We will continue our look at Habakkuk as time
and God permits!!
Forum18 - Officials harassing
founders of religious communities, possibly
trying to block applications to exist. In May
2019 police began harassing Oskemen's New Life
Church founders as it sought re-registration.
Officers visited several late at night,
threatening one woman in her late 70s. Aktau's
Hare Krishna community has faced similar
harassment. - Story Continues at Forum18
Gabbard Takes 2
Weeks Off From Prez Campaign
Why? To report for active duty in a
military exercise overseas. The Hill reports.
She is very much a pro-peace candidate but she
understands that freedom is not free.
I too love peace for in my view there are only
two kinds of Americans who love war - the
mentally unstable and those who have never
been in one and just don't have a clue what a
war really means.
Not the Hollywood version of war, sitting in a
comfortable chair with a mouthful of popcorn
watching the pyrotechnics on a silver screen,
but the 'I lost a leg, my kids and have to
live in this refugee camp with barely enough
to eat because of war' version of war.
It's why I listen to people like Gabbard (who
is a veteran) and not to other
politico's who never came close to military
service or war but sure love to do their best
to drive us into them, time and time again.
Christian Churches See Little Need To
Repent Of Racist Past
Christian Post reports in the link above.
Missing from the piece is how many
Churches in the past were part and parcel
of the racist problem, particularly in the
South. If you did not know, the old KKK
required its members to be white, male but
also required them to be 'christian'. What
did these so called Christians do? They
went out and persecuted, lynched and
killed Black folks and Jews.
No, some kind of real understanding and
repentance of what went on back then needs
to be dealt with because of the rising
tide of hate and violent White Supremacy
that is sweeping the land. In the minds of
many who know not the history, both
Christianity and White Nationalism are
being linked in their minds.
Yes, the American Church needs to really
come to terms on this and a whole range of
issues in its past.
Plains Report On Persecution
The report from Persecution.org looks at
events, including the resurgence of ISIS
In other persecution news, in Burma
(Myanmar) christian villagers were
six months of captivity. As tensions
heat up in Kashmir, Christians are
concerned that the political dynamics will
bring in persecution, so reports one EU
Christian news site.
In Algeria, authorities closed a Church during
services. In China, Xi's anti-Christ
agenda is picking up steam, he has removed
all Christian references to Children's
classics, there are many stories recently
posted on the web outlining just what
Chian is up to on this. Where is Xi taking
China? The cult of personality coupled
with labor camps, mass censorship and
surveillance and rising militarism. His
policies, like the aforementioned despots
have the stench of death about them. Who
else in the past had policies like that?
I say these things not to denigrate China,
its people or even its government
officials, many of whom are not wild about
many of these new policies, but to outline
that major fundamental shift now going on
in China under this dangerous new leader.
Yet, let us all pray for President Xi as
we are enjoined to do in scripture, that
he relents on these policies and shifts
things in a way more acceptable to both
Christians and the Chinese people.
In India, Modi may move to prevent
any and all Religious Conversions in
a new bill. While I don't spend much time
outlining Muslim Persecution, this is one
story that should cause us all concern.
Reports are that Ethnic Uighurs being sent
from Turkey to China via Tajikistan -
perhaps after being drugged. Will this be
in the future for many Christians as well?
In the US, a 41 year old Chaldean Catholic
died in Iraq after having been deported by
the US to that country, where his safety
was clearly in serious question. His name
was Jimmy Al-Daoud. Reports are that after
his deportation, he was homeless.
In Nepal, it is still a crime to convert
man found out.
On a much more positive note, Christianity
in Iran is reportedly exploding. People
are coming to Christ, according
to this Canadian site.
Lots of things happening to the world's
Christians. Let us always remember our
brothers and sisters in Christ in our
priest the son of Aaron shall be with the
Levites, when the Levites take tithes:
and the Levites shall bring up
the tithe of the tithes unto the house of
to the chambers, into the
treasure house. For the children of Israel
and the children of
Levi shall bring the offering of the
corn, of the new wine, and the oil, unto the
where are the vessels of the
sanctuary, and the priests that minister,
and the porters,
and the singers: and we will not
forsake the house of our God.
We pick up here as the passage
continues on with the duties of the Priesthood,
this after the obligations of the people to
support their religious worship were outlined.
Today, we don't do that, not to the degree as we
should. Now one of the things I have respected
about Islam is that they put money into their
religion and religious system as well as
religious education. The rich men of Islam put
millions of dollars into their religion. The
ordinary Muslim does the same thing. But in this
nation, with Christians too often Churches go
under because the people don't give and support
the Church and the minister who serves them.
They have other priorities, a newer car when the
one they have is only two years old, an
expensive vacation, the third, $15k kitchen
remodeling over the last 10 years. These are
more important to far too many of the average
American Christian than their religion and the
Christ they claim (key word) to adore. Many of
those will be among those who say "Lord,
7:21ff) or will be as the
unwise steward (Matt
25:14). Each group were cast into
the outer darkness.
The Temple was the center of their lives in
Israel. Christ Jesus should be the center of
ours. If he really is, it will show in how we
treat those who minister for the Lord. The
evangelist, the preacher, the teacher, the
prophet and the layperson who does charity work
for the Kingdom.
In the Old testament the principle of the tithe
(10%) was fully in force. Verse 38 appears to
show that the Levites had to give of their own
tithes unto the work of God. So according to
some, the Levites were not exempt from tithing.
But the passage has caused many to comment a bit
differently. K&D gives us some of that
offerings of first-fruits were to be
brought into the chambers of the house of
God, where they were to be kept in store,
and distributed to the priests for their
support. “And the tithes of our ground
(will we bring) to the Levites; and they,
the Levites, receive the tithes in all our
country towns. (Neh_10:39) And a priest, a
son of Aaron, shall be with the Levites
when the Levites take tithes; and the
Levites shall bring the tithe of the
tithes to the house of our God, into the
chambers of the treasury.” The
parenthetical sentences in these verses,
הַֽמְעַשְׂרִים הַֽלְוִיִּם וְהֵם and
הַֽלְוִיִּם בַּעְשֵׂר, have been variously
understood. עָשַׂר in the Piel and Hiphil
meaning elsewhere to pay tithe, comp.
Deu_14:22; Deu_26:12; Gen_28:22, many
expositors adhere to this meaning in these
passages also, and translate Neh_10:38 :
for they, the Levites, must give again the
tenth (to the priests); and Neh_10:39 :
when the Levites give the tenth; while the
lxx, Vulgate, Syriac, Rashi, Aben Ezra,
Clericus, Bertheau, and others, take
עִשֵּׂר and הֶעֱשִׂיר in these sentences
as signifying to collect tithe.
The passage as we see was not clear among
scholars of the time of the writing of that
commentary (both authors died in the late
1800's). The debate is an interesting one that
probably has little real spiritual application,
except for perhaps those who minister the gospel
We prefer the latter view, as giving a
more suitable sense. For the remark that
the Levites must give back the tenth
(Neh_10:38) does not present so
appropriate a motive for the demand that
the tithes should be paid, as that the
tithes are due to the Levites. Still less
does the addition, in our agricultural
towns, suit the sentence: the Levites must
give back the tithe to the priests. Again,
the fact that it is not said till
Neh_10:39 that the Levites have to give
the tenth of the tenth to the priests,
speaks still more against this view. A
priest is to be present when the Levites
take the tenth, so that the share of the
priests may not be lessened. On “the tenth
of the tenth,” comp. Num_18:26. Hezekiah
had provided store-chambers in the temple,
in which to deposit the tithes, 2Ch_31:11.
- K & D Commentary
But you now what? I find it of note here that
Christ when he was here made it plain that his
people had a duty both to Caesar and to God.
Even Christ paid taxes but that did not absolve
us of our godly obligations, which in Christ's
time, was a tithe of all. I am often asked about
my views on tithing. Many pastors demand it and
say it is scriptural, making plain that the
tithes should go to their Church. I
cannot help but note a small but of self
interest in that view. The fact is, the word
tithe is not mentioned in relation to the
Christian Church as a direct commandment.
However, the clear implication is that a similar
source of income for Christ's ministers is to
come from the congregation.
Do ye not
know that they which minister about holy
things live of the things of the temple?
and they which wait at the altar
are partakers with the altar? Even
so hath the Lord ordained that they
the gospel should live of the
(I Cor 9:13-14 [KJV])
God's gracious gift of salvation and his love
for us should elicit in us that giving and
generous spirit to the Lord's ministers,
wherever they work. In the mission fields of
Africa, to the refugee camps of Syria, to the
Homeless shelters of Chicago, to the small
country Church in Colorado. The passage above in
Nehemiah (vs. 38) may imply for Christian
ministers that they are not exempt from giving
offerings, even though they earn their living
from the gospel.
This may all seem like a bit of a digression,
but I assure you it is not. Keep in mind the
whole setting of the passage here in Nehemiah.
They were coming back to the Lord and did not
want to go astray again. These were all issues
that the Priests knew had to be accomplished if
they were to be acceptable to the Lord God, YHWH.
In short, their obligations, or rather lack
thereof to their religious duties to the priests
and the Temple were part of the reason they fell
away. Then they started showing respect to the
gods of the nations around them and took after
their ways and abominations.
As with most great sins, they get started with
just a little thing, they stopped giving as much
as they should to the the Lord. In our own lives
this is how backsliding starts; little things.
We don't give to ministers, we stop going to the
Church's or fellowships that God has ordained we
go to. Mind you many if not most of America's
Churches are not teaching the whole counsel of
God and many have gone after the ways of
Sodom, Masonry and other forms of apostasy.
Under no circumstances should we give to that.
But for those of you fortunate enough to have
found a pastor, preacher or teacher who is not
ashamed of the whole word of God and teaches and
gives good Godly counsel and teachings, honor
the work he is doing for the kingdom.
If you want to know what happens when people
stop giving to the Church, take a look at
Europe. Note that Muslims give to their
religion, many Christians simply won't. Often it
is not because of a lack of means, they just are
not going to do it... other priorities. But
after a while, if they really belong to Christ,
he will send them leanness, financial and
otherwise to remind them. A person with a high
paying job may suddenly lose it. A good
retirement check may suddenly stop as is
happening all over the nation right now. A
sudden illness that drains the bank account. God
knows how to get a message to his wayward sheep
who forget who the source of all their blessings
is. Sometimes that reminder can be rather
uncomfortable. The key is this - for Israel and
to us - we must give to the kingdom and do so
with a generous spirit. But my own personal word
of advise to you all is this - today,
there is a lot of fraud and deception out there
- pray earnestly first - there are no
perfect ministers and ministries. but there are
those who are doing their very best they can
(within our fallen human capabilities) to serve
the Lord honorably and to fulfill the task of
their specific calling - give to
those whom the Lord so directs and may
God bless each of you with a seven-fold
blessing who does this faithfully month
This chapter ends with with a powerful word - We
will not forsake the House of our God.
This was one of the great stumbling blocks of
the past. Forsaking the worship of God. The
Temple was really to be the center of life in
Israel. Before King David, remember, they had no
King. The center of life in Israel was to be
God. But the people in their lust to be like the
nations around them did not want that any longer
and wanted to be like the heathen around them.
God, in his anger and disappointment gave them
exactly what they wanted. What did they get? Exactly
what they asked for. They became just like the
the nations around them, so full of sin and
iniquity that God threw them off the land that
they had so thoroughly polluted (Eze 36:18).
Selah.. let us pause and consider
We will continue this study in Nehemiah next
week, God willing!
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Habakkuk Part VII
to him that coveteth an evil covetousness to
that he may set his nest on high,
that he may be delivered from
the power of evil!
If there is any passage in
the prophets that describes the geopolitical
disease of our times, that one is probably
one of the best. But not just politics, the
whole 'greed is good
' tenor of our
troubled times. Let us remember, the first
part of Habakkuk's answer was directed at
the Chaldeans, this second part does not
mention them. A great wrong is being
committed here. First, it is trusting in
riches, wickedly obtained to protect a
person or in this case nation, from the evil
The passage certainly applies to
Nebuchadnezzar, but also to any future
'Beast' system, who uses its power to devour
resources for itself and its 'security'.
This is one way to look at any 'beast'
system, a large, strong system (or empire)
that devours others when it is hungry... and
it is always hungry for more.
The idea of setting ones nest on high, seems
to be a reference to such security. The idea
high towers or even skyscrapers that we have
today, comes to mind. The rich corporate
executives sit on high, deciding the fate of
others, looking down on people on the street
like so many insects. They often get a
'godlike' complex, thinking that they cannot
be touched. Those who sit up on high and rob
others thinking they are impregnable have a
false sense of security and one that God has
marked for rebuke and judgment.
Thou hast consulted
shame to thy house
by cutting off many people,
and hast sinned against thy soul.
The prophet goes on to outline the national
sin. They cut off many people. The word cut
off also has the connotation of to destroy
(H7096). Nations and powerful men don't
think God see's their sins and wickedness.
But these actions will not bring glory and
honor to those who do such things, but shame
and contempt. The word consult here could
mean to advise or to resolve or to
deliberate. The meaning here is not 100%
clear. But I think the Biblical Illustrator
has a very insightful comment.
includes in the word “consult” all the
industry, diligence, skill, care, and
labour displayed by the avaricious. We
indeed see how very sagacious they
are; for if they smell any gain at a
distance, they draw it to themselves,
night and day they form new designs,
that they may circumvent this person
and plunder that person and accumulate
into their heap whatever money they
can find, and also that they may join
fields to fields, build great palaces,
and secure great revenues. This is the
reason why the prophet says that they
“consult shame. - Biblical
You know, I get the impression of a king
with all of these counselors and consultants
around him trying to help him find the most
successful way of plundering a people or
nation. Or a even a very powerful
corporate executive or controller of a
- how he can take over
this or that company or shred his
competition in any way they can. In America
today, such consultants are very, very
What they don't know is that they are
sinning against their own souls. What does
this mean? Their own souls will be forfeit
because of what they do. There is a time
when all men must give full account of deeds
done in the body. How was it put in the book
many of them that sleep
in the dust of the earth shall
some to everlasting life,
and some to shame and everlasting
For the stone shall cry
out of the wall,
So it is with such men and
what it means to sin against one's own soul
for there are two resurrections. One before
the Millennium reign of Christ, another
after - let the reader understand.
and the beam out of the timber shall
This is an interesting
passage. What is the prophet saying here? He
is saying that the testimony, the witness of
their wickedness will be told by the very
stones that were used to build their palaces
on high. The wall shall cry out about his
crimes and the beams in the ceilings will
answer, bear witness and recall as well. The
very monuments they built unto themselves
will be a key witness against them and cry
an accusation of bloodshed.
to him that buildeth a town with blood,
and stablisheth a city by iniquity!
Here the Lord speaks against
the way cities are built by this 'beast'
system; any beast system, ancient or modern.
Barnes commentary marks this verse with a
comment on how Nebuchadnezzar built his city
with enormous security arrangements along
with works of beauty. But do we not see the
same things today? Nations even now are
creating new security programs, surveillance
camera's and underground bunkers (that they
don't tell the people about because they are
only for the rich and powerful) and other
things to secure their respective nations.
What about outer space, a place on high
Bloodshed and cities built on it? Have you
ever considered the history of NYC and how
America's commerce center came to be what it
is today? Its Mafiosi, its gangs and tongs?
These woe's we must remember in this section
are not directed to any one in particular
and apply to any city or people who engage
in such things in general. The work of their
hands, those things they thought would bring
them fame and security will cry out in
accusation against them.
When Cain slew Able, what did the Lord say
he said, What hast thou done?
the voice of thy brother's blood crieth
unto me from the ground.
There is a testimony or perhaps we
would call it 'incontrovertible evidence' that
the Lord will use against such men when they
stand before the Great White Throne judgment and
must give account when the victims, stones,
beams, cement shoes, bullet ridden corpses,
bombed out hospitals, Churches and schools all
stand and make their case against them.
We will continue our look at Habakkuk soon, God
Iran: Court Hearing For Converts Postponed
After Judge Refuses Lawyer
Iranian Christians request prayer for
nine Christian converts associated with the
“Church of Iran” who attended an aborted
court hearing on 24 July.
The men were arrested in raids on house
churches earlier this year. Seven of them
were released on bail, the two exceptions
being Pastor Matthias Haghnejad and Shahrooz
Iranian Christians request prayer
a. The Lord will strengthen the faith of
those detained and comfort their families
b. The defendants will have wisdom in
dealing with the Iranian authorities
c. At the hearing on Sunday, the judge
will be merciful towards the defendants and
pay careful attention to their defence on 28
d. Adopting a new belief will not be
seen as a threat to national security in
Iran and that converts from Islam will no
longer be persecuted on account of their
Middle East Concern
URL for this
prayer request: https://meconcern.org/2019/07/25/iran-court-hearing-for-converts-postponed-after-judge-refuses-lawyer/
JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – A
pregnant mother of two children was among three
Christians killed by Muslim Fulani herdsmen in
north-central Nigeria the night of July 14 and
morning of July 15, sources said.
Margaret Wakili, a 27-year-old member of the
Baptist Church in Ancha village, Plateau state,
was slain on her farm at about 10 a.m. on July
15, area residents told Morning Star News.
The herdsmen attacked the Christian communities
of Ancha, Tafigana, Kperie, Hukke and
Rikwechongu, killing the three Christians and
burning down 75 houses and two church buildings,
according to area residents Patience Moses,
Zongo Lawrence and Chinge Dodo Ayuba. -
Continues at MorningStar
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