Oct 202014
 

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YNet News: “Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas suggested Jews should be banned from a holy site revered by both Jews and Muslims after hundreds of Palestinians in Gaza participated in a Hamas-organized rally Friday over Jerusalem’s flashpoint al-Aqsa mosque, the scene of recurring clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinians in recent days.”

Opinion: The blessing given to Jacob, whom God renamed Israel, is the root of Esau’s (Abbas) hatred today:

To Jacob: “May God give you heaven’s dew and earth’s richness—an abundance of grain and new wine. May nations serve you and peoples bow down to you. Be lord over your brothers, and may the sons of your mother bow down to you. May those who curse you be cursed and those who bless you be blessed” Genesis 27:28-29

To Esau: “Your dwelling will be away from the earth’s richness, away from the dew of heaven above. You will live by the sword and you will serve your brother. But when you grow restless, you will throw his yoke from off your neck” Genesis 27:39-40.

Esau’s hatred festered over the blessing:

“Esau held a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing his father had given him. He said to himself, “The days of mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother Jacob” Genesis 27:41.

Isaiah 60:14 speaks to the future fulfillment of Jacob and and Esau’s feud through their descendants:

“The children of your oppressors will come bowing before you; all who despise you will bow down at your feet and will call you the City of the LordZion of the Holy One of Israel.”

 

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Oct 202014
 

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World Net Daily: “New York Times) The pastor of one of the more influential global mega-churches has declared that his church is in “an ongoing conversation” about same-sex marriage — saying that it is appropriate to consider the words of the Bible alongside the changing culture and the experience of people in the pews.

The comments by Brian Houston, the senior pastor of Hillsong, immediately attracted concern from the right and applause from the left, coming as many Christian denominations and congregations are struggling with how to respond to rapid expansion of gay rights and legalization of same-sex marriage.

Mr. Houston’s church, which is based in Australia, is known largely as a musical powerhouse because of the popularity of its recordings of contemporary Christian worship music, but its youthful congregation is vast — about 100,000 weekly worshipers at campuses in a dozen major cities, including New York and Los Angeles — and its cultural reach broad.”

Opinion: Hillsong church in Australia is affiliated with Australian Christian Churches. The church was founded in 1983 when the Sydney Christian Life Centre at Waterloo, which was established by Frank Houston, merged with the Hills Christian Life Centre in Baulkham Hills, established by his son, Brian Houston.

Hillsong has over 30,000 members and is one of the largest, if not the largest, distributor of “worship music” in the world.  

Matthew 7:16 Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.”

We cannot change God’s word and open wide the gate designed for only a remnant to get through.

Homosexuality is sin and all sin carries the penalty of eternal death of the soul and spirit. Sin requires blood atonement. Jesus Christ provided the pardon for all sin past, present and future to those who accept His free gift.

When a pardon is refused, the guilty party must suffer the penalty.

United States v. Wilson, 32 U.S. 150 (1833), was a trial in which the defendant, George Wilson, was convicted of robbing the US mail and endangering the life of  postal worker in Pennsylvania and sentenced to death. Due to his friends’ influence, Wilson was pardoned by President Andrew Jackson. Wilson, astoundingly, refused the pardon. The Supreme Court was then asked to rule on the case.

The Court’s decision written by Chief Justice John Marshall stated that if the prisoner does not accept the pardon, it is of no effect:

“A pardon is a deed, to the validity of which delivery is essential, and delivery is not complete without acceptance. It may then be rejected by the person to whom it is tendered; and if it is rejected, we have discovered no power in this court to force it upon him. Therefore, George Wilson must die.””

George Wilson preferred death over a free pardon. In the same way, many choose hell over a free pardon.

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Oct 192014
 

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The World Awaiting Jesus

Did you know there were about 400 “silent” years after the last of the inspired prophets spoke and the first of the New Testament writers began to write? There’s a word in Paul’s letter to the Galatians that says, “When the time had fully come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law.” (Gal. 4:4)

In other words, the time of our Lord’s birth was God’s appointed hour, the moment for which God had been long preparing. Some of the exciting preparations took place during that time of “silence,” and you will understand your New Testament much better if you understand something of the historic events during the  time between the Testaments.

Commonly known as the Intertestamental Period, there were monumental events which shaped the world into which Jesus was eventually born. The land of Palestine, occupied by the returning Israelite exiles, became the brokered pawn of major empires that entered and exited the world stage.  The great Persian empire fell with the rise of the Greeks and Alexander the Great, whose demise gave way to independence under the Ptolemies, eventually to succumb to Caesar and the mighty Romans.

Today’s Post is a short study written by Ray C. Stedman.  Ray was pastor of Peninsula Bible Church in Palo Alto, California for 40 years. A graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, he was an outstanding Bible expositor and travelled around the world.  Ray was an ardent and faithful supporter of the Jewish people and the State of Israel all his life.  All of his sermons and his biography are available online.  A number of his messages are especially relevant towards better understanding the relationships between Christians and Jews, and God’s program for Israel as different from that of the church of Jesus Christ.

Ray went to be with the LORD on October 07, 1992. His clear and profound love for his Savior survives in his numerous devotionals, studies, sermons, and books.

Editor

CLICK on the BLUE Headline Link ABOVE to read Ray’s study on “BETWEEN THE TESTAMENTS”.

 

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Oct 182014
 
Pentagon Pushes Climate Hysteria to Justify Globalism, Waste

The New American: “After being ridiculed for squandering taxpayer funds on a 2003 “climate” report that, despite being widely hyped in the establishment press, got literally everything wrong, Obama’s cadres of “global-warming” alarmists at the Pentagon are at it again. In a report released this week, Obama’s Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel parroted a wide range

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Oct 172014
 

Fox News: The Human Rights Commission in Lexington, Kentucky has a chilling message for Christian business owners who refuse service to LGBT organizations: leave your religion at home. “It would be safe to do so, yes,” Executive Director Raymond Sexton told me. “Or in this case you can find yourself two years down the road

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Oct 142014
 
U.K. parliament passes non-binding motion to recognize Palestinian state

Haaretz: “LONDON – The British parliament voted Monday in favor of a non-binding motion to recognize the state of Palestine, in a majority vote of 274-12. The vote, which followed a debate that lasted nearly five hours, has no practical significance since it does not oblige the British government to change its current policy of

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Oct 142014
 
Southcom Commander Warns of Potential Ebola-Driven 'Mass Migration' from South of Border

CNS News:  Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, commander of the U.S. Southern Command, predicted last week that the Ebola virus will not be contained in West Africa, and if infected people flee those countries and spread the disease to Central and South America, it could cause “mass migration into the United States” of those seeking treatment.

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