Dec 042016


The writer of the beloved Christian hymn, AMAZING GRACE, was John Newton. The original title was FAITH’S REVIEW AND EXPECTATION, published in 1779.

Newton led a difficult life as captain of slave ships before his conversion to Christianity in the 1750’s.

The title ascribed to the hymn, “1 Chronicles 17:16–17”, refers to David’s reaction to the prophet Nathan telling him that God intends to maintain his family line forever. Some Christians interpret this as a prediction that Jesus Christ, as a descendant of David, was promised by God as the salvation for all people.

Newton became acutely aware of four things taught in the Bible:

(1) I must realize that in my present condition I am a sinner before God.

“All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10).

(2) I cannot save myself from eternal punishment in hell.

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

“As it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).

(3) Christ has paid for my sins and my punishment with His death on the cross.

“But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him (Jesus) should not perish, but have everlasting life”
(John 3:16).

(4) I must accept His crucifixion as payment for my sins, personally.

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).

“But as many as received Him (Christ), to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name” (John 1:12).

Click on the blue headline link at top to read about the Scripture messages behind the lyrics of “Amazing Grace”.


Nov 252016


Breaking Israel News (BIN): “President-elect Donald Trump’s failure to thank God in his acceptance speech could be a fateful mistake, rabbinic scholar and international speaker Rabbi Mendel Kessin said last week, comparing Trump’s first post-election misstep to a blunder which cost King Hezekiah the opportunity to usher in Messianic times.

“There’s not one mention of God” in the speech, “Yet, it’s the greatest miracle,” Rabbi Kessin pointed out, noting the hand of God in Trump’s unlikely election. “It’s the greatest upset in American history. Clearly it was God. There is no other explanation. How could you not give credit to God Himself?

Opinion: BIN also reported that the Trump family has donated to Israeli causes for over 50 years (here). What is curious is that most of this is coming out after the election.

  • 50 years ago Fred Trump donated the land for the Talmud Torah for the Beach Haven Jewish center that is still active today
  • In the 1980’s Donald Trump donated to help resettle Jews who were removed from the northern Sinai by the Begin government
  • In 2005 Trump gave again to resettle Jewish families that were forced to leave Gaza by Ariel Sharon and George W. Bush

And it gets curiouser and curiouser:

Not only is Donald Trump the first US President-elect since 1984 to not thank God in his acceptance speech, he also is quoted as saying that although he is a Christian he has never asked God for forgiveness for anything.

In less than 2 months we will have a sitting US President that has promised 100% to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. With his history of giving to Jewish causes it should be a breeze for him to get the trust of secular Jews.

It will take trust in some world leader for Israelis to rebuild the temple once they are given the green light to do so.

Is president-elect Trump a Messianic figure or something else?

“Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that Antichrist is coming, so now many Antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour.” (1 John 2:18)


Nov 242016


Breitbart: “The Catholic Bishops of Poland together with President Andrzei Duda proclaimed Jesus Christ as King of Poland Saturday and called upon him to rule over their nation, its people, and their political leaders.

In a ceremony at the National Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow, the bishops commemorated the 1,050th anniversary of the Christianization of Poland by entrusting the nation to the kingship of Christ.

The Prayer:

“Immortal King of Ages Lord Jesus Christ,” the bishops prayed together with the congregation, “We Poles stand before you to acknowledge your reign, surrender to your law, and entrust our homeland and the whole nation to you.”

Humbly bowing our heads before you, King of the Universe, we acknowledge your dominion over the Polish nation, those living in the homeland and throughout the world.

“We renounce the devil and all his works,” they said. The congregation also asked divine assistance for their rulers, including President Duda.

“We entrust to you the Polish people and Polish leaders,” they said. “Let them exercise their power fairly and in accordance with Your laws.”

“Rule us, Christ! Reign in our homeland and reign in every nation — for the greater glory of the Most Holy Trinity and the salvation of mankind.”

Opinion: Amen and Amen.

(Thanks to Vason for sending this in)

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