The Call II

The Call II

 

Civil Righteousness

A lot of psychological problems stem from mental scars of an individual’s past. For instance, similar circumstances that caused the injury in the first place may be re-introduced to someone and it could trigger another episode of a psychological reaction. Likewise, although America is a proud nation with many significant accomplishments, there are scars from our past such as bigotry and prejudice that often try to raise its head and come back to life.
Whenever one is proud of their heritage or legacy, it is acceptable and is considered to be a normal emotion, but when pride mixes with intolerance of other people’s feelings and rights, those emotions slip into a darker region of one’s soul resulting into racism.

The traditional definition of race and ethnicity is related to biological and sociological factors respectively. Race refers to a person’s physical characteristics, such as bone structure and skin, hair, or eye color. Ethnicity, however, relates to cultural factors, including nationality, regional culture, ancestry, and language.
An example of race is brown, white, or black skin (all from various parts of the world), while an example of ethnicity is German or Spanish ancestry (regardless of race) or Han Chinese. Your race is determined by how you look while your ethnicity is determined based on the social and cultural groups you belong. You can have more than one ethnicity, but you are said to have one race, even if it’s “mixed race.”
An ethnic group or ethnicity is a population group whose members identify with each other by mutual nationality or shared cultural traditions.
The term race refers to the concept of dividing people into populations or groups by various sets of physical characteristics (which usually result from genetic ancestry). http://www.diffen.com/difference/Ethnicity_vs_Race

Nelson Mandala once said, “a child is not born with hatred in their hearts, hatred is something taught to children.”
Mandela served 27 years in prison, initially on Robben Island, and later in Pollsmoor Prison and Victor Verster Prison, because he spoke against injustices of white settlers taking over their land amid growing domestic and international pressure, and with fears of a racial civil war. https://www.nelsonmandela.org/
This same tragedy happened in America when white immigrants inflicted the same cruelty against Native Americans while taking their land.

My question is: “Would God allow something of this magnitude to come to the surface because He has His restorative development in progress?” “Does Adonai, God of the Jews and the Lord of Believers, already know that His spirit has risen as one Body in motion and is purposely gathering us as One in Him, to show the world – one nation under God?” No one has the answer for this problem but God. Every Pastor of every Church should hear the voice of God calling us to stand in love and unity. Then, will the world see the difference between the Kingdom of Righteousness and the Kingdom of Darkness?

The Spirit of Deception

Some people may think of bigotry, discrimination, and intolerance as attitudes only found in America, but these are spirits of wickedness that rule in the heavenly places. In other words, when Bible prophecy speaks of individual nations surrounding the country of Israel, such as Gog, and Magog, the hatred for Israel is spiritual. Bigotry, discrimination, nationalism, and Nazism are spirit-driven.

The Nazis Gas Chamber of and the dead bodies of Jewish men and women.
Jewish Children await their fate.

(New Living Translation Study Bible Notes)
12:28: Of all the commandments: The Torah (Genesis—Deuteronomy) contains 613 separate commandments, and Jewish teachers frequently debated about which were more important than others. No command was considered unimportant, but some were recognized as more fundamental than others (see Matt 22:40). Rabbi Hillel’s answer to this question was, “What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor” (Babylonian Shabbat 31a; see also Tobit 4:15). Other suggestions included Prov 3:6; Isa 33:15-16; 56:1; Amos 5:4; Mic 6:8; and Hab 2:4.
12:29-31: Jesus’ reply combined two widely separated commands from the Torah. • The first, Deut 6:4-5, was probably the best-known verse in the OT, for it was repeated twice daily by observant Jews. The Shema, because it begins with the word Listen (Hebrew shema‘), corresponds to the first part of the Ten Commandments (Exod 20:2-11), which deals with a person’s relationship to God. The oneness of God is foundational to Jewish and Christian monotheism and is the basis for the command to love God with all one’s heart (thinking and affection), soul (desire and feeling), mind (understanding), and strength (energy and power). The second command is from Lev 19:18. It corresponds to the second part of the Ten Commandments (Exod 20:12-17), which concerns a person’s relationship with other people. We see the second command, based on the natural inclination of people to look after themselves, and its importance to the early church in its frequent repetition (Matt 5:43-44; 19:19; 25:31-46; Rom 13:8-10; Gal 5:14; Jas 2:8;
Mark 12:28-29

(NLT Study Bible Text,)
Teaching about Love for Enemies
Matt 5:43-48; cp. Luke 6:32-36
43 “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy.44 But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!45 In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.46 If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much.47 If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that.48 But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.
Matthew 5:43-48

(New Living Translation)
12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
Ephesians 6:12

Whereas we worship God because goodness exudes from His Presence and Mercy radiates throughout His people, He is the Source of all that is right (righteous). Therefore, a hateful and hurting behavior is a direct source from the spirit of hypocrisy.

Many Shades of Blacks

The evidence of the mistreatment and exploitation of Africans by the American Slave Industry is that slavery may have been the earliest form of the sex trade industry in the U.S. Today when black Americans purchase a Geological Test Kit to find their ancestry; most find they have a mixture of races.
The mistreatment of slaves frequently included rape and the sexual abuse of women. The sexual abuse of slaves was partially rooted in historical Southern culture and its view of the enslaved as property.[2] After 1662, when Virginia adopted the legal doctrine partus sequitur ventrem, sexual relations between white men and black women were regulated by classifying children of slave mothers as slaves regardless of their father’s race or status. Particularly in the Upper South, a population developed of mixed-race (mulatto) offspring of such unions, although white Southern society claimed to abhor miscegenation and punished sexual relations between white women and black men as damaging to racial purity.

America’s history from a different perspective

Frederick Law Olmsted visited Mississippi in 1853 and wrote:

A cast mass of the slaves pass their lives, from the moment they are able to go afield in the picking season till they drop worn out in the grave, in incessant labor, in all sorts of weather, at all seasons of the year, without any other change or relaxation than is furnished by sickness, without the smallest hope of any improvement either in their condition, in their food, or in their clothing, which are of the plainest and coarsest kind, and indebted solely to the forbearance or good temper of the overseer for exception from terrible physical suffering.[3]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treatment_of_slaves_in_the_United_States

While the world has discussions surrounding racial reconciliation, we must discuss Church reconciliation to find our productive parts.

Born Again DNA

Dr. Ronald Bayles said, “the Church has to find its way into this conversation and discuss the new DNA found in Christ.” According to Dr. Bayles, over 2000 years ago, a new DNA was discovered at Calvary within the blood of the Jewish Messiah, Yeshua (Jesus Christ) that separates the Body of Christ from the influence of the world. Therefore, racial reconciliation comes because of a born again believer’s renewed heart.

5 Those people belong to this world, so they speak from the world’s viewpoint, and the world listens to them. 6 But we belong to God, and those who know God listen to us. If they do not belong to God, they do not listen to us. That is how we know if someone has the Spirit of truth or the spirit of deception.
1 John 4:5-6

Civil Righteousness

J T Thomas

This oneness is what happened in Cleveland, Ohio last month at the Call Conference, Azusa Now, where thousands of Believers gathered at the Quicken Loan Arena, home of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Believers from all over the nation were worshiping the God Who gives peace to the world, Jesus of Nazareth. All races were standing together never noticing their racial differences.
Jonathan Tremaine Thomas has a timely message for America.

Husband, father, missionary, musician, evangelist, entrepreneur, activist, lecturer, and producer, he has the clearest word for our time.

 

Civil Righteousness

While Civil Rights laws standing since the 60s are protecting the rights of every American, Civil Righteous makes more sense because it creates harmony while pushing back the spiritual principalities that drive the hearts of those who allow hate and disharmony to be a part of who they are.

12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle, you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness.
Ephesians 6:12-14
Churches of all faith need to pray a prayer of intercession for Angelic intervention because the enemy is not human. It is a demon spirit dividing this nation and the Church. Christians should not make the mistake of taking sides, but we should take a stand together to show the world that Christians will not be divided because of our skin color. We are one in the spirit.

Mr. Thomas is not a voice of anger nor is he trying to be famous, but a voice of love and unity. A voice who is standing on the shoulders of Civil Rights heroes such as

Dr. Martin Luther King’s Monument, Washington DC

Dr. Martin Luther King and those who marched with him. Blacks, Whites, Jews, and other cultures stood

in faith in a peaceful time of worship that gave Glory to our Lord and King, Jesus Christ of Nazareth and Yeshua the King of the Jews.

Individuals who choose not to accept another ethnic group are closing their hearts to the rest of the Bible message which plainly states that we are to love our neighbors.
(NLT Study Bible Text,)

35 “Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked.36 You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.
Luke 6:35-36 (NLT)

7 Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. 8 But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
9 God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. 10 This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.
11 Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.
1 John 4:7-11
(NLT Study Bible Text,)

27 For the hearts of these people are hardened,
and their ears cannot hear,
and they have closed their eyes—
so their eyes cannot see,
and their ears cannot hear,
and their hearts cannot understand,
and they cannot turn to me
and let me heal them.’
28 So I want you to know that this salvation from God has also been offered to the Gentiles, and they will accept it.”
Acts 28:27-28

To Be Seen

To Be Seen

 

Christ gives us a caring Heart

As the Body of Christ prepares for the glorious day of the Lord’s return, our hearts are filled with the joy of serving our great King. While many in Biblical times followed Christ for His ability to do for them, others followed Christ’s desire to help those who couldn’t help themselves.

Jesus placed value on the disadvantaged. The Jewish Yeshua was the manifestation of the Father’s love in an earthly form. He (Yeshua) avoided politics and church bureaucracy, but at the same time, Jesus ministered to the needs of those who could not change their own situations.
We can all say that Jesus demonstrated “pure motive, with a pure heart.”

Pure Heart

Satan’s authority in the earth is to test an individual’s heart and to search out any potential for further contamination – “And, don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.” (Mat 6:13 NLT)

Fortunately, the Lord has given us a new heart, and a new perspective of viewing our world.

For example, the Bible says, “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.” While atheists call Matthew 5:8 and 1 John 4:12 contradictions in the Bible, true Bible students can explain why they are not.

8 God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God. (Mat 5:8 NLT)

When the Jewish Messiah the Lord Jesus Christ said that an individual with a pure heart can see God, it was not because a pure-hearted person can see better. Not at all. It was because of the Greek term, ὀπτάνομαι opt anomia
Meaning: 1) to look at, behold or to allow one’s self to be seen, to appear. So, God allows an individual to see Him as He works in our lives.

So, Adonia allows an individual to see Him as He works in our lives.

The Scriptures, 1John 4:12 and Matthew 5:8 tell us why it is possible to “see God” even though no man has ever seen God. In other words, if we love each other we become eyewitnesses of God’s work in one another.

NLT 1 John 4:12 No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and His love is brought to full expression in us.
(1Jo 4:12 NLT)

2513 καθαρός katharos {kath-ar-os’}
Meaning: 1) clean, pure 1a) physically 1a1) purified by fire 1a2) in a similitude, like a vine cleansed by pruning and so fitted to bear fruit 1b) in a Levitical sense 1b1) clean, the use of which is not forbidden, imparts no uncleanness 1c) ethically 1c1) free from corrupt desire, from sin and guilt 1c2) free from every admixture of what is false, sincere genuine 1c3) blameless, innocent 1c4) unstained with the guilt of anything.

Seeing God as HE is
Some believers only see God as a servant to themselves – Who is sitting in Heaven waiting for their next prayer requests. Others believe that we are God’s hands and feet in this world, ministering to those who need to see God for themselves. Plus, true Faith is serving the hurting and living a lifestyle that exhibits God’s power working in us.

we have seen

(The Message Bible)
12 No one has seen God, ever. But if we love one another, God dwells deeply within us, and his love becomes complete in us—perfect love!
13 This is how we know we’re living steadily and deeply in him, and he in us: He’s given us life from his life, from his very own Spirit. 14 Also, we’ve seen for ourselves and continue to state openly that the Father sent his Son as Savior of the world. 15 Everyone who confesses that Jesus is God’s Son participates continuously in an intimate relationship with God. 16 We know it so well, we’ve embraced it heart and soul, this love that comes from God. 1 John 4:12-16

26 If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless. 27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. (Jam 1:27 KJV)

17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. (Jam 3:17-18 KJV)

53 ἁγνός hagnos {hag-nos’}
Meaning: 1) exciting reverence, venerable, sacred 2) pure 2a) pure from carnality, chaste, modest 2b) pure from every fault, immaculate 2c) clean
KJV 2 Peter 3:1 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:
2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Savior:

(2Pe 3:1-2 KJV) 1506 εἰλικρινής heilikrines {i-lik-ree-nace’}
Meaning: 1) pure, sincere, unsullied 2) found pure when unfolded and examined by the sun’s light
Origin: from heile (the sun’s ray)

As we learn to walk with Christ and see the just requirement of faith, we are drawn into a continual development, becoming more and more like Him. This is also when many believers in the Body of Christ begin to purify their hearts by the Word of God and start enjoying deeper truths in God’s Word. This aligns itself with 1John which says: “every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself.” (1 John 3:3)

2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. (1Jo 3:2-3 KJV)
4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.
6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.
7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
(1Jo 3:3-8 KJV)

48 ἁγνίζω hagnizo {hag-nid’-zo}
Meaning: 1) ceremonially 1a) to make pure, purify, cleanse 2) morally
Origin: from 53; TDNT – 1:123,19; v
Usage: AV – purify 5, purify (one’s) self 2; 7

6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. (Mat 5:6 KJV)
The Greek word “δικαιοσύνη” meaning righteousness is the reward of a person enjoying a life patterned after regular daily devotion to ADONAI the God of the Holy Bible.

The Greek dikaiosune {dik-ah-yos-oo’-nay} is the condition acceptable to God or the doctrine concerning the way in which man may attain a state that is approved of God. Jesus sat and taught His disciples to hunger and thirst after righteousness. Seeking God is a condition of the heart and soul. Did you know that hunger and thirst are controlled by the human brain? For example, as powerful as the brain is, thirst and hunger can be turned off by distractions or preoccupation. And if our daily lives are filled with fixations, obsessions, and other important concerns; we may ignore the Voice of our spirit man even though it is crying out for worship to God.

Carol M. Porth

Thirst occurs due to a variety of causes. According to Carol M. Porth, author of “Essentials of Pathophysiology, “Two main causes are when your brain senses that the blood circulating through your body is either too concentrated, or your blood volume is low. Some people have thirst disorders such as hypodipsia, which is when your body does not recognize thirst, or polydipsia, which is when you have a false sense of being thirsty. Porth points out the difference between thirst and drinking, as thirst is when you realize you need to drink, and drinking is a habit that most people have that occurs before the feeling or sensation of thirst.
The same goes for hunger. A sudden feeling of hunger that comes on even though you’ve eaten recently is more likely to be a craving rather than real hunger. Find something else to do, such as talking to a friend or taking a walk, to distract yourself until the craving passes.
http://www.livestrong.com/article/448676-what-should-i-drink-if-im-thirsty/

From a scientific perspective, messages from the brain send essential health advice influencing the body to act properly to keep the human body healthy. In a very similar situation, our spiritual status depends on proper attention to reading the Word of God, reinforced with prayer. Where the big difference lies is when an individual has made “searching hard after God” his life pursuit, it can equate to a thirst and hunger after Righteousness.

 

The Call

The CALL

The Locketts and America’s  Racial Reconciliation

As the mind of Christ awakens in believers, this new consciousness of the Call of God will be crucial for winning souls and restoring the lost back to their faith in the Jewish Messiah, Jesus Christ. A genuine purpose of the Bible is replacing previous error from self-gain and self-serving teachings. Believers are becoming harvest-gatherers and are strengthening one another’s confidence in the obedience of the faith.

For example, this past weekend, the Glory of God filled the Quicken Arena, at the “The CALL” where the NBA’s Cleveland-Cavaliers consider home. However, that weekend the Quicken Arena was not about celebrating basketball players, but rather was filled with waves of exuberant praise and celebration to God! Thousands of people waited in long lines outside the arena in response to God’s calling. The crowd was praying and interceding for the awakening of revival in America. The leader of the movement is Lou Engle, and Azusa Now Cleveland is the name of the event.

As a pastor, I have had dreams seven nights in a row about rescuing people from the enemy’s camp; other pastors are experiencing a similar alert in their spirits. I believe that God is raising up men and women who have a heart and passion for revival in America.
For example, the Cleveland’s “Azusa Now,” was filled with the presence of God, with people of every race. Some were crying with tears of joy, and some were stretched out on the floor in worship.
I shared a few words at the conference, but the event included a unique pair of individuals, whose ancestors crossed paths during the Civil War of 1862 and again by a divine arrangement at Azusa Now.

Will Ford’s slave ancestors were from the Lockett Plantation in Lake Providence, LA.  At the same time, Matt Lockett, director of the Justice House of Prayer in Washington DC, tells the story of redemption and forgiveness when the two families encounter one another in contemporary seasons. Also, while I am listening to their incredible stories on stage, an even more remarkable revelation hit me.

Easton’s Bible Dictionary

Slavery

Jer 2:14 (A.V.), but not there found in the original. In Rev 18:13 the word “slaves” is the rendering of a Greek word meaning “bodies.” The Hebrew and Greek words for slave are usually rendered simply “servant,” “bondman,” or “bondservant.” Slavery, as it existed under the Mosaic law, has no modern parallel. That law did not originate but only regulated the already existing custom of slavery (Ex 21:20, 21, 26, 27; Lev 25:44 -46; Josh 9:6 27).

The gospel in its spirit and genius is hostile to slavery in every form, which under its influence is gradually disappearing from among men.

That Mosaic law did not originate but only regulated the already existing custom of slavery (Ex 21:20, 21, 26, 27; Lev 25:44 -46; Josh 9:6 27). The gospel in its spirit and genius is hostile to slavery in every form, which under its influence is gradually disappearing from among men.

My Aunt Elmira England (recently went to be in the presence of the Lord) told my wife Pauline about my great grandmother whose last name was Lockett.  Lela (maiden name Williams) was born in 1878, Marengo County, Alabama.  She was married to Martin Lockett and died in 1957. Marengo County Court Records indicated that the Locketts released their slaves to freedom, but they kept some around as house guests and taught them to read the Bible. This act of kindness produced ministers, and throughout the years the legacy has continued with some of the family members having global ministries. Additionally, I found out that the last Civil War scrimmage (Battle at Sailor’s Creek) took place on the Lockett’s farm. After the cease fire, the Locketts turned their home into a hospital. There in the midst of war, soldiers from both the North and the South received the same medical treatment and compassionate care from the Lockett family.

Complete Jewish Bible                                                                                   Deuteronomy 24:7 “If a man kidnaps any of his brothers, fellow members of the community of Isra’el, and makes him his slave or sells him, that kidnapper must die; in this way you will put an end to such wickedness among you. (Deu 24:7 CJB)

Additionally, I found out that the last Civil War scrimmage (Battle at Sailor’s Creek) took place on the Lockett’s farm. After the cease fire, the Locketts turned their home into a hospital. There in the midst of war, soldiers from both the North and the South received the same medical treatment and compassionate care from the Lockett family.

The day after we returned from Cleveland, Paul Hughes, executive director of Kingdom Forerunners, who is responsible for me being at Azusa Now Cleveland, connected me with Alexandra Lockett. Alexandra (Alex) is studying Nursing in Birmingham, Alabama. She is a minister of the Kingdom of God with an anointing and signs following.

Another interesting thing happened when Will Ford, Matt Lockett, and myself were comparing notes about our ancestors. When they called me to the microphone, I shared my experiences as a child standing across the street looking at the destruction of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church after the bombing in Birmingham. Also, I participated in the Children’s March, May of 1963.

The protest was organized after Dr. Martin Luther King heard about the threat that adults could lose their jobs if they continued to demonstrate. He asked the school principals to allow the children to miss classes and take part in the peaceful demonstrations. Children from all over the city were permitted to leave school without restraint. Sadly, hundreds of little Black children were attacked by huge dogs as they walked peacefully, and the fire department knocked them down with powerful water hoses. Many of these teens spent up to a week locked in crowded jail cells. Nevertheless, they kept marching; there was no stopping now – there were simply too many of us.

Exo 21:16 “Kidnappers must be put to death, whether they are caught in possession of their victims or have already sold them as slaves.

 

Thankfully, a lot has changed in Birmingham, Alabama. Recently, my wife, Pauline was teaching a Black History class in a predominantly White classroom sponsored by an organization called Common Thread. In the midst of the presentation, a little girl shouted out, “If we had been there, we would have helped those children.” My heart responded, “Wow! God is indeed changing mindsets, breaking down walls of hatred, and making us one in Christ.”

Further, God through His divine wisdom connected two men whose ancestors crossed paths centuries ago. Who would have believed that descendants of a slave owner and the descendants of slaves would be in the same place at the same time? Moreover, who would think that during a powerful revival awakening, descendants of a slave owner would be breaking generational curses, and the descendants of former slaves would be praying for restored dignity and purpose to a forgotten people?

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Mr. Lou Engle graciously provided a space for me to express myself and I responded with an appreciation for with what I saw there at Quicken Loan Arena. I realized that God is waking up revival in America. A revival without prejudice and hatred, a unified Church.     I am convinced that the evil of America’s past won’t be allowed to exist by this new Community of Believers.

I remember Dr. M.L. King was troubled by the silence of the White Church during the 1960s. But, what I saw in that Arena was people of every color and race, worshiping together as a single community of faith, trusting in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

Below is a video of the Children’s March.
http://www.pbs.org/video/2365002209/

1le.

The total number of people who died in the American Civil War is around 750,000. Originally, the count was that 618,222 people died, with 360,222 Union deaths and 258,000 Confederate deaths. Recent research based on improved census data has shown that the original count underestimated the number of deaths.

 

 

Lion of Judah 2

Lion of Judah 2

 

In Lion of Judah, we open with the story where the patriarch Jacob spoke a word of prophecy over his son Judah.

(Genesis 49:8-12 MSG)
8 You, Judah, your brothers will praise you:
Your fingers on your enemies’ throat,
while your brothers honor you.
9 You’re a lion’s cub, Judah,
home fresh from the kill, my son.
Look at him, crouched like a lion, king of beasts;
who dares mess with him?
10 The scepter shall not leave Judah;
he’ll keep a firm grip on the command staff
Until the ultimate ruler comes
and the nations obey him.
11 He’ll tie up his donkey to the grapevine,
his purebred prize to a sturdy branch.
He will wash his shirt in wine
and his cloak in the blood of grapes,
12 His eyes will be darker than wine,
his teeth whiter than milk.

While under the influence of the Spirit of G-d, Jacob blesses his son Judah.   In the prophecy, Jacob gave accurate details of the Lion of Judah’s strength and how he who ruled his dominion and alluded to the destruction of his enemy (Satan).

One can say that the Holy Bible tells the story of two lions: The first, is a scavenging pseudo-god (the prince of the air) who is an imitation of a true King of kings.

 

The voice of the Lion of Judah

The second lion is the servant of the only true God and redeemer of the world.
Amazingly, lions carry the ability to recognize a challenging lion’s roar when it is violating his territory from miles away. When the intruder roars, his capabilities are all distinguishable within the sound of a challenger’s roar. The scavenging lion roams the earth speaking lies, and those who are only slightly familiar with the Jewish Messiah may become influenced by the imitating imposter. In fact, the wise who have learned to subscribe to Jesus’ teaching are integrating His word into their lives as evidence of their trust in Christ.

On the other hand, the intruder’s only hope for entrapping the children of the world is to get them to hear the Word, but never apply His Words to their lives. Secondly, the adversary twists the Biblical definition of the word “Grace.” The term has different meanings, but when applied to God’s relationship with humanity; the following description demonstrates that “Grace” is a power that saves.

5485 χάρις charis {khar’-ece}
Meaning: 1) Grace

This is the function of the HOLY Spirit within the Believer.

2a) of the merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues
3a) the spiritual condition of one governed by the power of divine grace.

The Apostle Peter exposed greater knowledge surrounding the discernable motives within the adversaries’ voice. This discernment is the same as when a lion employs critical listening to detect the malice within his enemy’s voice. Many believers may become baited with misinformation and the temptations of secular humanism (the spirit of the world) type of messages that are accommodating to the unenthusiastic Christian.

Religious demons obscuring the true power of the Cross with false doctrine

Unless the children of God aspire to please God through devotion and discipline resiliency, they are targets for religious spirits.

1Peter 5:8 Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.

Easton’s Bible Dictionary
The distinct personality of Satan and his activity among men are thus apparently recognized. He tempted our Lord in the wilderness (Matt 4:1 11). He is “Beelzebub, the prince of the devils” Matt 12:24). He is “the constant enemy of God, of Christ, of the divine kingdom, of the followers of Christ, and of all truth; full of falsehood and all malice, and seducing to do evil in every possible way.” His power is very great in the world. He is a “roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Pet 5:8. Men are said to be “taken captive by him” (2 Tim 2:26). Christians are warned against his “devices” (2 Cor 2:11) and called on to “resist” him (James 4:7. Christ redeems his people from “him that had the power of death, that is, the devil” (Heb 2:14). Satan has the “power of death,” not as lord, but simply as executioner.

Satan looks for ambiguities or gaps between our confessions and the actual lives that we manifest. Where certain parts of the Bible sound good because it’s non-threatening to one’s comfort zone, some find it necessary to explain away the parts of Scripture about commitment, devotion, and spiritual growth.

Peter’s Lion roars, not to frighten the believer, but to pull that child of God into a mental dullness to the Scriptures and feel that no growth is required.
Nevertheless, Peter teaches that after we come to Faith in Christ, we must supplement that faith with a generous provision of moral excellence.

The Message Bible; 2 Peter 1:5-9
5 So don’t lose a minute in building on what you’ve been given, complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, 6 alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, 7 warm friendliness, and generous love, each dimension fitting into and developing the others. 8 With these qualities active and growing in your lives, no grass will grow under your feet, no day will pass without its reward as you mature in your experience of our Master Jesus. 9 Without these qualities you can’t see what’s right before you, oblivious that your old sinful life has been wiped off the books.
2 Peter 1:5-9

With the moral development, one begins to realize that the character of Christ cannot be obtained through any other means except through the Holy Spirit. He is the teacher, and the Divine influence keeps us, strengthens us, and increases us in real Christian faith.

We are more than conquerors, not because we seek to be winners, but because instead of quoting Scriptures with our mouths, we illustrate them with our lives. The most important thing about the life of Christ was His Divine character. Yeshua’s teachings were guidelines for internal life, which are guiding principles against the devil. Satan abhors anything that reveals this motives or anyone who teaches against his nature.

2 May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord. 2 Peter 1:2(NLT)

 

 

It all comes back to the Messiah’s character on the Cross, where some only saw our Lord die on Calvary, but there were others who witnessed His most powerful message.

Our Messiah’s will was earnestly seeking His Father’s directives. It was not about winning (although He defeated Satan); it was about a legal representation for the sinners of the world. Therefore, Jesus proved that He was different than the rest of us, He was obedient to the death.  Christ did not seek His way but trusted His Heavenly Father’s strategies. He did not desire a shortcut.
Christ lived among the stench of sin – hatred, greed, and immorality. Although this place was a culture shock to His soul, He came here to be one of us but not like us.

2 Peter 1:3-5 (NLT)
Growing in Faith
(NLT Study Bible Text,)
1. The Letter Opening (1:1-15)
Greetings from Peter
1 This letter is from Simon Peter, a slave and apostle of Jesus Christ.
I am writing to you who share the same precious faith we have. This faith was given to you because of the justice and fairness of Jesus Christ, our God and Savior.
2 May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.
Growing in Faith
3 By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. 4 And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.
5 In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge,6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness,7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.
8 The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1:1-8

1 peter 5:8 Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.

Accuser
Satan is styled the “accuser of the brethren” (Rev 12:10. Comp. Job 1:6 Zech 3:1), as seeking to uphold his influence among men by bringing false charges against Christians. This influence is also with the view of weakening their influence and injuring the cause with which they are identified. He was regarded by the Jews as the accuser of men before God, laying to their charge the violations of the law of which they were guilty, and demanding their punishment. The same Greek word, rendered “accuser,” is found in John 8:10 (but omitted in the Revised Version); Acts 23:30, 35; Acts 23:30 25:16, 18, in all of which places it is used of one who brings a charge against another. (EBD)

However, God counters against Satan’s accusations with promises for those who make an effort to respond to God’s Word regarding a person growing in the faith. Here is what Apostle Peter says about Growing in Faith

3 By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. 4 And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.
5 In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.
8 The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins.
10 So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you will never fall away. 11 Then God will give you a grand entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Paying Attention to Scripture
I will always remind you about these things I will work hard to make sure you always remember these things after I am gone.

12 Therefore, I will always remind you about these things—even though you already know them and are standing firm in the truth you have been taught. 13 And it is only right that I should keep on reminding you as long as I live. 14 For our Lord Jesus Christ has shown me that I must soon leave this earthly life, 15 so I will work hard to make sure you always remember these things after I am gone.

An incredible spirit of Grace and Favor fell upon Peter the night of Transfiguration, and this is where the disciples witnessed Yeshua (Jesus Christ of Nazareth) standing and talking with Moses and Elijah. For Peter, one could quibble over his incredible feelings of love, grace and the sense of blessed assurance. But, Peter, just like the prophet Elijah felt that He had turned his back on God (Elijah had suffered a similar moment of crisis when he was afraid and fled for his life).

4 Then Elijah and Moses appeared and began talking with Jesus.
5 Peter exclaimed, “Rabbi, it’s wonderful for us to be here! Let’s make three shelters as memorials– one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
6 He said this because he didn’t really know what else to say, for they were all terrified.
7 Then a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my dearly loved Son. Listen to him. (Mar 9:4-7 NLT)

Peter reveals an extraordinary grace on his life to repeat these teachings about a growing faith in the Jewish Messiah, Jesus Christ.

Psalms 119:33-40
Vs. 33-40. Teach me thy statutes, not the mere words, but the way of applying them to myself. God, by his Spirit, gives a right understanding. But the Spirit of revelation in the word will not suffice, unless we have the Spirit of wisdom in the heart. God puts his Spirit within us, causing us to walk in his statutes. The sin here prayed against is covetousness. Those that would have the love of God rooted in them, must get the love of the world rooted out; for the friendship of the world is enmity with God.

 

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