The Four Forces of Eternal Nature – Hub

THE FOUR FORCES OF ETERNAL NATURE – Hub

By Charles Bundschu

(Taken from Wikipedia as public domain, The Four Last Things, 1500, by Hiernymus Bosch)

Go your way, eat your bread, and drink your wine with a cheerful heart [if you are righteous, wise, and in the hands of God], for God has already accepted your works.” Ecclesiastes 9:7 (Amplified)

Looking at this rather disturbing painting, I think I am ready to go on to higher and richer endeavors. I mean, of course, to face the Church’s ‘last four things’. You can see all of them graphically. My visualizing heart leans toward the upper quadrant–the only place where clothes are allowed. Heaven’s door is Jesus. . .

I have written successfully, fifty-nine (59) posts, which is about the same as I had written formerly with examiner.com; and ten more than the novel, A Worthy Rock (48) I no longer follow examiner.com, and the novel is finished (Linked here by topic, if you can find it.); but I remember that every so often–every nineteen (19) articles–I had written a hub. But this hub I need to link and index all the topics covered.

(I was just thinking that is more than an access to all I’ve written in theology401. And, since I have not used tags as they were posted, the tags can now be listed and linked. Otherwise my links can be targeted and focused to take the reader directly to the post — still in work.)

DEATH TO OLD-SCHOOL BLOGGING

The church’s basic teaching (bibleinfo.com) about death is priority, but I have googled ‘death to blogging’ instead. This explains that the original social-media-generated creations were supposed to generate a growing following, well since it is declining, something better has to come along.

Keven Drum with Andrew Sullivan (Mother Jones Magazine, and dish.com) are learning what this means. “‘Old school’ pretty much means a daily weblog with frequent updates written by one person (or two) but not much more.Ezra Klein (Wonkblog, Washington Post) agrees because, “conventional blogging doesn’t scale well.” (scale: social traffic) Even when bloggers link themselves and expand topics upon topics–gaining more interesting fields, and linking to catch the media searches, doesn’t help. We understand. Applying our content to more categories wouldn’t help. (God is in charge here.)

JUDGMENT REVEALS FACEBOOK TAKING OVER

The church’s teaching concerning judgment is priority here, but the old-school blog-sites are not able to keep up with the likes of facebook. What facebook does is enable every wall to have access to every other family or friend’s wall–no search engine involved–conversations have to flow more easily. . .”short and focused”.

HEAVEN IS A FORCEFUL FACT OF NATURAL LIFE

I believe in the holy catholic (universal) church. (Not the Roman Catholic, although with it’s mass of teachings growing so as to be inclusive for everyone’s idea of what’s right and wrong.) History is my friend here. Where we owe a debt of gratitude to the Vatican for keeping some of all the authentic records–to have preserved the actual documents that support the oldest biblical sources. But, and hear this, the world has more original copies held for verification. Reviewing my copy of The Greek New Testament has shown this.

My own death is coming sooner than later, right? I have already lived a full and satisfying life. So now, it stands to reason I can look forward to a full and satisfying death. Death does not end life. Death for the ungodly ends life in a torment of painful existence. Death for the godly is a transition to something better. Let me confirm this.

The catholicmissionleaflets.org says, ‘When infinite justice takes over. . .’ Catechism 1021 and 1022 explain each of us will be rewarded immediately after breathing stops, according to our works and faith. At the very moment of departure, each man receives his eternal retribution in his immortal soul–the judgment that refers to his life in Christ. Blessedness and honor, (heaven) after purification, or eternal damnation in hell.

And, Anthony DeStefano tells us with his Travel Guide to Heaven, “When we get to heaven, we won’t know what to do first! There’ll be no limit to imagination–sacred, holy work will be play! Constantly growing, our minds, psychologically challenged to what’s more enjoyable! As long as we have new bodies, with more time to exist–no end in heaven. Feelings of pleasure will happen from God’s presence; no boredom there! Transcendent times . . . Everything will be so much better! [note: No marriage in heaven, but relationships will be cherished. Teaching of the resurrection of the body, doctrine of interest is overly interpreted–practice of true love, selfless giving–love in heaven is universal; all true bonds on earth will last, and true revelations will be understood.]”

HELL IS PUNISHMENT FOR REJECTING JESUS PERSONALLY

The only reason for hell in the first place, was to chain up the demons along with Satan. But when each of the Old Covenant prophecies were being fulfilled in One Person, Yeshua, Jesus of Natzaret (Nazareth), the opportunities for recognizing him as God’s Son were hard to dismiss. Read John D. Keyser here:

This is a challenge: our theology posts, explain a lot of biblical stuff. If you have any questions, please comment. I am making every issue easy to see. Figuring four tags per post, that means a list of 240 tags. We have the time. And now, already, the indexes are linked above and below — scriptural index is next. . .

MAY WE TOAST YOU FOR YOUR CHOICE TO CHOOSE ETERNAL LIFE

See the text used above, that came from this day’s devotion, and my marked Amplified Bible. See note: ‘Robert Jeffress, Guilt-free Living, whole book written on this one verse.’ [Exactly what I needed. Thank you Father!]

(Indexes are linked here) The Lord bless and keep you,

Charles Bundschu

Editor for the Author, Frank Ketoret

@wordlifejournal/charlesbundschu3@gmail.com

Also: new blog is Spiritual Soil Conservation

FUTURE FAITH – Healing dysfunctional children of God

Today begins the first day of the week that we call a day of rest. When watering the new trees of our acre garden, I heard a word. ‘When you planted your trees, you didn’t know how they would grow into full-size, you could only guess how to position them. Every tree has its own DNA which is the individual print of its designed growth.’

Interesting thoughts like this make me think of even the ‘building a tree-house in your heart’ article (March 23) where I used one of my favorite parables of Yeshua to describe using his method for doing such a thing. Oh, it was not very highly thought of — my article, that is. But Yeshua’s parable is renowned. So I reviewed it in my mind . . .

‘The ground provided by the Royal Gardener, the vine planted in the ground, the branches of the vine, and the fruit produced by the branches in the form of beautiful seed-bearing flowers and leaves. So we can accept that the big picture is what we don’t see (2 Corinthians 4:18). The force that provided all of the elements we can see, was designed into the minute DNA of a seed.’

THE TREE DNA HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE PRUNING

 People trees, by Pooktre
(wikipedia)

“Tree shaping is the practice of changing living trees and other woody plants into man made shapes for art and useful structures. There are a few different methods [122] of shaping a tree. There is a gradual method and there is an instant method, the gradual method slowly guides the growing tip along predetermined path ways over time where as the instant method bends and weaves saplings 2 to 3 m (6.6 to 9.8 ft) long into a shape that becomes more rigid as they thicken up.[123] Most artists use grafting of living trunks, branches, and roots, for art or functional structures and there are plans to grow “living houses” with the branches of trees knitting together to give a solid, weatherproof exterior combined with an interior application of straw and clay to provide a stucco-like inner surface. Tree shaping has been practised for at least several hundred years, the oldest known examples being the living root bridges built and maintained by the Khasi people of Meghalaya, India using the roots of the rubber tree (Ficus elastica)”

We are talking about this seed planted in the human heart. And it is done by the Royal Gardener. So, all things being equal like the original seed DNA, and the soil of the heart being good ground — not hard, or stony, or thorny — then the only thing needed is pruning over the life of the tree. But, all things are not equal, are they.

THIS CONCEPT CAN WORK FOR THE BIGGEST PICTURE

The tree we can plant here, in our heart, is that with the DNA of three branches off the trunk of Noah. His children, Ham, Shem, and Japheth grew into branches, that each grew, four, five, and seven more branches respectively. So the families of the whole world have to be found on this sixteen branch tree. Can we imagine what the DNA looked like?

This T and O map, from the first printed version of Isidoor’s Etymologiae, identifies the three known continents as populated by descendants of Sem (Shem), Iafeth (Japheth) and Cham (Ham).

[Wikipedia: Latin: “The ends of The Great Inland Sea Continents; (East) Asia, Shem; (North) Europa, Yafeth; (South) Africa, Cham.”] Printed in 1472, Guntherus Zainer, British Library, 1st printing.

THE BIBLE HAS MORE CLUES ABOUT THE FIRST FAMILY (OF NOAH)

This is not taught in our schools today, but in this simple diagram, we can see the whole DNA of world populations, and we can study this and remember it. We came from such simple beginnings. Each branch has a name and a location. I have ordered this with the fewest branches first: Four branches of Ham are:

Genesis 10:6, (CJB) The sons of Ham were Kush, Mitzrayim, Put and Kena‘an. (The youngest branches)

Genesis 10:22 (CJB) The sons of Shem were ‘Elam, Ashur, Arpakhshad, Lud and Aram. (The oldest branches)

Genesis 10:2 (CJB) The sons of Yefet were Gomer, Magog, Madai, Yavan, Tuval, Meshekh and Tiras.

Now we have the grandchildren of Noach (Noah) that started the world populating with their children. And without much further study, we can locate them having moved from the central location of Babylon, but remember the ground in humanity was Noach (rest), who found favor with God.

THE RECORD OF THE FIRST FAMILY ON THE EARTH

Bible map showing location of Noah’s grandchildren

MY SIMPLE DRAWING OF THE FAMILY TREE HELPS TO SHOW THIS

The first family from which all children of God came

 

SEARCH FOR CLUES OF POSSIBLE EARLY FAMILY DYSFUNCTION 
My inquiring mind likes to consider the meaning of these names: Noah, rest; Shem, name (renown); Japheth, wide spreading; and Ham, hot.  Shem’s son’s: Aram, high, exalted; Lud, or Luz, turn, twist (also linked to Ham’s son Mitzrayim); Asshur, a step; Elam, hidden; Arpakshad, nurturing; Gomer, completion; Magog, region of Gog (mountain); Madai, middle; Tuval, to bring, carry, lead, conduct; Yavan, mud-man; Meshekh, tall, Tiras, desire; Kush, full of darkness; Mitzrayim, Egypt; Kena’an, low; and Put, foreign archers.

Names have personal influence. Imagine Low looking up to High, or High looking down on Low? Can we pick up any dysfunctional clues here? Also, how Middle meets Mudman and they find Hidden and make friends with Full of darkness. From Rest came Name, Widespreading, and Hot; So can we get by this, and look for the bad DNA genes? (The enemy DNA was in the wife of one son; but which one? Name, Widespreading, or Hot . . . we can guess.)

THE COMMON (INFORMATION) DENOMINATOR

My study of one of the best resources I have, has informed me that my recent reply to an honest question of, ‘What did I think of the Jewish Bible changing all the time?’ This was in reply to my more recent post about the prophecy message concerning the destruction of Elam (Hidden), modern-day Iran. So I glibly explained the Oral Torah, Talmud, and that the gifts of prophecy today are limited to Messianic Rabbis — “That the Jews have no clue.” I said.  Ignorance is a common characteristic of most every family.

Ouch! That was a most inappropriate response, especially since my own conscience was alerted. I had no idea what I was saying. I got no ‘like’ for that. In fact, I was awarded Religious Retard status on Twitter. (That hurt). So I began to go back into the annals of Jewish homiletics. I found “where there are two Jews, there are three opinions” helpful. I have so much to learn about my ancestor’s community.

THE TANAKH IS STILL A LIVING DOCUMENT

The Jewish Old Covenant is still a living document. Interpreting it, called midrash, is proof — like facebook with God among the Jewish communities. There are two approaches to Jewish biblical interpretation: Derash (Homiletical), or the Peshat (Contextual). This dual-view of Scriptural interpretation has deep roots in classical midrash. (The really gloriouslly productive period of distant past.)

THE DERASH APPROACH

The Yalkut Shimoni states, that if two verses seem to say the same thing, there must be some difference. God never wastes words.

Psalms 62:12 (CJB), 11 “God has spoken once, I have heard it twice; strength belongs to God.” Same verse in the New Jerusalem Bible (NJB), 11 “Once God has spoken, twice have I heard this: strength belongs to God,” (numbering of Jewish chapter and verse is different comparing Christian texts.) The point? Not everyone understands this.

Jeremiah 23:29 (NJB) “Is my word not like fire, Yahweh demands, is it not like a hammer shattering a rock?” (“Isn’t my word like fire,” asks Adonai, “like a hammer shattering rocks?” [CJB]) “Is not my word like fire [that consumes  all that cannot endure the test]? says the Lord, and like a hammer  that breaks in pieces  the rock [of most stubborn resistance]?” (AMP)

Jeremiah had been speaking of prophetic revelation, which he likened to the blow of a hammer. The rabbis transfer the verse’s contextual reference from the experience of revelation, to the substance of revelation.” Says Professor Ed Greenstein, Associate Professor of Bible, at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

“The multiplicity of the Bible’s signification not only inheres in the nature of the text but also results from divergent methods or dimensions of reading it.”

“The techniques of midrashic interpretation were adapted from ancient procedures of dream interpretation. Sacred texts, like dreams, are symbolic. Their meaning stems not only from their gist but also from peculiarities of their style, vocabulary, and spelling as well. In order to draw out the full richness of the Bible, each element of the text must be ‘Juiced’ for significance by very close analysis.”

THE PESHAT APPROACH

“After the rise of Islam in the seventh century, another mode of interpreting Scripture emerged and for several centuries overshadowed derash in biblical exegesis.  This  approach, that of peshat, sought to understand the biblical text within the parameters  of its historical, literary, and linguistic context.

Historical context must require that interpretation must read the text in terms of ancient Israel and the biblical story as a whole . . . Most secondary literature on Jewish exegesis defines peshat as the “simple,” “plain,” or “literal”  approach, but these terms are misleading. The historical meaning of the biblical text  may actually be complex and figurative, neither simple or straightforward.”

THE SCIENTIFIC APPROACH TO LANGUAGE

“A second prerequisite to the peshat method  is a scientific approach to language. Jews in Arab lands had the  potential to become comparative Semitic linguists. A learned Jew would know his native Arabic,  biblical Hebrew,, the Hebrew of the rabbinic literature, and Aramaic, four semantic languages . . . In addition,

Arab grammarians had developed a systematic method for analyzing the style and structure of classic Arabic, the language of the Koran. This enabled them not only to interpret the Koran, but also to compose new works in the strict standards of the classical idiom.”  (taken from Back to the Sources,  Chapter Four, Medieval Bible Commentaries, Simon and Schuster,  page 215-222, 1984, used with permission.)

These quotes describe the classically educated leaders of the Israeli and Arabic faiths at the historic window of  the Dark Ages. The Medieval era was not without inspiration for classic Jewish source creation. I did not mention  the rabbinical examples, because they only reflected the points made by this scholarly author.

Where this article needs to conclude is by summary and future-faith prayer. How can the children of God  be  assimilated into a common race and heritage, for the purpose of reclaiming lasting peace for our human community? Are we willing to learn the truth, and pray for the peace for Jerusalem, and ask for help?

THEN SOLVE FOR PEACE BY ENTERING INTO REST (NOACH)

The DNA of our family tree has not changed.  It has some bad genes, but the good news is that God has made some provisions to cover them. When the fullness of time comes to pass, and the day of judgment is at hand, push comes to shove . . . if you hear God’s voice, like Noach did, then you can enter into His rest, but  that requires preparation of your heart — just like the soil of your garden needs softening, soften your heart . . .

Messianic Jews (Hebrews)  4:1-11, (CJB) “Therefore, let us be terrified of the possibility that, even though the promise of entering his rest remains, any one of you might be judged to have fallen short of it; 2 for Good News has also been proclaimed to us, just as it was to them. But the message they heard didn’t do them any good, because those who heard it did not combine it with trust. 3 For it is we who have trusted who enter the rest.

“It is just as he said,

And in my anger, I swore

that they would not enter my rest.”[Psalm 95:11]

“He swore this even though his works have been in existence since the founding of the universe. 4 For there is a place where it is said, concerning the seventh day

And God rested on the seventh day from all his works.”[Genesis 2:2]

5 “And once more, our present text says,

They will not enter my rest.”[Psalm 95:11]

6 “Therefore, since it still remains for some to enter it, and those who received the Good News earlier did not enter, 7 he again fixes a certain day, “Today,” saying through David, so long afterwards, in the text already given

Today, if you hear God’s voice, don’t harden your hearts.”[Psalm 95:7,8]

8 “For if Y’hoshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later of another “day.”

9 “So there remains a Shabbat-keeping for God’s people. 10 For the one who has entered God’s rest has also rested from his own works, as God did from his. 11 Therefore, let us do our best to enter that rest; so that no  one will fall short because of the same kind of disobedience.”

Our families can be healed, if we all agree to learn the truth, pray for help, enter into rest, and obey his word.

Frank and I wish you all the very best,

Charles, editor, Facebook:

Frank Ketoret, Author, @wordlifejournal

FUTURE FAITH – Prophecy about the biblical Elam (Iran’s destruction) – Video

 Pastor John Kilpatrick showed ancient Elam as red that includes Susa as capital (Wikipedia)

Typographical view of region showing difference of ancient map

 

This map shows the today view of Khuzestan Province in Iran

Just last night, I watched the prophetic teaching of Pastor John Kilpatrick delivered on August 24, 2014, published almost a year ago. I can’t figure out how youtube.com featured it for me. Pastor John used the top map to show the location of the ancient province, the next shows change of 4 millenia. The oldest nuclear plant on the central coast is located at Bushehr. (South of Susa, seen as a seaport shown below)

The Bible mentions this Iranian region and tells of its demise.

“DOES THIS COMFORT YOU TO LEARN HERE WHAT THE NEWS MEDIA CAN’T TELL YOU?” Pastor said.

(I am able to share the outline of his message showing the bible passages. The details are fascinating, even today! To watch the short 38 minute video, (click here) to see the following texts on the viewing-screen presentation. I want to include more current maps to show the accuracy of how the Bible is refering to location of ancient Elam where the powerplant is and not in Khuzestan, as the Amplified Bible footnote says prophecy has already occurred. I asked the Lord about this. I heard that, ‘a biblical scholar’s calling can differ in prophetic focus.‘)

PROPHECY CONTEXTUALIZED

Genesis 12:1-3 (CJB) Now Adonai said to Avram, “Get yourself out of your country, away from your kinsmen and away from your father’s house, and go to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make of you a great nation, I will bless you, and I will make your name great; and you are to be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, but I will curse anyone who curses you; and by you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”

When God told Abram (Hebrew, Avram, father of height), Get out of Ur, (Iraq) of the Chaldees, and take his family with him, to the place to be shown him, the context is the reason why, verse 1, you can’t be blessed here — leave here and follow my lead obediently, and I will give you . . . a great name, a great nation, and I will bless you for all families of the earth, BUT my blessing you means this: they who bless you, I will bless, and those who curse (revile) you, I will curse (bind under a curse, NASB).

PROPHECY PRETEXT

Isaiah 46: 9,10 (AMP), “[Earnestly] remember the former things, [which I did] of old; for I am God, and there is no one else; I am God, and there is none like Me, 10 declaring the end and the result from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure and purpose,”

 “I declare, says the Lord, the end from the beginning. My counsel shall stand.”

“If you hear this and you realize you have a problem with Jews and Jewish property, you need to get this hatred or prejudice out of your soul — heart, mind and spirit.” Pastor said.

He mentioned here some present-day prophets to whom God is giving this revelation — insight in things we need to hear. (Bill Salus, David Reagan, etc.)

“Elam (Hebrew, ‘eylam, hidden, distant). The part of Iran where nations are being maneuvered — leaders will wring their hands over.” Elam is ancient Persia (2100 – 2000 BCE) that predates Abram (1967 BCE). (Ezekiel, 622 BCE, prophesied from 594 to 573 BCE in Babylon during captivity. And was preceded Jeremiah, 650 BCE, prophesying from 628-586, and who was a prophet in Elam in 599 BCE, [see Jeremiah 25:15,25]).

HISTORY OF ELAM (IRAN)

Genesis 10:22; 14:1,9 (CJB) “The sons of Shem were ‘Elam, Ashur, Arpakhshad, Lud and Aram. [2318 BCE]14 . . . When Amrafel was king of Shin‘ar, Aryokh king of Elasar, K’dorla‘omer king of ‘Elam and Tid‘al king of Goyim [1967 BCE]; 9 against K’dorla‘omer king of ‘Elam, Tid‘al king of Goyim, Amrafel king of Admah and Aryokh king of Elasar, four kings against the five.” [1891 BCE] (dates taken from The Reese Chronological Bible, Bethany House, 1994)
“Ezekiel 38 and 39 tells how Elam and Persia were joined, (while Ezekiel deals with Persia); each tell future of both lands.”

THE TEXTS

Ezekiel 32:24,25 (AMP), “Elam [an auxiliary of Assyria] is there and all her multitude round about her grave, all of them slain, fallen by the sword, who have gone down uncircumcised into the netherworld, who caused their terror to spread in the land of the living and have borne their shame with those who go down to the pit.

25 They have set her a bed (a sepulcher) among the slain with all her multitude—their graves round about her, all of them uncircumcised, slain by the sword, for their terror had spread in the land of the living, and they henceforth bear their shame with those who go down to the pit; they are laid in the midst of the slain.”

[‘Terror’. The Bush ‘Axis of evil‘ was North Korea, Iran, and one more, Iraq.]

Jeremiah 49:34,35, “I will break the bow of Elam.” Is a curse against Elam stated in Jerusalem.

34 The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning and against Elam, in the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, saying, 35 Thus says the Lord of hosts: Behold, I will break the bow of Elam, the chief [weapon and part] of their strength. (AMP)

Verse 39 is key: “I will,” statements are in four preceding verses. “Bow in Hebrew describes military weapon, but says nothing about arrows: This shows the destruction of the nuclear power plant of Elam that threatens the world. Jeremiah suggests Iran is disabling their missiles. “I will — send the four winds to scatter them (Iran).”

PASTOR SAID HOW BIBLICAL PROPHECY HERE IS STILL TELLING US IRAN’S POWERPLANT IS DOOMED

36 And upon Elam will I bring the four winds from the four corners of heaven; and I will scatter them toward all those winds, and there will be no nation to which the outcasts of Elam will not come.

37 And I will cause [*] Elam to be dismayed and terrified before their enemies and before those who seek and demand their lives; and I will bring evil and disaster upon them, even My fierce anger, says the Lord. And I will send the sword after them until I have consumed them.

38 And I will set My throne [of judgment] in Elam [whose capital city was Shushan, from which God wrought wonders through Nehemiah, Esther, and Daniel]; and I will destroy from their king and princes, says the Lord.

39 But it shall be [*] in the latter days (the end of days) that I will reverse the captivity and restore the fortunes of Elam, says the Lord. (AMP)

FOOTNOTE DETAIL SHOWN NOT APPLICABLE ACCORDING TO CONTEXT AND PRETEXT

[*] Jeremiah 49:39 Elam was a region beyond the Tigris River. After a long period of subjugation to foreign powers, it joined with Media and ultimately captured Babylon (Isa. 21:2, 9). Elam became a province of the Persian Empire. Elamites had been settled as colonists in Samaria long before the return of the Jews from Babylon, and they joined with others in attempting to prevent the rebuilding of Jerusalem and the temple (Ezra 4:9). There were also Elamites present on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:9), but they became extinct in the eleventh century. Elam in modern times is a province of modern Iran, bearing the name Khuzistan Province of Iran. Thus this prophecy of that nation’s destruction is long since fulfilled, with the restoration of Elam’s fortunes predicted in Jer. 49:39, the fulfillment of which we anticipate and await. (footnote [a] Dr. Frances Siewert)

Showing Bushehr as far away from Khuzestan (John McTernan)

Showing how AMP footnote is not applicable (Wikipedia)

Zechariah 2:6,7:  6 Ho! ho! [Hear and] flee from the land of the north, says the Lord, and from the four winds of the heavens, for to them have I scattered you, says the Lord. 7 Ho! Escape to Zion, you who dwell with the daughter of Babylon! (AMP)

Zechariah 2:10,11 (AMP) 10 Sing and rejoice, O Daughter of Zion; for behold, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of you, says the Lord. 11 And many nations shall join themselves to the Lord in that day and shall be My people. And I will dwell in the midst of you, and you shall know (recognize and understand) that the Lord of hosts has sent me [His messenger] to you.

“Spred you to four corners of the earth.”

“At the turn of the century, 2000, there were 500 Islamic Christians.” Pastor John said. “When God scatters the Muslims from their Sharia law dominated countries, they will be saved through the free transmitting of the Gospel on TBN channels. They are now interviewing Islamic Christians who received visions of Yeshua, Jesus, and become believers as a result.”

“GOD HAS HIS FUTURE PLANS BEGINNING TO HAPPEN EVEN TODAY – AND NEWS MEDIA CANNOT TELL THIS!”

Pastor John concluded the 38 minute message at the stroke of noon, and encouraged everyone to share the news from God’s word. We can trust our Sovereign God to keep his prophetic promise to his children. Yes!

(If there are any who have read this and don’t have the assurance of being God’s child, then let’s pray. . . just call on the name of the Lord (Adonai) Jesus (Yeshua) Christ (Messiah), and you will be delivered (saved). Romans 10:13. And pray the prayer with the pastor at the end of the video linked above.

The Lord bless and keep you,

Charles, editor, charlesbundschu3@gmail.com

@wordlifejournal Frank Ketoret, Author, incensefrank@yahoo.com

FUTURE FAITH – Cyber Secure Theology – Video

 

‘Kismet’ the robot with rudimentary social skills in MIT Museum, Wikipedia

Information Security Attributes: or qualities, i.e., Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability (CIA). Information Systems are composed in three main portions, hardware, software and communications with the purpose to help identify and apply information security industry standards, as mechanisms of protection and prevention, at three levels or layers: physical, personal and organizational. Essentially, procedures or policies are implemented to tell people (administrators, users and operators) how to use products to ensure information security within the organizations. (Wikipedia)(Hear his voice here:  MIT Video Youtube)

I was watching EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network) the other day about the pope’s visit to his home country, and then there was an interview with the author of the book, Cyber Theology. This sparked me to think about my social media posts, and how my Agent of Hope award is coming along. So I looked into cyber theology. (Subtitle: Thinking Christianity in the Era of the Internet.)

PROBLEM:  DATA TRANSMITTALS IN CYBERSPACE ARE DIFFICULT TO SECURE

Some selected reading about internet and cyber technology has revealed why this is so. Read the following: Age of Spiritual machines by Ray Kurzweil; Breakpoint by Richard Clarke; Our Posthuman Future by Francis Fukuyama; and The Intelligent Universe  by James Gardner. (please google them if not linked)

CASE IN POINT – ‘Spreading the fragrance of Christ’ to cross-cultural missions.

Cybermissions and general missions are alienated. High-tech and high-touch are being pushed apart by a deep theological and missiological misunderstanding of the nature of technology in spreading the fragrance of Christ.
Cybermissions is the application of digital ministry techniques to cross-cultural missions. Either alone or in partnership and synergy with conventional missions approaches.” (cybermissions.org, John Edmiston)

THE BIBLE DESCRIBES GOD’S SEAL CAN BE USED IN PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL SECURITY

I looked into my Dictionary of Bible Words for Professor Richards to show some etymological background. The Hebrew word for seal is chowthem (hotam), the stamp or signet, while chatham (hatam), is the use of it.  Dr. Richards gives two examples: Isaiah 8:16; and Daniel 12:9 showing important documents: “Wrap up this document, and (seal) confine its teachings to those I have instructed.” (CJB) . . . “But (the angel) said, ‘Go your way Dani’el; for these words are to remain secret and sealed until the time of the end.'” (CJB)

The main points being ownership, authority, authenticity, and security. The New Testament (Covenant) has similar words in Greek; sphragizo, to stamp for security, keep secret; and sphragis, is the stamp showing authenticity, with distinctive marking of ownership.

USED LITERALLY TO:

Guarantee business deals — Jeremiah 32:11-14 11 (NASB) Then I took the deeds of purchase, both the sealed copy containing the terms and conditions and the open copy; 12 and I gave the deed of purchase to Baruch the son of Neriah, the son of Mahseiah, in the sight of Hanamel my uncle’s son and in the sight of the witnesses who signed the deed of purchase, before all the Jews who were sitting in the court of the guard. 13 And I commanded Baruch in their presence, saying, 14 ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, “Take these deeds, this sealed deed of purchase and this open deed, and put them in an earthenware jar, that they may last a long time (many days).”

Ratify documents — Nehamiah 10:1 10 (9:38) “‘In view of all this, we are making a binding covenant, putting it in writing and having it sealed by our leaders, our L’vi’im and our cohanim.’” (CJB)

Insure a prophecy — Daniel 9:24 24 “Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and for your holy city for putting an end to the transgression, for making an end of sin, for forgiving iniquity, for bringing in everlasting justice, for setting the seal on vision and prophet, and for anointing the Especially Holy Place. (CJB)

Protect books — Revelation 5:2,5,9 (CJB) 2 and I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?”. . . 5 One of the elders said to me, “Don’t cry. Look, the Lion of the tribe of Y’hudah, the Root of David, has won the right to open the scroll and its seven seals.” . . . 9 and they sang a new song, “You are worthy to take the scroll and break its seals; because you were slaughtered; at the cost of blood you ransomed for God persons from every tribe, language, people and nation.

Lock doors — Matthew 27:66 (CJB)  66 So they went and made the grave secure by sealing the stone and putting the guard on watch.

Authenticate a will — John (Yochanan) 6:27b “For this is the one on whom God the Father has put his seal.” (CJB)

Demonstrate a binding trust — Romans 4:11, “In fact he, (Abraham) received circumcision as a sign, as a seal of the righteousness, he had been credited with on the ground of the trust (faith believing) he had while uncircumcised.  This happened so that he could be the father of every uncircumcised person who trusts and thus has the righteousness credited to him.”  (CJB)

Confirm a calling – 2 Corinthians 1:21,22 “Moreover it is God who sets both us and you in firm union with the Messiah (the Christ); he has anointed us, put his seal on us, and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee for the future.”  (CJB)

USED FIGURATIVELY:

God’s ownership of  his people — Revelation 7:3-8 (CJB)  3 “Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads!” 4 I heard how many were sealed — 144,000 from every tribe of the people of Isra’el: 5 From the tribe of Y’hudah 12,000 were sealed from the tribe of Re’uven 12,000 from the tribe of Gad, 12,000 6 from the tribe of Asher 12,000 from the tribe of Naftali 12,000 from the tribe of M’nasheh 12,000 7 from the tribe of Shim‘on 12,000 from the tribe of Levi 12,000 from the tribe of Yissakhar 12,000 8 from the tribe of Z’vulun 12,000 from the tribe of Yosef 12,000 from the tribe of Binyamin 12,000.”

God’s witness to Christ (Messiah) — John 6:27 (CJB) 27 Don’t work for the food which passes away but for the food that stays on into eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For this is the one on whom God the Father has put his seal.”

Believer’s security — 2 Corinthians 1:21,22; 2 Timothy 2:19 (CJB)  21 Moreover, it is God who sets both us and you in firm union with the Messiah; he has anointed us, 22 put his seal on us, and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee for the future. . . . Nevertheless, God’s firm foundation stands stamped with these words: “The Lord knows his own,” and, “Let everyone who claims he belongs to the Lord stand apart from  wrongdoing.”  (Numbers16:5; Nahum 1:7; Numbers 16:26)

Assurrance — Ephesians 1:13; 4:30 (CJB) 13 Furthermore, you who heard the message of the truth, the Good News offering you deliverance, and put your trust in the Messiah were sealed by him with the promised Ruach HaKodesh, who guarantees  our inheritance until we come into possesssion of it and thus bring him praise commensurate with his glory. . . . 30 Don’t cause grief to God’s Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit), for he has stamped you as his property until the day of final redemption.

Ownership of married love — Song of Solomon 4:12; 8:6 12 “My sister, my bride, is a garden locked up, a pool covered over, a spring sealed shut. Set me like a seal on your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, passion as cruel as Sh’ol; its flashes are flashes of fire, [as fierce as the] flame of Yah.” (CJB)

OBJECTIVE: APPLY GOD’S SECURITY SEAL TO YOUR CYBERSPACE PARTICIPATION

The teaching of our Deliverer tells us ‘With God all things are possible‘. And this is what he has shown me how to operate my twitter page. Don’t be in a hurry to gain followers. If their profile does not openly confess God, as Elohim, or Adonai, and Jesus the Christ or Yeshua the Messiah, and some personal association with a Messianic Assembly or Christian Church, then that disqualifies their character as an eligible follower, so they are blocked.

“Matthew 10:31-33 Disciples’ Literal New Testament (DLNT) 31 So do not be fearing. You are more valuable than many sparrows. (Jesus Instructs Them About His Mission: ‘I Came To Divide The World Over Myself!’) 32 “Everyone therefore who will confess Me in front of people, I also will confess him in front of My Father in the heavens. 33 But whoever denies Me in front of people, I also will deny him in front of My Father in the heavens.”

ARE YOU SEALED AND USING GOD’S SEAL?

The same policy is applicable to facebook. If a profile has no open confession of Jewish or Christian faith, then the secular or humanist philosophy prevails. The Bible describes if we cannot openly confess Jesus as Lord (Yeshua as Adonai), then we are not members of, or belong to, the Kingdom of Heaven. The point? Enemy access.

Evil exists in the world and the internet cannot be so isolated, but your heart can be. The Christian/Messianic (especially biblical) solution is able to overcome anything evil. Because evil is classified antichrist. There is no middle or neutral ground. This is the ground of basic theology. Human nature is called wicked and evil. Why? Because of the Gospel. The Bible tells us how God paid for our fallen human nature. Learn the Bible.

Here is a clue to true security. God’s provision enables everything we need for deliverance from evil. His acceptance of our repentance, (changed mind) and faith in (acceptance of) him and his word, grants us entry into his kingdom where gifts of favor and protection reside — within holiness — where evil cannot and refuses to exist.

Of course such a concept has to be received by faith. Such faith becomes anointed by the Holy Spirit. And the power of this resides in the Gospel. Where else can absolute integrity of character come from? God has a plan for all our lives. You are included into his plan. Just receive him and his word. Amen.

Give God glory for his delivering word!

Thanks for following, friending me,

Charles, charlesbundschu3@gmail.com [https://www.facebook.com/CharlesBundschuIII]

for Frank Ketoret (http://www.twitter.com/wordlifejournal)

GO TO THE LIGHT – Giving God glory for his delivering word.

The World Journalism Institute (WJI) exists to recruit, equip, and encourage, journalists who are Christians. WJI holds courses, conferences, workshops and seminars throughout the year: They have occurred most often in New York City, Austin, and Asheville, N.C., but also in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and other media centers. WJI offers internships with the World News Group and at secular publications to its most promising students. From 1999 to March, 2013, some 461 students went through WJI courses. (taken from Wikipedia)

Biblical journalism is something I thought I had learned to do — as a lay person, alone in my home office, on my knees next to bed, with my library of several bible versions and dictionaries (lexicons and commentaries) opened and in the ready all over the quilted bed-cover. But that’s not good enough? Today I learn this institution has called together some serious professionals to teach the biblical world view. Wow! The world needs to know this!

English: Mark the Evangelist, image 21 of the Codex Aureus of Lorsch or Lorsch Gospels, presumably written in the scriptorium of the Lorsch Abbey (Hofschule Karls des Großen), Germany.

(Wikipedia)

WJI emerged in 1999 out of discussions among WORLD Magazine staffers and board members Joel Belz, Marvin Olasky, Nick Eicher, and Robert Case II. Its original mission statement emphasized the practice of biblical journalism in both Christian and secular venues: “We teach students to apply a biblical grid through which to view the world theater of God’s handiwork, and then we show them how to report that divine handiwork in an engaging manner to the reading public.”[worldji.com]

I was just outside in the heat and the word came, Biblical Journalism training to the world. I finished up raking the grass clippings  and returned to the shed with the rake and gloves to put them back, and I noticed it was coffee break-time, so I made a note in my notebook, and went to the kitchen.

I knew to look for some source on the subject and lo and behold, there is an institution established to educate and place Christian (Messianic), and agnostic (atheist) journalists into the newsroom of the world. What? Yes, the world. And I did not know about this? Did you know this? I came from a secular family who swallow evolution.

I have called myself a biblical journalist since I began writing my book ‘A Worthy Rock’ which seems like several years ago. I went to our pastor, and presented my plan to write a book — showing him and his head counselor the details I plotted visually. This was January 2012. (2 1/2 years ago).

Having done that, I was directly influenced by their prayers over this work. I completed the (novel) book in less than a year. But my writing was not finished. I began to write articles for this (theology401) weblog that God gave me to begin. (what I needed was some direction to associate with groups like WJI, but basically, God gave me the wisdom to learn the biblical rules by growing in grace according to Adonai’s (Yeshua-Jesus’s) standards.

RULE NUMBER ONE – THE RELATIONSHIP OF AUTHOR AND EDITOR

Center the Holy Spirit, (Ruach ha-Kodesh) in your heart of hearts.’ I heard. This enabled the nom de plume (pen-name for the Holy Spirit) of Frank Ketoret. Frank is the voice I hear in my heart of hearts. And I can only hear him when that door is opened to him. His love will fill a room — and also fill the great room that was made to be filled by him with each of us. (I receive that — even to write, or do whatever.)

Proverbs 18:16 (AMP)  “A man’s gift (Heb. mattan, ‘present’ [NJB]) makes room for him and brings him before great men.”

1 Corinthians 12:31 (AMP) “But earnestly desire and zealously cultivate the greatest and best gifts (Grk. charisma, divine gratuity) and graces (the higher gifts and the choicest graces). And yet I will show you a still more excellent way [one that is better by far and the highest of them all—love].”

Here is the same verse in Message: “But it’s obvious by now, isn’t it, that Christ’s church is a complete Body and not a gigantic, unidimensional Part? It’s not all Apostle, not all Prophet, not all Miracle Worker, not all Healer, not all Prayer in Tongues, not all Interpreter of Tongues. And yet some of you keep competing for so-called “important” parts. But now I want to lay out a far better way for you.”

RULE NUMBER TWO – LISTEN AND OBEY

Luke 11:28 (CJB) “But Yeshua said, ‘On the contrary, (other than ‘blessed is the womb that bore you.’) [far more] blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe [obey] it.'” (NASB [CJB]) “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it (and put it into practice).” Luke 8:21 (NASB, [NJB])

1 Peter 4:16-17 (CJB) “But if anyone suffers for being Messianic (Christian), let him not be ashamed; but let him bring glory to God by the way he bears this name. 17 For the time has come for the judgment to begin. It begins with the household of God; and if it starts with us, what will the outcome be for those who are disobeying God’s Good News?” 

Matthew 7:24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. . . 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand.” (International Standard Version)

IN THE BEGINNING, GOD MADE A RULE, ‘LET THERE BE . . .’

Rule is probably too hard a word here, let’s segway to something more like guide. But I have always known that any direction that’s given by a Sovereign (Commander), has to be considered stronger: command is appropriate.

I just heard a brilliant message on TBN that tells creation like it is. Have you heard Dr. Jamal Harrison Bryant teach? Here is his video about imagination (linked here). He directs us to Genesis 1, verse 1, and describes how before there was light, there was darkness. This was God’s creative moment. He then said, “Let there be.”

(Not yet saying the light word, God imagined what light would be like in the darkness). “Did you know, that there is a town on the northern coast of Alaska called Inupiaq, that the sun doesn’t shine 30-days of the year, and that it doesn’t set for 31 days of the year?”  Dr. Bryant said.

During the 30 dark days in that town there are more suicides than any other place on earth? And also, that during the 31 days of sunshine, that there are no suicides at all? This is showing us that we dream in the dark time; our imagination is free to work its wonders. But also, when there is no daylight to remember and process the dreams, creative imagination is denied, and causes self-destruction at record rates.

‘GO TO THE LIGHT!’ was the word that I heard when going down with the cargo helicopter and crew in Vietnam on my first and last combat mission. The dust caused by the large rotor blades impacting the ground made it impossible to see anything. It went from black to small little sparks of light as the electrical harnesses began to burn from the huge power surges.

‘Go to the light!’ I looked around seeing light come through the broken cockpit window while I realized my leg was just broken so walking out was impossible. All the other crewmembers walked out the open tail gate. The fuselage was resting on the right side, and I saw only the sunlight shining up from the pilot’s door. So I boldly leaned over the crewchief who was helping unstrap the pilot who was injured; and I slid out the window onto the burning deck. I used all my energy to leap-frog to the light and out of the flames.

Long story shortened, The pilot walked out with all the other three, but he alone came around to find me within inches of the burning cockpit. He yelled, “Get up marine! Let’s get out of here!” I was unable to move. My femur was broken cleanly by some impact I don’t remember (as if by an angel’s sword).

The captain came over to me, reached down grabbing my shoulder and yelled in my ear, “If you try as hard as you can and I try as hard as I can, we will both get up and out of here!” My effort to stand on my good leg was slow, but we did get up. We took baby steps like a 3-legged race. He had just dislocated his shoulder, but was still the help I needed.

We were almost to the top of the twelve-foot revetment, and the whole place exploded.

BOO-OOM! BAM! BOOM! BOOMMOOM! BAMMIDYBAM! BOOM!

It took three days for the burning of two hundred tons of artillery rounds. We were blown over the top and down to safety with only superficial burns on our hands and face. It was downhill from there, but I felt I must pray something, so I said the Lord’s prayer. The pilot said I didn’t have to, but I finished my memorized prayer.

PRAYING THAT PRAYER WAS GIVING GOD GLORY FOR HIS DELIVERING WORD

There have been only a few times I have  heard God’s voice, but I obeyed it and was saved. I hope you can do the same.

Charles, editor charlesbundschu3@gmail.com,

for Frank Ketoret, Author, incensefrank@yahoo.com

GO TO THE LIGHT – ‘God cares about his name’ . . . A heart issue

Chinese lanterns in the night sky of Lijiang, Yunnan (Wikipedia)

Batteries not included!’

I got this (batteries) title just following devotion which fills me up with eternal energy to write something worth writing. The lamp may be without batteries, and electrical, but the moon and the stars are eternal. I’ve been to China only once. It was also a dark time. We arrived in the Taiwan (Indo-China) port after sailing from Okinawa. Taipei was under quarantine for some plague and we could not disembark. It was a troop ship, and we picked up some troops (who were cleared of the disease) for the long 17-day cruise across the Pacific ocean.

THE LIGHT WE ARE LOOKING TO GO TO IS THE GOSPEL-LIGHT

Yochanan (John) 12: 35-36 Jesus said, “For a brief time still, the light is among you. Walk by the light you have so darkness doesn’t destroy you. If you walk in darkness, you don’t know where you’re going. As you have the light, believe in the light. Then the light will be within you, and shining through your lives. You’ll be children of light.” (MSG)

One of my very favorite sources is the book, Gospel Light by George M. Lamsa (An Indispensable Guide to the Teachings of Jesus and the Customs of His Time). He tells us that since there was no electricity, all work and travel had to be done in daylight. Only in emergencies would people risk accidents because of the darkness.

Yeshua had been as a light to his talmidim (disciples). He was telling the real interpretation of Scriptures. His revelations were firsts.  Now darkness would make the light go away for a while. He tried to explain his light going, for a good reason — that his Messianic return would be glorious. (Page 372, ‘Walk in the Light’, with permission)

THE BIBLE USES 19 DIFFERENT HEBREW WORDS TO DESCRIBE LIGHT

The one Hebrew word used most, to express the English word light, is ‘owr (ore), and occurs 121 times: to make luminus, illumination, both literally, as lightning, and figuratively, as happiness. The next most word used is (15 times) ma’owr (maw-ore) is feminine gender and means brightness or cheerfulness. The next is (5 times) qalal (kaw-lal’) to be light, swift, small, sharp. Another, four timer is niyr (neer) to glisten, a lamp, or light. Then, three is nehiyr (neh-heere) for illumination or wisdom. Then two times is, ‘alah (aw-law) to ascend, to be high. And lastly, eleven words remain to describe some differing (idiomatic) usage of the word light: But the usage use to describe spiritual life is this: illumination, happiness, brightness, cheerfulness, and wisdom. (Strongs)

This research is easily done counting the 161 listings of the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance. I seem to have the time for doing this. Sometimes it proves interesting. Like, ask this — why doesn’t the Old Covenant (Tanakh) tell anything about the Holy Spirit? He was there, right? Yes, but known only as being poured upon dynamically in the form of oil anointing, not as within powerfully in the Spirit, in the New Covenant.

We can think of the Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit) as the ‘mighty arm of God’ physically. Like the water that came from the rock, that was real, and that was pure. The fire from which God spoke, that was real and holy. And the ground Moses, and Joshua stood upon when told to remove their shoes. The third Person of the God-head is like the second Person was, powerfully present on the earth.

Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 42: 6,16, 6 “I the Lord have called you (My Servant) to demonstrate my righteousness. I will guard and support you, for I have given you to my people as the personal confirmation of my covenant with them. You shall also be a light (‘OWR) to guide the nations unto me. . .16 He will bring blind Israel along a path they have not seen before. He will make the darkness bright (‘OWR) before them and smooth and straighten out the road ahead. He will not forsake them.”

Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 45: 6-7, “I am Jehovah and there is no one else. I alone am God. 7 I form the light (‘OWR) and make the dark. I send good times and bad. I, Jehovah, am he who does these things.” (NLT)

AS HUMAN BEINGS WE ARE MADE TO BE SALT AND LIGHT

The pastor of Shepherd’s Grove, Bobby Schuller, says in his new book, Happiness According to Jesus, that the Lord is telling us “What a human being actually is; we are made to be salty, and we are made to be light, and when we are anything different or act in a different way, we lose what it means to be a human being. He’s telling us, ‘Shine. Be salty.’ Jesus (Yeshua) says to his people, “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

“You are the light of the world. You’re the salt of the earth. . .You’re my plan. I have one plan to save the world, and you’re it. I”ve got a plan A, and there’s no plan B or C. I have one plan and it’s you. I intend to overcome evil with good in human history, and I intend to use you to do it.” Pastor Bobby said prophetically.

Pastor Bobby used the metaphor of a lightbulb to illustrate this. “I am a lightbulb, and I am in a dark room and I decide I want to illuminate this room. I somehow turn myself on. Boom! I turn myself on because I intend to fill this room with light. I have also illuminated myself. Does that make sense? When we focus on others, doing good for others, we also become illuminated.” (Chapter 2, page 30, with permission)

GREEK WORDS ARE JUST AS ILLUMINATING

1 Corinthians 4:5, 5 So don’t pronounce judgment prematurely, before the Lord comes; for he will bring to light (photizo, to illumine) what is now hidden in darkness; he will expose the motives of people’s hearts; and then each will receive from God whatever praise he deserves. (CJB)

2 Corinthians 4:4,6,  They do not come to trust because the god of the ‘olam hazeh (this world, this age) has blinded their minds, in order to prevent them from seeing the light (photismos, illumination) shining from the Good News about the glory of the Messiah, who is the image of God. . . 6 For it is the God who once said, “Let light (phos) shine out of darkness,” who has made his light (phos) shine in our hearts, the light (photismos, light) of the knowledge of God’s glory shining in the face of the Messiah Yeshua. (CJB)

HERE IS THE HEART (OF THE FIRE) OF THE POWERFUL LIGHT

This morning on the CBS This Morning News program, they interviewed a young commedian who is a reality show host with his actress wife and their five children. He was asked, “How do you keep it clean?” And without hesitation, he said, “Jesus said to.” And everybody laughed. (I tried to find it and it’s not there)

Did you see that? What was your reaction to that response to his humor? Was he serious saying that? Well, knowing he is a commedian was a give-away, because they are quick to give out one-liner responses. Yet can we shed light on the truth here? Taking Jesus’ name in vain is wrong. It hurt to hear laughing at his name.

The evangelist who spoke Sunday morning at the Church of His Presence, Pat Schatzline, said, “God doesn’t care about his ministry, HE CARES ABOUT HIS NAME!” He quoted Charles Spurgeon, “Discernment is not simply a matter of telling the difference between what is right and wrong; rather it is the difference between right and almost right.”

His text was James 4:7,  7 Therefore, submit to God. Moreover, take a stand against the Adversary, and he will flee from you. 8 Come close to God, and he will come close to you. Clean your hands, sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded people! 9 Wail, mourn, sob! Let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy into gloom! 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. (CJB)

COMPARE WITH THE MESSAGE TRANSLATION

7-10 So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet. (MSG)

‘WE ARE IN THE KAIROS OF THE LAST DAYS’

May the LORD bless and keep you,

Frank Ketoret , Author, incensefrank@yahoo.com

(Charles, editor, facebook wall)


FINDING TRUTH – God is weaving signs to reveal his Last Day looming – video

Clothing made by cultural customs

Ukiyo-e Woodblock print by Yoshu Chikanobu 1890

Weaving was an art practised in very early times (Ex 35:35). The Egyptians were specially skilled in it (Isa 19:9; Ezek 27:7), and some have regarded them as its inventors.
In the wilderness, the Hebrews practised weaving (Ex 26:1, 26:8; 28:4, 28:39; Lev 13:47). It is referred to subsequently as specially the women’s work (2 Kings 23:7; Prov 31:13, 24). No mention of the loom is found in Scripture, but we read of the “shuttle” (Job 7:6), “the pin” of the beam (Judg 16:14), “the web” (13, 14), and “the beam” (1 Sam 17:7; 2 Sam 21:19). The rendering, “with pining sickness,” in Isa. 38:12 (A.V.) should be, as in the Revised Version, “from the loom,” or, as in the margin, “from the thrum.” We read also of the “warp” and “woof” (Lev. 13:48, 49, 51–53, 58, 59), but the Revised Version margin has, instead of “warp,” “woven or knitted stuff.” (taken from Wikipedia file of Easton’s Bible Dictionary (1897)

HOLY SCRIPTURE TEACHES WEAVING AS WISDOM OF HEART

Exodus 35:35  Amplified Bible (AMP)  35 He has filled them with wisdom of heart and ability to do all manner of craftsmanship, of the engraver, of the skillful workman, of the embroiderer in blue, purple, and scarlet [stuff] and in fine linen, and of the weaver, even of those who do or design any skilled work.

My educational experience bears this out. When I was in high school, I needed to pass English. And for some reason I was unable to comprehend its syntax and grammar. I failed the college prep (Subject A) class in high school, so I sat in the remedial English (Subject A) course in junior college, and failed again. But, not only that, again this happened to me attending Dallas Baptist College after moving to Texas, I got a D in English Composition, so I took the same class over again — and still could not better that grade.

I now believe that such wisdom was denied my heart for a reason. It was a sign showing me to leave school as I had reached enough maturity to begin a military career, and later to serve in combat. Why? Let’s see — It first got me to the place of wisdom of heart when assigned to helicopter maintenance duty on the Island of Okinawa (Japan). This was the place of my invitation to visit a small Baptist church just off base, but so far away from home — the right time and place to seriously consider entering into the kingdom: And it worked.

And second, after failing English comp, it got me to reenlist to serve with the combat maintenance squadron where my first and last artillery resupply mission crashed and burned up with 200 tons of ammo: But no lives were lost, thank the Lord.

BUT SOME WEAVER’S HEARTS WERE ALSO DENIED SUCH GIFTS OF WISDOM

Isaiah 19:9 AMP, “They who work with combed flax and they who weave white cotton cloth will be confounded and in dispair.”

YET SOME SKILLED AND WISE MEN WERE GIVEN RECOGNITION BY A WOVEN ENSIGN

Ezekiel 27:7,8; 28:4 (AMP) 7 Of fine linen with embroidered work from Egypt was your sail, that it might be an ensign (nase, [H5251], flag, banner, standard) for you; blue and purple from the coasts of Elishah [of Asia Minor] was the [ship’s] awning which covered you. 8 The inhabitants of Sidon and [the island] of Arvad were your oarsmen; your skilled and wise men, O Tyre, were in you; they were your pilots.

CAN WE TAKE GOD AT HIS WORD AND LET HIM WEAVE FOR US HIS ENSIGN?

Isaiah 5:26, 26 And He will lift up a standard (Hebrew, nase [H5251], an ensign, banner, flag or sail) to call together a hostile people from afar [to execute His judgment on Judea], and will hiss (whistle) for them from the end of the earth [as bees are hissed (piped) from their hives], and behold, they shall come with speed, swiftly! (AMP)

Isaiah 7:11,14, 11 Ask for yourself a sign (Hebrew, ‘owth [H226] a signal of, token or proof) of the Lord your God [one that will convince you that God has spoken and will keep His word]; ask it either in the depth below or in the height above [let it be as deep as Sheol or as high as heaven]. 14 Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign (‘owth [H226])  Behold, the young woman who is unmarried and a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel [God with us].  (see also, Jer.  31:22; Mic. 5:3-5; Mat.1:22,23)

Isaiah 9:6-7, 6 For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father [of Eternity], Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of His government and of peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from the [latter] time forth, even forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. (AMP)

Isaiah 11:10,12; 10 And it shall be in that day that the Root of Jesse shall stand as a signal, standard, banner (nase [H5251], an ensign) for the peoples; of Him shall the nations inquire and seek knowledge, and His dwelling shall be glory [His rest glorious]! 12 And He will raise up a signal (an ensign) for the nations and will assemble the outcasts of Israel and will gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.(AMP) (see also, Isaiah 18:3 and 30:17)

Isaiah 53:4, 4 Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy]. (AMP)

THE SKILLED WORK OF SACRED EMBROIDERERS

Exodus 26:1, 8; 28:4, 39 AMP; 1 Moreover, you shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains; of fine twined linen, and blue and purple and scarlet [stuff], with cherubim skillfully embroidered shall you make them. 8 One curtain shall be thirty cubits long and four cubits wide; and the eleven curtains shall all measure the same.

4 They shall make these garments: a breastplate, an ephod [a distinctive vestment to which the breastplate was to be attached], a robe, long and sleeved tunic of checkerwork, a turban, and a sash or band. They shall make sacred garments for Aaron your brother and his sons to minister to Me in the priest’s office. 39 And you shall weave the long and sleeved tunic of checkerwork of fine linen or silk and make a turban of fine linen or silk; and you shall make a girdle, the work of the embroiderer.

GARMENTS AND TENT-HANGINGS ARE STILL SUBJECT TO MAN’S SIN

Leviticus 13:47, 48 AMP, 47 The garment also that the disease of leprosy [symbolic of sin] is in, whether a wool or a linen garment, 48 Whether it be in woven or knitted stuff or in the warp or woof of linen or of wool, or in a skin or anything made of skin,

2 Kings 23:7 AMP; 7 And he broke down the houses of the male cult prostitutes, which were by the house of the Lord, where the women wove [tent] hangings for the Asherah [shrines].

Proverbs 31:13, 24. AMP 13 She seeks out wool and flax and works with willing hands [to develop it]. 24 She makes fine linen garments and leads others to buy them; she delivers to the merchants girdles [or sashes that free one up for service].

FIVE WEAVING TERMS FOR FIGURATIVELY TURNING FROM (SIN’S) SEPARATION TO DELIVERANCE (REUNION)

weave, ‘ereg, [H708] a weaving,  the function of a shuttle to shoot the woof thread between the threads of the warp.  (Webster)

Isaiah 59:1-6 AMP 1 Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened at all, that it cannot save, nor His ear dull with deafness, that it cannot hear.

2 But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.

3 For your hands are defiled with blood and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue mutters wickedness.

4 None sues or calls in righteousness [but for the sake of doing injury to others—to take some undue advantage]; no one goes to law honestly and pleads [his case] in truth; they trust in emptiness, worthlessness and futility, and speaking lies! They conceive mischief and bring forth evil!

5 They hatch adders’ eggs and weave (‘ereg) the spider’s web; he who eats of their eggs dies, and [from an egg] which is crushed a viper breaks out [for their nature is ruinous, deadly, evil].

6 Their webs will not serve as clothing, nor will they cover themselves with what they make; their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands.

Isaiah 38:12 (AMP) 12 My [fleshly] dwelling is plucked up and is removed from me like a shepherd’s tent. I have rolled up my life as a weaver [rolls up the finished web]; [the Lord] cuts me free from the loom; from day to night You bring me to an end.

pin, yathed, (yaw-thade’ [H3489]) a stick used to pin threads by beating up the woof in the loom. (BDBG Hebrew Lexicon)

webmacceketh (mas-seh’-keth, [H4545]) warp stretched to receive the woof. (Strong)

beam, manor (maw-nore’, [H4500]), n. the wooden cylinder forming that portion of a weaver’s loom on which the warp is wound before weaving; also the cylinder on which the cloth is wound during weaving. (Webster)

woof, ‘ereb, (eh’-reb, [H6154]) the web or transverse threads of cloth (fig. a mixture of mongrel race, Strong). Mixed company, interwoven with warp. (BGBD Hebrew Lexicon)

The operation of a weaving loom is much like our lives in this world. The wicked world has us all strung into its web. Circumstances have over-taken us; our sins have made their claims . . . but we were made to be God’s family and to teach our children to honor our creator God. Let us give attention to put our life’s web into His hands. Only God knows the cloth he wants, or needs us to become . . . like in his Son, Yeshua the Messiah.

HOW TO PROCESS GOD’S SIGN INTO OUR LIFE

In meditating about this, my thoughts focused on two looms, one physical, and one metaphysical (spiritual). At creation, God made both body and soul-spirit to become a living, breathing person (one physical and metaphysical being). To describe this, the whole person was holy. At the fall, the holy persons chose to be wise like gods, and  their holiness was taken from them, and death entered.

This describes the soul and spirit as woven together — like the soul and the body are. This is nothing new. What happened was the Holy Spirit departed. The revelation I was given is that man’s spirit and soul are interwoven in man’s heart — with God’s Holy Spirit. As the human soul needs the spirit and the human spirit needs the soul,  man’s spirit needs to be interwoven with the Holy Spirit.  Death was given when their hearts disobeyed their Creator, and the spirit of man was limited by a span of time. The Holy Spirit is life  [He  is the life-giver]. Yeshua said,  “The flesh counts for nothing — my words that I have spoken to you, they are full of the Spirit, and they are life.”  (John (Yochanan) 6:63 AMP).

THE GOOD NEWS OF OUR  DELIVERANCE — FINALLY ACCEPT THE TRUTH

Yeshua was born of the virgin, God’s unique Son as a sign showing the second man (Adam) was made without sin and able to become our sacrifice — worthy to redeem mankind. We can choose to return to God by accepting his sacrifice for us, If you have read this far, God is working in you to hear his voice and not reject  Him.  By renewing your mind, revising your opinion and agreeing with Yeshua’s words,  enables  holiness to be  returned  and interwoven with our spirit and soul. (Holy means separated, dedicated to God, consecrated, sanctified.)

Old flags are destroyed by burning ceremoniously. Yeshua’s death by execution stake was our burnt offering as well as sin offering. We take a few moments and put all our filthy rags upon His sacrifice. It was the timing of remaining alive on the stake till the ninth hour — the  time for the burnt offering at the altar. (As Yeshua said, ‘It is finished,’ the second lamb was sacrificed and burned.) — He was suffering, hanging upon three nails, for six full hours — to fulfill every prophecy. He is our only sacrifice to our holy God. (Exodus  29:38,39; Mark 15:25,34-37;  John 19:28-30)

THE FAITH OF YESHUA (JESUS) IS OUR SHINING EXAMPLE ENLIGHTENING OUR EYES TO TRUE DIRECTION

First, set up your holy loom. The big picture of scriptural instruction that I call something that is always there, but now is suddenly here bigger than the routine of our life: 2 Timothy  3:15, 15 “And recalling too how from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which can give you the wisdom that leads to deliverance through trusting in Yeshua the Messiah.” and John 3:16, 16 “For God so loved the world (wide web) that he gave his only and unique (holy) Son, so that everyone who trusts in him may have eternal life, instead of being utterly destroyed.”

Second, install the holy warp thread. Begin with slowly but surly ordering some detaills of you life: John 1:1, 12, 14, “1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. . .14 The Word became a human being and lived with us, and we saw his Sh’khinah, the Sh’khinah of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth. . .12 But to as many as did receive him, to those who put their trust in his person and power, he gave the right to become children of God.”

Third, weave the holy woof thread. Using your faith-believing in his word, allow Holy Spirit to weave his shuttle through the stretched up warp in your heart: Hebrews 11:1, 11 Trusting is being confident of what we hope for, convinced about things we do not see. (Habakkuk 2:4, 4 “Look at the proud: he is inwardly not upright; but the righteous will attain life through trusting faithfulness.) and John 20:31, 31 But these which have been recorded are here so that you may trust that Yeshua is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by this trust you may have life because of who he is.”

Fourth, roll the holy beam. When God’s holy beam rolls, you know he is doing his work in your heart: Revelation 3:20, “20 Here, I’m standing at the door, knocking. If someone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he will eat with me.” and finally, Romans 10:13, “since everyone who calls on the name of Adonai will be delivered.” (Joel 3:5, (2:32) 5 At that time, whoever calls on the name of Adonai will be saved. For in Mount Tziyon and Yerushalayim there will be those who escape, as Adonai has promised; among the survivors will be those whom Adonai has called.” (All these texts are taken with permission from the Complete Jewish Bible CJB)

Now, pray in your own words, asking for Yeshua the Messiah to come into your humbled heart, and he will — according to his faith which Holy Spirit enables your heart to become interwoven into your new soul-covering.

Amen.
WE HEARD TODAY (SUNDAY) ABOUT GOD’S END-TIME SIGNS ARE LOOMING

Sunday service at the Church of his Presence in Daphne, Alabama, the sermon was delivered by Pat Schatzline, a well known evangelist in holiness circles. Here is a film clip from his archive called ‘I Am Remnant’ Conferance.

Before he preached, Pastor John Kilpatrick said, “We need to get into our place of safety and ask God to raise up leaders who will be voices that can make politicians and judges shudder in their shoes. God is not through with our country!”

“REVIVAL! Help me say it! Send revival in this dark hour! Shake the courts! Plead the blood of Jesus over the White House! Shake Capitol Hill! Show us that we as a nation are on the wrong road! Shout to the Lord!

“Hey! Hallelulah! Let the world know there is a God and that he cares about our nation . . .” (watch 2 hour 24 minute CHP service here)

Goal: To give the word of God our heart to receive the skills necessary to become wise unto deliverance.

Next: New series – LOOK TO THE  LIGHT

Charles

(What I have just called ‘my revelation’ is herein copyrighted for the purpose of assurring biblical accuracy.)

FINDING TRUTH – ‘Wear your children like jewels’

(Wikipedia, painting by Angelica Kauffmann is called ‘Cornelia, Mother of the Gracchi, Pointing to her Children as Her Treasures, c. 1785, oil on canvas, 40 x 50″, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts)

Here is the inspiration of the day that texting a new twitter follower brought to mind. Funny how the Truth works, but the thought was joining together as Christian-Messianic fellowservants in building the Bride (Kalah) of Christ (Messiah); and I looked up ‘bride of Christ’. It brought a prophetic verse that means a lot to me . . .

“Raise your eyes, and look around; they (your children) are all gathering and coming to you. ADONAI (the LORD) swares: ‘As sure as I am alive, you will wear them all (your children) like jewels, adorn yourself with them like a bride.” (Yesha’yahu [Isaiah] 49:18 CJB) The King James describes this ‘wearing of them’ as ornamental clothes, that we can ‘bind them on’ us.

GO FIGURE THIS CONTEXT

The context of such a remarkable text is found at the time between the fall of Israel and the fall of Judah, a date shown as 712 B.C. (or 3048 years after Jewish calendar began). It was during Hezekiah’s reign over Judah, just after the fall of (the northern tribes) Israel in 721 B.C., and just after Hezekiah’s divine healing when God added 15 years to his life for his repentance. (2 Kings 20; Isaiah 38, which led to much praise and rejoicing) But the prophecy continued to promise comfort for God’s chosen people. (Isaiah 40) The Messiah-Servant, (Isaiah 42) and this is the One speaking through Isaiah. (The Reese Chronological Bible, page 911)

Isaiah 40:8 “I am the Lord; that is My name! And My glory I will not give to another, nor My praise to graven images. 9 Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.” (Amplified Bible)

So the beginning of the chapter 49, the prophet begins describing the mission of Messiah-Servant:

“6 And now says the Lord, It is too light a thing that you should be My servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the survivors [of the judgments] of Israel; I will also give you for a light to the nations, that My salvation may extend to the end of the earth. 7 Thus says the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel, Israel’s Holy One, to him whom man rejects and despises, to him whom the nations abhor, to the servant of rulers: Kings shall see you and arise; princes, and they shall prostrate themselves, because of the Lord, Who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, Who has chosen you.” (Amplified Bible)

WHO ARE THE CHILDREN?

Completing the context, we have to visualize the above and find the children spoken of.

(Isaiah 8:1) Then the Lord said to me, Take a large tablet [of wood, metal, or stone] and write upon it with a graving tool and in ordinary characters [which the humblest man can read]: Belonging to Maher-shalal-hash-baz [they (the Assyrians) hasten to the spoil (of Syria and Israel), they speed to the prey].

2 And I took faithful witnesses to record and attest [this prophecy] for me, Uriah the priest and Zechariah son of Jeberechiah.

3 And I approached [my wife] the prophetess, and when she had conceived and borne a son, the Lord said to me, Call his name Maher-shalal-hash-baz [as a continual reminder to the people of the prophecy],

4 For before the child knows how to say, My father or my mother, the riches of Damascus [Syria’s capital] and the spoil of Samaria [Israel’s capital] shall be carried away before the king of Assyria. (Amplified Bible)

The literal interpretation of Isaiah’s son’s name is: “Quickly-spoil-haste-spoiling” (Strongs) And the time-frame of when Isaiah (Yesha’yahu, ‘Yehovah is Salvation’) was first called was 745 B.C.; and this word was given 13 years later on 732 B.C.– for the northern tribes of Israel were captured in 721 B.C. — a relative ‘quick’ amount of time and when the boy was 11 years old . . . even 51 years before Isaiah was martyred (at 84) 681B.C., and  the Fall of Judah to Babylon, was 95 years after that, in 586 B.C.

WE CAN RELATE TO THIS

Obviously, now, I can now say the context of Isaiah’s prophecies were to be recorded for generations to come. (I feel like what I am writing, and even the stories I’ve edited with Frank Ketoret, are for future generations.) This helps for us to understand that as he spoke of Jesus coming to work redemption, even six centuries later, then the children spoken of will be the Gentiles that flock to Messianic assemblies (Christian churches).

Can you see this? Is that clear enough? I really needed help to show some of the distance and relevance of Isaiah. (Refer to Jensen’s Survey of the Old Testament, Moody Press, 1978, page 333)

Would it be wrong to take the truth of God’s prophetic promise in Chapter 49 to be a personal promise as we are literally (Scripturally and spiritually — by faith-believing) IN Messiah (Christ)? Not at all.

MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

You see, I have had to suffer a divorce, and the loss of four wonderful children. They are all now grown and have children who have given them children. I am not close to any of them because of a choice I made when remarrying into another family of four who have children, but not yet grandchildren. God provided for me, for them, and everyone has managed to live and love — and have their being. Yet I have a heart of hope for them all.

My vision here is significant enough to share with everyone. (If you have read this far) Everyone who has suffered loss similar to my failure to be the faithful husband and father, can now see that there is hope for repentance and forgiveness to enable restoration. Yes! Truly!

The hope I so cherish in my heart is that when the time comes — either here on earth, or there in heaven — Our children are coming quickly, (because) our destroyers and plunderers are leaving and going. (Isaiah 49:17)

PROMISE FULLFILLED

We will raise our eyes, and look around; how they are all gathering and coming to us . . . we have heard the voice of the LORD, “As surely as I live, you will wear them (your children) like jewels.” I submit to this promise! In the Holy Christian Church (Messianic assembly) in the last days — so many will be coming, they will say, ‘This place is too cramped for me!’ Then I will be asking, ‘Who fathered these children for me?’ (The blessing of Adonai will be far more and far greater than all we can ask or think!) Amen.

Please see the FINDING TRUTH series here: June 8, June 14

May the Lord bless and keep you,

Charles Bundschu, editor

Word Life Journal

The Structure of Belief Systems

The Structure of Belief Systems  (from  Oregon University.edu) This link explains clearly the definition of how to build our own system of what we believe. Structurally, this works, however, the systems we choose to use becomes our personal theology (“revelation plus faith equals understanding“, this comes from the Dallas Theological Seminary app, systematic theology class st101-part 3-video 2 “Faith seeking understanding, The role of scripture: theological method”).

‘THE HEART OF THE FIRE’

Our post today is concerning the use of our faith in these verses to understand the theme for the children’s story, Going Up With Yeshua.

“And the Lord spoke to you from the heart of the fire. You heard the sound of his words but didn’t see his form; there was only a voice.

“But be very careful! You did not see the Lord’s form on the day he spoke to you from the heart of the fire at Mount Sinai.

“Has any nation ever heard the voice of God speaking from (the heart of the) fire—as you did—and survived?

He let you hear his voice from heaven so he could instruct you. He let you see his great fire here on earth so he could speak to you from it.” (Deuteronomy 4:12, 15, 33, 36 NLT)

“At the mountain the Lord spoke to you face to face from the heart of the fire.

“The Lord spoke these words to all of you assembled there at the foot of the mountain. He spoke with a loud voice from the heart of the fire, surrounded by clouds and deep darkness. This was all he said at that time, and he wrote his words on two stone tablets and gave them to me.

“They said, ‘Look, the Lord our God has shown us his glory and greatness, and we have heard his voice from the heart of the fire. Today we have seen that God can speak to us humans, and yet we live!

 “Can any living thing hear the voice of the living God from the heart of the fire as we did and yet survive?” (Deuteronomy 5:4, 22, 24, and 26 NLT)

These verses from the New Living Translation describe the Torah Record as precisely as might be verbalized.  The other versions, such as Hebrew, use the word tavek (midst, center) for all of these verses.  While the word for heart is leb, inmost mind is translated similarly.

Can God speak and be heard in our hearts today?  The story explains how it can be so; how a relationship with the source of life ignites the fire, how the heart of a girl can receive the words of living fire, and how she can hear words of Spirit-life — with her heart, in her conscious mind. (reread that)

But here is a place to record each reference of scripture that will confirm (verify and support) as true what happened in Levonah’s heart as she progressed from statement to statement she heard from Yeshua. How did she confirm and verify as believable whatever Yeshua told her — as if she had a choice?

The building doctrine or teaching-points for the learning of Going Up With Yeshua:

1. Hearing and believing.  Yochanan (John) 5:24,  “Whoever hears me, what I am saying, and trusts the One who sent me, has eternal life . . .” (Complete Jewish Bible)  This text is consistent with Messianic teaching.

In the story, when Levonah was reading the scroll, the name of Adonai (Yeshua) was exclaimed six times. (Z’kharyah 14:1-9)  This confirmed the point of the boy Yeshua knowing who he was and saying so.  Levonah was reading Hebrew and said out of her mouth “Adonai”, while she was thinking ‘Yeshua’.  (the difference is noted here by quotation marks.)  This made the impact more clear to her, as she determined to be obedient to Yeshua’s request.

The story and the Nevi’im (prophets) text are consistent with the Father’s heart as expressed by the Son, who can only say what his Abba Father gives him to say.  (Yochanan, John 12:49,50 CJB)

2. Faith is a gift of God.  (Ephesians 2:8,9; Romans 10:17; Yochanan 20:31)  The claim that Yeshua is the Son of God and therefore Messiah, has to be made with reasonable and logical pretext sufficient to convince anyone of its truth, at least the probability of truth.  (Absolute truth is not always accepted by people having relative truth)  Being willing to be convinced, because of the evidence, is enough to make the choice to accept the claim as true sufficiently to establish faith-believing.

3. A dream (desire) fulfilled is a tree of life.  (Proverbs 13:12b CJB)   Yeshua’s words in Levonah’s story, and the telling of her dreams, were held and cherished in her heart throughout her growing up, finishing school, and serving on a community staff in Jerusalem.  Yeshua was her intimate brother.  Her faith was given to her to help him by supporting his ministry.  She became a talmidah (woman disciple).  She among many women were devoted to him in a very dedicated way.  But she felt that he was her only Master.

Such intimate knowledge is real and available. (1 John 5:13 CJB)  May your heart be so led to find such knowledge of our Lord Yeshua Ha-Mashiach (Jesus Christ) through the power of the Author and Completer of such stories.  (Frank Ketoret has assured me that Levonah does have some more stories to tell)

Charles Bundschu, Editor, Theology401,

email: charlesbundschu3@gmail.com,

twitter: @wordlifejournal Frank Ketoret

(book 1 link:  Going Up with Yeshua;  book 2 link:  Crossing Ha-Yarden;  book 3 link:  Reaching Ha-Goyim)

Theology is the soil of imperical truth-studies

EMPIRICAL  KNOWLEDGE

Reviewing the two former posts, I am beginning to make some progress.  Yet this is not my doing entirely.  I rely upon the key times and places where my mind is opened to hear from my heart . . . such as taking a shower, like Quality of the process.  This included washing the dishes, and anything our discipline has given for us to do, so that no great mental activity is required.

Athanasius, known for affirmation of the Trinity at 1st Council of Nicaea in 325 (Wikipedia)

Athanasius, known for affirmation of the Trinity at 1st Council of Nicaea in 325 (Wikipedia)

Today, in the shower I was reviewing my study of  Bible word-studies of late concerning:  mind, thought, thinking, etc.  The words empirical knowledge came into focus mentally, like I heard that from my heart.  (I just Googled this: from businessdictionary.com)

“Knowledge derived from investigation, observation, experimentation, or experience, as opposed to theoretical knowledge based on logical or mathematical assumptions.”
Then to expound a little here, I am able and willing to look up how the Bible deals with every and all such words that come to me like this.  I recently looked up all 101 times the word think or thoughts are used in the KJV according to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance.  I found 27 different Hebrew words that described such English usages.  I have some other source-references too.
For example, the word think as used in Proverbs 23:7 is sha’ar, which Strongs (8176) says means to split open, which comes from (8179) door or gate, (to act as gate-keeper, in the sense of a janitor — 7778).  To compare this, I looked it up in my Interlinear Bible which shows, “As he reckons in his soul,” (under Hebrew words), while, “as he thinks in his heart,” is shown under English.
Then further comparison is found with Brown-Driver-Briggs English Hebrew Lexicon that showed sha’ar (using Hebrew letters) is a verb: to calculate, reckon, put a valuation on, estimate.  And one more source, is my Davidson Hebrew-English Lexicon, which shows, to estimate the value — as in, when to decide, determine.
Is all this Empirical knowledge? 
Empiricism is the belief that all knowledge of matters of fact as distance from knowledge of logical relations, among assumptions or concepts is based on (or comes from) observation and experience.  “Empiricism relies on what piecemeal information is at hand and follows self-correcting experimentation in pursuit of greater knowledge.
“In general, an empiricist is described as one who looks first and thinks afterwards, as opposed to a rationalist who thinks first and looks afterwards.

“In management, empiricism is more applicable where a pressing need to do something precludes the possibility of a detailed analysis and full understanding of the situation.”  (from BusinessDictionary.com)

Empirical knowledge may help lead to truth
The word-study this week just had to be about knowledge.  In the above listed exhaustive concordance, I found 170 verses listed that included 18 different Hebrew or Greek words.  (If this project is in the business of planting ideas about a subject that might have lasting value, where else can we go?)
I have been willing to dig deep into the most popularly used words, by considering the least used words as insignificant.   But this time, I was impressed to get my fingers dirty by tackling all of the least used words first.  And it made sense.
The most used Hebrew words for knowledge are da’ath (82) and yada (18).  The most used Greek words are gnosis (28), and epignosis (14).  Their definitions are clearly more generally used.  Knowledge (of God): da’athto know by seeing, yadaThe act of knowing, gnosis; and full-discernment, epignosis.
In the sense of looking first and thinking later,
Here are seven (7) words that were used by King James as knowledge, but have peculiar flavors of usage. (God chose to use these words in his inspired languages, that may be misused ever so slightly in English) — let’s look briefly:
biynah:  Proverbs 2:3-5
 “Indeed, if you call out for biynah (insight) and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.”
sekel:  2 Chronicles 30:22

“Hezekiah commended the Levites for the sekel (superb way) in which they had led the people in the worship of God.”

‘ayin:  Numbers 15:24

“If you should get off the beaten track and not keep the commands which God spoke to Moses, any of the things that God commanded you under the authority of Moses from the time that God first commanded you right up to this present time, and if it happened more or less by mistake, with the congregation ‘ayin ( unaware of it), then the whole congregation is to sacrifice one young bull as a Whole-Burnt-Offering”

manda:  Daniel 2:21 and 5:12

“He raises up kings and also brings them down, he provides both manda (intelligence) and discernment.”

” There is a man in your kingdom who is full of the divine Holy Spirit. During your father’s time he was well-known for his manda  (intellectual brilliance) and spiritual wisdom.”

dea:  Job 36:3

“I learned all this firsthand from the Source; everything I dea (know) about justice I owe to my Maker himself.”
and Job 37:16
“Do you have any idea how God does it all, how he makes bright lightning from dark storms,
How he piles up the cumulus clouds—all these miracle-wonders of a perfect dea (Mind)?
nakar:  Ruth 2:10
“She dropped to her knees, then bowed her face to the ground. “How does this happen that you should nakar (pick me out) and treat me so kindly—me, a foreigner?”
and Ruth 2:19,
Naomi asked her, “So where did you glean today? Whose field? God bless whoever it was who took nakar (such good care) of you!”  Ruth told her mother-in-law, “The man with whom I worked today? His name is Boaz.”
madda:  2 Chronicles 1:10 – 12
“Give me wisdom and madda (knowledge) as I come and go among this people—for who on his own is capable of leading these, your glorious people?” God answered Solomon, “This is what has come out of your heart: You didn’t grasp for money, wealth, fame, and the doom of your enemies; you didn’t even ask for a long life. You asked for wisdom and madda (knowledge) so you could govern well my people over whom I’ve made you king. Because of this, you get what you asked for—wisdom and madda (knowledge). And I’m presenting you the rest as a bonus—money, wealth, and fame beyond anything the kings before or after you had or will have.”
and Daniel 1:17
“God gave these four young men madda (knowledge) and skill in both books and life. In addition, Daniel was gifted in understanding all sorts of visions and dreams.”
In conclusion, think how specifically knowledge is defined:
After reviewing these examples of knowledge word-study , looking at the English usage of Hebrew words, we can see there is good reason to seek out other than literal (word for word) versions as better interpretations of the inspired languages?  There is no such thing as a literal translation.  When one Hebrew word is best expressed by several English words, then we can see (empirically) that we will benefit reading from the Message translation of the Bible. (This link includes the entire online version.)
Is it true that many of our contacts, associates, or peers may not know about God, because they haven’t seen him hanging around.  Well, of course, because we don’t get to know about him by seeing.  He is deeper than that.
empirical knowledge of a subject such as God and his things, requires looking for God in the right places, finding him, and then letting our mind hear his thoughts only our heart can receive from him.
Next time, Theology of the Woman’s Dream 
(signed for Frank Ketoret, incensefrank@yahoo.com)