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Second ‘Blood Moon’ tetrad during October 8 early morning hours


October 8 2014 blood moonThe second of the four ‘Blood Moon’ tetrads that were announced last year will be viewable on October 8 during the early morning hours.  Whether or not these are indicative of the soon arrival of the Messiah, or Yeshua Ha Mashiach is unclear at this time.  However, the Scriptures are clear on one issue, which is that every Christian should be ready to receive their Messiah at any hour of any day.  Nevertheless, it is still rather exciting to ponder these thoughts that at some time possibly in the very near future, the heavenly shofar will be sounding and the King of kings will be standing in the clouds beckoning His people to rise up and join Him.

Luke 21:28

And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

According to Pastor Hagee and NASA there will be a total of four blood moon occurrences: the first one was on April 15, 2014, which was also the beginning of Passover; the next one will be on October 8, 2014, in the early morning hours. This will be on the Feast of Tabernacles, which is a feast that Israel kept to signify the Lord God being present with them in a personal way, thus tabernacling with them.  Hence faithful Jewish people would build little lean-to’s and sit in them so that they could experience the presence of the Lord.  The third blood moon will occur on Passover April 4, 2015; and finally, the fourth blood moon in this Tetrad will happen on September 28, 2015.  As Pastor John Hagee stated in 2013 “that these happenings occurring is what is known as a Blood Moon Tetrad; it is beyond the null hypothesis of probability.”

The last ‘Blood Moon’ that this writer witnessed, which was on April 15, 2014 was indeed a soft red in color since the sun’s rays were being blocked by the earth passing between the sun and moon.  Quoting myself:

This writer also found it remarkable that a light breeze was blowing, though it was very cold, and the chimes on a nearby house were playing.  In the awesome quiet of this early morning hour with the lunar eclipse turning blood red in the sky, it was as if the chimes were singing their own song of praise to the Creator of the universe. Shortly thereafter, the birds began to sing as well.  It was totally awe inspiring this morning.

This writer is looking forward to being a witness to this second ‘blood moon’ tetrad and to see the awesome sights that the Lord Creator will be displaying this time.  In my last article, this writer had viewed a video that had been produced by Evangelist, Anita Fuentes had listed some remarkable timelines concerning this two-year, Jewish Feast centered, celestial happenings:

The blood moon on April 15, 2014 is in the sign of Virgo, which represents not only the Mother of Christ but the Bride of Christ as well.  The blood moon that will happen on October 8, 2014 will be in the sign of Pisces, which is represented by two fishes; which also represents the two houses of Israel.  Then again it will repeat during the Passover on April 4, 2015 and the Feast of Tabernacles on September 28, 2015.  But even more importantly, on Adar 29 or March 20, 2015 there will be a ‘Sackcloth Sun’ which will also be in the sign of Pisces.

The fact that these four blood moons will be occurring on two of Israel’s feasts in 2014 and 2015 is phenomenal.  It was recorded during the years of 1493-1494 when Spain fell; the Jews were expelled on the 9th of Av, which is known as the ‘Narrow Straits’; as well as being the date that the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed…both times; and Columbus discovered America.  Then in 1949-1950 after Israel became a nation and the last one was in 1967-1968 during Israel’s Six Day War.  It seems that when these blood moon tetrads occur, there is a coinciding of happenings of great world events also occurring during these periods.  Currently, ISIS or ISIL has been threatening non-Muslim believers with annihilation, beginning with Israel. The middle east has been in an uproar, namely with Hamas attacking Israel, before these four ‘blood moon’ tetrads even began and definitely now during their occurrences.  Coincidence?

Is God, the Creator of the Universe trying to get our attention?  Many say ‘yes’, and this writer being a faithful disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, says ‘yes’ as well.  Let’s look at some of the Scriptures.

Luke 21:25-28

And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;  Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.  And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.  And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

Well the signs in the heavens have certainly been happening and there will be two more blood moons which will conclude on September 28, 2015.  But in the middle of these four blood moons the sun will be darkened on Adar 29 or March 20, 2015.  Let us now look at

Matthew 24:29-33

Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:  And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.  And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.  Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:  So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.

This writer believes that everyone should be watching intently to see what happens over the course of the next 12 months and if you are not saved by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, this would be an auspicious moment to ask the Lord Jesus Christ to be your personal Lord and Savior.  The Scriptures declare in

Romans 10:9-13

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.  For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 

Plus, anyone can link to this writer’s Christian website, New Covenant Christian Ministries and read more about how to become a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Rosh Ha Shana begins tonight at sundown, Sept. 24


Tonight begins the Jewish feast of Rosh Ha Shana, or the Head of the Year, which simplyRosh Hashana by enjoyfestivals.com means the New Year.  In Biblical times, Israel began its civil new year on Rosh Ha Shana and a new Feast year at Passover.  This time of celebration begins with a series of three Fall Feasts, beginning with the celebration of the Head of the Year which leads into the Days of Awe and then culminates in Yom Kippur, otherwise know as the Day of Atonement.

Rosh Ha Shana is a time of great celebration and the sounding of the Shofar was heard throughout Israel and wherever the scattered tribes of Israel lived throughout the centuries.

Leviticus 23:23-25

And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,  Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a Sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation.  Ye shall do no servile work: but ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord.

After this feast begins the Days of Awe as stated above after the Head of the Year celebration.  This is to usher in thoughts of repentance and asking humbly for forgiveness for all of our mistakes.  This lasts for ten days, after which, the third Fall Feast begins, Yom Kippur.  Christians celebrate these Fall Feasts by placing Y’shua ha Mashiach at the center of our thoughts and keeping Him as the central focus.  It was the coming of the Messiah and His sacrificial death as the final atonement; seeing that Yeshua came as the Lamb of God.  He made it available for our sins, transgressions and iniquities to be removed as we plead the Holy Blood of our Messiah, which has been eternally placed on the Mercy seat in Heaven before the One True God.  This indeed is a time of great celebration for God has shown great mercy upon all of His people.

The feast technically begins on the eve of September 24th, since the new day begins at sundown and continues until September 25th at sundown.  According to the Jewish calendar, September 25th is reserved as the second day of Rosh Ha Shana for those that live outside of Israel. Some Scriptures that you can read are:

Genesis 21:1-34
Numbers 29:1-6
1 Samuel 1:1 – 2:10
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

So today at sundown, let us begin a joyful celebration, whether you can physically hear the blowing of a Shofar or not, let the spiritual Shofar be heard in your spirit as we look to our God for all of the wonderful things that He has brought to pass as He is fulfilling all of these great Feasts which will culminate with the arrival of our King and God.

The Ten Commandments: Are they still relevant? – Part 15


Torah - FacebookWe were last studying in the books of Galatians and the Gospel of John to define the issue of what happened to the Laws of God once the Lord Jesus Christ became the final and perfect sacrifice; who took our place and received unto Himself the total judgment and wrath of God Almighty for us, subsequently dying in our place. As we saw in Part 14 and more importantly in the Scriptures, that the Laws of God did not actually end, as some have erroneously taught, but rather that they migrated from an external place to a permanent internal place, that is, within our born again spirits. Let us read in

Jeremiah 31:31-33

Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

So we read in the foregoing Scriptures that even in the days of Jeremiah, that God had prophesied through His prophet that one day He would institute a new covenant. He would not make it like the old one, namely, that His people would have to sacrifice daily to atone for the sins of Israel in whole and individuals would have to come to a priest to make atonement and peace offerings continually, but that He would send His only begotten Son who would become the final sacrifice for all eternity. So the Lord Jesus Christ became for us our High Priest, not to make continual sacrifices as we read in the book of Hebrews, but just the one, final sacrifice. Why? The animals that they slaughtered for sacrificial purposes, though they might be without spot or blemish on the outside, their blood lines were still corruptible and so rotted. This is why the priests had to apply fresh blood upon the horns of the altar each and every day. However, the blood of the true Lamb of God, His blood is and was incorruptible, and it is still fresh upon the mercy seat in Heaven; which is why the Christian “pleads the blood of Jesus Christ,” when we are asking for forgiveness for our transgressions against our Holy Father in Heaven.

The passage in Jeremiah 31 goes on to say that Israel could not keep these laws; they couldn’t keep them because they were based upon THEIR works. However, when you accept the WORKS of the Lord Jesus Christ and accept the pure blood of the True Lamb of God to be your atonement, it is no longer centered upon your works, but HIS WORKS. Furthermore, God was going to WRITE HIS LAW in our inward parts, i.e. our spirits. Therefore, how can God’s law be ended or over? If we say that God’s law ended with the arrival of the New Covenant, we stand in complete opposition to what His Scriptures declare and basically, you are spitting in God’s face and calling Him a liar. Are you sure you wish to do that?

Now some will say (trying to get out of this requirement, or so they think) that I follow the Apostle Paul or I really like the Apostle John and what he had to say, etc. Really? Then someone please explain why the Apostle John cogently stated in 1 John that God’s commandments were not grievous, but rather were rather easy to keep? Then why did the Apostle Paul teach the church in Ephesus nine of the Ten Commandments? The only one that he did not cite was the first commandment; which is really a no-brainer, since you have chosen to follow Christ; it really is quite axiomatic that you must already have a love for God and His only begotten Son. Therefore, the Christians in Ephesus must not have needed to be reminded to keep the first commandment. They must already have mastered that particular commandment.

Stay tuned for the next part. See you there.

Hobby Lobby wins the day in the Supreme Court


th (1)Hobby Lobby has been in the midst of a long running battle regarding their right to choose what types of birth control methods that they will pay for under their insurance program for their employees.  Since the owners of Hobby Lobby hold deeply held Christian convictions, the Obamacare mandate held that they had to pay for procedures that they felt violated their religious freedoms. Today, the United State Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby owners and is therefore a winning ruling in favor of religious freedom.  The Supreme Court ruled that the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA) prohibits the government from substantially burdening a person’s exercise of religion even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability…at issue here are regulations promulgated by the Department of Health and Human Services under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, which, as relevant here, requires specified employers’ group health plans to furnish ‘preventive care and screenings’ for women without any ‘cost-sharing requirements.’  Congress did not specify what types of preventive care must be covered; it authorized the Health Resources and Services Administration, a component of HHS, to decide. Non-exempt employers are generally required to provide coverage for the 20 contraceptive methods approved by the Food and Drug Administration, including the 4 that may have the effect of preventing an already fertilized egg from developing any further by inhibiting its attachment to the uterus.”

Further, the Supreme Court held  that, “As applied to closely held corporations, the HHS regulations imposing the contraceptive mandate violates RFRA.”  It further upheld that “It employed the familiar legal fiction of including corporations within RFRA’s definition of ‘persons,’ but the purpose of extending rights to corporations is to protect the rights of people associated with the corporation, including shareholders, officers and employees.  Protecting the free-exercise rights of closely held corporations thus protects the religious liberty of the humans who own and control them.”

So now, Hobby Lobby and other closely held corporations such as Mardel and Conestoga have been afforded the protection under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.  As such, they will not be required to implement health care services that they find to be at odds with their religious beliefs.  This is yet another loss for President Obama and his lack of respect for the United States Constitution and his erroneously held beliefs that he has the right to trample upon the rights of the citizens of the United States of America.

Praise the Lord God Almighty for His righteous right arm that has been bared for His people.  Amen.

Celebrating fatherhood on Father’s Day


Happy Father's dayFatherhood has been around for eons, especially since the Lord God Almighty is the greatest Father of all.  God patterned the role of Father after Himself and He is the epitome.  The greatest and most wonderful example of what a true Father should act like.  So what are some of the examples that God the Father has left as a pattern that all men who want to be good Fathers should imitate?  The first and greatest example is that God the Father is always faithful; second, He is always there for His children; thirdly, He truly knows how to love His children; fourth, He occasionally spoils His children and lavishes us with His gifts, both spiritual and physical, and fifth, He knows how to lovingly discipline us as well when we need His strong, guiding Hand.  In the sixth place, He is our provider and keeps us fed, clothed and gives us physical shelter from the elements.  Finally, the seventh example is this: He is our spiritual protector as well and has provided us with eternal life and places us in the midst of his hedge so that even though our enemy, the adversary walks about like a great roaring lion, he cannot touch us when the Lord God Almighty is our shield and our buckler.

This writer did not deliberately place these numbered examples in this order.  In fact, this writer was simply writing and when I had placed the second example, I just kept writing.  Afterwards, as I was reading what I wrote to check for clarity, I was adding the rest of the numbers in their order and could barely believe how it turned out.  This, my friends was the Hand of God in action.  Why?  It came out too perfect, that is why.  Totally awesome is the Lord God Almighty.  All right men, those of you who are already fathers and those who someday would like to have his own children…read it and listen up.

  1. God is always Faithful
  2. God is always there
  3. God always loves
  4. God is the Great Giver
  5. God’s Grace disciplines us
  6. God meets our physical needs
  7. God is our Spiritual life-giver and protector

If this writer had tried to come up with this list from the flesh, I would have been sitting at my computer all day…reality really bytes.  So Fathers living here upon earth…here is your list…keep it in front of you at all times and imitate…imitate…imitate!

  1. Fathers…remain faithful to your family
  2. Fathers…stay there and just be there
  3. Fathers…love your children
  4. Fathers…Give your self to your children
  5. Fathers…don’t be afraid to lovingly discipline your children
  6. Fathers…make sure you provide for your children
  7. Fathers…you can’t give your children eternal life….but you can lead them to the Lord Jesus Christ who can.

So when did people begin to actually set aside a special day to commemorate our Fathers?  There is a possibility that it was first started after a mining accident in Monongah, WV in December 1907 and subsequently a memorial service was held in 1908.  Another possibility is that it was felt that because Mother’s were being honored so should Fathers.  The first time that it was celebrated in June was in 1910 when Sonora Smart Dodd wanted to honor her father who raised all six of his children by himself after his wife died.  In that day, most men who became widowers quickly remarried or placed their children in the care of others.  Finally, it became a national holiday in 1972 by President Nixon signing it into law.  A little tidbit: In different languages we say: Fathers’ Day in English and Día del Padre in Spanish; יום האב in Hebrew and Vatertag in German.

So men….Fathers….Happy Father’s Day, Día del Padre, יום האב, and Vatertag!

 

Pentecost – receiving the presence of God


Pentecost - yahooThe Feast of Pentecost was 50 days after Passover and it ushered in the birth of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ when the Holy Spirit fell upon the believers that were present that day as they had been commanded to do by the Lord Jesus.  Biblical tradition cites that this feast is called by the Jews, Shauvott.  The feast of Pentecost is a Greek word indicating that there are 50 days from the time of the Feast of Weeks and Pentecost. The Scriptures clearly state in

Acts 2:1-4

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.  And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.  And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.  And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

After this initial outpouring at Pentecost, we as Christians no longer have to wait the 50 days that the Lord Jesus prescribed for His disciples.  This was just an initial waiting period until the promise of the Father was to come down from Heaven, namely the Holy Spirit.  The Lord Jesus knew that for His disciples to stand firm in the face of opposition, that they would need the infilling of the power of the Holy Spirit.  It is no less true today as Christians are facing hostile situations across the globe.  It is this abiding and ever-present presence of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords that keeps the Christian from wavering in their faith.

Many Christians sometimes still mistakenly believe that they have to wait for the Holy Spirit to come to them.  However, when you believe that God has raised up His Son from the grave and you believe in your heart and you confess this with your mouth, the Holy Spirit immediately comes to indwell your spirit and you once again are open to hearing from God as He speaks to your spirit.  It is the Holy Spirit that is the conduit for this verbal transaction from God to creature.  After the Holy Spirit comes to indwell with His presence, you have now experienced being ‘born again.’  This process of being ‘born again’ is necessary because the first couple, Adam and Eve, disobeyed God and they lost the presence of the Holy Spirit and they died that very day.  They didn’t die physically, but they died spiritually and this is why we needed a Savior to pay for our sins.  This is why God was going to send the promise. What was this promise?  The promise was the Holy Spirit once again coming to dwell with mankind; to those who choose to believe on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

In the Scriptures, fire is used to denote the very presence of God and it also is used to signify great power.  We see this in:

Exodus 13:21

And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud to lead them the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, to go by day and night.

But beyond this, in the OT, the Hebrew word for ‘breath’ or ‘wind’ is ruach, which is also used to indicate spirit.  In this case however, it was not just a ‘spirit’, but the Holy Spirit Himself.  So what significance does the tongues of fire have for today’s Christian?  While that powerful display was a one-time phenomena, the imagery of the fire, or God’s presence covering the disciples’ heads also lends itself to today’s church.  In that we also as born-again children of God also are blessed with the covering of God’s presence through His Holy Spirit.  The imagery of the rushing, mighty wind lends itself to the knowledge that Yeshua, the Christ still wields His power and authority over the natural earth realm as well as the heavenly, as He sits enthroned with His Father in heaven.
If you haven’t asked the Lord Jesus to be your personal Lord and Savior as of yet, and you would like to Get a Life, confess Him as your Lord and Savior and you will experience the new birth for yourself.

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