“You’re just pushing through dirt”©

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You’re just pushing through dirt until

you hear the rustling of leaves in the

Olive trees… and realize the Fig Tree

has put forth leaves once more.

Can it be so simple… so easy to know God

is real as to look out your window today?

When this old world and people in it would

deny God even exists… what they’d say!

Passover did happen… according to the

Bible, and Jewish culture does point it out,

they even celebrate this holy Day among their

many, cause for them to praise and shout.

To look back into their past… such was their

own rebellion and a great cause of their strife,

to have rebelled against their own living God…

and to know Him again will they then find life.

You’re just pushing through dirt until

you hear the rustling of leaves in the

Olive trees… and realize the Fig Tree

has put forth leaves once more.

They were scattered to the ends of the Earth…

to be thought of nothing much and no more

but in God’s gracious plan to restore them their

land He used man and made it man’s chore.

It would be man’s pride and even his gall to think

God had nothing to do with it, nothing at all…

and even to this day those displaced by their

return will struggle against God’s choice to call,

there can be nothing more ill conceived to

believe leaves of gold and red contain life,

here is where the gold of the world is found

to be brittle and lifeless… leaves of strife.

You’re just pushing through dirt until

you hear the rustling of leaves in the

Olive trees… and realize the Fig Tree

has put forth leaves once more.

The Passover with Jesus crucified, the Paschal

lamb, saw with it the temple raised in due time,

although He committed no sin and was sinless…

He was killed just like a criminal but no crime,

The Nation was told their own temple would be

destroyed… it remains this same way still today,

Jesus said He would send the Comforter, the Holy

Spirit, indwelling… indwelling the temple we pray,

The temple He spoke of was the body that lives

and breathes… declared He it was His very own,

and the temples of living stone we become where

His will can then reside, grown and be shown.

You’re just pushing through dirt until

you hear the rustling of leaves in the

Olive trees… and realize the Fig Tree

has put forth leaves once more.

Don’t take leave of your senses… that which God gave you, open your eyes to the truth He lives this special Passover, 2014, and find God for yourself. Claim eternal life as your own. This is my prayer for you… you will won’t you? (D.V.)

Leviticus 26:12 KJV And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people.

“Akin to the flood… controversies still abound on ‘the life of Jesus Christ,’ and will continue long past Passover, 2014″

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There have always been controversies surrounding the life of Jesus of Nazareth… and they will continue. This has recently surfaced and is among those on center stage. I would implore everyone and anyone… question: source, points made, how it squares up to what is known as scripture or to use a scriptural comparison… and then see the myriad of things which are being said about the source of the controversy- and by who(m). Even if it was found to be true… although I do doubt it already, would it change the truth of who Jesus claimed Himself to be? No! Would it change the truth the Gospel tells  us of His life? No! Here is the link to what is causing such a stir today, April 10th, 2014. An article by Amar Toor, at The Verge (online), is entitled,”‘Gospel of Jesus’s Wife’ likely isn’t a modern forgery, scientists claim.”

I think it would best be found to marvel more on the truth we know than the misinformation mankind will try and spin as being possible… long to point to their own doubts of the claims of Jesus being the Christ- The Messiah. I have no doubt to this claim, by Jesus Himself, being fulfilled by prophecy, told by angels, and proclaimed by God’s own Holy men throughout the ages… a hope in eternal life being given to mortal men. Even more amazing is to find we can know God personally… and some would still doubt this today.

In one of the many comments on the link above, this is found… a declaration… on context, almost as a challenge being issued as if context is only a profoundly christian oriented truth or suppositional stance. See part of the comment below…

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This stated by one identified as… aqabdulaziz

Aha, the famous Christian word “CONTEXT.” How convenient!

For nearly 80% of Bible verses (strange stuff hard to digest), Christians want us to see it in CONTEXT. When you tell them to use context for other verses (I am the only way), they get upset. Either use context for everything (it all becomes a metaphor) or use NONE at all (it all becomes ridiculous).

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Is that what makes this ‘context’ or lack of it… found in but one little scrap of antiquity… enough for one to say to another,”Aha… here at last is the truth?” I think many are missing the smaller questions and the biggest answers mankind has sought for millennia- who God is and why Jesus died on Passover? The axiom,”Text without context is pretext,” is not of christian origin but it does point to the truth of anything being removed from where it was originally, and used elsewhere, as being possible to promote one agenda over another.  This is actually more ‘Proof-texting‘ than not.  I also found this one quite humorous but truthful, a place called,”The Fallacy Files.”

Yes… context does matter. Here with this scrap in time, is it more or less a declaration or left as a question… the choice is yours to say, one way or another!?! Below is something (text) taken from beliefs (context) in both the Bible and the Koran… and if you think the Monotheistic Gods are one and the same- think again.

[The Bible: The Antichrist is an unparalleled political, military and religious leader that will emerge in the last days.

Islam: The Mahdi is an unparalleled political, military and religious leader that will emerge in the last days.

The Bible: The False Prophet is a secondary prominent figure that will emerge in the last days who will support the Antichrist.

Islam: The Muslim Jesus is a secondary prominent figure that will emerge in the last days to support the Mahdi.]

Which of these is true… for you? If it is true for a christian, using text without context, then it is also true for a Moslem… taking text from anything makes it possible to use it as the proof you need to secure your argument. Sadly, all this shows is either how much less valid or where one might say,”There is some validity to what you are saying but the full weight of truth could be elsewhere. This is but one of the many reasons to be specific to: what you believe, who you believe in and know why you believe it to be true. When faced with more questions, where one must then reason with one’s self, is when we will either seek truth or risk finding truth’s mirror image. Don’t passover the truth but let truth passover and through you.. where you would then feel and live for the truth it represents. We are to love all men as Jesus did… even those that do not see it the same way. Shalom!

Jude 1:20-25 (King James Version) 20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, 21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. 22 And of some have compassion, making a difference: 23 And others save with fear, pulling [them] out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. 24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present [you] faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25 To the only wise God our Saviour, [be] glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

“Lift your head Son”©

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“Lift your head Son”©

(Written by Russell D. Holder)

Having shed a better tear than first…

than shed in his grief first found,

so much bitterness is the loss of salt

and sentiment just lying on the ground,

what impelled them first to fall is

reaction to deeds misunderstood…

and time softens all hearts involved

as only time can do and should,

to moisture’s loss a softness stands

and wills us our path to follow…

so senseless we will plead to all

who hear,”Why make another grovel?”

Who attends the sleeves of heart as

they’d get tossed off in the street…

to then be found by badger or hound

in baited snare, unabashedly replete?

Henceforth… there exists no time to

bother with discouragement’s folly born,

lift your head Son and be seen… but

not so high to look at others with scorn,

let our thoughts trail new found joy…

Joy can be known, these the thoughts of peace,

and so a better tear is shed than fallen

at first… the chains of doubt do release.

Philippians 4:4-7 (King James Version)

4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. 5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

“Soundness of teaching gives us REASON to share the Gospel”©

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I have an interesting little link to share with you, found at “Bubblews,” and a series of three (3) writings (snippets) I’ve just placed there. I called the series,”Signs of sanity,, knowledge and thought on christianity.” I can only hope you’ll agree with me… as to the validity of what is said and the REASON why it is said as I chose to. See if you won’t or don’t agree.

Signs of sanity, knowledge and thought on christianity Part I

Signs of sanity, knowledge and thought on christianity Part II

Signs of sanity, knowledge and thought on christianity Part III

Your Brother in Christ Jesus,

Russ

“I will give thee rest”©

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“I will” is to be our response to God,

for He has already told us the same…

He has provided the way by His grace,

through means of His son and His name,

Our job is to be obedient to His will…

I will trust Him, my Father, each day,

I will keep my faith in His ability to

follow and keep the things He’d say,

I will extoll His holiness… His peace

and divine nature is one of glory…

I will share the words He shared to us

all… for all to see it more than a story,

I will seek my God with my whole heart,

my mind and soul are His to mold and train,

He stills me in His rest, and I am restored…

renewed and ready to face the coming rain,

I will not allow what sorrows I must face to

steal the greatest of joy He gives me to know,

He knows my every thought… my every need,

when He is not pleased it will surely show,

There are many whom might wonder greatly

about these words I’ve written quite plain…

let them seek the God of Abraham and open

their minds and hearts to truth of their pain,

I will not turn my back to His life, His truth

or His way, to deny Him is to deny life…

my breath itself is where I find my own, and

it was Him that gave it to me as His wife.

Exodus 33:14 KJV And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.

Leviticus 26:12 KJV And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people.

Leviticus 26:18 KJV And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins.

Revelation 22:17 KJV And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

See the list of “I will’s” by God’s own word, more numerous than one might think. Please know that almost all of them are not what man calls conditional (subject to what we might do for them) but sure promises of what God has already set in motion… things He: has done, is doing and will see be done. There are some that are conditional and these are the promises of what God will do to us if we do not change our ways… to repent of the things God dislikes, and even hates, knowing they are no good for us. Please come to seek God and repent of your sins… this is what holds you back like chains of burden. Jesus will forgive you if you but ask Him, repent and believe He is the Messiah (the Son of God Himself) and the Savior of the world. For this reason He died on the cross for YOU… and rose again to grant you hope in things eternal. The difference between mercy and grace… mercy is when we receive forgiveness for what we’ve done and grace is when we’re given what we don’t deserve. My prayer is you will grow in His grace and His peace… you will, won’t you? (D.V.)

“Conspiracy by anyone [even the UN] should be viewed as being wrong for us all”©

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In a very recent development, the UN has blasted the Catholic church for withholding information about sex abuse and abortion. I think, although it is condemning that which should have been something addressed long ago, the UN is equally at fault for not coming out and making this plain until now. There is strong evidentiary proof denied legal systems, we all have in place, when abortion clinics deny police proof of DNA from the aborted human fetal tissue [proof of identity to the individual committing the crime] by destroying evidence. The guilty party, or provability of the offending party, to a crime [either rape, sexual abuse (by incest or other means) or any actions taken against a minor] go without due process because of this apparent lack of concern to these issues. Where has the UN been on these matters… or is it due to understanding the need to maintain such secrecy for those prone to committing these crimes? If the UN is going to place itself higher than it would be, a body of representatives as in support of world improvements, let them do so in a fashion which is to be seen as being transparent enough [and clear enough] to this endeavor.

I’ll add one thought here, if the UN was out to do that which is honorable… why then would the UN attempt to take [seize] control of the internet- where the world has gained a voice and ‘Human Rights’ are more in line with UN guidelines it says it holds out to and for us all [beneficially]? They have failed us in: Darfur, Sarajevo and numerous other occasions, and although they are the backers to Tony Blair’s Faith Foundation [a world plan to steal the Hebrew God's power and authority... saying all religions are equal] they have other interests than what they would have us believe. There is strong enough reason to question the motives behind this recent attack, at this point in time, and I have wondered for years why the US funds this organization. We can thank the CFR for this one! I, for one, am very glad God is in control… even to control the actions of men against Him [nothing but the time and place are ours/our lives] and the choices we make [personally] will come with certain consequences to them. I’m glad they failed to gain control of the internet… how about you?

I have found one site that makes a very strong statement about evil and the UN (this link seems like it goes on forever but has much to consider) connected [as one]. Can one be a little bit Italian… a little bit Blonde or a little bit good, when the truth is you are either good or not?

Is all food [thought, WORD, belief] safe for consumption?

Is all food [thought, WORD, belief] safe for consumption?

“Freedom to come (?) for Saeed Abedini”©

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Clemency  is near…

so near to Abedini,

as close as is Christ.

Clemency was discussed by Iranian President Rouhani… for the first time since Pastor Saeed Abedini was imprisoned for his belief in Jesus Christ. This [holy] window of opportunity shall be the focus of this message… the message to all believers in Jesus- we need to pray for his release and the Holy Spirit to move their hands that continue to hold this man captive for his beliefs. A little more than a year ago he was sentenced to eight years in prison… and it is to be our hope the Spirit will move to set him free. Won’t you join us in prayer that his family be made whole again- with his family in Boise, Idaho. The world will watch… and wait… to see what happens here. Please PRAY on this. All this took place after the commuting of sentences for others.

“A Bible Study for January 16th, 2014… So, what is ‘monotheism’ and how should we view it?”ⓒ

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As in the title of this work, I believe a clearer understanding of ‘what monotheism is’ vs. what it is not should be important to understanding, especially, to those involved within the structures of their belief already where they can and will be affected by them. First, let’s define what ‘monotheism is [with relief to some]… to better understand this concept. Here is a very good definition to what it [actually] is, see below.

Monotheism: A doctrine or belief that there is only one God.

I would go a little farther, and say… monotheism is the belief that there is but one true God [or real God] for all mankind, furthermore, to say there is only one God that has [undeniably] proven Himself [through prophecy (351 prophecies fulfilled by the life of Jesus), actions and the love for all mankind was shown] whereby is found worthy for mankind to worship Him. Mankind has either been shown what or who God is [as in the case of Judaism or christianity] or has been told what God is [as in the case of Islam... for our purposes here, discussing this topic]; which leaves those other gods [the world would respect or worship] having been fashioned from their own minds, ideas or hands to have an image of their creation as to what god is, should or could be, and be it known… these are called idols.

As it turns out, there are many who might be prone to lump the understanding of those that claim to be monotheistic in their beliefs together… this is to the emphasis of the writing before you, and also the very reason I have chosen to do this piece of needed material for us to see just what some might think- as they think of what it means to be monotheistic and what monotheism means to them. I found this written by a person [to be left unnamed by choice], a person that lays claim to have studied religions [not theology] and has this to say about ‘monotheism.’

  ” …I do not need to invent a new religion I only have to understand and live by the very basis of all three monotheistic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) all say there is only ONE GOD. If a person is a monotheist they know there is ONE GOD hence one heaven. Those who say their God is the only God suggest there are more than one God. Because, they believe they have the one and only true God and no other religion but theirs has the real God makes them polytheist as they are suggesting there is more than one God. One God or Creator one heaven, it does not matter what religion you have Heaven is open to everyone.”

I cannot think of a time in more recent memory where I have heard or thought of an individual being so wrong to the false belief [logical fallacy] seen here. As to the claim,”monotheists are polytheists,” these are two separate belief structures entirely, see below what polytheism means.

Polytheism:The belief in or worship of more than one God.

If I, as a christian, choose to believe in Jesus as my God and Savior… this does not mean I’m a polytheist [although to some it might, I'll explain later on in this piece*]. Since I have made my choice of who to worship… and will worship only one God, this is what makes me a monotheist. This is not to say I do not know any other gods or that the world does not have any gods of their own choosing but that I do not worship them. To make the leap to believing them all to be the same is a huge mistake as well… this is so far from the truth each of them represent- even to themselves. To think all roads lead to heaven [as the all roads lead to Rome] is to completely miss the very essence of these religions, let alone lay claim to understanding them- even at face value. I will say heaven is open to anyone… should they choose to believe in Jesus Christ as having been the Messiah- for the Bible tells us this truth. Furthermore, to simply live to the basis of all three religions, if the basis is to be understood as living rightly or good, was enough to satisfy God… there would have been no need for Jesus to die on the cross for the sins of the world- this thought or belief [at best] would deny God’s authority [even the sacrifice of God's own Son] and [at worst] slight’s God of our obedience being necessary to enter into heaven itself. In light of the scripture below… this is not the case.

2 Timothy 3:16 CJB

Complete Jewish Bible

All Scripture is God-breathed and is valuable for teaching the truth, convicting of sin, correcting faults and training in right living;

As one can see [the correcting of faults and convicting of sin] the true emphasis of any religion is to improve the state of our condition… or is it? This is where the merging of world thought is wrong, and the notion of duality [like equal parts in Yin and Yang] between God and Satan should be understood; wherein the differences make for a contrasting of one to another by the nature of the culture or beliefs that thrive from within them under their respective influence. If we were to take three religions of the world… three that mention some of the same references and present some of the same characteristics, we will see some of what it means to be monotheistic to those involved. Granted, this will not be what it might mean to some [being people or religions talked about (discussed)]… even to (all) members of the three to be represented in this example. We will focus on: Judaism, Christianity and Islam… all three have some commonality [as believed by most... being monotheistic] but the separation between the three is very prominent- more so than many might believe.

All three share a commonality, other than being monotheistic, a stated and shared view of: Abraham as being special, Jesus as important [enough to mention] and heaven as the intended goal- of and for the believer.

Abraham is of profound religious significance because he was the historic ancestor of the twelve tribes, the “seed of Abraham, ” who regularly described their God as “the God of Abraham.”Although coming from a background of polytheism and idolatry at Ur, Abraham had been reared in the faith of the one true God by his father Terah. But when he received the Lord’s call at a mature stage of his life, he recognized that he had been chosen to implement a specific part of God’s plan for human destiny.

(What is seen above came from this link… http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionaries/bakers-evangelical-dictionary/abraham.html )

Romans 4:3 KJV For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.

Hebrews 10:31 KJV It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Of the three religions with monotheism incorporated into them, the biggest differences can be found in who the Messiah is seen to be. In Judaism… the Messiah has not yet come, and they are still waiting. Sadly, the dire truth of the need to rebuild the Temple [to continue being able to worship] will give Jews sound reason for their need to tremble. The same is true for Islam but with Islam… they wait for their Messiah to come on the Earth and the Earth to conform to their view of the end times [their Eschatological view of the end times]. Christianity understands Jesus was the Messiah… when God dwelt among us [already, and the Christian God and Hebrew God are actually one and the same], as scripture said happened (found below). The reign of God on Earth will not happen until Jesus comes again [the second coming of God to Earth], a Christian view held on to for the eternal hope inspired by ‘the Resurrection of Jesus Himself.’ Earlier I stated [on polytheism*], many of the world believe not in the unity [The Trinity of God being: The Father, Son and Holy Spirit] of the christian God, and it is because of this belief they might refer to christians as being a polytheist. This is not the case, where they look at three separate entities [by adding one plus one plus one] but the truth is multiplied [one times one times one] and the yield is one. Islam does not recognize the ‘Trinity’ either.

John 1:14 KJV And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Since it is true to consider: the Bible, Torah and the Koran believe in one God but it should not be assumed they are one and the same. For example, there are all three with comparable information… where many have been led to think they are the same. This is not truthful, let me explain. The truth of God, as stated in the Bible, is incontrovertible and exclusive in its nature to the people God has chosen (see below); therefore, the traits of God should be seen by those claiming to follow Him in their lives.

 Titus 1:2 KJV In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;

Deuteronomy 14:2 KJV For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.

Psalm 132:13 KJV For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation.

Isaiah 41:8 KJV But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.

Isaiah 43:10 KJV Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.

If a culture shows [having lying as an acceptable tradition] traits and practices lying, the Bible is clear… lying is wrong. Lying is also endemic to: deception, deceit and arrogance to all else… and at any cost- without thought to the damage left in the wake of what is seen. If the truth of God is found in ‘His word,’ and ‘His word’ is coming from those under “Abrahamic Covenant,” and the Koran does not recognize Jesus as God… what god are they referring to? Did the angel Gabriel [an angel of God] tell Mohammad what to write, as Mohammad claimed was true for the basis of the Koran as holy scripture? Can all stand as if they are then unified? Of the many whom would contest the authenticity and authority of the Bible among Islamic history, here is a brief article to go through. I wonder if the truth of men [being fallible] will ever surpass the prophecies of God [told by the messengers (the Prophets) of God] fulfilled by the life of Jesus? Was not Mohammad a man as well?

1 John 2:22 KJV Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

1 John 5:10 KJV He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.

This is the strongest mirror to what the Hebrew God, Jesus Christ, calls the freedom to choice… to live we must die to ourselves and serve Him but here it is the complete opposite. Islam says if you do not choose to submit to Islam and Allah… you will die for what they believe.

Muslims cannot imagine God loving sinners to the extent of coming down personally, as the Son, to save them. To Muslims this is evidence of polytheism, because they are taught in the Koran that Allah does not love sinners (Surah 2:190). This is repeated twenty four times in the Koran for emphasis. That Allah does not love unbelievers (Surah 3:31) and that he has even blocked their ears, sealed their hearts and blindfolded their eyes (Surah 2:6-7). All these are in direct opposition to Bible teachings which instruct that:

“God commended His love towards us, in that, while we were yet sinners Christ died for us” (Roman 5:8)

TAKIYYA:Takiyya is defined as dissimulation about ones Muslim identity.Islamic Sharia Law provides, “When it is possible to achieve an aim by lying but not by telling the truth, it is permissible to lie if attaining the goal is permissible, and lying is obligatory if the goal is obligatory.” (Reliance of the Traveler, Para r8.2) Examples include lying to protect Islam or a Muslim.

TAWRIYA: Tawriya is defined as concealing, and it could be called “creative lying”.

Suppose someone protests that Surah 1 of the Quran demeans Christians and Jews, because it is a supplication Muslims make to Allah seventeen times a day to keep them from the path of “those with whom God is angry” and “those who have lost their way”. A Muslim might respond, “Surah 1 never mentions Jews or Christians.” He is practicing tawriya, because while Surah 1 does not mention Jews and Christians by name, but he knows full-well that the words “those” refer to Jews and Christians.

KITMAN Kitman is characterized by someone telling only part of the truth. Often, kitman results in a gross distortion of the truth. In the example given, the Quran uses jihad and its derivatives 59 times. Of those, only 16 (27%) could be considered “internal” with no object as the target of the struggle based on the context of the surah.

Another common form of kitman is to quote only the few peaceful passages from the Quran, knowing full-well that that passage was later abrogated by a more militant, contradictory verse. Here is an example:

“There is no compulsion in religion” (Surah 2:256) Early Medina

“Are they seeking a religion other than Allah’s, when every soul in the heavens and earth has submitted to Him, willingly or by compulsion?” (Surah 3:83 Later Medina)

MURUNA:  Muruna means using “flexibility” to blend in with the enemy or the surroundings. The justification for this kind of deception is a somewhat bizarre interpretation of Surah 2:106, which says, “If we abrogate a verse or cause it to be forgotten, We will replace it by a better one or similar.” Thus, Muslims may forget some of the commands in the Quran, as long as they are pursuing a better command. Muslims striving to advance Islam, therefore, can deviate from their Islamic laws in order to cause non-Muslims to lower their guard and place their trust in their Muslim counterpart.

Can a religion thrive when it continues to grow based on: lies being used, deceit and deception, a lack of love for those not of that faith… and, ultimately, the threat of death if one does not convert to their way of life? I think it can… based on the lack of faith, hope or understanding one may have of their own faith [or the conviction to stay faithful to it] in the face of being threatened to the point of death- the loss of your own life here and now. This was the whole point and very need to emphasize what christianity offers the believer- ETERNAL LIFE, the life beyond this one is the most valuable. This is a complete antithesis [a polar opposite] of the love that has been shown us in the life of Jesus Christ, and violates everything Jesus taught us- the things Jesus said for a follower of Himself to do. Jesus taught us to be servants to mankind [for the sake of His Gospel] out of love for them… not become subservient to a religion that would kill you if you do not convert to their way of doing. It does tell us, even in the words Jesus Himself used, there will come a time you will be hated for my name’s sake and will be  subjected to persecution for it- or worse.

[The Bible: The Antichrist is an unparalleled political, military and religious leader that will emerge in the last days.

Islam: The Mahdi is an unparalleled political, military and religious leader that will emerge in the last days.

The Bible: The False Prophet is a secondary prominent figure that will emerge in the last days who will support the Antichrist.

Islam: The Muslim Jesus is a secondary prominent figure that will emerge in the last days to support the Mahdi.]

The end time views of one of these three religions is an antithesis of the other two, diametrically opposed [a mirror image in reverse] to one another… and should be realized how they will be perceived for all of us throughout the world.

When a Muslim declares that Islam is a religion of peace, he/she is either ignorant of the Koran (Qur’an), or is deceitfully thinking of this “peace”, as it extends only to those within the Muslim Community.  The deceit is that they will not tell you exactly what they mean. According to the Qur’an: “Muhammad is the Apostle of Allah.  Those who follow him are merciful to one another, but ruthless to unbelievers”  Surah 48:29.

Psalm 102:27 KJV But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.

As the Bible has told us, which has not changed… nor will it ever, unless it is caused by man and the views pursued to promote the strength of God’s authority diluted, a pluralistic watered down version denying the blood sacrifice of Jesus or His deity in the Godhead. Please note this, even the people of God [the Jews] were subjected to loss of their land [their inheritance] and scattered throughout the world from their disobedience. It was also a Promise of God they would be returned to their land [this has never happened in the history of the world but we see it today in Israel as another of God's prophecies fulfilled].

The traits of God are also inclusive [being made available to all those who accept Him as their God] but not to be shared [polytheistic] or embellished upon by claim to exclusivity without thoughts to include compatibility and love for God’s chosen people.

Matthew 20:16 KJV So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

 I believe many are the conclusions [parallels] the above mentioned scripture can reference. The last shall be first could reference: the truth of Jesus being God, the nation of Israel (as seen by the world), or the Spirit within us (as mentioned in the NT with the day of Pentecost) when God came to reside within the temple [our bodies to become the living temples of God Himself]. The first last, as it is to be understood for a believer of Jesus Christ, where we are to be selfless in His cause and for His will to be done.

1 Corinthians 1:27 KJV But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

Galatians 4:30 KJV Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.

Romans 9:17 KJV For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.

Daniel 4:37 KJV Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.

Luke 19:38 KJV Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.

John 14:6 KJV Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

2 Peter 2:2 KJV And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.

the breath of life–literally, of lives, not only animal but spiritual life. If the body is so admirable, how much more the soul with all its varied faculties.
breathed into his nostrils the breath of life–not that the Creator literally performed this act, but respiration being the medium and sign of life, this phrase is used to show that man’s life originated in a different way from his body–being implanted directly by God ( Ecclesiastes 12:7 ), and hence in the new creation of the soul Christ breathed on His disciples ( John 20:22 ).

We are likely to seek and find, when we seek with affection, and seek in tears. But many believers complain of the clouds and darkness they are under, which are methods of grace for humbling their souls, mortifying their sins, and endearing Christ to them. A sight of angels and their smiles, will not suffice, without a sight of Jesus, and God’s smiles in him. None know, but those who have tasted it, the sorrows of a deserted soul, which has had comfortable evidences of the love of God in Christ, and hopes of heaven, but has now lost them, and walks in darkness; such a wounded spirit who can bear? Christ, in manifesting himself to those that seek him, often outdoes their expectations. See how Mary’s heart was in earnest to find Jesus. Christ’s way of making himself known to his people is by his word; his word applied to their souls, speaking to them in particular. It might be read, Is it my Master? See with what pleasure those who love Jesus speak of his authority over them. He forbids her to expect that his bodily presence look further, than the present state of things. Observe the relation to God, from union with Christ. We, partaking of a Divine nature, Christ’s Father is our Father; and he, partaking of the human nature, our God is his God. Christ’s ascension into heaven, there to plead for us, is likewise an unspeakable comfort. Let them not think this earth is to be their home and rest; their eye and aim, and earnest desires, must be upon another world, and this ever upon their hearts, I ascend, therefore I must seek the things which are above. And let those who know the word of Christ, endeavour that others should get good from their knowledge.

(The words above are found here… verses 11-18, http://www.biblestudytools.com/john/20-22-compare.html )

Please also look at this work… written in November of 2013,”Elah is the living God… Jesus Christ”©

I do hope this will give you a clear look at what it might mean for you… to be monotheistic, and what some of the consequences could entail should you think you know vs. the differences involved in what was thought to be one and the same and was not! I do hope you will consider what is placed here for the sake of your eternal soul. (D.V.)

Your Brother in Christ Jesus,

Russ

P.S. It is with love in my heart for all people that I write as I do… to tell the truth of God’s love for us all [all being sinners, born this way] and the importance to Jesus dying on the cross to us all. The devil was defeated… though his own laughed that day [how ironic] but shut up [defeated] when Jesus rose again. The ‘Resurrection’ spelled defeat for death and the rise of hope eternal… life beyond this one we have now [temporal]. An imprisoned or defeated foe is one who has nothing to lose and would drag down as many as he can… such is the case here. The evil one waits for ‘the Temple’ in Israel to be rebuilt… and then will proclaim himself god but be not deceived by this course of action, and do not take ‘the mark of the beast‘ to conduct business.

P.S.S. I have also used writings from these sites to drag information from:

http://bibleprobe.com/muhammad.htm

http://www.prophecyandtruth.com/islam/

and for those that might think there have been no contributions of worth coming from the Middle East, I’d say think again, see below.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Science_in_the_medieval_Islamic_world

“In the view of eternity… Messiah has already come”©

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To what difference between the

gods of men or The God of man…

wherein the gods of men were given

attributes desired by the people,

whom would be so inclined to bow to

them… to worship them for the needs

of the people [desires] to be prayed

for… the wishes fulfilled [like a genie]

and happiness to doing as they wanted

[or had become accustomed to] to continue.

There is where the difference is to be

discovered… but for one God is told

we will partake of a cup [should we do

it that way]… a cup of trembling, this then

our own choice and choosing… our own

personal cup of the sorrows of vanity,

by not laying claim to the gift of eternity,

eternal life, which renders the things we

might obtain here in this life…

to useless fodder and so temporal.

1 Corinthians 15:28 KJV And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

Since all things have not yet been made subject under the hands of Christ Jesus, it can clearly be signs of The Messiah to come [the second time] will be when this occurs.

1 Peter 3:22 KJV Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.

Romans 13:1 KJV Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

THESE ABSTRACTS FROM http://www.biblestudytools.com/isaiah/51-17-compare.html

17. Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem, &c.–( Isaiah 52:1 ).
drunk–Jehovah’s wrath is compared to an intoxicating draught because it confounds the sufferer under it, and makes him fall ( Job 21:20 , Psalms 60:3 , 75:8 , Jeremiah 25:15 Jeremiah 25:16 , 49:12 , Zechariah 12:2 , Revelation 14:10 ); (“poured out without mixture”; rather, “the pure wine juice mixed with intoxicating drugs”).
of trembling–which produced trembling or intoxication.
wrung . . . out–drained the last drop out; the dregs were the sediments from various substances, as honey, dates, and drugs, put into the wine to increase the strength and sweetness.

18. Following up the image in Isaiah 51:17, intoxicated and confused by the cup of God’s anger, she has none to guide her in her helpless state; she has not yet awakened out of the sleep caused by that draught. This cannot apply to the Babylonish captivity; for in it they had Ezekiel and Daniel, Ezra and Nehemiah, as “guides,” and soon awoke out of that sleep; but it applies to the Jews now, and will be still more applicable in their coming oppression by Antichrist.

Can we not then see the importance Jesus [as The Messiah] is to have, having come once already: living, dying for us all [the Paschal lamb of God Himself] and for our sins, resurrecting and showing us there is life beyond this one.

Please look at the abstraction below… the link provided beneath it.

Afflictions are sent to bring men to turn from their sins, and to understand God’s truth. Here is a believing appeal to the mercy of God. It is a comfort that God has been always ready to pardon sin. It is encouraging to recollect that mercies belong to God, as it is convincing and humbling to recollect that righteousness belongs to him. There are abundant mercies in God, not only forgiveness, but forgivenesses. Here are pleaded the reproach God’s people was under, and the ruins God’s sanctuary was in. Sin is a reproach to any people, especially to God’s people. The desolations of the sanctuary are grief to all the saints. Here is an earnest request to God to restore the poor captive Jews to their former enjoyments. O Lord, hearken and do. Not hearken and speak only, but hearken and do; do that for us which none else can do; and defer not. Here are several pleas and arguments to enforce the petitions. Do it for the Lord Christ’s sake; Christ is the Lord of all. And for his sake God causes his face to shine upon sinners when they repent, and turn to him. In all our prayers this must be our plea, we must make mention of his righteousness, even of his only.

Daniel 9:1-27 . DANIEL’S CONFESSION AND PRAYER FOR JERUSALEM: GABRIEL COMFORTS HIM BY THE PROPHECY OF THE SEVENTY WEEKS.

The seventy years exile was a punishment, but not a full atonement, for the sin of the people; this would come only after seventy prophetic weeks, through Messiah. 

Seventy weeks–namely, of years; literally, “Seventy sevens”; seventy heptads or hebdomads; four hundred ninety years; expressed in a form of “concealed definiteness” [HENGSTENBERG], a usual way with the prophets.

He is no longer represented as the theocratic King, the Antitype of David, but as the Servant of God and Son of man; at the same time the cross being the way to glory (compare Daniel 9:1-27 with Daniel 2:34 Daniel 2:35 Daniel 2:44 , 12:7 ).

the vision–the further revelation as to Messiah in connection with Jeremiah’s prophecy of seventy years of the captivity. The charge to “understand” is the same as in Matthew 24:15 , where Rome primarily, and Antichrist ultimately, is referred to.

The period of the world times, and of Israel’s depression, from the Babylonian captivity to the millennium, though abounding more in afflictions (for example, the two destructions of Jerusalem, Antiochus’ persecution, and those which Christians suffered), contains all that was good in the preceding ones, summed up in Christ, but in a way visible only to the eye of faith. Since He came as a servant, He chose for His appearing the period darkest of all as to His people’s temporal state. Always fresh persecutors have been rising, whose end is destruction, and so it shall be with the last enemy, Antichrist.

Accordingly, the people’s sufferings are reflected in the picture of the suffering Messiah.

http://www.biblestudytools.com/daniel/9-25-compare.html

Who then is The Christ, The Messiah… but Jesus Christ, and it is high time we see Him for who He was, is and is to come, God almighty Himself.

So Jesus’ death seemed the triumph of the world, but was really its defeat ( John 12:31 ).

“Unto you is come this day… “©

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Come again… what just happened, and we missed it?

The Lord’s coming, He approached… lived and is gone.

He came and we did not see Him… for who He was.

He said,”Come follow Me, Come and live with Me

and I with you.”

He came to show us how to come along… to make progress,

“Come, Come, children… love your enemy.”

I came through time and space to come into your presence,

to come to pass… that you would not come to nothing,

if it comes to that… come what may, that you

might know where I am coming from-

to save you from yourselves.

Genesis 1:1 KJV In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

John 1:1 KJV In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:14 KJV And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Isaiah 48:16 KJV Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I: and now the Lord GOD, and his Spirit, hath sent me.

Ephesians 3:9 KJV And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionaries/bakers-evangelical-dictionary/word.html

Luke 2:11 KJV For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

Revelation 1:16 KJV And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.

A very Merry Christmas to you and yours, 2013.

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