Saturday, January 19, 2019

Confusing?


Christ
by Heinrich Hofmann*
Do we confuse children—even adults—when we teach that Jesus, the Son of God, fulfills the prophecy of royal lineage through King David1 by way of his supposed mortal father, Joseph?2 And how do we reconcile the two vastly different lineages described for Joseph that are set forth in Matthew and Luke?3 In Matthew, Joseph's father is named Jacob; in Luke, Joseph's father is named Heli. The two different lineages are condensed as follows:
New Testament | Matthew 1:6-16 ~ David » Solomon » Roboam » Abia » Asa » Josaphat » Joram » Ozias » Joatham » Achaz » Ezekias » Manasses » Amon » Josias » Jechonias » Salathiel » Zorobabel » Abiud » Eliakim » Azor » Sadoc » Achim » Eliud » Eleazar » Matthan » Jacob » Joseph the husband of Mary, of  whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.

New Testament | Luke 3:23-31 ~ David » Nathan » Mattatha » Menan » Melea » Eliakim » Jonan » Juda » Simeon » Levi » Matthat » Jorim » Eliezer » Jose » Er » Elmodam » Cosam » Addi » Melchi » Neri » Salathiel » Zorobabel » Rhesa » Joanna » Juda » Joseph » Semei » Mattathias » Maath » Nagge » Esli » Naum » Amos » Mattathias » Joseph » Janna » Melchi » Levi » Matthat » Heli » Joseph (as was supposed) » Jesus
Scholars and others4 have tried to solve the puzzle by asserting that Luke really describes the lineage of Mary descended from David's son Nathan, whereas Matthew describes Joseph's lineage through David's son Solomon. Others have sought answers in a Levirate marriage scenario, and so forth.

But, several years ago, I heard a Jewish / Christian speaker maintain that Matthew's genealogy listing was really Mary's because some unknown scribe had changed “Joseph the father of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ” to what we have now in Matthew 1:16 as “Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.”5 This “maternal ancestry in Matthew” does not seem to be as widely considered, perhaps because some believe the David»Solomon line raises the Jeconiah/Jeconias curse problem.6 However “Jews for Jesus” gives a thorough and thoughtful consideration of this issue.7 Also, if royal lineage is of prophetic importance, does not that royal lineage come only through King Solomon's line?8 Did we ever hear of King Nathan? And what an interesting "scribal amendment(?)"—to create one of the major objections to Jesus as Messiah for mainstream Judaism.9

And speaking of Mary's inclusion in the lineage (and why shouldn't she be as the ONLY mortal in the final equation?): is it not divinely(?) apt—since the Jesus story is so disruptive of traditions and expectations—to insert a female name into the male line just before that disruptive Jesus? And what's also of (disruptive?) interest are the references in Matthew's full lineage list of 5 women (4 of whom might be termed infamous).10

We're not likely to definitively solve this lineage puzzle with the resources we have at present, but by acknowledging discrepancies and considering possible answers, are we not “helping the thinker believe; helping the believer think” which is the insightful mantra of the itinerant group RZIM?11 Of course, it's difficult to cover all matters in limited time, but deep questions are fundamental to learning: just ask Alma12; just re-read the Gospels looking for all the deep questions Jesus asked and answered.

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1. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genealogy_of_Jesus (Section: "Fulfillment of prophecy")
2. New Testament 2019: Come Follow Me—For Individuals and Families, p. 8 (Matthew 1:1-17)
3. New Testament | Matthew 1:6–16 ~ 6 And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias;
7 And Solomon begat Roboam; and Roboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa;
8 And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Ozias;
9 And Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias;
10 And Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias;
11 And Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon:
12 And after they were brought to Babylon, Jechonias begat Salathiel; and Salathiel begat Zorobabel;
13 And Zorobabel begat Abiud; and Abiud begat Eliakim; and Eliakim begat Azor;
14 And Azor begat Sadoc; and Sadoc begat Achim; and Achim begat Eliud;
15 And Eliud begat Eleazar; and Eleazar begat Matthan; and Matthan begat Jacob;
16 And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.
New Testament | Luke 3:23–31 ~ And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli,
24 Which was the son of Matthat, which was the son of Levi, which was the son of Melchi, which was the son of Janna, which was the son of Joseph,
25 Which was the son of Mattathias, which was the son of Amos, which was the son of Naum, which was the son of Esli, which was the son of Nagge,
26 Which was the son of Maath, which was the son of Mattathias, which was the son of Semei, which was the son of Joseph, which was the son of Juda,
27 Which was the son of Joanna, which was the son of Rhesa, which was the son of Zorobabel, which was the son of Salathiel, which was the son of Neri,
28 Which was the son of Melchi, which was the son of Addi, which was the son of Cosam, which was the son of Elmodam, which was the son of Er,
29 Which was the son of Jose, which was the son of Eliezer, which was the son of Jorim, which was the son of Matthat, which was the son of Levi,
30 Which was the son of Simeon, which was the son of Juda, which was the son of Joseph, which was the son of Jonan, which was the son of Eliakim,
31 Which was the son of Melea, which was the son of Menan, which was the son of Mattatha, which was the son of Nathan, which was the son of David,
4. A few examples:
https://zondervanacademic.com/blog/why-are-jesus-genealogies-in-matthew-and-luke-different/
https://www.allaboutjesuschrist.org/lineage-of-jesus-faq.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genealogy_of_Jesus
https://jewsforjesus.org/publications/issues/issues-v05-n06/the-genealogy-of-the-messiah/
https://www.gotquestions.org/Jesus-genealogy.html
https://thejesusquestion.org/2015/12/21/the-two-genealogies-of-jesus-the-curse-of-jeconiah-and-the-royal-line-of-david/
5. See also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genealogy_of_Jesus at section: "Maternal ancestry in Matthew"
6. https://jewsforjesus.org/publications/issues/issues-v05-n06/the-genealogy-of-the-messiah/ (see particularly section: "The lineage of Joseph, Jesus’ father" and thereafter) https://zondervanacademic.com/blog/why-are-jesus-genealogies-in-matthew-and-luke-different/
7. https://jewsforjesus.org/answers/the-problem-of-the-curse-on-jeconiah-in-relation-to-the-genealogy-of-jesus-issues-prophecy/
8. Consider https://jewsforjudaism.org/knowledge/articles/must-the-messiah-be-a-descendent-of-solomon/ ; https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/1714864/jewish/Is-the-Messiah-a-Descendant-of-King-Solomon.htm
9. http://www.jewishanswers.org/ask-the-rabbi-category/the-basics-of-judaism/the-messiah/who-is-the-messiah/?p=1063
10. https://www.wycliffe.org/blog/posts/unlikely-heroes-the-women-of-matthew-1; https://www.biblestudytools.com/blogs/the-good-book-blog/women-in-jesus-genealogy.html ; http://holinesstoday.org/meet-five-unique-women-in-jesus-family-tree
11. RZIM: https://www.rzim.org/
12. Book Of Mormon | Alma 32

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

WHY?

(all bold emphasis added in scripture quotes)

WHY do we so persistently avoid pondering (let alone practicing) a major healing modality of Christ and the early church?

WHY when that was the first power Christ gave to his chosen Twelve? when that was the first joyful report by the returning Seventy?
AND when [Jesus] had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. (New Testament | Matthew 10:1)

And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach, And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils: (New Testament | Mark 3:14-15)

And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits; ... And they cast out many devils, ... (New Testament | Mark 6:7, 13)

THEN he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. (New Testament | Luke 9:1)

And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. (New Testament | Luke 10:17)
WHY when the New Testament book of Acts has several accounts1 openly proclaiming the casting out of unclean spirits and devils?

WHY when Nephi's vision (of the Savior's life and mission) twice references devils and unclean spirits afflicting people and that by the power of the Lamb of God, they were cast out?
And he spake unto me again, saying: Look! And I looked, and I beheld the Lamb of God going forth among the children of men. And I beheld multitudes of people who were sick, and who were afflicted with all manner of diseases, and with devils and unclean spirits; and the angel spake and showed all these things unto me. And they were healed by the power of the Lamb of God; and the devils and the unclean spirits were cast out. (Book of Mormon | 1 Nephi 11:31)
WHY when our second scriptural witness to Christ also states:
And these signs shall follow them that believe—in my name shall they cast out devils; (Book of Mormon | Mormon 9:24)

And in the name of Jesus did he [Nephi3] cast out devils and unclean spirits; and even his brother did he raise from the dead, after he had been stoned and suffered death by the people. ... And as many as had devils cast out from them, and were healed of their sicknesses and their infirmities, did truly manifest unto the people that they had been wrought upon by the Spirit of God, and had been healed; ... (Book of Mormon | 3 Nephi 7:19, 22)
WHY when our Doctrine and Covenants states:
Require not miracles, except I shall command you, except casting out devils, healing the sick, and against poisonous serpents, and against deadly poisons; And these things ye shall not do, except it be required of you by them who desire it, that the scriptures might be fulfilled; for ye shall do according to that which is written. (Doctrine and Covenants | Section 24:13-14)

And whoso shall ask it in my name in faith, they shall cast out devils; ... (Doctrine and Covenants | Section 35:9)

And these signs shall follow them that believe— In my name they shall do many wonderful works; In my name they shall cast out devils; (Doctrine and Covenants | Section 84:65-67)

And these signs shall follow him—he shall heal the sick, he shall cast out devils, and shall be delivered from those who would administer unto him deadly poison; (Doctrine and Covenants | Section 124:98)

WHY when this was placed first of the signs that follow those that believe?
And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them: they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. (New Testament | Mark 16:17-18)
Do we deny / ignore Jesus' healing modality because we think we are more rational? more scientific? more sophisticated? more knowledgeable than Jesus, the Creator, the Great I AM?

Are we embarrassed / ashamed to admit that unclean spirits might be attached to, possessing of, or seeking to influence us2: our thoughts, actions, choices?

Are we more untouched than "Mary Magdalene out of whom [Jesus] had cast seven devils"3?

What do we think the devil, opposition, and testing are all about?

Have we not yet discerned the first Law of Attraction? that "the devil is more obsessed with those who are seeking to do and be good than those who are not"? that a good portion of the adversary's agenda is to get good people enamored with the culture, wealth, amenities, and philosophies of Babylon? OR, on the other hand, to encourage descent into overwhelming self-loathing, depressions, and despair?

How many have labored in agony over thoughts, feelings, addictions, obsessions, etc. that they think are self-generated from some flawed, un-redeemable core when they are, in fact, under attack by a lying adversary intent on capturing or destroying a child of God?

Whenever I hear of a suicide (and they are becoming so much more frequent), I wonder if, by being
unbelievers in Christ's healing modality;
unbelievers in the reality and extent of opposition and evil agendas;
▪ unprepared to ask and act in Christ's name in faith;
▪ afraid to look foolish, judgmental, or acting beyond authority;
▪ ignorant of the when-to, how-to,4
we have done everything but that most powerful thing​​?
[W]hoso[5] shall ask it in my name in faith, they shall cast out devils; ... (Doctrine and Covenants | Section 35:9)
I have already written a lot on this subject in prior posts because it distresses me that we seem to be unbelievers in one of the great rescuing / healing powers of God.
▪ Jesus: à la mode? at http://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2016/08/jesus-la-mode.html
▪ What Did Jesus Do? at http://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2016/12/what-did-jesus-do_16.html
▪ “We Are Legion”??? at http://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2016/10/we-are-legion.html
▪ A Gift of Awareness? at http://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2016/12/a-gift-of-awareness.html
I have heard latter-day psychologists, therapists, counselors etc, openly disdain the idea of unclean spirits — of casting out. And I continue to wonder if we will ever have the faith and courage to believe that God has given believers6 the power and authority to ask and act in His Name.

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1. New Testament | Acts 5:16 ~ There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.
New Testament | Acts 8:6–8 ~ And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.  For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed. And there was great joy in that city.
New Testament | Acts 10:38 ~ How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
New Testament | Acts 16:16-18 ~ And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying: The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation. And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.
New Testament | Acts 19:12 ~ So that from his [Paul's] body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.
2. Book of Mormon | 2 Nephi 28:20–22 ~ For behold, at that day shall he [the devil] rage in the hearts of the children of men, and stir them up to anger against that which is good. And others will he pacify, and lull them away into carnal security, that they will say: All is well in Zion; yea, Zion prospereth, all is well—and thus the devil cheateth their souls, and leadeth them away carefully down to hell. And behold, others he flattereth away, and telleth them there is no hell; and he saith unto them: I am no devil, for there is none—and thus he whispereth in their ears, until he grasps them with his awful chains, from whence there is no deliverance.
3. New Testament | Mark 16:9 ~ Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.
4. Some examples from Scripture:
New Testament | Mark 9:17-29 ~ And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not. He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me. And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming. And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child. And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us. Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him. And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead. But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose. And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out? And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.
New Testament | Acts 19:13–17 ~ Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.
Doctrine and Covenants | Section 50:30-35 ~ But know this, it shall be given you what you shall ask; and as ye are appointed to the head, the spirits shall be subject unto you. Wherefore, it shall come to pass, that if you behold a spirit manifested that you cannot understand, and you receive not that spirit, ye shall ask of the Father in the name of Jesus; and if he give not unto you that spirit, then you may know that it is not of God. And it shall be given unto you, power over that spirit; and you shall proclaim against that spirit with a loud voice that it is not of God— Not with railing accusation, that ye be not overcome, neither with boasting nor rejoicing, lest you be seized therewith. He that receiveth of God, let him account it of God; and let him rejoice that he is accounted of God worthy to receive. And by giving heed and doing these things which ye have received, and which ye shall hereafter receive—and the kingdom is given you of the Father, and power to overcome all things which are not ordained of him— [This instruction was given to Joseph Smith, "appointed to the head" but may be instructive to all, along with individual guidance of the Holy Spirit in each circumstance.]
Pearl of Great Price | Moses 1:18–22 ~ And again Moses said: I will not cease to call upon God, I have other things to inquire of him: for his glory has been upon me, wherefore I can judge between him and thee. Depart hence, Satan. And now, when Moses had said these words, Satan cried with a loud voice, and ranted upon the earth, and commanded, saying: I am the Only Begotten, worship me. And it came to pass that Moses began to fear exceedingly; and as he began to fear, he saw the bitterness of hell. Nevertheless, calling upon God, he received strength, and he commanded, saying: Depart from me, Satan, for this one God only will I worship, which is the God of glory. And now Satan began to tremble, and the earth shook; and Moses received strength, and called upon God, saying: In the name of the Only Begotten, depart hence, Satan. And it came to pass that Satan cried with a loud voice, with weeping, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth; and he departed hence, even from the presence of Moses, that he beheld him not.
5. New Testament | Mark 9:38 - 40 ~ And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us. But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me. For he that is not against us is on our part. [But also consider Act 19:13-17 quoted above in footnote 3.]
6. Who is a believer? Does it require a triune state, as in thought, word, and deed? See footnotes 4 & 5 above and also:
Old Testament | Deuteronomy 7:9 ~ Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations; [also Deuteronomy 11:13; 22; 19:9; 30:16]
New Testament | John 14:15 ~ If ye love me, keep my commandments.
New Testament | John 14:23–24 ~ Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: ...
New Testament | John 15:10 ~ If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.
New Testament | Romans 3:22 ~ Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
New Testament | 1 John 5:3 ~ For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
Doctrine and Covenants | Section 46:8-9 ~ Wherefore, beware lest ye are deceived; and that ye may not be deceived seek ye earnestly the best gifts, always remembering for what they are given; For verily I say unto you, they are given for the benefit of those who love me and keep all my commandments, and him that seeketh so to do; that all may be benefited that seek or that ask of me, that ask and not for a sign that they may consume it upon their lusts.
Doctrine and Covenants | Section 95:12 ~ If you keep not my commandments, the love of the Father shall not continue with you, therefore you shall walk in darkness.
New Testament | Mark 11:23 ~ For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Destroying Paradise?


Are we being fed clues about what is coming down the pike? Are we being tested to see what we will refuse to see? what we will tolerate? what we will accept from the mouths of “officials”? Can we appreciate the mockery of destroying Paradise?

Take a look at the selective, pulverizing destruction; at the unscathed, autumn-dry trees rustling beside atomized structures; at evergreens standing stately green in the wake of ferocious "wildfires." LISTEN to the real witnesses.1 Then consider this analysis and ponder:



(Begin at about minute 20; Also some language caution)

Did Serco ConAir Patents Cause California Wildfires via CIA Nanowaves?
(Time 58:26) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQrsEVg63Dg
Are we seeing the evidence of DEW (Directed Energy Weapons) or other man-made, secret weapons being tested on selected areas, like the fire-prone California landscape? What a great landscape to test destructive, patented technologies using the cover of nature's unpredictability? of plausible deniability?

Yes, natural fires can and do behave bizarrely, but when world history bears witness to perennial conspiracies by those pursuing and protecting power, gain, and prestige, why would those without conscience not use whatever means they had at their disposal to experiment with secret technologies that increased their power and gain? their sense of superiority and privilege? Can we not see the absurd, freakish anomalies in recent catastrophes?

If we cling to the myth that conspiracy theories are deserving of disdain, we will never awaken to a sense of our awful situation until it is too late.

If this was written of Noah's day, what might be said of ours?
And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.2
The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.3
And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language [technology?]; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.4
And what have some imagined to do? to take a video game scenario and transfer it to the real sky targeting houses, churches, businesses, vehicles, people with unerring precision? with gameful glee? then blaming Mother Nature? If we consent to call this a "fire"5 are we complicit in the deception? Does not the aftermath bear witness that this was an attack on Paradise and Butte County and its citizens as deliberate and orchestrated as 911 by the Hidden Complex6?
For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be. And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days. (New Testament | Mark 13:19-20)
 Are we prepared, at last, to fast and pray (without ceasing) for God's protection and His intervention to shorten these days of wickedness?

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1. A small sampling (language caution in many of these):
▪ UPDATE: 11/11/18 PARADISE CAMP FIRE ,,, (Time 52:02) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7hn3bov9Qg
▪ Santa Rosa Fires: ... (Time 6:15) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mufqnpT5_aI
▪ Paradise Camp Fire Destroys City / Paradise CA 11.9.18 (Time 2:30) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoFcTG-wDGo
▪ FIRES: DELIBERATE ... (Time 15:25) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppDusFw-O74 ; begin at about minute 2:28 for the highway of death and destruction reminiscent of the Iraq Gulf War I.
▪ DEW Lasers Confirmed Again. ... (Time 3:27) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEqaeNWkSDg
▪ Paradise Lost # 15 ... (Time 8:56) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmlxcLKryl0
▪ Phase 2 Of Fire Debris Removal ... (Time 2:32) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09Rjb9wcQLg
▪ Exclusive Interview with Fire Captain on Origins of CA Fires (Time: 21:15) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWvuPcurB6Q
▪ plus many others, including the Paradise Lost series at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCE5KlMLlrXWDhPklv7wK04g , etc. (As always use discretion and discernment.)
2. Old Testament | Genesis 6:5
3. Old Testament |  Genesis 6:11
4. Old Testament | Genesis 11:6
5. (in the same sense as blaming "fire" for the three 911 collapses?)
6. The Two-edged Sword of Technology:  http://dejavu-times.blogspot.com/2018/11/the-two-edged-sword-of-technology.html

Sunday, November 18, 2018

A Latter-day Jeremiah?

in·dict·ment
  NOUN
 1. an act of indicting.
 2. Law. a formal accusation initiating a criminal case, presented by a grand jury and usually required for felonies and other serious crimes.
 3. any charge, accusation, serious criticism, or cause for blame.
 4. the state of being indicted.
       Source: Dictionary.com (bold emphasis added)
If ever there were a prophet who indicted the "children of God," it was old Jeremiah.1 In our day — at least on a political / legal level — we are hearing about thousands of sealed indictments, but in the case of old Jeremiah, the indictments were not sealed; NOR are the ten latter-day indictments of Paul Washer which he profiles in a speech entitled, Ten Indictments Against the Modern Church.2  Paul Washer3 is a controversial, outspoken Baptist minister, so an important question for us is: Are we open to examining the indictments of this Baptist minister? open to asking ourselves how many of these déjà vu charges might also apply to us?

Washer's indictments are:
1.  A Denial of the Sufficiency of Scripture
2.  An Ignorance of God
3.  A Failure to Address Man’s Malady
4.  An Ignorance of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
5.  An Unbiblical Gospel Invitation
6.  An Ignorance Regarding the Nature of the Church
7.  A Lack of Compassionate Church Discipline
8.  A Silence on Separation
9.  A Replacement of the Scriptures Regarding the Family
10. Pastors Malnourished in the Word of God
Do we have the courage to read and ponder his words?

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1. Jeremiah ~ LDS Bible Dictionary: "After [King] Josiah’s death [Jeremiah] tried to stem, almost alone, the tide of idolatry and immorality, of self-deception founded on superficial reforms (Jer. 3:4–5; 7:8–10), and of fanatical confidence in the Lord’s protection, in which all classes were carried away. He had to face continuous opposition and insult from the priests (20:2), the mob (26:8–9), his townsmen at Anathoth (11:19), the frivolous and cruel (22:13; 36:23; 26:20), the king (36:19), and the army (38:4)."
2. Washer, Paul. Ten Indictments against the Modern Church. Chapel Library. Kindle Edition. Also available for free download or hard copy request at https://www.chapellibrary.org/literature/title-catalog/?fldTitle=washer&searchType=lit
3. Who is Paul Washer: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/jesuscreed/2010/09/06/who-is-paul-washer-john-frye/ ; http://www.heartcrymissionary.com/paul-washers-bio ; https://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Wolves/paul_washer.htm . Will we allow controversy or criticism of outspoken ministers to keep us from reading their words and making our own discernments? What do we imagine was said about old Jeremiah in his day to discourage people from pondering his words? See also: https://rosemichels.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/rosario-charo-washer-interview/

Thursday, October 18, 2018

No Laughing Matter?


Source from the CBC story: see footnote 1
We just finished listening to an incredibly light-hearted interview on CBC's “As It Happens.”1 It concerned the erection of a guillotine on a Brooklyn rooftop. We might have learned something if the CBC host had researched and followed up the witness interview with an interview of someone who knew something of import. Who owns the building? Who erected the “work”? Are there any more of these around the country? Have any working guillotines been purchased recently for use in the USA? By whom and how many? Are the rumors of 30,000 credible? Are that many needed to service the recent legislative proposals for guillotine use in capital crimes?2

Makes one wonder: Could this Brooklyn guillotine be another (supposed) karma dump3 upon gullible, naïve, myopic “deplorables”? one more dark “revelation” in a long line of dark “revelations” presented in movies, half-time shows, concerts, music videos, high-end commercials, art work, theatre, etc.? one more mockery of the unsuspecting? one more justification to jeer at those who seeing see not?

Can Fema camps, guillotines, stockpiled coffins, etc. all be debunked? Or is much of the debunking of “conspiracies” just another psy-op to keep us asleep to the déjà vu of forever recycling conspiracies in pursuit of power and gain?4

When will we wake-up5 to the depth of corruption, criminality, and rampant psychopathy that is running this world toward the fulfillment of the Georgia Guidestones?6 toward a World Order (WO)7 that is designed to burst forth with a suddenness that will be paralyzing for those who have been unbelievers8 in the reality of evil and the massive frauds and deceptions orchestrated by mortal demons and their order-followers?

It truly is no laughing matter.

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1. https://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/why-is-there-a-guillotine-on-this-brooklyn-rooftop-1.4868600
2. HB 1274 - Death penalty; guillotine provisions: http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/archives/19951996/leg/fulltext/hb1274.htm
3. Karma dump: where those who perpetrate evil believe responsibility and consequence transfer to those who seeing, see not. [Karma: “... Good intent and good deeds contribute to good karma and future happiness, while bad intent and bad deeds contribute to bad karma and future suffering.”] See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karma
4.  http://dejavu-times.blogspot.com/2018/07/beyond-naive.html ; http://dejavu-times.blogspot.com/2017/10/operation-psychopath.html ; http://dejavu-times.blogspot.com/2017/09/your-lawyers-your-judges-llps-or-not.html
5. Book of Mormon | Ether 8:24 ~ Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you; or wo be unto it, because of the blood of them who have been slain; for they cry from the dust for vengeance upon it, and also upon those who built it up. [Bold emphasis added.]
New Testament | Revelation 20:4 ~ ... and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands;
6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_Guidestones
7. http://dejavu-times.blogspot.com/search/label/Deception
8. http://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/search/label/Unbelievers

Friday, October 12, 2018

What's in a Name?


Melchizedek?
THERE are, in the church, two priesthoods, namely, the Melchizedek and Aaronic, including the Levitical Priesthood.
2 Why the first is called the Melchizedek Priesthood is because Melchizedek was such a great high priest.
3 Before his day it was called the Holy Priesthood, after the Order of the Son of God.
4 But out of respect or reverence to the name of the Supreme Being, to avoid the too frequent repetition of his name, they, the church, in ancient days, called that priesthood after Melchizedek, or the Melchizedek Priesthood.
(Doctrine and Covenants | Section 107:1-4, bold emphasis added.)
Mormon?
... I may safely say that the word Mormon stands independent of the learning and wisdom of this generation.--Before I give a definition, however, to the word, let me say that the Bible in its widest sense, means good; for the Savior says according to the gospel of John, "I am the good shepherd;" and it will not be beyond the common use of terms, to say that good is among the most important in use, and though known by various names in different languages, still its meaning is the same, and is ever in opposition to "bad." We say from the Saxon, "good"; the Dane, "god"; the Goth, "goda"; the German, "gut"; the Dutch, "goed"; the Latin, "bonus"; the Greek, "kalos"; the Hebrew, "tob"; and the "Egyptian, "mon." Hence, with the addition of "more," or the contraction, "mor," we have the word "mormon"; which means, literally, "more good."
Yours,
JOSEPH SMITH.
(May 15, 1843.) T&S 4:194.1
If Joseph is right about God being the superior interpreter of language (see full text below at footnote 1), then perhaps Mormon has more meaning than just as a nickname, even if often abused and maligned, though, there is probably no name more abused and maligned in this world than that of the Savior's.

In addition, we have seen in scriptural history how mortal names have been used to reference things that were clearly sourced in God or were substituted or shadowed for His name or the name of His Father, as in:
» The City of Enoch
» The Law of Moses
» Children of Israel
» Son of David2
» Son of Abraham3
» Aaronic Priesthood (Priesthood of Aaron)4
» Levitical Priesthood4
ON THE OTHER HAND ...5

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1. Full text:
Section Six 1843-44, p.300
Here then the subject is put to silence, for "none other people knoweth our language," therefore the Lord, and not man, had to interpret, after the people were all dead. And as Paul said, "the world by wisdom know not God," so the world by speculation are destitute of revelation; and as God in his superior wisdom, has always given his Saints, wherever he had any on the earth, the same spirit, and that spirit, as John says, is the true spirit of prophecy, which is the testimony of Jesus. I may safely say that the word Mormon stands independent of the learning and wisdom of this generation.--Before I give a definition, however, to the word, let me say that the Bible in its widest sense, means good; for the Savior says according to the gospel of John, "I am the good shepherd;" and it will not be beyond the common use of terms, to say that good is among the most important in use, and though known by various names in different languages, still its meaning is the same, and is ever in opposition to "bad." We say from the Saxon, "good"; the Dane, "god"; the Goth, "goda"; the German, "gut"; the Dutch, "goed"; the Latin, "bonus"; the Greek, "kalos"; the Hebrew, "tob"; and the "Egyptian, "mon." Hence, with the addition of "more," or the contraction, "mor," we have the word "mormon"; which means, literally, "more good."
Yours,
JOSEPH SMITH.
(May 15, 1843.) T&S 4:194. (Bold emphasis added.)
found at https://www.boap.org/LDS/Joseph-Smith/Teachings/T6.html (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Deseret Book Company, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1970, p. 300).
2. New Testament | Matthew1:1; 12:23; 15:22; 20:30-31; 21:9, 15; 22:42; Mark 10:47-48; 12:35; Luke 18:38-39
3. New Testament | Matthew 1:1
4. Doctrine and Covenants | Section 107:1-4
5. On the Other Hand: Book of Mormon | 3 Nephi 27:3-9 ~ And they said unto him: Lord, we will that thou wouldst tell us the name whereby we shall call this church; for there are disputations among the people concerning this matter. And the Lord said unto them: Verily, verily, I say unto you, why is it that the people should murmur and dispute because of this thing? Have they not read the scriptures, which say ye must take upon you the name of Christ, which is my name? For by this name shall ye be called at the last day; And whoso taketh upon him my name, and endureth to the end, the same shall be saved at the last day. Therefore, whatsoever ye shall do, ye shall do it in my name; therefore ye shall call the church in my name; and ye shall call upon the Father in my name that he will bless the church for my sake. And how be it my church save it be called in my name? For if a church be called in Moses' name then it be Moses' church; or if it be called in the name of a man then it be the church of a man; but if it be called in my name then it is my church, if it so be that they are built upon my gospel. Verily I say unto you, that ye are built upon my gospel; therefore ye shall call whatsoever things ye do call, in my name; therefore if ye call upon the Father, for the church, if it be in my name the Father will hear you;
New Testament | 1 Corinthians 1:12–13 ~ Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?
New Testament | 1 Corinthians 3:21–23 ~ Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours; Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; And ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's.
Doctrine and Covenants | Section 76:98-101 ~ And the glory of the telestial is one, even as the glory of the stars is one; for as one star differs from another star in glory, even so differs one from another in glory in the telestial world; For these are they who are of Paul, and of Apollos, and of Cephas.  These are they who say they are some of one and some of another—some of Christ and some of John, and some of Moses, and some of Elias, and some of Esaias, and some of Isaiah, and some of Enoch;  But received not the gospel, neither the testimony of Jesus, neither the prophets, neither the everlasting covenant.

As we can see, things are not always as cut-and-dried as most of us would like.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Why was Jonah so “very angry”?


Background: Nineveh was an ancient city of Assyria—a nation known for war, destruction, terror, torture, and murder.1 As the story unfolds, a reluctant Jonah is persuaded by God to warn Nineveh of imminent destruction if the people do not repent, which they almost immediately did.
And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not. BUT it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry. (Old Testament | Jonah 3:10-4:1)
So why was Jonah so very angry? Could it be the same reason that caused Biblical Job to be so distressed and confused?2 Might it also prove to be the same reason why many of us will become confused or angry when “Justice and Judgment”3 takes the bench and rules contrary to our will or perspective?

Some believe that Jonah was afraid to go to Nineveh because of its reputation, but Jonah's words  suggest that he feared not Nineveh, but rather God's will and ways.
I pray thee, O LORD, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil. Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live. (Old Testament | Jonah 4:2-3)
The whole world knew of Assyria's infamy and menace, and undoubtedly thousands in Israel prayed day and night for justice and judgment to reign down upon those purveyors of trauma and terror. But what did Nineveh know, prior to Jonah, of God, or goodness, or truth? What was the culture they were immersed in from birth? Were they not like unto cattle driven hither and thither at the whims, commands, and customs of their leaders because that was all they knew of obedience? of survival?

To have been so instrumental in immediately convicting Nineveh of its abominations, Jonah must have preached such fire and brimstone that the city was overwhelmed with his truths. And what was he preaching with such passion if not Justice and Judgment? Do his words not tell us that God's seeming abandonment of these values distressed Jonah to the point that he questioned the whole purpose of his life? Did it not appear that God's mercy had robbed justice, especially when God's Word is saturated with promises of justice and judgment for the wicked?

But God tried to teach Jonah (and other lovers of Justice and Judgment) that all things are not as they appear.
And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much [like unto?] cattle? (Old Testament | Jonah 4:11)
Is this why Justice and Judgment are to be strictly left in the hands of God?

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1. Grisly Assyrian Record of Torture and Death By Erika Belibtreu at https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/f4af/bb82f1b7920fa9444e29eb128bd13832cd46.pdf ; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assyria
2. http://dejavu-times.blogspot.com/search/label/Biblical%20Job ; http://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/search/label/Biblical%20Job
3. Old Testament | Psalms 89:14 ~ Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.
Old Testament | Proverbs 21:3 ~ To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
Pearl of Great Price | Moses 6:61 ~ Therefore it is given to abide in you; the record of heaven; the Comforter; the peaceable things of immortal glory; the truth of all things; that which quickeneth all things, which maketh alive all things; that which knoweth all things, and hath all power according to wisdom, mercy, truth, justice, and judgment.
Pearl of Great Price | Abraham 3 Fac.:1 ~ Fig. 1. Abraham sitting upon Pharaoh's throne, by the politeness of the king, with a crown upon his head, representing the Priesthood, as emblematical of the grand Presidency in Heaven; with the scepter of justice and judgment in his hand.
Book of Mormon | Alma 60:13 ~ For the Lord suffereth the righteous to be slain that his justice and judgment may come upon the wicked; therefore ye need not suppose that the righteous are lost because they are slain; but behold, they do enter into the rest of the Lord their God.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Unwitting Targets? Unwitting, Unwilling Dupes?


I continue to be amazed at the number of friends, acquaintances, latter-day bloggers, and pod-casters who remain unaware or unconcerned about escalating massive deceptions, conspiracies, and targeting of whistle blowers and the innocent (on both the right and the left). The technology of both subtle and overt persecution is sweeping more and more surveillance-saturated humans into a a dragnet of compromise, control, distress, and / or destruction. For example:



Michael Barden – Targeted Individual When The Police Harass You, Who Do You Call?
(Time 56:36) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dy3XCyBVOj8
Do we imagine our technology (both known and hidden) is devoted to “do no evil”? Do we imagine that the adversary has not conscripted every soul, tool, and technology possible to further his agenda of destruction? Do we imagine that “I have nothing to hide or be ashamed of” is sufficient protection? Do we forget that the adversary is:
● the enemy of every truth and good?
● the father of all lies?
● a false accuser?
● the tempter to selfishness, excess, greed, and conflict?
● a destroyer of the souls of men?
● an entity utterly without conscience or empathy?
What will those obsessed with pursuing and protecting power, gain, and pleasure not attempt in service to the adversary's obsession to co-opt the world? to destroy every soul that will not join the dark “team”? How long will those who obey orders without question keep obeying when questions begin to arise?

What do we imagine the massive data banks are being used for? How many of our private conversations, actions, likes, dislikes, obsessions, addictions, "sins," etc. etc. are stored just waiting for the perfect "persuasive" moment to stimulate some action in furtherance of another's nefarious agenda? When will we recognize how much of our government, corporate, charitable, entertainment, justice and law enforcement, (etc., etc.) worlds are controlled by fear, fraud, blackmail, conspiracy, extortion, favor, pay-to-play, etc.? So much is still hidden to those who will not see, despite the overwhelming evidence; exacerbated by the myopia and complicity of the MSM.

Are not those who mock "conspiracy theorists"; who deny the reality of brownstone, honeypot, and yacht ops; who pretend that MKUltra, SRA, and pedophile victims are few and far between; who believe that targeted individuals are mentally-ill paranoids—are they not (to but it baldly) dupes and accomplices, aiding and abetting the enemy of all that is good? Could these words apply?
Let not that which I have appointed [the good, the true, the beautiful] be polluted by mine enemies, by the consent of those who call themselves after my name;1
Never in the history of our world (as far as we know) has evil had such global power to enslave and control, manipulate and extort. We remain oblivious to the machinations and conspiracies of evil at our peril, at the peril of our families, and of our remaining freedoms.

How many “targets” feel they are losing their sanity? How many have chosen suicide as the only way out of confusion, distress, and persecution? How many others have chosen to participate in the surveillance and stalking of others thinking they were doing their country a service? (or for other less altruistic reasons?)

Please, let us become aware. Let us stand against organized surveillance and stalking. Let us sustain those who are targeted. Let us never be seduced or coerced into joining in surveillance, harassing, bullying programs as described in the above video (and hundreds of others). Our world is truly in a dire state of SOS. Let us organize our own, community-by-community, SOS rescues:


SEE: http://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2017/07/sos-call-to-action.html
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1. Doctrine and Covenants | Section 101:97

Saturday, August 18, 2018

"The Delight of Dishonest Men"

(The déjà vu of every age?)
Solon*
Solon*: " ... It is the townsfolk themselves and their false-hearted leaders who would fain destroy our great city through wantonness and love of money. But they are destined to suffer sorely for their outrageous behavior. They know not how to hold in check their full-fed lust, or, content with the merriment the banquet affords, to take their pleasure soberly and in order. . . . They are rich because they yield to the temptation of dishonest courses. . . . They spare neither the treasures of the gods nor the property of the state, and steal like brigands one from another. They pay no heed to the unshaken rock of holy Justice, who, though she be silent, is aware of all that happeneth now or hath happened in the past, and, in course of time, surely cometh to demand retribution. Lo, even now there cometh upon the whole city a plague which none may escape. The people have come quickly into degrading bondage ; bondage rouseth from their sleep war and civil strife ; and war destroyeth many in the beauty of their youth. As if she were the prey of foreign foes, our beloved city is rapidly wasted and consumed in those secret conspiracies which are the delight of dishonest men. "These are the evils which stalk at home. Meanwhile the poor and needy in great numbers are loaded with shameful bonds and sold into slavery in foreign lands. . . . Thus public calamity cometh to the house of every individual, and a man is no longer safe within the gates of his own court, which refuse him their protection. It leapeth over the garden wall, however high it be, and surely findeth him out, though he run and hide himself in the inmost corner of his chamber."1
Do we imagine that "those secret conspiracies which are the delight of dishonest men" have not been the déjà vu of every age, in every nation? So why are we afraid / ashamed of being labelled a "conspiracy theorist? The reality of world history is conspiracy upon conspiracy of those pursuing and protecting power and gain. The truth, as some have noted, is "conspiracy realist."

Whistle-blowers, truth tellers, and conspirators know this reality: how secret conspiracies have risen to the top of both the right and the left; how intimidation, fear, suppression, and murder attempt to keep the secrets (and the power and the gain); how unwilling most are to see and hear the full truth about people without conscience (PWOCs); how easily we are manipulated into the agendas and attractions of power and gain; how "private calamity" is already upon tens of thousands who resist or who try to expose the conspiracies; how near we are to full-blown "public calamity"; how dire is our peril if we do not, individually and unitedly, wake up, speak up, and stand up for transparency, accountability, and justice.

NB: This is not to say that every conspiracy allegation is true for the enemy of all righteousness knows that mixing false and true is the most effective means of deception, and thereafter to suppress, censor, or malign any attempt to sort out the mix-up!!. See “Mix-up?” at http://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2017/11/mix-up.html

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*Solon: “( c. 638 – c. 558 BC) was an Athenian statesman, lawmaker and poet. He is remembered particularly for his efforts to legislate against political, economic and moral decline in archaic Athens (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solon); a contemporary of Jeremiah and Lehi.

1. https://ia800504.us.archive.org/23/items/solonathenian00linf/solonathenian00linf.pdf : pp. 141-142 (bold emphasis added).

 
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