Sunday, May 19, 2019

“The DOGS of War”


(or more precisely, “The GODS of War”)
In English, the dogs of war is a phrase spoken by Mark Antony in Act 3, Scene 1, line 273 of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar: "Cry 'Havoc!,' and let slip the dogs of war."1
Neither Shakespeare nor Plutarch, his probable source, would have understood how apt that phrase and the “anagram” (DOGS) would prove, particularly beginning in the 19th Century2 and now escalated to unbelievable proportions as GODS in our 21st Century.

And, it is doubtful, WE will ever understand:
» the dire state of our world—of our idolatry and gods;
» the machinations and secret combinations of the many without conscience who pursue and protect power and gain at any and every cost; or
» the cryptic words of prophecy,
until WE understand and admit what underpins (and helps explain) them all, being
Guns
Oil
Drugs
Sex
Could these four prove a layered, intertwining dimension of the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse?3

Guns: Behold a déjà vu historical reality: the guy with the advanced, fastest, and most weapons wins4—BUT for the guys manufacturing, selling, or profiting in weapons, the goal is a “balance of weapons-power.” If no one can permanently win, then war (or more subtlety and preferably, proxy-wars) can go on forever, necessitating the production and consumption of more and more weapons (not to mention of oil, gas, etc.), thus preserving:
»  profits of war;
»  perpetual clean-ups and reconstructions;
»  perpetual (and increasing) funding of Military Industrial/Intelligence Complexes (MIICs) and their contractors;
»  surreptitious selling of patents, trade-secrets, weapons, materials & minerals for private profit.
Why, indeed, would weaponizers and profiteers want an end to war when war is the most lucrative business imaginable5? Remember the threat: “I will buy up armies and navies, [false priests who oppress] and reign with blood and horror on this earth.”6

Oil: The exposés of what has been done (and often suppressed) about crimes, corruptions, and deceptions engaged in, in the pursuit of oil, gas, and minerals are numerous and known by those who care to know. The treasures extracted from the veins of mother earth still govern world affairs, economics, and conflict. Here is a 2-part documentary about the obsessive, psychopathic pursuit of power and control (via energy markets) to create an oligarchy7 or oiligarchy as Corbett terms it:
How and Why Big Oil Conquered the World
https://www.corbettreport.com/bigoil/
Is it not incredibly ironic that the $1,000.00 loan to John D. Rockefeller (JDR) that eventually led8 to the founding of the soon-to-be monopolistic Standard Oil company was given to JDR (late 1850s) by his snake-oil salesman father, William Avery Rockefeller (WAR), aka “Devil Bill”9? JDR's apparent co-founder of Standard Oil was also WAR (William Avery Rockefeller, Jr.). Could the gods of irony be any more transparent? Could there be any greater vehicle to fund the agenda of total domination and control than controlling the world's energy sectors? even the forthcoming, so-called, green ones?

Drugs: Why do we have such a drug crisis? Could it be because the powers-that-be are not fighting drugs, but pretending to—allowing only the selective prosecution of low-level dealers or unauthorized/uncooperative high-level competitors? In suppressed truth, the dominating powers are participating in and protecting the growth, manufacture, and running of drugs in every conceivable way for massive profit. They trade weapons for drugs, overtly or secretly weaponizing even so-called enemies in the process. The drug-running through Mena Arkansas was only the tip of an iceberg that still seeks to hide reality, accountability, and a host of sins and sinners under the pejorative “conspiracy theory.” But the warning and exposing voices are too numerous to discount. If only WE would allow ourselves to see and hear the reality: Drug-running is helping fund MIICs, private contractors, and black-ops that are tearing our world apart. The justification of doing bad things for good purpose—fighting socialist/communist ideologies—is pure fraud and self-deception10 as the very ones who “justify” are the same ones surreptitiously selling or allowing the sale of materials, weapons, and technology to their alleged “enemies” often for drugs—then selling the drugs (through criminal affiliations) to their own “expendable” citizens. In the end, what does drug-running and war exacerbate but disease, famine, death, and conquest of body and soul?

Sex: The pillage, rape, and plunder of humanity has forever been the legacy of war, BUT in these latter-days of surveillance technology, sex has also become the greatest entrapment/blackmail weapon ever wielded to puppeteer kings/queens, princes, presidents, PMs, popes, cardinals, priests, generals, politicians, bankers, producers, actors, and a myriad other useful human assets. Over the years, many moral taboos have fallen victim to prevalence till we have come to the last taboo: pedophilia. And so the gods and dogs of war continue, creating more and more orphans and other victims of crime and chaos to feed power, greed, and the last taboo.

Where is the nation? where are the people? who will reject the gods of war? who will NEVER “let slip the dogs of war” for the sake of power and profit? Where are the presidents, politicians, broadcasters, citizens with courage?

Where is the resounding voice of WE, THE PEOPLE???

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1. Dogs of War: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_dogs_of_war_(phrase) . If one is open to truths about power and gain agendas and actions, take up George Webb on Twitter or YouTube, e.g.. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrQ-wHKVi0JDWjQGcuoYnew. He speaks of the dogs and gods of war in several of his podcasts and was one of the inspirations for this post.
2. Opium Wars: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opium_Wars
3. Four Horseman: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Horsemen_of_the_Apocalypse
4. (except when the real God intervenes)
5. Not only for the manufacture and sale of high- and low-tech weapons, but for all the GDP generated by clean-up and reconstruction, often by the same corps or subsidiaries of those who did the initial destruction—not to mention the economic chaos that allows high-rollers to roll-in and buy-up distressed land and assets at rock-bottom prices—especially if the land is oil rich or along a proposed oil/gas pipeline.
6. Line delivered by the actor playing Satan in a dramatic script of the LDS Church. The text in square brackets is their revision from the former (circa 170 year-old) text “popes and priests.”
7. ("a government in which a small group exercises control especially for corrupt and selfish purposes." Source: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oligarchy)
8. (via a series of business ventures, including substantial profits from the civil war, and in 1863 building an oil refinery. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_D._Rockefeller)
9https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Rockefeller_Sr.
10Doctrine and Covenants | Section 10:25–28 ~ For Example: Yea, he [Satan] saith unto them: Deceive and lie in wait to catch, that ye may destroy; behold, this is no harm. And thus he flattereth them, and telleth them that it is no sin to lie that they may catch a man in a lie, that they may destroy him. And thus he flattereth them, and leadeth them along until he draggeth their souls down to hell; and thus he causeth them to catch themselves in their own snare. And thus he goeth up and down, to and fro in the earth, seeking to destroy the souls of men. Verily, verily, I say unto you, wo be unto him that lieth to deceive because he supposeth that another lieth to deceive, for such are not exempt from the justice of God.

Friday, April 19, 2019

The Test of Power?

We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion.1
How fascinating that “the nature and disposition of almost all men ... to exercise unrighteous dominion” has been so thoroughly confirmed.


How to Deprogram a Sociopath: A Proposal (Time 39:37)
[Davi Barker: Authoritarian Sociopathy] at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceyvTFr5vtU&feature=youtu.be 2
Most of us probably think we are immune to the “spirit of power” that seems to overtake those who rise to, or are appointed or elected to positions of power; a spirit that oft envelopes even those who merely simulate power scenarios as was illustrated in this video3 presented several years ago; a spirit also described here:
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.4
Two of the great tests in this world, documented déjà vu on déjà vu, are the test of wealth and the test of power, both of which foster and flourish in secret combinations.5

Too bad more of us do not recognize the expressions of power in ourselves and in those we elevate to power, and why most seldom manifest in office what was promised in campaign. If there were more awareness and exposure of the dark "nature and disposition" of power in almost every human heart, maybe more of us would pass the test.

A recommended place to achieve greater awareness: The Powers That Be: Theology for a New Millennium by Walter Wink.

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1. Doctrine and Covenants | Section 121:39 (bold emphasis added)
2. See also at https://www.corbettreport.com/interview-1439-davi-barker-on-authoritarian-sociopathy/ or Davi Barker, Authoritarian Sociopathy (Time 52:19 at https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=davi+barker
3. https://dejavu-times.blogspot.com/2014/03/truly-afflicted-with-riches.html
4. New Testament | Ephesians 6:12
5. Book of Mormon | Ether 8:22-23 ~ And whatsoever nation shall uphold such secret combinations, to get power and gain, until they shall spread over the nation, behold, they shall be destroyed; ... Wherefore, O ye Gentiles, it is wisdom in God that these things should be shown unto you, that thereby ye may repent of your sins, and suffer not that these murderous combinations shall get above you, which are built up to get power and gain—and the work, yea, even the work of destruction come upon you, yea, even the sword of the justice of the Eternal God shall fall upon you, to your overthrow and destruction if ye shall suffer these things to be. (Bold emphasis added.)
Book of Mormon | Ether 11:15 ~ And it came to pass that there arose a rebellion among the people, because of that secret combination which was built up to get power and gain; (Bold emphasis added.)

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

A Shift in Church Records?


With the April 4, 2019 announcement that—
These changes [new policies] do not represent a shift in Church doctrine related to marriage or the commandments of God in regard to chastity and morality1
—the question immediately comes to mind: What of church records? What will the changes require?—necessitate? What options must the Certificates of Record now offer? What of Family History and other records and lists?
Parents of child:
1. Father: ___________________
    Mother: __________________

2. Father: ___________________
    Father: ___________________

3. Mother: ___________________
    Mother: ___________________

4. Other: ____________________
    Other: ____________________

Other Records / Software:
1. Husband: __________________
    Wife: _____________________

2. Husband: __________________
    Husband: __________________

3. Wife: _____________________
    Wife: _____________________

4. Other: _____________________
    Other: _____________________

Just wondering about a lot of things.

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1. https://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/first-presidency-messages-general-conference-leadership-session-april-2019#oaks

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

“To Make the Known Unknown”?


If there is a succinct phrase that could describe the condition of our day, it might be the title to this post.
"To make the known unknown."*
God's promise has always been the reverse: to make the unknown known to those who seek:
Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. (Old Testament | Jeremiah 33:3)

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: (New Testament | Matthew 7:7)
BUT in this age we have become inundated with fake news, false flags, propaganda, and psy-ops orchestrated and funded by the very powers that claim to have our best interests and security at heart. We have fallen into an age where that which is known to millions is ignored by millions as though what they know (what witness after witness has revealed at risk to life and limb) were completely unknown. As if we cannot bring ourselves to see, hear, or speak about what is being done in our world. As if we cannot remember:
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (New Testament | Ephesians 6:12)
This Déjà Vu blog has tried, over the past decade, to help keep conscious that which is known (has been witnessed time after time) about the forces and fabrications of the adversary; a consciousness of not resisting evil with evil but of resisting the powers with awareness, prayer, exposure, and invitations to redemption.

Here is a brief excerpt detailing our current circumstance from “Engaging the Powers” by Walter Wink:
The world-atmosphere teaches us what we can value. In the Domination System generally, it teaches us to value power. In any particular society, however, power is given specific shape by the peculiar conditions of the time. What characterizes our society is the unique value ascribed to money. People in every age have coveted wealth, but few societies have lionized the entrepreneur as ours does. Aristocratic societies—and most societies have been aristocratic—have tended to look down on acquisitiveness and to despise merchants. Modern capitalism, by contrast, has made wealth the highest value. Our entire social system has become an "economy"; no earlier society would have characterized itself thus. Profit is the highest social good. Consumerism has become the only universally available mode of participation in modern society. The work ethic has been replaced by the consumption ethic, the cathedral by the skyscraper, the hero by the billionaire, the saint by the executive, religion by ideology. The Kingdom of Mammon exercises constraint by invisible chains and drives its slaves with invisible prods. (How rare it is for rich people to say, "I have enough.") But Mammon is wiser in its way than the dictator, for money enslaves not by force but by love.

The world-atmosphere also teaches us what to see. "One can say not only that as individuals we live within a sociocultural organism but also that the sociocultural organism lives within us. Not only are we individual units within an organized society, but organized society is represented and incarnated within our brains." Whatever the System tells our brains is real is what we are allowed to notice; everything else must be ignored. "We give the system the power to make the known unknown."[*] Thus we are taught to mistrust our own experiences.

Every observation is a directed observation, that is, an observation for or against a point of view. Every mind is a "contaminated mind," a mind constructed of a network of suppositions and assumptions. All descriptions are paradigm-conditioned and value-laden. A Skinnerian and a Freudian will not only describe the same behavior in incompatible ways, but their conceptual frameworks actually cause them to see different behaviors. The observed behavior is different in each case. The result of this limitation on what we are allowed to see is a miniaturization of our living world.

These limitations of sight are to a degree merely a consequence of finitude. But to some extent they are also the result of a system that is deliberately blinding us to God's true intent for humanity:

Walter Wink. Engaging the Powers: Discernment and Resistance in a World of Domination (Kindle Locations 812-829). Kindle Edition. [ All bold emphasis has been added, and 3 footnote references omitted.]
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* Wink's Footnote 12: Anne Wilson Schaef, When Society Becomes an Addict (San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1987), 108.  at Walter Wink. Engaging the Powers: Discernment and Resistance in a World of Domination (Kindle Locations 4926-4927). Kindle Edition.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

"Nonviolence for the Violent"?


The great déjà vu of history must be the continuity of domination systems and the violence that sustains them. When we look at our inner and outer selves and at the systems we have established, almost all—whatever the “altruistic” origins—seem to rapidly devolve into domination systems, even within our families.

But perhaps the greatest domination system in history is the deep state fronted by US, our secretive agencies, and coerced allies. When we finally open our eyes and ears to the depth of murder and mayhem that we have resorted to in pursuit of power, gain, and so-called security, the crimes and corruptions of the socialist/communist system will pale in comparison to those of the secretive, hypocritical Babylonian system1 that we have embraced and energized.

The violence that has been perpetrated by this nation that was born in such hope and promise is tragic beyond description. Many have tried to witness what they have seen and experienced, but so few USians want the truth; but for those who do, what do WE do so that we do not mirror the violence?

Perhaps we can learn vital lessons from 2000 years ago—not from the supposed wimp Jesus, but from the radical, outspoken Jesus who used the domination system against itself in nonviolent ways. Perhaps it is time to reassess what Jesus really intended with turn the other cheek; with let him have thy cloak also; with go the second mile.2



Walter Wink (1): Nonviolence for the Violent (Time 8:11) at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gC8pffvX1to&list=PL2oZnDZepAhfBN8Zg9pFGzaN_WoPyfvSw
Part 2 (Time 9:24) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUc3lAhJs8c&list=PL2oZnDZepAhfBN8Zg9pFGzaN_WoPyfvSw&index=2
Part 3 (Time 8:40) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UejcCTSwJ6I&list=PL2oZnDZepAhfBN8Zg9pFGzaN_WoPyfvSw&index=3
Part 4 (Time 8:58) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9buysvm0SGE&list=PL2oZnDZepAhfBN8Zg9pFGzaN_WoPyfvSw&index=4
Part 5 (Time 10:01) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_1jpwHsRus&list=PL2oZnDZepAhfBN8Zg9pFGzaN_WoPyfvSw&index=5
For latter-day ideas for nonviolent resistance, check out Gene Sharp and his advocates.3

Oh, that we had a passionate, repentant Jonah4 preaching with power to a seeing, hearing US!

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1. The REAL nemesis of Zion:  https://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2017/08/conflation.html ; https://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2014/12/deception-inc.html ; https://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2015/01/arms-race.html ; https://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2014/12/the-sound-of-trump.html ; https://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2010/02/economics-of-babylon.html ; https://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2009/12/economics-of-jesus.html
2. New Testament | Matthew 5:39–41 ~ 39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil [with evil?]: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also. 41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.
3. The secret to effective nonviolent resistance | Jamila Raqib (Time 8:57 TED talk) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIpgrZ8yS-Q ; Gene Sharp - Hardtalk (Time 23:47) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wZESH4D1ik&t=581s
4. https://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2018/09/why-was-jonah-so-very-angry.html

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

"That we do ALWAYS remember ..." (what?)


Photo credit below
Most every Sunday, many of us say amen to words1 we give little thought to during the following week; and after that amen, we partake of bread and water in remembrance and witness of those words—one of which is ALWAYS.2 Yet, if we could count our thoughts even on the day of our witness, how would our remembrance be graphed?

Below, in the footnotes,3 is a small sampling of what has become, recognized in this age of digital devices, as the foremost observable obsession / addiction / attraction / distraction of perhaps any age of world history—the ubiquitous smartphone: that thing millions always remember; that millions nigh panic over if mis- or displaced; that thing that commands attention and remembrance.

So how do we always remember Him in the face of such unrelenting distraction? For starters we can acknowledge our failing—we can raise our consciousness to a new level of knowing how little we are aware of His presence (and His desire to be present) in the hours, minutes, seconds, and nanoseconds of our lives. In this world of overload, stress, distraction, enticement, addiction, disappointment, etc., etc., (weapons of Babylon), we can raise our sights to look for God everywhere in:
»  sunrises, sunsets, and stars
»  great rivers and small streams
»  flowers and trees; fishes and forests
»  birds and bees; babies and bladders
»  fingers and toes; eyes, ears, noses, and throats
»  shoulders and spines; elbows and knees
»  breasts, bile, and bowels
»  seeds, soil, sap, and saliva
»  language, laughter, and lymph nodes
»  dreams, decimals, and deliverance
»  electricity,4 eclipses, endurance, and electrons
»  parsley, paper, protons, and prayers
»  water, waves, wisdom, and wonders
»  mother earth and mother hens
»  songs, seasons, and  sabbaths
»  hugs, healing, and helping hands
»  repentance, refinement, and redemption
»  sabbaths, sufferings, and salvation
»  faith, hope, and charity
»  (to an infinity of observation)
Indeed (and thought), the places to find and remember Him are innumerable and endless. God can even be found and remembered (with consciousness) in the wonders of the smartphone, but He is far more than digital images, data, or devices.

Perhaps the best place to ALWAYS REMEMBER HIM is in gratitude—for every small (to large) favor, serendipity, protection, inspiration, gift, blessing, and help.

How many times, in a day, can we say: I thank Thee5 ... ?
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
(New Testament | 1 Thessalonians 5:18)

VERILY I say unto you my friends, fear not, let your hearts be comforted; yea, rejoice evermore, and in everything give thanks;
(Doctrine and Covenants | Section 98:1)
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1. Doctrine and Covenants | Section 20:77 ~ ... and witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him ... (See also, Book of Mormon | Moroni 4:3)
Doctrine and Covenants | Section 20:79 ~ ... that they may witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they do always remember him, ... (See also, Book of Mormon | Moroni 5:2)
2. Always ~ adverb: 1) every time; on every occasion; without exception; 2) all the time; continuously; uninterrupted; 3) forever
3. A small sampling:
▪  Signs and Symptoms of Cell Phone Addiction ~
https://www.psychguides.com/guides/signs-and-symptoms-of-cell-phone-addiction/
▪  Understanding Cell Phone Addiction
https://www.psychalive.org/cell-phone-addiction/
▪  Phone Addiction Is Real -- And So Are Its Mental Health Risks ~
https://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2017/12/11/phone-addiction-is-real-and-so-are-its-mental-health-risks/#12eabb7313df
▪  21 Signs You’re Way Too Addicted to Your Phone ~
https://www.rd.com/advice/relationships/cell-phone-addiction/
▪  Smartphone addiction could be changing your brain ~
https://www.cnn.com/2017/11/30/health/smartphone-addiction-study/index.html
▪  Your brain on digital technology ~
https://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/your-brain-on-digital-technology-1.4562541
▪  Addicted to your smartphone? How to start kicking the habit ~
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/addicted-to-your-smartphone-how-to-start-kicking-the-habit-1.4483835
4. If you question electricity, check out The Electric Universe at https://www.thunderbolts.info/wp/daily-tpod/tpods-of-2019-archive/ ; https://www.thunderbolts.info/wp/ ; and https://www.electricuniverse.info/
5, Why I prefer “Thee” (being the intimate form and not, as some allege, a formal, respectful form); see http://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2010/12/language-of-prayer.html

Photo CreditPhoto by Sara Kurfeß on Unsplash

Saturday, February 9, 2019

More Skimmed Milk?


Have we become:
... such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil1?
I found some nourishing meat the other day in a book called Fresh Eyes on Jesus' Parables by Doug Newton. If anyone is hungering for meat in a menu of reduced calories, Newton is worth considering.

Previous Skimmed Milk: http://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2010/10/skimmed-milk.html

Added Feb. 11, 2019

More Meat: Fresh Eyes on Jesus' Miracles by Doug Newton. Reading Newton is, for me, like breaking free from a diet of repetitive, recycling scripture sameness that has become habitual. As he says:
What if the commonplace understanding of a Bible story or a well-known Scripture passage is the very thing keeping us from seeing the text in a new, life-transforming way?

We all find ourselves facing this problem when we study the Bible. We believe Scripture is living and powerful. But many of us, after a genuine encounter with God followed by faithful Bible study and many sermons, became so familiar with Scripture that it lost its impact. The Bible became a book of riddles to be solved. Once we “figured out what a passage meant,” we checked it off and moved on. We’ve seen these stories too many times, and everyone who’s been a Christian for even a year or two knows how that voracious appetite for the Word quickly fades.

Pastors and Bible teachers craft a message from a particular text, and the lesson they convey becomes the way we understand the passage from that point on. Within a few short years, it feels like we’re hearing the same thing over and over again. We begin to approach the Bible with less zip and zeal. Familiarity may not always breed contempt, but it does tend to breed complacency.2
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1. New Testament | Hebrews 5:12-14 ~ For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. See also:
Old Testament | Isaiah 28:9 ~ Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
New Testament | 1 Corinthians 3:2 ~ I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
2. Newton, Doug. Fresh Eyes on Jesus' Miracles: Discovering New Insights in Familiar Passages (Kindle Locations 176-184). David C. Cook. Kindle Edition.

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 now have 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 ~ 23 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.

 
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