In Memory Of Persecuted The Saints Part Eight

 

 Where  Are The Persecutor Today

For All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like a flower of the grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls.

The grass withers, the flowers fade, but the word of our God remains forever.

 

“I am assured, that God has appointed a limit to your proceedings; and so God forgive you all.”  Princess Elizabeth 

 

Just before Roger Hope was executed he uttered these words before his accuser. “Even now I told you that your authority was from God, and by his sufferance: and now I tell you God hath heard the voice of his servants, which hath been poured forth with tears for his afflicted saints, whom you daily persecute, as now you do us. But this I dare be bold in God to say (by whose Spirit I am moved) that God will shorten your hand of cruelty that for a time you shall not molest his church. And this you shall in a short time well perceive, my dear brethren, to be most true. For after this day, in this place, there shall not be any by him put to the trial of fire and fagot”; and after that day there were none that suffered in Smithfield for the truth of the gospel.”

For example such as the Pharisee and Sadducees, the Roman empire, the Roman Catholic, and the Soviet Union was such powerful force against the church of Christ. And using their power to stop them. Yet they fade away, and the true church is still existing as scripture declares, the grass withers the flower fade but my words will continue to happen. Furthermore the Bible declares, “God would shorten these cruel and evil days for his elect’s sake.

For instance, The Pharisee and Sadducees had Jesus crucify and attempted eliminate the church in infancy. In 70 AD Romans solider level, the temple, and the Jews scattered through out the known world. The Pharisee and Sadducees no longer exist.    

The Roman coliseum in time of popularity would slaughter thousands follower of Christ. While crowds applaud with great pleasure lies in ruins, only view by tourist today.  

The Romans Catholic cathedral is it awesome splendid is only museum today where tourist visit them. 

The Berlin wall that Soviet Union built as means barricade people from escaping unto West are now torn down. The follower of Christ continues to expand and grow at great expense of the persecutor.   

Mr. Woodroffe sheriffalty expired a week, when he was struck with a paralytic affection, and languished a few days in the most pitiable and helpless condition, presenting a striking contrast to his former activity in the cause of blood ”Queen Bloody Mary; Mary was weak and ill from May 1558, and diedaged forty-two at St. James’s Palace during an influenza epidemic. She was in pain, possibly from ovarian cysts or uterine.  

 Dale, an indefatigable informer, was consumed by vermin and died a miserable spectacle.

Alexander, the severe keeper of Newgate, died miserably, swelling to a prodigious size, and became so inwardly putrid, that none could come near him. ”

Gardiner, upon his death bed, was reminded by a bishop of Peter denying his master. “Ah,” said Gardiner, “I have denied with Peter, but never repented with Peter. He was struck with the utmost terror of mind, said the evil “spirit could not abide that Christ should have any mercy upon him, and sunk into madness. He was remitted to Bedlam and became an awful warning that God will not always be insulted with impunity.

 Eventually thrown in the like of fire known as second death. Because they’re not found written in the book of life, and they’re without excuses. Unless they confess, repent, and believe in the atoning work of Christ.

While the follower of Christ continues to expand and grow at great expense of the persecutor. According Ttohe duke of Savoy was now tired of the war; it had cost him great fatigue and anxiety of mind, a vast number of men, and very considerable sums of money. It had been much more tedious and bloody than he expected, as well as more expensive than he could at first have imagined, for he thought the plunder would have d is charged the expenses of the expedition; but in this he was mistaken, for the pope’s nuncio, the bishops, monks, and other ecclesiastics, who attended the army and encouraged the war, sunk the greatest part of the wealth that was taken under various pretences.

The saints pity the persecutor and torturer, and desire to set them free from oppression of sin. By declaring the gospel to those who despise the gospel wanted tp eradicate it. As scriptures declares, “Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses {the Greek word is martus}, meaning to bear witness, testify to surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross and despised the shame and has sat down at the right hand of God’s throne.” To encourage and confess the truth gospel before their adversaries.

Pope Pius spoke these words about John Calvin when learn about his death. “The strength of that heretic, consisted in this, that money never had the slightest charm for him. If I have had such servants my dominion would extend from sea to sea.” As scripture declares, “Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.” Likely if the pope found him he would have had him burn at the stake. 

 It once said the more you persecuted the Christians. The more they came out the woods in droves. 

 Lucerne a papist utters these words concerning the saints who resisted fought back” “ah! I thought the wolves used to devour the heretics, but now I see the heretics eat the wolves. ”  

They continue to follow the example of Jesus by proclaiming the gospel and forgiving the persecutor “Cuthbert Samson uttered these words, “ God forgive my sins! I ask for forgiveness of all the world, and I forgive all the world, and thus I leave the world, in the hope of a joyful resurrection” 

Furthermore the saints continuing to affirmed the gospel with conviction before facing the flames. And those who lit the faggots. They continue to praise to God, despite being burnt at the stake even thou they not committed no crime. Even thou they acknowledge they are still sinner before God. 

Maybe the words of Mr. Walter Mill, “The cause why I suffer this day is not for any crime (though I acknowledge myself a miserable sinner) but only for the defence of the truth as it is in Jesus Christ; and I praise God who hath called me, by his mercy, to seal the truth with my life; which, as I received it from him, so I willingly and joyfully offer it up to his glory. Therefore, as you would escape eternal death, be no longer seduced by the lies of the seat of Antichrist: but depend solely on Jesus Christ, and his mercy, that you may be delivered from condemnation. ” Yet another saint welcomed and embraced the flames, and felt it was the sweet cross of Christ After the tormentors had ignited the fire,, they spoke these words “My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit doth rejoice in God my Saviour. In short, these man and woman bore witness to the true gospel, and willing to die for sake of Christ. 

 Where the saint experience a momentary affliction they will experience an eternal affliction in the lake of fire. Perhaps the words spoken by “ Mr. Philpot, “ thou painted wall and hypocrite, in the name of the living God, whose truth I have told thee, that God shall rain fire and brimstone upon such blasphemers as thou art!” Yet, another saint utters these words when the chain enveloped him, “Fear not them that kill the body, but fear him that can kill both body and soul, and cast it into everlasting fire!” Yet, another saint uttered these words,” You have more need to weep than to laugh, and to be sorry that ever you were born, to be the chaplains of that whore of Babylon.”

 Perhaps these words spoken by Mrs. Prest a saintly woman; “I will never turn from my heavenly husband to my earthly husband; from the fellowship of angels to mortal children; and if my husband and children be faithful, then am I theirs. God is my father, God is my mother, God is my sister, my brother, my kinsman; God is my friend, most faithful.” Encourage those who going through trouble waters to remind faithful to Christ.

Paul Clement stated these words to the monks. “You may kill the body, but you cannot prejudice the soul of a true believer; but with respect to the dreadful spectacles which you have here shown me, you may rest assured, that God’s vengeance will overtake the murderers of those poor people, and punish them for the innocent blood they have spilt.” 

  After Jesus ascended into Heaven roughly70 million Christ follower were martyred for their faith in  believing in His atoning work and were committed follow Him. Even under extreme persecution they still remind faithful Christ, and hopeful leading the worst of worst to Christ.  Even present age according to Christianity Today roughly 100,000 Christian are being martyred annually world wide.   

A good Christian is bound to relinquish not only goods and children, but life itself, for the glory of his Redeemer; therefore, I am resolved to sacrifice every thing in this transitory world, for the sake of salvation in a world that will last to eternity. That they valued their soul beyond all other considerations. “The patience which they met death: they seemed all resignation and piety, fervently praying to God, and cheerfully encountering their fate. That he was happy at being thought worthy to suffer for the name of Christ. They then put him in mind of what his wife and children who depended on his labour, would suffer after his decease; which he replied, I would have my wife and children, as well as myself, to consider their souls more than their bodies, and the next world before this; and with respect to the distress I may leave them in, God is merciful, and will provide for them while they are worthy of his protection Francis Gamba utter these words. My mind is so full of the real merits and goodness of Christ, that I want not a piece of senseless stick to put me in mind of Him. 


In Memory Of Persecuted The Saints Part Seven

 In Memory Of Persecuted The Saints Part Seven

 

Present Day Persecute Saints

Today, the Copts Christians are being persecuted forced to convert to Islam or die. They are forced to leave Egypt. By the Muslim Brotherhood, a terrorist group an extreme Islamic movement bent on destroying Christians and the Jews. They are without shelter and food many will die if help does not come soon. 

In the Gaza Strip, a terrorist called Hamas are ruling over the Palestine people. They use hand launching missiles or launch them at Jewish people in hopes of wiping them out. They hide behind innocent people using them as shield when the Israelite launch an attack ok them. They also have built underground tunnel from Hospital, schools, and homes, and they go into Israel, and capturing them. The building materials were intended to rebuild the Gaze strip not for war. All the Jewish people want to live in peace. 

The worst terrorist group middle east is called ISIS meaning Islamic State of Iraq and Syria Where they invaded the Iraqs Christians, churches and homes. Forcing them to convert to Islam or face the consequence. If they do not they would be execute either by crucification or beheading, and they would put their heads are on pole for display. The one that does survive they flees to the desert and are living Mount Abadi and are without food, shelter, and water. All they want is to live in peace and practice their Christian faith. Many will die if help does not come soon. 

 Along with those who do not follow their ideology. Often, they will be subject to drowning or set on fire in s gage or their limb chop off. They follow the violent part of the Quran. These words are written “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them.” Also found in 5; 31 “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement .

Where the refugees in Iraq and Syria our fleeing in droves to Europe, Canada, and American to escape from their oppressor. While we Canadian and American are doing very little in helping these them. Out fear that terrorist would disguise themselves as refugees to inhabit   

 Many of these terrorist groups already have sleeping cells within Canadian and American cities ready to afflict as much damage possible. Similarly to 911 in 2001. 

Russ Jackson the Canadian Hall Fame quarterback who played  for Ottawa Rough Riders. After the 911 terrorist attack on  on the World Trade Centre, and the Pentagon in 2001 uttered these words. The freedom that Canadian and the American enjoyed in the pass. We no longer will experience the freedom that we once enjoy, and took it for grant . We lost our freedom today! 

 There is an old proverb, “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Or another phrase, “Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.” 

While some politician blame the Israel and accuse them war criminal, and guilty of acts of terrorism. According, to report by Jay Sekulow Chief Counsel ACLJ wrote these words concerning a terrorists stabbed a Christian woman numerous times.  ISIS – the Islamic State – is calling for a jihadist war against both with Israel and Christian. While the U.N. blames Israel. The International Criminal Court (ICC) is considering trumped-up war crimes charges against Israel. Shockingly, even Obama Administration says that Israel is “guilty of acts of terrorism. Instead of engaging war against each other. We should be working together in combat against these thugs. Their intent is to eradicate those who do not follow their political orientation.

I believe there will be time in the future where the Canadian and Americans will not have the freedom to serve Christ and preach His atoning work openly. The freedom we Christian enjoyed and took for grant will be gone. We will experience oppression similar to martyred saints in the past and the saints in country like Iran, China, and some country in Africa. The main reason we will lose our freedom because we not willing to fight for our freedom like our fore fathers did. Perhaps the accounts from Fox Book Of Martyrs should inspire us to keep fighting to keep laws on the books so can serve Jesus Christ and proclaim His atoning without threat.“ In which great numbers were hanged, drowned, ripped open, tied to trees, and pierced with prongs, thrown from precipices, burnt, stabbed, racked to death, crucified with their heads downwards, worried by dog’s “These who fled had their goods plundered, and their houses burnt to the ground.”

 Once these laws are removed from the book than we will experience times of trouble water like the saints of past.  Martin Luther King Jr wrote these words “ History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamour of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”  Perhaps these words written by Martin Niemöller “ First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Socialist. Then, they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then, they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Jew. Then, they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.” Mark my words they will not have mercy. 

 

 

 

 

 

When Was Jesus Born

 

 

 When Was Jesus Born

 Someone I knew did the math came up with date was in middle of September until middle of October known as the month of Tishri {September or October} when Jesus was born. Where Kippur known as the day of atonement where a high priest enter the Holy Of Holy, and offer a yearly sacrifice for sins of the people. In that same month two goats are bought to the high priest. One is sacrifice as atonement for people sins. The other goat the priest lays hands on the goat, sending it into the wilderness purifying the people sins. According to scriptures, a high priest in Aaron line will present the bull for his sin offering and make atonement for himself and his household.  Next he will take the two goats and place them before the Lord at the entrance to the tent of meeting.  After Aaron casts lots for the two goats, one lot for the Lord and the other for azazel, he is to present the goat chosen by lot for the Lord and sacrifice it as a sin offering. But, the goat chosen by lot for azazel is to be presented alive before the Lord to make purification with it by sending it into the wilderness for azazel.

While other person thinks, He was born in the month of Nissan {March or April.}. Where Passover is celebrates. When the Israelite people were liberated from bondage ot slavery from the Egyptian.   They both think they’re right, and believe they can support their claim through scriptures. 

So lets us examine the scriptures. The only account that gave was found in Luke 1; 8-10.  Now, it happened that while he was performing his priestly service before God in the appointed order of his division, according to the custom of the priestly office, he was chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense.  And the whole multitude of the people were in prayer outside at the hour of the incense offering. Note that He does not say that He enters the Holy of Holy. However, it he does say that he entered the temple of the Lord, to burn incense only priest in line Aaron performed this task daily 

To understand the important of burning incense you need to read Exodus 29- 30 understand the duty of priest; in chapter 30 verses 7- 8; 7 Aaron shall burn fragrant incense on it; he shall burn it every morning when he trims the lamps. When Aaron trims the lamps at twilight, he shall burn incense. There shall be perpetual incense before the Lord throughout your generations.

 The another account is when the angel Gabriel appeared before Mary a descendant of David. Proclaiming these words, “behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name im Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.” Note Dr. Luke did not record the date of Mary conception, nor the month Jesus was born. Only where He was born. Although the Jewish people kept precise record had Jesus birth recorded, and Dr. Luke had access to them. Another factor would be Mary would remember the day Jesus was born and likely told Dr. Luke while conducting researching of Jesus. 

The question why didn’t he records this Jesus birthday? A better question would be why did He come? What is more important whyhe came or His birthday?  Maybe the words that Mary proclaims, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior,” Or Zechariah prophesying, “Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, because He has visited and provided redemption for His people. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David.” In short, Jesus came to liberate mankind from their sin, and set us free the curse of sin. Note the connection Zachariah was high priest born in the line of Aaron, and Mary was born in line of King David. Zachariah’s wife Elizabeth was related to Mary found in Luke 1; 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, 

Matthew Henry Commentary wrote; Now the father of John Baptist was a priest, a son of Aaron; his name Zachariah. No families in the world were ever so honored of God as those of Aaron and David with one was made the covenant of priesthood, with the other that of royalty.

To me, celebrating Jesus on twenty-fifth of December is a good thing even thou it is a pagan holiday RC Sproul wrote these words; That question comes up every the year at Christmastime. In the first place, there’s no direct biblical commandment to celebrate the birth of Jesus on December 25. There’s nothing in the Bible that would even indicate that Jesus was born on December 25. In fact, there’s much in The New Testament narratives that would indicate that it didn’t occur during that time of year. It just so happens that on the twenty-fifth of December in the Roman Empire there was a pagan holiday that was linked to mystery religions; the pagans celebrated their festival on December 25. The Christians didn’t want to take part in that, and so they said, “While everybody else is celebrating this pagan thing, we’re going to have our own celebration. We’re going to celebrate the thing that’s most important in our lives, the incarnation of God, the birth of Jesus Christ. So this is going to be a time of joyous festivities, of celebration and worship of our God and King.”

I can’t think of anything more pleasing to Christ than the church celebrating his birthday every year. Keep in mind that the whole principle of annual festival and celebration is deeply rooted in ancient Jewish tradition. In the Old Testament; for example, there  

 

My Mother once told me. The reason Moses or Jesus burial site were not revealed in the scripture because we would’ve built a shrine around these sites and been focus on these sites instead the task at hand, the gospel. Maybe the reason the four gospel did not reveal the date of Jesus birth is perhaps they were more focus on why he came, and accuracy of whether he was the real Messiah or not. As Scripture states, “ The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law.”

The Old Testament support Jesus as the Messiah to Jews and the Gentles. Jesus said these words once,” “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Jesus said,” I have glorified You on the earth by completing the work You gave Me to do.” 

The reason why He came into this world is to redeemed mankind from their sins. For Jesus, to be our sinless savour He needed to fulfill the Law and the Prophets. In which He did. He sacrifice himself on the cross for humankind sins. He willing took our sins and His Father wrath. To bridge the gap mankind and His Father. 

Believer Commentary wrote, “One-third of all the people who have ever lived are living today. By the year 2000, one-half of all the people who have ever lived will be living then. As the population explodes, the task increases. But the method is always the same—devoted disciples with unlimited love for Christ who count no sacrifice too great for Him.”

   

 

When Was Jesus Born

 

 

 When Was Jesus Born

 Someone I knew did the math came up with date was in middle of September until middle of October known as the month of Tishri {September or October} when Jesus was born. Where Kippur known as the day of atonement where a high priest enter the Holy Of Holy, and offer a yearly sacrifice for sins of the people. In that same month two goats are bought to the high priest. One is sacrifice as atonement for people sins. The other goat the priest lays hands on the goat, sending it into the wilderness purifying the people sins. According to scriptures, a high priest in Aaron line will present the bull for his sin offering and make atonement for himself and his household.  Next he will take the two goats and place them before the Lord at the entrance to the tent of meeting.  After Aaron casts lots for the two goats, one lot for the Lord and the other for azazel, he is to present the goat chosen by lot for the Lord and sacrifice it as a sin offering. But, the goat chosen by lot for azazel is to be presented alive before the Lord to make purification with it by sending it into the wilderness for azazel.

While other person thinks, He was born in the month of Nissan {March or April.}. Where Passover is celebrates. When the Israelite people were liberated from bondage ot slavery from the Egyptian.   They both think they’re right, and believe they can support their claim through scriptures. 

So lets us examine the scriptures. The only account that gave was found in Luke 1; 8-10.  Now, it happened that while he was performing his priestly service before God in the appointed order of his division, according to the custom of the priestly office, he was chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense.  And the whole multitude of the people were in prayer outside at the hour of the incense offering. Note that He does not say that He enters the Holy of Holy. However, it he does say that he entered the temple of the Lord, to burn incense only priest in line Aaron performed this task daily 

To understand the important of burning incense you need to read Exodus 29- 30 understand the duty of priest; in chapter 30 verses 7- 8; 7 Aaron shall burn fragrant incense on it; he shall burn it every morning when he trims the lamps. When Aaron trims the lamps at twilight, he shall burn incense. There shall be perpetual incense before the Lord throughout your generations.

 The another account is when the angel Gabriel appeared before Mary a descendant of David. Proclaiming these words, “behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name im Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.” Note Dr. Luke did not record the date of Mary conception, nor the month Jesus was born. Only where He was born. Although the Jewish people kept precise record had Jesus birth recorded, and Dr. Luke had access to them. Another factor would be Mary would remember the day Jesus was born and likely told Dr. Luke while conducting researching of Jesus. 

The question why didn’t he records this Jesus birthday? A better question would be why did He come? What is more important whyhe came or His birthday?  Maybe the words that Mary proclaims, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior,” Or Zechariah prophesying, “Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, because He has visited and provided redemption for His people. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David.” In short, Jesus came to liberate mankind from their sin, and set us free the curse of sin. Note the connection Zachariah was high priest born in the line of Aaron, and Mary was born in line of King David. Zachariah’s wife Elizabeth was related to Mary found in Luke 1; 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, 

Matthew Henry Commentary wrote; Now the father of John Baptist was a priest, a son of Aaron; his name Zachariah. No families in the world were ever so honored of God as those of Aaron and David with one was made the covenant of priesthood, with the other that of royalty.

To me, celebrating Jesus on twenty-fifth of December is a good thing even thou it is a pagan holiday RC Sproul wrote these words; That question comes up every the year at Christmastime. In the first place, there’s no direct biblical commandment to celebrate the birth of Jesus on December 25. There’s nothing in the Bible that would even indicate that Jesus was born on December 25. In fact, there’s much in The New Testament narratives that would indicate that it didn’t occur during that time of year. It just so happens that on the twenty-fifth of December in the Roman Empire there was a pagan holiday that was linked to mystery religions; the pagans celebrated their festival on December 25. The Christians didn’t want to take part in that, and so they said, “While everybody else is celebrating this pagan thing, we’re going to have our own celebration. We’re going to celebrate the thing that’s most important in our lives, the incarnation of God, the birth of Jesus Christ. So this is going to be a time of joyous festivities, of celebration and worship of our God and King.”

I can’t think of anything more pleasing to Christ than the church celebrating his birthday every year. Keep in mind that the whole principle of annual festival and celebration is deeply rooted in ancient Jewish tradition. In the Old Testament; for example, there  

 

My Mother once told me. The reason Moses or Jesus burial site were not revealed in the scripture because we would’ve built a shrine around these sites and been focus on these sites instead the task at hand, the gospel. Maybe the reason the four gospel did not reveal the date of Jesus birth is perhaps they were more focus on why he came, and accuracy of whether he was the real Messiah or not. As Scripture states, “ The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law.”

The Old Testament support Jesus as the Messiah to Jews and the Gentles. Jesus said these words once,” “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Jesus said,” I have glorified You on the earth by completing the work You gave Me to do.” 

The reason why He came into this world is to redeemed mankind from their sins. For Jesus, to be our sinless savour He needed to fulfill the Law and the Prophets. In which He did. He sacrifice himself on the cross for humankind sins. He willing took our sins and His Father wrath. To bridge the gap mankind and His Father. 

Believer Commentary wrote, “One-third of all the people who have ever lived are living today. By the year 2000, one-half of all the people who have ever lived will be living then. As the population explodes, the task increases. But the method is always the same—devoted disciples with unlimited love for Christ who count no sacrifice too great for Him.”

   

 

The Greatest Christmas Gift To Mankind

 

The True Christmas Story

For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on His shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace

Christmas is time when Christmas trees are being decorated with ornament and glittering lights. The streets and shopping malls are busy selling gifts to purchaser glisten with great delight, and Christmas spirits.  With Santa and elves promising gifts to little boys and girls if they were good all year. It time when family get together exchanging gifts, and enjoying a festive meal together. 

 Where off in corner in park or mall there is a nativity scene where Mary and Joseph and a child name Jesus who in a crib surround by cattle. Yet to those who follow Christ there is different story to tell. Concerning Jesus who came from heaven to dwell among mankind so can redeem them from the curse of sin. Plus two servant who God used to fulfilled prophesies in the Old Testament. 

Mary was a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David.  And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But, she was very perplexed at this statement and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was.  The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God.  And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David;  and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.”Mary declare these words to the angel  “I am the Lord’s slave, “May it be done to me according to your word.”

 Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, because He has visited and provided redemption for His people. He has raised up a horn of salvation for the house of His servant David, just as He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets in ancient times salvation from our enemies and from the clutches of those who hate us.

She was found to be with a child by the Holy Spirit. And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man, and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly. But, when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” 

Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth. This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria.  And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city.

Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register along with Mary who was engaged to him, and was with child. 

And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, in {a cave in a feeding trough] because there was no room for them in the inn. Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea. 

And the Word {Jesus) became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.

The angel appeared before the shepherd who were in the field keeping watch over their flock, and was afraid. “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people  Today a Savior who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David. This will be the sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in cloth and lying in a feeding trough.”

 Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him.  And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.

After Jesus was dedicated just as it is written in the law, for first male who was born.will be dedicated to the Lord  and to offer a sacrifice (according to what is stated in the law of the Lord: a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.

 Than Simeon blessed them and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is appointed for the fall and risen of many in Israel, and for a sign to be opposed— and a sword will pierce even your own soul—to the end that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”

Now, Master, You can dismiss Your slave in peace, as You promised. For my eyes have seen Your salvation.You have prepared it in the presence of all peoples— a light for revelation to the Gentiles and glory to Your people Israel. His father and mother were amazed at what was being said about Him. 

A prophetess, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years and had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage,  and then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple, serving night, and day with fastings and prayers. At that very [moment she came up and began giving thanks to God, and continued to speak of Him to all those who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.

But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart. 

The gifts that we received from our love ones are temporary; however, the gift that we received from God through His Son Jesus Christ is everlasting.  As scripture declares My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Or another scripture,  Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. To me this, greatest gift God gave to man. As scripture declares, “ For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift not from works, so that no one can boast.” Or Jesus is the reason for the season.  

 Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary defines redemption as following Paul uses this verb twice in Galatians to refer to the spiritual redemption that Jesus accomplished for us through his death on the cross. Christ’s purpose in entering the world at just the right time was to redeem those who were enslaved to sin and the curse of the law (Gal 4:5; cf. 3:10). How did he do this? By suffering the death of a curse (3:13). In other words, the sinless, uncursed Christ suffered an accursed death (cf. Deut 21:23) so that he could remove God’s curse from us!

Nelson Illustrated Bible Dictionary define  redemption: from salvation from sin, death, and the wrath of God by Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.

 Eastern Bible Dictionary defines salvation, great deliverance from the guilt and the pollution of sin wrought out by Jesus Christ. Or deliverance from the power of sin and redemption. Nelson Bible Dictionary defines it as a; Central act in the life of a Christian by which he or she is brought into a right relationship with God through the redemptive grace of Jesus Christ, forgiven of sins, adopted as the child of God, and given eternal life.

 

 

The Story Of The Candy Cane

 

 

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 Every year when I went to my brother for Christmas I would give t my niece and nephews a candy cane as a christmas gifts. Here the story behind the Candy Cane;

A candy maker in Indiana wanted to make a candy that would remind people of the true meaning of Christmas; so he made the candy cane to incorporate several symbols for the birth, ministry, and death of Jesus Christ. He began with a stick of pure white, hard candy. White to symbolize the Virgin Birth and the sinless nature of Jesus, and hard to symbolize the Solid Rock, the foundation of the Church, and the firmness of the promises of God.

The candy maker then shaped his cane into the form of a “J” to represent the precious name of Jesus, who came to the earth as Savior. It could also represent the staff of the “Good Shepherd” with which He reaches down to to reclaim the fallen lambs who, like sheep, have gone astray.

Thinking that the candy was somewhat plain, the candymaker stained it with red stripes. He used three small stripes to show the stripes of the scourging Jesus received. The large red stripe was for the blood shed by Christ on the cross so that we could have the promise of eternal life.

A candy cane. (perhaps enough for each child

To many people, the candy cane is a meaningless decoration seen at Christmas time or just a piece of candy to be eaten and enjoyed. I hope that this year, every time you see a candy cane, you will be reminded of the true meaning of Christmas.

Scripture: He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his stripes you have been healed. 1 Peter 2:24 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. Psalm 23:1

Lord, we thank you that Jesus is the Good Shepherd whokeeps us from harm. We thank you that because of his suffering and death on the cross, we have life everlasting. Help us to remember that we find the true meaning of Christmas in him.

n Memory Of Persecuted The Saints Part Eight

 

  Where  Are The Persecutor Today

For All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like a flower of the grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls.

The grass withers, the flowers fade, but the word of our God remains forever.

 “I am assured, that God has appointed a limit to your proceedings; and so God forgive you all.”  Princess Elizabeth 

 

Just before Roger Hope was executed he uttered these words before his accuser. “Even now I told you that your authority was from God, and by his sufferance: and now I tell you God hath heard the voice of his servants, which hath been poured forth with tears for his afflicted saints, whom you daily persecute, as now you do us. But this I dare be bold in God to say, (by whose Spirit I am moved,) that God will shorten your hand of cruelty, that for a time you shall not molest his church. And this you shall in a short time well perceive, my dear brethren, to be most true. For after this day, in this place, there shall not be any by him put to the trial of fire and fagot;” and after that day there were none that suffered in Smithfield for the truth of the gospel.”

For example such as the Pharisee and  Sadducees, the Roman empire,the  Roman Catholic, and the Soviet Union were such powerful force against the church of Christ. and using their power to eliminate them. Yet they fade away, and the true church  is still in existence as scripture declares,  they   grass wither the flower fade but my  words will continue to go on. Furthermore the Bible declares, “God would shorten these cruel and evil days for his elect’s sake.

For instance, The Pharisee and Sadducees had Jesus crucify and attempted eliminate the church in infancy. In 70 AD Romans solider level the temple and the Jews scattered through out the known world. The Pharisee and Sadducees no longer exist.    

The Roman coliseum in heyday would slaughter thousands follower of Christ. While crowds applaud  with great pleasure  lays in ruins, only view by tourist today.  

The Romans Catholic cathedral is it awesome splendid is only museum today where tourist visit them. 

The Berlin wall  that Soviet Union built as means barricade people from escaping unto West Germany is now torn down or outsider from intruding was torn down,  The  follower of Christ continue to expand and grow . It  once said the more  you persecuted the Christian the more they came out the woods in droove at great expense of  the persecutor. “Mr. Woodroffe sheriffalty expired a week, when he was struck with a paralytic affection, and languished a few days in the most pitiable and helpless condition, presenting a striking contrast to his former activity in the cause of bloodThe duke of Savoy was now tired of the war; it had cost him great fatigue and anxiety of mind, a vast number of men, and very considerable sums of money. It had been much more tedious and bloody than he expected, as well as more expensive than he could at first have imagined, for he thought the plunder would have d is charged the expenses of the expedition; but in this he was mistaken, for the pope’s nuncio, the bishops, monks, and other ecclesiastics, who attended the army and encouraged the war, sunk the greatest part of the wealth that was taken under various pretences.

”Queen Bloody Mary; Mary was weak and ill from May 1558,  and died aged 42 at St. James’s Palace during an influenza epidemic. She was in pain, possibly from ovarian cysts or uterine.  

 Dale, an indefatigable informer, was consumed by vermin, and died a miserable spectacle.

Alexander, the severe keeper of Newgate, died miserably, swelling to a prodigious size, and became so inwardly putrid, that none could come near him. ”

Gardiner, upon his death bed, was reminded by a bishop of Peter denying his master. “Ah,” said Gardiner, “I have denied with Peter, but never repented with Peter. He was struck with the utmost terror of mind, said the evil “spirit could not abide that Christ should have any mercy upon him, and sunk into madness. He was remitted to Bedlam, and became an awful warning that God will not always be insulted with impunity.

 

 . Like Of  Fire 

Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire And anyone not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.

One the saints uttered these words before his persecutor.   I have confessed my sins to God, and obtained absolution through the merits of Jesus Christ.”  I look for no mercy  but only the Saviour, in him do I trust for salvation” Christ shall bruise the serpent’s head. Think about those words they were spoken to  the unbeliever and if they continue in their unbelief in  Jesus Christ. They will be without excuse since they heard the plain gospel being declared  to them The same flames they uses on the persecuted saints God will uses the same flames on them known as the lake of fire.  Where the saint experience a momentary affliction they will experience an eternal affliction in the lake of fire. Unless they confess, repent, and believe in the atoning work of Christ. Perhaps the words spoken by“ Mr. Philpot , “ thou painted wall and hypocrite, in the name of the living God, whose truth I have told thee, that God shall rain fire and brimstone upon such blasphemers as thou art!”  Yet another saint utter these words when the chain enveloped him, “Fear not them that kill the body, but fear him that can kill both body and soul, and cast it into everlasting fire!” Yet another saint uttered these words,”You have more need to weep than to laugh, and to be sorry that ever you were born, to be the chaplains of that whore of Babylon.”