Political Parties, the Federal Reserve & Jesus

Have you ever wondered – as I have – how the two-party political system began in the young nation of America?

One day, in some casual reading regarding our new nation, I noticed that this split party development appeared to have sprung from the dilemma of needing money and the attempted means of procuring it. I was both intrigued and a bit stymied by that. I have never had a natural inclination towards understanding economics or financial matters. But volume 4 of The American Heritage: a New Nation tells me that $80,000,000 in debt required plans & actions to repay it – plus expenses incurred on a daily basis ‘to carry on government functions’. Tariffs & subsidies, securities, debt consolidation – bailouts, taxation. bonds & credit – you name it, were argued, opposed, and instituted, leading to establishing a national bank ‘to provide more credit’. Alexander Hamilton was for, Thomas Jefferson against – ‘…the breach widened between them, and before the contest was over, America had two political parties.’ (p.309)

I never pursued more detailed research on this subject. But now that our world – the entire world – is spiralling down the rabbit hole, and many don’t even realize this, I’ve recently been paying more attention to finance. Not so much mine – I know what my deal is! and I try to place my trust in God, not money – but national and global monetary issues. Nations crashing financially don’t happen overnight, nor does their downfall come from nowhere. There are roots that produce this fruit. So I’ve been looking a little more closely into the situation.

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I am not saying that I’m doing detailed research into monetary structures & processes. And I am definitely not saying that I’m really ‘getting it’.  Still difficult for me, still a struggle…But something is clicking, in the overall picture. Events past & present, like puzzle pieces, are starting to fit together.

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Unpayable debt transfers power and control to the sovereign power structure that has no interest in money, law, equity or justice because they have so much wealth already. (Rep. James Traficant, Jr.-Ohio, addressing the House, United States Congressional Record, March 17, 1993 Vol. 33, page H-1303

The information contained in Mr.Traficant’s speech, quoted above, is more than upsetting. It explains to us some actions that were taken in 1933, approved by then President Roosevelt, that re-structured the government that you think you now have today. If you’ve already heard about this, or know it, it is still shocking & sobering. If new to you, it will change your whole view of the United States of America & her government. Traficant tells us that, “Unwittingly, America has returned to its pre-American Revolution, feudal roots…”

He continues, “Since the inception of central banking, they have controlled the fates of nations.” ‘”Since the inception of central banking…” Bells going off, anyone? The ‘sovereign power structure’ mentioned above is the ‘they’ we are talking about here. It is what people are calling the New World Order global elite. It is still alive & kicking – or trying to kick, anyway – and look where it got it’s start. Not sure I really want to say ‘Thanks’ to Alexander Hamilton….

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The gist of James Traficant’s speech to Congress in 1993 seems to be a clear explanation of the Federal Reserve Bank/System – what it really is, how it basically functions, and what this has meant, and still means today for you & I, as American citizens. It is not pretty. But We, the People need to know the truth here. Reading his words might give some a crucial overall understanding of what goes on in some areas of our current political system, and the world, today.

 

( Note: At this time, I am unable to connect to the above link to James Traficant’s speech for more than a few seconds. Then the page goes blank. Before it does, however, there is enough time for me to read that Traficant was framed for fraud & corruption in 2002 – if I correctly recall – then jailed for 7 years. He passed in 2014. I did not see any mention of the circumstances of his death in this piece. -9/21/2016)

(UPDATE: http://mhkeehn.tripod.com/Traficant.pdf seems to work – 6/26/2017)

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 What grabs my attention here, as I extrapolate on this information – coupled with my minimal knowledge of global intrigue, institutions & assemblies, is the fact that money seems to lie at the core of much that has transpired over time, leading the world to the brink of a looming Armageddon. Getting it, paying it back, hoarding it – and finally, using it in all its aspects, to control others. Using it as power.

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In the past year or two, I’ve seen so many alarming headlines, warning, informing – in an apparent attempt to escape unprecedented financial loss by certain investments or purchases involving gold. To me, as someone barely ‘getting by’, such drama seemed surreal. Now, I’m beginning to see what the big deal is. Whole other elements exist in this world, than what I have known in ‘normal living.’ I am not necessarily referring to the wealthy in their entirety. I refer to those whose whole world becomes drastically threatened when markets crash & stocks drop. I refer to the ‘panic on Wall street’ crowd. Most of all, I refer to those who operate in darkness, and shades of darkness, while appearing to you to be standing in the light. I refer to those who partly comprise that of which Paul writes in the first chapter of Galatians: “…our Lord Jesus Christ…who gave himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world…” (v.3,4)

I believe such people fear losing much more than just money. Because the love of money is the root of all evil, I would venture that such persons, couched in that love, are enslaved by evil (whether they know it or not) and produce evil. They spin webs that trap others. These ‘others’ probably include – or included at one time – you & I. These web-spinners do not care about your well-being or mine. They care about maintaining control. Over us. Crashing economic/financial structures bode, for them, complete loss of power & control.

I suggest that maintaining this control commands such extreme importance for these people, because they think that in some way this control represents their own ‘salvation’. They are way off the mark here. Perhaps they are allowing themselves to be deceived, because for them, the truth is unbearable. Neither money nor power & control can help them, ultimately. They are, or are associated with, antichrist. Unless they repent of this, and choose Christ the Saviour of the world, their doom is sealed.

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“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

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Christmas 2016…some Gifts aren’t Tangible

 

 

In years past, I’ve written articles relating to this Christmas time of year, or re-published  ones previously written to mark the holiday season.

(https://godhistoryandyou.wordpress.com/2011/12/20/about-that-christmas-tree/ https://godhistoryandyou.wordpress.com/2008/12/19/on-the-giving-of-gifts-etc-at-christmas/)

christmas-tree-fireplace This year – for me personally, it is a landmark holiday season – but my Christmas time post might not even include that much about the actual holiday. Maybe nothing…we’ll see…I’m not sure where I’m going with this…

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In the comments section of one of Lana Vawser’s recent prophetic posts (https://lanavawser.com/2016/12/anxiety-attacks-attempting-to-come-upon-the-writers-and-pioneers/) concerning anxiety, someone explained that Jesus had shown her, in a dream/vision, to simply worship Him when anxiety strikes. Turn your back on the adversary, the enemy of your soul. My anxiety levels at that time were unusually high, almost at an unprecedented level, so I began practicing spur-of-the moment worship. When numbing, immobilizing fear gripped me, when my stomach began crunching from dread or anxiety, I began stopping whatever I was doing, wherever I was, and entering into my own ‘compressed’ version of bowing down before Him. I usually could not concentrate very well in these tormented moments, so I kept it simple. Very simple. And I don’t know that I worshipped Jesus so much as said “I worship You, Jesus.”

But it worked.

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Why this is happening now, in the way that it is, and not years ago during so many times of prayer & supplication, intrigues me. What is different?

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The Scriptures speak of all things being put under His feet. ( Jesus’ feet, that is.)  And the glory, the power, and the kingdoms belonging to Him. Do you want to keep some things out from under His feet & instead keep them under yours? Ya want some of that power for yourself? So maybe you aren’t willing to yield it all up…I am now sure I was not willing. And I cannot say if I even recognized that.

What I can say is, in declaring “I worship You, Jesus” out loud (even if softly) & in public places that were not churches or Bible studies – I FELT myself yielding things up. I FELT myself ‘coming under’ Him in a way I never had before. I FELT & I SAW Jesus covering me, and all that I was yielding. HE is the Possessor of heaven & earth, and all that is herein. HE is your Champion. He is gracious. He’s got your back…

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Merry Christmas!

 

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Wise Men still Seek Him

 

Political Parties, the Federal Reserve & Jesus

Have you ever wondered – as I have – how the two-party political system began in the young nation of America?

One day, in some casual reading regarding our new nation, I noticed that this split party development appeared to have sprung from the dilemma of needing money and the attempted means of procuring it. I was both intrigued and a bit stymied by that. I have never had a natural inclination towards understanding economics or financial matters. But volume 4 of The American Heritage: a New Nation tells me that $80,000,000 in debt required plans & actions to repay it – plus expenses incurred on a daily basis ‘to carry on government functions’. Tariffs & subsidies, securities, debt consolidation – bailouts, taxation. bonds & credit – you name it, were argued, opposed, and instituted, leading to establishing a national bank ‘to provide more credit’. Alexander Hamilton was for, Thomas Jefferson against – ‘…the breach widened between them, and before the contest was over, America had two political parties.’ (p.309)

I never pursued more detailed research on this subject. But now that our world – the entire world – is spiralling down the rabbit hole, and many don’t even realize this, I’ve recently been paying more attention to finance. Not so much mine – I know what my deal is! and I try to place my trust in God, not money – but national and global monetary issues. Nations crashing financially don’t happen overnight, nor does their downfall come from nowhere. There are roots that produce this fruit. So I’ve been looking a little more closely into the situation.

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I am not saying that I’m doing detailed research into monetary structures & processes. And I am definitely not saying that I’m really ‘getting it’.  Still difficult for me, still a struggle…But something is clicking, in the overall picture. Events past & present, like puzzle pieces, are starting to fit together.

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Unpayable debt transfers power and control to the sovereign power structure that has no interest in money, law, equity or justice because they have so much wealth already. (Rep. James Traficant, Jr.-Ohio, addressing the House, United States Congressional Record, March 17, 1993 Vol. 33, page H-1303

The information contained in Mr.Traficant’s speech, quoted above, is more than upsetting. It explains to us some actions that were taken in 1933, approved by then President Roosevelt, that re-structured the government that you think you now have today. If you’ve already heard about this, or know it, it is still shocking & sobering. If new to you, it will change your whole view of the United States of America & her government. Traficant tells us that, “Unwittingly, America has returned to its pre-American Revolution, feudal roots…”

He continues, “Since the inception of central banking, they have controlled the fates of nations.” ‘”Since the inception of central banking…” Bells going off, anyone? The ‘sovereign power structure’ mentioned above is the ‘they’ we are talking about here. It is what people are calling the New World Order global elite. It is still alive & kicking – or trying to kick, anyway – and look where it got it’s start. Not sure I really want to say ‘Thanks’ to Alexander Hamilton….

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The gist of James Traficant’s speech to Congress in 1993 seems to be a clear explanation of the Federal Reserve Bank/System – what it really is, how it basically functions, and what this has meant, and still means today for you & I, as American citizens. It is not pretty. But We, the People need to know the truth here. Reading his words might give some a crucial overall understanding of what goes on in some areas of our current political system, and the world, today.

 

( Note: At this time, I am unable to connect to the above link to James Traficant’s speech for more than a few seconds. Then the page goes blank. Before it does, however, there is enough time for me to read that Traficant was framed for fraud & corruption in 2002 – if I correctly recall – then jailed for 7 years. He passed in 2014. I did not see any mention of the circumstances of his death in this piece. -9/21/2016)

(UPDATE: http://mhkeehn.tripod.com/Traficant.pdf seems to work – 6/26/2017)

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 What grabs my attention here, as I extrapolate on this information – coupled with my minimal knowledge of global intrigue, institutions & assemblies, is the fact that money seems to lie at the core of much that has transpired over time, leading the world to the brink of a looming Armageddon. Getting it, paying it back, hoarding it – and finally, using it in all its aspects, to control others. Using it as power.

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In the past year or two, I’ve seen so many alarming headlines, warning, informing – in an apparent attempt to escape unprecedented financial loss by certain investments or purchases involving gold. To me, as someone barely ‘getting by’, such drama seemed surreal. Now, I’m beginning to see what the big deal is. Whole other elements exist in this world, than what I have known in ‘normal living.’ I am not necessarily referring to the wealthy in their entirety. I refer to those whose whole world becomes drastically threatened when markets crash & stocks drop. I refer to the ‘panic on Wall street’ crowd. Most of all, I refer to those who operate in darkness, and shades of darkness, while appearing to you to be standing in the light. I refer to those who partly comprise that of which Paul writes in the first chapter of Galatians: “…our Lord Jesus Christ…who gave himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world…” (v.3,4)

I believe such people fear losing much more than just money. Because the love of money is the root of all evil, I would venture that such persons, couched in that love, are enslaved by evil (whether they know it or not) and produce evil. They spin webs that trap others. These ‘others’ probably include – or included at one time – you & I. These web-spinners do not care about your well-being or mine. They care about maintaining control. Over us. Crashing economic/financial structures bode, for them, complete loss of power & control.

I suggest that maintaining this control commands such extreme importance for these people, because they think that in some way this control represents their own ‘salvation’. They are way off the mark here. Perhaps they are allowing themselves to be deceived, because for them, the truth is unbearable. Neither money nor power & control can help them, ultimately. They are, or are associated with, antichrist. Unless they repent of this, and choose Christ the Saviour of the world, their doom is sealed.

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“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

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Things God says….vs. the Shadowy Powers-that-Be behind the Scenes

“…be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…”

(Romans 12:2)

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The depth & scope of this kind of renewal should rock your world, if you understand the absolute need for it.

On its surface, this exhortation seems to be saying that we need to learn to think differently, in order to escape becoming a ‘bad person’. But the impact of one’s mind eventually NOT being renewed, can be fuel for so much worse than that.

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According to this Scripture, people are either ‘conformed’ or ‘transformed’. I would suggest that either one or the other is eventually going to tip the scales. I would also suggest that we are probably constantly being conformed, without even realizing it. So that just as LifeLock@ safeguards a person’s data identity in cyberspace, we need Someone to constantly safeguard our true life & identity in spiritual space – in Christ.

That which is formed in the spirit will often manifest in the temporal, visible real – either as something good, something apparently good, or something evil. So that to which we are conformed is critical, at the deepest & most minute level, because it may reproduce in various ways & forms, and in same cases exponentially. (I am talking globally here.)

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…so the world/earth is inhabited by people, the same people who are being conformed or transformed as we speak. It stands to reason, then, that our environments will be influenced accordingly.

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“If a ruler hearkens to lies, all his servants are wicked.” (Proverbs 29:12)

 

…so suppose that there is in place a president or a prime minister who ‘hearkens to lies’ – because throughout their life, they were ‘conformed’. This does not bode well for the climate thus created by his staff & subordinates, according to the above Scripture. Unless there is present within that group some who were ‘transformed by the renewing of {their} mind’, who will question & challenge narratives & agendas…the rest of us are going to be fed false, unhealthy information and subjected to detrimental (possibly in the extreme) laws & those things which result from these laws.

At least some of the time.

A way of fighting back against this system of manipulation is the renewing of your mind. Learning a different way of evaluating events, and overhauling one’s priorities & values, is a crucial weapon in this battle. Maybe THE only weapon that will yield the kind of lasting change needed in our world today.

…and make no mistake, this starts with you.

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I want to relate these ideas to globalisation.

According to David Icke, author of ‘Alice in Wonderland and the World Trade Center Disaster’, the powers behind the scenes find it relatively easy to essentially control what happens in our world. They only need to implement a few ‘key structures’. The first, says Icke, is to ‘impose the ‘norms’, what is considered right and wrong, possible or impossible, sane or insane, good or bad. Most of the people will follow those ‘norms’ without question…” (Enter: the media, advertising, ‘education’, certain religious practices…you get the picture…) Once a conditioning of the masses has taken place, peer pressure does the rest “…Facebook and almost every other major social media platform are turning hundreds of millions of people into a literal “herd” or “hive” mentality, otherwise known as “Groupthink”…” explains Michael DePinto, attorney & contributing writer on The Last Great Stand.

The imposition of the norm is then followed up by making it ‘very unpleasant’ for those who dare to buck the system. This unpleasantness can run the gamut from ridicule to ostracization and beyond.

“The most effective way to do this is to ensure that it is…a crime to be different.”

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In addition to the ‘Groupthink’ agenda working to establish behavior-controlling norms, there also exists an agenda working to control our emotions. It is reported that Facebook “can basically make you feel whatever it wants you to” and   “Facebook wanted to see if it could spread feelings (“e.g., depression, happiness”) like the NIH spreads pathogens among monkeys.”

(…now that’s not a recipe for mental health distress, is it?)

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…so we can get an idea of how devious conditioning could take root & spread, even worldwide. Elements that may not have our best interests as their goal could certainly be behind such actions, seeking to more easily shape and thus control populations & world agendas. Agendas that result in our detriment to their ‘increase’, i.e., power & money.

To some this logic may seem outlandish. Not to me.

…and so it seems imperative that we be at least aware of this possibility, and safeguard against it. Safeguard against being unwittingly sucked into the maelstrom of manipulations & opinions, and become shaped accordingly, to our loss. There are many paths and many ways that can be taken in this life, but you want to find & take the right One.

“…for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there which go in thereat…” (Matthew 7:13)  (Groupthink? Globalism? World system? New World Order? )

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Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life”. Not a way. THE Way. That way is narrow, but it leads to life (Matthew 7:14).  I have read that there is, in fact, only room for Jesus and you in that narrow Way. This does not mean that a person has to become a monk!  Jesus Himself did pray to the Father, that He did not ask for His people to be taken out of the world (but rather to be protected from the evil one {Groupthink? Globalism? World system? New World Order?} )…so don’t misunderstand the concept of being tight with Jesus Christ! But it behooves any one of us to turn to Him to find and enter the narrow Way that leads to Life, and to the “so great salvation” that is our escape (Hebrews 2:3).

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Jesus, the Way

Before Returning to my First Love…a few thoughts on ‘Weird Stuff’

 

For probably about a year now, I have been drawn more & more into exploring what I call ‘weird’ topics. Another term for these topics might be ‘conspiracy theories’, or something similar to that. I have wondered, along the way, if I was wandering too far off course. At times I have actually felt in danger – of what, it is hard to say – and have had to back off for awhile. Recently, the Lord reminded me that the Scriptures tell me to be rooted & grounded in Christ, not the increasingly gripping lure of ancient ‘myths’, civilizations, and personages both physical & otherwise. There was never a moment when He told me to give up my research on & writing about, such subject matter, though. And so for this reason – and the fact that I was able to withstand & process it – I believe I was being led into truth that He had prepared me to be able to receive.

And so I am now a believer in things ‘weird’.

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I write this post because I want to try & summarize what I have come to see as reality. Though unnerving, even nightmarish in its substance, Scripture appears to back it up. So I want to present a simple overview.

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…but afterwards, I think I will be focusing much more on my first love, and returning to things Revolutionary, Founders & God-related. I believe some of our greatest answers lie in our history & Constitution, and some (many?) of our leaders need to submit to that premise – so that also will be included in my subject matter here, going forward. To everything there is a season, and I think this particular season of ‘dark matter delving’ has just about ended, for me. It is time to look to the light in the land of the living. It is time to turn back to hope, and it is time to be refreshed & instructed in God-given solutions that can restore & sustain America, yet beautiful but gravely wounded.

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“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” (William Shakespeare / Hamlet Act 1. Scene V)

 

While I strongly believe that EVERYTHING is under God’s control and direction, I also now believe that within His control is allowed the ‘control’ of others. These ‘others’ manipulate. It is God’s choice to allow this. There is a Divine & perfect reason for this, which one day all creation will see & know. At that time, the rejoicing of the righteous will be off the charts! but at this time, we who are in His name need to practice remembering this, and remembering to rejoice now as well, in His promises to us, and in His faithfulness to keep them. We need to actively employ these promises in the Word, and the knowledge of Him, because in the end, this is our only escape from the other realities that exist in this world. These realities are gaining momentum, it seems, and are working towards an age-old agenda. The King of Kings will crush them, once & for all, in a day yet to come. But until then, I think is is good to at least be aware of the existence & intent of these ungodly powers. They are God-wannabe’s, and will stop at nothing to convince themselves & everyone else that that they are God – when, of course, they are not.

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Some years ago, I came to the conclusion that essentially, just about everything boils down to the conflict between Christ and anti-Christ. That may seem over-simplified…and if you don’t believe in Christ or His Word, then this may be where I lose your interest. Hope not.

I can see no other possible explanation for EVERYTHING ‘wrong’ in/with this world, than that the age-old tale of Lucifer rebelling against the Most High is still playing out. Like leaven, it has spread slowly, invisibly & inexorably throughout time & history, moving towards a final culmination. As we get closer to it, we notice more & more ‘change’, or perhaps we don’t notice it…or we do, but don’t see it for what it possibly is.

I’ve written a few articles detailing my thoughts on this matter. Rather than recounting them all, here are links to them, if you are interested:

America: the Founders’ Vision…or Something Else?

America: the Founders’ Vision…or Something Else? (Part 2)

 Lucifer Keeps Busy

Once, “the Anointed Cherub”…but Now?

Frustration: Eternally Old

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There are those who have been following certain happenings worldwide, and who see patterns & real possibilities that I had not – until this past year or so. Specifically, there seems to be a global & celestial plan underway to usher in the return of Lucifer, in the guise of the anti-Christ. Many are involved in this.  Much of it is probably not apparent. It is happening behind the scenes, worldwide – yet perhaps hidden in plain sight.  What is apparent probably confounds & frustrates those who see it. Or they see it as entertainment, fantasy – but it may not be so innocent.

Other evidence that is presented either doesn’t interest the average person, or it is dismissed as myth or some such fabrication. Increasingly, I am not so sure that it should be.

I doubt that any theater of life- government & politics, education, science, economics & business, religion, the media – is exempt from its invasion.

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I don’t see how the appearance of certain themes, in certain television shows, springing up in a cluster all at the same time can be ‘coincidence.’ Perhaps people are being conditioned to view malevolence in a MUCH less threatening way. Suddenly ‘Lucifer’ & ‘Angel from Hell’ present the viewer with a quirky, cutesy overlay to beings from a realm where nothing is quirky or cutesy. ‘Sleepy Hollow’ (my favorite show, actually) is devolving more deeply into that being-from-another-realm-returning theme. Suddenly I’m noticing that. The X-Files suddenly returns. In ‘Super Girl’, ‘Flash’ and other television series,  inter-galactic/hybrid/alien beings either become part of Earth’s forces, or attack it. Our screens are deluged with plots & images that get us thinking about situations & conditions that do not, or we think do not currently exist – and get us more accustomed to them. More accepting. Less resistant should these situations develop, or to allowing their development.

…so, if you are considering the implications or validity of my suspicions, it needs to be pointed out that such events would all be part of God’s Plan for the ages. Though unnerving, such happenings are not outside of His Hand or knowledge or purposes. Having briefly laid out my general worldview & suspicions, I want to emphasize that we not be consumed by them. Be aware. But seek instead He who is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

He alone is the Way out of this.

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Jesus, the Way

…about that Christmas Tree…

Author’s noteAs I see Christmas Day bearing down on me, and wanting to eliminate any stress that I can!, I’m not attempting a special post for this December 25th.  Rather, I am reblogging again one from 2011. 

But I do want to make a very somber and serious observation on our times, one which I had been hearing about for a few years now, but wasn’t aware of in my own areas of life.  Franklin Graham hit the nail on the head in his article “The War on Christmas.”  By endorsing Rev. Graham’s thoughts on the ‘sacred nature of Christmas’ I might seem to be contradicting my own, expressed in the following post.  Not my intention at all!  Rather, the removal of God in Christ from any aspect of our society will leave us an emptiness & lack of joy that will only get worse.  I have never been so aware of hearing “Happy Holidays”, and not one “Merry Christmas.”  Twice, I wished cashiers “Merry Christmas” recently, and they seemed caught off-guard, flustered. I felt a little bit sad.  I had not realized how far along spiritual changes had progressed.

Even so, we who still believe, (regardless of how we do or don’t celebrate Christmas) keep on keeping on, looking within our own hearts & spirits, where Christ dwells, and shines.  And the darkness overcomes it not. 

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All around the world, people are preparing to celebrate that Holiday of all holidays, Christmas.  Like the siren call of myth, the lure of yuletide activity is almost impossible to resist.  Even the Scrooges I’ve known, still, amidst their bah humbugs! usually join in the celebrations, one way or another.  Just about everyone finds him or her self sitting around a Christmas tree, sharing food and exchanging gifts amidst garland, glitter and goodwill.  And those who aren’t able to, wish they were.

What is it about that Christmas tree?  I’ve been working on mine for awhile now, off & on, taking my time and ensuring that it is just right!  Why do almost all of us do it?

My money is on hope and expectation.

We think we’re ‘decorating a Christmas tree’, but the roots go much deeper than that.  People are looking for something better.  We want the comfort & contentment of security.  We want the release of joy.  I believe the decorated Christmas tree stands as a symbol & token of such things.   For myself, I find an almost inviolable sense of peace, of serenity as I gaze upon my own tree, with its twinkling lights and its sparkling elegance.  It is a silent and immoveable testimony to enduring abundance.

“I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”   (John 10:10)

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Springing up around the centuries-old tradition of decorating a live evergreen tree at Christmas time are several different stories pointing to its origin.  Reading these accounts I learned that it was possible that Martin Luther himself had set this practice in motion…or St. Boniface…and the tradition began in Germany…no, wait, it was France…I’ve seen Egypt mentioned…well, actually, it looks like ancient Rome was where the practice first surfaced…

And speaking of the ancient Romans, their trees were just pieces of evergreen shrubs decorated with bits of metal, celebrating a winter festival (that ended on December 25) in honor of their god of agriculture, Saturnus.   The pagan god Bacchus was honored in a similar fashion as well.  And the prophet Jeremiah wrote of the cutting down & adorning of trees, declaring it a vain, heathen custom  (Jeremiah 10: 2–4).  So it does seem that what eventually became the symbol of the birth of the Saviour of the world, the Lord Jesus Christ, had its roots in pagan practices.

 I find it so amazing, then, that the ultimate outcome of God-less ritual became this universally recognized symbol of  true Life, eternal Life.  Talk about transformation!  Talk about restoration!  Talk about mortality being swallowed up of Life!  In fact, turning it inside out, who is to say that this very outcome was not the original intention of a  seed constrained within an outward expression of another sort.    Certain types of men “..hold the truth in unrighteousness.” (Romans 1:18) 

But the truth is still there.  When Ecclesiastes 3:11 speaks of God placing the world in their heart (the hearts of human beings), it is important to know that the more literal meaning of ‘world’ connotes a sense of eternity, and that which is concealed (Strong’s Concordance, Hebrew #5769, #5956.)  This awareness is placed within us all.  That is a good thing.  Those invisible things are understood by the visible, created things…such as a tree…but ‘vain imaginations’ (Romans 1:21)  darken hearts, and what is produced misses the mark. 

You end up with a raggedy shrub wearing scraps of metal.

How triumphant, then, is the glorious Christmas tree of today! 

 “…The evergreen theme continues to weave its way through the history of Christmas trees as a symbol of the promise of life to come…” (link)  While this statement refers to the warmth of spring after a cold, hard winter, there is another Parallel here.  The truth of eternal Life in Christ, who has abolished death!  bears witness of Itself throughout this same history.

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Guard Your Heart…but not from Jesus

Is God real to you?  How about His love?

I have believed that Jesus is Lord, and Savior of the world, approaching 40 years now. In a heartbeat, I can look to Him, and He is there.  But yet…for me, a more conscious apprehension of His love, and especially His love for me, has remained elusive.  Sure, there are moments…but something has been missing.  I questioned if I really was one of those included in the Scripture “God causes all things to work together for good to them who love Him…”  I knew I needed God, but I wasn’t at all sure that I loved Him.  Because I wasn’t at all able to have a sense of God as love.  Though the Scriptures make that clear, for me it seemed a void.

I don’t see a final, permanent solution to anything outside of God’s love, which engenders His promises.  I have concluded that if you can’t trust in His love…for you…you won’t be able to consistently believe His promises.  This inability to believe leaves an open door for doubt & fear to enter, to gnaw away at your peace and make you sick.

Ours essential battles are not against flesh & blood, but powers & principalities which deal in fear.  At root, the issue isn’t that money is tight and costs prohibitive to even survival. The issue is fear.  The issue is, do you really trust in God?  If we really trust God, we will not fear.  And I have yet to guarantee an easy way to trust somehow you don’t know.  Perhaps some can, but with God. who is invisible, it might take some effort for others of us.

I have had to work at it. I have had to really think about certain Scriptures, and make decisions – repeatedly, over the past few years.  And I am telling you, though you may struggle a lifetime, when the love of God arises like the day-star in your heart and all around, every wall falls down, and every strong hold is broken.  You KNOW.  You know He is the Mighty God, King of the Universe, Who alone is good and will always do what He promises.  In Him, you stand in power and truth, and you KNOW it.

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When this Light ,which is God, causes there to be no place found for darkness, the alacrity of His faithfulness becomes astonishingly apparent.  It is mind-blowing.  It is real and true.  If you are not in that place yet, be absolutely assured that it is there.  It exists.  Keep fighting your particular good fight, and stay the course. As difficult as it may seem to do so, there comes a point when it is the only recourse left to you.  Like those final throes of a woman in labor, give it your one final push.  Make the decision to forge ahead, in Christ, for all you’re worth, not looking back.  At this point, for you, His kingdom is very close.

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thelordreigns