A Borrowed Tomb.

5838 Not too many people can “borrow” a tomb. As far as I know, all but one had to have another tomb just a little later.

As the Passover continues and the body of Jesus lay in the grave through this day, I still have my symbolic blood on my doorpost. Our Christian Passover meal and Fellowship was absolutely wonderful last night. And people driving past my house will see the red on the door until tomorrow.

Every holiday seems to have its own symbols. When we think of Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Years, or even Halloween, be that as it may. But the real Passover starts with the Lord’s Last Supper with his faithful guys, except for Judas, whom he exposed early on and Judas left the table. So before any symbol of Easter bunnies can show up at my house, we have the red cloth on the door post. Maybe we can start a new way of declaring Easter weekend. I think this really says it all.

Our above picture shows an open door. My wife took that picture, and until I saw her version with the open door, I really hadn’t thought about it. There is a doorway to the Kingdom of God that ONLY the blood of Jesus opens! If you want to try and tell God you have something just as good or better than the blood of his first begotten Son… good luck with that! I wouldn’t touch that with a 1,000 foot pole!

The blood of Christ has opened a door that is eternal, and it is the doorway to an eternal Kingdom. Our modern American Church likes to short-cut the Passover, cram it into one day and celebrate the resurrection more than the death. It short-cuts the Lord’s Supper into something that would not even be a good snack. And the man-made tradition of Lent even prevents a person from having lamb meat on Good Friday, which prevents a Passover meal altogether!

How have we come to such obvious perversions of our Lord’s most sacred mission? The modern church king has no clothes! Laodicea! Shame be on us! May God forgive our total lack of concern and preoccupation with our worldly agendas!

As a good friend of mine likes to say, “traditions of man” won’t get you to heaven, but they can certainly get you to hell. Think about it. Be REAL this Passover. Discover the REAL Jesus. He’s very awesome!

 

“Yinney” – Chapter 21

Sloth-Hanging-Out_300x300 Yinney was just preparing to head out on his first six day journey to tell others in the neighborhood about his 7th Day Tree and invite all seekers of peace to visit and have spiritual discussions. However, his plans were suddenly interrupted when Lu-Lu, Me-Me, and Jo-Jo came flying into the tree with wings all a flutter!

“Yinney! Don’t go yet! We think we got it!” Lu-Lu blurted out.

Yinney became motionless except for three slow blinks of his eyes as he tried to understand what the three macaws were talking about? First he blinked one time, then a second, and a slow third. “You got what?” he finally asked.

“We got a name for our Fellowship!” Jo-Jo loudly declared.

“Ohhhh, wonderful! Let’s hear what you have come up with this time? Surely it must be a good one to be as excited as you are.”

“Yes! Yes!” all three happily agreed. “It is the best one yet! It perfectly fits the theme of our message and Fellowship. And with you about to go out witnessing, teaching, and inviting, it would help if you have a name for the Fellowship!”

All three macaws were talking at the same time, but he heard every word and was delighted they were taking such an interest. “Okay, what have you got?”

Suddenly the birds went totally quiet, starring at each other with blank faces.

“We never decided who would make the announcement,” Lu-Lu pointed out.

“I think you should, Lu-Lu,” Jo-Jo said. “You’ve been here the longest.”

“Oh but I couldn’t,” she declared. “That would not be fair. We all worked on this. We all prayed about it. We all agreed it was from God. And Me-Me really thought of it first.”

“But you’re the leader,” Me-Me immediately countered.

Yinney watched in amazement as the macaws debated the issue at a speed he could only dream of. Fortunately, there was no schedule to his journey. This was part of his way, a sacred way, the beauty of slow, in which one can always take the time to appreciate the simple things, like enjoying friends just the way they are.

“We could draw straws,” Me-Me suggested.

“Yes! Lets draw straws! I’ve always wanted to do that! It’s on my bucket list!” Jo-Jo excitedly declared. “The short straw makes the announcement!”

“But why is it the short straw that always is the one?” Me-Me asked. “Why not the long straw?”

Or the middle straw!” Lu-Lu added.

The entertainment continued as the bright blue birds flew about gathering three twigs. Then it required another big decision as to who would mix the twigs and hold them. It ended up being Jo-Jo. Finally it was decided it would be the middle straw. Then the macaws drew. After a very diligent comparison, it was decided Me-Me had the middle straw and would give the announcement.

“Ahem!” she cleared her throat signifying she was about to make the announcement. “We believe…as in us three believe…that being Lu-Lu, Jo-Jo, and I, that a very excellent name for our Fellowship would be…wait for it….wait for it… ”

“Oh come on, Me-Me! Just say it!” Lu-Lu ordered.

“The Fellowship of the 7th Day!”

Now everyone was quiet again. A small gleam could be seen growing brighter and brighter in Yinney’s eyes as he meditated upon the possible name. Other names had been proposed over that past week or so, but all were rejected. This was the longest he had pondered. The macaws grew more anxious the longer he took. Was it really taking him this long, or was he exercising them in patience? One could never be sure with Yinney.

“Are you looking for an answer now?” he asked.

“YES!!!” all three birds loudly responded.

“Well I love it. It’s perfect,” he said. “We shall be known as the ‘Fellowship of the 7th Day’, because God finished all his work in six, and then entered REST on the seventh. Adam and Eve were created on that sixth day, and then entered into God’s REST with him on the seventh. And in that 7th Day REST they lived, resting in God’s finished work, until the rest was destroyed by their betrayal. Yes, it is a very nice summation of the heart of our message. Well done Macaws! I will go forth with our new name, the Fellowship of the 7th Day!

The macaws were clapping and slapping each other on the back. They were so happy. “We knew it was the one!” they shouted. Yinney declared they should share drinks and celebrate the new name. There was no hurry to his leaving. And so they did.

Only God can watch the drama playing all over the earth at the same time. The individual lives experiencing joy or sadness; pleasure or pain at any given moment. God was aware of Jerry celebrating his latest big deal over a drink at the bar, and he was aware of Dorothy, Jerry’s wife, home alone and bored.

He also saw Rachel tossing and turning in bed, trying to sleep after eye-witnessing an execution. Even the sleeping pill wasn’t working. He saw Clara as she heard her mother get back up and go to the kitchen. He saw Frank leaving the scene of the crime, climbing back into his car and beginning to drive. He would slowly cruise by Rachel’s apartment, wishing he could go in and comfort her, but that would need to wait, still eight hours away.

He saw the macaws up late still working on the Fellowship name, because they wanted Yinney to have it as he went forth. He would watch them share that name with great joy that next morning, as Frank and Rachel drank coffee at a simple table, and she tried to understand how people can be so cruel.

There were no easy answers. At least none that man wanted to accept, as God watched it all, and brooded over his children, both saved and lost alike.

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Church Pressure?

20180626_141820 20180626_155059 This is my oldest grandson, Gabriel, whom I have given the name, “FireKeeper”. He has helped me with the Teepee fire more than any other.

There will not be a Sunday message from this site this week, because my wife and I are leaving Indiana tomorrow and headed to Georgia for a special Baptism. FireKeeper wants to be baptized, and he is currently in Georgia with his dad, our 2nd born son. We will be bringing him back to Indiana with us, where his mother lives, because school is about to start. I consider this to be a very special trip, and event, which I am looking very forward to, and greatly honored to be the one doing the baptism.

FireKeeper does not know this, but he does know I also teach a thing called being Samurai for Christ. On the way back from Georgia, we will be stopping in Pigeon Forge at a very special sword and knife store to buy him a Samurai sword to mark his special day. As a young boy I trained him with wooden samurai sword. We hung milk cartons from tree limbs, surrounded him with them and turned him loose! He’s not the only grandchild I have done this with. But I use the sword as an analogy of God’s Word, and training ourself in the Sword of the Spirit!

So I am about to be very busy for next 4 days, and we will have pictures of the event, including the sword, next article. But today I need to talk about Justin Martyr and the Constantine Church pressure, also being the early Roman Catholic Church.

Justin Martyr was a very special person I have great respect for, But I do believe he must have succumbed to the church pressure of the day in order to write such an erroneous statement as quoted below. As you read this, ask yourself how anyone could have written such a thing and not be aware of its blatantly obvious error for all to see?

“But Sunday is the day in which we all hold our common assembly, because it is the first day  on which God, having wrought a change in the darkness and matter, made the world; and Jesus Christ our Saviour on the same day rose from the dead. For He was crucified on the day before that of Saturn (Saturday), and on the day after that of Saturn, which is the day of the Sun, having appeared to His apostles and disciples, He taught them these things, which we have submitted to you also for your consideration.”

Also note he put “Sun”, in a capitol letter, as if a god. This really amazes me as Justin seems to be a very intelligent man in his writings, this being the one known as his first apology. But besides the capitol “S” on Sun, there is also the obvious contradiction of Jesus plainly stating he would rise on the 3rd day, not two! He was crucified on Friday, even as the Passover Lamb was also being slain. However, this shift would seem to somehow glorify the sun god, or somehow connect Jesus to the sun god, the chief god of Rome! This is a very strange mistake made by an otherwise sensible man!

So how is it good people end up compromised into “sun worship” in the church? Justin Martyr even went on to die for his faith in Christ. He was offered a simple beheading as a sacrifice to the gods, but if you refused to sacrifice to the gods (with your head), then you were tortured before being sacrificed. Evidently he chose torture. What an amazing faith!

As a young man Justin sought for answers, and most of his seeking was very philosophical. However, nothing seemed to provide him with real answers until it is said he had a chance encounter with an old man, possibly a Syrian Christian, who engaged him in a conversation about God and spoke of the testimony of the prophets being more reliable than the reasoning of philosophers. The old mans words are quoted as such…

“There existed, long before this time, certain men more ancient than all those who are esteemed philosophers, both righteous and beloved by God, who spoke by the Divine Spirit, and foretold events that would take place, and which are now taking place. They are called prophets. These alone both saw and announced the truth to men, neither reverencing, nor fearing any man, not influenced by a desire for glory, but speaking those things alone which they saw and which they heard, being filled with the Holy Spirit. Their writings are still extant, and he who has read them is very much helped in his knowledge of the beginning and end of things, and of those matters which the philosopher ought to know, provided he has believed them. For they did not use demonstration in their treatises, seeing that they were witnesses to the truth above all demonstration, and worthy of belief; and those events which have happened, and those which are happening, compel you to assent to the utterances made by them, although, indeed, they were entitled to credit on account of the miracles which they performed, since they both glorified the Creator, the God and Father of all things, and proclaimed the Son, the Christ (sent) by Him: which, indeed, the false prophets, who are filled with the lying unclean spirit, neither have done nor do, but venture to work certain wonderful deeds for the purpose of astonishing men, and glorify the spirits, and demons of error. But pray that, above all things, the gates of light may be opened to you; for these things cannot be percieved or understood by all, but only by the man to whom God and His Christ have imparted wisdom.”

Wow…that was a lot…but also VERY AWESOME! According to history, Justin’s life was changed by this encounter and conversation. He then became an apologist for the Church. Now the time period he was born and lived is important, because he lived during the great debate of Bishop Polycarp of Smyrna and Bishops of Rome concerning the changing of the Lord’s Supper and Passover meal. Polycarp died 155 A.D. Justin lived 100-165 A.D. Obviously he must have bought into the Rome leadership, but when you read what he wrote concerning “Sunday” and Saturn-day, any normal person can see the very obvious errors both in math and doctrine! Including worship of false gods! The very chief gods of Rome! Worship that is still very much alive today!

So how does one understand such obvious error? I don’t know, but are we doing the same thing today? Are we guilty of the same Ezekiel 8 worship that God left Jerusalem because of? God moved his Presence to the exiles! God listed these Rome Church worships as top of his list of detestable things! Is it a small thing to change the Lord’s Supper, as described by Paul and maintained through Polycarp? And if it happens to be a master pattern for God’s church? Did not Jesus emphasis the Table and fellowship? Did not even our Book of Acts description of church emphasize the table and fellowship? We would do well to examine these things.

Okay, I think I’ve said enough for you to either see the truth, or do further study on your own. The ball is in your court, as they say. What will you do with it? I was at that same fork in the road only a few months ago. Ever since then, I’ve been revealing and preaching these things to anyone willing to listen.(LOL) (Noah complex.)

So… no message this Sunday…but pictures of a special baptism coming next article…and we likely move from the Belt of Truth and Helmet of Salvation to…? Not really sure. God will certainly lead as to the next piece of the Armor of Light we appreciate and admire!

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