The Mystery of the 2 Angels, the Empty Tomb and the Resurrection Mercy Seat

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The terrible and anguishing events of the Lord Jesus arrest, crucifixion, and burial was over.  So the disciples went away again to their own homes.

But Mary was standing outside the tomb weeping; and so, as she wept, she stooped and looked into the tomb; 12 and she *saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been lying. 13 And they *said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?”
John 20:10

There was no reason for Mary to weep,or to seek the Living among the dead, as she was soon to find out. Praise the Most High God, for the Lord Jesus had risen.

Oh, the depth and richness of the incomparable Word of God. Our LORD left nothing to chance in His Word, it confirms and validates itself over and over in the…

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Many are Still Saying “Give us Barabbas”

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I have promised myself that I wasn’t going to get overly involved in this election,  and that I’d try and keep my focus on “things above” not the three ringed circus it’s getting to be here on planet earth, but I came across an excellent post by Daniel Mark that echos my sentiments exactly. It does seem like history repeats itself and the more things change, the more they stay the same; just the faces and names are different.  

A Dose of Reality

“Here we are in another presidential election season and I’m disturbed, but not surprised,  to see the reactions from all sides. From condemnation of the individual candidates and acclaiming your own, to voting is your Christian duty. From Trump is the savior we’ve been waiting for, to he’s the anti-christ. Hillary is Satan’s daughter, Bernie is the choice of economic idiots, blah blah blah. If I left out your favorite candidate, my apologies, but the dose of reality here is you’re all playing the game, you’re all a part of the problem.

The world truly does abide in Satan, the evil one. All the kingdoms of the world belong to him now. Some countries may be better off than others, but all are on the way to totalitarian societies, police states, perpetual war and enslavement of the population. There are some who believe they are “Christian” patriots who fight in Satan’s wars, or are arming themselves to take back “America for Christ.” I think they have lost sight of the Gospel and of their own part in the true Kingdom of God.

1Jn 5:19  And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.

2Co 10:3-5 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

The citizens of this country have to realize they are not going to get a political solution to the problem. You are not going to vote in a true reformer of the process, this simply will not be allowed to happen. The counter intelligence apparatus in place is so large, powerful and effective that any true reform will be crushed ala Occupy Wall-Street, resistance to war, Persian Gulf, Vietnam etc. The system is set up to perpetuate endless war and theft of the wealth of the lower classes funneling up to the moneyed elite. You aren’t going to change it. As a Christian it’s not your job to change it, not a commandment in the Bible, not your moral duty.

We have as an example our Lord Jesus, and the first Christians, or disciples, they did not threaten the government of the time, the Roman Empire, with armed rebellion, they simply refused to be a part of it. They would preach the Gospel, whether they were imprisoned for it, executed, whatever the case was, they did the will of God. They did not think they were going to reform the system, but they could reform individuals by preaching the true Gospel and let the Holy Spirit of God take over from there. You can’t build the Kingdom of God from the inside, you must come out of the system and preach the truth, regardless of the consequences.

I believe it was Einstein who said that insanity is believing that doing the same thing over and over again will bring about different results. Like all of you I hate war, abortion, theft of our personal wealth, etc, but I don’t believe we can elect a king who will change it. We have one King and when He returns He’ll deal with the Satanic kingdoms and all those who believe it’s their patriotic duty to fight for them.”

Many thanks to Daniel Mark over at Perverted Christianity for this excellent post:

http://perverted-christianity.blogspot.com/2016/02/a-dose-of-reality.html

 

Hosanna to our King

What Is Palm Sunday?

Palm Sunday is the day we celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, one week before His resurrection (Matthew 21:1–11). As Jesus entered the holy city, He neared the culmination of a long journey toward Golgotha. He had come to save the lost (Luke 19:10), and now was the time—this was the place—to secure that salvation. Palm Sunday marked the start of what is often called “Passion Week,” the final seven days of Jesus’ earthly ministry. Palm Sunday was the “beginning of the end” of Jesus’ work on earth.

Palm Sunday began with Jesus and His disciples traveling over the Mount of Olives. The Lord sent two disciples ahead into the village of Bethphage to find an animal to ride. They found the unbroken colt of a donkey, just as Jesus had said they would (Luke 19:29–30). When they untied the colt, the owners began to question them. The disciples responded with the answer Jesus had provided: “The Lord needs it” (Luke 19:31–34). Amazingly, the owners were satisfied with that answer and let the disciples go. “They brought [the donkey] to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it” (Luke 19:35).

As Jesus ascended toward Jerusalem, a large multitude gathered around Him. This crowd understood that Jesus was the Messiah; what they did not understand was that it wasn’t time to set up the kingdom yet—although Jesus had tried to tell them so (Luke 19:11–12). The crowd’s actions along the road give rise to the name “Palm Sunday”: “A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road” (Matthew 21:8). In strewing their cloaks on the road, the people were giving Jesus the royal treatment—King Jehu was given similar honor at his coronation (2 Kings 9:13). John records the detail that the branches they cut were from palm trees (John 12:13).

On that first Palm Sunday, the people also honored Jesus verbally: “The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David!’ / ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’ / ‘Hosanna in the highest heaven!’” (Matthew 21:9). In their praise of Jesus, the Jewish crowds were quoting Psalm 118:25–26, an acknowledged prophecy of the Christ. The allusion to a Messianic psalm drew resentment from the religious leaders present: “Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, rebuke your disciples!’” (Luke 19:39). However, Jesus saw no need to rebuke those who told the truth. He replied, “I tell you . . . if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out” (Luke 19:40).

Some 450 to 500 years prior to Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem, the prophet Zechariah had prophesied the event we now call Palm Sunday: “Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! / Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! / See, your king comes to you, / righteous and victorious, / lowly and riding on a donkey, / on a colt, the foal of a donkey” (Zechariah 9:9). The prophecy was fulfilled in every particular, and it was indeed a time of rejoicing, as Jerusalem welcomed their King. Unfortunately, the celebration was not to last. The crowds looked for a Messiah who would rescue them politically and free them nationally, but Jesus had come to save them spiritually. First things first, and mankind’s primary need is spiritual, not political, cultural, or national salvation.

Even as the coatless multitudes waved the palm branches and shouted for joy, they missed the true reason for Jesus’ presence. They could neither see nor understand the cross. That’s why, “as [Jesus] approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, ‘If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies . . . will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you” (Luke 19:41–47). It is a tragic thing to see the Savior but not recognize Him for who He is. The crowds who were crying out “Hosanna!” on Palm Sunday were crying out “Crucify Him!” later that week (Matthew 27:22–23).

There is coming a day when every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (Philippians 2:10–11). The worship will be real then. Also, John records a scene in heaven that features the eternal celebration of the risen Lord: “There before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands” (Revelation 7:9, emphasis added). These palm-bearing saints will shout, “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb” (verse 10), and who can measure sum of their joy?

Question: “What is Passion Week / Holy Week?”

Answer: Passion Week (also known as Holy Week) is the time from Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday (Resurrection Sunday). Also included within Passion Week are Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday, Spy Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. Passion Week is so named because of the passion with which Jesus willingly went to the cross in order to pay for the sins of His people. Passion Week is described in Matthew chapters 21-27; Mark chapters 11-15; Luke chapters 19-23; and John chapters 12-19. Passion Week begins with the triumphal entry on Palm Sunday on the back of a colt as prophesied in Zechariah 9:9.

Passion Week contained several memorable events. Jesus cleansed the Temple for the second time (Luke 19:45-46), then disputed with the Pharisees regarding His authority. Then He gave His Olivet Discourse on the end times and taught many things, including the signs of His second coming. Jesus ate His Last Supper with His disciples in the upper room (Luke 22:7-38), then went to the garden of Gethsemane to pray as He waited for His hour to come. It was here that Jesus, having been betrayed by Judas, was arrested and taken to several sham trials before the chief priests, Pontius Pilate, and Herod (Luke 22:54-23:25).

Following the trials, Jesus was scourged at the hands of the Roman soldiers, then was forced to carry His own instrument of execution (the Cross) through the streets of Jerusalem along what is known as the Via Dolorosa (way of sorrows). Jesus was then crucified at Golgotha on the day before the Sabbath, was buried and remained in the tomb until Sunday, the day after the Sabbath, and then gloriously resurrected.

It is referred to as Passion Week because in that time, Jesus Christ truly revealed His passion for us in the suffering He willingly went through on our behalf. What should our attitude be during Passion Week? We should be passionate in our worship of Jesus and in our proclamation of His Gospel! As He suffered for us, so should we be willing to suffer for the cause of following Him and proclaiming the message of His death and resurrection

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Reposted this from John’s blog: True Discernment. Thank you John for coming up with such a treasure.

Scarlett

 

Welcome to New Mexico, Where Witchcraft is Groovy

Only here, they don’t call it witchcraft, they call it the art of the Curandero, or so-called healing arts. You can even sign up at the University of New Mexico to learn how to be a witch, (er, Curandero). http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/lifestyle/2014/05/26/new-mexico-to-offer-free-online-curandero-class-with-traditional-healers-from/

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Sounds so much cooler and politically acceptable doesn’t it, whereas mentioning Jesus Christ might get you some sidelong glaces and eye rolls.  But underneath it all, it is witchcraft any way you shake it. Satan loves it, but if you are a blood bought, spirit-filled believer and follower of Jesus Christ, he doesn’t like you and you can expect a fight on your hands if you move into his territory, especially if you’re not fully spiritually prepared for the spiritual oppression and outright attack from the evil spirits which will oppose your presence. I was not prepared, and the physical and spiritual oppression began almost the very day my son and I landed in the Southwest desert town of Truth or Consequences. There really is something in a name.

Here in TorC, as it’s called by the locals, the Hot Springs draws tourists from all over the country for health and/or relaxation purposes, where you can also include a massage afterward for a reasonable price, sometimes as a package deal at most of the spas. TorC has become a magnet for all sorts of various so-called “healing” modalities from the time when the hot springs were first developed. http://www.city-data.com/forum/new-mexico/1558884-holistic-healers-truth-consequences-old-new.html. Nowadays, taking a look in the local city directory or phone book, one can find anything and everything from psychics, tarot card readers, Reiki practitioners and other various massage or so-called healing modalities. The New Age lingo prevails here with labels such as “integrated therapy”, etc. No matter what labels these practitioners put on there various trades, there  is invariably a spiritual component to it one way or another. And this is where it begins to get extremely  tricky.

For example…..

If you want to opt for a massage here, it would be wise to ask the “therapist” what he or she is into, because otherwise, you will have no idea what kind of a spiritual and physical trip you may end up taking at the hands of your “practitioner”. I found this out the hard way myself recently, as I had been prescribed physical therapy by my physician to try and undo some of the other damage I’ve incurred since I moved here. I am being very serious here. I am a spirit filled believer in Jesus Christ, but I was not prepared for what I was going to encounter from the very get go in this city. What comes to mind at the moment is the Prince of Persia, the entity who was the territorial power over Persia described in Daniel 10: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Daniel+10&version=KJV:P and….https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Territorial_spirit.

The bible indicates there are spiritual powers and principalities which are designated to rule over certain geographical areas. https://www.biblegateway.com KJV Ephesians 6:

“12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

 

I believe that where I live, as I’ve come to find out, is such a place, surrounded as it is by all manner of occult practices, and religions; steeped in Catholicism and Native American religious practices which have been practiced for centuries. You might as well say, this would include the entire state of New Mexico.

As I said, I should have been aware of just how serious this is, and what I might possibly encounter as soon as I stepped my foot in the door so to speak, but I wasn’t. Moving had been very long and tiring, and I just wanted to settle in and rest awhile. No such luck. It began as not only one serious physical attack, but simultaneously, the spiritual oppression began…one thing after another. I have come to realize I’d been caught in the “snare of the fowler”. as per https://answersingenesis.org/education/spurgeon-sermons/124-the-snare-of-the-fowler/. None other than Satan is the “fowler” who sets traps for unsuspecting people. One trap might not entirely destroy us as is his intention, but looking back on my experience, there was an entire series of events;one following after the last, a sequence of oppressive attacks, each one more serious than the last to the point where I never got a chance to completely recover before the next attack began.

Some may not believe we as Christians will ever have to battle oppression, but I am here to disagree. see, I have a neighbor living just a few feet from me who is a died in the wool witch. No, she doesn’t go around saying so, but over the past year, she has caused much damage, discord, sickness and havoc in this little neighborhood…… and against me and in my family specifically,  to the extent that  I am still trying to recover. As I speak, the battle rages; I have been and still -physically very sick.  It has been very difficult to forgive this woman for the pain she has caused, but I know I must, and I believe I have…even to be able to love her. I reach out to her from a safe distance spiritually, and pray for her salvation. But I am aware of the fact that she is needs deliverance from the spirits working in and through her. And….I pray for this town that Truth will prevail in a Mighty Outpouring of His Spirit to wage war with the present darkness and evil here. I thank God that He has shown me this need, even if it meant that I had to go through this awful suffering and oppression.

I ask that Intercessors who read this will remember us in prayer here.