Contemplations At The Crossroad

Oct. 19, 2020
 
 
Thoughts for heading into the night, into the quiet, on a number of levels... Worth pondering. Each in its context... And praying.
 
"Go, my people, enter your rooms and shut your doors behind you. Hide yourselves a little while until the wrath has passed."
~ Isaiah 26:20 ~
 
"But when you pray, go into your inner room, shut your door, and pray to your Father, who is unseen. And your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you." ~ Matthew 6:6 ~
 
"Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy, for in You my soul takes refuge. In the shadow of Your wings I will take shelter until the danger has passed." ~ Psalm 57:1 ~
 
"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty." ~ Psalm 91:1 ~
 
"He will cover you with His feathers; under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and rampart." ~ Psalm 91:4 ~
 
"The prudent see danger and take cover, but the simple keep going and suffer the consequences." ~ Proverbs 22:3 ~
 
(Passages taken from Berean Study Bible)
Oct. 15, 2020

 

Luke 10:3. “... and greet no one along the road.”

Like the 70 sent (Luke 10:1-12), we’re sent out as lambs among wolves. Never has this been as obvious as now, during what is perceived by many as the culmination of all things. We may want to examine some of the less obvious disguises of such wolves, as Jesus points them out here, especially in this little phrase about greetings along the road, which we might tend to overlook or regard as unimportant. Actually there’s much to be seen in this small phrase.

Checking with numerous Bible commentaries reveals an interesting detail. In the ancient Middle East, one did not just ignore, nod at, or offer a quick hello to passers by along the road. Greetings involved somewhat elaborate rituals and there were expectations of proper conversation. There were all sorts of gestures, bowing depending on degree of social status, hand clasps, and kissing of hands and faces. Conversations involved much more than, “Hi, how are you?” There was a mutual discussion on one’s own and one’s family’s wellbeing, activity, and other news about everyone. A gab and gossip fest. This took a lot of time and may also have been a means of ascertaining the intentions of those one greeted. 

When we see Jesus approaching the two who were headed for Emmaus, who began discussing with Him the events of the crucifixion, right after His resurrection, He was invited not only to share a meal but to stay the night, since it was getting late. These customs were common to the region. It was more or less the expectation. Care for the stranger was part of the Law and custom of hospitality, as they recalled being foreigners and sojourners in many lands.

Food for thought, as Jesus tells His disciples not to do this at this point. There goes Jesus, bucking Tradition again! But He had His reasons.

How great a distraction to the mission on which He sends them these friendly loiterings might have been! They were to be the heralds of His arrival whee He sent them, and He was quite specific about their approach and activity. They were to stay in the homes of the “sons of peace,” but not to go house to house.

But here we run up against the “tyranny” of custom, etiquette and tradition which could majorly slow down and bog down how, where, and why He sent them. Might it be worth considering what forms of tyranny of custom the days before us hold, which have the potential of dismantling that for which Christ sends us? 

Other “wolves” can be concerns about money, more baggage than is necessary for the journey and the job, being fashionable, and the already mentioned enormous time waster (at least in this context) of ritualistic social expectations. Jesus was quite as specific in His instructions for those chosen for this as He had been with potential aspirants to the work (see Luke 9:57-62).

Could it be that the devil uses all of these to slow the process and progress of the Kingdom of God, as he knows that this means the end of his game?

Could it be that when the mission focus gets blurred by these “good” things that we are robbed of Christ’s authority over “serpents and scorpions,” (not literal, but representing Satanic powers in certain categories of demons) and there are no miracles and healings, although Jesus warns of gloating over them when they happen? (Not the Benny Hinn sort of tricks and deceptions.)

Distractions reign in this carnal, pleasure oriented, entertainment focused culture. Then this mentality makes itself at home in many churches offering yet another distraction in religious form. So the powerful Gospel of the Kingdom gets syphoned off by concerns about so called worship styles pandering to contemporary music and a rock concert ambience, where glorification rather than mortification of the flesh features! This is tragic and unacceptable - mere tinsel town religion, with the devil orchestrating it, the unholiest roller of all, laughing himself silly right in the church aisles!

Social media also provides its own sorts of greetings and greeters along the road. So this begs the question, is it necessary or desirable, in light of the times and the mission and the message of the Kingdom of God, as to how and how much one spends one’s time scrolling and interacting with strangers? In numerous cases it’s clear that some of these are predators - wolves in disguise - looking for someone to snarl at or devour conversationally. In normal life, one would not even approach such individuals. Yet this happens often in the virtual pathways where scrolling has replaced strolling!

So we still need to heed His directive to the 70 concerning greetings along the way. Jesus has His own ideas about some very dynamic “spiritual social distancing,” which reveal His authority bestowed through abiding in His Way of walking in the Holy Spirit.

 “Savior, I follow on, Guided by thee, Seeing not yet the hand That leadeth me. Hushed be my heart and still; Fear I no further ill. Only to meet thy will My will shall be.”  (From hymn by Charles S. Robinson. Mid 1800s.)

 

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Oct. 11, 2020
 
 
"Finally, brethren, whatever things are true... meditate on these things." (From Philippians 4.)
 
First we have to know what's true! Here's one area of that which needs to be addressed.
 
That church goers can support the "progressive" left and do not understand the anti Christ agenda the left actually advances - due to believing mainstream media - is a sad characteristic of numerous religious people. Or they somehow have bought into the idea that Jesus was a socialist! That "team" of career politicians calls themselves people of faith. Faith in the state as absolute god (communism, fascism, totalitarianism, statism...) must be what they mean. The god of this world is who they serve, not the Lord Jesus Christ. The fruit is evidence, not what they claim. Since they usuall are not saying what the listener thinks they are anyway.
 
That church goers have not bothered to even look at these politicians' track records without question is likewise more than surprising. They just react to the POTUS's personality and, so they go full throttle to the left without asking any questions. Out of the frying pan into the fire. So much for look before you leap.
 
Which means they're actually also supporting the murder of the unborn right up to full term. And where that death agenda goes from there is anybody's guess, as to whom the state shall decide has no value or humanity. Know this: your turn is coming if you identify as Christian. But you will probably be given opportunities to deny the Lord Jesus Christ who died for you.
 
Indoctrinated in "social justice" thinking from pre school through post grad, many support "social action" anarchists like BLM or ANTIFA which are destroying and burning the cities of the USA... This frankly BLOWS ME AWAY!!! This means calling evil good and good evil. That is not truth. It's demonic. It is living under deception.
 
Thus this idea that light can have fellowship with darkness is another lie which infests Christendom. "We can all just get along." No. Sorry. That is not how it works in the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. Hate to break it to you, but, Scripture is clear - "Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership can righteousness have with wickedness? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?" 2Corinthians 6:14,15.
 
The Prince of peace does not come tolerating sin and evil in the name of "love"; He comes also bringing a sword, the sword of truth. "Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to part asunder a man from his father, and a daughter from her mother, and a newly married wife from her mother-in-law, And a man’s foes will be they of his own household." Matthew 10:34-36.
 
Remember, one of the first things God did in the beginning is to separate light from darkness. Think about that. Jesus Christ, the Word Who was from the beginning, the same yesterday, today, and forever.
 
"Surely You desire truth in the inmost being; You teach me wisdom in the inmost place. Purify me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow." Psalm 51:5-7. What we embrace in the world reveals what drives us from within. Like it or not. "True religion" isn't just a white wash pseudo gospel; it's transformational and drenches the very fabric of our being.
 
Got some more "meditating" to do about truth versus lies and darkness - via the Scripture... which also goes in the direction of drawing a line in the sand in some areas of life that mean a lot to me. Very often truth is not a feel good path.
Oct. 10, 2020
 
 
Been doin' some thinkin'. "Oh no!," they cried!
 
And so, in spite of the fact that all these unconstitutional mandates were overturned in these parts of the woods up here in "the mitten," we're still going to need to be patient (yes, that's what I said) with process, and with those paralyzed with fear who are true believers in the plandemic and terrified at the sight of a naked face (including medical personnel and organizations). The conditioning exercise has been very successful, shall we say... It probably started in preschool; never mind the start of cv1984, so they don't get it. They just don't get it.
 
Not to mention the dozens of, for example, grocery store chains and other organizations which may be headquartered even in foreign countries! Globalists like Starbucks, etc. Do you think they will change their "no mask, no service" policies over the state of MI law changes? Here's where it's going to get dicey. Wait for it. What a mess. Personally, it's not worth a kerfuffle with a screaming masker who oddly chooses not to observe social distancing. (They cherry pick state rules - their god - just like some folks do scripture. And have very nasty attitudes.)
 
I wonder if Eisenhower saw THIS much craziness coming when he warned about the military industrial complex (globalism)?
 
Additionally, personally, it's sort of like this in my view. I know we're all supposed to be radically anti mask, in some minds. "If you're not refusing to wear a mask, you're not a patriot, and you're taking the mark of the beast." Well, friend, you pick your battles, and I'll pick mine. Read what you want into it. There are other perspectives, believe it or not. For example...
 
If someone lights up a cigarette inside my house, I will ask him to put it out. If he persists, he will leave. I'm also a stickler for guys taking their hats off inside my home - I grew up with the idea that one of the marks of a gentleman is that he removes his hat as a sign of respect inside another's home, in church, inside buildings generally. (Call me old fashioned. Frankly my dear, that invokes the Rhett Butler reply.) Some people ask guests to take off their shoes in their houses - I hate that! I have extremely sensitive feet. But it's their house, not mine. When I know I'm going to such a place, I take along my "Holy Ground Slippers", and ask if they mind if I wear those. Never had a refusal.
 
So when you're on someone else's property, you go by the "house rules". Sometimes that is the point. Fuss about it all you want. It is what it is. It used to be regarded as common courtesy.
 
Process and what used to be regarded (until the Burger King have it your way instant gratification mentality mode came to be) as Providence walked hand in hand. And it requires Patience.
 
Process. Providence. Patience.
 
This too shall pass.
Sep. 30, 2020

 

inAUGURation: Is It For The Birds?

These are some musings, ramblings, questions, and explorations all tossed into one. This isn’t real refined, but I thought that maybe you, dear reader, would like to explore the trail with me. It’s a longer one than usual…

Don’t you find it interesting that the word “inauguration” has in it the word “augur” as its central feature? We don’t hear the word “augur” much in the 21st century, so, what is an “augur”?

In ancient Rome there were officials - augurs - charged with observing and interpreting omens for guidance in public affairs. The word can also be used as a verb which means to divine and predict omens, to conjecture from signs.

This practice, was originally done by way of observing the flight, behavior, patterns, or sounds of birds. This religious / occult practice was called “taking the auspices”, and went back to Greece, Egypt, and probably earlier. King Alasia of Cyprus was said to have sought “eagle diviners” from Egypt. As time went on, this was augmented by sacrificial divination through examining the liver of the sacrifice. That was called hepatoscopy.

It was all about discerning the will of the “gods” as to what course of action should be taken at the highest levels of government, or how the gods might be pleased to insure good crops, adequate rainfall, fertility, etc. This was the basic m.o. of all ancient pagan “wisdom” and how they ran their governments and lives. It was a form of divination, of which there are many.

The Biblical Law and prophets - Isaiah, for example, (approximately 740-686 B.C.) warned about this sort of divination of the Philistines which had been first systematized by the Chaldeans. The Bible refers to this sorcery, but also all other forms of divination, including the sacrifice and burning of their children in honor of Moloch, the use of divination and enchantment, etc. Leviticus 19:26, Deuteronomy 18:10,14. Isaiah 2:6. There are many more… 

Apparently this was rather widespread “priestcraft” throughout the ancient world, right up through Rome, which sought to please chiefly Jupiter’s will through the auger of birds, through “vitia,” or signs.

Words matter. So this begs the question about “inAUGURation,” a word still used to describe the event of the installation of high level government officials: Just how “elected” are they, or do we merely get a choice between 2 individuals who always seem to be the lesser of two evils, chosen by some still invoked method of augury - that seem to be more about the pleasing of the god of this world, the “prince of the power of the air.” (Deals with the devil?) 

Air is where birds fly, so would not they carry the messages of the “gods” inhabiting the regions “above”? We know there has, traditionally always been plenty of occult activity related to secular governments. But how “secular” are they really? Or have “lesser gods“ often been a part of decision making in government circles? (What? Isn’t religion supposed to be separated from politics? But I digress. Yet perhaps not.)

Another fascinating similarity is that around 300 B.C. Rome required 9 augurs. The SCOTUS has 9 Justices who make decisions and rulings. Some of which have been wildly ungodly in the last 40 plus years. Are they deciding based on reasoning and Law, or are there other “factors” of augury at play? In fairness, after that number 9 became the standard in Rome, there were times when the number of augurs fluctuated. But 9 is a heavy duty occult number, and is often associated with Mars, the Roman god of war. War has to do with territories and control and real estate, etc. Perhaps (my conjecture) that is why they chose 9 augurs, in honor of Mars - making expansion of territories through war and conquest, in the name of a “god.”

Could there be an association between the eagle of Rome - the great bird - and its employment as the symbol of the USA? What’s going on here? So, specifically, “ornithromancy” - reading the signs through birds - was invoked for all undertakings: political, public, and private. Might the eagle be the channel of Mars, as he soars high above all the other birds? Interesting food for thought.

After a time in Roman government, expertise in augury (“aug” means to prosper, increase) was required of senior ranking magistrates, military and civilian. Therefore these state positions were also religious offices

Here’s where it gets interesting, in my opinion. The founding of Rome was based on augury. In the later Republic, augury was supervised by a college of pontifices. Eventually there was one leading Pontifex Maximus. Caesar Augustus was one of these. The Pope sometimes is also referred to as well as the Pontifex Maximus. The pagan title sticks to the office to this day!

Is this why the Vatican, although the seat of the Roman Catholic religion, is also a city state of great influence, with ambassadors, and a seat at the UN? Has this “form" of doing things really ever left us, even in the 21st Century? This awakens some juicy questions. And directions down forbidden trails. Questions we’re not supposed to ask. Conclusions we are told we cannot draw… Oh?

In order for augury to be properly performed, there had to be sacred temple spaces that had to be square, with only one entrance, and purified according to certain rituals. The architecture was specific to the god being invoked.

And, lest we leave out the ladies, there was also in the Roman culture the College of Vestals, regarded as fundamental to the continuation and security of Rome and her interests. The Vestals - serving the goddess Vesta (or in Greek Hestia), goddess of hearths and homes - were usually selected by the Pontifex Maximus anywhere from the age of 6 to 10. They were under his authority and protection. They were celibate, virtuous, and virgin with a 30 year vow of chastity - after which they were free to leave the order and marry if they wished. They devoted themselves to study and correct observance of state rituals which were forbidden even to the colleges of male priests (and augurs). They were quite powerful and influential in the years prior to the Caesars. The College of the Vestals began early on about 717-673B.C. with King Pompillius. 

Their influence continued on with the Caesars who included them in all major events. They were highly respected and protected. They were attributed with magical powers and it was thought that the gods listened to their prayers more readily than to others’. They were diviners and wise women who were as highly respected as the augurs, and their duty was to tend the sacred flame of Vesta in their temple which was never to be extinguished. The Vestalium Maxima, greatest of the Vestals, oversaw the order. They had unusual rights and privileges, including the writing and safe keeping of wills and testaments. 

Vestal chastity was considered to have a direct bearing on the health and wellbeing of the Roman state, where if they engaged in sex, it was considered an act of treason punishable by being buried alive in an underground chamber with only a few days supply of food and water.

The Vestal order existed for over 1000 years! It was put out of existence by the Christian emperor Theodosius in about 394 A.D. This was after Emperor  Constantine legitimized Christianity as the state religion and forbade all others (pagan, gnostic) in the Empire. This was also the time when the Scripture Canon came to be, a hard fought victory within the Church! 

What a time of tumult that must have been! The augurs with their craft and the Vestals through their divination skills, obedience, and chastity supposedly kept order in the Empire, on behalf of the gods Jupiter, Mars, Vesta and the rest of the Pantheon. Paganism was being supplanted by Christianity - the Body of Christ, under Her Head Jesus Christ, to Whom was given all power in heaven and on earth.

But, I’m surmising here: What if the best form-ideas from the pagan world (specifically Roman forms, words, titles, ideas, and archetypes, etc) were “fused” into Christianity, and overtook the Gospel of Jesus Christ as a counter coup

Followers of the Way, the Truth, and the Life do not need vestments, or Roman style pageantry, a Pontifex Maximus, a non-scriptural Mary/Vesta with supernatural powers who gets prayers answered faster than the humble penitent who believes he or she cannot approach God on his own. (This is not a denial of the Virgin Birth, or to call Mary blessed, which is clearly taught in Scripture.)

All of that came to an end, along with the Jewish Temple systems and sacrifices when our sin was put to death on the cross - through the body of the God Man Jesus Christ, the One Who carried the fullness of the Godhead bodily in His human form - and Who was raised from the dead for our justification. When Christ died, the Way was made to go directly to the throne of Grace to receive all we need from our Father, God Who is Love! He will give the Holy Spirit to all who truly continue to ask, seek, and knock. There is no need for any sort of divination!

He came to us through Jesus Christ and revealed Himself. “If you have seen Me, you have seen the Father,” said Jesus. There is now no need for auguries or magical repetitive prayers and incantations, sacrifices, elaborate rituals, or the observance of days, and the like required to please Him, or to know His will or to receive His grace / His love! He has spoken to us by His Son Jesus, revealed to us through the Scriptures, and is revealed to our hearts by the Holy Spirit. He has come to redeem and to heal and to restore sinners, and by so doing to heal the world He gave to us from the beginning.

It is the meek - those surrendered to His transforming amazing grace - who will inherit the Earth.

It doesn’t belong to Mars or Jupiter. That too is for the birds!