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When you tend to freak out – a list Who God is

Bryan Rowe posted in Christadelphian Singles Worldwide.

Don’t look at what is wrong, look at who God is!

I have found during my most stressful moments it is best if I just stop and focus on who God is. It’s a time when I set my requests aside and just seek Him.

I’ve made a list that helps me when I tend to freak out.

“God is:

• SOVEREIGN — He reigns over everyone and everything and has never been stressed out.
• UNSTOPPABLE and so are those who follow Him.
• HOLY— God is perfect, which means everything He wants/ desires for my life is far greater than anything I could have thought of.
• CONSISTENT — I don’t have to worry about Him being in a bad mood.
• GREATER than any temptation the enemy throws my way.
• BETTER than anything the world has to offer.
• BIGGER than any sin or failure in my life.
• GRACIOUS — He knows every stupid, foolish, sinful thing I’ve ever done (or will do), and yet He loves me anyway!
• ALWAYS here with me — God has NEVER walked away from me.
He doesn’t always deliver me from the fire, but He has ALWAYS walked with me through it!
• FAITHFUL — If I fail to see His faithfulness in my past, I will probably not recognize the fruitfulness of my future.
• THE ONE WHO PURSUES ME —
He pursues me even on the days I tend to walk away from Him.
• RELENTLESS — He has NEVER given up on me!
• PASSIONATE — His passion and zeal that the scriptures reveal cause me to be in AWE.
I could go on and on, but what I want you to see is that when stress comes into our lives it is an awesome opportunity to KNOW GOD. So, if you are stressed out, freaked out and feel like you are about to give out, then “check out” for 10 minutes from your busy life, sit down with a piece of paper, make a list of who the scriptures say GOD IS, and focus on that rather than your circumstances.”

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Who cries out against a hearty and uncompromising castigation of error

“I have never heard a man yet, thoroughly imbued with the Truth and love of it, cry out against a hearty and uncompromising castigation of error, as bitter and too severe.

Where men’s faith is weak, and their minds are full of uncertainty, and they are conscious that their own deeds will not bear the light, you will find them full of ‘charity’, and sensitively fearful of the corrupters and transgresors of the Word. They don’t want their feelings hurt lest it should do harm! The fact is they don’t want the Truth too plainly demonstrated, lest it should make themselves obliged to defend that of which they were not fully assured”

Bro John Thomas

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Faith without risk is a contradiction


Faith without risk is a contradiction.

‘For as the body without the spirits is dead,
so faith without works is dead also.’
James 2:26

Dear God, Give me the strength to persevere in the faith
and to perform good works of faith.

Dutch version / Nederlandse versie > Geloof zonder risico tegenstrijdigheid
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Geloof zonder risico tegenstrijdigheid


Geloof zonder risico is een tegenstrijdigheid.

‘Want gelijk het lichaam zonder geest dood is,
zo is ook het geloof zonder werken dood.’

Jakobus 2:26

Dierbare God,
geef mij de kracht om in het geloof te volharden
en werken van geloof te verrichten

Engelse versie / English version: Faith without risk is a contradiction

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Voor hen die God vrezen en bij Hem beschutting zoeken


Wij moeten de Allerhoogste vrezen, meer dan enig mens.
Als wij lastig gevallen wordene door  andere mensen weten wij dat wij onze toevlucht kunnen nemen bij God.

Hoe groot is het geluk dat U hebt weggelegd voor wie U vrezen, dat U bereid hebt voor wie schuilen bij U…
U verbergt hen in de beschutting van uw gelaat (Psalm 31 vers 19 tot en met 20a)

O Heer, ik vertrouw U en steun op U. Vol vertrouwen ren ik naar U toe.
U verbergt mij in uw aanwezigheid, waar ik rust vind temidden van alle levensstormen.
U staat mij met open armen liefdevol op te wachten.
Ik dank en prijs U, Vader. Amen.

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Unbelief, faith and mustard seed

“and Jesus said to them, because of your unbelief: for verily I say to you, if ye have faith as a grain of mustard-seed, ye shall say to this mountain, remove hence to yonder place, and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible to you.” (Matthew 17:20 Webster)“Jesus answered and said to them, verily I say to you, if ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this [which is done] to the fig-tree, but also, if ye shall say to this mountain, be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.” (Matthew 21:21 Webster)

“22 and Jesus answering, saith to them, have faith in god. 23 for verily I say to you, that whoever shall say to this mountain, be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that the things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatever he saith.” (Mark 11:22-23 Webster)

“and the lord said, if ye had faith as a grain of mustard-seed, ye might say to this sycamine-tree, be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it would obey you.” (Luke 17:6 Webster)

“Jesus saith to her, said I not to thee, that if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of god?” (John 11:40 Webster)

“and though I have [the gift of] prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:2 Webster)

“brethren, be not children in understanding: yet in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.” (1 Corinthians 14:20 Webster)

“as new-born babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:” (1 Peter 2:2 Webster)

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English: Mustard seeds by David Turner Februar...

Mustard seeds by David Turner (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Seeds of promise

Seeds to be planted soon

Seeds, weeds and kingdoms

 

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Additional reading

  1. I have not hidden …
  2. Forbidden Fruit in the Midst of the Garden 4
  3. A Living Faith #1 Substance of things hoped for
  4. Salvation, Baptism and Re-baptism
  5. When not seeing or not finding a biblically sound church
  6. a little church
  7. Slave for people and God

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Further reading

  1. Mustard Seed
  2. Mustard Seeds
  3. Let Go and Live
  4. Undetected Growth
  5. Daily Prompt: Tiny
  6. Small Beginnings
  7. Pass it on
  8. Open the Eyes of my Heart
  9. The Gift Of God
  10. Genuine message of salvation
  11. Mustard Seed Faith
  12. A Mustard Seed of Faith
  13. What is Faith?
  14. What does faith in crisis mean?
  15. O you of great unbelief!
  16. Small start, Big Finish
  17. #Faith the Size of a Mustard Seed
  18. Faith of A Mustard Seed
  19. Faith Like a Forest
  20. Sow and harvests in the garden of your heart
  21. 12 Month Faith Challenge (I Conquer Pt 1)
  22. Daily Mass: Steady growth that starts small. Catholic Inspiration
  23. January 26 – From A Mustard Seed
  24. Today’s Scripture – December 28, 2016
  25. Daily Gospel Reading – Mark 4:26-34
  26. What is the meaning of the Parable of the Mustard Seed?
  27. Moving Mountains
  28. Fear Feels Bigger
  29. As Small as a Mustard Seed
  30. Does Your Faith Make You Eager To Forsake Sin?
  31. Prayer Changes Me
  32. Don’t Say How, Say I Am Yours!
  33. Luke 6:17-19
  34. Luke 13
  35. Luke 17
  36. Small Faith
  37. Measuring Faith
  38. Optimism and the Kingdom of God
  39. Of Seeds and Slaves, of Faith and Favor
  40. Only Servants Doing Our Duty
  41. Like a Mustard Seed…
  42. Wise Virgins
  43. Conceal, Don’t Feel
  44. Warfare Against the Mustard Seed
  45. Hang On To Your Faith
  46. Like A Mustard Seed
  47. The Significance of the Insignificant (October 2, 2016)
  48. Sermon on Mustard Seed Faith and Superheros
  49. What You Have is Enough | A Widow’s Mite and Mustard Seed Faith
  50. Increase Our Faith
  51. Busted Mustard Seed
  52. Faith Unwavering
  53. How will your faith grow?
  54. Increase Our Faith (Lk 17:5-10)
  55. Faith like a mustard seed. Whatever you have is enough.
  56. just the tiniest little bit
  57. Wow! That’s All It Takes?
  58. Faith Is Not a Verb
  59. Where Our Help Comes From & Our Trust Belongs
  60. How’s your mustard seed?
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Seeds, weeds and kingdoms

Germinating seeds

In the Holy Scriptures we can find many examples where is spoken about seeds and the soil in which seeds have to grow.

English: Brown Flax Seeds. Français : Graines ...

Brown Flax Seeds. (Linum usitatissimum). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In this time and age we best think about the parable of the the sower, where the sower sows the seeds into different kinds of ground – three bad and one good. Man himself can find out from Scriptures what is meant by those stories Jesus told. Concerning the seed of the sower Jesus tells us (v18-23) – the seed is the Word of God and the different kinds of ground are different responses to the message of the Kingdom.

In our world we hear less spoken about the Word of God and many churches are running empty. For followers of Christ, the religions getting against each other is just one of the many signs we can see that the preaching of the coming Kingdom is of utmost importance, because when it shall be preached all over the world, then the end shall come.

In this world there are lots of people who think they are doing good and others who are convinced they do not have to take care because they are saved under Christ. they may be very mistaken, hoping to enter the Kingdom of God, by not living according to God‘s Laws, missing the entrance to the small gate. All those parables Jesus told should be a warning that it perhaps might not be so easy to enter the Kingdom after all. Many may be called but few reaching the the end goal of the race.

The second parable we have to take at heart is the one about the weeds, where the enemy sows bad weed seeds amongst the good wheat seeds. Again, we are not left guessing as to the meaning – Jesus tells us (v37-43) – the good seed represents the sons of the Kingdom and the bad seed the sons of the devil, i.e. those opposed to the message of the Kingdom who will be ‘weeded’ out of the Kingdom by God’s angels when the Son of Man (Jesus) comes.

Those two are not the only ones in which Jesus talks about seeds.

Birds in the fields and trees

When we look at the fields where seeds are waiting to grow, we can see many birds picking their bits of grains. Now Jesus comes to look where those birds have their habitat. They coming to live in a tree. In the ancient times the men of God also wrote about the birds living in trees, referring to kingdoms.

“The leaves thereof were fair, and the fruit thereof much, and in it was food for all: the beasts of the field had shadow under it, and the birds of the heavens dwelt in the branches thereof, and all flesh was fed from it.” (Daniel 4:12 ASV)

“it is thou, O king, [Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon]that art grown and become strong; for thy greatness is grown, and reacheth unto heaven, and thy dominion to the end of the earth.” (Daniel 4:22 ASV)

“Behold, the Assyrian was a cedar in Lebanon with fair branches, and with a forest-like shade, and of high stature; and its top was among the thick boughs.” (Ezekiel 31:3 ASV)

“All the birds of the heavens made their nests in its boughs; and under its branches did all the beasts of the field bring forth their young; and under its shadow dwelt all great nations.” (Ezekiel 31:6 ASV)

Immature Elm seeds.

Immature Elm seeds. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

These first two Old Testament references use that specific language that Jesus picks up on – using the description of trees and perching birds to represent empires and subjects dwelling in them. But the obvious thing to notice is that whereas Jesus is talking about the Kingdom of Heaven, these verses most certainly are not! They are talking about the kingdoms of men! The first is talking about the kingdom of Babylon, which only filled the world with godless rule – and even today its pagan beliefs and teaching still permeate like yeast (many nonChristian and Christian religions can trace their belief system back to ancient Babylon). Assyria was known for its violence and cruelty (see Nahum 3:19) and our days, like the days of Noah, also see a world filled with violence (modern day Assyria / Syria being notable examples).

Kingdoms

It may seem strange to make reference to the kingdoms of men when the parable of the mustard seed is about the Kingdom of Heaven, but then other parables do the same. The parable of the sower begins “the Kingdom of Heaven is like” then talks about the unbelief of people’s hearts and their rejection of the gospel, the parable of the sower begins “the Kingdom of Heaven is like” then talks about the corruption of the gospel finding a temporary place in the harvest field, and the parable of the net begins “the Kingdom of Heaven is like” then describes the existence of the bad fish swimming around in the lake. But then all these parables end with salvation and deliverance, and so also does the last of those three specific Old Testament references.

Ezekiel 17:22-24 “This is what the Sovereign LORD says: ‘I myself will take a shoot from the very top of a cedar and plant it; I will break off a tender sprig from its topmost shoots and plant it on a high and lofty mountain. On the mountain heights of Israel I will plant it; it will produce branches and bear fruit and become a splendid cedar. Birds of every kind will nest in it; they will find shelter in the shade of its branches. All the trees of the field will know that I the LORD bring down the tall tree and make the low tree grow tall. I dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish.’ I the LORD have spoken and I will do it.”

The encouragement that the parable gives us

Imagine if the parable of the sower just told us that a man went to sow seed, and the seed grew and the crop was good. Imagine if the parable of the weeds just told us that a man planted some seed, and the seed was good, and then harvest came, and harvest was good. Imagine if the parable of the ten virgins wasn’t the parable of the ten virgins – it was the parable of the five virgins and it told us that there were five virgins who went to a wedding and the wedding was good – and that’s it!

Our message of salvation is not just that Jesus will return and all is well. The reality of the world we live in is very dark and very far from what God wants it to be. Even more discouraging is the fact that the very gospel that Jesus gave to enlighten is not believed by so many, and falsehood and the kingdoms of men fill the earth, and we – with the precious truth we possess – are so small and ignored.

Jesus encourages us by reminding us, through the parable of the mustard seed and the Old Testament links, that God is fully aware of how man’s ways rule the world – like Assyria and Babylon in the past. Jesus does not try to divert us by pretending that everything is good right now, but reminds us that God’s plan will become a reality – more real than anything fake we see around us now.

God has told us that He himself will plant His Tree / Kingdom, on the mountain heights of Israel and that all the other trees (nations) will know this and so God will be glorified and vindicated in the end amongst all His opponents, as will all those who keep that precious faith and stick with Him. This is our hope. We are tired of the kingdoms of men around us, imitating the shade and shelter that only God can provide through His Son who has the words of eternal life – and when he comes we will truly find rest under the shade of his branches.

From small to big

Mustard seeds are counted by the smallest seeds but they give us some strong big trees which produce a lot of seeds. Listening to the parable we can imagine us people with some faith like a mustard seed would have not much faith or little faith. But even that little faith can do much. Therefore the one who can sow little faith shall be able to give the  pastures many trees which shall in their turn also create little seeds and multiply enormously.

Even when we do feel we have not so much faith, we should believe in ourselves and proclaim the message of salvation which is given to us. We may have doubts but should know that even with our little faith we shall be able to do much.

“And he saith unto them, Because of your little faith: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” (Matthew 17:20 ASV)

Moving a mountain, it looks ridiculous … but with our little faith if we believe in Christ Jesus as our saviour we shall be able to do much, showing others the Way to God, we shall be able to move mountains, doing lots of work for God. But to do that moving work we need to have the right seed. Unpolluted faith. We also need to use the right fertiliser, the pure Word of God, which we can find in the best store of the the world, the most precious library, the Bible. when we water ourselves every day with it, our seed shall be able to grow. Perhaps we ourself can be such a mustard tree.

The world needs many mustard seeds. There are so many nations, so many places where there is need for birds to find a place to sit in and trees for people to find shadow. It is up to the believers to become the sowers and the gardeners.
It is up to the believers to make it that the seed may be planted in good soil. We have to prepare the earth, we have to fertilise the ground and give the plants enough water so that they can survive in the dry surroundings.

Are you willing to be a sower?

Help us to proclaim the Word of God and to bring the message of salvation, the gospel of the coming Kingdom of God.

It may start very small but finish big, so take the opportunity.

 

Preceding

Seeds of promise

Seeds to be planted soon

Christians remaining hidden not sharing the gospel

An uncovering book to explore

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Additional reading

  1. I have not hidden …
  2. Forbidden Fruit in the Midst of the Garden 4
  3. A Living Faith #1 Substance of things hoped for
  4. Salvation, Baptism and Re-baptism
  5. When not seeing or not finding a biblically sound church
  6. a little church
  7. Slave for people and God

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Further reading

  1. Mustard Seed
  2. Mustard Seeds
  3. Open the Eyes of my Heart
  4. The Gift Of God
  5. Genuine message of salvation
  6. Mustard Seed Faith
  7. A Mustard Seed of Faith
  8. Small start, Big Finish
  9. Faith of A Mustard Seed
  10. Sow and harvests in the garden of your heart
  11. 12 Month Faith Challenge (I Conquer Pt 1)
  12. Daily Mass: Steady growth that starts small. Catholic Inspiration
  13. January 26 – From A Mustard Seed
  14. Today’s Scripture – December 28, 2016
  15. Daily Gospel Reading – Mark 4:26-34
  16. What is the meaning of the Parable of the Mustard Seed?
  17. Moving Mountains
  18. Fear Feels Bigger
  19. As Small as a Mustard Seed
  20. Does Your Faith Make You Eager To Forsake Sin?
  21. Prayer Changes Me
  22. Don’t Say How, Say I Am Yours!
  23. Luke 6:17-19
  24. Luke 13
  25. Measuring Faith
  26. Optimism and the Kingdom of God
  27. Wise Virgins
  28. Conceal, Don’t Feel
  29. Warfare Against the Mustard Seed
  30. Hang On To Your Faith
  31. What You Have is Enough | A Widow’s Mite and Mustard Seed Faith
  32. Increase Our Faith
  33. Busted Mustard Seed
  34. Faith Unwavering
  35. How’s your mustard seed?
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Uitkijkend naar 2017 en aankomende tijden

2016 leek wel een zeer gewelddadig jaar waarin de trend van 2015 werd voortgezet met nog meer terrorisme, misdaden tegen de menselijkheid en verhoogde angsten.

Men zag mensen de keel overgesneden worden alsof het niets was en politici die het goede voorbeeld zouden moeten geven tegen elkaar tekeergaan en mensen tegen elkaar opjutten. Er werd weer gesproken over een mogelijke Koude Oorlog terwijl andere oorlogen dagelijks onze huiskamer binnen drongen via een tegenwoordig groot scherm. De kleine kijkkast is totaal verdwenen en vervangen door grote platte schermen die het beeld haarscherp in de huiskamer vertonen alsof men er ter plekke alles mee kan volgen.

Al in zeer oude tijden is het de mensheid medegedeeld dat er een tijd zou komen dat men over oorlogen en oorlogsdreigingen zou horen en over mensen die anderen zouden gaan misleiden. Het geweld is dagelijkse kost geworden en vele mensen zijn er zelfs al een beetje ongevoelig voor geworden. Men moet al iets zeer ergs tonen vooraleer de mensen emotioneel gepakt worden.

Opwarming van de Aarde map.pngTemperature Anomaly 1880-now NL.svg2016 was weer eens een jaar waar orkanen en overstromingen veel leed bezorgden, maar wat opvalt is dat de intensiteit toegenomen is. Ook dreigt er verder water vele volkeren weg te drijven uit hun heimat doordat de waterspiegel stijgt wegens de opwarming van de aarde, die nochtans nog steeds door vele (‘blinde’) politici ontkend wordt. En daar waar mensen hebben getracht hulp te bieden zorgden corrupte bewindsvoerders dat de hulpgoederen eerder bij hun familie en vrienden terecht kwam in plaats van bij de hulpbehoevenden. Zo bleven ook velen achter met hun hongersnood en moesten zij natheid of droogtes trotseren.

Catástrofe

Catástrofe (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2016 bracht nog meer daklozen in de wereld, niet enkel door aardbevingen maar ook door dat zij op de vlucht moesten gaan voor al het geweld hen toegebracht door machtswellustelingen die alles maar gebruikten om hun doel te behalen, en er zich niet voor schaamden om weerloze mensen leed toe te brengen. Eerder overeen gekomen internationale verdragen werden in de wind geslagen.

Zoals het in oude boeken is beschreven ging de liefde verkillen en de wetteloosheid toenemen, waarbij de mens niet verlegen zou zijn om te liegen en te bedriegen en zich volledig in te zetten voor zichzelf zonder maar om te zien naar de ander.

De mensheid moet echter beseffen dat wij nu nog maar de weeën te zien krijgen of voelen, van wat er op de wereld zal afkomen.

Er komt een tijd dat vele mensen hun ogen zullen geopend worden maar zullen moeten beseffen dat het dan te laat is.

Bent U er klaar voor?

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Ook al mogen wij veel slechts zien, is er hoop; Hoop voor nu en hoop voor de toekomst. Wij zullen er niet aan onderuit kunnen dat er een heel slechte tijd zal komen. Volgens de Heilige Schrift zullen wij ons aan een Derde wereldoorlog mogen verwachten. Die zal al de voorgaande overstijgen van wreedheid en ellende. Maar er staat ook beschreven dat er mensen zullen zijn die voorbereid zullen zijn. Zij die de tekenen waarnemen en de profetieën van de gezondenen van God voor waar en ernstig nemen.

Laat het nooit te laat zijn om u voor te bereiden op die bewuste eindtijden. Zorg er voor dat u de lessen van de parabels of gelijkenissen van Jezus Christus niet als te verwaarlozen fabeltjes ter zijde hebt gelegd, maar dat u de lessen er van begrepen hebt en uw voorzorgen hebt genomen.

Ook al willen velen er niet van weten dat Jeruzalem de hoofdstad van het Heerlijke Koninkrijk zal zijn, zal alles zo wel verlopen en zal iedereen Gods Volk moeten erkennen. en allen zullen moeten opkijken naar de wedergekeerde Verlosser, de Messias Jezus Christus die in naam van God zal regeren hier op aarde. Hij zal onze koning zijn.

Ook jij kan nu nog kiezen, maar wacht niet te lang.

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  6. Bijbeldeskundige Allen Barber is eensluidend dat op het jaar 2017-2018 Jezus Christus zal terugkeren naar de Aarde
  7. God Kijkt toe
  8. Schepper en Blogger God 9 Een Blog van een Boek 3 Over Profetie
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  13. 2020 jaar geleden werd de weg geopend
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  25. De Wederkomst en de eindtijd #6 De Dagen van Noach en Lot
  26. De nacht is ver gevorderd 3 Studie 1 Zijn het de laatste dagen? 2 Wat betekent dit alles?
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  28. De nacht is ver gevorderd 17 Studie 3 Lessen uit het verleden 6 Wat er van ons wordt verwacht
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  31. Een goddelijk Plan #3 Vervolmaking volgens blauwdruk
  32. Oorlog in kerkenland
  33. Wordt verlicht met betrekking tot de betekenis van de tijd waarin we nu leven
  34. De Kerk waar de mens der wetteloosheid zich nestelt
  35. Visie op Jezus’ wederkomst van invloed op vraag hoe met deze aarde omgaan
  36. Geroepenen ontkomen
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  38. Blijf waakzaam nu einde nabij komt

 

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The Spirit of liberty is the Spirit of Christ

The Spirit of liberty,
based upon the law of faith,
is the Spirit of Christ;
and this spirit all the Sons of God are privileged to possess,
and having it, to breathe.

I claim the right of exercising this privilege,
as well as my contemporaries;
and I require of them that they should do to me as once they loudly required others to do to them…

(written by John Thomas, the founder of the Christadelphians,
when he was against creeds in The Apostolic Advocate magazine, August 1836)

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An American Embassy to the Eternal Capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem

A dark moment in the year 2016 might be the election of the man of whom most people thought he would not even make it to the selection of president candidates. Though very cleverly playing on the fearing minds of radical and right wing Americans blackening all other candidates he managed to blackguard Hillary Clinton many started to cry to put her in jail and would not vote for her.

Donald Trump often turned with the wind and at one moment he was on the blacks and Jews calling them names and at other moments he said he respected Judaism but found all Jews have to live in their own country.

In some of the ads leading up to the campaign Trump clearly stated his position:

Trump Campaign Statement on Israel

I love Israel, and honour and respect the Jewish faith and tradition. It is important that we have a president who feels the same way. For me, respect and reverence for Judaism is personal. My daughter Ivanka, and my son-in-law Jerad are raising their children in the Jewish faith, always reminding me of the important values and lesson we learn about leadership, resolve, and families in Jewish tradition. My administration will stand side by side with the Jewish people and Israel’s leaders to continue strengthening the bridges that connect, not only Jewish Americans and Israelis, but also all Americans an Israelis. Together we will stand up to the enemies like Iran, bent on destroying Israel and her people. Together we will make America and Israel safe again.

During his a speech at AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Donald Trump waxed bold and direct regarding his position on Israel:

I speak to you today as a life-long support and true friend of Israel.

I am a newcomer to politics, but not to backing the Jewish state.

I came here to speak to you about where I stand on the future of American relations with our strategic ally, our unbreakable friendship, and our cultural brother, the only democracy in the Middle East, the State of Israel.

He laid out several of his policies with regard the Nation of Israel. He was very politically incorrect, as his usual style normally is. He addressed the issue of Iran, but also the problematic relationship between Israel, the United States and the United Nations:

“The United States can be useful as a facilitator of negotiations, but no one should be telling Israel that it should be, and really that it must abide by some agreement made by others, thousands of miles away, that don’t even really know what is happening to Israel, to anything in the area. It is so preposterous; we are not going to let that happen…. When I am president, believe me, I will veto any attempt by the UN to impose its will on the Jewish state.  It will be vetoed 100%.

During this speech Trump pointed out the track record of agreements that were imposed upon Israel in the past and his feelings on the reason for failure:

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President Clinton with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian President Yasser Arafat at Camp David peace talks, July 2000.

To make a great deal you need two willing participants. We know Israel is willing to deal. Israel has been trying to sit down at the negotiating table without preconditions for years. You had Camp David in 2000, where Prime Minister Barak an incredible offer, maybe even too generous, Arafat rejected it. In 2008 Prime Minister Olmert made an equally generous offer, the Palestinians Authority rejected it also. Then John Kerry tried to come up with a framework, and Abbas didn’t even respond. Not even to the Secretary of State of the United States of America. They didn’t even respond. When I become President, the days of treating Israel like a second class citizen will end on day one!

Now many have treated his speech as simply electioneering and grandstanding. But as Donald Trump has been building his cabinet, and announcing the key roles, he has been building a team that is capable of realizing his campaign promises.

What has been most interesting this week has been the appointment by President Elect Trump of the American bankruptcy lawyer David Friedman, a 57 year old Orthodox Jew from New York, as the future Ambassador to Israel, which shall receive its residency not any more in Tel Aviv, but moves to Jerusalem.

Friedman helped advise Trump during the campaign and has assisted him in bankruptcy proceedings in the past. He is a supporter of Israeli settlement construction, has downplayed the need for a Palestinian state, and is considered a key force behind the incoming president’s relatively hard-line pro-Israel positions, including supporting moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Though in 1980 the Knesset had already declared Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel this law was declared null by the U.N., which called for the removal of the remaining embassies in the city. A statement from Israel’s Foreign Ministry called the resolution “unjust” and

“additional proof that the U.N. organization has been converted into an instrument in the hands of Israel’s enemies in their war against her existence and independence.”

With moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem to a plot of land in Jerusalem which would be leased from Israel to the US for 99 years, for $1 per year since January 18, 1989, of the last days of the Reagan presidency, according to the agreement singed by US ambassador to Israel William Brown and Israel Lands Authority deputy director Moshe Gatt.

David Friedman was a major contributor to the Trump policy on Israel as he stated in a meeting with an Israeli delegation when meeting for dinner with them:

… anything where there is jobs or national security, the economy, immigration, everything is vetted through a policy committee. With regard to Israel there really isn’t a policy committee. Our relationship is so strong, that on matters of Israel, he’s really given Jason and I full authority to speak on his behalf.

The one thing that I’m proudest about, to date, is the Republican platform as relates to the state of Israel. The Republican platform on Israel is the strongest platform with regard to Israel that either party has ever developed in the history of this country. The way this was developed was a partnership between the Orthodox, within the Jewish community, the Israel lovers within the Jewish community and the evangelical community.

So from this platform, I would invite people to compare 2016 to 2012, there is no longer any reference to a two-state solution, there is an affirmative statement that Israel is not an occupier with respect to Judea and Samaria. There is a commitment to recognize Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the Jewish people, undivided capital of the Jewish people, to move the embassy there.

When this platform was passed by the Republican platform committee, the Evangelical community, got up, not only did they get up and clap, but people were actually crying. That is how motivated, that is how happy they were. They for this was a day they would never see. 

This man is noted for his conservative political views, his belief that the “Jewish left” is a danger to the State of Israel, and that Jews who supported the nonprofit liberal advocacy group J Street, are

“just smug advocates of Israel’s destruction”

But it are just those advocates who try to bring peace in the region promoting American leadership to end the Arab–Israeli and Israel–Palestinian conflicts peacefully and diplomatically.
J Street’s stated aim is to provide a political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans who believe that a

“two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is essential to Israel’s survival as the national home of the Jewish people and as a vibrant democracy”.

J Street has a two-fold mission: first, to advocate for urgent American diplomatic leadership to achieve a two-state solution and a broader regional, comprehensive peace and, second, to ensure a broad debate on Israel and the Middle East in national politics and the American Jewish community.

The appointment of Friedman, who once compared a Jewish lobby group to concentration camp prisoner-guards, is a controversial one and some liberal Jewish groups in the U.S. as well as a senior Palestinian cleric have openly denounced the decision.

As believers in the Bible we followed the Iraq-Iran War, the present religious wars and terrorist acts, the Brexit and the American elections suspiciously, very intrigued and  now with appointment of David Friedman to the post of America’s Ambassador to Israel seeing how zigzaw puzzle pieces fitting the details given in the Bible.

We are fascinated to see the finger of God at work in the nations, as the prophet Daniel clearly stated:

“…the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.” (Daniel 4:17)

God allows people to reign matters and to choose their own governments. God also allows events to take place in His time schedule. He may look at the United States and see how Donald Trump may take his position of power in America and the world. Bible students can become quite excited by this prospect, not because of the man, but because of his stated policies with regard to the State of Israel and with the events Donald Trump may bring into this world, where he is perhaps going to make it easier for the Jewish state to develop.

The president elect moving the American Embassy is one thing, but also calling it

“to the Eternal Capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem

is giving the voice to what Jews and real Christians are looking forwards to for already many years. We do know that Jerusalem has to become the eternal capital of the world, but now a politician has called it with a clear voice “the Eternal Capital”. That is what more people shall have to come to recognise.

The movement of America’s embassy to Jerusalem is one step closer to becoming a reality.  It is the issue of Jerusalem that will cause the nations to come down to the land in the latter day, and bring God’s judgement upon them:

“For, behold, in those days, and in that time, When I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, And will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, And will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.” (Joel 3:1–2)

Zechariah also identifies Jerusalem as being the flashpoint:

“And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: All that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, Though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” (Zechariah 12:3)

All nations who come against it will be destroyed. So when we see America, the most powerful nation in the world talking about legitimizing the Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, it brings the issue to the forefront.

You may read more about this in the Christadelphian News-site: Bible in the News

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Protesters outside of AIPAC conference at Washington DC Convention center. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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