Mar 27, 2015

Jesus triumphant entry into Jerusalem - Compilation of Palm Sunday Clips From Movies

Nice compilation of various movie clips of the "Triumphant Entry" of Jesus into Jerusalem, when He was received (at least for the moment) as Israel's Messiah.

Part 3: On the Path of the Immortals — Do Petroglyphs Tell the Story?

Six-Toed Giants, Fallen Angels, And The Portals They Came Through

After a week on the road, having covered hundreds of miles of reservations to walk amidst their multiple ruins including hogans, temples, and kivas, to follow guides and visit with a medicine man, not to mention tracking down and photographing petroglyphs, we were finally on our way to the last site we would visit—one that our Cherokee guide had told us not to miss. 

We’d already collected enough pictogram and logogram images from ancient rock engravings throughout the Four Corners area to make our case and to calculate for our purposes a recurring theme, which definitely seemed to match the Middle Eastern and biblical stories of portals, reptilians, fallen angels, giants, and the havoc these played on the old world. But this final petroglyph was important, our guide had said, and one we could drive right up to. So, we decided to make one final excursion, this time into Utah, fifty miles north of Moab, where one of the largest known collections of petroglyphs is located in San Juan County. The “storyboard” we would visit there etched in sandstone began as early as one thousand years before Christ, and it records practically every element contained in the upcoming SkyWatchTV Special Investigative Report and the new book On The Path Of The Immortals—from spiral vortices and those who come through them to human-animal chimeras and even giant, six-fingered and six-toed footprints in pursuit of much smaller five-fingered and five-toed humans. Even that reptilian with his halo is drawn here, just a couple feet away from alien-looking, bug-eyed creatures. This location is also (again, a great thing for any reader) easier to get to than most of the ones we trekked to, yet it’s as important if not more so than other petroglyphs you could spend days hiking over miles of rough terrain to reach. (But again, if you can, I recommend that you do visit the Four Corners, get a hiking permit or a guide, and see as much as you can of what I started calling the “Anasazi Trail,” as much of this area includes evidence of a former time, in my opinion, an era when civilizations worldwide were suddenly and dramatically interrupted by those beings depicted on the Anasazi’s Utah wall.)

The Newspaper Rock Petroglyph, as this one is known, is somewhat decipherable as to which images are older due to the fading and darkness of the earliest depictions (which are certainly the most mysterious, with their alien-looking heads, suits, and what might be some type of craft), and archaeologists believe the writing on this great wall continued from 1000 BC or earlier up until about AD 1300—the same time the Anasazi suddenly disappeared.
Allie Anderson gathers commentary on ancient petroglyphs for upcoming SkyWatch TV Special Report.
Allie Anderson gathers commentary on ancient petroglyphs for upcoming SkyWatch TV Special Report.

But the National Parks sign admits:
There are no known methods of dating rock art. In interpreting the figures on the rock, scholars are undecided as to their meaning or have yet to decipher them. Unfortunately, we do not know if the figures represent story-telling, doodling, hunting magic, clan symbols, ancient graffiti or something else.

I suggest “something else” is exactly what they tell us based on redundancy of the same story told all around the world. The Anasazi, who disappeared when the habit of writing on this tablet also suddenly ceased, used images and symbols similar to those found globally that connect to a first, and second, incursion of giants and the mountainous gateways their creators came through.

And it wasn’t just me who immediately saw this story on the wall as a biblical one told through ancient American eyes. I could see it on Carl Olafsen and Allie Anderson’s faces too—my chief investigators—after we finished filming, packed up our drone (which we had been using to gather aerial film), and started the long drive back to our hotel. As I drove, I glanced at Carl in the rearview mirror, and I could see that he especially was deep in thought. Soon, he got a notepad out and began writing something, which later he gave me at the hotel. It said:

Looking on that last petroglyph I could see a multitude of antique memos: the spiral that Dr. Mose had explained, the reptile with the halo at its head, footprints of animals, footprints of people…suddenly I stopped. There was a path of human footprints, each holding exactly five toes, alongside a path of giant human footprints…the larger sets carrying six toes! I was reminded of 1 Chronicles 20:6:

And there was again war at Gath, where there was a man of great stature, who had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot, twenty-four in number, and he also was descended from the giants.

Why would Native Americans concoct the same anomalous physiology as the ancient Hebrews on the other side of the world? While polydactylism certainly does not indicate someone is a Nephilim, accounts of giants with an extra digit on both sides of the Atlantic suggests a genetic relationship. On other places within the ancient figures was a more mystifying anomaly: There were strange, reptilian, humanoid shapes with bulbous heads and large, almond-shaped eyes. The oldest and most desert-varnished of them was a humanoid shape with what appeared to be an antennae coming off the head or helmet. Other humanoid shapes had horn-like features coming off their distorted human heads. One—the oldest appearing outline—appeared to be holding a disc-like object or a weapon of some kind and stood near a shape that had a square object affixed to the top of a shoulder-high post.

What could these figures have been left to communicate to future travelers? What were the motives behind the painstaking, time-consuming efforts of these messages? And where did the Anasazi go? Archaeologists theorize that the Anasazi were just absorbed into the Navajo and Hopi Tribes. But we were told in the Hogan [by Dr. Mose] that the tribes looked for them and could not find them. They tracked them to the Chaco valley but they were gone. The tribes mourned them and cried. Chaco means “to cry.” The oral history knows they just disappeared.
The question is…where, and why?
Carl Olafsen with Allie Anderson and Tom Horn at the entrance to an Anasazi ruins.
Carl Olafsen with Allie Anderson and Tom Horn at the entrance to an Anasazi ruins.

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William Leddra: Executed for Quakerism

William Leddra: Executed for Quakerism William Leddra stood at the foot of the tree where he was to be hanged. As his arms were being tied he said, "For bearing my testimony for the Lord against deceivers and the deceived, I am brought here to suffer." His final words were, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." A few moments later, on this day, March 24, 1661* he became the last Quaker to swing in Boston for the crime of returning from banishment.

From the first, Quakers who landed in Massachusetts were arrested, beaten and banished. Some were lashed behind carts, others taken deep into the forest and abandoned, still others branded with "H" for heretic. Some had their tongues bored with a hot irons and others had their ears cut off. When such severity did not stop them from preaching pacifism and insisting that Christ could be known intimately as a friend without the need of religious rituals, Governor John Endicott pushed for the death penalty. Between 1659 and 1661, four Quakers swung in Boston. These were Marmaduke Stephenson, William Robinson, Mary Dyer--and William Leddra.

Like the other three, William was an individual of pure character. Even the court acknowledged that it "found nothing evil" in William. Even so, he had suffered beatings and banishment for preaching in Massachusetts. When he dared to return in 1660, Puritan authorities arrested him. The charges against him were typical. He had sympathized with the Quakers who were executed before him; he had refused to remove his hat, and he used the words "thee" and "thou," which, to Quakers, implied the equality of all people.

William lay in prison all that winter without heat. But on the last day of his life, chained to a log in a dark cell, he wrote to his wife:

"Most Dear and Inwardly Beloved,
"The sweet influences of the Morning Star, like a flood distilling into my innocent habitation, hath filled me with the joy of [God] in the beauty of holiness, that my spirit is, as if it did not inhabit a tabernacle of clay. Oh! My Beloved, I have waited as a dove at the windows of the ark, and I have stood still in that watch, wherein my heart did rejoice, that I might in the love and life speak a few words to you sealed with the Spirit of Promise, that the taste thereof might be a savor of life to your life, and a testimony in you, of my innocent death."

Robert Harper, a prominent Quaker in Boston caught William's body under the scaffold when the hangman cut it down. For this sign of respect toward his dead friend, Robert and his wife, were banished. Another Quaker, Edward Wharton helped bury the body. Shortly after William's death, King Charles II put a stop to the executions.
* This date will sometimes be given as March 14, because Massachusetts was still under the old calendar.
  1. Early Quaker History.
  2. Holder, Charles Frederick. The Quakers in Great Britain and America; the religious and political history of the Society of Friends from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century. New York: Nuner, 1913. Source of the image.
  3. Various internet articles.
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Germanwings Shock: Black Box Reveals Co-Pilot Locked the Pilot Out of the Cockpit, and Flew the Plane into the Mountain

Aimee Herd : : Fox News

"The [pilot] outside is knocking lightly on the door, and there is no answer. And then he hits the door stronger, and no answer. There is never an answer... You can hear he is trying to smash the door down."
French investigators revealed on Wednesday night some shocking news from the "black box" cockpit voice recorder which was recovered from the crash site of Germanwings Flight 9525 in the French Alps. (Photo: Airbus A320 cockpit/Wikipedia Commons) 
Prosecutor Brice Robin said during a press conference in Paris that the pilot of the plane had gone to the restroom after reaching cruising altitude. When returning to the cockpit, he knocked "politely" on the locked door to be let back in.

When the plane began its 8-minute descent toward the mountains, the pilot's banging on the door became frantic, then screams were heard from the cabin, and calm breathing from the co-pilot as he was described by Robin to have "manually and intentionally" driven the plane into the mountainside at over 400 mph.

The co-pilot, named as Andreas Lubitz, a German citizen, did not appear to be connected with any known terrorist group.

Regardless, Robin noted that Lubitz—for whatever reason—"wanted to destroy this plane," and subsequently murder the 149 other souls onboard.

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Conrad Grebel Drew Crowds in Switzerland

When Conrad Grebel arrived at St. Gall Switzerland, on this day March 25, 1525, he began to speak on the need for repentance and baptism. Hundreds turned out to hear him preach and over the next few months, he baptized five hundred. What was significant about this was that most of them had already been baptized as infants.

Grebel was in exile from Zurich. Well-educated, he had studied the Bible with Uhlrich Zwingli, the reformer of Zurich, and stood by him as he made changes in the city. However, Grebel thought that Zwingli moved too slow in implementing reforms based on the Bible.

And Conrad Grebel became convinced from Scripture that infant baptism was wrong. In order to exercise faith, a person had to be old enough to understand the Gospel. Baptism could only have meaning for a person who understood why he or she was being baptized. Those who thought this way were called Anabaptists.

Zwingli and Grebel held public debates on the issue, but Zwingli stuck with infant baptism and so did Zurich. Consequently, Conrad Grebel and a number of others decided to obey their consciences. Grebel is often called the "Father of the Anabaptists" because on January 21, 1525, he re-baptized George Blaurock, a former priest. It was the first such adult baptism in Zurich.

Immediately the Zurich authorities forbade the Anabaptists to speak about their beliefs on adult baptism. Shortly afterward, they drove the Anabaptists out. Soon they would be killing them, often by drowning. Grebel went to St. Gall, where he found immediate success.

Seventh months later, he was arrested, tried and sentenced to life in prison. Friends helped him escape, but his life was destined to be short all the same. He could not outrun the plague, which carried him off less than two years after he baptized George Blaurock. He was only about 29 years old.

Although Conrad Grebel left few writings, he left many converts. A college in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada is named for Conrad Grebel. It was founded by Mennonites--spiritual offspring of the early Anabaptist reformer.
  1. Bautz, Friedrich William. "Grebel, Konrad." (
  2. Bender, Harold S. Conrad Grebel; c. 1498-1526, the founder of the Swiss Brethren sometimes called Anabaptists. Scottdale, Pa., Herald Press, 1971.
  3. "Conrad Grebel." (
  4. "Conrad Grebel." Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation. New York : Oxford University Press, 1996.
  5. Little, Franklin H. The Origins of Sectarian Protestantism; a study of the Anabaptist view of the church. New York: Macmillan, 1972.

Is Google planning a microchip for people's brains?

  • Google faces major backlash over claims it colluded with U.S. authorities to open a 'back door' to users' personal information
  • But it nevertheless intends to leverage the wealth of data it holds on people to offer them increasingly personalised search results
  • The ultimate ambition is to get inside users' heads with microchips that will download search results straight into their brains

Just a stepping stone... A woman models Google Glass, which is being trialled across the U.S. Google hopes one day to use microchips in users' brains
Just a stepping stone... A woman models Google Glass, which is being trialled across the U.S. Google hopes one day to use microchips in users' brains

Online advertising giant Google's new wearable accessories are merely a stepping stone to its ultimate ambition - a microchip which can be embedded in users' brains.
The company, which uses its search, email and other services to funnel personalised advertising to users, is currently trialling prototypes of its Glass device, which is worn like a pair of glasses.
But Google is staking its future on a new service which will use the information it holds on registered users to automatically predict their search needs and present them with the data they want.
The ultimate ambition is to literally get inside users' heads: using search queries to read their thoughts and then fulfilling their data needs by sending results directly to microchips implanted into people's brains.
Ben Gomes, Google's Vice-President of Search told The Independent that the sinister-sounding vision is far from a sci-fi fantasy and that research had already begun with such chips to help disabled people steer their wheelchairs.
'They are getting a few senses of direction with the wheelchair but getting from there to actual words is a long ways off,' he said.
'We have to do this in the brain a lot better to make that interaction possible. We have impatience for that to happen but the pieces of technology have to develop.'
But standing in the way of this ambition is a major civil liberties backlash over claims that Google has conspired with U.S. authorities to open a 'back door' to data it holds on its hundreds of millions of users, allowing spies to monitor their online activities.
The company, whose 'Don't be evil' motto has long attracted derision from privacy campaigners, is alleged to have allowed analysts from the National Security Agency to 'mine' the terabytes of personal information it holds.

Walter Hilton Gave Spiritual Advice

Walter Hilton Gave Spiritual Advice Walter Hilton was an innovator. He was the first man to write a book of mysticism in the English language. At that time, Latin was the language of the church--although Wycliffe and his Lollards had worked hard to circulate manuscripts of an English Bible.

Hilton urged holiness. Every Christian is called to overcome sin, he said. As he saw it, this would come through ascetic practice and contemplation of God. In The Ladder of Perfection, he wrote, "But you should ever seek with great diligence in prayer that you might gain a spiritual feeling or sight of God. And that is, that you may know the wisdom of God, His endless might, His great goodness in Himself and through His that you may know and feel with all saints what is the length of the endless being of God, the breadth of the wonderful charity and the goodness of God, the height of His almighty majesty and the bottomless depths of His wisdom. In knowing and spiritual feeling of these should be the exercise of a contemplative man. For in these may be understood the full knowing of all spiritual things."

His Ladder of Perfection sets out to describe the steps by which a soul attains the new Jerusalem. According to Hilton, the soul is formed in the image of God, first by faith, then in both faith and feeling. After passing through a dark night (in which humility and love stand it in good stead) the soul learns a longing "to love and see and feel Jesus and spiritual things." When true love comes, vice is destroyed and Jesus becomes the life of the soul. A man is now able to see Christ working in all things.

Curiously enough, this man who set himself up as a guide for others admitted that he had never experienced the familiarity with the Divine that he described in his writings. This has not kept mystics from embracing his system. It was a fairly common outline of spirituality in Medieval Europe.

Little is known about Hilton, although there is evidence that he trained as a canon lawyer and spent years as a hermit before joining the Augustinian friars around 1386. He was well educated as his many quotes show. He translated Latin works into English and quoted Latin scripture in his book, with his own English translations.

Walter Hilton died on this day, March 24, 1396. His books, printed about a hundred years later, influenced 15th and sixteenth century mysticism.
  1. Gardner, Edmund G. "Walter Hilton." The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton, 1914.
  2. Hilton, Walter. The Scale (or Ladder) of Perfection.
  3. "Hilton, Walter." The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church. Edited by F. L. Cross and E. A. Livingstone. Oxford, 1997.
  4. Hinson, E. Glenn. Seekers after Mature Faith. Waco, Texas: Word, 1968.
  5. Miller, Gordon L. The Way of the English Mystics. Ridgefield, CT: Morehouse Publishing, 1996.
  6. "Walter Hilton and His Scale of Perfection."
Last updated May, 2007.

Thornews - NASA's Ceres Dawn Mission is Shady

More on why NASA hasnt followed up on the first set of interesting images from it's Dawn Mission which showed lights in craters on Ceres.  Eventually, you will see all that here....language warning, Thornews ahead....

Whitefield's Bethesda Orphanage

Whitefield's Bethesda Orphanage Jesus told his followers that true disciples would be known by their fruits. The life of a genuine Christian's life will produce an abundance of good works. Such works were clearly evident following the spiritual revivals of the eighteenth century. All of society was improved by the activity and work of those who had been transformed by God's grace. Children fared better afterwards, too, for the evangelicals showed an increased concern for child welfare.

When evangelist George Whitefield was only 25, he led the way with the establishment of an orphanage in the newly-founded colony of Georgia. Whitefield called the orphanage Bethesda, which means "House of Mercy," for he hoped many acts of mercy would be shown there. Set on 500 acres of land, the orphanage was built about 10 miles north of Savannah. On this day, March 25, 1740, construction began on the orphanage buildings. The main house was to be two stories high with twenty rooms. Two smaller buildings behind the orphanage were designed to be an infirmary and a workhouse.

Whitefield wanted the orphanage to be a place of strong Gospel influence, with a wholesome atmosphere and strong discipline. The youngsters were to be taught trades so that on becoming adults they could earn their own living. Younger children learned spinning and carding and all of the boys were taught mechanics and agriculture. Whitefield hoped that the orphanage would eventually become the foundation of a university.

Although the children grew most of their own food, the orphanage proved to be more expensive than anticipated. It became a burden to Whitefield, wearing him down with debt. Benjamin Franklin said that because of the scarcity of workmen and materials in Georgia, it would have been better to have built the orphanage in Philadelphia and moved the children there! However, Whitefield remained faithful to his contributors, who had given money specifically for the Georgia project.

At his death, Whitefield bequeathed the orphanage to Lady Huntingdon, a charitable sponsor in England. He asked that she continue the orphanage's principles and establish a college. However, from 3,000 miles away without modern communications, she was not able to provide the oversight the work needed and it almost folded.

In 1773, fire destroyed the home. Three years later, the American Revolution stymied plans to add a college. After several administrative changes, a new building and society, the Bethesda Home for Boys, was established on the same site. It continues to this day.
  1. Adapted from an earlier Christian History Institute story by Diane Severance, Ph.D.
  2. Dallimore, Arnold A. George Whitefield; the life and times of the great evangelist of the eighteenth-century revival. Banner of Truth Trust, 1970.
  3. Demaray, Donald E. Pulpit Giants; what made them great. Chicago: Moody Press, 1973.
  4. Macartney, Clarence Edward Noble. Six Kings of the American pulpit. Philadelphia, The Westminster press, 1942.
  5. McGraw, James. Great Evangelical Preachers of Yesterday. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1961.
  6. Whitefield, George. George Whitefield's Journals. Banner of Truth Trust, 1960.
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Eating Disorders and Prayer

by Ella Walker Henderson, M.A., LPC, NCC

Eating disorders create a common but misunderstood and misjudged problem in our world. Often parents or friends believe someone could recover if they would just eat. Yes, food is a large part of the problem, but it helps to look at food as a symptom rather than the root of the struggle. Eating disorders come in all shapes and sizes and carry a wide range of underlying issues. Education and awareness are important because of the many myths surrounding this problem. By learning more, you can better support and love a person who struggles with an eating disorder. Recovery requires deep healing on many levels.


The most well-known eating disorders are anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Other diagnoses are binge-eating disorder, other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED) and unspecified feeding or eating disorders (USFED). All eating disorders must have clinically significant impairment in functioning to be diagnosed.

Anorexia is characterized by low weight, fear of weight gain, self-esteem overly defined by body image, and denial of the significance of the problem. Anorexia includes two subtypes: restricting type and binge-eating/purging type. Most people may mistake binge-eating/purging type of anorexia as bulimia, but the difference is that those who struggle with bulimia maintain a normal weight.

Bulimia includes patterns of consuming large amounts of food at once (binge-eating), followed by behaviors to prevent weight gain (purging), such as self-induced vomiting or excessive exercise to "burn-off" all calories consumed. While binge-eating, the person feels out of control. Bulimia is also characterized by a self-esteem overly influenced by body image. A listing of the warning signs of both anorexia and bulimia can be found on the National Eating Disorder Association's website,

Binge-eating disorder is similar to bulimia because of the overlap in binge-eating patterns. However, binge-eating disorder lacks the purging behaviors of bulimia. Signs that binge-eating is out of control can include shame regarding eating habits, eating in isolation, eating when not hungry, and eating past physical comfort. Those who struggle with binge-eating disorder can be of normal weight or higher than average weight. Binge-eating disorder often overlaps with symptoms of depression.

Although not formal diagnoses, orthorexia and diabulimia are two types of eating disorders that can cause clinically significant impairment. Orthorexia involves an obsession with healthy eating or clean eating. Those who struggle with orthorexia seek to eat only the foods they deem pure or high quality. This rigid form of eating can become highly intertwined with an individual's self-esteem, and the person may compare themselves to others and feel self-righteous because of food choices. These patterns become a problem when they begin to interfere with daily functioning and other conflicting values and goals of a person's life.

Diabulimia is a form of an eating disorder only applicable to those with Type 1 Diabetes. The person purposefully reduces his or her insulin intake to lose weight. The medical risks of this disorder are severe. Signs of diabulimia can include signs related to other eating disorders, especially bulimia, in the increased consumption of sugary foods and also lack of weight gain or unexplained weight loss. Also, further signs related to diabulimia are blood sugar records inconsistent with hemoglobin levels and secrecy about blood sugar levels and shots.

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Cuthbert Died in Lindisfarne

Cuthbert Died in Lindisfarne A lowly shepherd named Cuthbert became a monk after he had a vision in which he saw the soul of the Celtic missionary Aidan carried to heaven by angels. In entering the church, he was influenced by one of his playmates, who prophesied that one day he would become a bishop. Like Aidan, Cuthbert was a monk in the Irish tradition. In the seventh century, the Irish observed Easter on a different date than Rome and cut their hair differently, too. This prompted spats in England. King Alhfrith even refused to allow Abbot Eata and Cuthbert to settle at Ripon unless they agreed to the Roman forms.
The issue was resolved at the synod of Whitby in 664, which opted for the Roman observances. Cuthbert accepted the decision. A hardworking preacher, he spread the gospel throughout parts of Northumbria. According to Bede, "He was mostly accustomed to travel to those villages which lay in out-of-the-way places among the mountains, which by their poverty and natural horrors deterred other visitors. Eata made him prior of Lindisfarne although his own inclination was to become a hermit. Eventually he was allowed to live alone on the Isle of Farne where many visited him for spiritual advice.

His solitude did not last. On this day, March 26, 685, he was named bishop of Hexam. Rather than leave Lindisfarne, he swapped sees with Eata and became bishop of Lindisfarne instead, after which he was consecrated at York. He remained a man of deep spiritual sensitivity. His biographers said he never could celebrate mass without tears, so strongly did Christ's sacrifice affect him. Two years after becoming bishop, Cuthbert died. But his story had only begun.

Eleven years later, in 698, his body was dug up. It had not decayed. This awed everyone. Surely it was proof of his sanctity!

In the Medieval way, he was venerated. People prayed to him. Traditions grew around him. Admirers wrote and embellished his story. In his honor, monks produced The Lindisfarne gospel, one of the most elegant English manuscripts ever illuminated. Bede researched his life and wrote of prophecies, miracles of healing and meals from God.

The monks moved Cuthbert's body in time to save it from the Viking destruction of Lindisfarne. Cuthbert's shrine in Durham was considered one of the holiest places of Medieval England. When King Henry VIII sent commissioners to pillage the tomb, Cuthbert was found still incorrupt. Out of respect, the king's men permitted him to be reburied. Objects from his tomb survive to this day.
  1. Albertson, Clinton, editor and translator. Anglo-Saxon Saints and Heroes. Bronx, N.Y.: Fordham University Press, 1967.
  2. Bede. A History of the English Church and People [Ecclesiastical History of England]. Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England: Penguin, 1968.
  3. Burton, Edwin. "St. Cuthbert." The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton, 1914.
  4. "Cuthbert." Dictionary of National Biography. Edited by Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee. London: Oxford University Press, 1921-1996.
  5. "Cuthbert, Saint." New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1954.
  6. "Cuthbert, St." The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church. Edited by F. L. Cross and E. A. Livingstone. Oxford, 1997.
  7. Neill, Stephen. A History of Christian Missions. The Pelican History of the Church #6. Hammondsworth, Middlesex, England: Pelican Books, 1964. p. 70.
  8. Various encyclopedia and internet articles.
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Mar 24, 2015

The Triumphant Entry and Psalm 118

By Jeffrey Berg
     Psalm 118 is a magnificent illustration of God bringing life from the dead. A “Hallel Psalm,” this psalm of praise is of utmost importance. In Judaism it is read from the Haggadah in the Passover celebration and magnifies the topic of redemption in the Messiah. Psalm 118 is also read throughout the Feast of Tabernacles (Succot) and is highlighted on the final day known as Hoshannah Rabbah, taken from Psalm 118:25. The Jewish people wave their palm branches and plead, “save now”, for the redemption to come. These two holidays point to Psalm 118 as a very glorious Messianic Psalm.
     Historically, Psalm 118 testifies to the celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles after the completion of the second Temple according to Nehemiah 8:13-18. The Jewish people, in 586 B.C., were a civilization that God removed from their land to be slaves in Babylon for seventy years. They became a lost society. The majority of the people who went into captivity died in Babylon. The Jewish children who went into captivity with their parents were now the elders leading the effort to rebuild the Temple. This was truly a resplendent resurrection of a civilization and faith that was considered dead.  

Psalm 118:1-5 
     The Psalm begins in ecstatic celebration and worship as the builders laid the foundation of the Temple of the LORD. The Psalmist quotes the book of Ezra. “And they sang together responsively in praising and giving thanks unto the LORD; because he is good, for His mercy endureth forever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid” (Ezra 3:11).

     “I called upon the LORD in distress; the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place” (Psalm 118:5). The end of this verse could be rendered from the Hebrew as “answered me in expansiveness.” This cry of distress was a collective cry of the Jewish people when they were captives in Babylon. God answered their cry in “expansiveness” or in today’s terms, God answered “big time!”

Psalm 118:6-14 
     The next eight verses reflect on the discouragement, the pain, and distress that the Jewish people endured as they began to rebuild the Temple. Verses 8 and 9 speak of the delays that came from protests by the enemy. Although the work of rebuilding began under Cyrus, it wasn’t until Darius came to power that they were allowed to resume (Ezra 4).They learned a painful lesson on how little they could trust in princes, according to verse 9. The Samaritans harassed the Jewish people like a “swarm of bees” (Psalm 118:12 and Ezra 4:1,2).

     Through all the trials and discouragement, the LORD delivered the Jewish people to accomplish His will, the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem! “The LORD is my strength and my song, and is become my salvation” (Psalm 118:14). This is a direct quote of Moses from Exodus 15:2, praising God for His freeing the Jewish people from Egyptian bondage. Psalm 118:14 is also quoted in Isaiah 12:2. This portion of Scripture raises the Psalm to a higher level. When the Jewish people quote this verse in the Passover Seder, they are seeking national redemption. The last words, “my salvation,” can be translated as “my Yeshua” or “my Jesus.” “The LORD is my strength and my song, and is become my Jesus.” From Psalm 118:14 through the end of the Psalm, the thrust is strongly Messianic.  
Psalm 118:19
“Open to me the gates of righteousness, I will go into them..”
     “The gates of righteousness” are not ordinary gates by which to enter the Temple.  No evil or defilement can enter, only the righteous. This verse looks forward to the day when the Messiah will rule and reign from the Temple. Isaiah 26:2-4 says it well, “Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD forever, for the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.” Psalm 24:7 adds additional fuel for this verse. “Lift up your heads O ye gates; and be ye lift up ye everlasting doors; and the King of Glory shall come in.” The LORD Himself, in the person of Messiah Jesus, is the King of Glory who will establish His rule there.

Psalm 118:21-22 
“I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation.
The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.”

     The architects of the Temple building project had a dilemma. The stones of the new Temple were being fitted together. A precious stone was rescued from the rock pile left from the destruction of Solomon’s Temple. The architects thought that this stone would not be a perfect fit to make the precise right angles to bind the two walls. This beautiful gold Jerusalem stone was pulled out and cast aside. The priests, who were more mindful of the intricacies and traditions of the Temple, overruled the builders, though. They believed this was the right place for this special stone. No other stone could fashion the walls together but this stone. It has become “the head stone of the corner.”

     When the Passover Seder meal is celebrated, the Hallel Psalms (psalms of praise) are recited.  The cup of redemption is sipped, and the focus of the reading becomes Messianic. Psalm 118:22 stands out like a bright light. “The stone which the builders refused is become the headstone of the corner.” Oh, if the Jewish worshipper could only see that this is the Messiah, the slain Passover lamb whose blood became the propitiation for our sins. The previous verse, Psalm 118:21, really casts God’s glorious brilliance on verse 22. “I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation.” “Salvation” is the Hebrew word “Yeshua,” which is the name Jesus. The believer in Yeshua can shout with praise from the heart, for God has heard him/her and become his Jesus! 

Psalm 118:23-24 
“This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.
This is the day which the LORD hath made we will rejoice and be glad in it.”

     God performed a great miracle! The Almighty raised the nation from the dead, restored the land, rebuilt their Temple, and gave them freedom.

      “This is the day” speaks not of the festival day of Succot, but rather “the day,” “the hour,” that God delivered Israel. What God has done for Israel in this miraculous deliverance, in a higher level prophetically points to Israel’s Messiah. Jesus was the rejected corner stone. His vicarious death on the tree, the shedding of His blood for our sins, and His glorious resurrection can all be elevated to “the day” of redemption! “This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.”

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NASA Hiding Evidence Of Alien Life On Dwarf Planet Ceres? Dawn Spacecraft In Orbit 10 Days But NASA Silent

The headline is sensationalist, but the images with the lights in the craters are quite amazing.  And visiting the NASA page with updates on the satellite's images shows nothing recent having been posted.  So what's causing the lights?

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Bright Spots on Ceres
The Dawn Spacecraft has accomplished something amazing: It is the only spacecraft to ever orbit two extraterrestrial destinations. Dawn finally entered orbit around dwarf planet Ceres on March 6, 2015, marking the huge milestone for the NASA space program.
However, the Ceres orbit came with little fanfare despite the fact that scientists say the spacecraft is now in a position to take close-up images of some perplexing features of the mysterious planet. The photos will offer “exciting and tantalizing new perspectives” that have never been seen before.

The Dawn Spacecraft blog notes that the spacecraft arrived at about 4:39 a.m. PST on March 6, 2015, to orbit the dwarf planet Ceres. Leading up to the orbit, Dawn has been taking numerous photos of Ceres on approach. However, the photos have brought more questions than answers. The planet is heavily cratered and has multiple mysterious bright lights located across the surface, the likes of which are unknown to NASA observers. In addition to the strange, flickering lights on Ceres’ surface, Dawn photographs also reveal a circular “pancake” impression just south of the planet’s equator. The object is decidedly too shallow to be an impact crater; therefore, the perfect circular shape has left scientists perplexed.

It has been noted numerous times by NASA scientists that as Dawn reaches orbit and is able to send more highly-detailed photographs back to Earth, scientists would likely be able to determine the source of the strange bright lights and pancake feature.
“It is impossible not to be mesmerized by what appear to be glowing beacons, shining out across the cosmic seas from the uncharted lands ahead. But the answer hasn’t changed: we don’t know. There are many intriguing speculations, but we need more data, and Dawn will take photos and myriad other measurements as it spirals closer and closer during the year. For now, we simply know too little.”

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Boeing patents 'Star Wars'-style force fields

If they are telling us about this, what do they possess that we aren't being told about? 
Aircraft and military manufacturer Boeing has been granted a patent on a system that is designed to prevent explosion shockwaves from harming a target.

A new patent granted to aircraft, defense and security company Boeing is taking its cues from science fiction. Just like the glowing energy shields seen protecting troops, machines and even spacecraft in Star Wars and Star Trek, the design -- named "Method and system for shockwave attenuation via electromagnetic arc" -- uses energy to deflect potential damage.
As it is described, the system is not designed to prevent direct impact from shells or shrapnel; rather, it is designed to protect a target -- such as a vehicle or building -- from the damaging effects of shockwaves from a nearby impact.

The patent is for a shockwave attenuation system, which consists of a sensor capable of detecting a shockwave-generating explosion and an arc generator that receives the signal from the sensor to ionise a small region, producing a plasma field between the target and the explosion using lasers, electricity and microwaves.

This small plasma field would differ from the surrounding environment in temperature, density and/or composition. This would provide a buffer between the target and the explosion that would hinder the shockwaves from reaching and damaging the target.

"Such embodiments as described above may reduce the energy density of the shockwave by creating a second medium in the path of the advancing shockwave that reflects, refracts, absorbs and deflects at least a portion of the shockwave," the patent reads.

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Patrick Henry Makes "Liberty or Death" Speech

Patrick Henry Makes "Liberty or Death" Speech
The American colonies were in an uproar in the spring of 1775. The British crown seemed to be depriving the colonists of their English rights; the governor of the Virginia colony had even dissolved the legislature because of its constant discussions about the King's actions against them. The assembly met anyway -- in St. John's Church, Richmond, Virginia.

During the debates, Patrick Henry delivered a speech on this day March 23, 1775 that electrified the assembly. Saying that if he kept back his opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, he would consider himself guilty of treason to his country and "disloyalty toward the majesty of heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings." Then, like the prophet Isaiah centuries before, Patrick warned of those who cried, "Peace, peace" when there was no peace. Insisting that war with Britain was inevitable, he called on Virginia to arm its militia. He rallied his countrymen to trust the God of Hosts and use all the means that the God of nature had placed in their power:

"Three million of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send us. Besides,...we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us."

Patrick concluded his argument with a passionate cry, "I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" A man listening at the window was so moved by the words, that he asked to be buried on that spot when he died--a wish that was granted.

Patrick had given significant speeches before. Thomas Jefferson said about one, "He appeared to me to speak as Homer wrote." Where had Patrick Henry learned such eloquence? Many speculate it was from Samuel Davies, Presbyterian minister in Virginia. Though Henry was reared an Anglican, his mother embraced Presbyterianism during the Great Awakening. As a teenager Henry often accompanied her to the meeting house in Hanover County where Samuel Davies was a pastor. Davies was an eloquent, powerful speaker as well as a strong advocate of religious liberty. No doubt Christian influences such as Davies helped shape the thoughts and oratorical skills of Patrick Henry.

Patrick Henry served several times as governor of Virginia. Sometimes he was hopelessly out of touch with the times. For instance, he tried to keep the Church of England as the established church of Virginia. Again, although he sought liberty for himself, he was content to leave blacks in slavery.
Nonetheless, he was a committed Christian throughout his life. His will concluded with these words: "This is all the inheritance I can give to my dear family. The religion of Christ can give them one which will make them rich indeed."
  1. Adapted from an earlier Christian History Institute story by Diane Severance Ph.D.
  2. Copeland, Lewis. The World's Great Speeches. New York: Book League of America, 1942.
  3. Mitchell, S. C. "Henry, Patrick." Encyclopedia Americana. Chicago: American Corp., 1956.
  4. Risjord, Norman K. "Henry, Patrick." Encyclopedia of American Biography, edited by John A. Garraty. San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1975.
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MIT doctor reveals link between glyphosate, GMOs and the autism epidemic

by: Jonathan Benson

(NaturalNews) A major missing link in the search for what's triggering a massive spike in autism rates appears to be the world's best-selling weedkiller, Roundup. Dr. Stephanie Seneff from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has been studying the autism issue for several decades, and her copious research has led her to the almost undeniable conclusion that glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, is a major driver of autism.

What was once an extremely rare health condition now afflicts roughly 1 in 68 children, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And if things continue down the current path, says Dr. Seneff, nearly half of all children born in the year 2025 will be born with autism, which can result when the the gut microbiome of humans is destroyed, which depletes the body of needed minerals and can exacerbates the toxicity of other chemicals, including those added to vaccines.

"[The autism rate] has come up from 1 in 10,000 in 1970 -- so that is already an incredibly alarming change," stated Dr. Seneff during a recent interview with Next News Network. "I got worried eight years ago when I was seeing it rising, and people were saying, 'Oh, it's just more reporting, more diagnosis' -- that's a way to hide the evidence."

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Mar 23, 2015

Koldeway's Verified the Bible from Babylon

Koldeway's Verified the Bible from Babylon
Throughout 1898 and the early part of 1899 Robert Koldewey reconnoitered the ancient city of Babylon. A brilliant architect and archaeologist, he knew he was to be appointed to head the digging. The German Oriental Society was picking up the tab and outfitting the expedition in full. The real work began after he received the expected authorization. On this date, March 23, 1899, he began excavation in earnest on the east side of the mound of Kasr.

Digging with 200 workers, Koldewey soon was writing excitedly of great finds. A relief he estimated at 960 feet long came to light. He uncovered the enormous walls of Babylon, so wide four span of horses could drive abreast. Babylon had been enormous, larger than any other citadel known to history. Not only this, but it was built of fired brick, not crumbly sun-baked clay. The bricks were stamped with Nebuchadnezzar's name.

Koldewey unearthed the base of a tower on which King Nabopolassar claimed "At that time Marduk [the god] commanded me to build the Tower of Babel which had become weakened by time and fallen into disrepair..." Wherever Koldewey turned his spade, he turned up verification of things the Bible had to say about the great kings and empires that once existed in the Mideast.

Josephus, too, was verified. He had mentioned the hanging gardens of Babylon. The stone arches that supported these were also unearthed by the hardworking German.

The archaeological team shipped the Gate of Ishtar from Processional way of Marduk to Germany and reassembled it to be marveled at by visitors. This was from Babylon's defensive entrance street. On either side of this sunken road, walls rose up forty feet and were lined by 120 stone reliefs with bas reliefs of yellow lions against blue tile. Koldeway shipped many other objects to Germany, among them a basket full of 300 cuneiform tablets.

These were administrative tablets taken from an outbuilding some distance from the Ishtar gate. Nothing much of interest there, it seemed. Not until after 1933 did anyone trouble to fully decipher these bureaucratic texts. But then E. F. Weidener announced an electrifying record corroborating Scripture.

According to Scripture, King Jehoiachin of Judah had been taken into captivity around 600 B.C. Jeremiah says that after a period of suffering the Babylonian King lifted him up and "...Jehoiachin put aside his prison clothes and for the rest of his life ate regularly at the king's table. Day by day the king of Babylon gave Jehoiachin a regular allowance as long as he lived, till the day of his death." Here, on cuneiform was verification of the Biblical text, listing the supplies given king Jehoiachin of Judah. It was a welcome find as critics had long scoffed at the Bible as unhistorical. Koldewey had dug up more than Babylon. He had dug up priceless data that would help us better understand God's word.
  1. Ceram, C. W. Gods, Graves and Scholars. New York: Bantam, 1962.
  2. Koldeway, Robert. Wieder erstehende Babylon. Leipzig: Hinrichs', 1913.
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Messianic prophecies

Messiah” means “Anointed One”
Biblical prophecy specialists Peter and Paul LaLonde have noted that:
The Old Testament includes about sixty different prophecies, with more than 300 references, of the coming of the Messiah. It was through the fulfillment of these prophecies that Israel was told she would be able to recognize the true Messiah when He came. The four gospels record several times when Jesus said that He was fulfilling a prophecy of the Old Testament. Luke 24:27 records, for example,
“And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.” And verse 44 notes, “And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and the prophets and the psalms, concerning me.” [Peter and Paul LaLonde, 301 Startling Proofs & Prophecies (Niagra Falls, Ontario, Canada: Prophecy Partners, Inc., 1996).]

Jesus Christ himself said, “For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me” (John 5:46, NKJV). Likewise, Christ’s disciples taught that He fulfilled Old Testament prophecy (e.g., Acts 3:18; 17:2-3; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4).

Partial list of prophecies about the Messiah

Click to learn the story of  Moses in our God’s Story section.
  1. A prophet like unto Moses. This was prophecied by Moses, himself:
    “The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear, according to all you desired of the LORD your God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, nor let me see this great fire anymore, lest I die.’ And the LORD said to me: ‘What they have spoken is good. I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him’.” (Deuteronomy 18:15-19, NKJV).
    Like Moses, the Messiah would be a leader, a prophet, a lawgiver, a deliverer, a teacher, a priest, an anointed one, a mediator, a human and one of God’s chosen people (a Jew) performing the role of intermediary between God and man—speaking the words of God—and like Moses, the Messiah would offer himself to die for the sins of the people. Both Moses and Jesus performed many miracles validating their message. As infants, both their lives were threatened by evil kings, and both were supernaturally protected from harm. Both spent their early years in Egypt. Both taught new truths from God. Both cured lepers (Num 12:10-15; Matt. 8:2-3) and confronted demonic powers. Both were initially doubted in their roles by their siblings. Moses lifted up the brazen serpent to heal all his people who had faith; Jesus was lifted up on the cross to heal all who would have faith in Him. Moses appointed 70 elders to rule Israel (Num. 11:16-17); Jesus appointed 70 disciples to teach the nations (Luke 10:1, 17). And there are many other parallels between the lives of Moses and Jesus.
  2. The Messiah would be a descendant of Noah’s son, Shem. Noah said, “Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant. God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant (Gen. 9:26-27). Chapter 10 goes on list descendants of Shem, noting that he was ancestor of Eber (Heber: Luke 3:35), the founder of the Hebrew race.
    Noah associated Shem especially with the worship of Jehovah, recognizing the dominantly spiritual motivations of Shem and thus implying that God’s promised Deliverer would ultimately come from Shem. The Semitic nations have included the Hebrews, Arabs, Assyrians, Persians, Syrians and other strongly religious-minded peoples.
    Shem was peculiarly His [God’s] steward with respect to the propagation of God’s will and plan for mankind, especially the transmission of His saving Word. (Henry M. Morris, The Defender’s Bible)
  3. More specifically, he would be a descendant of Shem named Abraham ( Genesis 22:18; 12; 17; 22). Fulfilled: See Christ’s genealogy in Matthew 1.
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    More specifically, he would be a descendant of Abraham’s son, Isaac, not Ishmael (Gen. 17; 21). Fulfilled: See Christ’s genealogy in Matthew 1.
  5. More specifically, he would be a descendant of Isaac’s son, Jacob, not Esau (Gen. 28; 35:10-12; Num. 24:17). Fulfilled: See Christ’s genealogy in Matthew 1.
  6. More specifically, he would be a descendant of Judah, not of the other eleven brothers of Jacob. Fulfilled: See Christ’s genealogy in Matthew 1.
  7. More specifically, he would be a descendant of the family of Jesse in the tribe of Judah (Isaiah 11:1-5). Fulfilled: See Christ’s genealogy in Matthew 1 and Luke 3:23-38.
  8. More specificially, he would be of the house of David (2 Samuel 7:12-16; Jeremiah 23:5; Psalm 89:3-4). Fulfilled: See Christ’s genealogy in Matthew 1; Luke 1:27, 32, 69. Note: Since the the Jewish genealogical records were destroyed in 70 A.D., along with the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple, it would not be possible for a Messiah imposter who was born later to prove his lineage back to David and thus fulfill this prophecy.
  9. He will be born in a small city called Bethlehem, specifically the one formerly known as Ephratah (Micah 5:2). Fulfilled: Luke 2:4-20. Note: Christ’s birth in Bethlehem was apparently not by the choice of Mary and Joseph; it was forced upon them by Caesar Augustus’ taxation decree which required Joseph to leave his home in the city of Nazareth and return to his place of origin to pay the tax.
  10. He will be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14). Fulfilled: Matthew 1; Luke 1.
  11. The Messiah would be the “seed of of a woman” come to destroy the work of the Devil. Not long after Creation, God prophecied to the serpent Satan, “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel” (Genesis 3:15). The implication was that Eve’s descendant would undo the damage that Satan had caused.
    The “seed of the woman” can only be an allusion to a future descendant of Eve who would have no human father. Biologically, a woman produces no seed, and except in this case Biblical usage always speaks only of the seed of men. This promised Seed would, therefore, have to be miraculously implanted in the womb. In this way, He would not inherit the sin nature which would disqualify every son of Adam from becoming a Savior from sin. This prophecy thus clearly anticipates the future virgin birth of Christ.
    Satan will inflict a painful wound on the woman’s Seed, but Christ in turn will inflict a mortal wound on the Serpent, crushing his head. This prophecy was fulfilled in the first instance at the cross, but will culminate when the triumphant Christ casts Satan into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:10).
    This primeval prophecy made such a profound impression on Adam’s descendants that it was incorporated, with varying degrees of distortion and embellishment, in all the legends, mythologies and astrologies of the ancients since they are filled with tales of mighty heroes engaged in life-and-death struggles with dragons and other monsters. Mankind, from the earliest ages, has recorded its hope that someday a Savior would come who would destroy the devil and reconcile man to God. (Henry M. Morris, The Defender’s Bible)
    In the New Testament, Christ’s apostle John confirms that this was His Master’s purpose, “He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work” (1 John 3:8). (Also see: Hebrews 2:14; Revelation 20:10.)
  12. He will be a priest after the order of Melchisedek (Melchisedec) (Psalm 110:4). Fulfilled: Hebrews 5:6
  13. The scepter shall not pass from the tribe of Judah until the Messiah comes. In other words, He will come before Israel loses its right to judge her own people. The patriarch Jacob prophecied this:
    The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be. (Genesis 49:10)
    As Dr. Henry M. Morris’ The Defender’s Bible explains:
    This important prophecy has been strikingly fulfilled. Although Judah was neither Jacob’s firstborn son nor the son who would produce the priestly tribe, he was the son through whom God would fulfill His promises to Israel and to the world. The leadership, according to Jacob, was to go to Judah, but this did not happen for over 600 years. Moses came from Levi, Joshua from Ephraim, Gideon from Manasseh, Samson from Dan, Samuel from Ephraim and Saul from Benjamin. But when David finally became king, Judah held the scepter and did not relinquish it until after Shiloh came. “Shiloh” is a name for the Messiah, probably related to the Hebrew word for “peace” (shalom) and meaning in effect, “the one who brings peace.”
    According to the Jewish historian Josephus, the Sanhedrin of Israel lost the right to truly judge its own people when it lost the right to pass death penalties in 11 A.D. (Josephus, Antiquities, Book 17, Chapter 13). Jesus Christ was certainly born before 11 A.D.
  14. He will come while the Temple of Jerusalem is standing ( Malachi 3:1; Psalm 118:26; Daniel 9:26; Zechariah 11:13; Haggai 2:7-9). Fulfilled: Matthew 21:12, etc. (Note: The Temple did not exist at certain periods in Jewish history, and it was finally destroyed in 70 A.D.)
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