The Gospel in Revelation – James Rafferty
James Rafferty – Light Bearer Ministry
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And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,….
PAST TENSE, DONE DEAL. Jesus made the one time ultimate sacrifice for the sins of the entire world. There is nothing that you can do, there is no work that you can offer to God in order to have your sin forgiven.
Revelation 14:6; Summary of everything John was focusing on up until this chapter.
The entire focus of the first half of the book of Revelation is the everlasting Gospel.
Shaped by Suffering
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That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
On a recent visit to North Carolina, I drove through a town named Mocksville. I should have been born there. Prior to becoming a Christian, I always loved to mock other people. So when I became a follower of Jesus, I was shocked to discover that I was the one being mocked. People were laughing at me because of my faith in Christ.
This is what happened to Paul, but in a far more intense way. Right after his conversion, he started preaching the gospel in Damascus. But he was so powerful and persuasive that the religious leaders wanted him dead.
The Christians found out and devised a plan to help Paul escape. They put him into a basket and lowered it over the city wall at night. Think of the irony! Just a short time before, he was Saul of Tarsus, the notorious persecutor of Christians. But then the hunter became the hunted. He was getting a taste of his own medicine.
His name change from Saul to Paul offers insight into the real transformation that took place. The first king of Israel was named Saul. In contrast, Paul means “little.” It would be like deliberately changing your name from Spike to Squirt. Obviously, God had changed Paul into a man of humility.
Sometimes we want God to take certain things out of our lives that cause us pain. We pray again and again for those things to be removed. But do we ever stop to think that God is using those things in our lives to transform us and make us more like Him?
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The endless attempts to remove a War Memorial that has been there since 1954 has entered another phase… Makes me sick. “X’
U.S. judge orders landmark California cross taken down
- View Gallery Mt. Soledad War Memorial in La Jolla
By Dan Whitcomb
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A massive cross that serves as part of a war memorial on a San Diego hilltop must be dismantled because it has been found to violate a constitutional ban on government endorsement of religion, a federal judge grudgingly ruled on Thursday.
The decision by U.S. District Judge Larry Burns marks the latest development in a long-running legal battle over the 43-foot-tall cross, a local landmark that has stood on top of Mount Soledad since 1954 and is visible for miles.
Burns stayed his order to give the Obama administration and the association that erected the cross, which have fought its removal all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, a chance to file another appeal. Otherwise, he said, the monument must be taken down within 90 days.
“This is a victory for religious liberty,” said Daniel Mach, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s program on freedom of religion and belief who argued the matter for the plaintiffs in a hearing before Burns on Thursday.
“We firmly support the government’s efforts to honor the service of those who fought and died for this country, but there are many ways to do that without playing favorites with religion,” Mach said.
The case hinged on whether it is legal for a religious symbol to be prominently displayed on public land and whether the cross violated the U.S. Constitution’s requirement on separation of church and state.
The Mount Soledad cross has been the subject of litigation since 1989, when two veterans sued San Diego to get it off city land. In 2006, Congress intervened in the dispute, resulting in the federal government taking ownership of the property.
A group of plaintiffs, including the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America, then sued. The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals court ruled that the dominance of the cross conveyed a message of government endorsement of religion.
The Obama administration and the Mount Soledad Memorial Association, which erected the cross, appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, supported by 20 U.S. states and various veterans groups in arguing the cross should be allowed as part of the memorial.
In June 2012, the Supreme Court declined to take the case, letting the Ninth Circuit’s ruling stand. In ordering that the cross be taken down, Burns said on Thursday he did not agree with the Ninth Circuit’s ruling but that his hands were tied.
The cross, located between the Pacific Ocean and a major interstate highway, is surrounded by walls displaying granite plaques that commemorate veterans or veterans groups. Easter services were held annually at the cross from 1954 until at least 2000, according to court documents.
The Mount Soledad Memorial Association, which erected the cross in place of another cross that had stood on that spot since 1913, could not immediately be reached for comment on Thursday’s ruling.
(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Cynthia Osterman)
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Judge Says Tear Down Famous Veterans Memorial Cross!
Liberty Institute vows to fight to U.S. Supreme Court
Dear Friend of Liberty,
Liberty Institute needs your immediate action in defense of veterans and religious liberty.
On Thursday, a U.S. District Judge ruled for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) that the nationally famous Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial Cross overlooking San Diego, California, must be torn down.
Liberty Institute vows to appeal the ruling and fight all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary.
We represent the official caretaker of the memorial—the Mt. Soledad Memorial Association—at no charge, through the generous donations of our supporters.
HISTORIC COURT BATTLE AHEAD “The judge reluctantly agreed with a previous ruling by the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that this hallowed veterans memorial must be removed,” said Hiram Sasser, Director of Litigation for Liberty Institute.
Sasser was present at the hearing. He said, “We are thankful, however, that the Judge allowed the Memorial Cross to stand as the case is appealed. And we will appeal—all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary. And we are confident we will win.”
WHAT IS AT STAKE The outcome of this case touches thousands of other veterans memorials across the nation. If the ACLU can force the government to tear down the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial Cross, where will they stop? What will happen to the 20-foot Canadian Cross of Sacrifice or the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery?
The Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial has stood since 1954 as a symbol of the selfless sacrifice and service of our nation’s military. The memorial has a 29-foot Latin cross surrounded by six concentric walls that display the photos, names and diverse religious symbols of our veterans who paid the ultimate price for freedom.
For more than 20 years, this veterans memorial has been the subject of a prolonged lawsuit brought about by the ACLU because of the inclusion of the cross.
WHAT YOU CAN DO Liberty Institute needs your financial support as we appeal and fight this decision. “We are confident we can win, just as we won the Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial case at the U.S. Supreme Court,” said Kelly Shackelford, President and CEO of Liberty Institute.
With the support of our donors, we won the Mojave Desert case and kept a memorial cross standing after repeated legal attempts to tear it down.
Thank you for your gift to keep the ACLU from tearing down the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial Cross.
Kelly Shackelford President and CEO
A briefing held at Camp Shelby in Mississippi listed Evangelical Christian groups alongside domestic hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazis, the Black Panthers and the Nation of Islam.
Soldiers at Fort Hood were warned that participating in or donating money to evangelical Christian groups or Tea Party groups could result in military punishment.
Last year an Army Reserve training brief listed Catholics and Evangelical Christians as examples of religious extremism.
“Men and women of faith – who have served the Army faithfully for centuries – have been likened to those who regularly threaten the peace and security of the United States. It is dishonorable for any U.S. military entity to allow this type of improper characterization.” — Ron Crews, Executive Director of the Chaplain Alliance For Religious Liberty
The Army repeatedly claims these briefings were isolated incidents where instructors used materials that were not approved by the military.
What’s In Your Forehead?
The English word “forehead” is generally used to refer to the upper part of the face, above the eyes. The original Hebrew and Greek words of the Holy Scriptures also sometimes use the word that way, but more often use the term “forehead” to describe what is foremost inside the head, not merely on, or a part of, the outside surface. The Bible doesn’t just use the term “forehead” to describe what is physically foremost inside the head, but what is consciously foremost inside the head, much more like the term “heart and mind” is used today.
Will you choose “the seal of our God in your forehead” or “the image of the beast in your forehead”?
The Hebrew word pronounced may-tsak literally means to be in the clear, or prominently visible, and was sometimes used to refer to the part of the head that was prominent, as in these two examples for Aaron and Goliath, both of which refer to the upper part of their head:
“And thou shalt put it on a blue lace, that it may be upon the mitre; upon the forefront of the mitre it shall be. And it shall be upon Aaron’s forehead [see also Christ's Mitre], that Aaron may bear the iniquity of the holy things, which the children of Israel shall hallow in all their holy gifts; and it shall be always upon his forehead, that they may be accepted before The Lord.” (Exodus 28:37-38 KJV)
“And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth.” (1 Samuel 17:49 KJV)
Along with the literal-meaning examples shown above, may-tsak was also used in a figurative sense, to denote a “hardheadedness” for, or against, God:
“Therefore the showers have been withholden, and there hath been no latter rain; and thou hadst a whore’s forehead, thou refusedst to be ashamed.” (Jeremiah 3:3 KJV)
“Behold, I have made thy face strong against their faces, and thy forehead strong against their foreheads. As an adamant harder than flint have I made thy forehead: fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house” (Ezekiel 3:8-9 KJV)
In the New Testament, the Greek word that is translated as “forehead,” pronounced met-oh-pon, means the middle of the head – but is consistently used to refer to the “heart and mind” usage. For example, the 144,000 are made so by the “seal of our God in their foreheads”
“Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel” (Revelation 7:3-4 KJV)
“And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.” (Revelation 14:1 KJV)
The infamous “mark of the Beast” that will be “in their right hand, or in their foreheads” will also be a matter of “heart and mind.” The mark of the beast will be about thoughts and actions, opposing God’s Law, for which they will face God’s wrath, while God’s true people will have the “seal of our God in their foreheads” to “keep the Commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus”
“And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name” (Revelation 13:15-17 KJV)
“And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the Commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” (Revelation 14:9-12 KJV)
Those who refuse to receive the mark of the beast in their foreheads will reign with Christ “and his name shall be in their foreheads”:
“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon [literally, in] their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” (Revelation 20:4 KJV)
“And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the Throne of God [see The Throne Of God, From Heaven To Earth] and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse: but the Throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and His servants shall serve Him: And they shall see His face; and His Name shall be in their foreheads.” (Revelation 22:1-4 KJV)
Fact Finder: How were Jewish Frontlets and Phylacteries invented and used for a principle in which The Lord actually meant that His Law was to be foremost in their thoughts and deeds? See Frontlets and Phylacteries
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Remaining part of post from Godfather Politics:
Sgt. Monk has retained the services of attorney Mike Berry of the Liberty Institute. Berry stated that the Air Force is denying Monk’s account of what was said and says that this should be a warning to everyone in the military. Even though Sgt Monk has a 19 year spotless career and is within one year of retirement, he could find himself being forcibly discharged from the Air Force with no retirement benefits at all because of his Christian faith.
“You cannot criminalize somebody’s thoughts. You criminalize actions, not thoughts. Within the military never before have we reached that status.”
“We’re now at this juncture … if you don’t believe, or think in a particular manner, that’s going to be held against you.”
“He had to agree with her beliefs, and if he wasn’t able to do that, he was deemed unfit to hold that position. This is a dangerous and slippery slope … that somehow the government is going to be delving into your thoughts.”
It seems that Senior Master Sgt. Monk is not the only one being singled out by the military because of their Christian faith and belief that homosexuality is a sin. Steve Branson is the pastor at Village Parkway Baptist Church in San Antonio. His church is about 20 minutes away from Lackland Air Force Base and a number of military personnel attend services at his church. In a Fox News Radio interview with Todd Starnes, Branson stated:“Anyone who doesn’t hold to the right view on homosexuality is having a very difficult time.”
“I’m raising the warning. It’s not a good situation out here. The military’s job is not to fight these kinds of battles. Christians are having to walk so carefully. I hear it every Sunday at church.”
As long as Obama and his liberally tailored military command remain in control, Christians will find it more and more difficult to live their faith while serving our nation. I believe this is being done deliberately to tailor the entire military to one that will follow Obama into his war against patriotic Americans. Christian soldiers are less likely to obey orders to fire upon fellow citizens who stand up for their constitutional rights. But pro-homosexual personnel already have a warped sense of right and wrong and moral values and will be more likely to follow their gay activist hero into whatever battle he leads them in, including the one against you and me.
Courtesy of Gunny G – Re My Use of the term “God’s Marines” On my Gunny G Blog…
I recently used the term “God‘s Marines” in a post I made on my Gunny G Blog; I also recalled another Marine’s website from years ago using that term… found it!
Here it is below.
January 6, 2011 at 1:15 pm | #4
Here It Is Right Here! http://www.behindthebadge.net/bloodstripes/marines.html
Who are God’s Marines?
Would it surprise you to know that I think angels are God’s Marines? It might if you think of angels as chubby little kids, or beautiful females in flowing silk robes. Where do people get those ideas? Not from the Bible that is for sure. See for yourself, here are a few passages from the Bible describing angels:
He unleashed against them his hot anger, his wrath, indignation and hostility– a band of destroying angels. Psalms 78:49 Sounds a little like a fire team doesn’t it?
This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. 2 Thessalonians 1:7 God’s Word says that the angels are powerful!
I will send an angel before you and drive out the Canaanites, Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. Exodus 33:2 Only one angel was needed to drive all of these people out of the land.
But David could not go before it to inquire of God, because he was afraid of the sword of the angel of the LORD. 1 Chronicles 21:30 David was no wimp, he was a mighty warrior but he was afraid of the angel.
And the LORD sent an angel, who annihilated all the fighting men and the leaders and officers in the camp of the Assyrian king. So he withdrew to his own land in disgrace. 2 Chronicles 32:21Again it only took one of God’s Marines to annihilate the whole army.
Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?” “Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the LORD I have now come.” Joshua 5:13-14 I love this because of the way the angel answered. He was sure of himself, “I have now come,” period.
There are many more examples in the Bible. Of course many people think of God as a gray haired old man too, but they are wrong there too. The angels are His Marines but He is a battle field Commander-in-Chief. The LORD will march out like a mighty man, like a warrior he will stir up his zeal; with a shout he will raise the battle cry and will triumph over his enemies. Isaiah 42:13
Now for the good news, I believe we will also be Marines if we believe in Jesus Christ and accept Him as our Savior. Here is why I think this: I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. Revelation 19:11-16 I believe we are part of that army which rides out with Christ.
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This week on ‘The Hal Lindsey Report’
In 1954, the American Legion sponsored a series of network television broadcasts called “Back to God.” On one of those national telecasts, President Dwight D. Eisenhower appeared from the White House. He thanked the American Legion for urging Americans to acknowledge God in their daily lives.
Then the President said, “As a former soldier, I am delighted that our veterans are sponsoring a movement to increase our awareness of God in our daily lives. In battle, they (the veterans) learned a great truth, that there are no atheists in the foxholes.”
Can you imagine this happening today?
The President humbly referred to himself as “a former soldier.” In truth, he was one of only five Americans to earn the rank of five-star general. He was the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe in World War II. He and General George Washington are undeniably the most widely admired soldiers in American history.
Fast forward to 2013. An Air Force chaplain at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson near Anchorage, Alaska, wrote a column for the base website. Keep in mind that Lt. Col. Reyes is a chaplain. He titled his column: “No Atheists in Foxholes: Chaplains Gave All in World War II.”
His look back at the contributions and sacrifices of chaplains on the battlefields of World War II quoted one of America’s most beloved soldiers and Presidents, Dwight Eisenhower. Now, that sounds like pretty safe territory for a military chaplain to tread, doesn’t it? An officer whose job is to provide spiritual comfort and guidance to his troops remembering the sacrifices of other officers who provided spiritual comfort and guidance to their troops on the battlefield? And basing it on a quote from one of America’s greatest soldiers and Presidents?
Folks, this ain’t 1954 and that ain’t your Daddy’s Oldsmobile!
Chaplain Reyes was reprimanded for the column and his base commander publicly apologized for not stopping him from discussing religious subjects on the base website. What was the chaplain expected to discuss? Automotive repair tips?
So what has changed since 1954? Lots of things, obviously, but two stand out: 1. These are the last days. 2. Mikey Weinstein.
You probably remember Mr. Weinstein from previous programs. He heads the benignly and misleadingly named Military Religious Freedom Foundation or MRFF. (A more appropriate name would be the Military Freedom FROM Religion Foundation.)
The MRFF protested the chaplain’s column and within five hours it had been removed from Elmendorf’s website.
Apparently no place or venue is safe from Mr. Weinstein’s near-omnipresent gaze. He’s the guy who publicly called a Christian service member sharing his or her faith “spiritual rape.” He has labeled Christians “monsters,” “terrorists,” and “enemies of the Constitution.”
Who cares, you say? He sounds like a nut! Well, I agree, but President Obama doesn’t. In fact, Weinstein has become the Administration’s go-to guy on topics of “religious tolerance” in the U.S. military. Which sounds about par for the course these days — pick someone who has NO religious tolerance to advise the brass on religious tolerance.
Just a few short decades ago, our national leaders actually promoted faith in God and the inclusion of God in the life and fabric of the nation. You see, they faced the specter of an opposing world superpower who sought to eliminate God and vest His authority in the State.
They understood that America’s strength lay in her citizens’ belief in and obeisance to an authority higher than man-made government: the Divine Creator. That freed us from the doubt and indecision and fear that pervades when the conduct of our lives is determined solely by whoever is in power at the moment.
It’s a short and undeniable principle: Man changes. God doesn’t. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist or brain surgeon to figure which of the two will provide a more stable national environment.
On August 21, 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill sat together, with hundreds of sailors and marines, at a church service aboard the HMS Prince of Wales in a harbor on the coast of Newfoundland. They sang the hymns of the church and drank in the strength provided by a mutual spiritual heritage and faith in a common God.
Later, Roosevelt told his son that the service “cemented us” for the dark days of World War II that lay ahead. Churchill wept during “Onward, Christian Soldiers” and later remarked that, “Every word seemed to stir the heart. It was a great hour to live.”
It brings tears to my eyes just writing these words. My friends, that is a world that is long past.
In Britain today, fewer than 10% attend religious services, and a majority of those are Muslim. Now, the number one choice for a baby’s name in the UK is “Mohammed.”
In Luke 18:8, Jesus Himself asked this question: “When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” Some studies show that atheism will replace “religion” as the dominant spiritual practice by 2041.
I personally don’t worry too much about atheism because every man and woman has an innate awareness of God. But I do worry about the church. Will we become so desperate to attract people to our pews that we’ll modify and water down the message of the Gospel? Perfect examples of this are the liberal denominations that have become like empty sepulchers. And now it’s happening in many evangelical mega-churches.
At the rate we’re going, and if the President and his party get their way, I’m not certain Jesus will find faith in the military when He returns. Likewise, I doubt He’ll find faith in the ranks of academia or even in the lower echelons of our educational system. It appears that faith is in achingly short supply in the entertainment business already. Government, at least on the federal level, has already declared its independence from faith and conscience. Many believe that business, especially Big Business, turned its back on God long ago and worships only at the altar of the dollar.
So where will Jesus look for faith when He returns? In your heart and mine. That’s why, no matter what happens in the world around us (and it’s happening fast and furiously), stand confidently on the firm foundation of God’s immutable promises to us. “Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.” (Ephesians 6:13, NLT)
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