Isaiah 5:20 King James Version (KJV)
20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Isaiah 5:20 King James Version (KJV)
20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Revelation 3:20 King James Version (KJV)
20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
Amazing testimony and words of Jim Caviezel, the actor who played Jesus in The Passion of the Christ film, which is the highest grossing R-rated film in history (and rightly so) just like the Holy Bible is the world’s best-selling book (and rightly so). Jim Caviezel is being interviewed by Dave Cooper.
This interview is highly inspiring. He talks about how God’s Providence allowed him to suffer several very painful injuries and illnesses when filming which allowed him to participate in and portray Christ’s Passion in a deep and real way. He tells about the shocking fact that he was struck by lightning at one point in the production. He gives advice to all Catholics about the seriousness of living the Faith, not trying to “fit in” with our neo-pagan society, and the necessity, joy, and honor of suffering for Jesus Crucified for the salvation of souls. His testimony is amazing and real.
Based on the following event posting, it appears that he did this interview on August 1, 2010: http://www.sdrock.com/events/7175/
If you want to see an amazing video containing all the flashback scenes of The Passion of the Christ with Jim Cavaziel as Jesus along with a great audio reading on top, check out: https://gloria.tv/video/hsioarBDhYzn3…
The first feedback I received on it was someone who wrote: “Truly profound and breathtaking!”
Please Note: At one point in his talk, Jim said, “You are all going to Heaven.” A critic might object, “What if there was someone in the audience who hates Christ and will never repent. So is Jim saying that he is going to Heaven too?” Of course such an unrepentant person who hates God chooses Hell with their free will (as Jim said in his talk, “God doesn’t send anyone to Hell, they choose that place”) and Jim’s statement cannot apply to them.
So how are we to understand Jim’s sentence? First off, it is obvious from the context that Jim was addressing those among the audience who are of good will who desire to repent, live a virtuous life, and to take the necessary actions to reach Heaven. Furthermore, Jim expanded or qualified this statement later in his talk where he said that “God is asking for more conversion” and he reminded the audience that Heaven or Hell is a choice (on a related topic, he said that those in the production of the movie who were “fence-sitters” with regards to God who claimed they hadn’t made a choice were in reality making a choice by the mere fact that they were fence-sitting).
A person chooses Heaven or Hell with their free will and manifests their choice by the way they lead their life and by their actions, words, thoughts, and prayers. One must want Heaven to reach there and to reach it requires effort just like anything worthwhile in the natural world. Our Lord told us in the Gospels that arriving at Heaven requires the person to receive sanctifying grace through baptism (which of course is ordinarily sacramental baptism by water, but in rare cases can include baptism of blood or authentic baptism of desire), repenting of their sins, and living a virtuous life where they preserve this grace.
Hence, Jim’s statement must be understood with these qualifiers for his statement to be correct.
13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
18 “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
Peter’s confessional statement (verse 16) is clearly answered by Christ in the next verse, showing that God the Father had revealed Christ’s identity to him.
Bear in mind that this started off the shores of the Sea of Galilee, verified in the previous chapter, 39th verse, having fed the multitude with seven loaves of bread and some fishes:
Matthew 15:39 King James Version (KJV) 39 And he sent away the multitude, and took ship, and came into the coasts of Magdala.
The first verse, Matthew 16:1 KJV is continued verification: 16:1 The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven.
Pharisees and Sadducees would not be anywhere remotely near Rome. Evidence clearly showing that the conversations were nowhere near Rome!
Moreover, In Strong’s Concordance:
“Petra” Greek, is defined:
petra: a (large mass of) rock
Phonetic Spelling (pet’ra)
Short Definition: rock
The Roman church, which insists it was first, ignores Biblical fact: The disciples of Christ started many churches in the middle east; being indwelled with the Holy Spirit, they were made able to converse with the residents in their own language, witnesses to Jehovah God. Several of their names are the titles of books in the New Testament; Corinthians, (Corinth) Galatians, (Galatia) Ephesians, (Ephasis) Philippians, (Philippi in eastern Macedonia) Colossians, a city about 100 miles east of Ephesus, (church of Colossae) and Thessalonians, (Thessalonica).
It was 313 AD when the Co-Roman Emporers, Constantine and Licinius, signed the Edict of Milan, which finally ensured religious tolerance for Christians.
Although the Matthew passage has been misconstrued to mean that Peter was “the rock”, we find the true meaning of who IS the rock, found in Deuteronomy 32:
Deuteronomy 32:1-40 King James Version (KJV)
32 Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.
2 My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:
3 Because I will publish the name of the Lord: ascribe ye greatness unto our God.
4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.
5 They have corrupted themselves, their spot is not the spot of his children: they are a perverse and crooked generation.
6 Do ye thus requite the Lord, O foolish people and unwise? is not he thy father that hath bought thee? hath he not made thee, and established thee?
7 Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will shew thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee.
8 When the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel.
9 For the Lord’s portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.
10 He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.
11 As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings:
12 So the Lord alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him.
13 He made him ride on the high places of the earth, that he might eat the increase of the fields; and he made him to suck honey out of the rock, and oil out of the flinty rock;
14 Butter of kine, and milk of sheep, with fat of lambs, and rams of the breed of Bashan, and goats, with the fat of kidneys of wheat; and thou didst drink the pure blood of the grape.
15 But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.
16 They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger.
17 They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not.
18 Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee.
19 And when the Lord saw it, he abhorred them, because of the provoking of his sons, and of his daughters.
20 And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith.
21 They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.
22 For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.
23 I will heap mischiefs upon them; I will spend mine arrows upon them.
24 They shall be burnt with hunger, and devoured with burning heat, and with bitter destruction: I will also send the teeth of beasts upon them, with the poison of serpents of the dust.
25 The sword without, and terror within, shall destroy both the young man and the virgin, the suckling also with the man of gray hairs.
26 I said, I would scatter them into corners, I would make the remembrance of them to cease from among men:
27 Were it not that I feared the wrath of the enemy, lest their adversaries should behave themselves strangely, and lest they should say, Our hand is high, and the Lord hath not done all this.
28 For they are a nation void of counsel, neither is there any understanding in them.
29 O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!
30 How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their rock had sold them, and the Lord had shut them up?
31 For their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges.
32 For their vine is of the vine of Sodom, and of the fields of Gomorrah: their grapes are grapes of gall, their clusters are bitter:
33 Their wine is the poison of dragons, and the cruel venom of asps.
34 Is not this laid up in store with me, and sealed up among my treasures?
35 To me belongeth vengeance and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.
36 For the Lord shall judge his people, and repent himself for his servants, when he seeth that their power is gone, and there is none shut up, or left.
37 And he shall say, Where are their gods, their rock in whom they trusted,
38 Which did eat the fat of their sacrifices, and drank the wine of their drink offerings? let them rise up and help you, and be your protection.
39 See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.
40 For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever.
Jesus meant His father, NOT Peter. This is not negotiable. Also, I was motivated to use most of this entire passage because largely, our country has nearly mirrored the disobedience of His people, and unless we do a turnaround, and repent, certainly will, (if not already have,) incur His wrath, not blessing.
Sadly, this excerpt from the Washington Times, with news of blatant Apostasy:
By Cheryl K. Chumley – The Washington Times – Monday, June 9, 2014
“For the first time in Vatican history, the pope allowed for the reading of Islamic prayers and Koran readings from the Catholic facility.”
Read more: The Washington Times
Matthew 7:22-23 King James Version (KJV)
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
I titled this site Jester’s mace in reference to 1 Corinthians 4:10: “We are fools for Christ’s sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised.”
I earnestly want Him to direct my paths; being under the liability of original sin, our walk (indeed) is a constant tug of war between our failing flesh, and the Spirit. We gain ground, yet it is impossible to go one day without falling short of the perfection. Our every effort is tainted.
[ Isaiah 64:6 “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”]
As of late, I note another bout of issues attempting to assault me simultaneously. This is nothing new; after all we are told to expect adversity, trials and tribulations in this world. Contrary to the old song, Life is NOT “just a bowl of cherries” (1931) rather, it is far more accurate to refer to it as Spiritual Boot Camp.
I dare not make an attempt to prophesy. In observing the signs of the times, this once free country, now a de facto police state, has largely turned away from its Christian roots; in my opinion, we find ourselves fast approaching another turning point: Whether America turns her face toward Him, regains both her moral compass, and the Constitutional awareness set forth by the Founding Fathers, or falls into an abyss without hope of recovery. Presumptive candidate Donald Trump said he’s never sought forgiveness for his sins. [See CNN]
That is scary; belief in God is not enough. We need to pray that he awakens from that spiritual blindness.
Again, my opinion, there is Biblical evidence as to why America is not directly mentioned in Bible prophecy:
It is quite simple, you can’t have a free country, and a one world government. The Bible tells of that event, so it is a foregone conclusion that at some point, America as we knew her will cease to exist.
I do stop to examine myself, and all to painfully realize how much ours is an imputed righteousness, that of Jesus Christ, and we cannot bring anything to the table.
Ephesians 2:8-9 King James Version (KJV)
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Let Him keep us ever mindful, and vigilant, as a watcher on the wall. Amen.
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This started with a post at NOW THE END BEGINS, a Christian site. It was about Trump; the plethora of comments, and varied points of view were discomforting to me. I hesitate to comment on fallacious views of prophecy and the end times; suffice to say that if you choose to go there, some of the column’s comments are as scary as the post itself. ( Link HERE)
The following video was obtained there, though I used the YouTube address to embed it. We continue to blur the lines between science fiction, and reality at a frightening pace. Other facets related to this below this video.
People are getting microchip implants in the back of their hands in an effort to make daily life a little bit easier
“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 13:16,17 (KJV)
EDITOR’S NOTE: The actual Mark of the Beast cannot show up until the Antichrist comes on the scene after the Rapture of the Church. But it sure is getting close…
It’s something you’ve likely seen in the movies — it’s something you may not know is also happening in real life. From opening doors to making contacts to sending emails — a growing group of people are all-in.
People here in the Twin Cities are embracing the extra-personal technology. Set in the far-off year of 2021 is the 1995 film “Johnny Mnemonic.” A movie that inspired a boy named Tim Shank, growing up in Indiana.
…and beside me there is no God”. America would do well to wake up and acknowledge Him.
As adults, the constant battle between flesh and spirit, our sinful nature, all too frequently causes a reversion to ways we are supposed to have abandoned; to be blunt, backsliding.
History has shown how man vacillates; it is we who forsake Him, He is always faithful. Recently, it was stated -online, and in a sermon I heard on Christian radio,- that there have been only around 250 years in recorded history that there was peace, with no wars or discord going on somewhere.
There is no nation, no race, group, or individual that is exempt. Collectively, we are our own worst enemies. When we don’t stay focused, and repeat the negative behavior we were supposed to have discarded; we are forced to relearn the hard lesson all over again.
Throughout the Old Testament, God uses His people as that example. When they followed His ordinances, they prospered; when they instead followed the ways of the Gentiles, after repeated warnings, He allowed them to be subjugated. Yet, when they turned their eyes toward Him, and cast aside the evil ways, He would redeem them:
“But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.
2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.” Isaiah 43:1-2
“10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10
“Modern” man is no different; mistaking those scriptural examples as an excuse to blame Jews for the world’s ills has been repeated many times since Christendom emerged; in some cases, organized religion has perpetrated that twisted mindset. Do not wonder why the issues we face today exist. All knowledge, comes from our creator; however, knowledge without wisdom has had its results documented in history: man’s inhumanity toward his fellows. The twentieth century was the bloodiest in history to date.
In my opinion, New Testament prophecies have nearly been fulfilled. We witness events with “front row center” seats. There should be no surprise that the avalanche of technological discoveries, Apostasy, anti Semitism, famines, pestilences, earthquakes and persecution of Christians are all on the increase, both in frequency, and intensity. Conflicts, and threats are no longer occasional, isolated events. They have become like a “dose of salts” we digest on a daily basis. “…wars and rumours of wars”; Indeed.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33
Courtesy of Mr. Meekins post at One Nation Rising
On Issues Etc, the topic was addressed if the Christian must defend the Charlie Hebdo cartoons construed as blasphemous.
From the clip highlighted as the sound bite of the week, one gets the impression that articulating a defense of the gunned down editorial office’s freedom of expression isn’t really all that much of a priority.
After all, the ultimate concern of the church is not so much with things such as innate or constitutional liberties but rather with the proclamation of the Gospel message.
That might be true in regards to those called to the ministry in the strictest sense of that narrow vocation.
However, not everyone within the church is required to emphasize the exact same aspect of the comprehensive Christian worldview.
Given that this program is Lutheran, one would think they might be quicker to remember the wisdom of Martin Niemoller who reflected how, because he remained silent as the acolytes of totalitarianism hauled off a variety of dissidents, that there was no one left to protect him when the Fascist hordes came to take him away.
Christians don’t have to applaud religiously offensive artwork.
However, when bloodthirsty savages begin murdering those that they disagree with, the believer needs to realize that it won’t be long until these demoniacs gun down worshipers for little more than singing doctrinally distinctive hymns or reciting the classic creeds.
By Frederick Meekins
I’ve not made any postings on Jester’s mace for some time. This is a well deserving sermon; PWE has more visitors, so I’m posting at both blogs. You can’t ignore this message without being a tare. Link courtesy of Joe (JoeDanMedia) aka Intellectual Froglegs. His comment:
Truth be told—and I can only speak from my own experience, but most sermons can’t be over soon enough—because most pastors aren’t very good at communicating. They are like bad teachers… no, they ARE bad teachers. They’re the ones that cause a good man to start dozing off, thinking of lunch….and what’s the score?
For over 2 years now, I’ve been regularly sharing my search for a church, the frustrations and the lessons learned— and now I’m proud to say, the search is over. I’d like to introduce you guys to my new pastor, Steve Berger of Grace Chapel. Passion & Reason & Intellect…and God’s Word. Wow. Add all that together and you get some Power Sermons.
Dude kicks some serious biblical butt, and today’s sermon was a power sermon indeed…
Steve addresses the city of Houston’s blatant attack on our religious freedom….and examines Lot’s stand for God’s Truth in spite of the prevailing culture and desires of the people of Sodom. We ALL need to take a stand at the Door just as Lot did:
To get straight to Steve, skip ahead to 21:42
James Rafferty – Light Bearer Ministry